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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Speical Guest

Hey there,

Since I am still recovering from my surgery, I asked my great friend Alicia if she would be willing to share with us her Christmas cards. Not only was she so gracious but, she also sent the deets on materials she used for each card.

First up, Noel. Isn't this so pretty? I love the dark rich red and green used for this card. The DS paper also coordinates with the garland. My favorite is the font on the sentiment. Looks like very traditional Christmas greeting card.

Cardstock - Walmart Ink - Stampin Cabana, SU White craft ink Nestabilities Labels 3, Petite Scalopped Ovals, Petite ovals Border punch - EK Success Markers - Tombow Stamps - Inkadinkadoo Patterned paper- Among Friends for Frances Meyer

Next up, Let Us Adore Him.

What detail on this card?! The tree branch, ornament and simplicity of this card is just gorgeous. I love how she used gold embossing on the image and then layered it on red card stock. My all time favorite is the MS punch. The sprig looks so real! I just have to get this punch.

Stamps- SU wheel - evergreen boughs (don't know the name of the pattern), Inkadinkadoo Ink - SU gold detail embossing, stampin cabana (green) MS punch - sprig Gold Peel Offs Tombow markers Offray ribbon

Don't you just love these cards? I can't believe that she's already working on her Christmas cards. I'm still working on my fall harvest cards, a birthday card I'm already late on, more sneak previews for Sherrod studio and my Halloween cards. This surgery has really set me back.

Well, Alica sent 2 more cards but, I'm not going to post them until tomorrow. It wouldn't be fun if I showed them all at once. Make sure to post a comment and let Alicia know what you think of her cards :o)

Thanks Alicia for sharing! You are truly talented. I'm so very blessed to have you as my friend and teacher.

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Thursday, September 24, 2009

Moving Forward

"In my distress I prayed to the Lord, and the Lord answered me and set me free." Psalm 118:5

I decided to make a quick and simple card since I have a lot to do today. I will be having surgery tomorrow and I want to make sure the house is in order and there's enough pre-cooked food in the freezer. The house is all cleaned up, laundry is all done and now for the food. I'm going to make a plantain soup, a pot roast and maybe if I still have energy a bake zitti.

Unfortunately, it's not surgery for my arm but something else I have been battling for 3 years. I am a little nerves since the surgery is 4-6 hours long. I'm also nerves about staying over night since, it's a different hospital than I am used to. I went on Monday for my pre-admission testing and I wasn't impressed. The people (workers) there had no class and the hospital looked a little dingy. I just hope I have a better experience tomorrow than I did on Monday.

Today's card was inspired by a card I saw in a Cards magazine. I wanted to focus on the DS paper with little stamping. This is a simple and easy card anyone can make. I used Basic Gray
Bittersweet paper pad . If it were up to me, I would buy all these Basic Gray paper. I love them all.

For the sentiment I heat embossed Best Wishes with Seafoam White embossing powder. Then I used my large oval punch, folded it in half and added a brown brad to coordinate with the paper. Since this was a very simple card, I also added pink paper in the inside of the card. This jazzed up the card a little more.

Well, I better get going and start my errands. Hopefully I will be able to stamp and post a card within 3-4 days. As always, Thanks for taking a look.

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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

With Sympathy

Sadly, it seems like all I have been making is sympathy cards these past few weeks. This one is very dear and special to me. I made this card for a friend who lost her mother this past week. I haven't seen my friend for over year and I miss her immensely. She always made me laugh but most of all, she has a heart of gold when it comes to helping women. I hope when she receives this card she finds comfort and knows how much I miss and care for her.

I made this card using the Aster-September flower of the month clear stamp set from Clear Dollar Stamps. These sets are perfect for any occasion and you really can't beat the price. So far I have September, October, November and December. I'm looking forward to getting the rest of the months to add to my collection.

The sentiment comes from Papertrey Ink. This set is called Mega Mixed Messages. This is another set I recommend. It has 43 mixed sentiments. If you have never purchased from Papertrey Ink, something you should know is that the stamps come in a clear CD case for storage. I love these because it takes so much less space.

The paper I used is from my box set I purchased at Micheal's. I don't remember the name of the box set but, if you go to Micheal's it's where the DS paper is and I do know it's the classic box. I also used my Spellbinders Oval Scallop Nestibilities. For the big green circle I simply cut it in half and adhered it to the paper. For my coloring, I used my copic markers Y21, Y23, YG91, YG93, YG95 and W0. The W0 is good to use when coloring anything white. It really makes it look white. Finally, for the finishing touches, I added green ribbon (purchased at Micheal's) and Drew Drops.

I hope you like my card and get inspired to make one today. Hopefully, it won't have to be a sympathy card, but perhaps a card for a friend you haven't seen a while. Thank you so much for continuing to view my blog each day.

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Saturday, September 19, 2009

Holiday Wishes

Today is the last day of the Sherrod Studio preview and it is also the day that you can purchase any of the stamp sets you seen this week!

The Design Team has been busy all week creating beautiful cards to showcase the new sets. I hope you have visited their blogs to see their artwork.

Kelly Becker, Dawn Barrett, Mary Griffiths, Ceal Pritchett, Leah Cornelius Kathi Carlson, Mary Vogel and Kelli Caslow

Today's card is very traditional and uses only the sentiment from the Christmas Greetings set. this card shows you that you don't need a lot of stuff to make a beautiful holiday card and the versatility of Kim Sherrod's stamps.

I have been waiting all week for my new Wassail paper pad to come in so I can make this card. I was so excited when it arrived yesterday. Isn't it beautiful? For the sentiment, I stamped it on a wassail paper and used my Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels Four. Finally, I added some ribbon and drew drops to finish the card.

I hope you have fun looking at all the designs and visiting the DT's blogs. Now, go on and visit Sherrod Studio and buy yourself some new stamps! Thanks for looking!

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Friday, September 18, 2009

Warm Wishes

It's preview day 2 at Sherrod Studio!!!

You just gotta love this image! These are 2 of 5 images from the Tropical Holiday set. In addition to the images, there are 5 sentiments. This set will be available to purchase on Saturday, September 19th at
Sherrod Studio.

When I saw this image, I thought of my mother even though this is supposed to be Mrs. Clause. This will be my mom's 2nd Christmas in Puerto Rico. While we are in 30 degree weather she will be in sunny 90 degree weather.

So, I wanted to create a beach scene for today's preview and wondered how I was going to pull it off. I have never done a scenery card before.

First stamped the lady (Mrs. M) on the beach chair image towards the lower left side of the paper. Then I stamped the palm tree in the upper right to give the illusion that the tree is behind her. I used my copic markers to color the entire image. First, I started with Mrs. M. Then, I colored the palm tree. So far so good. To create the sand, I used three different earth tones (E30, E31 and E50). Then for the hard part. I thought to myself, "how in the world am I going to create the ocean". I started with my darkest blue on the edge of the sand and worked my way up to the horizon (BG09, BG07, BG05, BG01 and BG000). Finally, I had to add waves (sigh). I lightly stroked some lines with my white Uni-ball Gel pen. With my fingers, I smudged it to give it a smooth finish. Wow! I did it!! I couldn't believe I pulled it off!!

For the card layout, I decided to make a square card since my image was big enough. I used SU Real Red card stock for the base of the card.
Notice how I used green and red (Christmas colors) on the card. For the DS paper, I used K Marcella paper pad I purchased at Target a few months ago. The yellow and flowers give the card the tropical feel.

If you would like to see what other designs you can make with this set, make sure to visit the Design Team's blog. Click on the names on the right under Design Team. Tomorrow, I will show you a traditional Christmas card. Make sure to come back and take a look! Thanks for stopping by.

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Thursday, September 17, 2009

Glamorous Christmas Card

Today is Preview Day at Sherrod Studio!

For the next 3 days, the Design Team will be showing you the new release of the Holiday stamps. And, on Saturday, September 19th you can purchase any of the stamp sets shown. Make sure to visit the other DT blogs so you can see the other stamps sets. Best yet, make sure to stop by Kim Sherrod's blog for some blog candy. All you have to do is leave a comment on her blog.

I also want to introduce to you the newest member to the team. Her name is Kelli Caslow. Kelli is an illustrator and designer. In fact she designed the newest set called Pond Friends. Make sure to visit her BLOG to see her artwork.

For my first preview, I wanted to do a non-traditional Christmas card. I call it my glamorous Christmas Card. What inspired me was the DS paper and the Christmas tree on the left. I think it matches perfectly. Although it's hard to see, trust me when I say it's the perfect match. The tree has the same swirls as the DS paper.

I kept the layout very traditional and simple. I added clear embossing powder on the trees, stars and sentiment. Since the image was big enough I couldn't tie a bow, so instead I added 3 rows of ribbon across the paper.

My lil' girl saw my card once I was done and she said it looks like a Christmas Rock n' Roll/Glamorous card. Who said Christmas has to be traditional?

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Monday, September 14, 2009

Happy Harvest

Good Monday morning to you all!

The sun is out, the weather promises to be warm and I'm home alone. What better day can I ask for (wink)? I'll be busy today doing the usual tiding up but, today I think I just might go out for a run after this post. I haven't ran since high school and I really need to get physically back in shape. We'll see if I can keep it up.

Tomorrow I will start my second rounds of physical therapy so, I want to get myself into a routine. I went to my vascular surgeon last week and it turns out that I have a rare condition called Thoracic Outlet Syndrome. TOC is when you have compressed nerves that pass into the arms from the neck. Treatment for this is physical therapy to help strengthen the shoulder muscles, improve range of motion, and promote better posture. If this does not help, then the last option is a removal of rib to release pressure. Let's hope that the PT works! This sounds painful!!

So, the other day I mentioned that I have a lot of fall cards to do. Well, I started and here's one of the 3 different cards I'll be making. I used the pumpkins and sentiment from Sherrod Studio Harvest Blessing set. The CS and DS paper is from Stampin' Up! I colored the pumpkins with my markers added some ribbon and brads to finish the card.

Well, I better get my day started. Thanks for taking a look!

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Saturday, September 12, 2009

Forever Thankful

Today is the first Sketch Challenge at Sherrod Studio and the Design team and I are having fun! The best part is that you can join the challenge too!! All you have to do is make a card using this sketch, then go to Kim Sherrod's blog to post a comment and link your artwork. It would be fun to see what you created.

Here are some of the Design Teams cards for inspiration.

Kim Sherrod
Mary Vogel
Kathi Carlson
Sparkle Smith
Ceal Pritchett
Leah Cornelius
Mary Griffiths
Dawn Barrett
Kelly Becker

My card today is from the Harvest Blessings set. This set comes with 4 adorable images and 8 sentiments. It's the perfect set to use for your fall harvest cards.

I don't know about you but, this is my second favorite time of the year. The air is crisp, the leaves are beginning to change color and families are gathering together. For some, we can not visit families as they are too far away. If you are one of these people, why don't you make them a card. Perhaps you can bake some Pumpkin Spice Cookies and send it to them along with your card. In fact, here is a great recipe you can use to get you started. So, go on, make a card, bake some cookies and don't forget to post your artwork at Sherrod Studios. Thanks for taking a look!

Pumpkin Spice Cookies
1/2 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup canned or fresh pumpkin pur
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground clove
1 cup raisins
1 cup chopped walnuts
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease cookie sheets.
  2. In a bowl, with an electric mixer at medium speed, cream together butter with brown sugar until smooth. Beat in egg and vanilla. Beat in pumpkin purée.
  3. In another bowl, combine flour, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda, salt, nutmeg, ginger, and clove. Add to butter mixture and beat well to combine. Add raisins and nuts in 2 batches, mixing between additions.
  4. Drop by tablespoonfuls onto prepared sheets. Bake about 18 minutes, until set, not browned. Transfer to racks to cool.

Makes 36 cookies.

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Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Sweet Bookmark

Okay, I couldn't resist...I just had to make this bookmark when I saw this weeks challenge at Stampavie. It's been a long time since I colored one of these lil' girls. As always, I have so much fun coloring them in.

I made this bookmark with the intention to put it in the care package for my cousin. However, I think I might just have to keep this one. Oh well, I guess I'll have to make another one (wink).

After choosing the stamp I wanted to use, I looked around my collection of DS paper for something blue. I found this DS paper that had blue, green, yellow and a bit of white. After that, I picked my two color card stock (SU Kiwi Kiss and Soft Sky). Then, I wanted to do something different for the sentiment, so I added clear embossing powder for the word Live. For my tassle, I went to my local craft store and purchased fiber adornaments. I added the same color ribbon and tied them together. Lastly, I added the Stampin' Up! Filigree brad and rhinestone for some extra glam.

Okay now, I'm off to start my Fall Harvest cards. I have lots to do.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Today's bookmark was made with: Stampin' Up! Kiwi Kiss, Soft Sky and Whisper White card stock, DS paper, Clear Stamp, Sentiments, Clear Embossing Powder (LIVE), SU Filigree brad, ribbons & Fringes and markers.

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Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Just for You

Hey there,

I hope you had a great Labor Day weekend and have now settled into your weekday routine. As for my family and I, we stood home resting all weekend. We did manage one pool day (Saturday) this weekend. This week promises to be overcast and rainy so, I'm glad we had one last swim before we close the pool.

I was so glad to send the kids off to school this morning. Although coming home from the bus stop, I stood in the middle of my kitchen wondering what to do. Once I got myself together, I managed to work on the laundry, clean up the rooms, fix the beds and yup, you guest it...stamp!

I made this adorable notepad for my cousin who just left to college (Hi Emily). I'm so proud of her! She is going to Brown University on a FULL scholarship. I want to send her a 'goodie' package so, I'm putting together a few things. If any of you have college kids, what should I add to the package?

Anyway on to my notepad, I used my all time favorite Stampin' Up! Bella Rose DS paper. I purchased this notepad at my local craft store and altered it. It's just perfect for a small gift or to just stick it right into your purse/bag. I think I might have to make one for myself. It's too darn cute!!

Thanks for visiting!

Today's project was made with: Altered notepad, Stampin' Up! Bella Rose DS Paper, Kiwi Kiss card stock, Teeny Tiny Wishes sentiment, Image stamp, ribbon and button.

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Monday, September 7, 2009

Thoughts & Prayers

Last week, my DH had 3 unrelated deaths at his job. He asked me to make him some cards and while I was happy he asked, the circumstance were pretty sad. Of course you never want to have to make a sympathy card.

It was pretty hard for me to come up with something so I kinda ceased this card from the SU catalog. I was browsing through the catalog for some inspiration and found this card on page 53. I like the colors and the Top Note design, so I thought I could go with something similar.

I added the Sanded background stamp, changed the image and sentiment to
Stampin' Up!'s Thoughts & Prayers stamp set, sponged around the layers of card stock and added red ribbon.

It takes a lot of me to make a sympathy card because I am in deep prayer for the family who will be receiving my card. First, I thank God for the ability, creativity and resources He has given me to make these cards. Then, I ask for peace and comfort for the family who will be receiving the card.

It's not always easy to make these cards but the joy it brings after I'm done is so rewarding.

Thanks for taking a look.

Today's card was made with: Stampin' Up! Always Artichoke, Night of Navy, Riding Hood Red, Kraft and Very Vanilla card stock, Sanded and Thoughts & Prayers stamp set, Red ribbon, 3/16" Corner Rounder punch, Stampin' Write Markers and Sponge Daubers.
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Friday, September 4, 2009

Friend to Friend

Ahhh, I finally had some peace and quite in my house today. Unlike yesterday, my day was spent in the hospital.

I woke up yesterday morning with my arm still hurting and after taking the kids to the bus stop, I called the doctor and he sent me to the hospital. They did an ultrasound from my neck to my elbow in search of a clot. The results came out negative so they sent me home with oxycondone and referred me to a neurologist. So frustrating!

Anyway, today was a different story. I wasn't going to spend another day worrying about my arm. I got the kids ready for school, walked them to the bus stop and when I got home, I cleaned the bathrooms, dusted the furniture, vacuumed the rooms, picked up the toys, finished the laundry and when the house was all cleaned up, I made this card. Yes, my arm hurt but, I couldn't stand looking at my dirty house anymore.

I made this card for a new friend. We spoke on the phone for hours the other day and we hit it off immediately. Turns out she is a fellow Stampin' Up! demonstrator for 11 years! Too bad she lives too far. Kristen, if you are reading this, Hi (wink).

I made this card using the Stampin' Up! Heartfelt Thanks Stamp set. It's an oldie but one of my favorites. If you look closely, I recolored the orange flower so that it has more definition. The same goes for the DS paper, an oldie but a goody. One item that is not old is the Teeny Tiny Wishes. This set comes with 24 sentiments! It has greeting for just about every occasion. Definitely a must have! If you would like to purchase this set, simply click on the Teeny Tiny Wishes link or click on the Order Stampin' Up Products link on your right.

Well, I better get outside and enjoy the rest of the day. Thanks for looking!

Today's card was made with: Stampin' Up! Teeny Tiny Wishes and Heartfelt Wishes stamp set, Haiku DS paper, Eyelet Border punch, Kiwi Kiss and Tangerine Tango ink pad, markers, Chocolate Brown ribbon and dimensionals.

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Wednesday, September 2, 2009

New Holiday Mini

The New Holiday Mini Catalog is Here! If you have previously placed a Stampin' Up! order with me, your Holiday Mini should be in the mail. If you would like a FREE copy please email me at Jcapre003@gmail.com.

Today's picture comes right out of the New Holiday Mini. I just love the new Holiday Designer Series Paper in addition to everything else in the Mini (wink). To view the Catalog click HERE.

From September 1st to November 30th, host a $250 workshop and choose any item from the Holiday Mini Catalog for just $10. Excludes t
he Hostess sets and My Digital Studio™.

Fall is soon approaching and now is the time to book your workshops! Be the first one to have all your Halloween treats made, your Thanksgiving cards mailed and Christmas Cards sealed.