Friday, February 22, 2008


YEAH! I CAN make a card without the Priceless set! LOL This card was made for Stephen Nelson (see the link in the post below).

To make this card, I started with a Sahara Sand base, and added a 2.5x5.5 piece of Chocolate Chip cardstock with some Satin Ribbon wrapped around it. I then stamped my {DREAM} in Bravo Burgundy slightly above the Chocolate Chip. Next I inked up my Christmas Tree from Wondrous gift with Handsome Hunter. I then placed my big stamp from Think Big on that stamp (kissing technique), this is what gives the letters the squiggles. I then moved straight to the Very Vanilla cardstock and stamped my word. Next, I outlined the letters with Bravo Burgundy. For the distressed edges on the Very Vanilla, I took a pair of scissors and opened the blades slightly and ran the paper across the intersecting area. I found for best results I had to hold the paper at an angle and pull it DOWN on the blades... Once that was done on all 4 sides, I inked the edges of the paper with Bravo Burgundy (to ink my edges, I place the paper in the trough around the edge of the inkpad and swipe the paper around). This was matted on the Handsome Hunter and pop-dotted on the card. I hope he likes it!

Thursday, February 21, 2008

YES! Another Priceless card!

I made this card for my daughter's teacher. Her son just won an essay contest and gets to go to Washington and have lunch with the President! You can read about it here -

Also, I want to thank Kelly (stamping_KML) for her inspiration! I CASED this from her! You can see her version here -

The base is Mellow Moss and I stamped the Linen background on it in Very Vanilla. The torn paper is Pretty in Pink and Perfect Plum. The circles are also Mellow Moss. The scallop circle is Barely Banana. The butterfly is stamped in Pretty in Pink craft ink and embossed. The other 2 images are stamped in Barely Banana and embossed. The Congratulations sentiment is from Warmest Regards and stamped in Perfect Plum classic ink.

Friday, February 15, 2008

Welcome card for new neighbors

I JUST realized that we are getting new neighbors. The house across the street from us has been on the market for NEARLY a year! Well, earlier this week, during the heavy winds we had, the sign disappeared from the front yard. Michael and I didn't know if it has blown away (our trash can nearly did and the 4 days worth of trash IN it DEFINITELY did!) or if the house had sold (there was never a SOLD thing on the sign). Well, tonight I came home to 3 cars in their driveway and people PAINTING inside! We haven't been over yet, but I made this card so we could go welcome them properly. SUPER easy and fast! I'll list the details below the pic!
The base is Whisper White. I used Time Well Spent and Warm Words stamp sets. For the big flower I stamped it in Versamark and embossed it with clear embossing powder. Then I used my Stipple brush to put Yoyo Yellow, Pretty in Pink, and Pink Passion ink (squished the inkpad to get ink in the top) over the embossed image. Then I used a papertowel to wipe away the ink from the image (hence, emboss resist). I stamped the stem in Chocolate Chip and the leaves and sentiment in Gable Green (an oft forgotten color). Then I used my newly purchased (and VERY loved!) mat pack to pierce the paper in a square around the sentiment, down the stem, and around the leaves. Like I said, very easy.

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Sweet Niah

I just got the following new about my niece, Niah (pictured above). For those of you who don't know - Niah was born with ASD, VSD, and Truncus Arteriosis :( Pretty much, the top chambers, bottom chambers, and artery entering her heart were each combined (so the top chambers were actually one chamber and the bottom was the same). She had open heart surgery 2 months after she was born - Thanksgiving 2006 to be exact. This has been a tough road for my sister, but she has shown AMAZING strength through it all! So, please, after reading the following, say a prayer that sweet Niah be healed by His hands.

Well, we have just come home from Niah's appointment. She is now over 20lbs. They have "uped" her medications again to coinside with her weight. We got the news that we knew would eventually get. :( She will be going in early March for a cath. to get a more accurate reading of her heart pressures and they will also do a echo. to get good pictures while she is sedated. From what has been expained to me we will be going home the same day. I will just have to restrict her activity. Unfortunately Niah is not a candidate for a stent b/c of her valve calcifying. It won't do much good. We are most likely looking at another open-heart sugery a short time after they do the cath. We will know more, time-wise after they get a good pressure reading. It was the dreaded words that I knew where coming and tried to prepare myself to hear but, nothing makes hearing that easy. It doesn't matter how much you "prepare" yourself.

Wednesday, February 6, 2008