Monday, November 30, 2009
The colors were to be black, white, olive green and Real RED! Now if you know me even a little bit, you know that RED is my favorite color, and that RED, black and white is my favorite combination!! Adding the olive green gave me a tiny pause, but I think this card has just the right amount. I'm still making my Christmas cards, and hadn't inked up this wonderful silhouette, so I guess it was about time. The mistletoe is popped up, and the snowflake on the tag has an olive green brad. I polished it off with a satin white bow. If you should want to join in on the Treehouse Thursday challenge for this week, be sure to put THT025 in your keyword.
It's bleak and gloomy here, but the orders for the grands for Christmas are arriving every day. I am wrapping as they get here. I can't believe how the time has flown. Tomorrow is December 1st. WOW! Have a wonderful day, do something fun, be creative, and be kind. Hugs to you all.
Sunday, November 29, 2009
Saturday, November 28, 2009
I made this card for the Inspiration Challenge this morning after seeing this baby blanket in my favorite color combination. One of my sweetest friends is celebrating a birthday in a few days, and I wanted to get this in the mail this morning (Hi Joanne!)
I liked both the striped side of the blanket, and the flowered one, so I used both on my card. It's a little busy I guess, but also fun, I think. I hope you do too.
Thanks to those of you who wished my Mom a HB...she LOVED it!! She's back home, with all her presents and a BAGFULL of cards we made over Thanksgiving. Have a great day, all!!
Friday, November 27, 2009
Happy Day after!! We are still celebrating, as today is Mom's REAL birthday! She says she is NOT OLD, just not getting any younger. She is 87 today...wish her a HB!
These two cards are for the LSC today...make two cards with the same theme and images, but two different layouts. We had fun with some great dp (that has no name on the back...alas!).
It's raining here...we are staying IN, I think (there's always the allure of M's and ACM), but we will be eating leftovers and making cards. You're probably doing the same!! Good for US!!!!! Have a great day, and thanks for joining us here.
Thursday, November 26, 2009
For the WT, sweets, I chose to make something humorous...at least I think so. We had Thanksgiving dinner here, and ate too much because it was so yummy! Aren't I a humble cook!! We had all the fixin's, plus three kinds of pie and birthday cake. We started the morning off with Mimosas and Bloody Mary's, and it was all downhill from there.
The kids were busy together, and really great, and now that everyone but Mom has gone home, the peace and quiet is wonderful.
I thought the computer generated sentiment was really appropriate for a day like today, when we overeat and it's OK. I hope you think it's fun too.
For BLACK FRIDAY, we are staying in. No shopping for us. see you tomorrow for the LSC.
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Busy day today! The Belli Challenge and the Sketch Challenge, and Mom arrives for Thanksgiving.
For the sketch, Roxie gave us something funky.... a shape to copy. I really needed to make a RED card, so I picked out this Paper Patch print, and after I cut it out, I realized I would have to flip it so the cookies would be going in the right direction. Not the worst disaster. I really like how it turned out, and if I can keep my wits about me, I may try another.
Mom arrives after the hairdresser. We'll make the stuffing, the cranberry sauce, get the veggies ready, and find some time to make a card or two.
Have a happy Thanksgiving with friends and family. This is our favorite holiday.... great food, company, no craziness, just FUN!! Love to you all!
The Creative Belli Challenge #79 is to use chipboard. We all have chipboard in our stash of supplies......why don't we ever use it?? I used two pieces in the challenge this week....under the sentiment which I computer generated, and for the layered snowflake.
Our sponsor this week is StretchNBubbles. We were sent three digi stamps from which to choose our image for the card or project. I chose this silly penguin (his name is Earl!), and made him chilly caribbean blue. I hope you like him, and that you will join us in the challenge. Put CBC79 in your keyword, and also go to our blog and connect with Mr. Linky. Check my sidebar to see the rest of the uploads by the Design Team by clicking on their names, and be sure to visit our sponsor StretchNBubbles for their fabulous images!!
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Monday, November 23, 2009
Are you in shock? Can you believe that I didn't make this card in RED??? Today, the Clean and Simple Challenge was to make a card using sponging. I also did some masking with my new ornament punch.
I love a five minute card!! I think I may make a few more in different colors (RED for sure!), because it is so easy, and I really like the look. I punched out the ornament out of scrap paper, used it as a mask, sponged Bermuda Bay ink and stamped with the swirl from Priceless. I added some copper cord and a sentiment...........and done. I hope you like it.
Have a great day, and thanks for joining me here!
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Saturday, November 21, 2009
I don't often make square cards, but I thought this was better in a smaller format........ 4 x 4. The Inspiration Challenge this morning comes from a website that has interesting buttons. I chose one with a deer that looked a lot like the baby deer in Forest Friends (SU). After the bg was done, the perspective was all wrong. How fabulous that I own a gazillion punches, because this one by Martha Stewart of the deer is perfectly sized. I made Mrs. by eliminating the antlers.
I put a lot of sparkle on the trees, added a ribbon and glittery snowflake, and that's it. Hope you like it. Have a great weekend, my friends!
Friday, November 20, 2009
I found this clipart turkey, and about died laughing!! If you have ever seen anything so unenthusiastic in your life before this, PLMK!! I thought the sentiment was just perfect. We have a friend who has a fantastic sense of humor, and when I saw the look on the turkey's face, I automatically thought of her.
This will go out in the mail today so she will get it in time to enjoy it for Thanksgiving.
This card is Joan Ervin's fault. I went to her blog and she had a challenge posted for the Clearly Inspired Challenge, and I just had to do it too. Their challenge posts bi-weekly on Friday, and today was this wonderful sketch. It's uploaded to SCS at CIC2, just in case you'd like to do it too.
Thanks for looking.
Lois Bak (clownmom) was the hostess for the StampinB's challenge today. She chose to use the colors RED, black and white, and there had to be a moon. This was in honor of the movie New Moon which came out tonight (My DD is at the Midnight showing!).
Because RED was included, and also because these are my fav colors together, I HAD to do this challenge. thanks Lois!!
The LSC today was to make a long tall or a small tall card. I chose to make the small size, 6 x 3 1/2 folded. I hope you like my punched bird and the moon, tinged with RED. How could I resist???!!!!
Thursday, November 19, 2009
I'd like to thank MariLynn (Mississippi McGiver) for a fabulous tutorial on making birds out of punches. She was also responsible for the MMTPT68 Challenge this week. Since her teapot had cardinals on it, I thought it only fair to use her tutorial which I have saved for a LONG time!
The WT today was to make a thank you card, regarding what we are thankful for.... so this is really a multiple. I am thankful for RED (of course), and cardinals, and birds in general, but this is specifically for my mom, who also loves cardinals. I am so thankful for her.....the best Mom you could ask for, and the best FRIEND you could hope to have. I send her cards for all sorts of reasons, but this is the perfect reason to send one.....I am so thankful to have HER.
Thanks for looking. Hugs to you all.
Of course I had to keep the clean lines and the white on white, but I had to add a little of my signature color too.
wallpaper behind the couch. I really wanted to have a RED couch too, but it just didn't work. Please join us in the DDIC this week. Post your card or project with DDIC16 in the keyword so we can enjoy it. Please also visit the rest of the Design Team in my sidebar to see what they have done with this challenge!
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Did the rounds of the bank, post office, M's, voted, out for lunch, car to garage for oil change and general check up, and I'm home for the rest of the day.
This is my card for the CC and the DDC. Anne (Itsapassion) is this week's hostess, who dared us to use plaid and a button. It fit in perfectly with the artichoke, choc. chip, and RED for the Color Challenge. Before I forget, please join us in the Dare, and put DDC in your keyword.
Now, I have another card to post. Last night I had a chance to do the RESQ23 Challenge. Erin, of Doodle Palace, posted a free digital stamp of the cutest gingerbread couple for a one-time use, and I couldn't resist joining in on this special challenge. Here it is, and I hope you like it.
Monday, November 16, 2009
It's always nice to come home, even when your vacation has been fun! The best part of being home, sleeping in your own bed aside, is having ALL your supplies at hand, including your OWN comfy computer!!
For the TLC today, Outside the Box (which I love) is this fun snowman and his RED bird. I paper pieced the scarf and bird, and used one of my favorite punches. It's nice to make something in RED, and I'm sure you are shocked that I didn't bring my favorite color on vacation!!!
I used mostly markers to color this guy, and a little painting with gray. he is popped up on his nestie, and I tied a nice plaid bow to make this a little festive. That's it. Hugs to all!
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Friday, November 13, 2009
Since we are still on vacation in NH, limited supplies is what I have!! Also we were to use a bird of some kind, and a penguin is a bird, right?
I love the E K Success punches, and I brought three of them with me. I just couldn't bear to leave them all alone at home. I think they add so much without being overwhelming.
Fortunately, I bought some nice RED plaid ribbon, and I used it here as embellishment, along with some gold cord made into a bow.....a penguin deserves some jazzing up, don't you agree? I also did a few rows of piercing. A fast card, but I love the results. I am finding I really enjoy the CAS cards. We are off to Big Lots, Joanne's, Stamping Memories, and Hart's Turkey Farm for lunch. (With a turkey dinner on my mind, I couldn't bring myself to use a turkey stamp today!) Hugs to all!
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Back at our condo, I combined two challenges: the WT, which was Faux Texture, and the new tutorial on the home page, Faux Bricks (thanks Birgit!!) For the texture, I brought in a pinecone from the ground...they are everywhere in NH!... and squeezed it to get out all the seeds. Then I rolled it in Suede ink on white paper. The rest you can figure out just by looking. No more car trips....we'll be reading, eating, resting, and one of us will be stamping and doing crossword puzzles and sudokos. See you tomorrow.
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Our sponsor for this week's challenge is Creative Cuts & More. They sent us some fabulous die cuts! You really need to check out their website. I used their Tag Card with Tag-side Opening #P082. The wonderful color was perfect for a vintage Christmas card.
The challenge is to make a card with Christmas embellishment, using what you already have in your stash. I have had these jingle bells for ages, and thought they dressed up the ribbon wonderfully! Of course, I had to have some RED, so the thin border behind the holly leaf dp and the ribbon called out to me. I hope you like my tag card, and that you will join us in the challenge. Upload your card to our blog, which is on the left of my post, and please look at the cards made by the girls of the design team. Just click on their names. If you post to SCS, put CBC78 in your keyword. Join us every other Wednesday for a fun challenge!
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
The color challenge today is to use Kraft, vanilla, and Bravo Burgundy. Wasn't it lucky I had this gorgeous Anna Griffin paper with a vanilla bg, and variegated flowers containing the burgundy.
Monday, November 9, 2009
Saturday, November 7, 2009
Thursday, November 5, 2009
The Ways To Use It Challenge today was to use stickers. The whole idea was to create an easy and fast card. HAH!!! Not so fast or easy. First of all, I gave all my stickers to my grands to play with, so I really had to hunt for something that could pass for a sticker. All I could find were these ..... and blue didn't seem to be in my plan today. I finally made a decision......not quick or easy, and this is what came out. I kept adding things, until I finally said, "enough!" I don't think this will be a card I will reproduce in my future, but at least it got rid of the few stickers I had remaining in my stash.
I leave today to take care of Nate and Sam (15 and 12) while parents work or go away. Then packing for our timeshare in NH from the 8th to the 15th. This will probably be my last upload for a long while, but I send you hugs, and will see you when we return.
So here's what I did. I made two cards. I thought I would pick the one I liked better, and upload it, and say, THERE! The problem was, they were so different I couldn't make a decision.
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
This is so not like me!! I made this card in five minutes out of a recycled card I couldn't bear to throw away, and two colors of metallic paper, blue and silver. Sorry the silver doesn't really show true, but photographing metallics is always a trying experience. I added some sparkle snowflakes to match the card. Altogether, it's very shiny and bright.
Thanks for looking!
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
First I have to thank Janice (catcrazy at SCS) for sending me a whole bunch of these images. I asked for one, and she sent 18!! How wonderful is that!! Hugs to you, Janice!!
The hostess with the mostest for the Doubledog Dare Challenge today is Fran (Francie G.) who DARED us to make a card with at least 4 layers, and ribbon or cord. I combined the Dare with the Color Challenge, which was to use neutrals, and use an image to make the card POP! Using the bright colors and Merry Christmas ribbon worked really well here. I hope you like it.
Santa will be calling his reindeer by different names this year. He'll call to his team....Hi-Yo-Silver, as the lead reindeer (clone #1) has that name. The rest are Argentous, Chrome, Luster, Metallic, Amalgam, Aluminum, and Tinny (he's the little one on the end). Rudolph has retired to Florida.
All of this is rather silly, but it's fun on Tuesday to be a little around the bend (some of us are that way daily!). This time I ended up with a card I can actually send. Hope you like it.