Thursday, April 30, 2009

Here I Am!

So, I haven't been getting along so swell this month. I had surgery on 4/13, which went ok, but was quite painful. On 4/20, I was back at the doctor because my incisions were infected. I also went back to work that day. This past Monday, I got my stitches out, but the incisions are still not quite right. They still have infection. I am just worn out. I did stamp a touch to take my mind off the pain. Maybe that's what inspired this card here...

Stamp Sets: Fifth Avenue Floral, Great Friend, Matchbox Messages, Thoughts & Prayers
Ink: Sahara Sand, Bashful Blue, Not Quite Navy
Paper: Confetti Cream, Manhattan DSP
Accessories: Kraft Corduroy brad, Very Vanilla small grommet
Big Shot: Beautiful Butterfies Bigz die
I actually did stamp in the inside of this card. I'm in a digiswap again, so I will be posting some cards made by my sideline using Occasions Mini Catty stuff... stay tuned!

Friday, April 3, 2009

Embossed Friend

I wish I could send this card to all of you that have emailed me and let comments giving me encouragement. It means a LOT to me. You are ALL my Fabulous Friends! I love the stamping community for that! Lest I be banned, my Cookie (Lee) Sisters have been absolutely fabulous, as well. I got into an expo at a local pizza place... the event is called Sip-N-Shop... how cute?! Anyway, the event turns out to be 2 days after my surgery to remove the cancer. My Cookie Sister (and adopted upline) said she would do it for me if I wasn't up to it, AND give me the profit. Can you believe that?!?! Mel - I don't know what I would do without you! Ok, before I get too sappy, let me explain this OMG SIMPLE card...
Stamp Set: Oval All
Ink: Certainly Celery
Paper: Blush Blossom (base), Whisper White (oval), Certainly Celery (scallop oval)
Accessories: Whisper White Organza ribbon, Stampin' Dimensionals, Ice Circle Rhinestone brad, Taken with Teal Stampin' Write marker (to color flower)
Punches: Scallop Oval, Large Oval
Big Shot: Manhattan Flower textured impressions die
Seriously - that's it! I started to sand over the die, but it didn't really make a difference because the Blush Blossom was so light, so I stopped wasting my time. Now, the ribbon... I did a little differently here. But it's CRAZY easy... All I did was fold down the edges and secure the fold with tape runner. Yup, that's it! I had to use Stampin' Dimensionals to adhere the scalloped oval because of the rhinestone brad and the folds of the ribbon, but you can't see it. Pop dots would be too tall for this. My husband loved this card, so the moms will be getting something similar for Mother's Day. Speaking of husband... he will be HOME TOMORROW!!!!! Only for two weeks, but I'll take it! I may be light in posting over the next two weeks, as I spend time with him instead of my stamps, but I'll be back. Until next time...

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Did Some Stampin' For Ya...

My first project is a simple 3x3. I used a sketch from the May/June PaperCrafts magazine, but modified it in my own way, of course. I even pierced! Look at me go!

Stamp Set: Great Friend
Ink: Not Quite Navy (butterfly), Chocolate Chip (sentiment)
Paper: Baja Breeze (base), Tangarine Tango (scallop), Sahara Sand (butterfly)
Accessories: Paper Piercing tool, Priceless Classy Brass (you don't honestly think I did that spiral all by myself - do you?!?!), Stampin' Dimensionals (for wings)
Big Shot: Scallop Circle # 2 Bigz die

The next project is the start of the Easter gifts my team will get. Instead of Easter Baskets, they will get Easter bags. Here are the bag toppers that I made for them...

Stamp Set: A Good Egg (how cute IS that little chicken?!?!)
Ink: Basic Gray (chicken), Not Quite Navy (sentiment)
Paper: SAB Delicate Dots DSP, So Saffron
Accessory: Pumpkin Pie Stampin' Write Marker
Punch: Scallop Circle
Big Shot: Top Note Bigz Die... I *told* you I was workin' on something for that die!
Well, I'm off to have some oatmeal for breakfast... thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Occasions Mini is HERE!

Go on... get excited! The occasions mini catty is open for business. I have a little note of thanks to all of you for being SO supportive of me during this trying time. You can see the whole mini HERE, and trust me - it's worth it! Let me explain this little guy for a minute...
Stamp Sets: Great Friend (stamp on the blue label), Matchbox Messages (kiwi label)
Ink: Chocolate Chip (kiwi label), Whisper White (blue label)
Paper: Taste of Textiles (new textured paper, card base), Good Morning Sunshine DSP, Pacific Point, Kiwi Kiss
Accessories: So Saffron 7/8" Poly-Twill
Punch: Slit
Big Shot: Matchbox XL Die (to punch the labels)
Card Size: 4" x 4"
The Matchbox Die has 3 little labels that coordinate with the Great Friend and Matchbox Messages sets (all in the Occasions mini catty). Yeah, that sold me on that die. I have a couple more items I've made with those labels, so stay tuned... I have one more label sitting on my desk begging to be used, so I'm off...


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