Monday, December 29, 2008

same old news

Sorry to say no new cards and I have run out of preloaded blog posts so for today you get a few pictures well the pictures are the reason for no new posts I haven't crafted in 10 days at least because of the snow. constantly coming, 48 inches in 10 days and what did I do? shovel shovel shovel.

My trusty friend for the last few days.

This is the view from my window as of Saturday.

the dog was none to happy to be out in this.
I did like this shot of the court house taken from my daily trip to city hall

So from our house to yours I hope everyone has been enjoying family and friends. This is my husband and son on christmas day.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Birds and bleach

I am again loving this little mister I got. Our monthly technique and last technique challenge was bleach. I usually use my favorite stencil from dreamweaver of trees but everyone has seen that so I tried harder to challenge myself and used a stencil I hadn't used before (go figure not used but in my stuff that never happens right?) Well I like what turned out.

The crane is by judikins and the saying by Penny Black. Can you see the cranes in the background? kind of like a MC ESCHER drawing.

A little bit closer view of the cranes

Still can't see him ok for sure you can see the crane now.

Friday, December 26, 2008

Frogs and bleach

Hope everyone had a great Christmas holiday and are out checking out any good deals on the day after always a fun thing to do. I unfortunately will be working (yes I did this up early and had it set to post today)

I loved how this turned out. I was playing with a new little toy a small mini mister by inspired crafts and I really like how it works. A little bleach into it and some stencils and I was having fun. The background stencil is by dreamweaver and is a Lily pad. so I added a couple of TAC frogs to it and pop dotted them. then a saying from TAC as well.

Quick and easy card but fun.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry chrismtas

One of my cards for the season. the stamps are from make an impression in Issaquah, Washington. sadly the brick and morter store will be closing in january. I thought they would be less work but hehe all that coloring didn't make it that easy. I did use some of gina k's copic pens that give sparkle on the paper that isn't picked up from the camera very well.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

more christmas cards

Well its Christmas eve and the hustle and bustle should all be done time to enjoy your families and dear friends and celebrate the reason for the season or what ever your tradition may be.

What is your tradition?? Ours is Christmas eve and moms then morning with our own little family and an afternoon movie.

I want to thank everyone that has sent me a card especially the hand made ones and here are a few more.

From Retha

From Kelly (horrible picture the pretty silver didn't show up right)

From Retha

From Cathy

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

christmas cards

As Christmas is just around the corner I thought I would post a few of the handmade cards and the card I made over the next few days. This will give me a little more time to spend on other things that need my attention and still have a post. But more then that also thank those that sent a handmade card. this year has been a long year and I didn't get out as many cards as I wanted to and talking with friends they had the same problem but I hope everyone I knows that I think of them and wish them a happy season and a joyous new year.

so here are a few to start you off

From Kandy

From Peggy

From Pat

From Yara

white christmas

No worries about that here. We will have one and then some.

Its been a long winter already and we are barely there.

The dog had to have a path to go out. he really doesn't like the cold and wet

the smartest birds flew south for the winter and a good thing for their bath is full

And with that I leave you with this thought:

The streets are finally starting to clear
but what do I hear
more snow on the way
for Christmas day

our backs are in pain
and we complain
but what does one do when its done
pack our bags and head for the sun

The skiers are waxing their gear
in hopes of not landing on their rear
kids are bundled and yelling out their calls
gliding down hills and tossing snowballs

the plows are running day and night
worried shoppers hope their gifts are right
packages are wrapped and sent
cookies are baked and much money is spent

but remember the reason
for the season
Happy birthday dear Jesus
and god bless

Monday, December 22, 2008

Santa comes early

And dressed like a UPS man.

Ever wonder who wins those contests?? well here is a winner. I signed up at the CardMaker Magazine site and look at these goodies. yahoooo so next time you see a contest sign up you never know you could win too.

Several things in here I have wanted to try like the nestibilities and the clear snap roller. tooo cool

Now the quilling I am not sure about that one I tried that once and it wasn't' pretty but who knows might try it again.
a full list of what I got (copied from my confirmation email)

  • Beginner Quilling Kit from Quilled Creations (
  • Two packages of Clear-Cut Stickers from Flair Designs (
  • Adhesive Dot Stamper from Elmer’s (
  • Icy Rainbow Cardmaker’s Collection and Blank Cards from Hot Off The Press (
  • Prismatic Card Stock from Prism Papers (
  • Two Embossing Stencils from Ecstasy Crafts (
  • Nestibilities Collection from Spellbinders Paper Arts Co. (
  • Fall, Floral & Doodle Clear Stamp Sets from Impression Obsession (
  • Two High-Vis Metal Edge Cutting Rulers from JudiKins (
  • Card Making by Number from Annie’s Attic (
  • Two ink pads and two Memory Essential Get Rollin’ stamping wheels by Clearsnap (
a $283.33 value wow thanks card maker

calendar pages October, November and December

The last of the calendar pages that my stampin up demonstrator sharon showed us how to make.

October was fun. First emboss in black and then sponge on colors.

water color crayons these are always fun to use.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

calendar pages July, August, September

More small calendar pages done with my stampin up demonstrator Sharon.

This cupcake was so fun. And the frosting is made with the scallop punch. love that punch.

Darn her now I will have to buy that silly punch that I have been avoiding because I never thought I would some up with an idea for it.

My absolute favorite month. I love this style stamping. the background is done with pastels and then stamped and embossed. the cattails are another clever idea a small punch. yep had to have that one too.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Calendar pages April, May and June

My stampin up demonstrator Sharon has had us making these small calendar pages that will go into an acrylic frame for the Fridge.

April is made with punches.

May is water colored with some stickles on it.

June also used a small die cut.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Calendar pages jan, feb and march

My stampin up demonstrator Sharon has had us making mini calendar pages. All stamps are by stampin up.

February was stamped and embossed on vellum.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

snow, snow, snow

Snow came to the pacific northwest with a vengeance today and yesterday. 24 inches was our last count. we shoveled and shoveled and shoveled a bit more it never seems to end. It has quit for now but they say more is coming.

The poor birds will never find that bird bath.

Running out of places to put the snow.

Our street. pretty much impassable unless you have a big 4 x 4 and even those were getting stuck, we had to dig out a couple people.

backyard fun. Those trees have to have the snow knocked off them several times fun fun.

And lastly Duncan says this is not fun don't expect me to spend much time out here and make sure you keep this shoveled too so I can go please.

christmas scrapbooking

Recently went to my CTMH demonstrator's house for my monthly scrapbooking class and did these awesome pages. I absolutely love this stained class paper.

lots of little brads and some bling bring these little tag stickers to life.

At first I was like how dumb is this. then I thought dang that button with some brads in it reminds me of holly. brilliant idea.

This is a clever idea. you take a pocket page and with some4 x 12 paper folded in half you put half in and half out. then you take another pocket page and cut it up so you have a pocket. taking care to only have one hole exposed and you don't cut into the other sides. great idea for those events that have lots of pictures. Here is a close up. and for more information on how do this check out your ctmh demo's webpage and the art and soul section