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Linen Poppies

I was inspired by the tutorial last week on SCS to make a card with a Faux Fabric image. I started with Baja Breeze and stamped my Poppy image from the retired hostess stamp set Oh So Lovely in Basic Gray ink and then quickly heat embossed it with crystal clear embossing powder. After repeatedly stamping and embossing I used a paintbrush with bleach to bleach out the area inside of the flowers and then watercolored them in with Poppy Parade and Always Artichoke ink. After that was done I ran it though the Big Shot with the Lattice embossing folder and then distressed the edges of the cardstock.

The base is River Rock and has a strip of Pink Pirouette that was embossed with the Elegant Bouquet embossing folder and then paper pierced with the mat pack. I then sewed on some ribbon and added a PTI Vintage Spring button with Linen Thread.  The main image was attached with dimensionals.

Today I went to make sure the frames I ordered were indeed the ones I wanted. I then was able to get measured or my lenses in my  new reading glasses. I haven’t worn glasses since before Colin was born so I’m sure they will take some getting used to.

Yesterday I updated my blog and got around to adding an avatar photo. If you are viewing this in google reader you may want to pop over and see the changes. I have to say it is so much easier to change the template on a wordpress hosted site than my old self hosted one. Yea for that!

It’s super rainy here so I’m off to check out new blog posts and hopefully stamp a bit.


Stamps: Oh So Lovely
Paper: River Rock, Pink Pirouette, Baja Breeze
Ink: Basic Gray, Poppy Parade, Always Artichoke
Accessories: Elegant Bouquet and Lattice Embossing Folders, mat pack, Very Vanilla grosgrain ribbon, PTI Vintage Sping button, linen thread, AquaPainter, Paint Brush, bleach, dimensionals
Techniques: faux fabric, watercoloring

Critter Thanks

We survived having 4 boys over for pizza, cake and Wii games on Friday night and Colin was thrilled with his new iPod Touch. I think he started something among his friends now because they all want one. On Saturday morning he picked Roger to go along on his Jesus Day Retreat so I stayed home with Evan and got started on his Thank You notes for his birthday. I had mentioned that I got myself a Cricut Expression for my birthday and I had a chance to play with it. I used Create a Critter for the little worm on these notes. He is cut from Certainly Celery and Tangerine Tango. The Cherry Cobbler is die cut from the same cartridge and then I used a Texturz Impression plate to add the large Polka Dots to it.  I’ve been having lots of fun adding texture and playing with it instead of just reaching for some dsp lately. The background is made from Certainly Celery that was embossed with the Lattice Embossing Folder. The Tangerine Tango strip was run through my crimper and then the Crumb Cake base was stamped with the retired Polka Dot background stamp from Stampin’ Up!. The sentiment is from Trendy Trees. The color combo for this card came from the ColourQ challenge 80.

On Friday I went down to the Regional Superintendents Office and started the process of getting my Sub Authorization. So this morning I had to go get finger printed. I haven’t had to do this in 10 years and it’s all computerized now. The next step is to get a work physical and a TB test. I have those set up at the beginning of May. I then have to take all of the paperwork back to the Superintendents Office and I should be set. I just have to go to the main office for the School District and fill out some paperwork and I’ll be all set to go back to work this fall. I haven’t worked in 8 years, so this will be a whole new experience balancing the kids, home and a work schedule. At least I have the summer to transition into it.

Stamps: Trendy Trees, Polka Dot Background
Paper: Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake, Tangerine Tango, Certainly Celery
Ink: Soft Suede, Crumb Cake
Accessories: Cricut, Create a Critter cartridge, lattice embossing folder, polka dot texturz plate, Big Shot, crimper, dazzling diamonds, googly eyes, dimensionals, 2 way glue pen

*Now for a bit of squeamish information about my day – if you want you can stop reading here as it involves a grizzly tale of hunter vs. prey*

Colin, Evan and I were headed out of the door so that Colin could meet the bus and I could drive Evan to school. His friend comes running and yelling for him to hurry down to the bus stop. Colin is down there for 5 seconds before he starts running back home to let me know that there is a dead bunny down there. The kids are all hovered over it so I went to tell Colin not to touch it since rabbit blood can be full of diseases. I thought it may have gotten hit by a car and was in the street or on the lawn, but it was up in a landscaping bed, and it was obviously eaten. My bet is that the neighborhood coyote caught it and got scared off while eating it. Colin turns to me and says, I called you because I thought you could do something about it. So after dropping Evan off at school I got out a garbage bag and shovel and disposed of the carcass. Luckily, it is garbage day and our garbage had not yet been picked up. Hopefully Colin will be happy that I did something about it.

Soft Summery Thanks

This card is a combination of the Color Challenge on SCS and the Get Sketchy #81 sketch challenge. I pulled out Soft Summer, an old favorite that hasn’t seen ink in a while. I stamped it on watercolor paper and used re-inkers to color it in.

Evan and I are heading out to plant lettuce in the garden. I read a sign in WalMart today that says that for every $1 you spend in seeds you get about $20 worth of produce according to a Better Homes and Gardens survey. I sure hope that’s true. We also started our Bell Pepper seeds and Heirloom Tomatoes in a little greenhouse kit.

Have a fantastic Tuesday.


Stamps: Soft Summer
Paper: So Saffron, Pear Pizzazz, Lap of Luxury dsp, watercolor paper
Ink: Soft Suede, So Saffron, Pear Pizzazz, Pretty in Pink
Accessories: Circle Scissors, Big Shot, Lattice embossing folder, half pearls, AquaPainter, dimensionals.
Techniques: watercoloring


Bright Baby Congrats

It’s been a few days since I’ve been able to stamp anything. Last week I had company on Wednesday and Thursday afternoon and had an eye dr. appointment on Friday. I can’t stamp when my eyes are dilated and I got to leave with a prescription for glasses – I must be getting old! Then on Saturday we had an Easter Egg hunt in the YMCA pool for the kids and then we assembled our raised garden bed and unassembled our trampoline to make room for the garden beds. The weekend weather was way too nice to stay inside. But it’s cold again and it was time to be creative.

I combined Fall to Layout 135 with the CAS Inspiration challenge on SCS today. I was fun to create a bright baby card. I normally go for pastels and traditional colors so this pushed me out of my comfort zone.  I combined Nursery Necessities and the Nursery Numbers wheel from Stampin’ Up! with the It’s Official stamp set from Papertrey Ink for the sentiment.

I hope you are having a fabulous Monday!


Stamps: Nursery Necessities, Nursery Numbers wheel (Stampin’ Up!), It’s Official (Papertrey Ink)
Paper: Old Olive, Daffodil Delight, Tempting Turquoise, Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White
Ink: Old Olive, Tempting Turquoise, Real Red, Pumpkin Pie
Accessories: sewing machine, dimensionals, large star punch, Creative Memories Curvy Cutter, half pearl


Easter Egg Wishes

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As soon as I saw FTL134, I knew I wanted to incorporate the Easter Egg image from Easter Blossoms. I picked a few colors from the Subtles color family that I felt were pastel and would work well with this theme and got to stamping. I ended up using Pink Pirouette, Pretty in Pink, Baja Breeze, Marina Mist, So Saffron and Perfect Plum. I stamped them on Whisper White card stock and cut them out. I then mounted them with dimensionals on Naturals White that I had added score lines to. That was matted on Pink Pirouette and then onto Baja Breeze. I added the All Holidays sentiment on a Baja Breeze banner in Marina Mist ink and then dressed up the eggs with half pearls.

Today has been a crazy day of running around. I took Evan to school, volunteered in the school library, ran a few errands and then picked up Evan. I’m going to be leaving soon to take him to the Dr. because I think he’s getting a sinus infection. It seems to be going around his classroom.

Tomorrow I have Colin’s birthday party invitations to share with you. He was thrilled with how they turned out.


Stamps: Easter Blossoms, All Holidays
Paper: Marina Mist, Pink Pirouette, Naturals White, Whisper White
Ink: Pink Pirouette, Pretty in Pink, Baja Breeze, Marina Mist, So Saffron, Perfect Plum
Accessories: dimensionals, half pearls


Sweet Summer Hello

I had a chance to play around with the Mojo Monday sketch and I paired it with the Greenhouse Gala dsp, Sweet Summer and Cheep Talk stamp sets from Stampin’ Up!. The base of my card is 5 1/4″ square and is Baja Breeze. I layered it with a 5″ square of Pear  Pizzazz and then different patterns from the Greenhouse Gala dsp package. My flowers from Sweet Summer were stamped in Basic Gray and then watercolored with Daffodil Delight, Pear Pizzazz and Pumpkin Pie. After they were dry I painted on some Frost White shimmer paint and that gave the flowers a nice glittery effect. I then added faux stitiching, the Chocolate Chip dotted scallop ribbon border and finally the sentiment strip and flower featuring images from Cheep Talk. The striped ribbon is from my stash of retired Stampin’ Up! ribbons.

Today I worked in Colin’s school library and am very happy that I finally finished with my pile of discarded books. I helped the librarian pull books that were out of date and over the last few weeks I’ve been peeling off all of the stickers with barcodes, the dewey decimal system numbers and then crossing out the schools information stamp on the insides of the books. The peeling off of the stickers has been the hardest part of the task and my nails and fingers are very happy I finished that today. It’s so hard to believe that the school year is going to soon be wrapping up. Evan finishes on May 23rd and Colin in the first few days of June.

I hope you are having a fabulously creative week! It’s cloudy and cold here again today so I think I’ll stamp some more this afternoon after picking Evan up from preschool and feeding him some lunch.


Stamps: Sweet Summer, Cheep Talk
Paper: Baja Breeze, Pear Pizzazz, Whisper White, Greenhouse Garden dsp, Real Red, Chocolate Chip
Ink: Basic Gray, Baja Breeze, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Pear Pizzazz
Accessories: Pumpkin Pie striped ribbon, mat pack, dotted scallop ribbon punch, 1 1/4 and 1 3/8″ circle punches, dimensionals, frost white shimmer paint, AquaPainter
Techniques: watercoloring


And Many S’More

Yesterday we went to get Colin’s suit pants hemmed and afterward I dug through my Mom’s stamp collection and came up with this retired stamp set from Stampin’ Up! called Camp Out. I thought it was fitting since we just bought a tent and 4 sleeping bags over the weekend. It fit perfectly with the sketch from SCS and I combined it with the Color Q #77. I didn’t have Bermuda Bay or Kiwi Kiss, so I substituted Marina Mist and Wild Wasabi for those colors.

The boys are anxious to get back outside, so I’ll keep this short and sweet. They both just finished lunch and I haven’t even started on mine.  Then we are off to enjoy the last warm day of spring break. Tomorrow the high is 36 degrees – YUCK!

Stamps: Camp Out, So Happy for You
Paper: Wild Wasabi, Crumb Cake, Bashful Blue, Marina Mist, Concord Crush, Whisper White
Ink: Basic Gray, Concord Crush, Blush Blossom, Wild Wasabi, Marina Mist, So Saffron, Tangerine Tango, Soft Suede, Chocolate Chip, Crumb Cake
Accessories: Big Shot, Distressed Texturz Plate, Jumbo Brad, Natural Hemp Twine, AquaPainter, dimensionals, 3/16″ corner rounder, Beautiful Butterflies embosslit
Techniques: watercoloring