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Saturday, January 26, 2008

Embrace life

I just love this stamp set, Embrace Life, and have seen so many pretty cards done with it. I loved this card done by Monica Davis (I did write this down!!) and set out to recreate it. I think it turned out very nice. I love the colors in it. I think I will use it for a birthday card for a good friend. I think it is one of my favorites that I have ever made.
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Faux metal

I don't know why I am showing this card as the image didn't come out as I wanted it to on the faux metal part. I was experimenting with this technique and saw a card (can't remember whose it was--should write it down) in the Splitcoast gallery that I fell in love with and tried to recreate it. I used a backgrounder from CHF and the first image was good and then when I tried to do more, none of them turned out. What a mess. I need to work on my backgrounder technique I guess. I planned to use this card for a friend's daughter's wedding, but not sure if I will now. Maybe she wouldn't notice the messup. Maybe I should try another and work on the background stamp. I got very frustrated.
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Erika Martin's tutorial card

Anyone who doesn't subscribe to Erika Martin's tutorials is really missing out especially if she is like me and not very good at coming up with her own designs. This was the last tutorial that I got from Erika and it looks very pretty in person. Erika writes her tutorials so clearly and it really gives me a chance to try a technique that I would never have tried. Check her out at
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Granddaughters Mailbox

I had bought 2 of these precious mailboxes from Target last year but didn't have a clue how to go about decorating one. Well, Emily Giovanni had a tutorial on her blog about how to do it step by step and it was so clear that I knew I could do it. And here is the proof. I love this little mailbox and now I may do the other one I have. I used some retired SU paper on it, some ribbon from Jody Morrow's share a while ago, and some primas and some bling that I was gifted from Splitcoast Wish RAK. The brown ribbon over the box portion is from SU last year. I don't know what I will put in it as my daughter doesn't want her to have candy. Any ideas?
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Friday, January 11, 2008

Entry for Magnolia stamp contest

I know this doesn't look that great on this post, but I had a ball making this card for my granddaugher's 3rd birthday. She loves anything princess and I know she will love this. I colored the image in with the spica glitter pens but I should have just used them for accent probably. I read this blog and thought that this would be just perfect to use to make this card and better yet, it is a contest for this adorable Magnolia stamp. I don't have any of them and this little angel would be well loved, so I am going to try to win her. I have never done anything like this before.
I cut the image out with my nestabilites, but to be honest, I am having problems with them. The embossing is not all that great and I have a hard time getting it started through the wizard. I almost wish I hadn't invested in them. I see others and they are so cute and they are loved, but I am just not making out that great.
Anyhow, the image I received from Splitcoast Stampers wish RAK and it is SU pretty princess. I think I will color her in differently the next time.
Anyhow, please wish me luck in winning this Magnolia stamp and while you are at it, check out Kimmies blog. She does awesome work.
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Thursday, January 10, 2008

Fiber 1 cereal

Have you ever tried Fiber 1 cereal? I eat it almost every morning because I can get half of my daily fiber in just one serving. I haven't tried this yet, but there are some recipes that call for grinding the cereal up into crumbs and using it for a piecrust. I may just try this. I am trying to eat healthier this new year and this cereal is part of my plan.
If you are on Weight Watchers, fiber one cereal is 0 points.
If interested, here is a link to receive a free sample so you can see if you like it.

Hurry tho as this offer expires soon.
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Saturday, January 5, 2008

Ruffled Bloom

This is a card done following another one of Erika Martins wonderful tutorials. I love getting these in my mailbox each Thurs. She is a most clever and inspirational stamper and I really appreciate getting these. I changed her stamps out because I don't have the set she used so I used the Stampendous ruffled bloom stamp that I have had for a while and it hasn't seen ink til today. This was a combination of stamping and the watercolor crayons. I even used some of the incolor cardstock-Wild Wasabi and Groovy Guava. The sentiment is from SU Love Matters and I stamped Celebrate from Send a Celebration on the inside so I could use it for either an anniversary or birthday. I made 2 of these and decided that I will make 2 of every card from now on so that I can always have one on hand. The card base is wild rose. There is even dazzling diamond glitter on it. Thanks for looking in on me today. I hope I can post more soon.

Friday, January 4, 2008

Bunch of Voila

I had 3 men who are having birthdays in Jan so needed to make some cards. I thought I would make the same card and practice my gamsol technique. The only difference is the colors I used. This set, Voila, is such a versatile set. I just love it. I would like to make some coasters with this chef on them. I hope the recipients like this card.

Now, just to show how versatile this stamp set is, I used the hearts from Truckloads of love to put on the platter. Then I used love you and the xx's and oo's from Fancy Flexible Phrases. The paper is from last year. This time I didn't feel like getting my prismacolor pencils out and used my old crayola pencils that sit on my desk. Well, what a huge difference. I could hardly get the color to move on the image. Maybe I should just get rid of the crayolas. I put some stickles on the hearts and also on the chef's buttons. It is cute and easy. Not sure who will get this one.
Thanks for checking in on me today. Hope to have more to post this weekend. I have a card to make for a good friend's birthday and I have a new technique I would like to try from Erika Martin.

Star Angel

I made this card with the starry angel from Lockhart stamps. I love her. I used some spica glitter pens on her but you really can't see the sparkle in this photo. The background paper is some from Basic Grey. The star brads I got from Sara Pashal from Splitcoast Wish RAK (thank you Sara). This card was sent to my sister to let her know that she is in my heart and that angels are near to her.
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Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Our dog, Abby

This is our westie, Abby. She has been having problems with a corneal ulcer since Thanksgiving and finally after all sorts of eye drops, our vet sent her to an opthamologist vet yesterday. She was diagnosed with an indolent corneal ulcer and had to have a grid keratotomy where she scratched the surface of the cornea in order to promote healing by altering the tissue under the diseased outer surface of the cornea. Now the new, healthy cells can (we hope) attach to the surface and heal. She goes back in 2 weeks to be rechecked. This vet clinic gives you an cost of service before treatment is provided so you can decide if you want to go through with it. This was $500 and I hope she doesn't need it again. How do you have a choice with your pet who is a family member? Abby is 13 and a half and we would do anything to keep her and make her healthy. This proceedure has an 85% success rate the first time, so please keep your fingers crossed for Abby. She seems to be adjusting well to the e-collar. She eats and even is jumping onto the couch. We love our dogs.
So, after spending all of this, it looks like my stamping budget is pretty nil for a while. Maybe now I can use some of my stash. I am such a hoarder.
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Creating on New Years Day

First of all--Happy New Year to all of you and my hope is that 2008 will be our best year ever!!
I made this thank you card because I found one in the Splitcoast gallery done by Vonda Thomas and I fell in love with it. So my goal today was to recreate this card the best I could. I used doodle this and fabulous flowers for the stamps. I embossed in gold and cut out and layered. I used stickles on the top for bling as I can't find my envelope of all my bling stuff. The thank you is from a blog candy from Green Grass stamps. I won the thank you set and I love it. I punched it with my circle punch. I used some shiny gold paper and the cuttlebug embossing folder. I still need to learn to emboss better, but I think it is pretty. The cardstock is bravo burgundy. I layered some gold and some white ribbon around it too.
I loved these treat boxes that folks were making for Christmas so I thought I would try one. I ended up folding the corners in wrong, but didn't realize it til I had adhered all of the triangles and I was not going to start over. It still turned out cute. I will give this to the nurse at my chiropractors office tomorrow when I go in for my apt. I will make another of these and do it correctly as it is darling.

And last, I thought the inside of the CD card that I made was too plain so I stamped many of the Green Grass thank you stamps on it. They are rubber but are mounted on the foam stuff and I stuck a bunch on an acrylic block and stamped away. I love these. You can never have too many thank you stamps.
I hope you have had a wonderful New Years Day and that the rest of the year will be as great. Thanks for checking in. I hope to do some new techniques this year and improve my stamping.
PS--Helen, thanks for the link for the photo tips
PSS--Thank you everyone for your comments. I appreciate them so much.