Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Wishing all of you out there a very Happy Thanksgiving. We just finished stuffing ourselves with turkey and all the fixin's!

Check out the great dessert - I mean candy that Bev has for the holiday! The next holiday is Christmas and it's gonna be pink!

Gotta go have a turkey induced snooze.......cheers!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

I found the jolliest clear stamp set at one of my fav stores, Stamplicity. The set is called "Christmas Characters" by Inkadinkadoo. I colored the santa with my copics, used the swiss dot embossing folder in the cuttlebug, nestabilities for the circles and scallop, dcwv paper (what else?), and I added a sparkle to his puff on his hat after I took the picture.

I wish I was better with my camera so I could get a clearer shot.

We're headed to my dad's for the Thanksgiving holiday. I'm dragging the ol' laptop along so hopefully I'll have time to check in on my blog. Speaking of family, my son Erik comes home from school today in his "emergency clothes". These are the ones we leave in his cubby in the unfortunate event the child has an "accident". Well, when he gets off the bus today he says, "mom, I had an accident at school". Well, I'm thinking he filled his pants or something. So I question him only to find out that he decided to go swimming in a mud puddle on the playground (he actually tripped and fell into a mud puddle). He was soaked thru from head to toe including his winter jacket, the snowpants, shirt, jeans, underwear, socks. And of course he left all the wet clothes at school in his cubby......soooooo we had to go back up to the school to retrieve them. Though he did manage to remember to shove his wet, muddy, soggy snowpants in the bottom of his backpack. As my dad would say, "Erik, you act just like a five year old"!

Monday, November 24, 2008

Biker Babes Rule

I'm a total biker babe. My ten-speed is awesome. I've had it for years....

I know this isn't a Christmas card, but I really thought the stamp was cute. It gives me a sense of a high-powered woman taking charge of her life....... okay, too much philosophizing here... I saw the stamp on a card on someone else's blog and just fell in love with it. When I was "over the river" in Buffalo at my new favorite store, Buffalo Stamps, I picked it up.

The stamp is "Bikeababeabella" from Stamping Bella. Paper is dcwv (I have all of their "stacks" so I've got dcwv coming out of my ears), and I colored the image with Prismacolor watercolor pencils. It's a nice medium to work with besides my copics.

The boys were back to school today being a Monday and all. Leo had a pajama party so he wore some pajamas to school. I guess being four years old you can do that sort of thing. He almost fell asleep on the bus (again) coming home at noon. You would think he'd take a nap then, but nope! Off and running with big brother Erik. I finally calmed them down with some "pearler beads". Those are those plastic tubes you put on a pegboard and then iron so the little pegs melt together and make a shape. We're making ornaments for our loved ones. So if you are a loved one reading this be surprised when you get it. The boys made them with lots of love.

I just heard that my friend from Calgary is coming back to visit in a couple of weeks. I'm looking forward to it. Dinner with the girls, shopping and more food......and the kids staying home with my DH. All grown-ups all the time.... Well off to get my little ones in bed!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Candy and a snowman....

Check out Debbie's blog candy and the cute cards here.

This is a new card I did using a new Penny Black stamp. The stamp actually has three snowmen and I'll probably do a card with the whole stamp soon so check back later for more. The paper is dcwv and the cs is ctmh. I used a Martha punch for the snowflakes and added some christmas red stickles and colored the image with my copics. Not one of my favorites, but simple and cute.

I decided to do a little christmas shopping this afternoon so I headed out alone (read: no kids tagging along). When I got home, my dh had a couple of friends over having a couple of "cold beverages" and watching the game. Which game? Doesn't matter, as long as there is a game on the TV will be on also. I guess that old saying "when the cat's away, the mice will play..." rings true in my household!

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Busy, busy, busy....

This week has been reeeaaaaalllllyyyy busy and I've been super tired. Okay, just excuses as to why I haven't posted since Monday. My goal is to post daily, however, I also need some material to post. This requires me to have a sit down at the craft table which is not always possible. I keep trying though.

These little tags are what's leftover when I cut the oval out of the "Wishing You..." christmas card we did in my card workshop. (see below). I stamped the snowmen images using a set from Stampendous and colored them in using markers, added an eyelet and some ribbon and 'tada!' little tags ready to go whenever I get around to wrapping gifts. I guess I have to go buy the gifts first if I want to have something to wrap....

Monday, November 17, 2008

How sweet it is....

This is a cute little stamp from Elsybells that I picked up at a great store in Buffalo, NY called Buffalo Stamps. This is my new favorite stamping store. They carry everything and more. It's an hour from my house and includes crossing the Canadian/American border with a passport and birth certificates for the boys. Hey, a girls gotta do what a girls gotta do to get her fix kwim?

I used my cuttlebug to emboss the background, patterned paper is DCWV, cs is CTMH, and I used my copics to color the stamped image. I'm sorta kinda startin to get the hang of blending and shading. Kinda sorta.......

Thursday, November 13, 2008

A moosey Christmas...

Here's another card for those of you not following my blog. I really think I am the only one who looks at this...... This is a card I made using the Hanna Stamps Moose. He is so stinkin' adorable. I colored him with my copics but didn't let the stamped image dry enough before I started coloring and the result was....he bled. But then again, it kinda looks like his fur is fuzzy. I'm still trying to get the hang of these copics with the blending and all that. I've been following a couple of cute blogs like Jenn's and Marianne's that give some instruction. Without them, I'd be totally lost. I used CTMH cardstock in topiary and heavenly blue. A bit of a strange combination but I like it. Obviously I used the cuttlebug for the background and a new Martha Stewart snowflake punch that I covered in stickles.

TFL or not,

Monday, November 10, 2008

Offerings from a recent card workshop

These are cards that I offered at my Christmas Card workshop last week. They are all Close to My Heart as I am a consultant. The first card used Snow Friends stamps, cuttlebug snowflakes covered in glitter glue, Aspen paper, the image was colored in with markers (twilight, orange, black, cranberry). I saw the design on the iheart2stamp blog and scraplifted the design to acommodate the CTMH product. Thank you kindly for the inspiration, Jen!
This second card used Deck the Halls paper with O Christmas Tree stamps. I used my cricut to cut the circle/scallops as it had to be done in bulk. The christmas tree is origami folded from three squares of paper. Totally easy peasy (as my kids would say). The star is 'popped'.
The third card used paper from Everlasting Creative Basics, cranberry ribbon. I heat embossed the design on the ornament with gold embossing powder.
The fourth card used Evensong Creative Basics paper and Winter Memories stamps. The sentiment is from Wonderful Season stamps. I cut the oval with a coluzzle.

This fifth card used Evensong paper with the tree stamps from The Beauty of Christmas set and sentiment from Winter Memories set. The snowflake is cut and embossed on the cuttlebug.

This last card was not part of the workshop as my DH insisted that pink and green were not Christmas colors and that I should stick with traditional cards. I kinda like it though and it could probably be used for a birthday card because of the design and colors. Well maybe the snowflakes on the background wouldn't so well work for a birthday unless it's Dec., Jan. or Feb?
After all that, I wanted to do something for me so I created the following card for something other than Christmas. The stamp is totally cute from Whipper Snapper Designs. I colored it using my copics and cuttlebugged the paper behind. For some reason I really had trouble making the scallop edging with my corner rounder. Must be losing my touch!

Anyhow, I'm off to see what my boys are up to. They have the little girls from around the corner over to play so I have in my house two 5 year olds, one 4 year old, and a 2 year old. I can hear they are currently playing house and they go to work to be superheroes (we have a whack of costumes). I keep seeing a batman or a supergirl running past the room here....... TFL!

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Saturday, November 8, 2008

A Little Late for Halloween, but...

Okay, here are two cards I made for my sons' teachers for Halloween. I have been trying to figure out how to upload pictures, so let's see if this worked or not. The pumpkins and spiders I cut from my cricut and I used DCWV patterned paper. The background papers are embossed with the cuttlebug too. For someone who is a Close to my Heart consultant, I certainly used very little product on these! The sentiment is CTMH as well as the ink. Okay so there is a little there. Whew! That's about all I can tell you now. I'm still getting the hang of this blogging thing.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Hello all!
This is my first attempt at a blog and for those of you that know me I am computer literate to the point that I can turn the computer on. For me to get this far is quite the miracle! Okay, maybe I'm not that bad but I haven't tried to post a picture yet. I guess we'll see how this goes.