Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Paper Makeup Blog Hop

I'm so happy to be part of the Paper Makeup December Blog Hop! You should have arrived here from Katie Cotton's blog (and she just happens to be my dd and I'm soooo proud of her!). If you didn't come from Katie's blog, go here so you can start at the beginning and not miss anything. One lucky commenter will receive a grab bag of PMS stamps so be sure to let everyone know what you think! Comments can be made through December 14.

I used Noel for my card. He's just a sweetie and trying so hard to find his Christmas cheer. I colored him with copics and cut out the image with the Peony nestie. My papers are single sheets that I picked up at Hobby Lobby and the sentiment is from the PMS Little Moments sentiment set. I used the TESC #134 for inspiration for the layout.

The next stop on the hop is Tina so go see what holiday fun she has for you. Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Mojo Monday 167

We had snow here in central Indiana most of the day yesterday. Not much accumulation, but lots of slick roads!

I've been trying my hand at square cards lately and used the Mojo Monday 167 sketch for this card. The papers are from the DCWV Christmas Combo matstack. The sentiment is a Paper Makeup Stamps sentiment that can be found here and just happens to be one of my favorites. I stamped the sentiment with cranberry ink and embossed it with A La Mode sparkle embossing powder. It adds a nice little shimmer to it. My photo skills aren't great but if you enlarge the photo, it shows up a little better.

The ribbon is from my ribbon box and the Prima flowers are centered with a Spare Parts glitter brad. Thanks for stopping by today!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

It's nearly "Holly"day time.

Thanksgiving is tomorrow and that means Christmas isn't far behind.

I just have to share a story that happened yesterday. I came home from work at noon because I really didn't feel well (and that's pretty usual for me). My dd skyped us last night and my husband was talking to our grandsons when the oldest asked, "Where's Gramma?" "She doesn't feel good", dh replied and turned the laptop toward me as I'm laying on the couch feeling really lousy. My sweet 4 year old grandson decided he would sing me a song to make me feel better. He sang I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus (or at least the first two or three lines). It must be something new he's learning at pre-school because I had never heard him sing that one before! If there was anything that could make me feel better, that was definitely it! (I went back to work today.)

And now for my card. I've always been a little fearful of coloring the Moody girls from Paper Makeup Stamps but I decided to give it a try since I received Moody for Holly (found here) for my birthday. She just seemed to fit the color challenge this week at JUGS. I colored her with copics and framed her with a cut-out using the inverted scalloped circle nestie. My red dp is My Mind's Eye Quite Contrary collection. The sentiment is also from Paper Makeup Stamps.

Hope everyone finds Christmas in their heart this holiday season.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

M4TW #50!

This card is for the 50th Makeup 4 the Weekend challenge. The challenge this week was to use digi paper (something I've never done), use ribbon in some way other than the usual bow or knot (oh no, I almost always have a bow), and use bling (ahhh, that part is easy). Thanks to Christi, I have some fabulous digi paper that came from Shabby Princess. If it looks familiar, I'm not surprised (since I copied from her), but it seemed to be perfect for what I had in mind.

This is the Nutcracker from the November release at Paper Makeup Stamps. Isn't he handsome? He's colored with copics and I used a gelly roll glitter pen in Copper Star on his buttons, epaulets, and hat. He's cut with the Labels Four nestie and the edge is smudged with Color Box prussian blue fluid chalk ink. I used 1/8" ribbon to create the "star/snowflake/sunburst" embellie and added a Kaiser Craft pearl to the center.

I hope everyone celebrating Thanksgiving this week has wonderful day. Don't eat too much!! :)

Monday, November 15, 2010

Color Throwdown #118

The color throwdown this week was a challenge for me because I just don't use tans very often. I'm not sure why. Most of my cardstock was gifted to me by my daughter so I have no idea what the color names are but I think my choices are pretty close. The flowers in my design paper match the red of my cardstock really well but it sure doesn't look like it in my photo. The dp is from the Mirabelle paperpack by The Paper Studio. My image is from the Christmas Cheer set at Paper Makeup Stamps. It's colored with copics and it was interesting seeing what the colors would do on kraft paper. I went over the letters with a clear gelly roll sparkle pen but it's hard to see in the photo.

I'm really liking my new Lacey Circles nestie. You may be seeing it alot! And now a cinnamon dolce latte is sounding so gooood.... :)

Being a grandparent is great!

My husband and I really love being grandparents. I'm sure most grandparents feel like their grandchildren are the cutest, smartest, kids on the planet. I know ours are right up there at the top of the list!! I have friends at our church that just became grandparents for the first time and this is card I made for them.

The challenge over at Just Us Girls this week (JUGS #59) is to make a gate-fold card. I hadn't done one of these before. I stamped the Paper Makeup Stamps sentiment on patterned pattern from Debbie Mumm's Noah's Ark Paperpack. I cut the sentiment and a backing with the Labels Fifteen nestie. The panels are from the same paperpack. (but I bet you could have figured that out!) My closure really does tie with a bow through the button. I'm not sure the recipient of my card will find it easy to "put back together" as it's a little tricky to thread that little ribbon through the button. :)

Have a great week!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Where does the time go?

Oh my, here it is the middle of November! How did that happen? Before we know it, Thanksgiving will be here and Christmas will be right around the corner. For Makeup for the Weekend #49, I've used the cute little Christmas tree from the Christmas Cheer set that you can find here.

The Merry Christmas w/Holly and Christmas Light papers are The Paper Studio. I added some bling to my paper pieced tree and sparkled up the star with Stickles. I got lots of new stamps, some news inks and new stickles for my birthday a few weeks ago so I'm hoping that you'll be seeing more from me in the next few weeks. I finally have my craft room "kind of" back in order since having every ceiling in our whole house painted plus 4 rooms and hallway. My craft room only had the ceiling painted but it became the storage space for everything we needed to move. We have LOTS of art work, posters, photos, etc. on all the walls of our house so it was quite a job taking everything down and then putting it all back up. Whew! We're happy with the new colors and I'm glad it's DONE! Have a great week and I hope to back soon.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Makeup 4 the Weekend #47

Two posts in one day! I think this is a first for me. I feel like I'm cheating a little bit but my dd said it's okay. I found a set of witch's hat cards (with envelopes!) at Joann's a month or so ago for a $1! Soooo, when I learned that the Makeup 4 the Weekend challenge was to make a "non-square" shaped card, I decided to decorate the cards I had. I used a variety of papers and embellishments. There's nothing here from Paper Makeup Stamps - GASP! I think that's a first for me too :) I was really wishing I had the Spooky Sentiments that are currently on sale but, silly me, I didn't think far enough ahead for that. I used dp from a Debbie Mumm Harvest and Holidays stack, Fun Findings spiders and jack o'lanterns, glitter dots, glitter shapes (sale bin at Joann's), orange grosgrain ribbon from my stash and some new plaid ribbon that I picked up this fall at Hobby Lobby.

Here's a couple closeup photos of individual cards.

Have a "spooktacular" weekend!

Wedding Bells are ringing

We are going to a wedding this weekend. This card doesn't look very "wedding like" at first glance but I'll show you what the invitation looks like and you'll understand. If I had gotten my act together in time to get this done for last week's Makeup 4 the Weekend challenge, my song inspiration would have been "I'm Getting Married in the Morning" from My Fair Lady. I took my mom home to Nebraska last weekend and listened to Broadway show tunes all the way back to Indiana on my satelite radio. Must have heard this one at least twice. :)

My sentiment is from Paper Makeup Stamps and can be found here. I stamped it with Versafine black ink and cut it out with my circle nestie. I think it works very well for a wedding card. I used black cardstock to back the sentiment and cut the shape with my new Peony nestie. I added a few blue rhinestones and a double bow of black organza ribbon. What shows up as black blobs on the photo are actually large faceted black jet "jewels".

I added the star in the corner because the bride and the groom both have degrees in theatre performance and are moving to NYC early next year to begin their careers as professional actors. Here is a photo of the wedding invitation. They are great young adults who have a really bright future. It will be fun to celebrate with them this weekend.

Hope your weekend is fabulous!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Two Challenges

I'm having a great visit with my mom who is visiting from Nebraska for 3 weeks but I took some time today to make a card. I am playing along with the Makeup 4 the Weekend Challenge #44 and the JUGS 53 Challenge. The Makeup 4 the Weekend Challenge was an inspiration challenge this week and I used the colors and chain on the necklace as my inspiration. The layout is a pretty literal interpretation of the JUGS sketch for this week.

I used one of the flourishes in Paper Makeup Stamps Dream Big set. I stamped it using Adirondack Eggplant ink and then embossed it with A La Mode sparkle embossing powder. The shine doesn't show up very well in my photo. The ribbon may have been in one of my Paper Makeup kits...or it was a gift from my dd. I'm not very good at remembering those things. :)

I hope I "see" lots of you at the Paper Makeup Release Party on Thursday (October 7). Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Makeup 4 the Weekend #42

Oh my! I just made it all the way through the Paper Makeup and Quixotic Paperie blog hop and there were such fabulous creations!! I'm thinking my take on this week's challenge was very literal and rather plain, but I did it yesterday and it's finished so I'm going to post it anyway. :)

My papers are from the Blushed Kaisercraft sampler pack I got at Paper Makeup Stamps and the sentiment is from the "When There's Nothing Left to Say" sentiment set. I combo'd organza and grosgrain ribbon to set off my sentiment. A CAS card for a heartfelt message.

Have a fabulous week!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

A World of Make Believe

It's been a beautiful weekend here in central Indiana. I hope you are enjoying fall weather wherever you are. My card today was made with image, cardstock, papers, and embellishments from Paper Makeup Stamp's kit, Arelia's World of Make Believe, which can be found here. Isn't she just the cutest? The only thing on this card that isn't from the kit is the ivory lace. I colored Arelia with copics and used the large scalloped rectangle nestie. I sponged some creamy brown Cat's Eye ink around the image while it was still in the die. This card follows the sketch for Mojo Monday.

My mom (who is 88!) is coming to visit for a few weeks so my crafting time will be limited for a while but I'm so happy she is still able to come and stay here. She lives in Nebraska and my sister is bringing her to my house and I'll take her home in mid-October. She moves very slowly due to arthrytis but still knits or embroiders nearly every day. Enjoy any time you have with your family. It's precious!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Gettin' Sketchy

I followed the Get Sketchy Card Challege for this Thinking of You/Encouragement card. I flipped the sketch on it's side and used the Buggy Sayings set from Paper Makeup Stamps. My hubby actually picked it out the image because the card is for a colleague of his who is fighting leukemia. She has the same attitude as this bumblebee!

I was going for bright and cheery and the dp is from A Day at the Beach paper pack by The Paper Studio. I used by scalloped oval nestie for the sentiment and then I stamped the bee on it letting it go over the edge. I stamped the bee again and colored it and popped it up using a foam dot. I put stickles on the bees wings and created a little "fly line" with gold bling. Here's a close up that shows it a little better.
The edges of the scalloped oval are sponged with memento ink in angel pink. The yummy striped ribbon was a gift from my dd. :)

Hope you're having a great week!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

A Little Card

This is a little card, literally. It is a gift card and is 3" x 3". It went along with my gift at a baby shower/brunch for a friend who is having their first child in October. It's a girl and her name will be Clara Rose. She's due on October 20 and her mom hopes she comes that day so her birthday will be 10/20/2010 :)

The papers are from the Echo Park Life is Good mini kit and the flowers are from the Will to Day Dream kit at PMS. The center of the flower is a sparkly brad from Spare Parts. There are two sentiments on this little card.

The one on the outside is a simple sentiment from Paper Makeup Stamps. I added the Little Baby soft and sweet poem/sentiment (also from PMS) on the inside. The card stock was textured so it didn't stamp as clearly as I'd hoped. The colors on this card are pink, brown, and aqua for the challenge from the Paper Makeup September Release party. There's still time to play. You have until midnight on Tuesday, 9/14 to enter and there are prizes!

Friday, September 10, 2010

Time for Fall

The M4TW Challenge over at Paper Makeup has a lovely poem for inspiration.

Autumn Fairy
The Autumn fairy weaves her spell
Spreads out her cloth of gold
Adorns the fields and woodlands both
With the riches of days so old

She makes the plants and flowers bloom
Displaying Nature's glory
For soon cold Winter's dismal gloom
Will tell a different story

-Author Unknown

My card was created as a thank you for colleagues who host an "end-of-summer/beginning-of-school cookout every year. I used fall colors and "Will" from The Will to Daydream PMS kit. The papers in the kit are wonderful, fun, mostly bright colors so the papers on this card are not from the kit. I wanted to have him laying on grass or leaves but was afraid to try to color that in and end up ruining my image since I thought he'd turned out pretty well. And I just don't have that "sponging" technique down yet either. I just need to keep practicing. :)

The inside is stamped with a sentiment from the Everyday Thanks sentiment set. The foks at the cookout are all colleagues from the College of Fine Arts so the Shakespeare quote is especially appropriate.

Thanks to you for visiting today!

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Hoping for a Speedy Recovery

I used the JUGS #49 sketch challenge for a get well card for a high school classmate. He had a bad spill on an ATV while on vacation and broke multiple bones, has bad bruises and just generally really messed himself up. It will be a long recovery process for him but the bones will heal and he will get better. I hope this BooBoo Monster from Paper Makeup Stamps puts a smile on his face. I tried to keep it pretty simple since it's for a "middle-aged" guy.

The design team over at Paper Makeup has been showing fabulous sneak peeks for the September new releases. Stop by the Release Party in the PMS Forum on September 7 at 9 p.m. EST. There are prizes and maybe you'll win something!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Another challenge card

This has been a good week for me. Things are calming down at school and I was able to finish another card. This one is for the 2 Sketches 4 You challenge. Paper Makeup Stamps is sponsoring this week's challenge. My card uses the "Don't Tell God..." sentiment, which I love, but have never used! The dp is from Paper Studio's A Day at the Beach paper pack. The ribbon came out of the PMS 'Will to Daydream' kit and the decorative brad is one I still had from the PMS 'Celestial Possibilities' kit. I am happy with how it all came together. Brown and aqua/turquoise is one of my favorite color combos. And I just love all the "stuff" that comes in a PMS kit. The sentiment is stamped with Rich Cocoa Memento ink and is better in person than in my photo. I hope everyone has a great weekend!

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

It's a birthday card.

I'm not sure who I'm going to send this card to just yet but I love this image. "Tangii" was released earlier this summer at Paper Makeup Stamps and I just love it. Of course, I do love my Starbucks, too. I never wear my sunglasses on top of my head because I'm blind as a bat without my glasses so I'd run into everything if I tried that!! The Makeup 4 the Weekend challenge was to make a birthday card and I did this on Sunday and then our internet went out at home and it's still not back. They are coming tomorrow to see what the problem is but no home phone and no internet for three days is no fun. (Shhh, I'm posting this from work....;) So here's my birthday card.

The patterned papers are from the Summer Dreams matstack (I think) and the cardstock is from my stash that my dd gave to me. :) The flower is Prima that I fastened on with a button and some carpet thread. I finished the inside of this card so it really is a birthday card. Here is the inside of my card.

This also fits the Flutter By Wednesday challenge. I was the lucky recipient of a beautiful Danni card. I was surprised and honored to get one of her beautiful creations in the mail. "Just because" cards are the best!!

Have a "fairy" happy day!!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Let's celebrate 40!

Oh my, I'm tired. The days leading up to the first day of class and the first couple days of class make my office like a zoo when all the gates are left open. I love the students but sometimes they are very, very needy. (I'm an academic advisor to upper class college students and they should know how to change their schedule!)

This week's Makeup 4 the Weekend challenge is for the main image to be a circle and to use 4 of the same embellishment to celebrate a 40th birthday. My card uses several things from The Will to Day Dream kit from Paper Makeup Stamps (found here). The cloud paper, the orange cardstock base, the wonderful wordart, and the fun "sun" are all from the kit. The green flowered dp is Provo Craft's In the Meadow and the buttons are from my button stash. I strung the buttons/flowers together with embroidery floss and used copics to color in some of the letters on the sentiment.

Have a sunny week!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

M4TW Color Challenge

Using turquoise, lime and kraft are the challenge for this week's Makeup 4 the Weekend at Paper Makeup Stamps. I've been traveling, having company (our two adorable grandsons stayed with us for 4 days while momma was at CHA), and then more traveling so I haven't crafted for quite a bit. I was ready to try to play this week! I used PMS's Angie and colored her with copics. My dp is from the Summer Dreams matstack and the matting behind my dp almost matches too well. You can hardly see it in the photo. I had trouble finding a good way to include kraft so it's pretty small, but it mats the sentiment! Angie has a cute heart shaped bubble but I covered it up this time with some turquoise rhinestones. My sentiment is also from Paper Makeup and can be found here.

The students are moving back to campus and things are started to buzz. Classes begin next Monday so it will be a crazy week. Hope life is good wherever you are!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Christmas in the Summertime

My life has been too crazy busy to do any crafting for a couple weeks but I thought I'd share a different kind of papercrafting that I enjoy. These Christmas ornaments are done on perforated paper and use embroidery floss and beads. These are kits from Mill Hill.

This one is on kraft colored paper, has the stitching done and I've started adding the white beads in Santa's beard and the red beads on his hat. They
are pretty hard to see in the photos.

In the next two, I've completed the stitching and beading but haven't cut them out of the paper yet. They are about 2 1/2 - 3 " tall when completed.

Here's one more that is cut out,
backed with felt, and has a ribbon
added for hanging on the tree.

Everyone remember that the Paper Makeup August Release Party is Saturday night (August 7) at 8 p.m. EST! I can't be at this one because I'll be at a Ball State Theatre reunion with former students but I hope everyone has a great time chatting. There are great new Everyday Fairies (Carter and Tangii are my favorites!), new Moodies, new Wordart and former digi stamps that have been "rubberized". Check it out here if you've haven't already.

Summer is slipping away so fast. Enjoy the rest of your summer!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

New Tools!

I have a new toy (tool) to use. I bought a heat tool this weekend and some embossing powder as I really like other cards that use that technique. My first try was on a little circle card. I found the sketch on a Mojo Monday from back in June and it's actually more of a tag than a card since this one doesn't open. It just "turns over". It's quite small..only slightly more than 3" in diameter.

The tiny flowers in the half circle and the star were stamped with bright pink ink and then embossed with sparkle embossing powder. I stamped a sentiment on the back of the "card".

I was reasonably happy with my first try and I called my daughter to tell her about my purchase. This was quite surprising because I rarely (never) buy any stamping supplies without her guidance. After some excellent suggestions from her, I tried more embossing and here is card #2.

It doesn't show up in the photo but the silhouette flowers are embossed with clear embossing powder and have a lovely shine. The card is a pretty simple one as I was mostly practicing my embossing. Thanks for allowing me to share my experiments.

Details of the paper, ink, punches,etc.

Circle card:
DP from the Summer Dreams matstack
Cardstock from Flower Shower matstack

Blossom and Lg. Circle nestabilities

Stampabilities bright pink pigment ink

A la mode Sparkle embossing powder
satin ribbon from my ribbon box

Star stamp and Sentiment from Starstruck set by Paper Makeup Stamps

Silhouette card:
Cardstock from my stash provided by my dd :)
DP from the Summer Dreams matstack

Flower Stamps from Faith, Hope, Love set by Paper Makeup Stamps
Onyx Black Versafine ink
A la mode clear embossing powder
Sentiment first released as a "thank you for your order" from PMS but now available for purchase

organdy ribbon, satin ribbon, and buttons from my ribbon box and button box
Fiskar diamond punch

Saturday, July 17, 2010

A little piece of felt

Where has the summer gone? I can't believe that July is half over! This week's Makeup 4 the Weekend Challenge at Paper Makeup Stamps was to use felt. I had to go digging to find felt. I knew I had some when I made my grandsons' Ninja Turtles halloween costumes but if there was any left, it was nowhere to be found today. I did find some green felt that I use to back cross-stitched and beaded Christmas ornaments. I'll show one of the ornaments (the base is perforated paper) in another post sometime.

My card today uses papers and brads from the Celestial Possibilities kit at Paper Makeup. The sentiment is from the Friendly Flowers set (also PMS)

I wasn't sure it would work, but I cut my felt to back the big brad in my Cuttlebug with the Labels Two Nestabilities. I'm pleased with the way it sets off that gorgeous big brad.

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Color Throwdown #100

I had a good time last night talking with papercrafting friends at the Paper Makeup Stamps Release Party Forum. I learned about the Color Throwdown challenge by doing the Paper Makeup Blog Hop yesterday. What a talented group of ladies! It always inspires me so here is my card down bright and early this morning before heading off to NC to visit my 95 year old MIL.

The image is a fairy named "Rose" from Paper Makeup Stamps and the sentiment is from PMS as well.

I colored the image with copics and cut the image and the sentiment with the Labels Four nestie. I distressed the edges just a bit with Distress Ink in Tattered Rose.

The patterned paper is from Debbie Mumm's paper pack called Noah's Ark (found on sale last week at JoAnn's Fabrics and Crafts).

The flower is prisma and just a little bling finishes it off.

Here's another photo at a slightly different angle. I hope everyone enjoys their weekend!

Saturday, July 3, 2010

It's a window card

Happy Independence Day weekend to everyone! I have a three day week-end since my office is closed on Monday. Hooray!!

I've had the Celestial Possibilities kit from Paper Makeup since it was released and have not done anything with it so I decided that's what I would use to create a window card for the Makeup for the Weekend challenge. This is my first window card and I'm pretty happy with how it turned out.

After I put the rhinestone in the center of the blossom punch, I thought of the gorgeous brads that came with the kit :( And that corner still looks like it needs something else to me.

I used a scalloped rectangle nestie for the Celeste image and colored it with copics (although I do not have the coloring ability that my daughter has!). I added some stickles to the stars and moon. I used the blossom nestie to create the window and again for the patterned pattern that shows through the window. The sentiment is from the Dream Big set (also PMS). Here's the inside of the card.

The button (which I found in a drawer while looking for something else!) has stars and moons on it although it's hard to see if the first photo so
I took a closeup of the button.

I hope everyone's fondest dreams come true.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Babies are so wonderful! Good friends (and colleagues) had their first child last Tuesday. Catherine Rose, to be called Catie, arrived 6 days overdue. Since her parents are in the arts (her dad is a director) we all said she was just arriving fashionably late to make an entrance her dad would be proud of. My dh was invited to the hospital to take her photos and this is her first "headshot" at 12 hours old. Isn't she a cutie?

This card is one I made a few weeks ago in anticipation of her arrival. Catie Rose's nursery is decorated in lavendar and sage green so I made the card to go with her room. (It's true, she is very likely to be just a tad bit spoiled... :)

The sentiment is from the May release at Paper Makeup Stamps stamped with Memento ink in Bamboo Leaves. The dp is by Paper Pizazz, flower is prima, gemstones from The Paper Studio and Offray satin ribbon. Everyone have a babeautiful day!

Monday, June 14, 2010

All Things Food

I think I'm finally getting caught up after our trip to Nebraska. I loved spending several days with both daughters, both grandsons, and seeing lots of other family. My 88 year old mom was so excited to see the great-grandsons. But I must admit, those boys wear me out....and I wouldn't want it any other way.

I just love "summer" food; watermelon, hamburgers grilled outside, corn on the cob, potato salad..... There's no reason we can't eat those foods all year long but they just taste better in the summertime! My card today uses Paper Makeup Stamps' "Picnic Duo" for the All Things Food challenge.

I tried cutting out the image for the first time and that's no easy task! I colored it using copics after I cut it out and I'm thinking I should have colored it first but I didn't want to color it and then ruin it by trying to cut it out if it didn't work. :) I used the Labels Two nesties along with grass paper, DP from the Summer Dreams matstack, kelly green organdy ribbon and turquoise satin ribbon, a Prima flower with a SpareParts sparkly brad and some stickles on the fairy wings. My sentiment is also a Paper Makeup Stamp from the Lucky Me Sentiment set. My talented and generous daughter gave me a huge stack of various colors of cardstock for Mother's Day which I love but that means I don't have any idea what the color names are for the cardstock.

Hope you all are enjoying yummy "summer goodies"!

Sunday, May 23, 2010

An altered notebook

I'm so excited!! Only one more week until my grandsons come to my house. I just talked to them tonight on Skype but nothing can beat real live visits. After they get to my house with their momma and have a couple days out of the car, we're heading to Nebraska for a family wedding where the 4 year old will be a ringbearer (this could be very interesting!). The trip will be made in our minivan with me (gramma), momma, Aunt Meme, and 2 boys (20 months and 4 years). Bopi (grandpa) and Uncle Brent get to fly....how did that happen? Luckily gramma's van has a DVD player so we'll be hearing lots of kid's movies on our way. All of this led to my project for Makeup 4 the Weekend.
I got a free notebook at a series of meetings I had to attend last week and thought this would be great to take in the car for the boys to draw in. Now I've not done any 'altering' in the papercrafting world although I've done LOTS of altering in my sewingcostume making days and thought I'd give altering this notebook a try. I covered it with green cardstock and then some dp that is called Jurassic from The Paper Studio. I added a Paper Makeup stamp image of Stegster that I colored with my copics and added 4 buttons to the side because 4 is the 4-year old's favorite number! I kept it pretty simple because I figured lots of embellishments wouldn't last long. :)

Have a great week!

Monday, May 10, 2010

Paper Makeup Challenge

I hope everyone had a great weekend! I made a card for the Paper Makeup Sketch Challenge. The sentiment is one from the Nature's Song set from Paper Makeup. DP is Love Flowers - The Paper Studio.

My hubby is away visiting his mom for a few days but it's a really busy time for me at work (which is why I didn't go along to see my MIL) so I don't think I'll get much crafting done, but the great thing is I don't feel like I have to clean up each time. I can just shut the door to my crafting space to keep the dogs out. No cleaning for me 'til Wednesday!

Have a great week!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

A Mother's Day card

At my hubby's request, I made a Mother's Day card for my 95 year old MIL. She's a really classy lady and is still living alone but with someone coming in to help her with food and general care a couple times a day. My hubby is flying down to NC to see her on Mother's Day and he'll deliver the card in person. I'm not able to go because of job responsibilities next week. I don't think I'll need to worry that she'll see the card before Mother's Day if I post it now. :)

I used a PMS stamp -"Ashlie", prima flowers, double sided design paper that I bought a long time ago at Funky Munky Scraps and brads from Spare Parts. Hemie's (what all her grandchildren call her instead of grandma) favorite color has always been aqua so I hope she likes this. I wish I had a Happy Mother's Day stamp for the right hand corner. Maybe I'll try to print something on the computer and add it yet.

Everyone have a great day!

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Sailing by to say Hello

Happy May! When I saw the Makeup 4 the Weekend challenge on PaperMakeup, the fabric in the apron reminded me of some DP I have called Graceful Circles by My Minds Eye. Doesn't the apron look like this paper? I tried paper piecing and it worked pretty well for the first time I tried it.

Granted, I used the sailboat in the "Sailing By" set by PaperMakeup Stamps and the shapes were pretty simple but I like to start easy! I cut out my image and my sentiment with my Spellbinders ovals and chalked around the edges with Prussian Blue from Cats Eye. The little piece of twine was stolen from my hubby's "junk" table in the garage. I hope everyone has a great day!

Monday, April 19, 2010

Very first post

This is my very first post. I don't think I'll be a very frequent blogger but my daughter has said I should give it a try, so here goes. I'm really bad at taking photos of my cards so this will have to do until I learn a better method. This card was created to fit the PaperMakeup Makeup 4 the Weekend challenge of using 5 embellishments.

Image: Carma by Papermakeup Stamps colored with Copics
DP: The Green Stack (DCWV)
Brads: JoAnn Scrap Essentials
Flower: from Hobby Lobby

I hope everyone is having a lovely spring day!