Tuesday, September 30, 2008

SC194 and CC186

This is the first time that I attempted to combine two SCS Challenges. Not sure I was successful, but here it is. I used the sketch challenge from a few weeks ago, SC194. I tend to have difficulty with these types of sketches due to the different blocks of DSP in the background. I need to figure out an easy way to measure them so that they work together. Anyone have any tips for measuring?

Today's challenge over at SCS was CC186 Really Chocolate Breezes ...sounds yummy, huh?!? Thank God for this Frost Day DSP from SU! I would've really floundered without this great paper today.

Sorry for yet another crummy picture. I didn't have time to play until this evening, plus it's raining here AGAIN in Lancaster County. Grrr!!

What's In It....
  • Stamps: Seasonal Icons (Hostess Level 3) and Snow Swirled (sentiment)
  • Paper: Baja Breeze, Really Rust, Choc Chip, Frosty Day DSP
  • Ink: Staz-On Timber Brown
  • Acc: Punches - 1.25" Circle and Scallop Circle; Dazzling Diamonds; Choc Chip Satin Ribbon (retired); Ice Rhinestone Brad; Foam Mounting Tape

Monday, September 29, 2008

Joy for Mom

Hello Everyone! Hope you all had a fabulous weekend!! We got a lot of rain here in Southeastern Pennsylvania ....BLAH!! I still managed to get a good bit done. My Mom turned 59 yesterday (09/28) and we had a small family celebration at our house. It was really nice to see everyone. We live about 1.5 hrs apart, so we don't see each other that often. Our little nieces, Kayla and Devon, are growing up so fast!!

Here's a small gift that I made for my Mom. I used one of those small 4 x 6 acrylic frames and dressed it up with some SU! DSP, ribbon, pearls and Ice rhinestone; some PTI stamps and a Heidi Swapp Ghost Shape Snowflake that I covered with Stickles.

This took me about 10 minutes to make and I love how it turned out!! It would have been nicer in a "for real" frame, but I didn't have any on hand when the mojo struck me! I'm sure that's happened to most of you before. You just have to create the project in your head when it strikes you .... even if you don't have all the supplies you originally imagined.

Here are some close ups of the pearls and the snowflake. Sorry they are a little bit blurry!!












I also made my Mom about 25 or 30 Christmas cards. Every time I have a Christmas Card SAS (Stamp-a-Stack), I make about 5 extra of each card. That way I had enough to give to my Mom and some for my own personal stash!! Woo Hoo!!

Thanx for visiting!

Thursday, September 25, 2008

WT185 Charmed Smile ...

The challenge on SCS today is the *Ways to Use It* challenge. Julia challenged us to use charms on our creations ...and if we didn't have any, to make some! Well, believe it or not, I didn't have any charms in my entire craft room ... not a single one!! Shocking, I know! So, I pulled out some Polyshrink ....that SU! used to sell years ago.... and put it to use. It was my first time working with the Polyshrink, so I called on my bestest stampin' buddy LeAnne. After a few quick pointers, I was off and running ....er, stamping! It was quick and easy and I'm hooked!! I stamped the little pumpkin from *Eat, Drink & Be Scary* in black Staz-On, punched it out with the curly label punch and heated it up. If you've never done this before, I can be a bit alarming! The plastic shrivels and curls and looks like you won't be able to use it. But at the last second, it flattens out!! Woohoo! LeAnne gave me a great tip.... when you're done heating the polyshrink, use the side of a wooden block to completely flatten the piece while it's still warm. This worked wonders! Thanx LeAnne!!

Sorry for the blurry photos... it's a crappy, overcast day here in southeastern PA. Can't get a good shot to save my life!!


Here's a side view of the card....


Gotta run to work the concession stand at our High School's soccer game. The parents of the Jr. High boys work during the High School games, so that the High School parents can watch their boys play. Works out nicely!! Go Mules!! (Yes, I said *Mules*... )

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

CC185 So Sweet

I finally completed a challenge this week!! Woo Hoo!! I am a day late, but hey ...better late than never, right?!? Here's my take on this week's Color Challenge over at Splitcoast... Very Vanilla, Baja Breeze and Kiwi Kiss. I used Inkadinkado's Birthday Cupcake set that I just picked up at Michael's on Monday. I LOVE this set!! I paper pieced the cupcake wrappers, added Dazzling Diamonds on the icing, Red Glitter on the cherry and Sakura Stardust pen on top of the other cupcakes. The DP is from SU! .. Urban Garden and Bella Rose. I also added some bling from Adorn It on either side of the sentiment.



Here's a picture of our fat cat, Shadow. She loves to lay by the sliding door when the sun is pouring in. She was rolling around while I took her picture ... just like a photo shoot for America's Next Top Model!! haha!!


Thanx for visiting!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

No Stamping ...School Pics

Hello Everyone! I don't have anything new right now, but I will post again later. I plan to work on some challenges that I've missed this past week. Frankie doesn't have soccer tonight, so I should have some time to stamp. YEAH!!!

I wanted to share some pics of the first day of school. Every year we make a sign for the kids to hold up in pictures. At first they loved it ...creating the sign, holding it up, smiling big happy smiles. Then they got "too old" and hated it. Now they realize it's pretty cool to look back at the pics and the different signs. My DD, Jackie, is 16 (almost 17!) and she made most of this sign. Ryan, my DS who is 9, drew the stick figures that are hanging off and around all the letters and the ones at the bottom that represent our family. Too cute, huh?!?



This picture shows the older kids trying to wake Ryan up before they leave. Ryan can sleep for an hour longer and was not happy to be woken up!! From left to right: Frankie (13), Ryan (9), Kyle (16 and Jackie's boyfriend), Jackie (16).






Here they are out front. It was a beautiful day, weather-wise. Of course, what *First Day of School* isn't great for Mom?!?!?! Bwaahaha!!







Here is Ryan holding the sign. He's in Fourth Grade this year!!! GULP! My baby is growing up!!! He has a man teacher for the first time and is loving it.

I've been so blessed with my kids. They are kind, thoughtful, helpful, creative people and I love them with all my heart and soul!!

Thanx for visiting! Don't forget to check back later for some cards!!

Friday, September 19, 2008

Nothin' New...

Well, I don't have something new to show you. Like I said in previous posts, this week has been crazy. I really wanted to post something, since I get so bummed when I visit a blog that hasn't been updated for days and days!!

This card was stamped a couple of months ago as a thank you for a great friend of mine. LeAnne is my Stampin' Up! Grandmom ....which means she's my Upline's Upline. Confusing, I know! haha!! In any case, LeAnne has become such a great friend and is such an inspiration to me. You can see her fabulous work on her blog, Wee Inklings. I know you'll love her work!! She's got some fabulous Halloween treat bags posted today.

I cased this layout from the Fall-Winter IBC, page 96. The new catty is fabulous and a great place for inspiration.

I hope to get some stamping time in this weekend. We are having our quarterly meeting on Sunday and I haven't even started my swaps yet. GULP!! Our group is called *Wee Inkers*. Can you guess who came up with that name? haha! Yep, it's LeAnne. She always plans the best meetings and we all leave with many, many wonderful ideas. Not to mention great memories of friendship and stamping. Who could ask for more?!?! Well... KIDDING!!!

On a personal note, my 16 year old daughter, Jackie, got her license yesterday! Say it ain't so!!! She drove to her boyfriend's house all alone last night. Ahhhh!!!!!!! It was so hard to watch her pull out of the driveway. It choked me up!! To think that in two years she'll be off to college. I'm gonna miss her so much!!!!!!! Then I'll be the only girl in the house. SWEET MOTHER OF GOD, help me!!!

Have a great weekend!! Thanx for visiting!!

What's in it?
  • Stamps: Happiness Always (Level 3 Hostess Set)
  • Ink: Old Olive, Always Artichoke, Rose Red, Pumpkin Pie
  • Paper: Old Olive, Rose Red, Pumpkin Pie, Bella Rose DSP
  • Acc: Earth Elements Brads, White Taffeta Ribbon, Key Tag punch, staple

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Christmas in September SAS

Hello Everyone! Things are still hectic (soccer, orthodontist, school, blah, blah, blah!), so I apologize for my lack of posts.

Monday night I held my third Christmas Card Stamp-a-Stack (SAS) this year. We had a blast! Several neighbors came ...including one who is building a house right next to mine (Hey, Linda!)..some friends and my Aunt Kate. I was especially happy to see her, since she lives over an hour away and we don't see each other as often as I'd like. She's awesome!!

Well, I opened a bottle of wine and put out some Hershey's Kisses and Hugs ...needless to say, we laughed all night! And stamped!! Here are two of the cards we made:

Recipe:
  • Stamps: Snow Flurries, Small Script (both retired SU!)
  • Ink: Always Artichoke, Bravo Burgandy
  • Paper: Always Artichoke, Bravo Burgandy, Shimmery White, Vellum CS
  • Acc: White Organdy Ribbon (retired SU!), CB Textile EF, Dimensionals










Recipe:

  • Stamps: Cute & Curly
  • Ink: Old Olive, Riding Hood Red
  • Paper: Riding Hood Red, Very Vanilla, Holiday Treasures DP
  • Acc: Choc. Chip Stain Ribbon (retired SU!), Curly Label Punch, Dimensionals

Sunday, September 14, 2008

FS84 Merry Santa


I apologize for the lack of posts these past few days. Our schedule has been hectic ...soccer practice/games, DeMolay activities, family birthday parties, preparing for my next Christmas Card SAS. Whew!!

I finally squeezed in some fun stamping time and participated in the Featured Stamper Challenge over at SCS. Liz ...aka LazyLizard ... is the FS84. Check out her gallery here. She has some truly amazing work. I didn't have much time, so I had to pick a fairly simple card to case. I chose this one.

The rules are to change at least two things. I changed the following:
  1. Colors (Riding Hood Red, Shimmery White, Basic Black)
  2. Stamp Set (Hero Arts)
  3. Ribbon (Riding Hood Red Taffeta Ribbon)
  4. Cuttlebug Embossing Folder (I used the Textile folder)
Thanx for stopping by! Have a great week!

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Welcome to the Neighborhood!

We had some new neighbors move in a few houses down .... about 2 months ago!! {insert red face} I'm taking some homemade banana bread over to introduce myself and say, "Welcome to the neighborhood!". I figure that it's better late than never, right?!?! Hope they do, too!

I used SU!'s new Bella Rose DSP to create a "belly band" around the tray of banana bread. Then stamped the Fresh Baked Just for You from PTI's Holiday Treats set. LOVE that set!! It's great year 'round!! The card stock (CS) is Riding Hood Red, Kraft and Very Vanilla. Ink used is Staz-On Timber Brown and Riding Hood Red.

Hope to have another post later on today ...for the SCS Sketch Challenge. Check back later tonight for details.

Have a great day!! It's gorgeous here in Southeastern PA! Thanx for visiting!!

Monday, September 8, 2008

FS83 Shoes Change Your Life!


Hello! This was my first Featured Stamper (FS) Challenge over at SCS....woohoo! Yes, I'm a day late. Nothing new for me. haha! The FS this week was Denise (aka card crazy on SCS). Check out Denise's gallery here. She has some incredible work!! I chose this card. Anyone who knows me, knows that I am a shoe fanatic ...big time!!! I'm embarassed to say how many shoes I own. Although, in my defense, I wear them all on a regular basis. I just LOVE shoes ... always have... especially high heels. Love, love, love them!! You know what they say, "Vanity over sanity!!" haha!! So, when the new SU! Catty came out, I just had to get the new set called Humor in High Heels. It's a really cute set, with some great sentiments. I just wish that SU! would've used a sexier shoe ...instead of one that looks like it belongs to Minnie Mouse. Not that I don't adore Minnie, but you get my point right?!?

Anyway, the rules are to change at least two things about the card you decide to case. Here are my changes....
  1. I changed the colors.
  2. I changed the stamp set.
  3. I changed the layout, slightly.
I really like how this card turned out! Make sure you check out the FS83 Gallery for some other great cards. Thanx for stopping by!

Recipe:
  • Stamps: Humor in High Heels
  • Ink: Staz-On Black
  • Paper: Bashful Blue, Shimmery White, Brushed Silver, Basic Black, Summer Picnic DSP
  • Acc: White Taffeta Ribbon, Flat-backed Pearls from the Pretties Kit, Lg Oval Punch, Wide Oval Punch, Crystal Effects (on shoe), Sekura Stardust Pen (on "shine" marks above shoe and beads on corners of pillow)

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Queen Bee Tammy


This card was made for one of my closest friends, Tammy. We've known each other for 20+ years now. Her birthday was on Wednesday, but I haven't gotten together with her yet. I made her two sets of note cards, as well. I hope to post them later on today. I also hope she doesn't check my blog today and blow the surprise!! haha!

I totally, completely cased this card from Taylor at Taylored Expressions. Tammy loves bumble bees and this card was just perfect, so I figured why change it?!?! The set is PTI's Honey Bee. The crown is embossed with Detail Silver EP. Sorry for the glare. We are being hit with torrential down pours and the lighting isn't great. I took the pic under my Ott light....LOVE that thing! I got it from JoAnn.com with the 40% off coupon. I don't know how I stamped without it!!!!

If any of you have visited Taylor's blog (and who hasn't?!?), you know how amazing she is. She just started her own line of stamps, too! I believe they released yesterday. Check them out here... Stamp A Sweet Impression. They are adorable!! I can't wait to get my hands on the Trick or Sweet set. LOVE IT!!

Sorry for my lack of posts these past couple of days. My son, Frankie, is playing soccer for his middle school. He's in 8th grade this year. Where is the time going?!?! He was just moved up to Varsity and is doing great!! I'll have to post some pics when I get them loaded onto my PC. He plays the Striker position and loves it. We're very proud of him!! Go Solanco Mules!! (Yes, I said Mules. Who came up with that fabulous mascot?!?!)

Thanx for visiting!

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

My 1st Color Throwdown!

Sorry for the late post today. Thought I'd have more time to stamp ...no such luck. Hate when that happens!! I don't really like this card, but since it's all I had time for today here it is! I love this set, just not loving the Regal Rose with this layout/color combo. I'm gonna try again, but won't be able to post until later tonight.

If you haven't done so already, check out the Color Throwdown blog at http://colorthrowdown.blogspot.com/2008/09/color-throwdown-9.html. One of my good friends, and my SU! Grandmother, LeAnne Pugliese is one of the CTD Girls. Hey LeAnne!! Check out her blog at http://weeinklings.blogspot.com. She's amazing!

Thanx for visiting!

What's in it?
  • Stamps: Upsy Daisy (SU!)
  • Paper: Baja Breeze, Kiwi Kiss, Regal Rose, WW, Urban Garden DSP
  • Ink: Old Olive, Regal Rose, Rose Red (SU! Markers)
  • Acc: 5/8" Old Olive Grosgrain Ribbon, Ticket Corner Punch, Scotch Foam Mounting Tape

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

CC182 Monochromatic for Cassie

My 13 yr old son, Frankie, asked me to make a birthday card for his girlfriend, Cassie. I haven't played along with the challenges on SCS for awhile, so I jumped right in today! The Color Challenge is one of my favorites. I like being pushed out of my comfort zone .... a little bit ....when it comes to card making, anyway!! haha!

Frankie told me that Cassie's favorite color is pink, a girl after my own heart! Don't you just loovveee Cupcakeabella?!?! She's so girly and frilly and fabulous and just begging for glitter.

Sorry the picture isn't the clearest. I think it's almost time for a new camera. Gulp!

I used my Creative Memories Circle Cutting System for the three circles. On the Pixie Pink circle, I used my corner rounder to get the scalloped edge. The card base is Pretty in Pink and has Stampin' Up!'s Cupcake wheel along the bottom in PIP. I used three different kinds of glitter ... Red Romance, Dazzling Diamonds and Chunky Clear ....all SU! The sentiment is from PTI's Mixed Messages. The White Taffeta Ribbon is from SU! and is scrumptious. It's such a soft ribbon and ties like a dream!!

I don't know about any of you, but I'm so thrilled to have the kids back in school and on a routine!! No more, "I'm bored!" or "He's touching me!" or "What are we doing today?". Those comments make the daily question of, "What's for dinner?", seem like a breeze. Although, the dinner question still annoys me to no end. Sometimes, just sometimes, I miss the days of being little and having dinner made for me!!

Hope you are all enjoying your Tuesday! Thanx for visiting!!

Monday, September 1, 2008

Happy Day Uncle Wade!


Happy Labor Day Everyone!!

Long weekends are the best!! We have all been so lazy today. LOVE it!! We've gotta get our butts in gear now, though. My BIL's birthday is today and we are going to their house to celebrate. Here's the card I made to celebrate Wade's 41st!! I decorated the inside, as well. It's a shame that SU! retired the Jersey Shore DSP. It's fabulous and perfect for male cards. I think that seems to be the number one struggle for papercrafters ...male cards. Well, for me anyway!

Have a fabulous Labor Day! Until tomorrow....


What's in it?
  • Stamps: Short & Sweet, Bitty Basics (Hostess Level 1)
  • Paper: Brilliant Blue, Bashful Blue, Jersey Shore DSP (retired)
  • Ink: Staz-On Black
  • Acc: 1 3/8" Circle Punch, 1 1/4" Circle Punch, 1" Circle Punch, Dimensionals