Monday, August 24, 2009

Sympathy for a Furry Family Member

For those of you who don't know me, I am a huge Boxer fan. Yea, I like boxing, but I am talking FURRY boxers, the sweet kind, the ones that like to lean on you while you rub them behind the ears, the ones that are excited to see you when you come home from work, no matter how crabby you are....But for a friend of mine.... her boxer slipped away. You see, boxers are "prone" to certain cancers as they get older, and poor Cayman developed one and he quietly slipped away. He was a great friend, and protector, to three really sweet little kids, and I know the whole family misses him deeply. That is why I created this card, for Wendy, and her family, because I know that I would be beside myself if something ever happens to Jack, my boxer.

I used a hodgepodge of product here, SU! papers, SU! baroque motifs flourish and flower, MFT Gone to the Dogs stamp set, and PTI Mixed Messages as the sentiment. I used the swirly cuttlebug folder to emboss the layered piece, and small oval punch for the sentiment hang tag. Ribbon is from Ellen Hutson online store. I hope you like this quick little sympathy card. I am off to spend one more free day with Scout before he starts school. Big brother Gavin started middle school last week and we are sooooo lonely without him :(

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

I am such a baaaaddd blogger!

I am such a bad blogger! But, I have been having so much fun with my boys, going to the pool, taking them to the beach, hunting for shells and sharks teeth, working in the garden, watching the humming birds too. I snapped this picture yesterday morning, so I thought I would post it, whilst I make something to post for later. I thougth it was pretty cool, even thought I am NOT a photographer in any sense of the word!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

SHUT the FRONT Door!

I cannot believe it has been so long since I posted. I mean, I knew it had been awhile, but since APRIL?!!! I am one bad blogger! (Not to mention my computer was down for three weeks and it is really hard to post from my phone!) And now I can't get blogger out of ITALICS. Hurumph, annoying. Anyway, I was checking on my dusty blog today and found two comments in waiting....WHAT? Two COMMENTS? Nuh-UNH! Yep (thanks Alma),I read the comments and laughed my aspirin off! It spurred me into motion and here is what I will post for tonight. This little notecard set is a spin off of the one that we created on the cruise with Nichole Heady and Papertrey Ink. I used the little acetate box that some stamps came in, nipped off the top, stamped with my French Script backgrounder by SU! in dark chocolate ink by PTI onto my cardstock. I then used some Adirondack paint daubers and painted my flower from the SU set Looks like Spring and stamped it on top. The ribbon is from the dollar bin at Michaels, and the buttons are from my stash and each one is a little different, but all pink. There are six cards and envies in the set, none with sentiments, so that they may be used for any occasion. I hope you like 'em and maybe can find a reason to make some for yourself or to give away!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

What? I haven't posted in soooo long!

I have to apologize to the three...ok...maybe four people that read this blog, (one of course is my mother, thanks mom) because I haven't posted in sooo long. My oldest son just had eye surgery and in the flurry of getting ready for that, recouping, and getting back into the swing of things, I simply forgot. I have two little somethings to post today after getting them photographed so come back later tonight if you have time. Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, March 29, 2009

When Things Just Kind of Happen........

I love it when things just kind of fall together, and it makes you smile inside. Even though, it may not be anything fabulous to anyone else, in your mind, it is just right. That is what happened with the two cards I am posting today. It has been rainy, and crappy here in NC for most of the week. With the weather being so oppressive, add a little cabin fever, and your mojo can be sucked out of you like Dorothy out of Kansas. I even asked my husband, "Have you seen my mojo?" his reply, "Its probably under the bed with the rest of your shoes and the dust bunnies,"! No, really, he is precious, and funny too...and hot...ok...I digress. Back to the cards, the first one is made with Hearts and Flowers from the Cats Pajamas. I have a friend who is going through some medical issues with her dad, and after seeing little tears well up in her eyes, I thought she needed some positive vibes, hence the card. I used watercolor crayons from SU, black Memento ink, die cuts from SU's birds and blooms, and a little pewter brad from the Hodgepodge Hardware SU set. The patterned paper, again SU, Ginger Blossoms, and the envelope from the same pack.

The second card happened quite by accident. I had been browsing at Big Lots and found this really cool pack of rub-ons, of course, there were not big lots of that, just one pack. If there had been more, I would have loaded up, LOTS of possibilities for these, and I don't normally like to work with Rub-Ons. I aged the paper, every layer, with a little Sahara Sand ink. I really like the effect that it had on the paper along with the old world look of the rub-on. The die is from SU birds and blooms again, and the little pearl brad, a little leftover in the "stash". I hope you like these little accidents, because they both came together, quite by accident, just the way I like it.

Friday, March 13, 2009

"Who is that?", said the Cat in the Hat.....AND PAJAMAS!

I recently received something special in my mailbox, really special, and there is not one stamp in this acrylic polymer goodness that I was not IN LOVE with! I am talking about the new release from The Cats Pajamas ! If you haven't checked 'em out, I suggest you slink on over to that swanky scene and shop awhile! This first card was supposed to be for last weeks TCP tuesday challenge, but of course, I was a bit late to photograph and upload. My loss. If you haven't participated, try it sometime, it is alot of fun. I used Barely Banana Cardstock with vellum stamped with the border from SU baroque motifs. The Cat was stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black and color with Copics, I added a little glittah to the ribbon (after I dabbed some on my face because that is where it will end up anyway). I used some little rhinestone brads to the punched flowers for a little added interest. I am not sure whether I like them or not, but I had already punched through the flowers so it was a "go".

The second card was stamped with Memento Tuxedo black and colored with Koh-I-Nors and blended with odorless mineral spirits. I layered the "scrap" from the punched flowers over the yellow cardstock, scored the grid with my Scor-Pal and added the flowers with the "not naked" buttons that I had in my stash. I used Glassy Glaze over the jar to make it shiny and embossed the edges of the image with baby pink glitter embossing powder. The ribbon was a litte scrap that I had left over, it was just enough to added some interest to this card. I hope to get alot more fun stamping done this weekend, it is rainy and cold here in North Carolina! And to think that the first part of the week it was almost 80 degrees! Tonight it is in the 40's! Happy weekend and Happy Stamping!

Saturday, February 21, 2009

FLU stamping

Well, its been one heck of a week sisters! Last Saturday, I told my husband that I think I am getting face hurts. But, like most moms, I kept on going, through the day, cleaning, rearranging furniture, going to a weenie roast complete with hayride, "I will be fine". Fast forward 24 hrs later, 102' degree fever, yep, I am sick. So , thinking it was just a head cold, I am popping Motrin, miracle cure for everything, and still going strong. I stamped a little card for my most awesome husband, and have to admit I was thinking, oh, this will do, because normally I am in the ribbon, the glitter, and anything else I can fit on there, I don't care if it is for my guy, he is going to get some glitter whether he likes it nor not. When I finished with this oh-so-simple and totally lazy card, I thought, in its simplicity, that it was pretty cute. It expressed exactly what I felt. Several days and a Dr. visit later, I am still sick, convinced I have the flu. And today, my people, today is the first day that I have not run fever since Sunday, Feb 15th! Now let me explain something, I am a nurse in a hospital. I have been exposed to most germs known to mankind, most of which would kill the average person, and I thought I had the immune system of a horse. NOT THE CASE! This stuff kicked my butt. The only thing I could do even remotely related to stamping was watch the Cricut infomercial on TV and groan, (and cough...which hurt terribly). Now I am not telling you guys this to have you feel sorry for me, it was just a really long way of telling you why this card only has one little layer, and little coloring with Copics, and a sweet Lodge and Inuit girl stamp from Amuse. I wrote in the sentiment because I wanted something really simple. By the way, my husband loved the card, he is just so awesome, and he took care of me while I was sick too! Hope to see you here again!

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Who's Twisted....We are.....That's Who!!!!!

Yea, baby! They did it again! Introducing Twisted Sentiments II, by My Favorite Things! You, my friend, have just hopped onto the trail of a little risque' stamp set that offers just the right thing to say, when flowers and froo froo just won't do! If you have hopped here from Kim's blog, then keep on reading, if not, start there, then hop here, then off to Cindy Haffner's world of fabulosity! I was so honored when I was asked to the MFT Hot To Trot guest designer for February! This set is perfect for cards for a sister, best friend, co-worker, or that significant other when you want to be a little naughty! My first card I made with the top of the cupcake from "It's a Cupcake Kind of Day". I colored it with Copic markers from MFT, and added a little glassy glaze for that "wet look". The ribbon I picked up at a local craft store years ago, colored it to match with Copics and added a little buckle for the "dog collar". The bone clip is one that came in a little kit given to me about a year ago from Zippy BowWow and Meow.

My second card I created with "Gone to the Dogs" by MFT. I thought these precious pooches would look great blinged out and paper pieced! They look like they are ready for Westminster! I pieced them with scraps from the scrap box and added some supah fine glittah! The ribbon is from May Arts. The coloring was done with Copics! Well, I hope you all enjoyed my little input into this fabulous hop! Enjoy the rest of your journey and make sure to stop by the MFT store to place your ordah! Ciao' for now!

Friday, February 6, 2009

Hooooooo are you.....hoo...hoo...hooo...hooooo

I was just monkeying around with some scraps that I had and thought I might use this sweet owl from The Cats Pajamas Halloween set. I also used the branch from PTI's set "Out on a Limb". It was stamped with Brilliance inks and the owl was colored with Koh-I-Noor pencils and blended with Gamsol. I glittered the edge and the moon though it is a bit hard to see in the picture. I hope you all have "lots'o'stampin" planned for the weekend! See ya soon!

Sunday, January 25, 2009

A Little Naughty....Alot Nice!

Hello all! Happy Sunday to you! I feel like a ......DORK! I know I saw somewhere that there was a MFT (My Favorite Things) challenge to use pink and black and I swear I can't find it now, so I guess I will just post it here! Where no one is really looking cuz' I don't think anyone knows my blog is here! Out here in cyber right field, where nobody....NOBODY....ever hits the ball! Anyway, I used the new Maid for You set and colored it with Koh-I-Noors, added a little free handed embellishing and some bling! The mirror on the wall was drawn as well and the "mirror" portion was embossed three times to give it a little shine, though it is difficult to see in the picture. I had alot of trouble with the layout for some reason and wanted to add a little something different aside from buttons and ribbon, so I used some scraps and made a little paper duster to embellish the side. Let me know what you think! (Puh-leeze!) Somebody leave me a comment so that I will know that at least one person bounced across this blog! Thanks!

Friday, January 23, 2009


I wanted to put a little disclaimer on this blog. I am sorry that the layout seems a bit wonky, but I am trying to figure this thing out and make it more pleasing to the eye. Thank you in advance for understanding! I promise it WILL get better!

A Little Luv For Ya

Hello all! It is Friday night, woooohoooo! I love Friday nights. The kick off to the weekend, pizza for supper, no cooking, sitting around with the family playin' games and relaxin'. Ahhhh, I love it. Oh, and did I mention NO HOMEWORK! Nooo, not for me, for the kidlets, and yes, I do have to still help them with it. I swear its like I am doing far more homework now than I ever did in school. (Just ignore that sentence, mom.)

So I have some Cats Pajamas goodness to show you. I bought the Puppy Love clear set and just started coloring them up with some Koh-I-Noor pencils, thinking that the Rocket was going to be my p'iece de resistance' (I know I didn't spell that right, but it was fun trying!) but I think the lovebirds are my favorite of this little batch. I have some work to do on the Rocket card, I will post it, I hope you like them and come back for more soon! By the way, you might want to jet over to The Cats Pajamas and pick up their Kitty Cat Pack. Its a whole lotta clear stampin goodness for less than Cat Kibble!
The card with the sweet little fish on the front was stamped for me by my very loving , very tender hearted seven year old, Scout. He loves to create and color too, just like his mom. Recently my wonderful husband helped me to create a new stamping area in our room so Scout took the opportunity to break it in and make me this very sweet little card. So if you check it out and you think it is as precious as I do, please leave him a comment or two, he will be soooo proud!

Sunday, January 18, 2009

A Little Trial and Error

Ok, here I am, in blogland....what a nice place to be. I am so addicted to reading everyone else's blog, so I decided that maybe I should share too. causes me to get off my...tail...and use the products that I am so awesome at collecting...right? The goal is to use more so I can buy more...that is the way it should be...right? My goal is to post at least every other day, and maybe...just maybe....I will have some blog traffic, and get connected to other crafters from all over the place. The key here is to get busy....and create. So here is a card that I created for my sweet cousin, Sharon, who is like a sister to me, honestly. And when we get together, it doesn't matter what the situation is, even if it is the gravest of situations, we will find a way to laugh at each other, because that is just the way we are, and I love her so much. I thought that Cosmobella from Stamping Bella was just perfect for her birthday card. The thing is, the more I stamped and looked at all the white space, the more of these things called "Copics" I used. you have heard of them? I love them, but am NOT that great at using them...yet... but I am working on it. I freehanded the grass and stepping stones, and the topiary stamp is from a retired SU set called Sweet of You. I got carried away on the coloring and keep in mind that I have not had these Copics long. Tell me what you think, and if you have any constructive criticism, let me know, I can take it. Lol!