Monday, March 31, 2008

And Now This Week's Mojo Monday...

Woooo-hoooooo! I actually got this week's Mojo Monday Sketch Challenge done on time!!! :) This was an AWESOME layout!! It took me a bit to figure out exactly what I wanted to do, but I was really overthinking it at first! And I'm so proud of myself...I FINALLY cut into my Afternoon Tea DP! I'm LOVING that Swiss Dots Cuttlebug folder, too! So fun! :)

Thanks for looking! If you played this week's Mojo Monday Sketch Challenge, leave me a link so I can take a peak! :)

Stamps: Live Your Dream, Absolutely Fabulous (SU!)
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Soft Sky, Papertrey White, Afternoon Tea DP
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Soft Sky
Other Goodies: Sizzix Big Kick, Swiss Dots Embossing Folder, Chocolate Chip Wide Grosgrain Ribbon, Brads, Marvy Giga Scalloped Circle Punch, Marvy Mega Circle Punch, Spica Glitter Pen

I'm A Week Late...

...and it's not what you're thinking!! LOL

HOOOORAY...Spring Break is over and two of my kids are back at school!!!! YIPPEEE!! Sorry...I'm sure all you mothers can relate!! It would have helped if the weather had been nice enough for my kids to go outside last week! It was like Christmas break instead of Spring Break! LOL

I'm a week late for Julee's Monday Mojo Sketch from LAST week! I kept meaning to do it and then was such a nice simple sketch that I had to do it anyway!

I went a little crazy with my Swarovski crystals (which didn't pick up very well in the picture...and my battery just died, so I can't take another one!! ARGGH!) from Walmart! It was my first time to use them as I could NEVER find them at my Walmart until a couple of weeks ago! I love how they look...but the little boogers are kind of a pain in the you-know-what to get ahold of and get glued down!

Thanks for looking and happy Monday! :)

Oh, and Julee has a new Mojo Monday sketch up...check it out! If you play along, link me up so I can see! :)

Stamps: Spiral Bouquet (Papertrey), Starlight Starbright (Verve Visual)
Paper: Purely Pomegranate, Very Vanilla, Pretty in Pink, Au Chocolate DP
Ink: Purely Pomegranate, Pretty In Pink, Close to Cocoa, Certainly Celery
Other Goodies: Chocolate Satin Ribbon, Corner Rounder (for scallops), Ticket Corner Punch, Swarovski Crystals

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Taylor's Cupcake Challenge

Hello there! :) How was your weekend? Ours was very nice...except of course that it has been SPRING break and we have had snow eery day!! What the heck?!? My kids go back to school tomorrow, so I'm sure the weather will be nice this week! LOL

This card was made for Taylor's Cupcake Challenge. What a fun layout! I like layouts like these where you can use those small images that are sometimes hard to use! I got this set when it was first released, but this was my first time to use it! I love how all the pieces are seperate...I wish you could buy cupcakes like that. You know, only order a huge mound of frosting! LOL Because I like the frosting the best, I put it up on dimensionals on each cupcake!

Anyway, thanks for looking! :)

Stamps: Hey There Cupcake (Stampendous)
Paper: Wild Wasabi, So Saffron, Purely Pomegranate, Bashful Blue, Cutie Pie DP
Ink: Wild Wasabi, So Saffron, Purely Pomegranate, Bashful Blue
Other Goodies: Marvy Square Punches, 1 1/4" circle punch, White Gel Pen, Ribbon

Friday, March 28, 2008

It's Been Too Long...

...and this card took entirely TOO LONG to make!! LOL

I haven't stamped in what seems like ages...and I just couldn't get things going!! I figured the sketch challenge would get my juices flowing...but it was HARD this week...or was it just me?? Tell me it wasn't just me!! LOL

I knew I wanted to use Papertrey's new colors...LOVE them!! So pretty! And I got this backgrounder from Cornish Heritage Farms awhile back and wanted to use it too. Finally got to use the Swiss Dots Cuttlebug folder, too! Maybe that's the problem...I was trying to use TOOOO MANY new things! Hey, you never know when I will get to stamp again, so I had to pack it all into one challenge!! LOL

This card is going to my friend that was just "surprised" to find out she is pregnant with baby #3...ooops! :)

Stamps: Paisley Bandana Backgrounder (CHF), True Friend (SU!), Starlight Starbright (Verve Visual)
Paper: White, Berry Sorbet, Sweet Blush, Pink Patterns DP (all Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Berry Sorbet, Sweet Blush, Always Artichoke, Certainly Celery

Other Goodies: Sakura Glitter Pen, Rhinestone Brad, Ribbon, Swiss Dots Cuttlebug folder, Big Kick, Circle Punches, Paper Piercer, White Gel Pen

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

A Personal Note...

Just wanted to take a moment and write a personal note...we recently moved back to our "hometown" so that we could be closer to family. My MIL was diagnosed with stage three ovarian cancer in September, and after some health problems of my own and some health problems my mom has had, we just felt it was time to get closer to family. Both of our families now live just a mile away from us. The transition has been harder than I thought it would be, but it's only been 7 weeks.

My MIL finished chemo the week before we moved back and has done amazingly well during the last few months. But the family was struck with another blow this week when my FIL was diagnosed with breast cancer. It is so surreal to see them going through this so soon after my MIL's diagnosis. And for it to be breast cancer...we all think of it as a woman's disease, but it is so very real for men, as well. He will undergo a mastectomy on Thurs and will begin chemotherapy soon therafter. They have so much on their plate. We are so glad that we made the move back...we know now more than ever that we did the right thing!

Please keep them in your thoughts...they need all the strength they can get right now!

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Sorry for the brief delay....

Hi there!

I'm so sorry that I haven't posted this week...the migraine "issue" that I mentioned last week has taken its toll on me this week. I did have an MRI done this week, and it was normal, as I assumed it would be. I have been putting it off because I knew it wouldn't show anything and they are s0000000 expensive!! Anyway, I guess now we know for sure. I had malignant melanoma (skin cancer) in late 2006, so it's best to be safe now.

Anyway, I made this card a few weeks ago....I love how it turned out!! It is Papertrey's Out On A Limb set on the main image. Such a great set! The sentiment is one I picked up at my local stamp store and is from Penny Black. And all the little bling the middle of the flowers are little stickers by Stampendous. Very fun! :)

Thanks for stopping by and visiting me!

Stamps: Out On A Limb (Papertrey Ink) Sentiment from Penny Black, Polka Dot Background (SU!)
Paper: Rose Red, Groovy Guava, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White
Ink: Rose Red, Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, Groovy Guava
Other Goodies: Satin Chocolate Chip Ribbon (SU!), Adhesive Pearls (Hero Arts), Stampendous Dot Sparklers, Photo Corner Punch

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Mojo Sketch 27 and New Verve Stamps!

How is your weekend going? Ours has been's an absolutely beautiful day here in Central Oregon! Feels like spring is coming! :)

So I ordered this set from Verve Visual when it was released last weekend...isn't it a gorgeous set? Julee has incredible stamps. If you've never checked them out, you must! Go...go...well, wait. Let me tell you about this little beauty, and then you can go! :)

Julee has a sketch challenge every Monday that she calls Mojo Monday. I've never participated, but decided this was the week to give it a shot! Plus, on the first Monday of the month she picks two winners and they get to pick a stamp set of their choice from Verve Visual! What better incentive to try my hand at one of her sketches?!?

I had a HECK of a time getting a good picture of this card, and unfortunately you STILL can't see the sentiment. :( It's from this set and says, "Sending you smiles." So CUTE!
The base of the card is old olive. Then I layered a piece of Ginger Blossom DP on that. The main image is stamped in ruby red onto groovy guava on the base, and then I stamped it onto whisper white and used a blender pen to color it in with groovy guavy. Since this tends to make the color look "flat," I pressed the whole thing into a Versamark pad and then embossed it with clear empossing powder. Did exactly the same thing with the little one in the center. Of course, my white gel pen made its typical appearance!

Thanks for looking! :) Now GO...get to Verve!

Stamps: Thankful Blossoms, Thoughtful Florals (Verve Visual)
Paper: Old Olive, Ruby Red, Groovy Guava (SU!)
Ink: Old Olive, Groovy Guava, Ruby Red (SU!), Versamark
Other Goodies: White gel pen, White Taffeta Ribbon, Brads, Clear Embossing Powder, Corner Rounder Punch (for scallops on the bottom)

Friday, March 7, 2008

Embracing Blue Bayou

Happy Friday! :) What do you have planned this weekend? Nothing much for our husband will probably take my older kids to see 10000 B.C. and I hope to make it to Michael's this weekend, but we'll see! :)I made this card awhile back, but thought I would share it on my blog today. I haven't been able to make anything new the last couple of days. :( Anyway, I LOVE how this card turned out. I just have not liked Blue Bayou since it came out, but paired with Soft Sky and white, I love it! I stole this layout from Lindsey. I used my white gel pen to add little dots in between the diamonds on the Print Pattern background stamp. I stamped the flower from the Embrace Life set in Blue Bayou and then went back over it with a blender pen to soften the color a bit.

Thanks for visiting me...and happy weekend!
PS~Speaking of Lindsey, her new store is open today!!!!! Check it out here! And if you enter the promo code OPENING02, you will get 15% off your entire order all the way through the end of March!

Edited To Add: I see that I've been tagged! I'll be back later to play! :)

Stamps: Print Pattern Background (SU!), Embrace Life (SU!), Short & Sweet (SU!)
Paper: Blue Bayou, Soft Sky, Whisper White
Ink: Blue Bayou
Other Goodies: White Gel Pen, Word Window Punch, Blender Pen, Ribbon, Brads, Corner Rounder Punch (for scallops)

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Today's Color Challenge...Friendship Blooms!

Hi Friends!

Hope you had a wonderful Tuesday! I've been struggling with a really nasty headache for the last several days...I'm starting to lose my patience with it! :(

BUT...I was determined to do today's color challenge on SCS: Wild Wasabi, Purely Pomegranate and So Saffron. Isn't it a beautiful combo? I love it! :) For some reason I never use So Saffron...I really need to pull it more. I realized as I was gathering the paper for this card that So Saffron was one of the colors in last year's prints pack that Stampin' Up gave as a gift with purchase, so that is the background paper. The stamp set is from SAB...this was a set I didn't think I liked, but I have seen such pretty cards made with it, and I am happy with how this one turned out! Also got to use my rub-ons again! Those little babies are addicting...the sentiment and the butterfly are rub-ons! Used more Dew Drops....loooooove those! I need more colors, though! I need Lindsey to hurry up and get her store opened back up! :) Had to add little white dots along the edge with my white gel pen...I have to refrain from doing that on every card! I just think it's so CUTE!

Thanks for visiting me! If you played in today's color challenge, send me the link so I can see! :)

Stamps: Friendship Blooms
Paper: Wild Wasabi, Purely Pomegranate, Whisper White, So Saffron DSP
Ink: So Saffron, Wild Wasabi, Purely Pomegranate
Other Goodies: White Gel Pen, Dew Drops, Ribbon

Sunday, March 2, 2008

FS56 Challenge Delightful Live Your Dream

Gosh...sorry I started my blog and then didn't post anything! LOL Life just gets busy and I find it's been another day that I haven't been able to stamp!

This is for today's Featured Stamper challenge over on SCS. The Featured Stamper today was Petal Pusher...such a beautiful gallery! I chose this card of hers to CASE. The rules of the Featured Stamper Challenge are to change at least two features on the card you CASE. I changed the colors and the stamp set, and also flipped the layout around.

Thanks for looking!

Stamps: Live Your Dream (SU!), It's All Good (SU!)
Paper: Groovy Guava, Whisper White, Wild Wasabi
Ink: Groovy Guava, Wild Wasabi
Other Goodies: Groovy Guava Double-Stitched Ribbon, 1" circle punch, 1 1/4" circle punch, Scalloped Circle Punch, Paper Piercer