Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Belles n' Whistles and Sketch and Stash 40

Last summer, September, I met my sister (half sister, actually) for the very first time. I knew she existed but we had never lived together or spent any time together. We didn't even know the whereabouts of each other. I started playing an Ancester.com and connected with a cousin... actually a grandson of my dad's brother. He knew my sister Vondell. He gave her my phone number and she called me. We spoke on the phone several times, and then I flew to Texas to visit with her and my bro-in-law for the very first time. I got to stay a whole week and we had a great visit. We both had red hair (she still has a lot of color where mine is white). We are both short (she's 5' 1", I'm 5' 2"). I'm left handed and she's right. She has lived in Texas her whole life. I lived there until I was 1 month old :-). So now, I made this card for her birthday in August.

I've been wanting this image awhile (from Belles n' Whistles) because it's Sisters. I knew I wanted to use it to make Vondell's card. I got it in the mail today! So I made the card for BnW's monochromatic challenge  http://bellesnwhistlesstamps.blogspot.com/
and Sketch and Stash Challenge 40 found here:  http://sketchandstashchallenge.blogspot.com/
I chose to use blues. The cs is from K&Co, Portabello Road. The cs's are SU and DCWV. I colored the image with Prismacolor pencils and Gamsol. The ribbon is Offray and the lace is Wrights. I cut the image out with Nesties labels 4. The flowers are Prima. I cut the leaves with MS punch. The pearl is Kaisercraft.

That's about it. Thanks a bunch for lookin' and readin' my ramblin's! :-)

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Gabbi 8 1/2 months gets a bath

Gabbi loves getting a bath. We had the water being heated by the sun all day, so it was nice and warm. She doesn't fight and try to run away. She's a good (and huge!) girl.

She has this thing with her paws. She does this when we play with her.

After her bath she ran all over the back yard. Here she is chasing her tail. And she does catch it!

One final swipe of the towel, and she's all done. Now we have a clean puppy!

Totally Papercraft and SFYTT

This card was made for two challenges: the sketch is for SFYTT and the theme is for Totally Papercraft to be "fruity". The strawberries and the apples on her dress fit that bill.

The image is Whiff of Joy. The dp is from SU, the cs is DCWV and unknown. The flowers are Prisma and the buttons are BasicGrey. I used Cuttlebug's Swiss Dots embossing folder on the dark purple. The image is cut with Nesties ovals and scallops, and I used Nesties Peony. The image is colored with Copics.

I think I got it all. Thanks a bunch for lookin'!

Friday, July 23, 2010

I'm back! The Sugarbowl #39

I made this card for my son-in-law's birthday August 4. He and my dtr have two cats and a hamster, and this image was just about perfect. It is from the Country collection of Sugar Nellie. I love all those stamps. May have to try and collect all of them! This card was made for The Sugarbowl's challenge #39, found here http://sugarbowlblog.blogspot.com/ .

I used BasicGrey dp for the background and Stampin'Up Almost Navy for the dark blue. I used Distressed Ink to sponge around the image. The rhinestones are from my stash and the 1/2 pearl stickers are from Kaisercraft. I popped the image up on foam squares. I used a Martha Stewart corner punch and a corner rounder punch on the corners.

I stitched around the outside block with a zig-zag stitch on my new little Singer craft machine. Still getting used to it!

That's all. Thanks a bunch for lookin'!