Monday, February 28, 2011

Happy Birthday Colby

It has been a Mad Monday around our home!  Mind you it has been freezing cold in California, not like what the people on the East Coast have in endured, but for us 30 degrees is quite cold!  The thermostat on the heater died and the repair company can not get to us for two days. My hands have been cold so I decided to use them by spending time coloring.

OK, there is a brighter side to what ever happens!  Believe me when I say that I am a lucky person because I was an educator for 42 years and I was able to touch the lives of so many children and they in return touched mine and still do!  I have one very special young man, my cling on when I had him, who lives close by and has become a fantastic adult.  The card I made is for Colby who's like a son.  We are both dog lovers and that makes this the most appropriate stamp for him.

I choose Our Craft Lounge's "Pat the Bad Dog".  His dog, Moose, doesn't go after the shoes but he decided to leave a special package when he was inside Bass Pro Shop the other day.[lol]  So, Pat was the right stamp to choose.

I love Graphic 45 paper and their vivid colors. I am so thrilled with the way the card turned out and I know Colby will love it!

Here is the list of the supplies I used.

Wishing you a glorious Monday!  Thanks for stopping by.

Happy Creating!

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Our Craft Lounge Challenge 54 - Ribbit

It's Saturday night and after attending a fantastic baby shower for twins during the day, I decided I needed to get my card completed and so I did! 

I must say I feel very fortunate to have the stamp I chose for today!  Yesterday, my sister and I attended Scrapbook Expo in Anaheim where we were able to purchase four of the new release stamps from Our Craft Lounge.  It was a hard decision on which one to use since they are all so cute!   I  finally chose "The Pond" to use on my card.

Now I needed to make another decision - which stamp to use.  Well, the lily pad and frog won out.
 I took the liberty of flipping the sketch because I felt the lily pad need to be oblong.  I stayed with blue tones and I am very happy with it.  The supplies I used are listed below.
 Thanks for stopping by.  Have a wonderful Sunday!


Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Black and White

 Happy Wednesday!  I have been looking forward to working with black and white paper for a while but I could not make a decision on it until I found the right stamp.  When I purchased Our Craft Lounge's stamp set, "Vintage Traveler", I just knew I was on the right track. 

I used Memento Black ink to stamp on Copic X-Press It Blending Card. Next I mounted the images on black cardstock from Die Cuts With a View finally used Canvas Core papers called: Black and White Mini Dots Reverse along with Black and White Ribbon Strips.  While you can't real tell from the picture, I used pop dots to the top and bottom image.

It is a very crisp, clean card and I am totally pleased with it.  Hope you like it as well.  Thanks for stopping by.

Have a great Crafting Day!


Monday, February 21, 2011

Irish Blessing

It is another beautiful day in Southern California and a holiday to boot.  Today I have a very simple post since March is rapidly approaching. The stamp I used is from Peddler's Pack and is called, "Shamrock Background. 

The paper I chose is from Best Creation, " Saint Patrick's Collection" and the cardstock is from Bazzill.

Martha Stewart's clover punch was used as an embellishment along with yellow grosgrain ribbon.  The sentiment is written by hand since we were out traveling in our motorhome at the time.  Copic Markers used include:  G40, G82, G85, Y11, Y15 and YR12.

Thanks for stopping by.  Hope you have a wonderful beginning to your week and a sensational crafting day!


Sunday, February 20, 2011

A Special Gift of Love

It is Sunday and a beautiful day in California.  With all the rain yesterday and snow elevation in our mountains low we have a beautiful view of the San Gabriel and San Bernardino Mountains.  They are absolutely gorgeous today!

As I said yesterday on my post I spent the day making cards.  Have you ever been invited to three showers on the same day and it also just happens to your sisters birthday? lol   Well, I have.  So today I am going to share a couple of the cards I finished for the baby showers.  This first one will be off to Florida for my cousin's shower.  You guessed it, I will not be attending.

Browsing online I found this beautiful digi stamp by Wink Wink Ink entitled "Blossom Baby".  I fell in love with it and knew it was the right picture for a baby shower.  The card I made is an easel card.  It is in peach tones just right for a baby girl whose name will be Marlee Rose.  Thumbing through my stash of paper I found the perfect paper by Graphic 45 from their "Baby and Bride Collection".  I love it!!   


Isn't she the cutest?  My next card is going to stay here in California close by.  My friend is having twins, a boy and a girl, so I decided to make the flower shades of lavender and the paper and ribbon as well.  This beautiful paper is from Webster's Pages, "Your Life, Beautiful".  On both flowers I used Martha Stewart's crystal fine glitter to accent the tips of the petals and the little wings on the baby. 

I should have taken a picture of the insides since it is for twins, but I forgot.  The verse on the inside says:

                    Two sweet little treasures
                            sent from above,
                       a coo and a smile, both
                          wrapped up in love.
                   Congratulations on your new

I do not remember where I found this little saying and who's the author but I changed it a little to work for the twins.

I hope you like the post today and that you will take the time to leave a comment.  Thanks for stopping by!

Have a great crafting day!


Saturday, February 19, 2011

Our Craft Lounge Challenge 53 - Glitter in the Wind

Happy Saturday!  With rain off and on today I spent most of my time working on my cards.  Getting the pictures perfected and completing the post seems to be more difficult at times than I would like.  So, there are times I just avoid it.   Today I just knew I had to get it done!

What will it be this week?  That is the questions I ask every Friday when I head to my computer to check out Our Craft Lounge's Blog and the Friday Challenge.  To me this one was quite different, a picture!  I have never attempted a challenge with the picture and I wasn't really sure how to go about this.  After studying the picture for a long time, I looked for the paper and came up with the combination I liked.  Next, I looked  for the stamp.  I just knew that designers would use OCL's "Pretty Petals", so for me that was out of the question.  When I came across "Dandy Days" I thought that I could make this work and my hope is that it did!

So here is my card with and without the sentiment.  I am not sure what they call this type of card but I like the way it opens and the layers it provides. 

Inside of Card
I hope you like the card and my variation of the challenge!  Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to stop by my blog.  If you can, please leave a comment. 

Have a great crafting day!


Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Birthday

Happy Valentine's Day and it is Monday, the start of a great new week!  

It seems as though I have so many friends having birthdays this month that I needed to get on the ball and make a few birthday cards.  So today I chose my favorite little hedge hog from Penny Black.
I really am a dog lover, especially Golden Retrievers, but I am smitten with Penny Blacks Hedge Hogs.

It is a  very simple card and I know my friend will enjoy it.
 Thanks for taking the time to stop by.  Hope you will come back.
Happy Creating!


Saturday, February 12, 2011

Erin Go Braugh!

Wahoo!  I am finally able to get another post in the same day!  I must admit that I have become intrigued by many of the digi stamps.  I was checking out this one company called Doodle Dragon Studios and I came across this cute Leprechaun.

Not everyone is interested in Saint Patrick’s Day but as a former teacher we celebrated every occasion.  I even had one friend who would sneak into my room and make leprechaun foot prints all over the file cabinets, the desks and even some on the walls.  It was great fun!
I hope you like my little card and I thank you for taking the time to stop by!  Have a wonderful Crafting Day!


OCL Challenge 52....Buttons and Bows

Well here it is another challenge at Our Craft Lounge and I am ready to play!  This weeks challenge is Buttons and Bows.  It reminds me of an old Dinah Shore Song - Buttons and Bows where she sings "I’ll be yours in buttons and bows."

So here is my card and I just love it.  I chose the Easter rabbit from “Hoppin’ Into Spring”.  Isn’t this little guy adorable?  He reminds me of Peter Rabbit and great childhood memories.  When I pulled this stamp out I knew that the Graphic 24 - “Once Upon a Time Springtime Collection” was the paper to use.

It is always a great pleasure when people stop by and visit the blog.  It is very much appreciated as well as comments.  That is how we learn.  If you would like to become a follower that would be great too!

Thanks for taking the time and please come back often.
Have a great crafting Day and Happy Valentines Day!


Wednesday, February 9, 2011

OCL Challenge 51 - Jungle Love

Wow what a long week even though we are just in the middle.  After finishing our traveling and finally reaching home, I was too tired to do anything.  So I guess you could say-- Better Later than Never!  So here is my post for Our Craft Lounge Challenge 51.

This is a color week using the colors chocolate, white, and pink.  I choose Our Craft Lounge stamp set: “Jungle Love” with the sentiment “I’m Bananas over you”.

 Thanks for taking your time to stop by and see my work.  I hope you like the way the card turned out. Please leave a comment if you have time.  I'm very happy with the way this card work out! 

Wishing you a very Creative Day!