Monday, February 28, 2011

Thank yous

Hey, so did you watch the Oscar's last night?  I didn't see any of the movies up for awards, well, except for Toy Story 3. 

But, I love to watch and see what people wear.  Which is weird because I'm no fashionista.  (You can stop laughing now)  My daily uniform is jeans/capris, tshirt, zip up sweat jacket and tennies.  I guess I'm interested to see how whacked out people dare to be.  Things seemed pretty tame last night though.  I loved what Hailey Steinfeld wore.  So pretty. 

Anyway, I do have some stamping to show you. 

I made some little Thank You bag tags.  See?

No stamps!  Crumb cake, not quite navy, pear pizzazz and very vanilla cardstock.  Crumb cake ink. Springtime Vintage DSP, Fun flowers die, big shot, the larger scallop square from the scallop square duo die, hemp, misc. buttons. 

I'm still loving the Fun Flowers die.  I'm so glad I bought it.  I found a bunch of felt in the hall closet the other day and I can't wait to make some cute felt flowers with it. 

The scallop square is 3" and the crumb cake is 3 1/2" square.  Perfect size for a little thank you tag. 

From this angle you can see how much it pops off the tag.  I think its pretty cool. 

Alrighty then, I've been thinking about the Artisan Award lately.  I don't know if I want to try entering again.  I did get named a finalist last year and that was pretty cool.  I'm just not having many ideas and its only a month away.  Of course the more you stamp the more ideas you get.  I guess I should get stamping and decide if I will enter or not.  Hmmm..................

Thanks so much for stopping by.  I {heart} you.

Blessings, b.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

here, there, everywhere

Hey stampers!  How are you today?  Things here have been super busy. 

SAT prep, homework, after school groups, grumpy teenagers, band concerts, more college paperwork, stamping, work, side jobs, taxes, never ends. 

But I wouldn't trade it for anything. 

So, I have been stamping.  Quite a bit actually.  I've been especially having fun with the new Fun Flowers Die in the Occasions mini catalog.  It is so much fun!

Here are 2 of the projects I've made so far.

No stamps!  Very vanilla and pretty in pink cardstock.  No ink!  Fun Flowers die, big shot, Springtime Vintage DSP, 5/8 vanilla brad and some old lace.

I met up with my group of stamp ladies a few weeks ago and this is what I made the hostess.  This is just an 8 oz. canning jar filled with candy.  I glued the lids together so it would come off in one piece. 

I cut out a circle of Pretty in Pink cardstock as a base and then cut various pieces of the DSP and vanilla cardstock. 

I scrunched them all up and used my favorite Tombow Multi glue to stick it all together.   My friend loved it and that made me happy.  Looking at it now, I think some pearls would have been great on that big ol' brad.  Oh well, too late now.

A Word for You set.  Very vanilla and pretty in pink cardstock.  Crumb cake ink.  Springtime Vintage DSP, Newsprint DSP, Neutrals buttons, hemp, scallop border punch, sponging.

This is one of the cards we made that night.  I'm not really much for pink but I love this card!  My grandmother would have loved this card!  This DSP reminds me so much of her. 

I also love the Neutrals Buttons.  I'm already through 1/2 the container.  Need to put more on my next order.  See the scallops?  I didn't want to scrunch up the whole piece of paper so I just flipped up the scallops.  Cute eh? 

Okay, I was downloading some pics last night, because I was going to blog last night, but when I went to put them in the correct folder, I accidentally lost them.  They went into another folder and I couldn't figure it out last night so I left it......until today. 

So I went on a search and rescue mission today for the pics.  I went through a few older folders and found all kinds of great things.  Wanna see?

This is the folder I found the pics I was looking for in.  The folder is labled "Carpool 2007".  I think it might have  been the last day of school.  I had wanted to do a scrapbook page on the whole carpool part of my life that year.  Thats my boy in the middle there.  Look at that long hair!  Needless to say, I got a good laugh today. 

Then I also found a bunch of other miscellaneous pics:

This has taken over our house lately.  So much fun!  Good workout too.

The boy had a concert a few weekends ago but I was too sick to go so, I sent the camera with the husband.  Out of the 10 pics he took, this is the only one that actually has the boy in it.

The boy and I finally went to see Harry Potter.  Awesome movie!  They stayed to the book for the most part.  Can't wait for part 2 now.

Last pic for tonight.  This is something everyone needs.  BACON FLAVORED POPCORN!  You know you want it. 

No, I didn't buy any.  How do people think of these things? 

Alrighty then, Big Bang Theory is coming on and I gotta go.  Thanks so much for stopping by.  And after all this babbling, I hope you keep coming by.

Blessings, b.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Valentine's Day continued............

ello govna  (that is 16's greeting to you all)

Hey everyone (my greeting),  its definitely a TGIF kinda day around here.  Although I have had 3 days of feeling pretty darn good. WooHoo!!  Hopefully the Creeping Crud won't come back. 

So today I wanted to show you the Valentines I made for the girls.

Remember, this is what they started out as.

This is how they ended up.

Woodgrain background and Well Scripted (retired).  Whisper white, soft suede, early espresso, riding hood red, marina mist, crumb cake and old olive cardstock.  Soft suede, Marina mist, crumb cake and black Stazon inks.  Sm. and Lg. oval punches, little leaves die, big shot, 2 step bird punch, small heart punch, sticky rhinestones, black sharpie and dimensionals.

This was alot of fun to make.  I love how it turned out.  I freehanded the tree, that was interesting.  Its really hard to make branches look natural.  Well, hard for me. 

I took one of our sticky rhinestones and colored it black with a Sharpie and used it for her eye.  Nifty eh?

This is the daddy bird.  Its hard to tell in this pic but I sponged some clouds.  Its much more noticable looking at it in front of me here. 

This one was for 16 and she seemed to like it alot. 

Here is Grace's

Inspired by Nature, Flight of the Butterfly and Well Scripted (retired).  Whisper white and poppy parade cardstock.  Old olive, bashful blue, black Stazon and pumpkin pie inks.  Beautiful butterflies die, big shot, transparencies, polka dot embossing folder, sticky rhinestones. 

She is much more girly than 16 so I used alot of rhinestones on hers.  Good thing they're cheap.  I need to order more.

I thought maybe the transparency would make it look like the wings were fluttering really fast.  Not sure I achieved that but it still looks cool. 

So there ya go.  My special Valentines for my special Valentines. 

Tonight was also a special night.

 The Father/Daughter dance. husband dreads looks forward to it every year.  After tonight he only has one year left.  I tell him to enjoy it because he won't be dancing with her again, most likely, until her wedding.  And I'm hoping that is at least 15 years away. 

They are home now and she had an awesome time!  Thanks Daddy!

Alrighty then, thats it for tonight.  I want to hear all the details of the dance. 

Thanks for stopping by.  You make me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. 

Blessings, b.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

She's Alive!!

Hey stampers!  Another round of the Creeping Crud has come to live at our house.  Even my trusty Nyquil wasn't kicking it.  But I persevered and fought the good fight and have beaten it into submission............for now. 

It has been rampant throughout my school and I've become best friends with hand sanitizer.  Why don't parents teach their children to cough or sneeze into their arm?  I can't tell you how many times in the past 3 weeks I've said, "cough into your elbow (I model this for them because they've only seen me or their teacher model it a thousand times and apparently they need a thousand and one or two).  We don't want your germs."

 I visit 5 classrooms a day.  You would think I would be immune to germs by now...........or dead.

So anyhow, I've really missed you.  I think about you all the time.  I have been stamping and have new goodies to show you.  Its just that by the time all my chores are done for the day, I'm just to tired to talk to you. 

Don't take it personally. 

So today I want to show you the Valentine goodies I made for my family.  

(Holy Cow!  I just went and put my watermark on all the pics and there are so many!  So I'll just be showing you the men's projects today)

  Woodgrain background, I {heart} hearts and Well scripted (retired).  Soft suede, whisper white and crumb cake cardstock.  Black Stazon, Soft suede and Riding hood read inks.  Corner rounder, natural hemp, misc. white button and dimensionals. 

My husband works with wood all the time.  So most every card I make for him has a wood theme.  I thought the button might be pushing it but, it needed it.

I freehanded the heart and put 4 dimensionals in the center and then just one on each side.  I wanted it to really stand out. 

This is what the kids Valentine's started out as.  Sometimes hoarding cans, bottles, tiles, wood chips, candles, misc. game pieces, etc.....are a good thing.  Funny how they are pretty much the same size.  Lucky for me because they practically measure things just to make sure no one gets more than the other.  Geesh!

Well Scripted (retired) and Woodgrain background.  Crumb cake, riding hood red and choc. chip cardstock.  Black Stazon and crumb cake ink.  Heart to heart punch, dimensionals and DSP that retired about a million years ago. 

Every year I make a special little something to hold a little something for the kids for Valentine's Day, and every year my boy gives his back.............after the candy is gone. 

Several years ago I made my hubby a "Can O' Love" out of a Pringles can and decorated it with this paper.  Everytime there is a special holiday or occasion I fill it with candy for him.  He LOVES candy!  So this is a "Can O' Love" for my boy.  We'll see if he keeps this or not.  I don't have my hopes up. 

So there ya go!  The cans I made for the girls are much more involved.  But they keep the things I make them so I put a little more effort into it. 

Alrighty then, time for bed.

Thanks so much for continuing to stop by and check up on me.  I've disenfected things so many times I don't see how any germs are left and I hope to be back to a more regular blogging schedule.  I miss you guys. 

Blessings, b.