Friday, February 26, 2010

Sniffles, Coffee and Spills, Oh My!!

My littlest nuttykin is home sick for the second day in a row!!! Hence, the Sniffles.

After some much needed noogling and cartoon watching, he accidentally spilled the cup of coffee that was sitting on my nightstand. Hence, the Coffee and the Spills.

I raced to the kitchen to grab a rag and save the day. (Hence, the Oh My!!) I cleaned up the spill and brought the mess, including the coffee soaked cork coaster (say that 5 times in a row!!) into the kitchen and had another OH! MY!! (this time in all caps- imagine that!!)

Could I possible cut this cork with my cuttlebug??

Why, yes, it seems I can.

I had a million things to do today, before noogling and cartoons were added to the list, so I had to make this card super duper quick.

I used the colors for the Embellish Magazine Borders Color Challenge.

Of course, I could actually make a card that doesn't involve a challenge, but really, what's the fun in that?? Am I right, or am I right??

I hope you like it!! Enjoy!!




Thursday, February 25, 2010

Kudos


to Kristen for picking this scrumptious color combo for the JUGS color challenge!!! I've never paired these colors together, and my oh my, they are quite lovely together. Here's the challenge graphic for ya. Check it out and play along!!

All I have to say is, I want my room to look like that!!! Gorgeous!!

Here is my card. It is also based on this SFYTT over at I {heart} 2 Stamp!! Enjoy!


Tuesday, February 23, 2010

When Pigs Fly!!!

I never thought I would see this much snow is central Texas!!!

The kids were home for 3.5 seconds before running out the door to play!!

A snow day was the perfect time for me to 1.) have an excuse not to run errands. 2.) stay in my pjs and sip hot tea all day. 3.) stamp, stamp, stamp!!!

Actually, I didn't do ANY stamping on these cards!! I made the first one for The Play Date Cafe Challenge PDCC17, using the colors red, brown and linen. I also made it using Jen's Sketch for You to Try Challenge over at I {heart} 2 Stamp. Because this card came out looking sooooo much like a Valentine's Day card, I had to make a second one using the same sketch. Check them out:



Friday, February 19, 2010

A Day Late!!!

And probably a dollar short, but I'll have to check my wallet.

I didn't get a chance to stamp yesterday, as I had hoped, so I made sure to set aside some time today to try that new-to-me technique I mentioned yesterday.

BTW- Thank you so much to all of you who have left comments for me. I am so glad you liked my JUGS card!! It just goes to show how great challenges can be for the creative process!! Had I not been determined to complete a split negative card, I never would have made the card I made and I never would have 'discovered' this 'new' technique!


Here is what I did. (it is kinda hard to tell in the picture, but the orange shimmers and sparkles like nobody's business. Oh man, how I love a good sparkle!! KWIM, jelly bean??)


I stamped SU's awesome medallion stamp in versa mark and then used a paint brush to apply the sweet and delicate and oh so gorgeous pearl ex powder. I swear, that stuff makes me want to believe in fairies and pixies and the like!! I just LOVE it. But, can you believe that this is my first time actually using the stuff!!! I know, it doesn't sound like love, but I swear, it is.


Here's the card. Oh, I made it for the sketch 46 Challenge over at 2 Sketches 4 You.







Oh, and look, there's a butterfly!!! Who would have thought?? :-)

p.s. I have to admit, I really liked my JUGS card too, so I quick made a couple more today with a wedding theme. I will post them a bit later, but now I am off to baseball practice with the kiddos!!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Fight!!!

Have you ever had one of those days when your creative side seems to fight back??

As soon as I saw the split negative challenge over at Just Us Girls, I knew I wanted to play along. This is such a neat and easy technique. (I say that of course, because this is only the second time I have ever attempted it and because I have a knack for sticking my foot in my mouth and spouting off about things I don't know much about. Its just my way, what can I say.)

Anywho, I had BIG plans for this card. I was going to clear emboss over some stunningly gorgeous bright green and teal patterned paper and sponge with black, then back emboss for the split negative. And I did. I would show it to you now, but it is torn and crumpled and shredded and in the trash can right now.

I sooooo resisted going for the black and white effect. And really, now that it is all over, I don't know why I put up such a fight. I actually LIKE the way the card turned out.

So, the day is over and the card is finished. I am bruised and sore and tired. I fought the card. And, the card won!!

SUE?? SUE?? Is that you? I used brand new light tent just a couple of minutes ago (10:33pm) having completely missed a perfectly sunny day. (Card battles will do that, I guess.) I absolutely LOVE it!!! And thank goodness, because I don't know how well I would have handled another frustration today!! Thanks so much for your help!!

p.s. While attempting this challenge, I discovered a new technique (well, new for me. I've seen ya'll use it before, but I've never tried it before.) that didn't work for this, but got me started on another card. I'll post it tomorrow. See you then. :-)

Friday, February 12, 2010

Challenges Anyone?!?!?!?

I cannot stamp and craft today
As much as I don't want to say.
For the dishes in my kitchen sink
Are overflowing and starting to stink.
The floors should be mopped
And the groceries should be shopped.
The bathrooms are a mess,
Dust is everywhere, I confess!!
Bedrooms need tidied and beds need made.
Those pesky bills still need to be paid.
There are piles of laundry I must get done.
(Housework is just not my idea of fun!)
What's that? What's that you say?
There was another challenge posted today?
Well, of course I'm going to play!!!

And play I did. But because I have SOOOOO much other stuff to do, I had to combine all 3 challenges in one project. Go me!!!
This is a wedding card for the Caardvarks Wedding Card Challenge. It uses paper piecing for the I'm in pieces challenge over at Paper, Scissors and Superheroes. And, last but not least, I made some origami butterflies for the Asian Fusion Challenge over at Capture the Moment.


I originally wanted to add the butterflies to the card, but it was to hard to fold small ones, so I embellished a coordinating gift bag with them. Enjoy!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Caardvark's Card Magazine Wedding Card Challenge!!

Are You Ready to Get Published???

You betcha, I'm ready!! 

Ahh, if it were only that easy.  I did give it a try though.  I actually made 2 cards for this challenge and have a couple more ideas up my sleeve, too.  It is going to be a busy weekend though, so I hope I will have time to finish the others.  I really hope so, cuz keeping these cards in my sleeve is really making my arms itchy!!!

I know, not funny.

Here are my cards:


BTW, I found this awesome blog, Card Therapy, while I was admiring all of the CPS 153 Challenge entries.  Sue gave me some great advice on photographing my cards and using a light box.  After doing some googling, I attempted a homemade light box to use until I get my very own!!!  I'm not the best when it comes to being patient!!  The homemade one works better than the sunlight thru the window method- so I CAN"T WAIT to try out a light box!!!!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

CPS Sketch 153

The sun did come out today. Yea!!! But, I am so bummed. My pics of this card did not turn out that great. This is sooooo much better IRL. Bummer. Anyway, I made this for the CPS Sketch 153 Challenge. I love this layout!!!! So easy and simple to work with. There are a TON of great cards linked over there already. Go check them out. Here's mine:

Monster Party!!

I have a super easy, cute card that I am going to post later today. I made it for the CPS 153 sketch challenge. It is such a great sketch and super easy to work with. I want to make lots more cards using it. BUT, it has been sooooo cold and rainy here that it has been impossible to take good pics. So, I am going to show you some work I haven't yet posted. Here goes:




I love this stamp set. SOOOOOO cute. This was fun to make, but admittedly took me over an hour to do.



Monday, February 1, 2010

Florida

Hello my friends. How are the two of you?

We are here in sunny Florida visiting my parents and grandpa. It isn't too sunny here though. It is a mild 70 degrees, but the sun is MIA. It is still nice, though.

I thought I would post a couple of projects that I did in my 6+ month hiatus. There were only a couple of projects that I worked on and even fewer that I took pictures of, so I am probably going to drag this out over a few posts.

Here is a picture frame and the baby card like the one I posted the other day. I like the way this one turned out soooo much better than the last, but I only had a limited supply of the patterned paper from SU. Here it is. (Side note: I made this shortly after the darling little baby Addison was born in Sept and just finally sent it to her last week. I'm good like that.)