Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Family Love

So, I'm still on a creative kick... and using things I have. This accordion picture frame is something I made using my Accucut Machine and some Designer card stock from my stash ( which by the way isn't growing, but I don't seem to be putting a dent in....)

I covered the Heavy weight chipboard die cuts with card stock, ink the edges, and then pulled out my flourish stamps form Autumn Leaves. I have had this set for a year or so and it is still my go to set for flourishes! After a little digging, I came up with 2 chipboard pieces from a set I bought at Micheal's a couple of years ago ( you know- one of those things you just have to have because you have a 40% off coupon?) I covered the chipboard with card stock, inked the edges, and stamped flourishes on them. I punched 2 scalloped ovals, and stamped family and love on them, inked the edges and adhered them. Then the "aha" light came on- I had just purchased a Martha Stewart butterfly punch- what a perfect embellishment for the frames.

Hope you have a wonderful day!

Friday, June 5, 2009

Something to Crow about

I got on a country, shabby chic, vintage kick last week. Ever wonder why you are drawn to a stamp? Don't know why but I love roosters- and no, I don't have a single rooster in my house ( not that I wouldn't want a few- but DH would think that was tacky)
I bid on this stamp at a crop event last month, and won! Only took me a month to use it - ya, I'm what you call a speedy Gonzales.
Ok- now for the details, Kraft cardstock, Jenni Bowlin paper(love it), Chili cardstock, Cream cardstock, May Arts ribbon, Black ink, and last but not least, Stamp'n up retired stamp.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

School Days

I made this mini album a few weeks ago. I'm trying to use things that I just had to have! Come on- you all know you do it- gotta buy the newest gadget or paper.... I am the world worst at this. This project used a few of those "I just got to have it" things.
The first gadget I used was my Grand Mark Accucut Machine to die cut the mini folders for my book base. They are suppose to fold in half, but.... I tried something new with the die- not bad if I say so my self! Next I used up some paper from the Grade School Paper pad by Die Cuts with a View. To finish off my project, I bound it with my Bind it All ( yes I just had to have it also). Hope you enjoy!

Thursday, May 21, 2009


Gotta love a bargain! I was out and about last week and stopped in Micheal's on a whim.... everybody knows you have to check out their dollar stamps- and low and behold I found a few that I liked.
I inked the cupcake top with tangerine ink and then rolled my chestnut roan ink pad along the top of the icing and the rest of the stamp- kind of gave it a out- line effect. I finished it up by coloring the liner and cherry with my copics.
The saying is from a clear set by Hero Arts. It fits the image quite nice if I might say so myself.

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Beach Cruiser

When I lived in Japan my husband purchase me a bright red cruiser bike- complete with the fat tires and wire basket. Loved that bike, no gears to mess up, a little bell to let people know you where coming, just the basics. We got rid of it this year- one too many global and cross country moves. This stamp reminded me of my favorite bike, so I just had to have it.

In honor of my cruisers memory, I made my card sweet and simple also. I stamped the image once in Chestnut Roan. Colored the top bike with blue and then over stamped the first image. Inked the edges, double matted and attached a simple twill ribbon and button. Hope it brings back memories of a simpler time. Have a great day.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Dreaming of a Tropical Paradise

The weather here in Maryland has turned cooler with rain, so I am dreaming of a beach in the Caribbean!

I have always loved warm sunny places and fantasize about living on a small tropical island where life slows down, you can comb the beach and find wonderful shells and sea glass treasures, and where sipping fruity drinks with an umbrella is the norm, not the exception. Since that is not the reality at this time in my life, I decided to make a card to whisk me away....

I hope it transfers you to a warm and tropical place also.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Special Visitors

I was able to put my space back together for The Spring Card Class yesterday. Good thing because I had a few special visitors, Shirlee and Bob Hagen, from my old stomping grounds in Oak Harbor, Washington stop in to take the class. Those of you that have following my blog- (I know, there is not many of you) might remember me mentioning Shirlee using the saying " pink and green makes me scream".

Shirlee and Bob fit right in with my new friends out here in Maryland, Tammy and Sue. I don't know what it is about stampers, but we all just kinda have an instant bond, like old friends who can just pick up where they left off. I think everybody had a good time.... we showed Shirlee some new things we had found, and Shirlee told us about some new things she had found... Oh- and by the way, those new things are now on order!

Shirlee, Tammy and Sue left my house with a box of goodies that I was de-stashing (sorry Bob and the other husbands) and I know that my old toys are in good hands and will be used.