A Challenge Thursday, May 31 2007 

I took a break from wedding cards to play with Stamping Princesses- Beate, Jenn, Sharon, and  Lori.   Lori sent us all a few stamped images by Anna Wight for Whipper Snapper Designs. They are the most darling birdies and as you know I love those birds! (A few posts back I told you where to find some of those feathered friends!) This was a fun little challenge using the birds and a few pieces of “Pocketful of Posies” background paper from DCWV. The paper is so pretty and glittery too!
I chose to use just a scalloped oval of the paper back behind my image which was stamped on Shimmery White (Lori’s Favorite)  and sponged on the edges with Lav Lace. I watercolored the bird and filled in the wings with my Clear Gelly Roll Stardust Pen which I finally ordered online from Scrapbook Creations. I hand drew the little lines on the scallop and punched tiny holes in the edges to give it a lacey look. This scallop is popped up onto a strip of shimmery white which has been cuttlebugged with the Swirl folder. A background of SU Bashful Blue stamped with Rhonna Farrer Swirls v.1 (TARGET- $9.99!!) and Snap Stamps “hey, tweetie” (DD’s suggestion for the greeting!) is then  mounted onto Black. At that point it was missing something so I pulled out my shoebox of lace and found this fine lace strip which is as old as the hills and tied a knot of it at each end of the strip. I mounted that onto Lavendar Lace and I was finally pleased with the result. What do you think?


Jake’s Card Thursday, May 24 2007 

You already know I love these papers by SEI. They’re from the “Grandpa’s Attic” line and I really need to go get some more. Paper is 50% off this week at Hobby Lobby, did ya know?
I decided to participate in the SCS Challenge after seeing Julia’s card-  http://bellepapier.blogs.splitcoaststampers.com/ 
Would somebody teach me how to hyper link? LOL
This is Jake’s birthday card and it went out in yesterday’s mail along with his present.
There is absolutely no stamping on the card. I cuttlebugged the Birthday background and cut out one of the “Happy” sentiments from there. The astericks are also Cuttlebugged. A 1 1/4″ circle was scored and then added to the side of the small panel along with a screw head brad. The “Birthday” was just printed from my cheapie dymo labeler. It’s all pretty self-explanatory from there.

Small Stamp Tuesday, May 22 2007 

I was reading Julia’s blog last week and she had some great ideas on using  small stamps. I CASEd her card changing up the images and made this b-day card for a dear sweet friend using a brand new set to me- “Doodle That”. I did not splurge on the “Doodle This” set. I may need it eventually…LOL
The image here is colored in with the new Sakura “Souffle” pens.
There has been lots of chatter about the Karen Foster Snap Stamps possibly being discontinued. These have been on my wish list forever so I promptly went in search of them. I was hoping to find the little Hero Arts sketched bird stamp I want so bad at the same online store, but alas I did not so I haven’t gotten him yet. I did find a cute stamp called “Bird Border” by Magenta. (I found them at addictedtorubberstamps.com!)
 So I got that instead along with 2 sets of Snap Stamps! I better get a job. I am spending way too much money! ai yi yi!
Have a great Tuesday!

For Beate! Saturday, May 19 2007 

Here is my submission for Beate’s sketch challenge. I needed a couple of graduation cards very quickly. (They are already late. 😦 )It’s not my best work, but I killed 2 birds with one stone! Yeah for me!
Grad Cards

Gift Set Thursday, May 17 2007 

I love this paper from SEI…..it’s the “Grandpa’s Attic” line. I have to get more! The only problem with it is none of my SU colors really match it. But I chose Bordering Blue along with the retired Baroque Burgundy to use and they worked okay. I made this gift set for my friend Shelley for her birthday. It was lots of fun to make and didn’t take long at all.
Shelley’s Gift Set (Click on the image to make it bigger.)
The composition notebook was simply covered with the SEI paper. I added 2 strips of another of the papers from the same line and another strip of zig zag black ribbon down the side. My self adhesive chip chatter letters using her initials were added. The dots are punched out from yet another of the coordinating papers and covered with Crystal Effects. I dabbed my big Prima onto the Bar. Burg. ink pad since it just didn’t look good plain. I kinda like the effect. 
What do you think? I added stickles and a big polka dot circle brad by Spare Parts. Background stamp is from the Technique Tuesday set “Irony” and verse is from SU- Words of Wisdom. Of course I love distressing the edge these days. Had to do it. Word window punch and a “Journal” label from my Label Buddy finished it off. 100_2229.jpg
I covered this $1 Target index card holder (found in office supply aisle) with the same paper and printed out my own labels for her recipe box. I love the SU tab punch. I also used my Cuttlebug flower dies.
This is an acrylic frame made into a post-it note holder. Same paper, primas and a Spare parts brad, Words of Wisdom and Irony stamps and a small pen velcroed on!
I think this made a nice gift for my bed-ridden friend. Don’t forget the jumbo paperclip (finally found these at WalMart and Target!) with the Cuttlebugged flowers and chipboard. She’s going to use this for a bookmark for the many books she’s reading!
That about does it for me today. I’m off to work out and then work on those wedding invitations….really!
Blessings~ Angel

Happy Birthday, Shelley! Wednesday, May 16 2007 

Hello! It’s hump day, Wednesday, mid week!
Today is my friend Shelley’s birthday. Happy Birthday, Shelley! Take a break and stay in bed all day! Sorry. Not funny.
Shelley is on complete bedrest for the remainder of her pregnancy. Please say a prayer for her today.
I’ve got projects to work on today and a cake to make. But first, I wanted to share the name frame I made for my aunt for her birthday. She just recently was able to redecorate her home a little and I wanted to give her something to put on her wall. I just love making these name frames.
Housh Name Frame
As I was looking in my files for this pic I came across so many crazy pics of my son. I think I will share some of those tomorrow!
Have a great Wednesday!
Blessings~ Angel

Mother’s Day Monday, May 14 2007 

me and mom
I had a nice Mother’s Day. How about you? I was unable to spend the day with all of my kids. But, the boys both called and my mom and my daughter were both here so that kinda made up for it. Hubby made homemade waffles for breakfast. Too bad I didn’t know about the butter, caramel sauce and whipped cream, Lauren (http://laurenm.blogs.splitcoaststampers.com/) mentioned in her post today! That sounds yummy! We went to church and then I took my mom to lunch at Logan’s. It was delicious! Then we came home and I made a little something for mom to give away at the family reunion.
My pictures weren’t the best and the coaster pictures are on their way to Iowa so I have to just say “Sorry” for the bad pics and post em anyway! The only good pic I had of my grandparents (both are sadly no longer with us) was on a button my aunt had made. So, I scanned it and made this little coaster art. Coasters were cork coasters. My Cropadile punched right through them! I Modpodged the background paper on. Coincidentally the paper was the “Grandpa’s Attic” line from S.E.I. I printed the saying onto White Naturals cardstock and used the Linen and Damask background stamps stamped off once using the older Baroque Burgundy. I modpodged everything except the primas and hinges and added them after the pieces dried. The screws that came with the hinges were just too long. Office brads were used instead since smaller brads were just not long enough. Anyone else have an idea?
THIS pic is not good at all, but like I said…they are half way to Iowa by now. This coaster was originally going to be the one on the other piece. It is one of those happy mistakes. The bow at the top covers the modpodge which is “gunky” and I added the little punched out pic of my grandparents which is how I mistakenly printed it to begin with….way too small. I added a clothespin to the back with Crystal Effects and now it stands up and can hold a picture or recipe card. I hope whoever gets these at the family reunion likes them. 🙂
I’ve got more pics and projects to share this week, so y’all come back now, ya hear?

Pink Flourishes for Moms Thursday, May 10 2007 

Mother’s Day cards
I finished my Mother’s Day cards yesterday. I made 14 of these. Five were for my friend Shelley who would have made her own if it weren’t for the fact that she’s on bedrest for the next 17 weeks of her pregnancy. Please keep her in your prayers, friends! The other 9 were for the moms, grandmas and a few special friends in my life who I happen to think are awesome moms! I CASEd this card from Debbie Olson. See her card here:
The colors I used were Pretty in Pink, Cool Carribean and Certainly Celery. The color inspiration came from a sheet of dimensional stickers by K & Company (Marcella line at Target). They are so pretty and I almost just used those, but couldn’t bear to use them just yet, so I made my own using the “Delight in Life” flower on glossy cardstock adding a gem to the center. What I really don’t understand about Stampin Up’s in-color line is why they don’t offer markers in these colors? More than once I really could have used them. My solution is to use a blender pen and pick up the color from the ink pad lid. Because this is a lighter shade I went with Tempting Turquoise for the most part. I loved the look of Debbie’s card so I used my distressing tool from SU to make the edges look like they’d been “cut with a dull knife” as my hubby said. The stamps I used were from Technique Tuesday- “Whirlygigs” and “Whispygigs”. Because they are acrylic, these stamps can be manipulated to be different in shape each time you stamp them! I used my SU marker to add some dotted swirls of my own here and there as well. The air art tool added a little color in the blank spots. All the cards are different since I just played around a bit. The word window punch was used along with “Everyday Flexible Phrases” to denote who the card went to. I was pleased with the cards and they were pretty simple.
Have you been to Target lately? They have really stepped up their scrapbooking selection offering Primas and acrylic stamps by Autumn Leaves (yes, those awesome flourishes!) among other great things.
Tomorrow is my drawing! Be sure you comment on that particular post.

“Mommys” & A Treat! Thursday, May 3 2007 

Hello, my friends and Happy Thursday! I’ve once again been blessed by a visit from family. This time it was my parents who stopped on their way to Florida to go on a 50th wedding anniversary cruise! They will be stopping on their way back too. Just in time to spend Mother’s Day here in Georgia with lil ol me! I am SO very excited about that since I have not spent Mother’s Day with my mom in over 20 years! It will be a priceless time, I am sure! I already gave her her gift which was cruise clothes! 🙂
I’ve been busy doodling in all my spare time. I made a simple baby announcement for my friend Peg who’s expecting twins this month. Since I doodled the border as well as doodled on the stamped “It’s a Boy” and “It’s a Girl” sayings, they are all different. Here is an example.
Twins Announcement

The card uses my favorite baby set of all time- Cuddles and Tickles. Only 1/2 a sheet of cardstock was used- no layers! There was minimal stamping. I freehanded the “&” sign on most of them with a Stampin Up marker. Some do have the word AND spelled out. I thought about putting a piece of pastel fiber somewhere on the card too. Any suggestions?
My cardstock for the wedding invitations arrived yesterday and I am all set to take it somewhere to have it cut and scored for me. What a great suggestion that was from Katie- a local gal I just “met” on a scrapbooking group after running into her mother-in-law at Mike’s! That suggestion will save me hours of work! I will be posting a pic of the invitation soon too.
Mother’s Day is a week from this Sunday. So, if you are a mom, I want to hear from YOU. Please leave a comment on this post about being a mommy! OR- send me a link to a picture of your special mother’s day HANDMADE gift. Commenters will be put into a drawing for a little something just to honor you on Mother’s Day! (Random drawing will be on May 11th.)
5/04 EDIT- Nobody wants a Mother’s Day treat? If I call it blog candy will that help? 🙂 Or maybe you want to see a picture? OKAY!
Angelic TreatsHere is a picture for you “show-me” people. LOL 12 mini envelopes (perfect for gift cards) tied with some gorgeous textured ribbon; buttons in yellow, clear and white; a gold Mother charm; and some Kissables because they’re my favorite. Now comment!

I’m back.. Tuesday, Apr 24 2007 

It’s been more than a few days since my last post. I was enjoying my aunt and uncle’s visit. They are on their way back to Tennessee now and things will once again get back to normal. We are a military family and I don’t get to see family very often so when I do, that’s what I like to concentrate on- family time. My parents will be here for a couple of days next weekend on their way to Florida to cruise.
As I write this post I am listening to the wooden wind chimes my aunt and uncle brought us from their vacation. The birds are chirping and it’s so peaceful. I just finished a piece of pumpkin dump cake. Yummy. Anybody like pumpkin? I’ll post the recipe if anyone wants it. It is yummy and so easy.
I wanted to share a picture of those picture holders my friend Shelley and I made for our Bible study group. We bought some styrofoam balls and my daughter cut them in half during her theatre tech class. We glued them down onto a CD that was covered in a pretty paper. Then we took silk flowers, popped them off the stem and glued them onto the styrofoam ball. The glue we used was in a tube and it was called “Hold the Foam”. The flowers pushed into the foam pretty easily too. I bought straight floral wires and bent them into a spiral shape at one end. Using tools for this makes it a much better spiral. We stuck three in and voila…. a picture holder. So easy and cute. This would make a nice gift or even a craft for kids. Let me know if you try it. I didn’t case this from anywhere unless it was deep down in the recesses of my memory and I dredged it up….LOL. I don’t think so.

Pic Holderpic holder 2 
We ended up setting these on some pretty brightly colored summer plates with flowers strewn about. Everything turned out great.
My next project is baby announcements for the twins. They are nearly finished. Just need to do some doodling around the edge then I will post the pic. I’m off to find some doodling samples. Any suggestions?
Have a great Tuesday!
Blessings~ Angel

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