Friday, February 29, 2008

Can't wait to stamp it up this weekend!

Hello everyone! It is 75 degrees here and gorgeous. Perfect weather for TX if I do say so myself. This past week was a little crazy at work so I didn't get too much creative time in. I did hang out with my friend Kim on Wednesday night and do some stamping. Paula Bloom let me borrow her strawberry paper trey ( set to play with. I wanted to make the same card she made ( because I absolutely loved it. So here is my attempt. For some reason Wednesday night I was measurement challenged and could seem to cut a square. I kept having unequal measurements so I handed what I had cut correctly and the stamped images to Kim and let her make them for us both. We made two each of these cards b/c we both wanted one. We had a lot of fun and have since both ordered this stamp set. Thank U Paper Trey for creating this set!!! I love it!

Anyway, on my way home from work today I stopped at my local scrapbook store and picked up the stamping bella! She is so cute. I can't wait to make something with her.

Hope you have a great weekend and I will be posting again soon. I am placing a big stampin up order this weekend for the stamps from the new mini! I can't wait to get them.....

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Verve Visual stamps ROCK!

I just got my star stamps from Verve Visual but couldn't play last night b/c I had stamp camp. When I got home tonight I decided to break them out. For some reason I really wanted to do something with the blue bayou paper. So I used my 6X6 pad from Nana's Nursery paper b/c it coordinated and went to work. Wouldn't you know I was about to order a pack of very vanilla cardstock and already had some. Good thing I looked through my stash. That could be a sign that I have too many .... Nah!
Anyway, I want to thank for giving me the idea. I love, love, love the card she made. I would have never thought of layering the card this way. That is why we are so lucky to have a blog land full of wonderful creative stampers to inspire us. Thank You!

I made this card for a real close friend of mine who just got promoted and is moving back to Alabama with her three babies (triplets). I will miss her dearly. She isn't really a pink kind of girl so I thought the blue would suit her perfectly.

Thanks again to Verve Visual ( who really makes the best clear stamps I have ever used. I am about to go on and buy another set tonight! Now that is a completely satisfied customer! You should give them a try if you haven't already. They are having a sale right now for 15% off their stamps. But hurry! It won't last much longer.

Hope you all are having a wonderful week!

Monday, February 25, 2008

And...I'm back...with lot's of things to show you

Tonight was my stamp club. We had a really good time and got to make some cool things using the Salebration stamps. I really didn't think I had a need for these sets until Denise started showing us what you could make with them. Now of course I want at least one if not two of them.

Last night, I went to Paula Bloom's for dinner. It was her son's birthday. We had a really good time. I took a picture of the card I made for him. I whipped it up about a half hour before we had to go. I thought I did a pretty good job. I love the color combo in this. I don't want the "in" colors to go away. I love them all!

And last but not least. I have a card I cased from Paula bloom with a borrowed stamp set no less. It isn't as "heavy" as Paula's b/c I am not as good at adding depth but I really love it. I mailed it to a friend of my husband's who just found out they are expecting a baby. I wanted to do it with yellow and green but realized I don't have a good yellow stamp pad. I only had the so saffron.

Hope you like all the postings. Hopefully I will have time create some this week. I just got the star set from Verve Visual and I can't wait to use it! I have to make a promotion card for a friend.

Let me know how your week is going if you get a chance....

Saturday, February 23, 2008

The search for an umbrella and pickles for dinner

Hello everyone! Sorry I haven't blogged this week. I have been very tired this past week. So I've pretty much been working and sleeping. I am recovering from mono and it seems like any time you get run down you feel like you are getting it again. But luckily for me ... I think I was just tired from have a sinus infection. Well enough about me.

Last night on the way home from work I stopped by to see my friend Paula. She invited me for dinner. We had fresh deli sandwiches (so yummy) and I ate a ton of these bread and butter pickles that she got from a specialty store. Next...we headed to my favorite room in the house...her stamp room. She has so many stamps I just want to move in there! Last night I was determined to help her find the Umbrella clear stamp to her stamp set from my favorite things. Guess what...we searched everywhere and couldn't find it. Darn it. Those clear stamps could stick to anything. Oh well I guess it will be a good chance for me to go back and search for it again. While on the search I saw so many fun stamps. I'm telling you that her room is addicting. Anyway, I guess I should get up and get going this morning. My friend told me that the new cuttlebug cartridges are at Hobby Lobby so I will have to go and see. I want the pin dot one.

I do plan to post some things this weekend so please come back and visit.

I am looking for the perfect Easter stamps. Leave me a comment and let me know who makes your favorite Easter stamp.....

Talk to you soon!

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Retail Therapy

You know what I think is pretty funny? I spend all week thinking about all the things i am going to get accomplished on the weekend and when it gets here I procrastinate by going to my local scrapbook stores and quilt shops and visiting with friends. Shame on me. This weekend I went to Scrapping Bunnies this fabulous little store not too far from where I live. They have great stuff. This past weekend they were having a 50% off sale which of course I had to partake in. So since I didn't do chores this weekend, I decided to make cards. I felt the need to accomplish something and paying bills and balancing the finances isn't too fun. Here is a card that I saw a layout on splitcoast for. I loved it so I tried it myself. Believe it or not I have had my stamps from My Favorite Things and hadn't even broken into the plastic. So today I opened them up and made what I think is a pretty cute card. I am really working on making "heavier" cards. That means more layers and stuff. My friend Paula Bloom (see link on my blog - Love blooms in me) has perfected this art. I really like cards that are either Heavy or very simple. I can't seem to find any middle ground. So for now I will operate on extremes. I really like the way this card turned out...I even stamped the inside with the saying "Good Friends are Priceless" and stamped some shoes and a purse to add a little detail in the purely pomegranate ink on the purely pomegranate paper to give it a little extra added effect.
Card Recipe:

Black card stock 5X5 finished card size
Bali Breeze Card Stock
Purely Pomegranate double stitched ribbon
Black stamp pad
Jewel embellishments
White Gel Pen

I made this card for a good friend of mine. Out of the blue she sent me a valentines package that included "Valentina" the valentines boyd bear and some yummy chocolates. It was very sweet of her to think of me. Especially since I didn't get a chance to get a card out to her for Valentines day. So hopefully this card will make her smile. She and I love to shop together. We have been doing it for years and years! We know every mall in our hometown like the back of our hands and were never afraid to brave the malls the day after Thanksgiving. Hope she likes it!
Talk to you soon!

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Rain Rain Go Away....

It has been raining like crazy here in TX. This morning I was awoken by what I thought was my husband dropping things in the next room but instead it was marble sized hail pelting my house and the surrounding areas. I haven't seen hail like that before! Anyway, I promised I would upload my moose cards but got sick yesterday and didn't get out of bed the whole day! I did watch a couple movies though which I never do. I saw "No Reservations" with Catherine Zeta Jones. That is a great movie! I also saw Suburban girl which was suprisingly good as well.
Anyway, today was a great day. I got to spend time with our favorite twin neighbors. Both seven year old adorable girls. They always have so much energy! Tonight, I got to go to dinner with my friend Paula Bloom ( and her husband. Her husband and mine talked the whole time and I admired her beautiful cards and saw in person the new cuttlebug cartridges. Oh my gosh! I have to have them.....Especially the pin dot one. I will have to drop a few hints around the husband. Paula also made this awesome Strawberry card that I love. I will have to try and replicate it! It is so cute. Maybe this will prompt her to post it on her blog for you all to see!!!
Anyway, today I worked on quilting a little so I will try and create some new cards tomorrow. There is a great sketch I saw that I want to try.

Here are the Riley the Moose stamps! They are fantastic! They are even cuter in person if that is possible. You will want the moose in the chair for sure and if you plan on doing anything for St. Patty's day you will want the other one. I also bought Riley with the beer in his hand but I haven't made anything with that one yet. I want to try out the chunky glitter that my friend Kim bought from Stampin up. She used it on a clover and it looked awesome!

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Happy Valentine's Day

Hello! Today is Valentines day! Hope everyone is having a good one. It is amazing to me that this Holiday creates such a stir. People really should tell/show each other they love them on an ordinary day. I guess it takes some men getting close to in trouble by their significant others to get out there and buy some flowers. Today when I was driving to work with co-workers, I saw a man with a vase of beautiful flowers in his front seat holding them and checking them over while he drove. He kept checking them to make sure they looked okay it was kind of funny. We honked and gave him the thumbs up and he smiled and gave us the thumbs up.
This crazy day has almost come to an end and I forgot to even write out my husbands valentines day card. It is made though. I will have to go write it out in a minute. My ideal Valentines Day has changed over the years. Now I am just happy to not spend a $100+ dollars on dinner and then have my significant other spend $60 on flowers that probably won't last a week. I have other things I would rather spend the money some new stamps...

Speaking of! I got the two new stamps from Elsybell's. So so so cute. I made a card for my friend Kim ( for Valentines day and gave her the stamp and sentiment along with the bucket (target $1 bins) in the picture below. I used the crimper to give the hearts some texture and painted the coffee stir sticks a robin egg blue. I pulled it all together with some pink and robin egg blue ribbon that I had on hand. I put some Peanut butter hearts to top it off. Her and I always hang out on Wednesday's to stamp so I wanted to do something creative for her. The card above uses the new bali breeze paper from stampin up on a chocolate chip cardstock. This bali paper is so nice. I like all the sheets but thought this one would work best. I used a pink glitter pen on one of the girls dresses but you can't tell in the picture.

Last night Kim, Vanessa, and I hung out and stamped. It was a lot of fun. She played with her new stamps and then we stamped out our Riley the Moose stamps.
By the way, all the co-workers liked the candy bags. I think the guys even liked them too. Well at least the chocolate that was inside. That I am sure of!

Check back tomorrow and I will have three new cards for you that are sure to put you in the St. Patty's day mood.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

It's a great day!

Today was a great day! I got 1000 hits on my blog. It is so nice to know that I can share my passion with others. I really love blogging! I will have some blog candy to celebrate 1000 hits soon.

Well tonight, I got home early. I decided to relax and watch a movie and finish my 50 candy bags for my co-workers. I can't wait to give them out at work. I like doing things for people who aren't expecting it. I think it is great how a small gesture of kindness can brighten anothers day. Just like my friend paula bloom ( who named my blog "E" for excellent! and my friend Kim ( also made my day when I got my mail and there was a handmade valentine from her. I feel very thankful for friends and this creative outlet. Hope everyone has a great week! :0)

More creativity to come as I use my new Riley the moose stamps ( and finally get a card finished with the Hey there cupcake set from Eclectic Paperie ( Hope you will come back and visit!

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Go ahead and cut into that paper you have been admiring!

I promised you I would post my new creations today so here they are. I was online at my friend Kim's house last night and we were looking at all the challenges for card making out there. I decided to make my own challenge. I had brought a pad of the K and company Wild Saffron paper and some embellishments and by darn I was going to cut into that paper. I don't know what I have been waiting for. The end result was that I stretched myself creatively. I really like the result! I took these to work today and people really liked them. I hope you enjoy them as well. Please leave a comment if you do! It brightens my day to see what others have to say. Hope you are having a great week! The weekend is almost here and I have lots of crafting to do to get all my Valentines in the mail in time. By the way...has anyone seen the green M&M's that are out right now....I am thinking St. Patty's candy bags with a topper and the St. Patty's day Riley the Moose from Hannah Stamps. I know, I know, I still have a holiday in front to finish up before moving to the next but I can't wait to start on it!!!

Talk to you soon!

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Still making valentines....

Hello Everyone! Only 7 more days till Valentines and I still have a bunch of cards to make and get in the mail. Tonight I was supposed to be doing that but I got side tracked. Tune in tomorrow to see what I made. I want to take a picture of the finished products in full light. This card was made a few days ago for my friends little boys. We made two of them and I really liked the way they turned out. I used the 6X6 print pad (level one hostess set) and the new real red striped ribbon. This is a must have item. I am going to have to get it in the blue as well. Hope everyone is having a great week and having lots of creative energy. I have been seeing a lot of beautiful creations out there in blog land... Here are a few I really liked:

An Awesome Baby shower favor (you won't want to miss this!) Great work!

This site has some really cute party favor boxes that are perfect for girls or boys. I really love these!

This was my favorite card layout/stamp mix I saw today! Super Cute!

Two for the price of one on this website

A very creative Monkey card

A really cute card using the new friendship stamps from Elsybells (see places I like to shop on the right of my blog) these are so cute---I want them!!!

Very nice valentines card using the mini set from MFT (my favorite things)

Gotta love the creativity and layers to this card!

I really like how the paper was used to create a visual frame on top of the base. I bet this card is stunning in real life! Great job!

Well I thought it would be nice to share some blogs today b/c I really get inspired by all the creativity out there! Thanks for sharing with me!