Thursday, January 22, 2009

Sheetload of Valentines!

Last weekend I decided to tackle the Valentines for DS's class. The party is not for a few weeks yet, but I didn't want to be scrambling at the last minute. Also, I gathered all my Valentine supplies this year and wanted to actually use up some of them! And, hey, I got this cute paper at Target's dollar spot, so I was inspired.

For the layout, I used the January issue of Sheetload of Cards. I used the birds from Kim Hughes for CHF, and the sentiment from Love Ya Much from CC Designs. Ribbon is from Target last year (or was it the year before?).

I hope you have a good weekend. DS is sick tonight and I'm hoping it's only a 24 hour bug that he doesn't share with us. Thanks for looking!

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Triangles? Tough, But Fun

The Techno Stamper Monday Lunchtime Sketch 52 this week had a great layout, but the triangles were a little tricky. I have no triangle dies or templates, and had to do math to get mine right. And you can see they are still a little lopsided. Oh, well, it was still a fun sketch to tackle and I like how my card turned out.

I used Liquid Pearls for the icing on the cupcakes, and Stickles for the cherries. The dp is from the DCWV mini stack 3 and the other papers are from my stash. I think the orange is Bazzill. Images are from MFT Icing on the Cake.

We are enjoying a quiet weekend, and I have Monday off, too. DS will be going to school and I will have a quiet day by myself. If it stays cold there's no reason to go out other than to drop him off and pick him up. DH will be traveling again most of this week, so I'll take some time for me tomorrow, too. Selfish, I know, but it's all on my shoulders when he is out of town. I honestly don't know how single mothers do it. They certainly have my respect!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend and Thanks for looking!

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Time For Another Sheetload

I needed some winter cards to send to those who were left off my Christmas card list. So I downloaded the January issue of Sheetload of Cards and created 8 of these in a snap. I think it took me just about 90 minutes to get these all done. I flipped the sketch and left off the sentiment because of the writing on the ribbon. I added some glitter for the snow in the main image. The colors are Bayou Blue and Wild Wasabi. The dp is from Provo Craft Holiday Slab. It's almost used up!!

That's it for today. As I mentioned, there is a lot going on around here right now so my stamping time has been limited. That will all change soon, though. So please stick with me :) Thanks for looking!

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Finally, A New Post!

It's a good thing I didn't resolve to post more cards this year - I would have failed already! I have resolved to spend more time with family, and to use up the materials in my craft room. So with DH out of town for the weekend, DS and I had some crafty time this afternoon. He did some Perler bead trucks and cars and I got to get a few cards done.

In November, I received a UHU Glue Roller sample and chose this sketch from Mary Anderson to copy. With the craziness of the end of the year, I just didn't get it done until today. I used a River Rock base, and some dp that was in my stash. The buttons are from Joann and tied with embroidery floss (and should be in a diagonal line, but I messed up on the bottom one, then the paper tore when I tried to remove it. So yes, it's different from the original sketch!) The sentiment is made with Heidi Grace rub on letters and the stitching on the ribbon is a Martha Stewart rub on. The satin ribbon is from Target's Christmas clearance LAST year.

The UHU glue roller was very easy to work with and boy, that stuff really sticks! I used it with no problems on both the paper and the ribbon. The ribbon is laid down very smoothly and is very secure under the dp panel. The dispenser was a nice size and was easy to maneuver in my hands, which can be very clumsy! I will definitely be buying more of this when I need a strong, permanent adhesive.

This card also fits the Stamp Something Challenge from Friday in which NO stamps were allowed! Hopefully this week I'll have more posts. BIG changes are coming around here, so I may be sketchy for a while, but hope to escape to the craft room a couple nights a week. Thanks for looking!

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Baby Girl Gifts

Today I continued on the girly-girl path and made a monogram frame to match the card I made yesterday for our friends' new daughter.  Also today I want to show the onesies, because I want to get them in the mail this week.
I had this dollar frame in my stash of alterables for quite a while, and today it jumped out at me.  I got this great outline alphabet from Mandarin Pixie before they closed last year, and it's just the right size.  The papers are DCWV and Bazzil.  I used craft store acrylic paint to paint the frame, and the ribbon is American Crafts.  I did stamp the flourishes in Close to Cocoa, but since I don't have craft inks, it faded to a gray.  The flowers are Primas and the centers are Queen and Co Mini Sprinkles brads.

Below are the onesies. I used the directions from Taylor, but went one step easier and bought the cute patterned iron-on patches instead of using fabric with Heat N Bond.  It helped me because the patches were all coordinated!  I think I should have set the ink in the dryer before washing the onesies, because it did fade.  Any comments on this process for me?  I didn't have Palette Hybrid ink, so used Staz-On.  The diaper on the baby is paper pieced.  The butterflies are from Verve, the hearts are from Kim Hughes for CHF.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Welcome, Baby Girl!

Not in my house, LOL!  We are all boy here, but our best friends just had a baby girl the week before Christmas and I was finally able to make a card and some onesies for her today.  (K- hope you aren't reading this!)  They will be calling her Rory, and she is just too precious for words!  
I have seen this Inkadinkado stamp used all over blogland and finally found it for myself at Joann a few weeks ago.  I never go into the local store, just shop online, so I didn't realize they had these stamps.  The best part - they were only 50 cents on clearance!  For the card, I paper pieced the diaper and colored the baby with Prismacolor pencils, blended with OMS.  The dp is from DCWV Spring Stack and I added "welcome" to the bottom panel.  Velvet rick rack is from American Crafts, and flowers are Primas.  I used the tiny Sprinkles brads from Queen and Co along the top and as a flower center.  

The layout is courtesy of Mary Jo at Techno Stamper.  This is the first time in several weeks that I have gotten to complete her sketch challenge on time.  Now that the holiday madness is over, I have time to get to all the "other" things on my to-do list :)  Challenges are near the top of that list, after exercising!

I will share the onesies tomorrow.  It is late and I am ready to head to bed with a book.  I hope the New Year is treating you all well so far.  Thanks for looking!