Saturday, December 31, 2011

Where flowers bloom so does hope.....

So I didn't think I'd be back with another card, but thought I would end my year with a flower card, ofcourse!  How could I not with one of my very favorite type of stamped image, I adore FLOWERS!

where flowers bloom so does hope

I won a free stamp set over on Jane's Doodles blog, so I chose this set called Pretty Peonies!  So glad I'm playing with it now, lots of possibilities with this set!

Take care all, and if you are going to a party tonight, be safe!

Supplies:
Cardstock: Neenah Solar White.
Patterned Paper: Echo Park.
Pink ink: Jenni Bowlin.
Memento Tuxedo Black ink.
Copic Markers.
Pearls: Hero Arts.
Stamps: Jane's Doodles.

Friday, December 30, 2011

Thank you so very much

Yay, I got to play with some new stamps finally. I had a color scheme in mind this morning....to run with chocolate, a light aqua, a deeper rustic blue, red, and yellow:

Thank you so very much red rose

Hope you like it! I have lots of exciting stuff coming up in 2012 and I will be having some gigantic giveaways just simply to thank each of you for being faitfhful to my blog!  So be sure to hop on back here in the New Year....until then, I wish for you all a Happy New 2012!

Supplies:
Cardstock: Bazzill Basics, Neenah Solar White.
Stamps: Hero Arts. AC010 (Le Journal) and CG403 (Large Flower Background).
Red ink: Jenni Bowlin.
Cuttlebug embossing folder.
Copic Markers.
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink.
Crinkly ribbon.
Glass button: Basic Grey.
Twine: Michael's.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Floral Story

I kinda like the name of that....and it's the name of this Penny Black stamp here:

Thinking of you

I paired it and matched the colors on the flower with some patterned papers from Echo Park. The sentiment is Hero Arts. I've been making a lot of cards lately but can't share them yet, so I will just share what I can here.  Hope you are all winding down your preparations for Christmas!

Have a wonderful time with your family and friends on Christmas day!! Enjoy and I will get back to visiting your blogs in the next week or so!

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Colorful florals

Doing a quickie post here before I head out. This is a fun and colorful card, makes me think Spring is just around the corner...I hope...

Hello Hello

The florals are from an HA/Sizzix combo you can find HERE.   The little rub-on words are from Pebbles, Inc.

I've also been working on some new products, will share those a little later.  See you!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Magnolia Digi

I just love this digital image set called HA Magnolia, I've used all 3 images on various cards now:

Celebrate Everyday

I re-sized the flower in a MS Word document, printed it out, and then colored her in with Copics.  I trimmed and adhered onto the card, I love it! Gave the look a very simple, classic design.

Off to do some more yummy stamping and then run some errands.  Catch you all later!! Hope you have a beautiful day!!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Santa and I

Hey all, I don't have any cards to show you yet, but here is a fun photo of Chris with Santa, he asked Santa for an X-box this year...it was a very lengthy whisper into Santa's ear, so I'm sure he added more than one wish. ;)

(Professional Photo Credit: Cherry Hill Photo)
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Enjoy! I'll be back with cards at some point.

Happy Holidays everyone!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Merry Merry

Never posted this card before, it uses an old favorite of mine, the winking reindeer stamp:

Merry Merry

Oh goodness, it's so hard to remember details from an older card, but it was for a color challenge...forest green, cherry red, and chocolate brown? Something like that.  Very straighforward design.  Hope you like it.

Last week of school for the little one and also one of the COLDEST weeks thus far this winter...brrrr...I'm really bracing myself for the cold.   Enjoy the final weeks up til Christmas, so exciting, isn't it?  I love it more for the kids though, it really is a treat to see children excited for the holidays!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

mother...

I have a non-holiday card to share today.....I knew I wanted to work a card around this pretty silhouette image, and I like how the design turned out!




That silhouette is actually a sticker from October Afternoon and so is the journaling tag and the pink scallop doily.  The sentiment is Ali Edwards.  The heart shaped pendant jewel is from Prima and the button is also OA.

Overall, I think this is one my most favorite cards I've created this past month!  I hope you are all enjoying the holiday preparations as much as I am!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Journaling Book

I've been spending a lot of time making journaling books, memory books, mini albums, you name it....time is precious and precariously short - I've been finding as I get older....so I've been trying to document as much of my son's life as I can...most of the albums center around him, but....every once-in-a-while I will make an album just for me:


joy journaling book

Something that is mine that I can just jot down things I want to remember or any random, daily thought!  Our blogs are wonderful for keeping memories!  But technology....this type of technology - should it ever go away, I would still love to have handwritten thoughts and memories documented.


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So that's what I've been busy with - in between Christmas shopping and wrapping! Oh, and candy cane and chocolate munching! ;)  It's been fun!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Thinking of You

Happy December!  Wow!  I've been telling a lot of people lately that I think this year went by WAY too fast...it feels kind of strange really....anyways, here's a card I made just for me:

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I love blues and yellows together, I always have and thought this was a fun design to work with!  I used some pretty papers and chipboard pieces from Basic Grey's Picadilly line.  The sentiment is Hero Arts/Sizzix. 

Supplies:
Cardstock: Bazzill Basics.
Patterned Paper, Chipboard scallop, and corners: Basic Grey.
Flowers: Prima.
Buttons: Fancy Pants.
Pearls: Martha Stewart.
Butterfly die from Lin.
Markers: Tombo.
Sentiment: Hero Arts/Sizzix combo.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

6:40 p.m. today....

....you came into this world!  Happy Birthday, Chris....you are 7 yrs. old, and so very handsome! ;)

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We are so proud of all your accomplishments and you've conquered so much:

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We love you in every way, you continue to enrich our days with your smile, your humor, and intelligence:

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Keep that smile going and let the world know it!

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Love,
Mom and Dad.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

handcrafted for you

Hello all!  Here is a little card for someone who likes to sew:

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you

The holidays are in full swing here at the Ervin household!!  The last few days have been super busy with putting up our tree.  We also had absolutely gorgeous, gorgeous weather!  So I opted to stay away from the computer and do outdoorsy stuff....went shopping!  Just me and the boy on Saturday and just by myself today.  We've been making our own little family traditions now that Chris is older and he is really SO excited for Christmas!  He keeps peeking under the tree to see how many presents are under there!  I had to hide 'his' stash in my car today!  I have to wait until he goes to sleep then sneak them into the house and hide them again, lol!!  The things parents must go thru. ;))

Enjoy the card. I'll be around to visit you soon.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

A Perfect Day.........

..........to be Thankful!  And to share a card too!

A Perfect Day

Wishing all my friends who are celebrating - a very Happy Thanksgiving Day!  I got in some crafty time yesterday, was able to make 4 cards, whohooo!  Thrilled!  This one is a combination of lots of new October Afternoon yummies.  Most of the products are from their Farmhouse collection. 

I hope you have a beautiful day with your family today, wherever you are....celebrate big, and be thankful for the 'little' things!

Supplies:
Cardstock: Neenah Kraft.
Patterned Paper: October Afternoon/Farmhouse.
Button: Basic Grey.
Roses: Prima.
Yellow Doily sticker: October Afternoon.
Pearl: Hero Arts.
Journaling tag: October Afternoon.
Butterfly sticker: October Afternoon.
Plain, kraft girl silhouette: October Afternoon.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Mini Baby Carriage

This is another fun 'shaped' card that was in a series of cards I made awhile ago....all of them were made from a Spellbinders Die:

Baby Carriage

It is very tiny and super delicate!  It could be used as a small gift tag as well, the carriage (white part) is embossed with a Cuttlebug Polka Dot embossing folder.  The pink trim, handle bars, and wheels were all made from Fiskars and EK Success punches.  The buttons are all Making Memories.

I decorated the back side in the exact same manner with the scallops and wheels too, really fun to make! Hope it's a good one!  We just got back from a day of shopping and are relaxing now.


Supplies:
Cardstock: Bazzill and Neenah Solar White.
Scroll punch: Fiskars.
Ribbon: Michael's.
Buttons: Making Memories.
Pearl: Hero Arts.
Circle punch: EK Success.
Die Cutting tool: Cuttlebug.
Embossing Folder: Polka dots/Cuttlebug.
Die Cut: Standard Circles Large/Spellbinders Nestabilities.
White tag: SEI.
Twine: Michael's.
Alpha stickers: Making Memories.
Scallop edge punch: EK Success.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

enjoy

I paired yellow and pink together on this card and used a trio of double-stamped butterflies from the HA/Sizzix line called Antique flowers and butterflies:

enjoy

Pretty straightforward...I hope you are enjoying your weekend so far!  Okay, I'm gonna be a little chatty today on this post..why...I don't know, just feel like it...

...So some or most of you may know, that my 2nd hobby is actually FOOD!  Yes, there was a time when I thought I would do just a Food blog as well, but the thought of 3 blogs was a bit too much for me to handle!  So I will just stick with the two that I have now....anyways, today was a sweet day of pastries.....I spent some time with family and that's all we did was dive into this:

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What I love about the above is that you 'would' think that it's packed with tons of sugar, but really, the amount of sugar is WAY less than what you would find in most bakery cakes.  This Strawberry cake slice was from a Vietnamese/French Bakery and the delicacies are soooo light, airy, and fluffy...and only just the tiniest hint of sugar...it's not overwhelming AT ALL!   You don't need to drink tons of water with it....that's what I like...is just a little sugar and the pure enjoyment of the remainder of the cake, the fresh fruit, a bit of chocolate, and the cream.

I like to eat, and visit a lot of restaurants that are recommended to me....I take photos of my food A LOT! ;)

Supplies for card:
Cardstock: Bazzill Basics and Neenah Solar White.
Patterned Papers: The Girls Paperie.
Butterflies: HA stamps/Sizzix Framelit Dies.
Cutting tool: Cuttlebug/Provo Craft.
Markers: Copics.
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black.
Sentiment Sticker: October Afternoon.
Round corner punch: EK Success.

Friday, November 18, 2011

You make me smile

You make me smile

How about some blues and browns, with a touch of black....I thought it would be an interesting color combo for today?  Enjoy!  Hope you all have a fabby weekend!

Supplies:
Cardstock: Bazzill Basics and Papertrey Ink.
Patterned Paper: Fancy Pants Designs.
Dogwood Stamp: Hero Arts.
Sentiment stamp: Technique Tuesday/Ali Edwards.
Blue and brown Chalk inks: Hero Arts.
Vintage push pin: Webster's Pages.
Pearls: Hero Arts and Martha Stewart.
Butterfly Punch: Martha Stewart.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

CAS for Sweet Virginia!

sweet you

Have you heard the EXCITING news?  Virginia is turning 50 very soon!  You can read all about the fun details on her blog post HEREEveryone is invited to join in on the fun!  Simply make a birthday card for Virginia, post it on your blog and say some wonderful thoughts about Virginia - unique ways in which she has influenced you and your life!!  Don't forget to link up your blog post to her post as well!

For her card, I couldn't resist making a CAS design since Virginia is on the CAS-ual Fridays Design Team!  And since I met her through the Hero Arts Flickr site, I used a Hero Arts cling stamp called Bold Blooms!

For me, Virginia is always looking out for me, and no matter where you live in this world, she is always willing to contact you whether it be through email, a personal phone call, a Skype call, or through Facebook.  She is such a people person and is always looking out for your welfare.  On any given day, she could call you on her phone just simply to say 'hello'.  I'm so thankful for her friendship and and one of these days, Virginia....I will never miss another phone call of yours!! 

She has given me very powerful advice on parenting.....words of wisdom in which I will never forget.  Don't sweat the small stuff, enjoy your time NOW!  Reap the successes and the rewards that your child brings to you....remember that only the difficulties of raising a child will make you stronger!

Have a very blessed upcoming Birthday and hope you enjoy your card, Virginia!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Digi snowman

Snowman Tag

How about another snow guy?  I made this tag eons ago,  I just ADORE this Joyful Snowman because since he is a digital image, I can re-size him to be pudgy, skinny, tall, short, etc...it's so much fun!  I kinda like the nice and round snowman, hehe! 

That's it for now, we have been enjoying the long weekend...family time, lots of food, baking cookies, and pre-holiday shopping! ;)

Thursday, November 10, 2011

you're cool

...or is it 'kewl' or 'ka-ooool'?  Lol...I'm just being silly this morning:

you're cool

I used Lawn Fawn's super fun set called Making Frosty Friends!  Isn't this set adorable?  I had fun making this all lavender and green. 

I cut up the sentiment - 'you're a cool friend' and just used the words 'you're cool'.  Always fun to snip those clear stamps!  Have a wonderful day!  Anybody have the 3-day Veterans holiday off?  C's school has it off, lucky him! ;)

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Reindeer Tag

Mini Reindeer tag

A teeny, tiny tag for me today!  The cold air is here........the stores are all decorated with Christmas lights....everywhere, you see scarves, and double layered clothing.........and then, there is hot soup and hot chocolate in the mornings for breakfast!  Oh, Yes!  The holidays have arrived here and I'm enjoying the feel of it! 

Hope your holiday cardmaking is coming along!  See you!

Supplies:
Cardstock: Neenah Solar White.
Tree, reindeer, and snowflake stamps: Hero Arts.
Round corner punch: EK Success.
Inks: Jenni Bowlin, Tsukineko/Memento Green and Black.
Diamond Stickles.
Ribbon: JoAnn's.
Markers: Copics.

Monday, November 7, 2011

When you stop & look around, this life is pretty amazing.......

Isn't that a great saying?

life is pretty amazing

In fact, I love that saying so much, that it should be my new thought process for 2012, my New Year's Resolution....life will always, always give you BAD things....just deal with the bad stuff as best as you can....but when good things happen to you...just embrace it!  And then when it's all done and said, look around you and you'll probably see what's most important!

I used lots of feminine touches on this card, my favorite florals, the butterflies are from Studio Calico. The papers are The Girls' Paperie, the ribbon was sent to me my Anita, the sticker is Echo Park.  And the vintage stick pin is WP!  Pretty simple, just plop, plop, one element onto the card after another!

Have a great week!

Friday, November 4, 2011

Pastel Penguins

I've always adored this penguin image from Jane's Doodles, too cute:

Pastel Christmas Penguins
It makes for a fun Christmas card.  And, ofcourse, I just had to use my favorite pink colors on this creation.  I love non-traditional colors for Christmas, you'll rarely see me use red and green for x-mas. I've also been seeing lavender for holiday images too, yum!  The papers are from Bo Bunny and the sentiment is Hero Arts.

I'm getting in the mood for more holiday cards now!  Hope you have a really good start to your weekend!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Merry in Pink!

A little CAS card for me today:

Merry winter bunny

I inked up Lawn Fawn's very sweet Winter Bunny stamp and my main colors were white, pink and a touch of brown. I made the bunny a light, cream color.  I hope your day is sweet and simple!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Wildflowers

Made this card a couple of days ago with this pretty set called Butterflies and Wildflowers:

Thinking of you butterflies wildflower

Lots of possibilities with this set!  Love the images! I've been using a lot of the Jenni Bowlin inks which I absolutely love, so yummy!  That's it for now.  Off to bed.  See you all in the morning!

Monday, October 31, 2011

Brown delivers!

....every time....on time!

UPS Halloween Costume 2011

I'd open my front door to this guy! ;)  Happy Halloweeeeeeeeen to all!  Be safe out there!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Citrus Orange

Hi all!  If you are celebrating Halloween, how are all the festivities coming along?  It's been keeping me busy with the little one and I'm thoroughly exhausted...it's not even trick or treating night yet and I'm tired...lol.  Anyhoo, I was able to make a whole bunch of cards today and here is one I can show:
your love fills my heart with joy

This flower is from this HA/Sizzix set called Floral!  So many fun flower stamps and dies in this set....you know me and flowers!  I couldn't find a bold enough orange-colored ink for the flower, so I decided to get some markers and color directly on the stamp.  Worked much better!  It's truly the orange tone that I wanted. 

Friday, October 21, 2011

Magnolia Mini

I've been playing with lots of digi lately and I wanted to make a little mini card with this pretty flower from Hero Arts' Magnolia DigiKit:

Magnolia

It's only 3" x 4" and I wanted the flower to be the focus on the card.  I used mainly pastels such as purple, baby pink, and key lime pie green. The flower is a mixture of orange and pink, with a touch of lavender.

Off and running. See you all later!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

'Tis the season...

 Hey all, last night I got to play around with some of the new Hero Arts/Sizzix Stamps and Framelit die sets.  Oh my, sooo much fun, think I need them all now!

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These babies cut beautifully in my C-Bug, so no worries if you don't have a Big Shot or such.  It was addicting, I kept stamping this FLOWER in all different colors and cutting away. Have no idea what type of card I'll be making with these flowers, but I'll use them soon.
 
After these were all cut, I decided to actually make a Christmas card with this super fun Hero Arts set called Christmas Reindeer:

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Lots going on here, some embossing of the snowflakes, sponged with TH's Tumbled Glass ink.  A lot of coloring, trimming, and I added tons of diamond stickles for the snow.  I also cut up my sentiment, yes!  I love to cut up my clear stamps and mix and match. That's it for today!  See u.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Kissing Penguins

These two guys make me smile.  You can get this digi stamp called "Kissing Penguins" HERE:

Christmas Love

Super fun to color and I added a very simple sentiment from Hero Arts. Hope you're having a wonderful Tuesday!  Make it a good one!

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Pink and Grey

I love pink and grey together, how about you?  There's just something about it, a subtle, soft look that I like:

I love you

That grey scallop is not a die, a sticker, or a chipboard....it's a Martha Stewart Drink Coaster...I thought, why not, let's put it on the card and see how it looks.  Funny thing is, I don't even use coasters in my house for glasses, I guess I like them more for crafting. :)  Pretty straighforward design.

See you!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Ribbon Wrap

A new card share...I love playing with ribbon and sometimes I run out of ideas as to what to do with a ribbon besides tie it, twist it and fold in loops....so now I'm currently liking the idea of 'wrapping' it all the way around a tag:

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I just took a variety of color coordinated trims and wrapped them around a simple tag....then added the tag to the card.

The sweet die-cut butterflies were a gift from Lin!  Thanks, Lin!  Enjoy!

hello!

A sweet little card for my day:

hello tree

I've used this digi tree image from Pink Cat Studio before and wanted to use it again.  I used up some leftover My Mind's Eye papers that had some cute birds on it too to complete the look.

Thanks for peeking.

Monday, October 10, 2011

A fun Family Album

I always used to have excuses for not making more albums - mini albums especially.  Excuses like, "Oh, they take too long!"  or,  "I just simply don't have the time."  But awhile back I made my first ever mini album and it was just too fun!  Now, I'm ADDICTED to the smaller ones!  Here is my 2nd album that turned out to be a total of 12 pages:

Family Mini Album Cover

I will not show all the pages, too many photos, so I will just show a few:

Family Pages 2 and 3

For the shape of the album, I made by tracing a flower shaped box from Making Memories.  Each page has a circular element in the middle of the 'flower' and each photo is trimmed within a circle as well:

Family Pages 4 and 5

What I love most about 'mini' is just keeping it simple, no need to overwhelm the look, just a few of your fav photos, patterned papers or stamps, some die-cuts, chipboards and stickers.  Fun stuff!!

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Way up North!

It's getting close to Christmas, can you believe it?  Although we are getting sunshine all next week here, I've already had to wear a sweater, jacket and use an umbrella once this past week...crazy, hah?  So thought I'd share some x-mas cards now that the colder season starts to pinch us. :)  I can't get enough of these two guys, they are sooo cute:

Playing in the snow

The set is called Way Up North by Lizzie Anne Designs,  and now you may purchase all of your favorite Lizzie Anne stamps through Gourmet Rubber Stamps Company...go check it out!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Monochromatic Blues

Sometimes, when I get around to it, I actually mail out my cards, yikes!  Often times, my cards pile up and just sit there, but I am glad I was able to get this card mailed:

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The challenge was to use only one color, plus white, and see what I could come up with.  Very little stamping, but I LOVE the patterned papers from My Mind's Eye!

See you!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

friend

My card for today, a little vintage-y?

Friend Vintage

See the HUGE pearls?  I normally like working with tiny pearls, but sometimes the bigger shaped ones come in handy.  These pretty oval shaped pearls are from Making Memories Bravissimo collection!   The fun papers are CC and the lace trim is Hero Arts.  The 'friend' sentiment is PTI, and I used my deco edge punch for the two sides of the card.

Cheers! Have a great day!

Saturday, October 1, 2011

August and September Publications

Hey all! I thought I'd pop in real quick before I leave today, to share some cards that were published in the August and September 2011 issue of CARDS Magazine.

This one was for a Money Holder category:
(Photo Credit - CARDS/Northridge Publishing).
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A Grandparent's category:
(Photo Credit - CARDS/Northridge Publishing).
Sept Pub2


You can probably guess which category this one is:
(Photo Credit - CARDS/Northridge Publishing).
Sept Pub3


And Woodland Animals:
(Photo Credit - CARDS/Northridge Publishing).
Aug Pub

I'm off to visit my family, so I won't be crafting today, but I hope you will all get in some fun, inky time for WCMD!  Enjoy!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

5 & Dime

I made this card back in May! Whoa!!  I still have some cards in my "To be Blogged" file, and am finally making my rounds to posting everything when I remember to.  I still LOVE October Afternoon, how about you? Almost everything here is from the 5 & Dime collection:

Things I Love: You

Just the scalloped die-cut is from Doodlebug.  The flower was cut out from a piece of patterned paper.

I used a bit of my own handwriting on the sentiment. Fun!  I need to write more instead of type so much! ;)