Wednesday, April 30, 2008

make 'n take card

Our lss offers a free make'n take on Wednesday mornings {Hey Steph!!}. I rarely get to go because I work on Wednesday afternoons which means the morning is full with homeschooling. A couple of weeks back, I actually made it to the m'nt and here is the card:

I fell in love with the patterned paper - the flowers and dots are one double sided sheet - but resisted the urge to buy any. I have more patterned paper than I will probably be able to use in my lifetime! Any other hoarders out there? Holla!

If the card looks a little unfinished it's because it is! I chose to omit the sentiment stamp on the front. I believe it said "love" stamped in white ink, and I wasn't sure I would need a lovey-dovey card anytime soon. I'll stamp it with something appropriate when I need to mail it. There is also a black tee-tiny tag on the ribbon knot - see it now? The sample card had the year written with white gel pen on the tag ... I thought that was a really cute touch. Of course, as you can see, I left mine blank again - not knowing the actual occasion when I will use this card.

happy stampin'


Monday, April 28, 2008

Life is good, indeed

I love this quote block. "Life is good." Yes, it is. I stitched a little stem on the flowers, it's subtle, but adds a bit of texture. Today's share uses a retired Stampin' Up! Simply Scrappin' kit. These kits are fantastic, if you've never tried one you should!

This is a layout I made at the last GIRLS NIGHT OUT! I look forward to these nights, too bad it's only once a month. Anyway, I am notorious for not getting a lot of work done at crops - probably because I'm too busy talking and snacking! lol. This month I managed to squeeze out 3 layouts. Pretty good for me - but pitiful compared to my bff Joan who made a mega amount of memory frames of her new grandson to give as gifts.

The layout showcases my dear daughter - I've said it before, but I love because the kiddies are always taking pictures of themselves to post on their profile. If not for that I can't imagine that I could ever get my teens to pose for mom to photograph -- especially on their job! So, I take what I can get and these days I have plenty to choose from!

all images © SU! 1990-2008

Here is a closer look at the scallop border on the bottom photo - it's made with my new Martha punch! I love it. Not only do you get the lovely scalloped edge, it embosses too. Adorable. The flower trim beneath is a 12" sticker which I clipped to go around the pattern paper circle.

I still haven't done my journaling ... this is the toughest part for me. Everything I think of sounds silly or cliche ... I think I should take a class on how to journal! And -- I have a better photo of the last layout of my youngest son, but my camera and computer are refusing to communicate this morning so I can't get it uploaded. I promise to repost soon.

happy stampin'


Sunday, April 20, 2008

teens + noise

Teens and noise go hand in hand - and we have 3 teens in our house so you know what that means! Thank goodness I work in a library where I can find peace and quiet. I found this set of stickers on the clearance table at my LSS. They are made by Bazzil, but my Stampin' Up! papers coordinated beautifully.

I could use this quote for either of my boys - they are very lively indeed. Our boys are the entertainers du jour. They seem to always be ready for fun. What I appreciate most about them and my dd is that they are all very creative in their own ways. I just happened to have these recent photos of youngest ds that my daughter made, so I decided to scrap them with the quote.

Again - the photos don't show up well on blogger - gotta find out why ... I think it may be the file size {even though I do reduce the file before uploading} it gets all pixilated. I am going to retake photos of the layout and try to get a better one. But until then I'll have to share this cr*ppy photo of my layout:

© SU! Simply Scrappin Kit: Friends & Flowers {retired}

I'm going to work on journaling too. That is the most difficult thing for me to do on layouts.

happy stampin'


Friday, April 18, 2008

Oh Hello!

You must think I forgot about blogging! Well, not quite. There have been a lot of things going on around here and most of them are not pleasant! But, I am quite happy to report that life is looking up. I'll fill you in on some of the news, but won't bore you with too many details.

First, I want to share a card by Stef Hamilton. I won blog candy from her and she included this oversize tag card with a note. I thought it was just an awesome card and of course I wanted to share it here!

I have no idea about any of the supplies, so we'll just count it as eye candy for today! Stef is a designer for Papercrafts magazine - and an attorney - and a cancer survivor. She's pretty awesome from what I have read. Her blog is a very interesting slice of her life. Go check her out - and tell her I sent you!
I'll update you on all the happenings around here in the post below - to keep the card seperate from the details.
happy stampin'

Life update

Ok, I promised to update my ol' bloggity with details - but not too many - to let everyone know what has been going on and why I have been MIA. Most everyone knows that my mother and mother-in-law have experienced serious health issues over the last year and a half. That has not changed. My mother should be coming home next week from rehab. We pray that goes well, but for the moment both moms seem to be stable - which is such a blessing.

Last week, however, an accident happened to our friend, Eric. He is the son of one of my BFF's and the BFF of my youngest son. Our families are very close and our kids have known each other since birth.

Eric was out on his scooter {not motorized} and took a tumble. He was a little shaken, but got up and walked on home with a scraped shoulder. Within an hour or so he developed a terrible headache and signs of a concussion so his parents rushed him to the ER. At 10 pm his mom called me from the ambulance - they were being transferred to a larger hospital. By midnight Eric was undergoing brain surgery -- and it was his 16th birthday - can you believe that!

The neurosurgeon said Eric hit his head in the weakest spot and caused an artery to burst. He had uncontrolled bleeding in his brain. During surgery, the Dr. stopped the bleeding and drained out the extra blood. I am so happy to tell you all that he is recovering nicely at home. There do not seem to be any lasting effects from the injury or surgery. He does have a long recovery ahead before he reaches 100%, and he will have some restrictions for about a year --- but we are all amazed and so thankful that he is doing so well. God is good!

Here are a few photos of the boys at soccer practice about 2 weeks ago. My son is wearing the green t-shirt, Eric is wearing gray and Eric's brother, Ethan is in black.

Why is it that teenage boys try to not look at each other? I guess they are too cool.

happy stampin'


ps - go {{hug}} your kids!

Thursday, April 10, 2008

A couple of fav blogs

I have several blog subscriptions ... ok, many blog subscriptions ... which means each morning in my email I am greeted with superb inspiration by some awesomely crafty ladies! Today, I wanted to share 3 of my favorites with you:

Paper Hugs : Kim Huges has really nice designs, some contemporary in style; but best of all she shares a tip with each blog post.

KWerner Design : Kristina is a graphic designer {for my favorite stamp company, btw}. Her designs are just that: graphic & clean. She also offers color challenges and uploads a video regularly on her blog.

The Pioneer Woman : I am totally addicted to Ree's blog. Amazing ability with photography, cooking and she has wicked writing skills as well. You won't be sorry if you spend some time browsing this blog. Absolutely my favorite. Ree offers a few of her photos to download and print, along with some really delicious recipes. I guess ranching works off the calories! Maybe I need to buy a ranch, lol!

Lastly, since I have no card or layout to share today I thought I would share another photo of one of our silly kitties. Little Mister kitty likes to lounge in his feed bowl. I don't know why - but it is kind of cute:

Don't forget about Girls Night on Friday!!

happy stampin'


Monday, April 07, 2008

Birthday Balloons

This card is made using a recent Sale-a-Bration set. I love this set - even though at first it was not one of my favorites. Often I have to see examples made by other stampers before I really warm up to certain stamp sets. My stamp shelves tell me that I prefer florals and alphabets! It's a good thing those shelves can't talk and tell my hubby how much they cost!

all images © 1990-2008 SU!

The balloons were masked as I stamped and the strings were just drawn in. I think this card could work for a male or female - it seems pretty gender neutral to me. And, for once, that may be a good thing!

happy stampin'


Saturday, April 05, 2008

Girl's Night Out!

Friday, April 11th is our next Girl's Night Out.

This month we will be working on our own projects, so bring whatever you have - cards, scrapbooks, altered items, etc. Please bring a snack to share as well. We'll have a great time, that's certain.

EMAIL ME if you need directions. There is no charge.

happy stampin'

Thursday, April 03, 2008

phooey on all you enablers out there

... you know who you are!! I found a stamp set that I just HAVE to order! Oh me, oh my, why, why, why do you all have to make such beautiful cards and tempt me so? Don't you know I have not even a shred of self-control when it comes to stamping?

And just to encourage you and hopefully drag a few of you along on my journey to obtaining all the rubber stamp sets known to mankind ... I'm going to show you a few of these beauties. Let's see if you feel the same way I do about the set called Bloomin' Beautiful.

This first card is by Carol Millay. I saw it on a board for Stampin' Up! demos. Isn't this just gorgeous? I absolutely love it! From the striped ribbon to the beautifully colored hydrangeas ... the designer paper, everything is just "wow." Now, I don't know Carol. But if I find she has a blog, I will post it here so we can all go drool over her creations.

all images © 1990-2008 SU!

Next are a few cards from SplitCoastStampers with links to each designer's gallery. I want to be sure to give full credit to everyone.

This card is by Sharon Johnson, aka Notimetostamp. Sharon is one of my favorite stampers - she has a wonderful blog too. You can find her blog by following the links in her SCS gallery.

all images © 1990-2008 SU!

Next, is a card in teal by Hudlap. I don't know -- do you think she lives in Iceland? She has a flag on her profile picture. That's pretty amazing. I wonder if hydrangeas grow in Iceland?

all images © 1990-2008 SU!

This next card just wows me too. I love the softness of the blue, and the different hues of the flowers - just like in real life. I also love the daintiness of the scalloped edge - and did you notice? It's done on Kraft cardstock - not traditionally considered soft or dainty! The designer of this card is Kthaman.

all images © 1990-2008 SU!

I'm going to post a couple more cards, but leave out the commentary {if possible} so this post won't grow any longer. Just know that I am completely in love with all the cards posted here!

all images © 1990-2008 SU! By Musikel.

all images © 1990-2008 SU! By Anniehl.

all images © 1990-2008 SU! By ChristineCreations.

all images © 1990-2008 SU! By Markie's Mom.

I hope you have enjoyed viewing my obsession with this stamp set. The next time you see it here it will be my own creation {'cause I'm getting ready to order it tonight!}

happy stampin'


Wednesday, April 02, 2008

CPS # 58

I enjoy using sketches to make cards or scrapbook layouts. It takes some of the work off my little brain - if you're over 40 and have children, you'll understand! Card Positioning Systems has weekly sketches on their blog. Head on over and check them out - you can look at all the previous sketches too if you're in need of more ideas.

This week I really liked the CPS #58 sketch. One because it had a large area for stamping, and two because the corners were rounded only at the bottom. The circle accents threw me a little, but I modified that part and voila! I have a card to share.

all images © 1990-2006 SU!

The stamped images are from the retired SU! set Serene Sunflower. I am in denial over that set being retired - what were they thinking??? It's actually one of my very favorite sets, and there's nothing like it in the SU! catalog now. I mean - they have tons of flowers. Doodled flowers, Roses, Sketches of flowers ... but this set is so different and versatile - I miss it muchly {can you tell?}. The sentiment was partially inked from the Faith & Hope stamp set.

The stamped images are part of a one sheet wonder I made last year. I had just a little less than 1/2 sheet of cardstock left over and it was plenty to make 2 cards. The second card is below and has nothing to do with the sketch.

all images © 1990-2008 SU!

I love the sentiment on this card. It's one of my very favorites because it is so encouraging. We may not all be as self-sacrificing as Mother Teresa, but we can all make a difference on our own way.

happy stampin'