Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Just a little get well wish...

Just a little get well wish I made for my mother-in-law. She is having knee replacement surgery on Thursday. Tim is off to the airport this morning to fly out to North Dakota to be with his parents for the next few days.

Supplies Used (All Stampin' Up!): Stamps ~ Farm Fever & Flannel Plaid background; Cardstock ~ Brocade Blue, White, Black, Purely Pomegranate; Coloring Tools ~ Watercolor Wonder Crayons & Markers; Other ~ Purely Pomegranate Stitched Ribbon & Rich Regal Brads.

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Saturday, August 25, 2007

Creation of the day...

I've been on a roll this week with lots of new stuff just pouring out of my fingers. I love weeks like that! I finished up this card this morning and then I HIT A WALL! Which means for me, it's time to stop for the day. Otherwise I don't like anything I create & it all ends up in the trash. But I'm happy with this card, so it was a good one to stop with.

Supplies Used: Stamps ~ Poppy Stems by Stampendous & Greeting by Lizzie Anne Designs; Pattern Paper ~ K & Co.; Textured Cardstock ~ Stampin' Up!; Ribbon ~ Stampin' Up!; Coloring Materials ~ Prisma Color Pencils & Gamsol; Ink ~ Palette Black.

Friday, August 24, 2007

Big Girl Coloring...

I have a new job! I decided that each Friday I am going to spend more time designing fun new projects. Today I had a great time "working" {playing} at my job! How wonderful it is to enjoy something this much. These images are from Rubber Romance & they were pretty fun to color ~ it's what I like to call Big Girl Coloring!

Funny little tid-bit about my picture ~ I really wanted to take a photo of this card with a pot of coffee and a coffee cup. My sister gave me the adorable pink polka-dot coffee cup, so I knew I wanted to use that. However, I don't drink coffee ~ so what was I gonna do about that? Well I got out the coffee pot we use when company comes over and filled it with water and just started mixing food coloring. Hey, it worked pretty well! LOL!

Supplies: Stamps ~ Rubber Romance; Textured Cardstock ~ Stampin' Up!; Pattern Paper ~ Sandy Lion; Ribbon ~ May Arts (from Starlit Studios); Flowers ~ Prima; Button Brads ~ Making Memories; Coloring Materials ~ Stampin' Up! Watercolor Wonder Crayons & Markers; Greeting ~ printed on the computer with SU Passing Notes Font.

Who wouldn't Wish for some time to sit and read a good book? This card was super fun to make and EASY PEASY!

Supplies: Stamps ~ Rubber Romance & Lizzie Anne Designs (Wish); Textured Cardstock ~ Doodlebug Bazzill; Pattern Paper Unknown; Brads ~ Making Memories; Coloring Materials ~ Stampin' Up! Watercolor Wonder Crayons & Markers; Punch ~ Tab Punch by Stampin' Up!

One more for today! These are some birthday cards for my stash. I love having cards on hand so I can just grab one quick and get it in the mail!

Supplies: Stamps ~ Inky Antics (thanks QC!) & Lizzie Anne Designs (HB); Textured Cardstock ~ Doodlebug Bazzill; Pattern Paper ~ Doodlebug; Ribbon ~ Doodlebug; Coloring Materials ~ Stampin' Up! Watercolor Wonder Crayons & Markers.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Quick Cards & A Heartfelt Message to Some Friends...

My dear friend, Michelle Wooderson, does a great job of whipping up a ton of cards at one time using pattern paper or One Sheet Wonders (homemade pattern paper). Yesterday, I decided that I really needed to get a stack of cards made in a hurry, so I got all the card bases finished with some pattern paper and ribbon. Then tonight, I stamped 6 different images and finished them off. It was super quick and now I have cards ready to pop in the mail when I need them with each of them being just a little different.

These wonderful images are from Lizzie Anne Designs ~ Simply Sentiments & Funky Floral set both available from Joy and Daisy over at Eclectic Paperie. The pattern paper with the birthday pattern and the circles are both from Doodlebug & the orange flower pattern paper is handmade using the Funky Floral set. The ribbon is by May Art and is from my friend Cindy Lyles over at Starlit Studios ~ you WILL want to take a look at her fabulous store!

A special note to some dear friends ~
Tonight I am going to close on a sentimental note because I'm in kind of a sappy mood ~ I just need to say that I am blessed with some amazing friends in my life. Some I see often, some just once a year and believe it or not, some I have never even met in real life. I talk to them everyday and it's because of this wonderful papercrafting hobby that we all got together. Last weekend it was my honor to spend time with several of these wonderful ladies that I call my friends. We came from all over the country and it was an incredibly special weekend. I wish everyone from this amazing group could have come to the retreat, but they know they were missed in a huge way. It's not about stamping any more {although we all have a great love for crafting}. It's about the relationships that we have built over the last 3 years. Girls, my life would be incomplete without any of you. You all have gotten me through a very difficult time in my life and I will never forget that! I love you all dearly & I thank you from the bottom of my heart for the privilege of being in this group.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Ahhhhh....it's done!

I had the BEST weekend! I spent 4 days with 22 wonderful friends at a retreat center in Wisconsin. We laughed (a lot), ate, talked, swapped cards & did many stamping and scrapbooking projects. Several weeks before the retreat, I knew I needed to come up with one project to work on this weekend so that I would feel like I accomplished something. I really wanted to scrapbook our Alaska trip, but felt like with 3,000 pictures, the project was far too big. I decided I needed to simplify the project & not worry about doing books and books full of 12x12 layouts. I spent days looking at various stores and finally found some wonderful acid-free picture albums at Target that you just slide the pictures in the slots ~ so I bought 4 of them. Then I researched the best price and quality of developing my digital prints so I printed about 1,000 of my pictures. I organized all the photos in order and slid them into the right spots. Then I worked on journaling all the places we went and things we saw. I also found out lots and lots of facts about each city we visited to include in the albums. Finally, I gathered all my scrapbooking supplies, paper, stamps & ink that I wanted to use. After several weeks of preparation, I was ready to go!

It took many, many hours at the retreat, but because I planned ahead, I actually finished all 4 albums. They aren't award winning pages at all ~ I basically only did journaling blocks, titles and picture mats. However, they are done so now we can sit down and enjoy the pictures with friends and family. I will go back and do some full 12x12 layouts of this trip with some of the fabulous shots we got, but now I won't feel stressed out about scrapbooking so many pictures & IT'S DONE!
Scrapbooking Tip: It's very easy to get overwhelmed with the hundrends of pictures you have laying around. Make your projects manageable and you will get a lot more done!

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

More from the Holiday Collection...

Just a few more tidbits from the new Stampin' Up! Holiday Collection. I went to my upline's house on Monday night and these were the cards that Michelle and Jane designed for us to create (mine are in the post from Sunday). It was a ton of fun ~ Thanks MY for hosting!

I'll be gone for a few days at a wonderful retreat in Wisconsin with 22 of my bestest friends. I'll check back with ya'll on Monday. Have a fabulous weekend.

Sunday, August 12, 2007

A little more from the Holiday Collection...

I bought these wonderful round tins from Eclectic Paperie and I just love them! I just had to play with my new Autumn Apparitions Stamps set and of course the new Creepy Crawly paper from Stampin' Up! They go together so well! The card is for a shoebox swap and the tins are some gifts for a retreat I'm going to next weekend.

Supplies Used: Stamps ~ Autumn Apparitions; Cardstock ~ Pumpkin Pie Textured & Basic Black; Pattern Paper ~ Creepy Crawly Designer Series Paper; Punches ~ 2" circle punch (Marvy) & Scollop Circle (SU); Ribbon ~ Black Grosgrain & Ribbon Originals Jersey; Tins ~ Provo Craft

Holiday Collection

It was time to play with some new Stampin' Up! toys from the Holiday Collection this weekend. My upline is having her quaterly downline meeting tomorrow night and this is what I'm bringing for our shoebox swap. I covered the chipboard snowflake with white craft ink and then covered it with Iridescent Ice embossing powder. It glittered up very nicely!

Supplies Used (All Stampin' Up!): Stamps ~ Love & Joy; Cardstock ~ Soft Sky & Shimmery White; Ink ~ White Craft, Soft Sky Classic; Other: Soft Sky Ribbon, On Board Trimmings (chipboard); Iridescent Ice & White Embossing Powder; Classy Brass Templates Dots.

Monday, August 6, 2007

Just a quick little card...

I'm in an all SU card swap with some good friends that I will see next week. I have so much to do before I leave so I decided to keep things pretty simple. After I finished it, I was afraid it was too easy, but it does highlight 4 different SU punches, new pattern paper and new ribbon ~ so how bad could that be ~ LOL! I was happy with the results.

Supplies Used (All Stampin' Up!): Stamps ~ Think Happy Thoughts; Cardstock ~ Certainly Celery, Wild Wasabi, White; Pattern Paper ~ Designer Series Cutie Pie paper; Punches ~ 1 3/8" circle, 1 1/4" circle, 3/4" circle; Scallop Circle; Ribbon ~ Wild Wasabi Stitched Ribbon.

Saturday, August 4, 2007

Try, Try Again...

I've had this page going in my head for over a week. Don't you just hate it when you know exactly how you want something to look, but it doesn't turn out like you thought it would? I finished up this page last night (smaller photo below), and I just felt like it wasn't done. After I photographed it this morning, I still felt that way. So I tore it apart and started playing with new colors. When I added a scrap of Chocolate Chip cardstock ~ VOILA! That is what it needed! I was thrilled with the result! By the way, these Lizzie Anne Stamps are FABULOUS!

Tip: Don't be afraid to add new colors to your pages. These are all the earthy tones and coordinate well together. By adding that simple piece of Chocolate Chip, it made the flowers and the picture POP right off the page.

Supplies Used: Stamps ~ Lizzie Anne Designs Jolies Fleurs & Hero Arts Pixie upper & lowercase alphabets, Cardstock ~ Stampin' Up! Textured Cardstock (Creamy Caramel, Ruby Red, Chocolate Chip); Ink ~ SU Chocolate Chip; Markers ~ Ruby Red, More Mustard, Really Rust, Pumpkin Pie.

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