Friday, November 28, 2008
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
This card is my entry for the House Mouse Monday Challenge to use polka dots in your submission. Is that just not the best challenge?! This is another one of those cutie pie images that Dru gifted to me. The image is small, so the overall card size is 4 1/4" x 4 1/4" square. I pulled out my ol' time fave Linen bg stamp by SU! Oh how I miss using that puppy! I stamped it not only on the main cs, but also on the inside and the red matting cs. I used to use bg stamps all the time, but got out of the habit. Need to start using them again as they are sooooo versatile. The ornament is covered in crystal effects and I painted shimmerz over the polka dots and white portions of the decorative papers. Now you need to sit yourself down for this. I did not use Basic Grey papers on this card. nope. not a one. These pretty papers are by Daisy D's. But aren't they GORGEOUS?! Thought I would throw all of you for a loop today!! :) Have a good one!!!
Stamper's Dream has a challenge over on the blog to create a Fall card using a window of some sort. Join the challenge, but hurry because the contest ends tomorrow! I'm sorry for posting this late, but I just found about it late last night. Sorry about that! If you upload a card to your SCS gallery, use the code SDDC2 so Michelle can find it. Also as a wonderful side note, she has terrific sale going on at Stamper's Dream until Nov. 30 - 15% off all Holiday stamps and 50% off selected Just Rite products. nope, don't work for her and don't get kick-backs (grins!!) just happen to think she's pretty wonderful and runs a great store!
So I got to stamping today with my lovely stick chicks from American Art Stamps. I had asked last week 'what is your favorite stamp company?'. Several of you responded with some great companies. If I had to choose just one, (and thank goodness I don't!!) it would definitely be this company. I love these stick chicks and the angels by Adriana Cirstea. I could probably be happy to stamp with them forever. But I digress........ (hubby, be quiet, yes I know I do that a LOT!!)
on to the card..... I used this cute "Turkey Dinner" stamp because I wanted to make a Thanksgiving card for the new neighbors moving in next door this week. The sentiment is actually stamped on the interior of the card. Decorative papers are Basic Grey Mellow. All ribbons are May Arts. The leaf in the lower left corner is a felt one with cut-outs that don't show well in the scan for some reason. There are matching felt flowers on the inside of the card. Everyone stay warm today! We have white-out conditions here! So coooooooool - in more ways than one! ;)
Quick update...The Schmidlin's are on their way home. The swelling is what they call rebound swelling which is caused when the blood (from when the tumor was bleeding) dissipates and begins to be absorbed by the brain. As the blood reaches the outer membrane, it gets closer to the nerve endings which in turn causes the severe headaches. They're still not sure what type of tumor they're dealing with and plan to biopsy it in Jan. Right now the headaches are under control, but there is always a chance that could change. Unfortunately Ali still has problems with nausea because of the location of the tumor, but they have medicine that will hopefully keep that relatively under control. They also discovered that the tumor is in the frontal lobe and not in the parietal lobe which they originally thought. From what I understand, it will be easier to biopsy because of this.
Monday, November 24, 2008
Tea of the Evening - Orange Ginger Mint by The Republic of Tea
(it was cold and rainy tonight and a cuppa tea hit the spot!)
Here is my entry for the Split Coast Stampers Blogger Group 2 Sketch Challenge. Danielle drew up this amazing sketch last week (we have 2 weeks to complete each challenge). and wouldn't you know it - my stampin' mojo just up and disappeared today! I had the best intentions in my wonky head, but man oh man, it didn't transfer to my card AT ALL!!! so sorry, Charlie! I'll try again later if I can get the time because her sketch really is cool.
My papers are from the phenom Basic Grey Wassail collection. Ribbons are May Arts and Stampin' Up! Way cool stamp is American Art Stamps stick chick "Big Ornament". The ornament is covered in crystal effects and the boot tops, dress ruffles, hat pom pom, ornament top, and boot jingle bells are all painted in shimmerz. Poinsettia dew drops are placed in the center of SU! felt snowflakes.
Our Blog Candy Winner for this time is Tiffany! Way to go! In case you wonder how I go about picking a winner - everyone is assigned a number and I ask my middle son to pick a number. (he is totally clueless as to why he is doing this by the way! grins!!!) he has done this twice now and has no idea that he has helped 2 lucky people win some great prizes! well, what do you expect from a teenage boy who has a certain girl and computer games on his mind?!!
Everyone stay warm and dry!
Please, please say prayers for this family if you would. Not only is this a terrible thing for any family to have to go through, but Thanksgiving is approaching, and I'm sure they never invisioned spending it in the hospital with a child in this stage of illness. And then stop and say a prayer of thanksgiving to God for each and every one of your family members. Too often we take them for granted. At least I do. Thank you! I love you each so much! :)
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Friday, November 21, 2008
so in honor of these time tested goodies, I am posting one of my Christmas Elvis cards. Trivia time for those of you who don't know that Elvis LOVED peanut butter and banana sandwiches! yep, I'm also a big Elvis fan! :) These stamps come from the ever rockin' Cornish Heritage Farms, the only company officially licensed to create and sell Elvis rubber stamps. The vintage buttons and lace are from Etsy. The entire image is sponged with gold ink to give it a shimmer and shine. Papers are from Basic Grey Stella Ruby. Hope that you enjoy! Thank you, thank you very much..........
be back to chat with ya later! :)
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Here is my House Mouse Monday Challenge card, quite a bit later than Monday obviously! ;) The image is Candy Cane Dreams and comes courtesy of Dru - my new blogging friend who gifted me with some wonderful images the other day! Thank you so much, Dru! I love them all! I combined the image with some fun Basic Grey Wassail paper. I 'duded up' some of the stockings by adding either polka dots (with a gel pen) or stars (with a cutie pie punch from Michaels). I don't have any plain Jane stockings at my house and don't think mousie Amanda does either! grins! The great fuzzy ribbon is May Arts and comes from Jacksonbelle Embellishments. Sentiment, oval punch, snowflakes, & cardstock are from Stampin' Up! The card is a large 8 1/2" x 5 1/2" due to the image size.
Several of you have asked me how I color my House Mouse images. I typically use inks and a blender pen. I use several different shades of ink and blend them with the pen. For instance I will use (SU!) close to cocoa, chocolate chip, and creamy caramel and then blend those browns together to create a brown mouse or critter. I use sahara sand, basic grey and going grey for the grey critters. I hope that helps you some! Any more questions, just ask!
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Sue Daly has a Christmas card contest going on over on her blog, StampinDaly. You can vote in 4 different categories for your favorite cards. yes, I did enter, but I'm not allowed to tell you which cards are mine. ;) EVERY card is wonderful. Aren't we blessed to be surrounded by such talented stampers who provide so much inspiration each and every day?! I know I feel honored to call so many of you my friends! Thank you for all the creativity that you share with everyone!
so go vote for your favorites now!
I'll be back later to share some of my latest stamping projects. I've taken a bit of a break these past few days as I'm still having a tough time getting over my fall from a few weeks ago. blech!!! and double blech!!!! and don't forget to enter my blog candy contest! :)
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Friday, November 14, 2008
Now on to the blog candy! Since I have had over 1000 posts in the short time my blog has been up, I wanted to give out another little treat to say thank you to all of you! The winner will receive an 8x8 pad of Daisy D's designer paper (it also contains 2 pages of die cuts and 2 pages of stickers) , a few yards of matching fibers, and a package of tiny baby buttons that co-ordinate. Just leave a comment on this thread through Friday, November 21. I will draw a winner that Saturday morning. In your comment, tell me what you are most thankful for! I am thankful for God's amazing grace and love. And of course I am also VERY thankful for my wonderful family and friends. How about you?
Thursday, November 13, 2008
*The Winner may put the logo on their Blog
*Put a link to the person who sent you the award.
*Nominate 5 Blogs
*Put Links to their Blogs
*Leave a message for your nominees
These are the blogs that I am passing the award on to:
Michelle of Stamper's Dream
Lori of Make a Difference
Julia of Belle Papier
Melissa of LilyBean's Paperie
Dru of Garden of Dreams
please visit these wonderful blogs if you get a moment! They are wonderful and bring me such inspiration! :)
Thanks, Julie and Jackie!
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Here is my entry for the Monday House Mouse Challenge. The theme was to use 'junk'. Well I have way tooooooo much of that to put on a card! ;) Anyhow, my boys had gone to the Aquire the Fire Youth Conference over Halloween weekend. As I was doing their laundry when they got back, I discovered these tickets had gone through the washer and dryer. Being the pack rat that I am, I thought, "Hmmmmm...... these might be cute on a papercrafting project." so I saved them. (oh, please don't tell hubby!) They ended up being perfect for this week's challenge! The twine really was in the junk drawer. really! :) The sentiment was printed out on my compy. papers are from guess where - Basic Grey of course! tee hee!
have a great day!
Monday, November 10, 2008
Sunday, November 9, 2008
Saturday, November 8, 2008
I meant to give a little prima something to jackie, karen from pa, and gina for guessing about the blog candy. so ladies, please email me with your addresses so I can get a few of the primas used on the card out to you. so sorry for not getting to this earlier!
and be on the lookout for more blog candy coming this month! :)
Good morning! Happy Saturday to all of you! We have a winner for the first ever blog candy! yeah! I'll tell you who in just a moment.........
First I want to post this card for you. It is another of those that I entered in the Paper Crafts World Card Making Day Contest. But I'm posting it today to say 'thank you' to all of you who have visited my blog in these first few weeks!!!! You mean so much to me! and your kind & generous comments truly make my day!
Pretty much everything on this card is Stampin' Up! I was a demo for 4 years and loved each moment of it, but had to quit when I became quite ill. I still use almost all SU! papers and inks. anyhow, I hope that you enjoy this card! the 'thread' on each of the buttons is actually a white gel pen drawn on. There was no way I was going to get these shaky hands to attempt to thread each of those little holes!
and now to the winner ................... thinker - you are the winner today! please send me your address, and I'll get these mailed out to you next week. Congratulations, dear friend! :) and more candy will be coming soon! I'm at almost 1000 posts, so we need to celebrate!Enjoy your day!
Friday, November 7, 2008
I urge you to visit Proverbs 31 Ministry. I have been receiving their daily devotionals for over a year now. They are amazing! I must say though, I am many times left feeling uncomfortable after reading a devotion - not because it is bad or wrong, but because God is convicting me of something and telling me to change. Change is not always easy, but it is necessary for us to be restored to the beautiful creations God intended.
I pray daily for those in political power in our country. I ask you to do the same. God still sits on His throne and is still, and always will be, Mighty!
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
anyhow, the card is a large 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" because of the stamp size. I covered each critter in crystal effects to make them 'pop' a bit. The upper cave wall portion is also painted in butter cream shimmerz to give a little 'cavern shine'. The bg piece was sanded and then sponged with white craft and choco chip inks. the felt flower is a Petaloo that I bought from My Favorite Things. the buttons are all vintage ones.
have a great day and DON'T FORGET THE BLOG CANDY!! :D
edited to add - He gave her a dozen red roses, the movie 'Juno' (which is one of her faves), a 4-pack of Mocha Frappucinos (that is my guy!!), and a bunch of her favorite candies. inquiring minds wanted to know - and it's okay, I don't mind you being nosy!! ;)
I had made this card in September for a contest over at Jacksonbelle Embellishments (same one as the skull card in BG Ambrosia). But I am posting it today because my oldest son decided to give it to his girlfriend for their anniversary card. 6 months of dating as of today! Congratulations Tyler and Ashley!!!!! He was so excited last night as he was getting his speial gifts together to give to her. It made me smile! We love Ashley to pieces - she is truly wonderful!
The main oval image was done with the cracked glass technique. this was my first time to ever try it. the raspberry stamp is another exclusive from Inkadinkado.
well, I've got to get back to laundry and a card I'm TRYING to put together for the House Mouse Monday Challenge group. it is taking me forever to get it colored in, and I'm still not that thrilled with how it's coming along. maybe as I go it will get better!
take care and enjoy your day! oh yes, and don't forget to sign up for the blog candy drawing! Only a few days left!
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
A very quick post today as I'm not feeling well. I think my nasty fall last week messed me up worse than I originally thought.
This card was done for the Split Coast Stampers Blogger Group 2 challenge - use polka dots and ribbon. Not as much ribbon as I usually use on a card, but I still think this is a cute stick chick! And in the midst of me making Christmas cards, I realized that I needed a few more Thanksgiving ones, too. The marigold morning cs was sponged with vanilla craft ink. The chipboard flower was sanded, as was the strip of dp along the side.
Everyone have a wonderful day! AND MAKE SURE TO VOTE!!!
Monday, November 3, 2008
Sunday, November 2, 2008
Not much chatter as I have posted several other things today. Gosh, lots going on this weekend!
I made this card using the cute 'Riley the Moose in a tent' stamp from Hanna Stamps. It is a special card in honor of the camp where my hubby is the Director, Camp Burton. Even though there are lots of cabins, Riley decided to head outdoors to gaze at the stars! I'm thinking of doing these cards for a fundraiser for camp. CB is such an amazing place! Hundreds of lives are impacted by the love of God every year. My family is truly blessed to be a part of this ministry.
Did some other stamping yesterday, but came to the realization that today has to be all about organizing my stamp room. It is a mess with stuff stacked everywhere.
Enjoy your Sunday!
p.s. don't forget to enter my blog candy contest at the post below!
Make a Child Smile address list
You have until Nov. 15 to send her your creation, so get stampin' baby! and then go back later and vote for your faves! yipppeee! time to stamp away.......................
Saturday, November 1, 2008
more blog candy up for grabs at Michelle Giraud's WONDERFUL blog - Twisted Chick Creations. She has a really neat store called Paper Addiction and will be giving away treats from there. Run, don't walk, and check it out! :)
Well as I was blog hopping this week, I came to the shocking realization that I had Riley the Moose stamps that had never seen ink! HORRORS! I also noticed the abundance of circles on many of the projects that I saw. Soooooooo...... I decided to combine both with a theme for one of my most fave things in the world ever - COFFEE! Grins! :D This cute little patootie is sittin' in his easy chair, feet propped up, enjoying that YUMMY little cupcake (I went back and blinged it up a bit with a rhinestone cherry on top), and savoring his GLORIOUS cupppa joe! Notice that he even has a special mug - covered in polka dots no less! who in the world would drink out of a PLAIN MUG?! not me, that is for sure. I seem to collect coffee mugs and have so many amazing ones.
The papers are from Basic Grey Archaic collection, ribbon from May Arts, fibers were a wonderful little treat from Etsy, and you gotta love the dew drops! I thought it appropriate to finish off the card with the sentiment from Stamping Bella (there is a free shipping special going on through Nov. 4). Don't you think he's 'hot stuff'?! ;)
have a great day! don't forget the BLOG CANDY!