Monday, May 16, 2011

Oops, a little late on the Diva challenge!

Oops, I can't believe how distracted I've become lately.  Barely any stamping time, and I didn't notice that I'd forgotten to post my Diva card last Wednesday.  Ah well,  I guess we all experience different phases in our lives and changes therein.  Who knows what tomorrow brings, right?! 

Anyway, here it is. 
We had a lovely sketch to work with last week- and considering I have barely stamped a thing lately I'm surprised at how much I like what I came up with.  I pulled out some old felt flowers, the Finial Press embossing folder and my favorite reliable stamp set, Aviary. 

Here's a shot of the inside since I did that as well.  Hope you like it.  I'll try to be back soon.  Might not be so hard with the rainy forecast I'm seeing... although we've also got baseball games forecast for nearly every day.  Have a great week and thanks for stopping by!  Be sure to go visit the Diva blog to see the sketch and other fine examples. 

SUO Supplies
Stamps: Aviary, Picture This (retired)
Colors:  Certainly Celery, Rose Red, Chocolate Chip, Old Olive
Accessories:  Big Shot, Felt Flowers, Finial Press embossing folder, Scallop Trim border punch (inside)

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Weeding, Reading and Baseball but little stamping

Hello and happy Tuesday!  I sure love spring and being outside, but sadly all that weeding and reading and the baseball games have kept me from much stamping.  But, I'm back today with a little birthday card I made for my father last week.  I enjoyed using the sketch challenge from Stampin' 411 as well as the color challenge on Splitcoast last week.  Boy, I'm sure behind posting it though! 

Surprise, I even photo'd the inside to show you.  It is quite clean & simple and didn't take long to make either.  I love the newsprint for a background- not something I've done much but will do again for sure! 
This is the birthday RAK I received from Lisette aka scrapinnut620.  Isn't it beautiful?!  I love how she used my favorite background stamp, Medallion!   And those dimensional butterflies are still sitting here on my desk making me smile (the whole card is I mean, I didn't rip them off)! 

Finally, I promised a few before and after pictures of my big bathroom project from a few weeks ago...  if I can get them to upload this time I'll be sharing them...  And if you guessed purple for my new color you are exactly right!  If I were to name a Stampin' Up! color I suppose I would call it Lovely Lilac.  Hope you like it.

BEFORE                              AFTER

Anyway, you get the idea.  Thanks for stopping by!  I'm going to try to have a Diva card for you tomorrow... but it is looking awfully sunny outside right now.  ;) 


Wednesday, May 4, 2011

A Lovely Mother's Day

Warning:  this post is full of pictures!  Not only do I have the weekly Diva challenge for you but also some RAKs (Random Acts of Kindness) I've received recently that made my day!  Enjoy!
 Here is my Diva card using the color combo Soft Suede, So Saffron and Regal Rose.  I've also employed the fabulous sketch by Card Patterns
Here's a peek at the inside as well.  I enjoyed working with the Medallion background stamp again- it's been awhile.  Also, the Big Shot came in handy with the Framed Tulips embossing folder as well as the Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder and the Beautiful Wings embosslit for the butterlflies inside and out.

This is a birthday card I found in my mailbox from my good pal and frequent virtual stampin' buddy, Lisa Henke!  Isn't it beautiful?!  It did have a rhinestone in the center of that bottom flower when I opened it but lost it from the mailbox to here. 

Here's another from Lisa who thought of me and cheered me up when I needed it most.  Perfect timing and friendship to make a gal perk up! 

And to make me feel even more special, this card and the next both arrived from perfect strangers who just send RAKs out of the kindness of their hearts!  This is from Joan aka Smileyj on Splitcoast...  thank you Joan!  Oops, looks like the other one didn't load.  I'll work on that and see if I can't show you tomorrow. 

Here is the DCBD color challenge for this week if you are inclined to play along.  We'd love to have you join us!  Heck, we might even choose your card to feature on our weekly "Featured Artist" post. 

Ooh, almost forgot.  My before and after bathroom redo pictures...  well, I've got them taken just need to upload.  Any last minute gueses as to what color it is?  I'll work on that post for tomorrow... my power is supposed to be out this morning so I feel like I'm working on borrowed time as it is or else I'd just add them right now.   

Thanks for stopping by!