Monday, February 22, 2010

{Thank you tent card}

This is my first tent card---I've always looked at them and never made one. I needed a thank you card, so I decided to try one. I saw this one on Debbie Olson's blog---no surprise there, but I decided to make one very similar to hers. Of course, it never looks quite like hers! OH well, it was fun. The base card is 4 1/4" square, after adding the tent it's still only 5 1/2" so I can use an A2 envelope . I used Cosmo Cricket patterened paper and Baby Button Bits. I sponged around the edges with some Ranger distress ink. I cut the scallops with my Fiskars punch and  used some vintage buttons for accents. I colored the flowers with Copic markers--the sentiment is from Vintage Picnic. I wish I had more time to play with my stuff these days, but at this time in my life it is FAR more important to work on other things. I'm so grateful to be able to plan this special day for Caitlin and Carson---it's coming together, which is a blessing. If you start planning a wedding---give me a call---I can tell you some of my mistakes---starting with the invitations---but I don't want to go there!

Enjoy your day---so glad you stopped by!

Thank you tent:
Stamps: Baby Button Bits, Vintage Picnic (PTI)
Paper: Rustic Cream Orange Zest, (PTI), Early Bird (Cosmo Cricket)
Accessories/Tools: Vintage buttons, Rustic jute twine, twill (PTI) glue dots, Fiskars scallop punch, Antique Linen distress ink (Ranger)

Sunday, February 14, 2010

{Joshua's Valentines}

I knew early on what I wanted to do for Joshua's class Valentines this year---so, can you tell me why I was up until 1:30 in the morning on Wednesday night finishing these? Hmmmm---could it be, I went a little crazy with the Valentine idea this year? It actually wasn't very hard, but I just didn't have another time to do them---so, I was up late. The funny thing is, I just don't mind staying up late if I'm stamping!! Anyone else feel this way?

 As much as I'd LOVE to take credit for this cute idea, I can't. Of COURSE, I can't!! I RARELY have these ideas, I just copy someone elses!  Here's the original post on Debbie Olson's blog of these darling airplanes! I bought the gum at Rite Aid and then "dressed it up". I used the word window punch from SU! to make the propeller and back wing---thingie.....I cut a piece of paper and used the corner rounder for the wing. Black buttons were used as wheels and the propeller---thingie.....OK, I'm not really a plane person. My son would be so embarrassed that I don't know these things!
I didn't make the cards like Debbie did, I just put the planes in a cellophane bag and added the tag. I wanted it to be easy for Joshua to take them to school. I made green ones for the boys, but Joshua took apart my "extra one" before I could get pictures! The boys' bags didn't have pink tags either---just in case you were curious! The tags are from Tiny Treats, a PTI Valentine set that was released in December. I didn't buy it at first, but I'm so glad I ordered it last month. I used these for over 75 different Valentines this year and they were so quick! The little sentiment that goes with each set is so cheesy (in a good way!) and perfect for Valentines Day! I loved using them! These were so fun to make---and actually didn't take much time---once I got started! I have a few other Valentines things to show you and I'll try to post those in the next few days--

Thanks for stopping by! The details are below~

 Joshua's Valentines (all supplies PTI unless noted)
Stamps: Tiny Treats
Paper: Raspberry Fizz, SSWhite, Basic Grey (SU!)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko)
Accessories/Tools: Copic Markers, Marvy Scallop Punch, 1 3/4" punch (ek success)
Ribbon (gift from a friend)

Monday, February 8, 2010

{PTI Paint by Number}

Papertrey Ink is having their 3rd Anniversary party this month and today Nichole has put a little challenge out to her "followers" aka stalkers!

She has a sketch that we used and we had to use colors that she chose based on the first letter of our user name---. These aren't colors I would EVER put together, but except for the Raspberry Fizz on this card, I actually like it! I don't hate the Raspberry Fizz, but I wish I had put it somewhere else. I just didn't have much time to play around with it today---I have Valentine's to make!!
These are the colors I was assigned based on my name---there's a $100 gift certificate on the line here---you should play along! Just go to Nichole's blog post here and all the direction are there.

I used the rock and roll technique with Orange Zest and Terracota Tile. I added white grosgrain ribbon and a Ripe Avocado vintage button tied on with some twine. I stamped polka dots with Fresh Snow ink on the Orange Zest cardstock. Well, I'll put the info below if you have any questions. I need to run~I have some other things to do---like laundry and stuff---hate that!

I hope you have a great day~thanks for stopping by!

PTI Paint by Number (all supplies PTI, unless noted)
Stamps: Heart Prints, Polka Dot Basics II
Paper: Ripe Avocado, Raspberry Fizz, Terracota Tile, Orange Zest, SS White
Ink: Ripe Avocado, Fresh Snow, Orange Zest, Terracota Tile
Tools & Accessories: Fresh Snow grosgrain ribbon, Threading Water punch (Fiskars), Corner Rounder (Creative Memories), Dimensionals (SU!)

Sunday, February 7, 2010

{Bundle of Joy}

Caitlin needed a baby card for a shower today and I didn't really have one that worked. SOOOO, I got to stamp! But I'll tell you, after it's been so long, it just takes me forever to get anything accomplished. BUT, I hung in there and finished a card. I got to use the Papertrey stamp set, baby button bits! I love it---I tell you, I love every image in this set. I hope to have some more time to use it after I finish my valentines.

I started with Spring Moss cardstock and used a piece of polka dot patterned paper from Pretty Pastels. This paper is so great---I will love it in the Spring when it's time for Easter images---it has a little bit of distressing on it and it's just yummy! I added two pieces of paper from Bitty Baby Dots paper that I punched with the threading water punch. I added a piece of Spring Moss grosgrain ribbon and a vintage button to the top of the patterned paper.

The images were colored with Copic markers---yea for me for trying! I've decided to quit comparing my coloring to Debbie Olson---"Copic Goddess---General Stamping Goddess" in my humble opinion--- and just be happy I am coloring! I won't ever color as beautifully as she does, so I'm giving it up. It's more fun for me this way~I used the Papertrey trios for Berry Sorbet, Summer Sunrise and Spring Moss--I actually didn't use all of the colors, but these were my starting points. I added glitter with some two way glue and then added Berry Sorbet buttons to each of the images. These images are so, so sweet---just like a little baby!

Thanks for stopping by---if you have questions about this card, let me know and I'll try to help you! I hope you have a great day--we are headed to my parents for the beginning of the Super Bowl---we can't stay for the whole thing because Joshua needs to get to bed, but my parents love this night, so we are going to celebrate with them!

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

{Cherry Pie...oh my!}

Cosmo Cricket has such great papers--one of my favorite lines is their Early Bird line that they brought out last year. I bought some Cherry Pie paper and have been hoarding them---why do I do that? Anyway, I needed to make a card for a dear friend---actually a family that is so dear to me. I had cards that would have "worked" for the occasion, but I had to make one for them---they are some of my favorite people. SOOOOO, it was time to pull out the said hoarded paper and get to work. It has been so long since I have tried to make a card that it was really slow going----fortunately, between these papers and Everyday Button Bits from Papertrey, this one was simple. Speaking of Papertrey---it's Anniversary time around there and you don't want to miss it---lots of give aways! So much creativity on this Design Team---go to Nichole's blog and take a look---and if you win anything, you MUST let me know so I can whoop it up with you!

The "occasion for the card" you ask? My friends are headed to Uganda to adopt their new daughter. You can read about their journey here.They already have three beautiful children, but when their oldest came home from her second trip to Uganda and asked if they would consider adopting a girl from there, they had to agree to pray about it. Eight months later and they are headed to Uganda to bring Edith home. It is amazing how God works and I am so excited to meet the newest member of their family. One of their friends asked a bunch of us to write a note to them to encourage them while they were there. They aren't supposed to open them until they get there---what a kind gesture---I wish I had thought of it!

So, this is my card for them. I'm trying to get one made for Edith today---we'll see if I can get that done! If so, I'll post it another time. Since I had so much to say, I left mostly white space inside---I used my Ranger distress ink to ink up the edges all over the card---the paper has this same look on the edges, so if you cut it you will need to ink it up on the edges. I stamped my cherry image with New Leaf ink and then added the Pure Poppy buttons with twine tied on. I cut this with a circle nestabilities die and then cut some of the cherry pie paper with a Labels Three die. I tied a piece of red satin ribbon around the paper and added a button and a tag. After I decided what to do, I finished it pretty quickly. I was so happy to get this finished. I tend to want to do these things, but my life takes over and I don't get to----

The details for the card are below. If you are one who goes before the throne of grace, I know my friends would love it if you joined with them in prayer that all the details will come together quickly for this adoption and they will be able to bring Edith home soon. Thanks for stopping by today!

Kathleen---yep, I'm a hugger!

Praying for You (all supplies PTI unless noted)
Stamps: Everyday Button Bits
Paper: Pure Poppy, Vintage Cream, Early Bird patterned paper-Cherry Pie (Cosmo Cricket)
Ink: New Leaf, Antique Linen distress ink (Ranger), Tuxedo Black Memento 
Accessories/Tools: Cuttlebug (Provocraft), Nestabilities circle die, Labels Three, Tag trio (Spellbinders) Vintage buttons, satin ribbon-Pure Poppy, Border punch (Fiskars)

Monday, February 1, 2010

{snow days!!!}

Is there anything better than a snow day? You know---a day---no matter what day of the week it is, when everything shuts down. We have had several days like this now---I love these days! We have just hung out in our pajamas, worked on things, played. It's been fun! Here are a few pictures from our January snow!

Joshua ready to make some snowballs----except it was too dry and wouldn't pack--bummer!


Joshua and David still pelted each other with snow---in the form of handfuls instead of snowballs---both work!


The lab smelled something down there---I have a whole series of pictures of her getting down to the ground, but I thought I'd spare you!
The kids are out of school today and we are waiting to see what happens tomorrow...with fingers crossed for another day! Enjoy yours---whatever the weather!