Happy New Year! Did you bring it in with a bang? We went out to eat with friends and then headed to one of the couple’s homes for dessert and lively conversation while all the kids played wii. It was a very nice evening. Whatever your celebration last night, hope that your day is relaxing and filled with your favorite things. We’re just being lazy. Sweet hubby has a pot of chili in the crock pot, the girls have been playing all day. I’ve been hanging out and stamped a little.
I have these Urban Prairie die cut stickers that I got at Archivers last week. (I think this is my favorite Basic Grey pattern ever.) The base of my tree was formed with one of them. I was thinking about what would make the cutest leaves of the tree and thought about these Lable Two Nestabilities. (I got mine from Ellen Hutson, but when I went to get the link, it looks like they are temporarily out of stock. I know Ellen is doing inventory, so I’m sure she’ll have them back up for purchase soon!) First I stamped CHF‘s Pretty Pattern Backgrounder on Certainly Celery card stock, cut the large label and then a second nested shape. The layers are put on different thicknesses of dimensional foam for varigated height. The bird is from Kim Hughes Pretty Birds set. It’s colored with Copics and glittered. The bling on the tree is from Mark Richards. The sentiment tag is also a die cut from the same sheet of Urban Prairie stickers!
Have a restful, wonderful afternoon!
I stamped for a long time yesterday. It felt so good to just sit and stir at my desk. It’s been a long week for everyone, no?
One of the cards that I created was from Jen’s Saturday Sketch. I struggled with that top strip, and finally cheated with a row of pearls. I always try to create with some sort of visual triangle element (sheep, knot on the ribbon and flower on top left). I heard somewhere that this is a strong art principle. Who knows? LOL!
I love this little ewe from Kim Hughes‘ Sweet Spring set. She’s colored with Copics, and her head is popped up for dimension. For the sentiment. I used two of Kim Hughes’ very own fonts that I downloaded from Scrap N Fonts. I think this is a combo of Alayna and Slim Mitch. I cut the font with my Spellbinders ribbon labels. Love those! The paper is from Basic Grey, Urban Prairie. Pink twill from Taylored Expressions. Pink pearls are from Mark Richards.
Now since I slacked all day yesterday, I’m going to head to church and spend the rest of the day shuffling piles of Christmas stuff that made it in from the car and onto the kitchen table. See if I can find a place for the Elmer’s Fashion Studio with 500 pieces to glitter, glue and color that arrived here in the Christmas gift giving frenzy and the not one, but TWO, sets of paints that my sweet SIL picked out for the girls. Any ideas? I have one! LOL!
Have a great Sunday! Maybe I’ll get a chance to post more favorites from yesterday’s creative session later on this afternoon. Hope you Sunday is restful, peaceful and warm.
I’m all about Merry Christmas, but these silver cookie tins were calling for a snowy, winter themed tag. Good thing to because the last day of school before Christmas break was called for a power outage this morning. At the least, this message will still be timely when the girls carry them to teachers in a few weeks.These gorgeous tins come filled with Danish sugar cookies, 4 tins to a package for $9.97 at Sam’s. LOVE THEM!
I made some pretty red, chocolate and gold ones, too. But I was thisclose to a Amy Rohl idea steal, that I can’t bear to show you. That girl has got pure, beautiful talent! You can oogle and ah over what I copied HERE. Have a warm, wonderful weekend!
- Stamps: Joyful Winter Wishes & Heart Warmers by the lovely Kim Hughes for Cornish Heritage Farms
- Cardstock: Whisper White & Ski Slope DP (Stampin’ Up!)
- Ink: Baja Breeze, Basic Grey (Stampin’ Up!)
- Accs: pink glitter (Art Glitter Institute), orange marker, Label One Nestabilities (Spellbinders)
It’s FRIDAY! I’ve been enjoying a little time with some of my stamping girlfriends this week, and had time to complete my sketch for Beate last night. Can you believe that we are on sketch 66? I used some new Kim Hughes rubber – the Birds and the Bees. Totally fun stamps! Loved blinging the wings on those little guys. I used Crackle Accents and Stickles from Ranger for the wings. I had seen a card that Alli Miles created using this Hexigon Tiles Backgrounder for honeycomb with this set and thought it was too cute!
Lots of sketch-spiration today! Check out Cambria, Charmaine, Jenn, Mary Jo & Sharon. I know you’ll love them. Speaking of Cami, she’s got some great news to share about a dream realized today. Make sure you congratulate her & her partners on the launch of their line, Our Craft Lounge. Way cute stuff!
- Stamps: Birds & Bees – Kim Hughes collection & Hexagon Tile Backgrounder (Cornish Heritage Farms)
- Cardstock: White, Summer Sun & Black (Stampin’ UP!)
- Ink: Tuxedo Black Memento & Stazon
- Accs: clear acetate, May Arts ribbon, Copic Markers, Stickles (black and diamond), Crackle Accents
Kim Hughes, meet 7gypsies! Here’s a card that I created using a 7gypsies tag from StarLitStudio and my Kim Hughes, Falling for You set from CHF. It was fun to use actual ink colors and stamp.
It’s a busy, busy day around here, but I’ll be posting again tomorrow.
- Stamps: Falling for You – Kim Hughes Collection (Cornish Heritage Farms)
- Cardstock: Spring Willow Medium (Prism), Mellow (Basic Grey) & Journaling Tag ( 7gypsies from StarLitStudio)
- Ink: Espresso, Pale Blue, Cranberry, Ginger, Currant Adirondack (Ranger)
- Accs: Brad (Basic Grey), flower (petalou)
Here is a project that my mom and I teamed up on for the current November/December issue of Crafts & Things. Mom embroidered the designs on this tea towel set, and I finished them off with tags and wraps. The top right towel is wrapping a loaf of bread. It was so fun to work together on this. I hope we can do it again. Crafts and Things is full of great ideas with easy to follow step-by-step instructions. You can generally find it at your grocery store or Wal-Mart.
- Stamps: Heart Warmers – Kim Hughes Collection (Cornish Heritage Farms)
- Cardstock: Kraft and light blue/purple (Prism)
- Ink: light dye based ink that will wash out after stitching and cleaning
- Accs: embroidery floss & ribbon (May Arts)
I got a chance to play with Kim’s new Comforting Hugs set this weekend. There are plenty of adorable images for ‘get well’, but I thought this would be a quick and cute little ‘tea time’ invite.
- Stamps: Comforting Hugs & Weave Backgrounder (Cornish Heritage Farms)
- Cardstock: Super Smooth White (Prism) & Eva patterned paper (Basic Grey)
- Ink: Rich Cocoa and Lilac Posies (Memento by Tsukineko)
- Assc: Copic Marker (N1 – grey), Button & Twine
We’ve had such a good weekend…doing nothing. Actually today after church, we went out to a friend’s land and road 4-wheelers and let the dog run. It was a gorgeous day. I got home just before sunset and snapped a picture of this card I stamped last night.
It’s FRIDAY! Time for Beate’s Sketch!
My littlest punkin got off to a rough start this year at school, and by week three I was wondering if we would have to sell her to the gypsies. A lot of talkin’ and prayin’ and hopin’ and cryin’, and she seems to have finally settled into the routine of things. I’m sending this card to the teacher today to thank her for her patience and communication with us. I love Kim Hughes fun style, and her Making the Grade set is perfect for all sorts of school situations.
You can see what other sketch-spiration came about from Beate, Cambria, Charmaine, Jenn, Mary Jo (who got down and dirty this week! ;)) and Sharon by clicking each of their names. Me? I’ve got big plans this today: I’m getting new tires for my truck. Not exactly the kind of rubbah I like to pay for…maybe the postman will be sweet this afternoon and leave me some new Kim Hughes. You’ll know tomorrow if he does!
Hey – I have a card featured on the World Card Making Day website, and Paper Crafts Magazine has graciously sent me some blog candy to give away to celebrate World Card Making Day the first weekend in October! I’ll try to think of something fun and post the link and details later this afternoon. Stay tuned!
I pulled the plug on card number 2 from this morning, so I thought I’d share this tin that I altered this summer. My girlfriend, Debbie, brought me the old tin that originally held Equal sugar packets and said, ‘do something with this! I can’t throw it away!’