Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Happy Birthday to Me! :-)

It's my birthday today so I don't feel too bad about not having anything crafty to post. I haven't been in my craft room for days and I'm starting to have withdrawls so I'm sure I'll have an update soon.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Weekly Challenge Card

I finished another weekly challenge over on the Papertrey Ink forum. This was a sketch challenge hosted by Kimberly.

I used PTI's Sweet Blush and Dark Chocolate cardstock as well as some patterned paper from Basic Grey's Infuse line. The sentiment is from PTI's Simple Little Things set and it's stamped in Chestnut flluid chalk ink from Colorbox. I used a Fiskar's punch for my deco edge. Next I coated some chipboad flowers with glitter and layered them with some of those trusty bridal flowers from Michaels and some punched out flowers I made with my Target $1 Spot paper punch.

It feels weird, but this is my first time blogging from home--I usually do it while on the clock. Shhhhh, don't tell my boss! ;-)

I'm not sure if I'll have anything more to add for a few days so, as always, thanks for stopping by.

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

What type of fruit are You?

I saw this on Annapurna's blog so I thought I'd give it a try too.

You Are a Strawberry
You are friendly, outgoing, and well liked by many people.
You are popular, but there's nothing you ordinary or average about you.

You a very interesting person, and you have many facets to your personality.
Sometimes you feel very conflicted. Your different sides of your personality pull at you.

You are a very sensual and passionate person. You are fiery... you can't help it.
In general, you keep your passionate side under wraps. You are only wild in private.

I have to laugh because some of the things mentioned are also commonly used in horoscopes for Leos. I'm noticing a pattern here.......

Want to try it for yourself? Click here: http://www.blogthings.com/whattypeoffruitareyouquiz/

Sorry, I've been Neglecting the Craft Room

I'm sorry this week has been so quiet. I haven't spent much time in my craft room--too much has been going on. I had a very nice weekend with my honey. He usually works every weekend at his second job, but he finally quit so we took advantage and went to my parent's cabin at Innsbrook.

We took off early on Friday and headed out of town. We got settled in and relaxed/cooled off at the pool for a few hours. Then we had a VERY nice dinner--pan seared halibut with watermelon salsa (yummmmm!) and a nice bottle of wine.

We spent the rest of the weekend relaxing, BBQing, and even spent some time with my brother, sister in law, and the kids. It was a great time.

Once we got back home I tried to get into the craft room, but it's been hard. I got a new 160GB iPod for an early birthday present and so that has become a new obsession for now. I did manage to make a quick card for the weekly challenge at PTI. We had a sketch to follow and were supposed to use a PTI set that had yet to see ink. That was easy because I had just received my new goodies on Monday so they qualified. This isn't my best card-making effort, but it came together in the little time I had available.

My mom has requested that I make two birthday cards for her (a 90th and a 75th) for some ladies from her church. I have at least a week to make them so I'm sure I'll come up with something. I'll be sure to post once I have them completed.

Thanks for coming by. Have a great rest of today.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Memory Box

I finally used a stamp that I bought on my "Camp PTI" outing at the end of last month. It's a fun dandelion stamp with the small single seed mounted on the side of the main stamp for accents made by Memory Box. The sentiment is from PTI's Mixed Messages set.

I started with a base of Lavender Moon from PTI and added some patterned paper from Memory Box on the bottom. At the seam of the papers I used some lace and some Plum Pudding twill tape from PTI. The felt flowers are from American Crafts and I used a scrap of Spring Moss twill tape as an accent. This was a quick, but fun card with pretty purples.

Thanks for stopping by. Hopefully I'll be back soon with more cards. See ya then.

Blog Roll

I was going to post a new card, but blogger doesn't want to upload my picture right now so instead I just wanted to mention that I started a list of the blogs that I like to visit on a regular basis. It is in no way a complete list, but if I list them all I'd probably run out of room. ;-)

I find a lot of inspiration on-line and I hope that you do too. If there is anyone listed who would prefer not to be, please let me know and I will remove your blog ASAP.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Butterfly Kisses

Butterfly Kisses was my first stamp set from Papertrey Ink and it is still one of my favorites. The next two cards use that set and PTI's Vintage Cream, Sweet Blush, and Aqua Mist cardstocks. I'm on sort of a kick with the pink/blue/brown combo right now so bear with me.

This first card uses an ATC stamp from Red Lead Paperworks for the background (I got it free for spending $20 there on Saturday). The faux stitching is a stamp as well since I'm afraid I'd sew my fingers together with an actual sewing maching.

The next one was the first of my two Guest Star Stamper contest entries. I wanted it to look like the cover of a Fairy Tale book so I used the sentiment "Happily ever after" and some painted Grungeboard pieces to complete the look.

I do actually own other stamp sets, I swear. So this next card has nothing to do with Butterfly Kisses. Instead I used PTI's Out on a Limb set. After much searching, I found a lantern stamp from Inkadinkado to add to the branch. The velvet ric rack is from American crafts and the background paper is from Memory Maker's 5th Avenue collection.

Vintage Cream cardstock was my base again. I had never used cream paper before and I was a little skeptical about how often I'd use it, but I'm so glad I ordered it--almost every card I've made since has been on cream.

I've been making more of an effort to get into my craft room and start making things, and I've been much happier as a result. Card ideas have been coming to me pretty quickly and I am grateful for that because I know it doesn't always last. I've been hearing too many people talk about how their creative mojo is gone. I really hope for them it comes back soon.

Thanks for visiting and have a great rest of today.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Finally a Card (With More to Come)

I've been busy working a few cards but I can only show one of them today. The others are top secret for this month's Guest Star Stamper contest at PTI. LOL

This card is one of the weekly challenges from the Papertrey Ink forum. We had a sketch to work from, but could use any colors/theme we wanted.

I used PTI's vintage cream cardstock as my base and used a Marvy punch on some sweet blush cardstock for my oval. The rest of the paper is from Marcella's Angelica line (at Target). I used some $1 ribbon from Big Lots and some "bling" from Michael's. The sentiment is from PTI's Birthday Basics set--I stamped it in Chestnut fluid chalk ink from Colorbox and edged the oval with Rouge fluid calk ink. (I admit it may be a little off, but it's not really as crooked as it looks in this photo.)

I am very happy with how my GSS cards came out and I'll be sure to post them next week. In case I don't get a chance to post again, I hope everyone has a great weekend. Thanks for checking out my site.

Take Care.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

More Flowers

I don't have any new cards to post today so I thought I'd show you something different. One of my fellow bloggers has been showing some beautiful lily photos from her garden and it immediately reminded me this particular lily that happens to be my favorite. I found this photo from a Google image search:

I took that photo to my local tattoo shop and after an hour or so I came out with this for my 30th birthday:

You'll have to excuse the photography on this shot for a few reasons: (a) the tattoo itself is a few years old now, (b) I'm not the best photographer anyway, and (c) it's really friggin' hard to take a close-up picture of something on your own back! :-)

I know many people do not like tattoos and I agree that they're not for everyone, but I happen to like the ones that I have. I planned/chose my images carefully and waited at least a year to make sure I still wanted them before going. To me they are reminders of some very significant times in my life and I have never regretted them--even now, 15 yrs after my first one.

I hope everyone is having a great day. If not, stop and take a minute to appreciate something small like a flower and see if it helps.

Hopefully I'll have a new card for you tomorrow. Until then, take care.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Fireworks and Flowers

This July 4th I decided to try to capture the beautiful fireworks display at Innsbrook on film. Now, I'm not the best photographer so I took about 75 pictures and got a few decent shots, but they don't do justice to this $100,000+ fireworks display. Many of the photos turned out blurry because I was holding the camera and trying to enjoy the show at the same time, but here are a few:

I also had to take a picture of some beautiful lilies that sprouted up in front of my parent's cabin. There are plenty of wildflowers growing all over the property, but these were right by the front steps sort of welcoming everyone.

I hope everyone had a safe and fun holiday and I hope you enjoyed seeing these photos from my weekend.

Take Care.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Happy 4th of July

I probably won't be near a computer for the next couple of days so I wanted to wish everyone a Happy 4th of July. Have a great, safe long weekend!

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Papertrey Ink Customer Service

I know I rave about Papertrey Ink products(www.papertreyink.com), but I can't really say enough about how great their customer service is either.

In one of my previous posts (the card with the lily on it from 6-23-08) I used one of the semtiments from my Out on a Limb stamp set from PTI. When I looked at the photo, it appears as if I didn't ink it up properly because part of the "H" is missing from the word "much" in Thanks So Much. When I looked at my stamp, that part of the letter was missing--I must've damaged it previously while cleaning.

Long story short, I e-mailed customer service and today I recieved a new stamp in the mail, carefully wrapped in tissue paper, at no charge. (I promise to be more careful with this one!) When I think of how many companies would've done the same thing, my list is VERY short. I am very thankful I found such a great company.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

My First Challenge

We have a casual weekly challenge going on over the the Papertrey Ink forum and this week was my first time as a host. I chose a color challenge--cream, pink, and brown. I was inspired by this paint sample from my local hardware store.

I chose colors that I already had, so I used PTI's Vintage Cream and Sweet Blush cardstocks along with a nice dark chocolate brown from Archiver's. I accented with some patterned paper from Basic Grey's Infuse collection and ribbon from Martha Stewart. The stamps used were Paper Tray (sentiment) and Simple Little Things.

I colored the stamped image with copics and framed it with a scalloped chipboard frame from Maya Road that I painted with acrylic paints (burnt umber first, then warm white for a vintage/distressed look). I used VersaMagic chalk ink in Jumbo Java for the decorative accents on the frame and the corners of the cards, then I paired it with Rouge Colorbox Fluid Chalk ink for the sentiment.

Last week's challenge had a sketch to follow and it had to include a hole in the front. I decided to use PTI's new Plum Pudding and Vintage Cream cardstocks. I embossed the cream cardstock with the Birds and Vines Cuttlebug folder and used my own patterned paper that I made with PTI's new Guide Lines set by stamping in Plum Pudding and Spring Moss and tying with a bit of Plum Pudding twill tape.

The sentiments are from Birthday Basics and the small scalloped corners on the window are a tiny scalloped frame from Maya Road that I cut into 4 pieces--it was already cream colored so I didn't have to do anything but cut and glue.

If you want to join in the weekly challenge come on over to PTI's forum: http://forum.papertreyink.com/phpBB3/viewforum.php?f=19

Thanks for looking and have a great rest of today.