Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Hip Hippo Ray!

I love these colors together. Cool Caribbean, Saffron, and Chocolate Chip! And I really love this ribbon I found last week at Michaels that matches Cool Caribbean! It's made by American Crafts. Hopefully, you can see how delicate and shiny it is, with little white dots all over it. The hippo is from the new set Pun Fun, and he is stamped in Black Classic ink, and colored in with Saffron, Celery, Pink, and Turquoise markers on whisper white paper. The edges of the main image are sponged with saffron ink, mounted on saffron paper, then mounted again on Chocolate Chip. The corners of the chocolate chip are trimmed with the ticket corner punch and then the whole thing is mounted with dimentionals on the criss cross cut designer paper, retired from SU. The coolest thing I like about this card is that it is folded along the left edge and is closed on the right side with a piece of velcro, under a circle punch, like a tab. The button is sewn on top with linen thread.
I had 2 sets of swap cards due to Jami this week which was way more of a challenge than I thought it would be. All the materials had to be Stampin Up, and most of my sets are retired, so therein lay the challenge! I will post my cards next week after I receive the swap cards back from Jami. I'm sure I'll be blown away by all the other fabulous cards from everyone else. Hope you have a great week!

Saturday, January 19, 2008

A Star is Born

Here are a few pictures of Godspell at Biola Youth Theater... the Central Park Cast... January 2008!

Notice the girl's hair in the lower right corner.... The cast is made up of "skaters," "punkers," "emo's" "preppies" etc.... as if Jesus were to come back today in 2008... who would his disciples be... who would He seek out... .who would decide to follow Him?

Here is Emily "bringing her gift to the alter" and Jesus telling her to leave her gift (a shoe) at the altar and go make peace with her "brother!"

And here she is "in jail" after her "brother" turned her in!

And of course, the highlight of the show, Emily singing "Oh, Bless the Lord My Soul." What a blessing it has been to watch her blossom and grow during this experience. She is so at home on the stage, I am in awe. She has made wonderful lasting godly friendships, she has learned to listen to instructors trying to help her grow in her art, and she has had the privilege of seeing God honor the desires of her heart as she has allowed Christ to work in and through her. Tonight is the last show, and we have about 25 people coming to see her from our family and church. I'm sure there will be some tears shed as the show closes and all these kids go their separate ways.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

New Rubber!

Finally got my hands on my new rubber... Pun Fun! Thanks Jami for breaking that box open for me! Here is the deput card from the set... it was SOOO hard to decide which stamp to use first. This paper is from Making Memories. I love to buy coordinating papers from the same designer at the same time. This card is also for Color Challenge 149: Stampin Up Rose Red, Sage Shadow, and Apricot Appeal. The lamb is stamped on confetti white and then sponged with Sage Shadow around the edge to softn the paper. A few snips of ribbon, the ticket corner punch, scallop scissors and paper piercer complete this super simple cards. Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Hedgehog Happiness!

I just love this little guy! I was lucky enough to find this set at a garage sale a few years ago, long after this Stampin Up! set had been retired, and I'm so glad I snatched him up. This card is for my special friend Michelle. Her birthday was Friday, but unfortunately, she was VERY SICK with a terrible flu on her birthday, so we haven't celebrated yet. This card uses my favorite paper from DCWV... retro prints, as well as Cameo Coral, Wild Wasabi, Ruby Red, and Vanilla Paper. Hedgehog is stamped with Brown Staz on, and then colored with markers and an aquapainter. The scallopes are cut with decorative scissors. The little tab that says "My Friend" is from the set "Polka Dot Posies" because it was sitting out on my desk leftover from the card you see below. The ribbon is from Michaels. I was pleasantly surprised to see how it matched.
The second card uses the same paper, and has 4 different designs of paper that all coordinate. Isn't that awesome. Makes it so much easier to find coordinating rprints. The stamp set is "Polka Dot Posies" and the flower is stamped in Ruby Red, Cameo Coral and Old Olive (oops, I was supposed to used WildWasabi to match the paper, but I forgot!) The edges of the stamped image are sponged with cameo coral, to soften the white paper. Then it is layered on Cameo Coral and Ruby Red, trimmed with scalloped scissors, and "poked" with the paper piercer. The My Friend tag once again is from the same set. I LOVE POLKA DOT POSIES... it's a keeper!

Have a sunny and wonderful day.

My daugter gets her braces off today, so I'm excited to post some pictures of her tonight! Woo Hoo!

Friday, January 11, 2008

Time for a Challenge

Had some fun this week trying to get caught up on some Splitcoast Challenges. Nothing too difficult, but lots of fun to try different color combinations and new sketches.

The first one is a great color combination using Eggplant, Wild Wasabi and Saffron (all Stampin Up) and is also a new sketch challenge. The stamp sets used are Sweet Treats for the main image, Itty Bitty Backgrounds for the eggplant layer, Swirl Style wheel for the saffron layer, and Warmest Regards for the sentiment. The cake is colored with markers. Embelishments include the word window punch tab, a green rhinestone brad, gold glitter on the candles, Glaze pen on the cake, and Crystal Effects on the cake stand

Here's a fun card to brighten someone's day, using Color combination 147 (Taken with Teal, Celery, and Real Red). The stamp set is called "Very Punny" the frogs are colored with a celery marker, and then the sentiment is stamped separately in teal, and punched out with Taken with Teal ink. The red scalloped layer is made with the slit punch, and the little holes are made with the smallest hole punch. There is also faux stitching and red brads around the edges, and red gingham and silver cord are the final touches. This will be for my daughter's smashing success in Godspell, which opens tonight for her cast. My friend Mike and I will be there in the 2nd row smiling from ear to ear, and probably shedding a few tears of pride and joy!

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

And The Curtain Goes Up

Well, after 15 weeks of rehearsals, 8 all day Saturday marathons of painting props, sewing costumes, running lines, practicing dance steps, almost ruining her voice, many voice lessons, tons of fun meeting new friends, staying up late driving home (50 miles per rehearsal... up and back, up and back), the killer week is here. Last night, Emily was at Biola til 11:00; tonight was a stay at home, do homework and eat one last home cooked meal together, and then tomorrow night, we have dress rehearsal, and the show opens on Thursday. I say "we" because I'm doing makeup tomorrow night, and then learning how to "ush" (that's what ushers do, right?) while she's rehearsing. Oh yeah, and we had to run out this afternoon after work and buy a few more things for her costume! It's been a challenging road for her, but she is looking forward to the show opening. I am amazed at her dedication, her ability to develop her talent and skills in the area of singing and dancing (I thought you either "had it" or you didn't... but she has worked very hard at becomming great!), and all during this time, she has maintained almost perfect grades at school, sung in 2 other singing groups, been involved in lots of church things, etc.
Break a Leg, Em! (Why in the world do we say that????) I can't wait to post some photo's, but that will be a while, because we're not allowed to take pictures during the shows, we'll have to wait until the professional photographer gives us the pictures he takes. Every cast member has to take a big BOX to keep all their stuff in during the shows... make up, hair stuff, costume changes, snacks, water, etc. It's called their SHOW BOX. Emily had one a long time ago, but since this is her first show back in California, she needed a new box. Most of the kids write the names of the shows they've been in somewhere on the box, and it becomes sort of a souvenier. I wanted to make Em some kind of special name plate to put on the top of her box, so this is what developed. It's my first time to make a "name plate" using my new alphabet, Letterpress. She really liked it, even though I could tell she still wants to add to it some of her own personality.

It uses Saffron, Vintage Violet, and Celery Paper, and Making Memories "Cheeky/ Abby Words" scrapbook paper as the base, and then adds a bunch of vellum sentiments, brads, swirl clips, etc. The whole thing is about 12 x 9, and is slipped inside a 12 x 12 scrapbook album page protector, then trimmed to size, to tape on the top of the rubbermaid box so it doesn't get wet or ruined. I'm pretty happy with how it turned out, even though I was trying to keep it as flat as possible, so I wasn't able to add any RIBBON.... Please keep Emily in your prayers the next few days if you remember, as well as the rest of the cast.... this is an amazing and powerful musical, and I'm sure Satan would desire to attack these precious teenagers, discourage them, cause illness to them, etc. to prevent the GOSPELL from being heard by hundreds these next 2 weeks. Thank you so much.

Monday, January 07, 2008

One Sheet Wonder

These are my "One Sheet Wonder" cards we started at Jami's club night this past Friday. We made 3 cards at her house, and then I brought the rest of my sheet home and had fun over the weekend making 4 more cards. Seven cards out of one sheet of stamped cardstock. The base cardstock was Vanilla and using the Stampin Up inks: Artichoke, Eggplant, Pumpkin, Rose Red, and Amethyst, and the stamp sets: A Beautiful Thing, Carte Postale, Itty Bitty Backgrounds, Happy Harmony, Fancy Flexible Phrases, the Baroque Wheel, and a set from The Angel Company that I can't remember the name of, but it's something like "Girly Girl." (If anyone knows, please let me know!)
Here is a close up of one of the cards we started at Jami's house and then I added a special little tag to it when I got home. It uses both Stampin Up Circle Punches (1 1/4 & 1 3/8) and both Stampin Up Oval punches layered on top of each other, and then 2 brads added on top. The next card I've highlighted shows a few added pieces of ribbon, some brads and some corner stickers on the main sentiment image. Feel free to visit my splitcoast gallery (located on the sidebar) to see each card up close. Also, see Jami's blog for all the original details: www.jami.blogs.splitcoaststampers.com It's back to work for me tomorrow after about 9 days off, so I'm a little sad about that. I've greatly enjoyed not feeling the pressure of getting up and getting out the door in such a rush every morning, and I can tell my back, my neck, my knees, and all the other parts of my body that have arthitis, have enjoyed the break too! Oh well, it was fun while it lasted!

Thursday, January 03, 2008

Family Christmas Photos

For those of you who know my family, and know how huge it is, I thought this would be a good place to post some family photos from Christmas. It's always such a blessing for all of us to be together. The Lord has truly knit our hearts together, and in His Sovereignty, has called each of us to be His child. That is the best feeling, to know that we will be together throughout eternity.

My neice Grace, Susie's 3 1/2 year old, on Christmas day. The next picture is Susie's husband Rick, who had just returned from Kuwait 2 days before Christmas, and their son Andrew. Andrew is 16, the same age as Stephen, and he and Stephen are pretty much inseparable. Their dog Bubba is an important part of their family too.

Here you can see my mom, who's still running circles around the rest of us as she travels, takescare of her house and huge yard, sees movies, broadway shows, and concerts several times a week, plus helps Susie, Dennis, and I with anything we need from her. Also you see Lindsey, Susie's oldest daughter, who is busy working full time these days, and next to her is Susie, still juggling four kids on her own while Rick is overseas, age 22 down to age 3 and still works part time. I have no idea how she does it.

I love this cute picturefrom Thanksgiving Day of my sister Dyan holding Gracie and Ellie. Ellie is Dennis and Carolyn's 5 year old, and she loves taking "care" of Josh her little brother, and Grace, when the 3 of them are together. It's cool how the neices and nephews came in spurts, so each group of them have others their own age to hang out with and grow up with. Dyan is the oldest of my siblings, and she loves spoiling all her nieces and nephews.

And here's another one from Thanksgiving.... Grace, Ellie and Josh wearing their turkey hats they made with Aunt Carolyn (Dennis' wife, the school teacher). As you can tell, I've pretty much quit taking pictures of GROWN UPS at our family gatherings, opting for the much cuter little ones. I'll have to try to take some pictures of us grown ups at our next get together.

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Stamping Fun

Had a chance to spend some relaxing time stamping today, since I'm on vacation this week while my kids are home from school. Here are 2 birthday cards, both using some designer/ scrapbook paper as their backdrop. That sure is the easy and fun way to go when you're looking for a color scheme for a card... just go through your pile of scrapbook paper and find something you want to work with. The first one is made with the stamp "Blooming with Happiness" a very fun and feminine set. The colors used are Cool Caribbean, Tempting Turquoise, Chocolate Chip, and a little Old Olive to pick up the colors in the paper. This pad of paper is my favorite "go to" paper... its "Retro Prints Mat STack" from DCWV purchased at Joanne's. The background is stamped with the wheel "Kindness" but you might not be able to see it. The flowers on the cake as well as the candles are highlighted with the Sakura Gelly Roll Stardust Pen. The little round tag at the bottom is called "Riveting" and is stamped in Turquoise, and then punched with the 2 circle punches: 1 1/4 and 1 3/8. What would I do without those 2 punches??? Enjoy.

This next card is for my sister Debbie. I'm trying to get caught up on some Sketch Challenges from "Splitcoast Stampers" (http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/) and this was an easy sketch for this card. I just got "Letterpress Alphabet" a few weeks ago from the retirement list and this is the first time using it. It has so many possibilities. I had fun checking out the gallery! The colors used are Groovy Guava, Rose Red, Vanilla, and the green is a textured cardstock from Brazill. Love the color. I wish Stampin Up had this color. The DP is from "Making Memories" and it's called Cheeky Abby Flower. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, this DP. I love all the fun colors in it. The small Happy Birthday sentiment is from the set called "Warmest Regards." I tried punching it out with the word window punch as well as both oval punches, but all three were too small, so I had to make my own oval. I trimmed the sentiment to a small rectangle, and then rounded the corners with a corner rounder. I really really wish Stampin Up would make a larger "Word Window Punch" don't you? Scalloped scissors in a few places, and the ticket corner punch, a silver swirl clip, and a piece of ribbon complete this simple card. Thanks for looking!

Garden Journal

My mom is an avid gardener. Spends time in her huge yard every day tending to her plants and flowers. She is 77 years old, and still does most of her own yard work, including mowing and edging, (because she doesn't like the way the gardeners do it when she hires someone to do it for her.) She is amazing (and so is her yard)! This is a gardening journal that I covered and embellished for one of her Christmas gifts. It was $1.00 at Target and inside in helps you keep track of what you've planted, where, what brand of seeds, when to fertilize, etc. The lettering stamps are called Whimsical, and they are retired from Stampin Up. The main image is actually 2 stamps side by side (one of them masked and the other one stamped overlapping it.) It's called "Long Time Friend" and it is also retired, stamped in Chocolate Chip craft ink, dried with the heat gun, and then colored with markers. The binding of the journal is covered with twill tape, held on with the double sided sticky stuff! Whether your new year's resolutions include gardening, getting organized, loosing weight, or whatever it is you feel compeled to work on this year, I pray you meet all your goals successfully!