A diary of both my life and my art work, a reflection of time and growth.

Saturday, March 31, 2007

April Is Autism Awareness Month!! This Is My Wish!

But most of you probably already know that, in honor of that we have created a slide show to give you a peek into the "Beauty Of Autism" This is our wish for our daughter Megan, and many other children affected with a form Autism.

Go check out Gina k's site she has released her Autism Stamps and $8.00 from every purchase goes to Autism speaks! Here is the link to Gina's site! Gina K

I hope you enjoy our slide show!

Stay tuned for the next chapter in The Beauty Of Autism, Where do we go from here?


Wild About You!

Wild about you, that is what I am! I was making this lion, when it donned on me that the wild about you sentiment would fit perfect! I made this one for my daughter Megan as she is receiving an award on Monday, for doing her personal best this term at school, actually both my girls are getting one, I just haven't decided what i am going to do for Stephanie's card yet, she is horse crazy so I may try something to do with horses.

Are you all excited as I am about the news that Gina K is going to release tonight at midnight?!!

April is Autism Awareness month, a cause very near and dear to my heart, I have a very special post that I am working on to honor Autism Awareness month!

Supplies: Wild about you stamp set, Pumpkin pie, So saffron card stock, Black ink, Scalloped square, circle, oval punches, Googlie eyes, Marker, Ribbon, Cuttlebug, Brads and Dimensionals.


Friday, March 30, 2007

Baa Baa White Sheep!

After the challenge the other day I had some much fun with my punches that I didn't want to stop.....LMBO!! So I made one more, a baby card this time. Isn't this baby lamb just the sweetest look at her face! I used my scalloped oval and cuttlebug to make her fleece. Now it's just too bad that i don't know anyone who has just had a baby girl. I guess I will have to wait and see what the future holds.

Are you all getting excited about Gina K's April 1rst announcement? I am!

Supplies: Fancy Flexible phrases, Pretty in Pink, Black and WW card stock, Black ink, White gel pen, Brads, Ribbon, Dimensionals, Marker, Scalloped oval, circle, word window punches, Cuttlebub, and Googlie eyes.


My First Shadow Box

After seeing Dawn's Shadow Box tutorial on SCS I wanted to try one. if you would like to try one you can find the directions here Shadow Box Card It's been a while since I brought out Silly Sealife and the Fishy Wheel, I just love this set the creatures are so cute, I'm going to send this one to my nephew, Hunter he loves getting happy mail! Oh I am so happy it is Friday I feel like I have been dragging my feet all week, and I am looking so forward to sleeping in tomorrow!

Supplies used: Silly Sealife, Loads of love and Fishy Wheel, Cool Caribbean and WW card stock, Always artichoke, Cool Caribbean, Ballet Blue, black ink, Aqua Painter, CM Oval Set.


Thursday, March 29, 2007

Today's Way To Use It Challenge

Today's challenge was to use punches to create and image.......perfect for me, since I have been having so much fun with my punches lately! If you would like to try out this challenge you can do so here WT106 An Image with Punch . I just loved the Hippo nugget critter so I chose to reconstruct her larger and I just think she is ADORABLE! I'm loving the challenges this week, they have been so fun!

I'm looking to find out what you like in blog, are there any features that you would like me to add? Is this blog easy to follow? Would you like to see tutorials? And if so what would you like to see? Please feel free to leave a comment, I want you to enjoy this blog as much as I do!

Supplies: Bordering blue, Black, and WW card stock, Scalloped circle, Oval, Word window, Circle, Flower punches, Ribbon, Cuttlebug, Googlie eyes, Brads, and Dimensionals

Here is the second one for this challenge, I love the crabs and their beach scene!

Supplies: AYC 2, Real red, Creamy caramel, So Saffron, Bashful blue, brocade Blue and VV card stock, Oval and star punches, Googlie eyes, Marker, and Dimesionals


Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Cherry Blossoms

This card was created for todays Sketch Challenge on SCS if you would like to try it out you can do so here Sketch Challenge 117 . I don't really know about this card, I think I like it but not totally sure, it feels like it is missing something. It won't be long before all the cherry trees are covered with those tiny pink blossoms and that intoxicating scent!

I want to send out a huge Thank You to Erika Martin AKA Stampin Mama!! I'm not sure if you noticed the Autism badge on my sidebar, well Erika made the first donation!! All donations are going to the Autism Society Of America! A wonderful organization!! I know Erika also has a badge on her site if you haven't checked out her blog you better get over there she is a fantastic artist! Erika Martin Designs

Another thing I would to mention is Gina's Giveaway a Scalloped Punch everyday!! Get over there and enter!! Gina K Designs

One more thing........ I know I'm rambling! LMBO!! If you would like to be added to my blog roll call on the sidebar or you have added me and would like me to add you leave a message in this post letting me know your blog address I would love to check it out and add it to my list!

Supplies: Trees three, Fancy flexible phrases, Certainly celery, Pretty in Pink, Creamy caramel, Close to Cocoa, Chocolate chip, and WW card stock, Chocolate chip ink, Ticket punch, Brads, Dimensionals, Cuttlebug, Embossing powder, Word window punch, and Ribbon


Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Pot Lid Purse

I finally decide to try on these pot lid purses I have been seeing everywhere, I love it they are so cool! I uses a pot lid to trace a circle minus the bottom onto thin cardboard, like a cereal box, cut it out and used that template to cut, the paper I used 4 sheets of paper to make this bag , you will also need to cover the back of the circle too. Cut those circles out and glued all the paper onto the cardboard, then trimmed off and excess paper, used a oval punch to cut out a handle, the attached a lunch bag in the middle of the two sides, and embellished.

Supplies: Bodacious Bouquet, Recollections designer paper, Chocolate chip and VV card stock, Chocolate chip, Close to Cocoa and mellow moss ink, Cardboard, Ribbon, Dimensionals, Oval punch, lunch bag, pot lid.


Give Thanks!

I was playing around last night I just got this cuttlebug folder in the mail and wanted to try it out but had no idea, what kind of card I wanted to make, so this is my end result. I'm not too sure about it, probably because I didn't really have a plan set out!

Well everything is getting back to normal around here the girls are back in school, I can't believe we survived a 2 week spring break........LMBO!!

Supplies: Brown non SU, Bravo Burgundy, Blush blossom, Chocolate chip ink, Happy Harmony stamp set, Ribbon, Crystal brad, Scalloped Circle punch, White gel pen, and Dimensionals.


Monday, March 26, 2007

Beautiful Butterfly Blogger Rak By Kristine B

Jason and I got a really pretty Blogger RAK today from KristineB from Ink Something We love butterflies, and this card is so beautiful. I just love the way Kristine cut the butterflies to pop off the paper, it really makes the card pop. I love the colors too, you don't get to see Marvelous Magenta much anymore, nice to see it back again!


Bunny Coaster Box

This is my first attempt at a coaster box, and with Easter right around the corner, I thought doing a bunny would be perfect! You can find the tutorial on how to make these here Coaster Gift Box.

I just love all colors of Easter, the pinks, yellows, purples and blues! For the bag of goodies in the Bunny Box I attached a matching bunny tag! Isn't he just darling! I definitely will be making more coaster boxes these are great!

Supplies: Pretty in Pink, WW, and Creative Memories designer Paper, Ribbon, Crop-A-Dile, Circle ,Hole and Oval Punches, CM cutting system, Googlie eyes, Pastels, Marker, Fuzzy ball, and Dimensionals.


Sunday, March 25, 2007

Diva's In Da House

Today's featured artist on SCS is Kendra AKA Scrapstampdiva! I love and have admired her work so I knew exactly which card i was going CASE!! I have been thinking about trying one for sometime now and this challenge was the perfect reason to do it! If you would like to try out for this challenge you can do so here FS07: Diva in da house! .

Here is Kendra card Birthday Delight

Supplies: Delight in Life and Linen stamps, Chocolate chip, Pretty in pink, Close to cocoa, and VV card stock, Chocolate chip ink, Stickles, White gel pen, Ribbon, Brad, Word window punch. Cuttlebug, Dimensionals


Mmmm.....Warm Chocolate Cookies!

Mmmmm...... who doesn't love freshly baked chocolate chip cookies? I love warm soft and chewy right out of the oven chocolate chip cookies! Every time I make a batch I'm lucky if they last until the next day! Megan is the biggest cookie monster i have ever seen, Stephanie likes them too but Megan devours them! Last year Jason made a batch and accidentally used whole wheat flour, Megan didn't even notice or care......LMBO they were OK but there was definately a difference! And being a child that has so many food issues you think she would have noticed.

I have started a blog about our journey through Autism if you would like to check it out here is the link The Beauty Of Autism .

My inspiration for this card is this picture!

Supplies: Chocolate Chip Wheel, and Studio G stamps, Chocolate Chip, Close To Cocoa, creamy Caramel and VV card stock, Chocolate Chip ink, Circle and Scalloped Oval punches, Scalloped Scissors, Eyelets, Ribbon, Cuttlebug, Sponge, and Dimensionals.


Saturday, March 24, 2007

The Three Amigos!

The Three Amigos! An unlikely bunch, but believe it or not they have lots of fun together!These are the newest members of the Nugget Critters gang! These are some of the animals that have been requested, so if you have any requests just drop me an email or leave a comment on this post letting me know what you would like to see.

If you missed the other members of the gang you can find them here Chocolate Critters and More Chocolate Critters , The Gang Grows Again , Pond Buddy Critters and The Wild Bunch And A Sheep .

Lulu Ladybug

Supplies: Black,Real Red, and Yoyo Yellow card stock, Circle and Hole punches, Googlie eyes, White gel pen, Ribbon and Dimesionals.

Casey Crab

Supplies: Black, and Real red card stock, Oval punches, Googlie eyes, Marker, Ribbon, and Dimensionals.

Olivia Owl

Supplies: Only Orange, Chocolate Chip, and WW card stock, Circle and Oval punches, Googlie eyes, Ribbon, Marker, and Dimesionals.


Friday, March 23, 2007

Lilac Blossoms!!

Who doesn't love lilac blossom..........they smell so nice. Here where I live the grow in abundance, so in mid spring, our town is thick with the sweet fragrance of lilacs. So in anticipation of lilac season, I was inspired to make this card.

What grows in your towns? I'd sure like to know what your town has in abundance!

To make this card I marked one long end at 3" and the other side at 5.5", lined up the marks in the cutter and cut. So you would actually be cutting on a diagonal. Then I scored at 4.25" from the tall side, and scored again at 3.75" from the first score line not from the end. Then I used a piece of scrunched up plastic and Mellow Moss ink to sponge on the back ground color. Stamped the blossom and leave images, mounted on card stock and added ribbon!

Thank you to all for your wonderful suggestions on how to add to Dora to Megan's clothes, you came up with some super ideas!!

On another note I am on the hunt for some of those white target $1 spot mailboxes, I would like between 5-10, as we don't have a target here in Canada so if you can help drop me an email and let me know. Email can be found on the sidebar.

Supplies: Blossoms Abound stamps set, Lovely Lilac, VV, card stock, Lovely Lilac, Almost Amethyst, Old Olive, Mellow Moss, and Always Artichoke inks, Ribbon.


Thursday, March 22, 2007

Dora and Backpack Join The Critters!

At the request of my sweet daughter Megan I took some time out from creating animals to create her a Dora and Backpack Nugget Critters. These were so fun to make and she just loves them! Megan is the biggest Dora buff! Everything Dora, bed, bedding, lunch kit, backpack, toys etc. Megan has autism, and by watching Dora she has learned so much that we could not have taught her as easily as Dora did! She has learned things like speaking in Spanish, what a red eyed tree frog is , before everything used to just be frog , and so much more!

So for giving my daughter that I say Thank You from the bottom of my heart to the creators of Dora the Explorer!

The only sad thing was the Megan grew out of all the Dora clothes they only go up to a size 6x so when we go shopping for clothes she is always so sad that all the Dora clothes are too small for her. It is the saddest thing ever to see her big green eyes well up with tears.

If you missed the other members you can find their posts here Chocolate Critters and More Chocolate Critters , The Gang Grows Again and Pond Buddy Critters and The Wild Bunch and A Sheep

Supplies: Lovely Lilac, So Saffron, Real Red, Creamy Caramel, Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa, WW and Pretty in Pink card stock, Circle punch, Marker, Googlie eyes, Paper piercer, White gel pen.


Blogger RAK From Cindy

What a nice surprise in my mailbox yesterday, a beautiful RAK from Cindy Keery check out her site Imagine Dream Create . She has great cards and recipes! She also has a watermark service available there so if you don't have a watermark but would like one check it out!


Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Sketch Challenge 116

This is my card for today's sketch challenge, I just love, love, love this layout!! I knew I could have some fun with it. If you are interested in trying this challenge you can find out all the details here Sketch Challenge 116 .

It's the first day of Spring!! and I don't know about where you live but here it is gorgeous today! the sun is shining, birds are singing, great first day of Spring!

Supplies: Pretty in Pink, Chocolate Chip, Barley Banana, and WW card stock, Pretty in Pink, and Chocolate Chip ink, Like it a Latte, and Fancy Flexible Phrases stamp sets, Brads, ribbon, Ticket punch, Oval punches, Cuttlebug, Versa Marker, II, White Gel pen and Dimensionals


Tuesday, March 20, 2007

The Wild Bunch And A Sheep

I made made some more Nugget critters, i am having a ball with these guys....LMBO!! They are so sweet haha......... literally! The tiger was so hard to do, I may have to try a little later to revamp him. So let's give a nice great big welcome to "The Wild Bunch and A Sheep " A sheep why you ask? Somebody has to follow them!! ROTFLMBO!!

If you missed the other members you can find their posts here Chocolate Critters and More Chocolate Critters , The Gang Grows Again and Pond Buddy Critters .

Bedelia Bear

Supplies: Chocolate Chip, Black and Close to Cocoa card stock, Circle and hole punch, Ribbon, Dimensionals, Googlie eyes and Marker.

Trina Tiger

Supplies: Only Orange and Balck card stock, Circle punches, Googlie eyes, Ribbon, Marker, White gel pen, and Dimensionals.

Reba Reindeer

Supplies: Chocolate Chip and close to Cocoa card stock, Circle, and Hole punches, Googlie eyes, Ribbon, Marker and Dimensionals.

Shelly Sheep

Supplies: Close to cocoa, Black, and WW card stock, Scalloped oval, and Circle punches, Googlie eyes, White gel pen, Ribbon, and Dimensionals.


Double Scallop Fold

While checking out some SCS galleries I came a cross this layout here in ParisEstates Gallery Hang In there - Cover, so I had to try it for myself, I love the look of the double scallop, and will definitely use again.

The card measures 2 3/4 " by 5" . To make the scallop cut the extra piece that will become a second scallop to 2 3/4" that way it will fit inside the Giga Scallop punch, slip one side into the scallop and the other through the hole of the scallop so you are only cutting one side of your card stock, do the same with the folded tab of the card. Line up the scallops and attached with adhesive.

Well we are into our second week of Spring Break and I am so ready for the girls to go back to school! I love them but I also love my time alone and living in a clean house......LOL! Not to mention they are both hormonal and keep nipping at each other! I'm going to have to find something to do with them for the last days of Spring Break, this is when i miss having family live close by.

Supplies: Pretty in Pink, and Basic Grey Blush card stock, Small script stamps set, Chocolate Chip, and WW ink, Scalloped circle punch,Oval punches, Brad, Dimensional, and Velcro ( for closure *optional*)


Monday, March 19, 2007

Vanilla Chocolate Cocoa With Caramel!

Vanilla Chocolate Cocoa With Caramel!n What is that you say? Today's TLC challenge!! The challenge was to use to use coffee and cream colors but NO Chocolate or Coffee themes ***pouty lips here*** Perfect colors for Chocolate but.................. it was so hard to resist! So I decided to bring out Delight in Life once more. I love the brown flowers they are so yummy!

If you would like to try this challenge you can find the information here TLC108 - Coffee with Cream

Supplies: Chocolate chip, Creamy caramel, Close to cocoa, and VV card stock, Chocolate chip ink, Delight in life stamps set, Markers, Stickles, Dimensionals, Cuttlebug, scalloped scissors


Pond Buddy Critters!!

Here are some more chocolate critters I have been working on Pond Buddies! These guys are the cutest pond critters I have ever seen, if pond creatures really looked like this I may even start hanging out at ponds.....ROTFLMBO!! There is no one more afraid of bugs and creatures then me I become hysterical every time one crosses my path ***Blushing*** I know I shouldn't but.........AGHHHHHH! They are so......yucky! Prolly a good thing I don't have any boys! Whew! LMBO!!

If you missed the other members you can find their posts here Chocolate Critters and More Chocolate Critters and The Gang Grows Again

Pond Critters Gang!

Bethany Bee

Supplies: Yoyo Yellow, black, and Close to Cocoa card stock, Circle, Heart, Oval, and Hole punches, Googlie eyes, Ribbon, Dimensionals, Versa Marker, and Yellow Embossing powder.

Frieda Frog

Supplies: Glorious Green, and certainly Celery card stock, Oval, Circle, and Flower punch, Googlie eyes, ribbon, Marker and Dimensionals.

Darla Dragonfly

Supplies: So Saffron, Pretty in Pink, and Certainly Celery card stock, Word Window, and Hole punch, Googlie eyes, Ribbon, and Dimensionals.

Brittney Butterfly

Supplies:So Saffron, Pretty in Pink, and Certainly Celery card stock, Word Window, Oval, and Hole punches, Googlie eyes, Ribbon, and Marker.


Sunday, March 18, 2007

Chocolate Thief!

For this Chocolate Sunday, I decided the I would finally break into my Basic Grey Blush Paper pack, I love how dark and rich the dark brown is. An who could resist those chocolates, not me, I would have eaten a whole one, not just a bite.....ROTFLMBO!!!

I guess you have all noticed the sudden increase of chocolate in the stores, gotta love Easter, and all the chocolate that comes with, I'm finding it hard to resist, if I buy it too early it will all be gone **wink**, and I'll have to buy it again, and again just to fill the kids baskets......LOL! Don't we all have this problem?

Top 10 Reasons why Chocolate is Better than S*x:

When you have chocolate it does not keep you neighbors awake.
You are never too young or too old for chocolate.
Good chocolate is not hard to find.
With chocolate there's no need to fake it.
You can ask a stranger for chocolate without getting your face slapped.
You can have chocolate on top of your desk during office hours without upsetting your co-workers.
The word "commitment" doesn't scare off chocolate.
You can make chocolate last as long as you want it to.
You can safely have chocolate while you are driving.
You can GET chocolate.

Supplies: Pretty in Pink, WW, and Basic Grey Bush card stock, Oh So Sweet, and Fancy Flexible Phrases stamp sets, Chocolate Chip ink,Brads, Ribbon, CuttleBug, Markers, Corner rounder and Dimesionals.


Saturday, March 17, 2007

The Gang Grows Again!!

I have added four more members to the Chocolate Critters Gang. These guys are so cute! If you missed the other members you can find their posts here Chocolate Critters and More Chocolate Critters

So would everyone please welcome:

Ellie Elephant

Supplies: Sahara Sand and Pretty in pink card stock, Googlie eyes, Ribbon, Circle punches, Flower, and Marker.

Theresa Turkey

Supplies: Pumpkin Pie, So Saffron, Real Red and Creamy Caramel card stock, Oval and Circle punches, Ribbon, Googlie eyes, and Marker.

Hilda Hippo

Supplies: Bordering Blue, WW, and Black card stock, Oval, Hole, Circle, and Word Window punches, Googlie eyes, Ribbon, Marker and White Gel pen.

Lucy Lion

Supplies: So saffron, Pumpkin Pie, and Chocolate Chip card stock, Circle and Corner rounder punches, Googlie eyes,Ribbon and Marker.


Bloggers RAK from Dawn

I got a Blogger's RAK from Dawn Griffith from Dawns Stamping Thoughts !Thank you so much dawn this is one of my most favorite sets!! Dawn makes the most beautiful cards you have to check out her blog!!
I love the fold of this card I'm going to have to try on for myself.

If you would like to join the SCS Bloggers Club you first need to be a member of the SCS RAK group and you can enter here SCS RAK Group then here is the link for the Bloggers RAK Club

The Dimensions for dawns card are 11" x 4 1/4" score @ 2", 3 3/4", 7 1/4" and 9"


Thursday, March 15, 2007

MoreChocolate Critters!

I decided to try to make some more chocolate critters you can see the original post here Chocolate Critters these are just so cute and so fun to make. Meet the newest members of the team.........LMBO!!

The Gang

Sarah Skunk
( could also be a cat) Or Kiki Kitty as suggested by IDA
Supplies: Black, WW, and Pretty in Pink card stock, Googlie eyes, Ribbon, Oval punches, Circle punch and white gel pen

Daffanie Duck
Supplies: Yoyo yellow, and Only orange card stock, Googlie eyes, Ribbon

Bianca Bunny

Supplies WW, and Pretty in Pink card stock, Googlie eyes, ribbon marker, and Oval punches

Carla Cow

Supplies: Black, WW and Pretty in Pink card stock, Googlie eyes, Oval punch, Marker, and Ribbon


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