April 30, 2009

I made another card today! It's coming back--slowly... Anyway, this is a card for a dear friend's birthday which is Saturday. I already gave her the card today (actually I made it while she was sitting there, LOL) so no worries about her seeing it early or anything. I used bashful blue paper for the base of the card and z-folded the card. For the front of the card, I scalloped the raw edge of paper and put a piece of DSP from the Walk in the Park (I think) set. The paper on the front is the reverse side of that pink paper used under the scallop.

Then on the inside I also put a piece of the pink side of the DSP. I took a piece of bashful blue and placed a piece of pirhouette pink on top of it. For the inside, I stamped a sentiment out of the friends set in the Spring occasions mini catalog. The butterfly on the front is from the same stamp set mounted on another piece of bashful blue. Then, because I was lazy and didn't want to find a corner punch, I took my scallop punch and mad the notches in the corners of the bashful blue square.

April 23, 2009

Choo Choo...

This is a card that I made today for a friend of mine little boy who will be turning one. There is almost no stamping on it. I used a sizzix extended sizzlit for the train. The animals are stickers from Martha Stewart. The lion sticker was cut apart to make it look like he was sticking his head out of the train. The piece of ribbon is also from Martha Stewart. The sentiment is from Just Rite stamps and is a pre-inked stamp. The patterened paper is a scrap of Stampin' Up DSP that I had laying around. I cut the card to be a 4x8 card. Around the outside I sponged pacific point. The train smoke is stippled in with a stencil brush. Turned out so cute! Such a simple card, too.

Robert Frost--One of my favorite poems

My commentary:  We have many things to do, but we should always take a break
and find the beauty in life.

Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening

Whose woods these are I think I know,
His house is in the village though.
He will not see me stopping here,
To watch his woods fill up with snow.

My little horse must think it queer,
To stop without a farmhouse near,
Between the woods and frozen lake,
The darkest evening of the year.

He gives his harness bells a shake,
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound's the sweep,
Of easy wind and downy flake.

The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.

-- Robert Frost

Oh my! it's been a long time since I've really done much creatively. Well, I have feeling that's about to change. The mojo is coming back!!!! I've sat down several times over the last couple of weeks to make something and nothing seemed to come to mind or to flow together. But, never fear, it's coming back. I feel it bubbling it's way to the surface, and, no, it's not gas! :D

It's been a slow month around here, and you would think that I could have accomplished alot. Well, it just didn't happen. Between being sick and too many yesses said over the course of the last year, my batteries are almost dead. Seriously. I've begun to learn to say no to people, slowly, and the charge meter is gradually increasing. Sometimes it's hard to believe just how hard I have to fall before I can truly learn a lesson. Been that way my whole life. I've always had to do and learn everything the absolute hardest way possible.

So over the course of the summer when a lot more of my responsibilities will be fulfilled and finished, I can honestly say life may find yet another version of normal for me--hopefully at a slower pace. Thanks to all my friends and family who have put up with me throughout this last year, and I offer my apologies to those who have been neglected in some form or fashion. That was certainly never the intention. I just kind of lost sight of my true goal and focus for a while.

But for now, as the poet said, "I've got promises to keep and miles to go before I sleep."

May the Lord above continue to bless each of you is my prayer for you.

April 15, 2009

It's been a while since I've posted!!! I'm still here. Just haven't had much mojo lately. It feels like it may be coming back, though. LOL so brace yourselves. :D

In the meantime, I have a couple of cards I've been meaning to share with you. The first one is an anniversary card I helped a friend with. It's very simple and elegant. I used chocolate chip paper, so saffron paper, very vanilla and sale-a-bration paper. The stamps are both old retired ones. The flower is from Long Stemmed and the sentiment is from Wonderful Words (I believe). The ribbon is some scrap that I had. The flowers are watercolored with markers in a very pale yellow and green. Just enough color used to add some accent.

The next card is for a challenge. SCS had mini pre-virtual stamp night challenge. I only got to do one of the challenges, but it was definitely a challenge for me. The idea was to use a circus element and inspiration on the card as well as the color orange. I had some retired DSP that reminded me of a circus tent (and it had orange) so I used that along the bottom of the card. The main image is from Costume Bears and is watercolored with markers. The accent papers are tangerine tango, pacific point, and bashful blue. The ribbons are bashful blue stripe the has been frayed, and a piece of pacific point tied in for accent. Along the top of the card, I used the Teddy Bears wheel in versamark. A fun card, though. I really enjoyed this one in spite of the orange (I am not a fan or orange, lol, in case you didn't know).