Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Can you tell.....I Love Making Boxes!

I hope you are not getting too tired of seeing boxes.  I'm not tired of making them yet!  I just love using a template that everyone else uses and making it my own with the decorations!  This little box is 3 X 3 and would hold several note cards if you wanted, but this one will hold a handmade ornament for a dear friend! 

Hope your week is getting off to a good start!  Lots of tree trimming going on here today.  And maybe, just maybe a little coloring this afternoon.  You can never tell.  We are getting rain here and the temps are in the 50's.  It doesn't feel much like the Holidays, especially when so many of you are already experiencing the white stuff.  We just get lots of rain, brown and mud here in the winter.  Any snow suddenly becomes an event here!

Gina K Designs Card Stock
Spellbinders Dies
Homemade Flower
Stamen covered in glitter
DP from my stash

Monday, November 29, 2010

Boxes, Boxes, Boxes, Boxes.....Oh My!

I know, I know.....you think I have gone right over the edge....well maybe I have....but I don't think I took anyone with me this time!  We are so downsizing our Holiday gift giving and I thought these little boxes would be a good way to make a tiny thing seem just a little more thoughtful.  I love pretty packages under the tree and my tree colors are Burgundy and mauve with some blues thrown in just because I love blue!  These little boxes will look great under the tree and hopefully they will make someone happy to boot!

This box was made from a design from a blog I found recently and this lady is soooo talented!  ashleynewell.blogspot.com  This lady definitely has it going on!  I'm here to tell you there are so many lovely things to see there.  You must pay her a visit!  I decorated it using (of course) Spellbinders dies and a stamp from JustRite that was colored with Ranger Distress Inks.  These images color up so well and I added a few pearls to the stocking to finish it off! 

What?.....Did I hear you say, "Are you done yet?"  Well maybe not!  I still have a few more boxes up my sleeve so stay tuned over the next couple of days and see what I have to show you!  You better get busy.....the Holidays have begun!  Oh yes, don't forget to breathe!

Monday Morning Again......

I want to share another box with you.....this is an A2 box and you can find the instructions on Splitcoast Stampers.  I layered pieces of Gina K Designs Card stock on top in Burgundy and pink and then cut out the focal piece with a Spellbinders Die and then stamped my image in embossing ink and embossed in gold.  The stamp is a Inkadinkado clear stamp .... "Artistic Holiday".  I just love this angel and plan to use it again embossed in silver.  I added a few packaged roses from Prima and some punched leaves and glittered stamen...a few pearls and it is done. 

I have a couple more boxes to share with you in the coming days and then I need to move onto tags!  Tags, tags, and more tags!  Don't you just love the Holidays?  I'm feeling a little panic stricken just now knowing my time is getting short!  My fingers will be flying for a week or so, but everything has a way of getting done just in the nick of time.

Have a wonderful day and try to take a few minutes just for you!  And most of all.....Remember to Breathe!!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

On to Christmas!.........

Good morning everyone!  I hope you are recovering nicely from your Thanksgiving!  We are beginning to come out of our coma and move on!  The house was overflowing with hungry people and we had a lovely time visiting with them all!  Now it is time for round two to begin.....Let the eating begin!  I just love this time of year!  So much to see and do and many new recipes to try!  I love homemade candy and this is the perfect time for it!

I want to share a couple of ornaments I have made for my tree this year!  I usually try to make one or two each year.  Our tree has very tight branches, so many little ornaments are just the ticket!  I won this JustRite Groovy Snowman Set from Joan's Gardens.  I entered her weekly challenge and this was the gift she sent!
I had borrowed this set, because I love it so much, and now I have my very own!  I stamped onto watercolor paper using Memento Rich cocoa and colored with Ranger distress Inks.  I added some Frosted Lace Stickles for some bling and then glued onto some of the Tim Holtz Idea-ology Fragments charms.  I used Glossy Accents to glue and then cut out around the charm.  I think these are such a cute idea if you need small ornaments or little hangers for gifts.  I will making some to give as little gifts also, you can never have too many little things to give to friends during the Holidays!

I hope you have a great weekend!  Personally, I'm staying home.  No shopping yet....I can't stand the crowds this weekend.  I have time yet.....right?

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

As we  begin this day I want to wish everyone a safe and happy Thanksgiving.  I have so much to be thankful for..... life is good!  I have made so many new friends over the past year of blogging that you are too numerous to count!  I count friends as treasures and there are many of you out there!  I have seen you come to the aid of another blogger who is struggling with cyber gremlins and help her along the way, I've seen you jump to the aid of a fellow blogger who lost a loved one very recently.  Such an outpouring of love  and support!   I can't tell you how glad I am that my life has brought me to this point in my journey and that I was able to meet you all, maybe not in person....but I feel like I know you just the same.  I don't have to mention names, you guys know who you are!  I have been able to have conversations with ladies I consider so very talented and never expected to be heard, let alone acknowledged! 

It is quite amazing how my life took a turn almost a year ago, one that I thought was devastating at the time, and that turn brought me here.  Thanks to my wonderful husband, I have been able to follow my dreams.  I have been on two design teams and worked with some wonderful talent along the way!  I have learned so much from you guys!  I guess I just want to say Thank You for helping me along and giving me an opportunity to "Strut My Stuff".  I have had so much fun ......Who knew an "Ole Broad" could have so many dreams come true in less than a year!   I am truly blessed!

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.....I'll be thinking of you!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Can You Have Too Many Holiday Boxes?

Well ladies, it is Monday.....Again!  It seems like the weeks are just flying by for me!  It's hard to believe it's almost Thanksgiving and then on to Christmas!   We are supposed to have rain on Thanksgiving and then colder weather and maybe a flake or two along the way!  Just the thing to really put me in the Christmas Spirit! 

This morning I want to share with you another little box I made for the coming Holidays!  This little box will hold some little goodies for a special person in my life!  I stamped an image and sentiment from JustRite (Old Fashioned Christmas).  I stamped in Memento Rich Cocoa Ink onto watercolor paper and colored with Ranger Distress Inks.  I used the Spellbinders Dies, Standard circles Large to cut out the image and then I layered it onto a Lattice Pendant also cut out of watercolor paper.  I distressed the edges of the pendant with Distress Ink  (Vintage Photo).  Then I added the flowers which are some more of the ones I made a little while back.  I used a punch to make the leaves and twigs and put glitter on these and also on the stamen.  A few little pearls were added to the stocking and this is ready to go!  The box was made with Gina K Designs Pure Luxury Heavy Card Stock.  I just love that stuff!  It has such a good bulk about it and is wonderful for making boxes! 

So there you have it!  I hope you enjoy this.  I have several more to make before the Holidays and I will share them when I can!  Have a wonderful week and be sure to take a little time just for you.  (Breathe!)

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Christmas Card Number....?

At this point, I have forgotten how many Holiday cards I have made and how many I need.  So today, I'm going to recheck my list and then check my box and figure out how many more I need to make! 

This little cutie was stamped off and sent to me by a good friend.  She was stamped onto watercolor paper.  I colored with Ranger Distress Inks and then used  Spellbinders Labels Ten to cut her out.  My base card is also the Labels Ten positioned over a folded piece of watercolor paper and cut out; then I cut another Labels 10 to cover the fold in the base card.  This way you get the full effect of the shape on your card. 
I have started using chalk on the faces(cheeks) instead of more inks and the chalk blends so much better.  I also used some gray chalk to add shadows around my image.  The little rose is one of mine with a little glitter added.  I also added glitter to the stamen and the punched out limbs to continue on with the glitter theme.  Some young girl would love this......or some older girl would too....LOL

I hope you are off to a good weekend.  I've got to continue with my cleaning.  I've been doing some deep cleaning to get ready for the Holidays.  Our kids and grand kids will be here for Thanksgiving and then I try and get our Christmas tree up next weekend.  I actually have a plan this year and I'm hoping to be able to check off my list one thing at a time.  I was so tired yesterday, I fell asleep around 7 last night and I guess that explains why I'm up at 2:30 AM making coffee and getting ready for the day.  Nothing like having your days and nights mixed up! 

Have a great day and try to keep a little for yourself and remember to Breathe!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Holiday Ornament......

First things first.....I need to apologize for the shadows on my picture.  I'm am by no means a photographer and some days, depending on the time of day I take photos, I just can't make it work.  Today is one of those days!  One of these days I'm going to have a light box!  Probably won't help, but I've been told it will!

I need to give credit where credit is due on this ornament.  Jerri Jimenez jerrikay.blogs.splitcoaststampers.com has inspired me to do this one.  Go check her out.  She is so talented and I by no means think I'm in her league but I loved her idea and decided to try this.  She did such an intricate design on her tags.....it's truly amazing.  Well I was just playing around with her idea and this was my take on her design.    If only I were talented enough to copy her design!  This lady is the standard, we should try to achieve! 

I've been so busy lately making ornaments, and tags, and cards...Oh My!  My fingers are cramping just thinking about all I want to do before the Holidays.  I will post more pictures of other projects soon!

Monday, November 15, 2010

White and Gold........

Good Monday morning everyone!  I hope you had a wonderful weekend!   I'm on my second cup of coffee and beginning to feel like I can face the day! 

I have another card to share with you this morning.  I will be entering this in Joan's Gardens Challenge # 23.
Here is the link for Joan's Blog and you can get more details there.  joanscreations.blogspot.com  Joan has a shop there and carries some really lovely things.  She is easy to deal with and ships quickly.....definitely a class act. 

The Challenge calls for the following:

1. Create a Window card (Create an opening on the front of the card to see the image stamped inside.)
2. Use Christmas Ornament - or something similar
3. Some thing Gold
4. Something fuzzy

I created my window with Spellbinders Dies and several layers.  I used a Cuttlebug embossing folder on one of the layers, and edged my window with Krylon 18K Gold Leafing Pen.  My ornament was stamped on the inside of the card so it would show through the window.  The stamp is from Flourishes but for the life of me I cannot remember the name of the set.  I embossed the pine cone with Ranger Gold embossing powder.  For the something fuzzy I used some gold thread on the edge of the card.  Pretty clean and simple and I just love the clean look!  I think I covered all the bases for this challenge.  I hope you enjoy it!

Watercolor Paper
Spellbinders dies
Krylon 18K Gold Leafing Pen
Flourishes Stamps
Ranger Gold Embossing Powder
Cuttlebug Embossing Folder
Gold String

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Holiday Box......

Hello everyone!  I hope your day is getting off to a good start.  Before I continue with my Suzi Homemaker chores, I just want to share a little box I finished.  It can hold many things from 3 X 3 note cards to a little treasure for someone special.  Lately this is all I want to do. (Make boxes)  For some reason MOJO is tip-toeing toward the door, asking to be let out.....and I'm refusing to let her go.  So I just sit here and make boxes and do a little coloring here and there.    I find that I'm whining a lot, so please forgive me if I don't sound enthusiastic.

Hope you enjoy the box!


Gina K Designs Card stock
Spellbinders Dies
JustRite Stamps
Ranger Distress Inks
Martha Stewart Punch
Gold Braid and Green Ribbon from my Stash
Ranger Stickles

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Don't You Just Hate A Tease!

Well, I've been working on a project, but it is a deep dark secret!  I may be able to share with you after Christmas...I also have been working on some Christmas goodies, but nothing is finished!  I can't seem to get my head on straight and finish anything, so I have been coloring, pasting, cutting, groaning .....(A lot) and fidgeting here and there!  So I have absolutely nothing new to show you today.  But I do want to say, that I keep trying and will be back soon with something new.

It is only Tuesday and I have already had two repairmen at our house.  Seems like everything we own is broke or breaking and winter is coming.....so.....I have to deal with these guys.  I should have two more days of these guys coming and going and then hopefully, I can get my mind on what I want it to be on once again.

Have a great day and remember.....Breathe!!!

Monday, November 8, 2010

My Joy.......

Here is my Joy!  This is Spencer, my Grandson....He is the light of my life.  He will be 13 in February and is such a good kid!  He is now an inch or two taller than me and loves football.  He says he wants to play ball professionally or be an engineer.  He says he can do both....I think he can!  He spent the day with me while he was on Fall break from school and I got to really enjoy him.    I love spending time with  him whenever I can!  Nothing like a Grandson to melt your heart.....even if he is taller than me! 

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Little Box...

Today is my birthday so my post will be a short one.  I'm going to do just what I want today and that will probably include lots of crafting and maybe I can share with you later.

I just want to quickly share a little box I made to hold the Christmas Ornament that I gave to my friend for her Birthday!

This little box is one you can find directions for anywhere on the Internet you look.  It holds 3 X3 cards and also lots of other goodies.  You can find really good directions on Splitcoast Stampers on the resource page.  I used ribbon , lace and DP from my stash and covered it.   A few strips of ribbon, a Prima Rose and the large flower is one I made myself that I think looks like a Prima Camelot Rose.  I colored it with Distress Inks and Stickles on the edges and added some stamen for a little more "pretty" and tucked the ornament inside and you have an instant Birthday gift for a friend.

Have a wonderful Sunday.....tomorrow is Monday again.....Sorry!

Card Stock from my Stash
DP from my Stash
Ribbon  (Stash)
Lace (Stash)
Homemade Flower
Prima Rose

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Another Christmas Tag.....

Hello everyone, it is finally Saturday!  I hope your weekend is getting off to a good start.  Mine is going well.  It turned cold here so I'm not doing much outside. The wind is whipping outside and my wind chimes are just going to town.  It makes you feel warm and toasty inside.  The mountains had over 7" of snow at 6PM yesterday.  I just seem to shiver when I go out, so I'm hanging out inside these few days.  I've been coloring some more and I hope you enjoy this little Tilda.  She will make a wonderful tag for a gift or bag  or she could even be used for an ornament.  I just love the pink in her gown.  This little lovely was given to a friend that I used to work with.  We celebrate our birthdays close together and we had lunch yesterday to celebrate.  I gave her this little cutie tucked into a box that I will show you tomorrow.    I hope she enjoys her new home.  My friend seemed very pleased with her...

Now go and enjoy your weekend.....and remember to breathe!


Magnolia Stamp
Watercolor Paper
Ranger Distress Inks
Spellbinders Dies (No surprise here)
Dental Floss...unused...he.he
Crystal Stickles

Friday, November 5, 2010

Christmas Ornament....

Many years ago, when I used to do Parchment Craft, I had a lot of stencils that I used to do dry embossing onto papers.  Marianne Stencils had some of the most beautiful designs way back then.  Well today they are still around and have jumped on the band wagon like many other companies, and are now doing Dies!  Well, they are doing some beautiful designs.  I have had the opportunity to purchase one of their dies and I just love it.  The one I am using today reminds me of a doily. 

This little guy is from JustRite and is one of their 3 1/4 stamps.  I stamped it off and scanned in into my computer and resized so it would fit this little die. I used a Spellbinders Die to cut out the image; I have to use Spellbinders on every project I do.  I just love those dies.   I colored with Ranger Distress inks and then used Utee to add several layers of shine to him.  I adhered him to the doily die cut and tied dental floss onto the doily as a hanger.  I was so impressed with how this turned out!  I know it sounds like a lot of work, all that stamping and scanning and resizing, but I just love this image and this is what I envisioned using it, so all that work was well worth it I think. 

This little guy has already found a new home.  My hairdresser is  now in possession of him and he will be on her tree this year.

JustRite Stamps
Spellbinders dies
Marianne Design Creatables
Ranger Distress Inks
Gina K Designs card stock
Dental Floss

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Another Tilda.....

As you can see I'm really having so much fun with my Magnolia Stamps!  I've been wiping off the dust and using these little images to practice my coloring with Distress Inks.  This little Tilda with a puppy is one of my favorites.   Heck they are all my favorites.....They are great for Distress Ink coloring.

I am entering this card in the Mojo Monday Contest #163.  mojomonday.blogspot.com  and the weekly Challenge at Joan's Gardens joanscreations.blogspot.com  Joan's Challenge this week calls for:

A character ( preferably Magnolia or Sarah Kay)
Some thing that sparkles
Nestie by Spellbinders - New if you have one

I covered all the bases on this one and my little shade pull has crystal stickles on the bell.
I seem to be doing a little better with the shading when I color.  I have a long way to go to get anywhere close to perfection, but I keep trying.  I left the inside of the card blank so she can be used from many occasions.

Magnolia Stamp
Spellbinders Dies (what else)
Gina K Designs Pure Luxury Card Stock
DP from my Stash
Ribbon from my Stash
Crystal Stickles
Ranger Distress Inks