Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Exciting News

Hello my sweet blog friends.  I have been wanting to share some news with you for a couple weeks now.  I have been asked to be on the Design Team for Want 2 Scrap.  They have some amazing bling and chipboard pieces along with clear albums too.  I am sure you have seen this blog before.  They have some amazingly talented designers who lean toward  the Shabby Chic style.
Here is my card I created for them.  I needed a last minute Christmas card.  I made a more CAS than I usually do.  I think the pretty pearl swirls you can find HERE was a perfect way to dress up my card.  I realized that some of my heavily embellished cards didn't fair so well in the mail.  These are nice and flat and fit right in the envelope.

I look forward to working with all these talented ladies.  You can find the other designers HERE and the store where you can buy all the pretty bling HERE.

Cardstock: PTI/Rustic White, Kraft
DP: Martha Stewart
Stamps: PTI/ Wreath For All Occasions
Ribbon: American Crafts
Bling: Want 2 Scrap

Thanks so much for stopping by.  I have a lot more time next week to create.  I have a lot of things in mind that I want to make.  See you soon!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

More Butterflies

Yes!  You heard me correctly.  I said more butterflies.  I can't get enough butterflies lately.  I guess I must be ready for spring.  This is my last card for my Guest Designer post at Layers of Color.  The set I used is Butterfly Collector.  I can honestly tell you that I love every butterfly image in this set.  Usually you have a couple favorites in every set you like more than others.  Well, they are all beautiful.  Glittered, colored, blinged, you name it, they are all perfect.

I think this one is more moth-like than the others.  I just gave it a little sheer pink color with my Copic RV10, RV4.  Guess what?  My sewing machine is working now.  My brother came over to fix it and it played a trick on me.  It acted like it was never even broken.  Made me look like a fool for sure.  Oh well.  I am just happy it is working.

 Look at this beautiful color combo Mona cooked up for you on her blog challenge CR84FN.  I have Black on top, Bright Pink in the middle, and Grey on the bottom.  Check!

Cardstock: PTI/Rustic White
DP: Basic Grey(black and Grey) My Minds Eye (pink)
Stamps: Layers of Color/Butterfly Collector
Ink: Memento/Tuxedo Black
Twill: Lilybean Paperie Etsy
Button: PTI
Card with #3: K and Company/ Ephemera pack

Thanks so much for stopping by,

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Sourrounded by Butterflies

Hello!  I am so happy to be back to share another card I made for Layers of Color.  I used a pretty butterfly from the set called Butterfly Collector.  I love this set and see myself using it a lot.  I love butterflies and this one was perfect to use as the focal image for my card.

 I used the color challenge at CR84FN over at Mona's blog.  Look at this beautiful color combination.  Coral, Tan, and Brown are amazing together. 
 I also used the sketch at Mercy Tuesday.  She has some great sketches every week.   I just don't get to play as often as I like to.
Thanks so much for stopping by

Friday, December 10, 2010

Butterflies and Blossoms

Hello again.  I finally got a little craft time last night.  My room is still a mess, but things are so crazy I needed to make something to distract myself before I go insane.  hehe
I made this card using the brand new set from Flourishes called Butterflies and Blossoms.  It has the most beautiful images on it.  I love that Flourishes always has the most amazing sentiments in their sets as well.  I forgot to take a picture of the inside.  I will have to do that first thing in the morning. 
 I am so disappointed that my sewing machine isn't working.  My card would look so much better with stitching on it.  It liked to have shredded a card I made the other day.  I need to find time in my already crazy schedule to fix it.  Any volunteers?

I used the sketch at Card Patterns to get me going.  I used a circle for the inside instead of a square.  Otherwise I followed it pretty close.

Thanks so much for stopping by

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Layers of Color Wednesday

Hello my sweet blog friends.  I have a card to share with you today that I created for Layers of Color.  I am Guest Designing over there for the month of December.  I used the beautiful set called Backyard Birds and the amazing Art Stencil Belle Brocade at the bottom for a little elegance.  I used a purple button to bring out a little of the purple color in the humming bird.

 If you follow my blog you know how much I love birds.  They are some of the sweetest creatures and some are of amazing color.  I can't wait until warmer weather comes and I get to see what kind of Hummingbirds we have here.
 I found this picture online when I googled Hummingbird pictures.  Look at this beauty.  I tried to capture his color using my Copics.  I got as close as I can with my coloring skills.  Which isn't saying very much.
Thanks so much for stopping by,
Have a wonderful week

Monday, December 6, 2010

Deck The Halls Beautiful

Hello!  I am back today to share with you my first project as DT for Bring Beautiful Back at Flourishes.  I can tell you that I almost fell off my chair when I received the email from Julie asking me if I wanted to be a part of this very talented group of ladies.  So, I said "yes"!  Wouldn't you? 
 The challenge this month is :
DECEMBER (December 1) Deck the Halls Beautiful: For this month’s Bringing Back Beautiful Challenge, use beauty in stamping to create an accent piece for a table, a mantle, a decoration or any kind of home d├ęcor. ‘Tis the season for stamping and entertaining –so let’s see if you can create a match made in heaven by using both! Link up your Bringing Back Beautiful creation here (link to post) to enter. If you upload to SCS, please use the keyword BBB05. You have until December 31st to enter! As we unveil our challenge for next month, we’ll share our True Beauties – those card makers who wowed us with this challenge! Winners will be featured on the Flourishes Blog and will receive a True Beauty blog button to display proudly on their blog!

 I fell in love with this candle I saw when I was at Wal Mart.  It is a Paula Dean candle with this beautiful lid and handle.  You can use it in your own house or as you see here I made a cute little tag to go on the side if you wanted to give it to someone as a gift for their house.  I used the Vintgae Postcard set and just did a little coloring and a little Martha Stewart Snow.  What do you think?

Please stop by the Flourishes blog HERE and other wonderfully talented ladies blogs and see what they have created for you to see.
Beate Johns
Cindy Coutts
Julie Koerber-DT Coordinator
Kathy Jones
Yvonne Hagane

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Happy Birthday/ CR84FN and 2Sketches4You

Hello!  I missed you all so much.  I have been busy trying to work out all the problems we had when we moved in.  The Hot Water heater broke and had to be replaced.  The Furnace had 2 filters that were sucked up inside making it very cold inside.  The phone line wasn't installed properly and we didn't have our home phone working for days.  The shower drain and handle had to be replaced as well as the Garbage Disposal had a crack and had to be replaced.  All things you can't see or notice until you move in.  I am mentally drained.  ;)
 I made this tag using the sketch at 2Sketches4You and the beautiful color combo that Mona has at CR84FN.  I am really loving all the tags I am seeing around.  I think that Michelle Wooderson and Melissa Phillips are the tag queens.  I am sure you can find some inspiration at their blogs if you need a little help.
 I embossed the tag with my Cuttlebug folder, added a Martha Stewart doily and a pretty Prima flower, lace and buttons. 
My sewing machine is totally messed up.  I didn't have the time to tinker with it, so my poor tag is stitch less.  :(  I think the tension is off.   That is at the end of my long list of "To-Do's" right now.  I still need to unpack the 3 boxes of bathroom supplies.  All my lotions, shampoos, and all that good stuff is sitting in boxes.  I really wanted to get my Christmas tree up today, but it just isn't happening.
 Look at this beautiful inspiration photo.  I was in love the moment I saw it.  These are totally my colors.  These are the colors in my bathroom.  My poor hubby hates it.  I told him to use my son's bathroom if he didn't like it.  Maybe I can have a male free bathroom.  Wouldn't that be great?  I think so.  :)
  Thanks so much for stopping by.  I will be back tomorrow with a project to share and some more of that good news I have to tell you about.  ;)

Big Hugs!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Layers of Color / Guest DT

Hello!  I told you I would be back.  I have been waiting to share a few things with you all.  One of them is that I will be guest designing for the month of December at Layers of Color.  The very sweet and talented Laura asked me to design some cards using her wonderful stamps.  I totally fell in love with the beautiful butterflies from Butterfly Collector.
I used a technique for this card I saw on Beate's blog at Splitcoast stampers.  This is called the dryer sheet technique.  I stamped my image and colored it with Copics then adhered a used dryer sheet and rubbed glitter all over the image.  It really softens the image wonderfully. 
 I used some Basic Grey Capella paper I have been hoarding for a few weeks now along with some lace and distressed seam binding from Memrie Mare Etsy.  The Spellbinders dies are Labels 10.  A little machine stitching and a button make up all the shabby details.

I am honored to be featured along with her very talented designers.  You can take a look HERE and there is a link to all the fabulous blogs of her designers.  Thank you Laura for this opportunity.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

I will be back!

Hello everyone.  I just wanted to let you know that I didn't get lost or forget about all of my wonderful blog friends.  We moved the day after Thanksgiving and it was very stressful.  I thought it would go smoothly, but I was definitely wrong.  The hot water heater was turned all the way down and we couldn't figure out how to get it turned up.  So after sweating all day we got cold showers.  I was not very happy.  Luckily my dad came over the next morning and found the tiny screw hidden under a cover that is screwed on and under lots of insulation.  We are use to gas hot water heaters in Iowa.  I am not sure if this is how all electric ones work.  It was a brand new hot water heater so I knew it wasn't broken.
 I spent my whole day today washing all the  kitchen stuff.  Everything was stored for 8 months.  I found lots of spiders too.  My son found a Black Widow in the garage.  My hubby and I were pretty impressed he identified it so fast.  Then my husband emptied a whole can of spider spray on it.  I am not kidding either!  hehe
I will be back in a couple days worth some projects to share with you.  I miss you all and will be stopping by as soon as I can get caught up.

Big Hugs,

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Happy Holidays

Hello my sweet blog friends.  I made a card for Mona's CR84FN color challenge.  She has a beautiful inspirational photo I was totally inspired by.  Brown, Red, and Tan.  Look how pretty these colors are for Christmas.  I love how it turned out...minus the fact that my sewing machine about made it to the sidewalk.  It was pulling on one side more than the other.  Which is why the top piece of paper is off to the right.  I said a few words then decided to leave it for now.  hehe.
set in different colors.  I have been on this crazy path of Christmas cards and skipped Thanksgiving.This set from PTI called Wreath for All Seasons is a wonderful set to have.  I keep forgetting aobut it.  I need to put together a Thanksgiving card or two real quick using this set in different colors.  I have been on this crazy path of making Christmas cards and have realized that I never made my Thanksgiving cards.  Go figure!
 By the time I finished I was losing daylight.  I told my hubby if I only got one thing for Christmas that I needed a light tent.  I have had it with having to wait until the right time of day to photograph my cards.  I hate that they are inconsistent in light.  I am a little OCD when it comes to certain things.  Consistency is one of them.
 If I can catch better light tomorrow I will take new pictures.  They just look so washed out.  :(

Thanks so much for stopping by
Have a wonderful week

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Thank You Kindly

Oh, I am so happy to be back to share a card with you again.  I made this one for the new sketch at Waltzing Mouse.  I used some old KandCompany paper called Classic K.  The papers are so pretty and shabby in this pack.  I think Michales still sells it.  I made what I call a clean/shabby card.  You like that?  Hehe.
 I used a metal brad flower, but took the brad out and replaced it with one of my Prima roses.  I love all the scrolls in the WM stamps.  They are so elegant!
 I love the way this satin ribbon makes big loopy bows.  I like my loops to be on the smaller side with shorter tails.  I think the whole bow thing is preference.  What is yours?  I actually have two different ways I make my bows depending on what look I want.  I usually have one tail going up and one down.  If I want them both going down, I tie a Martha Stewart bow...that is what I call it because I learned it from her show.

Cardstock: PTI/ Kraft, Rustic White
DP: K and Company
Stamps: Waltzingmouse
Ink: Memento/Rich Cocoa, Memento/
Other: Metal Flower, Prima flower, pearls
Thanks for stopping by,

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Christmas Greetings

Hello my sweet blog friends.  How are you doing this week?  I have been so busy my head is spinning.  I made this card last night for the Timeless Tuesday challenge at Flourishes.  The challenge is to make a Christmas card.  I have already made many of my Christmas cards with my Flourishes stamps.  I saw this image on Kathy Martin's blog.  It is one I don't already have.
 I used a little MS glitter on the snowy branches.  I love the way that looks.  It just adds a little more to the card.
This is short and sweet today.  I am so tired.  I am off to take a nap.  hehe

Thanks so much for stopping by,

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Thanks So Much

Hello again.  I made a card for this weeks color challenge over at Mona's blog called CR84FN.  She has a beautiful inspiration picture for you to drool over.  Pretty purples.  A color that there just isn't enough of out there in the papercrafting world if you ask me.
 My dear sweet friends over at City Crafter have a "Thank You" challenge going on as well.  You can never have enough thank you cards.  The DT have some wonderful creations for you to be inspired by if you are in need of a little to get you going.  I also used the sketch at 2Sketches4You.  I am not sure if I made that on time or not.
 See...I told you there was a stunning inspiration graphic that Mona's sweet hubby Scott put together with the so very talented photos from Leslie's A Creative Mint.  She has some of the most amazing pictures.  If you like to look at photography, I suggest you take a peek.
Supplies: Cardstock: PTI/Rustic White, Stamps: PTI/Polka Dot BasicsII and Background Basics/Text Style, 7Gypsies/Avignon, Ribbon and Embellishements: LilyBean Paperie Etsy, Cuttlebug Embossing Border folder, Ink: Memento/London/ Fog/ Tuxedo Black/ Pretty Petunia,

Look what I won:
This is a box of goodies I received from a dear sweet blog friend.  I won her giveaway and was absolutely blown away when I opened the box.  I thought I was just getting a necklace that she made.  Well, I got a whole box of beautiful items.  All black and white.  Jody has a blog called Home and Heart full of the prettiest vintage images and lots of her handmade jewelry. 
 She covered a little jewelry box in pretty paper and made this adorable hanging "pocket" you can see HERE.  There was a sweet card and little package of facial tissues.  All coordinating together.  It was layers and layers of fun to open.

Thanks so much for stopping by,
Have a wonderful week

Happy Birthday

I am so happy to be able to share a card today.  I have been so busy the last couple weeks.  I will have a couple surprises to share in the coming weeks.  I can't wait to share with you all. 
I made a card last night while I was trying to cook dinner.  So by the time I finished it was dark.   I had to wait until this morning to photograph it and post my card.  I used the sketch at Get Sketchy to get me started.  It worked perfectly for what I had in mind.  I made that flower from a couple of flat mulberry paper flowers.  I sprayed them with Glimmer Mist and I twisted the center flower and cut off the end...put it inside the other flower and there you have a pretty 3D flower.  I need to try and make some from cardstock.  I think they might be a little stiffer.
 You like my glitter butterfly?  I love how it turned out.  I stamped my PTI butterfly in brown, then I  colored it with my Copics and covered in in my Martha Stewart glitter glue and used my Martha Stewart glitter in Crystal Fine.
 A couple weeks ago I won a cute stamp set and die from Lil Inker Designs.  Love the cute sentiments and adorable little flag die that matches.  No more trying to hand cut my flag/banners.

Thanks so much for stopping by.  Enjoy the rest of your weekend.  I am off to make another card.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Happy Holidays

Hello again.  It has been one very long week for me.  I am guessing this will be a very long few weeks coming up.  Tis the season. 
I made a card for this weeks Timeless Tuesday at Flourishes which was to use glitter and used the sketch at Mercy Tuesday .   I had this big plan to use lots of glitter.  Well it didn't work out that way.  Funny how that happens hu?  The glitter is in the inside of the ornament and my two glitter brads at the bottom right.  I actually have ornaments that look like all of these in this stamp.  I have several pretty birds that clip on the tree and lots of pretty vintage ornaments with the centers like the on in the middle.  You can see this post HERE from last winter of my tree and ornaments.

I used some old Basic Grey Figgy Pudding and some new Memory Box paper in Tinsel.  Labels 14 Spellbinders dies and some Seam Binding from Bluebird Lane Etsy a button from PTI and the glitter brads are from Making Memories. 

Thanks so much for stopping by,
Have a wonderful weekend


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