Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Woo Whoo Card

Woo Whoo Card
The current Cards blog challenge magazine is to use baker's twine on your creation. I ask you, "what did we do before Baker's Twine?" :) Seriously I reach for it on nearly all my cards now. :) Love the stuff! This card features stamps by Hampton Art. The patterned paper and brads are by My Mind's Eye. I used the Sizzix eClips to cut out the three tags in like two seconds. :) I used baker's twine by The Twinery to simply connect the tags. (Make sure you tie a knot on each end.)
This is my first post in a while as I have of a lot of "life changing" things going on. My mother suffered a stroke nearly two years ago and has been living with us since. I have been her caregiver all that time. This has been one of the most challenging things I have ever had to do. The last few months her condition has been getting worse making it even more difficult. This week after much thought and with great heartache, I have decided I cannot do it any longer. So we have found her a very nice assisted living facility which is 20 miles from our home. This is the best thing for her plus also for my family and me but it is still sooooo hard to "let go." Keep us in your thoughts next week as we get her moved and settled in. Enjoy your Wednesday and try to stay cool. I have to get out in this heat today to take mother to doctor's appointments. As hot as it is, that's not going to be any fun.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Sweet As Cherries Card

Cherries Card
Paperplay has a "fruity" challenge going on with a great prize from Simon Says Stamp.
That's just too much incentive to pass up. :) It was also the perfect excuse to use my new stamps from Unity Stamp Company. I cut the scalloped base with the Sizzix eClips. I used Copic markers to color the bowl of cherries image. The dotted paper is by Diecuts With A View. I liked the finished results of this one. :) Quick post but is a Friday and I am behind in every area of my life (housework, laundry, craft deadlines, etc.). So I'm off to play "catch-up" (like that is really going to happen!). :)

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

"For The Birds" Card

Scalloped Square Birds Card
The City Crafter Challenge this week is called "Birds Of A Feather." When you are a bird watcher and "bird" collector of pretty stamps, papers, etc., this challenge is right up your alley. :) Party Time Tuesdays challenge is square cards which are always fun. I started out using my Sizzix eClips to make the 6 inch scalloped square base. (What did I do before the eClips came along?) :) The patterned bird and egg paper is by 7 Gypsies. I used stamps by Unity Stamp Company. (The flower is by Prima Marketing and the brads are by Basic Grey). Hope you like my "bird" card. Time to get up and get my day started. No big plans other than laundry (a vicious cycle) and light housework. I'm hoping to spend the afternoon in my craft room with the lovely cool air conditioning creating cards. Course staying outside without the lovely air conditioning but definitely in the shade with a good book sounds inviting too. Decisions, decisions! :) Have a fun Wednesday!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Accordian Flower Challenge

Accordian Floral Thank You Card
The Create: blog has an accordian flower challenge currently going on. I have a Sizzix die that makes these flowers a snap. It does the cutting plus creates the "score" line so it is only a matter of folding and adhering. Easy peasy! ;) There's no way you can pass up a challenge when you have the "perfect" tool! Wink! :) The stamp is by Unity Stamp Company. The embossing folder is by Sizzix. The clear sentiment sticker is by Diecuts With A View while the glitter glazed brads are by The Paper Studio. Better get off the computer and get the table ready. My oldest daughter is stopping by Taco Bell and bringing dinner home. There's nothing like "gourment" food, huh? Wink! I'm not complaining! It got me out of the kitchen for the night! :) Hooray!

Single Layer Card

Single Layer Bird Card
The Cupcake Craft Challenge this week is for a "single layer card." I sorta scratched my head on this one and I hope my card "passes." :) The rubber stamps are by Unity Stamp Company. I used some blue rhinestones by KaiserCraft and an arrow diecut by Sizzix.
Has your day seemed like a different one? All day it has seemed like Monday but it is Tuesday! That's what the 4th of July did I guess. I had such fun yesterday with all the 4th activities that it has been hard getting back in the swing of things (like loads and loads of laundry....ugh!) My oldest daughter called a few minutes ago and volunteered to bring dinner home tonight though so no cooking! Anytime I can get out of the kitchen (especially in the summer) is a GOOD thing! Wink! :) Maybe tomorrow will seem like a "real" day. Thanks for dropping by and visit again soon. :)

Monday, July 4, 2011

Cowboy "Moments" Card

Cowboy Moments Card
I hope you had an amazing 4th of July like we did. Lots of fun and sun and we won't even mention the "calories." My oldest daughter did some wonderful strawberries dipped in white chocolate and then blue sugar. I didn't know that red, white and blue strawberries could be sooooo good. Wink. :) I did today's card early this morning before heading outside. I based it on sketch #121 at Card Patterns. CASual Friday's challenge was to use kraft cardstock with a male theme. Last, The Pink Elephant had a color challenge to use red, white and blue (should have photographed those strawberries but sorry I was too busy EATING them). I used photograph and sentiment rubber stamps by Oxford Impressions. The fleur-de-lis and scalloped borders were done with my Sizzix eClips. The polka dot ribbon came from Michael's. Happy 4th everyone!

Saturday, July 2, 2011

The {Stamps} Of Life July Release/island2visit

SOL July Relax Card
How about a new stamp set by The {Stamps} Of Life? This is the July release called island2visit. It is a fun set that mixes and matches well with several of Stephanie's stamps.
Are you getting ready for a busy 4th of July weekend? I've been getting the house clean, buying groceries and filling up hummingbird feeders (yes, in this heat). :) I'm ready to enjoy a couple of "slow" days at home grilling, swimming, reading, etc. with my family. Hope you have a great and safe Independence Day!!!! Thanks for stopping by. :)
SOL July Life Is Good Card
SOL July Kickin' Hammock Card