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Saturday, June 19, 2010

Inspired by a Birdy Doodle Cup/Vase

For my 2nd card, I chose this cup/vase.
Simple Soul Little Birdy Doodle cup/vase

Stamps: Unity KOM June 2010, Music of My Heart (Ippity/Unity)
Paper: white, real red, real red dsp
Ink: Palette burnt umber, Copic makers
Accessories: ribbon
Size: 4.25 square (I use 4.5 A Muse envelopes.)

I am so glad to be a KOM member again!

Fantastic Cards in My Favorites!

Here's what I found while nursing a mild migraine... caught it early. It was a result of the barometer. We had a couple of severe thunderstorms and one tornado warning here in southeast Michigan. Everything has been quiet for a few hours now.

stampingout (CAS)
juls716 (CAS)


Inspired by a Unique Piece of Art

Soul Key Doodle Bowl
For my first card (hoping to make 2 more), I chose this unique bowl as my inspiration.

Stamps: Music of My Heart (Ippity/Unity Stamp Co.)
Paper: white, chocolate chip, pretty in pink
Ink: Palette burnt umber, Copic marker (R81 rose pink)
Accessories: pretty in pink taffeta ribbon, Fiskars pop-up squares

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Favorites found on 6/17/10

It's been awhile since I've had time in the gallery. It's amazing finding out how much stuff you have when you try and move it! We didn't move to a new home. I switched my craft room with DS's bedroom. He's getting the bigger room and in return I get the room without direct sunlight. What a relief it is not to have to carefully cover up all the cardstock after every use! So all the furniture is moved, but I'm still not organized. Sigh.

But, I'm spent some time tonight in the gallery because I miss it so much. Here are some fabulous cards I found:

Rox71 (CAS)
Rox71 (CAS)
bwstamper (CAS)


Wednesday, June 16, 2010

More Summer Memories

I decided to make one more creation for the StampTV Favorite Summer memories challenge. You can find it here.

A Pocket Card with a Bookmark

I have many childhood memories of camping with my family. I don't remember much about the places. It's the family time I remember the most. It's our family (and sometimes our camping friends) around the campfire. It's becoming friends with siblings or we would be really bored! It's the ridiculous song that my brother, sister, and I made up and used to sing when we were almost home (I'm not sure if my parents liked the song as much as we did. LOL!)

Reading was one of the things that we did while traveling to our destination. I wish I had a cool bookmark like this one. :)

Lantern: How could I forget that lantern? It went with me to the campground's bathroom so many times!

Sign: Every serious camper knows that you have to have a sign on your camper/trailer. It may have a witty saying but most of the time it has the family's name.

Campfire: Stories, S'mores, and Hobo Pies. What a great life!

This was fun to make. It was a trip down memory lane! My brother and sister have carried on the tradition with their families. I have to admit that I am jealous of that from time to time. But every family is unique just as every person is unique. Camping just isn't very relaxing for a son who is challenged with cerebral palsy and high functioning autism. We find other things that are fun. Being blessed with a child who is here by a miracle is much more satisfying than camping.

I used 3 Gina K Designs' sets to make this set:
Happy Camper (Theresa Momber)
Life is Good (Theresa Momber)
Lazy Days of Summer (Gina K)

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

GKD - Illustrator Blog Hop and Challenge

It's that time again! Gina K. Designs had their illustrator blog hop last night. Now it's our turn to play.

Gina's challenge: create a project that depicts a favorite summer memory. With so many great memories of summer, choosing just one is the hardest part of this challenge!
Create a project using ANY Gina K. Designs stamp set and add your "direct to the project" blog link in the Mister Linky below. For more details, click here.

I had so many ideas running through my head for this challenge. I've been meaning to get back to scrapbooking and my wedding certainly is a favorite summer memory. Six years later, I am not done with my wedding album. I know, shame on me. LOL! This is Brian's page that I devoted to him with photos and stories. Actually, I have more stories to tell, so I'll continue on a second page. It will be more of a journaling page with maybe one photo. I have a few close up shots below if you'd like a better view. (Recipe after the next photo)

Since this was a 2nd wedding for the both of us, I chose a non-traditional environment. I wore a mint green (almost aqua) dress and we were married on the shore of a lake at a small wedding chapel. It was very small and I was so happy that all the difficult planning was taken care of by the wedding chapel personnel. Planning a wedding without worrying about every detail was nice.

Stamps (all Gina K Designs): Lovely Labels (Nina Brackett), Hope Grows (Theresa Momber), Masculine Messages (Gina K)
Paper: white, certainly celery, ocean mist, black
Ink: black, certainly celery, cool caribbean
Accessories: SU ribbon originals, Spellbinders Nestabilities labels 9, SU punches: large oval, circle, & designer label, pop-up dots
Size: 12x12

Jim is like a real father to Brian. When we meet new people, they are usually surprised when Brian starts calling him Jim. Jim took on big responsibilities when he married me. He insisted we were a team when it came to Brian. He has helped Brian mature so much. It's incredible. Jim often tells Brian that he is his hero. Why? He has to endure so much just to do the things other people take for granted (Well, not in those exact words... but you get the meaning.) He is a special man.

My son and I posed for a photo before the wedding began.

This photo was staged by the photographer, but it's so, so cute!

My son Brian was born at 24 weeks gestation. He is still small for his age. But being cute and lovable makes up for it. (Spoken like a true mom, huh? LOL) Brian has cerebral palsy, with high-functioning autism, and after serial casting and extensive physical therapy, he started walking 11 months before this picture was taken. He was a big part of the wedding!

Just as a side note, Botox shots stopped working and the teen years are tough. He's back in his wheelchair quite a bit and we're considering invasive surgery... something I've putting off for a year now.

CAS / Color Challenge Samples

Christian Paper Crafts Color Monday
Choose your own Story

Today's Color Monday Challenge is a fun one and a bit unusual. :P

CM61 – Choose your own Story
Choose any combination these colors or be brave and us them all!
blue, pink, orange, & yellow plus neutrals

(All of these cards are double challenge cards. They were made to match the CAS challenge on SCS.)

I've made three cards for this challenge since it has so many possibilities:

a card with 2 colors, a card with 3 colors, and a card with ALL 4 colors! Woo Hoo! I did it! LOL!

Birthday Wishes
I chose to use blue and pink for this cute little monkey holding onto a piece of ribbon so he won't fly away.
Stamps: monkey – CC Designs, sentiment – Unity
Card Stock: white
Designer Paper: Stamping' Up
Ink: black, Copic markers
Accessories: ribbon
Technique: CAS (Clean & Simple)
Size: 4.25 square (A Muse 4.5 envelopes)

The Bird with the Story
This cute one is telling the story of 3 colors: blue, orange, & yellow.
Stamps: bird (Unity's Feb. 2010 KOM), sentiment (Ippity/Unity – Love in Return)
Cardstock: white, so saffron
Designer Paper: Stampin' Up
Ink: Palette burnt umber, Copic markers
Accessories: corner rounder, Spellbinders Nestabilities dies, pop-up dots, white gel pen
Technique: CAS (Clean & Simple)
Size: standard A2

Special Delivery
And here's a special delivery of all 4 colors! What do you think?
Stamps: bird (Unity's Feb. 2010 KOM), sentiment (Ippity/Unity – Love in Return)
Paper: white, SU dsp, so saffron
Ink: Palette burnt umber, Copic markers
Accessories: corner rounder, Spellbinders Nestabilities dies, pop-up dots, white gel pen
Technique: CAS (Clean & Simple)
Size: standard A2

Monday, June 14, 2010

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Theresa Momber's Flourished Butterfly

Featured Stamper: LeAnne Pugliese

I just love her card!

To change it up, I used bright colors, a similar layout, a Nestabilitie die cut, and paper instead of ribbon. Not using ribbon was a shocker, but it just didn't work with the die cut.

Stamps: Hope Grows (Gina K Designs - Illustrator is Theresa Momber. I can't get enough of this set! If you're like me, you buy a set, use it a couple of times, and then it is yesterday's news. But this set was a fabulous purchase. I don't think it will be collecting dust anytime soon! :)
Paper: white, pumpkin pie, night of navy, unknown dp
Ink: pumpkin pie, wild wasabi, Copic marker Y35 Maize
Accessories: circle punch, Spellbinders Nestabilities labels #9, pop-up dots

Featured Stamper Favorites (6/13/10)

Today's SCS Featured Stamper: LeAnne Pugliese
I love her gallery and have featured her cards on my blog before today. Here are just a few more to honor her day :)

Lots of CAS in here!
Shabby Chic
Father's Day
Lovely as a Tree
Mother's Day
Christmas Tree
Patchwork Throwdown
Fun & Fast Notes
Eat, Drink, & Be Scary (Love this set. I don't know why I didn't buy it. This is just one of those cards that has me hooked. Maybe eBay huh?)
Recycle Wedding Card
Christmas Punch Santa
Lighthouse Thank You
Lovely as a Tree #2
Ribbon of Hope
Autumn Acorn
Picnic Thanks
Happy Birthday
French Violets
Best Wishes
Square Jewelry Inspiration
Timeless Violets
A Little Raspberry Something
Pink Daisy
Christmas Bird
Happy Birthday


Porcelain Cameo Inspiration

SCS Inspiration Challenge 236
Roses & Teacups

This is the first time I've used clear embossing powder. I love it! I thought it would go well with my inspiration piece: Festival Rose Porcelain Cameo Pendant

The Lord Bless You and Keep You

Stamps: Rose in Winter (SU), sentiment (GKD)
Paper: SU pretty in pink dsp, Georgia Pacific white, GKD soft sand
Ink: pretty in pink, certainly celery, sahara sand (SU)
Accessories: SU kraft & white taffeta ribbon, spiral clip, brads, Martha Stewart lace edge punch, CM custom cutting system (oval), Spellbinder Nestabilities scallop oval die, clear embossing powder, pop-up dots


Inspired Favorites

There were a lot of beautiful cards in the SCS Inspiration gallery this weekend! Wow! Here are a few of my faves.

resqbarbie (CAS)
girlgeek101 (CAS)
markie's mom
k dunbrook (CAS)