Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Alright, after watching the instructional DVD that came with my sewing machine, and watching Gina K's tutorial on how to set everything up, I dove in and went for it! The above picture is my result! Yay, I'm now sewing on paper! Even though I need lots of work on keeping everything in a straight line, at least my machine is set up and I can stitch on things now. I'm SO freaking excited! I'm thinking that all of my cards over the next few weeks are going to have some kind of stitching on them, so be prepared ya'll! I'm off to stitch some more!! I hope everyone has a wonderful New Year's Eve! Cheers!
Sunday, December 28, 2008
I've been a blogging fool these past few days! I seem to have found my groove again, and I'm glad that I can share everything with all of you! This is my take on this weeks color and sketch challenges over at PCP. This originally started out as something different in my head, but I love how it turned out. I will be back later this week with more goodies! Have a lovely evening!
It's been ages since I put any kind of scrapbook pages together. After all of the card challenges I have wanted to participate in, I simply put scrapbooking on the back burner. I do feel as if the challenges I have participated in have helped me grow creatively and will help with my scrapbooking now that I've jumped back into it. These are the first two pages I put together from our vacation, back in JULY! See, told you it's been a while! LOL My pages have always been very simple, and these are no exception. My journaling is on the back of the postcard that I made into a tag on the second page. I added some fiber and ribbon as the pull for it, and made sure to leave a pocket for it to fit into.
Thanks for stopping by!
It's that time of the week again ya'll! Here are my Christmas cards for Sparkle's weekly challenge. If you haven't already checked out her BLOG, you should! Why not play along with us? Have a good day!
After using my Pacific Point CS on a card yesterday, I had to make another. The blue is so fabulous! I LOVE it! Here is my take on this weeks iheart2stamp sketch. I found a piece of retired SU! DSP that had colors that went with the Pacific Point and Tangerine Tango I had. I distressed a bit with Wild Wasabi too. I'm loving my Labels 2 Nesties, and I also colored another image with my Copics. I'm off to attempt to put something together for this weeks color and sketch challenges over at PCP. Have a great day!
Saturday, December 27, 2008
I was sitting in my crafting area last evening, and I came to the realization that I hadn't used Pacific Point on any projects yet. I find this very surprising, considering blue is my FAVORITE color. I decided I needed to dive into that wonderful blueness and create something bold. Here is my submission for this weeks Papertake Weekly Sketch #5. I think the blue and the green balance well, and I could use this for either a male or female thank you. I've really gone outside of my comfort zone lately and have begun cutting things out more frequently. I'm probably way behind everyone else in doing this, but until now, I hadn't really had the right tools to do that. I love this technique and will now try to use it as often as possible! I think this will also be used for this weeks Stamp Simply challenge (#67), which is to use your new toys. I just got my SU! Scallop Edge punch, and used it on this card. I love the way this turned out! The blue is beautiful! I wish everyone a wonderful and blessed day!
Here is my take on the CPS challenge for this week. I've had these papers for a while now, and I recently got the ribbon at Garden Ridge Pottery for Christmas presents, and they matched almost perfectly. It's after Christmas and I've gone into "Thank You" mode. LOL Thanks for checking out my card!
Friday, December 26, 2008
Out of all the posts I have for you today, this one is my favorite. None of them really have to do with Christmas, but this one looks very cool to me. I think it's mostly because they're total opposite of what I have been using lately. I love these colors! They're not colors I would have chosen myself, but thanks to the Kuler color website, this is what I chose to work with. This is also my submission for Kazan's Sketch #16 over at 2 Sketches 4 U. This paper is fabulous, and double sided. I used the other side for a thank you card (see below post about the best gift I got!). I was a busy little crafter this week! I have a cold, and due to Stephen's mom being ill already, we decided it would be best for me to stay away until I was 100% better. Unfortunately, that meant I was alone for Christmas this year. My family is in the midwest, so I don't get to see them due to that, and work. I didn't do all that well with that, but Stephen and Mikey came over later in the afternoon, and we went to dinner. We had Chinese food! I couldn't help but hear the asian guys from A Christmas Story singing 'Deck the Halls' in my head while we were there. It was too funny! Stephen's parents also gave me the best gift this year too! See below for that! I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and got everything they hoped for! I will be back again this weekend I am sure with more posts! Have a wonderful weekend!
I recently came upon Our Creative Corner's blog. They host challenges also, which is awesome! I'm trying to make time to participate in any challenges I can find! This challenge was to create an Anniversary or Love of a Lifetime type of project. I paired this challenge with the sketch over at SCS for this week. I'm actually really liking the colors, and the layout. It's very simple, and focuses more on the sentiment.
This is my submission for this weeks SCS Color Challenge (CC198) & The Page Lines sketch challenge. We were to use the colors Orchid Opulence, So Saffron and Cameo Coral. I don't have anything SU! with those colors, so I tried to match as best as I could. This picture was taken on one of the window sills in my office, because the wind is blowing so terribly outside, that I would have had to tape it to something to make it stay put, and I didn't want to do that. The colors are a lot more soft in real life. Maybe the colors I chose to try to match weren't the best. Either way, this challenge forced me to think outside of my comfort zone (i cut out the butterfly), and I used fiber on both sides of the swirly stamp. I needed a thank you card for a co-worker, so this was good opportunity for that also. Oh, and I got to use my new set of Nestabilities, Labels 2!! TFL!
I had been talking to Stephen about wanting a sewing machine for a while now. He mentioned to me that I needed to write that down on my Christmas wish list when we visited his parents a couple weeks ago. I did, and listed some other goodies as well. His parents are the best, and they've always included me, and I love them dearly! Well thanks to them, this year I got the best gift ever! They bought me my sewing machine!! Now, I don't know how to sew, nor have I ever even used a sewing machine. I know, I know, crazy right?! But I will soon! I will have to read all of the instructions and watch the instructional DVD that came with it. Hopefully, I will get some expert advice from Becky's mom, and be sewing my heart out on all of my cards and pages soon! Because of the wonderful gift, I had to make them an extra special card. Isn't the paper fabulous?! I've wanted to use it for a very special occasion, and I think this is it! Have a great day!
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Hi everyone! Sparkle (isn't her name fabulous!!) over at Sparkle Creations is doing a Christmas Card challenge for 2009. She's making two Christmas cards per week, so that by the time December rolls around again, she'll have 104 Christmas cards done. I think this is a fabulous idea, and I won't have to rush at the end of the year! I missed the first two weeks, but here are my cards for week three. I'm sorry the pictures are still a bit weird, but the weather hasn't cleared up enough to get outside to take them. You should go over and check out her BLOG. She's got some amazing stuff over there! Have a great day ya'll!
Saturday, December 20, 2008
I had a few images that I had stamped a while back, along with some I got from Becky recently. I wanted to participate in this weeks Bellaholic Color Challenge and this weeks Sketch Challenge at PCP. This is my result. My very first ever Bella card! The colors we were to use for this weeks challenge were turquoise, chocolate and white. What a beautiful color combo! I think I'm going to use this for another challenge as well this coming week. Have a good evening!
With it being the end of our calendar year at work, it's sometimes hard to do anything but work. I am with my co-workers for almost 15 hours a day some days and they're almost like family. This year I wanted to do something nice for all of them. I put this all together very last minute, but I think they will enjoy the goodie bags. Each person gets their own bag filled with chocolates and candy canes, and a mini Christmas card. I stamped each persons first initial, and made them into tags for their bags. Not too shabby for a last minute idea! Have a great weekend!
Thursday, December 18, 2008
When I saw Color Challenge #6 this week over at PCP, I was a bit afraid. How was I going to include all of those fabulous colors on a card?! We were to use Pink Pirouette, Green Galore, Garden Green, Riding Hood Red, Pixie Pink, and Whisper White. After trying to match what I had in my scraps to the colors for the challenge, I remembered that it was time for a new card sketch over at SCS. This idea also started out differently, but I like the result. It almost looks like four little presents are hiding under the sentiment, just waiting to be opened! :) Have a wonderful day!
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
For some reason I'm on a huge 80's music kick right now. Thank God for YouTube!! LOL I guess I'm feeling a bit nostalgic, thinking back on a time when life wasn't so complicated. *sigh* Anyway, here's another one of my favorite videos. Enjoy! Steph When In Rome - The Promise
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
I got to thinking today about how long it has been since I got to spend any real quality time with Stephen. With him working full time, going to school full time, and me having my crazy end of year stuff going on, it has been a LONG time since we've been able to just hang out and be bums. With that in mind I thought I would use today's color challenge over at SCS to make him a card. Emily picked some awesome "male-ish" colors so this was perfect for what I wanted to make him! We were to use Baja Breeze, Kiwi Kiss, Basic Gray and Not Quite Navy. I used those colors along with Laura's Sketch 15 over at 2 Sketches 4 You (my first time using one of their sketches). This started off as a completely different idea, but I'm pleased with the outcome. I will be very happy when the sun comes out again so that I can take a lot nicer pictures! :) Have a good evening!
Emily Giovanni, one of Gina K's DT members, lives in my area. I was fortunate enough to attend one of her Copic Marker classes on Sunday. I had a blast and Emily is SO nice! Here are the cards I created with my first Copic colored images. What do ya'll think? Did I do ok? I LOVE my Copic markers!! I'm so glad I saved my pennies for these wonderfully addictive little things. Sorry the picture is a bit different. It's freezing, and overcast here in DFW today, so it's hard to get a good outdoor picture right now. Have a great day! Steph
Monday, December 15, 2008
I volunteered to help with the Cuttlebug Challenges over at Paper Craft Planet for the rest of December. It's a weekly challenge, posted every Sunday. This is Challenge #5 - Embossing on Transparencies. For my example, I cut out a small, scalloped circle card with my Nestabilities, and then I cut out a smaller circle from my striped transparency and embossed it with the Stylized Flower A2 folder. I gently distressed the raised image with white Staz On so that you can see it a bit better. I then added matching ribbon, my sentiment, and some bling. I love this technique! You could use clear, printed, solid or patterned transparencies. You could emboss and ink them, and overlay them onto your photos for a neat effect also. If you get the opportunity, you should come play with us over at PCP. They've got some amazing stuff happening over there! Have a great evening!
Sunday, December 14, 2008
I haven't posted anything in a while. I didn't realize that it had been that long though, wow! This time of year is always crazy busy for me at work, so I guess I shouldn't be all that surprised that I haven't really created anything all week. Here is my submission for three challenges. I love it when I can combine them into one! The first is for the PCP Color Challenge this week (CCDEC1308). We were to use Riding Hood Red, Pink Pirouette, Cameo Coral (which I substituted), Baja Breeze, Kraft and either Whisper White or Very Vanilla. The second is the PCP Sketch Challenge (SK121308). The third is this weeks Chirper Challenge. We were to make anything Christmas using non traditional colors. I still used a bit of red, but not much. We were also to include a clear embellishment. I used the clear star in the top left corner, stamped with a snowflake in White Staz On, and added a red skittle to the center. I will be hosting my first challenge over at PCP tomorrow, for the Cuttlebug-ers Group. Come check it out and play along! Have a great day!
Sunday, December 7, 2008
Ok, so I have always been head over heels for a British group called Breathe. Some of you may have heard of them, some maybe not. They only had two albums and weren't all that popular in the US, but I love, love, LOVED them! I remember staying up late trying to catch any of their videos on MTV or VH1 so that I could record them (on our VCR!). LOL I'm not dating myself at all, am I?! Anyway, I was browsing YouTube and found this video. It is my absolute favorite song of all time. I just thought I'd share, because I'm in that kind of mood. Enjoy! Breathe - How Can I Fall
I had asked for some help in putting together a teacher gift for my daughter, who has a male teacher. I got some great ideas! Thank you to all of you who submitted ideas and comments for us to choose from. Upon speaking with my daughter, we agreed that the following submission is the one we are going to use. Kimmie0270 said... You can get a star shaped pencil holder at Michaels for like $1 and alter it with some great classroom goodies like pens, pencils, erasers, chalk, even gum. Just a thought. November 30, 2008 8:40 PM Thanks Kimmie!! Please email me your details so that I can get your goodies out to you!
Here is my submission for two challenges over at Paper Craft Planet. We were to use the colors in the swatch for Ashley's Color Challenge this week (CCDEC0608), so I used them for the Sketch Challenge also (SK120608). This was perfect timing for these colors. I was a little bored with making Christmas cards, it's my co-workers birthday, and her favorite colors are green and pink! How sweet is that?! Over all, I'm really happy with how this turned out.
Have a great week ya'll!
Friday, December 5, 2008
So this is the second card I made last night. I'm normally not that motivated after a long day at work, but I wanted to participate in one of the sketch challenges over at Paper Craft Planet. Since I already had everything out, I decided to go ahead and make this card also. I normally don't think my work turns out all that great, but I have to say that I love this card. I used Tim Holtz Distress Inks in Peeled Paint and Spiced Marmalade to distress most of the card. I then used Antique Photo Distress Ink for the flourish, and added the sentiment in Archival Blak Ink by Ranger. The tree is stamped in black Staz On on Glossy photo paper and then distressed with Spiced Marmalade, and then sanded around the edges. There's just something about the glossy photo paper part of the card that makes it look like it's almost glowing. Love it!! Have a wonderful weekend everyone!
A friend of mine asked me for a card to give to his wife for their anniversary. This is what I made for him, and it is also my submission for two challenges over at Splitcoast Stampers - Color Challenge CC195 (very vanilla, sahara sand & basic black) & Sketch Challenge 205. I think it turned out well, and he really liked it. Have a great day!