Monday, November 30, 2009

Sparkle and shimmer

I finally pulled out my shimmery card stock.  I love this stuff but tend to hoard it ... along with patterned paper and ribbon :)

I also found some great blue shimmery paper and decided to make a card with all the shimmer I could muster ...

 If you've never used shimmer cardstock before its great for a subtle shine ... like when you shine a light on fresh snow, how it glitters and sparkles like there are diamonds hidden in it.  Thats what this paper always reminds me of.  The blue shimmer is just as amazing, although the photos don't capture the shine well.

 Thanks for stopping by!

{Supplies - all PTI}
Stamps: Background Basics: Spots & Dots, Big & Bold Wishes
Ink: Enchanted Evening
Paper: Shimmery White, Evening Sky
Embellies: Enchanted Evening satin ribbon

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Trim a Tree

So every year on the weekend after Thanksgiving the girls and I put up the Christmas tree.  We acutally did it the Wednesday before Thanksgiving this year, but we did not light it until after Thanksgiving (I'm a big proponent of celebrating each holiday, not skipping ahead to the next one)

My youngest always puts the tree topper on ..

 and thankfully my oldest kept the dog occupied ...

 I told them they both had to smile pretty tho and get some better pix :)

Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend!!

Friday, November 27, 2009

Fundraiser Thank you

I am really loving my new Turning a New Leaf set.  So I decided to make some thank you cards for the families who are bringing their kids to our Parents Night Out Fundraiser.  This is to help support my daughter's trip to Australia next summer with People To People.  We are super excited about the opportunity and really appreciate everyone who has helped out.

 I love the greens and brown together and I am totally digging the huge sentiments in Big & Bold Wishes

These are 3x6 cards that we are going to send home with the kids.


Thanks for stopping by!

{Supplies - all PTI}
Stamps: Turning a New Leaf, Big & Bold Wishes
Ink: Dark Chocolate, Spring Moss, Ripe Avocado
Paper: Rustic Cream

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

The more you play with your computer ...

... the more you learn how it works.  I just (now after what like 3 years of having it) learned how to adjust photo lighting levels in Photoshop.

You have been used to seeing pictures like this ...

 Its not bad, but thats the best my little 100W lightbulb can do.  I don't like using the flash because it tends to washout the colors.  And now after all this time ... look what 1 command in Photoshop can do:

 Same picture ... just adjusted.  And you thought that was cream card stock!  :)

These thank yous are for folks who are supporting my daughter's People To People trip.

Thanks for stopping by:

{Supplies - all PTI}
Stamps: Giga Guidelines
Ink: Pure Poppy, True Black
Paper: White

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Raspberry Suite Color CHallenge #19

Armed with Dawns colors and my new Fergie shoes

I set to work this morning and created this card for my niece:

 I used In Bloom, Friends Til The End,  Fancy Flourishes, and the new tattoo font set, Big & Bold Wishes from PTI.  I also finally got to play with my Extreme Elements set from SU!  I think I love grafitti!  :)

If you look closely you can see the Wish Big behind the sentiment.  I loved the story of the tattoo font in this set and find the smaller sentiments useful for lots of occassions.  The othe background flourish in the banner is from Extreme Elements.  This set has fab grafitti elements (the big splatter on the card base is also from this set). 

So how'd I do?

Stamps:In Bloom, Fancy Flourishes, Big & Bold Wishes, Friends Til The End (PTI), Extreme Elements (SU!)
Ink:(PTI) Dark Chocolate, Aqua Mist, Momento Tuxedo Black
Paper:Dark Chocolate, Raspberry Fizz, Spring Moss, Aqua Mist (PTI), Pale Plum (SU!)
Other:Copics - Raspberry Fizz trio, Spring Moss trio, Lavendar Moon trio

Friday, November 20, 2009

Another birthday card ...

This time of year I do lots of birthday cards ... most of my family have birthdays between September and December.

This card is for my oldest sister :

The metallic layer is a cut up tin cookie sheet (the throw away kind you can get at the grocery store).  I ran it through my Big Shot and then colored it with alcohol inks.

Inside I continued the pumpkin theme.  My sister's birthday is on Thanksgiving this year and she waits all year for pumpkin pie!

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Birthday Forest

Just have a minute before running off to church for youth group.  This is my brother's birthday card.    His birthay is this weekend.  I wanted to do a forest themed card because of the view from their backyard.  The moved to Spokane WA this past summer and the view is to die for!

The layout was from Beate's sketch challenge.  I didn't get it turned in on time, but I loved the layout.

I used my power piercer (forgot to thread my sewing machine :P) for the pierced border

Inside I added a few more trees to continue the forest theme

Thanks for stopping by!

{Birthday Forest card supplies - All PTI}
Stamps: Holiday Tree, Mega Mixed Messages, Polka Dot Basics
Ink: Spring Moss, Ripe Avocado, Dark Chocolate
Paper: Rustic white, True Black, Dark Chocolate, Bitty Dots spring moss, Tea Leaves Ripe Avocado
Embellies: Wood vintage buttons, rustic button twine

Monday, November 2, 2009

Simple Birthday

Just time for a quick post tonight.  A simple birthday card for a friend.

{Birthday Wishes supplies - all PTI}
Stamps: Giga Guideline
Ink: Plum Pudding
Paper: Vintage cream, Lavender Moon
Tools: CB Embossing folder Swiss Dots
Embellies: Plum Pudding Dotted Satin Ribbon