Monday, August 27, 2007

Pachelbel Bedtime

Found this linked on SCS, it is so sweet! I haven't posted a video before, so I'm just testing to see if I do it right. Hope you enjoy it!

Thursday, August 23, 2007

My favorite stamp.... for today!!

I made this card for a challenge over on Paper Princess at Play. The challenge is to make a card using your favorite stamp, and then you must send the card to someone this week. Well, it is definitely hard for me to pick one favorite stamp or set... there are just so many wonderful choices. I usually gravitate to my newer stamps, but can you believe I don't have any sets from the new SU catalog yet! My first order is actually due to arrive on Monday. (Yippee!)

Anyway, this set just retired in June, but it is new to me. I really love it! I cased this card from steubner on SCS... I just changed the color combo and a few minor details. The colors I used are Old Olive, Ruby Red, So Saffron and Chocolate Chip. The stamp sets I used are Mixed Bouquet, Itty Bitty Backgrounds, and Small Sayings. The So Saffron paper is from my Palette O' Prints pack. Now I just have to decide who will be the lucky recipient of this card....
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Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Tickled Pink

I love this flamingo from the Tickled Pink stamp set. It is just so adorable! I don't actually own this set, this is one of the images I received from a Wish-RAK friend. The sketch I used is one I found at Mama Dini's Stamperia. Dina is having a sketch challenge contest, check it out here.

That's all for now... my daughter is begging me to take her shopping for the last few school supplies we need.
Our school starts on September 4, not long now! Mom is really ready, and I think the kids are starting to look forward to it too. :)
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Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Another Beate sketch

This is a 5X5 card I made recently for Beate's sketch challenge. I used my Basic Grey Lily Kate pattern paper, along with SU Bashful Blue cardstock. The Bubble Queen image is watercolored, and I added stickles to the bubbles. It looks so sparkly in person! The "stitching" around the green floral panel was added with the All In A Row stamp set, and the sentiment is from Noteworthy. I love how it turned out!
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Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Taking a step back....

I had a family birthday party to attend over the weekend. My cousin Kelsey turned 11. She feels more like a niece to me, though, because of the age difference. My oldest son is actually 6 months older than her. Anyway, I asked her mom if she had any ideas for a gift for Kelsey, or if she would rather have cash. Cash was the answer, which totally works for me, because it's just so darn easy. I altered this notebook to give her along with the cash, because I just love altering notebooks and journals of any kind. I figured that type of thing is perfect for an 11 year old girl, too. I think she liked it!
On another note, I have been giving some thought to my blog. I have kind of lost the drive to post consistently. I enjoy looking at so many other blogs, but I don't feel like I have anything new to offer. So I may just post less frequently or take a break altogether, I haven't really decided yet. Just thought I'd mention it, in case anyone wonders where I went. Maybe things will change again once school starts, and I have more time to breathe... :)
Happy stamping!

Thursday, August 9, 2007

A fun layout

I have recently added a TON of stamping blogs to my Google reader so I can actually keep up with them, instead of reading hit and miss, and then trying to remember where I saw some wonderful inspiration...

One of those blogs is Mama Dini's Stamperia. I found a super cute card on her blog, you can see it here. I knew right away that I had to case the card layout, because of it's simplicity and the fun way it shows off pattern paper. It is a basic A2 size card, but you just trim an inch off the right side of the top panel.

So here are a couple cards I created using that layout. The first card uses a Penny Black hedgehog stamp and double sided pattern paper from Bo Bunny. The sentiment is from the retired Stampin' Up set Small Sayings.

The second card uses the Sweeter Treaters set from Stampin' Up, which is also retired. I rarely make Halloween cards, but I happened to see a really cute card in Stamp It! cards magazine last summer, and I decided I had to have the set. I got a decent deal on ebay off season, so I figured I better put the set to use. I just picked this Halloween paper up at Hobby Lobby. The bat paper is from Frances Meyer, and the stripes and spooky words paper are both from KI Memories.

So there you have it! Two ideas for this fun layout. I know this is one I will definitely use again and again.

Have a great day, everyone!

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

A wish granted....

This beautiful card was sent to me by Kathleen Curry. The different shades of purple are all textured cardstock. The butterfly is stamped in silver ink on the left panel... it looks so very pretty in person. And I love how Kathy tied the ribbon, doesn't it look nice?

I had posted a wish for some images from the Send a Celebration set recently in the Wish-RAK forum. Kathy surprised me by sending the complete set, new and unmounted! Wow... Thanks, Kathy!

I can't wait to play with my new stamps... I'll have to post something using the set soon. But for now, I'm off to catch some zzzz's. Goodnight, everone!

Saturday, August 4, 2007

Wish big!

Here's a card I made a while ago, that hasn't been posted yet. This is a Buckle Card, it's really fun and easy to make... here is a great tutorial by Beate with detailed instructions.

The colors were inspired by the striped pattern paper that I used from my sister's stash. I love this combo, it just seems cheerful and spunky to me. The colors are Old Olive, Tempting Turquoise, and Eggplant Envy (retired) from Stampin' Up.

The stamp sets that were used are Living Large, Seeing Spots, and Small Script - all from Stampin' Up. The main image was watercolored, and the cake image popped up on dimensionals. I love the final results!

Friday, August 3, 2007

Oh, what fun!

I participated in the Altered August exchange this month. Look at all the wonderful goodies I got from ginapier! She altered a lunch tin for me, a cute little notebook, and a hanging picture frame ornament. On top of that, she sent tons of ribbon, embossing powder, clear stamps, brads, a photo album, an Inkadinkadoo stamp set, paper flowers, Bella images galore, and some adorable frog and ladybug stickers! It's so much fun being spoiled by a fellow stamper.

Thanks, Gina!

Thursday, August 2, 2007

Friends for the long haul...

This card is for the July Wish-RAK card contest - Category #2. The card had to include Wish-RAK images and a tag with sentiment on it. The images are from the SU Loads of Love set, and the paper is more of my recent favorite... Magnolia by My Mind's Eye.

I made this card for a very good friend of mine who moved away several years ago. We have been friends since we were 12 years old.... hard to believe that's been 20 years now! We spent so much time together growing up, we were more like sisters. I miss her terribly, but whenever we get together, it's as if nothing has changed. It takes a little more effort now to maintain our friendship, but we are definitely friends for the long haul!