Monday, July 30, 2007

Guava Birthday

Here is a fun card I made at a Crop for a Cure crop a couple of Saturday's ago (there were also stampers there). The SU! demo let everyone make one of these cards. I made it my "own" by adding the brads, additional sponging and adding the guava ribbon instead of the white one that came with the kit. We also got to make a matching envelope.(thanks Jeni! Ü) I am loving this guava color!

Saturday, July 28, 2007

Baby bunny

I have had several Inky Antic images colored for weeks and am just now getting them onto cards. I have a bag that has stamped images, colored pencils and gamsol. So easy to take places where I know I will have time to color. Then when I have time I try to turn them into cards. Once in awhile I will take patterned paper with me to match the colors, but usually not.

Thankfully someone (thanks Mackbrad Ü) sent me some 6 x 6 sheets of patterned paper for my birthday LAST year and this orange plaid was just perfect and I didn't even have it with me when I colored the bunny! The blue dots is from SU!-retired now I think.

This type of card is called a tent card. Michelle Wooderson is the author of this very fun type of card. This is my first try at it.

I cut my card base 4.25" x 4.25". Then I layered the stamped image, so that the height is 5.5". It fits into a card sized envelope perfectly. Ribbon and rickrack (both now retired) are SU!

Vintage Grateful

If you read my blog you know I purchased some vintage ribbons and lace this week. LOOK I am using them! Ü The flower is made from 2 different clear Inky Antic stamp sets. The large part of the flower had two rows of dots. I stamped it in black on Cosmo Cricket patterned paper and then pierced the dots. The button is from a box of vintage buttons I purchased on another trip. In the scan it looks glossy, but IRL is a distressed pearl. The thread was already attached.

The rust background was embossed with a Cuttlebug embossing folder (love those things for quick backgrounds!) and then lightly sponged with brown ink.

"Grateful" is by SU!.

Friday, July 27, 2007

Hot Pink!

WOW! This is BRIGHT! Reminds me of an Hawaiian shirt. Ü I still like it though. I used some black to tone it down a bit. The little black ribbon tab was an after thought. It is the piece that I cut off when I trimmed the ribbon behind the "happy birthday" piece and started to throw it away. Then I thought "why not use it" and I really like it there on the upper left...balances the knot on the lower right.

Sorry for the crooked picture. I am still trying to learn this digital camera stuff. Plus I took the picture outside and it was a little windy.


I had fun making this card. I had this idea in my head and it came out pretty close to what I was thinking. To make the ribbon slide, I cut 5 pieces of cardstock (4 white and 1 pink). I punched slots in one and then lined it up with the other pieces to be even. Layered them together and brushed the edges with pink ink. This gives the appearance of chipboard. "Smile" and the flowers were embossed in white and then sponged over in pink several times to get the darker look. The background was stamped in pink just to fill the empty space.

Blogger's Challenge

I wasn't able to do the last two challenges, so was glad to participate again this week. For this challenge we were to make an item that you could put a gift, bag, etc. I love these "NIB" bags that I saw Ellen Hutson come up with on SCS. Click HERE & HERE to see hers. (You can also do a "genie bag" search and see many more. I'm giving Ellen credit as I saw hers first and she shared the instructions with me. The instructions listed below are just my version)

To make cut down a paper lunch sack to about 4".

Cut two pieces of cardstock 6" length and the width will be the width of the sack.

Decorate one piece of the cut cardstock. This will be the front. (You can decorate the back too if you wish, I didn't).

Punch a hole for the handle in the top of both pieces of cs.

Adhere one piece to the front of the bag and one to the back.

There you have a fun gift bag that you can fill with goodies. Here are several ideas that I have made...the fall colored ones are images from Inky Antics. The winter ones are images from The Angel Company.

Don't forget to click on the Blogger's Challenge list on the left to see what the other gals came up with. There are some AWESOME ideas out there!

3 Flowers

This card was made using a clear stamp set from Inky Antics. I stamped the flower in black on Cosmo Cricket patterned paper and cut out. Then using a mouse pad and embossing tool, I embossed between the two rows of dots on the edge to give it some dimension.
The colors from this paper set match SU!'s Really Rust cardstock perfectly. I embossed that with Cuttlebug's Happy Birthday embossing folder, distressed everything with brown ink and layered together. The light rust flower is mounted with pop dots. I finished it off with a brown knotted ribbon.

Thursday, July 26, 2007


I think that's what this flower is. Anyway....I STAMPED! Such a wonderful feeling. A confession of why I haven't stamped much lately... I have been having a terrible time with stamping, missing Kim, etc. Almost ALL of my cards and artwork went to her! So to sit down and make something seemed useless to me, cuz who was I going to send it to? I really had to do some soul searching as to why I stamp and if I was going to continue doing it. I decided that being creative is a gift from God and I was doing Him and others a disservice by not using that talent/gift. Also, Kim would be sad to know that I wasn't stamping. She was my biggest cheerleader and she would want me to continue. So even though I am selling lots of stamp stuff, it's just because I need to really *use* what I buy and only buy what I will *use* (and not hoard cuz it's too pretty).

So here is a card I made today. Even though Kim was a girly girl (pink stuff and PURSES Ü), she loved my *grunge* cards and items and owned several. I love how this turned out! The scan distorted the colors a bit. The flower matches the patterned paper perfectly. Patterned paper is *Wanted* by Cosmo Cricket. I LOVE this paper! (no more hoarding...have to use Ü) I think the paper alone makes the card.

I stamped the flower 3 times in different colors (using Colorbox chalk ink) and then cut them out, distressed the edges by sponging w/ dk brown ink and curling the edges and then layered them. The center is french knots. I enjoy sewing on paper. The tab is Cosmo Cricket, word on tab SU! and vintage lace to finish off the card. Oh and the bkgrd square behind the flower is actually from the front sheet of the Cosmo pkg just showing the patterned paper inside. I didn't want to waste any of this lovely paper and it was the perfect size.

Vintage ribbon find

I love it when I find fun stuff like this. I love old ribbons, lace and rick rack. This was at a flea market type store in Sargent. All of this was under $2! Can you believe it?! The full cards had a 10 cent price on them. I love using these type of things on my *grunge* cards. The *ribbon* is actually satin seam tape. So soft and in so many colors! Some of the seam tape is rayon. See the next post for a card where I used the old crocheted lace.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

I'm still here....really!

WOW! I have been so busy and really thought that this summer I would be able to post every day or at least almost every day. I haven't even been able to stamp and scrap like I wanted, so that IS busy! Ü I did get to go to a crop Saturday. It was a Crop for a Cure and the proceeds went to the American Cancer Society. I had a wonderful time. I was able to get 9 pages done in Benjamin's album and that was a wonderful feeling. I still want his freshman year done before school starts which is August 16th. Not sure that will happen, but sure am going to try.

My nephew is here (came Sunday nite) and will be here until next week and then we will either keep him another week or take him back mid week and the boys and I will stay at my brother's til the end of the week. It all depends on Godstock and who the artists are. In this tiny village of Comstock, a guy started concerts in his pasture. In June is called the Windmill Festival and it's all country music artists, in July it's the Rock concert and in August it is contemporary Christian music which I like. (I am NOT a country music fan)

Anyway they had listed Apologetix which I love and so do my sons, but when I ck'd the website today, Apologetix was not listed, so we may not go.

Here is a project I did a year ago (I promise something new will be coming soon-I hope!). It is an altered *altoids* tin (actually a different brand, but you get the idea). Feel free to e-mail me if you have any questions as to how I made it. I just made an accordian folded piece to fit inside the tin. This is the tin.

This is one side of the accordian fold

and this is the other side.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

another card from the archives

I am hoping to be able to create something new today. But until then here is a favorite card of mine that I did a couple of years ago.I stamped the image on acetate w/ stazon, colored on the back w/ Fabrico markers, then applied a thin layer of crystal effects and let dry a little bit and then sprinkled glitter on the whole thing.

Stamps: Nature's Sketchbook, All the Best
Paper: copper, Not Quite Navy, Bordering Blue
Ink: Stazon Black, fabrico markers, copper
Accessories: acetate, copper brad, copper EP and copper thread

Monday, July 16, 2007

Belize Journal 6/3 last one

"This morning I got up and got ready to go. Before we had to meet 2 went down to the shore to get a shark tooth necklace. I got the necklace went back to the hotel and we packed up our stuff and left. When we got to the airport on San Pedro Island we didn't have to wait very long. The airplane was very tiny, but it was really cool because we didn't go above the clouds. ...We flew to Belize City and then to Houston. In Houston we went and ate dinner. I got a sandwich and banana split. The banana split was awesome. They cut the banana in half, put it in the dish, put a scoop of vanilla ice cream in and then you got to do the rest. You could pick two scoops of ice cream plus there was a bar of topping and you could put any amount of toppings you wanted on. After we got done eating Tyce, Bethany, Taylor and I all played sinco (a dice game). We didn't play for very long until we had to leave. The airplane ride back took forever because they had too much weight. When they got that problem over with there were so many other planes that had to take off all at the same time. When we finally got airborn we flew to Omaha. There we got off , got our stuff and left for Broken Bow. When I got to the Son Life Center I loaded up my stuff in our car, went home and went to bed."

mom's note: This was our anniversary and a wonderful gift to have our son home and safe Ü

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Blogger's Challenge #3

I wasn't able to get the 2nd challenge done, but here is challenge #3. We were to make a Christmas card using non traditional colors. The photo was printed on shimmery white cardstock and is taken from our yard. Be sure to click on each of the gals under Blogger's Challenge gals to see what they did.

Thursday, July 12, 2007

We have a winner!

CAKVD said...
How about 43 years old?

CAKVD you are correct! Ü Please e-mail me your name and mailing address and I will get a goodie in the mail to you.

Thank you all for playing.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Belize Journal 6/2

"After breakfast Taylor and I went out to look around at the stores...I got so much stuff. For supper we went to a restaurant on the beach. I got coconut chicken that was really good."

Thank you!

Many thanks for all the birthday e-mails I rec'd. I was amazed by the ones I rec'd from you, my readers. So I decided to do a little blog candy. The first person to correctly post my age will receive a goody from me. Ü

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Grilled Chicken Marinade

Happy almost 4th of July! For a small village, Comstock puts on a big celebration. It starts early in the morning with rolls and coffee at the Sr. Center followed by a parade at 10:30. Then there is a BBQ at the community hall, but family come here for a BBQ. Then games in the afternoon, karaoke, then ball games until dark and fireworks to end the day.

We are having hamburgers and hotdogs on the grill along with grilled chicken. Here is the recipe for the marinade...

1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup oil
1/4 cup water
2 TBSP lemon juice
2 TBSP dried onion
1 TBSP parsley
1/4 tsp. ground ginger
1/4 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp garlic powder
2 1/2 boneless chicken breasts

Combine all the ingredients except the chicken and blend well. Pour into a large ziplock bag. Add the chicken, turning to coat with the marinade. Refreigerate 8 hours turning occasionally. Drain and grill or broil chicken 4-5 inches from heat for 6 minutes per side or until the juices run clear.

Enjoy! Ü