Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Snowflake Card

This card could be for anything. I chose to make it a Thank You card. Someone will get this one in the mail pretty soon, if the snow melts and the mailman can come get it. :)

Monday, December 27, 2010

Ribbon Flower

I've seen quite a few of these ribbon flowers lately. They are actually pretty easy to make. All you need is ribbon, thread and a needle. I think this turned out pretty cute. I'll be making more of these in the future for sure. :)

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Sunday, December 26, 2010

Merry Christmas!

Here's the final product of the Christmas cards. I gave you a sneak peak a long time ago of the background and now here's the whole card. I hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas!!

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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Winter Wreaths

I really wanted to make Christmas wreaths, but since we will be putting our house on the market soon, I didn't want to make things too Christmasy and personalized. So, I opted for the generic "winter" wreath. The first picture below is the wreath that I put on the back door. This is so I can enjoy it each time I open the door to let Annie out. It has a lot of sparkle and color. The ribbon even has colorful snowflakes on it.

This next wreath is on the front door. I put a picture of it against the white door, so you can see the detail and what it looks like against our front door which is black. I totally picked that ribbon based on the beautiful aqua color.  (These ideas are inspired by wreaths at New River Pottery and my friend, Carla.)

Monday, November 29, 2010

A little wiser...

So, my sister turned 40 this past weekend.  I thought the sentiment "...a little wiser" that is on a stamp with an owl was a little better than 'just' "Happy Birthday".  This card was made with the owl punch from Stampin' Up.  I LOVE that punch!!  I thought she'd like the colors, especially the metal looking background.  It was cool, shiny and has googly eyes, just like Anna! :)

Here's the bag that I made to coordinate with the card.  I used the whole stamp with the owl and the saying "...a little wiser". 

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Mom's Birthday Card

I found this card design in the upcoming Stampin' Up mini catalog.  I was flipping through it and saw the card and knew I had to recreate it for my mom's birthday.  I didn't have the stamp set, because it's a new one that isn't released yet.  I did, however, have stamps that were similar.  So, I cranked this one out.

Now for the coordinating gift bag...
Once upon a time, a genius invented the gift bag.  Hallelujah!  That person should get some type of award like a Nobel Peace Prize or something.  I have now taken the gift bag to a new level...personalizing it for the receiver.  I bought a stack of plain white bags and stamp on them.  This one was stamped with the birdcage stamp set that I also used on the card.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Long Time, No Sea

Clarence has been working in Virginia and I didn't get to see him for 7 days! He came home on Friday and I left to go visit my sister for her birthday. So, I didn't see him until Sunday. I left this little card (3.5x3.5) on his night stand.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Sophia Turns 3

Sophia, my niece, turns 3 on Friday, the 26th. I'm excited to give this card to her. She always asks about my cats, so I thought this cake toting cat was fun and appropriate for her birthday. (This cat kind of looks like Boxer, except he would never let you catch him walking on his hind legs like that.)

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Uncle George's Card

I love this stamp set called "Lots Of 'Bots".  It works so well for manly cards and was super appropriate for this occasion.

This card was mailed to Clarence's Uncle George.  He was in a motorcycle accident a week and a half ago.  Thank goodness that he was not seriously injured and was home quickly to recover.  I hope this card will lift his spirits.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Aunt Maggie's Birthday (and Mom's Birthday too)

November 9th is my mom and Maggie's (my mom's twin) birthday. I made this card for Aunt Maggie. She doesn't check my blog, so it's okay to post her's early. :) My mom on the other hand is my most dedicated blog follower and commenter, so I cannot post a picture of her card until after she receives it.

Aunt Maggie loves butterflies, pink and flowers. I think this card covers ALL the bases. I even added a little bling and 'happy birthday' at the bottom right.

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Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Spooky Cemetery

There's a cemetery in our front yard.  It's soooo spooky that residents only showed up in our yard this October and I heard whispers that they'll be leaving real soon.  I have a feeling that there may be more residents next year.  Clarence cut the tombstones, then I painted and decorated them.  (Maybe this is what we'll do in retirement.  We'll make yard ornaments and plant hangers and stuff.)



Sunday, October 24, 2010

Thirteenth Birthday

Today is Anna's (C's daughter) 13th birthday. I made this card for her. I thought it seemed "age appropriate". :) Next I have to make my November birthday cards...someone will be 40!

Friday, October 15, 2010

Orange and Pink and Vanilla - Oh My!

Here's a "hello" card that I made today.  I'm not sure who it'll go to, but I was inspired to use the papers again.  I LOVE these colors together.  They just make me so happy!

Technically, the colors are Pumpkin Pie, Rose Red, and Vanilla.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Such Fond Memories

I made this set of memory cards for my niece, Sophia, last week.  I tried to laminate them tonight with the clear store bought stuff that you protect your social security card with.  It didn't stick!  Dang it!  So, I guess I'll have to see how much it would be at Office Depot or Staples to get them laminated.  I think they'll last a little longer in a house with 2 kids if they are at least shred-proof.

The backs are just the solid periwinkle-ish color cardstock.  It was a lot of fun making these and picking out the images that I thought she would like. There are 12 images, 2 of each, making 24 cards.  I hope she likes them.  (More than that, I hope I can get them in the mail to her before she's in college! :) )

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Christmas Card Preview

You may think it's early, but as you know...I've had some time on my hands.  :D  This is a sneak peak of our Christmas cards this year.  The stamped image is complete and colored for 36 cards.  I have to order some red paper for the base, but the main part is complete.  Woohoo! 

Anna and I saw this stamp last year, but it was too late for Christmas cards.  I thought about this little guy all year and knew that he'd be perfect for this year's card.  I'm so excited, because it's so "me".  :)

Friday, October 8, 2010

Sweet and Sour Birthday Card

I made this card with Stampin' Up!'s Sweet & Sour paper.  I LOVE the colors of this paper and think the card turned out awesome.  Of course, I 'borrowed' the design from another blog, but the colors were all my pickin'.  :)  This card was for Sarah, C's sister.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Water Front Property

So, as you know, we've had quite a bit of rain this week.  By quite a bit, I mean within a few hours our back yard went from the first picture to the to the next few.  I didn't let Annie go out back when the water was there, because I was afraid she'd wash away just like our mulch.  :(  (By the way the mulch was not in the pile anymore, we had already put it all out.)  There was so much rain/flooding that they had to close the road behind our house on Monday and on Thursday.

On a craft note I have been working on my Christmas cards.  I've got the stamped images colored and done on 26 of them.  Pretty cool! :)  I'm debating on showing you those, because I want them to be a surprise.

I'd say that water line is at least 10 inches!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Donkey Pyramids

This donkey stamp is so stinking cute.  He's a lot of fun.  Today I've used the masking technique to stamp the pyramid of donkeys. (Incidentally, spell check does not like the word donkies and has suggested I use the word honkies or dinkies instead.)  Since, neither of these fit, I will leave this group of asses to their outstanding pyramid building skills.

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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Parisian Style

This is a design you've seen before.  It's easy, it's fun and I think it's very classy.  Also, this is the only stencil that I have this size.  I'm going to start keeping my eye out for others.  I did add a little loop of the black and white striped ribbon.  That seems Parisian in the right combination.

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Monday, September 27, 2010

Water Spritzer and Markers

This card was inspired by a tutorial I saw on Splitcoaststampers.com. I often go to the Tutorial Gallery to find instructions on a certain technique or find something new to try. Each Wednesday they add a new tutorial on some other fantastic idea someone came up with. The give you step-by-step instructions and pictures. It's worth a look. Check it out.

This one turned out fun and was very easy. I did 2 versions of this one. You can't see, but I added spots of glitter on the centers of the flowers. It gives it a nice pop in person. (Clarence also mentioned I had glitter on my face...not something I intended, but a hazard of my hobby.) All you do for this one is color on the stamp with your markers, then take a water spritzer and give it a spritzer or 3 of water and stamp it on the paper. I left these blank, but you could easily add a sentiment to the front or leave it as it is.

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Monday, September 20, 2010

Candy Corn is Yummy and Pretty!

This idea is a total copy from Woman's Day magazine front cover of the October 2010 issue (http://www.womansday.com/Articles/Family-Lifestyle/Holidays/Halloween-Craft-Candy-Corn-Wreath.html).  These are really easy too!  Wreath, black duct tape, big bag of candy corn, and a glue gun. I ran a bead about 5 inches long, set the candy corn, then added another and kept on going.  I made this while sitting in the living floor.  Annie was a beggar and really liked the candy corn.  I gave her about 4 of the broken ones.  Boxer came in to see what was going on and Annie hopped up and stood over the bowl of candy corn and guarded it.  Silly!

I made 2 of these. One is for our house, the first one below.  Tomorrow, I'll get some thick black ribbon and a nice hook to hang it on.  Perhaps, that'll be my next project.  Making a hook.  The second one with the orange ribbon is for Trey, my nephew.   He loves candy corn too.  Hopefully, I'll get it in the mail to him tomorrow.

I love this time of year! The colors are so beautiful.

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