Sunday, August 26, 2012

Happy Sunday Morning!

Good morning, Faithful Followers!

I am sitting here listening to the crickets chirping outside. It is going to be a busy day today. So, I wanted to be sure that I hopped on here quickly to share a card that I designed for a friend. It's a card for a guy, which is always a challenge! My friend is a fisherman. I had this cute set that I bought from Rubberneckers. I just love it! I stamped on patterned paper that was from a Fishing stack. I inked the images and added brads. I Cuttlebugged the background and matted it too. I thought that it came out cute! Time to get it in the mail!


Have a wonderful day, whatever you do!


Wednesday, August 22, 2012

A new day!

Good morning, Faithful Followers!

It's a new day! How can we not love the fact that we awakened this morning and have a new day, when so many don't have that luxury? So, I am going to be thankful and share two new cards with you!

Another Sympathy card

Stampin' Up! Punch Potpourri set

I like to have plenty of sympathy cards on hand. When I make my cards, I leave out the sentiments on the inside, so that I can personalize them. I used my Spellbinders on the first card, then added pearls. The background paper is from a stack.

The second card was made with the same background paper, except that I opted to ink it before adding the stamped image. I really like this set a lot. The bird has a coordinating bird punch. The branches that the bird is sitting on is also on the same punch. LOVE it!

Have a great day, my friends!


Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Rain & cooler temps are a welcome change!

Good morning, Faithful Followers!

Today I am sharing some sympathy cards with you. I was inspired by my Stampin' Up! stamp club consultant, Karla Saner-Amigh! She's awesome and always makes me want to play more!

I decided to use my Spellbinders to create a card. I really like the look layering the different elements. It's simple, yet elegant, I think.

I used my Cuttlebug to emboss the 
background on 4x4 cardstock. I used a Lacy Square Spellbinders die and stamped my image on it. After adding my image, I used the bleach technique to change the color of the flowers, using a Q-Tip to apply. I added a bit of ribbon from my stash and a button to complete the look. The following card is using the same technique.

  On this card below, I again, used my Cuttlebug to emboss my background on 4x4 cardstock. I then took a Spellbinders cross and cut it out of the center of another Lacy Square Spellbinder. I love the textured look it gives the cross. I added some pearls to give some dimension and interest. I added my verse below. The card below this one is using the same technique, except for adding a few pearls at the bottom, below the verse.

The final card for today is one using a Stampin' Up! set. I just love dandelions that have gone to seed! Like the first cards, I used the bleach technique to accent the flowers. Instead of using a regular ribbon accent, I used a leaf ribbon trim from my stash.

I hope you enjoy my work!

Have a great day!


Saturday, August 18, 2012

Stay Tuned...

Good morning Faithful Followers!

I just wanted to ask you to please stay tuned. I will not be posting any cards this morning, but hope to tomorrow. It has been a busy week! Yesterday was my last day watching my 1 year old granddaughter, Ava. She will be starting daycare on Monday. :-(  We have 2 showings on our house today, so I don't have time to work on a project to share right now. So, please, stay tuned!

Have a wonderful Saturday!


Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Finding treasures!

Good Morning Faithful Followers!
Edward & Alice Hofer

Today I have something new to share with you. I have been doing some work with my family genealogy on and off for some time. One day last week, I decided to Google my grandmother's name. I came up with all kinds of things on the web. One link was to a hometown newspaper. It mentioned my family time and time again. I had to laugh as I read many of the mentions. Back in those days, a time without crime like today, news was when family either had family visiting or when they went to visit them...often, just a town away!

As I went through these papers, I came across the treasure above. It is a photo of my great grandparents, my father's grandparents! I was elated to discover it! I printed it out on photo paper so that it can be added to my Heritage album. 

Take a look online and see what you can find! Come back and let me know what buried family treasures you have found.

Have a great day and come back to see more cards in the coming days!


Wednesday, August 8, 2012

My Studio

Good morning, Faithful Followers!

It's going to be another hot day here in Texas. I am so done with the 100's myself, but Mother Nature disagrees!

Today I decided to share some pictures of my scrapbook/cardmaking studio. I probably should have  cleaned it up more for you, but, it is what it is! I had my granddaughter here when I was taking some of the pics. So, there are a few toys and a box on the floor! Let me know what you think (Not of the mess! LOL). I hope you like it!

Have a great day!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Another early morning!

Good morning, Faithful Followers!

I woke up this morning at 4:30 feeling rested. I never understand that when I have only had 6 hours of sleep. I'm sure that it will catch up with me later, most likely as I am sitting in the chair at the hairdresser!

This morning I would like to share 3 cards with you. The first is a card that I made for a woman who is 90 years young! I stamped my image from TPC Studio, then cut it out. I had a mat stack in my stash that had a sheet with butterflies on it, which I mounted. I added some dimension to it with some Diamond Glaze. I added some lace from my stash, and finished it off with some Thickers numbers. The recipient really love the card.

This card started out different than it began! I'm sure that anyone reading this, who is a cardmaker, understands that statement! I used a Spellbinder die to cut out the front of my card. I thought that having the image on the inside, showing through the front, would give it a different look. So, I stamped my Stampin' Up! image inside, and colored it with Copics. I decided that she really needed the sun behind her, so I added the sun by making my own template. I inked the background. 

The front of the card with the Very Vanilla Stampin' Up! card stock looked so plain. So, I decided to use the same die and cut out another piece of card stock (K&Company Travel)  to overlay the front of the card. It really finished it off!

My final card for today is one that I am still unsure as to whether I like it or not! LOL!

I stamped my image (Stampin' Up!) and embossed it. I had some butterflies that are dimensional, from K&Company. After attaching the butterfly, I found a piece of card stock from a mat stack that matched the little bit of peachy color on the butterfly. I punched the edges with a Martha Stewart punch, and mounted it on Stampin' Up! card stock.

I am missing my grandchildren! I can't wait for them to come home from their vacation!

I hope you have a wonderful day!


Monday, August 6, 2012

Good Morning, Faithful Followers!

Good morning, Faithful Followers!
It's Monday morning and the first day of my week off from watching my granddaughter, Ava. I am missing she, her brother, Bobby and their Mama already. I will miss that smiling happy one year old toddling into my house each morning, happy to see me! I have lots of plans this week and one of them is to update my blog!

The first card above, is a simple bowling card. I had a little fun with it. You can't see in the picture, but, I added little dots to the brads at the top, to make them look like bowling balls too. Everything on this card was from my stash.

I had so much fun creating this card! As I'm sure you can tell, I used my Cricut to create this card. I also used my Cuttlebug for the background, as well as Spellbinders to cut out my greeting.

I went to the stamp convention in Grapevine, TX this year, and discovered a stamp company that I was unfamiliar with. They are called Rubbernecker. I just LOVE them. They have a wonderful variety of stamps at very reasonable prices. Many are singular stamps too, which is great for your budget. The above card was made with one of their stamps. I thought that it was both fun and appropriate to make for my husband, who refers to himself as "The Big Kahuna"! He loved the card. I added Stickles to the teeth to give a little shine. I colored this image with my Copics. I sponged the edges to highlight.

 Here's another fun card made with my Cricut. I love Monsters Inc.
and Mike is one of the cutest! I made this for a dear friend's grandson. The punch I used for the greeting is a Stampin' Up! punch.

This card above was made for a very dear and special lady. I wanted to have an old fashioned look to the card, so I added lace from my stash, as well as a nice old button, to give it interest and dimension. The 80 is from Thickers. 
I try to keep Sympathy cards on hand, and love this image from Stampin' Up! for my cards. I used an embossing folder for my background and added some pearls. I like to add personalized greetings inside of my cards, and often prefer to print out poems that I write or find, and other inspirational words to make them my own.

I hope that you have a wonderful day!


Sunday, August 5, 2012

These are quick thank you cards that I made for my daughter to send for my granddaughter's first birthday gifts. They were fast and easy to too! I used double sided card stock (Cut out with Spellbinders), added ribbon as a handle, punched and inked hearts, added a little bling, and finally the "thanks"! I was happy with how they came out, and made the whole bunch in about 3 hours!