Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Take a break

Take a break...oooooohhh do I wish! :)

My baby is a month old today and she really is the sweetest little darling in the whole wide world, but adjusting to TWO kids has been an experience for our family. A health crisis of mine immediately following Robin coming home, and then my son Jake being taken to the emergency room of our local hospital last week has left us wondering if life will ever calm down!? Thankfully, and most importantly, everyone is fine and we are trying to settle into a routine. Which for me includes getting into my cardmaking corner at least once every few days! :)

So, this MFT "Take a Break" image speaks to me...haha. I coloured it with Copics and added Spica glitter to the flowers and faucet. I used a teal coloured cardstock to mount the image on after using my Ticket Punch on the corners, and sponging a pretty soft pink around the edges. I can't recall the maker of this shimmery designer paper- but isn't it beautiful!!?? I just love it! Add some sparkly paper, a few brads (coated with Stickles) and Primas and I was done.

I'll leave you with a picture of Robin...isn't she DARLING!? I just find her so absolutely kissable.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Nothing beats a good sketch!

This is based on a sketch from a few weeks ago while Taylor was having her anniversary celebrations. This particular one is TECC52JP. I used an image from Ellen Hutson's Lockhart stamps, and a sentiment from Birthday Basics by Papertrey Ink.

Other details...papers are from Urban Prairie by Basic Grey, ink is Brilliance Graphite Black and Berry Sorbet, brads are misc. from several Basic Grey collections, and I coloured in the image with my Copic markers. I added Stickles to the turquoise brad, and ran some of the paper through my Cuttlebug Swiss Dots border strip. Nestabilities were used to cut out the image and border, and the tab that the sentiment is stamped on.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

BSC63 Thanks a Latte!

I'm finally using up some of my Basic Grey Ambrosia papers. When I bought them I thought they were so cool and funky, but for some reason my creativity stalls whenever I go to use them! I buckled down yesterday and made myself use at least a FEW pieces of that wild stuff!

This is based on BSC63 from SCS and uses an image from Whipper Snapper. I know, I know, another Bella sketch and no Bella image...well, um...oh well! :) I paper pieced the coffee mug and used Copic Spica glitter on the 'foam' and my Copic markers for the handle, and also for outlining the entire image and 'steam' in one of the lightest warm grey colours. I inked the edges black and added black flatback pearls and that shiny orange gem from K & Company. The ribbon is misc. from my stash, and you might recognize the sentiment from MFT's Hot Stuff set.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

BSC62 in Argyle

I think I'm officially back into cardmaking "mode". Sleep or no sleep at night, my corner is just calling me... :)

I made this card for a friend who had a baby girl only about 8 days after I had Robin, so here's hoping those girls will play together nicely when they are a bit older!

I used BSC62 from the Bella forum on SCS for this card- even though I didn't use any Bella stamps or products...I think that is allowed every once in awhile. Instead, I used a sentiment from Inky Antics and paired it with some cool argyle prints. The patterned paper is from DCWV, while the embossing is of course, Cuttlebug. That pretty pink shade of cardstock is Sweet Blush from PTI, with matching stitched ribbon. Oh wait!!! I DID use a Bella product!! Those pale pink baubles are from Stamping Bella! To finish the sketch off, I used some Primas layered together with a pearl-type brad for the centre.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Happy Valentine's Day Teacher!!

Woohoo! I'm finally back in my cardmaking corner creating away! Robin is sleeping very well (as well as a 19 day old baby can...) so I actually have energy during the afternoon when both kids are sleeping to play around a bit with my supplies.

This card is a Valentine for my son's daycare teacher. Jake loves "Miss Jana-wynn" (his words). :)

This card uses Papertrey Ink's Teacher's Apple set, paired with Polka Dot Basics. I stamped my sentiment in Graphite Black ink, with the "Teachers" part in Pure Poppy, and cut it out using my Nestabilities, then sponged black ink around the edges. The matting for it is Pure Poppy cardstock, run through my Swiss Dots Cuttlebug folder then cut out with Nestabilities once again. Ribbon is Pure Poppy also, with a little piece of black and white from my stash. The chipboard heart is Melissa Frances and was stamped with the smallest polka dots from the Polka Dot Basics set in Pure Poppy. I added a Bella bauble to the centre of it before adhering with foam dimensionals. The card base is Kraft and was stamped with Versamark with the same polka dot stamp as the heart. All supplies are from Papertrey Ink unless otherwise noted.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Baby Girl Chocolate Cigars anyone??

Okay, so these chocolate cigars are actually a combination of my husband's and my talents...hehe. I can't believe he was stamping and I didn't take a picture!! :)

We ordered these nice pink chocolate cigars to hand out when our baby girl was born, and they came with an ugly manufacturers label on them so we decided to jazz them up ourselves. Hubby wanted something that said "baby girl" on them, and I just happened (*ahem*) to have just the thing...Papertrey Ink's Limitless Labels set. However, in my sleep deprived state there was no way I was doing it myself so I put him to work. He used Graphite Black and Berry Sorbet ink and that's about the extent of it! Quick and easy, although I did watch over him carefully to make sure he cleaned everything up nicely when he was finished. :) Anyway- consider yourselves all 'virtual' recipients of his chocolate cigars!

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Just a little nap would do me good!

Those chubby cheeks just get to you don't they?? I think that cardmaking is going to be held off for another week or so...still pretty tired as you can imagine. It doesn't help that our little guy Jake doesn't seem to be adjusting that great to his new sister- he's pretty rough and we're trying to teach him about being "gentle". Robin is sleeping GREAT though! I have no complaints there. There is something about a 4 hour stretch that seems like a miracle when you have a 9 day old baby...haha. Anyway, I'm still checking out all of YOUR blogs and love what you are creating- you are all giving me wonderful ideas for when I DO get back into the swing of things.