Saturday, July 30, 2011

Wedding Gift - Lots of photos

Hi there. Today we are going to a wedding for my DH's uncle. I thought it would be fun to make an album for them as a gift. So I purchased a wedding album kit at a LCS...actually I got it on sale...because it was open and missing over 1/2 the stuff from the kit. Then I purchased another wedding album kit. Got home, and started working on it, only to realize the kit I purchased was for an 8" x 8" album, and I have a 12" x 12" album to work with....ugggggg! So back to the store to try again. This time I picked up a 12 x 12 pack of PP, and 2 sets of solid color 12x12 papers. The one set was even metallic papers. Then I got to work. I used various ribbons, stickers (which I bought for the album, and ones from my stash), ribbon slides, brads, flowers, get the idea...lots of embellishments. I just love the way it turned out, and I hope the happy couple does too. I am going to offer to put the photos in for them later if they want me to. I did label each "matt" as to what size photo is supposed to go there. So here is the pages I made...minus 1 (I didn't get a shot of the very first page of the album). I did not included company names for papers, but if you want to know, just leave me a comment, and I will get back to you. Thanks!
Well that is it! What did you think? Off to celebrate, and "Dance the night away!" Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, July 29, 2011

Hap-BEE Birthday!

Today we have a new challenge for you over at the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Digi Challenge Blog. This time around our challenge is a color challenge. We want to see your SNSS digis with the colors: yellow, orange, and green. Here is what I did. Of course I had to use one of the new Rhubarb images...since they are just sooo cute! I colored Honey Bee Rhubarb using gel pens and markers. Then I trimmed it down a bit. I used some green PP from my stash, and some orange PP from Echo Park. I layered them onto a white CS base. I added some yellow ribbon between the two PPs. Then I used the sentiment from the Bee Sentiments set from SNSS. We have a couple birthday parties in August, so this guy will be used for one of those parties for sure!
Now...head on over to the Sweet 'n Sassy Digi Challenge Blog, and see what the other DT ladies have created. Then play along with us, and link up your project to Mr. Linky at the bottom of today's challenge post.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Birthday Cupcakes

Hi there. Today I wanted to share a card I made using one of the sentiments from QKR Stampede as a focal point. I don't usually do that...since I have this thing for images being the focal, but I really liked this one. Here is what I did. I started by stamping the Your Birthday image on some yellow CS. I trimmed it down, and layered a little off centered on the PP from Echo Park. Then I stamped the little Cupcake image 4 times and colored them all a little different. I fussy cut them out, and used a pop dot to mount them onto some little flowers. Last, I put a flower in each one of the corners of the card. I thought this would be a cute card for one of my DD's to use for an upcoming birthday party. We got 2 different invites for 2 different parties on the same day at 2 totally different places...AHHHHH...where is the Harry Potter time turner when you need it. LOL Anyway, thanks so much for stopping by. Have a fantastic day!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Girl with Flowers

So I guess I was in a mood for fall themed cards this week. I posted a fall themed card on Saturday, and now another one too. Although this one is more fall colors then theme. Check it out... This little girl image is from Biblical Impressions, and is called Picking Dandelions. Isn't she so sweet? As a mom of 3 little girls, this really reminded me of my girls. They always run to grab the "puffy" flowers and blow them off. I started by stamping the image onto the white CS, and again on the polka dotted PP. Then I paper pieced the dress and bonnet onto the main image. I colored the rest with markers. I cut into an oval, and cut another PP oval to layer that onto. I layered onto a piece of orange PP next, and then added the yellowish ribbon. For the "bow", I cut a piece of ribbon, and folded the ends under to give it a "loop". Then I added the flower and brad to the center of that. A sweet fall colored card! Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, July 25, 2011

Sunshine Day!

HI there. Hope you had a wonderful weekend. We dropped my other daughter off at camp yesterday. So I am down to 1 child for the week. This should be 6 1/2 years since I had 1 child only. Well, today I wanted to share a fun cheerful card with you using a couple of images from Eureka Stamps. I started with a white CS base, and layered the piece of PP from the DCWV stack "Nana's Kids". I love the colors in this bright and fun. Next, I rounded all the corners of the papers used. I layered a light purple CS rectangle in the center of the PP. Then I layered the images on. First I used a circle piece of white CS, and stamped the Sunshine Day image onto that. I felt it needed a little color, so I used colored pencils to color the "dots" on the letters and the flowers. Next I stamped and colored this adorable little girl on a swing image called Swinging. I fussy cut her out, and cut a couple "extra" lines on her. I actually cut the line between the two feet, so I could mount the one leg higher then the other. I love giving a little dimension to my cards. I did the same thing with one of the ribbons from her dress. I layered the image under the circle so it looked like she was swinging from the sentiment circle.

Well that is all for now. Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, July 23, 2011

My attempt to cool off...

So I thought that maybe if I made a fall themed card, or some Christmas cards, I would feel a little cooler. Well it didn't work, but at least I have a cute fall card to share with you. HA HA. Yes, it is Rhubarb...again. I just love this little guy! Wait until you see the next one I have to share with you...I made it last night. Well, if you haven't met Rhubarb yet, he is the newest line of digis from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps. Korin, the owner and super talented illustrator, has been releasing a new Rhubarb every day. This guy was released the other day, and is called Rhubarb's Punkins. I printed him out and colored with watercolor crayons. Next I layered onto the two different PP's (which are both from the same Target $1 spot collection). I also added some orange ribbon from my stash. The "happy fall" is from one of the clear stamps sets from SNSS. A CAS card, but just adorable with Rhubarb! Well thanks for stopping by. Have a great weekend.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Sweet 'n Sassy Digi Challenge - Sympathy

Well today's challenge at the Sweet 'n Sassy Digi Challenge Blog is one we are all challenged to create...a Sympathy Card. I don't know about you, but I dread making these...only because it is so hard to send sympathy cards. I am terrible at finding the right words to put in them, and on them. Here is what I came up with.

I started with the Rose Blossom digi from the SNSS store. I colored with watercolor crayons and cut with my CM cutting system. I layered that onto a green CS oval, and then onto the yellow PP from my stash. For the sentiment, I used the Praying for You digi image from SNSS. I layered that the same way I did the flower. I added some green twill ribbon under that. Last, I added a few little green gems to the top corner.

Be sure to head on over to the Sweet 'n Sassy Digi Challenge blog for more inspiration, and to link up your own project.

I did have to use this card for my dear friend who lost her mother. Her mother fought a tough battle with ALS...also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. She left a wonderful legacy behind her for sure. ALS, like many other horrible disease, has no cure. But, much research is being done to find a cure. Actually I will be participating in the local walk with my friend's family to help raise money to fight ALS. I am looking forward to being a part of this walk, and helping to support this family as they walk in honor of their mother.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Horse Journal

Hi there. Today I wanted to share a journal I altered with you. I started with this.. This is the 2nd one of these I have done. I really like they way the turn out. This time I decided to make a horse themed one for my middle DD. She just loves horses. I used this Mare and Foal image from QKR Stampede as my main image. I stamped it onto the greyish PP and colored with colored pencils and Gamsol. Next, I trimmed it down, and rounded the corners. Then I added it to the altered notebook. Here it is. I went with blue to look like denim. The PP is all from Stampin' Up. I cut it to fit the journal and attached with scor-tape. I used the same grey PP on the binding as I stamped the horse onto. The giant bow and ribbon is actually "recycled". My mother got a gift once, and this bow was attached. She knows me too well, and saved It was perfect for this journal. Last, I used me Cricut to cut the letters for "Notes".

Well that is all for today. Thanks so much for stopping by. I am off to clean my house for book club today. I hope I don't melt in the

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Creative Belli - Christmas in July

Hi there. Today we have a new challenge for you at the Creative Belli Challenge. This time around we are going with "Christmas in July"...with a twist! The twist is to use Karen's Christmas China as your inspiration. Karen is one of our fabulous DT ladies...isn't her china pretty? Now...I will admit...I really like this china, but trying to find something in my stash that could be made using this as the inspiration was really a tough one for me. A lot of my stash is "cutsie" stuff, and this does not fall in that So after staring at this picture for a while, I noticed the beautiful bow and holly at the very top of the I went from there. Here is what I came up with.

I found this holly and berries paper in my stash, and cut that as my base paper. Then I used the 3-D/Pattern Poinsettia stamp from Eureka Stamps to create this 3-D holly leaf. I added some green distressed stickles along the leaves. I have had these in my craftroom for awhile, but never use them. I also added some red stickles to the berries. Next, I wanted to recreate the ribbon from the china, so I grabbed some ribbon that i have never touched, but HAD to, and played with it to create a big bow. Last, I used my scalloped oval punch, punched a piece of cream CS, and added a rub-on sentiment.

Well now you need to head on over to the Creative Belli Challenge and check out what the rest of the DT ladies made. Then play along! I look forward to seeing how you use this photo as inspiration too!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Merry Christmas Snowman

Today I wanted to share a card I made using the adorable Snow Star image from Biblical Impressions Stamps. Isn't he cute???!?!!! I really like this guy. He is a fun image to play with. He has a look that could go vintage, or not too. I stamped him off on cream CS, and added a little bit of color using colored pencils and Gamsol. Then I layered onto the center of the red snowflake PP. I added the green PP pieces to the sides. All the PP are from CTMH. I layered all this onto a cream CS base. Next I needed a sentiment, and some sort of embellishment. Well the flower I had was a white/cream color to start. I really wanted red, so I decided to make my own "glimmer mist". I added a couple drops of red re-inker and a couple drops of white liquid pearl to a mini mister bottle. I filled it was water, and shook. I then lightly misted the flower. I loved the way it turned out so much, that I decided to spray the CS banner I cut for the sentiment too. You can see it a little better here. Hard to see the sparkle, but I promise it is It just gave the flower and paper a slightly different look. Well that is all for now. Thanks for stopping by, and have a fabulous hot sticky

This card is for the following challenges:

Cupcake Craft Challenge - Wish Upon a Star - Snowman is holding stars!

What if? Wednesday - Sketch Challenge

Monday, July 18, 2011

3-D Pansies

Hi there. Today I wanted to share a card I made using this photo as my inspiration......and the Pansy 3-D/pattern stamp from Eureka Stamps. So cool huh??!!! I just love these 3-D stamps from Eureka stamps. They are really very easy to use, and add so much to a project. Ok...first I need to tell you about my photo above. We have a garden in front of our bay window. Each year, I plant impatients in there, and we have bulbs in the early spring. Well this year, I switched up my flower of choice for the garden. No impatients. I bought some other things...BUT...right in the front row under the peach tree, popped up this little plant. A pansy plant! I was soooo excited since I love pansies, but I was very confused where it came I never planted these in that spot. We now call it the "random pansies". Funny thing...there is another "random pansy" plant on the side of the house growing in a rock bed! Well, I used my "random pansies" as my inspiration to make these 3-D pansies. I started by stamping the image onto white CS with purple ink. Next, I colored all the pieces with colored pencils. I used a purple pencil to go over the "dark part" of the pansy. Next, I cut out all the pieces, and began scoring and curling as the directions say to. When you make your own 3-D pansy, I recommend that you lay out the pieces exactly as the picture shows. It is easier to grab the correct number petal as the directions call for them. I also find with any of the 3-D images, they "curl" better if you use one squirt of a mini-mister bottle on it before playing with it. Well, after I got these guys together, I attached them to a simple green CS base, and added a rub-on. I really wanted to make the flowers the focal point of this card, so I didn't use any PP or other embellishments. I am going to play with this stamp again and see what other pansy creations I can come up with. If you haven't had a chance to check out the 3-D/Pattern images from Eureka Stamps yet, be sure to do it today! There are so many to choose from, and they add so much to your projects!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Rhubarb's Snowbear

Hi there. On Friday, I showed you two of the new adorable Rhubarb digis from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps. I also mentioned that each day until the 19th of July. The greatest part of these adorable teddy bears, is they are digi images, so you get them to play with instantly! Well, today I wanted to share a set of 4 Christmas cards I made using today's Rhubarb...Rhubarb Builds a Snowbear! Isn't it soooo cute!!!!!! I just love these new images. I printed out 4 of them, and trimmed them down. I layered them onto some PP from SEI, and added some ribbon from my stash. I colored just Rhubarb's scarf, and added some glitter to his belly. I also added some white liquid applique to the "snow" around his feet, and the snowbear's base. Last, I stamped the sentiment, which is from the one of the clear sets from SNSS.

Well that is all for now. Hope you love Rhubarb as much as we do at our house. Be sure to stop on over to the Sweet 'n Sassy Store, and pick up some Rhubarb digis to play with toO!

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Shower Card

I totally forgot to make a card for the shower I am going to So last night, I ran down to my craft room and "whipped" one up. Thankfully my table is once again covered in wedding album making supplies, so I was able to find something that would work. Sorry the photo isn't the greatest...the sun was already set by the time I get this done, and I have to get it ready to go for the shower. We have about an hour and 1/2 drive to get to the shower, so I didn't have too much time to get photos this morning. So...I will stop complaining and just show you what I made.

I used a white CS base, and layered this greyish PP onto that. I cut another piece of that PP and flipped it to the other side. Which is slightly darker grey in color. I layered this pretty bride dress sticker from Pebbles onto that. I decided to use my black ink pad around the edges of the PP for a little distressing. It was a little darker then I wanted, but it did bring out the black flowers in the PP more. Which is what I was trying to Next I cut a piece of white CS, and hand wrote the "Bride-to-be...", and attached that. Last, I wanted some bling. Because what fun would a wedding themed card be with out bling? So, I started with some little pearls I had, and added a couple to the "back" of the dress in the sticker. You can see I put 3 on there. I really liked the way it turned out. I also added a few i-Rock gems to the dress too. You can see a couple in this photo. I also used i-Rock gems on the sentiment strip, and on the "i" in Bride.

Well that is all this time for Have a great day!

Shower Gift

Hi you are reading this, I am off at a bridal shower for my husband's uncle's fiance. Say that ten times Anyway, I wanted to make them something special as a gift instead of the usual crockpot gift...ha ha. So today I am going to share with you what I made.

I started with one of the 7 Gypsies white trays. Next, I picked up a bunch of white patterned papers at my LSS. They all have some sort of pretty detail to them, and are all shiny. I also purchased some glitter alphabet letters, butterfly stickers (Martha Stewart collection), and a couple different rhinestone and pearls flourishes. OH yeah, and the little rhinestone trim that I used along the outside of the tray. I cut the papers to fit inside each "spot", and glued them down with scor-tape. Next I decorated each rectangle with the embellishments I bought. Like I said before, I used a rhinestone trim along the outside of the tray. This was sold "on a roll", so it was actually super easy to put on. I hope they like it! I also made them a set of thank you notes as part of the shower gift. I didn't get a photo of them, but they are just a simple white card with a "thank you" sentiment and some pretty ribbon I picked up at Hobby Lobby. Well that is all for now. I must seriously focus on the wedding gift now. I am making them an album, and I only have 12 pages done....AHHHHHHHH!!!! That is my major project for the coming weeks...ha ha. Thanks for stopping by.

This is for the following challenges:

Cupcake Craft Challenge - Top 150 - I picked #19 - Alter Something

Simon Says Challenge - Anything Goes

Friday, July 15, 2011

Bling Bling

Hi there, if you are here for the QKR Stampede Blog Hop, please scroll down 1 post. is Friday...which means...a brand new challenge for you over at the Sweet 'n Sassy Digi Challenge!!!! Oh, and what a great week to play along. If you are a follower of Sweet 'n Sassy, then you have already met the latest addition to the SNSS family...if!!!! Isn't he adorable!!!!! Here is the best part...everyday from now until July 19th, a new Rhubarb digi will be introduced. So be sure the check the site daily to see which Rhubarb is next. I used the Rhubarb the Teddy Bear image for my creation today. Oh, and in all my excitement over Rhubarb, I forgot to tell you what the challenge is...Bling...add bling to you project using a SNSS digi image. Well here is a close up of some of my bling. Any idea what it is/was before it ended up on this LO page?
You can see from the photo, I used 4 of these metal blingy daisies. I am going to give you a minute to try to figure out what it is...I will post the answer at the end of the post. For now...lets talk about this page. When I first saw Rhubarb, I thought he would be perfect for this LO page I needed to make for my 2011 scrapbook. My middle DD had to bring home the Kindergarten class teddy bear for a weekend back in April. Well...I thought it would be fun to use this digi on the page for our EDU Visit. My bling is the glittery title letters, as well as the metal daisies. I colored Rhubarb with watercolor crayons, and fussy cut him. I layered him onto the PP from DCWV. Then I added my photos, and journaling.
I was so excited about Rhubarb, I decided to share another card I made using the Rhubarb's Blocks digi. I am going to a baby shower in August, and needed a card for that. I thought this guy was perfect. Can you tell it is going to be a I colored him with colored pencils and gamsol, and trimmed with my CM cutting system. Next I layered with the PP from SEI. There is actually a rub-on sentiment, but it is hard to see due to the super bright sun when I took the I also wanted to make him "cuddly", so I added some blue fun flock to his belly and feet. Well, that is all for now. Thanks for stopping by.

OH YEAH...those daisy blings...EARRINGS! I had bought them, and ended up not liking them at all. They were just too big, so I used some wire cutters, and cut off all the "extras", and layered onto my page!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

QKR Stampede - Christmas in July Blog Hop

Hi there, and welcome to the QKR Stampede Christmas in July Blog hop! If you just arrived here from the QKR Stampede Blog, then you are on the right track! If not, be sure to head back there first to get all the details on how you can WIN!!!! There are 3 chances to win this month, so make sure you go back and read all the details. Well now onto my cards I made for this hop. I decided to use the Snowman Christmas Tree image for my cards today. I wanted to try to make 2 different cards using the same image, and here is what I did. As you can see, the PP is all the same (from SEI), but the way I used the image is slightly different. For the first card, I just stamped him off with black ink and added a little bit of color using markers. I also added some stickles to the star, ornaments, and buttons. For the second card, I stamped the image with Versamark onto the green PP. Then I embossed with sparkly white embossing powder. I was going for a different type of look with this one, and very simple. I did add some stickles to this one too. Last, I added the sentiments to each of them. It is one of the 4 holiday sentiments that come in the Deck the Halls stamp set. All 4 sentiments are holiday/Christmas, but in different fonts and sizes. I like the diversity of that set. Well that is all from me. I will merrily send you off to your next stop along this hop which is....


If at any point you get "lost", head on over to the QKR Stampede BLog for a complete hop order. Also, see any images along the way you love???!!! Well what are you waiting for? Head on over to the QKR Stampede Store. There are 100's of awesome stamps to choose from.

Camp Notes

Well in just a few short days I will be sending my oldest DD off to camp. The hardest part is I can't mail her anything, since it may not make it in time., my hubby, my mom, my dad, and my in-laws write letters that get packing into each day's clothes. So they end up getting a letter from home each day. HOWEVER, they can mail us letters, so I decided to make both my girls some "Camp Notes" to mail home. My middle DD goes off the last week of July, so I just got them all done at once. Today I wanted to share what I made. This first set if for my oldest DD. She is headed off for 2 weeks of ropes courses, zip lines, rock wall climbing, and more extreme sports. For her cards, I used the Cowboy Owl stamp from QKR Stampede. Yes, I did NOT color the images. I did that on I thought it would be fun for her to personalize each card before she sends them. They are very simple, but cute. I hand wrote the "Howdy from camp!" on each one with a gel pen.

Here is the set for my middle DD.Guess what kind of camp she is going to? lovers week. Since the kids are all younger, they are mostly spending the week teaching the kids about horses, and how to care for them. They are supposed to go for a ride at least one of the days too. She is just ecstatic about the whole thing. Like the other set, I left the image uncolored so she could color them herself. She did tell me yesterday that she will color them all like her favorite horse at camp. The image is called Mare and Foal also from QKR Stampede. I hand wrote the sentiment on these also. I can't wait to get one of each of these cards in the mail!!!!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Another Set of Christmas Cards

Hi there. I hope you are having a good start to your week so far. I am in "panic mode" I am sending my oldest off to camp this coming Sunday for 2 whole weeks. Which means I have to get her packed and ready by Friday night, because we will be spending our Saturday at a bridal shower about an hour drive from here. Then the following week I send my middle daughter off for a week. I know they will have a blast, but it is a mom's job to worry right? HA HA.

Well, today I wanted to share a set of Christmas cards I made using this Christmas Tree stamp from Biblical Impressions. I just love the simplicity look of this stamp. So elegant. It looks like a swirly ribbon, or garland wrap to me. is what I did. I used the same image 6 times to make 6 different cards. Here they are. Pretty neat huh? All the PPs are from Echo Park. The sentiments are either rub-ons, or stamps from QKR Stampede (our sister company). I really enjoyed playing with these images to get 6 totally different cards. All of the trees were stamped with Versamark, and embossed with either silver or bronze embossing powder. Then I trimmed them down to a rectangle. All the tree pieces of CS are the same size on each card. Then I just went to town playing with the PP to get different looks. Well, what do you think? It is kinda nice that I have been able to get a jump start on my Christmas cards for this year. I think I have close to 25 done already!

Well that is all for me for now. Thanks for stopping by!