Good afternoon! TA-DAAA--presenting my new blog graphics!!!!Well, do you like my new blog graphics? I lovvvvve them so much--it's fan-tab-u-lous, if I do say so myself. Beth from Freckled Fun Designs did an awesome job with my ideas and making them come to life. I had to have a doggy & kitty in my title since they're such a big part of my life and of course my favorite colors, aqua & choc. brown. Love it!!
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Monday, April 28, 2008
Saturday, April 26, 2008
Friday, April 25, 2008
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Enjoy the day,
Monday, April 21, 2008
Good Morning Friends! (**I'm not sure why the date still says Monday, but this was posted today, Tuesday the 22nd**) I am feeling a "tiny" bit better after a fairly good nite's sleep. Hopefully my "mojo" will be returning and I will get some things finished up. I am trying to cut back on my Cherry Coke intake, but it's not working out so well--I have no willpower--especially when I don't feel well & need the extra "boost" :)
I need to be better by Friday, which is my daughter Alexa's 12th birthday. She's in 6th grade (thinks she's in 12th grade-ha ha) and her Spring Fling dance falls on Friday too. Lucky girl that she is, Mom is chaperoning again (she's not thrilled to say the least). My only hope is that they don't stick me by the speakers again or I might pass out from a migraine (now I know I'm old--right)!! Afterwards she's having 4 girls for a sleepover (lord help me again) or in other terms, a girly "scream-fest"!! I'm not sure what we're doing for dinner yet, but it will be easy & quick. I'm sure I will be up late in the craft room trying to ignore the noise from the basement (yeh right). I still haven't finished buying her gifts or made her card yet (you know that saying about the shoemaker & his kids--that's me--make cards for everyone but my family). It's only Tuesday, so I still have time....
Anyhoo, I made these cute, quick invites for her party with the JammyBella from Stamping Bella. They are made with 3 x 3 envelopes and the inside invite just slides out. I used to make these a long time ago, but was reminded of them again when I visited Angie Juda's website last week--I remembered how quick they come together and how easy they are. Visit her website for a tutorial--she's the best at those tutorials, I swear. The second pictures are another envelope card measuring 4x6--that's what's so great, you can use any size envelope and just re-size the insert. This card was made with pp from Rusty Pickle (Chocolate Bunnies), SU Close to Cocoa solid paper & SU sentiment (Delight in Life set). They are just a great way to make notecards & invites.
Ok, long enough post for you I'm sure & I need to take my sinus medicine so I can get things done today (hoping). Hope you have a great "crafty" day---
JammyBella-Stamping Bella stamp, Michaels ribbon, Bazzill solid paper, Copics, stickles
Delight in Life-SU stamps, Rusty Pickle pp, Michaels ribbon, SU close to cocoa paper & ink, bashful blue SU ink
Friday, April 18, 2008
Thursday, April 17, 2008
Well, back to work on my baby scrapbook--I've gotta get it done by tomorrow night (looks like another late couple of nights for me). Hope you enjoyed the card!
Night to all,
Whipper Snapper stamps, SU solid paper, Imaginisce pp, Prismacolor pencils, gamsol, Michaels ribbon, cuttlebug emboss folder, nestabilities, balloon punch, signo pen
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Just a quick post to let everyone know I'm alive & well, just MIA!! I've been busy finishing up swaps, card sets, gifts and getting ready for my craft & card classes this week (and clean, take care of kids/animals, cook & other many errands)--ya know the stuff that HAS to get done--unlike showering, shopping & eating..ha ha:). I've finished most of my chores, but I'm still working on my niece's 1st year scrapbook which I have to have done by Sat. because that's her party (almost done)--I'll post pics of it after its finished. I promise, promise to post a new card/project tomorrow--something different, something fun that's for sure!
See ya tomorrow!
PS--If you haven't checked out Paper Trey Ink's new April releases...get on over there. They are fab-u-lous (great new colors and stamp sets). When my order comes in, I'll make some things to share (cuz' ya know I had to order more new stuff). I'm an addict I tell ya'!!!!
Sunday, April 13, 2008
Saturday, April 12, 2008
Friday, April 11, 2008
Thursday, April 10, 2008
Hello again! Today will be a short post because I have alot to get done today (as always, right), and I know I can be long-winded sometimes. Do you ever wish that your to-do list would just disappear for awhile? Maybe just fly out the window, with no repercussions...ahh to dream! Even on vacation I seem to have to-do lists floating around in my head. We're going to Disney World for 10 days in May and I'm already thinking about all the things I won't get done & will be behind on--no rest for the weary they say.
Anyhow, the first card is another "bella" card (Flowabella) that I've made for a swap I'm doing for the Bellaholics Anonymous group I'm in (yes, there are other bella addicts out there besides myself, surprising I know). I made a couple variations of this card for the few people I have to trade with--our theme this month was "April Flowers"--I love to paper piece my bellas & have their outfits match the pp (pattern paper) and of course I added some stickles on the flowers.
The last card made with a new clear set from Inkadinkado, called Birthday Cupcake. I'm not a big cake eater (I have many other vices instead, like soda & chocolate), but I think cupcakes are so cute & my kids like them alot too. I decided to make this card with soft colors, I find myself reaching for brighter colors all the time, so I wanted to do something different. This paper is from K&Company (Brenda Walton) and I loved the soft, pastel colors. The sprinkles on the cupcake are dotted with Liquid Pearls in Pink and some clear stickles.
All right, I have to prepare for my class tomorrow. I'm having a "Mother's Day" craft class tomorrow to make gifts and cards--I have them once a month for girls age 8 & up. My kids have off of school tomorrow, so I thought it would be a good day to hold the class so we can play this weekend while the hubby is gone (just lunch, movies & maybe some shopping). Ahh shopping, but that's another post on another day-ha ha!! Was I long winded again? Oh well, I tried :)
Happy Crafting! Suzanne
Bella card--Stamping Bella, K&Company pp, SU solid paper, Prima flowers, stickles, Copics, dew drops
Cupcake stamp by Inkadinkado, Liquid Pearls in Pink, PTI ribbon, K&Company pp, SU solids, copics, swiss dot cuttlebug folder
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
Monday, April 7, 2008
Good afternoon everyone! Sorry I was away from the computer (that I seem to be attached to) this weekend. We spent it with our friends who were visiting from CA. We braved the non-springlike weather (cold & rainy) to visit Mt. Vernon. The kids seemed to only want to holler about eating and visiting the gift shop (what's new, right). But we had fun catching up and the visit was definitely too short.
I received in the mail 2 "presents" today that got me thinking about my childhood (how long ago was that-haha). First came my Magnolia stamps from the Netherlands. I had fallen in love with these stamps when I'd first seen them on someone's blog (don't remember whose). It took 2 weeks to receive them and the shipping wasn't any worse than the US companies. This girls name is Tilda w/ flower basket and she totally reminds me of Holly Hobby. Do you remember Holly Hobby? I loved her when I was little; my bedroom and lunch box were devoted to her. She's just so cute & innocent, just like these Magnolia stamps.
The second present (I say this term loosely) that came today were my new Copic sketch markers. I have seen & heard magnificent things done with these markers. What appealed to me was the fact that you can replace the tips and refill them--makes them worth the expense (serious moulah $$). I used them today for my Tilda card, hopefully I will get more skilled with the blending and shading over time. I just love to color and I have since I was a child. Nothing was more exciting then sneaking down Christmas morning to grab my stocking and opening my brand new 72 box of Crayola Crayons!! I loved them so much and I always got a couple of coloring books to go with them. I would stay up all night waiting for Christmas morning, just coloring away--there was just nothing better to me. I still love to color and I still love the smell of Crayola crayons, except now my coloring has moved up to colored pencils, watercolors and markers, but the feeling is the same. Ahhh childhood, some things just take you back, ya' know. I got my Copics from Dick Blick's (best deal at the time)--I encourage you to check them out.
Anyhoo, enough about my past. Hope you enjoy this card (and look, no stickles this time)--I'm sure you'll see more Magnolia images in the future.
Magnolia stamps, SU sentiment, Copic markers, Paper Trey Ink ribbon, dew drops, Prima flowers, Basic Grey 'sultry' paper & rub-on
Friday, April 4, 2008
Thursday, April 3, 2008
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
Good evening! I didn't get to post yesterday, because it was "one" of "those" days (not to mention Aprils Fools day--guess who was the fool-he he). You know when you have those kinda days where your butt should probably never left the bed (but it has to because you have kids who can't get ready w/o serious coaxing and animals that don't like to wait for your slow self)!! Starting off my morning I burnt my hand on the toaster, not once but twice, because once wasn't good enough, oh no. Following that I was trying on my new dress for a "fancy"(yuck) dinner event and wanted to see how it looked with my shoes and don't ya know I tripped on the carpet and broke the heel off my shoe! Now I need new shoes (usually this is a wonderful thing because I loovvvvvve shoes & purses), but I can't get overly excited about buying "fancy" shoes that I don't wear that often--I'd rather have some cute sandals I've been eyeing at the mall. Then while making dinner I opened a new bottle of soda and it exploded over the entirety of my kitchen--a yucky, sticky mess--that my animals proceeded to track all over the rest of the house (because a dirty kitchen wasn't good enough for them, they needed to spread the mess for fun). I was ready to call it a night by then, but really wanted to finish up a couple of stamping projects; so bravely I proceeded into my craft room. And ya know what, I wasn't in there more than 10 minutes when I spilled my water onto my almost completed project :( --You guessed it--I cleaned up and went to bed. Sometimes you just have to give up the fight :)
I'm proud to say that today has been much better. I had a card class at my house this afternoon and it went well--no accidents, no messes! Here is a new card I made today with my new stamps from Pink Cat Studio -- if you haven't checked them out yet, you really should. Soooo Cute and fun to use and the owner/designer Melissa is so nice (and brilliantly talented). I love ice cream so what could be better? The whipped cream is liquid applique and pretty much everything is glittered up with stickles (my fave ya know). Well off to more stamping--I hope you had a "sweet" day!
SU printed & solid papers, stickles in crystal, liquid applique, Michael's ribbon