Monday, December 29, 2008

The last RMDH Card...

This little guy looks so cute gazing at the stars! I just stamped him in gray and carefully colored so I would not smear the ink, and watercolored his body a little to add some depth. A little shiny ribbon and some scallops, and he was done. This card really did not photograph well, but I thought I would share it anyway.

That's it. All the cards I made for Ronald McDonald House. Soon, I will upload the cards I made for friends. With less time pressure, those were a little more complex (for the most part).

Sunday, December 28, 2008

I wanted to do something in traditional colors too! I used my Cuttlebug embossing folders for the background and I have always loved (but never used) these little deer. They seemed to ink up better with the craft inks, but other than that, this card came together in minutes.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Easiest card in the World!

This was actually one of the last cards I made for Ronald McDonald House. I was getting tired, so I wanted something that was easy to make. I dug into some Cosmo Cricket paper (from last year's Christmas purchases...) and made a simple layout for the card. Then I wanted to use the snowflake stamp from the 2008 scallop set from SAB. You know what? I actually had trouble finding colors to match these papers! None of my SU colors worked. You would think that with over 70 colors I have... and I did not bring any other pad. Oops. So, I went with brown. I wish I have that blueish-green to color the snowflake. Hopefully, they liked them anyway.

Friday, December 26, 2008

To a new lawyer

My former law clerk and friend passed the bar. She got her results right before Thanksgiving and we went to brunch right afterwards. I really wanted to make her a little cards. What could be better for it than lawyerbella! She kind of looks like a judge to me, but maybe that will be in her future too!

Everything but the stamp is Stampin' Up.

Gingerbread Man Card

I love this little guy! He comes in a Stampin Up hostess set called Deer Friends and they are all little circles you can punch out. I made a ton of my cards with the set for this Christmas (more to come later...)

Everything is SU except the snowflake stamp. I did not plan to use that, but it seemed to go with the design inside the circles on the brown paper and the card needed something else when I got it all glued together. I also used some Stickles to color the ends of his feet and hands to make it look like frosting. That is as close as I come to baking! LOL

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Two of my favorite cards I made for Ronald McDonald House this year. The idea came from Splitcoaststampers with the tree and of course I had to make version with snowflakes cause I LOVE them. I used various shades of SU greens/blues to give it depth. These were so fun to make. I wish I had done a few for my own cards. Maybe I will find a way for valentines day...

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Just a quick post with the necklace and earrings I made for my paralegal at work. Made with Sterling Silver and Labradorite. It has a fun, bluish, iridescent finish. All wire wrapped.

Will post the Christmas cards I sent out soon...

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Aren't we cute?

From Sundiver Dive in Catalina

This was probably the best photo I took diving in Catalina this weekend. The underwater ones did not turn out as well as last time. :-(

Sunday, November 09, 2008


What girl does not love jewelry! Stacy found this cool class where we made a crocheted necklace. I did not even know how to do a chain stitch before the class. Here is what we made:

And here is a close up of my project:
Not a great picture, but what can I girl do... anyway, I made the necklace and had to share it with all my friends, whether or not they were interested. LOL Shaddi expressed an interest however and asked that I make her one with turquoise for her upcoming birthday. This was the result of my efforts:

Little different, but I hope she likes it. And while I am posting, I have been stamping... so here is the card I gave Shaddi with the present:

Well, that's about it until I take more pictures of things I have made lately. Hopefully, this will do for now. Enjoy!

Saturday, September 27, 2008

An inspiring Beate's Weekend Sketch

I have been looking at other people making such cute cards with sketches, especially ones Beate posts. So, as I sat down in my partially organized studio, I thought I would give it a try with the scraps that were on my table.

Here is the sketch for the weekend:

And here is my (loose) interpretation of it. I accidentally cut the strips wider than I planned, so I placed the circle in between the strips to make up for it. The cardstock is all Stampin Up (Ruby Red and Confetti Cream), the patterned paper is from MME along with the tag, which I simply stamped with an old sayings set. I used the scallop border punch and scallop circle punch (also from US) cause I am still on that kick. A little leftover ribbon and I was done!

Friday, June 20, 2008

A couple of June cards...

These are somewhat random cards I had to make this month. I just have not had time to post them. The first was made for the Club Scrap Birthday cards swap. We made a card for everyone in the group whose birthday it is each month. There are about 100 members, I think. So, I make a little batch of cards each month and mail them to the gals. When I have a bunch of cards to make I usually make them assembly style. I don't really get bored if it is less than 10 cards. I actually have harder time doing variations on a theme because after I make the first card, then all the variations look wrong to me. Anyway - here it is...

The paper is an odd combibation of POPs from Club Scrap -I think Renaissance yellow, some black and a red I cannot place. The ribbon was from Beverly's, stamp is Stampin Up. The embossing was done with a Cuttlebug folder - one of the more addictive things I have found lately!

The second card (left) I made for my Dad this year. All the supplies came in a kit from QVC (did you get this one too?). It actually had a cool saying for Father's Day in it which just seemed to fit the last year. So, I went for it. The little flower stamps and punches are Stampin Up from this year's punch box. I just love making those flowers.

I hope Dad liked it.

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Help me fight MS!

I know this is not scrap related. But it is about something close to my heart.

For the second time, I will walk in 50 mile Challenge Walk MS. Of course, my inspiration for this walk is my friend Kelly, who was diagnosed with MS shortly before I met her about seven years ago. I have seen the uncertainty the disease has created in her life - not knowing whether she will wake up able to walk, see and touch. It was not long ago that she told me she kept dropping the pen as she was writing because she could not really feel it in her hands. I could not even imagine. She has walked this 50 mile route for 7 years and I was honored when she asked me to walk it with her again.

In the next few months, I will be preparing myself both physically and mentally to walk 50 miles. I can do the training and walk the miles each week, but I need your help to reach my fundraising goal. I have made a personal commitment to raise $3,000 to help fight this disease! I cannot do this part without your help!

My fundraising efforts will make a difference. Please consider making tax-deductible donation. I’m very grateful for whatever you can give. Please visit my donation site at

June 11 is a special fundraising blitz for the challenge. As a special bonus with my team, if you donate on my website on June 11th, for every $25 you donate, you will get one chance to win a set of 4 1-day Disneyland Park Hopper passes. So, for example, a $100 donation earns four chances. Note that the tickets expire on September 15, 2008, so you need to plan to go this summer if you win. Of course, the more you donate, the more chances you have to win.

Thank you so much for your support! Believe me, every little bit helps!

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

What is it with these sketches lately? I am having so much fun with them. Very unlike me. This is from the Lifetime Moments Saturday Sketch challenge. I even got it done in time!!!

The layout was made with a mish mash of stuff from my stash. Paper is Club Scrap, Bazzill, 29th Street. Letters are Thickers and Doodlebug rub ons. Frame is from Anna Griffin (I think) and is filled with Glassy Glaze. Flowers are Prima. Ink is Distress Inks by Ranger. I think that is it!

Thanks for looking!

Monday, May 12, 2008

A Pair - inspired by Classy Coordinates Sketches!

My friend Wendy always does the most amazing layouts. She tipped me off to a great sketch service done by When you sign up, you get an email each week with seven sketches, so you end up with a sketch for each day of the year. I received all of the 2007 sketches, and signed up for 2008. They look so "do-able." Would you believe this is my first actual layout with them? Well, here it is:

I used one of the kits from Coordinates Collections-- just added a Stampin Up eyelet and ribbon on the tag, some Fancy Pants felt from an add on and some chipboard letters I had sitting around ( they must be Heidi Swap cause they will not stick to save their life. LOL). I wanted something for the eye to rest upon, so there is a thin outline of yellow shimmery paper from Hambly - you know, the one with the cute owl on it. I cut the owl out for future use, don't worry. The rest of the papers are SEI.

Between the kit and the sketch, this took just about an hour from start to finish. Not bad for a worknight.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Poolside Vegas

Another layout I did while cropping with friends from one of the Coordinates Collections kits. It came with a pack of chipboard punchouts which I painted blue. I also bought the Heidi Swap clear flower addons. I painted the center of the flower with the same acrylic paint. The big challenge is gluing them on the page. I am not sure of the best glue... but it was not KI Gloo. That totally showed through. I still like the layout though. I think I love anything with Thickers. ;)

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

A Sketch Layout

Some of you already know how much I love the kits from Coordinates Collections. If you have cropped with me, you will often see me just bring a batch of kits with me to a crop. They basically have everything you need to make a great layout.

Well, this layout was made with one of those kits. I think the papers are Daisy D' - including the little journaling cards. Those make journaling so much easier because you know just how much space to fill. The embellishments are loose in the kit, so I am not sure what they are. The layout was based on a Becky Fleck sketch made for LifetimeMoments. I added lettering from yet another kit, and used stamps I had from Starving Artists stamps to do the stitching.

I have been trying to get these pictures scrapped for nearly 2 years. Somehow, between the sketch and the perfect kit, this came together really smoothly. Enjoy!

Monday, May 05, 2008

Spinning Wheel card

This card was so much fun to make! The instructions were a part of Lifetime Moment's National Scrapbook Day classes. The wheel (which is the really light scalloped layer) spins and reveals different messages in the window. I used Club Scrap's Nature's Wonder kit, which came with this little strip of saying (such as love, joy, walk in the garden) that I punched out and glued into the window. The flower pumchouts also came with the kit. I just added some SU Wild Wasabi ribbon to make the stems and leaves.

I made this one for my stepmom for her birthday. I am giving it to her at lunch, so I don't think she will see this post in the next few hours. I also made her a pearl bracelet and earrings. I will try to post those later (need to take a picture first.)

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Color Challenge card

I am a big fan of Kristina Werner's blog because she makes such fun, graphic cards. Wish I could do that... She has been doing color challenges, but the deadline is too short with work. BUT, since I am here recuperating from surgery, I had time to get it done. Not the greatest work of art, but I used stamps and paper I had not used because, and it was fun.

To the right is the color challenge image and the Stampin Up colors she matched to it. Totally different, isn't it?

Well, here is the little card I made from the challenge:
We received this set free from Stampin Up last year (a level 3 hostess set). It is called Time Well Spent. I loved the set but never did anything with it. So, it was time to get it off the shelf and give it a go. All the supplies except the embossing folder (Cuttlebug) and patterned paper (Reminisce) are from Stampin Up. Who would have thunk?


Tuesday, January 01, 2008

The start of belated postings...

I guess I have not posted for a month or so. December got pretty busy with Christmas parties, family time. If I posted all the stuff I made last month, I would be putting up Christmas cards for months. Maybe I will spare you that and just post a couple if I have time.

Here is a hostess gift I made for a friend's Christmas Party. The picture frame was a paper base and I covered it with the Stampin Up Brocade paper and Old Olive cardstock. The ribbon is the new taffeta in Chocolate Chip and the pin and beading are from the Pretties kit. For some reason, something simple like this takes me forever. Hope my friend liked it...