Thursday, October 30, 2008
This stamp is being released on November 1st by Our Daily Bread Designs. I stamped the verses in Night of Navy ink on Whisper White cardstock. There is an embossed edge down the right side, which was made with a Cuttlebug embossing folder. The flowers, pearls, crystals and pin are all from Stampin' Up!'s Pretties kit. My cardstock is Baja Breeze and Bashful Blue, both from Stampin' Up! Thanks for stopping by today!
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
I had already uploaded this card to my email, so I can access the picture to share with you. I made this from a new release by Our Daily Bread Designs called Joy to the World. I love the font of the sentiments -- and there are several! Three new sets will be released on November 1st!
I am hoping to get an Ott light this week; my pictures have been so shadowy lately, even if I use my daughter's new camera. So it must just be the low light in my dungeon stamp room! Hopefully you can see this well enough to see the embossed border at the bottom of the card. I made that with one of the newer Cuttlebug embossing folders that is just a strip.
Thanks so much for stopping by! Tomorrow will be an exciting day in this house -- the musical at the high school opens tomorrow. I have been helping direct and will play keyboard in the pit orchestra, my daughter is in it and my husband plays trumpet in the orchestra. The kids are doing a great job. The musical is "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" and we have five performances beginning tomorrow night, two on Saturday, one Sunday and one Monday. Should be lots of fun!
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Today I want to share with you one of the new sets that will be available November 1 - just three days from now (where did October go?) - from Our Daily Bread Designs. This card is made with images from The Lord is My Shepherd. There are several wonderful sentiments and verses that go beautifully with the main image here. Be sure to stop by the ODBD blog and Card Gallery to see some neat creations from the Design Team and customers alike!
I will have more sneak peeks later this week as well!
Finally, I want to wish my sister a very Happy Birthday today!!!!
Happy Birthday, Nancy!
Stamps: The Lord is My Shepherd (Our Daily Bread Designs)
Paper: Silver Metallic, Whisper White, DP by The Paper Studio, Basic Black
Ink: VersaFine Black, Certainly Celery, Mellow Moss, Creamy Caramel, Bordering Blue
Accessories: hand cut cloud stencil, Pretties kit, Nestabilities, ticket corner punch, Cuttlebug Mesh EF, dotted organdy ribbon
Monday, October 27, 2008
Friday, October 24, 2008
Today's SCS Limited Supplies Challenge, hosted by my friend, Wendy, was to use leaves as a focal point and some pink on your card. It's Pink Week at SCS and each challenge has incorporated some kind of pink. My pink is in the background of the leaves; specifically at the top of the top leaf!
Tomorrow is the last Marching Band Competition of the season - the BIG state one - where all the bands from around the state come and compete. I am so thankful that it's not raining, snowing, or blowing and that the temperature tomorrow is going to be in the high 60's!
Have a great weekend!
Stamps: Forest Foliage, Best Yet
Paper: Glossy White, Close to Cocoa, Riding Hood Red, Martha Stewart DP, CTMH cardstock: Autumn Terracotta, Sunflower, Smokey Plum, Olive
Ink: VersaFine Black, Elegant Eggplant, Apricot Appeal, Riding Hood Red, Cameo Coral, Old Olive
Accessories: leaf beads, linen thread, paper piercer, copper and bronze brads, Black Sparkle EP
Techniques: spray and smash, embossing, piercing
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Stamps: Buzzard, Tracks, Cactus, Bone, Make a Wish by Hambo Stamps
Paper: Basic Black, Very Vanilla, Mellow Moss, Old Olive, Stampin' Up! DP
Ink: Basic Black, Bordering Blue, Creamy Caramel, Certainly Celery, Old Olive, Real Red, Apricot Appeal, Copic C-1 and C-3
Thanks for putting up with my cute Buzzard for one more day!
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Sometimes I get so frustrated at how long it takes for the picture to change on SCS after you have edited it! I see my edited copy, but I have waited for four hours for the picture to change. The first one had such terrible lighting that the colors looked off to me (by a LOT!). Oh well! People are very kind anyway! :)
I made this card for today's Color Challenge: Pink Pirouette, Kiwi Kiss and Chocolate Chip. I barely had enough CChip paper left; it's a good thing I have a whole package coming later this week! I love these colors together - what a great combination! All this week the SCS Challenges will have PINK in them for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Thanks for coming by today! I will have some more new stuff later this afternoon as well!
Stamps: Pocket Silhouettes, Sanded
Paper: Pink Pirouette, Chocolate Chip, Kiwi Kiss
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Kiwi Kiss
Accessories: satin ribbon, word window punch, small oval punch, brads, paper piercer, Fiskars scallop scissors, Flower Fusion Too
Techniques: faux stitching, piercing
Monday, October 20, 2008
I stamped Trick or Cheese with Black Stazon ink and colored with my Stampin' Up! markers. The cute candy corn designer paper is by Heidi Grace Designs (got it at A.C. Moore with my friend, Deb!).
Be sure to check out what the rest of the Design Team did and play along! Your card link will be featured later this week on the House Mouse & Friends blog!
For tips on coloring House Mouse images, click HERE.
Thanks for stopping by today! Happy Monday!
Stamps: House Mouse Trick or Cheese by Stampabilities
Paper: Apricot Appeal, Whisper White, Basic Black, Heidi Grace DP
Ink: Basic Black, Apricot Appeal, Pumpkin Pie, Creamy Caramel, Going Gray, arely Banana, Summer Sun, Blush Blossom
Accessories: circle cutter, corner rounder, Scor-Pal, sticky tape, velvet rick rack (Basic Grey), candy corn!
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Thanks for stopping by today! I am feeling much better and am off to the Farmer's Market to buy pumpkins and gourds!
Stamps: Hambo Stamps: Blessings & Mother Goose
Paper: Bashful Blue, Barely Banana, Whisper White, POP DP
Ink: Basic Gray, Bashful Blue, Barely Banana, Copic C-1 and C-3
Accessories: large oval punch, grosgrain ribbon, Martha Stewart border punch, circle cutter, blue eyelet
Friday, October 17, 2008
Here is another idea!
My little prickly pear cactus is stamped with Sage Shadow ink and the cactus needles are drawn with Old Olive. The ground is just drawn in with Creamy Caramel and the clouds are made with my precious and well-guarded (I thought I had lost it once this past summer) hand-cut cloud stencil using Bordering Blue. The sentiment is stamped with Chocolate Chip ink, and all edges are sponged with the same ink. I used Naturals Ivory paper for my images, and the designer paper is from The Paper Studio. I pierced the corners using my Paper Piercer from Making Memories. Oh - I can't forget the Buzzard (#0341)! He is stamped in black and colored with Creamy Caramel, More Mustard and Copic C-1. Be watching for my next thumbprint card later this weekend!
Before this weekend is over, however, you must head over to Hambo Stamps and check out the BOGO Sale!! There are some awesome values and stamps you will want to add to your collection!
Another place to visit today is my friend, Becca Feeken's blog, Amazing Paper Grace. If you have never been there, you are in for a real treat. Becca has a real gift for making incredibly beautiful designs and projects. She has a gift for you! She is offering any stamp set, including this one, We Three Kings, by Our Daily Bread Designs as blog candy! Be sure to enter by noon on Saturday!
Stamps: We Three Kings by Our Daily Bread Designs
Paper: Sage Shadow, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White, Designer Paper by American Crafts
Ink: Basic Black, various for coloring
Accessories: small oval punches, Filgree brads, gems, Silver HPH, organdy ribbon
And now for a yummy recipe:
Cheesy Tortilla Soup1 envelope fajita marinade mix
4 boneless chicken breast halves, chopped
2 T. vegetable or canola oil
1/4 C. butter (use the real thing!)
1/3 C . flour
2-14.5 oz. cans of chicken broth
1/3 C. Rotel tomatoes (or canned tomatoes with chiles)
1 C. cubed Velveeta
8 oz. Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
1.5 C. half and half
guacamole, tortilla chips, shredded cheese, sliced avocado, sour cream
Prepare fajita mix according to directions. Add chicken and marinate. In lg. skillet, cook chicken in oil until juices run clear. Set aside.
In large saucepan, melt butter and stir in flour until blended. Gradually add in broth. Bring to a boil. Cook and stir for 2 minutes until bubbly hot. Add tomatoes, Velveeta, and 1 C. of M. Jack cheese. Cook and stir until cheese is melted. Stir in cream and chicken; heat through but do not boil. Spoon into bowls. Add toppings! Serves 8.
Have a great day! I am saving the craft for tomorrow this is long enough already!)~
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Here is the sketch:
Join in and play along, and be sure to link back to the Sketches! blog, and you may be featured as a Guest Designer!
I am feeling somewhat better today; thank you for all the kind words! Today my sister, mom, and I are going to try to stamp most of the day. Yesterday the two of them worked on Halloween and Thanksgiving cards. I don't know what we have planned yet for today, but I will show you some of what I make tomorrow!
BIG post tomorrow! Cards (more than one even - for me, that's amazing! haha), a new fall recipe and another craft for kids!! Blog Candy too! Don't miss it!
And for a super-fantastic SALE, check out the "Buy One - Get One" SALE event at Hambo Stamps!! There are some fabulous deals while supplies last, so HURRY!
Stamps: Summer Botanicals by Flourishes
Paper: Naturals Ivory & Old Olive (Stampin' Up!); Autumn Terracotta, New England Ivy, Pansy Purple (CTMH)
Ink: Elegant Eggplant, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive
Accessories: large and small oval punches, ticket corner punch, brads (The Paper Studio), fibers (CTMH)
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Paper: Bazzill Metallic Black, Metallic Silver, Pink Pirouette, Basic Black, Whisper White, American Crafts Scratchy Dots DP
Ink: Palette Noir Black, Pink Pirouette
Accessories: black and pink organdy ribbon, square brads, corner rounder
Saturday, October 11, 2008
I first spritzed my watercolor paper and then squirted little drops of Barely Banana and Pretty in Pink reinkers. Then I stamped my images (Treasure Life by CTMH), distressed the edges with the Stampin' Up Cutter Tool, and wrapped Linen Thread around the main panels. The sentiment is stamped in Always Artichoke.
Yesterday I didn't get a chance to stamp as I had a dentist visit - and am now not as wise as I was yesterday, due to losing some wisdom teeth! It went well, but I am still tired! Today is another Marching Band Competition and I am a bus sponsor this time. We leave at 5:00 p.m. to travel to the site and get home at 3:00 a.m. tomorrow. Doesn't look like any stamping time in the forecast either! Just rain and cold tonight! I am taking a blanket!
Have a great weekend! I have one more Hambo Stamps thumbprint card to show you tomorrow!
Stamps: CTMH: Treasure Life
Paper: watercolor paper, Old Olive, Summer Sun, Rose Red
Ink: Barely Banana, Pretty in Pink, Old Olive, Always Artichoke, Rose Red
Accessories: linen thread, paper piercer, distressing tool
Thursday, October 9, 2008
First I want to share my card that I made for the sketch at Sketches! by Tamara. I finagled it a little bit to fit my spooky card. I am not normally one to make Halloween cards, but this week I have made three! Weird. Anyway, here is the sketch:
You are welcome to join in and play along. See the other cards HERE. A lot of the Design Team went with a Christmas theme, as the sketch pictures show a poinsettia type flower or snowflake, but I decided to do something different and stick with October and make a Halloween card:
My cut out mummy (Stampabilities) is the flower on the right side of the sketch, and the vertical lines of the designer paper (The Paper Studio) are representing the vertical cross piece. My little spiders are plastic confetti that I have had forever --- one day they (hundreds and hundreds) fell on the floor...... weeks later I am in my stamp room and see a spider on the floor (I hate spiders! Why, you ask, do all of my Halloween cards have them then? LOL). I am thinking it's a little black REAL spider! But now I have learned to recognize the confetti shape! The corner web is a little Stampin' Up! incentive stamp and the sentiment is Studio G (a gift from my friend, Shelly!). The black webbing trim is from Really Reasonable Ribbon's September Club offering.
Now on to some fall food! Many of you probably have this Werther's recipe already, but it is such fun to make and give as little gifts all fall. I don't like nuts, so I like to eat this recipe too! (I do add nuts on some gifts). Sometimes I just make up the caramel mixture, put it in little containers and give with a variety of fall apples. We have so many different ones around here (more than 20!), and some people would rather cut their apples and dip, than eat them on a stick! Either way, it's yummy! I double or triple the recipe, depending on how many I want to make at a time.
4 medium apples (I use Granny Smith most of the time)
4 apple sticks
11 oz. bag of caramels, unwrapped (I like Werther's)
2 T. evaporated milk
Push sticks into the top of the apples. Put caramels and milk in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave on high, about 3-4 minutes, stirring frequently. Dip apples in mixture, or spoon mixture over apples (on wax paper). Let caramel set before wrapping or serving. You can also put these in the fridge on styrofoam trays for faster set-up. Dip almost set caramel in crushed nuts, candies, and chocolate!
And now for the kids - this kind of goes along with my card! We have done this activity at school aside from Halloween, when the kids are working on the Bones unit!
A few different types of pasta and dried beans, like spaghetti, macaroni, tiny tube pasta, long tube pasta, wagon wheels, long spirals, tiny shells, wagon wheels, lima beans
A piece of black construction paper
Glue the pasta to the black paper using white glue. Have the kids arrange the pasta on the paper before gluing (to make sure that they have room for the whole body on the piece of paper).
You can use just about any type of pasta (or dried beans) for the bones. A wagon wheel is nice for the head. Spaghetti makes good fingers and toes. Tiny tubes or dried lentils are good as vertebrae in the spine. Long tubes make collar bones. Longer tubes or long spirals make good arm and leg bones. Small shells or dried white beans are nice for the kneecaps, wrists and ankles. Two dried lima beans make good hips.
Before and After Patterns:
Have a super day! Thanks for stopping by!
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
I used the Stamp of the Month for September from CTMH, and cased a layout from the CTMH catalog for today's card. It didn't turn out quite like I had hoped, and I had to "fix" some things, but it's done!
The organdy ribbon is rainbow colored, and I chose a piece that had complimentary colors in it. The tangerine flowers are cut out and held like a little nosegay by the twill.
Thanks for stopping by today! I appreciate every one of my readers!
Tomorrow I will have some fun fall recipes and a craft for kids!
Have a great day!
Monday, October 6, 2008
I used my Heidi Grace paper again, and carried the spider idea over into the thumbprint stamp. His eyes are tiny white brads (CTMH) on which I drew little black pupils with a Sharpie marker. This was a fun challenge, and I will have a few more projects with these two stamps later this week!
Have a GREAT Monday!
Sunday, October 5, 2008
And here is my son's cute kitty, "Crayon." She was a doll - although very shy. He has only had her a week! Here is a picture of my son, Steven, and me, after his jazz band concert. He had three solos, one of which was most of the song. It was a real joy to hear him play. He is a junior in college, and we have not heard him play in a group since he graduated from high school! I was so happy to be able to go and hear him, and also meet his friends and church family. It was also really fun to travel to Ft. Bragg and meet Deb! It was a great trip!
As for the Marching Band Competition, my daughter's band won First Place in the Parade Marching and took home the Sweepstakes trophy for best performance of the day!! It was awesome! They played and looked great! Here is a picture of her band waiting to come on the field for their show, and one of her playing her "baby" bass drum. They have 177 members.
Thanks for stopping by! Be sure to come back tomorrow for the Hambo DT Challenge and my weekly House Mouse & Friends project!
Saturday, October 4, 2008
Some fun upcoming and current events to check out:
In honor of World Card Making Day, this weekend at Hambo Stamps, you can get free shipping! Check out the deets HERE.
Over at SCS, there are all sorts of fun challenges and contests going on this weekend. Check out THIS thread for info on challenges just for World Card Making Day!
Monday will bring some fun stuff to my blog. My regular House Mouse & Friends Challenge card will be posted - a fun one! - and I will also show you a project from a Design Team Challenge that Monica gave the Hambo DT. You won't want to miss all the fun!
Tomorrow I will be posting some pictures from my trip.
See you then!
Friday, October 3, 2008
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
I stamped my main image with Black Stazon on Georgia Pacific White and then used various Stampin' Up! markers to color in my image. The sentiment is stamped in Purely Pomegranate. All papers (except GPW) are from Close To My Heart.
Be sure to check back tomorrow for another design with a newly released set!
Paper: All cardstock and designer paper (Evensong) by CTMH
Ink: Black Stazon and various Stampin' Up! markers for coloring
Accessories: pearls, Stickles, satin ribbon