Saturday, February 28, 2009

The Move Is On

I didn't have time to blog lately. To be perfectly honest, I didn't have time for much else lately besides work and prepping for the move. It's been exhausting!

painting, cherry bloomLast weekend was all about paint and window treatments. My DH said I can paint as many rooms as I want in the new house as long as he doesn't have to get involved. Well, I may have been a little over zealous, but I made several trips to Home Depot and now have 10+ cans of paint in the garage waiting until we close on the place. Now I'm a little worried how long this will take, but I'm planning on having a mellow moss wall in the bedroom, a soft sky and chocolate chip craft room and gray office. For the dining room I used a paining I own as inspiration and want to paint a red accent wall and yellow walls, hopefully it won't be too bright. Since I've been packing and buying things for the house, I had very little time to stamp. Sadly, I'll have even less time and no craft room for the next couple of months, but the new room will be a real room (instead of a loft) and will have a closet and space for an extra table.

In the past few days I was lucky to get two adorable cards! One from my big DSS sis from this round (thanks, sis, can't wait to find out who you are) and a super cute valentines card from Shelley who was my DSS sis last year. I love the layered heart and the touch of glitter. Thanks for thinking of me.

card, handmade, Stampin'Up!, stamping, priceless, valentines card, handmade, valentines


Sunday, February 8, 2009

Cold or Allergies?

Is it possible to have a cold without a sore throat? I've feeling horrible since last night - headache, stuffy nose, watery eyes, sneezing. It feels like a bad cold, but I didn't have a sore throat so does that mean it's allergies? Everyone says that even if you don't have allergies, you're likely to develop them after a few years of moving to Austin. Feeling like this for the entire cedar season?! I really hope it is just a cold.

Since I was home all day and in no shape to do anything around the house, I made a few more cards for SCS card sketch challenges. The first is a Valentine's card for my DSS Sis using SC213 sketch as inspiration. I love this hippo stamp (another image I got through WishRAK), but I need some practice with shading. The bow ties the card together.

So Hippy, Gina K, hippo, valentines, card, handmade, handstamped, scalloped punch
The second is a spring card using the SC214 sketch. I love Basic Grey papers, but I have a tendency to stash them. I just buy more and more, but feel bad using them. Well, it's a second card today using Basic Grey :) It may be a bit hard to see on the photo, but the flowers are covered with Crystal Effects to add a little more shimmer.

card, handmade, handstamped, spring solitude, flowers, Crystal Effects, Stampin'Up!
Agh, a whole day went by and all I did was make a few cards. I need to start feeling better soon.


Supplies (All supplies are Stampin'Up! unless otherwise noted) :
  • Stamps: Just So Hippy by Gina K, So Very, Party Punch, Spring Solitude
  • Paper: Basic grey, baja breeze, pretty in pink, Blush by basic Grey, Lilykate by BasicGrey, blue Bazzil, going grey
  • Ink: Chocolate chip, bashful blue, basic grey, Versamark
  • Accessories: embossing powder, rhinestones, ribbon from Hobby Lobby, Crystal Effects
  • Tools: scalloped punch, tab punch, Swiss dots embossing folder, Nestabilities

Paper Sewing

I got some adorable Willow with Cookies images through Wish RAK and got a chance to use of them for FS104 Challenge last weekend. This isn't a very typical color combo for me, but I wanted to coordinate with the DP. It's my first attempt at using the sewing machine on the card and I love it! The inside seam is just a straight stitch and the outside one is a neat cross-stitch available on my machine. I'm hooked!
Willow with cookies, whiff of joy, handmade, card, Basic Grey, Stampin'Up!, girl, cookies

(All supplies are Stampin'Up! unless otherwise noted) :
  • Stamps: Willow with Cookies by Whiff of Joy
  • Paper: Rose red, Blush by BasicGrey, tempting turquoise, whisper white
  • Ink: Rose red, tempting turquoise, creamy caramel, pretty in pink, barely banana, chocolate chip, glitter pen
  • Accessories: Prima flowers, buttons, rub-ons
  • Tools: Nestabilities, scallop border punch, sewing machine

Monday, February 2, 2009

I've Been RAKed!

For those of you unfamiliar with the term, it stands for Random Act of Kindness. On SCS that translates to sending cards to other members for no particular reason except to brighten their day. Well, today I came home to a wonderful surprise from Anne - an adorable Valentine's Day card and stamped images for me to play with (she even picked the ones I loved the most from the gallery). Anne is just incredible and takes time to leave thoughtful messages in the gallery, so if you have time, check out her gallery and leave some nice comments.

I, on the other hand, am very late with sending out my cards. I said I was going to pick a couple of people who visited my blog and send them RAKs on January 10. Hmm, does it still count if I wish it was January? So with no further adieu... The first person to link to my Blog was Amy and the person I drew at random from everyone who left comments was Marilyn. Email me your snail mail addy and I'll get these out shortly.