Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Baby Love

Happy end of May....where did the last five months go????

Daisy Doodles free week card is done. It was easy and very care free!
The image was previously colored weeks ago and found it when I sat down to start a card. Looked through my files for a DD image and there was 'Playtime Amy' ready to go atop and play on one of my cards.
I found a bin of baby theme eyelets and I haven't used an eyelet
in quite some time.
The DP in the bg....I remembered being in the DP scraps folder.

Mark your calenders for the Daisy Doodles blog hop on June 3rd. You will have three days to comment, have a chance to win some images, and shop with 50% off all images in the store.
On June 15th there will be a mini challenge using Daisy's images and another prize!!!!!

Thanks for coming by!

Emerald Faeries - Anything Goes 
2 Sisters - Anything Goes 
Stamp Something - Use a sentiment
Our Creative Corner - Beautiful Baby
Card Makin Mamas - Use your scraps
Crafty Catz - Pink and Green
Digi Doodle Shop's Best - Anything Goes
Inspire Me Friday - Anything Goes

PAPER: Almost Amethyst, Pink, DP, light green and all of them were scraps
INK: Pretty in  PInk
TOOLS: eyelet setter with a hammer...yes with a hammer, the Japanese screw punch hole was too small and the CAD wouldn't work with the image and frame already adhered to the DP, Cuttlebug for Spellbinders Labels 21, Circles large and small and the small scalloped circles, small oval punch, slotted punch with hammer for the ribbon on the pink label
INCIDENTALS: eyelets, twine, ribbon x 2

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Flower Books with D2D

 Hope you  are having a peaceful Memorial Day weekend.

'Big Bloom' is the Delightful Inspirations free digi this week. I printed it out big and small on white card stock and on copy paper--wanted to make 'books' for Lily. She will want one for her 'puppies', too. They are her imaginary friends. They cause her to get in trouble, they always get what they want...'my little puppies are hungry'...'my little puppies are so tired'...'my little puppies love sparkles'...need I say more? Two 'books' it is then.
Use the one copy with the plain paper to cut out about 8 layers to form the inside of your 'book', staple before cutting. For the front and back I stapled one edge to the back piece of card stock and then cut.This makes the cutting out so much more even. Once the coloring was done with Prismacolor Pencils and OMS I 'put the books together, added some scraps of ribbon and then went about adding the Stickles.
Lily will be delighted to see these and write in them! I wonder what her puppies will think...can the puppies write and draw?
Guess I'll find out on Wednesday.

Thanks for coming by!

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Peanut machine

 There was a challenge to make a card with a food image and kids in mind during the VSN last week over at Splitcoast Stampers.  Here's my creation:
That stamp set is Treat Yourself from Stampin Up, and the paper is October Afternoon. The punched tab says 'Peanuts...1 cent' for that I used my Just Rite tiny letters and horizontal block. The background on the tab is Verve's bountiful Backgrounds. Gotta love those dots!!
The 'gumball machine' has a piece of acetate for the 'glass' and it was stamped with Cherry Stazon.
The peanuts were fun to cut out and I had to glue them down cuz the little buggers wouldn't stay still. I do believe it was the static on the acetate that caused them to move all over the place until I lifted the acetate and then they all 'stuck to it'. It was hilarious until it got to be a time issue. Remember we only had 45 minutes to create our cards.
Thanks for coming by!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Verve's fourth but not final

There are five challenges at Viva la Verve this month.
Charmaine has a great sketch here.
FYI! That ribbon that I gathered after I tied a knot is PINK IRL.
I punched the corners out and inked them up with pink, turned them over and glued to the gray
corners...added some pearls
Thanks for coming by!

STAMPS: Verve's Kindred Spirits
PAPER: CTMH pink texture, gray, vellum, DP that was sitting on the counter
INK: Pink, Basic Gray
TOOLS: Cuttlebug for the spellbinders ovals and tag
INCIDENTALS: sewing machine and pearls

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Simply adorable

There's a new baby in our family. My cousin Pat's daughter just had another adorable baby girl.
There is nothing sweeter than a new baby!
And LOOK at the new digi I got from Delightful Inspiration!
This pink fluffy teddy is called "Summer Days".
Found the acetate and silver tag in the BOTD...then came the SU sentiment, 
and the Heidi Swapp pink flower bling. I think cotton
twine on a card is fab, don't you?
but then again, I just love cotton twine!!!!
You just might recognize this sketch.
Jen's SFYTT sponsor this month is Your next Stamp and I don't own any,
so Delightful Inspirations came to my rescue.
The oval was a much better fit with 'Summer Days' than the circle
would have been...plus I luv the clear tag!!!!!
It's simple but it's not flat. the layers are popped up with dimensionals.
Thanks for coming by!

Monday, May 23, 2011

One Layer and a Martini

When one has a very limited time to stamp and create a card, one makes as few layers as possible.
Here's one that challenged us to use alcohol  be it ink, straight out of the bottle using a technique, or alcohol
related stamps. As I own one Copic marker i went with some cocktails that definitely contain alcohol when made for consumption IRL.
This card is 4 1/4" square and I'm thinking about putting some bling on the  'canopy/punched border'.
I used the one Copic marker to outline just a wee bit of the bases of the glasses and ice bucket. if you look closely you can just about see it. Glossy Accents were used in the making of all cocktails and ice cubes.
Not one olive was harmed in the making of this card!!!!!
Sentimental Sundays are looking for entries of one layer!
Pardon me, while I go over there and get entered.
Thanks for coming by!!!!

STAMPS: Rubber Stampede-Cocktail border, Su-Wonderful Words
INK: Stazon Cactus Green
INCIDENTALS: Glossy Accents, punch border

Daisy Doodles Challenge

With Memorial Day right around the corner Daisy's girls are challenging you to make a red/white/blue card
or project using any digital image that you might have in your arsenal of crafty goodness.
Would love to see a Daisy Doodles image but any will do and if you are lucky enough to be a winner then you could pick your very own images from the store.
I chose this nice apple from School Time....is there any thing more memorable than the red apple for your teacher or an apple a day keeps the doctor away.
As I stitched the sentiment had a crazy idea to keep stitching to the end of the ribbon
and see what I could come up with when it came time to adhere it to the card.
Well...just pulled the bobbin thread and gathered up the ribbon and used some double sticky tape to get it to stay there. that sentiment tag is just Spellbinders label Two scored and folded in half after stamping.
Stop on over at the challenge blog and see what the Guest Designers have made. Nikki Byrne's creations are stunning and her blog is one place that you might do well to visit.
Thanks for coming by!

STAMPS: Daisy Doodles Apple from Summer fun; Stampin Up's Everyday Phrases.
PAPER: DCWV, white, Natural ivory
INK: Real Red
TOOLS: Cuttlebug for the Spellbinders label two and the CB embossing folder, and Fancy Tags, SU border  
punch, sewing machine
INCIDENTALS: wide ribbon scrap from a gift

Cardcupids -  Bright and Bold
Dream valley - Bring out the Old and New..used the apple digi-old and Fancy tag-NEW!
2 sisters challenge - Use a digi
Catch the Bug - Summer Celebration or Graduates
 Alphabet challenge Clean and Simple
if the shoe fits scrap it - CAS
Totally paper crafts - Don't be Square
Digi Doodle Shop's Best - embossing

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Virtual Stamp Night

VSN was two days of vigorous card making. It started on Monday evening, lasted 5 hours. Saturday, VSN started at Noon and lasted 11 hours. We were challenge to make a card in 45 minutes at the top of every hour. There were challenges and there were CHALLENGES to get a card done in 45 minutes....then photograph it, edit it, and get it uploaded onto SCS and then get it posted in the correct thread. It was not always easy...they gave you no time to eat, sleep, or be merry!!! Friday I ate early before the competition started...no problem..I have a small fridge for water...and personal time is just down the hall. Saturday...ate lunch early and made a sandwich, just in case for later....no worries. Then DH made dinner...whoa...he grilled burgers...wait a minute...he does make the best burgers, well done, but the best burgers. Went up threw a burger together, sat with DH, ate, and ran back downstairs while, God Love Him, he did the dishes...oh, BTB, I did manage to put the ketchup, mustard, pickles, tomato back in the fridge. Nice of me...huh? I got all 16 cards done within the specified time frame...well, with the computer lags at SCS some of them were on the thread  4, 6, 9 minutes late which ate into that hours creating a card. It was FUN and quite an accomplishment.

This is one of the cards that I made on Saturday night! It's a perfect entry into CAS-ual Fridays. They love clean and simple and this weeks challenge is to bring on the bling.
The hardest part of the VSN was at the top of the hour, each new challenge and theme, getting the right paper. It was 1. stop a minute,  2. get off the last theme 3. breathe 4. WHAT PAPER?
I confess each round I wanted to just grab the paper that was sitting  on the counter!
To go hunt and look for the right paper was a time consumer. 
There were many instances that a scrap or already punched element left over from other
projects were grabbed and used. Once when I went to  a scrap drawer, there was an unused swing card...just the skeleton. It was not perfect and was tossed in the neutral drawer.
I made a swing card in such little time...stamped all the bare spots...no time to cut all those small pieces that I like on that style of card. I thought it cane out rather well and no one can see the imperfections that made me 'throw it away'.
the challenge was to hide something in the project...Can you find the pink butterfly?
Here's the flip side...can you find the green butterfly?
O! And, BTB, that butterfly/dragonfly stamp...I rec'd that in the mail from my Big Sis at Divine Secret Sisters a secret sister group over at Splitcoast on Friday. It's a clear stamp...all in one...measures about 5 inches by 1 1/2 inches and made by Fiskar...very cool...and came in very handy!!!!!

For recipes you can check these cards out at SCS.
2. Small Wonder

Found a few challenges along the way:
Creative Inspirations PaintBling on Tink's card
Emerald Faerie - Anything Goes..the most popular fairy of all is Tink
Little Claire's - Sparkle...again, here's Tink
One Stop Craft Challenge - Fairy tales...guess...yep...Tink

Word Play Weekend #3 - Wings...don't make me say it...lol

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Make a Wish VLV wk 3

Just a close up for the card to come.....
Amy challenged the VLV players to create a card using a fab sketch--
AND the card......
Thanks for coming by!

STAMPS: Verve's Feel the Sun, Birthday Phrases
PAPER: Basic Grey-Docket, Lovely Lilac, Club Scrap-green and bg paper, creamy caramel
INK: Early espresso
TOOLS: Cuttlebug for the Cut Above Charming Ovals and Vintage Oval by Verve, sewing machine
INCIDENTALS: ribbon, brad, pearls

Friday, May 20, 2011

Verve May2011 wk one

Here's my card for week one of Viva la VERVE
at Splitcoast Stampers.
I made my own bg paper from Kindred Spirits stamp set from Verve, of course.
The Vintage Oval die in distressed gray was cut in half and applied on both sides of that strip of DP from DCWV. Two pearl headed pins had two more pearls and seed beads attached to opposite ends...for safety.
That is a wee silver dragonfly charm from my beading box of goodies. I glued a rhinestone onto the
hole...just click on the photo to enlarge.
Thanks for coming by!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Stamp your Border at WMSC

That is my handmade flower from the little circle stamp  from  the Very Vintage Labels Five at WMS.
the Waltzingmouse sketch challenge asked us to stamp our borders...so I did. With the exception of my sentiments all stamped images are from the one set Very Vintage labels 5. I used the circly thing for my bg on the base cs using Versamark and  alternating with Moonlight Brilliance.
That flower is three layers of the circle stamp and attached with the brad to the spellbinders die and the only one that is popped up.
The side border is two pieces of pale yellow, one is hand cut, obv and the other is punched and then stamped.
My wee friend is due to wake up here shortly so this is a quick...'giter dun' post.
Sentimental Sundays is challenging with a hand made flower....i qualify!!!!
AND Delightful Inspirations Saturday Card Ideas Challenge is asking for home made flowers also. what a deal...one card three challenges.
thanks for coming by!

STAMPS: Very Vintage labels Five, SU's Everyday Phrases
PAPER: Groovy Guava, Confetti Cream and pale yellow from CTMH- the boder
INK: Groovy Guava
TOOLS: Cbug for the spellbinders, border punch from EK, 1/4" hole punch-border and 'tags'
INCIDENTALS:  ribbon, brad, dimensionals

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Skater Boy at D2D

Right about now I am the envy of a very great friend.....she wants this image!!!!
AND Lily thought this 'boy stamp' is good!!! Can't get too many adjectives from a four year old, but her face sure lit up when she saw this card. "I have to have that card, Mims!!!!"
Would love to send it off to my friend...maybe Lily will forget!!!!!!
Or maybe I'll have to make another similar one.
this Skater Boy is the newest image of mine from Delightful Inspiration.
D2D, also referred to as Delightful Inspiration gives away a free image every week that you play. You play you win. the first one of each month is totally free for one week and that starts the progressive freebies.so check out D2D on Fridays. You can always purchase one and go from there.
Thanks for coming by!

STAMPS: Skater Boy from D2D, sentiment from SU 'Picnic on Parade'
PAPER: Real Red, Brilliant Blue, White, and some DSP from who knows where
INK: Early Espresso
TOOLS:  sewing machine, label punch from SU

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

I CASED a dress

Lily had on the cutest dress last week and I decided to CASE it.
Can't decide to show you the dress or card first...so here goes.
Here's Lily's CASE of her own dress.....gotta love her. She's only four.
The barely seen dark blue marker on the right edge? Those are the flowers on 'my' dress.
Oh, and BTB, she does not make cards...they are books!!!
I LOVE her.
Remember the glue stick picture on the May whatever date? This is the dress!
And to think that I had to buy a candle jar lid to hold my cards proper when I could have this cutie hold them instead.
Just one more shot of the dress...close up......
Remember you can always click on each photo to enlarge.
We punched out white flowers, 1/4" circles, and 1/2" circles in pink.
We glued and colored and had a happy day!
PS. I cut her bangs last Thursday...just above her brows!

The ladybug is from Daisy Doodles.There is a challenge on the DD blog with a theme of 
Color Fun---pick one or more of these colors and add a brown or kraft...pink, blue, green.
Actually this card could qualify...perfectly. Did I do that on purpose? HMMMMMM
Thanks for coming by!
Lily now gets her 'books' set on the photo table and soon enough she will be taking her own shots!!!
I know...ask me how I know!!!!

WMS May Waltz

Yes, crafters and followers it’s that time of the month again. Time for the WALTZ…the Waltzingmouse Stamps Waltz always scheduled on the 17th of each  month.  The theme this month is masculine cards. To see all the fabulous entries go to the FORUM and sign up it only takes a minute and is so well worth the time. The WMS DT is fab and it’s always a delight to see their creations. Here’s my masculine card using Teeny Trees.
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This card measures 4 1/4 inches square with the top and bottom overhanging the card base. I hand made the ‘wood’ panel and tree using the faux wood technique at
Splitcoast. I used white paper Creamy Caramel, Close to Cocoa, and Early Espresso. SInce I used white cs I didn’t need to use the Craft white over the brown inks. I had originally made two pieces of ‘wood’ 2 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches and used both for two different cards.  The other one is HERE.  Those little ‘foot’ like appendages on the end of the twine are leaves cut from  ribbon I bought from  IheartPapers’.
Ribbon of leaves
The green, blue, and yellow leaves stamped on the Spellbinders circle used the baby wipe technique and that name escapes me at the moment. I used my reinkers and placed a drop or two of three different colors onto a baby wipe and used that as the stamp pad to get the variegated effect. I learned this technique at a Stampin’ Up party many years ago. You can find it, too, at Splitcoast…go to resources and type in Baby Wipe, and guess what? That’s the name of the technique at SCS!!…Baby Wipe………..
I used the Early Espresso to stamp the sentiment onto the twill ribbon and Garden Green to stamp the wee leaves. Took a green marker to make the leafs’ stems.
I dug out the ‘ole’ decorative scissors for this card and used the postage stamp scissors for the edges on the right opening. This card was fun, full of techniques, and a woody manly card entry for the WALTZ.
Thanks for coming by!

Monday, May 16, 2011

Viva La Verve

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This is my entry for this weeks Verve’s VLV May week two. The sketch that Moe provided is lovely and I am luvin my version of her sketch. Instead of a doily I used a piece of mulberry paper that had been torn into a circle…sewed it down and the rest is quite simple to figure out. I am getting those Cut Above dies a good work out. they are so simple to use and offer a great visual on all my Verve cards. Hope you enjoy seeing them as much as I like using them. The newest is the Charmed ovals….come in a set of three…the Sweet Scalloped Tag you see a lot here and for this card I stamped Verve’s ‘Blessings’ in Early Espresso after distressing with an emery board.

Thanks for coming by!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Fabric doohickey

for may caught my attention just about 8:30 pm. 
Less than one hour ago I was searching through my brain for an idea.
Forget the brain....get the fabric.....
the challenge was to make a card using fabric and this was a piece left over from the fabric card for the VSN April 29th and posted here.
check out the fabric doohickey------
The base is Summer Sun---I ran a brayer over the SS and then chalked it.
Oh, sorry...the brayer was wrapped with a rubber band. Saw this technique on Stamp TV not too long ago.
The brayer was 'versamarked' then 'ran' it over the SS cs and then chalked it with daubers and SU pastels.
Scraped at the turquoise scraps with an emery board, punched one glued two!!!
The fabric rectangle was gathered up with my ten wee fingers, tied with a button and DMC floss and attached with a home made glue dot. The sentiment is Verve's Blessings on a label 18.
Thanks for coming by!
PHWEW...that was fast.
The Splitcoast Stamper's link to Get Your Diva On is right HERE.

Friday, May 13, 2011

WMSC sketch

Great sketch this week and always up for another Waltzingmouse chance to win a free stamp set.

Am under the gun here with time so this will be very short and sweet.

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And a close up, top view of that flower---

may 13 WMSC close up



Thanks for coming by!


STAMPS: Waltzingmouse’s ‘Irish Blessings’

INK: Basic Gray with black embossing powder

PAPER: Vellum, scraps of DP, The green and purple cs are Club Scrap

TOOLS: CB for the Spellbinders ‘Scalloped Circles’, Verve’s Cut Above ’Vintage Oval’, SU’s Embosslit “Sweetest Stem”, sewing machine

INCIDENTALS: Some really old Primas, brads

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Tea Bag Party

Happy 2nd Birthday to The Waltzingmouse Stamp Company!!
Claire’s stamping business turns 2 on May 21st
and she wants to celebrate with a tea party. I’m calling it a Tea Bag party since she has requested that we use her Free Tea Bag baggie template (or the Tea cup template or the Piece of Cake template).  For complete details just head on over to Claire’s blog.  Claire is offering a really big, almost humongous gift to the random winner!
My tea bag baggie was made for Bill H.
He’s the only guy I know that drinks tea.
Bill just loves a good cup of hot tea.
I made the front a shaker and filled it with some loose tea leaves that I had from a fabulous tea dining room in Safety Harbor, Florida. The paper front is faux wood that I made from plain white paper with SU ink pads- Creamy Caramel, Close To Cocoa, and Early Espresso—the direct to paper/ink pad technique. Just start with the lightest color and work towards the darkest leaving some white cs showing with each application. I used recycled packaging to cut the clear Spellbinders labels 18 to keep my tea leaves in the shaker. There’s a pic showing the SU recycled foam from the rubber stamps to make the thickness of my shaker.
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And the shake, shake, shake, shaker box close-up.Shaker box 05.11.11
Here’s a photo with the tea inside the Tea Bag Baggie:
Tea inside the box 05.11.11
Thanks for coming by!

Monday, May 9, 2011

Color Fun at Daisy Doodles

Hope you all had a great Mother's Day!
It's Challenge week at Daisy Doodles.
The theme this week is 
 and we challenge you to use blue, pink, green then add a bit o' brown or kraft to your project.
You may chose green, pink, green in any combination or just one of those colors, but you must choose
kraft or brown to go with it.
Found the paper while shopping with Lily last Thursday at a LSS.
That is MS seam binding that I got for $1 at a close out store in a "lot".
Made the right edge scrappy looking and ruffled the rest of it.
My image is 'Flower Vase' by Jules at Daisy Doodles.
The sentiment is from Verve's "Kindred Spirits".
Did some sewing and distressing and added some bling.
Thanks for stopping by!

Card Cupids -  Flowers
 Scrappy Frogs -  Anything Goes
Sentimental Sundays - #54Anything Goes
Sketchy Colors #70 - Pink, Blue and Green
Stampin' Sisters in Christ - All things beautiful
Catch the Bug - Anything Goes
Crazy 4 Challenges - May flowers
Ellephantastic - Birthday party

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Clean or NOT?

This is the sign for our dishwasher! It's made on a piece of wood, stained with distressed inks and then decorated with paper, a  Popsicle stick that is imprinted with 'live simply', ribbon and brads. There were holes already made along the top and those wood looking things are tops of tooth picks holding the black DMC floss. This was the final VSN challenge on April 29. Carole called it 'walk the plank' and challenged us to use wood, of some sort and the bonus was to use brads to attach to the project. for a view of the other side...
I actually used those Scrabble letters and then punched them out to fit. The renovated Christmas ornament 
measures 3 7/8 x 2 5/8". After 42 years it's time to let the other peeps know if dishes are clean or not.
'Live simply' means not to rewash clean dishes and save our natural resources.
Thanks for coming by!

There's one more from the VSN on April 29th......the fourth challenge was 
"Pretty Polly" and Carisa challenged us with
creating a card using traditional parrot colors of Green, Orange & Yellow  with  optional splashes of blue.
That green striped ribbon is Wild Wasabi ...believe it or not!!
It looks so much darker in this shot. I turned off the flash on this one and it came out the best of all three photos. With the exception of the card base all the papers were scraps.
The blue MS  "Fence' punch was laying on my desk waiting to be "86'd"!
Now...it's time to say THANKS and stopping by to say Hello!

Friday, May 6, 2011


 Are you sitting down?
that's a stupid silly question!
If you are reading this more than likely you are already sitting down.'
Right now it's a few minutes before midnight on  Friday!
Still sitting? or better yet, still with me?
I have completed my D2D card already!
It's not due til next Thursday and it is done.
'Pail of Flowers' is very nice and an idea popped into my
head and I couldn't let go til it was done.

Dazzling diamonds, folded corners, distressing, ribbon, and  embellishments are all ways to cover up
the wee mistakes that happen to one of us every day. But three cover ups
on one card? I have rec'd awesome advice in the past about not putting the stickles on til the card is done.
In one ear and out the other!!!!
One smear of Stickles just where an embellishment couldn't hide it or a ribbon..solution...fold.
Coloring outside the lines..solution...glittery flower.
Black smear caused by pencils and printer ink...solution... Dazzling Diamonds.
I was thinking of a flower pot, obviously when i saw this image. The flower pots that were very popular about a year ago. The flowers came out the top and held the sentiment. the base looked just like a fp.
I know this is not a pot, but a rusty old can, but wait......
It took some planning, but managed to just think this card is the BOMB.
Do ppl still say that...the BOMB?
Faith at Delightful Inspiration made this image "Pail of Flowers" for her Mom.
Her Mom loves quilts.
It's getting late and i am very tired. Early day tomorrow.
Thanks for coming by!
Need any more info...leave a message and I'll get back to you..

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Birthday Wishes for Jeanne

 I made this card for my friend's birthday and the Waltzingmouse Sketch challenge.
The sketch:
The card:
When i went to get the paper from the die, it wasn't cut all the way through just where the 'spare parts'
get released. I couldn't use the die cut so i thought about using the frame of it. I ran the Soft Suede through the CB once more with the Fancy Tag die from Spellbinders so that i could have the negative parts 
to use with the 'frame'. 

Lily and I took a trip to our LSS...she loves going there...I am not sure she loves it for the wide open spaces to enjoy or feeling all the lovely textures and sparkly papers.
We found a pkg of pink pearls at 50% off. She noticed right away that one was missing, but the pkg was in her hand with the OK to spend the $1.00 and there were no complaints.
Well every great crafter needs paper to go with the bling so she picked out this paper after I nixed the $2.75
sparkly non square sheet. She must have spied this paper with the tulips on her rounds of the store, because she went right to it after the very short let down of the first choice.
I have tried to instill in her the values of a budget. When is usually told before we leave the house what her budget is and I hold to it. It is so easy to give in to the kids, big or small if no boundaries are set from the get go. Well, we went to the bank and upon leaving I decided to hit the LSS and she was all over that idea.
She created a card/book...they are all books now, not cards, so let's set that straight.
"Books , Mimi, not cards."
Unfortunately she took it home and I forgot to take a pic!!!
AND I do not remember the name or maker of the paper, but it has butterflies on the reverse side.

I am going to take her to that LSS and let her pick out some more paper.
These tulips look like they are popping up and I love those shades
of pink and green together.

Do you remember the story of Lily and her glue stick?

Those flowers are some really old primas folded in half...twice and held together with home made glue dots.
I added greenery to the base of the flowers and the one, to follow the sketch, is holding a ribbon of brown leaves to accommodate the challenge at WMSC.
Thanks for coming by!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Ahoy!!!! Landlubbers!!!!

Virtual Stamping Night  at SCS continues....
Let's go back to April 29 and the VSN at Splitcoast Stampers.
It's 8 PM and time for the third challenge of the evening.
It's a photo inspiration challenge.
You can check out the photo here.
And here is my version using a Daisy Doodles image from the 'Summer Fun' set.
I love this lil sailboat. it's easy to color and relatively easy to cut out.
There was some tearing going on here for the shore line and the white caps on the water.
I also used Stampin Up for the sentiment and the birds running along the shore line.
Two cloud brads and sunny button finish it off!!!
Thank you for coming by!

Daisy Doodles is looking for volunteer guest designers! check it out HERE.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

The last of the four journals

This last journal that is going to Portugal is for my SIL.
She is so much more than that to me!
I used a SU stamp 'The World Over' with the sentiment
"Every one smiles in the same language."
I made this with kraft paper to be entered into The Kraft Journal challenge 17 for 'Mother's Day'.
The group leaves for Portugal on Mother's Day, so I thought it appropriate to include it and of course the year. It makes it so much easier to remember the dates when it's in front of your face for years to come.
'A Perfect Day' is SU sentiment and with that i used Versamark to stamp some different stamps that may pertain to the journey they are about to take----delight, seek, laughter, journey, sing from a set that is long retired of Stephanie Barnard's "A Word or Two". Mother's Day is a Verve from 'Happy Phrases' and celebrate is another SU. 'Portugal' is a tiny alpha stamp set that I have had for so many years. It is great to get out for a project like this. the red musical paper is from Club Scrap and the rest is SU.
I thought a ribbon would be different and tied it to the spiral.
Tissue flower---I used the Verve 'Elegant Flower and cut out all the tissue paper layers at one time.
thanks for coming by!

Monday, May 2, 2011

Lily and her glue stick

 ED Note: The 'gluing' photo in now posted!
Sentimental Sundays is sponsoring an optional challenge to craft with a child. I heard about this challenge at my friend's blog, She Stamps.
Lily comes to visit two days a week. She just turned four and she truly believes that every thing in my craft room is HERS! Do not, I repeat, do not tell her that the glue stick is not hers!!!! She has used up all of her purple glue sticks and is now enjoying the big white glue stick. It's so big that she runs her flowers and ribbon and fibers over the glue stick while it sits upright on the craft table. It is a sight to see. She knows not to take the big paper and she can have the scraps from the scrap drawers that are placed by color families. the front of each drawer is labeled and she knows which is which! do you think because the words are printed with the color of the scraps? Scroll to the end for the newly added photo.
Well, Thursday was her yellow day. she isn't a a yellow kind of girl! But who's to say? She had folded a large piece of Barely Banana and was in the process of making her Mims a card. I asked her if she wanted ribbon and I do not need to tell you her answer!!!!! I handed over the entire container and her eyes got so big!
She crafted all day Thursday. After her nap, she insisted on more crafting downstairs. AND down we went.

Rather than run at the mouth any longer...here's her art!!!

The inside

  The tiny cards that are special...per Lily!!!
She commented on this one above. "See Mims, this one doesn't color all the way."
She liked the feel of the card stock and how it had a look where the crayon only picked
up the texture!!!
Lily pretty much puts her name on every thing that she creates.
She wrapped the pink ribbon all around the card, closing it shut. 
"There's a surprise in there for MOMMY!" she said.
All the cards she put in a ziploc that she 'found' to take them all home.
AND then she forgot the bag here.
She'll be back on Wednesday...shall I get a pic of her using the glue stick?
Now for her grand mother's card using a sentiment and a Delightful Inspiration image.
This lil dazzler is called 'Flutterby Fairy'!
The sentiment is from Verve's 'Happy Phrases".

and a close up before I cleaned her face of all the dazzling diamonds.

Thanks for coming by!!!

Lily and her glue stick.......just added 05.05.11
Don't you just love the application!!!!

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