Saturday, November 30, 2013

Seasons Greetings Woodsy card

Here is a sweet,  woodsy Christmas card made with stamps from the Unity Stamp Co.   I know you've heard me say it before,  but I just love their stamps!  

Again,  these images are from the October 2013 kit of the month.   I water colored the trees and added some glitter glue,  then distressed and edged the paper with ink.  The tag was decorated with a white gel pen,  then I also dotted around the card edge. 

I finished it off with some twine,  ribbon and an inked doily.   A sweet,  woodsy Christmas card.   Tell me what you think.Thanks and I appreciate your comments.

Supplies:  Stickles green glitter glue,  white gel pen,  green and brown watercolor brush pens,  Teresa Collins Vintage Finds twine,  craft ribbon,  4x4 doily,  Tim Holtz distressed ink,  pearl gemstones

Friday, November 29, 2013

Black Friday.... Did you score?

It's going on 2:00 pm where I live and I'm still in my jammies.   Love having the day off and watching Hallmark Christmas movies!   I did some online shopping but no way am I heading out into the throng today.  

How about you? Do you shop online,  get out in the crowds or both? I was able to get the same prices online as the major stores were offering and didn't have to fight any crowds or long lines.  And.... Sipping on cocoa too.   Ya can't beat that.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving

My family and I would like to wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving and hope your day was as terrific as ours.
We spent several days cooking and seems like it's all eaten up in a matter of minutes!  Well, not really, we did have a lot of leftovers that will carry us over for the next day or two.

With eating aside, my prayer is that you will take some time to reflect on what Thanksgiving means to you.  We spend so much time hurrying everywhere we go.  This is the day to stop and slow down for just a little while.  So tell did you spend your day?  What was the most fun thing you did?  Watch a ball game?  Play backyard football with the kids?  I'd love to know.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Christmas Survivor pink ribbon card

Would you agree that Christmas is sweeter when you are a cancer survivor?  YES!

So, I had this in mind while making cards recently.  I've mentioned before that
my Mom and sister are both survivors.  I have some awesome stamps from the
Unity Stamp Co.  and I used the pink ribbon from the Unity ''Hope for a cure'' stamp,
the survivor sentiment from the ''I'm a survivor'' stamp, and the Ornament and 
Merry Christmas stamp are from the October 2013 kit of the month.  Love that kit!
So versatile! 

Next, I made a banner tag from the breast cancer collection of Mambi Sheets, added some bling and some glitter glue and we are done!  
(other supplies: American Craft taffy ink, Permapaque pink metallic pen 1.0 fine point)

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Joyful tidings card

Here's another card I made with a sentiment from the Unity stamp Co.
It was pretty simple to make,  starting with
a kraft card,  layering some designer paper and embellishing with ribbon and glittery stars.
I stamped the verse on cream colored cardstock and did a little watercolor on the paper and raised it over a 4x4'' doily with pop dots.   Speaking of the doily,  I edged it with beige Colorbox ink and added some yellow Stickles glitter glue.

A joyful and sweet Christmas card!  

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Hark the Angels sing card

Being a pianist,  there's always music lying around and half written songs.   I had this great stamp from the        that I wanted to incorporate with some old manuscript paper to make a Christmas card.   I used the Playful Pups Cricut cartridge and the cloud image for the manuscript paper and also embossed the background cloud with my Cuttlebug and dotted folder.   Then I edged the bottom of the cloud with some white ribbon added some other odds and ends and voila!  

Other supplies:  white gel pen,  Stickles diamond glitter glue,  Paper studio ribbon,  purple ink,  mini musical note punch,  pop dots,  Xyron 2.5'' sticker maker,  Hobby Lobby snowflakes and gemstones

Monday, November 18, 2013

The Christmas list of an 11 yr old...

My young 'un,  my one and only,  the apple of my eye, has come up with his Christmas list.   Now he's been working on this for about a month.   It's been revised,  erased,  traded for something else,  and all but signed on the dotted line.

What does he want?   The same thing every other kid his age wants ; technology.   And accessories for technology.   And accessories that coordinate with accessories.   Oh an
d a Duck Dynasty Jr Archery set.   And an Uggly Pug electronic dog that makes gross noises.   

I might as well accept the fact that my little guy isn't so little anymore.   No more dump trucks or pirate costumes or cowboy hats.   He wants nano micro juju pods or whatever.   So there we have it.   It's technology or money from here on out.   Or a Nerf Elite N rapid striker CS shooter.   Ah,  something I recognize... Nerf.   He's still my baby after all.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Deer Christmas card

Got started on an order of Christmas cards and I had permission to do whatever I wanted from the buyer.  So I pulled out a stamp I recently received from the "Merry Deerest" stamp kit that I ordered from the Unity Stamp Co.  

I started with some kraft cards and added a 4x4 doily.  I had printed out some frames in different sizes and colors with my Cricut using the Straight From The Nest cartridge and went to work.  The smaller white frame was edged with, of all things.....a mistletoe stamp roller in green ink.  Kind of gave it a cool look I think.  The larger frame was 4 1/2" and was made with red/white cardstock.  

My local craft store had a bunch of stuff 1/2 off so I picked up these faux pine branches, a pack of 10 for $1.00!  I was super excited about that.  I cut pieces from each stem so it only took me 2 stems to make 6 cards.   GOT TO USE MY NEW UNITY BOW MAKER!!  I've been wanting one of these forever and it is the best thing!  If you don't have one, get one!  It's only $5.99 and they have a video tutorial to help you out.  I was making bows lickety-split.  (And no, I am not getting paid to advertise this people, just love the products!)

So I tied the bows to the pine stem to make sure they didn't  come off because I just didn't think a glue dot would do the trick.   To finish things off, I made little tags for the bottom using the other stamp that came with the Merry Deerest kit which is the Merry and Bright sentiment.  Each one of the tags is just a little bit different whether it be different brads or a little glitter glue, etc.  

So there you have it.  Took me, oh, maybe only about 5 hours to finish....'cause I took my sweet little 'ole time but it was fun and next time, I'll have a better handle on things so it goes quicker.  Thanks for looking and I'd love a comment.  Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas!

Items used: Metallic markers, white gel pen, red twine, Unity Bow Maker and stamps, Hobby Lobby pine stems, Sticklers glitter glue

Friday, November 15, 2013

Meet Max

We have a new family member named Max.   He's about 3 years old and hyper as can be!   Another family gave him to us as they were overwhelmed with too many animals.   My hubby and son have been wanting one forever and we'd been looking for one as a birthday present for the 11 yr old,  so happy early birthday to my young 'un!

Max is settling in just fine.   The cats on the other hand?   Not so much..... Ha!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Beach trip.... And work....

I was informed that I have been negligent to this blog .   Alas,  tis true.   Last week,  I had a business trip at Orange Beach,  AL and took my family with me.  I made arrangements to take my son out of school,  (it helps to have a straight A student!)  and off we went.   The first day was gorgeous and my boys had fun at the beach while I'm in meetings.   That night we had dinner at the Shrimp Basket and the food was excellent.   When my son took a bite of my red snapper he made me trade plates.   Why do I always have to give up my food?!

The next day the boys took off for the Gulf Shores Zoo and had a blast,  once again,  while I'm in meetings all day.   Doesn't seem right does it?   *grin

That night was super cold but we participated outdoors in a mullet toss.   The fish,  not the hairstyle.   Believe it or not,  it was actually fun.   Apparently,  it's a big event there every year.   Later we ate at a sponsored '' luau'' where a DJ was spinning tunes.   People were line dancing and my 11 year old tore onto the dance floor when he recognized dances he learned at school.   He was hilarious and not shy at all!
By the end of the 3rd day,  the hubby and son were getting on each others nerves cause mom is not around to buffer.   Welcome to my world dad!
Lastly,  I spent the last night in Daphne,  AL  with my BFF from high school.   We had so much fun staying up late and reminiscing.   Just like old times... Miss her already.   So there you have it.   Mommy did all the work but had fun anyway.   Oh and if you ever get to Ed's Seafood Shak?   I highly recommend Yo Mommas platter.   Could feed 3 people!

Monday, November 4, 2013

Leaves and owls Thinking of you card

I had to come up with a quick card for a sweet lady in my church who broke her leg.   Ouch!   I had previously run some paper through my Cuttlebug and had several cards prepared with this leafy embossed design but nothing else.

So I had this great stamp from  the  Unity Stamp Co    and made a cute tag for the card with some washi tape,  button and string.   I love owls and didn't have time for anything fancy so these are just some cute stickers.   I had also punched the edge of the paper with a Knock Out edge punch and added some green Stickles glitter glue,  dotting the holes.   Hope this makes my friend feel better.....

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Seasons Sympathy card

Today I have a card that could really be used as an all occasion card,  however,  I chose to send this as a sympathy card for a friend.   This is one of my favorite scripture verses.   I even use this verse as a tagline in my emails.   So when I found this stamp at the Unity Stamp Co.,  I had to have it.
Let me just highlight a few things on this card.   The white lace ribbon with hearts was inked up with yellow ink to blend in with the Basic Grey paper.   I fashioned a piece of cream wired ribbon into a bow then wrapped a piece of fiber trim around it.  I also added some Stickles glitter glue in a few places on the sentiment and added some Princess Twinkle cut yellow rhinestones from Queen & Co. 
This card has a lot of love poured into it for a special friend who suffered a loss recently.   Thanks for looking.   I appreciate your comments.   God bless!

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