Tuesday, May 24, 2011

You still give me butterflies

Hi friends!  This is my first project for Amber Ink!  Yippy Skippy!  I saw this cute little digi and it reminded me of my hubby.  We will be celebrating 10 wonderful years together on June 1st and seriously...he still gives me butterflies!  There is nothing more exciting than being married to your best friend!  So here are the deets on the card...
The patterned paper is Basic Grey and I thought hearts were perfect for this little love dovey card.  I used Spellbinders circle and scalloped circle dies for the sentiment and for my own little touch I wrote around the edge of the circle Happy 10th ----I love you!  In stead of using ribbon to tie around the middle of the card I thought I would use fibers because I wanted to keep with that distressed look of the patterned paper.  You know me... I just need a smidge of bling on...everything...so I added some purple fun to the upper right corner of the card.  I colored the little butterflies with Copics and then added a little bit of Doodlebug glitter to their wings, unfortunately I don't think you can really see it here in this picture. I can't wait to give this to him, but first I will write something mushy in it.  We need a little of that after 10 years right? 
I hope this post finds you all safe and well.  We have been having some crazy storms here in the Midwest.  Our friends in Joplin, out hearts and prayers go out to you after all of the loss that you have suffered over the weekend.  Until later my friend, take care of you!

Monday, May 23, 2011

I'm an Amber Ink Torchbearer!!

You are probably wondering what the heck is she talking about right?  Well my wonderful little blog buddy Michele Greenwood from Whimsical Creations asked me if I would like to design for Amber Ink stamp company for the next month!  How awesome is that?  I am flattered that she thought of me and thrilled at the thought of representing Amber Ink and the Orange Team!  

You should stop in and check out Amber Ink's blog for all the introductions of the new group of designers.  Here are the totally creative chicks I will be rubbing elbows with!

Laura carries the brown torch
Nancy carries the pink torch
Renee carries the blue torch
Siohban carries the purple torch

If you haven't been to the Amber Ink store...what are you waiting for? Check them out because they have the cutest little stamps, digi stamps, and digi papers!  There is some fun stuff just waiting for you, that's right I am enabling you to shop..we are in this sickness together!
 Check back in tomorrow cuz we will have all of our first projects out there on the Amber Ink blog!
Thanks for peekin' in!  Take care of you!

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Hey there!!

Hi friend! How are you? I have been thinking about blogging now for a few days and just haven't had the chance to get down here and post! Haley is finishing up her sophomore year and has secured herself a summer job! Yey for her! Sidney is on the count down for her 7th grade year and this is actually her last full week of school...shocking isn't it? She has a very busy summer as well.  She is playing golf again this summer and has decided to also play softball.  I also signed her up for a few classes through the local recreation center for a cooking and pottery class.  The song "The Wheels On The Bus" keep running through my head!  My mom has been very ill and we have been taking her to doctors appointments and so on. She has been sick since December and have ruled out many things and diagnosed a few things as well but she still isn't feeling better. We will be going back to the heart doc this Friday and to an infectious disease doctor in a few weeks. A little scary but at the same time we remain hopeful that we will be getting some answers very soon. Please keep us in your prayers that the Lord will guide the doctors to find out what is going on...thank you so much! Our faith is what keeps us going on!

With everything going on with mom this year I decided not to take on too many orders for Mother's Day. I did manage to have a few orders though :) I just love making cards for others, it makes me feel so good to see their face when they look at them! Don't you just love that feeling?

Here are a few of the cards I put together. I recently ordered this great stamp set from Verve Visual called Great Friend. the flowers on the card below were done with that set. Verve is such an amazing stamp company, they have amazing customer service.

Both of the sentiments on these cards were from Verve Visual also. The one below I ordered as a single stamp for $3!

I have a few more Mother's Day cards to post so stay tuned, I promise to have a few more posted soon.
Thanks for peekin' in on me! Take care of you!

More Momma Love

Hey there friends! How are you doing this beautiful Saturday evening? We have been blessed with gorgeous weather today! We went to Sidney's first softball game this evening and had so much fun sitting talking to parents and cheering on the girls! Sid just started playing softball this past school year and loved it. One of her friends is playing for a city rec team in the area and asked her to join so she thought sure sounds fun! I can't get over how competitive things are right down to the uniforms and cleats! Fun stuff! I will post some pics soon but now I want to move on to a few mother's day cards I created a few weeks back.

I cased this design from someone at Splitcoaststampers, please forgive me for not remembering to write down their name to give them kudos! I loved the turquoise and black together. This card was so simple to make but turnedout so pretty. I used that totally F-A-B new stamp set from Verve Visual called Great Friend and stamped the flowers in white SU craft ink. The ribbon is from Hobby Lobby (one of those little spools for $1) and the butterfly was a Martha Stewart punch, naturally I had to bling it up with some clear gem stones. The Happy Mother's Day sentiment is also from Verve Visual.

You know what I love about making cards? There is instant gratification because unlike a scrapbook page, which takes so much time (you know finding the right paper for your layout and what size photos you want to use) you can snap out a card pretty quick and the best part is sometimes you can use scraps from other projects! This card was made using the same stamp set from Verve and Spellbinder circle and scalloped circle dies.

What mom isn't super...right? So this pretty little Bella was perfect for Mother's Day. I colored her using Copic markers and added a little highlight around the edge with a white gel pen.

Well thanks for peekin' in! So glad you stopped by! Take care of you!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Pretty in Pink

Hi friend, how are you doing this fine Sunday evening? I am looking at the clock and here it is 10:25 pm and I am a little sad because as usual the weekend has passed by so quickly and alas, it is time to gear up for another work week. We have had so much fun stuff going on at work lately! Last week a dear friend of mine ended her 5 year career at the bank as her hubby is graduating from medical school and they are moving away...sad day! This last week our department hosted a baby shower for my friend Jenny. She is due in the early part of June and she's having a girl. It is so much fun to decorate and buy for a girl don't you think? Here are a few fun little snippet's from our little party. First of all here is a picture of Jenny and I. Isn't she the cutest little prego you have ever seen?

We interrupt our regular scheduled programing for a side note on my hair color: I colored my hair at 11:30 a few nights ago and I think I left it on too long...LOL! So I have this lovely shade of dark brown...it'll fade...gotta love it right? Moving along...

I thought this sweet bundle of joy needed her name on a banner so I made one up with her name on it. Unfortunately it is extremely difficult to get a good picture of a banner so here's the general idea...

And here is a close up of the first triangle. The sweetpea's name is going to be Emersyn.

This was so much fun to create! All the paper is from Hobby Lobby. The flowers are created with the large and medium stamps from a set called Great Friend from Verve Visual. I punched a 1" circle out of the solid pink for the center of the flower. Finally I cut the name out on the Cricut machine with the Tear Drop cartridge. In between each triangle is a sheer pink and lime green ribbon tied in a knot and a bow tied with the pink and white gingham ribbon. So after I made the banner I thought, I should make a cute little matching card. So this sweet little thing was made using the New Arrival Cricut cartridge...first time I used my Cricut for a card. What do you think?

Well thanks for peekin' in friends. Hope you have an amazing week!