Saturday, January 31, 2009

Donkey Day - What are they looking at?

Yes, it is Donkey Day... this was one whirl wind, roller coaster week!

Well last night I went out and took some photos just before the sun set. All the Donkeys were staring at something.....
Anna Belle "Bella" was really watching... (Freddie her baby was off playing with Josie)
Diego was really keeping an eye on "it"
Darlene and Pavo were being really careful, making sure "it" didn't come their way....
and the four girls; Lola, Lina, Irene and Rosie were very curious, just what is that thing?
Well "IT" is just as curious of them.......

Libbie just loves being outside, and the donkeys really do wonder just what that little "dust ball" is exactly, it isn't a rabbit, it isn't a opossum, it isn't a dog is it? I am sure as she grows up and they get to know her (through a fence, never together) they will get use to her and she will be a part of the family. But right now she is still a bit odd to them.
Ok, now I know this photo isn't a great quality... I was zoomed across the yard on a moving object - but it was just too funny to not show... look at the concentration on her face - and oh my look at that air... she is a good 1-2 inches off the ground! LOL
Now this one is to show a size comparison... She loves to roll over and have "Daddy" rub her tummy... cracks me up! His foot is twice as big as she is! I have been kidding him - she is a real manly dog for him... Did you know he picked her out?
And the last one is just to melt your heart - are those eyes gorgeous or what? It amazes me how much she has changed in just a week! We weighed her last weekend. (on a food scale LOL) she came in at a whopping 2.1 lbs. Well this last week, she gained a huge amount! Now topping the scale at 2.3 lbs.! LOL!
Hope you enjoyed Donkey and Libbie Day - And again thank you for all the support this week. I hope to catch up on some crafting this weekend, and back to a normal schedule next week.
Have a great Saturday, get inky!
HUGS and-

Friday, January 30, 2009

hAnglar "Hang in There"

First let me say THANK YOU for all of the wonderful comments yesterday - wow really meant so much to Hubby and I both.

Today I have a card that I had made earlier in the week. (Still didn't get any crafting done yesterday...) But I do love this card, I think this is one of my very favorite hAnglar images. I think it is all of the background objects, and how fun it is to color.
Of course it is colored with my Copics and high lighted with white gel pen. The bubbles are stickles, and really look real in person.
My card base is a light yellow card stock, the pattern papers are all Making Memorise Chloe's Closet. I picked three patterns, cut down and inked with light green ink. I matted the image on a scrap of the same yellow card stock. Inked the edges and then gel pen stitched the edges of the card and the image. The sentiment is from Stamps by Judith, and for some reason just seemed to fit this one today. I stamped it on a K&Co. label. Punched three EK Success Retro flowers from Chloe's Closet paper, and Martha Stewart frond leaves inked the edges, and used Making Memories mini button brads for centers.
I hope you like this one - as I really had fun with it. Now if only I had that much fun actually doing my laundry - as it has really piled up this week.
Today I am taking MIL out to do a few errands, hopefully not a long day as I have a bunch to catch up on here at home. Plus I really would like some blogging time when I get home. I think I need some Internet reading... I have really missed it the past few days, funny how I feel like I haven't finished my day until I get to read my friends blogs.
Have a wonderful Friday - again thanks for all of the kind comments and support -

Thursday, January 29, 2009

My Best Friend, My Baby, My Border Collie Bonnie -

There is no card today - just a goodbye to my Baby Bonnie.
Sorry I did not post yesterday - it was a very sad day for us. Bonnie my Border Collie passed away in the night. It was a very difficult day for both Hubby and I. The house seems so empty, but I will say she played until the last day. She ran the fence with the Donkeys, and played frisbee her last day - I really believe that the Lord knew that Hubby and I were going to have a very hard time dealing with "job" of taking her to the vet when her Cancer got to bad. So he took her for us. Hubby says the Lord must have needed the best Border Collie on the planet and that she was. I still can't believe it.

I don't mean to make anyone sad - but I know so many of you have emailed and commented on my baby's fight with cancer and her status, so I felt I had to give time to let you all know how much your kind words meant to us, and my baby didn't suffer and was "Bonnie" all though slower, but "Bonnie" until that last afternoon.
As you can imagine - crafting was not something I could do last night. I have a couple of cards to show - and was going to go ahead and post one today and then decided not to - just didn't feel right to share a card with a Goodbye to my baby. I'll go back to the cards tomorrow.
Gato is missing her, keeps looking for her and can't find her. Libbie is just too young to know what is going on. Libbie has big shoes to fill - may be a hard task for such a little dog. But she does bring smiles between our tears. I know Bonnie is better off, things could have been a lot worse for her - now she is at rest and yes at rest with her Frisbee that was always with her outside.
Again thanks for all of your kind words and support during the past two months, dealing with her Cancer. She really was the best Border Collie ever.
HUGS and-

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

A Spoon Full of LOVE!

Tuesday!!! It is Spoon Full of Sugar Day, and today "Love is in the Air" - yes the challenge this week is love - Valentines Love. My favorite holiday! (our Anniversary and Hubbies b-day!)

My card today used three of the newer Alota Rubber Stamps images. "Girlfriend Sharon", "Chocolate Candy Box" and the sentiment from the "Valentine Cuties Set". Now I did something a bit different - I stamped everything with the Mementos London Fog ink... a light gray. I love the Candy box that way, but I think Sharon should have been done in black... the features show up better.
Everything is colored with Copic Markers, and high lighted with white gel pen. Again I have used one piece of the Making Memories Sabrina paper, the Martha Stewart large Valentine border punch on the top and the bottom. The cute checked ribbon is from the Sabrina ribbon collection. My flowers - bottom layer is a EK Success retro punch, stacked with a tiny prima pink flower, jewelry spacer and a MM Sabrina mini heart brad. Stitched the edges with black on the image, and white on the black card stock background.
Make sure to check out all of the "Love" at the Spoon site, the DT's work is all pretty and full of hearts! Hope you will join in too some great prizes!
Sorry this is short and quick today.... lots to do this morning! I am soooooooo excited! Today is Heidi and Stuart day!!! Now what does that mean? Well Heidi and Stuart are the owners of Stampavie... yes Stampavie they live in France and are here in the states for CHA, they are flying to Texas today!!! Now they are coming to meet me, but I think a lot is also to meet the donkeys! LOL! I have been looking so forward to this for weeks and weeks, but didn't want to jinx anything by saying it out loud! Well today is the day and we are going to pick them up at the air port in a few hours! So some last minute cleaning and making sure things are ok outside! Sad thing is the weather has been gorgeous the last week, high 70's and sunny.... sad because this morning a serious front is coming through and it is going to be in the 40's this afternoon and drizzling. Not great donkey viewing weather. But we will make do.... Hope you have some fun planned today...
HUGS and-

Monday, January 26, 2009

Thank Ewe... all sparkly!

I am just going nuts over this new Making Memories Sabrina paper - in fact I made quite a few cards that you will be seeing in the next few days - Just loving the pink and black and all the yummy embellishments. This card came together so fast!

Well it helped that the Stampavie Rachelle Anne Miller image was already stamped and colored with Copics. I just added a bit of bling with some stickles on the sheep fur.
Pink card stock is used for the base, then three pattern papers from the collection cut and sewed down with a light pink shimmer thread. That fabulous large embroidered ribbon is one from the collection. For the flowers, first is some of my favorite Michael's Bridal flowers, then the little round flowers are "part of the collection" topped with jewelry spacers and mini brads.

I sat and stared at it for a while wondering what sentiment to use with this card - then I remembered this perfect "Thank Ewe!" from High Hopes, and it fit perfect as well! A bit of doodling around the edges for some fun. Love the colors - and I love the fun sheep!

I have a few extra minutes this morning - he he before Hubby yells for some help on what ever he is working on... I am going to try to do some blog visiting -

Hope you have a wonderful Monday!

HUGS and-

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Double up for the Magnolia Vs. Stampavie Challenge!

This week the Magnolia Vs. Stampavie Challenge Blog has some "Double Trouble"! And it is some fun trouble...

"*Week 11*

Double Trouble

This weeks challenge is Double Trouble. What do you mean by Double Trouble? You may be asking...Well The rules this week are you MUST use at least 2 Different Stamps on your work ( can use more if you wish) remembering they have to be on our list, Magnolia & Stampaive Stamps only. Get your creative mind going, see what you can come up with , more than 1 stamp on your work this week."

Now for me... I went a bit further than the two stamps, hope that was ok, but for my project... it just needed sooooo much more!

I created a gift pail, with 4 different Stampavie Leere Aldrich images, 2 different Magnolia images to create a scene around the pail. I started with my Copics and my air system, to create the sky, grass, road and brick path. Then stamped all of the different images right on top of the background colors. (I had placed everything out so I knew exactly where I was putting everything. The car is actually stamped and cut out then placed onto the road, and because my paper was just about an inch short of reaching around, that is where I used the large tree from Magnolia to fill the gap. ( which I just noticed you can't see in any of my photos.. LOL sorry)

Now two of my images from Stampavie is actually on the top of the can for some added fun, and filler. I then put ribbon on the top and bottom, some matching ribbons for frills on the handle, and then some white and light blue flower, spacers and mini brads. I love how it turned out - And this whole project was a recycled can... so that was even better. This can is one of the many that I have gotten Michael's Bridal Flowers in. Love that they are shorter and wider than most you can purchase, and they make the flowers a really great deal when you figure in using the pail.

I hope you will take a look at this weeks Magnolia Vs. Stampavie Challenge this week - it may be a bit more "trouble" to put together, but I bet you will love how it turns out!

Hope you all have a great Sunday - Hubby and I have a long chore list today, including loving on Donkeys - while cleaning the pens. And lots of doggie time with Bonnie and Libbie... and of course some scratching on Gato too - LOL!

HUGS and-

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Hee Haw Saturday and a little Libbie

Wow it was a fast week! I can't believe it is already Donkey day again!

I got a few snapshots for you -

First up is Darlene, my oldest and one of my first Donkeys. She has had three babies for us, Diego - which was my first born here, and will always be here. Then Julio, who we sold last summer, but still get reports on regularly. And now Pavo, our Thanksgiving Turkey Dinner baby. She is also one of my largest donkeys... wide not tall. We have so much in common her and I. But she is really looking good after this baby, trimming down more than usual. Look how well she is getting again at scratching her own itches!

Next is Macie and Cheyenne - my closest girlfriends - they are always together and their babies are the same way - Lina and Lola. They are wonderful girls, Macie has those large beautiful eyes, and Cheyenne has that dark gorgeous face.

How cute is Josie? She is still soooooo tiny, and absolutely adorable!

Speaking of adorable... how about finishing off today with a Libbie photo?

Are those Blue Eyes gorgeous or what? She did well at her vet appointment, didn't even cry when she got her shot... and got lots of attentions and ooohs and ahhhhs. She weighed in at a huge 2 pounds! LOL

Hope you enjoyed - Got lots of projects in the works. Hoping to get to finish off some later today. Have a great Saturday!

HUGS and -

Friday, January 23, 2009

A Scene for Cute Card Challenge

How fun is it to make a scene - well that is this weeks challenge on Cute Card!

This was a great time to use another one of Alota Rubber Stamps. This is "Girlfriend Birgit", she is also named for one of the Alota Dt's. Just love all those shopping bags! For my scene I used Alota's "Park, Pond" Background. Love this one you can make it almost any season you would like. Mine is melting - Winter is ending but there is still a bit of snow on the ground. Ok so Birgit isn't shopping here in Texas...

Everything is colored with my Copics, now those shopping bags were just a bit plain... so I used my Rubber Stampede stumps and stamped some flowers and leaves on them.

For my card I wanted to use up some of the scraps from my card the other day, don't want to waste any of my new Making Memories Chloe's Closet papers, or the flocked dotted DCWV. I used the Martha Stewarts Scallop Double Dots and created a lace edge, the ribbon is part of the MM Chloe's Closet ribbon set. In inked the edges of everything with a light green ink. Because the background stamp is so large you really don't need much pattern papers. Now I love that metal clip! It too is an embellishment from MM Chloe's Closet, thought that bird was fun for the park.

The sentiment is also from Alota Rubber Stamps, and a friend that loves to shop is my kind of friend!

I am trying to get Libbie a Vet appointment, just for a check up and to get her baby shots all lined up... and also cuz my Vet is just dying to meet her! The last couple of days I have let her run around the house - you really have to be careful, she is like a fur ball under your feet. And I have no idea where she finds things and pulls them out to chew on. And oh my... she loves my laundry piles. I think she drug every sock out and all over the house. I'd pick them all up and come around the corner and they were back again. Too cute!

It is Friday - you planning your weekend? We are working around the property this weekend. Luckily the weather is suppose to be great, so hopefully we will get lots done. Hope you have fun planned and not work!

HUGS and-

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Alota - New Girls... ME and Bonnie

I can not even tell you how much this stamp means to me. I love all of my Donkeys stamps, but I think this one will touch my heart forever. Helene, from Alota Rubber Stamps, did it again - she has brought out an adorable collection of stamps - many of them are named for her DT, how sweet is she to that. But I am sorry the stamp named for me, is the most special. This is "Michelle and Bonnie" - how touching is that? Especially now, Bonnie is still "ok", but we are now starting to see some changes, and see that her Cancer is starting to effect her body more.

No sad right now, cuz this stamp makes me happy - Would make me happier if I really looked that cute! LOL! I just wish my legs looked that skinny... and hmm that is what ankles are suppose to look like - and sorry - but you won't ever see me in heels like that... I am a flats girl - I don't do well on little post under me.

Well when the new stamps arrived I just had to color it up first. Sorry to all of the other Lady DT's- their images are wonderful too. Well sitting new on my desk was the new paper pack from Memories - Sabrina - ooooohhhh this collection is just so pretttttttyyyy! I love brown and pink, but this black and pink is really gorgeous! And they have so many wonderful embellishments that match as well.

I started out with a black card stock as my base, I picked four patterns from the collection, and then colored my image (or Me and Bonnie) with my Copic Markers and high lighted with white gel pen. I doodled the edges of the image with little hearts and wavy lines. I cut down my four patterns for the card, punched the bottom of the pink dot with Martha's little Valentine border punch, then sewed the edges of each piece. I changed from Black thread to light pink on the one black piece. The ribbon is one from the collection, as is the flowers that I have stacked and topped with a jewelry spacer and one of the mini heart brads also called Sabrina. The sentiment is also from Alota Rubber Stamps is "Forever Friends" and is part of a great collection of universal words. Then to finish everything off I just had to gel pen stitch the edge of the black card.

I finished off the inside of the card as well.... but forgot to take the photo and now my camera is dead and is charging - but I did do the inside, really.

Man this week is flying by! Can you believe it is already Thursday? Wow! Today is more cleaning and Puppy patrol, Libbie and Gato, the Cat, really are bonding, in reality tearing it up and chasing each other through the house - it is really cute and funny to watch. Bonnie could care less about the puppy and just ignores her completely. Good thing is the puppy is keeping Gato entertained, Bonnie really isn't up to a lot of playing this week. Well better get my Wii done, so I can do some blog visiting and then get busy - Hope you all have a wonderful day -
HUGS and-

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

A Spoon full of "Baby" -

Alrighty - 24 hours late, but better late than never! I had to make this weeks Spoon full of Sugar no matter what - One I got some new papers that were just perfect for the "Baby" theme, and Two my husbands niece had a baby! MIL needed a card to send with her gift - so I had to make this card! I love how it came out -

This Stampavie Rachelle Anne Miller Image "Play Time" is one of my favorite baby images, it is just too cute and fun and is perfect for the subject of baby. I colored with my copics, and then cut out with my Spellbinders Nestibilities Petite Ovals, the mat is the same as the card base. Now do you love those big polka dots they are embossed and feel almost flocked it is from DCWV and is part of the Nana's Nursery set. I used my Martha Stewart Valentine Border punch and scrap white card stock to make the heart border, hearts are ok for baby cards too right? Of course cuz we love babies so much!

And because of the heart I thought it was ok to punch out the Papertrey Ink Sentiment "Heaven Sent" with my Fiskars Heart Squeeze Punch. For the flowers I used EK Success Retro Flowers. Now all of the flower and the inside paper.. oh yes, I did the inside toooooo! All of these are a new paper stack that I got from Michael's, called Chloe's Closet from Making Memories. And wow.. you should see all the really cool embellishments that they make to go with this paper! Ok, so I inked the edges of everything with a light brown, sewed parts with straight and zig-zag stitches. Flowers are attached with jewelry spacers and mini button brads.

I hope MIL likes it, and I apologize for being late with this one - I have some fabulous DT buddies at Spoon Full of Sugar - they were so nice about me freaking out about being late. So make sure to visit the Spoon site and see how they made some GORGEOUS baby cards!

today - well I am hoping to put everything back into my brand new Utility Room - and get lots of laundry done. That while keeping an eye on Libbie - taking her out a million times. She has had very few accidents in her crate... she is so cute, she doesn't like to "do wrong" in there and wants to go out side to do her business, how cute is that at just over 7 weeks! Now my next thing is her and the cat.... They really love playing, and running all over the house. Gato has been so great with her careful but wearing her out so she sleeps a while!

Hope you have a wonderful Wednesday!
HUGS and-

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

I am starting to get ink withdrawal!

Oh my I haven't made a card since the middle of last week!!!! Between the work on my utility room, the new puppy and a lingering cough... I just haven't been able to sit and work. If I don't tonight, I just may shut down and go on strike!

Now that means that I have no card today for A Spoon Full of Sugar. I feel so down and sad. I hope to get it done later today and will get it posted tomorrow. Please do visit the other more organized DT members cards at the challenge - A great Theme this week - BABY!

Well I will go ahead and post another one of my Leere Aldrich cards that I made a while back.
This image is called "Sisters" - now if only me and my sister looked that cute! Sorry sis... but true huh?

The image is colored with Copics, and high lighted with white gel pen, and spica glitter pens. The edges are doodled, including the sentiment.. yes I have shown that sentiment quite a bit. Told you I love it! It is part of the Sentiment B collection by Leere Aldrich. I wanted this card to have a luxurious feel, so my ribbon is velour... mmmm velour. And I was really lucky to have found some Prima Flowers in the same color.... I was thinking I may have to spray white ones with my Copic Air system, but these were just too perfect. Now it is hard to tell from the photo, but the mini brads are the exact same color as the green in the pattern paper. To give some depth to the papers I inked the edges of everything with a dark brown ink before putting it all together. I am just loving these images! And there are more to ink and color still!

Thanks so much for visiting and I do hope to get back to normal, or as normal as I get. I really wonder how sane it was to re-do the our utility room at the exact same time as getting a puppy. A puppy no bigger than a small bunny! But we seem to have lived through it, and now I can start cleaning up. The puppy, Libbie, definitely has held up our work.. we just can't stop playing with her! Too cute! My "utility room" is all over the house and is now able to be put into the new home we have built! It is so nice to have a real room - with my washer and dryer in place, shelves for storage (something this house has had no room for!), all clean and with new walls and new floor!

Hope you have a fun Tuesday planned... me MIL errands, home to start cleaning, and then me and my ink and images have a date!

HUGS and-

Monday, January 19, 2009

I am so excited... looky here!

Ok, I have been published... well once - but now this is super exciting! Stampavie asked me a couple of months ago to create a few cards for an advertisement that they were planning for Paper Crafts Magazine!!! (This ad is in the current issue that is now out on the shelves March/April) The ad is for the new Leere Aldrich images, which I absolutely adore... so that made it really fun - What do you think of the ad? Cute huh?

The cards were super fun to make -

The first one is called "Going Places". Do you love the convertible, who can resist a red convertible!

Colored with my Copics and then used silver adhesive dots as the hub caps. The papers are all Basic Grey I think - maybe My Minds Eye.. heck it has been almost two months. I used a pink card stock as the base, with a dark brown card stock as a mat. I sewed with a zig zag stitch. I cut one of the flourishes out of one of the pattern papers out and then matted with the dark brown.

The sentiment is also from Leere Aldrich, matted on green then brown. With a Green Satin ribbon.

I love the stitching on the card - I think it adds so much texture, and detail you just can't get with paper and ink... shock horror oh my can't believe I said that! But I do love the stitching. Now all I have to do is figure out how I can get one of those convertibles myself! Wonder if it can pull a donkey trailer?

The second card is just so girlie... I used DCWV with my Copics, including the back ground - Baby Girl Nana Nursery Glitter papers, lots of them! All on a hot pink card stock base. I actually did the sewing on them individually before I put the card together - would have been just to thick to sew as one. I colored the fun image "Bathing Beauty"
looks like velvet in person, I cut with my Spellbinders Nestibilities circle, then the dotted pattern paper with a scallop circle, sewed the edge really slow to keep it as a circle. LOL. Sewing in a circle is a challenge for me! There are three ribbons stacked that both seemed to match so well. I punched two flowers with a EK Success retro flower centered with large yellow brads, I high lighted with white gel pen. The sentiment again is also from Leere Aldrich - perfect for the image, part of the Sentiment B collection.

There are so many fun images to color with Leere Aldrich... I can't wait to make my next card!
Run over to Stampavie and see for yourself how fun they all are!

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend, we have had lots of Puppy time, Libbie is just too cute, and my I really have had to be careful, she is so tiny! You should see her trying to chase Bonnie across the backyard! Bonnie takes 6 or 7 steps to Libbies oh I don't know 200!

Well better get breakfast, do my Wii so I can do some blog surfing! I missed a lot this weekend so I want to catch up -

HUGS and-

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Sunday tied in Bows -

Sunday Magnolia vs. Stampavie Challenge! And this week we are all Bows!

"Do anything from an atc, altered art project, handmade gift, card, tag etc. as long as it has Bows on, at least 1 bow that you have handmade. There is tons of ways you can change the look of bows, a flat bow , a big bouncy bow with lots of layers, simple little bow etc i think you get the drift now?"

I love big flowing bows, there are some blogs I visit where there bows just make me sit and stare at them trying to figure out how they make them so pretty! Me.. I do good to
tie a knot most of the time. I really worked hard on this bow, and it still looks sad and flat to me, but it is technically a bow! I started by using one of the newer Magnolia images, don't you just love that these are larger? Colored with my Copics, I tried to use the same colors as one of my favorite pattern papers from K&Company. I have to really think hard when using this paper as I don't ever want to run out of this paper stack, called "Classic K". I used my new Martha Stewart small scalloped heart punch across the bottom of one of the patterns, then the gorgeous rose pattern, I found a darker piece in the stack and used it as mats behind the image and the wonderful sentiment, love this one from Rubber Stampede. I sewed everything down with either blanket stitches or straight stitches.

Now that bow... the ribbon is a Martha Stewart satin ribbon, tied over and over and over again until I settled on this one. And just because it had to have them, I stacked some Prima flowers, with jewelry spacers and mini brads.

I hope you will run over and check out all of the other DT work! There are some spectacular bows to see!

Me.. I am off to Sunday Breakfast, then home to make a cake for my nieces Birthday party - then off to the party then home to play with Libbie, Bonnie and Gato -

Hope you have a great Sunday -

HUGS and-