Tuesday, January 27, 2009

It's Tuesday

So here is my card for Mercy's Tuesday sketch challenge! I needed a birthday card for a friend/co worker. I decided to go against my usual style and make a more elegant card. Elegant for me anyway!

I borrowed Mercy's idea of embossing the smaller panel. I also decided to use brads for the smaller oval piece.

I forgot to crop... you can see the mess on my desk!! I like how it turned out!!

Thanks for looking!! I'm keeping my fingers crossed for a snow day tomorrow!!

Details- Stamps-SU Brocade Motifs, It's Your Birthday; Ink-Versamark, SU Purely Pomegranete; Paper-SU Purely Pomegranete, River Rock, Black; Accessories- SU Silver Hardware, Clear Embossing Powder and heat gun, Cuttlebug and textile folder

Monday, January 26, 2009

Mercy's Tuesday Sketches

I happened upon a blog recently and it has quickly become a fave!! Mercy puts out sketch challenges every Tuesday and last night I made a couple of Valentines w/ them. I need a few Valentines cards... one for Marty, 6 for my nephews/niece... I'm partly done:)

Here is Mercy's sketch (MTSC26) and here is my card using Happy Heart Day from SU. I LOVE this card... it combines 2 of my favorite things, elephants and American Crafts paper!

Details-Stamps-SU Happy Heart Day; Paper-SU Regal Rose, Purely Pomegranete, Chocolate Chip, American Crafts DP, White; Ink-Memento Tuxedo Black; Accessories-American Crafts ribbon, Copics, Glitter Pen and Heidi Swapp hearts
Thanks for looking!

Sunday, January 25, 2009

More Cupcake Challenges

Ana issued this sketch challenge... which I didn't really stick to!! I forgot to add the embellishments up top and didn't leave room for the sentiment!

Between my gift card and 20% off I got lots of fun stuff at The Paper Tree yesterday!! I have to run to work but I brought some stuff to play with in case it's quiet tonight!

Thanks for looking!

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Cupcake Challenge

Taylor is running a special sketch challenge this week to celebrate 1 year of Friday cupcake sketch challenges. I loved the challenge on Taylor's blog but I didn't have any ovals big enough to work!! So I found another sketch that I loved on Stephanie's blog. Stephanie designed this sketch to help Taylor celebrate...

Here is my version... I love this color combo... but I am also trying to use scraps so this is the paper I had to work with!

Pam and I are off to The Paper Tree... I have to use my Shop Hop Passport! For $5 I got a passport that allows 20% off at 12 different stores in New England. If you get to all the stores by the end of February you are entered in a drawing for a grand prize. I don't think I can make it to all of them but it's fun trying and a great deal!!
Thanks for looking!!
Details-Stamps-Amuse clear cupcake set; Ink-Memento Tuxedo Black; Paper-Black, White, SU Almost Amethyst, So Saffron, Rose Red, Rose Red and Almost Amethyst DP; Accessories-Mat pack and piercer, Copics, glue dots

Friday, January 23, 2009

Just in Time

Last week my color challenge card didn't make the deadline for Kristina Werner's weekly color challenge. Well this week I made it.. barely!! This card is really simple but I really like it... I think the colors look very fresh together!!

I think I already mentioned how much I LOVE Kristina's blog!! It is a daily must read!

Anyway, I couldn't get a great pic due to lighting... I was practically contorting myself to get this one!!

Thanks for looking!!

Details-Stamps-Crazy for Cupcakes; Ink-Memento Tuxedo Black; Paper- SU Real Red, Gable Green, So Saffron, Black; Accessories-glue dots

Feels Like Spring

Well, it kinda did today... it was 40 degrees!! The closest to spring we will be for a while!! I made this card this week... my friend/SU demo Pam and I get together one night per week to craft. This week she let me borrow her scalloped oval spellbinders which are so fun!!

Details- Stamps-Amuse; Ink-Memento Black; Paper-SU Riding Hood Red, White and Pink Pirouette; Accessories- Copics, Spellbinders, Ribbon (I forget the brand!), Brads misc
Thanks for looking and Happy Friday!!

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Saturday Sketch on Sunday

This week I played along w/ Jen's Saturday challenge. I used the same color combo that I got from Kristina Werner's last color challenge.. I love the colors!!

I thought my camera was broken but turns out I had put in uncharged batteries! I was a little bit excited at the thought of buying a new camera... oh well it's much more sensible this way! I need my camera though because in 16 DAYS I am leaving for vacation!!! I can't wait... going to Winter Carnival in Quebec City!!

Off to stamp! Thanks for looking

Details- Stamps-Stampendous; Paper-Scenic Route DP, SU Sky Blue, Not Quite Navy; Accessories-Buttons, Doodlebug fun flock, Copics, Ribbon?, Spica glitter pen; Ink-Memento Tuxedo Black

Friday, January 16, 2009

The Places You'll Go

I saw this list on Shannan's blog... things in bold are things I've done... what about you??

1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland/world
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child 16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restauran
t44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted?
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching
63. Gotten flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
l71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Read the entire Bible
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee

Have to get moving on finishing all 100... though I really don't want to be involved in a lawsuit... or be on a speeding motorcycle... or eat caviar!

Sunday, January 11, 2009

My Friend the Sister

I wanted to send some thoughts to my friend Salvatrice who ,today, became a Daughter of Charity. She leaves soon for seminary in Indiana for the next year and a half. I'm very sad that I could not make it down to Maryland this weekend for her induction and even more sad that our communication over the next couple of years will be very limited.

Salvatrice and I met our freshman year of college. In college, we were ALWAYS together... friends used to joke that we shared a lung. Salvatrice has helped me w/ my Stats homework, intrepreted Philsophy for me, put up w/ some poor choices in the guy area:), made me laugh til I fell over, made 24 hour trips to Boston for me, made crazy, random road trips w/ me, introduced me to yearbooks, made me crazy mad by refusing to do dishes and generally helped guide me through life. After college we went in different directions but picked up right where we left off when we saw each other... visiting each other in Arizona and Mexico, trips to South Bend and Chicago then Maryland and Boston, we have made an effort to stay close. Words really cannot express what she means to me.

I'm very happy for her, that she has found her calling and is on a path that is right for her. I'm more than a little sad for me, and the rest of her friends and family, that life will be a little different.

I know she will kill me for writing this... but now I can say, aren't sisters supposed to be nice?. Good luck, Sr. Salvatrice, you are loved more than you know!!

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Kristina Werner's Color Challenge

I love Kristina Werner's blog. Her style is so fun and I love her color challenges. This is my first entry to one of her challenges. I had this Scenic Route paper out on my desk and couldn't believe how perfectly it coordinated w/ the colors. I also just got this sugar coating glitter and wanted to try it out... though not sure if it makes this little guy a little creepy looking?:) Looking back I wanted to add ribbon but forgot before I adhered the layers... oh well, it's late so no going back now!

Thanks for looking!!

Paper-SU Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, Baja Breeze, Pumpkin Pie, Scenic Route DP; Stamps-SU Petals and Paisley, Stampendous; Ink-Versamark, Colorbox; Accessories-Clear Embossing Powder, Copics, DoodleBug Sugar Coating glitter

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

A Taste of Spring

I love this new Lockhart stamp that I bought at The Paper Tree. It feels very spring-y to me, on a day that was very non-springy!! It was beyond miserable today in New England w/ rain, sleet, slush and freezing temperatures. Counting the days until spring!!

I couldn't get a great picture... it seems I can only get a good picture when the sun is shining bright which is rare these days!!

Thanks for looking!


Stamps-Lockhart, SU Sidekick Sayings

Ink-Memento Tuxedo Black, SU Wild Wasabi

Paper-Textured Black, SU Elegant Eggplant, Certainly Celery, Almost Amethyst and DP

Accessories-Copics, watercolor and blender, crystal effects, ribbon, SU hardware

Sunday, January 4, 2009

New Year

Happy New Year!! I have been quite the neglectful blogger though I have been stamping. I have not made any New Years resolutions or wishes , but rather a to-do list... and a couple of the things on there is to post more regularly here, post more regularly on Splitcoast and try to sell some cards.

Details-Stamps-Hero Arts; Ink-Memento Tuxedo Black; Paper-SU Pink Pirouette, Regal Rose, HeroArts kraft; Accessories-Ribbon, Copics, HeroArts gems, SwissDots cuttlebug folder, glitter pen