Thursday, October 21, 2010

Congratulations Jenny

An egagement congratulations card for a young lady I've known for 30 years... in fact her mom & dad were in my wedding many years ago! I'm so excited for Jenny and Randy. This card was made with Purely Pomegranite paper (SU) and the Fifth Avenue Floral stamp set and embossing folder. (also from Stampin Up!) The large rose image is stamped on the Pomegranite paper repeatedly, and then a piece of vellum is run through the "Big Shot" machine and layered onto the top of the cardstock, with ribbon added along the edge to cover the area where the vellum was attached. (This card is CASED from a card made at Jami's house a while back at one of her club nights.)

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Catching up on Birthdays

You can never have enough Birthday Cards, right? I'm filling up my stash, plus making some to give to a family member, so here's what I've been working on. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, this beautiful paper and the colors. The designer paper is from "American Crafts" and it's called "Amplified." I used SU Lavender Lace, Melon Mambo, Cool Carribean, and Purely Pomegranite for the cardstock and colored the images with both Copic markers and SU markers.

Stamp Set: Crazy for Cupcakes (SU!)

Stamp Set: Pun Fun (SU!)

Stamp Set: Time for You (SU!)

TESC131 Halloween Kitty Card

Here's this week's contribution to the Taylored Expressions Sketch Challenge... something I almost always MAKE but hardly ever get uploaded in time! Love this little pumpkin/ kitty image, even though I have no idea where it came from. It was given to me in a big box of stamps that someone was getting rid of (can you even imagine!?)
It is colored with Copic Markers and it features the "Paper Tole" technique. The pumpkin is stamped 3 times, and them "bumped up" twice... once for the whole pumpkin and once just for the lid of the pumpkin. Hopefully you can see that in the image below. The paper is from Imaginesence. Love the bright colors!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Sending my Daughter Off To College with Handmade Pieces of my Heart

A few weeks ago, my daughter left for college (Azusa Pacific, which is about 40 minutes away). Even though it's not THAT FAR from home, I wanted her to have a few items that would be helpful, but mostly to let her know that I am there with her, that I'm thinking about her, missing her and praying for her.

Here are a few of the items:

A mini pail to put quarters in for the washer/ dryer in the dorm; an acrylic photo frame to hold a sticky note pad, and a prayer journal. Her colors of her dorm items are Lime Green, Turquoise Blue, and Brown.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Discover Your Wings Dear Friends!

For my dear Friends Mike & Kim who just left California a few days ago to move to Texas. We've been friends for more than 25 years, and it just won't ever be the same without them here as a part of our church and my life. They were such amazing servants of God over the years, but mostly, they were and always will be forever friends. I can't wait to go visit them in Wylie and see where God has placed them for the next part of their journey. Missing you guys so much! Praying you are getting settled and are already seeing God's faithfulness in your new home.

Card (for Taylor's Challenge #TESC118) uses Cameo Coral, Chocolate Chip, Old Olive and Vellum Cardstock (SU!) Chocolate Chip and So Saffron Ink, the paper piercer and matt pack, DCWV Retro Prints paper, the Big Shot Top Note Die from SU!, and the Fiskars Border Punch. The stamp set is called "Discover Your Wings" from Taylored Expressions. The lace trim is also from TE. LOVE THAT TRIM! Reminds me of all the little dresses my mom made for all my sisters and I when we were growing up.

Monday, June 07, 2010

Graduation Card Mania

Because my daughter is graduating from High School this year, that means so are many of her friends. And also, because I have been the children's pastor at FBCOL for 10+ years now, I've known this group of kids since 2nd grade, so they are "my kids" too! I've enjoyed praying for them and watching them grow up to love and serve Christ, and I'm super excited to see them move into the big, scary, crazy world to impact the Kingdom of God is amazing ways!
Here are some of the cards I've been working on this week for this group of kids.

This card is for Taylor's sketch challenge, TESC116; It uses the Stampin Up Set "Fun and Fast Notes" which I still LOVE. I wish you could see the ribbon loopy thing made with the black grossgrain ribbon. It turned out really cool. The paper used is Riding Hood Red, Basic Gray, and Black (Because it's for a Lakewood High Graduate, duh!) The scalloped circle is cut with nestabilities, and the image is colored with copic markers, and a silver metallic pen. The circle/ star images are punches with rhinestone brads in the center of each one. This one is for a guy at our church/ Emily's school, so I was pleased with the masculine look, in spite of the little bling... because after all, every graduate is a STAR, right?

The next three cards all use Taylored Expressions stamps, "Oh the Places You Go!" I knew I was going to need a ton of Graduation Stamps this year, so it was a wise investment for me.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Senior Picture Sneak Peek!

If you've been looking for the most amazing photographer in the whole world, look no longer.
Here is a sneak peek at Emily's senior pictures taken by our sweet friend Kristin Eldridge. These literally took my breath away and made my eyes well up with tears the second I saw them, so I don't know what's going to happen when I see the rest of them! Please click on each picture to see a bigger version of it on Kristin's twitter sight. You'll be blown away by the colors! And oh yeah, by the way, that's Emily with dark hair. Shocking and striking isn't it!

@CarolScheevel She's gorgeous! Inside and out!! on Twitpic

@CarolScheevel One of these days I'll learn how to add more t... on Twitpic

We spent about 90 minutes with Kristin at Seal Beach Pier on Thursday afternoon (that's when Kristin says the lighting is best) and Kristin took 5 million pictures and I'm supposed to pick ONE to send out with Emily's Graduation Announcements. Ha! These 2 pictures were posted on Twitter, with a link to post them on your website, so here they are.

Please check out Kristin's BLOG..... you'll be amazed! Thanks Kristin. I can't wait to see the rest of the pictures.... or maybe not.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Cards & Photos to prove what a busy month it's been!

This has been the busiest month ever! My daughter's 18th Birthday.

We had a HUGE party at Monte Verde park with about 75 kids, a DJ and a Taco Man... and celebrated with her best friend HALEIGH, who's 18th birthday was the day after Emily's.
Here's the CARD I made her for her birthday....

Her starring role as "Belle" in Beauty and the Beast at Lakewood High School! The thrill of a lifetime!

Fun events at church.

Mother's Day! Choosing/ deciding on a college for Emily for the fall (Azusa Pacific was the choice) Prom Dress shopping and preparation for summer... whew! Was all that in the past month! Yes!

Here are some cards and photos to prove it!

Mike's Birthday Card (using Taylored Expressions).

Monday, March 08, 2010

You're a Classic

Masculine card and gift for a friend's birthday. The cars are from "A Proper Gentleman" collection from Graphic 45. Great selection of "guy" papers including old cars, old clothing, etc. Here's the entire collection:

Here's the bag I made for some cookies.... super easy!

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

I Love It When This Happens!

I've had some good stamping time the past week or so.... and I even had time t straighten up my desk area. After grabbing up some fun new items at CHA, it was fun to get some stamping time. Here are a few things to share with you. The Sewing card was made for a very sweet family at church, the Streelmans, who are sadly moving to Portland. I am in LOVE with their 2 little girls Becca and Natalie and am so sad to see them go. Karen was one of our brand new helpers in Children's Choir and it was so fun getting to know their family and getting to serve alongside of them at church. The good news is, it's always good to have friends who live in fun places so we can go visit them! Card Details: Kraft card base, retired designer paper, sewing machine, buttons, Oval Punch, Scalloped Oval Punch, Puns from the Past SU Stamp Set (stamped in Chocolate Chip Ink), Twill ribbon, twine from Paper Trey Ink, Pirourette Pink SU cardstock for the scalloped oval and some old buttons from my stash.

The Polka Dot Thank You card was super easy but super fun. It's just a bunch of "Bold Bright" circles punched with my various circle punches, and glued to white cardstock. The bottom of the front panel was cut with wiggley scissors, and then the words "Thank You" from the retired SU stamp set called "Wonderful Words" was stamped on the back inside of the card so it shows when you close the card. I made a bunch of these to keep on hand because they were so fun and so easy.

Thanks for looking!

Saturday, January 02, 2010

So Very Blessed

Made this card yesterday for a very special guy. My daughter has been shopping for her first car for a while, and 2 people at our church helped us in the search. First our pastor found a great car on Craig's List (a 2001 Accura Integra) and then my friend Dave went with us to take a look at it, drive it around, look under the hood, etc. He said it was a good deal. After we scraped together our money, we went back and got the car! Her very first car. She is on cloud nine. (She's 17 1/2 and has had her license for 6 months and during that time, she and I have been sharing my van and I've been driving her to school and work.) After we got the car home, Dave (he collects and restores antique cars) decided to bless Emily by going one step further... taking the car home with him for 2 days and sanding and repainting the scratched up bumpers. They look brand new and now the car that we paid $3350 for, looks like we should have paid $5500 for it! So obviously, Dave needed a special card to know how much we appreciate him.

This old SU set, called "So Very" did the trick. The paper is from a brand new matt stack from DCWV that I got for my birthday (thanks Michelle) called Glitter Sweet Stack. It also uses Chocolate Chip and Creamy Caramel paper, same colors of ink, and a little snippet of ribbon, button and twine (copied from PaperTreyInk website); with some distressing around the edges of the paper layers. Oval punches and bronze colored brads finish the little details.
Thanks for looking. Pictures of Emily in her new car will be coming soon!!!!!

Clipboard Carnival

These are the first altered clipboards I've ever done and they were so fun. They are for some special ladies in my life, and I hope they love them as much as I loved making them for them. It was fun picking out various designer paper to fit their personalities and their office spaces. The paper is "mod podged" onto the clipboards. Ribbon added to the top, a pad of sticky notes included, some fun clips, a small piece of coarkboard, and a small calendar. The corkboard was a sheet of 18 x 24 corkboard from Joanns that I cut into small pieces and just adhered to the clipboard with tacky tape. The small calendar was the biggest challenge. I typed it in "word" and then just kept adjusting the margins, font size, etc . Not fun but I didn't have time to shop for any or order any online (like smart people would do.) My only "wish" is that I could find some "shallow" thumb tacks for the corkboard. The corkboard is very thin and a regular thumb tack is too deep. Or I should have layered (doubled) the corkboard on top of itself to make it thicker. Live and learn.