Saturday, May 30, 2009

Another challenge: FTL #44

Hey.  I decided to try another challenge.  This time I am doing the challenge over on the Clean & Simple site. (
This is Fall to Layout #44.  

Here is my take on it below;  
Supplies: Pattern paper- K & company, glitter balloons- DCVW, ink- color box dark brown, braiding cord, ribbon- Martha Stewart and the Happy birthday stamp- Stamping Sensations

I want to try this same layout for a couple baby cards I need to make.  I still have graduation cards to make.  I think I am going to try one more challenge to get the creativity flowing for those...later.

On a very personal note: ONLY 17 MORE DAYS OF SCHOOL!!!!!

Thursday, May 28, 2009

This card design was CASED courtesy of Ann. If you want to check out her card.
Her site is listed below.  

Creative Antics is the site where the anniversary card is located:
this is the  link to her site.  Her card is beautiful.

I don't think I really did her card justice, but I will try again.  I needed these cards for two co-workers  (one for a female, and one for a male) who I know for a fact do not value handmade cards or any type of cards.  So they will probably toss them in the trash after they have emptied the contents.  : )

Supplies: cuddlebug folders, stampin up- Happy Harmony, colorbox chalk ink blue iris, rubber stampede ink green, rhinestones, ribbon

I changed the colors, the ribbons, the numbers (I actually liked the chip board numbers better), the sentiment and the stones.

Thanks for looking~...

Monday, May 25, 2009

Memorial Day and my first Mojo Monday!...

Happy Memorial Day everyone!  I do want to say how much I appreciate all that the service men and women do around the world to keep this country safe.   They fight and keep watch so we can continue to practice the freedoms that we have enjoyed for so long.  I come from a family with several military men.  My father, two brothers, and four nephews. I have always worried about them being safe, and our family has been blessed.  I know many others have not been so blessed, and my prayers are with them today and every day.

Well, I have entered my very first challenge.  I decided to start with Mojo Monday.  I hope I did everything correct.  The sketch is below, and my design is under that.  What do you think?

I actually stamped multiple stars on the blue paper before I ran it through with my cuddlebug folder (even though I know that you can't see them).  I actually have a wizard  (and I am very happy with it).  The blue paper behind the star is vellum.  The star comes from a stampin up set.  Is there anything else you need to know?  I am still going to glaze the star before I give it away.  I think that will be a nice effect.  

The card below is a case of the yellow graduation card I did for my co-worker's daughter (you can see it under my post on April 4, 2009).  The son of a good friend of mine just earned his Master's degree from a college in Delaware.  I had to make a card quickly because of short notice of the graduation party.  That was the biggest spread of food I think I have ever seen!  Everything was very nice.  It was good to see some people I haven't seen in a while.  I see time flies whether you are having fun or not!  Anyway, I had no time for a new design, hence the change of color on the old design.  It is still slightly different.

The inside of his card...

This is a quick card I made for a co-worker, once again using a postcard reduced in size, I added a rhinestone on the bouquet wrap, and sheer ribbon....

Sunday, May 24, 2009

It's all a process...

Yesterday I decided to link my blog to SCS and start a gallery.  This was after almost 10 months of gawking at all of the fabulous creations on that site.  I think I have spent whatever "free" time I may have had just "looking".  It has become an addiction of the best and worst kind.  I thought if perhaps I went on and linked to my blog (although I know I am not really ready), I could start to learn more about how it all works, as well as beginning to participate in at least a few of the many challenges that exist out there in SCS heaven.  I want to do this! : )  So now I just have to start.  

Please bear with me, and thank you to all the ladies that have been kind enough to leave me comments on my gallery cards.  I really appreciate the support!  I do not know how to reply to questions which are asked, so I may take a roundabout route.   I'm open for any and all suggestions as I continue this learning process.  So if any "veterans" stumble across my blog, I would love to pick your brains about things.  Thanks again for everything! 

I am going to try harder to get better about being more organized on this blog.  I have been following Ashley Newell of "A New Design" (wish I knew how to link you here, but you can get the connection to her blog from the long list of blogs I follow on the side).  She has it down to a science, and eventually I would like to be like that.  

I am definitely in my stamping infancy, but I know I will improve over time.  Because I absolutely love this craft (and being a "collector" of "all things crafty"), I have almost everything I need to do it.  Sad but true.  : ) 

Perhaps I will have a card to post later today.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Miles does his Mother's Day thing!

Good morning!  I wanted to share my mother's day experience.   It was the first time Miles had to figure out what to do on his own.  I really think he did pretty good.  Of course I don't think I am that hard to please.  : )  But he bought me a "Chicken Soup for the American Idol Soul" book, and Elliott Yamin's latest CD- which is pretty good.  I think it was pretty thoughtful, AND we were out together and I didn't see him select or pay for his purchases!  I guess you would say I'm pretty unobservant, huh?  
Anyway, he was going to cook my breakfast, but we went to a AM movie instead.  We went to see the latest StarTrek.  It was really great!  I loved it.  I won't tell you too much, but it took you back to the very beginning of James Tiberious Kirk's life (His father's name was George, his paternal grandfather was named Tiberious, and his maternal grandfather was named James- so that is where he got his name from).  It was just a really good story.  
We ended the day at the Copa.  All in all it was a pretty good day.  Now if we can just get through these last few weeks of school on the positive!

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Happy Mother's Day! to all you beautiful mother's out there!  I hope you all have a wonderful and relaxing day.  I have lots of stuff to do, and I'm going to make the best of it all...  :)
This will be a short post.  Just wanted to share a few cards I made lately.  The brown and purple were made in a procrastinating rush. (does that make sense?)  Bethann, I know you will understand, you have been the Priest in my confessional.
Lot's of embossing here.  Used a spellbinders template to cut 3 rectangles in different colors, adhered them.  Then I embossed them together.  I like the way that comes out.  I adhered them to the card and then found coordinating silk flowers.  I put a flower shaped rhinestone in the center of the flowers and also put one on the inside, and called it a day.  I started out with a pre-made embossed square card.

This was an anniversary card for a friend's wife.  Another stressful creation.  : )

This is the inside of the card.  He is a police officer and she is a nurse.  That is what is behind the symbols on the inside.  

Wow, Miles made Mother's day calls all on his own!  Amazing...  Love to all!

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Today Miles and I joined his Uncle Michael for a visit to The National Constitution Center in downtown Philadelphia.  It was the next to the last day for the "America I Am" Exhibit. It was really amazing.  Unfortunately there was not enough time alloted to truly take in all of the information presented.  We will have to visit another city once the exhibit starts traveling.  It will be a nice trip.  We also went to a fairly new restarant in the Roxborough section of Philadelphia.  It was called "Holy Smokes".  They laid out a fabulous buffet for us including crabcakes, chicken, barbequed ribs, spanish rice, greens, a mixed bean dish, salad, cornbread and for dessert there was pecan pie, strawberry shortcake, cheesecake and chocolate brownie. Everything was quite yummy.  The restaurant was closed to the public for this buffet, so we will have to visit it when it is open to see how it normally operates.  Unfortunately there was no photography allowed in the exhibit. : (      So if you are really curious about it, check it out when it comes to a town near you.