Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter! I hope you enjoy your day!
I made this card for the SCS color and sketch challenge a few weeks ago. Specifically CC318 and SC328, but I never got it uploaded. I may not post much for a while as we are putting in new hardwood floors in the upstairs of the house. We moved all the furniture except the beds to the main level. This includes a complete dismantle of the studio. I kept a few things handy so I don't go into compete card making withdraws. :)
Stamps: Because I Care, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper: Pretty in Pink, Pear Pizzazz, So Saffron, White, DP-retired SU from Simply Scrapin Kit
Ink: Pretty in Pink, Pear Pizzazz, touch of Rose Red added with watercolor pen 
Accessories: Cuttlebug folder, circle punches, twine. 
Happy Easter! Hugs,


Sunday, April 17, 2011

Miss you, little one!

This card was made for the Featured Stamper challenge over on Splitcoaststampers where Sue (aka Coffeestamper) was our honored stamper. I chose this card of her's to case. Sue has a fab gallery & I just love her Splitcoaststamper name. I made this card with my younger daughter in mind. She won't be able to come home from college for Easter but we were fortunate to see both our daughter's this weekend at the older daughter's college. We sent the little one back to her college with her Easter basket wrapped up with instructions to not open until next Sunday. So I wanted to send a non-Easter card to her. It struck me as we were saying goodbye how much I miss those girls. I guess I just suck it up when they aren't home because there isn't anything that can be done about it. But man, life is so sweet when we are all together. The little one is in a 'elephant phase' so I'll send this card to her tomorrow. I hope you have had a great weekend!
Here's a little detai for you

Stamps: Elephant(Studio g); sentiment (SU- retired-all year cheer)
Paper: Rich Razzleberry, Perfect Plum (SU), DP_Green at Heart (Basic Grey), Solar White(Neenah)
Ink: Perfect Plum (SU)
Accessories: Twine (the Twinery), buttons (stash), Green flower (Michaels), Purple flower (Prima)

Have a happy week!


Sunday, April 10, 2011

Blue Bird

Today was such a fabulous day! My crafty girlfriends & I went to the Creating Keepsakes Convention. We took a class together; I went earlier & took one on my own. I have a few more things to do to the scrapbook pages, but I'll post soon. THen we shopped & had a nice dinner together. And to top it off, it was such a nice weather day I drove with the convertible top down. Honestly, in my book, it doesn't get any better than that. I'm still smiling! :)

Here's a card I made tonight after returning home; it was for the Splitcoaststampers Inspiration challenge (IC279). I chose these bird postcards as my inspiration as I have the new SU! Nature Walk stamp set & I've been anxious to ink it up. I started with K & Co's Brenda Walton Flora & Fauna DP. I stamped my bird in Bermuda Bay except the feet; then masked the birds body to add the feet in soft suede. With the bird still masked, I stamped two-thirds of the DP with French Script background stamp in Pumice Stone Distress Ink, I left the background off the floral image. Next I added the to the corner a seal image in Melon Mambo from the retired SU!Travel Post.

I placed the stamped DP on Bermuda Bay & then Craft cardstock. At the top of the Kraft cardstock, I used a stitch template & then zig-zaged with embroidery floss. The crocheted lace is from Making Memories. Last I used some retired SU! hardware & topped it with a Melissa Fraces felt flower with a fabric brad. Then the entire panel was put on an Early Espresso card base.

It was really cool today because I got to meet Melissa Frances. I walked by her booth & she was teaching a make and take...I walked right past & then did a double take & went back to say hello. The felt flower on this card came in a little $1 grab bag with more flowers, bling, ribbon, crocheted flowers and polka dot alphabet. Of course I had to buy more things like glass glitter and crystal chandelier drops.
I hope you had a nice Saturday! Hugs,


Friday, April 8, 2011

Spring Bouquet

Happy Friday! I am sooo excited for this Saturday as the Creating Keepsakes Convention will be here in the St. Louis area (Collinsville IL to be precise).  My three very good 'crafty' girlfriends and I are taking a class together & then going for dinner. I signed up for an earlier class & plan on getting to the convention extra early for some extended shopping time. The convention always has the latest products and plenty of special deals. But most of all, I have such a great time with these girlfriends. Enough blabbering... Here's my take on the Splitcoaststampers Sketch Challenge (SC327) and the CR84FN22 challenge to use craft, green and brown colors. 
Stamps: Breath of Spring (JustRite); Teeny TIny Wishes (SU)
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Crumb Cake, Certainly Celery, White, DP- Best of K&Co stack
Ink: Rich Cocoa (Momento), SU Markers- Crumb Cake, Daffodil Delight, Summer Sun, Certainly Celery, Pear Pizzazz, Poppy Parade
Accessories: Embossing folder- Swiss Dots (Cuttlebug), Green Pearls, felt butterfly (Michael's), Oval punches (SU)

Thanks for stopping by, 

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Blossoms for You

Hello friends! Here's a card I created for my SU! stamp club friends for our monthly swap. Since I make 12 cards, I try to keep them more on the clean and simple side. I cased this design from Splitcoaststamper 'moster'; her real name is Melissa & she's from St. Louis. Even though that is where I live I don't know her. Isn't it a small world? I used a new set from the SU! Occasions Mini Catalog called Bold Blossoms. I hope you like it & my stamp club friends like it too.
All supplies SU! except the ribbon
Stamps: Bold Blossom
Paper: Pretty in Pink, Basic Black, White, DP- Kaleidoscope (retired)
Ink: Certainly Celery, Pretty in Pink, Basic Black
Accessories: Pearls, Ribbon- Offray

Have a great Friday!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Hi Chickie!

Hello friends! I took some time today to make a few cards. I have been working on reorganizing, cataloging and consolidating my stamp collection. I've taken the plunge to take all of my wood mounted stamps off the wood. It is taking me quite some time but the downsizing & organizing will be good. I am also putting aside stamp sets that I don't think I'll use again for sale later. I really admire those who have clean out each season...I just can't seem to part with so many of my stamps, but the longer this process of downsizing continues the more likely I'll say 'goodbye' to many more sets.  I have a deadline as we are having hardwood floors put in the upstairs rooms including the studio, so that is what has been keeping me away from daily card making and more frequent posting.

This card was a fun one...made in honor of Irene, the Featured Stamper over on Splitcoaststampers. I cased this card of hers. I hope she likes it! I started with a base of white Neenah paper & topped it with three panels of Basic Grey's Offbeat paper mounted on SU! retired YoYo Yellow {I think this is the first time I've used that since it retired!} The bottom nestability is Label 10 in SU! Baja Breeze. The next layer was made using the retired SU Paisley background stamp in YoYo Yellow and then cut with a Scalloped Oval Nestability. The image is one from the Michaels $1 spot. I colored this cute Chickie with SU! markers & sponged the edges with Baja Breeze.

Have a great week,