Friday, February 27, 2009

Blog Candy for Flowers

Blog Candy

I really love the contrast of black & white....and sometimes simple is best. The flower is made from large and small daisy punches, curled & black brad in center. I have a couple of new "favorite" blogs that have some great tutorials on creating flowers, check one of them out Here and Here

I want everyone to try making a 3-D flower on a card or anything. Post it on your blog with a link back to my blog by Sunday March 15th. Spread the word because there is a Fabulous prize! Be sure to leave me a comment, so I know to look for your creation & enter you in the "fun"! I can't wait to see what you create!

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Aubrey & Matt's Wedding

I am back from my trip to Oklahoma to help my sister with her daughter's wedding. It was really beautiful, I loved all the black & white. It was a lot of work getting everthing ready- and I am exhausted! My sister did EVERYTHING....I just came in a couple of days before & helped out wherever I could! I did help with decorating the cake- which she had baked in advance. I helped decorate the church & reception hall and prepare the food. It was a whole family effort, my niece Tammy & her husband Chad helped so much too! I made some cards ahead of time to give to the bride for thank you's or whatever she wanted- I was so happy that she just loved them.
Congradulations Matt & Aubrey!

Monday, February 16, 2009

Tiny Chick

Ok...I have a confession....I am a paper hoarder!
When I looked at the back of the plaid ppr I used on this card, I am embarrassed to say this is what I saw "doodlebug design inc. 2001 Cynthea Sandoval"
Wow...I have had this paper 8 yrs!
I started reminiscing back to when I started this paper collection , it was when I worked in a scrapbook store that was owned by Sharon Capshaw-"Scrapbooks from the Heart" She hired me shortly after she opened the store & I was her first employee. We were instant friends, and she never liked for me to refer to her as my boss. I worked there about 2 years and we became so very close. It was hard leaving that job, but an offer of significant more money (and responsibility) came my way, and Sharon understood. We remained friends, and she was always & I mean always there for me, even through my divorce. Wow, sitting here sharing this I have tears streaming down my face... see Sharon went home to be with the Lord. It has been well over a year ago...maybe closer to two. I have lost track of time exactly how long it has been. But I still miss her! She would have absolutely LOVED this card too.
When I stared this post, I never intended on it going in this direction, so please forgive me.
But please remember that life is unpredictable, every day is a gift, tomorrow is not promised, so tell your friends & family how much they mean TODAY!
I am going to be out of town for about a week. I will be helping my sister with her daughters wedding in Oklahoma. I won't be able to post untill I return. I appreciate your comments so much. I am thinking of a blog candy offer that I will post after I get back from this trip.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Hey Chickadee!

This "Fabulous" little chickadee stamp is from Art Impressions my wish-list from them is a mile long! She may become a "Red Hat" lady someday, but for now her hat is pink (it could be her Easter bonnet)
I stamped her on Watercolor ppr with black waterproof ink, then water colored in using markers.
Sometimes a card can take hours, or days...tyring to decide do I like this...or that..Ya know? Sometimes I just can't seem to make it work. This card took maybe 30 minuets-& I just keep looking at it thinking "she is just too prissy for words!"
I just love when it seems to come to "life" all by its self!

Saturday, February 14, 2009


This card reminds me of a sunshiny day! I think I will make more of these & add some glitter to the flower, maybe a brad in the center. The stamp is a clear set from Stampendous that I bought at Archivers last weekend when I went there for the class. I stamped it twice with pink ink, colored in with prismacolors, then blended with mineral spirits & blending stump. I cut the flowers out (one smaller) then curled a little & layered. The striped ppr is from Making Memories, I layered pink ribbon over it. I used Cuttlebug for embossing & a punch on the bottom.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Last few Valentines

Since Valentines day is Saturday, I thought I would share with you these last few cards for the occasion. I used my cuttlebug on all of these. I tried to make the middle one not so "girly". The only stamp set I used was from Cloud 9-clear set-Love. On a different note I am excited that I figured out how to get a counter to work-Yea!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Scalloped Circle Flower

This is an idea a I have seen on a couple of other blogs. posing on Nov. 2008 and posting on Jan. 12th

This is simple if you have nestabilities scalloped circles. Just make cuts between the scallops & curl edges up. I use a tool from the punch bunch I use this tool ALOT! Every 3-D flower uses these tools! But I bet you could use scissors on this one--like we did in elementary school (like you would curl ribbon)I free handed the leaves & used chipboard button for center-but you could use anything!

Monday, February 9, 2009

Class at Archivers

Yesterday my friend Linda & I went to Austin to take a class at "Archive rs". We made 4 cards so I wanted to share them with you all. I changed the design on my cards on 3 of the 4 for several reasons. Maybe I just needed creative freedom to do my own thing. I pretty much stayed to their design on the owl card. On the frog card I messed up & smeared the ink in the background, so after I got home I used designer ppr for background & printed off my saying from the computer. I was impressed with the store overall & wish there was one closer. (It was about an hour and a half drive) We do have some privately owned scrapbook stores here, but most don't carry much in the way of stamps. Our stamping store "StampAntonio" is good, but seems very slow about getting any new merchandise.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

What's up Ladybug?

I found some great new Spring/Easter $1.oo stamps at Michael's yesterday, and this is the first card I have made using any of them. This Ladybug stamp is so cute! I colored them in with markers & put tiny red stones in the centers of the flowers. (I think they show up if you click to enlarge the picture) I printed the words "What's up Ladybug?" off the computer.

I am headed to Austin with my friend Linda tomorrow. We are taking a class at Archivers, and I am excited because I haven't ever been to one of their stores. I will give a full report tomorrow evening after I get home!

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Accordian Flowers

Today I made these accordion flowers from scalloped circles, cut from nestabilities. There is a Fabulous tutorial over at "Amazing Paper Grace" that was posted on Jan 30th. She used octagons, but I don't have those yet so I improvised. You should really check out her blog, it is Awesome!

Yesterday was quite the day! I was excited when I went to the mailbox & my goodies from Joni's challenge had arrived-Yea! Thanks again Joni! I took a picture of my prizes to hopefully motivate everyone to join in the challenges! Then, when I popped over to Joni's Blog I saw that she had given me a blog award! So that really made my day! Thanks ....I need to pass this award on to 7 other bloggers & I am behind on passing on the first 2 awards-yikes! I promise I will do this this weekend!

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Black & White Medallion

I needed to make a wedding card for my niece who is getting married Feb. 21st. Her colors are all black & white (my favorite) so here is another medallion card. I just love this stamp!

I used black c/s with white embossing & white c/s with black embossing. This time I added a small brad in the center. The background was stamped with a $1 stamp from Michael's.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Valentine Challenge Entries

These 3 cards are for Julie's challenge to create a Valentine's day card with a splash of embossing, but without any pink, red or hearts.

First is "Love is master key..." splash of embossing is the edges of the nestabilites that are embossed. (I love the key charm) Stamp is a clear set by Cloud 9

Second is Love in lavender by rubber stamp tapestry & clear alphabet set by Inkadinado. Splash of embossing is around the nestabilities scalloped rectangle.

Third is I ruff you! Puppy is a clear stamp set by Stampendous & I used clear alphabet sets that were $1.00 are Michael's. Puppy is embossed with black embossing powder.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Peony Square

After seeing this stamp used by "PaulaTracy" on SCS (search her gallery on SCS) I decided it was a must have. I absolutely love the way she colors in using prismacolor pencils & gamsol. I had never heard of gamsol, so I googled it & its mineral spirits....which I finally found at Wal-Mart. I have had the pencils since college, 20 yrs ago. I was a commercial art major-but went only 2 yrs. But I am still learning new techniques, thanks to SCS, bloggers and YouTube tutorials! I really like the effect when you use the mineral spirits & a blending stump. This was my first attempt & surprisingly I am pretty happy with it.
The stamp is by Stampendous, background ppr is by My Minds Eye.