Monday, December 31, 2012

It's been nearly a year since my last post. 

The day after my last post, my husband passed away unexpectedly. I've had a lot to deal with ... his estate, my emotions, worrying about his parents, etc.  This blog was the last thing on my mind!

I stopped stamping for several months, but, thankfully, I was able to get back to it. What helped me tremendously was getting back into the Tuesday Teapot challenges on Splitcoaststampers.com.  After being a recipient of the cards last February, I truly understood how much the cards mean to the people who receive them.  My Sister Teapotters put a LOT of  love into the cards they make.

Thank you for letting me ramble  a bit.  I'm not sure how long it will be before I come back here. I'm hoping to start posting my cards again ... maybe that will be one of my New Year's Resolutions for 2013. 

Happy New Year!

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Oh my!

Woah! I haven't posted anything since last May! Oh my goodness .... it's time to update my profile.

I have moved TWICE since my last post. I am living and working in SC, near Parris Island. When I first moved here, my now-former roommate and I lived in a beautiful two story house. About six weeks after my arrival, she received a well-deserved promotion and was transferred to another project. Unfortunately I could not afford the house by myself, so I had to find another place.

However, that was OK, because I am now in a 2BR apartment, so guess what that means? Yep! I have a craft room! Yay!!!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Thinking of You





















Hello! It's been a long time since I've updated my blog. It's about time, don't you think?

This is a card that I made a couple of weeks ago. I like how it turned out and will most likely make more like it. There is very little stamping on this CAS card.

Recipe
Stamps: Stampin' Up! Asian Artistry (retired), Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink: Stamin' Up Blushing Bride, Certainly Celery, Black
Cardstock: Papertrey Ink white, unknown DSP for vase
Accessories: Martha Stewart butterfly punch, recycled light chipboard box (butterfly), Stampin' Up ornament and large oval punchs, Provocraft embossing folder

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Monday, April 11, 2011

Featured Stamper, 4-10-2011

This is my card for yesterday's Featured Stamper Challenge on Splitcoaststampers.com. I chose to CASE this card from Becky's gallery. There were so many choices; her gallery is fabulous! The only things I didn't change were the sketch and the black layer. I did not cut out an oval using my nestabilites; I punched out an oval and a scalloped oval then layered them instead. I changed the image, color scheme, used different ribbon, and dry embossed the black layer. I ourposely left off the sentiment and will add that later when needed. Recipe


  • Stampset - unknown Inkadinkadoo

  • Cardstock: PTI cream, Stampin' Up! Basic Black, Baja Breeze, unknown dsp for scalloped oval

  • Ink: Archival Black, Baja Breeze, Kiwi Kiss

  • AccessoiresL Cuttlebug, "Vic toria" embossing folder, blender pen to color the image, Stampin' Up! ivory ribbon

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Teapot Tuesday!

This is my card for this week's Teapot Tuesday challenge at Splitcoaststampers.com. We were supposed to use cats because the recipient (Linda) loves cats. But, I used a butterfly because cats can't fly! LOL I used two Technique Junkie technique's on this card, Mulberry Magic and Fauz Rhinestones. I dont' have any mulberry paper so I substituted a used dryer sheet. The Crystal Effects ran together on the samller dots and so not all of my "rhinestones" turned out like they were supposed to. Oh well, I'm still happy with this card. I used a stamp from Papertrey Ink's Butterfly Kisses set on a piece of yellow designer paper, cut out both butterflies with Papertrey Ink dies , then layered them so that the top layer pops up. The ink is Momento yellow. Recipe


  • Stampset: Papertrey Ink Butterfly Kisses

  • Ink: Momento yellow, Stampin' Up! Tempting Turquoise

  • Cardstock: Papertrey ink white, Stampin' Up! Night of Navy, unknown dsp

  • Accessories: Used dryer sheet, Papertrey ink dies, border punch, Crystal Effects

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Teapot Tuesday Challenge #136


This is my card for yesterday’s Teapot Tuesday challenge.

We are dancingat the Roxy! How fun is that? I am doing the Bee Bop Wop … my little bees are buzzing across the card to get the nectar from that luscious flower with the polka dot center!

A BIG “Thank you” to Roxy71 for all the sketch challenges she has given us the last few years.

Recipe:

  • CS: PTI white, SU! Summer Sun
  • Ink: Summer Sun (marker), Distress Black
  • Stamp: unknown
  • Accessories: polka dot brad, prima flowers

Sunday, March 6, 2011

March Card for Abby



The Teapotters on Splitcoaststampers.com are sending cards to a young lady named Abby each month and this is my card to her for March.

Word on The Street is that Abby has recently gotten a pug puppy that she named Peach. The image I used is the closest thing I have to a pug puppy! And since she named the puppy Peach, I used Papertrey Ink's Melon Berry cardstock and ink as it is a nice peachy color.

I hope Abby likes this card. as much as I enjoyed making it for her!

SCS Keyword: CFABBYMAR

Recipe:

  • Cardstock: Watercolor paper, Papertrey Ink's white and melon berry
  • Image: Inkadinkadoo image, unknown sentiment
  • Ink: Papertrey Ink's melon berry, Stazon black
  • Accessories: clear glitter pen, Stampin' Up's Framed Tulips & Square Lattice embossing folders

Friday, March 4, 2011

Co-worker's Birthday Card


This is the card I made for a co-worker's birthday. Finally! A card I am happy with and not embarrassed to give away!



I saw the idea for double embossing with two different Stampin' Up! folders online somewhere recently; I apologize, but I don't remember if I saw it on a blog or on a Yahoo Group. I liked her card and realized how easy it would be to do the double embossing.



It's hard to see the image, but this was a practice piece for the "Neutral Shadows" technique from Technique Junkies. I found the piece laying on my little table and decided to use it. Here are the steps to make this card:


  1. Punch the image out with a 1-3/4" circle punch.

  2. Stamp the sentiment

  3. Double emboss the layer (Square Lattice folder first, then the Tulip folder)

  4. Cut out the die cut

  5. Glue the die cut to the embossed cardstock

  6. Glue the image inside the center circle of the die cut

  7. Attach rhinestones

  8. Glue the card front to the base

Recipe:



  • Ink: Versafine Black, Versamark for embossing

  • Cardstock: Stampin' Up! - Marina Mist, Pear Pizzaz, Papertrey Ink white

  • Stamps: Stampin' Up! Well Scripted (sentiment), Studio G image

  • Accessories: Cuttlebug, Quikutz die, Stampin' Up! embossing folders, Rhinestones, Clear Embossing Powder


Wednesday, March 2, 2011

March already!

No picture to share today, just some ramblings!

Sometimes things happen in life that are no fault of your own yet it affects you anyway. My roommate was laid off from her job a couple of weeks ago and decided to go back to Florida. Unfortunately I could not afford our apartment by myself, so I had to move, too.

Thankfully a co worker lives in the same complex and has a spare bedroom, so I moved in with her. I am glad it worked out that way - I was able to stay in the same apartment complex and I did not have the stress of having to quickly find a new apartment and move. She has a couple of small dogs (who I just love!) so I will be helping her take care of them.

It was a bit stressful, though, having to pack up and move so fast. I have not been able to (nor have I even wanted to) make a card in the last couple of weeks. Having to reorganize my stamping supplies in a new place and a trip to JoAnn's this past weekend helped get the creative desire flowing.

I made a couple of cards since Monday and another one is in the works, but I am not happy with them at all. They are both severely lacking. I guess "creative desire" does not necessarily equal "creative mojo!" One may be fixable (I have some ideas that might work) but the other had to go out today so "it is what it is."

OK, enough rambling for this morning! I hope all my friends out there in Blogland have a GREAT day!

Monday, February 7, 2011

Papertrey Ink's Make It Monday Challenge


















This is my card for the first Papertrey Ink Make It Monday challenge.

The challenge is to use a "Go To" sentiment and make a collage from the same sentiment. I used several Papertrey Ink sentiments to make my focal point.


Recipe:

  • Stamps: Papertrey Ink
  • Cardstock: Papertrey Ink white, Stampin' Up! concord crush, unknown designer paper (bird punchies)
  • Ink: Stampin" Up! concord crush
  • Accessories: Martha Stewart bird punch, unknown polka dot brads
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