Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Christmas Tree and Happy Holidays

Two VERY clean and simple cards for Christmas:

The Christmas Tree -  using Snow Swirled from SU.  I heat embossed the tree in Silver and it's matted with Night of Navy.  The bow (navy, also) looks almost black in the photo.  The pearls were colored with Copics.

My second card is using a sentiment from CTMH and I've heat embossed it in gold.  I dry embossed the white panel with the Swirls embossing folder.  The woven type ribbon is actually some that I've had for several years that came off a Christmas package. 

What's the deal here......I'm not chatty at all!  Not to worry though, I'm sure I'll be back with my usual bull soon enough - like maybe for another Funny Friday (if I can get my act together by then)!

Thanks for stopping by..............

Monday, November 28, 2011

Stamps R Us Challenge

The theme for the Stamps R Us Challenge for the next two weeks is so easy and I know you'll want to join in on all the fun!  Show us your embossing!  That's right....just create a card, scrapbook page, or any other project,  with some type of embossing on it and enter into our current challenge.  You could win a wonderful prize package from our sponsor, Sketching Stamper Digi Stamps.  ALL of her digis are fabulous so be sure and check out her store.

This digi, Christmas Cabin, can be found in the Sketching Stamper Digi Stamp store - along with so many more great images.  I colored it with Copics and Prisma pencils, cut out a frame with some SU punches, and mounted it on dimensionals atop the white background that was embossed using the Square Lattice die from SU.  My trees in the background look a little washed out (I used Old Olive and a blender pen), so we're just going to pretend that it's snowing so hard we're almost in blizzard conditions behind the cabin (even though we now have a little blue sky)!!!  I was going to put some Liquid Applique on those branches to make it look like snow, but just couldn't get the look  I wanted - so I just kind of dabbed the blending pen on the branches and left some white - then went over the white with my Stardust pen.  The "snow" on the roof and in the foreground is glittered.  The sentiment is from an unknown set of images that I had picked up at Walmart last year.

I'll enter this in the challenges at Cardmadfairy Digi Days Challenge (winter wonderland), Simply Create Too (Christmas), and Repeat Impressions DCC1123 Designers Choice Challenge (Christmas with a snowflake).

Hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving or weekend.  I, for one, am glad everyone has gone home now! LOL!  It's always great to see family and friends, but also nice when they're gone.  We had a good "day after" Thanksgiving with a lot of good food, etc.   I'll pop back in with a another posting on Wednesday - hopefully!  I just haven't felt very creative the last few days - maybe just too much else going on.

Thanks for stopping by........

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Happy T-Day!

Tomorrow is T-Day (Thanksgiving Day)....It's a really big day here in the U.S. as that's when everyone gets to sit down to a huge meal, stuff themselves, and not feel bad about it.   Actually, it's a day of thanks and I know I have so much to be thankful for.

I'm not real sure about this day at all.....You make at least three trips to the grocery store buying everything you can get your hands on because you don't know if you'll need it or not, clean house for several days when you know it's just going to get dirty again, begin cooking no later than Tuesday, and then try to find room in the frig for all this stuff.

Ok, the big T-Day is finally're already exhausted from all the prep for this day but you wake up EARLY and get the bird in the oven, spend all morning finishing up the cooking, and welcome your family or guests.  You sit down to this HUGE meal that would probably feed three times as many guests as you have - spend 30 minutes eating - and then spend the next three days washing dishes, trying to figure out what to do with the leftovers,  and cleaning up the house again!  Surely this can't be FUN!  But, somehow it always is!

We're actually having our Thanksgiving on Friday this year.  So tomorrow, I guess Jim and I will just have a hot dog and not worry about it!  On Friday, we only have 8 coming for the BIG MEAL which is very nice as we usually have between 15 and 20.  Jim always fries our turkey, but won't be able to this year and I'll miss that....but think we're doing what this card says and just have ham!

Whether you celebrate Thanksgiving or not.....I hope you have a wonderful day.

I'll enter this in the challenges at Belli Challenges (Thanksgiving), The Stamping Boutique (Thanksgiving), and  the challenge  at Sassy Cheryl's (Anything Goes).

I'm going to take a few days off here and won't be back around until Monday - but will try to pop in to visit your blog this weekend sometime.

Thanks for stopping by.........

Monday, November 21, 2011

One Big Button and a Door

I made a card similar to this last year but it wasn't for Christmas.  It's another one of  my "git 'er done" cards (CAS).  I think the hardest part is fraying those edges on the material to get it to look decent.  I made two of these - one having a green button on it and the other a clear button.  The one with the green button looks cute but just wasn't showing up that good for a photo.  The sentiment is from SU's Warm Words.  Then I just had to add the little bell on some red floss.

My second card is a CASE of a card I saw on Donna's Designing Keepsakes blog.  I really liked her door better, but here's my ATTEMPT at making one.  I made the wreath using a MS punch and added several red rhinestones to it.  The "door knob" is a small brad (and probably should have been a larger brad) and the panels were stamped with a SU background stamp and then popped up on dimensionals.  I don't have a scoring tool so did all the scoring on the panels/door with my paper cutter and a stylus (so, there is some scoring on this but you really can't see it in the photo - which may not be a bad thing!!!). 

Thanks for stopping by...........

Friday, November 18, 2011

Ann and Andy

Short story here ( or will try to keep it short anyway).......

When my first granddaughter was born, I got a "wild hair" and decided to make her a Raggedy Ann doll.  Not a problem at all....yeah, right!  I struggled, ripped out seams, sewed feet of backwards, name it and I did it.  After several weeks (sad, I know) I finally finished the doll and SWORE I'd never, ever, do another one!  I even instructed my daughter on how not to have any more babies!  Well, lo and behold, she didn't take my advise, and had another one - and another girl.  Again, not a problem as I was NOT going to make another one of those dolls.  After her pleading and begging, I finally broke down and made one.  Ok, all is good now!  YES!

Then my son got married.......and here comes another grandchild!  I again did a little instructing and begging and told them I didn't care if they had triplets - as long as they were boys!  But no....another girl!  Now my son could care less if this baby had a doll but along comes my daughter and said I HAD to make another one as it just wouldn't be fair otherwise (nothing like giving Mom a guilt trip)!   So last month I made a last, final, no-way-ever-again Raggedy Ann!!

Several weeks ago, I get a phone call from my daughter's two girls and they said they wanted a Raggedy Andy to go with their Raggedy Ann's for Christmas.  I started laughing and said, "yeah, right" - LET ME TALK TO YOUR MOTHER!"  So my dear daughter gets on the phone laughing saying that's really all they're asking for. Well, kiss my happy hiney - it's NOT going to happen!

Ok...... I have one more Raggedy Andy to make and figure I'll probably be nominated for either Best Mimi of the Year or Dumbest Mimi of the Year. (Have you ever noticed how really creepy the faces are on these dolls!)

Thanks for spotting by..........and hope everyone has a great weekend.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011


I was lucky enough to win a slot in Holly's Rubber Redneck Stampede on-line class a couple of months ago.  Check out her wonderful blog and the next time she has a class, consider signing up.  She has great information, tips, sketches and prizes.  This was similar to one of the cards I completed for the class.  I changed it up a bit by adding some paper piercing and fluffing out the flowers using a stylus - and I don't remember what else I did different, if anything..

 I'll enter this in the challenge at Creative Belli Challenge (paper piercing) and The Pink Elephant (embossing).

Hope everyone is having a great week......and I MAY have something a little different on Friday if I get off my duff and get it finished (no, not another Funny Friday - sorry)!

Thanks for stopping by.........

Monday, November 14, 2011

Bring on the Bling

Our challenge over at Stamps R Us is themed "Bring on the Bling"!  You have two weeks to submit your entry.  Our wonderful sponsor is Crafty Sentiments and if you're the winner of our challenge you'll receive a fabulous prize from them.

I've used some Basic Grey DP for this and popped up the image inside a circle nestie.  He's got Stickles on his ear muffs and glitter on the snow.  The ribbon is some kind of shiny, shimmery, red stuff ( borderline GAUDY! LOL!) with wire so you can shape it pretty much any way you want.  I punched out two very small snowflakes and placed a red rhinestone in the center of them.

We never see snow in this part of the country - well, very seldom.  I'd really like to see a tiny bit so if any of y'all up north get tired of being hammered by the white stuff, send some to South Texas!

I'll also enter this in the challenge over at Crimbo-Crackers (themed Make it Sparkle)

Thanks for stopping by........and be sure and check out the challenge at Stamps R Us.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Hey, Sugar

Since I'm playing nurse right now, I thought this was an appropriate card to make!  I think it'll make a good "get well" card for someone with a sense of humor!

The image is from Just Inklined - and mercy me....I wish I had cleavage like this!!!  Guess I'll just have to keep dreaming!   The sentiment - what can I say here.  You've probably heard the expression "Cowboy Up", so why not "Butt Up"! 

Thanks for stopping by........hope this puts a smile on your face and have a great weekend.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Another Mouse

I promise you won't be seeing mice every week on my cards - but I just had to do little Cocoa peeking behind that pumpkin for a fall card.  I don't normally send out many cards for fall and Thanksgiving but I love all the colors of fall.

It was my intention to stamp this image and then stamp it again and pop it up....however, after coloring it, I decided it looked fine as it was and I wasn't going to try to color another pumpkin and mess it up.  I sponged a little around the patterned paper and main image with some soft suede and embossed the orange panel.  The sentiment, from Studio G, was stamped in Tangerine Tango (SU) and then I went over it with a Stardust Glitter pen.

I was actually able to get into my craft room a little this weekend and made a couple of cards.  I parked hubby in front of the football games on TV and he didn't seem to want to move a whole lot then!  Bring on more football! LOL!  He's doing pretty good except for me hovering over him all the time! 

The sketch I used is from The Sweet Stop (SSS133) and I'll enter this card in their challenge.  I'll also enter it into the Come and Get It Challenge (themed  Autumn).

Thanks for stopping by...........and I'm working on a Funny Friday so stay tuned.

Sunday, November 6, 2011


So many have been making pretty cards with that poinsettia die from Spellbinders.  I started checking into maybe purchasing one but kept holding back since the only time I'd use it is at Christmas...and what else can you do with a poinsettia die, except make a poinsettia!  (I'm sure some one will come up with something else to do with the die, but I just can't think of anything right now) 

So, being the "cheap-o" that I am, I went on a search for a poinsettia that was just the right size.  Since I live in a very small town, the only places you could find this type of thing are at Walmart or the Dollar Store.

Ah...the Dollar Store - I can always find all kinds of junk in there to come home with!  They had these very tiny flower pots with poinsettia's sticking out of them and some little gold balls on a stick.  Sounds tacky and trust me, they really are!  However, it was just the right size I needed.

I disassembled the entire pot of poinsettias and started from scratch with all the pieces.  After putting it together I sponged Bravo Burgundy on the edges of the leaves and then  used a glitter pen to kind of highlight them.  The sentiment (SU) was embossed in gold.

A very CAS card and there were enough flowers in that tacky little pot to make about six or eight cards.

I'll enter this in the challenges at Mark's Finest Papers (fall or winter theme), Crimbo Crackers (Christmas/Anything Goes), and Clearly I Stamp (color challenge).

Thanks for stopping by................

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Sleeping Mouse

I just LOVE mice!  Not the real ones of course, but any other kind of mouse just makes me happy.  They're kind of like a teddy bear - makes you want to give them a hug!

This little guy (or gal - I wonder how you tell the difference in a male and female mouse.....Um...something to think about for sure) is Bigsby in a Wreath from Karen's Doodles.  The sentiment is from Stampabilities and I used the Swiss Dots embossing folder on this.  After coloring and cutting out the image I popped it up on dimensions and then added some Glossy Accents to the Christmas balls.  It sure seems early to be really getting with the program on Christmas cards but guess it'll be here before you know it.

Sorry I don't have another Funny Friday for you this week - maybe next week.  Hopefully I can find some time to create this weekend.

Thanks for stopping by..........