Monday, January 27, 2014

Perfect Pennants for me and you

I have have been so busy this week playing with all my new products and created a lot of fun cards for my display for an upcoming craft event this weekend.  I am going to be attending a two day,stay up all night-or sleep overnight if you must, scrapbook and card making event.  I went for the first time last fall, and had such a great time, and am looking forward to going with my friend Debby for the whole weekend.  It's been years since we have done a craft get-away weekend. 
I have been feeling better, and finally have some creative flow, and so I have so many things that I want to get made for display, but I also look for some inspiration from other stampers and from challenge blogs to get my ideas flowing.  I try to bring my own twist to it, and sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn't.  I wanted to do something that was a little non-traditional, but also appropriate for Valentine's Day.  The Eastern Elegance DSP had the lacy look with a non traditional color choice.  I was going to add some hearts, but decided that a little lace doily gave it the romantic touch I was looking for.  The sentiments are from Perfect Pennants stamp set, and I know that inside is hard to read, but says "Life doesn't have to be perfect to be wonderful". 
I used the layout from Freshly Made Sketches #120 the sketch this week.  I loved using the new Banner Framelits for the challenge at Late Night Stamper's #241 challenge to use Dies or Framelits.  I like anything that makes the layout fast and easy is great with me.  Sentimental Sundays #191 was looking for Lovey Dovey cards, and this one is my version of romantic this week.  
I better get back to the craft room, while the ideas are running wild.  Come back again soon, to see what else is new.
Mary Alice

Another Great Year for birthday


With another blizzard hitting Minnesota it's not fit to leave the house, which means it's a beautiful day in the crafting room.  It was bright and sunny, but it was terribly windy, and the snow we got overnight was blowing like crazy.  I packed up all the Christmas stamps and snowflakes, and put them away in favor of something bright and new. 
I was excited about a new stamp set, Another Great Year, that I just received.  I thought it would be fun for making some birthday cards with a really big statement.  Pairing it up with the Birthday Basics DSP, some Crisp Cantalope and Bermuda Bay, made for a fun and funky birthday card. 
I used a layout from Pals Paper Arts Sketch Challenge 189 which called for some clever laying of the paper, that appealed to me today.  Hope you like it, and come back for a little more birthday fun tomorrow. 

Mary Alice

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Happy New Year 2014 Calendar

 Happy New Year 2014!

I know I'm a little late kicking off the celebration, but at least I have not given up on my resolution to get back to blogging again.  I made this cute little calendar a couple weeks ago, I just have not had time to share it with all of you.  I made the calendars to give to the members of a swap group that I participate in every month through the mail 
This month I felt that I really owed them a little extra something nice, because I screwed up big time. 
I had gone to New York City to visit my son for Thanksgiving, and I was determined to have my swap cards for December in the mail before I left.  I had started them, but the were not completed before I left, but that was no problem, because I would have a week to get them in the mail, when I got home.  However, on my last day in New York I came down with a very bad cold.  I came home and climbed in bed (after a miserable flight home), and I stayed in bed for days.  I finished up the swap cards on Friday, and I was going to mail them on my way to a craft sale I was selling at on Saturday.  I forgot to drop them off, and they ended up going into a tote box for the day, packed up when I left that night, and put in the trunk of the car.  It was my last sale of the season, and I left those boxes in the trunk until after New Years, when I found the cards I never mailed!  Ugh!!  I could not mail them now that it was January, because they were Christmas cards.  I had just made the cards to swap for January, and I had seen this cute idea for the calendar on LeeAnn Greff's blog, and decided to make them up for my 6th Swap friends.  They were fun, fast and easy, and I made a few more to share with some other special friends. 
I just stamped a page for each season, mounted them on all four sides of a standard card, and I connected the bottom with a tab to form an easel that slips behind one of the pages so you can flip it around when you need to. 
The Late Night Stampers Challenge 240 was looking for Something New, and I guess a calendar for the new year would fit the bill.  Hope they like it.  Addicted to CAS #30 was using code word: NEW this week, and this new year calendar was my answer to that challenge, too. I have my new calendar right here by my computer to keep track of the dates when the challenges are due.  
Thank goodness I have deadlines to meet with the swaps.  I have continued to be sick since Thanksgiving with this cold and cough coming and going.  I have a couple good days, then I revert back to coughing again.  I have tried all the remedies, and can't quite kick it, and this week I am trying some prednisone to see if that will cure it.    

Come back soon, and see what else I have been doing.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Baby, We've Grown and I'm back to tell you about it

Happy New Year everyone!  I am back to blogging, and creating, and it's been a long time since I have been here and a lot has happened.  First of all, I have a new granddaughter, Maya Alice, as of last week, and she makes #5.  I am looking forward to visiting her tomorrow.  I saw her the day she was born for a little bit, and was supposed to be there to watch the delivery, but arrived about 8 minutes after she arrived, much to my disappointment, but I was there for the best part, and that was watching her look at her mother and dad with her big wondering eyes, and the joy in their eyes looking back at her.  Wonderful! 
The card I am showing you today is one for I made a few weeks ago for a swap I participated in.  I used the new stamp set Baby, We've Grown, which was the first thing I picked out of the new SU Spring Occasions catalog.  The sweet little owl family just spoke to my heart.  It was the first time I used the Circle Thinlets die to make a card, and I did a modified extention to create an extra flap to the card.  The beautiful new Retro Fresh DSP and Retro Fresh Washi tape were a fun choice for the card, too. 
I am sharing the card on a couple of challenges that seemed just right for the occasion.  SUO Challenge #88 was to Use your new toys, and I pulled out all the stops on that one.  The Late Night Stampers's Challenge 240 called for Something New, and the new baby fits the theme for that one. 
It feels great to be blogging again, and I have been doing a little creating lately that I would love to share, so come back soon and see what else I have been making.