Monday, August 30, 2010

My boys

School started today and little Ranger here is already whining and missing the boys. He has gotten bigger even since I took this picture a few days ago. ack.. The chewing is driving me crazy, and we are going through treats like crazy. But he is a great little puppy even with the chewing and I am hoping now that the boys are back at school me and Ranger here can work out a stamping schedule for me. lol Speaking of which Wednesday is the start of the new Christmas Spirit Challenge for Flourishes, be sure to check back I will have a creation to share!
This month has been crazy with the new puppy and other things going on in our house. However it has also been one of those times where you sit back and evaluate some goals and things you want to change. DH and I did just that this weekend. I feel so refreshed and really just recharged. I really appreciate when we can sit down and recharge together as a family but even as a couple. New goals and plans are always a postive thing that really help me to stay focused on what is important. I cherish my family time and some even think its overboard. But I don't think you can ever put enough time into your family. With that being said, I think Ranger needs to go for a walk. :0) Thanks for listening to me babble this morning. Have a wonderful day!

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Christmas Sneek Peeks

I just love Sneek Peek time, and Clear Dollar Stamps has a beautiful Christmas selection for you. Just a reminder all the sets you see will be available on Sept 1st over at Clear Dollar Stamps store. Be sure to check out all the sneak peeks from the other DT: Lori, Laurie, Candy, Katie, Cassie, Lisa, Shell, Tricia, Nancy and Christi.
First up we have Christmas inside sentiments John 8:12. I scored around the sentiment after I stamped it out. I had a scrap piece of basic grey eskimo kisses paper that I used for the side panel. Seperated it with some ribbons called Spruce needle and Red Velvet from the CDS ribbon collections and finished it off with a few pearls for accent.

This next card is casing an older card I had made when I first started stamping. This new set is the Christmas inside sentiments Psalm 115:15. I used the christmas basic grey paper called wassil. The spellbinders labels one and seven with a few gold brads for accent.

This rich and pretty image is from the new A Season of Wonder set. I am really taken with this set and how it is drawn. I went with a rich and burgundy color for this one. I added some scallop edge along the panel underneath and a burgundy satin ribbon.

A much softer feel to this card and I combined A Season of Wonder with another new sentiment called Our Savior's Scriptures. I used the pastel copics to color in the image with the sentiment stamped over it. A few pearls to finish it off.

Hope you enjoyed my sneaks, be sure to check out the sneaks for the next 3 days over at Lori's Blog for all the links. Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Another Bizarre journal

Yep here is another one of those notepads that I am altering for the bizarre. This one is smaller and would be perfect for the kids. I used the Bitty Bots set from Clear Dollar Stamps one of my favorite boy sets. Added two brads to the nuts on the sentiment panel. I liked the stitching at the top so I left that for a added touch. Clear Dollar Stamps sneak peeks for Sept. start on Sat. Be sure to check back! You are going to love them! Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Totally Two Textures

Today on Totally Stampalicious blog its all about textures, 2 textures to be exact. I have a few more but figure what the hay. lol This is Chef Pierre isn't he just so fun. The vibrant and fun colors just seemed to fit this guy today. I hope you get a chance to play along with us and be sure to check out the blog and all the other DT creations today.

Well I am finally done canning green beans and just about all my other canning. The green beans take the longest I think because you have to pick every 2 days and can once a week. ugh. It is worth it the rest of the year. The only thing I have left is stewed tomatoes then done. YES... I am really looking forward to that day. The puppy is doing so good and he is growing super fast. It amazes me the things he has learned already. We have learned a lot also, like don't leave your socks on the floor. crap.... I just bought those for school! I will hopefully have pictures later this week, canning takes over my world this time of year. Glad you stopped in today!

Friday, August 20, 2010

Free for all Friday over at Flourishes

Over at Flourishes blog today it is a free for all! Whohoo... So I thought I would show you another project that I made for my mom's Christmas Bizarre that I am attending with her. This is another one of those recycled journal pen combo's that I told you about on Wednesday. I like that it had the checked panel down the side so I used that to my advantage. This is using the set Sunflowers. I masked in one of the smaller flowers in the set, then a sentiment from the Life Lines set. Added a silver finishing touches ribbon slider with the black checkered ribbon and finished. Now I tired covering the pens that come with these notepads and journals and it didn't look right, plus it was a total pain in the butt to do. lol So I have left them plain.
Now check out what the girls did for their free for all Friday:
Flourishes has a fancy smancy catalog for you check it out. You can browse all the current sets and beautiful samples all in one book. Don't forget the release bundle is still available for a short time. The huge 40% off sale of ribbons and spellbinders is going fast, check out what is sitll left. Hope you have a great day. Thanks for stopping in!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Project for Christmas Bizarre

I am getting ready for my mom's Christmas bizarre at their church in November. We are sharing a table and I figured I better get started early this year. I found at our local crafting store these recycle litte journals, notepads and flapped notebooks with pen for $1 each. When I found these it was buy one and get one free. These are perfect so I grabbed quite a few of each. this is one with the little flap and pen inside. I made a matching bookmark to go with the little journal. A lot of these that I will make are going to be little in price so that the kids that come can buy something for their mom or sisters without costing a lot. The little ones are so cute when they come up and have little money but want to buy for their mom. It just makes my heart smile knowing they are wanting to get something really nice for mom.
I used the Miss Anya collection for this set. I also used the Ferns and Fiddles set to stamp lightly in the background of the MB Spearmint dp I used. I used Copic Collections Azure, Flesh tones 2,and Flesh tones 1. A few jewels and ribbons and it's all complete. Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Monday, August 16, 2010

Inspiration Challenge baby style

This is for the Inspiration challenge 245 over on SCS called Decade Gifts. This site has some darling items, I liked the baby ones the most. This is the photo I was inspired by called She Snuggles. Well I had to make a He snuggles also or it wouldn't be fair. hee hee Now I have one for either baby shower.
I used the set alled Welcome Little one. I used the spellbinders pendant panel (I don't know the name of it) for the side panel with the stripped ribbon and the crochet ribbon. Added some stickles to the carriages and the brads on the wheels. I love how these turned out.
Over at the Totally Stampalicous blog today the challenge is Pink, Black and White. I will have my creation later this week for you! Thanks for stopping by, have a great day.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Fine Herbs are available

Welcome to the last day of Flourishes August Release.
***All sets are available now at Flourishes store.
***The set today is called Fine Herbs and you have a chance at winning the set today by heading on over to the blog.
***Kids Play pre-release challenge is still in full swing for your chance to win the ENTIRE RELEASE. Check it out and hope you play.
***Flourishes is having a HUGE sale on Spellbinders and May Arts Ribbons all prices are posted right now! You won't want to miss this sale at 40% percent off.
My first card is a tribute to my CHA girls from Flourishes. I was teased (lovingly ofcourse) the whole time at CHA for my *white* space and white cardstock. LOL So this is for you girls... Like all the white. :0) The lavendar herb is my focus on this card. I used the spellbinders labels One and Eight along with the pendant for the sides. I had a scrap piece of paper from the Memory Box Frond collection. A little sparkle to the sides with some pearls for accent and voila.

Dawn showed me this wonderful site for a octagon teapot that I have here. This is a rosemary teapot and inside I have a few little bags of fresh herb tea for my friend who loves tea. I stamped the rosemary all around in 2 step stamping for a shadow of the main stamp. I used some gold trim sticker that I had in my stash for the lid and handle. The tea bag tag has the sentiment along with a few pearls. This was rather difficult to make but I do like how it turned out. I know she will love it also when she sees the tea inside.

Be sure to check out the last sneaks from the girls today:


Hope you have a fabulous weekend. Thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Sunflowers from Flourishes

Welcome to day 2 of Flourishes August Release. Reminders:
***The set of the day today is called Sunflowers and you have a chance at winning the set today by heading on over to the blog.
***Kids Play pre-release challenge is still in full swing for your chance to win the ENTIRE RELEASE. Check it out and hope you play.
***Power Hour Release Party is TONIGHT at 9pm Central in the SCS Forum. All the chit chat, fun and games you surely don't want to miss!
***Flourishes is having a HUGE sale on Spellbinders and May Arts Ribbons all prices are posted right now! You won't want to miss this sale at 40% percent off.

My mouth dropped on the ground when I saw this Sunflowers set. I can't be more excited for such a cool sunflower. The tiny ladybug on the leaf even is super fun. I am going to show you 2 cards with this set today. This first one I kept simple as I had a friends daughter over and she is wanting to get into stamping. She asked me to show her some easy sketches and some cute tricks that won't cost her a lot. Being 13 she really doesn't have a steady income other than mom and dad. LOL So ofcourse I had to show her how to score her borders, I mean what stamper doesn't score every border. bawhahaha Anyways I used Copic Collections Buttercup, Tiger Lily and Fields. I had a scrap paper from another card so I scalloped the edge and pierced it for a side panel. Then I used my fabulous lemon crochet trim. Added a few brads and voila. Now I do have some sparkle on the leaves petals but the camera just wouldn't pick it up in the photo.

Next I have used one of the smaller Sunflowers and sentiment from the set. I like this spellbinders label 7 and I use it a lot with sentiments I know but it looks so good. I used Copic collections Daffodil and Fields with a silver finishing touches architectural brad to tie off the layered ribbons.

Check out the girls fabulous creations with the Sunflowers set: Christine

Remember the release party is tonight! I won't be at the party so have a great time!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Kids Play at Flourishes

Welcome to day 1 of Flourishes August Release. Some fun and wonderful sets for you the next few days. Here are some reminders:
***You can pre-order the release sets over at Flourishes store.
***The set of the day today is called Kids Play and you have a chance at winning the set today by heading on over to the blog.
***Kids Play pre-release challenge is still in full swing for your chance to win the ENTIRE RELEASE. Check it out and hope you play.
***Power Hour Release Party is Thursday 12th at 9pm Central in the SCS Forum. All the chit chat, fun and games you surely don't want to miss!
***Flourishes is having a HUGE sale on Spellbinders and May Arts Ribbons all prices are posted right now! You won't want to miss this sale at 40% percent off.
This Kids Play set is simply darling. The silhouettes in this set and the sentiments are fantastic. I used the boy fishing in this card but I added a little color to some of the foliage and the water just because I can. ha-ha Very simple with a circle frame and popped up on another circle with the crochet ribbon and stipped to tie off the top. The buttons were an after thought since I am trying to use them more and I do like how that turned out in the end.

Be sure to check out the creations the girls came up with

See you back here tomorrow and have a great day.

Monday, August 9, 2010

TS Monday One Layer

Happy Monday! Well we survived the weekend with the new puppy. Got little sleep the first night but he did much better the second night. Now to do potty training all over again but now with a puppy. LOL I did manage to get away and stamp out a card for the Totally Stampalicious Monday challenge today One layer card. I used the smashing little lady Red Hat Stella for my card. I have this felt brad that Kathy sent me in a RAK a few months ago. Thanks Kathy. Scored the edges and all done! Be sure to check out the blog for all the challenge details!
Just a reminder that Flourishes Sneak peeks start on Wednesday and our Power Hour Release Party is on Thursday night! Hope you have a great day!

Friday, August 6, 2010

Meet the newest member of the family

Ranger! Isn't he just adorable. His first day has been quite eventful. Hopefully he sleeps great tonight. I got a few photos of him, I got a lot of video that I might show later this week. Here he is sitting in the grass. he loves the grass. His one ear sticks up a little and the other is dropped down still. I just LOVE it! Too darn adorable.

Here he is where he fell asleep for a little nap after all the playing with the kids. I think they would of kept going if we didn't tell them to stop. They are so excited and just love him. Wonderful birthday present! :0)

Don't forget if you missed it Flourishes Pre-Challenge is just below this post! Have a great day!

Flourishes Kids Play

Is that not the cutest picture. :0) It is time for Flourishes Pre-release challenge. It is all about kids games. Think back to all the games you played as a child and create something inspired by the game. You might have a chance at winning the entire release if you play along. Check out the newsletter for all the details.

I went with the game Duck Duck Goose, in this case Geese from the Swan Lake set. I kept this very simple with just a little bit of crochet trim and a heart ribbon slider. A little bit of sparkle in the top foliage image and that is it. These little ducks just make me smile when I stamp them. I am strange I know....
Check out the girls games:
Today we are traveling to pick up our puppy! Yea!!! So I will have pictures later on this weekend of the new family member. Hopefully he adjusts to our home and we don't lose too many sleepless nights. We can hope! :0) Thanks for stopping by! Have a great weekend!

Monday, August 2, 2010

Birthday Inside and Out

Finally got to sit down and stamp today. Still haven't gotten much bloggin or commenting done, maybe tonight. This is for the challenge over at Totally Stampalicious blog today, inside and out. Decorate the inside of your card as well as the outside. I cropped the inside into this photo for you to see them both. Very simple inside but it is better than all white. I used the adorable Bugaboo set Sweet Birthday Kids. Used some old SU dp and voila all done. Hope you get a chance to play along with us.
I am so excited Friday is full of all kinds of fun. First it is my birthday, YEA! We are getting our new puppy then. Only have 2 more things we need to get and we will be ready. Flourishes Pre-Challenge is set for that day as well. Can you believe next week will be our August release. Holy smokes the summer is just about over. Okay enough babbling gotta get some stuff done so I can blog tonight! Thanks for stopping by.