Riley's relaxing and encouraging you to do the same with this card. I just adore the Riley and Sophia collection and I am so happy to see there are new ones on the way... Woo Hoo !! Aren't you excited? I used the making memories DP for my background. I used HL and GP cardstock. My image is colored with Prismacolor Pencils and Gamsol. The ribbon is from Mike's. I used a little blue dew drop to accent my sentiment. Check out the Hanna Stamps web site to link to her blog and enter to win all the new Riley's her design team is giving away.
Monday, September 29, 2008
This is another addition to our gift basket. Merry Mochachino is one of my favorites and personalizing with the JustRite made this nifty gifty quick and easy to create. The coffee mug stamp in the middle is from a SU! set. I love my Just Rite. I can't stress enough how exciting it is to be able to personalize my gifties. I am dying to get my Baking and Christmas Ensembles. They are on order and I can't wait to get them. I used my nesties to cut things out. My long rectangles and my circles were the ones I chose. I got the recipe for the Merry Mochachino from a Gooseberry Patch book. If you own their books RUN and get yourself one of these Just Rite Stampers. You can find them here! I think the front is a little plain though so I am dreaming up ways to jazz it up.. After all it is missing my trademark sparkle and glitz.. You know how I love my stickles.
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Another Bella from me should be no surprise. As my stamp collection grows there always seem to be those brands that I turn back to Stamping Bella, Papertrey, and Stampin' Up! are definitely staples for me. I own tons of stamps from these three companies and can tell you personally that there customer service is unsurpassed. Images like this one keep me coming back to my Sistahs at Stamping Bella for all my Bella needs. The DP is Making Memories. The CS is HL & GP. The image is colored with Copics and Prismacolor Markers. Craveabella is a must have for anyone with pregnant friends. She is FABULOUS!!
Thursday, September 25, 2008
This is my card that I'm sending along with a few others to the address provided by Cammie. See my last post for details on her drive to recognize people who often go unappreciated in the way that they should be. The details of the card are as follows..
Gina K Designs has many wonderful stamp sets, but this image is one of my favorites. I wish it were bigger though. What a beautiful pot of flowers. I love this image and keep it ready stamped in my folder to pull out and color when needed. The DP is DCWV and comes already glittered (YEAH!!!) If you don't own this set.. you should get it. It comes with several phrases and images. The Bless Your Heart phrase was one I did on my computer.
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Cammie King, ULTRA fabulous designer for Gina K Designs is giving away the MOST amazing blog candy(here) you have ever seen. Cammie's life was touched by Alzheimer's and she wanted to find a way to give back to those on the from line of care for these patients, their caregivers. Cammie is right in saying that they are the most unrecognized group. Caregivers who watch over our loved ones and treat them while they walk through the unknown as they continue their journey on this earth. While I don't have a loved one who suffers from Alzheimer's I have a very beloved Grandfather who had a stroke a few weeks ago whose life was profoundly changed by this stroke. He requires constant care. My mom is their oldest daughter and when he had his stroke all of the children who don't live there rushed home to help. My uncles are remodeling the house for my Papa's new reality of necessary care and the Aunts along with my mom and dad(whose a nurse) are helping care for Papa whose in the hospital. Not everyone is able to step in and fulfill that but when you can't it really gives peace of mind to know that someone out there is willing to care for your loved ones as you would and sometimes better because their not personally vested in the patient. Go HERE!!! and find out how to enter for the MOST amazing blog candy that you have ever seen. Cammie's rules are specific so please follow them to the letter. She is so proud of this project. Help her make is a HUGE success in the way that matters most to her.. Send those cards to the caregivers!!! I urge you to support Cammie's efforts. You have no idea how happy a little thank you can make someone. Remember you can go HERE!! to find directions.
One of our most loved additions to our gift baskets is the Peppermint Cocoa. I found these cute bottles at world market. We usually fill a piping bag with this mix and tie it off with the Peppermint Ribbon. The center stamps are papertrey the rest is JustRite. The ink is Pure Poppy and Old Olive. The card stock is GP and DCWV. This Cocoa is so yummy and your house smells wonderful when you make up a whole pot of this, both mint and chocolate. YUM-O as Rachel Ray would say. The only difficult part of this recipe is crushing the peppermints. E-mail me if you would like the recipe.
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Since I was a young girl every year at Christmas our house goes into a cookie making FRENZY. It is one of my fondest memories as a kid. My mom, dad, any family friends who wanted to join, and I all gathered in the weekends before Christmas to bake cookies. Even though I have two sons I have carried this tradition on with my children and my husband. Last year we made about 2500+ cookies to give to family friends and co-workers. From large trays to take-out boxes I filled container after container with cookies. This is one of the containers we will be using to package our home made goodies in. I can't wait to get my new Just Rite Baking ensemble and Christmas Ensemble and start creating my packages for this year. Between those two things and my Cricut I think I may be able to create my own packaging, at least for the smaller gifties. The take out box was one I got last year after Christmas for pennies. The cute little topper personalizes it perfectly. Again the JustRite stamper to the rescue. LOVE IT!!!
Friday, September 19, 2008
This is my take on an Altoid tin creation. Whenever we head out to theme or water parks over the summer we inevitably have scrapes and scratches from various things. Clumsy, maybe but it never fails we tend to injure ourselves at the most inopportune times, whenever I leave my band-aids behind. I created this little cutie to carry around my band-aids and Neosporin and other incidentals like Tylenol ect.. Yes theme parks tend to give me a headache.
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Eloise is probably one of my favorite bellas. I can't even begin to tell you how much I adore her. She is my go to image when it comes to little girls cards. I am stamping several sheets of her to create several dozen cards for the Keiki Cards site. She is colored with my Copics and cut out with my nesties. I used my JustRite to add a personal message and monogram. Of course her wings are sparkled and glitzed with Stickles. The DP is from HL. I adore Eloise and JustRite using them together is a blast.
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
This is another personalized thank you. I love that I can switch between English, Spanish and Hawaiian to create our items with our personal touch. This card say Mahalo Nui Loa which means thank you very much in Hawaiian. The DP is Making Memories. The CS is HL, GP, and Pearlescent Cardstock from Wal-Mart (the pink behind the Just Rite label. The flower is silk and it's center is a Mike's Dew Drop.
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
To our closest family friends we give goody baskets. These cute little boxes are finished off with the amazing JustRite touch and will make an adorable addition to those baskets. I think that the things most remember about the holidays are the personal touches you put on your celebrations and gifts. Everyone who knows us knows how much time we put into making Christmas a really special time. This being our oldest sons senior year it becomes an even more special time because next Christmas he may be spending elsewhere. I greet everything this year with mixed emotions. I am so thankful that he is progressing toward adulthood yet I long for my cherub cheeked little boy. I often find myself looking at him with tearful eyes as I watch his journey into manhood. I feel so blessed (most times, sometimes I just want to pull out my hair ha ha) to be a part of it.
Monday, September 15, 2008
I adore pink but I love it even more when you splash in some brown. Can I just say what a fantabulous niche JustRite has garnered for itself. It is really THE new FAB product of the summer and their fall release is already on order for me. I am so excited to get my inky little hands on those new baking and christmas sets.. So, run don't walk over to their Site to get yours.. You will be so glad you did.. The DP is from HL as is the pink and brown card stock. The white CS is GP. The ribbon is Mike's as are the "dew drops"
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Another great feature of this stamper is how you can use phrasing from other languages to personalize your cards. I am from Hawaii and my husband is from Puerto Rico. We send cards all over the world. Being active duty military we have friends scattered all over and friends of many different ethnicity's. This is a card I created with the phrasing that wishes you a "Merry Christmas" in Hawaiian and our monogram in the middle. This was another JustRite winner for me. I used my nesties and perfect layers to create the matting. The ink is Pure Poppy from Papertrey. The image is of course Stamping Bella. She was colored with Prismacolor markers and her hat and boots were accented with puff paint. The DP is from a DCWV Christmas Pack. The cardstock is GP and HL.
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Well, I can say that here in San Antonio, by the grace of God, have come through Ike without a scratch. Not even a drop of rain has fallen here at our house. But, I am afraid that our neighbors to the east have not faired so well. Apparently Galveston Island, Houston and Louisiana took the hardest hit. Please keep them in your prayers and if you are a person of means please consider donating to the American Red Cross. They are still recovering from the cost of Gustav and rushing to help those in east Texas and west Louisiana. Millions there are without power. They are also asking for blood donors. If you are able to please support this tireless effort of the American Red Cross. Our fellow citizens need us.
Friday, September 12, 2008
My grandmother is the queen of the kitchen and she has the most amazing collection of recipes. She even has a cookbook published in 1921. Many of my childhood memories are wrapped around dishes at the kitchen table in my grandparents kitchen. Our family has gathered in that kitchen for 40+ years. My grandmother is still a collector of recipes she loves to find new ones and writes them all down in her handwriting. She even writes out extra copies for my mom and aunts. Some of my most treasured possessions are the recipes I have in my grandmothers writing. I created these for her to be able to write her recipes down on. The GG stands for great grandma. It's the nickname that my kids generation calls my grandmother. The card bases are Martha Stewart and the ink is SU! Cool Caribbean (LOVE that color!) and of course I used my JustRite to create the wording and center. I can't tell you how much I LOVE my JustRite.
Thursday, September 11, 2008
More stationery created with that ultra amazing JustRite stamper. It is AMAZING!!! I just love brown with both blue and pink. I think they are classic and timeless. Not surprising then that I should turn to these two color combos to create my stationery with is it? I tried to make these a little more masculine since I included both DH and I in the monogram. The paper is from the AWESOME DCWV Retro pack and the card stock is DCWV, GP, CM and HL. The rub-on thanks are K & Company. I used the new SU! punch and my Marvy punches to create the decorative edges. And threw in a few dew drops for fun.
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
In Hawaii a baby's first birthday is a huge celebration. My new niece will be no exception. I created this little gifties for my cousin and his wife to give to the people who helped them make this special day possible. The JustRite stamper the perfect tool to help personalize these nifty gifties. The tins are filled with Hershey Nuggets that were covered with labels stamped with PTI stamps. The ribbon is mike's I used my nesties and 1 3/4 inch punch to create the circle tags. Stamped with Berry Sorbet, Pretty in Pink, and Chocolate Chip.
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Another adorable animal from Rupa. Isn't this giraffe fab? I am so lovin' these animals. They are too cute and you can use them for both masculine and feminine cards. Just peeking in on you is a little phrase that comes to mind when I look at this image. I colored this image with my Prismacolor pencils and Gamsol. I used my special release papertrey set for my sentiment. The DP is from HL. The CS is from HL, GP. The ink is Chocolate Chip, Toile Pink, Basic Black. The pink cardstock is part of a shimmery pack I got at wal-mart. The 12x12 pack was only $4.95.
Monday, September 8, 2008
OK is Rupa a phenom or what!! These animals are adorable.. Doesn't this elephant just scream balancing act? Don't we all find ourselves tettering? This little elephant is going to be a go to image for me. I can't wait to show you the rest of her too cute set. Want one for yourself? you can find them HERE!!!
Sunday, September 7, 2008
JustRite Stampers are a revolution. They allow you to personalize ANYTHING you want. I used it to create this uber cute stationery that I use to send notes out with whenever I need to. This stamper is the the wave of the future. If you don't already have one, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR??, this thing is FABULOUS. When you go and get your though, don't make the same mistake I did.. GET THE SMALL LETTERS!! They raise this set to a whole new level, in fact for the $4.95 price GET TWO!! that way you can write whatever you want in whatever language you want. Being from Hawaii with my DH from Puerto Rico this comes in VERY handy..
Saturday, September 6, 2008
I know so many amazing women I think that this little phenomenal dress is gorgeous. I pieced this little beauty to create this card to keep in a stack for one of my ultra FAB gal pals. Being a military spouse has given me a unique perspective on friendships. The military places you far away from family on a regular basis and it's those friends that carry you through those tough everyday happenings that seem to pop up. Like my tow year old lawnmower breaking the weekend after DH left for what was suppose to be a 15 month span away from home. Like the time when I got so sick and DH was half a world away in Korea, it was my friends that stepped up and took care of me and my kids until my mom could come out. You know someone's a life long friend when their willing to hold your hair back while you throw up in the emergency room for 5 hours. These are the kinds of women I am truly BLESSED to call my sister's in service and my friends.
Friday, September 5, 2008
Thursday, September 4, 2008
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
I made this little Nifty Gifty to keep on hand. I know quite a few ladies that share my initial and I think these little notes are perfect to slip into a little gift bag. The template for the box can be found on Splitcoast in the resources section and the note cards were made with my long rectangle nesties. The envelope was from a template I also found on Splitcoast.
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
I made this for a dear friend who I had a birthday this month. She is a good friend who I have known for a long long time. The card box to the left has a set of four note cards inside that have her initials on them. There's a covered shopping list, a covered notebook and post it note holder, a bookmark and a card folio that contains greeting cards. Hope she likes it!!