Sunday, January 30, 2011

The Weekend's over...................

Sounds like the start of a country song!  Ha!  I hope you all had a great weekend.  I did pretty much NOTHING!  I can't believe it.  I did no crafting what so ever, but I did sleep!  I guess I needed it.  I did exercise both Saturday and today.  I love to walk but I did something to my knee at my son's wedding in late September and there are days that I just limp.  Gosh I'm feeling so old some days!  Anyway, I have a rowing type machine that has been in the garage and I asked hubby to bring it in and I've been doing that.  I thought that maybe that might strengthen my knee and by summer I can be back walking.

I wanted to post a springy card so it might get you in the mood.  I can't remember which cartridge I used for this butterfly but I do think it came out great.  Again, as always I cut out about 8 butterflies and then I decorated several cards and used a different sentiment.  This card worked great for "thinking of you", "get well", "happy birthday" etc.

Next weekend, I hope to work on something for Easter!  Join me and leave me a link to your blog.  I love all the ideas I am getting!

Friday, January 28, 2011

It's Friday - let the party begin!

I'm ready for spring!  I thought I'd post this card that I made this summer using a SVG cut with Sure Cuts a Lot.  The sentiment is from My Pink Stamper.  I used the Cuttlebug on the toad for a little more dimension.  I also did some sponging with an ink pad around the edge.  My grandkids love the "googly" eyes!  They want me to add them to all my cards, LOL!

I challenge you all to set the mood for spring and make something to perk you up!  Not sure about you but I haven't seen sunshine for several days here in Indiana and we are approaching Ground Hog Day on February 2.  I definitely do not want him to see his shadow!  Come on spring!  Not sure I'll get anything else made this weekend but I hope to spend some time in my craft area!

Have a great weekend.  If you stumbled on my site, stay awhile and take a peak around.  I'd love it if you follow the blog!  Send me the link to your blog so I can visit you too.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Birthday card for My Pink Stamper!

My Pink Stamper is having a birthday, so in light of this special day and her challenge this is what I've created.  The image is cut from Forever Young and the title truly describes Robyn.  She will always be young with a wonderful positive attitude.  The card itself is very easy.  A couple of layers and then added the border using a Martha Stewart punch.  The sentiment comes from Robyn's own stamps.  Happy Birthday Robyn and blessings for a beautiful day.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

It's Stinkin Cute - it's a new baby!

I found myself this weekend needing to make a card for my new grandson.  I had remembered a card that I saw on My Pink Stamper's blog a long time ago and it became my inspiration.  It was also the reason I HAD to buy Create a Critter.  The Skunk was cut at 3 inches.  I used Stickles where I could but also did some sponging around the edge of the skunk.  I chalked a little "cheek color" on the face to perk it up.  The sentiment comes from My Pink Stampers stamp.  All paper is from Stampin Up in whatever colors I could find.  Keeping in line with my normal procedure I made a total of 4 cards, all with skunks.  I only stamped the sentiment on this card, but have another set from mypinkstamper set that says "that stinks" so I may use it when I send them.

I also finished up my Valentine project for work so I'm attaching that picture as well.  I saw an idea on another blog the other day and decided to use it for my project at work.  http://www.capadiadesign.com/2011/01/how-to-design-custom-candy-bag-topper.html
This person is so talented!  I did the candy nuggets and wrapped them with a 1x3 inch piece of Valentine paper and placed 4 nuggets in a cello bag.  I didn't have the cartridge that she mentioned so I used Sure Cuts a Lot and used an image I had on my computer.  I really like her image better, but mine came out okay. 



Enjoy looking around!  I've had such a LONG week and I can't beleive the weekend is already over.  Some day I hope to have more time to craft.  I've had some wonderful comments on my blog and I know I'm just beginning so thank you for your kind words.  Have a wonderful and blessed weekend!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

My PINK creation for My Pink Stamper

This was fun!  I had to use a new cartridge that I've recently purchased because the little birds are toooooo adorable!  I actually made 4 of these this morning.  Again, if you've read my previous posts, I figure if I've taken the time to get out the paper, think up the card, I might as well make more than one. By the way, the 4 cards were similiar, but all had a different sentiment.   I can use up my scraps and really feel like I've gotten a lot done.  I used 3 Birds on Parade from my Cricut cartridges and I cut to 3 1/2 inches.  Most of the paper is from Stampin up and a lot was scraps that I've had so not sure on the color.  I have added some stickles on the nose and glitter on the hat & socks.  I used the cuttlebug to give me some dimension to the hat, scarf and boots!  This turned our really cute.  I am sending this one to my favorite niece who loves to craft with AC (Aunt Cathy).  The words come from Pinkalicious, one of Robyn's newer stamp set.  This is a great set when you are creating and sending things to your girlfriends!  One of the others was made into a Thank you card and it is going to someone at work who helped me out at the office this week. That sentiment came from Winter Punnies.  I have really gotten use out of that this winter.  Love Robyn's stamps.  The fonts are cute and up to date.  Phrases are short and seem to apply to so many things.

Enjoy!  If you have found my blog by the HOP, I'd love to have you join.  If you have just stumbled across my site, have a cup of hot cocoa and stay for a while!

Mimi

I'm a BLOG hopper today!

I have spent some time blog hopping with My Pink Stamper!  So fun and great ideas!  Now I can't wait to get in my loft and decide what I'm going to do.  If you haven't done anything like this, join in and have some fun.  If you like paper crafting, rubber stamping, Cricut, Gypsy, paper, GLUE - you are in the right place!  I would love for you to become a follower of mine and jump on the other girls sites.  Wow, you will be impressed!

Mimi

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Another snowy night in Indiana!

Tonight's drive home was a bit tricky but it's all to be expected for an Indiana winter.  I do live in the snow belt and some years it's a very mild winter with little snow, then we have a year like this!  The good part is I am home safe and sound and ready for a relaxing night with hubby.  This past weekend I finished up my Valentine Day cards and some for St. Patrick's day.  I've attached them for you to see.

Since I have not learned the art of taking a video and "posting" a video, I thought I would explain my method of making cards.  For me, the hardest part of making a card is deciding what to put on my card.  I also think a lot about color and combination of colors and patterns of paper.  I have learned that using my Cuttlebug adds dimension to almost any project.  You will see that I use some of the same embossing folders over and over again.  When I finished my cards I just looked at them and decided they needed more ---- something.  That is when I took my white gel pen and put dots on all the hearts.  Then I thought they needed something more, so I added some rhinestones.  On the St Patty cards, I added more stickles.  I also rarely make ONE card.  I make several with the same idea but my goal is to use up my scraps.  With the same design card you could use it for a birthday card, thinking of you, get well, almost anything.  It's almost a game or puzzle for me to use up my scraps.  Normally I make a minimum of 4 cards, but most of the time will make 8.  If I spent the time picking out my colors, my paper and the idea for the card, I'm going to get the use out of it.  I make birthday cards each month using the same idea.  In our church we publish a birthday list and I like to send cards to many on that list.  Maybe it's just justifying my cards, but I think they like it.  I love using My Pink Stamper stamps for the sentiment.  I have about 10 sets of her stamps and always seem to find one that says what I want.  The clear stamps make it easy to place exactly where you want them on your cards.









I hope that my ideas help.  Thanks for looking and sign up to follow so you can be notified of when I add new cards.

Monday, January 10, 2011

So Sad!

I cannot get out of my mind the horror and fear that had to go on during the recent shootings in AZ.  The innocents lives that were taken senselessly is almost more than I can bear.  My heart goes out to the families and I beg of you to keep them in your prayers too.  We must unite and lift each other up during these devastating times.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

A little bummed!

Just saw the final listing of MPS Design Team and I didn't get picked or honable mention.  Not sure why I'm so bummed as I didn't think I'd get picked.  Guess it is just the reality of it.  Anyway, Robyn has wonderful stamps and I will continue to support her and her products.  I see my craft change each day and I think it's getting better and better.

We had a beautiful snowfall last night.  I posted a video of it, but when I added the video it messed up my message so I deleted it.  I am still learning about the blog stuff!  Since I work full time, I don't spend all that much time on the computer as I used to, so it may take me longer to learn.  Any hints from any of you would be great!

Here is one of my favorite winter themed cards!

Sunday, January 2, 2011

My Pink Stamper Challenge

I rarely have participated in a challenge, but Robyn from My Pink Stamper tempted me!  Ha ha!  I make simple cards, ones that I think anyone could make.  I do it for therapy and to get away from non-stop footlball games on Sunday afternoon.  The cards being submitted on Robyn's site are incredible and I'm glad just to be able to share.  My sledding image came from Winter Frolic Cricut Cartridge.  All papers are from Stampin Up with the exception of the blue snowflake paper.  I found that in a paper pad bought at Michaels.  Certainly Celery,Ballet Blue, Regal Rose & Chocolate Chip are the colors used.  I blinged up my little guy with some rhinestones and Stickles on his mittens and gloves.  Instead of cutting out the face, I used my Gypsy to do a blackout cut and stamped the face with Peachy Keens Paper Doll Face Stamps.  The ribbon is also Certainly Celery from SU and the sentiment is My Pink Stamper Winter Punnies.  Thanks for looking and I'd love to have you join my blog!  I try and post my card pictures at least once a week.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Year!





It was a lovely holiday season.  I pray that you all had a wonderful time with your family.  The only thing that would have made mine better was to spend more time with my grandchildren.  Once again they went to FL for the holiday, however, I'm making plans to get to FL myself next Christmas and then I can spend some time with at least part of my family.  My downtime has been spent working in my loft creating some winter themed cards.  I am a firm believer that we have gotten away from cards & writing.  We have gotten so used to having our smart phones, email and texting, that we hardly ever write anything anymore.  I love all my gadgets, but every once in a while I need to return to sending cards and letting my friends know I am thinking and praying for them.  I guess that's the reason I like to make cards.  Hopefully in 2011 I can start scrapbooking all of my photos. I have boxes and boxes and tons on my computer. Humm, maybe that should be a New Year's resolution!  Anyway, I will picture some of my creations here so you can see what I've been up to!