Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Sweet Moments

Happy Hump Day to you all... I have made it through half of the first week of school-well, the boys have made it through! I have enjoyed it... : ) Like this card, it has been sweet moments! Not totally relaxing, but busy doing errands that were put off. DH and I have finally decided after 7 long years to baptize our boys. It was not because we didn't want to, but due to other issues beyond our control. We are very excited to have this accomplishment come to fruition, that I have been busy making the arrangements, invites, etc! We are very much looking forward to this weekend...

For this card, I used some dp I had lying around which is unknown, but was so fun in colors that it seemed only appropriate to have a sundae be the main image! This was a set that was sent to me by my sweet friend Billie (myboys) I think about a year ago!! I had put it away and then totally forgot about it!! I was a must to use! It is a great set with ice cream and cupcakes. So cute! I used my Nestibilities for the center panels and colored in the image with my Copics. I highlighted the areas using my Copic Spica pens in pink, yellow, and clear for some fun sparkle. The main image and sentiment are popped up and I added some fun scrap ribbon and some flower brads for a finishing touch!

Thank you for stopping by and looking!! I am wishing you all Sweet Moments!!!

Materials Used: SU! Green Galore cs, Making memories brads, unknown dp, white, Momento ink in black, Copics, Copic Spicas, dimensionals,
Spellbinders, white gel pen, scrap ribbon, SU! Large oval punch, SU! Pixie pink ink, corner rounder, Hero Arts stamp set

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Bloom where your are Planted

Part of your life in the military is that you move so often. And it always seems to happen faster when you have the best friends and neighbors. It never really gets easier but the excitement of a new place can sometimes numb the empty feeling. Not always, but sometimes. My dh and I never really say "goodbye;" we adopted an old Calvary saying, "Until our next post." The military is a surprisingly small world that you are most likely to run into the same people again. However, for my neighbor, she is a different branch of the military that we probably won't run into each other again. Facebook will be our bridge of contact. : )

Materials Used: PTI Spiral Bouquet, PTI Sweet Blush and Berry Sorbet Ink, PTI Sweet Blush and Berry Sorbet cs, Copic Spica in clear, MS Lace punch, 1/4" SU! Circle punch, Scor-Pal

I made this card using one of my favorite PTI set called Spiral Bouquet. For the top half I used my Scor-Pal to create the diagonal lines and punched out coordinating circles using my 1/4" punch. I used PTI's colormatch cs and ink in Sweet Blush and Berry Sorbet. I stamped the images and in both colors and outlines the flowers with my clear Copic Spica pen. I used my MS lace punch for the border and added an additional panel to the back of the card to give it a little more pop of color.

I hope you have a great day and I appreciate you taking a peek!

Monday, August 24, 2009

Cammie and a Little Back to School Humor

I am back after a very full two weeks vacation with the family. We went to Disney World, Charleston, SC, saw their grandmother, and Williamsburg, VA to Water Country. It was packed with lots of things to do and my boys enjoyed every moment of it! To start it off, we were able to have dinner and spend some time with Cammie and her family. It was so good to see her and our boys enjoyed their reunion; all the boys! (Husbands included! LOL) It was Cammie's dh's birthday, so it was even more special to be able to spend it with them and help celebrate. Here are two pictures from that dinner...

"It's the most, wonderful time of the year..." Ok, maybe not, but today is the first day of school for my boys and after a very full summer with bickering, banter, and lots of sun, I am ready to see them off! But the down side? Homework!! Really, is it for them or us?? LOL!! So, in honor of today, I created a card that my neighbor suggested... a back to school "party" card!

Now, this is a silly card that I popped out so please don't be too judgmental on it!! : ) For this card, I used Carolyn King's stamp by Gina K of the little boy and Wineabella by Stamping Bella. I stamped the images and colored them in with both Copics and Prismamarkers. I stamped them again, colored what part of the image I wanted popped up, and cut it out; in this instance, the backpack and dress. Now, I apparently cannot cut out shapes very good, so just imagine that sign is perfect! I made the party horn and punched out the hat. I sponged in the ground and sky, added some ribbon and a sentiment from PTI's set mixed messages. Just a little humor to start your day!! I hope you have a great day and thanks for stopping by!!

Materials Used: Basic Grey boxer dp, Always Artichoke cs, NQN ribbon, SU! Tab punch, PTI, Carolyn King for Gina K, self adhesice metal dots, Stamping Bella, dimensionals, party hat punch unknown, scrap yellow cs, silver gel pen, CHF daisy stamp, sponge, close to cocoa ink, creamy caramel ink, Copics, and Prismamarkers.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Fast Single Layer Cards

"V-A-C-A-T-I-O-N, and we're having fun!" Connie Francis said it right! LOL!!

I mentioned yesterday that I would show you some simple one layer cards. I love doing these types of card when I am in a hurry to give out a car or just need a simple Thank you or something.

For these, I used Gina K's Pure Luxury Cardstock in white for my base. I {{HEART}} this paper and you can find them in various colors on her site. This cardstock is awesome for single layer cards as it is thick and Copic markers do not bleed through.

I used Amuses' baby set for the tickled pink card and colored it in with Copics. I added some self adhesive crystals for a little dimension. For the treasure chest, I used The Cat's Pajamas Pirate set. I colored in the chest with Copics and colored in the coins with Copic Spica Pens in Yellow and some Ranger Stickles on the diamonds for a little sparkle. I finished it off with some self adhesive metal dots.

So simple and great for making a quick set for someone. Thanks so much for stopping by and hope you have a great week!!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Amate Studios Birthday Bracelet

It's another day of some jewelry! Here is a simple way to make someone you know a quick and fun birthday bracelet!

For this, I used Amate Studios Base Element Circle Link bracelet. I then chose some fun paper by Imaginisce that had some cupcakes and confetti for some fun birthday dp. The bracelet link is a perfect 3/4" so I used my SU! 3/4" circle punch to punch out random designs off the paper to use as my base image. This paper was double sided, so I alternated between the images and the polka dot side. I then stamped two sentiments using Papertrey's Mixed Messages set and an unknown party hat punch for an additional focus. I cut out the sentiments to fit and decorated the party hat using different Copic Spica Pens. I then placed and glued all my pieces with the circle components and filled each one with Ranger's Glossy Accents. This makes for an easy filler that is available everywhere and for a quick piece to complete. Before the Glossy Accents dries, top it with some fun crystals for added bling!

Be sure to stop by Amate Studios site and blog to see the other fabulous creations made by the design team!!

Thanks so much for stopping by! It is appreciated as I know your time is valuable!! Tomorrow I will show you some simple one layer cards that makes for quick 10 minute creations!! Have a great week!

Materials Used: Amate Studios Base Elements Circle link Bracelet, Imaginisce dp, 3/4" circle punch, crystals, Ranger Glossy Accents, Unkown party hat punch, Papertrey Ink Mixed Messages, Copic Spica Pens

Monday, August 10, 2009

Jewelry with MFT-Stamping on Shell Pendants

Hi everyone!! Today is Jewelry with MFT, so be sure to check out the forum at SCS here for more information on todays projects of stamping on shells. I have two to share with you....

For these necklaces, I stamped on two different types of shell pendant. This is easy to do makes for some simple and personalized gifts! You can find these shell pendants just about anywhere beads are sold and can even find them at Wal-mart! They are very inexpensive and cost no more than $3.00 depending on where it is purchased.

The blue shell on the left is a Capiz shell. This shell is very thin and delicate while the shell on the right, is an abalone shell which is thicker and a bit more sturdier. For the Capiz shell, I stamped on it using MFT's Bling Bet and Bundles of Bouquets. I stamped the initial using Encore silver stamp pad and then topping it with some silver EP. I used my heat tool to melt the EP and let cool. I then stamped the decorative corner using my SU! White Craft pad and Stampendous Transparent Stardust EP. I heated that and let it cool. I finished it off by gluing some Swarovski Crystal to the initial and beaded some silver glass beads mixed with Swarovski crystals onto beading wire. Simple!

On the abalone shell, I used MFT's Boho Blossom set which I stamped the larger flower with Versamark and then topped with Gold EP. I heated that until melted and let it cool. I then stamped "Love" across the flower using Versamark again and used Black detail EP. I heated that carefully so as to not re-melt the gold EP. I thought it need just a little more, so I finished it off by added some Swarovski crystals throughout and outlined the shell using my Black Copic marker for some definition. I beaded some black seed beads and a bail and was finished!!

I hope you enjoyed some easy and simple jewelry pendants that I have shared. Try it and you will find that anyone can make some cute jewelry using rubber/clear stamps!! Don't forget to check out the forum for full instructions and details!! Have a great week!!

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Ahoy there!

Hi everyone!!

I sure hope those who subscribe receive this posting! I posted yesterday but for some reason it never went out!! Check out the post below for yesterdays creation and some photos from CHA!!

While at CHA, I picked up this Cat's Pajamas Pirates set which I just adore! It was fun creating with it... For this card, I stamped out the ship and pirate and colored it in using my Copics. I then stamped Versamark all over it and used SU!'s Glassy Glaze EP to top. I melted it and then cut out the images. I stamped the scroll on some cream cardstock and then burned the edges with a lighter while curling the edges. I stamped the sentiment in the center. I then took some grey cardstock which I used my decorative scissors to cut an obscure pattern and then then sponged the edges with black ink. I stamped the center using Stampendous background cube for some "crinkled" look to the paper. I placed all the pieces where I wanted it and popped up the images in its place. I added ribbon and some brads for a finishing touch! I plan on playing around with this set some more!!

I will have some automatic posts this week as we will be on vacation. Upon my return in a week, I will have some candy to give away!! Thanks so much for stopping by and taking a peek!! Have a great rest of the weekend!

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Good Friends and CHA

Hi everyone!! I am sorry to be such a bad blogger... it has been a fun and scary week since being at CHA. It was so much fun to see everyone and catch up as well and as seeing what new products were coming out!! However, while at CHA, my husband landed himself in the hospital with heat stroke and that was an ordeal in itself. I was able to come home before he left the hospital and release him home. He is doing much better now and still in recovery mode but back at work.

Here are some pictures of the MFT team and a card I created with a fun set I picked up while I was there which was only fitting to the trip!

Christina Fischer, Christy Beckwith, and Kathy Daume

Christy Beckwith, Joanne Basile, Kirsten Dubosque, Carole Burrage, and Kim van der Sanden

Kim van der Sanden, Myself, Kirsten Dubosque, and Christy Beckwith

The show was a lot smaller this year but we still had fun together and shopping at the Supershow!! Hugs to the girls!!

The card I made:

This is using MFTs Reading Flopsey... he is just so cute!! The inside sentiment says, "like good books, let you pick up where you left off." Just like the team when some of us only see each other twice a year! I was really inspired by the coloring of colored pencils from the card examples in the MFT booth that I just had to pull my Prisma Pencils and Gamsol out! Nothing in comparison I think to the coloring of Paula Williamson, but I tried!! LOL!! Everything is popped up and I used my Nestibilities for the bg and the cutout of the main card.

We are taking the boys to the beach today, so I am off! I have another post later and don't forget that Monday is Jewelry with MFT!! I have a fun and easy project for you to share!! Have a great Saturday!