Wednesday, December 31, 2008

LAD Weekly Sketch #59

Hi! I'm back with a fun sketch that I just finished. It is this weeks challenge over at Lizzie Anne Designs. Here is the sketch:

And here is my take on it:

I've used this photo on a layout previously, but now I wanted to use the picture again and implement it into a photo onto the sketch! I love making photo cards and for this sketch I decided to turn it horizontally....since I had other little snippets of the Eiffel Tower and the Notre Dame Cathedral to add to it.
Here are some closeups of the mini photos and stamps:

Don't you just love this poodle stamp?

And how can you go to France without saying this word:



Enjoy!


Stamps: Lizzie Anne Designs' Ooh La La collection.

Papers: LAD's French Floral - Pretty Little Papers. Spring Moss and Dark Chocolate from Papertrey Ink.

Scalloped edge punch by Martha Stewart.

Ink: Chocolate.

Saying thanks....

For this card, I pulled out some of my favorite holiday stamps and made a thank you card:

There's so much to be thankful for this season, isn't there? The family getting together, all the great gifts for everyone, conversation, yummy food, and just the simple everyday things that people do for you....I really need to get out more Thank You cards to people....haven't been very good at that this year....hopefully next year!

Here is a closeup of the card:

Happy New Year's Eve!!!




Materials used:


Papers: Lizzie Anne Designs' Bazzill and French Floral Paper. Hero Arts pink and blue notecards.

Stamps, gems, blue button, and sequin by Hero Arts.

Pink button by Making Memories.

Blue ric-rac by Martha Stewart.




Tuesday, December 30, 2008

It's almost the New Year!

Can you believe it?? 2009 is just around the corner! Crazy....life for me is really crazy right now.....running around doing so many things but I love the busy work, definitely! Enjoy my new banner - btw, I'm keeping this one up for 2 months instead of one, so this is my official January and February banner.

Here are some closeup pics -

A new photo of Chris that many of you have not seen yet:

More yummy stamps and ribbons:



Enjoy your day!



Materials used:


Making Memories button.

Papers: Basic Grey's Sultry collection. Papertrey Ink's raspberry fizz, spring moss, chocolate, and berry sorbet. Martha Stewart Papers.

Heart tin and ribbons by Papertrey Ink.

Stamps and small cream floral: Patterned hearts by Hero Arts. Stampin' Up used on layout.

Martha Stewart heart edge punch.

Large and medium florals by Prima.

Rub-on used on Layout - can't remember!!





Monday, December 29, 2008

Kraft Time

That's Kraft....the brownish looking paper....lol....not craft! I rarely use Kraft paper...sometimes but not a lot - I guess it's out of my comfort zone. But I thought I would use it last night and here is the card:


Enjoy! How is your holiday season coming along? Still celebrating or are you relaxing now....hubby and I are dealing with a very feisty little boy right now....he really misses school....and I think he'll calm down again after school starts up...but in the meantime he thinks he is a superhero who can climb a flight of stairs and jump down 5 steps of stairs to the bottom! And he thinks he can do all of this without getting hurt...hmmmm....my little superhero.....


Have a great day!


Materials used:

Papers: Kraft and Basic Grey's Sultry collection.

Stamps and gem: Hero Arts.

Making Memories metal rim tag.

Martha Stewart's heart edge punch.


Sunday, December 28, 2008

Some cards I thought I'd never make....

Here are some more springy, fun cards I made.....I don't typically make 'nature' type cards with birds, trees, and mushrooms?! But these stamps are just way too irresistible!



I must be quick here, so enjoy both cards...see you again soon!



Materials used:

Papers, stamps, gems, and flowers by Hero Arts.

Ribbon by Making Memories.

Chocolate Twine.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Bonjour!

Goodmorning! Oh, we were all up soo soo late last night, my two boys are still asleep and I'm barely awake....lol...but we've been having fun! Here is a new layout for you to enjoy:


I simply love that little blue bench - I call it a 'poolside' color.....that bench just drew my attention immediately, in addition to all the other elements within the photo! So the majority of my colors are actually based upon that simple little bench....it's very artistic looking, don't you think? Love it!

I'm keeping this short because we all have to head out today to my mom's. Another family gathering to top off this weekend. It will be so much fun for Chris....


Have a great day!


Materials used:


Stamps, pearl gems, paper flowers, and felt flowers: Hero Arts.

Papers: Morning Meadows collection by SEI.

Inks: Turquoise and and moss green.

Martha Stewart edge punch, giga scallop, and marvy circle punch.

Green chipboard alpha letters by K & Company.




Friday, December 26, 2008

Spring time is just around the corner....

My goodness, I seem to be getting later and later with my posts....I'm enjoying the holidays with my family and trying to relax more....but I did manage to get in some time for this quick and fun project!


So what do you think? We may all still have some partying left for the weeks ahead, but how about time for some spring projects with lots of soft, pastel colors?

I can't wait for Valentine's and Easter to get here....they are just the funnest - lots of sweet candy and cards, and all the colors are so bright and cheerful! Easter is just around the corner....really....if we have it as early as we did this year!

Enjoy the egg decor, I had a blast making it!



Materials used:


Papers, stamps, floral and pearl gems: Hero Arts.

Easter Egg Chipboard by Making Memories.

Inks: bubblegum pink, turquoise, passion red, and moss green.

Ric Rac ribbon by SEI.
Scalloped edge punch by Martha Stewart.




Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas to all.....AND the start of something sweet!!

To all my friends, families, and devoted readers who are celebrating the holiday season today - I wish you a much blessed holiday with much prosperity, love, family and togetherness, and patience for the new year! As much as we all love the festivities of good food, conversation, and many gifts....it's all more so about being with family and loved ones!

I added an x-mas album to the left nav bar entitled "Christmas 2008 - Part 1". These photos were taken here at our home. We'll be visiting my mom on Saturday, the 27th and having another party there, so I will have more pics for you to complete the remainder of the album. Enjoy!

Now on to some fun things I made late last night.....a petite Valentine's enclosure card and matching gift box to go with it:

I'm still playing around with some other ideas to decorate these little boxes...I thought it would be something nice to give to Chris' teacher and her aides for Valentines.

Here is the card:


Enjoy the remainder of this wonderful Christmas season....and stay safe!

Materials used:


Papers: Hero Arts and K & Company.

Stamps, sequins, and pearl gems: Hero Arts.

Making Memories buttons.

Inks: bubblegum pink and moss green.

Martha Stewart Ribbon.

Heart scallop punch.

Square scallop punch.




Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Japanese Dolls.....

It's almost here!!! Oh my gosh, getting too excited and I think Chris knows something's up!! Here are some cards I made last night...I made two of them in lavender and green, slightly varied each one:

Here's the second version:

Aren't these dolls just adorable!!! Seriously, I could never get bored playing with this doll set...I could come up with so many ideas for them!! Hehe.

Here is another card in which the same doll is used but I chose a color scheme of red and black:


Enjoy your Wednesday!!



Materials used:

Papers: SEI, Making Memories, and Hero Arts.

Stamps: Four Dolls, Great flourishes, and Bird Branch Alphabet by Hero Arts.

Vintage florals and gems by HA.

Making Memories: Large pink button, lavender ribbons, and rhinestone buckle.

Inks: Black, fushcia, lavender, and red.

Giga scallop punch, scalloped edge punch, and round corner punch.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Countdown to Christmas....

Are you as excited as I am? Can't wait for all the fun festivities - especially for the little ones - it's really all about them and the joy and delight on their faces when they open their gifts!

Here are 2 totally different cards that I made - this first one here has softer, more mellow looking features:

This second card - I label as being funky, bright, and cheerful - definitely for the icecream lover!

I'm so so excited about all the fun project ideas that are stirring in my head right now - I have lots of new things to show you in the coming weeks - and as we get closer and closer to our next big holiday....Valentine's....hope you will be inspired by some sweet treats! Mind you, not all of my ideas actually work out on paper just like I envision them. For instance, the very top card posted here was a total disaster from the beginning, it almost went into the round file, but somehow I was able to make the corrections and it turned out ok! :)



Materials used for cards:


Papers: Lizzie Anne Designs, Martha Stewart, and Hero Arts.

Stamps, buttons, flowers, and gems by Hero Arts.

Inks: Black, lavender, moss green, yellow, turquoise, deep blue, tan, red, bubblegum pink, teal, and chocolate.

Accessories: scallop circle punch, round corner punch, rectangle scallop punch, and MS scalloped edge punch.


Monday, December 22, 2008

Lovin' Mondays....

Happy Monday to you! My most productive day of the week for some reason....

I'm not sure why, but I tend to pack in a whole lot of chores on Monday's - and it's kind of a 'get-it-out-of-the-way' attitude for me - why not do all you can on the first day of the week - then the remainder of the week can be a little more relaxing.....

Today is going to be about 2 loads of laundry, cleaning bathrooms - maybe, more stamping, vacuuming, and organizing paper work. I was going to take Chris out to a fun jungle gym that he likes, but maybe tomorrow. We'll see.


Hope your day is great!


Enjoy the card!


Materials used:


Papers: Chatterbox' s Happy Day Collection and Martha Stewarts pastel papers.

Stamps, flower and button: Hero Arts.

Inks: Moss green, yellow, tangerine, chocolate, and bright green.

Round corner punch and chocolate twine.


Saturday, December 20, 2008

What are you thinking of?

Can you believe it.....Christmas is almost here, but somehow my mind has wandered off, taking a little break from all the Christmas festivities....I'm so ready for spring time and more fun holidays....how about a fun, cheery, 'very pastel' kind of holiday?


You wouldn't believe what time Chris woke up this morning....5:30 a.m., and so naturally, his dad and I also woke up. We all actually ate breakfast, I made the card above, did all the laundry, and the hubby finished the grocery shopping all before 9:00 a.m.! Now that's what I call super, duper productive! lol.

In fact, there have been many times where my child wakes up really early, and I've found it actually nice - even though a little added sleep wouldn't have hurt, but with all that extra time, I'm able to do sooo much!

The rest of the day was spent x-mas shopping....yay.....I'm just now getting online and my feet are a little tired from the day....

Enjoy the card and hope it brings you thoughts of Spring time fun!



Materials used:


Papers: SEI.

Stamps and pink gems: Hero Arts.

Scalloped edge border.

Inks: Turquoise, black, red, purple, fresh green, orange, yellow, and bubblegum pink.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Candy Ornament from Chris....and some cards!

Happy Friday!!! Before I show you some cards that I made, here's a little something my boy made in school today for mommy and daddy....I LOVE little surprises in his backpack:

Isn't it cute...he's quite the crafter! He's very, very proud of making it, I can tell, when I took it out and hugged him and said, "Thank you, sweetie!" - you could just see the delight on his face. He's so proud that he made it for us. He wanted to keep holding it while eating lunch....

There were a whole bunch of other stuff too...they got another book - they are always getting freebie books which is great...since he loves to read....they made a stocking filled with goodies, and some Santa stickers, lots of glitter, and a handmade story book were also some fun items I saw.....I just love everything he brings home!!

So he's off for 2 weeks now until Jan. - I better get in gear and keep him busy with fun stuff for the coming weeks!

Here are some cards I made earlier, enjoy!



And a closeup:

Materials used:


Stamps: Hero Arts.

Papers: Dill Blossom and Gerti Collection by SEI.

Ribbon by MS.

Flowers by Hero Arts.

Pearl Accent.

Chocolate twine.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

It's for the birds.....

Some more goodies for you today....a new layout based on travel...and look at these birds! Click to view larger!

Here's a close-up of some fun embellishments and colors that I used....I love all the papers from SEI's Black Orchid collection!

And here's a card I made earlier this morning...just playing with some new stamps I got:


Enjoy! How are you coming along on your x-mas shopping? I'm about 90% done but I have a few more things to pick up! I'm hoping to completely finish by this weekend!! I really don't want to trudge out to the stores any later than that...it will be crazy!!


Materials used:


Papers: SEI's Black Orchid and Dill Blossom.

Stamps, florals, and gems: Hero Arts.

Ribbon by Martha Stewart.







Chipmunk cuteness....

This card makes me happy:

Hope it brightens your day!! :)

Isn't he or, ok let's make it a 'she'......cute?



Materials used:


Papers: SEI.

Stamps and gems: Hero Arts.

Ribbons: Martha Stewart.

Metal rim tag: Stampin' Up.

Inks: Chocolate, light brown, and red.

Small marvy circle punch (for the petals of the flower).





Wednesday, December 17, 2008

A journey through beauty....

I'm back with another layout for you...I spent quite a bit of time on this one - about 2 1/2 hours...I try to keep it under three if possible and if I'm going over that....that's just way too much thinking!!

This layout is based on this week's HA sketch. You can view the sketch layout HERE.

And here is my take on it:


A closeup of the journaling:

And a closeup of some of the stamps I used from Hero Arts:


Enjoy!


Materials used:


Papers: Crate Paper's Prudence Collection. Martha Stewart, and SEI's Spring Collection.

Stamps: Hero Arts.

Blue flower by Prima.

Inks: Pink Cotton Candy, black, fresh green, and light green.





LAD Sketch

Here is a card I made based on a weekly sketch challenge from Lizzie Anne Designs. You may view the sketch HERE.

Here is my take on the challenge:


The extra challenge involved on this sketch was to 'hang' an object or sentiment on the left hand, bottom portion of the card...fun, fun!

Enjoy and have a great day! I will be back later on today with a 4 photo layout.....it's going to be a photo filled week!



Materials used:



Papers: Pretty little papers by LAD.

Stamps: L'amour set by LAD.

Inks: Red and chocolate.

Ribbon by Martha Stewart.

Natural twine.

Scalloped edge punch.

Rectangle scallop punch.

Heart gems by Hero Arts.






Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Bubblegum Hearts....

How about some really bright colors today??? Why not, the sun is out and shining bright today...yay...

And here is the entire card...

Have a wonderful Tuesday!


Materials used:


Stamps, gem, and flower by Hero Arts.

Papers: Hippie Chick Collection by SEI.

Inks: Chocolate and frost white.

Ribbon by Martha Stewart.




Monday, December 15, 2008

It's sketch time....

It's sketch week over at HA, I love sketches....and I've been meaning to try more sketches from a variety of vendors......I think I'm going crazy trying to do so many challenges here and there...lol...but it's all so much fun....

This is the first time I've ever done a card to match my scrap book layout:

Enjoy!



Materials used:

Stamps, gems, and flower: Hero Arts.

Papers: Crate Paper's Prudence Collection. SEI.

Journaling tag by K & Company.




Seasonal Celebrations!

It's that time of the year....almost....where I have plenty of wonderful friends and family members with BIRTHDAY's! And when it comes to birthday's, sweet treats and really cute stamps come in handy....like this one:

I adore this cake stamp from Hero Arts....delicious! I, ofcourse, had to make it with chocolate frosting on top....for those of you who know me and my weaknesses...chocolate is definitely one of them!!! Don't you just love that cake?

And some more stamps here that I haven't used yet....I was just simply thinking about my mom and decided to make this card below!

Today is a rainy day, and I didn't have natural sunlight for my photos....but hope these will do....

And now....to amuse you just a tad.....I just want to say that it is quite remarkable the differences between Chris and I......son and mother! The things I've come to notice on a daily basis!

Let's take for instance, this morning - raining quite hard as I mentioned! As I was opening the front door and getting ready to take him out to the bus stop....my first initial reaction towards the rain was.....yucky! I'm not a fan of rain, dirt, wet, snow, sleet, cold, and did I mention DIRT? So as I'm glancing outside, a little frown parts my lips and I wince with vivid pain just at the thought of getting wet......painfully, so not amusing for me....hehe.

Chris, on the other hand, perks his head up and looks at me - parts a HUGE, almost devilish smile.....and I ALREADY know what he's thinking and about to do....and all I can do is smile with him as he feasted his eyes on this delightful scenery that lies before us......ahh yes....rain......he thinks.....my ultimate 'jumping in the puddles' bonanza!!!

He is in love with this element that pours down on us - the element that Mother Nature has created for the likes of which a young child joyfully indulges in.....and didn't I for a moment...remember how fascinating it all was to me when I was a child? The fun of running thru the muddy puddles, feeling the water soaking through our socks and seeping into our feet.....aahhh....a child's pure fascination with such.....I let him have his fun for I know that just moments away, he will be rushed upon the bus....hmmm...it is just a thought I'm having right now as I write.....the differences in him and I....


Enjoy the cards...


Materials used:

Papers, stamps, and crystal gems by Hero Arts.

Small white flowers by Making Memories.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Friendly nature....

A really quick card I whipped up last night:

And a closeup of the sentiment:

I'll be very quick today - it is going to be another eventful day!


Materials used:

Stamps, gems, flower, and papers: Hero Arts and SEI.

Inks: Moss green, brown, deep red, and chianti.

Scalloped edge punch.

Ribbon by Martha Stewart.




Saturday, December 13, 2008

Oh, little one....

Here are some more baby cards for you to enjoy:

The card below is very out-of-the-box for me! But I wanted to design something utilizing those really cute clothespins that you see there! Aren't they adorable? The girl's blouse was stamped three times and then I individually cut each piece out and 'hung' them up on the string! I want to experiment more with the clothespins and see what else I can come up with....fun...fun!


Chris woke up really, super early this morning - he has a knack for getting up early on the weekends....I'm not sure why. He's so used to his normal routine on the weekdays that he probably thinks that he goes to school on Sat. and Sun. too...hehe.....I'm going to try and do some Christmas shopping this weekend...yah....we'll see, such the procrastinator I am in that department!

Hope your Saturday is a good one!



Materials used:


Papers: Martha Stewart and Hero Arts.

Stamps, gems, and clothespins: Hero Arts.

Orange brad: Chatterbox's artsylicious collection.

Martha Stewart edge punch.

Inks: Black and lavender.




Friday, December 12, 2008

A natural beauty....

Here is another new layout I finished late today....wow....it has been a very busy day for me....I'm just starting to catch up on emails and everything after being gone for most of the day.....this layout is inspired from a Valerie Salmon sketch:

If you haven't ever visited Valerie's blog....then you must hop on over now and take a look at some of her beautiful work! She even has a sketch class that you can sign up and participate in. I've been wanting to give it a try....but haven't had the time to do so....someday!

Also, a big HUG and thank you goes out to A.N. for letting me use her photos. The color combos for this layout are as follows: Maize Yellow, Teal Blue, Dark Burgundy, Orange, and Spring Green.

Here is a close-up:


Enjoy!


Check back this weekend for some more new designs...I have lots of fun and cute projects to share with you!!


Materials used:

Papers: SEI, Jenni Bowlin, and Martha Stewart.

Stamps and gems: Hero Arts.

Making Memories: Small flower, buttons, and ribbon.

Large florals by Prima.

Inks: very cherry, black, orange, and turquoise.

Marvy circle punch.

Assorted color twine.