Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy Hats!

Happy New Year's Eve everyone!! Here's wishing all of my friends and family, near and far......a 2010 that is full of happiness and prosperity...

New Years Party Hats

...a 2010 that will bring a wealth of new knowledge and skills....hmmmm....yes, I have something NEW that I'm looking forward to doing...you've already seen it on my blog...and it's something I will strive very hard to learn even better and master! It's my personal goal......

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And, lastly, I wish everyone a 2010 that will bring on positive life changes and improvements and the ability to achieve PATIENCE in our lives! Ahh...how sometimes even I struggle with that one word! Another goal of mine....to have patience like I've never had before, so important to me, and yet very difficult, don't you think?!

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Whatever your goals are, hope they are fulfilled in the coming New Year!


Stamps: Lizzie Anne Designs - December Monthly Mix.


Papers: Japanese Origami Papers and Paper Source.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Engraved Flower....

I've been working on so many Valentine's projects and it's been a lot of fun, but wanted to change up the pace a little with this card and use a combo of celery green and eggplant infused with lighter colors of green and purple:

Cherish

This flower is a cling stamp called Engraved Flower. I paired it with some origami papers and solids for the background and added a pinch of paper flowers as well.

Also added some stickles for some sparkle and trimmed in-between the leaves, I don't know why I do that...I just like to trim into everything - I guess! :)

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I also curled up the leaves for a bit of dimension. Oh, and when curling up the petals with my fingers, I realized that you don't want the white on the back surface to show, just simply take the same colored marker and shade on the back side as well, this gives the appearance that your flower is all one color in 3D.

Thanks for peeking.


Stamps: Hero Arts.

Hero Arts Flowers.

Prima.

Japanese Origami Papers.

Paper Source Cardstock.

A Photostamp!

Hi all! Something new and fun to share today, the floral image you see on this card is actually a real life photo that has been taken and turned into a stamp:

Beauty is defined

It's a wonderful little concept and a new experimentation for Lizzie Anne, and I love the look! I'm hoping there will be lots more in the future to play with!

I also used a smaller script sentiment and stamped the cream cardstock to make a background.

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To finish off the look, I added a golden heart locket to the ribbon, you can put in a little photo as well, I think this would be a pretty Valentine's card to someone special!

Enjoy!

Stamps: From the heart - Lizzie Anne Designs.

Papers: Paper Source.

Red grosgrain ribbon.

Heart locket.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Red Hot Dress...

....lol.....isn't it always a struggle to come up with a catchy title sometimes? I'm being silly today! Here's just a really super fun and happy card for my day:

Flamenco Dancer

My color scheme for this card is chocolate, persimmon red, light banana, cream, and light pink. I used some cute little Hero Arts stamps: the girl is called Flamenco Dancer; the sentiment is from the Huge Hugs set; and the Heart Flourishes is a large background cling!

I so love this sentiment:

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And it definitely reminds me that I need to always do this more!!! Each and every day, no matter how tough life gets, just get that smile on my face! ;)

Hope it puts one on yours! Have a happy day, everyone!

Stamps: Hero Arts.

Papers: Paper Source.

Making Memories.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

The house on the corner....

This was such a playful card to make, it required quite a bit of cutting, layering, some coloring, and lots of paper piecing:

The Corner House

I made this card for a friend who recently invited me over and I wanted to thank her for her kindness! I made the little neighborhood, home, the tree, the streets, and the car - to reflect exactly what I saw that day...LOL...(minus the colors, ofcourse)! She doesn't have a pink and lavender house. Boy, but I wouldn't mind this color of a home if I lived out in my own little world! ;)

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I used two stamp sets from Hero Arts for this card, Mi Casa and the 'sun' image is from the Be Happy set.

The car I made out of a punch by Martha Stewart:

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I hope she gets a kick out of this, sooo much fun!!

Other than crafting, Chris wanted me to put together one of his x-mas presents from family, he loved this castle so I put it together late last night, too much fun! It's kind of like legos but it's called 'Trios' and it's more durable and the interlocking pieces are harder, so that they stick together better than legos:

The castle I put together

Have a great day!!

Stamps: Hero Arts.

Papers: Reflections and Martha Stewart.

Martha Stewart car punch.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Happy Holidays!

Hoping your Christmas celebration has been wonderful! Many blessings from our family to yours!

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May 2010 bring you much happiness and prosperity!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Bee happy!

So I didn't think I'd be back on the computer again today, but here I am...lol......the mailman kindly dropped off a yummy package for me with new stamps and so I couldn't resist playing.....even Chris was sooo excited and trust me, he WAS REALLY excited....he took the box from me and thought it was for him.

Bee Happy

This is a new set from Hero Arts called Be Happy, and it just has the most darling images in it, let's see, here is a link to the SET.

They are all so cute, that I wanted to put every stamp on a single card...hehe...but unfortunately, couldn't do that. I layered the flower top with an extra flower and snipped in-between the droopy leaves. I also layered the tiny little bee at the bottom of the card.

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Hope you enjoy, want to play so much more with my stamps, but I'm going to rest tomorrow and spend time with the family - hope your day is very special on Christmas!!! Happy holidays everyone!

Stamps: Hero Arts.

Papers: Paper Source and Making Memories.

Scallop shears.

Owl Birthday....

I have soo many birthdays coming up in January all the way up til, well....pretty much, every month until Sept....lol.....and that's not just family, but lots of friends and former co-workers....I would have to say the first 3 months of the year is pretty busy with celebrations!

Here's a fun birthday card I made using the adorable owl from the January Mix set:

Birthday Owl

He is a cutie pie and I love him holding the balloon like that!! I also used a floral stamp to make the background on the top note die.

Paired the image with some very bright and colorful hues to complete my card:

Birthday Ow2l

Enjoy! And how many birthdays do you have coming up?? And who says it calms down after the holidays are over...hehehe......just too much fun! ;)

Stamps: From the Heart by Lizzie Anne Designs.

Assorted colored papers.

Prima.

Crimson grosgrain ribbon.

Round corner punch.

Marvy circle and scallop punches.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Tinkering around with the bloggie....and a new look for 2010!

So I have a little time on my hands right now...I've been re-vamping my blog...cleaning up categories, changed my profile a bit.....and I've decided to pick a brand new header and matching buttons to the right navigation bar....something that will be a definite fixture for a while, a more permanent one for at least the first half of the year, and I may change it to another header by July 2010....just simplifying!

I must admit, it was great fun changing my header to match the seasons each month! That was a blast.

I'm looking forward to a fresh new start and I can tell you now there will be lots of fun designing to be had in the months to come, I can't wait!

Hope you enjoy! Take care all!

Playful little girl...

Hi there! Working on some really fun mini cards for children right now....this fun stamp set was sent to me by a dear friend from the Netherlands. The images from this set are designed by Nellie Snellen -

Playful Girl

Isn't she cute? The sentiment is from the new Hero Arts set called Essential Messages.

I'm also working on something I will be able to share with you at the beginning of January, yay!! Hope all of your preparations are going well for you and that you will be able to relax a little before the big x-mas day?

I'm pretty much done and can relax somewhat today....plan on crafting with Chris, playing some puzzles and games, and warming up with some chicken noodle soup and crackers...awwww...sounds like a good day to me! Sunny outside but very cold, so perfect for cozying up inside!

Have a great day!

Stamps: Nellie Snellen/Ollie's and Hero Arts.

Assorted Valentine's Papers.

White lace trim.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Looking back....a year of blessings...a year of difficulties....

.....and through it all, you are reminded of ONE thing, being thankful for all the circle of friends and family in your life that help you through the process! We are blessed when things are going well for us....and then we are humble to have special friends who aid us through tough times....

A True Friend

...and for that....I made this card using Lizzie Anne's January Monthly Mix as a symbol of friendship...going out to ALL my friends out there who have been so kind and generous to me this year.

And you all know who you are, if I were to mention all of your names, this Blogger template could not handle it! ;) So this goes out to all of you who write me little emails to just ask me how I am; to all the fun gifts I've received through the mail; to all the embellies and papers that have come my way; to all the cards received that have proven the creative spirit in which you EACH behold!

To all of you who comment on my blog and take the time to learn about my life and my moments! And, especially, to some whom I've shared my most difficult moments to during this past summer.

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And for this, how truly amazed and thankful I am!

Hope you enjoy YOUR card!



Stamps: From the Heart by Lizzie Anne Designs.

Papers: Bazzill.

Prima.

Handmade glitter paper and die-cut oval from Leni!

Papers and Cuttlebug swiss dots folder compliments of Ivy!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Meet Mother and Boo Bear....

So I had to give these little guys a name and after some decision making, I took my DH's suggestion, teehee:

Mother and Boo

It took 4 hours total to complete both the mama and the baby bear...I'm getting a little faster and more precise on my needle position, still a little shaky in some areas, but with more practice......

I love this felt flower accessory on their heads:

Mother and Boo flower

I love felt, hoping I can get some more felt stash to work with....the best part about these bears are the open front pocket seen here, you can put in a cute little notecard or add some yummy candy...so sweet:

Mother and Boo pocket

I still haven't decided what I'll put in the pockets, but it will be fun!! They are ready to be sent out as gifts. I think that's it for now as far as sewing, definitely won't be an everyday thing, but only when I have some downtime like right now! ;)

Enjoy! Are you done with your x-mas shopping?? I'm headed out to brave the masses as I need one more gift - I saved the hardest one for last. ;)

See you all!


Bear Kit including patterns, thread, needle, and accessories - by American Girl.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

A hand stitched owl....

Hello all! It's a beautiful morning here....it is supposed to get up to 79 degrees today, perfect! I love this kind of weather in the middle of winter! So have you had a chance to join in on the fun Hero Arts Blog Hop?! If you missed it, go check it out as there are lots of inspiring projects and many prizes to be won too! You may view my portion of the blog hop HERE!

In other fun news, I've been working on some handmade projects other than cardmaking lately....made this little owl here:

Hand stitched owl

I am by no means a seamstress in any capacity!! But I do like to venture out often and do crafty things in territories that I'm unfamiliar with....I really do love to explore and learn all the time....if I stop learning new things, I can get really bored....and you never want boredom to settle in!! Even as a busy mom, you always want to be doing something new and adventurous!!

I found these cute little kits that you can sew by hand, owl patterns, a teddy bear pattern, and even a cell phone/iphone pattern! Sooo cute! I plan on doing the bear next and then making some felt iphone holders for some of my iphone obsessed friends....LOL!

It's just all so much fun, and like I said, these are really easy-to-do stitching that comes with several patterns you can choose from and develop into your own design. Here is a closeup of the top of the owls head, I learned how to do simple x-stitching, whip stitching, and applique stitching:

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For this final photo, I used sequin stitching and the running stitch that you see on the top row:

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Totally can't wait to work on the bear pattern.....just something so different and exciting for me!

I hope you have a great day!!



Supplies:

Owl Kit and accessories by American Girl.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Hero Arts 2010 Catalog Blog Hop!

Welcome everyone to a very exciting day!!! It's the Hero Arts Blog Hop featuring over 30 artists showcasing a variety of beautiful 2010 stamps!! I'm so honored to be a part of this day along with so many talented stampers! If you have come directly to my blog and would like to start from the very beginning of the blog hop, please re-direct to the Hero Arts Blog now!

Let's start off with my first project....when I first saw the Girl Holding Flowers Stamp, I was so thrilled and couldn't wait to use it...she is so cute:

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And so perfect for all the little princesses in your life and can be used for almost any occasion throughout the year! I made several variations with this stamp but chose this project below to show you. This is a Letter Block Art project that features the Girl Holding Flowers plus 2 additional new stamp sets:

DREAM letter blocks

Here is a close-up view of the individual stamps:

DREAM letter blocks closeup

I made this for a sweet princess in my family who will be celebrating her birthday soon! This makes for a great decoration for a little girls room. This home decor item may be placed on a mantle, a shelf or desk, or even hung on the wall! So much fun to create and alter these blocks! To view individual details of each block 'letter', you may visit my Flickr Photostream.


Supplies:


CH371 - Essential Messages.
CL383 - Antique Engravings.
H5330 - Girl Holding Flowers.
Papers, ribbons, and flower/heart dies: American Girl.
Prima pearls.
White, plain alpha block letters.
Metal clips.
Hero Arts Felt Flower.
Hero Arts Flower Gem.
Assorted colors of patterned tape.
Assorted colored markers.
Stazon Jet Black Ink.


My next project features the Row of Houses stamp:

Wisteria Lane

I loved playing around with this stamp to create the above scenery. TIP: To create multi-colored homes, ink and stamp the entire wood block with one color. Repeat this step with other colors of your choice. Cut out the individual houses! I found that this works much better than trying to ink directly onto the stamp.


Supplies:


H5328 - Row of Houses.
CL136 - Home.
LP132 - 3 Designer Leaves.
E3658 - Falling Foliage.
S5215 - Clouds.
Hero Arts Flower Gems.
Hero Arts White and Cream Flowers.
Bazzill Cardstock.
Assorted Markers.
Colorbox Ink.
Stazon Jet Black Ink.


My final card here today utilizes the Silhouette Meadow Flowers stamp:

live richly silhouette

I used a Forest Green Embossing Powder to create the background and added very minimal embellishments, keeping this look very simple, with the focal point being on the flowers.


Supplies:

K5340 - Silhouette Meadow Flowers.
CL371 - Essential Messages.
Stampendous Forest green embossing powder.
Tim Holtz embossing ink.
Papertrey Ink white ribbon.
Martha Stewart Floral Border Punch.
Round corner punch.
Bazzill cardstock.


Hope you've enjoyed! Next up on your hop is Nichol Magouirk! Remember, if you find a link that doesn't work, you may always hop back to the Hero Arts Blog for a list of direct links of all the blogs in the hop!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Call 'Waiting'

Continuing on today with more fun cards from LAD's January 2010 Monthly Mix!! I wanted to use the cute telephone from this set and make this design very whimsical:

Call Waiting

Although the design seems simple enough, the initial concept that I came up with inside my head was complicated!

I had initially tinkered with the idea that the phone must have some fun PEOPLE to go with it...that's when I thought of using the Football Player Single and the Cheerleader Girl Single!

Did you miss out on these two adorable stamps? They were released in our Summer months, if you didn't get a chance to see them, go check them out! Super cute images!

So at first, I wanted to pair the football player with the phone inside the 'thought bubble'! That didn't work out too well because the phone stamp is quite large and it would have looked kind of funny.

Then, my DH saw me struggling with the entire concept and he said to me, "Why don't you put the football guy by himself inside the thought bubble - and then put the phone next to the girl - because isn't it always the GIRL that is waiting by the phone?" I was so delighted with his idea - I really have to give him kudos for the nudge because sometimes when your idea doesn't work, it's always sooo helpful to have someone else's opinion, don't you think!! So thank you hubby and this was the final result of my card!

Here is a close-up of the football player, he is a handsome little dude:

Call Waiting2

Thanks for looking and hope you enjoy!

Have a wonderful day!

Stamps: From the Heart by Lizzie Anne Designs.

Papers: Just Dreamy 2 by My Mind's Eye.

Marvy punches.

Hole punch.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Heart Talk!

Hi there....it's mid month and that means time to reveal Lizzie Anne's Monthly Mix for January 2010 entitled, "From the Heart":



Aren't some of these images really cute? Love them!

And here is my project featuring some of the wonderful heart stamps and sentiment:

Happy Hearts Valentine Box

I'm already giddy just thinking about upcoming Valentine's Day and not only does this set have stamps for Valentines, but I think it really incorporates some fun and whimsy that could also be used for other occasions as well!

Here is a close-up of the sentiment, I love this font:

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One more photo of the hearts, there is wonderful script on the background of the smaller heart, too sweet:

Happy Hearts Valentine Box3

Enjoy! And I'll be showing some more projects with this set in the coming weeks!

Have a great day!

Stamps: From the Heart by Lizzie Anne Designs.

Papers: Me and My Big Ideas.

One plain heart shaped box, cardboard.

Crimson ribbon.

Prima pearls.

Making Memories flower and stick pins.

Scallop and circle punches.

Round corner punch.

White buttons.

Foam adhesive.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Merry little snowman....

Goodmorning everyone! The rain really poured on us the past 2 days! And I see some sun peeking out from the clouds, maybe we will get some relief today! ;)

I am currently starting to make a whole bunch of mini cards like this one for attaching to gifts.....these measure only 2 1/2" x 4".

So merry snowman

Notice I said the word, "starting" - boy - I'm so late this year - I've just been so busy! There will be several variations of color combos and images, but the shape and size will be exactly the same on all of them! Very small and super easy to mass produce.....still is a little cute too!

The snowman image is by Inkadinkadoo and the sentiment is by Hero Arts:

So merry snowman2

I'm off to do some holiday shopping and lunch with my mom! Oh, so been looking forward to some shopping time, kind of been stuck in the house all week.

Have fun everyone!!

Stamps: Hero Arts, and Inkadinkado.

Papers: American Girl.

Prima.

Giga and marvy punches.

Pink bubblegum ribbon.

Friday, December 11, 2009

RSCC #20

Hi all! Wow! It's been a really long time since I've played along with Dawn McVey's Raspberry Color Challenge....let's see, I think I played with her 3rd one and now she is up to no. 20!!! Wow, where has the time gone???

Here is my card using the above color scheme:

Wishing you sunshine

It's a tad hard to see the light aqua on the umbrella, but you get the idea! It's for fun, I love it! I used my all time favorite Scattered Showers set and the Flourish set that I've had for a while now!

At the bottom end of the umbrella tail, I added a little hand cut 'scarf' that is supposed to be flying in the wind? Do you do that to your umbrella? I used to know a girl who would dress up her umbrella like that! A little quaint and dainty touch.

Just a super fun card and the colors are so warm and soothing.....very intriguing colors!

Thanks for peeking in!


Stamps: Papertrey Ink.

Papers: Martha Stewart and Bazzill.

Large 2" chocolate satin ribbon.

Large Scallop die shape.

Martha Stewart Floral edge punch.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

2 years ago...

......was the last time I had a haircut.....life has just been so busy and I finally decided today was the day to make some time for this here mommy:

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6 inches was how much my stylist cut off. Do you have fun hair stories or should I say do you have HAIR DRAMA!! lol! I'm sure you do and if you do, oh, pleeeaaaasssse share with me, I would love to hear!

I might say that hair is a big issue for women? Isn't it? There's reaching mid life crisis and then there is also reaching mid-life HAIR crisis! And boy, I tell you, I've been there all too often....let's see......let's re-cap real quick my hair life....since this post will be allllll about hair and nothing else....but I'll keep it short so you don't fall asleep.........we'll get back to crafting tomorrow!

Let's just skip my teenage years altogether shall we????? Ok..........now run off to the years after college, and I started working.....I had medium hair, it was ok, classic, professional, no fuss......oh then, comes time to date and meet people, ok, grow that hair out longer and prettier Tif.....so long it was..... for a number of years......got married...............still long hair until cute little baby comes along..............starts pulling at it............WHOOOPS..................TIME FOR SHORT HAIR..................short hair lasts for a while because baby hood and mommy hood is busy, as you know.

And then, the short hair grows up til now.............oh my, what a ride and I've loved all the years that I've come to know my hair....we've had our happy and our struggles, yes we've had! lol ;0

I hope you have a great day, I feel refreshed and ready to go for 2010!!!! Bring it on!!

It's the LAD Monthly Mix Member's Blog Hop!

Hello all! Today we will be showcasing cards from our Monthly Mix Members as well as Lizzie Anne's DT members....this blog hop will include a variety of stamps from any Monthly Mix from 2009...it doesn't necessarily have to be a holiday card either......let's start off with my card:

Dreaming of Summer

If you knew me, it would be no surprise that I chose the wonderfully fun loving August Monthly Mix! Why? Because of all the seasons of the year, I absolutely LOVE SUMMER! Summer is my favorite for so many reasons and just the warmth that I enjoy is priceless! If I could control the seasons I would always make it 78 degrees outside with a light breeze....perfect for donning shorts, a light t-shirt, and flip flops!!

And that's what makes the August Monthly Mix so fun - it contains whimsical images of a darling tree, a rainbow, cupcakes, two brilliant sunshine images, a stylish purse, a butterfly, a yummy peach, and a cute set of bikinis that you see here:

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All of these images are so catered to summer, don't you think?

And, ofcourse, I couldn't resist but add on some fun flip flops to the design:

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Enjoy and for all the list of hopping bloggers, hop on over to the LAD BLOG to check out some more fabulous cards!


Materials used:

Stamps: Hey Sunshine by Lizzie Anne Designs.

Papers: Me and My Big Ideas and Bazzill.

Bubblegum Pink polk-dotted ribbon.

Paper Source Round Dies.

Clear gems.

Small flower punch.

White paint.

Foam.

Sander.

Pink transparency.

White felt.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Dry Embossed Elf

I'm using my cute little Elf Single from Lizzie Anne Designs on this miniature tag today:

Elf embossed

What is so neat about this stamp and so many others that I own is all the space that can be filled up with COLOR!! I love it and I especially loved coloring in this elf:

Elf embossed2

He's so charming and handsome, isn't he?

Ok now, tomorrow is going to be really fun, come on back here and join me for Lizzie Anne's Monthly Mix Member Blog Hop!!

There will be cards featured by our Mix Member's and also the DT members, including me - will pitch in our own designs using any of our favorite Mix Sets from 2009!

See you then and have a great day!


Stamps: December Elf Single by Lizzie Anne Designs.

Making Memories.

Prima pearls.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Pretty in Pink Holiday!

Once again, I just had to make a holiday card with pastel colors! I sooo love the non-traditional colors and I plan on making a few more to send out!

Pastel Joy

This is also for the fun challenge at Hero Arts - I'm drawing inspiration from the cute little sneak peek #6 with all the yummy spring time/pastel colors and the new sneak peek blinkie in purple, yellow, and pinkish hues! I love it! Aren't those sneak peeks just darling!

And here, I used one of Jane's fabulous handmade Fimo buttons:

Pastel Joy2


Enjoy! It is a soaking wet, very rainy day here and I think that is the PERFECT excuse for me to stay inside and craft!! Stay warm everyone!

Stamps: Hero Arts.

Papers: Bazzill.

Martha Stewart Punches.

Prima.

Bubblegum pink satin ribbon.

Jane Beljo's Fimo button.

Marvy circle punch.

Karen Neuberger patterned papers.