Saturday, January 31, 2009

A Fun Game...

Chris of Mudmaven Designs tagged me to participate in this fun game. I'm supposed to go the 6th picture, in my 6th folder, where I store my pictures, and then tell the story behind that picture. So, here's my picture. It's from Feb 2006. I don't really know why this picture is in MY folders...but I think it's because my other half was going to sell it, so he needed to take photos of it and he used my camera. He took it apart, fixed some stuff on it, painted it and put it back together...he's pretty handy! : ) LOL!!! I think when he got it, it was blue. He sold this bike and bought another one. I still worry when he rides, but he really loves it! I'd be sad if he told me that I couldn't do my hobby...but my hobby is not REALLY dangerous. Unless you count my over-reaction the time that I snipped my finger with my fabric shears...thought I was going to pass out, but I think it was because I saw the blood rush out...it wasn't THAT sore.

Now on to tagging 6 people to join in on the fun. Please don't feel obligated to play along, but if you do... leave me a comment so that I can check out your picture!

Dawne - Dawney's Delights
Joy - A Place to be Me
Teri - Big Ideas from a Little Girl
Heather - Heather's Heavinly Stampations
Enjoli - Stamping Under the Sun
Jenny - Little Jenny's Creations

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Merry Christmas in January?

Tracy has a challenge on her blog. To participate you have to make 5 Christmas Cards, using a new stamp that you received for Christmas, or a stamp that you haven't used before, or a stamp that you haven't used in awhile, oh and your card had to use some ribbon. I know, Christmas is over, but what a good way to get an early start on those Christmas cards for this year, 2009.

I dug through my drawers of Christmas images and found this stamp from Darcie's Country Folk. Haven't used this in years and years. I love these penguins.

Monday, January 19, 2009

SK011709 Hedgehog


I made this card for Paper Craft Planet's Sketch Challenge, SK011709. This actually started out different too, but it turned out ok too. I really need to work on my coloring. I used 3 different pens to color the hedgehog and it seemed to blend ok, but it doesn't look soft at all. Do hedgehogs have soft fur, or prickly fur? Oh well, it was my feeble attempt at trying to give his fur some depth. Normally, I would've made most of the these daisy's pink or white, but I wanted to try to incorporate these pretty flowers that Chris sent to me. I chose the embellishment first and then went to look for the image. This image is a Penny Black stamp, called Hedgehog Bouquet. It's one of my older stamps, I bought it way back in 1999. Woah!

It was a 4 day weekend for me...very long...it's back to work tomorrow, so I better get to bed.

Thanks for stopping by and visiting! Have a good week!

Ladybug Love


This morning, I finally finished my card for Madelynn's Terrific Tuesday Sketch from last week Tuesday...but am only posting it now. Still just lagging behind, her sketch for this week is already posted, since on the West and East Coast, it's already Tuesday. Here's a copy of the sketch, I turned it sidewards. The image is a lady bug from Studio G. This is a stamp that I received from Chris. When I started this card, I actually had envisioned something else, but I'm happy with how this one turned out. I tried to glitz up the ladybugs with stickles. I originally colored in the hearts with a dark gray copic pen, but it didn't show up well on the burgundy cardstock. I'm going to try and work on her next sketch tomorrow so that I can get it posted before her next sketch comes out.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Happy Sunday!!!

I was so tired last night that I didn't have a chance to post anything. I was up until late on Friday night because I was so excited with the goodies that Chris had sent to me. Saturday was a busy day, but I had a lot of fun. Had to make 10 bento's for the kiddies on Blade's Soccer Team for their first game. Then I headed on over to my new friend Dawne's house for her Sillouette Class. : ) She served up some yummy corn chowder and rolls. Also got a chance to chat with Dawne, Teri, and Cheryl. I was so lucky to get some personal tips from the experts! Then I made a quick run to J's Knicknacks to get my digs in to their 30% off sale. I got some really good deals and although I wanted to play with my new stuff in the evening, I couldn't stay focused and my eyes were getting sleepy. But I did get up relatively early this morning and worked on this slider card. The printed cardstock was part of the package of goodies that Chris had sent to me.



I struggled to make this slider card...I had made one at stamp camp several months ago and then I remade it one more time after that. I followed the instructions, but must've not read it well...my first attempt left me with a card that wouldn't open. Duh... The image is a Whipper Snapper Design. I love this little girl holding a kitty. I thought she was adorable.


This card was my first attempt at using this Hello Kitty friend Sizzix die cut. I had bought her some time ago. I also used the Bigz Top Note Die Cut. I love my Big Shot!


This card is long over due. I'm going to mail this out to Sara. She had a contest on her blog. You had to make 10 RAKs and send them out. It was good way for me to work on a bunch of cards and to re-connect with friends who I hadn't called in a while. It was a great idea, but sadly only two of us entered, and I was randomly picked to be the winner. It was a 50/50 chance, so the odds were good! She sent me a Unity stamp set called, Fanciful Dots and several packages of colored dew drops. So pretty. I made this card using one of the stamps that she sent me. I hope she likes the card.

Well, that's all for now. I started on some other cards, but still need to put them together. Enjoy the rest of your Sunday...

Friday, January 16, 2009

What a Nice Day!

I was off today...Woo hoo! The start of a 4 day weekend! Got to sleep in a little later...had some errands to run in the morning, but after only 15 minutes settling in at home in the afternoon, the door bell rang and the mail carrier had, not one, but two packages for me. One was my first order from Gina K designs...which I can't wait to ink up...and the second package was from Chris from Mudmaven Designs...I was the lucky winner of her Blogaversary Candy!!!

OOH...what a package!!! Look at all the goodies she sent me. She even sent some handmade goodies!!! A year round calendar and a personalized monogram card set!!! Beautiful cards! I'm so excited to play with all of my new goodies!!! Good thing it's a 4 day weekend!!! I will definitely spend part of my long weekend crafting...

Love you a latte!

I made this card following Madelynn's Terrific Tuesday Sketch Challenge No. 4. This was last week Tuesday's sketch, I still need to work on this weeks one. You can't see it too well in the picture, but on the pink background, I used Versamark to stamp the same image, just to give it a little more, since it was so plain. The image is from Stampin' Up. The sentiment was on the bottom of the stamp, but I used the word punch to separate it. If you want to try Madelynn's Terrific Tuesday Sketch Challenge, visit The Whimsical Butterfly. Did you know Madelynn is only 8 years old? Such a talented girl! Her Mom, Jessica posts some really nice cards too. It's become another of favorite blogs to visit.

Kerry's Blog Candy

Kerry is offering 3 really sweet packages to give away for her blogoversary. Stop by Three Clovers Designs to congratulate her and to enter to win one!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Blog Candy - Victoria Case Stamps

Victoria Case Stamps is giving away a cute pack of stuff...including in the pack is a cute kitty stamp...i love kitties. Here's the link to her Blog Candy Post.

http://victoriacasestamps.blogspot.com/2009/01/blog-candy-giveaway.html

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Blog Award from Heather

I received this award from Heather at Heather's Heavinly Stampations last month and am only posting it now. Shame one me. Thank you so much, Heather! I feel so honored! For this award you are supposed to pick 6 blogs you find very creative and give them the award! So now I have to choose 6 blogs to receive this award. It's hard to pick because there are so many that provide me with inspiration! Most of them have had this award already...because they really are that creative.

I chose these 6 because as I was getting back into the crafting scene and found the bloggin' world, I frequently visited these blogs and found that they were really diligent in posting and sharing their ideas and cards, unlike me, but it's something to strive for.

Mudmaven Designs
A Place to Be Me
Stamping Under the Sun
Hands, Head, and Heart
Pieces of Me
Big Ideas from a Little Girl

Lim's Blog Candy

Lim has some blog candy! See it here on her blog... The Voices in My Head...Lim's Blog She got some cute cards on her page as well...go take a look!

Blog Award from Joy

Last weekend, I got this award from Joy at A Place to be Me . That was so sweet of her to give this to me.

In order to get this award you need to:
Post a link of the person who gave you this award.
Nominate 5 other people and give a link to their sites
Let your nominators know that they got an award from you.
Put a logo of the award on the blog.

Here are 5 blogs that I give this award to:

1. Chris - Mudmaven Designs
2. Faye - My Stamping Creations
3. Heather - Heather's Heavinly Stampations
4. Jean - Dandelion Designs
5. Dawne - Dawney's Delights

I frequent these blogs for inspiration.

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Aloha RAK from Wendy (Calgary)

I received this in the mail today from Wendy Akkermans. She was my December partner for the Aloha RAK Club that Tracy hosts.

Not only did I get a card that Wendy made, but enclosed were 2 Clear G stamp sets. I love these... bought me a whole bunch, but believe it or not, I don't have either of these sets. This picture does not do Wendy's card any justice. The image is hand embossed and colored. The flower has some shimmer to it as well. I loved her choice of color, the use of embellishments, and her neatness.

She doesn't have a blog yet, but will get one going soon. I forgot to take a picture of what I made for her before I boxed it and mailed it to her, so I wont be able to share what I made : ( Oh well, guess that just means that I gotta make another one.

Thanks Wendy!!!

Saturday, January 03, 2009

Last of the Jars for Awhile

I know...you're probably getting sick of looking at pictures of these jars, but don't worry, these will be the last pictures for awhile. After this I will focus on my card and paper crafts. Of all the crafts I've ever done...I enjoyed this one the most.
I was trying to convince a friend today that she should set up a blog to show all of the nice things that she makes. In fact, she dropped some off some goodies for me today and spent some time with me...I wanted to post pictures of her projects, but she asked me not to... so, to abide by her wishes, I wont post them. But I bet if you saw what she made, you'd encourage her to start a blog too. She frequently visits my blog as well as many others. In fact, she's the reason that I've found my way into the blog world. I appreciate her a lot and I'm so thankful that she's come into my life. I hope soon, she'll decide to start up a blog. : )

Charlotte - Where are you?

I'm looking for Charlotte. She was the winner for my Gingerbread Man jar last month, but I haven't heard from her yet. Now that it's past Christmas, Charlotte, if you want a different jar instead of the Gingerbread Man, please let me know which critter you'd like. Send me an email to ohhnicky@yahoo.com . Thanks!!!

Friday, January 02, 2009

A Thank Ewe Card


I needed to starting making some Thank You cards, so I picked this stamp to start...Thank Ewe! from Stampin' Up. I incorporated this thank you card into a sketch that I came across on several different blogs I visited as I was blog hoppin' last night. Thought this was simple enough for me to actually follow. This sketch is from The Whimsical Butterfly. Her daughter comes up with these sketches for Tuesdays... it's called Madelynn's Teriffic Tuesdays. I went and checked out her sketches from the previous weeks... and boy, she is a very talented girl. Here's my take on the sketch.

Thursday, January 01, 2009

Happy New Year!

Wishing all of you a 2009 filled with lots of love and happiness! We had such a nice day today, I hope you did too!!!