Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Soak up the Sun - I wish!

I got this MFT set a while back from my friend Cindy but haven't had the chance to open it up till tonight. Here is my attempt at creating a scene. I'm very tired and can't decide if I like it, but I do want to be wherever she is - lying in the sun with a frosty beverage and peace around her!

I used kraft cs as a base, then found this patterned blue paper that I tore for the waves. I watercolored the sky and sun, used my new glaze pen for the birds. For a cloud effect, I blotted white pigment ink with a cotton ball. I colored the images with watercolor pencils on white paper and cut them all out. The ball is popped up for depth, as if floating on the water. I spread my new Stickles all over for sparkle, in the water, on the sand. I think some even got into the sky. The sentiment is stamped in Cool Caribbean.

Well, it's very late here and I have to get to bed if I want to function tomorrow. DS is going to be Spidermand and I hope he actually wears his costume! And I hope I remember the camera to take some pics... Thanks for looking! Happy Halloween everyone!

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Thankful Cards

I managed to eke out another 2 cards this weekend. I'm determined to complete at least half of the sketches before deadline!

Last night I stayed up way too late and finished sketch #10 of the 31 Days of Angelosity. I am quite pleased with this card, which is a 4" square. I tucked into the Perhaps pad from Basic Grey for the background. The stamp is SU! Small Script, stamped in True Thyme on green paper (a scrap, unaccounted for). The "staples" are lines drawn with my metallic gel pen. I pierced all around the border, then went over the holes with the metallic gel pen to make them stand out a little more. This Basic Grey dp speaks for itself - it is so gorgeous! I wanted to tuck this card into my dh's suitcase before he left on another business trip tonight, but didn't get a chance. I'll sneak it to him when he returns.

I also got to complete Sketch #5 today. We had a birthday party to attend this morning, and then tried to go to the local kids' Halloween parade which proved too scary for ds. Since the parade was a bust, we spent some quiet time "being busy." That means I start a card, he colors for about 10 minutes then starts bugging me play with him again. So I finished this card after he went to bed... Anyway, here are the details. A Rust cs, 6" by 3" in size. The dp is Frances Meyer East India which I have used probably too many times before, but I adore it. The sentiment is SU! Everyday Flexible Phrases in Really Rust and punched with the word window. Maple leaves are Lizzie Anne Designs Celebrations, stamped in Really Rust and watercolored. The ribbon is SU! grosgrain, but I'm not sure of the exact color name. My "staples" are actually stitches made with embroidery thread. DMC #400 for those of you who are curious. This is one of my favorite cards of the weekend. It just came together for me, which made it easy and fun. And isn't that why we do this - to have fun?

Time for me to turn in. I'm reading The Memory Keeper's Daughter and have to get it done so I can find out what happens! Thanks for looking!

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Ho Ho or Ho Hum?

Here are my cards for Angelosity Sketches 3 and 4. I tried to keep it simple with #3 and used a Kraft base with Cranberry Crisp ink. The stamps are Baroque Motifs, which I finally received and LOVE! The white is Brilliance Moonlight White. The sentiment is stamped in white and clear embossed. Ribbon is craft store stock. I sponged around the small white panel, but I think maybe I should have mounted it on a colored panel instead. Oh, well, I liked it more this morning than I did last night. Let me know what you think.

The second card has no stamping on it. That was hard for me to do because I have a tough time matching up dp unless I buy them together or they
come in a nice pack. Although these did come in a pack (the Provo Craft Holiday Slab V). The sentiment is Marcella K rub-ons that I picked up at Target a long time ago on clearance. This was my first time using rub-ons and these have a white shadow around them that I don't know if it's standard or particular to these. Either way, I don't like how it looks up close. However, my ds looked at this card and exclaimed "I Love It!" And he was able to read the sentiment all by himself (he's only 3 1/2). The red brads are from the Target dollar spot.

Since I hit Starbucks this evening with a friend, I am running on caffeine and sugar and still have some stamping in me. I'm off to see what I can create before the sugar crash. Thanks for looking!

October Aloha RAK

If you haven't signed up for Jen's Aloha RAK club yet, get on over there! November should be opening soon. This is the second month I have participated and again I am awed at the generosity of all you fellow stamping bloggers, or blogging stampers, or blampers? Here is what I received from Laura.

Included are adorable little Boo pails, ribbons, stamps, and punched scalloped ovals in a bunch of great colors! And the card is absolutely beautiful. She used a Whipper Snapper image and the details are fantastic. Thanks, Laura!!

I'm off to sneak out for some alone time. I'll be back tomorrow with Angelosity Sketch #3. Maybe even later tonight. Thanks for looking!

Friday, October 26, 2007

Angelosity Sketch #2

Slowly, but surely, I'll get through the sketches over at Angelosity. Here's Number 2, which I began on Monday morning and just finished last night. The dp is Frances Meyer Diva Stripes. The sentiment (not sure if it's visible on the green strip) is Michael's dollar bin. The presents are from my Lizzie Anne Celebrations. They are so fun to color (ok, I know I've said that before...). The circles are edged using the rounded corner punch, and I love how it made them look like flowers. The ribbon is from the craft store. I only turned the polka dotted side up on the bow because I thought it was too busy on the stripes the other way. For a card that took me all week, it really wasn't that difficult. Other stuff just kept getting in the way!

Off to tackle Number 3 and the newest challenge she posted - to create sketches! Thanks for looking!

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Blog Candy Win and Swap Card

I was the lucky winner of the blog candy offered by
Lisa for the RAK for a Cause that Andrea held.
Here are the great Goodies that Lisa gave away: MS twill tape in taupe and chocolate colors, 2 Thank You stamps and white MS glitter. I was thrilled to receive these in the mail today and will play with them tomorrow evening!

Also in today's mail was one of the swap cards from The Stampin' Soldier blog organized by Laura. I have other to post too, but need the right light to photograph them all. The days are getting shorter and I leave before full daylight and get home after dusk these days! But this card from Sandy is amazing. We could send a card to celebrate any holiday, and she chose Elephant Appreciation Day. I love this card, Sandy! She even stamped on the inside.

I have been working on Sketch 2 for the 31 days of Angelosity but have not had much time to stamp this week. We've been packing up the kitchen. Tomorrow is Demo Day and there will be nothing left to work on for us, so I'll be back to stamping! See you tomorrow night with more goodies I received today!

Thanks for looking!

Monday, October 22, 2007

Better late than never...

I finally had time today to print off all the sketches from Angelosity. She is counting down to her birthday with some great sketches, and a fabulous prize package for one lucky winner!! This is the sketch from her first day of the countdown. My son is going to a birthday party Sunday and I needed a boy birthday card. I used Frances Meyer Aquatic Stripes for the pp. The stamps are from Lizzie Anne Designs (birthday hat) and Studio G (sentiment and cupcake). I colored them with pencils and blended with OMS. I watermarked the backgound with the sentiment. Brads are Making Memories and ribbon is craft store stock. Oh, and I added some glitter with my glitter marker to the cupcakes and party hats. I don't think that shows in the photo.

Simple. Cute. I'm happy that I was able to whip it together before having to go into work.

Stamp time is over for today. I have to work 12-8pm today, because we have a big program tonight on cybersafety for kids. Which means the day will be spent running around to take care of final details and nothing on my to do list will get done! Thanks for looking!

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Today's Project

Here are some 3x3 gift enclosures that I've been chugging away at all day long. I have about 24 made and am hoping to crank out some more tonight. My husband has been with our son all day so I've been able to hide out in my stamp room for some alone time. It's been really nice! Now, though, I have to stop to run out and get groceries. I'll be back at it after ds goes to bed...
The bases of these are a variety of maroon, red, gold and silver cs. The dp is from the Provo Craft Holiday Slab V. The stamps are my adorable new Lizzie Anne Designs! The sets are Celebration Frames and Celebrations, both from the Little Bits line. They are very fun to color and I love that they came backed with cling film so I can use them with my acrylic blocks. Go get some for yourself if you haven't already! The corners of the image layer are punched with the ticket corner punch and I used glitter glue in the corners for some sparkle...
Thanks for looking!

Check these out!

We had a little family shopping day yesterday. We all needed a few things, and my son has 2 birthday parties over the next two weekends, so we needed to find gifts. It was fun. I haven't been shopping for clothes in a few months and I found some great things. We have a big outlet mall not far from us, and IKEA is next to it. So of course we had to pop in there. This is what I found, and I think I'll have to go back for more, because they scream "Alter ME!"
The are 4" by 6" frames, and were only $1.99 for the pack of 3! So teacher gifts with a frame, notebook and set of notecards will be easy for me this year! And for coworkers, too??
My workspace is a mess today and I'm trying to clean it up so I can create some cards. My whole week has been sucked up with work and life issues, so my stamping time was close to nothing. That's why I haven't posted. But my husband is not traveling this week, so it looks promising...
Hope you are all having a good weekend! I'll be back later with more cards and to share some of the swap cards I've received. Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Blog Candy Alert

Head on over to Simply Pink for your chance to win some great candy! She draws Friday, so go now!

Thanks for looking! See you tomorrow with another creation, hopefully :)

Hanna Has Arrived!

Have you ordered your Hanna Stamps yet? What a great set this is! You can get yours here. I love it and I've only just gotten to play with it one time. Here are the details: I used a 5 1/2 square base and followed Beate's weekend sketch #23. Hanna is stamped on a white panel that is sponged lightly with pink to soften it. I paper pieced her dress with Basic Grey's Blush paper, which I also used under the sentiment. I colored the other parts with pencils and blended with OMS. The shoe background on the smaller pink panel is done with the two shoes from the set randomly stamped in Close to Cocoa. The sentiment is also stamped in Close to Cocoa.
I will try to take a better photo tomorrow. I wasn't home in good daylight today. Justin had a checkup this afternoon and we didn't get home till after dark! ETA: Got a new photo. Now you can really see the colors!

I'm also sending this over to this challenge on Kraftin' Kimmie's Korner. Check it out! Thanks for looking!

Monday, October 15, 2007

Another challenge tackled

Allison is having this great challenge for blog candy over at her blog. You have to create a Black and White Christmas card. The details are here.

I started with a white base, then stamped the scene onto black, using Brilliance Moonlight White. The snowman is from SU! Tags & More, the tree is from SU! Loads of Love, and the snow background is SU! Beyond the Basics. I used a white marker for the snowy hill under the tree. I then cut window panes from a textured white panel and mounted on top of my scene. The sentiment is All-Year Cheer I and outlined with black glitter pen, mounted on rick rack. The snowman's scarf is colored with the black glitter pen, as well as the centers of some of the snow circles. I hope you can see the subtle sparkle! Oh, and I used Rhinestones to add some bling to his buttons!

Thanks, Allison for a fun challenge! Thanks for looking. I'm off to play with my new Hanna Stamps set that arrived today. I'll be back tomorrow with the first Hanna creation...

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Blog Candy Winner!

First, let me say Thank You to everyone who played for blog candy! I'm already thinking of the next milestone to celebrate with more...

The winner (drawn by my hubby from all entries) is....

Allison said...
I'd say my cutter!
October 10, 2007 10:16 PM

We all know Allison for the awesome blog she maintains that directs us to everything we need in Stamp Land. Send me your address, Allison and I'll get the goodies out to you this week.

There has not been much stamping going on here since I realized it is the last weekend that I have a kitchen before the renovation begins. So I had to deal with the last of the summer tomatoes and get some meals in the freezer for the next several weeks. I already can't wait for it to be over!

Maybe I'll sneak in some stamping later tonight. Meanwhile, Thanks for looking!

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Boo Bling

Here's my first Halloween Card! I picked up a few of these bargain stamps at the craft store a few trips ago and decided to ink them up to complete this challenge from Two Peas in a Bucket. These challenges really get my mojo flowing and I find I'm more productive when I have a starting point. Otherwise, I just sit and stare at all my stuff and ooh and aah over my pretty paper without knowing where to begin!
The base is orange cs, the purple panel is Holographic EP'd on the Boo stamp. It looks great and sparkly irl. The orange is stamped with a haunted house stamp and colored with markers. The ghost is embossed with clear EP and cut out. The green strip is a piece of corrugated scrap, topped with some ribbon from Target. Overall, a cute card if I do say so myself! Thanks for looking!

Friday, October 12, 2007

LSC137 at SCS

Because the challenge over at SplitCoastStampers touches me today, I decided to complete it right away rather than putting it in the "To Do" pile.

My friend's mother had a mini-stroke a couple weeks ago, and during her follow-up exams, they found she has lung cancer. In addition, they were doing brain surgery this week to investigate a growth on her brain. This woman has been healthy all her life and what is most scary to me is that she is the same age as my own mother. Cancer stories always tear at my heart and I hope things work out for the best.

I used a purple base here, with a yellow panel which I stamped with So Saffron. The flourish is from Rhonna Farrer. The image is stamped with Going Gray and colored with pencils and oms. The edges are sponged with So Saffron. The photo corners are hand cut from scraps. The sentiment is stamped in Gable Green on green cs, then mounted on a strip of purple. Using my cloud scissors, I scalloped the purple strip to look more like ribbon (the challenge was NO ribbon, dp or hardware!). Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Blog Candy is Hiding?

I realized that my blog candy is hidden in the previous post. Please read this post and leave a comment answering the deserted island question before midnight Saturday to be entered. Here are the goodies up for grabs:

The paper is DCWV Metallic Stack card stock. Then there is a set of ribbons from Target, epoxy stickers in cool flower designs and some clear stamps. Just a little trinket to thank my readers!

Now here is something you don't see every day... My engineer husband actually created a card the other night with me! He used the monochromatic color scheme and SU! By Air stamp set along with Brushstroke Alphabet. He hand-cut all the clouds and popped some up on Pop Dots. Isn't it cute?

Thanks for looking!

Monday, October 8, 2007

I Think I Have a Stamping Hangover

ETA: Date of drawing for blog candy will be Sunday, the 14th. Had my dates mixed up!

Phew! What a whirlwind weekend with the Just Johanna challenges and all the other WCMD events I participated in along the way. A giant thanks to my husband and son for not getting on my case too much for sneaking away to do another card and another and another... :)

I forgot to post the great Heart Candy I won from Cindy at Creating with the Heart. She's always so generous and gives fabulous Heart Candy each Friday. This is my first Copic Marker and my first MFT stamp set. I love them all! The papers in this collection, Basic Grey's Perhaps are beautiful and just the type of soft flowery things that make me smile. Thanks, Cindy!

Back to work tomorrow after a terrific 10 days or so off. It's going to be a rough transition and I think I'll need to stock my desk with chocolate to get through the week!

Oh, and how can I forget that thanks to all of you, I am now over 500 hits on my blog!!! I appreciate the audience and am more motivated to create when I know there is a forum for sharing what I do. (poor hubby can only say "that's beautiful, dear" so many times, you know?)

In honor of 500 hits, I am offering a little bit of candy! I'll be gathering it and will post photos tomorrow. To be entered, please leave a comment with a response to the following question: If stranded on a deserted island (where paper, stamps and ink grow on the trees), what is the ONE stamping tool you couldn't live without? Comment before midnight, EST on Saturday and I will draw a random winner on Sunday, October 13th.

Sunday, October 7, 2007

WCMD Challenge #6

Another Just Johanna challenge for World Card Making Day. We have until midnight, PST to complete the challenges that were posted in their forum yesterday. This is probably the last one I'll be able to complete this weekend. Details of this sketch challenge are here. It's really a fun sketch from Paper Squares.

I used a pink base, stamped in Versamark with the bubbles from SU! Beyond the Basics. The paper is Hot off the Press, Retro Beads and Brown-Pink Stripes. The tag is stamped with the flip flops from SU! A Little Love, colored with markers, doodled around the edges with metallic gel pen. I put it up on Pop Dots to give it dimension and looped the ribbon (Michael's dollar bin) through the hole. The Birthdays Happen is a Hambo sentiment. Thanks for looking!

WCMD Challenge #5

The stamping continues today. We are getting ready to have a barbecue with neighbors, though, so I will have to take a break until after dinner. It's been so warm here, we decided to fire up the barbecue one last time before the weather changes back to normal for this time of year.

I've been following all of the Just Johanna challenges and have been having so much fun. It's really made me think about the whole card-making process in a whole new way. I think I'll have better creations after this weekend of trying new techniques! This card is for the Faux Stitching Challenge from Durcan Designs. Details can be found here. Using a red base, I attached a two panels of the dp from Provo Craft Holiday Slab V. The images are SU! Holiday Blocks stamped on colored paper with Brilliance Moonlight White. The blocks are mounted on white squares and paper pierced and "threaded" with metallic gel pens. I hope you can see the stitching! The "ribbon" is a red striped paper from the same collection, and the sentiment is SU! Small Script popped up on PopDots. The same faux stitching is used around the oval. Thanks for looking!

Saturday, October 6, 2007

WCMD Challenge #4

Ok, I have got to head to bed after this post. I know Justin will be in my face asking for breakfast in 8 short hours...

The challenge was to use printed text in the card. I thought there was another challenge somewhere that was using dp only, but I can't seem to find it. This card fits both bills, though. I'm afraid the paper was a gift so I don't have the name. If you recognize it, please let me know what it is so I can get more! The base is a 5x5 gold metallic from DCWV. The ribbon is Offray. The sketch is actually from Beate's Weekend Sketch Challenge.
ok, it just took me forever to complete this post. I don't know if it's a problem with Blogger or my computer. Let's hope Blogger was just having some hiccups! Thanks for looking!

WCMD Challenge #3

I'm still at it, although I am starting to fade! Here is my entry for this challenge, a one-layer card! For such a simple card, it took me forever to get the snowflakes just right. Let me just say there is glitter all over my desk, chair and pants from the multiple tries! But I'm happy with the end result. Let me know what you think!

I started with a dark green base, then stamped the snowflake (an old stamp from 1992 All Night Media) with Brilliance Moonlight White. Then I embossed with holographic EP. The sentiment is SU! All Year Cheer I also in Moonlight White. The ribbon is from the craft store, not sure of the brand. Thanks for looking!

WCMD Challenge #2

I can't believe I actually pulled off completing two challenges so far. Justin got to play some games on the computer and did some of his own papercrafting, so he was relatively unobtrusive while I did them. Now, my husband is done with his work, so I get more time. What a rarity!

I completed this card for Cathy's challenge over at A Paper Garden. You can find details here. The card had to have a special fold. I chose the Criss-Cross card style. I used dp from CTMH and Basic Grey Blush lines. Stamps are Delight in Life from SU! stamped in Pretty in Pink. The flower on the front is colored with pencils and blended, then outlined with a pink marker. Mounted on a brown circle to make it pop with Pop Dots. Ribbon is from Michael's dollar bin. Pink and white cs are standard craft store variety. For the tab, I stamped the small flower from Delight in Life twice, then cut them out and mounted them together for a stronger tab. Do you think it should be colored in?

Well, off to see what other challenges are out there to see what I can sneak in before dinner time. Thanks for looking!

WCMD Challenge #1

I found this monochromatic challenge here at StampingMathilda for Just Johanna's World Card Making Day celebration. Base is a 5x5 square in yellow. The next panel has the faintest yellow stripe that doesn't really show through in the photo. The next layer is stamped with a flower flourish from Studio G (Michael's dollar bin) in Summer Sun. The smallest layer has the sun from SU's In the Sky stamped in Yo Yo Yellow. The sentiment is also stamped in Summer Sun and is from SU's All Year Cheer I. The bow is a piece of cotton twill dyed with a yellow marker and tied through eyelets. Thanks for looking!

Off to do more challenges. I told Justin he could have a turn on the computer after he counted to 100 bongo drum beats and he's at 90, so I'm off!

Friday, October 5, 2007

Seeing Threes

Cruising through the stamping blogosphere yesterday, I came across this challenge from Sharon at No Time To Stamp. 3x3s are something I have not done yet, and I don't know why. They are so fun! And so quick! I'll be making more of these in the future, I can assure you... Here are my debut 3x3s. The challenge was to make 3 of them. The base is brown cs. PP is Frances Meyer East India, which is one of my favorite papers in my stash. The leaf (SU! Tags & More) is stamped in Really Rust on a rust square from a Scrap Pack. Eyelets are rust, and the brads are copper. I paper pierced one around the edge and tied jute on the third one.

This is the last day of my vacation, which was everything I wanted in a week off. I got to putter around, shop, clean, relax and STAMP! I feel recharged, and happy that this is a 3-day weekend, so I don't actually have to report back to work until Tuesday. Also, I still have 2+ weeks of vacation to use before the end of the year, so I can do this again closer to the holidays :)

I've got an eye on my visitor counter, and am thinking that I will do some blog candy sharing at 500 hits. I'm not quite there, yet, but that gives me a goal to look forward to. Thanks for helping me reach it!

Thursday, October 4, 2007

RAK For A Cause

Here's my RAK to send to the family mentioned in yesterday's post. I started with a light blue base, which is watermarked with swirls if you look really closely. The floral panel is Sketchy Daisies by Stemma, mounted on a textured mustard panel. The same blue is used for the smaller panel across the bottom and the sentiment (All Year Cheer I) is clear embossed onto a Giga Scalloped Oval punched from the same mustard textured cardstock. I pierced around the scallops to add a little something. Ribbon is from SU! grosgrain collection. Simple, simple, but I hope it brings them a smile.

I also finished my swap cards today. But after they were all sealed and ready to be mailed, I realized I forgot one of the layers I was going to add. Oops. They still look nice without it, but that final layer really made them pop. I'm not tearing them all apart to add it in now, though!

After this week of relaxation, I am tired! How can that be? And is it horrible to say that I have not missed work? Tomorrow is my last day to myself, as my hubby and son will be home with me all weekend. I'm hoping to sneak away for some Card Making Day challenges - we'll see if Justin takes a nap Saturday...

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

More Shocking Evidence...

Of my spending so much of this vacation in the craft store! Today, I went in for this:

And came out with this:

As I was working on cards for a swap, I realized I needed a bit more paper, just the two colors in the first photo. But while I was there, it was on sale, and then I found a stash of Clearance papers in the front of the store and found some gorgeous rust and dark green for only 8cents a sheet! So how could I NOT get it? Oh, and the punch (not in photo) was purchased with my 40% coupon.

It gets worse - chatting with hubby about how my paper cutter is not such a good quality item, he said "So just get a new one. No sense getting frustrated when you are trying to have fun stamping!" And yes, I hopped onto Joann.com and took advantage of the free shipping. But really, I'm done now. My vacation is half over and I don't want to spend another day running around in traffic!

Working on my swap cards, I didn't get a chance to complete something new today. But here is a second card I made yesterday with the same papers as the Criss Cross card. Stamps are from Fun with Shapes and All Year Cheer I. Handsome Hunter and Going Gray ink. Silver cord and glitter glue for ornaments. I'm going to try it again with different papers tomorrow. Thanks for looking!

Blog Candy for a Cause - check this out

Have you seen Andrea's request for RAKs? The story is heartbreaking and my thoughts are with the family as they go through this trial. I hope you can help, too! Read more here

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Hi, I Have to Confess...

ETA: I changed the title of this post because some search bot is screwing up my stats.
...I am a Paperholic.

Seriously, 2 days and FIVE craft stores later, I have more paper in my stash! Ok, so some of it is for a swap I'm making cards for. But the other pieces, they were just pretty. I go to the craft store and just stand in the paper aisle, mind awhirl with all the things that could be done with the gorgeous prints! I can never leave without a few sheets under my arm... Am I alone in this addiction? I don't think I am, or there wouldn't be an entire blogosphere of papercrafters :)

My creations for today were challenge to me. First, I completed a Criss-cross card. What fun! If you have never tried this, check out this tutorial on SCS. If I didn't have 75 Christmas cards to send out, this might be my card of the season. Maybe a select few will get these... I started with hunter green card stock. The pp is Provo Craft Holiday Slab V. The insert base and the band are The Paper Company Glacial Blue cs. Insert is layered with white cs. The sentiment stamps are Everyday Flexible Phrases (perhaps I should have broken out the Stamp-a-ma-jig to line up the words better. The Tree and snowflakes on the tab (barely visible) and insert are from Shapes and Shadows, stamped in Handsome Hunter and silver and Brilliance Moonlight White. I used my glitter pen to detail the trees. Ribbon is craft store stock white grosgrain.
I will not go to the craft store tomorrow, I will not go to the craft store tomorrow, I will not go to the craft store tomorrow. But I WILL stay home and play with all my new stuff! Maybe even organize my papers...
Thanks for looking!

Monday, October 1, 2007

Quick and Simple Birthdays

This week, I am on vacation from work!! Yippee, yahoo! I'm so excited to be able to spend some time on myself. Oh, and packing up the kitchen and cooking things for the freezer to have while we are without a kitchen... But still, the amount of time I can spend stamping, reading and relaxing is so much more than usual.

I spent this morning shopping. Went to a Michael's that is not in my regular shopping circle. It was fabulous! They had soooooo much stuff on clearance and had a fresh new batch of stamp sets in the dollar bins. I got a bunch and am saving some for a blog candy giveaway soon. Stay tuned! And if you like the Rock Star line of papers, they had a bunch of them on sale, too!

My niece's birthday is tomorrow. She lives in AZ, so yes, this card will be late. Good thing I have a "belated" stamp, huh? These two cards are nearly identical, so materials are the same. They were super quick and simple, just what I was in the mood for so I could get my mojo flowing. The base is DCWV metallic textured card stock, one in blue, one in lilac. I love this paper!! The stamps used are SU! Border Builders, stems and flowers; Chasing Butterflies by Hambo and new sentiments from Michael's. I knew when I saw the Chasing Butterflies stamp that I wanted the boy to be running through grass to make his catch. The colors are Pink Passion, Lovely Lilac, YoYo Yellow, Pixie Pink and Gable Green and Garden Green. And the sky is sponged with Bashful Blue. The boy is colored using markers and the butterfly trail is dotted with a pure glitter marker. The purple version has lilac eyelets and the blue version has small gold brads in the corners.

Hopefully there will be lots of posts this week. Till then, Thanks for looking!