Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Angel Wings Sympathy

Thought I would do something different today. And I found this sketch on SCS. I am a person who loves angels as I have one in heaven. I have collected angels since the death of our first child in 1985. She was perfect in every way, but, god needed a beautiful little angel to help him out. Love and miss ya Lacey Jo.

Holly's Mom, had this set and I asked Holly, to stamp me some images of the angel, so thanks Holly and Mom. I love this set so much and just haven't been able to afford it although it is on my wish list.

So while the kids are out trick & treating. My oldest son and niece took Travis and my nephew out tonight. I figured I might as well stamp and update my blog. And hopefully get some of the goodies when they get home.

I used Textured Purple card stock for the base of the card.

Holy Triptych stamped angel in black. Colored in with chalks. And layered her on some black card stock.

I got some pretty patterned paper one time when I was out shopping and just love this paper. It is purple hydrangea. So pretty and seemed to be calling that it wanted to be with the little angel.

Inside is stamped with a verse a friend gave me.

For he shall give his angels

Charge over thee,

to keep thee in all thy ways.


I hope who ever gets this card brings them peace of mind. And the strength to move on.

Here is the sketch incase you couldn't find it.

Hope you all had a great haunting of a Halloween. Make sure and check our kids candy to make sure it is safe. We don't want to spoil the fun for them and have them get sick or hurt from the candy.

Monday, October 29, 2007

Skating Hedgie

Have you ever done a kickstand card? I think these are fun to make and are different than the norm. I don't know about you but, I get sick of the same ole style all the time.

With this card I used Holiday Hedgehogs it is retired but such a cute set. No matter what you set is this design will work with them.

I used Night of Navy (NON) cs, for the base of the card and for the base of the kickstand, also used it behind the Happy Holidays. To do the card base cut cs at 4 1/4 x 11. Fold in half and open up. You will need to cut 1 3/4 inches off the top piece. This will make it so you can add your kickstand.

Next I used SU Designer Paper that is retired. It has the pretties snowflakes on it. I trimmed that down to size and cut ribbon to go around this snowflake paper and tired a bow then I mounted on the NON base. Stamped Happy Holidays on WW with Basic Black ink and layered it on a piece of NON. Mounted this to the card at top.

I used a punched out scalloped circle that I got from a friend Sandy Scott. This is your kickstand part, on the WW one I stamped my hedgehog skating in Basic Black and colored him in with chalks. On the bottom of this I colored with chalk in lt. blue but it don't show well in the scan. On the upper half of this I used a darker blue for the sky. Mount this piece to the NON scalloped circle.

Now with the card closed you will add the kickstand as you don't want your kickstand to short or to long or it won't stand right. So put the kickstand on the card and lightly mark with a pencil so you know where it will be. Make sure it is lined up on the bottom evenly. Put adhesive on the back of the scalloped circle, just the upper half remember you don't want adhesive on the bottom or it will stick to the inside of the card and your kickstand card won't work. Once you have that mounted your done. Stand it up and see how you did.
Hope you all had a great weekend.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Frosty Returns

I found Frosty! I am so happy, he turned up missing in my collection of rubber stamps and he remade his appearance this weekend.

I got this sketch from Maria I just love her sketches she does. And she has such talent, she is a great inspiration to me.

I did change a few things about the sketch when I did my card. I did it in reverse to what Maria did, because my snowman was facing the opposite direction. And I used Frosty for my image. I couldn't find my Lovely as a tree stamp set so I had to use a different stamp for that. And I was in a hurry to get it done so didn't look real hard. The snowy tree's stamp is from Hero Arts, my best friend got it for me before I became a SU demo. I think it worked well with the scene. And instead of the round eyelets I used star eyelets I got in a kit. With knowing this here is my card and Maria's sketch. Even the sketch it's self is cute don't ya think?
I am going to play penny bingo tonight so thought I would get my blogging done early today. Wish me luck on bingo! Should be fun and relaxing to get out and be among friends. I don't get out to often with my kids.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Snowflakes Polar Style

Here is another sketch challenge card I did. This one I used SU silver paper and embossed it with the snowflake cuttlebug. It makes it look cold to me. Again and for the last time for awhile I used the polar bear. I know you are all getting sick of seeing him. But he is so cute! I stamped in basic black on ww card stock and colored in with markers on the image. For the saying I stamped in basic black again on ww and layered both these pieces of black card stock. Then layered them to the silver embossed card stock. On the bottom half I did another piece of the silver embossed cs and cut about 3/4 to and inch of that and layered that on the black and mounted it to the silver again. All of this is then mounted onto black and it really makes it stand out. The silver cs looks so nice done with the cuttlebug snowflakes.
I really hope these sketches and cards are giving you some ideas for your own Christmas cards for the year.
This past week it has been chilly in MN. Having our furnace on at night. It won't be long and that white stuff called snow will be falling.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Santa Ornament

How about something different than a card for a change. I have been doing some ornaments or you can also use them as a gift tag. Which ever you do they go quickly.

For this ornament I used scalloped circle punches. On the white one I stamped Santa from the retired Old Fashioned Christmas stamp set. The Santa face in this one make perfect for this ornament. I stamped him in black and colored him in with chalks. This has a Santa on both sides so when he is on the tree he is seen on both sides. You can whip these up so quickly and have something cute to adorn your tree or packages. Punch a hole in the top making sure that your Santa's are upright and close to the same. Add some cord for you hanger. I am thinking to add some more to the ornament is to add some white gel pen dots to each of the scallops on the red piece.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Gazing Snowmen

I made this card the other night. I got the idea from a friend Shelly Anderson, thanks Shelly. She had sent me a card about a year ago already. Wow, time flies! Anyway, I loved it and had to try my hand at it. I used Night of Navy card stock and stamped craft white snowflakes. Then I tore some water color paper so my snowmen had texture and placed them in the corners on the bottom of the card. I tore out some orange for the noses and used a black marker for the eyes. Then I stamped brrr... in light blue on white and layered that on Bashful blue and layered this on the card. This card is so easy you really need to try it. The best part of all is it uses up those small scraps we have. So dig in those scrap piles and make yourself one or a bunch for your Christmas Cards this year.
Thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Going Kimono

I also got this card in the shape swap, this one is made by Elizabeth Kratzer. It is so cute. I have never made one of these before and will be making one soon. I have scanned the front and back for you to see. She did an awesome job on this one. The white on the leaves is embossed and really adds to the design. Love the ribbon. Think I might just have to order some of that soon.

You can find the template for making the kimono here. Thanks for joining the swap Elizabeth. This is the last of my shares on the swap. There was a couple more cards but I hadn't gotten permission to post. Hope you all have enjoyed the cards I have shared from the swap.

Friday, October 19, 2007

Polar Surfing

I created this sketch myself. Aren't you all so proud? LOL I thought it would make a neat design to work with. I didn't draw one out just created the card so you will have to go by the picture of the card to get the idea.

I used again Polar Express and used markers to color him. I used retired snowflake paper from SU. I love this paper and wish I had more. To bad they retired it. The basic card is done on lt. blue textured paper and you can't see it in the scan but it has snowflakes stamped on it with white craft ink. For the circles I used the coluzzle and used the second to last line for the snowflake and for the black I used the last line.

If you make a card using this sketch please share with me by putting it in the comment area if posting your blog. Or if you give the link to it on SCS. I would really like to see what everyone does with this sketch.
Starting tomorrow I will be using a different stamp set. I know I can hear you all going WooHoo! So check back tomorrow and see what I have in store for you.

Last of the Swap

Hope you are all enjoying these. This one is flying high! Ginny Smith made this really neat kite card. The monkey is having fun flying around. He can see the world from way up high. Ginny used the slot punch to make the scalloped circle the monkey is on. Here you see the kite closed. You unwrap the kite string and inside is a surprise. This is such a cute idea, I am sure I will be making these for Birthday cards for the kids. What kid wouldn't like this as a card?
Instead of Thanks a bunch put in Happy Birthday. I love that monkey stamp and now have another reason to use it. Thanks Ginny for joining the swap and for all you girls letting me post them on my blog to share for all to see.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

More from Swap

Santa is ready for the winter with these long johns. Bright red and ready to be worn. Aren't they just the cutest? I am going to be making some of these. Now Joyce Pacer made these long johns for the swap. I will show front and back cause the back is decorated to. And it holds money! Who wouldn't love a money card like this? I sure would. Notice on the back the flap that says Merry Christmas, to cute! The money goes inside in a slit she made and out the back flap. Thanks for hosting the swap Joyce and the awesome card.

Next we have a Christmas Bird house card made by Cheryl Parker. This bird house is so cute all decked out for the holidays. What bird wouldn't want to make this his home for the winter? She has punched flowers around the opening that intertwine together. And added a cute bow. This home is ready for the next renter to move right in. Thanks for joining the swap Cheryl this was so much fun and such great cards.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Shaped Card Swap

As promised. Here is two cards I got in the swap. First one is from Judy Oswald. This is so darn cute. The cat on the broom comes off the card and is a magnet. The card opens up and has stamped inside "A Haunting Halloween" near the spider. With stars above. How cute! Thanks for joining the swap Judy and the wonderful card.

Next is a baby card that Carolyn Sharkas made. Isn't this cute? I just love the ruffle around the bib. Lots of folding on that ruffle. But it sure made the card. She did a great job. Again, thanks for joining the swap Carolyn and the card.

If you ever get a chance to join a swap do so as you get such great ideas back. I don't think I have ever been disappointed in a swap yet.

I will share more cards tomorrow.

Monday, October 15, 2007

Purse Post It Note Holder

I made this for a friend. Well I really made two of them both as Thank yous. I sure hope they like them.

Cut card stock at 3 1/2 x 11 and score at 5 1/2 and then 1/2 inch from that on both sides. This makes so it will be mountain and valley folds so that the post it paper fits inside with out it looking bulky. Stamp your card stock with snowflakes. I did the inside and outside with the same snowflakes. Punch with the word punch at the top for a handle. Put a ribbon across the middle and stamp your image on ww card stock, color in and layer on a coordinating color. Mount this to post it note cover. And your done! Now wasn't that an easy project to make? Optional: I added Crystal Effects to the scarf, skates and hot choc and heart on the cup to make them stand out more from the bear. I love the effect this give the bears.

I wasn't going to show both cause one is going to a friend who comes to my blog and don't want to spoil the surprise but she won't know who she is right? LOL

These would make cute little stocking stuffer or stamp camp project.

Tomorrow I will start to share some of the cards I got from being in a Shape Swap hosted by a friend Joyce. Got some really awesome cards to share. So check back tomorrow and the rest of the week to see what all I got. I will share a couple a day.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Water Problems

Sorry bloggers, I didn't get to get anything at all done today. We worked out in the yard getting ornaments put away and cleaning up the yard. Then we started on getting the sewer system all covered up so we don't freeze up in the wonderful Minnesota weather we get. Still have a long ways to go we ran out of leaves so might have to go and raid some yards. We will have half way to go. I sure hope the neighbors are willing to share instead of burning them.
Then I had laundry to get caught up on and boy does that pile up fast with 5 people in the house on a daily bases. So was doing that and the water stopped. Yup no running water coming from anywhere. Pure Panic sets in and you think what do I do. Well dh goes down and checks it out and can't for the life of him figure it out. We thought that the well run dry but it didn't. Called my trusty BIL who does all this kind of stuff and he come over with some jugs of water to prime it thinking that was the problem. Well he get down there in the basement and we have no pressure. You see a week ago this same thing happened and dh went down and got scalding hot water all over his wrist and got burned pretty good. So dh lowered the pressure on it and forgot about it. That is the problem we didn't' have enough water pressure building to pump out the water. So finally we have that fixed and the kids can shower. LOL, oh the fun! Now the kids are in bed, Mom is tired and Dad crashed as soon as the water was fixed. So needless to say I got no stamping fun done.
So bear with me and hopefully I will have something fun to look and and hopefully help you be creative. Really sorry I messed this up. So between cleaning house tomorrow and stamping I will have something worth wild to see.
Thanks for being patient with me on this.

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Snowflake Gazers

This reminds me so much of the Coke commercial that used to be on tv. Any of you remember this? I again used a sketch by Maria you can find her blog on long the side of my blog here. I really liked how this one turned out. They look so cold with the pink cheeks. I love bears. I am sure you can tell that by the recent posts. You will be seeing lots of bears.
I used for the main card NQN and cut the snowflake piece 2 1/2 inches by 3 inches. Stamped the snowflakes in white craft ink. The red designer paper is from a booklet from Joanne's. Still using that stuff up. I have a huge book of all kinds of designs in that booklet. The white background was done with the snowflake cuttlebug folder. I stamped and cut out the bears and mounted them with glue dots that are raised. I cut some ribbon and attached it to the NQN snowflake piece and punched a hole for the snowflake brad, then mounted this to the red and white background. Then mounted it all on the NQN base. I hope you enjoy my card.
Not sure how many of you are getting your Christmas Cards started but this should give you some ideas on making them and designing your cards. I will be sharing sketches and cards that I am making for Christmas. I am doing several different ones this year and using several different sketches. So get inspired and get those stamps out and start your Christmas Cards, as it is never to early to start them.
Have a great weekend.
Angel Hugs

Friday, October 12, 2007

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I did Beate's weekend Challenge and had so much fun digging out my old Polar Express set. I really like this set. The bears are just so darn cute! And they have been collecting dust long enough. They like to come out and play as you can see.
You can find the challenge at Each one is so unique. I love looking at what everyone creates. Mine will be linked to her site in the comments area.
I used Real Red and stamped some snowflakes with Craft White Ink, used the coluzzle to cut the half circles. I used the last one for the black on the large round one and one in for the red. I stamped Flannel Background on the main card with Real Red Ink and layered the Polar Express on to Black and onto the card. I think it turned out cute, what do you think?

Happy Holidays

Are you all ready for another sketch challenge?

I used the old Polar Express set. I love this set it is so cute and I think it will be a long time favorite of mine. Can't wait to see what you all come up with. This one is an easy one so hope you all try it.
I used Polar Express stamped in black and colored him in with my all time favorite chalks. The background is some designer paper I had left over from last years catty. I love those snowflakes, wish it had more than it did in the package of that one.
So lets get started and see what you can come up with in this sketch. If you do the sketch and put in on your blog, please also share you blog site for us to see too.

Create for the sketch goes to Maria Bell, I got them off of her blog. Thanks Maria for the great sketches. I use them often. You can visit Maria's blog here.

Follow the Leader

SC144 Sketch Challenge this week. I love it. I dug out my penguins and decided to play. This is what I came up with.
I used Penguin Pleasantries stamp set (retired SU), Many Sayings Stamp. Non SU Designer Paper. I really like this paper it works well with almost anything. I used Basic Black and Whisper White CS. And colored in with markers.

Boot Scootin' Boogie

I used Really Rust CS for the card. From the template I cut out the pull up tab and traced to cs and cut out. I also from the template cut the bottom half of the boot off and used as a mask when I stamped the upper half of the boot. When this is all done you can add stitching to the boot and pull up tab. Attach pull up tab. On the bottom for the sole of the boot I kind of winged it with putting card stock on and adhering then cutting it out. Easiest way to get that done. When done this card is 4 1/4 x 5 1/2.
Wish I still had those boots from when I did disco. Oh the memories that brings back. How about you did you disco? Loved those lights!

Ahh Shoot!

I was finally able to stamp tonight so did the SCS Challenge Card of the week. Love this layout. I got some images from someone at a get together one day and fell in love with this one and a few others I will be sharing another time. But this little guy is so darn cute.
This is how I made him. I colored him in with my favorite medium chalks. I use those more than anything for coloring. You can blend so well with them. I used the cuttlebug for the backgrounds. I added eyelets to the lt. yellow and the slot punch to do the corners. Choc. Chip ribbon was also used. Everything is layered with Choc. Chip. cs.

I just found out this little guy is from so if your interested in getting him you know where to go.

Christmas Cardinal

I have been working on Christmas cards. Yes I know it is early but, if I don't start now I will never get them done. So tell me what do you think of this card? I love Cardinals and it is our Schools Logo for sports. I used the cuttlebug again on this one. I just love those embossing folders. Can't seem to get enough of them. I used both the sm. and lg. oval punches for the joy. And my brads to kind of even off the card. I colored in using our SU Markers but think I may change that as I am really having trouble with them smearing. I hate when you get a card done and like it and all of a sudden you see smudges or something.

So Many Sayings

Hi everyone thanks for coming over to my new blog. I am slowly transferring things over from the old one. So bare with me while this happens, it shouldn't take long and it will be up to date.
I won't be moving everything over so not to bore you. But a few things I wanted to bring over to here.

I got the stamp set So Many Sayings, like most of you I am sure. But, instead of mounting them on the 3 blocks and only getting 3. I cut all mine apart and mounted them on Jumbling Blocks (sold at Walmart for 4.12 for 48 of them) You then get 36 sayings instead of the 3. Check out the photo's below. I would however recommend that you use a exacto knife instead of a scissors like I did, I think it would be easier cutting. They still turned out but you could see easier where you are cutting them.