Tuesday, August 18, 2009

A Scrapbook Page

I have to admit, I'm not very adept in doing scrapbook pages. They have kept me running for higher ground now, going on nearly 20 years. Why, you ask? I knew that "once hooked" I'd own the store, literally!
I've dabbled in every sort of craft imaginable, and those things have served me well all these years. There was never a lack of ideas for all the cub scout projects and girl scout projects we were faced with.
And now, here I am stuck with a challenge that made me face my worst fears.....a challenge that called for scrapbooking! Yikes! I am not very good at this, but I can see it could easily lead me down a whole new road! Only problem is....I have thousands of pictures! Where does one put all the scrapbooks that would hold all those pictures???

Challenge 33 calls for creative ideas for a Fall themed scrapbook page!
Don't laugh too hard! It's my first attempt!

How do you like my fence??? Can you tell where it came from?

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Let's Celebrate!

From time to time, I get together with friends and reconnect! Usually we sit at a Starbucks sipping something marvelous, and talk for hours! How is it, that women can do that??? Perhaps its because we really listen to each other, encourage each other, and can just unload! I know that I'm "safe" with such great friends, and that our visits, though few and far in-between, are much needed therapy!

Today's card is inspired by these get-togethers! I CASED my idea from Becky Roberts, one of my favorite stampers! You can check her creations out here.

RECIPE

Stamps: Pun Fun and sentiment from On Your Birthday
Ink: Old Olive and Rich Razzleberry
Paper: Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White and Cottage Wall DSP
Embellishments: Big Shot Texturz Plate, Top Note Bigz Die, and Movers and Shapers Pieces Die, Modern Label Punch and 1/2" Polka Dot Grosgrain Ribbon in Rich Razzleberry.


Friday, August 14, 2009

Best Wishes!

Hi Stampers!
Here is a darling card that would be fitting for an anniversary or wedding.
Change your colors and papers, and it could be used for any occasion!
I love using Stampin'Up's Designer Series Papers (DSP) because they coordinate so well together!

RECIPE

Stamps: Short & Sweet
Ink: Soft Suede
Paper: Kraft cardstock and Bella Bleu DSP
Embellishments: Kraft Taffeta Ribbon, Button from Latte pack and linen thread.

Countdown: 15 days and I'll be rocking my precious little granddaughter! I can hardly wait!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Creative Thanks!

Today, I was sad because I don't have the new Medallion background stamp and everyone is making such amazing cards with it. So, I sat here just drooling and oogling all these great cards. Then it occurred to me that I might be able to improvise that awesome look!

With the help of my trusty little post-it notes, I was able to create a similar look using the Bella Toile background stamp. Here is my card.

Again, I am loving those little button flowers so I had to incorporate those into this card. I punched the circles from cardstock and dsp, crumpled them up really good, and then roughed up the edges a bit more and inked them with little sponge daubers. I sewed the button on, using linen thread and a large darning needle.

RECIPE

Stamps: Bella Toile and sentiment from Fresh Cuts
Ink: Crushed Curry and Dusty Durango
Paper: Very Vanilla, Crushed Curry and Dusty Durango, plus small circle of dsp
Embellishments: 1/2" Polka Dot Grosgrain Ribbon in Dusty Durango, Button from Latte bunch, 1 1/4" circle punch, 1" circle punch, 3/4" circle punch, Modern Label punch and matching Movers and Shapers Die piece, distressing tool and linen thread.

On a personal note:
We had the most amazing storm late last night, bringing rain, lightning, and a whole lot of thunder! It was still going strong when I got up, though the rain had mostly let up. My yard needed that drink badly as my sprinkler system is down once again. Hopefully, I'll have it back up and running this weekend!
And hurray for the weekend! I've survived my first week of work as an elementary school nurse's assistant! Sure is a change from the high school, but I am loving it alot!!!
Have a great weekend and come on back! I'll have more posts!!! :)

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Friends, 24-7 again


I loved yesterday's color combo so much, I had to play with it again!

Today, I was inspired by the card on page 100 of our current SU catalog! I made some small changes, like the colors, and I used distressing alot on edges. What do you think?

RECIPE

Stamps: Friends 24-7
Ink: Rich Razzleberry, Melon Mambo, and Mellow Moss (+small piece of dsp)
Paper: Rich Razzleberry, Melon Mambo and Very Vanilla
Embellishments: Hat pin and beads from the Pretties Kit, Button from Latte package, 1/2" Polka Dot Grosgrain Ribbon in Melon Mambo, Linen thread, Distressing Tool, 1" circle punch.

I learned about the little button embellishment from a super amazing stamper, MICHELLE WOODERSON. You can find out more about her here!

I really love these vintage looking colors together and might have to use them again tomorrow. Stay tuned!!!


Tuesday, August 11, 2009

There's No One Like You

Hi Stampers!
This week's challenge on StampinUpLNStampers group is to CASE a card from the current Stampin'Up catalog, but you must change at least two things about that card, AND make it kid friendly!

The card I chose to case is from page 126. The things I did differently to my card are: texturized the base card, changed the colors, added brads to the flowers, distressed the edges of my focal piece, and changed the greeting!

This card will be given to a special young lady! I know she will love it since I used her favorite colors!

Speaking of colors, my card also meets the current Raspberry Suite Color Challenge #14 found here.














Recipe

Stamps: Tart and Tangy, No One Like You from the Simply Sent Card Kit
Ink: Rich Razzleberry, Melon Mambo and Lavender Lace
Paper: Rich Razzleberry, Melon Mambo, Lavender Lace and Very Vanilla
Embellishments: 1/2" Polka Dot Grosgrain Ribbon in Melon Mambo, Rhinestone Brads, Distressing Tool, 1" and 3/4" circle punches, and a Big Shot Texturz plate.

It's Back To School week for us! We've had another amazing summer and once again, I am reminded of how blessed I am! I do enjoy working for the school district, so I can enjoy a summer off with my family! We had so much fun, but it's time to get back to work and dream about our next adventure! (It's coming up very soon! We are going to visit that new little girl in our lives.....precious little Clare Marie! Can't wait!)

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Celebrate YOU!


I am so inspired by many wonderful stampers that I just can't help myself sometimes to CASE their work!
Today's card is CASED primarily from one such amazing stamper, JENN. You can view her awesome creations HERE.

I love the colors she chose in her creation! They are so bright and vibrant! I began with Crushed Curry card stock, one of our new In Colors.
I ran this thru the Big Shot and one of the fun texturz plates.
For the main focal point, I layered Rich Razzleberry with Melon Mambo and DSP Razzleberry Lemonade. I wrapped that with the 1/2" Polka Dot Grosgrain Ribbon in Crushed Curry, and fed the "knot" thru a white jumbo grommet. You won't be able to punch the grommet thru all those layers, so I used two medium size glue dots under the knot to hold everything in place.
My next layer is Rich Razzleberry with Melon Mambo. I stamped the Celebrate You from "Party Hearty" stamp set and punched that out with our scallop circle punch. I layered a 1" circle of Melon Mambo and a 3/4" circle of Very Vanilla, which I had stamped and colored the little cupcake from "Crazy For Cupcakes".
My sentiment is from the "Party Hearty" set, punched out with our Modern Label Punch and layered on matching Movers and Shapers Die Piece.

While I really LOVED Jenn's creation, I equally love my card too! Thanks Jenn, for allowing me to share your card alongside mine!!! You are amazing!

And thank YOU for visiting my blog!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

You Take The Cake!


My third card for this week's challenge for cards using a Monochromatic look, is this birthday card.

I started with Rich Razzleberry card stock, one of our new In Colors. I paired it up with Razzleberry Lemonade Designer Series Paper.

I stamped my main image, a cupcake from "Crazy For Cupcakes" stamp set, on Orchid Opulence and a striped paper from Cottage Wall DSP.

Rich Razzleberry Polka Dot Grosgrain Ribbon was layered over a strip of the same color card stock which I punched with the Eyelet Border Punch.

My sentiment was punched out using our new Modern Label Punch and coordinating Mover's and Shaper's Die piece.

Lastly, I added Dazzling Diamonds to the "sprinkles" and candle, using small drops of Crystal Effects.

Tomorrow I'll be posting a "totally cased card" from an amazing stamper!

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Thinking of You!


Here is another card made using the Monochromic technique. I really love how it turned out! This would make a wonderful encouragement card!

I started with our new In Color Soft Suede and paired it up with Kraft. I thought it needed more depth, so I rummaged thru my DSP and located my Bella Bleu papers. This really made the card look more delicate.

I used the Eyelet Border Punch to create the back of the focal piece, layered with kraft that I ran thru my crimper.
For my sentiment, I used stamps from the Simply Sent Card Kit called No One Like You, inked in Soft Suede, and stamped on Shimmery White card stock. I also used versa mark and embossed in clear embossing powder for a very soft glisten.

I finished off the card with Kraft Taffeta Ribbon and a beaded hat pin from the Pretties Kit.

I hope you are enjoying this weeks Challenge and my takes on Monochromatic cards!

Monday, August 3, 2009

A New Week and A New Challenge

This week's challenge on StampinUpLNStampers is to make a card using one color, also known as Monochromic or Monochromatic.

mon·o·chrome n (mn-krm)
1.
a. A picture, especially a painting, done in different
shades of a single color.
b. The art or technique of
executing such a picture.
2. The state of being in a single color.
3. A black-and-white image,
as in photography or on television.


This week, I will be sharing several
different ideas with you , including this one.

















Recipe

Stamps: Inspired By Nature
Ink: Basic Black and Crushed Curry
Paper: Basic Black, Crushed Curry and Razzleberry Lemonade DSP
Embellishments: 1/2" Polka Dot Crushed Curry Grosgrain Ribbon and Basic Black 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon


Friendship!

Wanted to try my hand with the distressed circle flowers. It's amazing how tough cardstock really is! LOL You squish it and squish it some more and then open it up and layer it together. I am enjoying our new "in colors". They are so bright and cheerful!

Hope your weekend was good....and that your week ahead is great! I have more to post! Keep watching!!! :)



Friday, July 31, 2009

Christmas in July

This week's challenge at Yahoo StampinUpLNStampers Group
is to create a card using current Stampin'Up products for
a "Christmas in July" card!

I awoke with an idea in my head, and this is the result!

I wanted a "country" look to my card so I started with Kraft card stock. I stamped many images on velum so I could see where I would actually stamp my images on my card front. Then I used a few of those velum images to mask areas so I could stamp over those images.

RECIPE

Stamps: A Flower For All Seasons, and sentiment from Home For Christmas
Paper: Kraft, Very Vanilla, and Dusty Durango
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Dusty Durango, and Old Olive
Embellishments: Soft Suede Polka Dot 1/2" Grosgrain Ribbon, Modern Label Punch and matching die from Movers and Shapers Pieces. I also used my Stamp-a-ma-jig, Stampin' Dimensionals, and Crystal Effects.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Expressions on Wood!

Wood popsicle sticks that is!!! Here I have used our stamp set, Herb Expressions, to identify plants! These little plant markers would make wonderful gifts for that gardener! You could even place them in the pocket of my pocket card! (See my previous post on July 25th)

Above I have decorated a small pot with our Dusty Durango 1/2" Polka Dot Grosgrain Ribbon and two corduroy buttons.

Tip: Did you know you can create your own customized corduroy button in the color of your choice? Take a "kraft" colored button, rub it across your ink pad, and/or, use your Stampin'Write Markers to ink it up. Allow time for the ink to dry before handling it though!



I used my Stamp-a-ma-jig to align my image on the popsicle stick and I only inked the words I wanted to stamp!

Hope you have enjoyed my projects!


Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Expressing Myself With Herbs!



Here are a few fun cards I've made using the new stamp set, Herb Expressions!

Each 4" X 4" card uses the same colors and stamp set, but are different layout designs. Don't you just love being able to make different looks?

Supplies

Paper: Very Vanilla, Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry and Cottage Wall DSP

Ink: Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry, Orchid Opulence

Stamps: Herb Expressions

Embellishments: Rich Razzleberry 1/2” Polka-dot Grosgrain Ribbon, Old Olive 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon, Rhinestone Brads, and Dazzling Diamonds.


Stay tuned for more!




My Fun Summer Adventures! And Reasons Why I Haven't Been Posting

Hi Stampers!

My summer has been quite FULL! And yes, that is 'normal' for me actually! With our two week vacation to Colorado, the exciting birth of my granddaughter and the wedding of my fourth oldest child, it has been "non-stop" activities!!! (And these are just the highlights of my summer life!)

Introducing my 4th grandchild, Clare Marie!
Isn't she just "PERFECT"?

And introducing Mr. & Mrs. Dustin Shields, and family!
We had a gorgeous garden wedding that makes me cry just thinking about it! It was worth every minute of all the preparations and details! I have never attended a wedding that compares to this one! Everyone had their part and did it so well.
The memories will last forever!
God's blessings on your beautiful marriage, Dustin and Natasha!!!
I love you both, so much!
Mom



Saturday, July 25, 2009

Royal Blog Tour

Hi Stampers!!! I am introducing a new stamp set called Herb Expressions! I love the garden feel and have created several gorgeous projects for you!

This first project is a pocket card!

Supplies

Paper: Kraft, Very Vanilla, Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry and Cottage Wall DSP

Ink: Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry, Orchid Opulence

Stamps: Herb Expressions

Embellishments: Linen Thread, Soft Suede 1/2” Polka-dot Grosgrain Ribbon, and Kraft Corduroy Buttons

Corner Rounder and Scallop Oval Punches, Scallop Oval Movers and Shapers Die, Paper Piercing Tool and Mat Pack, and Distressing Tool from our Cutter Kit.

In the photo above I used my stamped image to create a backdrop for this beautiful lavender wreath! Be sure to come back Wednesday, July 29th for more gorgeous projects using this versatile stamp set!



Once this path hath reached its end, thy royal coach will travel back to the Royal Blog Tour - Home Castle where more paths await thee!

Saturday, July 18, 2009

We Are Home and more great news!

Potato plants
Shipping potatoes. Great "behind" shot as I'm picking up potatoes that have fallen off the truck.
Center pivot irrigation and a new crop of potatoes!!!
Now that's a lot of potatoes!
Moving them from storage to semi truck!
Potatoes are moved along the sorting belts to take out rocks and any potatoes that are cut or spoiled.

We made it home after a wonderful two week vacation in the cool mountains of Colorado! Spending time with family and friends and enjoying the beauty and cool air was a welcome break to our very full life here at home!

*This morning I awoke to the news that the expected birth of our newest family member had occured! I'm a grandma, again! Welcome Clare Marie, and congratulations to Steve and Sara!!! Can't wait to see photos!!!

I cannot wait to stamp again! Have several huge projects to complete and share! Will be posting them later!


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