Thursday, October 30, 2008

spiders, spiders everywhere!

You all know I am crazy right????

Well I have been seeing these adorable spiders made with peppermint patties and punched card stock everywhere. I thought they were just so cute that I showed them to my daughter who then proceeded to beg me to make them for her classmates. After I agreed I realized that if I made them for her class I needed to make them for her younger brother and sister's classes.....Well they are finally done all 61 of them. What was I thinking???

What I used:
Peppermint Patties
Basic Black, Whisper White, Only Orange, Lovely Lilac, Green Galore card stock
Scallop circle punch, photo corner punch, 3/4" circle punch, 1/4" circle punch

black and white and one other color...

Black and white and one other color is todays Elzybell design team challenge. Pop over the Elizabeth's blog to see what all the other design team member have done with this challenge.
I love black, white and red together. I did have to cheat a tiny bit by adding some orange for the snowman's nose and brown for his arms but I think I stayed with the general principal of the challenge.

What I used:
Boy with snowman by Elzybell Art stamps
Basic black, real red, whisper white card stock, SU designer paper
water color paper
Black Stazon ink pad
Stampin' Write markers, aquapainter
snowflake cuttlebug embossing folder
black brads
wide Real Red grosgrain ribbon, black narrow grosgrain ribbon

Thursday, October 16, 2008

elzybell challenge #4

It's challenge time again for the Elzybelles. Our challenge; Inchies! I haven't done much with inchies, those tiny little works of art, as a matter of fact I believe this is my first venture. While I was racking my brain for ideas on how to use them, I came across a card where my cyber buddy Julesiana had used the inchie to spotlight part of an image. It seemed like a good idea so I ran with it. Thanks Jules.Also don't forget that there is still time to enter the Elzybell holiday card challenge. You still have until October 21st.

What I used:
Elzybell holly lamp, Bella Toile background, Many Merry Messages stamp set
Basic Black, Riding Hood Red, Always Artichoke, Confetti White card stock
Black Stazon ink pad, Riding Hood Red classic stamp pad
black brads, Riding Hood Red striped grosgrain

Monday, October 13, 2008

no stampin' just lots and lots of braggin'

Football season is always the busiest time of the year for my family. Our second son Daniel has been playing football since the age of eight so the months of August, September and October are consumed by practices and games and all the other fun stuff involved with the season. Our daughter Jessika has been cheering for our PopWarner team for 3 years now so that involves once again, practices, games, competitions and good grief CHEER HAIR! I can only imagine what my life is going to be like when Ellie starts cheering and Manny starts playing.

This weekend was homecoming. Homecoming at my children's school is near and dear to my heart since they attend MY hometown high school. Homecoming in our small town is one of the wonderful things about living where I live. It starts out with the spaghetti supper Friday night then continues with the Varsity girls soccer game, bonfire and dance. Saturday begins with a 5K walk/run race and parade then concludes with a Varsity football game against arch rivals Weedsport. Very small town, very wonderful.

This year was extra special because this year Daniel is on the varsity football team. The younger kids and I missed the parade this year because Jessi had to cheer at a PopWarner game earlier in the day and we arrived just in time for kickoff. The game wasn't looking to good through the third quarter. I was actually kinda thinking about going home because the little ones were tired when my boy caused a feeble that resulted in our team scoring. Then we scored again, and again and again scoring 30 points in the 4th quarter, winning the game and guaranteeing themselves a spot in the play offs. Does Dan look excited in this picture or what???Sunday was spent at a cheerleading competition. Jessika's team did a fair job. Not moving on to the next level but they are a very young team and will do better next time. The older girls from our team won the competition which was very exciting and a great example for our younger girls to follow.Did I mention cheer hair?
To round out an already crazy weekend the Southard clan made their annual trip to the pumpkin patch. We look forward to this every year and I always stop at the greenhouse across the road to buy some mums. We found the biggest pumpkins we have ever gotten this year. Check them out...
Manny found a big one...
but Daniel's was even bigger...
Manny looking really cute while waiting for Dad to get him a donut and some cider.
Jessi sitting on a pile of pumpkins, man I hope she gets that other tooth soon!
After we got home we cleaned up the porch and arranged all of our pumpkins and mums and the corn stalks from Uncle Lo's garden. The front of the house looks wonderful, will have to take some more pics and share that with you soon.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

just playing around...

Lately I have been playing around with some 3D projects instead of doing just cards. This is one of the things that I have done. I am not ready to show you the rest....What I used:
A Rose is a Rose stamp set, Big Deal alphabet set
lower case J decor elements
Riding Hood Red, Pirouette Pink, Kiwi Kiss, Whisper White card stock
Bella Rose designer paper
Whisper White taffeta ribbon

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Elzybell challenge #3

Time for another Elzybell challenge! You can play along too! Just follow this link to find the sketch we are using. If you want to see what the other members of our design team have done, follow click here.
Isn't this bear the cutest??? I made this card for a friend, Laura who is expecting a baby soon. She and her DH already have a hand full of girls between them and are hoping for a boy this time.

The main image is colored with Stampin' write markers on water color paper. I used an aquapainter to blend the colors, add highlights and soften the colors.

What I used:
Elzybell bear with towel
Certainly Celery, Bashful Blue, Whisper White card stock
water color paper
Wild Asparagus by Mind's Eye designer paper
coluzzle cutting system, small corner rounder
Certainly Celery narrow grosgrain ribbon