Sunday, February 27, 2011

It's Blog Candy Time!

Hi Everyone!

It's time for some blog candy. To win just leave a comment on THIS post. Tell me what you like best about rubber stamping, scrapbooking or paper crafts. All comments will be eligible but if you are also a "follower" of my blog and your name is drawn you will receive a few extra surprise gifts. :0)

I wanted to tell you a bit about the Blog candy so here goes...

It is new from "Little Yellow Bicycle" called Twig. The pictures don't do it justice! The little tiny button centers to the lacey details and great verses...I promise you will love it ALL! :0)

You will receive:
3 each of 5 different double sided designer papers(total of 15 pages)
1 cardstock sticker "Fresh Verse" it has68 pieces in pack
1 cardstock stickers "Favorite Pieces" it has 53 pieces in pack
1 "Fabric Favorites" it has 16 pieces in pack
1 crepe paper lace stickers it has 5 pieces in pack
1 layered "Flower Button Dots" it has 8 pieces in pack
1 butterfly "Dimensional Stickers" it has 6 pieces in pack
1 "bag of Feathers" it has 5 pieces in pack
1 "10 Things Pocket" it has 11 pieces

I look forward to your comments not just for the blog candy but hope if you see something you like you will post. I enjoying hearing any ideas or requests to add to my blog that will make it better.

Take care and I wish you time to be creative but most of all time to stamp!

Till my next post...

Card Night ..."Green" Theme Card Exchange

What a great card night we had. One of the gals suggested a card exchange. We each made enough cards for each person in our group. We had a theme and then it was fun to see how everyone took that theme and put it to paper. I want to tell you a bit about each "Green Theme" here goes. :0)

Well, lets get mine out of the way. I'm so indecisive so I ended up making 2 cards. The Queen Anne's Lace and the leaf card. I also stamped my envelopes. I used a Signo white gel pen and did each small dot then went back over and used a glitter pen and did each small dot! It took a bit more time but the results I got doing it that way were worth it. The leaf card was just a clean and simple design. I love the look of it. I'll be sending that one to my brother this week for his "card of the week". (oh and sorry I posted pics of mine twice..I can't figure out how to delete one of them...opps!)

The wolf card my sister Mary did. She worried so much that her's wouldn't be good enough(she is just learning to stamp) but I thought they turned out great. I would have never thought to stamp a wolf in green! She used Bazzill textured cardstock for her card base and the shimmery sheen it had really made the card.

Jeanne did the "Your Special" card with the bow and gem center. I love the delicate eyelet border in white she added. It's those little touches that make a card really pop. The inside was stamped with the saying "For my friend who's always there, who's always kind, and always cares". What a great friendship saying! Jeanne is also the one who suggested the card swap. Thanks Jeanne, can't wait till our next one!

Sonja made the quilted top note card. I hope you will be able to see how she embossed a the top layer of the card giving it this cool feel and great dimension. I love the clean look of the ribbon with no bow just using the scallop oval and oval punches for the saying. The colors in her "fabulous friend" image match the decorative papers she used to a tee! That lovely red flower gives it an instant focal point.

Speaking of red... Diane's card with her floral stamped image and two different but matching decorative papers(love the polka dots and the papers are a perfect match). Check out the way she did her ribbon. That subtle twist makes all the difference. And when I say it's the little details that you see the way she highlighted the stamped image along the edges with the matching ink. It helps give it that little extra against the green layer. Nice touch!

Susan did the glittered lace card. She also demonstrated the technique on card night. We were all "sparkly" when we left! LOL I guess if your a stamper you will understand it is NOT a piece of lace on the card but just glitter in two colors to make the glitter image. We used a piece of lace to make it. Her card was so pretty she had some with yellow and some with pink layers. I really loved the sunny feel the bright yellow gives it. I thought the saying stamp she used had a nice font for the lacey look of the card. I can tell you I will be doing this again. It is a fun way to make a card.

Paula did the potted plant. If you know Paula you know her cards are all about the details! The card base has been embossed but she didn't stop there she embossed the white layer too. (it has the cutest little bird on it) then the decorative multi-colored paper she used to cut out the vine and it tucks under the cut out from the pot gives it a realistic look of the plant. She popped up the leaves to give it a feeling like it's growing right out of the little pot. Very nice touch. But she didn't stop there she added a large detailed cutout leaf to the inside of the card. Like a said Paula you never miss a detail! :0)

Denise did the palm tree and suitcase card. Ahhhh...for some place tropical. I love all the little details the inked edges around the layers. The color and flowers on the suit case tie into the earth color around the tree. And how awesome is the saying on the inside!!! It says "Travel Light through life...only pack the good stuff." What a great reminder for me...sometimes I "carry" the stuff I shouldn't be. This card really makes me smile.

I saved Barb's card for last. I really got a great tip from her card. One in which I will do more often! First off I love a stamped envelope but if you'll notice she tied that image into the inside of the card. Really nice touch! I usually only do a saying or and image. But why not do both? Great tip...great idea Barb! I also wanted to say how much I loved the torn layers and the little green dragonflies are layered up for an extra bit of dimension.

Of course seeing how green is my favorite color this will probably be one of my favorite card swaps. :0) I couldn't pick a favorite if I tried. Each is so different and each one is a masterpiece to me! I know we said we wanted to have cards to have on hand to send out and this would be a nice way to have a good assortment...but I don't think I'll be able to part with any of these.

I look forward to our next swap! I hope you will leave a comment and tell me if you have one you like and why. But most of all I hope you will get some great ideas from my talented stamping friends!

Until my next post I wish you time to be creative but most of all time to stamp!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

The Kindness of Rubber Stampers

It has been awhile since my last post. I think things had finally caught up with me and I just needed the down time. I guess I'm not as young as I use to be. LOL

I tried so hard to get a better picture of the cards my rubber stamping friends sent to me. This picture just doesn't do them justice. The angel card is done with copic markers, the wings are glittery and the layers have texture and sheer elegance. So totally a Paula Card! :0) The purple one in the middle is by my friend Jeanne and it is done on vellum. It has a soft and ethereal feel to it. The flowers have a touch of glitter to them. So very nice. The black and white card from Susan is simple yet elegant. Susan's layers are perfect! It is her attention to the little details that I appreciate so much. The corners are rounded and it is a very balanced card. The lovey blue and purple card with the flower layers was made by Diane. It had just the right amount of embellishments plus she brought us a very cherry cheese danish which Lee ate ALL of it! He said it was the best danish he had every had. I can say it smelled good! LOL And the card in the front is from my friend Debb from Indiana. It has the most beautiful ribbon (which of course you can't tell from my poor photo). It has a delicate feel to it and the popped up center image just makes the card. My friend Linda is in Florida right now and she sent the beautiful card with the leaf on it(top left) my favorite shades of green!

But beyond the how beautiful the cards each were, was the inside that mattered most to me. To know that my friends share with me not only in the good but in times of sorrow. Their kind words really were a comfort. I miss my Uncle Kenny. He was a good man who lived a life full of love and kindness. I'm so thankful to have loving, sharing and kind friends. My cup runneth over...:0)

Till my next post...

Saturday, February 12, 2011

More Blog Candy!

Ok's the best picture I could get of the blog candy won by Monica S. it includes:

One pack each of Stampin Up cardstock in Pacific Point, Melon Mambo, Gable Green, Yoyo Yellow, 3 packs of Stampin Up "Hooray" designer hardware,crystals,Maya Roads Chipboard blossoms, set of stamps by Inkadinkado called Bird Assortment..lots of funny sayings, and owl stamps from PSX and Wildlife Enterprises Ltd. I forgot to put the ribbon in the picture but there is some ribbon. :0)

I will get it out to you this week. Congrats and thank you again for joining my blog site as a follower.

Just remember, as I said in my last post I will be posting a picture of the next blog candy next week and what you need to do to win. So keep checking back!

I wish you all time to create and most of all time to stamp!

Till my next post...

Friday, February 11, 2011

Blog Candy

At our last card night I let all the girls know that I would be giving out blog candy. I wanted to give out some blog candy for , the first person to sign up as a "follower" of my blog and the first two comments to help get the prizes rolling! Hope you will like your prize.

Monica was the first to sign up. I will make sure to post a picture of her prize in the morning. (I need more light to get a good picture). And the first comment was made by Jeanne S. and the second by Diane M.

The prize for the first comment: One pack each of Stampin Up cardstock in real red and night of navy, ribbon, page pebbles, gems and Maya Road set of 3 chipboard books in the cutest little pail with handle.

The prize for second comment is one pack each of Stampin Up cardstock in sage shadow and pretty in pink(one of my favorite color combos), Stampin Up's pretties kit, ribbon and some glitter stickers.

Thank you for signing up and for your wonderful comments.

But don't worry there is more blog candy to come! :0) Keep checking in to see the next blog candy.

I wish you time to be creative and most of all time to stamp!

Till my next post...

Card For David...Week 30

Well, 20 weeks down! I can't believe it's only 30 more weeks till David turns 50. Been there done that. Turning 50 wasn't bad at all but I don't know how I will feel about turning 53! LOL :0)

I try to send a little gift now and then. I thought with this card getting a make your own pizza kit would give him a laugh. I rarely if ever eat pizza(one of my least favorite foods) so after I was done I asked Lee "what do you think, does it look close enough to a real piece of pizza?' He said looks pretty good , I guess you could have used the picture on the box to see what colors you needed." Well...duh!!! Sometimes I don't know why my brain isn't turned on! :0)

The Card is made with a Rubber Baby Buggy Bumpers rubber stamp. (try saying that 5 times fast! ) I computer generated the stamp saying. (sometimes I just crack myself up...hehe) Stamped using Chocolate Chip ink pad from Stampin Up and colored in with an assortment of markers from Stampin Up and Close to My Heart. I applied all the color using a Color Brush Blender Pen from Zig. I just touched it to the tip of the marker and then took a little off on a scrap piece of paper then applied and just kept layering the colors. The cardstock used is all Stampin Up in Very Vanilla, Chocolate Chip and Rose Red.

Now to the post office!

I wish you time to be creative and most of all time to stamp!

Till my next post...

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Goodbye Sam

Everyday my sister and I talk we catch up on the happenings of the day but sadly today when my sister called she let me know that her dog Samson aka Sam died in his sleep last night. When she woke up for work and bumped him and he didn't move she knew. She had just had him in last week to the vet. Even they were shocked at his sudden death. Like me she has never had children and I guess we treat our pets like they are our children. I feel such sorrow for her loss.

Lee talked with her for a few minutes and told her he knew it will tear him up when Jasper goes. I know how he feels. A friend and I were talking about how it seems more like our pets rescue us than the other way around. :0)

I wish I could find the picture of Jasper sitting by Sam when we took Mary to the airport but alas it is not to be found. This isn't the best picture of Sam but he loved to go for rides!

So goodbye Sam....thank you for being a loving and friendly dog but most of all for saving Mary.

Till my next post...

Card For David...Week 31

I'm a bit late in sending this card for my brother for the week but I guess as long as he gets it that's all that matters. :0) Since my taking Michelle Zindorf's beginner and advanced brayer technique classes it seems that's all I really want to use to make cards! I think David will really like this one. I followed Michelle's online tutorial for this card.

I used all Stampin Up supplies except for one of the ink pads for the direct to paper technique is from Close to My Heart color Brown Bag.

Thank you to my sister who lent me this stamp set. It is from Stampin Up! called Nature Silhouettes.

Take care and I wish you time to be creative but most of all time to stamp! :0)

Till my next post...

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Sadness Thru Tears and Laughter

Last night was the showing of My Uncle and today the services were held. It was wonderful seeing all my family even under the circumstance. I sometimes forget how large my Mom's side of the family is. To share funny and touching stories about my Uncle Kenny and each other was a soothing salve.

The minister talked of many qualities my Uncle had but one above all else he heard time and time again from everyone was how he never forgot to tell you he loved you. So many people (me included) forget to tell our family and friends we love them and appreciate them. My Uncle Kenny never forgot to say it. He lived his life full of love not just saying it. He helped everyone he could. He was always thinking of others. I'm better for knowing him and better for having such a good example.

I talked to him the week before and his last words were "I love you and tell Lee I love him too." I hope as the days, months and years now pass by I will remember to never let too much time pass by to tell my family and close friends how much they mean to me and should I leave this world for whatever reason those I leave behind will know how I feel about them in my heart and how much better they have made my life.

Till my next post...

Friday, February 4, 2011

No Power, No Phone, No Water...Plenty Cold!

Well, just a quick note to let everyone know I will be back to my regular blogging next week. It has been a very hard week. On Monday, my Uncle Kenny was killed in an auto accident in Columbus, Ohio. The showing is tomorrow and the services will be held Sunday. He lent me 2 or 3 cook books every month last year. I loved talking about cooking with him. We both loved anything with sauerkraut! He was so supportive of my diet change he even bought me a fabulous Vegetarian Cookbook at Thanksgiving. He was so kind to Lee and we had a lot of laughs and good times. He will be remembered and missed.

On Tuesday we got the beginnings of the ice storm which took out our power around 8pm. We didn't get power back till Thursday at around 2:30pm. It took a toll on Lee but we stayed holed up in our bedroom shutting all the doors to the room and burning candles to keep warm. The first night was the worst. Since I only had a cordless phones hooked up ...they didn't work with out the electric! I finally remembered I had an old princess phone and got it plugged up on Wednesday night. Mary came out on Thursday bringing us water and some warm food. Before she left the electric came back on. She was relieved but not as much as Lee. LOL

The house got down to 48 degrees so it took most of the night to get the temperature back up. Thankfully our room hovered around 65 degrees most of the time. It was an adventure. I have to say it was kind of romantic all bundled up in bed by candle light...except for the not showering! LOL It was so quiet except for the hum of our neighbors portable generator. Our driveway, sidewalks and yard are still all a big sheet of glass . And the trees are covered in icicles. (Our big tree at the back of the lot lost a couple of good sized branches) But it is all so pretty when the sun hits it. It sparkles like a million diamonds.

We are suppose to get snow now. So I need to get up early and chop some more of the ice off the sidewalks and the cement pad in front of the garage doors. Who says I don't get enough exercise. LOL :0)

Well, I look forward to posting again. I have some really cool give-a-ways next month. So keep checking back.

I wish you all warmth, safety and most of all remember the ones you love and tell them is so fragile.

Till my next post...