Thursday, March 20, 2008

Happy Spring!

Yesterday I asked my husband if he had seen any robins yet. I hadn't seen any yet, and he told me, rather gloomily, that he hadn't either. This morning, which is a gorgeously sunny but crisp day here, as I was taking the dog for a walk, I saw not one, but about a dozen robins in the field near our house! I guess their flight got in last night. I was so delighted, I told the dog about them. I don't think she cared. ;)

I made up a bunch of these little treat holders for our family who is coming to dinner on Easter Sunday. I thought they came out very cute. I didn't get overly creative on these; I just followed the tutorial by Beate on SCS. You can find it here. They are easy to make, and not too time consuming. I used one of my only Easter sets, a retired set from SU!, Funny Bunny, and a retired SU! wheel, Blossoms and Bugs. I used a bit of Cotton Candy Stickles on the dots and a pink Spica glitter on the nose. If you click on the photo to make it larger, you can see the glitter better. I love those Spica glitter markers! The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink's Mixed Messages. I had to get that set because Debbie Olsen kept using it on many of her fabulous cards. I love little tags, and this set is perfect for little tags. Debbie is a very talented artist. If you haven't seen her work, check out her blog for some wonderful inspiration.

I have to go enjoy the first day of spring, because we have a winter storm warning posted for tonight and tomorrow here in northern Illinois. They are predicting between 6 and 10 inches of snow. Yikes! Hope those robins brought their overcoats! If I don't post again before Sunday, I wish everyone a very blessed Easter. Thanks for visiting!

Stamps: Funny Bunny and Bugs and Blossoms wheel by SU!, Mixed Messages by Papertrey Ink.
Ink: Stazon Black, Certainly Celery and Chocolate Chip ink pads, and Pretty in Pink reinker
Paper: Certainly Celery, Apricot Appeal, Pretty in Pink, Confetti White
Extras: SU! scallop punch, 1 1/4" and 1 3/8" circle punches, Lt. Pink narrow grosgrain ribbon, Ranger Cotton Candy Stickles, Pink Spica glitter marker, decorative edge scissors.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Fast Thank You

This cute little note was a snap to make. It came in a sampler card kit sent to me by Creating Keepsakes. Everything you need to make 5 cards is in the kit. I needed a thank you note for my sister and brother-in-law. This is the sister with whom I did the enrichment club. She said I did all the work, and she was my Vanna, so they took us out to dinner at Roberto's, a nice little Italian place. It was very nice of them to treat us.

None of the cards in the kit require any stamping. This card included an acetate sheet that had the "f" and the sentiment already printed on it. The holes were pre-punched in the acetate and the paper. It even came with a little instruction booklet. The kit came in a solicitation offer: "The card kit is your to keep, just for previewing... blah, blah, blah.

I like the idea of the acetate. I may try some of the new SU! rub ons on some acetate and layer it on a card.

My posts have decreased a bit due to lack of computer time. We only have one computer online right now, and my boys have had a lot of assignments lately for which the internet is required. In fact, I have to finish up this post quickly because Adam will be returning home from Scouts soon, and will need to finish his Biology homework. Can't stand in the way of progress! Thanks for visiting!

Sampler Card Kit by Lisa Bearnson from Creating Keepsakes

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

A Special Get Well

I made this card for my brother-in-law's 86 year old mother, who had hernia surgery last Friday. She is doing extremely well. I worked last weekend, so I popped up to see her on my break on Saturday. She was sitting up in her chair doing a crossword puzzle! I thought maybe they had postponed her surgery, but no, she had it on Friday. She said she didn't like laying around in the bed. So I brought her some flowers on Sunday, and made this card for her on Sunday night. When I went to bring her the card on Monday, she was already moved to the rehab unit. By Tuesday she was walking down the hall. I'm so glad that she is doing so well.

I used SU!'s Fabulous Flowers set on this card, embossing the large flower with Judikins Black Diamond embossing powder. You can see the embossing better in the close up.
The only layer on this card is a piece of BasicGrey from the Stella Ruby collection. I used SU Blue Bayou, Cool Caribbean, and River Rock
to coordinate with the colors in the patterned paper.

I cut out the flower and popped it up with dimensionals. A few triangle eyelets to pick up the petal design in the flower and a bit of River Rock ribbon completes this card.
Thanks for visiting. I hope you have a great weekend!

Stamps: Fabulous Flowers and Sincere Salutations, both by SU
Ink: Basic Black and Versamark
Paper: River Rock, Blue Bayou, and Cool Caribbean CS, Stella Ruby DP by BasicGrey
Extras: Triangle Eyelets, River Rock double stitched ribbon, SU keytag punch, Judikins Black Diamond embossing powder

Friday, March 7, 2008

Authentic Birthday

Sometimes I have a hard time coming up with masculine cards. Since I have four boys and a husband, that could be a problem.

I used SU!'s Stamp of Authenticity set for this card. I created a tag to stamp the order image on. Daniel is our 2nd son, and after I filled in the info on the tag, I thought it would have been cute to put "BOY" under style, instead of his name. I also used Flannel Plaid by SU! on the top part of the card. The bottom background is done with a TP background technique that I found
here on Leslie Miller's blog. I like to use it for a quick background, to add some interest, but not any particular design to a piece of card stock. To get the edge on the violet piece, I removed the corner guard from my square steps pocket punch and used it along the edge of the card stock.

I'm sorry that my posts have slowed a bit, but I've had funerals, concerts,hospital visits, and extra time at work this week, so my stamping time has been limited. I am working this weekend, so I may not have time to post. Have a great weekend and don't forget to change your clocks!

Stamps: Stamp of Authenticity, Flannel Plaid, Short Order Numbers, all by SU!
Basic Grey, Old Olive, Buckaroo Blue
Paper: Marigold Morning,Buckaroo Blue, Vintage Violet, Old Olive, Confetti White
Extras: Eyelets,1/2 inch, Tag Corner and Square Steps Pocket Punch