Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Cuppa Tea

Well I have managed to get alot of yard work done between yesterday and today - only on small portion of the flower bed to get tiered up and then 2 more portions to get weeded and round 1 will be done (round 2 will be when the flowers I ordered from Dutch gardens come in as I plant and then the endless rounds of weeding will start - that's the hard part, especially when the summer heat starts!) I even managed to get some house work done yesterday and a walk in this am. I do have some errands that I have to do (after a shower) and then a bit of house work - so I should get some craft room time later this afternoon.
I thought I would stop in here while I ate lunch and show you a card, just in case my craft room time gets late and I run out of daylight to take pics.
I did this card some time ago for a challenge over at Stamp TV - I just haven't shared it here yet.
The stamps are from Gina K and colored with prismacolor pencils - a real quick and simple card - probably took longer for me to tell you about my yard work than it did to make the card :)
Well all for now - time to clean up and get some errands done so I can get to the craft room . (oh and that bit of house work too....before the craft room...yes, before.....defiantly before, or it won't get done....sigh.....).
Take Care

Monday, January 30, 2012

Wedding cards - Flourishes

Just a short post before I get off to bed this am for a couple (4 or 5 ) hours sleep ....I have some yard work I want to do when I wake up, as the weather is sposed to be nice and house work too so I am not sure if I will get to the craft room today or not....
I did these wedding (or anniversary ) cards one day last week. The stamps are all from Flourishes and the cards are all pretty much alike - I did vary betweeen silver and gold ( and some white) for the embossing, papers and pearl accents but the base cardstock and the flower and ribbon accents stayed the same. They were very quick to make up and look very nice IRL!!!
I just love this stamp set - I have a couple wedding in the next couple months so need to stock up.
okay dokay it is time for me to get some sleep!!!!
Have a great day!!!!

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Simple Birdie

yaaawwnnn, stretch, ok I am up.....
quick blog post, shower and off to work again :)
This was a quick card for me yesterday - took the little birdie from my stash of colored images (colored with copics) and from there putting the card together was easy.
I used a green card base and some floral patterned DP, some Spellbinders dies cuts - labels and fancy tags, and some viva decor pen in copper.
This little bird is from Gina K of course.
I hope your weekend has gone well!!!
Take Care

Saturday, January 28, 2012

A walk at sunset

Just a quick card today - not too much time in the craft room. I did a bit of yard work after sleeping a bit later this am and taking the dog for a walk.....
The kids were out the door at 630 am to help out with a swim meet this weekend, I saw them off and went back to bed :)
Lunch with the DH and then a bit of craft time before my pre-night shift work nap...
I did the background direct to paper with ink pads and then used a Gina K stamp for my silhouettes - the stamp is not normally a silhoutte but I wanted one for the sunset scene so I just colored it in with a black copic marker (and I can see that I have some streek marks.....bummer...will have to watch that closer next time). The phrase is also from Gina K and the blue dot accents are a dimensional fabric paint from Tulip - works great on paper too!!

It is time for a nap now for me - going to stop up at the High School ball fields on my way to work ( a bit early ) to watch the softball team scrimmage tonight (DD is playing softball this year) - and then off to work....
Have a great weekend!!!!

Friday, January 27, 2012

May I have this dance.....

A quiet friday evening - at least for the moment (the teens are outside hanging out int he yard - I have extra's in the house as I often do :)
I did this card with a Valentine theme/colors in mind. I used one of my newer sets from Flourishes.
The couple is embossed with glitter gold onto gold shimmer paper and cut out with a Spellbinders die.
The background is coredinations paper with a texture die and sanded off to reveal the red core.
This didn't turn out quite how I envisioned but its ok....

I managed to get the flower beds in the back part of my yard finished off this morning....tomorrow will start on the side of the house. I am hoping that by raising the beds up a bit higher they will be easier to weed come summer.

All for tonight - time for the couch and a good book (or some coloring....) .
Take Care

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Oriental Hummingbird

Yup it be raining!!!! It was sposed to be a pretty bad storm but it fizzled for the most part which is ok - we are still getting the rain which we need just not the wind and scary stuff!!!!
I managed to get some more work done on the flower beds this am and then ran over to hang out with my Stampin' group for a bit....
I did this card for this weeks Tuesday challenge over at Flourishes.
The challenge was to make a center step card.
I had this image and the hummer colored up already so I just found some matching papers and put it together. I decided that it was high time I used some of the washi paper I have been hoarding for - well some of it for 2/3 years, and one batch for just a year....I found a piece that had just the right shade of pink to match too!!!

You will probably be seeing more of my washi paper in the near future - I LOVE these papers!!! (after all if I never use it how can I buy more :) - and I do have a stamp convention to go to next week!!!)
The stamps are from Flourishes of course and are colored with prismacolor pencils. The flowers were cut out with a Spellbinders die and edged with gold metallic pen and the hummer was cut out by hand an glued so he was off the edge a bit.
Check out the challenge here - www.flourishes.org/blog/
All for me today - back to the craft room for a bit.....
Take Care

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Outlines in blue

A couple quick cards for you today using some stamps from Outlines and the color blue for their current challenge over at the Outlines blog - www.outlineswithkathy.blogspot.com
I used this same flower stamp for last weeks challenge too....this time I colored the flowers and cut them out to layer onto some DP along with another Outlines stamp.
I had so much fun coloring that I had enough flowers for 2 cards :) so I varied the color just a bit and went a bit darker on the second one.
I slept till about 2 today and then got up and did a bit of yard work - I am redoing the borders around my flower beds and making them 2 or 3 layers up with 4X4's (so I won't have to bend down so far to pull weeds :)
Well I had trenches dug for one set of flower bed and it is sposed to rain like crazy tomorrow so I don't want them to get washed back in, only took me about an hour and half to finish that section. If the rain holds off I will do a bit more in the am - about an hour and half of stooping, kneeling and digging is about all my knees and back will do at one time but I am slowly getting it done.
All for today - Take Care

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Rusty Robots

A sleepy me this am, busy night at work and off to bed woth me as soon as I show you these :)
I am doing some ATC's to trade at the stamp Convention near Atlanta the first weekend of Febr. and the theme is 'robots'
I used stamps from My Favorite Things and colored them to look like they are a bit rusty :) This robot had little gears on his front - so I took some of the tiny watch gears I had and attatched them with diamond glaze over top and then in the corner too.
The background paper is 'faux rusty metal technique' from Technique Junkies and then I added the gears and some accents with a bronze viva decor pen.
All for now - gotta get
Take Care

Monday, January 23, 2012

Vintage Mouses

A quick card for you today - got some yard work done before the rain came and some errands and as soon as I get done here it is nappy time so I can go to work tonight.
I did this card for the current challenge over at the House Mouse blog - www.housemouse-challenge.blogspot.com - the challenge being for 'black and white'.
Well mine is mostly black and white - the main image is anyway, except for the peach colored aspirin. The main image is from House Mouse.
The background is a backgrounder from Cornish Heritage Farms and looks like old newspaper ads - see the ad in the top left corner for cough syrup - I thought it matched this stamp pretty well, but thought it needed walnut stain ink and a bit of distressing - so the card is not ALL black and white - but I think it turned out pretty cute.
All for today - Take Care
nappy time for me....

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Grumpy stitches

A quick card for you today - I am taking a lazy day here at my house, no yard work for me today (my knees told me in no uncertain terms to take the day off - I will give it a try tomorrow morning if its not raining anyway...)
I had this Mo's image colored up for awhile and so that made this a very quick card - I used a backgrounder from CHF for my stitches to fit this weeks challenge over at Mo's.
The Mo's image - cute little grump isn't she :) - is colored with prismacolor pencils.
Check out the challenge here - www.mosdigitalchallenge.blogspot.com
I just love my backgrounder stamps - they go with anything and any other company!!!
I have lots of backgrounder stamps - mostly from Cornish Heritage Farms as this one is but I also have a few from Impression Obsession, Stampin' Up, and Flourishes too.
All from me today - I stamped up a few images to color this afternoon and I have a good book I am reading too (a couple books I am reading actually but 2 are learning reading not fun reading :)
Take Care

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Flowery Flowers

Well there is now many buckets and a big pile for 'fertilizer' in my back yard and my kids almost RAN for the shower when done - hee hee, city kids...not that I didn't take a shower too but REALLY, it wasn't that bad....
I am building my flower beds in the back yard up a bit with tiers - I want to do the side yard ones too but we will see how much time I get this spring and how long my knees hold up....
Speaking of flowers - I have 2 cards for you this evening from Outlines. The challenge this week over at the Outlines blog was Valentines and so I did them up in reds and pinks and added a few little hearts here and there. Check out the challenge here - www.outlineswithkathy.blogspot.com
I paper pieced some of the flowers on each one and used some heart shaped brads, a button and some liquid beads from tulip on the first, same for the second but I also used some white viva decor pen too and no button.
I thought they both turned out a bit cluttered looking but they are bright and cheerful and flowery....
All for today - the kiddos are both at a movie night party/sleep over so the DH and I are going out to eat and to see a movie - I have been wanting to see 'War Horse'
Take Care

Holiday Snowman

Early saturday am - had to take DS to a swim meet (he helps out with the Middle School team now that the HS team is finished for the year)
Once he gets home I am corralling both my kiddos to help get a small truck load of fertilizer for my flower beds (courtesy of the local boarding stable - yes my kids are going to love me today :)
Well another CHF card for you today - this is another of the sweet digitals up on their site. I colored him with prismacolor pencils and layered him to a couple Christmassy DP's and added some stickers that I got on sale last year (2010) after Christmas :)
It is a very simpke and quick card - and I now have 10 cards made already for this coming Christmas :) Love that - I plan to try and do a couple cards a week at least, all year - it will definatly make the next Christmas season a little less rushed :)
All for now - but look for another post later today.
Take Care

Friday, January 20, 2012

Simple Things


Welcome to friday morning - Yippee - and I am even off this weekend!!!!

Worked last night so will get my little post up for you all and tuck myself into bed for a few hours :)

Another CHF card for you today

This was one of the very first stamps that I bought from the old CHF (Cornish Heritage Farms ) and I still love it!!! This stamp is not up on the new CHF store yet but you should check out all the great digitals that they do have already up!!!


I colored it with copics and cut it out with a Spellbinders labels die using an out-of-the-box technique.

I layered it to a panel of coredinations paper - a paper pad that already had texture on it - and then sanded off to reveal the lighter core. Then I distressed the edges a bit and curled one corner.

I added a couple ribbons and some corner accentrs with a viva decor pen.

All for right now - may post again later if I get to the craft room today :)
Take Care

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Candy bright day

Its a bright as candy day here in NW Florida - sunny and just a bit chilly.
I did this very bright card for the current challenge over at the Impression Obsession blog - which is for 'oldies but goodies' - not sure how old this stamp is but I had been wanting it for some time and finally got it the last time I won the challenge over at IO :).
Check out the challenge here - www.mitrafriant.typepad.com - you could win 25 $$ to spend in the IO store!!!!
The stamp I used is 'Candy Jars' #G2332 and I colored it with prismacolor pencils and cut it out with an out-of-the-box technique and a Spellbinders die.
The DP I used is a very bright pink with blueish/turquoise dots - so I added some turquoise glitter to the edge of the main panel and layered it to teal/turquoise paper and lastly added some blueish turquoise rhinestones.
I am not sure how I should manage my sleep time today - tuesday night I didn't sleep well so I made sure to get in a good nap yesterday afternoon, only to end up on call for work. Well since I had a good nap I expected to be up late...but was in bed by 10....and got woke up at 230 am to come into work (and got off at 730 am per usual) so I am not really tired now....so I guess I should get the house work done that I have been putting off (too cool for yard work outside today) and then probably lay down for a longer nap after lunch....Ahhh well after tonight I have 3 days(nights) off :). Maybe if I get my bum in gear I can get some craft room time in too....either way this is all for me today here in blogland :)
Take Care

Kinkade - Live Life Wisely

My favorite project of the week so far to show you this am. I got this Thomas Kinkade image as the old CHF was having close out sales a couple years ago. It sounds like new CHF will still be carrying the Thomas Kinkade images which is great news for me!!!!
I colored this TK image - Gingerbread Cottage - with prismacolor pencils. I usually start with the lightest colors and work darker from there and as I get a couple layers on then I switch and start doing sections - like all the flowers and then the trees and then the stones of the house ect. ect. ect. My only problem with TK's is that I have a hard time parting with my project when I am done - I almost never do just a card with the TK's - I like to do something more permanent with them, like a frame or plaque.
This time I brought out a 3D shadow box die that I have been hoarding for this TK. This is an Accu cut die designed by my friend Vicki Chrisman - http://www.vickichrisman.blogspot.com/
Crafty Secrects sells pre-cut sets of these die cuts which is really nice!!!
I added stamps from a couple 'scene it' sets - gates and bridges and winter I think - to the side panels. Above the main image is a phrase from a time set from CHF set.
The last picture shows this die closed and the decorative flap is stamped with another phrase from the time set as well as another decorative stamp to define the 'curtains'. I added a beaded 'rope' to the curtains with a viva decor pen.
I LOVE how this one turned out!!!! The shadow box die frames it up so nice too!!!
Be sure to check out the new CHF store!!! http://www.cornishheritagefarms.com/
All for today - worked last night, working again tonight so it is time to sleep!!!
Take Care

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Wedding charms - Flourishes

Just a couple charm-like hangy thingsto show you today.
I did these up for the current challenge over at Flourishes for something Valentines but not a card. Check out the challenge here - www.flourishes.org/blog/.
I have been hoarding these charms from Fancy Pants for quite awhile now but had resolved to start 'using the good stuff' so between the charms and the other good stuff - Flourishes stamps!!!
I used stamps from Flourishes ' Wedded Bliss'.
On the white one I embossed with silver and then added accents with a viva decor pearl pen and a Mr. and Mrs. ribbon, along with a white and cream ribbon to hang it with.
The red I embossed with black and used a Tulip 'beads in a bottle' in black, and added a red and black ribbon to hang it with.
For both I embossed a phrase from the same set for the back of the charm.
The charms are about 3 inches square.
All for tonight - was sposed to work tonight and even managed to get in a good nap, and am on call....so after supper and couch time with the DH, I will head off to the craft room until later cause I know I won't be sleepy when everyone else heads for bed.
Have a great night !!