Sunday, January 30, 2011

Viva la Verve!

It's been awhile since I played with my Verve stamps, so today I decided to check out what the latest Viva la Verve sketch was for the month of February (the week 1 sketch).  Now the sketch is definitely outside of my comfort zone...but I said to heck with it and here is what I came up with:

It has been a very peaceful weekend around my house, so hopefully it will remain so for the rest of the evening!

Supplies: Stamps - Verve; Paper - Basic Grey Capella; Cardstock - Papertrey Ink Dark Chocolate; Dew Drops - Hyacinth; Ribbon unkown; Nestabilities - Circles and Lacey Circles

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Saturday Morning sketch...

well darn...just looked at the clock and technically it's afternoon now...but I did create today's card this morning after coming across a fun sketch over at cardabilities.  I am entering this in their Sketch #23 challenge.

Took me a little while to get the mojo flowing this morning...but I'm glad I stuck to it...I really like my card!  (for a change!).  Lots to do today and headed to a cookout and bonfire tonight with the maybe I'll just let hubby take care of all the little errands and stay right here and get inky!

Supplies: Stamps - Papertrey Ink (Year of Flowers: Mums); Cardstock - Bazzil and PTI Kraft; Paper - K&Co (Que Sera Sera); Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black, CTMH Bamboo, Copic (R02, R04, R08, Y38); Nestabilities Circles and Lacey Circles; Jute - Westrim Crafts; Ribbon and buttons - unknown

Friday, January 28, 2011

anything but a card on this Fashionista Friday!

That's right...this week's challenge at If the Shoe Fits...Scrap it is anything but a card (FF#64)!  WOOHOO!  explore your inner altered artist/scrapbooker/crafty-in-general self!  This week I chose to finish a LO that has been sitting and collecting dust for quite awhile...wasn't sure how I was going to actually finish I just kept it simple.  It was such an important day for me...spending time just me and my little girl at one of Brooks and Dunn's last concerts. is my LO: to get creative!

Supplies: Paper - Cosmo Cricket; Distress stickles in Copper; Flower and flower center from Prima; Copic (and airbrush system) E35; tile by Cricut - Lyrical Letters; Pearls - Recollections

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Papertrey January Blog Hop Challenge

Happy Tuesday all!  So excited today!  Actually came home from work a little early to make sure I had my projects photographed and blog post ready to go to play along with Papertrey Ink and their January Blog Hop!

I'm new to PaperTrey Ink stamps...first purchase was about 4 months ago...and I cannot get enough! This blog hop's challenge was to use a Papertrey stamp set that had yet to see ink or to use one that had been collecting dust for a bit.  Well this was easy for me, as I just last week received my latest order of Papertrey stamps!  So I was able to get two cards together last night using 2 of my new sets.

First card from the Year of Flowers: Lily of the Valley set (love love love love the Year of Flowers sets...I have 7 of the 12 sets and will have to complete the collection eventually!):

Supplies: Image and Sentiment - PTI; Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic (BV000, BV00, BV01, YG93, YG95, YG97); Cardstock - PTI Stamper's Select White, Kraft; Bazzil; Ribbon - unknown; Pearls - Queen&Co

Second card from the Friendship Jar set (BTW...eyeballed this set for a few months then finally broke down and had to buy it!  it's so much fun to play with!):

Supplies: Stamps - PTI; Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black, CTMH - Cranberry, Copic (C00, C01, C03, C05, C07); Stampendous Clear Embossing Powder; Cardstock - PTI Kraft; Paper - CTMH; Ribbon - unknown

Now off to hop along the blog trail and check out some other Papertrey Ink goodies!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

lovie cuddle bear

ok...silly title for the post but that's all I could think of when I started playing with this adorable Bear from Designed2Delight digital stamps.  I am really enjoying playing along with their image challenges...and getting some fun free images to play with!  Here is my card:

and for the first time in what feels like FOREVER...I've got a few other challenges that contributed to the overall design of this card:

Pixie Cottage (PC#53) - Sketch
Whoopsi Daisy - Pretty in Pink
Papertake Weekly - Ribbons and Pearls

Enjoy the football today (if you are so inclined)!

Supplies: Image - Designed2Delight; Sentiment - CTMH; Paper - Basic Grey; Ink - Copic (R20, R21, R32, BG10, BG11, BG01, E35, E37, E39, E47), CTMH - Black; Nestabilities scalloped hearts and labels three; Cardstock - Bazzil; Pearls - Queen&Co; Ribbon - unknown; Stickles - Diamond

Friday, January 21, 2011

Friendship...and Fashionista Friday

hey all!  not having a great afternoon...but that makes no nevermind right now.  Got a new Fashionista Friday challenge for ya from the Shoe!  This week's challenge is the theme of Friendship.  One of the hardest lessons to learn in life is learning who your friends are...sometimes they don't reveal their true selves...I hold my friendships dear...and I only have a few people I would call close friends...just the type of person I am...anywho...Here is my card:

Now time to prep for my daughter's BFF to spend the night...hubby and kiddo planned this a few weeks ago...and now I'm desperately trying to make sure I have enough tylenol to make it through the night!  Have a great weekend!

Supplies: Image and sentiment - PaperTrey Ink; Ink - Copic and Memento Tuxedo Black; Prima Bling; Kraft Cardstock - PaperTrey Ink; Basic Grey paper; Nestabilities Circles; Pearls - Queen&Co

Thursday, January 20, 2011

a yummy Thursday love ya!

Happy Thursday evening!  HOpe your week is working out better than mine...been way too busy to have much of a chance to play with any of my toys!  But I did want to make sure I got the latest Designed2Delight digital stamps challenge done!  I am falling in love with all of the images they have!  Here is my card:

I used a sketch from Friday Sketchers (challenge had expired before I got to it...but loved the sketch and had to use it!). to get some rest before tomorrow...I'm so happy in a few short hours it will be FRIDAY!

Supplies: Image - Designed2Delight; Paper - Basic Grey; Cardstock - Bazzil; Diamond Stickles; Copic - RV11, RV21, RV23; Tattered Angels Glimmer Glaze in Cowboy; Nestabilities Circles and Lacey Circles; Pearls from Queen&Co; Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder

Friday, January 14, 2011

carnation inspiration!

just a quick post to share the latest challenge over at If the Shoe fits...Scrap it!  with you!  This week's Fashionista Friday (FF#62) is an inspiration challenge.  Check out the Shoe to see the inspiration is my take on it:

Chatting with my gal Tanisha right off I go!

Supplies: Paper - Basic Grey, Image and Sentiment - The Greeting Farm, Stickles - diamond, Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black and Copic, Spica - Black and Mint, Ribbon - unknown

Thursday, January 13, 2011

thank ewe!

greetings from the still cold...but thawing state of South Carolina!  We have survived...if only driving each other nuts...LOL!  I made it back to work on Wednesday, and I was happy to go back...something about being trapped in the house with an 11 year who has more energy than she should!  Anywho...just a quick post to tell you about this really neat blog challenge from Designed2Delight digital stamps.  They have some seriously adorable digi images!  They have this progressive type challenge going on...from what I can tell it lasts all month, and it leads to some awesome things for those that participate!  You start with the free image of the month and each week you participate you can receive another free image!  Serious fun possibilities here!  Anywho...this month started with this adorable lovey-dovey sheep!  Here is my Thank Ewe card for the fab folks at Delightful Inspiration!

Had a lot of fun making this card...sewed...with a sewing machine...on a card... for the very first time ever!  And now I want to sew on EVERYTHING!  just kidding...only on paper!  LOL!  Ok...lots to do and so little time to do it in!  Later!

Supplies: Image - Designed2Delight digital stamps; Ink - Copic and Memento Tuxedo Black; Cardstock - Kraft and White: PaperTrey Ink, Red: Bazzil; Sentiment - SU; Nestabilities Circles and Lacey Circle dies; Ribbon and thread - unknown

Tuesday, January 11, 2011 far as the eye can see...

so it's been a loong time since i posted about today's weather.  let's just hasn't gotten any did stop snowing...but as soon as it stopped snowing, it started one time there were pellets of ice falling from the sky...pretty sure it's called sleet...but it was similar to i will call it...snowy-ice pellets!  LOL!  well once the ice starts coming...then you start looking for icicles...and let me tell you...i found them!  as of this post at some crazy time of the morning (school canceled for tomorrow and my work office is also closed tomorrow!) we still have a freezing mist type thing going on...all of the snow we had is for the most part still present...only now it's a solid block of frozen stuff...the top layer of snow has become driveway is a skating rink...and i can say this because i tried many times to fall down standing on it...much to the delight of my child!  anywho...some icy pics for you!

all of these pics were taken throughout the afternoon and evening...icicle growth has continued and their overall final size will be shown tomorrow!

random roof pic (forgive the fact my christmas lights are still up...those will come down when hubby has a few days off!):

random trash can pic...only because those are the most easily photo'd icicles:

and just because i thought this pic was funny:

who knew...seriously, it never would have occurred to me...that each piece of siding on your house would develop it's own icicles:

and lastly...the reason why ice is truly so completely takes over, encompassing all...weighing everything down and causing true and catastrophic damage:

that's it for tonight...i thankfully have tomorrow off...hope to actually get something scrappy accomplished!

Monday, January 10, 2011

a snowy tour...

so to appease the kiddos insatiable desire to freeze her rear end off...we went on a walk around the neighborhood to see how it all looks...thankfully we made it home while I still had feeling left in my legs (knee down was frozen).  here are some pics (all taken between 9-930 this morning):

starting off leaving the house the path did not look promising...

we made it up the hill to the entrance to our neighborhood...yet another reason i'm glad i stayed home from work today...the main road was looking pretty nasty

then we turned to head back down the hill and back to the house...took a pic of our house when it came in to can barely see my poor orange car in the distance:

on the way back we spotted a few some neighbors helping push someone's teeny tiny miata up the hill to their house...miata + snow + hill = thank goodness people were there to help!  seriously...DUMB IDEA DUDE!

of course what snow storm in the south is complete without someone pulling out the four-wheeler and making donuts in the road...another DUMB IDEA...this will cause the turned up snow to freeze pretty solid and make it more treacherous for those that have to be out on the is kinda funny though...kiddo and i did witness mr. four-wheeler doing the donuts and it looked like fun!

and lastly...we made it back home...frozen...but it was a nice walk!

it's 10 am...and still snowing... to try and actually do something...nevermind...that would be an even DUMBER idea on my part!  LOL!  time for coffee and scrapping...or a nap on the couch...decisions decisions!


hello lovely bloggerville!  hope your day is a bit warmer than mine is shaping up to be!  went to sleep last night knowing winter weather was coming knocking...had this plan where i was going to make every effort to get to work at least for a few hours...woke up early...showered...was fixing hair...then hubby called the work line to see what road conditions were around the site...and no joke...they said snow covered and hazardous with expectation that situation would get worse, non-essential personnel (THAT's ME!) should seriously consider staying home and that anyone planning on coming in should make preparations to stay overnight at work.  that sealed the deal for me!  unfortunately this also meant that my hubby would be going in and probably not coming home (he's one of the ESSENTIAL type people)...I was on pins and needles (and highly caffeinated...i drank at least 2 cups of coffee as he was driving to work) waiting to hear from him that he had made it the 15 miles to work ok...and he did!!!!  THANK YOU LORD!  his report...roads are BAD...they had brined the roads near work...but all that did was make some slush that pretty much froze over.  so hopefully he stays warm at work today and tonight!  anywho...what does any good scrapper do when craziness like this happens...we take PICTURES!  woohoo!  here are a couple from this morning...I'll be taking pics throughout the day as this weather is only expected to get worse (long periods of freezing rain to follow this fluffy snow):

took this at about 5:50 this morning...blank area is where hubby's truck was parked:

took this one about poor car!!!!  you can also see that the concrete is completely covered again where our other vehicle was parked:

now...what to do long as we have power...laundry and dishes and charging all the electronics...and then of course some scrappy-dappy goodness!  stay warm and safe and off the roads if you can!  i'll be posting periodically more of a log than anything of what happens when true winter weather decides to come South!

Friday, January 7, 2011

Ribbons ribbons everywhere!

Hope you are all having a fab Friday!  We here in South Carolina are bracing for potential nasty winter weather...snow/sleet/rain/ice/buy bread and milk and have mass PANIC!  LOL!  We'll see how it goes...if it's that bad then I can have a 3 day weekend...locked inside where it's warm and toasty and stamp and play and color!  Of course now that I've said will probably be warm and sunny and I'll be at work bright and early!  LMAO!

Now...the real reason for this share with you the latest Fashionista Friday challenge at the Shoe!  This week's challenge (FF#61) is to use ribbon!  Here is my card: to dabble in some ink and rubber and markers...have a WARM evening!

Supplies:  Image - The Greeting Farm; Paper and Cardstock - CTMH; Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black and Copic; Stickles - Diamond; Pearls - Queen&Co; Nestabilities Frame; Ribbon - unknown

Monday, January 3, 2011

twu lub.... Princess Bride on the brain again!  LOL!  Quick post to let you know about the latest Fashionista Friday challenge happening at the Shoe!  This week's challenge was inspired by the January birthstone - our Fashionista Friday #60 challenge is to use RED!  woohoo!  one of my fave colors!  here is my project:

that's all for now!  off to play with the copics...incredibly soothing to just sit and color after a crrrrrazzzzzy day!

Supplies: Grungepaper; Ink - DIstress Ink in Barn Door, Peeled Paint, Pumice Stone, Vintage Photo, Embossing Ink; Ranger Archival in Black; Stamps - Studio 490 by Wendy Vecchi; Clear Embossing Powder; chipboard alphas - Maya Road; Perfect Pearls Mist in Heirloom Gold; Adirondack Paint Dabber in Gold; Trim from Hobby Lobby; FIred Brick Distress Ink reinker