Saturday, November 29, 2008

OMG!!! I've Received...


An amazing blogger award!!!! From my DEAR sweet Friends Rita her website is http://ritaloyd.blogspot.com and Christina...her website is www.christinalytle.blogspot.com/!! Both of these ladies are absolutely amazing women whom I'm inspired from and thankful to know as MY FRIENDS...Thank you SO much!!! This is quite an honor and I am so touched!!! The guidelines for the award are as follows...

The rules for receiving the award are simple:
1. the winner may put the logo on their blog;
2. put a link to the person who sent you the award;
3. nominate 5 blogs;
4. put links to their blogs; and
5. leave a message for your nominees.
So here are my blogs:


Now I'm supposed to name 5 blogs that inspire me!!!

1.) Chrystal Schilling - http://cscraftstudio.typepad.com/ - She is an amazing ARTists and makes beautiful handmade paper!!
2.) Angie Hall Haviland - http://angiehallhaviland.typepad.com/angiesartfulllife/ - She is a WONDERFUL friend and Mixed Media ARTist!!
3.) Shelly Woods - http://shellyraewood.blogspot.com/ - A very dear friend and a SUPERIOR Mixed Media ARTist!!!
4.) Debbie House - http://flightofgrace.blogspot.com/ - Such beautiful work she does!!! Such pretty collage work!!!
5.) Robin - http://rockinrobin1973.blogspot.com/ - She does gorgeous detailed work!!

This award is such a wonderful surprise and I THANK my dear sweet friends Rita & Christina for blessing me with this!!! I am totally honored!!! Makes me want to play more with paper!!!

More and MORE Fun...

Playing with my new toy and creating til my hearts content!!! I finished the last 2 swaps for the www.craftycardcreators@yahoogroups.com I belong to......Have I mentioned what a WONDERFUL group of people we have in this group!!!!

Anyway, thought I would share with you what else I created today....
This card is for the "Monogram/Heart Swap"......I wanted to make it something unique......so here's what I came up with.....I LOVE IT!! I used my CE ALOT in this card/envelope creation....It has so much going on in this card....Let's see...we have glitter, cutting, rubberstamping, ribbon....copper kryon pen.......chipboard.....decorative paper I printed and specialtly word collage I made......




Is this card set rockin' or what!!!

The next and last swap for this group this month was for "Christmas Ornament Swap"...the goal was to create an ornament for the person......Soooooooo, wonder what I decided to use AGAIN......yep, you guessed it...my CE! I had alot of fun creating this ornament....I cut all the layers...then ran the 2 top layers on either side of the ornament through my xyron sticker machine and then coated with a white glitter......the under layers I used my versamark stamp pad with a stamp then used some of my pearlized chalks....then coated the entire piece with resist pad and covered in clear embossing power and embossed.....I then layered the levels together...remembering when I put the front and backs together to put a ribbon in the middle to be used to hang the ornament on the tree......Very simple but affective look don't you think!!!


I could see making a bunch of these for a small tree...they are super easy and fun to do!!!

So, I'm sure I'll be playing more tonight but I just was so excited to have all my swaps done I just wanted to share with everyone........Man oh man do I love my Christmas present!!!!! Again I want to THANK YOU for stopping by and visiting again......I hope to see you again soon!!! Until then....

I've been playing....

With my WONDERFUL new Cricut Expression I SO love this new toy......boy do I still have ALOT to learn!!! :) I was up until 2:00 a.m. this morning playing with paper.....I did create 3 more cards for swaps I'm signed up for in a wonderful group called www.craftycardcreators@yahoogroups.com!! I thought I would share them each with you!!!

This first one is for the "Sunflower Card" swap.....you need to use sunflowers somewhere on the card......I started with a blank piece of white cardstock and went from there!!! The words on the card I did with my CE!! Aren't the colors of the overall soft and warm feeling...I used a versamark stamp pad on the background words then used some pearlized chalks brused over the versamark words....I also stippled the edges with some colored ink pads as well as a bit of distress ink pads.....the base of the card does shimmer if you see it in just the right light!!! I of course made an accompanying envie to go with it...AND I cut the envelope out with my CE! I am LOVING the envelope feature of the Plaintin Schoolbook cartridge....so COOL!!!




The next swap I had to create a card for was "Challenge Color - Red & Gold"....humm, what was I going to do for this one.......I did a double layer of the letters with my CE with 2 different papers and layered together.....I adheared the letters to some of my red crayon paper I had previously made and used a decorative punch for one edge of the paper and lined some of the paper I used for envelope behind it!! In the top layer of the card I stippled some Mahogony Distress Ink around the perimeter of the card and stamped with a gold pigment ink pad the swirleys and embossed a bit with ultra fine embossing powder gold......gives a little rich color pop on the card.....the card needed something else SOOOOOO, I decided to cut with my CE a tree image from the Chrismas Noel cartridge....I first took some gold foil wrapping paper and glued it down to some white cardstock...that was the paper I used to cut the tree image from.....then I decided to wrap some ribbon around it to finish it off and wrap ribbon around the top layer of the card as well....



I wasn't sure what I would think once completed...but I LOVE the way this card turned out...it has a bit of an elegant look to it don't you think!!!

The last card for today was for the swap "To Lift Your Heart Card"......you needed to incorporate the phrase into the card in some manner...The colors I decided to use here are WAY out of my box!!! I'm not a turquoise color person but WOW once I decided on the colors the card REALLY catches my attention!!!




For this card I cut the letters and the envelope with, you guessed it...my CE! The image is one I had in my image files....I printed it onto white card stock.....then I stippled the border with a truquoise dye inkpad and the center I stippled with more of a sage/yellow color...trying to bring the colors from the letters and envelope onto the top layer of the card.....the turquoise really makes the card pop!!! The indian angel is 3D and you'll notice her wings are actually bird feathers.....but don't they look realistic!!! I used some ultrafine snow glitter on her halo!!! I truly feel, even if I do say so myself this card is breath taking!! So so happy with the results!!!

Ok, so now you've seen what I was doing til 2:00 a.m. in the morning!!! Today I hope to finish of a couple of items I need to make for swaps and I have 4 page savers I have an order for...Then I want to work on some items for my ETSY store which is very outdated...I need to put some TLC into my store!!!

I REALLY want to THANK YOU all for stopping by to visit with me...I have had so much fun sharing with you what I've been doing!!! I look forward to sharing more and more!!! I hope you all have a FANTASTIC day today!!! Talk with you soon...Until then...

Friday, November 28, 2008

I'm SO Spoiled...

I just gotta share with everyone how spoiled I know I am.....I have the best hubby ever!!! He let me got ahead and get my Christmas present today.....and I AM LOVING IT!!! Guess what it is.......It's a Cricut expressions!!!!! It's the one that cuts up to 12x24......SO nice....I also got the Design Studio and a total of 5 cartridges.....I also got a black/brown set of the markers to use with the Cricut.....Did I have a GREAT early Christmas or what!!!!

I've been messing with it most of the day and did use it to create one card so far...Just thought I would share it with you.......

I had been debating back and forth about wanting either the Cricut Expressions or the Wishblade.......I gotta say I do totally feel I will be quite happy with my CE!!! The possibilities are really endless with the software that you can use with it!!!

Ok, now it's time to come back down out of the clouds!! Just had to share with everyone my wonderful surpise!! Thanks so much for stopping buy and please come back to visit with me again!!! Until then....

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

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Monday, November 24, 2008

Happy Monday...

Everyone...I hope you all had a great weekend!!! Mine was full but fun....My oldest son, Billy, came and spent the weekend with us and he and his brother had a great time together!! Yesterday we celebrated Thanksgiving at Craig's side of the family and I made from scratch pumpkin pies...they were very good even if I must say so myself!!! :)

I did get to do some ARTing this weekend....I completed one project I'd been working on for a while...it's a purse that I crocheted and lined.....I thought it turned out very nice.....






I do not use patterns...I just create from my imagination...it is very relaxing for me to sit and crochet...can definately lose track of time.....

I completed a swap for a wonderful group I'm in called craftycardcreators@yahoogroups.com....this these was called "Keep it Jolly"......here's what I came up with....






It's a fun card....I loved interchanging the bows on the packages....I printed all the designs and the rubberstamped embossed and cut out...I also made an accompanying envelope....I love the dimension of this card!!!!

Ok...lunch is over, back to work for me.....I want to thank you for stopping by again to visit!! I pray you all have a wonderful week and great Thanksgiving!!!! Until next time...

Friday, November 21, 2008

IT'S FRIDAY!!!

Yippie Yahoo.....I'm so excited it's here....It's been a VERY cool week here and yesterday we even had flurries for several hours....It was the perfect kind of snow....was pretty coming down but didn't stick anywhere!!!!

Ok...So I did get to play a bit yesterday and have completed another swap I'm signed up for for the Hand_made_cards_with_care@yahoogroups.com group....The theme on this one was Christmas ATC's set of 3 to compliment each other.....I have a set of Christmas stamps I purchased this year that I LOVE and I find loads of uses for....so here's what I came up with!!!










So now this swap is complete I get to move onto another groups swaps I'm signed up for and I'm REALLY looking forward to those swaps as well!!! I will get to play most of the weekend with the exception of Sunday...we will be celebrating Thanksgiving with family on Sunday...but that's OK cause you know what that frees up!!! Yep you guessed it....I'll have 4 whole days just for ME and my PAPER!!!!

Ok, gotta get back to work...just wanted to share with you my latest....I really appreciate you stopping by and visiting with me again!!! I hope you all have a WONDERFUL weekend!!! Talk with you later...until then.....

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

It's been while....

Since I've posted....I have been having withdrawls from paper and posting....decided I WAS going to take time for me to do both!!!! I have several swaps I MUST get completed.....so I decided to get busy......So far I've completed 2 and thought I would share them with you.......

The first item is for a Christmas Tag Swap that a group of ladies I've been friends with for a very long time......we are to make one tag per participant.....this is what I came up with...Whew it involved ALOT of cutting, gluing, glittering and such.....






I am happy with the way they turned out though it definately gave my hand one heck of a workout with all the cutting......I had a few other things in mind I was going to do to them but decided I would settle with these results......I hope the ladies that receive them will enjoy them....

The next swap is for a group called Hand_Made_Cards_With_Care@yahoogroups.com the theme was Coffee.......I love the warmth of that word......I wanted to do something with dimension....which of course involves layers....I tried my best to minimize my cutting as much as possible...but I just had to do some......



You'll notice the layering I did and I also wanted to share that I made the "table cover" with some scrap white fabric and some lace...after sewing the lace to the fabric I then stippled some distress ink "Vintage Photo" all over the fabric/lace....then folded the fabric a bit and ironed down...kinda gives the look it's going over the edge of the table doesn't it?......




I am VERY happy with the way this card turned out and can't wait for it's recipient to receive it!!!!

I was talking with some friends the other day trying to get some better ideas for storing all my ribbons...I had been storing them in mason jars....and though they looked very nice they surely were not very functional.......My friend Diann gave me the WONDERFUL idea of using a shoe rack....she had seen or heard of it from someone online I believe......so I decided to think upon it a bit and give it a whirl....I think this system will work quite well for me....I thought I would show you what I came up with....




Ribbons that were off the spool I decided to wrap around tags and then keep them put with straight pins....



Fibers that I have that were stored in baggies I punched a hole in with a hole puncher and the put them on metal shower rings and hooked them to the shoe rack.....easy enough to remove to access easily....


I figured I could use a mason jar to store scrap pieces of ribbons to save to use on ATC's and such....


Then...you know how you can get those great little spools of ribbon from the scrapbooking section they are adorable ribbons and very little space taken up to store....well of course there's no holes in the spools...well the PERFECT item I found to hold them quite well is believe it or not and Oreo cookie tray......look now nifty they all fit in there!!!!


Ok......I believe I've about gotten you all caught up with what I've been up to lately......the other things I've been doing is trying to find the best possible solutions to work with my carpal tunnel in my right hand....you know it just doesn't seem to work well with an ARTist does it!!! Very aggravating!!! :( I am now making myself get used to one on those ergonomic keyboards...whew is there an adjustment curve there!!! But I'm determined I will master it....

I am definately looking forward to Thanksgiving....4 days of relaxing and spending it in my ART Studio.....we will be celebrating Thanksgiving this year with family on Sunday...my youngest will be having Thanksgiving in Tennessee this year and my oldest will be at other family.....so I'm looking forward to a very quite 4 days!!!! No shopping for me on that Friday!!! But it will be the perfect weekend to work on Christmas items!!!!

Well.....I as usual want to THANK YOU for stopping by to check on my latest creations!!! It means so much to me....I hope you all have a wonderful remainder of the evening and a very blessed Wednesday (HUMP DAY).......I'll talk with you later....until next time.....

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Happy Sunday....

I hope you all had a wonderfully breeeeeezzzzzzzzyyyyy day today!!! Brrrrrrr for sure around here......I was able to be productive a bit today...thought defiantely moving slow....I needed to get a swap completed for a group I belong to hand-made-cards@yahoogroups.com the theme was Merry Christmas......Here's what I came up with...

Cute I think....a bit different then what I usually do...I tried to incorporate a sizzix die...which is why I did the scroll......the color restrictions for this card was that you were only supposed to use Red & Green......two very strong colors I thought....but I'm ok with what I came up with!!!

Ok, enough for me for the night....I'm going to work on some crocheting I need to get done...I hope you all have a cozy warm remainder of your Sunday!!! Until next time....

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