Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Posh Cherry Satin Sparkle

Cleaning like a madwoman today, because I suddenly looked - REALLY looked, at my kitchen cabinet doors.  Ever since toddler man started wandering around the kitchen on a regular basis, with his sticky dirty fingers, my white cabinets are ATROCIOUS!
I LOVE deep cleaning! It feels SO good (for about two seconds, before it's all filthy again!)

Just thought I would take a break and share this little box I made, using the Scor-Pal.  Posh Cherry Satin Sparkle cardstock is on sale at Discount Cardstock this week.  (Details below!)  It has these fabulous little specks of color in it - it's just gorgeous! 

June Special:
Use this code at checkout for 15% off the lowest price item in your shopping cart.

This week’s sale item is Posh Cherry Satin Sparkle 105#.
up to 50% offSale ends 7/04/2011

star stamp – The {Stamps} of Life, glittered brad, ink – Close To My Heart, ribbon – Offray

Eric and I both have family in town this week, so we will be bopping from one family function to another. .  . gotta love SUMMER!!!!
Have a terrific week!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

summer time means. . . .

The summer means that I have two kiddos who REALLY need my attention.
The summer means that there are things I'd rather be doing than sitting at the computer.
The summer means that I need to give myself permission once again, to be a BAD BLOGGER.

So don't go away.
I'm not LEAVING or anything.
But I'm probably going to be a once-a-week or so blogger again. (Or maybe even ever two weeks, if I dare!) (Or whenever I have something really exciting to report!)

This is my CPS card for the week.
My Mind's Eye paper and diecuts. (LOVE!)

 I hope that your summer is off to a great start!!!! It's about nine thousand degrees, and smoky here.
And our electric bill was about ten kagillion dollars this month. (HATE.)
But the beach is nearby.
And the pool is nearby.
And somehow. . .just somehow, I'm sure we'll make it through! (GRIN!)

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Pucker Up!

Sketch #222 at the CPS blog was sponsored by My Favorite Things.  I just adore the line of Pure Innocence stamps.  They are so sweet!!! I struggle with them though, because I am not a marker-colorer.  No Copics or fancy markers in this house.  I love colored pencils, but I don't often love the way they turn on on my cards.  This one miraculously worked out though.  I used a combination of paper-piecing, and colored pencils to add color to this sweet little image.  (And yes, I know - again with the aqua! I can't help myself!)  This fun paper collection is from My Mind's Eye and the ribbon is from Offray (I might as well go back and buy six more rolls of this aqua ribbon!) I also added just a little bit of twine from The Twinery (swoon!)

On Monday I'll pop back in and share the Father's Day card we made (well, *I* made) for the hubby.  It looks pretty stinkin' cool, if I do say so myself!!!

Have a fabulous weekend!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

retro tech and geeky!

Good morning, good morning! It's a gloomy RAINY (thank GOD!) day here today.  We need the rain SO badly, and the wildfires in FL and GA have been awful.  We stayed inside all day yesterday because of the smoke.  But thankfully, we had a MAJOR storm this morning, and things are not quite as smoky so far. And we certainly need the rain.
Okay, I have a few things to share with you today! First off, two cards. (Yes, TWO!) I created both of these with a stamp set from Close To My Heart.  It's called Retro Tech, and it has very cool vintage looking images of phones, a television, record player, camera, etc.   I have been making some SUPER SIMPLE, clean and graphic cards with these stamps.  And I love them!  They are so quick and easy, I thought I'd better share two of them today!
On this first card, I cut some squares of cardstock (great way to use up scraps!) to create the bottom border.  And i stuck a rhinestone jewel over the camera flash.

I stamped the records on Close To My Heart cardstock, using the colors Cotton Candy, Pear, and Breeze.  We've recently discussed my obsession with Aqua shades, and Breeze is probably the color that started the obsession.  CTMH discontinued the color last year, and I have never really gotten over my despair! I keep trying to stop using it. . .but I just can't. (Sniff, sniff.)  Me and CTMH need to have a serious conversation!

Have a fabulous week! I am off now to create a Father's Day card with my little men.  I won't be stamping on it, but if you want a sneak peek. . . .check out this link.  If you have a technology geek in your house, you might want to try it too!!! It's clever and cool, and PERFECT for my (adorable) geek husband. (I think it's safe to assume he won't be reading this!!!) 

Have a fabulous day!!!!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

a little more banner madness

I created this card a month or so ago, using the same cute little banner stamp from Paper Smooches "Hang Ups" stamp set, that I used on yesterday's card.  It's super simple, and sweet - just the way I roll!
I'm kind of obsessed with teal, if you hadn't already figured that it.  This Frosted Teal Prismatic cardstock is TOTALLY my go-to color.  (We've probably discussed this many times, but I feel the need to say it again.)  It's perfect for summer.  And it's perfect for winter.  And for us in Florida, those are about all the seasons we have! 
I am determined to be in bed before 10pm tonight.  Mr. "I Wake Up at 4:45am" is about to be the death of me.  Especially now that school is out, and everyone else wants to sleep in! So off I go, to clean off my craft table, and hit the hay! Thanks so much for stopping by!

Monday, June 13, 2011

birthday fishes!

I LOVE having friends close by with a like-minded stampy addiction.  That way, we can share stamps, and share ideas.  It's the best.  I made this card using Paper Smooches stamps from my stash, plus my sweet girl, Angie's stash.  (Thanks, Ang!)

This card is based on last week's CPS sketch, #221.  

We've come through our first day of summer vacation SWIMMINGLY. . .a trip to the library, 20 or so books, a strawberry lemonade and cookies from McDonald's, and then a major rainstorm this afternoon (which hopefully made our peppers, tomatoes, and basil plants VERY HAPPY!)

Have a fabulous week!

Card goodies:
Other supplies:

Sunday, June 12, 2011

my favorite and my best. . . (polaroid fun!)

I LOVE all of the new Polaroid goodies I'm seeing these days.  Stamps, digital elements. . .lots of cool stuff for making fun retro looking projects.  I don't happen to HAVE any of the cute stamps and products featuring Polaroid or retro photos . .. so I decided to attempt my own.

And, I have to say, umm. . .hello EASY PEASY!
It's a white rectangle.
With a blue square.
(Seriously, you can handle this!)

And then I stamped my cutie patootie pals, from The {Stamps} of Life.  I added a little sentiment/caption - and TA DAHHHH!!!! A Polaroid!

I had to do a little fancy work with these two boys, because I rearranged their arms, and drew the hand on.  The boy is from this month's regular release at TSOL, called Kids2Love, and some of the hair and accessories are from the Extras4Kids, this month's special release set.

Once I spent all that time on the Polaroid, I was worried that I wouldn't know what to do with it.  But I kept the card super simple, to keep the focus on the image.  Just a fun little strip of Echo Park paper, and a few tiny buttons.

I hope you like it, and I hope you have had THE best weekend!!!!! I am excited to spend the first week of summer vacation with  Mr. B, my first-grader to be!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

happiness is a snazzy color combo!

Once a week I blog over at my mom's Close To My Heart blog, and this is the card I'm sharing over there today.  And since I haven't blogged at my own stinkin' blog in almost a week, I thought I'd share it here too!

A few weeks ago I made a similar card, for The Playdate Cafe.  (You can see my original card HERE.) When I'm feeling stuck, and I don't know where to start on a project, sometimes I steal my own ideas.  So that's exactly what I did.  I loved the card I did a few weeks ago, so I just copied it using different paper, colors, and stamps.

I used Sky, Sorbet, and Sunflower together on this card.  I think it's a really fun summery color combination.  I came up with it, because the stamp pads happened to be stacked next to each other, and I thought, "Oooh, that would be nice together!" And then I came up with a few other color combos to try, that same way.  (So I have a head start, the next time I sit down to create!)

The stamps are both from the Paper Lantern stamp set. (Swooon, I love that stamp set!)

To create the card, I simply cut a bunch of  Sunflower and Sorbet strips, layered them onto a block of Sky cardstock, matted it with Sorbet, and adhered it to my Sky colored card base.  And then I added my sentiment and lantern. Super fun, and easy to do.  (My favorite things!)

Friday is FINALLY the last day of school.  (I swear, this has been the LONGEST week ever, even for ME!)  We're all looking forward to the lazy days of summer vacation! And I don't have a Kindergartener anymore!!! First grade!? YIKES!

Have a great weekend!!!!

Friday, June 3, 2011

Surf's Up, dude!

The month of June brings kids2love, the new sweet stamp set from The {Stamps} of Life! Check out Stephanie's cute video showcasing some of the great things you can do with this stamp set!

I drew some hair on my little surfer dude and I paired him up with the surfboard from summer4fun - it's the PERFECT size!  And I love the way this Sky Blue Crepe cardstock from Discount Cardstock looks like water in the background.

I have to go get the big man to school, so I better get the heck outta here! Only one more week to go!
Have a fantastic week!!!!!