Thursday, October 28, 2010

Matthew's Birthday Card

So my son turned 25 this year. I just can't believe he's that old because I still think of myself as being 25 until I look in the mirror. Then I wonder who is that? Hmm she sort of looks familiar. Oh my gosh. That's me! When did I get old or I should say older? Do you feel that way? I forget my age until the arthritis starts acting up or I try one of the new funky dance moves and my back starts aching. This old stuff is for the birds. I like moving and shaking and doing things. I just don't seem to have the energy that I once did and my body is constantly reminding me of that. I do try to stay as active as I can. I walk the dogs everyday and get out of my seat at work as much as possible. I hate to say this but my biggest comfort in all this is that I am not alone!!!! I have so many friends that are in the same boat. And then I have some younger friends that help me feel like I'm not ready for the rocker just yet! So where am I going with all this? Oops, I was talking about my son's birthday! See? Another sign of aging. Going off the subject. Anyway I made him this card with Pedaling Past because he rides and races bikes. He is the best son and I am so proud of the young man he has become. He moved out last February and I really miss him. He lives in the same city so I do get to see him from time to time. Thanks everyone for listening.

I am in the middle of getting three rooms ready to be painted this weekend. So I probably won't get to post another card until maybe Sunday. Have a Christmas card class early Saturday morning too. Busy, busy, busy.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Uncharted Territory

I wasn't going to buy this set but it is great for making masculine cards. Very simple lines make it easy to color and the middle card was done on watercolor paper with aqua painters and watercolor crayons.
What I used to make these cards:
#1 - Sahara Sand, Not Quite Navy, and Whisper White card stock; Not Quite Navy Ink, Decorative Label Punch, and Jumbo Eyelet.
#2 - Night of Navy, Sahara Sand and Watercolor paper. Black Stazon Ink. Night of Navy
Striped Ribbon, Aqua Painter, Watercolor Crayons
#3- Whisper White and Night of Navy Card Stock. Night of Navy Ink. Not Quite Navy brads,
Striped Night of Navy Ribbon, Jewelry Tag, and Photo Corner punches.

These 3 cards took less than an hour to make. Men generally don't like a lot of fu fu so this stamp set, Uncharted Territory, makes it easy. Hope you like them.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Halloween Gifts

I have had a blast making these containers for the little antibacterial hand cleaners that Bath and Body Works makes. This style was created by Kimberly Van Diepen and is so easy to make. I used the Dark and Dreary set and the Wicked Cool stamp set to make these. They go so well with the Nite Owl and Wicked Fun DSP. The embellishments add so much and sponging around the edges of the boxes add to the eeriness. You should try making some. The possibilities are endless. I have already bought my stash for the Christmas Holidays. And here is an idea for you. Make one and bring it to your local Bath and Body Works store. You might gain a new customer or two!!! Have a great night. Mine would be better if the Yankees scored some runs in the playoff game against the Texas Rangers. It's not looking good right now. Oh well. Tomorrow is another day, Scarlet!!!!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

A Cute Snowman

I just love this little snowman and I had a picture in my head of this kind of rustic scene with him. Not exactly what I was going for but I still like the end result. Cherry Cobbler, Always Artichoke, Crumb Cake, and Very Vanilla are the colors I used here. I added one of the awesome buttons (121002) sold in the Holiday Mini which you can order on line from my Stampin Up website. Just click on the Daisy Flower to the right. The stamp sets I used were Cute Christmas, Punch Pals , and Heard From The Heart.
Well I finished up another Christmas Card class today with a group of wonderful ladies. We made 4 cards and they learn a few new techniques along the way. I have another class next weekend and one the weekend after. Yikes and then it will be November!!! I hope everyone had a great weekend. The cool weather is such a welcome to me. I love the fall and having to put a sweater on to take off the chill. I also love to open my windows and let the fresh air into the house until the temperature starts to drop in the late afternoon. Have a great week.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Batty For Christmas!

So all day I have been behind in everything I wanted to accomplish today. My daughter, Sarah, would say, "Mom, you should only try to accomplish two things per day". She said then I wouldn't get so frustrated with myself. She's right but my brain can't just pick two things. There is so much I want to accomplish and so little time! Today I planned to go out to one store that was having a great sale and I wanted to get a few Christmas gifts and birthday gifts. My girlfriend Joann went with me. She and her twin sister have been my best friends since high school and we haven't really spent anytime together for awhile so I got to thinking about that and decided to spend a good part of the day with her and figured everything else that I had planned to do could be done later. So I didn't get home til almost 4pm and my dogs were waiting patiently. NOT!!! So I took them out, fed them, walked them and then sat down for a few minutes to rest my tired feet. I started planning my cards for next weeks classes and so went up to the stamp room. There was a few Halloween candy bars on the table that I had not finished decorating and so I stopped to finish them. I took out my bat punch and punched several bats out. Well while they were laying there on the table I got an idea from the way they were situated and so started playing with them and voila', a wreath was born!!!! I hope you enjoy it. Now I have to go and watch the Yankees play ball.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Inspired By The "In Colors"

This card was made for the Late Night Stampers Challenge this week which was to use the new "In Colors". I used Poppy Parade, Pear Pizazz, and Blushing Bride. The stamp set is the Inspired by Nature. Then I took some of the fabulous new in color ribbon and frayed it. I was too lazy to use my photo box tonight when I took this picture because the Yankee playoff game was on and then Grey's Anatomy!!! And now it's time to go to bed.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Gratitude in Plaid

This is a technique that Sharon Madsen shared today called the "plaid" technique. It was a lot of fun and I did it a couple of times and each time the stamped image came out so different. I need to practice a little more but it really is easy. Here are the instructions that I got off Splitcoast:
1. Pick a lighter base color and ink up solid stamp.
2. Pick a medium and a darker color for the plaid lines.
3. Using the very edge of the ink pad, start from right to left at an angle and tap one of the ink pads the length of the stamp in 1/4 to 1/2 inch lengths.
4. Using the other color, start in the opposite direction to create crossed plaid lines...move down the stamp at 1/4 to 1/2 inch lengths using just the very edge of the ink pad.
5. Now stamp on cardstock.

I am making this card in Saturday's Autumn card class.