Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Halloween Treat

Better late than never. I know I said I would try and post something a few days ago but taking care of my grandpa has taken presedence over this. But here is the post I promised. If you email me inquiring about this pattern I can get back to you but it won't be for a few weeks since I'm not home right now.Using a pattern I found at Splitcoast I created these sweet little treats for my friend's daughters. Since my sons are in High School things like this really don't wow them like they used to when they were little. The DP is from Hobby Lobby as is the regular and glitter Cardstock. The stamps are from Just Rite Stampers and SU! The ink is SU! Pumpkin Pie and Basic Black. The ribbon is from Mike's.

Friday, October 24, 2008

I'm HERE!!!

Well after a 14 hour plane ride and some settling in I'm Here! What a joy it is to see my family again. My grandpa is doing better and is a real pistol. He's a firecracker. The Home Health Care therapists are amazed at his recovery speed. He's finally eating regular food a few times a day. We are having a great time. I'll try and add a post tomorrow with a new card. I even got to hold my God-Daughter for the first time since she was born in June. I'll tell I think that she has got to be the CUTEST little thing ever!! Well must be going..

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Leavin on a Jet Plane.......

Three weeks ago my beloved Grandfather had a massive stroke and is in the process of recovering. Stroke recovery is a LONG process and although he is making a lot of progress the road has not been easy it's been full of two steps forward and one step back days.  I will be taking my turn at helping out and taking care of my Grandfather for about three weeks. I am looking forward to being home with my grandparents but I am sad to be going for this kind of thing.  I wanted to add this blurb to my blog to talk about Stroke awareness. Stroke are deadly and quick. In a matter of a few minutes my grandfather went from an 87 year old man who could still mow his 1/2 acre lawn and repair his own car to a man that needed round the clock care and a feeding tube. Strokes are PREVENTABLE! Please visit the THIS SITE to educate yourself about stroke prevention. I think that you'll be AMAZED at how susceptible your loved ones are to strokes and the EASY things that can be done to prevent them.

Take A Break

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Many times I make cards and leave the sentiments off until I need the card. Then I can tailor it to suit my needs. This one, even though it has the "take a break", has not main sentiment and I can create the card I need. The main image is colored with Copics and cut out with my nesties. The ribbon is from my Mike's stash. You'd be surprised what you can find in the dollar bin at Mike's.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Pamper Yourself

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Another Riley card for your viewing pleasure. The DP is from DCWV and the cardstock is both GP and HL. The phrase I created on my computer and punched it out with my SU! punch. The main image is colored with my Copics and my Prismacolor Markers. A little ribbon accents my phrase.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Another MFT Break

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This MFT stamps is fast becoming one of my favorites. I am definitely going to have to add the others like it to my collection. I kept this one simple. A few dew drops and a splash of ribbon and it's all she wrote. Many of my cards are simple. I have a simple style when it comes to card making. I love the clean look. You won't find very many cluttered cards here. I think this is a lesson learned from my early scrapbooking days. My first pages were extremely busy and as I continued on my style became simpler and I let my pictures be the focus not the decoration. In my cards my thought is to let my message be the star. Because to me that is the most important part. The DP is HL. The image is MFT. I used my nesties to cut out the image and background. Dew drops dot the corners. My image is colored with Copics and my Mike's ribbon completes the card.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Riley Thanks

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Sorry about the crooked photo. It's been a long few weeks. The image is from Hanna Stamps. It's colored with my Copics and I cut it out with my Nesties. The DP is HL. The cardstock is GP and DCWV. The little ribbon accent is Mike's.  I love this image. I love all the Riley's and Sophia's. They are just adorable. This one just makes me feel relaxed. I love coloring my images it's the part of this craft that soothes me. Give me a container of markers and a few images and I am a happy girl. Hope you like the card...

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Cheers to You... Take a Break!

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I Love this image.. You can find it HERE! The sentiment is of course from Stampin Up! and you can buy them HERE! I used my SU! ink also. The ribbon I got at Mike's. My main image is colored with copics and cute out with my nesties. I hope you like it!  Birthday's are special days, I am always thrilled to celebrate my husbands birthday and my children's way more than my own. I look at my husbands birthday celebration as recognizing the day God placed the person he made especially for me on this earth. I celebrate that years ago he created him and sent him down especially for me on that day. And of course celebrating my sons birthday's because those two days were miracles for me.  Life is so much more spectacular when you have moved ones to share it with and having these two that bring all things into my life is nothing short of amazing.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

I'm Not a Quitter!

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If there's one thing I'll never quit, it's chocolate. Chocolate makes the world a happier place don't cha think? The DP is from Target the image is Stampendous and I purchased it at my LSS. It's colored with Copics and matted using my perfect layers system. It's a simple quick cute card to give someone who needs a lift. Isn't this image delectable?  Everything in it looks YUMMY!  I saw the sentiment somewhere and it totally fits me, "I'd give up chocolate but I'm not a quitter." I think this is my life's motto. Chocolate and I have a forever love. hee hee hee..

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Fishin' Riley

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There are several friends of our who consider fishing bliss and I made this card with them in mind. My DH is among them. I don't have the patience for fishing but used to go along on family outings when the boys were younger to help out. Now that they are older I am more than happy to stay home and stamp or scrapbook rather than bait hooks and touch slippery fish. Moving on the the card details.. The DP is DCWV. The cardstock is HL, GP and DCWV. The main image is colored with Prismacolor Pencils and Gamsol. My nesties were used to cut out the image and sentiment.  Check out the line of Riley's and Sophia's at Hanna Stamps. You could find so much to love there.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

In My Thoughts

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I love this sentiment.. "You're in my thoughts today" . But I am unhappy with the  placement of it. It's lost in the leaves. But I am in love with this tree. The DP is DCWV. The cardstock is DCWV and GP. The ribbon is Mike's.  The image is of course Papertrey. I wanted something clean and simple for the guys in our lives. We are so fortunate to have some tremendous people to call our family and friends. Our sons both have tremendous Grandparents and Godparents, not to mention the countless aunts , uncles, cousins and friends. I always try to have cards on hand for our kids to send out to the people that matter to them.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Wise Owl meets Out on a Limb

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I'm not sure that I am feeling this card at all. I like to color my images close to what they look like for real but try to add a splash of color with a brighter belly. The stamps are all available at Papertrey. If you haven't already discovered in Papertrey run over there and you'll find clear stamp nirvana. They have a fabulous style with a few surprises thrown in to keep everyone coming back month after month. The sets I used for this card were Out on a Limb, Wise Owls and the Out on a Limb additional set.  The inks were Versamagic and SU! and my cutie pie owlie was colored with my Copic markers.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Papertrey Meets MFT

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I love these MFT images. The flower filled tubs are so versatile. You can use them for so many occasions. I used  a DP scrap I had for the background.  The sentiment tag was created with my Papertrey set Mixed Messages and my Nesties.  The main image was colored with my Copics.  I used my nesties to cut out the main image and also to mat it.  A little mike's ribbon finishes off my tag.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Chamomile Thoughts

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I love these stamps that MFT carries. They are perfect for just about any kind of card. You can use them for a dozen different things. The main image is colored with my Copics, except for the Fleur de Lis that is colored with an irridescent marker I got at Office Max.  I used my perfect layers system to mat my main image. The flowers stamped in the circles are from my papertrey collection and so is the sentiment stamped in the bottom right corner. There's a dab of stickles for sparkle in each of the flowers centers. I used SU! new punch to create the scallop border.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

MFT's Take a Break

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I think the DCWV Retro Pack is one of my favorites. Pairing it with my nesties and Primas are a perfect match for me. I love The browns when paired with both blues and pinks. They are my favorite color combinations. Sorry about the crooked photo. The prima centers are dotted with Stickles to add a little sparkle. My image is colored with Copics.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Youth is a Gift

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"Youth is a gift of nature but age is a work of art." As I get older I appreciate that sentiment more and more. But I haven't had to look very far in my lifetime to see how true this statement is. DH and I are fortunate enough to have all of our Grandmother's still blessing our lives. We are lucky to have them they bring joy to our lives in ways that we could have never imagined and we are all the better for having them.  In the next few weeks I will be traveling to Hawaii to take care of my maternal Grandfather who suffered a massive stroke a few weeks ago. My Papa is a work of art. I am so thrilled and blessed to be able to return home and give back the tiniest fraction of what he has given me over my lifetime so far.  I am truly blessed to have this opportunity and thrilled to be going home to be with them when they need me. I hope that you enjoy the card.