Monday, December 29, 2008

Last one of the Season

The last Christmas card of the season. Ho ho ho! Merry Christmas. Using the DP that my Secret Santa sent me!

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Christmas Wreath Card

After spending "hundreds" of dollars and more on my stamping stuff how could I not make a special card for my DH? I cut a silhouette circle on my cricut and used my MS branch punch for the branches. I had this one sheet of green cs which I really really like and I have no idea where I got it. Since I made a vow to stop hoarding stuff I resolved to use my really old stuff. I punched the little "ornaments" from red and gold mirror CS that I have also had to years and couldn't bring my self to cut up. This picture is not the best for details but it is really pretty IRL.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Pink and Blue Christmas

I made these two cards for my "daughters" LOL! One likes Pink, the other likes Blue so of course I had to accomodate their tastes. Actually I like both of them better than I like the traditional Red, white and green that I did first.

Friday, December 19, 2008

New Glasses

I recently went to the eye doctor and ordered new glasses. While waiting to pick my glasses up I noticed these really cute little purses on display. Imagine my surprise when I learn that not only were they GLASS cases, they gave me a free one to put my old glasses in. How cute is this little Purse? Not really sensible to carry in my purse, but I keep it on my nightstand to put my glasses in at night. Just had to share!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

All the Winterhouses together.

Gold Winterhouses

I used the full Winter house embossing folder on this one. Quick and simple, no fuss, no muss.
the second card is also pretty basic. The hard part is tying the cord into a bow. Takes nimble fingers. I debated on whether to use glitter on them but decided against it.

Silver Winterhouses

Here are my two Silver Winter House cards. Love this Cuttlebug embossing folder! The hard part was getting the cord to stay. I swiped versamark on white cardstock, covered with silver embossing powder and then used my MS snowflake punch. I found out that they are very fragile and brittle though. They tend to break off so I only made a couple silver.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Reindeer Christmas

I found this black and white ribbon at Michael's and the reindeer stamp, also at Michaels. Simple, no frills card.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Blue & Green Ornament Card

I took a trip down south to visit my Mom a couple of weeks ago. While I was there, I took advantage of the fact that there is a lot of shopping options down there, and visited Michaels. I was able to find all kinds of wonderful goodies. MS punches, $1.00 stamps, Christmas stamps marked 30% off. And among these a package of 3D Christmas Ornament stick ons. Too cool. I tried to match the colors as close as I could. This card is lacking something. I should have put a little gold ribbon under the long ornament? (too late now, it is well and truly STUCK on) I just might go back and touch around the edges with Versamark and emboss in gold. If I do, I will re post it so y'all can see it.
It will have to be given to one of my neighbors as I don't think it will survice the PO. Sorry PenPals!! LOL!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Snowflake/Poinsettia Christmas Card

I love this card. It just fell together quickly. I had the base already embossing with the Swiss Dots Embossing folder. I had planned to use it on another card but it didn't work so into my unused box it went. The last time I was at a class at the LSS the owner had made some cards using this poinsettia die. I asked her if I could cut some out and she said sure. I didn't like the leaf die that came with it so I used my MS branch and MS Rose Leaf punches for foliage. The MS snowflake punch to kind of fill in the blank upper part. This was so simple and fast I want to make more, but wouldn't you know it, my Swiss Dots embossing folder is MIA. I can't figure out what I did with it. I have one I cut apart maybe I can use that. Or buy another one. We'll see.
I made several different cards this weekend and will be posting the as I have time this week. I am really stuck on traditional colors and I will try to break out of the BOX this following weekend.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas! I had a good two days stamping and made a few cards. I am however, tearing my hair out and really muttering under my breath (and out loud too!) I used my CB Swiss Dots Embossing folder as you can see, but now I can't find the dang thing!!!!!! I vaguely remember sticking it in a folder or catalog, but if you could see the multitude of places I could have stuck it you would see why I am tearing my hair out.

I should just buy another one, as I don't see myself finding it anytime soon and I NEED it like right now. I'll put it on my list for next trip to town.

On to stamping. I made this one using the CB Christmas tree embossing folder. I lightly rubbed red and green chalk and you can't really tell in this photo but also used stickles to highlight various parts. I made 3 before I managed to lose my folder!

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Christmas Box

Well I hope everyone had a very wonderful Thanksgiving. I am very thankful that we were able to get together with family and enjoy a wonderful time of food and fellowship. We celebrate Thanksgiving and Christmas together as we aren't able to get together at Christmas time. This is a box made to hold standard 4 1/4 X 5 1/2 cards that I made for our DIL. The bow was made thanks to a tutorial on "Mainly flowers" blog. It was a type of "flower" bow I have made before, but never with cardstock. I learned years ago to make carnation type flowers with tissue paper using a similar method. TFL!!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Took a Class

I went to a cardmaking class at the LSS in town and these are two of the 4 cards we made. For some reason I did not take a photo of the other ones.
I really am happy with the Happy Birthday one and plan to CASE it using different colors of course. The buttons make it really heavy for sending via snail mail so maybe I will change it to paper buttons. We'll see.
The class was so much fun, but unfortunately with winter coming on and snow in our immediate future, classes will be out of the questions until spring.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Finally a Christmas Card

I was in a blue mode on Saturday I guess. I did do another red and white card the next day which I have yet to photograph. Well here is my 2ndChristmas card. I had better get going, have lots to do before Christmas. I picked up some nice DP at the LSS the other day. And I just enjoyed playing with it. Looks kind of washed out in the pic but a little better IRL.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Blue Birthday Card

I have been meaning to post this for a long time (over a month) but just didn't take the time to photograph it. I notice now that I have a coffee stain on the top. Pretend it's not there! LOL! I made this card for my hubby's birthday and of course making a man card is hard for me. Very simple card. Background Tree stamp is from Cornish Heritage Farms and fitting because DH bought it for me. He loves that website as it has a Wish List and it has fast shipping service. He keeps telling me to choose from there for gifts and to keep my list updated. Another site he likes is HMStamps. Fast efficient service.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Black and Blue I see you

I really hate my computer sometimes. Or rather, I hate Windows Vista, to be precise. I started posting this and ran into some problems, let's see if I can fix them.

Well I was checking out the Mama Monkeys blog and found a challenge on there. Since today I finally got to stamp, and I am in a real slumpy funk I thought I would use the challenge as a starting point. It is SBG1 challenge #1. Make an black and blue card. Here is my entry and I'm glad I did it because I really got a kick out of it.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Yellow card Box

Another little box. I Love this techinique I got off the SCS newsletter. I can't remember what it is called tho. Have to make so 3x3 gift cards as a Christmas gift. Thanks for looking!!!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Cards with Matching Envelopes

We had a wonderful turnout for the envelope making class on October 25th at the LSS. We had such fun, and this time I also got to actually do some envelopes for myself for a change. Then this week I saw the challenge on SCS for making the cards with the freezer paper and since I had the envelopes already made I made cards to match. The white flowery card was made using the freezer paper and tissue paper. The Leaf card and envelope was made using a napkin and plastic wrap as I wanted a yellowish background for the inside of the envelope not white. They were such fun to make and will be going to a couple of my pen pals. I am sooooooooooooo behind with my Pen Pal cards!!!

The lace edging for the white card was made using the new Martha Stewart punch I received as a gift and gotta love those dewdrops. Such pretty colors.
The buttons on the leaf card are ones that I have had FOREVER. I believe that they are SU buttons. The tag is one a friend of mine gave me and I scanned it on the computer so that I could use it more than once. TFL!!!!

Monday, November 3, 2008

Love that Pink

Good afternoon everyone. Daylight savings time. Oh joy! I finally got to photograph some of my more recent cards and uploaded some to SCS which I haven't done in a while. This one is my favorite of the most recent ones. I absolutely LOVE the new Pink Pirouette. It is so soft. I did NOT however like the new pink ribbon. Too wide for my taste so I bought some white grosgrain and dyed it to match. Actually came out very well.

My good friend LISA, gifted me with the stamp set I used and I really love it. Another friend, Mela, gifted me with the Martha Stewart Scallop punch, along with another Martha Stewart punch and a bunch of embellies that she got when her local Michaels moved to another location. Boy there's some really great stuff!! What pals! THANKS friends!!!!!!!

The trick to doing the scallops on boths sides, I found, is to punch one side, flip it over and punch exactly the same place on the other side then go from there. It makes the scallops even. Clear as mud?

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Sees Card

When I went on my last cruise I was able to stop by and meet one of my SCS Pen Pals Lisa. My sister and I had such a fun time with her and her family. She gave me a box of my favorite See's Candy. This card was made using the outside wrapper, pretty fall leaves, which happened to be made of cardboard. The dewdrops we recently purchased as a group also fit in with the colors. How cool is that?

Sunday, October 19, 2008

SSNOTIME57 Challenge card

Who knew I wouldn't have time to stamp, but needed a card in a big hurry. I used my TAC DP paper and the matching tag. The background circle in burgundy was made using my Cricut George Basic cartridge, the Happy Birthday using the Beyond Birthday Cartridge. I embossed the bottom witht he Argyle CB embossing folder.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Red and Black Blossom

I finally used the flower I drew ages and ages ago. It has been sitting on my desk forever all colored and ready to go. I love the marble texture cube I have. I stamped it with Versamark and embossed in black.

Friday, October 17, 2008

More Polished Stone

Polished stone looks so pretty, however, for me it is so difficult to get something to look right with it. Silhouette stamps work the best I think. This card came together pretty quickly after I did the pink one.
Stamps: Penny Black Brush Stroke Sunflower, Hello sentiment is unknown.
Paper/Cardstock: White Glossy
Accessories: Wal Mart self adhesive clear chrystals (boy I love those babies!)
More Mustard chiffon ribbon, White Chiffon Ribbon

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Vintage BD Card

My husband's niece is having a 65th birthday party. Unfortunately, she lives 400 miles away and since I work full time, we are unable to go.

So, I made her a special birthday card. This is a picture I had of her when she was 18 months old. They were on the ranch and my hubby says they had just gathered the eggs from the chickens when she toddled over and picked up an egg. She gently put it back a while later.

I scanned the picture and printed it in Sepia tones on Vanilla Cardstock and stitched around the picture and the rest of the card. My sewing machine is over 28 years old and is on it's last legs I think. My sewing is limited to repairing things and since I don't sew very often I have never replaced it. Maybe a little Janome sewing machine for cardmaking only, is in my future? LOL!

I used my new Martha Stewart Scallop edge punch that my friend gave me the other day, dewdrops, green satin ribbon and some vanilla and gold ribbon I've had for a long time. The DP paper is a scan of a paper storage box I have. TFL!

Another Sunrise

Another sunrise! The sun is coming out behind me while the moon is still visible and going down in front of me! How cool is this? You can just see the rays of the sun hitting the tree stump. Wow!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Pink Polished Stone

I have had some sheets of polished stone for YEARS! I got some silhouette stamps from my hubby in June and I finally used those too. Two things at once. Yay me! Simple card.

Beautiful Sunrise

So, I have been getting up before dawn this past week and I caught this sunrise from our front porch. Isn't it lovely? Stamper that I am, my first thought was, How can I use this in a card? Maybe I can duplicate it using the brayer? We'll see.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Simple Card II

Another quick and easy peasy card. Cuttlebug Swiss dot folder, Scor-Pal, flowers from Wal Mart, big black brad is from SU I think. A black square from my "scraps" box

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Dew drop Card!

Finally, another card. I have been so longing to stamp. It has been busy, busy, busy!
This was a really quick and easy card. I used my new edge Cuttlebug embossing folders and the yummy dewdrops I got through Lisa! Thanks for looking.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Further explanation CS filing system

For those that asked about how the cardstock is separated, I cut a Georgia Pacific CS in half (because the cardstock is really inexpensive so it doesn't KILL me to WASTE it this way. LOL) stuck the label with the name of the cardstock on it and used it as a divider between the sheets of paper. For the "Scrap" box, I folded a piece of scratch paper (you know those sheets you mess up and are going to throw away anyway) in half, taped the sides to form a pocket, labeled it and stick the little scraps in that. Can you tell I am a FRUGAL person? I hate waste! Especially stamping waste.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Cardstock system

For my Pen Pals who couldn't visualize this, here is the cardstock filing system that I have sitting on my desk. Since the majority of my CS is Stampin'UP I filed it in alphabetical order by name. I keep 6 half sheets in each slot and right next to it I have a box with the scraps. It helps that I don't have to get up and go to my cabinet every time I need cardstock. It gives me more time to STAMP!!!

Monday, September 15, 2008

Mama Mia!

Took this for my Pen Pal friends! Picture of the Marquee for the play Mama Mia on Broadway (this was the back of the theater, a little sign beneath says entrance is around the corner on Broadway)

Thursday, September 11, 2008


Whew, exciting and fun, saw a lot of different sites. New York was FABULOUS! We are going to have to dedicate a trip exclusively to NEW YORK. We were there only one day (rooms are beyond expensive!) but we certainly saw a lot in that short time.

The trip started out with me hooking up and meeting one of my SCS Pen Pals. Lisa and my sister Annie and I met, went to dinner, had ice cream and generally had a great time. Next day I got to meet my brand new Great-nephew Logan. What a cutie, and such a good and quiet baby! (see picture above).
We were off to New York the next night on the Red Eye from San Francisco, not my favorite part of the trip. Flying is ok but the seats are so cramped and I was sitting scrunched in the middle so it was VERY uncomfortable. We had a Limo pick us up (not as extravagant as you would think, the Limo was less than what the BUS cost to take us from the ship to the Airport in NY)
After New York we boarded the Cruise ship in Brooklyn of to Halifax, Nova Scotia, then Saint John, New Brunswick. Next came Bar Harbor, Maine and Boston, MA. We were suppose to stop in Rhode Island, but the hurricane made it necessary to hurry back to New York so that we wouldn't be caught at sea during the storm. Ah well.

They had scrapbooking classes on board and although I am not a Scrapbooker we took the classes. It was basic, but I got a lot of good ideas from the classes. Hopefully I will put them to good use. I will post some pictures and hopefully get to stamp again this weekend. I am giving a class on the 20th at the LSS and the owner called to let me know my class is full. Yippee!!!!

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Flying the Coop!!!

This card is for the Pen Pal Challenge to use a stamp that has never been inked. I got this stamp as a gift in June and I am using it finally!!
We (the four chicks represent the four cousins going on Cousin's Cruise #4) are Flying the Coop.............Headed to New York next week.
The glitter doesn't show well in the picture but it does IRL.
It is missing something, maybe ribbon? or DEW DROPS!!!! Too late, I have already mailed it but maybe the next one I do will have more Bling. I was kind of in a hurry to get it mailed out.
I have 3 sisters so I will have to make a card using the 4 chicks for the sister who's birthday comes next or maybe for invitations to the next Sister's get toghether? Such a variety of things I can use this for! TFL!!

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Rainbow Sherbet

I love these colors. They remind me of rainbow sherbet which brings back fond memories of my childhood. We use to go to the corner store every once in a great while and our father would give each one a dime for a double scoop of ice cream. Except for me. He gave me a nickel for a single scoop since I was only around 4 or 5.
Naturally, I always felt left out. The store owner, nice person that she was, always gave me an extra little scoop on top to make me feel grown up. I always chose Rainbow Sherbet, because I loved the colors! That was before I discovered ROCKY ROAD of course!!! Now I am usually torn choosing between the two.
I am still using my scraps from my scrap box. This Thanks has hung around forever so it was time I used it. Thanks for looking!!!!

Monday, August 18, 2008

My Little Boxes

I am going on a New England/Canada Cruise with 3 of my cousins in just 10 days (as all my pen pals know and are tired of hearing) We usually have a group of 8 to 11 that go but not this time. One of our traditions is the giving of a little gift. Nothing expensive just some little thing. We each take turns giving our gift out at the dinner table each night and it is just so much fun.

This year I bought these cute little ID holders. Now I have the gift, how do I wrap it? I decided making boxes was the thing to do. I proceeded to measured and cut and score and Voila!!!! here they are. There are individual pictures of each box below.

Thanks for looking!!!!!

The Pink and Black Box

I really liked the way this one came out. I JUST got this cardstock a couple of weeks ago. I can't believe I am actually using it already. I usually hoard it for at least a year! The lighbulb moment came when I was cutting the edges to fold the box in. Wow, I could use my new CB embossing edge folders!!! Woohoo! I used "With Love" at both ends, and the flower edge on both sides. It really looks cool!

Green Little Box

This is actually the 1st box I did. I used Apricot Cardstock and adhered the DP with my Xyron.

Little Boxes

Box number 3. I have had this DP for quite a while, who knew it matched Rose Red and Going Grey? Just got the bottle of black, white with black polka dots, white with grey edges, and these nice gray Primas.

SUPPLIES: DP, Primas, Scallop scissors, NEW CB Flower border embossing folder, pink Walmart Crystals, and the wonderful Scor-Pal