Sunday, September 28, 2008

3 Little Birdies

I made this set of 3 cards featuring one of the new Fall Supplement sets, "Fall Harvest". It's a very versatile set - look for more card samples later this week.

Here is a close up of one of the cards:

All the printed paper is from one paper collections - "Rustic Chic". It's one of my favorites because of the variety of colors & prints. The ribbon is from Bags and Bows. (Thanks Lisa H for coordinating that ribbon purchase!)

Friday, September 26, 2008

Rounding up some money for a good cause

Ali's school has a Relay for Life team and they always have fun events throughout the school year for the kids to help raise money. Yesterday was "Western Day". The kids got to dress up in Western wear if they brought in 25 cents. Here's my little cowgirl:

Daddy braided her hair. He did a good job, didn't he? (Sad to say, I am pretty inept at hair stuff.)

I did my own good deed yesterday and I gave blood at a blood drive at the school where I work. (And got this t-shirt.) I've wanted to donate again and it was just so convenient having it at work. Once again, my "slow bleeding-ness" made me the object of a little extra scrutiny, though. At one point, I had 3 blood collection techs watching my blood drip into the bag. (Were they trying to will it to flow a little faster? lol)

Visit the Red Cross "Give Life" donation site to find a blood drive near you. It doesn't take long (especially once you do it and get a donor card) and doesn't cost you a thing. A very easy way to make a difference and save a life!

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Quote of the week...

I'm currently reading "The Whistling Season" for my book club. This passage made me chuckle:

"...Father did make one last try at grasping Rose's cookery-free existence:

'But you were a married woman - how on earth did you and Mr. Llewellyn eat?'


LOL! My kinda woman. :-)

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Red cards

I made a set of cards for my Mom as part of her Christmas present. No two are the same, but they're all predominantly red - her favorite color. Here are my 4 favorites.

The scroll paper is from a discontinued Basic Grey collection. I love that paper and was really bummed when they discontinued it. :-(

I love this Bella stamp! I had to buy it the last time I placed a Bella order. I wish the lighting on this had been a little better. DH just bought me some new stuff for photographing my cards and I'm still getting used to it. Anyway, this card is made with 2 of my favorite cardstocks from The Angel Company - Scarlet and Brown. Both are such deep, rich colors! The Scarlet is very heavy and crisp - it takes such a gorgeous impression in my Cuttlebug. (It's hard to see, but I used the swirl folder on the red layer.)

This is one of my favorite all-time Angel Company stamps, Gerbera Daisy. I think it's fun to color and it's such a generic image that I can use it for a lot of different cards.

I think Bikeabella is so much fun! I love the little dog in her bicycle basket. :-) Hmmm, I don't think that would work with Dixie (my 70+ pound lab)! I absolutely love the striped paper, but it's something I found in the dollar spot at Target a few years ago, so I will never see it again. Bummer.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Cards - Finally!

Yay! I've finally made some time to stamp. Below are 2 card samples that I made for my yahoogroup list, MidMOstampangels (

The above sample was made with Spring Dream (stamp set) and A Little Whimsy (patterned paper), as well as cardstock (colored CS by DCWV), black brads and Prismacolor pencils.

This second card was made with the Floral Collage Trio stamp set and Winchester patterned paper/cardstock, as well as TAC's Ivory cardstock, Prismacolor pencils and a Creative Memories mini-square Shape Maker. The image is stamped with Burnt Umber Palette ink, which was also lightly sponged around the edges of the image. I love using Burnt Umber whenever I want a vintage or "grunge" look.

If you haven't seen it yet, check out The Angel Company's latest Fall Supplement: There are lots of great new stamp sets, including ones for autumn/Halloween.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Ali's Room

Alison loves her new room! It's done except for hanging up pictures & her new shelves. Her room is too small to get a full size picture of the wall (no matter how I contorted myself!), but here's a few pictures to give you an idea:

She has 2 striped walls, one pink wall and one white wall. (Eventually I'll paint the bedroom and closet doors white.) I think this room will indulge her current love of pink yet grow with her. If she "outgrows" the pink, we can repaint that wall white or brown and add thin brown stripes to the pink stripes (mimicking the quilt pattern more). It was a lot of work, but it does look cool. And she loves it!

Take It Back...

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Weekend project

As her reward for (finally!) keeping her room clean, we have been getting ready to redecorate Ali's room. (Jess & I spent a day and a half in there this summer and came away with 3 tall kitchen garbage bags of garbage and 6 brown paper grocery bags of books, toys & clothes to give away. The big clean up really helped inspire Ali to keep it looking nice.) Here's a before picture of Ali's room, as well as a closeup of the wallpaper border.
As you can probably guess, we have not decorated Ali's room since she was a baby. (Hey, she's the one who wouldn't keep her room clean! We've heard lots of whining over the past few years, but have held firm.)
Originally, I thought I'd get the room prepped and get the first coat of paint on the walls Friday night. (Why do I always get these crazy ideas in my head?!) OK, that wasn't happening, but surely I'd be able to get the room all ready to start painting first thing Saturday morning, right? Ha ha ha... I'd overestimated how much energy I would have left by Friday night and WAY underestimated the amount of stuff Ali had taped, thumbtacked and otherwise fastened to her walls.

Anyway, I did finally get to start actually painting Saturday afternoon. Ali wanted stripes to coordinate with her new comforter ( Here's the sketch of what her striped walls will eventually look like:

I got the inspiration for the pattern from this blog: I was disappointed that she had not included dimentions for the stripes - I was left still struggling with that. So, I first planned mine making all the stripes equal to 1, 2 or 4 notebook paper lines. I divided the # of inches in my wall (140) by # of the notebook paper lines (20), so come up with stripes that were 7, 14 and 28 inches wide.

Here's Ali hard at work sanding (we had to do some spackling where there was residual glue from the original wallpaper border): Here's one of the partially completed walls:
When it's all done, Ali's room will have 1 white wall, 1 "Muted Fuschia" (pink) wall and 2 striped walls (white/pink/brown).

After an entire weekend of prepping and painting I will be so glad when we're done! Ali is SO excited about her new room, though, so it's all been worth it. She is certain that she is going to have the BEST bedroom!