Sunday, February 24, 2008

Catching Up

There are benefits to waking up several hours before the kids. I had fallen behind on making sneak peak cards for the new release of the German stamps from Fire Cracker Designs by Pamela. Click HERE to go to the German preorder combo page!! Today I woke up at 4:30 so I got up and threw a few cards together. This first one is Lyles beautiful grandmother as a baby. I used both German sets, and the Golden Daffodils on this.

How are you? Both German sets here, along with my new CB embossing folder, and some yummy new ribbon.
Happy Easter! For this Easter card I did not want to use the browns and beiges again, but I didn't want it to be too bright either. So I dug out my SU color wheel and these colors were on it. Almost Amethyst, Rose Red, Always Artichoke, So Saffron, and it even had Pumpkin Pie which I did not use.

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Busy month

These are some of the swaps I worked on this month.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Do not adjust! This is only a test!!

Ever have one of those days when you wish you could throw out one of those Emergency Broadcasting Test Sirens or maybe carry around your own little In Case of Emergency Break Glass boxes? The box could carry anything you would need to fix the mess! I think I need both of these right beside my computer!!!!

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Check out my Slide Show!

Sneak Peak #5

Here is another card I made using the new German stamps from Fire Cracker Designs by Pamela, and an old Family Photo. This is a photo of FIL cousin Mina. I tried out the new photo coloring markers from Zig. I am going to keep practicing with them!

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Think BIG!!!

For todays sketch challenge on SCS. I have bought so many giraffe stamps to make things for Shelby since she just adores them so much. Haven't played with any of them for a while though so dug them out for this sketch. The little stamp in the front has no name on the block. The other stamps are from Rubber Stamp Ave, LIWP, and FCD.


Time for another sneak peak of the new German stamps from Fire Cracker Designs by Pamela. This is one of my favorite family photos. And as I was going through the cd the other day with Lyles mom and sister we realized there are 2 different shots of this. Can't wait to play with the other one. I used the German script over this photo. Did I mention Pamela created the German script at my request? I wanted it just to play with these photos. Thanks so much Pamela!

Monday, February 18, 2008


Last weeks featured stamper of the week on SCS was Sarah Green. I have always loved Sarahs gallery and new I would be caseing her at some point. Since I got these family photos from Lyles uncle this was the perfect time to case her. Here is the card I cased

My card is a thank you to Lyles uncle for the photos he sent. The stamps I used are once again Fire Cracker Designs by Pamela. The bg stamp is the German script which is still on preorder

Click HERE to go to the German preorder combo page!!

Thanks Sarah for being so talented!

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Another family photo, another Technique Junkies technique, and another sneak peak of the new stamps from Fire Cracker Designs by Pamela

. I thought it would be fun to try this tech "Penciled Twinks" on a photo and this is the result. I only colored the car and left the rest of the photo alone. How come when you want twinks to show up in a scan or photo they wont, but on this one I could not get a photo showing that you can still see through the windows of the car? It looks like a bunch of white globs! But IRL it looks good, and I think Lyles aunt (who is the little girl in the photo) will be pleased to recieve this card. The German word on the tag means Super in English. Don't forget to check the previous post for another sneak peak, and to check out the German stamp sets.

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Fun with Family Photos

I have been so anxious to start posting these creations with Lyles family photos and the new German stamps from Fire Cracker Designs by Pamela. Here is the first sneak peak of the new sets. They are on preorder until Feb. 23 Click HERE to go to the German preorder combo page!!

More sneak peaks to come!!!


In the September 2003 issue of The Rubber Stamper there is an article by Martha Stites along with this picture of her stamping area. I have always loved the article she wrote about how MOST of us can not afford those many thousand of dollar room makeovers. And how we can be just as happy and productive in our tiny little areas. We can be just as creative thinking up ways to store our things as we can creating our art. So here are a couple photos of my space as it looks this very minute. I have about 8 feet of space on a concrete wall. Lyle and I had a real hard time hanging that shelf that he made for me. We have 3 drills, but none of them like to go through concrete. There is a lot of weight on it though and it has been up for maybe 4 years so we must have done a good job. Over to the right are 2 magazine racks I got from a gift store when they went out of business. Beyond that is my childrens "Creative Space
To the left of where I am standing there is a shelf that holds my 12x12 papers, several books, and the few stamps that are still mounted. (if you look close you can see a sliver of the shelf- it is yellow) Beside it is a cd rack full of naked stamps. That's it! Everything else is in this picture. There are all those drawers you can see in the pic, there is also an iris cart under the desk which you can barely see behind the chair. Also on the side by that door there is another 3 drawers. And of course there is the mess of magazines on the floor there. Those are not always there, but usually something is! Yes my creative space is small, messy, and not really organized. But I make it work and get a lot of creating done here. Well except when I am working on a canvas. Then I have to go into the laundry room and work! What a creative mess there is on top of my chest freezer!

Some things I forgot to share before.

This was one of the gifts I gave my younger sister for Christmas. A purple day planner. She loves it! Says she uses it everyday. Good thing since that is what it's for. I wasn't sure she would use it, but she assures me she does.
This is one of the journals I made for the craft shows I did last fall.
This is a card I did for a swap. We were suppose to use our newest stamp. My newest stamp was a set of stitching stamps. So I created this not even knowing the reciever was a quilter. She really loved this.
This was for another swap, we had to make an ornament. This retired SU Christmas set is still one of my favs. And my good friend Joy picked it up on ebay for me. I think I use it every year for one project or another.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008


For this weeks SCS sketch challenge. Another old family photo. This is the ship Lyles grandma came to America on. It was called the Berengaria. I can hardly believe how easily this came together for me. I am so pleased with how it looks. Lyles mom is coming to visit in a few days. I can't wait to show her everything I have been creating with these pics!

Heres a couple more.

These are all for SCS challenges. The first one is for a Non traditional Valentine. No reds, pinks, flowers, or hearts were allowed. I did the Reinker Splash from the Feb. 08 Technique Junkies issue.
This one was to make a card using Polka Dots.
This one was an inspiration challenge. We were shown a picture of a bed with luxurious bedding on it and had to take our inspiration from the colors, pattern, theme, whatever we chose. I punched out the flourish from my new grungeboard and used the negative space as a template. First I spritzed some green ink on, then sprayed over it with green Glimmer Mist.
This one was to case another SCS member, they choose one persons gallery each week and you go through it and pick a card to case. The Featured Designer this week was Sarah Green. I have always loved her gallery and already had several of her cards saved to my favorites. I cased another of her cards which I will share in a couple of weeks. I have several more projects to share then.

Just a few things

that I have been working on lately. I haven't posted for awhile so it is catch up time. This first one was done with Rockin Robins "Frog in a Blender" tech. I posted the directions a few weeks ago. The second one was for posting at Pamela really cracks the whip on us DT members we have to work so hard. NOT! I am having a great time being on her DT. The 3rd is for a sketch challenge on SCS, also done with FCD stamps. The last 2 are just to practice the Aged Metal tech again, an ATC, and a get well card.

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Spinning Wool

Here is another pic from the awesome cd Lyles Uncle Henry sent to me. There are over 700 family pics on the cd dating back to the late 1800s. I just love it. I have used 4 pics off of it already for projects. This one is a 6x6 for a swap. I did the Aged Metal tech from the new issue of Technique Junkies - . I will post my other projects soon, waiting on a couple more stamps to finish them.

Saturday, February 2, 2008

Cinnamin & Sugar

I am working on several projects right now. None of them are finished yet, and one of them is really frustrating me. But I took a break to check my email. My local group is discussing our pets and some of us posted pics. I thought I would post my fur babies here too. This is Cinnamin and Sugar, both of them are named by my oldest daughter. Can you tell who is who? They are such big spoiled babies. And they are sure missing playing outside. I will be so glad when all the snow is gone and the ground is DRY!