Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Elzybell Penguin

I found this fun sketch on the Elzybells UK blog that looked just perfect for my little Elzybells penguin image.  Isn't he sweet?  I wish you could see the colors in real life... they got a little yellow in the photo.  All of the supplies for the card (besides the image and white cardstock) are from my SCS Winter Kit... dp, snowflake stamp, navy cs, cool fibers and even the word.  I stamped the white mat with the snowflake while it was still in my nestabilities die, which gave it that cool edge... :)  

Thanks for stopping by! 


Tuesday, December 30, 2008

My word for the year...

Goals and resolutions are on everyone's mind right now as we start the new year. Last year, following the lead of some of my stamping blogging buddies, I chose a "defining word" to focus on for the year... SATISFIED. If you care to read how it impacted my life, as well as how I chose this year's word, you can see the post on my GraceWorks blog here. It was an overwhelming year to say the least!!

My word for this year will be PEACE. Peace with God through His Son, peace in my home, peace knowing that He is in control.

I'll be back tomorrow with more cards. Thanks for stopping by!



Monday, December 29, 2008

Winter Craft Kit Fun

I'm having so much fun playing with my new Winter Craft Kit from my FlyBaby User Group on SCS! I'm getting to use my new Christmas toys... copics, nestabilities, cropadile, stickles, PTI Mixed Messages, CuttleBug Tags.... {smiles} Here's a couple of cards for today. They are both using images that Tammi sent me, bless her heart!!!!

The first card uses a Penny Black images that I colored with my copics. The dp, snowflake and brads are from the kit. I used my nestabilities (classic rectangle) to mat it, and used chalks to give it that "airbrushed" look. The little tag is a cuttlebug Tiny Tag that I attached with mini brads. And, of course, I used lots of StarDust stickles for the snow!!

The second card is quick and easy. The little penguin is a Whipper Snapper image, colored in copics again! :) The gorgeous flower came on a Christmas card I received. I... ummm... repurposed it. :)

I made two more cards last night, too... but I think I'll save them for tomorrow. See you then!!

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Magnolia ClipBoard

I'm trying something new this year. I purchased a Winter Kit from our SCS FlyBaby group and I'm going to try to use it up. Scrapbook pages, cards, altered items... We'll see what I come up with. I'll be truthful, it won't be easy!! Some of the things that came in the kit are *really* out of my comfort zone!!!

For my first project I decided to alter this clipboard that I've had sitting around for awhile. I wanted to use one of the Magnolia images that I had in my box, but the paper, ribbon and snowflakes are from the kit. I colored my Tilda with Copics, then used ModPodge and a small foam brush to attach the elements to the clipboard. My girls kept telling me that it would be too bumpy to write on now... and they're right... but it sure is cute!! :) I think I'll find a legal pad or junior legal pad that I can alter and use that on the board - or maybe make it into a magnet board... I haven't decided yet. :) Maybe I'll make a "flat" clipboard with my Spring Kit!! :)

I hope you had a lovely Christmas. I have so many new stamping goodies to play with and *such* a long list of things to do during my week off, that I'll be busy for awhile!!

Here's the completed clipboard...

BTW - Remember to check out the GraceWorks site if you need any refills for your dayplanner for the new year!!



Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Guest Designer

OK, how cute is this???  My DD made this card for a friend, using a picture that she cut out of last years page a day calendar, some mustard cs, my new PaperTrey Holiday Treats Set and the small rectangle nestabilities.  Isn't it just precious????? :)  

I hope you will have a blessed Christmas.  I have some fun kits coming that I'll be working with in the new year.  A winter themed kit from my SCS FlyBaby group and a snowman card kit will be the first to arrive.  What fun!  

I may have to set up a schedule for myself for the new year, so I don't neglect the GraceWorks blog.  I'll let you know what I decide.

Merry Christmas if I don't see you for a day or two!! :)

"For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life."  -- "And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us.  And we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth."



Saturday, December 20, 2008

Gift Card Holders

Wow!  3 posts in one day!  I finished up my gift card holders using Mish's idea.  Thanks, Mish!  Now I have to clean up my desk and work on the rest of my list.  Bye!

I Need to Stamp!!

Well, there they all are.  All 20 of them.  Including the thank you notes that I didn't show you.  I *have to* stamp a couple of gift card holders later today.  Maybe like Mish's adorable ones here.  Changed a little, of course, since I don't have all the cute jingle bells and such!! :)



Magnolia Blog Candy Sighting

Oooooo, I love the new Valentine's stamps from Magnolia!! :)  Tilda is just adorable!!  And here is some blog candy filled with Magnolia Valentine sweetness.  Too fun!!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

For Baby

Hello again!  How's your Christmas shopping going?  I hope that I'm done... I think I am.  I'm just waiting for my PaperTrey order to get here, so I can use my Holiday Treats set to make some cute tags and I should be all set. 

My cards today use the stork from the Gina K How Sweet set again.  I really, really like that set!  I love how the babies' blankets look paper pieced, when all I did was dot them with my Copic Marker. :)  I made a boy and girl card for each set.



Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Thinking of You...

Lots and lots of Thinking of You cards today. These were so fun to put together. I used the flower from Gina K's So Sweet set and also a tulip trio and saying from a $1 Studio G clear set. Too fun!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Lulu's Birthday

They're done!!! :0)  All 20 cards.  I'll show you a few every day, at least until I can get some more adhesive so I can stamp again.  I ran out!  I thoroughly enjoyed working with this pack of Crate Paper dp.  I made 20 cards and probably have enough left for 8 more, just without as much variety to choose from.  I had my favorite patterns and I used almost all of those sheets.  My only problem is that I was going to put 10 in a box (the Papertrey clear ones) but I don't think the cards *and* envelopes will both fit.  And these are pretty flat cards, since I didn't want the recipients to have to worry about extra postage.

So... for today I have Lulu from CC Designs hiding behind her packages.  I colored with my Copics {smile}, and used my Classic Rectangle Nestabilities for the scalloped mat {big smile!}.  

Thanks for stopping by!!  I need to go finish making the Banana Cream Pie now!



Monday, December 15, 2008

Mass Producing...

My mom asked me to make a number of cards for her for Christmas, so I'm working on copying Michelle Wooderson and doing some mass production.  I made 4 of the get well cards above with my PTI Quilter's Sampler set and some beautiful Crate Paper dp that I was given.  I've just finished a set of Baby cards, too, so now I just need to work on some Thinking of You and Thank You cards.  I'm loving my Copics more and more, but if I have any time I'm going to work on a card for the House Mouse Challenge this week, so I'll be pulling out my Prismas & OMS soon.  

Have a fabulous day.  Stay warm!!


Saturday, December 13, 2008

Perky Penguin

I threw together this perky little penguin from CC Designs for a quick card for my husband's lunch bucket the other day.  I'm loving my Copics!!!  They make it so quick and easy to color and they give such life to your project.  Too fun!!



Friday, December 12, 2008

Punchy Card Kit Card!

The challenge on Cute Card Thursday was to create a card using punches - which was perfect since my card kit has snowflake punches in it!!  Hmmm... maybe this won't count for the challenge, I guess I used my nesties, too.  I'll have to go read the instructions again.  Remember to let me know if you'd like a card kit.  I have two left! :) (The card kit post is two down if you need a reminder of what is included.  I did use an extra piece of cardstock that you won't find in your kit...)

Have a splendid evening!


Blog Candy Alert!!

Fabulous blog candy here at PaperMonkey's blog!! :)  You don't want to miss it!  

Be sure to come back later.  I have a card made from the card kit in the last post to show you!! 

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Mini Winter Card Kit

Hello, card kit fans!  No, I haven't forgotten about you.  I've put together a mini winter card kit for you or for a last minute Christmas gift.  Here's what you'll get...

2 - Cranberry prefolded card bases (4.25"x 5.5")
2 - 6x6 sheets of wintery dp
4 - eyelets
1 - sparkly rhinestone
3 - punched snowflakes
3 - stamped images (Memento Black on GP White cardstock)
2 - envelopes
2 - pieces of ribbon/silver cord

All of this for only $5 including shipping! :)  Email me soon to order.  

I have a cute card made with the kit to show you tomorrow.  See you then!



Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Another Tilda

This is the first Tilda I colored with my Copics... I needed to get her off my desk, so I decided to do the Sweet n Sassy challenge to use Christmas DP.  I also got to use my new Sew Mini.  Fun!!  I have to clean my stamping desk now and get started on some cards for my Mom.  TTFN!!

New Toys

Well, Christmas came early at my house! I finally talked myself in to some new toys. A handful of Copics and a Cuttlebug! :) Unfortunately I forgot that I needed to buy a tan embossing mat for the Bug in order to use the Nesties that I got in my Secret Sister package. So I have to wait to use them. How sad. And it's snowing today and it would be a perfect time to play with it!

As I get going with the Copics I'll let you know what colors I use. This one was just practice. :)

Have a wonderful day!


Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Hang in There - House Mouse

The House Mouse Challenge for this week was to sparkle.  I don't know if you'll be able to click on this picture to make it bigger - but it definitely sparkles!!  The tree branches are covered with Stickles.  So pretty in real life! :)

I'm not sure who I'll send this to yet.  I'm sure someone needs a little boost and encouragement.  If it's you, consider this your card!! :)

"Come unto Me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Take My yoke upon you and learn of Me, for I am meek and lowly in heart and you shall find rest unto your souls."  Matt 11:29  

May you find peace in the Saviour during this Christmas season.



Blog Candy Alert!

Like Blog Candy?  Check out Bev's blog here!!  And be sure to page through her other entries, too.  They're gorgeous!

Here's another on Claire's blog.  I think I hit the jackpot today!

A note on my blog candy alerts...  I only enter candy on sites that I frequently visit.  If I see a blog candy link I often go visit the blog, just to check out the artwork.  I've found some wonderful blogs to add to my Google Reader that way!! :)

Tuesday, December 02, 2008


Isn't this so pretty??  It was the view from my house Sunday night during the first real snow of the season.  What a wonderful way to usher in December.  Ahhhh....  Lovely.

In other news, I've been tagged by Debbie Olson - yes *the* Debbie Olson.   She's a dear friend, and the only stamping superstar that I know in real life. (Random fact #1)  She actually was my customer when I was a Stampin' Up! demo! (Random fact #2)  How cool is that???? :)  

So Debbie tagged me to tell 7 random facts about myself... then I'm supposed to pass it on.  Let's see, I've already done 2...

#3 - I clench my jaw when I quilt and usually end up with a migraine.  BTW... I quilted today - guess what that means...

#4 - I own a small Christian dayplanner business and love to help ladies get organized.

#5 - I play piano, flute, and violin, and I love to sing in church.

#6 - I have three Webkinz.

#7 - I am addicted to blog-hopping. :)

There you are!  Now I'm going to link to 7 blogs that I like - but I'm not going to tag them.  I just want to introduce you to them if you enjoy great artwork!!

Happy blog-hopping!  Hopefully I'll have a card to share with you tomorrow.