Sunday, September 30, 2007

On this last day of September . . .

I thought I would post another little Maxine joke to get us all in the mood for Halloween! Enjoy! I'll have a new card to show you tomorrow! Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Daring Cardmakers - Halloween Frame Card

Daring Cardmakers dared us to use a frame on a card.

I've been totally into "using what I have". I searched through my stash and "found" this fantastic Lil' Davis green chipboard frame and "pumpkin patch" chipboard piece. The pumpkin patch chipboard piece is on pop dots. I had stamped the pumpkin trio from Stampin' Up's "Spooktacular Greetings" last week, colored them with Stampin' Up watercolor pencils, and they were just sitting on my desk waiting to be used on a Haunting Halloween card! The scraps of paper on the card front are from Karen foster (the orange strip), and Basic Grey (the green one). I tied pumpkin ribbon around the frame. The ribbon is from the Target $1 spot from a couple of years ago. I'm thrilled with the way this card turned out. I love it! What do you think?

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, September 28, 2007

Challenge - hello - Di Hickman Sept. #4

I like these challenge sketches! This is my second one! This is kinda fun! Check out the sketch at Di Hickman's site.

I used scraps of paper to make this! I had the pretty patterned paper from My Mind's Eye left over from another project. I used two shades of blue cardstock, some rick rack ribbon, a Prima, and a rhinestone brad. I stamped "hello" with my Karen Foster snap stamps. I like the way this turned out! What do you think?

Thanks for stopping by!

I'll post a card later today! I promise!

Well, my husband was out the door to work pretty early this morning, and when he leaves, he takes HIS camera phone with him! So, even if I had a card right now (which I don't), I wouldn't be able to get a photo of it anyway! I will post one later on tonight. Stop back by if you get a chance!

I'm STILL packing eBay packages to be mailed. The money trickles in SLOWLY, and I want to be a FAST seller, so I'm packaging and going to the post office every day. Five boxes on Tuesday, four on Wednesday, four more yesterday, and I have at least three today. Plus, I'm still waiting for money for the rest before I can mail them. My post office is VERY close to my house, so it's not that big of a deal to go there every day this week. For my next listings, I'll be doing PayPal only (I won't have to wait for money orders to come in the mail), and I will ship only two days of the week. I still have LOTS to list, and I'm also getting ready for a garage sale on October 6th. I just want to remind you all that a flooded basement was the reason for all of this activity, reorganizing, and decluttering! Our basement is actually going to be a pretty cool place to hang out when this is all over and done with! It all just takes time though. Wouldn't it be great if magic wands were real? I could just flick my want, and it would all be done! What a crazy dreamer I've become!

Thanks for stopping by! I'll post a card later today . . . I promise!

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Feel Better

Clare totally inspired me to create a card using my Brenda Pinnick items that I got in a HUGE QVC kit. I even used the very same chipboard letters she used! Thanks Clare!

Isn't this a beautiful card base? I love the Brenda Pinnick designs. I stacked three gorgeous Primas with a Making Memories rhinestone brad. Could this card be any easier? Love the chipboard letters! This is a great kit!

I have to show you this view too, because the card base is just gorgeous!

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

I've been tagged! So, I guess I'm "it"!

Helen tagged me! Here's probably way more than you wanted to know about me!!

Four places I worked:
1) ARDC (Attorney Registration & Disciplinary Commission of the Supreme Court of Illinois -- isn't that a mouthful?)
2) CCI, Inc. (Crown Consolidated Industries, Inc., Chicago, IL)
3) Lapham Hickey Steel, IL
4) Scrapbook Stop (a local scrapbook store that has since closed down)

Four places I have lived:
1) Crestwood, IL
2) Frankfort, IL
3) Gilbert, AZ
4) Mokena, IL

Four places I have visited on vacation:
1) St. Thomas / San Juan (cruise - FUN!)
2) Snowmass / Aspen, Colorado (in the summertime -- just beautiful!)
3) Canada (fishing trip with my hubby!)
4) Palm Springs, CA (just love their downtown!)

Four favorite foods:
1) Pizza!
2) Chocolate Chip Cookies (warm from the oven! I think I'm drooling!)
3) Filet Mignon with a loaded baked potato
4) Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough ice cream

Four places I would rather be right now: (I like where I'm at right now though!)
1) on our dream family vacation in Hawaii
2) Disneyworld or Disneyland with my family
3) Visiting Arizona
4) having a hard time with a 4th one . . . Maybe on a cruise with my family? Maybe on a road trip in the U.S. -- Yellowstone, South Dakota, etc. That would be fun!

So, I'm supposed to tag 4 people . . . (a lot of people I was going to tag have already done this, so I'm picking people that I believe have not done this!)


Sorry if I tagged you and you've already posted these tidbits of information about yourself!

I mailed lots of eBay items yesterday. I don't really have the hang of it yet . . . being a seller that is. I can buy quite easily! I had a buyer pay me with a credit card through PayPal, and now I'm being FORCED to upgrade my PayPal account. I don't really like being told what to do! However, if I'm going to continue selling on eBay, the upgraded account is probably something that will have to happen eventually anyway. Makes getting money easier, but it's just more fees! Big surprise there! Fees, fees, fees! That's what eBay and PayPal are all about!

Thanks for stopping by! I hope to have a great card to show you tomorrow!

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Challenge - Di Hickman Sept. #3 / Caardvarks Chipboard

I did it! I created a challenge card! Not only that, but I combined two challenges! This is my interpretation of the Di Hickman sketch, and I used chipboard on my card front for the Caardvarks challenge. This was fun!

I used SEI Gertie's Garden papers and alphabet stickers, chipboard tags from Chip Chatter, rub on letters left over from a QVC kit, American Crafts ribbons, three layered Primas, and a Making Memories brad. I also distressed a little. I'm actually thrilled with the way this card turned out!

You can view Di Hickman's sketch. Caardvarks is also a fun place to visit. I think I'll be trying challenge cards again. It gets you thinking!

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, September 24, 2007

Just a quick post . . . .

Most of my eBay auctions ended today. I don't know how people sell on eBay all the time. It's exhausting, and there are too many fees! Anyway, I have lots of payments to wait for, and then I have lots of things to ship. Should be interesting! Now I know why I normally donate all of my items to charity. It's easier.

I finished the last Harry Potter book. What an amazing set of books! I wanted more in the epilogue, but all in all, it was just GREAT! I'm glad I know the ending, but it's kinda sad too. No more Harry.

I need to get a card done tonight. You're all going to stop visiting me if I don't!

Thanks for stopping by! Off I go to make my challenge card!

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Wow, I hit over 3,000 visitors!

I don't know how to filter myself out, but over 3,000 visitors is very cool! Thank you to each and every one of you that stop by to take a look at what I'm working on! I appreciate it so very much! Thank you also if you take the time to leave a comment. I enjoy reading them all!

I worked all day long in the basement today. I'm starting to call it the dungeon! A while back, our basement flooded (without electricity for over 13 hours -- no electricity, no sump pump), and we were forced to throw out a lot of stuff. Everything else is getting off the floor, repacked, and reorganized, and it seems like it's the job that will never end! We've put up nine shelving units, and I've purchased about 20 Sterilite plastic containers to organized all of the Halloween and Christmas decorations. My girls are going through all of the toys and the board games, we are getting rid of a lot, donating a lot, and I think I'm going to have to have a garage sale. I love going to garage sales, but I hate having one! I have 44 items listed on eBay right now (rare Little Tikes items), and my auctions are doing well. I have lots more to list on eBay. So, basically, I'm just TIRED of all the cleaning and reorganization! It will be worth it in the end, but will it ever end? That's the question!

I'm going to post a challenge card, hopefully tomorrow. I visit so many blogs that post great challenge cards, I'm going to join in the fun! I'm going to take a crack at the Di Hickman sketch, and I think I'm going to combine it with the Caardvarks chipboard challenge. I have some ideas in my head . . . I just need to find the time to put it together.

Sorry for the rambling! Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Valentine card? Has she gone crazy?

I really love having something to post each and every day. Well, I was doing everything but creating yesterday, so I have to post something that I made a while ago. This is going to seem so strange posting it today, but I'm doing it anyway!

I think we can all tell that this is a card from February! (I really need to work on some new stuff today!!) Anyway . . . the card front is embossed with the tiny bubbles Cuttlebug embossing folder, I used Stampin' Up heart stamps, and the sentiment is a Hero Arts stamp. I wrapped lots of skinny ribbon from Michael's around the card front, and I suspended a heart swirl clip between some ribbon. There are "got flowers" Primas are attached to the top with brads.

Thanks for stopping by! I need to get moving on some NEW stuff later today!

Friday, September 21, 2007

Music on Blogs? Love it or Hate it?

OK, I added a playlist of music to my blog. Do you love it or do you hate it? Even if you just pop in really quick, let me know what you think. I sometimes love them or hate them myself. Sometimes I'm blog hopping at night, it's really quiet in the house, and then the playlist starts, and it scares the &*$# out of me! So, give me your thoughts. If you hate it, just say so! No hard feelings! I love you all and appreciate your visits and your comments!!

I've changed my playlist already to work only if the visitor decides to activate it. It does not start automatically. I realize most people won't activate it . . . that's not the reason they stop by . . . but you never know! I don't want anyone to stop visiting my blog because they're annoyed by the music playing automatically!

Cuttlebug pup cards

I didn't create anything new yesterday. When I got some free time, I was reading Harry Potter! I just finished the 6th book, and I'm going to start the 7th and last book today. I've been addicted to these books since they came out, and I read the 1st through the 4th as soon as they came out. I got behind on the 5th and 6th, and when the 7th came out, I realized that in order to do the story justice, I should start at the beginning and read them all straight through. So, I started at the beginning of the summer, I've read six, and I'm just about to start the last one! I'm just blown away by J.K. Rowling and her creative, captivating story. I've tried very hard to stay away from any spoilers, so the 7th will have some surprises for me. While I'm so excited to read it, I'm going to be very sad to have the adventure end. Any Harry Potter fans out there?

My husband and girls got the Cuttlebug for me last Christmas, and with it, they got me the 4 pup small embossing folders. When I tried the machine the first time, I just embossed the pup images on scraps. I can't throw anything away, so I just HAD TO create cards with my first embossed images. These cards are the result. Totally not too exciting, and if I were going to create these today, I would add a little something to the images. Maybe some ink, maybe some stickles, . . . I'm not sure, but something. This little pup with the heart is so cute. I added a heart gem, some ribbon with the Fastenator, and I stamped the sentiment.

This pup being lifted by the balloon is also so cute! I matted him, mounted it with brads, and stamped the birthday sentiment with a Stampin' Up stamp. I hope to have something a little more exciting and creative to post tomorrow!

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Amazing You

My not so secret sister on the Cricut message board that I send to sent me this "You" Cuttlebug embossing folder as a very special surprise. Thank you Sharon! I've FINALLY had a chance to use it!

I had a purple card base and a black card front sitting on my desk, so I just went with it! I just wanted to use my NEW embossing folder! I embossed the black, ticket punched the corners, and then I rubbed a white ink pad over it. I wanted to emphasize the "YOU", so I also used my White Galaxy marker on top of it, then I outlined it with Stickles. I then embossed just the word "amazing" in purple with the same folder. I rubbed black ink on it, and I mounted it right above the word "YOU". I love the emphasis that is drawn to what I want to say, which is "Amazing You". I added a layered stack of three Primas with a rhinestone brad, and then I tied two ribbons around the top. I love the way this turned out! I love the purple with the black!

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

You've Got Style!

You wouldn't know it by looking at my blog, but I consider myself mainly a scrapbooker! Why don't you see any of my scrapbook pages? Well, I STILL don't have a digital camera (I know, I know, get one already!), and taking photos of scrapbook pages with a camera phone would just be awful! I just so happened to get a photo of one of my two-page layouts a while back (I almost always do two-page layouts), and I decided that since I had a good photograph, I should definitely post it!

The title of this layout is "You've Got Style". How true. These are photos of my girls from April 2005! Wow, I'm behind on my layouts! They've grown SO MUCH since these photos were taken! Obviously, since it was over two years ago! Anyway, they had spring pictures at school that day, so they both put on their favorites shirts, and I decided to snap some photos before they left for the day. I think my girls are beautiful everyday, both inside and out!

I used Provo Craft Slab papers, Chip Chatter chipboard letters, tag, and flower, ribbon, rhinestone, lots of brads, some QuicKutz (photo anchors and photo corners), and Making Memories rub on letters. The flower on the right page is Cricut, from the George cartridge. I also used ink for some distressing.

So, this is one of my layouts. What do you think? Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Hello Card

I sent this card to my not so secret sister on the Cricut message board. It was easy to create, and I love the way it turned out.

The card base is a DCWV card base that either came from Michael's or Joann's. I love the shades of blue on it. I added some self-adhesive Primas that I distressed with brown ink. I used my Cropadile to set two blue eyelets, and I threaded some brown dotted ribbon through the eyelets and tied a bow. I stamped "hello" with my snap stamps. Finally, I added some dots of blue Stickles. Easy but cute!

I listed 35 items on eBay yesterday, and I just can't believe how time consuming it is! I was literally exhausted by the time I finished! I have a lot of rare Little Tikes small toys that are ready for new homes, and I figured I would get better prices on eBay rather than a garage sale. I just can't believe how long it took me to list it all! I have TONS of other items that I want to list, but I'll have to see how this first batch goes first. Whew! I hope all of my auctions do well! Does anyone else get like me, and you're actually sad to see toys leave the house? There are so many memories that involve the toys. My girls spent HOURS playing with them, and now that my girls are getting older, it's just time to send them to a new home. However, it makes me sad. Know what I mean? It's a little silly! I guess I'll just think about the next little girl that's going to have them and how happy they're going to make her!

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, September 17, 2007

Happy Fright Night!

Using what I have is SO addicting and FUN! I created two more cards with items I haven't used for a long time!

I used an older Stampin' Up set called "Tricky Treats" to stamp that adorable ghost! Now, this stamp set is older, but it is new to me since I just picked it up at a rubber stamp flea market. This is my first time using it. However, I did use "Bitty Boos" to stamp the cat, the spider, and the word "Boo!". I haven't used my Bitty Boos stamp set for a LONG time! I also pulled out a Doodlebug Halloween striped paper that I've had for years. Once again, I don't know what I was saving it for! I did a lot of distressing with black ink on these cards. I thought adding the Tootsie Pops was just too cute! I also added some dots of Stickles in purple and orange. On each card, I added a QuicKutz large photo corner to the card front. I Cuttlebug embossed it using the tiny bubbles embossing folder, and I distressed it in black. As a final touch, I added googly eyes to the ghosts. I LOVE googly eyes!

I like the way these turned out. I'm going to send them to my nephew and niece for Halloween. I'll just put them in a small padded envelope, and I'll hope the Tootsie Pops don't break in the mail!

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Trick or Treat! - Challenge Card

I discovered another blog (you know how these things happen!), and I have been checking it to see her fun creations. She had a GREAT challenge! She threw out a challenge to use a stamp set we haven't used in a long time! No problem. I have hundreds of stamp sets! Chances are, there are quite a few I haven't used in a long time. She made a cute Halloween card, and since I'm in the mood for Halloween and I love Halloween, I decided to break out one of my older, much loved Halloween Stampin' Up sets.

On this card, I used "Haunts & Howls". It's really one of my favorites, but I don't think I've used it since I decorated Halloween lunch/treat bags for both my girls when they were in Kindergarten/First Grade (that was 5 years ago!) I took the challenge one step further. I used Frances Meyer Halloween paper I've had for years! I'm not sure what I'm saving it for! It's the purple striped paper with yellow stars and black spiders. I embraced the yellow theme, and I matted the paper on a tiny bubbles Cuttlebug embossed background. I stamped "Trick or Treat" on yellow, and then I did it again . . . I used something I haven't used in a long time . . . my paper crimper! I crimped the title strip. Doesn't it look great? I wanted my witch to have green skin, so I stamped her on lime green cardstock, and then I stamped her again on orange so that I could cut the pumpkin for her to hold. I love the way that looks! Since she's a Diva Witch, I added some lavender Stickles to her hat band, her cuffs, and her shoes. I also added Stickles to the inverted corners from my ticket punch of the card front and the title strip. I added some thin ribbon I got from Michael's in yellow and lime green, and I was done. (I use a camera phone, and the Stickles make it difficult to photograph. The card is super cute in real life!)

So, I love this challenge! I used an older stamp set that I haven't used in a long time, I used paper that I've had for years, and I broke out my forgotten paper crimper! I'm on a spending freeze until the end of the year, so the "use what I have" philosophy really works for me right now!

Thanks for the challenge Ashley. Check out her blog if you get a chance! I like her creations, and I'll be stopping by often!

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Dog Treat Jars

I'm having one of those weeks where I'm doing everything BUT crafting. I hope that changes today. I really want to create some cards or a couple of scrapbook pages.

So, what do you think of these dog treat jars? I made these (and other jars that I don't have pictures of) for Christmas gifts last year for all of our 4-legged friends. I'm going to make more jars this year. I have to admit that finding great jars is the hardest part! The big jar that says "Paddy" used to hold some kind of pretzel bites from Sam's Club. The "Princess" jar is from Target, and it held gourmet carmel/nut cluster popcorn. The small jar is a Miracle Whip jar (OK, that one is easy to get). The dog themed papers are Karen Foster, and the pink papers are Sandylion. I added letter stickers that say "good boy" or "good girl". I have various dog-themed ribbons tied around.

I even decorated the tops of the lids. I cut circles with my Coluzzle and with my Cricut. The letters on Paddy's jar are Base Camp, and on Lucy's jar they are All Mixed Up. I'm sad to say that Lucy has since passed away. She was my sister-in-law's dog, and she was quite old and ill. She lived a good life though, and she was very loved! Paddy is my brother-in-law and sister-in-law's dog. Princess belongs to us. Here's a picture of Princess. I've posted her photo before, but she's so darn cute, I'm posting it again!

Thanks for stopping by! I hope to have some fun NEW cards to post tomorrow!

Friday, September 14, 2007

Back To School Card

This is a card that I gave to my nephew / godson when he was starting Kindergarten. The striped paper is DCWV, and I cut the apple and the backpack on my Cricut with the Doodlecharms cartridge. I like the little piece of paper sticking out of the backpack with my nephew's name on it! I hand wrote the sentiment and chalked around the edges. The apple is mounted on a foam square.

I really hope to have a chance to create some fun new items today and this weekend. It's been one of those weeks where I've been doing everything BUT crafting, and when I don't get a chance to create something, I miss it a lot!

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, September 13, 2007

My 50th Post!

It's my 50th post today! I still don't feel like I know what I'm doing in "blog" land, but this sure is fun, and I appreciate each and every one of you that stops by to check things out. I also appreciate everyone that takes the time to leave a comment! Thanks! After I've done another 50 posts, I'll have to give something away, don't you think?

I'm almost embarrassed to post another one of those "cheater" cards. It comes from my Lisa Bearson kit of the month. I wanted a quick birthday card -- I've mentioned before that I have a lot of birthdays to acknowledge this month. Well, I like this card. It's very boho chic, don't you think? The colors are different, and it's very bold. The large half flower is a die cut, and the center of the flower is a chipboard piece.

I really need to get back on the creating kick though! Enough with these easy, quick cards! I need to CREATE something! I hope I have time today or tomorrow!!

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Smile - Birthday Card

A while ago, I made a very large (8.5" x 11") birthday card for my nephew / godson. I thought this super large size was perfect for a six year old! He did seem to like it!

I took two full sheets of cardstock, and I used the Cropadile to punch and set 5 eyelets to keep the two sheets together. I stamped the background of the white card front in red with one of my Stampin' Up small background stamps. The very cute large puppy and the word "smile" were cut on my Cricut using Paper Pups. I mounted "smile" on torn cardstock with inked edges. I set four eyelets and used some ribbon from Michael's to finish off the sentiment on the card.

I was thrilled with the way this turned out. I love the LARGE card for kids. I really love that happy puppy face! His smile is just fantastic!

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

September 11th

It's strange to post something today on the 6th anniversary of the worst terrorist attack on the United States. The news coverage from that day six years ago is still so vivid. I just want to acknowledge today. I want to say that while I personally was not touched by the tragedy that day other than being an American staring at the television in disbelief, I feel very deeply for all of those that were personally changed forever by losses too numerous to mention.

I don't mean to transition too quickly from my very sincere thought above, but my blog is about crafting, and I will still post a card creation today.

The "love" theme is very appropriate for today. The love heart is a rub on, the card front is Cuttlebug embossed, I added a single Prima with a brad, wrapped two ribbons from Michael's around the card front, and I was done. I love the colors.

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, September 10, 2007

Embossed - Happy Birthday!

I don't have a lot of time over the weekend to create, but I did put together another quick Birthday card. I think Cuttlebug embossed card fronts have a lot of impact.

I like the color combination on this one. I love the sage green with the burgundy. I stamped "Happy Birthday" with a stamp from the Stampin' Up "Smile" set. I added some small burgundy "got flowers" Primas, and I wrapped some thin ribbon that I got from Michael's around the card front.

I need to start looking at all of the card making challenge sites that I see everyone else participating in. They look like fun!

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, September 9, 2007

Black and White - Happy Birthday card

I have a bottle of "got flowers" Primas that are black, white, and grey, and I wanted to use them on a birthday card. This is what I came up with.

I Cuttlebug embossed the black card front and the "Happy Birthday" sentiment. I rubbed some white ink on the sentiment. I added some ribbon that I got from Michael's, three Primas, and I was done. So very easy! I like the black and white, especially with the dotted ribbon.

Thanks for the stopping by!

Saturday, September 8, 2007

Just For You

I feel like posting a card that I made from a kit is "cheating" my blog. Is that crazy? After all, there is no skill, talent, or creativity involved in putting together this card. Someone already thought of everything for me! However, sometimes you just need a quick card, and I think that's alright. Don't you? This is just a quick card I put together last night. It's another one from the Lisa Bearnson kit of the month that I purchased from her web site. I didn't change anything on this card, because I like it just the way it is.

The "just for you" is already printed on the cardstock. Everything else is a chipboard piece! The blue piece at the top, all the flower stems, the flowers, and the flower centers are all individual pieces of chipboard. Very cool! I will be sending this card to my mother-in-law this month for her birthday. She loves gardening and flowers! I think she'll like this card very much.

Have a great weekend. Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, September 7, 2007

The birthday cards continue . . .

Happy Friday everyone! Here is a birthday card I made last night. It will be set free to the USPS today for a birthday on the 10th.

I have Christina Cole Stand-Outs stickers that I got on QVC a while back. I really like them, but I don't use them enough. Well, I used them on this card, and I love it. The "make a wish . . . happy birthday" round sticker die cut is just perfect for the flower center. The "happy birthday" under the flower is actually from a long border strip, but I just cut the border down to use one part of it. I love how colorful these stickers are! The flower is a large Prima. I used the Cuttlebug to emboss yellow vellum, but I mounted the vellum on a yellow card front. I didn't want the vellum to look green when it got placed on the blue card base. I love the Cuttlebug embossing on vellum! The ribbon is from Michael's.

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, September 6, 2007

It's Your Day . . . Enjoy It!

My one and only sister's birthday is on the 20th, and this is the card that I'm going to send to her. The round chipboard shape says, "it's your day - enjoy it!" What good birthday advice! I really like the soft colors on this card. More importantly, I think my sister will like it too!

This card is from a Lisa Bearson kit. She originally sold it as a Today's Special Value exclusively in the UK, but then she sold it in the States as her July Kit of the Month on her web site. I picked it up as the kit of the month, and I have to say, I love it! Tons of chipboard! I don't know what it is with card kits though, because I always add or change something! On this card, I really like the basic design, so I kept it, but I did add two layered Primas and a brad to the corner of the card. I also added Crystal Stickles above the chipboard rick rack piece, and I added a dot of Crystal Stickles to two dots in the patterned card base design. What did I do before Primas and Stickles? Seriously!

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Happy Birthday!

I have LOTS of birthday cards to send out in September. This is the first of them. I can't say WHO I'm sending this to, just in case they check my blog!

I just LOVE the Cuttlebug embossing folders! They make creating a card SO easy! I really like the birthday embossing folder, and I let it take center stage on this card. The card base is hot pink, the card front is turquoise, and it was ticket punched and then embossed. I added some pink Stickles to the flower centers on the embossed image. I added crystal Stickles to the tips of the petals on the bottom layered Prima Sprite and in the corners of the ticket punches. The small cardstock flower at the top of the layered flowers is a punch from the "It Looks Like Spring" Stampin' Up punch. The ribbon is from Michael's.

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Maxine is just crazy!

I got this in an email, and I thought it was just too funny! Maxine is a Hallmark creation, and she sure is a grouchy old broad! This just made me laugh though, so I had to share! I don't necessarily feel this way, because when I'm tired, I'm tired!

I hope to get a chance to create some cards today!

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, September 3, 2007

I Like Your Style!

I wanted to use one of my NEW Stampin' Up sets that I just got from the flea market to create a card. Sorry, but the photo of this card doesn't do it justice. It's so vibrant and pretty in real life! I love the pink and orange!

I used the "I Like Your Style" set for the sentiment and the flower background. I was inspired by the chipboard piece. Isn't it pretty? It's an Autumn Leaves French Twist journaling panel. I bought a box of them at Archiver's with my coupon, and I just love them! I don't have any of the papers, but I figured I would use them with some solid cardstock. Anyway, I used a pink card base, and I stamped the flower background in orange on the orange card front. I used my ticket punch on the card front. I used the Cropadile to punch through and set two eyelets in the chipboard journaling panel. I used some American Crafts double-sided ribbon, and I layered two Primas with a brad.

I really like this card! Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, September 2, 2007

WOOHOO! Look at what $77 buys!!

I am way too excited! I went to a rubber stamp flea market yesterday, and I spent more than I wanted to spend, but look at what I got for the money!

There are six (yes, I said 6) Stampin' Up sets sitting on this coffee table!! I got three Halloween sets that I have wanted for a really long time! I also got three sets that I just can't wait to play with!

These are the Halloween sets. I got:

  • Tricky Treats
  • Spooktacular Greetings (brand new, not mounted!)
  • Carved & Candlelit

I also got:

  • Fine Frames
  • I Like Your Style
  • Paris in the Spring

Paris in the Spring even has an extra little A Muse stamp that says, "beep beep!" which is perfect for the lady on the scooter! Yeah! I also picked up the Making Memories Christmas foam stamps. They haven't even been used!

This is a set of 8 border foam stamps from Maya Road. I've never seen these before, and I can't wait to play with them. They're going to make the greatest borders on my cards! The roll of bandanna ribbon is so cute, and one of the vendors threw that in for FREE when I made a purchase from her! How fun!

Here are two sets of Hero Arts stamps. The flowers are called "Flower Pops", and the dog set is called "Dogs" (how appropriate!) I also got a bag of Magic Scraps light blue glass marbles, and some really fun foam snowflakes. I think my girls and I will have a lot of fun with those snowflakes!

Here's a look at it ALL again. I didn't mention the two FREE magazines that I got (Paper Crafts and Card Fashion), the alterable lunch box, a Sponge Easy ink / paint applicator, 10 envelopes with string folio closures, and 4 very large envelopes. Can you tell I'm THRILLED! I can't wait to play.

I have to admit, after being overwhelmed with the flooded basement for so long, and being on clean up and reorganization detail for so long, I really need a day of fun! This couldn't have been any better. Bargains, bargains, and more bargains! It doesn't get any better than that!

I hope I get a chance to create some fun new items with all of my new fun goodies! Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, September 1, 2007

Hi! Card

This is just a colorful, fun, simple card that I made for my secret sister. I really wanted to use a Cuttlebug ribbon slider, and I wanted it to take center stage. I love those ribbon sliders!

The papers are from Basic Grey's Lucky line. I just love everything Basic Grey! The ribbon is from Michael's, and the flowers are Prima daisies. I added buttons to the center of the flowers. I also inked the edge of the ripped patterned paper at the bottom. It's a little stark, but I wanted a clean look. Quick, simple, but I think it's cute!

I'm going to a rubber stamp flea market today. I go the Saturday of every Labor Day and Memorial Day weekend. It's in the parking lot of a local rubber stamp store. I can usually score some great deals. I can't wait to see what I get today! I'll let you all know what bargains I find!

Thanks for stopping by!