Monday, July 14, 2008

A Belated 4th of July

Better late than never, right? Well, as soon as I started to feel a little better, my little Emma broke out in a fever on Wednesday and tested positive for strep as well. Did you know that there's a shot for strep? It was quite traumatic for her, but she was already feeling better by the next morning. I only wish my antibiotic had taken effect as quickly. I am feeling better and was happy to get my fingers inky during nap time Friday afternoon.

Since the last time I stamped was way back in May, it took me a while to find a smidgen of mojo. Hopefully it'll come back to me quickly! Although the 4th of July is long gone, here's something to stash away until next year.

This card really sparkles...can you see the Dazzling Diamonds on all those stars!?!?! If not, click to enlarge! I love the extra 'kick' it gave the card. And what about the dimension? The ribbons were an afterthought, but I like the added touch. My husband said, "Looks like fireworks." With all the dimension and sparkle, might as well be!

Card Recipe
Stamps: Classic Stars Jumbo Wheel, Fundamental Phrases
Paper: Very Vanilla, Real Red, Night of Navy
Ink: Real Red, Night of Navy, Silver (Encore!)
Accessories: 3/4" Circle Punch, Dimensionals, Dazzling Diamonds, 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon-Very Vanilla, Real Red, Night of Navy

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Where in the world have I been?

Clearly not in my stamp room! I can't believe it's been almost two months since my last post. I kept meaning to 'sign off' for June, but getting ready for three weeks away from home took more time and energy than I had anticipated.

We left at the beginning of June for what was probably my favorite summer vacation ever. After a few days visiting with some of my family in Virginia, my husband and I left the kids behind with Grandma and Grandpa and took off for Brazil!!! We spent 10 days there visiting my husbands' parents who are there as missionaries. My husband and I both served missions there several years ago, so we already knew the language...we just had to remember it. LOL! It was FABULOUS and we'd go back in an instant if we could. I did miss my kids like crazy, though, and after heading back to the states we had another week to enjoy my family...more of which had shown up while we were gone. My youngest brother returned from his mission in California just two days after we returned...I hadn't seen him for 2 years, so it was a wonderful reunion!

It's been hard to get back into the swing of things upon returning home. My sister-in-law got married two days later, so by the time June was over, I was ready to crash. And boy have I ever. I picked up strep throat somewhere along the way and spend most of the holiday weekend in bed. I never get so sick that I just stay in bed. But Saturday and Sunday that's where I was. Monday morning a quick trip to the Dr. confirmed the strep throat and now I'm just trying to get better.

So, for everyone who's been wondering where I've been, there you have it. I am really anxious to get my fingers inky, but I need to take care of myself first. My card stash is completely depleted and I still owe my sister-in-law a set of cards for her birthday (which was at the end of May). Ack! Here's hoping the drugs do what they're supposed to and that I'll get back down to my poor neglected stamps. Oh yes...and with a new Stampin Up! catalog coming out soon and some things that I still need to preorder, how can I not get back down there!?!? Eye candy coming soon!!!

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Quick Mother's Day Cards

It's nice to have 'go-to' sketches when my stamping time is short, but I need to make something. Such was the case on Thursday evening. My husband was in need of a few more Mother's Day cards to take in to work. I needed a simple sketch, but also one that could be 'dressed up' enough to make it look special. To do that, I used a variety of background stamps, used different colors, and slightly different sentiments. I also made quite a mess! I'll post the recipe for each card separately. I had a hard time getting the lighting 'just right' for these. One of these days I'm going to learn how to really adjust levels in Photoshop.

Card Recipe
Stamps: En Francais, Amazing to Zany, Wordsworth Alphabet
Paper: Barely Banana, So Saffron, Papertrey Stamper's Select
Ink: So Saffron, Chocolate Chip
Accessories: 7/8" and 1" Square Punches, Styled Silver Hodgepodge Hardware, Daubers, Square Nestability, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Dimensionals, Sheer Flower by Maya Road

Card Recipe
Stamps: Paisley, Absolutely Fabulous, Wordsworth Alphabet
Paper: Bashful Blue, Pretty in Pink, Certainly Celery, Apricot Appeal, Papertrey Stamper's Select
Ink: So Saffron, Chocolate Chip
Accessories: 1" Square Punch, Styled Silver Hodgepodge Hardware, Square Nestability, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Dimensionals, Sheer Flower by Maya Road

Card Recipe
Stamps: Stitched, Amazing to Zany, All Holidays
Paper: Regal Rose, Rose Red, Papertrey Stamper's Select
Ink: Regal Rose, Rose Red, Palette Canvas
Accessories: 1" Square Punch, Styled Silver Hodgepodge Hardware, Square Nestability, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Dimensionals, Sheer Flower by Maya Road

Well, there you have it! Three similar, yet different cards perfect for any mom. I hope you like them and that you have a perfect Mother's Day. After Church in the morning, I plan on getting a nice afternoon nap followed by a dinner I won't have to cook. What is your idea of a perfect Mother's Day? I'd love to know!

Friday, May 9, 2008

Challenge Day

I rarely do color challenges because they're too 'out there' for me. However, Kristina Werner's are always fabulous. I just have a hard time actually doing them 'on time.' The challenge this week was to use the following colors:

(Brilliant Blue, Pumpkin Pie, Bashful Blue, Whisper White).

When I saw the colors, as well as the image, I immediately thought of the Summer Days Simply Scrappin' Kit and the coordinating stamps, Stitched Exotics and Stitched. So, here they are again! I also used Beate's Weekend Sketch Challenge. I can't believe I actually got around to completing both challenges today. I'm usually horribly late.

Just a few things to note...the sentiment is embossed using Whisper White Craft ink, and there's a touch of Crystal Effects on the flower center (from the Simply Scrappin' kit). Also, the ribbon is tied in a different way than I usually tie it. The ribbon on the left side is actually under the oval. The ribbon on the right side is on top of it. Does that make sense? You can click on the image to look at it close-up. Other than those few little things, it's a pretty straight-forward card.

I'm barely getting this posted in time for consideration for her round-up, due to a busy day. I'm really trying to get my bedroom painted as quickly as possible. With three little ones, that's quite a challenge. Oh to have a full day to just get it done. Not gonna happen though, I'm afraid. I've been working hard at it all week and am 'paying myself' with a bit of stamping time here and there. Tomorrow morning I'll share a few quicky Mother's Day cards I made for my husband to take in to work today, so be sure to come back for them!

Happy Stampin'!

Card Recipe
Stamps: Stitched Exotics, Stitched, Enjoy Every Moment
Paper: Bashful Blue, Brilliant Blue, Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White, Summer Days Simply Scrappin' Card Stock
Ink: Pumpkin Pie, Bashful Blue, Whisper White Craft
Accessories: Pumpkin Pie Striped Grosgrain Ribbon, White Embossing Powder, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Crystal Effects, Slot Punch, Dimensionals, Nestabilities

Hello Oranges!

I started this particular card quite a while ago. I had the image panel completed, the sentiment all ready, but needed the striped grosgrain. It just makes the card, in my opinion. The orange slices that are stamped on the Whisper White have been stamped off once. The orange slices on the Pumpkin Pie have Crystal Effects on them...I used a toothpick to spread it around.

I've been stamping a lot this week, but they've been Mother's Day cards that my husband has been taking in to work to sell to his coworkers. Of course, all the stamping takes place at night and I've forgotten to take pictures the next morning before they head off. It's been flattering to have the cards sell. My husband actually suggested it, and I'm very grateful for his support.

I'm hoping to take a stab at Kristina Werner's color challenge later today. No promises, but look for another post this afternoon! If I'm not back, have a fabulous weekend and happy stampin'!

Card Recipe
Stamps: Fundamental Phrases, Tart & Tangy
Paper: Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White, Summer Picnic Designer Series Paper
Ink: Pumpkin Pie, Basic Black
Accessories: 1-1/4" Circle Punch, Ticket Corner Punch, Dimensionals, Styled Silver Hodgepodge Hardware, Pumpkin Pie Striped Grosgrain Ribbon