Thursday, December 31, 2009

My Last Creative Thought for 2009!

As we count down the hours to 2010, a new year and decade, I thought I'd share one last card I made in 2009. The card was for the Blast from the Past Challenge on Stamp TV. The challenge was to use colored pencils and odorless mineral spirits.

The images and sentiment is from the Gina K stamp set "Owl Always Love You." I used the window technique and added some designer paper with a Martha Stewart border for the valance on the window. The sentiment is cut and embossed from one of my Christmas Spellbinders set off with ribbon.

So its goodbye to 2009 and hello is 2010. Owl always love you for being my creative friends, visiting my blog and leaving me comments that support me. Thanks for stopping by. Please come back "next year" and see what creative projects 2010 brings my way. May you and yours have a happy, healthy, prosperous, and creative New Year! Happy 2010!

Inky hugs,

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Christmas again.... 2010!

Happy Tuesday to you all! So glad you could stop by. After the hectic holidays, I am catching up on my email and getting back to creating. One of the challenges that caught my eye was a color challenge at the Little Paper Shop Blog. The colors this week are light blue, navy blue and silver. I just happened to have a leftover piece of silver paper on my desk to use and the color combination screamed "Christmas" at me; so I figured one more Christmas card, and I could say I have a start on my 2010 Christmas cards. LOL!

So the silver paper is embossed with the Cuttlebug Snowflake folder. I used my Scor-Pal to add the two lines at the bottom of the card and a Martha Stewart punch to create the scalloped borders along each side. The sentiment is from Little Paper Shop's Merry and Bright stamp set.

I carried the theme to the inside of the card by stamping snowflakes on the background paper (sorry, they didn't show up very well on the scan) and used the scalloped edge created from the borders on the front to use in the inside of the card. The sentiment and snowflake is from LPS Merry and Bright stamp set. Check out the challenge and have some fun. Maybe you won;t think of Christmas with those colors.

I am hoping to put Christmas behind me now as I have to prepare for a workshop on January 16th that I'll be doing for Girl Scout leaders. I have an hour and would like to come up with two projects: a card for one and I'm still up in the air with the other project. If you have any ideas for a cute small stamping project, please leave a comment. I can use all the help I can get. Have a wonderful evening and stop back soon.

Happy inking,

Monday, December 28, 2009

Belated Merry Christmas and.... Happy Anniversary!

Oh, how I missed creating and posting over the Christmas season. Our travels took us home to Cincinnati and I didn't have access to the Internet. But we're back now and I went back to work today. I was so happy to be back to my desk and play with some of my new things from Santa last night.

Two of my brothers have anniversaries very close together. My brother, Ken and his wife, Rae's anniversary is today (Happy Anniversary, Ken and Rae!) and my brother Rick and his wife has an anniversary near the start of the New Year! So I have two anniversary cards today.

I got this image in an image swap. I'd love this set. Don't you think this image is just the cutest? The background paper is Basic Grey and I used my Nestabilities and Spellbinders to cut the image, backing and sentiment out. I love my new Spellbinders tags!

This card was done with Gina K's Winter Foliage stamp set and the sentiment is from Clear Dollar Stamps. I added 3 snowflake embellishments to finish it off.

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and Santa was good to you! May 2010 be a happy, health and crafty new year for you and yours! Thanks for stopping by. Leave a comment and let me know what you got from Santa. I'll start my list for next year! LOL! Have a wonderful week!

Happy inking!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Christmas Gifts

I am a bad blogger lately! So little time right now. And of all things we are trying to buy a property now too. So we've spent time looking at places, talking with our realtor and negotiating. Not exactly what I thought I'd be doing the week before Christmas. But being home this weekend has helped me get a big project finished.

These are the ornaments I made with reinkers and glitter, thanks to Nancy Dawson of Paper Dreams and Creative Wishes. I wish I had something to hang these on so you could see them better. They are very easy to make.

Then I went to the Scor-Pal site and found a cupcake box to use to hold the ornaments. These were very easy to put together too and I embellished them in a variety of ways. This one used the 5 petal flower punch and the Gina K set of Holiday Cheer.

And here's the final product, minus one that I gave away last night as a hostess gift at a holiday party. Don't they make adorable little hostess gifts! I do hope that Hobby Lobby has these ornament left over again after Christmas. I'd like to make a set for my tree next year!
Are you ready for Christmas? I'm definitely not, but working on it. Have a wonderful week! Blessing for a very Merry Christmas. I'll be back soon!

Happy inking,

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Hey There Girlie!

Brrr! It's cold here! But not nearly as cold as our northern neighbors. They are below zero so I feel for them. We are in the teens and that's way colder than I like it! Of course our wood-burning stove is working overtime so we're staying warm here at home. It's been chilly in my office too.

My project tonight was a challenge over at Stamp TV. Gina's video this week is how to make an envelope and the challenge is to make an envelope and a matching card. While in Boston last week I took a bunch of stamped images with me to color. I normally shy away from people images because I've never been good at coloring skin tones. But skin tones were the first Copics I bought and I've been practicing. I don't have very many Copics, so the skin tones are done with Copics and everything else is done with Sharpie markers. The under tee shirt and arm band is done with purple Stickles.

The DSP is from the dollar bin at Target. It was scrapbooking paper and I always wondered why I bought it. Worked perfectly for this project. I embossed the background DSP with the Tartan Cuttlebug embossing folder.

The image is from a set from My Favorite Things. I cut the image out with circle Nestabilities and then embossed it. I shaded the image while it was still in the Nestability. I added the cute dotted purple ribbon and tied a knot to one side.

And here's the inside of the card. It looks crumpled in the picture but I assure you it isn't. It must be an optical illusion. I really like the way this card turned out! I guess I'll be trying more cards with people now! Hehehe!

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope that wherever you are you are safe and warm! You know what the saying in Indiana is? "Wait five minutes and the weather will change!" Well maybe not five minutes but we'll get warmer on the weekend, I hope! Take care and enjoy the end of your week!

Happy inking!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

You Melt My Heart

Happy almost Wednesday to you all. We arrived back from Boston yesterday and it's been a whirlwind around here catching up with everything. We had a wonderful visit with Dan and I'm looking forward to seeing him again at Christmas. Tonight I had a chance to make a quick card using the sketch challenge at Stamp TV.

I colored the image (and many others) while I was in Boston during my down time. This one fit perfectly for the winter weather that they say is heading our way. We are supposed to have 50+ mile an hour winds tomorrow with rain changing to snow so we could have a tough day ahead. Drat, I have to go back to work! Anyway, I glittered up some punched flowers and added the ribbon, bow and self-adhesive gem stones as embellishments. The embossing is done with the large snowflake Cuttlebug folder.

Thanks for stopping by today! I'm hoping wherever you are it's warm and toasty and you have electricity. They are telling us to prepare to be without, because outage are a sure thing with that much wind. So hopefully I'll be back tomorrow. If not we'll stay warm by the fire! Thanks for stopping!

Happy inking!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

My Snowman Army

Happy Wednesday! I am now officially on vacation. Such a great feeling to know that I don't have to worry about work until next Wednesday. And tomorrow I'm leaving on a jet plane for Boston to see my son, Dan. Can't wait!

But before I go.... here's what I've been working on for the past few days. An army of snowmen! The actual snowman part is made mostly from punches.

For the tags, I used my Quick Cutz tag dies. And then decorated them with snowflakes from the Gina K Holiday Cheer set and the "To" and "From" are from the Holiday Greetings set.

And after punching lots of paper, here's the result. My army of snowmen.

Thanks for stopping by. I'll be winging my way back home on Monday so I won't get much crafting done this weekend. But I'll get back to business next week. Take care and have a wonderful weekend.

Happy inking,

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