Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Some new cards.....

Hi All -

I hope this finds you well.  First, I want to say how sorry Andrea and I were to have to cancel Ocean City, but life really does get in the way of fun sometimes!  When we planned the November date, I didn't know that my husband and I were going to be building a house....with a completion date of the first week in November.  Plus with various health issues, it just wasn't going to work out.  I will definitely miss it!  I even had some of my projects and things all ready to go.

Anyway, here are some Thanksgiving cards I've made to send to our families:

This one is a case of the most amazing Wendy Weixler (Wendybell) on SCS.  Mine is a little different but basically the same.  I sponged the background with so saffron, pumpkin pie and tangerine tango.  Those colors were also used to stamp the leaves.  The borders of the leaves and the words (Verve) were stamped in early espresso.  To get the effect on the leaves, I stamped the solid image in so saffron, then sponged on pumpkin pie, tangerine tango, and cranberry crisp (one of my favorite blasts from the past), held the stamp at arm's length and spritzed it very lightly with water then stamped it, holding it down to give the ink a chance to sink into the paper.

This one is an amalgam of several different cards I've seen.  The oval was cut using a nestibility then sponged with creamy caramel and soft suede while still in the die.  The words (Verve) are stamped in soft suede.  The gourd, pumpkin and leaves are stamped with brown staz-on on watercolor paper and then colored using ink pads and a blender pen.

I'm pretty sure this is my very own creation.  That hardly ever happens, so that makes me especially proud of this one.  I used apothecary framelits for the layers and the piercing pack on the bigger layer.  The smaller die is sponged with so saffron and pumpkin pie.  The words are stamped in soft suede.  The leaves are leftovers from the two cards above.  The ribbon is also pumpkin pie.

This one is a case from a couple different people, one of them being Jackie Jerke on SCS.  The leaves and acorns aren't at all hard to cut out, just a little time consuming and boring, and I made two of this card.  I used so saffron, pumpkin pie, old olive, cranberry crisp and early espresso.  The button is from a big jar my grandmother had and is tied with hemp.
My husband's brother's kids love, love, love!! angry birds.  When I saw this card on France Martin's blog, I knew I had to make it for them!

How stinkin' cute is that??  I know they'll love it!  Thanks, France, for the recipe.

This last card will be sent as a thank you to whoever hosts us for Thanksgiving.  We certainly aren't going to host the holiday since we will only have lived in the new house for a couple of weeks.  This one is also thanks to France.  If you haven't checked out her blog, you should.  She has fantastic tutorials, great ideas and is just fun to listen to.  I look forward to her blog each morning.

The little acorn guy (you just have to smile!) is made using the ornament punch.  I just love him!

So, that's it for now.  I'll be back in a little bit with some gift tag projects that were supposed to be demonstrated in OC to show you.

Take care -

Monday, September 24, 2012

Ocean City Teaser......Stinking cute

How stinking cute is this card.  The stamp is an Impression obsession.  Love their stuff.  This is just one of the stamps for the Ocean City Shoebox swap in November 2-3-4, 2012.  There is still time to get a spot.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

A couple cards

Hi there!

I hope everyone is well.  I have a few cards to share with you today.  Now that my life is calming down a little (a very little), I'm trying to do a little more stamping.  With OC coming up and my new house projected to be finished late October, I've got to get moving on those projects before I have to pack up my stamp room. 

Anyway, here are the cards.  The first ones are using a die cut from PTI.  I put different, similar colored ribbons under the negative part of the die cut and adhered it to the back of the layer, then used dimensionals to pop that layer on the card front.  (Does that make any sense??)  I saw this idea somewhere out there and thought it's a great idea to use up some ribbon scraps.  The sentiments are both PTI as well.

The other four cards I got inspiration from someone's blog but have no idea whose.  I'm trying to be more CAS, but it's hard for me.  White space seems to make me itch.  :0)  These turned out pretty well, though, and went together in less than half an hour.  For me, that is lightning fast!  I over-think and second guess every choice, so it ends up taking forever to produce one card.  Here they are.....

The rhinestones on the calypso coral flower cards are clear rhinestones that I colored with Copics.  I love that you can create any color embellishment you need with just a marker.  The stamp set is from SU (the name is escaping me right now), and I used lucky limeade and calypso coral for the images.

One day I won't be so lazy and will take pictures with a camera instead of my phone so they will be clearer. 

Take care -

Saturday, July 28, 2012

July 28th shoebox swap

Hi all -

I can't believe we haven't posted since early May.  In our defense, life has really! gotten in the way.  Andrea spent some time in the hospital with a serious problem with her leg in late May/early June.  Thankfully, after a long haul, she is almost fully recovered.

I went on a two-week vacation to Grand Canyon and Scottsdale, AZ with my husband and his parents in early May.  It was great fun but hard to get back to reality.  Here are a couple pics of that trip.  If you've been to Grand Canyon, you know that there are no words to describe what you are seeing and pictures can't do it justice, but here are a few of my attempts.

This is the view from my chair at the pool in Scottsdale.  Tough life!
These flowers were around the pool.  I think they are really pretty, and I've never seen anything like them around here.

When we returned from vacation, my husband wasn't feeling well.  This translated into visits to three hospitals, a little over three weeks in those hospitals, three surgeries, near death, and a long, slow recovery.  Thankfully, he is on that road, but as you can imagine, it really threw a kink into things. 

Life is finally returning to normal, and today's swap is just what both Andrea and I needed!  Thanks so much to everyone for coming today.  We were happy to see our "regulars" and to meet new friends.  We hope you all had as much fun today as we did.

Here are the great cards we made:

#1 Andrea (abendis)
#2 Lisa (landerson1129)
#3 Sue (susane4)
#4 Karen (vixenstamper)
#5 Pam (dixiesmom)
#6 Deb (scrapadoodle)
#7 Erica (esivils)
#8 Carol (luvsSU)
#9 Mary Helen (maryhelennichols)
#10 Betty (bettystamper3556)
#11 Michele (mmulich)
#12 Lynn (lynnhersh)
#13 Mary (Mary McWilliams)
#14 Janine (jgregorek)
#15 Marilynn (marilynnwiseman)
#16 Joyce (Joyce Harkins)
#17 Michele (heart)
#18 Jeanne (jeanne73)
#19 Elaine (e.garrity)
#20 Marge (Marge Sexton)
#21 Laura (joppastamper)
#22 Kelly (chaud66)
#23 Barbara (babsmcleod)
#24 Linda (lcmccaslin)
#25 Linda (Linda Gallion)
#26 Jacki (scrappinjacki)
#27 Karen (karen7661)
#28 Tracey (traceylynnwolf)
#29 Valeria (from LA!) (thumbunny)
#30 Tanya (from Azerbaijan!!!)
#31 Lisa (landerson1129)
Since we only had 30 people instead of 31, Andrea and I wanted to be sure you got to go home with all 30 cards.

 Here are a couple pics of our group:

And last but not least, here is a picture of Deb with her flamingo towel that she won by choosing the winning name of Fillipio for our 2nd flamingo mascot.

Don't forget to check out the Ocean City info by clicking the link on the right.  It is a ridiculously fun time.  Keep in mind that it is your time, so if you want to scrapbook or sleep or hang on the boardwalk, it is up to you.  We have plans to keep you entertained and busy, but it is up to you.  We will be posting some of our activities and projects in the next couple of months.  Where else can you get three days of planned activities and four great meals for the low, low cost of $162??  Besides all that, you get to spend the weekend with us and stamp-y friends!  Okay, consider this informercial over.  :0)

Thanks again for a much-needed day of fun and great cards and great food (I'm talkin' to you, Marge! (PB fudge for those of you unfortunate enough not to have tried it))  The broccoli salad and chocolate chip cake were yummy, too.  Who am I kidding??  It was all good.  I'm pretty sure I tried most everything.

Our next swap will probably be in April.  OC is in November, and we haven't had the best luck with weather in the early months of the year, so we'll shoot for spring.

Here's hoping we see you in OC.