Friday, May 29, 2009

Limelight Anniversary.....

Ooooh, you need to go and check out Lime Light. They have some great products and they are having an anniversary celebration. Leave a comment on their blog and you could possibly win a bottle of Shimmerz Spritz. I am dying to try it so I thought I'd take a chance.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

What number should I choose....

My mom will be 70 this year. She does not look nor act it. She's in great shape because she works out just about every day. I should be so good. She travels, parties, has a good time all the time. Most people guess that she's in her early 60's, if that.

I remembered this image I colored in when I saw my friend Peggy's card using the same stamp set. I pulled it out and went from there with scraps from Betsy! I love that paper. I know my mom loves blue and yellow so I decided that maybe I'll give it to her.

I left the number out because I am not sure what to put. I don't want it to be 70. I thought about 39 or 49 to be different, but I'm just not sure what to put. What do you think?

I usually think decorating the inside is such a waste of time but I had the yellow pieces left over and figured I'd use them.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Monogram holder.....

I was browsing my favorite blogs through Google Reader (don't know what I'd do without that!) and found this tutorial at Julie's Stamping Spot. It's a holder for the monogram cards. I made the first one using Julie's instructions and realized her cards are probably smaller than mine. I pop dotted every monogram so the're a little fat. I made a few changes by making the edges more squared to accommodate my fat little cards.

I probably should have made them all the same. It would certainly look nicer, however, these are for young girls (9 & 11) so I knew they'd want all the different colors.

Here's the first:

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Ahhhhh...what a weekend!

I had a nice relaxing weekend & hope everyone else did too! We had a nice family cookout on Sun. and I was lazy on Mon. I sat on the patio soaking up a few rays. Bad, I know.

I've been working on two sets of monogrammed cards for my cousin. I still haven't come up with a price. It's very hard when it's your family! I told her to just cover my supplies but she won't hear of it.

Anyway, I've been using my Just Rite monogram stamps and a lot of scraps for these. It feels so good to use up some of my huge stash. I used Memory Box notecards to make it even easier. Please excuse the nasty photo. I made the other two for the E set after I took the photo. Now I have 7 O's to do and I'm done!

Monday, May 25, 2009

Oh boy....

My niece just had a baby. She was told hit was a girl but SURPRISE!!! It was a boy! Can you imagine? The funny thing is that her mom had the same thing happen. My brother and SIL were told all along that it was a boy and they were so excited because they had three girls between them. Their first together ended up being a girl!! Luckily this was my niece's second child. Their first little girl is not to happy about having a brother. She's three. LOL

Anyway, I made a quick card to pop in the mail. I mostly used SU papers & stamp. I won't bore you with the details.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Everybody's Workin' for the Weekend....

Yep, I have been so busy at work, it's been crazy. I worked through my lunch hour today and ended up staying a bit late. I love when people ask me if it's nice and slow now that the semester ended. HUH?!! I have another one beginning in one week and our fiscal year end is coming up so budget issues are surfacing. Oh, and I sometimes get the question, "Do you get the summer off?" HAHAHAHAHAHA, that is hilarious! NO. I have vacation time to take but that's about it.

Anyway, enough griping. I cannot wait for the long weekend. I'm not doing a thing!! This is what I did on Mother's Day and I'm going to repeat it without sandals. LOL I hope everyone has a great weekend! I will try to post but just in case I get lazy....

Head in the clouds....

I keep seeing clouds on the background of cards lately and wanted to give it a shot. First I tried the non-template version which is using a scalloped circle or scalloped oval and sponge & ink. I cut one out in cardboard and went to work. It looked pretty bad when I was through so I went online to see others work. Don't laugh too hard, I used the scallop upside down. I should say that I inked on top of the circle at the top of my image. It should have been at the bottom of the circle, at the top of my image. KWIM?!!

In the meantime, I remembered that I had a Fairy Tale Creations template that I bought years ago at CKC. I bought them with my Hawaii trip in mind but honestly never used them. I gave it a try and it was much better than my first attempt, which is not saying much! LOL I need more practice.

I used this cute digi bee stamp from Dustin Pike. You should check out his blog! He gives free images on Wed. and has some amazing designs for very little $$. I stamped in the Happy Birthday but you could use it for just about anything! I really wanted to put Happy Bee-day in the banner, but I just wanted to get it done fast so I grabbed a stamp.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

A retro birthday...

This is what I made for my other twin cousin. He's very into retro. He loves shag carpet and all that 70's stuff. This is from my Cat's Pajamas set. Beware, the colors are very loud!

Saturday, May 16, 2009

One martini, two martini, three martini, floor....

I just crack up over that saying.

Made this card for my cousin who lives in NY. He loves martinis. I had this image from way back when I used to go to stamp camp. I stamped a bunch because my aunt asked me to make an insert for a cute frame she had for her bathroom. It was a tiny red frame. I stamped a few colors because I wasn't sure what she was looking for.

I ended up doing hers on cream, stamped in black. It's very simple with a green & red olive. The frame makes it really. I also stamped a saying that says something about always having your glass half full. I can't remember but it looks so cute in her bathroom.

Anyway, my cousin (NY) has a twin who lives in CA. I have to make his next but I'm not sure what I'll use yet. It may be a cute retro dog with a cake. He loves dogs. These two are really artistic and sophisticated. It's hard for me to make their cards.

I really rambled here. I used SU Riding Hood Red, Mellow Moss & some paper that my good friend, Betsy, gave me. I just love that paper. It's so masculine. I'm not sure what the SU gray is. I also have no idea who makes the martini stamp but the sentiment is from my new SU birthday set. I put Judikins Diamond Glaze on the top to make it look liquid. I'm not sure if that shows in the photo. You can see it if you click on the picture. I also embossed the "Birthday Greetings." Thanks for looking!

Friday, May 15, 2009

Clip it up....

Want a chance to win a Clip It Up? I could really use one of these! Go on over to Adrienne's Sentiments and post a comment. One of us could win!!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Fast post....

Today is my day from H-E-double hockey sticks! LOL I have a big event and lots to do so I only have a sec to post this card. The colors look off in the photo. It's not my favorite but it's a post. It's for my aunt/godmom's bday and I had to get it in the mail today. She loves red and yellow. I do not.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Wow, yummy candy....

Here's some more candy you have to check out!! Debbie over at Passion for Crafts is offering birthday candy on her blog! She's really talented so check out her projects too. I follow her daily.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Relaxing day....

I had a nice relaxing Mother's Day. We had to wait until 6:00 for my son to get out of work. My other son and fiance slept in because he had shows on Fri. night and Sat. night, so they didn't get there until late either.

I spent the day playing some games on FB, reading a book & catching up on my magazines. The I decided to give myself a mani & pedi. I can't remember when I had a day all to myself!

We had a nice meal, cake for my hubby, and opened gifts. My hubby wasn't supposed to get me anything because I bought my own gifts - two pair of sandals and a Pandora bead. He got me a big fat gift card for a jewelers so I could pick out my own Pandora beads and a book.

It was fun while it lasted. Why do weekends have to be so short!!!

Happy Birthday to my hubby today! I'm taking him out to dinner tonight.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Kristen's candy....

Ok, you HAVE to go on over to my friend, Kristen's blog, Scrap-Creations! She has gorgeous cards & projects on her blog. I've seen her work IRL and it's fantabulous! She has three fantastic prizes to give away so be sure to leave her some comments!

Saturday, May 09, 2009

Happy Birthday and Mother's Day...

My dh's birthday is Monday but we have to celebrate on Mother's Day. It's always the same each year. My son and his fiance can't come two days in a row so we just group them together. The big question is always, "Who's going to cook?" We can't take everyone out to dinner because it would be way too expensive paying for six. My kids don't have the money to pay their own way and I can't very well make my mom pay.

So......we (me) made some marinade, cut up the meat (dh) and we'll make kebabs tomorrow. We make chicken and steak with zucchini, summer squash, mushrooms, orange peppers and Vidalia onions. It's really delish!

I also asked dh what kind of cake he wanted. I thought for sure he'd say Carvel but he decided on the ice cream sandwich cake so I made that today. I got the recipe from Kraft Foods Family & Friends cookbook.

I was about to make a couple of cards, one more for dh from my son, when I got a call for a last minute showing. So I ran around cleaning instead.

I just now finished the card and I'm not making another. I kept it pretty simple since it had to look masculine. I mostly used Bazzill cs (from Linda). I'm not sure who makes that pp but I love it for guys cards. The stamp is from Whipper Snapper.

I hope all of my mom friends have a fantastic Mother's Day!

Thursday, May 07, 2009

Cherry Blossoms....

First of all, I never meant to create such a stir with the title of my last post! All I was thinking was lost, as in can't find, my mother!! Sorry about the near heart attacks! LOL

I am struggling to find the source of this beautiful cherry blossom digi stamp. I will update as soon as I find it. If you know, please let me know. I'm so bad about this. ** Thanks so much, Kristen! ** The image is from The Digi Shack. They have great stuff over there!

Anyhoo, I made a mother's day card with it. After the last fiasco, I decided to stamp and color two images so I didn't have to do it over. and then decided I'd make a birthday card to have in ready-to-go box. I think I like the bday card better.

I colored in with my Aqua painter, SU Pirouette Pink, Regal Rose and Certainly Celery. Then I put lines in Chocolate Chip on the branches and some Old Olive on the leaves. I used Certainly Celery cs and I believe Pretty in Pink. Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

I lost my mother (just can't find her).....

I did not have a good stamping night last night. I had a Penny Black image hanging around for-EVAH, so I decided to use it for one of the six Mother's Day cards I have to make.

I never use SU Groovy Guava and I have the paper, ink, ribbon, etc. So.....I found some dp that had colors that resembled Groovy Guava, Certainly Celery and Old Olive. I used my waterbrush and colored in the image. Oh, it was really pretty. I added some Regal Rose to the center, just to make it look a little better. Then I mounted it on a mat and put pop dots on the corners. I put my dp on, ribbon, etc. and then decided my Happy Mother's Day wouldn't fit on an oval to the side.

Ok, then I thought I could just stamp it right on to the image, down below. I could not for the life of me find my Mother!! I moved papers, inks, etc., looked on the floor, but I couldn't find it.

I had to take out a CTMH set I have, arranged that on my block and stamped. Only I forgot it had popdots on the back, so of course the middle didn't stamp. Grrrrrr...I ruined the whole image. I wasn't too happy. So my smaller MSE sentiment set is missing it's mother!!

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Little penguins...

I guess I must have a thing for penguins. I picked up this set from The Cats Pajamas recently. I already have a penguin set but I couldn't resist these little guys.

Again, I used pp scraps, SU Riding Hood Red cs and ribbon, Baja Blue and Certainly Celery. The circle stamp is by Scrappy Cat (or something like that). Thanks for looking! (HA, just had to add that these are the color throw down colors this week!! They copied me! LOL, just kidding)