On The Move....

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Just to let everyone know, I won't be posting anything for a little while. I'm in the process of moving back to Arizona. I will post some new and great stuff just as soon as I possibly can. Thanks to everyone for the support and I look forward to getting back into the swing of things real soon. Luv ya!

For Traci

Thursday, November 22, 2007

My extended family niece is a vegetarian, so I made this card for her. She's in Texas, so I made this card a few days ago but I forgot to post it. I thought today would be a good day to do it since I don't have anything else prepared. He's a pretty cute little guy, I must say. No stamps, no ink, but simple and I know she'll enjoy it. For me this is a day of football and the couch, and throw in a turkey sandwich in between there. I know this is also a day to reflect on what we are thankful for, but I sure hope that this isn't the only day that everyone does. I'd like to say thanks to all of my friends and family for the support over the last year if I haven't done so already, and I hope everyone who reads this today has a day full of all that is important to them.

Believe in the Sunrise

Monday, November 19, 2007

I knew that I wanted to use some of this paper from Flavia, but I didn't know where it would take me when I started it. I had the flower stamped out and sitting on my table, and then I realized that when I put them together that it sort of looked like a sunrise, in a sort of contemporary way? When I finished that, I didn't know what sentiment to put on it, but before long I realized that just one word, and that the word believe, fit it perfectly. I choose to believe that it's a sunrise, not a sunset, and that with every new sunrise is a day full of unknown great moments to look forward to.

Recipe: Flower stamp is from the Petal Prints set and I used Close to Cocoa ink along with So Saffron. The paper is from Flavia (love them) and it is the Peaches and Pomegranates set. Also some brown ribbon, a gold circle clip and a silver and gold rhinestone brad.

How many ways to say Love?

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Oriental, Chinese or Japanese? I don't know. I guess the chinese food I had for dinner influenced me tonite. Had some fun with some oriental papers that I had laying around and of course had to use the Love symbol stamp.

I went to a seminar this morning that was an introduction to a 3 day course about being empowered and learning how to express yourself to get what you want out of life. Who couldn't use something like that? I'm looking forward to attending it in the near future. After that I went to a book signing today of a local radio personality who has branched out into writing. I've never done that before, so that was fun and interesting too.

It's now Saturday nite, I'm doing laundry and watching HGTV and working on more card ideas of course. I'm not sure that this is what anybody would consider a fun Saturday nite, but it's nice and calm and quiet in the house right now. I plan on reading a little later and probably going to bed early, since I've been up since 4:30, my usual time to get up for work. So much for trying to sleep in on the weekend, huh? Have a great Satuday nite, however you choose to spend it!
Recipe: Stamps - Floral stamp from the new Time Well Spent set and the Love stamp is from an oriental symbol set from JoAnn's. Scraps of oriental paper and black, turquoise and green cardstock. Ink to color in the flower is Purely Pomegranate, Wild Wasabi, So Saffron and Soft Sky. Some green ribbon, 1 small and 2 large blue rhinestones.

Harvest Thyme

Friday, November 16, 2007

This scarecrow is from a calendar that I have of day by day designs. I thought he was pretty cute, so this is what I turned him into. Soon this season will be over, so I thought I'd do a few more autumn cards before I turn to the winter season creations. It's Friday and I really had a fun day at work chatting and trying to solve all of the problems of the world with co-workers. The management rewarded us with lunch today for all of our hard work getting the system caught up for them. It's always nice to know when you are appreciated. Happy Friday!

Recipe: Stamp - Daisy/Sunflower from the All Wrapped Up set. Scraps of Olive, rust and navy cardstock. Color Box Chalk chestnut. Natural jute ribbon and 2 gold brads.


Thursday, November 15, 2007

Where would we be without friends? They certainly are important to our lives. I feel this new job that I have that I already have a few, and it feels good to know that they care about me, and that I can return the favor to them. I'm feeling kind of under the weather today, so I left early and came home and tried to nap, but dogs barking and phones ringing prevented that from happening. Anyway, just the concern they had for me this morning while I was there felt good. Data Entry of health care claims certainly is not a glamorous job, but for whatever reason I have met new people that I can call "friends".

Recipe: Stamp is from the A Little Love collection. Cardstock is Blue Bayou, River Rock and Soft Sky. The patterned paper is from the Pocket Full of Posies matstack. Some orange ribbon, and three blue rhinestones.

Just For You

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

This was made with the Three For You Punch Box set. Cute and simple and ready to pop in the mail. Now that I'm working, I haven't had the time for the detailed cards that I like to do, so fast and simple will have to do for now.

Recipe: Three for you Punch Box set - the flowers and the stamps. Cardstock is Purely Pomegranate and Groovy Guava. Ink is Groovy Guava and Wild Wasabi. A bit of green ribbon to tie it all up.

Peace On Earth

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Some days when I listen to the news, I wish I hadn't. I have 3 extended family members in Iraq right now, and it's just downright scarey everyday to hear about things happening over there. So I was inspired by this Santa that I found on the internet, and thought I'd make up a little card for it. Let's hope that we all get our family members home soon.

Recipe: Stamp - Peace on Earth from Rubber Stampede Christmas Sentiments set. Scraps of Red, beige and navy blue. Navy blue sheer ribbon, and 6 red rhinestones.

The Simplest Things

Monday, November 12, 2007

I dug this stamp out, and was going to make another Thanksgiving card, but then I realized that the verse didn't have to just be used for it, but could be used at any time of year. I love this turquoise color and thought that paired with the cranberry color, it still looked autumn-like, well sort of. I love the simple things in life, so I do have a lot to be thankful for.

Recipe: Stamps - Big Linen background stamp used on the off white cardstock with Soft Sky ink. The verse stamp I have no idea where I got it, and it doesn't have any company name on it besides that it's from Santa Rosa, CA. The cardstock are just scraps, and I used 15 tiny clear sticker rhinestones and one big blue one in the center of the flower. Also a bit of designer-like yarn tied in a bow. I distressed all of the edges with Color Box Chalk charcoal.

Turkey Day

Saturday, November 10, 2007

It's finally the weekend and I have so much to do that I've put off all week, that I don't think it will be a very relaxing one. I bet I'm not the only one out there that does this tho, right (please tell me I'm not the only one) ?! So I'm ready to run my first errand this morning, and guess what - I have a flippin' flat tire! Nobody's here to help (of course), so I've got to call someone just to put the spare on and drive it down to the tire store. So here I am 11:00 on a Saturday, and I've gotten absolutely nothing done, and now I don't feel like doing any of it!! So I decided to catch up on some computer stuff right now, and thought I'd get my card and posting done right away, since who knows how the rest of the day will play out at this point!! I found this turkey on the internet, since I don't have a lot of Thanksgiving stamps and I thought the paper matched him almost perfectly too. I found Tom the Turkey (hee hee - inside joke) at

Recipe: River Rock paper that is background stamped with the leaf stamp from the Petal Prints set with the River Rock ink. Scraps of Bazzill brown and rust. The gobble ribbon is from Oriental Expressions. Three brown sequins with three clear rhinestones glued to the centers. The font is called Andy.

Live Each Day...

Friday, November 9, 2007

.....with kindness, happiness, and a smile!! Love this saying, and we should all listen to it sometimes and remember to use it. Happy Friday!!

Recipe: The only tiny stamp used is the heart from the Year Round Fun II set. I used some Purely Pomegranite ink and some Color Box Chalk in charcoal. The patterned cardstock is from the Pocket Full of Posies matstack along with some yellow and blue scraps. The leather flower embellishments I've had around awhile, not sure who makes them. A bit of of ribbon, and a couple of tiny blue rhinestones. The font is Lizzielongstocking.

Hooked on Autumn

Thursday, November 8, 2007

More Snoopy! I thought I'd better get a few more fall/autumn cards in before the season is over. Such a happy little guy, isn't he?

Recipe: Stamp - Fall leaf from Year Round Fun II set. Cardstock - Bazzill camel color, scraps of brown, and scraps of Wild Wasabi. Ink is Color Box Chalk - chestnut. Ribbon is from Oriental Expressions and 2 small gold brads.

Kitty Carols

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

This certainly is not a traditional holiday card, which is what I like about it. I found the picture on the internet, and just kind of went with it from there. If you are a cat lover, and even if you're not, I think you'll find yourself smiling.

Recipe: Star stamp is from the Year Round Fun II set, distressing ink is Color Box Chalk in Bronze , scraps of Bazzill gray, orange and yellow, off white ribbon and 3 tiny adhesive yellow rhinestones. I also used a swirl punch on the photo corners which match the swirls in the orange background, but I'm sure it's hard to see it in the picture.

Thanks and Giving

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Starting to get some Thanksgiving cards together, so this is the first. Pretty simple, but says a lot I think. To me it says exactly what the day is about that we should all practice everyday. Be thankful for what you have and be giving of your heart.

Recipe: Stamp - Thanks is from the Gently Falling set. Cardstock is River Rock, Always Artichoke, scrap of berry colored Bazzill. Ink is Old Olive and distressing is done with Color Box Chalk - chestnut. The ribbon is from a grab bag that I got off of Ebay. Ten tiny green rhinestones and the font is Honey Script.

Personally Inspired - Inspiration Challenge 100

Sunday, November 4, 2007

The inspiration challenge this week on is to be personally inspired by someone and to make a card for that person. Well my card is for Terry, who's husband is not in the best of health right now. She lives back home, which for me is Wisconsin, and so I wish that I could be there and visit and just spend some time with them for awhile, and I hope to be able to do that soon. This card says 'strength' on it, which is just what they both need right now, but that I know may be hard to have during times like this. Well Terry - you inspire me to be strong too, and this card will be on it's way to you!! Take care!!

Recipe: The paper is from My Mind's Eye, the Bohemia collection, and it's called Blossom Sisters Bird, which is on one side and the other has the light pink, which I used at the bottom of the card. The stamps used are the big linen background stamp and one from the Carte Postale collection. The ink is Bravo Burgundy. I punched out a small dragonfly and put some glitter on it, added a sheer ribbon and 3 pink rhinestones. The font is Aquiline.

Be Merry!

Saturday, November 3, 2007

I saw this picture on a website and it cracked me up, so I thought it would make a good card to send not just for Christmas, but at any time during the holiday season. The snowmen look so proud to be helping out, don't they?
Well working full time out of the house is really cramping my style as far as cardmaking is concerned! It's going fine, and it is what it is, so I'm getting cards done when I can. It's the first thing I do whenever I have even a minute to myself. I realize how close Thanksgiving is already too, so I need to "think turkey" this weekend and get rolling on some cards for it.
Have a great weekend y'all and Be Merry!!!
Recipe: Cardstock is off white and black. The patterned paper is from Archiver's. The picture I downloaded from Some blue ribbon and some blue and clear rhinestones. The font is christopherhand.

If Only I Had Wings...

Thursday, November 1, 2007

..I would be there with you. A sweet sentiment, a dragonfly, love, what more can I say?

Recipe: Stamps - Dragonfly Window is from Stampendous and the chinese love symbol was a set from JoAnn's. The background circles are from the Patterns & Prints background set. The blue textured paper I got from Archiver's. The brown is Bazzill. The ink is Color Box Chalk - Chestnut. The ribbon is also from JoAnn's. The clear tiny sticker gemstones are from hero arts (I think).

Happy Halloween!!

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Such a fun and happy holiday!! I love it!! This card is also for the Inspiration Challenge 99 on Splitcoaststampers. Have a great Halloween nite!!

Recipe: Stamps - Kitty and Witch Hat from Year Round Fun II (I just drew the little bow tie and cut it out). Scraps of So Saffron, deep red, gray, off white and pumpkin pattern. I colored the kitty and hat in with markers and then used Color Box Chalk in Charcoal for all of the edges. Also two small black brads.

Sweet Treats and Sweet Thoughts

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Candy corn at Halloween - the perfect sweet treat for the sweet one in your life! I'm not sure if anyone has thought of doing this before with this set, but I haven't seen it done. I used vellum paper so that the candy is actually inside the bag and then I used the xyron Create-A-Sticker to keep in all in place. Gotta run - It's a Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown is on!!

Recipe: Stamp - Bag and candy corn from the All Wrapped Up set. Cardstock is all Bazzill. Sticker embellishments from Stampendous. Ink is Close to Cocoa, the orange and yellow are from the Color Box Petal Point classic pigment set. A bit of raffia for the tie. The font is Roddy.

When Life gives you Peanuts....

Monday, October 29, 2007

Love Peanuts! Love Snoopy - of course! Next to the card is Dixie's favorite baby Snoopy toy, that as you can see has been well loved! You may have heard that there is a controversial new biography out about the "secret life" of Charles Schulz. Being such a huge fan, I want to read it, but I don't, if you know what I mean. Is it really any of our business what his life was like? Wouldn't it take away from all of the happiness and fun he gave to all of us? It's written by someone who has an opinion about him and how the characters interacted with people in his own life. Sometimes it's best to just not know these things. To me he put his whole self into what he did, and that's more than a lot of us can say about our job or life.

- If you put your supper dish to your ear you can hear the sounds of a restaurant. --Snoopy

Recipe: Stamps - Snoopy Walking from Stampabilities and the Star is from the Fun and Fast Notes set. Perfect Plum is the cardstock and ink, also gray and off white. The background Peanuts paper is from JoAnn's. The dog bone paper clip I think I got from Sticker Planet (not sure). The font is Britannic Bold.

How many days 'til Christmas?

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Well exactly 60 days from today is Christmas! Wow - are you getting ready? I'm not! Some people think it strange that I don't really get into this holiday, because I celebrate all of them, but I just don't anymore. I respect the day for what it is, but I just dislike all of the commercialism about it. I like to give presents throughout the year, and don't like the feeling of being rushed to just find something to give someone because of the day. Not sure why, probably working in retail a few years ago around the Christmas holidays did it to me! At any rate, here are a couple more gift card holders. I do enjoy making these, and who doesn't love to receive gift cards!

Recipes: The Santa stamp is called Marshmallow Santa and it's from Stampabilities. The Joy and stars stamps are from the Christmas Sentiments collection from Rubber Stampede. The stamp on the back (Handmade for the holidays) is from Hero Arts. Also a small "J" stamp inside the tree. I used some black and some green solid cardstock scraps, and a small amount of burgundy that I faux stitced. The patterned paper is from Hobby Lobby and I also used a few gold staples.

Simple Birthday Wishes

Thursday, October 25, 2007

I've got a few birthdays coming up, so I'm trying to plan ahead a bit. My goal before the end of this year is to make all of the birthday cards for next year and have them ready to go. I'll let you know in the beginning of the year how that goes!

Game 2 of the Rockies vs Red Sox is about to start. Game 1 was no fun to watch, that's for sure. I like the Sox just as well as the Rockies, but it wasn't a very challenging or close game to watch. My bet is that the Rockies win tonite, and they even it up!

Recipe: Stamps - Happy Birthday Wishes from the Fast & Fun Notes set. I used the Background Basics set - the small flowers stamp. Cardstock is Groovy Guava, and the brown is from Bazzill and some off white. I used groovy Guava ink and some Color Box Chalk in chestnut (as usual). The ribbon is from Offray. I also used the Fiskars Daisy border punch.


Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Have I said before how much I love this set of stamps?! I think I've proved it here, by using almost all of the stamps included. This isn't a new idea, design-wise, but I've never done it before and I must say I do love how it turned out, and that I found the perfect rhinestone for it too!

It's Wednesday, so only two more working days this week. The Rockies are getting ready to play tonite in the World Series, so Denver is all a-buzz. Should be a fun and interesting game one tonite.

Recipe: Stamps - Carte Postale set. Cardstock is Sahara Sand and Perfect Plum. Ink is Perfect Plum and Color Box Chalk in chestnut. A little bit of sheer ribbon and the perfect purple rhinestone.

Just Because You're You

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

This was fun. I'm always looking for different ways to use things and I was sitting and playing with the ribbon and decided to braid it. From there, I'm not sure what was thinking, but this is what I came up with.

I still don't really have any stories about my new job. Just plugging along, and I sure am tired!! Not used to this anymore, so it may take some time. Not sure that this is the right fit, but it's fine for now and I'm just going to take each day as new, and deal with it. I've got a couple of people to hang out with and chat with and that helps the day go by.

Recipe: Stamps - Pretty Petals. Cardstock - Wild Wasabi, Off White and orange scraps. Ink is Color Box Chalk in Chestnut, Ribbon is Offray - Orange, green and off white. Three small orange brads. Font is Dragonfly (cool, huh?).

My Heart Beats For You

Monday, October 22, 2007

This isn't a new design entirely for me, I just changed it a little bit, but it's one of my favorites. I like to use all kinds of elements, especially working with the wire, which adds another great texture to it.

I don't really have any stories to tell today. I did start a new job, but still too new to find too much humor in it just yet. But I'm sure that I'll have some soon (hopefully). Happy Monday!

Recipe: Stamp - Crackle Berry from Stampabilities. Cardstock is Bordering Blue, Night of Navy, Rose Red and White. Ink is Soft Sky and Blue Bayou. White grosgrain ribbon. Seven small tarnished silver brads. One tarnished heart shape brad. Wild Wire. The heart is a Sizzix die cut. Font is Love Letters.


Saturday, October 20, 2007

This card is based (loosely) off of the card on the front of the Fall-Winter catalog. I couldn't come up with anything, and looked over at the catalog, so that was my inspiration for it. Everyone has a sweet person their life and this is the card to tell them so. Love this cute little stamp!

Recipe: Stamp is from the A Little Love set. The heart background stamp is from the Patterns & Prints set from Hero Arts. The cardstock is Wild Wasabi, Blue Bayou, Purely Pomegranate, Soft Sky and off white. Ink is the same as the cardstock colors. I used some off white Spool O'Ribbon and Sheer Creations Denim Blue. A blue foral rhinestone and I used the scalloped circle punch, a regular circle punch, file folder tab punch and a corner rounder.


Friday, October 19, 2007

I wasn't sure where I was going with this card when I started, but as much as I love the Carte Postale set, I use it often. I'm not even sure who it will go to, but it's always good to have a thank you card around when you need it. I also made a chocolate nugget box to match. They are so much fun to make and such a cute little gift to give someone.

It's Friday, and I'm going back to work on Monday, just a temporary job so we'll see if it leads to something more, but I am looking forward to it. My posts will be later in the evening because of it tho.

Not much planned for the weekend, besides watch football of course. There's a fall craft show at the high school and there are some pretty good movies out now, so I'd like to catch one if I can work it in. Oh, I went to the organic grocery store again today, and usually Dixie's nose is right there to see if I brought her something, but today she just ran away! :(
Recipe: Cardstock is rust colored Bazzill, Always Artichoke and some off white. Stamps are from the Carte Postale set. Ink is Old Olive and Color Box Chalk Chestnut. Sheer Creations ribbon. One large green rhinestone (1 small for the box) and I used the corner rounder punch .

Believe You're Amazing

Thursday, October 18, 2007

This is a card for the Cards For Cancer organization that I think could be sent to anyone. Some days you just have to believe in yourself and that good things will come your way regardless of what your current situation is. If you believe that you're amazing, others will too!

So I have a little story about my little Dixie Chick. I was telling a friend of mine this story last week. I'm trying to eat better and "organically" and anybody who has a dog knows that almost always you will give them some of what you're eating. Well, if you've seen the movie Big with Tom Hanks, and remember when he's at the party eating what to him is new and fancy food, and he's not liking it too much and it's pretty much falling out of his mouth, then picture this little darling's face when I tried to give her a piece of an organic pop tart! The look on her face was absolutely priceless, and I laughed so hard! The thing of it is, she has always tried and liked just about everything I've given her (except anything green) and so today I was eating dried blueberries. I thought they were really tasty and so she wanted to try one, of course. Well it got stuck on one of her teeth, and so her tongue was going a mile a minute trying to get it off. I really didn't mean to laugh, but she wouldn't let me help her, she just kept turning in circles. Finally, she got it unstuck and pretty much spit it back at me. So much for her turning organic, she's just not going for it!

Recipe for the card: Camel colored cardstock is from Bazzill, and some off white scraps. The patterned paper is embossed like, and I believe was purchased a Michael's, but it's been quite some time. The stamped flower is from the Petal Prints set. Ribbon is from Sheer Creations. Ink on the flower is So Saffron and River Rock and the distressing ink color is Colorbox Chalk Chestnut. One big silver and pearl brad. Fourteen tiny clear adhesive rhinestones. I also used the corner rounder punch, a regular hole punch and Fiskars Scallop paper edger.

You Don't Bring Me Flowers Anymore....

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Looking back over the last several cards I've done, they almost all included flowers of some sort. So today I challenged myself to not use any type of flower whatsoever. No flowers, no hearts, no tiny birds or animals, no nothing. Ok so I used a few tiny rhinestones, but I think that's alright, right? This is most certainly a more masculine card for me, and I need to do some of these more often I think just to mix things up a bit.

Recipe: Cardstock is black and the rust textured paper is Bazzill. The patterned paper is from the Once Upon a Time matstack. There's black thin grosgrain ribbon and also a natural jute ribbon. The stamp is from the Carte Postale set. There are 3 bronze sequins with 3 tiny clear rhinestones in the centers. The font is Zothique Demo.

You're On My Mind

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

A super sweet and simple card today that went together easily. It's amazing sometimes how easily it comes sometimes when you have your mind set and you know how you want it to look, and it actually turns out how you want it to look! I paid a visit to Michael's today and found this great stamp and ribbon, little did I know that it would go together so great with this paper. Have a great Tuesday and let someone special know that they are on your mind!

Recipe: Linen big stamp background. The flower with the you're on my mind text and ribbon are both from the dollar bin at Michael's. Ink is Close to Cocoa. Paper is Blue Bayou, River Rock and off white. Four tiny brown brads and one blue rhinestone brad. I used the ticket corner punch and the big round scallop punch.

Ooh-la-la - Mojo Monday!

Monday, October 15, 2007

So girly!! Had fun with this Mojo Monday challenge from Poetic Artistry. Lots of glam going on. I'll probably send it to a friend of mine, and inside write - Let's go new perfume shopping! This is the first time using this stamp too, it's so, so cute!

Recipe: Stamp is from the A Little Love set. Background solid paper is Close to Cocoa and Wild Wasabi. Patterned paper is from the Kelly Panacci paper pack. I cut out four of the little flowers for the corners. Ink is Close to Cocoa. Pink ribbon is from Offray. The glittery silver ribbon is from Archiver's. Four big pink rhinestones, and 7 little ones.

4th Birthday Card

Sunday, October 14, 2007

This is a card for a 4 year old niece Olivia. I'm headed over to her party shortly. She's so excited! Love little kids birthday parties, always fun and total chaos at the same time! Happy Sunday!

Recipe: Paper is Groovy Guava, Rose Red, and Pocket Full of Posies Matstack. Some wide white grosgrain ribbon. The letters and hearts are die cuts.

Loves Me, Loves Me Not, Loves Me...

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Some days you just never know, right? Anyway, I hadn't used this stamp yet, and this is what I came up with for it. It's fun, and would be good to give to a friend that might be going thru a rough spot in a relationship. It's Saturday evening already, the Wisconsin Badgers lost to Penn State, there's nothing on tv tonite, so I rented Reign on Me with Adam Sandler. Been wanting to see it for awhile, so I hope it's good. It's kinda cold and rainy out, so it's a good nite to curl up on the couch with a movie with some popcorn. Have a good nite!

Recipe: Stamp is from A Little Love set, the heart square background stamp behind it is from the Patterns & Prints set from Hero Arts. I typed out the word "not" twice on the computer and then used a hole punch. Paper is black, white, Soft Sky and Rose Red. Four tiny black brads, A little gingham and white ribbon, some wide white grosgrain ribbon and the heart is a Sizzlits die cut.


Friday, October 12, 2007

I've been wanting to use this little bird stamp since I got the set and finally had the chance to. I've noticed it's pretty popular on the SCS site too. He's just so cute, and the perfect little guy to put on a happy card just to say hi. The weather is still beautiful here in Colorado and the trees are gorgeous. Of course everyone is very pumped about the Rockies baseball team going to the playoffs. Pretty exciting around here. It's Friday anyway, and I hope you're all looking forward to a fun weekend!

Recipe: Stamps - Birdie from Fast & Fun Notes and the border is the Stampin' Around Perfectly Pretty roller. Paper is Groovy Guava and Purely Pomegranate, and white too. Inks are Old Olive, Close to Cocoa, Groovy Guava, Purely Pomegranate and So Saffron. Three small white brads, 2 small and 2 large rhinestones. The "hi" is a sizzlits diecut alphabet as well as the daisies.

You Make Everything Bloom

Thursday, October 11, 2007

When I was making this card, I wasn't sure where my inspiration was coming from, but I knew that I had to use this flower on it. I also made a chocolate nugget box to match. Well I've been talking with my sister and asking her if she could make a copy of a picture that she has of my mom, who passed away a few years ago. Much to my surprise, I received a package in the mail from her and she sent me the whole darn picture! She said that she had enjoyed it for a few years, so it was my turn to enjoy it. We're not sure how old she was here, but we're guessing 20ish or perhaps her high school picture. Well I realized right away why I was so inspired to make this card, because mom had such a great love of flowers. So the sentiment on this card - you make everything bloom - seems very fitting, because she always enjoyed my love of any and all kinds of arts and crafts or whatever I wanted to try, even some pretty scarey and out there things at the time. So I have to say thanks mom, I'm still listening to you, even when you think I'm not!

Autumn Wishes

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

I love this little tree stamp! Anyway, it's just so beautiful out and I think even tho I've made some Christmas cards, that I still just want to stick with some Fall stuff for now. This season just doesn't last long enough for me. I'll keep in short today, because Dixie is stamping her paw wanting to go for her nightly walk right now! Have a great nite!

Recipe: Paper is Always Artichoke, So Saffron and River Rock. Stamps are Linen background, Patterns & Prints small square stamp and the tree are both from Hero Arts. Orange ribbon, 2 little orange glitter stickers from Stampabilities. The inks are So Saffron, Old Olive and Close to Cocoa. One gold square paper clip.

Hey all, this is what I was trying to upload yesterday for Poetic Artistry's Mojo Monday sketch challenge. So I'm calling it Mojo Tuesday, since I couldn't get it to work yesterday. I'm happy with this one, and I'm told that Mon Amie means my friend, altho there's some controversy regarding how it's spelled on this stamp. Apparently, mon ami (no "e") means my friend the male version and mon amie with the "e" means my friend - female. It's sometimes good to have someone who knows french in the house. Anyway, I love this set, and I'm working on more things with it that you'll see this week.
I also learned that Oprah's book club selection is - Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and that the movie is supposed to be out next month. I have this book, but have not read it yet. As some of you know, Serendipity is my one of my most favorite movies, with John Cusack, and this book plays a big part in it. I guess it's finally time to break it out. It is a love story beyond all love stories that expands 50 years. If you decide to read it too, let me know your progress and we can chat about it together as we go!

Recipe for Mojo Tuesday - Mon Amie: This is the Carte Postale stamp set. The papers are Always Artichoke, Sahara Sand and Bravo Burgundy. Inks are Bravo Burgundy, Old Olive, Blue Bayou and Close to Cocoa. The ribbon is from Offray, and there are 3 tarnished brass brads.

Well since my camera is not working too well today, and I can't download what I spent almost all morning creating, I'm posting a picture of a card I did awhile ago. I do like it, it's one of those cutesy kind of cards you send to a good friend. I used a lot of old scraps of paper on it, and lots of fun ribbon and the teacup itself is from digital scrapbooking website. The little teacup stamp on the envelope is from Rubber Stampede. Happy Monday!?

Dragonfly Contest Winner!

Monday, October 8, 2007

We have a winner - thanks to Jennifer for sending me her picture of her dragonfly fall card entry!! Your prize package is on its way!

Pottery Barn Inspiration Challenge

Sunday, October 7, 2007

This is my creation for the Inspiration Challenge on SCS. The inspiration is this beautiful bedding from Pottery Barn. Who doesn't love that place! I could spend hours in there! Wouldn't you love to just say I'll take one of everything? I guess my house isn't big enough for that, but it would be fun trying.
I didn't post anything yesterday (sorry), it was just a busy day all around. I went to a Craft Fair , didn't buy anything, but it's always fun to look around. Watched a couple of movies - 1408 and Next, they were just ok. I love John Cusack, who is in 1408, and try to catch any and all movies he has out. That movie is a little creepy I must say.
It's football Sunday, the Pack don't play until tonite, but I do enjoy watching some of the other games as well. Don't forget that my dragonfly fall card contest ends tonite at 8pm mountain time and have a great Sunday!

Tie Dye Inspiration

Friday, October 5, 2007

I had an interesting morning! I went to the tire store and was told it was going to be about an hour and a half. Of course I had to ask where the nearest Starbucks was and I was told it was only a few blocks down the road. So I figured it's a beautiful day, why not? I was told by the time I got back they'd be done. So I start walking, and about 5 blocks later I find it, but not before I've got to walk down one of the busiest streets in Englewood. Note to self: Don't walk by yourself down a busy street unless you want to get honked at and/or offered a ride!! Kinda scarey, but in the back of my mind I'm thinking - not bad for somebody my age! I still got it! (Not). So anyway, I figured once I get there I can sit in their comfy chairs for awhile and have a nice Tall, Iced, Nonfat, Cinnamon Dulce Latte, no whip, only to find out that it's a drive up/walk up Starbucks! It's right about now that I decide that I probably shouldn't have wore the sandals I have on. Anyway, I walk back pumped full of caffeine and of course the car isn't done, why would it be? So I sit down outside and the building next door is called Headed West. Well I figure I can be inspired anywhere and perhaps they'll have some interesting "papers" in there?! So I go in, I'm overcome by the smell of incense, but I'm greeted with a friendly hello and I continue to look around. No great "paper" for me, but they did have an interesting rack of t-shirts. So I'm going thru them, hit the tie dye section, and much to my surprise I find a tie dye shirt with Hootie and the Blowfish on it! Well it's karma, it's kismet, it's something, because they were my favorite band back in 1994/95! Who can forget Hold My Hand or Only Want to Be With You? How about Let Her Cry? Well they only have XL's, darn it, so I ask, and of course that's all they have. I can't let it go, I've got to get it and I figure I can sleep in it tonite (after I wash it, of course) with the essence of incense that probably won't ever wash out of it. It was an interesting morning, and so I'm inspired today by tie dye. Not being really sure what to do with that, I came home and messed around with a little bit of ink and water, and the only thing I liked was this little flower or what looked to be a flower to me. So I cut it out, it curled up a bit because it was still wet, so I left it that way, and you see the results of the rest of it. Not my best work, but that's the way it goes some days - TGIF! -

Recipe: Paper is Sahara Sand and Always Artichoke and the purple leaf background is from the Pocket full of Posies matstack. The stem and leaves are stamps from the Petal Prints set. I used Old Olive ink to muddy up all of the edges. A little bit of purple ribbon, 3 crystal rhinestones and the font is Lizzie Longstocking.

Flurry of Fall Wishes - Design Contest!

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Hey there! First of all a HUGE thank you to Nealy for helping me set up my header picture!!!
I luv it!!!
I wasn't sure how to incorporate dragonflies into fall, but here it is! I'm not sure that I have enough viewers of my blog yet, but I'd like to throw a contest out there! Make me a fall card that includes one or more dragonflies on it! Email me your pictures (, and the winner receives a package of fun fall supplies! Think of it this way, if you are the only one to respond, you're the winner! The winner will be decided Sunday nite, the deadline being 8:00 p.m. mountain time. I will post the winner's card on my blog on Monday. Have an awesome day!

Recipe: Cardstock - So Saffron, Elegant Eggplant and Always Artichoke. Ink is Perfect Plum, Old Olive and So Saffron. I also distressed all of the edges with Bronze from Color Box. A little bit of raffia and 5 brass brads. The font is Somerset BB.

"Bear"ly Fall

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

I was inspired to do a card with a teddy bear today on it because I went to Build-A-Bear with a friend of mine and her two great kids today. For the life of me I couldn't find a teddy bear in my stash of "stuff". So I just got my camera and brought a teddy bear out to the front porch and took a picture! If you have a Build-A-Bear in your area, and have never been there, it's an awesome place and a really fun and special thing to do. They have an Autumn Bear that is absolutely adorable. Thanks Lisa, Braxton and Emersyn!!

Recipe: Neutrals textured cardstock from matchmakers, rust ribbon, 2 brass brads, 3 silk fall leaves from JoAnn's. All edges are distressed with Close to Cocoa ink.

Do We Have to Get Out of Bed Today Mama?

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Well it's just one of those days I guess. I received some not so good news from the doc's that I really wasn't hoping to hear, (my neck is still not healed). But the good news is that I can get off of the blood thinners. So today being the first day that I'm trying to do that isn't the best. It took me so long to get used to being on them, that I imagine it may not be easy to get off of them either. I know how I felt a year ago, and I know I feel better than that, so I just have to try and push this whole thing to the back of my mind and live life the best I can. At any rate, I didn't get any new cards done for today, but I've got my favorite girlfriend Dixie to share the blankets with me and keep me company. She LOVES days like this!! I hope all is well in your little corner of the world wherever you are, take care of yourself, and just LIVE!!!
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