Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Ippity Shaker Card

Hi there! It's been awhile since I've posted to my blog, so before I get to my card details today, I'll give you a little update about what's been going on in my life!

I got sick about two months ago and went to the doctor. I was coughing and wheezing very badly, but I had no other symptoms. I was told that I had bronchitis and was treated accordingly. I didn't get any better, and I even went back to the doctor several times over the past few months for different medications. 

The coughing and wheezing continued to get worse. I started sleeping sitting straight up on the couch at night because I couldn't lie down, or I would cough even worse. In fact, it got so bad this past Saturday that I could not do anything without getting short of breath. I couldn't even walk to the restroom! It got bad enough that my husband took me to the emergency room. Because I had been so sick for so long, they admitted me and kept me in the hospital for two nights. I had never stayed overnight in the hospital before! While I was in there, I saw a lung specialist, and he confirmed that I have developed asthma. I'm glad to know what the problem is and how to treat it. I was released Monday afternoon, but I can't go back to work until next week, and I have to follow up with both my lung specialist and my Ear, Nose, and Throat doctor next week. 

So, if you haven't seen much on my blog lately, it's because I simply haven't been able to fulfill my design team requirements over the past week or so. I am back on track now! Also, so many of you stopped by my Facebook page and left words of encouragement and your thoughts and prayers. THANK YOU SO MUCH! That lifted me up while I was in the hospital! 

Now, moving on to my card for this week! This card uses the Ippity set Warm Wishes. Ever since I got this set, I knew that I wanted to use it to make a shaker card. I had never made a shaker card prior to this, and let me tell you, it can be a little intimidating if you've never done it before, but I think I got it! 

I stamped the snowflake from the Warm Wishes set in white pigment ink and embossed it with some snowflakey embossing powder. I added some Martha Stewart glitter to the bottom of the shaker circle. 

This fun, wintery patterned paper is from last year's Wintertime collection by Echo Park. I finished it off with some ribbon and a snowflake brad.

Thank you sooo much for stopping by my blog today! Hop over to the I Heart {Ippity} blog to see what the other fabulous ladies have to share with you today, and as always, you can buy this stamp set and more from Miss Heather!

Cardstock: Bazzill
Patterned Paper: Echo Park Wintertime
Stamps: Warm Wishes by Ippity
Ink: White Daisy pigment ink (Close to My Heart) , Winter Wonderland embossing powder (Stampendous)
Embellishments: ribbon, snowflake brad, foam tape, clear acetate, Martha Stewart glitter
Tools: We R Memory Keepers corner chomper, Circle Nestabilities, Scallop Circle Nestabilities


Saturday, November 26, 2011

Christmas Card Challenges Blog Hop

Hi everyone!! Christmas Card Challenges is doing something new and fun today! We are having a blog hop to announce the new Design Team for the first term of 2012!! 

If you hopped here from Alanna's blog, then you are in the right place. If not, then please hop back to the Christmas Card Challenges blog and be sure you don't miss a single link because one lucky commenter along the way will win a prize!

I am SO happy that I have been asked to stay on with Christmas Card Challenges! We also have a few returning designers, and six new designers, along with 6 new guest designers. Along this hop, you'll be able to meet each designer and learn a bit about them! They'll also share a project with you! Unfortunately, I don't have a project to share with you today. I am so sorry for that! I have been very sick lately and just haven't felt like making cards. :(

Now, hop on over to Peggy's blog!

Have a great day, and I hope you join us for tomorrow's challenge at Christmas Card Challenges!!


Sunday, November 20, 2011

Christmas Card Challenge #51

Good morning! Happy Sunday to you! Today I have a card to share for this week's Christmas Card Challenge. This week's challenge is to make a black and white card.

I decided to keep this card super simple and not use any patterned paper at all. I embossed my white background with the Snowflakes embossing folder and rounded all my corners. I stamped the image from Sparkle and Cheer by Taylored Expressions in Memento Tuxedo Black. I cut it out with Circle Nestabilities. I layered that circle on a scalloped black circle.

For my sentiment banner, I used the It's a Banner Day 1 and Banner Holidays stamp sets, also by Taylored Expressions. I cut out the banner with the Banner Day 1 die and then traced around the outer portion of the die onto some black cardstock to make a background for it so that it would pop off of the white cardstock.

I finished off my card by adding a little Frosted Lace Stickles to the dove, and I added a border of White Opal Liquid Pearls on the edge of the circle. I also put a black pearl in each corner, and that was it!

Hopefully I'll be able to make a lot more cards to share with you this week since I am off all week for the Thanksgiving holidays! Yay! :)

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Be sure to check out the rest of the Design Team inspiration over at Christmas Card Challenges!

Cardstock: PTI - Stamper's Select White, True Black
Stamps: Taylored Expressions - Sparkle and Cheer, It's a Banner Day 1, Banner Holidays
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Embellishments: black pearls, Frosted Lace Stickles, White Opal Liquid Pearls
Tools: Snowflakes embossing folder, Banner Day 1 Die, We R Memory Keepers corner chomper


Friday, November 18, 2011

Clean & Simple Thank You

Hi there! My brother, Aaron, had to attend a scholarship dinner earlier this week and needed a thank you card for his scholarship donor. Since the donor was a man, I attempted a masculine card for him.

I used an older sketch from Clean and Simple Stamping - my go-to site for CAS sketches! I embossed the Kraft background with the Seeing Spots embossing folder to give it a bit of texture. I stamped the sentiment from Signature Greetings by Papertrey Ink in Memento Rich Cocoa onto Vintage Cream cardstock.

The bit of patterned paper is from the A Beautiful Life collection by My Mind's Eye. I finished it off with a couple of Kaisercraft pearls.

I asked Aaron if his donor liked his card, and he said, "I guess." LOL...boys!

I love making layered cards, so sometimes I feel awkward making cards like something is missing, but I also enjoy it, too. They're so much quicker. I made this card in about 10 minutes!

Today was our last day of school before Thanksgiving vacation. We are out all next week. WooHoo!! I plan to get in lots of card-making time!

Thanks sooo much for stopping by my blog today!

Cardstock: Papertrey Ink - Blueberry Sky, Kraft, Vintage Cream
Patterned Paper: My Mind's Eye A Beautiful Life
Stamps: Papertrey Ink - Signature Greetings
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa
Embellishments: Kaisercraft pearls
Tools: Cuttlebug Seeing Spots embossing folder


Wednesday, November 16, 2011

{Ippity} Dream

Hi there! I'm popping by real quick to share with you this week's Ippity card! 

This was a really simple card to put together. I used the Make Your Mark stamp set. I added my patterned papers and did some stitching on them. I stamped the sentiment directly on the patterned paper. I stamped the flowers and did a little sponging and cut that out with Oval Nestabilities. I added a bow and some pearls. That's it! 

Remember to hop over to the I Heart Ippity blog to see the rest of the inspiration from the design team! 

Cardstock: Papertrey Ink - Plum Pudding, Vintage Cream
Patterned Paper: My Mind's Eye A Beautiful Life
Stamps: Make Your Mark by Ippity
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa, Memento Cantaloupe
Embellishments: ribbon (Papertrey Ink), pearls (Kaisercraft)
Tools: sewing machine, Oval Nestabilities


Sunday, November 13, 2011

Christmas Card Challenge #50

Hi there! Happy Sunday! This card is for Christmas Card Challenge #50 - to use holly or a wreath on your card.

I love this pretty wreath from the Seasons Greetings stamp set by There She Goes, and I'm sure you've seen it on several of my Christmas cards so far this year, and I reached for it again.

I stamped it in Memento Tuxedo Black and colored it with Copics. I cut it out with Circle Nestabilities and layered it on a scalloped circle. The image is popped up on the card base with some foam tape.

These pattterned papers are from the Echo Park Seasons Greetings collection. I cut the scallop with the MFT Jumbo Scallop dienamic. I finished this card off with a few pearls and a ribbon, twine, and button.

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today! Be sure to pop over to the Christmas Card Challenges blog to see the rest of the inspiration from the design team!

Cardstock: Papetrey Ink
Patterned Paper: Echo Park Season's Greetings
Stamps: Seasons Greetings by There She Goes Clear Stamps
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic markers
Embellishments: Kaisercraft pearls, PTI ribbon, button, twine (Ribbon Carousel)
Tools: Classic Circle Nestabilities, Scallop Circle Nestabilities, MFT Jumbo Scallop Dienamics


Friday, November 11, 2011

My New Venture

Hi there! A few days ago I posted that I was having a Scentsy catalog party. Well...I did so well with it and LOVED the products so much that I decided to sign up as a consultant! Yup! I am so very excited about this new venture! I'm having so much fun with it, too!

I'd love for you to check out my personal Scentsy website. Just click here! If you have any questions, please let me know! I'd love to tell you all about these amazing products!

Oh, and I promise not to turn this into my "Scentsy" blog. I think I'm actually going to make a blog just for that so that I can keep this all for card-making! :) 

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

{Ippity} Wednesday

I have two hours of Wednesday left! Better late than never, right? :) I started trying to make this card last night, and I goofed it up three times. Does that ever happen to you? I just wasn't feeling the card-making last night! I finished it up this evening and wanted to pop in and share it with y'all before I head to bed. 

I kept this card super simple! I used one of the brand new Ippity sets, Warm Wishes. This set is gorgeous! You seriously have to have it! I love the pretty font in the sentiments and the beautiful snowflakes! 

Be sure you head over to the I Heart {Ippity} blog to see what the rest of the design team has for you today! 

Thanks for stopping by! :)

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Christmas Card Challenge #49

Hi there! Good morning! Did you remember to set your clock back last night? I don't really feel like I got an extra hour because I stayed up entirely too late! :)

This card is for this week's Christmas Card Challenges #49 - a sketch challenge. I changed the sketch to a square card to fit my image. I recently got this Worship the Lord set from Our Daily Bread Designs, and I just could not wait to use it! 

I stamped the image in Memento Tuxedo Black and cut it out with square Nestabilities. Then, I set about coloring it with my Copic markers. Next, I masked the church and used the Cloud Border Die by Taylored Expressions to sponge a sky background. That was my first time at attempting a sky like that, but I love how it turned out! 

I added lots of liquid applique, glitter, and white flower soft to get that snowy look. I also stamped my image again and cut out the two trees and popped them up with foam tape for just a little dimension. 

The patterned papers are from the Echo Park Season's Greetings collection, and I did a little stitching on them. I wanted to add a sentiment, but I was running out of room, I stuck it up at the top. I stamped it in Memento Rich Cocoa, cut it out with Nestabilities, popped it up with foam tape, and accented it with a few pearls.

I finished my card off with a bow I made from Pure Poppy ribbon. 

That's it for me today, but be sure you hop over to the Christmas Card Challenges blog so that you can see all the inspiration there :)

Have a great day!

Cardstock: PTI - Pure Poppy, Rich Avocado, Stamper's Select White
Patterned Paper: Season's Greetings by Echo Park
Stamps: Worship the Lord by Our Daily Bread Designs
Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black, Rich Cocoa; Colorbox Ice Blue; Copic markers
Embellishments: Pure Poppy Ribbon (PTI), white Flower Soft, Liquid Applique, Crystal Fine Martha Stewart glitter, red pearls (Kaisercraft), cream thread, foam tape
Tools: Classic Square Nestabilities, Classic Oval Nestabilities, Scallop Oval Nestabilities, sewing machine

Saturday, November 5, 2011

With Sympathy

Hi there! Here I am again with another sympathy card. It seems like I've had to make too many of these lately. I need to do another one lately. There's so much sadness going around! I just lift these families up in prayer each time I make one of these cards!

This morning I had printed out this week's Sweet Stop Sketch, SSS133, and it was lying on my desk, so I used that my for my card layout.

I used my go-to set for sympathy cards - Care and Comfort by Taylored Expressions, and I stamped the sentiment in Memento Rich Cocoa and did a little sponging. It was cut out with Classic Square Nestabilities and layered on a scalloped square. I popped this up with some foam tape.

I really wish I could tell you the name of this patterned paper! Do any of you know? I found a few sheets of it in my paper stash, and I have no idea where I got it...maybe in a RAK or something? I love these beautiful colors! I've probably had it so long that it's discontinued!

I added a border with the Dainty Lace Border Dienamics by MFT and did lots of stitching. I got in an order from Ribbon Carousel this week, so I used some of my ivory vintage seam binding and a little natural twine. I did a lot of stitching on this card and finished it off with a few pearls and a Wild Orchid Crafts flower.

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog! Remember to set your clocks back tonight...gotta love that extra hour! :)

Cardstock: Kraft, Vintage Cream (PTI)
Patterned Paper: ??
Stamps: Care and Comfort by Taylored Expressions
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Memento Cantaloupe
Embellishments: flower (Wild Orchid Crafts), vintage seam binding, twine (Ribbon Carousel), foam tape, pearls (Kaisercraft)
Tools: sewing machine, Classic Square Nestabilties, Scallop Square Nestabilities, MFT Dainty Lace Border Dienamics

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

{Ippity} Christmas Greetings

Hi there! Happy Wednesday! It's time for today's Ippity card share. I've been trying to put a dent in my Christmas cards, so I used the Gingham Christmas Greetings set.

I opted to not put a sentiment on the front. I'll put one on the inside (yes...will...not finished yet!). These beautiful patterned papers are from my favorite paper company - Echo Park! This is the Season's Greetings collection. Since I didn't do any sewing or a bunch of die-cutting on this card, it came together so quickly! That's important when it comes to Christmas cards.

I stamped the musical image and cut it out with Circle Nestabilities. I added some Vintage Cream ribbon, a lovely cream flower, and a couple of Christmas tree stick pins to finish it off.

Be sure you hop over to the I Heart {ippity} blog to see what the rest of the design team has to share with you today.

As always, thanks so very much for stopping by my blog! :)

Cardstock: Papertrey Ink - Kraft and Vintage Cream
Patterned Paper: Echo Park Season's Greetings
Stamps: Ippity Gingham Christmas Greetings
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa
Embellishments: Vintage Cream ribbon (PTI), stick pins (Maya Road), flower (Wild Orchid Crafts)
Tools: Classic Circle Nestabilities

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Thanks for All You Do!

Hi there! I just love There She Goes Clear Stamps, and I try to play in their weekly challenges as much as I can. I made this card for this week's challenge, TSG128, au naturale - use twine, burlap, etc. on your card. I also made this card for this week's Ribbon Carousel Challenge, RCC27 - anything goes

I used the October SFYTT (yes, a day late, but it fit my image perfectly) and made it into a square card. I stamped this beautiful window from the Art is the Window stamp set by There She Goes and colored it with Copics. I also sponged around the edges with Memento Cantaloupe ink. I paper-pieced the curtains and cut out the flower box and popped it up over the window with foam tape. I added some Clear Glaze to the window and did lots of stitching on this card. I added a ribbon, some {au naturale} twine, and a button to finish it off.

I didn't take a photo of the inside, but I stamped "thank you for all that you do," a sentiment from the same stamp set. 

Thanks sooo much for stopping by my blog today! :)

Cardstock: Bazzill, Georgia Pacific white
Patterned Paper: My Mind's Eye Life of the Party
Stamps: Art is the Window by There She Goes Clear Stamps
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Memento Cantaloupe, Copic markers
Embellishments: ribbon, twine, button, foam tape, Clear Glaze pen
Tools: sewing machine, Classic Square Nestabilities