Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Sunday, April 27, 2008
I went on a cruise to the Bahamas for Spring Break my senior year of college. It was on The Big Red Boat, although we jokingly called it The Big Tug Boat. We had such a great time once we got over the motion sickness. That little boat really took a beating out in the waves.
Water/ocean themed borders always turn out so well. I think the colors of sand and the ocean are so beautiful together. It's fun placing shades of blue paper together in order to create the water. Here I tried to give the water motion by using wavy strips of blue. I used my Creative Memories wavy trimmer for these.
I also used Jolee's dimensional stickers, self-adhesive rhinestones and matching blue ribbon. The Spanish Proverb, "How Beautiful it is to Do Nothing and then Rest Afterward" was stamped using a stamp from CTMH Do Nothing.
Oh, and that little crab.. I found that paper punch at Dollar Tree on the craft aisle! It's made by Miss Elizabeth's.
Saturday, April 26, 2008
Scrapbooking and card making definitely go hand-in-hand. I always seem to have enough paper left over for one or two cards after I make my borders. I still had these papers out on my table, so I put this card together.
One great thing about making a card right after you have made a scrapbook page is that you already have the paper combination picked out. Another great thing is that it keeps your ever-growing scrap paper pile down.
I used Close to My Heart Playful Petals stamps and CTMH inks in Breeze, Garden Green, Heavenly Blue, Sweet Leaf and Baby Pink.
I also used a sponge dauber to fill in some of the white spaces inside some of the stamped petals and on the edges of the sentiments.
I think this is such a fun stamp set and I love all of these colors together.
Friday, April 25, 2008
Thursday, April 24, 2008
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
I've been so involved with making cards that I haven't had a chance to make any premade borders for my eBay auctions. I try to use eBay to help fund my stamping & scrapbooking habit.
I made this premade border set today. I picked up this nest stamp by Inkadinkado at Hobby Lobby today. They are having a 50% off sale on all of their wood mounted stamps.
I also bought two Gruffies by Jareckie Designs and Stampendous. Wheelbarrow Ride and Finding Friendship. I love these stamps. The style of theses are very much like House Mouse so they're right up my alley!
I also found a Pledge of Allegiance stamp by Stampabilities that will go perfectly with my patriotic House Mouse stamp. I hope to work with all of these soon.
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
I love basket stamps. This one comes from a set made by Clear Dollar Stamps called Baskets of Blessings. This set comes with two different baskets and bunches of strawberries, snowflakes, yarn, apples and leaves. It also has cute sayings like the one stamped on this card, Missing you Snow Much, and Thank You Beary Much.
CDS has lots of cute stamps. There is a new set that they came out with this month that has a classic VW Beatle on it. It's called Sometimes You're the Bug and it is absolutely adorable.
Monday, April 21, 2008
I have had this set of CTMH Flower Fairies in my collection for a while. My daughter has played with them, but I hadn't made anything with these until tonight.
I used my Marvy Uchida Giga Punch for the scalloped square. The scalloped circle was made using my 1 7/16" maker by The Paper Studio. These come in four different sizes, but I have yet to find the largest size on the shelf at Hobby Lobby. They sell out quickly! Same for the Marvys.
I used a few different markers to color in the image. I started with Zig photo twins for the skin tone and dress color. I also used Zigs for the wings. I used my copics to color in the flowers.
I also spoke with someone that I know with The Angel Company TAC today and she told me about a neat shading technique. I took the fine tip of a Marvy LePlume II in Oyster Grey and outlined the entire image. It really gives the image more depth. Thank you fot the tip Margo!
Saturday, April 19, 2008
Friday, April 18, 2008
Thursday, April 17, 2008
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
For this card, I used CTMH Coffee Shop Stamps and CTMH ink Lilac Mist and Crystal Blue ink. For the swirl of steam and background, I used CTMH Bamboo ink.
The "Thank You" is a CTMH From Me To You stamp done in Lilac Mist ink.
The mini coffee stamp is from my Inque Boutique by See D's. I stamped this in CTMH Desert Sand.Here is another Thanks A Latte, which was stamped using CTMH Doodle Alphabet stamps & Desert Sand ink. The coffee to-go is Inque Boutique by See D's.
Monday, April 14, 2008
Sunday, April 13, 2008
Saturday, April 12, 2008
Friday, April 11, 2008
The day before Easter, we went to a beautiful park off the Blue Ridge Parkway for their "egg scramble." The view was gorgeous. On the way there we picked up some food from Chick-fil-A and had ourselves a picnic. We had a wonderful time and I have some great pictures to scrapbook on this two-page layout.
I used Martha Stewart vellum and stamps for this layout.
Thursday, April 10, 2008
I was sitting outside with my kids yesterday just enjoying the afternoon. There were huge bumblebees all around, baby dragonflies and even a few ants. My two-year-old was amazed by all the bugs. He had a few close encounters with low-flying bumblebees that really freaked him out, but he kept going back for more. It was so neat to watch him take it all in.
Our grass is full of pretty purple and yellow wildflowers, which my husband keeps promising to mow, but I think they're very pretty and hope they stay just a couple more days.
For this card, I used Simple Beauty, the March Stamp of the Month by Close To My Heart (CTMH). I used my new square scalloped giga punch by Marvy. I'm sure I'll get lots of use out of that one. I used a few different types of markers on the flowers, including my new Copic marker. I only have one for now, but I can sense that my collection will grow very soon. I also used a couple Sakura Gelly Roll pens, which are so much fun to use. For the dot in the middle of the flower, I added a dot of Ranger Glossy Accents.
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
I have had three jars of Martha Stewart glitter just gleaming at me from my shelf for the past week. I LOVE the Martha Stewart aisle at Michaels. I attempted to make something with some glitter last night, but that just ended up in the trash.
Tonight I decided to make a birthday card for my Grandma and pulled out my new inkadinkado stamps and punched out the dragonfly with my Whale of a Punch. I then used two different glitters (Blue Sapphire & Green Agate) to ad sparkle to the D-fly.
Monday, April 7, 2008
Saturday, April 5, 2008
I love making thank you cards... and I love coffee. Today at the grocery store a nice boy helped me reach my coffee off the top shelf. Too bad I didn't have this card in my purse to hand to him!
For this card I used Daisy D's Chai Latte Stamps (Love, love, LOVE these!).
I took the kids to AC Moore today. They had a Thomas & Friends Make and take where they each decorated their own wooden train. They loved it and I'm glad to get a few free wooden cars for the youngest one's collection. Lord knows we've spent enough on his trains to earn a few for free!
I didn't buy much, but I got great deals on the things I did buy! I was pleasantly surprised when this new set of Inkadinkado Patterned Bugs stamps rang up for only $5.99! They were half price and I didn't even know it.
The Pebbles, Inc. chalks were also on sale. I picked up the pastel set for only $7.49!
My coupon made my Tombow refill half off so I bought it for $1.99.
I'm so excited to get started... but first I must go to the craft store. I will be posting photos of some of my work and will also share information about my favorite things. Off I go with my 50% off coupon in the back pocket of my jeans!! Craft store first... grocery store whenever!