Sunday, March 30, 2008
Saturday, March 29, 2008
This past week, I was awarded the Arte Y Pico (Art & More) Award by Samantha Esqueda at Fun With Paper. It is given to bloggers who share their art and creativity making their contribution to the blogging world. Wow, thank you, Samantha!
Here are the rules:
1. You have to pick five blogs that you consider deserve this award for their creativity, design, interesting material, and also contribute to the blogging community, no matter what language.
2. Each award has to have the name of the author and also a link to his or her blog to be visited by everyone
3. Each award winner has to show the award and put the name and the link to the blog that has given her or him the award itself
4. Award-winner and the one who has given the prize have to show the link of Arte y Pico blog, so everyone will know the origin of this award.
This is tough because I love SO MANY blogs! I'm going to randomly pick 5 from my Google Reader. I KNOW you will enjoy all of them!
Joanne Basile at Just a Little Something
Barb at Barb's Card Creations
Alex at California Stampin
Bev Breisinger at Country Frog Creations
Julie Desper at Need to Stamp
Friday, March 28, 2008
Thursday, March 27, 2008
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
This week it's my turn to issue the challenge, and it is to WATERCOLOR! No fancy Copic or Stampin' Write markers. . .no blender pen either! :) Use an Aquapainter or brush with water to color your image. Have fun! SUPPLIES USED: Stamps- Full of Life (SU); Ink- Noir (Palette); Paper- Shabby Princess Collection (BoBunny Press); Accesssories- OnBoard Blossoms & Basics, key tag punch, Dazzling Diamonds glitter, Dots Classy Brass template (SU), Prima flowers, rhinestone brad (Darice)
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Sunday, March 23, 2008
Saturday, March 22, 2008
Friday, March 21, 2008
Thursday, March 20, 2008
Regarding my mother-in-law, she is doing well. They were not able to take her off the ventilator just yet because she wasn't strong enough, but she hasn't gotten worse, so no news is good news. I really appreciate all of your thoughts and prayers. I will keep you posted on her recovery. Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day! SUPPLIES USED: Stamps- Flutter By (Paper Pretties); Ink- Palette Noir; Paper- Palette O' Prints, Whisper White, Basic Black (SU); Accessories-So Saffron, Blush Blossom, Certainly Celery, Rose Red and Really Rust markers, brads, glitter, black organdy ribbon (Darice), paper piercer.
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
The second card is from Gretchen Belanger at Making Time for Creativity. I think this is first time I've visited Gretchen's blog and I'm SO glad I found it! She creates BEAUTIFUL things! If you haven't been there, follow the link and check it out! Thank you so much, Gretchen for this GORGEOUS card! I LOVE the colors, the stamps, the sentiment. . .everything!
Some of you have written asking about my mother in law. She is still in a "critical" time right now, but she is stable. There were some complications last night and they had to operate again, so my husband was frantically running out of the house last night around 11:30pm and didn't get back until about 3am. Today they've had her sedated and resting. They are hoping that tomorrow morning they can wake her up and eventually take her off the ventilator. All of your thoughts and prayers are greatly appreciated! Please keep praying as she's not out of the woods yet! I'll let you know as I know more!
Monday, March 17, 2008
Sunday, March 16, 2008
Saturday, March 15, 2008
EDITED TO ADD: For cd who posted the following:
Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "Happy Mail!": Are there any directions on making Melanie's monkey card? Would love to try to "case" it.cd
You can find the directions here.
Friday, March 14, 2008
Thursday, March 13, 2008
wanda has left a new comment on your post "Tilt Card Tutorial": I'm lost, or missed something. If you want it to tilt, why not just cut it out and use a dimensional to slightly tilt it? Or, is it suppose to move slightly?Love this hippo, and the giraffe in this set; had to purchase it.
Wanda, I know it's easy to miss with a still picture, but the hippo's hips actually move when you tilt the card to the right or to the left. (it's not permanently tilted one way) If you've seen a spinner card where the image "spins" across the card, this is similar except that the "track" isn't as long, so the image will only rock or "tilt" back and forth instead of spin. I hope I've explained it better. Let me know! :)
I wanted to thank Linda who left me a comment on yesterday's Anything But a Card post telling me that I can purchase battery-operated votive and tealight candles through OrientalTrading.com! That is VERY good to know! I will definitely check that out for my Verve Butterfly lamp! Thank you so much, Linda! Edited to add: For anyone who might be looking for the battery operated tealights, you can find them HERE.
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Monday, March 10, 2008
The first was for the Sketch challenge. I used the Ride 'Em Cowgirl set from My Favorite Things that came in my Paper Pretties box. I haven't used my Apple Cider Designer Paper in a while. . .and I LOVE that stuff! I thought it would work well with the western theme. I cut a strip of cardstock to make the fringe on top. I seem to use that fringe idea a lot lately. LOL The cowgirl is colored using ink pads and a blender pen.
The second card was for the Monochromatic Challenge. I love Blue Bayou and it just happened to work well with the striped patterned paper from the Baby Boy Nana's Nursery Stack. You can't really tell from the picture because I couldn't get a good picture with the card propped up, but the coffee mug is actually on the inside of the card. I punched a layered window in the card front and paper pierced around it to frame the mug that's on the inside. This set is the Look Who's Perky set from Paper Pretties.
The last card was for the No Layer Card Challenge. I LOVE no layer cards. In fact, those were ALL I ever used to make! It's amazing how they've become such a challenge. I'm always worried they're too plain. I know a lot of the other players last night thought it was a challenge too, so I'm sure I'm not the only one! This card uses the Flutter Sophia set that was released last night at Paper Pretties. The card is coloring using Stampin' Up markers and a bit of an Aquapainter.
Thanks for stopping by! Hope you're having a wonderful day! SUPPLIES USED: Stamps- Ride 'Em Cowgirl (MFT), Look Who's Perky, Flutter Sophia (Paper Pretties); Ink- Basic Black, Chocolate Chip, Really Rust, Close to Cocoa, Creamy Caramel, Blue Bayou; Paper- Apple Cider DS, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White, Blue Bayou (SU), patterned paper (DCWV Nursery Stack); Accessories- double stitched ribbon in Blue Bayou and River Rock (SU), blender pen, paper piercer, Chocolate Chip, Bashful Blue, Regal Rose, Mellow Moss markers, horizontal slot punch, duo satin ribbon (May Arts), Dew Drops (The Robin's Nest)
Sunday, March 9, 2008
Saturday, March 8, 2008
I hope you all can join us tomorrow at 8pm EST for the Prettie Pajama Party and release of two new stamp sets! Here are the details:
Where: The Paper Pretties Forum
When: Sunday, March 9th at 8:00pm EST
Who: Everyone who loves to stamp
Why: Cause its Fun, we love to give away prizes, and we have a new release!
The Rules: At the top of every hour I will issue a challenge. You have 1 hour to complete that challenge and upload your card to the forum. There are 3 challenges total. You can use any paper, embellishments, ribbon, etc that you like, but the rule is that you must use either a stamp that has come in one of the Paper Pretties boxes OR any stamp set that Paper Pretties sells (you can see them in the sale section). Your card must be uploaded that evening. Within the next couple of days, the Prettie Girls vote to pick winners. There will be one winner for each challenge and one "overall best card" winner. Each of the winners of the challenges will receive a prize and the overall winner can pick ANY STAMP SET IN THE PRETTIES BOUTIQUE FOR FREE!!!! We have a ton of fun and laugh alot! So join us for some Prettie Fun! Hope to see you there! SUPPLIES USED: Stamps- Flutter Sophia (Paper Pretties); Paper- Whisper White, Purely Pomegranate, Palette O'Prints (SU); Ink- Noir (Palette); Accessories- Rose Red, Mellow Moss, Apricot Appeal, Blush Blossom markers (SU), Aquapainter, Poinsetta Dew Drops, Purely Pomegranate Satin ribbon (SU)
Friday, March 7, 2008
This first one is from Alex Hobson over at California Stampin. I'm sure you all know Alex because she always leaves the SWEETEST comments on everyone's blogs. If you don't know Alex, follow the link to her blog and get to know her. She is such a sweetheart who makes BEAUTIFUL cards and scrapbook pages! I was SO HAPPY to find this in my mailbox. Thanks, Alex!
The second card is from Amber Porter from Ramblings of a Sassy Stamper. Isn't this just the sweetest Bella card? I LOVE it! Thank you for putting a smile on my face, Amber! I just love your card and really appreciate it!
I got this adorable altered calendar from Tammy Nichols. I just LOVE this fish and I really needed a pocket calendar! What a neat idea. Thank you so much, Tammy! I love it!
This gorgeous piece of paradise came from Jami at Crazy Daisy Creations. She sent it from vacation in Hawaii! How exciting is that? I can't believe Jami stamped cards to take with her (or maybe stamped them while there) to send. Thanks for sharing your vacation with me, Jami! I LOVE the card! Can't wait to hear all about your trip!
The last beauty is from Beate at Fresh and Fun. Did you see all the hardware on this gorgeous card? Oh my goodness! It's incredible. What's funny is that I received this stamp set at SU Regionals and wasn't so crazy about it. Beate made me happy that I have this set! :) Thank you, Beate, for this masterpiece! You're the best!