Wednesday, September 30, 2009

A New Challenge

Hi Friends,

I'm so excited to tell you about a new challenge blog that my dear bloggin' pal Courtney has started. She wanted to do something different and boy did she ever come up with a creative idea. It's called "Everything but the Kitchen Sink." This challenge will be dedicated to using items around the house.

Our first challenge was to use something we had gotten in the mail. And was that interesting, especially since I accidentally threw out a bunch of mail at the last moment. At any rate, this is what I came up with:

I used a thank you note from a magazine that I subscribe to, taped in onto some SU! Kraft cardstock (with a scalloped pumpkin pie border behind it), tied some ribbon, added some foofala buttons with twining, corner rounded the corners and done.

Be sure to go check out the designers and what they come up with:

Courtney (One Day at a Time)
Kelly Marie (Lawn Fawn Cards)
Kelley (My Front Porch)
Winter (Winter Wonderland)
Ann (Creative Antics)

Now for the REALLY cool part, since this is a challenge blog, you can participate too! Just use something in your mail and incorporate it into your card design, post it to Mr. Linky at Court's blog by October 9th, and you will have a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to Papertrey Ink!!!! How cool is that???

Good luck, and I cannot wait to see what you come up with!


Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Birthday flower

Hi Friends,

How are you? I know it's been awhile since I've posted. And I've missed you all!! Today I'm sharing a quick card that I made for one of Carlin's co-workers whose birthday is this week. I needed to do something quick but looked nice. This is a design I use a lot for quick cards.

Check back tomorrow for a surprise... Lots of funness going on in blogo land.

Big hugs!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Sunday evening

Hi Friends,

I hope you've enjoyed your weekend. I have mine, and it's gone by fast. I have to say that normally Mondays are my least favorite day of the week, but not this week. Carlin comes home tomorrow, and I'm really ready for him to be home. It's really hitting me this evening, so I will be glad when he gets home tomorrow. (We are hoping he gets home in time for the early Monday Night Football game since our beloved Colts are playing---GO BLUE!)

Kim, my BFF from high school, and I had our slumber party last night. It was really fun. We watched a chic flick, Bride Wars. You know what, when that was in the theater, I had no desire to see it, but it's really cute. I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed it.

Enough of my babbling, here's a card for you...

You might recognize the colors from Dawn's most recent color challenge. However, I failed to post it in time. However, the card was still useful as I needed a card for a bridal shower (that I hadn't made a card for), so this is what I used. She's having fall warm colors, so I thought this was close enough.

I'm busy making Christmas cards. I have a friend who's going to various fairs and has graciously offered to take card for me. Plus, I have had 3 co-workers and one friend ask me to do their Christmas cards. So I'm trying to be on top of things. (I am having deja vu, so if I've posted this before, sorry)

Blessings to you my friends

Stamps: Hero Arts Everyday sayings, Papertrey Ink Polka Dot basics
Paper: Stampin' Up Chocolate Chip, Kraft, Very vanilla
Ink: SU! Chocolate chip, versamark,
Other: Fiskers Apron Lace punch, SU! three hearts punch, SU! Corner rounder, Cuttlebug Swiss Dots folder---how did I ever make cards without this??, Zing clear embossing powder, Ranger distress ink-tea, Ranger butterscoth alcohol ink

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Another reject:)

Hi friends,

I'm posting another card tonight that didn't make the cut for CARDS.

I'm really tired tonight. I just got back from my book club, caught up quickly on reading some blogs, and I'm ready to go to bed. I hope I can sleep tonight since Carlin is traveling. I've gotten used to having him around, so it may prove to be a challenge to sleep. Time will tell.

My mojo is seriously missing, and I've not had time to spend in the craft room to try and locate it. So I need to scout out a challenge and work on something to get my creative juices going. I plan to do some of that this weekend:) Thanks for stopping by.



Wednesday, September 16, 2009

A card!

Hi My Friends

I hope your week is going well. My sweet hubbie is leaving town bright and early tomorrow to head to Washington D.C. for a conference on ensuring healthy churches at Mark Dever's church. He's very excited. But he's being picked up at 5:30 for goodness sakes, so we are going to be heading to night night real soon. He's going to be gone until Monday night :( I was single for a long time before we met and got married, so I'm used to being home alone. I just really love having him around. I know I'm going to miss him. I do have some fun plans to pass the time... A slumber party with my BFF from high school for one:)

Anyway, tonight I'm posting a card that got rejected by CARDS magazine's February submission. I still like even if they didn't consider it publication worthy. Do not feel bad for me though because they did accept two cards that I submitted, and I'm thrilled about that. And I haven't mentioned it previously, but I'm also having two cards published in January. I really have debated about saying anything because I do not want to seem like I'm boasting. I've seen others post their success, and I never thought that they were boasting, so I said what they heck, I'll share. So many of you are my buds, that I want to share my excitement with you.

Geez, I'm sure you are saying, onto the card, why don't you... So without further ado, here it is:

Have a great day friends. For those of you who signed up to swap, I'll send out some deets tomorrow:) I cannot wait.



Monday, September 14, 2009

No Card tonight

Hi Friends,

No card tonight. They are all stored on my other computer, and I'm too tired to get set up on it. (Let me offer a point of clarity here, I'm on my work laptop now. I do not have two computers to myself -wink-).

I wanted to post a reminder about the holiday swap I'm trying to get going. So far, I've got 4 GREAT cardmakers participating, so if you join in, you are sure to be in store for some delightful cards. Please let me know if you are interested. I'd like to know by the end of the day tomorrow if you are interested so that I can work out the logistics with those participating.

I'm so excited about the upcoming swap!!! I hope you join in!

Thanks girls

Friday, September 11, 2009

Birthday card

Hi Again,

Happy Friday to you all! I've been off this week, and it's gone by so fast. I guess they all do when you're on vacation :)

I have spent some time restocking birthday cards because I found out recently that my supply had gone dry. Today, I'm sharing one that I recently made. I'm actually sending it out the door today to a friend whose birthday is Monday.

Aren't those flowers so cute? They are made my K&C company. I just loved them and think my friend will too.

Have a great weekend



Paper: Stampin' Up! Certainly Celery, Crushed Curry, Bermuda Bay

Ink: SU! White, Chocolate Chip

Stamps: Papertrey Ink Paper Tray, Polka Dot basics

Accessories: SU! Corner Rounder, Fiskars apron lace punch, Cuttlebug Swiss dots folder, K&C company flower brads

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Bad blogger and Swap question??

Hi Dear Friends,

I looked at my blog and realized that it's been well over a week since I've posted. I hope that I still have you stopping by to check in ;)

Life has been really busy here lately. We had our new vinyl flooring and carpet installed this week, and last weekend was spent doing the last minute moving for that. All was installed on Tuesday and Wednesday. And they look fabulous. It's like we have a new house. Of course, it has drawn to my attention more painting and work that needs to be done, but one step at a time, right? I'll get some photos taken (hopefully tomorrow) and post.

I have done some creating and plan to post something tomorrow when I will MAKE time to do some photographing.

Since I do not have a card to post, I wanted to kick out an idea that came to me the other day. Are any of you interested in doing a card swap? I've done this before (not organized) and thought it might be fun. I was thinking of just keeping it as holiday cards (any holiday of your choice), and making a deadline of getting the cards to me by mid-October. The number of swap cards would be determined by the number of people interested in participating. I don't know if there would be any interest but thought it might be a fun way to share ideas. I'll even throw in a prize for Carlin's favorite card :) Let me know by September 15th if you want to participate in the card swap, and we'll see what kind of interest there is out there to do this and work out the details from there:)

I hope you are all doing well. I'm trying to do some catching up on my blog reading too, so if I've not commented, I'll be by soon!

Take care my friends!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Baby card

Hi Friends,
As you may recall, I've got a couple friends who have either had or are soon to have a baby. Today's card features one that I made to send after the baby arrives :)

I'm a little sad today given what SU! will be instituting. Long story, short, since I'm a demonstrator, I can only continue to blog if I use only SU! products (or refuse to mention others that are used). I've been debating about discontinuing my demonstratorship, and this just seals it. I love the paper and inks and the stamps. But there are so many other great companies out there that are frequently coming out with new exciting stuff that I love. So, I think that this was just the final push I needed to make my decision.

ANYWAY, enough of that rambling, here's tonight's card, and I'm off to bed!

Thanks for stopping by! Many blessings to you all!