Friday, December 30, 2011
Here's Alex's birthday card. I guess you could say I am into circles. You can't see the "celebrate" too well in the picture. I liked the way it turned out too. I bought this stamp in the $$ bin @ Mike's, It really stamps well. Makes me think I should search the $$ bin more often. The boys both told me how much they enjoyed the cards I make for them. At 20 that says something doesn't it?
Thursday, December 29, 2011
Here's the card I made for Benjamin. I really liked the way it turned out. Using all those prints was a challenge for me. I had to play around with the prints before I was satisfied with the results. The background is a Tim Holtz embossing folder that is brick. I like that a lot.
Saturday, December 24, 2011
This is not a very good picture. My photo skills have not improved over this past year!!This was the inside & front of our Christmas card for this year. The card is black and gold with vanilla on the inside. I was afraid I was going to run out of black so I was prepared to do it is navy and silver. That would look nice too I think.
Thanks for visiting my blog this past year. I would love some feed back on the cards I make. I know my friends look from time to time & others too.
Any way, I hope you have a nice Christmas and we wish you a healthy, happy new year.
Thursday, December 22, 2011
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Monday, December 19, 2011
Here are a couple of cards I did for shoe box that I have not posted. I decided to use the same stamp for both cards. They sure do look different. I bought the copper paper @ XPedX in Austin a long time ago. Can you ever go wrong with cherry cobbler and crumb cake? I don't think so.
Friday, December 16, 2011
Thursday, December 15, 2011
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Monday, December 12, 2011
I got my Christmas cards mailed this morning. That is always a relief. I mailed Ally's card & a couple more birthday cards done yesterday and mailed also. Now I need to get Alex and Benjamin's cards made. What a shame to have your birthday 4 days before Christmas. I need to get started on my Dec. VA cards. I have this one ready to send out & only have 5 or 6 to do this month. Here's the one I have ready to go out. This trim is on a roll like stickers. Very easy to use. Someone @ the point gave it to me, I have it in gold also. Easy card that came together very quickly.
Friday, December 9, 2011
I needed some thank you notes for some of the men that helped with the bazaar. Here's one that I used from a swap I received several yrs. ago. Wish I had this stamp to use for the VA guys. The background is made from a can of spray paint. It was the rage when I first started stamping. I think I still have some of it someplace. Does that mean I have too much stuff??? Porbably!
Monday, December 5, 2011
Friday, December 2, 2011
Here's my shoe box card for Nov. I needed a sympathy card so I used it as my shoe box card. Navy and Pear. I have had this Penny Black stamp for a long time. I still like it a lot. I think sympathy cards need to be simple and elegant. Hope I achieved that with this design.
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
I am back from Ca. and had a very nice trip. We thought that flying home on Thanksgiving the air planes would be less crowded. Not so. It was a very long day. Celia did this card and I loved the simplicity of it. Here's my version. I made mine stamping the leaf and then stamping the music ov er the leaf. This was a little tricky since my stamp is much bigger than the leaf. I got lucky!! I used the music stamp on the inside and "Happy Birthday To You" stamp that I rarely use. I liked inking up an acrylic block, also liked using my crimper to make this design. That is a great technique for masculine cards
Friday, November 18, 2011
Thursday, November 17, 2011
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Saturday, November 12, 2011
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Another VA card. Very simple but I like it. The bazaar is over and we did much better this year. This is a stamp I use a lot as you have probably noticed. It is from Viva Las Vegas. Have you ever been there? What an experience. You have to get buzzed in the door (tells you what a good neighborhood it is in). There are rooms of stamps & I think I only bought this one stamp as I was overwhelmed. The guy that owns the place had at least 5 dogs and that many cats in the place. Grossed me out with his bare feet and long toenails! To each his own I say.
Saturday, November 5, 2011
Here's my swap card for October. I used Distress inks to make the background then I stamped the leaf randomly and then embossed with clear powder. Did you know that the distress inks can be embossed? I used old olive ink to ink the leaves and then cut them out. I liked the results.
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Here's a card I made for my VA buddies. The colors are blue, lime green & black. Doesn't show up very well but it was a great color combo. The lime green and blue were laying in my scrap assortment and I thought humm that looks good together. The blue is not Marina Mist but is very close.
Friday, October 28, 2011
Here's a card I made for a thank you I needed. The copper leaves are embossed with black powder and of course the background is cuttled. I made a similar card years ago and won in a contest. I used wide grosgrain ribbon instead of the black strip. It looks really good in real life.
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Here's a card I made for Nathan's birthday and also used it for one of my shoe box exchange cards. I saw these colors used on someone's blog. Very nice together, cherry cobbler, crumb cake and black. The theme for shoe box was masculine cards so this is one I made. This is such a nice stamp, one I will use a lot. It is a StampinUp one that was in the mini catalog. I was surprised that it did not make it to the big catalog.
Monday, October 24, 2011
Saturday, October 22, 2011
I don't think I have shown this card I made for the VA guys. The paper is some that Celia gave me. She's so thoughtful, every piece was masculine looking. I very seldom try matching paper patterns but I thought this turned out well. Helps if the paper is double sided, takes all the guess work out!
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Here's my swap card for to Liz Marcy. I bought this background paper in Houston a while ago. I was in the mood for fall, thought if I made a fall card it would not seem so hot. I used a Rubbernecker stamp for the background and used yellow and orange chalk to color it. The leaf stamp is one I have had forever.
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Monday, October 17, 2011
Friday, October 14, 2011
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Here's a card I made for the VA guys before we left. I made 6 and have 7 more to make for this month. I need to get stampin! Hopefully today. The colors are different for me but I liked the way it turned out. Pam gave me this bakers twine and I thought it turned out well. Hope you like it.
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
We are back from our cruise. Had a good time but was disappointed with the cruise line. We had bad weather so we missed 2 ports. Instead we went up and down the St Lawrence river. The leaves were just starting to turn a little so we missed that too. I am ready to get back to some stamping!
Here's my swap card for Oct. I changed it up a bit. I didn't like the birthday saying so I stamped it on white with black ink and backed it with black paper. I thought it looked better. I guess I did not take a picture of it so y'all have to use your imagination. This technique is old and I have not done it in a long time. Simple but very effective.
Saturday, September 24, 2011
Friday, September 23, 2011
Thursday, September 22, 2011
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Saturday was one of my shoe box exchanges. I made this card. My favorite colors. Purple and yellow. The flower hold the flap in place. That's the last of that paper boo ho! There's scraps and I have some ribbon that matches fairly well. Maybe I can scrape together another card. We'll see.
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
I have several thank you notes that I need to write to people whom were instrumental in making our fashion show and luncheon a hugh success. Here's the first one I made using a scrap of paper and my new StampinUp Lace Ribbon Border punch. The flower is from the Fifth Ave. Floral stamp set.
Monday, September 19, 2011
Here's another VA guy card I made for last month. I like the stamp but have not used it much. I am not particularly happy with this card but hopefully the person who received it will like it. Some times cards come together easily and sometimes not! I am sure each of you have experienced that.
Sunday, September 18, 2011
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Here's something I tried that was simple. Probably would not work with some stamps but was OK with this on. I stamped the trees and then turned it around and stamped the image again without reinking. I have seen instructions where the stamp was stamped and then stamped again on tissue paper and glued down. I did not have tissue paper. I used a Nestie to cut out the shape. It's long gone to the VA hospital. I used a blue stamp pad and a blender pen to color the water.
Monday, September 12, 2011
I cased this card. Sharon did a layout like this for one of our shoe box exchanges. I liked it a lot so I changed the colors and sent it off to the VA. It's a great way to use up small scraps of paper. The stamp I used is from a set called Birthday Bliss. It is a retired SU set.