Tuesday, June 24, 2008

God's Blessings...

I needed a birthday card so I threw together this one pretty quickly. Nothing tricky about it. The flowers from embrace life are stamped around the greeting in wild wasabi then watercolored with taken with teal ink.

What I used:
Embrace Life and God's Blessings stamp sets, Polka Dot background
Whisper White, Wild Wasabi, Taken with Teal card stock
Basic Black, Wild Wasabi, Taken with Teal classic stamp pads
Wild Wasabi double stitched grosgrain ribbon

double tagged...

I have gotten tagged twice in one day. The first tag was by Deborah one of my online Splitcoast friends and you can view her blog beadn' & stampin' here.I have done this a couple of times before so I am likely to repeat myself.

1. I am a avid reader. I have easily read over 5000 books. We have bookcases in every room or our house with the exception of the bathrooms, we even have them in the hallways. One year in my early married days when I was working days and my hubby was working nights I read 407 books that year. I no longer keep track but I easily average 3 books a week. If I read more then that my household starts to decay.

2. I have 3 cats. One crabby calico old lady who insists on sleep with me every night and if she feels that I am not in bed at an appropriate hours will remind me, repeatedly until I comply and head off to bed. One very fat tuxedo cat. He is of course very handsome because every man looks good in a tux right? And one little gray baby boy (though he isn't a baby any more since he is nearly two and the longest cat I have ever seen) who moved into our garage as a tiny kitten and would not leave. We had to tame him and bring him in right?

3. I have a plan... I always have a plan. I am one of those sick people that have a 1 year plan, a 5 year plan and a 10 year plan. I know it is just wrong but I can't help myself.

4. I was too lazy to cook dinner tonight so I ordered pizza. Then told me kids that it was to celebrate DS#2's last final exam but the truth was I was to lazy to cook. Best part is we actually have a pizza place that will deliver to our house so I didn't even have to go get it. How is that for lazy?

5. There are only 35 days until I leave to go to Salt Lake City for my very first Stampin' Up! convention. Can't wait...

6. I secretly covet Vera Bradley handbags, though I only own two...

7. I love movies. All movies but especially anything Science Fiction, historical dramas, suspenseful mysteries or the ones where things get blown up every other minute. The more action the better. Love Netflix! I always have a list a mile long of movies that I want to see.

and the second tag is from my friend Angel, you can view her blog Angel's World here.

I am going to cheat and double tag a couple of people:

Jules she just moved so it may take her a while

Friday, June 20, 2008

wild about you...

I am wild about babies, love them bunches and there is nothing like the smell of a new baby. Even when they smell bad, they smell good if you know what I mean. Thought that I would tackle a baby card this morning. This template is really easy and I don't remember where I got it but I didn't invent it and it has been around forever. I needed easy this morning since my lovely children passed on to me the nasty cold they have all been suffering from.

What I used:
God's Blessings, Wild About You stamp sets, Polka Dot background stamp
Soft Sky and Very Vanilla card stock
Soft Sky, Going Grey, Brocade Blue, Real Red, Always Artichoke classic ink pad
Silver eyelets, Very Vanilla taffeta ribbon
1 1/4 circle punch, Scalloped circle punch

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

lots to share today...

I had a really productive afternoon today. Not only did I clean my office, I completely trashed it all over again. Doesn't that sound like fun? The cleaning wasn't really that much fun and now I need to do it all over again but at least I had fun making a mess right? I needed a little me stamping time because I have had sick kids for the last week or so. Some weird fever bug is working its way through all my children and they can't seem to be nice to their mother and all be sick at once they are taking turns instead, just when one gets health and back to school the next one gets sick, wouldn't be that big of a deal if I didn't have 5 kids for it to go through. Lots of Stampin' Up! excitement in the last couple of days. The retirement list is out, if you need a copy you can view it on the Stampin' Up! website or email me and I will send it to you. Also there was a big announcement about SU!'s new Decor Elements collection. Self-adhesive vinyl wall decorations that use SU!'s exclusive images. I ordered one for my office wall this morning and I will post pictures just as soon as I receive it and put it up. If you want more information contact me and I will send you a brochure. They will be available to purchase starting July 1st. Now I suppose you want to hear all about my stamping. The first project is sort of a goodbye to Weathered, my favorite background stamp. I love it, I use it all the time and I will miss it. I won't give it up though so don't ask. If you don't already have, you better get it because come August 10th they are gone for good. I used the wet watercolor technique to do the main image. Basically what that consists of is stamping the image then misting it with water to blur the image, give it a kind of a Monet look. Everything is overstamped with Weathered and all the edges are sponged.

What I used:
Pretty Peony stamp set, Weathered and Canvas background stamps
Always Artichoke, Chocolate Chip, Rose Red, Confetti White card stock
Regal Rose, Rose Red, Mellow Moss, Always Artichoke, Close to Cocoa, Chocolate Chip classic ink pads
Chocolate Chip taffeta ribbon
Designer Label punch, 1 3/8 circle punch
sponge, water mister bottle
This card I made for a friend of mine who has been so supportive of me in the past, she is a little stressed out right now so I thought I would send it her way. I used the Mojo Monday Sketch from Julee Tilman's blog.
What I used on this one:
God's Blessings and Bugs & Kisses stamp sets
Basic Black, Kraft, Soft Sky card stock
Soft Sky prints designer paper
Basic Black, Soft Sky classic ink pads
vintage brads, Soft Sky double stitched grosgrain ribbon
I saw a card a while ago that my friend Shelly (papermoon04) made. This card was inspired by hers. The big flower (Which I Rocked and Rolled) and "Dare to be Fabulous" are on vellum, the words from Friend by Definition are behind the vellum. Everything is once again overstamped with Weathered and sponged with close to cocoa.
What I used:
Fabulous Flowers and Friend by Defination stamps sets, Weathered background stamp
Chocolate Chip, Pumpkin Pie, Summer Sun, Very Vanilla card stock
Basic Black, Summer Sun, Pumpkin Pie, Close to Cocoa classic ink pads
Pumpkin Pie striped grosgrain ribbon, Chocolate Chip poly twill ribbon

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Thoughts of Father...

Since tomorrow is Father's Day, I thought I would share the two cards I made for my Dad and my father-in-law. No I didn't mail them so they would get to Florida in time so hopefully Dad won't be checking out my blog before Tuesday, which is when his card and present should arrive. And if he is reading this, ah, ar, sorry Daddy you know how I tend to procrastinate, right?What I used;
Thoughts of Father stamp set
Chocolate Chip, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive and Confetti White card stock
Black Stazon ink pad
Watercolor Wonder Crayons and aquapainter
Earth Element brads
Chocolate Chip wide grosgrain ribbon
What I used:
Thoughts of Father stamp set
Wild Wasabi, Basic Black, Confetti White card stock
Black Stazon ink pad
Watercolor Wonder Crayons and aquapainter

Friday, June 13, 2008

morning soft...

I am teaching a learn a new technique class today (yes I procrastinated!) and the stampers are all pretty advanced so I wanted to teach them Julie Buhler's "No Copics? No problem!" technique. She has a fabulous tutorial here. I love the bright vivid look of anything colored with the copic markers but they are way out of my price range. Since I do own most of SU's markers but I prefer to water color this is the perfect compromise.

What I used:
Morning Soft stamp set
Night of Navy and Brocade Blue card stock
Wild Wasabi prints designer paper
water color paper
black Stazon ink pad
Brocade Blue wide grosgrain ribbon, Wild Wasabi double stitched grosgrain ribbon
Stampin' Write markers, aquapainter

Thursday, June 12, 2008

just one more Essence of Love...

I started this one on Tuesday but never had time to finish it until today.

What I used:
Essence of Love stamp set, Polka Dot background stamp
Whisper White, Basic Black, Real Red, Regal Rose, So Saffron card stock
Basic Black and Real Red classic ink pads
So Saffron craft ink pad
Coluzzle cutting kit and small corner rounder for scalloped oval
word window punch
Regal Rose wide grosgrain ribbon
Bold Brights brads

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

more fresh cuts....

Are you sick of me using this set yet??? Or does it just make you want it more? I can not believe how many different ways you can use this set. Today I tried it with the Chalkboard technique and did it on a chocolate chip background, like Beate Johns. Instead of me telling you how to do it I want to direct you to her tutorial, which is very well done.

What I used:
Fresh Cuts stamp set, Sanded background
Chocolate Chip, Always Artichoke card stock
Pretty in Pink print designer paper (hostess level 1)
Whisper White craft ink pad
Close to Cocoa, Always Artichoke classic ink pads
Pastels applied with a Qtip
Coluzzle cutting system, small corner rounder, sponge

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

More fresh cuts and no more brace face!

There is nothing like a brand new stamp set to bring out your creativity! So I pulled out the new Fresh Cuts set again today to see what else I could do with it. I really like the collage look of this main image. I stamped it in blue bayou classic ink, sponged the edges with soft sky, and when that wasn't quite enough I dragged the image across the stamp pad. I colored the flowers with a real red marker and did the leaves with a mellow moss marker. It doesn't really show in the picture but I added some highlights with the white gel pen.

What I used:
Fresh Cuts stamp set
Blue Bayou, Soft Sky, Whisper White card stock
Soft Sky Prints designer paper
Real Red wide grosgrain ribbon
Large and small oval punches, ticket corner punch
Real Red and Mellow Moss Stampin' Write markers, white Signo gel pen

Now I gotta do some braggin' on my kid. Daniel has had his braces on for FOUR long years. So... drum roll please...........
24 payments
42 office visits
7 emergency (I popped off a bracket Mom) ortho appointments
5 missed appointment (what can I say, I am loosing my mind)
427 million tiny rubber bands
Big bright shiny smile.................PRICELESS!

Isn't he pretty? The mug and balloons were given to him by his orthodontist and is filled with all the chewy sticky things that he wasn't supposed to have eaten for the last 4 years.

Monday, June 2, 2008

An apology and new toys...

First I need to apologize. My life got crazy again and I haven't had time to stamp much less update my blog. My oldest son came home from his first year of college then we took the whole family off to Williamsburg Virginia for the Memorial Day weekend. Anyway in the middle of the chaos Stampin' Up! released a new stamp set and some new note cards that will be in the Fall/Winter catalog. The new stamp set is called Fresh Cuts and the note cards are laser cut and too cute for words. I am going to be doing a class with these notes and gift box, so if you are one of my local customers and you are interested check out my demo website for all the details. Todays gift sets colors were inspired by the Felt Flower Fusions.

What I used:
Fresh Cuts stamp set
Old Olive, Rose Red, Pumpkin Pie card stock
Bali Breeze designer paper
Fresh Cut notes and envelopes
Old Olive, Rose Red, Pumpkin Pie classic stamp pads
5 point flower punch, silver brads, Flower Fusion felt flowers.