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 piffy (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!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Sprinkled with Sunshine Birthday Shaker Card

I'm back today to show you a birthday card I made for one of my sisters-in-law. Her birthday is coming up next week (I know... getting ahead here! yay!). I know from my own sister that just because your birthday is in October you don't want it to be about Halloween. You want it to be about your birthday right? Balloons, cupcakes, cake, streamers: yes! Pumpkins, witches, ghosts: NO!
I'd already decided I'd wanted to make it bright and happy and use those PTI Shakers & Sprinkles stamps and dies and sprinkles - a shaker card was in order. I'd chosen some Doodlebug Sugar Coated Cardstock in Tangerine (the color is gorgeous - I swear you could squeeze a glass of juice from it) for the die cut word on the front of the shaker. I cut that word out but added several diecuts cut from white cardstock to give it a little heft and make it stand on its own.  The background sunburst inside the shaker is patterned paper that came with the Shakers & Sprinkles kit. I added the stamped words ("I hope your day is" and "with sunshine" in Hawaiian Shores Ink. I decided using black ink would give it that Halloween look I was trying to avoid). I cut out the shaker frames and put it together using some of the "sprinkles" that came with the kit and also added some clear sequins I had in my stash. Finally, I tried a few different combos for that background the whole thing sits upon. I had been working on some scrapbooking and had a 6x6 pad of Hip Hip Hooray Doodlebug paper on my drawing table. There was one piece of paper that had orange polka dots I thought would work and I really liked the look - done.  I've made a lotta shaker cards in my time and I have to say this was probably the easiest one I ever made. The dies with the adhesive foam sheets (also PTI) really made it so much simpler. One last thing - I stamped the inside of the card as well as the envelope. The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink's Keep it Simple: Birthday set and the sunburst and twinkling stars are from the Shakers & Sprinkles kit. I often am in such a hurry I don't stamp the inside so it was nice to do it for this card. And I love stamping the envelopes for my cards - kinda bumps up the anticipation for the recipient yaknow? They know something special is inside right? I think she's going to like her card.
Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Year of Cards: May

Well I'm finally getting to post May's edition of my Year of Cards Christmas gifts.
When I'm making these cards I try to remember what season they're for so I can use seasonal colors. I think these colors work well for spring. I used two stamp sets from Papertrey Ink: Birthday Classics: May for the sentiment and Birthday Style for the balloons. I drew in the strings using a Pilot G-Tec-C4 pen. I love this pen (and its refillable - love that!)
I decided make 4 cards each of 2 different background cardstocks (from PTI - Berry Sorbet and Limeade Ice) - just a little variety for me - and I think both work. It will be random who gets what - they'll all be together when they receive their set of cards so if they want they can trade if they like one better than the other right?
Okay - I've got October, November, December and January to go! Thanks for stopping by - have a good one!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

With Deepest Sympathy

Unfortunately, we all need to send sympathy cards now and again. Last week I needed to send one. Not my favorite card to make, but necessary. I made this one quickly and made a second to put in my stash. The image is from Papertrey Ink's Leave it Be set and the sentiment is from Words of Comfort. It's simple but for sympathy cards, simple seems best sometimes. The cardstock and ink are also both from Papertrey - Spring Moss.
That's it for today kids - have a good one.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

More Fall Y'all 2 (Happy Autumn)

Back again with my Happy Autumn card.
I used my Silhouette Portrait to cut out the main image and the rest of the card is papers from Doodlebug Friendly Forest Collection along with the Mini Doodle Pop cardstock leaf sticker.
And a little twine.
And my sewing machine.
I used to sew on my cards all the time and I'd gotten out of the habit. I really love the look of stitching on paper. I started stitching on paper probably 15 years ago. At the time I was sure I'd wreck my sewing machine but I didn't - well not right away at least. I think this is my 3rd machine. As much as I'd love one of those fabulous computerized ones I don't sew quite as much as I used to. Back in the day I was sewing drapes and Halloween costumes - various and sundry things. But these days I pull it out for cards and the occasional project that I gotta make (I have a few that are coming up - stay tuned!)
Okay - that's all for today kids. Thanks for stopping by!