Sunday, May 31, 2009

Today's Card Sketch a Day

I made this card today using Card Sketch a Day sketch #273.

Luck, love and laughter,

Inchie Art

A few days ago I received the latest issue of Card Maker Magazine in the mail and was totally intrigued by an article about inchie art. Odds and end of card stock and bits of paper are perfect for making the little one inch squares to embellish your paper crafts. The possibilities are endless.

For my first attempt at making and using inchies, I cut 1 inch squares from two different patterned papers. Then I cut 1 1/4 inch squares of light blue cardstock and 1 1/2 inch squares of a darker blue cardstock to mount the inchies on. I used design elements from two different cards featured in the magazine to come up with my card design.

Luck, love and laughter,


Saturday, May 30, 2009

Chanukah Card

Since we will need Chanukah cards in addition to Christmas cards, I decided to make one using this week's sketch at Just Christmas and Birthday Cards. For the image, I used a dreidel die cut . I also added some Star of David brads.

Hope everyone has a great weekend!


Friday, May 29, 2009

ICSketch #18

Dawn always comes up with such wonderful sketches each week at Inspirational Card Sketches and the design team did and awesome job this week with the sketch. I raided my scrap paper stash for my card this week looking for something really colorful to go with a new stamp that I got last Saturday at the LSS 50% off going out of business sale. I used colored pencils to color the image and added a scrap piece of ric rac, some flowers, self stick gems and inked the edges of the paper. Here is the final result.

I am so glad the work week is over. Why do short work weeks always seem to be so long? It seemed like this one would never end.

Luck, love and laughter,


Monday, May 25, 2009

Happy Birthday, Robin

Today is my daughter Robin's birthday. Happy Birthday, dear sweet Robin.

She called me first thing Saturday morning to tell me that one of our two scrapbook stores was going out of business and everything in the store was 50% off starting Saturday. We made plans to meet there at 10:00 when the store opened. We were not the only ones who made those plans. There was a line waiting for the doors to open. Since I had planned to give her cash for her birthday, I went ahead and gave it to her and she used it to buy things she wanted.

I feel like I have been chained to the sewing machine the last few days. Orders for tote bags to be completed. slacks to shorten for my sister-in-law, etc. I still have an order for two more tote bags to make and shirts that I want to embroider for Addie and Sarabeth.

Rain, rain go away. It was raining when I got up early yesterday morning, rained non stop all day, and was still raining when I went to bed last night. And it is still raining this morning.

Luck, love and laughter,

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Weekly Card Challenges

I have finished cards for this week's sketch at Inspirational Card Sketches and also Just Christmas and Birthday Cards.

First, is the card I did using the IC Sketch #17. Once again, Dawn has come up with another great sketch. Don't you just love this's a stamp that I got from That's Jazzy Stamp Dreams.

Then I made a Christmas card using Just Christmas and Birthday Cards sketch #32.

I'm off work until Tuesday....Hooray! Just plan on piddling around the house and hope to get some machine embroidery and sewing done.

Luck, love and laughter,

Sunday, May 17, 2009

More Tote Bags

One of my friends at work ordered two tote bags from me. She asked for a large tote to give to her daughter-in-law to use as a diaper bag and a smaller one for her oldest granddaughter to use for gymnastics.

Here is the diaper bag tote which has a ladybug theme.

The ribbon is a pale yellow with ladybugs. I added a bow with a ladybug button to go with the ladybugs that I embroidered within the frame.

Here is Kayla's tote for gymnastics. For some reason, I couldn't get the colors in the embroidery to really show up good. Her leotard is pink and purple and the hair color is a cream yellow since Kayla is a cute little blonde. The lettering is embroidered using a neon pink thread.

I have been wanting the Cricut Essential Accents cartridge. However, this cartridge is not available for sale through retailers. It is part of the Cricut Expression package offered for sale on the TV informercial. But they can be found on ebay. So these two totes are going to pay for my ebay bid on the cartridge.

Luck, love and laughter,

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Graduation Cards

Recent conversation between Mother and Daughter:
Mom: Do you want me to make a graduation card for Nicole to go with the tote that you asked me to make for her gift from you?
Joy: Oh, that would be great! Mmmmmm...I'm going to need some more graduation cards besides for her.
Mom: How many do you need?

Joy: Well, let's see. I need for..., and for...., oh, and also for...three more, all for boys.
Mom: OK, so you need four cards.
Joy: Yeah, that's right.

So Mom spend this morning and part of the afternoon making graduation cards for Joy to give. Thankfully, this week's Scrapbooks Etc Scrapbooking Weekly Update that I get had a link to some neat graduation cards and I scrap lifted/card lifted some designs from them. Here are the four cards that I made.

As you can see, except for the first card, I just used plain cardstock. I made use of my Cricut to cut letters, numbers, stars, and the award ribbon. The sentiments were generated on the computer. Then I used brads, self-stick gems, photo corners, and the gorgeous K & Company butterfly sticker to finish out the cards.

Hope everyone has a wonderful rest of the weekend.

Luck, love and laughter,


Friday, May 15, 2009

Paper Popsicle Blog Candy Alert

You need to head on over to Paper Popsicles and check out their fantastic blog candy giveaway. It is awesome. They also have some super digital images.

Just Christmas and Birthday Cards Sketch #31

For this week's challenge sketch at Just Christmas and Birthday Cards, I decided to make a Christmas Card and who better to wish happy holidays than Rudolph. I used cardstock, stamps from a Paper Studio stamp set, grosgrain ribbon, self-stick gems, and photo corners. The circles were cut using nestibilities and mounted with foam dots.

Luck, love and laughter,


Wednesday, May 13, 2009

ICSketch #16 & Card Sketch a Day #254

Dawn has another great sketch this week at Inspirational Card Sketches. For this sketch, I used paper from my DCWV All Dressed Up Stack. I love this pink and black color combination.

We received a graduation announcement last week for the son of one of our daughters' friends. I was so shocked...I just didn't comprehend that Cody was old enough to be graduating from high school. Then my hubby pointed out to me that our oldest grandson will be graduating in a couple of years. Time does fly.

Here is the card that I made for him using Card Sketch A Day sketch #254.

I was all ready to settle down and watch American Idol last night when the power went off about five minutes before it started. Needless to say, I had a few choice words to say. The power was off for two hours so I didn't get to see our Arkansas boy perform his two songs. I sure hope that Kris did well and that he stays in the competition.

Luck, love and laughter,


Monday, May 11, 2009

Scrap City May Card Challenge

The May card challenge at Scrap City issued by my friend Carol is to create a masculine card using a card sketch she selected from PageMaps. Here is my interpretation of the sketch.

I used paper from Animal Crackers paper pad and card stock, a couple of brads, and some grosgrain ribbon.

I finally took some time to embroider a shirt for myself. I really like the way this design turned out.

I'm off to eat a cinnamon roll for breakfast and then head out to work. I really would like to stay home today but............

Luck, love and laughter,

Friday, May 8, 2009

Our Lady of Fatima Preschool Class of 2009

Addie and Sarabeth's preschool graduation was tonight. Oh wow, those little kids were so cute in their caps and gowns.
Here is the Our Lady of Fatima Preschool Class of 2009.
Addie is first one on left in front row.
Sarabeth is first one on left in second row.

Addie giving the director a hug.
Sarabeth is the one with the tassel in her face.

Sarabeth with her big brothers.

It's hard to believe that both of these little girls will start kindergarten next fall. Where has the time gone?

Luck, love and laughter,

You can't have too many friends

I love the sentiment on this stamp.

The stamp is a Stampabilities stamp that I got at Hobby Lobby and I colored it with colored pencils. The paper came from my scrap paper stack -- I believe it is from a K & Company paper pad. For embellishments, I used rick rack, paper flowers and buttons. I inked the edges of the sentiment with black ink to give it a little more pop. I really love the way this card turned out.

Luck, love and laughter,


Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Mojo Monday Week 85

I haven't used a Mojo Monday sketch is a while and decided to use this week's sketch for a Mother's Day card for my mother-in-law. I used paper from DCWV The Luxury Stack for the card. I love this paper, it is so elegant looking. But I really have a hard time getting a good picture with the pearlized and metallic finish to the paper. The sketch has a patchwork feel to me and I did a zigzag stitch around the paper pieces. I printed the sentiment out on the computer, cut it out using a nestibilities and inked the edge with tea dye distress ink. To finish it off, I added some self-stick gems and a K & Company sticker.

Hooray.....the sun came out late this afternoon and was a very welcome sight. We have had over 7 inches of rain since May 1........that's a lot of rain!

I'm off the try to get my craft room straightened up and organized a little so I have room to start another sewing project.

Luck, love and laughter,


Inspirational Card Sketches #15

For this week's sketch at Inspirational Card Sketches, I made a Mother's Day card for my oldest daughter, Joy. She is a very busy Mom keeping up with all that Matt, Jesse, Drew and Sarabeth are involved in plus working full time.

Paper from DCWV All Dressed Up Stack, cardstock, flowers, brad, self-stick gems, brackets cut on Cricut, sentiment printed on computer.

I have Robin's card finished but since she regularly checks my blog, I will wait to post it.

We have had a very stormy night and according to TV this morning, lots of street flooding. I hope it's not too bad when I leave for work.

Luck, love and laughter,


Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Just Christmas and Birthday Cards Sketch 30

I used this week's sketch at Just Christmas and Birthday Cards to make this card. For the card I used cardstock and paper from K & Company Wild Rasberry paper pad. The stamps are $1 stamps and I used Copics to color. Finished off with a grosgrain ribbon bow and brads.

I was able to shop at Archivers when we were in Memphis over the weekend and felt like I had died and gone to scrapbooker's heaven. Of course, I spent way too much!

Luck, love and laughter,


Lesli's Blog Candy

Good morning everyone. Lesli at Dragonflytime is giving away some fabulous blog candy in honor of 45,000 hits on her blog. Be sure and check it out here.

Friday, May 1, 2009

Card Sketch a Day and Sewing Projects

Susan has come up with another great sketch for the Friday Friends Challenge at Card Sketch a Day. Here is a card that I made this evening using the sketch.

I don't do circles that much so this sketch is a little out of the box for me. The paper came from a K & Company Brenda Walton Designer Paper Pad. I sponged distress ink on the paper to give an aged look. I have discovered that a foam wedge for applying makeup is a wonderful tool to use for sponging ink onto paper.

I seem to have developed a love affair with the Brenda Walton designer paper and giving paper an aged look with distress ink. Here are three cards that I made using yesterday's Card Sketch a Day sketch and the Brenda Walton paper.

I finished my sewing projects earlier in the week. I had an order from a co-worker to make baby gifts -- a tote bag to be used as a diaper bag, a blanket, and a Tea bear. The family is Chinese and she wanted both the baby's Chinese name and English name embroidered on the tote bag. I embroidered her Chinese name on the blanket and Tea bear.

I got an order for two more tote bags today so will start working on them next week.

We are off to Memphis tomorrow for a surprise birthday party tomorrow night for a cousin. And I have already let Hubby know that I want to check out Archivers on Sunday before we leave to come home.

Everyone have a great weekend.

Luck, love and laughter,