Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Get Better Soon!

I completed this for the Blogabella challenge but didn't post it in time. I still wanted to share it. The challenge was to use Red, White, and Purple as the color theme. Hope everyone's enjoying their Wednesday. We just came back from church for the Ash Wednesday mass and we ate a light dinner and now it's time for bed. We have a early morning ahead of us and I have a lot of planning still with my husbands graduation party this weekend. He completed his Bachelor's degree last week and we were unable to attend the ceremony in Virginia so I thought we could at least have a party. And Sunday is my birthday so if I don't post any more until Monday next week now you know why. I've got a lot going on!

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

You're The Best!

Hi everyone in blog land!! I can't tell you how much more surfing people's blog I do than I should be stamping. I'm so pumped up to stamp my heart out but by the time I finish surfing blogs I realize oh my how much time I've just spent on doing just that that now I don't have time to create a card. Well tonight while blog surfing I came across the CPS blog and of course had to participate for the first time in their sketches. I've always admired the blog but never taken part. So here is my card! The card base is Pixie Pink. The dp paper I'm not sure it's in one of my previous posts though cause I've used this paper on a card before. I used the stamp set call A Little Birdie Told Me by Stampin' Up! I stamped the image is staz on ink and used my watercolor pens to color in the birdie. On the two strips of paper on bottom of card I used some Queen & Co jewels the little orange flowers I thought matched perfect! I hope you all take part in the CPS challenge as well! Have a great day!

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

The Pink Elephant #2

I have 2 blog posts today so make sure to check below for the other posting. I came across The Pink Elephant on a blog recently and bookmarked it because it was a new blog starting up. I can tell these ladies are going to have some fun things in for us. Here is my card for the second challenge which is using glitter on your card! The card base is Basic Black with Pixie Pink matted on top. The designer paper is from the Black Market Paper Society called Ebony & Alabaster 6X6 pack I found that at Gina K's website too. The paper is textured and is so pretty in person. I used Cupcakeabella from Stamping Bella I stamped her in Staz On black ink onto Gina K's Pure Luxury 120 lb. white cardstock. Man oh man is that the thickest cardstock I've ever come across. It stamps wonderfully and you can watercolor and use blender pens on it with ease. I used the Labels One by Spellbinders to mat her on. I paper pieced the same dp onto the cupcake liner. I used star dust stickles on the pink dots on her dress, and black diamond stickles to outline the cupcake's frosting and then on various dots on the designer paper. I can't wait to see more challenges by The Pink Elephant!

Congratulations Geli

Hi everyone! I kinda fell off the blog wagon for a week because I've been busy that and I couldn't find my camera until tonight. lol My husband hates how I can never remember where I put things. My youngest sister Angelica (Geli) got married and I wasn't there but I did put together a card to go with her gift. I can't believe I missed her wedding but those are the kinds of things we have to sacrifice with being overseas. I used Jen Del Muro's sketch for this week which was really fun and one I'll turn to often I'm sure. The card base is Rose Red with Regal Rose layered on top. I used Stampin' Up! Raspberry Tart dp paper which I LOVE! It was my first time ordering this paper and will order some more soon. I used the stamp set Botanical Blooms by Stampin' Up! which is one of their Sell-A-Bration's sets. Very pretty and delicate set that it is. I used my Swiss Dots cuttlebug embossing folder and finished the card off with 3 buttons. Now I just need to go out and find her wedding gift here in Germany and mail it off.

Monday, February 09, 2009

June's Monogrammed Cards

My very good friend June asked me to make her some monogrammed cards with the first initial of her last name. I used my new JustRite Damask borders set for her cards. This is my first set from JustRite and I REALLY love the product. I'll probably be ordering some more JustRite products in the near future. The only request June had for her cards was that I use a little bit of pink somewhere. I hope it's not too much pink, at least I don't think it's too much pink. I'm sure she's going to love them. I used some designer paper from GCD studios called Simpicite from the Cosette Collection. I really like this paper!! I'm glad I ordered 2 sheets I might have to make some for myself.

Sunday, February 08, 2009

Sweet Valentine Double Pocket Bag

Right before we moved from San Antonio a bunch of my friends and I met up for one last dinner at The Cheesecake Factory at the mall in San Antonio. Jeneane my upline brought me a adorable double pocket bag filled with some stamp goodies as my going away present. I was in love with the bag and asked her to give me directions. She sent me a 12X12 piece of paper with the dimensions on the back. I'm not sure who originally came up with it but quite a while after she gave it to me they posted a tutorial on Splitcoaststampers for this Double Pocket Bag. It may look a little intimidating but if you give it a try it is really super simple. So tonight as I sit here in peace and quiet after putting the boys to bed I thought I'd rather not do a card. I feel so guilty ALWAYS doing challenges. I feel like all my personal creativity has gone away like I can't survive without a challenge so I pulled out the directions for this bag and decided to recreate it with a Valentine theme. I will be filling this to the brim with little things for my son's teacher aide Mrs. Carenza. She is going to die when she see's it. She's all about cute crafty things!
I used 1 piece of 12X12 designer paper by Sassafras called Sunshine Lollipop, the Sweet stamp from Sweet on You by Stampin' Up!, and some shiny chocolate ribbon from American Crafts ribbon. You can't see it but on the opposite side of the heart paper is stripes in the same color pink, a orange color, and brown color. It's some really cute paper and thick too! Anyway I hope you'll give this project a try!

Saturday, February 07, 2009

PTI Bitty Dot Sketch Challenge

I sure hope you all are following all the sneak peeks at what Nichole has going on over at her blog Capture the Moment. My pocket book is already hurting and the release isn't even here yet. :) I LOVE LOVE LOVE Papertrey Ink products. I'm going to tell my husband who reads this (he's probably read it before I actually tell him) that my Valentine's gift I will get for myself by ordering some of the PTI new products next week. :) This card is for her challenge today. I hope you all take advantage of her challenge you have the opportunity to win their entire ribbon collection!!! This sketch challenge was a LOT of fun to do. I partnered this challenge with Stamp Something's Valentine Challenge. Their challenge was to make and post something card, candy, gift or anything you're going to give to your loved ones. So I've made this card for my husband who will see it before Valentine's day but oh well. I'm so happy it's not too feminine. I used my new paper from My Mind's Eye called Irresistible Flying Hearts. I used the retired Stampin' Up! Tall Tales alphabet stamp for the I and U. I used the heart from Simply Said. To me the heart needed something extra so I just cut out a flying heart from the dp paper and mounted it with a pop dot on top of the heart. I also dragged the white cardstock across my Ruby Red ink pad to give it a little dirty look. I'm off to maybe do one more card for the night. I've got to get up early for church so it has to be a quick one.

Thursday, February 05, 2009

Hey Sweetie

I'm the General Treasurer for our enlisted spouses club on base and I've been asked to make the members birthday, congrats, and new baby cards. Since it's been almost a week since I've really stamped I figured I'd get my mojo flowing by completing two challenges in 1 card to get me movin! I saw Taylor's TECC53 sketch challenge which I really like and also liked the Our Creative Corner Crazy For Heart's challenge.
Last Friday I placed my first order with I Heart Papers and can you believe my order was here on Wednesday?!! I didn't realize I ordered so much My Mind's Eye paper but man they have a great selection. For my card I used paper from My Minds Eye called Irresistible Sweet Blossoms. I used Regal Rose as the card base and layered it with Bravo Burgundy. I used the Swiss dots cuttlebug embossing folder. The stamp set is from Hey There Cupcake. I found some cute heart jewels that I completely forgot I had by Queen & Co. On the outer edges of some of the cardstock I distressed using one of my keys on my keychain. Well I'm off to post my challenge cards on the respective blogs. Can't wait to check everyone's cards out they did for the challenges as well. I'll be sharing the cards I make today for the club and sharing throughout the rest of the week and weekend.

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Thank You Teri!

Sorry Teri for not posting this last week! I received my January RAK from my January partner Teri from Big Ideas From A Little Girl. She sent me 5 rolls of valentine themed American Craft ribbon, a package of Hero Arts flowers, a bunch of various stamped images, Animals cuttlebug embossing folders each animal has a heart somewhere in it, and a yummy package of chocolate covered macadamia nuts. We love the candy Teri. My friend Dawn who is from Hawaii used to always send us these candies before they were stationed to Japan. I love the cute little card you made as well. Thank you again Teri. Keep in touch!!

Valentine's Mailbox

Hello everyone! I've been missing for about a week. I had so many things going on first was those headaches turns out it's nothing to worry about per the doctor. I was in one of those non craft moods too all week. Plus I had spent most of my week shopping. I wanted to send my nieces and nephews on my side of the family some clothing from some German department stores. I've found that their clothing is really good quality and super super cute stuff especially for little girls. This week and next I'll be shopping for all the nieces and nephews on my husband's side. There are like double of them on his side than on mine. His mom's birthday is coming up as well so gotta find her a gift too. She's such a simple woman so it's hard to decide what to get her without going too over the top. Anyway we also this weekend had a church retreat where my son celebrated for the first time the sacrament of Reconciliation. He's attending CCD to complete his First Communion in April. My mom and mother in law are finally happy he's going to make this sacrament as well. It's something well overdue. I've just been a rut and not feeling creative or like making anything at all. Oh on top of that my computer has crashed but I'm getting a new one as soon as our income tax money comes in. I've had the hand me down laptop for a long time. Each of us have our own laptop so it's my turn for the new one! So sorry for the pictures they won't have my watermark on them until I get the new laptop. I've lost all of my contacts as well and all of my blog pictures I had taken. Enough complaining now on to my morning and how this cute little mailbox came about. I went to breakfast this morning with a friend and came back to finish Desperate Housewives season 4 to realize I watched the last one last night! I got up and stood in my craft room for about 5 minutes before deciding what to work on. I finished this cute little mailbox from Target. It was my LAST ONE! (insert crying face here) I've decorated it and my son will give it to his teacher for Valentine's this year. I hate to let it go but it's too cute not to pass onto someone. I am in love with this designer paper from Stampin' Up! I think it's some of the cutest paper ever too bad it's retired. I'm not exactly sure yet what I will fill it with for her. Maybe we'll make a bunch of little heart cookies and fill the mailbox.