3.30.2009

Owl tree window card

Just a quick post, since I haven't in a while. I had been wanting to do last week's challenge at Hero Arts (make a card with a window) all week and had an idea floating around in my head. It got to me so that I even made a sketch, which I never do. The idea was for this little card and I am quite pleased with how it came out, although I really cannot wait for the new woodgrain background stamp to come out, which would have made this a lot easier. The inside reads: "happy EASTER".

We spent the evening cleaning out and re-planting our window boxes with all the new goodies we got at two plant sales this weekend. We have finally been having some nice weather (65 and super sunny today!) and I am celebrating spring's arrival and hoping it will last.

This coming weekend is big one for us: It is Azalea Festival here, which means the parade and maybe a cruise through the streetfair on Saturday. There is family in from out of town, so a cookout that night at my mom's. And on Sunday we are hosting a big Spring/Easter picnic, complete with an egghunt for the kiddos. I am busy planning and organizing so that I can actually have fun at this party instead of running around like a loony and being grouchy at all that is not done. (Which will most likely still happen. But it is worth a try, I suppose. :)

Off to try and make a quick card. Wishing everyone a fabulous week!

3.18.2009

Agghh!

I am translating up to my ears these days, have lessons to plan, books to read, papers to write, a presentation to give, a performance to attend, (lots of) laundry to do, time logs to convert to spreadsheet...on TOP of work and classes and trying to convert myself into a lean, mean exercising machine--whew!

Hoping to get some crafty time this weekend, amidst the yardwork to be done, announcements to make, cleaning to....well, you get the idea. Happy hump day and have a good rest of the week! :)

3.11.2009

Quick post...

I have been busy these past few days, trying to catch up on schoolwork, housework, and workwork during my spring break and haven't had much crafty time. But today I was able to get a card made for my brother and sister in law, who just moved into a new house. I got these new $1 spring stamps (the branch and birds) at AC Moore the other day and have had this idea in my head, and it (gasp!) actually came out so well that I made a second one for my Etsy shop. Two someone's will be receiving a treat! :)
I am off to make dinner... we are having homemade Asian night: pork eggrolls, spicy chicken lettuce wraps, garlic beef and broccoli and rice. Yum! :)

Supplies: Stamps (Studio G-birds, branch; Papertry Ink-grid, sentiment, letters inside), cardstock (Papertrey Ink), patterned paper (Bo Bunny), Button (BasicGrey), Ribbon (May Arts), Other (thread, Colorbox chalk ink, PTI white ink, Pop dots, Glue dots, corner rounder, Fiskars scallop border punch, Marvy scallop circle punch)

3.09.2009

Butterflies galore!

For some strange reason, I seem to have a butterfly theme going on in most of my crafty work lately. Perhaps it is the approaching spring? I don't know, but we have had some excellent weather the past weekend and it should continue...what more can I ask for on my spring break? :)

I have a few things to share. First is a card I made for my friend Kristy for her birthday which was Friday. She loves butterflies and I made the card to sort of match this pair of turquoise butterfly earrings I bought her from Polestar on Etsy. The artist, Jen, has some beautiful jewelry at really reasonable prices and is a gem to deal with
(sorry, couldn't resist the pun), so check out her shop!
All stamps, cardstock, ribbon: PaperTrey Ink, butterfly punch: Martha Stewart, Patterned paper: BasicGrey, pearls: Hero Arts, border punch: Fiskars

This next card I did for last week's challege at Hero Arts, which was to use little stamps (less than 1.5 inches). I was again inspired to do something spring-y and didn't have a lot of time to spend, so I whipped this little card up. (Now that I think about it, I seem to be obsessed with this new border punch as well...It is perfect for girly, springy cards!)
All stamps: Hero Arts, Border punch: Fiskars, Other: Stickles

Hopefully with a week of vacation I will be getting some more crafty things done and lots of new merchandise in my Etsy shop, so keep your eyes peeled! Happy Monday! :)

3.01.2009

Quick card share...

Have a take-home midterm to be writing and dinner to cook, so I won't stay long. Just popping on to do a quick share. It has been a while since I have submitted a card to a challenge, at Hero Arts or otherwise. Just haven't had time, haven't felt inspired or a combination of both. So this week, which had some fabulous guest bloggers, I decided to give it a go. I was inspired by this card by Kiara Lee. I especially liked her use of stamping on top of patterned paper, layered circles, and bright colors. I wanted to do a nice springy card using some new stamps. Not sure I am quite happy with how this came out, but here is my take on it...
Off to submit for the challenge and get to work. Thanks for looking!