Monday, August 20, 2007

Grammy's Birthday Card

My Grandmother turned 80 yesterday. She is still full of life, and her personality is a cross between espresso and lemonade. LOL! This is the card I made for her. Are you sick of looking at this paper yet? I am crazy about it. I used the sketch that Jen del Muro shared this weekend. You can see it on her blog----> I {heart} 2 Stamp. I used the gift stamp from You Take the Cake by My Favorite Things. (I am experimenting with adding edges to photos...not sure I like the way this one turned out. You'll also see a very faint watermark...still working out the kinks on that.)

Paper: Bazzill tectured cardstock, and Basic Grey Perhaps
Ribbon: Pink Velvet from Michaels
Punches: Marvy Uchida Scallop Giga and Mega
Stamps: You Take the Cake - My Favorite Things


Blog Candy is coming...

1000 hits is near...

watch and see what the prize will be...

details will be clear!!

I won something!!

Oh My Gosh!!! I Won!!! I never win anything (doesn't everyone say that when they DO win something??) LOL Just look at the yummy candy!!!! Yahoo I can't wait!! :-)

I read about Card Positioning Systems here-----> Durcan Designs. And I have been using the sketches there when I need help jump starting a project. The sketches are given once a week and then you also get updates on submissions made by fabulous stampers using the sketch. I strongly encourage you to check it out and get inspired!!

I have a few projects that I completed over the weekend. I need to snap some pics and then I will share those this afternoon. Have a great day!!

Friday, August 17, 2007

Family Day

No stamping today... maybe once the kids are settled in for the night though.

We had a totally busy day. We were up at the crack of dawn for a delivery of sand for the new sandbox that Ed is building for Zachary. It is going under the tree house that Ed built this spring. My hubby is awesome! He built this all by himself! *grin*

After the sand was delivered we piled into Ed's truck and brought some banquet tables to an indoor sports facility that my dad owns. Then from there we drove to Lawrence to see a B-17 from WW2. DH and I think it is so important for our children to have a working knowledge of our history. (I was a history major.) So we jump on every chance we get to explore "living" history with them. Here is a pic of the Aluminum Overcast. I took video while dh did the pics. If I can figure out how to upload video here I will do it.

The afternoon was spent at a birthday party, and then some much deserved pool time for Ed and the kids. I cooked away the afternoon for the five of us, plus for a dear friend who is recuperating from surgery and her family. We all ate like kings, baked ham, asparagus, carrots, Lemon Chicken Rice soup and fruit salad for dessert. Yum!

While reading my ever growing list of favorite blogs I came across a fun game at Lauren's (My Time) Blog. So I'm gonna have some fun with this and then try to sneak away for some stamping...

The object of the game is like Scattegories! You have to think of answers that start with the first letter of your FIRST Name!

Your Name: Allison

Famous Artist/Band/Musician: Alison Krauss

4 letter word: Amor

Vehicle: Acura

TV SHOW: According to Jim

City/Town: Augusta

Boy Name: Alexander

Girl Name: Adeline

Occupation: Accountant

Something you wear: Attitude (bwahahahaha!)

Celebrity: Alan Jackson

Food: Apples

Something found in a kitchen: Applesauce (lame, sorry)

Reason for Being Late: Atrociously behaving children (yes, mine do behave badly from time to time!)

Cartoon Character: Arthur

Something You Shout: AWESOME!!!

Go play now! Have fun!!

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Who needs a new HUGE tv?

Five Minutes for Mom is giving away a 37" mega-mondo TV! Yes it is FREE! All you have to do is visit this link>>>>>>> Five Minutes for Mom for all the details.

The tv was donated by Best Buy (click on Best Buy to view the TV)

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Another Lizzie Anne creation

I am just crazy about the Au Naturale Set from Lizzie Anne Designs, which you can purchase here>>> Jacksonbelle Embellishments These stamps are [i]fabtastical!![/i]

Here is another project I put together. It was so quick and easy! I covered three coasters front and back with Rose Red Designer Prints Paper from Stampin' Up! and then sanded the edges to make them look a little shabby. I use mono multi when I am adhering a large area of paper to chipboard, I find that it holds really well, and I love the little bit of slip time you have. The adhesive stays slippery just long enough so that you can make sure your edges are lined up or your borders are even. I am so alignment challenged! I can't even tell you how many cards I had to pitch because I destroyed them using double stick adhesive tapes and had things all lopsided. are more details...the coasters are four inches square. I used my crop-a-dile to punch the holes. Very nice tool, if you don't have one, you need to get one! LOL!! The chipboard photo corner is colored with certainly celery classic ink from Stampin' Up! and then punched with the crop-a-dile and finished with pewter eyelets. I stamped the butterfly on a piece of scrap cardboard that came in a patterned paper pack. then colored it with SU! markers. The ribbons are SU! as well.

Busy, Busy Butterfly

I have been busy getting the children ready for back-to-school. This is the first year that all three will be attending. Zachary is starting the 3-year-old pre-school program two mornings a week, Sophia is in Kindergarten four afternoons per week and Adrianna is in first grade all day. I intend to change my address to: Me, On The Road, All Over Town, NH. Just look for the zippy green mini-van. I'll be the one trying to outrun the police, LOL! Totally kidding!!

I had another run in with the electricity last night as I was putting the finishing touches on this card:

Lindsey was having a card contest at her blog Embellished and I think it ended last night at midnight...Well as I was getting ready to snap pictures to email to Lindsey the lights went out. As you may have read about a month ago I was up in the attic in my stamp room and the lights went out. It is black as a cave on a moonless night up there when the lights go out. I could not find my flashlight in the dark (I now must invest in a tool belt so that I can wear the darn flashlight!) Anyway I sat up there still as stone having a major anxiety attack. I was afraid to make a sound, so I sat there silent until I heard Ed come up to the bedroom. He flashed the flashlight on the bed and saw I wasn't in it and realized I was up in the the dark...alone! I finally found my voice and called out to him. He said this morning he will never forget the look on my face for as long as he lives. I was shaking from head to toe apparently, as well.

So, this card is going to serve as a reminder to me for several things:
1. keep the flashlight within reach.
2. never wait until the last minute to take pictures for a contest submission
3. get some big girl panties...seriously, what was going to happen to me in the attic of my own house??? sheesh, I'm a ninny!

Layout-Modified Z-Fold
Stamps- Lizzie Anne Designs (contest requirement) I purchased mine from Lindsey here>>> Jacksonbelle Embellishments
Paper- Bazzill Cardstock, Basic Grey Beatrice Patterned Cardstock (Perhaps Collection)
Accessories- Word Window Punch, Silver Brads, Light Pink Grosgrain Ribbon (all SU!) Giga Scallop and Mega Plain Circle Punches (Marvy) Palette Ink, Dimensionsals

Thursday, August 9, 2007

You Take the Cake

I am in love with the simple, clean look of white space. I am continually drawn to images of handmade cards that look like my card on the left. I used the You Take the Cake set from My Favorite Things. I stamped the image on the front of the card and then colored it with Prisma's and Gamsol. I wasn't quite happy with the look so I then stamped the image again on Stampin' Up!'s Designer Prints Almost Amethyst paper and trimmed it to look like wallpaper behind the cake diva. I then added Icicle Stickles and Light Orchid Ribbon (SU!)

This was my first attempt at Paper Piecing and I think I have a new technique addiction! Wowzers!!

I hope you have a great weekend. I hope to get a bit of stamping done. I want to make "Welcome Back" cards for the teachers using the Back to School Set from MFT...I"ll have to get creative for the male teachers though...LOL! DH is taking Zach to a John Deere gathering (I say gathering sarcastically) on Saturday. They are going to test drive all the latest and greatest in farm equipment, so I figure it won't be as civilized as a gathering. So the girls and I will craft the day away. :-D

Monday, August 6, 2007

Another ATC

This is the second ATC I did for the Summer Fun ATC swap I hosted at A Shade of Blue. I had actually done this for an In Color (SU!) swap that never panned out so I filled in a spot on my swap with it. I love how fresh and simple it is.

Premium White Cardstock (TAC)
Soft Sky and Wild Wasabi Cardstock, Soft Sky Stitched Ribbon, Wild Wasabi, Soft Sky and Pixie Pink Classic Ink, Ticket Corner Punch, Pick a Petal Stamp Set (All SU!)

I'll post another ATC tonight, I need to get a picture though.

Ink you later!

Happy Happy Mail Day!

Oh how happy I am!! I cannot wait to get into my stamp room and go crazy!! These came in the mail today! I have been lusting after My Favorite Things stamps for months...but I had to have the funds in my paypal account (mind games I play on myself) in order to buy some. Well I was prepared for the August 1 release. Yippee Yahoo!!

I can't wait to share some new creations!

Get Inky Today! You Deserve It!!

Altered Paper Clip Swap - Group One

These are the Altered Paper Clips for group one of the swap I hosted at ASB I am so thrilled with this little collection of Clips. They are adorable aren't they? Clockwise from top left...Chan Dalrymple, Jenn Lambert, Patti Talbot, Melanie Robson, and me.

Here is a close up shot of mine. I used Certainly Celery Designer Prints Paper from SU! with coordinating Prima's and a snip of grosgrain ribbon. To make them sturdy I used my Cuttlebug to cut through a piece of thin cardboard (it actually came in the package of Outlaw paper I just received, you know, to keep the paper nice and flat.) I adhered the CC Designer paper to the cardboard and then used those big fat glue dots as the middle to hold the front and back together with the clip in the middle. The ribbon and brads are also SU!, the clips are from target.