Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Final Card for the Creative Clear Stamp DT

well everyone, it has really been so much fun! I wanted to use one of my favorites from Creative Clear Stamps .... the Friendship Set...each sentiment is so special.

Even though our term is over...the friendships made will go on....and that is the best part of the cyber time we spend together....friendships!

Laura, you were just awesome! and sooooo generous!!! looking forward to your new releases in January. I wish you the very best in 2010.

Those of you who were faithful followers - thank you so much! your encouragement really challenged me to try and create projects that inspired you....and some of you came and participated even when no one else thats special friendships!

Design Team members - I didnt always get to your blogs to comment, but your creations were over the top! and those challenges Lisa gave....really gave us a push to think "outside the box"....and Jennie - you were just the "bestest"  (LOL) blog coordinator EV-ERRRR!
so this card is for Laura, the Design Team, and all our special friends!!!!

using scraps from huge scrap pile after all those Christmas cards!!!

Thanks again everyone - looking forward to what 2010 holds for us all !!!

GROUP HUG!  and have a blessed and Happy New Year!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Thinking of You

This is one of my favorite stamps from Stampin me a chance to do some quick watercoloring,,,used SU watercolor crayons....hope you like it!

still working on my "day" job like crazy...have some cards ready to be put together - hopefully tomorrow!

have a wonderful day everyone,

Sunday, December 27, 2009

"polka dotted" Christmas Moose from TMITA

super quiet Christmas for us...did spend afternoon with one daughter and family - loved it!!!!
Thoroughly enjoyed the quiet together time with DH...we dont get that much time together with my job and his having to work every Saturday...he was off today so that was the best! Have squeezed in some stampin when he was studying for his Sunday School lesson....
Am enjoying trying to get used to working with digi's..this one is from There's Magic in the Air blog...and its a free digi... I think he's adorable! the image...not my card...still out of my comfort zone but I'll get there LOL

hand wrote my sentiment...sending this card to my nephew who recently joined the Navy so didnt want to "girl it up"...he probably wont mind the ribbons since they arent really girly girly...hmmmm, maybe I should have titled this "moose with measles" and made it a Get Well card instead..LOL

can't believe Christmas has come and gone!!!and now we're headed for New Years!!!

have a wonderful, blessed day,

Thursday, December 24, 2009


Hope everyone is having a wonderful day with family or friends or both!
Because of work, DH and I decided to do our Christmas later - we will be going to take some presents for our Lily (2.5yrs) and Logan (11 mos), making a gingerbread house with her...and then coming home before dark.
Had a quiet Christmas Eve...with me baking...used the Long Recipe LOL...DH would bust out laughin every time I would stop and wink!! that's not supposed to happen LOL...(for those of you who dont know about the Long Recipe, just check out the Holiday Treat Recipe book on sidebar...and the yummies in there!)

Now, today I did get a big sweet surprise...My secret sister's (from the Designing DIVA's) package arrived today!!! just full of goodies...

Angie, you are so talented and this package was adorable!! love your cards, that little tote purse is sooooo cute and love that little crocheted flower!! your ornament is perfect...and check out the size of that Aero bar (havent had one of those in forever) came in the beautiful packaging you see in bottom corner WITH the pinecone!!! love it....and her tags are so perfect!!!
Our DIVA's particpate in challenges that our members provide, and we then were to send them to our Secret Sister...Angie, again....beautiful work...and THANK YOU!

Merry Christmas everyone -  it's really all about Jesus!! celebrating his birth and all the blessings we receive from HIM!!!

love and hugs to everyone!! hope sometime during this season, we use our opportunities to tell others about Jesus!
blessings to you,

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Finally home!

well, I officially hate snow LOL
Finally home late last night and slept in my own bed and ate something besides junk food!
Thank you all who sent me email and notes - I could read them, just couldnt respond...
Now on my own PC and will be making some cards later today....have to get ready for Christmas and now I'm 4 days behind...but its all good!!!

Friday, December 18, 2009

Well, bummer
Big snow storm coming in - actually already started - and I am here in motel near the properties I manage.
Left this morning at 7am and was headed home thinking I had everything ready for the snow contractor to handle everything for this one...but nope,
Received call at 4:30pm that I needed to be here for this kept going home to get clothes for the weekend - took me 3 hours...packed and drove back up here...another 3 hours...
So here I cardmaking for me this weekend!
This storm is supposed to break Virginia's record for snow in December, so its probably best I am close by in case something goes wrong...

So enjoy the snow for those of you who can....I wont be posting again until (hopefully) Monday!
Have a blessed weekend and stay safe!!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Last Creative Clear Stamps Blog Hop for the Design Team #2

This message is from our Design Team Coordinator - Jennie Harper

Are you ready for another Creative Clear Stamps Blog Hop! I am so excited and this time EVERYONE can join and share their Creative Vision using their favorite Creative Clear Stamps. Be sure to stop by the Design Team members blogs: Jennie, Linda (you are here), Shelly, Lisa, Rebecca, Laura
as well as the very creative and talented Olga, Patti, and Theresa.

Laura will also be giving away a new release to one lucky commenter from one of the blog comments, so be sure leave a comment at each stop. You just never know whose blog will be picked! You can look for the announcement of the winner over on the Creative Clear Stamps Blog: A Fairy Creative Place.

For me, this is my last blog hop for Creative Clear Stamps since my time as a member of the Design Team 2 ends on 12-31. It has been great fun with a wonderful team - many thanks to Jennie for keeping us all updated and in-line and to Lisa for her wonderful challenges provided each month and to the rest of the team for their wonderful, inspiring projects and tutorials! Hopefully we provided you with inspiration and a desire for these stamps. A special thank-you to Laura, the owner of Creative Clear Stamps. She was very generous to her DT and I sincerely hope she has been pleased with our here are my cards for this hop! All of the stamps used are by Creative Clear Stamps!

love this crazy turkey - made him a Santa hat!

I will be using this sentiment often....

and this is one of my favorite snowmen of all!! just love him!!!

I do have a few more cards to post using these stamps before the end of the year!
Thanks for stopping by....enjoy the rest of the hop!

blessings to you,

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

"Life is Good" Blog Hop from GKD by Theresa Momber

hi there, if you follow my know I am really enjoying this newest set by Theresa (scroll down in my blog and you will see several cards already posted) so was really thrilled to be asked on as a guest designer for this hop!!!  Thanks again Theresa!

Have posted some CAS cards as well as detailed  ones, so hopefully there is something here for everyone....(any additional GKD sets used are named under each card) you go !!

also used Melanie's "Hip to be Square"

also used Winter Foliage (and entered in Copic Challenge for Pine Branches)

also used Theresa's "Timeless Treasure"

also used Melanie's "Inspiration Mosaic"

Various techniques on the above cards were: Copics for coloring, sponging, stamped on dp, clear embossing, nesties, CB folder outlined the single image deer, paper piercing and ScorPal.
For even more inspiration tonight with the Life is Good stamp set, check out these links:
Cheri Weston {CSS designer}
Melissa Shultz {CSS designer}
Peggy Wainman {CSS designer}

Geri Utterback {guest designer}
Brenda Turner {guest designer}
Linda Payne {guest designer} YOU ARE HERE
The Life is Good discussion on the StampTV Idea Center is also a valuable resource for tips, samples, and tutorials. Theresa's tip sheet and the Card Kit is available in the discussion as well.
And, finally stop by GinaK's blog today to leave your comment on her blog for your chance to win today's featured stamp set or another stamp set valued at $23.95 of your choice!

Enjoy! and thanks everyone for stoppin by :))

It's's Wednesday....only two more days to work...and then week week over....wooo hooooo.. come on weekend!!!!

can you tell I can't wait, LOL

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Reminder - two blog hops!

sorry, no new card for today - swamped at work this week and staying overtime (year end stuff) - but have been working on cards for two blog hops this week

Wednesday night - GKD's Blog hop for the "Life is Good" set by Theresa Momber
Thursday will be my last Creative Clear Stamp blog hop on this Design Team ...don't miss this one - it's open for YOU to participate and recieve a FREE stamp set for doing so! see details over on Creative Clear Stamps blog from my sidebar...

blessings and hugs to all.....have a wonderful day!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

cards for men challenge

Really happy to have found a brand new blog that will feature Cards for Men!  how cool is this!!! I am always working the hardest on cards for them....really looking forward to seeing what this great Design Team of whom is Patricia St Martin, check out her wonderful blog!
Here is my first entry:

DH has found the perfect tree, snow is starting to fall, and he is headed home!!!

Stamps: Truck is 1996 PSX and tree stamp is 1995 PSX, mini-grass and sentiment unknown
Paper: GKD's cranberry and apple
Ink: Memento black and bamboo
Embellishments: truck/tree colored with Copics, white gel pen, glaze on hub caps

Have a blessed day!

thoughts n prayers - quick card

didnt think I would have a chance to post this one...but find myself with some time this evening after all.
this card is for the color challenge at STV (and already posted there) to use blue n white and for the Stampin Sisters in Christ Challenge to let someone know you are praying for them...

well this card fits exactly both challenges AND is easy for my friends new to cardmaking!just follow directions under card...enjoy!

using SU Not Quite Navy, stamped my sentiment and using the tree stamp from GKD's Tree Silhouette set, stamped the trees and stamped them a second time without inking to give the lighter background trees. Then placed the nestie over the area I wanted to keep, and ran it through the CB. Now, before removing the cut paper from the nestie, sponged around the border with Not Quite Navy. Removed it from nestie and adhered to light blue mat and adhered that to the SU design paper. Use any matching ribbon across the bottom of the card and adhere to card base which is also SU Not Quite Navy - added some mini blue pearls to the four corners of the image...done!

Back to work tomorrow and my jail bible study tomorrow night - please pray for these women!
Have a blessed day,

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Train Trip!

Another card using GKD's "Life is Good" set by Theresa Momber....just can't help myself...still have so many ideas rolling around in my head with this set!

This is for Jennie' Sketch Challenge over on STV. 

DH and I dream about one day taking the big road trip across the USA. Two things we especially want to do are:  take the famous glass-top train ride in Alaska to see the bears catching salmon plus view the countryside and the train trip through the Grand Canyon!!! hopefully.. before we are both using motorized wheelchairs  LOL

cardstock: GKD's cranberry, black and SU's pumpkin, dp is stash
ink: memento rhubarb, black, bamboo
embellishment: MS punch, twine
technique: colored train with Copics C3, C5, C7 and SU choc marker, light sponging with SU Old Olive and Saffron, clear embossed sentiment

oh, and front of train is raised for dimension!

Have a blessed day - supposed to be sunny and in the 50s here in Virginia....hope those of you snowed in are enjoying stampin and getting ready for Christmas!!

There's Magic in the Air "recipe" card

This card was done for final step in the TMITA recipe blog hop. Their recipe was to:
use their image
2 textures
3 pattern papers
4 ribbons
5 buttons or brads.....
done done and done!
the "secret" sentence is "Paper cupcakes where the main ingredient is love"...

this would be my first "official" digi image card! colored with Copics and paper pieced the cupcake...

Will be watching Olga, Patti and Selma and their unique talents with digi's :))) on the Paper Cupcake Design Team!

Friday, December 11, 2009

Creative Clear Stamps "Anything But a Card" challenge

Loved this challenge! I had been wanting to give a co-worker this project so she could see another way to use some of her stamps!
3x3 cards are sooo handy to have ...I made these little notecards for her to have to use on those last minute "baked" or candy gifts! envelopes were also included... the inside of the notecards have just a blank piece of white cardstock for her personal note.

Creative Clear Stamp set Holiday Sentiments provides so many perfect sentiments for the holidays!
cardstock: dp and cardstock from SU
ink: memento black
embellishment: nesties, MS punch
technique: matting

It's going to be a  crazy busy weekend - for all of us, right!!! - going to shop for Grankids tomorrow...wooohoooo!!

Have a blessed day,

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Stamp TV's Center Stage Spotlight Design Team's Christmas Treat Recipe Blog Hop

I dont bake anything from scratch...sorry (holding head down and shuffling feet)....but I make a MEAN Pillsbury Quick Bread!!!! does that count!!!! LOL
This time of the year I buy up about 2 dozen boxes and go to town baking them...some in mini loaf pans, some in the half-loaf pans and some in the full size bread pan!I can bake 8 pans at a time.... wrap them in foil with a tag and give one to each family at church (those with 5 + kids, yep we have several)  will get a couple!
They really are delicious....

and if you dont like quick bread....I highly recommend Mrs Smith - she bakes the most awesome pies..although this year they're running a little on the small side.... :]

enjoy the recipe hop - now go get some "real" recipes!!!

love ya :)))) hugs to all!

stamps: GKD's Holiday Greetings, Signs of Autumn, and Thanks a Million, Basic Grey Eskimo dp


Several members of the Center Stage Spotlight Team have joined together to share a special Christmas Treat Recipe Blog Hop event with everyone tonight! They have whipped up some treats in their kitchens and their stamp rooms over the past few weeks so we could compile our very first Recipe Book for StampTV!

Check out these designer's blogs for the sweet projects they've designed around their treats:

Then, stop by GinaK's blog for a super sweet give-away she has tonight in honor of the hop!

The Recipe Book will be available as a free download PDF on StampTV tonight as well. Look for it on the Freebie Tab link.

explore dream discover - "Life is Good" set from GKD by Theresa Momber

yes, friends!
I am lovin this set....will try to not make EVERY post with it...but here's another one.

This card is simple and quick- just stamping and a little sponging! This set is going to catch me up on my "stash" of MAN-Cards!!!

Used SU Sage Shadow cardstock and with my CB, cut the top note die. With Memento's Bamboo Leaves - stamped the trees and kept stampin off. Next, inked a landscape mountain stamp titled "Mountain" from Blue Ridge Impressions using SU Night of Navy onto center of cardstock. With Memento Black, stamped my two deer. Sponged trees lightly with SU Old Olive and then darker across the bottom. Sponged trees again with SU Saffron and also in the sky area. (thought this gave a nice "fog" effect). Sponged sky with light and heavy pressure using SU Bordering Blue. Added white accents across mountain tops! Final touch was coloring the border with SU Old Olive Marker...and stamped sentiment with Memento Black (always hold my breath that my sentiment will be straight!! too lazy to pull out Stampa-ma-jig thingy..buried in here somewhere)

Started to add black brads...then decided against it - wanted to keep this one "man-ly"  LOL
oh...and the whole image is raised on dimensional dots!

Have a blessed day,

PS I had given the wrong info on the mountain stamp - found the correct distributor and the above info is now correct - my apologies to Biblical Impressions!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

"Life is Good" from GKD by Theresa Momber

With the beginning of a new month, comes the new releases from Gina K - loved them all!  but HAD to have this set first. I love to do "scenes" so this set just jumped off the computer screen and into my lap!!! spoke to me and said.."I'm yours" was love at first sight!!! (sounds like the beginning of a romance novel LOL)

But here is my first card with this set - my order was on my porch when I got home at 9pm tonight...woooo hooooo!!! so had to cut and INK!!!

Lake is clear embossed to give it a reflection...watercolored lake and trees, sponged sky, pieced deer, added some snow, glitter pen on snow under trees....

Trust me ...more cards are a 'comin with this set....  BIG SMILE HERE!

and you must make a date to pop back in tomorrow - the Center Stage Spotlight Design Team have THE coolest holiday surprise for you!  our very first Recipe Blog Hop!!!

have a blessed day,

stamp set: GKDs "Life is Good" by Theresa Momber
paper: SU night of navy, cocoa and white
ink: memento black, vivid coffee, SU night of navy, bashful blue, lilac, bordering blue
SU watercolor crayons
embellishments: marvy small scallop punch, liquid applique
technique: clear embossing, watercoloring

there's magic in the air! recipe blog hop

Just had fun hopping through this Recipe Blog Hop...

the "secret" sentence is "Paper cupcakes where the main ingredient is love"... 3 of my GFs are in this hop - Olga, Patti and Selma - you can pop over from my sidebar and collect some great recipes and see their too wonderful cards!

fun fun fun!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Feel the magic! with liquid applique and glitter!!

We had our first snowfall this past Saturday here in Virginia - received a little over 4 inches....sooooo did these cards while it was snowing! Fit the challenge over at STV to use liquid applique and for Gina K's new December Release Challenge at SCS!!!

for STV:

Stamps: GKD's Holiday Cheer and Holiday Greetings
Paper: GKD's All Spruced Up and Luxury White, and SU's Night of Navy
Ink: SU Handsome Hunter, Night of Navy, Bashful Blue and Memento's Black
Embellishments: colored house with copics, clear ep on house and trees, matted sentiment to make the big moon, sponged sky with lightest to darkest blues, liquid applique and fine glitter with glue pen for snow on house and ground, stickles around the moon!
Technique: sponging, clear embossing

for Gina's December Release Challenge #2 at SCS:

kept this one quick and easy!!

Stamp set is GKD's Very Merry Christmas by Theresa Momber
Paper: Theresa's digi, GKD white and cranberry
Ink: clear embossed
Embellishment: gold glitter pen, liquid applique with fine glitter
Technique: clear embossing, nestie

Have a blessed day,


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