Sunday, January 31, 2010

Red Sunflowers


I'm really excited to share with everyone that I created today's sketch and Red Sunflowers card for the Stars and Stamps Sketch Challenge #2.  I love this sketch because it is simple yet very elegant.  If you are a fellow cardmaker for Operation Write Home and would like to host a sketch challenge simply send an email here and you are on your way.  You may use whatever supplies inspire you in creating the card except no glitter please!  Sparkly messes can make the heroes visible at night! 

As for today's card details... the card base is Ruby Red layered with a slightly smaller piece of Tim Coffey Fall Script patterned paper.  I punched one edge of a strip of Barely Banana cardstock using the Cornice Edge Punch and taped this to the card base.  Next I cut a strip of Old Olive cardstock and embossed it using my Cuttlebug and the Divine Swirls Embossing Folder.  I wrapped the Rustic Retreat Ribbon around the cardstock and tied a bow in front before adhering to the card base.

The image is a free digital stamp called Fall Sunflowers from KLM Digital Designs.  I printed the image on my office printer and colored it in using Stampin' Write and Copic markers.  I layered it on to a slightly larger piece of Ruby Red cardstock and attached it to the card base using Mounting Tape.

Thanks for coming by and I hope you have a great day!


CREATIVE DESIGN:
Stamps: Fall Sunflowers (KLM Digital Designs);  Paper: Ruby Red, Barely Banana, Old Olive, PTI White and Tim Coffey Fall Script (K&Company); Ink: Ruby Red, Old Olive, Copic Y21;  Other: Rustic Retreat Ribbon (Stampin' Up), Cornice Edge Punch (Martha Stewart), Divine Swirls Embossing Folder and Mounting Tape.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Sailing Over The Ocean Blue


This card took a few tries before I finally came up with something I really liked! I wanted to make it look like the sun was rising or setting on the horizon but couldn't figure out how to color it and finally gave up!  I keep telling my husband I want to take some coloring classes and will have to add that to my 2010 to do list!

The card was made for my nephew's birthday!  Happy Birthday, Ryan!!!  The layout is from The Pixie Cottage Challenge #7.  The finished card size is 5 1/2" x 5 1/2".  The card base is Chocolate Chip layered with a slighly smaller piece of Summer Sun cardstock.  The photo frame is a blue pattern from the Colorbok Treasured Brights Patterned Paper Pack.  First I cut a 5" x 5" piece of the patterned paper then cut it both ways diagonally.  I distressed the edges on all four trianges with Chocolate Chip ink then taped them all back together before adhering the patterned paper to the card base.  Next I wrapped Rustic Jute Twine around the card base and taped both ends in the front where they are covered up by the image.

The image was stamped in Chocolate Chip on PTI White using the Visual Image Printery stamp.  Using an aqua painter and the Not Quite Navy Watercolor Wonder Crayon I colored in the water below the ship.  Using a sponge and my Not Quite Navy ink pad I added color around the ship in the sky.  Then I distressed the edges using Chocolate Chip ink.  The image was layered on to a slightly larger piece of Summer Sun then Chocolate Chip cardstock and attached to the card base using Mounting Tape.  To embellish the card I added small copper brads in each corner.

Thanks for stopping by!


CREATIVE DESIGN:
Stamps: Visual Image Printery;  Paper: Chocolate Chip, Summer Sun, PTI White and Treasured Bright Pattern Paper Pack (Colorbok);  Ink: Chocolate Chip and Not Quite Navy;  Other: Sponge, Aqua Painter, Watercolor Wonder Crayons, Small Copper Brads, Rustic Jute Twine (PTI) and Mounting Tape.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Three Star Driver


I'm really excited about this card because it has so many personal touches. I made this card for the first challenge hosted by the new Operation Write Home blog for cardmakers named Stars and Stamps. I pretty much stuck to the sketch except I added the Black panel so I would have a home for my stars. My color combination was also inspired by the sketch. And since I made this card in honor of Operation Write Home I couldn't resist adding OWH on the license plate, LOL!!!

Operation Write Home supports our nations heroes by sending blank handmade cards for them to write home on. I know how important this is because while I was attending college my husband served four years in the army and was stationed in Korea for about two of those years before transferring to New York for the remaining time. We wrote to each other almost every day. Back then an organization like Operation Write Home hadn't been founded yet but it would have been so much fun to receive handmade cards from my husband knowing that he had picked one out especially to send to me! So if you have a stash of cards that need a home Operation Write Home is a wonderful way to share them with someone else!

As for the card details... my card base is a half sheet of Real Red cardstock folded in half then layered with a one inch strip of Basic Grey. The image was stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black on Whisper White using the Changito Driver stamp and colored in using markers. I paper pierced the edges and layered it on to a 3 1/4 x 4 1/2 piece of Basic Black cardstock. Next I punched out two Basic Grey and one Real Red star and attached them using small silver brads then attached the whole piece to the card base using Mounting Tape.

Hope you're having a great week!


CREATIVE DESIGN:
Stamps: Changito Driver (Stampendous); Paper: Real Red, Basic Grey, Basic Black and Whisper White; Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Yoyo Yellow, Tombow N65 and N75, Copic R29; Other: Small Silver Brads, Star Punch, Paper Piercing Tool and Mat Pack, and Mounting Tape.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Snow Adorable


Here it is... the end of my winter card obsession... at least for now, LOL!!!  Considering I live in what seems to be the snow capital of the world I'm sure more inspiration will come along soon!  Today's card was inspired by the Friday Sketchers Challenge #82.  This is a new challenge site I recently discovered and already love their sketches!

My Snow Adorable card base is Baja Breeze layered with a slightly smaller piece of Whisper White cardstock then Bunny Hill patterned paper. I punched both edges of a strip of Kiwi Kiss cardstock using the Scallop Edge Punch then wrapped Metallic Silver Ribbon around it and tied a knot in front before attaching to the card base.  Using the Jumbo Snowflake Punch I punched out one snowflake each of Baja Breeze and Whisper White cardstock. These were layered then attached to the knot using glue dots. Next I added a button embellished with Silver Metallic Cord.

The image was stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black on Whisper White using the Winter Wishes stamp set and colored in using ink and a blender pen. The nose and stick arms were colored in using Stampin' Write Markers. I punched each corner using the Ticket Corner Punch before layering on to a slightly larger piece of Baja Breeze cardstock. I added a small silver brad in each corner then attached the image to the card base using Scotch Foam Mounting Tape.

Hope you have a wonderful day!


CREATIVE DESIGN:
Stamps: Winter Wishes (Hero Arts); Paper: Baja Breeze, Kiwi Kiss, Whisper White and Bunny Hill (BasicGrey Dasher Collection); Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Baja Breeze, Kiwi Kiss, Apricot Appeal and Creamy Caramel; Other: Ticket Corner Punch, Scallop Border Punch, Jumbo Snowflake Punch, Small Silver Brads, 5/8" Metallic Silver Ribbon, Silver Metallic Cord (Darice), Blender Pen, Button, Glue Dots, and Scotch Foam Mounting Tape.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Long Stemmed Posies


Good morning, everyone!  I had loads of fun at the crop yesterday and the best part is that I got all my cards made for Operation Write Home.  In total I made 40 cards: 10 of this card, 10 of the Flowers In Bloom card from my previous post and 20 of my Lovely In Bloom card.  The funny thing is...  I've gone to crops before with my scrapbooking supplies and really struggled with the mojo and was never able to get much done but with my cardmaking it was perfect.

Today's card is for another friends birthday from the Stamps R Us blog group.  Happy Birthday, Patty!!!  Hope you have fun celebrating this special occasion!  The layout for this card was inspired by the Mojo Monday Sketch Challenge #121.  I flipped the sketch upside down and shifted the elements a little so that the flower stems would end up at the bottom where the strip covers them up.  My card base is Certainly Celery layered with a slightly smaller piece of Whisper White cardstock then So Saffron Designer Series Paper. 

The image was stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black on Whisper White using the Long Stemmed Posies Sketch stamp and colored in using Stampin' Write Markers.  I rounded the corners on the Whisper White and the slightly larger piece of Certainly Celery cardstock it is layered on.  I wrapped woven ribbon around a strip of paper pierced More Mustard cardstock and tied a knot in front before attaching at the base of the stems. 

The sentiment was stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black on Whisper White cardstock then punched out using the 1 1/4" Circle Punch.  I layered this on to a 1 3/8" circle of So Saffron cardstock then a piece of Certainly Celery cardstock punched with the Scallop Edge Punch.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!


CREATIVE DESIGN:
Stamps: Long Stemmed Posies Sketch and Happy Birthday (Hero Arts);  Paper: Certainly Celery, More Mustard, So Saffron, Whisper White and So Saffron Designer Series Paper;  Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Certainly Celery, So Saffron and More Mustard;  Other: Woven Ribbon (Offray), Corner Rounder Punch, Scallop Edge Punch, 1 3/8" Circle Punch, 1 1/4" Circle Punch, Scotch Foam Mounting Tape, Paper Piercing Tool and Mat Pack.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Flowers In Bloom


This card has me reminiscing back to when I first started making cards.  You will laugh hysterically when you hear this but my first card ever was a piece of construction paper and a photo I cut out of a magazine.  That's it... I know, really cheesy!!!  My father-in-law loves tractors so I cut a photo of a John Deere tractor out of a magazine and used it to make him a birthday card.  My mother-in-law keeps all my cards and every now and then comments that I've come a long way from when I first started stamping!  I really hope so!!!

This beautiful card was sent to my friend Carrie for her birthday!  Happy Birthday, Carrie!!!  Thank you for all the lovely comments and the never ending inspiration.  Carrie and I met on Splitcoaststampers and are both members of the Stamps R Us blog group.  I hope you take a few moments to visit her blog, Stamps, Scraps and Scissors, and wish her a Happy Birthday!    

The layout for this card was inspired by the Splitcoaststampers Sketch Challenge 261.  The card base is Rose Red cardstock layered with a slightly smaller piece of Bali Breeze Designer Series Paper.  I cut a 4 x 5 1/4" piece of Taken With Teal cardstock diagonally one inch in on both ends and adhered one half to the lower portion of the card base.

The image was stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black on Whisper White cardstock using the Flowers In Basket stamp and colored in using Stampin' Write Markers then layered on to a slightly larger piece of Rose Red cardstock.  I wrapped a strip of black ribbon around the image and attached a bow in front before adhering the image to the card base using Scotch Foam Mounting Tape.  To finish off the card I added two medium black brads along the right side of the image.

Hope you have a great day!


CREATIVE DESIGN:
Stamps: Flowers In Basket (Great Impressions);  Paper: Rose Red, Taken With Teal, Whisper White and Bali Breeze Designer Seriers Paper (Stampin' Up);  Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Rose Red, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive and Taken With Teal;  Other: Medium Black Brads, Black Ribbon (Offray), Glue Dots and Scotch Foam Mounting Tape.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

The Magic Of Snow


Hi everyone, hope your week is off to a good start!  Mine has been busy so far which is good because I'm excited for the weekend.  I'm going to a 14 hour crop on Saturday to mass produce some more cards for Operation Write Home.  So far I have two cards designed and the supplies all ready to go and am working on a third card.  I just heard the weather forecast for the weekend and it sounds like we are in line to get some copious amounts of snow.  Lucky for me the crop is being held just a mile down the road.

Today I have another snowman card to share with you.  I made this card after getting my new Jumbo Snowflake Punch from Stampin' Up.  The layout was created by Mercy Kerin for the Flutter By Wednesday #88 ChallengeThe card base is Baja Breeze layered with a slightly smaller piece of PTI White then Bunny Hill patterned paper.  I attached two small strips of Kiwi Kiss cardstock aligned on the right side with the patterned paper.

The image was stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black on PTI White using the Snow Wonderful stamp set and colored in using ink and a blender pen then layered on to a slightly larger piece of Baja Breeze cardstock.  I wrapped Metallic Silver Ribbon around the card base and tied a knot in front.  The snowflake was made by punching Kiwi Kiss cardstock with the Jumbo Snowflake Punch and attached to the knot with a glue dot.  I also added a white button embellished with Silver Metallic Cord.  To finish off the card I added two medium Silver Brads in the upper right corner of the card base.

Wishing you a little magic to get you through the day!


CREATIVE DESIGN:
Stamps: Snow Wonderful (Verve Stamps);  Paper: Baja Breeze, Kiwi Kiss, PTI White and Bunny Hill (BasicGrey Dasher Collection);  Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Baja Breeze and Apricot Appeal;  Other: Medium Silver Brads, 5/8" Metallic Silver Ribbon, Silver Metallic Cord (Darice), Jumbo Snowflake Punch, White Button (BasicGrey), Blender Pen, Glue Dots and Scotch Foam Mounting Tape.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Live, Love and Laugh


I have stars in my eyes and love in my heart for today my husband and I are celebrating our 18th wedding anniversary!!!  Actually, we've been celebrating all weekend like two love birds!  Friday morning after getting ready for work I went to the kitchen and as I was pulling down my cereal bowl heard this rattling noise... yes, coming from my cereal bowl!  Once I got it down I found a little white box inside... isn't that so sweet!  And inside the little white box was a beautiful pair of silver earrings!!!  Oh my, I'm tearing up just thinking about it!

Then Friday night after work we went out for Taco's and to see the movie Leap Year. The movie is wonderful and funny all at the same time and of course, like I do at all movies lately, I cried at the ending!  And the fun doesn't end there... last night we went to one of our favorite restaurants for dinner then downtown Minneapolis to the State Theatre to see Larry, The Cable Guy!!!  I don't think I've ever laughed so hard in my life!!!  At one point I think I wore myself out laughing so much that I just sat there with this silly grin on my face!

We had seats in the lower level but went upstairs to check out the view.  This was our first time going to the State Theatre and the usher upstairs told us that the Theatre was originally built in 1921 and used for various performing arts over the years then in 1991 was repaired and restored to it's original beauty.  Being at the Theatre made me feel like I was in the movie Titanic with the gorgeous chandeliers and the tall staircase!

I made today's card in honor of my anniversary with a beautiful digital stamp I found online and am really embarrassed to say I didn't note where I actually got it.  If you know or happen to come across it please let me know and I will update my post to properly give credit.  The layout I used is from The Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge #48.  The card base is a half sheet of Petunia cardstock folded in half. Next I cut a 4 x 5 1/2" piece of Sweetheart cardstock and punched both sides using the Scallop Edge Punch. I wrapped the Diven Woven Ribbon around it and tied a bow in front before attaching it to the card base.

I printed the digital image on PTI White using my HP Officejet printer and colored it in using copic markers then layered it on to a slightly larger piece of Petunia cardstock.  I attached it to the card base using Scotch Foam Mounting Tape. To finish off the card I added three small gold brads along the scallop border.

Well, that's it for me! I'm off to celebrate some more with my wonderful husband!


CREATIVE DESIGN:
Stamps: Digital Image;  Paper: PTI White, Petunia and Sweetheart (Bazzill);  Ink: Copics Y15, YG67, R89 and RV13;  Other: Small Gold Brads, Divine Woven Ribbon (Offray), Scallop Edge Punch, Scotch Foam Mounting Tape.

Friday, January 15, 2010

All Bundled Up


Howdy, it's me again!  I'm back with yet another snowman card.  To be honest, I have a couple more to post yet!  I'm loving this Bunny Hill patterned paper from the BasicGrey Dasher Collection.  This card reminds me of all the snow on the ground outside but I'm happy to say that we are actually having a bit of a warm spell lately.  The temp is expected to be around 30 degrees here for the next week!  Yippee!!!

I've been wearing this old but favorite winter coat of mine and the zipper finally went out on it!  I know, so tragic!  So, I've been wearing this full length coat ever since which has worked out well and kept me warm during the below zero temperatures but now that it has warmed up I'm really cooking!  My hubby and I ran to the mall for something else this last weekend and happened to go by JC Penney.  They were having a 70% off store wide sale... can you believe my luck!  And I found not one but two coats I really like, one for winter and the other for spring!!!  When I asked my hubby if I could get both of them he said, "Heck yeah, if you can get a $200 coat for $50 bucks you might as well get a couple of them!"  Now I just need to find a 70% off stamp sale!!!  Wonder if he would say the same thing about getting one of every stamp set known to mankind, LOL!

As for today's card details... the card base is a half sheet of Baja Breeze cardstock folded in half.  Next I combined a piece of Kiwi Kiss cardstock and Bunny Hill patterned paper.  I paper pierced all the way around the edge then wrapped the Fresh Snow Twill Ribbon around it and tied a knot in front before adhering it to the card base.

The image was stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black on Whisper White using the Let It Snow stamp set and colored in using ink and a blender pen.  The nose and stick arms were colored in using Stampin' Write Markers.  I punched the corners using the Ticket Corner Punch before layering on to a slightly larger piece of Baja Breeze cardstock.  The hat was stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black on Whisper White then cut out and attached to the image.  I finished off the card by adding small silver brads in each corner.

Hope you have a fantastic day!


CREATIVE DESIGN:
Stamps: Let It Snow (Hero Arts);  Paper: Baja Breeze, Kiwi Kiss, Whisper White and Bunny Hill (BasicGrey Dasher Collection);  Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Baja Breeze, Kiwi Kiss, Creamy Caramel and Apricot Appeal;  Other: Fresh Snow Twill Ribbon (PTI), Small Silver Brads, Blender Pen, Ticket Corner Punch, Scotch Foam Mounting Tape, Paper Piercing Tool and Mat Pack.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Colorful Blooms


I finally got all my calendars packed up and shipped out yesterday (yippee)!!!  I'm really excited for the family to get them and to hear what they think!  Truly the best part of making cards and other projects like calendars and scrapbook albums is giving them to others to enjoy!  And speaking of family, today is my sister-in-law's Birthday!  Happy Birthday, Maria!!!
The layout I used to create this card is an oldie but favorite of mine.  And yes, I have used it at least once before.  The sketch is from the Stamps and Smiles Sketch Challenge #27.  My card base is Gypsy Rose layered with a slightly smaller piece of paper pierced Angel cardstock.  The shadow layer is Gypsy Rose cardstock layered with a slightly smaller piece of Plush Empress Sophisticated patterned paper.  Using the Ticket Corner Punch I punched out each corner of the patterned paper before adhering to the cardstock.  Next I wrapped Burgundy Grosgrain Ribbon around the card base and tied a bow in front.

The image was stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black on paper pierced Whisper White using the Soft Summer stamp set and colored in using Watercolor Wonder Crayons and an Aqua Painter.  After layering on to a slightly larger piece of Gypsy Rose cardstock I highlighted the image with Art Glitter.  The image was adhered to the case base using Scotch Foam Mounting Tape.  To finish off the card I added Pewter Kaiser Pearls in each corner of the shadow layer.

Hope you have a wonderful day!


CREATIVE DESIGN:
Stamps: Soft Summer (Stampin' Up);  Paper: Gypsy Rose and Angel (Bazzill), Whisper White and Plush Empress Sophisticated (KaiserCraft);  Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Bravo Burgundy, Going Gray and Handsome Hunter;  Other: Burgundy Grosgrain Ribbon, Pewter Kaiser Pearls, Art Glitter, Ticket Corner Punch, Watercolor Wonder Crayons, Aqua Painter, Scotch Foam Mounting Tape, Paper Piercing Tool and Mat Pack.

Monday, January 11, 2010

A Love To Last A Lifetime


I discovered this delightful digital image on several Stamps R Us member blogs and knew I wanted to use it for this month's Stamps R Us Blog Group Challenge #2.  The challenge is to create a card inspired by the gorgeous cakes Laura found over on Cake Channel.  The layout I used is from The Pink Elephant Challenge #46.

The card base is a half sheet of Petunia Bazzill cardstock folded in half.  Next I cut a strip of Sweetheart Bazill and finished one edge using the Scallop Edge Punch then punched small holes along the scallop using a 1/16" hole punch.  After I did this I realized I have the Fiskars Threading Water Border Punch and could have just used that, LOL!!!  Before attaching the strip to the card base I wrapped PTI Fresh Snow Grosgrain Ribbon around it and tied a knot in front.

The beautiful image is a digital stamp I got from Designed2Delight Digital Stamps.  The image is from this month's Free Stamp of the Month Artist's Challenge.  I printed the digital image on PTI White using my Epson R380 Photo Printer and colored it in using copic markers.  Using a stamping sponge I distressed the edges with Purely Pomegranate ink.  The image was layered on to a slightly larger piece of Petunia then Sweetheart cardstock and attached to the card base using Scotch Foam Mounting Tape.  To finish off the card I punched three flowers using the Trio Flower Punch and attached them to the card base using small silver heart brads.

Thanks for coming by!


CREATIVE DESIGN:
Stamps: Designed2Delight Digital Stamp;  Paper: PTI White, Petunia and Sweetheart (Bazzill);  Ink: Purely Pomegranate, Copics R89, RV13, Y15 and YG67;  Other: PTI Fresh Snow 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon, 1/16" Hold Punch, Scallop Edge Punch, Trio Flower Punch, Silver Heart Brads, Stamping Sponges and Scotch Foam Mounting Tape.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Snow Much Fun


I came across this interesting post on SCS earlier this week asking, “If you had $600 to spend on stamping stuff, what would you buy for stamps?” Like most everyone else who responded to the question I included more than just stamps on my list because there is so much more to stamping stuff than just stamps, LOL! Anyways, here is my response to the question.

The obsessive, compulsive stamper in me responded first (yea, you know the one I’m talking about!) so I started off my list with a few items I really want but realize it will take me a while to get, like…

1. Copic Sketch Makers – Oh, how I’m learning patience!!!
2. Nestabilities – got the circle ones after making the Curious Cat card to make more for OWH! I wish I had taken a photo of the much improved card after using the nestabilites, but I degress…

Next the practical side of me kicked in so I answered the actual question at hand, what stamps would I get:

3. Verve Stamps – just placed a huge order!
4. My Favorite Things – want the Flopsey and Pure Innocence stamps!
5. Gina K Designs – what stamps are there not to love!

Finally, I added a couple items I already have but really love and would recommend to anyone...

6. Memento Tuxedo Black – a must have ink pad, I’ve thrown out all my other black ink pads since I started using this one!
7. Punches and more punches - in my mind, one can never have too many punches!
8. Taylored Expressions Key Ingredients Kits – perfectly coordinated kits that takes all the guess work out of what to use!!! Pure bliss!

I’m sure if I thought about it longer I could come up with many more items but by now I"m sure the $600 is long gone so I'll leave it at that, LOL! So, if you could spend $600 on stampin stuff... what would you buy for stamps?

I didn't have to spend very much (much time that is) creating this card and it was as the title says... Snow Much Fun!!! The card was inspired by the
Taylored Expressions Sketch Challenge #94. The card base is Baja Breeze layered with a slightly smaller piece of Whisper White cardstock then Bunny Hill patterned paper. The shadow layer is paper pierced Kiwi Kiss cardstock.

The image was stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black on Whisper White using the Winter Wishes stamp set and colored in using ink and a blender pen. The nose and stick arms were colored in using Stampin' Write Markers. I layered the image on to a slightly larger piece of Baja Breeze cardstock before adhering to the card base with Scotch Foam Mounting Tape. To finish off the card I added a couple medium Pewter Brads on the shadow layer.

Hope you have a great day!



CREATIVE DESIGN:
Stamps: Winter Wishes (Hero Arts); Paper: Baja Breeze, Kiwi Kiss, Whisper White and Bunny Hill (BasicGrey Dasher Collection); Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Baja Breeze, Kiwi Kiss, Creamy Caramel and Apricot Appeal; Other: Medium Pewter Brads, Blender Pen, Scotch Foam Mounting Tape, Paper Piercing Tool and Mat Pack.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Angels In A Vase


I have a super cute pet story to share.  It is non-stamping related but one I was chucking about all day yesterday and just can't resist sharing!  So, for all you fellow animals lovers out there... this one's for you!!!

My oldest cat, Tinker, loves to talk!  She lets us know when she wants to eat, is going bathroom, wants fresh water in the filtered water fountain, wants to be pet... well, you get the idea!  During the summer months she sprawls out on the floor soaking up as much sunshine as possible and in the winter months she lays in front of the fireplace downstairs to get as much heat as possible. 

Sunday night we were hanging out downstairs by the fireplace watching TV and as usual she was laying in front of the fireplace.  We have a temperature sensor in the remote to control the heat in the room and like a furnace it kicks on and off to maintain the temp we set it at.  During a quite moment in the movie I heard her meowing like crazy and looked over to see what was going on!  Get this... she was sitting up, looking into the fireplace with her face almost touching the glass... meowing like crazy!

The fireplace had kicked off and I'm quessing she was meowing... trying to tell it to turn on again!!!  It was soooo cute, I couldn't resist adjusting the temperature on the remote to make the flames flare up again!  When it did she layed back down on her side and stretched out all four legs... I"m telling you... it looked really sick!!!

If you are still reading this far, thanks for indulging me and listening to my funny story!  This beautiful card was made special for my niece's birthday!  I wanted it to be as special as she is!  Happy Birthday, Angela!!!

The card base is Always Artichoke layered with a slightly larger piece of paper pierced So Saffron cardstock.  Next I cut the edges of a piece of Always Artichoke cardstock using the Fiskars Deckled Edge Scissors and layered it with a slightly smaller piece of Regal Rose cardstock.  I wrapped the Organdy Ribbon around it and tied a knot in front.

The image was stamped in Basic Black on Whisper White cardstock using the Angels In A Vase stamp and colored in using Stampin' Write Markers.  The sentiment was stamped in Basic Black on Whisper White cardstock then punched out using the Large Oval Punch and attached using Scotch Foam Mounting Tape.  To embellish the card I added three large black brads along the right side of the image.

Hope you have a wonderful day!


CREATIVE DESIGN:
Stamps: Angels In A Vase (Hero Arts), Celebrate (Darcie's);  Paper: Regal Rose, So Saffron, Always Artichoke and Whisper White;  Ink: Basic Black, Regal Rose, So Saffron and Always Artichoke;  Other: Medium Black Brads, Fiskars Deckled Edge Scissors, Organdy Ribbon, Large Oval Punch, Scotch Foam Mounting Tape, Paper Piercing Tool and Mat Pack.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Winter Wishes


I've been bouncing off the walls all morning excited to share this card with you.  It was created using the Everybody Art Challenge #66.  As soon as I saw the sketch I knew I wanted to make a card using my huge die cut snowflakes.

The card base is Baja Breeze layered with a slightly smaller piece of Whisper White cardstock then Bunny Hill patterned paper.  I used another one of those huge snowflakes I die cut at Archiver's some time ago.  For this card I cut the snowflake in half and attached one half on each side of the card base with the edge of the snowflake aligned with the Whisper White cardstock.

The image was stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black on Whisper White cardstock using the Winter Wishes stamp set and colored in using ink and a blender pen.  The nose and stick arms were colored using Stampin' Write Markers.  Next I die cut and embossed the image using the Standard Circles Nestabilites and layered it on to a slightly larger Standard Circle then a Classic Scallop Circle before adhering to the card base with Scotch Foam Mounting Tape.

To embellish the card I wrapped Dotted Organdy Ribbon around the card base and tied a knot in front.  Using a glue dot I added a green button with DMC White tied through the holes over the knot on the ribbon.  To finish off the card I added a medium silver brad to each corner of the card base.

Hope you are enjoying your weekend!


CREATIVE DESIGN:
Stamps: Winter Wishes (Hero Arts);  Paper: Kiwi Kiss, Baja Breeze, Whisper White and Bunny Hill (BasicGrey Dasher Collection);  Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Baja Breeze, Kiwi Kiss, Creamy Caramel and Apricot Appeal;  Other: Standard Circles and Classic Scallop Circles Nestabilities, Medium Silver Brads, Button (BasicGrey), Dotted Organdy Ribbon, DMC White, Glue Dots and Scotch Foam Mounting Tape.