Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Clean & Simple

So they are a little different, but the idea is the same.  I have a few weddings coming up this year, and like most things in my life, they will get here before I am prepared.  Thought I would get a head start and work on another challenge.  I just love this DSP by Me & My Big Ideas!  The stamp set if a retired SU! Sell-a-bration Happy Harmony.  Card stock is SU!'s Whisper White and Basic Black.  I used Stazon ink and embossed with clear embossing powder.

MoJo Monday on Tuesday

Since the end of year is just around the corner, I thought it is high time I got back into one of my favorite hobbies!  Card Challenges!  No, I never expect to win, expecially since I have sucha limited amount of time I can dedicate to my fav hobby.  I simply enjoy the friendly comments left by other challengers and seeing what they have created.  I hope you enjoy this Mojo Monday challenge!  I used some of my new Papertrey Ink stamps and the felted paper technique.

Inks: SU! More Mustard, Old olive, Chocolate Chip.  Papertrey's Terracotta Tile

CS:  SU! More Mustard, Choc. Chip, Old Olive.  Papertrey's Terracotta Tile

Technique:  Felted Cardstock

Winks & Wishes!

Joy, Joy, Joy!

These are the hand crafted gifts I made for friends and family this CHRISTmas.  I just LOVE! LOVE! LOVE my Big Shot, Spellbinders, and the Quickutz Mary Jane alphabet I got!  The cookie cutter alphabet is a little difficult to figure out the foam.  But then again if I had read the instructions better, it would have went much more smoothly I'm sure :)

 So this is the fist one I made.  The perfectlly square frames were bought at the dollar store in town, and yep they were a dollar lol!  The large snoflake is snowflake #2 from Sizzix in Tempting Turquois...where is that spell check anyway???!!! Ok, the J & Y are in Papertrey Ink's Raspberry Fizz while the Green Glore and Whisper White cs is from SU! along with a few of the ribbons and Dazzling Diamons (of course!).  I just cant say enough about Papertrey's BUTTONS!  You simply MUST check them out!  $5 for a large assortment of the cutest buttons ever! 

Now for another look at Joy!  I love this one too!  SU!'s Cold Play was retired a few years ago, and I like many got rid of my set!  I know!  I can't believe it either!  And of course I needed it for this so luckily my good friend E let me borrow hers!  Shes the best and this is actually who I made this for!

Again the dollar store frame.  Papertrey's buttons, SU!'s ribbons, and some DSP from Michael's.  This was so stinkin cute!  I guess I should have spelled SNOW, but my friend brings so much JOY to my life, I thought it would be more appropriate!

I have several trees in my house at CHRISTmas time...8 to be exact!  No, they all arent huge.  Some are smaller, taller, skinny, fat, on the kitchen counter, and even in the hall up stairs!  Each tree is "themed".  I have a bronze, copper, and brown in the entry.  A fun tinsil tree with hot pink in my daughters.  A formal red one in the family room down stairs.  and the list goes on. :)\

This next Joy, is missing the J & Y.  The font seemed too simple for this JOY frame.  The dollar store frames are white and in the bridal section.  I used camo paint found at Wally World for a few dollars a can to paint the plastic, it sticks better than regular spray paint and dosent run as easily.   Yes the crafter in me dosent discrimnate against anything in the manly home improvement stores!  (strange, bridal and camo in the same description!)

Ok, I used Spellbinders Fleur delis.  This is not a simple run thru the motions project here.  It takes time & patients for it to become what it is.  I also used Martha Stewarts glass beads...I'm a little disapointed in this.  If you have any suggestions on how to better adhear them, PLEASE LET ME KNOW!

Here is a detailed tutorial on the snowflake by Becca Feeken.  This gal is very good at giving step by step instructions on how to make this.  Her blog is filled with tons of information including COPICS markers.  I think you will truly enjoy Becca's talent!

These are just a few small gifts I made for gifts.  I hope you find inspiration in them and enjoy them as much as I.

Winks & Wishes!

Merry CHRISTmass & Happy New Year!

So it's been quite a while since my last post...guesst ime has gotten away from me with birthdays, CHRISTmas, family & friend gettogethers, and the joys of being a working mom!

I thought I would share some of my favorite pictures that I have taken so far this season.  I was so sad to see how FEW I actually took at my sisters!  Next year I will have to remember to put in extra, extra batteries!  Seems like I go thru thoes like 2 sided sticky tape! lol~
These are my beautiful children!  Candace is so photogenic while Trav likes to hide!  Someday I'll get a good pic of him :)   

Just between the two of us, I think she will be bald for many years!  Poor baby Girl!  She's so sweet and her personality is really starting to shine!  I wish I lived closer so I could see her more often!  It is amazing how fast she is growing!

This is a photo of a few of my bestest friends!  We went out for dinner and small gift exchange and let me tell you!  Everyone in the resturant knew we were there!  Many other dining parties gave us best wishes and a lifetime of friendship!  One guy even took our picture for us! So thoughtful!  I must admit, it was one of my highlites this holiday season!
So there is a story of why my dear friend C got a rusty looking, but not really rusty, dutch oven for her gift.  C collects Guardianware and had been looking for the dutch oven for a long time.  One early Sunday, my friend J and I went to the county flea market and stumbled upon this fine treasure! So, we bartered and after a few hours of letting the vendor ponder, we got it!  C was so surprised!      To add to the story, I needed to cook 3 turkeys for Thanksgiving.  I was using my roaster, & E's roaster and thought I would use my smaller dutch oven (with no lid).  So it was Thanksgiving eve and I was preping all the birds only to find the last turkey was too large to fit in my small d.o.!  What was I going to do!  I had to cook this last bird, but it would'nt fit in anything I had!  So, I washed up the good ol Gaurdianware d.o. and let me tell you, that turkey was FANTASTIC!  What a funny story to share with my friends over dinner!

J (holding the framed pic) is so full of life and has a song, AND knows all the words to every song you could ever imagine!  She always brings a smile to my face, no matter how down I am!  I made this sparkly, bright little, or actually large ornament for J.  It was so cute and fit J's personality to a T!  Bright, shiny, sparkly, PINK (she's always looking or wearing something pink!) and a JOY in my life!
This is E.  So smart, caring, and ever so purposeful, if that is such a word.    When you think a good steward, E would be the picture perfect person!  And as a mother of 2 teenage boys, so there is little girly time for her.  This is a super cute necklace C got her for CHRISTmas.  What was even more funny was, C got all of us necklaces this year, and knowing us all so well, each of us could have worn the necklaces she bought us that night as they matched what we were wearing!

I could ramble on and on about my wonderful CHRISTmas this year!  As you can see I have been quite busy and I hope that makes up for not posting much, or at all these past few weeks! :)

There will be a few posts coming up as I would love to share the gifts I made my friends for CHRISTmas!  They are so cute, easy, and fun!
Winks & Wishes!
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