Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Celebrate With Cupcakes!

This is another direct to paper technique card and I stamped the cupcake in the center instead of the truck.  Added the sentiment to this one since I knew it was going to be a birthday card....duh and voila...another card for my stash.  The picture isn't the clearest  but it's the best I could get.  Enjoy your day and have a cupcake or two along the way!

Friday, June 10, 2011

Decisions! Decisions!

Not sure what kind of card this is going to end up being, so for now I am just going to leave it blank.  I always have a hard time coming up with manly cards and I was playing around with the direct to paper technique and thought this truck would look cool on here.  So for now I'm just going to leave it blank and will decide if it's going to be a birthday, thank you, get well or just because card when the need arises.  On the direct to paper technique you just simply directly apply your ink pad to the paper.....duh!  Hence the name direct to paper...lol  Extremely simple and very fast card and now I have a man card ready to go...whoop whoop.  Enjoy your weekend.  I am going to Dublin, Texas to the 120th Dr Pepper Anniversary.  First let me say that I am a Coca Cola addict and I'm afraid I'm not going to be able to get any there...sniff sniff  It will be something different to do though and should be pretty cool. Not weather wise of course....cool as in fun.  Should be close to 100 degrees so not looking forward to that at all. They go all out and are having lots of activities.  They even change the city limit signs to read Dr. Pepper, Texas for this week.....now that's pretty sweet.  We should get to take a tour of the plant and can't wait to visit the gift shop I bet they have a bunch of old timey stuff in there.  Anyway if I survive the heat it should be fun.  I may have to smuggle in a coke but we will see.  Happy Weekend! I thought it would never get here!

Daily Ponderings:  If life gives you lemmons, squeeze the juice into a water gun and squirt other people in the eyes.  Definitely something to ponder right???? lol

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

More Flowers

More of the same but with different background paper.  The flowers were cut out of background paper and glued onto a piece of scrap plaid that I had.  I stuck a glitter heart in the center of each flower to add dimension and a little something extra.  The sentiment was stamped onto the plaid paper and bam you are done again.  Almost have a group together to send to my friend.  I need a few more but am getting there.

Daily Ponderings:  Though he (just man or Christian) fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the Lord upholdeth him with His hand.  Psalm 37:24

Proverbs 24:16 says that when a just man falleth he riseth up again.....hey that is great news right?  Being a Christian does not make you perfect, so we are going to fail at times.  The great news is though,  that the Lord is there to pick us back up.  He is holding us up with His hand.  We can't do it alone for sure and we need His help.  Thank God He is there for us no matter how many times we fall and no matter how many times we fail.  He will always be there to pick us back up, dust us off and put us back on our feet so that we can start anew.  What an awesome God we serve to never give up on us.  Thank you Lord, for always picking me back up and giving me another chance to do it right the next time.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Scrappy Birthday!

I used leftover scraps to complete these two cards.  I stamped the flowers on the yellow checked paper.  I also stamped the sentiment after I had adhered everthing down.  Then I ran the whole card through my Cuttlebug machine to emboss.  Very simple and very bright and cheery and I used up some scraps.....can't beat that right?

Friday, June 3, 2011

More Of The Same

Same as the card I posted before I just used different flower stamp and sentiment.  Very simple and very quick.  I love those kind. 

Daily Ponderings:  So I have to tell on myself.  I'm always in a hurry and I do everything in super fast mode.  You will never see me "meandering".  As usual I was in a hurry this morning but decided to stop at McDonalds for some unhealthy breakfast.  I was coming one way towards the drive thru and this lady was coming another and we reached the point about the same time.  Now I could have easily beat her and jumped in front of her but I didn't.  I stopped and "did the right thing" and let her go first.  Unfortunately the whole time I was behind her I was mumbling.  "Ok lady now I let you go first so hurry up."  Then she paid for her order and got her food and I saw her keep talking to the worker and so now she is delaying me right?  So I'm mumbling again..."Oh come on lady good grief."  So then I see her hand the lady some more money and so I'm thinking to myself she just placed another order...."GREAT!"  ...but then she drove off and never got any more food.  So I hurry up to the window and the lady says" that lady in front of you just paid for yours" and immediately I felt 1 inch high and I had to stop and apologize to God and ask for forgiveness for my attitude and grumblings.  Boy did I feel like an ungrateful heel.  So I caught up with her and thanked her via sign language through the car window....but boy oh boy did God speak to me first thing this morning.  Wow!  So the moral to this story is not only do the right thing but do the right thing with the right attitude.  It means more and that's the way Jesus would do it! 

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Fast Get Well Soon

I stamped the frame first then I added the flower and then the sentiment last.  Voila........done!  I am trying to get several cards made up to send to my friend that moved to Chicago.  She is 87 and used to love giving my cards out, so I thought I would surprise her with a set.  As you can see this was very simple. 

Daily Ponderings:  "Faith is not about everything turning out OK; Faith is about being OK no matter how things turn out." ~ ??~

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Throwing Out The First Pitch!

Me and my Daddy waiting to go out on the field!  My dad got to throw out the first pitch for the Texas Rangers last year for the last game of the season before they went into the playoffs.  It was so cool and exciting.  He got an official jersey with his name on the back and got to keep the baseball, plus we got two free tickets for the game in the "all you can eat" home run porch.  This was such a thrill for all of us and what a once in a lifetime opportunity.  We have since put the jersey and the tickets in a shadow box.  What a fun day!  Gooooo Rangers!
   Mascot "Rangers Captain", Dad and 3rd base coach Dave Anderson
                    Walking to the pitcher's mound
                        Here's the big windup
                              Ready to release
                       And strike 3...."you're outta there"
This is Dad and Nick aka my Texas Rangers liason.  He is awesome!  He is the one that I made the Oh Boy card for that I posted a couple of days ago. 

Quick Birthday
















So I was playing around and thought I would try embossing my whole card after I glued my flowers down and I really like that effect.  It adds just enough oomph to the card that gives that little extra pizazz.  It takes away from it being so plain.  I opted not to emboss the sentiment so that it would stand out and not blend in with the rest of the card.  The flowers were cut out of designer paper from Hobby Lobby.  Then I used a piece of scrap paper left over from another project for the background.  Very quick and easy.  I love those kind of cards. 

Daily Ponderings:  Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.  Hebrews 4:16

God isn't going to let you see the distant scene...so you might as well quit looking for it.  He promises a lamp unto our feet, not a crystal ball into the future.  We do not need to know what will happen tomorrow.  We only need to know He leads us and "we will find grace to help us when we need it."  ~ Max Lucado ~

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Oh Boy! Oh Boy! Oh boy!

Hey guess what?  It's a boy! This is for my Texas Ranger liason that I met last year when my Dad got to throw out the first pitch...I should post pics of that shouldn't I?  It was the best ever.  Anyway Nick and his wife are having their first child any day now, so I made this card to send to them.  I hope they like it.  They are going to be awesome parents.  I stamped the teddy bear on blue and white checked paper as did the hand and footprints.  The letters were some that I have had for a long time and I just faux stitched them to add some oomph to them and make them stand out.  I also added faux stitching around the bear and the denim paper.  I guess I better hurry up and get this and his present in the mail.  Congrats Nick!  I pray your little boy is born safe and healthy with baseball in his genes.

Daily Ponderings:  ....I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert. Isaiah 43:19b

Do you feel as though you are wondering around in the wilderness?  Is your life thirsting for something more while you are in the desert place?  Does life seem all screwed up and have your dreams been crushed?  Sometimes life doesn't always go the way we have it planned out in our minds and when it doesn't sometimes it can cause great frustration, heartache and even hopelessness.  May I encourage you today that if your days seem dark and your life has been turned upside down, please ask God for help and He will make a way through that wilderness that you are wondering around in and He will provide water while you are in the desert.  Let God make a way and allow Him to make the changes in your life and you will have joy again soon.  You might have to skip over to plan B or even C but if you allow God to help He will and I promise you He will make a way.....in His time!  Don't give up!  Keep going forward!
My prayers are going out to all that have been affected by these horrific storms.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Healing Flowers



I don't really know what to say about this card except for the fact that I just got tired of trying to make it work and ended up settling because I needed to get it in the mail.  Hopefully the recipient will still like it and not critique it too much.  Afterall, it's the thought that counts right?  lol  I ran my ink pad over my sentiment to take up the big bright white space on the inside of the card and it really helped with that.  I did the same thing on the envelope.  I later added stitching with a purple pen on the front of the card to try to tone down the white that just stood out but I didn't take a picture of it. 

Pre-school Grad Card


This is a stamp that someone gave me a long time ago and I thought I would never use it but it turned out perfect for a pre-school graduation card.  I wanted to stamp it on red checked paper but I didn't have any so I went with the yellow.  I colored the inside sentiment with my Prismas.  Needed a quick card and this was it.  Enjoy your weekend.
Daily Ponderings:  ...that your faith and hope might be in God.  I Peter 1:21b
Our faith and hope should not be put into things on earth but in God.  Hope in things on earth is only temporary but Hope in God is eternal.  "This world is not my home, I'm just a passing through."  Thank Goodness!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Father's Day Puzzle

Soooo, manly cards are the hardest for me.  Why?  I dunno.  Probably because you can't use flowers or scalloped edges.  My dad loves crosswords and so I got the idea a while back from here.  I sponged the edges to tone it down some and the rest is pretty much self explanatory.  I know he will like it.  He always likes my handmade cards.  I got my creative genes from him.  I haven't finished the inside yet.  I will have to come up with something clever. Can't believe I got a card done early.....yeah me!!

Daily Ponderings:  Delight thyself also in the Lord, and He will give thee the desires of thine heart.  Psalm 37:4

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Feeling Better Flowers

I first ran my ink pad across the square on one side. (I saw this on someone's blog but forgot whos...sorry) Anyway then I stamped the flowers but they needed something else so I drew the border around it and BAM...it really finished them off.  Same thing with the green polkadot paper...it needed a little something else so I drew a border around it as well.  After I finished the card it still was missing something so I added the three brads and I think it was just the touch it needed to complete it.  I wasn't too fond of this card at first but the more that I look at it the more I fall in love with the outcome....Hope you like it too.

Daily Ponderings:  Where is God my maker, who giveth songs in the night? Job 35:10
Do you have a song in your heart today? Or has it ceased?  When your days and nights are dark and full of worry God will give you a song in your heart.  One of my favorite song lyrics is "Don't let the song go out of your heart, no matter how dark the day.  Don't let the song go out of your heart, your troubles will soon fade away."  Give your worries to Jesus and let Him replace them with a song. 

Friday, April 29, 2011

What'z Up?

Just playing around and needed a quick card.  The flowers are designer paper from Paper Studio and I just cut them out and glued them on a solid background.  I added a little color with stickles and the heart stickers in the middle of each flower.  I stamped the phrase and voila...I'm done.  I am sending this to my friend that moved to Chicago last year.  I miss her.  She is 88 years old and we used to go out to eat a lot and had the best time.  I miss talking to her.  We could sit and talk forever.  It was time for her to move closer to her family and she is doing well and is very happy.  Hey! Dorothy!

Victorian Leftovers

I wanted to use the scrap paper left over from my MOM card so I came up with these three.  I thought this girl would go perfect with this background paper.  I'm not sure what stamp company she is from.  Another simple card but as I said before I am just getting back into the swing of things so I am not getting too detailed right now.  Besides Clean and Simple is in right??? 

Daily Ponderings:  God is the strength of my heart. Psalm 73:26

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Little Chicky

What a cute little chick-a-dee. I made these for the kids in my neighborhood. I'm the crazy lady down the street that they all like to come see and hang out with. Now don't get confused...I'm not the crazy "cat" lady down the street just the crazy lady. I was never blessed with children and so I have to spoil everybody elses. We have fun and hopefully I am teaching them some things that they will remember for the rest of their lives. I try to teach them about right and wrong and build their character. They don't get away with much when they are down at my house but we still have lots of fun. Kids just need someone to listen to them and give them attention and most people shoo them away and tell them to go play or watch TV. Well about the card...this was a dollar stamp from Michaels several years ago and the rest is just designer paper from Hobby Lobby of course.

Daily Ponderings: Whosoever receiveth one of such children in my name, receiveth me....Mark 9:37 Children are very precious to God and they should be precious to us. Treat them with the respect they deserve and don't look at them as a nuisance. Spend quality time with them for they are our future and must be taught morals and values. Lack of character and morals is why our nation is in the mess it is in. Let's make a difference!

Hippity Hoppity




I just love this Bunny Stamp from Paper Inspirations. I actually love all of their stamps. They are so pretty and just pop once they are colored. I made these cards to send to my girlfriends for Easter this year. I had a different layout in my mind but as usual it didn't work out on the actual card so I had to improvise with the background paper. I still like how they turned out but still not my first choice of layout. I colored the rabbit with Prisma pencils and then blended with Gamsol. I went around the edges with a Gold Leaf Pen and I added a little scoring on the top and bottom of each card to add a little something extra.

Stamp: Paper Inspirations, Ink: Making Memories Sepia, Border Punch: Martha Stewart, Designer Paper: Paper Inspirations from Hobby Lobby, Technique: Prisma Colors and Gamsol


















Wednesday, April 27, 2011

M-O-M



I made this card for the Splitcoast CAS116 challenge - the Artist's Rule of 3. CAS stands for Clean and Simple and I gotta tell ya it doesn't get much simpler than this. Background paper and one stamp and Bam....you're done. The paper is from Hobby Lobby and the stamp is from Stamps N More. I got the inspiration for the design and colors from a lady's Easter outfit at church. She had a black and white jacket on similar to this background paper and a touch of lime green with a shell underneath the jacket and earrings. It was so pretty and just stood out to me and as I kept looking at it I saw this card come to mind. Isn't it funny where you get your inspiration sometimes?


Daily Pondering: I am the Good Shepherd. I know my sheep... and my sheep know me. John 10:14-15


You have a God who hears you, the power of love behind you, the Holy Spirit within you, and all of heaven ahead of you. If you have the Shepherd you have grace for every sin, direction for every turn, a candle for every corner, and an anchor for every storm. You have everything you need. ~Max Lucado~

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Oh boy! It's a Girl!








This is a baby card I made for my new next door neighbor. They just had a beautiful baby girl! The only stamping is the phrase New Baby. The rest is just designer paper. Very easy. I guess you could call this a clean and simple card. The paper came from Hobby Lobby.



Daily Ponderings: "Make me to hear joy and gladness, Psalm 51:8



Sometimes I have to ask God to MAKE me hear joy and gladness espcecially when I am overwhelmed or stressed over something. I don't always concentrate on the positive so sometimes (more often than not) I have to ask God to show me the good and to MAKE me have and to hear joy and gladness around me. I have this verse on my bathroom mirror to remind me everyday to be more positive and to have more joy no matter what the circumstances. Not always an easy task I must admit. Enjoy your day!







Long Time No Post

First post in a very very very long time. I have been busy making jewelry and haven't been able to make cards too often. I used the Bargello technique from Splitcoast Stampers for this card. It was really easy and I like the look it makes for a background. The horse stamp is from Stampin Up. The rest is all paper I have had for a long long time ,probabaly from Hobby Lobby. Hope you enjoy. I am going to try to get back to posting more often.