Saturday, January 31, 2009

Sledding Fun?

My kids went sledding with some friends from church yesterday, and this is how they came back. As you can see, they had a few crashes.

As you can also see from their happy faces here, soon after they arrived home, they are really no worse for wear. Anthony immediatly said he enjoyed it enough to go again..."except for the hurting part'" and Brandon woke up this morning and wanted to go sledding. KIDS!!!

Friday, January 30, 2009

Seeds of Blessing Blog Hop

I finally had the stamps to participate in an Angels Blog Hop. What is that? Well, a group of us angels pick a stamp set and create with it. Then on a set date we all show our creations on our blogs with link to all the other blogs. This is a fun way to see how fun and versatile a set is. This months set is "Seeds of Blessing" I love this set, the sentiments are so encouraging, and the images adorable.

I decided to make a wall hanging for my mom's birthday using pictures of my 3 munchkins. I used chipboard coasters and covered them with Reece cardstock and patterned paper. I cut out my mats and pictures using my Coluzzle and coluzzle companion (love them!). I colored my images with watercolor pencils and cut out around them.

I decided after I had them togther that they still "needed" something. I decided then to add some paper piercing around the circles. I used my paper piercer with a circle piece of plastic canvas. You can see the piercing if you look carefully at the close up.




I also decided to make a matching 4x4 card. I used a left over piece of cardstock from my wall hanging (a square that I had cut a circle from, along with Rustic Chic paper and a peach piece of DCWV cardstock. I stamped the sentiment in brown ink on the cardstock cardbase that showed through the middle, added a couple of Bitty Blossoms attached with mini brads, and I was done. It was actually much easier than it sounds.
Here are the link to the other participants blogs.
If these blogs don't have the blog hop posted check back later, they may just noy be the morning people I am =)

Get Whale

Here are two more cards I made using TACs new"Fishy Friends" set.

I love this first card, which uses a tag and paper from the Lilly Ana SWIC, because it takes a paper I would normally only think of for girl cards and makes a great guy card.
The other supplies on this card are, Lilly Ana cardstock, white cardstock, button, lime green Scrappers Floss, and Beaux Arts Blue Palette ink. I also used a white gel pen to add some highlighting on the whale.

This second card uses the same papers, along with my coluzzle and scalloped punch. I added the white around the scallop with a white gel pen. I used the stamp set "Running Stitches" and Lilly Ana ribbon on the patterned paper. It was a fun, quick, and easy card. Hope you enjoy!

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Fleur Birdies

These two items were stamped using TACs new stamp set "Fleur Birdies" I must say the scrapbook page is my favorite, but that is because it has two people in it who are very special to me, my daughter and my grandpa, who is now in his 80s.

The scrapbook page uses Lilly Ana patterned paper,
cardstock, ribbon and hardware. It also uses the White cardstock strips that I am now hooked on. The flowers were stamped in Noir Palette on white paper and then cut out, which is why the swirls that were on the original flower stems are missing.
The title is stamped in Palette Bella Rose and Chartruese using "Simple Bet" and "Swirly Bet"

This card uses Lilly Ana cardstock and Mimi ribbon. I stamped the main image in Palette Noir, the sentiment in Beaux Arts Blue (the sentiment is from the new "A Kind of Gratitude" set) I watercolored the image with my colored pencils.
The scalloped bottom was done wth my corner rounder, and the dots with the Xtreme White gel pen.
The background is the fabulous "Script Background" found in the base catty-LOVE it! and I also stamped that with Beaux Arts Blue.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

High Hopes Challenge #15-Hearts

Here is my card for this weeks challenge over at High Hopes. The challenge this week was to use hearts in our artwork, thus my choice of paper and the little heart brads. This is a tent card, so the circle goes up above the top of the card base. I used my Cuttlebug Swiss dot embossing folder in my Big Shot, my corner rounder to make my scalloped edge, and then two of my TAC punches, added a little ribbon and Voila! I think it is a perfect card for the little girl it is going to. I am going to add some stickles, but wanted to get a scan so I didn't have to wait for the stickles to dry (yes, I am impatient at times)
The little lady this is going to had seen THIS card laying on my table when she came to my house the other day, and had said "Oh, I wish that were my birthday card!" So of course I had to make her one somewhat like it...and yes, I DO "owe" her a bday card from her birthday in October. It happened to hit right after Juliana was born, and so she has been waiting...oh so impatiently...for her gift and card. (She is also a 6 year old avid stamper)

My Baby Girl

Here are some more projects using Lilly Ana cardstock and papers along with some new (and old) stamps.

This 8x8 scrapbook page was so fun to make, of course part of that is because I love scrapping my kids. The stamp sets I used are "Hello Baby" and "You Are". I colored the image with watercolor pencil and stamped the sentiment with Bella Rose. I also used the Bella Rose Palette to distress the edges of all the papers. The large scalloped strip across the top comes from the White Cardstock strips TAC sells in the back of the base catty...these were so much fun to work with that I ordered more on the last order I placed, along with some more Lilly Ana, as I have fallen in love with both. The last thing I did was place little pink buttons in the middle of each of the scallops.

This card is 4x4. Besides using Lilly Ana cardstock and paper I also used DCWV green cardstock (Apple Green I think), Lilly Ana ribbon, a circle punch and a scalloped circle punch. I then used the Extreme white gel pen around the edges of the scallop. The ink is Bella Rose Palette, and those are mini brads down in the corner.

Remember you can click on the pics for a larger view.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Fishy Friends

Here are a couple more cards using the new sets from the "Serendipity" magalogue. This one was so fun and cute to work with, and bold stamps are not usually my style as I love to color. The card is made using Lilly Ana paper, cardstock and ribbon. I also used my Coluzzle circle and the wonderful cardstock strips TAC carries in their base catty. I am now hooked on those strips. The ink is Beaux Arts Blue.

On the scrapbook page (you that is my new little cutie, Julia) I used the Lilly Ana cardstock, the cardstock strips, white cardstock, Chartruese and Beaux Arts Palette ink, along with Brilliance white on the letters. The letters are also a TAC set called "Swirly Bet"

Little Cupcakes

Here are two more quick and fun cards using the brand new "Little Cupcake" from TACs new magalogue. This first one is 4x4 sized and used some scraps of paper I had left over from other cards. The paper is all from the "Lilly Anna SWIC" and matching cardstock (besides the white of course). I also used paper piercing around the edges, a oval scallop punch, oval coluzzle, and watercolor pencils.
This second one is another card (A2 sized) using only scraps and white paper. I again used paper piercing, and watercolor pencils with a blender. I also used my Coluzzles for the circles. The ink was Palette Noir and Bella Rose.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

New Hostess Sets!

One of the thing I am most excited about in TACs new magalogue is the new hostess sets! Some customers already have the sets they want from the base catalogue and this gives them the opportunity to earn new free stamps.
Here are the two great Level A hostess sets -available with only a $100 show, can't beat that!


Saturday, January 24, 2009

Here Comes the Bride

TACs Brand NEW Magalogue named "Serendipity is on it's way to demos as we speak!!!! It is crammed full of brand new images, accessories, and ideas. I have only seen bits and pieces that other demos shared with me since mine has not hit my mail box yet =(.
I did receive the honor of being asked to make some cards for TACs Escape boards, (Escape is a convention for TAC angels) so I was able to see and play with some of the new stamp sets ahead of time.
Here are two of the cards I made with one of the new sets. Isn't this bride lovely? I used Lilly Anna cardstock on both cards, and Lilliana Tags on the first card. I also used our White Cardstock strips for the scallop edges on the pink card, along with my Coluzzle for the circles. I colored both with watercolor pencils and a Dove blender, and on one added a little bit of Stickles for some sparkle.
On the tags card you can see a small glimpse of another one of the new sets....I stamped it in Versamark for the background.
Sorry for the bad photos. The time I had to make these was, of course, Murphys law, during the time my scanner wasn't working. My camera is awful, it has been dropped a hundred too many =).

Friday, January 23, 2009

Stamped Images from Diana

My dear friend Diana and I just swapped some stamped images. I sent her some of my High Hopes and she sent me some Whipper Snapper (and a couple of others). She was VERY generous, and I have lots of images to play with. YouCan visit Diana's creative blog HERE. I am so excited. Here are the two cards I made today.
Stamps: Whipper Snapper (main images) TACs "Running Stitches" (on both) and "Tag Tidbits" (on umbrella card)

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Tweet Friend

I made this card with my Aunt Rhonda in mind (her bday is the same as my SIL Rose's) but it ended up a little more "young" looking than I had intended, so now I am not sure. Maybe I will save it for March when her daughter has a bday...she will be 13 this year, and for some reason this card looks more suitable to her.


Stamps: "Lenny's Loves Me Not" (High Hopes)

Paper: Kaleidoscope Girlz (TAC)

Ink: Palette Noir

Accessories: Watercolor pencil and blender, Coluzzle Oval and its Companion, mini brads


Wednesday, January 21, 2009

My Rosy's Card

I stamped and colored this image quite awhile when I was at my in-laws for Thanksgiving, and it has been sitting on my stamping desk ever since. This image grabbed my attention because it just screams my sister-in-law Rose's name. She is a book-a-holic and is blessed to have a job she was made for, a children's librarian.

Her birthday is coming up and that is what motivated me to finally get this image onto a card. I usually pick my papers and then color, so this was working a little backwards for me-having a colored image to find paper for. I was so excited when this "Winterberry" paper from TAC was a PERFECT match. I found that too much of this pattern was overwhelming on the card, so I found a sketch among my sketches that worked. I love the finished card, but can't tell you why. I wish the scan was a little better, but the one little lumpy item on the card caused
shadows in one area and a washed out look in another...oh well.
Stamps: Girl Reading (Stamp Affair)
"Flourishes" TAC
Ink: Palette Noir (and whatever my MIL had)
Paper: WInterberry (TAC), white and Walmart black (which only works well for layering)
Accessories: watercolor pencils and blender pen (SU!), Bitty Blossom, and a little colored plastic thingy I was sent from a friend but don't know what they them though.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Life is Short Kitty

I love this kitty set from TAC called "Playful Kitties" it is so cute and fun. I also used TACs "Life is Short" set. It has life is short sentiments for just about ANYTHING!
Stamps: Playful Kitties and Life is Short (both TAC sets)
Paper: Juliette (TAC SWIC)
Accessories: Brown and Black ink, circle punch, scallop punch, paper piercer, corner rounder, and dove blender and watercolor pencils.

Monday, January 19, 2009

High Hopes Challenge #14

The challenge this week on High Hopes Blog was to make a "card for a dude" aka a masculine card. I had a card come to mind when I started thinking about this challenge and knew what I wanted to do...unfortunatly what I had in my head refused to come out on paper. I struggled with this card from the start...I couldn't even color well for some reason. I finally gave up and this is what we have.


Stamps: Lil Fire Chief (High Hopes)

Paper: Reece (TAC) both paper and cardstock from the Reece matching collections

Accessories: Cuttlebug Swiss Dots folder, TAC ribbon, and screw snaps (TAC)

Ink: Palette Noir and TACs retired Cowboy Boots

Colored with watercolor pencil

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Sketch Challenge Horse

I made this card for yesterdays sketch challenge on SCS. I used TACs stamp sets "Happy Trails"and "Running Stitches" I also used their paper pack "Rustic Chic", brown, and ivory cardstock. I colored using my Lyra skin tone pencils.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Toodle Loo Baby Dragon

I made this card using SCSs sketch challenge #110 for High Hopes Challenge #13 which was to use dry embossing. I used my Big Shot with the Cuttlebug Swiss Dots folder for the little bit of embossing that is on mine. The paper I used is TACs "Toodle Loo" Soar with it Collection, such a fun pack of papers. I also used TACs Vanilla , or is it Ivory, cardstock. The dragon stamp is High Hopes Baby Dragon . Those dragons are all just too cute, I want more than the three that I own. I colored with watercolor pencils and a blender pen (not my Dove since both have mine have disappeared into the black hole that exists in this house =( .) The scalloped square punch is also from TAC.

Monday, January 12, 2009

OK, I Fibbed

I had said that the last dragon card post would be my last High Hopes card for awhile, but I fibbed. I had meant to work on some other things, but when I had these cute, brand new stamps staring at me from my stamping desk I just couldn't resist.
I am still quite upset with my camera and scanner. I can NOT get a good picture no matter how hard I try. Along with the blurry picture I couldn't get it to pic up any of the bling that is on the princess because of the stickles I added to it.
Stamps: High Hopes "Sitting Princess" and "Castle"; TACs "Tag Tidbits"
Ink: Palette Noir
The hardware is from some blog candy that I won, I think it was from SU!.

Friday, January 9, 2009

Stamps for HALF Price

WOW!!!! Can you believe this???It is like Christmas all over again!!! TAC™ Promotions

If you are interested in placing an order for any of these wonderful stamps just drop me a note, either here or at wayne n trudy @ (leave out all the spaces).

Don't let this wonderful opportunity pass you by!!!

Thursday, January 8, 2009

So Tweet Friend

This will be my last High Hopes post for a little bit. I used another one of their cute dragon stamps called "Lenny's Love Me Nots" I think this was the first stamp I saw that made me start falling in love with their cute images...enough to make the move from the "aw how cute" to the "I have got to get my hands on some of those"
I colored with my watercolor pencils and dove blender, although my flash once again washed out the color to some extent. The patterned paper is from my VERY old stash, the cardstock is TACs Brown and DCWV (for the photo corner.
This card measures 4.25x 4 .25" (which in case you didn't know requires extra postage- I found out the hard way when one of my cards was returned). I didn't have an envelope that size, so I made my own. Here is a link to the website that I used for my envie She has a lot of great projects, check it out.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

High Hopes Ace

I made this card for my BILs birthday. I kept it simple since he isn't going to pay the least amount of attention to the stamping details.
Stamps: "Ace" (High Hopes) and "Wishing You" (TAC)
Paper: TACs Vanilla and Brown, DCWV Blue
Colored with watercolor pencil and dove blender (both from TAC) Also used a paper piercer with a piece of plastic canvas for the holes. Ribbon from Walmart.

Year Old Cards

These two fabulous cards were not made by me but by two other wonderful angels. The Joy card was done by Mary Moilanen, whose artwork is always spectacular. The photo does not do justice to the sparkle and beautiy of this card. The stamp she used is TACs "Ornamental Joy" pretty.
The second card was done by my "grandma" upline, Avis Anderson. Again the photo doesn't do this little 3x3 card justice. The colors are so vibrant IRL. Such a cute card. The TAC set she used is called "Spirit of Christmas"

Monday, January 5, 2009

What was I thinking?

I made this card with an image from TACs brand new, not yet released, "Barnyard Birthday" (double click on the photo for a larger view)
I don't know what I was thinking when I colored the animals, just having fun playing with my colored pencils I guess. Do you have any cards like that? Ones that when you are done you look at it and go "WHAT was I THINKING?"
The other stamp set I used for the stitch framing is TACs "Running Stitches" and the paper is TACs retired"Frutti Fusion" and DCWV cardstock. I also used a little dab of Crystal Stickles on the party hats.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Is this Better?

Is this pic better than the one below?

Tail Not Waggin"

I made this card for a friend who hasn't been feeling well lately. I am hoping it will help pick up her day.

The stamps are from High Hopes, the paper is DCWV, Basic Gray, and I an unknown patterned paper from my stash. The little green posy and Bitty Blossom are from TAC.

I think my camera has been dropped a couple times too many, all my pics are a little fuzzy lately, and the camera is wigin' out on me quite often.