Monday, July 19, 2010

Working on Birthday cards

We celebrate 2 birthdays this month in our family. I did this card for a Stamp-A-Stack in April. I am thinking of doing an updated version for one of the birthdays this month. I think I found this design on SplitCoast to case for my SAS. Sometimes when time is in short supply and I have a specific request for a certain set or technique, I will go surfing for ideas. I just love the embossing folders and use them a lot for quick backgrounds especially when I am doing Card for the Troops. The Crazy for Cupcakes set is a fun set to play with. Hopefully there will be lots of creating time this week. I do know I need some new pictures of cards for posting, my photo file is just a little thin at the moment. On a personal note, I am 3lbs lighter, only 37 more pounds to go. Having cranky joints makes it difficult to work out but not impossible and adjusting portions isn't hard to do. I was even able to enjoy ice cream in this heat a couple of times last week. Here's to good health! Materials used: Cardstock - Tempting Turquoise and Orchid Opulence (retired), Stamps- Crazy for Cupcakes, Tempting Turquoise ribbon and rhinestone brad, Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Geisha Tea

My blog is not always 100% Stampin' Up, however I usually use something Stampin' Up in all my creations. A lot of paper for sure. I just love how all the cardstock colors stay consistent and coordinate. Unfortunately several of the purples just retired and I did this card back in May. This stamp was a special gift sent all the way from Australia from my friend Mary W. I spend a great majority of my art time on the Oriental Stamp Art list. I just love oriental style art. The image is hand colored with watercolor pencils. I made a set of these and sent them out as RAKs.
I am looking forward to playing with my new sets from Stampin' Up that have an oriental flavor from the new catalog, Kimono Kids and Plant Hope. I am always excited to find oriental style items in my Stampin' Up catalog. There will be some new RAKs made soon. Sharing a card to brighten up a day is such a fun way to surprise someone. I challenge you to make a card and send it along to a friend today!

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Birthday card and Cards for the Troops News

I really like this set "Elements of Style". I created this card for my oldest daughter's birthday. Outlining the flowers with glitter gave it just the right touch. In other news I had another successful event yesterday at a Whole Lotta Scrap. I have yet to do a final count but somewhere in the neighborhood of 200 cards with about another 75 or so out for creating in kits. Almost a whole box full for From Our Hearts. And I may have another contact for a couple of more events. I will start posting more card ideas soon. Since I will use anything donated or on hand for the Cards for the Troops events you will see a mixture of retired stamps and other products on my blog. I certainly hope it will inspire you in your own creations. Perhaps to use some of the stash you already have.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Let's Get This Party Started

Well after a 2 month break from all my Cards For The Troops activities, it's time to get to creative again. Not that I haven't been working hard and creating, but on a short sabbatical. I'm still sorting a tremendous amount of the house and my art supplies and gearing up for the next round of Cards For The Troops events. While on break I celebrated my 32nd wedding anniversary with hubby in Hot Springs. This was the view that greeted us when we opened the door to our condo, Fabulous! It felt like we could walk right out onto the water. A very relaxing week. When we got home, I cleared out enough of the house to have a great yard sale. There's a bit more breathing space around here now and hopefully there will be more soon. I got so used to the military moving us every 3 years that now that we are retired, I have to clean out from time to time. 22 years of habit. My youngest daughter is moving out August 1st and I'll move my art space into her room. A bit more room to spread out and get organized in, yippee! She asked me what happened if she had to move back home, if she'd get her old room back. Nope, not happening sweetheart. You move out, you get what mom and dad give you when you move back. Somehow I don't think she'll be moving back in anytime soon. In the meantime, my muse thinks I've forgotten what creating is like. Itching to get back on track here. So Fridays are officially art day for the time being. With so much going on including painting as well as organizing, I had to decide on a day that was sacred for art until the house projects are done. I'm sure I'll be snatching time here and there with 5 events coming up. But hey, now I have something to look forward to. More posting coming your way soon with artwork included :0)