Thursday, October 28, 2010

New Sketch to Try!

Hello My Friends!

Well, I'm happy to say I did not blow away in these gale force winds we've been having in Northern Illinois!  They sure made for scary sleeping hearing lawn chairs, decorative pots, patio tables and the occasional trampoline blow down the streets and across the fields!  Luckily, most of our stuff stayed put!

So I found this new blog, Lord Have Mercy! and just love the gals over there!  Many of them use Copics so if your into those markers and looking for techniques and inspiration, it's a must visit blog!  They of course have a sketch challenge too!  I must admit, this is the first time I'm participating in the challenge, and love the opportunity to use my new Papertrey Ink Vintage Ornaments set!  Love LOVE LOVE it! 

The Dazzling Diamonds kinda got all over the place...but I kinda like it thatta way!  What's your thoughts?  Love to hear from ya~
Have a wonderful day!

Stamps: Papertrey Ink Vintage Ornaments Cardstock: AC Patterned Paper Christmas, SU! Marina Mist & Whisper White, PTI Spring Rain.  Ink:  Marina Mist (stamp off technique).  Accessories:  Offray Straight and Narrow ribbon White Paperstudio Crystals, SU! Dazzling Diamonds

Monday, October 25, 2010

And the 3rd today!

Guess MoJo Monday has really gotten my MoJo goin!

Clean and Simple is another fav site for my cards.  They are perfect to keep the sketch as simple or as over the top as you like!

Here's Clean and Simples sketch:
And here's Mine:
The color of ink is somewhat faded out...I'm using this new laptop, and I'm not fond of it's editing...Oh well.

Don't you just LOVE Papertrey Ink stamps??!!  I DO! The Coi is from Masculine Motifs, and I again used the Handwritten Notes and Background Basics: Woodgrain.  Cardstock and inks are from SU!. 

This is the first time I've used this set and love it's versatility.

I hope you have enjoyed all the cards I've posted.  I know it's been a long time, but hope you will all visit me again soon!
Enjoy the day!

Papertrey Ink Blog Hop

Hello again!  I know!  2 Cards in 1 day?  Well, it'll be 3 actually!  What is my world coming to??!!  Check back for a third post in a bit!

So over at Nichole Headys blog, she has a blog hop every month.  And this month is supposed to be Winter Holidays, and considering where I live, I think Halloween qualifies! 
This sketch I combined Our Creative Corner Color Challenge with Oz-somestamps sketch.  I just love Heather Scott!  She GIVES you all the measurements for her sketch!  Guess you could say Heather's Oz-some! lol~ Had to stick that one in there.

So, Here is Heather's Sketch & CCCC's Colors:

And here's Mine:
So, I've really gotten into Papertrey Ink.  They sell photo polymer stamps, and I just love them!  For this card I used Recipe Box, (I KNOW!  Since they are clear, you can take any of their sets and turn it into a background stamp!), Background Basics: Woodgrain, and Hand Written Notes.  For the cardstock, I used SU!'s Pumpkin Pie, Early Esspresso, Certinly Celery, Almost Amethyst.  Inks are Pumpkin Pie, Pear Piazza, and Elegant Eggplant.  I used Rich Razzel Berry ribbon.  I loved this card as I made it just in time to "Boo!" my I hope she dosent check my page before I get her Booed!

If you've never been Booed! check it out here!  Ton's of fun!

MoJo Monday

Hello my long lost Friends!

How have you all been? I know, it's been quite a while since my last post. It's amazing how busy you can get when you don't have a job! To jump start me back in the paper crafting mood, I thought I'd turn to one of my fav's, the MoJo Monday Blog! Everyone should visit this blog at least once a month! There is so much talent and inspiration it just ooses from the pixels on my screen! :)

Here's the sketch:
And here's Mine:
I've always wanted to be a Shabby Chic Chickie, but it's just not in me! So, I put extra effort in this one, and am please with the result! Whatdya think?

Papers are all SU! the button is Papertrey Ink, and the ribbon is a scrap I had left from long ago.

Winks and Wishes on the Windy Monday!

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Meet Rosie....continued!

Wow!  I first want to say a huge "Thank You!" to all the kind and sweet comments about my Rosie!  I cant tell you how that makes my heart so happy and grateful for you!  As I touched on with my original post, I haven't painted in a very long time and it was such a boost to my ego with all the nice and so thoughtful comments!  Thank you!  Thank you!  THANK YOU!

Rosie raised a grand total of $125!!!  WOW!  And for such a great and worthy cause!  I wish I could find out how much money was raised over all, but haven't found that information out yet!  I'll keep you posted when I find out.  I had never been to Sycamore's Ladies Night Out before, and let me tell you, it was a sea of pink up and down both sides of the street for a straight 4 hours!

Next year I hope to get more involved...and maybe I will have my own booth!

Thanks again!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010


Rosie the Riveter poster
Hello Everyone!  I have some EXCITING NEWS to share with you all!  About 2 weeks ago, I was selected to design and paint a HUGE piggy bank for the Annual Ladies Night Out in downtown Sycamore!  I was thrilled to be selected for this!  This is an annual breast cancer awareness night for women in our area.  There are tons of stuff to do, eat, see, and there's a silent auction, witch is where my Rosie will be!  For more information, visit Discover Sycamore's web page here!

The inspiration for Rosie was the 1950's WWI poster, Rosie the Riveter.   I just love the pout-y lips of the 50's   painted bright red!

This was such a fun project!  And it also showcases my other talents which I hadn't showcased in quiet a while!  It will be fun to see how much money Rosie raises as she is part of the silent auction.  All proceeds go towards the Susan B. Komen Breast Cancer Research fund.  I am so Proud of my girl Rosie!  I hope you enjoy her as much as I do!                                                                                        



Rosie's INK                    

Me & Rosie

Well, I hope you have enjoyed meeting Rosie!  She was such a fun project!  I hope to see some of you at the auction!  If you are in town, stop by NB&T and say hello!                                                                                                                                                                                      

Winks & Wishes!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Happy Birthday Jules

My good friend Julie has the same birthday as my sister who passed 8 years ago...seems like yesterday at times, while at other times it feels as if she's still just a phone call away.  So anyway!  Jules birthday was looming over head and I do so love her, but could she have picked different day to be born????!!! lol~  We went shopping a week before and we found this baking dish that matches her china!  What a find!  First, because it was her long ago retired pattern.  Secondly because it was a 9X13 baker??!!  As some of you know, I am the best shopper when it comes to finding that strange thing-a-ma-jig you once remembered from your grandmothers house in Oklahoma or where ever your grandmother's from!  I've gotten steals on Guardian Service Ware, long ago retired china, chairs, tables, hutches, jewelry, crystal, and even a chandelier! My designers eye provides me the ability to see the hidden gems in the mist of all the junk.

So I've had her gift, and her birthday came and went...I called her and wished her the best day and joked that I hadn't gotten her gift wrapped (I now have had the baker for 2 weeks! shame on me!)  She laughed and said to give it to her for Christmas..she's so funny and knows how hard that day is for me.

If I had to sum up Jules personality into one word it would be, well...I can't in one word!  But she's always singing a song with a smile on her face, and her bright blue eyes sparkling with love and laughter.  And she knows every word to every song you throw at her, but one.  One year, I got her!  You've seen those singing cards.  The ones that have songs from the 50's that are big band, and loud, and have got a beat that you can just picture yourself swing dancing to?  Well this card had the song "Your The Top" by Ethel Merman.  And she didn't know it!  Lucky me!  We had such a blast watching her memorize all the words...opening the card over and over again so she didn't miss a word!  And now Jules knows all the songs!

This card I made for Jules.  She's so 50's and her kitchen was yellow and blue for many years.  Every time I think of Jules, I think of a bright blue sky and the most sunny summer day, and sitting at her kitchen table chatting the morning away!

This is not an SU! snob card like my previous ones posted.  I say that in only the most endearing way!  And I can only say that because I was a SU! snob for many years.  I just needed to leap out of the SU! box and explore the great big world of paper crafts out there!  The stamps are Papertrey Ink, For the Graduate, and Hero Arts, Paisley.  Cardstock is SU! and I made the DSP rosette from a scrap 12x12 paper I had.  It's simple, but pretty I think!  And though I just made it, and Jules birthday was in April, I'm sure when I give it to her next week, she'll love it even though it's late!

So how late is too late to send a card?  Let me know your thoughts!
Winks & Wishes 

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Happy May Day!

Ok, So I'm a little late with that!  Actually, I've been MIA for over a month now!  Wow how the time flies!  And I've been so busy!  Mother's Day, a Stamping event where I caught up with my friend Linda Hansen, and of course my J.O.B..  Well, so much to show, I'll just get started!

This is a card I created using STAMPIN' UP! ONLY stuff!  I know!  Can you believe it?!  And let me tell you, that was hard!  I haven't been a SU! snob for a while now, and it took some digging in my stash to find current stuff and not add some other products that weren't SU!.. But I did it!  And I did it THREE TIMES~! (gasp!  I know!:)

I love them both!  Don't just hate cutting things out?  I do!  But it does make all the difference!

So here's the recipe for the Butterfly card.
CS:  DSP Cottage Wall, Always Artichoke, Mellow Moss, Orchid Opulence.
Inks:  Rich Razzelberry, Orchid Opulence.
Stamp Set: Great Friend.

Blue Card:
CS:  Bordering Blue,  Mellow Moss, Always Artichoke, Ballet Blue..
Inks:  Markers, same as card stock
Stamp:  Le Jardin Botanique  Embillies are buttons, & grosgrain ribbon, and the new SAB punch.

So you may be asking, where's the third card???  Never Fear!  It is HERE!

The colors are way off on this.  I'm not sure why...could it be the rainy day we are having in NI toying with my camera?  Most likely!  It is beautiful though.  I used the Hostess level 2 set Asian Artistry and used SU! Markers and inked up the stamp.  It is really pretty!  Guess you'll have to take my word for it! ;)

These cards were created for the Stampin event I went to in Crystal Lake.  It was such a good time!  I met several great people and learned some really cool techniques!  One of my favorite was when Beckie Cox showed us how to use a fork to tie a PERFECT bow!  And let me tell you!  IT was perfect!  Maybe I'll try my hand at making a video.....maybe .  I will definitely be showing how to make it at this months Stamp Camp!

This was the same event I got to catch up with my ol friend Linda.  I first met Linda at my first and sadly only SU! convention....  And I don't even remember how long ago that was!  She is such an inspiration to me!  It was fun chatting and seeing her since her surgery.  If you have ever considered gastric by pass surgery, I highly recommend you visit Linda's blog.  Sure there will be much more than just information on her surgery!  She is a crafter, mother, grandmother, friend, successful motivational speaker, friend, and could say she's one talented, busy lady!

Well, I have so much more I should share.  But this post shouldn't take 2 hours to read and enjoy!  You'll just have to check back tomorrow to see the pretty I made this morning!

Winks & Wishes!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Hello again my Stamping Friends!

Have you ever had the opportunity to simply stop, look around you, and feel such a sense of accomplishment and at that very same moment, feel like there's still that mountain to climb?  I must admit, that is exactly how I feel!

I promised to post about the project we made at the February camp, and about my progress on my studio.  Unfortunately, my time was eaten away by the time monster, aka house keeper, grocery shopper, & short order cook!  I have been so busy doing a mini make over on my studio, that I haven't had time for much of any thing else!

So to update you on the progress of my studio:
Paint, new (to me) furniture, hanging beloved pictures and projects, board games with the family, and snuggling up with my Bitty Girl seem to be the joys of my busy days.  Not to mention, dusting, vacuuming, patching walls, scaling ladders, changing light fixtures, and quickly cleaning up paint spills, drips, and smudges!  But it was all so worth it last night!  Well, not just last night.  Snuggling with Bitty Girl and playing board games with Travis are what makes it all worth while.  On a stamping note, having everyone in my studio where all my supplies were with in an arm's reach was FANTASTIC!  I even had 90% put away before the last guest left!  Oh what joy that was!  And this morning, my son came down to, well the same stuff that was left on the table from last night.  The only difference was it was his laundry and not my stamping stuff! :)  So happy!

Though much of my "stuff" now has a neat (that's a relative term ya know!) new home, I'm still looking for better storage for 12X12 paper.

I stole Dawn McVey's idea for button storage, and it is PERFECT!  Just like the buttons from Papertrey Inc.  I've chatted a million times about what a great deal these buttons are, so if you haven't checked them out yet, you are truly missing out on one of the best deals in the crafting industry!

One topic that often comes to mind when creating a studio space is storage.  I have almost always had a hutch of some type or other for the bulk of my supplies.  This ol...well maybe considering it was made just 3 short years AFTER I was born ol isn't exactly the term I should be using!  This lovely retro, doesn't sound any better :), hutch houses all my card stock, stamps, punches, adhesives, heat guns & powders, and anything else I can manage to stick in it.  I love how the shelves are glass as the light can shine down through it and can spot light the projects on the upper shelves.  I also love how it give vertical  height in this short ceilinged room.  Yes, the designer in me is coming out!  It's a huge unit, with tons of storage.  Perfect for all my supplies, and stylish enough for added character :)

This wall unit is from Making's a love hate relationship...Love that it's cute, and white, and houses my PTI buttons.  Hate the ribbon storage.  In order to get an empty spool off, you have to take all the spools off in between.  Not fun!  In addition, it won't hold the SU! ribbon spools.

Don't you just smile a sly little smile when you actually use some thing your hubby has tried for years to get you to pitch?  Yep!  this old frame (I can say that considering I haven't a clue how old these frames truly are:) I picked up at an estate auction at least 10 years ago.  They have made their way in every room of my previous house and now several rooms in our current home and have landed here.  Nothing original about this idea.  The fact that I completed the project is what's original!

Well, I could go on and on about my little finds and mini make over.  I'd love to hear your questions and suggestions for improvement!

Until next time,
Winks & Wishes!

Oh yes, I know!  I am a designer and though I would love to shop all the trendy, expensive stores and have everything the second I want it, in the color, size, and shape that would fit perfectly into a cute little magazine.  The reality is, I'm as broke as it gets.  And just like you, I'm doing what I can with what I have to make my house a home.  I love my eclectic finds and each of them have made their way into my home, and heart for a reason.  So, no not much is "new".  And yes, I do have a cheap white bookcase mixed with a vintage chair I reupholstered, next to a newer cherry pub set with an old "this wood isn't so good" hutch.  But I love it.  ;) Christie

Tuesday, January 19, 2010


Though today is Tuesday, all day I have thought it was Monday!  First, I was late to class.  Only 10 minutes so truly not on!  Secondly, I forgot my hair appointment.  I realized that about 30 minutes later.  And finally, to top off my day, I missed the trash guy because I went to set the trash out today, thinking it's Monday, only he came yesterday!  A whole 24 hours late!  These days off are really nice, for those of you who can handle them! :)

For this card, I seem to be stuck in fall.  I am so enjoying earthy colors and falling leaves.  We have about 3-4 inches, maybe more, of snow on the ground.  One would think that after a month of the white stuff I would be diving into summery blues, reds, and yellows!  Nope!  I'll stick with SU!'s earth elements, and PTI's terracotta tile!  I tried my best to add pinks to the mix this time.  I do like it, but I dont LOVE it.  That's ok.  You can't LOVE every project.

Don't you hate when you start to write about the deets and realize, you havent a clue what they are!  Ok, lets think. 
Papers:  Choc. Chip, Close to Coco, Bravo Burg. Very Vanilla, Rose Red.
Stamps:  Print Pattern, French Script, Le Jardin Botanique
Markers:  a mix of Copics & SU!
I think I just impressed myself lol~

Winks & Wishes!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Punched Flowers

Hello All!

Today I finally got around to making Punched Flowers!  I LOVE! LOVE! LOVE them!  And they are easy peasy to make.  Yes!  We will be making them at the February camp so no worries that you're gonna miss out on one single thing honey!

In this card I used Dawn McVey's method of making punched cards with buttons.  I just love them...did I say that AGAIN?!  Ok, so I used SU!'s scalloped circle, 1" circle, 3/4" square and their boarder punch. 
I found an old book at the SalVal with pretty yellowed pages (kinds smelled so I punched the "petals" and let them air out on a paper towel)  After they were refreshed, I used Creamy Carmel to further age them.  For the centers, I used another fav, Papertrey Ink's buttons.  (oh how I should do a card themed around my favorite things!)

As many of you know I also love to participate in sketch challenges.  I was so caught up in making my little flowers that I created this card all on my own!  I know!  With out any help!  One of the reasons I love to participate in sketch challenges is because they give you the layout.  Most of the sketch challenges I participate in are well designed...a good indicator of a well designed sketch is weather or not it comes together easily.  If not, and you fidget and fret 4-ever on it, it's probably not a well thought out sketch.  I ENCOURAGE you to step out of the sketch box!  I'm sure you will be more pleased and will have more success when you do!  Go ahead...take the leap!

Now, something else ya'll may or may not know is I have a BFA from a design school in Chicago, one of my fav cities ever!  While I love how quick this card came together, my designers eye is a lil twitchy...I have happily ever after married my design theory to the 1/3+1/3+1/3 rule and yes the Golden rule aka the Golden Triangle.  If you know either of those, your eye is a lil twitchy too! :)  Hopefully in furture posts, I will have the opportunity to further explain these theorys.  For now, here are couple quick tips I use EVERY DAY!

 1. graduate the size of the focal point in a cluster.
    This creates interest.
2.  Keep it A symeterical, and odd numbered. 

3.  Use repitition of the same focal point.  (3 mirros on the wall, 3 flowers on a project)(I must admit, I have 9 mirros on my wall!)
     The repitition creates a more modern, clean, & simple finished project.

4. Less is more when using a modern sketch.  I have a really, REALLY, hard following this rule. 

5. Daddy Bear, Momma Bear, & Baby Bear.
   Graduate patterened papers large, medium, and small.  The patterns will not compete with one another if the scale of the patterns are graduated in size.  Use this rule when quilting too!

So there are some tips I use all the time...yes, all the time.  Think it's because I'm in desigern mode 24/7.  I hope you find them helpful!  Let me know what one if you fav or if you have a fav rule, share it with me!
Winks & Wishes!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010


January seems the perfect time to do the "TRIPPLE D's" (diet, decluter, detox), its also the perfect time to evaluate your stampin supplies! This is prime SALE time for SU!. If you didnt know, for every $50 you spend in January, February, and March, you will receive a FREE stamp set from the Sale-a-bration catty! I know...$50 seems like alot. Look at it this way..

1. Organize that cardstock!

Note what you are low on, what colors you have had on your wish list, or what colors you need to complete a color family. Do the same for inks. Order what you are missing and earn a FREE stamp set!

If you order 4 inks, and 5 pkgs of card stock(cs) you will earn 1 free stamp set and you will be stocked up on supplies! Ready for a whole new year of stampin!

2. Beating yourself up because you dont have the punches you want?

Order 1 3/8" Circle
1 1/4" Circle
1" Circle
1/2" Circle
Pop up glue dots

And earn the Designer Series paper pad FREE! OR the Scallop trim boarder punch FREE! (both from the SAB catty)

3. Are the memories from Christmas already starting to fade?
Don't let that happen!

Order 1 6X6 Scrap book (Real Red $19.95 pg. 203)
          1 Christmas Jingle Simply Scrappin Kit ($19.95 pg. 165)
          1 Craft archival quality stamp pad Chocolate Chip ($7.50)
          1 Stamp & write marker Real Red ($3.50 pg. 156)
Earn the matching stamp set Tree Trimmings FREE! (pg. 28)

So as you can see there are lots of ways to earn a FREE stamp set!  Plus who know's what's on your wish list!  You may even earn 2, 3 or more!  To see the SALE-A-BRATION catty, click here!

Camille and I are going to switch things up a little and move the dates to TUESDAYS!  Yes, Tuesdays!  So Tuesday, February 2nd will be the FIRST SALE-A-BRATION camp.  We will hold another, and final SALE-A-BRATION camp in March.(date yet to be determined ). 
Don't forget to RSVP!  Let us know if you can attend!  Or if you would like your very own private camp with a group of your best gal pals, let us know and we would be happy to accomodate!

Winks & Wishes!

Thursday, January 7, 2010


Why is it that every post I start out with Ok, or So?  Can you tell I have to explain ALOT in my house? 

So, yes here it is again, I thought I would put a little bug in ya'lls ear about Sale-A-Bration!!! Guess I yelled that huh:)  Yep!  Stampin' Up!'s biggest sale of the year started a day or two ago!  And they now have CLEAR MOUNTED stamp sets!!!!!!  I just want to shout that from the top of my snowy, Christmas lit roof!!

And to beat, I found a super great tutorial on how to mount and prepare you clear mounted stamp sets!  I can't wait to get mine!  So jealous that I have to wait!  Mary Fish has the cuttest little blog I've seen in a long time!  She has made a video and posted it to YouTube.  Here is a link to her blog!  Check out her stamping studio!  Amazing what she has done with a hall way!

To see a copy of the Sale-A-Bration catty, click here

Come back and visit me.  I'll be posting new Stamp Camp Dates!
Wins & Wishes!

Monday, January 4, 2010

It's January....and Julie & Julia

Ok, so it's January 4th and the kids are back to school, and I soon will follow.  What to do in my few short days left before everything gets back to "routine"...?  Many of my friends are posting about detoxing, decluttering, and dieting.  I could use all 3 of those! lol~  So here are a couple things I'm going to put at the top of my to do list for the next 7 days:

1.  cut out hot coco!  My one true vice! I drink it all year long, which explaines why I've gained so much weight!
2.  orgnize all my cs.  Man!  Don't know if 7 days is enough time!  Any tips on how to orgnize 12x12's?
3.  Take down all my trees.  Yes all 8 or 9 of them...I've lost count and bought 2 more at the Target 75% off sale~! GEEZZZZZ!
4.  Do the MoJoMonday sketch
5.  Do the Sweetest Thing Sunday Sketch...which isnt up yet so that can be moved further down the list lol~
6.  Use the eliptical, though I HATE IT, for 15minutes twice a day.  I can do that! Right?
And finally
 #7. stick to the  list!

I watched Julie & Julia and like many, could totally relate to starting something and never finishing it.  The last think I actuall started with purpose and finished was my BFA in 2006.  One of my most proud moments in life (right up there with my babies & hubby).  I have set out for a much larger goal for the next 3 years of my life, my MFA, ED.  And while the above list is small and confined to 7 days, the movie made me realize I need smaller goals that are easier to acheive.  I can use those success, or failures, to help me take the next steps to the bigger picture. 

And I like Julie in her blog, wonder if there is anyone out there in blog land.  I'm sure there is, as I have fav blogs I frequent. So, if you stop and visit, leave me a note.  Let me know about your successes and failures in life and cs orgnization lol~  You, like me, are not alone! ;)

Winks & Wishes,
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