Thursday, April 30, 2009

Black and black...and oh yeah, RED

Today's challenge was to make a black card. Well, you know I use black a lot, but never just black. White goes great with black, but then again, so does RED! I know, I know. You are totally shocked! If you scroll through my gallery, you will see that I am telling the truth! I was so glad to see the WT......knowing my favorite color would be allowed!

I love the quilted look. I am no good at quilting, but I have an Aunt who is FABULOUS!! She will like this card for sure.

Thanks for joining me here today. Have a wonderful, fun, creative afternoon. I'm off to pick up my WEIRD DGS (4th grade), so I'll be back later to comment. (I went shopping after my PT some new Tim Holtz stuff I'm dying to try out. CU!!)

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Scooting Through Paris

I just got this Amuse stamp of the girl on the scooter. I thought it worked for the SC today...I had to turn the sketch sideways to make it all fit. The purple and blue were on my was the cloud template. It all fell together. Thanks for looking. Hugs to you all.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

DDC and CC for Mother's Day

Joan (joan ervin) is this week's hostess for the Doubledog Dare Challenge. She dared us to make a Mother's Day card and include a piece of clothing. Not only does this fashionable gal wear a beautiful dress, but I stamped the image again and cut out RED gloves to add to her outfit. (Please feel free to join us in this challenge.......put DDC in your keyword.)

This card will go to my Mom. She is a girl from the 20's. How perfect is that? And she is truly as beautiful today as she was then. I combined the colors from the CC by adding olive to the flower center, punched leaves, the stems and leaves of the flowers in the collage, and even eye shadow (if you look closely!) My mother loves these colors too. I think she will really like it.

Color Challenge!

I love Crystal Effects! I had to take this photo on an angle so you could see the shine on the raised olive. What a fabulous color combination today with RED (my FAVORITE!), black, cream, and olive! I had fun using a variety of punches, my Cuttlebug, and some great ribbon. I hope you like it.

I worked in the yard yesterday, sat in the sun and read, (finished Eclipse), and was in and out of the hot tub. The pool is uncovered now.......the awful color is due to IRON. DH is very unhappy. Hopefully, the BIG DOUGH spent on specific chemicals will work. Talked to Mom this morning, and she is getting her list ready. We leave for vacation on May 10th, Mother's Day, for two weeks. My birthday is always spent in NH, and DH gives me money to play with. YAY! Even retired people like to go on vacation!! I think it's time I made my list too....which stamps shall I take? Which paper? Embellishments? Inks? Punches? Will I have room for clothes?????

Have a fun and creative day, my friends. Hugs.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Sunday in my Room

This morning I completed the rest of the VSN challenges on SCS. We left yesterday afternoon for dinner at friends' house, so I missed those posted from 6 to 9 PM. I had a lot of fun making these, and I hope you will check out my gallery for the deets. I think if you click on the picture it will enlarge so you can see each card better.

DH and #2 son are opening the pool today. I am NOT a helper. There really isn't anything I can do, so I stay out of the way. Besides, the water could be the home of the Creature From the Black Lagoon, in addition to being yucky green/black. Tomorrow or the next day it will be blue.....THEN I will be out there.Enjoy your day. Hugs.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

More for the mini VSN

I decided to do two more for the VSN mini today. The second challenge was to do a card with gold, and that was really easy. The third was to choose one of the Beatles' songs from the Love album, and make a card to fit it. I couldn't decide, so ended up with a medley of my own choosing...Octopus' Garden and HELP! I think you can figure out which is which. The octopus image is new...from Fred Mullett, and I just love his designs! I thought it should really show up, so the cameo coral was my first choice. The gel fish, caught in his/her arms is very shiny.....and the sentiment seemed appropriate. A little crazy today. I am off to the hottub, the sun, and I am halfway through Eclipse. Edward is calling! Bye!

Bee-utiful Bear

Today Mom went home. After picking up a million things, I sat down to take a look at SCS, and discovered there was a mini-virtual stamp night going on. I may not do a lot of the challenges, but I decided to do the first. Blackjack was the name of the game, and each item on the card has a value. Mine adds up to 21! YAY! I made this bear a bee, and gave him stripes and antennae. He, of course, holds honey. Yay for honey too! I will probably spend a few times in the hottub, resting my sore feet, and enjoying some really warm weather...YAY again! Thanks for your comments, and for joining me here and at my SCS gallery! Hugs, and have a wonderful day!

Friday, April 24, 2009

RED (of course) Lilies

The LSC at SCS today was to use the colors of a room in your house. All the walls in my house (with 2 exceptions ) are white. My favorite color you know is RED, and I have a room that fits. The fact that it happens to be a bathroom determined that I would use the cb of Tiny Bubbles. Actually, the walls are white there too, but everything else is RED. I also got a chance to use my new set of Nesties Labels. Aren't they delightful??? I love these beautiful lilies, and felt like doing some cutting this morning...and there you have surprise, is it???? Mom is here, and we are having fun playing at cards, and tossing different ideas back and forth...always more fun to be crafting with someone else, especially when they think like you do!!
Have a wonderful day...Spring is finally here...things are sprouting, and tulips are getting tall. Hugs to you all.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Moon Maiden

Today is the "changing of the guard" so to speak. Samantha has gone home, and Mom is arriving with my other DGD. Erin has been staying with my mother for a few days, and it's really too far for her to drive, so we will take Erin home after lunch. We are going to the Chinese restaurant I took Sam to yesterday...can you OD on Chinese food???? Mom will stay for the weekend, and of course, we will play.
This card is for the WT , white, white, white. I love to make white cards! However, this stamp has been begging all week, and white just wouldn't work for this image, so gold seemed to be it. I love to emboss, and MS punches are so very nice...........I just popped the image up and added a beautiful white and gold ribbon. Hope you like it.
The rain is gone...YAY! Hope it's sunny and nice where you are.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Frogs in RED and green

We have had a fun morning playing with crafts in the kitchen. Samantha talked Grampy into making POPOVERS this morning. YUM! She had four of them, dripping with butter! We only get popovers when they are requested by a grandchild (or DIL Debbie!) Today we are seeing sunshine for a change....we will get outside after a bit, and are planning a trip to the all-you-can-eat Chinese Buffet (no dieting today!) This card is for the SC at SCS, and I had just a small piece of this wonderful frog paper, and how amazing! the bg is RED! Thanks for looking. Have a fun day!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Doubledog Dare Digi Puppies

Samantha is staying with Grammy and Grampy for a few days, and really enjoys making cards. She decided to take part in the Doubledog Dare Challenge today, posted by this week's hostess, Julia (artystamper). The Dare was to use this digi image from The image is free and can be gotten from the website if you would like to join in. Just put DDC in your keyword so we can find it.
My card is also for the CC today, using Basic Gray, Pretty in Pink, and Rose RED. I wove a paper background in gray and put it over Mulberry paper. Fun for a change, but I wouldn't want to do it every day! I also used my new Label Two Nesties, and you can figure out the rest.
We are having a dark and rainy day, so it will be a day of reading,watching movies, eating popcorn, and of course, picking up the mess we have made. I appreciate your comments to both of us. Have a good one!

Sunday, April 19, 2009

In the tub

Mom is here, and I regret to tell you we have been bad. We had a 50% off coupon to our favorite ISS, and we went just to get ONE something. Well, you know what they say about the best laid plans......we left the store with a few bags of stuff. Really good stuff!! Yesterday, we got back home, and looked over our treasures, then began to play. We made two cards in the afternoon, (ordered some stuff online - BAD) had a glass of wine or two, and generally had fun. This morning, with hurting feet (for me) and a headache (for Mom), we did it again. Undeterred by our various ailments, we plugged on, an it wasn't easy, believe me! We did this card with one of the new stamps, and uploaded it to the FS gallery at SCS. A little humor when you don't feel A#1 is a good thing (thanks Martha)! Have a great day.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Adopt the Pace of Nature

The Limited Supplies challenge today was:
1 wheel
1 image stamp
1 sentiment stamp
1 embellishment
I hope the challenge police will count my button with the ribbon threaded through it as one. Everything else is right on the nose. I love this combination of colors, and the LSC gave me the chance to use a jumbo wheel from SU...haven't done that in a while! Hope you like this. Thanks for all your nice comments, and I hope you are having a happy day!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Embellished Frame

I took this picture, not so you could see the photo, but so you could see the rub-ons I just put on the frame. The challenge this morning was to do something with a frame. I thought, well, that's not for me! As I left my computer, I saw this heavy glass frame that I have had forever, and EUREKA! I had an idea. I have had these rub-ons from SU just sitting, and decided they would be just the thing. I really love how this looks now, and I guess it's not the LAST frame I'll be fooling around with today. If you look really hard, you can see my beautiful seven grandchildren as they looked last 4th of July. Now they are just a little older, but handsomer/prettier! (Do you think this Grandma is a wee bit prejudiced????? YUP!)
I spent three hours fooling around on this computer revamping my blog. If you have been here before, please let me know what you think. Is the bg too distracting? Do you like the additional RED I have placed in it? Should I go back to what I had before?
I am off shortly to PT for plantar's Fascitis...just something else, but really rather minor. Hugs to you all, my friends. Have a fun, creative day!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

You're Grand!

Didja think I'd forgotten all about my favorite color??????? Well, here it is, with my other favorites. I am the hostess for the Doubledog Dare this week, and I dared the group to make a card in these colors. I hope some of you will join in the fun of the DDC....just put those letters in your keyword so we can find your beautiful entry on SCS! This was also for the SC today. I really love Wednesdays....and I love to combine the challenges if I can.
Went to the foot Dr. yesterday for the first time, and found out my heel problem is fixable. I'm off to PT again, and hope to be comfortable walking again soon. These may be the Golden Years, but I find myself at the Dr. and the Hospital more often than I would like! (Once is too many times, right?) I go on vacation in May for two weeks in New Hamshire with Mom full time, and DH part-time, and would like to be able to walk around! Cross your fingers.
Have a wonderful day. The sun is shining, but it's cold, and the wind blows. Spring, where are you?????

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Here's to Happy Hour!

This is for the CC on SCS this morning. I had a little trouble with these colors, but now that it's done, I kinda like this card. It sure reminds me of a drink my DH makes for company (and sometimes even for me!)....equal parts of Frangelico, Buttershots, and Bailey's over ice. I can't remember the name for it, but it has come to be known here as the "party drink". Yummy! It's like having dessert!! I had fun with my cb and the backgrounds. Combining them on different colors was different and interesting...I think I really need to play with this great machine.
I hope you agree that the results today are worthwhile, and I think I'll send this card to my BFF in FL and ask her if she would like one (or two)! Have a great day.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Inspired By Ferns

This is for the Inspiration Challenge, which had some really pretty stuff! I liked the Fern Border outdoor rug, but added a few extras, as usual. The bottom is paper tole, and I used my brand new MS lattice punch! I love punches!! Mom is still here, we go to my DGS's Baptism tonight, and tomorrow is Easter, so busy, busy, busy! See you next week, and Happy Holidays to all, and a big THANKYOU to those of you who sent me cards!!!

Friday, April 10, 2009

Tulips in Red!

The Limited Supplies Challenge allowed me to go back to my favorite colors, and I'm sure you're not surprised. The challenge was to do a triple play: 3 layers, 3 colors, 3 focal points. I think I covered them all.

We have a lovely sunny day and Mom is on her way here, after the hairdresser, for the weekend. I may not get a chance to comment, because she likes to PLAY (and so do we!), and that involves craft room, not computer. At any rate, I will check up on all of you at some point. Hope you have a great day, and Happy Easter!!

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Wrinkled wasn't one of the things I wanted to be when I grew up!

I figure this is a LOST day! I poured my hot coffee into my juice glass first thing this morning. I woke up with a headache that hasn't moved. My DH lost his hearing aid at a Track Meet yesterday, and forgot some important papers this AM that wouldn't FAX! So I guess this card for the WT today is symptomatic of how I'm feeling...wrinkled, old, and very GRAY!

I love this image and sentiment. I couldn't resist backing it with the Forest Branches CB folder...looked like wrinkles to me! From my huge stash of ribbon I found just the right the end. How cool is that???? I hope this gives you a chuckle...I can use one, and I'll bet you can too! The sun is shining, and my Mom says she is throwing out all kinds of stuff, so it might be a good day after all. Hugs to all.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

DDC Thinking of You

I wish you could see this gorgeous pale Sage Shadow paper! there is NO way it will show up in a photo. This card is for the Doubledog Dare Challenge, posted this week by our hostess, Bev (beestamper). Her Dare was to make a one layer 'bumpy' card... to add a brad, jewel, prima, dewdrop, or something else that would bring your eye to the image. As you can see, I used a cb folder corner, and added a flower brad and a pearl. I hope you like it, and that you will join us in doing a DDC card..just put that in your keyword.

Botanical Birthday

I am definitely in love with my Cuttlebug! I have so much fun with the folders and die cuts, and now I have NESTABILITIES! How cool is that??? Today's upload is for the Sketch Challenge. I look forward to Wednesdays and the SC. I guess everyone else does too. Purple cheered me up this morning...another BRRR day, dark and windy. This is Spring? I want a refund!!! Have a nice day, and thanks for joining me here.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Spring Daffodils

I just decided to do another. Hope this meets with your approval!

Monkey Boy Birthday

I used the Colors from the CC today to make a birthday card for my adorable grandson who is called "Monkey Boy". He will be nine in May. He has one little dimple, asks questions about EVERYTHING, and is playing Lacrosse for the first time (and LOVES it!). He takes piano lessons, is in Cub Scouts, and when he has time, goes to school (third grade). Where does the time go??? I hope you like his card. Have a great day.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Birthday Flowers

Sent the first flower pot pocket card off to Mom so she could use it as a pattern (she has no computer...she says at 86 you don't HAVE to learn new stuff!). I really like this technique, and I can see using it for a lot of different occasions. Hope you like this one too.

Flower Pot Pocket Card

Today I took the easy way out of the TLC. I made a very simple version of this card. Maybe later I will try something a little more fussy. have a great day.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Bright Goldfish

This card was done as a case of Julie at Just Right Designs, who is a fabulous stamper and designer!! I kept her wonderful layout, and even the eyelets, and that's hard for me...I seldom have good luck setting them correctly! They came out pretty well, and I really like the new stamp from Inkadinkado! I hope you are having a wonderful weekend, and thanks for stopping by.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Am I Blue???

Trees don't come in shades of blue, I know. For the LSC today, I went for the color first...are you surprised at what I chose??? These coordinating papers by Martha Stewart are so pretty....even though they start out at 18 x 18. Cutting them to size is the tough part!! Anyway, I just love this shade of blue, and it seems to go well with the chocolate brown. I LOVE the new Trendy Trees set, and have fallen head over heels for sizzix and cb die cuts. They don't take the place of my punches, but what fun they are!!!

I Rock and Rolled the tree, and covered the leaves with Stickles. Hope you like it. Have a wonderful day (hope you are not having RAIN like we are, but the crocuses are loving it!!).

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Foil Failure

I got back this AM from the Dr. to find the WT was uploaded. Foil! Well, I hustled my bod into the pantry, and went to my addict....ahem...craft room to begin! All downhill from here, folks! First, I used a dbl layer of foil in my cb, and couldn't separate the layers. Then my big paper cutter didn't like the foil! I printed the bottom part of the saying in my own awful handwriting in RED, and I hated it. I cut it off, and tried again. I ran out of Basic Gray to put under the first part of the sentiment, so I had to piece it. As I was putting down the rest of the sentiment, I dropped it, and then couldn't MOVE it. When I saw I had a VERY empty corner, I put in a RED Sizzix diecut, and after I put it down, I thought it looked too girly! This was a good idea that went very WRONG, WRONG, WRONG. Please imagine it looking great! Hope my day gets better. Oh! We ARE joining friends for lunch at our fav Chinese Buffet, so that will be okay, but our diet must begin in earnest on Monday! Have a good day!

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Daisies Tell!

Daisies tell you all their just have to listen VERY carefully! LOL!! The day after a migraine I am usually very goofy....and today is NO exception!!! And today, NO is the operative RED! No time spent (I did this in about 15 minutes...we had to leave at 10:00 promptly) No cooking...lunch out, banquet dinner. No blogging until now (3:00). No kidding!

Anyway, I got my card posted early, and now I am home. Time to get back to SCS and comment on the SC. I wish I had more of this paper...wasn't I lucky to have just one more flower!!! thanks for looking. Have a wonderful day.