Saturday, December 31, 2011

Just a Quick Post.....

Good morning everyone.  I've been a little lax in posting since Wednesday.  I've really been productive in my craft room, just nothing I can post yet.  This morning I wanted to share my door card I made for Heartfelt Creations.  I made this card a couple of weeks ago and just neglected to share it until now.

So what do you have going on today?  It's New Year's Eve, you know!  As for us, there will be no parties just a quiet dinner and to bed early.   That's what old folks do you know!  We have found the New Year comes along whether we are awake or asleep.  I'm just saying.....

Well that is all I have this morning.  I'm going to start looking at taking out some of the holiday decorations and then early next week, I will take down the tree.  I love decorating, but hate packing and sacking and putting away!  So until next year.....have a safe weekend!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

What's on Your Workdesk? Wednesday #134....

Happy Wednesday everyone!  Now if you are wondering what in the world I'm doing here showing you a picture of my desk.....Well it's Julia's fault!  She created this monster and I'm totally addicted!  Every Wednesday bloggers all over the world take a picture of what they have going on and post to Julia's blog and then we can visit each other's blog and see what is happening all over the world.  There are card makers, painters, altered artists.....whatever you do as a craft is fine.  Just show us what you are doing. 

As you can see I've been coloring images.  I love using the distress re-inkers and brushes to color and shade in images.  I'm always on the look out for images that work well with this technique.  And I'm always looking for tutorials for this too.  I'm not an accomplished artist and I am a visual learner so I love to see the cards posted by those who use this technique.  I have some Copic markers, but I just never took to them.  I can blend colors so much better with the distress inks.  I guess you could say they are my "Thing".

Well that is about it for me this morning!  I'm off to Julia's blog to visit every one's entry.  Look out bloggers, here I come!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Thank You....

I wanted to share this photo with you of Abby in the foreground and Maggie with her back turned.   They are so sound asleep they didn't even notice I was taking pictures!  This was taken on Christmas night after there had been two rounds of guests, greetings, food, presents, and boys!  They were tuckered out.  Someone had laid a pillow on the floor in front of the sofa and Maggie quickly went to sleep; Abby just dropped and rolled...they usually are never this close.....ever.  Notice, ears are up....radar's on; but it just isn't registering with them.  So funny!

I also want to take an opportunity to say thank you, to all my followers and visitors.    Thanks for being there when my MoJo slips out the door, thank you for always leaving comments for my efforts and an extra big thank you for just being you!  None of the above slips by me.  I love all your comments and love to visit your blogs and see what you are doing.  As we move into the coming year I hope nothing changes and that we are all still right here where we belong!  I can't wait to see what your creativity does next!

Monday, December 26, 2011

Some of my Favorites......

Good morning we race toward the New Year, it is hard for me to believe that 2011 is almost over and 2012 is just a heart beat away!  This morning as I'm feeling a little sluggish and in desperate need of some quiet time, I want to share some of my favorite cards that I made in 2011.
So get you another cup of coffee and sit down and lets take a little walk down memory lane.....

As you can see my favorites just go on and on!  I really enjoyed making my Christmas cards this year but then being sick right in the middle of everything just sort of crimped my style. 

Well I've shown you mine, now show me yours!  Pick out your favorites for 2011 and show off a little.  It's always nice to strut your stuff a little and what better time than now!  Just show what you have done and then go take a nap!

That's it for me this morning.....I hope you have a great day and remember to "Breathe"!!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Heartfelt Creations Wednesday....

Good morning everyone!    This morning I want to share another card I made for Heartfelt Creations using some of the stamps from the Limited Edition section of the Heartfelt Creations site.  These stamps will only be available until December 31, so if there are some you have had your eye on, now is the time to purchase them.  I used HCPC 2294 Aztec Gold Sunflowers 1 PreCut Set, HCPC 2293 Aztec Gold Sunflowers 2 PreCut Set and HCPC 2252 Stem and Leaves PreCut Set.  I even found some coordinating paper in my stash, how's that for luck?  If you would like all the specifics on my card, just head on over to the Heartfelt Creations blog and you can find all the instructions there.  Take a moment and look around while you are there.  The other design team members will be showing some of their creations too.  If you would like to visit the design team members individual blogs you can do that by clicking on their names on the side of my blog.  Go have a look around and leave a comment.  We all look forward to hearing from you!

I know this is short and sweet this morning, but I must run and get's not a good day to be found sleeping on the job.  There is so much to be done before the big day!  This will be my last post before the holiday.  I will be back next Wednesday with another project for Heartfelt Creations. 

So....From Our House to Yours.....Merry Christmas!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

My Tag to Share.....

Good Thursday morning everyone!  I'm still scurrying around trying to be ready for Christmas, how about you?  Good luck! 

This morning I want to share a tag I made for Heartfelt Creations a couple of weeks ago and I don't think I had time to share it with you!   The Heartfelt Creations products used on this one were: 

HCPC 3436 Rye Grass Flourish PreCut Set
HCPC 3435 Feather Grass Flourish PreCut Set
HCD 716 Layered Elegant Swirl Die
HCPC 3406 Botanical Floral 2 PreCut Set
HCPC 3407 Botanical Floral 2 PreCut Set

Other Supplies: Canson watercolor paper, clear embossing powder,white embossing powder, card stock Ranger Distress Inks, Glimmer Mist, Pearl Ex spray, Spellbinders Labels Four die and Foliage die, hot glue gun,Instructions: Cut out the Layered Elegant Swirl die on watercolor paper to make the tag. Stamp Swirls on the tag and emboss using the clear embossing powder. Stamp the Love Sentiment onto another piece of watercolor paper, cut it out with the labels die and while still in the die I sponged on distress inks to add color and then sprayed with shimmer sprays until I achieved the look I wanted. I did the tag at this time also. Next I stamped and embossed the rose petals with white embossing powder. I shaped the petals and used the hot glue gun to form the flowers. Next I cut out pieces of green card stock and colored the edges with distress ink and sprayed them with shimmer sprays also. Once dry I placed the flowers and leaves onto the tag and glued down with hot glue. The last thing I added was the Love Tag and I put it on an angle. Your tag is ready to tuck down into a gift for Holiday giving! 

Well that about does it for me this morning.  I'm going to bake cookies this morning and make fudge this afternoon!  I hope you have a great day and I know you are crazy busy, but take a moment and "Breathe"

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Welcome to another Heartfelt Creations Wednesday...

Good morning everyone!  It is Wednesday and time to share another Heartfelt Creations card that I made.  I just love working with flowers and this pansy is so beautiful and a joy to work with.  The two sets of stamps I worked with on this card are from the LIMITED EDITION section and all will be discontinued December 31, so if you would like to have these you need to hurry and get your order in.  The stamp sets I used on this card are:  HCPC 2254 Leafy Swirls PreCut Set and HCPC 2274 Graceful Pansy 2 PreCut Set.

My card is clean and simple and I let the flower make the statement.  If you would like to get all the specifics on this card and several other projects created by the design team, go on over to the Heartfelt Creations Blog and check it out!  The design team has created some beautiful projects just for your delight and I am sure you will be delighted when you see all the beauty!  If you would like to visit the individual blogs of the design team, just click on their names in the side panel of this blog and it will take you to their blogs.  Leave them a comment; we all love hearing what you think of our creations.

And now, a little reminder about a wonderful giveaway you will not want to miss out on!

Heartfelt Creations Christmas Gift Certificate GiveAway: As a thank you to all our loyal HC customers, Heartfelt Creations will be giving away 50 - $50 Dollar Gift Certificates on December 21st at 9PM EST. On December 21st we will be providing you with the direct link to the giveaway page on our blog, Facebook and email. Once the page goes live you submit your information and a $50 gift certificate will automatically be emailed. Once the 50 gift certificate limit has been reached it will be indicated on the page. Mark your calenders and make sure you are available at that time, they will be snatched up quickly!

Well that is about it for me today.  I hope you have a great day and a wonderful rest of the week.  I know everyone is super busy trying to get ready for Christmas, so don't forget to "Breathe"!

Monday, December 12, 2011

Wonder of the season...

Good morning everyone!  I hope you are planning a wonderful day.  As for me, I'm planning to try and finish my Christmas cards and get them all ready to go.  I only have a few to mail and most of them are already on their way!  My card to share this morning is CAS and it is for one of my grandsons.  I just love the image and I colored him with Ranger Distress Ink Refills.  A pretty piece of paper, a sweet sentiment, a cute colored image and this card is out the door!  No frills, no bows, no extras...just clean and simple!

I plan to enter this card in the challenge at Joan's Gardens.  Joan has a shop and sells so many wonderful items.  She stays very current on all the "Must Haves" you can think of!  Why don't you go on over and check her out!  I'm sure you will find something you just can't live without!

Well ladies, that about does it for me this morning.  I'm off for my next cup of coffee and then I plan to browse all the blogs and see what you have been doing.  Have a great day and do remember to "Breathe"!!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Another Christmas Card....

Good morning everyone!  Happy weekend!  This morning I'm here to share another Christmas card with you.  I'm on a roll and hoping to finish soon!  Having been sick for two weeks really put me  behind and so I'm really looking for quick and easy cards to finish up my list!  This cute little Mo Manning digital picture is one of my favorites.  I printed her onto watercolor paper and colored with the Distress Inks.  I used a spellbinders die to cut her out and then traced around the same die and used scissors to cut out a mat for this image.  Next I found some sparkly paper as a background, cut some beautiful corners and there you have it.  The corners are a Marianne die that I just love.  I think they make an elegant statement.  I will be entering this in the challenge at Joan's Gardens

What do you have planned for the day?  Do you still have shopping to do?  If you do just be careful out there and for goodness sake, take a moment and "Breathe"!   As for me there will be no shopping today.  I can't stand the crowds and the crazy traffic.  I will wait for another weekday to do my shopping.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Challenge at Joan's Gardens....

Hello everyone!  Today I'm sharing a quick and easy Christmas card I have made.  I'm entering it in the challenge over at Joan's Gardens.  The instructions for this weeks challenge were to make a Christmas Card and anything goes.  Well that opens the door for all sorts of beauty.  Why don't you go on over to Joan's and check it out! 

This little beauty was stamped onto watercolor paper and colored with Ranger Distress Inks.  I used Spellbinders dies to set up the image and some pretty paper to layer behind the image.  The little dew drops are really red in real life, but the way the light caught them they almost look orange.  Sorry about that; some more of my photography skills! 

Well I hope you are well underway with the cards you are making this year.  I am almost finished; just waiting on a couple of things coming in the mail and I can finish!

Have a great day and we will talk again soon!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Welcome to Heartfelt Creations Wednesday.....Christmas Blog Hop with Scrap Mart

Good morning everyone!  This morning we are doing something a little different...Heartfelt Creations is having a joint Christmas blog hop with Scrap Mart (This is the link for their blog).  You can go to Scrap Mart and follow along.  Heartfelt Creations will be giving away a $25 gift certificate and all you have to do is go to the Heartfelt Creations blog and leave a comment.  Who couldn't use a $25 gift certificate this time of year!

There will be lots of beautiful Christmas projects on the Heartfelt Creations blog for you to check out, so be sure and go over and leave a comment and have a look around.  My card will be there and you can get the low down on the supplies used and the instructions for making it.  Take a moment and look around and then leave your comment.  Good luck!

During the month of December Heartfelt Creations will not be releasing any new stamps.  New stamp releases will resume in January.  For December Heartfelt Creations will be featuring projects made with stamps from the Limited Edition Section...these stamps are only going to be available until December 31, 2011.  So if there are some you have been wanting, now is the time to purchase them.

That's it for me this morning...I'm off to the blog and check out all the creations submitted by the design team.  Have a great day!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Tuesday Morning......

Good morning bloggers!  This morning I have another Christmas card to share that I made for someone in my family.  I just love this little image.  I colored this with Ranger Distress Inks; made a frame using Spellbinders Labels Twenty Two dies.  Some pretty paper, a little bit of lace and some ribbon and it  is out the door!  Pretty easy and not too bulky to mail. 

What are your plans for the day?  Lots of housework going on here, trying to catch up from where I was sick for so long.  I'm two weeks behind and have had to re-think some of the projects I wanted to do for gifts.  One of these days, I will actually be ready before the holidays hit full force!  Maybe next year!

That's it for me this morning...have a wonderful Tuesday and I hope you find a little time just for you.  Remember to "Breathe"!

Monday, December 5, 2011

Tag For Challenge at Joan's Gardens....

Good afternoon!  Well after another two days without Internet service, I'm back again.  It was on their end this time, but still a pain!  I've been on my knees for two days switching cables and checking boxes just to be told in the end they were sorry, it was their problem, not mine!  Now granted being down on your knees can have some benefits.....but only if you are praying.  I'm afraid I was not!  I was muttering under my breath, almost swearing and grunting and groaning and wondering if it is worth it!  Well we are back online again and I must say I am so HAPPY!  Enough already!

This afternoon I want to share a tag I made to enter the Challenge at Joan's Gardens.  This is a Heartfelt Creations die and I just love it!  If you are really interested the number is HCD 716 Layered Elegant Swirl Die.  I also used a Cuttlebug Folder to emboss and make the card stock look like a door.  Then some glittery paper and a punch for the leaves to make the wreath.  I hope you enjoy this.  See I was productive while my Internet was down! 

And today I had to take a moment and Breathe....hope you did too!

Have a great evening and I will be back in the morning with some more of the goodies I've been working on.  

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Golden Roses....

Good morning everyone!  If you are wondering where I have been trying to get through the fog of an upper respiratory infection...I'm on the 9th day and I might just be coming around.  I have laid on the sofa all these days and totally neglected my blog.  I'm so sorry but I just didn't have it in me to sit here and communicate.  Also right in the middle of everything my Internet service went down and I had to muddle through the "try this" stuff to finally figure out my modem was shot!  So here I am with a new outlook on life, new modem, blinking happily on my desk, and ready to visit once again.  I didn't realize how much I depend on the Internet these days.  It is my window to the world and I felt stripped without it.

My card today is one I made for Heartfelt Creations a week ago and I'm just now sharing it with you. 

The Heartfelt Creations Products Used: HCD 716 Layered Elegant Swirl Die, HCPC 3406 Botanical Floral 1 PreCut Set, HCPC 3407 Botanical Floral 2 PreCut Set, HCPC 3405 Leaf Medley PreCut Set.

My Card is 5" X 7"   I made the card base out of watercolor paper and then cut piece of watercolor paper and ran through the Cuttlebug embossing folder.  Attach to the card.  I cut the the die to create a circle and then used a Spellbinders Standard Circle die to create the gold piece to go behind the circle medallion.  I stamped and embossed the rose petals and then shaped them and formed into the roses.  If you dampen the paper just a little it allows you to curl the edges and make the flower look like it is real.  I stamped the leaves and cut out and placed them around the roses to create a sort of spray.  And of course I used shimmer sprays to spray everything and give a gold shine. 

This card could be used for many different occasions and I love how it turned out.  If you would like any of these stamps you can go to the Heartfelt Creations Website and have a look around.  I know you will find something you just can't live without.  Their stamps are a quality product and you will not be disappointed! 

Well that is about it for me this morning...I'm going back and rest a little more.  Have a wonderful day and if you are able to....."Breathe"!