Thursday, September 30, 2010

Clean and Simple

Not much to blog about today but wanted to show you the second project we made at Amy's party- this clean and simple card.  Hope you Enjoy!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010


No? Well I have been sick! I hate it when I get sick on the weekend, it seems so unfair that life should play out that way. Hello, the work week would be ideal! :) I was thinking about it and it made me think of the SU! set Word Play. Click Here to check it out. cute, why don't I own this yet?!

Anyway, enough whining (for now) but I was sick this weekend and I was supposed to demonstrate for Amy's SU! workshop.  She had 10 ladies coming and I didn't feel like I could just back out of that last minute (uncool) so we went ahead and did it on Sunday night.  Even worse, poor Amy was sick too!  She really didn't show it though, quite the trooper!  I, on the other hand, was fumbly and jittery and sweaty alll over.  Sorry Ladies! 

Through out the night we made two projects.  We started with an easy but fun birthday card.  Then we moved onto these more advanced bad boys!  What do you think?  I love this new candy wrapper die!  I have to admit, it took me a while to get how to close the wrapper, but I think I have it now.  I'd like to thank Barb Mullikin for that, I watched her video tutorial to help me get the swing of things.  You can check her video out here.  These are just samples and don't have anything in them, but still cute, so I plan to leave them out as part of my halloween decor. :)

Feeling like I am feeling better now, hope Amy is soon to follow!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Blowin' in the wind

Do you ever feel like you are a leaf just blowing in the wind?  You think you are going North and then a big Eastern wind comes and whoops, you've switched directions!  It happens to me all the time!   Or at other times, I think I have found some resolve in something and then out of the blue something happens that changes my mind.  Yesterday in fact, I thought for sure I didn't have a sleep disorder, but now my MS doc wants me to investigate it further before ruling it out.   Or like the time my husband and I decided we were moving to my home town to be closer to our family, that was a hard decision to come to!  In the end though,  when we didn't find jobs right away, we didn't go and then lost our enthusiasm.  At this point if we wanted to consider it again, we'd have to decide all over, basically, go through the entire rigamarole again!  This brings a couple things to mind, first, never say never and second, the only thing that is certain is change.

Anyway, enough of my philosophical drivel right.  I was just thinking about that because of my MD. apt yesterday AND the image of blowing in the wind goes nicely with the card I wanted to show you today.  :)This was one of my non-traditional baby card entries for papercraft mag that didn't get picked.  I wasn't sure, to be honest, if this qualified as non-traditional colors because there was so much blue, but I went for it anyway and it was fun to make.  I really enjoyed using the cloud paper!

I'll end with a quote from Queen, "Anyway the wind blows, doesn't really matter to me."

Happy Hump Day to all you worker bees out there!

Friday, September 17, 2010

If at first you don't succeed.....

..try again!  You know that old saying right?!  I think it is so true don't you?! 

Recently, I have been trying to get something published in a card/craft magazine.  I have yet to succeed, but I am not giving up hope that one day (even if I am 90 years old!!!) I will eventually get something published.  Call me an optimist! :)  For me, it is fun to have a goal like this because it encourages me to do my best work and/or try new things.  Now occassionally I get let down, but in the end it is really fun to have created and accomplished something! 

Since I started papercrafting, I have participated in a lot of challenges (sketch challenges, color challenges, etc.).  Some were for the fun of it and some were to try to win a prize.  Either way, I keep trying and looking back, I realized how far I have come.  Evidence of this is in some of my very first blog posts, like this one here.   Now there is nothing wrong with that little lion card, but you'll note that I am using more techniques and embelishements now, my style has changed over time and I feel, I am better at making cards and paper crafting.  (I hope you agree- grin!)  So, just remember that if you are feeling down or having a rough day, you can ALWAYS try again!

Here is one of my latest attemps at a few non-traditional baby cards (not using blue and pink as the main focus).  The black sheep has flocking powder on him and it was my first time using that.  I want to note that I made the fence using my tiny tags punch.  I got the idea from Jackie Wright quite a while back, here is her post.  Thanks Jackie!  You know you rock sister, no matter what state you live in! ;)

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Holiday Hoopla

Yep, still one of those!  If you don't know what I am referring to, see yesterday's post here.  Anyway, does it make it a little better that I am plannning for Christmas already if I use non-traditional colors?  Well honestly, althought I've started planning for it, I haven't been able to bring myself to purchase DSP/paper in the red and green color scheme yet.  I guess you could say I am not fully committed.

So here is my card, using that fun set Holiday Hoopla.  I tried to keep it clean and simple.  Still fun though, I love using the bling at the top of the hat.

One more item of note, my entire condo community is having a garage sale this weekend in Edmonds, WA.  I myself will be sellilng a lot of retired SU! stamps and other items.  If you are interested, send me an email and I'll send you the address.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Yep, I am one of those...

It is funny, I was always one of those people that hated that by late summer they were already advertising Halloween and even more that as soon as Halloween ended they were starting on Christmas!  I was always appauled thinking it was all about the money and no one really cared about the holidays and spirit, etc.  Then, I started making more cards, and scrapbooking, etc....yes, you can see where I am going with this...  Now I know that to get anything done, I have to start SUPER early or it ain't gonna happen!  So now, I am one of them!  THE HORROR! 
Speaking of horror...that is totally appropriate for the halloween card I am showing today!  Do you ever get tired of my corny jokes and comments?!  It's OK if you do, to be honest I do too! :)  Anyway, last night when I was blurfing I saw this sketch over on Mercy's blog.  It is super fun, I love the circle and the squigglies in the lower left, so I decided to play with it.  Mercy's card was a halloween card, so cute, and so I thought (feel free to imagine me with a little light bulb lighting up over my head), "I should break out my new super cute set from the Holiday Mini- Fang-tastic!"  So here you have it, my halloween card in early September.  I am officially, 100% one of those people!  :)
Now if you think that is bad, DON'T come back tomorrow, cause I plan to post a Christmas card I made earlier this week!  Let the Holiday Season begin!

Friday, September 10, 2010

Friday Fun

Heya!  How about a quick little bit of fun for this Friday afternoon?  Well here is a card I made a few weeks back.  My only thought when I decided to make this was to use these numbers.  I have had them sitting around for a year or two and haven't touched them (can you say hoarder).  So I thought what the heck and I was really loving this color combo too, so bright and fun!  So here she is, my fun little birthday card.  In my ideal world I have something to put after 8 that says... "OLD"....hehehehehehe! :)

So why don't you have a little Friday Fun, make something birthday themed or something with these colors:
Lavendar Lace (not current)
Perfect Plum
Bashful Blue
Whisper White
Regal Rose (or Cameo Coral retired)

Please forgive my ghetto job getting the color samples on here!  :)

Happy Friday Ya'll!


Thursday, September 9, 2010

chitter chatter

Hi!  You aren't going to get a lot of chitter chatter out of me today, too busy.  I am sure for some of you this  is sad and for some of you a relief! :)  I'll be happy to hear if you are missing me, but not if you aren't, so as the saying goes, "if you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all!"  :) :) J/K!

Anyway, just a quick post about something I made for my fun neighbor Karen a week or so ago.  She let me borrow some taco seasoning one night (I was having one of my gourmet chef nights- ha!), so I had to return the favor. :)   

This fun little holder, it says, "is it hot in here or is it just me?". I tried to make a little western on the front, although you can't really see the cowboy boots very well in this pic. On the inside I put the packet of taco seasoning and crossed out the word mild and replaced it with hot below. It is dorky, but fun, at least for me. I was thinking she could reuse it and put something fun inside for her husband. ;)  What is something hot, western, fun and romantic for a spouse???  How about a pepper dipped in chocolate?!


Thursday, September 2, 2010

Tuesday Trigger

I know, I know, it isn't Tuesday!  In fact, even though it is Thursday it is MY Friday because I don't have to work tomorrow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YEAH!!!!!!!  Did I mention I was excited? :D doesn't really matter what day of the week it is, today I am showing you my response to last weeks Tuesday Trigger from Moxie Fab World.  They are a branch of from Paper Crafts Blog (Paper Crafts Connection) and if you haven't checked them out, I highly recommend you do.  They have had some great interviews and articles this week, including Tim Holtz and some awesome pencil carving art...  I am sorry, but can I get a HOLY COW on that...(insert your Holy Cow here).... that is carved into the freakin' tip of a pencil!!!!!  That is incredible!  Err....back to the topic at hand.  So here is the Tuesday Trigger pic from last week entitled "Light and Bright".
The object here is to make something inspired by this picture.  Now when I hear light and bright, I think of clean and simple.  So I took that notion and combined it with Taylored Expressions TEC126 Challenge.  Here is the card that I came up with below, just simple and fun, light and bright.  Whaddoyathink?  Happy Friday...I mean Thursday ya'll!!!!