Birthday love

As promised, here is the card I made for my hubby's birthday. I used the Bursting with Joy set. I love how versatile it is!!!

Cardstock/ink: bravo burgandy, basic gray, basic black, whisper white, versamark Accessories: wide grosgrain ribbon, 1/16 hole punch, vintage brads

It's a birthday!! From the kids.

Today is my hubby's birthday. The boys and I spent some time in my stamping room this week creating cards for Daddy. They picked their own stamps and colors and I helped them put it all together. I even let them add dazzling diamonds, it must be a special occasion. (Glitter is usually off limits to the kiddos, it's way too messy!)
Conner made the first card. He used Wild About You and Family Accessories (the little
Ethan used Birthday Whimsy. His favorite color is pink, so he wanted to use Regal Rose ink. I tried to make the rest of the colors in his card masculine, to off set it. Conner keeps telling him that boys don't like pink, but he doesn't seem to care.

I'll share my card tomorrow.


It's all about vellum!

While blog-hopping the other day, I saw a post about vellum and I realized that I NEVER use my vellum. I guess I kind of forgot about it.
These are two cards I made using vellum. The first one uses the stamp set "Embrace Life". I stamped this image using staz-on black ink on vellum, and colored the leaves using my white gel pen. I used the double rectangle punch and threaded the white taffeta ribbon through it. The rest is just layers of whisper white, river rock and basic black and the cherished rub-on. It's a very simple, yet elegant card.
It may be hard to see the vellum in the second card. I just used it as a layer behind the bird. Can you see it?
I find I use more vellum in my scrapbooks then on cards.
How do you use vellum in your crafting projects?

Scrapbook layout - Week 12

I'm playing catch up! Only 2 more layouts and I'll be caught up!
I know I only took these pictures a couple of months ago, but the boys have gotten so big since then! Especially Ethan, he looks so little in this picture.
This layout was inspired by a sketch I saw while blog-hopping the other day. I didn't keep to the sketch but it has the same basic feel. I used my gel pen to journal above and below the pictures on the page to the right.

Cardstock: basic black, creepy crawly dp (retired) Accessories: black gingham ribbon, stapler, while gel pen, cricut (for cutting letters)

Scrapbook layout - Week 11

Ok, so I'm officially behind! I did pretty well there for a while.
For those of you who aren't frequent visitors to my blog, my goal this year is to complete 1 layout a week. I'm on week 11 and it's the 14th week of the year. Looks like I have some scrapping to do!! I just printed out a bunch of pictures, hopefully I'll get back on track soon.

This is Conner...look at that face!! At around 2 years, this is the face he made when we told him to say "cheese". Hysterical, he'll love it one day (yeah, right!)

I used the Jersey print paper for this one, perfect for my Jersey born little boy!

Stamps: Stamp of authenticity, typeset alphabet Cardstock: Jersey shore d.p. Ink: brilliant blue Accessories: striped grosgrain ribbon, rub-ons

More sad news

It seems like the bad news keeps coming for us.
On Wednesday, my cousin Christopher passed away.
He was only 35 years old.
Please keep our family in your prayers.

Color challenge

This is my first try at a color challenge. I've participated in the sketch challenges before and wanted to give the color challenge a try. When I first saw the colors: purely pomegranate, wild wasabi and so saffron (cc156), I never thought I'd be able to come up with anything. It's kind of bright for me!
I knew I wanted to use "birthday whimsy". It was one of the sale-a-bration sets I knew I HAD to have, but I haven't picked it up yet!
I'm pretty happy with the way it turned out. Cute for a kids birthday I think. I don't know if you can tell but I added some "bling" to the presents. It looks cute in real life.
Hope you like it:)

Stamp: Birthday whimsy Cardstock: purely pomegranate, so saffron, cutie pie dp inks: purely pomegranate, so saffon, wild wasabi Accessories: double stitched ribbon, corner rounder, mat pack, 2 way glue pen, dazzling diamonds, dimensionals

I've been inspired!

So, I've completely been inspired by the book I've been reading "Strange but True". I keep looking at the cover and thinking to myself, "What a great color combination". The birds reminded me of the bird from the stamp set "Always"(which is why I bought that set, I love that bird). When I went over to splitcoast last week and saw their sketch challenge (sc165)...BAM!! Inspiration!!!
I LOVE the way it turned out. It's so NOT what I usually create but I am loving it!
What do you think?

Stamp: Always Cardstock: river rock, basic black, very vanilla, ginger blossom designer paper Inks: groovy guava, river rock and basic black Accessories: gingham and double stitched ribbon, cherished rub-ons, photo corner punch

Weekend workshop

First, Happy March. I'm hoping that this is a better month then last. I'm glad it is behind us and I'm ready to move on!!
Saturday afternoon I did a workshop for Donna. It was great fun. I love meeting new people that love stamping and seeing the excitment in their faces when presented with new "toys".
This is the card the ladies made. We used a lot of punches, ginger blossom cardstock and did some paper piercing.
It's a fun, bright card. I love the combination of ruby red and groovy guava!