Sunday, November 28, 2010

Christmas Ornaments 2010

Hi there! I love to collect Christmas ornaments. I've always loved them. I think I got that passion from my Mama. My grandmother has bought me a new ornament every Christmas since I was a child, and my Mama did the same thing. As I got older, I started buying them for myself. Now, everytime I see one (or five) that I like, I buy them and add them to my collection. I keep all of my ornaments in a box, and they've never been put on a tree. I'm saving them for when I get married and have my own tree, which will actually be next Christmas! So, I'm very excited about putting all of my ornaments on a tree for the first time next year. I want to share with you a few of the ones I purchased so far this year. You'll notice that they're all different. I don't have a specific theme. I just buy ones that I like, and some may be fun and whimsical, while others are more religious. I have some churches and nativity scenes in my collection, but then I have things like the cupcake below. No ornament discrimination here! :)

First of all, I love cupcakes! I love to bake them, eat them, collect them...everything! I think they're just too cute. So, when I saw this adorable Christmas cupcake, I had to have it!


This Christmasy owl was too precious to pass up!


I love to bake! My goal is to someday have a little tree in the kitchen with nothing but kitchen-themed ornaments on it. Look at this cutie! I think this is the first gingerbread person in my collection.


I love this vintage-looking Santa. Look at the detail on his coat! The lantern is actually dangling from his hand...another one of my faves!


When I was shopping for these, Andrew kept asking me, "Don't you have enough ornaments?" I thought it would help if I told him he could pick out an ornament. So, this is what he picked out. Yes, it is a pickle. I quickly protested and told him we were not hanging a pickle on the tree! I gave in, though, mainly because it was only 2 dollars. However, I told him I was going to hide it so that no one could see it. LOL! So, when I was telling my grandmother about how he just *had* to have this pickle, she informed me that there's actually a German tradition that you hide a pickle ornament in the Christmas tree, and whoever finds it is blessed with good fortune for a year. I said that I was already planning on hiding it! :)


Lastly, I purchased this gorgeous fleur de lis at a local gift shop...adding a little Saints flavor to our tree!


Oh, and yes I said these ornaments had never been on a tree, but I hung them there just for picture-taking purposes, and then back into the box they went!

Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you enjoyed a peek into my ornament collection!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Groovy Birthday

Everybody shake ya groove thing!! LOL! Hellooo! I have this FUN card to share today. These bright colors just make me HAPPY!

I made this card using the Feelin' Groovy stamp set and coordinating Project Pantry kit from Taylored Expressions. This set was released awhile back, but because I've been so busy, I just got the chance to work with it. Sad, I know....poor, little abandoned stamps!

I started by stamping the van image in Memento Pear Tart and cut it out with Classic Circle Nestabilities.  I stamped the sentiment onto the pink panel and then embossed it with the Swiss Dots embossing folder. These seriously cute papers are from Doodlebug Designs Feeling Groovy collection, and I stitched around all of the edges. I added some ribbon and two brads to finish this card off.

By the way, I did use a sketch for this card, but I just don't remember which one! I think maybe it was an older Sweet Sunday Sketch. That's likely...I'm always using those!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! :)

Supplies:
Cardstock: Prism, Choice Snow White
Patterned Paper: Doodlebug Designs Feeling Groovy
Stamps: Feelin' Groovy by Taylored Expressions
Ink: Memento Pear Tart, Memento Rich Cocoa
Embellishments: ribbon (Taylored Expressions), brads (The Paper Studio)
Tools: Cuttlebug, Swiss Dots embossing folder, sewing machine

Friday, November 26, 2010

Thanks for Dinner...Again

Hi there!! I have another card to share using the "What's Cookin'?" set by Taylored Expressions. This is just the cutest set! I love this apron because it looks so feminine. You actually get two options with the apron - one stamp with the cherries and one without.

I used an older Taylored Expressions Sketch for my card - TESC 123. These adorable papers are from the October Afternoon Modern Homemaker collection. I stitched around the outer edges of the paper. I would have done more stitching, but I ran out of bobbin, and well...let's just say changing it requires pulling out the instruction manual. I stamped the apron in Memento Tuxedo Black onto Choice Buttercream cardstock. I colored it in with Copic markers and cut it out with the Apron & Pocket Die that coordinates with this stamp set. I must admit that I stared at that little die forever trying to figure out how in the world to use it until I realized the instructions were on the package. Then, it was easy-peasy. LOL! These dies really are a great tool for cutting out your images.

I embossed the cream panel behind my apron with the Swiss Dots Cuttlebug embossing folder. I stamped the sentiment and cut it out with the middle tag in Tag Trio Nestabilities. I added a red brad to it and adhered it to the card. The scallops were cut out with the Jumbo Scallop Dienamics from My Favorite Things. I finished it all off with a pretty, pink bow! I did add some of the red ric-rac, but you can't really tell except in that one corner, so that probably wasn't the best idea. Oops.

Thanks so much for stopping by, and I hope you have a great day!! :)

Supplies:
Cardstock: Bazzill, Choice Buttercream

Patterned Paper: October Afternoon Modern Homemaker
Stamps: Taylored Expressions What's Cookin'?
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic markers
Embellishments: ribbon (Taylored Expressions), red brad (The Paper Studio)
Tools: Cuttlebug, Swiss Dots embossing folder, sewing machine, Tag Trio Nestabilities, Classic Rectangle Nestabilities, Apron & Pocket Dies (Taylored Expressions), Jumbo Scallop Die-namics (My Favorite Things

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Babies are Gifts of Love

Hi there!! I want to start by wishing a Happy Thanksgiving to all of you, my sweet blog readers and your families! I pray you have a wonderful day tomorrow eating yummy food, spending time with family, and most of all, being grateful for our blessings.

Oddly, it's time for Thanksgiving, but I have a baby card to share today. LOL! I made this card with this week's Sweet Stop Sketch. I also used an image from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps for my card - Baby Buggy. These adorable papers are from the October Afternoon Ducks in a Row collection. I printed my image out twice - once onto Choice Buttercream cardstock and again on the patterned paper so that I could paper-piece the buggy. I colored the other buggy parts in with Copic markers and cut it out with Rectangle Nestabilities. I added some pink Twinkles to each corner.

I stitched around all of my paper edges, and for the embellishment option I used a crocheted flower. The sweet and fabulous Jodi Collins sent me some of these beautiful flowers that her mother makes. I just love using them on my card. Thank you, Jodi! I added a flower-shaped button on top of the flower and tied it with some embroidery floss.

This week's Sweet Stop Sketch had a spin to it - to decorate the inside of the card. This baby card is for someone who is having twin girls, and I did not have any stamps for twins! So, I went online and found this precious poem. I just typed it up and printed it out for the inside of my card. I added a strip of coordinating patterned paper to the top and the bottom.


Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today! Again, Happy Thanksgiving!! :)

Supplies:
Cardstock: Bazzill Kraft, Choice Snow White
Patterned Paper: October Afternoon Ducks in a Row
Stamps: Baby Buggy by Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps
Ink: Copic markers
Embellishments: crocheted flower, button, thread, Tiny Twinkles (Taylored Expressions), cream ribbon
Tools: sewing machine

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Thanks for Dinner

Hi there! I don't know about y'all, but I've been looking forward to Thanksgiving dinner all week long...yum-o! My Mema outdoes her self every year, and I when I got in this cute new stamp set, What's Cookin' by Taylored Expressions, I thought to myself that the least I could do was make a card for Mema to say thank you for cooking us such an awesome Thanksgiving dinner.

I've been in a Krafty (as in Bazzill Kraft paper) mood lately, so I decided to use that for my card base. These fun papers are from the October Afternoon Modern Homemaker collection. I love anything October Afternoon, and these were from this month's Taylored Expressions Key Ingredients. For my card, I followed this week's Taylored Expressions Sketch Challenge.

A little side story - I've always loved to bake. I struggle with cooking, but baking I can do! I always use my Mama's KitchenAid mixer, and I've always wanted a red one of my own. As Andrew and I are renovating our home for when we get married, I've been buying things here and there that we will need. The other day QVC had an awesome special on the KitchenAid mixers....so, I caved and got one. When I asked my Mama what color I should get, she replied, "red" because she knew I'd always wanted a red one. Guess what color I got...black. Yup. Of course, now I say, "I wish I had bought the red mixer." I don't know why I got the black one! :( I got free shipping on the mixer, and it would cost too much to send that heavy thing back, so I guess I'm stuck with black. Oh well. I digress...

I stamped the mixer from What's Cookin'? in Memento Tuexedo Black onto Choice Buttercream cardstock. I colored it and cut it out with Oval Nestabilities. I rounded all of my paper corners with the We R Memory Keepers corner chomper. I finished the card off with two white brads, a ribbon, and a Karen Foster measuring spoon charm. I just love those little charms!

I also decorated the inside of my card, since I couldn't find room for a sentiment on the front. I stamped the sentiment, as well as a few images, and lined it with a strip of patterned paper.


That's it for me today. I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family tomorrow! I know that I have so many things to be thankful for, and I'm just so grateful to God for my blessings! Have a great day!! :)

Supplies:
Cardstock: Bazzill, Choice Buttercream
Patterned Paper: October Afternoon Modern Homemaker
Stamps: Taylored Expressions What's Cookin'?
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic markers
Embellishments: brads (The Paper Studio), ribbon (Taylored Expressions), spoon charm (Karen Foster Designs)
Tools: We R Memory Keepers Corner Chomper

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Give Thanks

Hi there! I have some exciting news to share with you today! I am now a Creative Team Card Specialist member for the Paper Issues blog! If you haven't checked out this fun blog yet, then you need to hop on over and do that! The current challenge is to make a Thanksgiving project - card, layout, altered item...anything! Then, just link it up on the blog so that everyone can oohhh and aahhh.

I don't have any Thanksgiving stamps, but I do have the Discover Your Wings stamp set by Taylored Expressions, and I was inspired by the beautiful sponging Taylor did on a Thanksgiving card. In her post, Taylor wrote about the versatility of this set, and I totally agree...it's perfect for anything! For my card, I started with this week's sketch from Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge. Karen posted it on Facebook last night, and I printed it out right away and made a card. I was proud of myself for finishing that card before she even posted it on her blog!

I stamped my flower image in brown pigment ink onto Choice Buttercream cardstock and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder. Then, I cut it out with Circle Nestabilities and sponged Memento Tangelo and Memento Canteloupe to make a background. I layered it on a Kraft scalloped circle. I embossed the brown background with the Swiss Dots embossing folder. The papers are from BasicGrey Indian Summer. I feel like those papers are perfect for fall and Thanksgiving cards, so I've been hoarding them and only use them once a year. :) I finished my card off with a Papertrey Ink ribbon and bow, and stamped "Give Thanks" from A Year of Sweet Sentiments by Taylored Expressions onto the orange paper.

I hope you'll hop over to the Paper Issues blog to see all of the beautiful inspiration! Thanks so much for stopping by today! I'm off school/work all week for Thanksgiving, so I'm really looking forward to having some crafty-time during my break. Have a great day!

Supplies:
Cardstock: Bazzill Kraft, Prism, Choice Buttercream
Patterned Paper: BasicGrey Indian Summer
Stamps: Taylored Expressions Discover Your Wings, A Year of Sweet Sentiments
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa, Memento Tangelo, Memento Cantaloupe, brown pigment ink
Embellishments: ribbon (Papertrey Ink), clear embossing powder
Tools: Cuttlebug, Swiss Dots embossing folder, Classic Circle Nestabilities, Scallop Circle Nestabilities

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Fashionably Late

Hi there! I was able to find some crafty time this week, and I actually sat down and made two cards! Yes, two! I'm sharing one today, and I'll save the other one for another day.

I made this card using Mercy's Tuesday Sketch Challenge, MTSC100. I wanted to use this adorable hippo stamp - Fashionably Late - from Taylored Expressions. Isn't she CUTE?! I love to make cards, and I love to give them, but I'm just awful at sending them out on time! So, when I saw these belated birthday stamps by Taylored Expressions, I picked up a couple because I knew I would be needing them!

I colored my image with Copic markers and cut it out with Oval Nestabilities. The papers are from the My Mind's Eye Penny Lane Whirlybird collection...an older Taylored Expressions kit from last year, actually.  I embossed the green background panel with the Swiss Dots embossing folder. I stamped the sentiment onto Choice Snow White cardstock and cut it out with Tag Trio Nestabilities. I finished the card off with three brads and this fun, organza ribbon.

I also stamped the coordinating "fashionably late" sentiment on the inside.


Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today! :)

Supplies:
Cardstock: Prism, Choice Snow White
Patterned Paper: My Mind's Eye Penny Lane Whirlybird Stamps: Belated Birthday - Fashionably Late by Taylored Expressions
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic markers
Embellishments: brads (The Paper Studio), ribbon (Taylored Expressions)
Tools: Classic Oval Nestabilities, Tag Trio Nestabilities, Cuttlebug, Swiss Dots embossing folder

Monday, November 1, 2010

Miracle in Progress

Hi everyone! Yes, I have a card to share today...shocking that I actually made another card, huh? I know! There's a sweet story behind this card, so I put extra love into this one!

My precious friend and co-worker and her husband have been wanting a baby for many years, and after a long struggle, they are finally expecting a little miracle from Heaven!

I ordered this stamp set, Baby Bump by My Favorite Things, just to make her cards with. I used a Taylored Expressions Key Ingredients kit for my card supplies. The layout is Mercy's Tuesday Sketch Challenge 97...loved this sketch! It's so versatile because I made it work for a square card.

I started by stamping the image in Memento Tuxedo Black. I colored it with Copic markers and paper-pieced her blouse and shopping bags. I stitched around all of the edges of my patterned paper and added double ribbons. I stamped the sentiment directly onto the patterned paper and finished this card off with some pearls in each corner.

The couple finds out the sex of the baby next week, and I can't wait to find out so that I can start shopping for them!

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today! Have a great day! :)

Supplies:
Cardstock: Prism, Choice Snow White
Patterned Paper: KI Memories Paisley Parade
Stamps: Baby Bump - Who's That Girl by My Favorite Things
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa, Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic markers
Embellishments: pearls (Recollections by Michael's stores), ribbon (Taylored Expressions)
Tools: sewing machine