"For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it." ~ Isaiah 55: 8-11

2.28.2009

I WISH IT WOULD SNOW / AmyR's #51 & SJCI #25...





We had thunderstorms today, and tomorrow the very tiniest, slightest chance of snow... so here's a stamp from Pink Cat Studio called Lily & Billy Winter stamps, that conveys my earnest wish for just a little bit of snow to fall here in lower Alabama!


I based this card on AmyR's Friday Sketch #51 and Stacey's Jewelry Color Inspiration #25. The white layer is embossed with the swirly Cuttlebug folder, and I colored the image with Copics. I just love these cute little kiddies!


Good night,


BIRD-DAY CARD For Meme / Mojo #75...


Yes, 2 cards in one day... why do I wait until the last minute? I based this card for my grandmother, Meme, on the Mojo #75 sketch! Congrats to Julee on 75 sketches. It takes a lot of dedication and inspiration to provide us with 'Mojo' each week~ thanks so much!!!

I used the beautiful Buttons Latte from Stampin' Up!, as well as the oh-so-cute Pun Fun. I also used another Martha border punch, threw on some faux stitching, some paper piecing, 5/8" Chocolate Chip grosgrain ribbon, and last but not least, A WHOLE LOTTA LOVE!

Happy Birthday Meme!

HAPPY B'DAY PARTNER / TECC #57...



A co-worker of Jeff has a son turning one today, so I dug into my retired Stampin' Up! sets & decided to use Cowboy Kid for his card. I just love this set! I used Taylor's sketch #57 for the layout.

I used a base of Ridinghood red, a layer of Pacific Point, and a layer of Baja Breeze that I stamped with the retired Denim background, inked with Pacific Point. I added copper eyelets to each corner.

I made the bandana print using the paisley stamp from the set, inked with Versamark and embossed in white. The bottom was torn and 3 large copper eyelet were added.

The layer under the cowboy was Pacific Point stamped in Pacific Point with the denim stamp, torn at the bottom. I added faux stitching to the bottom of this with a white gel pen. I paper-pieced the cowboys clothes, and colored his face with Copics. I made his outfit complete with a gold star brad for his 'badge'.

Thanks for looking!



2.27.2009

BOTANICALS & BUTTONS / KWerner's #43...


Hello! It's been a wild week at the house, Alex now has 6 teeth, is crawling like a pro & wanting to bite & climb on everything! Finding time to stamp has been a problem, since he's also not interested much on sleep by the time 'momma' gets home...

Here's my take on Kristina's Color Inspiration #43. I went a little crazy with the buttons, I know! I still really like this Botanical Blooms set, though! I think it's so funky!

Have a great night/day... (sometimes I'm not sure which!)

PS: Here's a pic of my little monster... he'll be nine months old next week!


2.22.2009

PIZZAZ-Y MOTIF / AmyR's #50...



Faux stitching strikes again~ I think it really helps add a punch to some cards, and it's super easy! Amy's sketch this week was really interesting... when I'm making cards for myself, I never really think outside the box as far as multiple layers are concerned. So it's nice to dabble outside of my comfort level!

I used three Stampin' Up! sets for this card. The vines are stamped in Basic black using the scroll stamp from Baroque Motifs. The flowers are also in Basic Black from Petal Pizzaz (new set), and the butterfly is from a retired set called Essence of Love, still one of my favorites! The butterfly was stamped in black, then I used a glue pen to adhere the glitter. The glitter looks different depending on the base color of what it's glued on! This is the same glitter I used on a card a few days ago (this card) but it's a lot lighter than this butterfly.

The base of this card, as well as the ribbon, is Brocade Blue, and the designer paper, also SU!, is called Urban Oasis. I used my Big shot and Top Note die for the main image & matting and the dsp strip on the right side. I trimmed the dsp down, leavng the points at the top & bottom. I also used the Eyelet Border punch again on the Gray cardstock layer.

Thanks for looking!



2.21.2009

SPARKLE-Y BABY / TECC #56 & OCC - Use a Tag...




I needed a baby card today & Taylor's sketch seemed to be a great layout for it! I had also noticed today's challenge from OCC was to use a tag... 2 birds, one stone.... gotta love it!

This cutie little giraffe is from a new Stampin' Up! set called Animal Crackers. I do love giraffes! The paper is my old stand by for baby boy cards...DCWV's Nana's Nursery Baby Boy stack. I also used my new Martha border punch again, it's my new fave!

See you tomorrow!

2.20.2009

5TH AVE. FUNKYness / CPS #103 & CTD #30...




Although I loved the colors from Color Throwdown #30, I thought they were a bit hard this week! Of course, then I looked at the weekly sketch over at Card Positioning Systems and it looked hard, too, so I thought I might as well put 'em together!

I mounted another new set for this one, Fifth Avenue Floral, from Stampin' Up! And I tell you, I have only begun to play with this set~ I LOVE IT!!!

The top flower was colored in using blender pens and classic ink. I used my glue pad to add the sentiment, which I dusted in blue glitter. I also added orange glitter (glitter from Martha Stewart, of course!) in a couple places using a glue pen. The punch is also from Martha... I saw it used on someone else's card a few weeks ago and my quest to acquire it began... isn't it great how easily we are enabled by everyone?

I know I'm not alone... my husband thinks there ought to be a support group of some kind for people like me who snap up each & every stamp/punch/brad/etc... I see, but he knows we'd just egg each other on to collect more! LOL!

Have a great day!

2.19.2009

M-O-M-M-Y LUVS COFFEE / TECC #55 & SJCI #24...



Yay! I finally got to use this new set, Sip by Sip from Stampin' Up!
Taylor's Cupcake Challenge #55 this week was the perfect, funky sketch I needed for inspiration! And Stacey's awesome Jewelry Color Inspiration #24 added just the right twist to this "boss" 50's style stamp set!


Night night & sweet dreams!

JUST BUZZIN' BY / AmyR's Friday Sketch! #49...


Here's another new Stampin' Up! set that is so cute, called Just Buzzin' By! I thought it would be perfect for Amy's sketch this week!

I stamped the flowers on the Summer Sun base in More Mustard Classic ink, punched the black cardstock layer with SU!'s Eyelet border punch, tied the ribbon (non-SU!) in a knot at one end and glued it down. The little bees were adhered with pop dots!

That's the buzz...

THOUGHTS & PRAYERS / 2S4Y #20 & KWerner's #42...




I got that call from my husband last night (he works nights)... you know the call, "honey~ I need you to make me a card & I need it done tonight... I'll owe you one." Of course I'm thinking "Yeah, just give me $5 and we'll call it even..." LOL!

Anyway, I knew I wanted to ink up this new Stampin' Up! set, Thoughts and Prayers, so I clicked over to 2 Sketches 4 You & KWernerdesign.com to looking for a muse . Kazan's sketch #20 was perfect for my card, as was Kristina's color inspiration! That's half the battle...
This card measures 5-1/2 x 5-1/2. The little flowers were punched out using a retired circle punch, 1/4 inch, I think, and then I "snipped out" the spaces in between the petals.
Thanks for looking!

2.11.2009

STAMPIN' UP! PENNANT DIE BOX...


I really like the little box you can make with the Scallop Envelope die, so I started thinking about making a box with the Pennant die. Here's a little gifty box made with the small pennants.

You'll need to cut 4 small pennants. I originally made this box using DSP, but obviously using cardstock makes a sturdier box. Leave the pennants folded, and cut off the bottom corner as shown below, on all 4.

I measured the bottom of the folded pennant, and the outside dimension equalled 2-3/4". When you make the bottom for the box, you'll use a square piece of cardstock that same size.


Next, I opened the pennant up & counted down 8 scallops from the top, counting the top scallop as number 1. I then folded the tip down at that point.


After folding all four, I turned them over and added sticky strip as shown below, to all 4 pieces.


Take 2 of the pennants, line the bottom tabs up and stick the first piece onto the second.


Continue until they are all connected, as shown below.


Then stick the ends of the strip together.


Next cut your bottom piece, 2-3/4" square, add sticky to the outside edge of the sqaure and stick into place at the bottom of the box. It will adhere to the bottom tabs.


I decided to dress my box up a little, so I cut 4 more pennant tops, using scraps of
Bella Rose Designer Series Paper. I trimmed off the scalloped edge at the perforated line, measured it from tip to end and trimmed the wide end off at 1-3/4".


Then I glued the DSP pieces to the folded over corners. As you can see in the first photo of the completed box, I added a little ribbon and the stamped heart from the Sale-A-Bration set, Polka Dot Punches, which I punched out using Stampin' Up!'s Full Heart punch.

If you decide to try this out, I'd love to see it!
Thanks for stopping by,

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