Monday, August 31, 2009

Sending Happy Thoughts

Good Morning! I'm back to work today. It's was a nice vacation but now I need to earn a living so I can continue to afford to buy all my new stamping toys! It's amazing to me how much is out there and how I need it all!

Here is another adorable Sugar Nellie girl. I love the colors in this card. Tomorrow is September 1st and when I pick up an image to color I am starting to think primary colors instead of all pastels. When I was looking at my Copic chart trying to decide what colors to use I went to my papers first. I usally don't do this because it backfires on me. I pick out paper that I think will go perfectly and then once I start coloring and blending my colors on the images end up not matching. I was please to see it worked out well this time.

I love all the Basic Grey 6 x 6 packs. Using these papers has expanded my comfort zone. The papers I used on this card are not papers I would have been drawn to if I was buying individual 12 x 12 sheets. I have alot of 12 x 12 paper but I always go to my 6 x 6 packs first. I wish everyone would make small packs. It is much easier to go through the larger paper to find what you want.

Thank you for stopping by my blog. I hope you like my card.


CS: SU Rose Red, Regal Rose
DP: Basic Grey
STAMPS: Sugar Nellie, Impression Obsession
MISC: Primas, Michaels Ribbon

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Dog Day's of Summer

Happy Saturday. It's a rainy day here in the Northeast. A good day to stay inside and stamp. My vacation is over tomorrow and I am looking at the list of all the things I wanted to get done this week. I didn't get a lot off the list. Oh well...Vacations are for rest and relaxation, not to do lists. One of the things on my list was to make some progress on my XMAS cards. I did get some of that done. By the end of the weekend I hope to get all the coloring done. I see that moving to the top of the list.

This is a Whippersnapper stamp I bought a while ago. Now that Summer is winding down I was looking through my stamps to see what reminded me of Summer to use before I move on to Fall stamps. This was one that I wanted to use. I love the simplicity of the stamp. It was fun to color but I'm not sure I love the card. I don't know why though.

I have another Summer card I am working on and then I will be all about the leaves. I'm ready for Fall. I'm ready to use the golden yellow, red and orange copics.

I hope everyone has a good weekend. Thanks for coming by.

CS: SU Chocolate Chip, Tempting Tourquoise
DP TPC Studio
STAMPS: Whipper Snapper, SU
MISC: Cuttlebug corner die, Ribbon, Brads

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Windy Days

If you follow my blog you know I love the Sugar Nellie stamps. The new fall set is literally in the mail. Since I was out of town and didn't bring my laptop, I had my sister watching for the release and she had all my info to place the order ASAP. I can't wait to get them!!! They are soooo cute. I'm getting into the fall mode and I know I will have alot of fun coloring the images.

I decided that since I love them so much I should do the Sugarbowl challenges. Their sketches always have layers, which I love and I look at the very talented people that participate and I wanted to play.

This was a sketch challenge and you needed to use buttons. Isn't this little girl cute standing in the wind? I thought this was adorable and I could do alot with her. I used some Basic Grey paper and button brads. I hope the button brads fit the button criteria of the challenge. It also gave me a good reason to use a new spellbinders die I bought yesterday. I thought it needed some dressing up so I added the pearls and the pearlized stickles. I folded the corner to keep with the sketch but thought it still needed something so I added the bow and the pearl.

As I uploaded the picture I can't see all the glitter but I stickled the "wind", flowers on the image and the silk flowers on the card.

Thank you for stopping by. I hope you like my card.

CS: SU Bashful Blue
DP: Basic Grey
STAMPS: Sugar Nellie
MISC: Pearls, Ribbon, Flowers,Spellbinders

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Seeds of Friendship

Good Afternoon! I'm back from my mini vacation up North. It was great to get away. Other than all the rain we had Sunday afternoon it was a great weekend. I hope to get alot of creating done with the balance of the week I have off. Today I have spent the AM relaxing and making this card. This afternoon I have to spend unpacking, running some errands and laundry. Tomorrow my sister Mary and I are going on a roadtrip to a scrapbook store that isn't near our houses so we only get there a couple of times a year. The balance of the week is a combo of stamping and other things I have been putting off doing (hopefully more stamping than the other things).

I made this card for Mary Jo's sketch challenge. Sometimes the easy sketches turn out to be the hardest. Luckily this one was easy for me. Since I didn't have a turtle saying I decided to focus on the flowers he is holding. Once I did that the rest came together pretty easily. I also decided not to blend as much as I usually do. A card can look great until I take a picture then you don't see the muliple colors because I blended too much and there isn't enough contrast. I like the result. Do you?

I hope everyone is having a good week. If you like my card let me know.

CS: SU Green Galore, Night of Navy
DP: Basic Grey
STAMPS: Cornish Heritage Farms, Inky Antics
MISC: SU Flower brads, Spellbinders dies, Michaels ribbon

Thursday, August 20, 2009

AAHH, Summertime

Anyone living in the Northeast knows that it has been Hot and Humid lately. I don't like it. We live closed up with the heat on in the winter. I don't like when I have to close the house up for AC in the summer to be comfortable.

Anyway, enough complaining. When I was looking though my stamps to see what inspired me, this little guy was it. This is one of the free High Hopes stamps I got with my last order. Laying around in an inner tube on the water with a glass of lemonade looked really good to me. It also let me use one of my sunglass brads I bought last year. I love the brads but they never seem to look right on any cards I made. I think it is cute on this card. I added crystal effects to the lemonade and to his glasses to make them look more realistic. I also put glitter on the water to make it glisten. Once I had finished the card I didn't like the empty spaces between the oval and circle die cuts. The dew drops added just enough to the space without making it too busy. I like how the card ended up.

This will be my last post for a few days. Tomorrow I am heading up to the White Mountains in NH for a little R&R. I can't wait. It is beautiful up there. I have a few images colored but have not had the time to make a card. I will be doing that when I get back and will be posting them. I hope everyone has a great weekend! Thanks for stopping by. I hope you like my card.

CS: SU Tempting Tourquise, Pumkin Pie
DP: Basic Grey
STAMPS: High Hopes
MISC: Brads, EK corner punch, Dew Drops, Cuttlebug embossing folder, Nestablities, Ribbon, Dew Drops

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Happy Birthday Bryan

This is the last Birthday card I need to make for about 6 weeks. This one is for my Nephew Bryan. I really wanted to make something different but I have so much trouble with cards for men.

I really like the colors I used for this. I wanted to put something in the pocket. I thought money would be good because that is what I always give him but the colors didn't match and, let's face it, it's all about the card looking good. I then put the paper in to look like a hankerchief but it looked too clean so I crumbled it up and then put it in again. I like the touch of red on the card.

I embossed the light blue to give it a little more texture and then put my corners on it to do something other than just brads. The layout was just a fluke. I put the card down and it wasn't taped yet. The bottom square moved and I like it so I kept it that way.

My next birthday card is for a good friend of mine. She will be much easier! Lot's of choices and you can always fill it up with flowers and bling!

I hope everyone is having a great week. It is so hot here but I shouldn't complain when the news is filled with storms.

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you like my card.


STAMPS: Class Act, Just Rite
MISC: Cuttlebug embossing folders, corner die cut, ribbon, brads

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Sent from Heaven, 3CTC26

Good afternoon! I hope everyone is having a good weekend. It is really hot here. I have had a pretty lazy weekend. I have gotten some coloring done on some images, finished my nephew's birthday card and made this card for Kerry's Thursday challenge.

I downloaded this from Digital Delights by Louby Loo. She has some really cute stamps. You should check her out. She has a free download on Friday's if you want to try her images. I thought this one was so cute. I couldn't wait to make a card with her. I colored her and put shimmerz on her wings and the clouds. I then made a 2nd pair of wings to pop up. She is sitting so I had to find something for her to sit on. That's when I decided to cut her out and have her sit inside of the circle. I still thought she needed something so I put her aside. When I went to my LSS yesterday they had the Polor White Flower soft that I want to use this winter on snow. I thought that it would also look good on the clouds so it came home with me.

I don't know what I will put as a saying. Everything I thought of was too long for this card. When I figure it out I will pull out my Just Rite letters and add.

Thank you for looking. I hope you like the card.

CS: SU Bashful Blue & Lavender Lace
DP: Magenta
Punches: SU Scallop and EK Success corner
MISC: Shimmerz, Flower soft, misc ribbon, Nestabilities

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

True Friend

Good Morning! I hope everyone is having a good week. It is so hot here. They say it should be cooler and drier today. I hope they are right. I want to shut off the AC and open the windows again!

This is a stamp I received by mistake. Funky kits sent to me instead of one I ordered. They were so nice about it. They replaced the missing stamp and let me keep this one! There's nothing like good customer service!!!

I made this after finally going outside this weekend and cleaning all the weeds out of my plants. It called to me when I was looking through my stamps. I really like coloring the Sugar Nellie Honey & Pip images. They are so cute. I realized when I was looking through my stamps that I better get to making some cards with Summer images. In a few weeks I will be looking at fall stamps.

Thank you for stopping by. I hope you like my card.


CS: SU Tempting Tourquise
DP: Basic Grey
STAMPS: Sugar Nellie, Cornish Heritage Farms
MISC: Primas, Brads, Cloud maker, Jewels

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Another Birthday

How's everyone's weekend going? It's a beautiful day here in the Northeast. I have loved that the humidity has left for a few days and I have been able to open my windows. My sister and I spent the day shopping and it was nice that it wasn't hot and humid. This is probably the last day of this perfect weather for a while so I am enjoying it.

The busy time for Birthdays is coming up for me. Everyone one of my sisters, brother, nieces, nephews and my mother, except one, have birthdays starting 7/27 through 1/7. This one is for my brother.

I bought this stamp at the convention in Springfield. I thought it would be good for the guys cards I need to make. I will probably use it for my Nephews card at the end of August also so I will need to think of another layout. Any ideas would be appreciated!

As I was making this card all I could think of is "What am I going to do when I run out of Wild Wasabi?"!!!! I love this color and SU had ran out by the time I was going to place my last in-color order. I really like most of the SU In-Colors but I hate when I can't get them any longer. I then tend to hoard them. I don't know why but I do.

Well I need to go water my plants and then I think I will finish a Sugar Nellie card I have been working on. I hope everyone enjoys the rest of the weekend.


CS: SU Wild Wasabi, Night of Navy
STAMPS: SU, Class Act
MISC: Cuttlebug, brads, ribbon

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Watermelon anyone, 3CTC24

It seems like the weeks these days are just flying by. I have not had a chance to participate in Kerry's Thursday challenge in a while and when I saw this weeks theme I thought it sounded fun, especially because of the humid weather we have been having lately. I bought these watermelon stamps from Yvonne Albritton Designs last year and she sent me the saying for free. I think it is great when a company does that. It really says they want their customers to be happy.

I was itching to try my new spellbinders pendant dies so naturally I worked them into this card. The pendant is square so I had to modify it by cutting the smaller die in half and adding them to the sides to make it a rectange to fit my image. These were a little frustrating at 1st to get the paper out of the dies but I found that if you take something thin (I used the spatula that I use for my embossing paste) and slide it under the middle of the big die you can work the paper out. For the smaller die I used the pen I bought to pick up crystals. The pen has a putty in it so stick so it pulls up the paper. I'm probably not explaining it right but at least I won't pass using the dies because they are difficult.

I covered the watermelon's with crystal effects and then I cut out one of the slices and popped it up. I had some white dots from Joannes and added them to the corners instead of brads. Sometimes I find brad bend DP so these worked out better.

I hope everyone is having a great weekend. I'm off to do a couple of errands and then I will be back to finish another card I have been working on.

I hope you like my challenge card. Thanks for stopping by.

CS: SU Wild Wasabi, GP white
DP: Basic Grey
STAMPS: Yvonne Albritton Designs
MISC: Spellbinders, Joanne Dots, Crystal Effects