Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Card fronts for my TAC Swap

I made these cards fronts for my Spice Angels Swap. This is my second month participating and I enjoy exchanging card fronts with the other Spice Angels. All materials are TAC except for the card stock (Papertrey Ink Stampers Select) and the ribbon is from Michael's.
Thank you for stopping by:)

Friday, February 22, 2008

My Paper World Sketch Challenge #4

This card is for Nicola of My Paper World Sketch Challenge #4. I love challenges because they help you expand the creative process. Nicola has some lovely sketch challenges and I enjoy her sketch challenges.

card stock: Papertrey Ink Stampers Select White
stash: The Aqua Blue c/s and flower are from my stash
stamp: Whipper Snapper
inks: Adirondack Pitch Black and Copic Markers
ribbon: Michael's
tools used: Cuttlebug
I also used Stickles and the pearl is from my stash

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Sick or not......I had to ink something up!!!!

I couldn't stand it any longer, I had to get back into my crafting room and make some cards! Talk about stamper withdrawals.....I was going nuts. lol I made three cards today and I can't tell you how many times I messed up or destroyed paper before I was pleased with anything. I think I was "over anxious" to create, I had to stop and think about what I wanted to do and plan the details out. I hate destroying pretty papers.....makes a woman want to cry. lol

This card is for Julee of Poetic Artistry Sketch Challenge #25 I used the sentiment stamps that I won from Verve Visual on this card. The sentiments are perfect for various occasions i.e. Mothers Day, graduations, birthdays and anniversary's just to name a few!

card stock: Papertrey Ink Stampers Select White and Bazzill
patterned paper: DMD (I brought the 8X8 pad at Target on the clearance rack)
stamp: Lockhart Company
sentiment: Verve Visual
inks: Adirondack Pitch Black, Impress Emerald Green and Copic Markers
tools: paper pierce tool, window punch, Stickles and ribbon is from Michael's

Thank you for stopping by and have a wonderful day!

note: I don't know why the Baby Breath Flowers are showing up so dark..IRL they are sparkly.

Monday, February 18, 2008

I want to thank everyone for their warm get well wishes

Hello everyone!
Each day I'm getting stronger and it doesn't bother to sit for a while. I would like to give a special thanks to Maria of Card Inspired. I wasn't aware until a minute ago that she had mention my illness in her blog. Thank you very much Maria. Maria has been an inspiration to me since I started making cards this past summer. Her cards and tutorials are the best! In fact....before I became ill, I patterned my treat bags from Maria's tutorial. The bags are super easy to make and the instructions were "crystal clear" to follow. I plan to make more of these bags in the near future! I also have a few pictures that were stored in my camera since last week. I finally got around to downloading the pictures tonight and would like to share them.
1. The Treat Bags were made following Maria's tutorial.
2. The 3X3 cards were stamped using a set from Stampendous and colored wit Copics.
3. The blue card was made for Julee's (Poetic Artistry's challenge) I wasn't able to download the card before the deadline.

I'm on the road to recovery

Hello everyone...I'm on the road to recovery and I feel so relieved! Early last week I started having cold symptoms that blossomed into the flu. I haven't been this sick in years, the flu virus I caught is a nasty bug! Can you imagine not having the strength to do anything ... all I could do was sleep. The "over the counter stuff" that I took at the beginning of my cold, wasn't helping me at all and I had to pay a visit to my doctor. The shot and medications I am taking have helped me considerably. My voice is crackly and my body feels like I've been in the boxing ring but I feel so much better...aches and all! While browsing the blogs and catching up on my e-mail, I discovered that I have been awarded 2 awards. The Excellant Award from Flossie and the Bitchin Award from here! Thank you ladies for the awards....both brought a smile to my face.

I also want to answer a question about the dancer in the video posted early last week. From what I have read, the dancer is a very small man. I just thought that his toothy smile was hilarious...my husband and I crack up every time we see that commercial on TV.
Thank you all for stopping by and visiting and I sincerely hope that you do not catch this terrible flu that is going around. It takes up to 2 weeks to fully recuperate, so take care and be careful.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Very very busy around here!

I have been very busy making cards and project for friends and for my kids school party. I have three kids and they all want something special for their teacher. I think this time of year is worse than Christmas! Hopefully I will be able to post a few of my projects tomorrow. Oh....before I go, I won a new set of stamps from Verve Visual! This really made my day!!! If you have an extra minute, check out the video below. I saw this video and this lil guy blew me away!

Friday, February 8, 2008

Snow snow go away!

I'm still working on a few projects, so I decided to post a few pictures of all the snow around here. I've been inside the house since Wednesday and decided to venture out today. The roads are terrible and very bumpy, I drove to the gas station very slowly and returned home. The main roads are OK but the side streets are terrible! It seems that one part of the nation is getting a lot of rain another part tornado storms and we're getting all the snow! If you are experiencing any bad weather, be safe and drive carefully.
*I forgot to mention that we received 12 inches of snow!

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Not a whole lot going on around here today!

I can finally sit down and rest! Although I didn't have to shovel any snow, just the everyday stuff wore me out! I'm hoping that the kids have school tomorrow "cause" I miss my afternoons of quiet bliss around here. Anyhow this is my 2nd. of 5 Afro American stamps that I brought from the Rubbernecker Stamp Company.

stamp: Rubernecker Stamps Company, cardstocks:Bazzill, Stampers Select White and Chocolate Chip,Designer Paper:Basic Grey Stella Ruby,inks: Adirondack Pitch Black and Copic Markers embellishments: We R Memory Keepers and Prima Flowers

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Suggestive Sunday #3 and My Paper World 's

Hello everybody and how is the weather in your neighborhood? We are still under a winter storm advisory and it is a mess out there! From what I gather, we are supposed to get up to 10 inches of snow! Schools are closed everywhere and today of all days our snow blower "died"!!! I think sometimes I have to laugh to avoid crying. OK...enough of the mundane, I'm done with my "pity party" ! lol

I made this card for Allison's(Stampin When I can) Suggestive Sunday #3 and Nicola's(My Paper World) Sketch #3. Allison's Suggestive Sunday cards are to be kid friendly...I hope a kid would like this. Anyhow... while making this card for My Paper World #3, I thought that it could serve two purposes!!! It's nice when you can get one card to serve two different challenges. I also altered one of my mail boxes I brought from Target. I'm still adjusting to altering items. I think I'd rather color because it takes me forever to alter stuff! Thank you for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your evening.

stamps: Stampendous sentiment: Lockhart Stamp Co. cardstock: Papertrey Ink's Stamper Select White and The Cut Cardstock Co. patterned papers: Making Memories and Design Originals inks: Adirondack Pitch Black and SU Pixie Pink ribbon: Micheals embellishments: Amuse Creative Candy and Stickles Mailbox and flowers: Target

Monday, February 4, 2008

DCM Red&White Challenge

I haven't participated in the Daring Card Maker Challenges in quite a while and I really miss them. I'm going to try to get back into my routine and participate in a challenge weekly. This is my take on the Red & White Challenge. I thought this stamp from Stampendous would be perfect for this card. I think these stamps are cute!
Thank you for stopping by:)

stamp: Stampendous
sentiment: The Lockhart Co.
cardstocks: Papertrey Ink (White) and The Cutcardstock Co. Red
inks: Adirondak Pitch Black and Copic Markers
Cutlebug heart embossing folder
Dazzling Diamonds
ribbon: Michael's

Sunday, February 3, 2008

Verve Visual Sketch Challenge

I found a few Afro American stamps at the Rubbernecker Stamp Company that I had to have! In honor of Black History Month, I will post a card featuring one of these beautiful stamped images throughout the month of February. I thought that Verve Visuals sketch was perfect for my image. I brought all of the images that were shown at Rubbernecker Stamps. I have to admit that coloring these images was a challenge. I had to leave my desk several times in frustration and just stay away a few hours or a day even! In order to get the right skin tone, I had to picture a person I knew in my mind. Thank goodness I had ordered a bottle of Colorless Blending Solution. I ran out a few times and had to re-fill my Copic Marker container. I'm not a "pro" but I realize that in order to achieve various skin tones, I had to start with the color Skin White and layer and blend the colors sand, tan and brown. Afro Americans come in a variety of colors and I'm going to try to achieve the various skin tones each time I post a different card.

Stamps: Rubbernecker Stamp Company
cardstock: Papertrey Ink White, Groovy Guava and The Cutcardstock Company Black
Designers Paper: Basic Grey Stella Ruby
Inks: Adirondak Pitch Black
Copic Markers: 0,C1,T5,100,EO2,E00,E33,E35,E08,R02,TR04,Y19 and YG06
regular size brads and mini brads (both Black)
ribbon: Verve Visual
SU's window punch

Friday, February 1, 2008

Thank you all so so much!

I would like to say "thank you" for all of the kind and wonderful comments that I have received. I'm starting to feel much better....kind words are a perfect cure!

Julee's Mojo Monday Sketch #22

I started on this card before I became ill and finally finished it this evening. Julee's sketch challenge has four panels and I tried to "make it work". However, my card looked awkard to me and I resorted to using three panels. Julee really did a fantastic job using all four panels! I don't know where I went wrong, maybe I should have made the panels a bit smaller. This is a 5 1/2 X 4 1/4 sized card. Thank you for the sketch challenges Jullee...they are so much fun!

stamp and sentiment: Pink Cat Studio
cardstock: Papertrey Ink White
Designer paper: TAC
ink: Adirondak Pitch Black
Copic Markers: 0,G00,B32,E02.E33.RV21,C1
ribbon: Michael's
pearls: Ellen Hutson on-line store

I also made a flower boarder for this fun card.
I think Blogger is sick today also! I can't insert any links or complete my editing. I hope everything looks OK. Julee's site is http://poeticartistry.blogspot.com/