Thursday, December 30, 2010

A manly sketch challenge with a Colour Q

Hi all and Merry {late} Christmas!!!! I hope it was a great one with lots of yummy food and quality family time! We definitely enjoyed ours and the monsters seemed quite happy with all of their new things. On to the card!

First of all, I got a new camera and I mention this because I wanted to upload this card to Splitcoast and I can't crop it small enough to do so! Bummer! So I guess I need to check some settings (or if anyone has a clue what to do, please share!) and try again. I made this for the sketch challenge this week AND for the ColourQ challenge. I love their challenges and have stalked them for a while, but this will be my first time participating. We needed a card for one of my hubby's coworkers and since it's been sooo long since I stamped, I needed a LOT of guidance on where to get started. *note: I have never claimed to be much of a seamstress, especially when it comes to straight lines, so anything that does turn out straight, was purely an act of God! *a note on that note: Now I know why they're called a "seamstress" because "sewer" looks like that place where the alligators live (ha, name that movie!). Moving on... I ran the olive layer through my 'bug using the houndstooth folder and the basic gray layer is already textured. The tree layer is up on dimensionals. I colored the tree with SU markers. The sentiment is from an Elzybells (*sniff*) set. Added a little sewing and done!
Well, for those of you that check in once in a while, I truly appreciate it! I promise to make myself stamp more and therefore, POST more to my poor little blog!
I hope that 2011 brings you all many blessings! Happy New Year!!!!!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

A merry Flourish challenge

Hi again! Aaahhh, don't you just love holidays? Time off from work, spending time with your family and oh, yea, STAMPING time! Lots to be thankful for!
Here's a card I made for the Flourishes blog challenge FTTC94. I ordered this new set, Christmas Classics a couple of weeks ago and it has been calling my name! Love this set with it's classic images and sweet sentiments. I paper pieced the stockings and colored the rest copics and SU markers. I added frosted lace stickles to the white parts of the stockings. The sentiment was spritzed with some marshmallow glimmer mist.
Thanks for stopping by!


Last but not least...

This boy...

is the baby, but don't call him that!
is obsessed with Storm Troopers... slightly. ;)
is so full of energy!
has the sweetest puppy dog eyes that may or may not have gotten him out of trouble a time or two.
says the most random things.
is very competitive, as are the other two.
is the perfect piece to complete our little family circle.

Stay tuned... I actually have a card to upload! Yikes, I know!


Friday, October 29, 2010

Now this boy...

Is the sweetest middle child... ever.
Is turning ten on Saturday.
Is more thoughtful and considerate than most people.
Is a perfectionist.
Is an awesome baseball player!
Makes me proud every day.

Happy Birthday, sweet pea.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

This boy...

Is a ham!
Is making me feel old, now that he's a teenager.
Is smart.
Is a cancer survivor!
Is stronger than he realizes sometimes (see above!).
Is part of the reason I don't get to stamp much, but that's okay because he's awesome and there's nothing I'd rather do than watch him kick butt on the baseball field.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Dessert Rose sketchy card

Oh my, I know it's been a loooong time since my last post. Not by choice, trust me!
Here's a card I made today for Julee's MOJO159 challenge. I used the small butterfly from Verve's Blue Skies set - cut it out and added stickles to it. The sentiment is from Flourishes (couldn't find one of my Verve sentiment sets! bummer!). I cuttlebugged the layer under the butterfly and the top part of the rose red layer. Love this lace ribbon I got during my last trip to A's. Added a button w/ silver cording for some extra detail.

THANKS for stopping by!!!


Friday, August 13, 2010

Do pearls go with gingham?

Well, I think so! At least on this card, ha! Kind of an elegant country look, no? I made this for Flourishes new release blog challenge to make a card inspired by a games that kids play. I went with four square. I'd never heard of it before, but my boys have loved playing it at school for a couple of years now.
This is my first card with one of my newest Flourishes stamps. And btw, have you seen their new Sunflower set????!!! Jaw dropping, I tell you! This is colored w/ copics, then sponged with regal rose SU ink. The gingham dp is a retired one from SU. It was tough cutting that image into four squares, I have to say, but I like the final look. I added a button w/ hemp to the ribbon and some pearls on the corners of the riding hood red layer to finish it all up. I'll add a sentiment to the lower right square of the main image once I need it for an occasion.
Thanks for stopping by!


Monday, August 9, 2010

Pink and dotted Miss Anya

I really love coloring these TGF images! They just come to life once colored! This sweet girl is from the Miss Anya collection, I believe. She's colored w/ copics and is up on dimensionals. I'll either save this for my nieces' next birthday or send it as a "just because"... they live in Japan, so we haven't seen them in two years! Gotta love the Air Force! If it's not pink or purple and sparkly, she don't want it! Ha! She's the only girl I get to shop for, well, little girl, I should say. I made this for the 7kidscollegefund blog challenge.
Thanks for stopping by!


Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Sweet flower girl

***First, if you're here to see the Anni-Verve-sary Blog Hop, scroll down to the next post, please! ***

HI! I made this sweet little card for the MFT Guest Designer challenge over on SCS. The challenge is all about flowers! This is my one and only (for now!) Pure Innocence set called Are we there yet? Those PI images are *darling*! She was colored w/ copics, her purse was paper pieced (more on that in a bit) and she is also up on dimensionals. The sentiment is from the MFT set, Here's the Scoop. I colored her, oh, almost 3 weeks ago, so I was thrilled when I found this flowery dp to match her! *note to self, find the dp first, THEN color my images* The card base is SU's riding hood red and I also used some of SU's pumpkin, pink pirouette and white. The pumpkin layer was embossed and I sponged around the pink layer. I left the sentiment kind of "flying" for some extra interest. I received the buttons from some blog candy I won from Rachel and just added a little hemp to them. The layout is from Jenn D's SFYTT. Now, I mentioned her purse was paper pieced... well, the strap for her purse is a piece of hemp that I colored w/ my chocolate marker then glued in place. Here's a close up pic so you can see all of the detail:

A nice little extra touch, I think! Thanks for stopping by!


Sunday, August 1, 2010

It's BLOG HOP time!!!!

Welcome to the Anni-VERVE-sary Blog Hop! Verve turns three today and we’re celebrating with a hop, hop, hop! If you've already been hopping along, you arrived here from Verve Diva,{ Jen Tapler's } blog. If not, head on over to { Julee's Blog } (owner of Verve), for all the info on how to win prizes (after all, what's a party without presents?), and to start hopping from the beginning. If there's a hiccup along the hop, you can always head to the Master Hop List to get the full list of links.

So, here's my Verve-a-licious card!
I used two of my Verve sets, Petals and Stems and Grateful Elegance. I so adore these sets! I used the sort-of-background stamp from Grateful Elegance on the bermuda bay layer. The butterflies, from Petals and Stems, were stamped on some SU dp and cut out. The sentiment (again, from Grateful Elegance) was cut out using nesties and sponged with bermuda bay ink. The chocolate layer is up on dimensionals. And I just had to add some bling as the butterfly trails! I have to say, I was so excited to be sandwiched between two Verve divas, but now that I'm posting this, I'm a little nervous! ha!
Soooo, thanks for hopping by, hope ya like my contribution to the Verve blog hop and now it's time to hop on over to Verve diva,{ Lynda Benden's } blog, where I KNOW you'll be amazed!!!!


Thursday, July 29, 2010

All is quiet...

On the home front... boys are at Mawmaw's and hubby is defending our country (active duty Air Force!). So what am I doing??? BLOGGING!!! Ha! Had to share a card I made yesterday. Ain't she just so darn cute?! So happy to have my first MFT Pure Innocence stamp set! And that sentiment? Yep, stamped it out with the Banner Day Alphabet set that I won during MFT's release day party. *Love* the font! The sketch is from Jen Del Muro's SFYTT. This sweet girl is colored with copics and, of course, I had to paper piece her little purse. She was colored first, so when I came across this dp, oh, it could not have been more perfect!
Alright, well, I suppose I should do something productive around here! Thanks for peeking in!


Friday, July 9, 2010

A little something...

Here's a card I made for the Verve challenges last week. Love this lil' gal!!! And how 'bout those designer papers?! Yum-o! They're all from an October Afternoon pack. I'm sure you're familiar with them, I've seen them on all my fave blogs lately! This little gal is from The Greeting Farm. She's colored w/ copics and is popped up on dimensionals. A little faux stitching finishes everything off.
Hope you're all enjoying your summer! Now, I MUST go get ready for our yard sale that we're having tomorrow! Wish us lots of sales!!! ;)


Sunday, June 27, 2010

A Verve Thank you

Hi y'all! Hope everyone's having a great weekend! It has been H-O-T!!! And watching 6, yes, 6 baseball games in the heat can really wear ya out!!! Don't worry, they were split up - our oldest played 2 on Friday, our middle one played 2 on Saturday and they each had one today. Yep, I'm ready for a nap, hehe!
I made this card for the Verve new release challenge. What's sweet is that I actually WON a gift certificate for Verve!!!! Yippee!!! Any suggestions on a set or two or three??!! They're all sooo pretty, I'm having a hard time deciding. Anyway, I also used this week's color combo challenge ~ amethyst, apricot and suede. I made a set of 5 cards using these colors because 1. amethyst and apricot are soon-to-be retired colors from SU, so I might as well use it up and 2. now I have a sweet little set of cards as a teachers' gift for next year! Nope, I don't normally plan this for ahead, but I'm come to realize that I NEED to start!!! Pretty simple card, but love how it turned out. I really like the texture behind the sentiment layer.
Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, June 18, 2010

Another card, yay!

Hi again! Here's a card I made using this weeks' sketch challenge. I decided to use the same color combo as the last card since I hardly use mellow moss anymore. I love this Upsy Daisy set! I used my SU markers to color the image. The sentiment is from Trendy Trees but I broke it up to suit the sketch. Lots of piercing and some brads finish it up.
Thanks for popping in!

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Trio of challenges card!

Yes, people, I stamped AGAIN! Still busy, even though it's summer time, with baseball and the boys MAKING me take them to the pool, hehe! We've also been working on getting the house organized and prepping for a yard sale.
So, what are the challenges you ask??? Well, first is this weeks' CAS (Clean and Simple) challenge on SCS to use something that flies on your card. This is the first time I've used my SU bird punch and yes, it's too cool! Second is this weeks' color challenge on SCS ~ barely banana, mellow moss and real red. I barely (ha!) have any banana cardstock left and was more than happy to use up some moss that's been sitting for ages. I bought this new embossing folder a few weeks ago and, of course, am just now getting around to using it. Love the cool, modern feel to it. The third challenge is Mercy's sketch challenge (link to her blog is on the right). So, yes, basically, I didn't have to do too much thinking on this card, but I'm trying to find my groove again and it helps me if I do some challenges till I find my flow, kwim??? The only stamping is the little "hello" which is from a Flourishes set.
As always, thanks for stopping by!!!!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Summer time, summer time, yay for summer time!

Yes, school's out and I'm thrilled to have some stamping time again!!!! I don't remember the last time mojo and I sat down together, so I thought I'd start up with a couple of challenges to get the ol' juices flowing. This card uses the sketch challenge on Splitcoast for this week and also the Flourishes blog challenge, which you can check out HERE: The flowers are cut out and are up on dimensionals. I broke out some old SU dp (ok, so not that old, but still...) and used a border punch for the white strips. The scalloped oval was done using Spellbinders nesties and I also sponged around the embossed area for depth. I did the "wave" affect for the sentiment and finished it off w/ a button and some gingham I've had forever. My goal is to use what I have, well, now, except for stamp sets ~~ always need more of those *wink*! I just have so much paper and schtuff, know what I mean?!!! Thanks for stopping by!!!!

Friday, April 16, 2010

A twinchie Flourish card

Thank goodness for days off! I really wanted to play in the Flourishes Twinchie release challenge. Have you seen the sneak peeks??!! Oh my! Wish I could make it to the release party tonight on SCS, but I'll be busy hanging out w/ family and friends.
So, for this card I used one of the year of flowers sets, #3, I believe. Perfect size stamps for a twinchie - a 2x2 piece of artwork, in case you didn't know! :) I used my SU markers to color the image. The ric rac was white so I colored it w/ my ruby marker. Added a caramel colored button w/ some thread (again, colored w/ a marker to match) to finish it off. The colors came from this weeks' color challenge on SCS - blush, ruby and cameo. Had to add green for the leaves, of course.
For those of you who still swing by here every now and then, THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!


Monday, March 22, 2010

A Flourishes sketch card

I know, I know, calm down! I posted a card! We had spring break last week and though I didn't get to stamp every day, I did make a few cards and it was sooo nice! We stayed local, enjoyed the weather, played 2-hand touch football (which reminded just how out of shape I am!), got some yard work done and just chilled. Has this year not flown by? Someone said that we only have 50 days of school left! Crazy! Ok, on to the card stuff...
In case you weren't aware, I totally *love* Flourishes! Their stamps, their dt, the company - they're just fab in my book! This week, they had a sketch as their weekly challenge. I didn't intend to have this image used as the left side of the circle, but once I colored it and cut it down, it was just too big for the middle of the sketch. I think you can click on the picture to get an up close look at the image. Coloring images is so therapeutic for me! The middle of the sentiment is popped up w/ a pop dot, that's why it looks like it's not flat, because, well, it's not! ;) Was going for that banner effect. I wanted to add something to the card base, so went w/ the swirly embossing folder and pierced on the top and bottom of the design.
Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, February 7, 2010

I have just one thing to say today....

GEAUX SAINTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
GEAUX SAINTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
GEAUX SAINTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
GEAUX SAINTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
GEAUX SAINTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
GEAUX SAINTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

SU oldies but goodies for sale!!

Hi all!!! Ok, in an attempt to find my mojo and get back to stampin' on a regular basis, I've gone through some of my stash and have some things I'd like to pass on to a good home where they'll get lots of inky love!!! Shipping cost will depend on how many sets you purchase:

Embrace Life - $9
Fabulous Flowers - $9
Background Sampler - $5
All in a Row - $9
Seeing Spots - $5
Lots of Thoughts - $5
Alphabits - $5
Polka Dots and Paisley - $5
True Friend - $9
Shape Ups - $3
Little Pieces - $5
Too Terrific Tags (missing 2 stamps) - $3
Big Blossom - $3
Shore Thing - $10
En Francais background stamp - $9
Both Way Blossoms - $6
Pick a Petal - $9
Letterpress Alphabet - $15
Print Pattern background stamp - $5
Wild Rose - $9

If you have any questions, just leave a comment. Thanks!!!!!


Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Happy New Year!!!

Ok, I realize I'm 5 days late, but lookeee ---->>> I stamped!
And if felt sooo good! ;} This is part of a set that I made as a teachers' birthday gift. I got this Flight of the Butterfly set months ago, but this is the first time it's seen ink. Used the sketch from last weeks' challenge on SCS and just kept things simple since I hadn't stamped in so long. The yummy kraft cardstock is from Elzybell's. Love it! And yes, the butterfly is popped up on a dimensional.
Hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and that 2010 brings many blessings! We had a very nice Christmas and New Year. Nice and relaxing. Now it's back to work but I made a promise to myself to stamp more! Can't really buy new stuff if I'm not using what's sitting in my craft room! Well, yes, I know I could, but I feel better if I'm using what I already own, kwim?? Thanks for checking in - hope I haven't lost too many of you!