Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Soccer Birthday Card

My nephew is in a little league soccer team so I thought this would be the perfect birthday card for him. I used stamps from the Angel Company for this one. This also uses the sketch #2 from Techno Stamper's Monday Lunch time sketch. The circle for the soccer ball is cut with the largest nestibility circle I had. I wish it had been larger! It was a little challenging trying to design the lines and markings on the soccer ball but since most of it is covered up that helped a little bit. I used prisma color pencils and gamsol to color the image, trying to make it look just like my nephew's picture and using the colors of his uniform. Card stock colors are Only orange, brilliant blue and garden green. The green circle was cut with the nestibilities, the white one I did by hand. Also the background uses the spots and dots cuttlebug folder.

Friday, January 25, 2008

Birthday Fun!

Another Birthday is coming up soon so I needed to get this card made. I used Sweet N Sassy stamps Birthday Fun set. I had the cake and balloons colored then went to my cabinet and saw the stickels. Of course the cake needed some and then I just had to do the balloons also. I also glued and tied on some fancy fibers for the balloon strings. It still seemed to need something so I added some stickers to fill in more background. The oval is cut with nestabilities, yellow grosgrain ribbon from stampin up. Card stock colors are Yo Yo yellow, Rose Red, Brilliant Blue, Orchid Opulence and Handsome Hunter
Also the sketch idea came from Techno Stamper's Monday Lunchtime Sketch #1

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Basketball Birthday Card

This is for a boy who turns 5 tomorrow. Basketball is the favorite sport here. This card is made with his school colors, Red and Blue. The stamp set is from TAC. Ribbon from stampin' up. The background paper is sizzix paper that was embossed with the circles cuttlebug. I then brushed a red ink stamp pad over it to help the texture to show up. The sketch is this weeks Mojo Monday #21 sketch from Poetic Artistry.

Another knitting project

My daughter has really impressed me with her knitting! She decided to tackle a bigger project and make a hat. It was almost finished Saturday but she had dropped a stitch somewhere and had to undo a good portion of it. She got it done the next day! By the way, she does all the photography for my projects and took these pictures today.
Head on over to her blog at for a picture of the SUN! Yeah, our sunlight is returning! We got our first glimpse of it today as it was shining in our house. We all crowed to the window to get our turn at basking in the glorious sunlight! For those of you who don't realize it, we are so far north that we don't see the sun from the end of November to late January! What a welcome sight it was today!

Monday, January 21, 2008

Art Gallery

For today's post I thought I'd do an art gallery of my kids creations. I never enjoyed art as a kid. I guess I didn't like getting my hands dirty. At first when homeschooling I was hesitant to get out the paints etc. I didn't want the kids to "make a mess" After getting some art curriculum going for them (and learning how to manage the mess) I've discovered a whole new world. I don't even mind getting my hands all inky doing cards now! The kids look forward to their art time 3 or 4 days a week.
We started off using How Great Thou Art curriculum, which I really enjoy. It's taught on video and is a Christian Curriculum. This year we are doing Ateiler Art, which is also on DVD- It helps to have an experienced art teacher to guide them through the lesson!
Enjoy your visit to our little gallery!

Still life- 12 yr old son

still life- 9 yr old daughter

Positive & Negative Collage- 12th grade daughter
Pieces were cut out of dark paper and then laid on the white paper next to the cut out piece.

Horizon Line- Expressionism- 12th grade daughter- this isn't finished yet but I love how it looks!

Horizon line- expressionism- 12 yr old son

Horizon line- expressionism- 9 yr old daughter

Color lesson- tropical bird- 12th grade daughter

Crowd and Action painting- a swimming meet- 9 yr old daughter

Crowd and Action painting- dog sled race- 12 yr old son

My happiest memory- self expression- 12 yr old son
Camping out and hunting with Dad!

My happiest memory- self expression- 9 yr old daughter
Being at Grandma's in Iowa ( swinging in her tree swing!)

Contour drawing/still life
12th grade daughter.

More is coming in another post.... stay tuned!

Monday, January 14, 2008

Trust in the Lord

This card is done with the layout for Beate's weekend sketch challenge. Colors are Gable Green, Apricot Appeal, Bashful Blue and Cameo Coral. The stamp set is from Sweet N Sassy Stamps. This happens to be my favorite Bible Verse also.
Other items in the card are gingham ribbon from stampin up, buttons from stampin up, and fancy fibers to tie the buttons together. The other ribbon and the flower was a gift from Laurie. The DP is from Dick Blick. The green card stock is embossed with the circles cuttlebug folder and the ovals were cut with spell binders. I cut the scallops on the cameo coral piece with my corner rounder. I found a tutorial from Beate's blog for how to do it. The string of pearls in the photo is from my wonderful grandmother!
Here is a link for Beate's blog and tutorial for cutting the scallops.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Pond Pals Card

I just received this set from Sweet n' Sassy Stamps. You'll notice it is once again the same layout for Mojo 19. Am I stuck on that one or what???
The set is called Pond Pals. I colored and gamsoled the images. Also added another new item: "Stickles". I used white on the dragonflies, yellow on the pussy willow and green on the frogs spots and leaves.
Card stock colors are: Turquoise, Apricot, Cameo. Buttons and hemp twine from Stampin' Up. DP is again from Dick Blick

Petal Pusher Mojo 19

This is a little different take on the Mojo week 19. I moved the middle layer down to the bottom so I could use it for the sentiment and added a button with a smiley face drawn on it! The flower imaged was masked so I could sponge over it with turquoise ink. Card stock colors used are: Apricot, Teal, Celery, Turquoise & Cameo. Also used the bloom dots cuttlebug folder. DP is once again from Dick Blick.
One of my stamping goals this year is to start using some of the sets that I have neglected. For this week I have used quite a few of my sets that were pushed to the back of my stamp storage area. I also cleaned out and reorganized my supplies last week so hopefully now I can find what I want without having to empty out the whole area.

More mojo

I had this sketch in my head all week so I did another card. I had been wanting to use this lighthouse stamp for some time and it seemed to be a good one to fit the sketch. The color combo is basically the same as the Get Well Penguins I did earlier this week. Turquoise, Apricot, Teal, Cameo. The image is colored with prismacolor pencils and gamsoled. The image in the left corner had dimensionals under it to pop it out more. The DP is once again from Dick Blick. They have lots of neat paper scraps you can purchase in a 1 lb package. I have so much in my scrap box now that it's fun to match it up to new projects. The bottom layer is embossed. I also used metallic brads and hemp twine as a little extra embellishment

Thursday, January 10, 2008

A Baby Card!

Baby Card : This is for Beate's weekend sketch challenge # 29. I was so excited to finally get some embossing folders and nestibilties so I put them to use right away. I used the bloom dots cuttlebug folder. The card stock colors are pink passion, pixie pink, pretty in pink and rose red. Stamp sets used are SU Feathered friends and mini mates. The image is colored with prisma pencils and gamsoled. Also I used pink grosgrain ribbon and the DP is from Dick Blick.

Get Well Penguins!

This card is for Mojo week 19 at Poetic Artistry. I used the Polar Pals set, one of my all time favorites! The card stock is Taken with Teal,Tempting Turquoise, Apricot Appeal, Cameo coral, & certainly celery. The alphabet is the little rough edges set. I also used the cuttlebug snowflake folder, dimensionals under the penguins and fish. The ribbon was a gift from Laurie.

A knitting project!

My daughters are learning to knit. I'm impressed with how quickly they are learning. I can't even crochet a double strand let alone figure out knitting needles. This is a little knitted purse that my daughter just finished.

Saturday, January 5, 2008

Happy New Year

I didn't realize it's been over a week since I last posted. Where have the days gone??? I've enjoyed the start of a new year and have been taking it slow and easy the past week. I gave the kids most of the week off school. My two oldest got started back with their math only and then by Thursday I had all 4 kiddos back in their places, trying to get back into their school work. Kind of gave us a jump start to really get going on Monday. During the week I did work on two new cards. One is for my sister's birthday next week and the other for a little girl in the village. I made a goal to send birthday cards out to all the kids who came to VBS last summer. In the card is a reminder to come to Bible Time on Sunday and that they can have a prize from our birthday box when they come. So far no one has missed when they have a birthday. Our attendance in church, Bible time and teen time has been very low the past few months. Please pray that more will attend church services and the God will work in their hearts. Here are the cards that I made this week.

Kids Birthday Card details: SU- Love ya bunches, ( birds and sentiment) Basket full of fun- (butterflies & flowers in background) Birds are colored with prismacolor pencils and gamsoled. I edge distressed the oval. Card stock and ink is from stamping up also.

Sister's Birthday Card details: Stamp sets: Love ya bunches & Tag time (present in background), buttons, gingham ribbon (SU) flowers (TAC) I also paper pieced the wagon with some DP I had in my paper scrap box. The flowers are colored with prismacolor pencils and gamsoled. The lace is from my sewing stash.