Monday, November 30, 2009

Another work week begins

Good Monday morning – I thought I would post my card before I headed out the door for work today. It is based on the weekly sketch at Get Sketchy. Luckily I made the card on Saturday and the sun shined that day so I did get some pictures of my cards taken. A long week end was wonderful and now back to work. Busy time at work. Work is crazy and then all the holiday parties at work also. Today a co worker and I are going to make little snowmen out of starburst packets for the student workers. I will have to take a picture of them to share when we get them all done. I think it will take a couple noon hours to get them made because we need glue to dry. Luckily I have all the supplies at home.

I even started some of my cooking for Christmas dinner. My mom makes homemade noodles so – of course – you need to have homemade broth. I made one large batch of broth this week end. I will use the boiled chicken to make hot chicken sandwiches for the potluck at work. Yum Yum.

I imagine I really should go drink my first cup of coffee for the day, take my shower and get dressed and head off to work. Hopefully I make everyone happy today. Everyone have a good Monday.

Patterned Paper: Making Memories
Fabric Tag – Making Memories
Button - American Crafts
Ribbon – May Arts

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Good Sunday morning

I am up early today - hard to believe my 5 day week end is almost over with - but I did spend 3 days on the road so I guess that makes a difference. Woke up to rain this morning - at least it is not snow - I know that will be coming soon - I just hope we have a mild winter in regards to snow - we have been hit pretty hard the last two winters. If they could figure out a way for it not to snow on the roads and my sidewalk and driveway - I might not have a problem with it.

I have been getting some holiday cards made so that is good. I really need to figure out how many I need to make- This card is based on the sketch at Stamps and Smiles. Every Thursday they host a sketch - I like a Thursday sketch because you have the week end to get it created. I had colored this image awhile ago and decided this was the perfect sketch for it. Caardvarks is also hosting a challenge for coloring - so this works perfectly for their challenge also. I hope you enjoy my design. Everyone enjoy your Sunday - tomorrow it is back to work. I don't think I plan on taking off any more time before Christmas unless I need some mental health vacation.

Patterned Paper - Bo Bunny (I think I have used all of this grouping up - just enough left for the insides of my cards)
Stamp – Hero Arts colored with Copics – stamped on patterned paper
Ribbon – Offray
Snowflakes – from my huge bag of snowflake embellishments – I know the bottom snowflakes are from a holiday garland

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Believe in Santa

I am on a card making marathon so I wanted to post this card using the sketch from Mojo Monday - I don't often get to play along with their sketch but this week I was able to use the sketch.
Patterned Paper - Cosmo Cricket - Oh Joy
Stamp - Stamper's Anonymous - Tim Holtz - Christmas Miracle
Ink - ColorBox Chalk Ink - Chestnut Roan
Twill Tape - Wright's
QuicKutz scalloped border
Button - sewing supplies

Holiday Season

Happy holidays - Thanksgiving has passed so now we can put the holiday season in full gear. I listened to Holiday music in the car on my way home from celebrating the Thanksgiving festivities with my Mom, brother and sister and her family. It was great fun and lots of great food. Now I need to kick myself into gear because I host Christmas. Need to start cleaning and cooking. I started making homemade broth today - my Mom makes homemade noodles - so you must have homemade broth also. I plan on using the boiled chicken in some hot chicken sandwiches for the office building holiday party. I will share the recipe when the time comes to make it.
I came home and started making holiday cards - luckily the sketches triggered some creativity. This card is based on the sketch at 2 Sketches 4 You. I had bought this Quickutz embossing folder for the tree and thought it would work for the card - plus I wanted to used the folder and see how it worked. I was pleased - except I needed cream paint to highlight the tree and the panel it was on - the white is not quite right. (I did buy some cream today so the next tree will be done with cream.) I hope you enjoy my take on the sketch.
Paper: Making Memories - Fa La La
QuicKutz embossing folder
Ribbon - May Art
Stamp - Stampers Anonymous (Teresa Collins TC 8540)
Ink - Vivid! Dye Ink from ColorBox (the ink really does match in real life)
Ribbon - May Art

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Bad Blogger

I have been such a bad blogger - I have been very busy with stuff - company, cleaning, cooking, shopping, etc. No creativity going on here. I did have a lovely visit from my friend Annie - a fellow cardmaker - we shopped at a Stamp Show and many other places. Helped stimulate the economy. I am off work now until next Monday and looking forward to the time away from work.

My card is based on the sketch at Card Positioning System. Very nice sketch. It also encompases the challenge at Caardvarks to color and I colored my stamped image with Copics. The Penny Black blog challenge was Winter Wonderland. I do believe this beautiful snowman qualifies. I stamped the image on the patterned paper and then colored it. Highlighted parts of the snowman with Stickles.

Everyone have a wonderful Thanksgiving - must now focus on the family and cooking.

Patterned paper - Bo Bunny
Stamp - Penny Black colored with Copics
Ribbon - May Arts
Snowflake - Spellbinders
Brad - Hobby Lobby

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Sweet Penguin Card

Good Wednesday evening - we have had road construction around our area - and tonight - in the dark and in the rain you had to drive down it - 3 round abouts - I can't wait to see what it looks like in the daylight - I hope it is light when I go to work so I can see - I just need to go straight down my street to the new light and across. It will be interesting.
My card tonight started as a sketch card but then - once again - my card decided to take its own path. I like how it turned out. That little penguin is so cute. I am still trying to learn how to color with the copics to get the dark image.
Everyone enjoy your evening - I am cleaning and clearing.
Stamp - Whipper Snapper Designs
Paper - scraps
Sizzix snowflake diecut painted and covered with glitter
May Art Ribbon
Sticker - Bo Bunny

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Dust Bunnie for Sale

Well I guess Blogger is having issue or maybe I am having issues - who knows but I can't post a picture - I will try again tomorrow - I am cleaning my house - I feel like I am getting ready for Christmas - I have company coming this week end so I thought I needed to do some cleaning - so no card making for me - just stirring up the dust bunnies - tried to sell them on Facebook but there were no takers - seemed like everyone was trying to honr in on my sale with their own bargain dust bunnies.

I did start a card - it was for a sketch on one of the sites but it wasn't working and it has taken it's own turn and morphing into something entirely different - I hope it morphs itself into a final card tonight.

Can't wait to see Dancing with the Stars tonight to see who the final 3 are - I think Kelly or Donny will go home tonight - but only time will tell.

Well off to finish cleaning some more of the refrigerator - tomorrow is garbage day so it is a great day to be clearing/cleaning the refrigerator.

Everyone have a wonderful evening.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Why are Week End only 2 days long??

I was just getting into this week end - worked yesterday - so the week end was already short - and I sure could use that day to get some things done around the house. I have company coming next week end so wanted to start cleaning the house but also wanted to play with some paper. I got a little of the house cleaned, planted bulbs so I will have tulips blooming in the spring - unless the squirrels decide to have a banquet. I sure hope not. I love to see the tulips when they are blooming - you know spring is coming then.
I struggled with my card today. I was trying to do the sketch at Stamps and Smiles. It did not turn out when I first started so I went with this paper that had lines in in somewhat like the sketch. Unfortunately the sun did not shine in Wisconsin so it was hard to get a good picture.
Everyone have a good Monday. Want to start a layout of a card tonight so I can finish it tomorrow night along with some more cleaning.
Size 5 x 7
Paper - Graphic 45
Ribbon - Offray
Brad - Imaginisce

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Thursday but Really Friday

Can you tell I am excited about not working tomorrow - of course - I put in a marathon 4 days but still not caught up. I keep plugging away at it. I am going to spend the day with my friend Shari tomorrow - she had her surgery on Tuesday - so I will see what I can do to help out tomorrow - I know I am going to make a nice dinner for them and me too - it is always a treat for me to cook for people. We are going to have an early Thanksgiving dinner - that way we will appreciate the taste of everything.
I made this card the other night - isn't this the cutest little snowman. He is by Penny Black and has such charisma - or so I think. The challenge on the Penny Black Challenge blog is a favorite song title - doesn't this remind you of "Frosty the Snowman" - sure does me. I love how the scarf looks like it has polka dots. I used the color removed marker from Copics and just dotted it on the scarf - polkadots.
Everyone have a wonderful evening - I baked a cake at 8:30 last night so my kitchen is a disaster. I do want to work on a card and get some things to work on at Shari's tomorrow.
Size - 5 3/4 square
Paper - Cosmo Cricket - Jolly by Golly
Stickles on the Snowflakes
Snowflake - I think I bought it at Hobby Lobby - it is actually a button

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Busy Busy continued

Good Tuesday evening. I am on catch up mode at work - and I sure did not get very far - need to put it in even higher gear tomorrow. If I get everything laid out the night before I can usually make it into work and start work an hour ahead of time - I have no problems starting 30 minutes early but getting going and out in time to work an extra hour is harder but I must do it the next couple days.
I came home tonight and made some banana bread - that is in the oven baking - just a mix and I add over ripen bananas to the mix. Makes it even moister - that will taste good - I may take it to my friend Shari. She had her surgery today so I plan on spending Friday with her and make some food. Anyone have a good chicken casserole recipe - I have lots of chicken left from making my homemade broth.
I made this card on Sunday. It is a new stamp - I do seem to like the penguins this year - they make you smile. I stamped this with chalk ink and then did color the scarves with Copics - it did work. Added some Stickles for a little sparkle.
Everyone have a wonderful evening.
Stamp - Stampendous
Paper - Bo Bunny
Rub Ons - Me and My Big Ideas
Colorbox Chalk Ink
Ribbon - May Arts
Sentiment - Fiskars

Monday, November 9, 2009

Busy Busy

Busy Busy - why is it when you are gone from work - the work just keeps coming in - so today was catch up day and not caught up yet. But I will get caught up. I at least got the dishes done tonight.

The card I am sharing with you tonight is the sketch from The Fresh Batch - Stamps and Smiles weekly sketch - they also have a call for design team members - I guess I will throw my hat into the ring. I bought this stamp at Hobby Lobby - it was on clearance for $2 something - I thought I would get that much money's worth out of it - a good stamp for a humorous card to pick up someone's spirits. I have used my Colorbox Chalk ink in grey on 3 or 4 cards lately - Grey must be the new black.

Everyone have a wonderful evening - I am going to see if I can make a card tonight - lots of other things I need to be doing - but heck after working so hard at work - I should relax.

Cardbase - Recycled cardstock

Stamp - Inkadinkado

Patterned Paper - Basic Grey - Marrakech Collection

Ink - Colorbox Chalk Ink

Twine - May Arts

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Leaves Raked - Again

Good evening - I was out of town last week for a conference so have been spending time trying to catch up on everything. Raked leaves today with the help of the neighbor kids - they are great help and such fun. They work for popsicles so today they each got 2 - we need to eat them up because Winter is coming. Bought my turkey for Christmas dinner and made broth for Thanksgiving - my Mom makes homemade noodles and you need homemade broth for them to taste wonderful.

Well I must go and get things ready for the week - I am sharing a card I made awhile back - I don't know what the paper is. Unfortunately I spilled something on the card so I can't even use it now.

Stamp - Penny Black and Hero Arts
Ink - Chalk Ink by Colorbox
Twine - May Arts

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Tuesday - not much else to say

Good Tuesday evening - most exciting thing in my evening was the monthly haircut. I think I have now had the same hair stylist for more years than my ex husband and I had him for over 20 years. She still gives a great hair cut. Ginny from Images in Janesville if you are close and need a good haircut - give her a call.
Last evening I helped a friend make scrapbook pages for a baby shower - as you know I am not a scrapper so this was a big stretch for me. I made 2 double page spreads - one had such giraffs on the paper that I just added one mat to each of those pages. The other one was a little more detailed. Ryan Michael was a "trick or treat" baby - he arrived 2 months early. The shower is going to be held this upcoming Saturday.
My card started out as the sketch from Get Sketchy - notice the long strip of paper - there was a strip on the sketch but because my card was smaller than a standard A2 - the sketch did not work so off my design went on it's merry own way. I like it and I know Shari will enjoy her weekly card from me. Isn't that stamp the cutest - he is from the Whipper Snapper Designs collection.
Everyone enjoy your evening.
Paper - Basic Grey - Lemonade Collection
Stamp - Whipper Snapper Designs colored with Copics - stamped on patterned paper
Flower Brad - Imaginisce
Stickles from Ranger added to wings
Ribbon - May Arts

Monday, November 2, 2009

Good Monday Evening

Good Monday evening - I had a wonderful week end - spent the week end with a group of very special friends I call "the Ya Ya's" - I have known some of them for 30 years. We ate, drank, shoppped and in the middle of all of it on Saturday - one of the Ya Ya's had to go to the hospital for the birth of her grandson - he decided to do a little "trick or treat" since he was 2 months early. All are doing well.
My card tonight is a thank you card for the hostess of our week end event -we stayed in her big RV. Barb is getting back in shape and has started to do biking so I could not resist using this image on her thank you card. The card is based on the sketch at Card Patterns. The lighting is not very good - I apologize. We are going into the dark months now.
Paper - Basic Grey
Stamp - Amuse colored with Copics
Rub On - Melissa Frances
Everything else is from my stash of supplies