Friday, April 30, 2010

A Couple of Cards

I'm back again, a little early but wide eyed and bushy tailed. Not alot of interesting things happening. Yesterday we had our audit at school. That's where they come around and see if we're following our lesson plans. I was on top of it. Told the kids to be real good as we were having visitors and they were, doing what they were suppose to and darn if they walked on past our class and barely peeked in the door. We didn't even know they'd been there. They said we passed with flying colors. The lady doing it was impressed with our program. Good thing she didn't see them at snack time. It's a zoo.

Now back to the swap. Here are two more of the swap cards. I have since redone them by adding to them. The first is done on Hydrangea cardstock (CTMH) and ran through the Cuttlebug. If you notice CTMH cardstock has a white core so it looks a little sanded. This was layered on a White base. I tied White Organdy ribbon around it. The saying is retired CTMH, done in Hydrangea ink and sponged. I have this thing about sponging, it just kind of takes the starkness of the white away. The ladies skin is colored in with a skin tone marker. I jazzed her up a little since making this. On to the second one. The background on this one is called Seran Wrap Scrunch. It's done in yellow, orange and green reinkers. The technique is from the Technique, I wanted it to look a little hazy. I used brown mulberry paper to make the rug. I colored her with markers. the chair is done with Desert Sand and the dress with Barn Red, both CTMH. The crown is from my stash. The acrylic accent is from CTMH and says Dream. I colored the back with yellow permanent marker and tied it with yellow ribbon from my stash. I've done a little more to this one also. Still have 3 to go. Haven't started them but have an idea rolling around. First I have one due on Monday to do. It's a technique swap that I'll share, once I get it down. Ruined the first try, so now it's back to the drawing board.
Until next time, thanks for stopping. If your around tomorrow night there is a Benefit at the Eagles for a family with Cancer. There's dinner and an auction so come by if you get a chance.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

New Swap

I'm back after being busy and lazy. Sometimes I wonder where the time has gone. I get busy doing something and all of a sudden it's time to head for work. When I'm done there there isn't much energy left. I did get high speed internet the other day. Let me tell you I love it, when I can keep everything going. Had a guy come clean up my computers of which I ran a all day scan on one and cleaned it up myself, this one has a problem so he'll have to come back. The desk top has something wrong too. I've had msn as a home page for forever. Now all of a sudden it comes up in Spanish and freezes. So I now have a new home page on it and it works fine. Getting my address changed on everything has been a learning experience. Thanks to my friend, Debra, for all her help. Think thing are ok, if I could get people to change my email address in their address books.
Ok, it's time for today's share. First I'm going to show the image where have to work with. This is her. Let me tell you it's not as easy as it looks. I've only come up with a couple different ways. To me she looks relaxed and napping. She is stamped back ink and dark purple ink. I scanned 3 cards for this week so far, but I think I'm going to do some more on 2 of them. The one I'll show you today is one I'm totally done with. With that said here you go. The background is a square stamp done in shades of purple. I did it so long ago I don't remember the colors, I think they are CTMH and retired. I used a large piece of lace and wrapped it around the background. The lady is colored with colored pencil, cut out and taped on. I stamped the saying (retired CTMH) in Purple Pansy and sponged around it, then taped it down. I rarely use glue. I hope you like this, it was hard to decide what to do. The other two are close but not quite the same. I have alot of different background laying around so thought this was a good time to use some of them up.
Now I have a funny to leave you with. Our weather has been fairly nice lately so if I go somewhere during the day I leave my window down a little when I come home. Yesterday, never thinking to check the back seat when I went to work, I was a little surprised as I was driving down the singing with the radio to hear a meow in the song. Being kind of dorky sometime I just kept driving. Then I heard it again. So I said Jake are you in here and sure enough I got another meow. By this time I almost to school and don't have time to take him home. Course I have nothing to leash him to. So when I get in the parking lot, I call home and tell Chuck I have a hitchhiker. He thinks it's a person, just then Jake pops up with a meow. So Chuck comes down to get him. As we are sitting in the car the kids start getting out of school, he (Jake) wasn't sure what to think of all the kids and cars. Chuck said when he picked him up, he curled up real tight to him. Crazy cat won't do that again.
Have a great day and come back again.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Last Share for this Swap

The sun is out again and my tulips are blooming. Yes, their late, their on the north side of the house. Next year they'll be on the south end, putting in a flower bed there. Spent yesterday trying to find some pine wood for Chuck to make surveyer stakes with. So far without much luck. More trying today.

If your looking for a wedding card, this might be the design for you. All ink, paper, stamps and embellishments are from Close to My Heart. The base of the card is white. I layered it with the pattern paper from Silhouette pack. I used Vanilla Cream cardstock to stamp the rose on, it's from a retired set called, Cherish. This is a two piece stamp. The bottom was stamped with Baby Pink and the top with Cranberry. The stem is stamped with Topiery ink. It is layered on Black and black is used for the two off squares. Love was stamped with Embossing ink and I used Red embossing powder. The brads are Vanilla Cream also. It's plain but looks nice. This was a fun swap. I'm now awaiting the return cards. I can't wait to see what other people came up with. I think I used more ribbon this swap than I've ever used before.
I really hope you've enjoyed this journey with me. Come back again and see what I'm up to. Enjoy your day.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Friendship share

It was beautiful again yesterday. Today is windy and looks like rain. Got all my errands done yesterday, so today I can play. Really, I have another swap to finish, so will work on that and some small books.
Here's the share for today. The patterned paper is from Close to My Heart Silhouette Level 2 paper pack. The bottom layer is Desert Sand cardstock, stamped with the For Every Occasion and Rustic Flowers in Black, all Close to My Heart. The ribbon is Organdy Black with the acrylic accent from a give away set. You can't tell from the picture but it is cut under the flowers and the Friendship Blessing is stamped on the inside. I really like how this card turned out.
Hope you enjoyed the share as this swap has one more card to share. Come back again.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Spring has Sprung

Spring is finally here. It's official, haven't had snow for 2 weeks. I even work a short sleeve shirt yesterday, it was that warm. I'm lovin' this weather. Took a nice drive yesterday. We over Desautel pass to Coulee Dam. It's real dry down low, but green. Up higher there's lots of water and greener. They were burning some slash pile and when we came home last night the smoke was over the road for quite ways. I like wood smoke, but this was a little much. Only saw one deer.

On to the share. This card went on the scanner a little crooked. All products used are Close to my Heart. The bottom layer is Gray Wool, then Gray Flannel. The background paper is from a retired Reflection set, I can't remember the name of it. Then the Gray's again. The stamp Happy Anniversary is from Say it in Style in Gray Wool. The ribbon is Gray Wool organdy wrapped twice and tied. I like it, not sure if it's to plain or not, I think that depends on the person.

Thanks for stopping by, come back real soon.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Sunshine Weekend

Spring is really here. I even got a little sun yeasterday, got a little red on my face. Will be brown tomorrow. Spent the day at an auction. There were 3 auctioneers and lots of stuff. Chuck bought 2 welding masks. I bought 2 earring hangers. They are really cute, got them for $5. Now maybe I can find my earrings in pairs and not have to search the jewerly box.

Todays share is a time consuming one. The technique is one I learned at a Stamp Convention a few years ago. You use painters tape to tape off areas and use a stipple brush to put on the ink. This one is done with Olive (CTMH) ink. The roses are stamped in Cranberry (CTMH) and Olive ink. I did this by using markers to color the stamp. The stamp is borrowed so I can't give credit to the company. The Thinking of You is from For Every Occasion (CTMH), stamped in Cranberry. The ribbon is from CTMH in Olive. I tried to do something different on each card. Although I did use alot of ribbon with is unusual for me.

Hope you enjoyed todays share. Come back again, I have more. Have a great day.



Saturday, April 17, 2010

Belated Birthday Share

It was a beautiful day yesterday. Ended up being in the mid 70's. Had the doors and windows open. House got some badly needed fresh air. The cat even knows it's spring. He's been spending the nights out. No new kittys in site as he's fixed, just doesn't understand. Think he quite the hunter though. Not sure what our plans are for today. There is a large auction, that sounds very interesting. It has some wood Chuck would like to look at. I'm into the fun stuff, like treasures and cheap.

On my share today, I must tell you this is the first Belated Birthday card I've ever made. I started one and messed it up big time. Then decide to try this design. It's from one of the cards I got in my background and embellishment swap. Let me tell you it isn't easy, well at least not for me. Getting the folds just right is a bugger. Where it says Happy, it folds out to say Belated. The tall spot with the strips and bow says Birthday. The papers I used, are retired CTMH , Heather. The ribbon is from my stash, that was on a gift. The cake stamp and Celebrate are from the stamp set Celebrate (CTMH). I thought it turned out pretty good for the first time try. I'll get better at this fold after I practice some more.

Before I go, I'll give you a update on my school classes. We started a new quarter on Monday. I started with 8 in each class, I'm now up to 14. I have 4 boys in it, 2 in each class. Yesterday, was my Happy day. One of the boys is only suppose to come on Fridays. He said, "I had so much fun today I'm coming on Mon. and Wed. too." This is coming from a boy no one wants in their class. He was so good. Loved what he did with his pictures. I have to say, he did a great job on his 2 pages. Guess that's what make this job worth it. Even ran into some boys I had about 6 years ago, got a hug from each one of them, big old Juniors that they are.

Thanks for stopping, come back again. Have a great weekend.

Friday, April 16, 2010

A Beautiful Day

It's a beautiful day in the valley today. Was 30 when I got up at 6:30 and is 50 now at 9:00. Could be quite warm by this afternoon. Between 70 and 80 would be just great, my kind of weather.

My share today is from the same swap. It's a 10 card swap, so I have a few more cards to share. This is my Get Well card. I love this stamp, it's from I Brake for Stamps - Senior Collection. The main background is Olive cardstock (CTMH), then a piece from my stash. The Mulberry paper is from some I bought at Convention years ago. Wanted it to look like a rug. She was colored with markers. Inside says, Hope you feel better soon. I think I know it looks crooked but in real life it isn't.

Hope you enjoyed todays share. Check out the I Brake for Stamps website for these stamps. They are all really cute and have names. Come back again soon.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Sympathy Card Share

Good morning, it's going to be a beautiful day. For those that leave comments, I do read them, not sure yet how to respond on item, guess I just leave a comment too. Anyway, one comment was on some cards, Karla & I were in the same swap. There must have been quite a few in it as we didn't swap with each other. She may be in this one I'm doing now as it's with the same group. Did I tell you I love swaps. The next one is a toughy, I'll share it down the road, cause I'm still thinking about it.

Today is another share on this swap. I'm never quite sure about making Sympathy cards. They make me nervous. That may sound silly, but I not sure how to make a real serious card that I feel is appropriate. Anyway this is what I came up with. The main background is Amethyst cardstock, with Floral Impression (retired) paper, Garden Green cardstock and Amethyst cardstock. The stamp is from Faith (retired) and was embossed in gold. All cardstock and outside stamp are from Close to my Heart. The inside saying is from a stamp in my stash, is embossed in gold and says, "gentle thoughts during these difficult days". It's kind of plain but I like it. Couldn't decide if it need an embellishment or not.

I hope you enjoyed my share. If you leave a comment I'll try and answer. Thanks for looking, come back again.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Next Card Share

I was a busy little card maker yesterday. Got 4 cards done and 1 in the making. They need to go postal today. We ended up going to a glass place yesterday to get pricing on glass for a hutch that Chuck is redoing. It's very old & has curved glass doors. We are now waiting on the cost.

Here's todays share. All items are from Close To My Heart. The paper is from "Everyday Celebrations" packet. The colors are Sweet Leaf, Chocolate, Colonial White, Indian Corn Blue. The stamp is from "A piece of Cake" and colored with markers. This was tweeted from a card in the "Everyday Celebrations" kit., quick and simple.

Thanks for stopping, come back again.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Tuesday Morning Card Share

Boy! Did I get with the program yesterday. Got an email reminding us about a card swap I'm in. I've been thinking this wasn't due until May, ya right, it's due Sat. that's when it needs to be there. So I'll be doing an overnight mailing. Just what I get for being the big S word. At least I now have some cards to share.
The one today is one that I have a real hard time with, as I can never decide on the colors. Usually you'd use yellow and green because you wouldn't know the gender. I used Baby Pink and Indian Corn Blue from CTMH. I random stamped with stamps from my stash. I masked the Welcome Little One and sponged with the Baby Pink ink. I used a Indian Corn Blue eyelet and hung the little block (from the Dollar Store) from pink ribbon from my stash. It is layered on Blush cardstock (CTMH). Very simple, I was afraid the yellow wouldn't show up, so went with the pink and blue. I'll have another card for you tomorrow. Have 6 to make today and they are all different.
Thanks for coming by, have a great day. If it's raining in your area get out some stamps and have some fun.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Small Book Share

Boy, where has the time gone. Got home and things have been crazy. I can't seem to get anything done. Have had a head cold and all I want to do is sleep, blow my nose and cough. Haven't been able to totally complete anything.

Went to the post office and picked up a week and a half of mail. Got one of my little books, so I'm going to share it, as it has an unusal cover. This was made by Barbara, it's a very cool idea and one I wouldn't have thought of. It's a jelly jar lid. The theme for this book was "Faces of Men". The background she did is sponged. The man is stamped on a small tile. It is held closed with ribbon.

The next 3 pictures are by 3 different artists. The first one is by Kathy and is a God of the Sky. The second is by Karla, it is of Santa with a overlay of a snowman. The third by Robin and of the King, Elvis, yes, I was a big fan.

The next 3 are very cool. The first is Abe Lincoln, the background is of pennies. This was done by Rebecca. The next has writing and a post mark. The gentleman is Thomas Edison and is made to look like a stamp, this was made by Mary. The last is an oriental gentleman embossed in white, it was made by Sandy.These are all great and I would like to thank the ladies that did the art work. What a great idea to use a jar lid as a holder.
I hope you all enjoy these and I hope they have given you some ideas. I hope to get a couple cards done today so I can start sharing again. Thanks for stopping and come back again soon.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Just Rambling

We're back from our week vacation. Went visiting my brother and wife in Winnamucca, Nevada. We really enjoyed ourselves. Didn't get to leave here until Monday as Chuck had a bad back. Most people take a dog, we took our cat, Jake, with us. This pic is of him resting, which he did most of the time. He is a very good traveler. Anywho, we drove straight through, took 10 hours. We stopped in McDermitt for a potty break and I cashed out $30. Poor Chuck, he didn't do much cashing. Spent the next day resting. Jake spent the day wrestling with Racer, my brothers dog. They both got a work out.
On Thurs. we went to Reno. Did a lot of shopping. Went to a fabric outlet. Oh my goodness was it big, was kind of a warehouse and full of any type of material you can imagine. I found some backing for a quilt I'm going to make and some foam for the rest of Patty's chairs. Hit Ben Franklins and can you believe it I didn't spend a dime. Did do some gambling at the hotel we stayed at. I was ahead pretty good for awhile, but my hubby didn't do so well. After breakfast on Friday, I played a machine a lady had won a million on the week before. I hit it for $75 in 3 spins. We cashed out and left. Friday night we had a barbque for at Carl & Kims for some friends. We had a great time. Good food and a real fun card game. If you get a chance play "Fill or Bust", it's a very fun game.
Sat. we went to Nellies, a friends, and watched the basketball games. Carl was the only one that won. It was fun. She made a great appetizer from chicken breasts. I got a lot of great recipes to try. On Sunday we had Easter dinner with Mac, Rose and family. Rose's mom was there from Montana, so that was great fun, nice lady.
On Monday we woke up to snow. I checked the computer and there was snow all the way home. As I was sick anyway we decided to stay an extra day. I slept most of the day. Have a head cold and it pooped me out. Tuesday morning we hit the road for home and here we are.
Today will be catch up laundry and come up with some cards to share and swap. You all have a wonderful day and come back soon.