Friday, May 29, 2009

A Day at the Beach

Hellooooo and Happy Friday to you all! Isn't it strange how we can have a short work week and yet, it still feels like the longest week? At least that's how it's felt for me...but hooray, it's Friday again!

I really like to try new things with my cards. So, for today's card I used acetate paper. Acetate is really hard to photograph though! :) I hope you enjoy this little "risk" I took and maybe a day at the beach is in your future...or whatever you like to do to kick back. Thanks for stopping by and have a Fabulous weekend!

Oh, AND The Greeting Farm releases it's new stamps on Monday!! Yipee! Check out Marie's blog for sneaks. Set your clocks for bright and early Monday morning and we'll see ya there!

The Greeting Farm, Surfer Ian
Paper: Acetate Paper, Basic Grey Lime Rickey and other assorted BG solids, TGF Sunny Glen
Ink: SU! Inks and aquapainter, Black Stazon
Embies: Cuttlebug Emboss Folder, Basic Grey Buttons, Various Embroidery Threads

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Cards of the Same Color

Hi Friends!
Yay, I'm finally able to show you my brain worked like clockwork today...I even remembered to grab my swaps to mail!

Here are a couple of the adorable Wild Sprouts again. I think this line from The Greeting Farm is so so so cute! With these cards I wanted to show that you can have two totally different layouts with the same papers and elements. The first card is my long overdue take on the Case for the Curious Card IV. I hope you enjoy them and thanks so much for stopping by to take a look.

It seems like there is A LOT going on lately with everyone. What's new with you?

The Greeting Farm, Wild Sprouts, Annika (card 1) Dahlia (card 2); Hope and Grace-flower and sentiment
Paper: TGF Sunny Glen PP, Cosmo Cricket Girl Friday PP, Mat Stack Brights, Misc Navy
Ink: SU! Inks and aquapainter, Black Stazon, White Gel Pen
Embies: MS Punch (card 1), SU! Small Tag Punch and Ribbon, Jewel Dot (cards 1 & 2), SU! Buttons (card 2)

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Absent Minded

I don't know where my brain is lately. I packed up my camera today and set it next to my lunch. Then I packed up my cards safely into my purse. Then my DH reminded me he needed a check from our checkbook today (I am the keeper of the checks...LOL). Then I fed the dog, grabbed my purse and my lunch and ran out the door. Well, all I can say least the dog got fed!! LOL. I forgot the check and forgot the camera! GRRRR. I was so excited to show you today's card too! Oh, well, because of my camera blunder I will show you two little sneaks (see real pics now) and then I'll post both cards be sure and check back! Hope you had a wonderful Holiday weekend! My Mom, Aunt, Sis and I went to see Grease the Musical yesterday. It was totally stellar! And, yes, we did have our days of sunshine, just as predicted. Woohoo!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Anticipating Lots of SunShine

The forecast says we're going to have 7 days of sunshine here in Seattle. We'll see! I do love how the general mood of everyone is more upbeat and joyful when the sun is shining, so I hope it's true. And my DH is really getting into golf, so it would be great to have a streak of rainfree weather.

My card today uses the third Miss Anya in the Rain Snow Shine collection. She's just so happy and bright to me. AND as soon as I saw this card made by my friend, Mary, I knew I had to CASE the layout! It's brilliant! So without further adieu, I present Miss Anya Shine to you! Have a Sunshiney Day!!

The Greeting Farm, Rain Snow Shine, C.C. Designs-sentiment
Paper: American Crafts Backyard Ribbit, AC patterned paper, Tempting Turquoise, Mat Stack Brights
Ink: SU! Markers, Black Stazon
Embies: Peony Nestabilities, MS Punch, Dew Drops, Paper Piercer, SU! Ribbon, Crystal Effects

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Stylish Miss Anya Snow

Hi Everyone! Happy mid-week to you!

Today's card features two new items that are now available at The Greeting Farm. The first is this fantastic new line of paper, Sunny Glen. And the second is another darling Miss Anya. This cutie is Snow from the Rain, Snow, Shine set. Ah, there's just too much cuteness, both items are irresistible!!

After I posted yesterday's card referring to my love of the rain, we had a monsoon of sorts crazy storm last night. It was ridiculous! Thunder, lightening, rain rain rain and hail that gathered up so quickly it looked like we had a snow storm! It made me think of Miss Anya Snow here and how adorably cute and bundled up she is...totally prepared for the weather.

Thanks for stopping by!

The Greeting Farm, Rain Snow Shine, Misc Sentiment
The Greeting Farm Sunny Glen PP, AC textured CS, Whisper White
Ink: SU! Markers, Black Stazon
Embies: SU! Dress Up Ribbons, Primas, SU! Latte Buttons

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

I Love The Rain

This has got to be one of my favorite stamps of all time and I can't believe I've waited this long to show you a card with her!! Being from Seattle, where it's commonly known to rain a lot, (even if some of that volume is a myth) I have grown up loving cloudy days, the smell of rain on the pavement and in the grass, the sound of the heavy drops on my rooftop...and adorable rain attire!! Okay, I don't have much rain attire but I just love seeing it everywhere, especially those galoshes!

This set is of course from The Greeting Farm, who else? And there are two other beautiful Miss Anyas included...Rain, Snow and Shine (Snow and Shine cards still to come).

Originally I had colored up two skin tones and two hair colors for this card and ended up having a little audition. While I totally love the honey colored hair and the blushing cheeks of the below version, ultimately the pale blondie won out because I wanted to bring out a little of the yellow in the card. There are so many choices in coloring up images! And then there's the papers and the layouts too!! Oi vey! It's always a blast though.

I'll leave you with that and I hope that you have a super day, whether it's rain, snow or shine! Thanks for stopping by!

The Greeting Farm, Rain Snow Shine
Paper: American Crafts Backyard Splish PP, Certainly Celery, Kraft, Coral textured
Ink: SU! Markers, Black Stazon
Embies: Misc. Buttons, Nesties, Coral Thread, Paper Piercer

Monday, May 18, 2009

Friendship Month in the Sisterhood

Hi Friends!

My card today is the card that I will be sending in for our monthly "Sisterhood" swap group. This month was hosted by the talented and beautiful, Kelly and the theme is "Friendship Gum." This card was to include an element of surprise, so I included a pouch on the inside. I will fill it with something fun to really surprise my recipients...they'll just have to wait and see!

This is my first stamp from Stamping Bella and when I saw it I knew I had to have it! It reminds me of myself and a long time friend of mine...we're just as cute and fashionable as these two. LOL. Actually it was the hair that got me! :)

Hope you're having a great start to your week! Oh and I wanted to give a special shout out and BIG HUGE congratulations to my dear friend, Sandra!! She is Whipper Snappers Featured Designer!! Check it out!! All her stuff is SO SO AMAZING! Congrats, Dearie!

Stamping Bella-HuggyBellas, SU! Kind Thoughts, SU! Absolutely Fabulous-sentiment
Paper: K & Company, Baby Girl, Certainly Celery, Sage Shadow, Coral
Ink: SU! Markers, Black Stazon
Embies: Kaiser Scrapbook Flower, SU! Ribbon, Misc Button, Coral Thread

Friday, May 15, 2009

Hey Dude

Hola! What's shakin dudes and dudettes? Today is the release day for the new Anya, Ian and Miss Anya stamps. Woohoo! And they are ALL so RAD!

I got mixed up with my mention of sketches yesterday. Today's card featuring Surfer Ian is the one inspired by this LPS sketch designed by my fellow TGF Gardener, Cindy Haffner. What a great sketch! Thanks, Cindy!

I hope you all have a rad, tubular, gnarly, AWESOME weekend!

The Greeting Farm, Surfer Ian
Paper: Around the Block, Ride the Waves PP, AC textured CS
Ink: SU! inks and aquapainter, Black Stazon
Embies: Dashes and Dots Ribbon, Decorative Scissors, Paper Piercing Tool, Orange, Light Blue, Turquoise and Navy Thread

Thursday, May 14, 2009

A Grace Filled Thank You

Grrrr. Blogger is uber slow today otherwise I would have posted a little earlier :) LOL.

I have a card for you today and the layout was inspired by this LPS sketch designed by my fellow TGF Gardener, Cindy Haffner ---uhhhh DOH, that's tomorrow's card!! Geesh! Today's card was inspired by this week's Mojo Monday sketch! You can see it here. I deviated a bit but couldn't help it because I wanted to use so many elements!

Also, have you checked out Club Anya lately? There's something pretty exciting going on over there!! Tonight there is going to be a big Virtual Stamp Night Luau and then at midnight all the new Anya and Ian stamps are going to be released!! Surfers and Missies and Pirates--OH MY!!

In honor of the upcoming release, here's a little sneak for you of tomorrow's card. See ya later gaters!

The Greeting Farm, Hope and Grace, For Someone, Hero-sentiment
Paper: K & Company Two-Sided Roam, AC Textured CS, Old Olive
Ink: Baby Soft Skin Copic, SU! Chocolate Chip, Black Stazon
Embies: Nesties, Paper Piercer, Green Thread, Diamond Stickles, SU! Kiwi Kiss Ribbon, Button Brads, Cuttlebug Emboss Folder

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Scrappin for Nana

Several months ago my friends and I found out that another one of our dear friends was going to become a grandma for the first time and to twins even! So an idea was born. The brilliant Karen came up with a collaborative brag book for our sweet friend. I was excited to get to work on my pages, even though I'm a little rusty in that area. Since I found out how much quicker it is to complete a card project rather than a scrap page, my scrapbook has sat untouched for over a year now. BUT with this project and another one I recently completed, I discovered that making 8x8 scrapbook pages goes a lot faster than 12x12's! Duh, right? I was always trying to get more bang for my buck though (more pictures on a page) and that's why I hadn't gone with the smaller pages before. I think these turned out great though and I'm excited to see them filled with sweet baby pictures! As always, thanks for stopping by! And Congrats again, my dear Michelle!!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Shabby Chic

Tuesday, Tuesday, Tuesday...why does it feel like Wednesday? LOL. Good Morning! Happy Tuesday!

My card for you today again uses Hope from the Hope and Grace set at The Greeting Farm and is my version of shabby chic (light colors, stitching and distressing). Someone who has completely perfected what I call "shabby chic" but there's probably a different name for it, is my fellow Gardener, Melyssa. Check out here blog here.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Stamps: Th
e Greeting Farm, Hope and Grace, For Someone-sentiment
Paper: K & Co. Baby Girl, Mellow Moss, Kraft, Oink Pirouette, DCWV Latte stack
Ink: SU! Markers, Black Stazon
Embies: SU! Mellow Moss Ribbon, Basic Grey Two Scoops Buttons, Pink Thread

Monday, May 11, 2009

A Whole Lot of Color

It's Monday again and I have a new card for you! I hope all of you had a fabulous weekend, especially all you beautiful moms, moms-to-be and future moms. I'm in the latter category right now, except for being a mom to my wired puppy, Winston. :)

For today's card I wanted to do 3 things. I really wanted to use Hope from the new Hope and Grace set at The Greeting Farm, I wanted to use an old sketch challenge from over at SCS (which I cannot for the life of me find the number now but I will get back to you when I do) and I wanted to use this new Nana's kids mat stack I bought in my Michael's paper splurge a couple weeks ago. I succeeded in all 3, but let me tell you it is way out of my comfort zone to use these kind of colors. I usually go for the softer, earthy, or more darker toned stuff (very much like tomorrow's card). But since I was thinking outside the box, I also decided to bling it up! And hopefully you can tell that I had a lot of fun too!

I hope your week is full of fun and encouragment!

The Greeting Farm, Hope and Grace, Forest Friends
Paper: Nana's Kids mat stack, Summer Sun, AC Textured CS
Ink: SU! inks and aquapainter, Black Stazon
Embies: Jewel Dots, Primas, Pink Thread

Friday, May 8, 2009

A Hero On So Many Levels

The weekend is finally here. Yipee! And this weekend we get to celebrate our mothers!

When I think of true heroes I think of Mothers. I know many wonderful mothers who are compassionate, strong, beautiful, encouraging and so much more (including my own, beautiful mother, Lynn and mother-in-law, Carole).

I had promised my boss that I would make a card for her daughter who recently had baby #2 and as time went on I couldn't think of a better occassion to present that card than for mother's day. Her daughter, Jamie is a mother of 2 little girls, a newborn and two year old, but she is a celebrated Army veteran as well. Her time in the Army and stints in Iraq resulted in many lives rescued and protected and also proved with Jamie's can-do mentality that women are a driving force (literally, she drove the Hummer!). With that said, Jamie is a hero on so many levels.

When I thought of making a card for her, my thoughts instantly went to The Greeting Farm's hero set. I had been mulling around this patchwork quilted paper idea for quite some time now and knew that it would be perfect for this little project. I also was very excited to at the challenge to turn Hero Ian into a Heroine Army Girl. For the patchwork background I took several different patterned papers, cut them into squares and glued them together. Then I stitched a grid around them. To make this stamp into a girl I drew a ponytail and added blush and eyelashes.

I hope that Jamie will feel very loved and appreciated this Sunday. And I hope that if other women who are serving in our military see this card, that they would know that it's for them too. We thank you and we celebrate you, our True Heroes.

The Greeting Farm, Hero , misc sentiment
Papers: Creative Imaginations PP, Real Red, AC textured CS
Ink: SU! Markers, Black Stazon, Tim Holtz distress ink
Embies: Crystal Effects, SU! Real Red Ribbon, Red Thread

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

A May Dahlia

I'm not sure what the weather is like in your neck of the woods but it is rain rain rainy over here in Seattle. Big surprise, eh? On days like this I just want to snuggle up with a good book or a cuppa tea and a chick flick! Alas, I'm at work. But it's all good.

My card today is the sister card to the Annika card from last week. I used The Greeting Farm's Dahlia and matched her in composition to her Wild Sprout sister. I'm glad so many people said they liked purple, because here's some more for you! :) Have a great day...may there be sunshine even amidst the rain.


The Greeting Farm, Wild Sprouts Dahlia, Vintage Birds sentiment
Paper: DCWV Latte stack, AC tectured CS
Ink: SU! inks and aquapainter, Black Stazon, Clear Spica
Embies: Nesties, Green Stickles, SU! Ribbon, Magenta Thread, Pearl Drops

Monday, May 4, 2009

Hello Gracie

Good Monday Morning!
I'm going to keep things short and sweet today because I'm swamped at work. Unfortunately, I didn't feel very well this weekend... but fortunately was able to relax and rest and make some cards, so that was sweet! I'd love to hear how YOUR weekend was.
For today's card I used the new Hope and Grace set from The Greeting Farm. Grace is featured here. I love love love these cuties and adore the names that were chosen for them as well.

The Greeting Farm, Hope and Grace
Paper: K & Company Baby Boy and Girl, SU DP, AC textured CS, Certainly Celery, Kraft, Old Olive, Blue Bayou
Ink: SU! Markers, Black Stazon, Not quite Navy
Embies: SU! Punch, Cuttlebug Border Emboss, Basic Grey Buttons, Twine, SU! Paper Distress Tool, Misc Ribbon

Friday, May 1, 2009

Release Day!

Hello Friends and Happy May Day to you!! It's customary to leave flowers anonymously on someone's doorstep...but stamps will do just fine for me--stop by my place! And I just happen to know a place that you can get newly released stamps today!! Pop over to The Greeting Farm and check it out! You can also see some really fun and creative and gorgeous examples on the TGF blog today. What a talented group! Wow!
Have a great weekend!

Stamps: The Greeting Farm, Wild Sprout Annika, Vintage Birds sentiment
Paper: DCWV Latte Stack, AC Textured CS
Ink: SU! Markers, Black Stazon
Embies: Primas, Jewel Dots, Creative Imaginations brads (from my dear Catherine!), Celery Ribbon (also from Catherine), Nesties, Magenta Thread