Monday, January 26, 2015

and baby makes three ...

My coworker Skye and her DH Josh are expecting their first baby and our work group treated them to lunch on Friday and gave them some baby necessities. I like to pick up a cute baby changing bag and stock it with baby goods - shampoo, lotion, powders, teething items, rubber duckies, etc., and my partner in crime, Katie, picked up some cute hats and a baby rocker seat. We both used our rocker seats lots when our babies were small. We ate at Logan's Roadhouse, where I had the yummiest onion brewski sirloin dinner w a side of broccoli!

Today's card is based on (or a shameless knock-off, depending on your point of view) of this one by the lovely and talented Sandra of Made by Sandra blog fame. If you haven't scoped out her work, run, don't walk, to her blog NOW!

I already put all the stamping supplies back in their respective homes so hardly any deets today; all I see by my PC is the stamps: SU's Baby First, Oh My Word; tools: Cuttlebug w Paper Studio's Poteeka Birds embossing folder (a little birdie told me ... right?!); other than that it's all SU supplies! Catch ya later, and thanx for stopping by!

Thursday, December 25, 2014

O Christmas Tree 2014

I love Christmas. Love wreaths (does it show?! LOL!) - we have two that match - one over the garage and one on our front door. I prefer white lights and have those over the garage, my DH prefers multi-color lights and has those on the door with ornaments I'd hung. Love the tree, admit I keep it up WAY too long. I promise my DH that we'll have it down by my eldest son's b'day (early Feb) and there have been years it's been close! I keep thinking that one of these years we'll get it put up soon after Thanksgiving and take it down soon after Christmas, but we often put it up Christmas week and this year was no exception.

This year's tree is almost all red ornaments ... there are a few Christmas sentiments (iron word stampings I'd picked up at a craft show years ago which the artist painted white and frosted w glitter ... so pretty, and this year I put up the believe, joy, Merry Christmas, noel, and peace sentiments), my fav of the needlework ornaments (most I made, some are from friends in my needlework guilds), some crystal snowflakes (I'd picked up a few in recent years and my family got me the latest Swarovski one for Christmas this year. They're BEAUTIFUL and reflect SO much light ... awesomeness!), a set of metal curly-q twirled ribbon-look ornaments, and just a couple of my favs ... a great rocking horse and a great bird's nest one. Then we tossed on only our red ornaments. We have mixed ones, then a set of ivory, and a set of red ones. This year I found a couple deals at dollar stores so picked up more red ones ... some tiny ones I put on the kitchen table tree that you can spot on the mantle in the pic, and some more different-shaped reds - in assorted ornament shapes, different finishes - some mat, some sparkly, some dusted w glitter.

We broke down in 2002 and went with a pre-lit fake tree for our great room, then when lots of the lights quit on us replaced it in 2010 ... and I'm noticing that some of its lights are now quitting on us. I'd picked up multiples of cranberry/peppermint candy strands years ago that I strung together and that goes on first, followed by lots of glass icicles (thanx, Bronner's, as we've picked up multiple packages of various sized ones over the years from our main supplier), then the sentiments, and lastly, ornaments. Ta da! OK, so I just wrote a whole post about our tree!

Besides the main and kitchen trees, we have another one that's only about 4' tall that's by the entry to the kitchen that we leave up year-round. It's decorated in acorns, ribbons, berries, and assorted tiny kitchen-y ornaments - whisks, baskets, milk cans, flour sifters, strainers, muffin tins, aprons - thanx to Hallmark for this tree! I remember I'd originally ordered it for the kitchen table, but hadn't realized the proportion would be way too large for the space ... so it got relegated to the entry which is about 4' wide as well.

Other than that, we have a few wall hangings here and there, and a pre-lit holly-look vine across the mantle, small cranberry/twig wreath, wicked cool stained glass cardinal (my Mom and I have collected cardinals over the years), and some candles and metal snowflakes on the mantle.

So, how'd YOU decorate this year? Thanx for stopping by! We wish you a merry Christmas and a happy new year!

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas, everyone!

I'm channeling my Dad today. He used to almost always end his phone conversations with "Peace!" - especially so this time of year - and every time I pick up this die it makes me think of him. Gone 10 years last month ... hard to believe but true! Love you, Dad!

I tend to make more cards than needed; then the last couple years even participated in a class where we made 4 cards of 4-5 designs! I don't send out all that many cards these days, so I've got a supply to last me ... but then, what holiday do you suppose I can't seem to stop myself from purchasing additional supplies for??! You guessed it! Christmas! I've got stamps and dies I haven't even used yet!

stamps: unsure of the inside sentiment's origin; ink: Ranger's black soot distress ink; paper: Bazzill Palo Verde and Neenah Solar White card stocks; accessories: white string; tools: Cuttlebug w PTI holiday word die, Sizzix Tim Holtz Festive Greenery die and Holly Swirls embossing folder, unknown crochet thread

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

CASe it simple!

I'm addicted to Pinterest! There! I admitted it; I admit it freely! I ended up reviewing my Papercrafts Pinterest posts (in that folder alone I'v amassed 3,558 posts to date ... see what I mean?!) to gather some inspiration, and found it from the lovely and talented Linda Callahan of Stampin' Seasons blog fame.

I Googled "free Christmas music" and downloaded this ivory sheet, then used one of my word dies in the same color as the background ... and voila! It'd make a quick to reproduce card in case you mass-produced them, but I typically don't. Thanx for stopping by!

stamps: SU's Holiday Home (inside sentiment); paper: Neenah solar white, HPC's Dark Red, and downloaded freebie music sheet; ink: Ranger's black soot distress ink; accessories: Technique Tuesday's Say It - Noel die

Sunday, December 21, 2014

SYSC#4 merry Christmas!

I seem to be on a red and white kick lately! I recently got together with a few friends for dinner where we exchanged cards; the first one to open one of my cards received one that was a white background with red ornaments ... and my stamping buddy kimR, who sat across from me, commented, "I like cards that are all white with pops of red!" Well, good thing, 'cuz that was the theme for the evening! And it appears I'm still on it! I'm playing with the folkes at the SYSC#4 showCASe your style blog challenge. Thanx for stopping by!

stamps: SU's Holiday Home; paper: Neenah solar white, and HPC's Dark Red; ink: Ranger's black soot distress ink; accessories: Spellbinders' layered poinsettia, SEI's Chalet sundries' bling, and unknown red/white washi tapes which are a very glisten-y red IRL. 

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Pantone announces Color of the Year for 2015

I'm lovin' this year's color, a rich earthy wine red named Marsala. How 'bout you?! Now I'm off to find the closest card stock to it in my stash ... hope to stop by with a Christmas card post later! Thanx for stopping by and hope you have a t'riffic weekend!

Sunday, December 7, 2014

SCT Winter 2014 Issue Is Out!

Just a quick "heads up" to note that the Winter issue of Scrapbook & Cards Today is available!

Brimming with inspiration, the Winter 2014 issue includes:
    scrapbook your holiday memories
    love is in the air
    seasonal cards
    hello 2015
    watercolour 101
    stunning, simple layouts
    bonus cutting files
    ... and a reader’s gallery full of stunning inspiration!

You can either order a print subscription, view it online, or download it to your desktop. See you soon, as I'm off to check it out now! Thanx for stopping by! Enjoy!

Friday, September 19, 2014

S&CT's fall mag is available ... AARGH!!

hi folkes! just a quick note to let you know that the fall edition of Scrapbook & Cards Today mag is now available. You can EITHER download the digi version OR view the entire mag online - thanx, S&CT!

It's one of my fav scrapbook mags and Canada’s first FREE magazine dedicated to scrapbooking and card making. It showcases the latest techniques and products, presents interesting and easy-to-follow ideas and instructions, and displays beautiful photography and inspiring design. Try it, if you haven't already ~ you'll like it!

I quickly perused it this a.m. but will revisit again at my leisure soon! (oh ... and a quick nod to remember to celebrate Int'l Talk Like A Pirate Day)

Thursday, September 18, 2014

happy b'day SueB

I have a couple of friends, both named Sue (like me!), who I first met when I transferred to a former job in the Flint area more than 30 years ago! It amazes me how time flies when you're having fun! We've crafted, bowled, and golfed together, and more often in recent years get together for eats and sometimes to catch a movie... which reminds me, we're past due! Anywho, one of my Sue pals is celebrating her birthday next week and we made plans to get together for dinner and to catch up with some other friends, one who's visiting from out of town. I hope to remember to hand Sue's card to her then!

My crafty crew of Pat, Kim, and Kathleen and I got together at Kim's house recently and I ended up making a couple of birthday cards for Sue and another upcoming b'day rather than scrapbooking (tho I have plenty to get caught up on in that respect also) as I'd originally planned! Even though I have plenty of cards on hand, I always seem to make new cards for friends and family.

This one's from a card kit from Simon Says Stamp that I'd subscribed to a couple months ago. I'm a sucker for Creamsicles and hope she likes it! Thanx for stopping by!

stamps: SSS' Ice Cream Dream; paper: Neenah solar white, and SSS card stock, BoBunny 6x6 DP; ink: Ranger's black soot distress ink, Ranger's peacock feathers and squeezed lemonade markers, SU's creamy caramel, crumb cake, pumpkin pie, and tangelo twist markers; accessories: asst'd Pretty Pink sequins, unknown orange/white washi tape

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Wowzer! A Sherron Allen mug rug original!

Wowzer! I'm now the proud owner of a Sherron Allen original mug rug! It measures 9x9" square. KimR showed us a couple mug rugs her Mom had made for her and her DH just a week or so ago, and now Pat and I have our own! Thanx SO MUCH, Sherron and KimR! I LOVE purples and greens, and my lady comes complete w auburn hair and mugs and is awesome as is Sherron! Don't you LOVE how she picked up the polka dots in my lady's dress to carry on thru the quilting?! It's beautious!

This was a treat presented to me at dinner before our "spa day" girls day outing w my stampin' buddies Pat and Kim, and Kim's sister Tami. I supped on yummy deluxe lasagna at Ruggero's before heading to the spa, and then we checked out the new Fro Yo in Grand Blanc where I had tiramisu frozen yogurt topped w brownie bits and choco chips and maraschino cherries! YUM!

T'riffic day w t'riffic friends!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

happy (belated) bday Kathleen

one of my scrappin' and work buddies recently celebrated her birthday while on vacation and I was out of the office on her return, so this card will get to her on Monday finally. there are now 7 of us at my work place who get together regularly, some more frequently than others, for field trips, scrapbooking or stamping classes or crops, etc.

I'm participating in online card classes' Stretch Your Stamps class and this is one of the cards I made from day 1 of the class. I did a "stamp off" and used the 2nd stamping of this background stamp for my first card, then used this original stamping to make Kathleen's card (so hey, I can pretty much copy and paste the supplies list from my previous card!). I die cut from close to the center of the stamped background, then die cut maybe 4 more from the watercolor stock, glued and stacked them. thanx for stopping by!

stamps: Hero Arts' Antique Brocade, Reverse Confetti's Beautiful Banners; paper: Canson's 90-lb watercolor card stock; ink: Ranger's frayed burlap, peacock feathers, peeled paint, seedless preserves, spiced marmalade, and spun sugar distress inks; tools: Cuttlebug w Avery Elle's Simply Said Hello die

Saturday, August 16, 2014

you are my sunshine

I like to sometimes give "no reason" cards, and today's is one of those; we've no birthday or anniversary, but it's intention is to make sure my DH is aware that he's my sunshine! I've been reading more often than stamping or stitching lately, and really want to create some samples from this uber cool card class I've been taking, occ's Stretch Your Stamps 2.

day 3 and 4 are regarding alphabet and sentiment stamps. I'd picked up the sun and sunshine word dies to create our anniversary card last month, and love the dies and related stamp set. for today's card I first used distress inks on the sun die, then included the "you are my" of the "you are my sunshine" stamp to add it to a popped up 1-1/8" circle. I popped both of those up on the base which I popped up on the top-fold card base, then added the "sunshine" die cut from the same white card stock. it's almost hanging on by a thread, as I only glued the s and u letters ... but it's not going in the mail, just getting placed on the end table next to where my DH usually sits, so it's not in much danger of being damaged. I'm a sucker for embossing folders and love the clouds.

stamps: Simon Says Stamp's Bring The Sunshine; paper: Neenah's Solar White; ink: Ranger's mustard seed and spiced marmalade distress inks; tools: Cuttlebug w Simon's Sun & Sunshine dies and Darice's cloudy day embossing folder, 1-1/8" circle punch