Thursday, March 31, 2011

26,000 Hits and More

Hello to all my blogging friends. I hope this post finds you all well and happy!

Wow this has been some week! I have so much to share with you. First off, My Little Patch of Dirt passed 26,000 Hits can you believe that. I want to thank all of you who check out my little blog and helped make this happen! A BIG THANK YOU!!!!! Second, I was approached by a couple of the Owners of the Sketch Frenzy Friday Blog and was asked to become one of the Members of their Design Team! Oh My Goodness not in my wildest dreams would I have thought this would happen. How stinking cool is that! Of course I accepted are you kidding me (BIG SMILE). What a privileged it is to be considered as a part of that team, those ladies are amazing artists.
My first submission will show up tomorrow I believe. I hope you all will check out their weekly blog hop and submit your cards for their challenges. They have given me a lot of inspiration in the past.

I am still working on a big tutorial that I will post by this weekend so I didn't have a lot of time to create something new. The back ordered Build a Blossom Punch that I ordered last week finally came in Yippee, gotta love the man in brown!, I was dying to make a card I saw on Sharon Fields blog several month ago using this Punch. It is a CASE of a CAS card lolol I was so impressed with what she saw in this stamp set that I said I had to try it out once it came in. I would never had thought of this cute little card had I not saw it on her blog. Thanks for the inspiration Sharon.

Is this not the most darling little Ball Gown you have ever seen!
You know  I was browsing blogs today and saw that this color theme will work over at Create with Connie and Marys blog challenge. I really enjoy doing their challenges too.  What do you think! Please go on over and check them out OK.

Supplies used:
Old Olive, Not Quite Navy and Whisper Whit Card Stock.
A little scrap form this weeks background paper using Presto Patterns Designer Series Paper for the Gown.
Certainly Celery, Marina Mist and Baja Breeze Classic Ink.
Textured Impression Framed Tulips Folder & The Big Shot.
8 Tiny Tiny Pearls.
I stamped the little stamp piece on the DSP scrap from a couple days ago and cut it out and trimmed it a bit to make the bodice. I punched out the scallop flower petal and mounted them on a piece of the Not Quite Navy card stock. Then just added that piece to the other layers and the Tulip Folder then to the Old Olive card base.

Thats all there is to this little CAS. I'm getting to like CAS cards how about you? They are quick and easy and great if you are in a pinch for a card.

I did want to add one more thing to this post! Blog Candy!!!! To celebrate the 26,000 hits and the SFF announcement. How about one of the special cards I am making the tutorial of this weekend. Anyone who is interested please leave me a comment on this post and tomorrows debut of my first Sketch Frenzy Friday DT post. Wish me luck and send me some love, I could use it (Nervous Smile).

Now it's your turn to go and create something fun.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Tuesday Tuesday

Hello my blogging friends. I hope this post finds you all well and happy.

I saw a color challenge over at Split Coast Stampers (SCS) today, using Baja Breeze, Marina Mist and Certainly Celery. Those colors just POP with a touch of Black. I love, love, love this color combination!!! This card made it's self. I have used them on another background paper project last summer. What you do is sponge ink directly on to the card stock easy enough right! But if you sponge the ink on to SU's fabulous DSP  Presto Pattern Specialty Paper  the white embossed design resists the ink and just pops out like magic. I knew the Artistic Etchings Stamp Set would do the trick. I black embossed 3 of the images from this set on Marina Mist card stock cut them out and mounted them with dimensionals to the front of the background paper. I added a few Antique Brads and Du Hickeys (lololol), OK Vintage Trinkets (I had to look it up) distressed the edges added a little black Grosgrain Ribbon Knot Bow and there you have it.

Here is the card I made. What do you think?

(Hot Tip) You can make your own background paper by stamping randomly or strategically placing stamped images on card stock using VersaMark. Use White, Clear or Black Embossing Powder depending on the color effect you want and heat set the embossing images. Once cool you can sponge ink directly on to the paper  you will begin to see the magic appear. Give it a try sometime. You will find you just love certain color combination for this technique too. I usually try to use three colors at a time as (light, med & dark) this provides depth to the background.
I took a couple photos of the DSP paper I used on this card to give you a visual example of this technique. Hope this helps.

I'm going to work on a project today that I have promised a few friends I would do a while ago!!! (YIKES).  I hate it when I procrastinate doing something that I know I have to do! Thank goodness that is not very often. The truth is, it's just going to be a challenge for me and I'm afraid I'll do it wrong! Do you ever feel like that? I even know it would bring joy to them, but I dragged my feet for far too long. So today is the day!!!! I hope they will forgive me (PLEASE) and love what I make them. You know a promise is a promise and it's important to keep your word. Have a good day everyone and now it is your turn to go create something fun.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Mojo Monday

Hello my blogging friends. I hope this post finds you all well and happy!

It's Monday and a entirely new week to create Yippee! I really stepped out of my comfort zone on a challenge over at  Mojo Monday The challenge was to do a card of a non-traditional card shape
You know me always trying to challenge myself to do something different. So I chose the round example and this is what I came up with. I even went so far as to use a color combination I would not have normally used Pink and Gray and if that wasn't challenging enough I made a more feminine card than what I am usually accustomed to making! This card was indeed a challenge.
This is what I came up with. Funny it took me a good portion of the day to make this little round 4 1/2 inch card!
Here is the inside
 Here are the instructions and supplies I used to make this card.
I cut a double layered round 4 inch circle but left a inch and a half uncut to the left side of the circle in order to make the card fold.
Then I cut another 4 inch circle in Basic Gray to use this as the  base of the card cutting so that the fold line would match the card front.
I used my heat gun to heat the satin ribbon so that it would have a nice bend and texture to it about 12 inches. (Caution do not over heat ribbon it will burn and turn black).I used sticky tape to adhere ribbon to the gray card stock and to the white card stock base.
I made some background paper by using Pretty in Pink classic ink brayered on to a Perfect Detail Textured Plate Swirl Pattern for the large scallop flower, the little flower and the ribbon border. I got the idea from Ann Schach to make my own background paper. (Thanks Ann! )
I used Whisper White card stock as the base of the background paper and ran the inked Textured Plate through the Big Shot. I then Punched one Scallop Circle, one little Boho Blossom Punched Flower set and a 4 inch strip of Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border out of the background paper to use for embellishments. I cut slices in the scallop circle for texture then assembled the 2 smaller flower pieces by using a Clear Rhinestone  Brad and attached this embellishment to the lower left corner of the circle on top of the ribbon piece and the sentiment piece.
 I chose the Strength & Hope Stamp  Set to highlight the card as Stampin Up is donating $2.00 of every Stamp Set we sell to aid the  Breast Cancer Research Foundation. I used VersaMark on the swirl stamp and Basic Gray for the H for Hope.
4 rhinestones added some bling to the Ribbon Border and 1/4 Grosgrain Pink Ribbon made the bow at the top.
I cut 2 pieces of Blushing Bride card stock (1) 3 x 3 1/8 inch (1) 3 x 2 1/2 and used the Scallop Trim Corner Punch to punch the 4 corners of each piece and then stamped the sentiment.
The inside sentiment came from the  last years Sale-A-Bration stamp set "you're are never more than a thought away"

If you have any questions as to how I made any part of this card just let me know. I am always happy to answer any questions you may have about this card or anything else I have made in the past.
Ok, now it is your turn to create something fun!

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Embossed Challenge & Liebster Award

Hello to all my blogging friends. I hope this post finds you all well and happy!

I think I saw a Embossed Challenge this week on line and for the life of me I can not find the blog it belongs to. Am I imagining this challenge? If you know where it is let me know OK??? LOLOLOL.
I FOUND IT!!!!! It was over at Pals Paper Arts Good thing I thought I was going nuts lololol.
I thought I would pull out this beautiful new DSP paper called Paisley Petals and do a little cut and paste embossing technique.  This card just screamed (Clean and Simple) CAS. This paper along with a few extra items are a part of the Special Pre-Order that Stampin' Up Demos were able to purchase. You will see this paper in our new Summer Mini that will be out in May it is really very beautiful. There are some really cool  stamp sets, papers and Dies that I just can't wait to get my little hands on.
As a Demonstrator we are able to purchase from the Summer Mini one month early starting in April it's just part of the perks for being a Demo. Ever thought about becoming a Demonstrator e-mail me and I'll give you all the info you will need to do so, and you will become a part of my team. I would love to  help you to get started on your SU journey.

Here is the card I made for the challenge . I hope you like it. I just cut a corner of the DSP and cut around the top row of flowers and then taped it on to the Whisper White card stock. I then stamped the sentiment  birthday wishes form the Sale-A-Brations Free Stamp Set So Happy For You in Marina Mist. I also just colored in 3 of the little butterflies with an  Early Espresso Marker. I used the Embosslits Die - Beautiful Wings to cut out 3 little butterflies in Early Expresso. Then I ran the cut out DSP and the Whisper White card stock through the textured embossing folder and attached the 3 Espresso Butterflies. I gave a bit of depth to the edges of the card with a light sponging of Soft Suede. I attached the embossed piece to a Early Espresso piece and then that piece to the card base of Marina Mist. Thats all there was to this card.

I have some more really good news too!
As I mentioned yesterday I was given the Liebster Award  for blogs with less than 300 followers. Now How Cool is That! Thank you Cynthia you are very kind to have thought about my blog in this way. (Big Smile)
Please check out Cynthia's blog she is really talented and you will enjoy her creations.

Leibster Blog Award!

This blog award is for blogs that have less than 300 followers and is to be passed along to 3-5 other blogs.

Even though it is true that its not the number of followers you have, that indicate if you have crafting talent or not, but it is a friendly reminder that each person has their own special talent and that everyone deserves to be recognized in some way! Below are a few of the most recent blogs that I have come across and I would like to share them with you!
Maria Vanderform -
Wendy Hawkinson-
Angela Walters -
Sherry Hostetter -

Ladies, I really enjoy your work and would love to pass this award on to you for your contributions to my creativity!

Now it is your turn go create something fun!

Saturday, March 26, 2011

411 Saturday Sketch Challenge

Hello to all my blogging friends. I hope this post finds you all well and happy and dry!

I thought I would run out side this afternoon once it stopped raining and see if I could flag the Road smoother guy down and take a picture but he was already up the road a bit. Here is what the road looked like before he got to it.
(Look how green the little mountains are. By July it will be as dry as the road!)

This is what he does with all that mud! I took this picture as I went out to do some errands. It is really amazing. Nice and smooth & if it does not rain for awhile it will stay like this for about 3 weeks. I don't think we are done with the rain though. So the Dirt Smother guy will be back when ever needed. This is the first time we have ever lived in/on or  near a dirt road, it is quite an adjustment or should I say an alignment (Smile) for the cars that is! lololol
Now you know why I call my blog "My Little Patch of Dirt" because there is no pavement around here.
Well enough of the mud lets talk stamping...

It's Saturday already can you believe that! Stampin 411 has a great Sketch Challenge to try out this weekend. Here is the sketch
and this is what my interpretation was with it

I put a belly band around the card and positioned it towards the lower part of the card to insure the gift card would remain stationary also the band placement is in keeping with the sketch. Then for a little added (Wow)  I added three flaps that can be lifted up to reveal a little sentiment surprise on the belly band.

Here is what the Belly Band looks like off the card.

I used a Sale-A-Bration stamp set So Happy for You
I love Pearls so had to gussy it up a bit.
Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding Ribbon, Hemp Twine for the double bow. Textured Impression Folder - Framed Tulips for the gift card holder.
More Mustard, Night Quite Navy, Cherry Cobbler and Close to Coco card stock for the little flaps and card base.
I stamped with VersaMark Ink, Cherry Cobbler & Not Quite Navy Markers, 1/6th sponge Cherry Cobbler Classic Ink.

Well that's it for tonight I will add another post tomorrow as I will have some free time for my self, DH is going to help a friend work on his house.
I will also share with you an award that was given to me form a new reader. Can you believe that! What a privileged it is when another talented artist thinks you deserve and award! (BIG SMILE) Thank you Cynthia Richards,Wow is all I can say. You can check out her blog creations here.

I'm hitting the hay so now it is your turn to go and create something fun.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Sketch Frenzy Friday 032511

Hello to all my blogging friends. I hope this post finds you all well and happy!

It's Sketch Frenzy Friday Yippee!  Thank goodness this is a really nice sketch. I took a lot of liberties with this one. This is my version of a CAS Card. It is just about as CAS as I can get. I really try but sometimes I just do not have the finess that many of the other ladies seem to have with CAS cards. I like the Shabby Chic, Vintage and Distressed style of card so for me this was a challenge.
Here is their Sketch
This is my submission.
Supplies used:
So Saffron, Melon Mombo, Elegant Eggplant, Very Vanilla card stock.
Tea Party DSP
Hostess Level One Stamp Set - Silhouette Sentiments
Markers, Daffodil Delight, Melon Mombo, Glorious Green, Bermuda Bay  & Basic Black.                                                                                                                                                    
Pearls, Textured Embossing Folder-Square Lattice, Big Shot.

That's it, really simple. I cut the Elegant Eggplant into 3 strips then ran it through the Embossing Folder. NOTE: card stock is hard to cut once it has been run through the Big Shot. I colored the flower with markers then (Huffed) on it a couple times to rehydrate the ink prior to stamping the image.

 It's raining again here is CA and they are even working on our dirt road. It had gotten pretty bad last night they don't want anyone getting a flat tire or driving into the mountain so they work on the road all the time. You think they would break down and pave it???? This is a great job for Boys who like to play in the mud he looks like he is having a ball!
I hope you all are safe, warm  and dry.
Chat tomorrow.

Now it is your turn go create something fun.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Plane Happy Birthday

Hello my blogging friends. I hope this post finds you all well and happy, warm and dry!

It poured yesterday the roads are getting washed out and the mud is well muddy lololol. Hope everyone is doing OK! I think this has been a really wet winter. It just doesn't seem to be able to dry out much around here at least. I have great news to report though... THE POPPY'S ARE BLOOMING!!! I really love March because it's California Poppy time. I will get some pictures up as soon as I can get out into the canyon and show you. The rain and cloud cover make it a bit hard to see them but they are there and a glorious bright orange color is visible.

I had a moment to create something fun today. I finally was able to place a nice SU order and my little brown box came yesterday. I am so excited that I was able to get a bunch of items from the Occasions Mini that I had been wanting for a while now. Don't you just love that little brown box filled with goodies coming to your door. I can arrange that if needed BTW (Smile). I will try to make a little something from all the goodies I received every day for the next week or so. What do you think about that?. They are new to me but you all have seen them all over the internet since  the Mini came out. Here is a Plane and Simple card for today.

Supplies used:
Handsome Hunter, Sage Shadow, Mellow Moss,So Saffron, Very Vanilla and  Creamy Carmel card stock.
Plane and Simple Stamp Set.
Black & Gold Embossing Powder, Hemp Twine, 4 Antique Brads, Gold Elastic Ribbon, VersaMark, 1/6 sponge, Old Olive Ink, Mat Pack and Piercing Tool.

That's it. Have a great day, stay dry and go create something fun.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Mojo Monday 183

Hello my blogging friends. I hope this post finds you all well and happy.

Sorry I have been MIA for a while. My Mom had 3 Dr's appts last week that I had to drive her to them. She is doing great and is healing very nicely. Her Dr. is so darn cute he just thinks the world of my mom for having the gumption for going through this kind of surgery with her attitude and at her age. You should have seen her face light up when he said she would probably be driving again in the next few months. (Mine too lololol) He just wants to make sure she can turn the wheel with out pain and so Physical Therapy  next month is on the agenda.
With that said, I can move on to the fun stuff crafting!!!! I was going through stamping withdrawals really. I finally got a few minutes to my self and finished a project for my daughter and even made a few cards just for me.... (SMILE)

The first on is for this weeks Mojo Monday Challenge.
This is my card submission:

Supplies used:
Always Artichoke, Rich Razzleberry & Kraft Card Stock.
Springtime Vintage DSP.
Rich Razzleberry  Polka Dot Ribbon, Antique Brad, Circle Scallop Punch, Circles #2 Die, Big Shot, Polka Dot Embossing Folder, Pearls, Modern Label Punch, Stampin' Dimensional, 2 1/6th wedges of Sponges.
Rich Razzleberry & Always Artichoke Ink.

The second card I just made up from some scraps I had on my desk that I set aside a few days ago. I used the same color  combinations for each card.
Hope you like them. It felt good to stamp again. My class this weekend rescheduled for a couple weeks so I will get to show you what I was working on for that class this week.
I'll design another set for their April class. I will see you soon ladies.

OK now it is your turn go create something fun!!!!

Friday, March 18, 2011

It's never too late to Post!

Hello all my blogging friends. I hope this post finds you all well and happy!

Well this week was gone in 60 seconds... I made a total of 3 cards this week YIKES! I'm going through withdrawals lololol. I guess it not too late to post what I made even if I can not put them on the challenges . I just thought the challenge was cool. It's last Saturdays over at Stampin 411.
And I saw an Embossed technique over at Inking Idaho I love this Patchwork Quilt Technique so much, I think I will try it out at my next workshop. I thought it would be really hard but it's a piece of cake.

Punch out 12 1 1/4 squares in various colors Then attach the 4 corners first to help line the squares up. Then add the other squares and align them up. I went top to bottom. I used just a touch of tape on the back of each square to help secure them to the back panel as it help in realigning if and when needed. Prior to running the entire piece through the Textured Impression Square Lattice Folder, make sure you are happy with the placement, then proceed. That's how simple this tech is. Gotta love that.

I had to take my Mom to several Dr's. appt's. this week so that's where I've been. I am so glad to see that she is doing so well, all her vitals and internal organs are doing just great now. We have one more Dr's. appt. on Monday  where she visits her Orthopedist and then she will start on Physical Therapy.
I returned her little dog Casey yesterday it was such an adorable reunion. That little dog loves my mom as much as my mom loves her it was really cute to see.

I'll post again tomorrow. As I really do have to finish up a project I have been working on.
Good night we'll chat some more  tomorrow. If you have any energy left go create something fun.
I'm going to bed.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Mojo Monday on Wednesday

Hello all my blogging friends. I hope this post finds you all well and happy!

Where has this week gone? Jeff had a bug Mon. and Tues. and was home so, I didn't have time to do any creating. I saw this really cute Challenge over at Mojo Monday 182 and thought I would give it a try.
And here is what I came up with.

I had fun trying something I saw over at Carlas-scraps
She has a great tutorial on how to make this frame using the hand held ruler. (Hi Carla).
Supplies I used were:

1 large and 1 medium flower from the SU Pretties Kit.
10 inches Pumpkin Pie Stripped Grossgrain Ribbon. I used 2- 2" pieces of the ribbon to make the bow fast and easy.
2 Antique Brads.
Real Red for the card base and Whisper White for the frame Card Stocks and a scrap of DSP for the center panel.
Textured Embossing Folder Framed Tulips.
Hand Held Paper Cutter.
Pumpkin Pie Marker that I used to color the medium flower with.
Glue dots to hold all the embellishments on the front of the card.

This card is just what I needed today something nice and fast a CAS card on the go.
Have a great day and go create something fun .

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Bloggers Challenge at Technique Junkies

Hello my blogging friends. I hope this post finds everyone well and happy.

What a beautiful weekend this has turned out to be. Sunny and warm and delightful, because I am able to stamp all weekend. What a treat!!

I ran across the Bloggers Challenge over at Technique Junkies this morning.
The challenge is to make a Masculine Card. Thank goodness for my Honey he always gives me such great advise on masculine cards. What do you think about this one. He wanted hardware on the card and suggested to add the bright yellow panels. I think he is becoming a amazing stamper and that warms my heart. He said he has been yelling and screaming the entire way lolololo. He's such a Dude!
I used my  SU markers to color directly on to the stamp. I used Bravo Burgandy, Old Olive, Always Artichoke and Early Espresso markers. I stamped it once on So Saffron card stock then I spritzed the stamp with a fine mist of water to rehydrate the ink and used my stampamajig to stamp directly over the original stamped image. It kind of gives it a mossy look. Then I used the fine point of the Bravo Burgundy marker to add definition to the tree trunk and branch lines. 
Pull out your Mat Pack to punch little holes in the lower right hand corner and  add Bravo Burgundy ink to the holes because I  didn't achieve the depth I was trying to highlight. I thought the Night of Navy paper would show up clearly from behind but it did not so I improvised.
The piece of hardware is from the Hodgepodge Hardware Kit. I cut a 11" strip of Chocolate Chip ribbon to make the belt look. I sliced two slits in the night of Navy card stock and fed the ribbon through the paper (Be Careful it can rip very easily), then I cut 3 brad stems off and rolled up mini glue dots to secure the brad tops onto the ribbon. I do not like the pulled effect that sometimes happens when I punch a hole in the ribbon so I cut that step out hahaha.
Card stock I used to make all the panels are from out side to the center Daffodil Delight, Cherry Cobbler, Hunter Green and So Saffron. The base card stock color is Night of Navy.
Punch out 5 Jewelery Tags and stamp them with the small leaf stamp from the Lovely as a Tree stamp set in various scraps colors you have handy. The focal stamp is also from the Lovely as a Tree stamp set BTW.
I ran out of the Linen Thread a while ago so what I do is cut a little strip of Hemp Twine and roll it between my fingers to separate the woven pieces and then separate a few thin strands so I can sew the tags together. I like to tie knots between 2 tags at a time to keep the tags from bunching up.
I distressed the Night of Navy card stock edges and stamped the Oak Leaf in a random pattern with VersaMark to make a light background.
To finish the card off I decorated the inside.

I think that just about does it on this one. I hope you like it and have some time today to go create something fun for yourself.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

The Fancy Fold Tutorial I promised.

Hello to all my blogging friends I'm back with the tutorial I promised you.

This is NOT my original design for the fold on the card I believe you can find the original on Split Coast Stampers or over at Technique Junkies Blog. I did design and decorate this finished product however, and this is what I am making the tutorial on. It is only right to give credit where credit is due.

Supplies Needed:

1 piece of So Saffron Card Stock 8 1/2 x 5 1/2
2 pieces of card stock 1 in Always Artichoke and 1 in So Saffron Designer Series Paper (DSP) -5 1/4 x 1 7/8
2 pieces of card stock 1 in Marina Mist and 1 in So Saffron DSP - 5 x  1 5/8
1 piece of Whisper White Card Stock - 2 7/8 x 5/8
1 piece of Always Artichoke Card Stock - 3 7/8 x 6/8
1 piece of  So Saffron  DSP - 4 x 5/8
1 piece of Marina Mist Card Stock 4 1/2 x 1 7/8
1 piece of  scrap  So Saffron to stamp 2 Hummingbirds

SU Elements of Style Stamp Set
1 Corduroy button (I said 3 but didn't use 2)
Hemp Twine
Glue Dots
1/6 sponge dipped in Pacific Point Classic Ink to color all edges of DSP and Card Stock
2 small Rhinestones
Bond Folder
So Saffron, Marina Mist and Always Artichoke Markers to color Hummingbirds

Cut a 8.5 x 11 piece of card stock in half  4 1/4 x 5 1/2
Score at 2 1/8  and 4 1/4 Mountain /Valley style use the bone folder to smooth edges.
Prepare cut card stock and DSP by inking the edges and taping the layers together for the  outside and inside folds. Use VersaMark to stamp the  inside Marina Mist panel with the scroll stamp of the Elements of Style Stamp Set and set aside before attaching it to the DSP.

Attach the inside large Always Artichoke piece of card stock to the So Saffron DSP piece then attach to the center panel.

Now for the out side panel
Stamp the sentiment on the Whisper White piece of card stock and cut it into an arrow. (Remember to sponge ink on all of the pieces of card stock for the front panel. Cut the Always Artichoke piece into an arrow shape as well. Stamp the Marina Mist and Always Artichoke pieces with the scroll stamp with VersaMark  set aside to dry. Once dry assemble so that all pieces go on top of the Marina Mist piece, smallest to largest. See sample. Sew Hemp Twine through button holes and trim. (I changed my mind at this point and only used one of the buttons for this project) Attach corduroy button to the Whisper White sentiement piece with a two glue dots.
Attach assembled panel to the front panel. Only use glue dots to secure the right half of the panel. Place this piece about half way down the outside panel or where ever you would like.


Color 2 Hummingbirds in using the So Saffron, Marina Mist and Always Artichoke Markers. Huff to rehydrate markers prior to stamping. Cut them out leaving a small ring of So Saffron around each bird. Attach one Rhinestone  to the one eye of the birds each. Attach one bird to the front panel and one to the center panel.
That should do it. The fun thing about making this style card is that you can do almost anything to decorate it.

Here are the original posts that I said I would show you all how I made this card style from.

Well that is it for me for this day. I'm going to clean up the dinner dishes and snuggle with my honey.
It's your turn to go create something fun.

411 Saturday Sketch Challenge 194

Hello my blogging frienbds. I hope this post finds you all well and happy!

Hope you are all having a great day and enjoying your afternoon. I will be back with a short tutorial in a bit but I just wanted to show you what I made from the Stamping 411 Saturday sketch Challenge Here is a look at the challenge and this is what I did with it.

Good thing we have matching markers with our SU ink! I decided right at the end to add no. 147 to the bird and made a mistake, (oops) there was a line over the number, so I quickly grabbed my handy marker and drew a line all the way across the 2 panels. It helped to make the bird not float in the air too.
I really had fun coloring in the nest and cutting it out. I added little dots on the eggs to add dimension. In addition I cut out the birds tail and left it peek over the edge of the panel a tad. The bees were cut out and lightly colored then glue dots were added to the center to secure them to the paper and the wings rolled up to make them look like they  just  buzzed on over for a look at the nest.

I'll try to get back asap with the little tutorial of the fancy fold card.

Sketch Frenzy Friday 031111

Hello all my blogging friends. I hope this post finds you all well and happy!

I thought I would share a photo of Casey my mom's little dog with you today. She is so darn cute and looks so pitiful in her collar. I had a friend (Thanks Juli) who was a Vet Tech. come over a take a look at her for me. Her leg was quite swollen yesterday and I got freaked out. I had to soak her leg a few times, well really her whole bottom half hehehe in warm water to help clean out some of the yucky stuff that was developing. That seems to have done the trick as she is much better today! Juli said the leg could swell on and off for a few days and to keep an eye on it but that the soaking would help. She is recovering nicely today and milking it for all it is worth lololol. Here she is with my daughter playing a wounded baby dog (the outer back leg was bitten at the bend).

In between all that is going on around here I make my self take a few minutes to create something. It helps me say sane in the midst of all the madness. I love card making for just that reason! Here is my submission for the Sketch Frenzy Friday Challenge.
Thank goodness for a nice easy one for a change. My mind is running in 5 million directions these days. I even stuck with my go too colors for simplicity.
I then decorated the inside of the card for a little extra Wow factor! Let me know what you think about it or if you have any other questions just let me know.

I was out in the garden this afternoon watching the little dog to make sure she doesn't get any more fancy ideas about escaping! It was such a nice day, I thought I would do some watering and Weeding (AGAIN !) Where do those darn weeds come from anyhow. I just weeded last week and now they are back Arrrge. Well as you all know My Little Patch of Dirt Does its own thing and while I was out there I noticed I had better cut down some of the Swiss Chard that was growing out of control. Is it a winter veggie?? I didn't have my camera so I cut a bunch down and brought it into the kitchen. I started to chop it up and thought I better show you how much was there first. I cut it up and boiled it until tender it was soooo good and fresh Yum! What a treat fresh greens picked right out of the garden is.
I better get going to bed I'm pooped and just need to crash. I promise I will make the tutorial for the card from yesterday for you tomorrow. Goodnight sleep tight! Now it's your turn you go create something fun.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Diva Coffe Break Design 218

Hello my blogging friends. I hope this post finds you all well and happy!

Boy, has this been a hectic few weeks!!! My poor mom has been in and out of the Urgent Care or the Hospital 3 times since here surgery two weeks ago! It hasn't been her shoulder replacement that is giving her problems. It's more of the bodily functions sort of issues (If you know what I mean) that are causing her so much trouble. I feel so bad for her. I had to pick her up from the hospital today and get her home as they kept her overnight for observation. Thank goodness she has a 24 hour caregiver.

One of my responsibilities while my mom is recuperating is to take care of her little dog. Last night her little Min Pin, "Casey" dug under my fence and got into the neighbors yard and was bitten by one of their dogs YIKES!!!! So I had to rush her to the Dog Emergency Hospital. Thank God it was a bite from one of their small dogs and not the big Pitt Bulls. The Vet said she got off fairly lucky. The only real concern is there is a bite in the bending part of her leg like our knees so to say. It could get infected. So Casey is on antibiotics and pain meds. Poor little thing (Like Mommy like Doggy) I will tell my mom what happened in the next few days but  we are not telling her now that's for sure. That would really stress her out.

Thank God I have a sister and we share the medical issues pertaining to our Mom. I was at the Doggie Hospital while my sister was at the People Hospital. We were trying to be all stealth on the phone with each other checking up on both of them.

Good news is, I did have a few minutes to make a card today while I was waiting to see when my mom was going to be released.
I saw a really cool color challenge over at Diva Coffee Breaks today so I gave it a whirl. I usually do not do color challenges because I do not have a huge variety of colors of paper. I am more of an earth tone kind of gal but I just so happened to have a few sheets of each of these colors so that made it fun and  a challenge for me to create out of my comfort zone.

Here is their challenge, and this is what I came up with. These are such great challenge colors, very Springy (Is that a word???) Smile. The only thing I added to this challenge was the gold embossing. I think it made the card look richer.
This is the card fold type that coordinated with the Butterfly Bonnet tutorial I gave you all last week. Tomorrow I will write the directions on how I made this card for you. I have chatted enough for tonight I really am tired. I can't believe I will get to bed before 1:00 am I so need to get a good night rest.

Thanks for stopping by, now it's your turn to go and create something fun.