Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Workin' on a wedding....

Do not fret people - I am still here....I'm just up to my eyeballs in this:
what is this mess? Above you see a portion of 220 wedding invites that I'm working on. So, no, I'm not just sitting around nursing the baby and eating bon-bons....I'm GLITTERING myself silly!
All of these invites get hand glittered with a two way glue pen and Dazzling Diamonds. That is just on the INSIDE!!! The pockets were dry embossed, and the outside was glittered with black glitter - heat embossed. Believe it or not, the hand glittering takes less time than heat embossing the glitter on the outside.

They will really be stunning when complete, and I'll be sure to post a pic when done. (hopefully before Friday!) After that, I've got baby announcements to work on, and thank you notes too. Then, it's killing me to work on something else!!! I'll be back - stick with me!!!

Sunday, April 18, 2010

It's coming up daisies!

Okay - all of a sudden I have found much interest in my Upsy Daisy set. I don't know why I didn't just love this set before....but it's begun to earn more ink time here recently. Maybe because it's finally spring and the daisies are taking over my flower bed. They are multiplying where they shouldn't be - I'm gonna have to dig a bunch up and either get rid of them or find a spot to put the meantime - until mine actually bloom, I'll admire these:
I really like the look of the Whisper White ink on the Kraft cardstock. And here I simply edged one side of them with a Rose Red marker to give them a little "pop". Because the stems didn't go to the edge of the Kraft piece, I covered it with my ribbon and a coordinating button. Clever - right? The pattern paper is from the often used Sweet Pea paper pack. If you don't have this paper yet - you better get your hands on some. You've got 11 days to get some ordered and then it's gone!!!! This paper pack is a great deal. For a little over the cost of 2 packs of DSP, you get the amount of FOUR packs of DSP!!! Plus, all of the paper is SUPER cute.
See how that little bit of marker work adds so much?

I broke out my Pink Pirouette stamp pad to stamp the label from Vintage Labels, and Rose Red to stamp the sentiment.

Now, this one is essentially the same card, but I changed up the ribbon/sentiment portion. You may remember a very similar card from this post. I used one less layer of DSP on this card. And got to thinking that it really needed some extra color, hence the Old Olive ribbon and label color.

Well folks - that's all for today. I'm sure the little ones will be awake soon and the two older ones are going to beg me to take them to the tractor for rides. The corn planting has finally begun! We'll be praying for 7 days of really nice weather, and no breakdowns and hopefully all of the corn can get in the ground then!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

I'm back....

...with some new material....
My intentions were to have a bunch of blog posts ready for when I was in the hospital. BUT....since I didn't even come home after my last dr. appt, and just went and delivered a baby instead, that didn't get done. So, here is a card I made last week that I absolutely love!
I don't quite remember how the idea for this one came to me...but I think it's awesome if I do say so myself. Since dandelions will soon be "in season", I decided to make some pretty dandelions. Do you remember when you were little, blowing the dandelion seeds and making a wish? I think the sentiment on this one just conjers up some great childhood memories - probably for lots of people.
This card was super simple to make - in fact I made several at once, and even in different colors. All I did was stamp the dandelion (from Good Friend - combining 2 different stamps), then used a little Crystal Effects on the "pods"? and sprinkled with glitter. Here I used Taken w/ Teal. And, all of the ink on the card is Taken with Teal - which is soon to retire. Better get your little mitts on it while you still can! The card base is Baja Breeze (yeah for it's upcoming comeback!!!) Don't the colors mix well together?? I'm stocking up on Taken w/ Teal just for this reason - because I LOVE it!

Alrighty peeps....I better tend to my newest little stamper. I know Aubrie just can't wait to get her little fingers all inky with me. She's already helped me make banana bread....I hope she'll be a chickie after my own liking!
Let me know - did you ever wish on a dandelion? Oh, and what do you think of my card????

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Our little Aubrie!

I think Andy is glad to have a little girl to spoil! She's super tiny in his arms!
Oh, heck, she's so tiny in MY arms!!! My boys were a good pound to a pound and a half bigger. Andy compares that to quarter pounders - it's like 4 -6 of them....he's got a way with perspective!

Just an hour old. She's a good little girl - we love her!

Saturday, April 10, 2010

It's a GIRL!!!!

Aubrie Mae joined our family on Friday, April 9th at 7:46pm. She was an easy delivery, and has been super good ever since! She weighed a mere 6 lbs, 13 oz, and was 20 3/4 inches long. Compared to her brothers...she's tiny! Will post more later!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Here they are.....

I just love the new color collections. Before the Bold Brights were SO BOLD, and Soft Subtles were VERY SUBTLE.....these are much more to my liking.....don't you love them???

Edited to add - sorry for the fuzzy pic - if you click it, you'll get something a little more clear....

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Introducing...Color Renovation!!!

It's time for change and change is good!!! Stampin' Up! announced today that they are revamping their color families - which will now be referred to as color collections. What does this mean? Well, in short, they will be retiring 30 of the current colors - yes, that's right - 30 of them. Now, now, don't fall over in your seat! They are also bringing back 10 of YOUR favorite In Colors from the past as core colors. (including Baja Breeze!!!!! and Wild Wasabi!!!!!) They are also adding 5 new core colors that are very cool! There will be four core color collections - Neutrals, Brights, Regals, and Subtles. Don't worry folks - I know, I know - no more Earth Elements - by far my all time most used color family! Most of these colors have been relocated into the other collections. We still get to keep Old Olive, Choc. Chip, Pumpkin Pie, Not Quite Navy!!! (those are the ones I was really worried about, and relieved to see made the cut!) So, now we'll have 4 color collections with 10 colors in each collection.
What about the In Colors??? Well, get this: The In Colors will now be 5 colors that stick around for 2 - yep - TWO years. However, every year they will introduce 5 new In Colors. So at one time, we will have 10 In Colors. I really like this idea. I'm never happy to see the In Colors go, but at the same time, I'm glad when there are new colors to play with.
What does this mean for you? If there are retiring colors that you can't live without, you will want to get your little hands on some of those ink pads, paper, etc before July 1. What colors are retiring? Here you have it:

Almost Amethyst, Apricot Appeal, Ballet Blue, Barely Banana, Blush Blossom, Bordering Blue, Brilliant Blue, Brocade Blue, Cameo Coral, Close to Cocoa, Creamy Caramel, Gable Green, Glorious Green, Going Gray, Green Galore, Handsome Hunter, Lavendar Lace, Lovely Lilac, Mellow Moss, Only Orange, Orchid Opulence, Pale Plum, Pink Passion, Pixie Pink, Really Rust, Ruby Red, Sage Shadow, Summer Sun, Taken w/ Teal :(, Yoyo Yellow.

If you want to order some of these colors before they are gone - either shoot me an email, or go to my website, and click on the Shop Now button in the top right corner.

And, are you curious as to what colors are making a comeback???

Pink Pirouette, Melon Mambo, Rich Razzleberry, Pacific Point, Baja Breeze!, Wild Wasabi, River Rock, Tangerine Tango, Riding Hood Red, Soft Suede
Yes, this means that there will be Watercolor Crayons and Markers and pencils (oh my!) in these favorite colors!!

And just to pique your interest, the names of the new colors are:
Marina Mist, Daffodil Delight, Cajun Craze, Cherry Cobbler, and Early Espresso!!!!

FYI - Kraft Cardstock (yeah, still my fave neutral) will now be referred to as Crumb Cake and will have coordinating ink!!! But don't be surprised if I still call it Kraft! Crumb Cake will just make me hungry 24-7!

I am so excited to get to play with the brand new colors we have coming out, I can barely stand myself. And even more so, I can't wait to get out some of my favorite old In Colors!!! I've been hoarding EVERY LAST PIECE of BAJA BREEZE - and now there will be more for me to play with!!!

Hip, Hip HOORAY!!!!!