Friday, February 27, 2009

Hope Happens Baby!

Happy Friday all!
It's been a busy week trying to get back into the swing of things after vacation week. I wish I had more time to keep up with all of the fantastic challenges I love to participate in, but I sneak a few in when I can. I have a notebook sitting on my desk, and everyday I check out the different challenges for the day and either write or sketch them down~ so they're always here if I ever want to catch up!
I was able to get in this week's color challenge at SCS. At first the colors scared me, I don't usually go very bright (chicken!), but I really like the results! This is also the Mojo Monday Sketch for this week~ I LOVE Julee's sketches, definitely one of my favorite challenges!
I do have one more card to post today, it's for a friend at work who will be having a baby boy in about 6 weeks. This is one of my favorite House Mouse images ever! I colored the shoes using my Soft Sky ink pad and a water brush. The color is so soft and delicate, perfect! I cut out one of the shoes, and the little guy on top, and popped them up with dimensionals~ I'm a cutter and a popper! I added some Stickles to the laces and sentiment, but it's hard to tell in the pic.
Anyway, that's all for now. Thanks so much for stopping by, have an awesome day, and don't forget to smile a lot! :)
Hugs and Smiles~

Hope Happens
Stamps~ gemstone birds (Inkadinkado), hope happens (SU)
Paper~ white, pumpkin pie, kiwi kiss, summer sun
Ink~ black Archival, choc. chip, pumpkin pie, kiwi kiss
Extras~ lacey scallop punch (MS), primas, rhinestones, Stickles, brad, cuttlebug folders, dimensionals

Stamps~ house mouse, lovely labels (SU)
Paper~ choc. chip, white, green tea dsp
Ink~ black Archival, soft sky, close to cocoa, choc. chip, baja breeze
Extras~ ribbon, Stickles, circle and scallop punches, dimensionals

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

For You

I got caught up in this new show on Wednesday nights~ 'Lie to Me'~ it's awesome, definitely a new fave of mine!! But now I'm tired, it's snowing again, and I just want to get under the covers and read. I do want to share a quick post tonight though. This card was made with this week's SCS color challenge, and Mercy's Tuesday Sketch. I don't use this set a lot at all, in fact, I think this is the second time I've ever used it. I love it, I just never know what to do with it! So I went over to SCS and cruised the galleries for some inspiration. I didn't case anyone, I just grabbed a few ideas here and there (you guys all amaze me!) and I came up with this. I like it, what do you think? And if anyone has caught 'Lie to Me', let me know what you think about that too~ I think it's way cool and very interesting~ good TV, which think is kind of rare these days, but that's just me!
Thanks so much for stopping by!
Hugs and Smiles~

Stamps: One of a Kind
Paper: more mustard, rose red, kiwi kiss, white, Bella Rose dp
Ink: black Archival, rose red, kiwi kiss, versa mark
Extras: paper piercer, ribbon, half pearl stickers, dimensionals, oval and 3 flower punches

Monday, February 16, 2009

Winter Smile

Happy Monday!
I don't usually say that, but I'm on vacation for a week, so HAPPY MONDAY! And, yes I DID enjoy a relaxing TWO cups of coffee this morning! The kids have been playing outside with the neighbors most of the day and I have to say, I really haven't done much of anything! I've checked out my favorite blogs and galleries,and made a card for Beate's weekend sketch~ oh yea- this is a vacation!!
I'm quickly going to share it with you because I really should get SOMETHING done around here!
I love this image from Whiff of Joy, and it's pretty cold up here, so here is 'Winter Smile'. I stamped her in black Archival ink onto water color paper, and colored her with ink pads, a water brush and a blender pen. I added some Fruit Punch Stickles which I wish you could see better. The sentiment is a Heidi Grace rub-on on white cs, punched out with a 1 3/8" circle punch. I inked around the edge and outlined it with more Stickles. I added the MS snowflake punch with a dimensional, Stickled some more, and added a button in the center.
Well, that's it for now, thanks so much for stopping by~ and don't forget to smile a lot today!! :)

Hugs and Smiles~

Stamps: Whiff of Joy
Paper: pretty in pink, choc. chip, white, pink pirouette and water color paper
Ink: black Archival, close to cocoa, choc. chip, pink pirouette, pretty in pink, rose red
Extras: Fiskars circle cutter, circle and snowflake punches, cuttlebug folder, Stickles, button, white gel pen, dimensionas

Happy Sunday!
I'm happy because it's school vacation and I don't have to get up and go to work in the morning~ Yaaaaay!! I'm looking forward to a nice relaxing cup of coffee in the morning and not carrying it around from room to room and rushing out the door!
I got a chance to do the Featured Stamper challenge over at SCS today. The artist of the day was Julie Lacey, and what a wonderful gallery to browse through, lots of lovely eye candy!! I chose this card of Julie's to case~ I changed the colors, image, and I added a sentiment where Julie's had buttons/brads.
The lighting in here is pretty crummy tonight, the photo looks a little dull~ sorry about that.

Stamps: Lovely Labels (SU), Best Friends (Inkadinkado)
Paper: white, pink pirouette, choc. chip, Bella Rose dp
Ink: black Archival, choc. chip, pretty in pink, rose red, certainly celery, soft sky
Extras: blender pen, Stickles, scallop, circle and lacy scallop punches, ribbon, button, rhinestones, paper piercer

I hope you had a wonderful Valentine weekend, thanks so much for stopping by!
Hugs and Smiles~

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Two in One~ Vine Heart

Hi, and happy Tuesday everyone!
My card today is a combination of two challenges. Jen's Sketch For You To Try, and today's color challenge at SCS. The colors are:
Pink Pirouette or Pretty in Pink
Perfect Plum
Kiwi Kiss or Old Olive.
My Vine Heart image is, I'm pretty sure, a PSX stamp which I stamped on white card stock in Chocolate Chip ink. I colored the image using markers, ink pads and a water pen, and also added some Stickles for a little sparkle. I trimmed it very close to the edge and adhered it to my card with dimensionals. I have always wanted to trim out the center with a craft knife, but I always chicken out!
I added the buttons with glue dots, and stamped the sentiment on Pink Pirouette card stock in black Archival ink, then punched it out with a 1 3/8" circle punch and attached it to my card using dimensionals.
This will be my mom's birthday card, her birthday is coming up in a couple of weeks.
Well, I guess that's it for now~ time to make dinner! Thanks so much for stopping by, and don't forget to smile a lot today!! :)
Hugs and Smiles~ Denise

Stamps: PSX, Best Yet (SU)
Paper: kiwi kiss, perfect plum, pink pirouette, white, Bella Rose dp (SU)
Ink: black Archival, choc. chip, pretty in pink, mellow moss
Extras: markers, water pen, Stickles, buttons, ribbon, paper piercer, circle punch, dimensionals

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Three cards to Share

I have three cards to share with you today. The first one is from this week's sketch challenge at SCS.

I love Stampin Up!'s Bella Rose dp, especially with black card stock!

Stamps: Sincere Salutations (SU), Inkadinkado
Paper: black, red, white, Bella Rose dp
Ink: black Archival, Versa Mark
Extras: Red glitter ep, oval punch, ribbon, paper piercer, rhinestones, dimensionals

The next card is a combintion of Taylor's sketch and Our Creative Corner's challenge, which is to make a card/project around your favorite embellishment. I'm lovin' my Cuttlebug, so I used the Swiss Dots, and Swirls embossing folders on my card.

Stamps: Think Happy Thoughts (SU), Impression Obsession (cupcakes)
Paper: regal red, pink pirouette, white, choc. chip, real red, dp (SU)
Ink: black Archival, choc. chip
Extras: markers, Stickles, CB embossing folders, ribbon, white gel pen, scallop,
circle, and lacy scallop punches, oval cutter, dimensionals

My last card is my dear hubby's Valentine. I used Mercy's Tuesday's sketch, and The Color Throwdown's challenge for this week.

Stamps: Always
Paper: very vanilla, choc. chip, pink pirouette, riding hood red
Ink: choc. chip, pink pirouette, riding hood red
Extras: half pearls, ribbon, Stickles, cb embossing folder, circle punch,

Thanks for stopping by tonight, I always love when you do!
Hugs and Smiles~

Cool tag, and an Award

Happy Sunday!
My dear blogger friend Deena has tagged me, and it's a pretty cool 'photo tag'. I was to go to my photo file, pick the sixth photo, post it and tell you a little bit about it~ see~ pretty cool huh?!

This is a picture of my daughter Olivia (on the left) and her bff Jade in our yard this past October. They were enjoying the unusually warm fall day, laughing and playing in the leaves. Going through my photos I realized that it's been a VERY long time since I've done any scrapbooking. I want to put some time aside and get some pages done! Now I would tag Lauri!

Deena has also shared this beautiful award with me that has come from this site: How great is this?!! You know, I never thought in a million years that I would be out here blogging with you guys, but I am so glad I am because I have 'met' some of the nicest, kind hearted souls here. I really want to thank you for visiting my blog, and the warm uplifting comments you take time to leave~ I can't tell you how much it means to me. And thank you for sharing your AMAZING talent, ideas and snippets of your precious lives with me~ it really is an honor to be out here in blogland with you all!
So, THANK YOU Deena, and right back at you my friend!! I would like to pass this award on to some people who may not know it, but are special to me. They have touched me in some way, whether it was a kind word or prayer, awesome inspiration or a big cyber hug~:
Lauri, Amy, Denise, Pam (even though your not in blogland), Laura, Judy, Mellette, LeAnne, Rhonda and Cindy.
I thank you all for sharing you with me.
Hugs and Smiles~ Denise

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Hugs and Kisses

Happy Tuesday!
Remember me?? About a month ago I started having computer problems (don't ya hate that?) but FINALLY, things are back to normal. I've so missed blogging and my favorite challenges~ it feels a little overwhelming trying to get back in the groove, but it feels sooooo good too!! I can't wait to find out how my blogging friends are doing and what you're all creating!!
My card here is a valentine for my daughter. I used Monday's mojo sketch for this one. I absolutely LOVE Whiff of Joy stamps, and this little angel is just perfect for a valentine don't ya think?
Before I go I wanted to share a few pics of my yard with you~

Oh so pretty and OH SO COLD!!!! And now it's time to curl up into my nice, warm bed!
Thanks so much for stopping by, and don't forget to smile a lot!
Hugs and Smiles~ Denise