Monday, September 30, 2013

Sympathy for Teo

One of my co-workers, Teo, lost his sister.  What a sad time, losing a sibling at a young age.  It's very hard losing a parent, but I just couldn't imagine a sibling, or a child.  So I wanted to let him know how much I care and that I'm thinking of him, so I went to work making a sympathy card.  This is what I came up with for him:

Paper:  whisper white, smoky slate, eastern elegance DSP
Ink:  smoky slate, crushed curry
Stamp Sets:  love & sympathy (inside), papillon potpourri (inside), simply sketched
Accessories:  deco label framelits, butterfly punches (inside), 5/8" white satin ribbon

I added the butterflies on the inside, layering them using the crushed curry and smoky slate inks.  I like the way they turned out, and it is simple enough that makes a statement, and yet is so serene.  I hope the card blesses him in knowing how much people do care.

Thank you for stopping by, and I hope you like the card.  

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Chalk Talk Birthday

This is the first time I've used the chalk talk framelits, so I wasn't sure what was going to come about.  I had an idea in mind, buy I just couldn't make it work with the colors I selected.  So, back to the drawing board again I went until I got it to where I was somewhat satisfied.  It's not exactly what I wanted it to look like, since I would have loved to CASE Chat's design, but didn't want to exactly.  Well, hers is just so pretty, that I think I will do just that and use the same colors she did in her design.

Anyway, here's what I came up with, using Chat's design as inspiration.

It's a happy card, at least, and I now have a birthday card ready for when I need one.  I have to make a birthday card for my Aunt, who's birthday is October 1, so I better get busy.

Until tomorrow, happy stamping!

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Trick or Treat Shadow Box

Halloween is a fun time of year, and since I love making stuff for this time of year, I thought I'd make a shadow box for Halloween.  It turned out really cute, and I think I'm going to take it to work and hang it in my office.  It's good advertising, and what better way to show off my handiwork?  I love what I do, and love sharing it too.  I hope you do too.

I love the shadow box vs. a regular frame.  It adds a lot of dimension and makes the pictures stand out.  I also used dimensionals on all the layers so they really pop.  Wait till you see the one I made with the snowflakes ... stay tuned.

Friday, September 27, 2013

Thankful for You

This is the time of year where we give thanks for all we have, our families, friends, jobs, and all that God has given us.  It's nice to share that sentiment with those we love, and it doesn't have to be just this time of year to do so.

Stampin' Up came out with some new thinlits, and "thankful" is one of them.  I made this card and thought it would be perfect to send to my family and friends.  Hope you like it too.

I love the sweater weather designer series paper that Stampin' Up has for Fall.  I used it on this card.  There's something about sweaters and cool weather too.  Just fun!

Thursday, September 26, 2013

So Kind of You

Butterflies - who doesn't love butterflies?  They are so light, free, and pretty.  I love watching them flutter about and check out all the flowers.  Maybe next year, I'll set out the butterfly house I made a few years ago in hopes of attracting more to my yard.  I have the flowers, so maybe they'll enjoy the butterfly house too.

Anyway, I've made a card with butterflies on it.  Happy, free, and sweet and kind.

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Coloring Down the Lines - Always Artichoke

Always artichoke - that's the key color in this week's blog hop.  Now, you can either pair it up with wisteria wonder and crumb cake, or so saffron and cajun craze.  I chose the combination of so saffron and cajun craze because it just reminds me of Fall.  It's such a pretty time of year, so naturally, I look for fun stuff to make, and this seemed very fitting.

Have you been over at Carol's blog prior to arriving here?  If not, don't forget to see what she's done for us this week.   I wanted to try something slightly different, and I'm still on the fence about it, so I'd love to hear what you think.

Paper:  always artichoke, very vanilla
Ink:  always artichoke, cajun craze, so saffron
Stamp Sets:  gorgeous grunge, magnificent maple, petite pairs
Accessories:  antique trinkets, hemp twine, designer frames rectangle EF, and pretty print EF

I stamped the magnificent maple onto very vanilla card stock, then I took so saffron and used a dauber to rub the color through the leaf for that dual tone effect.  You can see it better in person, and I think next time, I'll blend the colors together using a gradient approach.  I need to practice that a bit more.  It makes creations more interesting.

Well, enough about me.  Let's pop on over to Joni's blog and see what she's done.  Usually between Carol and Joni, they have the color blending down to a science.  Maybe with enough practice, I'll get that good too.

Thanks for stopping by, and please feel free to leave your comments.  They mean a lot to me.  Cheers!

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

So Grateful There's You!

When you need or want a card to tell someone how grateful you are, you never seem to have one.  Well, I've made one just for that occasion.  I know I'll need one soon, so it's best to stock up.  I can't wait to give it to that special person.

It's a simple card to make, and I might make some others, just in different colors.  Love the chalk talk!

Unit tomorrow, happy stamping!

Monday, September 23, 2013

Sending Love and Sympathy

We never have enough sympathy cards, and I think that's by design.  No one likes having to make them, but in times of sorrow, it's so nice to know you have friends and family to lean on for getting you through such a time.

Luckily, I've only had to make a couple, but this one doesn't have a recipient.  That's good news for now, but when I need it, I'll have it.

It's a nice, simple card, and the colors are very soothing.  I hope I won't have to send it too soon.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Team Swap - Trick or Treat (Halloween)

This month, our team swap is focused on Halloween.  I made my cards really early, and I'm so glad I did, since I had a lot of cards to make this week - birthdays, thank you's, sympathy .... you name it.

I really like this card, and it took time to make 11 of them, but it was worth it.  I like taking the basic rhinestones and coloring them with a sharpie.  That's what I did on this card.  Check it out.

Paper:  basic black, very vanilla, witche's brew dsp, pumpkin pie
Ink:  stazon black, daffodil delight
Stamp Set:  best of halloween
Accessories:  stylish stripes EF, 1/8" black taffeta ribbon, chevron EF, corner rounder punch, basic rhinestones (colored with orange sharpie)

I can't wait to see the cards I get back from the swap.  I love Halloween ... it's so spooky and fun!  

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Trick or Treat Spinner Card

This is the first time I've used the new thinlit card die and I made a halloween card with it.  It took a little to understand how to work it, but now, it's very easy.  This was a fun card to make, and I'm hoping to make many more cards using these dies.

Do you like it?  I didn't want to make it scary, so this one is the one I chose to make.

More to come ...

Friday, September 20, 2013

A Birthday Card for Tracy

Yes, I've made another birthday card this week.  A co-worker's birthday is a few days after mine, so of course I had to make one for her.  It's so nice being remembered on your birthday, and I know I love receiving cards, so I hope she likes the one I've made for her.

Paper:  bermuda bay, very vanilla, raspberry ripple, birthday basics DSP
Ink:  bermuda bay
Stamp Set:  label love
Accessories:  alphabet press EF, scallop circle punch, circle punch, artisan label punch

Well, that's it for now.  Come back for more new stuff.  Let the creativity flow ...

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Top it with a Bow

Have you seen the new Bow Maker?  It's so cool and makes the neatest bows.  I'm tickled pink with it and not only can you use it on boxes and things, but cards too.  I made a Christmas card and used the bow die to make a pretty bow to place on the card.  Check it out:

Paper:  gumball green, raspberry ripple, season of style dsp, whisper shite
Ink:  raspberry ripple
Stamp Set:  a round array
Accessories:  bow die, scallop circle punches, circle punch, vintage faceted designer button, candy dot, cherry cobbler bakers twine

Just imagine the possibilities with the bow maker.  I hope you will try it and see what you can do!

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Coloring Down the Lines - Tempting Turquoise

It's hump day today - just as the Geico camel says ... and you know what that means?  It's blog hop time. 

This week's color combination is tempting turquoise, real red and tangerine tango, or tempting turquoise, rich razzleberry and pumpkin pie.  I chose the second color combination - just because I liked the color challenge.  So what do you do with those three colors?  Hum..... I thought and thought and remembered that I found a really fun card on Pinterest by Ema Logtenberg at Love To Stamp as my inspiration.  I made a few changes, but I'm pleased with the outcome.  

We have a light hop this week, as there are only four of us.  Guess we can be the "core four" this week.  Hey, I made a rhyme and didn't even realize it.  Well I guess that's my creativity coming out, or so I would hope so.

If you arrived here from Carol's blog, welcome.  If not, please do stop back and check her entry this week. It's never a disappointment!  So without hesitation, here's my card for this week:

Paper:  tempting turquoise, rich razzleberry, whisper white
Ink:  tempting turquoise, rich razzleberry, pumpkin pie
Stamp Sets:  label love, gorgeous grunge, and by the tide
Accessories:  designer label punch, basic rhinestones

And that's it!  Sometimes less is more, and this one has a modern flair to it, which is a bit different than what I usually create, but I like the way it turned out, and I sure would love to hear what you think.

Now, let's jump on over to see Joni's creation, as she's the end of the line this week.  Take a peek ... and thank you for viewing our entries this week.  Until tomorrow ... have a wonderful day.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Happy Birthday, Martie

Yes, another birthday for my dear friend, Martie.  I miss her and wish we could spend time together, but we live a couples hours away from each other.  I'm hoping to see her sometime soon, but to celebrate her birthday, I wanted to make her a special card.  I know she will like it - she's very crafty herself, and I hope it makes her day.

Here's the card I made for her ...

Paper:  bermuda bay, whisper white, brights dsp, pear pizzazz
Ink:  bermuda bay, melon mambo, crushed curry, pear pizzazz
Stamp Set:  flower shop, simply sketched, secret garden
Accessories:  scallop trim framelit, delicate design EF, secret garden framelit, pansy punch, basic pearls

I just love this card, and the colors really look so nice together.  I will definitely have to make another one to keep.  

Thanks for your comments.  I love hearing them.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Happy Birthday, Rhoda

My son-in-law's grandmother's birthday is today and I made her a special birthday card.  She's such a nice person, and I know she'll enjoy receiving her card.

I have so many birthdays in September ... including my own.   It's so nice making birthday cards because they're cheery and happy!  I hope you like Rhoda's card.

Paper:  island indigo, whisper white, gingham garden dsp, melon mambo, daffodil delight, pear pizzaz
Ink:  island indigo
Stamp Set:  petite pairs
Accessories:  deco label framelits, designer oval frame EF, stylish stripes EF, oval punch,  bird builder punch, scallop trim border punch, boho blossoms punch, candy dots

Thanks for stopping by.  More  birthday cards to come ... stay tuned.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Rachel's Birthday Card - Happy 20th!

My niece Rachel turned 20 on September 4th.  I wanted to make her something special, and did you ever have those days when nothing hits you?  Well, it was one of those.  Then I was combing through my emails and pinterest and found a card by Amy O'Neill, and I modified it a bit and this is what I came up with.  (thank you Amy!)

I just loved this card, and I sure hope Rachel did too.  I'm sure she loved the stash inside ... so Happy Birthday, Rachel!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Coloring Down the Lines - Tangerine Tango, Fall into the Grunge

It's that time of the week - blog time!   I hope your week is going well and you're enjoying the weather, no matter where you live.

This week's blog challenge is Tangerine Tango.  I chose the combination of tangerine tango, tempting turquoise, and old olive vs. tangerine tango, so saffron, and pacific point.  I wanted to do something, blending the colors together, and it looked good on the prototype, but when I tried it again, it looked like someone slapped the colors on the paper and there were dauber marks all over.  Boo whoo!  So, I tried something a little different and I'm happy with the outcome.  I call it "Fall into the Grunge".

Were you at Carol's blog before you arrived here?  If not, don't forget to travel back in time and check her's out.  See what you think about mine, and then hop on over to Joni's for her work of art.

Paper:  very vanilla, old olive
Ink:  old olive, tangerine tango, tempting turquoise
Stamp Sets:  magnificent maple, thankful
Accessories:  tangerine tango embossing powder, old olive candy dots, blast from the past satin old olive ribbon, oval framelits

So what do you think?  It's actually more attractive in person, but you get the gist.  Hope you like it.  Until tomorrow, happy stamping!!!

Monday, September 9, 2013

Sympathy for Dwayne

One of our security guards at work lost his father.  Having known Dwayne for a long time, and just found out about his father's passing.  I wanted to make him a card to show him how much I care and express  my deepest, heartfelt sympathy.  It's very hard losing someone you love, so I hope he knows that I'm thinking of him.

Here's the card I made ...

Paper:  perfect plum, whisper white, crumb cake, neutrals dsp in crumb cake
Ink:  old olive, raspberry ripple, stazon black
Stamp Sets:  simply sketched (hostess); thoughts and prayers (inside)
Accessories:  basic pearls

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Warmth and Wonder

I did manage to make another card the other day when I was making the banner for my director's sprinkler the other evening. I wanted to make something for the holiday, so I broke out some colors and started to play.  This is what I came up with - not your usual colors that I would have selected, but they just worked together for this card.  See what you think:

Paper: whisper white, real red, bermuda bay patterned dsp
Ink:  bermuda bay, real red
Stamp Set:  warmth & wonder
Accessories:  stylish stripes EF, scallop trim border punch, basic rhinestones

So how simple was that for the card?  I cute the Christmas tree out and put it on dimensionals, and then added the rhinestones for a little bling and whola!  Hope you like it.  It's a cute stamp set .. and if you don't own it, hopefully you'll get it as a hostess gift ... hint hint!  Until tomorrow .... keep on dreaming.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Coloring Down the Lines - Rich Razzleberry

It's been at least a week since I've done any posting, and I apologize if you've stopped by and haven't had anything new to view.  I've been so busy with work, and throwing a "sprinkler" for our director and his family who finally had their adoption of a cute little girl go through a couple weeks ago.  I'm in charge of decorations (guess you didn't see that coming), but never-the-less, I spelled the little girl's name wrong and have to do the banner all over again - well just the last 3 letters.  Oh dummy, I called my self.  I had it written on a sticky note the correct way, and don't ask me why I added an extra letter - smack in the middle of the banner.  O well .. at least the Sprinkler isn't until Friday - but my evenings are all booked up till Thursday, which doesn't leave me much time.

Now that you know what I've been up to, I did manage to participate in our blog hop this week - YEAH!  The color combination this week is rich razzleberry, pumpkin pie, and old olive, or ... rich razzleberry, basic gray, and basic black.  I chose the first color choice, and thought it reminded me of Halloween, so I kept with that idea.

I guess you just came from Carol's blog - and hopefully you got some nice inspiration there.  Here is my entry for the hop ... and I hope you like it.  I thought it was simple, and yet, so cute.

Card Recipe
Paper:  rich razzleberry, old olive patterned dsp, very vanilla, pumpkin pie
Ink:  pumpkin pie, old olive, and rich razzleberry
Stamp Set:  halloween happiness
Accessories:  deco labels framelit, itty bitty punches (flower), basic rhinestones that are colored with an orange sharpie (unfortunately you can't see them in the picture - they are in the center of the rich razzleberry flowers); and stylish stripes EF

Simple it is, but it turned out cute.  Can you see that I popped the smiling pumpkin out a bit with a dimensional?  He looked much better that way, and the card looks so much better in person than in the picture.  

Well, let's hop on over to see what Joni conjured up for us this week.  She's usually way ahead of the game, so I can't wait to see what she made.  Cheerio for now!!!!!