Monday, August 30, 2010

PDCC # 44


I struggled with these colors!


The Stamps are by Hero Arts. I stamped and embossed the wheat with versamark frost and butterscotch embossing powder. The star background stamp was embossed using versamark under not quite navy dye ink and clear powder.
The pink background was created using a foam applicator to apply worn lipstick distress ink. A few gemstones and ribbons to finish it off.
Not quite sure what I would use this card for...........Any suggestions?

Last week was very busy and I got home one night around 1030, feeling worn out. Hubby had put my mail on the kitchen table and I saw a manilla envelope in the middle of it. I started trying to remember what I might have ordered....didn't have a clue. I hadn't ordered anything at all, it was a wonderful card and package from Tiffany. Here is the beautiful Card! The card looks beautiful on her blog but it is even prettier in person and it is hard to believe that she hasn't been using copics for a long time. Don't you just love her color style? This was such a wonderful surprise and I just want to say "Thank You Tiffany!!"

Hope you have at least one wonderful surprise this week!
Thanks for stopping by :)

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Spring Wreath of Leaves

Spring has finally arrived!

Sorry that it took a while for spring to get here but last week was too busy. I have had tons of ideas about how to decorate the spring wreath so you will probably be seeing a few more later.
Thanks for all the kind comments on the other seasons, both here and on flickr.
The only stamp is the wreath stamp. The butterflies are rub on transfers that I have had for several years. Isn't that why we keep all that stash of stuff?? You never know when they will be just the right touch for a project.

We are taking a quick trip to Raleigh today. My hubby says "Is there anything you NEED to do while we are there?" My reply "No, I don't NEED a thing but I could always spend a few minutes in Archivers". He knew, I don't even know why he asked.

Enjoy your Sunday! Thanks for sharing a little time with me :)

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Winter Already?



Today I am sharing the winter version of the "wreath of leaves" stamp. Got up this morning and impatiently waited for the sun to come up so that I could take a photo of the card in natural light. Now I have a problem. I always take numerous shots of the cards and keep narrowing it down to the photo that I think shows off the card the best. This morning I have two that I like for different reasons.........so I decided to post them  and let you help me decide which is the best.


Contestant # 1





Contestant # 2

The wreath was inked with dye ink and then Glimmer Mist was sprayed over the stamp before it was stamped on the white card stock. Added some buttons, rhinestones, pearls and a ribbon and all done.
This is definitely the less time consuming wreath of the seasons so far. But I hope you like it. Are you convinced that you need this stamp yet???

Any ideas for how I should decorate the spring version?
So happy you stopped by :)

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Change of Seasons



I had a change of mind which led to a change of seasons. Just yesterday I said I was going to stick with summer colors, but I kept having ideas about uses for this wreath stamp. I had lots of fun with this idea. Decorating the wreath with the flower punches and colors of card stock almost felt like playing with paper dolls.
Looking forward to decorating wreaths for spring and winter too.
Thanks everyone for all the nice comments here and on my flickr site on summer's card. A little hint about tomorrow's post..........It's a new season :), I told you time flies!

The wreath and the bird are from Hero Arts and the silhouette leaf in the background is from Impression Obsession.

Have a great day and I hope you will stop in tomorrow.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Wreath of Leaves


I know you will be very shocked to hear that I have a new Hero Arts stamp LOL!! This lovely wreath is from their new "Jingle All the Way" catalog. It is way to early for me to think about the holidays......I am sticking with summer colors for a while. But if  you are ready for some great Holiday stamps you can check out the catalog Here.

The wreath is  the only stamp on the card and the rest is done with punches, pearls and a texture plate. I decided not to put a sentiment on the front so I can decide later how I might use it.

The butterfly and flower punches are from Martha Stewart and the border punch is from EK Success.
The texture plate is by Papertrey Ink.

I can see lots of uses for this wreath and see it adapting to all seasons very nicely.

Thanks for visiting today :)

Monday, August 23, 2010

Everything But the Kitchen Sink sketch challenge # 21



Participating in this sketch challenge today. When I started the only thing I decided on was the "sketch" and that I wanted to use some fabulous felt.


The first step was to make the flower using nestabilities. After cutting out the blossoms, I added some dimension and embellishment with some embroidery thread, which led to the idea to use the thread on the card base.
The white card front was created by cutting a piece of card stock 1 3/4 inch longer than the front of the card. Then I turned under the extra length and punched the border with a Martha Stewart punch. Then I sewed along the punched border with a dark pink thread. Then stamped at the top with the Hero Arts large canvas stripe stamp with white ink and embossed with white.
In the middle of the white card front I stamped and embossed a large flourish stamp from HA and applied the flower over the flourish.
Below the flower I paper pierced two curved lines and sewed them with two shades of the pink thread. Then stamped and embossed a small leaf flourish design.

I found the felt Here. You should go over and see all the gorgeous colors available and it works great with   nestabilitites. I found out about the felt thanks to Jackie and since she enabled me, I thought I would enable you!

Opened my curtains this morning and there is a cute little bunny out munching on the grass. I love animals :). The deer that are usually in the field by our house don't show up much in the summer. So for now it's just the bunnies and the birds.

Thanks for visiting!

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Just Rite Friday Challenge #032: Color


Visited Sharon's Blog, Paperfections, and saw this great challenge from Just Rite and the prize is awesome. They are giving away Copic Markers, so I just had to play along.


I was awed by Sharon's card with the new bird set, it is gorgeous! That set is on my "got to have" list. The stamps used on my card are 09710 beautiful blossoms and C-45 small letter set. The letter set is one of their monogram sets but as you can see it can be used for more than monograms.
I did add a design to the ribbon with a tiny flower stamp from Rubber Stamp Tapestry.

 Fall is just around the corner.... where did the summer go? Time seems to speed by these days and I think it has something to do with getting older. The time just seemed to drag when I was a child, seemed like birthdays and Christmas would never come. Now you can't get the tree down before it is time to put it back up. While I am ready for cooler temps, I don't even want to think about the holidays. Have you heard the saying "Time flies when you are having fun"? I have decided it doesn't matter whether you are having fun or not, time is still flying.

So thanks for spending a little time with me! Hope you are having fun.

Friday, August 20, 2010

PDCC43


Playing along with the Play Date Cafe Challenge this week and I'm getting my entry in on time this week :).



My entry is featuring a few new stamps that I picked up at the CK Convention and Stampers Alley.
The central silhouette leaf image is from Impression Obsession.  It was stamped and embossed with white ink and white powder. The frame around the blue background was created by cutting the next smaller size nestability and using that as a mask, stamping the leaf background stamp, remove the mask and emboss. I wanted the frame to be softer than the main image so I sanded off some of the embossing.
The small flowers are from Heartfelt Creations and cut out with their matching die from spellbinders.
The butterfly is from Hero Arts.
The sentiment is from PTI and so is the texture plate that was used on the white and blue pieces of card stock.

It's a rainy, dreary day here today but as Annie would say "The sun will come out tomorrow". Seriously, that's the forecast........the sun is coming out for my birthday and going away again the day after. We are going out with my cousin and her husband tonight to celebrate because his birthday was yesterday, so we're going out the day between our two days. Just happened to think that means neither one of us get free birthday cake, I guess we could have planned that better!

Thanks for sharing your day with me :)

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Simple Stamping


At Stamper's Alley last week I picked up a couple of new Impression Obsession stamps, Flower 4 and Silhouette 4. Isn't that flower great? I especially love the center of it, awesome pattern. So I combined the flower and the silhouette and then stamped the flower 5 more times and punched out the center of the flower and the butterflies and small flowers.

The challenge on the IO blog this week is simple stamping with less embellishments...................I don't have to count those butterflies and flowers, since I stamped and punched them myself...........do I????? If you agree that makes the ribbon my only embellishment :)

I keep thinking today is Friday instead of Thursday. When you don't work the same schedule every week it gets a little confusing. Hubby is retired so I can't even count on his schedule to help keep me straight, because he doesn't have one. But I do have a long weekend off, so maybe that is part of the confusion, or maybe it's just my age LOL!!

Thanks for visiting!! See you again soon :)

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

PDCC 42

Loving the colors for the PDCC this week.



And this is my interpretation of the challenge....


All stamps are by Memory Box except the celebrate, which is a stamp from PTI. The diamond  background was created with a texture plate.
(I was too late for the challenge, oh well, there is always next week)

On a totally different subject.........I am a very fortunate woman. There are days that I complain about my job, the long hours, working weekends, working holidays........but then there are days when I feel so blessed to do what I do. Those are the days I feel like I have made a difference, a positive impact, and brought a smile to someone's face. I wouldn't trade those days for anything. It's been 34 years. Premature babies never cease to amaze me and I guess when they do it will be time to stop. They are so fragile in so many ways and so strong in others.
I can still remember the first day I saw a baby that weighed 2 lbs. They didn't get much smaller than that 34 years ago. Now we have occassionally have babies that weigh less than 1 lb and as early as 23 weeks gestation. 40 weeks is term.
I believe that we are "where we are in this world" for a reason. Yesterday I had a day that reminded me of that and I was so happy to be "where I was".
Thanks for listening to me ramble on about one of the passions in my life :).

Thanks for coming by, it makes me smile!!

Monday, August 16, 2010

CK Trip Photos

Last week was one for the records and I am glad it is in the record books LOL! I worked 13 hours on Monday, came home and spent 2 days in bed on a heating pad. Back to work on Thursday. The most stressful part of the whole thing was worrying whether I would be able to make a four hour car trip with Tanya on Friday.

But Friday morning I packed up my heating pad and tylenol and off to Charlotte we went. Yippee!! We had been counting on this trip for a long time, and the pain of missing it would have been much worse than the physical pain in my back. Our first stop was the CK Convention and straight to the Scrap-Mart booth looking for the new Spellbinders Nestabilities. Alas, no luck but I did pick up a few deckled rectangles and placed an order with them for a few of the new ones. They did have samples of the new Grand nestabilities and they are very LARGE!

We ran into 2 friends from Wilmington at the Tattered Angels booth and had lots of fun at their make and take booth. This is a photo of Ann and Tammy enjoying all the Glimmer Mist fun (sorry for the blurry quality)


So we were spraying Glimmer Mists and there is a large fan near by.........I was afraid by the time we left I would look like a Smurf. We learned some great techniques and of course picked up a few new products.


This is a picture of Tanya and I showing off something we made. As you can see there is quite a bit of age difference between us. I rarely think about it.......we have such a good time sharing ideas, crafting, enabling...and when we are together we are talking constantly and having fun so what difference does age make?????
 But as I was getting ready to leave for the trip my hubby says "This could be like a mother-daughter outing!!!!!"  How old do you think I felt when he said that!

Saturday morning we went to Stampers Alley in Mooresville. We found this store the last time we went to the CK convention. This is where we met Jackie and found out that she is also on the Hero flickr site (shortwizard) and she has a blog Just Stamp It. Since last year I visit Jackie's blog a lot and it was great to see her again this year. This is a picture of Tanya and Jackie when we were getting ready to check out.

We also found a great quilt store there. It had the most fabric I had ever seen and some beautiful work displayed there. The only problem is it was in an older 2 story building and the air conditioning was out on the second floor.......It was 90 degrees up there so it really limited the time you were able to look. But our plan is to make another trip because it was so nice.

One more happy surprise I had last week was getting an honorable mention at the Play Date Cafe! I was very excited, it was the first time I had participated in their challenge. So thanks to everyone over there for that honor!

This is going to be a better week and will be making some cards with some of the new products we picked up, and will be visiting you on your blogs :) Have a great week and thanks for stopping by.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Purple Poppies


This was the card I was talking about in yesterday's post. The first idea was to mask the central image and stamp around it....possibly using a script stamp or a background stamp with small details, but this beautiful Memory Box paper is what I decided to go with. It was cut into a frame shape using a Spellbinder's nestability.
The poppy stamp is from the Hugs and Prayers set. There are two poppy stamps, one that is the outline, and one that is a bold image. I stamped the bold image first using olive green, and stamped the outline image on white card stock using purple ink. Colored the outline poppies with copic markers, cut out and layered over the bold image.

off to work....Have a great Monday!
Thanks for coming by :)

Sunday, August 8, 2010

You're too Kind


This card features another beautiful stamp set that arrived from Gina K Designs this week. It is Hugs and Prayers by Nina Brackett. The image was stamped, embossed and colored with a combination of copics and a SU marker.
The oval was die cut using a nestability, then I pierced holes around the edge and used embroidery thread to stitch along the piercing. The oval is Letterpress cardstock. I love stamping on it and it cuts so well, using nesties and the cuttlebug.
The butterfly was stamped twice on vellum. Both images were embossed, cut out and then layered to intensify the color and add dimension.
I also traced around the edge of the image using a dry embossing stylus, it helps the image to pop. The last step was to add a tiny bit of glitter to the center of the flower.

Already had some inspiration for another card using this set.......don't you love it when that happens? It makes up for those times when my creative juices have stopped flowing.

Do you have any fun plans for the week? I am traveling to Charlotte for a CK convention at the end of the week. I am hoping that someone will have some of the new spellbinders nestabilities there...I have a list already of the ones I just can't live without LOL!!!

Thanks for sharing some time with me today :)

Saturday, August 7, 2010

A Single Rose


When I was making the "Everyday is a Gift" card, that was featured yesterday, I embossed and cut out several of the roses that I used. This was one of the leftovers and I thought it was too pretty to throw away but I wanted to change it a little, so I colored it with copics.
The white panel is Letterpress card stock, I love how thick it is......almost like chipboard. Used a nestability to cut out the center and create the frame for the rose.
The tiny little sentiment is from PTI and the tag was made with a nestability also. 
Just finished it up by adding the double layered bow.

I slept in this morning, hadn't planned to but I guess I needed the rest. Going over to see my dad and take him out to lunch....maybe seafood. Hope you have a fun and safe Saturday.....see you tomorrow :)
Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, August 6, 2010

Every day is a Gift

Today I am entering the PDCC41 for the first time. This weeks color challenge is seen here and you can find more details on their blog. These colors were inspired by the movie, "Under the Tuscan Sun". Isn't that beautiful? Love that movie, not only the story but the scenery.



And here is my entry:



These flowers are from the wonderful Gina K set that arrived yesterday. Just simply stamped and embossed on Bo Bunny polka dot paper. The sentiment is from Hero Arts. The texture was added to the white panel using PTI's texture plate.

I have never been to Italy but would like to travel there one day.
Little confession, it's 2pm and I'm still in my pjs :) Hubby is out for the day and I have been in my room all morning..........creating, having a blast!
Take some time for yourself today and enjoy because "Every day is a Gift"

So happy you visited :)

What's good about facebook!

The thing I like best about facebook is the chance to re-connect with people you have known in the past. I am a NICU nurse and have been for over 30 years. I have worked in the same unit since I graduated from nursing school. Over those 30+ years there have been lots of nurses who have come and gone......Gail was there in the early 80's and we kept up with each other for a while, then over the years we lost touch. I wondered where she was and hoped she was okay.
One day when I was going through old photos and I found one she had sent me after she married. I had forgotten her married name, but there it was and I got on facebook to see if I could find her. And I did!
She is doing very well, has a beautiful family and is a wonderful photographer. And that is the reason for this post. This morning on her blog, she posted some awesome photos of her daughter, Grace, on her 8th birthday. The are so stuning and her post is so beautiful I had to share it with you. You can check out her blog Here.

Hope you enjoy your visit to Gail's blog and I will see you again later today with a crafty post.

see you later:)

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Floral Greeting


Did you miss me? It's been a busy week, but I finally have a few days to stop and take a breath. BREATHE!
Oh, that feels much better. After a few meetings this morning, I had my hair done. My stylist took a couple of months off and I was looking very shaggy. This evening I feel like a new woman :). I always take her pictures of how I want to look when she is finished but so far she hasn't been able to make me look skinny or young. I don't think that is too much to ask, do you?

Came home and finished up this card that I started earlier in the week. All the stamps are from Hero Arts and the corner punch is from EK Success.

Another positive for today....I had a package from Gina K designs, I love there pure luxury card stock. I had used their heavy white card stock before and really liked it, so I got another package and ordered some of the kraft to try this time. I was led to their site by a post from Joan Ervin. Take a look at this gorgeous Floral Wreath she created. Isn't that spectacular? I just had to get those flower stamps.

Since I shared her creation, can I ask a question about blogger etiquette? Is it okay to post links to other's blogs without asking or should you ask them first? I would love feedback on that.

Speaking of other blogs, I haven't had much of a chance to visit so that is where I am off to now. Going to catch up on some of my favorites....Really miss it when I don't have the chance to visit.

Thanks for your visit with me!

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Love Birds


Memory Box Stamps
F1231
E1173
C1031

Hope you had a nice weekend and are ready to start a new work week. I had a lazy Sunday, did some studying, spent some time on the net, took a nap and this evening I made this card. 

The birds are paper pieced and are from a different stamp than the branch and leaves, they are sitting on here. Their branch had more of a fall feel to it so I decided to substitute one that had more of a summer look.
While I am wishing for cooler weather, I am not ready for fall colors, or getting closer to the Christmas rush.
As a child it seemed like Christmas would never get here, but as an adult, it seems like you can't get the tree down, before it's time to start again. Enough of that talk....starting to feel anxious just thinking about it.

Off to get ready for my 12 hour shift in the NICU. 

Thanks for stopping by!

Paper Piecing with vellum


Stamps by: Hero Arts, Memory Box

Memory Box  has some beautiful bird stamps.  I chose to use this one because it looked like it would be great for some paper piecing and instead of using patterned paper I used vellum for a softer look.

After completing the paper piecing I masked the image and stamped the Hero Arts script stamp over it using desert sand Memento Ink.
I die cut the tan paper twice, scored the top piece about 3/4 " from the left edge and adhered that 3/4" to the second  piece, leaving the other side loose to form the card base. The last step was to tie some ribbon near the scored edge for embellishment.

Have you got something planned for your crafting this week? Or do you just take it day by day and see where it leads you? Either way, have fun, I look forward to seeing your creations.

Thanks for visiting :)!!