Saturday, April 25, 2009

Cards for Jay

The husband of one of my good friends is due to have back surgery next week. I have been making some cards to send to him while he is recuperating. I really like the Long Time Friend set from Stampin' Up -- #1 because it is easily either masculine or feminine and #2 because it is so much fun to color!! While talking about coloring, I must tell you a funny story ... my doctor has given me a prescription for Ambien to help me sleep (neuropothy complications from my diabetes) and it seems to lessen the irritation felt from the neuropothy. Well when Imade the first card (the watering can image), I had taken one 10mg pill almost immediately when I got home from work because I felt so bad. I went in the craft room and starting making the card (stamped the image, got my layout all set) and then started coloring. As the night progressed, I took another 10mg pill and went back to my coloring. I then got very tired and sleepy and decided to go to bed. The next afternoon after work, I went to finish up the card. To my astonishment, there were coloring marks on the image (the skinny leaves of the flowers coming out of the top of the watering can) where there was no image to be colored. The leaves go up either straight or at an angle and then down drooping from the can. Undoubtedly, the medication took hold of me and I just went "crazy" with a couple of coloring marks. Instead of doing the image all over again, I took a very fine black pen and drew in leaves where the green marks were. I hope that I was able to camoflage these mistakes.

Back to the card I modified some flowers that I got at Michaels to mimick the tiny flowers coming out of the tipped over flower pot. I still like the way it turned out and will definitely send it on to Jay (besides that I think he'll enjoy the story that goes with it).

The other card is from the same set. This time I didn't have to correct any coloring mistakes and will send it to him next week, too.


Cardstock: Certainly Celery and Bashful Blue base from Stampin' Up; Close to Cocoa also Stampin' Up. White from Papertrey. Bitty Dots from Papertrey. Stripe paper from stash.

Stamps: Long Time Friend from Stampin' Up

Embellishments: Flowers are Brides Table Confetti from Michaels; Ribbon Brown PolyTwill from Stampin' Up; Amber Beads from Stampingbella; Pearl Beads (a donation from my daughter); 3-D Paint for flower centers; Scallop Oval Punch from Marvy; Fiskars Deckle Paper Edger Scissors; Cats Eye Ink for edgiing; Dimensionals; Copics; Chalks from Stampin' Up

Thanks for stopping by and come back again soon!

Hugs to all from Linda

Tuesday, April 21, 2009


One of my very best friends, Lisa Bartek, is a Realtor for the company I have worked for for the past 26 years. She stays in touch with her customers and clients by sending them cards that she creates. Since it is spring, she thought she'd send them seed packets of Forget-Me-Nots and stowed them in this very clever pocket card. She used a flower punch for the blue flowers. The added faux stiching on the fold-down was genious!!! I was thrilled with her card as will be all those lucky enough to receive it. Thank you, Lisa, for sharing this with us.

Thank you for visiting today and come back again real soon!

Hugs Linda

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Shelbie's Birthday

The original card I sent to my granddaughter never made it to her, so I made this replacement. I really am liking the color combination on this and they go so well with the Sparkling Summer set from Stampin' Up. The sentiment is from Stampingbella and speaks to all those yummy images on the card. The flowers are from Flora Doodles by Petaloo and are centered with a rhinestone brad from Stampin' Up. The cardstock is from Papertrey (Raspberry Fizz, Summer Sunrise and Summer Sunrise Bitty Dot Basics).


Hugs to all


Friday, April 17, 2009

Take time for Yourself

I've been working so hard at work that I made this card thinking of the upcoming week-end and to "TAKE TIME FOR MYSELF" for the week-end. I used Stampin' Up's Sparkling Summer for the imagae. The little shells at the bottom middle of the card, were from a bunch of embellishments given to me by a girl I work with. They were just PERFECT. They started out white and I daubbed them with caramel and brown colored ink. I really like the simplicity of this card (simple was my inspiration)!!

Hope you enjoy the card and your time off this week-end. TAKE TIME FOR YOURSELF!!

Hugs Linda

Thursday, April 9, 2009

TCPTUES53 Challenge

This is my first time to do the The Cat's Pajamas challenge. This Summery Color Challenge was a fun project. The colors I used were Papertrey's Raspberry Fizz, Stampin' Ups Pumpkin Pie and So Saffron (yellow). The images were from Papertrey's Tags for Spring, Stampim' Ups Garden Whimsey, and A-Muse's Splendiferous Day. The punches I used were also varied -- Stampin' Up's scallop circle and Marvy's larger scallop circle and Stampin' Ups circle punch. I used Stampin' Ups Pumpkin Pie grograin ribbon. Dimensionals added depth to each image. White cardstock was used as the base with layers of the Raspberry, Orange and Yellow colors. The dots were done with 3-D paint.

I hope you enjoy seeing this card as much as I did doing it. I think I might just do another challenge!!



Sunday, April 5, 2009

Bunny on Pink

Another stamp I picked up at the garage sale is from QKR Stamp-Ede. I'm in the middle of making Easter cards and this cute bunny was a "must purchase". I colored him/her with my Copics, scalloped the edges with my scallop scissors, and set it on Cramy Caramel and Close to Cocoa cardstock. I punch a corner scallop and adhered it to Pixie Pink set on Blush Blossom. I paper pierced the edge and did faux stiching with a freehanded bow on one corner. The flowers white table confetti by Gartner I found at Michaels. I colored the flowers and used 3-D paint for the centers.

Hugs Linda

Garage Sale Purchase

I went to a Stampin' Up garage sale Saturday and bought a set from 1996. The set is four long stamps (Gardening, Snowmen, Birdhouses, Teapots). Unfortunately, there was no name of the set to be found on the box. I fell in love with each one of the stamps. Here are two cards using the Gardening and Teapots. I colored each with my Copics. The length of the stamp called for a long card 8-1/2 x 3-3/4. I really enjoyed coloring these and coming up with a layout for each one. I hope you like them, too.
Hugs Linda

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Speedy Recovery

My boss's wife just had eye surgery. It went well and she was taken home this afternoon for recovery. She has to, of course, wear a patch over her eye during the healing process. I made this card to send to her using Stampingbella's Alexis Bad Hair Day image and the Speedy Recovery sentiment also from Stampingbella. I pieced Alexis' robe with Papertrey's Bitty Dot Basic in Ripe Avacado and their Summer Sunrise as the base of the card. The stripe at the bottom is from my stash (unknown source). I backed each layer with Stampin' Up's basic black and also used their grosgrain ribbon in Old Olive, Summer Sun, and Apricot Appeal. The buttons are a close match and come from various sources. I used Copics to finish coloring the image and freehanded the eye patch. I hope she gets a little chuckle from the card and it helps to speed her recovery.

Thank you for stopping by and come back again real soon!

Hugs Linda

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Veggie Bella

This past week-end my daughter and her fiance' came over to my house (along with grandkids Carly and Carson) to help trim a tree in my front yard. The limbs were hanging down so that my neighbor had to almost get on his knees to push his lawnmower under them. It took about an hour - hour and a half to get the job done. Michael did the trimming and Nancy and I did the bundling for the trash pick up the next day. Carly and Carson were in a contest (suggested by Nancy to see who could pick up the most little twigs from the side walks (save us from sweeping). We all had a good time -- and if you can make work fun, the better it is. I'm reminded of Mary Poppins and her Spoonful of Sugar!!

Anyway, I made this Thank You card to send to them. I like the way it turned out and I thought Veggie Bella (gardening) was ideal considering what I'm thanking them for. Of course none of us looked as good as Miss Bella when we did our trimming, but it was okay!!

I used my Copics to color and used Stampin' Up's Tiny Talk for the sentiment.

Thanks for stopping by.

Hugs to all