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

Monday, September 20, 2010

Good morning all!  After a long absence I am finally back.  I have been putting in lots of overtime at work (quarter end-UGH!) and school work, cub scouts and now fall is here. With fall comes allergies in over drive!! I managed to make 1 card this weekend and worked on some altered paint cans for my upcoming craft show-between naps.  My allergies are real kicking my butt!

Todays cards uses my new stamps from Gina K.  I've been admiring her stamps for sometime and went a little crazy with my 1st order- I ordered 4 sets!! My card today features a couple of stamps from the You are Not Alone set.  This set is beautiful.  I love the sentiments in this set!

My card is for this weeks challenge over at the Etsy Inspired Challenge.  This week they are featuring Pegasus Maiden shop which specializes in some very pretty hair accessories.
My inspiration comes from this piece:





I love this piece! It's in my favorite
colors-black & white!








Here is the card it inspired-
Very clean & simple- 1 dp, 2 colors card stock-black & white. I've used my cuttlebug and the dots folder, my Martha Steward lace doily punch and my nestie circle die  The black & white ribbon is from Making Memories.  I used black rhinestones in the flower centers to give it a little touch of glitz.

Thanks for taking a look and I hope to be back again soon, lol! Enjoy your week.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

WOW! I hadn't realized how long it's been since my last post! The start of the school year is so hectic and I have only 1 child!  I don't know how you mothers of multiples do it.  Greg works nights so I pick Jordan up from the after school program, fix dinner, go over homework, try to fit in time to read with him and before I know it it's bedtime....for both of us!

I have a little project to share with you.  I love easel cards and now love the one's with the drawers.  This one has 4 little drawers and I've made it for a friend of Jordan's.  She and her twin brother will be 8 and the party is Saturday so I've made this in the colors of her room and will get some girly-girl stuff for the little drawers-earrings and such.  My card portion uses the sketch from this weeks Sketch Saturday challenge.

I love making things for little girls and seldom get the chance.  I hope she doesn't think it's too frilly, lol. Here's a few more photos so you can take it all in, hahaha.  I'm very happy with the outcome-this is my 1st attempt at the little drawers and they are so easy.





























I have to give kudos to Kristine who provided a wonderful tutorial on her blog for this design! Her directions are super easy to follow and the drawers come together in no time!  You can find her tutorial here.

Challenges:
Sketch Saturday:  the sketch
Stamptacular Sunday:  distress it
Stampin for the weekend: shabby or vintage
Stamp Something:  something cute
FabNFunky: whateva
Wild Orchid:  pearls & pins (and of course these gorgeous flowers)

Thanks for taking at peek!