Thursday, May 29, 2008


We used to live near a town that had a Lilac festival (parade, race and etc) every year and I loved when these beautiful flowers would come in bloom. It meant that winter was finally over and I could look forward to not having to shovel any more snow. I had purchased this set a while back (ie when it first came out) and this is the first time it has seen ink. Shame, shame. I had seen a card similar to the what I made but added a vellum saying, brads and clip. What is the saying, "Imitation is the most sincere form of flattery." ? I read so many blogs and galleries I have trouble remembering where I see everything. My blog roll is up to 122 that I peruse in the evening when my dh is watching yet another episode of cage fighting (wire cutters anyone?). Since that is not my cup of tea..and he can't watch that by himself...I blog surf and gallery surf.
P. S. found the spot I saw this card... it was here.
Card deets: Cardsock- night of navy, old olive, white, vellum. Stamps-Blossoms Abound. Ink- night of navy brocade blue, old olive, garden green. Accessories-brocade blue brads, hardware.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Just Because

Okay, so I'm a bit behind on drawing the winner for blog candy. After putting the numbers into a bag, my daughter pulled out.... number 2. Please email me at: so I can get that to you. Thanks.

I got to play this weekend a bit inbetween laundry and such. I have a hard time getting started lately... I really need to clean up my craft room. Its so hard to stamp when you know you need to clean. Remember that book, "If you give a mouse a cookie?" , Mom's are the same way. I walk in there ready to stamp and see the trash that needs to go out, which will remind me I need to tidy up the bookcase as I walk by, then as I fix the books I realize that I need to dust; when I get the pledge out, I realize that I need to do more dishes, as I'm loading the dishes I realize that I really need to mop the floor, as I mop the floor... well, you get the picture. Card deets: Cardstock- Sweet blush, berry sorbet, white, PTI dp. Stamps- PTI anniversary set. Ink- berry sorbet. Accessories- pearl brad, window punch, paper piercer, scallop punch, ribbon, decorative scissors.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Belated Mothers day

I had my Mother-in-law's card done early. My Mom's card...well, I had stamped and colored the main image ages ago but couldn't decide how to finish it up. Yesterday I finally finished it. Luckily my Mom is cool when I delay on things. Actually I learned that from my Mom. (Hi Mom!) Talking with her yesterday she told me she has kept every card I have ever made her. Thanks Mom! : ) Also will draw the blog candy this evening. Card deets: Cardstock- Blue buyou, ruby red, barely banana, whisper white. Ink- basic black, palette noir, image colored with copice, glitter copics, colored pencils. Stamps- MTF Happy Mother's Day, PTI Women of Life. Accessories- paper piercer, ribbon, crystals, brad, nestibilies circle, punches (scallop circle and oval), pop dots for parts of the flowers.

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Blog Candy time!

I didn't forget the blog candy. I'm just a bit slow. Friday came and went and we are done!! Finished, finito, I have sung and another school year is in the books. Anywho, remember these stationary sets: Well, I am giving away a purple version of everything you see above. Also am adding an assortment of dew drops, 4 blank coasters to alter, and an assortment of primas. I don't have pictures right now of the rest as my main pc is acting up and I was able to jury-rig these pictures from a previous post and the laptop. The, catch just leave a post about whether or not you have a tradition for Memorial day or not. I'll be drawing a winner on Tuesday evening the 27th.
Our Memorial Day tradition, when we lived on the west coast was my fathers family would get together at the eldest sisters house, spend the time catching up on each others lives and on Memorial Day we would drive to the family cemetery and clean up, plant and whatever else needed to be done to my grandparents graves.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008


Its final week for my kids this week. And we are up to eyeballs in paper work. What this translates to is... no stamping until I get all the tests done and graded and submitted to the proper places. So, to make up for my lack of stamping, I'll be posting some blog candy y'all can win this Friday. I'm also getting ready to sell some sets and will be posting pictures here also. Hope your week is going more smoothly than mine. : )

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Happy Birthday DJ!

I made this card for one of my bff's who's birthday is today. We've been friends through thick and thin for the past almost 20 years. We've crafted together, raised kids together, gone camping together (and learned not to run in the dark), laughed, and cried together. She has a passion for horses and works at a equine center, so I knew I had to make a birthday card that reflected her passion. I had been seeing so many cards made in tri-folds, so I had to try it myself.

Card deets: Cardstock-river rock, chocolate chip, wild wasabi, white watercolor paper, and apple cider dp. Ink- chocolate chip, black, image colored with prisma and blended. Stamps- brushstroke horses, equestrain dream, perfect pairs (all SU). Accessories- ribbon, slit punch

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Snappy day!

Its a snap! No, not really. It would have been a snap, but I kept trying to improve my coloring. I had so much fun with this though. I had this CM star cutter thing that hadn't been used since I got it years ago. I so would love to go to the beach, but alas, we must get school finished by next week. I have all our curriculum for next year...I love the feel of new books! The kids groaned when it came in the brown truck, but by the middle of june/july they start getting antsy to get started again. I can't believe my middle daughter is going to be a senior next year!! I am not that old, I am not that old. (if I say it enough times, it must be

Card deets: Cardstock- Morning Marigold, Caribbean blue, not quite navy, white., vellum Ink- black, not quite navy, image colored with copics. Stamps- Crab and company, fishy friends. Accessories-brads, white gel pen, stickles, big eyelet.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

An oldie

Hope y'all had a great Mother's day! I did. Didn't have to cook, clean or do laundry all day. Got to be a total couch potato! I pulled out an old, old set that hadn't seen the light of ink for a long time. I had been blog surfing the other day and found this card. It was actually a gift card, while the one I did is full size. Card deets: Cardstock- Marigold (SU incolor 2007), Night of Navy, Kraft and white. Stamps- Sun, Moon and Stars, Print pattern, Faux Ribbon(PTI). Ink- marigold, black, image colored with copics and colored pencils. Accessories- oval punch, star eyelets, paper piercer

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Time to go shopping

I'm beginning to subscribe to the theory that we have a sock monster in the house. We clean out rooms, shoes, the laundry room and still are short socks. I recently purchased a 10 pair pack of socks. When laundry was done and we split the washed socks up between the 3 of us girls, I got one pair, ONE! A total of 3 pairs went through...where did the other 7 pairs go? Obviously the sock monster struck again! I can hardly wait for summer when the kids wear flip-flops all the time...cause the socks are going to be mine then and I won't have to go to work with the same socks I had the day before. Bawahaha!

Anywho, my wonderful friend Tonna gave me this card the other day. I love it and am going to have to case it of course!! I love classy cards that look like they took forever, but are a snap to put together. And I just got the oval punch...sounds like just the chance for it to be broken in. *grin*

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Stationary and whatnot

So I sat down the night before the kids bowling awards ceremony and decided to make the officers (all ladies) a thank you gift. I had been wanting to try those dp paper coasters for a while and also make a matching pen for them. Then I started thinking again (crazy, twice in one night..its soo not like me) and thought matching notecards would be nice...and then, packaging. Well, I had kept the plastic boxes the PTI sets came in thinking they would hold note cards. Yep, they do, though my envies didn't quite fit. So here are the four sets I made. Note to self, don't wait till the last minute, especially when the Stanley cup playoffs are going and your team is playing it makes it so hard to concentrate. An example of the 4 different note cards in each. I tried to get a pic of the coaster/post it note holder/pen, but it came out blurry. The last pic has an example of full set.
And in yellow.
And purple.
And a coral red.
The whole enchilada. Each set looked like this, except the band around the box. After I did this, I looked at it and realized it looked better at the top, but couldn't move this as had used some really strong glue (wow!) The dp was Chatterbox rooms (2 sided paper of course, solid and print) that I had stashed away, I just matched it up with SU paper. Ribbon was scraps I had left in my scrap box, ink matched the Su paper.

Monday, May 5, 2008

Beginning of another week

It's Monday again. I can't believe how fast the weekend went. I didn't get any stamping done of course, with it being the homeschool conference weekend. Had a good sale of old books and ordered all my curriculum for next year. Still thinking about that Japanese program though, my daughter doesn't need it to graduate,( it wouldn't even count for school) its just something she wanted to do. This weekend also started a new round of Secret Sisters on SCS. If you have never tried this, I urge you to. Its so neat to make cards and send gifts to another person as crazed as you are about stamping. I usually spend my time at craft stores looking for stuff I can get for my secret sister. Anywho, was looking through Michelle's blog and came across this cool card . Of course, I had to try it! Card deets: Cardstock- lemon tart,spring moss, white. Stamps- Pasley and Polka dots (SU), Spiral Bouquet (PTI). Ink- spring moss, lemon tart, summer sunrise, black noir (all PTI). Accessories- circle nestibilities

Friday, May 2, 2008

Time to chick, um check

I have had this MFT set for some time now, and I keep meaning to use it. I saw a card similar to this on someones blog. And I thought ok, now I have a reason to use this!! I have just the friend to send this to, she lives on a farm and would so get this card! *insert evil grin here* I have my fingers crossed that I sell lots of used books today at the homeschool fair. My middle daughter wants to learn Japanese and the cheapest program (that is good) is around $199. Sell books, sell!! Card deets: Cardstock-Sahara sand, basic black, white. Stamps- Antique background (SU) , Punny Farm (MFT). Ink-black, sahara sand, image colored with colored pencils and glitter copics. Accessories- paper piercer, ribbon.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Something smells fishy

So, its Thursday eh? Almost through another week. Do you realize that we are 1/4 of the way through 2008? Gads, where did the time go? One more month of school and then 2 months of freedom!! Anywho, a secret sister I had last year sent me a challenge to make a card from the materials she had mailed me. And like the good procrastinator that I am, set it aside, took it out to look at it from time to time and finally sat down (6 months or so later) and made something. I wonder if there is a 12 step program for procrastinators? I'll look into that Card deets: Cardstock-Sky blue, um purple of some sort (lilac?), vanilla. Ink-basic black, image colored with glitter copics. Stamps-Fishy Friends, Very Punny. Accessories- cuttlebug embossing folder, paper piercer, sky blue ribbon, dewdrops.