Friday, May 30, 2008

Brandon Dawson

My brother is one of the coolest people I know.  Seriously.  He's one of my favorite people on this planet.  We're not super close and I hate that.  I love spending time with him and he makes me laugh more than anyone.  I'm talking milk out the nose.  I'm so proud of who he is. Really, he's amazing.  In addition to being the coolest person ever, he's a great musician.  He's long wanted to produce and distribute a CD of his music and it looks like that dream is finally coming true for him.  I couldn't be prouder of him or happier for him and I can't wait to hear the final product.  If you're interested, you can hear a demo from his new album here and some full songs here.  And if you're into his music or even just into supporting starving artist types, you can purchase an advance copy of his new CD here, which helps him with production costs. Thanks for letting me gush a little about my lil' bro.  Love you, man.  

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Fresh Cut

I'm always excited to get a sneak peak at things from upcoming catalogs, and SU! is always faithful to provide at least a tiny peak.  This month, demonstrators got to see and purchase a set from the new catalog along with some fun new note cards.  The stamp set is called Fresh Cut and the note cards are called Fresh Cut Notes.  In June, hostesses with a workshop of $400 or more get the stamp set and matching note cards FREE in addition to their regular hostess benefits.  Everyone else can purchase the stamp set for $21.95 and the note cards for $5 (when you buy the stamp set.)  I got my demonstrator pre-order of the stamp set and note cards last week and thought I'd ink 'em up!  I decided to use them for the SCS inspiration challenge from Saturday.  Here's the inspiration piece.
I LOVE that chair!  It's so *me*.  In fact, this would go perfectly in my bedroom.  Hmmmmm. . . . May have to check into that.  *wink*  I digress.  Here's what I came up with.
I started with the main image and inked it in Sahara Sand.  Then I used my Night of Navy marker to ink over some of the image to highlight some areas.  I was really happy with how this turned out.  Then I took the smaller leafy image and inked that in Sahara Sand and then rolled the edges in Night of Navy (rock & roll technique).  I stamped that around the outside edges.  To emphasize the navy, I mounted the card onto a square piece of navy card stock (it still fits in the envelope provided) and added a 5-petal punch flower behind the laser cut flower on the inside of the card.  I attached a piece of Sahara Sand card stock inside of the card.  Then I layered the small flower image stamped in Sahara Sand and Night of Navy on top and finished the flower off with 3 vintage brads.  Just a side note, I LOVED SU!'s organdy ribbons.  I'm so sad they retired all of them. My disappointment will only be alleviated by the introduction of a large assortment of wide satin ribbon in the new catalog.  Really, that would make me feel better, and I would miss organdy a little less.  I used a bit of my hoarded, and retired, navy wide organdy ribbon to finish off this card. I don't really think it's possible for me to make a card without ribbon.  In fact, when I posted my Simply Scrappin' kit cards the other day, I had to go back to the actual cards (as opposed to looking at the picture on my computer) because I couldn't believe I left off the ribbon on the green set of cards.  Even as I'm typing this, the urge to go rectify that is nearly overwhelming.  *breathe*  Gotta run.  Ribbon calls.  

Monday, May 26, 2008

I'm a K-Dub wanna-be

But then, who isn't?  Kristina Werner is one of my all-time-favorite stampers.  I wish I could channel her stamping mojo.  Her clean and simple style is my preferred style and I wish I could pull it off as well as she does.  I was looking through her SCS gallery a few days ago and was reminded of some of my favorite cards she's done.  Sometimes if I re-create something I love exactly, it's then easier for me to get creative on my own, so I re-created some of her cards that are in my "favorites".  Here are two cards that are exact CASEs of her cards.  
I *heart* these cards!  They're even more amazing in real life.  I take NO credit.  Like I said, these are K-Dub's creations.  Although I did use the red & white striped ribbon on my teacher thank-you instead of the pink taffeta.  I may have to make another one with the pink for my other son's teacher.  I know they'll love these.  Thanks for the inspiration, K-Dub!!

Once I got my crafty juices flowing, I went back to the Great Swaps Girls featured stamper challenge from last week.  Last week's featured stamper was Lisa Henke.  I had a hard time choosing just one of her great cards for my inspiration, but I settled on this one.  
I tend to be a bit of a mono-chromatic stamper if I don't push myself to do something else.  I'm not sure why, and it drives me crazy.  This card went down that path, and as usual when I don't push myself to add more colors, it's not my favorite card ever.  It will be a cute b-day card for a little girl though.  I pressed on and came up with another version I liked a little better.  Here's that card.  
I did one with the yellow flowers with green brads and one with green flowers with yellow brads.  I think I like the one with green flowers better, so that's the one you get a close-up of.  I was much happier with this card.  I found the darling stripes and flowers patterned paper in my Cutie Pie DSP.  It's quite different from most of the other papers in that package, so it was fun to find this little hidden treasure in there.  Thanks, Lisa, for the great inspiration!!  

A quick question for my blog readers (yes, all 3 of you! *wink*) Do you like to see the "recipes" for the cards I post?  You know, the papers, inks, accessories, etc?  When I'm blog surfing I don't usually read through that stuff unless there's something that has me stumped, so I've been leaving it off.  If you, my adoring public, would like to see that info, I'll include it.  Drop me a comment and let me know.  Thanks, peeps!

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Summer Bible Study Anyone?

Beth Moore posted on her blog today and one of the paragraphs began with this sentence, "OK, Girls, so what's the plan for V-I-C-T-O-R-Y this summer?"  She encouraged her blog readers to organize a summer Bible study and she's doing some of the leg work to make it easier.  You can read the details here.  I'm posting this for any of my friends, local or cyber, who might be interested in joining me for this.  The study will be Kelly Minter's No Other Gods and if I know Beth Moore it will be a great one.  I'd love to have some friends to do it with me and keep me accountable.  Like Beth said, "Let's have lots of encouragement without loads of condemnation." If you're in Boise, we can organize a book order.  I'll handle the details, just let me know if you're in.  I'd love to have some friends join me in this!

Finally, something crafty . . .

My dad and step-mom were here this weekend, so I spent last week getting things "ready" and then I spent the weekend with them.  (translate ~ no stamping time)  Today on the way home from church I said to my hubby, "Honey, can I stamp today?  Can I just go down to my craft room when we get home and stay down there for a while?"  I really just needed some space and time to catch my breath.  I almost always feel that way after having company for a few days.  So when we got home, he hung out with the kiddos and I spent some quality time in the craft lab.  Thanks, sweetie!! ~smooch~
In the course of just a couple of hours I made about about a dozen cards.  Lots of them were CASE's and I made several with a Simply Scrappin' Kit, but they're cards just the same and I have a better attitude/outlook on life because I had a few minutes to stamp.  So, of course I had to share my creations with you!  Because my week was so busy I didn't get to do any challenges, but that's my next goal.  I have a couple of Great Swaps Girls challenges to catch up on and I'd like to go see what I missed on SCS.  For now, these cards will have to suffice.  I saw this card last week on Karen Giron's blog.  I loved how she used a retired SSKit and knew I had to CASE it.  Unfortunately, I don't have any of that amazing orange ribbon, so I made do with what I had.  Here's what I came up with.  I made two of each, so I'll give you a picture of both cards and then a close up of one of them for each set.  
Karen's card had a few fun details I left out.  I think she embossed her sentiment, and she included some rhinestone brads.  I was going for fast and easy, so I skipped the embossed sentiment and bling and used the self-adhesive die cuts from the kit.  Lately, every time one of my kids has a birthday party to go to, I'm in a panic at the last second making a card.  These are for my *kid birthday* stash.  I thought they turned out cute and they were super quick and easy.  I got 6 of them made in just a few minutes!!  
On another note, I told a friend of mine recently and I think I told my stamper's club last week too, that one of my goals in life is to be a Great Swaps Girl.  I was sad when the link to find out information about joining the group disappeared from their blog.  Sooooooo . . . imagine my surprise and excitement when I got an email this week asking if I was interested in joining Great Swaps Girls 2.  Oh! my! word!  My head nearly exploded!  I was so excited!!  Of course I said yes and have been spending a few minutes here and there this weekend "meeting" some of the GSG2 girls!! Hey, girls!!  I'm seriously beside myself at even being considered, and I can't wait to get swapping with some of the awesome stampers!  
Ok, just one more thing from our weekend.  Because of the above-average snow pack for the year, run-off in our area has been higher than normal.  To accommodate the increased run-off, someone, whoever is in charge of such stuff, decided they would open the flood gates at the dam (ahem, *darn* if you're reading this out loud and there are little ears around, he he he) that is just a couple of miles from our house.  We went up there yesterday to see the resulting "rooster tail" or "chicken tail" if you're my 5 year old. It was pretty impressive.  Here are a couple of pictures from our adventure.  
This is my dad, me, my hubby & my kids. 


Thanks for stopping by.  I have lots more cards to share, so I'll be back soon. 

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

My Craft Lab

Ok, a little background.  When we built our house 10 years ago (whew! am I old, or what!??) we decided sort of at the last minute to put in a basement.  We finished the basement when my oldest was about a year old, and we made one of the bedrooms into my craft room.  What that really meant was that everything *crafty* lived there.  There was no pre-planning, we just stuck everything in there.  We procured some free cabinets from a warehouse sale at my old employer.  Some of those went into my craft room and the rest into the garage.  They were that nice.  So, over the years, as I'm sure you can all imagine, things piled up.  As I went back to get the "before" pictures for this post, I'm actually embarrassed at how it looked.  Sheesh!  How did I ever get anything done in that space.  Here's how it looked before.  Woah, nellie!  Get a grip, girl!

This first picture is looking into the room from the door and the second one is the wall on the left side of the room - to the left of the window.  Now, these pictures are after I cleaned out everything from the right side of the closet.  
Before the re-do, the right side of the closet had a hanging rod and contained all of the "stuff" from the picture above.  My darling husband made these shelves which has made the space so much more useful and I immediately filled it with "stuff" to make room for the rest of the re-do.  
This is what the left-hand side of the closet looked like before.  Ugh.  I'm overwhelmed just looking at it.  What a mess!!

The next step was paint.  I wanted the walls to be Soft Sky so I took a little trip to my friendly local Home Depot.  I really wanted the space to be soothing and relaxing.  I got the paint I thought I wanted and when I cut it in around the edges I freaked out.  It was NEON!  I even had my club girls take a look at it so I would have an objective opinion.  They initially hated it as much as I did.  But after a few minutes looking at it, they decided, and I agreed, that it just looked too bright because of the base color underneath.  They're all geniuses, so I went with it and it really is perfect.  Here's how it turned out.   
Isn't it gorgeous!!  I *LOVE* it!  It really is exactly what I wanted.  We replaced the brown cabinets with white, rearranged, and here's how it looks now:  

Isn't it awesome!!  I feel so creative when I'm down there.  I'm a little bit of an organization freak.  Disorder drives me nuts, so having everything at my fingertips is exactly what I wanted.
Here is the view from the door.  My magazines are in the cubes, along with some fun red boxes.  The boxes hold envelopes, die cutting and embossing folders for my Big Shot, and all of my smallest size SU! stamps.  I love having my SU! background stamps displayed on top of the cabinet and my large paper cutters are on end on the left side of the cubes.  On the right side is my travel bag I use to carry all of my workshop supplies when I'm on the go.  The table on the right (which is where my main work area was before) is now my sewing station.  It could still use a little more "organizing" but it's definitely much better and I love having my sewing machine out all of the time.  I'm much more likely to use it now that it's not on a TV tray!  Here's a better picture of that area.  
The Rubbermaid drawers on the right now hold all of my quilting fabric.  I'd like to come up with a better storage solution for the "stuff" in the drawers on top of the table, but that will come with time.   Here are a few close-ups.
I got the ink holders from a cyber-friend on SCS who was gracious enough to go to Ikea, buy them and ship them to me. Is that awesome or what!!?? The ribbon holders are SU! and my Stack & Store Caddy on the bottom left holds all of my brads, beads, buttons, and eyelets.

These drawers hold all of my miscellaneous stamping supplies.  Here are the drawer labels starting at the top:
Ink Cartridges, Small Wheels
Wheel Guide, Large Wheels
Inks - Versamark, StazOn, Kids Inks, Craft Spots, Encore Metallic
Sponges - Large Sponges, Sponge Daubers, Sponge Paint Brushes
Pastels, Watercolor Pencils, Watercolor Crayons
Pens, Roller Handles, Color Spritzer, Crop-a-Dile, Stamp-a-ma-Jig (brayer is going in here too, but it's not labeled yet)
Recently, in the magazine SU! sends to demonstrators every month they showed someone's craft space and they had these great bars with modular baskets and hooks and other do-hickeys that hang from them.  I found them on Ikea and order them super cheap.  They're an awesome way to store my punches and the hanging baskets provide lots of space for other tools.  They also have hooks that are great to hang my scissors on and I got some fun clips that I used to hold my rub-ons.  
Here's a look at the left side of the closet - still not perfect, but much better. 
Here's the right side.  Much better!  My friend, Carrie, and I are collecting jeans to make quilts for our campers!  
I took pictures of the insides of the cabinets, but I decided you probably don't want to see ALL of my junk, so I'm posting just the one with all of my stamps.  These are all of my current SU! stamps.  The retired ones I'm still holding on to are on one of the closet shelves.  I like to organize them by the size of box.  Before they were laying flat and then stacked up.  By having them on end, I don't have a big stack of stamp boxes on top when I want the one on the bottom.  So far it's working great.  This is the cabinet right above where I sit.  I need to get a little step stool so I can reach the top shelf.  

Well, there you have it.  That's my new space.  If you have any questions, be sure to let me know.  I still have a few more plans before I'll feel like it's totally finished.  I want to find some white cabinets and put a counter top on them for my work space instead of the plastic table.  The current table isn't the greatest work surface.  It's a little uneven and it "gives" too much.  Like I said, I'd also like to come up with a better arrangement for the stuff on my sewing table.  I think there's room for another corner cabinet above that table.  Maybe Santa can bring me one for Christmas. he he he.  Thanks for stopping by in cyber space.  If you ever want to really stop by and stamp with me, please do!! 

ETA:  I've received a couple of questions about the ink pad holders.  Someone on SCS bought them at Ikea for me and shipped them to me.  I think they were called Stakebo DVD holders and they just happen to fit the SU! ink pads perfectly.  It is my understanding that Ikea discontinued these.  SU! sells a desk-top revolving ink pad holder.  If you'd like to see that, you can see the SU! catalog by clicking the link on the left.  To buy one, you'll need to find a demonstrator in your area from the SU! website.  If you can't find anyone in your area to help you, be sure to let me know.  

Monday, May 19, 2008

Living Proof Live - Boise Recap

You can see some video from the Living Proof Live event in Boise this weekend Here.  

Club Projects

Sorry I didn't get this post up last night.  About 9:30, I was rendered unconscious on the sofa and was unable to do anything but drag my sorry rear end to bed.  

We had a blast, as usual, at my club this month.  If you're not in the club, what are you thinking??!!  It's so much fun!  Really.  You should join us.  I'm anticipating an opening or two in the next few months, so now is the time.  Jump in.  You won't be sorry.  If you're not already in the club, here's what you missed this month:

First, we did the chalkboard technique.  I copied this card from Rhonda Beadell.  I just love her blog.  She's amazingly talented.  Maybe I should stop right here to say a couple of things.  First, I am all about using available resources for my business, so I tend to copy things others have done unless I have a specific idea I want to use.  No need to reinvent the wheel.  That's what I always say.  That being said, I always ask them permission to use their stuff and I pass their names on to my customers so they get the credit they deserve.  I used two of Rhonda's projects this month and she was gracious enough to give me permission to post info about them here.  So be sure to check out Rhonda's blog.  Leave her some *love* and tell her how much you like her stuff.  Here's the card we made:

My girlfriend, Carrie, was gracious enough to loan me her brand-new-never-seen-ink Live Your Dream stamp set.  Thanks, Carrie! We stamped the flower image on the main panel with white craft ink, then while that dried just a teensy bit we stamped the small flower image in Versamark on the background panel.  I think Rhonda may also have stamped the Canvas background stamp on her background, but we didn't do that.  I like how hers looks with it.  After stamping the small flowers, we used Stampin' Pastels (chalk) and sponge daubers to pounce chalk on the white ink to color it a bit.  It looks so pretty when it's done.  This technique is basically the pouncing pastels technique, but you're doing it on dark card stock instead of white.  

The next project we did was also a copy of one of Rhonda's projects.  You can see hers here.  This one is called the Dahlia fold.  I absolutely loved how beautifully this turned out with the Afternoon Tea Designer Series Papers, so I copied hers exactly.  The base of the card is Soft Sky Textured card stock.  That tiny bit of texture adds so much.  Here is a link to a tutorial on the Dahlia fold.  Here's one for the flap card.  

The last project we did this month featured the Carousel Notes from the Occasions Mini and more of the Afternoon Tea DSP.  Here's what it looks like:

We used the 6x6" chocolate envelopes that come with the Carousel Notes to create a bagalope which is basically a little bag made from an envelope.  This idea I copied from Kelly Swienton.  A big thanks to her for letting me copy her project and share it with all of you!  Stop by her blog and leave her some *love*.  We stamped the small flowers from the Live Your Dream stamp set on the envelope in white craft ink.  While that dried, we used the Pick A Petal Classy Brass Template to pierce holes and draw the white dots (with the white gel pen) around the outside edge of the carousel note.  We used a piece of the Afternoon Tea DSP in the center of the carousel note and scored down each side of the center scallop on the Carousel Note to make the lid.  Using the Crop-a-Dile, we punched holes and threaded the awesome new Chocolate Poly Twill ribbon through the holes to make a handle for our little purse.  I was running a little short on the giant flowers from my pretties kit, so I used two of the next size, a rhinestone brad, and two circles to finish off the front.  I was so happy with how this turned out and my club girls loved their little purses and matching cards.  

Ok, now pick up the phone and call me and tell me you want to be in the club!  Really, it's so fun.  Next up, my craft lab.  Stay tuned . . . 

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Beth Moore

Hello, Blogging friends.  I'll have some crafty goodies for you later tonight, but first I wanted to share with you a few things from my weekend.  We were lucky enough to have Beth Moore visit Boise as part of her Living Proof Ministries tours this weekend.  I found out last summer that she was coming and I think I bought my ticket in July.  That's how excited I was to see her.  I've really only ever completed one of her studies, although I'm currently working on my second one, but I feel like she takes me right to the feet of Jesus.  I glean something new from the Word every time I crack open one of her studies and open my heart to God.  

I can't even explain how amazing the sessions with her were this weekend.  She taught out of II Timothy 1.  The first night she said, "God has come into this place to ask this question, 'Can I trust you?'  God is looking for trustworthy people.  Are you one?"  Woah!  Ouch!  How's that for a wake-up call.  She then shared 7 points from II Timothy 1.  
  1. God has entrusted each of us with an extraordinary gift. (v. 6)
  2. God prepared for our maximum giftedness through a 2-fold heritage - our Family of Faith and our Family of Origin.
  3. God provided the wood, the oil, and the spark for a fiery gift but engaged our responsibility for fanning the flame.
  4. This gift and all that equips it is a trust that must be guarded. (v. 14)
  5. The three vital components of every extraordinary gift are Power, Love, and Self-Discipline. (v. 7) (another *ouch*!)  
  6. Our sufferings are parts of the trust that serve the gift. (v. 11-12)    
  7. God jealously guards as a cherished gift everything we've entrusted to him. (v. 12) Praise God!
She finished off the weekend, like she often does, with a commissioning.  It was one of the most humbling experiences to be commissioned by her and by God to go forward living out the things we learned throughout the weekend.  Overall it was an awesome experience and I'm so excited to see what God has in store for me because of what I learned.  I'm hungry to get into the word and spend time in prayer so I can hear what God has to say about these things in my life.  Living Proof usually puts out a recap video and Beth Moore usually shares the commissioning on her blog, so I'll share those here after they're available in case any of you are interested.  

On a more mundane, but differently important note, my husband is my hero.  There are some things you may not know about him.  One.  He will eat anything.  Really.  Even things that shouldn't be eaten.  There are only two exceptions.  Cantaloupe and hard boiled eggs.  That's it.  Anything else is fair game.  Two.  He is the most wonderful dad ever.  Really.  No one else even comes close.  He plays with my kids endlessly.  He's so much more patient than I am.  I love him for it.  Third, and more importantly, today at least, he can fix anything. ANYTHING.  Even things I wish he wouldn't.  Seriously.  It's amazing.  So, I know, you're saying, get to the point already!!  Yesterday, while I was at Beth Moore, he did a bunch of laundry.  I know.  Don't you just wish he was yours!!  I came home at noon and there was basically no dirty laundry in the whole house.  I kissed him.  A lot.  Fast forward a little to last night.  I put in a load of sheets and at about 10 p.m. the washer started beeping.  Now, mind you, I have a fairly new washer. We got it about 2 years ago when our old one went kaput.  It's a Kenmore front loading washer with all of the bells and whistles.  The old one was nearly 20 years old, so I figured if I have to live with the thing for nearly 20 years, and wash enough clothes to keep up with 3 little-but-growing boys and one husband, I want the best money can buy.  So, the washer beeped, continuously, for a while.  We figured it was the "end of cycle" alarm and ignored it.  This morning, it was basically locked up.  Both figuratively and literally.  The door was locked and I couldn't get it to unlock, and it was making a weird noise and basically not progressing on the cycle.  It was still working on the load from the night before.  When we got home from church, my DH and I tore the thing apart.  He was able to locate and disassemble the drain pump, remove a sock, some nails, a picture hanger hook, and some air-soft pellets from it, and re-assemble it.  Voila!  Fixed!  I was so happy.  Every time I go into the laundry room I'm still happy about it.  Seriously, with the broken toilet (aka. possible floor repairs - so far so good), the drainage work we just had done in our yard, the nearly-lost camera, and now the washer.  Someone is really out to get our economic stimulus package. Enough already!  We were able to fend off the economic stimulus robbers once again, thanks to my handy honey.  Thanks, sweetie!!  ~smooches~

Ok, I think that's enough rambling for one day.  I really will try to be back to post something crafty later tonight.  I *just* got permission from some fellow stampers to post the projects from my club meeting this week, since I CASED them from their blogs.  If nothing else, I'll try to get those up tonight.  Until then, tah~

Monday, May 12, 2008

More Cards

Hello, again, blogging friends!  One of the challenges I wanted to squeeze in last week, and one of the ones I actually got to, was the Great Swaps Girls featured stamper challenge.  The featured swapper from last week was Geekgirl, aka. Denise Hinton.  I stumbled across her blog a few months ago and was immediately hooked.  She's so funny and talented.  She graciously granted me permission to use her term "craft lab" on my blog.  I think I snuck in under the wire before she copyrighted it.  Thanks, Denise!  I smile and think of you every time I use that.  he he he  

I had a hard time choosing just one of Denise's creations to use as my inspiration, but I finally landed on this one.
Denise used the Fall Flowers DSP to cover one of the On Board Bitty Books.  Isn't it adorable!  I basically copied her creation exactly except that I made it into a card. Here's what I did:

I think this paper is some of my all-time favorite from SU!  I have a ton of it left and need to get busy using it up since it has some of the current in-colors in it and will most likely be retired in August.  I used Kraft CS for the base of my card and then layered the Fall Flowers paper and Soft Sky CS to create the card.  I inked the chipboard flower with Really Rust Craft Ink and then embossed it with clear embossing powder.  That's one of my favorite techniques to use with chipboard.  I love how it turns out.  I liked this card so much I decided to make another one using the same sketch from Julee Tilman from my last post - the one I used for my brother's bday card.  Here's that card:

I wanted something wider than the ribbon for that element on the card, but everything I tried just looked wrong.  Once I got it done I was happier with the ribbon than I thought I would be.  In the last couple of months I've gone to my card stash a few times for a birthday card and not been able to find the "right" one, so I've been trying to use birthday sentiments on all of my recent cards to build up that section of my stash.  The Celebrate You sentiment is from the stamp set called "A Little Birthday Cheer".  It's fun and very versatile.  

Ok, now I REALLY have to go and start prepping for my club on Wednesday.  I won't be back with any other creative endeavors before that.  Thanks for stopping by! Tah~

Deets:  Stamps:  A Little Birthday Cheer; Paper: Fall Flowers DSP, Kraft, Really Rust, Soft Sky; Ink: Really Rust Craft, Really Rust Classic; Accessories: On Board Chipboard Blossoms & Basics and On Board Accents, Soft Sky stitched grosgrain ribbon, clear embossing powder, circle punches and scalloped circle punch.

A Day-after-Mother's-Day Miracle!!

MY CAMERA HAS BEEN LOCATED!!  YAY!!  One of the tiny details I left out of the missing camera story was the fact that my mom threw away all of the boxes, including the one with my camera.  She was feeling pretty terrible about having thrown my camera in the trash, so she was as ecstatic as I was when she went in to the Komen office today to drop off all of the extra "stuff" and someone had turned my camera in there.  Hooray!!  

Now we can spend our economic stimulus on home repairs since I said to my husband last night, "Have you noticed this crack in the wood floor?"  Mind you I was talking about the wood floor in the powder room on the ground floor.  He went upstairs to the boys' bathroom and discovered the toilet had been leaking.  We JUST had the floor in there replaced in November because it had leaked before and damaged the vinyl floor.  It's too early to tell if the new floor is damaged, but the ceiling in the family room (below the leak) is wet and the floor in the downstairs bathroom is showing signs of water, so who knows how this will turn out.  Oh, my word!  Can we just catch a little break?  Ok, enough doom an gloom and drear and forlorn, let's get to the goods, girls (guys too if there are any of you reading my blog.) 

My brother's birthday is on Thursday.  I ran across Julee Tilman's Mojo Monday sketch and thought I could incorporate it into a card using the retired hostess SSKit from the last catalog.  It wasn't until I was working on this post that I realized that this sketch is from MARCH!  Not sure what happened there, but apparently I really am losing my mind.  Hmmmm.  Anyway, current or not, here's my take on her March 31 sketch:
I thought this might also qualify for last week's limited supply challenge on SCS, which was to make a card with no stamping.  At the very end I added the stamped "happy birthday" message which disqualified me for that.  Close, but no cigar.  I do have one more post to share with you today and then you'll have to wait for more creations until I can get my camera back from my mom - probably on Thursday.  My club meets on Wednesday, so I'll have those fun creations to share with you after we meet and I also want to get some pictures of my new craft lab so my club girls can all see how it turned out.  I feel so crafty when I'm in there.  So, for now, I'm signing off.  I'll share my other cards later today or tomorrow.  See you then! Tah~

Card details:  Stamps:  A Little Birthday Cheer; Ink: Bayou Blue; Paper: Creative License Simply Scrappin' Kit, Pumpkin Pie, Not Quite Navy, Whisper White.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Mother's Day to everyone out there who is lucky enough to have at least one little (or big) person who calls you "Mother".  Thanks, especially to the two mothers who influenced my life the most - my mom and my mother-in-law.  Thanks for all of the thankless things you did to bless us from the moment we were born and even now.  We love you more than you can imagine. 
In honor of Mother's day, I'm posting a card I made for my beautiful little sister who is about to become a Mother.  She's so precious to me and she and her wonderful hubby just found out they're having a baby girl in September.  As a mother of three boys, I can't wait to have a little girl to spoil! YAY!  I made this card for her:
I was lucky enough to get my hands on one of the new Swiss Dots embossing folders and I knew it would be perfect for this card.  I used the rattle from the Holiday Blitz stamp set and stamped it in Pretty In Pink.  Then I used the colors from last week's color challenge on SCS - Celery and Lilac to mat the rattles.  I'm still hoarding my Flirty Ribbon Originals and I absolutely love this pink ribbon with the little picots.  On the inside I stamped the sentiment from Absolutely Fabulous - "Congrats on your big news!" - since they just found out the baby's gender this week.  I'm so excited for them and I just know Christa will be the most beautiful new mother ever.  Happy almost Mother's Day, sweetie!  

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Inspiration Challenge

Well, I'm on my way to bed but thought I'd pop in for a sec to quickly post my Inspiration Challenge card.  Here's another peek at my inspiration piece.  It's a bedroom from Pottery Barn.
I started out with Kraft card stock for the base and I wanted to use my Print Pattern background to try to mimic the diamond shapes on the sheets and duvet.  I was wishing I still had my little diamond stamp from the Looks Like Spring set that I sold recently.  I wanted some different scale, but alas, a stamper never has what she needs, does she.  I went ahead with the Print Pattern and I stamped it first with just Only Orange around the edge of each diamond (inked with a marker) and then I inked the whole image in Only Orange and drew around each diamond with Real Red.  Both turned out pretty and I used a tiny bit of each.  I couldn't quite decide what to do next, but I new I wanted to use one of my all-time favorite stamp sets - Polka Dot Posies.  I {heart} that set.  Flowers and polka dots!  *swoon*  I was so sad when it didn't make the cut into the big catalog.  I stamped the flowers on Kraft CS with Real Red Craft ink and Black Craft and then I stamped the centers in Only Orange on White CS.  Something was missing, but I wasn't sure what.  I went ahead and took a picture, but decided I might still make some changes.  Here's the original card:
When I went back down to my craft lab, I was working on another card and embossed something on it.  I decided then to try that on this card, so I stamped the flowers on White CS with craft ink and embossed them.  I did like it a lot more that way.  Here's how it turned out after some minor revisions:
Here's a close-up of the embossing.  

A quick side note - I loved how this picture turned out!! It was actually the last picture I took with my now missing camera.  I promise not to talk about this forever, but I'm still in mourning.  Thanks for bearing with me.  

Back to the card.  I liked how the changes brightened things up.  I kept thinking it needed some ribbon, but I couldn't figure out where to put it.  Anyway, I'm happier with it now.  I may keep futzing with it, but I'm happy enough to send it to someone even if I don't make any more changes.  

I'd love for you to play along with my challenge.  I know Kristin said she might.  Please come back and leave me a comment if you do, and include a link to your creation.  I'd love to see what you come up with!!  Ok, I've got to get to bed.  

You know you're sleepy when . . .

You fall asleep in your toy basket.  
How is it even possible to sleep like that.  AND, more importantly, how can it be so hard for him to sleep in a perfectly comfortable bed for any length of time.  Hmmmmm.
Sorry for the bad picture, but, well, I lost my camera. *snif*

5-Petal Topiary

Well, I'm starting with this fun creation, just because it's the oldest.  My girlfriend, Carrie, and I made these a few weeks ago.  She was so awesome.  She came over to pick up some supplies I was loaning for a giant stamping event she was helping out with.  She brought all of the supplies for this and we got to just chat and hang out (well, as much as you can with two 3-year olds).  We did get them mostly done though, so I wanted to share mine with you.    
We started with small-ish size styrofoam balls and we punched the Print Pattern Designer Series Papers in Apricot, Pink, and Amethyst.  Then we punched the small white flowers for the centers with the Three For You punch box punch.  We just punched these out of copier paper so that it would be easier to push the pins through.  Then we just started pinning the flowers onto the ball.  Oh, and we inserted a wooden dowel in the bottom.  There's another styrofoam ball in the bottom of the pot that the bottom of the dowel goes into.  We used Crystal Effects to make sure the dowel stays put in both balls and I also put a little Crystal Effects into the pot to make sure that ball doesn't come out.  The pots are simple terra cotta pots painted with green craft paint.  I finished mine off with some rub-ons on the outside of the pot, just around the rim, and a tag that says "friends" from the Tagger's Dozen stamp set.  These were relatively quick and easy.  We had so much fun making them and I just loved how cute they turned out.  Thanks for stopping by.  I promise to be back a little later with some cards - including *my* inspiration challenge.  Yes, I finally got it done!!  Tah~

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