Thought for the day -

"Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved." Helen Keller

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Good Sunday evening everyone.  This is a very late post but thought I would get it in tonight since it has been a while since I've posted.  I have been very busy over at Sunshine & Giggles.  We are preparing for our big blog hop on January 4th which will be introducing both a new line and a new illustrator and we are very excited.  We are also running a huge sale - all rubber stamps are currently 50% off and all digis are priced at $1.00.  Just click the sale link on my sidebar to go directly to the sale.

Tonights card is for the Midnight Madness Sketch challenge.  There challenges are one of my favorites!
Here is this weeks sketch.

And here is my card.

These photos just don't do this card justice.  This paper is gorgeous! I love the burgundy and green hues with the gold.  It's by dcwv and is from the Once Upon a Time collection and is called Enchanted Paisley.  I made my card for my parents 49th wedding anniversary which is on New Years Eve so the colors with the glitter are a good match. My sentimetnt is from Inkadinkadoo and my little love birds is by Mo Manning from Digital pencil.  You can find this image here.  My burgundy ribbon and card stock is from Stampin up.  My sentiment ink is Martha Stewart in Gold. I use little gold rhinestones for the embellishments.
Thank you for stopping by and be on the look out- I plan on being much active with my blog postings,haha!
See you soon


Monday, December 21, 2009

Good Morning everyone! Can you believe Christmas is just around the corner! I have one more gift to pick up this week that's on layaway and a few things left to wrap and I am done. I am so behind this year but it will get done.

Sunshine Monday's is on hiatus until January so today I have a few photos of the gift I made for Jordan's teacher this year.  First up is the gift box.  This was a wooden crate I picked up last year during the after Christmas sales.  Harry & David sells there wooden crates and they make great gift boxes.  They normally sell for $12.99 but I got this one for $2.49!! I picked up 4 of them.  I painted this one Black Forest Green and decorated with various dp's.


The photos are not of the greatest quality. I took my pictures at night in my kitchen and the lighting was not the greatest. Also, let me just say that my walls are NOT colored pink!! My kitchen is painted red- Cayenne Pepper to be exact. You would never know it by these photos. LOL

These photos just don't do it justice but you get the idea.

The lid slides out and I have covered it in dp. All dp was applied with modge podge and I used diamond
glaze to attach my red velvet ribbon.  The bows were attached with glue dots.

For the inside I made a stamped candle with matching card, 4 dessert plates and little gift bags of various goodies.

The dessert plates are also hand-crafted.  The plates are fabric backed and I just love this Christmas paisley fabric.  I had made several of these plates years ago and decided to try it again.
My candle and card were made using the stamp Poinsettia from Sunshine and Giggles.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope your Christmas preparations are going smoothly!

Monday. December 14, 2009

Good morning everyone! Hope you all had a great weekend.  Mine was very busy.  We finally got our tree on Saturday afternoon and decorated it yesterday afternoon.  I am behind schedule on everything this year! The house was decorated Thanksgiving weekend but we got our tree a week later than normal and I'll tell you what it was slim pickens!! We have the cutest little Charlie Brown tree, haha.

I spent most of yesterday working on some homemade crafts for teachers gifts and hope to get them wound up tonight when I get home from work.  I'll be back with pictures- so far I'm very happy with what I've accomplished- and it's only Monday. I still have until Friday, hahaha. No procrastinating here.

Todays card is for Sunshine Mondays which features a stamp from Sunshine & Giggles.  This week I used the stamp entitled Snow Day!  Doesn't this remind you of your childhood.  My card is also for 2 challenges.
The first is the sketch challenge at the Midnight Madness blog.  They provided the sketch as well as theme which is winter wonderland.  The second challenge is over at Stamp Something.  There theme is also Winter Wonderland.

I just love this dp by Paper Studios. I bought several sheets of it last year.  It goes so well with this theme.

Be sure to visit the DT's blogs for there dose of Sunhine.  This is the current design teams last week with us and they have all been wonderful to work with! Their talent and time is so appreciated.  The new team will be on deck in January with our new line and a new illustrator so be sure to stop and visit Sunshine & Giggles.

Have a great day!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Good Morning! I trust everyone is recovered from their long holiday weekend.  We had a great weekend with my brother's visit.  We went to see A Christmas Carol in 3d-awesome movie with great animation and Saturday night we went to see the Predators play (hockey).  Fun, fun.

For those of you that  may have noticed, there was no Sunshine Monday post yesterday.  But we're back today!  Today we are happy to be taking part in the sketch challenge at Tuesday Morning Sketches.
Mel always comes up with the best sketches and this week the challenge is being sponsored by Sunshine & Giggles.   The Sunshine gals are all participating in the sketch challenge so after you visit Tuesday Morning be sure to visit the design team for some great inspiration!

Here is this weeks sketch.

My card this week is a Christams card and uses the Little Guardian Angel stamp.  I was trying to follow the sketch precisely but now that I look at it (my card) it kind of veers off a little.   I couldn't get my little dove centered without covering my angel-anyhow here is my take.

This dp is absolutely beautiful but does not photograph well but I think you can see the pretty gold swirls.  It also has deep burgundy and dark green running through it. The paper also coordinated quite nicely with my braided ribbon.  In addition to the card I decided to making a corresponding project as a little gift and did a stamped candle.

While blog-hopping yesterday I discovered a new challenge-well new to me and the challenge this week was to make a decorated candle or candle holder. The challenge site is called Winter Wonderland.  Lydia, one of the posters to the challenge has a great tutorial on using digital stamps for this purpose.  If you have never done this and have a digital you would like to use be sure to check out her blog here.
Here is my candle to go with my card.

This is really a very simple technique and the outcome is just incredible to behold! Ok-incredible for me.  I love when things come together easily.

Well there you have it- 2 projects complete in one evening- quite an accomplishment for me!!
Now head on over to Tuesday Morning Sketches and have a go at this great sketch-you may get lucky and win some new stamps, hehe