Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Cococat's Card Site

For anyone who might pop in here - Pam is working on the site and trying to fix it.

I had an e mail forwarded from Peggy I believe - Cora has been talking to Pam. Cross your fingers.

my e mail address is if you want to get in contact with me.


Happy New Year's Eve

2008 winds down and comes to a close. It was an interesting year - weather wise - if you have read my blog at all - you will note all the reference to snow. Way too much of that in 2008 and I do hope 2009 is not the same.

I am not too much for making personal new year's resolutions - but I did decide to try and make some card making resolutions for 2009 - let's see if I can remember them.

Learn to color better (going to sign up for a copics coloring class in January)

Buy less

Use up supplies I have

Try to keep creation station cleaner and neater - although right now everything is neat and put away and I have no desire to create

I think that is a pretty big list of resolutions for 2009 in regards to my card making.

Do you have any resolutions for your creativity - whether it is paper crafting or some other type of hobby? Of course, a big one for me - may be just staying awake at night - or sleeping through the night. Must get a better handle on my sleep patterns.

The card I made is made from scraps from a Christmas grouping from K&Co. Some of the papers work great for regular cards - hope you enjoy my scrap creation.

Patterned Paper: K&Company
Rub On: Imaginisce™
Inks: ColorBox Fluid Chalk Inkpad by Clearsnap, Inc.
Die Cut: Sizzix
Brads: Basic Grey
Flower: American Crafts

Idea to Note: This entire card except for brad and foam flowers was scraps. This is actually a Christmas group of papers and I was making Christmas cards. I used the leftovers to make the card base, front, cut flourishes and flowers. Added Stickles to brad and top foam flower to pick up the glitter in the paper.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Good Sunday Morning

Just a quick post to celebrate Sunday. The house is returning to normal after Christmas Day and a house full of people. I did not even count - some did not come because of the of flu - but at least the weather did cooperate - no snow that day. YEAH. Would you believe yesterday it was almost 50 degrees and we had rain - but at least some of the snow banks have reduced in size. Last night it snowed again - not too much - but enough that we have broken the record for snowiest month. OH YIPPEE SKIPEE.

Need to make plans for the leftover dinner. Making chicken encihiladas - garlic bread, corn bread also - no leftover dessert - so will make some brownies to go with the ice cream I have left.

The creation I am sharing today is made with Kaiser scrapbook paper, Sizzix die cut and a recycled container from Target. Loved the shape of this container - it was talking to me from the shelf to reuse - of course - I had to eat the cereal first.

Back to work tomorrow but I think I can work for 2 days - have 2 days off - work one day and have a week end - I think.

Everyone enjoy your day.

Friday, December 26, 2008

I am a slug

Day after Christmas - I have been a slug - got up this morning and grabbed a blankie and curled up on the couch for the morning. Finally around 2 I started moving about a little - did a load of dishes - washed the tableclothes.

there was no way I was going near any stores - maybe I will venture out tomorrow and do something - maybe I will go to a movie. Maybe Maybe Maybe and then Maybe not.

Hopefully soon I will feel like creating again.

I could send my holiday cards out since they never got sent and finish some ornaments. That might be a nice thing to do to jump start creativity.

Enjoy your day and if you went shopping - hope you found some great values.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas

Holiday wishes to everyone - I am in a winter wonderland - so bah humbug - the snow plows came through at 4 this morning - so I must go clear the end of my driveway again this morning.

Hope Santa brought you something wonderful in the crafting area.


Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Happy Christmas Eve

Just a quick post - before I start the frenzy of the day - how about some salt and pepper shakers decorated up for Christmas dinner. The shakers are from Walmart so very inexpensive - covered with Imaginisce paper and used a gold Krylon pen along the edges.
Everyone have a wonderful holiday.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Tuckered out

Yesterday I was on the road picking up my Mom - got home late evening, and fell asleep on the couch - today have worked very hard getting most of the cooking done - tomorrow - going to do the turkey ahead of time, finish the fruit salad, mom is baking an angel food cake - so things are under control - need to ge the dinner area set up. I feel pretty good about things - we had more snow last night today and more to come tomorrow but Xmas day is suppose to be clear - it will be good to be with everyone for the holidays.

Must go - I need to wrap some gifts - saving the gift wrapping when I watch a basketball game - this way I will see the game - rather than sleep through it like I did last night with the Packer game.

Everyone have a wonderful evening.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

4 Days Till Christmas

Good mroning - thought I would post quick - lots to do today. I am going to drive up and pick up my Mom tomorrow but can't leave until the cable guy comes - 8 to 10 is my appointment - hope it is closer to 8 rather than 10. 4 hours of driving tomorrow. YUCK. So I must get lots of cleaning done today and get the bedroom ready for her.
This is a little tag that I have made.
Size: 3.25 x 5
Patterned Paper: Chatterbox
Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper
Felt Penguin: Masterpiece Studios
Inks: ColorBox Fluid Chalk Inkpad by Clearsnap, Inc.
Rub Ons: Bo Bunny
Punch: EK Success
Rounded bottom corners of tag. Used circles for topper. Inked edges of all paper. Added rub ons.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Saturday - Whew Survived

Survived Saturday - graduation went off pretty well - just a few hitches - but lived through them - had a nice late breakfast with a few of the workers - and then home - sent the snowblower back to the snowblower hospital - a snowblower without the blow - is no good - oh by the way - guess what it is doing outside - snowing again. After I got home I then decided to be very brave and go to town (what a fool) - I decided I wanted new tableclothes - 70% off - got 4 tableclothes for less than what one cloth would cost. Then off to the grocery store - that was a mess also - but I still need to unpack everything.
Tonight I am sharing a little set I made - I had posted the container before - but here is the little mini card and gift bag that goes with it. The rub ons and paper are Imaginisce.
Everyone enjoy the remainder of your evening.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Yeah - it is Friday

Snow - Snow - Snow - I can hear Bing Crosby and the other guy - name escapes me - singing that song in a musical comedy. Well we have snow - another 8 to 10 inches last night - rode to work with the neighbor - the roads in the country were not that bad but once we got into Whitewater - the streets were terrible - my car would have never made it through. In fact someone got stuck in front of us and a truck with a snow plow pushed her out. Had to be at work to get set up for graduation tomorrow - we are set up - but I think there will be a low turnout - our football team is playing for Division 3 national championship which is at the same time as the ceremony. Go Warhawks.

On to my card -

Penny Black Sticker, Bazzill cardstock, Heidi Grace rub ons, Snowflake rain drops by Cloud Nine Designs, Stickles, Colorbox chalk ink, Cuddlebug Embossing Folder, May Arts Ribbon

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Wacky Wednesday

It is Wednesday - a snowy drive to work - better drive home - 24 hours of respite and we do it all over again - but the good news is - my snowblower is coming back - the part finally came in - yeah -

Busy cleaning but wanted to post a Xmas card - big Sizzix die cut - I think it is Heidi Grace flocked paper, rub ons by Pebbles.

Enjoy the evening.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Happy Tuesday's Sweet Treat

Just finished my daily workout - it is called snow shoveling - luckily it was fluffy - still need to do some more in the morning. But Thursday into Friday it is going to snow again - and I need to be at work on Friday to get ready for graduation. Oh well we will cross that bridge when I get to it.
Today's little sweet treat - would make a great gift for a co worker - it is a Starbuck chocolate candy bar - I don't remember who makes the paper - but it was all on the one sheet - even the bird - cut the bird out - added stickles - cut the tag and added a little rub on. The snowflakes are rubons - love the colors.

Monday, December 15, 2008


Crazy day at work - I am already losing steam at home but then it is almost 8 and I was up at 5 - I guess that is allowed. Trying to get more cleaning done - I set little tasks for myself each night and when I accomplish them - I feel good - so tonight was pay bills and clean off this one table in the basement - that is done - plus another area was cleaned up.

Weather - very low temps and chill factor but tomorrow it warms up to snow again - 3 to 6 - oh please let it be 3 - I am still waiting to get my snowblower back - he can't get a part for it - and of course when it gets cold - my garage door acts up. Today I did not know if I would get out of the garage. And then more snow on Thursday and more snow on Saturday and more snow on Monday - this is too much like last year.

This little set was a gift box with a matching gift card. I think it turned out cute. Paper Crafts did a tree for charity and the colors were green, red and brown - I sent this set to them.

Patterned Paper: Pebbles, Inc.
Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper
Letter Stickers: Making Memories
Inks: ColorBox Fluid Chalk Inkpad by Clearsnap, Inc.
Stamps: Stampabilities
Brads: American Crafts
Trim: Wrights
Adhesive: Paper Mod Podge by Plaid
Cuddlebug by Provo Craft

Idea to Note: Painted edges of box – this way – you do not have to put paper completely up to edge. Cut paper to fit. Ink edges of paper. Adhered paper with Paper ModPodge by Plaid. Wrapped eyelet trim around box and tied bow. Made cardbase. Stamped deer image. Cut strips. Inked edges of all paper. Adhere to card front. Cut tag. Adhere sticker letters. Ink letters and tags. Using brad, add tag to front of card.

Everyone have a wonderful evening - stay warm.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

How many days till Christmas??

I don't think I want to know how many days till Xmas - although I think I made a good dent in clearing my work area up - this is where we eat - put all the stamps in plastic crates - separated by Xmas/Winter and regular. Put a bunch of paper away. I do need to make at least one more card. A backward card for my neighbors and finish some ornaments. But I do feel good about what I accomplished - why does it always seem that it is worse before it is better.

Party at work tomorrow so I said I would bring potatoe soup. I make the different parts of the soup and then when I get to work - I put it in the crock pot and by lunch - we have a very yummy soup. It is suppose to be very cold tomorrow so it will be a great treat for everyone. We were in the 40's today and single digits tonight with winds - yuck and all the melted snow will now freeze on the road.

This is a holiday card I made a while ago. Non traditional colors.

5.25 square
Patterned Paper: Fancy Pants Designs, Inc.
Inks: VersaMark by Tsukinkeko, Inc. and ColorBox Fluid Chalk Inkpad by Clearsnap, Inc.
Stamps: Stampendous
Embossing Powder: Seafoam White by Ranger
Rub Ons: Me and My Big Ideas
Die CutL Sizzix
Glitter: Stampendous
Button: Favorite Findings - Blumenthal Lansing Co.
Snowflake: Imaginisce™
Punch: Marvy
Ribbon: May Arts
Pop Dots by All Night Media

Idea to Note: Embossed sentiment; used punch for oval. Inked edges of all paper. Die cut large snowflake; ran through Xyron machine – added glitter to snowflake. Add ribbon to stripes. Adhere stripes slightly off center on front. Add snowflake rub ons to card front. Add layered snowflake to card. Pop dot sentiment to opposite corner.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Vintage Santa

Another day done almost - I worked this morning so that shot part of the day, came home and listened to a football game being broadcast off the computer - our University is playing in the semi finals for Division 3. They won and will be playing next Saturday for the championship - hope they win. The game is being played at the same time we have graduation - hmmmm - not fair. I went and did a little shopping - bought myself a Christmas present - the nestabilities tag set 1. Now to find some time to play.
Today's card was sent to my friend Annie - and now that she has received it - I can post it.
Paper - Basic Grey
Die Cut - Stampin! Up Top Note (love this die cut)
Stamp - Artful Legacy - stamp store in Myrtle Beach
Ink - Chestnut Roan Chalk Ink by ClearSnap
Crimper (wrong name) strip - dug it out of the deep dark regions of a drawer
Button from stash
Fiber - May Arts

Friday, December 12, 2008

Get Well Jim

Yeah - it is Friday - I am going to work tomorrow but will done by 1 so that is not too bad. I am going to focus on clearing/cleaning this week end and get my holiday cards in the mail. They must go in the mail on Monday. I make cards but never put the insides in them - that must be my new year's resolution - to always finish the inside also.

I am picking up my cardmaking area - we must find the person who buys all this paper, stamps, etc - and beat the crap out of her. She must stop. Hmmmmmm - where is that 40% off coupon on Michaels.

Today's card is for our former boss. The monkey is from the Target gift wrap section - and the paper is by Reminisce. Zig zag cardstock is by Bazzill. Hopefully he likes it or at least it makes him smile. Retirement has looked very good on him.

Everyone have a wonderful evening.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

How many days till Christmas??

Christmas is approaching way too fast and I am not ready - I have everyone to my house for dinner on Christmas day and the house is a disaster - I need to kick it in gear - so guess what I did last night - I fell asleep before 8 o'clock. That is not conducive to getting things done - I also have to work the next two Saturdays. It will get done - next week - is crazy at work - but I always survive.
I have sent out just a few holiday cards and need to get that all done this week - people will think I am not doing Christmas dinner.
The card for tonight is done for a very special friend. It is based on the sketch at Our Creative Corner.
Image - gift tag
Bazzill Bling for cardbase
Acrylic Sentiment - Cloud 9 Designs
Paper - Pinecone Press Papers
Snowflakes - Sizzlets
Everyone have a happy evening.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Merry and Bright

Snow day in Wisconsin - all the schools were closed in the area so when the schools close - I figure I should not be on the road either so I was home today. I do wish I would have accomplished more - oh well - I need to kick it in high gear soon.

Tonights card is made with Paper Salon Paper - somewhat non traditional colors - but yet I really like it - goes well with the rub on from Deja Views.

Everyone have a wonderful evening.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Counting Down to Christmas

Happy Birthday Molly. This card is for my 6 year old niece's birthday this upcoming Wednesday. I think she will like it. She likes Barbie. This card is based on the sketch at Taylored Expressions - every Friday she has a Cupcake Dketch Challenge. Well it is no cupcake and very easy card to do using the Barbie Stickers I had.
Christmas is coming very fast. I have a potluck this Wednesday and another one next Monday so tried to buy the things I needed for both. Plus I picked up food for the food drive at work. I had to change my mind on what I was going to make for the potluck on Wednesday - was going to make this yummy avocado salsa but we are suppose to have a big snow storm on Tuesday so did not think I could get anywhere to buy decent avocado's for the dip. Buying avocados for me, is like, playing the lottery, most of the time I lose. I am making a layered Mexican salad and next Monday will be the potatoe soup I always make.
Here are the details on my card.
Paper - Imaginisce
Oval - Sizzix die cut
Brads - Paper Studio
Stickles on top of the brads and on the dots on the patterned paper.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Happy Saturday

Must have been a dark day in Wisconsin when I took this picture - sorry - and the bag is gone so can not re photograph -

Did a marathon Friday evening of shopping, etc - got lots done - just need to find a decent toy aisle now - to buy toys to go with the clothes. I always get gifts for my Mom to give to the little ones - so we go together on our gifts - at 90 she finds it quite difficult to get out shopping - it is bad enough how much I hate it - I only like shopping for paper supplies. I did treat myself last night to the Basic Grey holiday pad at Michael's - shame on me - as if I need more holiday paper or more Basic Grey - but if this is my only vice - let it be.

The bag is made with all Bo Bunny products.

Everyone enjoy your day - I have 3 pots of chicken stewing for homemade broth for Christmas dinner - will bake some cookies - and must go shovel the sidewalk and driveway - guess what - it once again snowed in Wisconsin.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Everyone Loves a Snowman

Snowmen or snowwomen are special people and of course, when you get snowman snow - you must create. Alas I did not feel like making a "real snow" snowman so I went with the next best thing - a card with a snowman and snowflakes on it. This was the challenge on Our Creative Corner. A perfect challenge for this time of the year.

I need to make a thank you card. I was the lucky winner of 4 sets of circle nestabilities on the Gina K Blog. The cute little snowman is from her set - Let It Snow. I embossed with with white embossing powder. I did some paper piecing on the scarf. The snowflakes are sizzlits highlighted with Stickles with snowflake buttons on top. The letters are from Cuddlebug. I cut the two circles with the nestabilities. I do have an embossing mat somewhere - but presently - it is playing hide and seek from me. The paper I used is We R Memory Keepers.

Everyone have a great evening.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Snow Shoveling Fairies

It has once again snowed in my little corner of the world. We got 3.5 inches. Left work early so I could drive home in the daylight. Thankfully the winds were not blowing to drift the roads. And when I got home - the young man from across the street (knows my snowblower is at the snowblower hospital) had my driveway and sidewalk all shoveled for me. That was very sweet of him - I may take him some cash - he does not have a job. I struggle with that - I know it was very kind of him but I know he needs some money. What should I do?
Last night I got a card made with someone specific in mind - I may even get it in the mail in the next couple days. The card design is based on the weekly sketch at 2 Sketches 4 You. I did not want to make a square card and pay extra postage so I made the card 4.5 x 6. I have this vast supply of patterned paper so have been trying to use patterned paper (if heavy enough) for the base on my cards. Here are the details.
Paper - Basic Grey - some of it is from the Dasher collection - I believe -some were just pieces
Stamp - Hampton Art - colored with Prismacolor and Gamsol
Ink - Memories Dye - antinque brown
Buttons - American Crafts
Die cut - Sizzix (button sizzlit)
Punch - McGill
Fiber - May Arts
Rickrack - I think Wrights

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Tis the Season to be Jolly

Oh Bah Humbug - there is more snow on the way. YUCK. And my snowblower is still not home.
Time to start posting the holiday cards - I really need to pull them all out and see if I need to make anymore. Probably not - seems like you make holiday cards all year long. but I am really liking some of the new papers out this year so I must/need to buy some of it. Next payday - the Rusty Pickle collection is coming home with me.
Tonight's card was an easy one to come together. The tag comes in a little booklet. Rounded the bottom corners of the card to resemble the rounded edges on the tag. Fussy cut the strips of paper and added a brad to the tag. I highlighted parts of the tag with Stickles. Pop dotted tag to add some dimension.
Size: 4.5 x 6
Patterned Paper: K&Company
Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper
Tag: K&Company
Brads: Basic Grey
Stickles by Ranger
Pop Dots by All Night Media
Corner Rounder: EK Success

Monday, December 1, 2008

Sore Body

After shoveling three times in the last day - my body said - hey - old woman - get the snowblower back home - so needless to say tonight I am not doing too much - I just want to crawl into a warm bed and sleep the night away. Must stay up till at least 9. Just watched a great basketball game betwen the UW Madison Badgers and Virginia Tech - WOWSERS - Wisconsin won in the last seconds. Going to be a good season - our cable company got the Big Ten network so I am a happy camper.

Back to my card - this card was based on the weekly sketch at Card Positioning System. This will be my Mom's Christmas cards - pink is her favorite color and she loves flowers.

Paper - Die Cuts With A View - Glittered Mat Stack
Bazzill Swiss Dot Cardstock (love it - doesn't it just set off the card so beautifully)
Stamp - Hero Arts
Ink - VersaColor Pigment Ink
Clear Embossing Powder
Flower - bought at the resale shop
Brad - Imaginisce

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Snow, Snow, Snow

First big snowfall for us 5 to 8 inches - oh no - here we go again - seems like we just got done with this stuff. Of course, my snowblower is at the snowblower hospital - it is ready to be discharged but need to get it picked up or delivered. Must make that a priority.
The cards I am sharing tonight is a gift for my niece Molly to give to her teacher. It is a a holiday card with a set of 4 cards. This set was published in an issue at Ready Set Create.
Had some fun making some cards today - someday the sun will shine - and I will be able to take pictures of them. I am in love with the Bazzill pin dot cardstock - that stuff is marvelous - loved the white for some holiday cards. I also have the die cut from Stampin' Up! - Top Note - I made a couple of cards - wrote my notes, put them in the envelopes - and did not scan. I really liked them also.
Here are the details on this set.

Size: 4.25 x 5.5
Patterned Paper: The Grade School Stack by Die Cuts With a View
Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper
Inks: ColorBox Fluid Chalk Inkpad by Clearsnap, Inc.
Brads: Bazzill Basics Paper
Punch: Stampin’ Up!
Computer Font: Dear Teacher-Normal
Plastic Box: Unknown – sold individually by store
Ribbon: Jo-Ann Stores, Inc.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Shoe/Purse Diva

A quick mini card to send to a friend who is a purse/shoe diva. I found some cute kleenex packages which had shoes and purses on them. The package went in the mail to her today with this little card.

Studio G Stamp
2 Daisies Designs paper

Friday, November 28, 2008

Day After Thanksgiving

Happy Day AFter Thanksgiving - hopefully everyone survived and did not overeat too much. It sure does taste good - especially when someone else does the cooking - my sister is an excellent cook. I do not have to eat leftovers either - come Christmas - it will be my turn and I will get to have lots of cooking to do and lots of leftovers.
I did not go to the stores today to shop - Oh my - I took my Mom to get groceries and we had some lunch and I then headed home - I drove through Madison and even though the stores called - I did not stop - even a 50% off coupon at JoAnn's could not lure me in.
Today I am sharing an altering project that I have done. I was surprised I did not post it back in October when I did it. The pink hat boxes is what I bought - but the bottom picture is what they turned into. I made them for my daugher for some extra storage in her new sewing/craft room. The patterned paper is Hobby Lobby's - My Mind's Eye. Adhered the paper with good ole Mod Podge. Goopy stuff but it sure works. I painted the boxes before I added the paper.
And there are still two days left of the week end. YEAH.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy two days before Thanksgiving - I don't work tomorrow or Friday so I am feeling quite happy. It is nice to have a long week end especially when you spend part of the time on the road visiting family. Just sent two cards for Thanksgiving - one to each of my daughters - since I will not be spending Thanksgiving with them.
This card uses a copy of a vintage postcard. I brightened up the color of the image by using my Prismacolors. Just added some depth. The design for the card was based on the sketch challenge at Our Creative Corner. I also did the challenge on the Basic Grey Challenge blog which was to do embossing. The green strip is embossed with the Cuddlebug Swiss Dot folder - it is hard to see but the stripe was embossed with the Cuddlebug Argyle folder. My striped side was the negative side of the embossed argyle so it is hard to see.
Everyone have a wonder and safe Thanksgiving.
Paper - Basic Grey - paper from "the Basic Grey box" - Hang Ten, Stella Ruby and scraps of other collections
Cuddlebug Embossing folders
Brad - Hobby Lobby

Monday, November 24, 2008

Snowy Monday

We had our first measurable snow this morning - it was a slippery drive to work and I saw two cars in the ditch. May I say - I hate winter - but now let's go onto more fun things to discuss. I actually did some card creating over the week end. These cards are for several different challenges - of course - I did not write them down so now I have to go out and search them out.

The first card is square - about 4 inches - it is based on a weekly sketch at Paper Craft Planet - a new paper crafters online community.

The second card is based on the sketch at Card Positioning System. The challenge at Penny Black challenge blog was for a Funky Christmas - I think the colors of this holiday grouping - constitutes Funky.

Paper: K&Co. Peppermint Twist

Stamp: Penny Black - embossed with Ranger Seafoam White

Punch: Marvy

Little trees: QuicKutz die cut - only a $1 - and it works great in my Cuddlebug

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Get Well Rocky

Happy Saturday - I am heading off to a Rubber Stamp Show in Madison - like I need anything more - but off I go. I do get to have lunch with a person I have only talked to online and on the phone - so that is exciting. Everyone enjoy your day.
My card for today is for my Grand Dog Rocky - she is having knee surgery on Monday - ouch!! So since I had just bought this stamp on Thursday - may I say - I found the Motherload of Whipper Snapper Stamps - Creative Pals in Brookfield, WI - you must go there sometime if you are a Whipper Snapper rubber stamp fan. Whipper Snapper Stamps is a Wisconsin company - yeah Wisconsin.
Paper - We R Memory Keepers
Brad - Stemma
Stamp - Whipper Snapper Stamps
Rub On letters - October Afternoon
My poor attempt at coloring with copics (note to self - must take class)

Friday, November 21, 2008

Brrrr - Polar Bear Friday

Happy Friday - and I did not work - makes it even better - did some errand running, cleaning and created a card. I finally got to make a card for the sketch on 2 Sketches 4 You. The polar bear image is a gift tag that I bought sometime. It worked great with the paper from Bo Bunny - I used some of my scalloped edge Bazzill cardstock. The card measures about 5.5 square. The snowflakes are Sizzlets cut out of watercolor paper with Stickles added on top.
I am not ready for winter or the holidays - but I guess I am at least one card closer to sending them out.
The week end is coming - and there is a Rubber stamp show in Madison - I am going to go and meet up with a friend.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Time to Start Thanksgiving Cards

Thanksgiving is going to be here before we know it so I do need to get some cards made. I don't get to spend Thanksgiving with my daughters so I want to send them each a card. They are the blessings in my life.
This card is based on the sketch at Cardpositioning Systems. It is a sketch for a long card but I have these envelopes (recycled) that are 3.5 x 6.25 in brownish tones - thus my card is 3.375 x 6 inches. It is still a rectangle shape. Also on Our Creative Corner - the challenge is to use a silhouette stamp.
Stamp - Stampendous
Ink - ColorBox Chalk Ink - Chestnut Roan
Card base - Basic Grey
Stamped Image on Basic Grey
Patterned paper, Adorn It by Carolee Creations and Creative Imaginations
Rub On - Bo Bunny

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Saturday - Time to Party

Tis Saturday and I have a wedding to attend. Thus - a wedding card for today's post.
Last night I actually sewed something - my neighbor is having a baby shower today and just finished some remodeling - I knew she really wanted her curtains done and she had gotten a very simple valance pattern so after sharing some pizza with them - I came home at 7 and by 9 I delivered two valances back to their house - and had a beer to celebrate. She really liked them. I was quite the accomplished seamstress at one point in my life and worked in a fabric store for over 10 years but life got in the way and I no longer sew - except for on my cards. I bought myself this expensive sewing machine as a gift to myself when I graduated from college (not that many years ago). I always tell my children if I would become a Grandma - I would be happy to start sewing again. Slowly I have been getting rid of my fabric and patterns.
Here are the details for today's card.
Bride and groom - iron on from Plaid
Bling Heart - Kaiser Scrapbook
Paper - My Mind's Eye
Rub On - Imaginisce (from a set of birthday rub ons - but I think it is great for a wedding card)
Scallop border - QuicKutz Scallop Border
Now I need to go finish the inside of the card with a nice saying. Sometimes I think this is the hardest part of making a card. Everyone have a great day.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Sweet Baby Ella

Happy thursday - surviving a full week of work - only have to get through one more day and then the week end. I have a wedding this week end so that will be fun - come back later in the week for a look at the wedding card - I think it turned out quite nicely also.
The card for today is a baby card for a friend's first grandchild - Ella Constance - I made the card based on a sketch at 2 Sketches 4 You. A new sketch every Monday.
Cardbase - Bazzill Scalloped cardstock
Paper - Basic Grey - Urban Prairie
Lace - Making Memories (I think)
Yellow trim - Prima
Flower - Offray and American Crafts
Rub On - words - Making Memories
Baby image - iron on - Plaid
Pop dotted the baby image
Rounded upper right hand corner of everything for a different look
Punch - Stampin! Up

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Rain - but at least it is not Snow

Can you tell I am excited about the weather and looming threat of Snow - what else is there to say. Except YUCK. Nothing exciting happening here to report.
My card for tonight is being sent to a dear friend's Mom.
Paper - Basic Grey
Stamp - Inkadinkado
Ink - ColorBox Chalk Ink - Chestnut Roan
Fiskar's Threading Water Punch
Flower - Prima I think - very old
Everyone have a great evening.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Happy Birthday Annie

Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr - winter is coming to Wisconsin - I sure do not like this feeling of doom - if we have another winter like last year - I will be looking for a job in the South - or somewhere in the middle where the weather is more tepid. Back to work today after being gone 3 days last week - oh my - just getting through the e mail is a battle. Slow but sure - I will be in all this week so that will be good.

My card for today is a birthday card for my friend Annie - Annie is a stamper and what I struggled what type of card to make her - this is what I came up with. She has gotten it and said she loves it. Whew.

Paper - Kaiser Scrapbook
Die Cut - Sizzix - bird
Ink - Color Box Chalk Ink
Stamp - Memory Box
Bazzill - swiss dot cardstock (is that yummy)

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Happy Sunday

The last two weeks I have been gone part of each week for conferences - they were good conferences but I do like being at home. I stayed on Friday with my daughter in Stevens Point and woke up to my car covered with snow and all the trees were blanketed in snow. It is cold although they do say we are suppose to get into the 50's today - I still need to rake more leaves - a neighbor asked me when I would be done - because all my leaves were blowing in her lawn. Made me chuckle.
This card is going to be sent to an Aunt - she turned 91 in October. The card is based on the cupcake sketch at Taylored Expressions. It also qualifies for the challenge on Our Creative Corner. They show a picture of a cupcake - the colors of the photo could have inspired you or the subject matter - I chose the subject matter.
Paper - Imaginisce (love the bright primary colors)
Stamp - Inkadinkado - Birthday Cupcake acrylic set
Colored with Sakura Glaze pens with clear Stickles over the top
Brads - Hobby Lobby house brand
Rub On - Karen Foster
Threading Water border punch by Fiskars

Monday, November 3, 2008

Wacky Wisconsin Weather

We are breaking records in Wisconsin with our weather - summer has returned and it is in the 70's and the overnight temps are even breaking records for being so high. It makes it extremely hard - when all the summer clothes have been put away - the winter coat is out and the boots are ready. What is a girl to do. But by Friday - we have snow showers in the forecast.
So why not a Winter Wishes card for this hot spell in Wisconsin - this card is based on the sketch at Card Positioning - a new sketch every Sunday. I also incorporated the Cuddlebug challenge into the card - which was to use metallic - yes the pink is metallic with Stickles over the top because I needed bling. What is a girl to do.
Paper K&Co.
Stamp Stampendous
Ink Versamark
Embossing Powder Embossing Tinsel by Ranger
Cuddlebug Embossing Folder
Die cut (snowflakes) Sizzix
Stickles by Ranger
Colorbox Chalk Ink

Sunday, November 2, 2008

This was a kit exchange - I made the kit and sent it to a friend and we each made a card from the same materials - it is always fun to see how differently we each create. I had so many supplies that the top picture is my inside and the bottom picture is the outside.
Paper - My Mind's Eye
Stamp - Inkadinkado -
snowmansentiment is Hero Arts
Bazzill card stock
Heidi Swapp snowflake - it had a groove on the backside so I filled it with Pink Stickles - pink stickles on the brad and the buttons
Bling snowflake - Darice
I think I will add one more button to a tree on the left side

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Wacky Wonderful Wednesday

Just wanted to share this cute little gift jar I made - wouldn't it be sweet on a co workers desk for the holidays with some seasonal candy in it - I had to eat all other colors so I just had red left to put in the jar - looks like I may have eaten some of the red also. The challenge over on Our Creative Corner was to make a gift item.
The jar was 99 cents at some store - the rub on and paper used around the rim are Imaginisce. The penguin and paper are Imaginisce's 2007 Christmas line. Love those sweet penguins.
Everyone have a great Wednesday.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Totally Tuesday

Yes it is Tuesday - those titles - needs to be a book - blogger title for dummies - I would be first in line to purchase it.

Had fun creating this card for a very special person. I hope you enjoy it. The design is based on the sketch at 2 Sketches 4 You - Kazan's Sketch 12. I guess I also used the Cuddlebug to emboss some patterned paper so it would qualify for their challenge at the Cuddlebug Challenge site - every Wednesday.

Paper - 2 Daisies Designs
Applique - Wrights (clearance at JoAnn's)
Rub On - American Traditional Designs
Martha Stewart border punch
Cuddlebug embossing folder
Swirl sticker Imaginisce
Bling - Hobby Lobby house brand
Flower - out of stash

Monday, October 27, 2008

Update on PC Gourmet post

Somedays - I am computer challenged - blog challenged - I could not get the pictures to cooperate with the post I made on the PC Gourmet -

so tonight I have the pictures of the Cheesy Biscuits and the tag that goes with them - enjoy.

The return of Oldie Moldie Monday

The return of Oldie Moldie Monday - of course - I did it over the week end - but I am posting today - Monday.
I made some thank you cards to send to a friend - this is a couple of them - come back tomorrow night to see the other one. I was glad to come home today - did my absentee voting tonight - and then to make a bad day worse (work was bad) I forgot to go get my hair cut - I thought my appt was next week - well it is now.
Both of these cards satisfy the challenge on the Cuddlebug Challenge blog. the challenge was to use your Cuddlebug on patterned paper. I used 3 different embossing folders on these two cards.
Pink/brown card - scraps of paper
Stamp - Inkadinkado
Colorbox Chalk Ink
Basic Grey paper - Romani collection
Chalked the large thanks to make it stand out
Bling - maybe Hobby Lobby house brand
Hope you enjoy my thank you cards.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Sunday - Time to Create

It seems like during the week I can not find the time or creativity to create anything - I am home this week end so actually got some house cleaning done, groceries bought for the next two weeks - so I can create - I made some thank you cards for a friend which I will share later in the week. This card is for my friend - just to let her know that I am thinking of her and her family in these hard times.

I wanted the card to be special to Anna - she loves fabric and is one of the most creative women I know - so I wanted this card to be special for her. Luckily the card also satisfied two challenges. The first challenge is for the sketch on Card Positioning - every Sunday they post a new sketch. The other challenge is the challenge on Caardvarks - Initial Reaction. Whew - that was hard work.

Paper Crafts Gourmet

This is a new special edition coming from PC. I can't wait to see everything that is in there - last issue was brim full of eye candy and lots of good recipes - and I do believe they kept all the calories so feel free to make all the recipes and not worry about your diet.

The magazine can be purchased at their online store -

The recipe and tag are created by Alisa Bangerter

Here is a picture of one of the culinary delights - Cheesy Garlic Biscuits

Cheesy Garlic Drop Biscuits

Alisa Bangerter

This is a perfect recipe to pull out if you are short on time because there is no rolling or cutting. The cheese and garlic add extra kick to a plain biscuit, and kids love them. They are the perfect accompaniment to serve with soups or stews, and are great served with a salad.

2 c. flour
2 tbsp. granulated sugar
4 tsp. baking powder
1 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. salt
2/3 c. butter or margarine
1 1/2 c. grated cheddar cheese
1 1/4 c. milk
Chives (optional)


Mix together dry ingredients. Cut in butter with pastry cutter until mixture is fine. Add cheese and mix well. Add milk and stir until just moistened. Drop by spoonfuls onto greased baking sheet. Sprinkle top with chopped dried or fresh chives if desired. Bake at 400 degrees for approx. 15 minutes.

The Halloween Tag to accompany this great treat can seen at this link:

The tag was made by Alisa Bangerter.

Enjoy Halloween Tag

Designer: Alisa Bangerter

SUPPLIES: Cardstock: (ivory) Dye ink: (Black) Stewart Superior Corp.; (Summer Sun) Stampin’ Up! Specialty ink: (Mango Lemonade color wash) Stewart Superior Corp. Color medium: (black chalk) Craf-T Products Accents: (black brads) Making Memories; (chipboard bat, moon) Melissa Frances Fibers: (black striped ribbon) Pebbles Inc. Font: (Black Family) Adhesive: (foam tape) Finished size: 3" x 4 1/2"
1 Make tag from cardstock.
2 Crumple tag and smooth out. Spray edges with color wash; let dry. Apply chalk.
3 Ink chipboard moon; let dry. Chalk edges and adhere.
4 Ink chipboard bat; let dry. Adhere with foam tape.
5 Print sentiment on cardstock; trim and tear edges. Chalk edges and adhere with foam tape. Attach brads. Attach ribbon with brad.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

War hits close to home

This card is for a dear friend's husband who was critically wounded in Afghanistan. Please lift all of our wounded and their families in your prayers and the the safety of all our troops everywhere in the world.
Stamp - Art Declassified
Paper - Basic Grey - Granola (I scored and found the 6 x 6 pad)
Rub on - De Ja Vue
Ink - Stampin! Up
Brads - Paper Studio
Punch - Stampin! Up
Rub On - stiches - K&Co.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Card Creations Volume 6

I just got my copy of Card Creations from PaperCrafts magazine - this is my card that is in the magazine. This issue is full of great cards - pick one up at the store and check it out. The card is on page 54. The card was also on TV - in a segment about birthday cards - it sat very proudly and showed its pretty colors.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Hello Cupcake

Early Sunday morning - too much to do today inside and outside the house - I guess I need to get started when I get done with this post - I can get some laundry started at least. I started raking leaves yesterday - unfortunately my oaks do not dump their leaves until very late in the leaf raking season - I always hope it is in time to get them raked into the streets before the snow flies. Our town picks up the leaves in the fall and you can rake them into the street. I did get the willow tree area cleaned up - I just need to put some of that into the street. The kids in the neighborhood wanted to play in the leaves - so I gave them the rakes over by the oaks and they raked up a pile to play in - good cheap fun for the kids. They always look forward to that every year.
I did get a card made yesterday - I am going to send it to my aunt who is 100 years old - very bright and cheerful. The card is based on the sketch for the cupcake challenge on Taylored Expressions - every Friday she posts a new sketch - you do not have to use a cupcake on your design but if you have them - why not. Everybody loves a cupcake.
Everyone enjoy your Sunday. Packers play the late game so a chance to get some things done before then.
Card Details
Stamps - Inkadinkado - Birthday Cupcake acrylic set
Paper - Imaginisce (love the bright primary colors)
Colored with Sakura Souffle Pens
Clear Stickles over the top
Ribbon - Offray
Gingham Brads - Target Dollar Bin