Sunday, October 31, 2010

Moxie Fab warmth..

Hello everyone. Well, it's Sunday. Which means tomorrow is back to Monday. Ugh! :) To help me out, the clock in our bedroom automatically set itself back an hour so when I woke up this morning I thought it was, not it was 6:30!! Crazy That put me an hour behind for everything. Oh well, so goes Sunday!

Today's card is for the Moxie Fab Tuesday Trigger challenge this week. I saw the challenge a couple of times in blogland this week and figured I would play along. I really liked the colors and thought the sweater in the inspiration photo was really nice. Here is the inspiration photo:

So pretty, right? I can see that with jeans and a brown tshirt and I am off to work...well, on a Friday. {smile}.  Ok, so I took my inspiration from the design on the actual body of the sweater. It looked SO much like the square lattice pattern of the SU folder. Here is my card:

The challenge ends today, so you still have a wee bit of time to play. I waited until the last minute...and so can you! LOL. Get on over there!

Come back tomorrow for my Curtain Call card. Great colors this week. Laters!

Stamps: Kind Words (Verve); Flutterby Friend (Papertrey)
Card Stock: Lemon Tart, Kraft, Vanilla (papertrey); Chocolate Chip (stampin up)
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Barely Banana (stampin up); Tim Holtz Frayed Burlap (stamped off once)
Extras: Sqaure Lattice folder (stampin up); Grosgrain (papertrey)

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Christmas Greetings..

Well, hello! I am SO late with this post. I lost total mojo today and just decided to laze around and watch football and nap the day It was so much fun! :)

Today', I mean, tonight's card will be one of my Christmas card designs this year IF I can find more of these envelopes. Anyone know where I might get some? They are made of vellum and have adhesive on the back. I found them at a yard sale, but there was only one little sheet of them. Let me know if you have ideas on where I might get more.

I used this week's Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge seen here:

And I also used the Color Throwdown colors from this week, seen here:

And here is my card:

I just love that little envelope! The paper is the Jolly Holiday paper from SU and I just adore it. I must get more soon! :)

Oh, and we did NOT get to go on our date night last night. Hubby was sick by the time I got home and so we just stayed home. :(  Oh well...maybe next weekend. If not next weekend, though, it'll be sometime in June! Ack!!

Well, Oregon and USC are starting so i've got to go! Oh, and come back tomorrow for my Off the Wall Craftiness card! ;)

stamps: Teeny Trees (Waltzingmouse)
card stock: Kraft, Cherry Cobbler, Jolly Holiday (stampin up); Vanilla (papertrey)
ink: Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, Chocolate Chip (stampin up)
extras: stickles, labels 14; buttons (papertrey); ribbon (stampin up); envelope

Friday, October 29, 2010

Super Star...

Hello! Thanks for dropping in! I do so appreciate all of you who come to my blog. I feel so happy every time I get a new comment. It's really very sweet!

Today's card is for my little cousin, Hana. She just got her first *real* job and I am so proud of her.  The colors I used were from this weeks The Play Date Cafe color challenge.

I had a REALLY difficult time with these colors and one would think they would be so easy, no? I could not get the right balance of black and white and then discovered I was out - completely out - of black card stock. Now, how the heck does THAT happen?? Anywho, after my mini meltdown (lol), I decided to go with this polka dot pattern. Such a fun paper, right? So, here is my card:

That's it from me...i'll be back tomorrow with my Waltzingmouse Sketch card. I hope your Friday is good. Since Hubby is leaving in less than a month, we are having a date night tonight! I cannot wait. I think we're doing dinner and a movie (any ideas for a movie to see? No chick flicks or romance, please...LOL). I'm looking forward to it all.

Stamps: Star Prints (papertrey)
Card Stock: White (papertrey); Bravo Burgundy and polka dot pp (stampin up)
Ink: Versamark
Extras: White embossing powder, Fiskars Star punch, black rhinestones

Thursday, October 28, 2010

thank you, friends

Gotta be quick today...i'm running REALLY late. This card is for friends of my husband. Tomorrow is his last day at work and they've been super sweet to him all week. He wanted me to make a card and here it is. :)

I used the sketch from Mercy Kerin this week...really cool sketch. Here is the sketch:

And here is my card:

It was a fun card to make. Love the colors and the pearls are so much fun to work with!

Ok, gotta go. Laters!!

Stamps: Life, Inside Out: Thank You (Papertrey)
Card Stock: Soft Suede, Vanilla, Elegant Soiree dsp (stampin up)
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Baja Breeze
Extras: Pearls, ribbon (stampin up)

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Flutterby Friend Mini Blog Hop!

Hey everyone and welcome to our mini blog hop! Last week, Laurie and I were emailing back and forth and *somehow* started talking about Flutterby Friend and then that resulted in us deciding to do a mini blog hop with Jen and Amy! Let me just tell you that these women are uber talented and can totally rock ANY stamp set. They *say* that I am the reason they bought this set. Mwahahaha! I love enticing Good times.

So anywho, I decided to use no predetermined sketches or challenge colors. It was kinda fun to just do whatever the heck I wanted to do, though it was a little intimidating at first!

Anyway, so on to the cards. I made three cause I SO love this set and could not put it down. My first thought was to create a card using this set for each season of the year. My husband reminded me, though, that there can be no snow covered Oh well! I guess they would be pretty chilly in the snow. *wink*

Here is Card One:

I decided to go with an unconventional color scheme for butterflies. Normally, I think of soft colors and light fabrics when I think of butterflies. This color combo, though, really stuck out for me and I wanted to see what came out. I like it. I might do something different with the ribbon if I do this again, but I think it works. Also, it may look like black, but the darker panel is Early Espresso.

Card Two:

Ok, so another color scheme that doesn't scream butterfly, but I LOVE that Cherry Cobbler color and HAD to use it. I just love cutting these little guys out. They're so easy to cut and fun to stamp on patterned paper like I did here. I find it works best on paper with small patterns like these polka dots. I also used the Limitless Labels set just released from Papertrey last month on the sentiment panel. It's so cool! I was going for a "the butterflies are flying away just like you did and I miss you" vibe. At least that's what I was thinking about when I made this one. 

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Holiday Mojo..

Hello, friends! I just realized that we are less than 2 months away from Christmas! Ack! I am SO not ready. Every year, I say I am going to start early and create cards for everyone and every year I do not. Either I totally space and buy cards or I create just a few to send to "special" people. This yeah, though, since I have a blog I really have no excuse NOT to make my list of folks and create.

Today's card is the first of my Christmas creations. I have not decided yet whether or not I am gong to make 5 styles and then recreate those styles or do like I did one year and make a different design for each person. What do you guys do??

This card follows the Mojo Monday sketch for this week, seen here:

I chose square (big surprise, i'm and used some of my new stuff: My new Practicing Creativity Designs set " Retro Christmas" and my new Stampin Up dsp "Jolly Holiday". Love using new stuff...and getting more new stuff. Did you guys know there is a new Verve release this Friday?? Check out the Verve blog in my sidebar. Ok, sorry about the random to the card. So, here it is:

It was lots of fun to make. I used my square lattice folder on the vanilla panel to give it a little life and randomly stamped the snowflakes in the Retro Christmas set on the other vanilla panel. The ribbon is tied with twine and then a button added over it. I like the way it kinda pulls the ribbon in and then lets it burst forth from the button.

Well, that's it from me today. Be SURE and come back tomorrow. I'm doing a mini blog hop with some of my blog buddies that you all know and love. *wink*

Stamps: Retro Christmas (Practicing Creativity Designs)
Card Stock: Kraft, Vanilla, black (papertrey); Jolly Holiday dsp (stampin up)
Ink: Cherry Cobbler (stampin up); Memento Black
Extras: Black rhinestones, grosgrain, and mat stack 4 (papertrey); Button, square lattice folder (stampin up)

Monday, October 25, 2010

Bump in the night...

Hello all! This is my second post today. Scroll down to see my Papertrey Blog Hop post!

Hope your Monday went well. Mine was nuts! First we woke up late, then Ava's bus did not come so we had to take her to school (we found out later that it has started coming 26 minutes earlier..oh, so that was the "bus" sound we That little route change then made me 30 minutes late for work. I got to work in time for all sorts of craziness begin. Aaron and I decided that we would go to Outback for lunch and were so excited and starving. Neither one of us was smart enough to make sure they were actually OPEN for lunch (they are not...), so we were stuck eating beans and hot dogs (don't To say that I was happy to get home is a total understatement! :)

I decided that I would play along with two challenges this week. The first one is the Curtain Call color challenge. I made their Top 5 Showstopper last week! That is always so exciting to see your creations chosen as a favorite, isn't it? Anywho, here are today's colors:

The second challenge is the SFYYT challenge. Here is this week's sketch:

Both are great, right? So here is my card: 

For some reason the gray photographed really dark, but some of the stars are grey as well as the ricrac. :)  Hope you like it. The whole image kinda creeps me 

Stamps: Heidi Swapp chandelier image; sentiment/bats - Rub on from the Target dollar spot
Card Stock: Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Black, Basic Grey, White
Ink: Basic Grey (stampin up); Memento Black, Versamark
Extras: Black embossing powder (chandelier); Button (papertrey)

Papertrey Blog Hop!!

Hello all! Thanks for coming back to see me (this is assuming that you came by this morning). This post is for today's Papertrey Blog Hop! Here is Nichole's description of this months hop:

"There is always a lot of focus on Christmas in our industry this time of year, as that is what the majority of the population celebrates.  However, this month's blog hop is dedicated to those that celebrate winter holidays other than Christmas.  Create a project that celebrates Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or some other winter holiday as we embrace everyone's beliefs in a celebration of diversity through paper crafting."

Awesome, right? I decided that I would make cards for Eid, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa. If I had had more time over the weekend I would have done a few more..and I still may! 

So, let's first start with Eid. Eid is a Muslim celebration. This year it falls on November 16th. I won't pretend to be an expert on anything here, so I won't go into further details about exactly what they celebrate or do..nor do I want to depend on wiki to inform me. So, i'll just show you the card and say "google" if you want to learn more! *wink*

Here is my card for Eid:

I have to be honest and say that I saw a lot of more exclusive symbols and things that I could have chosen, but when I saw a card similar to this online in celebration of eid I thought I would go with it. 1. because I loved it and 2. because I thought it would be really easy to change the sentiment and make it for some other occasion. Honestly, with so much divisiveness going on in the world, this was my way of trying to be inclusive. This could easily be a Christmas card or Kwanzaa card or whatever. Ok, enough of my "world peace" schpeil. LOL

The fluorish is from Fancy Fluorishes and the words are from Star Prints. I inked up one letter at a time to spell out "eid" and it was NOT The bling is from want2scrap.

My second card is for Hanukkah. I wanted to do something really simple with a little bling and this is what resulted:

Hanukkah is a Jewish holiday that begins at sundown on December 1st and ends December 9th this year. Again, I won't get into specifics but i'm sure Google To make this card, I cut two triangles out of Papertrey vellum and put them on top of each other, one upside down. I then used my 2 way glue and added some of the glitter glass. I added a pearl in the middle and instant Star of David. :) I also used my new Square Lattice folder..and i'm in love. You'll be seeing it again for sure. Maybe

My last card is for Kwanzaa. It's a cultural, not religious, holiday that some African Americans celebrate. It starts the day after Christmas and goes for 7 days. We don't celebrate it, but I know others who do.

Here is my Kwanzaa card:

There is some emphasis on giving natural gifts of food and such during Kwanzaa, so I wanted to make sure there was some food..and then I thought my Pure Innocence little girl was a fun touch as was the "tablecloth". I also used my Square Lattice folder here. Unfortunately, there is no papertrey on this card. I'm sorry, but I just didn't have anything that fit except the cardstock! :)

Well, I hope you liked my cards and maybe got some ideas about cards that YOU can make for someone. Enjoy the rest of the hop! Thanks for dropping in.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

My Hero...

Hi everyone! Good Sunday morning to you guys. Well, needless to say the cleaning went just fine yesterday. I am not sure if that is because I stamped for most of the day and then hurriedly cleaned up or because I realized that the house was in actuality already Either way, today is 60 people in my house day! Woot!  I'm looking forward to it, though..should be fun.

So, today's card, as I told you yesterday, is for the Off the Wall Craftiness color and Waltzingmouse Sketch challenges for this week. So much fun with this sketch. It appeals to me in a very simplistic way. First, here is the sketch:

It is just so fabulous. It can be used for just about any kind of card! Really nice.

Ok, so here are the Off the Wall Craftiness challenge colors for this week:

When I saw these colors I immediately thought of the military and my DH who is leaving in a few short weeks. I thought I would make him a card to give before he leaves. It's always such a chaotic first few weeks when he is gone. I'm so used to being able to do "my own thing" sometimes (like stamping in peace!!), and that's harder to do when I am the one in charge of dinner or whatever. Anyway, here is the card:

So, you likey? Let me tell you a little secret. The camo background? That is one of the images from the Waltzingmouse Teeny Trees set!! I stamped it in creamy caramel, old olive, and chocolate chip and just randomly placed it on the white card stock. I think it turned out fabulously! Here is the image I used:

If you have the set, it is the one at the top left side. Total fun discovering this little trick! I was quite giddy and happy with

Well, that's it from me today. I hope you have a wonderful day!  Tomorrow, come back for more fun with the latest Papertrey Blog Hop. This time we are celebrating other religious or cultural holidays such as Eid, Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa. Check out the Papertrey site for more info.


Stamps: Seeing Stars (Papertrey); Teeny Trees (Waltzingmouse)
Card Stock: White (papertrey); Old Olive, Chocolate Chip (stampin up)
Ink: Old Olive, Creamy Caramel, Chocolate Chip
Extras: Twine (papertrey), Fiskars star punch, Mesh cuttlebug folder

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Hello, Color Throwdown!

Hi there! Today I am doing some serious OCD cleaning of the house. We are having our entire SS class over after church tomorrow for a Fall Party. It's part get together/ part farewell to my hubby who leaves in a few weeks. It should be fun, but I am a TOTAL nut when it comes to clean especially when people come over. There is just no such thing as clean enough. I am hoping the family will leave and just let me do what I do cause I WILL get on their nerves before too

Anyway, you didn't come here to hear about my Today I am participating again in the Color Throwdown. I had trouble with these colors at first, but then this idea to use it in scalloped layers. Fun! So here are the colors for this week:

And here is my card:

I had a time coloring those individual letters and getting them to stamp evenly. There must be a trick to that! Anyway, in the package I rec'd from MFT earlier in the week was also the Polka Dot Greetings die & stamp set duo. Such a fun little set. I love all of the polka dot options you have when using this set. The little "hello" is from Michael's dollar bin. My ribbon is actually the white satin ribbon that I dyed perfect plum to match. I really like doing that.

OK, well that's it. I better get to cleaning. Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your weekend! Back tomorrow with my Off the Wall Craftiness/Waltzingmouse Sketch card. :)

Stamps: "hello" (Michael's); Polka Dot Greetings (My Favorite Things)
Card Stock: Kraft, Dusty Durango, So Saffron, Perfect Plum (stampin up); White (papertrey)
Ink: Dusty Durango, Perfect Plum, So Saffron (stampin up)
Extras: Polka Dot Greetings die (My Favorite Things); Satin ribbon (papertrey)

Friday, October 22, 2010

Girly, You Rock...

Hello all! I sure hope you have all had a great week. Mine has been good, so I cannot complain. Of course, even if I did who would really care? LOL

Today's card was SO much fun to make. My new MFT stamps came in the mail and I was so excited. I have been wanting this cute little chica for weeks, but just bought her. She reminds me SO much of my daughter, Ava. She is ALWAYS on her iPhone. Sometimes I think it is literally attached to the child. Always listening to either 80's music, Glee stuff, AC/DC, Taylor Swift, or her Avril Lavigne/ Adam Lambert compilation. She is such a musically all over the place child...just like her mama! :) So anyway, this card is for her. I just love that little girl.

The color scheme came from this weeks Play Date Cafe Challenge. They are celebrating their one year anniversary and they'll have posts each day through the 26th. You should check it out. Every week they have really great color combos to try. Here is this weeks color challenge:

So pretty, huh? Head on over there and see what's going on. It's always a blast!

In addition to using the PDCC for my colors, I also used the sketch from this week's  SFYTT. Here is the sketch:

And here is my card:

Isn't she the cutest little thing?? Just love that she is more of a preteen than my other PI stamps (which I also This card also gave me a chance to use my Skipping Stones "Timeless Textures" set again. It is the musical background on the white paper. Yep, that's a stamp. I had totally forgotten there was a musical background in there! It's so great cause you can totally change up the look of a card with this stamp in various colors, you know? Cool beans. 

Well, that's it for today. Time to get ready for the weekend! Anyone got big plans?

Stamps: Tweeny Rock (My Favorite Things); Signature Greetings (papertrey); Timeless Textures (Skipping Stones)
Card Stock: Lemon Tart, White (papertrey); Peach Parfait, Cameo Coral (stampin up)
Ink: Peach Parfait, Cameo Coral, Barely Banana, Creamy Caramel, Close to Cocoa (stampin up); Memento Black
Extras: Buttons, ricrac die, twine,  and Lemon Tart grosgrain (papertrey); Labels 14

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Fabulous Day..

Hello! Welcome back! :)

Today's card is near to my heart. It's for my stepmother. She and my Dad have been married for almost 30 years! She is SUCH an awesome person and has always been like a second mom to me. Her birthday is next week and the papers and colors I chose remind me of her. She is a real class act for sure.

I used Mercy's sketch from this week, seen here:

This sketch is really very user friendly and can be used for SO many different papers and types of cards, right? You should play along!  Here is my card: 

Those papers are from a pack that my mom found at a yard sale recently. They had "tons", but she only bought one?!?!? Um, thanks mom! LOL There really are pretty colors in this paper,don't you think?  I wonder where I can find more? I believe it was K & Co. paper. Hmm..might have to Google that! Anywho, that's all for me today. Hope you have a great one! Laters...

Stamps: Signature Greetings (papertrey); Holiday Labels 14 (Waltzingmouse); Birthday Bash (Verve)
Card Stock: Linen (papertrey); Certainly Celery, Soft Suede (stampin up); K & Co pp (yard
Ink: Tim Holtz Frayed Burlap
Extras: "Mesh" Cuttlebug folder; Linen grosgrain (papertrey); Bling from want2scrap; Labels 14

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

2S4Y thank you..and babies!

Hello there! Don't have a lot of time to talk today, but I have two cards for you.'s a twofer day! :)

My first card is for the mom of a friend of Ava's. We've been dropping Ava at her house every morning this week at 6:15 because we've had to be at work earlier than normal. I really appreciate her 1. getting up way early to let Ava in and 2. taking her to school. This is just a little thank you for that. I used the sketch from this week's  2S4Y, seen here:

Here is my card:

You like? I wanted to do something different with the ribbon (imagine that!), so I braided it. Not sure if I like it, but I'll try it again to get it just the way I want it. I also used my new Limitless Labels set from Papertrey and I already love love love it!

The second card is a baby card I made for a set of twins. My mom has been asking me for this card for several weeks and I have just gotten around to it. It's not EXACTLY what I wanted for the mom to be, but here is the bedroom:

And here is the "matching" card:

What do you think? It maybe has a little more green, but I thought it was pretty close. I also added an 's' to the end of the sentiment so that it would match up with the whole "twin" thing. :)

That's it from me. Hope you all have a lovely day today!

Stamps: Inside Out: Thank You, Damask Designs, Flutter By, Signature Greetings (Papertrey); Barefoot Summer (Practicing Creativity Designs)
Card Stock: Linen, Black (papertrey); Lovely Lilac, Certainly Celery, Vanilla (stampin up)
Ink: Versamark, Tim Holtz Frayed Burlap; Pale Plum, Perfect Plum, Certainly Celery (stampin up)
Extras: Black embossing powder (stampin up); Grosgrain (papertrey);Stickles, random button; Limitless Labels (papertrey)

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Off the Wall Hello!

Hi there. I have another challenge card for you today. Three challenges actually - Off the Wall Craftiness, Tuesday Throwdown,  and Mojo Monday! Here are the inspiration photos:

Off the Wall Craftiness:

And here is the Mojo Monday sketch:

The Tuesday Throwdown was "anything goes", so..hey.anything I have never played over there before, but thought I would give it a go! 

Here is my card: 

I love the way the card turned bright and fun. I think this is one i'll actually mail...LOL.  That's it for today. I hope you're all having a fabulous week.  Laters!

Stamps:  Holiday Labels No. 14 (Waltzingmouse); Happy Hello (Verve)
Card Stock: New Leaf, White (papertrey); Lovely Lilac, dsp (stampin up)
Ink: Pink Passion, Gable Green (stampin up)
Extras: Hibiscus Burst grosgrain, ricrac die, and button (papertrey); Labels 14 


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