Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Winter Wishes

Thank you Kim for reminding me to get back on track here! I've been slack with the holidays this year and I do apologize! I also have some sneak previews from the new catty that I want to show you all :0)

Stamps: Snow Swirled (111690; set of 6 -$24.95), Holidays & Wishes (109431; set of 6 - $17.95)
Paper: Brilliant Blue: 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" (mounted on whisper white finished size) and 2-1/2" x 2-1/2", Bashful Blue: 4" x 5 - 1/4"and 2-1/4" x 2-1/4", Whisper White: 3-3/4" x 5"and 2" x 2"
Ink: Brilliant Blue Classic Stamp Pad, Bashful Blue Classic Stamp Pad, and Almost Amethyst Classic Stamp Pad
Stampin’ Up! Accessories: Snail Adhesive, Bold Bright Brads, Ticket corner punch, Stampin Up Crafters Tool Kit

This cards was super cute and super easy. I took the snowflake stamps and randomly stamped the images all over the whisper white CS (hint: stamp your greeting before you stamp the brilliant blue snowflakes, so you don't have a muffled greeting) And, since Christmas is over, a good replacement greeting for this pretty snowflake card could be "Warm Wishes" from the Hugs & Wishes stamp set (109383; set of 6 - $17.95). I then stamped the large snowflake in brilliant blue on the 2" x 2" whisper white cs. Using the ticket corner punch - punch all four corners on the white, bashful blue, and brilliant blue squares. I then slightly adhered the Whisper white, on the bashful blue onto the brilliant blue (you can just adhere a small spot on the corners as the brad will help hold them together) then in the center of the snowflake, using the paper piercing tool and mat pierced a hole through all three pieces. Insert your brad! Put together all of your layers and you have a wonderful winter card! It could make a nice Thank you card too!

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas, and I wish all of you a wonderful, blessed New Year! May this year be much better for ALL of us!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Why I've Been Away!

Well I have promised an update on where I have been. I've been home, but have had alot on my plate. We brought home our first Christmas present to the kids on Sunday the 7th, and it has been a handful. ;o) Look and see!
So as cute as she is, Sadie is like having another baby in the house, so that puts me at 6! LOL

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Kreativ Blogger Awards!

Okay, LOL now that I have finally figured out how to capture this picture, and create links on my blog ;o).....I have some awarding to do myself! My dear friend Jenny at Ramblings of Me gave me an award last week that I've been wanting to pass along! So drum roll please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Paper Pleasing Ideas

Bec's Stampin Space

These are just a few of my favorite sites that I get so much inspiration from. Stop by and give these ladies a shout! They work very hard at the projects and information they pass along with us fellow stampers and crafters! They are an inspirtation to me as I am sure they will be you too! Have a wonderful day!
*Side note, I have an annoucement......for later. I will post pics!

Friday, December 5, 2008

All Spruced Up!

This one was fun....all because of the coloring :o) I don't care how old you get, it's always fun to color. Very basic supplies are needed to make a fabulous Christmas card - quickly! Let's get you started ;o)

Stamps: Fun and Fast Notes (109515; set of 8 -$30.95)
Paper: Sage Shadow: 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" (finished size), Real Red: 3" x 2 - 1/4", Whisper White: 2" x 2 1/4"
Ink: Basic Black Classic Stamp Pad, Stamp & Write Markers in: sage shadow, yoyo yellow, brilliant blue, and real red
Stampin’ Up! Accessories: Snail Adhesive, 6" of Red Gingham Ribbon, Crop-o-dile, Stampin Up paper snips.

Okay, now you know what we need - let's get started :0) First, omit the verse from your stamp by inking just the tree in basic black and stamp on your whisper white CS. Color in your image with your S&W markers using your own coloring technique. I like using the fine side b/c it gives a sketched look. Using snail, adhere to your Whisper White CS to your Real Red CS. Using the small hole on your crop-o-dile, punch a hole in the left hand corner and tie on your red gingham ribbon. Now, ha....carefully emboss the bumps at the bottom of your real red and sage shadow cardstock. ***I used the crop-o-dile, but be VERY CAREFUL - you will pierce your paper*** Using your real red s&w marker ink just the words on the tree stamp "All Spruced Up" and stamp on the bottom right hand of your card above your embossed bumps. Now, adhere your real red cs to your sage shadow card - and there it is - you have completed another Christmas card. Enjoy and have a wonderful day.
PS. In a day or so I will post a bunch of new pics and show you why I've been MIA ;0)

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Merry Christmas Dear Friend

Merry Christmas Dear Friend, what a simple elegant message! This card was super fun, and elegant. I know it's a little common, but red, green, silver, and gold just do it for me when it comes to Christmas.

Stamps: Curly Label Punch Bundle (112966; set of 4with punch -$33.95), Itty Bitty Backgrounds (101893; set of 4 $12.95)

Paper: Whisper White: 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" (finished size), glorious green 4- 1/4" x 5 - 1/2", Whisper White scraps, glorious green scraps

Ink: Silver Encore Stamping Pad, Real Red Classic Stamp Pad

Stampin’ Up! Accessories: Snail Adhesive, Stampin dimensionals, 6" of 5/8" Red Grossgrain Ribbon, 6" gold elastic cord, curly label punch, Stampin Up paper snips

I first stamped the Merry Christmas dear friend in real red on whishper white scrap, set aside and stamped the dots from Itty Bitty Backgrounds with the silver encore pad on the glorious green. I then punched my stamped image with the curly lable punch and punch one with the glorious green scrap. I trimmed the edges off my stamped image right down to the stamped image to give it a layered look. I attached with snail the stamped image to the glorious green curly label. I attached the red grossgrain ribbon to card and tied the gold cord around it. I attached to glorious green to whisper white card base, then attached my curly label ensamble using stamping dimensionals. Hope you enjoy and have a great Sunday!

Saturday, November 22, 2008

First Christmas Card

Okay, I have the first Christmas card of the year to post, I have 5 that I did for a stamp and stack, and hopefully by the end of the five I will have more projects to post for you. That is my mission for the weekend hee hee hee! Let's see if I get it done LOL!
Stamps: Merry and Bright(110376; set of 4 -$14.95), Warm Words(107123; set of 8 $20.95 - on the dormant list)
Paper: Real red: 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" (finished size), real red 5/8" x 5 1/4" strip, real red scallop, Bashful Blue: 4" x 5 1/4", bashful blue 1/4" x 5 1/4" strip, bashful blue 1 3/8" circle, Whisper White: 1 1/4" circle
Ink: Black Stazon, Bashful Blue Classic Stamp Pad, Real red S&W marker, Bashful Blue S&W marker
Stampin’ Up! Accessories: Snail Adhesive, Stampin dimensionals, 6" of Red Gingham Ribbon, mini glue dots, scallop punch, 1 3/8" circle punch, 1 1/4" circle punchFirst I stamped the snowflakes from Merry and Bright in bashful blue in on the bashful blue CS. I then stamped the snowman onto whisper white omitting the phrase merry and bright then punched it out with 1 1/4" circle punch, then sketch colored some of the snowman using the real red and bashful blue S&W markers then layered it on a 1 3/8" circle, then onto the real red scallop. Using snail adhesive I attached the bashful blue to the real red card, then attached the real red 5/8" x 5 1/4" strip, then layered the bashful blue 1/4" x 5 1/4" strip. I then attached the scallop mount using stampin dimensionals. I tied the ribbon in a bow and attached it with a mini glue dot. Stamped "be merry" in black and voila - my first Christmas card. Enjoy!

Friday, November 21, 2008

Why no comments?

I am a little disappointed. I go through alot of peoples blogs everyday. I try to leave comments once and a me a favor. If you've hit my blog.....let me know....give me feed back. I feel like I am posting for myself, and if that's the case, I can just save the time and look at my cards in my craft spot :0) Your feed back also helps me PLEASE feed me :0) Have a wonderful day! Will start posting Christmas tomorrow!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving

Stamps: Fall Flair (111630; set of 8 -Level 2 Hostess), Holidays & Wishes (109431; set of 6 $17.95)
Paper: Riding hood red: 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" (finished size), Tangarine Tango: 3 3/4" x 2 1/4", Naturals White: 3 1/2" x 2"
Ink: Black Stazon, Riding Hood Red Classic Stamp Pad, Tangarine Tango Classic Stamp Pad, Summer Sun Classic Stamp Pad
Stampin’ Up! Accessories: Snail Adhesive, Stampin dimensionals, Aqua Painter, Natural Hemp Twine, Fresh Favorites 1 Buttons, mini glue dots

This was actually alot of fun, took a little time with the watercoloring, but what a great finish! I started by stamping the fall flair images in stazon onto the naturals white (when you watercolor, you want to make sure you use a heavy enough paper or it will warp on you). I then, using my aqua painter picked up color from the lids of the summer sun, tangarine tango, and riding hood red stamp pads. Make sure you go from lightest to darkest and clean your brush in between :0). I then layered the white onto the tangarine tango, put stampin dimensionals on the back of the tangarine tango and mounted it onto the riding hood red card. I threaded some hemp twine through a small always artichoke button, tied a knot, frayed then ends of the twine, popped a glue dot on the back and attached it to the top layer. I stamped the Happy Thanksgiving Greeting in Stazon (because it was already out) on the front! Have fun recreating and have a great Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Fun Fall Card

A very simple and basic card - I seem to be doing this alot lately. Now I seen this on someone elses site but for the life of me can not find it again to give the credit, so if it was on your site, please let me know and I will add it here.

Stamps: Heard from the Heart (111644; set of 4 $22.95)
Paper: Sage Shadow: 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" (finished size), Old Olive: 3 1/4" x 3 1/4", Always Artichoke: 3" x 3", Maine Blueberry DSP (6 - 1" squares)
Ink: Always Artichoke Stamp and Write Marker, Always Artichoke Classic Stamp Pad
Stampin’ Up! Accessories: Snail Adhesive

I took the 3 x 3 Always Artichoke and layed the 5 - 1" blocks from outside to in, then cut the last 1" block twice from corner to corner and layered them. I then used the Always Artichoke S&W marker and did a faux stitch around the quilt squares. I layered the Always Artichoke on the 3 1/4" x 3 1/4" Old Olive and onto the Mellow Moss card. I stamped the Kindness sentiment from Heard from the heart in Always Artichoke. This could definetly be a good use for all the scrap DSP you have laying around, because you know we all hold on to our pieces that are left ;0) Hope you enjoy! and Happy stamping!

Monday, November 10, 2008

My Dear & Kind Friend!

A fun and easy fall card I think can go to anyone male or female! And depending on the occasion will make for the selection of greeting on the inside.
Stamps: All Holidays (109397; set of 12 $31.95), Bitty Basics (111606; set of 10 Level 1 Hostess)
Paper: Baja Breeze: 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" (finished size), Night of Navy: 3" x 2-1/4", Whisper White: 2-1/4" x 2"
Ink: Night of Navy Classic Stampin’ Pad, Versa Mark Pad
Stampin’ Up! Accessories: Flower Fusion, Gold Brads, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Snail Adhesive, Scallop Edge Punch

I stamped the flower in versamark randomly on the Baja Breeze CS, this pulls the color without a full color bold image. It creates more of a water mark and will work with most of the CS colors (hint: it does work better on the medium colors). I stamped the verse in Night of Navy on Whisper white, cut night of navy cs 1/2 longer on side and punched with Scallop edge punch. Assembled 3 flowers from flower fusion, put them together with a brad and assembled the card. Even though the flowers are already raised, I attached them with a stampin dimensional to give them a little more lift!

I hope you enjoy the card today. I do have more to take pictures of and will try to get to it today LOL! We'll see what wrench comes my way, but also have the cards finished from my Christmas card stamp and stack which I will post shortly! Have a great day, and create something beautiful :0)

Friday, November 7, 2008

Simple Hello

Hey! I haven't fallen off the face of earth, just super busy as always. Have had time to take a couple pics, and actually spent yesterday cutting for 80 cards....I have a stamp and stack this weekend and was please how well Zachary (3) cooperated and let Mommy cut paper ALL day LOL!

This is one of the latest cards I have made. Very simple, very basic...but I love it!

I used Pink Pirouette CS to start!
Stamp Sets:
Itty Bitty Background
Cute and Curly Label & Punch
Bitty Basic Hostess set.

I stamped the speckled background in pink pirouette, then the butterflies in regal rose. I embossed the label with SU silver emboss powder on the silver CS for the faux metal look ( I like it :0) and punched it out with the curly label punch (one of my favorites) Put on a loop of 5/8 " Regal Rose ribbon and popped it on with Stampin' Dimensionals. I stamped the hello a little sideways, but that just fits life right now. Enjoy the card and hope it gives you some inspiration!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Battle of the Dragonfly!

This was not a great picture, but the card came out really pretty!

To create the card, I used:
Pick a Petal Stamp Set
Big Birthday Candle (dormant - still available)
3/4" circle punch
1/2" circle punch
The colors: Elegant Eggplant stamp pad and stamp and write marker and Kiwi Kiss stamp pad, I love how they worked together too.

I stamped the petal images with kiwi kiss, then the outline in elegant eggplant, then stamped the happy birthday sentiment in elegant eggplant. I punched two 3/4" circles, and three 1/2" circles and adhered them with glue dots. Make sure to glitter some of his body with two way glue and dazzling diamonds to give him some sparkle. I drew his little antennae with elegant eggplant stamp and write markers.

So stamp your cards, and change your colors and let me see your creations! I would love to see where you go with it from here! I think with the color choice too, it would make for a cool male card....Hope you enjoy it too!

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Spinning Birthday Wishes

This is one of my recent favorites! The spinner card. The scallop actually spins along the card. We used two of Stampin Ups new In-Colors (which I happen to love) Tangarine Tango and Pacific Point! Add Wow flowers and your birthday wishes sentiment and it is a card to send all year long. For instructions on how to do this, let me know you are interested and we can schedule a workshop that fits your time schedule. This is lots of fun with a few cents and the Stampin Up dimensionals!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Altered Tins Class Results

This one I made for Grandma Lockamy for her birthday Saturday, not part of the class...but came out very well!
We had so much fun at our class on Tuesday night. I forgot to pull the camera out during the class LOL, but did get the end results.....and did a rockin job! I was very pleased. And now I'll tell you the first one I did, I tossed from frustration.....and none of you went there LOL! So see my girls in all there glory....and if you have never been to a class...c'mon out. We do have an awesome time.

The really cool thing was we all used SU Maine Blueberry DSP and they all came up with different tins. So if you are ever worried about all your projects looking the same, just look at these pics....I assure they won't!

Kim had so much fun, and she was dreading it the most! Smiles and a beautiful tin were the end result!

Debby was also a little worried, but took home smiles and a perfectly beautiful tin.....and after sleeping on going to do more of them (make sure you send me pics Debby)

Jenny is a pro at this, and I didn't worry a bit about her. Don't know if she was nervous or not, but she did enjoy a night out with the girls, and made some new friends. She too left with smiles and beautiful tin!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Backtrack to Father's Day!

I am still backtracking to get you guys caught up on all of the projects I have been working on for the past few months. Let's look at it this way, you can start now for next year and be one step ahead. Hee hee hee. Unlike me who is still putting it together as I walk out the door! Fathers Day has come and gone, but these are the cards we made!
Like in my previous post, again retired colors and stamp set.....but this is just a template for you to make a different card! Here we used a blue bayou card, with wild wasabi and groovy guava layers. Image stamped in chocolate chip, and the brads aren't really brads at all :0) They are faux brads made with SU Crystal effects. This is an awsome product with many uses. Let me know if you want to learn more, we can schedule a workshop. Now, my challenge to you. Change up the colors: Pacific point, kiwi kiss, and tangerine tango - what do ya think? Send me your pictures and I will post them. Have a wonderful day and create something fun :0)

Monday, October 13, 2008

Back Track to Mother's Day!

Okay, okay, I have not fallen off the face of the earth! LOL, just super busy! For the next few days I will start letting you in on some of the things I have been working on over the past few months......yes, I said months. I wanted to make sure I catch you guys up. Also, it's that time of year where everyday could be something new on here. So keep checking back, and let me know what you think. Also, I've said this before. If you have something you've done, I'll post it here too, so let me see it!Back track to Mother's Day! Here I used a retired set, and colors, but change up the colors and the stamp set, change the sentiment to something fall or Christmas. And you have a new card. Super easy, super fun! So when you create your card, using this layout, let me see it. Have a great day!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Didn't Do It!

Okay, I didn't do the Crepe Myrtle Fest. I know I was supposed to get it done, but....I didn't, family had to come first, and we've had so much going on. But :0) You like that don't ya! I did come up with lots of stuff to do finally, and I am going to start putting projects together! The ideas really started flowing on friday, don't laugh, it's true! Too late you say......never.......there's always next year, and then I won't stress hee hee hee! Good logic right!

There was one I created that I'll share with you. The rest are extra cards I've made and put in the basket through the year. I might post some of them over time LOL!

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

A step ahead of yesterday!

Okay, okay, okay! I have three cards done from yesterday, yes.....just three! Anyway I was reminded by my wonderful friend Rita that I had some left from last year......hello Carol....go through your boxes once and awhile LOL! And I have some ideas, yes.....small now someone please kick my butt and get it into gear! There could be some reward for doing so :0)

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

In a serious Funk!

Okay ya' let's see who really reads this! I am in a serious stamping funk and need some help. I can not motivate myself to do ANYTHING! One major problem is, I have a craft show to do in 4 days and have done NOTHING! Any suggestions??????

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Where in the World! has Carol been?

Well, it's July.....and I've been gone for a while. I do apologize. There was this crazy experience that took over my life called.......WORK! I have recently resigned from my position, and am seeking employment so please keep me in your prayers. I have done some stamping.....but very little, and sorry no pictures. I will get to it as soon as I can. Can you ever forgive me? I started working on some card boxes (forgive me gifts for a friend I've had to blow off this week) and will snap some shots when I am done. I am also going to start penciling in some stamp time for my escape.........Lord knows I need it. I look forward to interacting with you all again. It is good to be back :0)

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Keeping in Touch

Hi guys! Sorry I've been out of the loop right now. Since the separation it's been a bit crazy around here. Trying to get alot figured out and with working now, not a lot of play time. Keep checking in on me.........there's hope yet! Talk to you soon.