Tuesday, January 31, 2012

SS8 Pansy's

I made a card today for the Stampin Sisterhood Challenge - Sisterhood Sundays. Wow, that was a mouthful, but this is a fun challenge place. This week is an inspiration picture / color challenge.

I pulled out an old set of stamps for my flowers, BUT, the sentiment is from my new Rubberneckers Set, Garden Phrase Set SKU:508 . 
 I used the Close To My Heart colors of Pansy Purple and Olive. I also used some Copics YG63, N3 and a violet for extra shading. I also did some sponging on the background. My background plaid paper is made using a stencil and sponge roller. Wow, I haven't used these in a long time.
Thanks for stopping by my little blog. Have a great day. 


Thursday, January 26, 2012

The Play Date Cafe Challenge 116

Over at The Play Date Cafe, there is a new challenge for the week. It's a color challenge using these three colors.    Plum, Pear and Moldy Cheese. 

 Sounds like a wine and cheese party to me. Well, so here is my card using those three colors. I had so much fun being creative today. The image is digital, but the background stamping are real rubber stamps. 

  I made this card with my son in mind, who just started a new job. He doesn't ride a bicycle anymore, just a motorcycle, but this image was so cute, that I couldn't resist using it. Thanks for stopping by my little blog. Have a wonderful day.



Saturday, January 21, 2012


A new challenge at Stampin' Sisterhood from Rubbernecker Stamps prompted me to use my NEW stamp that I won from a past challenge.
I used the FLORAL 497-09 for my card today. It is such delicate little floral stem. I used markers to color this image.
I thought that a birthday card would be perfect with this sketch.
So, here is my card. 
Thanks for stopping by and have a great day.


Thursday, January 12, 2012

Poo Happens

 Oh, I was in one of those moods today to make light of my brothers recent colonoscopy. I had this baby set (Inkadinkadoo- Little Tyke) that I have been wanting to use and I thought this would make a funny card. I just attached the tag with these cute clips so that he can take the just the tag to work and put on his desk. Or, he may just take the whole card. Who knows? I intentionally left the little string point to the bottom sentiment. I wanted the eye to wonder around the card.
Hope he gets a chuckle out of the inside, too. Below each of the phrased, I am going to write my own funny comments. Hope you liked my funny card today.

Have a beautiful day and keep warm.


Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Christmas Card Booklet

I just love reading all the blogs that I subscribe to. I don't always get a chance to leave comments, but I do read and make mental notes. There was one in particular that piqued my interest. What to do with all those Christmas cards and Christmas photo's that we can't bear to toss. Someone had suggested making a mini booklet, so I tackled that chore today!.

I measured my largest card and made my chipboard cover slightly larger. Punched a few holes for ring, decorated with leftover papers and stickers, punched holes in my cards and photo's AND I was done!

What a fast project. I also saved one particular pretty envelope from a sender to use as a pocket to store all the address labels that I removed from envelopes. (Why did I do this? Well, it reminds me of the most updated addresses for family and friends) .

Thanks for stopping by today. Hope I have inspired you to make this quick project.

Have a beautiful day.


Friday, January 6, 2012

Quick Thank you cards

 Tis the season for those many "Thank You" cards. I just made a few quick card.

This first one is just Black and White. I used the heart from a Stamp'nUp Valentine set then masked it to add the other floral spray. I made this thank you card to send to a company that sent us a beautiful tree in memory of my father-in-law.

My second card is the fern from Hero Arts. I just made this clean and simple. It is going to a company that sent us a Christmas gift. I wish I had some stamps with wine bottles and glasses. They sent us 6 bottles of wine and I would have loved to send them a card with those images.
Thanks for stopping by today.
Hugs and have a great day.


Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Time to think

2011 is now gone, so I gladly welcome 2012.
 I guess I am writing this as my way of grieving all recent losses.
Oct, Nov. and Dec have been a rough 3 months.
In 3 months, I lost 5 people that have been in my life.  First a classmate (Lois) who was a good friend in my younger years. 
Next, MaryJo, a wonderful woman who was a second mother to me, a grandmother to my children and my mother's best friend. I knew her for 40 yrs. 
Then, Doris, my friends mother and my mothers friend.
Then on Dec 23rd, my Father-in-law died from a heart attack. I couldn't be there at the hospital and there was just a brief prayer service. 
On that same day,  a wonderful woman, Anne, who was also my mother's friend passed away. Anne was 92, but she was well read and as sharp as a tack. Anne loved my cards and I would send her packets of cards to send to other elderly people. She always opened her home up and wanted to share a cup of coffee or tea after our Friday morning Mass.
Two in one day was soooooooo hard. 
But, my poor mother has lost three very dear lady friends. Every Sunday they would get together to watch the Pittsburgh Steelers. Can you imagine these 80-92 yr old women cheering on the Pitts Steelers??? I had made a card, from an image at Hambo Hoedown, of a girl football player and a bear. These women LOVED this card because I made it the Steelers colors and the shirt had the #7 on it, which is Rothlisbergers shirt number. Every Sunday, they displayed the card to cheer on their black and gold.

The GOOD....
On Oct. 1, 2011, my daughter got married in Hawaii. This was so lovely. Now I have a son-in-law.

So, for the past two day, I have been sorting things out in my head and my craft area. Last year , at this same time, I did an organizational challenge to clean up my craft area. I thought I did a good job and had my area workable. As I started making more cards to enter challenges, I realized that I didn't like that I didn't have things within reach. So, I think I finally made my craft area more likeable and things are now within arms length.
My goal is to get my scrapbooks done and make a few cards along the way.  Life is so short and I need to get our family history documented. I found that I am the one who remembers the most about our family life and what we did. I did keep all our yearly calendars and many other bits of information. 
So, my thinking time is done. Now to get working. Have a great 2012