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Friday, October 31, 2008

Cutest card ever!!

Is this not the cutest card! I am so proud of how it turned out and can't wait to send them out to my 'special' people. First off, thank you Janice D. for sending me the cute, I mean scary, Halloween card. Her card sparked my interest in making smaller cards. This one is a cute 4" X 4 1/4" and doesn't the Oak leaf stamp work perfectly on the small size card?

The Happy Thanksgiving was stamped using the Occasion Collection stamp set. I was also able to incorporate some ribbon held on by my much neglected Hodgepodge Hardware. Let me know what you think. I am a bit biased.

Fall Fun

I haven't gotten into scrapbooking yet, but once I do, I'll be very prepared. These are title bars for a scrapbooking swap that I am involved in. I'll send these in and in return I'll receive back one of my title bars, some border strips, a journaling square, tags and several other goodies!
A shout out to Caroline Sharkas for dragging me into this great swap and for letting me borrow your stamps. Thank you so much for your friendship!

Monday, October 27, 2008

Challenge number seven or It's all Greek to me

Over at the Late Night Stampers group we have ongoing weekly challenges. This weeks challenge was to use this map as a starting off point. Well I'm sure you can see that my card is not the same as the example. Would you like my explanation? Of course you do, since you are still reading. Well, first I stamped the words from the Flores Suaves set. And if you have this set you know that the stamp is not as big as the back ground paper and so I pulled out my trusty stamp-a-ma-jig and stamped the card stock six times to get the whole back ground done. I then proceed to add all the other elements to the card. They were all glued on all nice and pretty when I realized the card was upside down! eeeek. Well maybe that's not exactly what I said. But anyway, I was not a happy camper. I was able to pull up everything except the back ground blue with the words from the Flores Suaves, did I mention that I stamped it six different times?! I put all the elements back on the card, facing the correct direction but I had to put them where the glue was still staring at me..and here you go....It meets the challenge, right? Just upside down, but the card is right side up, except that back part, but I don't know Spanish so it's all Greek to me anyway.
Thanks for popping in,

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Happy Anniversary Honey

My husband and I just celebrated our seventh anniversary. To celebrate we went to Harry's restaurant here in Lakeland. We love going there for our 'dessert for supper' meal. No supper, just dessert. And not just any dessert, but their famous Chocolate Bread Pudding. Oh my goodness is it Delicious!!! It's a rich chocolate, custard style bread pudding drenched in a white chocolate bourbon sauce. Served with vanilla ice cream. It is made for sharing but we went crazy and ordered two.

I hope you enjoyed the card.

Wonderful Things

I went to a class, at my local stamp store, held by Debby Schuh. What a fun teacher she is! We made this Wonderful Things book. It is so colorful and eclectic. I love it!!
Here is the cover of the book. Isn't it yummy!!??

Here are a few of the pages in the book that we created. This one has a hole cut out in the middle of the page for a picture.

This page shows a file folder to put goodies in. The page opposite is called a purse. It is sealed shut with velcro and there are quite a few pages inside.

This page is made using chalk board paper. Isn't that the coolest?

Now I need to figure out what my favorite things are and fill up the book.
Thanks for looking,

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Take out the garbage and the trash

This weeks challenge over at Late Nite Stampers was to take some trash and turn it into something usable. Good timing since I had just finished up some Crystal Lite.

I used some Bella Rose designer paper to cover the container. Then added some Bashful Blue 1" double stitched grosgrain ribbon to go around the top.

The flowers were made with 1 1/4" Pink Pirouette Grosgrain and more of the 1" Bashful Blue ribbon. The centers are made from rub-ons from the Hidden Garden rub-ons and some pretty rhinestone brads.

Thanks for stopping by,

Friday, October 17, 2008

Fall Colors

I can't stop using this stamp set, Lovely as a Tree. I have so many ideas swimming around this brain of mine. This time I wanted to make a fall themed card. Fall is a bit different here in Florida than it is up in New England. There are no pretty leaves or crisp air to remind you of the new season. We are still using the air conditioner and lounging in the pool but the pool is starting to be a bit cooler. Not much cooler, but I am spoiled by the summer temperatures of the 87 degree water and now it's at 82 degrees. Woa is me huh?

o anyway, back to the tree. I sponged on Old Olive and Baja Breeze for the background. The tree is colored with Chocolate Chip, Real Red, Barely Banana then blended with the blender pen.

I'll be giving this card to my Dad on his birthday.

Thanks for stopping by :-)

Sunday, October 05, 2008

Loving Lovely as a Tree

I finally decided to mount up my Lovely as a Tree stamp set and wowsers am I ever glad I did!
What fun I have been having with the endless possibilities of this set.
On the first card, I gold embossed the trees, then whipped out my trusty brayer. I love the effect the brayer gives, but boy is it hard on the hand. I am still having thumb issues since August so it was a bit painful to create the back ground, but well worth the effort.

Here's a close up of the trees and you can really see how well the brayer blends in all the colors of the sky.

My card group wants to make some Christmas cards at our next meeting. So this is the card that started it all. I know it's not all Stampin' Up, but this paper went so well with the feel of the card.

I even went way out on a limb and used stickles for the few ornaments on the tree.

The girls are always wanting to make some masculine cards so we will be making this card as well.

And here's another that can be given to a man, woman or child. It's beautiful!! I am very proud of this one. Notice the fold of the card and the little pine cones on the inside.

I added quite a few layers

A close up for your viewing pleasure. I created the back ground using a sponge. Didn't it come out great! (tooting my own horn here)

I had seen a card similar to this one on one of the convention display boards and wanted to give it a try. So simple with such striking results.

Another close up. This technique is called reflection and you can find the tutorial on Splitcoasters. Isn't it the coolest!

I thought I'd let the Club Girls try this card out too. I wonder how many will want to purchase the set once we are done.

I used Iridescent Ice on the trees. Very pretty!

Have a glittery fun day and thanks for stopping by