Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Thank you gift for Special Friends

I can't believe I haven't posted anything for over a month. I just get so frustrated with uploading with my camera that I'd rather not even try. But I do have lots of cards and projects from the past few weeks, so here goes... Here's a Hostess Gift I took to special friends in San Jose who treated me to a very special birthday a few weeks ago.

This is an envelope box that I altered to be a notecard box. Just covered it with saffron designer paper, added some embellishments, twill, ribbon, and stamped the word NOTES on vanilla cardstock, and that was it!

It is filled with 16 notecards... all the same design, but in different colors. I copied this card design from a card I receive in SWAP that Jami hosted a year ago and it caught my eye so much that I have copied it many times. Simple and elegant and easy to change for any occassion. Each flower is cut out (yes!) an highlighted with the stardust pen.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Congratulations Josh and Patty

This past weekend I attended a beautiful wedding at our church of two sweet friends, Josh and Patty. They've been dating about 4-5 years, and have been engaged almost one year so this was a long awaited day! Patty has 3 kids that I've had the pleasure of teaching, loving, and hanging out with as their children's pastor (and one of them is my daughter's friend) so this was a celebratory day for all 5 of them. The wedding was gorgeous, and very special. Here is the card I made a few weeks ago for them. Lots of sparkles!
The cardstock colors are Pixie Pink, Groovy Guava, So Saffron, and shimmer white. The main image is stamped in Stazon, colored with the aquapainter and the groovy guava ink for the cake, and then the total image is embossed with Irridescent Ice. I added lots of little rhinestones all over the cake, and used some glaze pen on some of the flowers. The "Happy For You" sentiment is from the Fancy Flexible Phrases set (retired) and punched with the 2 oval punches, and then cut with scalloped scissors around the outer layer (Guava). The background card is wheeled with the Baroque Wheel. The flowers are from the Fabulous Flowers set. Some ribbon and some punches, and there it is! I had a lot of fun making this card. I love it when I'm able to spend 2 or 3 days on a card and can come back to it to add to it slowly, instead of rushing to get it out the door :)
Have a fun day!

Monday, November 10, 2008

Cupcake Challenge Card

Just a quick post to show the card I made this weekend for the Taylored Expressions Cupcake Challenge Card (#41) I found this "Me and My Big Ideas" paper at the big Joanne's in Buena Park and new it would make some FUN birthday cards! The rick rack is from a big stash I actually bought from "Oriental Trading!" Imagine That!

The main image is stamped on Shimmer White with black craft ink (SU) and embossed with detail clear, then colored with stampin up markers. The cardstock is Pixie Pink and Ballet Blue, with purple brads in the corners. There is also crystal accents on the cherries. I think that's about it! Happy Monday. Hope you all have a great week.

Saturday, November 01, 2008

My Mom's Birthday

Last week my wonderful mom had a birthday, and as it happened, Stephen was here visiting as well, so of course, what a great opportunity for a family get together. Have I said it lately that I love my family? Taco Salad, birthday presents, kids playing, yummy dessert, and lots of laughter!
Here's my sister Debbie, and the love of her life Rod (who also happens to be her husband.) They are ALWAYS smiling and laughing together! I love that about them! Deb has a unique ability to encourage and speak love and healing into my life.

Sweet little Grace, who is 4 years old now, loves her cousin Emily!

Here are the boys having fun and being silly! They both love their Grandma! (And not just because she spoils them!)
Hope you had a wonderful birthday mom... Many happy and healthy more!

Saturday, October 11, 2008

TECC37 Challenge Card

I couldn't wait to share this week's submission for Taylored Expressions Cupcake Challenge. I was leafing through one of the new scrapbook magazines this past week, and there was a section of a bunch of cute cards that had interesting "openings." I decided to give it a try with this week's sketch. You can see the original sketch at http://www.tayloredexpressions.blogspot.com/

My card has 2 circles on the bottom half, opening downwards, and the bird circle and twill ribbon circle open upward, with a piece of velcro holding the whole thing shut. Cardstock is Green Galore, Gable Green, and Regal Rose. Stamp set is Pun Fun and Itty Bitty Basics, and DP is Basic Gray and Making Memories. The "Celebrate" sentiment is from a $1.00 clear acrylic stamp from WalMart. The twill is all from Taylored Expressions. I love each one of those colors, and I was so happy when they all matched so well with that Basic Gray paper. The bird is outlined with the Stardust pen, and finally, there is some pink FUN FLOCK on the bird wings and tail, purchased from EclecticPaperie!

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Birthday Fun for Brenda!

I had so much fun making this special "ensemble" for my sweet friend Brenda for her birthday this week. I really enjoy it when I am able to work on a project over a longer period of time and come back to it for a few days instead of rushing through something (and then thinking of how I wish I would have done something differently after it's finished.) This is one of those flavored coffee tins, covered in paper and rick rack. The little worm and flower are done with shrinky dinks! (Shrink Art?) The paper on the card and the tin are from American Crafts.

The paper on the gift bag are from the "Porcelain Prints" DP pack from SU, retired last year, and is paired with "Wild Wasabi" and Rose Red. The little oval label at the top of the bag are surrounded by little 1/2 inch circle punches. I wanted it to kind of look like a flower, but I didn't have a scalloped punch that would work, so I invented my own scallopes! Thanks for looking!

Friday, October 03, 2008

A New Spin on TECC36

This week's Taylored Expressions cupcake challenge layout (http://www.tayloredexpressions.blogspot.com/) immediately made me think of a spinner card. I'm not exactly sure why, but when I saw that circle shape on a diagonal, I just HAD to make a spinner! Since it had been a long time since I had made one, I went back to the SCS tutorial and it was just like riding a bike. Quite easy, and it all came back to me. Just make your "slot" before putting the whole card together, put a dimentional in between 2 pennies, then another dimentional on top of the "top" penny with your image that you want to spin, and then insert that spinning penny mechanism into your slot, and then finish your card. You also have to remember to attach your top layer to the bottom layer with a thick layer of dimentionals, too, in order to give the pennies room to "move." Here's the complete SCS tutorial: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/ee/index.php/resources/tutorials/spinner_card/

The DP is from Die Cuts with a View Retro pack (I don't think I'll ever run out of that pad.) along with SU Old Olive and Cool Caribbean. The soccer ball stamp is from a retired SU set called "Sporting Goods." Some white brads in the upper corner, and some white gel pen faux stitching, as well as the word "SCORE" stamped with snap-stamps finish it up. I think the green stripe layer needs something added to it, perhaps the name of the person I'm giving the card to, or the name of their soccer team if they're on a team.... Like "Go Eagles!" Thanks for looking. Have a great weekend!

I'll be back tomorrow to share a 5x7 camping card for a special friend's birthday.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Jami Swap Cinderella Card

Happy Tuesday! Here is the card I made for Jami's SWAP a few weeks ago. All the other cards were so amazing, I get very intimidated when I participate with the "giants" of SU stampers. Thanks ladies for all the amazing creations. This set is called "Humor in High Heels." The requirements were to use the "bella" color combination of Chocolate Chip, Saffron, Riding Hood Red and Pink Piriouette. The Shoe and Pillow image is stamped on "shimmer white" from SU, then I added some "Dazzling Diamonds" on the pillow and Crystal Effects on the shoe. The chocolate chip base layer is "faux embossed" using a 1/2 inch circle punch. I also punched an oval in the top layer, then stamped the sentiment on the inside layer of saffron. The scalloped saffron layer is made with the slit punch, and some chocolate grosgrain and silver cord added as finishing touches. It looks like I need to go back and take a different picture using a lighter background! I'll get right on that! Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, September 29, 2008

Batty for Taylor's Cupcake Challenge!

Here is my entry for Taylor's Cupcake Challenge. I finished this on Friday, but it took me a while to upload. It was fun to get in some extended stamping time on Thursday and Friday. The little bat is from the SU Set "Batty For You" and the Happy Halloween Sentiment is from SU's All Year Cheer which is retired. There are 5 punches used on this card: 1" circle punch, 1 1/4" circle punch, 1 3/8" circle punch, Ticket/ Label punch, and scalloped square punch. (Marvy) I could not live without my punches!!! The paper is from Reminiscense on a base of Only Orange, and Green Galore, with some Eggplant too! Hope you had some stamping time this past weekend too!
And speaking of Taylor, my Just Rite Stamper set that I ordered from Taylored Expressions Store a few days ago arrived on my doorstep in record time, and I tore that box open even before I put my purse down, pulled out all the goodies, and started playing. These are for my daughter to use as thank you notes. She was so excited! Thanks Taylor for getting my new toys to me so quickly. Although I definitely didn't get much housework done this weekend!

Sunday, September 21, 2008

The (Hollywood Bowl) Hills Are Live!

Oh my goodness, you won't believe what I did with my friend Vivian the other night. On Friday night, Vivian invited me to go to the Sound Of Music Sing-a-long with a few of her former co-workers. I love musicals, and Rogers and Hammerstein, so I thought it would be fun. I had no idea it would also be hysterical! Evidently, there is a whole "cult following" of people who attend this event every year, and we've been missing out! People arrived in costumes (nuns, Austrian folk dancers, "brown paper packages tied up with string," "musical notes" (Do-Re-Mi, etc.) and my favorite, the TREES full of LITTLE CHILDREN. People must spend all year watching the movie to get ideas.
Once the movie started, it was a full on "contact sport." People in the audience were instructed to not only sing along, but hold up various props, (which we received in goodie bags as we entered the bowl.) make noices, hoot and holler, scream at the bad guys, and even bark like a dog when the character "Rolf" appeared! Vivian and I were cracking up the whole time, because we had no idea what was happening. We LOST it when people whipped out their flashlights and started pointing them at the screen during the scene when the nazi's were searching for the Von Trapps in the graveyard. My favorite part? 15,000 people popping their "New Year's Eve Champaign Bottle Poppers" at the moment that Captain Von Trapp and Maria had their first kiss! Oh my goodness! Next time we'll be more prepared! Thanks Vivian for inviting me!

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Over the Top

I needed a bunch of BOY cards for the young boys at church, and since I hadn't used these SU! images in quite a while, I thought they'd be a fun adventure. This the set called "Over the Top." Pretty cool to be able to stamp one image, (chocolate chip craft ink) sprinkle some clear embossing on it, mat it on some cardstock, and call it a day. The DP is from DCWV and the cardstock is Garden Green and Bashful Blue. The TAB is punched from SU and is stamped with the sentiment from PaperTreyInk. (Faux Ribbon Set). The brown tabs at the top and bottom are some leftover scraps I had on my desk from a previous project, and completed with "screw" brads. "Let 'er rip!"

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Wild Color Combo

I had this set "Fabulous Flowers" (SU!) out on my desk and had only been playing with the extra large bloom, so I wanted to challenge myself to do something with the smaller stamps in the set. Hanging on my bulletin board is an old post from Jenn Balcer about unique "bright" color combos, which is where I found this color combo: Groovy Guava, Blush Blossom, Pixie Pink, and Saffron. The base of the card is Blush Blossom, and the flowers are stamped on Vanilla cardstock. The sentiment "Thinking of You" is from the hostess set: "For A Friend." The scalloped piece across the middle is made with the Threading Water Stamp (Fiskars) in Blush. I think I should go back and add some sparkles to the centers of the flowers, and do something to the sentiment piece in the middle and maybe add some brads to the corners. Super Simple Card.
This next card is from the "Pun Fun" set. The kitty is colored with a "mustard" marker, and then matted onto mustard and chocolote chip cardstock. The patterned paper is from the DCWV Retro prints pack. Add some mustard ribbon, and the sentiment "Thank You" from Wonderful Words (SU!) across the bottom, and wa-la!
Well, Emily is back in school, and already has huge, heavy textbooks with homework I don't understand at all, and she's already been to the doctor for strep throat. Boy was she sick over the weekend! Antibiotics are amazing! Two days later, and she's a new person again. Next week is her audition for "Thoroughly Modern Millie" at Biola, so we need her healthy and whole! Looks like it's going to be another busy, busy year (with lots of me driving again, since she doesn't have her drivers license yet.) Phooey! Hope the beginning of the new school year has been great for you so far. Have a great week!

Friday, September 05, 2008

Fabulous Pink Flowers

Two cards this morning with the SU set "Fabulous Flowers" I have seen such gorgeous cards with this set and although I wasn't drawn to this set in the catalog, it was a swap card I received last year that sent me over the edge. The card above is Rose Red base, wheeled with the Baroque wheel in versemark ink, then layered with Pretty in Pink and a piece of the pretty in pink DP from last year's hostess awards. The flower is stamped 3 times, in Pretty in Pink, and then Regal Rose is brushed on the edges of some of the petals (before stamping) with a sponge dauber. There is a rhinestone brad in the center. The pink dots on the sides are just hole punches! The sentiment is from a favorite set from a few years ago, "Mixed Greetings."
The next card is also made with Fabulous Flowers, also stamped 3 times, but this time using Regal Rose ink, with Rose Red sponged on the edges. The base of the card is Regal Rose, and the 2 designs of DP are also from the same hostess pack used above. There is a brown strip of cardstock across the middle with 2 rows of paper piercing. The sentiment "Dare to be Fabulous" is stamped in Chocolate Craft ink, (SU) and then embossed with "Detail Clear Embossing Powder." I'm looking forward to playing with this flower set even more and getting a little more creative with it, as well as experimenting with various colors of ink. Thanks for looking. Have a great weekend! Now that all the political speeches are over for a while, it's time to get outside and get some work done around my house!

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Change of A-Dress Card for TECC31

I can't believe I have been able to play Taylor's Cupcake Challenge (www.tayloredexpressions.blogspot.com) 2 weeks in a row. Maybe having Fridays as my day off now (instead of Mondays) is not such a bad thing afterall. I can get used to this! Jami let me borrow her new set "Humor in High Heels" this week so I can make SWAP cards for her upcoming new caty swap, so since this set was sitting out on my desk and I've been playing around with different color combinations for the swap (my job is to use the new bella colors, so this card definitely won't be my swap card), here we go....The card base is Basic Gray, then layered with DCWV Textured white, and then the DP of the pink houndstooth is from Creative imaginations; art warehouse; studio barn. It is also used to paper-piece the dress. The main image and the sentiment image are both stamped in SU Basic Gray ink on shimmer white paper. There is a small layer of Pretty in Pink, and then the Scalloped layer is Basic Gray again, but this time, stamped in Versemark with the SU Paisley BG stamp, and heat embossed. Thanks Jami for reminding us this week about that fun technique. The sentiment is layed onto a piece of "coaster" chipboard and popped up with foam tape. The buckle is something I've had in my stash for quite a while, probably from Michael's. The little button brads carry out the "fabric" theme (they are silver and white, even though some of them look black in the picture), as does the pink twill ribbon I bought from Taylored Expressions and a little snip of white organdy ribbon. An extremely fun card to make, and super fun sketch with so many possibilities. The only problem I see would be making "Change of address" cards in mass quantity to send to people if you really WERE moving... LOL... this would definitely not be the card to make. Maybe to congratulate someone on a new job, or something like that. Thanks for looking, and as usual, thanks Taylor for a fantastic challenge!

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Being Prepared through Trials

Friends....I have had a difficult few weeks and some very painful circumstances enter my life in recent days (work stuff), causing me to fall on my knees in prayer and in tears on more than one occassion and cry out to God and ask many questions. I was reading Psalm 54 this morning....(I've been studying the life of David through Beth Moore's book "A Heart Like His"..... now you know where I got the name of my blog!) and even though David wrote this Psalm in response to being attacked by his enemies, and that was not the situation in my case, I was still in awe at the application God boldly shouted out to me. Here are the poignent words of Psalm 54.

"Save me O God by your name, vindicate me by your might. Hear my prayer o God; listen to the words of my mouth. Strangers are attacking me; ruthless men seek my life... men without regard for God. Surely God is my help; the Lord is the one who sustains me. Let evil recoil on those who slander me; in your faithfulness destroy them. I will sacrifice a freewill offering to you; I will praise your name, O Lord, for it is good. For he has delivered me from all my troubles, and my eyes have looked in triumph on my foes."

And then this is what Beth Moore's commentary said about this passage: "We often want to be called of God, then ushered painlessly into a position of service and honor, miraculously possessing the character our callings require. God doesn't work that way. Our appointments are not about glamour. They're about glory. God's Glory. God often works the same sequence in us that He worked in David:
1. He calls us.
2. He prepares us.
3. He uses us.
4. He prepares us some more.
5. He uses us some more.

The tricky thing about God's preparation is how He prepares us... even through trials. We find ourselves saying, "I'm not sure what I was expecting, but I never would have expected this." Painless or painful, enjoyable or distasteful, God always works to prepare us to serve Him, but He rarely prepares us in ways we expect. Why must we experience such preparation? Because any work we've grown accustomed to is usually a work completed. As soon as we've learned one lesson, He brings another. He will continue to work in us until we see His face, because that's the ultimate moment for which He's preparing! "

I'm so thankful that God loves me enough to allow trials into my life that cause me to stop and strive to become more like Christ. That He wants my life to reflect His Glory more than my own selfish ambition and nature. I know I'm so far from that place, and I can't wait to see where the journey takes me.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Thank You to My Awesome Day Camp Counselors!

Last Friday was our last day of our 9 week summer program at church... 8 weeks of Day Camp and 1 week of Sports Camp. I had 18 amazing counselors this summer who worked so hard and did such a fantastic job of caring for the sweet children who came. I took some of them out to dinner Friday night (to a fun place called Friscos in Long Beach, where the waitresses wear roller skates!) and for the ones who weren't able to come, I made these gift card holders to send them a thank you (probably Jamba Juice in honor of the hot summer that we had!) The inside says, "Now that summer is over, Go RELAX!"

Set used is "Sparkling Summer" retired from Stampin up!
I hope you are able to squeeze in a LITTLE MORE relaxing this week before the end of summer. Give your kids some extra hugs, extra attention, and have some special one on one time in spite of the busy-ness of shopping and preparation for school! Have a good one!

Sunday, August 24, 2008

East Coast Wasabi Cupcake!

I was so excited to finally get to play along with Taylor's http://www.tayloredexpressions.blogspot.com/ Cupcake Challenge this week. (TECCC30) After that small earthquake we had a few weeks ago, I was putting off cleaning up my stamp room and finding my desk, but I finally had some free time last night and today to play along. The color combination is Wasabi, Real Red, and Tempting Turquoise, using shimmer white for the main cupcake image. The bottom layer of the card is Textured Wasabi... I love that stuff, and I've sure been guilty of "hoarding it." The stamp set is "Hey There Cupcake" from Stampendous (bought from eclecticPaperie), and one of the stamps from "Itty Bitty Backgrounds" is used on the Tempting Turquoise layer to tie it into the "dot" theme. The designer paper is "East Coast Prep" just retired from Stampin Up! The cupcake liner is paper pieced, and the Stampin Up word window punch is also used to punch through the DP paper to stamp "Happy Birthday" on the Real Red layer. And finally, a splash of WildWasabi striped ribbon on the bottom, some star dust stickles on the cupcake and stardust pen on the candle flames, some white brads, white pen touch opaque pen for the faux stitching, and there you go! A preppy, simple birthday card fit for a family member, male or female, or a special friend! Hope you have had a relaxing fun weekend. GO USA!!! 110 medals. Oh My Goodness. That's amazing!

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Kitchen Shower Set

Here are a few items I made for my neice Lauren for her wedding shower. I was the hostess for the shower so I got to make these fun invitations from Crafty Secrets Kitchen Classics set (borrowed from Jami... thanks!) and the gorgeous "Honey Pie" paper from Cosmo Cricket. The Cardstock is Saffron, Ruby Red, and Mellow Moss from Stampin Up, and the large oval punch, then trimmed with decorative scissors around the Ruby Red oval. I was going for a vintage kitchen look and this paper and this stamp set was just what I was looking for. The shower was decorated with all of my grandmothers old kitchen items (her old cookie jar, coffee grinder, and even all her old fashioned embroidered tea towels. The table is covered with my grandma's old tableclothes. I'm not sure if my 22 year old Neice "got it" or thought it was cool at all, but the rest of us "oldies but goodies" loved it! :)

And finally, here is the recipe tin I made for her. I sent each guest a blank recipe card with their invitation, and they brought them to the shower to put in the tin. This is the first recipe tin I've made and it was much fun!
The little chef guy is stamped with Crafty Secret's "Little Chef" and the paper is from DCWV retro pack, and then wrapped in twill which is stamped with the words "FAVORITE RECIPES" and covered with LOTS of mod podge!

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Busy Summer

Well obviously, I haven't been posting much this summer. In spite of time by myself while both kids were in Indiana, I just couldn't find the time to sit at the computer... not only was it too hot in my house, but I also had an unexpected trip to Indiana myself in the middle of summer. I took my nephew Andrew with me to visit Stephen, and also got to visit Emily too. The 4 of us had a great time together for a few days.

Young adults... oh my goodness. When did that happen???
Stephen had summer school during the mornings, and he also has a part time job at a sandwich shop called "Paradise Bakery" so while he was busy, Emily, Andrew and I either went to the movies, went shopping at the new shopping center where Stephen works... gorgeous!.... or drove around and saw the sights. :0 Look how TALL Stephen has gotten! He has caught up with ME, and is almost caught up with Emily. That is amazing to me, due to the fact that because of his birth mother being very tiny, we never quite knew how tall he might get. He is very excited about that as you can imagine.

One more picture of Stephen and Emily NOT KILLING EACH OTHER. We were having ice cream at a yummy place and sitting outside and they were goofing around, and I was trying to get a nice picture of both of them at the same time. Good Luck with That! I call this their "model" picture...

More to come soon.....

Saturday, July 05, 2008

Annie Get Your Gun Fun!

Annie Get Your Gun at Biola Youth Theater June 11-21 was a blast. Emily carried such a busy schedule during May and June, we were afraid she wouldn't really be able to enjoy the show, but once that curtain went up, she was the epitome of professionalism and charm. She has such a great smile when she's up on stage. I am always so proud of her. Here are some photo's taken back stage in between scenes and also after the show was over. You can see some tears being shed because of the seniors who graduated out of the BYT program. I spent most of the shows backstage helping with costume changes, but I also got to see both casts perform.

Here are all the dancers (they had 6 or 7 costume changes during the show.... whew! It was crazy back stage! Can you say febreeze!?) along with "Dolly" "Winnie" and "Nellie" some of the main characters.

This is Emily and her good friend Ashley in their ballroom scene gowns. Wow, can my baby girl kick up her heals!
This is Emily with her friend Josh who played "Frank Butler." What a sweetie. He also played Jesus in Godspell. So talented! Since he's one of the Seniors, this was their last show together. Now it's time to shift gears to the fall show, "Thoroughly Modern Millie," which means tap lessons over the summer! Hopefully by then, Emily will have her driver's license so she can driver herself to some of the rehearsals!

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Sneaking up to Montrose

I tried to surprise my friend Mike Saturday night with a trip up to Montrose to see our buddies Byron, Darrin and Darrin's wife Kathy, and their 3 kids. (Byron's wife Brenda was out of town.)

I say "Tried" because after getting a little turned around (i.e. lost) with our directions I had to tell Mike where we were going so he could help us get there relatively on time. We were trying to get to Montrose Church in time for the 6:30 service, where Byron leads worship and Darrin is the Associate Pastor, but were were about 10 minutes late, so we missed most of the worship set. Bummer. We still had a wonderful time, and after the service, headed over to Glendale to a very fun outdoor plaza shopping center "extravaganza" place called "Americana." Gorgeous place! Tones of shops and restaurants, all in a big square with fountains, statues, and even a playground for the kids! Dinner, laughing, great conversation, jazz music in the background, beautiful atmosphere... doesn't get much better than that!!!!!

It was so great to see some of my favorite kids in the world, Megan, Kevin and Connor, and love on them for the evening, and get caught up with my sweet friend Kathy. And P.S... it was hysterical to watch Mike giving Byron lighting advice inside their worship center... Mike just can't help himself! I think he does this in his sleep! It was a super fun way to spend a Saturday evening!

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Coffee... My Favorite Thing

Wanted to share some cards with you made with "My Favorite Things" set called "Hot Stuff." I have several coffee and/ or tea sets, and I'm always looking for just the right one! I love this one because of the cute cups/ mugs, and the sentiments! The brown polka dot card says "Coffee and Friends" on the outside, and "The Perfect Blend" on the inside. The1 3/8" holes are punched through the DP, and then another set of holes is punched with the smaller punch (1 1/4") is punched through a layer of chocolate paper and then lined up underneath. That was tricky. The mugs are stamped directly onto the vanilla layer, which is also scalloped with scalloped scissors, and watercolored with ink from the lids of stamp pads and the aquapainter, before being attached to the chocolate card base.
Next is a double fold card. It opens UP with the main coffee image, and then it also opens DOWN, to reveal a large writing space. You could also include a coffee gift card very easily. The caramel shadow around the image is made with 4 post it notes attached around the edge of the white layer and then colored with markers. Have a great week!

Monday, May 26, 2008

Stamping Like Crazy

Last week when it was SOOO hot here in SoCal, I took a little table into my own bedroom, where I had an air conditioner, to stamp where it was cool. Well, it's now freezing cold outside, but that table is still in my room! I've been busy with several new stamp sets: Wild About You (Stampin Up!), Hot Stuff ( My Favorite Things) and Small Fruit (Stampendous). Life is Good!

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Lakewood High School's Grease

I forgot to post some pictures of Emily in GREASE at Lakewood High School a few weeks ago. It was the last weekend of April and the first weekend of May. In between the first 2 shows and the 2nd 2 shows, I flew to Atlanta for the Orange Conference and BACK, so I was able to squeeze it all in and still see her opening night, and closing night. Of course, she was fabulous and had the best time ever. She really made some good friends through the experience too. Emily had the part of MARTY MARASCHINO.... remember her? The one with all the boyfriends in the Marines? Sang "Freddy My Love"...
She is a born NATURAL on stage... so confident, so happy, so talented!
I love this picture of her Grandma Scheevel and her 2 cousins Jessica and Kayla who came to see her show on opening night! Four Blond Beauties! The four of them have a very special bond, and I'm so glad we all live close enough to each other to spend time together.

Now we're in the all the final rehearsals, set up, costume fittings, load in, etc. for "Annie Get Your Gun" at Biola Youth Theater, which opens June 11 and runs through June 21. She's pretty tired already!