Tuesday, May 31, 2011

A Tuesday Sketch

I am no where near being back to normal (if I ever was, haha).  In fact, I'm still in my sling and still having to sleep sitting up on the couch.  In short this road has been a lot longer than I ever imagined.  This is why my posts have been so few and my cards have been all CAS.  I'm a righty living in a lefty's world right now.

I finally got a chance to participate in a challenge, and I love this set from Clear Dollar Stamps called Tulip Wreath.  It was released in April and is so gorgeous.  I used the sketch from Tuesday Morning Sketches and made a 4x4 card.
Stamps:  Tulip Wreath
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper:  SU Sahara Sand, CDS Cottonball White
Copics:  RV63, RV65, YG63, YG67, E41, E43
Accessories:  CDS Tabs & Tags Die, dimensionals, corner chomper, green buttons, twine

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, May 30, 2011

My Son's 11th Birthday!

Friday was my son's 11th birthday!  We went to Denny's for breakfast, Got to see Kung Fu Panda 2 (which was awesome), and we had ribs, broccoli, and Italian Butter Beans per his request for dinner.  He even got a Green Lantern cake.

He made a request for a birthday card...he wanted a super hero with laser eyes!  So, naturally it was Cuppie to the rescue, haha.  I combined 2 sets from Taylored Expressions to make this card.  It uses Sweet Celebration and Trick or Sweet II.
Stamps:  Sweet Celebrations & Trick or Sweet II
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper:  CDS Cottonball White, CDS Still Waters, MME Hattie
Accessories:  Copics, red buttons, red Spica pen, corner rounder

Friday, May 20, 2011

Clearly Inspired Challenge #28

It's the third Friday of the month, which means it's time for the next Clearly Inspired Challenge over at Clearly iStamp.  Clear Dollar Stamps sponsors the challenges and offers prizes!  The more that play, the more prizes there are to win!  The challenge for CIC #28 is:


I used this adorable set called Get Well Critters from CDS for my critter card.  This set and card seemed so fitting considering my situation.  Thank you to all of you that have kept me in your prayers and sent me well wishes.  It has meant so much.  I have about 3 more weeks in the sling, and hopefully I'll be back better than ever!
Stamps:  Get Well Critters
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper:  buttercream, MME Lush, unknown blue
Accessories:  Copics, CDS Oval Dies, dimensionals, Turquoise microbeads from CDS, velvet ribbon, red button

Now let's see what kind of critter cards you make and link it to the Clearly iStamp blog!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

And the winners are...

From Jan's blog, She's Gone Stampin', our first winner is Shelly SchmidtMy Creative Rumblings.

From Christi's Blog, our second winner is Vikki JoVikki Jo's Corner

Each winner must email Lori (lori@cleardollarstamps.com) to claim their prize of a $10 gift certificate for clear or digital stamps from the CDS store.

a Sweet Blog Award

Sweet Shawna gave me this award.  The Liebster is an award going around for talented, well-deserved  paper crafters who have fewer than 300 followers.  She was so sweet to think of me :)

I would like to pass it on to:

Go leave these ladies some love.  You'll be glad you stopped by their blogs :)

Sunday, May 15, 2011

CDS Blog Hop: Let's Hear it For the Boys!

Welcome to the Clear Dollar Stamps Blog Hop themed 
Let's Hear it For the Boys!  You should have come from Jan's blog, but if you stumbled here, why not head back to Lori's for the beginning?!  I guarantee you won't want to miss all of the inspiration, and there are prizes to be won.

My card uses the April release set called Father's Day, and features a lot of the masking technique.  I first stamped the hammer and drew the box around it.  I then put a mask over the hammer and outlined the box with sticky backed paper, and then proceeded to stamp the sentiment over and over.  The final touches were coloring the hammer and placing the brads.
Stamps:  Father's Day
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, SU Not Quite Navy, SU So Saffron
Paper:  buttercream
Accessories:  Prismacolor pencils & Gamsol, black Copic pen, Screw & Nut brads (CDS)

Your next stop in the hop is Stacy's blog!

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Gel-a-tins Butterflies

I finally have a little something to show!  Sadly it has taken a total of 4 days to make this, but it;s made none-the-less!  I did have a little help from one of my young'ns that insisted I not crank the cuttlebug. . .and he was right.

The image is from a gorgeous set by Gel-a-tins called Butterflies Are Free.  As soon as it came in the mail my mind went to work with all the beautiful things I could make!  I stamped it using Versamark ink and embossing it with an awesome powder from Gel-a-tins called Teal You What Gelly Powder.  Such a pretty color, huh?
Stamps:  Butterflies Are Free
Ink:  Versamark, SU Creamy Caramel
Paper:  CDS Cottonball White, MME Good Times
Accessories:  Teal You What Gelly Powder, sponge, corner chomper, SU leaf punch, MFT Rolled Rose Die-namics, teal pearls, yellow felt

It may be a few days before I post again, but I'm getting there.  Thanks to all of you that have been praying for this impatient soul ;)

Friday, May 6, 2011

CIC #27 -- Turquoise

It's the first Friday of the month, and a new challenge to participate in over at Clearly iStamp!  the new challenge is to use Turquoise as one of your main colors.

I made this card before my surgery for this challenge, and it fits how I'm feeling.  I used 2 different Clear Dollar Stamps sets:  Plumes & Blooms and Scripture Occasions
Stamps:  Plumes & Blooms and Scripture Occasions
Ink:  CDS Turquoise Gem, Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper:  CDS Cottonball White, CDS Night Eclipse, CDS Turquoise Gem
Accessories:  turquoise Stickles

So head on over to Clearly iStamp for all the details.  The more players we have, the more winners we have!

Thursday, May 5, 2011


"In the end it will all be worth it" that's what my husband keeps saying, and I know he's right.  In the grand scheme of things it isn't that big of a deal, and it isn't life threatening.  I'm aware of just how blessed I am as I pray every morning for sick friends.  I guess I just want to voice my frustration as life around me keeps going forward, and I sit here on this couch.  

I had surgery last Wednesday to repair my right shoulder.  It was a little unexpected, since every other doctor that I saw for the last nine months said to deal with it.  This last doctor I saw did not agree with the other doctors diagnosis, and in fact said it was a very easy fix.  Two days later he fixed it.  What a blessing!

My frustration right now is my being  idle, which can't be helped.  I'd actually be able to do more if I weren't allergic to everything under the sun.  Apparently I've developed an allergy to latex, so I've been battling horrible blistering hives all over my arm since the surgery.  The sling seems to make them worse.  Unfortunately I need the sling to accomplish most tasks, but since I can't seem to shake the hives that go along with it I'm forced to sit on the couch.  I know it's not really a big deal, and I am so grateful that my shoulder was fixable, but these hives truly are agonizing.

Thanks for listening.  I'll have a card to show tomorrow that I actually made before the surgery, so stop back tomorrow.  Have a blessed and productive day.