Friday, March 19, 2010

It's A Beautiful Day!

Yes it is a Beautiful Day! Thank goodness
the weekend is here. Been a long week.
The weather is going to be beautiful this weekend,
in the mid 60's which is really warm for us
this time of the year. I plan to get outside and
clean up the yard a little bit. Skip needs to get on the
roof and get down the heater cables and put the
gutters back up. Two of them along the back of the house
got ripped down a few weeks ago due to the
ice. It was just to heavy for the gutters to hold up.

I didn't get a chance to stamp so I'm sharing some cards
made by my friends Lisa and Kat.
Thanks girls!

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Thursday, March 18, 2010

Bunny? Or Egg?


So is it a bunny or an egg that looks like a bunny? I was playing around with this stamp as again it was something that I used this week and it was still on my desk demanding my attention. Stamped the egg on Creamy Caramel cardstock with Close to Cocoa ink. Ears were free cut from same cardstock and sponged with ink. Since I haven't had a pom pom in my craft room since I don't even remember when....I had to improvise with the tail. I layered two prima flowers together and attached to the bunny body with a gold brad. On the other side of the basket I stamped just a simple Happy Easter.




The basket was made with lavender
cardstock by Bazzill. Just love
the texture!!! Start with a 6x6
piece of cardstock, score on 2" and 4" on all sides. Cut on each side up to the score line, fold up basket and glue.
Strip of cardstock used to make the
handle. So simple!!!


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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Happy St. Paddys Day


Top of the Morning Laddies! I'm not feeling well today. I was sick yesterday to and took the day off work. Don't know what is wrong, but I've had a headache for two days now and just feeling YUCK! Have to go to work today though. If I can't shake this I'll be stopping by the doctors office.

Card is made with kraft, Garden Green, Vanilla, and Certainly Celery cardstock. Spellbinders heart die, Canvas BG, and Define you Life by SU. Popped the clover and used a mini library clip on the word stamp. Needed something in the center of the clover so I added a gold coin.










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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Hats On!


I got all my Red Hat stuff in the mail yesterday. Check out the card in the lower left of the pic, yes that is my membership card! How cool! I got a flag, bracelet, two different pins to wear, iron on patch, stickers, a decal for my car, and a pocket calendar. Didn't show that in this picture I'm making a special holder for that. I'll share will you later.

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Monday, March 15, 2010

Here Chick



Isn't this just a cute little card? I just love this cute chick!!! I was visiting mom at the home yesterday and I brought along a foam kit (shown on right) that had all the little pieces and parts needed to make little chicks. Mom likes to do little craft projects. These she will be giving to her aids and nurses for Easter. Anyway...while we were working on them I was thinking of what I had in my stamp room that I could use to recreate the chicks with cardstock. When I got home I had fun pulling out stuff to use. Base of the chick is made with So Saffron cardstock that was stamped with Weathered background stamp then sponged with More Mustard. The Top Note die from SU is so versatile for making many different animals. Wings are scallop punch, eyes: 3/4 circle punch for white, and eyelids, and 1/2 circle punch for pupils. Feet and beak were free cut using Bazzill orange (still had that cardstock on my desk from the weekend stamping) The egg was stamped on tan cardstock using Boarding Blue ink. Egg is from Scrappy Cat. I used some pop dots for the feet, and wings. I little piece of check brown ribbon tied around the top finished off the chick.

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Sunday, March 14, 2010

Funny Bunny


So I'm going through my stamp room using some supplies that I have not used or have not used in long time. One thing is flock. I bought a nice little kit of different colored flock last year or maybe the year before and have not used it. I couldn't find my heat and stick so after reading the directions on the flock I found out I could apply it with just glue. I got out my 2 way glue by SU and started to apply. I did small sections at a time on the bunny. Applied the glue added the flock and tapped it down in place with an pencil eraser. Then just tapped off the excess. Worked really well. For the egg colors I had to consult my friend Connie. The base card is orange by Bazzill papers. Love the texture on this and thought it would make a nice Springy looking card. So between me and Connie we came up with Certainly Celery, Orchid Opulence, and Barely Banana. I think those colors worked great together. Big Thanks Connie!


Both stamps used by Stampendous, Blockart Bunny, and the word stamp is the same one I used for the treat box that I posted on Friday. I used VersaMark and clear EP to add that to the card.

Now you may wonder about why I select this paper flower. Well I'll tell you when I glued the card down I discovered that I didn't cut the shimmery white cardstock evenly. It was a bit crooked on the bottom so I added the flower (that I added Stickles Crystal to) to help cover that up. Here is a pic of the card before I added the flower. You be the judge.....did I need to add it?

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Saturday, March 13, 2010

Recyled Tin


I found this mini muffin tin at the thrift store. I thought I was going to use it to make mini muffins, but somehow it found its way to my stamp room. I have many drawers in my stamp room as anyone will tell you. (yes lots and lots) I got to thinking all my little treasures that I've collected for stamping projects just hiding away in drawers. So lonely they must be...longing to be set free and hopefully to be used. SMILE!!!!!

So since the weather has been getting warmer, and Spring is just around the corner I got some of my odds and end treasures out and put them in the little cups. Now I have them sitting on my desk within my line of site and reach, so I'm sure they will get used now. What do you have stashed in your drawers hiding out?

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Friday, March 12, 2010

Easter Treat Box




these boxes are so fun to work with! I can see making more of these for other
holidays and birthdays! The boxes are from Stampendous! They come 10 to a package and sell for 3.99 at Archivers. Inside dimensions are 2" x 7".


Designer paper by Basic Grey Wisteria. I still had the paper pack on my desk from another project so I decided to use it again. Word stamp by Stampendous! Chicken set from SU, and jelly beans by Jelly Belly :) I have lots of ribbon laying around so it wasn't hard to find ribbon for the top of the box. Don't know if I like it on there still deciding. You can cut the hanger off at the top if you choose not to use it.

Been a long work week for me........

Thank Goodness it's Friday!!!!!

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Thursday, March 11, 2010

Sarah's Art

So Sarah is redecorating a room in her home and the color scheme is Brown and Turquoise. She found these prints at Pat Catan. The prints were great but they were matted in plain creme. In comes mom to the rescue with direct to paper technique. I used Chocolate Chip and Tempting Turquoise ink and added the ink to the mats with an Ink Blending Tool from Ranger. If you don't have one of these you really need one. Great way to blend ink. The flowers Kat might remember as I think she gave them to me for Christmas one year they are made by Prima. Perfect match for the colors. and the stamp used by SU! Finest Flourishes. There is one more print to this collection I didn't stamp on that one just added the ink to the mat. Its a large print and didn't really need anything else. Sarah will be framing all the prints with dark brown frames. I can't wait to see her room once she is finished. I'm quite pleased that she selected these colors cause I love them too!

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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Red Hat Again


So Sarah stopped over on Sunday, and I got her to take a better pic of me in my new Cowboy Red Hat. Of course Sarah wants to jazz the hat up with a bit of purple and some type of center piece for the front of the hat. So we will see.

Earlier on Sunday we met her and Jason and went to see Alice in Wonderland. Great movie! I know it didn't get the best reviews but I think the movie was wonderfully wonderland!





Okay enough of me and my red hat moving onto cards!





Stamp set by Stampendous! Flower Cross is an
exclusive set sold only at Archiver's so if you like this card and want the stamp you'll have to trot to your nearest store.

Designer paper by Basic Grey Wisteria. Love those
purples! The cross was water colored using aqua painter and ink. I added some glitter to the flowers by putting some crystal stickles on some scrap paper then used a paint brush to apply it. I'd rather apply it in this manner instead of squirting it on directly. Gives it just a touch of glitter. Also used scallop boarder punch by Martha Stewart, and some sparkle ribbon by American crafts. You can just make it out in this pic on the very top of the card I used the score pal to make three score lines. I thought this added interest to the overall card.

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Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Now That's the Way to Recycle!









So I was at the thrift store the other day (my all time favorite place to shop) and came across this little handbag. Take a good look the bag is made from recycled drink pouches. How clever is that! Of course the bag also appealed to me because it's purple with a little bit of red. Okay you know where I'm going with this. How cute to carry to a Red Hat meeting.

On the inside of the bag there are two more pouches that were sewn in for pockets. While chatting with the clerk she told me that her and her daughter had made some of these bags (not this one) a few years ago and her daughter was selling them to kids at school for 10 bucks a bag. WOW not bad for a item made from recycled drink pouches. Course buying it from the thrift store I bought my new treasure for .50 cents. Did I mention that I love the thrift store?

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Monday, March 8, 2010

Little Long Tail Visitor



So we had a visitor last Sunday when we had all that snow...as you can see in the pictures it was a lot of snow!!! Most of it has melted now. Thank goodness.

Anyway I was up in the kitchen sweeping the floor and happened to look at the siding glass door and saw this possum right at the door hitting it with his front paw. I called for Skip and once he saw this long tailed guy he ran and got the camera and went out in the cold to get some

pictures. I was surprised that he
didn't try to run away. He wasn't in a hurry at all and let Skip take all the pictures that he wanted to.


Now what did Granny Clampet use to say on the Beverley Hillbillies? .....going make us up some possum stew. You all have a great day.

I'm off to work.


You'll come back now...ya hear

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Sunday, March 7, 2010

Popped Bird


Good morning stampers (and readers) It's 12:57 in the wee hours of Sunday morning. Couldn't sleep so I decided to stamp. Not really thrilled with this card but hey can all of you out there stamp well at one in the morning? LOL

I stamped the bird on ivory cardstock then cut it out in an oval shape. Stamped the bird again and popped it over the first one, then repeated more popping with the bird's wing and two of the leaves. I think my ivory oval is a little crooked but hey again its one am.

Skip had to work Saturday so I did my grocery shopping and finished reading a Dean Koonz book that John gave me. It was so sunny today and got up to 41 that I sat in the kitchen by the siding glass door and took in some rays. And just between us I took off my shirt and just soaked up as much sun as I could. It really felt good. Thank goodness our back yard is wooded, no one around to see me. Suppose to get in the mid 40 today. I'll be at the mall in the early afternoon. Meeting Sarah and some of her friends there to see Alice in Wonderland. Just love 3 d movies. Hope its good. Skip decided not to go after reading the reviews and found out the movie got a C +. I don't let reviews tell me what movies to go see. Most of the time the ones that don't get high reviews are the ones I like. Go figure. Okay I'm rambling. Need to shut down and go to be for the night.

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Thursday, March 4, 2010

One Month....Really?


Has it really been a month since my last post. Where did the time go and just what have I been doing with my time that I was not able to post? Hmmmm I think the main reason is that winter has taken a toll on me this season. I'm cold all the time and just not a very happy camper. All those little aches and pains are starting to catch up to me. I'm really against getting older. "SIGH"

So how do you like the red hat? It's official I joined the Red Hat Society. I won't turn 50 till September 30th this year but I was allowed to join before my birthday. Of course I needed a red hat. Hubby says I need a big purple plume feather to stick in my red cowboy hat. I was trying to get the cat to look at the camera but Burbank was to interested in looking at me. Guess he never saw me in a hat before. LOL

So happy tomorrow is Friday. I have some big plans to start working on my new sewing room.....oh didn't I tell you? My oldest Sarah moved out of the house. So John moved into her old room as it is bigger and I got his old room for my sewing room. So excited....I already picked out fabric for the curtains thanks to my friend Connie for sending me a cover for my Cricut. I loved that fabric so much I asked her to get me more for the curtains. The cover as you can see in this picture was a perfect fit for my Cricut. Big Thanks Connie. I'm going to go to Home Depot and have them match the lightest color of green on the fabric and use that for the wall color. I'm going to replace the carpet also with cream color Berber. Can't wait till its all finshed. My stamp room is just not big enough to house my stamping supplies and my sewing. It will be so nice to leave my sewing machine out all the time and not have to pack it up all the time. Okay I'm writing a book now and its getting late need to cart myself off to bed so I can get up in the morning and go to work.

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