Monday, May 25, 2009

I'm still here!

Unfortunately, my camera card reader is not. :( Seth seems to have hidden it *really* well so even though I have been stamping, I have no way to show you. Sorry.

Please keep our Solders, Vets & their families in your hearts & prayers on this Memorial Day.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Sketch Challenge 225

Yippee another Sketch Challenge Completed. *Wink*
My Daughter got the Man's Best Friend Stamp Set from the Easter Bunny this year. One of the cuties *needed* to be used for my Nephew's Birthday Card last week.
Here is the Sketch:

Not *only* did I borrow her stamp set, I also borrowed her Stack 6 paper. I *love* it. It just seems to fit so perfectly with the stamp set. I *may* have to 'borrow' some more from her. Do you think she'll notice?
Here is my card:
And last, but not least, here is the insert:

Materials Used:
SU Stamps: Man's Best Friend, Birthday Wish;
SU Paper: Chocolate Chip, Creamy Caramel, Pacific Point, DSWV Stack 6
SU Ink: Close to Cocoa, Pacific Point

Monday, May 11, 2009

Backpacks for Teachers

Last week Splitcoast Stampers posted the coolest Backpack Box Project. Since it was teacher appreciation week I decided to make them for the kids teachers. They were fairly easy to make and Mary Arima had excellent step by step directions. *wink*

I made the pink one for Maggie's teacher and the blue ones for Ethan's teachers. I put Tootsie Rolls in the big pockets and I stamped Thanks on a tag and placed it in the small pocket. I used the Poises and Polka Dot Jumbo Wheel and my new Versamark Dazzle (frost) pad. The jury is still out on how much I like the ink pad. The 'shimmer' doesn't seem to be even, but it could be user error?!?

Well, If you were their teacher would this make a nice Teacher appreciation gift?

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Happy Mother's Day!

Last week was very productive for me. I will be posting the cards throughout the week. In honor of Mother's Day I made my Mom and Mother-in-Law the following cards. My Moms has the Red Rose stamped with the Sanded Background stamp and on my Mother-in-Laws I used the Swiss Dots Cuttlebug Embossing folder.
Oh Yeah, I actually used SCS Sketch Challenge 226. (Yep, I got another one done. I am *still* 7 behind! ) I love the Wild Wasabi accent. I never got into the color when it was avaliable, now I am regretting it.
*note to self- stock up on the In Colors before July

Here is a close up of the butterfly. I used the Gelly Roll Pen to sparkle it up some.

Materials Used:
SU Stamps: Flight of the Butterfly, Sanded;

SU Paper: Cameo Coral, Rose Red, Regal Rose, Very Vanilla, DP: Wild Wasabi, Regal Rose;
SU Ink: Rose Red, Clear Star Gelly Roll Pen;
SU Accessories: 1 1/4" Circle Punch, 1 3/8" Circle Punch, Scallop Circle Punch

Friday, May 8, 2009

Look what Spicy *Made* me do!

A few weeks ago my friend Spicy, should us what she did with some Designer Elements on her wall. She told us how she used a 'Floating Frame' (which I had never heard of before then) to mount it and then hung it on her wall. Well, she made it look so good I had to give it a try.
I ordered the Hostess Offering Home. Unfortunately, it was just a tad too big for the floating frames that I could find. The helpful girl at Michaels suggested making my own. I found a frame on clearance (and then got it marked down more because it was scratched -Score!) and the nice one I wanted.
The hard part was having the patience to get it finished. I bought some dowels and my brilliant Hubby came up with (jokingly,i think) to cover them in electrical tape. Well that is what I did.
In order to hold the glass in place I used some of Clays leftover hardware to hold the glass. It is a good thing Clay has such cool tools. I got to use these to drill the wholes:
Well, This is how it turned out. I am planning on ordering some accents to use on the wall.
I am debating between
filigree and dotted flourish.
(Edited to add, page 20. The link seems to show the whole catalog)
I am leaning toward the filigree. What do you think?

Friday, May 1, 2009

Sketch Challenge 221

So I am seriously behind in my goal of getting one sketch challenge a
week done this year. I *finally* finished another one. :)
So here is the challenge:
I have been dying to try this set. I have it double mounted so that the image and saying are on opposite sides of the block. I am loving it this way!
And without further ado, here is my interpretation:
I made this card for our neighbor. About 2 weeks ago Clay had the brilliant idea to buy two trees, one for the side yard and one for the back woods. Unfortunately, when they dropped the 400 pound trees off last week they left them in the drive. *rolleyes*

Last Monday Clay and I dragged the first tree to the side yard. Oh Yeah, did I mention that it was raining? That left one more tree to plant. Since it rained and Clay worked late the next few nights it was our plan to plant it on Saturday Morning. Well, we totally under estimated how hard it would be to move to the backyard. Luckily the neighbor took pity on us and helped Clay drag while I pushed. In true Sara fashion, when we were about 20' form the destination, the guys stopped pulling and the tree smacked me on the face and knocked me down! Well, several ice packs later the tree was finished and there was no way we would have gotten it to the backyard without his help. So I wanted to give him a Thank You card. I still need to make a sweet treat to go with it, I am thinking nothing says thank you like a container of fudge. *wink*

This is the simple insert.
Don't you feel the need to stamp something inside?
This has become an obsession of mine recently.

Materials Used: SU Stamps: Totally Tool;
SU Paper: Basic Black, Basic Gray, Basic Gray DP, Whisper White ;
Ink: Basic Gray, Bordering Blue, Brocade Blue; Accessories: Brads