Monday, March 31, 2008

Bronco Rider Card

Here is a fun CASE I did last week. I haven't decided what to use it for yet but I have several guy birthdays coming up soon. I used an image that I received in an exchange, I like the exchanges because I won't be making more than one or two cards with the image and then what would I do with $25 stamp set? I am getting to the point where I have enough stamps even though I see new ones I want I can't just use them once or twice! Right? LOL!

So for those of you who know us, we are on vacation right now. Really, I mean we are supposed to be in Williamsburg, VA! We were. We went up Friday night and was warned it would be a cold weekend and Sunday would be better than Saturday to go to Busch Gardens. So we went Saturday! Only because we had nothing else to do and wanted to go even if it would be more crowded. Well I had my LL Bean heavy winter jacket and put one on my little one (Daddy and brother knew how to dress themselves) and we fortunately didn't freeze to death! I think it was 48 degrees out, at most. With the wind it was rough. I saw mother's and daughters with shorts and strapped tank tops! What were they thinking? I saw one little girl who's lips were blue and she was sitting there shivering, I felt like telling the mom to go buy here a sweatshirt which was readily available all over the park! Ugh! So I will tell you more about that part of the trip tomorrow but suffice it to say it rained from Saturday night and is still raining today. Glad we didn't go on Sunday! There wasn't anything else for us to do (other than stores which my husband refuses to go to) that was indoor so we came home. Jamestown, Williamsburg, Yorktown, etc. are all outdoors.

More to come tomorrow!

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Yet More Survivor Cards

I feel like I am not doing too well with my Survivor picks but then again I picked 8 and I have only lost 3! Here are a couple of very quick cards for Survivor Kathy. They are made with SU double sided designer paper and just made them simple but pretty.

Kids are on Spring break next week! I guess a lot of kids had this week as Spring Break, and I know of others having it later this month. I guess it's good everyone doesn't have it at the same time but it is confusing! It's strange, my 15 year old son is thrilled and my 5 year old is sad. Funny what 10 years of school will do to a kid, either that or it is the teenager 'tude :)

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

More Pink!

Here is another pink card! The design is a CASE from SCS (my disclaimer again). I used a different stamp set and card stock, I just love how this turned out! I sent it out as a birthday card for the WishRAK group I am in. I am a "birthday fairy" for WishRAK on SCS. That means I am assigned several people a month to send birthday cards to! I am glad to do it and love to send out cards I make, after all I take a picture of them and will forever have that if I want to make another. I have 3 shoes boxes worth of cards I have made now so I really need to only keep a few absolute favorites. Speaking of, I need to send some of those out!

That's all for today, short and sweet :)

Monday, March 24, 2008

Happy Monday

A new week is here and it just amazes me! Time just flies and lately I have been so busy. Yuck. I want some me time! Some time to make cards and scrapbook. Ok the scrapbooking isn't going to happen, I just haven't felt like it. Cards are so much more instant gratification!

So here is a card I did last week as a stress reliever. Just needed to make one :) It is for the sketch challenge on SCS and I used that coffee set again while I still am borrowing it. The paper is Basic Grey and I stamped the coffee mug on white cardstock and then stamped it again on a piece of the Basic Grey paper and cut it out and adhered it over the first stamped mug. I used Stickles on the heart. The white dots are done with a gel pen. What more can I say? Oh, the ribbon is groovy guava which oddly enough matches this pink paper. I have a few more cards from that CASEing blitz I did a week or so ago that I will post this week. For now have a good week!

Friday, March 21, 2008

Easter card

This is a simple card, rather quiet but pretty. I bought this cross stamp even though I didn't like it because it was the only cross stamp I could purchase as a single (I didn't want to order an expensive set). However I saw someone else stamp a solid cross in a color (like I did here) and then stamp the saying over it (like I did here) and then I liked it. This is a CASE once again (my disclaimer!). I used the giga and mega scallop oval punches for this rather than the nestabilities. I really ended up liking this stamp and this card! I hope everyone has a great Easter and takes some time this weekend to consider The Resurrection and what Easter is really all about :)

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Think Pink

This is one of my favorite color combos, pretty in pink and regal rose. They are almost edible! This uses a designer paper set by SU and is a CASE of a card I saw on SCS. The Flower is stamped twice on two different DP's then I cut out the top one by trimming off the outside edge of the flower and cutting out the center circle area. This card took FOREVER to make! I thought, hmm not much stamping, no coloring - won't take long. Not! It took a couple of hours with all the layers, cutting, recutting, special edge trimming ... Ugh! Oh and the ribbon is pink, on my computer it looks peach but it really is pink! Then I put a bunch of tiny rhinestone jewels all around the center of the flower and used a flower brad for the middle. It is really pretty in person, lot's of layers!

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Happy belated St. Patrick's Day!

I meant to post this yesterday, really I did! Not sure what happened. Today I have been non-stop busy and it is an hour past my bed-time but I am going to post this! I made this at a class, I think it is a CASE and I don't know any more than that :) I actually made several cards over the weekend that are all CASEs, I am tired of it taking so long to design and make a card that I don't have time to do (we are talking 3 hours here when I design it myself!) So I went hog-wild with copying others. Oh well, isn't that why we buy magazines and such? If I were a designer I would have a job and do this for a living! Anyway I will post more this week :) Hope you had a fun St. Patty's and enjoyed some corned beef and cabbage!

Friday, March 14, 2008

A Latte Java

I love this stamp set! I am borrowing it from a great gal at my church. Her mom quit stamping and gave her all her stamps, ink, paper and embellishments. Lucky girl! She doesn't know what to do with it so I helped her make 2 cards last week and she told me to borrow whatever I wanted! I was thrilled. So I borrowed this set and am going to make several cards and stamp some extras to have on hand before giving it back. This card was made with river rock, blue bayou and purely pomegranate. I had to use the reinkers with the water brush since SU does not sell the markers or anything else in the "incolors" which is a bummer! I love this years incolors. I wanted to use the strip of coffee mugs so this is one of the sketch challenges that fit the stamps. I love the sketch challenges on Splitcoast. I dont know whether to love that site or hate it! It has so many wonderful ideas, stamps etc. that I end up buying more and more and more! It's quite an addiction but I keep telling myself it is a "good" addiction.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Cool Caribbean

Trying to use paper that I have a bunch of lately. I have a good amount of cool caribbean but even more marigold morning! I should never buy whole packs of one color, but sometimes it's the only way. Sooo since this is a retired color and I do not have the ink that goes with it, I am going to be doing a lot of my Survivor cards with it! I used to love it but now I seem to be having a hard time matching it. I used it with black and white on one card (my old favorite) and chocolate and white on another, the last card I used it with certainly celery and almost amethyst. These cards are all for my Survivor who got voted off last week, Joel. I have 8 of them this time! What was I thinking? That means I have to potentially make 24 cards! But I have 6 left and we are down to 13 left so things are looking better. Oh, the prize is, what else but cards! The winner gets a whole bunch but several more places get cards, last time I received 5 cards. That was fun.

The first card is a CASE (of the layout). The second card is the sketch challenge this week and the third card is just kind of fun using the new Merci set and some purple eyelets, that iridescent ribbon again and a celery green colored crystal brad in the center of the flower. No sentiments so that they can be used for anything.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Recipe Swap

This is what I made for the recent recipe swap I was in. It was for a simple quick dessert and had to be on 6 x 6 cardstock. I used the nice and bright (LOL!) Cameo Coral with the new Ginger Blossom designer paper by Stampin' Up!. Love that paper set! There is river rock and ruby red card stock on here also. I used my Cuttlebug to cut the die cut flowers, it's a neat die that cuts so that you can mix and match different paper together. I could have used three different colors if I wanted! That is the groovy guava double stitch ribbon too. I printed the recipe out and mounted it on ruby red card stock. I thought it was a nice contrast :) I can't wait to see what everyone else sends!

Sunday, March 9, 2008

Little fun thing

For my House Mouse SOTM swap this month I made a little notebook/calendar. We are supposed to be swapping cards but this could be a card, sort of. I colored the little mouse in with water color crayons and Twinkling H2O's. The H2O's give it a nice sparkle which helps with the rain drop effect. I stamped March on the front and on the back I stamped the branch and then adhered the calendar that I printed from my computer over it. Inside I put some note paper and then used my Bind-It-All to put it all together. So far the response has been very positive! The only thing is I only put March and one person teased me about "what am I going to do the rest of the year"? I hadn't even though of it since I was so focused on Stamp of the "Month", LOL! I am thinking next time (if I do this again) I will put the rest of the year inside instead of the note paper. I am glad everyone liked it :)

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Brag Day

I just had to share these pictures of my little one today. I took his training wheels off this afternoon! This is the first time he had ridden his bike without them. He was very reluctant, didn't think he could do it but I got him started and he never looked back. He is so proud of himself he is beside himself. He had to go back out and ride one more time to see if he had forgotten! We called Daddy at work and told him and he got the appropriate "atta boys" then I took pictures. He is 5 years old. I also remember vividly the day my oldest rode his bike for the first time too without training wheels. He was 4. Yes, 4. Both my boys have good balance for their age. Naturally athletic. My oldest was told he could get a scholarship to college with his hand-eye coordination he has in Tennis but will he play Tennis? let alone any sports at all? NO! Why do kids with talent waste it? I am sick of forcing it with him (he is 15 now) so I am trying a different approach with the younger one! Anyway riding a bike is such a milestone for boys, they work hard at it and when they achieve it they own the world :) So thank you for looking at my sweet little one and his new achievement.