Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Bubble Gum Boy

My boys both go to day camp in the summer. One of the themes is Super Hero Day. My boys aren't big super hero fans, so we don't have a Batman or Spiderman costume around. So, they create their own super hero. They both decided to be Bubble Gum Boy. He has the super power to blow big enough bubbles to capture the evil villians! We are off to NYC this afternoon, so I hope everyone has a fabulous weekend! When we get back, I'm sure I'll have something crafty to share!

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Simon Says Stamp

Hi friends! I apologize for not having any artwork to share. We had my husband's 20th high school reunion and our 10th anniversary this weekend amongst baseball, soccer, and tee-ball. It just never stops. I am going to try to post something tonight. We are going to NYC tomorrow night, so I will be MIA until Monday.

Anyways, sorry for all the blabbering. Simon Says Stamp is a fantastic store with their own line of stamps and TONS of other fantastic products. They just started a blog and are giving away blog candy like crazy, so visit them!

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

More cows!

I just can't get enough of these adorable cows by TAC (The Angel Company). I am participating in Loretta's Cow Swap on SCS. I also wanted to try the Mojo47 Sketch challenge. This is what I came up with. The cardstock is all from SU: YoYo Yellow, Orange, and Gable Green. The patterned paper, you guessed it, from the Dollar Spot at Target. The ribbon is from Target too. I colored this cutie with prismacolor pencils and OMS. The sentiment is from a Studio G Dollar set. See, stamping is not expensive at all! I put cotton candy Stickles on the ice cream and hit Tommy's gel pen collection once again. I hope the swap girls enjoy her and that you do too!

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Back to Making Cards!

I am back to making cards! I have missed it! This is a card I made for Chris's Animal Swap on SCS. The cardstock is from a stash I have in a big pile. The patterned paper is from my favorite place, Target's Dollar Spot. The primas and flowers are from the bag I have of them. The dew drops were a gift from Chris. Thanks so much! I love them! The stamp is by TAC's set Wild for You. It was a must have set for me. The tiny stickers are from my kids' craft bin. I secretly buy stuff for me and say it is for my boys. I hope all is well with everyone!

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Thank You and Laura Ashley Gabriella Step Stool

Thanks so much for all of your kind comments about my painting. I really love to do it, and I always have a hard time giving the pieces up. I got a few e-mails asking if I have an etsy shop. I don't, but I am happy to discuss painting something with you if you are interested. Just shoot me an e-mail. This step stool goes with Laura Ashley's Gabriella crib set.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Painted Step Stools

I'm still working on the step stool I have been painting this week, but I thought I would show you the last two I did in the meantime. I should be finished tonight or tomorrow with the current one, and then I will get back to stamping!

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Hanging Tiles

I have a small custom painting business. I decorate furniture and wall hangings for children, so that's why I haven't posted in a few days. I am painting a step stool to match Laura Ashley's Gabriella crib set. I'll post it after it is done. It is so cute; it makes me wish I had a little girl.

I thought I would share some other decor I have. This is one of four hanging tiles in my kitchen. The tile was .32 at Lowes. The flower is from SU's retired All Natural set, and the word dream was stamped with my Karen Foster's snap stamps. The other three say cherish, imagine, and wish. Two are yellow and two are blue. The image was stamped with black stazon and colored with sharpies. I attached some hemp and covered the back with felt. They are perfect in my kitchen! I hope you enjoy them too!

Monday, July 14, 2008

Cutest Little Bee

I made this card for a swap. Surprise, surprise, right? This one is for Chris's Pesky Bug Swap. This cute little guy and sentiment are by Inkadinkado (I think) in the Dollar Section of Joann's or AC Moore. One of the downfalls of unmounting everything and storing in CD cases is that I always throw away the packaging. That's the only downfall though. Anyways, the paper is from Target's Dollar spot while the cardstock is YoYo Yellow and Positively Pink by SU. The turquoise is from my scrap box. The ribbon is Offray. I cut the scallops with my old scissors and used Tommy's gel pen...again. I am going to have to get him a new one! Guess what I got today? I got a Fiskars Threading Water border punch. I am so excited! I hope everyone is starting the week off well! I have a few swaps to do tonight if my boys ever go to bed!

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Cupcake Challenge

It's rainy and miserable here today, so it is a great day to stamp! I am getting into blog challenges so I made this card for the Taylored Expressions Cupcake Challenge #24. Later today I am going to figure out how to provide links to other blogs. Well, here are the deets on this card: Inkadinkado cupcake, a TAC sentiment, Tempting Turquoise, Glorious Green, and Blush SU! cardstock. The patterned paper is from a pack from the dollar store. There is paper glaze on the frosting which is popped up on a dimensional. I paper pierced a little and used my white gel pen for a border. I am going to go spend the rest of the day playing with my kids! Have a great day!

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Yummy Cupcake

Thanks for your help yesterday helping me decide which card to link to Julee's Mojo challenge. I think the Wedding card won but the Grillfella was a close second.

I love cupcakes! I made this card awhile ago, but a friend brought it up that I should post it. I am in a monthly swap group on SCS, and it is the best swap group ever! I always try to make my best cards for my group! The challenge for June was to use red, white and blue. I used SU!'s Ruby Red, Ballet Blue, and white. The stamp is by Inkadinkado. I did my first paper piecing with the wrapper of the cupcake. The background is embossing with the swirls cuttlebug folder. The frosting is paper glaze and the dew drops are from Chris. The ribbon is from Joann's. Piercing all those holes took FOREVER, but that's ok. We are off to tee ball and we are hosting my Mom's retirement dinner tonight. I hope everyone has an enjoyable Saturday!

Thursday, July 10, 2008

MOJO 45 Challenge Cards: Which one should I submit?

I have just discovered Verve Stamps! I know I must have been living under a rock! I can't wait to place an order. They are so cute and just my style. I decided to try Julee's sketch challenge this week, and I love the sketch so much I made three cards with it. Please help me decide which one to submit.

This one is made with Grillfella by Stampingbella. I used gray cardstock that I bought at Staples when I first started stamping. I also used chocolate chip by SU! and the patterned paper is by Miss Elizabeth. I got it at the Dollar Store. It is a pack of 125 4x6 sheets. What a deal! The brads are from my stash. The sentiment is a dollar stamp from AC Moore. I think it is by Studio G, but I unmounted it, so I am not sure. Can you tell I am a frugal stamper?! I colored with Koh-i-noor pencils and OMS. I finished it off with Tommy's silver gel pen.

This next one is Stampendous's Bee Trio. My friend, Sarah, sent me these images! Aren't they cute? I colored them with Prismacolor pencils and OMS. The cardstock is Positively Pink, Green Galore, and YoYo Yellow by SU!. The patterned paper is from a pack I picked up at Target in the Dollar Spot (again, my thriftiness id shining through tonight). The sentiment says "What's Up?" but you can't really see it because of the stickles all over it. There are stickles on the spots, stripes, and wings of the bees too. The ribbons are from Joann's and the eyelets from by eyelet box. The antennas are tiny stickers that I stole from my kids' craft box.

Ok, the last one... the bride to be I made the wine charms for a couple weeks ago needs a wedding card, so here it is. Her colors are black and gold hence the black and gold in the card. The stamp is by Stampingbella. The sentiment is a Studio G dollar stamp embossed in gold. The cardstock is Basic Black by SU! and a shimmery white by the Paper Company. The shimmery paper is embossed with my Cuttlebug Swiss Dots folder. The patterned paper and the gold vellum are both from Joann's. The bride has stickles on her sash and veil. Her dress is covered with Crystal Effects. I colored the Groom with Prismacolor pencils and OMS. Again, I stole Tommy's gel pen for the gold dots. I sponged the edges of the image with gold, but it didn't show up very well. Well, please let me know which you like the best! Thanks so much!

Monday, July 7, 2008

Under the Sea Swap Card

Happy 4th of July!!! I know it is days afterwards, but I hope everyone had an enjoyable weekend. We have been sooo busy! Our boys start camp tomorrow, but I start teaching too. Anyways, this is a card I made for my Under the Sea Swap on SCS. The stamps are Studio G. The card stock is Brilliant Blue and Yo Yo Yellow from SU! The patterned paper is from TAC. The ribbon is from Joann's and the dew drops from my friend , Chris. I am addicted to these things! I cut the scallops with a die that came with my Harmony alphabet for my cuttlebug. I have used the scallop more than the alphabet, I think. I promise to use a different layout on my next set of cards!!