Friday, February 27, 2009

Color Inspiration, Weekend Sketch and More New Stamps

Hi again all!

Back again very quickly to share my creation for Color Inspiration and the Weekend Sketch Challenge. I changed the panels on the weekend sketch, simply because it worked better for me. I liked the colors Kristina chose. I had a hard time figuring out how to incorporate the olive, though. That's why I only used a small piece of it. I also wanted to try my hand at some bleaching techniques that I'd seen done lately as well. For the piece on the left with the sentiment, I sprayed a piece of Ruby Red card stock lightly with a mist of bleach and let that dry. Then I sprayed the paper with water and crumpled it up. I straightened the paper and pressed basic brown, and Ruby Red ink pads over the paper and let the paper dry. Finally I sponged some Old Olive ink around the top and bottom edges. I inked the sentiment from "Echoes of Kindness" in black ink in the center. For the panel on the right I took another stamp from the same set and simply stamped it in bleach on to the paper. The rest is fairly straightforward, so I won't bore you with all the details. So, that's all for my creativity today...I'm off to start prepping my GH chatter post. (General Hospital fans make sure you stop back by today or tomorrow for all the latest news and scoops!)

Gotta Love New Stamps:


Good Morning Everyone!

Once again, I apologize for not getting a chance to post yesterday; but I was busy busy having fun fun fun with my new stamps!! Oh, how I love to see the brown truck pull up in front of my house!! I made these two cards and I also made a little card stock purse, which I haven't taken a picture of yet; but I will try to a little later when the light's a bit better. The two new sets I got in my most recent order are "Sip by Sip" and "Lovely as a Tree". I know, it's hard to believe that I just got this set.
Another new thing that I got in my order was some water color crayons. This is the first time I've used these and I'll admit there is still a bit of a learning curve with those. I used them on my Sip by Sip card for the little coffee cups. I colored them with the crayons and then brushed a piece of water color paper with a little bit of water and then stamped the image. I also used some markers and the aqua painters again to get the colors the way I wanted. I will definitely be experimenting more with these. The "Happy Hellos" in the quote bubble didn't quite fit; but by then I wasn't going back to do the whole image again.

For the "Thank you" card I used versa mark and my Stampin Pastels for the tree image. Simple and easy; but I liked the elegant appearance of the card. The rest of the card was fairly straight forward.
Ok, so that's all for me right now. I will be back later with Beate's weekend sketch, color inspiration and Friday GH Chatter!

Supplies: (Sip by Sip)
Paper: Pumpkin Pie, Cocoa, Eggplant and Saffron, water color paper
Stamps: Basic Backgrounds, Sip by Sip
Ink: Pumpkin Pie, Cocoa
Accessories: Pumpkin Pie and Elegant Eggplant ribbon, water color crayons, aqua painters

Supplies: (Lovely as a Tree)
Paper: Always Artichoke, Mellow Moss, Bravo Burgundy, Apricot Appeal.
Accessories: Versa Mark and Chalk, moss eyelets.

Recipe Thursday: Baked Pasta Florentine.

Ok, yes I know it's Friday; but I forgot to post one yesterday. This week's recipe is from one of my Paula Deen cookbooks. I actually haven't tried this one yet; but it sounds good. Try it and let me know what you think.

Baked Pasta Florentine:

Ingredients:

1 package frozen spinach
1 Tbsp plus 1/2 cup veg oil
1 1/2 lbs ground beef
1 onion chopped
1 clove garlic minced
1 jar pasta sauce
1 8 oz can tomato sauce
1 can tomato sauce
salt/pepper
1 package seashell macaroni
1 cup shredded sharp cheese
1/2 cup breadcrumbs
2 eggs, well beaten.

Directions:

Cook the spinach according to package directions, drain, reserving the liquid and adding enough water to measure 1 cup and set aside.
In a large pot, heat the 1 Tbsp of oil over medium heat and brown the beef, onion and garlic, then drain.
Stir the spinach liquid, pasta sauce, tomato sauce, paste and salt/pepper into the meat mixture.
Simmer 10 minutes, then cover and set aside.
Cook the macaroni according to directions, drain and return to the pot.
Add the spinach, cheese, breadcrumbs, eggs and the 1/2 cup of oil ; stir gently to combine well.
Spread the mixture in a lightly in a 13 x 9 dish. Top with the meat sauce and bake at 350 for 30 minutes.
Enjoy!



Wednesday, February 25, 2009

A Quick Share


Hi Everyone!

I'm so sorry for being MIA the past few days. I've been in and out and Tyler's been sick and just a lot going on. I did have time today to sit and do a couple of things; but now I'm on my way back out the door again. So, I'm just posting these very quickly this afternoon. I am so excited, though because I got a visit from the man in the brown truck!!! Yes, yes indeed...I am the proud owner of new stamps and more accessories. The chef in the card I am sharing today, is actually part of the set that my Mom ordered. I have a funny feeling though, that he'll be making is way into my collection, very soon!
Have a fantastic evening and I'll be back tomorrow with Recipe Thursday and more fun creations!

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Mojo Monday...Tuesday Morning.



Good Morning Everyone!

I wasn't able to post yesterday because I was gone in the morning and then my son is sick, so I didn't get a chance to really start working on my Mojo Monday sketch until last night. I was so excited that I got the chance to play with my new "Our Craft Lounge" stamps. This set is called "The Children of the World" and it is the set that I won a couple of weeks ago as part of Cami's Blog Candy release. I was so excited, because it's the first stamp set I've ever won. Isn't it adorable?! I am going to use these to do fun gifts for my Sunday School children before I leave at the end of this year. I know also that I will definitely be checking out more OCL stamp sets, though. The sketch was easy to work with and I was glad that I got a chance to put something together. Anyhow, so here it is. I hope you like it. I will be gone again this morning, but hopefully I will have a chance to dot some stamping this afternoon when I get back. Until then, have a great day everyone!

Supplies:
Stamps: "Children of the World" (OCL),Basic Backgrounds
Paper: Sage Shadow, Barely Banana, Not Quite Navy, Ruby Red
Ink: Ruby Red, Black, Banana,
Accessories: Watercolor Pencils, Blender Pens, Lil Davis Ribbons,corner rounder, circle punch.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

OCC Thank you Tag Challenge


Good afternoon everyone!

Just a quick post on this wonderful Sunday afternoon to share my creation for yesterday's OCC challenge. For this week's challenge we had to use a tag of some sort...any sort and put it on our card somewhere. I chose a thank you tag from a retired set "Terrific Tags". I used my tag punch to create the backing. I watercolored the flower from "Fruit Stand" with aquapainters and ink pads.
So, nothing fancy; but I hope you like it. Be sure to check out the other OCC entries and have a great day. I'll be back tomorrow for Mojo Monday!

Supplies:
Paper: Baja Breeze, Saffron, Ruby Red, Vanilla
Stamps: Best yet, Terrific Tags, Fruit Stand, Stitched Background
Accessories: Basic Grey Ribbon, grosgrain ribbon, Tag punch.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Friday GH Chatter



Hi Everyone!

It's time once again for our weekly GH chatter session. What a whirlwind week in Port Charles! It's hard to believe that it's not even sweeps month yet. Apparently, sweeps month isn't actually until next month. Not sure how they're going to top the bioxtoxin leaking exploding hospital storyline; but I'm sure GH won't let us down!
So, here we go. Here are a few of my favorite stand out moments and as always a couple of frustrations as well. What were your favorite moments?

--I can't get over how different Rebecca is from Emily. Very intriguing indeed.
--Cannot, cannot believe Luke STILL doesn't know about the fire. He's a major player on the canvas of the show and he should have been involved, at least somehow. I wonder if that was a writers decision or if AG didn't want to be involved in it.
--I really liked the scene with Patrick and Sonny at the hospital. I thought it was good and very heartfelt.
--Did you notice how quick Robin was to pass of Emma to her Daddy for feeding? She's definitely not cured.
--I was quite happy to see Spinelli survive the hospital catastrophe. I thought the reunion scene with Maxie was quite sweet.
--Glad to see Edward without a hat.
--Good laugh out scene with Jax and Carly in the elevator
--I was happy to see Diane and Max together again
--Kudos to GH for promoting heart healthy month.
--Loved the Max and Carly/Jax bedroom scenes!
--I wonder how many times Max can say "Campbell's heart healthy" in a sentence.
--Is it just me, or is Kate starting to turn into the uninvited guest that just won't go away?

Here's what I've heard around the net this week. What have you heard lately?

--NASCAR's Jeff Burton will appear on an upcoming episode in March. He will be playing himself and will be interacting with Patrick. Check out this article for more information.
--Yes, Michael will be waking up. Not sure when yet, though.
--Yes, Kristina is being aged, no casting news as of yet.
--Bruce Weitz (Anthony) is leaving GH; but not before he takes Claudia hostage.
--Claire Coffee (Nadine) is also leaving; but she has already been cast in an upcoming ABC medical comedy.
--Tracy takes a liking to Ethan
--Robin's PPD storyline continues into March in a very prominent way.
--Rumor is that Rebecca is an undercover FBI agent.
--We've not heard the last of the Equinox Corporation. Don't forget that the Nikolas and the Cassadines still hold the patent (Aunt Rayline's machine) that they want.
--There are some skeletons in Agent Raynor's closet.
--JASAM or Liason??
--Check out Soaps in Depth
to post a question for Maurice Benard.
--Finally, Jason and Sonny work out a deal and work together again.
--Look for Maxie's dream episodes to begin next Tuesday.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Beate's Weekend Sketch #69


Hi Everyone and TGIF!

It's time again for another weekend sketch from Beate. Have I mentioned that I am so happy that she is doing these again!! So a big thank you to Beate for providin us stampers with creative inspiration once again. This week's sketch is easy and fun to work with. I think I'm going to try to use it again a bit later today for some more creativity. The card really is as straight forward as it appears. I stamped the Brocade Blue base with my "Fine Lace" Background stamp...my favorite background stamp! Then I added the mustard layers at the top and bottom. I stamped the image from the Upsy Daisy set in Brocade Blue first and then stamped it again a bit off center in Night of Navy to get the shadowy effect. I scalloped the edges of the Mellow Moss piece with my corner rounder. (No, I do not yet own the scalloped edge punch. Sad, I know; but true)
Anyways, just a clean and simple card to share today. I hope you like it. Be sure to visit Beate's Blog and check out all the other fantastic creations. Have a great day and don't forget to check back later for Friday GH chatter for the latest General Hospital scoops and news. (Not to mention a couple of my own opinions)

Supplies:
Paper:Brocade Blue, Mellow Moss, Mostly Mustard,Night of Navy
Stamps: Upsy Daisy, Simply Said
Ink: Same as Paper
Accessories: Ribbon, Prima Flowers, Moss eyelets.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Color Inspiration and More



Good Morning Everyone!

I hope you are all doing well today. The house is quiet as it is very early yet this morning, so I thought I'd take advantage of the peace and get my post done for today.
It's time again for another Color Inspiration from Kristina Werner. This week the colors she chose were Mostly Mustard, Really Rust, Kiwi Kiss and Whisper White. I really like these colors together and found them easy to work with. I'm also using last week's SCS sketch challenge. Unfortunately, I'm not really sure that I like the final result of my card. I'm not sure why; but I just think it lacks---something. I really wanted to use my Pick a Petal set and I wanted to do something with it a bit different than I normally do. It seems as though I always make the same sort of flower with it. I think perhaps I should have moved it up a bit on the kiwi kiss piece or maybe stamped a bit of a background on the kiwi before I added it. Anyhow, I finally decided that after about an hour of just staring at it, enough was enough and just let it be. I'd love to know what you all think though.
Also, I have another card to share today, totally unrelated to Color Inspriation (but actually kinda close) Just a simple birthday card. Have I mentioned I have 14 March birthday cards to do!! For this card, I wanted to do the Wax Paper Resist technique. I don't know, but maybe the stamping gods just werent' lined up in my favor yesterday. I did 15 cards at Christmas time that used this technique and didn't have a problem at all. This one card yesterday gave me a fit!! Finally got a version that I could work with. It's the green piece at the bottom of the card. I also stamped my "Floral" background piece over it and then rubbed the image with a paper towel.
Ok, so I'm off to finish my coffee and enjoy my last 15 minutes of quiet. Have a great day everyone and thanks for visiting with me!

Supplies: (Color Inspiration)
Paper: Really Rust (base), Mostly Mustard DSP, Kiwi Kiss and Whisper White
Stamps: Best Yet, Pick a Petal
Accessories: Mustard grosgrain ribbon, brads, eyelets

Supplies: (Birthday Wishes)
Paper: Apricot Appeal(base), Cameo Coral, Certainly Celery, Glossy White, Vanilla
Stamps: Heartfelt Thanks, Terrific Tags, Sincere Salutations
Accessories: Brayer, Tag punch, Celery Ribbon, Hemp Twine

Recipe Thursday: Jambalya Fettucine

Good Morning!
Here is your recipe of the week. I hope you enjoy it!

Ingredients:

3 chicken breasts cut into bite size pieces
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp paprika
1/8 tsp garlic powder or onion powder
1/8 tsp red cayenne pepper
1/2 lb med/large shrimp--peeled and deveined
1 box fettucine noodles
1/2lb smoked kielbasa or other smoked sausage cut into small chunks
1 small green (or red) bell pepper chopped
1 small onion chopped
1 1/2 cups chicken broth
2 Tbsp white wine.

Directions:
Combine the salt/pepper, cayenne, paprika and garlic powder and toss with about 1/3 of the seasoning mixture and then repeat with shrimp.
Start the pasta
Sautee chicken in 1 tbsp olive oil over med high heat
Add the shrimp and cook 2-3 mins
Remove the chicken and shrimp from pan and separate
Return the pan to high heat and heat another tbsp of olive oil
Add the sausage, tomato, pepper and onion.
Sprinkle on the remaining spice blend and sautee 5-7 mins.
Return the chicken back to the pan and pour in 3/4 cup of the broth
Cook over high heat until reduced
Add the shrimp back into the pan along with the remaining 3/4 cup of the broth, stirring constantly to pick up all the flavor from the bottom of the pan
Reduce the broth a bit more and lower the heat to simmer
Stir the wine into the pan and let cook for about 5 more minutes.
Serve over Fettucine noodles.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Finally got the Mojo together!


Good Morning Everyone!

I'm so sorry I've been MIA for the past couple of days. Monday was, of course, a holiday and we spent the afternoon hanging out with my mom. We actually did do some stamping; but we decided to mail those cards to my sisters, so I didn't have a chance to bring them home and share them with you. Yesterday was a busy morning taking Tyler to the doctor. He had to have a shot...don't you hate that! Oh my it just makes my mommy heart break every time I have to do it. I started working on my Mojo Monday card yesterday afternoon; but you know what? I just couldn't get it together the way I wanted it. I was definitely Mojo-less! So, I finally finished it a few minutes ago. I think I may make it one of my Easter designs. I really wish that this set had been a regular set and not a hostess set that retired. I think it's a sweet and simple set and yet versatile as well. I stamped the main image in basic brown ink and then used my markers to color it in. I had a bit of a hard time trying to figure out what to do with the Pink Pirouette pieces at the top and bottom. I wanted to keep it simple and so I decided to add the ribbon bows. I knew also that I didn't want to do a large circle at the bottom as indicated by the sketch because the bunny basket image is large. I punched a 1"circle of Perfect Plum and added the prima flower to finish the card.
I hope you like it! Thanks everyone, and have a great day!

Supplies:
Paper: Regal Rose, Kiwi Kiss, Elegant Eggplant, Perfect Plum and Whisper White
Stamps: Serene Spring
Accessories: Ribbon, 1"circle punch, brads

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Two challenges, two sketches and lots of circles

Hi Everyone!

When I heard that Beate was going to be doing her Weekend Sketch Challenges again, I was so happy! I have missed doing them on Fridays and was eager to see what her first new one would be. I should have known that she would choose something with circles! As soon as I saw it, I thought, "Yep, Beate's back!" For this card I chose Baja Breeze, Riding Hood Red, Chocolate Chip and Creamy Caramel. I stamped the background of the card first and then added the two larger circles. Before I adhered the to the base, I punched out 1"circles in chocolate chip and riding hood red and added them to the back of each circle to create a scalloped look. I colored the owl in with aqua painters and ink and then cut him out before placing him on the branches. Finally I added the eyelets and the Kanji "Wisdom" sentiment that I punched out with the tag punch. I thought the owl and the wisdom went well together.
Next for today, is the sketch challenge for Our Creative Corner. Circles is definitely the theme for today! I designed the card around the pattern paper, which unfortunately, I don't really know where it came from. I chose Groovy Guava, Celery and Soft Sky for my coordinating colors. The butterfly image was inked first with Celery and then I rolled the edges with Guava. I actually flipped the circles a bit from the orginal sketch because otherwise my little buzzing bee sentiment didn't sit correctly.
Ok, so that's all for me today. Be sure to check out all the other OCC entries for today and I'll see you all for Mojo Monday!

Supplies: Beates' Card:
Paper: Baja Breeze, Riding Hood Red, Chocolate Chip, Creamy Caramel
Stamps: Goody Goody Gumdrops, Kanji, Best Blossoms, Floral Background,Basic Backgrounds.
Accessories: Chocolate Chip grosgrain ribbon, tag punch, aqua painters, eyelets.

OCC card:
Paper: Groovy Guava, Certainly Celery, Soft Sky
Stamps: Garden Whimsy, The Fine Print, Penny Black Critter Party.
Accessories: Prima Flower, corner rounder and copper eyelet.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Friday GH Chatter


Well, I'm back as promised with this week's edition of GH chatter. I'm actually getting ready to head out the door for dinner with the family soon, so I'm going to have be quick and to the point here....

Ok, so what have I liked and disliked this week?

First, the hospital crisis has definitely been entertaining!
I'm glad to see that Sonny and Jason may finally be heading back to some sort of shaky friendship.
So glad to see Olivia throw that DVD in the fire. I was really tired of hearing about it.
So Emily is now Rebecca? Can't wait to see how that plays out. Wouldn't it be weird if she fell for Jason? Although I've heard a little rumor that she actually develops eyes for Lucky.
Wonder where Anthony is?
Can't say I'm sad to see Trevor fall off the building.
Wonder if Luke is ever going to find out his entire family almost died!
I was so happy to see Robin finally pick up Emma and comfort her. My patience with her was beginning to run thin.
Did you see the Lucky/Liz kiss?

What have I heard around the net lately? Not much really...

Maxie will have a dream about what would have happened if she had died instead of BJ. (See today's picture)
The hospital as we know it, is gone forever. Look for a completely revamped hospital set to be revealed sometime in April.
Be sure to check out General Hospital Happenings (link on right) for a behind the scenes interview with Tyler Christopher (Nikolas)
GH has put out a casting call for a 16 year old dark haired beauty. Wonder if they are getting ready to age Kristina?

I'm almost done with my card for Beate's weekend sketch. I promise to post it tomorrow. Have a great night!

A Jam Packed TGIF!


















Good Morning Everyone!

TGIF!! Hold on to your seats gang, we got a LOT to talk about today!! First of all here's my entry for this week's Color Inspiration. For those of you who don't know, Kristina has decided to keep the Color Inspiration; but will no longer be doing the Round Up. To me, that's fine. I do it to be inspired and to check out all of the other great entries. Mr Linky makes it so easy to do that, so if you haven't had a chance before to check out the other entries, try to make it a point to do that sometime over the next few days. The colors this week are Riding Hood Red, Basic Black, Basic Grey and White. Easy peasy, classic combo. Although I used Real Red instead. I also added a bit of Brilliant Blue, since there was a smidge of it in the photo. Anyhow, I knew I wanted to use my Paper Pretties "Sending you my love" Stamp; but I also knew that it would be cutting it close to send it to anyone for Valentine's Day. Then I received wonderful news from a dear friend who just found out she's expecting again. This is her third attempt. The first one she miscarried early, the second one was a 2nd trimester miscarriage, leading to a preterm birth that resulted in a stillborn birth. I swear I cried for days after I got that news from her. So, I'm sending all my love and best wishes to her with this card today.
Ok, what's next? Oh!! You must must must check out Cambria's Blog. Our Craft Lounge has released 28 new sets and she is giving opportunities to win them all. Be sure to check it out and read the rules for the game! There are so many fantastic sets. Good luck picking out your favorites. I finally narrowed it down to two: Oriental Gardens and Boys Toys.
Moving right along...(I told you we had a lot to chat about) It's my understanding that Beate is returing today with her weekend sketch challenge, which is fabulous!! I've missed doing them. I don't think she's posted it yet; but be sure to keep checking her blog so you can jump right in and get creative. I will be working on my sample as soon as I can.
I think that's all for now. I will, however be back again today. Hopefully, maybe even twice!! Once for Beate's sketch and also for GH chatter Friday. Have a good morning!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

A Bleached Birthday

Hi Everyone!

Sorry for the late post today. The boys and I went to the park today to enjoy a nice picnic lunches. This card is another attempt at a trying a new technique for me. This time I decided to do bleaching. I really liked the results; but you definitely have to experiment with different colors because the bleaching affects each color differently. Unlike my oxi-clean disaster, I think I will definitely be trying this one again. In my experimenting I noticed that darker colors, like Navy and Rose Red bleach a sort of golden color unlike the white shown with my card today.
I've also posted a recipe, so be sure to scroll down and check it out. Also, I wanted to let all my Gh fans know that I will be posted GH Friday chatter tomorrow. Boy oh boy do we have a lot to talk about! Also, check out Cambria's blog. She's giving away totally awesome blog candy!!

Stamps: Sincere Salutations, Fresh Cuts, Pocket Silhouettes
Paper: Brocade Blue, Night of Navy, Pink Pirouette, Orchid Opulence.
Ink: Night of Navy, Brocade Blue, Pink Pirouette.
Technique: Bleaching
Accessories: Pink eyelets.

Recipe Thursday: No Bake Cookies

Hi Everyone!

It's been a couple of weeks since I posted a recipe, so wanted to get one up today. It's a very simple recipe and actually my husband's favorite cookie. I've been promising since, oh I don't know, Christmas that I would make them for him. So, I think I'll definitely do that this weekend.
Have a great day!

Ingredients:
2 cups white sugar
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup milk
3 cups rolled oats
6 tbs cocoa powder
1/2 cup walnuts chopped
1/2 cup coconut
1 tsp vanilla extract

Bring sugar, milk and butter to boil and boil for 2 minutes over medium high heat. It is important that you don't start the two minutes until the ingredients come to a boil. Also, you must stir the mixture the entire time and don't stir for less than or longer than 2 minutes.

Remove the pot from heat and stirl in the cocoa and the vanilla, then remaining ingredients.

Drop on wax paper by rounded tablespoonfuls.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

A Not So "Foxy Oxi" card


Good Morning Everyone!

Do you ever see a technique and think, "I can't wait to try that!" Then you do and no matter how hard you try, it just never comes out as well as the samples you've seen. Well, I suppose that that is what has happened here. I saw a tutorial on SCS for using oxi-clean to make some very cool looking backgrounds and decided to give it a try. I'd also thought about doing this for my techniques class this weekend which will focus on how to use different household products with stamping. So, I followed the directions and after 4 attempts, this was the best one that I got. In case you can't tell, I used the technique on the yellow-green background behind the "Upsy Daisy" image. Once the card was all put together, I didn't think it looked too bad. Still, it's a technique that I don't think I'll be trying again. I wasted a lot of paper, trying to figure out how much oxi to use, did I use too much water, not enough?
Still, I liked to know what you all think. Have any of you tried this technique? Was it successful? Any helpful hints?
I'm going to try to work on a couple more things today and hopefully post them later. Until then, have a great morning! Oh, and I've also decided to start listing my supplies I've used at the bottom of each post, instead of within the post. At least for now, anyways. Who knows, I'll probably change my mind tomorrow!

Stamps: Upsy Daisy, Flowers background
Paper: Garden Green, Green Galore, Rose Red and Regal Rose, Whisper White
Accessories: Ribbon
Technique: Foxi Oxi

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Mojo Winter Wishes

Hello!

Here is my card for yesterday's Mojo Monday. I noticed in the samples posted that a lot of them had used patterned paper, so I decided to do the same. I designed the card mostly around the striped black, silver and pink paper as well as the black and pink polka dot paper both of which are from DCWV "All Dressed Up" stack. I started with a pink base. and then added the layer of black and the rest as as shown. I also decided to use my new Paper Pretties stamp.
Isn't she adorable?! I embossed her with silver powder and then filled her in with markers. She smeared a bit; but by then it was too late to turn back. I used some sheer pink ribbon and layered it with black grosgrain ribbon and added the prima flowers with the black brad in the middle. The final touch was the silver eyelets. I was quite happy with the final results. What do you think?

Monday, February 9, 2009

Embossed Best Wishes

Hi Everyone!

Well, I'm back. So sorry for not being able to post very much last week. I got the PC issues resolved and am slowly catching up on things I need to get done. Do you ever feel like when you get behind, it takes FOREVER to get caught back up again!! I didn't get a chance to do Mojo Monday yet today; but I wanted to at least show you something. I made this card last week for the workshop that I did. It was super simple. I used Ruby Red as my base and then added a piece of Baja Breeze that I scalloped the edges on. Then I added the Chocolate Chip piece and embossed the "Heartfelt" in gold powder. Next came the Pretty in Pink layered with the Vanilla. The flower is from "Heartfelt Thanks" I colored it with Ruby Red and Garden Green markers and then stamped it off before putting on the paper. I embossed the overlay image with versmark and gold powder. The "Best Wishes" sentiment comes from "Sincere Salutations." The ribbon is actually pink; but it always shows up white when I scan it.
I am spending the rest of the day working on Valentine's for Reagan's class and catching up on the laundry. I hope to get to Mojo Monday and post tomorrow for you.
Have a great day!

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Quick update

Hi Everyone!
So sorry I've been MIA the last couple of days! I've been having PC problems, which I hope are fixed now! Unfortunately, I've been completely unattentive to all the other things in my house that need to be done, including getting ready for a workshop on Saturday. So, I just wanted to let you know that I won't be posting until Monday. Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

A Little Mojo and More...


Good Morning Everyone!

Well, I didn't quite make it back yesterday with my Mojo Monday sketch and that was because it just took too much time to make the card. Way too much considering the outcome. Have you ever made a card and then finished it and thought, "why on earth did that take me so long to do?" That was definitely the case yesterday. I almost chucked the whole thing and said forget it; but I'm happy with the final result, so I'm glad I didn't do that.
Anyways, I started with Taken with Teal for my base and added a layer of Barely Banana, which I stamped with my "Fine Lace" Background stamp in Garden Green ink. Next came the strip of Wild Wasabi paper with a strip of Tangerine Tango double stripe ribbon. I layered Tangerine Tango, Banana, and Teal again for the main flower image, which is from the "Garden Whimsy" set. I punched out a scallop circle in Wasabi and added the sentiment "Wishing You The Best" from the retired hostess set "Riveting". I added the prima flower with a bit of Turquoise ribbon and finished the card.
I did the next card this morning, while all the kids were gone at school/play group. It's really simple and doesn't bear a lot of explaining. I used Pumpkin Pie, Always Artichoke, Mustard, Saffron, and Bravo Burgundy as my color palette for this one. I stamped the peaches from "Fruit Stand" on watercolor paper and then used markers, ink pads and my aqua painters to color it in. The sentiment is from the new hostess set "Goody Goody Gumdrops"
Well, that's all for me today. Be sure to check out all the other Mojo Monday entries, and have a great day!

Monday, February 2, 2009

OCC Wedding Card



Good Monday Morning!

I hope you all had a fabulous weekend. Mine was great, filled with good times spent with the family. My husband and I attended a wedding Saturday afternoon and when I saw the OCC challenge yesterday morning, I decided to use that as my inspiration to make a card for them. The challenge was to make a card that had two or more hearts on it. I chose to use Navy as a base because the bride's wedding gown had this gorgeous navy piece that "V'd" out from the waist of the gown around and down the train of the dress. It was incredibly unique and quite stunning I thought. The red in the card was inspired by the fact that the groom is 1st Batallion Marine and red is their color.
Finally, I used Bashful Blue and White as the accent colors. I used the new SAB set "Congratulations" and "Simply Said" for the images. I made the little hearts along the bottom using the scallop circle technique, which I just recently learned about and think is just the coolest thing! The two Prima flowers at the top with the navy eyelets completed the card. It's simple; but I think they will like it.
So, that's all for me right now. Be sure to check out the other entries on the OCC blog. I will hopefully be back later with Mojo Monday...but maybe not until tomorrow.

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