Monday, September 28, 2009

Falling into a Thank You

This card is fashioned after Jen's Saturday sketch. I found this coordinating set of papers and thought I be making a Thanksgiving card with it. But it turned into a thank you note. Thanks for stopping by. T

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

A card for Karee

I made this birthday card for Karee Roe, a friend at church. I used Mercy's sketch of the week as my pattern. I love the sugar paper and the present was cut out of my Cricut Expressions. ~ Glad tomorrow's Thursday, how about you?

Sunday, September 20, 2009

My friend Gary.

My friend Gary's dad passed away this week. This family is familiar with loss, they've been in the ministry and Kimbra's mom passed a few years back. There is hope. The hope of seeing him again in heaven. I know this family well enough to say they'll be reunited and they'll be comforted by the Holy Spirit. Matt 5:4, one of the Beatitudes. "Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted." I trust that Gary and his entirely family are being comforted now.
I fashioned this card after Mercy's sketch of the week. Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, September 14, 2009

98, 99, 100!

One of my friends asked me to make a card for her friend turning 100. Wow! What an honor! I was so excited. She asked that it be feminine. What's more fem than Bella Rose? I cut the numbers on my Cricut with the Storybook cartridge. I cut them from my favorite glitter paper. Thanks for checkin' in.

I ruined Suzy/Mercy's sketch this week. Do you ever get something in your head and it doesn't work out but simply can not shake the original thought? On bother!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Green grapes and my mom.

Shortly after I was born, I was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy. A slight case on my right side but it would lead to many early Friday morning appointments to Shriner's. Early Friday morning because that was the day of the week they scheduled all out patient services. All appointments were scheduled at 8:00 AM. They called patients first in / first out. So we were often the earliest people there. My mom, mother of four, up early to take me downtown. We left early and she knew we were in for a long wait. She always took a bag of green grapes. I'm sure at the time it served as a morning snack as well as a way to pass time. To this day, I never see a cluster of green grapes without remembering my mom's selfless love.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Just in time.

I was happy to find out my friend Suzy is guest designer on Mercy's blog this month. I've had the idea rolling around in my thoughts all week. Just no time to proceed. Well, last night I finally had time to put my thoughts into a card. I made this card for my adorable friend Riley. She turns 9 in a few days. The party was today and I was ready. This card, and a Target gift card, I was done! I think she liked it, well maybe the Target card was a bigger hit. HA! See you soon, thanks!

Monday, August 31, 2009

Better Late than Never!

So Mercy's weekly sketch changes tomorrow. So I guess it's better late than never that I posted something for this week. This was made with a relatively new MFT set. I like the set, the image was fun to color. I think it's pretty obvious I'm still learning to use my copic markers. What's the sparkle paper and snazzy image without some glitter on the jewels Miss Thing is holding. Woohoo, I love the glitter almost as much as the polka dots. Have a great evening!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Catching up.

To be honest with you, I'd rather be catching up on sleep. When I couldn't sleep, I decided to work on a card for Jen's weekly sketch. I recently bought this Amuse stamp on line and was a little disappointed to find out just how tiny it is. ( Yes, I'm sure the dimensions were noted in the detail but do you know me or not? chuckle) Anyhow, since that's my disappointment for the day ~ I've got nothing to complain about and will move my otherwise joyful self along. Thanks for reading along!

Monday, August 17, 2009

Does this come in Suede?

Soft Suede that is. This is my first use of this years in colors. I think I like it best. In the past, I've picked up all six at once and to say the least, been over whelmed. So this time I'm reviewing them slowly. This is a very simple card with the new Medallion stamp. The stamp itself has such detail, where else cold you go? I wonder what it means to be called a Shelli signature stamp. Wouldn't they all have her stamp of approval?

Anyway, I made this card for my friend Sylvia. She's a great friend and colleague. ~ Going to Jeanne's after work to celebrate with a few friends. Woohoo!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Say purse and I'm there.

It's the one undeniable similarity between me and my mom. We both like big purses. So when I ran across this Karen Foster DP, I snatched up a sheet or two. ~ Thought it would make a great pattern for Mercy's sketch this week. It didn't come out as good as I'd hoped but there's always next week. Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Scrapbook & a Movie ~ teamed up with SFYTT

What could be better? Last night I joined a great group at for scraping for most ~ card making for me and a movie. I'm determined to get back into the fun of following the challenges. Yesterday, being Saturday, I threw my attempt at Jen's sketch. This is my new or should I say revisited favorite size card ~ 4.25 square ~ Tara ordered me some great perfect 4.5 square envelopes from Amuse. Found this cute DP, flower, and BIG brad at Tara's too. This little stamp set is from Clear Stamps, I believe. Anyway, the movie was cute and the crowd was fun. I told them, I needed to get up early to get to class, and I originally woke up in plenty of time but then I dosed back off in my warm relaxing bath. ~
Note to self: Stop relaxing to plan out the week OR take a quick shower to avoid the obvious time trap. Silly me. Have a great week!

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Matchy matchy!

Now, I know it looks odd for me to be up on a week night posting at 1 A M but I can't stop thinking about my Julie. My Julie has worked with me for the last 13 years and is now in what seems to be the last battle with cancer. I hate it, I'm sure she hates it, my friends hate it and I'm more than sure her teenagers and hubby really despise it! Ugh. So I pray, pray for her number of days on this earth to be fulfilled. I pray for her will to live to win out over her tired and burden body. I pray for her children, family and friends. . . .

On to my post. . . . I made a set of monogram cards for Cathy. The Cricuts ~ Mini Monograms, a free with other purchases cartridge has turned out to be a favorite. I bought the Bella Bleu paper from Stampin' Up! It reportedly used Very Vanilla, Not Quite Navy and Kraft. I love Kraft but as I think you can tell even through the ribbon, it's not a real match. But I think she'll enjoy the set. (Sorry, I tied the cards up and then realized oops, no picture.) I thought you'd still get the idea and I told you I was tired. Ha! ~ Until next time friends!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Lord have Mercy with a cherry on top!

.. . Been awhile since I blogged that is! I'm openly thanking Mercy and her 1st monthly guest, Shannan for this great sketch. After I post this and link it to Mercy's blog, I'm going to make some cards for my friend and director, Cathy Dial. We're celebrating her birthday tomorrow but then, we celebrate it all month long. She's great so it's easy. Let's see if I get her cards posted. Wish me luck and have a great evening!
Paper and Image from :Cosmo Cricket and Farmer's Market

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Calling all card makers.

Howdy. Did you have a nice weekend? I never get as much done as I originally plan but this one turned out fine. One of my co-workers asked me weeks ago for a birthday card for her 60th birthday. ~ Well Tuesday's the day. Yesterday as part of my errand running frenzy, I took a break at Tara's Personal Scrapbook store. Among other fabulous finds, she pointed out these new designer papers. I love polka dots so it was an obvious choice for me.
I started this card with Jen's SFYTT. Then I changed a little or a lot depending on how you look at it. That happens to me more often than not ~ how about you?
I cut the 60 and the scallops out with my Cricut and new Mini Monogram cartridge. I was disappointed when the 6 and 0 didn't match but not enough to figure something else out! ha!

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Summer's flyin' by!

I hope you are a having a great summer. Remember earlier this summer, I met with life long friends. Their oldest son, my friend Benjamin is leaving for Merchant Marines. He was appointed but it will be bitter sweet for him to leave his family. Their middle son Zach, has a big basketball tournament in another state. I looked across the lunch table and realized a couple of things. I don't know their youngest child as well as the teenagers and it didn't seem she had as much to look forward to as her older brothers. After I sent the first card, she sent me a butterfly pencil eraser. Isn't that sweet! This card is my interpretation of Jen's SFYTT. Have a great week!

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Small swap ~ Big fun!

Greetings! I hope you had a nice weekend, I did. Saturday, some new and old friends shared a small card swap at Tara's store. Whether it's for Cricut fun, scraping or stamping, Tara has the perfect space.
She's starting to carry stamps and there's a wonderful variety of designer paper and other accessories to boot. Back to the swap. This setting would be fabulous for any beginning swapper, the number of participants is great for those possibly intimidated by larger groups. And the talent, well just see for yourself ~ here are a few of my favorite cards minus a few that I didn't quite "reproduce" correctly. Anyway, I think Tara may offer this once in awhile. Watch her online calendar for future dates. Here's to the start of yet another great week! These wonderful works of art were created by Krista, Suzy Tyler, Tara Vu and Sharon Simpson. Thanks ladies!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Monday Mojo on a Tuesday!

Woohoo, this is better timing then I've had in a month of Sundays. Julee Tilman, thank you for this sketch. I think I may have made it just a little too big for the picture. This was fun, I used some designer paper I bought at my friend Tara's store in Allen, TX. The Personal-Scrapbook. I also bought these adorable Amuse stamps there. I grew up in Houston so summer and the beach go hand in hand. Galveston may not be the prettiest beach in the world but I've had some great times on the Seawall Blvd over the years. ~ Pass the sunscreen!

Monday, June 15, 2009

Summer's here!

Hi peeps! I had a wonderful long lunch with great friends and then took too long of a nap. I'm sure to pay for that tomorrow. I made this card for my 12 year old friend Hannah. I hope she's having a great summer. I was happy to match this Paper Pretties stamp of the month set with the Disney 'wave' paper. To me it looks like water. The card is fashioned after Jen's Saturday sketch. Thanks for the inspiration! Have a great week.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Bobbie and Brenda

This post is dedicated to Bobbie Nell, shown here just a few weeks before she went home to be with the Lord. Bobbie was my friend's Brenda chief rat killing runner. Brenda estimates we met Bobbie about 12 years ago. She was tall, sanguine and funny right to the end. Three months ago, she became really ill and was diagnosed with Leukemia. They told her it was very aggressive and estimated she had 3 weeks to live. She wanted to see her granddaughter Megan graduate high school. She and Jesus got all the way up to the graduation and she was able to enjoy the family celebration before she took her last downward spiral. Now, even in the midst of her passing, we celebrate her life, love and laughter. I pray for my friend Brenda and made this card for her.

I'm going to try to get back to creating and posting more often again. Once you get away from it, the time sure fills up quickly.

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you and yours are well!

Monday, May 4, 2009

Happy Mother's Day

OK, so my plan was to make Mother's day cards for my mom, sister, some and friends. I made this one for my mom. So, I'm a little behind. I still have time to do a few more but not ALL that was on my list. , . As my friend Robin says, "Oh for the love!"

Angie, talk about your contraband . . . . .Ribbon = Archievers. Paper = Basic Gray. Sentiment = SU. Little heart punch = Martha Stewart. Really? Need I go on?'

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Happy Birthday Amazing friend.

Good morning friends. Yesterday, I spent the better part of the day at a crop. I was determined to get a few things done. I made a few cards but mostly visited and laughed with the gals there.
Others, can be so successful in that environment. Me, I have fun but I'm easily distracted and to be very honest / way too unorganized. There. I said it, it's out there for all the world to see! Yikes.
I'm a big picture girl and care little about the fine print and nook and crannies of life.

Here's the card I made for my young friend turning 9 next week. Cheers!

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Sure it's a peep card!

Happy Easter all! Sure, it's a little late for an Easter card but I wanted to use this chick paper. I just love it! O bought it last week at Archiever's while in Katy. Since it's a little late for the holiday, it will be a friendly thinking of you / get well note. I love this designer paper, sugar paper, and the Hambo stamp given to me by my friend, Petunia. Ah Easter, should be the start of a great week for all!

This challenge is by Taylor, cute sketch!

Sunday, March 29, 2009

You make my heart Dance!

Look what came in the mail, my Paper Pretties monthly stamp! I thought it was so cute, I pushed aside all my "behind schedule" birthday cards. I like the stamp and thought it worked nicely with this weeks Monday Mojo post. I also think any one of my Copic coloring friends could have done a better job. I really need to take a class. It's on the list!

So, I have to get on those birthday cards now. Have a great week. :)

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Cricut Expressions

Hi all. I love Thursdays. Friday's coming, sure I understand it's not yet here but it's close and it's all uphill from here! This card is only my second attempt to use my Cricut. I made it for a coworkers birthday. Sure, it's simple but the recipient likes it and isn't that all that matters?

I have a question for all you avid stampers out there, how do you get the excess glue away from the curves in the phrase. I'm not even picky and that bothers me. I received my first quarter order yesterday and was already able to use my So Saffron ribbon and this cute little button. ~ Hope you're looking forward to the weekend but if you're not, find something to look forward to! ;)

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Every cowgirl needs a little bling!

Hi. So, I like sugar paper. Color wise, it seemed like a great match with this designer paper. This stamp set, from Paper Pretties is a must for any good Texas stamper. I'm thinking of glittering up her hat and belt. Maybe next time. ~ Gotta go get ready for Monday. Have a great night!

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Petunia and Changito

Hello friends. Have you ever met my friend Petunia? If you're a stamper, I bet you have and didn't know it. A couple of weeks ago she went to Austin for business. She said she'd stop by Archiver's while there. I may have asked her to pick up a crafting tool, I'd seen there before. (They do not have an online store, what's up with that?) On her way home, she mentioned she may have picked up another little surprise. What a surprise? I do love a good surprise! So what was it you ask? OK, it was this darling little Changito Driver by Stampendous! I love him! So friendly to drive his little buddy around. I paired him with Petunia's new gig. She was rightfully asked by Jennifer Meyer to be a design team member for her new site ~ Stamps and Smiles. Petunia is none other than the very talented Suzy Tyler at Inky Rubber. Thanks for the monkeys friend!!

As wild as I get :)

So some of you may remember, after my friend WilloDean passed away last October, her daughters bought me a Cricut Expressions. I know, way cool. I am so thankful. This year, Brenda and I attended a 101 class and I went to a Swarm. (A bunch of Cricut users craft together.) Fun! The event was hosted by Tara Vu, owner of Personal Scrapbook in Allen Texas. I think it was pretty apparent, I'm not much of a scrapbooker. Within a few days Tara emailed me to be sure I knew of a Cricut cartridge called Wild Card. I did not know but Tara was kind enough to order it for me.

This is my first real attempt to use it. I coupled it with the Color Throwdown # 32. I like it ok, but after the first picture, I thought it needed something. The ribbon I tried,ugh! So, I moved on to my ever favorite ~ glitter. Ta da. The matching envelopes look so fun but this one comes with blades of grass, a little unfriendly for snail mail. Oh well, nothing's perfect! ;) Happy Saturday!

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Trying to get back on track.

Hi fellow stampers and friends. I've been meaning to jump back into stamping lately. It seems I've been getting up so early for work lately, I've been going to bed in the evening. After working all day and trying to plan the reorganization of my stamp space ~ well, I'm sure you see where this is going.

So today I followed Jen's great sketch. Here's what I came up with. It was my intent to back up and catch up! But no, I decided to just start fresh and anew. I'm going to try to be more frequent with the posts but to be honest, I'm pretty busy this week. The improvement may have to start next week. Have a great day!

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Mojo 73

Hi . Happy Valentines Day. I feel so behind in my card crafting. I actually need to stock up on birthday cards. So I'm going to try to catch up on some sketches and color challenges to hopefully make something sendable. Is that a word? I like this sketch. Julee has some very talented samples. See you again soon!

Friday, February 6, 2009

Check this out! ~ Color Throwdown card.

Check this out, I made the card in the previous post just a day or two before " Color Throwdown" announced this week's colors. It fit! But, had already posted it. So, I made another with the same color for my friend's birthday. Isn't that a weird twist? Well, I thought it was but then, I am easily amused. Happy Friday!