Tuesday, December 25, 2007

"Bruno" comes home (last of the pet posts

Santa brought sweet Bruno to the girls this morning. He's bushed from running, walking and exploring. In the immortal words of the "mom" on Raising Arizona - "I just love 'im SO MUCH!! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

Monday, December 24, 2007

Last minute Gift card holder

Hi all! Thanks to Julie at Paper Pleasing Ideas I was able to whip this up for my SIL before I head over to her house. She's got a great tutorial here that was a great help. Here's what I came up with using Cerise from SU and Real Red and Riveting and Papertrey's joy to the world. It was fun and quick although I had difficulty with the scoring. Anyway MERRY CHRISTMAS and thanks for visiting.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

The newest member of our family

We are calling him Shatzi for right now. He's a surprise for our DDs. We'll sneak him in on Christmas Eve. He's so incredibly adorable! He had a rough day traveling to Virginia from Illinois. I'm already in love.

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Joy banner

My wonderful demo had us make this awesome banner from the catty. I love the way it looks on the mantle. I look forward to hanging it each year.

more tags

I used K and Co. peppermint stick paper for the ornament. I cut it out with my coluzzle. Then I added the ribbon and faux stitching. The sentiment is SU
This last tag was done using all SU stamps. I think it's self-explanatory and very simple

Tags, Tags, Tags

I was pretty impressed with Tim Holtz' Christmas Tags. They were incredibly inspiring. The first one I'm uploading was inspired by one of his tags, but nowhere as ornate and beautiful. I used SUs lovely as a tree and the retired Christmas greeting set. I embossed the tree in old olive on glossy cardstock. Brayered several colors over it and then smooshed the colors with first a wet paper towel and then a dry. Then I embossed the greeting in StazOn jet blacka nd clear embossing powder. I mounted the finished tag on SU Cool Caribbean, aged it all with a sponge and Chocolate Chip ink and then used my Crop-a-Dile to put in the pretty silver square eyelet. I really liked that eyelet. I almost forgot that I used a glue pen and dazzling diamonds to glitter up the tree.
The wind is blowing like crazy here, but it's balmy compared to our 40 degrees yesterday. (I realize for many of you, that's already balmy).

I'm off to my stamp swap, so I'll post again later. THanks for visiting and checking out the tag.

Friday, December 14, 2007

baby boho

This is kind of a bohemian baby card, for the young couple next door. They just had a baby last week! It's the first baby born in our neighborhood since my youngest! 7 years ago! We are getting ready to take the gift over and I wanted to upload the card before I did. Hope you all have a nice weekend. I will be uploading some tags tomorrow.
Paper: SU coral, ruby red. Basic Grey DP and watercolor paper from Michael's
Ink: Ruby Red, olive, coral
Access: markers: ruby red, chocolate chip, and coral.
olive ribbon from Michaels', corner rounder

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

RAK from Cindy

How cute is Cindy's card? This is my very first happy mail! What an awesome surprise to receive in the mail. I love the DP and the tree is totally sparkly. I love this card! Thanks, Cindy!

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Masculine Congrats

This is for a friend's brother-in-law who was promoted in the army. I cased it from the following: The original is very pretty.

I can't wait for Christmas to get a new camera!!!!

Here's the recipe:

paper: River Rock (SU) , Apple Cider DSP (SU), Real Rust (SU)

ink: Chocolate Chip

oval punch (Marvy)


heidi swapp edge distresser

I was happy with the look of the oval punchouts. They reminded me of hinges. I probably should have distressed them as well.

The weather here is incredible. I keep reading about all the cold temps out west and north and am feeling for you. We are expecting a high of 85 tomorrow in southeastern Virginia. We're trying to stay in the spirit tho! I would love a great "shut down the town" snow this winter, though. We only really need a couple of inches though for everything to shut down. Being a teacher, I'm up at the crack of dawn like the kids, checking the school closings whenever we get white stuff.

The other exciting thing going on is that we are expecting a puppy next week! We are having one sent from Illinois from a breeder my husband found on line. We are totally surprising our girls who have been BEGGING for a pup! I'll upload a pic of the litter he is coming from! I don't know which is ours. I have to find the file. But first, off to bed. TFL!!!!