Thursday, November 22, 2012

Thanksgiving Nails

Well I know it's been such a long time since I posted, but we've had some unexpected things happen.  Both of my daughters did stents in the hospital with respiratory illnesses.  And while that was going on my mom had a biopsy that revealed uterine cancer.  Fortunately, the girls are doing well and my mom found out that most likely she will only need surgery to cure her cancer.

But I've had to take time away from hobbies and focus on getting my loved ones well.  I still have some work to do with that, but mom and I still find time to paint our nails.  And today we celebrated Thanksgiving--we have much to be thankful for this year--with some nail polishing!

Here's what I'm wearing today:

Ooops wish I could show you. Guess my google album is full.  Not sure what I'll do about that.  Out for now--

Hmm.  Someone suggested I use Photobucket.  So here goes...

Huh.  It worked.  Here's another view...

Hey while I'm at it here are some Christmas nails.  Whimsical Ideas by Pam in Peppermint Schtick over Essie's Marshmallow.

Cutie cute right?

I must go--but I am super excited to be able to add pictures again!!

Friday, October 12, 2012

October Workshop

Well, last month's workshop went well.  It was so much fun!  Here is what we're doing this month...

It's a mini (3x3) card set with envelopes.

It features La Belle Vie papers, a few techniques and a little sparkle thrown in for good measure.  Each packet will be $10 and have a few leftovers to take home!

What do you think?  Does it look like fun?  Feel free to contact me for more details or if you have any questions.


Monday, September 17, 2012

Aggie Girl {graduation card}

Well whatya know?  I finished the other graduation card today! 

So if you're from Texas you are plenty familiar with the rivalry between Texas A&M and The University of Texas.  I decided to play with some school spirit for this particular card.

Here'a a closeup of my favorite craft medium...glitter.  {giggle}

You'll notice I used the swiping technique on the letters.  Again I used the long and narrow style of card.  In hindsight I wish I would have used the barn wood pattern from the Dakota papers where the Whisper is--maybe next time.  ;)


Supplies: all CTMH unless noted
Paper:  Champagne CS, Whisper CS
Ink: Vineyard Berry (ret'd)  you could easily substitute Barn Red, but I didn't have the matching ribbon for that color...
Stamps:  Varsity Alphabet (E1023), Paisly Flair (C1508)
Other:  Irresistibles Houndstooth Alphas, Vineyard Berry Grosgrain (ret'd), edge distresser, glue dots, Liquid Glass, Bonding Memories Glue, silver glitter (HL)

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Good Job! {only four months late}

 So last May my mom asked me to make her two graduation cards.  One for a cousin who graduated from college and one for a cousin who graduated from high school.

Yes like the cobbler whose kids don't have shoes and the mechanic whose car never runs, there is a scrapbooker whose cards are never made.   : P

But last night I finally got around to one of them....for the Aeronautical Engineer.  And the neat thing about this long narrow size is that a check fits in it nicely without having to fold it up!

I loved this paper for her.  She's a science nerd and I think it's fabulous!!  I believe she also has a minor in Russian.  Too bad she didn't get the most of her college degree LOL!

Now to just get to that other one before the dear girl graduates college....


Supplies:  all CTMH unless noted
Paper:  Superhero B&T, White Daisy CS, Black CS
Ink:  Cranberry, Black 
Stamp: Superhero WOTG (C1487)
Other:  Black and Clear Sparkles, Shimmer Trim, Foam Tape

Friday, September 14, 2012

September Workshop: Part Two

 Well I have finally finished my second workshop project.  It's a note pad holder using the Tri Fold card.

I have to say with all honestly, my son climbed up into my lap this morning--fresh from sleep--and helped me pick the color palette.  I love it!  He also helped with the brads and bow....

I used the Swipe Stamp Technique on the bike.  HERE's a Youtube link that shows you how.

This is the little note pad, with a cute stamped sentiment on the first page.

And here's the view from the top.

At this workshop, attendees will get the leftover paper to take home and create more stuff!!

I'm hoping it goes smoothly--it's been quite a while since I've done one of these....

Supplies: all CTMH unless noted
Paper: Dakota B&T, White Daisy CS, Whisper CS
Ink:  Lagoon, Slate, Smoothie Pigment
Stamp: It's Your Day (CC1020)
Other: Creme Brulee Baker's Twine, Sparkles, Milepost Shapes, Art Philosophy, Tri-Fold card, Pewter Brads, Pewter Badge Buttons, hook and loop dots, micro tip scissors, notepad (Papertrey Ink)

Monday, September 3, 2012

September Workshop {part one}

I am thrilled to be able to plan a workshop finally!!  I am still working out the final details, but I am leaning towards have two projects featuring Flirty papers, Tri-fold cards, and or course Shimmer Trim!

For the first project, I chose a cute mini album that I found through Pinterest.  HERE is the link to the original.  It's so adorable and she used the beautiful Lucy papers.

Here is the closed up little album:

And the back:

Opened up on the inside:

The first set of pages:  I used Goldrush ink on Goldrush CS to create the first paper.

Next set.  The trim is from the edge of the B&T paper.

I left a page here without CS or B&T for a little stamped corner.

I really think that it might be my favorite page :)

And here is the view of the back of the project:

First half of it:  The center page is cut outs from the B&T with inked edges placed on Goldrush CS.  And the little mini envelope is just perfect for a little journaling....

The last half of the back:

 And a view from the top!

What do you think?  Does it look like something you would like to make?  I had a great time creating it.  Stay tuned for details about the workshop!

Supplies: All CTMH unless noted
Paper: Flirty B&T, Grey Wool CS (ret'd), Colonial White CS, Goldrush CS
Ink: Slate, Goldrush
Stamp: Love Blooms (C1511)
Other: Trifold Card, Shimmer Trim, adhesive, foam tape, Black and Grey Sparkles, Grey Baker's Twine, Edge Distesser, Art Philosophy Cartridge, scoring blade, corner rounder (HL), sponge dauber, Bonding Memories glue, hole punch

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Monster High Birthday Invites

My oldest daughter is into Monster High right now.  As in, we have the backpack, PJs, dolls, and now birthday theme.

Lucky for us, a friend has a Cricut cartridge that fits the bill!!  It's called Rock Princess and it has the cute little skull with bow that matches the Monster High theme.

Here is her party invite...

I know I've said it before, but I just LOVE the Shimmer Trim!  This is two lengths of it, one on top of the other...

I was so happy with how they turned out.  And it didn't take that long to make them...also a bonus!

Hope you are having a fabulous long weekend!

Supplies:  all CTMH unless noted
Paper: White Daisy CS, Black CS, Grey Wool CS (ret'd), Pansy Purple CS (ret'd)
Other: Cricut Artiste and Rock Princess (Provo), Shimmer Trim, foam tape, Liquid Glass, adhesive, card bases (HL), Squares embossing folder (Cuttlebug)

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Boo Wreath and Hot Air Balloon Card

I have been really working on getting things ready to kick off my very first Home Gathering.  I finally finished my display board and a home decor item.  Here's part of the display board.  Those little treat cups make the cutest cards.  The ice cream cone is from the kit and is SUPER fast to put together.  The other using the treat cup and Artiste cartridge to create a hot air balloon and clouds.  Neat how you can use the so-called Halloween papers to create something not at all spooky!

My home decor project was a wreath.  I wanted to showcase the Mini Banner and the rosettes!

Supplies: CTMH unless noted

Card One:
My Originals Sweet Surprises Card Kit, skittles!

Card Two:
Paper:  Moonlight, Champagne CS
Ink: Smokey Plum, Creme Brulee
Stamp: July SOTM
Other: treat cups, Artiste, sponge daubers

Paper:  Moonlight, Gold Rush CS, Black CS
Other: Burlap ribbon, Black Stripe Grosgrain ribbon, Artiste, black glitter (HL), Bonding Memories Glue, Liquid Glass, hot glue (HL), Mini Banner, straw wreath (HL)

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Happy Birthday Card Set Part I {Lucy}

I am working on another card set with magazine holder.  Here are two of the cards so far.

The first has one of my favorite elements...Sparkle!  I decided to stamp Happy Birthday to you on the inside and leave the outside for just a cupcake.

I mean seriously...just look at the sparkle!!  ;)

Next is a card that has a minimal feel to it.  I wanted this set to be a range of birthday cards.  I'm going to be making some masculine cards as well.  Even though this paper pack is considered 'girly', as with most packs, it can be used in a variety of ways.

Stay tuned to see the others in this set.  When I post the rest I'll list the supply details.

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

My Creations Star {La Belle Vie}

If my high school French serves me correctly, then this paper pack means The Beautiful Life.

Here's my latest project.  It's the My Creations Star covered with paper, sparkles, and butterflies.  I took A LOT of pictures trying to capture the color and details.  I'll just throw them all at ya and you can see what you think....

In the lightbox:

On my back porch:

In my kitchen in the morning sun:

Like I said....lots of pictures.   :)

I used a shape on the Artiste cartridge as a starting point for my template (cone overlay pg 61).  I inked the star edges all in black to prevent any white from peeking through.  I used Bonding Memories glue for the paper, and Liquid Glass for the butterflies.  I randomly added the tiniest Sparkles in two colors, and appropriately sized Sparkles for the butterfly body accents.

If you have any questions about this project please contact me for more details.  I'll be happy to get you on your way to making your own!

Supplies:  all CTMH unless noted
Paper:  La Belle Vie B&T, La Belle Vie Mauve CS
Ink:  Black
Other:  Cricut Artiste, My Creations Star, Sponge Dauber, Sparkles, Bonding Memories Glue, Liquid Glass