Saturday, December 1, 2012

1/2" Paper Strip Christmas Ornament



One video down...one to go. :0)

 I hope you aren't to distracted by my kitten, Titan, climbing all over me while we are taping. It has become increasing difficult to do any paper crafting let alone video tape a project! At least the kittens are FUN!

I have seen this ornament made a couple of ways. I did mine like Frenchie Martin of Stamping With Frenchie. If you ever need a quick bit of inspiration she has so many wonderful cards, 3-D projects and lots of videos to watch!

I think I will have to give up on posting the second video till tomorrow morning. Hope you will check back to see it. Very fun Christmas tag! Hint: I LOVE how I made Santa's belt buckle!

Take care and Happy Stamping!

Till my next post...

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Back To Stamping...Life Is Good!

Well, I sure have taken a hit health wise but I'm beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Today is going to be my first day out that isn't a doctors appointment. Yeah!

I meet for a card swap. Some people like me make more than one set so you get more cards. I'm never disappointed. Everyone is so talented!

So here are my 3 cards I made for today. Hope you like them.


I used all Stampin Up supplies except where noted. This card is done with Wisteria Wonder and Lucky Limeade. The stamps are from Nature Walk and Curly Cute. Wisteria Wonder Bakers Twine and Brad. I used a Sakura Clear Star pen to add some glitter to the flowers.(I wish it would have shown better on the pic)



This fun card is made with Early Espresso and Calypso Coral. The stamps used are from Reason To Smile and Wacky Wishes(love this fun new hostess set). Clear Itty Bitty Buttons tied with Early Espresso Bakers Twine. I used pop dots to lift the flowers in three different heights.

Last but not least my favorite of the three. :0)






Isn't this the cutest! I used stamps from Aviary and Tiny Tags. The colors are Early Espresso and Pool Party. The print paper is actually from the new Christmas paper pack called Festival Of Prints(who says you have to always use it for a holiday card). I used the Framelits Dies along with the Paper Piercing Pack. I love how it gives you a pattern to pierce around the layer, I think it gives it a bit of texture to the card. I used Pool Party Bakers Twine and since I punched a small hole to thread it through the spot above the birdcage, I used a small clear crystal gem from Want To Scrap to cover it. I think it makes the card. 


As always I wish you time to be creative but most of all time to stamp!

Till my next post...

Monday, July 23, 2012

Wonderful Memories

I remember all the sleepless nights feeding Woody and Kitty Karma. We knew right up front they didn't have a very good chance but we put our all into saving them.
Woody was the cuddler. He loved to be held.
He always seemed to have something wrong with him! :0) This bump turned up and had to be drained. It seemed like he spent as much time at the vets as at home!
When the plate was empty he could flip it over and then stand on them. It was like he was saying "More Please".
Another sick spell. He could barely walk or eat.
 
Then Kitty Karma got sick and he never left her side. Sadly we lost her in November of last year. 

 He loved being in my stamping room with me. He stayed with me all day long. He found the perfect place to sleep!

 It's funny how he would love to watch me stamp. I think he liked the heat from the Ott-Lights. :0)

 Sadly this morning we had to have our cat Woody aka Mr. Wood E. Pile euthanized. I remember when we found him in the wood pile(hence my husband naming him). For such a little kitten he could cry! We found another kitten at the same time in the flowerbeds. I nursed them every 2 to 3 hours round the clock for months. They were just both so sick. The vets were we go were there for us through a lot of rough times. We knew that Woody wouldn't have a full life but we were determined that he would have a great life as long as he was alive. It's funny the things you remember as you look back. Dr. Lynn was so worried about the neurological damage he had and told us it would be a miracle if he lived a year. Well he was our miracle. He lived to be a year and one month.

He was my cuddlebug. I never had a cat that liked to be held so much. He wanted to be where I was and would cry if he didn't see me. He also always came when I called him. We spoiled him rotten EVERYDAY we had him. I'm so glad we did. He was a joy everyday and he will be remembered as one silly, crazy, wild, head butting and loving cat. It's funny how quiet our house is right now. But not for long. I love cats and I just think no home is complete without at least one! :0)

Most of all I'm so grateful for the vets Dr. Lynn and Dr. Connell who saw both our cats (so very often) who tried every known medicine and compound. Took special care with Woody's surgery. For all the staff not for just the laughs but for the tears they shed with me. For every kind word and call to check on them. You gave us as much time with them as you could.  For that we will always be in your debt. Plain City Animal Hospital is the BEST!

This kind of took the wind out of  my sails so to speak.  Take care and I'll be back very soon!

Stamping hugs,
Shirley



Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Got Lobster???


I saw this idea on Lynn Pratt's website in 2010. It is made with punches except for the lemons. They are from the Tart & Tangy Stampin Up set(now retired) stamped and cut out. The sentiment is computer generated on whisper white cardstock. I couldn't get the little legs on the lobster sides right so after a few tries I finally gave up and figured this was as good as it would get!  LOL

If you would like to see how it should really look you can check out Lynn Pratt's website Stamp-N-Design, her August 5, 2010 post. It's much better than mine!

The second card is using the brayer techniques I learned from a class I took from Michelle Zindorf.


 Above is just the card and below we set in a gift box of craft colored shreds.
 Here is the birthday card(sorry not such a good picture).

I hope you enjoyed the pictures as much as I did making them.

Till my next post...



Tuesday, June 19, 2012

What A Day We Had Yesterday!

 Starting to dig out around the well.
 That's my hubby Lee in the wheelchair. :0) Those two cute little dogs are Lilly and Lizzy my neighbor Tonia's dogs. She is the one who gave us our Yorkie, Jasper! She was kind enough to lend me a cooler for the garage sale and she stopped by to pick it up. I told her I was getting a pool finally! I wish! hehe
 Yuck! it doesn't look too deep but they went down a little bit more than 3 feet to get to the pipe.
Getting it filled back in. They were done in no time flat!




As you can tell from the photo's we had a wild start of the day. Just last week we noticed our water pressure was bad and we thought it was the pressure pump that brings the water into the house from the well. (that's right we live in the boonies no city water here...just good old well water! LOL) But it turned out to be a worn out fitting at the actual well. That ended up being a easy fix.



Till my next post...

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Quick Update On Lee & Some Flowerbed Pictures :0)

 Hello my dear blog followers,

I thought I would add a few of the pictures from my flowerbeds. Of course I never got them finished(when Lee gets home from the hospital I can finish them off). I think some of the "weeds" are the prettiest flowers! :0) And how about our toad? Cool huh? We have a bunch of them and the little ones are so cute!!!
 I love dandelions. They remind me of my Grandma Reams. She would let me help her pick them along with greens. Then she cooked the greens up and shared them with me. I love the bright cheery yellow of them.
My sister gifted me with  trumpet and honeysuckle plants and they are now starting to bloom. I wish I could have caught the hummingbird drinking form this one. How Lee and I love to watch the hummingbirds.
This isn't such a great picture of this Coral Bell plant(I hadn't weeded around it yet). My sister got me 2 of these and they are so lovely. The green base is so soft and low to the ground, the flowers are shaped like little bells that come up on a wispy greenish-brown stem and the beautiful pinky-peach color is a stand out. The flowers just sway in the breeze. Such a pretty plant!


And now for an update on Lee. This morning the doctors got the test back from all his cultures. It turns out he has TWO infections running through him right now! No wonder he got sick so quick! Sadly, there is no oral antibiotic strong enough that would take care of the infections. So he will be in the hospital till he runs the course of antibiotics intravenously. :0(  

Take care and thank you for all your well wishes. I have passed them all along to Lee. I will try to check all my emails later this evening when I get home. Bear with me I WILL get to all your emails! 

Big Stamping Hugs,
Shirley
XOXOX

Friday, May 18, 2012

Lego "Cake" And Cards



Aren't these just so stinkin' cute! It's my nephews birthday on the 22nd. I made him a card and his brother(I didn't want him to feel too left out). I made them each a bit different but I just love how they both turned out!

I cased the bottom card from a card on Splitcoast Stampers. I used the exact colors and set up with the exception my sentiment is different. Her's was an open Happy Birthday, with the letters all colored in the different bright colors of the Legos.

The cards were so fun to make and they really look so much better than my picture shows. I had tried to put the "dots of color" on the cake to make it look like Legos but it ended up looking so awful I just remade it plain.

Till my next post...Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Unmounted Stamps: A Quick Overview & How To





I thought I would do an overview with a bit of a how to so you can use the stamps as they are. So don't feel you need to mount them to use them. :0)

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

Till my next post...

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Pansies Made With Butterfly Punch (Video Included!)









FIRST OFF: A BIG thank you to my sister Mary for taking the video of me! I have soooo much fun doing them with her! It's so funny, we do two trial runs and they go so well then we tape and something always starts me laughing...no wait it's my sister that makes me laugh!!! So please forgive the laughter. And I know I went a bit fast but I hope you can kind of follow what I did. ENJOY!

I was recently at the regional Stampin Up convention and they had a demo of the flowers made with the butterfly punch. I had seen a video of it done a bit differently by Darlene on her you tube channel "itsaninkstampede". So I mixed the two together and came up with this type of punch pansy. I hope you will like it.

Now down to the nitty gritty of the card supplies and measurements.

I really like doing a gate fold card. Here are the basic measurements used in this card.
Take a 11 x 4 1/4-inch piece of cardstock and score lines at 3 1/2 inches from the left and 2 inches from the right.
Decorative paper cut at 3 1/4 x 4-inch piece for left side
Decorative paper cut at 1 3/4-inch piece for right side
Stamp image on piece measuring 3 7/8 x 2 3/8-inch white
then layer onto pieces measuring 4 x 2 1/2 inches then onto last layer 4 1/8 x 2 5/8 inches.
Remember to mount this piece on the left side only! I used pop dots to give it a little lift.

Supplies used(all Stampin Up unless noted):
cardstock: Shimmer White, Elegant Eggplant, Old Olive
Ink: Elegant Eggplant, Daffodil Delight
Marker: Elegant Eggplant
Ribbon: 1/2-inch scallop dots Elegant Eggplant
Sticky Tape
Stampin Dimensionals
Butterfly Punch, Bird Builder Punch(greenery)
Stamp Set: Word Play
IRock Tool from Imageinisce along with the crystals in clear(you could use a brad instead)

MY TIP FOR TODAY:

I also wanted to say using the "Tacky Tape" can be a pain when you peel off the pink covering. It seems to stick to everything. So when I am doing a project like this where I am using a lot of it. I use a scrap piece of paper covered with Scotch Brand Double Sided Tape. I cover the paper and then when I peel it off I just press it down onto the sticky surface! It makes it so much neater to work.