April 30, 2007
This is another 4-3/4" white square card covered with blue cardstock that I've "cuttlebugged" with the Stylized Flowers template. The tag was created using the Stampin' Up! Circle of Friendship set. I embossed it with the black detail embossing powder, punched with 1" circle punch, layered with 1-1/4 and 1-1/2" cardstock circles. White/black polka dot ribbon is from Walmart. Paper piercing in the top corners for an added touch. :)
Made especially for all of you that read my blog...a little note of thanks! Wishing you a happy day with many reasons to SMILE!
~ Pam :)
BLOG CANDY ALERT!!!
My sweet DIL Jami at Crazy Daisy Creations is giving away "Daisy Treats" this week in celebration of her last week of college for this semester! Please visit her blog for a chance to win an awesome clear stamp set from Rhonna Farrer called Word Art.
April 29, 2007
April 28, 2007
Supplies: Mouse stamp by Great Impressions, Special Delivery sentiment stamp is from the PapertreyInk Faux Ribbon set. Background paper is by Bo-Bunny Press - Girl Friend Plaid. Image was colored with prismacolor pencils and blended with gamsol.
April 27, 2007
1. I was born and raised, and still live in Norfolk, Nebraska...proud hometown of Johnny Carson.
2. My first job was as a carhop for A&W Root Beer for .40 cents/hour plus tips! Oh, and .50 cents was considered a BIG tip back then! (does that ever date me?!) lol
3. My daughter's fastpitch softball team gave me the nickname of "June" - after June Cleaver of Leave it to Beaver. :) which makes #4 quite unbelievable...
4. I got a smiley face tattoo on my ankle for my 50th birthday! :) I was in Hawaii with my daughter and sister and they talked me into it. That's my story and I'm sticking to it! lol
5. I'm a smiley face collector and have a website at Smileycollector.com. I have one entire room in our home filled with my collection and a bathroom decorated with smileys too. : )
6. My car is a yellow VW beetle with personalized "smiley1" license plate.
7. I'm a very private person that experiences social anxiety, but I feel very comfortable sharing openly with my online friends. : )
Now, I want to tag anyone that reads my blog that has not already been tagged. TAG, You're IT! :) Smiles, Pam :)
[ HAPPY BIRTHDAY DONNA!
If you missed my previous post about our card challenge and the "rules", please read all about it below. . .
April 26, 2007
No, I'm not bragging about one of my own creations. :) I received this terrific card in the mail today from Donna (craftingcrazy) in Oregon. She and I just completed our third 1:1 Card Challenge and mailed our cards to each other on Monday. The one she made for me arrived today and I couldn't wait to share it with all of you! I can't post a photo of the card I made and sent her until I know she's received it. (I don't want to spoil her surprise!)
Donna is *so* creative and she thought of this challenge idea. It works like the school project/game of writing a story... where after each sentence of the story you pass your paper to the next person for them to add their sentence to continue the story. We took turns giving directions for each step in creating and completing our cards.
These were our "RULES":
1. We each got 3 sentences/emails.
2. Donna started this with the color/size of the base card. That was the first of her 3 emails.
3. Each step was totally up for interpretation by the creator of the card. For example, if a step is to add a piece of patterned paper with blue and no dimensions are given, then you can do what ever you want with that piece of patterned paper. (big, little, round, square, punched etc.)
4. Each sentence has to be permanently complete. You can’t change your sentence after it moves to the next person. Example: you can't use temporary adhesive and move it later.
5. Each step should not be "too specific". Example: add a piece of black and white gingham ribbon.
6. After all 6 sentences and our cards are ready to mail, the creator can "optionally" add one last sentence to complete their card if they feel that it needs it for some reason. Example: we're all done and neither of us had a step for adding a sentiment.
Now, I'll tell you what each of our three sentences/emails were so you can see the steps we took in creating our cards:
1. Again, Donna started out by stating we should create a 5x7 RED card foldover
2. I came back with "you must stamp a background on at least 1/3 of your card front." This can be any color.
3. Donna: The addition of more color using designer background paper. No specific dimensions, but the added piece of paper must have 4 sides...and at least one of the sides must be cut "decoratively". (ie with fancy scissors, a punch or other tool you have that cuts a non-straight edge.) This paper must include the color "yellow" in it.
4. Pam: Add a sentiment or an image on cardstock that coordinates with the decorative paper you've chosen. You may use one or two other coordinating papers/cardstock to layer, if necessary.
5. Donna: It's time to accessorize! (or embellish). Step 5 includes 2 things. A punch and a piece of ribbon or fiber. Pretty wide open there! The only punch requirement is that it can't just be a 1/8 or 1/16 hold punch.
6. Pam: the last and final step for this card challenge... add one more finishing touch to your card! It can be another embellishment (i.e. tag, ribbon, brad, eyelet) or perhaps doodling, sewing, etc. Don't forget to stamp a sentiment on the inside and sign the back! : )
As soon as I know Donna has received the card I made for her, I will post a photo of it and you can see how our two cards compare! This was delightfully FUN and I recommend you try it with one of your stamping buddies! Smiles, Pam : )
April 24, 2007
April 23, 2007
April 22, 2007
Additional Note: Sarah said the stamp is called "Happy Car" and it's made by "Lucy Stamps", Queensland, Australia. They do have a website, but for some reason I could not get the link to post here.
April 21, 2007
Teresa ~ Aunt T's Paper Arts
Charmaine ~ Oodabug Alley
Angie ~ Stampings of the Shug
Erin ~ Erin K. CreationsI'm going to have to read up on the "tagging rules" and find out the next step. First of all, I want to say THANK YOU to my fellow bloggers for flattering me in this way! It means a great deal! Smiles, Pam :)
p.s. I had Stampin' Up! Club here at my home tonight and we made a couple terrific card designs with the Office Accoutrement set. It's really getting late now, so I'll post them tomorrow... stay tuned! :)
April 18, 2007
April 17, 2007
I'm very grateful to Glinda from Indiana for sending me a supply of the mega scalloped circle punchies to layer with my giga punch. That was such a nice surprise to get in the mail yesterday!
Supplies: Paper Reflections white cardstock, SU Regal Rose & Chocolate Brown cardstock, and Paper Studio patterned paper ~ Bella Pink Flowers. Mega & Giga scalloped circle punches. Stampin' Up! Doodle This & Small Script. Paper Studio large brads, M's polka-dot ribbon. The flower was colored with prismacolor pencils and gamsol.
April 16, 2007
Isn't this a terrific quote? I love it! (I guess it's because I can relate : )
Our weather was absolutely gorgeous today (in the 70's finally!), so after work I went for a walk with my dachshund Lilly. Needless to say, the evening went too fast, but I did get two new stamp sets assembled ~ "Doodle This" from Stampin' Up! and "Love You To Pieces" from Gina K. Designs. Now, I'll be ready to stamp it up tomorrow night.
Stay tuned!! Smiles, Pam :)
April 15, 2007
My inspiration for this card came from Taylored Expressions: Do you want this? Taylor made and posted her fabulous card in February and I just happened to be the lucky recipient! (click on the link to see her card that inspired mine)
Ever since receiving it, I've had it displayed on the shelf above my stampin table. I simply *love* this color combination of brown and turquoise. Don't you?
It was a bit of a challenge for me to come up with my own design. I guess it's because I loved her card *so* much that I didn't want to change it in anyway! So, I started by stamping the background (Stampin' Up - Paisley) like she did and distressed it some. (If you've been reading my blog for awhile, you know that the distressed look isn't something I do very often. It just doesn't come easy for me to "mess" up my work! ; ) I've had the Stampin' Up! Designer Label kit for months and haven't used it much, so it was time. To layer around it, I cut two rectangular pieces and punched the corners of the outside one with the ticket corner punch.
Other supplies used: Scalloped giga square punch (taped two of them together for the rectangular shape behind the flower). Flower is from the Stampin' Up! Heartfelt Thanks set. Cardstock is SU Close to Cocoa, Chocolate Chip, Cool Caribbean, Taken with Teal. Slot punch was used to attach the flower piece with a brad.
I think that I shall never see
A life where I am free to think
April 14, 2007
April 13, 2007
April 12, 2007
Ethel is a dear friend that I met on the Papercrafts message board a couple years ago when she still lived in California. Now that she's moved to Nebraska, I've had the pleasure of meeting her in person. What a JOY! We went to a stamp convention together and had a fun time shopping at a fabulous rubber stamp/scrapbooking store in Lincoln. Anyway, she knows I love these cute little mice stamps and she just sent me a package of six new ones. It was such a FUN surprise and very special RAK!
Be sure to check out Ethel's blog, "Paperquilter". She is a published artist who is extremely talented and creative. You'll be quite impressed!
Supplies: Stampin Up! cardstock - barely banana, certainly celery, lavendar lace, bashful blue. Floral paper is by Basic Grey-Sophie Collection. Mouse stamp is by Great Impressions, colored with prismacolor pencils and gamsol. Background stamp on barely banana is SU Simple Stripes. Background on celery is SU Petite Patterns, paper piercing on the top & bottom. Used slot punch and large brad. SU ribbon.
Remember to THINK SPRING & Keep Smiling!
April 11, 2007
April 10, 2007
April 09, 2007
Happy Monday & Smiles 2 U!!! :)
April 08, 2007
Jacqueline wrote, "It is a special blessing for me being so far away from a craft-world where I can buy nice magazines! France is relatively poor in this area." She added, "My husband and I are missionaries in this spiritually dark country. We have four boys. Making cards is a wonderful tool of enjoyment in my life and I thank God for all my Internet contacts."
Don't you think that God wanted Jacqueline to receive that book? I believe He did.
Thank you all for visiting my blog today. Wishing you all a joyful Easter!
April 07, 2007
You gave us on Easter Morning.
Because of You we know
That no problem is too difficult
And even death does not have power over us.
Thank You for the gift of JOY
You gave us when You were resurrected.
Because of You we know
That no matter how challenging life may be,
In the end we will rejoice again.
Thank You for the gift of LOVE
You gave us when You laid down Your life.
Because of You we know
That there is no sin too great to separate us
And we are incredibly valuable to You.
Thank You for the gift of LIFE
You gave us when You left the tomb.
Because of Easter we know
This world is just the beginning
And we will spend forever in Heaven with You.
We celebrate You, JESUS,
With hearts full of praise and gratitude
For who You are and all You’ve done for us!
- Holley Gerth, DaySpring
I received this beautiful poem via email from a friend and wanted to pass it on to all my special blog friends. Wishing you all the joy and blessings of Easter! Smiles, Pam :)
April 06, 2007
April 05, 2007
This is the second one-on-one card challenge that I've done with Donna (craftingcrazy) in Oregon. It was her original idea and it is SO FUN! She started it all by putting together a packet of card supplies with a few "rules" for each of us to follow. We each made a card using the same supplies and then when done, we sent our creations to each other. Does this make sense?
Below is a photo of the supplies I sent her a month ago. Last weekend, we both finished our cards and put them in the mail on Monday. Yesterday, she received my card and today I received hers and it is AWESOME! Please check back tomorrow and I will post photos of both of our cards so you can see how different they are, even though we used all the same items. :)
Donna & Pam’s 1:1 Card Challenge "Rules":
We can optionally use: ( in addition, to create uniqueness)
1) one punch
2) one additional embellishment (ribbon, brad, eyelets, etc)
3) one image stamp or stamp set
4) any means of adding a sentiment to the front (i.e. pc, rub-on words, stamp)
5) we have to use ALL items in the packet, but not in it’s entirety
6) we can alter the foldover card as long as the finish size doesn’t change.
7) we can use any tool to add visual effects (i.e. piercing tool, stylus for dry embossing, sponging, and small hole punches such as 1/8” & 1/16” don’t count as your one punch in #1.
8) we can use any ink pads, markers or colored pencils
9) we must use items in our current inventory - we can't go buy anything! (dang!) LOL
10) Most important... NO STRESS! NO DEADLINE! Just have FUN!!!
If you want to see photos of our first 1:1 card challenge, you will find them HERE.
April 04, 2007
Supplies: Provo Craft tin, Patterned Paper by Creative Imaginations ~ Island Floral & Island Stripes, Chipped Chatter Pressed Petals~ HIP chipboard letters, lots of coordinating ribbon, primas, brads.
Live & Learn Hint: this is the first one I've made and I learned that you should put a layer of mod podge on the tin before attaching the paper. I put the paper on with glue tape and then gave it three coats of mod podge. The paper bubbled doing it this way. I'm telling myself it's OK, but will do it the right way next time! : )
p.s. I thought you might enjoy seeing a photo of Katie with her Dad and I. This was taken in January at the North Shore of Oahu on a perfectly glorious day! Well, every day is a glorious day in Hawaii . . .
April 02, 2007
April 01, 2007
"Love You To Pieces" is not only an awesome set, it benefits such a worthy cause. This set of eight deeply etched stamps can be purchased mounted or unmounted and come in a clear plastic storage case. Gina K. Designs will donate $8.00 for every set purchased to "Autism Speaks," an organization whose mission is to provide help, raise awareness and raise money for research to help those with Autism. For more details, card samples and to find out how to purchase this set, please click the following link- Autism Stamp Set- Stamps for a Cause.