Sunday, August 26, 2012

The Card to go with the Gift...

I needed a card
to go with the baby gift I made
in my previous post...
Since the nursery is a nautical theme
I thought Mo's Digital Pencil stamp
Wynken, Blynken and Nod
was appropriate!
The navy and white
isn't something I would typically pick
for a baby card
but it mimicked the night sky
and deep blue sea well...

 I thought that border punch made great "waves"
and the white -as well as the bow
helped "soften" it a little bit.
And of course
I used Pop-Dots!

I put the story of Wynken, Blynken and Nod
on the inside
(wasn't sure if the parents to be knew it or not!)
and then a sentiment that
May in the mere "blynk" and "wynk" of an eye
may their new bundle of joy
be sailing into their arms.

Mom has been on bed rest
and is getting anxious
Due date isn't until first part of October!
We had a nice visit
(at least I thought so!)
and hopefully it broke up some of the monotony
of her day!
Trying to get motivated to gear up
for three upcoming craft shows---
This is Bad Cat
testing out a new catnip toy possibility!
He gave it two paws up!
Funny that catnip toys
are by far my best seller!
Until next time,
happy stamping and scrapping!

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Swimmingly...on Sunday...

Note: these are not scrapbook pages!
These are actual canvas art canvases
the kind with a wood frame & canvas stretched over it
that normal people paint on...!

I have spent an entire day
after church that is
working on these...

They are art canvases
decoupaged and decorated
with scrapbook paper
stamped images
wooden embellishments
and even a little bit of OKI beach sand!
Those big empty spaces
are actually hand-made photo pockets!
All most supplies are Close to My Heart
(thanks Geri! Ya can see I put that paper pack
to good use! ; )  )

They were to have been a gift
for a baby shower
I think
they are worth the wait! 

I won't mention
how many times I cut that crab
(and how many wordy durds I said while doing it!)
NOT for babies ears, I assure you!
they are finished!
I will deliver them
to the parents to be
sometime this week
or next.

For now,
it's time for a rum drink
a good book
and some rest!

Until next time,
happy stamping and scrapping!

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Sentiments on Saturday

Since the cat photos loaded first...
that's where I will start...
Hubby was having a snack on lunch meat
(aka" wildebeest" in our house)
he had some serious interest
as they are both on the same chair!
Never mind the one on the right pummeled
the one on the left the night before...!

And sometime this week
we had spaghetti---
this guy ABSOLUTELY LOVES the sauce!
Only this time he got it on his nose...

Momma helped him wash off what he
couldn't get.

Instead of Where's Waldo
this photo caption is
Where's Inky?!

I had help when I headed into my craft room
and when he got tired he just curled up
in the basket I bought from Theresa!

So--onto to some crafty scrappy things!
A coworker had a birthday last week-end
and I didn't know it!
So yesterday I did some shopping
and here's what I came up with:
Wild Cat Wine drink mix,
a wine glass (dollar store!)
dressed up of course...
and some napkins...

Using Close to My Heart lagoon cardstock
and some CTMH black cardstock
and some sheer black ribbon,
my Big Shot and an embossing folder
here's the gift "box" I came up with...

Again with CTMH cardstock
a Mo's Digital Pencil image
and Stampin' Up Framelets
I put together a card to decorate the front
(Now-the CTMH Art Philosophy Cartridge
would cut those shapes-but the BS was easier today!)
I was also going to use the low temp glue gun
to gather that ribbon on there
but decided a strip of tape would tack it down
just as well and yeah,
I just kinda bunched it and stuck it down
no sewing-and no swearing (with the glue gun!)

oops-my crystals are on there cattywhompus!
Colored with Copics.
 Here's the inside of the card
that is layered and mimics
the sentiment on the napkins.

Hope she likes it.

Hubby is off enjoying a bike tour
of our local neighboring town
I wanted to go, too
but still not 100% after my surgery
and sitting on a bike seat
wouldn't be a good idea until I am.
Maybe next year!

now off to clean up my mess
do some housework
and I had better start making things
for our upcoming craft shows!
I keep procrastinating
and they are gonna be here
sooner than I want to think about!

Until next time--
happy stamping and scrapping!

Monday, August 13, 2012

No Adhesive Allowed!

we have a young man from our church
who is serving a life sentence
without chance of parole.
His mother and grandmother
sit in front of my husband and I
every Sunday.
His birthday is coming up this week
and a plea was made to send him cards
to let him know that we care about him
and are praying for him.
I know from having helped with the Kairos Prison Ministry
and making (stamping) place mats for that
are allowed.
Not even a sticker return address label on the enve.
I **think** this will pass--
all the paper is layered only by slipping it into slits
made by the Stampin' Up "slitty" punch
(that's that little half-circle you see...)
and the flip part is using the SU Framelits
All the paper is Close to My Heart
Footloose (sadly retired)
The name is the Bohemian Alphabet stamp set

and the sentiment is an "oldy-moldy" stamp
from my stash...
it's soooo hard to know what to say...

I hope it will make a little difference...
Now that I know that I can do this---
without adhesive...
I can do a little more to reach out to this young man.
He has changed
and I have no doubt that he can touch and change lives
even where he is...

Until next time,
happy stamping and scrapping.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Back to School...

Hard to believe
summer is almost over--
and soon the school bells will be ringing!

I am teaching our groupies this month
so I put my thinking cap on
pulled out some old papers
added some new stamps...
and I think I came up with
an A+ project
(I might be a wee bit biased tho--
so tell me what you think! ; )  )

Here's the 2-page layout...

close up of the first page
(yep, that's my "self portrait!")
Books on the shelf--
and my stack of self-help books/daily devotionals...
There's hidden journaling behind that photo...

Here's the second page--
behind that bow is a fold-out accordion book!

Here's the front of the little book...
colored with Copics

and the inside pages...

If you've not read
Wind Says Good Night
you need to!
The illustrations are ADORABLE!

I had a HORRIBLE time learning to read
when I was younger---
my mother and I spent hours upon hours reading
(or my trying to!)--using flash cards and phonics
it was pure torture for both of us...
but I distinctly remember that the turning point for me
was a book called
Lemonade Serenade or The Thing in the Garden.
Sadly, it is out of print--
but I scored an old, used library copy off Amazon
a few years back!

I included a list of my favorite "adult" authors as well...

and "signed out" my creation!

Here's the backside of that last page that folds in...
Hmmm...need to add something there...

Well, that's it for today's lesson!
My class kits are all ready to go for my students
on Tuesday of next week.

Until next time,
stamping and scrapping!
All products Close to My Heart
(some retired-some new)