Sunday, February 28, 2010

sweet sunday sketch challenge 58 - bunnies

Wow - two posts in one day.  That's what yucky weather will do I guess.  This post is for the Sweet Sunday sketch challenge by Karen G.  

I interpreted the sketch with some spring bunnies from Denami.  They have been very versatile.  I enjoy adding flower soft to their tails.  It makes them look almost life-like.    Yes, I did get out on my walk today and a fire and a glass a wine, but I do still long for spring.  Hope you all got out for some fresh air too.

The recipe for today's card is below:
Card Stock:  PTI white, Chocolate Chip. Pretty in Pink DSP
Accessories:  Cream flower soft, chocolate chip satin ribbon, scallop punch, modern label punch, copic markers
Stamps:  Amuse 'for somebunny special', denami bunnies in a row

Panda - You make a difference

Good morning everyone.   I am especially pleased with the results in  today's post - I just think this panda is the cutest darned thing.  It is such a simple little image, but I love him.  I  think he looks especially darling in his simple backdrop with the green and black. 
Here in New England it is another gray day.  Sigh.  Very often our family will get away this time of year, but due to a number of factors, we are staying put.  Spring seems very far off, although I know that in just a few weeks there will be crocus and buds coming up.  Hopefully it will be dry enough today to take the doggies for a long walk this afternoon. Just being out in the fresh air is so uplifting.  I also am looking forward to church this morning.  That is another bright spot in my day, I love church - seeing friends, hearing about God's love and being challenged to find ways to be more loving to those I encounter.  
I find this time of year I have to be very deliberate about counting my blessings.  There really are a million blessings out there each moment.  I just have to pause and reflect on them.   Really, it has potential to be a really nice day.  We can have lunch after church, go for a nice long walk with the dogs and then come home and make a fire.    How cozy will it be to enjoy a cup of tea (or maybe a glass of wine) and catch up on some reading in the late afternoon.  Who cares that it's not spring - there is much to enjoy about today.  Wow - I feel better already!
So, want to know the recipe for today's card?  Here it is:

Card Stock: Amuse shimmer green, Amuse Shimmer Green patterned paper, papertrey ink white and stampin up basic black.
Accessories:  Stampin up black velvet ribbon, copic markers
Stamps:  Amuse Panda, Amuse Bamboo, Amuse 'you make a difference.'
The panda was stamped in momento black and then cut out.

By the way, this card is going to Eric's basketball coach from all the boys on the team.  He is a great guy and did a wonderful job with the team this year.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Butterfly Blessings - 411 Challenge

Today I am posting a card i made for the stamping 411 sketch challenge.  I am going to a dinner party tonight and Terry (our hostess) would not let me bring any food, so I decided instead I would bring her a pack of 6 homemade cards.  I made two of this design.  this one says blessings to you.  The other blue butterfly card says congratulations.  In addition, I am giving her 2 panda cards and two inspired by nature cards.  I hope she likes them.  

Recipe for today's card:  The butterflies are from a retired hostess set with baskets and stuff.  I just love the butterfly and used 4 shades of blue copic markers.  Then I punched them with a small circle and layered them on some bashful blue DSP in a slightly larger circle.  To finish, I put some versamark pen ink on them and embossed with irridescent ice.  I had found this pretty ribbon at Ink about it and paired it with ballet blue and bashful blue DSP.  The white is polka dot embossed with the big shote.   The sentiment is from Amuse.  to play along with the challenge go to the site.  You have till Wed (I think) to play along.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Easter Card for the Sweet Sunday Challenge

It is cold and dreary in New England today.  We started with snow, sleet and a 2 hour school delay and now it's just cloudy, icy and raining.  The dogs and I want to go to walk, but not in this stuff.  I can't wait till spring and have been enjoying using spring themes and colors in my cards.  I had a work conference yesterday and today so I'm pooped (up at 5am, home at 9pm and tired from concentrating) but but luckily we ended at 2pm today so tonight it will be American Idol and stamping to send off the last Easter cards in my packet for soldiers tomorrow.  I couldn't help myself and stopped at ink about it when the conference ended early today and picked up some basic stamps for spring - clouds, grass, chocolate bunny and of course some new ribbon and spring shimmer papers.  Hopefully you'll see some fun new spring posts as I start creating!  Today's post is from a challenge from Sunday.  The challenge was to make a card using the sketch below. Wow - it was a challenge.  Since I like simple, non-busy cards, it was hard to do.  I focused on a color theme of blue and liked the solid color variation.   Check out the blog if you want to play along next week.  
Here is the challenge sketch:

Recipe:  Card Stock; Soft Sky, Baja Breeze, Blue Bayou, Whisper White
Stamp Set: Teeny, tiny wishes, flower for every season
Accessories:  Punches, Grommets, Baja Breeze Ribbon.

Thanks for looking - leave a comment!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Challenge Babies for Saturday Sketch challenge 138 on stamping 411

Today's post is a response to a sketch challenge.  I had so much fun with this new stamp from amuse for babies.  To see the challenge to to the website stamping 411 and look at the Saturday Challenge.

Card Recipe:  Amuse paper - yellow polka dots & PTI white
Stamps:  Crib and 'Babies are such a great way to start people' sentiment.
Copic markers, Very Vanilla hardware stampin up, Linen Thread, Oval punch.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Chinese New Year Cards

I work 30 hours a week at a high tech semiconductor job.  I love it.  I work with our I/T systems for sales and pricing and one of the things I love best about my job is interacting with a group of international people.  We have main offices in Munich Germany,  Tokyo Japan and Taipei Taiwan, plus the corporate office where I work in Norwood MA.  About once a year they host a conference where some of the people I work with from the other offices gather.  The conference starts tommorrow.  Last week was chinese new year.  There are two people coming from our Taiwan office so I know it's late, but I wanted to make them each a card to honor their major holiday.   I wanted to find a tiger stamp since 2010 is the year of the tiger, but I didn't find a cute one in time.  So instead I used the Asian Artistry set and played with a few variations.   I also had some very old DSP Ginger Blossom that had a nice Asian theme to it so I just got busy this weekend playing around.  I think I'll use the blue bird for my male co-worker Jackcy and I'll use the red rose for my female co-worker Karen.  Both were colored  with copic markers. 

Also, do any of you notice anything different about my pictures?  I bought myself a watermark!  A website I visit had them for sale.  It cost $2.00 and she e-mailed me the image.  I got to say what the name/website was, she designed it and sent it to me.  Basically when you take your picture and you are editing it, you add the watermark so everyone who sees the photo knows who made it and the website to check out.  Kind of cool - I thought.  Now I'm really high tech!

Bird - Card Stock - Kraft, Baja Breeze, Bella blue DSP, PTI white, Always Artichoke
Stamp: Asian Artistry (Stampin up)
Ribbon: Always Artichoke grosgrain, linen thread
Accessories:  Ticket corner punch, copic markers, momento brown ink
Flower - Card Stock - Ginger Blossom DSP, Always Artichoke, Whisper White
Ink: Momento black, copic markers

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Bloggers Challenge - Sketch Challenge

Monday, February 15, 2010

cards for soldiers

Yesterday I had 3 women over to make hand made cards for soldiers. Cindy and Robin had never made cards before but Karen and I are both long time addicts. I had 4 card designs that I pre-cut. The cards came out really nice and I think the soldiers will like them. combined with the cards I had before I am sending a packet of 25. I work with a group out of NH 'cards for soldiers.' They have a sponsor who supplies free envelopes and they support 3 troops overseas. The cards go over in bulk. They are blank on the inside so the soldiers can use them to send to their family members back home. I think it's a really sweet gesture and I've heard the soldiers really like these when they arrive. If you are interested in participating you can either send cards to me to be included in my shipment up there or go to her website by doing a google search on cards for soldiers and send them directly there. The next deadline is end of March for Mother's Day cards. Maybe I'll have another card making party for those!

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Bloggers Challenge - Valentine

Okay, this is my last valentine for 2010. Just like Christmas by the time the holiday actually arrives, I'm ready to be done with card making with the color scheme. I can't wait to move on to pastels for Easter and Spring. But today we are still in reds & pinks! This card will go to my son. He was the only one I didn't have a card for already. This card uses two stamps from Poppy Stamp. I heard that Poppy Stamp is a division of memory box and the stamps are designed by Dave's kids. I just love dogs and thought these two were adorable. I also used the stampin up sale-a-bration house and teeny tiny wishes. The card stock is very vanilla and the valentines DSP on a real red card. I used colored pencils for the doggies and blended it with a paper stump (roll) and Sansador. Of course there are at least three shades of brown with darker spots on the edges to give the dogs life and dimension. Both Sansador and paper are inexpensive at A.C. Moore or other craft store. They sell them in the fine arts section. The Sansador is basically a low oder paint thinner. The paper stump is like a q-tip, cut in half and with the non-cotton end sharpened. Once you color the image with the pencils, you dip the paper stump in the Sansador and them rub it on the image to blend in and smooth out the color. It's a very easy and inexpensive way to bring a lot of different colors to your images. The ribbon is just a super cute red I found at a craft store at christmas time (and didn't use) and I just cut the snowbanks/hills and used dimensionals to have the top layer of the hill stick up and out. Thanks for looking. Oh and if you were on my blog yesterday, we are all very happy that Joey dog is back to normal - although on a bland diet just in case!

Friday, February 12, 2010

Memory Box - Birds in Tree's

Good morning everyone. The sun is shining, it's cold and I'm exhausted. I had a dog with a tummy ache last night and nobody slept. The sick dog had to sleep in the crate in my room and the healthy dog wanted to sleep on the bed. What a bed hog he was. Woke up to the sound of panting sick dog and luckily was able to get him outside in time. Poor baby. He is miserable. My neighbor and I wondered if that was an acceptable reason to not go to work and we both agreed, it wasn't. But anyway, on to my fun card. Last Saturday I went to a great stampin store in Acton MA - Ink about it. I got this fun new stamp from memory box and had fun playing with it this week. I attached a list of supplies I used. I see other bloggers do that and I find it helpful. So this card was done with Momento ink and copic markers. The momento ink works great with the markers and I got this cute little 'spot' for about $2.50. It's a nice way to get other colors (besides black) without a huge investment. I did the color scheme in green and brown (old olive and close to cocoa.) You can't really see it in the picture but on the owls face, I added some glue so the faces are shiny with a raised surface. The sentiment is one I found at another stamping store and it simply says 'blessings to you' making this a very versatile card. I can add a thank you sentiment, birthday - whatever - when it's time to mail it out. The trees have quite a bit of shading with all the different greens. It's time consuming but enjoyable. The technique is to start with the lightest color first and then add the darkest color and blend, blend, blend. I probably went over this image 3-4 times to get the color saturated and even.
Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Sympathy Card

Well today I went to the wake of a woman I used to know. It was so sad. I made a very special sympathy card for her daughter Kimberly (16) but forgot to take a picture of it. So instead, I'll attach a picture of Renee. She was such a beautiful woman and I'm so sad that she is gone. I met her at church several years ago. I remember when she first came in. She confessed to me that she was really nervous to be in a church and I assured her that she belonged. She made friends quickly and easily and I remember what a beautiful day it was when she and her daughter were baptized together. Kimberly was probably a young teenager at the time. Renee and I would chat at church and catch up at different women's events. One time, I drove her down to Providence RI to see Beth Moore speak. I remember how moved she was by the message of hope and forgiveness that Beth so elegantly presented. My prayers are with Kimberly now. She seemed so heartbroken at the wake. It must be so hard for her. I know Kimberly has been living with her Dad in Florida since the start of the school year, but I was sad to see that her Dad didn't come with her to MA for the services. Kimberly said her dad couldn't afford for all of them to come so he sent just her and her step mom. Below is an excerpt from her obituary. I will miss her.

Renee' (Rotondo) Silva, 48, of Worcester, died unexpectedly Monday, February 1, 2010. She leaves her daughter, Kimberly Silva of West Palm Beach, FL; two brothers: John Rotondo of Summerville and Jimmy Shaprio Jr. of Florida; three sisters: Mary Rotondo of Dedham, Audrey Rotondo of Dedham and Melina Shaprio of Milford; her companion, Rick Lapierre of Worcester; many nieces, nephews and countless friends. She also leaves her dog, Maggie. Her mother, Ethel (Rotondo) Lavey predeceased her. Renee' enlisted in the United States Army to serve her country during the 1982 Lebanon War.

Renee' was born on August 16, 1961 in Boston and graduated from Dedham High School. She attended Stonehill College, and received her certification in Holistic and Therapeutic Massage from the Spatech Institute. Renee' owned and operated Vivere Massage in Northborough. Renee' enjoyed going out on the boat, being outdoors and watching movies. Renee' was very involved in her church, and was proud to love her God. She helped others with fundraisers and had a heart of gold, always putting others before herself.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Not quite a thank you card - but close

So today's post is a card that started out as a thank you card, but then eventually changed to a 'you are great card.' My husband asked innocently last week 'do you have any thank you cards around?' He should know better. Of course I have some thank you cards, but more importantly is this an ocassion where I can custom make a card for someone? So he described the situation. Rick Mansfield was our caring connector at our church for several years. He's a great guy and is now moving on to a new job. Bob worked with Rick most often in the 'moving men' ministry. Rick would coordinate a bunch of guys to assist either a single women or elderly family with a local move. Bob has spent many a Saturday with Rick and some other guys in church moving people from one place to another. So when Rick was moving on, a thank you card didn't see appropriate - but an acknowledgement card was more in order. So Voila! My 'impressed, amazed, inspired' sentiment was perfect. I had just gone to Ink about it - a stamping store in MA that morning and was itchy to try out my new memory box stamp. The greens were so fun to work with in the dull-grey winter. I love the bright green of the papertrey 'everyday blessing' paper. The ribbon is from amuse. The white card stock is papertrey, the green cardstock is stampin up and the sentiment ink is kiwi kiss (stampin up retired color.) The trees are colored in with copic markers. The lightest and brightest of the colors is YG23 - a really fun - yellow - green that almost glows. It's not very masculine, but it's not awfully feminine either. I hope he likes it.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Bloggers Challenge - Red/White/Black - wild aobut you card

This card is for Lisa's bloggers challenge. I had a bunch of heart valentines, but I got inspired to pull out an old retired set 'wild about you' that is a favorite for this one.
This card uses the stampin up valentines DSP, real red card stock, real red ink and the sale-a-bration punch. I also added a red stamped off heart from 'you and moi' and a thin black velvet ribbon from a retired ribbon pack from stampin up. The giraffe has white pearls for his spots and the lion has his mane cut out and glued on with dimensions. Enjoy and thanks for looking!

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Golf Cards - Back Nine

So, I have a lot of golfers in my life right now. And they all have occassions that require cards! So I just had to get the retired stampin up set 'back nine.' I saw this in the catalog years ago but always figured I'd get it with my next order. Well it retired and it didn't make it on my last order, so off to ebay I went. For the last 6 months I've looked for it but it's always been over $25.00. Too expensive for me, but then just after christmas (when I was the only one on ebay) I bid on it and won it for $12.00. Good deal. So I made a retirement card and a young man's birthday card with it. The baja breeze worked well with it and I used some retired DSP as well. The other color is Sahara Sand. The image was a pain to work with since it was so big and the sahara sand color was a little light. But after several attempts and a lot of inking, I finally got a few images I could use. Note: The one card has the focus on the man golfer and the other image has the focus on the female golfer. Isn't that neat how versatile this stamp set is???

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Valentine cards for cookie sunday

My church does a really sweet thing each year. They send a shoebox full of homemade cookies and goodies to all the college students and military serving overseas who are part of the church congregation. Every year I bake a few dozen cookies and lately I've also been including a home made valentine for each person. They have over 60 names. I have my work cut out for me. This is more cards than I make for Christmas!!!

I used stampin up hugs and when I ran out of those I just cut some cards and added a little scallop edge to one side. I have glassine envelopes for them. I think they will be cute. The kids can either re-gift them or enjoy them.

I made a few designs, but everyone in my family loved the oval cut out of 'love you much' the best. I whipped up the love you much bird without much thought and it's already had over 100 hits on split coast stampers. Funny how you can sometimes get your best cards when you run out of materials for the original!!! Which is your favorite?

Monday, February 1, 2010

Caroline's valentine card

Don't you just love getting a handmade card in the mail??!! I do! My cousin Caroline just started stamping and she sent me this card last week. Isn't it cute! I love the inside. It's hard to see in the photo, but she made punch out hearts attached to clear strips that are adhered to the center. They are like heart fingers all wiggling around when you open it. Great Card. Love it.