Sunday, December 31, 2006

Happy New Year!!

I have been neglecting my blog all through the holidays and I will try to do better in the future. I haven't stamped or played with paper in weeks. The last card I made was this one, its a chicken card. I was hung up on this set all spring and summer this year. I just think the chickens have such adorable expressions on their faces. Anyways, I hope you all have a Happy New Year and I hope that 2007 is a steller year for all my friends and family. I don't have any plans for tonight so maybe I will actually stamp. Who knows, once I pop the cork on the bubbly I will be very sleepy so I better stamp early LOL.

I could share a couple photos from the christmas holidays I guess. I took about 40 pictures over the holidays and I have to say, photography skills have still not improved. *giggles* its okay. I am okay with that. This is my DD Kristen making fun of the tamales at my moms house. We have a Mexican food tradition for Christmas eve. It is just easier to make tamales, chili, beans and a big bowl of guacamole, and have some taquitoes. My meme makes the cookies because she is the number one cookie maker in all the universe.This picture is my mom and my meme is in the background. I didn't get a great picture of them this year so this will have to do. Here is a picture of my hubby Brian opening his Cowboys T shirt from our daughter, he was very pleased with this gift even if the cowboys played bad football and lost!
I got many nice gifts and was very happy with my christmas. I didn't get any new stamping gear because no one ever thinks to buy me any but its okay because I would rather pick it out myself. We had a great time enjoying both of our families. It was very nice. This picture is taken at my BIL Steven's home in Hondo. We spent Christmas day with them. This is one of my many nephews, Mark sitting in front of my son Blake, next to him is Laura and Anna, 2 nieces. On this side of the family there are 31 of us now in the imediate family! Oiy ! Fifteen grandkids now. Quite a production. I will be back to stamping soon, enjoy!

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Friends and Chocolate go hand in hand

Here is a card I did for the SCS color challenge today. It uses Rose Red, Blush Blossom, Sage Shadow and chocolate chip. Broke out the Latte set again and the AC ribbon. For some reason I need to use the Flanel Plaid Background with this set! Its cozy or something. LOL. Hope you like it. My friends on Splitcoast told me to post it, I was doubting this design. Thanks girls!

Sunday, December 17, 2006

Good Sunday Morning

Well I am getting behind on my posting again. I am sorry. Its a little hectic here lately and I haven't had the time to stamp. I did manage to get out some christmas cards and most of my shopping is completed. We just bought a used car for my daughter, she turns 16 in February and we stumbled upon a deal. My mom has a friend that was selling her husbands car and it only had 50,000 miles on it and it is a 1998 Buick Riviera. It is in immaculate condition. Very few scratches, perfect carpet, clean engine, repaire and service history were included. It was a deal. In fact its nicer than my own car. It even has leather seats and power windows and locks. My first car was what I like to call "the lemon". It was called that for multiple reasons, number 1, it was yellow (1978 Pontiac Sunbird), number 2. it stalled or overheated whenever I was stopped at a stop sign or long traffic light, number 3. it had no air conditioning but the heat worked great and in fact as long as the heat was on it tended to not overheat as easily. This is a problem living in south/central Texas in the summer. It also only had an AM radio. Boy have times changed. It was normal for kids turning 16 to have very used cars, like used up and ready for the pastuer. Some of my friends were lucky to get their mom or dads old cars and they were usually very nice even if they were used. These days kids need something reliable and efficient to drive. No one works on their own cars anymore, no time for that......gotta work to pay for all the stuff we need. So my dear daughter gets a very nice reliable Buick to drive. She also gets the responsibilities that go along with it. She will have to get a job (yippeee), keep up her grades in school, and service it it when it needs oil changes and other work. She is very happy and grateful and I think she will take good care of it. I now will need some kind of nerve pills to get through this next stage...maybe some therapy or take up drinking, not sure which yet. Or maybe my stamping therapy will kick into hyper drive and I will become a stamping fool. Lookout stampin' up here I come!

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Cool Chocolatte

A little late night latte using the ribbon I mentioned in an earlier post. New rubber arrived today and I had to get it inky!

Money Holder

Here is a little something I spent the morning on. I wanted to make my own money/cash holder for my nephew this year. He is 14 and too old for toys and too young for clothes, money is always just right! It took me a little while to get the measurements the way I wanted them. The biggest problem with this design is how to get the hole for the Presidents face lined up and cut out. I haven't got a punch or an oval cutting system that worked. I had to put on my thinking cap. I realize he will throw it away after he takes out the cash so it didn't have to be absolutly perfect. I used an ordinary circle hole punch. First I lined it up on a copy paper template and then I cut it out and traced around the template onto my cardstock. Then I used a regular blade to make an X inside the oval cutting through the cardstock. Then I trimmed away as much as I could with small scissors. Then I took the hole punch and went right up to the edges and punch all the way around. Like I said, its not perfect but its scalloped and close enough for me. I used the Happiest of Holidays set along with Flannel Plaid and a few random un-mounted stamps I have. The colors are cranberry crisp, true thyme, and kraft.

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Cracked Glass

You know how much I love crack...........cracked glass technique that is! Well I have been wanting to try using it for christmas cards. I realize now that it is not practical to make more than just a few, its just too time consumming. But I think I will send out a few using this design. My Lovely As A Tree pine stamp gets a workout this time of year. I also used Aida cloth and snowflake spot. The sentiment is an MSE clear stamp. The ribbon is from the first ribbon swap from Texasjodylynn and its called "red" but it matches Ruby red almost perfectly.

Saturday, December 02, 2006

Glittery warped snowman

Well........I tried to fix it...........I failed LOL. This was such a cute idea when I started. I ended up running it through my xyron and glittering the whole main image to hide some smudges I made using stickles glitter glue. What I didn't know is that the glue had pulled up and so now it looks warped. I am going to try to glue that tiny edge down but with all that glitter on it I am having my doubts. It's cute but not perfect LOL. I will try again another time. I was so glad the sentiment was stamped straight and was inked dark and it looked so crisp on the white, I really wanted to salvage it. I hate wasting supplies.

A little Basic Grey LilyKate and Be Happy

Good Morning ! Its Saturday morning and instead of housework...I stamped again. No big surprise there!I love the Be Happy SU set. It just has so many cute elements for embelishing cards. I used a litle Basic Grey Lilykate paper strip for some extra color. Layered with barely banana all on top a lovely amethyst background card.Card is sponged using close to cocoa. Hope you like!
*I have no idea why this is so huge when I published it and I really don't know how to fix it