Monday, June 30, 2008

Time for some candy...

Blog candy that is! I'm going to put a nice little package together, sort of a surprise package. I will give you a hint, there will be some yummy ribbon, and an SU stamp set in the package.
Just leave a comment. With the 4th of July right around the corner, I'd love to hear how everyone will be celebrating for the 4th!
A winner will be picked on July 7th.
Thanks for taking the time to visit and for leaving a comment!
Have a great day!
Smiles :)

This is a HM image. I think that it is so cute. It's a pretty straight forward card. It's a very simple layout..and I wanted to make this red, white and blue. This is going in the mail to my nephews Peter and Paul.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Just a little chirp

Can you believe that a bird built a nest in my planter on my front porch? Not only did it build a nest, but laid it's eggs and now their hatched. So tiny and so cute. I'm scared to get any closer to the nest. I don't want mommy to abandon her babies.

You say it's your birthday....

We're gonna have a good time!
I feel like I am running around like a chicken without it's head... Graduation tonight, and my son Stephen's birthday tomorrow. my powder room toilet is leaking water all over the wood floor, my ice maker is malfunctioning and my dishwasher is making a very funny noise. And the electric fence is not working. Layla went after a neighbor who was jogging by the house today! Let's see, tomorrow I'll be spending my day with the Sub Zero tech, the plumber, electric fence people, and the dishwashing man! Like I have nothing else to do but wait around for each of them to show up! This is just perfect timing, with the party right around the corner. When it rains it pours! It's been one heck of a week.
My son Stephen wants to go to culinary school when he is finished with High School. (Yes, we'll have another graduation next year...that's what happens when you have 4 kids in 5 years!) I knew that I wanted to use the Chef image from Viola. I think that he's going to get a kick out of it.
I couldn't resist using the machine on this one. I had decided to not use any other embellies. This is a SUO card. (Stampin Up Only) Do you like his pants. I just used my black marker and made lines! LOL!
I'm taking off for the next few days. I have to shop, cook, wait for appliances to be fixed and then recover from the weekend. I'll be posting some blog candy on Monday. Be sure to stop back to see what it is.
Smiles :)

Stamps...Viola, Print Patttern, Birthday Whimsy, real red, white, real read, bashful blue corner punch, stickles

we're gonna have a good time!

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Kinda cased

but you tell me. While visiting some blogs I came across this card and found one that I wanted to case to make for my nephew. You can view the original here at Stamperstouch blog. After finishing my card I don't think that it resembles the cased card at all. But I have to thank Stampers Touch for the inspiration.
No sewing on this card. I wanted to see if I could finish something without taking out the machine. I think that it works and all comes together.
I realized that I hit over 10,000 visits. So in the next few days I will be posting some blog candy. I want to put together something a little special for this one. Down to the dungeon I go.
Smiles :)

Stamps...Wanted, Warmest Regards
paper...Soft Sky, Blue Bayou, Ruby Red, SU Western Sky DP
Embellies...ribbon, large star brads

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Stella Ruby to the rescue

I was ready to give up on this but I am so glad that I was persistent and kept at it! In my Basic Grey stash I found this lovely sheet of paper from the Stella Ruby collection. And it was orange and black. I don't think that it looks like a Halloween card at all. If fact I'm very happy with the outcome.
I have two more cards to make this week. 2 masculine cards for birthdays. Check back in a day or two for my progress on these! I've got a busy week. Thursday is the Graduation ceremony, and Saturday is the party for the family, small, we'll only be 50! LOL!
Smiles :)

image ...Bella
paper... black, orange, Stella Ruby DP from Basic Grey
embellies...prima flowers, brads, sheer ribbon, sewing machine

Monday, June 23, 2008

Hair all over

from me pulling it out from working on a Graduation card for my daughter, Chelsea. I can not even begin to tell you how much paper has been wasted attempting to make this card. I have murmured over and over, it's only paper, it's only paper! lol! My chair kept leaning back in my craft room looking at my box that holds all my Halloween stamps. Every color combo with orange and black looks to me like it should have a ghoul on it. I've just got to walk away from it for a little while. Perhaps in the morning things will start looking up.
Chelsea is at her College orientation and is staying overnight so I had a little time to work on her card today without her peering over my shoulder. She is the real artist in the family. She received a scholarship from the Arts Council in White Plains for her artistic ability. I can't bounce off ideas on her for this one. I'm on my own. Tomorrow is another day...hopefully it'll be productive.
I just had to get out my frustration. thanks for listening. It's always that ones that are most important to you that give you the most trouble. (i'm talking about the card making and not my daughter! lol)
Here's a picture of Chels at the gallery with one of her pieces.

No new car, but a new card

For those of you who have asked, I did not come home with another new car. That's the bad news, the good news is that we are still looking. My logic is that it just doesn't make sense for me to drive around in a big gas guzzling vehicle when I am all by myself. We have votes going on in the house. My 20 year old son wants me to look at the Masseratti, lol, my 18 year old daughter thinks I should get a Smart Car, lmbo, my 17 year old son thinks I should get the little cadillac,(this sounds like an option) and the 15 year old daughter suggested a Mercedes.(she's got great taste, doesn't she?) Brochures for all of the vehicles, except a Smart Car have been requested! I'll keep you all posted!
It's that time of the year... May and June Graduations!
I made this card for my niece, Christie, who recently graduated from college. I am trying to use up what supplies I do have without buying anything new. However, I did place a small order with SU to stock up on some card stock, before my dem status lapses. If anyone would like to place an order let me know. I will gladly give you a discount on your order. I have up until the 30th of this month to place an order.
Getting back to the card...I used my Bella grad image. It's the only Graduation themed stamp that I have, and it's perfect for my niece.
There are so many layers on this card, it's a good thing that I don't have to mail it! Did you know that the post office charges more to send a square envelope? Like they don't get enough already....
My daughter, Chelsea, graduates this Thursday from High School. Her school colors are black and orange. I'm already getting a headache thinking about making that card. It's going to be one heck of a challenge to make a card for her that doesn't look like a Halloween card! LOL!
Enjoy your day!
Smiles :)

paper...real red, vanilla, SU Cerise DP
ink...basic black, SU markers,
embellies...ribbon, stickles, Janome Sew Mini machine, SU scallop punch

Friday, June 20, 2008

Lexus Birthday

I made the card for my niece Carine. I had to use my bella stamp for her card, cause all I have on my mind is that at 4 pm I have to return my car to Lexus!
I know that this may seem silly to some of you, but today is a sad day for me. I've leased this baby for 5 years and today she needs to go home. My husband told me to lease another one...i really love my car...but I want to wait until after we come back from our vacation this summer to lease something else.
There is a little story behind this car.
When Steve and I got married, Steve was going to buy me a Corvette as a wedding gift when we returned from our Honeymoon.But when we came home from our Honeymoon, I wasn't feeling well. I was throwing up and tired all the time. A quick visit to the doctor confirmed that I was pregnant. The Corvette was converted to a MiniVan. Ugghhhh! LOL! We quickly outgrew the mini van and I upgraded to a Surburban. I had the Surburban for almost ten years and Steve thought it was time to get another truck. I told him that if he came home with another truck for me to drive I would serve him with papers! LMBO! I had driven that thing around, hauling kids and sports equipment, everyday for ten years and I could parallel park on a dime, but now I wanted something just for me and my purse! I saw a Lexus on the road and knew that that was the car I should be driving. Steve thought it was too feminine, but it was for me... right??!! So for mother's day he ordered me my purple car! And I have loved every minute that I have driven it. But, it's time for this Bella to go back, and for me to put some mileage on my other car, the Escalade. Unless, I just come home with another new Lexus today!
Have a great one!
Smiles :)

paper...SU ginger blossom, groovy guava, river rock, regal rose, white, groovy guava, purely pom,
embellies...ribbon, prima flowers, brad (plastic flower found at Target), sewing machine, stickles

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Bronc Buster Grad

This is a card that I made for my nephew. He is graduating from High School Thursday night.
While searching for an image to make a card for him, I realized that I don't have any Graduation images, well just one bella grad image,but I don't think that works for him! LOL!
I know he was thinking of going to college in Colorado, but that got nixed...too far away for his mom's comfort zone. So I pulled out my Bronc Buster stamp set from SU and started playing.
I wanted to use my reinkers and alcohol to create the background,( I forget what this technique is'll come to me later after i post this!) and then i stamped the image in craft vanilla on top. I added some hologram embossing powder to help define the image. What a mess. HInt...if you decided to work with cotton balls, reinkers and alcohol, remember to protect your hands. It's a messy procedure.
It was a little plain, so I backed the image with SU's Bronze metallic paper. Love this paper! I added grommets, some ribbon and gold cording and decided that I was finished.
Have a great day!
Smiles :)

5 1/4" square card ( SU has some great 5 1/2 " square envies for these)
Image... SU Bronc Buster
ink...reinkers, choc chip,more mustard, cranberry crisp, metallic bronze, SU craft vanilla
paper...really rust, choc chip, glossy white, metallic bronze, SU outlaw dp
embellies....alcohol, cotton balls, grommets, tafetta ribbon , gold cording & sewing on paper

Monday, June 16, 2008

Jenna's Pink Cow

Well it's been another productive day. I have a few cards that need to be made by this weekend so it was imperative that I get into my craft space and's either that or go to the Hallmark store (and that's a dirty word in this house! lol) I managed to get one card finished and really had fun creating this.
While browsing blogs the other day I saw a card made using this penny black image.(I would love to give credit for the inspiration but I don't remember who it was) The card was made using pink and black card stock and I thought that it was just too stinking cute. I reminded myself that I had that stamp and it has never seen ink! Shame on me!
This card is made for my niece, Jenna, who will be nine years old. I love the black and pink together. I searched my massive amounts of dp and not one sheet of dp was pink and black. SU's Berry Bliss was the closest to what I wanted to work with! I used my prisma color pencils and oms and started coloring. Pink Cow is making me smile, I hope she brings a smile to your face too!

This card measures 5 1/4 " square. I'm loving making cards this size!
image...Penny Black Cow
Paper...pretty in pink, white, black, and SU berry bliss, prisma color pencils and oms
embellies...SU gingham ribbon, primas, stickles and brads

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Tool Time for Big Daddy

I'm still working with the stamp set from SU called For Father. I used the image for the tools this time around. My husbands tool box has been abused and misused over the last few years. (He is really not a very handy guy if you know what i mean...working around the house is not his thing..remember the story about him changing the light bulbs on our front porch???!!!! I had to have them rewired after he attempted to change the bulbs!) However when he does need a tool there is never any to be found! So for Father's Day we are restocking his tool box for him. I thought that the image from this set was perfect for the card to set the tone for his gift.
I used the SU textured card stock...I'm really loving that paper...and the au chocolate dp from SU. I finally broke out my little packages of the ribbon charms and used them too. I am trying to use up my supplies before purchasing any more. Which brings me to another topic. I am taking a little break from StampinUp. I have to place a $238 before June 30th to remain active and I have decided to just let it lapse. I have an abundance of supplies to get me through the six months! (if you lapse your status as a consultant you have to wait 6 months before you can join again) And since it's only me doing the ordering it's gotten to be just too much of a commitment for me. I know that I'm probably going to regret this decision at some point,but for now it's the right one for me.
I hope you all have a wonderful father's day.
Smiles :)

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

For Father

I can't believe that Father's Day is this Sunday! I thought that i had another week!
It's been so brutally hot here in New York that the thought of going outside makes me want to melt. My basement is nice and cool and since that is still where my craft room is located it is the perfect spot to be in today. I made these two cards using the SU set called For Father. It took me some time to figure out the image. It looked a little facockta to me. I couldn't figure out for the life of me what the thing was behind the shoe. Finally it came to me that it was the bottom of the other shoe! I thought that it was a pillow , and that just didn't make any sense to me! LOL!
These are very simple. they need to go out in the mail today since they are both being mailed out to Florida. One is for my father and the other is for my father in law. I'll work on Steve's this week.
Thanks for looking and have a great day. I hope that you are all keeping cool!
Smiles :)

Stamps ... SU For Father
Ink...choc chip, creamy caramel, close to cocoa
paper...SU close to cocoa, choc chip, vanilla, & SU dp
embellies...SU ribbon

Friday, June 6, 2008

My Baby is 15!

Today is my daughters birthday. Zoe is 15 and I just can't believe it. She is such a delightful young lady. I was debating whether or not to just take a card from my stash and customize it for her, but decided that she is special enough to make her an original. Let me tell you, it was really hard to sit down after being away from my craft table for so long. I just sat there for a good hour searching through stamps trying to decide what I was going to work with! I pulled out some bellas, rubber romance, su, mft, hm's ( way too much coloring) and finally decided on a rubbernecker image. Whew...that was work. I was exhauted just from the process of finding something to work with! On to the paper search! Let's not even discuss that! LOL! I knew that I wanted to watercolor the image and I forgot what I needed. A duh...the watercolor pen, some water and the ink pad! Now it's all coming back to I sat and sat and worked. It did feel good to be in my craft room again. I wanted to do some stitching on the card and when I took my machine out, guess what color was already in the machine? The color that I wanted to use. It was like everything was falling into place, making the process a little easier for me. After making the card I even made a mega paper clip to go with the card. I hope that you like them.
The card is very simple, not much detail, I didn't want to take away from the image. I did make the card 5 1/4 " square. (I learned the hard way that if you make the cards 5 1/2 " square they don't fit into the 5 1/2" square envelopes! duhh, again!) I hope you're all having a wonderful day. I've got to go and bake a cake!
Smiles :)

paper...textured rose red , K & Company Classic K mcKenna
embellies...ribbon, stickles, prima flowers and pop up dots

Mega paper clip ( purchased at Staples)
image... SU crib notes
paper...rose red, K& company dp
embellies...yarn and ribbon

May Arts Ribbon

May Arts Ribbon
A few of my favorite things