Monday, August 31, 2009

Just Moved...

I have been making these cards for my daughter in secret. They are getting ready to move into a home of their own as of today and thought this would help alleviate the stress of telling everyone their physical and P.O. Box address and phone number. It took me the longest time to figure out a design and then I vaguely remembered seeing one on someones blog or SCS (and if it is you please let me know so I can give credit where it is due). Mine isn't exactly like the one I saw so it isn't totally cased, but still would have liked finding it again. Their home is way up on top of a mountain surrounded by the national forest and I thought using the pine tree from the "Lovely As A Tree" and matching it up with Papertrey Ink's Board and Beams House and sentiment so it would be depicted correctly. The house is exactly these colors, and thankfully I happen to have them in my Prismacolor markers. I am hoping that she will be happy with these as it took a while to color them and make sure they were perfect. I just know she is going to ask me for more of these and I will gladly make them but maybe just not as fast. LOL! I used the MS Punch for the look of the pine needles. Ink is SU in Chocolate Brown, Black and Old Olive. I used Crystal Effects to give the windows the look of glass. Thanks for taking the time to look.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Let It Snow!

Whew!!!! What a last 5 days! Computer at work crashed, thought I had lost everything which would not of been good, but finally got a new computer today and now I am back logged in getting things caught up before the 31st! Anyway enough about my work LOL! I have another ornament to show you and this one I think is going to be another favorite of mine. It seems the more I am making them, I like it better than the last. Hopefully these will be the favorites at the annual ACS Bazaar this year. I have had this stamp since last year and used it to make ornaments for family. As I have stated before I discovered a way to make the stamp not slide on these porcelain ornaments and seems to be working. I used Liquid pearls to make it look like small snowflakes/ice was falling around the snowman and his friend. And then I thought about the outside rim and thought maybe I could sparkle it up a bit. I wasn't really sure the Scor-pal tape was going to adhere to the slick porcealin side, but with a little patience and the heat tool, it adhered really well to it. Next I took the Iridescent Flakes that you use in making handmade paper (hopefully I will be able to find more of this soon) and took the ornament and rolled it inside a container to get it to coat the sides well. I had to hand press some of the flakes so they wouldn't fall off as they are not real small. I took the heat gun again and heated around the ornament (about 14 inches away so not to melt them) to make sure it was sealed well so during transporting or hanging on a tree, it wouldn't come off. I used stickles for added gltiz and then bic markers for the coloring and red liquid pearls for the berries on his hat. I must say he turned out rather cute. Thanks for taking the time to look.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Star From The East

I wasn't sure how to decorate this particular ornament and then the PTI set was sitting in front of me and I thought why couldn't I use the cross as the focal point?
Although there is no sentiment added, I think it represents what was followed the night our Savior was born...The Star! It is so hard to photograph an item when there is glitter and bling added to it. Out of the 10 taken this was best by far and believe me it was taken in many aspects of lighting. I think this will be one I give to our Pastor and his wife at Christmas. Thanks for looking. Like the Snow Sprite, this was among the ones I got at a great price last year. The stamp is by PTI and the ink is Stazon. Stickles and rhinestones by Westrim. I think maybe one should be made in a midnight blue to capture the stillness and excitement of that very special night. Thank you for taking he time to look.

Friday, August 21, 2009

A "Snow Sprite" Ornament

It is getting that time of the year where I need to start making ornaments for the family, friends and the ACS Bazaar. I totally refuse buying a Hallmark at $$$ when I can make one that will be more memorable. Of course there are those times when you want to buy one from them because it is such a special occasion or the person is not into handmade items, but rarely do I need to do that. I am a big fan of Santa's, Snow, Snowmen and whimsical Wintery Sprites. I think this has to be in my top ten favorites of stamps that I own when it comes to winter or Christmas decorations. She just looks so light as if she is just gliding along with the snowflakes as they begin to fall. I have tried this stamp in many colors and no matter what color (other than yellow/orange or black) it always turns out wintery and Christmasey. I have found this year a sure way of making the rubber stamp not slide when stamping these ceramic plain ornaments and it has certainly made a difference. Last year I bought all they had when everything was 75-90% off, so my top shelf in my craftroom is covered in boxes of these ornaments but will begin to dwindle once I really get going on making them and of course you know I will be watching when they begin to put Christmas out as well as when they have sales. LOL!!!! Stay tuned for more to be posted as I am on a roll. LOL!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Sweetest Ever

Hello! It has been awhile since I have posted, but have been busy creating and just haven't taken the time to post as I finished each project. Saturday I was invited to a SU Stamp-n-stak and wasn't going to go, but decided it would be fun. Out of all the favorites she had in our packet to make 20 cards (4 each) I fell in love with the Hostess set "The More the Merrier". She had stamped the cupcakes and then provided the necessary papers and ribbon. I only made one and then came home and put my own twist on it as I cannot get myself to be just a plain simple type card gal. LOL!!!

I just had to add more in-color cardstock, dp, stickles, and of course scallops to decorate it up more and I needed the CB effect on the card stock itself. All the coloring of the images, ribbon and solid cardstock are the new In-Colors and the dp is the Razzelberry Lemonade. I changed up the layout from the original card she had as a sample so I could call it my own. I think this card would be fun to give to anyone for any occasion. Thanks for looking.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Forgive Me...

I have not posted or created anything new in over two weeks. Good friend of mine lost her mother to cancer, so I have been upset over that; my job has really kicked my butt these past 2 weeks with the revamping of bookkeeping and by the time I get home, I am just mentally taxed! New software had to be installed and then the connectivity thing from the older version to the newer version was anything but nice..aarrgghh!!! Finally getting the kinks out of the system, but still have a few bugs that seem to becoming out of nowhere to cause havoc and have my computer shut down completely!!!! But I know there is a light at the end of the tunnel and hopefully sooner than later!

I had planned on working on a few items this past weekend, but had my precious grand babies and well...they just take all my time and I enjoy every minute of it since they do not live in the same town as I. So it is now the start of the work week, but have several items I am planning to try and create this week. And I have not been able to leave comments on my sweet blogging friends blogs and thank you to all of you blogging sisters who have left such sweet comments on mine. I promise to make it up to you this week to comment on your wonderful creations.

Have a wonderful week and dwell in the love of the Lord!

Saturday, August 1, 2009


I had forgotten that I had made this card until I was going through the pictures on my computer. I had sent this card to a a friend who was going through a divorce. I remember her getting it and calling me to say that my card had lifted her spirits more than I could have ever imagined. That it reminded her that no matter the trials we are going through there is always those 1-2 friends who can ease the pain of it. I know the the saying has the word grief on it, but if you have ever been through a divorce that you never saw just shatters your world, breaks your heart in a million pieces and the tears never seem to stop and trust me I have been in those awful shoes. And like her I had 2 great friends who helped me make it through and realize that my life wasn't over, it was just taking a different path than I had planned. And it was up to me to pull up my boot straps and get back on the horse and someday know that I would re-marry again and take a chance of my heart not getting broken. I did take that chance and this time I truly found my prince charming who swept me off my feet 17 years ago and had no problems adding two little ones to his life. Now that is a Blessing from the Lord.

Simply Simple

Another card I made awhile back and never posted. This was some scraps left over from another project where I had to stamp a curly background and realized I had stamped more than I needed. I have a couple of baskets on my crafting table of scraps and images I have stamped/colored that decided to not use in a certain project. This is one of these as you can see it is very simple but yet with the embellished accents and charm attached it could be a card for any occasion. The flowers are from Technique Tuesday (sorry don't know the name of the set) and the ink is SU Brocade Blue. Used Offray 1/2" satin ribbon and the charm and rhinestones are by Westrim. Thanks for looking at my blog today.

A Day Of Emotion...

Today is a day of emotions and sadness, a very dear good friend of mine lost her mother to cancer on Friday, she had been battling it for quite sometime and we all know she is in a better place where there is no longer any pain. But no matter how much we try to prepare for it, it still hurts deeply when death finally succeeds. I understand what she is going through as my mother has been gone for 17 years and today it just opened up the flood of emotions of missing her after receiving the message that Steph's mom had passed. I have had some cards made for quite sometime and just have not posted them and felt today would be a good day as my creativeness is not here as all I can do is think about Steph. This card was suupose o be submitted for a Verve Challenge, but I was not real pleased with it so I didn't place it in the Mojo Monday Challege. But it could be used for "Just A Because" card or encouragement as well. Anyway thanks for looking and vsiting my blog today.