Thursday, July 31, 2008
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Now to that flower..... ok, while out shopping with MIL a few weeks back I found a flower yo yo pattern. I finally pulled it out and a scrap of red heart fabric and tried it last night. I like how it came out, but man those instructions were not easy to follow! I sewed a green button for the center of the flower and then placed two Prima leaves under it. I doodled the edges of the scallops to give it a more fun look. Cute huh?
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
"We would love you to make a card with an animal somewhere in the design. Don't forget you must include at least one Sugar Nellie, Rachelle Anne Miller, Sarah Kay, High Hopes or a Hanglar Image somewhere on your design."
For my card I chose my Hat-itude Chicks from High Hopes. I colored them with my Copics and Spica Glitter Pens. Wish you could see that on the flowers, they really do sparkle! The pattern papers are from Paper Studio, and I used sage green and pale yellow Bazzil card stock. Everything is sewed down, twice! I liked the double stitching look. Prima flowers and buttons finish out the corner.
Why not give this weeks challenge a try. Lots of stamp brands to choose from and any animal will work!
My second card is a fun sketch from Raspberry Ribbons. I ran across this blog a few days ago I have of course drooled on their Ribbon kits from seeing them on lots of blogs, but then I found their blog and the fact that they are going to have a sketch challenge twice a month. The sketch this time really was cool, different and I had to give it a try.
I used a Sweet Ebony stamp and Doodlebug pattern paper and ribbons, I colored the image with my Copics to match the papers and ribbon, love the vintage colors. I don't do use these colors often, and I love them. For the sky I wanted something softer, so I used chalks.
I tried a million different things for the larger circle. I knew I wanted to use the buttons for the smaller circles, but that larger one... Then I found the flowers in my stash that were the same colors as the image, it just clicked. I couldn't decide which ribbon I wanted to use...he he..... so I used all three! I stacked the two on the bottom border of the image, love the soft velour flowers mixed with the satin ribbon. Then the larger ribbon I used as a background to my sentiment, which is from Stampin up, and punched with my new Stampin Up Word punch! (Thanks Claudia for helping me get one!)
Love the sketch, and think I will be checking in often to see what new ones they put up! Give them a look and see yourself.
Well I am off - Don't you think I should go back out and hug and love on the new baby? Don't want her to not feel loved ya know!
Monday, July 28, 2008
We named her Irene... my Grandmother's name and she would have loved these donkeys. I can remember when we use to get new puppies, or kittens as a kid. Grandma loved them. She didn't have any pets but she would giggle and love on the babies. I can only imagine what she would do around my new babies.
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Friday, July 25, 2008
But I am happy with the card I managed to make in between nursing. I started with Alota Rubber Stamps Molly Moo stamp. This set is so much fun, I mean common a gardening cow just has to be cute right? I colored her with my Copic and white gel pen, and then the sky is filled in with shimmering chalks, it looks really cool in person. The water coming out of the hose it colored in with a Sakura glaze pen to give is some shine.
I used a Bazzil Bling green card stock for the base, then cut a deep red card stock the same size and punched it with the Fiskars Border/Corner punch. The pattern paper is from Creative Imaginations and I was excited when I saw how perfect it matched Molly Moo's flower. Didn't plan that when I colored it red =)
The ribbon is two satin ribbon stacked with a Making Memories felt flower. The sentiment reads "Beauty blooms in the heart... as it does in the garden" seemed to fit the image and the theme of the challenge. It is from Rubber Stamp Tapestry, loving these stump sentiments they punch out perfect with my medium Fiskar's Squeeze Punch.
Bold, but fun!
I think I may need a nap today - don't usually take naps but after my night last night and then my night I have tonight ---- I am so excited, you see I am going to see Journey in Concert!!! I know just dated myself - A friend and I said years ago that if they ever came to town we would go. Well the last time they came I just couldn't do it, really bad timing. So when I saw they would be here I called and got tickets for her, myself and my sister. I asked hubby to go too HA! He said they were a chick band - no way! So it is a girls night out! Gonna be fun and LOUD!
Hope you have something fun planned for this weekend. Make sure to fit in some crafting!
HUGS and -
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
5- Karin - is one of my last Blog Candy winners and she is just so sweet! She leaves the sweetest comments and always ends them with XOXO Thanks!
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
For my DT card I wanted to do something different, while going through my stamps I came across the Sugar Nellie Pirate Monkey... just staring at me... "I have never been inked....." it was saying. Well that was just sad, so I gave him a chance and while stamping I remember the fun sock monkey paper I had gotten a while back.
I colored this cute guy with my Copics and doodled the edges of the Nestibilities cut oval with a Sakura Red Glaze Pen. and then inked the edges to give an appearance of a mat behind it. I cut a circle for the Hero Arts Sentiment and did the same for it. The blue bands are embossed with a Cuttlebug folder. Everything is stitched down with a zig zag stitch with fabulous Red Metallic Thread! I so wish you could see just how cool it looks, that thread is awesome. I think it is fun looking... and I have a perfect idea of who I will be sending this one to!
And lets just make this an all Katharina Sketch day!
I got a chance last night to play with another sketch from her. Now if you haven't heard Katharina is starting a new stamp company! A Whiff of Joy is going to be one of those companies that everyone is going to be running to get all of the new releases, stores will sell out quick just from seeing the few samples she has shown on her blog I know I will be one with my nose stuck to the screen waiting impatiently for the "open for business" sign to come on!
The sketch is a challenge for a guest DT spot! Wow can you image how cool that would be! The DT was named this past week and it truly is a dream team, to join even for just a couple of months would be a dream as well! Make sure to check out the fabulous ladies that have been added to that team.
For my entry into her challenge I went with one of my all time favorite Sweet Ebony stamps. It just makes me totally happy and smile the entire time I color this adorable little lady. She is colored with my Copics, white gel pen and Glitter pens for her locket and buckle.
For my pattern paper I had this wonderful Bo Bunny floral paper, love the country look of it and perfect for the image. I then used a piece of Coordination's red paper and ran it through the Cuttlebug Swiss Dots Embossing folder. I sewed everything down, zig zag stitch for the backgrounds and then a blanket stitch around the image. Then in a my masses of ribbon I found this checked ribbon that matches perfect.
The sentiment is from Rubber Stamp Tapestry and I know I have used it a few times this last week... can't help it I love it! But I did just get a few more from the LSS... so there will be different ones coming. I punched it with the smallest Fiskar's Circle Squeeze punch, I placed that on a red Prima flower, and the with the medium Squeeze punch cut a slightly larger circle out of the card base green so the red flower would pop off of the red card stock.
I love how it came out. The country feel, and the fact that she is one of my favorites is surely why! Make sure you check out Katharina's blog for more details of all the fabulous news she has been sharing!
Today is catch up day... catch up on laundry, housework, and of course some time to catch up on my favorite blogs and find a few new ones too!
And as for Donkey update... we are still on standby.... but with soon to be Hurricane Dolly coming they are sure to deliver at the most wonderfully fun time to be outside with them! =)
Monday, July 21, 2008
I also made a matching card with some of the scraps of pattern paper and another Bella couple image. I added two Fiskar Punch heart.
Sunday, July 20, 2008
No square cards, or books, coasters, altered art etc.
You are free to create anything you like as long as it's not square!Please remember your work must include at least one Sarah Kay image.
How fun is that! Really give a lot of options, and let me tell you the other DT's really did some fantastic work, make sure to check them out.
I decided to make a small gift card. I don't have enough of these in my stash and they really are fast and easy. I started with the image "Rose's Garden" I just love her hair, just so Victorian and girlie. I colored her with my Copics, white gel pen and Sakara pens. I cut her out with my oval Nestibilities, a larger oval out of green and then a cut larger scalloped purple card stock for the mat. Now to make the card part I used the same size oval as the image and folded a piece of card stock then placed it under the die with a portion of the folded side just inside the die so it would not cut. I think that makes sense, doesn't it?
I then attached all of the pieces. To give a shadow look I took a dark purple Copic Marker and ran it along the outer edge of the scallops. I doodle the image, stitched the mat, and then stickle dotted the scallops. The sentiment is from Rubber Stamp Tapestry.
Well it isn't square... hope you like it -
I am off now.... crazy day! Today is the Bridal Shower I am co-hostessing, gotta go pick up the food and then decorate and then smile... greet host... then clean up... then come home and pass out! I am so tired from two midnight crops! I took some photographs of the book I made for the Bride.. I'll post later in the week, as I don't want her to peek early =)
Have a great Sunday!
HUGS and -
Saturday, July 19, 2008
I could never sell Diego as he was my first baby, so we gelded him as he couldn't be used as a stud. Poor guy is just a "plain" grey dun, and is just too big, too tall, and as breeders would say nothing special. Well he is very special to me and I think he adorable! He has ended up serving a big purpose here. You see he loves the babies. And when I put Lacey and Rosie in the pen with him and the other donkeys he was immediately attached to Rosie. Lacey is not a great Mom. I don't know if it is a first time Mom thing or she just will never be, but she forgets that part of her job is looking after her child. Leaving her alone and in harms way for the Jack to chase and beat up on, and the other donkeys to bother. But not with Diego in the pen. We call him "Uncle Diego" now and he is a great baby sitter and protects Rosie like no Mom.
Now yesterday I went out to check on my two "Mom's to be" before I left for my crop. They are in a pen on the other side of our house from Diego. While coming back in I saw Diego kicking his front leg... actually looked like he was playing Soccer with one of his toys. Yes they have toys in each pen and love to play with them. But something wasn't right.... the ball wasn't rolling away from him and he seemed upset. After getting closer I saw the problem. Ok it was funny, but then ended up sad and scary for me. The ball was stuck around his foot. He evidently was playing with the ball and somehow got his foot through the handle and it stretched and was now stuck.