Today you get a really simple card...and at the 11th hour! I can't stop the daily posting now...I've made it through three years now of daily posts, so I'm not about to give up on the streak :) This has a RAKd image on it that I had colored up a long while back - and I still have a few of the candy-striped twisties that I used for these cards.
It had to be an easy card - I had a crazy busy (but successful!) day! I finally finished packing up 10 boxes (huuuuge ones!) full of goodies for the cruise, and hauled them to UPS. I'm mailing them way early so we can go ground, and there's plenty of time to put up with snowstorms if they crop up along the way. Fortunately the hotel isn't charging me a storage fee :)
I also took down the Christmas decorations - which really were only the tree and the outside lights. I had no space to decorate anywhere! But all that came down....and I could finally vacuum in a major way with all that out of the house. You know how it goes, get cleaning one thing, and that leads to another, and another....lol!
The CHA kits are done, too...now it's a matter of getting the project sheets done. We'll offer instructions and sketches to the retailers, so that'll be lots of work to put those together. But the construction of the kits is done, and that makes a huge difference! I feel under a little control now :) The photos are taken, and I finished the color correction/cropping today, and now it's on to those project sheets.
Be sure to come back tomorrow - we're doing an impromptu bloghop, showing off our top ten cards of 2011....I hope you'll like what I picked out to share!
This week's challenge was scheduled back when we thought the shipper transition would be happening over the course of a month....instead, Caro was chompin' at the bit, so we made the switch earlier. But....my thanks still go out to Dixie for her 2 years as a shipper - not only did she rock the east coast shipping duties, but she served as my listening ear when I was ready to pull my hair out...and she's always ready to receive a crazy text message to remember what she left behind :) She's still going to be around (not going to let her go that easy!!)....and am I ever glad of that!
My card uses the postman from Stampers Best - I stamped his bag twice so I could fill it with teensy punched HEARTS! Because Dixie just loves 'em, ya know! :) :) :) The hearts are from the insides of a border punch, that's why they're so teensy. The paper is by Echo Park, both sides of a sheet. (It's Christmas paper, but whatever. It has flowers on it!) The scalloped border is by Sizzix.
And the two-fer is for a hero with two kidlets! One card fits both :) Image is from Mo's Digital Pencil, papers by Pinecone Press.
I'm making a birthday card - NOT because I need any, that's what I seem to have most of lately. But coz it was Jesus' birthday! I know, I know this isn't for Him, but ya know. Gotta do it. Image by Kraftin Kimmie, papers by Basic Grey. :)
I hope you're all having a blessed Christmas! And I also hope you're celebrating the real reason for the season. I know it's not PC, but...there ya have it :)
These first three use Graphic 45 paper, nested layered nesties, a sentiment I made myself, and 2 images from Mo's Digital Pencil. What FUN they are to color.
Can you believe we've made it to 100 sketches on the S&S blog, wahOOO! This card has paper by Pinecone Press (except the light pink behind the girl - that's from Hero Arts). Image by The Greeting Farm. Sentiment by SRM stickers. And of course it's one more Valentine for my box!
So stoked that vacation time has begun....no work days til 2012! I know it's only a week but it feels like longer when ya say 2012 :) I have a to-do list ten miles long....and yesterday I got my first big checklist item finished: the supplies for the cruise are boxed and ready to roll! Aside from 2 companies still sending donations, that is, and a couple last minute things I'll be adding in....and I'm sure I'll have a 'final' box to ship at the last minute, knowing me. "What if we don't have this? It could be a disaster!" Ha! That's why my suitcases are always overloaded :)
And...a report on the CHA kits: 648 are done and in the living room pile, and more than that if some that a volunteer is finishing up get counted. Plus there are 4 designs I have completed but not yet kitted. I'm getting so close to 1000, wahoo! Hoping to finish all that up this week so January can be spent on all the computer stuff that I need to do - both in prep for both trips, as well as the annual report for OWH.
So....a merry Christmas it is! Not that my list needed to dwindle for it to feel merry, but less pressure of the 'list' makes it a lot easier to focus on the real reason for the season. I pray that all of you have a blessed Christmas celebration - with your churches, your families, and your friends. And your four-legged buddies, too!
....at least I think it's the last! Mine finally went postal this week, and I have a few more I hope to still send - they'll be late, but ya know. That's life eh! Image here is by The Greeting Farm - I used a white pen to make the polkadots on her outfit and halo. Papers by....oh I think these were October Afternoon. That's usually a good guess around here :)
A little story about yesterday at PT.....Todd was working on my foot, doing the usual stuff, but looking really frustrated. He gave me back the completed FMLA papers, and put Jan 31 as an end date. I asked if he thought I would be all better by then - and he said he just didn't know what more good he could do if we don't have an impact on the pain by then. I started feeling really hopeless again.
So I started praying. To keep from crying! And I begged God to give him an idea. Some memory from a college textbook, or a lecture he had heard. Something unconventional, opposite thinking, a crazy idea just to try something new. And....shortly he went and got some long flat cushion things.
He set them on the floor, with my orthotic on top of one - and told me to stand on it with one foot (the bad one). I did, still felt the same. Put it on a different one - somewhat different feeling, a little less pain. Then found one with NO pain....it was the craziest thing, because since the pain is on the outside of my foot, he's been doing things to get my weight to shift back to the inside. Normal thinking. Well, this pitched my foot back harder to the outside. There's a shim stuck to the bottom of my orthotic now, and it feels pretty good; I feel a little where the shoe rubs against it, but it's not pressing nearly as hard as it was. So weird since my foot is angled so far out now!
We have no idea why it worked....or if it'll stay working. We thought the cortisone would do more than a week's worth of pain relief. But - on Friday we'll re-cast for new orthotics with the new angle to them, and we'll see if that works. I asked if it was a solution that'll just 'mask' the real pain - and his thinking is that if we can make it so that 95% of the time, while wearing orthotics, this gives me relief, then the nerve that's causing the problem will just calm itself down. Enough that walking around occasionally barefoot wouldn't irritate it, since it's not been fussy for the rest of my day. He gave me an extra piece of the foam stuff so I can play with making a 'shim' for my right foot too - who knows, maybe that'll solve that pain too. (Same surgery over a dozen years ago left me with constant phantom pain in that foot.) So....pray that it works - on both feet - and that this just resolves it all. I am soooooo done with foot pain, I mean that in all earnestness!
The little image from InStyle on this card is named Sandy - howsaboutthat! So of course every year I have to make a card with her :) Papers are by October Afternoon.
Yes, MINE I say! lol. I was using up bits on this one, including letters - I had enough for "mine" but not "be". So it reads a little like an ORDER for Valentines Day!
Hey gang! Today I have a bit of a crazy bit of leftovers to share. I was punching a bunch of hearts with my Tonic punch, and had a pile of swirls left from the middle.
Okeydokey, I played with my blog format again...easier? I thought I'd like the other way, but I think that just didn't function like I had hoped. So I'm kinda back to a really simple format. I applied the same to S&S too, we'll see if that helps increase comments again; other than the HA posts with candy, comments slowed down with the new format, so hopefully the more traditional format will make it easier. I did like the way the former S&S dropdown menus worked, but maybe I can find a widget that'll add that back into the template, but for now - at least it's cleaned up :)
And now.....another card made with scraps! Love using them up....there were a ton of these hearts when I got done, so I hope you don't get bored seeing them :) The large neutral paper is BG, and I see some Cosmo Cricket, October Afternoon, and Jillibean in there too.
All afternoon I worked on kits kits kits and more kits with Dotti - we got four done, so that's nearly 100 more kits prepped for CHA. We're slowly working up to the total we need! :) Theresa's been a huge help too - I'm going to look at my list tonight and see what our count is right now, but I know we're well past halfway. Wahoo!
But I think I'm taking the night off - Ciara's snuggled up with me and we're watching cheesy Christmas movies :)
Hey everyone - I'm so excited we're having a Happy Hour Skip today! If you started here, you'll want to go to the top of the skip (mini blog hop) to see everything and find out about the amazing prizes :) Hero Arts stamps, ya know!
My card share is a couple cards, and all really CAS - you know how I struggle with CAS! I started with heavyduty card bases - that stuff from Walmart doesn't cut it when you go CAS on a card. This has a slight linen texture to it so it's even more awesome.
Then I created my own background papers using the Ranger Distress Stains - they're daubers that contain the distress inks, but in less concentration than the reinker bottles. I used this video as a start on them....GREAT explanation of the differences in the inks from Tim. And I made a whole bunch of backgrounds.
Then I took the Right at Home set (CL583) and its darling little kite, and decided on making that a focus. I trimmed the background papers straight, then stamped the kite on the backgrounds, just off the corner, and colored the 'ties' white with an Inkssentials white pen from Ranger too. Then I stamped the kites separately, and popped just the kite diamond. Layered all the pieces, and done! Click on a photo to enlarge it and you can see the cool stuff these inks do on paper.
So tell me, which one do you like best? Leave a comment - be sure you comment on all the blogs so you can have more chances to WIN!
Your next stop on the hop is our friend Barb - you're going to want to see what she makes with those clocks!
I went back and picked up Sketch 94 from S&S...with more of my scrappy hearts!
Jan picked Valentines for this week's Midweek Throwdown - and I wanted to play with the house stamp from the new Hero Arts Right at Home set (CL583) again. This is so much fun to color, lots of open space! On this one I kept the darker colors on the edges, and didn't worry about a light source - since it was a green house I wasn't headed for 'reality' anyhow :)
Some other fun things - the border at the bottom? Tonic! It's a single punch that fits into their border punch system so you can make a row of them. I love this one! The ribbon's by Bazzill, sentiment was a digi from KnK last Valentines Day I think.
And last but not least - the fluff on that little heart? Stampendous' Fun Flock!! I glued it on with the Flower Soft High Tack PVA Glue - and it stays pretty darned well!
Oh what a productive day I had yesterday! It was our usual stamp club day, with the unusual exception that we met at Scrap That!, a LSS near here. I didn't even know about them til this past summer when they hosted an OWH party - and now I am a regular customer :)
I made a bunch of Christmas gifts, which I obviously won't be sharing til after they're delivered and opened...but I also finally jammed on making some more of my own Christmas cards - I actually did 20 of one design (eeeeeeeeeeep!) which nearly drove me over the edge. However I was determined to keep my promise to myself; when I bought a motherlode of May Arts Christmas ribbon, I committed that I'd USE it all this year. No holdovers. There's no space for that around here! So I kept going on these til this deLISH 2 sided ribbon was gone! I used papers from Authentique and October Afternoon on these.
One more thing to share today - I got to make a sketch for S&S! Can't remember the last time that I did :) We're using the new stamp sets, and I pulled out the Right at Home set (CL583) which has become a go-to set for me. Maybe because the cloud and kite are the doodles I sent to Hero Arts along with the presentation of the concepts...heehee. Here I used new Basic Grey papers I picked up at my LSS - on Small Business Saturday no less :) The kites are colored with Copics, and I used the blender pen to "erase" the patterns into each one. The sentiment is also from the stamp set - I just cut it into parts. (The stamped image not the stamp!) The butterfly is from a Studio Calico kit, made by Sassafrass. Ribbon by May Arts.
The girls over at the Crafty Contagion blog (my monthly stamping group!) are hosting a special little post today....we divvied up the 12 days of Christmas and made cards inspired by them! And of course since I was the dummy who came up with the idea, I took two (there are 10 of us)...and also let them pick the hard ones for me. And hard they were!
First are the seven swans a-swimming. I did find a swan digi here - I scoured my stamp collection and had nada! Yay for digis! Colored it with just a wash of blues..then used my nesties, some matching nestie bling, paper by K&Co, ribbon by May Arts, and punched some butterflies. Since Valentines Day is on the way (and today's the last day for the Archway challenge cards!) this'll totally serve some guy well - his lady will feel pretty special. And hopefully there's no weird menage-a-trois that will be recalled by 3 swans on this card. LOL.
And to get that idea out of your head, here's my second card. This was for eleven pipers piping - that was tough! I have a lot of stamps but nobody playing a piccolo or anything. So I went for the pipe instead, and my mind traveled back to art history class: "Ceci n'est pas un pipe." Well, mine IS a pipe. I drew it myself and colored it with Copics. It was hard to design this one! I'm thinking a card with a pipe is going to go home to a dad or grandpa, so wanted to keep it really really masculine. Plain cardstock (with just a wee tidge of texture) made it work! The strips are an inch each, and the bottoms are made with a 1-inch circle punch. I'm expecting some major flak for going the pipe route, by the way. Bring it on! I think it's pretty funny.
Crafty Contagion blog!
PS I'm out all day with my crafty gals - and we're having our Christmas party this evening. I won't be home to check the mail til really late, so will be able to announce sometime on Sunday if we made it to 5000 for the Archway challenge!
I saw this paper when I was on my shopping adventure on Small Biz Saturday...and just loved it. Softer colors than normal for Christmas - and I like 'em! I used some stickers from SRM for the sentiments. And - you guessed it. May Arts. Yeah, I'm just a nut for ribbon.
I'm never sure if a bird like this is supposed to be a red bird, or what kind he is. LOL. Gotta get out my Audubon books maybe! But....it's a pretty simple card with a free digi from Pink Gem Designs, with a bunch of layers of October Afternoon yummy papers.
In my "I gotta craft now and do it fast coz my to-do list is insane" world, I like challenges like this - using a sentiment as the image on a card! As much as I like to color, I totally miss my Copics right now - I'm using already colored images from my stash lately so I can just quickly get cards put together! Ack! But...this feels legit since I got to pick the stamp and ink it up rather than pulling from my stash at least :) Plus I stamped a Happy Valentines Day sentiment on the inside :)
The stamp is by Inkadinkado. And the cool paper? In my Studio Calico kit of course! So much yummy stuff shows up in that. I haven't used much of last month's yet though, and this month's is on the way - yikes, they're gonna be backing up on me soon! I seriously need to get past all the kit-making and back to normal crafting. Only 700 more kits to go......wheee!
Be sure YOU go enter the ODBD challenge too - and link up all your friends! If we reach 50 players, then ODBD will sponsor the shipping for two boxes to our heroes! Cool huh?