Sunday, March 31, 2013

Some bunny loves you!

Mornin' hens and Happy Easter!  This is the Easter card I made for Lil' Chick and Doug!  I just love it and wow was it simple!  I started with a card base from Amuse.  I bought these a really long time ago so I'm not sure if you can still purchase them or not.  Anyway, they're super cute and make whipping up a card so quick and easy.  I stamped the little bunny image from Whipper Snapper Designs onto some Classic Crest CS and colored him with my Copics.  I cut him out and adhered him with a few dimensionals onto this paper doily.  Then to finish, I tied this polka dot ribbon into a cute little bow and stamped the sentiment onto a little tag. It just looks sweet doesn't it?  Ok, well that does it for me today! I hope you all have a blessed Easter with your friends and family!  
{{{hen hugs}}}  

Rubber Stamps - Whipper Snapper Designs, Verve (sentiment); Copics; Card Base - Amuse Stamps; CS - Classic Crest; Ribbon - Michaels; Paper Doily - Wilton

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Happy Birthday Dad!

Mornin' hens!  Here's a little card I made for my Dad!  Today is his 78th birthday!  Woo-hoo! Love ya Dad!  This is another stamp I pulled from my Stamps by Judith stash!  Uh yup, I have LOTS of stamp stashes! Shhhhh!  LOL!  I stamped this little guy onto some Classic Crest CS and colored him with my Copics.  I actually masked off the third balloon as it did read, "TO ME!" and I wanted it to say "TO YOU" instead, so I drew TO YOU using my Prismacolor fine markers.  The tricky part to coloring this image was the overlapping of the balloons.  I had to use colors that would reflect what the two colors of balloons would look like if you could see through them.  I think I did pretty good huh?  Like anyone would ever notice such details, right?  Oh well, we do and that's all that matters!  Ok, so then I stitched the image onto some SU Basic Black CS and then added it to this DP from Cosmo Cricket that I stitched onto some SU Basic Black and then SU Real Red.  The card base is SU Soft Suede.  To finish this card up, I tied on this cute gingham ribbon and added a bow tied with linen thread on top!  I hope he likes it!!  Have a great day!  {{{hen hugs}}}

Here's the inside:

Rubber Stamps - Stamps by Judith; CS - SU Basic Black, SU Real Red and SU Soft Suede, Classic Crest White; Copics; Button; Linen Thread

Monday, March 25, 2013

Here comes Peter Cottontail...

 ...hopping down the bunny trail!!  Tee-hee!  Hi hens!  Did you all have a good weekend?  Mine was very relaxing and I spent most of the weekend in my coop!  Woot-woot!  So you KNOW it was a good weekend for me right?  LOL!  So here is one of the cards I made for Easter.  This stamp is from Stamps by Judith.  I have always loved this line of stamps.  It was one of the first lines I acquired when I first started stamping.  Guess you could say that's how I got "hooked on stamping!"  {{{snort}}}

Ok, so I started my card by stamping the image onto some SU Very Vanilla CS and colored him with my Copics.  I mounted the image on some SU Early Expresso and ran my tracing wheel around the edges.  I picked this technique up from one of my idols "Anna Wight".  She's so STINKIN CLEVER!!  Ok, so then I adhered the image to this DP from October Afternoon, matted with both SU Very Vanilla and SU Early Expresso.  The card base is SU Crumbcake.  To finish, I tied on a cute brick colored button with some linen thread and added this sentiment that I printed on my computer.  Have a great day!  {{{hen hugs}}}

Rubber Stamps - Stamps by Judith; CS - SU Very Vanilla, Early Expresso and Crumbcake, Linen Thread; Button; Punch - Martha Stewart; Copics; Prismacolor Pencils

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Bon Voyage!

Mornin' hens! I don't think I mentioned to you what happened to the DH and I on the night of the wedding.  Well, if you'll stick with me, I promise, this is a GREAT story!  Ok, so as Jessica and Doug were leaving the reception, she stops and whispers in my ear, "make sure to get the envelope on Lilly's gate".  (Huh???  Whatever that meant?)  So after the guests left the reception, the DH and I were all that was left besides the wedding planner and the caterers.  We had rented an Enterprise Rent a Van for the week (total lifesaver!) to haul all the stuff to the wedding from our home and then to Jessica and Doug's new home after the wedding.  So the DH and I change clothes and for the next hour loaded all those jars, gifts, signs, cake, wedding dress, luggage from the night before, etc, etc, etc. into the van.  It took about an hour to get it loaded and then we left for their home to drop it all off. I drove Doug's car and the DH drove the van.  When we got to their home, we let Lilly out to go potty and then we started unloading everything.  We had to wrap her cake and the cupcakes up and place then in her freezer.  Then I hung her wedding dress in her closet, so it wouldn't get all wrinkled, and as we were getting Lilly's things ready (she was coming home with us while they were gone) I remembered what Jessica said about the envelope.  Sure enough, there was an envelope on Lilly's gate.  The outside was addressed to "Mommy & Daddy".  So I told the DH it must be a card for us so let's read it together.  It was a Thank You card to the parent's of the bride, and it was so beautiful! 
At the bottom she signed it, "Thank you both for making my dream come true, now it's our turn to make your dream come true.  Call me now!"  
(Say what??  Helloooo?  It's 1:30 in the morning and she's on her honeymoon!!)
But we did as directed, and the DH pulls out his cell phone and calls her.  
She and Doug answer right away and we both put our phones on speakerphone.  
She tells us to go upstairs.  So we do...
She says, "See the little table in the hall?" 
I said, "Uh-huh, the one with the Minnie and Mickey Mouse dolls on top?" 
She said, "Yes, there is an envelope under them.  Open it!" 
So we do and we pulled out this paperwork.
 She says, "Read it out loud." 
As I started reading, I finally said, "I don't understand - what is this?"
They both said, "It's a Disney cruise to Alaska! We're sending you both on your dream vacation!"  
Well, needless to say we both started crying.  
We couldn't talk for awhile and then the DH said, "You didn't need to do this!"
 They said, "You both did so much making this day special for us, we wanted to give you this!" 
I had goosebumps I was so excited, and still am!  The DH and I have wanted to take this cruise for as long as I can remember, but we figured we'd have to wait until we retire and had some extra money.  But here we are, going this year!  I can hardly believe it.  Woo-hoo! 
Ok, so this is where the card comes in. I made this Thank You card for the two of them.

This is the outside pocket which I made to look like a port hole. I cut the pocket, port hole, waves and ship with my Silhouette Cameo and stitched the edges closed. I added a piece
of transparency on the inside to resemble a window.  OMG, their faces look like ours must have when they told us! LOL!

This is the card itself.  The stamps I used are from two Stampin' Up sets that I have.  I think they work perfectly together.  I cut the sentiment with the Silhouette Cameo and stitched around the edges as well.  I added a half circle of CS at the top and attached a bow to make it easier to pull out of the pocket.  I LOVE how this turned out!  They did too!  
Now wasn't that a GREAT story?  I have the BEST Lil' Chick and new Son in Law ever!  I love 'em  both more than you know.  Have a great day!

Supplies: Stamps - Wilson's Words of Wisdom and Not So Seriously by Stampin Up; Copics; Transparency; DP - Echo Park; CS - SU Very Vanilla, Grey, Turquoise, various shades of Blue, Ribbon - Stampin Up, Silhouette Cameo; Glossy Accents; Nestabilities

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Crafting with my Cameo

Mornin hens!  Today I thought I'd share some of my craft projects I've done with my Silhouette Cameo.  Honestly, I've never bought a crafting tool as versatile as this one is.  No special tools or extra things to buy, just one machine and my computer.  Granted, you do purchase the images, but only the ones you want and for .99 cents, who can beat that?  Once you have the image, you can re-size to whatever size you need and use it over and over again (for personal use of course). And if you subscribe to the Silhouette store, you can get the images for a reduced price.  Woo-hoo! As for the lettering that you see me use a lot, I did not purchase those.  The Silhouette Cameo will cut any font you have on your computer. Great right? Of course from the multitude of wedding photos I've shown you, you know this machine got a "work out" during the wedding, but believe it or not, I haven't shown you everything yet!  LOL!  Here are a few other items I made....

I made insulated water glasses for each of the girls in the wedding party.  I don't know why, but I didn't take photos of them all.  Duh! This one was for the wedding planner.  Her favorite colors are pink and black.  The other girls' cups were done in whatever color vinyl that matched their dresses.  Jessica's was done in white or course, mine in brown, and so on.  The polka dots were in peach, tan and cream to match the colors of the wedding and each dress design was a little different depending on what style dress they wore. Jessica gave these to the girls on the day of the wedding.

I also made shirts for the girls to wear for the bachelorette party.  Jessica and her friends went to Disney World for the weekend.  Jessica wore her Minnie Mouse bridal veil and they each wore their matching shirts that read, "Bride & Co".  I cut the letters and ring design from iron on transfer paper using my Silhouette Cameo, and then ironed it on each shirt. The girls LOVED them!

I even made my gift tags last Christmas using my Silhouette Cameo.  I cut the shape and snowflake design from Kraft CS and then sponged some distress ink around the edges of each one. I made several with a Christmas tree design too but failed to snap a picture of those. Super simple and it looked so cute with my Kraft Christmas boxes and handmade bows. 

I saw this idea on Pinterest but decided to make it even cuter by using this adorable Santa face I found in the Silhouette store.  I peeled the labels off of the Germ-X bottles and made sure all the glue was removed.  Then I cut the pieces from different colors of adhesive vinyl and adhered them onto each bottle and spelled "Santa-tizer" for the back of each.  LOL!  I finished with a little bow tied with red and green ribbon, and placed them in everyone's stocking for Christmas.  Cute huh?  These are just a few of the bazillion ideas out there that can be done with this AWESOME tool!  I can't tell you how much I LOVE this thing, but if you're on the edge about whether to buy it, DO it!  You won't be sorry.  Have a great day!

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

The DH's BDay card!

Bet you'll never guess how old the DH is?  Huh?  How'd you know?  Tee-hee!  The inside reads, "...when an 'all nighter' means not having to get up to pee!"  Bwah-ha-ha-ha-ha!  Oh man, that's a good one right?  This is Gus from Bugaboo Stamps.  I just love that face of his, not to mention those fabulous legs!  Oh man, I better stop before I wet my pants too!  LOL!  Have a great day!

Supplies: Digital Image - Bugaboo Stamps; Copics; CS - SU Soft Suede; DP - Echo Park "Note to Self"; Twine; Glossy Accents; Distress Ink.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Go ahead...

..touch my coffee and see who gets hurt!!  LOL! OMG, that's so me!  I do LOVE my morning coffee!  Can't live without it.  :o)  This is Gus again, see I  told you I LOVED him!  Super simple card I made for Doug's birthday.  Ya think I might give him a complex making him a birthday card with an OLD man on the front?  LOL!  If so, he don't know me vewy well, do he?  

Supplies: Digital Image - Bugaboo Stamps; CS - SU Basic Black; Copics; Ribbon - Stamp Simply Ribbon; Glossy Accents   

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Happy Bird-day!

Isn't this CUTE?  So bright and cheery! Just like my Lil' Chick! I made this card for Lil' Chick's HALF birthday!  LOL!  She and I started doing this several years ago when a co-worker of mine told me her mother always celebrated her birthday and 6 months later, celebrated her 1/2 birthday!  What??  OMG! How cool is that!  Hey you know me, I'm all about any reason to make a card (not to mention gifts!).  So Lil' Chick and I started doing the same thing and have kept it going ever since.  This little image is from Paper Smooches and I colored him with my Copics.  I cut the card design and DP using my Silhouette Cameo. I decided to thread some skinny ribbon around the circle front and then tied on a cute bow through the two top holes.  I LOVE how cute this turned out, don't you? You hens have a great day!

Supplies: Stamps - Paper Smooches; Copics; DP - My Minds Eye "On the Sunny Side"; Ribbon - Michaels; Silhouette Cameo; Silhouette Studio

Friday, March 1, 2013

Valentine's Day Card #3

OMG! Is this not the CUTEST card ever?  I smile every time I look at it.  If you know my DH, you know he isn't much for mushy cards, so I usually stick with simple and funny!  Right up my alley.  See, we WERE made for each other!  Tee-hee!  This little image is from Paper Smooches.  Love that goofy grin on his face!  I cut the card design using my Silhouette Cameo and matted some DP behind the card front so it peeks through the design.  Then I cut a ring from a coordinating piece of DP and made a frame around the image.  I colored the image with my Copics and paper pieced his lab coat. His glove and test bottle are popped up with dimensionals for a 3-D look. To finish, I added some Glossy Accents to his glasses and test bottle, tied on some twine and attached the sentiment with a mini red brad.  BTW, the DH LOVED it!  He gave me a giant bag of Funyuns with my present. Oh my, does he know the way to my heart or what?  Bwah-ha-ha-ha!  I'm such a junk food junkie! LOL! Have a great day!

Supplies: Stamps - Paper Smooches; Copics; DP - Echo Park "Note to Self"; CS - White; Silhouette Cameo; Silhouette Studio; Twine; Brad; Glossy Accents