Sunday, January 19, 2014

A bit of fancy


A bit of fancy for today's card with pearlized platinum and black. I put the Fancy Lattice from Spellbinders behind the 5x7 Elegant Labels 4. You have to trim the lattice at the corners so it doesn't show. I then cut out two panels from Decorative Labels 28 and layered the platinum one on top of the black. The white doily is an adhesive doily that is pre-cut from Martha Stewart. There are a variety of sizes and designs in the package. I stamped a Just Rite stamp for the sentiment and circle around it. I added black pearls around the sentiment and a few other places. You can see it a bit better in the photo below.

Now that the house is back in shape after the holidays, I was able to spend the entire day yesterday in my studio. Believe it or not I have all my Valentine's Day cards made. No one is more surprised than me. I only had to make fifteen but I made a few different styles so it took me a little longer. I have a stamping party coming up the end of February and I still have to make some samples so I wanted to make sure the Valentines got done first. I had no plans on leaving the house this weekend due to the frigid cold we are experiencing again. The DH made a fantastic batch of chili last night and we ate while watching the deer outside in the backyard. I was glad I wasn't the one outside foraging for my dinner. I think this is the perfect weekend to book my tickets to Florida. May can't come soon enough for me.
~have fun and enjoy!

Sunday, January 12, 2014


 Last weekend snow and sub-zero temperatures; this weekend rain. It was a good time (for DH) to get the outside decorations down. No one was attempting that last week with the cold weather. The Christmas tree came down today along with all the other little trees throughout the house. Our decorations typically doesn't get taken down until the second week of January because of DH's birthday.

Yesterday four of us girls hit the road for a day of fun and shopping. We were celebrating a belated birthday that started out with lunch and then a trip to the winery for a bit of wine tasting. A couple of tastings later we were back on the road hunting for bargains and boy did we find some wonderful after Christmas buys. There is nothing better than spending the day with such fun wonderful people. I had fixed up little goodie bags for everyone that included what every girl loves- chocolates and coupons. We finally reached home 8 hours later and my legs sure felt it, but in a good way!

Today's card is using all Stampin'Up products. The stamp sets are Flowering Flourishes and From My Heart. The card stock and ink are Crumb Cake and Black. I used the Square Lattice and Petals-a-Plenty embossing folders. The dies are the Framelits Window Frame and Apothecary Accents. The scallop was cut out using the Edglits Adorning Accents and of course it wouldn't be complete without the bling. There is something sophisticated about this color combo.

I have a different New Year's resolution which is to use some of the stamp sets that get pushed to the back of the shelf. I wanted to do this for a couple of reasons. One is because it is a shame to have them and not use them. Second is to remember what I already have so I don't buy it again or something similar to it. And third- so I'm not making the same kinds of cards over and over. We'll see what the year brings.
~have fun and enjoy!


Sunday, January 5, 2014

a winter snowman...

 My Christmas thank you notes couldn't be more appropriate. We are under a winter advisory for another 9 hours and the snow is still coming down pretty good. They have already closed the schools in our area. When all is said and done, we should have 10- 12 inches. Reminds me of back home up in the Upper Peninsula. Well maybe not quite that bad.

It's the DH's birthday today and with anticipating the bad weather we went to the show and dinner yesterday. I made him a chocolate cake this morning and cooked a nice pork loin in the pressure cooker with potatoes and carrots while we watched the snow fall. I have no idea how I am going to get to work tomorrow. Unfortunately when you work in health care, you are needed 24/7. I'm sure not many (if any) of the outpatients will show, but there are always emergencies and inpatients. I think I had better dig out a pair of snowshoes.

These cards were actually made with a pre-made card base. I get them in packages in the dollar section at Michael's. I like them because they are blank on the back and then I can add my own "handmade by" stamp. They are very handy when you have to make several cards in a hurry. I used the Spellbinders "Mr and Mrs. Snowman" die that is in three pieces (four if you count Mrs.). The hat and scarf are separate. For the face I punched out a circle and colored the center orange and around that I colored black. When I placed it behind the snowman's face, the colors were in the perfect spot for his face. If you aren't familiar with this die, his nose, mouth and eyes are punched out. You can enlarge the card by clicking on it for more detail. The black and white polka dot is washi tape and then I used Stampin'Up's Word Window punch for the sentiment and a Marvy Snowflake punch for the two snowflakes.

Looks like it will be time to take down the decorations this week and put them away until next year. I'm not sure when the outside ones will get taken down. We are expecting temperatures into the negative numbers this week. Maybe we could try to get away with keeping them up as 4th of July decorations. I'm sure the subdivision association would just love that. Wish me luck getting to work tomorrow.
~Have fun and enjoy!