Monday, February 28, 2011

VSN - Dreams Come True

I just adore this fairy stamp image by Inkadinkadoo. When the VSN challenge to make a card that inspires you for Dreams Come True, I immediately thought of this image!

Here are the deets:
I had great fun making this card! I had to pull out my fairy stamp by Inkadinkadoo and a sentiment from Brave Girl by Unity Stamp Co. Everytime I think of dreams and wishing I think of a fairy granting just that. The image was heat embossed using Zing Mustard powder. The background was created dry embossing using a Cuttlebug folder and I used DCWV designer paper from the Whimsy pack.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Virtual Stamp Night - Mash Up

I am having a great time creating cards for the Splitcoaststampers Virtual Stamp Night or VSN. The challenge to make this card is called Mash Up. You must use a couple different techniques to make this card. My technique is as follows:

I inked the entire background card with Tim Holtz Mustard Seed Distress Ink. Then I used Tim Holtz embossing ink and inked my stamp to create an aged paper look by spritzing with water and stamping on the yellow ink. I used a heat emboss tool to dry. Afterward, I re-inked the image with Tim Holtz Barn Door Red and stamped the entire background page. I really like the affect it gave. Finally, I dry embossed the Asian image and gave it an aged affect by tearing and using Tea Dye ink along the edges and over it. The sentiment was stamped and aged to tie the look together.

Stamps used are from Unity Stamp Co - February KOTM kit
Cuttlebug embossing folder - Asian

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Arabian Nights

Hi everyone. As promised I finally managed to download my pictures from the dinner show at Arabian Nights that we took our 16 year old daughter to see. Unfortunately, the lighting inside and the motion did not produce too many good pictures. In fact, most of them did not come out well at all. Good thing we got bought the program guide as it has very nice shots of some of the horses. Here are few pictures that I consider good to show. If you ever get the chance to go to a dinner show I highly recommend. Just remember, you go for the show and not necessarily the food.

I am about to head over to Splitcoaststampers to check out some of the challenges for Virtual Stamp Night. I hope to play in my Doodle Room today so I can post some things for later. If you get the chance come join. Have a great weekend everyone.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Weekend Update

Hi everyone. Just a quick note to say I didn't get to do any crafting this weekend. We celebrated our daughter's 16th birthday and really been on the go for the most of it. We took her to Arabian Knights dinner show and she loved it.

Also, been busy cutting up some patriotic items for President Day and open house where I work. My Cricut has been chirping and using the Stand & Salute cartridge which is perfect for this. I will be putting a card basket together for our silent auction. Once all this is done I can get back to my normal routine of things.

Hopefully, there will be more crafting time this week. My DoodleRoom is kind of in chaos right now. I have also decided to start bumping up my exercise routine. I am going to start doing a walk/run exercise in the mornings before I head to work. That means going to bed a bit earlier so I can get up. Wish me luck!

Have a great week everyone. Catch you later.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

More Valentine's and Cartridge Winner

Here is a quick card I made using the scraps I had left over from the challenges I have been doing for Valentine's Day. This is my last Valentine Day card for the year. I placed the sentiment inside the card this time.

I have to share with you how my Valentine's Day ended with my dear hubby yesterday. He brought me these lovely flowers and then we went to a Japanese resturant for dinner. Someone there was kind enough to snap a picture of us together. He is definitely a keeper!

Now for the good stuff!!!!!! I want to thank everyone for all the wonderful comments on my blog and for celebrating three years of having a blog! I enjoy sharing crafty creations.

The winner for the Cricut Cartridge Sweethearts is:

Tracy Suzanne said...
Hi Dell. I just came across your blog. Your rose card is so pretty. And congratulations on 3 years of blogging. I had no idea how addicted I would become when I first started either.

Thanks for letting me enter. I'm now following you on GFC as tonasun.

Hugs...Tracy :)

Congratulations Tracy! Please email me your address at

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Heidi Swapp Heart Shadow Box

I don't know about you but I am having a wonderful Valentine weekend! My hubby is truly Cupid! He cleaned the entire house yesterday while I went to have a massage. Now, just when you think it doesn't get any better than that, I woke up this morning and he asked me what I would like for dinner! Did I mention he also made a homemade breakfast with bacon and eggs? He is now on a trip to the grocery store to purchase dinner items. I didn't want to make it hard on him so I suggested we eat what he made me when we first met. Since he has been in the fire service all his life he does know how to cook! What a bonus for me! Anyway, we are having breaded pork chops, green beans, and potatoes. He is such a sweetheart.

A little while ago, I was in my craft room and the song by Bryan Adams "Everything I Do, I Do For You" came on. I couldn't pass up the opportunity to dance with hubby in the living room. I know it sounds a bit corny, but we enjoy doing silly things!
Anyway, enough of my love life. I have to share what I have made my hubby for Valentine's Day.

I had the opportunity to take a class under Heidi Swapp last year. She did a shsdow box heart that you can decorate to your choosing. I must say that I was so fascinated watching Heidi and listening to her stories that I did not manage to complete my shadow box. Actually, it has been sitting in my closet in a bag waiting for me to find just the right picture to fill it up with. Well, our daughter was married this past fall, and what better time to get great pictures, so I got what I thought was a pretty good one of me and hubby and cut it down to fit in this adorable heart box! I just love the designer papers we used and the dimensional chipboard. I added the black ribbon and the crystal embellishment. I can't wait to see where he hangs this!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Butterflies & Fresh Cuts

I am so late in getting this gift out to my dear sister. Her birthday was a week ago, but hey better late than never, right? I have entirely too much going on right now. Anyway, I think once she gets this she will love it!

I created this butterfly card, actually a couple of them along with several other cards that I think she will love to give to her as part of a card keeper box. Below the card you will see the box or should I say book that opens. You can store any kind of goodies you like and even stand it up like a real book on your bookshelf! I decided to put several assorted hand-made cards inside so she can give them out to others.

For the card I used designer paper and Stampin Up Fresh Cuts to accent the paper. The cardstock is from Stampin Up and I added ribbon and the metal butterflies that I found at Michael's.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Yudu Card Shop

I purchased the Yudu Card Shop a few weeks ago and decided I would try and use it. Click the following link to find out more information. I am in the process of trying to get a video downloaded so you can see how it works. I am having issues downloading right now, so not sure if that is going to work or not. Anyway, here are couple cards I created using the birdcage screen print. I really enjoyed making these cards and can see myself purchasing more screen prints. I like the final image once it is transfered to the cardstock. It gives a very clean, crisp look and is kind of in between embossing and basic stamping. Tell me what you think.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Colored Horses and Cricut Cartridge Giveaway Reminder

Aren't these horses just gorgeous? There is a town near me that is known for horses and because of this there are a lot of painted horses placed throughout town with different artist designs on them. My hubby and I met up with some friends in town at a local Cajun restaurant that is downtown. In the town square are these painted horses. I just thought they were so beautiful and I wanted to share them with you.
Also, going into the restaurant there is beautiful horse railing. I took a close-up pic of one. It was a very rainy day today, so you can see the water on the rail.

Also, thought I would remind everyone that I am doing a Cricut cartridge giveaway on February 15th. Here is the post and instructions if you want to enter for a chance to win.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Cricut Quarter Note - Luminary

Here is another challenge project I made for VSN on Splitcoaststampers. I created this luminary and used Cricut Quarter Note cartridge to cut the designs using silver glitter designer paper. I used a navy cardstock to offset the silver glitter paper. The tealight is battery operated and you can pick these up at any Micheal's or dollar store. If you would like to challenge yourself and make your own luminary just follow this link at splitcoaststampers

I can see making many more of these for upcoming holidays. This was a very quick and easy project to put together once you have your design in mind. The first picture below was taken after the luminary was lit and the other is without it lit.

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