Saturday, October 17, 2009
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Saturday, July 4, 2009
Saturday, June 13, 2009
And, for those of you who've been wondering what Wasabi has grown up like, here's a new picture of her. She rarely comes and sleeps on my desk anymore - she sticks to Kai's little chair in my studio. But, last night she came and got right up in the middle of everything, so I snapped this shot. Cute, huh?
Saturday, May 30, 2009
Thursday, May 28, 2009
I tried to talk my mom out of buying this set. She has the SU set of wild animals - they aren't silhouettes and she thought she'd put them with the tree. I told her that she wouldn't like it. But, she didn't listen. So, now it's mine!
This is a bookmark for one of my son's Sunday school teachers. This Sunday is recognition Sunday. His teachers are a married couple who's granddaughter is in the class and they are so nice.
Kai asked me if I would make them a thank you card, but I figured I'd rather make them something they could use.
I started with post its, pumpkin pie, marigold morning, more mustard, cameo coral, brilliant blue, not quite navy and night of navy inks. After a few mishaps (I haven't used a brayer in a while), I got this, which I was ok with. The brayer, if you haven't ever used it, has quite a learning curve (at least for me). After inking the background, I stamped the silhouettes and inked the edges slightly with black, then mounted it on brilliant blue cardstock. I stamped the sentiment on marigold morning cardstock and inked it with pumpkin pie and a little black before mounting it on brilliant blue as well. The base is brilliant blue, layered with pumpkin pie. I hope that Kai's teacher likes this and gets some use out of it. I'm planning to make his wife a book thong with my beads, but not tonight - I'm tired.
Monday, May 25, 2009
I fall short in every area of my life: as a mom, as an employee, as a daughter, a friend and as a person. I want to be the best person I can be. I can't be perfect, so why does anything less than that seem like failure.
And, I like most, try to think of a quick fix cure for whatever isn't perfect. There is no quick fix cure. I've made a schedule for our family to keep the house clean and if we follow it, the house will be clean. Still, there will always be things that aren't on that schedule - it still won't be perfect. I will always fall short, no matter how hard I strive - so why does it upset me so much. Do I really think that other people have it all together and I'm the only one like this? No, I do know that everyone has problems. So, why do I still, even after recognizing all of this feel like I'm less than I should be.
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
I made this for my ex-grandma-in-law's bday. She likes the kewpies and I do, too. I colored them with copics, stardust pens and a white pen. The dp is from SU. It is paired with wild wasabi, bashful blue and so saffron. The flowers are paper studio. The ribbon is SU. The button is from my lss.
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Yeah - who wouldn't want a chihuahua on their birthday cake? This is another new stamp from doggonestamps.com. I colored it with copics and souffle' pens. The dp is Two scoops from Basic Grey. It's paired with pirouette pink and wild wasabi. The ribbon is from Walmart.
Thursday, April 30, 2009
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
OK, I'm a chick...I don't watch James Bond movies. So, I had to go looking for a quote and "Martini, shaken, not stirred" was one I found. Well, my dad told me a joke...what did the duck say when he went into the bar? Put it on my bill. So, the inside of this card says: "Martini, shaken, not stirred. Put it on my bill."
This is another new stamp from http://doggonestamps.com/ Where they're having an awesome sale right now. This is Duck, James Duck. Too funny, huh? I paired him with one of my old loves that I've rediscovered - SEI DP. The ribbon is ribbonfx paired with a charm that I was lucky enough to have onhand. The sketch is from this week's sketch over at splitcoast.
Friday, April 24, 2009
OH - I have missed stamping! I colored this frog last week and put the card together this evening. I colored him with copics and sakura glitter pens. The paper is k & co. I used chocolate chip, wild wasabi and an unknown lemony colored yello. The sentiment - dedicated to my future prince charming, wherever he may be - was printed on the computer and punched with two sized oval punches and a label punch. The background for my prince was done with my nesties. The flowers are paper studio, ribbon unknown and charm unknown.
Saturday, April 4, 2009
Thursday, April 2, 2009
I love this little girl. My "little" girl, who is about to turn 16, used to wear pigtails and hulahoop! This is one of my new stamps from doggonestamps.com. I used some previously hoarded su dp with wild wasabi, bashful blue, only orange and real red. The flower is a silk flower that I disassembled and paired with a polkadot prima. The eyelet is from We are Memory Keepers. It was kind of a muted orangey color, so I colored over it with an orange copic - just one of the great things about alcohol based markers. The eyelet says "You are my Sunshine". My dad used to sing when he shaved in the mornings and he often sang this song. The quote is part of the dp set and is by Ghandi. Come back soon and check out more of the cute new stamps I'm going to be creating with over the next few days!
Sunday, March 29, 2009
And, now - brace yourselves. I have set the boys up with a movie and I'm going to make a card! I know, hard to believe, it's been so long. I'm excited and a little nervous, actually - it's been so long, I'm afraid now that I actually have time, I won't be able to think of anything to do! So, wish me luck and come back soon to see what I did.
Thursday, March 26, 2009
I tried a new recipe last night - sort of. I made lo mein and then made shrimp cooked in garlic, orange juice, hoisin sauce and a little cayenne pepper. The sauce, while simple, was really good, but I think it lends itself better to beef. So, I think next time I'll dredge some thin beef in cornstarch and cook it in oil. The cornstarch might thicken the sauce just a little and I think it will taste great! I also think it would be better with rice. Throw in some crab rangoon or potstickers with broccoli and we'll be good to go! I'm getting better with Asian cuisine, although my crab rangoon isn't as pretty as what you normally see in a restaurant.
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Friday, February 20, 2009
Another adorable stamp from doggonestamps.com! I knew when I saw this little piggy, for some reason, I wanted to make a very cartoony back drop for him. So, here he is in his cartoon meadow. I found the quote and it just felt right. I really like the cartoon feel of the picture paired with the elegance of the quote and the lines of the curvy rectangle nesties - it just feels like a story book. This is for the challenge on papercraftplanet.com in the doggonestamps forum. The challenge was to make a purple card. Well, I'm not much of a purple kind of gal. But, I do like almost amethyst. So, I paired it with certainly celery and so saffron. Then I threw in some black to ground all of those pastels a little bit. I'm not sure where I got the ribbon, but it matched well. And now a message to spellbinders - PLEASE make another set of the curvy rectangles! Everytime I use these I have to cut the second layer by hand because the next size up just seems too big to me. I promise -if you make them, I will be the first in line to snap them up!
Sunday, February 15, 2009
Isn't this giraffe a cutie? I colored him with copics and cut him out. He is mounted on nestie ovals, layered with nestie labels. The card base is sunshine yellow, chocolate chip, and k& co. dp. The nesties are done in red and choclate with the same dp. I embossed the red layer. The giraffe ribbon has a sparkley ribbon slide. The flowers are prima and paper studio set off with a rhinestone brad.
Friday, February 13, 2009
Thursday, February 12, 2009
This is my first card with my new stamps from doggonestamps.com. This little guy is SO cute! He's called "Black Lab" and you can just tell he want's to play. It would make a cute valentine's card, too. Unfortunately, I have no recipients! I stamped the pup with archival black ink. I colored with copics and sponged the grass and sky. The dp is pet stack from DCWV. No idea where I got that brad, maybe oriental trading co. The cardstock is from Hobby Lobby, no idea of brand or color, just picked what matched the dp. I used su hardware on the sentiment and the ribbon is offray.
Friday, February 6, 2009
Sunday, February 1, 2009
Monday, January 19, 2009
OH - BTW, thank you to those of you who've wished me a happy birthday. We've had some sickies in the family and I've been finding it difficult to find time to stamp. I've missed it and I'm glad I finally got to make something! I spent my birthday at the bowling alley chasing a group of 5 year olds. My son's turning 5 tomorrow, so we had his party on Saturday. However, my mom has promised me a belated celbration at Olive Garden this weekend! :)
Thursday, January 8, 2009
My mom and dad got me Stampin' Up's Under the Stars for Christmas. I paired the bear with this great camping paper from Cloud 9 Designs (it's from Fiskars, who knew?). The base of the card is cranberry crisp, layered with plaid dp, black and camping dp. I stamped the bear with jet black ink and colored him with copics. He is standing on a nestie-cut circle made with the camping dp, layered with black and nestie-cut ovals in plaid and cranberry crisp (wow, just seeing that makes me want to make fruit crisp for dessert tonight, but I think I'll hold off a while longer before trying food like that). The ribbon is twill and I stamped the sentiment on cranberry crisp layered with black and punched with SU ovals.
Sunday, January 4, 2009
This is my first time using this cute little puppy even though I've had him for a long time. I stamped the pup on a diamond shape and colored him with copics. Then I matted it with red and black. The card base is wild wasabi (my personal fave of all time) layered with black, red and K&Co dp. The ribbon is SU pumpkin pie. The little cactus and the sentiment are part of the pup set.
Friday, January 2, 2009
I started out with Big Celebrations, which I bought when it was retiring a couple of years ago, but I've only used it a few times. Rather than using my old stand by copics, I used SU markers with a watercolor pen to color it. I sponged a little baha breeze on the edge to compliment the blue color (You can't see it well in the picture) in the basic grey DP. I cute the image and it's black mat with nesties as well as the layers of the card. I placed them all on a real red card base, added dots ala markie's mom and tied on a ribbon. So, show me what you've got: make a card inspired by your resolutions and post a link here. If you post to SCS use the keyword FFIF12.
Thursday, January 1, 2009
OK - I finally got a chance to use my new flourishes sweet treats set. I love the cake stand! I stamped it on white Georgia Pacific Cardstock with Jet Black Archival Ink, colored the scallops and feet with copics, then stamped it on Basic Grey Two Scoops and paper pieced the "flat areas". I stamped each cupcake with walnut stain, colored the "icing" with glue pen and glittered it. Then I cut each one out and placed it on the cake stand. I used glaze pen for the cherry on top. The card base is from my brand new package of that lucious pink pirouette, layered with chocolate chip and basic grey two scoops dp. I stamped the sentiment in walnut stain on pink pirouette layered with chocolate chip. This is one of those "simple cards" that takes forever. The layout is simple, but the paper piecing, glittering and cutting out of each cupcake took a long time. I am happy with it, though. After all, who could resist glittery cupcakes?