Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Sparkles for a Sad day!

Today Kristina posted her weekly color challenge. This is not why it is a sad day, this actually makes it a good day. Today is a sad day because it is the first day that the reality of the death of my DH's dear friend has really hit him. He is at work and I wasn't with him when he broke down. We were on the phone together and I could tell how upset he is. The next few days are going to be even harder as we attend the wake tomorrow and then the funeral on Friday. I tell you I love this hobby for many reasons. It is definitely a creative outlet for me and today I realized it can be an emotional outlet as well. As I do each week, I loved this color combo. Here is the inspiration piece that Kristina posted. The colors are so soft and serene-Close to Cocoa, Choc. Chip, Vanilla, and Soft Sky. I sat down to make this card after the conversation I had with Tim. I think my card has a quiet, soft feel to it, which was how I was feeling as I created it. I decided to add sparkles to the bird because Drew was such an amazing guy with a fun personality! Tim would think this was all goofy and sappy, what I'm writing here, but I was totally feeling the sadness as I created this card. It is not meant to be a sympathy card, just a reflection of the mood I was in.
The card base is a piece of textured Vanilla cs, then I cut a piece of Cocoa cs to 5 1/4 x 4 inches. I added a piece of Sky ds paper to the top 3/4 of the cocoa piece in the design closest to the pattern on the comforter. I layered my last piece of Choc. satin ribbon with a strip of soft sky double stitched grosgrain (yes, I took out the stitching again). The rectangles were cut using my nesties. I inked the bird in Cocoa craft ink and embossed him with Iridescent Ice EP. Added some Soft Sky berries to the bottom and sponged the edges with Cocoa ink. The sentiment says Sparkle from Warm Words and I used a piece of styled Silver HPH over the top and added two half back pearls from my Pretties Kit. I've seen this done by many but it was the first time I tried it. I think it added to the softness of the card. Okay, this was way longer of a post than I wanted it to be. Make sure you take time today to say the words, "I love you" to someone you do love!

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Here Comes Billy!

Who is Billy you ask? If you've paid attention to my blog you know I don't have a son named Billy. Well, thanks once AGAIN to Lauren Meader (mytime) I discovered this cute little guy from Pink Cat Studio. Most of the time when I am shopping it takes me forever to finally hit the send button. I really think about my non-SU purchases since I can't use them to demo with. Not this time. I saw Lauren's cute boy gift set and 10 minutes later this stamp set was mine! Shipping was super fast which was a nice surprise since it was coming from Canada. I know I will get a ton of mileage out of this set. I just hope the boy's friends don't get sick of seeing him when it comes to Birthday cards.

The first card here uses the sketch from the Great Swaps Girls Challenge this week. I used the rust striped paper from the Fall Flowers paper pack across the top of the texture choc. chip cs and then to layer the main image. I added a piece of linen thread to separate the two pieces of paper and give it a more western, rugged feel. To color little Billy, I used my Water Wonder Crayons, aqua painter and watercolor paper. The sentiment and stars are stamped with choc. chip craft ink and then embossed with clear embossing powder. I layered the sentiment with the lg. oval punch and lg. star punch.

This second card uses the Billy super hero stamp that is included in the set. I colored him using my aqua painter again, but picked up the ink from the lid of my ink pads instead of the WWC. The sentiment is layered up again, but this time with my circle punches and designer label punch. I also sandwiched in a piece of the styled silver HPH. A piece of striped pumpkin grosgrain ribbon finishes it off! All products are SU except for the stamps.

GSGC02, A Strawberry Birthday

The Great Swap Girls posted their second challenge yesterday. This week it was a sketch challenge. Anyone can play, so stop by and check it out ! I did another card using a new non-SU set but I'll show you that one tomorrow since I haven't posted any SU stuff in a while. The Tart and Tangy stamp set is such a fun set to work with and can be used for any occasion. I stamped the strawberry twice, once in real red and once in wasabi. I cut them both out and then just added the cut,wasabi, stem piece to the red berry. I did add some stickles to the top of the berry and used my Janome sew mini to stitch around the printed wasabi piece of paper. I also added a stitched border around the sentiment. If you ever wanted to add stitching to your cards and have never sewed anything in your life (that was me!) get the Janome. It is a small investment but oh so easy to use. Gina K has an amazing tutorial about how to sew on your cards to help you get started. All products are SU (except the stickles and sewing machine)Stamp:Tart and Tangy, They say it's your BirthdayCS:Jersey shore ds paper,Kraft, real red, choc. chipInk:real red, wasabiAccessories:wide choc. chip grosgrain ribbon, patina stickles, janome sew mini, bold brights brads
Thanks for stopping by!


All these letters, what do they mean? NMBS is another swap group I am a part of, it stands for No More Bad Swaps. Normally we do all SU stuff, but with this swap those that participated wanted to show off some of the other non-SU products we have. NVR stands for No Vendor Requirements.
It's a dark and gloomy morning here but I wanted to get this card uploaded since I don't know when I'll be back on the computer today. This card uses the PTI set, Pond Life and the Lemon Tart Perfect Match Cs and ribbon. When I started this card I knew I wanted to use this turtle image and the rectangle die cut with my scalloped nestabilities. I pulled some colors to see what would look good with the Lemon Tart and soft sky and celery just spoke to me. Seriously they did. They said, "use us, make a baby card." Don't these colors just scream BABY! I ran the soft sky scalloped rectangle through the swiss dots embossing folder and used a few different words from two other PTI sets (I tried a bunch to see which would fit in the lg. star punch) to create the sentiment. The only SU products I used were the sky and celery cs and ink, and both star punches. Oh, and I used Crystal Effects on the shell of the turtle. I am please with how it turned out. Now I just need to get them out in the mail. Nothing like squeezing it all in at the last minute!

Monday, April 28, 2008

I got an award!

Thanks, Becky (beccabatgirl)! I am so honoured! I just got back into town and came home to 221 emails. After getting through those and taking some time to blog hop, I saw that Becky had nominated me for this award, The arte y pico.

Here are the details: The award was originally designed by Eseya at arte y pico . You pick five blogs that you think earned this award based on their creativity, design, interesting material, and contribution to the blogging community. List the names on your blog and link to their blogs. Leave a comment on one of their posts to let them know of the award! Each winner has to show the award and put the name of the person who gave them the award with a link to their blog. Also show the link to arte y pico.

Here are the girls I'm passing on the award to:

Enjoy the day! I hope to get some stamping done today, since I need to finish some swaps and the GreatSwapGirls just posted the weekly challenge! So check back for some new stuff!

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

One more before I Go!

So I worked on one more challenge today and I love how it turned out. The Great Swap Girls Blog posted our first featured stamper challenge. Check it out here. Jackie Pedro (SCS name is Strappystamper) is the first chosen one! She has an amazing gallery and I decided on this card to case. Isn't it just the cutest?! Here is my version. I kept the layout the same since it was what I was so drawn to. I changed the colors, added some ribbon, and ds paper.
This is a 4 1/4 square card with textured White cs as the base. I watercolored the images with re-inkers and my aqua painter. Oh and the little cute orange star is from Holiday Blitz.
Congrats, Jackie and thanks for the wonderful inspiration and reason to not pack today.Stamps:Pun Fun,They say it's your Birthday,Holiday BlitzCS: textured white,navy,brocade blue, pumpkin, and bashful blue,pumpkin ds paperInk:pallet noir, pumpkinAccessories:aqua painter,circle and square punches, pumpkin striped grosgrain ribbon, dimensionals, ticket corner punch, white gel pen

Racing the Clock!

What I should be doing is packing for our trip, but I really wanted to get in some last minute stamping-so that is what I did. Kristna Werner posted her color inspiration challenge and I just loved it (it had pumpkin in it!). The colors to work with were Sahara Sand, Pumpkin Pie, So Saffron, and a touch of Wasabi. I pulled out my Bali breeze paper and my Baroque Motif stamp set and got to work. This came together quickly for me since I was working against the clock. The medallion piece is embossed with clear embossing powder and the wasabi ribbon is the double stitched ribbon with the stitching pulled out. I love when I find more than one way to use a product. Stamps: Baroque Motifs, CS:textured sahara sand, pumpkin, saffron, Bali breeze, Ink: versamark, pumpkinAccessories:build a brad, wasabi double stitched ribbon, dimensionals

Lake Fun!

I always have a hard time taking photos of my scarapbook pages, espcially the double spreads. This is two of the pages I completed at the crop I went to two weeks ago. I am so ready for more fun at the lake with friends this summer. Tim spent to day out there yesterday doing some Spring cleaning and ended up working a deal with a company that was doing work at the neighbors to put in a beach for us! I am so excited. We were trying to do this work ourselves last year and we just weren't making any progress by bringing in small loads of sand at a time. So by next week, we'll have a huge truck load of sand delivered and the next time we go out we will have our Beach!

These pages use black as the base and I accented them with the fun summer color combo of Pumpkin, Real Red, and Celery. I used ds paper from Bali Breeze and Summer Picnic packs on the waves and the circles. Stamps: simple serif alpha, spunky alpha (retired),CS: basic black,celery, pumpkin, real red, Bali breeze and summer picnic ds paper, Ink:white kraft, pallet noir, Acces: cm circle cutting system, SU cutter kit, photo corner punch

Monday, April 21, 2008

Great Swaps Girls Color Challenge

Today was the first challenge posted on the Great Swaps blog. It is a color challenge and anyone can play. Saffron, Celery, and Regal Rose-So give it a go and see what you come up with. I used the set called A Little Birdie Told Me. I stamped the little birdie first,masked him and then stamped the larger birdie. This gives the appearance of the little one whispering to the big one. Thanks to whoever came up with this idea, it is just too cute! Recipe: Alittle birdie told me, celery, celery and saffron prints ds paper, whisper white, celery grosgrain ribbon, photo corner punch, aqua painter, re-inkers, black stazon.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

More PTI Fun!

After I finished planning for the workshop I'm doing today, I took some time yesterday to work with my new PTI set, Pond Life. It really is a versatile set. I can see myself turning to it many times to make cute little boy cards as well as cards for the grown men in my life.

The fishy card is my favorite card I've made so far with this set. It was heavily inspired by this card from Lauren Meader. I think using the page pebbles over the fish is brilliant. I also really love how the Tiny Bubbles embossing folder works with the images from this set. I combined the berry sorbet and summer sunrise PTI colors with SU's soft sky, guess what? I love these colors together and that satin ribbon-Yummy! Enjoy the rest of your weekend. I'll be back with more SU stuff this week. Hugs,

Saturday, April 19, 2008

PTI eye candy!

This is going to be a quick post, I need to head out to Joshua's soccer game. I got my PaperTrey Ink order on Thursday and then yesterday my downline and friend, Crystal made the trade off. What is our trade off you ask? To help save a little money and allow us each to have more of the fabulous paper and ribbons PTI comes out with each month we split the packs and spools. It is working great and it is fun to trade stuff! Anyway, here is what I got and
here is the quick card I whipped up yesterday. I just love this little turtle.

Friday, April 18, 2008

What I know best

I debated about posting this card only because of the reason for which I created it. I didn't want to get too personal with this blog since it is for creative inspiration, but sometimes it is unavoidable. This is one of those times. Remember I told you inspiration can come from anywhere. Well aside from the fact that this is the other NEW set I earned during SAB, I was inspired to send out a card to my brother. We aren't very close (just two very different people, which surprises most people, even me, since we are twins) and I have a hard time talking to him. We lead very different lives and lately he has been struggling (truthfully it's been going on for some time, it has only been recently he was forced to face his problem and deal with it head on) with a drug problem. He has been clean and sober for 6 months. I know it has been hard for him and I think 6 months is a great thing. So back to the card, this was the only way I knew how to tell him I was proud of the steps he has taken in the last 6 months. I have a hard time picking up the phone to talk to him, but hey, I can whip up a card and write something sappy and feel good about it. It's what I do best. I think it will make him feel good too!
I used some scraps of the Jersey Shore paper I was working with yesterday and adhered the strip to the bottom of the bashful blue card base. This is another square card. I also paper pieced the birdie (love that with this set) and then used a punched out small oval template to sponge in the bashful blue spot the birdie is standing on. Learned that little trick from someones blog, so thanks for the tip :) Tied the whole thing together with some double stitched wasabi grosgrain ribbon. Stamps:A little Birdie Told Me CS: bashful blue,confetti white,Jersey Shore ds paper, textured wasabi Ink: pallet noir, bashful blue Accessories: sm oval punch, wasabi double stitched ribbon, sponge dauber

Thursday, April 17, 2008

More Pun Fun!

Today I worked on the thank-you gift for my hostess this weekend. I am doing an in-home workshop for a new stamping friend and I always like to make my hostesses a little something special for opening up their homes to me and their friends. I just had to use my new Pun Fun set, plus it is one of the sets that is included in the Free Wheelin' promotion (get a FREE coordinating Jumbo wheel when you purchase one of the selected stamp sets). I made this little cute little box with some paper from the Jersey Shore ds paper pack. It was super simple. I then made 6 cute little cards to match with the Pun Fun stamp set. I hope she likes! Thanks for checking in!

stamps:Pun Fun CC: confetti white,wasabi,brilliant blue,bashful blue,pumpkin, jersey shore ds paper Ink: pallet noir Accessories: aqua painter, wwc, horizontal slot punch, bashful and pumpkin stirped grosgrain ribbon, wasabi double stitched ribbon, lg. and sm. oval punches

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Stink this is sweet!

Sorry couldn't resist the pun. The set is Pun Fun after all. I earned two free sets with my SAB sales (another perk of being a demo). I have been dying to get my hands on this little guy and all the other cute punny images in this set. Mr. Brown brought me my goodies yesterday. Since I am not so MIA as I thought I'd be with this jury duty thing (we were all released yesterday after waiting two hours for nothing. Then today, no jurors were needed. I'm hoping the same will go for tomorrow) I got some stamping time in today.
I used the color challenge from SCS to do this little card. It is a 4.25 inch square card. I used my aqua painter and re-inkers to color him in on watercolor paper. To add a bit of interest to the card I punched half circles out of the pattern paper (guava ds prints paper) and then nestled in two ribbon slides from the styled HPH kit tied with grey taffeta ribbon. Another quick and easy card. Tomorrow I'll have the little hostess gift to share that I'm making using this set and the Jersey shore ds paper. Off to enjoy the sunshine. Tim is off today and we are going to take the boys out for a bike ride.

another go at it

I followed another route in adding my signature to my posts. Same site, just didn't use the try it out link, I scrolled down and followed the link under the "Proceed"tab. Thanks to Amy for her help. So now I think it is going to work the way I want it to (and it's purple, well kind of). Let's see...

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Duty calls!

Jury duty that is. I am scheduled for jury duty this week and was not needed today, but tomorrow is a different story. I must report at 10:30am and I am really nervous about it. Not so much about being a juror (I haven't actually been chosen for a case yet, but there is the chance), but nervous about leaving my family. If I get called to a case, I just worry about the boys. I do it all for them and they are used to our schedule. They will be in good hands, my MIL is going to be with them while Tim is working, but I hate surrendering control over to someone else. With that being said, this may be my last post for the week. I hope not, but you never know.

I went to a crop this past weekend and was able to complete 8 whole pages for my scrapbook. I had never been to one and it was a hard thing for me to figure out what to pack. I am so used to just sitting down and having everything at my disposal. If I change my mind about a color combo, I can easily just grab what I want. When you are away from home, you are stuck. So I spent to afternoon tweaking a few of the things on a few of the pages. This page was one of them. I had used the kraft as my base and added faux stitching with my white gel pen. As I kept looking at the page it just wasn't working for me. I know I said I don't sweat the small stuff, but I kept looking at my Janome sew mini and thought I should try to stitch for real around the edge of the page. I did and I actually was able to sew in a relatively straight line and do my corners fairly well (yeah, I know you can't even see it from this photo, but trust me it is there and it looks good!)

I got my machine for Christmas and after I changed out the thread one time I just haven't been able to get the tension right. It has been frustrating to me lately to sew on cards or pages. Not today! I liked it so much I then trimmed off the faux stitch marks and then mounted the Kraft base on to a 12x12 sheet of Tempting turquoise. I love how it looks now. I also added the extra little photo corners to the pictures.

Have a great Tuesday!

Stamps: Well Worn alpha, simple serif mini alpha Ink:Real red kraft CS: Kraft,Tempting Turquoise, Real Red, Accessories:white gel pen, photo corner punch, janome sew mini, cutter tool kit

Monday, April 14, 2008

How does it look?

I'm trying out my new signature. It was way cool to do, but doing it the FREE way was kind of a pain. I think I spent 15 minutes playing with the mouse to get my signature to look halfway decent. It was like signing you name on those little credit card pads in the stores. It never looks right! I do think it turned out cool. I'm sure if you paid the money, it would look even better.

Here is the site I downloaded it from. I have no idea how to do anything else with it, so I guess I need to do a little more research. I would love to add it to the end of all my posts, without the little box around it. I know there is a way, but I am still so clueless about all these blog things. Speaking of blog thingies, did you see the new little widget (yes, I did learn a new word yesterday) in my sidebar? It is the cool new link to a blog with links to all my cool and uber talented Great Swap gals. Thanks to Becky and Denise for creating it! Check it out if you want to learn more about this amazing group of stampers.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Good Kharma!

I told you I love the challenges on SCS (I know I keep saying this, but it helps keep my stamping mojo motivated. Sundays bring the Featured Stampers Challenge. This week it features Jodi (Kharmagirl). Her gallery is full of wonderful inspiration. I chose to draw inspriation from this card of hers, sc169Happy Anniversary.

Here is the card I made. I love the little bee stamp from Stampendous. I used textured river rock cs for the card base. The card measures 4 1/4 square. I used my rectangle nestabilities to make the scallop square (love getting more milage out of my stuff, plus it saves me from buying the square nesties) and rectangle in groovy guava. I think the black is a nice accent color to this card. I colored the bee with my aqua painter and re-inkers and added a little bit of sparkle to the wings of the bee with stickles. Thanks again for stopping by. Have a great start to your week.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Another color challenge...

This one is a little different. Well, it doesn't come from SCS. Kristina Werner has started posting a color inspiration challenge on her blog each week. She finds these amazing combos from different magazines and such. She also does this cool thing (she's very computer savvy) with the first 25 enteries, it's called the round up. Check it out Here is the source of inspiration.

Isn't it cool? The colors to use for the challenge are: Tempting turquoise, Taken with Teal, Old Olive, Choc. chip, close to cocoa and very vanilla. So, from this picutre I came up with the following card and I really do love how it came out. I told you yesterday that I had used the same layout on another card ( I know I have seen similar layouts, so the idea is not my own. Thanks to anyone who has used a similar layout that I'm sure I was inspired by). I used my Bali Breeze paper and my square punches and the Embrace Life stamp set. I stamped the branch image three times is three different colors and left one of the squares blank so I could include the sentiment. I did ink up the word seperatly so I could make it fit the 1 1/4 inch square.
What I love about this hobby is that you can be inspired by anything and everything!
Stamps:Embrace Life
Ink:taken with teal, close to cocoa, old olive
CS: very vanilla,choc. chip, close to cocoa, Bali Breeze
Accessories: vanilla wide grosgrain ribbon, choc.chip poly twill ribbon, build a brad, 1/2 inch circle punch, 1 1/4 inch square punch, dimensionals

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Not so Glorious green!

I am kind of working backwards with the challenges over at SCS this week. I told you yesterday I love the challenges each day over there. Tuesdays and Wednesdays are my favorites. On Tuesdays there is a color combo challenge. This weeks challenge was, are you ready, Real Red, Glorious Green, and Night of Navy. Now to a lot of people, this probably isn't that bad of a combo, but for me-yuck! It is the Glorious Green that makes my stomach turn. I just don't like it. So I wasn't going to do the challenge this week, BUT, I couldn't stop thinking about it. So after seeing my online, soon to be real, friend, Kristin's card, (you can see her other amazing work on her blog listed to the right-she's a great swaps girl) I thought, "hey, I can do this." And so here it is.

I do like how this turned out. I used the same layout on another card, I'll be posting that one tomorrow (and I love that card way better, much more ME-colors) so look for that in my next post and see how different two cards can be using the same layout.

I'm proud I actually took part in the challenge. It is good to work outside your comfort zone every once in awhile. It wouldn't be a challenge, if it didn't make you think, right?! Have a great day!

Stamps:Tart-n-tangy,Holiday Blitz
Ink:real red, glorious green, night of navy
cs:summer picnic ds paper, vanilla, night of navy,glorious green
accessories:wide vanilla grosgrain ribbon, build a brad, 1/2 inch circle punch, dimensionals

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Old and New

If you didn't know that Wednesday's are card sketch challenge day over at SCS, then go check it out. I love to see what new sketch is posted each week as it gives me a great starting point for my stamping that day. Now I don't always get to them on Wednesdays and that's the beauty of it, you can do any challenge, any day. So whenever you feel stuck, head on over there and be inspired! Let me warn you though, the challenges are addicting.

Here is this weeks challenge

It was to use an offset oval. I used some of my favorite products, new and old. I finally got the swiss dots embossing folder for my cuttlebug-new. It is so cool and I know you'll be seeing more of it! The colors I used were Perfect Plum and Pale Plum (old) with some accents of old olive. The Butterfly is from one of my favorite sets, Priceless that debuted in the SU catty last July(so kind of old and kind of new). I stamped the butterfly with versamark on Perfect Plum cs and then embossed it with clear embossing powder (old). The butterfly is popped up on dimensionals to look like he is in flight. I added a little bit of stickles (the best glitter glue out there and it comes in amazing colors!) to the sentiment and the swirls of the butterfly.

Thanks for stopping by! I'm doing pretty good my first week of blogging-a post everyday so far. Hugs!
stamps: Priceless, Warm Words
Ink:pale plum, perfect plum, versamark
cs:glossy white,pale plum, perfect plum, old olive
accessories:wide olive grosgrain ribbon, lg. and small oval punches, marvy giga scallop punch, CM oval cutting system, dimensionals, crop a dial, stickles, swiss dots embossing folder

Busy working on some things...

so I haven't done any actual, new stamping projects. I am working a Crop this weekend at my son's preschool, so I am busy prepping for the make-n-take. The coordinator is hoping for 40+ guests and I will be the SU demo there from 3-9. I'm so excited for this opportunity, but mostly I'm excited to have 6 whole hours to work on my scrapbooking in the company of others who enjoy this obsession, I mean, hobby of ours ;)

This is the card I just did for a swap with some of the girls in the Great Swaps group. I chose to showcase the Ribbon slide (it is a piece from the new Styled Silver HodgePodge Hardware kit from the Spring mini). I showed it used two different ways on this card. I used it with a Ice Rhinestone brad placed in through the center and then used as the middle of the flower image. Then I used it with some ribbon as an accent on the Photo corner punch on the left side of the card. Hope the girls will like it. I can't wait to see what the cards look like that I will get back. I'll post pics of those since they will be showing some of the other cool accessories from the Spring Mini (rubons and die cut flowers!) after I get them back.

Happy Wednesday!

Stamps:Friendly Flowers, One of a Kind (used for the sentiment, I just omitted the little flower)
cS: textured white,wasabi, basic grey, Summer picnic ds paper
Ink: garden green and bashful blue markers, basic grey
Accessories: double stitched wasabi ribbon, ribbon slide, photo corner punch, ice rhinestone brad, round tab punch.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Can't show favoritism!

I guess it is only fair that I share a page with my other two boys. This is one I did a while back, some of you have probably seen it in my SCS gallery. It was a simple page that went together quickly. You'll see, I'm all about speed scrapping. I love the creative process, but I don't fuss over the little things. My time is limited and I have lots of pictures to turn into pages.

I love SU's textured cs (yes, I love all things from Stampin' Up!, well all the products I order anyway). I just recently discovered Going Grey and love how it looks with Basic Grey (one of my favoirte go-to neutrals since it came out in July). I didn't use the darker Basic Grey on this page, but I did pair Going Grey with some of the Western Sky designer paper.

Doing this page reminded my just why I love to scrap. I got to tell the story of how big brother, Joshua, was helping Ryan learn to write his name. It was one of those melt-your-heart moments. These photos weren't staged. I was lucky enough to have to camera close by when they decided to practice writing all on their own.

CS:Going grey textured, Western Sky ds paper

Ink:Basic Grey and Ruby Red

Stamps: Jumbo outline alpha, ABC alpha lower

Acces: My Way Punch, Basic Black journaler

Monday, April 7, 2008

Sharing the Love!

There are many things about this page that I love. Numero Uno is the subject matter. This is our third son (and our last). He is almost 14 months old now and in these pictures he was about 8months old. I love his dimples. All the boys have dimples, they get them from me, but the baby has this BIGGEST dimple I have ever seen in his right cheek. I also love how quickly this page went together. One of my secrets to scrappin' fast is to use a layout from the SU! catalog. This was CASED from pg. 24 of the current SU catalog. I changed the colors, the title, and added some extra photos. Hope you have a great day! Thanks for stoppin by.

All SU produtcts:

Ink:soft sky, blue bayou, night of navy

CS: same

Stamps: Time well spent, Big Deal alpha and Simple serif mini alpha, Short order numbers

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Here is what I did Today!

I got some stamping in today even though it was so beautiful outside. I think Spring is finally here-yippee!! I thought I should share some eye candy for my first day of posts and see how this all works trying to upload photos.

I love Sunday's on SCS it is Featured Stamper day and today we had a wonderful gallery to oogle over, Mommylvs2stamp. After looking at lots of cards, I decided to make this card. I used my new stamp set, One of a Kind with Blue bayou, soft sky, and river rock along with the Western sky designer paper. I love layering punches and this card uses the Round tab punch (the larger circle behind the scallop circle punch-just punch two pieces out and adhere them together to make a circle), the scallop circle punch, and then I cut out the Lrg. flower from the One of a Kind set. I added some HPH pieces and called it done!

OMG! I can't belive I just did it!

Here I am, finally caving in! It seems everyone and their brother has a stamping blog, so I didn't want to be left out. I guess I can blame it on all my Great Swaps girls! LOL! I think I am one of the few left from this amazing group of stampers that didn't have her own Blog. Well not anymore.
I live for nap time and that is when most of my creative juices flow. Well, they start flowing in my mind all throughout the day as I am inspired by many things but it is between 2 and 4 pm that I get to put the ideas to paper.
I am a happily married mom to three adorable little boys. While I love greens and blues, it is through my cardmaking that I can happily use all the pinks and flowers that I want to! I also love to scrapbook and take a ton of pictures to capture all the cute things my little guys do.
Thanks for stopping by. I'll have more to share as I learn the ropes of blogging and how to upload pics and stuff!