Friday, April 20, 2012

My turn, my turn, my turn!!!

Can you see me waving my arms around, hollering that it's my turn?!? Yes, it's my turn to play hostess this time for Guylou's Inimitability. This time around, we're doing a "crazy cat lady" color challenge. Ok, it is true. I am verging on becoming the crazy cat lady. Or, so I am told by my 15 year old nephew. According to his teenage wisdom, if I get even one more cat, that will officially push me into crazy cat lady territory. For the record, I have three. They're all siamese and full of personality. The two of I've had the longest are sealpoints, and were the inspiration for this challenge. I want you to make a card inspired by the color of a sealpoint siamese, which is to say, blue for the eyes and brown and cream for the fur. Here's a picture of my girls to give you some idea:
Aren't they beautiful? I know that I'm biased, but I can't help but think that in this case, I'm also right!!!

G is also helping you out by giving away her image cat on a fence for free. You've only got 24 hours to snatch it up! Even if you miss out, just go buy it. One, it's precious. Two, G's prices are extremely reasonable. Three, everyone will love a card you make with one of her kitty images.

Speaking of cards, I guess I should show you mine. Mother's Day is just around the corner. My mother-in-law has two grey cats who love to sit in the window and watch the world go by. This image seemed perfect.
Now, I probably went a little too turqouise-y with my blue, so I tossed in some blue more reminiscent of siamese kitty eyes in the flowers and on the pot. I colored this adorable image with copics, added some glossy accents to the nose and some ivory flowersoft to the flower. The background paper reminded me of the paneling in my inlaws' house. Yes, they still have way too much paneling. I colored a doily with some brown ink and put it down below the flowers, which are a mixture of Wild Orchid Crafts and cheapo Dollar Store finds. The cool shutters are from Michael's Recollections collection. I love them.

You have until 10:00 EST on May 4th to enter the challenge. Come on, be a crazy cat lady with me! Pretty please!?!?

Thursday, April 19, 2012

My heart beats like mushy mush mush

That is pretty much my heart right about now. It's all twitterpated over this adorable thing my friend's kid said today. Kim and I have been friends for 28 years, since the first day of 7th grade. Naturally, when she had her son five years ago, I was visiting him in the hospital and bonding with my new buddy. Well, he's five now. For his fifth birthday last month, I got him a Sonic the Hedgehog Racing Game. He's been taking it over to his Poppy's house to play on a regular basis. Today, as he was getting out of the truck in preparation for running into Poppy's house, his daddy heard him say, "God, please tell Gina thank you for getting me the sonic racing game." Seriously, how cute is that?!? What are some cute things you've heard a kid say lately? What made your heart dissolve into mush?

Monday, April 16, 2012

Spring is in the air!

Ok, so I know, the title is not that original. Sorry about that. Although I'm setting this post to come up on Monday, it's really Sunday night and I am beat. I have no brain power left to come up with a clever title. It's been a LONG weekend. A great one, but LONG and BUSY. Isn't it kind of cool how you can schedule posts on blogger, though? It's like time travel!

Anyhow, you probably don't want to hear me prattle on about soccer games, cleaning, shopping, creating, and all of the other things that composed a rather mundane weekend, so I'll just go ahead and show you my card for the Belles n' Whistles challenge. This time around, we're focusing on spring!

This little cutie is one Elisabeth's designs for Sweet Pea Stamps. I stamped her off on kraft paper from Gina K, then colored her up with copics. The DP is from Graphic 45. Flowers are Wild Orchid Crafts. The metal tab is Making Memories, the little bracket journaling block is Maya Road, and the cameo is from Webster's Pages. I snagged the ribbon off of a gift bag. Pearls are Kaiser Kraft. I think the felt butterfly is Heidi Swapp. I think that about covers it! Now head on over to the blog and check out what the DT has to show you. This ends my term on the BnW Guest DT. It was fun; I always love to create with Elisabeth Bell's adorable images, and to create alongside such a talented group was an honor!

Happy Spring!

Sunday, April 8, 2012

My post is so late!!!

Holy cow! I finished my card long before it was due, but somehow, posting it slipped my mind. Here is my card for the latest challenge over at Guylou's Inimitability:
This time around, we're using a sketch created by our awesome leader, Guylou, and the creator of such fun designs as the one I used on this card. Head on over to the blog to get the details and see this fun sketch! Go ahead..move along....don't be late like me! Man, I still can't believe I forgot. So sorry, G!!!

Friday, April 6, 2012

Happy Birthday, Grandma!

I'm headed to my aunt and uncle's house tomorrow to celebrate my grandmother's birthday. She's always telling me that she doesn't need much, but on a fixed income, I know that she appreciates all that she gets to "help out." She gets her medications and some fun stuff from Walmart, so I stopped there to get her a gift card. I also made her a card, which I showed you a few posts ago. Tonight, I decided to make her a cute little notebook. I snagged the idea from another blogger but can't seem to find the post to give her credit. Sorry about that! I hate when I do that; it makes me irritated at myself because people should get credit for the ideas they give me. Anyway, the idea was to take one of the little notebooks with matching pen from Michael's dollar spot and fancy it up. So, that's what I did. Check it out:
The little notebook came with that pretty blue flower pattern. I added a new stamp that I also got at Michael's and colored up with copics. I added some bling to the image with my stardust pens, but it's hard to see. Then I cut it out with spellbinders nesties, and stamped a sentiment and cut it out with my spellbinders labels. I inked around the edges to make them pop a little more. I added some flowers and pearls from my stash, some white leaves from the Dollar Tree, and ta-da!

Here's a closer look at this cute stamp:
Adorable, right? I should note that I adhered everything with KI Gloo, because that stuff is like cement. Once it dries, it holds EVERYTHING. I don't think anything is going to pop off of her little notebook, even if she shoves it down inside the very bottom of her purse.

That's all I've got tonight. I should hit the hay soon. 8:00 comes early, and that's what time I need to get up to make the two hour drive and be there in time for the festivities. Have a wonderful, blessed Easter weekend. Feel free to send me some of your extra chocolate.