Monday, November 24, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!
I just wanted to take a minute to say enjoy your holiday and really think about all that you are thankful for. God has blessed me and my family beyond my imagination including giving me many of you as friends! I hope your Thanksgiving is wonderful!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

I don't think I have posted this card. We made this one at the last workshop. The swoshes are stamped with versamark and embossed with white embossing powder. This gives a good white color for the background. I used the brayer to roll Chocolate chip ink over the embossing and then wiped off the excess ink. The card is made with Chocolate Chip, Baja Breeze, and glossy white card stock. Stamping guru, Jennifer M., suggested the leaf half ink stamped on the Thinking of You- It added the perfect touch!

Monday, November 17, 2008

This is the cutest card and I cannot figure out how to turn it around! I got the idea from the SU publication. It uses the scallop punch shape folded into the turkey feather shape! All the parts are punched out. I thought he was the cutest thing- wouldn't he be a great place card at you Thanksgiving table? Don't get a crick in your neck!

Monday, November 10, 2008

I really like this card! It is made of Kraft paper, Basic Black, Very Vanilla, and a Decorative paper SU put out a while back. It was the best paper (red and vanilla) and I would love more! The ribbon and Spare Parts brad (from the Lobby) make this simple, any occasion card complete. Please ignore the fact that no matter how hard I tried, I could not get any of the pieces of paper to go on straight! I don't usually have that problem, but today I just had to give up!

Sunday, November 9, 2008

I am finally back! After a long break doing a lot of who know what! We have been working very hard at the house. Check the progress on the New House page

These are cards we made in September for my workshop.

This card uses the note card from the Carousel Notes.

I plan on posting new cards all week, so keep checking back.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Color Inspiration #26

I am so excited to participate in the color challenge . The colors are really nice and playful, so I had a fun time putting all the colors on the card with some fun shapes. I ordered a SU die to see if I could get it to work in the Cuttlebug. After a few tries and a broken plate, I got it to cut! First, I fed the paper thru the sticker maker, then thru the Cuttlebug, and it made the perfect addition to the card! The picture isn't the greatest- it was getting dark when I took the picture. I like this card- it is simple and shiny, and appropriate for any situation.
Thanks for looking.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Sorry for the long time without a post. It has been really crazy around here with the house and the boys. We travel next week, and then I will be back to stamping.
Check back then.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Did anyone watch Martha Stewart yesterday? Her whole show was on blogging. It was pretty inspiring so when I can get someone to teach me how to do some stuff then I am going to improve this blog. I know what you are thinking- How could it be any better! Just wait and see...

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Before and After
I found a really fun thing to do! I am taking old cards that I made and never did anything with , sprucing them up, and selling them in the Holiday Bazaar! Here is the first before and after. The colors are still kind of harsh, but you never know who might love this card! Do you?

Saturday, September 13, 2008

I am working on cards for my end of the month workshop and to sell in an upcoming craft bazaar. I came up with this one last night and totally love it! The design is a copy of Angela Jones I found on Splitcoast stampers. Then I mixed up the colors with Baja Breeze, Certainly Celery, Almost Artichoke, Very Vanilla, and discontinued SU paper- The card is very soft and restful looking. Even though I tried to alter the photo, I don't think the pic gives you the soft feel of the colors.

My boys are camping this week end, so my plans are to stamp all day! Keep checking back for more ideas!

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Color Inspiration 22

I took a break from picking faucets, doors, brick and shingles, and thinking about how I want the cabinets to look to play in the color inspiration at www.kwernerdesign. It was a relief. Check out the house progress. At first I didn't really like the card I stamped. but it is starting to grow on me. I was trying some background techniques, and this one is Faux Linen. The bird is stamped in Burgundy on glossy paper then sanded vertically and horizontally until the gloss is gone. Then I sponged Soft Sky over the whole paper. I think it should show up better, so next time I will try higher grit sandpaper. In person it looks much better. For my next trick I cut the back off one of the new flower brads and glued it to the top of the bow square.

I appreciate you looking. Let me know what you think!


Monday, September 8, 2008

I have missed blogging, but have been so busy working on house stuff and trying to get the boys moving in the right direction. I thought I would be so glad to have them back in school so I could get back to a routine ( can you say OCD?), but I have yet to get a routine that works.
I am doing a craft fair in October so I plan on having several really cute cards to sell! Keep looking!

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Color Challenge #20

Color Challenge #20 is to use Chocolate chip,Regal Rose, Pink pirouette, Certainly Celery, and Very Vanilla. I just got this stamp set yesterday, and love it! Those little owls just make me laugh! I tried to glitter up the little pink owl, but she lost her cuteness so I just gave her a diamond hat!

Thanks for looking!


Sunday, August 24, 2008

Lonesome Road

I am painting again. Here is the first of many to come.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

I got carried away with the challenge this time, but I have had so much fun stamping this morning. These are my new fav colors- I could do my whole new house in black, white and green and be so pleased. I cannot get enough of my Justrite monogram! Sorry for the redundancy!
When I first saw the inspiration picture, I went straight to the Kiwi Kiss for the pop of color...

...but the headboard kept jumping out at me with yellow influence...

...and just for a masculine touch, I went with the Bravo Burgundy. This card is very masculine which is hard for me- even though I live with all boys! Maybe my cards are my girly world! ...

And just for a giggle- I changed my mind in the middle of the card- turned it over, and then went back to my original backgound! No sense in wasting paper! I can cut it in half and attach it to new card stock. Once my ideas get flowing I have to take advantage of it or I will forget what I was doing!

Materials used: Whisper White, Basic Gray, Kiwi Kiss, Bravo Burgundy card stock, Stazon ink, large Justrite stamp, Lovely as a Tree, various ribbons,

Color Inspiration 19

I really love the colors in this inspiration. Try it along with me- post comments with a link to your project, or join the fun at Check back for my cards.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

I have been eyeing the monogram stuff for a long time, so you can imagine my excitement when I saw this Justrite stamp with interchangeable letters. I have had it one day and look what cute things I can make!
I am so thrilled to have this and am already dreaming Christmas gifts!

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

For Melissa

My friend Melissa had a sweet baby boy yesterday. I stamped this card for her. I love the Just Celebrate set. The card stock is Baja Breeze, Real Red, Barely Banana, and Confetti White.

Workshop cards

Here are some pics of the cards we are making at my workshop tonight. I wanted to use as many new supplies that I had, and I loved the color 'schemes' in the catty. This one is Eastern Eclectic.

and Sweet Bella.
I want to say that there is a good chance that these cards were direct copies of a card I saw somewhere. I feel sure the eclectic and bella are my original designs, but the other I put together so long ago (probably last week!)that I am not sure where I got the inspiration. If it is your card, please let me know and I will give credit where credit is due!

Thursday, July 31, 2008

After Becky was so sweet to give me this awesome award, I completely stopped stamping! Then I felt guilty, and stamped a little something crazy today. I was visiting Splitcoaststampers, and noticed the heading on the page was with teal and brown. Just for fun I pulled Taken with Teal and Choco chip. I think the card look great! I used Doodle This stamp set, Taken with Teal, Chocolate Chip, and Kraft paper. I added a little organdy ribbon and a fancy brad!

I hope no one is offended when I don't pass on the award. The truth of the matter is I don't look at that many other blogs. I am busy building a house, shuffling boys around, and stamping as much as possible. The few blogs that I frequent are listed already! I am so computer illiterate, that when I do adventure out on the web, I usually get lost! I appreciate the kudos, and I love the comments left on my blog- the whole world wide blog thing blows me away-(someone left a comment in French!) Please continue to visit.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

I couldn't stand it. The more I looked at the first card I made for the CI, the more I didn't like it! In the middle of the night I was fretting over that card. The background of the original card was so pretty that I literally ripped it apart and reused it. I like the new version, but it is way different than the cards that I usually make.

Thank you to Sonic and Becky for the sweet comments- I hope you like this one too.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Here is my interpretation of the color inspiration. I like the colors together so much I am working on another card for the August workshop! The Roses in Winter are stamped with Rose Red and Regal Red. Sage Shadow is used for the leaves. I painted the chipboard letter with the Sage Shadow marker then painted over with white paint. It is a slight tint of the sage. The polka dots are stamped with a pencil eraser. I punched the sage paper with the new scallop punch that will be in the new catalog!
This card is way girly than I am use to, so I tried to go shabby chic. I am not quite sure I got what I wanted.
Thanks for looking.
Color Inspiration #17
Kristin posted this color inspiration. Pretty colors on the dress, but not may favorite to stamp with! I don't even own a Sage Shadow ink pad!

Thursday, July 10, 2008

I know I said I was going to take a break from stamping, but it looks like I lied! It is too hot to do anything outside, and I had to clean up my stamping area anyhow, so I decided to make one more card...
Kristen put out a color inspiration using Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa, Really Rust, Certainly Celery, and Whisper White. I love painting that pear, so here I am with those colors on fruit (again)!
Thanks for looking.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

We had a great time at the lake this weekend. My parents and brother and sister- in- law joined us for water fun galore. My family is trying to bring water skiing back to the lake. I must say my oldest son will make quite a few kids take note when he is cutting the rug behind the boat.
The dogs swam and we ate as much as possible! It was a great time.
I will probably take a break from stamping to get my house stuff in order. The framers are really moving along and I am starting to feel behind.
Check back to see if I can stay on track...

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

These are really funky colors- but I like the results. I got a foam stamp in a kit from the local stamping store, and I love to use it. Here it is more like wallpaper. I even stamped the back of the card! The River Rock looks great with the Basic Gray and Black. Any color of red or pink adds the pop the card needs.
Thanks for looking.
We are off to the lake for the holiday weekend. I hope everyone has a safe and fun 4th!

CI #14

Here is the new color inspiration. I am going to try to play despite the quick deadline because these are my favorite colors to create with! Watch out top 10!

Thursday, June 26, 2008

My entry to the CI #13 came completely from my scrap box!

CI # 13

The color inspiration for this week from I didn't think I was going to have time to do this with workshop tonight and being so far behind. One of the cards I wanted to do at my workshop was a scrap card. We did one before, and I love how creative everyone was. I just dug in my scrap box for the appropriate colors and put them together! I like the card in person, but was a little disappointed in the way it photographed. I still love doing these inspirations- it saves me so much time, and I have started spotting my own inspirations! (see below)
Thanks for looking.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

I am posting my own inspiration. As primitive as it is... (my sweet husband won't fix the scanner). I saw this ad about the same day that I saw a cherry card on the SU web site. I totally copied one card and then adapted the other to look more like the ad. I apologize for not giving credit to the talented artist who came up with the idea. The funny thing is that it took me two days to track down a punch to punch the cherries! Thanks to Frances for lending me her punch!

Workshop peak

A sneak peak into my workshop cards this week. I have had so much fun with the color inspirations at that I decided to keep the flow going. The feel of these cards reminds me of a summer dress that one would wear to church on Sunday. I tried to keep them light and girly!

I found the best inspiration for a card and then cased an idea from SU showcase. In my mind the card is so cute! I was so excited to post- but I cannot find a 1/2" punch which I need to compete the card. I hope to have it and other cards on later today.
I spent all day yesterday working on ideas for my workshop this week. The theme is cool, white, summer cards. Some are already posted on this blog, and some I just changed up a little.
Check back later...

Friday, June 20, 2008

One more attempt at the Top 10 of Kristin,s picks. I am really into white cards right now. They remind me of Easter dresses. This on is so simple with scallops and circles.

We are off to the lake for the weekend- no stamping, but I bought 4 magazines to read!

Have a fun weekend.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

The Be Inspired Challenge #18 from fresh & fun was from this Martha Stewart cake.

I found this challenge from Beate a real challenge. The cake inspiration was so pretty, and I wanted to convey the same soft flowers on a card. I like the results- even though it was so hard to get a good picture.

Thanks for looking.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

I felt so creative yesterday that I actually did two challenges! This on is a pattern beate put on her blog- and on I am always looking for new ways to tie ribbon. A bowline wouldn't work, so I went with the knot tied like a tie. Hopefully this is the only tie our Daddy will be getting for Father's day!

Thanks for looking!

Friday, June 13, 2008

Ooh -aah I love this card! It was so simple to put together too! I used Pick a Petal to stamp on So Saffron, Rose Red, and white card stock. Then I added a little Old Olive ink and cut them all out. I embossed the circle on the background with clear powder, then embossed a few extra for the border. I punched the extra circles and Going gray textured paper with the 1" punch. The center of the flower is chipboard with French knot tied thru it. The ribbon is a luscious taffeta. An inside secret- I used the strip of embossed background (the front of the card) that was trimmed off the cover the top half of the circles on the inside front. It keeps it looking neat.

Thanks for looking.

Join the color challenge from kristin over at I really like the light feeling of these colors- and I am thinking about that big flower stamp set- check back to see what I came up with.

Here is the next installment of Blair's black eye! Not as impressive as I thought it would be. A week later you cannot even see it unless he holds his eyelid down. He was very blessed - it seems his injuries were mild. The protection prayer I pray every morning works!

Monday, June 9, 2008

Another chapter in the Mother of Boys novel

Chapter 1:
It was a dark and stormy night...
actually we were at Family Fun night at the baseball park. The coaches were playing a rousing came of softball (with lots of coaching from the parents) and some kids were playing a Homerun derby on the other field. It seems that my hubby was watching this homerun derby and talking to other parents about how the Chenault family is always hurt in some interesting way. Right now my 11year old is in the last week of the cast he is wearing for a fractured hand. Anywhoo, as the dust settled on the pitchers mound' who was lying in fetal position moaning in pain? Of course, the other Chenault boy...Blair took a ball to the face smacked off the end of a bat!

After a rather non eventful 3 hour visit to Womens and Childrens, we learned that Blair fractured the orbital floor, and his nose. He has a real nice shiner and if you look carefully you can see the print of the ball on his cheek.
The moral of the story... Bubble wrap may be a good idea!

Saturday, May 31, 2008

I was in a jam looking for ideas to do at my monthly workshop when I spotted this card in the Stampin' Success. I changed it a little to fit what I had and wanted to use at the workshop. I really like the results! The colors are Bravo Burgundy, Soft Sky, Kraft, and Old Olive. I stamped with Choco Chip ink.
I am getting my scrapbook stuff out tomorrow if it kills me- which it might. I am hoping to get the boys to help get me started again.