Monday, December 29, 2008

Birthday Backpacks

I hope ya'll had a fabulous Christmas!!! We sure did! I have been sick and so that's why there have been no posts! I just can't seem to shake off whatever it is I have! I have had it for a little over a week now. I haven't had a chance to stamp anything in forever! Shawners and the boys are leaving in the morning to go camping for 3 days and Kailee is in I have 3 days to myself, in a quiet house to do whatever I want!! Obviously there will be lots of stamping time!!! :) In the meantime I thought I would share these backpacks I made for Kailee's birthday party. These were the invites! It was a sleepover I thought the backpacks would be fun. I found wonderful instructions at Becky's blog...Inking Idaho. Hope you are all sleeping you can see I am up at 2:50 in the AM. ;)
chat at ya soon...
what's in it?...
paper...certainly celery, Heidi Grace dsp
accessories...silver flower brads, silver brad, pixie pink ribbon (RABOM)
other...corner rounder, dimensionals, stickles, sticky strip

Sunday, December 21, 2008

A Christmas Wish

I had the best Sunday...I am sorta bummed it's coming to an end!! I went to church this morning where Kailee sang "O Holy Night" with another girl and she knocked my socks off! I have known she could sing and it's been fun seeing her develop her special talent...but today she was INCREDIBLE!!!! I was in tears...then I had her sing it again at home and I was in tears again!! It was beautiful...I couldn't believe the voice that was coming out of that sweet little 13 yr. old girl!! Then I had a Sunday afternoon nap and I woke up to Shawn making dinner...Zuppa Toscana's a fabulous recipe I found and tweaked to recreate the yummy soup from The Olive Garden! Then a fun game with the family and now doin' a little bloggin'!! that you are all caught up on my day...on to the card. :) I love this set and I haven't had much time to play with it. I thought it was perfect to do the spotlight technique on though! I am hoping to make a few more this week before I have to put it away till next year!!
Have a wonderful evening! at ya later!
what's in it?...
stamps...Home for Christmas
paper...kraft, chocolate chip, old olive, riding hood red, very vanilla
ink...chocolate chip, riding hood red, old olive, more mustard, creamy caramel, going grey, close to cocoa
accessories...felt alpine ribbon
other...1 3/8, 1 1/4 circle punch, distresser, stamp-a-ma-jig, dimensionals

Friday, December 19, 2008

diet coke and chocolate

It's always a good time for a diet coke and some chocolate! I made these for Tyson and Kyler's teachers...just a little something to help them get through their last couple of days this week! I took the water bottle is a link to the ones I made last spring...and just decided to make it a little more fun! I know, I know water is good for you but nothing beats a super fizzy, cold diet coke! :) Am I right? I tweaked the chocolate holder a little since the chocolate was thicker than the Crystal Light packets I used with the water bottles. I just made it a little more box like instead of pouch like.
Only 6 more days till Christmas...we are super excited here at our house!! All the "christmas schtuff" is done and it is time for relaxin'! I am so looking forward to spending time with Shawn and the kids for the next couple of weeks! Have a great weekend!! :)
chat at ya later!
what's in it?...
stamps...Cute and Curly
paper...chocolate chip, whisper white, Ski Slope dsp
ink...real red
accessories...olive twill ribbon
other...1 3/8 in. circle punch, scallop circle punch, 1 in. circle punch, 1/8 in. circle punch, curly label punch, dimensionals, sticky strip, diet coke, coke, chocolate

Monday, December 15, 2008

A Sleepover...with bears?

Can you believe it is the 16th of December? I can't...seems like every time I mark off one thing on my to do list to get ready for the holidays...3 more things get added!!
Anyway...Austin turned 12 yesterday!! He is having a party this weekend and these are the invites I made (actually just one invite cuz he decided that he would rather have one good friend to play lots of games of Laser Tag and sleepover with, than lots of friends with fewer "tag" games.) Those wheels are always turning in his head! Since I only had one invites to make I decided to make it a fun one! I finally inked up my Under the Stars set! I was searching Splitcoast and found this cute idea...and it turns out it is from Miss Becky at Inking Idaho!! I love her work she is fab!! So thanks for the great idea Becky!! :)
Gotta run...have to mark off some of those to-do' of which is to wrap the gifts on the living room floor before the kids get home!!
Have a wonderful day! chat at ya later!
what's in it?...
stamps...Under the Stars, Hugs & Wishes, Birthday Wimsey bayou, pumpkin pie, whisper white, Spring Break dsp bayou, pumpkin pie, old olive, soft sky, close to cocoa, creamy caramel
accessories...silver brads
other...stamp-a-ma-jig, blender pens, slit punch, dimensionals, corner rounder, silver pen

Friday, December 12, 2008

Milk Carton Madness

Are these not the cutest milk cartons?! I actually hate these are my kind of cartons...the kind that hold treats and are made of paper! :) A super HUGE thank you to Becky....I purchased the tutorial she offered and it was fabulous! Her directions are easy to follow, there are step by step instructions and great pics to go with! I made these milk cartons for a friend of mine. It's her birthday today...Happy Birthday Holly! This paper and stamp set I used will be one of the new hostess sets offered in the new Spring/Summer catalog that comes out in January. Hand Drawn Bundle comes with a stamp set, designer series paper and rub-ons! It IS the cutest!
I have a big day of shopping tomorrow. I am taking Shawn with me to brave the Saturday shoppers...hopefully we will get the rest of what we need and be all finished! {a girl can dream} Wish me luck!
Thanks for coming by...Have a fabulous weekend!! chat at ya later...
what's in it?...
stamps...It's a Loop Thing, Best Yet
paper...baja breeze, riding hood red, certainly celery, basic grey, whisper white, Hand Drawn dsp
ink...baja breeze, riding hood red, certainly celery, basic grey
accessories...celery ribbon, riding hood red ribbon, red dew drops, silver cord, Loop to Loop rub-ons
other...sticky strip, scallop circle punch, 1 3/8 & 1 1/4 circle punches, blender pens, paper piercer, key tag punch

Thursday, December 11, 2008

J-O-Y banner

Happy Birthday to me, Happy Birthday to me, Happy Birthday dear me, Happy Birthday to me!!! :) Thanks for all the birthday wishes you gals are the sweetest! I am having a fantastic day so far! :) I wanted to share the JOY banner I made. My friend Melissa showed me this awesome banner that Kelly a.k.a Miss Atomicbutterfly had made and used as her blog banner! Melissa and I loved it so much that we got together yesterday and made banners for ourselves! I LOVE the way it turned out! It looks perfect hanging from my black shelf in my stamp room! Kelly THANK YOU for the fabulous inspiration and idea!!! I am absolutely in love with this banner!! :)
Thanks for stopping by...Hope you have wonderful day too!!!
chat at ya later!
what's in it?...
stamps...Winter Post, Wild West Alphabet

paper...kraft, ruby red, kiwi kiss, whisper white, Holiday Treasure dsp

ink...white craft, chocolate chip
accessories...button bouquet, kiwi ribbon, riding hood red/vanilla striped ribbon, chocolate twill, silver library clip, silver jumbo eyelets, silver cord

other...stamp-a-ma-jig, scallop circle punch, circle punches, sponges, crop-a-dile, dimensionals

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree...

Hey everyone! Oh, Christmas Tree...Oh Christmas Tree {can you just hear the song?} that's what came to mind as I was making this card! I snagged this idea from Heather. She made a smaller tree on a gift tag and I decided to go big and do a card. {I think that's the motto here in Texas...go big or go home!} It's so cute...I am going to make a few more of these for some of my Christmas cards. {{gasp}} No my cards aren't done yet...not even close! Oh well...that's me...always workin' till the very last minute...I work best under pressure and stressed least that's what I have been telling myself for years! :)
Ok...on to more fun news! Only 2 days till my birthday!! Can you feel the excitement? I sure can! I will be the ripe 'ol age of 33!! I feel a little old...I am the oldest in my family so I am always hitting that "old" milestone before anyone else which makes it worse than those that may not be the oldest in their families! {my brothers and sisters don't let me forget it either! nor does my hubby even though I am only older than him by 2 months!} ;)
Have a super fantastic day!!! Thanks for coming by!!!
chat at ya later!
what's in it?...
stamps...Best Yet
paper...kraft, kiwi kiss, close to cocoa, more mustard
ink...close to cocoa, kiwi kiss elements brads, riding hood ribbon, dazzling
other...giga scallop punch, 2 way glue pen, sponges, stamp-a-ma-jig, dimensionals, star punch
** eye is still swollen and hurting, it's actually worse today, but thanks for all the nice comments....I especially loved Linda' made me laugh, which made me squint my eye, which made it hurt worse...but whatever! :)

Monday, December 8, 2008

Reindeer Pouch

Good Monday Morning! So this morning I woke up with one swollen eyelid and it hurts to blink. {and let me tell's oh so pretty!!} I am not sure what the deal is I am keeping an "eye" on it though! ha!
Alright....let me start by saying that I am way too impressed with myself. I made this little reindeer pouch all by caseing! I am sure that I am not the only one who came up with this cuz it's pretty basic but I am just so pleased with myself none the less!! :) I saw a little foam reindeer face at Michaels and I thought I can do that with paper...and so I did! I used my pennant die cut for the face. I punched out circles for the nose and eyes. I put some crystal effects on Rudolph's nose to make it shine just the right amount! :) I drew the antlers and cut them out and adhered them to the inside of the pouch. The little holly leaves...I started with a little rectangle piece of paper and then I used my 1/2 in. circle punch and punched all the sides to get pointed leaves. I used dew drops for the holly berries. I added some paper shred and then it's ready for fillin'! I had candy in it ...but that was a few days ago and well...I ate it...I waited too many days to take a picture! I came up with this as one of the projects for Crafty Friday. Tyson and Kyler's classes will be making these this Friday. I had so much fun making santa ornaments last week with the kids.
Ok...enough babble from me! Have a great day...thanks for coming by!
chat at ya later.
what's in it?...
paper...Ski Slope dsp, white

accessories...dew drops, chocolate twill ribbon, crystal effects

other...paper shred, 1 inch, 3/4 inch, 1/4 inch circle punches, sticky strip, Big Shot, pennant die cut

Friday, December 5, 2008

Candy Skewers

If you are interested in purchasing these candy skewers --------->
you can order them from me!! I will be taking orders from now until December 19th. These make really great treats for teachers, co-workers or friends & cute treats for kids to give to their friends! You can choose between the Peanut Butter Cups $4.00 or Gumdrops/Gummy treats $3.50.
{{see the post below for more pictures}}

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Super Cute Treats!!!

Is this not the cutest?!!! I wish you could see it in person...the pictures do not do it justice!! {plus I am not a great photographer!} Of course I didn't come up with this...I was just quick to case it! Andrea came up with this...she even has a great video tutorial on how to make these cute treats! She used gumdrops and gummy treats {which would be perfect for kids} but I wanted to use chocolate because it's my one true love! ;) I did 4 different circle sizes because my clear bag is only 9 1/2 inches long. When I did the 3 layers there was alot of open space so I decided to add one more layer of circles. The peanut butter cups slid onto the skewer breaking! I made 2 of these to take to Ty and Kyler's teachers tomorrow...I will be up at the school doing crafts with each of their classes. Their teachers asked me to do craft Fridays for the next 3 weeks with their classes. They wanted the kids to make some fun crafts to do between now and when they go on break. So I have some darling things to show you tomorrow of what we will be working on!! :)
gotta are calling!
Have a great day! Chat at ya later!
what's in it?...
paper...Ski Slope dsp, real red ribbon, silver cord, dazzling diamonds

other...2in, 1 3/8 in, 1 1/4, 3/4 in circle punches, star punch, glue dots, clear treat bag, 2 way glue, Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, bamboo skewers

hope this help!!

Hi to all my blogger friends out there in cyberworld!! :) I so appreciate you checking out my blog and all the kind comments you leave! You know how to make a girls day! :)
So many of you have asked about these snowflakes----> and want to know how to make them! Here is a link to the video I watched! Monica Gale makes beautiful I love her accent!
Listed below are a few other links to some directions and tutorials. Here are a few things I did with mine and then you can go to town on your own!!!
I used 3x3 squares to make my snowflakes. I also used glue dots for my adhesive, double stick tape isn't strong enough, it eventually comes use something with some stick power! I only did 5 squares but 6 works too!
tutorial #1...shows photos and written instructions
tutorial #2...shows photos and written instructions
tutorial #3...written instructions and diagrams (I folded mine the way this tutorial shows)
video...this one goes fast so watch close
Hope that this helps for all of you who wanted to make these! They are fun, super cute and really not that hard...just takes a little time!
chat at ya later!! :)

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

celebrate the season

Just a very quick card I made a while ago. I have seen so many cute things with crumpled, distressed circles made into flowers. I went for a Christmas flower. This is a super simple card...I think I made it in 10 minutes!
{{Sorry for the lack of posts lately...I have been so busy that I haven't had time to be on the computer! Hopefully soon though I will be posting more regularly!}}
Have a good day! chat at ya later... :)
what's in it?...
paper...real red, old olive, whisper white, Ski Slope dsp
ink...chocolate chip
accessories..Seasonal Sayings rub-ons (sentiment), olive brads, kiwi button, olive twill ribbon punches, giga scallop punch, dimensionals

Saturday, November 29, 2008

A Thanksgiving Table

Happy Thanksgiving weekend!!! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday! We had a fabulous Turkey Day! It was so relaxing...full of family time! It was perfect. We didn't have any visitors and we didn't go anywhere it was just us and we loved it! I thought I would share our Thanksgiving table since it was very crafty. I have been working on it here and there over the last few weeks. I like to keep things simple when it comes to the table so that the clean up is that much easier. I have never been big on "real" plates...cuz it's just more dishes to wash. I always find cute square paper plates and then we pull out the fancy wine glasses so we can have sparkling cider! So...under the flowers is a placemat type thing I made. I got the idea from Mary Jo's blog. It was so just cut out the large pennant die in different coordinating papers with your Big Shot and tape them together. The confetti circles are just extras from cutting out the pennants. I made some paper pumpkins for the center too. Each person got a pillow box with Andes Mints in them. I punched a big scallop circle from my giga scallop punch to put under the sparkling cider glasses. I used some dsp from last year that I had for the place mats under the plates...the colors just happened to match my Autumn Vine paper. The last thing is the name cards...I posted those awhile ago...I used some Doodlebug Rub-Ons for the names.
Have a wonderful rest of your holiday weekend!
chat at ya later!

Friday, November 21, 2008

Love Owl-ways

WooHoo for Friday...I am glad the week is over! I am sooo looking forward to a fun Thanksgiving week next week...only a few more days to go!! I should be doing my laundry right now but there is nothing that says STAMP like laundry looming overhead! I thought I would do Beate's weekend challenge since it's been awhile since I have been able to participate. I have had this darling Love Owl-ways set for weeks and haven't been able to ink it up so it was time to end the neglect! I stamped the images in black StazOn. I colored in the owl with blender pens and ink pads. I cut out the mailbox & lots of hearts {very tedious wrist is really loving me now!} and made the hearts look like they spilling out of the mailbox. The designer series paper piece is from the Country Living Holiday Kit. Ok...I have to go...that laundry is not going away!
Have an absolutely super fabulous weekend!!!!
chat at ya later!
what's in it?...
stamps...Love Owl-ways, Itty Bitty Backgrounds

paper...basic grey, riding hood red, regal rose, pretty in pink, whisper white country living holiday kit dsp StazOn, close to cocoa, creamy caramel, tangerine tango, riding hood red, basic grey

accessories...pewter brads, silver cord, Crystal Effects, riding hood red ribbon

other...stamp-a-ma-jig, 1 1/4 in. & 1 3/8 in. circle punch, dimensionals, blender pens

Thursday, November 20, 2008

santa claus

This cute santa came from Heather...check out her awesome video tutorial. This is super cute and really, really easy. I decided to attach it to a card but I am also going to make some as tags for gifts because inside his beard is where you can write the "To: & From:". I stamped 'Merry Christmas' inside this one but I forgot to get a picture of it!...oops! Also I don't have the scallop die from Stampin' Up! yet so I used my Marvy Giga Scallop Punch...which I think is pretty close to the same size as the die. I added some crystal stickles to the white on the hat but when I make it again I am going use diamond cuz this has a pink tint to it. I think the diamond stickles are more clear. I inked the edges of my kraft paper with white craft ink and added the red ribbon...that's it! SUPER EASY!
Have a great Thursday. I am going to be getting ready for our City of Katy Tree Lighting tonight. Kailee is singing with her choir there and they have some fun activities. Then we have our own little NYC Rockefeller Center moment when Katy's tree is lit! It's fun! :)
chat at ya later!
what's in it?...
stamps...Load of Love (merry christmas)
paper...kraft, real red, blush blossom, pretty in pink, black, whisper white
ink...white craft ribbon, crystal stickles, white gel pen

other...punches; giga scallop, three for you, 1/2 in. & 3/4 in. & 1/4in. circle, dimensionals

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Lollipop Tree

Wow is it Tuesday already? The weekend went by so did Monday. I didn't get any stamp time till now! That's ok though...I had an absolutely fabulous weekend with my family.
I figured I would start out the morning with the color challenge on Kristina's blog. I immediately thought of my tree set when I saw the colors. I have wanted to make a Lollipop Tree since I saw so many cute ones on Splitcoast. I don't know why I am calling it a Lollipop Tree...that's just what it looks like to me! This was super easy. I just punched out circles in different sizes and crumpled and distressed them and add them to the tree with saffron brads. The sentiment if from the Seasonal Sayings rub-ons.
I hope you have a fantastic Tuesday! Thanks for coming by!
chat at ya later!
what's in it?...
stamps...Season of Friendship

paper...whisper white, so saffron, elegant eggplant, pumpkin pie

ink...close to cocoa
accessories...saffron brads, Season Sayings rub-ons

other...dimensionals, 1/4, 1/2, 3/4 & 1 in. circle punches, stamp-a-ma-jig, rub on tool, wide oval punch

Thursday, November 13, 2008

sparkly birthday cupcake

A quick post for today...I have such a busy night with all sorts of kid things going on! I wanted to take a few minutes to stamp for fun since I have been working on orders lately! I went to Splitcoast to check out the challenge for was to use watercolor paper. That means I had to watercolor...well not had to, choose to! {bad idea} This is an area that I am not very good at...and that's putting it nicely! I just can't seem to get it down. I really think my "Monk" like qualities get in the way...I feel like I need to color it all in! I really need somebody who is good at this to show me how to do person! Any takers? is my card. I attempted a watercolored cupcake. After I colored it, I covered the edges in Cotton Candy Stickles...the flame and the sprinkles have Crystal Effects on them. The saying is from the Seasonal Sayings rub-ons.
Ok...gotta kids are already starting in on me!!
chat at ya later....Have a great afternoon & evening!
what's in it?...
stamps...Crazy for Cupcakes

paper...pretty in pink, chocolate chip, baja breeze, watercolor paper, Seasonal Bundle dsp StazOn, baja breeze, pretty in pink, chocolate chip, certainly celery, markers: barely banana, pumpkin pie

accessories...baja breeze ribbon, silver brads, cotton candy stickles, crystal effects, seasonal sayings rub-ons

other...wide oval punch, aqua painters, dimensionals, stamp-a-ma-jig, rub-on tool

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

color challenge #30

Hey! It's Wednesday...where did the week go already? I don't know but I am glad it's going by quickly! We have a super fun weekend planned so I am anxious for Saturday to get here. We are taking the kids to Dewberry Farms. If you live in the Houston should go, looks like tons of fun! This will be our first year to go!!
Anyway...I made this for color challenge #30 over at Kristina's blog. I love this color combo...very soothing colors. I tried out the rhinestone in the filigree brad it! Gotta run...I have an order for Christmas cards I need to get finished up. Have a super, fantabulous day! THANKS for coming by!!!
chat at ya later!
what's in it?...
stamps...Fresh Cuts

paper...certainly celery, sahara sand, old olive, whisper white

ink...old olive, certainly celery

accessories...filigree brad, green rhinestone brad, fat olive ribbon
other...wide oval & oval punches, paper piercer, stamp-a-ma-jig, distresser