Saturday, January 23, 2010

Caardvarks Red Heart Challenge

Hi all!

It's been awhile since I played along with a challenge, but I came across this one in my blog hopping a few days ago and decided to give it a try.   If you'd like to play along you can find the challenge here.

I stamped the heart (Great Impressions) on red card stock with Colorbox black pigment ink and clear EP.  I embossed it, cut it out, and then sponged the edges with red ink and chocolate brown ink.   The papers are all K&Co. and I believe the metal slide is from Making Memories.  

I'm thinking I may give this card to my hubby because it's kind of masculine with all the blues.

I hope you're all having a great weekend!   Hugs!
Sue :o)

Friday, January 22, 2010

So Behind on Blogging

Hi everyone!
Yes I am really, really behind on blogging lately.   I have tons of things I want to post - it's just a matter of getting around to it, right?   So that's where I am right now - playing catch up.   Awhile back I won some fabulous blog candy on Heidi Van Laar's blog and I wanted to post a picture of all the fabulous goodies she sent me...

Is that amazing or what?   And I finally got around to playing with it all yesterday.  Check it out!

I'm pretty much a novice when it comes to the shabby chic style, but I gave it a whirl and came up with these two cards.   I dug into my stash of vintage postcards for the photo card and I added the pretty flower, leaves, ribbon and dew drops from my blog candy gift.   The card with the keys was pretty simple too.  I covered the chipboard keys with acrylic paint and then mod podged on (spell check says that isn't a word) the glitter.   I had a great time playing AND I am still sparkling from the glitter!  :o)   If you've never checked out Heidi's blog you can find it here.

Well, that's it for today!   I took a sabbatical from housework yesterday and now I'm really behind.  I hope you all have a great weekend!
Sue :o)

Friday, January 15, 2010

Valentine Inspirations

Hi everyone!
I'm back with a few more Valentine cards today. I've got a bunch of them really, but I haven't had time to photograph them yet. I found the inspiration for these two cards in the greeting card section at our local drug store. Imagine that! LOL. I hardly ever pass up a card display because I find they are awesome when it comes to finding inspiration for colors and layouts.

Both of the cards were made using the Cricut for the big hearts. On the pink, red and black card I used a bunch of my flower punches to fill in the heart, and then I added different "centers" to the flowers with brads, eyelets, dew drops and rhinestones. The embossed background on that card was made with the Cuttlebug and the circles and flowers embossing folder. I'm not sure if that's what it's really called, but that's what I call it. :o) The red card was made using a bunch of scraps from my red scrap paper stash, and the flowers were made with punches. I also used a few Primas in addition to the punched flowers.

Well, I'm off to get back to housework. I hope to be back with weekend with some more cards I finished up! Have a blessed day!
Sue :o)

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Love (And a Lot of Snow) Is In the Air

Hi everyone!
I woke up this morning to lots and lots of white fluffy stuff. It's soooo pretty, but I only say that because someone else drove my son to school this morning. I'm sure I'll change my tune around 3 when I have to go get him. :o) Ah that's okay. Doing donuts in the snow and skidding through intersections is one of the joys of Midwest winters and I don't feel that I've actually experienced winter until one of those two things (or both) happens.

I'm getting started on some Valentines cards! I'm not sure if I'm going to put these in my Etsy shop, or if I'm going to keep them and send them to my friends and family. Can you tell I'm loving my Cricut? It took me no time at all to cut the letters, and then I sat and played for a few hours and got the cards finished. I used a variety of embellishments - buttons, punches, Stickles, brads - you name it. Whatever I found in my hefty stash of fun stuff to glue on cards, I used! I think my favorites are the punched daisies with pearl centers.

Well, I'm off to get some work done. I still haven't taken my Christmas stuff down yet. Can you say "draggin' your feet a little bit"? I've got a good excuse though. I decided the other day to start a major kitchen cleaning and I've been busy taking everything out of cupboards, reorganizing and scrubbing everything from ceiling to floor. Some people do Spring cleaning, but I never get that bug until winter time. I'm weird like that.

I hope you have a wonderful day and for those of you experiencing snowy conditions - be safe and stay out of my way! LOL.

Sue :o)

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Happy New Year!

Hi everyone!
Well, Christmas break is drawing to a close and tomorrow morning we'll get back into the school routine. Sigh. I might be a little strange, but I honestly love it when my son is at home with me during the day. The house is too quiet when everyone is gone! Oh well - there's no getting around it, I suppose. I'm not qualified to teach him honors algebra, so he has to go to school. LOL!

Here's a card I did over vacation. The stamp is from Penny Black (my favorite). I used my new Cricut to make the layered frames for the little hedgie, and the flowers were made with good ol' punches.

I'm hoping to get back to card making tomorrow and to blogging on a regular basis again. I was blessed with a lot of new goodies over the holidays, so I should be ready to go! I also had a major organizing epiphany (LOL) over the last week so now my crafting area is better organized and easier to work in!

I hope you're all having a great day!

Sue :o)