Sunday, November 6, 2011

Hip Hip Hooray....

I made this card this past summer for Dave's Granny and have yet to get it in the mail!!!  How bad is that!!!  I don't know what is wrong with me!  Anyway, figured I'd share it here at least and hopefully, it will give me the motivation to walk it to the mailbox! ;O)

Paper:  Key To My Heart
Cardstock:  White Daisy and Tulip
Stamps:  Card Chatter-Happy Birthday and Happy Forever
Ink: Tsukineko Memento Ink in Tuxedo Black, Juniper, and Tulip (Sponged around cardstock)
Other:  Copic Markers, Stickles, Recollections Adhesive Sparkles, CTMH Hollyhock brads, EKSuccess Corner Rounder, Crop-a-Dile Corner punch, and Celebrate It White Ric Rac Ribbon

Saturday, November 5, 2011

My Work In Progress...

So, we found out this week what we are's a healthy baby GIRL!!!  She's about the only thing I've managed to work on lately!! ;O)  She was less than cooperative during the sonogram, so our pictures aren't exactly stellar.  This was our first experience with a 3-D sonogram, kind of disappointing I have to say!

I have one card I will share with you tomorrow that I completed forever ago and never posted.  I also have a couple layouts in the works I'm hoping to share soon.  Sorry for my lack of productivity!  I have a feeling I won't be very consistent until after our little trouble maker makes her appearance this spring!!

Happy Birthday to Me...

Hey everybody!!  I'm finally starting to feel more like myself, o.k., well, less nauseous anyway...still extremely exhausted!  Anyone who says they "Loved being pregnant" didn't have to work!!  

I photographed these beautiful cards, that I received for my birthday ages ago, but, am just now getting them posted.  Aren't they gorgeous!!

The first one is from my friend Barbara, isn't the background paper great?  She totally did that with embossing powder and a fancy tool....I need to ask her how, I've never seen anything like it!  How great is it!!  She also did a great job on the ice cream cone from the stamp set with the Fanfare Workshop on the Go with embossing powder again...I never think to stamp tone on tone.  I love how it looks!  If you want to see more of her work and read her creative take on life, check out her blog here at "Grammy's Place"!

The second one is from my mother-in-law, Diana.  How great is it!  I just love the colors!!  She used the Splendor paper pack.  Can you tell they are great customers! ;O)

Saturday, September 17, 2011

I'm Still Alive...

Sorry it's been FOREVER since I posted last.  Its an understatement to say the last few months have been a roller coaster for us!  First off, July was a reporting month for me at work, which by default, means a nightmare of long days and legal "help"!!

My reports were submitted on time with less drama than has been the case recently, but, it was hard to celebrate because my little man had a tonsillectomy looming.  I was an absolute disaster in the days leading up to the surgery and barely held it together by clinging to the thought that the worst of it would be over as soon as Owen was out of the hospital.  Unfortunately, although the surgery went well, the aftermath was worse than our worst nightmare.  I'll spare you the bloody details, but, we ended up back in the emergency room and Owen's recovery took more like a month than the week we were promised.  My faith in the medical profession could not be lower at this point and I am so thankful to have gained some knowledge over the past couple years about all the alternative medicine and treatments available to us.  I have no doubt that Owen would not be where he is today without the help of naturopathic medicine.  I'm happy to report he's fully recovered and does seem to be better off without those giant tonsils closing off his throat!  His ear infections persist however, and we'll have to figure that out.  But, we're able to keep them from flaring up with some ear drops.

Here's my brave little man just after his surgery in his dad's arms.
This is my little dude back in the Emergency Room just 4 days later.  You'd be surprised how fast they'll see you when you're covered in blood with a little one in your arms!  I was really proud of this guy, even in the ER, they had to poke him 3 times to get an IV going.  He wasn't happy, but, took it like a man!

So, thats not the end to our drama.  I had an idea before Owen's surgery, but, was able to confirm it just recently with a doctor.  Owen's going to have a little brother or sister soon!  We're all excited, but, a little overwhelmed.  This little buggar is making me SO sick!!  It's not smells this time, but, instead, movement.  I have trouble watching t.v. or using the computer...especially, when you have to scroll through stuff and FORGET about using my Iphone or Dave's Ipad!!  Even writing about it is making me nauseous!!!  Needless to say, I am not spending too much unnecessary time on the computer looking at blogs and scrapbooking doesn't seem to be an option either.  But, I'm into my second trimester now and have my fingers crossed that things will improve shortly!!  
Thanks for sticking in there with me!!  I have a few things I hope to post in the upcoming days and hope to get back to my craft table this weekend too...wish me luck!! ;O)

Sunday, July 3, 2011

A Way Late Birthday...

In the race to get my example cards done for the senior card club flyer, I had to come up with one for my aunt who's birthday was way back in April...oops!  I haven't done real well this year getting anyone's card to them on time...I have really good intentions and its not like I forget...I just can't seem to get it together and life/time seems to blow right past me.  Anyway, this is obviously very similar to the Cranberry/Moonstruck card scraplifted from Katy Lyn that I posted earlier.  I tried to girly this one up though. 

Cardstock: Blush and White Daisy
Stamps:  Birthday Celebration (retired), Nursery Bash (confetti; retired), and Card Chatter-Birthday
Ink:  Blush, Sunset, and Black
Other:  Crop-a-Dial Corner Punch, Stickles, and Zig pen

Card Club for Seniors...

So, I've been trying to find painting classes in the Valley that my grandmother and I could do together.  Mostly just as an excuse to spend some creative time with her.  She's an amazing painter and I keep hoping some of that artistic vibe will rub off on me!!  Anyway, I haven't had much luck finding any classes close enough, so, I decided to start a card class at the Senior Center and ask her to be my assistant instead.  My thinking was that this way, she'll get some social time, I get a little creative time with her, and best of all, I get to give back to the community in a small way.  Well, it was a great idea in theory, but, now I'm SO nervous.  I'm not sure what to expect from the ladies that attend, if I get any to come at all!!  Normally when I do a scrapbooking party, we stick to one project and I have an idea of what skill level to expect.  This is definitely out of my comfort zone, so, we'll see how it's what I come up with for the first class...

The first card is loosely based on Mojo Monday Sketch #195 posted on June 13th.  This one was the toughest for me and I especially don't love the inside.  I think I'm going to improve it by swapping out the ribbon for some white ricrac I just picked up this weekend.  Part of my plan for this card club was to take the opportunity to use up my ridiculous stash and not buy anything additional, but, this ribbon just has to be upgraded!
Paper:  More to Adore
Cardstock:  Chocolate, Blush, Hollyhock, and Colonial White
Stamps:  Say it in Style
Other:  Nestibilities Circle and Scalloped Circle dies, EKSuccess Corner Rounder, Martha Stewart Corner Punch (on the inside), Wild Card Cricut Cartridge, Hollyhock Brad, Stickles, and Casa Collection Ribbon

The next one was totally and completely scraplifted from fellow consultant Katy Lin.  You can see her amazing cards here.  I don't have the stamp sets she used, but, compromised by using this old retired set called Birthday Celebration.  I also don't know how she gets such clean border lines, I'm going to have to keep practicing I guess!  Be sure and tell Katy congratulations when you stop by her blog...she just got married this past weekend!!  You should take a look at the invitations and decorations she made for the wedding, absolutely A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!!
Cardstock:  Cranberry and White Daisy
Stamps:  Birthday Celebration (retired), Nursery Bash (confetti; retired), and Card Chatter-Birthday
Ink:  Cranberry, Moonstruck, and Black
Other:  Crop-a-Dial Corner Punch and Zig pen

The last card is similar to the one I made for all the grandmothers in our family for Mother's Day which you can see here and also the one that inspired them both that Bryan at Scrap Guy posted here.  This time however, I took a cue from Bryan and cut the flowers and leaves using my Cricut instead of hand cutting stamped images.  Wow, SO much easier and SO much cleaner looking!!  I noticed the August issue of Scrapbooks Etc. has one of these cards featured on the front cover...they've been around for years, but, are apparently making a come back!  Who knew I was on top of a trend! ;O)  If you're interested in making your own flower pot pocket cards, you can find the directions here on the Splitcoast Stampers website.
Paper: Key To My Heart, Boom-Di-Ada, and Animal Cookies Creative Basics
Cardstock:  Tulip, Craft, and Colonial White
Stamps: Say It in Style and Flutter
Ink:  Creme Brulee, Tulip, and Cocoa (for shading)
Other:  Adhesive Gems (dollar bins at Michaels), Martha Stewart border punch, Twill Ribbon, and Cricut Cartridges (Wild Card, Accent Essentials, Designer Calendar, and Plantin Schoolbook)

I'm hoping to start the card club out slow by giving them a little taste of some simple paper crafting and stamping tools.  I'll have everything cut and ready to assemble when they arrive, so this time it will be mostly just gluing with minimal stamping and maybe using some punches.  If they're up to card making every month, I'll incorporate a new technique each time we meet.  Anyway, any suggestions are greatly appreciated!!  The club won't meet until the end of July, but, I'll be sure to share with you how it goes!!

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Celebrate with Heart 2 Heart and Clean and Simple...

I haven't played along with a Heart 2 Heart challenge in FOREVER!  When I saw this week's color combo challenge, I just couldn't resisist...I think I'm getting this in just in the last minute though!  The color challenge is below, I chose Twighlight as my blue and used this weeks Clean and Simple Stamping Sketch #147
I just love this color combo, it would be great with fall pictures.  I love Barn Red, but, never think to use it on my own.  I also never remember to use my background stamps, but, I was inspired by Vicki Wizniuk's entry in the Heart 2 Heart challenge which you can see here.  She's amazing with the background stamps and it always seems to add that certain touch that makes her cards.  I'm going to try and remember to incorporate the stamps as often as possible too!!  

Paper:  Tinkerin' and Boom-Di-Ada
Cardstock:  Barn Red, Twighlight, Bamboo, and Colonial White
Ink:  Bamboo, Twighlight, and Cocoa
Stamps:  Simple Beauty, Say it in Style, and Universal Backgrounds
Other:  EKSuccess border punch and corner rounder, Stickles, Bamboo brads, Crop-a-Dial Big Bite hole punch, Plantin Schoolbook Cricut Cartridge (flowers), and Twill Ribbon

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Enjoy The Ride...

I apologize for this card being posted without any explanation!!  Blogger crashed right in the middle of it, but, for whatever reason, the pictures still posted.  So frustrating!!

Anyway, I have seen other bloggers using the Clean and Simple Stamping sketches for quite some time and was finally able to check out their blog for myself.  It's not my typical style, but, I just fell in love with their sketches!!  This is my first card using their blog as inspiration, but, I know it won't be my last!! ;O)

Paper:  Paper Loft-Cosmic
Cardstock:  Olive, Kraft, and White Daisy
Stamps: Horizon, Happy Birthday, Enjoy Life, and Vintage USA 
Ink:  Olive, Outdoor Denim, and Cocoa
Other:  CTMH Rubons and EK Success Corner Rounder

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Happy Father's Day!

I feel like I haven't done anything crafty in FOREVER!!  We had amazing weather the last week of May when my son was out of school and I got to spend it all at home.  Unfortunately, I felt obligated to work in the yard until every muscle in my body hurt and I had blisters everywhere!!!  I spent the next week trying to recover from that and then got hit with a cold that knocked me on my rear!!  I'm still not 100%, but, I am much better.  

Anyway, thanks to the help of a "Thank You" card by Kimberly Crawford published in the May/June 2011 Paper Crafts magazine (which I noticed she also posted on her blog here), I was able to come up with my Father's Day cards for this year.

I wanted either "Happy" or "Father's" day in the stars...but, I couldn't make it work with so many letters regardless of how big the card was.  I don't know how Kimberly got "Thank" in stars on hers...the magazine says its the same size as my card 5.5"x4.25"!!  All I can figure is that her letters are super small.  Anyway, I loved the colors and all the layering, so I went with it anyway.

Hope you all have a wonderful day spoiling the dad's in your lives!!  I'm off to make my husband filled pancakes for breakfast...he's the best dad I've ever known! ;O)

Paper:  Martha Stewart Valentine (not really named...Red with White polka dots)
Cardstock:  Craft, Cranberry, Black, and Colonial White
Ink:  Tsukineko Memento Black Tuxedo and Rich Cocoa, Cocoa, Bamboo, and Cranberry
Stamps:  Say it In Style, Wish Upon a Star, Universal Backgrounds, Small Friendship Alpha, and Pennant Alpha 
Other:  Spellbinders (circles), Cricut Plantin Schoolbook Cartridge (Stars), Black embossing powder and brads from JoAnn Essentials, and hemp.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Sassy Lil' Sketches...Those Eyes

I've had these pictures printed for a couple of months now and intended to use a Sketchy Thursdays sketch to scrap them.  But, it just wasn't doing it for me, that's when I came across this sketch from Sassy Lil' Sketches.  It was perfect and so was this kit from CTMH for National Scrapbooking Month called You and Me!  I SO LOVE these colors!  
I love these pictures too.  I took these while he was getting ready for his bath.  I don't know what it is about the light in that bathroom in the evening, but, it really makes his eyes stand out.  I used Photoshop to do some Selective/Spot Resolution for his eyes and made the rest of the photo sepia tones.  I think its probably more obvious in person.

All this little boy has to do is look at me with those big brown eyes and it makes it nearly impossible (note I said nearly!) for me to be mad at him!! ;O)
Paper:  You and Me Kit
Cardstock:  Cocoa and Colonial White
Stamps: You and Me, Charm Uppercase Alpha, and Take a Picture (camera) 
Ink:  Cocoa, Olive, and Bamboo
Other:  Irresistables Chip Board from You and Me Kit, Mocha Opaques adhesive pearls, Tim Holtz Idea-Ology Film Strip Ribbon and Tissue Tape, Zig Pen, and Photoshop CS5

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Lasting Memories...Chill Out

The challenge this week at Lasting Memories is to use the sketch below and to be sure to incorporate circles.  Circles are SO hard for me!  It's the engineer in me, I like right angles! ;O)  So, I kind of cheated and used Photoshop to manipulate my picture.  I made a circle around Owen and left that portion in color and then used the Hue/Saturation level to take the background of the photo down to almost black and white.  I think it would have been more profound had I reduced the size of the photo and therefore the colored portion and left more black and white background.  But, I kind of like the results anyway and I learned a lot in the process. So, it was a win-win I think! ;O)  I need to get back to my online courses and get a better handle on Photoshop.  
I combined the basics of the Lasting Memories sketch with some elements of the "On with the Show" sketch in CTMH's latest book Magic.  I LOVE when you can take the best of two sketches and make it even better (or at least I hope its even better)!

I didn't have any paper that was especially ideal for this photo and I'm trying to use up my ridiculous stash before I spend any more money.  But, I didn't want to lose Owen's rosy cheeks by making the whole photo Sepia or B&W.  So, instead, I attempted to grunge up the Aspen paper with lots of Cocoa ink to tie-in his brown coat.  Hopefully, it was enough to do the trick!
Paper:  Aspen (retired)
Cardstock:  Bamboo and Colonial White
Ink: Cocoa and Twighlight
Stamps:  Winter Reflections (retired) and Journaling Jots
Other:  Snowflake Ribbon (by the yard from LSS not sure what brand), CTMH Irresistables Chip Board Alpha, Maya Road (small) and CTMH (large) chip board snowflakes, Recollections adhesive pearls, Delta Creative Ceramcoat acrylic paint (comes in CTMH distressing kit), Martha Stewart glitter, Zig Pen, and Photoshop CS5

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Pagemaps...My Everything

I was over at this week to check out Becky Fleck's latest sketches and was SUPER excited to see that she's started a challenge blog!!  As an engineer, I LOVE deadlines! ;O)  Her blog challenge this month just happens to be the sketch I'd been eyeing on her website, so, what more did I need to get motivated! ;O)  I always love all the layering Becky puts into her layouts.  I have trouble with that when I'm on my own.
I absolutely love this photo Dave took of himself with Owen.  They truly are my everything, I'm lucky to have such amazing guys in my life!
Paper:  Reminisce Unwritten and Boom-Di-Ada (retired)
Cardstock:  Colonial White and Craft
Stamps:  You and Me (May Scrapbook Kit from CTMH)
Ink:  Barn Red
Other:  EKSuccess border punches, Making Memories Embroidery Floss, Clear Buttons and Liquid Glass, Designer Calendar and Plantin Schoolbook Cricut Cartridges, Funky Ribbon by the yard from LSS, and Zig Pen

Inspired Blueprints Meets Lasting Memories....Easter

So, my kiddo has been recovering from a cold that knocked him on his rear this week and I took advantage of the situation to do nothing but goof off!  The house is a disaster and he's not done much other than watch t.v., but, I did get two layouts done! ;O)  

The first one is a combined challenge.  Lasting Memories has a photo inspiration challenge this week.  I'm so excited to finally be able to participate in one of their challenges and submit my layout on time!  The colors of their photo were perfect for this paper by Best Creations Inc. and tulips always mean Easter/spring to me, so, this was an easy one!

I hadn't played with an Inspired Blueprints sketch in a while, but, came across this one from way back in February and knew it would be perfect.
I try really hard not to get caught up in the trends of the here and now because they seem to date your layouts faster.  I was really good with the whole pennant craze until Close to My Heart came out with this stamp cute are my little alphabet flags! ;O)  Sorry about this photo, I can't seem to get a good one of this layout for some reason!
Paper: Best Creation Inc Bunny Love line
Cardstock:  Sunkiss Yellow, Citrus Leaf, Sky, and White Daisy
Ink: Sky
Stamps: Pennant Alpha and Eastertime (texture on basket)
Other: Recollections Pearls, Stickles, Martha Stewart border and butterfly punch, Cricut Stretch Your Imagination (basket) and Plantin Schoolbook (grass) cartridges, and Zig Pen

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Happy Mother's Day...A Little Late! ;O)

So, every year, I try to find a card that's not just your average card to make for Mother's Day.  Last year I did a tri-fold card that you can see here and the year prior I did a criss-cross card which you can view here.  (Forgive the formatting of my older posts, when I redid my blog design, it messed up all the older posts.)  This year, I was reminded by Bryan of Scrap Guy's PaperCrafting Adventure of the flower pot card that was all the rage a year or so ago.  His is super cute and clean using the Cricut to cut his flowers.  But, I decided to make things difficult on myself and cut all the flowers out by hand!!  Brilliant decision on my part...I had 6 of these to make!  These are all I accomplished on my scrapbooking weekend, but, I think it was worth it.  

They were lots of fun and I think they turned out pretty cute...although, this wasn't a stellar example...I'm not sure why the flowers are all off to one side and I moved the butterflies up to the top of the big flower before I mailed them off.  But, hopefully, you get the picture! ;O)

If you'd like to try making your own flower pot pocket card, you can find the tutorial here on SplitcoastStampers website.  This would be a great one to stick a gift card to the back side of the insert!
Paper:  Boom-di-ada (butterfly punch)
Cardstock:  Colonial White and Craft
Stamps:  Cottage Floral, Flutter, Promise of Spring (foliage) and Simple Beauty (sentiment
Ink:  Sunset, Hollyhock, Blush, Honey, and Cocoa (shading on pot and sentiment)
Other:  Hollyhock Twill ribbon, Sparkles from Recollections, Martha Stewart Border and Butterfly punches, Recollections Sparkles, Twine from my stash, and Blue Moon Bead

Happy 90th!

My grandmother celebrated her 90th birthday this weekend.  I'm so proud of her!  She still lives on her own and is as feisty as ever.  I wanted to make her an extra special card and fell in love with one that Betsy Veldman had published in Paper Crafts Special How To Issue...Winter 2011 Stamp It! Techniques magazine on page 54.  I tried to find a picture of Betsy's card online without any luck and I'm not sure scanning the magazine photo would technically be legal.  So, I guess, you'll just have to take my word for it that they're similar...besides, I probably wouldn't want to have mine right beside hers! ;O)  

I wish I had made the chip board flower a different color now, but, all in all, I was happy with the results.  This was way outside my box, so, it was a lot of fun to try!

I've got a sick kiddo at home today, so, I'm hoping to sneak in some scrapbooking time while he's resting.  It is after all National Scrapbooking Month! ;O)
Paper:  Emporium, Tickled Pink, and Best Friends Forever (all retired)
Cardstock:  Colonial White
Ink:  Hollyhock, Blush, Goldrush, Sweet Leaf, Olive, Sky, and Sunset
Stamps: Tickled Pink, Smiles, Friendship Blessings, Heartthrob, Cottage Floral, and Say It in Style
Other:  Recollections sparkles, CTMH Just Blooms Summer Posies, Twinkle Brad, and Dimensional Elements Flower, Favorite Findings Button (JoAnns), EKSuccess Corner Rounder, and Crop a Dile Corner Chomper 

Friday, April 29, 2011

Sketchy Thursdays...Man With a Plan

I printed this picture with a different sketch in mind, but, decided it worked better for this week's Sketchy Thursdays sketch if I rotated it.  The challenge at Lasting Memories was to do a spring layout.  We don't really get spring here, we have winter, break-up, and then summer...but, with spring does come dirt, so, I thought this was still fitting!  I just went to link up my layouts to Lasting Memories and realized the DT challenge closed at noon, not midnight!  Oops!! Next time I guess, I should pay closer attention next time! ;O)

Paper:  Cosmo Cricket-Early Bird
Cardstock:  Sweet Leaf, Juniper, Goldrush, and Colonial White
Ink:  Goldrush, Sweet Leaf, Juniper, and Tsukineko Memento in Rich Cocoa
Stamps:  Field Trip Alpha, Friendship Alpha, Grown with Love, and Journaling Jots
Other:  Martha Stewart border punch, CTMH twill ribbon, Owl sticker from Recollections, and Zig pen

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Sketchy Thursdays..."Egg"sperts

My first layout in FOREVER!  Yaay!  I had so much fun with this one, although, I did struggle to get it started.  I printed my pictures too big, or cut my paper too small...I'm not sure which way it went.  I'm happy with the final outcome though which is what counts!  I'm a day late to submit it on the Sketchy Thursdays blog, but, thought I'd post it anyway!

Leisa Hubley of Big Red Scraps is on the design team for Lasting Memories, a fun scrapbook challenge blog which I had just barely had the chance to check out prior to the madness that was the first part of my year.  Now that I am back, I noticed that they are looking for new Design Team members and all you have to do is submit a layout for each of their four challenges this month by the 29th.  I'm not sure I have a shot, but, thought it would be a blast to try and get all 4 done in a week.  I love that their challenges aren't just sketches, they make you stretch just a bit further...this layout is for Challenge #34, Easter Theme.

I stole the title from, how clever is that!  I love it!!
Paper:  Best Creation Inc Bunny Love line
Cardstock:  Citrus Leaf (retired), Sunkiss Yellow, and White Daisy
Stamps: Bohemian Alpha
Ink:  Sky
Other:  Martha Stewart border punch, CTMH chalk (ears and cheeks on bunny), Egg Brads from my stash, Heart Brad JoAnne Essentials, and Bitty Brads (bunny eyes) from CTMH, Cricut Plantin Schoolbook (grass) and Stretch your Imagination (Bunny), Zig pen, and cotton off of a Qtip (bunny tail)

My First Sympathy Card...

O.k., so, this is my first and hopefully last Sympathy card I have to make!  I panicked a little as I had waited until the night before I needed it to start and I didn't have a clue where to begin.  So, I started blog surfing for ideas... and found this card that Lisa Stenz had created.  I'd bought some orange and yellow tulips to take to her, so, I changed the colors up, but, the idea was the same.

I wrapped the card up pretty late that night and then took the photos.  But, it wasn't until the next morning I realized how tippy the stripe on the inside was, don't worry, I fixed it before I gave it to her! ;O)
Cardstock: White Daisy, Gold Rush, and Sunkiss Yellow
Ink: Tsukineko Memento Ink in Tuxedo Black
Stamp:  Say It in Style
Other:  Cuttlebug and Sizzix embossing folder, Martha Stewart Score Board, Prima Daisy Doodles, and CTMH Splendor Brad

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Easter!

Yes, I'm still alive, although, it has been a rough start to the year!!  My reports that I had spent every waking hour on during the first 3 months of the year were all submitted by 3/31 and then we took off for DISNEY WORLD immediately afterwards for 2 weeks!  So much fun, but, turns out, the crowds were out in full force thanks to a much later Spring Break season for all of you in the Lower 48!  That never crossed our minds, our spring break was all wrapped-up in mid-March here!  Anyway, it was worth it.  The weather was amazing and our little man had a blast. 

I'd like to say the drama at work has ended for me, but, unfortunately, yesterday the news broke that my boss' husband has been working for the state using a stolen identity (he's here illegally from Mexico) and was arrested last Friday.  We are bare bones staffed at the moment and if she ends up leaving, I have no idea what will happen...I definitely don't want that responsibility!!  Anyway, I don't know what to think or hope for on that subject, I am absolutely blown away...I never would have guessed.  Monday will be interesting needless to say...

Onto my first scrappy project since my return!  I was having trouble getting back into the swing of things, so, I wandered over to the queen of card's blog, Vicki Wizniuk.  If you haven't been to her blog, go!  She's amazingly talented and her cards are always simple but, knock down breath taking.  I'm not so sure I can say the same about this one, but, I do love how it turned out.  You can see the card I stole the idea from on Vicki's blog here.

I'm sure everyone's getting sick of seeing this Happy Bird image from Doodle Pantry, but, I needed a Thank You for the couple that watched my bird while we were out of obviously, what better image to use, don't you think? ;O)  

Paper:  Splendor (Clouds-Retired)
Cardstock:  White Daisy, Gold Rush, and Sunkiss Yellow
Ink:  Black, Gold Rush, and Sunkiss Yellow
Stamps:  Digi Stamp-Happy Bird from Doodle Pantry, From Me To You (sentiment), Universal Backgrounds (music), and Playful Petals (polka-dot)
Other:  CTMH Bitty Sparkles, Ribbon and Buttons from JoAnns, Making Memories embroidery floss, EKSuccess border punch, Cuttlebug and Spellbinders, Cricut Accent Essentials, Stickles, and Copic markers

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Got Sketch 113 (Again)...Birthday Birdie!

Because I was still so pressed for time, I used the same sketch as the cards in my previous post, but, used my new Doodle Pantry Birthday Birdie digi stamp for our neice's 4th Birthday card.  Seriously, how cute is this bird!!  I had planned to use the Twitterpated paper from Imaginisce that I've been hoarding for years when I colored this little bird orange.  But, the patterns are kind of big and just not ideal for a card.  So, I switched to Basic Grey's Lime Rickey...I seriously LOVE this paper which is not like me at all...I don't typically love bright colors!!

Paper:  Basic Grey Lime Rickey
Stamps: Doodle Pantry Birthday Birdie with Hat and Card Chatter-Birthday
Cardstock:  Citrus Leaf (retired), Sunny Yellow, and White Daisy
Ink:  Citrus Leaf and Tsukineko Memento ink in Tuxedo Black
Other:  Martha Stewart border punch, Cuttlebug and Nestabilities, Crop-a-dile corner punches, Copic Markers, and Recollections adhesive gems