Spice Cake SSC #221

Spice Cake Composition Book

Just a quick post, this is not a card but a composition book covered in Stampin’ Up! DSP Spice Cake, a Fun Flower made using the designer fabric Spice Cake and one of the new designer buttons, in More Mustard.  I put this together tonight for a quick gift.  Actually it features the bookmark featured in the October Stampin’ Success, a monthly demonstrators’ magazine.  I started with the bookmark but thought it needed to be placed on a book, so I covered the composition with the coordinating DSP.  After I put it together, it seemed to match the challenge at  Stamping 411, http://stamping411.blogspot.com/2011/09/saturday-sketch-challenge-221.html .   I have made several composition books this fall, and the removable bookmark is a great idea, because when the composition book is done the bookmark can be reused.  I have been busy with many projects this week, just not much time to make cards.  Tomorrow night I am making 60 cupcakes for my daughters’ class.  Thanks for letting me share. 🙂


Build a Bear Invitations

Girl Build A Bear

I did not have the chance over the weekend to work on any challenge cards.  I was finishing 75 programs and 25 favors for my mother’s garden club.  Last night I did invitations for my soon to be eight year old twin girls for their birthday party on September 24, 2011.  The girls’ birthday is actually Saturday and we are planning a dinner, trip to Build a Bear and their first sleepover with several girlfriends.   We have one lone boy invited at this point, I hope he doesn’t mind the trip to Build a Bear, they have boy bears and sport clothing.  Think of me when the word exhausiton comes to mind.  My girls and their friends liked the invitations and we may make Build a Bear cards when we get home Saturday night.

Here are the cards using the Stampin’ Up! Build a Bear Die for the bear and clothes.  I used some of the new Stampin’ Up! DSP Beau Chateau for the clothing.

Have a great week, it is suppose to rain most of the week which we need, unfortunately my roof started a “small” leak after a storm Friday night.  It is the same spot that leaked when the house was new 15 years ago, so I hope it can be resolved quickly without a new roof.

Thanks for letting me share.

Donna 🙂

Girl 2 Build A Bear

Easy Event SSC #220

Easy Events SSC # 220

As we remember September 11th, I have done a great deal of reflecting over the last weekend.  On September 11, 2001, my daughter had just started kindergarten.  I sheltered her from the events that were just so horrific and graphic.  My daughter knew the world had changed, even as a 5-year-old, and she had some perspective since we had taken a trip to see the Statute of Liberty just 4 months earlier.  In contrast my seven-year old twins do not know the meaning of September 11th, I gather they did not discuss it much in school or church.  Today we went to church to celebrate the freedom of religion we enjoy in the United States of America.  Thank you to all the brave souls who protect us so we may know freedom.  Tonight I made Chicken Pot Pie, I think I just needed some comfort food.

I also had a few minutes to work on my husband’s birthday card.    Instead of doing a masculine card, I wanted a happy card.  I used the DSP Big Top Birthday, Real Real Red cardstock,  and Tempting Turquoise cardstock.  Easy Events is the stamp set, and it is the first time I have used it, but it will not be my last.  The ribbon is one of my favorite, Real Red Striped even though it is retired, I love using it for “man” cards.  As a final touch I used the 2 way glue pen and added some of the new Mica Flakes.  I have mixed feelings about the results but I know the kids will love the whimsy.  It looks like a coconut cupcake on steroids.  I am using the sketch from Stamping 411,   http://stamping411.blogspot.com/2011/09/saturday-sketch-challenge-220.html, their sketch is always a good starting point.

Have a blessed week, ours will be hectic with several school open houses, and a birthday celebration on 9/13 for my husband.

The Sounding Joy FM #22

Just a short post,  I made this card using the Sounding Joy set out of the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Mini, and I love it.  I am working on a card for an upcoming event.  I thought I would try the Gate-Fold for the event, but after making the card, I probably will stick to something a little simpler.   I am keeping the card closed with the corner bow but I am not sure everyone would be able to replicate that feature, and the card flapping up is driving me crazy.  I do like the color scheme Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla, and Gold.  I tried using the silver and thought I would emboss with the new pewter embossing powder, but I really like gold and red together.  I am going to use the pewter with a different color scheme.  Let me know what you think of the card, since I am still tweaking it.  I am entering it in the Friday Mashup Challenge which is to make a card with a Gate-fold,    http://www.fridaymashup.com/2011/09/fm22-behind-door.html.  I wasn’t able to Mash it Up and put numbers in the card unless you count the song “Joy to the World”  musical notes and numbers are similar.  Thanks for making me think outside my box.

  1. Make a card using the Gate-fold
    (Actually, there are several varieties of gate
    folds…show us what you got!)
  2. Or Make a card using Numbers…any numbers, stamped (if you have them!), chipboard,
    die cut, stickers…
  3. Or Mash it Up!  and make a card with
    a gate fold AND numbers

The Sounding Joy FM #22

Sunflower SSC #219

It has been several weeks since I have been able to blog.  To get my mojo back I decided to start with the Saturday Sketch Challenge #219, at Stamping 411, http://stamping411.blogspot.com/2011/09/saturday-sketch-challenge-219.html.   I used my favorite stamp, Sunflower and the new DSP Spice Cake.  I love, love love the DSP Spice Cake.  Last year one of my favorite color combinations was Chocolate Chip and Baja Breeze, this year I am loving Early Espresso and Pool Party.  I decided to cut the sunflower out to give it some depth, and I cut most of the petals.  For the center I used  an Early Espresso marker and some crystal effects.  I know the color in the paper is Soft Suede, but I liked the Early Espresso paper with the print.  I used Daffodil Delight and So Saffron ink pads, and a Daffodil Delight marker to color the sunflower.  I found that rather than stamping the image on the paper, the image comes out better if you place the paper on the stamp and go over it with a brayer.

Sunflower SSC #219

The kids have all gone back to school and we are slowly adjusting to the new school year.  This week we actually had one day that did not hit 90 degrees.  It is nice to have a little cooler weather, which means upper 80’s.  I am glad Florida escaped Hurricane Irene, but I am sorry for all my blogging friends that did not escape the flooding.  I am shocked to see all the damage in the Northeast.

This weekend is low-key, today I got to spend some one on one time with my seven-year old twin daughter, Jennifer.  My husband took my daughter Tracey to the softball open house but Jennifer elected to stay home.  The girls went last week and it was so hot, so I am sure Jennifer thought it would be better to stay home.  We bummed around the house, worked on one of her projects, went to Bed and Bath, and got milk shakes at Dairy Queen.
Thanks for letting me share.