Monday, August 31, 2009

{Lime Rickey Birthday}

OK----I know, enough with the Lime Rickey, but I told you I couldn't put those chip stickers away once I tried them! As I've mentioned, I'm trying to build up the birthday stash for my kids. It seems that whenever one of them has a party, I never have an appropriate card for them. These Chip Stickers are so whimsical, it made cute birthday cards quick and easy.

I used the little pinwheels from the collection as my focal image. Again, almost no stamping on this card---that is so unusual for me. Anyway, I started out with a white card base and used more patterned paper from the Lime Rickey collection. Then I used twill in Summer Sunrise and Enchanted Evening to be the "sticks" for the pinwheels---I love the twill--- I just think it suits this sort of card so well. It seems casual to me. Anyway, I stuck the pinwheels down on the card and added a piece of Scarlet Jewel twill horizontally across the card. I added three Scarlet Jewel buttons and a little tag and I was finished. These are really fun----look for them on sale. You really can make a bunch of cards or scrapbook pages quickly and inexpensively. And isn't that what we all want? (nod your head---it will make me feel better!) I hope you have a great day!!!

Stamps:Wishing You (PTI)
Paper: SS White cardstock (PTI) Lime Rickey, Rob Roy & Sarsparilla (Basic Grey)
Ink: Palette Noir
Accessories/Tools: Cuttlebug (Provocraft), Double Ended Tags Trio (Spellbinders), Twill in Summer Sunrise, Enchanted Evening, & Scarlet Jewel, Rustic Twine, Scarlet Jewel Vintage Buttons (PTI), Lime Rickey Chip Stickers (Basic Grey)

Saturday, August 29, 2009

{More Lime Rickey and I hate morning!!!}

OK---I love my job--really, I do. I'm so blessed that I have a job that I love and I work with some of my best friends in the world, BUT---I do hate the morning! And getting up at 5:20 5 mornings a week now has ruined my weekend! NO, I don't have to get up that early do get ready, but I think I'm a better wife and mom, teacher, friend, if I have some time to myself, with God's precious word, just to sit and drink some get the picture....BEFORE I face anyone else. SOOOOO, I get up early. Then, on Saturday, I wake up at 5:00 AM---SERIOUSLY!!! What is that about??? I was able to go back to sleep until....wait for it....6:30 whoo-hoo! Yep, it's a curse, but, I must say once I'm up, I do enjoy the quiet house and beautiful weather on my deck at that time of day!!

OK---enough complaining! Here's a card I made in about 20 minutes! I made it the other day when I was playing with my Lime Rickey Chip Stickers---I had forgotten that I had used this tag again(it's the same one I used on my last card here)---but oh well---it has a different sentiment! This is just a clean and simple card. I made a 5.25" square card out of Rustic cream cardstock. I cut a large piece of Catawba Flip paper from the Lime Rickey line and added a piece of New Leaf satin ribbon. I stamped this tag from 2009 Autumn tags and added the enjoy sentiment from the same set. I added two little Taylor's Tiny Twinkles from Taylored Expressions. I love these and they come in so many different colors! So much fun to add a little bling to your card! On the detail shot you can tell I had pierced a circle in the patterned paper, but it really doesn't show up. After I finished the card, I thought about adding a piece of green galore paper in a circle with THAT pierced. I think that would have looked great, but I needed to quit stamping, so I just left it. Lesson learned---piercing patterned paper doesn't usually show up! You don't have to tell me twice! I'll remember now!

Well, I need to go take my dog for a walk while it's still cool...ish. I hope you enjoy your weekend. We are going to the Durham Bulls game tonight. Hannah's choir is singing the National Anthem and we have wanted to go all summer and haven't, so this will be a fun night to go---fireworks and all!

Stamps: 2009 Autumn Tags (PTI)
Paper: Rustic Cream (PTI), Catawba Flip-Lime Rickey (Basic Grey)
Ink: New Leaf (PTI)
Accessories: Circle Nestabilites Die (Spellbinders), Cuttlebug (Provocraft), Taylor's Tiny Twinkles (Taylored Expressions) Dimensionals (SU!)

Thursday, August 27, 2009

{Raspberry Suite Color Challenge 15}

Hey guys! I decided to try Dawn's color challenge again! Here are the colors she wanted us to use.

Now, I'm not really a fan of Melon Berry---I've tried!!! But the cardstock doesn't really look this orange---the ink is really nice, but the cardstock seems a bit washed out to me. I'm just saying........certainly not trying to be rude to my favorite Stamp supply company, but the cardstock doesn't seem to match the ink like the others do at PTI. I did like the color combo, I just have a hard time using the Melon Berry and making it look good......ok, I've said too much---here's the card:

I used a tag from 2009 Autumn Tags---I really like Papertrey's Tag sets---I think I have them that I think of it! They make quick simple cards, they make good tags....go figure! :) I used Bitty Box and Friends 'Til the End patterned paper, too---and, of course---BUTTONS! I had to have some buttons---they are the glue that hold this card together! I hope you enjoy it---details are below!

Thanks for stopping by---I love to have visitors (and I don't even have to clean my house!)

Make a Wish
Stamps: 2009 Autumn Tags (PTI)
Paper: Vintage Cream, Melon Berry (PTI)
Patterned Paper: Friends 'Til the End, 2008 Bitty Box (PTI)
Ink: Melon Berry (PTI)
Accessories: Vintage buttons in Melon Berry, Hibiscus Burst & Spring Rain, Rustic Twine (PTI), Kaiser rhinestones, 1 3/4" circle punch, Dimensionals (SU!), Scallop circle punch-blue (Marvy)

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

I saw these Basic Grey Chip stickers on sale at Archivers and I thought I'd try them. I've never used any "thickers" or chipboard on my cards, but I knew this would make some quick cards and I'm all about quick these days. These are from the Lime Rickey collection. I have a 6x6 pad of this, so I decided to sit down and make a few cards! I was shocked at how quickly the card came together. The "image" was already decided for me, so I just put together some patterned paper and accessories and it was finished.

The details are below---I really am glad I tried these---I'm not sure I needed a whole pack of them, but they were on a good sale, so I only paid a little bit for them. You may see them a lot this year for some of my cards for Joshua's classmate's birthdays. They seem to be perfect for kids cards!

Thanks for stopping by today---my sister and her family are in town this week, so I'll be busy several evenings spending time with them. I had hoped to have something for the PTI Blog Hop tonight, but I don't know if that will happen---have a great evening!

Stamps: It's a Celebration
Paper: New Leaf, LimeRickey (BG)
Ink: Tuxedo Black memento ink
Ribbon from Michael's, Chip Stickers (BG), Double Ended Tags (Spellbinders), Foof-a-la buttons, Rustic Twine (PTI)

Monday, August 24, 2009

{Has it really been two weeks?}

WOW!! I can't believe it's been so long! School just took over my life for a couple weeks! I did find the time to make some goodies for the principals and teachers at my kid's school. I made some yummy brownies and packaged them up so cute----I realized after I had delivered them that I never took a picture of the packaging! HOW DOES THAT HAPPEN? DON'T I KNOW I HAVE A BLOG TO WRITE? :) But I did manage to get some pictures of the cards that went with them. I don't have a "teacher" stamp set, so I was thrilled to see the apples in the Papertrey 2009 Autumn Tags set. They have this cute little apple on manuscript lines and then another tag stamp that has apples all over it. I'd love to have the Teacher's Apple set, but I just can't have them all! I used punches on the image to make the "mass production" go quickly. I made these cards 3x3---they are so cute! Since I couldn't fit them in my 3x3 envelopes, I just stuck them on the outside of the coffee bags I used. I used Journaling Lines on my Kraft cardstock to tie in the manuscript paper look and added enjoy from the Autumn tags set. The "thankful for you" sentiment is also in this same set. There was so much that I wanted to do to these little cards, but I just needed to get them done and they look fine just like they are----SIMPLE is best---especially during the school year! This will be a great set to have as it comes time for pumpkin bread and other fall things! I love to give food gifts---and I really like it when I can package them up beautifully, too. Papertrey makes that so easy! Well, I hope to be back to some regular blogging now. I have a lot going on in my life that I want to tell you about....eventually!

Stamps: Journaling lines, 2009 Autumn Tags
Paper: Kraft, Rustic White, Pure Poppy
Ink: Fresh Snow, Pure Poppy, Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: 1 3/4" circle punch (SU!), Scallop circle punch (Marvy), 3/8" Gingham ribbon, Pure Poppy & Ripe Avocado vintage buttons, Rustic twine (PTI)

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

{Absolutely Fabulous}

Here I go again with the "sentiment talk", but seriously---don't you love this sentiment? I love that these designers can read my mind and know exactly what I want to say....that sounds a little paranoid, but I often have these tendencies! :0

Last night I was able to squeeze in some time to stamp a card in between work and the Seminary Ice Cream Social (on the hottest day of the year---of course!). I was so excited that I was able to finish a card on such a busy day---it gives me hope for my school year!

I needed a simple card for a friend that I just love---and, she's "card worthy!" So I started with a simple white card and added a layer of Hibiscus Burst paper. I decided I'd use a polka dot as a background on the paper. A friend of mine actually has my Polka Dot Basics set, so I used the "dot" from Simply Stationery. I stamped it randomly in VersaMark ink and then heat embossed it in white. I used the spiral punch on the side of the paper and glued it down. Next I quickly stamped my stems and flowers and added the Absolutely Fabulous sentiment accented by more stamps from Simply Stationery. I glittered my flowers and added the ribbon accent. I popped it up and was done. I thought of all sorts of things to add to it, but I needed to be done. I'm learning to be content with a simple card---what do you think?

Thanks for looking in today!

Stamps: Everyday Classics, Simply Stationery, Mod Squad
Paper: SS White, Hibiscus Burst
Ink: VersaMark, Memento Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko), New Leaf, Hibiscus Burst (PTI)
Accessories: Heat tool (Marvy), Filigree White embossing powder, New Leaf Bitty dot ribbon, rustic twine, Glue Pad, Glitter-Dazzling Diamonds (SU!)

Monday, August 10, 2009

{Back to School}

OK----this title and the card don't have anything to do with each other, but I am headed back to work today, so that's why I put that up there! Of course, some would say that teachers everywhere may need a lift on that first day back---not that most of them haven't been working a lot during the summer.....just because teacher's get the summer "off" doesn't mean they don't work---but I'll move on~ :)

Yes, it's more Everyday Button Bits! I have decided that the next time I sit down to play, I can't pick this set up---I just have too many other sets to only choose this one!

This card started out with Kraft cardstock that I punched with Fiskar's threading water punch. I stamped the balloon image from Button Bits onto some muslin fabric that I had put some cardstock backing on. Then I cut it out using a circle die. I left the die in place and sponged the fabric with Ballet Blue ink. I sewed on buttons using Rustic jute twine. Next I put all of that on a Labels Three die that I had embossed and cut in Enchanted Evening. I stamped the sentiment onto Bitty Box paper (again, I know!) and added some ribbon around the top. I popped the image up on dimensionals and that was it!

I'm so glad you came by today---the posts may be sparse this week---even though I'm a part time worker, this first week, I have to be there everyday---and we have 3 nights of activities this week---it has truly begun!! Thanks for looking and have a great Monday!

Stamps: Everyday Button Bits
Paper: Kraft, Enchanted Evening, Bitty Box patterned paper in Summer Sunrise, SS White (Backing for muslin) (PTI)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Ballet Blue (SU!)
Accessories/Tools: Cuttlebug (Provocraft), Lables Three die, Circle nestabilities die (Spellbinders), Muslin, Vintage buttons in New Leaf, Enchanted Evening, Summer Sunrise, New Leaf Saddle stitch grosgrain, Rustic jute twine (PTI), dimensionals (SU!)

Friday, August 7, 2009

{More Button Bits}

I made another card using buttons. I have thoroughly enjoyed the rustic cardstock from Papertrey Ink (they have white and cream)---it just makes a project look so "homespun"---

This is an odd color combo---but I think it looks OK. I used Sweet Blush cardstock for my base and added a strip of Bitty Box paper in Summer Sunrise. I wanted to use a strip of Hibiscus Burst, but they don't make that color in this paper pack, so I used this instead. I decided to use the thread on the buttons to tie it all in. For the image, I stamped the stems and leaves from Everyday Button Bits in New Leaf and then embossed and cut it with a Labels One die. I added buttons in Sweet Blush and Hibiscus Burst and threaded them with some DMC floss. I attached them with glue dots. Finally, I stamped the sentiment and added some satin ribbon in Hibiscus Burst. I popped the image up on some foam tape for some dimension.

Well, I start back to work on Monday---it's always a crazy week---the work week before school, so I don't know how much I'll get to post. Once things slow down, I hope to be back to regular posts!

Thanks for stopping by--it's a thrill for me when I know you've been here---yes, I'm pitiful, I know~

I'm thinking of all you mama's sending your babies off to school this August---you will survive!!! Then you'll do it again next year, and the next and in between you'll have amazing conversations with said child and realize "I did OK---she really turned out great." Then you'll get on your knees and thank the Lord for his grace in your life in allowing this amazing young woman to be part of your family, because you know that any good that has happened in your life or hers is all because of HIM---and then you'll cry....but, that's just normal around here.

Stamps: Everyday Button Bits (PTI)
Paper: Sweet Blush, Rustic Cream 2008 Bitty Box patterned paper
Ink: New Leaf (PTI), Memento Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko)
Accessories/Tools: Labels One die (Spellbinders), Cuttlebug (Provocraft), DMC floss, Flowers Border punch (Fiskars), Dimensionals (SU!) Hibiscus Burst Satin ribbon, Vintage buttons (PTI)

Thursday, August 6, 2009

{Another Birthday Card}

Here's a quick post of another birthday card for my stash! Hopefully I can get some more ready before I actually start teaching. Our first day of school is August 19th---I always hate that...going back so early---until the end of May rolls around and we get out! :) My sister's children don't go back to school until after Labor Day, but they also go well into June----always a trade-off!

I made this card using Everyday Button Bits. This set is so fun! I've been a huge fan of buttons for awhile, but this set is amazing! If I could only buy one set from Papertrey right now, I'd buy this one---I just love the look of it and it's so versatile---you'll love it too! I made several cards at once the other day....all with this set.

This was a quick one with Hibiscus burst as the card base. I stamped the image on Stamper's Select White and cut it out with a Labels Four die. I used some Bitty Box basics paper in Aqua Mist and used vintage buttons and grosgrain ribbon. The details are below. Joshua has a friend over and I'm making a meal for someone, so I really SHOULD be off the computer!

Enjoy your evening~

Stamps: Everyday Button Bits (PTI)
Paper: SS White, Hibiscus Burst (PTI)
Patterned paper: 2008 Bitty Box Basics (PTI)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories/Tools: Cuttlebug (Provocraft), Labels Four die (Spellbinders), Vintage buttons in Hibiscus Burst, Summer Sunrise, & Aqua Mist, Summer Sunrise grosgrain ribbon (PTI), Threading Water punch (Fiskars)

(This picture is a darker than the other---sorry! It really is Hibiscus burst and not Raspberry Fizz in real life!)

Sunday, August 2, 2009

{I love a wedding!}

We attended a wedding yesterday---it was so fun! I haven't been to a seriously fun wedding in awhile, so I really enjoyed it!

I had an idea for the card and then I changed it yesterday morning---OF COURSE! I went a little nuts and made this card---it wouldn't have been so bad, but it was a 1:00pm wedding and this card took me longer than I had planned. We made it there in PLENTY of time, but it was a little stressful right there at the end! Do any of you do this? You could make the card/buy the gift WAY in advance for a wedding, right? But you make the card the day you need it---no, I'm sure YOU don't do this---more true confessions on Nelson Ramblings!

Anyway, I used Quilter's Sampler, Quilter's Sampler Sentiments and Quilter's Sampler Additions. I loved these sets when I bought them, but I haven't had occasion to use them very often. After I read through the sentiments yesterday, however, I will be using it again soon. Such sweet sentiments (I know, I sound like a broken record, but isn't that WHY we send cards? Because we want to say something?) OK, back to the card. This isn't my usual wedding card style, but I knew her colors were pink and green and that it was going to be a fun, personal affair, so I decided to go crazy with color.

These papers are all from a Heidi Swapp paper pack my sister got me for Christmas. I haven't used much out of it, but there were a TON of pink and green color combos, so I went for it. I stamped random quilt squares onto patterned paper and then punched them out with my smallest square punch (and old Creative Memories square punch). Then I added that to a piece of white cardstock and added the threaded buttons. I put all of that onto a piece of polka dot paper. I stamped the sentiment on the card and I made a mistake---I would have made this a bit lower, but I had already taped the "quilt" down, so I was committed---lesson learned---next time, stamp the sentiment and THEN add the quilt. If it's too high, you can discard it and start over---oh well, it was around 11:00am at this point and I just needed to finish~ I tied the ribbon and put a few buttons in the left corner. I usually put some sort of monogram on a wedding card, so I put on in the right corner. In the middle of making this card, I saw this card on Michelle Wooderson's blog and that's where I came up with the idea to add the "W" in the other corner. Below are a few pics of the wedding if you want to view them---thanks for looking today! We're headed to my parents' house for dinner tonight. My sister is in town for a couple days, so we are gathering there! Details for the card are below the pictures if you are interested.

Here are the bride and groom being introduced at the reception---right before their first dance. Did I tell you I love weddings?

Here's the bride with her Daddy---I always cry during this dance---even before I had girls, but especially now~~~

Here is the bride's bouquet---so pretty---see those vivid colors!!!

Joshua had an accident on the dance floor---oops!!! (and yes, he DID wear shoes to the wedding, but he began to get a blister so he took them off!)
Caitlin and Joshua together---Hannah was sick and didn't get to go ;( Sorry for the bad lighting--I didn't take the time to set my camera manually, so the background is washed out in the sunlight~~)

Stamps: Quilter's Sampler, Quilter's Sampler Additions, Quilter's Sampler Sentiments, Ambassador Monogram Edition
Paper: SS White Cardstock (PTI) Heidi Swapp patterned paper
Ink: Tuxedo Black Memento (Tsukineko)
Accessories: Vintage Buttons in Raspberry Fizz, New Leaf, White & Cream mix, New Leaf Bitty Dot satin ribbon (PTI), DMC floss, Creative Memories Square punch