Thursday, December 30, 2010

Almost there!

I'm sure you've not been holding your breath, but I'm getting closer to being back to blogging!  I ordered my new laptop on the 27th which was supposed to be delivered today.  It arrived approximately 16 minutes after I left the house for my son's birthday party... so instead of a fun new toy I got a slip from Fedex saying it won't arrive until Monday.  *sob*  (that's me sobbing, no cussing) 

Anyway, tonight I'll be stamping instead of ... well, you know.  But at least I'll have lots of projects to show you when I get back in 2011! 

Have a wonderful and safe New Years!!  My son turns 11 tomorrow so we'll be celebrating with a big family party.    See you next year!  Thanks for not giving up on me!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Bad News!

I'm sorry to say that I have some bad news... my computer crashed and is done for.  I am barely getting by working on this ancient mac laptop of my hubby's that seems to be on its last leg as well. My search for a new PC has begun, but in the mean time I have no way of uploading pictures here or anywhere.  I'm so bummed because I have lots to share and miss blogging! 

I hope you all have a wonderful and WARM holiday season and I assure you I'll be back as soon as I can! 

Stampin' Hugs,

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Poinsettia Cardinal Christmas

Good morning!  I'm back with a lovely sketch from Mojo Monday today.  I just loved this sketch and actually did two cards with it.  I haven't photo'd the second one yet, so that will have to wait.  Here is the first one I did.  I'd gotten my A Flower for All Seasons stamp set out recently because I realized it's been awhile since I've used it.  My color combo, which I really like, is Cherry Cobler, Old Olive and Chocolate Chip (which I thought was Early Espresso until it was too late). 
I used the rectangle clearlit with the Big Shot to cut out my potted flowers.  The background is embossed with the Petals-a-Plenty embossing folder.  My sentiment is an old hostess set called Holiday Best. 

I hope you like it!  Thanks for stopping by again today!

SUO Supplies
Stamps: Holiday Best, A Flower for All Seasons
Colors: Chocolate Chip, Cherry Cobler, Old Olive, Whisper White
Accessories: Big Shot, Petals-a-Plenty Embossing folder, Rectangle clearlit, Cherry Cobler seam binding ribbon, Basic Pearls, markers

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Long time no see!

Gosh, I've been a slacker blogger!  Sorry 'bout that.  The holidays have thrown my schedule for a loop... plus I've been reading a bit.  Can't help myself on these frigid Ohio days! 

Well, today I've got a new Diva challenge for you and I've got things planned to show you for the next 3 days too!!  This is a color challenge today, of course, to use Elegant Eggplant, River Rock and Melon Mambo.  It took some effort but since I'm a little short on Christmas cards I turned it into one.

I'm not sure if you can see the texture, it is quite subtle, but it was done with the Texturz Plates 1 set in checkers.  I thought it was ideal for a winter card because it reminds me of a warm thick sweater.  My little penguin friend is from the Punch Pals stamp set.  She also fits the Just Add Ink Challenge to "Just Add Critters"- what a fun challenge!  My snowflake is a felt flurry with an antique brad in the center. 

Thanks for visiting today!  I hope you'll go join the Divas for this challenge. 

SUO Supplies
Stamps: Holidays & Wishes, Punch Pals
Colors: River Rock, Elegant Eggplant, Melon Mambo
Accessories:  Big Shot, Texturz Plates 1, Felt Flurries snowflake, Antique brad, scallop square punch, markers, distressing tool

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Home for Christmas!

Good morning ladies & gents!  Sorry I'm a bit late posting this- I've been fighting a virus (my computer has I mean, not me!).  Today is another great Diva Day and we've got a sketch for you. 

I took the sketch very literally and made it quite simple.  I also used the color challenge from Splitcoast yesterday:  Real Red, Old Olive & River Rock.  I haven't used River Rock in a while and I like it.  This time I made my three panels look like a door by using the Woodgrain background and sponging the edges for some depth. 

My wreath was fun to do.  I've seen somehing similar before, using the two-step Bird punch branch to make it.  I started with a circle frame made by first punching a 1 1/4" circle in some scrap Old Olive, then punching around it (on the scrap still, the circle is laying on your table by now) with the 1 3/4" circle punch.  Then I covered the whole thing with tape runner and started layering the leaves on.  Finally I added the three red rhinestone brads and the ribbon. 

What do you think of the antique brad doorknob??  Wouldn't you just love to have doorknobs like that in your house?!  I would!  Anyway, the sentiment on the outside is from the Home For Christmas stamp set.  On the inside I just stamped Season's Greetings. 

Thanks for visiting today and be sure to go check out the Diva Coffee Break Designs blog for more fabulous
cards with this sketch. 


SUO Supplies:
Stamps:  Woodgrain background, Home for Christmas
Colors:  River Rock, Old Olive, Real Red, Early Espresso (ink)
Accessories:  Extra Large Two-Step Bird Punch, Red Rhinestone brad, Antique Brad, Riding Hood Red taffeta ribbon, sponge