Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Winter Wishes Dear Ones

Just jumping on here quickly to share some "Dear Ones"
cards I'm mailing out this morning. The stamps are Pompom Pals from PTI. So cute and fun to color (but as I'm looking at this pic I realize I forgot to color in one of the striped borders! LOL Had to stop and color that in superfast so I can get these in the mail this morning).
I played around a lot with these in a few stolen moments over the last few days and while I love my Copic Markers I decided to finally use my Prismacolor pencils - and that magic colored pencil technique (mineral spirits and tortillon). I also threw in a little Wink of Stella on those stars. Not the best pic but I wanted to just get something out here on the blog. Its just the busiest time of year and while I'm making things I'm not always sharing.
Lots of tags to be made, gifts to be wrapped (and purchased in some cases!) and I need that last stamp set for my Year of Cards. It'll all get done. It always does right?

Hope your holidays have gotten off to a great start and you're enjoying the season. Thanks for stopping by!

Updated: now its the afternoon and I came back cos I realized I needed one more "Dear Ones" card so I made the Pink snowman with the silver border (now the top pic). I wanted to show you the pretty sparkle of the clear Wink of Stella - so cute. That's really all for today now!

Friday, December 05, 2014

Year of Cards: December

Hello again!
So I'm almost at the finish line with my Year of Cards. Today's edition is December.
I tried to go with a winter feeling without it looking like a Christmas card. In my family, we have several Christmas birthdays (my grandfather and my cousin were born on Christmas day. there is one Christmas Eve baby, and several other December birthdays). I love red & white this time of year - candy canes, peppermints etc. I bought  Papertrey Ink's Fair Isle Motifs stamp set - sooo pretty. I went back & forth about using it as I had 8 cards to make (and that meant a lot of stamping! If you look closely at the cards pictured - I used one stamp. Stamped 6 times for each card front.) I tried out a few designs (stamping a selection of the stamps but finally decided to just use one of the large stamps). I couldn't make up my mind which orientation I wanted to do for all of the cards so I made a few of each - but each used the same sized stamped panel and the sentiment (from Birthday Classics: December) stamped on a die cut shape (Lil' Inker Designs Stitched Mats: Rectangles).
Now my Year of Cards is all caught up. I need to wait for the last in the PTI Birthday Classics series - January. It is due for release on the 15th. In the meantime, I'll pack up the cards in their boxes, create a label or belly band - still pondering packaging - and have it all ready to go for that final card.
Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Year of Cards: November

Hello friends!
Back again to show you the November edition of my Year of Cards.
I decided to use Papertrey Ink's Autumn Adornments stamp set for the image. It's just the loveliest stamp - you can add little pumpkins to that vine or acorns like you see here. And I opted to keep it somewhat monochromatic. The cardstock is PTI's Fine Linen, the image is stamped in PTI Classic Kraft ink. The sentiment is from Birthday Classics: November, stamped in Dark Chocolate ink. Then I pulled out my sewing machine and did a bit of stitching (the thread is an off white - almost beige - blended right in. I was looking for the texture, not the color to add to the design).
Alrighty - that's all for today. Up next is December...

Monday, December 01, 2014

Year of Cards: October

Hello kids - I'm back! Well, I'm getting back - to normal. Thanksgiving was absolutely wonderful -and exhausting LOL (I can imagine you're nodding in agreement out there). Lots of food, fun and family. I wished I'd taken just a few more pics of the festivities but it's ok. This morning, things around here are returning to normal. I packed up all the fall and Thanksgiving decorations - now on with the Christmas! Okay, I'm not quite there yet but it's just good to have a quiet morning. Got a number of things done and that feels good. I haven't begun my Cyber-Monday shopping but I'm getting my credit card ready LOL!
So I'm here today to actually share a card (what a concept huh?)  Another in my "Year of Cards" series. Last I posted about this I still had October, November, December, and January cards to create. (A quick rehash - I'm making card sets for family members for Christmas - sortofa stocking stuffer if you will. There is a birthday card for each month featuring stamps from Papertrey Ink.) Today's edition is October. I tried to stay away from Halloweeny things (my older sister's birthday was near the end of October and she hated the Halloween themed birthday parties she had as a little girl. Strangely enough, I loved them and was always a little jealous my September birthday had no theme.)  I did use image stamps from PTI's Scentimentals stamp set (no - these cards aren't scratch-and-sniff but they coulda been!) as well as sentiments from PTI's Birthday Classics: October. I cut that little banner from the Double Ended Banner die and then stamped it with a stamp from PTI's Sketched Shapes. It's simple but I like it (and it's fairly flat - I think it'll mail with one postage stamp).
Thanks for stopping by. Stop on back this week - I'll be sharing November & December's cards!
Have a good one ~

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Hi there

Just thought I'd pop in briefly here on the blog to say I've been crazy busy - around the house mostly - doing a lot of cleaning and decorating in preparation for Thanksgiving. My house has been sorely neglected in the past months (i could say years but you'd probably be horrified... well it's true) and I really needed to get things in order. I am nearing that place where I will be happy to have guests in for the holidays. Everything isn't perfect but I'm getting there. I do have some work being done in the house this coming week which should make things really looks spiffy (I like that word don't you? :-))

I have actually been making some things in my spare time LOL but nothing ready to share yet. A few expected but unexpected things occurred in the last week to keep me from posting. But I'll be back shortly. Thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, November 01, 2014

Keep You in My Heart

Here's a card I made for my son who is off on a new adventure in a far off state. It's pretty exciting really. But I'm not gonna lie - I'm going to miss this child.
When they hand you these little creatures in the hospital it is quite astounding - the instant love you feel. Something quite unbelieveable. Like nothing you've ever felt before. And then all through the years you run through a series of emotions. But this one - the feeling of excitement for him and sadness that I won't see him every day, listening to his crazy stories, feeling his strength and kindness through some pretty tough times, laughing so hard with him I'd cry... oh I could go on and on... this has been one for the books for me. 
I'm happy & sad all at the same time - crazy. 
But I'm truly excited to see what's next for him - and hey - for us too. 
Hope you're having a great day. Happy November!

Friday, October 31, 2014

Halloweens-a-comin day 4 - wait - it's here!

Happy Halloween kids!
Last 3 cards to show you today. All three cards use the Happy Spooky Halloween stamp set and die from Papertrey Ink. The patterned papers are all from the Halloween Prints paper pack from PTI as well.
On the first card, I cut the speech bubble using my Silhouette Portrait. I added some ric rac I had in my stash as well as some tape from K&Co.

The second car uses one of the Tremendous tag dies from Papertrey Ink and some black Bakers Twine. I cut the cat using some glitter paper (like the Doodlebug sugar coated cardstock). I decided I'd add the kitty's face in using a white gel pen.

And the last card is very similar to a card I posted on day 1 - just a slightly different layout.

So that's it for Halloween cards. It was fun but now I need to move on to get caught up on my Year of Cards gifts for Christmas not to mention a whole lotta Christmas cards.

Have a wonderful Halloween! Candy for everyone :-) (I don't know about you but it's the only day of the year I don't feel too guilty about eating some candy... well not tooo guilty.) Enjoy!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Halloweens-a-comin day 3

 So here's another few Halloween cards for my dear ones featuring that adorable cat (who looks just like my little Westley) from Papertrey Ink's Happy Spooky Halloween set. In the first card I used some patterned paper (PTI's Halloween prints - the dotted orange/black paper) along with a background I made using one of the stamps from the set stamped in Versamark. I cut the speech bubble with my Silhouette Portrait and stamped a sentiment from PTI's Keep it Simple: Halloween. I also added some black ric rac from my stash.

The second card - more stamping to create a background but this time with PTI's Orange Zest ink. I matted the main image with some patterned paper from the Halloween Prints paper pack. I used the same sentiment as the previous card. And finally, I added a little Orange Zest Bakers twine to finish it off.
Okay that's all for today. I'll be back tomorrow with more! Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Halloweens-a-comin day 2

Back for day 2
Here are two more Halloween cards I sent to my
Dear Ones. Those cats are from Papertrey Ink's Happy Spooky Halloween and  Cat's Meow sets.
(They are representing my two crazy kitties, Westley & Willie.)
The sentiment is from PTI's Keep It Simple: Halloween and stamped on the Double Ended Banner die from PTI. Patterned paper is from the Halloween Prints paper pad (yes... also PTI!)

The 2nd card is also using the Happy Spooky Halloween set as well as the Text Block: Halloween die. I stamped the ghosts two different ways. I stamped the white ones you see using PTI's Fresh Snow ink. Then I went back and stamped more ghosts in Versamark. My intent was to clear emboss those and I did - but you're wondering what are those white specs? Well.... long story short: a while back I hadn't been careful and some white embossing powder got into my clear EP. I thought I marked the top of the jar - I should have thrown it away. And when I was making this card I used the wrong jar of clear embossing powder. But strangely enough - I kinda love it. Serendipitous wouldn't  you say?

Alrighty that's all for today - see you tomorrow for day 3

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Halloweens-a-comin day 1

 Yes I have not been posting much. Ahhhh- but I have been making things (when I am not in my pre-Thanksgiving rip-the-house-apart-we've-got-company-coming frenzy. Yes I'm already thinking Thanksgiving - you can't start the cleaning too soon - and it is not yet Halloween. Heck I'm already doing some Christmas crafts... but more on that soon.).
So I have made a bunch of Halloween cards for my "dear ones" (i'm gonna make a category for them for heavensake) and figured I'd post them over the next few days.

For the first card I used Papertrey Ink's Happy Spooky Halloween stamp set and die as well as a circle Nestabilities die. The background paper is also Papertrey. So cute and makes the card come together so quickly - this was a less than 10 minute card. I am positively in love with the little cat - he's a replica of my little Westley (my mostly companion, ever-present shadow, and best buddy).

This card was another quick one. I used a few dies from Papertrey Ink: Text Block: Halloween die as well as one of the dies from the Shakers & Sprinkles kit to make that stitched frame. I also used some polka dotted tape from K&Co Smash book line.
I think it's a nice masculine card (for someone I'm not sure would appreciate the cute cats :-)).

Okay that's all for today. I'll be back with more all week!