Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Naughty or Nice?

Feedburner has suddenly decided to send me emails again. So I am finally getting the blog notices that I subscribe to. With the wedding I haven't had a lot of time to visit blogs but it's nice to get the emails. I wonder how long it will last. They seem to come and go.
Hot, sticky and humid today. But we've had such a nice summer, I am having trouble complaining about the few days that we've actually had this kind of weather. We turned our air conditioner on. It hasn't been on much this summer.
Tonight I finished the last of my progressive challenges for August. This is the Christmas DigiStamp4Joy image for August.

This is Santa's Helper! I used a plaid digital paper from Trimgym. I fussy cut Santa's helper after coloring her with Copics. The sentiment is from The Crafty Nomad. I cut the sentiment with Spellbinder's Inverted Circles and colored the edge with Copics. I am entering these challenges:
I will need to go back to making favors for the wedding soon. I am waiting on more paper from Simon Says. I hope it will be here by the end of the week. Thanks for stopping by.


Monday, August 25, 2014

Hogs & Kisses

Happy Monday! The start of a new week and the wedding creeps closer. Less than three weeks now. I worked on the favors a little while tonight but decided to make a card.

I saw some awesome fall cards today on blogs so I went a little more toward fall with this one, at least with the colors. The image is the stamp of the month over at From the Heart stamps challenge. Isn't he just the cutest! The sentiment came with the image. I used the Paper Players sketch for the layout. I colored the image with Copics and water-colored the sentiment with spiced marmalade distress ink. I punched some oak leaves to make a littel embellishment. I die cut the image with Spellbinders scalloped circles and inked the edges with Certainly Celery ink. The banner is a trick I learned on Jennifer McGuire's blog. The trick is in this video toward the end. It's a way to cheat a banner. I am entering these challenges:
Hope you had a great start to your week.  I am looking forward to a three day weekend and some down time. No family this weekend so I hope to finish the rest of the favors for the wedding. Take care and make  it an awesome week!


Sunday, August 24, 2014

Bridal Shower Fun

So the weekend has flown by. A lot of family was in town and staying with us for Tricia's bridal shower. Good time was had by all. And she received some awesome gifts! I wanted to share the card that I made to go with her gift from me.

This is made from scraps of the wedding invitations so it is in her wedding colors. That silver paper looks really great IRL but it's very difficult to photograph. I used the Tuesday Morning Sketch challenge sketch for this card.

The tux and wedding gown hearts were cut with Spellbinder dies. Then I just cut and backed all the pieces in black to make the color pop. I added a few pearls to the gown and faux stitched around the sentiment, which is from Studio G. I am entering the Tuesday Morning Sketch challenge and the Outlawz Thursday challenge of anything goes.
I am beat! We stayed up talking both Friday and Saturday evening until 2 am. I am not used to staying up that late. So it will be early to bed for me tonight. Hope you had a wonderful weekend and make it a great start to your week ahead!


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Sailing into your Birthday

The carpets are finally done. It took them two days to lay the new carpet. They were here until 10:30pm on Friday night. Then we got the rest of the carper cleaned yesterday. Finally moved everything back tonight. And after that I froze two bags full of tomatoes. Things are starting to shape up. My house is cleaner then it's been in a very long time. Hope I can keep it that way. More birthdays in the works. So here's another birthday card.

This one is similar to my washi tape creation. I used the same Spellbinders Labels 13 cut out. But used a sailboat image from Gina K in the background. The "Relax" is from a Gina K set. The birthday sentiment is from Hero Arts. Very simple!
I am entering these challenges:
Thanks for stopping by. Hope your week is going well. I need to get back to making favor boxes for the wedding. I'll share those very soon. Happy Hump Day!


Friday, August 15, 2014


My week has been so busy! Work is fast paced lately. And we are trying to get the house in shape for the wedding shower next weekend. Family will be descending this week. So for the past two days they have been laying new carpet at our house. It's 9:30 pm and they are still working on it. But we really want it done. Next Monday we have the rest of our carpet steamed cleaned so the floors will be almost ready then. This weekend my in laws and Tom's nephew are visiting. I am going to be making wedding favors all weekend. I did get a few birthday cards made this week out of necessity. Three birthdays this week and no cards in stock. Here's the first of the three.

I used Spellinbers Labels 13 to cut a section out of my panel. I went with washi tape on this card as the background. Easy peasy. I stamped the greeting on the front and then embossed with a flourishes embossing folder. I popped up the embossed layer. That's all there is to it. I am entering these challenges:
I am off to spend time with family this weekend and work on wedding favors. Less than a month to the wedding! Another busy week ahead. Wishing you an awesome weekend! Many thanks for stopping by.


Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Thanks a Bunch

I am almost in full wedding mode at the moment. I am making 100+ boxes for favors for the reception. I have about 60 box lids completed. I am trying to do 10-20 per evening so that's keeping me plenty busy lately. Over the weekend I made 25 thank you cards for the bridal shower that's coming up a week from Saturday. It will be part of my gift to Tricia for the shower.

I used the Island blue paper from Simon Says that I used on Tricia's wedding invitations and the smaller die of the Heart Circles that I used on the invitations. The sentiment is from Marion. The leaves and stems were stamped from a Simon Says May Stamp Kit and the veins are painted in Stickles so they glitter. It's not very visible in the photo. The middle of the flowers and the corners are done in yellow Stickles. I embossed the frame with my ScoreBoard. Since I had to make so many of them I kept it kind of simple.
I'm entering these challenges:
Thanks for stopping by today. I'll have more wedding up dates as we get closer. I need to get the favors finished and check how many more flowers I need for the centerpieces. The wedding is a month from tomorrow. Oh my! Have an awesome hump day!


Thursday, August 7, 2014

A Summer Card

I love watermelon but I'm the only one who eats it at my house so buying a whole watermelon is kind of difficult. But that's how they are cheapest. So my card tonight is a tribute to my love of watermelon. I'm going to put a birthday verse on the inside and send it to someone as a birthday card this month.

The image is Watermelon Ants from Doodle Pantry. I cut the pre-colored image with Spellbinder's Labels 13. I used paper from Doodle Pantry. The sentiment is from Gina K set called Lazy Days of Summer and embossed with black embossing powder. It may be a retired set. I used some twine as an embellishment but kept it pretty simple. I used the Tuesday Morning sketch for the card.

I am entering these challenges:
I was hoping to get more done tonight than one card but my son called and talked for more than an hour. I drop everything when my kids call. So alas my crafting time didn't happen tonight.  Maybe this weekend. Thanks for stopping by. Hope you have an awesome Friday.


Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Always Beside You

I hope you had a good start to your week! Work is very busy right now. My days are going quickly because there just isn't enough time. They keep turning the water off in our building and we have to go to the first floor to get water and go to the bathroom. My office is on the 8th floor. I get a few more steps in that way. Tomorrow after work I have to drop the cake topper off to our wedding cake baker. One more thing to check off the list.

My card tonight is for some very dear friends on their anniversary. I made a first attempt with a Jennifer McGuire background. I love her blog. She has such amazing ideas and can teach anyone how to do them easily.

I used Tim Holtz Distress ink in Peacock Feathers, Spiced Marmalade and Squeezed Lemonade. I first stamped and clear embossed the Penny Black background stamp. And then added each color. Spritzed it with water and then let it dry overnight. I put a black layer to help the colors pop. The sentiment is from One Happy Little Crafter. I used the Spellbinder's Scalloped Hearts to cut out the sentiment and embellished it with a few enameled hearts.

I am entering these challenges:
Thanks for stopping by today. We just got a short but much needed rain shower. I think we could have some more rain coming in tomorrow. I ordered a Spellbinder's box die for wedding favors. I am hoping it gets here soon so I can get started. Take care!


Thursday, July 31, 2014

Watt's Up?

The weekend is drawing closer! One more day at work. I left work a little early today (a whole 15 minutes) to run a few wedding errands. I stopped at our local visitor's center and they gave me 20 books about Bloomington to put in the hotel bags. We intend to give each hotel guest for the wedding a bag with a few things in it. I need to check the dollar store and see if I can find some bags. My next stop was the church.I wanted to check the aisles for the pew markers. I estimated 20 and when I counted today I found I only needed 12. YES! Less money on the flowers. They alone are over $1000. And we took most of the cheaper items they listed. Weddings are so expensive!
So tonight I have another birthday card for you.

The image and sentiment are from another Simon Says card kit. Not sure which month. The birthday sentiment is on the inside. It reads "It's your birthday!" I stamped the image on yellow paper and colored the heart with an R46 Copic marker. I grabbed a scrap of paper from my scrap bin and used another scrap from Tricia's wedding invitations for the accent color. Are you tired of seeing that Island Blue yet? I've been using it a lot since I bought 100 sheets and have lots of scraps from the invitations and thank you's. And after I had it all together I used my glimmer mist spray to spritz the card. I obviously didn't get it shook up enough with the big blotches and I wish I had sprayed the card before I added the image. But I guess it gives it character, right? LOL!

I am entering these challenges:
My weekend is busy. After David's bridal had to order a new dress for Tricia because they ordered the wrong size the first time (why they didn't measure her before ordering is beyond me!), we have another fitting on Saturday for alterations. Friends are coming for dinner Saturday night and we'll probably have Tricia and her fiance for dinner on Sunday. So I doubt I'll get much crafting done this weekend. I found out today that we can't do the favors we were going to for the wedding. We were going to buy single serving wine bottles and label them with Love Potion #9. But the venue won't let us bring alcohol in. I thought about getting bottles and fill them with something else and do the same thing. If you have any great ideas for wedding favors, I'm still looking. Her theme is Moment of Magic. Thanks for stopping by. I hope you have a wonderful weekend. Take care!


Little Feet

Happy Thursday! Today I am a guest designer for the Outlawz Twisted Thursday challenge. The challenge is always anything goes but with an optional twist. This week the twist is "feet."

I used a Doodle Pantry set. The image, sentiment, and background paper are all from the set. I added some ribbon and pearls from my stash. I punched the sentiment from an EK Success punch and then drew some faux stitching. I colored the pearls with Copics. The background to the little baby shoes is a doily die set I won in a candy.
I hope you'll join in this easy challenge. Remember, it's anything goes. Head on over and check out the Outlawz.
Thanks for stopping by today. Hope you have an awesome Thursday!


Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Sweet Birthday

Happy Hump Day! We are more than half way through the week. And I am so glad. Two people are out at work this week so I'm the only one working certain systems in our security. Makes work days interesting and busy. But one of my co-workers has a birthday this Saturday. I wanted to make her a card. So I just got my Simon Says August card kit. I decided to use the kit to make her a card. Here's what I came up with.

The stamp is from the kit. Lots of cute summer treats in the set. I colored it with Copics (E33, YG03, YR15 and B04). The Kelly Perky orange letters are from a previous card kit. The "sweet" and "happy birthday" are from the stamp set too. The cute background paper is also included. I added the twine and the yellow gems. I ised the Tuesday Morning Sketch for my card:

 So I'm entering these challenges:

Thanks for stopping by. Tomorrow I am a guest designer for the Outlawz Thursday challenge, so stop back and see what I cooked up for that special challenge.


Monday, July 28, 2014

Kitty Christmas

Happy Monday morning! I couldn't sleep for thinking about the wedding and all I have left to do. It's happening a lot lately. I do have my list but that doesn't seem to be helping me with sleeping. Bummer! So I thought I'd start my Monday morning by posting my card that I finished last night. This is another of my progressive challenges. This one is DigiStamps4Joy Christmas challenge.

This cute little cats in the tree image is the free image this month. After I colored the image with Bic markers I cut it out with the Spellbinder's Beaded Ovals. I wanted to pick up the blue in the image So I sponged the embossing with my Bashful Blue ink. I wanted the background to look somewhat Christmas-like so I found this plaid paper in my stash and a Christmas sentiment tag that I already had made from a previous project. I popped the tag and then added the three little blue flowers for some extra pizzazz.
I am entering these challenges:
Thanks for stopping by today. I hope your Monday morning gets off to a great start. I just hope I can stay awake at work. LOL!


Thursday, July 24, 2014

Winter Friends

Greetings! I am so happy it's almost the weekend. Lots of things to do for the wedding, so this weekend will be busy again. I am working on getting my progressive challenge cards done before the end of the month. So the first one is with From the Heart Stamps and I used the July Stamp of the month called Winter Friends.

This is such a sweet image! The set has some very nice sentiments with it too. I chose not to use one on the front of the card. I used the sketch from Tuesday Morning Sketches for the card. The background paper I won in a blog candy but the snowflakes are sparkly in real life. The red was cut from Spellbinders Fluer de Lis die cut and the image is cut from Spellbinder Tear Drop Circles. When you emboss the circle there are small raised dots but I doubted that you could see them. So I added some blue glitter glue for some added sparkle. And then the three sequins I covered in Glossy Accents. I really like this one.

I am entering these challenges:

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Whatever Floats Your Goat

Happy Tuesday! It's hard to believe that we are headed toward the middle of the week and the end of July. Where is the time going to? Yesterday Tom and I took the day off of work and drove to Indianapolis to look for a mother-of-the-bride dress for me. We looked in countless stores and everything was either black or white or in Tom's words "looked like a table cloth." Finally tried on my first dress at Saks Fifth Avenue. I think I tried on four dresses there. None at any other stores. So we bought one of the dresses I tried on at Saks. It's a long dress. I really had a short one in mind but it was the best one we saw. It's champagne in color and the skirt is really sparkly. I'll try to get a picture of it up sometime.It was after 6pm until we got home and I was beat. Over 12,000 steps yesterday. Shopping is work. LOL! I guess that's why I hate clothes shopping so much.

On the weekend I managed to eke out one card. I've got to get myself in gear and get some cards done. Lots of birthdays in August. Speaking of which, here is an August birthday card.

The inside says "Whatever floats your goat. Happy Birthday" I just love this set. The stamp set is from Doodle Pantry and the sentiment is from Hero Arts Birthday sentiments. The image and layer behind it was cur with Spellbinders Oval dies. I added several layers of paper. I used an OWH sketch. The smaller panel is embossed with D'vine Swirls. This one is for my BIL.

I'm entering these challenges:
I made some zucchini soup this evening from my ever growing number of zucchini from the garden. I am going to have to find recipes for cucumbers next. I have a bumper crop coming. Hope your week is going well.


Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Back to Birthdays

July is a busy month for birthdays in our family and fortunately I had a few made ahead but I am about out so it's back to the birthday cards again. I needed a couple this week. Here's one that I used a new embossing folder on.

The fireworks is embossed and then I inked over each of the sparkles. I wish I had thought to add some Stickels before I sent it. I think I'll have to make another one and try the Diamond Stickels on it. The Celebrate sentiment is from Gina K. Ink is from Simon Says and Momento. I am entering this into the Through the Craftroom Door challenge.

Thanks for stopping by today. Hope the second half of your week will be fantastic!


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