Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Love The Challenges

I've gotten most of the things done for the Quackers' November challenges, but I had put off the vellum challenge. I worked on it last night. I used vellum cardstock - a bit thicker than regular vellum - and ran it through the Cuttlebug. I also use some of the new, SU, basic gray paper. Oooooh! I like that stuff!! Nice color and nice effect. With the vellum over it, the cards looks almost silver. That's kind of cool.

I used some designer paper that I got yesterday to layer behind the whisper white. Such cute paper!!! It's the Flowers For You pack from SU. The stamp used is from Oh, So Lovely - an SU level 1 hostess set (also new). Last, but not least, I used the new, pretty in pink, taffeta ribbon from SU to embellish it and along with a little bit of Crystal Stickles around the edges of the flowers. Basically, I used a bunch of new stuff!! Tooooooo much fun! The flowers are colored with the Watercolor Wonder Crayons and the Aquapainter.

What do you think about it?

Hmmmmmm ..... that vellum would look really good embossed with snowflakes.........

Monday, November 19, 2007

Pay It Forward!!!!

Isn't it fun to get goodies in the mail???? Yeah, baby! Thanks to a friend's blog, I'm playing Pay It Forward. Here's the way it works ....

The first three people who comment on this blog will get a package of goodies from me. The catch - those people must be in the US, be willing to do the same for 3 other people, and have a blog on which you will share this opportunity with others. So ... if you want to play, simply comment on this post and include your email address and blog address. I will email you for your snail mail address and get a package out to you this week!! Then, when you get your package from me, play the game on your blog so that 3 others get some great goodies. That's all there is to it!

Now .... what did I get in my package?? I knew you'd want to know!! Here's a picture of all of my goodies from Robyn.

Let me tell you that the cards in the picture are ABSOLUTELY adorable!!!!! She probably means for me to actually USE them, but ....I really can't see it happening. They are so cute.

Later this week, I will post about Thanksgiving. I want all of you to be thinking of what you're thankful for!!!

Have a great week, my friends!!!!

Monday, November 12, 2007


Don't you just love the Cricut???? Another Quacker challenge needed to be met, so why should I meet it alone?? My Cricut joined me, and together, we made some cute little ornaments. These meet the non- card challenge on the thread and might be something that I can refine and use for other things. Please let me know what you think. I really thought they turned out pretty cute.

The snowman ornament was the first one. His base is cut from SU silver paper using Mini Monograms (the reason that I don't want the scallop punches!) at 4 1/2, I think. Before the snowman was cut, I used the Cricut marker to draw him out. I reloaded the paper, and the snowman was cut from Whisper White using Christmas cheer. It was cut at 3 1/2 and colored using the SU watercolor crayons and the AquaPainter. I used silver cord for the hanger and for a little band around his hat. Red grosgrain ribbon is tied on the bottom and snowflakes are stamped in Basic Black on the base.

The base for the tree ornament is cut the same as the snowman. I used the marker again before I cut the tree. I just love that effect. The tree is cut from Whisper White using Christmas Cheer and colored with SU watercolor crayons. Punched dots adorn the background to give it a little interest. Red grosgrain ribbon, white grosgrain ribbon, and silver cord are tied to the bottom. A few little dots of Stickles were used to make the tree sparkle just a little.

Let me know if these have any worth. I think that I would do a little more to them in the future, but I didn't have the energy tonight. The idea is set in my mind, though ...... :)

Have a good night's rest ..... and a great, big, beautiful tomorrow!!!

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Buggy Birthdays

I'm not sure why, but I have just *had* to use my ladybugs lately. I didn't realize it until just now, but 3 of the 4 cards I've made in the last couple of days were with those little critters.

I made a birthday card for my cousin. I started with some watercolored flowers. I made them pink with a yellow center. The ladybug kind of ran a little bit, but it's fine. The flowery strip of paper on the side is a piece from DCWV. The mats start with night of navy in the back. White mulberry paper comes next. On top of that is pretty in pink. I think the mulberry really softens the overall look. Whisper white is used for the main image. Everything is stamped using watercolor wonder crayons (LOVE those things). Oh, a little bashful blue watercoloring is done around the edges of the main card.

Red ladybugs .... That's the way they are suppose to be, right?? Ok ... that's this card. It's watercolored, too ...... I'm sensing a trend here ..... but stamped in black Staz-On first. The set Because of You was retired last year from SU after only one year in the catty. It's a shame because it's such a great set. Real red and basic black were used for mats. The real red was stamped with the little flower backgrounds from Because of You. Topping off the card is a red ribbon and an adorable little ladybug brad.

Blue bugs???? Yeah, ok.... So they usually aren't blue, but I really thought this card turned out cute. I made it for a friend. I need to send her some goodies, and I thought this card might be nice to send with them. I really, really love how the mulberry paper looks on the brown behind the blue. I used Little Lady on this one with the SU inks bashful blue and close to cocoa. The little Primas made this card a little more special. I used little brown brads for the centers. This card fits for one of the November Quacker Challenges (use blue and brown on a card).

A little of my life.....I've been sick for the last week. I'm not sure what it is, but it's knocking me out. Unfortunately, Jaydin has gotten a little bit of it, too. She seems to be better today, though. I wanted to share a funny picture of her. I laugh every time I look at it.

The title for this picture is ..... Where's are you?? That's what Jaydin says when she's looking for someone. It's SO cute when kids come up with little things that aren't *quite* right.

One last shot - This one is "Whassup?!"

Ok ... that's it for today. Have an awesome night and a great, big, beautiful tomorrow!!!

Friday, November 02, 2007

Baby, Baby, Baby!

I love babies - don't you?! So soft and sweet. Tomorrow, we're giving my niece (more like my sister, though) a shower for her coming baby girl. I have been working and working on the centerpieces and the guest book for tomorrow.

This is the guest book. I have designed it to also be a place to put the gifts she receives and a journal for baby Caitlyn. Her theme for everything is frogs, so I have a little frog on the front. I really, really hope she likes this. I made it with only her in mind. The frog, crown, circle and scalloped circle are all cut using the Cricut. I love that thing. I printed the title after I made a template. I used my computer and printer for that. The tabs on the inside mark the guest spot, gift registry, and baby journal portions. I printed the titles on the same colored cardstock as the title and punched them out using the SU round tab punch. I think I like the way it turned out.

These are the centerpieces. I used those green, florists' bricks. I covered them in pink tissue paper and used popsicle sticks to hold up the little baby things. I stuck more tissue paper in the bricks along with the sticks and the curling ribbon. All of the baby items were cut using the Cricut. I have some other things to put around the table, so it shouldn't look too barren. We'll see. I also have a button on there for the new mommy. It says "It's a Girl." We don't have a corsage for her, so I thought the button might be nice. I hope she has a great time.

Now ..... I cannot WAIT to hold that precious baby!!!!!!!!!!!

Have an awesome weekend.