Wednesday, September 12, 2012

So I'm going to seek a certain lad I've had in mind...looking everywhere, haven't found him yet...he's the big affair I cannot forget...

Happy Wednesday, y'all! First of all, thank you all so much for the love you left on the blog hop...you made my week! And now it's time for another Simon Says Stamp Challenge!
Simon Says Stamp Challenge Blog
This week our challenge is We're so Trendy...to use chevrons, hexagons, and/or neon on our creations. Here's my card:
I used the Quilt Cuts 1 Dies from Wplus9 to cut hexagons from different patterns out of the Simple Stories Happy Day 6x6 pad. I adhered them to a kraft panel, and attached that to another kraft piece with a larger border. I stamped the sentiment from the Year Round Sentiments set from Hero Arts in Versamark and embossed in white on another kraft strip (yes, I have a kraft addiction...). The star is from the same set, and I added stamped stars inside the card as well. To finish it off, I added some Ocean Twine from The Twinery. Since I was making this to brighten the day of a certain special guy, I couldn't make it too frilly. The sentiment is perfect, since that's what I call him. *wink* Here's a closer look:
Thanks so much for stopping by today...and don't forget to play along to win a fabulous prize! You can see all the details and other inspiration for the challenge on the Simon Says Stamp Challenge Blog.


Have a fabulous Wednesday!

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Let me take you down...'cause I'm going to strawberry fields...

Happy Thursday, y'all! I did some more stamping yesterday, and decided to play along with this week's Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge.
Fun sketch, right? Here's what I created:
I pulled out Say it Loud and heat embossed the sentiment in white. The strawberry is from Big Berries, and I inked that up using the Rock and Roll technique and then added the stem before cutting the whole thing out. Here's a closer look:
Using a tracing wheel, I added the faux stitching to the edges of the panels and sponged some Tea Dye ink as well. To finish it off, I sprinkled on a few Bon Bons from Stamping Bella...love those things!

Thanks so much for stopping by today...I hope you're having a fabulous week!

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

I've been long, a long way from here...put on a poncho, played for mosquitos, and drank 'til I was thirsty again...

Happy Wednesday, y'all! I have the pleasure of being in the Designer Spotlight this month for the Simon Says Stamp store, and they have some amazing things going on including a huge new STAMPtember™ release of fabulous stamps and dies! You can see them all HERE.

Simon Says Stamp was founded in 2002 with an interest in exclusively selling rubber stamps. It didn’t take long until we realized we couldn’t stop there. Over the past 10 years we celebrate rubber stamping in its full glory by giving access to people around the world to a one stop shop. Rubber stamps still remain the heart of our business and we are celebrating by hosting a STAMPtember™ event intended to inspire, educate, and celebrate the greatness of rubber stamping. Part of the enticement of rubber stamping is that stamps can be used in creating or complementing ANYTHING! From stamping dates on bank documents and postage parcels in the early 18th century, rubber stamping has dramatically expanded to include card making, scrapbooking, mixed media and many forms of altering and expressing art.

We are kicking off the STAMPtember™ festivities with a Design Team Blog Hop! The hop starts at the Simon Says Stamp Blog, and you also have a chance along the way to win a shopping spree! Check out the details at the end of my post.
For our challenge this week, we are asking you to Put a STAMP On It (you must use a stamp somewhere on your cards/creations NO DIGI'S allowed this week!)
Simon Says Stamp Challenge Blog
 
I am celebrating STAMPtember™ with, of course, a handmade, stamped card!
The focal image was cut with the All Occasion Label Die from Wplus9 and the sentiment is from the Shoot for the Stars clear set. I added some Teal Stripe Washi Tape down the side, and an orange panel embossed with the Seeing Spots embossing folder. The smiley faces are from the same stamp set, stamped in yellow ink on gray cardstock. Here's a closeup:
The finishing touch is a few self-adhesive rhinestones from my stash. THOSE make me happy!

Now...for the fun stuff...some prizes! Each of my teammates has a special handmade work of art to share with you and also more prizes along the way! Also, if you play along with the Put a STAMP On It! Challenge, you could be the lucky winner of our GRAND PRIZE $100 Simon Shopping Spree!
In order to be eligible for any of the prizes you must complete the hop, leaving comments at all the blogs along the way AND enter the challenge. You can do it! We will announce the winners as soon as possible after the hop finishes at 8am EST on Wednesday, September 12th.

Thanks so much for stopping by today...next on the hop is Sarah, and I know she has something gorgeous for you.  Have a fabulous week!

Monday, August 27, 2012

Just shoot for the stars, if it feels right, then aim for my heart...

Happy Monday, y'all! It's my day to post on The Twinery Blog today, and I thought I'd share with you here as well! Today is our first day of school down here in Texas, and I wanted to make a card for Colton (who no longer wants to be known as Cole), my big 4th grader, to find in his binder tomorrow.
I thought some Charcoal Twine would be pretty adorable as shoelaces, so I cut some gray panels trimmed in black and punched holes for the laces. A half circle works as the toe, and I added some stars on the sides and a cute little sentiment from the Shoot for the Stars set from Simon Says Stamp.  
And a look at the inside:
The stars were stamped in Neon Orange ink from Hero Arts, and the sentiment in Versafine Onyx Black over the top. I hope this made his day!!

NOW. I need you to settle an argument around here. The boys thought this looked nothing like a shoe, and said it looks like R2D2 upside down, wearing a vest. I need your thoughts! I told them I would take a poll and see what y'all said. *grin*
 
Thanks for stopping by today, and I hope you have a fabulous Monday!

Friday, August 17, 2012

And any time you feel the pain, hey Jude, refrain...don't carry the world upon your shoulders...

Happy Friday, y'all! How have y'all been? We have been running crazy getting ready to go back to school in a week...not like I'm counting. *wink*

I have a few more cards to share with you from the Dare to Get Dirty Challenges. This one features the new Strawberry Twine, Text Objects background stamp from Verve, and a cute little stamp set and papers from Basic Grey.
A closer look:
Next up is a clean and simple card with more Verve stamps:
I used two of the flowers from Abundant Blessings in bright colors, then stamped the sentiment from Fabulous You in black Versafine ink. Then I added some coarse crystal glitter to the flower centers.
Well, that's it for today...thanks so much for stopping by! I'll have more for you soon, I hope you have a great weekend!

Hey Friend Card:
Stamps: Text Objects (Verve), Basic Grey Birdies & Sentiment
Paper: Barely Banana, Basic Black, Kraft, White, Urban Prairie DP from Basic Grey
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, Versamark, Memento Rich Cocoa
Accessories: Strawberry Twine (The Twinery), Circle Punch, Dimensionals, 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon, Black Gel Pen

Fabulous Flowers Card:
Stamps: Abundant Blessings, Fabulous You (Verve)
Paper: White, Regal Rose
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, Memento Rosebud, Daffodil Delight
Accessories: Quickie Glue Pen, Coarse Crystal Glitter

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Shiny, happy people laughing...meet me in the crowd...people, people...throw your love around...

Hey y'all, happy Tuesday! I have a surprise for you today...some crafty stuff! I've been playing along with the Dare to Get Dirty 2012 challenges over on Splitcoast and having a great time! I've completed 2 cards (of the *ahem* 21 challenges that have been posted), but I sure had fun! 

Here's my card for Lydia's Challenge:
I used an old Cuttlebug alphabet die set (Red Tag Alpha I think it's called?) Then I covered the letters with Glossy Accents and dipped 'em in coarse crystal glitter. Here's a closeup:
Polka dots, scallops, and glitter. Makes me happy!
 
The next card I made was for Stacy's Challenge, and I LOVE how it turned out:
I paired stamps from Back in the Saddle from Waltzingmouse Stamps with papers from the Wanted collection by Cosmo Cricket. A match made in heaven! I stamped the sentiment first in Black Stazon on Kraft cardstock. Then I stamped the horse and rider image in Versamark on top. Here's a closer look:
I had a little helper who decided that my OTT-Lite was a perfect warmer and a great spot to nap, so I thought I'd show you. *grin*
 
Thanks for stopping by...hope to have some more good stuff for you to see soon! Have a fabulous day!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

This pair of wings worn and rusted from too many years by my side...they can carry me, swear to be sturdy and strong but see, turning them on still means goodbye...

Hi guys :) I was inspired by this post on one of my new favorite blogs. Bookmark it...you'll need a few hours and some Kleenex once you read through it. But it's good stuff.

So I realized the other day that I hadn't posted here since June 1st. That's a long time, even for me. I've gone back and forth trying to decide what and how much to share with you. Let's start and just see what happens. I'm scared to be transparent, but feel like sharing might help someone else. Off I go.
Four sets of hands and one set of paws moved into this house 7 years ago. Three sets of hands moved out in March. Our first house, the house I built with my best friend. We fought day and night over paint colors and carpet samples. Now it's someone else's home.
 Father's Day came, and I ran across this picture of Josh holding Cole when he was born. It made me remember just how much I miss this man. I tried to fast forward the grieving process. It didn't work.
These guys are growing up too fast. I find strength in their love every day. Inside me is the unrelenting urge to make the most of the years they are here with me.
 I've dealt with clinical depression for over 14 years. It's an opponent I have battled and beaten before. You'd think it would get easier every time. But you'd be wrong.
 I worked out, I sure did. But I've found cleaning and decluttering my apartment much more therapeutic. I've lost count, but I'm sure we are upwards of 10 bags donated and 10 bags trashed by now. And lots more to go.
 I enjoy apartment living. There's always someone around to hang out, chat with at the pool, or watch fireworks with from the balcony. No yard to mow, and no backyard to clean up. It's nice not worrying about fixing the garbage disposal or a drippy faucet.
I've been painting my nails. And painting. And painting. Got a nail stamping kit...combining my love of beauty and crafting. Totally fun.
 And then I painted some more...it makes me feel pretty. Everything's better with bling.
I'm learning to GET OUTSIDE. Soak up the Vitamin D. Reach out to people around me, and ask for help. It is easier to move an object that is already in motion.

I'm still decluttering my life, my relationships, my heart, and my apartment. One bit at a time, and celebrating each victory. I have not crafted in over a month, and I miss it. At this point I have so much STUFF that I'm totally overwhelmed. So I'm paring down in a major way to make room for only the things I LOVE to create with. I'm looking forward to a new, fresh start, and I hope you'll hang around for it. And Lord knows I'm a sucker for a DARE. *wink*