Saturday, March 26, 2011

Enjoy Today!

I made a card with no one in mind for it! I wanted to craft and didn't want to make a card for a specific reason.

The main image was a free download from Paper Trey Ink: I colored the image with my aqua pen and ink. I kept going over the flowers after each layer dried to get it so saturated.

I used the ruffled ribbon technique.

Supply List: Bazzill, Recollections, SonBorn (Sam's Club), Bashful Blue, Satin Ribbon, Recollections pearls, Paper Trey Ink tag, button, Hampton Arts stamp.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Goodbye Bob and Elaine

On Saturday, Helen and I are going to a going away party for some friends, Bob and Elaine. This card is what I made for them. I wanted to mix some papers I wouldn't mix normally and also didn't want it to look overly girly. I think this card is a good mix for both genders. lol. I really like the combo in the designer papers.

This card goes for two challenges on Splitcoast Stampers.
- WT315 - No black or brown ink. Eeee gad! I love my black ink pad.
- Ruffled Ribbon Border.

The hat pins are homemade by me. The felt hearts were in a pack from JoAnns for $1. I thought they added just the right touch for the embellishment.

And please notice the cleaned off desktop in the background. : )

Supply List: Bazzill (white), Recollections (black), SU (green galore - I miss this color!), Rob and Bob stack, The Paper Studio (polka-dot...yes, you will see a lot of this...I love it), SU tempting turquoise ink, homemade hat pins, felt hearts, Ribbons from Hobby Lobby, and the stamp is Hampton Art/Katie & Co ($1 at Michaels). Techniques: ruffled ribbon border.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

A whole lot of paper piecing going on!

I made this card and scrapbook layout for my friend Kim's first grand daughter. I saw the bedding Courtney had chosen and couldn't help but think how cute that would be as a card. I don't normally look at a card as a piece of art, but in this case, I couldn't help it. The card turned out so cute I had to include it as part of the layout. Well...originally, I was going to make two animals of each and after realizing how much time I had invested, I decided to search for a sketch I could use that would allow me to incorporate the card. I found a perfect sketch and used the card where the larger picture would go. I think I should clean my desk off next time I choose to take a picture of something after I've made it. lol. Courtney and Kim both loved it. The first picture is the card, the second is a picture of the bedding from Target and the third is with the card incorporated into the scrapbook layout. I have asked Kim to take a picture of the layout for me so you can see it better.

I used the sketchabilities sketch located here:

Supply List:  Bazzil (pink and white), Chatterbox (orange), SU melon mambo and another pink and chocolate chip, My Minds Eye (pink and white polka dot), Rob and Bob stack (green), cuttlebug, swiss dot embossing folder, brads, the animals were made from $1 stamps from Michaels (elephant and monkey and palm tree - but I created the tree trunk myself to make it longer), flower punch for larger flower, circle punch, i stamped an SU flower for the smaller flower and cut it out, I added a white dot of acrylic paint in the middle of the flower brad to make it match, the giraffe, turtle, and lion all were from where I sized the images to what I needed. I ran the colored paper through the printer for the various colors. For the layout, I used a Prima bling accessory that I cut in half to put around the silk flower. The hearts are cut from a wood heart shape I have. In the bigger flowers, the pink is a Prima flower. The white flower in the elephant is a silk flower from Michaels. Baby is bazzill chipboard lettering. I also framed this in a scrapbook frame from Michaels.

Thanks for looking!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

AJ's 2nd Birthday

It's so hard to believe AJ is two already. My cousin's kid's are growing so fast and getting so big. This year, Amanda and Tony had a Curious George theme for AJ. My Courious George stamps are not my favorite so I used a cute monkey stamp I had. I couldn't help but smile when I made this card and look at that cute monkey.

I am trying to chalenge myself to use the dp I have so much of. I'm doing a good job using it as much as I can when I can. I have challenged my neighbor Laurel to use that stack as well.

Here is the sketch I used.

Supply list: Cardabilities sketch #21, Bazzill (green, yellow, and white), SU Chocolate Chip, Sonborn dp (brown and green stack from Sam's Club), Imagine that (tan polka dot under monkey stamp), Creative Imaginations (monkey dp), Colorbok chipboard tag, SU Euophoria 2, Offray ribbon, Studio 18 monkey stamp for $1 at Michaels, Cuttlebug, Happy Birthday embossing folder, SU chocolate chip ink.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

It's not Ah So, but it was tasty!

See everyone...I actually can cook! I really dislike cooking for one. It's just not fun. I started a new diet so heathly eating for me for awhile. That's a double-edged sword for me. I like to eat good-tasting food. I grew up in Iowa, I learned to cook from my mom and grandma and we use butter and make things with gravy! Sorry, I digress. I originally said in the blog I would add posts about things I create whether they were in the kitchen or my craft room so here s a kitchen post. It isn't Ah So, but it did have good flavor.

I made stir fry tonight. Here's what it looked like while it was still in the wok.

Here is what it looked like all plated.

Ingredients: Chicken breast, fresh garlic, garlic powder, Mrs. Dash onion and herb and garlic and herb, a tiny shake of Lawrey's garlic salt, black pepper, broccoli, celery, green onions, about a teaspoon olive oil and 1 sliver of butter for flavor, a small shake of soy sauce for stir fry flavor and some water. A little less than a half cup of minute rice. Yes...I can have one grain per day so I went with rice. I didn't eat all this that was on the plate, and I ate every thing very slowly so I would be full sooner. Works every time.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Merry Christmas!

This was my picture I sent out for Christmas of me and my dogs Cosmo, Jackson, and Jake. I'm sure you have all heard stories about Jake. If you haven' can tell I have a lot of them!! Yes, he is as ornery as he looks. Even though Jake is a little ornery, he is a pretty good dog most the time. They all are. They all have a lot of personality as well. : ) I just can't help but smile when I look at these pictures. If you were wondering, I told the boys they were so handsome so thye would keep their hats and antlers on.

The second picture was after the whole series of events took place and we were heading home. Let's just say...there were many events that day and its a wonder we got any pictures to turn out at all!

Luck O the Irish

Here is my March card for my grandma and my great aunt. For those of you who don't know, I make a card a month for my only living grandma and my great aunt. It gives them something to look forward to and talk about. My mom gets a monthly report on what I sent the prior month and how much I write in them. lol. I kept adding and adding on this card. I tried coloring, but I don't own copics or any fancy markers. I tried to shade like you do with copics. I got the design from and sized in in adobe photoshop to the size I wanted. I used my sewing machine and made the black dots with acrylic paint and my stylus. I love the stamp...Everyone is Irish for a day. I fot it at Joann's for a $1. I got the shamrock paper for $.06 per sheet. I love a good sale! lol. I'm mostly Irish, and so is my great aunt so I couldn't help but get it.

I will be making corned beef this year again. I've been hungry for it for a year. I didn't make it last year.

Supply list:
Bazzill white and green, Reminise papers (Luck O the Irish), The Paper Studio shamrock paper from Hobby Lobby for $.06 a piece, cricut, nestabilities, cuttlebug, acrylic paint, stylus, sewing machine, black rhinestones, image from, ribbon, SU garden green ink, black marker to outline, markers.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011


This was also a VSN challenge, FEB11VSNA. We were given a sketch to follow and this is what I came up with. I bought the square stamp a long time ago at Michaels for a $1. Finally used it. The stamp fit perfectically for the sketch. I like the looks of this card. The blue really pops.

Here is the sketch:

Supply list: Bazzill, Recollections bkack, DCWV blue, 3-flower punch from SU, $1 Michael's stamp, Oriental Trading brads, Heidi Swapp chipboard letters, Cuttlebug and embossing folder, non-SU black ink.

Baby put the red dress red dress on. Wasn't that from the movie Tootsie?

This was another VSN challenge, FEB11VSNE. The hostess asked us to make a card with a red dress in honor of Heart month since it is becoming the leading cause of death in women. I knew I had to make this dress in red glitter. For those of you who know me, know I am all about the bling! This was perfect. I put a layer of glue over the top so the gliter wouldn't flake off.

*Updated: I gave this card to Carol at Bunco for her 60th Birthday. Laurel and I signed it from both of us. Carol (and all the other girls) loved it. She thanked me over and over for the beautiful, neat, gorgeous, etc...card.

I used MOJO59 sketch for this card.

Supply List: Bazzill, Bazzill Bling, Recollections red, non SU black ink, $1 stamp by Studio 10, rhinestones, red glitter, tacky glue (clear).

Get well card

I made this card for my dad. He was hit in a parking lot a few weeks ago while walking to his car. He is still stiff and sore from it so I thought a little bird card would make him feel better...if even for a minute. I saw this sketch and knew right away I wanted to do this layout. I mixed papers I wouldn't otherwise mix, and I love it! I saw the challenge for Virtual Stamp Night (VSN), FEB11VSNC, on Splitcoast Stampers that requested we use a bird on our card. The idea I had in my head, worked perfectly and went together relatively quickly.

I used the MFTWSC7 for this sketch.

Here is the sketch:

Here is a list of supplies: White Bazzill, SU Bashful Blue, Designer paper from Magnolia and Sonborn (stack from Sam's Club), ribbon, blue felt, Bazzill brads, G Studio $1 stamp, Chipboard for heart and shape for bird, black non-SU ink, ribbon from Hobby Lobby.