Wednesday, December 31, 2008
I don't know about the New Year, but I'm going out with a creativity BANG with all the time off I've enjoyed! and I'm loving it!
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
The card on the left is a mix of Stamp Sets. I used the tree from ther Limitless Limbs set from Pink Cat Studios, and the cups, coffee beans and sentiment are from Stampin Up "Espresso Yourself" stamp set.
I colored the image with my Copics, which posed a challenge. I had never used them on glossy paper before and boy howdy is it different! I blinged the images with CTMH Liquid Glass for the "pot" and the beans and Stickles for the cups. I also adhered the cups onto the limbs by first putting the cups flat onto the limbs and using a black fine tip marker to draw in the part of the limbs being covered up. Then I used dimensional dots and lined them up again.
To make the tree seem planted in the coffee cup, I used a swivel blade to cut out the line where the trunk falls into the cup. The sentiment didn't fit into my frame so I cut apart the words and adhered them to fit.
I love the way my camera's flash put the 3D shadows onto the background. My good friend Linda W. sewed some card fronts for me and I used one here to frame the whole thing.
Monday, December 29, 2008
I have discovered that the stamnped image I used in the post below is from Whiff of Joy and is called Melinda Helping Angel. I love this stamp, as well as Melinda Reading and Melinda Blowing Kisses!
Back to work today, but I managed to squeeze out one more project. This is a card I made, along with a card kit, all the materials needed to make the same card (colors vary). Again, the image was sent to me and I don't know who designs it. I love this little girl, so I'm going to have to go surfing on the internet to find it!
Sunday, December 28, 2008
One project I'm trying to complete before Saturday is the Sweetheart Partner Swap. I need to package up items for my partner on LuckyBug. Each item has to start with a letter in the word "sweetheart". This is the item for the letter "A", an Altered Notebook.
I loe the image, but don't know what stamp company it's from. I receive several images with no identification, and I know this is from a popular series. Anyone know it?
I have a huge mess to clean up. We had Christmas dinner with the whole family, and since everything ran late, we left a mess in the kitchen, as well as the basement. Hubby is in charge of the basement, and he's almost finished. I have another dishwasher load ready to go, and I need to take the leaf out of the table so people can actually move around in the kitchen!
Next holiday, New Year's Eve. We're having company in, since we have Bella overnight. Nothing like a full house to ring in the New Year!
Saturday, December 27, 2008
Here's a card I just made for a Birthday card swap on LuckyBug Yahoo Group. The image is SurpriseaBella, the words inside and out are unknown from a RAK I received from a fellow crafter. The patterned paper is Basic Grey, and I colored Bella with my new COpics. I glitzed her up a bit with both Liquid Glass from CTMH and colored Stickles.
The card below is for Scrapbook Place. I made this 6x6 card using Paper Adventures cardstock, while the patterned paper is leftover from other crafting projects. Bella is of course the centerpiece, colored with Copics and glitzed with Liquid Glass and Stickles. It comes with enough paper and supplies to make four more 6x6 Birthday cards and I'm offering it as a Card Kit PIF. The inside sentiment reads: "May your birthday be as special as you are"
That's all the time I have for crafting. I'm expecting 10 people over to our house for a belated Christmas dinner. Turkey's in the oven, granddaughter is screeching upstairs, which means she wants grandma, her daddy is sick with a cold so is halfheartedly watching her, and the power has gone out here twice today.
Volunteers are sandbagging the river due to all the snow we've had has almost melted. It's in the high fifties here in Chicago, and it has been raining all night and day. We're higher than a lot of hte suburb I live in, so as long as we have power, our sump pump will keep out the water, but some folks live closer to the river and they flood every year, just not very many times in December!!
Weird, weather, huh?! Well, I better baste the turkey and check my list. Happy Holidays!
Friday, December 26, 2008
I saw all my presents
with a smile on my face.
The Copics, the papers,
the stickers and such.
It pretty much added
to almost too much.
My craft room was crowded
I thought with a frown,
My shopping spree nature
I had to tone down.
My husband was right-
I had too much crap
I resolved then and there
to work with my scraps.
No more would I hurry
to the store for a coup
With the stock I have now
I would have to make do.
So look to my blog
in the new scrapping year
I'm using leftovers
without shedding a tear!
SO saying this, I will show off the lovely new colors of Copics that my daughter gave to me this Christmas. That's all the presents in the way of crafting. We've got one more dinner to go to, or rather host, tomorrow, when my sister and her family return from visiting the inlaws in Las Vegas. Christmas was great, and hope yours was too!
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Here's a picture of this year's Christmas tree. I've had the tree up for a week or so now, but the lights and ornaments and garland, ah, that's another story. The garland went on early yesterday morning. Nothing like the nick of time!
Now this is a picture with a story. My grandma is 98 years old, so the gifts she gives us are pretty much bought by my mom, and then given to us at Christmas "from" her. This year mom was running behind on a lot of activities she normally has finished by the beginning of December. That's what she gets for going on a cruise to Hawaii around Thanksgiving--no pity here. Anyway, after the presents were opened, my grandma asked us all what she gave us.
When it came time for my mom to answer, she told her she got a pair of pajama bottoms from her. Gram said, "Just the bottoms?" and mom replied, "Yep, I wear just the bottoms."
And since we all were born with a good imagination, we all started laughing...because she meant to say just the bottoms, cause she wears Tshirts for the tops!
I guess you had to be there (I'm still snickering about it).
So even though my sister and her family were in Las Vegas this year, and all the cousins were at home celebrating life with my uncle, who can't leave the house while his immune system is wiped out (chemo and radiation), CHristmas was low key, very different, but still a time of laughter, memories old and new, and plenty of fun.
Merry Christmas to all, and to all a Good Night!
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Meanwhile, thoughts turn toward the new year and the many promises we make to improve ourselves. Besides my repeating resolution to put more organization into my home, my family, my work, my crafting and my life, I have scraplifted Heidi's resolution to make 365 in 365 next year. Between pages, cards, and swap items, I'm aiming for 365 items in total. I don't think it's an easy goal, but it is still a realistic one.
I also resolve to live by the motto: less is more. I'm going to try and pare down my supply and demand less new items. Looking at everyone's craft area, I feel like I have overindulged in paper and stickers and alphas and so many new cool things I just have to use. I am beyond frugal when it comes to saving scraps of paper, but they are out of sight so out of mind when scrapping. I'M GOING GREEN!
Finally, I'd like to join more swaps and maybe restock my store of ATCs. I'm almost out, I use them on cards and pages and on altered items. I love to also see other people's art on these little cards. They inspire me and teach me new techniques.
So that's what 2009 will look like to me. What's yours?
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
So in order to qualify for blog candy on LuckyBug Creations blog (see link on right), I took these pics of my scrapping space. Here is the table at which I create. It gives a false sense of organization. Little does the viewer realize that I swept all the clutter behind me and out of the camera's frame. It's called Staging, I learned this from HGTV's The Stagers program, all about staging a home to sell. Very interesting, and as you can tell here, very successful.
This is my thrifty rummage sale find. $50 not only bought me this large cumbersome but very roomy piece, but three husky fellas to cart it over to my house and place it in the perfect spot in my scrap room. Don't let the crooked handles distract you from the very organized look of this furniture. Did I mention it was on wheels? A bonus, as I can move it out from the wall if I lose something behind it or if I wanted to capture dust bunnies with my vacuum. (By now they have formed their own warrens)
Now that I have finished all my Christmas cards, and brought my Christmas boxes down from the attic, I found the SIX BOXES OF CHRISTMAS CARDS I PURCHASED LAST YEAR AFTER CHRISTMAS. They were so cute I figured I couldn't make them cheaper or cuter. Each box is of a different design and when the card opens, the inside decorations either pop up or hang by tiny threads and makes the whole effect 3D. So now they are parked in my file drawer, where I will be opening the drawers all year long and re-discovering them (frequently). In sight, in mind, for next year!
Friday, December 19, 2008
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
I think I spent more time looking for a ribbon to go onto this card before I gave up and tied fiber to it. I used the last of my black net, too. Ah well, back to the drawing board!
I just received my newest stamp set from Pink Cat Studios. It's called "Limitless Limbs" and here is my first card. The set comes with two styles of trees and a humongous amount of small stamps to embellish the tree. I used the owl and the Christmas tree light bulbs.
The biggest mistake I made was stamping the tree directly onto patterned paper--that meant stamping the tiny tiny light bulbs onto white cardstock, coloring and Stickling them, then cutting EACH ONE and adhering them to the branches. Next time I'll try to stamp the tree onto white and use pp as a back drop, etc. It was very time-consuming but I like the way each light bulb twinkles.
I used liquid glass from CTMH to make the owl pop, along with a dimensional dot behind it for dimension.
The little girl looking up at the owl is a 3D sticker. I tore two pieces of white cardstock for some added dimension as snow banks, and pulled and fastened one corner of the pp down to break up the squarish look to the card. Of course, I had to add a snowflake or two, you know me and snowflakes!!!
I can't wait to have some play time for this new set. There are stamps for a Halloween tree, birthday tree, cupcake tree, valentine tree, and even a cute little monkey and a banana. Looks like I won't get any sleep tonight!!
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Saturday, December 13, 2008
'twas the Night Before Christmas
'twas the night before Christmas,
I'm glued to the tree.
I'm wondering what Santa
brought just for me.
Could it be cardstock
or chipboard or lace?
Or a Slice, I said,
with a smile on my face.
And that's when I heard him,
"Hi Santa, " I said
"You know....good little girls
Should be in their beds."
"I know I should Santa,
And now I've got caught.
But I was just so excited
To see what you brought."
"Well, let's take a look
In this room where you work.
He shook his head quickly,
And left with a jerk.
I heard him exclaim
As he put it in gear.
"You've got enough crap,
I'll see you next year!"
If hubby read this poem, he'd be in the ER because he'd laugh himself into a heart attack or stroke. Lucky for me, he doesn't blog---lucky for me, he isn't Santa Claus!!
This layout is of 1993, my last Christmas with my dad.
We spent Christmas Eve at my sister's house. Check out my son, giggling over some secret funny thought. Hubby was sporting a beard that year.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
This first layout is of Christmas 1990. It was a difficult
Monday, December 8, 2008
So here I am on Blogger now. I'll have to play around a bit to get more comfy here before I let go of Yahoo 360. It all depends on hubby's computer security. He's death on anything suspicious.
To inaugurate my new blog, I'm showing a Frap Set I made for my girlfriend's 50th birthday. I filled it with all her fave snacks and she went ballistic when she saw it. Of course it helped to invite her to a sleepoever at a suite in a local hotel, wine her, dine her and giggle and talk all night long!