Friday, December 28, 2007

Snowy Days = Stamping Time!!!

Ahhhhhhhh...........nothing quite as nice as a blustery, snowy day so I can stay inside and stamp, stamp, stamp!!!! With this cold/sinusitis I don't feel like doing too much anyway!! So here are my latest creations!!


House Mouse Wish.....this was another SCS challenge........Limited Supply. A list is posted of the only things we're allowed to use! This was tough!! White Cardstock, 2 designs of Patterned Paper, 1 piece of ribbon, 1 image that we could color, and optional sentiment. NO tools of any kind!!!! Just adhesive!! LOL













Escape! This is the first card I made with my brand new Wanted stamp set!!! And matching paper, of course!!! I love these Western stamps and papers!! Add a little hardware and twine and Voila!








Tea Time Tile........this was for an SCS challenge.......using Stazon. So why not make myself a little Mousie coaster??!! So I did.........but I used Twinkling H2O's for the first time and learned a LOT!! Like they need to dry in between colors so they don't run!! And I do hope they seal well so I really can use this as a coaster!!








Wintergreen! This was another Gina K. sketch she posted on SCS and on her blog! I love this layout!!! And am so in love with the Wintergreen SU paper!!!! I used the Let It Snow stamp set. Add some stickles and brads and a bit of gold cording for glitz!!! Gina commented on my card!!! :)








Sparkle!! Oh yeah........another SCS Sketch challenge...........and why not more snowflakes and glitter??!!!! LOLOL Perfect winter day for it!!! I used a fun snowflake embellie and some glitter........okay, well, lots of glitter!!!

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

More Challenge and Fun Cards!!!!

I'm keeping up with the challenges on Splitcoast...........and loving the new inspiration, techniques and everyone's samples!!!! So.......here are some challenge cards, as well as House Mouse!!! :)




This was for the Tuesday Color Challenge on SCS........Glorious Green, Real Red, and Green Galore. I wanted to make a non-holiday card..........so this is what I came up with!! I used the SU Love Matters stamp set, Black Stazon and SU Markers, a fun big prima with a red brad and the red double-stitched ribbon. I used the Photo corner punch and paper piercing for little touches.




This card was for the Gina K. sketch she posted on SCS as well as on her website! I LOVE Gina K. stamps!!!! And I'm especially addicted to the wintery ones!!! For this card I used Gina K....Got Snow? stamp set, Brocade Blue and Whisper White cardstock and some non-SU patterned paper. I used silver metallic paper I put thru the Cuttlebug with the Snowflakes folder. I LOVE metallic paper with the CB backgrounds!! I just used a Prisma Pencil and a snowflake brad and paper piercing for a little extra detail. Oh and guess what?? Gina commented on my card!!!! Made my day!!! :)




This was indeed a challenge for me!! A Splitcoast Technique challenge.............called Expressiomistic. Yeah, type THAT 3 times fast!!!! LOL It's sooooooooo cool!! But I need tons of practice!!! Basically you ink up your image and then spritz it with water and stamp it onto the cardstock. Let it dry and then stamp the image again on top of the slightly blurred image using a different color. Like I said........awesome technique........I just need to do some more to get the hang of it!! My first snowflake is hideous!! But it's hiding behind one of the oval punchies!!! LOL I used Pretty in Pink, Taken with Teal and Whisper White cardstock. Also used Pretty in Pink and Taken with Teal inkpads. Added a teal ribbon, some teal brads and a little stickles for some glitz!!




Awww.........how can anyone resist these little cuties???? I know I can't!!! So when a fellow Flybaby friend helped me out by adding this little stamp to my collection.........I just had to make a card!!!! :) A very seasonal card!!! I just used Garden Green cardstock with the Wintergreen Patterned paper. Added some heart brads and some fun ribbon and colored with Prisma Watercolor Pencils and used the Gamsol technique (mineral spirits).

New Light Box = Cool Photos!


This is fun!! Ok, so my dd is still doing most of the photography and staging........but it's so cool to have. Now to get some good photography books from the library and learn not by trial and error alone!!! ;)

Sooooo.........here is Jaimee's card...........she definitely has a different style than I do!! It's very clean and not glittery!!! LOL I think her card is beautiful! The verse is from the song The Lighthouse by the bluegrass/folk band Nickel Creek. I think she did a wonderful job!!!






Sunday, December 23, 2007

Autism Awareness

My dear friend Keri posted this on her blog and I am doing the same! Although my son was not diagnosed with Autism.....he was diagnosed with a social phobia.....so kids with any special needs are near and dear to my heart!! And when will our society put the focus and money on the well-being of our children, our future?? I hope this little bit helps!!! The recording group Five For Fighting is one of my favorites.....and they are helping tremendously with this awareness campaign. Just click to view this video and another 40 cents goes to fund research. Thanks!!

Autism Awareness Video

New Light Box!!!!


Okay................so my friend who's the SU Demo had a Light Box that they were getting rid of. She gave me a FANtastic deal 'cuz one light is broken. Well.......kinda but not really......the switch doesn't work, but her hubby fixed it so that it still does work!!! They are such awesome friends!! Anyway...........I brought it home and was ready to start taking professional pictures!!! Only problem................I kinda forgot that I was NOT a professional!!! GRRRRRRRRR!!!!!!! My first several photos did not turn out super fantastic perfect.........and I was not happy!! Sheeeeeeeeeeeeeesh!!!!!!! So I went to the Grocery Store and let my daughter work with it! She has more creative staging ideas and definitely had more patience in practicing using it and taking TONS of photos of the same card. I think she did a teriffic job!! But we've still got lots of learning to do to get the settings and lightness and etc. just right!! But I am happy with my new acquisition......I must learn patience and patience and patience!!! LOL

A Birdhouse from Grandpa


My wonderful Father-in-Law made a fun and creative birdhouse for us!! Well, he bought the birdhouse from the jail where they have inmates learning various trades as part of a rehab program. Then he painted it!! I think he made one for each of his kids............there are 8!!! :) I think we'll wait until we buy a new house to put it up so we can get it nice and sturdy. James' folks are 70 and are super active and busy and fairly healthy overall........they can outdo us!!! LOL

Saturday, December 22, 2007

My very first altered container!!


Okeedokee............here it is!! My first altered container!! I absitively posolutely LOVE the Cerise SU paper!!!! So just imagine this filled with home-made Hot Cocoa and cookies!!! I really enjoyed making this.....but did have some frustrations with it being so.......well.......round! Edges do not like to stay down very well! But I figured it out and what great gifts these make!! I have lots of family and friends....so I think I'll be saving all kinds of containers to alter and give yummy treats as gifts!!! :)

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Cards, Cards, Cards!!!

Having sooooooooo much fun getting inspired to make more cards!! And to catch up with a fellow flybaby or two on messenger helps the time fly and the creative blocks not be so bad!!!




Here's my first EVER SCS Sketch Challenge!!!! It was funnnnnn!!!!!! AND.......wow!! Sure helps with creative blocks!!! I think I'm gonna be lovin' the challenges!!!



Had to make a little House Mousie card for a special thinking of you for a friend!! You just can't help but smile when you see these little guys!!




Glitter, glitz, shimmer, sparkle.............etc, etc....................I LOVE sparkle and glitter..........can you tell???? LOL This one was for my chemo patient I send cards too..........I hope it gets there at just the right time for her to have a smile and enjoy the holiday with her family! She found out she's cancer free..........so an extra special celebration is in order!!!!






Snowmen............toooooo fun!!! Just trying some different colors and designs!!

I'm LOVIN' the Gina K snowy stamps..........can you tell???!!! I love winter...........and snow........and cold...........etc, etc.............so this was just another For-Fun card!!!!

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Fun, Fun, Fun!!




We had such a fun time at the Surprise 40th Anniversary Party/Talent Show for a couple at church! Lots of fun talents!! The little girls singing a Spanish Lullaby were soooooo precious!!! My favorite performance of the night was DD's group doing their Spanish Dance that they've been choreographing and practicing since June!!! :) The girls were just beautiful and the dance was the hit of the night as well as a perfect Finale!!!! Here are the pics of the girls and a pic of hubby and I!!!


Thursday, December 13, 2007

Wishing You Joy!!!


Okay...........Sarah and I stamped another color challenge card "together" tonite. I chose the In Colors..............Blue Bayou and Groovy Guava!! I really like those new In colors!!! Well..........this layout was a direct CASE of a card I have in My Favorites in my SCS Gallery. I'm trying new things...........and thought this would be a bright and cheery hello for a friend!! AND.........I inked up my new Gina K. Make A Wish set that I hadn't used yet!!! Fun Fun Fun!!!! What's better than stamping with friends???!!!! :)

An Anniversary Challenge card!


Okay..........well.........I've been working so hard at organizing and re-organizing all my stampin' and craftin' stuff as I've got to be able to have my shhhhtuffff around.........but as I have to share my craft space with the living room and schooling area..........I really needed to re-adjust!!!! LOL It's still a work in progress......but I needed a really pretty anniversary card for a special surprise 40th Anniversary for a couple at church. And I needed it by Saturday. Sooooooooo.......I was chatting with SarahNel.........fellow Flybaby and SU Demo extraordinaire!!! She gave me a color combo with the set I told her I thought about using.................she did the challenge with me..........I LOVE messenger!!!! :) Anyway...............the colors were Choc Chip, Cranberry and River Rock. I had to substitute so I used Close to Cocoa, Pomegranate and River Rock. What do you think?????????? I am really trying to grow in my card making on not be so one-dimensional and predictible!!! I also restrained myself in my use of Stickles!!!!!! LOLOL

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

My Badges!

Okay............well badge!! Sarah.....aka....nelsonwoman and Sarah's Stampin'......designed an AWESOME badge for all of us SCS Flybabies who are blogging now!!! Isn't it waaaaaaaaay cool???!!!! :)

Hmmm...........any other badges I should be adding????

Monday, December 10, 2007

My Native American Name!

Okay.......I'm having fun with blogthings today!!! Besides......I have ALWAYS been fascinated by the Native American culture.......so this was extra fun!!


Your Native American Name Is...
Anevay Chepi

Your name means: Superior Fairy

My Elf Name!!

Okay......so here's my silly Elf Name according to blogthings!!!! :)

Your Elf Name Is...
Twinkles Eggnog Breath

Saturday, December 8, 2007

Stampin' Projects!

I am enjoying some Stampin' Time!! Soooo........I feel like such newbie still....after a year of stamping!! But I look at so many gorgeous designs on blogs and in the SCS galleries.........well, as long as I keep practicing and always have fun......I'll get even more creative juices flowing, right!!!?? ;)

Here's some recent creations...........2 smaller 4x4 cards for my Elf-ing packages!! My Elf pkgs couldn't be a surprise because of a special gift that was in them!!!! :)


Then an attempt at Soot Stamping without my wonderful instructor Sarah in St. Louis!!!! It's okay, but you can't see the blue spectrum ink under the soot........and I caught the C/S on fire too!!! Ah well............I did enjoy it and I think I salvaged it okay!!!


And, of course..........another glittery snowman!!!!! I LOVE glitter!!! And I LOVE snow!!! :)


And another treat box.........with an Autumn Theme this time!! I am lovin' making these and filling them with goodies to give away!!!!


Soooooooooooooo............you can see how I'm enjoying our wintery blast of snow and wind!! Inside toasty warm!!!!