Monday, September 15, 2014

Sketch 332- Monday Lunchtime Sketch

Welcome to our Monday Lunchtime Sketch this week.  Hope you had a wonderful weekend.  My daughter was in town and we did a little shopping for our new addition due October 24th.  This may be out last time seeing her prior to the call that she is in labor and then of course off I will be to Virginia.  I am so excited.  Oh, that's right, I am suppose to be talking about this weeks sketch.  It don't take much to get me off track.  So without further a due, here is my sample for this weeks sketch challenge.

I decided to go Christmas as I need to get my cards together.  I send out about 50 plus and usually everyone gets a different card.  It just makes me do more crafting than trying to do them all the same.  There are times I like one well enough to make about 6 more, but that is about my max.

Anyway, I sure hope you will check out the rest of the design team samples and join us this week for our Monday Lunchtime sketch.

Have a great week.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Clean & Simple Sketch 306

As you can see, I had fun this past weekend.  Got a lot accomplished and love being able to post a few extra days this week.  This is one I did for the Clean and Simple Sketch this week.  It really was quick and easy.  So if you love easy, this is the sketch for you.

I really am trying to use up all my old paper as I have determined not to buy new until I have at least gone halfway through my stash.  We will see how far that gets me.  Now I did order some Christmas paper as I finished what I had last year and need more for this year.

Here is the inside of the card!

Just a little flower to give it color.

Thanks for stopping by and hope you have a wonderful day.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

MDS Monday Sketch 80

Hi everyone.  It has been so long since I shared a scrapbook page with you, but with my family situation with my mom, brother and dad, I just really have not had the time.  I am working on scrapbooking my Alaska trip and will be sharing some of those with you, but for now I did this page for my grandson's album of his first soccer game.  He was so cute and the smallest on the team.  He just turned 4 in July and the others are getting ready to turn 5, so they have a year on him.  But anyway, here it is.

I actually used the sketch from last weeks MDS Monday Sketch, but it has already closed, so I could not link it.  But that is OK, as it was just perfect for this layout.  Here are a few other pictures that I thought were cute.  Russ and I got there about 3 minutes after the game had started and he stopped and had to wave and say hey Grammy and Papa!  We just laughed.  It was a little blurred as I took it quick.

Then he had to wave at mommy and daddy again.

And just waiting to start again.

And of course getting his snack at the end of the game.

See how red he is.  Poor thing played the whole game and he was tuckered out!

Thanks for stopping by and hope you have a wonderful evening.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Sketch 331- Monday Lunchtime Sketch

Here we are again with this weeks Monday Lunchtime Sketch.  Now I must say, I had a lot of fun with this sketch and hope you like the outcome as much as I did.  I used the Wetlands stamp set by SU and the Watercolor Wonder Designer Series Paper which I love.  So there was no sponging on this one (there was a little sponging on the white paper with the wood stamp to give it a little antique look), just a little stamping.  So here you go.

What do you think?  I did use the blendabilities on the goose and of course I forget you don't have to go to the edge, but I still love the look of this.

Here is the inside of the card!

Can you see where I dropped the stamp on the top.  I think it is going to stay this way.  Don't look that bad to me.  As my daughter would say, "that's what gives it the homemade look."  I love it!

Thanks for stopping by today and don't forget to check out the rest of the design team samples and please play along.  I know you will love this sketch.

Have a wonderful Monday!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Apothecary Art and Blendabilities

Happy Sunday!  Thought I would make this quick post before I head out to church.  Played a little more yesterday and am trying to use some stamp sets I just have on my shelves.  Don't know why I keep ordering as I have more than I can ever use.  Lord help me!  Anyway, I used my Apothecary Stamp set yesterday and used the blendabilities to color in.  I am getting better.  See for yourself.

Here is a close up and yes, I need more practice, but I am getting better.

As you can see, I used some of my wonderful thinlits and embossing folders I haven't used in a while either and why I don't know, but I do love them.

Have a wonderful Sunday!

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Love Serene Silhouettes and Sponging

Happy Saturday everyone.  As some of you know my husband is part of the coaching team where he teaches and this time of the year my Friday Nights are free.  No husband, no responsibilities.  So when I can I spend that time stamping and love it.  Well last night was one of those nights and I would like to share with you a card I made using the Serene Silhouettes from SU and a sponge dauber and ink.  Love doing these scene type cards with a Silhouette stamp.  So here it is.

This is a pretty easy card as I just sponged and stamped.  Used the square thinlits to make a frame and it was all done.  Here is the masterpiece (lol) up close.

I used Island Indigo for the sky part and crushed curry for the bottom.  So, so easy.  

Hope you enjoyed my post today and please leave a comment and let me know what you think.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

August 2014 Paper Pumpkin Kit

Another Tuesday post!  WOW is what you are thinking, right?  Anyway, I have spent the last two weekends with my Mom and brother, so not much time for crafting which is OK because I loved being with them.  So got back Sunday and spent the afternoon by the pool with my daughter and grandchildren.  So yesterday being a holiday, I had a blast playing with "My Paper Pumpkin" kit.  There was extra stuff and you know I had to use it all.  So I am going to share with you what I did with it.  First, this is what the directions said to do, so I did just that with the first 4 cards.  It came with the punched out banners and a stamp set with the four sentiments you see below along with a dot.  How great is that?

With this kit you got four of the original cards and 4 envelopes.  But, the Hello, Smile, etc. you got an additional 4.  I will show you what I did with those a little later in the post.  Now the kit also came with smaller cards and little hearts and stars.  So here is how to make them by the directions.

You also got 4 of the cards and 4 envelopes.  Since I don't use that many smaller cards, I used the actual card on the following two cards and did not fold them.  I decided to use my teeny tiny wishes stamp set and make them baby cards.  I love the outcome.

Now here is the small card up against the normal size card we make just to show you the size difference.

Loving this paper pumpkin.  And now to show you what I did with the rest of the peices.  And, I made envelopes to match the designer paper I used.

So what do you think?  I am so happy with these and helps to add to my stock of cards to give to Gateway Landing to help in their ministry of helping men with life controlling issues using a faith based ministry.  Wonderful ministry for those who would like to help out if you are looking for a mission or ministry to give to.  

Anyway, Hope you enjoyed my post and hope you have a wonderful and blessed Tuesday.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Sketch 330- Monday Lunchtime Sketch

Hello all and welcome to our Monday Lunchtime Sketch.  Mary Jo has a wonderful sketch for us today and I decided to go Masculine again.  Seems like my last few have been masculine cards, but that is OK, as I need more and more of them.  So here is what I have created for you today.

Now it seems lately that most of my cards have been Clean and Simple, but this one had layers and no way to do the clean and simple.  So if you love layers, this is the card for you.  I kind of miss all of those layers and got to use a lot of scraps in my paper stash.  That is one good thing about layers.

So now it is your turn to show us what you have.  Check out the design team samples and then link your sample up.  We would love to see what you have come up with.

Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Sketch 329- Monday Lunchtime Sketch

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend and are ready for our Monday Lunchtime Sketch!  I really love all of these sketches that Mary Jo is coming up with.  If you have not played along with our Monday Lunchtime sketch, you want to start with this sketch.  I am just loving it and what the design team has done with it.  So as not to make you wait any longer, here is my sample for this weeks sketch.

Isn't this just fabulous?  I saw a card done by Kathleen Wingerson on SplitCoastStampers and followed her technique on how to do a window sheet.  I ran the window sheet through the bigshot with the Fancy Fan embossing folder to get the effect of waves on it.  I do like how it turned out.  I attached the window sheet to the circle using the brads.  I also cut out the fish and popped him up before attaching the window sheet.  Gave so much dimension.

Here is a closeup of the fish and window sheet.  And, now you can see that I used my blendabilities on the fish.  Love those markers and I am getting better with them.

Here is a little bit more of the look of the window sheet embossing.

So what do you think?  Does it look like moving water.  It sure does to me.

Thanks for stopping by today and don't forget to stop by and see all of our design team samples.  I know you are going to love them.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Teacher Desk Top Stationary - MDS

Happy Thursday and yes, I do have a post for you guys.  Aren't you excited?  Well I am because what I am sharing with you today, I have made for teacher appreciation gifts for my grandchildren.  So when I made this for a college graduate whom I have know for the last 10 years and then she was hired to teach history at the same school as my husband, I just had to share it with you guys.  The funny thing is she posted a thank you (I sent it by my husband on Tuesday) to me on Facebook and called me Ms. Jonia.  I have not asked my husband yet, but I wonder if she is still calling him Mr. Russ at School.  She is such a sweet girl and I am happy for her.  Anyway, here is the teacher desk top Stationary Pack I made for her using MDS.   Gotta love it!  Sorry about the light.  I could not get a good photo with good light as the more light I put on it the harder it was to see.

And here is the stationary on the inside which measures 5.5 X 4.25 (same size as the basic cards we make).

and a close up of one page.

Really looks a lot better in person.  The envelopes are on the bottom under the stationary and are the 3 5/8 X 5 1/8 I think.  Again I apologize for the lighting.  At least you get the idea.  

Thanks for stopping by today and hope you all have a wonderful Thursday!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Sketch 328- Monday Lunchtime Sketch

Happy Monday everyone!  I always have to say this to make sure when I see it, I am having a happy Monday!  For me it is back to work and for the last year, my job has become very demanding and stressful.  But I am working through that with help from the Lord.
Welcome to our Monday Lunchtime Sketch.  This weeks sketch was perfect for the card I wanted to make for my husband for our "40" anniversary, which was yesterday.  I wanted something cute that really said it all.  So I went back in time and chose a stamp set that I have not used in quite some time, but used a lot while it was active.  It is now retired SU, but one of my favorites, Things I Love.  And, I do love all those things, but as the inside of the card says, but most of all you.  Here it is!
Can you tell I made it as masculine as possible?  I have a friend I follow who made a card with a girl in red cowboy boots and if I could have gotten hold of that digital stamp, I would have.  It would also have been perfect because when we got married, we were both country, country.  Traveling with the military got a little of the country out of us, but it could not get it all. lol
Now here is the inside which I chose a few different stamps just to add a little more of our character to the card.
Now isn't that just a mess!  But the kind of mess I wanted.  You can't stay with someone 40 years without saying all of this.
Hope you enjoyed my post today and don't forget to go check out the rest of the design team samples.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Using Scraps to Create Card #2

Well here I am back for the 4th day, so excited!  And again I am sharing with you a card I made using scraps on my stamping table as I was cleaning up.  I also found the image already to put on that I used for this card.  You will even notice a little water stain on it.  I should not have told you and I don't think you would have known, but that is what happens when you do something and don't use it, then let it sit on your stamping table for a while.  Anyway, just another card using the wonderful Monday Lunchtime sketch this week.  I also have used Sassy Salutations on it since I started the first card.  Love that set.  Anyway here it is.

So what do you think?  I sponged the background and used a circle to cover the white part.  Once done with that, I stamped the image.  Love, love the way it turned out, even with the water spot.

Here is a close up.

I may still try to sponge the little spot again just to darken it a little.

Hope you enjoyed using my scraps post and hopefully I will have more for you later.  Enjoy your Thursday!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Using Scraps to Create Card

Hello again!  I am on a roll.  Actually I created this card on Saturday while I was cleaning up my stamping room.  I ran across this flower that I had already put together with leaves and all for another card and did not like it, so when I got to it I put it to the side.  Then I come across the already cut out circle and thought, I can put these together and use "The Monday Lunchtime sketch of Mary Jo's again.  So what did I do, look and see!

Now this was just using things that I found laying around on my craft table.  I love it and I am so glad that this weeks Monday Lunchtime sketch was perfect for using up my scraps.  And a close up of my flower.

I kind of crinkled the leaves to make them look more like leaves.  

Thanks for stopping by for yet another day with a post!  YEAH!!!!!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

July Paper Pumpkin Kit

WOW are you saying what is going on with me?  Two days in row posting.  Well to be honest my husband is doing high school football and last night they had their first scrimmage game of the season, so I pulled out my first ever Stampin' Up! Paper Pumpkin kit which I got in July and started working on it.  I was told I would love it and now for sure I do.  I actually am getting ready to get my August kit and thought I had better at least check out my July kit.  I am making these for my next Bazaar/Craft show.  What do you think?  Here is the set, card & box.
Everything comes with the kit except the rose on top and the leaf.  I added those as extras.  You can make six of each and have some of the items left over.  How exciting is that?
Now here is he box by itself.
And now for the card by itself.
Even the stamps come with this kit.  There is a total of 10 stamps.  Now that I have the first set done, I am going to have to get busy and make the other six.  I will do each card different, but may do the boxes close to the same.  I like that spiral flower on top which I used my SU Spiral Flower die to make it and that is the first time I have used that die.  I have had it for months.  Time for me to get busy don't you think?
Hope you all have a wonderful Tuesday and by the way, I have 2 other surprises for you this week.  I am on a roll!!!!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Sketch 327- Monday Lunchtime Sketch

Good Monday Morning to all my friends out there.  Today I am using my new blendabilities with you.  Have not got it down pat as this is really my first time using them, but I am sure I will get it before long.  Even the card I am sharing with you today is not perfect, I love it.  Mary Joe has another fabulous Monday Lunchtime sketch for you today.  Now just to let you know, you do not need to use Stampin' Up! products even though she would love for you to, so please join us for this wonderful sketch today.  Now here is my sample for this weeks challenge.
So what do you think?  I know I need a little more practice with the coloring, but I do love it anyway.  Here is a close up which shows you the blending though.
As I said, definitely not perfect, but when you are not looking for the flaws, it is beautiful to me.
Hope you will join us for our Monday Lunchtime sketch and don't forget to link up.  You may be part of our top 3.  Enjoy your week everyone.