If you have two loaves of bread sell one and buy flowers. For although the bread will nourish your body, the flowers will nourish your soul.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Tag Challenge

I was to make a tag for this Monday's CCEE challenge. I used Basic Grey designer paper (my absolute favorite paper company). For another challenge on SCS we were to dig out some stamps that we hadn't used for a long time, so I chose Watercolor Garden, an old favorite.

Recipe: stamps- Watercolor Garden (flower), Vintage Postcard (to-from), Paint Prints (leaf), all Stampin'Up; paper- Basic Grey dp, black, white; ink- ruby red, black, old olive; accessories- ribbons (Offray), buckle slide (source unknown).

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Big Butt Bertie

Interesting title, isn't it! Some kookie friends on SCS were responsible for bestowing it on a lovely, definitely not big butted friend named Charlene (LilLuvsStampin on SCS). She loves M&M's and was warned she might get a big butt if she ate too many, lol. Anyway, Charlene just had hand surgery and it was suggested by one of the goofiest of my fellow CCEE'ers that a big butt or M&M themed get well card would be fun to send. You know, I just don't have any big butt or M&M stamps. I thought I might be able to draw a figure from behind (much easier because...no face!) So here's my result. The sentiment was computer generated, so no stamping was involved in this card.

recipe: stamps- none; ink- none; paper- chocolate chip (SU), white, designer paper; accessories- rhinestones, SU markers, Creative Memories cutting system.

Thanks a Latte!

Another challenge card. This time for an SCS'er whose screen name is Stamps'nCoffee. Thus the coffee themed card. The background is cuttlebugged, then tapped with white pigment ink, then dusted with Perfect Pearls which gives it a very pretty and subtle shimmer. The mug image was stamped in chocolate chip ink on the white panel. I stamped it again on a scrap of sage shadow, cutting out just the mug, and glued it on top of the first stamped cup.

recipe: stamps- sentiment (What's Brewin' by Stampin'Up), cup (Inkadinkado); ink- chocolate chip (SU), frost white (Color Box pigment); paper- chocolate chip and sage shadow (SU), white; accessories- brown brads, brown gingham ribbon (Offray), Cuttlebug, Perfect Pearls.

Busy Times

August has been a busy month...vacation, garden stuff, baseball games, births!

Our vacation was a week of camping. After camping every year since we've been married, we missed several years. So it was especially nice to go again. The weather was wonderful, not too hot and only one hour-long rain shower before we got up one morning. I read four books and played sudoku to my heart's content. My three grandkids had a great time.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Last Year's Christmas Card

Since the last card I posted got me thinking about this year's Christmas card, I thought I would post last year's. It probably wasn't the smartest one to choose, because it was very involved. But I loved doing this one.

Clearly Recycling

This card was made for my weekly challenge with my CCEE friends and we were to use acetate. I didn't have any acetate sheets so I used a piece cut from a product's packaging. Thus the recycling. When you stamp on glass or plastic you need to use an ink made especially for smooth surfaces, called StazOn. This bird stamp is from a new set I just purchased, that I just love. I'm leaning towards something along this line for my Christmas cards this year. So dear family and friends, you may be getting a sneak peak. I stamped two of the birds, cut one out and layered it on top of the other with pop dots. The snowflakes are painted with frosted lace Stickles. You can see it better in the photo if you click on the photo for a close-up.

Recipe: stamps- Peaceful Wishes (Stampin'Up), Winter Birds (Inkadinkado), swirl (Inkadinkado); paper-black, white; ink-black StazOn, black archival; accessories- frosted lace Stickles, sheer ribbon (Offray), acetate, pop dots.