Saturday, July 31, 2010

What's Up?

Another cute new image from Inky Antics.
Today, I believe we are going "college supply" shopping. This means bedding and everything that we can think of that Benjamin will need for college. Reality is starting to sink in. Not going to be able to be in denial much longer. Ü

Friday, July 30, 2010

In Dog Years

Love this new sentiment and dog image from Inky Antics. Paper is Max & Whiskers by Basic Grey. Love the colors in all the patterns.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Hello Cupcake!

This summer is going by TOOOO fast! School starts in three weeks! Which means college does too and I am NOT ready for our firstborn to leave home! But I know he is ready.

Here is a cute chef image by Inky Antics. Paper is Cosmo Cricket's Garden Variety.

Monday, July 26, 2010

You're the Greatest

Inky Antic image and yummy Cosmo Cricket paper.
I have been busy the past several days getting donations for a benefit auction for a 3 year old girl from our community who has brain cancer. If you are a "local" reader and you would like to donate a service or item (or even money for the family) for the auction, please contact me. All of the money raised is going to the family.
The auction will be Sunday, August 15th. Anyone can come. If interested please e-mail me for more details.
If you are not a "local" reader, I know the Izie Hill family would appreciate your prayers.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Cow Are You

This card is for another Dare to Get Dirty challenge on Splitcoaststampers. You can read the challenge details here.

The stamp is by Inky Antics.


Wonder what that title means? It's Dare to Get Dirty Week at Splitcoaststampers! If you're a Fan Club Member this is your chance to play along with Dirty Girls, past and present, in lots of fun challenges. If you're not a Fan Club Member, this is the perfect time to become one!

You can get all the info here. We'd love to have you play with us this week! There are 33 challenges to choose from - play one or play them all.

The project I'm sharing today is for a challenge hosted by ME (Ü) and you can see the details here.

This year I have bravely offered to host a challenge and my challenge is today. If you are a fan club member you can see the details here. I would love to have you come and play along.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Sunday, July 18, 2010

More Thyme

I love Inky Antics chef images. The paper I used is Cosmo Cricket's Garden Variety, perfect for these images.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Inky Sneak Peek

Here is a new image and sentiment coming out by Inky Antics. Isn't this little porcupine the cutest? I used Basic Grey's "Max & Whiskers" 6 x 6 paper pad. I love the rich fall colors in this paper.

Friday, July 9, 2010

I really HAVE been busy!

** Edited to add: I don't know what is going on with blogger but it wasn't posting my posts. Be sure to scroll down to see a post I had for the 4th and 7th.
Just showing proof that I've been really busy making cards. Here are 62 cards and 3 boxes that I made for Inky Antics for CHA. AND I did a lot of coloring of images for Inky Antics for their catalog. That may come as close as I get to getting published! LOL!!

Hopefully, I will be able to be a better blogger.

PS: Thank you for all the e-mails I rec'd saying you were praying for my Uncle Mic. Please keep them praying. He had his second round of chemo yesterday. The family appreciates all they prayers on their behalf.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Clearly Hambly

This week Tombow is partnering with Hambly Studios. Hambly sent the Tombow design team a wonderful package. It was full of clear cardstock overlays and stickers. The cardstock is VERY thick and sturdy...perfect for making a fun little box.
A few weeks ago, Splitcoaststampers had THIS wonderful tutorial. I had planned to make a different clear box, but it just didn't work very good, so went with this one and love it! This box is soooo easy to make! I will definitely be making more of them. Its' perfect for just the "little something" to give as a gift box for any reason.

I did a couple of different things than the tutorial. Because I was using a clear cardstock, I didn't fold the sides down, but cut them off. I used Tombow's Mono Adhesive Power Bond and WOW is that stuff strong! I am loving that product! It is perfect for making my little boxes and home decor items that I love to create.

I used the aqua hearts overlay to make the box. For the front I adhered an owl from one of Hambly's sticker sheets onto a label from a label sticker sheet. I love their Kraft Cardstock Stickers. It was just the perfect little "something" to decorate the front of my gable box.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Around the House

One of the things I love to do is decorate my home. I don't have alot of time during the school year when I am working full time, but have enjoyed decorating this summer. I love all things Patriotic and went "shopping" in my home with the things I already had and decorated for the 4th.

Here are a few things around the house...

I collect ivory and medium green Fiesta and this ivory vase has a crack in it, so I can only use silk flowers. This is sitting on a small table in our bay window. The old table is card table size and perfect for the 4 of us to play games on.
When Benjamin was a baby (almost 18 years ago!), I took a quilting class and this is the first item we made. I love how this looks hanging on my wall.
SHHHHH don't tell Aaron I am showing this. He had a fit when he saw me taking pictures of it. This cute clay figurine is one of his firsts and he thinks it is terrible. I love it and it is perfect sitting here with the red and blue Jelly Bellies.

This raggedy angel is hanging above the monkey/train figurine and candy.

Sitting in the other corner of the roll top desk is this little arrangements. I love raggedy ann dolls. See the star glass dish of jelly bellies? That is this year's new "treat" that I bought for myself.

Each year I buy just a little something to add to my Patriotic decor. I was at an antique store and a booth had 5 of these for $2.50 and then marked down 50%! What a deal! They are really candle holders, but it's too hot to light candles, so I thought they would make the perfect candy dishes. I can use them again at Christmas time with candles.

In the living room, I have this arrangement on a little antique dresser that used to have a towel bar (didn't when we bought it) and in the "old" days would have had a large pitcher and bowl for cleaning up.

I normally have a cream lampshade, but found this one at Goodwill for 25 cents and use it for the summer.
The "candy dish" originally had a cinnamon candle in it from Bath & Body. After the candle had burned out, I cleaned it up knowing I could use it for Valentine's Day, July and Christmas.

A fun tip: as you can see with the M & M's here and the jelly bellies in the photos above they are all red and blue. I buy M & M's when they are on sale and separate the colors. Green for St. Patrick's and Christmas, red and blue for July (as well as red for Valentine's Day and Christmas) and the yellow, orange and brown for fall. I have them separated in zip lock bags and keep them in the freezer. Then put them out in the months that the colors coordinate. My "boys" love having the candy dishes around the house. I normally don't have Jelly Bellies, but they were left over from Benjamin's graduation.
This isn't patriotic, but just had to share. This is hanging right above the photo above. Aaron had to do a self portrait in school and this is sooooo good! It looks just like him. He is so talented! I just got around to getting it framed.

My grandma made this little lap quilt and I pull it out for the 4th every year.
Right beside the rocker which was a gift from my grandma and grandpa when we had Benjamin is this basket that holds my knitting needles and netting that I use to make scrubbers.
And last is this yummy treat that I made for the 4th. It is broken up oreos and pretzels. Then melt almond bark and drizzle on top, then sprinkle M & M's and patriotic sprinkles. Refrigerate until firm and break into bite size pieces.

Thursday, July 1, 2010


Paper Posies and Tombow partner up this week. Be sure to check the Tombow blog for inspiration all week from the other design team members.

Someone gave me this little plaque as a gag gift of sorts and I needed a little home decor project for Tombow using the Paper Posies kit that they sent me.

It has fun paper by October afternoon that I used as well as this little tag that was attached to a mini chipboard ticket album, so I decided to alter it too.

Our bathroom is in SERIOUS need of being redone. But money and time is tight right now. Even if you have a room (or whole house LOL) that needs redone, you can still do little things to make it look nice until you can get to it. Now I know of what I'm talking about cuz ours seriously needs regutted. I could get discouraged by how bad it looks OR do little things to keep it looking as nice as possible considering all that needs done.

Okay, I digress, back to my project. It is soooo easy and yet adds a fun little element to the room. I cut patterned paper to fit inside the frame and attached it with Tombow's Mono Adhesive Power Bond. Then I used the same adhesive to attach these fun letters that were in my Paper Posies kit.

Perfect word for a bathroom don't ya think? Ü I could have left it just like that, but it needed just a little bit more.

I printed the verse out on cardstock and attached it to the chipboard tag with the Power Bond adhesive and then stamped a flower from Darcie's set and grunged the edges a bit, added some vintage rayon ribbon and there you have it. Here is a tip for cutting smooth rounded edges: It is hard to cut rounded edges to look nice. Just cut and adhere to chipboard and then sand the edges with an emory board. Makes it smooth and look more professional.

Super easy, super fun and super cute. What do you have around the house that you can alter with some pretty papers to pretty up your home?