Thursday, May 29, 2008

{lovin' this card}

This week I decided to combine the sketch and color challenges into one card. The color challenge was Very Vanilla, Sage Shadow, and Chocolate Chip. You can see the sketch here: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=96334&d=1211947379
The base of the card is Choc Chip, layered with Sage Shadow and a panel of Choc Chip I ran through the Cuttlebug with the Swiss Dots folder.

I used my new 'Leave it to Weaver' Fiskars border punch (woohoo!) to weave the Chocolate Chip taffeta ribbon through. The DP is from the Spring Fling pack in the current SU catalog. I used my Spellbinders butterfly die to cut and emboss the butterfly, then I sponged the edges with Sage Shadow ink and hilighted with ice stickles.

The bow-tying was a challenge *as always* for me, but I managed to pull it off.

Have a good one!

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

{relieved}

I got a call from my Mom the other day that my Grandma had fallen and broken her wrist. Poor Granny! :) She had already fallen a couple years ago and broken her right one, but now it's her left. At least she can still write! I called her the other day, but I'll pay her a visit sometime this week to see how she's doing. Maybe bring her some dinner so she can take off cooking for a night.

I am so relieved to get back in my goove this week with cardmaking! I feel like I haven't been able to be creative for so long, work was really getting in the way. A crazy schedule and no free time makes it hard to sit down and be creative.

Which is why I'm glad I accepted a new position at work. I'll still be working as a nurse, just using my head more than my physical skills. It was a tough decision to make, and I will really miss the staff on my floor, but I felt that it was something I had to do for my own *sanity*. This position will be Monday through Friday, 8 to 4, which are basically the same hours that Adam works, so I'll be looking forward to spending some time with him. I don't know what I'm going to do with all my weekends off! I've been so used to working every other weekend for so long now....but I'm ready for a change. :) Him and I are ready to spend some quality time together.

Also, an opportunity has come to work one Saturday a month at my local scrapbook store, Endless Ideas. I'm still mulling this over in my head, but will *probably* say yes. Who can say no to their favoritest hobby, and a discount?? :)

Anyway, on to the card. This week's technique challenge over on SCS was to combine 3 past challenges: a technique challenge, a color challenge, and a sketch challenge. I combined the 'Spotlighting' technique, Rose Red/Chocolate Chip, and Sketch Challenge 10. This card will be for my Grandma -- the coffee cup fit her too well! :)

I finally got the chance to try my Scor-Pal for the basket-weave embossing technique. I love the look, and it was so easy! I also used some DP from the Prints Pack (hostess). Grumpabella was stamped on Whisper White and colored with copics, then I 'spotlighted' her coffee cup by punching it out with the 1/2" punch and mounting it on a dimensional. Click on the photo below for a larger view.
I also used Purely Pomegranate ribbon, white brads, and the tag corner punch. The baubles at the bottom corners of the cards are from my LSS, not sure what brand. The little sentiment on the front is from Papertrey.
Sometimes I get carried away with embellishing the inside of the card.... :) The sentiment is from Stampin' Bella, and the border is stamped with SU's 'Always' set. I used my Martha Stewart butterfly punch for the small butterflies, and the larger one is cut out using a Nestabilities die, then embossed.

I'm off to the gym to meet Stephanie. Have a good one!

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

{relaxing}

I'm on vacation this week -- due to the *three* weddings we have going on (one of which I'm in), so I have been relaxing today. Made lunch for Adam, gave Hunter a bath, and worked on these baby announcements for a friend. I told her I would make up 3 samples and she could choose which one she liked best.

Oh -- and I watched the Flavor of Love Reunion show I had Tivo'd from the other night. I know, I know, my husband makes fun of me all the time for watching that *crap*, as he calls it. :) But I can't help it honey!! :)

This first card uses a Whipper Snapper stamp I picked up at Cottage Corner www.cottagecorner.net awhile back. He is colored in with copics, and I also used some of the new DCWV baby paper on this one.

The brown ribbon is from Target - in the wedding aisle. Did you know they have taffeta ribbon - 15 yard spools for 3 or 4 dollars? Yeppers.

The focal stamp on this card is a baby footprint stamp I picked up at Hobby Lobby a looong time ago. I stamped over it with the sentiment from Nursery Necessities. I also used the wheel for the background strip. And.....my new Treading Water punch! Yay! I finally got that in from my LSS. Too cool. :) And, I hear that SU may be coming out with a scalloped border punch in the fall catalog? According to some rumors I saw on SCS. :)

Cardstock used on this card is Sage Shadow, Pale Plum, Basic Black and Lemon Tart (Papertrey). I also used my Swiss Dots Cuttlebug folder.

{PS--this one is my favorite.} Here is the inside of the announcement. The "Introducing our precious baby..." stamp is made by MSE! and I got that one at Cottage Corner as well. I stamped stars in the coordinating ink colors using the set 'In the Stars'. The photo mat is made with my Cuttlebug and Nestabilities die, and I embellished it also with a scalloped and stamped circle.

All of the announcements pretty much look the same on the inside, so I only took a pic of this one. :)

The last one here is made using the Nursery Necessities set, and some patterned paper I picked up at Scrapaganza - called Art Blanche, made by EK success. I stamped the sailboat 3 times, then mounted the sails on dimensionals. The ribbon is from Target, and I also used the Word Window and small and large star punches.

Cardstock colors are So Saffron, Chocolate Chip, and the Carribean Blue-type-color is Bazzill.

Hope you enjoyed looking at these today. Have a good one!


Monday, May 26, 2008

{yummy}

We went to a cookout yesterday, and I brought pasta salad and veggie pizza...mmm. They both went over well. :)

Hopefully I'll get some stamping done today....Adam's going golfing so I should be fine. :) Happy Memorial Day!

Here's the recipe --

  • Vegetable Pizza

    1 can crescent rolls
    8 oz container ranch or dill dip
    1 t horseradish (or to taste)
    1 cup finely shredded cheddar cheese
    Assorted cut up vegetables such as:
    Carrots
    Broccoli
    Radishes
    Cucumber
    Olives
    Tomato

    Roll out crescent rolls in jelly-roll style pan, pressing edges to seal. Bake for 13 minutes at 375. Allow to cool.
    Stir horseradish into dip and spread evenly on crust. Top with vegetables and shredded cheese.
    Cut into squares and refrigerate until serving.

Monday, May 19, 2008

{tired}

Well, I'm still nursing a hangover from Saturday night's bachelorette party....hehe.....but I did manage to get this project done today for one of my co-workers. She has a daughter that's graduating this month and wanted a guest book for her party.

The book is 8 3/4" x 8 3/4" square, and I made it out of the 12x12 chipboard sheets you're always getting at your LSS. :) I covered the front and back with SU designer paper and embellished the spine with orange and black ribbons. Can you tell what her colors are??? :)

Diplomabella is colored in with Copics and layered on rectangle Nestabilities. "Grad" is from the SU set -- Great Grads, and is stamped in craft black ink and embossed with clear EP. '2008' are American Crafts Thickers, and I also used a Prima and black button.

Sorry for the blurry photo. My camera just wasn't cooperating today.
The inside front page is black cardstock, and I used SU's star punches to embellish the left side, as well as another sentiment from "Great Grads". The right page is her graduation announcement.
I printed off these sheets on whisper white for the 'gifts' section. I used the SU tab punch to differentiate the different sections within the book. The 'guests' section is left blank so people can give advice and sign yearbook-style. :) I also left the photos section blank so she could add her favorite shots from graduation.

I made one of these books awhile back for my friend Cassandra's bridal shower, and it was a big hit! Kind of cooler than a guest book, like a little scrapbook the guest of honor can take away! :)
I'm leaving you with a picture of our Saturday night festivities. I'm the one holding the umbrella. Did I mention that it wasn't raining? That was the joke of the night. At least I was prepared!

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

b{s}f

Page club class is next week on Monday, so this is the page we'll be doing. This class will be on enlargements, so on this layout I've used an 8x10 and 5x7, as well as a 4x6. The patterned paper is Scenic Route, and the letters and die cuts are cut using the Cricut.

Hope everyone has a wonderful day!

Friday, May 9, 2008

Life's a Beach

I made this card last month at a crop, but just realized that I hadn't posted it yet. This is Kinibella, paired with a MFT sentiment that is too perfect for her. :) The patterned paper is from Stampin' Up, it's their Summer Picnic DP from the spring mini catalog. This bella is colored in with Copics and accented with Bashful Blue taffeta ribbon.

Today I need to get my butt in gear and design this month's layout class. I was supposed to do it yesterday but instead, I fell asleep on the couch for 3 hrs! Hmph! Guess I was pooped.... Anyway, this month's class is on using enlargements on layouts. We'll be using an 8x10 and 5x7 on the 2-page LO. Also, I need to get going on some baby announcement samples for a friend of mine, and I have some wedding programs on the back burner as well.

Have a good one!

Sunday, May 4, 2008

When it rains, it pours...

Nope, it's not enough that we have to pay a plumber to come in and fix our sewer pipe in the basement...I have to blow a tire on the interstate and now I need a new tire AND a new rim! Ha! Always something to spend money on around here.... lol! Hopefully my DH can get this fixed in a timely manner, until then, I'm driving his truck....which he loves just as much as any other husband does.....hehe. Anyway, on to what we did this weekend.
This past week, our good friends Mike and Cari got married in Jamaica, so they had a reception on Friday night. We, of course, had to go partake in the festivities and free beer, and afterwards we played poker. Adam placed 2nd -- sweet!
Above is a picture of my good pals Cassandra and Mike. Their wedding (which I made the invitations for :) ) is on May 31st. I have never had so many weddings to go to in one year. I think I counted six this spring!
Here's a picture of the bride and groom during their first dance -- awww! The lighting was really funky in this hall, so it was hard to get good pictures.

Yesterday I cropped all day at Endless Ideas for National Scrapbooking Day. I got a good start on an 8x8 wedding album I'm making for my friend Nikki (whose wedding I was in a couple of weeks back). More pics of that when it's completed.

I also had stamp class today which was fun, but now I think I need a nap. See ya later!