Thursday, June 30, 2011

Ways To Use It Challenge 329

Good Morning & Happy Thursday!!

Hope your off to a great start today!

I was up again way to early but it gave me a chance to get my project for today finished and it just so happens that it fell within the category or today's Ways To Use It Challenge. It is themed "Something Old, Something New" and at first it made me think wedding until I read what we were to do. We are to use something older than 6 months and something new that you've gotten in the last 6 months. Sure, easy enough!! :)

Last night I sat after supper and started working on a few notebooks for the craft show. I try to make a variety such as Christmas and non holiday ones. I got 2 books covered and left them sit to finish up today because I was just spent after being at my table pretty much all day! This one called my name this morning when I seen the challenge and I was able to finish it up.
I used an old stamp set called Natural Beauty (set #78) and new to me gorgeous Pumpkin Pie 1 1/4 Striped Grosgrain Ribbon that I just got since returning from vacation! Yipppppeeee Skipppy, I love this! (may have to keep this one for myself) LOL

Ways To Use It Challenge 329:

Stamps: Natural Beauty (set #78), Sentment is computer generated
Ink: Memento Black, Copic Markers
Cardstock: Neenah White, Pumpkin Pie, DSP from My Mind's Eye
Accessories: SU Scallop Trim Border Punch, Lg & Scallop Oval Punches, Kaiser Orange Rhinestones, 1 1/4 Pumpkin Pie Striped Grosgrain, Hot Glue, Scor Tape

Hope you like this as much as I do!

That's all for me today, folks!
Thanks for stopping by & have a great day!!

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Sketch Challenge 339

Hello & Happy Wednesday!

Hope your all having a great day s far!

Today is Sketch Challenge day at of my favorite challenges! Below is the layout and my samples.

I pulled another oldie but a goodie off my shelf called Snowy Play. It has the cutest images in it! This is set #77 in my quest to see that all my sets see ink in 2011. To be honest...I have alot more sets to go that I hope I can get them all used by year's end!

Sketch Challenge 339 Card:

Stamps: Snowy Play (set #77)
Ink: Memento Black, Copic Markers
Cardstock: Ballet Blue, Metallic Brushed Silver, DSP from Doodlebug, White Neenah
Accessories: Hobby Lobby Snowflake Punch, Queen & Co. Silver Beads, Silver Metallic Ribbon, Silver Cord, White Snowflake Brad, Hot Glue, Glue Pen, Glitter, Scor Tape

I really like the outcome of this card! I guess because I love snowman! :)
I will probably make a whole set of these for the craft show just to use up the little bit of designer paper that's left.

I'm off to make a big pan of lasanga for supper tonight! Kelsey reminded me that I haven't made it since moving to Missouri and it was time to do so!
I'll stamp more when I get done cookin! :)

Thanks for stopping by & have a great day, friends!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Color Challenge 329

Good Morning & Happy Tuesday!

I'm glad to be back to my usual stamping! This last week i'm sure you noticed i've been MIA. I had a stomach bug most of the week and it's been so ungodly hot & humid here that I just took a break from everything. Besides being sick there were a few things that went on too. Shawn's uncle had passed away unexpectedly and we were on the fence as to whether or not to go home but it was decided by the family that there would not be any services. I'm thinking this may have been one of his wishes, i'm not sure. And also we were looking into purchasing another house back in PA to stay at for when we return for visits at least until Shawn would be able to relocate back but the loan process fell thru due to no determined date of him relocating. This really bummed me out and I know it was out of our hands but the house was just so perfect for us and it gave us some hope as to one day returning back to PA for good. So as they say, one day at a time and we'll get there when the time is right! Yea, it's alittle hard for me to say because i'm still a little upset about it but it's true. Not a whole lot we can do till then.....

So, today is Color Challenge day over at SCS. The colors are: Soft Suede, Crumb Cake (Kraft) and Melon Mambo. A beautiful combination of colors that how could I not play along! I pulled out set #76 called Embrace Life to use as another set in my challenge to see that all my stamp sets see ink in 2011. I'm sure I could have been a lot farther along in my count if I had not been feeling under the weather the last few weeks. I've thrown myself back into stamping the last day or 2 with working on craft show stuff that will be here before ya know it so today's challenge was a nice break away from creating Christmas stuff.

Color Challenge 329 Card:

Stamps: Embrace Life (set #76), unknown inside sentiment
Ink: Memento Black
Cardstock: Soft Suede, Crumb Cake (Kraft), Neenah White, Melon Mambo
Accessories: SU Butterfly Sizzlit, Versamark, White Embossing Powder, Heat Gun, White Lace, Soft Suede Grosgrain, Crumb Cake (Kraft) Taffeta Ribbon, Kaiser White Pearls, Stamp A Ma Jig, Dimensionals, Scor Tape

Well hopefully now I can get life back on track and concentrate a little more on my stamping! Speaking of stamping....have any of you seen the new SU catty?? OMGosh, SU is improving each & every year by leaps & bounds! I love it!! And well, those new in colors are very pretty too!

That's all for me today!
Thanks for stopping by & have a terrific Tuesday, friends!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Ways to Use It Challenge 327

Hello & Happy Thursday, friends!

Up and at it again way too early! Wonder what's going on with me?? I'm one who loves my sleep!
Anyways, I checked out the Ways to Use It Challenge first thing this morning and got right on it even though I kept thinking of crawling back in my bed!
Today the challenge was themed "A Vision in Vellum". Vellum can make a card look very elegant & beautiful but I find it alittle challenging because there are special adhesives you are to use with it to attach it to regular cardstock and oh course, I do not have any! So, I ran my vellum with a piece of PTI White cardstock thru the Cuttlebug with my Sizzix Tim Holtz Snowman Embossing Folder and then attached it to the cardstock with gold brads. Alittle hard to see but it's there!

Not real sure i'm happy with it but it's done....

Ways to Use It Challenge 327 Card:

Stamps: Grateful Greetings
Ink: Marina Mist
Cardstock: Marina Mist, PTI White, SU Vellum
Accessories: Lg & Sm Tag Punches, Gold Brads, Gold Beads, Marina Mist Grosgrain, Dimensionals, Scor Tape

Before I go I wanted to share with you a picture of Fluffy from yesterday when I gave her a bath. She wasn't too happy with me until she was finished and she got a treat! Atleast now she's soft, fluffy & smelling good! :)

Ok, Off to see what kind of trouble I can get into today!
Thanks for stopping by & have a terrific day!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Sketch Challenge 337

Hello & Happy Wednesday, friends!

Today is Sketch Challenge day over at SCS. It's one of my favorite challenges! I used a Stampin Up set for today's card but it's not one I own, atleast not yet! A friend left me borrow it to stamp a few images off and today's sketch fit it perfectly! It is a new set that will be available in the new Stampin Up catty which will be available July 1st.

Below is the sketch and my card...

Isn't he the cutest!!??

Sketch Challenge 337 Card:

Stamps: Snow Much Fun
Ink: Memento Black, Copic Markers
Cardstock: NQN, Neenah White, NQN Patterns 12 X 12 DSP Stack
Accessories: Oval & Oval Scallop Nestibilities, Queen & Co. Silver Pearls, Dimensionals, Scor Tape

That's all for me today!
Off to grab some lunch then make some labels for my Strawberry Jelly Jars!
Thanks for stopping by & have a great day!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Color Challenge 327

Hello & Happy Tuesday, friends!

Hope your all having a great day so far!

Today is Color Challenge day over at SCS and the colors are: Chocolate Chip, Old Olive & Vanilla with the dessert option of making a rounded corner. After thinking about this a bit I knew exactly which stamp set I wanted to use. I pulled Backwoods off my shelf and it is set # 75 in my quest to see that all my stamp sets see ink in 2011. I'm quite happy with the results!

Color Challenge 327 Card:

Stamps: Backwoods (set #75), Sentiment from Congrats (SAB '09)
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Old Olive
Cardstock: Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, PTI Vanilla
Accessories: Sizzix Woodgrain Embossing Folder, Old Olive 1 1/4 Striped Grosgrain, PTI Chocolate Button, PTI Twine, Corner Rounder, Dimensionals, Scor Tape

So, that's all for me today!
Off to make a pot of homemade potato soup for supper! I must be nuts since it's in the 90's outside with high humidity. Sure wish we'd get a cool down!

Thanks for stopping by & have a great day!

Monday, June 13, 2011

July 4th Holiday

Hello & Happy Monday!

Hope you all had a great day!
I had the chance today to spend some time with my MO buddy, Vicki Burdick! We stamped & shopped and just had a good ole time that was much needed since there has been so much dampened spirits around here with the tornado stuff. Before I get to what we made I ran for my mail before heading out to shop and found this adorable card in my mailbox. It is a card made by a blogging friend that I recently had the pleasure of meeting at L&L Stamps in Ephrata, PA. Mary Anne (from over at Lakeside Stamping), I would just like to personally say "Thank You" for this super sweet card and for your kind words! The image is very special and I keep asking for thoughts & prayers for the people of Joplin because they so desperately need it! Yesterday, we took a ride passed some of the tornado damage. It still just depresses me to see it but you can see things are getting alittle better each day! Alot has been cleaned up but still alot to go. I think today the last shelter closed since everyone has found some sort of temporary living and life is trying to get back to some sort of normalcy. Alot of help & support in this community and so much from around the country! As we were out for a drive Sunday we seen so many out of state license plates....New Hampshire, Delaware, North Carolina & Florida! The continued support has been wonderful!!

Ok, now on to some fun stamping stuff! :)

Last week after we got back from our vacation to PA, I sat down and made this door hanger for July 4th which is almost upon us! Today, Vicki & I made another one and I whipped up this matching postcard to go with. Love, love, love the outcome of both!

July 4th Door Knob Hanger & Postcard:

Stamps: God Bless America (SU) (set #84), July 4th Sentiment from Taylored Expressions
Ink: SU Cherry Cobbler & Night of Navy Markers
Cardstock: Cherry Cobbler, Night of Navy, SU Whisper White, The Paper Studio DSP
Accessories: Lg & Sm Star Punches, Oval & Oval Scallop & Square Lacey Nestibilities, Star Embossing Folder, Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding Ribbon, Silver Brads, Wood Door Knob Hanger's from Micheal's, Multi Liquid Glue, Sanding Block, Exacto Knife, Dimensionals, Scor Tape

That's all for me today!
Thanks for stopping by & have a good evening!

Friday, June 10, 2011

Free4All Challenge 68

Hello & Happy TGIF!!!

Hope your all having a fabulous Friday so far!
I was up and at it again bright & early again today so I went to my stamp room to do today's Free 4 All Challenge #68. We are to use those "Had to have that stamps that never seen ink"! This is a great that I have been working on all year! Today's set is one that I really needed to have a few years back and I don't think i've ever used it! It is called Touch if Nature and also set #74 in my quest to see that all my stamp sets see ink in 2011.

Free4All Challenge 68 Card:

Stamps: Touch of Nature (set #74), Sentiment from All Holidays
Ink: Memento Black, Copic Markers
Cardstock: Perfect Plum, Neenah White
Accessories: Cuttlebug Embossing Folder (don't know the name, borrowed from a friend), Oval & Oval Scallop Nestibilities, Kaiser White Pearls, Plum Pudding Ribbon from PTI, Dimensionals, Hot Glue, Scor Tape

Well, that's all for me today!
I think now I hear a nap calling my name! LOL
Thanks for stopping by & have a great day!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Ways To Use It Challenge 326

Hello & Happy Thursday!

Today was a busy day here! I was up before daylight, showered and started to make a couple batches of strawberry jelly and my partner in crime, Vicki Burdick came to make some too! We had a good time and now I think she's hooked on making jelly! :)

Anyways, after the kitchen was all cleaned up I headed to my stamp room to get my card done for today's Ways To Use It Challenge. We were challenged to use Paper Piercing on our projects. I was also summoned to make a big batch of Baby Shower cards for a friend back home so I had this idea bouncing around in my head. I'll have to check with her to see if she likes it before I go any farther on making more. Hope she likes!

Ways To Use It Challenge 326:

Stamps: Whipper Snapper Duckie in Tub, Unknown Sentiment
Ink: Memento Black, Copic Markers
Cardstock: Pretty in Pink, Barely Banana, Neenah White
Accessories: Cuttlebug Mesh Dots Embossing Folder, Circle & Lacey Circle Nestibilities, Pretty in Pink Grosgrain, Glue Dots, Mat Pack & Paper Piercer, Stamp A Ma Jig, Scor Tape

I tried to make it as simple as I could since I will have to mass produce about 50 or so of these! One good thing....I have till August to get them finished! :)

Well, that's all for me today!
I'm off to put my feet up for a bit till hubby gets in from work!
Thanks for stopping by & have a great day!!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Sketch Challenge 336

Hello & Happy Wednesday!

Hope your all having a great day so far!
Today is Sketch Challenge day over at SCS. One of my favorite challenges to participate in! Below is the sketch & my sample. I also used set #73 in my quest to see that all my stamps see ink in 2011. The set is called With All My Heart.

This is a very CAS (clean and simple) card not my usual but the easier a card the better anymore! :)

Sketch Challenge 336 Card:

Stamps: With All My Heart (set #73)
Ink: Memento Black
Cardstock: PTI White, Bashful Blue, Marina Mist
Accessories: Cuttlebug Just My Type Embossing Folder, Kaiser White Pearl, Bashful Blue Taffeta Ribbon, Scor Tape

So, last night Shawn wanted to take us for a ride over by his work to show us how much of the tornado damage that has been cleaned up and a company that has already started rebuilding. Then we went down 20th st and got an eyeful of the devastation that we had not seen on Sunday. I started to cry and said "I just don't know how anyone survived this tornado by looking at what is left"! Heart breaking and just so sad!! It really rocked my mind and gave me a sleepless night just thinking about what I saw. I guess I am still trying to wrap my mind around this tragedy. Please continue to keep the folks of Joplin in your thoughts & prayers! They so desperately need them!

That's all for today.
Thanks for stopping by & have a great day!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Color Challenge 326

Hello & Happy Tuesday!

I'm back at my stamp table today after an almost 3 week absence from stamping and it feels good! :)
Today is Color Challenge day over at SCS. The colors are: Pink Pirouette, Regal Rose and Melon Mambo with a dessert option of using a round embellishment.
I used another set off my shelf called Fabulous Flowers which is set # 72 in my quest to see that all my sets see ink in 2011.

Love these colors today, so very pretty!

Color Challenge 326 Card:

Stamps: Fabulous Flowers, Sentiment from Verve
Ink: Regal Rose, Memento Black
Cardstock: Melon Mambo, Pink Pirouette, Regal Rose, SU Whisper White
Accessories: Cuttlebug Seeing Spots Embossing Folder, Pink Pirouette Grosgrain, Pearl Brad, Kaiser White Pearls, Corner Rounder, Scor Tape

Well, that's all for today!
Thanks for stopping by & have a great day!!

Monday, June 6, 2011

Back in Joplin

Hello & Happy Monday!

It's been an emotional roller coaster since I last posted. We were on vacation back in PA when Joplin had an EF5 tornado rip thru the center of town. Our hearts were dampened somewhat while being home and wondering how things were in MO and worrying about Shawn's co-workers. Fighting thru all those emotions we made our way thru vacation and had a good time. Saturday, we headed back to Joplin to face whatever lied ahead. It was dark till we made it to town and didn't see anything. Sunday, we made our way out to grab groceries and what we saw was just heartbreaking! I took over 300 pictures and put half of them on Facebook. Seeing it on tv just doesn't do it justice...the magnitude is much worse. I could not fathom living thru that and the terror those people felt. I honestly don't know how anyone lived thru it. The destruction & devastation are beyond words. But thru the tragedy you can see hope as people are trying to get their lives back in order and all the help that has been made available to the victims has been awesome to see! I think Joplin will rise above this and be better than ever but it will take some time.....

So, today I was finishing up my checkbook & laundry and going thru some stamp stuff when I came across my June calendars and realized I never posted them on June 1st! With everything going on I totally forgot. My bad! Here they are....

Deb's Pure Innocence calendar I made for her. It was great seeing it hanging on her refrigerator while we were home!! :)

And then there is my Magnolia calendar which I just love! Well really I love them both! LOL

I guess i'd better get my butt in gear and get crack a lackin on my July one since July will be here before ya know it! Time is just flyin by!

Well, that's all I have for now!
Hubby will soon be in from work so I better get the salads made for supper!

Thanks for stopping by & have a great day!