Saturday, September 17, 2011

School Days!

Our weekly Saturday Paper a la Mode Challenge over at The Outlawz is to make a project with some sort of back to school theme. I opted for a bit of a CAS style this week. I made a little folded fan pinwheel and used an apple digi for the center. I also used a school paper digi for the background. Both of the digis are from The Stamping Boutique. I inserted the digi into powerpoint, then added text in a font that looked something like what a kid in school would write like. I like the rainbow colors against a black background - makes them pop - and I guess it looks a little bit like a blackboard in school.

It was a long week this week. Today I am being overly lazy, hence my lateness at getting this posted. I just ordered some chinese food from my favorite local place - to be delivered - so hopefully it shows up soon. I plan to eat and go read my book. I need to catch up on a couple of projects, but that will have to wait until tomorrow.

Thanks for stopping by! Hugs!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

1000 Member Party at The Outlawz!

Make plans to join us for some crafting, games, friendship, prizes, and just good fun!

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Saturdays are for ...

So it's Saturday, and as the sun started fading, I decided to get busy in my craft room. I put this card together for another of my A Day for Daisies digis I colored last weekend. Yes, it's another bunny. Yes, I think he's adorable too!

I used a combination of Pink Paislee and Jillibean Soup, a variety of edge punches from Martha Stewart, Stampin' Up, and EK Success, the Top Note die from Stampin' Up, hand-dyed seam binding, and ink for edging by Ranger Distress Inks (Antique Linen). The sentiment frame and stamp are from Papertrey Ink.

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Thankful ...

Hi everybody! I have been on an A Day for Daisies kick for the past week. I spend last weekend coloring up a bunch of new digis with my Prisma colored pencils, and now I've spent this week trying to turn some of them into cards and things. This week's Saturday Paper a la Mode Challenge over at The Outlawz is to celebrate autumn, since summer is heading out the door and we're heading into the new season. I decided to make one of my new digis into a "thankful" card. This little bunny is showing us some of her carrot harvest - isn't she just adorable!

Autumn is always a time that makes me reflect, not just waiting until Thanksgiving, but there is just something about that first cool air, the leaves turning beautiful colors, the day growing a little shorter, that makes me remember how blessed I am. I may not be "rich" monetarily, but I have two wonderful children, two funny fur babies, fabulous friends all over the world, and I am in good health. A girl can't ask for much more, but I am blessed in more and more ways all the time, and I am Thankful to God for all that He has given me and continues to bless me with! I wish you all many blessings in your lives!

Thanks for stopping by! Big hugs!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Thinking of You ... More ADFD

Okay, still trying to play catch up and turn some of those sweet little digis I colored over Labor Day weekend into cards, so this is one I finished last night. I started out making something entirely different with an entirely different digi, and somehow ended up with this. It was sort of like surfing the net - I started out in one spot and ended up somewhere entirely different and can't explain how I got there. But I think the card is sweet and pretty. I love all the soft colors together. The stamped image, which is doubled up and raised with foam squares is from Ippity by Unity. I get all my Ippity from the dear Rona. The pretty paper is from Pink Paislee. That lovely lace is from one of my favorite Etsy shops - CreatingisFun - Martha always has such beautiful laces and trims, and she is almost always having a sale, so check her out if you are a lace lover like me.

Okay, back to my craft room to work on more designs. It's Thursday evening, I just got back from a trip to DC today, and I need to get busy with my creation for Saturday's Paper a la Mode challenge over at The Outlawz. Thanks for stopping by, and big hugs to you!

Monday, September 5, 2011

The Fruits of My Labor ... How I Spent My Labor Day!

If you are not already familiar with Tammy Thompson and her digis at A Day for Daisies, I highly recommend you check it out! She sells her designs on her site, and she also has an Etsy shop. I fell in love with her designs from the first time I saw one, and I especially love and adore her nature and animal digis. This past week her new releases (she has a new release every Friday) just knocked my socks off! It's been a long time (probably almost a year) since I touched my colored pencils, but I got so inspired this weekend I printed out a bunch of the digis and started coloring. I had forgotten how much I love to color! I have both pencils and Copics, but I have to say that most of the time I prefer the pencils. For me, with my lack of Copic skills, the pencils give me a lot more control over my shading and blending (and of course they are much less expensive too). So I got a bunch of the digis colored up, and I decided to make a card from this little cutie - oh my goodness, isn't she just adorable. I thought a Thanksgiving card would be appropriate, since it looks like she's busy with her harvest of goodies from the farmer's patch! And wait until you see the other sweet digis - I am just in love with all of them! And of course I had to add some lace and pearls and ribbons and buttons and my favorite Ippity stamp (you can get all your Ippity stuff from my dear friend Rona) with some Cosmo Cricket Tiny Type letters (my favorites). The papers I used are from Jillibean Soup and Sassafras. I'm still undecided on whether or not I like all the papers and things I used, but I definitely love that little bunny! And I am going to enter this one for fun in The Outlawz Monday Greeting Cards Challenge this week, because the challenge is to use pearls and lace on a card (and what fun is a card without pearls and lace).
I hope everyone has had a wonderful Labor Day! My not-so-little one (he's 17) started his senior year of high school tomorrow, so a big day! I'm excited - life holds so many wonderful surprises around each corner. I hope you are all blessed! Big hugs!

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Banners, banners everywhere!

Another week and another banner! I know, I know, but I just can't seem to stop making banners. This week's challenge over at The Outlawz for our Saturday Paper a la Mode Challenge is to use canvas or fabric in your project.

I decided to make my banner panels from canvas, but I wanted to make sure the beautiful papers I used from Pink Paislee also got to shine, so I alternated the banner panels for my AUTUMN banner between the canvas pieces and the paper pieces. So for each panel I cut a larger piece and a smaller piece and layered them together.

I used some rubons to decorate the canvas pieces, and who knew rubons would work so well on a rough surface, but they did. I wanted to keep this banner relatively simple, so I used a Papertrey Ink stamp and die set to make the little center medallions, then used some more Pink Paislee alphabets in the centers to spell out AUTUMN. I wanted an odd number of panels, so I added one extra on the end and put a Basic Grey flower in the center.

I used beads to connect the panels, and the larger oblong center "beads" are actually roll up strips of paper that I taper down a bit with my paper cutter. I got the idea from my daughter's jewelry collection, because she has all sorts of jewelry from Light Gives Heat, an organization that sells gorgeous products produced by ladies in Africa. They are so pretty and colorful, and they are made from paper beads. Mine aren't nearly as gorgeous as theirs, but they serve the purpose, and I think they turned out pretty well - they add some nice coordinating color, some space between the panels, and a nice new dimensional element.

Thanks to everyone for stopping by this week! I appreciate all the love and support! Big hugs to all!