Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Don't send the search party out just yet!

I'm okay. I haven't been seriously injured, although I do have this little problem with my face right now, that's not holding me up from blogging. I really don't have a decent excuse, I've just been stinking busy. You know how it is. The weather turns warmer, and I want to enjoy it too. And that brings about a vegetable garden that needs planted and cared for, oh, and those pots of flowers that my husband says we don't really need. Yet, EVERY single year he makes the same comment about how glad he is that I planted some pots of flowers, it sure does add a lot to the surroundings. Oh, and there are the two boys of mine that require the majority of my attention. Well, and now that spring is here, you know, that means the Andy is in the fields a lot trying to grow some crops. Which means, once again, I've become a farm widow. But it's not like I haven't been stamping, and it's not like I think my work doesn't deserve any attention. I just can't get those darn pictures to upload and blog themselves. So, lucky you - here's a rundown of what I've made lately......

This fancy card, well, yeah, you guessed it, it's a Mother's Day card. I gave it to my mom, and made two of them, one for me to keep, and have apparently lost that one, because I have torn my house apart and can not find the darn thing!!! Anyway, I think it's pretty cool. I got the flower "o" idea from another blog, and for the life of me I can't remember where or I'd give that person the credit that she deserves. I just love how this turned out. Way too cool. I think it's Gojus, don't you? Here's another angle so you can see a bit better.

For the boo-tiful card, I used Certainly Celery as my base, stamped the "m" on Very Vanilla using Rose Red. Then I layered that on a piece of Soft Sky. Used Rose Red eyelets to embellish the corner, and also my photo corners punch and punched Soft Sky and Rose Red and layered those for further embellishments on the opposite corners. To create the flower, I used Soft Sky Double Stitched ribbon, and made 7 small loops and attached them together using Mini Glue Dots. I then attached that to a Rose Red button, again using glue dots. Oh yeah - I stamped the flower image in VersaMark on the Certainly Celery. The stamp set is a retired hostess set I believe. I don't have it labeled as the label got thrown away on accident. The card was really quite simple to put together and just so stunning if I do say so myself.....

These nifty monogram note cards are the gift that I made my mom for her special day. I use the Afternoon Tea Designer Series paper and went with it. Colors are Chocolate Chip, Wild Wasabi, and Groovy Guava for the most part. The only stamped image is the "n". The rest is simply paper. I love them.

This is our Stamp Club creation - I need to work with my markers a little more. Maybe my two year old can instruct me on how to use them a little better. I wish I would have went with my Watercolor Crayons, because I do love them. But, I want to play with my markers more to see what I can do with them. I'd like to know more about these Copic Markers that I keep hearing about - I wonder what all of the rage is about. I like what I see people have done with them, so if you know the scoop, fill me in please!

Here is another Stamp Club project - we focused on the On Board items, since that is Stampin' Up's! big special this month. And special it is - I love working with the chipboard. It's so cool.

This card is done with a Sahara Sand base, and I used Blue Bayou and Close to Cocoa DS paper, and one piece of chipboard from On Board Accents. Stamps sets were All Holidays (Happy Fathers Day), Sporting (#1) and Amazing to Zany (you're). I drug the edges of the chipboard across my Close to Cocoa ink pad, then sponged more ink along the edges. Stamped the you're #1 in CtC, threaded it with a piece of (retired) 1/4" Choc. Chip grosgrain ribbon, voila - cool embellishment. And super simple to boot! Happy Fathers Day is stamped in Blue Bayou on Confetti White, then layered on textured Blue Bayou.

Last card we did was this one: I LOVE this one - love the colors, the layout, the star, the ribbon. Ahhh *swooning over self*!

This was quite simple. Covered Chipboard piece with a glue stick, pressed Jersey Shore DS paper on top, rubbed on a star from Anchored rub ons. Attached a strip of JS DS paper to bottom of Soft Sky base, slapped on a piece of pumpkin pie striped grosgrain, stamped my sentiment (from In the Stars set) Attached my star and off I went!!!

And, yes, I am slightly weird - I had to post my new friend, Mr. Rosebreasted Grosbeak. The Mrs. showed up too, but I wasn't able to photograph her. Every year we get a Rosebreasted Grosbeak at our feeder, but this isn't the same one as last year. I'm hoping that we'll get some more now. This guys seems younger, he's not as chunky as the one we had last year, and his chest marking is different. (yeah, I am really weird since I can recall what last years Grosbeak looked like!) Last year my Grosbeak didn't have that little stripe down his chest, it was all filled in red. I'm sure this guy is just a juvenile, and probably a newlywed at that!