Saturday, January 24, 2009

Need It...

...ok I don't Need it, but I want it so I think you should too--smile.

I'm going to be placing an order for Bazzill cardstock and other stamping scrapping stuff. If you are interested let me know and I will add your list to mine. Simply contact me with what you are looking for and I will follow-up with the price. I don't think you will be disappointed.

See you all soon!

Floral Card

Just playing today as I'm recovering from one of my migraines (day #4). Feeling better though so I thought "I'll clean house a little and then rest a little and then play a little." So I went out searching for inspiration, needing a lot of that recently. Wonder if anyone else goes through these long bouts of just not being inspired? I'm not thrilled with it at all, just lacking something. I wonder if my colors are wrong, stamp is wrong...
Stamp: Club Scrap Desert Blossom (I think that was the kit name)
Ink: Palette Bordeaux and Moulin Rouge and Brilliance Pearlescent Crimson
Paper: Basic Grey Perhaps and Bazzill (blue/teal and buttery yellow)
Other: Fiber (this fiber is going into a swap I'm participating in with the Inky Fun Stamper Yahoo Group--great group), embroidered medallion, a chipboard flower and a bit of bling.
My source of inspiration was from You Tube Stamping With Heather, see below. Very cute set that she used.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Birthdays in January

This afternoon I was busy creating a couple of Birthday cards for colleagues at work. I used the tutorial described by Linda at After Midnight Art Stamps. It is just wonderful and has so much potential! Please check this out when you can. Keep in mind that it is a 2 part tutorial (I've only provided the link to the first part.)

Linda does such a wonderful job of explaining the process. Enough so that even Iwas able to follow--smile. If you aren't sure how to use the Nestabilities in your Cuttlebug, which is what I used, it is pretty easy. Place the following in order from bottom to top: "A" plate, "C" plate, cardstock, Netabilities die and lastly (on top) a "B" plate. In Linda's video she also states having put her cardstock through one of the Cuttlebug Folders first. For my projects I did not. She also mentions using two-sided cardstock. Again, I chose not to instead I simply used the "direct to paper" technique to add interest to the backside of my paper.

Rather than make a tag like Linda describes doing I made this card for a friend at work. Never mind the fact that it is a little belated...sorry Sue! I had fun with this and found that I just could stop from adding "just a little more" every time I looked it over.


Paper: creamy, pearlized, textured paper (flower petals) pink plaid bg paper, banana yellow cardstock (Of course I don't know where, or from what companies any of this came from, just found it in my stash--sorry!)
Stamps: Squiggle Ladybugs (TAC)
Ink: Eggplant from SU!
Other: Pre-made tag, flower, sequin, fuschia colored glitter glue (Hard to see, but I put a little along some of the scalloped edges around the whole flower. Not too much though because I didn't want to detrack from the pearlized paper.) and large glue dots just like Linda recommends.

I had so much fun with this one, I couldn't help myself but make another, but with a twist.

After enduring -26F degree weather for the last four days I guess I needed somthing spring-like. So with today's "thaw" (all of 20F degrees), I made this fun card.

Paper: Banana yellow cs, pink plaid and speckled ivory (again, I am sorry, but I have no idea about companies)
Ink: Eggplant, SU!
Stamp: Foam, large Dragonfly stamp from Michaels (this stamp is really large, measures at least 3 - 4" long and almost as wide)
Other: "Happy" sticker and yellow glass paint (on abdomen and wing edges so they look shiny)

Instead of making 8 petals (like the flower) I simply used 4 to make the wings. It was so much fun and added such wonderful dimension.

Hope you enjoy and I hope to see you soon!

Monday, January 12, 2009

Sharing a New Year's Wish

Happy New Year!

We welcomed in the New Year with another medical surprise with my father (he is better now though). As I was anxiously waiting to hear how he was doing I worked on New Year's cards since I didn't get any Christmas cards out.

Jeff, my wonderful husband, took a picture of some ornaments that we put out on our blue spruce trees during the winter of 2008. The weather was just perfect winter weather and that included a light frost that encased the fragile ornaments. They just dripped with extra glitter, it was so peaceful. Jeff captured the look so perfectly. So of course they had to be shared with friends and family. I just hope I was able to enhance their substantial beauty.

I created the cards and sent them out with my New Year's wish that my parents would stay healthy, that my family and friends would know of the love I hold in my heart for each of them and that things in this gigantic world will only improve.

I hope to see you here again.