Wednesday, November 26, 2008

I got to stamp again today!

I do enjoy stamping and I took the opportunity this morning to make this little card. I used images from Treehouse stamps to create this frosty looking card. I stamped the tree image several times, using versamark, vanilla craft ink and then making sure those were dry before stamping once more with versamark and embossing with white. I sponged around the edges with versamark and white craft and then used more embossing powder for that frosty window pane look. I love how that turns out. I mounted that onto night of navy cs. The sentiment was stamped with ballet blue ink, as were the snowflakes on that layer. I mounted it onto more night of navy cs and the bottom scallop was embossed with my cuttlebug, then I cut around the scallops. Crazy, I know, but it was worth it. It wasn't very difficult. The largest blue layer was stamped minimally with the same snowflake and embossed with white ep. The whole thing is mounted onto a white card base. Now this will be an easy mail card, but I think it looks pretty good. What do you think?

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

New stamps are coming!

I just got some new stamps that are being released from Treehouse all the month of December. I thought I would give you a sneak peek at one of the sets today. It's called Owlentine and is obviously meant for Valentine's Day, but it worked well with today's color challenge on SCS and the sentiment is perfect for my dh (Al) pronounced Owl by the little ones. lol

SNEAK PEAK ALERT! I stamped the image with basic gray, coloring in with my Watercolor Crayons. I used the cuttlebug for the backgrounds and the break between the image and the sentiment.

How do you like my owls?

Sunday, November 23, 2008

There are other things!

So, you know there are other things than cards to create, so I wanted to show you my altered clipboard. The challenge on SCS was to use chocolate. Well this paper is really a beautiful showing of chocolate, don't you think? This was much easier than I thought it was going to be. I just took the 12X12 paper and cut it to fit the front of the clipboard. Now, how do you go around that clip? I just notched out the top of the paper so it would slide right up to the clip. Then there were two bare little triangles left, so I just took a bitty scrap and glued it under my main paper there. You really can't tell when all is said and done. I used mod podge to glue my paper down and then applied a couple of layers to the top of it. The trick was finding a way to keep that clip up while it dried. I tied it open to allowe drying time. I added a beautiful ribbon bow and some punches of the same paper. Now I wish I had mod podged them too, just to make them a bit sturdier and the same sheen. Oh well - lesson learned. The problem with it now is, it is just too pretty to cover up! lol What do you think of my chocolate clipboard?

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Stamping day!

Okay, so I haven't accomplished much - except for stamping today. I'm still in my pj's and I must confess, I've had a great time.

So, here are the cards I came up with.

The pick up is for a friend whose 15 year old son has been really sick and in a lot of pain for weeks. He really does need a pick up.

I loved a card on SCS by ponygirl40, so I did my interpretation of it, using stamps I have. I don't have the ones she used, but I like how my vintage postcard turned out.

And then the believe card was for the ways to use it challenge on SCS to use pearls. I wasn't sure I like the pearls added to this, but it really does help balance that big bow!

I hope you enjoy my cards today. Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008


My daughter Wendy got tagged and has now tagged me. So, if you want to get to know me a little better, read on. If not, read no further.

Four places that I go to over & over:
Wal Mart (it is the closest grocery store to me. I wish I had other options.)
Allen's work (when I choose to keep the car, I have to drop him off and pick him up.)
Mesa (to see my kids and grandkids!! Oh happy day!)

Four people who E-mail/call me regularly:
My sister Kathy
Julie N.

Four of my favorite places to eat:
Joe's Farm Grill - YUM! I love their Ahi Tuna sandwich (we are NOT talking canned tuna fish by any means!)and their sweet potato fries.
Carrabba's - The scallops are delish!
PF Chang - The spicy dishes are my favorites
Rancho De Tia Rosas - Oh man, the salmon fish tacos are exquisite! Not to mention the chips and salsa.

I just thought you might like to know what I order there.

Four places I would rather be right now:
With my kids and grandkids
Casa Rubio (with my kids and grandkids)
At a park enjoying this beautiful day (with my kids and grandkids) Do you see a trend here? lol
Eating lunch with friends

Four people I love:
Wendy (and her children) that counts as 1, right?
Ben (and his baby) same rule applies here

TV shows I watch: (when I get a chance)
Dancing with the Stars
Pushing Daisies
Good Morning America
Everybody Loves Raymond

Four people I tag:Oh gosh, these people have to have blogs, huh? And read mine! lol Uh oh.
Kelly Jean
Terri Honz (you don't have a blog, do you?)
Ashley Bowen
Vicky Gould

We will see how this goes. lol At least I did it, right Wendy?

Busy, busy, busy!

Doesn't it make you go - hmmmmmm? When you are so busy and there is no time to stamp (or whatever else you like to do) but you can't really tell what you are so busy doing? Sheesh, it feels as if my wheels are spinning, but I am not getting anywhere! lol

I did take a few minutes last night to stamp, and I created this card. It is such an easy sketch and works up so quickly. Give it a try! For this square card, I used textured paper and stamped using versamark and then embossed with irridescent ice which is so nice for that ice crystal effect.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Thanksgiving Decor

More Thanksgiving decorations

I really love Thanksgiving and like to decorate for that more than Halloween! GASP! Yes, it is true. So, before Halloween I start putting up fall decorations - nothing really Halloween at all, and then once it is over, I pulled out the Thanksgiving decorations. I even found a few more I just love - like these Pilgrims. I put the Decor Elements on a floating frame and a few autumn leaves between the sheets of glass.
I have been wanting a small entry table, but my entry really is too small. Well, I had made this autumn wall hanging several years ago and it hung below this little shelf. Then I said to myself, Self! You can hang that shelf in the entry - so I did. I love it. It's just right for this small entry area. But now I need to get busy and make my other seasonal wall hangings. It's on the to do list.
I went to my sister's this week and she has this incredible embroidery machine, and I made this gorgeous cross-stitched kitchen towel. Isn't it awesome? I love it. It took quite a while, but nothing like it would take to do it by hand. Thanks Kathy!

The Have mercy turkey and the other wood thingy is from years past. I had to re-glue them, but they have found great places in my home.

Anyway, I hope you like my Thanksgiving decorations. I'm pleased with all of them.

Mail Friendly Thanksgiving card

I needed a mail friendly card, so I kept this one simple.

I used a scalloped oval nestie to cut the designer paper and then the wrought iron punch was done only in the center top and bottom. I connected them with my craft knife to complete the oval to frame the sentiment. That is stamped in chocolate chip. I sponged cranberry crisp ink around the edges. The inside has autumn leaves stamped inside with the sentiment, "Happy Thanksgiving". What do you think?

Watercolor paper

Watercolor paper always adds so much texture to a project. For this card, I used the top note die cut and watercolor paper. I dampened the paper before stamping the flowers. The stamp was inked with markers in four different colors before stamping. I then used black craft for the detail stamp and clear embossed that before blending the colors with a dampened paint brush. I used itty bitty backgrounds for the splatters and then a damp sponge and bravo burgundy ink to soften the edges. The black strip behind the main panel really makes it pop and then I added just a touch of the gingham ribbon. How do you like this?

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Candle Boat

I put up a shelf in my entry today and I needed a candle there. Well, what's a girl to do if the candle just doesn't go? You make a candle boat for it!

I inked the leaf image with Marigold Morning and then rock n rolled in Cranberry Crisp. I stamped them onto the vellum card stock and embossed with clear embossing powder. The sentiment is stamped with chocolate chip craft ink and clear embossed. I cuttlebugged the side panels and punched through with the crop a dile and tied with ribbons. What do you think?

Oh my word! Treehouse stamps is exploding with new WONDERFUL products. I am so excited! Papers and ribbons and containers - OH MY! Be sure to keep checking the Treehouse Stamps website. There will be a big coming out party on Friday, Nov. 28th and the release will be on the 29th! You won't want to miss it.

Here is my card for today, combining the SCS sketch challenge and Ashley's blog color challenge using Kiwi Kiss and Baja Breeze! They look great together, don't you think? I stamped the snowman using the Baja Breeze ink and then went over some of the details with markers. I highlighted the snow with dazzling diamonds. Of course the card base is cuttlebugged. I love my cuttlebug!

Sunday, November 9, 2008

November project

Here is the project you crafty ladies can make for November. The center of the turkey is a peppermint patty, sandwiched between two scalloped circles. I used an old calendar for the tail feathers on this one, but who knows what the next one will look like. Wouldn't they be great for name cards on your Thanksgiving table? Come make a few!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

I'm back!!

Oh, I have had such computer problems! I lost a hard drive, but I am back, thanks to my dear son, Ben! Thanks Ben!

Here is my challenge card for today. I absolutely love this image of Santa and thought it was perfect for today's sketch.

I stamped the image with Riding Hood Red ink and distressed the edges. I mounted it onto Bravo Burgundy and then onto basic grey's figgy designer papers. The Bravo Burgundy layer also has irridescent ice snowflakes on it. I wound the ribbon around a pencil and baked it for a few minutes to get the curl, but when I opened the oven - oh what a surprise! I didn't know you could melt a pencil! Well, here's the proof.

Thanks for looking! Have a great week!


I just had to post a picture of my cute grands all ready for trick or treating! Oh they are precious!