Tuesday, March 8, 2011

New Goals...

I have decided to try and set two new goals for myself.  The first being to create at least one card or project a day, and the second being to share them with you.  I have loved being in my stamp studio and look forward everyday to making my cup of tea and heading downstairs to see what I feel like creating.  The past few days have been quite productive and I would like to share a peek of what I accomplished!  I have SO MUCH patterned paper and love using it in my cards.  This first project I used a sheet of Bazzill cardstock to create the base of the cute card holder and inside there are five coordinating cards.  With some coordinating papers, a few stamps and embellishments and you have a great gift for anyone, any occasion.  I love how it turned out, I hope you do too.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

A few days late...

Going to try and upload some pics today of some of the projects I have been working on.  I am going to be spending the entire day in my stamp studio so hopefully I will have lots to share with you over the next few days. Here are a couple close ups of the project I showed the other day.  I used Tim Holtz Distress Inks, a few Tim Holtz stamps, some Ranger UTEE (Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel), a page out of an old poem book that I had in my ephemera bin, as well as a Prima flower, a few mica tiles and some scrap ribbon I had.  

Here is a card I made the other day and just hadn't had a chance to post it yet.  I'm sending this one out so I wanted to make sure I grabbed a pic of it first.  I used Bazzill cardstock along with some of my favorite Chatterbox papers that I bought at a garage sale last summer.  I went there to look at a Cricut Expression but ended up buying over 400 sheets of Bazzill cardstock, tons of Chatterbox papers and kits and some Stazon Opaque White ink pads with refills for only $40 total!!!   I believe that was my sale of the summer!  Loved it!

I used one of Lindy's Stamp Gang Glitz Spritz on the flower to brighten in up a bit as well as adding a few gems for little sparkle.  

Okay, heading down into the studio now to hopefully create lots of new cards that I can share!  Have a great day everyone!!


Saturday, February 26, 2011

Where does the time go....

I can't believe I haven't posted since August.  I had such good intentions to keep up with my blog and time just seems to pass me by before I know it.  In some cases, as with my dear husband Ronnie being in Afghanistan, I want the time to fly by so he can come home to us again.  But in other cases, I look back and realize that time ran out on the things I had hoped to do.  Visiting my Aunts & Uncles, cousins and friends is one of those things.

My Uncle Francis passed away today.  I hadn't seen him in years and I regret the time lost.  Even though I know I am much older, I still feel like that young girl that couldn't wait to visit my Aunt Dalene and Uncle Francis in Cedar Rapids for a week during the summer!  I always had so much fun and truth be told - usually got whatever I asked for.  :)  (Like wanting to go rollerskating even though my cousin Lorie was grounded - we got to go, of course!)   Unfortunately, when we were home for Christmas we didn't get a chance to see much of the extended family.  I had hoped a visit this summer would correct that.

In my mind, as crazy as it sounds, I still see my Aunts and Uncles as they age they were then.  I don't think of them as being older now, more fragile, less resilient.  Truth be told, I see my parents that way as well.  It's easier that way.  My parents are so full of life and hopefully I have many, MANY years before I have to feel the sorrow that a few of my cousins have had to feel.  I cannot imagine and I am in no way prepared to start.

If there is a silver lining, today's news got me back into my stamp studio.  I felt a great need to get inky fingers and create mindlessly, with no idea of where my journey would take me.  Earlier today I had visited an enormous flea market in Nashville and found a huge bundle of shipping tags that were calling my name.  I grabbed those, my Tim Holtz distress inks and started to play.  The tag below is the result of a couple hours of soul comforting creativity.

Before, a blank shipping tag...                                      and now......with a bit more soul.

My apologies for the poor pictures, but at least you can get an idea.  I will try to post a few close up pics tomorrow with some of the details of what supplies I used.  As many of you know I love my Ranger products and am very happy when I am smack dab in the middle of them and COVERED in all the colors!  :)

So with very stained finger and chamomile tea consumed, I bid you all good night....

May the wings of angels wrap around all tonight who have lost a loved one.....