Friday, July 31, 2009

Quilled and Die Cut Extravaganza!

Okay. I have NO idea in the world what possessed me to get involved in this card. It started out all right, but it took on a life of its own as it grew and grew! This is for the Limited Supplies Challenge at SCS. The supplies really are limited........only die cuts and one sentiment. This was nothing but trouble, and I really have to apologize to all the people who are great quillers (especially MariLynn!). This was my first, and probably LAST attempt. What a pain #$@%$##!! Anyway, this will never fit in an envie, and I guess it will be hand delivered to someone who will appreciate the TIME and WORK in this. I like it, but I'll never take on such a project again!! Hugs to you all!

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Hello Office Friend

Here is my card for the WT today. Below is my DGS Jake, who is spending the day. We'll be playing with the star wars stuff we gave him for his B'day, and watching Indiana Jones movies. No time to check in with you today. Have a great one.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Tulips in RED

As you can probably guess, I was going through withdrawal from lack of RED in my cards, so for the SC today, I gave in. I love the dots........wish I had this paper in RED, but alas, I've NEVER had any! *sigh* I hope you like this......I also made it for the RED Divas.

DH just came home from the office. I have been invited to the British Beer Company for lunch. Waddaya think? Should I go??????? I'm not a beer kinda gal, but their lunch menu is FAB! What a day! This afternoon, DS Paul, DIL Debbie and DGS Jake are coming with LOBSTERS (oh, this is New England - LOBSTAHS!) YUM! No cooking for me today. YAY!

The new neighbors are very young and cute! Laura and Rob. All I could think of was Dick Van Dyke's old show - they were Rob and Laura Petrie. No problem remembering their names!! They looked really tired, but they invited me in. I said later, when you are settled, and came home. Thought you might like the update. Seeya later.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

2nd Post....The Doubledog Dare!!

Today's hostess for the Doubledog Dare Challenge is Anne (Itsapassion). She dared the group to make a 'good enough to eat' card, meaning something edible on the front. In addition, the only CS we could use had to have the name of a food in it, and NO DP.

My butler is bringing me a sweet and juicy Granny Green apple on a Pomegranate RED tray with a lovely doily, since I am so refined!!

I used only Celery, white and Pomegranate RED, per the instructions. I versamarked the apple, then inked it in celery, and embossed with sparkly clear EP. It doesn't show up well in the pic, but it's there. I had some new ribbon, and truthfully, based the card on that! Thanks for looking.

Welcome to the Neighborhood!

New neighbors moved in next door yesterday, so in doing the CC, I made a welcome card which I will add to a coffee cake. I don't know their names yet, but they have a one year old DD named Penelope. I got this info from DH and DS who said hello to them when I was making dinner. Of course they didn't remember the mom and dad's names! MEN! Anyway, today I will find out, and give them our names and phone number in this card. I hope you like it.

Busy day today, don't know if I will get to your blogs, but I will check in when I can. DS and DIL here this AM for the day, Dr. appt for my feet this PM. Have a great day!

Monday, July 27, 2009

Thistle and Plaid

For the clean and simple challenge at SCS today, there was a sketch. I'm sure you are shocked to see I used purple, when the sketch showed RED, but I guess this is just a purple kind of day. I am doing odd things this morning so I won't think about the dentist appointment I have later. Not just a checkup...I think I am due for a crown or two (to go with DH's he's getting next week!). Aren't we glad we saved our $ !!! NOT! Have a great day......I'd rather have a sharp stick in my eye than go to the dentist, but that's life!!

Sunday, July 26, 2009

2nd post......Birthday Tag

I found another card in Lori's gallery I just HAD to case. She made this card in RED with a snowman. Can you believe I changed the color?????? I had this wonderful paper, and needed a generic birthday card, so this is what I came up with. Thanks for looking.

Birds on a Wire

I just love this image from Impression Obsession! I used this to case Lori's card, Love Blooms (FS129 at SCS). Her layout was very simple, and so were her colors, so of course I kept them. Thanks for looking, and have a great rest of the weekend.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Do-Bees are on Time!!

FIRST: To those of you who left comments for my DGD Erin, a BIG thankyou. She was thrilled!!

This card is for two challenges, the LSC (theme: motor) and the Doubledog Dare Challenge. This week's hostess, Charlene (LilLuvsStampin), gave us a real toughie.......remember Romper Room? We were to do a card that taught a child good manners, and also it had to have a BEE on it. If you would like to join us, put DDC in your keyword.

I tweaked the motor idea a little.......this clock is electric, and all electric clocks have motors. Is this a reach??? It's limited supplies, right?? Anyway, I think it fits, so here it is, and besides, the clock hands are RED. There.

Have a great day!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Erin makes more cards!

In Erin's words:
The card on the left is a birthday card, that says "Do the math, you're old", which I think is hilarious! (this, from Erin!) The one on the right is really cute with those little owls. Thanks for looking.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

TWo more by Erin!

Here are two more cards Erin made this afternoon. She had fun with the new shape that stands up, and found a card on SCS she wanted to case. Aren't they fun??!

Belli Challenge #70

The Belli Challenge this week is to make a card with METAL on it. I think this HUGE tag sure qualifies!! Please join us on the challenge.......put CBC in your keyword so we can find it!!

Two more for today!

Erin's card is on the left with the pretty green swirl and the medallion, and mine is the single flower. We like this pattern and will probably do some more. We hope you like them too.

Sc238........By Erin and Grammy

Erin is staying for a few days, and we just HAD to do the challenge. She loves zebras and I love giraffes, so you can probably tell who made which! thanks for looking.
(Erin is 12 years old, and VERY grown up!)

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Happy Butterfly

This is gonna be quick. We are off to Mom's for the day. She has some repair work for DH to do. She has also had my granddaughter Erin spending a few days with her, and today we swap. I'm so happy to have my DGD for a few days! She loves to make cards and do crafts, so she will be posting here as well. DH and I have a dinner meeting near Mom's, so Erin will join us there for LASAGNE!!! Thanks for looking today, and I'll be back tomorrow.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Sometimes Life Is A Circus!

This is my card for the CAS today. How is this for a truism?? Life is certainly a circus..full of noise and surprises!! I wanted to title this "Something Wicked This Way Comes", but unless you have read the book, it has no meaning.

Maybe some of you are old enough to remember when the traveling circus came to town! The excitement of seeing the animals and the fabulous acts.......bareback riders, tumblers, trapeze artists, lion tamers, clowns...all so close! Going to see the circus today at Madison Square Garden is not quite the same. Not all things improve with time!!

I followed the rules today with color, so don't go looking for RED. Maybe tomorrow. Have a great day. Hugs to you all.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Bloomin' medallion

The FS today has a wonderful gallery. I chose to case a simple card. I used the new Medallion image from SU, which I am coming to really love. Her card had a butterfly, and I changed that image to a flower, which of course had to be RED. No surprise there! To balance it off I added a couple of brads. Pretty easy.

It's a gorgeous day here, nice sun, no humidity. I will spend some earnest time in the sun with a book, and generally lay back. My PT is done for my tootsies, but I still have Dr. appts set up, and have to stay off my feet........oh, too bad! I think I can manage that. We have leftovers from eating lunch out yesterday and I cooked for company last night, so no cooking today. Yay! have a great rest of the weekend, and I hope you like my post for today! Hugs to all.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Tunic Inspiration

Oh Gee! What a surprise! I was inspired by a RED tunic for the IC today at SCS! I loved the colors together , and thought the medallions were close enough to the new image I just got! YAY!
Of course, I never use RED, so I'm sure you are shocked! IRL, the whites do really is so crazy, isn't it? Have a wonderful weekend. Thanks for joining me here today. Hugs to all.

Friday, July 17, 2009

RED and Gray High School Colors

For the LSC we were to use colors from either our wedding or High School. Since we eloped the night before senior year in College (almost 46 years ago), HS colors it was! How convenient the colors from Lynn English in Lynn MA were RED and gray! I had no trouble choosing the Dad bought me a 1957 Ford Fairlane 500 convertible that was 18 feet long, and I could parallel park it! I sure wouldn't want to try that today!! It was RED and gray and white. Was it wonderful! But it sure got a convertible out of my system..New England just doesn't have enough days to make it worth while. Hope you like it, and that you are having a great day! Hugs, all!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Gem-collared Cats

I have had an awful day, and it's only lunch-time. I should have stuck to RED. You can't go wrong with RED. I woke at 12:30 with a migraine. Took my pills, went to sleep until 3. At 4 I went in the hot tub, checked SCS, and read until 6. I was getting sleepy, so I went to bed, and woke up with a start at 8:30. My PT appt was for 9. WHOA! Got there on time, came home to find my Night Splints had arrived, went back to PT. Spent an hour and a half making this card, and now I don't like it. I'm too tired to start over, so it is what it is. It's hot and sticky, so I'm staying away from working in the yard until I meet a couple GFs for dinner. This day is a BUMMER..........except for you guys! Hugs!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

SC237 Purple Butterfly

I had a lotta trouble with this simple sketch the morning. Started with one color, ended up with another. Totally different. My camera that takes such wonderful pictures doesn't do a good job on this's really bright IRL! Thanks for looking. I'm off to weed!! Check on you later!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

2nd post.......for the Dare and CC

The Doubledog Dare Challenge was posted this morning by our hostess Fran (Francie G.), who dared us to make a wedding card. Please join us, and put DDC in your keyword so we can see it in our gallery. To make it a little tougher, I combined it with today's CC of lavender, banana, white, gray, and black!! I think this would work really well for an anniversary card too. What do you think? I also posted (below) a photo of DH in the garden. Please take a look. Have a great day.

How Tall is Tall?

Here is a picture of my DH, Jay. He is 6'4" tall. Does that give you any clue as to how tall our yucca plant is??? It doesn't bloom every year. All of a sudden we saw the spike getting closer and closer to opening up with its gorgeous creamy bells......and here it is!! Not the most flattering picture of Jay, but it sure does put the plant in perspective! I was hoping the rest of the blossoms would open so I could show you all of them, but they fall off soon after opening. I'm glad I took the photo when I did!!

Monday, July 13, 2009

2nd Post - Happy Smiles for the CAS

Rich Razzleberry counts as RED, doesn't it??????? I couldn't resist the CAS today. One of the artworks Jen highlighted was a giraffe (and you know I LOVE giraffes, don't you?) in these fabulous colors, on a green bg. I have recently become more interested in simple and clean lines, and had this wonderful image from Whipper Snapper. I am enjoying my scor-pal, and with my camera fixed, you can even see the lines I scored. I'm done for today......promise!!

Penguin Popsicles

Ya think I might have gone overboard just a little on this???? I have been up since 3 AM, and don't seem to be functioning well so far. I guess this is a little busy, even for me, but I loved this little penguin, and one thing led to another, and.............there it is. I love this crazy bg dp, orange, RED, caramel. Just crazy. Hope it doesn't knock your eyes out!! Have a great day. Hugs.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

OUCH! a Second Case of Kelly our FS

Got a call from Mom to say my Uncle Warren just had "thing" removed from his hand. I had seen this card (above and beside mine) Kelly made with circles, and thought it would be perfect for some bandaid paper. Since there was no room for ribbon or a big button, I used tiny buttons and a piece of the dp cut into a pennant shape (much more masculine, don't you think?) He saves all my cool is that!....... and I think he will get a kick out of this one. Thanks again Kelly for a wonderful layout!!

FS Kelly, The Little Stinker!!

I had no intention of making a card this morning, then I discovered the FS today was Kelly (Schirmcat)! She is such a trouble-maker/fun girl!! She has a great sense of humor! She is responsible for the Naughty and Nice List (she put me on the Naughty......correctly!), and for various other infractions. Here's to you, Kelly, you little stinker!! Enjoy your day. That's good advice for us all...........have a good one! Hugs!

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Pirate Gold

The Inspiration Challenge at SCS today........I couldn't wait to use my new pirate stamp set, and when I saw this cute pirate costume on the website for the IC, I knew I could ink it up! I started out with RED, but it just wasn't working, so I sneaked a little into the corner holding the pirate's gold. This is the first time I have taken out my Ranger distress inks, and I think I will use them a lot! I even gold embossed the words, and I hardly ever think to do it, although I really like the look. I hope you like the look too. Have a great weekend! Hugs to all.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Oh, Those RED Ladybugs!

The LSC today was to crop a part of an image, and use it three or more times. The stamp I used is called Buggy Borders by Whipper Snapper Designs. Today was a day for RED, and I love the combination of my favorite color with Black, White, and Yellow. I had just gotten these fab daisies from MS, and they were calling to me. This week's TLC was to make a STAND UP CARD, and it was such fun I decided to do another. It kind of put itself together, and I really like the results. Hope you do too. Have a great weekend, and thanks for taking a look !

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Will He Melt in July??????

I nearly had a heart attack this morning!! Christmas in July for the WT today!! Oh boy! I'm still trying to patiently wait for summer, and here we go to winter. BLEAH!! Because I am a very disorganized person, I still had two stamps out that should have gone into the closet with my Christmas stuff, so I didn't have to go rooting around to find a stamp. I love this silly snowman, and I can't figure out if he fell down, or had too much eggnog. Whatever, he got a RED hat, nose, and soles of his boots. I love this paper, it has fabulous sparkles on the ornaments, and a plain green other matching involved. PHEW! Hope you like my effort for today. Have a great one!!

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Second Post.......SC...Hang in There!

I just love it when everything goes together, don't you? I had this fabulous matching dp from Paper Patch. The wheat and pink were meant to go with each other, and I had this image from I Brake For stamps that was perfect!! The SC today gave me the layout I needed, and I had some of this wonderful corrugated cardboard from an earlier card. I even stitched the button down to hold the bow in place. I used my corner punch without the guard to make the border. I hope you can see the stickles on the wheat, and that you think the cutting I did for the out-of-the-box-look is okay. I really like how it came out. Thanks for visiting, and have a fun and creative day!!

First Post: Belli Challenge #69

This week's Belli Challenge is to make a card with texture........Flower Soft, flock, metal, whatever. I used flocked bg paper I got at...are you ready?.......BIG LOTS! I altered the Penny Black stamp by using my marker on just the parts I wanted, and added the udder, tail, and body spots. I think it came out great! The whole reason for using the cow was to get in these funny balloons! Aren't they fab???? They really make me laugh! I also love the wonderful cow print ribbon. *Ties it all together, right? (EEEEwwwww!) * I hope you like the card I made, and that you will want to join us in the Belli Challenge. Just put CBC69 in your keywords.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Sand Castle Summer, DDC

Our hostess for the Doubledog Dare Challenge this week is Joanne (sleepyinseattle), who gave us a choice: blue, orange, yellow for a summer card, or the CC colors, since they were so similar. Please join in the DDC, and just put those letters in your keyword so we can find your card in that gallery!!

I chose the CC colors of apricot, blue, turquoise, and caramel. I got this sand castle stamp last year and didn't get a chance to use it much, so I thought it would cover the colors really well. What do you think? Oh....I had to slip in a little RED, just because! Have a great day, my friends!!

Monday, July 6, 2009

2nd Monday Post! CAS Blue Birthday

Decided to do a second card today...this one is for the CAS22 challenge. All the men in the family love birds, so this card will work for any of them! I hope you like it!! Don't forget to look at my RED card below this one!!

1st Monday Post....DDC, TLC Stand Up RED flower and pearls

We had a wonderful 4th of July........our grands were here, and the little kids loved being with their BIG cousin from NV! Justin flew back last night, and the ten days went really fast. The fridge is still full of leftovers that we will be eating this week. DH will be at the grill, and I will have my fork and napkin ready!!

Back to real life, the technique today was a fun fold card. I combined it with the challenge from the DDC. Our hostess, Joan (joan ervin), dared us to make a card in our favorite color.......easy peasy for me! Woo-Hoo!!!

I hope your 4th was happy and safe, and welcome back to my blog, friends!! Hugs!

Friday, July 3, 2009

I'd NEVER Forget Your Birthday!

Now tell me, is this the cutest elephant? Dustin Pike is a fabulous illustrator and designer of digi stamps. The LSC today was to use a digi and/or die cut, no stamps, and only two embellishments. I used ribbon and stickles and die cut the BG with my Nesties Label. Of course it had to have some RED, so I used a soft rose shade. I hope you like it.

I'm waiting for Mom to arrive for the weekend. We will do some stamping, of course, but we are getting ready for the family to arrive tomorrow for a cookout and swim!. The sun has just come out, and we are promised sunshine for tomorrow (instead of 5 weeks of rain which we are really sick of!!)!

Have a safe and happy 4th!! Hugs to all!

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Native Lovely

This may surprise you, but I ADORE Native American images. They are not so easy to find, and not always as beautiful as this one. It's a pain in the neck (or lower) to paint, but the results are worth it, I think. The challenge was to use corrugated paper/cardboard, and I've had this piece for years. Definitely time to use it. You may also be surprised that the dark color is know I have to sneak in a little RED whenever I can!

Probably this will be my last post this week. We are having 17 of the family here on Saturday. DH and I went to the grocery store this morning to get SUPPLIES, tomorrow to get the drink stuff. We are hoping to have nice weather. Today, starting at 4 AM, we had AWFUL thunder and lightning, and driving rain........2 inches an hour!! Flash flooding! It has rained all day, sometimes in torrents, but we did manage to stop for lunch! Tonight we are joining friends for a drink and appetizer at their house, then out to eat....again. Life is hard.

Have a safe and fun 4th of July wherever you are. Hugs to you all.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Sports in RED/White/Blue

It feels so good to be making a card in RED, and having my digital camera back! It's the little things that matter, right? This is the layout for the SC today, and I had a lot of trouble deciding on a theme. My stash of guy cards is pretty low, so that won out. I am not really crazy about VERY GEOMETRIC cards, so this wasn't easy for me. I hope you like it......and if you have any suggestions as to how I could make it better, please feel free. Another bleak cool day......where is SUMMER!!!!????!!!! Anyway, I send you all a big hug!