Monday, December 31, 2007

Maneki Neko


I was digging around my stamps and found this one...decided to dust it off and use it! There is a ton of information about the Maneki Neko. Here is what I found on Wikipedia:

The Maneki Neko (literally "Beckoning Cat"; also known as Welcoming Cat, Lucky Cat, Money cat or Fortune Cat) is a common Japanese sculpture, often made of porcelain or ceramic, which is believed to bring good luck to the owner. The sculpture depicts a cat (traditionally a Japanese Bobtail) beckoning with an upright paw, and is usually displayed in stores, restaurants, pachinko parlors, and other businesses. A raised right paw supposedly attracts money, while a raised left paw attracts customers.

Stamps: Judikins
Paper: Fabriano
Ink: VersaFine Black Onyx

I wish everyone
Peace
Love
&
Joy
in
2008


Sunday, December 30, 2007

Celebrating You...

I made these for a friend's birthday {hi elsie!}. Last night was her birthday party at Maggiano's in Bellevue. I did not get to see the restaurant but the banquet room was really lovely... It is always fun to spend time with friends to celebrate a birthday! I tucked a Nordy's gift card into her birthday card. What can be better than retail therapy?

Stamps: label classics, pure & simple upper case alpha
Paper: misc white and silver notecard from "T"
Ink: VersaFine Black Onyx
Accessories: velvet ric rac, x machine


Stamps: Happy Harmony, label classics
Paper: BG Blush
Ink: VersaFine Vintage Sepia and Black Onyx
Accessories: misc black/pink ribbon, scallop punch, coluzzle, CD tin

Saturday, December 29, 2007

Monogram Cards

Monogram cards make the perfect personalized gift {thanks pst!}.

Stamps: Stampin' up Collage Alpha
Paper: Fabriano
Ink: VersaFine Vintage Sepia

Friday, December 28, 2007

Cannon Beach, Oregon


I plan on being crafty this weekend to add more to my gallery. In the meantime, I'm going to share photos....

Thursday, December 27, 2007

A Good Day...

In previous years I would spend the day after Christmas shopping. This year I only went to one store...Target. I was unusually conservative in my purchases but am quite pleased with my great deals.

Lately I have been smitten by glass glitter so I was thrilled to find glass glitter ornaments at Target at 50% off!

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Little Book of Memories







I ended up making another coaster album yesterday. I literally made it before leaving for my Mom's house....The textured pattern paper that I used is from the DCWV Far East slab. One of the pages uses a snowflake that I inked up so it wasn't so white. I hijacked it from a store bought card that I received from a friend....that's okay right? Similar to my other coaster album, this is double sided with wallet photos taken throughout the year.

Stamps: Stampin' Up Totally Tabs, Happy Harmony & Small Script
Paper: DCWV Far East
Ink: VersaFine Vintage Sepia
Accessories: EK Success chipboard M, MM flower, Tab punch, ribbon, bling, stickles, binder ring

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Merry Christmas!!






I can't believe it is finally here...Christmas! I'm still being crafty..making cards and gifts to be given tonight and tomorrow. Here is my latest coaster album...just love making these! It is a 2 sided project. On the back of each coaster is a wallet size b/w photo...5 pictures taken through the year.

Stamps: Stampin' Up Fabulous Flowers, Bronc Buster, Baroque Motifs,Tres Chic & Tiny Talk , A Muse YeeHaw
Paper: Basic Grey Sublime
Ink: VersaFine Vintage Sepia
Accessories: Coasters, Mini Buttons, Ribbon, A Muse Creative Candy, SU Twill, Binder Ring, Misc charm, Chipboard "M", Stickles, MM page pebble

I wish everyone
Peace
&
Joy

Monday, December 24, 2007

Happy Christmas Eve!

I can't believe that it is Christmas Eve already...I think I may brave the shopping crowds {if I can find a parking spot!}. I'm excited to say that I bought a Janome "Sew Mini" Sewing Machine this morning. It has been getting rave reviews on Splitcoaststampers. I will be using it specifically for paper crafting but eventually would love to learn to sew.

Stamps: Stampin' Up Wonderful Words
Paper: misc Kraft, Basic Grey
Ink: Chestnut roan chalk
Accessories: square punch, double hole punch, misc M's $1 ribbon

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Sparkle




I absolutely love how our tree turned out. We decided to keep it "clean & simple" this year. Only 2 different styles of ornaments, glittery snowflakes and mercury glass flowers (with the exception of a glittery fleur de lis that I picked up in Vancouver!).

I'm happy to say that all my gifts are wrapped....I still need to create some gifts but as I've mentioned before, I do better under pressure.

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Bashful Snowflake

Friday was my my last day of work until January 2nd. I'll work from home a bit and will end up going into work at least 1 day during the holidays but it is so nice to have some time off. That being said, on Friday morning I cranked out 12 of my Bashful Snowflake cards along with a couple handfuls of the wrapped chocolates....there is nothing like procrastinating!

Stamps: Stampin' Up Snowflakes, Paisley Print & Tiny Talk
Paper: Avery Labels, Stampin' Up Bashful Blue
Ink: VersaFine Vintage Sepia, Stampin' Up Bashful Blue
Accessories: Chocolate Nuggets and Brown Grosgrain ribbon

As the new year quickly approaches I hope to have my garage and tv room semi-organized.

Friday, December 21, 2007

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Oh So Sweet

This card was for a Glitter Window Swap on Splitcoaststampers.

Stamps: Stampin' Up Oh So Sweet
Paper: Stampin' Up Chocolate chip and Regal Rose
Ink: Stampin' Up Chocolate Chip and Regal Rose
Accessories: $1 Michael's Ribbon, circle punch, packing tape and glitter

I'm almost done with my holiday shopping. I use to have all my shopping done by Thanksgiving...that certainly is not the case this year. I will strive to do that next year.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Basic Grey and Letterpress

One of my favorite Stampin' Up alphabets is Letterpress. I was really surprised to hear that they recently retired it from their catalog. It is such a versatile font to work with. This card was one that I made for a gal at work. I'm not much of a navy gal but absolutely love how Basic Grey teamed it up with the gorgeous green!

Stamps: Stampin' Up Letterpress
Paper: Basic Grey , Stampin' Up Night of Navy
Ink: Stampin' Up Night of Navy
Accessories: scallop punch, coluzzle, word window punch, jewels, Stampin' Up Night of Navy ribbon

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree...

Lately I have been making clean and simple cards. I love the look...it reminds me of one of my stamping mentors, Julie Ebersole aka Splitcoaststampers JulieHRR. She is known for her lovely works of art which include her "One Layer" cards.

Stamps: Stampin' Up Lovely as a Tree
Paper: Fabriano
Ink: Olive Pastel Chalk ink
Accessories: Hemp and Bling

Monday, December 17, 2007

Snowflakes

Just a clean & crisp card to share....

Stamps: Stampin' Up Snowflakes
Paper: Fabriano
Ink: Stampin' Up Cranberry Crisp
Accessories: Stampin' Up Cranberry stitched ribbon and bling

Sunday, December 16, 2007

O Christmas Tree...

I'm on the "slow" schedule this holiday season. Since I was hostessing a Holiday Gift Fair two Saturday's in a row earlier this month, it really delayed a great deal of my Christmas decorating. I finally have a tree {thanks Mike!}..... I hope to put up more exterior lights sometime this week...weather permitting and we'll finish decorating the tree on Tuesday. I just had to at least pop some lights on it tonight.

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Butterfly Boy...

This is another card out of my Splitcoaststamper's archives. I made this back in February 2006. I need dig that Paper Bag Studios stamp out again....

Stamps: Paperbag Studios, 7 gypsies, Inkadinkado, Rubberstampede
Paper: Making Memories card and misc black cs
Ink: Tim Holtz distress vintage photo/walnut stain, Stampin Up basic black/basic brown and chocolate chip
Accessories: Blue ice H2O

Friday, December 14, 2007

Little Things

Everybody has to love baby showers...cake...games...cute/little clothing....it's all good. I made this card for a gal at work that is having her first baby. I imagine that Making Memories has discontinued their Cosmo line...but it is still one of my favorites.

Stamps: Stampin' Up Happy Harmony
Paper: Making Memories Cosmo
Ink: VersaFine Vintage Sepia
Accessories:
Scallop punch, Coluzzle, Grosgrain

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Peony

This is a card that I made back in 2006! I love Peony's and couldn't resist this stamp by Impress.

Stamps: Impress Double Peony
Paper: Stampin' Up Bashful Blue
Ink: Stampin' Up Bashful Blue, Chestnut Roan Chalk
Accessories: M's $1 chocolate velvet ribbon, pop dots
Techniques: massive masking
Difficulty (1-Easy 5-Advanced): 4-time consuming masking

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Blush

Sometimes it is all about the pattern paper that a girl uses....this is a card that uses the very fabulous Basic Grey Blush line. Other paper crafter's can appreciate the fact that I only bought 4 sheets of Basic Grey Blush...only 4 sheets...such control. This is a belated birthday card for a dear friend. I stamped an upper case "B" and then used a circle punch....I wrote "belated" with my tempting turquoise marker and then inked up the edges...the lovely ribbon is compliments of a RABOM *enabler alert* on Splitcoaststampers. I can't pass up a good deal....

Stamps: Stampin' Up Pure & Simple
Paper: Basic Grey Blush, Stampin' Up Pretty in Pink
Ink: Chestnut Roan Chalk, Stampin Up Tempting Turquoise marker
Accessories: enabled ribbon, circle punch


Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Pink and Green


One of my favorite color combinations is pink and green. I picked up some great envy's and matching cards at Paper Zone. I just covered the card with some beautiful K&Co paper and voila!

Monday, December 10, 2007

Birthday Greetings!

Love Elsie Flannigan's line via KI Memories...

Stamps: Roxy Collection, 7gypsies
Paper: Stampin' Up Pixie Pink & misc Kraft
Ink: Charcoal chalk
Accessories: rhinestones, word window and circle punch, corner rounder & glitter pen

Sunday, December 9, 2007

Love Bug

Who can resist brown and pink?

Stamps: Stampin' up Olive you
Paper: kraft & Stampin' Up Pretty in Pink
Ink: Stampin' Up Basic Brown, Pretty in Pink, Close to Cocoa & Creamy Caramel
Accessories: scallop punch, coluzzle, Stampin' Up Pretty in Pink grosgrain, word window punch & white gel pen

Saturday, December 8, 2007

Asian Flair


This was made for my brother Lester. We celebrated his birthday last night and the big surprise for him is that our brother Jimmy was there to help celebrate! Jimmy travelled from North Carolina to help with the festivities. Since Lester has become a collector of Asian art {compliments of our Dad}, I thought this particular image was perfect for him.

Stamps: Stampin' Up Ancient Asia
Paper: Fabriano
Ink: VersaFine Vintage Sepia
Accessories: Hemp

We went to isushi for dinner....



Friday, December 7, 2007

Paris

I was pretty proud of myself last night. I managed to proactively design and create a card that Rylee needed for Saturday. Typically I'm frantically trying to put something together the day of the party. Luckily, the birthday girl's Mother mentioned that her daughter loves anything Parisian. When I learned that about the birthday girl, I knew that I was going to use the Cavallini Paris set. I am a huge fan of anything that Cavallini & Co. designs. I especially love their stamp sets. I recently picked up the Natural Wonders set but see that they have a Bonjour set that is "calling my name".

Stamps: Cavallini & Co
Paper: misc white and kraft
Ink: VersaFine Vintage Sepia
Accessories: Stampin' Up Blue Organdy,Stampin' Up ticket corner punch, sponge & bling



Thursday, December 6, 2007

Dancing...

I continue to dig into my card archives. One of my favorite colors to use on my cards is chocolate chip. It is such a versatile color.....love to team it up with blues, greens or pinks. My inspiration for this card is one that was created by rohla from Splitcoaststampers. She does absolutely amazing work!! I saw her Winged Thank You and did my take on her card.

Stamps: Stampin' Up Edgy Eloquence
Paper: Basic Grey, misc kraft
Ink: Chestnut Roan Chalk, Stampin' Up Chocolate Chip
Accessories: scallop punch, coluzzle, misc ribbon, Tim Holtz {sigh} tea stain

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Quote

I've always loved quotes so I've decided to start incorporating some meaningful quotes into my blog:

I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.

~Maya Angelou~

Thank You Pocket Card

The inspiration for this card is the fabulous trudee on Splitcoaststampers. I really liked how she incorporated the pocket in her square card. My dear friend bought me a top out of the blue and I wanted to thank her. I popped the very cute tag that came with the top {looked very basic grey'ish} in the pocket of the card. I love the stitching that trudee's card has but I don't have a sewing machine {yet} and started to use the piercing to do faux stitching and well, got lazy....

Stamps: EK Success
Paper: Basic Grey
Ink: Stampin Up Chocolate chip
Accessories: {Ribbons And Bows Oh My} ribbon, staple, word window punch, paper piercer and some bling!

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Simplicity...




I love the look of clean and crisp cards. I am always reaching for ribbon or bling so it has been a change for me to crank out these. It is really the Fabriano cards that make the design.

Stamps: Stampin' Up Botanicals and Carte Postale
Paper: Fabriano
Ink: VersaFine Vintage Sepia

Monday, December 3, 2007

Harmony...




I always love it when an idea hits me...I have a bunch of CD tins. I thought of putting cards in them and this is what I came up with. They will make great gifts!

Stamps: Stampin' Up Happy Harmony
Paper: Basic Grey Blush
Ink: VersaFine Vintage Sepia
Accessories: misc satin ribbon, coluzzle, scallop punch, corner rounder, xyron