Tuesday, November 24, 2009

[Card 4]

Ok...it's not my most favorite card, but I thought it was cute...lol.

Yup, that's my post.


paper: PTI rustic white and terracotta tile; Making Memories autumn splendor; SU soft suede;
stamp: unity KOTM
ink: versamark
misc: glossy accents and 3dimensionals
EK Success corner rounder
PTI buttons and ribbon
border punch: fiskars


Grateful for You (card 3)

Quick post -- I've got like 6 other Thanksgiving cards to post before the Holiday....busy busy!!

I love this stamp!

Tried to keep it simple, elegant and pretty!


stamps: SU medallion; PTI Friends Til the End
paper: PTI terracotta tile and rustic white
ink: PTI fresh snow; SU crushed curry
misc: liquid pearls, PTI button, wal-mart twine

Today I'm grateful for patience....I went in to work thinking I'd be there 9-5 and didn't leave til after 7:30pm. I was driving home on the interstate only to find out that I missed my exit...and I was dangerously low on gas. Even then, I was thinking how great of a day it was. It only got better when my husband had cooked me dinner. I love that man.


Monday, November 23, 2009

grat-i-tude (card 2)

In our second line-up in my Thanksgiving cards, we have this little cutie!

I wanted the glittery leaf to be the focal point of the card (because I got it in a set from Michaels with papers and stickers and a ton of stuff for like $1.99!! Holy cow!! I would have bought 1 for Naomi and 1 for Christy...but they only had one left :( sorry girls....)

My mom and dad just got off a week long cruise (so jealous) but I was so excited for them because they have not been on a cruise since the Big Red Boat (uh like 12 years ago...and now it's a floating prison, lol -- no joke) and they haven't been on a vacation by themselves since like their honeymoon (I have no idea if that is true or not but it's been a looong time). So they had a great time!! The thing was, I wanted to pick up the phone and call them so many times while they were gone :( It made me realize how lucky I am to have such great parents, and to have them so close (last year, they moved literally right up the street from my husband and I...we were a little worried at first that they would just drop by unannounced, but they have been really good about not doing that, lol, thank goodness...you know, we are are still kind of newlyweds, haha!!)

Well, that's all for now!! Enjoy!

paper: PTI rustic white and terracotta tile, Making Memories - Autumn Splendor
ribbon: PTI terracotta tile (twill)
sentiment: Stampin' Up (SU)
ink: PTI terracotta tile
misc: glitter leaf from Michaels in their
Autumn Splendor 12x12 page kit ($1.99!! crazy awesome deal)

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Season of Blessings: Day 1

Ya! Thanksgiving Card #1!
This was my first card of the night...it's using Cosmo Cricket's Nutmeg line, super cute, huh??

Today, I am most thankful for my incredible husband. I came home today from my best friend's bridal shower and couldn't help thinking about my husband. We've been married about a year and a half now, and we definitely drive each other crazy sometimes :) but I can't even begin to describe how he makes me feel, and incredibly, I look at him everyday and get the same goosebumps I got when I first met him almost 10 years ago...

What are you most thankful for today?

paper: PTI rustic cream and new terracotta tile; Cosmo Cricket - Nutmeg
ink: PTI new terracotta tile
stamp: Unity - Oct KOTM
punch: SU scallop square; Marvy 1" square; EK Success corner rounder
misc: PTI lemon tart button, twine from Wal-mart, Basic Grey Bling-It

Sneak Peek for Thanksgiving!!

Are you ready for Thanksgiving?
Here's a little sneak peek of the cards I'll be sending
to my family and friends this week!! :) Stick around each day this week...they're fabulous!
(not to toot my own horn or anything....
toot toot)

OOOOHHH so excited for Thanksgiving...I dream of my mom's stuffing, it is so good, I wish I could share it with all of you. LOL, my dad sits on the couch watching tv for like 3 hours (no joke) tearing apart the loaves of bread....every year, it's hilarious. But it is so worth it!

What are you thankful for? A coworker of mine asked me that question for a post he was writing. I had to think of it for a while....I am really lucky. I have so much to be thankful for that I couldn't think of what to say!

To start with...

In these tough times, I'm really lucky to have a job...that I love...with amazing people around me! I always thought a job was just a job, but being at my new workplace (I've been there just over a month now) has made me realize that you don't just have to have a "job", you don't have to wake up each morning thinking "ugh I don't want to go to work today". I am truly lucky -- and I never would have found this job if it weren't for my amazing friend Naomi (I'm sure you're familiar with her blog, she's awesome). She passed my resume onto her coworker who passed it on to her boyfriend who passed it along to the recruiter at my new workplace!! :) whew!

Well, that's all for now. I'll be showing you the individual cards this whole week (and I'll be letting you know a few other reasons why I'm thankful this Thanksgiving).

Hope you all have a wonderful day!!

Congrats on Your New Little Bundle!!

Don't you just love baby cards?

My friend, Erin, at work just had a relative who gave birth to a beautiful baby girl, Ava and she asked me to make a card for her. I was flattered that she would even want one of my cards to give to someone...and of course, I said yes!

However, when I asked Erin what kind of card she wanted...cutesy, simple, blah blah blah...she replied back "my only requirement is that it has minimal pink" WHAAA? it's a baby girl card, lol, it's supposed to be swarmed with pink.
So, this is my interpretation. And I love it. And Jim even said it was "beautiful" -- he's told me my cards were nice before but never called them beautiful, so I knew he really liked it!!

I really, really like this card, actually. It is very simplistic, yet elegant and I think it really delivers the message! Bonus: I got to use my new Signature Sentiments from the fabulous Dawn McVey for Papertrey :) (I just got my package today and was like a little kid in a candy store!!)

Well, hopefully my friend Erin...and the new parents will enjoy the card as much as I do :)


paper: SU smoky shadow, PTI rustic cream, PTI sweet blush, random Michaels set
ink: versamark
embossing powder: ranger (silver)
stamps: all PTI - Signature Sentiments, Bitty Baby Blessings, Retro Background Basics
Martha Stewart border punch, EK Success corner rounder
button: PTI sweet blush; rhinestones and ribbon from Michaels'
misc - Deco "Just Glitter" pen (which I used on the background for a little more glitz!!)
Sizzix Big Butterflies Die Cut

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Embellish with Brads....or eyelets if you're me... :)

Yah! Another Embellish Challenge!!!

I really had nooo clue what I was going to make for this challenge. Color challenges for me lately have been pretty difficult. But what I did love is using brads! (or in my case, eyelets -- sorry, I didn't have any primary colored brads, oops!!) But I still love my card.

I think these colors are a lot of fun and almost bring you back to childhood -- very elementary colors, and you can really do a ton with them...hopefully I'll be able to make a few more before the challenge ends!!

Really, this is just your basic weaving -- I took Cosmo Cricket's Snorkel Elements and cut the color strips. Then took solid colored cardstock to match (various -- PTI, SU, etc) and wove them into each other. (The strips are a 1/2 inch). Then, (I hope this doesn't disqualify me!!) I took my eyelets using the Crop-o-dile (love this tool), I very easily punched them into the card. I adhered everything with 3-dimensions from SU! so it would pop a little bit. Then, on top - I finally got to use my long oval scallop punch from SU! and colored the edges with Brillance - Red Rocket (I also stamped in that color) on the sentiment from PTI - Mega Mixed Messages.

By the way -- oh my, the paper in the background is part of the new line from Creative Imaginations (holy cow is it cuuuuuute!!)

Create [Something] Fabulous Today!


Sunday, November 15, 2009

Over the Top Award!!

Aw wow!! My friend Naomi nominated me for this award and I'm so excited!! I've never gotten an award before...or won anything, lol. :) So this makes my day!!

The rules are : I need to pass this award on to five people, post on their blog to let them know I left this award, and then I need to answer a list of questions in ONE word.

1. Where is your cell phone? purse
2. Your hair? curly
3. Your mother? sweet
4. Your father? protective :)
5. Your favorite food? macncheese
6. Your dream last night? none
7. Your favorite drink? mojito
8. Your dream/goal? happiness
9. What room are you in? living
10. Your hobby? crafting
11. Your fear? failure
12. Where do you want to be in 6 years? VP
13. Where were you last night? home
14. Something that you aren’t? selfish
15. Muffins? poppy
16. Wish list item? ferrari
17. Where did you grow up? sarasota
18. Last thing you did? laundry
19. What are you wearing? PJs
20. Your TV? huge
21. Your Pets? old
22. Friends? fun
23. Your life? lucky
24. Your mood? relaxed
25. Missing someone? sisters
26. Vehicle? economical
27. Something your not wearing? shoes
28. Your favorite store? forever21
29. Your favorite color? green
30. When was the last time you laughed? now (i'm watching napolean dynamite, lol)
31. Last time you cried? tuesday (while you were sleeping was on)
32. Your best friend? hubby
33. One place that I go to over and over? michaels
34. Facebook? rarely
35. Favorite place to eat? outback

So it's really tough to decide who my favorite blogs are, but these women are really talented and continue to come up with some beautiful creations: Liszha, Beth, Dana, Deanna, and Christy! I wanted to let you ladies know just how much you have inspired me!! You all truly are Over The Top!! :)

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Hello! Even Crazier for Plum!

Plum Crazier! lol

I was so inspired by the plum crazy challenge from Moxie Fab that I did two cards in one night! (Check out my card from yesterday!!)

I started with PTI Rustic Cream cardstock -- I think it measure 4.5x4.5 -- then layered some Plum Pudding (?) Bitty Dots from PTI and then some more rustic cream that I stamped my PTI Guidelines II with -- these stamps are so versatile. I stamped with Chai (PTI), Rich Razzleberry (SU) and lavender from Brillance.

I also stitched in purple on the side and on the felt and accented the chai ink with some purple bling from Basic Grey.

The sentiment is from Mega Mixed Messages (PTI again, lol) and its on the Tab Punch from SU!

The felt was very much inspired by my friend Naomi's blog - take a look, she's soo talented!
To finish it off, the ribbon is Rich Razzleberry from SU and the buttons (that are just decoration for the picture where from papertrey PTI).


Thursday, November 12, 2009

Celebrate! Plum Crazy!!

Are you Plum Crazy?

I underestimate the color purple a lot. I don't have a lot of it in my stock and rarely ever use it. So thank you Moxie Fab and your Tuesday Trigger - Plum Crazy challenge!! :)

I started with the [amazing] Rich Razzleberry cardstock from SU! LOVE! I took vellum and white embossed the Friends Til the End flowers from PTI and layered the smaller on top of the larger. Accented with a Basic Grey Bling. Then I folded over some Rich Razzleberry polka dot ribbon (SU) and some PTI Rustic White cardstock (of course...my fav).

Then I inked the edges and a PTI Guidelines II stamp with a PTI Scattered Showers sentiment over it. I put that over some more vellum -- punching the border care of Martha Stewart (hello -- have you seen how big her aisle is now at Michael's ?? Holy cow, she's expanded, its fantastic -- can't wait for pay day tomorrow!!!)

Then, to add an even softer border, I put more bling under the border.

I love this card - and these colors - and I hope you do too!! Can't wait to see what you come up with :)


Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Thirty and Flirty!! (With Margaritas, Of Course)

So my friend at work just had her big 30 and everyone was going out to celebrate. Unfortunately, I was unable to make it as I had another party to go to! (popular, right?!? lol, this never happens, typically i don't have anything scheduled until my husband or my friend naomi plan something for me, lol).

I have seldom used this PTI stamp set "Day at the Beach" but I wanted to use the drinks to make the card really festive!
I used different ink from Brillance and covered them with Stickles! Then I added a border of Stickles to go along with the Lime Rickey-Basic Grey paper!

I didn't have a stamp for 30 and flirty (let me know if you have seen one!!) so I used different color CTMH markers.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Embellis with Owls - Birthday Wishes


Owl are you today?

Quick post tonight - Wes's birthday and my friend from college is staying with my hubby and i this weekend!! So exciting!!

I originally made this for Wes...but hubby said it was way too girly lol (for obvious reasons). So, in the box it goes :)

stamps: su - friend to friend, pti - mega mixed messages
ink: pti ink duo
paint: ctmh create-a-shade with tim holtz lettuce alchohol inks
martha stewart border punch
paper: pti rustic cream & bitty dots
kaiser pearls; twine from walmart