Friday, January 17, 2014

Floral Friday - Star Fighter Lily

True Confessions:  I've taken one floral class recently (and received an "A") and I don't know why these are called "Star Fighter" instead of "Star Gazer"???  They look the same to me, they're just as pricey and well, they're just as stunning........
Anyhow - I created a HUGE bouquet of these babies for a co-worker for her b-day (she's a fan of the Star Gazers and she didn't say ANYTHING about the Gazer/Fighter thing....).  Fighter/Gazer - whatever....I do love fiddling around with fresh flowers!

Up close they look a bit frightful - Creepella and I think they look rather alien-like......but that's just us!

Friday, January 10, 2014

A Banner Year

On our red wall, we did a smidge of decoration with a b-day banner.......

The "50th" was specifically made for Gail (when we celebrated her half-Century celebration).  I love making banners but whoa are they time-consuming (or is it just me???).  I was able to cross-craft.....stamping AND a bit of crochet (a chain stitch to hang the letters).

This year I plan on making a bright (and generic) b-day banner that we can use repeatedly AND that can be used for both girls and boys......this one is a bit frou-frou I know...  Bright colors against the red wall will be oh-so I just need to get hopping!

B&T papers - CTMH
CS - CTMH and Stardream
Stamps - CTMH
Inks - Memento & CTMH
Punches & dies - Marvy, Martha Stewart and Paper Smooches
Vine ribbon - PTI
Twine - A Muse
Paper Flowers - Recollections
Mini gemstones & pearls - Hero Arts & A Muse
Mini clothespins - Michaels
Cotton crochet thread

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Going Through It...

What an appropriate sentiment for SOOO many occasions.  I've used this stamp for years - I love it and the cards I make with it are appreciated AND give the recipients a bit of a chuckle.
Can't ask for much more than that!

It's a pretty simple card, stamped the sentiment on a panel of red CS, matted that onto some orange CS, added a wide-ish strip of red CS vertically and that was all on top of the "flames" B&T which was layered on a yellow CB.  I think it took longer to cut the paper pieces than it did to actually make the card!

Stamps - oh yikes, I don't remember!
Flames B&T - old stuff, I don't recall the manufacturer.

Toodles for now...

Monday, January 6, 2014

My Type

Been wanting to do this card for over a year now.....I think I saw something with the typewriter on the Hero Arts blog?  Anyhow, I thought it would be perfect for a Thank You Card - right??   And then the B&T paper was pretty darned perfect-O......sigh......

I used a bit of foam tape on just the top-middle portion of the "page" to give it a little lift and dimension.  And of course I was a bit tricksy with it - I doubled the amount of foam tape at the very top to angle the page dramatically (ok, not so dramatically but IRL you can tell a difference!). 

Stamps:  Hero Arts & CTMH
Inks - Memento
***Foam Tape......LOTS of foam tape!!

Toodles for now...

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Truly Hideous

Not EVERYTHING was beautiful in my floral design class......during one class lab we created this....


Which, in my opinion seemed to get worse the closer you got......

Seriously I don't believe anyone would actually PAY for this - would they????

Oh well, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.............(maybe the beholder needs glasses!!)

Toodles for now...

Friday, January 3, 2014

Cozy Home

I'm beyond smitten......truly I am - I am over the top with these stamps and this window die.  Both are from Taylored Expessions .......sigh.  I started my T.E. collection with the very first offering of the "Cuppie" line.....while I don't purchase on a regular basis I HAVE made it a point to make a large purchase during their Black Friday sale.  I purchased the "View" stamps and the window dies during last year's Black Friday sale and I have to say that I am sooooo pleased with my purchases.  The only thing that I'm NOT wild about - T.E. stamps are cling-mounted red rubber so they stamp a great impression but I really miss the "clear" factor of acrylic stamps.  Also, T.E. stamps do NOT have an index with/on top of their stamps which doesn't seem like a big deal but for me it IS. 


Sorry for the slightly wonky angle but you get the idea.....

Annnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnd I just love the kitters on the rug - makes such a cozy home!!

Stamps:  Taylored Expressions & PTI
B&T and textured CS:  CTMH
Inks: Memento & Colorbox Chalks
Window Die: Taylored Expressions
Marvy scalloped oval punch

Toodles for now...