Saturday, November 15, 2008
The girls and I have been trying to make cards, we have only gotten about 20 done, but I want to get them sent out next week.
I was having trouble with the stamp set I had chosen to use, but today Patti suggested I use her cute Hero Arts set, and tonight I have been cranking out the cards like crazy. (Thanks, Patti!)
This is a closer view. I used the new Slice machine to cut the little Holiday Cheer tags. I really like the Slice, but I'm still learning how to use it.
The DP with blue is from Basic Grey. I think it is called Figgy Pudding. I also bought this paper on advice from Patti (nicknamed "The Enabler" by our friend Amy).
I ordered this stamp from Paper Pretties. I totally love how adorable this cute little girl is. I used paper that I received from Archivers as some kind of gift with purchase. I love that it is not traditional Christmas green and red.
The irony of the day is that I NEVER make or even send Christmas cards, and here I am making Christmas cards for others to send. Funny, huh?
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
I usually judge paper by the way it feels. I'm extremely tactile, that's the way I pick clothing too. No wonder I am so casually dressed all of the time, I choose everything by the way it feels on my skin! Both the DP and the card stock feel significant in weight and smooth on one side and textured on the other.
I used Pink Patterns DP, Spring Moss and Dark Chocolate card stock. I also ran a small swatch of Kraft through the Cuttlebug embossed with swiss dots. And embellished with a button with a thread.
All of the supplies are from Papertrey, except the Spellbinder's Nestabilities for the scalloped rectangle, and the sentiment from Printworks.
I'm back to school (the beginning of my FINAL year of law school--woohoo!), so both card-making and posting will be less frequent.
Hope all is well with all of my blog-friends out there!
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
The decorating is what brings me to this post. I made a quick dresser scarf for Savannah out of a piece of canvas I had lying around. I washed it first, then quick zig-zag stitched around the edges, added a piece of beaded embellishment that I had around and then stamped using an old SU! Definitely Decorative set. I stamped using acrylic paint, Copic ink, and also a Sharpie. I was using whatever was on-hand and nearby.
I also refinished a $5 table I bought at a crazy junk store here in DeKalb. I sanded it a little, spray painted it white, then stamped on white card stock using the same SU! set. Then I cut out and decoupaged the stamped images and some DP onto the table using Elmer's glue and then a clear gloss coat. Finally, I bought some rick rack and glued it to the edges of the table for a CUTE finish. I mixed up the clear coat with the base coat paint, so there's a bit of a white haze over the whole project, but it just looks fine in person.
Savannah is going to LOVE this shabby-chic addition to her room. As for Macie, it was time for her to get a new dresser and bed (from Ikea). She was using my sister's dresser from when she was born - 31 years ago. (Happy Birthday on Monday, Aunt Val!)
Friday, August 1, 2008
Yes, I'm talking about Brett Favre. Doesn't he realize we have more important mud-slinging to watch on the news with fewer than 100 days until the election?
Cindy, you didn't have to leave the ball at 11:15, but you can't return at 12:30 either...your coach has turned back to a pumpkin and your dress is a mess!
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
My fabulous husband (look, you can see his shoulder, right there on the right, just next to me...) took me to Madison, WI last weekend for dinner. He's been trying to take me to this great place, Quivey's Grove, for a long time. So he decided to book a room off Hotwire and take me last Saturday. OK, so that's so sweet, but EVEN better he looked up about six stamp/scrap stores and took me on a little shopping tour. He even sat in the car and read a book while I shopped! What a guy.
I made these next two cards with DP and stamps I bought on that trip. I'll have to edit later with actual manufacturers.
The square card uses a Lockhart stamp, which I colored with my Copics. I also bought this "Shapeabilities" from Spellbinders to make the tag.
This card is a tri-fold. I used some fabulous DP to cover the front two panels. I love all of the color! The stamp is from PrintWorks, which I found at this little regional chain in Wisconsin, Scrapbook & Stamping Memories. I love the image so much and it is really simple to color in with Copics.
OK, I do realize that every card I make is crooked in some way. I guess that is something I should strive to fix.
So now I am back to reality. I am writing a paper for my summer class on the Constitutionality of School Fees. Yes, they are Federally Constitutional, but some state constitutions require FREE schools. Illinois is one of them, therefore I am scratching my head about the annual registration fees. Hmmm...
Have a great day!
Monday, July 14, 2008
I don't remember the manufacturer of the stamp set with the trees (I bought it at Archivers), but the sentiment is the first of Verve's Plain Janes. It is beautiful, and it stamps perfectly.
I can never quite come up with the right sentiment for this Elzy, but I think this works. I used the Pretty Little Papers that I bought at A Muse in Seattle, and also I paper-pieced Elzy's dress. I LOVE paper-piecing.
Addition: Verse stamp by PrintWorks Collection, Inc. which I purchased at Hobby Lobby. It is a clear set of eight verses.
Have a great day!
It is a cute little red bag (back left) filled with fabulous AMuse products, including two of their new clear stamp sets, card blanks, pretty little papers and new Christmas stamps. The Cottage Stamper also included a package of inks from Colorbox.
I never win anything, and now I've won this and also a set of Creative Play stamps from Patti Gingrich's blog. My luck must be changin'! I am so blessed.
Thursday, July 10, 2008
This card is going out to my good friends Rusty and Leanne on Whidbey Island, who have just built their dream home. It has a view the water and snowcapped Mt. Baker from the entire northeast side of their house. It is just grand, and they are wonderful people who deserve such a blessing. We enjoyed a fabulous dinner catching up with them.
Turns out Lockhart Stamp Co. is from Redmond, WA, same place as Microsoft. Just a little geography trivia.
The "You Sparkle" sentiment must be a Stampadoodle original, as there is no information on the stamp itself. I love this sentiment, it fits just about anyone on any given day! All of the paper is just scraps, so I don't know where it came from. But the exciting part of this card is that it is colored with Copics. I love the sketch tip, makes coloring so easy. I'm not a "shader" or a "blender" yet, but I love the functionality of Copics.
I have a few more Lockhart stamps on my wish list!
This set is so versatile, comes with many sentiments and adorable characters.
I also used AMuse's new polka dotted card stock, and adhesive ribbon that I picked up from Michaels. The sentiment is from Autumn Leaves "Everyday Sentiments."
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
Ayden and I made it to the Amuse boutique. It is a tiny shop in North Seattle.
Isn't he precious? Ayden is a cancer survivor (Neuroblastoma--a rare childhood cancer) but you would never know that by spending any time with him. He and I had a fabulous two days, riding the bus all over Seattle. That was his only request, "Ride the bus?" and how could Auntie deny that adorable little face?
Back to the stamps, A Muse was very fun and as always there were many, many cute stamps. As you can see in the window, they made paper lanterns of their new cardstock...very fun. We missed Amuseapalooza in Seattle by about a week, but I was able to see the new Christmas stamps at my LSS, The Cottage Stamper in St. Charles, IL.
Also on my trip, I stopped at Stampadoodle, one of my mom's favorite stamp stores. (Their web site just doesn't do the store any justice. It is fabulous!) They have tons and tons of wood mounted stamps and also Nestabilities. I found this fabulous crab from Impression Obsession. I am experimenting coloring it with my Copics. Not ready for prime-time yet!
I've been stamping and organizing since I've been home. Later I will post my newest cards and my new stamp organizer. Hope you're having a fabulous summer!
Saturday, June 28, 2008
Today Mark and I are traveling to Washington state to visit family and friends (Mark is on business). We lived on Whidbey Island for almost 10 years, so going back is always bittersweet. I really miss my family and my wonderful friends, but the time I've been in Illinois has really settled my spirit.
This photo is the only photo I could find of Whidbey Island. (It is a couple of years old, as can be seen from the sweet little faces.) To get to Whidbey, you take a ferry from the south (Seattle) or cross beautiful Deception Pass Bridge to the north. This is a view looking over the bridge. Whidbey is a very magical place.
We'll spend half of our time on Whidbey; have a quick visit with the girls who are spending the summer with their dad; then I'll have a couple of days in Seattle with my husband and my little nephew Ayden. He's two. I can't wait to see him.
We rarely spent time in Seattle when we lived there, so next week I'm going to hit Pike Place Market, the original Starbucks, and the A Muse shop. I don't know how I will be able to choose from the entire line of A Muse stamps in front of me. I hope Ayden doesn't get me kicked out!
I'll post a few photos (of the A Muse store) and bring back souvenirs (also from the A Muse store). Happy Fourth of July!
Monday, June 23, 2008
When my dad was in town he fixed my table that is the center of my stamping room. It is a beautiful, sturdy butcher block table that he made for me a long time ago. (When I lived with just my two girls in a little apartment it was our dining room table.) My table suffered a little when we moved to Illinois and it has been wobbly ever since. So, while on vacation, my dad rebuilt the part of the table that keeps it all together. I am so happy it is no longer wobbly and would now survive a hurricane, uh...or a tornado.
I made this quick card to send to my dad to thank him for taking care of this silly project for me. This photo is not that great, but what I wanted to share was my little tab punch. I love how it looks like a file folder. File this one under "Merci!"
As I mentioned before, I love this new set of bugs from Inkadinkadoo. (This link is not the exact same set, but it is quite similar.) I decided to try working in the Inchie style using my bugs. I love the way this card turned out. I don't love bugs, but I realize that they have a job to do in this world, just like everyone else. That's why I used the verse, "Each of us will be a blessing to the other." Romans 1:12.
Sunday, June 22, 2008
Tonight I decided to focus on a palette of black, white and red.
I just picked up a set of sentiments from which I used the word "Rejoice" at Archivers. It is a set called Everyday Sentiments from Autumn Leaves. I also used the large butterfly from a set by Inkadinkadoo. I absolutely love this set because it is full of bugs--lady bug, ants, butterflies, dragon fly, firefly, and a bee.
I think this card looks a little busy with all of the polka dots, but I like its intensity nonetheless.
My second Rejoice card in the same palette is a tulip stamp I picked up from Michaels. It is an Anna Griffin stamp. Tulips have a special place in my heart, since I lived in a Dutch town in Washington state. I especially love parrot tulips, rather than the perfectly formed traditional tulips. Although difficult to see, I added red glitter around the word and also along the petals of the tulip.
I think I'll take a moment tonight to Rejoice in all of the blessings God has given me. Hope you take a moment to Rejoice too!
Saturday, June 21, 2008
My mom and dad came for a visit from Washington state and we were able to spend a little time in my messy, but colorful basement craft room.
My mom is just recovering from chemo treatments for Lymphoma, which is now in remission -- Praise God. So this was the first time in over 9 months that she had a chance to paper craft.
She made these fabulous journals for the ladies in her Bible study.
The top is using DP from Archivers that was in the Girl Scouts section. Although it is difficult to see, she cut out many of the flowers and mounted them on top to give a little pop.
The next one uses one of my favorite Bellas "sweetybellas" -- MWAH!
This journal highlights a new Magenta stamp that I bought at the Cottage Stamper. It is a beautiful image of a bird inside a frame. I love that this image doesn't need to be colored.
Finally, for this journal she used my scalloped circle Nestabilities. She also used a new Inkadinkadoo stamp with these fabulous butterflies.
I think we've now officially made journals for everyone!
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Macie's business name is M. Joy Jewels. (M for Macie and Joy is her middle name.) She and Sarah are quite the entrepreneurs; practically all of their teachers and also their principal are sporting their jewels.
Macie made this very cool watch a couple of weeks ago and I just ran across her image of it. She used green circular beads that she filled in with gold seed beads. She picked up this watch head for about $6 at JoAnns.
Macie is also my photographer and my sidekick stamper. She is in Washington state for the summer with her dad. I already miss her smile (and her sister's too)!
Friday, May 30, 2008
I live by lists and when I saw this adorable list booklet on Pine's blog I had to make one. (OK, I confess, I've made 6 in two days and there's more to come!) It looks like she received one from Michelle Wooderson, whose blog I really enjoy. My first one (left) I gave to my friend Becky. She doesn't really understand the paper crafting "thing" but she loves getting presents!
I am going to put these together for end of year teacher gifts, so I made these with little pockets on the inside cover where I can stash Starbucks gift cards for an extra treat!
To get started:
Buy 5"x8" notepads at your local office supply store, and ask them to cut them in half widthwise, which makes 2-1/2"x8" pads. It cost me $1.09 to have the stack of notebooks cut at Office Max, but there's no way a paper cutter would get through an entire pad.
Then you'll need to do a little measuring to get the folder just right; be sure to use a slip of corresponding paper to cover the header of the tablet, otherwise yours will say "eMax" like mine does below...
Just add lots of patterned paper, embellishments and glitter to the cover for fabulous and fun gifts!
Below are five I made last night; one for my sister (center) which I used "My Friend Ronnie" stamps. It says, "I shopped, and then I didn't. I like shopping better." I really enjoy Ronnie stamps. They are so perfect.
Two are for Macie and Sarah who are having their "Sisters Weekend" beginning tonight. I thought they could use pads to prepare for tomorrow's entrepreneurial adventure (they are hosting a garage sale...yikes!). Then I made two for Savannah and her friend Caroline who are planning an end of the year sleepover (double yikes!). Aren't they adorable? So easy to customize for anyone. Everyone I know will have one of these little darlings in their purse before the summer is over!
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Recently I made prayer journals for dear friends who were Baptized. (Yes, it was Patti's husband and children!) It was such a special day for Patti's family. It was a beautiful baptism that reminded me of our church in Washington where my husband, girls and I were baptized and also where my husband and I were married. So bittersweet.
So back to the projects. I'm using a new photographer (a 10 year-old photographer named Macie), so some of the details are not visible. I used regular composition notebooks that I bought last year at back-to-school time (the ones with black and white covers). I covered the fronts, backs and inside covers. Then I decorated them up!
My challenge was to make a masculine design for Chris without being too hokey. I used blue and chocolate brown, hard lines, and only initials, instead of his name. The scripture that personifies Chris is Joshua 24:15 "As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord."
For Jacob, I had been thinking for a couple of days that his scripture should be from Proverbs. I'm not even sure why. Then, I ran across Proverbs 3:5-6 which is a great reminder to put our trust in the Lord and leave it there. Good message for a tween! This was the first time I used staples in my design and it did give a more industrial look to the design.
Sarah, like my Macie, hates pink and loves blue. So alas, I had to continue working in blue. I love the scripture about how God loves us so much more than the sparrows. I wanted Sarah to always remember that God loves her so much. I used Luke 12:6-7. The birds are a stamp from Inkadinkadoo that I picked up at Hobby Lobby. I embossed them in copper, which is very striking. There are such wonderful bird silhouettes available now.
These composition books are super easy and super fun. I really enjoy making projects that are utilitarian. I hope God answers lots of their prayers!
The patterned paper is from Anna Griffin.
Happy birthday, Greg!
Saturday, May 24, 2008
More cards late tonight.
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
I made a couple of cards quickly a few nights ago. I had just 1/2 hour in my stamping room that night and I just couldn't contain my ideas. One of those is this quick BLOOM card. I used patterned paper that I bought at Target (I love their line!) and the fabulous flower from SU!. I used heat and stick and then glittered the entire flower. I love the way it pops. Then just a quick "BLOOM" and voila!
I think I am going to make more BLOOM cards, although I have never re-made a card, I think I could do a whole set of stationary, or just a handful of cards available to send on the run...speaking of running...
Monday, May 19, 2008
That was my mom's expression on these flowers that she and my dad sent in celebration of completing my second year of law school. It was a crummy semester, and I wasn't sure it was EVER going to end. But alas, I wrote my fifth and final exam last Thursday and have spend the weekend recuperating.
So Friday, I made my husband, Mark, traipse through our downtown junk stores looking for an old lazy susan for my embellishments. I didn't find a lazy susan, but I found this fabulous wooden spice rack. It was all gunky from years in a kitchen and still had old, dried spices in the bottles. (Yuck!) My daughters helped me clean out the jars and I ran them through the dishwasher. Then I spray painted the shelf (after I washed it and sanded it just a bit to rough up the surface). Since I did a really cursory spray painting job (because I only had a little paint left), I decided it needed to be decorated too. I glued ribbon across the shelves and then glued chipboard flowers from K&Co to the top. I am so excited about how it turned out. The bottles are sparkly clean and most of my embellishments and some of my other supplies fit on it perfectly. I love it!
So today's word is "Yippee!"
Friday, May 9, 2008
My friend Ruth is another mom who is surviving law school with me. We often laugh about how OLD we are compared to our other classmates (who were born in the 80's-when we were teenagers, spraying our hair with Aquanet). They have never heard of Debbie Gibson, and they think Madonna is "so classic!"
Ruth and I spent the first year of law school asking each other, "Why are we doing this?" Our second year, we've been asking each other, "Is it too late to quit?" It is too late to quit now, we just have one more year left. Woohoo!
I didn't keep track of my supplies and since we are right in the middle of exams, I'll have to update that later.
I thank God every day for such a wonderful friend who "gets" me. She is a beautiful Christian woman and dedicated mother. Her passion is to work in Immigration Law where she can help people. Happy birthday, Ruth!
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
I made this card for Patti's husband, today's hero!
We had some transmission work done on my car and today it broke down on my way to school. I couldn't get the car back home, so I parked it and walked home. I was trying to figure out how to call a cab, but then I quickly called Patti's husband who was home today and asked him to take me to school. I felt kind of dumb, but I missed so many classes getting ready for last week's event, and with only three weeks until final exams, I couldn't miss a class today.
One thing that is challenging about law school is that for almost all classes, your entire grade is based on the final exam! Exams are about three hours long, almost always essay, and really taxing. The only thing I can imagine is worse than writing a law school exam is being a professor and having to read 50 answers...can you imagine?
So Chris rescued me; I made it to my classes; and it was up to my husband, Mark, to deal with the car.
This was a very, very quick card. I mounted the five circles using Creative Memories' double circle punch. I love that it makes the circles just the right size to fit into my small Xyron. I also used these really cute stamps from Stampendous that I bought from Eclectic Paperie.
I hope that my car gets on the road tomorrow, which would make Mark Wednesday's hero...
Friday, April 4, 2008
As the holidays passed and the new year began, I decided that my New Year's Resolution was to live a life of authenticity. I decided to live openly and just as I am (quirks and cynicism, imperfections and inconsistencies, blemishes and all). That’s very difficult for a perfectionist like me, but there is such freedom in presenting yourself “as is” with no warranty, neither expressed nor implied!
Lastyear was a really challenging year for me. It was the end of my first year of law school, and my husband, girls and I had been through so many changes. I learned some challenging news about my childhood, and both my nephew and my mom were diagnosed and treated for cancer. Whew, it was tough. But all God needs is faith the size of a mustard seed...some days I had no more, but I kept pressing forward.
Although I didn’t articulate it until now, my word for the year is “authenticity” – living life without pretense.
I doubt I am alone in this pursuit of authenticity and I would hazard a guess that I am right on schedule, as I turned 36 last December. I think that there’s a reason the Israelites wandered the desert for 40 years before they entered the Promised Land. I think it takes 40 years of wandering in our own power before we relent and let God lead.
I’m almost to the Promised Land, and day-by-day I give a little more of the reigns to God. Praise Him for only requiring the faith of a mustard seed!
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
My friend Andrea (AJ) and I are both graduate assistants at the law school, and we are in the process of putting on a huge gala fund raising event on April 11. AJ is a 3L (third year) law student and this is her big HURRAH, and I am her assistant.
I am so excited for her and proud of her. She has worked so hard for this event and also in getting through law school. She is in her mid-20's and is beautiful both on the inside and out. She aspires to be a prosecutor (state's attorney) and really has a passion for prosecuting criminals. She is also a very loving and supportive wife to Craig, who seems to adore her too.
So I made this card for AJ in celebration of getting through this event. The image is Nay from Rubber Romance (who reminds me of AJ) and the text is from Stampin Up. I used a lot of glitter, including on her eyeshadow, and I also added big square sparkles for a lot of BLING!
I have been enjoying the images of women. They really highlight the many kinds of women we are on different days. I especially love those that bring out the Diva in all of us. I can't think of a more perfect day than lounging around eating chocolates! (Right now, I'd be satisfied to lounge around without the chocolate, wouldn't you?)
Monday, March 31, 2008
I made this card for Beate's weekend sketch challenge. I'm a couple of weeks behind, but I'm on the "better late than never" plan for life.
I used Stampin Up's Gardening Pleasures stamps. It is an old set, copyright 2001. I doubt it is still in the catalog and it is not my typical style, but it seemed to work perfectly with this sketch. I cut out birdhouse (straw hat) and used pop dots to give it a little depth.
No matter how I tried I just could not get a good image of this card. Must be my eyes, they are so tired from reading. Law school is filled with hours upon hours of reading. Don't get me wrong, I love to read, but after reading legal writing for hours on end, even reading notes from my girls' school can be challenging.
Last summer, I was at Barnes and Noble looking for a good summer read. I was picking up book after book, looking at the back for the summary. I realized after my 5th or 6th inspection that I was merely "looking" at the summary, not "reading" it! I decided not to buy a book at all; I left with a couple of magazines instead.
Tomorrow I will upload a card I made for my friend AJ. It so cute!