Saturday, February 28, 2009

Happy Birthday, Aunt Mary Jo and Uncle Scott!

So today is my Uncle Scott's birthday, and his wife my beloved Aunt Mary Jo's was last week. I just love them so much! They are the best family a girl could ask for. So here are the cards I made them, some lovely pictures, and a little back story.

It had to beerafella for Uncle Scott. That's Mexican beer he's drinking, by the way. I colored him with my copics. The star is Heidi Swapp and I used my SU! star punch to stick some color behind it. I punched some holes with my CAD and tied that twill through it. That was all probably obvious. Oh well.

This is my aunt's card. The picture is not the best. Sorry about that. I used Damask Designs. You need it. Dawn's a master designer, I tell ya. I'm not sure about the colors. They're the ones from the Friend 'til the end kit. I'm not sure they're me. I "think" I like them; and if every card is going to be pink and brown, I have to try new pinks. Besides, this just happens to coordinate very nicely with our outfits in the pictures below. Doesn't that work out nicely?

Here she is - my mom's little sister Mary Jo. I just love her so much! Did I already say that? Oh well. Can we really say that enough? She is just so special to me and I know that she is always there. She really is like another mother to me. I don't know how I ever would have survived without her. I won't tell you how old she is, but let's just say I have good genes. This was taken at her DS's wedding in June. It was a very humid and misty day, if my hair didn't give that away.

And this is my DH aka "THE Major" and "Uncle Scott" and you better not forget the "uncle" part. I did once in my twenties - NEVER again. The look of rejection as he said, "What I'm not your uncle anymore?" or something along those lines. I'll never forget. He is my uncle. Someone who has shown me so much love and kindness.
This was also taken at my cousin's wedding. The tailor did a rotten job with Uncle Scott's tux and it was all he could do to keep his pants up so between the ceremony and the reception he went home and put on something more comfortable -his jeans and cowboy gear. He used to rodeo man, but gave it up when he and my aunt got together. She wanted him around for more than 8 seconds.

So anyway - these are my people. Two of the ones who helped make me who I am. They have meant so much to me over the years and blessed me in too many ways to count. I'm totally gushing. Not something I normally do, but I mean every single word. Happy birthday, Aunt Mary Jo and Uncle Scott! I love you!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Grandma's dining room

Well, here it is - my first card with THE Dawn's Damask Designs. I was just thinking about all the places I've seen damask, and I thought way back to my childhood. My Grandma Irma had Damask wallpaper in her dining room. It was goldish green and soft. Kinda furry. Remember the seventies? It was classy 70s. LOL. So thinking about that - I made this card. I just don't have that perfectly ugly gold green so I used PTI's lovely Avocado instead. I stamped the design with vanilla and added flocking so it's kinda furry just like Grandma's old dining room. Normally these are not my kinda colors unless I'm making a Marine card, but this trip down memory lane was kinda fun.

All products are PTI unless otherwise noted
Stamps : Damask Designs
Ink : Dark Chocolate, Vanilla
Paper : Ripe Avocado, Vanilla, Dark Chocolate
Accessories : vanilla vintage button, Dark chocolate satin ribbon, white flocking, heat and stick powder, Stampin' Up! scalloped edge punch

Saturday, February 14, 2009

THE Dawn McVey Challenge

So here is the card I made for my friend THE Dawn McVey's PTI challenge. I love this girl, and I'm so stinkin proud of her and excited for her. It was like five minutes ago that THE PSFs and I were teasing her after a class of Nichole Heady's that she attended and how they'd always be BFFs. And look at our girl now! She's a stampin superstar. Congratulations, Girlie!
So back to the card, I had to substitute Cool Carribean for Aqua Mist, but it's pretty close. Fun challenge. Dawn always has fun color combos. You should give one of them a try sometime. Hurry, the contest is open until midnight EST.

Happy Valentine's Day!

Well, hidey ho, folks! Neither on of these card is a V-Day card, but oh well. After all the glitter globs from making cards with the boys, I am so done with Valentine's Day cards! So go back a post or two if that's what you need to see today.

I made these last night while watching Fiddler on the Roof . Tradition! Tradition! Sorry, I couldn't help it. I had a to do list, and these knocked two of the cards off my list.

The first card uses Embrace Life which I think I've only used to make one other card I actually liked. So I forced myself. I like this set and I knew I could surely make something I could tolerate with it. I've seen others make lots of cute things with it; just not me. So here it is. Go me. I finally made something I don't hate with this set. So what set is it that you really like, but can't get work for you once the ink hits the paper? I've got a list. One is enough for today though.

Embrace Life

Stamps : Embrace LIfe

Paper : Pink Pirouette, Certainly Celery

Ink : Whisper White, Celery Craft

Accessories : Pretties kit (half back pearl), dimansional, ribbon, white EP, clear EP, Top Note Die cut

Praying for you

Stamps : Thoughts and Prayers

Paper : Bronze, Baja Breeze

Ink : Whisper White, Choc Chip Craft

Accessories : Ribbon, Liquid pearls, pretties kit, Clear EP, white EP, Top Note Die cut

Monday, February 9, 2009

For Leslie

Well, this one is for my friend Leslie. These flowers and colors are so her. This is the Fifth Avenue Floral from Stampin' Up!©. The ribbon is from the SAB ribbon bundle. I stamped the flowers on vellum with black and then colored on the back of the vellum with markers. I hope she likes it!

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Owl be yours!

Another card for the PTI Challenge. This is for the sketch. I want that ribbon! I love this set. Thanks, Tracey! I think I may give this to DH for Valentine's Day. The branch is free hand. I colored the birds with my copics. I need more practice, but that's okay. It's late. I'm posting. Tomorrow I'm sure I'll be appalled at my grammatical errors. Oh well. HAve a hoot!

Friday, February 6, 2009

Nothin fancy PTI challenge

I like this except the font of the sentiment doesn't match the rest of the feel of the card IMO. Oh well, I'm tired but I at least have to try to win.
I'm not feeling verbose at the moment so I'll keep it short. Have a hoot! Sometime over the weekend I'll try and post the bag's dimensions. Thanks!

Thursday, February 5, 2009

A headless chicken creates

Okay, this is what I came up with for the PTI challenge after my...ahem...episode. Thankfullly, my brainfart link was deleted, but I realized that after I had already run around like a chicken with my head off trying to come up with something. This could have been a very fun challenge if I had meant to be doing it. LOL. At any rate, this is what I came up with. I needed a birthday gift for MIL anyway. Randi, I hope you don't google me and find this today. I didn't have a template so I made one with 12x12 paper to fit these 4x6 photos so that I didn't have to crop them. I just mounted the photos on some cardstock and stuck them together with a ring and they'll go in this little purse. I hope she likes it. I was winging it, but I can come up with measurements for you if you want or need them. A little begging wouldn't hurt. Now go give this challenge a try. Who knows? You might win something cool. I think I may just do another one.

Stamps - PTI Beautiful Blooms

Ink - SU! Baja Breeze, Certainly Celery, and Basic Grey PTI Lemon Tart, Summer Sunrise

Paper - Baja Breeze, Vanilla, Basic Grey, Certainly Celery, Kraft

Accessories - Scallop edge punch, Marvy Scallop circle, jumbo eyelets, ribbon

I'm a dork!

Okay, I'm such a dork. I just liked my blog to Nichole Heady's for a challenge thinking I was leaving a comment to the thread. And I have no idea how to make it go away. LOL! So now my secret is out. I'm a dork! Oh well... Some of the nicest people I know are dorks as well. So now I'm off to go do this challenge. OH the pressure. Oh well I do know THE Dawn McVey. Maybe I can do this. ACK! I'm neurotic as well as dorky. Okay, I have to go make something lest I should disappoint. So come back later. I promise to have something well something other than lovely neurotic ramblings. Have a hoot!

Monday, February 2, 2009

Sage old bird

This is a Challenge from the Michigan Minglers. If you're a stamper in MI, you should check it out. We'd love to have you. Oh shoot, I didn't put that in a cool hyperlink. Oh well, please forgive me.

So here is this bird. I have a thing for birds. I also have a few bird neurosis, but that is a subject for another day. The challenge was in honor of Chocolate Mint day, which I believe is Feb 19. Yummy day, huh? Anyway, we were supposed to use Choc chip, Sage Shadow, Vanilla, and Close to Cocoa. Mine got very shabby. I was in a bit of a hurry and got a few little smudges here and there and had to camoflauge, but I love how it turned out.

Stamps : Always, Always in Bloom wheel

Ink : Choc Chip, Close to Cocoa - both craft ink

Paper : Vanilla, Close to Cocoa, Sage Shadow, Choc Chip

Accessories : half back pearl from pretties kit, scallop edge punch, Choc chip 1" double stitched ribbon, sponges, clear EP