Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Magazine Monday

Happy Tuesday, Everyone.

I hope everyone had a safe extended weekend and took time to remember the importance of the holiday.

For the final card from the Welcome Baby Swap I fell in love with a card by Julie Ebersole.
It’s “Welcome Little One” from May 2005 CardMaker Magazine.

Julie used a white CS base. She matted it with a pale yellow which she had cut a 1-3/8 window in the top left corner – for dimension.

I opted not to do a window. But I did want to keep it just as simple. I chose to center my image and added the embellishment to the sentiment.

I used Barely Banana, a misc. stripe DP, Tuxedo Black and Barely Banana inks. The baby stamp is a Dollar General stamp I’ve had for years and the Oh Baby is from Katie & Co. I accented with a flower punch and brads.

I think this makes the perfect 'baby' card to have on hand.

Creative Blessings!

Monday, May 23, 2011

Magazine Monday!

It's a Boy!

I also took the baby boy card for the BOY category of the Welcome Baby Swap from the 2005 StampIt!

Designer Bonnie Lotz did a beautiful card using a variety of materials and techniques. For the card base, she used a Navy blue matted with white CS. From the sketch below you’ll also see she used stitching, buttons and two different styles of ways to showcase the words WELCOME and BABY.

I took the design a bit simpler and utilized what I had on hand. I didn’t have a large enough handprint so I substituted the pair of foot prints from StampCraft. The letters are from EK Success. I used Bordering Blue CS with Bashful Blue ink. The blue DP is from a misc. slab.

The neat thing with doing swaps is you send out 4 alike and you get 4 different ones back, making for a nice ‘All Occasion’ set always on hand.

Next week – the Neutral card, using up the last of my Barely Banana CS.

Creative Blessings!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011


Yep, this is my first step into the world of WOYWW - which stands for What's On Your Worksurface Wednesday. Ever since I found out about it at Silverwolf's blog , I've wanted to play too. Unfortunately, I just jump right into my projects and forget to take pics of what it looks like.

So here's how it looked this morning just after I'd completed a Teapot Tuesday challenge card:

Today I'm in the garden most of the day. But they say rain is moving in tomorrow for an extended stay. That will leave me plenty of time to clutter up the table :-)

Creative Blessings!

Monday, May 16, 2011

Magazine Monday!

And I've returned with a vengeance. I spent 9 glorious hours creating in my studio yesterday. Mind you, most of what I created had to do with swaps I'm currently in (5-total). But it was wonderful to sit and play. I was surprised when I looked at the clock to see it was way past my normal bed time.

One of the swaps I'm in is titled 'Welcome Baby'. There are three spots - Girl, Boy, Neutral - making 4 cards in each spot. Well with a new grand-baby coming in October I just HAD to play. And I HAD to take a spot in each one. Hehehe. So I went through my magazines yesterday and found three different layouts.

This week I'm featuring a card by Jenny Grothe from STAMP IT Cards 2005. The only thing I've changed about Jenny's layout is the image. She used Stampin Up products including the baby's left footprint (I'm Here - retired set) in pink ink to match the dark mat underneath it. Jenny also did a zigzag stitch the length of the DP on the left hand side of the card and her base CS was a darker pink.

I chose to go with softer tones but used the darker mat to coordinate with the 'baby' in the bottom corner so it would pop off the DP background. I didn't have a footprint stamp large enough but it did give me the opportunity to use a 2-step stamp I've had for about 6 years and NEVER used!

I used Pretty in Pink, Melon Mambo and a Making Memories Maddi Narr Stripe. The background stamp on the tag mat is from Fresh Fillers (SU-retired). I added yellow glaze pen to the nipple. Ribbon and fiber were from my ever-present stash.

Next week I'll introduce you to the Baby Boy card.

Creative Blessings

Wednesday, May 11, 2011


Sorry I've been sidetracked this week. I'll add a picture to this post later to show you why.

When the rain finally stopped, Bob and I set to work on remodeling the living room - 4 days before company was to arrive! He put the last board in place around 8:30 p.m. est on Wednesday night. We were tired and headed for bed. Thursday morning we began the process of filling the shelves, moving the furniture back into the living room and getting the house ready for company - that arrived 2 hours earlier than I'd anticipated! LOL The house was nothing like I would have liked for them to see it the first time but they were good sports and had a good visit anyway.

Aside from this I got tired of fighting the Dial-Up internet and am now a Hughes Net customer. So far the connection has been AWESOME! I added a wireless router from NetGear so I can take the laptop just about anywhere within the immediate house/ yard area I want to travel. It certainly makes uploading cards and pics much faster!

So it's been a week of transitions and digging out around here. If you've ever done a remodel - or moved from one place to another - you know what my life has been like the past week.

I will have some cards and ATCs to show you over the coming days. For now, laundry must come in off the line and be tended to.

Creative Blessings