Can you believe how long it has been since I last posted? I really don’t have a good reason other than…..I’ve been soooooo busy. Now I know we are all busy with home, work, kids, church, stamping, scrapping and all that stuff…it’s just that I don’t seem to be able to get it all done so something suffers. Unfortunately one of those things is my blog. I sure hope I can do better. So much has been going on and I want to share it all with you. So, in no particular order, I will be sharing what is and has been going on in Isabella’s grandmother’s life these past few months. Today I am on the fourth day of a very bad head cold. I feel lousy. We were looking forward to going to Franklin to see the little Princess Friday, but alas, could not risk exposing her to this crud. Here’s a couple of recent photos of the little darlin’ in case you have been missing her sweet face.
I don’t really feel like stamping, so I must feel bad. I really want to sleep all day, but can’t breathe when I lay down, so I thought….Hey, girl, why don’t you make a new blog header? So, I did! The entire header was designed in My Digital Studio using exclusive Stampin’ Up! images. And it was so easy. I love the new Subway art trend and found some awesome words to use. You can take a 30 day look at MDS….just to my Stampin’ Up! site and download the Express version for free. It’s not just for scrapbooking anymore! Here’s a card I made a couple of months ago for a dear friend’s son and his new bride. I loved how it turned out. Lots of silver paper, embossing and glitter paper. Plus the terrific Flower Fest stamp set. I don’t know why I don’t use it every day! So sorry my photos are so crummy. I am working on making a photo box and getting the proper lighting. Hopefully soon.
So many exciting things happening at Stampin’ Up! I will be back tomorrow with all the deets. ‘Til next time…
We’ve had another busy week and I haven’t had a chance to spend much time in my craft room. My hubby is the coach of my great-nephew’s All-Star baseball team and they have played every night. I’ve also been working on some church projects- what can I say? – I LOVE being retired!!! And, as you might have noticed, I have changed the look on my blog and would love to know what you think of it. I am still fine tuning and would love your suggestions.
I’ve decided that SU!’s Parisian Breeze DSP is my all time favorite and it is being retired, so I have stocked up for the future and used a little slice of it on today’s challenge card. It’s a two-fer, sort of. Today’s Limited Supply Challenge was to use stamps with a different language in our design to give our cards an International Flair. Also, I thought Tuesday’s Color Challenge sounded interesting – Breezy Ruby Whispers- so I thought I would combine the challenges. My sweet DIL Jennifer is from Shanghai and I was glad to get to use a sentiment from an old SU! set called Kanji, along with the pretty retired set Brocade Basics. I heat embossed the brocade image with a new to me embossing powder from American Craft’s Zing collection which is very close to the Ruby Red color. I was so lucky to win an American Craft’s package in a Stampin’ Out Alzheimer’s drawing that included a set of embossing powders and two marvelous stamp sets. It is just too cool to support such a worthy cause and get free stuff too!
It’s a quiet and rainy Monday here in Jackson and I am spending the day in my craft room, or in the “bunker” as my hubby and son call it. My space is a small two room area off the dining room with shelves and a L-shaped craft table. It has a window and pretty good lighting. We haven’t found out the original purpose of the previous owners, but it is absolutely perfect for my papercrafts.
I had a marvelous day last Friday. Two great friends from church, Marie and Pamela, came over to learn how to make cards. I came up with a few projects and we spent the day laughing, sharing and creating. What a blessing to have such good friends! They are certainly a gift from God.
So, back to Monday and the Clean and Simple SCS sketch challenge that you can see here.I pulled out one of my first Stampin’ Up sets and used the dryer sheet technique that my great friend and demo Lisa taught me last year and made this simple anniversary card for my nephew and his wife-Nathan and Amber. It was so pretty and so easy I made four of them in just under an hour. How’s that for simple?
I hope your week is off to a wonderful start! Our little 7-8 year old All Star baseball team play every night this week. My sweet little great-nephew Anthony is on the team and my hubby is a coach- so I will be traveling to the ball park to help cheer them on.
Stamps: SU! Petal Prints, Small Script, Warm Words, American Crafts Large Sentiments
Paper: More Mustard, Always Artichoke, Soft Sky, Whisper White
Ink: More Mustard, Really Rust, Soft Sky, Always Artichoke
What a wonderful Sunday it has been! We had a guest speaker at church this morning and he was absolutely awesome. Jeff Helton from Fellowship Bible Church in Brentwood, Tennessee spoke on “Afflictions” from Paul’s first letter to the Thessalonians. The message is on our church website and I encourage you to visit and listen. Are you a Timothy?
I have worked on this card while watching Phil Mickelson at the Doral today. The SCS Featured Stamper is Stacy Morgan, aka Twinshappy and her gallery is incredible. I chose this card and used a different flourish image and changed the black to gold, plus changed the sentiment. Her card is perfect in black and white and I love the clean, sharp and simple style. The photo didn’t turn out real well- the gold embossing doesn’t show up very well, but IRL this is a very pretty card.
It’s wonderful weather here in West Tennessee- a tad hot, but plenty of sunshine and cooler nights. I’ve been working with my sisters on my niece Jill’s upcoming wedding and it sure is fun. I am the official Wedding planner and even though I’ve never done this before I’ve always been an “organizer” so I am enjoying keeping everyone on track!
What a cool sketch from Rox today- there are some very creative cards in the gallery, but mine is pretty simple. My sweet hubby and I both love lighthouses and the sea, so this will be my anniversary card to him later this year. I know he will love it!
Supplies: Stamps- Northwoods Rubber Stamps, Winds of Grace, sentiment by See D’s; Paper: Blush Blossom, Not Quite Navy and Whisper White; Ink- Not Quite Navy; Silver HPH.
I sure hope everyone had a great weekend and that the week is starting out great! We celebrated Father’s Day at my parents and it was just grand getting together with the family.
Wonderful colors today- Soft Sky, Basic Black and Kraft. I’ve been anxious to use this gorgeous image from Inkadinkado and it fit so well with the colors. I used black detail embossing powder on Soft Sky, then stamped with Stazon Jet Black on a piece of vellum and overlayed the Soft Sky layer. Then stamped the sentiment on the vellum, added some neat flowers, black satin ribbon and brads and this just may be my new wedding and anniversary card! It is really pretty and so easy to put together. Hope you like it too!!!
Supplies: Paper- Soft Sky, Basic Black, Kraft, Clear Vellum; Birds Galore clear stamps by Inkadinkado, Sentiment from See D’s; Ink-Stazon Jet Black and Versamark; Black stain ribbon and brads; Flowers from Spare Parts; Dimensionals;
We will be celebrating two important wedding anniversaries in our family in June and I didn’t want to wait ’til the last minute for these special cards. Niece Marcie and hubby Michael celebrate their FIRST anniversary on the 2nd and Nephew Nathan and his wife Amber will celebrate #3 on the 18th. Take a look at their photos and cards:
Michael and Marcie Williams- June 2, 2007
Supplies: Papertrey White cardstock, Basic Black cardstock, Inkadinkado Birds Galore image, Black ribbon, Cuttlebug Swiss Dots Embossing Folder, Imaginisce Black Tie Optional Designer paper.
Nathan and Amber Carter- June 18, 2005
Supplies: Certainly Celery, Blue Bayou, Soft Sky, Whisper White cardstock, Afternoon Tea DSP, Inkadinkado Birds Galore images, SU! Always, Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder, Green satin ribbon.