Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Brick Kritters

This was a busy day for me as the kiddos had alot of acivities to run them back and forth to today.
I used a Technique Junkies technique called cuttlebug stamps for the backround on this card - it involves using a texture folder (in this case a Tim Holtz folder) to make a stamp with fun foam. Best thing about this technique is you can get 2 different looks depending on what side of the folder you use!! I stamped the brick with memento gray and colored it with prismacolor pencils.
I stamped the main image before the backround and masking it - it comes from Cornish Heritage Farms - Friendly Kritters line that is being featured for this week during 'Summer Fling'. Colored with copics and the bird and the mouse I stamped onto scrap paper and layered layers on top - mouse has one layer on top, bird has 2.
Stamped some foilage from another CHF set in distress inks on the left side of the card and the phrase is from 'Friend Centers'.
Raining alot here today.....
Whooops I am also using this card for a challenge over at Copic Creations - this times challenge is for 'birds' - this is a great challenge blog for those of us crazy about out copic markers and a great place to learn how to use them because they include links for each challenge to demonstrate different techniques. Look here for all the great inspiration -
All for today - Take Care

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Friendship seeds

Just a quick post today - got up about 115 today after 4 - 12 hour shift in a row - the last 2 of which were very busy........its 330 and I am still stmbling around half stuporous...LOL
so I can tell I won't get much done today....
Here is a card I made awhile back using the TJ technique 'Backround whimsy. Thebackround stamp is from Cornish Heritage Farms and so is the phrase I believe...
Backrounder stamped with memento black ink and then sponged with distress inks and SU inks and then used my white gel pen for the accents - if only I could keep the gel pen working consistantl I would do more of these - they are fun and I have a ton of backround that it would be great for.....
All for now....maybe the craft room will help wake me up...:)
Take Care

Monday, June 28, 2010

Paris Ladies

Well my weekend got changed around a bit - was sposed to have yesterday off but worked instead as we were very busy....inexchange I have tomorrow off which makes 6 in a row off - yiipppeee!!!!
I ended up waking a bit early today but slept for a good 6 hours so should be go to go....

I did these ATC's from the same batch of 'Faux Designer Paper as the Eiffel tower ATC's I showed you last week.
All the stamps are from Cornish Heritage Farms - all from the same set too. The set is from the All things Considered line that CHF was featuring last week in their 'Summer Fling' celebration. To find out more pop in here -
On top of the FDP technique - from Technique Junkies - I stamped the ladies and the flourishes on the sides. I colored the ladies with prismacolor pencils.
All for today going to get a shower and relax a bit before heading back for #4 - it will be another busy night!!!
The week will be busy too - both my kiddos took up weight lifting at the base gym (both will be joining ROTC this school year and DS plans to join swim team) and on oposite days of lifting they have been swimming (when I am off to take them). And DD still has Drivers Ed this week and they both volunteer at our local hospital on wednesdays in the's taxi will be getting a workout.... course while the kids lift weights I usually get on the gyms recumbant eliptical
as it is a change of pace from the normal eliptical I have at home - I do my own light weight lifting/stretching at home - eventually will start doing that at the gym too.....
All for now - see ya tomorrow.
Take Care

Sunday, June 27, 2010



More white water pictures for you today - these were taken on the Ocoee river - the Olympic section.

Major fun white water and the company we went with was awsome - Wildwater Ltd. Our guide was Krista and she was awsome too - very skilled.

All these pics today were taken coming down into Humungo rapid - Godzilla (above Humungo) and Humungo are the 2 biggest in this wild section.

The first 6 photos are all of the same raft as it goes over Humungo - did I say I love my new camera!!!! And the last 2 are of other rafts - I took a boatload of pics - I love looking at the pictures I took following one raft through - I did that with at least 4 different rafts and got some awsome shots!!!!

Talk about catching some serious air - check out pics # 4 and #5!!!!! Waayyy cool!!!! In pic #5 you can hardly see the guide at all - he is at the bottom of the hole.

Well all for now - worked last night so will get some sleep here - have tonight off but then work the next 2 nights.....

Take Care


Saturday, June 26, 2010

Ocoee Water Rising

Just a few photos this am that I took on our resent weekend getaway....worked last night and again tonight so sleep is calling.....
This is the Olympic section of the Ocoee river. This section only has alot of water on the weekends specially for rafting.
We went rafting saturday and then Sunday am we ran down here to watch the water come in and watch the rafting for a bit from the sidelines.
All my pictures today were taken at the same spot - this is the way it looked before they released water and the next couple pics show the water rising and the first couple rafts to come down. The rafts started coming literally as soon as the water - they almost rode the first wave down. The river here accually has a little more water in it than normal before release due to all the rain they have had this year.
As the pics go the second one is a bit above 1/2 and then pics 3/4 tops it off - with the rafts already showing in picture 4 - pics 5/6 are of the first couple rafts to run this spot.
Tomorrow I will have some more pictures of lower on this section - of Godzilla and Humungo - those two rapids are back to back so the pics will be coming off godzilla and onto and through humungo. I am really loving my new camera - I got some great action shots just in 'normal' mode of the camera - had planned on trying out the 'sports mode' but didn't get to that.
All for now - more white water photos tomorrow!!!!
I sleep now......:)
Have a Great weekend.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Grateful Eiffel

Note to self - shopping at the craft store with the kids isn't such a bad I went to A.C.Moore this am after dropping DD off at Drivers Ed and had plenty of time to look around (unlike when the kids are with me complaining that I am taking too long). Needless to say more ended in my shopping cart than I really needed but as I got to looking for one little thing - I had this great idea but needed more acrylic paint and some more sandpaper, and of course the birdhouse(s) that my idea was about......
Anyhow - since I am hoping to start stage one of this big project (in my defense its for Christmas presents!!!!) - I need to tell you about this card and get to work - then stage one can dry while I take a pre-night shift nap.....
This card uses the same sheet of 'Faux Designer Paper as the Eiffel ATC's from a couple days ago - only I made a card with the same theme.
The sentiment is from Stampin' Up but all other stamps are from Cornish Heritage Farms.

The brads started out a pewter color but I used some copper rub on so it would match better.
I had better get a move on....
Take Care and Have a Great Weekend!!!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Glimmer Christmas

In addition to finally resolving a tiff with DD that started yesterday (tuesday accully but came to a head yesterday) - (ahhh the joys of teenagers sometimes - I guess I have gotten the Mean-ol-Mom-of-the-year award so many years running I had to make sure I had it all wrapped up once again....) - I did manage to get some cards done.
The first 2 I did I wasn't happy with - normally I would show you anyway but I just don't have the energy to take the photos, edit them and post them so am going to just show you the 2 I did like.
I did these both for this weeks 'Summer Fling' - focus on thier ATC (All Things Considered) line of stamps over at Cornish Heritage Farms this week. I only have one set from that line - Haute Conture. Check out the details on their blog -

Both these cards started with white cardstock that I sprayed with glimmer mist - juniper and gold for this one and a bright red (can't remember the name) and gold for the next one.
On this one I stamped the frame and phrase with navy ink and then cut it out with a Spellbinders label die and embellished with some pearls. I kept it simple because it really show off the glimmer - which doesn't show up well in the photos.

On the second one I stamped with brick red distress ink and cut it out with a different Spellbinders label die and embellished with rhinestones and backed it with some DP from Basic Grey.
All for now - going to head back to the craft room for a bit and then venture out to the pool to lay around a bit....
Have a great day!!!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Eiffel ATC's

I hadn't made ATC's in quite awhile so when this weeks featured line of stamps over at CHF was their All Things Considered line (ATC) I decided to do up some ATC's. I only have one stamp set from that line and that is what I used here. 'Haute Conture'
I used a TJ technique called Faux Designer Paper for the base and then stamped more images on top. The Eiffel tower was embossed with antique photo distress embossing powder.

Pop on over to the Cornish heritage Farms blog to find out about the 12 weeks of summer contests going on -
All for me tonight - gotta get some grub on the table for dinner....
Take Care

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Friends make the world....

Just a quick post before I head for bed tonight - sadly I didn't get any stamping done today.
We got back from our weekend trip yesterday so today was errand day - laundry, clean the pool, pull some weeds(not many as it got too hot waaay too fast for me) restock the frig.....ect., ect., ect.....
I should get some stamping time tomorrow - between running the kids to Volunteer - DS, and Drivers Ed - DD.....
I did this card awhile back for a challenge on Stamp TV.
The base cardstock was run through an inked cuttlebug folder and then edged with the same ink.
The main image is from Gina K - I stamped it onto slightly lighter cardstock than the base with the same ink as I used on the base. Stamped the phrase also with the same color ink - phrase is Gina K also.
I then colored in the flowers with prismacolor pencils and edged the main panel first with colored pencil - then with gold mettalic pen.
The pearls were colored with a copic marker to match the color theme.
All for tonight.
Take Care

Monday, June 21, 2010

Count the waves

I am preposting for you again today - we should be on our way back from our weekend getaway - back to the real world.....
Changing gears back to summer for you with this card using Gina K stamps.
The phrase and left base panel is polished stone technique. The right panel is 'sanded coredinations' technique with a cuttlebug folder.
The seashells were masked/stamped and then colored with copics.
I reall love how this one turned out - I will hang onto it for awhile as I want to copy it in plaque form....
Have a great day!!!!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Vacation photos

A quick post this afternoon as we are headed out for supper at a little restaurant along the river.
Before we get to far - none of these pics today are mine but both companies told me that the pics are "copy right free" when I asked.
Photos for the white water rafting are from Whetstone Photography -
Our raft company is Wildwater LTD - - and believe me they were awsome and we had a fantastic trip down the Ocoee!!!!
The old time photos are from - River Junction Olde Tyme Potraits -

I love these white water pics - look at the expressions on our girls faces in the first one - just as the raft tips over the lip of one of the "Big Ones"
Left side of the boat - as you see the picture is Jack - DS, Tom-DH, and Paula - DD. Other side of the boat starting again in back is Austin, then me, and then Rachel in front.
Our guide wa Krista and she was alot of fun and very skilled!!!
We made the trip without anyone in the water unexpectantly - a couple of us got bounced to the inside of the raft a couple times but wayyy better than bouncing out!!!

The old time photos were taken on friday and the kids had alot of fun with these too!!!!
Take Care