Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Oh Deer


Good Evening, today's share is a super quick Holiday card made for a guy. I needed a non cutesy card for my stepson and this card seemed to fit the bill perfectly. The deer stamp is a retired PSX stamp and the phrase is from Gina K "Spirit of Christmas" set which I adore. The paper which is a perfect back drop for the card is from Kathy's scrap pile. I colored the deer with Copic markers.

Thanks for stopping by have a great evening.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Warm Wishes


Good Morning with a foot of snow expected here today I thought it would be a good day to share this card I made a few days ago. I absolutely love the Pure Innocence line by MFT. This one is called "Snow Days". This is the first chance I actually inked up any of them. They are perfect for paper piecing but mostly adorable any way you decide to color them. I colored using Copic markers. I am so glad my certified Copic Instructor will be visiting for the holidays because MOM sure can use some lessons :) I struggled to get the skin tones colors right. From looking at online tutorials for such I think I just need to buy more markers! Even though I have quite a few I never have the color called for in the videos.

Stay warm, have a great day and thanks for stopping by

Sunday, December 5, 2010

A Dry Emboss Challenge Card- Joy



Good Morning, as many know I belong to a group of embossers (The Bossy Group) and each month we have a host who chooses a template and sends embossed pieces of same to members to create their own card. This month's challenge was to use L9507- Victorian bear in a holiday themed card. Since I had this template and never played with it I got to work to see what I could come up with. The paper is all from LI some of which has been discontinued. I used an ornament from a Cuttlebug folder to create the necklace. The buttons are just from my mass misc. assortment I have. After completing the first card I had an idea for another card which did not work out as planned. On the second card I attempted to do a mock cross stitch using a black marker. I think it would have come out better had I done the body in several paper pieced patterns like I originally planned but aced for time reasons.

Good and bad here are my two takes using the one template.

Have a BEARY nice day and thanks for stopping by.

Friday, December 3, 2010

What;s Cookin'


Good morning, I thought I would post early today since I have had this card to share for a few days but seem to be to tired to post when I sit down in the evening. This is another totally adorable stamp by Nina ├ůslund creation for October Stamps. I colored it using Copic markers and the paper is from scraps. The wording is a combination from Unity and CHF (Kim Hughes).


Enjoy your day, thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

HO HO HO


Good Evening, tonight I thought I would share another Christmas card. Kathy bought me this stamp, it's a Nina ├ůslund creation for October Stamps. Isn't it the cutest! It was colored using Copic markers. The paper is unknown it came from Kathy's stash.

I am having a rough time focusing my camera so I'm sorry in advance for the less then perfect picture. For some crazy reason some days it focuses other days it has me pulling out what hair I have left.

Have great evening and thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Friends are the Magic of Christmas




Hello, I got to spend a lot of time in my stamp room this weekend. So my first share is a card that I paper-pieced using a real fun set from Kim Hughes. The trees and elf were pieced using Lasting Impressions paper. Once I did all the cutting it went together rather quickly. Inside I stamped a saying using an older PSX stamp. The perfect saying for such a magical card.

More fun shares tomorrow, have a great evening!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Babies 1st Christmas


Hello, since my post is later then I hoped for I will just say... I hope you and yours had a very happy Thanksgiving and found much to be thankful for.

I was in the mood for making holiday cards today and thought I would start with the youngest new member of the family. Yes, finally a stamped and colored card from me! The stamp is one I acquired some time ago on EBAY along with several other Precious Moment stamps. I thought this one would be perfect for a a babies first Christmas. I colored it using an assortment of Copic markers. As you can see more practice is needed!

Enjoy the rest of your evening. I am off to nurse a cold:(

Friday, October 29, 2010

Happy Birthday


I made this cute little card by using ne of my new Spellbinder dies "Lacey Squares". When I cut it out I didn't quite have it placed correctly and it created slits in top so I just threaded ribbon through them to fix up my goof up. The templates and paper are from Lasting Impressions and both the stamp on the inside (Tickled Pink) and outside are Stampin Up.

Enjoy your day, thanks for popping in!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Who's Batty


Good Evening, my eyes are crossed from attaching all the googly eyes! I may have gone batty!

For this card I used Lasting Impressions Sea Shore paper and an older LI template (L9443).
For placement of the bats on card stock I used LI software.

What a fun card it would be especially fun to mail it and see how many eyeballs stay on. LOL

Have a delightful day. Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Merry Christmas


Hi again I am getting back into the groove of posting . Here is a super simple single layer Christmas card I made. Even though it has no layers I still had to add a some embossing to it..GRIN. Since it is a single layer I opted to use watercolor pencils instead of Copic Markers on it.
The snowman is PB and wording is a unknown. I added a little ribbon and button to polish it up.

Have a great day, thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving


Good Evening, just thought I would stop in and share a quick card I put together for Thanksgiving.
The wording is a stamp from Kim Hughes collection. This took more time to think of a layout then it did to actually make! Buttons and template are from Lasting Impressions.

I tend to not give a lot of details about my creations I let the card speak for me so if you ever have any questions as to the templates or products used to create ... Just ask I will gladly share!

Have a great evening and thanks for stopping by

Sunday, October 17, 2010

A Simple Holiday Card




This real easy card was created using two of my favorite poinsettia templates from Lasting Impressions. I originally created the card for an embossing group challenge I will be hosting in November but liked it so much I decided not to stop at one! This design will be one of my holiday cards this year.

Thanks for stopping by, enjoy your day.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Acorns Everywhere



Today's share are a couple of cards I made for recent swaps. I was looking for something different to make when I came across the free acorn template by Kim Hughes created for Papercraft Magazine. The tag, buttons, card stock, leaves and acorn are all from Lasting Impressions.

I have an oak tree in my yard and I am picking up acorns by the millions so you might say I have acorns on the brain. Whom ever said a mature tree produces 20,000 acorns yearly has never seen this sucker! LOL

Have a great evening I'm off to the dentist to take care of my third abscess tooth in 3 months.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Boo - Anyone home


Boo, today's share is a quick card I made using on of my favorite Lasting Impressions Halloween template. I just love this bat! I had a sketch layout in my head and I just wanted to create a card using it. The card stock is periwinkle Brazill and patterned paper, is from Last Impressions. The "Boo" stamp is Penny Black. I just added a few buttons and some googly eyes to finish it off.

I thought maybe if I made my post shorter I would be more inclined to post more often:)

Have a BOO-TI-FUL day!

Saturday, October 9, 2010

A Yummy Treat Box




Good Morning, I know it has been a long time since I blogged, way too long! I have been creating stuff but for the most part it has been dust in my house. I have gone on to tearing out a patio and completely gutting the room. I am trying to get it done before the cold weather sets in. I have made an occasional card or two which I will share over the next couple of days.

Today's share is from a template I have had for quite some time and always wanted to do something creative with it. When I saw Angie's greeting card kid's box I knew it would be perfect! She has some fabulous tutorials that she so generously shares.

I used the box to put together this little Caramel Apple Kit.
Inside the tiny box I tucked caramels, candy sprinkles, nuts and wrapped the sticks around an embossed tag and printed directions on the back .

All papers and templates are Lasting Impressions.
Other items used Spellbinders lacy rectangle die
Stamping Up word window punch
polka dot ribbon (unknown)

Enjoy your day and thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Where O Where has She Been Part 3








Good evening, tonight's share is another one of my favorite remodeling projects I took on over the fall months. It is a bedroom that was made into a guest room. I call it my "Green Room". This room in it's previous life was covered in a brown plaid wallpaper and shag green carpet.... yes very 60's . The previous owners must have been seriously color challenged. They certainly were not interior decorators. Upon removing the first layer of wallcovering I discovered yet a second, no wait a third layer of wallpaper. YUCK! It took me much longer to remove then I had hoped for but well worth it.

Under the shag carpet was a diamond in the rough just waiting for me. The wood floor was in beautiful shape due to carpet protecting it for so many years. It only took a minimal amount of work to bring back it's luster and expose the beauty of it.

To add a couple of personal touches to the room, I sanded, painted and recovered the cushion to an antique chair, that has seen better days. The picture one of my favorites hanging above the bed is a masterpiece created by my DD while in high school.

For some odd reason this room never had a cold air return in it so the air circulation in the room was terrible. To eliminate this problem I installed a ceiling fan. This took care of the outdated ceiling fixture as well.

I had planned to share some cards but the weather has been perfect this week for working outdoors so I painted a desperately needed shed and started painting the exterior of the house.
It seems like one project is leading into another these last few months. I desperately need to take on a card challenge to get back into the swing of it or need a crafting buddy. Who's coming to stay?

Have a super evening, thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Where O Where has She Been Part 2





Good morning today I thought I would share more pictures of home repairs I managed to get accomplished during my long absence of blogging. This project started last fall and only recently was I able to complete it. I was having a horrible problem with slow drains in the house necessitating the replacement of a sewer line due to tree roots which invaded the old clay tile. I really hated to take out the bushes even though they were way overgrown.

The landscape design was my own and I think it adds much more curb appeal to the yard now that it is complete. I still may change up some plants, add some bushes etc.

After allowing the ground to settle all winter I was able to put down 11 yards of dirt and 4 yards of mulch to complete the landscaping. The stamped and colored walkway was done by a local contractor who I personally know. I can't say enough about his work, he is fantastic. Working in the concrete business has it's perks!

Have a wonderful day, get out and enjoy your yard. I know I will now:)

Thanks for stopping by.

Nettie

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Where O' Where has she been?






Gosh, where has time gone? I guess I should begin this post my apologizing to all my loyal followers for my long absence.

I am truly sorry for not updating my blog on a regular basis but I got involved with doing some major renovations around my house during the winter months that I expected to be completed much sooner. I encountered several unexpected surprises along the way. Let's just say I have put months and months of sweat equity into my house and still have much more to go :(.......

Thus far, over the last several months I have completed painting a two car garage and workbenches, 2 bedrooms from top to bottom, a hallway, a major gutting of a basement to create a craft room oasis and landscaping to repair the mess left from replacing the sewer line last spring. I think that is all aside from other minor fix-ups.


Since I have so many pictures of before and after to share with you, I will break them into several days of post.

Today, I am so anxious to share the biggest of my projects... The basement!

A little background first.... The basement had been in horrible shape for years. Many years ago it sustained a major flood and from that point on I never bothered to venture down there. It became a storage haven for all castaway items. Clearing it out was a project in itself and torturous! The floor was tiled with old carpet squares that were rotten and moldy. The paneled walls were buckled from water. With the help of a dear friend I gutted the basement and let me tell you, what a mess getting up the old floor!! That alone took days and several trials and errors using various chemicals and methods.

The first pictures you see are the basement prior to any work and they progress from there into what I now am calling my dream room. Believe it or not the room went together pretty cheaply.
I did splurge on two items one being the wall mounted cubbie holder that houses all my flowers and Sticklers. It was purchased at Home Decorator marked down to $75.00. I am so glad I bought it. The quality is amazing! The other purchase I made was the embellishment cabinets (6 drawers) from Ikea. They too are of a super quality and house not only my embellishments but as you can see punches easily without warppage. The center work table I made myself!

I have always drooled over the Bradford one that Pottery Barn carries but priced at $1000.00 was never in my budget. After looking at it for days and doing a little internet searching I came upon this post and decided to make it myself. It is totally true that it can be made for less then n $150.00 . The 4 x 8 sheet cost me $30.58 at Home Depot. I had them cut it to my size and have some left over for a nice shelf. I now have a nice table to work on with plenty of storage underneath. It took me about 4 hours to assemble the cubes and to trim the edging of the melamine sheet with melamine iron-on trim but I absolutely love how it turned out.

So, who wants to come play in my new room? Hopefully, before long I will be cranking out some cards to share.

Thanks for hanging in there during my long absence!