Saturday, October 31, 2009

FS143: Miss Boo

I have known Miss Boo (aka Jen) for years now! I love her new CAS (clean and simple) feature on SCS. Did you know that Jen was the brains behind Featured Stamper? YES! (Nods)

This is the card I decided to make based on Jen's card {CAS34 Happy day}

I changed the colors -- flipped the card to horizontal and changed the stamp set. I also eliminated the ribbon and put the sentiment just below the main image.

I loved the hint of pattern behind the main image, so I made a trailing star pattern with fresh snow ink on the kraft base. A scalloped oval in chocolate and an oval in red with a stamped image (tree from Reindeer Kisses/Our Craft Lounge) with dark chocolate ink. I stamped the star with chocolate on avocado paper, then trimmed the star and placed it atop the tree. Some globs of stickles on the tree and star....and the sentiment in chocolate complete the card. Simple....easy!

stamps: Reindeer Kisses {Our Craft Lounge}
paper: kraft, chocolate, red, avocado
ink: chocolate, fresh snow
misc: punches, stickles

Craft Critique Article: Scor-bug

Did you see the article I wrote for Craft Critique on Scor-bug? Check it out {here}! It's all the buzz {get it, buzz/bug.....oh, never mind}

Saturday, October 24, 2009

FS142: Rachelhope13

This week's featured stamper is Rachelhope13. The card I selected is {Witchy Boo} . I loved the look with small sentiment and the patterns of various colors on the main base of the card.
stamp set, colors, used button instead of dew drop, used ticket corner punch instead of corner rounder

I decided to use patterned paper to make the main base of the card (instead of stamps). I found some DCWV winter stack paper and thought it would be a good fit! I used the sentiment from OCL's Merry Wishes}. Instead of a dew drop, I used a button (papertrey) and a ribbon. The sentiment is stamped with black ink on real red cardstock, the v-cut is hand trimmed.

This was such an easy card to make -- it would be so simple for mass production! Tomorrow is my baby's 12th birthday - Happy Birthday Karen Suzanna!

Stamps: Merry Wishes {Our Craft Lounge}
Paper: white, real red, designer paper (DCWV)
Ink: black (ranger)
Misc: ribbon (unknown source), button (mayarts), ticket corner punch (SU!)

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Happy Birthday Isabella & FS 141

This week has been a BLUR of activity (again) -- yesterday the older four had a swim meet from 1 - 4 and then last night was Silaikafest 2009. We decided to combine the older 4 birthdays and have a costume party/fundraiser. The kids collectively decided to ask their friends to not bring birthday presents, but instead bring donations for Hannah's Hope Fund. Hannah is in class with Xavier at school. I had no idea how many people were coming to the party - but we had a blast decorating and decided that no matter what -- it was going to be a BLAST! Todd and I even dressed up for the occasion! My parents showed up as the Big Bad Wolf & Little Red Riding sister, Mary was so much fun! We raised nearly $1,700 for Hannah's Hope Fund, with the potential to have more donated by Thrivent! The whole fund raiser will then be doubled by the Sunshine Lady (Dorris Buffet, sister of Warren). We really wanted to teach the kids about paying it forward....and the feeling you get when you help others.

At times, I was a bit overwhelmed with excitement about the whole party -- it was so awesome to have all our friends and family there enjoying themselves for such a good cause.....and it makes me so thankful to know that I have six healthy children.

THANK YOU to everyone who came out and helped with the party! THANK YOU to Mr. Twisty, who came and made countless balloons for the kids -- and thanks to everyone who helped clean up!

I think we had about 100 kids and there were very few tears, only a few spills -- but there was a TON of cake, pizza and other goodies consumed!

So this week, I made my featured stamper card with the holiday in mind -- Halloween is coming right around the corner -- YIKES! This month is FLYING BY!

I found {THIS} really awesome card by Riley! I decided to use Ghostly Greetings (Our Craft Lounge) as the main image and change the colors to Halloween colors (orange and black). I loved the clean look of Riley's card. I changed the ribbon and just spiced up the sentiment area. The dry pressure embossing is from cb embossing folder set, just a different edge.

Happy Birthday to my Isabella Ray, who turns eight today! Isabella is my first little red head! Love you Bella Bean!

stamps: Ghostly Greetings (OCL)
paper: White, black, DCWV designer (orange)
ink: black, copics
misc: CB folder, star punch, designer label punch, dimensional, may arts ribbon

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Phew! {Catches breath}

October is such a crazy month for me! I am working on all kinds of projects and this happens to be the beginning of birthday season! Last Sunday Todd and I went to Boston with friends to meet up with some high school friends. We went to the Patriot/Ravens game and really had a great time. Although I am a Giants fan, we really enjoyed watching the game. Todd was able to get 29th row - FIFTY yard line seats. I could smell Randy Moss (and he sure stinks)....just kidding! He did pretty good! We cheered for the home team (because we wanted to get out of there alive!). We enjoyed watching Tom Brady!
Wednesday, Victoria turned 10 and I turned 25 (well, Bella said I could be 25 this year, I am really a smidge older than that).
-- here she is with Grandma and Grandpa just before we left for dinner and a concert (Keith Urban and Sugarland). We were lucky enough to be sitting in the section where Keith came and sang (once in front of us on the floor, once a few rows behind us at the end of our aisle!).

It's fire safety week here in NY - firefighters have been visiting the school and at preschool - we went to visit the firehouse! Fun stuff! They even had a blood hound (search dog). Sophie called it a bloody murder dog....Maybe she watches too much tv!?!?!

Friday, I surprised the girls with tickets to David Cook. He came to a local club and there were many crazed fans (older women) who refused to let the girls move in front of them (it was a standing room only show). There were very few young girls there (which surprised me) ad one woman actually made a comment about my parental judgement because I brought the girls to the show. She told me there would be a mosh pit and they would get injured (really? David Cook?)....some of the women (who I can only describe as the Cougar crowd) were vicious. We ended up going to the side of the room where the was a half wall. The other side of the wall had all the equipment and the side of the stage. The sweetest security guard took pity on their height he brought the three girls over to the other side of the half wall....and then escorted them to the front row, side of the stage...where they had the best seats in the house. When David (who rocked the house) finished and walked off the stage with his band....the girls were handed the drum sticks and guitar picks from the set! Needless to say, there was no mosh pit....but we did walk away with lots of memories....

FS140 {Glowbug}

This card was made for Todd's business partner, Scott who turned 40 yesterday. I decided to take {Chris' card} and change some of the elements - I liked the Halloween, but not Halloween theme - so I kept that! I used a white base and dry pressure embossed it with the swiss dots folder. Then I spritzed and sponged it - spritzing with coffee glimmer mist and sponging with dark chocolate ink. I cut the designer paper with some decorative edge scissors and sponged that with dark chocolate ink. I took a piece of kraft paper and dry pressure embossed that with the birds folder and spritzed it with the coffee glimmer mist. those layers sparkle AMAZING!!!! A scalloped circle (sponged w. chocolate ink) and another kraft layer punched with the marvy circle punch. I spritzed it with coffee and walnut gold glimmer mist. I took a small piece of summer sun paper, punched it with a small circle punch, then placed it on the edge of the large marvy circle. I colored that with copics to give it some dimension. The owl was colored with copics as well. I took a scrap piece of chocolate chip paper and trimmed it to look like a branch. Owl is attached with a foam square. Who is 40? sentiment printed on the computer and trimmed by hand and Happy Bird-day! sentiment punched with the word window punch. Ribbon is scrap ribbon from my stash and button (rustic) from PTI has twine threaded through center.


stamps: swinging by (Papertrey Ink)
paper: kraft, white, designer paper, chocolate chip, summer sun
ink: black, copics
misc: button, punches, decorative scissors, dimensionals , twine, ribbon,


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