Monday, May 30, 2011

You're a Whale of a Friend!

Hello!  Happy Memorial Day!  First I want to say ...thank you to all who have fought for our country in the past and to the troops who are on active duty now.  We honor you and are proud of you.  Unfortunately, my card today is not not a patriotic one, but it is cute!  You see when I was creating in my room yesterday, I wasn't thinking about today being Memorial Day.  I was thinking about the email I got from The Cat's Pajamas showing their current sketch challenge and decided that I had not used their whale stamp in a while and it would be perfect to fit their sketch, so I went with it.  I love how it came out.  Here is my card.  Enjoy! 

And here is the sketch:

I guess I need to stop saying I don't like cards with slanted panels, because every one that I create that has them, I like!  But, of course, this one is a combination of slanted and straight.  My card just came together so easily with this sketch.  The only trouble I had was I had originally thought my whale was to be out of yet another pattern paper, but when I layed it down, it just got lost.  So, I noticed the paper has a little bit of a gray in it, so I changed my whale to a solid gray cardstock ...perfect!  I even had an open star die that I could use to match the sketch.  Too fun!  So, what do you think?  Do you like how it came out?


Paper - My Minds Eye Fine & Dandy True Blue 6 x 6 pad, Cardstock Brown, White, Gray
Stamps - The Cat's Pajamas Whale Of A Time
Ink - Versafine Black
Tools - Classic Scalloped Oval, Classic Oval, Petite Oval Nestibilities, Cuttleubug Polka Dot embossing folder, The Cat's Pajamas Waves Die, Sizzix Sizzlets Stars Die
Other - Rhinestones, Star Sticker by Stampendous, Twine by The Twinery, Button by Doodlebug Designs, Linen Thread by The Cat's Pajamas

I am using my new Texas stamps for Texas Tues-Step tomorrow, so gallop on by for that! 
Enjoy your day today!
Happy Stamping!

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Saturday's Sketch Share!

There are two posts for today.  So, if this is the first one you have seen, make sure to scroll down to see the second one.  I have two really cute cards for you today for the Saturday sketch share.  We "did good"!  I will show you mine first, then Debbie's and then the sketch we both created from.  Enjoy!

My Card

Debbie's Card
The Sketch

They both came out great!  You know me, I don't always like things slanted, but I do have to admit, it does give great interest to the card when you have panels that are angled.  It just commands your attention, don't you think? 

I don't have a whole recipe thing for my card but I do want to say that the papers I used are a couple of sheets from the new Lime Twist line from My Minds Eye.  I love all their papers!  And the cupcake set I used is from A Muse.  It is a clear set I found in my stash that I never been inked up.  That is horrible, especially since the stamps in it are so darn cute, and the cupcake sayings in the set?  Too cute for words! I may just have to use this set again very soon!

Have a great and safe Memorial Day weekend!  I am off to teach my second card class this week.  Wish me luck. And, I expect to get back on the "creating and posting" wagon for next week, so I will see you then! 

Happy Stamping!

Happy Stinking Birthday!

Hello!  Hello!  Did you think I was lost?  Who was wondering (besides Cathy who left me a comment) where this week's cards were?  I guess I was having one of those non creative weeks.  But not totally, after all, I did teach a card class on Tuesday and that was creative!  On Wednesday, my hubby & I drove up to Arlington and went to a Rangers game.  On Thursday, I tried to make a card but nothing would work like I wanted it to.  But last night, I did it!  I made a card that is just as cute as it can be!  But, the problem is when to post it.  Since, today's post is supposed to be a Saturday share day and not just some regular card post day.  Well, I am doing both!  There will be a post right after this one for the Saturday share, so look for it!  Back to my cute card for today, I recently saw on one of the blogs I frequent, the most adorable card.  And I thought, I must make one like that.  So, today is a total "case" from this card here.  Let me show you mine ... enjoy!

I know it is very much like Jackie's that I cased.  But, why mess with a good thing?  What's the saying ... if it aint broke, don't fix it!  Jackie does not know me, but I feel like I know her thru her blog ... so thanks Jackie for one adorable creation! 


Paper - Echo Park Little Girl line Jody's Stripe (this 12 x 12 had one side that was in quadrants of different patterns and I used 3 of the 4), Cardstock Pink, White
Stamps - The Cat's Pajamas Happy Camper set, Happy and Birthday was from Woodware sentiment set
Ink - Versafine Black, Prismacolor Pencils, Gamsol
Tools - Classic Circles, Lacey Circles Nestibilities, Cloud Dies from Papertrey Inc, Grass die from The Cat's Pajamas
Other - Button, Linen Thread from The Cat's Pajamas, Rhinestones

Those of you who follow my blog might have noticed that I skipped a Texas Tues-step last week.  I just wasn't feeling it.  But, somehow Mark with Deadbeat Designs must have sensed that from me and decided I needed a few new Texas stamps to get me excited about Texas Tues-Steps again ... On Thursday, a box came for me in the mail ...

Oh my gosh ... his new stamps!  Woo Hoo!  I am one lucky girl!  Texas Tues-Steppin' here I come! 
Don't forget to look for my second post today, the Saturday share. 

Enjoy the holiday weekend!
Happy Stamping!

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Saturday's Sketch Share!

Update:  It was brought to my attention last night (Monday night) that my Saturday post did not post.  I "thought" I set it to post at 8 a.m. Saturday morning.  Go figure.  So, here it is now.  I never thought to check as I have been busy either getting ready for the arts festival booth or making the kits for my class (which is today and Saturday)!  Oh, how did I do at the arts festival?  Well, I sold 12!  At least I got my money back and a little more. But was it really worth it?  Don't know.  I would love to hear your thoughts!  I had hoped to have a card done to show you by today, but that is not going to happen,  Wait, this post has a card ... that's cheating that is really Saturday's card!  Hopefully, I'll be back later in the week with something for you!   

Hello!  I am back today with another sketch share between my friend Debbie and I.  I will show you my card, her card, and then the sketch we both created our cards from.  Love how both of our cards came out, and I know you will too!  Enjoy!

My Card

Debbie's Card

The Sketch

Please keep your fingers crossed for me today!  Remember, I am at a local arts festival trying to sell some of my handmade cards and I sure hope I sell some!  I will let you know how it goes! 

I will try to get something made to show you for Monday or Tuesday.  I have to finish my class kits before my Tuesday class!  So I am a very busy girl!

Have a great weekend!  Happy Stamping!

Friday, May 20, 2011

Birthday Share!

Hello!  I am back today to share the handmade cards I received from others for my birthday, which was earlier in the week.  I also got about 50 shouts out from friends on Facebook, which I love too ... but there is just something special when you receive a handmade card.  So, I wanted to share the ones I got with you!  Enjoy!

From my friend, Donna that bunny!

From my friend, Karolyn that turtle!

From my friend, Debbie that flower!

From my friend, Martha ... love black and white!

From my friends, Lisa & Mae, who own Country Scents - the little local scrapbook store!  So pretty!
And from my hubby, I got a card in the shape of a big pickle.  And inside it said ...Bet you didn't expect a paper pickle for your birthday!  Too funny!

That is it for today.  Stop back by tomorrow for Saturday's sketch share.

Happy Stamping!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

More Creations for Sale!

Hello!  I made a few more creations to add to the cards I am going to try to sell at the Arts Festival on Saturday.  This time I did two graduation cards and one more birthday card.  Let's get to them.  Enjoy!

This first one is pretty simple.  I found this paper in my stash from a year or two ago and decided I just use it. It is from Reminisce.  And the stamp set with the grad hat is from Hampton, a little set I found recently at Jo-Ann's.  It all came together when I added the two ribbons go down the card.  The black is a grosgrain from Stampin' Up and the red and white is a bargain find from the $1 Target bin.  The two combined totally completes it! 

Let's get to the next graduation one ...

The Arts Festival is in Mabank and I know that Mabank's high school colors are green, black and white.  (At least I think that is right, hope so!), so I did this card with that in mind.  I used a little more of that Reminisce paper in my circle behind the graduation girl.  The girl and the sentiment are a Pure Innocence set from My Favorite Things.  You know I borrowed this set for one of the class cards I will be teaching next week, so I figured while I have the set, I could use it for one of the cards to try to sell.  The plaid paper came from one of the Die Cuts with a View paper pads.  Unfortunately, I don't know which one, as I was stamping with a friend, and I took this piece from her stash!  This card is also very simple, but so cute, don't you think?  Now, I have one more to show you ... 

This paper also came from the stash ... it is from Creative Impressions.  Wow, what a bright card it made.  I used the balloons and sentiment from Verve's birthday bash set to create the main panel.  And of course, a little paper piecing added with twine from The Twinery, a button, and tiny rhinestones and you have one great birthday card!  How do you like the last three additions I made to sell?

I am stopping here and just going to try to sell what I have already made.  I think with the additons that I made this week, I think I have about 85 different cards for my sale table!    I feel like it could go either way.  Maybe my table will be a "hit" or it could be a "bust"!  I have no idea.  But, maybe because my price point ($5.00) is low, maybe ... keep your fingers crossed for me!  And pray for no rain, as the t.v. shows we might get some.  Yuk!  Paper and rain ...does not go together!  But, I have put all the cards I am selling into plastic envelopes, actually not for the rain, but more about dirty fingers handling the cards.  I am planning to remove the clear envys when they sell and give them a real envelope.  That is the plan for now.  I will keep you posted.

For tomorrow's post, I am planning to share with you the cute cards I got for my birthday earlier in the week.  That will be fun!  And then on Saturday, I have the next sketch share for you.  I love how both of our cards came out, wait until you see!

Happy Stamping!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Birthday Creations!

Hello! I spent most of yesterday in my "shack" trying to finish making sure the cards I want to try to sell at Saturday's art festival all have completed insides and they look good.  After I finished that part, next was to make some cards to add to the bunch that I think are needed, like some birthday cards, and maybe a couple of graduation cards.  When I send a birthday card, I don't believe the card has to have a birthday theme to make it a birthday card, but I am afraid to not have some of this type for people who don't think like me!  So far, I made a couple.  One is a new creation and one is a close copy to one I made last year.  Let me show you!  Enjoy!

I love this one, don't you?  It makes me wish I could send it to someone instead of trying to sell it!  I guess that means I will be making another one to have in my stash.  Do you love the open scallop border die I used?  I have been wanting this for months!  So happy I finally got it!


Paper - Fancy Pants Design "It's Your Day" lne - Live it Up and Hoopla, Cardstock Gold, Natural White, Redish Orange (how about that for a color description?)
Stamps - Verve Balloons from Birthday Bash set, Sentiment from Printworks
Ink - Versafine Black
Tools - Labels 16, Classic Circle Nestibilities, My Favorite Things Open Scallop Border Die-namics
Other - Twine by The Twinery, Linen Thread by TCP, Button, Rhinestones

The other card I completed is one I made
here.  You can get the recipe details from the one I made last year.  Really, the only chance was the sentiment panel.  I changed it to a couple of Spellbinders circles.  Here is my new card.  Enjoy!

That's it for today.  I still have a couple more cards I want to make for the sale on Saturday, so when I get them done, I will pop in to show you! 

Happy Stamping!

Monday, May 16, 2011


Hello!  Today ... is my birthday!  Woo Hoo!  (And my hubby's)!  So, you would think this would be a day I wouldn't have a post, but...  a few days ago, I was looking thru the drawers of stamp words and I saw this sentiment titled Today and thought, wow, I should make some kind of card with the stamp and post it on the blog on my birthday.  It is a very large stamp, so I went with a pocket card to hold it.  You know I like making  A-2 size cards the best, but when I added a punched border on each side of the sentiment, it would no longer fit into the A-2 size pocket, so I went with a 5 x 5 square and it worked perfectly.  Why would it matter on this card?  I am not sending it.  I made it for me to enjoy.  Well, and you!  So let's get to it!  Enjoy!

Remember, if you click on it, it will enlarge, so you can read it better!  These are definite words to live by for each and every one of us!


Paper - My Minds Eye Fine & Dandy Tickled Pink 6 x 6 pad, Cardstock White, Aqua
Stamps - Renaissance Art Stamp (I am not sure, but I doubt this company is still in business. but then again, I am sure the sentiment is clip art, so it might be out there as a stamp somewhere?)
Ink - Versafine Black
Tools - EK Success Border Punch, The Cats Pajamas Flower Button die
Other - Twine from The Twinery, Button

My hubby & I are off to Tyler (about 45 min. from here) to have lunch and spend the day.  Have a good Monday!  Hope to be back with more cards soon!

Happy Stamping!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Saturday's Sketch Share!

Hello!  I am back with another sketch share between my friend Debbie and I.  We are working our way through Mojo Monday's 2010 challenges and in case you are not familiar with their sketches, the last week of each month, they give you a choice between a square card or a round card.  So, this week, Debbie & I still did the same sketch layout, but I went with the round card choice and she went with the square card choice.  I will show you my card, her card, and then the sketches.  Enjoy!

My Card

Debbie's Card

The Sketches

I love them both.  We did good on this one!  Love to hear your thoughts on both cards.

The next week my stamping shack is gonna be "rockin' with stampin'"  because I have decided to participate in the local arts festival next Saturday with a booth to try to sell some of my cards.  And let me tell you, I have been back and forth on whether the booth idea is a good one or not.  But in the end, with the help of my friend Donna, I decided to try it because the consensus is that there will be no way to know if it is a good idea or not, until I try it!  The booth fee is only $30 so surely, I can sell enough cards to make that back.  I am going to ask $5 each, so that is only 6 cards and then I will be happy that I didn't lose any of my craft money!  I went through my stash cards last night and there are about 75 that I wouldn't mind trying to sell.  Of course, there are another 60 or more that are my favorites, that I don't want to part with yet.  The problem is that of the ones I could sell, half of them, do not have anything on the insides.  I made it a New Year's resolution to add an inside panel to every card I make this year, and I have to say, I have done pretty good on this.  Most of the ones that need the insides done were actually made last year.  So the Tina tip with a capital T is when you are making a card, go ahead and do the inside too, that way you can add the same colors on the inside while you have all the card elements in front of you.  The other thing that I found looking through this group, there are not a lot of very obvious birthday cards.  So, I am thinking I will need to make some of those to add to the group.  The other project for this next week is to make my class kits for my upcoming classes that I am teaching at The Crafty Scrapper.  (If you missed it, I showed you the cards in this post).  I found out last night, I have 12 signed up so far!  I have a card started for Monday's post, that I hope to get finished.  And, as I make some of those birthday cards next week, I will show them to you. Thanks for letting me share!

Have a great rest of the weekend!
Happy Stamping!

Friday, May 13, 2011

Count Your Age by Friends!

Hello!  It actually worked perfectly that this card is not going to post until Friday night, because I made today's card for a friend that will hopefully have the card in hand before she sees it on my blog.  I have so many great cards in my stash that I have made, that often I send friends cards from that group, but sometimes, like this time, it worked to make a new card just for her.  I would hope that either way, the recipient, would just enjoy getting a handmade card from me.  Let's get to this evening's card.  I am using Jen's monthly sketch for you to try, which is a great sketch, and one I am sure I will use again and again.  Let me show you the card and then I will show you the sketch too.  Enjoy!

See what I mean?  How great is this sketch?  I went with one of my favorite pads from My Minds Eye to make it extra simple.  These pads are so wonderful because in each pad, all the papers coordinate so beautifully.  I know you love my sentiment and will be wanting to know who makes it.  And, unfortunately, I am not sure, as it is an unmounted one that I got at one of the conventions.  Below this sentiment it actually had one more line that said "Happy Birthday Dear Friend".  But, I cut that part off to use on the inside.  Actually, I also cut the dear and the friend apart and just used Happy Birthday Friend on the inside.  It's not that she isn't a dear friend, she is, but it just doesn't sound like something I would say to someone.  Does that make sense?  The flower is used with my new favorite flower die.  I have made daisies with two colors, pattern paper and now one color and I like them all!  This card was so easy to make.  It will be a great "go to" card idea, when you need a quick birthday card.  Love it ... don't you?

Paper - My Minds Eye Stella & Rose "Gertie", Cardstock Natural White, Dark Rose
Stamps - Sentiment -Unknown
Ink - Versafine Black
Tools - My Favorite Things Upsy Daisy Die-namics, Lacey Circles, Classic Circle Nestibilities
Other - Pearls by Queen & Co.

I will be back tomorrow will another Saturday sketch share.
Happy Stamping

Ice Cream and a Big Spoon!

Hello!  Yesterday, I finished two of the cards I have been working on this week in my "shack", but found that blogger was down when I went to get them posted.  So, now I have two cards ready to show you and it is already 1 o'clock on Friday.  I will show you one card now and I will set the other to post this evening.  This coming Monday is a big birthday day, at least it is for my hubby and I!  Yes, we have the same birthday!  (He is older by 6 years).  So, today's card is his birthday card.  Let's get to it ... enjoy!

My card started out with a totally different sketch than the one I ended up with.  And different papers too.  See the circles with the happy printed paper?  I was using much more of this paper from a birthday paper pack that came from Hobby Lobby.  For some reason, this whole paper pack has a dark feel to it and it was making my whole card look dark.  So, I decided to find another sketch I liked better and then maybe I could use this paper as an accent instead of a background.  I thought of my favorite sketch, and decided it would be perfect ... and it is!  I love how it came out.  My hubby loves ice cream, especially in a big bowl!  I had picked up this fun little bowl stamp and matching sentiment stamp at the stamp convention early in the year. 
See the scoops of ice cream in the bowl?  I know you assume that is on the same stamp, but it is not.  I took it from an Inky Antics birthday turtle set that included a tiny two scoop ice cream cone.  I cut it out leaving the cone off and put it in my bowl ... perfect!  What do you think?


Paper - Birthday Extravaganza by The Paper Studio (Hobby Lobby), Green Swirl by Bo Bunny, Cardstock Green, White, Aqua
Stamps - Bowl and Sentiment by Morningstar, Ice Cream scoops by Inky Antics, Woo Hoo by Viva la Vegas stamps (this is a saying I saw often, so it was perfect for hubby's card)
Ink - Versafine Black, Prismacolor Pencils, Gamsol
Tools - Classic Circles Nestibilities
Other - Button by Bo Bunny, Linen Thread by The Cat's Pajamas, Ribbon by Creative Impressions, Rhinestones by Hero Arts

Stop back by this evening to see my next post.
Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

You Make Me Smile!

Hello!  I love my new kite die from My Favorite Things but I kept wishing I had one of the Pure Innocence girls that could hold the kite string.  Well, the girl that holds the daisies is perfect for that.  I simply stamped her and cut her out, cutting off the flowers.  Let me show you ... enjoy!

Is that not cute or what?  I love to make these cute little scenes!  So fun and super simple to do!  One note - I did stamp her right arm out a second time and layed it over the bottom one so my twine could go below as to look like she is holding it.  Do you like my sweet girl and her kite?

Paper - Echo Park  A Walk in the Park line, Cardstock White, Orange
Stamps - MFT Crazy for Daisies PI, Sentiment by Penny Black
Ink - Versafine Black, Copic for facial, Prismacolor Pencils, Gamsol
Tools - MFT Kite & Grass Die-namics, Labels 8, Classic Scalloped Circle, Classic Circle Nestibilities
Other - Baubles from Stamping Bella, Dot Sparkler Stickers from Stampendous

That is it for today.  I hope to be back tomorrow or the next day with another creation!

Happy Stamping!

Monday, May 9, 2011

Card Class Creations!

Hello!  As you know, I am planning to teach my second class at The Crafty Scrapper later this month.  When I taught my first class (as a teacher instead of a store owner who teaches), last month, I didn't show you what I was teaching until a day or so before but this time I decided I would show you early, just in case, you would like to come.  Who knows?  So, the details are ... two class days, same class - Tuesday, May 24th, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., or Saturday, May 28th 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.  The cost is $20. We will be doing an easel card, a joy fold card and a twisted easel card.  Here they are ....

As you can see, each card is totally in my style with lots of layers and detail.  The twisted easel card was a first for me and the joy fold card is a variation of one that you normally see.  After the class has been taught, I will try to remember to do a post with instructions and the recipe details.

I think it's crazy for me to be teaching again since for over a year, I have adamantly said "NO" to teaching.  But, I am and so  ... thanks for letting me do a little advertising here! 

My card tomorrow uses the same daisy girl used in a different way, so tune in for that one!
Happy Stamping!

Daisies are Like Sunshine!

Hello!  I hope everyone enjoyed their Mother's Day.  I took my mom the card and corsage that I showed you in Friday's post.  She liked them.  I took her picture with her wearing her corsage and I will have that pic at the end of this post.  My mom never looked her age, but that has now changed and she looks all of her 95 years.  Before we get to it, let's talk about today's card.  We all love papers, often we just buy them because they are pretty.  But sometimes, we buy them because we can see their purpose right away.  I recently got a daisy die-namics set made by My Favorite Things and when I saw this pad of paper with the script writing, I immediately thought about how interesting the paper would be in a daisy shape.  Let me show you.  Enjoy!

The sentiment came from my new Pure Innocence stamp set, Crazy for Daisies.  I know you haven't see me use this set yet, but I have stamped it, as this is going to be one of the cards we will make in my next class I will be teaching later in the month.  I guess I should show you my class cards.  Maybe I will do that in a separate post.  My card today was pretty simple, but I love how it came out.  At the last minute, I decided to add the yellow pinking circles die layer behind the dotted one, to resemble a sun.  This makes the sentiment match my card a little more.  What do you think? 


Paper - Fancy Pants Designs - It's The Little Things" 6 x 6 Pad, Cardstock Yellow, Black, White
Stamps - Crazy for Daisies PI set by My Favorite Things
Ink - Versafine Black
Tools - Upsy Daisy Die -namics by My Favorite Things, Classic Circle, Pinking Circles Nestibilities
Other - Pearls by Kaiser, Ribbon by Creative Impressions

I will be back tomorrow with another creation. 
Happy Stamping!

And here is the pic of my mom showing off her corsage I made her.   

In contrast, this next pic is one of the ones I put on facebook a couple of days ago.  She was around 30 in this pic.

Thanks for letting me share.  See you tomorrow!

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Saturday's Sketch Share!

Hello!  Welcome back to another Saturday sketch share between my friend, Debbie and I.  Today's sketch is a definite "go to" type sketch that would be very easy to do when you need a card.  Let's get to it so you can see what I mean.  I will show you my card, Debbie's card and then the sketch.  Enjoy!

My Card

Debbie's Card

The Sketch
See what I mean about the sketch?  It would be an easy one to recreate.  It is interesting that both of our cards had brown papers.  Just happened, because we don't see each other's cards until we receive them in the mail!  I love the googly eyes on her little owl ... so cute!  One note about my card ... when I still had the store, we had some great samples with the Flower Soft product.  But, it does not seem to be my friend.  I had trouble making it look good on the flowers in my bicycle basket.  Will try again on another card sometime soon!  Hope you enjoyed this card share day!

Happy Mother's Day tomorrow to all women!  Everyone is a "mom" in some way.  Just like me ... my dogs will tell you I am a good mom!  I give them treats every day!

See you next week.  Happy Stamping!

Friday, May 6, 2011

Just for Mom!

Hello!  After working so hard over last weekend on my upcoming class cards, I took a few days off, but I knew I had to get back out there so I could get my mom's day card done.  For Easter, I took her a little daisy plant and frankly, I noticed she didn't really care that much about it.  This of course, is different than mom would have been in the past, and that is because mom is different.  You see, as I have discussed with the nurses, we believe she is progressing into the 3rd stage of Alzheimer's and so she is not totally in reality all of the time. (she is 95, will be 96 in Oct.)  But, at this point, she does still know me.  And that is a blessing.  So, thinking about a mom's day gift, I came up with the idea to make her a corsage of sorts, something she could wear on mom's day.  Let me show you and then I can give you more details.  Here is her card and her corsage.  Enjoy...  

Oh, and before I get to the details, I forgot to tell you, I did the current Mojo Monday sketch challenge for my card.  Here is the sketch ...

You know anytime I make anything for mom, there is gonna be PINK!  Yes, you are right ... you know me ... pink is one of my favorite colors too!  I thought of all the cute girls, animals, etc. stamps I could use, but in the end, I decided to just go with some simple flowers!  For her corsage, I picked up a package of pink tissue paper at the dollar store.  I cut out a square from the folded up tissue and ran it thru a sizzix die and then separated the layers to give it lots of fluff!  I put a hole thru all the layers with the tabletop crop a dile and strung some linen thread thru and tied some knots.  The knots came out and so I went back and tried glue dots between some of the layers, which did NOT work, so then I went back and did better knots, reinforced with cardstock for top and bottom layer.  And then I added the nestibilities die with the matching paper I used for her card on the top and bottom.  I hope it stays together, as I only need it to stay together for one day.  Surely it will.  I hope she likes it!  Because I do!  How about you?

Recipe - Card:

Paper - Sei Monsterville Line (can't remember where I got this sheet ...but wouldn't you think monsterville would be other colors...go figure!) Posie Way Line, Pink Dot and Pink Solid from Stampin' Up, Cardstock White
Stamps - Verve -Mom from One Person set, Flowers from Chicks Rule Set
Ink - Versafine Crimson Red, Prismacolor Pencils
Tools - Classic Scalloped Circle, Classic Circle, Petite Oval Nestibilities, Stampin' Up Scalloped border punch
Other - Twine by The Twinery, Rhinestones by Kaiser, White Opal Liquid Pearls

Recipe - Corsage:

Paper - Sei (same as above), Cardstock Pink
Stamps - Verve
Ink - Versafine Black
Tools - Sizzix Build A Flower #2 die (used the largest flower on the die), Dahlia & Classic Heart Nestibilities
Other - White Opal Liquid Pearls, Rhinestones by Kaiser, Ribbon unknown

I will be back tomorrow with Saturday's card share.  See you then!

Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Happy Trails!

Howdy!  Yes, I have another Texas Tues-Step card for you today!  Since I had some jean fabric left from yesterday's card, I decided to use a little more for my Texas card.  I thought about the stamp set from My Favorite Things with the bottom half of the cowgirl on it, because I knew her skirt would be another paper piecing opportunity with the jean fabric!  Let me show you my card ... enjoy!

In my head, the main panel was going to be bigger, but when I started working on the card, I thought it covered up too much of the paper behind so I went with the smaller rectangle.  I think it really came all together for me when I added the stars and the sentiment!  And then the finishing touch totally made it complete.  As you know, the last thing I do on EVERY card is to add some type of bauble to give balance to my card.  So, I am looking thru my big basket of rhinestones, buttons, pearls, etc.  And, I come across these metal dots perfect!  What do you think ... like my cowgirl?  I decided a cowgirl card is perfect timing since Mom's Day is coming up!


Paper - 3 Bugs in a Rug Dawson line called Stars (I think this line is actually about dinosaurs ... but looks more like Texas to me!), Cardstock Dark Blue, White, Light Blue, Cork, Blue Jean fabric
Stamps - My Favorite Things Ride 'Em Cowgirl
Ink - Versafine Black, Prismacolor Pencils, Gamsol
Tools - Sizzix Stars - die has 4 sizes of stars and I used 3 smaller ones(actually made by Ellison ... Sizzix bought out Ellison about 4 to 5 years ago)
Other - Grosgrain Ribbon, Button (perfect for this card!) is from BoBunny, Twine from The Twinery, Linen Thread from The Cat's Pajamas, Metal Dots came from Tuesday Morning but on package it says it is distributed by Wal-Mart

I am not real sure which of the Texas Tues-Step team members are participating this week.  You will find the list on the right side of my blog.  If you go to any of them and they are participating, make sure you leave them a comment.  We all love to hear from you!

I spent two days this last weekend making three cards for my second card class I will be teaching.  Wow, now that I have done it once, and have seen that not only was it a lot of fun, sharing and socializing, but the fact that there will be extra money to spend on my hobby, I want to do one every month!  And this is coming from the person that every since I closed my store, I have said no, no, no to teaching!  What's the saying ... it is a woman's prerogative to change her mind?  Anyway, my next class at The Crafty Scrapper will be Tuesday, May 24th 11-1 or Saturday, May 28th 2:30-4:30.  Same class, two choices.  You can see the details here.  It only shows a pic of one of the cards, so if you are interested, let me know and I will forward you the pics of the other two cards.  I will post them on my blog, but closer to the days I will be teaching. 

I will be back in a day or two with my mother's day card and maybe another.
Happy Stamping!

Monday, May 2, 2011

For Someone Special!

Hello!  Last week, going thru blogs on my reader, I came across a post talking about a contest over on the My Favorite things forum for a guest designer spot in their next release.  Boy, would I love to do something like this.  So, I clicked over to see the theme.  I saw it was "Blue Jeans and Bling"!  I immediately thought of my little Pure Innocence girl that holds a flower behind her back, because she is wearing pants, which I knew I could make look like jeans.  So, I was off to the little local scrapbook store out here to see if they had any paper that would work. In talking to one of the store owners, I found that she has many fabric scraps and she would be glad to donate a strip of jean material to me!  So, who needs jean paper when you have the real thing?  Here is my card ... enjoy!

Inside of card with matching die

Close-Up of Denim Daisy

Don't you love how the card came out?  The color theme came about when I remembered that in one of the Bo Bunny packages of specialized buttons, there was this big pink rhinestone, a big bling.  So, I was off to find papers that would go with the rhinestone and the blue denim.  I do love a pad of paper that all coordinates together making it so easy to create a card, but sometimes it's also fun to go through the drawers of papers to find what looks good together.  Great way to use some papers from "the stash"!  So, in this case, you see how totally different lines of papers go together perfectly to create my card.  Above I showed you a close-up of the daisy and the inside of the card because I used two of the Die-namics with my denim.  Do you see the top strip on the front of the card?  It is the same die that is on the inside of my card.  On the front one, I just didn't punch out the holes.  I love the fact that real fabric can be used with the dies.  That is definitely something a punch can't do!  Oh, and I almost forgot, I need to show you the sketch my card was made from.  When I knew I was doing My Favorite Things, I went to see if there was a current sketch challenge going on and of course, there was! Below is the pic of the sketch. I will need to link my card to their challenge too!  So, what do you think of my card?  Do you like how it came out?


Paper - Pink (Dots on one side, solid on reverse) is from Pebbles, Inc. called Merrily from Skipping Along Collection, Flower pattern is from Imaginisce called Oopsie Daisy (how appropriate!) from Baby Powder line, Dark Blue Dotted from Bazille Swiss Dot, Cardstock White, Denim Blue (at least I am calling it denim blue!)
Stamps - My Favorite Things Pure Innocence Girl with Flower, Sentiment by Great Impressions
Tools - Die-namics dies: Dainty Dot Border, Upsy Daisy, & Grass from My Favorite Things, Labels 4 Nestibilities to create tab for sentiment
Other - Large Rhinestone from Bo Bunny, Small pink rhinestones from Kaiser, Pink flower rhinestone from Hero Arts.

I think tomorrow is a Texas Tues-Step day so I should be galloping back by!  See you then!

Happy Stamping!

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