Monday, January 31, 2011

I have a Secret Sister!

Yes, I have a Secret!  Hey...I've never had a sister...secret or otherwise....humor me :)  And...I'm somebody's Secret Sister too!  I hope I am a good Secret's the first time for me. 

Looking forward to the monthly goodies and the big reveal in a few months!  Stay tuned as I will post my treasures when they are received!

Sunday, January 30, 2011

My dog saw you naked!

Come's a funny birthday card!  I amuse myself...

I had a couple people ask if the window was made with a die, and it was.  It's by QuicKutz and called "Window."  I picked it up at one of the shops I visited on the Buggies and Buds Shop Hop this past October, but I don't remember which one it was :( 

The little Westie peeking in the window is actually a custom-made rubber stamp I had done years ago from a drawing someone did for me.  I have a bunch of custom-made dog-related stamps.  I just wish I could find time to start using them!

Oh yeah...the 2-piece stamp set was purchased from the website Sparkle N Sprinkle.

Friday, January 28, 2011

My First Copic Markers

I finally used my Hobby Lobby gift card from Christmas and took the plunge and purchased some Copic markers.  Unfortunately, the Hobby Lobby in Laurel was out of many of the colors, so I picked up a selection that I thought I could play with to do skin and/or hair or whatever.  I read some online articles and watched some online videos on how to do the skin and shading, etc., but it seems like everyone has a different way.

I guess I am just going to have to try to find some time to experiement on my own.  Maybe I can find a class to take...

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Kitty Sympathy

I made this card for a co-worker a few months back when her kitty, Maliboo, went to the Rainbow Bridge.  She really appreciated it, especially that I personalized it to Maliboo's fur color and her skin tone, hair color and favorite color pink.  Hard to tell, but the wings are stickled and they glitter.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

This Old Guitar

This Old Guitar   --John Denver
This old guitar taught me to sing a love song
it showed me how to laugh and how to cry.
It introduced me to some friends of mine
and brightened up some days
and helped me make it thru some lonely nights.
Oh what a friend to have on a cold and lonely night

This old guitar gave me my lovely lady
it opened up her eyes and ears to me
it brought us close together
and I guess it broke her heart
it opened up the space for us to be
What a lovely place and a lovely space to be. 
This old guitar gave me my life my living
all the things you know I love to do
to serenade the stars that shine
from a sunny mountainside
and most of all to sing my songs for you
I love to sing my songs for you.
Yes I do, you know
I love to sing my songs for you

I don't play the guitar, but I thought this was a cool card to make.  I found the template online somewhere a couple of years ago and modified it a wee bit.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Merry Kissmas!

Before this past Christmas, I made this card and liked it so much that I was going to make a lot of them to use for my Christmas cards this year.  Well, that didn't happen.  Nevertheless, I was determined to keep making them because I simply liked the color combination.  So, little by little, I've been making different versions of the same card, some horizontal, some vertical, using different ribbons, and mixing in different color coordinating cardstock, etc.  I think I have about 10 done so far.  I am hoping to keep making them until I run out of paper, or just get tired of it - whichever comes first.  The goal is to have plenty of Christmas cards done well in advance of Christmas this year.

I found the faux postage template somewhere on the web.  It's just a Word document with four postage blocks that print on one sheet.  You can modify it to suit your needs, such as moving the postage amount to whichever corner you want, etc.  I haven't tried flipping it sideways to make the stamps horizontal yet.

One thing I realized after I made these is that postage will probably be more than 44 cents by Christmas.  I guess that really doesn't matter.  I'm going to use up the blocks I've already printed out at 44 cents and worry about changing the amount when it happens.  Actually, maybe I should just take the amount off now that the Postal Service is making more of their stamps the "forever" stamps.  I'm so glad they decided to do that.

The stamp I used in the postage block is a from an old SU tag set that I don't know the name of because I am too lazy to go downstairs and look :) 

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

A Little Bit of Thanks

I needed to make a bunch of masculine thank-you cards, so I took some ribbon I had and designed a card around it.  I like the way it turned out.  I wasn't sure if it was masculine enough due to the swirly things in the design, but my friends assured me it was.

I used SU Old Olive cardstock for the base and the same color ink for the tree image.  The black is punched with a MS punch (that I don't know the name of), and I don't know where the ribbon came from (I think it was a prize at a previous shoebox swap?).

Anyway, I had multiple inquiries about the image.  It is from the Inkadinkadoo set called "Utopiary."  The sentiment is from the SU set called "Quick & Cute."

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Meade Girls Shoebox Swap

On Saturday, I went to a Shoebox Swap hosted by our own hostess-with-the-mostess Amanda, at one of the recreation centers on Ft. Meade, Maryland.  When I mention "shoebox swap" to my non-card-making friends, they think I'm doing something with shoes, and they give me funny looks (as they know I am so not that into shoes).  So I try to explain that each person designs a card and makes "kits" for each other person attending the swap.  You put all the materials in a "shoebox" (actually, no one uses a shoebox - you can use any sort of decorative box or basket or whatever), then everyone continually "swaps" boxes until you have made one of each card kit out of each person's box.  It's basically an all-day thing as we start in the morning and finish around 5 p.m.  During that time, we work on the cards and eat and talk and eat and joke and eat, and oh, did I mention eat?  There were 22 of us at the swap (23 if you count Flat Gloria who constantly caused Jane to misbehave), so at the end of the day, we all left with 21 beautiful cards (or 22 if you count your own sample card that is in your own box).  Clear as mud?  Good.

So, above is the card I designed.  I called it "Daisy Doily" - or was it "Doily Daisy?"  I can't even remember at the moment.  Yes, that is an actual paper doily.  They are fun to use on cards.  Anyway, I provided 2 samples so folks could choose if they wanted to do it vertically or horizontally.  You can view ALL of the great swap cards on my friend Mary's blog My Stampin' Hide-Away.  I heard that the next Ft. Meade swap is in April.  Looking forward to it!

Monday, January 17, 2011

Offray? Okay!

So, apparently, there is this amazing Offray Ribbon Outlet in Hagerstown, Maryland. I've never been there, but my friends have been there many times and rave about it. 

My neighbor (and crafting buddy) went to an all-weekend crop in that area and made a side trip to the Outlet.  This is the stash she brought back for me :)

I think many of my friends are ribbon junkies and they are trying to get me hooked!  LOL!

Now, if I can only come up with a system for storing my ribbon collection which keeps growing...

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Tickled Pink!

Here are my "faux postage" cards for an online card swap.  Although they are not due until late February, I'm afraid I'll forget to do them if I keep putting them off.  The theme is to use any Retired Stampin' Up set, so I chose "Tickled Pink" from 2002.  I've been on this faux postage kick lately.  Oh, yes, I CASEd this card - as usual ;)

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Pursonally Purses with Coordinating Note Cards

For Christmas, I made each of my co-workers on my shift a "Pursonally Purse" and three coordinating note cards.

In the front pocket, I placed a Ghirardelli Chocolate square.

I passed them out at our annual shift luncheon at Ruth's Chris, and they were all thrilled!  It made all of the time and effort put into this project worth every second!  I have the best co-workers anyway :)

The "Pursonally Purse" pattern can be found and purchased at Inking Idaho.



Friday, January 7, 2011

In Memory of a Fur Kid

I made this pet sympathy card for a friend whose little dog, Rusty, went to the Rainbow Bridge last week. It just doesn't seem fair that they don't live longer :(

The card-front stamps are from the set "Paws to Remember" by Raisin Boat.

The inside is stamped with the following verse from "Purrs & Pants.":

I wonder why they have to go?
I wonder if we'll ever know.
But even though you're now apart,
Your pet will live right in your heart.