Monday, August 31, 2009

Recipe Challenge Monday

Good Monday morning, stamping friends! Today I have another Recipe Challenge to share with you. Our challenge this week is to create a page with a recipe fit for a formal dinner party. One of our favorites is prime rib, and this recipe is a combination of several that I have tried. During my 7 years in the restuarant/catering business, I worked with lots of different recipes for prime rib, and I took what I like the best about the variations, changed a few things, and made this one my own. This dry rub and technique works great with pork loin as well.
This gorgeous Ambrosia paper from Basic Grey can be found at the Scrapbook Store At Your Door, and I thought it was a beautiful choice for an elegant recipe. I faintly stamped the flourish background on the recipe by inking my stamp, stamping off on scrap paper, then stamping a second time onto my recipe card stock. I distressed the edges of the card stock, and patterned paper with Tim Holtz Vintage Photo ink, and I used a silver mini round clips to tie my ribbon to. Both the Tim Holtz ink, and mini round clips can be found at the Scrapbook Store At Your Door. I finished off this elegant page with the square rinestones for some extra bling.

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope it's the beginning of a glorious week for you. Tomorrow I will have a card to share for the Sweet -n Sassy Stamps 1 day blog hop. We're celebrating the release of two new stamp sets, so please check back, and I'll have a cute snowman card to share with you!! Blessings to you, and happy stamping!!

Love Ya!

Supply List
Paper: Basic Grey Ambrosia DP, Textured Black Card Stock, Whisper White
Ink: Sahara Sand, Tim Holtz Distressed Ink Vintage Photo
Stamps: Friends 24/7 Stampin' Up!
Accessories: SU ribbon, Silver Mini Clip, Square Rinestones, Glue Dots

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Sweet -n Sassy Stamps August Blog Hop

Good morning, and welcome to the Sweet -n Sassy Stamps August Blog Hop. If you came here from Korin's blog, then you are on the right track, and this is your final stop for today. If you just happened upon this post, then you will surely want to go to the SNSS blog and start from the beginning with yesterday's post. There are some wonderful creations along the way that you won't want to miss.
For our blog hop this month, we are sharing cards that include scripture. Sweet -n Sassy Stamps has some wonderful and inspiring stamp sets that include scripture, and this card is one that I made with a very special stamp set. I created this card with the Hugs For Janessa stamp set. It was illustrated by Janessa's aunt Korin Sutherland. I couldn't help but fall in love with the adorable images in this set, and be touched by the love and caring that went in to it's creation. By purchasing this stamp set you can help give a family going through a very traumatic time in their life, hope, support, and love. Here is the story of Hugs for Janessa.

Janessa is my niece and she is a special little girl. She was born with Down Syndrome and at 18 months was diagnosed with leukemia. The images in this set were chosen especially for Janessa. She has two favorite stuffed animals, a lamb and a bunny, so I wanted to incorporate those cuddly friends into her set. The sayings are perfect for anyone, but especially children who might be going through a sickness or just a tough time. The bible verse in the set is one that Janessa's family has held dear through this rough journey. Now that Janessa's cancer is in remission (PRAISE THE LORD!), $2 from each set sold will be donated to a family with a child suffering from cancer or another type of disease.

Updated 8/14/09: I have learned of another special girl suffering from an inoperable brain tumor. Her name is Baylee. She is 13 years old and she was given just weeks to live. I would like to donate money from the sale of this set to Baylee's family. Won't you consider helping by purchasing a set for yourself or someone you care about?
Please be sure to check back for the final leg of this three day blog hop tomorrow. You will begin with Deedee's blog, and I know she will have a gorgeous creation ready to share with you. Have a glorious day, my stamping friends. May God bless and keep you today and always!

Love Ya!


Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Peachy Keen Challenge #10

Good morning! Well, how's the week treatin' ya? I've found myself a little short on time this week, but I'm beginning to get caught up. You can't stay down for long while working with images like these, that's for sure! Look at all these adorable, goofy, happy, ornery, and sleepy faces, and just try not to smile. I don't think it can be done. This is my delayed submission for the Peachy Keen Challenge this week. We are already on week number 10! I can't believe it!! This is so much fun, and the time is flying!! Please be sure to stop by the Peachy Keen Challenge Blog and play along. You might as well join the fun, and you will have a chance to win one of those fabulous prizes that Kathy awards every week! I'm looking forward to seeing YOUR creation!!

The stamp set I used is the Peachy Keen Faceless Fruit, then I added the expressions with the assorted sized face stamps. Summer is winding down, and I wanted to use this stamp set a few more times before the full swing of the Fall and Winter holidays hit. I love all the possibilities with these stamp sets!! So many projects... So little time!! :-)

Thank you so very much for stopping by today. Wishing you a glorious day, and HAPPY STAMPING!!

Love Ya!

Supply List
Paper: Whisper White, Pixie Pink, K&Co. DSP, Only Orange, Kiwi Kiss
Ink: Black Stazon, Various SU Inks for Watercoloring,
Stamps: PKS Faceless Fruit, Assorted Paper Doll Faces
Accessories: Scalloped Square Punch, Ribbon, Embroidery Floss, Paper Piercing Tool, Piercing Template, Old Olive Marker

Monday, August 24, 2009

Monkey Around In The Morning!

I'm guessing that today's post title probably got your attention. Heheheheh!! Sorry, but I just couldn't resist. Our challenge for the Recipe Card Challenge today was to use a character with our recipe. Julie gave us several examples, but when I saw "monkey" mentioned at the end of her suggestions, I immediately thought of this cute little punched monkey that I'd seen in a You Tube video by Heather Summers. Thanks Heather, for a wonderful tutorial!! All of the paper in this project can be found at the Scrapbook Store At Your Door. I love the colors of the rich and deeply textured card stock, and the DP is from Basic Gray's Porcelain line. This little guy just had to have a belly button, so I added that with a gold eyelet from the 350 piece Assorted Metallic Embellishment Pack, also from at SSAYD. I hope you can find the time to play along with the challenges on the Recipe Card Challenge Blog. Each week there are some fabulous recipes along with wonderful ideas about how to pull them together into a beautiful recipe page. Don't monkey around... You really should go check it out right now!
I'm off to Jefferson City today for our stamp club meeting, where we're doing... You guessed it... another recipe page. This one will be for corn salad. A YUMMY Paula Deen recipe. I'll have that page to share with you later in the week.
Have a glorious day, my stamping friends. May you be surrounded by everything you love on this beautiful Monday. Happy Stamping!!
Love Ya!

Friday, August 21, 2009

A Promise Fulfilled...

I didn't have a post for today, until a little while ago. After a downpour, I looked out the picture window, and spotted this beautiful rainbow! I grabbed the camera, and went running outside (barefooted) in the cold, wet grass to snap these pictures. To me, this is an opportunity that we should NEVER miss! A chance to physically see one of God's promises to us.

I feel compelled to share the following scripture from Genesis 9:1-17. I pray that we can all take the time to enjoy a rainbow, and be comforted by the promise of this symbol of God's love for us all!

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1. Then God blessed Noah and his sons, saying to them, "Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the earth.
2. The fear and dread of you will fall upon all the beasts of the earth and all the birds of the air, upon every creature that moves along the ground, and upon all the fish of the sea; they are given into your hands.
3. Everything that lives and moves will be food for you. Just as I gave you the green plants, I now give you everything.
4. "But you must not eat meat that has its lifeblood still in it.
5. And for your lifeblood I will surely demand an accounting. I will demand an accounting from every animal. And from each man, too, I will demand an accounting for the life of his fellow man.
6. "Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed; for in the image of God has God made man.
7. As for you, be fruitful and increase in number; multiply on the earth and increase upon it."
8. Then God said to Noah and to his sons with him:
9. "I now establish my covenant with you and with your descendants after you
10. and with every living creature that was with you--the birds, the livestock and all the wild animals, all those that came out of the ark with you--every living creature on earth.
11. I establish my covenant with you: Never again will all life be cut off by the waters of a flood; never again will there be a flood to destroy the earth."
12. And God said, "This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all generations to come:
13. I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth.
14. Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds,
15. I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life.
16. Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth."
17. So God said to Noah, "This is the sign of the covenant I have established between me and all life on the earth."

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Good morning to ya! I hope your week is going great, and the weekend will soon be here, so that's good news!! Today I'm sharing the card I made for this week's Sweet Stop Challenge. I'm telling ya that there have been some fabulous sketches found there, and you REALLY need to check them out. Especially if you are in need of inspiration for a place to begin. I find that they are so very helpful. I do have to admit that this one was a challenge for me, and it's these cards that always tend to be my favorites. The ones I have to think a little harder about. Go figure!! I hope you like what I've done with this sketch. Be sure to go on over to The Sweet Stop and check out all the gorgeous cards created by the rest of the amazingly talented design team. If you upload your card to play along, you'll be entered into a drawing for a free digi stamp. It's a win/win situation, so please play along with us if you can. This stamp is one of Sweet -n Sassy Stamps new digi releases. Deedee Anderson is the creator of these adorable little teddy bears, and I look forward to each new one released. You can see all of Deedee's Teddies here. They are so cute, and they're always doing something that looks like fun, even if it's raking leaves! I LOVE to rake leaves, and it surely does leave me smiling.
I'm so happy you could stop by today, and I hope you have found some inspiration here. Thank you for making this blog a part of your day, and may our gracious Lord bless and keep you today and always!
Love Ya!

Supply List
Paper: More Mustard, Really Rust, Chocolate Chip, Sage Shadow, Autumn Vine SU Retired DSP
Ink: Various SU inks for watercoloring
Stamps: Sweet -n Sassy Leave Me Smiling Digital Stamps
Accessories: Circle Punches, Stitched grosgrain ribbon, Brass mini clip, Scalloped oval punch, Oval punch, Martha Stewart leafe punch, crystal effects.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Peachy Keen Challenge #9

Hello, good morning, and thanks for joining me today! How about a little spooky spider for a challenge card today? First of all, I have to say that I HATE spiders. I can do mice and snakes, and I've taught Entomology, so I can handle most all creepy crawly things...but spiders!!! Eeek! Well, let's just say this little fuzzy guy is one spider that I can truly LOVE! Isn't he adorable. From his little "evil" looking eyebrows to the four pairs of boots (which crack me up), and that one fang! Heheheheheh... I love that too. Suffice is to say that I love every bit of him, and I thoroughly enjoy coloring him up. I used a stippling technique with my blender pen and ink to give him that spotted look. I liked the bit of texture it added. The challenge this week is to use at least one star, square and cirle on your card or project. Let's see... Yep! There are stars on the hat, the spider is stamped on a square, and those black glitter buttons on the corners are most definitely circles. Mission accomplished!! Please check out the link in my right sidebar and join us for the PKS challenge. We have a wonderful challenge every week, and there are always prizes to win. I love seeing all the wonderful projects every week, and I'd love to see yours too!
My friends Kadie and Mary have me hooked on stitching on cards. I added a little bit of hand stitching to the hat, although it's hard to see. I love me some bling, so the buckle was calling out for some rinestones, and I had to add some sparkle to those swirls with a little more bling. The K&Co. Halloween paper from last season worked beautifully with this. The sparkly web couldn't have been more perfect. Do you notice what I forgot to add to this card? How about a sentiment? I photographed it, then realized that the sentiment was still on the craft table! Duh!! Well, that's the way I roll!! Who needs a sentiment anyway when you've got images like this to showcase on a card?
Thanks for the visit to my blog today, and I hope you have found some inspiration while you were here. May you have a day filled with blessings!

Love Ya!

Supply List
Paper: Basic Black, Going Gray, Canson Watercolor Paper, K&Co. Halloween paper
Ink: Black Stazon, Various SU Inks for watercoloring
Stamps: PKS 627 and PKS 628
Accessories, glitter buttons, white gel pen, rinestones, DMC embroidery floss, purple and black grosgrain ribbon, aquapainter, blender pen

Monday, August 17, 2009

Flower Power

Good Monday morning, friends! It's time for another recipe challenge, and this week we are working with flowers. Flowers in the recipe, and flowers ON the recipe. What a fun idea. Have any of you ever had friend pumpkin blossoms? I actually have. It's been years, and at the time I thought it was really weird, but they were YUMMY. I knew exactly where I was going with this card when I saw the theme, and the cute pumpkin cut with the Cricut that will be available in a new kit from Scrapbook Store At Your Door. The prima flowers, polka dot brad, textured card stock, and colorful Alex line of papers can all be found there too. It's a one stop shop, so head on over there and place your order for all of your papercrafting needs. Also, please be sure to hop over to the Recipe Challenge Blog to see the beautiful samples from the rest of the DT girls. Their creations are so wonderful, and you'll find some fantastic recipes there. Play along if you have time, so that we can see your beautiful work and share your favorite flower infused recipe. Also, while you're in the neighborhood, become a follower, so you won't miss one yummy detail!!
I made this recipe card a pocket card, becaue I wanted to show off that beautiful and colorful Alex paper. The recipe fits neatly inside the pocket for safe keeping, and please do try those fried pumpkin blossoms. They're delicious!! I added hand stitching to the page, and pumpkin, which I find very relaxing to do while I'm watching TV. The prima flowers that I had were white, so I colored them up a bit with a marker, and added some gold and pumpkin pie colored shading to them. What a fun project these recipe pages are, and if I could ever get my DH to make that recipe stand that I've been wanting, I'd be a HAPPY STAMPER!! I'd really like to show off all these pages!! (I know he reads this, so TAKE THE HINT, AL!!)
Thank you so much for stopping by today. I hope it is dry in your part of the world. We are water logged here. We've had between 6 & 7 inches of rain in the last day and a half, with that much more expected. All I can say is its good weather for stamping, reading, and curling up for a nice nap. Have a glorious, and sunny day, my friends! I'll have a Peachy Keen project to share with you tomorrow, so I'll see you then!! Many happy blessings to you!!
Love Ya!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

SSS #16

Good morning! Well, it's time for another sample from the Sweet Stop Sketch Challenge. This week's sketch was great! I love the long skinny cards. I found myself reaching for my SU Sweet Always paper, which is now retired. I still love that color combo, and my Sweet -n Sassy stamps seem to be calling for those chocolate and strawberry colors. I used my circle punch to actually punch the circles to adhere to the back of the DP, because I wanted larger scallops than what my scalloped edge punch would give me. I used my circle nesties, and scalloped circle nesties for the image. I LOVE those things, and really need to add some new ones to my collection. You know me and my bling. I found these rinestones the other day at the dollar store, and I bought about a dozen packages of them. Funny story... I found them in the scrapbooking aisle, and snapped them up, but when I got them home and looked at them, they were packaged as stick on body jewelry. Oops! Someone must have made a mistake, but I'm glad they did, because I don't check the body jewelry section with any regularity,( go figure!) and I'm afraid I would have never found this great bit of bling for cards at such a reasonable price!! ;-) I used a Stampin' Up! convention trick for my ribbon. All I could find that remotely matched was some left over Groovy Guava double stitched ribbon, but it was too light. I grabbed a pumpkin pie marker, and colored the top of the ribbon with that. Voila! Instant pumpkin pie double stitched ribbon. Problem solved.

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today. I hope you've found some inspiration, and I wish you a blessed and glorious day! Happy Stamping!!

Love Ya!

Supply List
Paper: PTI White, Sweet Always DSP, Canson Watercolor Paper, Chocolate Chip
Ink: Black Stazon, Chocolate Chip, Various SU ink pads for watercoloring
Stamps: Sweet -n Sassy Warm Up
Accessories: Rinestones, Double Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon, Circle Punch, Scalloped Oval Punch, Large Oval Punch, Aquapainter

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Peachy Keen Challenge #8

Happy Tuesday dear friends! I hope this finds everything just "peachy" in your corner of the world today! It's a peachy day here... A Peachy Keen Day, that is! Time for another wonderful challenge, and this week, it's a sketch challenge. I couldn't let the summer go by without making a card with Mr. Boogie Board Max, here. Isn't he a sweetie? He's ready to hit the beach. I love that tousled hair of his, that sweet face, and those adorable toes in the sand. What a cutie!! I put this card together with my nephew in mind who has a birthday soon. I think he'll like it. Please be sure to check out all the wonderful DT creations on the Peachy Keen Challenge Blog, and why not play along with us. Some of my talented stamping friends played along last week, and it was wonderful to have them share all of their creative talent. Let's see what you can do with this week's challenge!!! There are always prizes to be won, so come on over!!!!!! I colored Max up with my ink pads and an aquapainter/blender pen, and I kept the bling pretty low key. No bows, or ribbon, but I did think I could get away with some buttons for Tanner's birthday card. I still felt it was missing something, so I added the handstitching, and that completed the picture for me. I really do find that to be such a relaxing thing to do in the evenings! My sweet friend Kadie has inspired me to try more of it, with all her beautiful creations, and I'm thrilled that I don't have to drag my sewing machine out.
Well, friends, summer is waning, and we'd better enjoy these beautiful and hot days while we have them. My card making is really wanting to take a turn toward Autumn and Winter creations, and before you know it, they will be here!!
I'm so happy you could stop by today, as always I'm thrilled to have you. I wishing you a beautiful day filled with things you love. May our Lord bless and keep you, and give you happy stamping!
Love Ya!

Monday, August 10, 2009

Recipe Card Challenge Monday

Good Monday morning to you, my stamping friends!! I hope you had a glorious weekend. DH and I had a nice relaxing weekend, part of which was spent at the lake, so it was a very good weekend. We had a nice visit with family, and we really enjoyed our visit with my cousin Blake and his family. Especially Miss Peyton! Hi Peyton!!! I told you I'd give you a shout out!! Today's recipe and theme from the Recipe Card Challenge Blog is very fitting. Our theme this week is camping, so of course I had to share the recipe for Bean Supreme. What's camping without beans, and these beans are YUMMY!! The bear and chipmunk image, textured cardstock, and tree die cut can all be found at Scrapbook Store At Your Door. I added the fire, that I'd cut from some K&Co. DP, and the beans on a stick, which are from the Stampin' Up! Under the Stars stamp set. I just took my trusy little paper snips and fine cut the edges of the card stock for the grass, and I added some texture to the tree with my markers and a gel pen, my trusty Martha Stewart leaf punch provided me with some beautiful colored leaves for the tree, and that pretty much completed this camp out scene.
I hope you have found some inspiration here today. There's not much time left before school starts, so camping days will be numbered. Even if you don't have time to fit in the camping, do try those yummy beans. You won't be sorry!!!
Thanks for stopping by today, I wish you a glorious day filled with everything you love. May God bless and keep you today and always!
Love Ya!

Friday, August 7, 2009

Monster/Alien Swap

Good morning, and happy Friday! Another weekend is upon us, and I'm VERY ready!! I think DH and I are going to spend the entire weekend at my Aunt's lake house, relaxing, soaking up some sun, and doing absolutely NOTHING!! I think I can handle that for a couple of days!!;-)
My card for today is one that I made for a swap held by my dear and sweet friend Kelly. She hosted a Monster and Alien swap on Splitcoaststampers. I didn't really have any stamps to fit that bill, but when I saw this adorable dragon, I asked her if this one would be okay, and I'm glad she was good with it, because I really wanted to add him to my collection.
When my new Stampin' Up order came, I just HAD to use that new embossing folder, and the "HI" sizzlets die, which both embosses and cuts. You will recognize that ribbon from several of my posts lately, as I have a HUGE spool of it. I love the widith and the fact that it holds it's shape so well for bows, etc..., so I'm using the heck out of it! I hope the other swappers like my take on this swap, and I can't wait to see what I get back!
Have a glorious weekend, my friends! May God bless and keep you today and always!!
Love Ya!
Supply List
Paper: Green Galore, Pixie Pink, Whisper White, Canson Watercolor Paper
Ink: Black Stazon, Various SU inks for watercoloring
Stamps: Dragon by Nancy Hain from Stampavie
Accessories: Wide organza ribbon, Sizzlets die, SU Embossing Folder

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Two Posts In 1 Day & An Award!!

Hello again, friends!! I have to share this wonderful award that was shared with me by two dear friends, Mary & Catherine. The really special part of this award is that it was made by Mary. These are two of the many creative people that inspire me every day, and I would like to pass this special award on to a few of the others who so graciously share their artistic talents.

There are so many more, that I could add, but I'm going to leave some for someone else to share with! :-D The only rule to this award is to leave a thank you in the person's comments who passed this award to you. That's it!! Pretty easy, and so much fun! Thank YOU all for all the inspiration!

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Peachy Keen Halloween Paola Style

Good morning, stamping friends!! Today I'm sharing a card with you that was made by my very sweet and dear friend Paola. Paola very graciously agreed to participate in this week's Peachy Keen Challenge, even though she knew she would be enjoying a cruise to Alaska by now. I happily agreed to upload and post her card for the challenge, and I thought I'd even go one better and make my blog post today Paola's.
As you can see from the photo, she is a very gifted and creative card maker. Her creations are always so detailed, and she puts things together just beautifully!! I love the clever way that Paola made her zig-zag on this card, and the texture and dimension that she adds to her creations gorgeously showcase her talent.
WOW! The inside of this card is as gorgeous as the outside! Oh my, don't ever ask to see the inside of my cards, because they are blank until the time that I actually send them, and mine NEVER look this good!!
I hope you have enjoyed Paola's card today, and hopefully we can talk her in to starting a blog of her own, so that we won't miss any of her fabulous creations. You can view some more of her work in her Gallery here on Splitcoaststampers. Have a wonderful cruise my dear friend, and thank you so very much for working this challenge in to your busy schedule! Bon Voyage!!
Love Ya!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

SSS #15

Good morning! I hope you are excited and ready for another Sweet Stop Challenge, because today's card was made for the challenge posted last Saturday. As I've said so many times, challenges, and especially sketch challenges are such a help in bringing a card together when your creative mojo has gone on hiatus. I print these out, and save them in a notebook for times when I need a layout and don't have time to ponder it for hours as I sometimes like to do.This is the card I created from the SSS #15. I liked the use of the oval, in contrast to the block for the image. I used one of my favorite Sweet -n Sassy stamp sets, Chocoholic. There are so many cute images in this set, and some very sweet sentiments. A must have set for any chocolate lover! ...Like me!!!!
I got out the old Cuttlebug and added some embossing to the ovals, using the Bloom Dots, and Swiss Dots embossing folders. The photo didn't pick it up, but the whipped cream dollops are dazzled with Dazzling Diamonds glitter, and the cakes have a ganache frosting done with a layer of Crystal Effects for shine. I finished this off with alternating dew drops in chocolate and orange. I think this yummy card turned out well, and I thoroughly enjoyed putting together.
Thanks for stopping by today. It's a pleasure to have you join me, and I wish you a blessed and happy day filled with all that you love! God Bless!
Love Ya!
Supply List
Paper: Pretty In Pink, Only Orange, Sweet Always Retired SU DSP, Whisper White
Ink: Black Stazon, Chocolate Chip, Various SU Inks for watercoloring
Stamps: Sweet -n Sassy Chocoholic
Accessories: Cuttlebug, Pumpkin Pie Striped Grosgrain Ribbon, Coluzzle, Wide Oval Punch, Scalloped Oval Punch, Dewdrops, Crystal Effects, Aquapainter/blender Pen, 2-way Glue Pen, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Peachy Keen Challenge #7

Good morning, and Happy Tuesday!! It's time for another Peachy Keen Challenge, and this week our challenge is a Halloween card using at least one pumpkin, the color purple, and something zig-zag. Here's my take, and I do hope you like it! First of all, I LOVE Halloween. Now, don't get me wrong, because I don't love all the "bad" stuff associated with this day, but I love the season, I love the decorations, I love seeing the kids all dressed up and excited about the whole event. I always look forward to making a couple of big pots of soup, and having my family stop by the house with their little ones at some point during their busy evening for a bowl of soup, and some Halloween treats to sustain them through their trek for the night. Now that I've shared why I enjoy this holiday so much, I guess I'd better get on with the card!!
If there's anything I love more than the Fall season, and all that goes with it, it's painting pumpkins, and I've been painting pumpkins from Kathy's tole painting books for years! I'm so happy I found her, and Peachy Keen Stamps, because I feel like I've reconnected with someone that I've known forever. How could you not love creating with these adorable images? The hard part, I must say is trying to decide which one to create with!!! I finally concluded that I'm going to have to make LOTS of Halloween cards to share, because I want to use each and every one of those stamps. This little cat and pumpkin are sooooo cute, and I love this sentiment because the letters are open, leaving you the choice to color them in with different colors if you want. You don't find many sentiments like that. You MUST go check out the newly released stamp sets for Halloween over at Peachy Keen Stamps. It's a spooktacular line-up, and I bet deciding won't be any easier for you than it was for me!!;-)
I have to say that the zig-zag had me a little worried this time, because I just couldn't figure out what I was going to use, then inspiration hit me when I was visiting Kadie and Mary's blogs. They always do the most wonderful stitching on their cards, and it truly does inspire me, but also intimidates me a little. I didn't realize until a few weeks ago that all Kadie's stitching is done by hand! Whoa!! You really need to go check out her work!! Then Mary sent me the most gorgeous card with stitching that was so amazing. She stitched the half circle with tiny little stitches, each one perfect alignment, and once again inspiration hit me!! Check out my card from Mary here. Anyway, I decided I would give the handstitching a try on this card. I pierced the holes first, and then added the zig-zag in with embroidery floss. I'm okay with how it turned out, but I could use a bit more practice. I will agree with Mary, when she said that it's relaxing doing the handstitching. It really was. At any rate, suffice is to say that I thoroughly enjoyed this challege, and I may use it to make many, many, more Halloween cards. Be sure to play along with us this week, because I can't wait to see where inspiration takes you!! I know some of my favorite sisters are playing along this week, and I'm on pins and needles to see what they come up with!!
I hope you are having a glorious Tuesday, and thanks for stopping by. May God bless and keep you today and always!
Love Ya!
Supply List
Paper: Basic Black, Lavendar Lace, Only Orange, Canson Watercolor paper, K&Co. Halloween DP
Ink: Black Stazon, Various SU inks for watercoloring
Stamps: All stamps by Peachy Keen Stamps
Accessories: SU markers, Halloween Ribbon, White Gel Pen, Aquapainter/blender pen, Embroidery Floss, Needle

Monday, August 3, 2009

Happy Monday, friends! Well, you know what Monday brings, don't you? How about another recipe challenge. The Recipe Challenge blog hosts a different recipe challenge every week, and it is so much fun. Our challenge this week is Pink Lemonade. Now isn't that perfect for the first days of August when it's HOT! I know that many of you are having a REALLY unseasonably hot summer, so why not check out this challenge, play along, and share some of your favorite pink lemonade recipes. That would be COOL in so many ways!!! I used this adorable little House Mouse image from Scrapbook Store At Your Door, along with this gorgeous Pink Zebra paper from Glitz, which is also available from SSAYD. My daughter-in-law went completely ga-ga over this paper! She LOVES zebra print, and she informed me that her birthday card HAS to be made from this paper. :-)
I used my SU inks and an aquapainter to color this cute little mouse, and I added two layers of crystal effects to the glass to make it shiny. I also love my bling, so out comes the glitter for a frosty look to the edge of the glass.
Here's a closer look at the glass with the Crystal Effects. The tab on the side of the recipe was made with the wide oval punch folded in half, and I paper pierced the edge and used a white gel pen for stitching. Once again... more bling with the rinestone. Bling, bling, bling... it's a good thing!!!
Have a wonderful day, my stamping friends! May the Lord bless and keep you today and always!

Love Ya!

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Happy Anyaversary Blog Hop

Good morning, and welcome to the Anyaversary Blog Hop! I'm not going to waste any time, because I know there are over 80 blogs to hop today, so I'll make this post short and sweet. My card is made with one of The Greeting Farm's digital stamps. Meet Pretty Head Lily. If you haven't tried digital stamps yet, I encourage you to give them a try. Talk about instant gratification! The Greeting Farm has a fantastic selection of digital stamps, so be sure to check them out! I promise you won't be disappointed!! The sketch for this card came from The Greeting Farm as well. When you drop by there to check out those digis, be sure to check out their Farm Fresh Friday Challenges. You'll find lots of great inspiration from their fabulous design team!!
This is a closer look at the image and the beautiful K&Co. Designer Paper. The glitter on this paper is gorgeous, but it goes everywhere!! I colored Lily with my SU inks and an aquapainter/blender pen. Miss Lily was so much fun to color, and I especially liked doing her make-up!! As always, I just started watercoloring, and chose colors I liked... Then I went in search of paper. I don't know why I do that, but it always works out for me. Kind of a backward way of doing things, I know, but if it ain't broke, don't fix it. LOL!!
Thank you so much for joining me today, and if you like what you see, please consider becoming a follower of my blog, so you won't miss a thing! Have a blessed and glorious day, and Happy Hopping!!

Love Ya!

Supply List
Paper: Pale Plum, Perfect Plum, Canson Watercolor Paper, K&Co DP
Ink: Various SU Inks for Watercoloring, Elegant Eggplant
Stamps: Pretty Head Lily from The Greeting Farm, Sentiment from Whiff Of Joy
Accessories: Aquapainter, Blender Pen, White Gel Pen, Organza Ribbon, Nestabilities, SU Punch, Rinestones, Martha Steward Lace edge punch