Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Merry Christmas Everyone!

I wish you a happy, and blessed Christmas! May your day be filled with love, family, friends and God's blessings. Merry Christmas!

Sunday, December 16, 2007

I've been busy....

...getting pampered for my birthday! It was a crazy week, and then I was surprised on Friday afternoon by the arrival of my good friend, Amy. She had driven across the state all day and got here just after I picked up my daughter from school to surprise me for my birthday! On Friday night, we went out for manicures and pedicures. Then on Saturday morning, we got up and she whisked me out of the house to go to a lovely day-spa for facials, massages, and I got to have my hair colored and cut!! I feel like a whole new me! It was a lovely day of being totally spoiled.

After that, I thought she had to leave right away and we had to go to a "Christmas" party at my sister-in-law's. Turns out it was a surprise birthday party with lots of friends and family there! I, of course, burst into totally surprised tears in front of everyone - sheesh. My friend was there, too, who I thought I'd just said good-bye to - she did leave soon after that, to get home for her darling daughters' piano recitals.

I was completely surprised - everyone thought that was pretty funny!

Here's a pic of me with my new hair - wish you could see the beautiful highlights that are in it, but they don't show. I'm so happy to have my gray covered up, and I don't look nearly as old as I did before!!! I'm excited to be 40 now!!

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Blog Candy winners!!!

So my birthday is on December 19th! Just next week - yippee! Do you remember when you were a kid and 40 seemed so OLD?? Man, I don't feel old at all! I think I'm going to love 40 - of course it would be better if I didn't have so much gray hair already! I've been looking at it and I think it's time to fix that!!!

It was fun to see all the other December birthdays out there. I wish each of you a very happy birthday! I hope you have (or had) a great day! God bless you!

And soooooooo......the winners with the correct answer of December 19th are:
Tejal and foodpartyfun (Pat)! So please email me at kellywestlund@yahoo.com and let me know how I can send something to you. And Pat, happy birthday! I'll think of you on our special day!!

So sorry....I lied!!

Sunday was such a crazy day. As the Children's Education Assistant at my church, I am also the director of the Children's Christmas program. Our program was Sunday afternoon. I got distracted after my post and then had to whisk off to the program. It went so well! I was SO proud of all those wonderful kids at our church. They did a fabulous job and all the parents and grandparents and friends really enjoyed it! I was proud of my own two kids, but I could have just hugged the entire group over and over afterwards. =0)

Anyway......look to the next post for the winners! I finally decided I couldn't just pick one, so I will send a little something to both people with the correct answer!

Sunday, December 9, 2007

Yippee!! Over 1500!!

Alright! That's awesome....I go away a couple days and what happens?? My goal of 1500 is surpassed! Cool, so...I need to give away some Birthday blog candy! Last time I checked there were two correct guesses, so I will double-check that, and announce the winner in just a bit!

Thanks for checking out my blog!

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Last of the Snow Friends cards....

...Here they are, the last of the bunch. I have had so much fun with this set. Can't believe it's time for another Stamp of the Month set - but the December set will be fun, too! (And hopefully, I'll get a chance to play with it this week!)

Anyway, these cards are made with the Petal, Twilight, and Sweet Leaf combo. Love those colors together!

This one is such a clean and simple card that when I got it this far, I just couldn't add any more to it! I think it just speaks for itself!

I highlighted a few of the words in the saying on this card by lightly underlining or scribbling over the word with my markers. It's hard to tell in this picture, but there is also some prisma glitter.

Supplies Used:
Cardstock: Petal, White Daisy (Close To My Heart)
Inks: Black Staz-On; Petal, Twilight, Heavenly Blue, Sunflower, Sweet Leaf (Exclusive Inks Markers from CTMH)
Prisma glitter

Sunday, December 2, 2007

Birthday guesses

I'm enjoying all the guesses about the date of my birthday, and the comments, as well! Thank you all! Keep 'em coming. I'll take guesses for a few more days. If there are multiple correct guesses I will draw for the winner of the blog candy once I hit 1500 posts.

I love this season. Christmas is my favorite holiday and the fact that my birthday falls this month is great, too. I have a wonderful family who has made my birthday a special day every year - separate from other celebrations. People often ask if it's hard to have a birthday in December, but I've always enjoyed it. My favorite birthday cakes, however, were the ones my mom made and she placed a little plastic nativity scene on them. The cakes were always german chocolate with the coconut frosting. I still have that little nativity set, too.

Happy Holidays!

Celebrate the Season!

Another Snow Friends set! This one is done in Cranberry, Ponderosa Pine and the Creative Basics - Holiday striped paper.

These were stamped in black Staz-On, and colored with my CTMH markers.

We've had a little snow lately. In fact, I was just looking at the forecast, and it looks like we are expecting more! There's not a whole lot left on the ground this morning (warm wind during the night), so my kids will be happy if the forecast is right!

Today is the beginning of Advent, and I'll be busy this afternoon helping with the Advent Fair at the church. We invite families to come and put together advent wreaths - it's always a fun time.

Supplies Used:
Cardstock - White Daisy, Cranberry, Ponderosa Pine (Close To My Heart)
Pattern Paper - Creative Basics - Holiday Paper Packet (CTMH)
Inks - Black Staz-On, Exclusive Inks Markers (CTMH)
Accessories - Cranberry Grosgrain ribbon, colored staples (CTMH)

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Whoa! I'm over 1,000!

How cool! Just checked my counter and it's over 1,000. Yippee!! I think that if I hit over 1500 by my birthday in December, I just might have to give out some blog candy on my birthday!! When is that you ask??? Well, why don't you guess? And just so you know, I'll be 40 this year - yikes!! But....I can handle it!!!

So leave a comment and guess when my birthday is. I'll give the winner some birthday blog candy next month!

More Snow Friends

I just can't get enough of these little guys. Here is a set of cards/tags done in the Crystal Blue/Sweet Leaf combo. I used my CTMH markers for the coloring. The "hello" in the small 3x3 card is hand written.

Supplies Used:
Cardstock: White Daisy, Sweet Leaf, Crystal Blue (Close To My Heart)
Pattern Paper: Caprice Paper Pack (CTMH)
Inks: Staz-On black ink; Sweet Leaf, Crystal Blue, Heavenly Blue, Sunflower, Blush, Cranberry (Exclusive Inks Markers from CTMH)
Stamps: Snow Friends, Merry Christmas Blocks (CTMH)

Monday, November 26, 2007

Snow Friends Layout

This cute little 6 x 6 layout is just ready and waiting for fun winter pics. I used paper from the Caprice paper packet, and snowflake buttons.

Supplies Used:
Cardstock: Crystal Blue, Sweet Leaf, White Daisy (Close To My Heart)
B&T: Caprice Paper Pack (CTMH)
Inks: Sweet Leaf, Sunflower, Crystal Blue, Bamboo, Heavenly Blue (CTMH Exclusive Inks Markers), Staz-on Black
Stamps: Snow Friends (CTMH)

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Closer look...

I really have to figure out the whole photography thing. I can't seem to get the lighting right, but here's another look at my Retro Christmas card.

Retro Christmas

This set of card, tags, and bookmark have such a retro feel. I love the way these turned out. Most of the stamping is second generation - only the trees, the snowflakes and the sentiments are not.

Supplies used:
Cardstock - White Daisy, Vineyard Berry, Sweet Leaf (Close To My Heart)
Inks: Vineyard Berry, Sweet Leaf, Black (CTMH Exclusive Inks Stamp Pads)
Stamps: Glistening Snow, Christmas Wishes (retired), Christmas Scripts, Merry Christmas Blocks (Close To My Heart)

Thanksgiving note

Hi everyone!
We had a wonderful Thanksgiving at my mothers home over in Port Townsend. She fixed a lovely dinner, set a beautiful table, and we had great food, great conversation, a great time!

I hope that your Thanksgiving day was lovely and filled with many reasons to be thankful!

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Second one today....Petal Christmas

This has got to be one of my favorite colors in the CTMH color palette. I love Petal! I used the Flurries stamp set for these cards. The small trio of flakes is stamped second generation over the entire card front of both cards. Then I stamped the larger flake in first generation Petal. The sentiments are stamped in black.

Sadly, the B&T paper shown here will be retiring soon - it's one of my favorite patterns CTMH has carried.

Supplies Used:
Cardstock and B&T: White Daisy, Petal - Close To My Heart
Ink: Petal and Black Exclusive Inks Stamp pads - CTMH
Stamps: Flurries, Christmas Scripts, Merry Christmas Blocks - CTMH

I'll be gone for a couple days, but I have more to post when I get back. Have a Happy Thanksgiving everyone!! Can't wait for the pumpkin pie!!!!

Holiday sentiments

This was such an easy card. I used several of my clear acrylix sentiments all on one 4 x 4" block, along with a few small images. Inked them up all at one time with Ponderosa Pine ink and stamped it on white cardstock. I added some eyelets, and Cranberry Waxy Flax, layered it all on Cranberry cardstock, then on the polka-dotted B&T on a white card. Quick and easy!!

Supplies used:
Cardstock - White Daisy, Cranberry - Close To My Heart
Pattern Paper - Creative Basics - Holiday Paper packet - Close To My Heart
Ink - Ponderosa Pine Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad - CTMH
Eyelet and Waxy Flax - CTMH
Stamps - Frosty Friends, Christmas Scripts - CTMH

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Like blog candy?

Follow this link.....good luck!

More tomorrow!!

Ok, that's it for today, but there WILL be more tomorrow!! Come back!

Gift Boxes

These are two gift boxes that I have made with recent classes. The first is a chinese take-out box. I purchased these in bulk at a local restaurant supply store.

For the box, we used a New England Ivy panel cut to fit the front of the box - it is glued on with Glue Dots. (The surface of the box is coated and shiny. I figured the Glue Dots would keep that first layer securely attached to the box better than just glue or Tombow.)

The tag is inked first in Colonial White ink, then
"rolled" on Vineyard Berry to ink only the sentiment and the edges of the tag. The center label was stamped in New England Ivy ink. The holly and berries were stamped, cut out and glued on at an angle.

Then we created a tag for the top of the box and tied it on along with a couple extra pieces of coordinating ribbon.

This adorable box is made with QBee's peek-a-boo box template found at www.splitcoaststampers.com. It is an awesome little box. We used the same stamps and colors on this one.

Inside is a special treat of Andes mints - one of my favorites!!! The window is covered with a piece of transparency.

Supplies used:
Cardstock - White Daisy, New England Ivy - Close To My Heart
Stamps - Vintage Christmas - Close To My Heart
Inks - New England Ivy, Vineyard Berry - Close To My Heart Exclusive Inks Stamp Pads
Ribbon - Vineyard Berry Organdy, New England Ivy Organdy, and New England Ivy Grosgrain - Close To My Heart

Waiting patiently???

Good grief! It's been days! I finally have had a chance to take pictures of all the things I've been working on. So, thank you for waiting patiently (I'm hoping!!) and enjoy!

I made this set of cards for a silent auction to benefit my son's Instrumental Music program at the high school. These cards will join two stockings I crocheted and other items in a basket to be auctioned off tonight at a concert. These cards were made on a white cardstock base. I added the Holiday Red B&T paper across the bottom, a panel of Clover Meadow cardstock across the top and a 1/2" strip of black cardstock. The penguin (from The Cat's Pajamas) is stamped in black ink on a white oval (cut out with my oval coluzzle), colored in with CTMH markers, and layered on a black cardstock oval. I made a total of 10 cards.

Supplies used:
All cardstock (White Daisy, Clover Meadow, Black, Holiday Red B&T)- Close to my Heart
Penguin stamp - The Cat's Pajamas
Black ink - Close To My Heart Exclusive Ink
Markers (Clover Meadow, Holiday Red, Sunflower) - Close to my Heart

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Busy creating....

I've been so busy getting ready for my Create and Take class tonight that I haven't had time to take any pictures to post. I am hoping to find the time today to photograph a few of the things I've made in the last couple of days. I sat down with the Snow Friends set a couple days ago, a few different color combos and had a blast!! It was great, can't wait to show them all to you! I have some really fun projects for my class tonight, too. Hope they all like 'em!

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Easy gift idea - Desk Calendar

I made this for a class much earlier in the year, but decided to share it as a fun and easy gift idea. It is made with two square paperboard coasters. I chose coordinating papers and covered both coasters on both sides. Small hinges hold them together so that it will stand on your desk. The calendar is one I printed up from the Publisher program and cut apart and stacked. It is attached with two brads. The blank mat on the left is for a favorite photo. Quick, easy, and a great gift. Another option is to leave off the calendar and put photos on both sides!

Check out my poll...

I've been trying to get myself started on Christmas cards, and really I just haven't had the time yet. I have some friends who are already done, and others in the same boat as I am in. How about you? Have you started? Are you done? How many do you usually make each year? I usually make between 40-50. Last year I used up lots of samples from my classes, and swap cards I had - so I really didn't have to make very many at all. It was kind of nice. But I don't think that's going to work this year!!

Friday, November 9, 2007

Snow Friends Card 3

Here's the third one! I like this one - clean and simple. This little guy has a birdy friend to talk to while the snow falls. He's just sweet. Again, he is colored with my CTMH markers in the colors of Twilight, orange, and the bird is a combination of Holiday Red and Cranberry (just hard to see the shading in the pic.) I added prismaglitter to this one, too. All along his shaded side, the ground and the snowflakes. He is matted on Twilight cardstock and the sentiment is stamped in Twilight ink.

Let it snow!! (At least, according to my daughter...I could do without, but...)

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Snow Friends Card 2

Joy to the World! Doesn't it look like he's singing?? Yet another
little Snow Friends pal. He is stamped in Black Staz-On (I haven't
used this for just cards. But discovered that I really liked the clear
crisp image it gave, and the fact that my markers didn't smear the
black at all. Very nice.) He is colored with Amethyst and Petal,
Heavenly Blue, and Orange Markers. I also added Prismaglitter
to the snowflakes, and the shaded edges of the snowman. The
cardstock is Twilight, Petal, and White Daisy. The snowflakes on
the back ground of the card are stamped in second generation
Twilight. A few of them also have the solid portion stamped in
second generation Petal.

The sentiment comes from the Christmas Scripts set.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Can't believe I didn't post this yet!!! Hanna!!

So what did Hanna go shopping for today??? I'm guessing shoes, a funky new purse, and some more great clothes!! Isn't she adorable?

I dressed Hanna in a Citrus Leaf with Clover Meadow trim dress. Her hair is a combination of Sunflower and Goldrush. Her bags are Twilight, Amethyst, Citrus Leaf, Blush, and the Sunflower/Goldrush combo. Her shoes, of course, match her dress. (All markers are CTMH.)

The Amethyst heart button is tied on with some citrus leaf colored floss. Hanna is layered on Amethyst cardstock and Citrus Leaf B&T paper.

I can't believe I hadn't posted her yet!!

Snow Friends Card 1

Well, hard to tell from this picture but the card base is Twilight blue, then a layer of chocolate, and then the snowman layer. Isn't he just the cutest? I love this little guy!! He's stamped in chocolate ink and colored with Petal, Twilight, and Orange CTMH markers. He also has a little glitter that doesn't really show in this picture. The saying is stamped in chocolate with the solid part of the small snowflake stamped in second generation Twilight. The bird is also Twilight. The layered snowflake is stamped in Chocolate for the outline, second generation Twilight for the inside and then glittered. I layered that on the larger snowflake which I stamped on Twilight cardstock and then cut out. (The stamped side is glued down.)

This is the November Stamp of the Month set from CTMH. Stay tuned for two more cards with this set!!

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Javabella Friends

Just had to keep trying I guess. Here's the photo of my Javabellas card. I used CTMH White Daisy cardstock for the card and the image panel, and Holiday Red for the layer. I colored the Bellas with my CTMH markers. The "flower" in the vase is one of the new CTMH sparkles in Holiday Red. It was exactly the same size as the flower in the image, so I thought it would be fun!!

The red paper flower was dyed with Holiday Red reinker to match the other red elements in the card, layered with a smaller plain white flower and another Sparkle. The saying comes from the CTMH set called Because of You. It says "There are many people that we meet in our lives", and inside it says "but only a few are worth getting to know."
(Not 100% sure I agree with that, because I always seem to find lots of people I wish I could get to know better!)

Yay!! I played yesterday!!

I finally got some time to just sit and stamp and play yesterday. It was SO nice! Fun to stamp just for me - I just don't do that very often! So, I played with a new Bella stamp, my new Hanna set, and the November Stamp of the Month set - Snow Friends. I practiced coloring with my markers using techniques I've been reading about on lots of different blogs and felt pretty good about my results.

Hmm, seem to be having trouble uploading pictures. I'll keep trying and hopefully have something to show you soon.

Friday, November 2, 2007


Wow, it's Friday, and I haven't posted anything since Tuesday! Yikes! What a week, though! I'm looking forward to a calm weekend....think it'll happen?? Somehow, I kind of doubt it! Well, my hope is to get to sit at my stamping desk and create today...so hopefully, I'll have something to share later! I have new Bellas and a Hanna set I haven't even gotten to touch yet!

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Warm up with Hot Chocolate!

It's kind of chilly here today and hot chocolate sounds sooooo good right now! This is a cocoa packet I made a while ago. The top flap with the cup and saucer image folds up to show a pocket inside with a packet of hot cocoa tucked into it. The whole thing is tied closed with the pink ribbon that is glued under the layered image piece and wraps around the entire packet.

I stamped this on Chocolate cardstock with Chocolate ink. The cup and saucer outlines are stamped with the Chocolate ink as well, and the solid parts are stamped with Watermelon. I distressed the edges around then used the direct-to-paper technique with my inkpad to add chocolate color around the edges and over the top of the whole piece. It was then layered on a piece of Watermelon cardstock, to which I also added ink around the edges. The bottom edge of the flap was torn to expose the white center of the Chocolate cardstock. The packet itself was random stamped with the steam image in second generation, and the words Hot Chocolate.

Hope all that makes sense....


Here's a picture of the blog candy I am sending to Gina - hope you enjoy it! There is a whole variety of pieces of ribbon - all different lengths and types. (Some is CTMH ribbon, but most is not.) You will also find a few sample pieces of CTMH Sassy Strands. There are 4 different flower stamps (My Acrylix), and a variety of CTMH accessories from the My Accents collections. I hope you have fun with all of it!

Thanks everyone, for visiting my blog!

Saturday, October 27, 2007

And the winner is...

Gina Wrona!!

I'll post a pic and send out the blog candy on Monday! Have a good weekend everyone!

Friday, October 26, 2007

Made it!

I'll do the drawing after my daughter gets home today - she loves to pick a winner! I'll post the winner tonight! Thanks, everyone, for checking out my blog! Hope you all have a super weekend - we are going to Spokane tomorrow to see my middle son perform in the All-State band - should be a fun day!

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Almost 500 hits! Shall I give some blog candy???

Yay! It's exciting to see those numbers go up! I think I'll offer some blog candy for when I hit 500 - it'll be mostly ribbon, and some CTMH goodies!! Leave a comment (with your email address) here to be in the drawing for it, and check out all my cards, etc. below while you're at it!! Have a fabulous Wednesday!

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Baby shower cards

I was invited to a baby shower this past weekend. This first card is the card that went with the gift - the sentiment on the inside says "Welcome Little One." (It's an old CTMH stamp.)
The feet are Judi-Kins.

I stamped the feet with CTMH Heavenly Blue ink and made the card with Heavenly Blue cardstock and B&T paper, and White Daisy cardstock.

This is a set of Thank You cards that I made as part of the gift.

The sentiment says "Thanks....for the gift." and is from a retired CTMH set.

The Baby's layette stamp is also a retired CTMH image. I colored it with a light blue watercolor pencil and then used my waterbrush over it.

This sweet little bootie is from the current Little Angel set. Again watercolored with pencil and waterbrush.

The handprint stamp is an old one of mine...
pre-consultant days. It is a Double D Rubber Stamps Inc. design.

Monday, October 22, 2007

One more for today - O Christmas Tree

The tree and sentiment also come from the Magical Season Stamp of the Month set.

I stamped the tree in black and colored it in with colored pencils. I also lightly rubbed the edges of the white piece on a Holiday Red ink pad, then layered that piece on Holiday Red cardstock.

The sentiment was white embossed on a small strip of Holiday Red cardstock - cut the corners off and added a gold brad for a fun look.

The whole thing is layered on Clover Meadow cardstock on a White Daisy top-fold card.

Magical Snowman

I LOVE snowmen! This card is made with the snowman from the October Stamp of the Month set - Magical Season.

I stamped the word Magical and a small swirl in second generation Star Spangled Blue ink randomly on the White Daisy card. Added a strip of older Star Spangled Blue B&T paper. The snowman was stamped in black ink, colored with watercolor pencils and then brushed with a waterbrush. It is layered on Holiday Red and Star Spangled Blue cardstock.

Gobble Wobble layout!

So, for this adorable two-page 6x6 layout, I used the pumpkin (a few posts down) and the turkey from the previous post. How cute is this???

Gobble Turkey

Isn't he the cutest?? I saw other samples of a similar turkey and HAD to make one of my own! I made the pattern for the body using my circle Coluzzle. The wings are from a pattern I drew. The beak pieces were cut out free-hand. I used an emery board to sand around the edges of the body and the wings, and the beak.

The feathers are stamped with Sunflower, and Autumn Terracotta ink on Sunflower cardstock; and Barn Red and Goldrush ink on Bamboo cardstock. The "feathers" are petals from the Playful Petals stamp set - creative, huh? Can't take credit for it because I copied the idea, but I love it!! The eyes are stamped in black with a small circle stamp from the same stamp set. And I used our White Daisy marker to color the white spots. It was like magic! At first I thought my marker wasn't working (first time I'd used it) and then as the ink dried the white appeared. Very cool!

The sentiment was printed from my computer and cut apart. The background behind the turkey is New England Ivy cardstock, and the card itself is Bamboo cardstock.

Go ahead, Gobble till you Wobble!

Excuses, excuses

Do you want to hear 'em? Probably not. But, you know how life just gets in the way of plans? I said I'd be posting new pics soon....didn't do it. So today, I'm gonna bombard you with all the projects from last week...hold on to your seats!!

Friday, October 19, 2007

More cards coming soon

I had a class last night and make an adorable turkey card to go along with the pumpkin. They were both huge hits! I also made an companion 6x6 two-page layout that incorporated both the paper-pieced pumpkin and the turkey - sometimes I just impress myself!! LOL I also have two great Christmas cards to share....but alas, I haven't the time to scan them right now - hopefully tonight, so stay tuned.....

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Happy Tuesday, Great Pumpkin!

Isn't this a fun pumpkin? I used the oval coluzzle, and cut three ovals from Autumn Terracotta cs. Cut a stem from Cocoa cardstock, and glued it all to a great piece of New England Ivy B&T paper. I shaded just a little with chalks and added NE Ivy Bigger Brads, and a paper leaf. The sentiment is a partial stamping of a sentiment from the Give Thanks stamp set.

Simple and fun!!

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Gift trio

This cute gift image is from this month's Stamp of the Month set from CTMH. I colored them with colored pencils. The ribbon is held on by one of our new edge anchors - what a fun embellishment!!

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Leafy Splendor

I made this card tonight for the SCS
sketch challenge this week. I used the Enchanted papers;
White Daisy, Pansy Purple, Sunflower, and Garden Green cardstocks; Garden Green and Barn Red ink; and white grosgrain ribbon with a little knot of Garden Green organdy, as well.

I stamped on the grograin - it should say Autumn Splendor, but the words bled.

The leaf is stamped in Garden Green ink on matching cardstock. I cut it out, sanded the edges, and then used a stylus to emboss along the veins. I lightly crumpled it and then sanded very lightly over the top of the leaf. It is attached with foam tape.

Harvest Gift-box

These are NOT the best pictures, but hopefully you will still get the idea!

I was happy with how this box turned out - I've used it with two classes in the last couple weeks and it's been a fun project to share.

I used CTMH White Daisy cardstock, Garden Green cs, and Autumn Terracotta cs and B&T paper. Inks are Autumn Terracotta and Garden Green and I used colored pencils to add more color to the images. The pumpkins were stamped first in the Autumn Terracotta and then I used a GG marker to go over the stems. There is light sponging around the lower portion to soften the white around the vines. The flap at the top is held closed by a spiral clip.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Enchanted Fall

I really LOVE how this layout came out. The base pages are Sunflower cardstock, and the photo mats are Garden Green cs, the small strip on the second page is Barn Red cs. The striped pattern paper and the Pansy Purple pattern paper are both from the Enchanted scrapbooking kit. LOVE them!! The leaves are from the Harvest Memories stamp set and are stamped in Barn Red, Pansy Purple, and Sunflower ink. The two larger leaves were inked first in Sunflower and then rolled in the other colors. I really like to use the rolling technique with leaves - makes them very fall-ish! The small Sunflower block at the top of the first page is for a title or short journalling.

Happy Fall!! It really looks like fall here, today. Cloudy, windy, and leaves are blowing everywhere!

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

I did make one card....

...that morning before we left for the stadium. And here it is...

This card is from the From Me to You kit that was on special from Close To My Heart last month. I used a different color center in my flower and a different sentiment than in the sample directions in the kit. It was a fun, bright, and cheery card to make.

What I did on World Cardmaking Day

We spent the day at Cavalcade of Bands watching my son march in the Richland Bomber Marching Band! It was a great day. The Bomber Band placed first in their division in the Preliminary competitions, winning four of the five Caption Awards!! Then, they went on to the Finals in the evening, where they placed 2nd overall. It was wonderful and exciting and lots of fun! I am a proud marching band parent, in case you can't tell. These kids put in soooo many hours of practice, and it really showed on Saturday. Their show was Fiddler on the Roof.

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

No Greater Love

For this card I used all the same paper as the previous card I made. I just flipped the polka dotted paper over to the solid side and turned the layout of the card over on the side. The background is stamped with the words "No Greater Love" with the two stars placed around it in Cranberry ink. I used the edge distressor tool on the Cranberry cardstock and the Ponderosa Pine piece behind the image. The edges of the image piece and the sentiment piece were lightly sponged with Ponderosa Pine ink. The ribbon is a long piece with the ends glued to the back of the Cranberry layer, and then a shorter piece knotted to it on the top. (The knot is the reason the words are blurry - my scanner doesn't like bumpy pieces!)

I am really happy with the way this card came out. I think I like it better than the first one. But, I'm happy to say that the ladies in my workshop enjoyed making the first card, so I guess it was alright!

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Reason for the Season

I'm using this card for a workshop this weekend. I'm not 100% sure about it - my son says the dots need to go....but then maybe it's the stars. I don't know. What do you think?

The stars are embossed with cranberry embossing powder. The cardstocks used are Cranberry, Ponderosa Pine, and Ultra White. The polka dotted paper comes from the new Creative Basics - Holiday packet, along with the Cranberry ribbon.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Thank You

I cased this card from the SOM photo in the Autumn/Winter catalog - you can also see it at my CTMH

I used textured Outdoor Denim cardstock and sanded it with the new sanding block - fun! I tore the edges on the Chocolate strip and added an extra little bit of vine in the lower right corner of the focal image. I decided not to use ribbon on mine. I like how it turned out! And, it was quick and easy!

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Hard to say good-bye....

...to this stamp set - Frightenin' Fun. It's been one of my favorites, but has hit the retired list this year. I used our new edge distressing tool on the Black and Goldrush cardstocks - so much easier than using scissors!! My favorite touch on this one is the two stitches at the top of the image panel - I used black hemp and simply tied knots. I really like how it looks on this card!