Tuesday, December 30, 2008

My New Little Piece of Heaven

Welcome to my little corner of the Earth! This (<-- Click link) is what my stamp room looked like before last week. Some improvement, huh!?

The new island is my Christmas gift from my Hubby, and I'm in LOVE with it! We got the over sized butcher block, so that I can sit at it, and I love all of the work space! And the drawers! A stamper's heaven, I tell ya! :)

This is an existing bookcase that holds mostly SU stamps, plus stamps in CD cases, 8x8 and 6x6 PP packs, scrapbooks, and some odds and ends. The white boxes are ones that I painted from Michaels. They fit the CDs perfectly! I got that idea from my friend, Mimi.

This is a shot of the counter top behind my island. The candy jars are full of ribbon and Primas. And my dad asked me what in the world I was going to do with all of that ribbon! Ha! I scoff! Silly man.
Ah, I LOVE these bars from Ikea. No it's not a novel idea, but the drawer that these puppies were previously stored in was BEGGING us to put these up on the wall! LOL It was SO broke and U-shaped that it was pitiful.

Now, this little beauty is something that my Hubster built for me and my grown-up candy. I love it, and it holds so much ribbon - and there's even room for MORE! LOL

Now, this pic is not to show off the beauty of this set-up, but to show how I've got my paper/PP stored. It's purely functional, but it does a nice job. That box on the top is my other Christmas gift. It's a kareoke machine that's also a iPod charger, docking station, player, CD player, and radio. Love it too! :)

And finally, here's my throne. These 24in. chairs were also from Ikea. This is what this space pretty much always looks like - my iPod within easy reach, along with my Copics, acrylic blocks, sketch book, water, and tool caddy - or as I call them, my Necessaries. :) The quilt on the wall is a fish quilt that I made for Dave. I'll replace it with the one that I'm making now, when it's finished.
Well, that's about it. Hopefully you enjoyed the tour. Tonight I had Mimi over, and actually made a card! That is a big deal, if you knew of the day that I had...
Here's the gist - I bit the bullet and went to the Dr and had an x-ray on my toe. Good thing, too, cause it was far too injured to have healed with just taping it to the other toes! I have a spiral oblique break that was twisted and was nowhere near in correct alignment. It had to be set - which was an experience that I don't want to repeat anytime soon, and now I have to wear a gigantic knee-length boot for the next four weeks so that I can avoid having surgery on the stupid toe!!! And I won't even mention the bill... All for kicking a wall! Good grief, Charlie Brown!
So, anyways, I hope that your day was better than mine. Now I'm off to snuggle my Christmas Elf. Nighty night!

I KNEW That Cleaning Was Hazardous to My Health!

Wow, I can't believe that it's been like a million years since my last post! Well, probably more like 2 weeks, but STILL! It's just one of those times of the year when it's all that I can do to get all of my Christmas stamping, baking, wrapping, and buying done in time for all of the festivities. Then comes the Christmas "hangover"! We STILL have toys all over the house and cookies all over the kitchen, how about you?

In addition to all of that, my wonderful husband remodeled my stamp room, and reorganized all of my stuff. So, I'm sure that you can imagine that it then required a lot of REreorganization from me, but I was happy to do it, because it was a much needed chore. Now, I have an uber cool room that I will share pix of later. I really love stamping in it, HOWEVER...

On Sunday evening, I thought it would be a good idea to clean up the master bathroom while Wyatt was in the tub. Well, I was trying to hurry and talk to him at the same time, and saw something on the floor that needed picking up. I ended up kicking the corner of the wall (obviously really hard) and broke my toe. I won't describe it to you, because it's pretty gross, but suffice it to say that it was VERY clear to us that it was broken.

Now, I'm utterly BORED because I have to sit or lie down with my foot up all day, and CAN'T PLAY IN MY NEW ROOM! GRRR! Thank goodness that Dave is off this week, because he's a huge help. You know, it's a little difficult to move my computer from place to place while hopping around on crutches and a surgical shoe. LOL

Anyways, I have some things to share, and I will soon, but I wanted to drop in first and tell you what's going on! Our Christmas was wonderful - Wyatt was thrilled, and everything was perfect. How about you all? I hope that it was magical for everyone!


Wednesday, December 17, 2008

New BCDzyns: Daydreamer

Okay, so Sunday turned into Wednesday! It's such a busy time of year, and my to-do list is long. I'm sure I'm not alone in that!

This new set is Daydreamer, and it is new from BCDzyns (available from MFT). She comes with loads of sentiments, and even a thought bubble, too! You can grab her up at the above link.

I've colored her with Copics and paper pieced her shirt. The PP is from Basic Grey's Eva, as is the buttons. The ribbon is from PTI.

A close up...And I'm leaving you with that! I hope that you love her! Till later when I have time to edit a bunch of pix, so that I can post them... :)


Friday, December 12, 2008

Saturday Sketch To Be Delayed :(

I can't tell you how crazed I've been this week gearing up for my party tomorrow night. So, because of that, I haven't had time to stamp anything that wasn't party related. I have some pix that I will share very soon, but my sketch sample will have to be made and posted after this weekend. It's just that time of year, kwim!?

So, have a great weekend, and hopefully I'll have some fun stuff to show you on Sunday!


Wednesday, December 10, 2008

"...I've got to go home - Oh, baby, you'll freeze out there..."

This is my card for last weeks MFTSC. I used one of my favorite oldies but goodies from MFT, Baby It's Cold Outside. I used some PP from Scenic Route, Copics, Twinkle Stickers, Scallop Scissors, chunky snow, and MSL ribbon. Detail pic...

So I just "elfed myself", and I'm LOL-ing at the three of us in our little disco video! Too funny. I've gotten several of these in the past couple of years, but I've not seen the disco version. Cute! I tried to post it here, but the video didn't work after I changed the title of the post. Goes to show me not to mess with a good thing! LOL

ETA: Try this link to see our video.

And now I'm off to get things done. Have a good one!


Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Make a Wish!

This is my SSC make-up card from a couple of weeks ago! LOL I wanted to play with one of my newer sets of AAS, and I thought that it would perfect with this sketch. To see Lauren's post, click here.

I used some Eva paper from BG, rub-ons and brads from SU!, Copics, and ribbon from PTI.

I'm going to keep this post short, but stop by tomorrow, and I'll have an MFT card for you! Till later!


Monday, December 8, 2008

Sketch Challenge Cards

These are both cards that I made last week, for the SC on SCC. The first one uses the LAD set, Ooo La La and LAD's new PP. I colored the image with Copics and used SU!'s ribbon. Buttons are from Basic Grey and Moxie. This one was made with a cutie TCP image that I had fun gussying up! I used a tiny pom-pom on his had, Stickles on the fire, and chunky snow on the ground.
For the marshmallow, I used Liquid Applique, heat set, and then dabbed it with some shimmery brown chalk so it looks toasted. That's my favorite part! :)

So, I went to the cookie party that I mentioned yesterday, walked in the door, and someone yells "she looks just like her picture!"! I was like "huh?". And then I realized that I was meeting a stamper! A sweet lady, named Angela, who reads my blog! HI ANGELA! :) How fun! I love meeting "online people" IRL! LOL

We had a great time eating too many cookies, making ornaments with glitter and glue, and decorating our cook books. Oh, and I won like three prizes! Love when THAT happens, too! LOL Thanks Sherree! Had a great time! :)

Well, that's about it for today. Hope you all have a wonderful week!


Sunday, December 7, 2008

For a Gracious Hostess

I tried Lauren's My Timeless Templates for the first time, and I'm so glad that I did! Since I had so much fun with this free one, I went ahead and purchased two more! I can't wait to play with them for some of my Christmas gifties - and I need to be working on them, like NOW! LOL

For this Stocking Stuffer, though, I used some AC paper and Real Red cardstock. The white "ribbon" is an idea that I got from Melissa Phillips. I just Cuttlebugged the red pieces, added some faux stitching, AC ribbon, and a little Cuttlebug tag with a PTI sentiment from Mixed Messages. I used my markers to ink it up in the different colors.I also had to make a little card to go with it, using another aDORable TCP image, colored with Copics. The sketch is one of Beate's more recent ones. I needed something quick and cute, and I think it did the trick! The cardstock is Glorious Green - my least favorite color in every month BUT December! :)

There is a tiny piece of thread on that penguin on the right - bugs me, but I'm not retaking the pic! LOL I filled the stocking with these little "present" chocolates. I'm heading out to a cookie party tonight, and I hope that Sherree likes her little giftie!

Come back tomorrow, because I'll have something for ya! Till later...


Saturday, December 6, 2008

SCS Time - Finally!

Okay, so I'm a bit behind on my SSCs, but I've got a bunch of things made and waiting to be posted, including my missing SSCs from the past two weeks! I love Lauren's sketches, and look forward to them, but as you know, time has to permit. Well, I've been getting quite stampy lately, and so I'm excited to show you what all I've been doing. Baby steps, though. ;)

For today, I have a card with an ADORABLE The Cat's Pajamas image (the sentiment is from TCP's Deck the Hall) for this week's SSC. You can find Lauren's card, as well as her sketch right HERE.

I used some AC PP for my color inspiration. The rubber circle is from Doodlebug. The image is colored with Copic markers. I also used some chunky "snow flakes" for some sparkle.Image close-up. I just can't get enough of these penguins...you'll see! :)

Well, that's it for now. I'm still up to my elbows in Christmas projects. I'll show them all here as I get them done and I have time. I know my posting is not as regular as in the past, but I'm doing the best that I can in this busy season. I know you all KWIM! LOL

If YOUR time permits, don't forget to check out these other sketchy girls for their interpretation of the sketch...

Alicia Weimen
Tamara Harder
Maria Levine
Dawn Easton
Kristy Vernon
Kim Gasper
MacKenzie Bruckler

I think later I'll work on pre-posting some posts. That always seems to work better for me. Have a great weekend!


Wednesday, December 3, 2008

MFTeaser: Snow Bunny Flopsey

Welcome to the MFT Release Day Blog Hop! If you want to hit the Hop from the beginning, then start HERE. You won't want to miss anything!

This is Snow Bunny Flopsey! Ain't she cute!? I just love these images! You just can't go wrong with a cute bunny! LOL

I used my Snowy Joe PP, from Imaginisce, again. I just love the colors in this paper - not the usual red and green, and I like that! Here's a close-up of the main image...I also love making their bellies furry! I fun-flocked it, after I colored it, so it still kept some of the pink color. She's colored with Copics.

I had to add my MSL snowflake punch and some BG buttons, too! It just doesn't seem to be a Christmas card without it! LOL The ribbon is from PTI.

Well, don't think you're done yet! You're next stop is my friend, Shannon! You can find here HERE!

And now I'm off! Later gator!


Tuesday, December 2, 2008

MFTeaser: Tote-ally Fantastic

Meet this month's MFT Who's That Girl set, Tote-ally Fantastic! I love this image, especially the teeny tiny dog! Plus, in true MFT style, there's a bunch of super cute sentiments to go with the set, too!

I used my new Eva paper, from Basic Grey, and I'm IN LOVE with another PP line! LOL The colors are so pretty! I did a make-and-take at CHA with this PP, and knew I HAD to have it. Now I finally do, and will be hard pressed to use any other company's PP for a while! Well, unless I need Christmas PP! :)

I also used a BG button and SU! ribbon. The sketch is Jen's SFYTT from two weeks ago. You can find it here.

Here's the deets for the release, there's some changes from the usual format...

My Favorite Things will be hosting a New Release Cocktail Party in the SCS forum, on Wednesday night (December 3rd) 9-10pm EST EASTERN time. Wednesday morning will start with a blog hop full of teasers and of course a pot of photopolymer gold at the end!

Then join us Wed night at 9pm EST for a quick chat, as the sets will go live this month at 10pm EST! This month there are THREE new sets being released! Stop by the release party to win prizes, see some MFTeasers of the new sets and find out how you can become MFT’s next Guest Designer! Hope to see you there!

Now, I'm off to try and find a cold medicine that will work for me. Blech. Sleep's overrated, right!? Yeah, right! LOL

Till later!


Monday, December 1, 2008

MFT Presents: Paper Dolls

It's that time again!

First off, it's December, so the crunch is ON to get all of your Holiday shopping and crafting done! No more can you say, "Ehh, Christmas is NEXT month!" LOL I personally have Wyatt completely DONE, thanks to Black Friday! Now, the only person I've left to worry about BUYING for is Dave. Everyone else is getting homemade gifts. But those homemade gifts are what I need to finish, and that will take some time. And with my Cookie Party in 2 weeks, I have a LOT to do there, too! Plus another cookie party, Dave's fishing trip, birthday parties, a Disney trip squeezed in, work, wrapping, decorating, cookie making, etc... Serenity NOW! Or should I say, "what I need right now is an elf and an appletini!" LOL :)

HOWEVER, in less stress causing news, it's also MFTeaser time! How cute is this little girl???

This is one of the new sets that will be released on Wednesday, from MFT, called Paper Dolls. This little girl has a variety of different outfits that she can wear. The little bear is just one of them. Other adorable looks include a ballerina and a mermaid! Think of the gifties you could make with this set for the little girls in YOUR life!

I used my Basic Grey Sultry paper and AC ribbon. The button is from BG, too, and the sentiment is from Whipper Snapper. I paper pieced the bear outfit and colored her face with Copics. I cut out the hole for her face in the PP.

Make sure that you check out the other DT members (list on my sidebar) for other projects with the new sets! Tomorrow, you'll get a peek of the new Flopsey set! Till later...