Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Baby Boy

I received this adorable stamp set from my friend and SU demo Barb as a baby shower gift. The bear is sooo cute. I had big plans for this bear. I was going to cover him in Fun Flock but did not have the adhesive recom
I also used a couple Studio G stamps, which are the $1 acylics found at Michael's. I have decided to refrain from purchasing anymore $1 stamps as I have not been doing a very decent job of using them in my designs. I want to a "stamper" not a "stamp collector". Not that there is anything wrong with it if someone else were to choose to do it. Just not for me. ;) Hopefully, I will start using them more. :)
Stamps: Bundle of Joy (SU), "baby" & "boy" (Studio G)
Ink: Black, Charcoal, Close to Cocoa
Paper: Patterned Paper (Deja Views), White, Bashful Blue, Certainly Celery
Accessories: Blue Grosgrain Ribbon, Cuttlebug, Sakura Stardust Clear Pen

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Jayden's 1st Birthday

Ok, I am almost embarrassed posting this one, but it is my first truly whimsical creation with little animals, balloons and things of that nature. (Believe it or not I don't post everything that I make.) This was made for my husband's cousin's son's 1st birthday.
It seems pretty random to me but, again, it is a first, so I will learn from my mistakes. ;) However, I do like the stamps I used from Fiskar's party set (the "1" candle and the balloon).


Stamps: Wild About You (SU), Island (Michael's $1), Party (Fiskar's)
Ink: Wild Wasabi, River Rock, Basic Brown, Close to Cocoa, Charcoal
Paper: Textured (DCWV), White, "Happy Birthday" (DCWV)
Accessories: Sakura Stardust Gel Pens (Blue, Red, Gold), Small Googly Eyes

Friday, August 17, 2007

Blue Bloom

Love, love, love this patterned paper by Reminisce! Coupled with my Fresh Bloom stamp I couldn't lose with this one. No one else my like it...I'm ok with that. ;) Can you believe with my 4 month old being fussy all day that I actually did this AND (yes, "AND") grabbed a sledge hammer and smashed up some masonry around our wood stove? No kiddin'!

Stamps: Fresh Bloom (Stampendous), Warm Word
Ink: Versamark, Blue Bayou
Paper: Patterned Paper (Reminesce), Blue Bayou
Accessories: Stitched Grosgrain, Tarnished Gold EP, Prima Flower, Pearl, Cuttlebug Textile

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Tasty Treats

I had to have this yummy stamp from Stampendous and have had the main image stamped and colored for quite awhile and finally finished it off last night. The card measures about 4.25" square. (I used a scrap for the base, so whatever size it was I focused the card around.) The shape reminds me of the stack of chipboard coasters that I have setting on my cutting table awaiting assembly. (Thanks, Barb!) Since I totally stink at using scalloped scissors I incorporated an idea that I picked up from a fellow stamper's blog. (Sorry...can't remember where I picked up this tip.) I used my mega square scallop punch for the mat of the Tier of Treats. At the time, I didn't have the giga scallop punch, which would have been a lot better. I was cutting it close with the mega.

Stamps: Tier of Treats (Stampendous), Fancy Flexible Phrases (SU)
Ink: Close to Cocoa, Pretty in Pink, Basic Black
Paper: Patterned Paper (Su), Close to Cocoa, Whisper White, Pretty in Pink
Accessories: Sakura Stardust Pens, Mega Scallop Square Punch, Cuttlebug Scallop Circles, Polka Dot Grosgrain, Corner Rounder

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Illuminating Hope

I love the elegance of the script in this set. It reminds me of script in early Christian writings and such like the Book of Kells. Before I left on vacation, I picked up a package of 6X6 Basic Grey Infuse patterned papers, which I used as a background on this card. Layered to the "Basic Grey" paper is SU's new "Basic Gray" cardstock with white grosgrain that I dyed by running the ribbon across my Basic Gray stamp pad. I think that I will be using A LOT of this elegant Basic Gray color in future projects.

Stamps: Illuminations (SU)
Ink: Basic Gray
Paper: Basic Gray, Infuse (Basic Grey), Blush Blossom, Very Vanilla
Accessories: Pearl Brad (K& Company), White Grosgrain, Red Stardust Pen

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Our 5th Anniversary

It is hard to believe that we have been married for five years along with all of the changes that we have made in our lives in addition to our marriage. New home, new baby, new job...We are constantly in denial that we are adults with all of the responsibilities of life. We seems to be balancing it fairly well at this point. We hope that we are continually blessed as you have been so far.

We arrived home from our vacation in VA on Saturday night and our anniversary was on the 10th, so I didn't get a chance to make DH a quickie card until Sunday afternoon. The vacation was a blast even though we had to rearrange our plans due to the heat that we experienced there. (It got up to 103 F!) It was WAY too hot for Liam - and us for that matter - to be out at Williamsburg so we made a detour to the Air and Space Center of Virginia where DH played in a flight simulator and we watched the new Harry Potter movie in 3-D at the IMAX theater. Very cool! Our trip consisted of other historical and natural stops: Appomattox Court House, Historic Jamestown, Virginia Beach (super quick as Liam did not like the ocean waves), Shenandoah National Park, Michie Tavern and a visit with my mom's cousin and her husband.

Ok, onto the the stamping...I had a sinfully large stamp order waiting for me when we stopped at Mitch's brother's house on our way home. (Thank goodness for stamp recycling or our pocketbook would be quite pinched!) I spent all Sunday cutting rubbah. Ah, how relaxing. This card was made using my new Illuminations set as well as Rhonna Farrer flourishes.

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