Monday, January 31, 2011
Saturday, January 29, 2011
The sweet thing above is me modeling the crepe paper hula skirt and tissue flower that I made for a fourth grade art project. See, I was crafty even way back then!! I scanned the black and white photo, printed it, and added chalks for the bit of color. I have birds singing in the background as well as flowers.
While I was looking through boxes of old photos I found a notepad that I made for my dad when I was in the first grade. It was well used and even has some of my dad's old notes in it. I wonder if he took a lot of teasing when he pulled out his pink note pad!! Thought you might want to take a look at it since it has my first grade school photo on the front and I wrote my dad's name "Curtis" on the front too.
Be sure to check out Connie, Kerrie, Kym, Mary Anne, Olga, Patti and Sue, the other roses in our bouquet!!
I was so excited to see my envelope in the mailbox from Annabelle Stamps. It had come all the way from Australia and I was right there to welcome it to its new home!
The set I had ordered is All Things Grow and you can see it here on the right. Aren't those grasses and butterflies gorgeous???? Nature at its best!
I was eager to use this lovely set and Annabelle Stamps had just posted the February Sketch -- how convenient! I only used two of the stamps in this set for my card so I've got lots more to try out -- look out for more to come!
Friday, January 28, 2011
Hope you enjoyed a touch of spring!
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
I made this card for my stamping/blogging friend Colleen. The stamp is named "Valerie's Gift", in memory of Colleen's daughter. I used colored pencils which were blended with baby oil. I put glitter on her hat, collar and cuffs and used a sakura clear glitter pen on the gift bow, tissue paper, and around the oval that was cut with a nestability. Background paper and punch outs on the inside of the card are from a Colorbok paper pack. The butterflies were cut and embossed with a Cuttlebug die and folders. A shimmery ribbon, flowers, and pearls were the finishing touches on the front of the card.
It was such a pleasure for me to be able to join in this blog hop to honor our friend and to let her know how much we care about her. I never imagined that you could make such good friends over the internet but I have been so blessed by my internet friendships -- Colleen is just one among many!!
Listed below is the order of the hop. If you arrived in the middle, please start at Mary Anne's because these ladies are fantastic card makers. They inspire me each and every day with their creations!
Mary Anne http://lakesidestamping.blogspot.com/
Patti J. http://cherisheachpreciousday.blogspot.com/
Linda Payne http://paynehollercards.blogspot.com/
Dee Marie http://aninkyimagination.blogspot.com/
Betty Benton http://bbstamps.blogspot.com/ YOU ARE HERE!
Patti Sue Nelson http://stampersize.blogspot.com/
Theresa Pollock http://theresastudio.blogspot.com/
Cheri Weston http://stampnboomer.blogspot.com/
Geri U. http://geriscards.blogspot.com/
Rebekka Reed http://diamondintherough24.blogspot.com/
Selma S. http://selmasstampingcorner.blogspot.com/
Patti Painter http://papercreationsbypatti.blogspot.com/
Monday, January 24, 2011
Over at thehousethatstampsbuilt.com the challenge is to CASE this card by Joy Hadden that is shown at the right.
I cased Joy's layout and also followed ABC's Christmas Challenge to use black and white, with only the image having color. I attempted to make "brads" but was not thrilled with the outcome so I just punched a little black circle and added pearls in the middle! Other tools used were a Cuttlebug embossing folder, two punches from Stampin' Up (scallop border and tiny circle) and nestabilities from Spellbinders. My focal image is a stamp I picked up from the $1 bin at Michael's a couple of years ago. Okay, I just read all the instructions about the ABC challenge and we were supposed to use the freebie Dustin Pike image, so if you enter their challenge, be sure to read all the rules!! I may not be able to win a prize, but I do have another Christmas card done and that's a prize in itself!!
Yall come back now, 'ya hear!
Sunday, January 23, 2011
Hope you all have a terrific week!
Saturday, January 22, 2011
Friday, January 21, 2011
Another card today with a cute MelJens Designs image that I think will be a terrific card for Operation Write Home. I simply cannot get enough of MelJens images -- they are soooo cute! The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink's Everyday Button Bits. I will be entering this card in the following challenges:
Truly Scrumptious 49-- to use the colors brown, pink and green
Stamp Something Challenge -- use cute somethings
Fab 'N Funky Challenge -- animal magic
See ya later,
I have two cards with hearts on them which is the challenge over at Speedy's Friends blog. My first card may not be traditional valentine colors, but orange is my grandson Ashton's favorite color so this will be his valentine. I jotted down the author of this digi when I printed it out but can I find it now????? Of course not! Thought I could find it again at Free Digital Stamps but must be overlooking it somehow -- sorry I can't give credit.
This card was made with the sketch challenge at StampTV. I used three different Gina K. Designs sets -- Wild at Heart, Spring Mix, and Fanciful Tags. Red rhinestones are in the middle of the hearts and the white background is embossed with Cuttlebug's Candy Cane Stripes. I will enter this in the "pink and red" challenge at MelJens Designs. I stamped the flower in white on Real Red cardstock but it looks much more pink than it does white.
Thanks for stopping by,
Thursday, January 20, 2011
I have one more Christmas card made, my friends!! The sketch is from Christmas Card Challenges, Week #7 (see sketch below) and the color combo is from Just Us Girls 67 to use aqua, coral, and green. The pine tree branch is from Flourishes, All That Glitters and the digital stamp is from MelJens Designs -- one of the images I won recently! The background was done with a Cuttlebug embossing folder, one of the Winter Wonderland set.
It's colder today and we've got a drizzling rain; someone's supposed to come look at the house this afternoon; hope the weather doesn't deter them!
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
This valentine was made for two challenges: Annabelle Stamps say it in Red and White; and Speedy's Friends -- to use hearts on your card.
The patterned paper was made with Annabelle Stamps Backgrounds by Design2 and the heart images come from GTC's Crafty Corner. I also used some sheer red ribbon that I found at Big Lots.
Wanted to say Congrats! to a friend of mine, Mary Anne, who was a winner recently at Speedy the Cat's Friends Blog Hop! Way to go, Mary Anne!! Won't you have fun getting a sneak peek at one of the coming new releases!
Friday, January 14, 2011
Ashton's favorite has been the fireplace. He loves backing up to it and getting his back side all toasty and warm. A rocking chair in front of it works pretty well too!
Brianna has made a new friend here. His name is Biskit and he likes anyone who has a lap! The only trouble is, Brianna's lap doesn't stay still for too long at one time!
Thursday, January 13, 2011
I'll be going to Mississippi tomorrow with my daughter and grandkids so I won't be posting cards for the next few days. I'll try to take a picture or two to share with you though so don't forget to come by!!
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Monday, January 10, 2011
The sentiment is from Stampin' Up, image is by Just Inklined, and the digi papers are by Szunyo. I've been bemoaning the fact that all of the dp I had before moving to Mexico is in storage and it just occured to me that I have a wealth of digital papers saved to my computer! Had a lot of fun looking through them last night!
Hope you've all been safe and warm today,
Saturday, January 8, 2011
Will also be entering this card in some other challenges:
Speedy's Friends -- to use embossing (I heat embossed the borders in black)
Stampin' B's -- to use something old and something new
the new is the border stamp that I blogged about yesterday; also dp from DD at Christmas
the old is Stampin' Up Certainly Celery cardstock (is it still an active color????)
Now, on to the last challenge which requires some explanation. Annabelle Stamps is having a recipe challenge to use 1 border stamp, 2 flowers, and 3 gems. Okay, I guess I just don't know how to follow a recipe. I ended up with 1 border stamp, but I used it twice; my stemed flower has five blooms, and I used six pink pearls. I could say that I got confused and thought that it was supposed to be:
1. border stamp
3. gems BUT,
that would be a big old fat lie and I couldn't live with myself. So, I will just take myself over to the time out corner and sit out this challenge -- but I did want to show my card to you, Andrea, Sue, and all you other sweet gals! And to show you how much I appreciate winning the border stamps!
Friday, January 7, 2011
You might want to check to see if there is a store nearby you that sells this paper and you could avoid the shipping charge. Just call first, to make sure they are still in business. You can find this info at the main page of xpedxstores. There should be a tab about store locations.
Let me know if you need more info. I found it by googling XPEDX Paper.
Thursday, January 6, 2011
Wednesday, January 5, 2011
Speedy's Friends -- to use something new; the cuttlebug folder Tiny Bubbles and the ribbon are new and were given to me by a wonderful friend.
Sassy Cheryl's -- to use the color blue (the image is from Sassy Cheryl's -- isn't it joyful?!)
Thanks for stopping by,
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
I don't often make "frillly" cards but here's my attempt at one. I took the photo of the rose and all the lacy, flowery embellishments were given to me by a friend. I will be entering this card in two challenges:
Flourishes Timeless Tuesday Challenge 99 to use flowers of any kind.
Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge 85 fancy, plain or in between (guess I'd be in between!)Here are the two sketches:
Monday, January 3, 2011
Sunday, January 2, 2011
Saturday, January 1, 2011
Happy New Year to all my blogging/stamping friends!! It was one year ago today that I created my first post on this blog. A number of my friends had been telling me what fun it was; I didn't think it was something I wanted to do but I finally gave in and I have to admit that I was wrong. It has been as much fun as they told me it would be!!