Friday, November 28, 2008

These are busy B's!!!!

Happy Black Friday! I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! I had a great day, except hubby went to the football game so we were not together! But I ate so much turkey, dressing and pot/gravy- sooooooo much and it was absolutely yummy! Today I was up and out the door at 4:30am with my oldest son and we were home around 12 noon. I only got a couple of things that I needed to get though, others were sold out! Ugh, which means 4 more weeks of looking for it.
Today's card is a wonderful Alota rubber stamp and I just love these bees. They are working so hard (well most of them) to prepare this tree for the most wonderful holiday tree ever. I really did keep it simple in that I used garden green on the card, layered it on real red and that is about it. I did use liquid applique on the popcorn and it is adorable how it pops up just a bit. The ribbon was another $1 bin ribbon at Mike's! Love how it works.
I am off to have leftovers today- have a Blessed Weekend!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

From My Home to Yours

Well happy SNOWING day- it is still snowing here in Michigan, looks much like this little cottage at my house! I keep thinking it is time to get out the skiis- and it is so Brrrrrrrrrr cold! I sent my son off this morning, worried to death of the slippery roads- Oh yes, for those that have followed the new 16 year old driving saga- he got a car this last week and I have definately gotten gray I think in the last 5 days! Yikes.............

I also wanted you all to take a look at my fundraiser bar over there on the side! I got 2 more packages of card this week from Olga and Jacqueline! I am getting close to my goal of collecting 100 cards from my friends and readers so please, if you have cards laying around think about joining this cause. You can read about my Blog Candy for a Cause HERE - you could win some goodies too!

Oh yea, the card, this is Edwin with his lantern standing outside the little cottage welcoming visitors on a cold evening. I just love this guy- does he not look like the sweetest kid? (probably doesn't ask his mom for gas money, or come in to the house 15 minutes late, ........... ) The DP is from a paper stack that I got a year or so ago so I can not remember what it is, the gold ribbon is from Micheal's dollar bin and you know what- I LOVE it. They had lots of colors, it is wide satin so I tell you go and buy it. I colored Edwin with copics and do you see how I did his sweater so that it has areas that are very light, almost white? Well I have no idea how I did that but I am pleased, yeah- I know that Claudia and Suzanne can do it so expertly but I have not gotten that down pat yet. But pleased with this one all the same.

Thanks for stopping in- hope to see you around and please, leave me a note that you stopped and were here.


Monday, November 24, 2008

Sweet Snowman

I wanted to participate in the Friday Sketch Challenge and boy did I have a hard time with this weeks challenge. For one, the shape of the card is much different than I am used to. I had this image that I colored using SU markers and the aqua painter in blues- well then I had to find paper that was winter/holidayish to go with it and I had nothing. So I resolved to this SU DP that I had in my stack (and can't recall the name). The image is Kathy with her snowman from Precious Moments, which since a lot of people have asked me about these stamps I will tell you that they are no longer being made. I got mine from trading or purchasing on ebay. I do love the images and I collect the figures as well. I used certainly celery and bashful blue for layering and the little snowflake brad is from MM.
I have finally finished all my holiday cards and then someone asked if was sending out Thanksgiving cards! Wha....................t? Of course not, I can barely stay afloat as it is, which is a shame b/c I have the cutest Thanksgiving PM stamp too! Ugh, dare I try to push out a few this evening? We shall see.

Did you notice my Cards for a Cause counter is going up? I am only 29 cards away from 100 (my goals) so I hope to get a few more in the mail ladies! IF you want to join us, just send your card donations for RMH- post here that you need my addy and I will send it to you. You can win SU goodies too!
Have a good one!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Goofy Birthday

Good Morning! I was finishing up my card making binge and my hubby says to me, "Can you make a card for Lynn's grandfather who is turning 81?" Well I mean I was a little blurry eyed and thought what kind of card do you make a man turning 81? He tells me he likes fishing, wildlife and that is about it. I do not have any fishing stamps and just couldn't think of anything and then I remembered the gruffie with the cake. I pulled out my sentiments and the first one I saw was this one and I love it and can never find the right card to put it on. THIS was it. The image is colored with copics and then I added some stickles to his cake. The paper is from a Basic Grey Two Scoops and the colors all worked well with my Blue Bayou from SU. Simple, not too frilly and kind of funny, figured when you turn 81 you just gotta laugh at those birthdays! Then I find out that Lynn had asked Hubby to ask me to make him a card- had I known that I would have made him a few to choose from but it was already 11pm on Sunday and I had no energy left so I hope he likes it!

Have a good ones ladies!(and any gents that stop in!) Don't forget my Blog Candy for a Cause- we need your help and you'll have the chance to win some Stampin Up product too! I got another 16 cards from Josette- thank you so much! Check it out HERE.


Friday, November 21, 2008

A Simple Wish

I hope today finds all of you doing well as we are coming closer and closer into the holiday season! I know I am starting to feel a little pressure now, with 2 teen boys it gets much harder to plan ahead and purchase gifts because they, well they are much more expensive for sure but also you gotta find them with all the right "bundles!" So I wish you all lots of luck with those holiday purchases and hope you find what you need to please all those little ones in your lives.

Today's card is a Magnolia card. The church is a stamp that my sister in Finland (exchange student) sent to me this last summer. I have only ink'd it a couple times but never been happy with the outcome of the image when I was done so I honestly don't think that I have ever posted anything with it. I just colored the church litely, I wanted it to be white so I used a light gray copic to give it some color and thena light blue to add some color to the windows. Using E31 and E33 to color the windows, door and shingles. The snowman, I found this image in a pile of them I had and I was so happy as I had seen him on Claudia's blog and loved him- and so to find him make me so happy! I just cut him out and popped him up a bit so he stood out from the church. I think it is a very simple card but states what it needs to. Hope you enjoy!


Card Candy for RMH Update: I got 25 cards from Cindy yesterday and then I got 2 from Vickie- THANK you so much for helping me out ladies! I am actually over half way to my goal.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Cardinal Christmas

I was working on my holiday cards and remembered that I had stamped these images out after borrowing this set from a friend to make my mother her Christmas card. So I set out to coloring it with my copics and once again, I think it turned out better than I personally thought it could. The sketch is one that I saw on Claudia's blog and thought it was so pretty. I layered the cardinal on Real Red and then used my SU DP Dashing to layer it on. I used my MS lace border punch to cut the River Rock and the SU photo corner punch to cut the river rock and dp and layered them. I then pierced each of them which I think just adds a little depth to the corners. The red strip down the middles is embossed with my snowflake cuttlebug folder. The flower is made with the SU 5 petal flower and one of the little flowers from the Flower trio punch(spring punch). The little tag is from y CB dies and Merry Christmas is from the hostess set Best Yet (I only stamped a portion of the sentiment to fit the tag. I finished off the card with a little stickles on the berries and popped the flower up to hang the tag on. I think that my mother will feel very special receiving this. I don't think that she reads my blog so it should be a surprise too!

Take care and hope to see you back soon!


Don't forget about my blog candy HERE! I got 18 new cards for my rmh candy cause- thanks ladies!

Have you seen the new Whimsy Stamps? Denise, right here in the US has expanded and is starting her own stamp company and her images are adorable. I can't wait to see what else she adds! Check her out!

Sweet n Sassy is also having an anniversary- with lots of goodies too!

Monday, November 17, 2008

Happy Monday!!! I don't know about you all but if you look out my back door at my table and chairs it looks like a huge birthday cake with lots of white frosting on it- it appears to be at least 6 inches. My evergreen trees are all soaked in the snow and if they had lights on them it would be the perfect holiday photo I must say so myself. The snow started yesterday afternoon, HUGE white soft flakes like you see in the movies and within about 3 hours we had all this snow. The kids were hoping for a "snow day" but that didn't happen- it is Michigan we can handle this much!

Onto the card, sticking with the snowy theme here I pulled out on of my only winter themed stamps and started on this. The paper is new paper that I found at Micheal's the other day: Christmas Cheer by K&Company. The colors are so vintage and yummy. I colored Kathy and her snowman with my copic and I am really thrilled with how they came out. I am always in awe at some of those other ladies and this card makes me feel better since I am no where near as talented as they are. The little flower is cut out with my SU 5 petal flower and then a prima is used, the ribbons are SU burgundy and olive. This is actually my submission for the Friday Sketch Challenge- didn't I tell you that I was going to get better at participating in those? Well I made 5 cards last night (not following challenges except this one) so you will get some goodies to see this week.

I also want to say thanks to all the ladies that have sent emails to get my address to send cards for the RMH Cause. Please join me in this Candy for a Cause which you can find HERE.
Stay Warm!

Friday, November 14, 2008

Donkey Love

I just had to share this sweet little card. Michelle O sent me some images of these cute little donkeys and I just finally got a chance to pull them out and work with them. Is he just not the cutest donkey? Short of being alive............ those big eyes and his little ears pulled down. You just can't help wanting to love him up. I used SU mustard DP series and layered on brilliant blue. I used my scallop punch and punched the DP and turned it over and layered those on another scallop punch done in blue. This entire card is 'popped" off of the base and I love how it looks! I have a plan for this card but I can't tell you what it is.......................... hope you like it!

Have a fabulous weekend!

And thank you to Alexandria for presenting me with this award! It was so sweet of her and I am suppose to choose several ladies to give this to but there are so many of you and most already have it so I am giving to anyone that doesn't have it yet!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Friday Sketch

Hello All! I hope that you are all having a Fab week! I was suppose to have an appointment last evening and they cancelled so I got the evening off- to craft of course! So I set a goal to finish a couple challenges since I have not done any in what seems to be so long and I really do get inspired by them. So, here is my first one. This is for the Friday Sketch Challenge, they posted a sketch and I thought Oh that is easy and then I had to think a few times over and over because I knew the image I wanted to use. This is a Hanglar image that was sent to me, the DP is from myK&Co paper pack and I love it- it is so yummy! It has glitter swirls already on it (which is nice cause it saves me time and makes it look like I did a lot of work!) I used sky and Blue Bayou on it as well. This card also fits another challenge for Stampavie vs Magnolia which is to make a card only using 3 colors.

Have you been to Fran's blog? No? Well you gotta check it out, she is one fabulous lady and crafter and you will want to favorite her site. Plus she is giving away some goodies now. Go on, I know you want to!

You will want to check out this one too! Stempelguri

Kristine's candy is good too!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008


I have to share this with you- this is the ULTIMATE Blog candy girls! Go to Claudia's blog- the first thing you will notice is that Claudia is a fabulous crafter, you are going to be amazed at her works. Secondly, she has so yummy candy up, Four, yes I said four prize packages up for grabs. You need to do a few things to get it but that is what makes it fun............... plus you are going to want to come back over and over to her blog. I check it DAILY! So go and have a looksie!

I will try and get back this evening with some actual work!

Monday, November 10, 2008

Candy for a Cause Update and a cute card too boot!

This was a card I made last week for Cute Card Thursday and never posted, time just slipped away from me. I used a Barely Banana card and layered some DCWV baby paper pad. The image is a RAM image that was sent to me so I honestly can't tell you what the name of it is. I layered the image on barely banana as well. The circle on the bottom is wasabi- the colors all came together so well and then I had to put in the flowers to follow the sketch. I didn't have any little baby items to dangle there- charms would have looked so nice.

Hey- also, I put my ticker up on the top right side so we can keep track of cards that come in to support my Candy for a Cause- see post a couple down. If you have a chance to make some cards and send them- I know they would be so appreciated! If you do email me and I do not respond in 24hr- please post here and tell me to email me your addy. I have found a few in spam box! Thanks to Darlene Pavlich for sending my first 10 cards!

Ta ta- heidi

Friday, November 7, 2008

Lasting Summer

I couldn't help but post this because it is the last remnant of summer gone by. It is getting cold here in Michigan, we had snow flurries last week and well it is time for sweaters and jackets and I made these cards in the summer and love the springy/summery feel of this cute card. It is a precious moments stamp and I used some SU DP as the base and layered some DCWV paperpads and blue grosgrain from SU. Of course, the nestibilities! I love those things!

Then this card is made with pink bazill and made with Colorbok soft striped paper on SU celery cardstock. The stamp is another Precious Moment (One Another is the name I believe). These little people are just so cute, sweet and summery. I do have some winter ones that I will pull out and start on but like I said- just had to capture one more day of summer for ya! I colored these with my copics- these were some of my first actually.

I hope that you have a wonderful FALL day and thank you so much for stopping in!

Don't forget my blog Candy for a Cause in my post under this one.

Need a Lift?

This little image was sent to me by someone but I can't even recall what type of stamp it is, reminds me of Amuse but I can't say for sure. I had colored this a month or so ago and set down to putting into into a card the other night. It is such a cute little image and I had to hunt around for a sentiment and guess what I pulled out? Yep- it is Amuse! I got this little friends sentiment when I was out in California a few weeks ago- just a simple little saying but it means so much! The DP is one of many in my drawer of papers so i can't recall who makes it but I mounted the image on wasabi and barely banana adn then used real red for the border punch. It is a fun bright card, kind of reminds me of the colors I used in pre-school! Come to think of it, it looks like a card I would have made in preschool (stick people, flowers, LOL!)

And if you have not seen my Candy for a Cause- please check it out, would love to see more people involved. It is one post down.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Candy for a Cause.........

I have a strong desire to do something for someone else............ and give each person that helps me a chance to win some goodies! Honestly, don't you always feel bettter after you have done something that you know will make someone else smile? I know I do! So here is what I want to do- we have a local Ronald McDonald's House that is affiliated with the University of Michigan. I feel blessed that I have healthy children as I honestly do not know how those parents can do it. RMH is home to many sick children and their parents while their little ones are inpatient or getting treatment of all sorts. I want to collect cards for them to send out, I am looking for general cards such as Thinking of You, You make me smile, Thank you, I am there for you, Friendship ......... anything you think that they would use.
My goal is 100 cards- so please help me reach that goal- and all you ladies over seas/Canada - you have lots of time to mail those cards to me- I will leave this open until December 1st. I will then draw a winner on Thursday December 4th.

What you will win: SU Everyday Celebrations, SU Fancy Fibers "Annie", SU Eggplant hemp twine, and SU metal edge tags.

So- here are the details:

1. Send me a card/envelope that I can give to RMH families and I will give you an entry for EACH card you send me. Email me at for my address when you are ready to mail them.

2. Post a link on your blog spreading the news of this Candy for a Cause and I will enter you in the contest- please leave a comment here that you have done this.

Thank you so much for participating in this Candy for a Cause!


Holiday Blast Blog Candy!

Ok, I have to share because Suzanne has a fabulously awesome blog, this woman has creativity oozing from her. I would love to spend some time just sitting and watching her work (as I did with Claudia) because she just inspires me. So today she put up some wonderful BLOG CANDY and well, to enter I have to tell you about it. Of course, whether you go is up to you- because the more that sign up, the less chance I have at winning. LOL! No, if you only go for the inspiration- you will be happy you went! Go- you only have until the 8th!

THEN, to top that off- you can win Whiff of Joy stamps from Bev! Now is today not looking brighter already. Please stop in and check out Bev's blog- she is another talented lady that will inspire you!

You want more candy? Try this Stampin Annie's!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Don't Throw Out My Card!

I am actually hosting a tag swap on SCS and so these are a few more that I am making. Right now- I am so into making tags which is good since it is coming into Christmas and I always love to use handmade tags for my gifts. This is a cute snowman that has dressed up like a reindeer (inkyantics) and I just love him. I layered him on glorious green and the red is actually some cardstock I got from Colorbok when they closed out their warehouse here in Michigan. I put a little glitter on them and they just sparkle (and so do I!)

Next I have to show you this, when I was out in San Diego last week I stopped into this stamp store and if you ever get to SD you should pay them a visit. The owner is so nice and the ladies that work there are very helpful as well, it is called Stamp Addict and they have sooooooo many stamps inside this little store- it is unbelievable they could get so many in there. Anyways, I was looking for a fun/silly stamp to put on the back of my cards and I found this one- isn't it funny! I thought it was.

Anyways- have a great week all my friends and thanks for your comments.


Sunday, November 2, 2008

Thursday Cheers

This little card I put together for a friend, just to say HI and lets get together and chat. It also fits the Thursday Cute Card challenge which I might add, I have not participated in forever! I have just had too much going on. So I will enter this one for that.

You must check out Camilla's blog candy- I have her on my blog list: sweet yummies for you and you will not want to miss out on them either! Go- what are you waiting for?