Thursday, January 27, 2011

Cake Candles Action Card

Cake Candles Action Card
Simon Says Stamp and Show has a challenge of "Show a Childhood Memory." I did a fun birthday card that uses a new Hampton Art wooden stamp. The vintage image is by Crafty Secrets. I used my trusty Dymo Caption Maker for the "happy birthday." (I sometimes think I would be lost without my label maker.) :) I finished it out with some photo corners by Heidi Swapp, small flower brads by Making Memories and embossing folder by Sizzix. The pretty textured cardstock is by Bazzill.
I fixed one of my emergency "meals" for dinner tonight. What is an emergency meal? Well, it is one that I can whip up in less than 30 minutes and get out of the kitchen in a hurry too (for those nights when you are super tired). I whipped up some blueberry wheat waffles and bacon. I found the mix at Dollar General a few weeks ago. It was quick, easy and tasted pretty good. Do you have emergency meals?
I have quite a few up my sleeve. :) Thanks for stopping by.

The Paper Variety Friendship Challenge

Star Friends Card
The Paper Variety challenge this week is one for friendship. I used some new stamps by Hampton Art that are based on new Graphic 45 collections. I think this was my first time to ever use a grey and navy color combo too. After I did this one though, I liked the colors so much that I ended up doing four more in the same colors! :) The cardstock is by Bazzill and the stars were done by some old Family Treasures punches in my stash. I ended up putting a grey pearl in the center of the stars (by Basic Grey). Fast and fun card....thanks Paper Variety for the fun challenge.

Sorry I'm Late Card

Late Turtle Card
The Colour Create Challenge #63 is to use lemon, green and white together. Who can resist playing with such fun colors? :) My card features one of Hampton Art's new wooden rubber stamps with a cute turtle image. It is the perfect stamp for when you "forget" someone's birthday. I colored it with Copic markers. The ric rac was done with a EK Success border punch. The ribbon is some I found at Michael's. This was a easy peasy card but I'm happy with the results. This card also fits a challenge going on at the Simon Says Stamp blog of "animal antics."
Thanks for stopping by on this cold but sunny Thursday. :) I'm looking forward to the weekend. I just finished a rather large design project and I am treating myself to three days "off." (Well, not completely "off"...the laundry, etc. will still have to be done...wink!) My hubby suprised me too with suggesting a trip to the "big city" this weekend so I can go to Michael's. See he knows what makes me "happy." :) I've haven't been in ages so it will be a treat (cause you know I need new ribbons, etc.). :) Bring on the mini vacation! :)

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Happy Birthday Butterfly Card

Green Birthday Butterfly Card
Found a little time to create this afternoon and this is what I came up with for two different challenges. First it is based on the Card Patterns weekly sketch plus it fits the Stampacular Sunday Challenge (three designer paper, three ribbon and three flowers). The stamps are by Hampton Art and the papers are by Diecuts With A View. The flowers are by Prima Marketing while the brads are by Karen Foster. The velvet ribbon is also by Prima Marketing and the other two ribbons are from Hobby Lobby. The large scalloped diecut border is by Sizzix.
So did you have a fun weekend? We went to a movie this afternoon and saw "No Strings Attached." I had a bad case of "cabin fever" and needed to get out and about for a few hours. They are giving rain and snow again this week so I needed to stock up on a few things too. That should keep me up and running this week. Thanks for checking in....visit again soon.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Impression Obsession Purple Challenge Card

IO Purple Happiness Card
Impression Obsession is having a purple challenge. Purple is one of those colors that just makes you feel like Cleopatra when you work with it. :) I used a large IO wedding dress stamp plus sentiment stamp. The scroll dies were cut with my Sizzix eClips. The image is a rub-on by Royal & Langnickel. The purple flowers are by Prima Marketing while the orchid heart brads are by Making Memories. The cardstock is by Bazzill and the ink pad was a Vivid Purple by Clearsnap.
So we are under the winter weather again....icy rain predicted for tonight. I think that calls for getting the crockpot cranked up tomorrow. There's nothing like a big pot of homemade soup when it is cold outside. (And we won't even discuss the extra time it will give me to craft....wink). :) Thanks for stopping by and have a big cup of hot chocolate on me. :)

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Simon Says Stamp Bingo Challenge Card

HA Life Card
There is a bingo challenge going on at Simon Says Stamp. What is a bingo challenge you ask? You pick out three things from a "bingo" type graph that Simon Says Stamp has pictured. You can choose from a straight line or horizontal, vertical or diagonal. I went diagonal and chose: brads, flowers, ribbon. The rubber stamp is from Hampton Art (based on a new Graphic 45 image). This stamp is from the Curtain Call 1 set. The rub-on is by Rhonna Farrer, the flowers are by Prima Marketing and the brad is by The Paper Studio. I loved the way this card turned out.
I have to show you another card I made with this same image too. I'm having way too much fun with this mime. :)
HA Applause Card 2
I have way too many new stamps to play with right now. Just kidding, I could never have too many stamps. It does call for drastic measures though (wink). I went to the grocery store this morning and bought the ingredients for three crockpot "meals." Yep, new stamps call for the "crockpot." :) The weather is cold and yucky so these will be good to take the chill off too. Tonight I fixed my "famous" Red Beans and Rice. What do you like to fix in your crockpot? I know you have one if you are a stamper. :) Thanks for stopping by. :)

Sweeter The Tune Birthday Card

HA Sweeter The Tune Card
As much as I love polka dots, I couldn't resist the challenge going on at Simon Says Stamp. We're being challenged to show some polka dots. :) Two of my favorite companies have partnered to create some fabulous new stamp images. Hampton Art is doing some great cling stamps that are Graphic 45 images. How great is that? :) This card uses one of those stamp sets. It's called Curtain Call 3 and I'm telling you I've had the most fun with this set. :) The papers are by Diecuts With A View while the rub-on is by Royal & Langnickel. The pretty flower is by Prima Marketing and the polka dot brad is by Making Memories. You know how I love vintage images so these new stamps are right up my alley. :) All right, you twisted my arm....I'll show you one more that I made this afternoon with this set (like you have to twist my arm....wink, wink). :)
HA Jazz Age Card
I knew I wanted these stamps the first time I saw them. But then they arrived and I'm thinking, thinking, thinking how to use them. :) I found some rub-on quotes that I thought would be "different" to use with the street musicians image. The rub-on is another one by Royal & Langnickel while the patterned paper is by Diecuts With A View. Stop by again soon cause I'm going to be showing several cards made with the new Hampton Art cling mounts.

Monday, January 17, 2011

With This Ring Card

With This Ring Bride Card
Wedding cards are always fun to make so I couldn't resist the challenge of making one at Cupcake Craft Challenges this week. :) Please take my word when I say that this card is prettier in person than in my "bad" photograph. The patterned papers and tags are by Graphic 45 (love their papers). The rub-ons are by Royal & Langnickel and the flowers are by Prima Marketing. The pretty swirl diecut was done with my Sizzix eClips (used the Hope & Strength Alphabet design cartridge). The embossing folder is also by Sizzix (#656796 Diamond & Tropical Paisley Set). This card will also fit the challenge at Paper Sundaes of picking out your favorite challenge of theirs from the last year. I chose Challenge 49 of "cut it out" and cut out the bride image from the patterned paper. Pile It Up is also doing an anything goes challenge so it fits that one too. Am I on a roll or what? :)
Hope your week is off to a good start. My youngest daughter will be going back to school tomorrow after being out for a week due to snow (last week) plus an extra day for MLK day. Maybe just maybe I'll be able to get some work projects done tomorrow...but I am going to miss her. :) Thanks for stopping by...come back soon.

Friday, January 14, 2011

New and Blue Challenge Card

New and Blue Card
The first challenge for the new year of 2011 at Stampin' for the Weekend is called "new and blue." Anything new from your "stash", or a baby, house, etc. theme and the color blue were the requirements for this challenge. I created a fun new "welcome" baby card. The photo image is from Lunagirl (Vintage Baby and Toddler Photos). The "onesie" diecut was done with my Sizzix eClips and the Special Occasions design cartridge. The rubber stamps are by Hampton Art. All the papers on this one are by Diecuts With A View. Fun to make and fun to look at too I hope. :)
We are on day five of school being out because of snow. As I've said before, snow is rare where we live. I can never remember school being out over two days because of snow (and I'm ancient). :) It came at a great time too. My oldest is heading back to college this weekend and this gave her and younger sister a lot of time to enjoy being together. They've watched their favorite shows together (on DVD), played games and even worked together packing (for the return trip to college). It has been a wonderful winter wonderland week. I'm afraid most of the snow will melt today though....all good things come to an end. :) Thanks for stopping by and stay warm.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

New SOL Releases For St. Patrick's Day

Kiss Me, I'm Irish Card
It is time for The {Stamps} Of Life extra releases for the month of January. I'm sharing the clear stamp set called "shamrocks4us" today. I loved working with this fun set. Take a look at my sample cards but no pinching! :)
Happy St. Paddy's Day Card
Happy Shamrock Day Card
School is out for the third day in a row because of snow. Snow is rare where we live and when it does come, it stops everything. We have enjoyed it so much! Looking out has been a picturesque scene....almost like "living" in one of those beautiful calendar scenes. :) The sun has come out today though so I guess our big beautiful snowman will be melting. :) The last time it snowed this much was at least ten years ago. Hope we don't have to wait that long for the next one. Thanks for stopping by....stay warm. :)

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Simon Says Stamp and Show Your Newest Stamp

Enjoy Your Day Card
There's a challenge of showing your newest stamp at Simon Says Stamp until January 9th. The timing of this challenge was perfect as I had just "won" some new stamps on Ebay. (I love to say "won" since my funny hubby always says he "lost" when I "won" on Ebay. Wink, wink.) :) The stamps are some new ones by Penny Black of a little girl named Betsy Bluebell. I think she is simply adorable. :) The papers are by Diecuts With A View while the flower diecuts were done with my Sizzix eClips (used the Flowers and Phrases design cartridge).

I woke up to a rainy day which is perfect "card creating" weather. All the Christmas decorations are packed and put away for another year. The house has been cleaned and now I am ready to enjoy a day in my craft room. My favorite months are January and February. Those months are the "best" for creating not to mention drinking hot chocolate. Wink. :) Have a great Tuesday and thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Miss You Card

Miss You Card
I'm sharing a card today that fits two challenges going on at Cupcake Crafts Challenge (white is white) and The Shabby Tea Room (use eleven elements). I have a new stamp set by Penny Black that is so much fun to color. This image is from that set (think it is called Betsy Bluebell). I colored it with my Copic markers. The pretty photo corner diecuts were cut with the Sizzix eClips (All Occasion design cartridge used). The brads are by Basic Grey (colors) and The Paper Studio (black).
Hope your Tuesday was a good one. Today was the last day of Christmas vacation for my youngest daughter. We decided to load up and go to the movies. My oldest daughter and I went to see "The Black Swan" while my youngest went to see Gulliver's Travels. We did a little shopping too (should say mostly looking since I am always broke after Christmas). But a few things did manage to find their way home with us. My oldest will be moving into her first apartment when she goes back to college (no more dorm living) in a couple of weeks. She found sheets and a quilt for her "new" bedroom. I can't wait to visit and spend a night with her when she gets moved. :) I found some pretty new sheets too on sale plus a small plant stand that begged to come live with me. Wink. Thanks for stopping by to see my card and hear my ramblings. :)

Saturday, January 1, 2011

New Year and New Stamps

First, let me say "Happy New Year!!!!" :) Of course the first of the month also means new stamps from The {Stamps} Of Life. The set for this month is called "butterfly2build" and it is a real beauty. I have a weakness for butterflies anyway. Fun, fun, fun set! Here are some cards I made using this set:
Three Butterflies Card
Butterfly Kisses Card
Scrolled Butterfly Card
Paint Chip Butterflies Card
Butterfly Wings Flower Card
Ladybug Hi Card
The flower and the ladybug cards used the "wings" from the new butterfly2build set. You know me I try to think outside the box with a set to get more uses and looks with it. I finally got the last of the Christmas decorations put up today. I had it all cleaned up except for a couple of trees which go in the attic. Had to wait on my busy hubby to help me with those. I don't know about you but I am always glad to get it all packed and put away for another year. Again, let me say "Happy New Year." Thanks for stopping by. I don't make many New Year's resolutions but I am going to try and do better with posting on this blog. Let's see if I can do it. Wink, wink. :)