Thursday, July 30, 2009

Sympathy Card

This past week, my eldest aunt on my mom's side passed away.

I have made this card before--it is a CASE from SCS, sponging Close to Cocoa to give it an antique look, but I wanted it to be a little softer this time so instead I used Perfect Plum.

Card Recipe:

Ink: Perfect Plum

Stampin' Write Markers: Perfect Plum, Pale Plum and Mellow Moss

Cardstock: Whisper White, Mellow Moss, Pale Plum, Perfect Plum

Stamps: Thoughts and Prayers, En Francais, Sanded

Accessories: mat pack, paper piercer, moss 1/4" grosgrain ribbon, sponge, scallop oval and large oval punch


This month, my mother-in-law, two sister-in-laws and I decided that we were going to start a monthly card SWAP. We all live at a distance from one another now, so we don't get to show off our creations or get together as much anymore. I'm excited to see what they come up with for AUGUST!

My Mother-in-Law, Caroline's card. (She used Flower Soft....isn't it pretty?)

I love my sister-in-law, Julie's version of the flower pot. I love the BIG flowers.

Great minds think alike?? Here's my flower pot

This is Joni's card. I love the colors she used. She's great at incorporating embellishments. I need to get some tips from her.

After the Storm

Last Friday night, Southwestern Wisconsin had some strong storms roll through with golf ball size hail, winds in excess of 65 mph and rain....ohhh how did rain. There were a lot of crops destroyed, along w/ homes and buildings damaged. In the county where we live, they used snow plows to remove the hail from the highways!

My sister, Laurie lost her vegetable garden, an apple tree and her flowers . She has an amazing green thumb--her yard is GORGEOUS so this is quite a loss. They also received moderate damage to their home. The hail came at an angle with such force she has holes in her siding and the 'grit' from the shingles on the roof was laying on the front sidewalk.

We live about 45 miles east of them and all we had has rain and a little wind. Dani, my 16 y/o daughter, was outside right after the rain stopped and the sun was setting. The sky was amazing to look at after the storm.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Cheep Talk Birdhouse

I have been wanting to make a birdhouse card. I have seen so many cute bird cards lately and Cheep Talk was sitting on my shelf calling my name....

This morning while Evan was napping, I went downstairs and this is what I came up with. I think it's missing something, but I couldn't decide what. Any ideas?

I found the problem and added a scallop edge to the roof and a little flower... ahhhh...much better. LOL

Card Recipe:

Stamps: Cheep Talk

Cardstock: Tempting Turquoise, Certainly Celery, Whisper White

Ink: Rose Red pad, Rose Red and Certainly Celery Stampin' Write Markers (flower)

DSP: So Saffron and Certainly Celery

Accessories: brads, scallop circle punch, 1" and 1 1/4" circle punches and dimensionals

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Late Night Stampers Designers

Wanna see cards and creations by some the most talented stampers out there? Well here is a list of the most AMAZING stampers you will find ANYWHERE.

LNS (Late Night Stampers) Designers

1.Gretchen Barron
2. Barbara Dondero
3. Tammy Fite
4. Judy Jackson
5. Mary Brown
6.Sarah Wills
7.Selene Kempton
8.Virginia Killmore
9. Elizabeth Sloman
10.Marisol Gutierrez
11. Dawn Bullock
12.Sandi MacIver
13.Stephanie Sullins
14.Susan Shields
15. Rebekah "Becky" Jens en
16. Heidi Michel
17. Barb Slaughter
18. Lisa Milliron 19 Connie Babbert
20 Nancy Dawson
21 Bethany Keeney
22 Kirsten Brown
23. Mary Jo Price-Williams
24. Elizabeth Hurst
25. Vivian Swain

My First Online SWAP

I received my first online SWAP cards on Friday. I think I got some cute ones. What do you think? :)

Cherie made these adorable cards using the glitter stack from DCWV, I believe.

Alicia made these two card... I love the Congrats card w/ the cuttlebugged top

Marie made this cute birthday card using a retired SU! stamp. A girl after my own heart.

Amy made this pretty sunflower card using vellum!

Wendy (me) couldn't help herself and made some more butterfly cards! :)

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Upsy Daisy CASE

I had to CASE this card when I saw it on SCS. Pam Varnell "stampingpam" is the original creator of this card. After falling in love with this card, I visited Pam's blog and found out that she is another AMAZING stamper! Go visit her if you get a chance.
My favorite colors are pink and green and had no idea that they were such a perfect color combination. I absolutely loved the Pink Pirouette and Kiwi Kiss In-Colors from the last catalog and find that I have to retrain myself, because my go-to colors are gone. :(
I thought this would be the perfect card for a 97 year old woman from my church that recently fell and broke her arm. I hope she enjoys the card as much as I enjoyed making it.
Card Recipe:
Stamps: Upsy Daisy
CS: Kiwi Kiss, Pink Pirouette, Whisper White, Chocolate Chip
Ink: Kiwi Kiss, Chocolate Chip Craft Ink, Chocolate Chip, Pink Pirouette
Accessories: gold brads, mat pack and paper piercer, Kiwi Kiss and Pink Pirouette DSP, embossing powder, sponges, heat gun

Monday, July 13, 2009

My Angel Policy Stamp

This is my new personalized ANGEL POLICY stamp. I was really disappointed when I found out my name was TOO LONG for the cutest little butterfly angel policy stamp in the new SU! catalog I called SU! to inquire about it and it was a no go on the butterfly. BUT I had an IDEA! Could I make my own stamp angel policy stamp using their other personalized stamps? YES!! I picked the little tree so I could ink it up for the changing seasons. I LOVE IT! Isn't it cute?

Thursday, July 9, 2009

What My Stamping Room REALLY looks like...

Everyone said my stamping room was TOO NEAT. lol.... I bet no one can say that now. :) I have a lot of cards pre-cut and ready to assemble that I have been working on for customers. So whenever Evan is sleeping, I head down there and assemble. Unfortunately, my boy is a catnapper and not much gets done in that 15-20 minute stretch. When he wakes up, I just drop what I'm doing (as you can tell by the picture) and head back upstairs to get him.
Today, my goal is to make a place big enough to finish my flower pot cards that I started last night.
My Sister-in-Law is coming back to Wisconsin this weekend for our belated 4th of July celebration and is dying to see my stamping area. She'll die all right! LOL

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Flower Pot Card

Patty Bennett shared this sweet little terra cotta flower pot awhile back and I just had to try it. Thanks for the inspiration, Patty! If you haven't checked out her blog you definitely should. Here's the link for the flower pot tutorial on Patty's blog.

I made this card for the July SWAP I am doing w/ my in-laws. My sister-in-laws and my mother-in-law all stamp! Now you know why I love my in-laws.

Card Recipe:

Stamps: Kind & Caring Thoughts
Stampin' Write Markers: Old Olive, Brocade Blue
Ink: Dusty Durango
Cardstock: Whisper White, Old Olive, Brocade Blue, Dusty Durango
Accessories: Always Artichoke 1/4" ribbon, brayer, eyelet edge punch, dimensionals & Old Olive DSP

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

A Blog Award from Ann Fitton!

I am so excited. I logged into my blog to find that I received an award from Ann Fitton! As a new blogger, it is quite an honor to be recognized. Thank you! You can visit Ann at . She makes incredible cards! I'm glad she found me so I can now go and visit her blog and look at her beautiful creations.
The best part of receiving this award is passing it on to others who love to stamp and also love to share their creations through their blogs.
There are some 'guidelines' when you receive this award:
"Accept the award, post it on your blog together with the name of the person who has granted the award, and his or her blog link.

Pass the award to 15 other blogs that you’ve newly discovered. Remember to contact the bloggers to let them know they have been chosen for this award."
Here are my bloggers that I choose for this award:
Rachel Stamps (Rachel B.)
A Stamp Above (Kelly A.)
Cards & Things (Krista D.)
In My Craft Room (Glenda M.)
Glenda's Blog (Glenda C.)
My Creations (Ilina C.)
The Happy Room (Kathie M.)
I'm SOS (Shelly S.)
Go and visit these talented stampers!
Happy Stamping!

Made for me :)

I love getting cards in the mail. It is such a good feeling to open the mailbox and know that someone has thought of you. My MIL and friend, Caroline is good at making my day brighter. She sends me cards and not just any cards--HOMEMADE CARDS! I love this card that she sent to thank me for her birthday gift. Wouldn't receiving this card make your day too?!
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