Wednesday, November 28, 2007

sneak peak...


How about a sneak peak into the new Spring/Summer catalog? Check it out. This card is made using the new level 3 hostess set Time Well Spent. As a demo for Stampin' Up! I was blessed to receive this set from them. I think it is a great set and you will be seeing a lot more of it in the future.

What I used:
Time Well Spent and Elegant Inscriptions stamp sets
Basic Gray, Confetti White card stock
Certainly Celery Prints designer paper
Basic Black, Basic Gray classic ink pads
Certainly Celery and Bashful Blue ink for water coloring
Basic Gray taffeta ribbon, two way glue pen and glitter

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Check out my new look!

My blog needed a face lift and after hours of paying around and a little help from my friends. It is done. What do you think of my new look?

Monday, November 26, 2007

are these the cutest or what????

I need several small little thank you gifts and this is what I came up with. What do you think? Personally I think they are adorable! I probably will change my mind after I make 20 of them.

The card is 3x3 and the little box holds 3 Hershey's Nuggets candy.

What I used:
Perfect Presentation, Think Happy Thoughts stamp sets
Always Artichoke, Sage Shadow, Confetti White card stock
Wintergreen Designer paper
Acetate sheets, whisper white grosgrain ribbon, various circle punches

To create these adorable boxes check out this tutorial on Splitcoast Stampers

Sunday, November 25, 2007

running horses and a masked border...

A couple of my online friends and I challenge each other weekly to make a RAK (random act of kindness) card and send it out to a specific person. This last week was Judy's turn to pick and she choose a woman from AZ who had fallen from her horse and was bleeding in the brain. She challenged us to use a stamped border. I could not seem to get a stamped border lined up to my satisfaction so I masked out the center of the card and stamped and sponged my border. To give the appearance the the horse is running I stamped the horse then moved the stamp about an eighth of an inch over (without reinking) and stamped again, moved the stamp and stamped again and again. I like how combining these techniques gave this card a lot of depth without adding extra layers of card stock.

Friday, November 23, 2007

back to stamping and the birthday boy

I finally got a chance to stamp this morning instead of my usual Black Friday Christmas shopping. It has sort of been a tradition that I take one of the boys and go BUT (gasp!) I have already finished my shopping! Can you believe it? Guess I don't have any excuses to not do some baking this year, huh? Because I haven't been able to get out much this fall I actually did most of my shopping online this year.

Alright enough bragging, back to stamping. Today's card was all about snowflakes. Since everything here is covered with snow, it sounded like a good way to start. Very simple. I stamped the greeting from Many, Merry Message in real red ink of confetti white card stock. The snowflakes from Snow Burst are stamped in going gray and basic gray. I used the mat pack and piercing tool to add some interest in the corners. Layered the white on basic black, added some basic gray taffeta ribbon then added the layers to a basic gray card body. Wish I had some red glitter to add to the center of the snowflakes but since I don't it will have to do as is.

I have to do just a little bit more bragging. Manny turned 6 last week. Since he and his sister's birthdays are only a couple of weeks apart they have never had their own parties but this year Manny really wanted to have his own party. Since he decided on a pirate party, I did my best with the cake (hey! no laughing! cake decorating is not one of my talents!), made a treasure chest out of a shoe box, filled it with goodies and Jeff and Daniel put together a treasure hunt. Manny said it was the best birthday party ever! As a mom you can't ask for more then that!

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

rumors of my death have been greatly exaggerated

Really I am not dead and I have not abandoned my blog. The plague had fallen on the Southard family but everyone is finally healthy. The stomach bug had hit our family hard, bad enough that two of my children had it twice in a little over a week and worst of all I got it and everyone knows mama is not supposed to ever get sick. I finally have my house back in order, my children all back to school and the laundry is finally all caught up and yes my office is clean so I am back to stamping.

My son Manny is rapidly approaching his 6th birthday and the other day he asked me if he could have a pirate (yessssss!) birthday party. Of course I was happy to get out Ahoy Matey to make the cards but I needed some inspiration so I headed to the gallery over on splitcoast stampers and found this fabulous card by claudiafromgermany. I am not really big on copying other peoples cards but this card gave me some fabulous ideas. The card is a gate fold card, meaning that the front of the card is folded back on itself.

What I used:
Ahoy Matey and Hugs & Wishes stamp sets, Linen and Sanded background, Matey's Map jumbo wheel
Chocolate Chip, Soft Sky, Ruby Red, Kraft and Naturals White card stock
Chocolate Chip, Soft Sky, Close to Cocoa classic ink pads
distressing tool from cutter kit, sponge, Prismacolor colored pencils and mineral spirits, Non-SU brown gingham ribbon (sorry but I am out of the old retired brown grosgrain and nothing else seemed to work)