Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween!!

I have no stamping for you, because I've been working on my projects for my November guest design team spot for Limelight Papercrafts. You'll see them soon! However, I had to share two cute Halloween pictures with you all. The first one is my adorable little bat baby:

Our town does trick or treating the night before Halloween, for some reason. So we dressed the little bat baby up and went to see my nephews in costume, then came back and handed out candy for a bit. Our across the street neighbor's granddaughter and her boyfriend had the coolest costumes. Check it out!!!

Pacman and Ms. Pacman! How totally 80s and fantastic!!!! They had video game music playing on the porch too.

I'll try to get some stamping done this weekend to share with you, but no promises, since I also have to get ready for a visit from my parents, rearrange the living room, go to a cubscout festival with my nephews, spend a good portion of Sunday at church and sleep a little too! :-)

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Hip HOP!! and a Limelight Sketch

Good morning! Happy Hip HOP!!! Come on over to the SCS Unity forum and celebrate today! Lots of prizes will be given out, just like EVERY Thursday! Plus, it is just lots of fun. Put on your Party Pants and check in with us any time after 11am EST!!

Today's post brings you two cards courtesy of a fantastic Limelight sketch. The first one is made with Little Yellow Bicycle's Christmas Magic Paper and Unity's Cheer Holly stamp, both sold by Limelight Papercrafts. The Christmas Magic is an 8 x 8 tablet of beautiful, rich looking papers, that includes lots of fun punch outs, including this "joy" circle I used.

For the second card, I used SU! designer paper, as well as Winter Post stamp set. I also used a felt flurry snowflake. From Limelight, I used a beautiful blue Kaisercraft gemstone, and a Unity sentiment from Jolly Little Winter. I also used something really fun from Limelight that you probably can't see in the picture--fun flock! The trim on the girl's sweater and hat are actually fluffy!!! You can touch them!

Finally, I thought I'd leave you with a funny picture of the baby. In the last several days, he has suddenly started stopping in the middle of whatever he is doing and setting his head on the floor. He thinks it is really funny! (which it is!!)

Hip HOP! and--

Wednesday, October 29, 2008


Good morning, my stamping friends!

This week Unity Girls' challenge was something to do with HOPE... let me see if I can remember-

H-use a sentiment stamp that says something about hope
O-put ribbon ON your card
P-use pink on your card
E-use an embellishment that starts with "M" for Mammogram

I *think* that was the challenge... So, I used my "hope" stamp from Floral Fantastical, I used the fabulous Pink Pirouette super wide SU! ribbon, lots of other Pink Pirouette, and a metal embellishment over the sentiment, from an old Hodgepodge Hardware set. I LOVE how this card turned out!!

Make sure you visit all the other Unity Girls--their links are in my right sidebar!!

We are trying only one nap for the baby this week. Last week he refused to take his afternoon nap, so he was super tired and cranky and ended up going to bed for the night at around 6pm!!! So yesterday, I tried putting him down at 11, instead of 9 for his nap, and he did end up sleeping for about 2 hours. Hopefully he will get used to this new schedule pretty quickly, and maybe the nap will even get longer??? Please???? :-)

Here he is waiting for Daddy. When Jay gets home from work, I just say "Daddy's home!" a few times, and the baby drops what he is doing and races to the gate, climbs up there and squeals with delight as Jay opens the side door and comes in!! It is super cute! I know it makes Jay's day, too.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Quick Post

Quick card today. I used the SCS color combo challenge: Kiwi Kiss, Tangerine Tango and Pixie Pink. Not in love with it. BUT, I love tomorrow's card, so make sure you come back to see it!!

Friday, October 24, 2008

Lost MOJO and Limelight Loot!

Good morning, friends!! I'm so happy it is Friday! How about you? A quick share: Here are two Unity cards I don't think I've show you yet. The first one is a stair step or accordian fold card... it was an SCS challenge last week, I think.

The second is a funny size, but I wanted the scallop stamp to fit just perfectly. I think it is a sweet little card, although I'm not sure who to give it to!! :-)

I seem to have lost my MOJO, as it was very taxing just to get that pink card done!!! HELP!!!

Finally, want to win some FUN STUFF??? Go HERE to LIMELIGHT Papercrafts and leave a comment and you can win some fun goodies! Oh yeah, and make sure you say that Jess sent you, so I can have some extra entries to win! (Yeah, I know, I'm begging :-) !!!) Oh yeah, did I tell you? I'm going to be the 7th Six Chick! (guest designer) for November for Limelight! Keep your eyes peeled from some yummy Limelight projects on my blog during November. I'm so excited!!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Getting Ready for Hip HOP!!

Good morning! Today's Unity Girls' challenge was to use something clear, ribbon, and your newest Unity stamps. Here is my card! I really like how it turned out! If you want to participate, check out the Unity forum at SCS! At LEAST come on over on Thursday and Hip HOP with us!! :-)

I haven't figured out what else to do with my chunky glitter, other than to run glue along the edges of my cardstock and coat it with glitter. What are you using yours for? I'd love some new ideas...

Have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Spider Card and Bed Head

Happy Tuesday! I have a Halloween card to share with you today. I have made more Halloween things this year than ever before, and I don't even know who to give them to!! Amber Hight gave us a great sketch on the Unity forum to use, and I followed it pretty literally. Here's the sketch:

And here is my card:

Here is my baby, reaching for the camera. He LOVES anything you are holding that does something, and he wants it! The phone, the camera, the remote control, you name it! He had some serious bed head yesterday, too, although I'm not sure if you can tell very well in this picture.

I am so glad colder weather is here! It is only supposed to get up to 55 degrees today, but it is nice and sunny. PERFECT!! Have a great day, and

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Leaves, Flowers and Music

Yesterday we took the baby (when will I have to stop calling him that? He'll be ONE in about 3 weeks!) to a nature trail to go hiking. He had a blast romping around in a giant leaf pile. Isn't he adorable?

On Thursday, one of the Hip HOP challenges was to make a card with flowers. I cannot believe I never inked up this awesome Unity chicken before! I used markers (Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie and Rose Red) to ink him up, and then "huffed" before I stamped. Added the Felt Flowers and half back pearls from SU!, and a little knotted ribbon. I really like how this card turned out!!

Finally, another card to share: A simple quote card with just Certainly Celery and black. A little piercing at the corners, and although I don't think you can see them, there are some tiny pearls stuck to the starbursts around the quote.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Happy Thursday, Peeps!

Good morning, peeps! My little marshmallow friends! How are you today? I hope you are ready to Hip HOP!!! Go to the SCS Unity forum and par-tay with us!!! Party starts at 11am EST, and lasts into the night, so check in any time you can!

A few days ago, I did Julee's Mojo contest sketch. She always has such great sketches, and I need to remember to try them more often!

Yesterday, I stamped two cards for the SCS sketch challenge. I used lots more patterned paper than I usually do. One with SU! stamps and one with Unity stamps.

I am off to try some baby announcements for an old friend that is due with a sweet little girl very soon. I'll share what I come up with. Have a great day!!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Owls and Oogly

Good morning! Happy Wednesday! Today the Unity Challenge for Unity Freaks or Unity Customers, or whatever it is called, was to make a masculine card. Make sure you check out all the other Unity gals' cards (links are on the sidebar.) Here's mine:

I don't know if I like the little owl face I made in the corner. I liked the idea better in my head! Does that happen to you sometimes?? We also had a "hubby challenge" going on, where our husbands/boyfriends/significant others would stamp a card. Although a little uncomfortable stamping, my lovely dh did stamp a card. Here it is:

Not bad for his first time stamping, eh? I am proud of him for giving it a try, even if just to humor me! :-) Finally, I picked up a little Target dollar spot book for the baby today, called One Oogly Eye. It is an adorable counting book with silly monsters in it! He liked it so much he got this big cheesy grin on his face!

I hope you all have a great day! See you tomorrow for Hip HOP Thursday!!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Lots and Lots of Pumpkins!!

Happy Monday!!!

I finally tried the little mini pizza box pattern from Jen del Muro that was posted for the SCS technique challenge last week. I changed the measurements so the box was 2 1/2 inches square, so 4 mini PB cups would fit perfectly! I made three of them. I think I will make more!

Here is a closer look at one of the boxes, although this is about as simple as it gets!

Saturday we took the baby to the pumpkin patch! He had lots of fun!!! I did too, as I took the opportunity to do a little photo shoot! Here are some of the "fruits" of my labors.... :-)

That's all for me today, folks! Have a wonderful week!

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Hip HOP!!!

For those of you who don't know Hip HOP!, you should check out Unity's Hip HOP! Thursday celebration in the Unity forum at Splitcoast. It is EVERY THURSDAY!! Start HERE, at the Unity Blog for a blog hop, and join the party! Angela and Chris and the gang give away $300+ in stamping goodness EVERY week!!! Warning, though, it is addictive!!!

I couldn't get enough of the SCS color challenge this week: Chocolate Chip, Tangerine Tango, and Kiwi Kiss. YUM-O!!! Here is another card I did with this combo.

I inked the flowers in Kiwi, then removed the ink from the flowers with a tiny piece of sponge (I'm sure you could use a paper towel instead) and then sponged Tangerine onto the flowers. I dabbed some Chocolate in the centers of the flowers with a marker. Voila!! It sounds more complicated than it is.

Maybe I'll see you at the Unity forum!!! Until then, Hip HOP! and--

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Wacky Wednesday Card

Good morning to you!

I am sharing my Wednesday Unity Challenge with you today. It was my week to pick the challenge! It was hard to decide, but I finally came up with this: make a non-A2 sized card... tall, skinny, square, round, whatever, just not A2 (regular 1/2 sheet CS folded in half.) I started by trying to make a really big card, but it was just too big for me, and I wasn't inspired. I ended up with this card, which is actually a trapezoid.

The folded edge is shorter than the edge you open, so the top and bottle angle out to the side. Why did I make it a weird shape? Well... I was trying to fix a mistake, and I already had all the bling on, etc., so rather than trash a whole card, I decided that given the sentiment, perhaps a lopsided card could be considered beautiful too? :-)

The butterfly is only attached at the body, so the wings fold out from the card. The stamps are from Unity's Something Within, and Friendship, Love, Miracles, plus the Distressed Dots background, which I LOVE, love love!!!

Make sure you go check out all of the other girls' cards today--over on the right you'll find the links! And join us chatting and winning on Thursday at Hip-HOP!! Thanks for visiting me today! Take care, and--

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Fall Colors and Daily Dose of Baby

Good morning, folks! I did the Splitcoast color combo challenge today. I squeezed it in while the baby was napping, but he is up now, so I will have to make this quick so I can go rescue him! The color combo was Chocolate Chip, Tangerine Tango and Kiwi Kiss, which I really ended up loving, and will definitely use again! I think it is a wonderful fall combo. I did two cards: one all SU! stuff, and one with Unity. I want to try to do this more often, so you can see that you really can copy cards you like even if you don't have the same stamp set that was used. The SU! catalog is a great place to get inspiration like that, as well as Splitcoast. Just find a card you like, and make it, subbing whatever stamps you have!

I used "Simply Said" for this SU! card. It is a sweet little set.

On another note, we took the baby to the part for the first time on Sunday. We have a fabulous little park that has a super soft rubbery "floor" beneath it. The baby seemed to like his first time in the swing. He also played in the sandbox, went down the slide with Daddy, and hung out in the grass for a while.

Have a great day, and

Monday, October 6, 2008

Quick Post

Hello, and happy Monday!

Here is a card that I made over the weekend for a sketch challenge. It is using SU! Bella Rose papers and Unity's Floral Fantastical stamps.

I need to clean up my stamping space so I can stamp for fun this week! It does NOT happen when my space is trashed, like it is right now. Do you ever have that same problem?