Wednesday, July 20, 2011

i'm really bummed right now

I took today off work, and my mom and I went to Black Bear Diner for breakfast and then did some shopping at Gardner Village. I bought a very cute purse and some Halloween ornaments for my little Halloween tree that my sister gave me for Christmas one year. (I also bought a surprise for someone, who will find out what it is eventually. Hee hee!) And then I went home and worked on some cards for awhile. Later, Mom and I went out to dinner to our favorite restaurant, Rafael's. When our server brought the check, he also handed us an envelope. It was a letter from the owner informing their customers that they are closing on July 30. I am really bummed!! I love that place! There is no place that has better Mexican food! Plus, it's a family-owned restaurant that has been in business for over 30 years, and I hate to see them lose out to chain restaurants. I've been going to Rafael's quite often (probably once a month on average) for as long as I can remember, and I'm really sad that I won't be able to go there anymore. Mom and I are planning on going back at least once more, but it's going to be really sad. I am going to miss their enchiladas, tacos, chimichangas, fried ice cream, strawberry banana liquadas and their salsa. No place does Mexican food better. I'm just totally and completely bummed.

week 4, card 2 (and probably the last!)

This next card is probably my last for the card class. With the holiday this weekend (Pioneer Day, in case any of you reading this aren't from Utah) and with my sis-in-law leaving on Monday for a year-long internship in Texas, I will be busy with family things for the rest of the week. So here's my last card:

I wanted to do something different, so I die cut two pieces of cardstock and then sewed the tops together with baker's twine. I like it. I think I'll do it again on another card sometime. I used Jennifer McGuire's fingerinking technique on the background again, but this time with distress inks and perfect pearls. It's very shimmery in person.


Cardstock: Bazzill, Neenah

Die Cut: Spellbinders

Stamps: Hero Arts

Ink: Tim Holtz/Ranger, Versamark, Stampin' Up

Perfect Pearls: Ranger

Embossing Powder: Darice, Inc.

Baker's Twine: The Twinery

Watercolor Paper: Stampin' Up

Staple: Tim Holtz

Adhesive: Tombow

I think I got it all. Bye for now!

summer card camp, week 4

It's the last week of my card class. It's been fun, and I have learned a lot of new techniques that I want to try. This week's color combination was a little difficult for me. I don't know why, it just was, and the cards I made aren't my favorite for some reason. But I'm posting them anyway. Here's the first card that I made:

In the photo, the greens and blues don't appear to have much of a difference in color (at least on my monitor), but they do in reality, I promise!

Notecard: Peterson-Arne
Cardstock: Neenah
Stamps: Hero Arts
Glitter, Button: Doodlebug Designs
Ribbon: Hobby Lobby
Baker's Twine: The Twinery
Grunge Paper: Tim Holtz
Ink: Tim Holtz/Ranger
Die Cut: Sizzix
Paint (used under the glitter on the grunge paper heart): Delta
Adhesive: Glue Dots, Tombow, Stampin' Up, Zig

I think that's it.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

one last card

I have one more card for this week, and here it is:

And here's a close up of the flower:

It's hard to see in the photo, but I stamped the flower 3 times and cut around each layer of petals and then used pop-dots to add some dimension. The Twinkling H2Os make the flower really shiny in person. I just barely bought those this week and I think I need to go buy a few more colors.

I used a sketch from the class as my inspiration, but I didn't follow it exactly. I also added a little bit of yellow and green on the card because the flower needed it.

Cardstock: Bazzill, Provo Craft
Stamps: Hero Arts
Ink: Ranger, Versamark
Watercolors: Twinkling H2Os
Embossing Powder: Ranger
Punch: EK Success
Adhesive: Glue Dots, Tombow
Watercolor Paper: Stampin' Up

I get the colors for my last week in this summer card camp tonight. The weeks in this class have really flown by! It has been fun though!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

week 3, card 3

Just a quick card share before I take off to Gaston's niece's birthday party. I used the finger-inking technique that Jennifer McGuire taught in her last video in the class. This is a bit of a different type of card than I usually do, but I still like it. Here it is:

It looks a little orange in the photo, but I used red, I promise!

Cardstock: Bazzill
Watercolor Paper, Button: Stampin' Up
Stamp: Inkadinkadoo
Embossing Powder: Whispers/Darice, Inc.
Ink: Versamark, Tim Holtz/Ranger
Watercolors: Twinkling H2O's
Adhesive: Tombow, Glue Dots, Inkssentials
Twine: I have no idea. I bought it when I was around 15 years old to make friendship bracelets and I don't even remember where I bought it, let alone what brand it is.

Hopefully I didn't miss anything. I'm typing this very quickly so I can get ready to leave.

Happy Friday Eve!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

week 3, card 2

Here's my second card for this week's color combo. I used the same stamp set as in the card I posted yesterday. And it's another mini card.

The inside of the card says "...I'm that friend." I used Glossy Accents on the chocolate to make it shiny.

Here's the list of supplies:

Cardstock: Bazzill

Stamps: Stampin' Up, Hero Arts

Ink: Tim Holtz/Ranger

Glossy Accents: Inkssentials

Adhesive: Tombow, Glue Dots

I have an idea for a card using the technique I learned in one of the videos for this class, so I'm hoping to have time to at least start that card tonight. I have an appointment in about 30 minutes, and I have to go to work very early tomorrow morning, so I need to go to bed early, but hopefully I can make some progress on it tonight.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

card class, week 3

Well, here we go again. I only did one card last week. I was going to make some more, but then I ended up spending most of Saturday and Sunday with my sister and her kids, and I decided spending time with them was more important than making cards. But just barely. :)

When I saw this color combination, I immediately thought of the Eat Chocolate stamp set from Stampin' Up, and this is what I created with it:

It's actually a mini card. It's only 3" by 3". I thought the stamps in this set were too small for a regular sized card. I think I will send this to my sister-in-law when she in Texas for a year doing an internship. And of course, I'll send her some chocolate along with it!

Here's the supplies:
Cardstock: Bazzill
Stamps: Hero Arts, Stampin' Up
Ink: Ranger
Punch: We R Memory Keepers, Stampin' Up
Pearls: Zva Creative
Marker: Copic
Flowers: Prima Marketing
Adhesive: Glue Dots, Tombow

I'm off to create another card so hopefully I will have something to post tomorrow!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

kids say the darnedest things

8-old-nephew while we were playing Apples to Apples and no one was picking his answer:
"I wish I was playing this game with smart people instead of stupid people who don't know how to play!"

same 8-year-nephew also during Apples to Apples after he picked math as matching fearful:
Me: "Why are you scared of math? You're good at math!"
Nephew: "I'm scared that I'll never get a wrong answer and I'll never know what it feels like to get a wrong answer!"

5-year-old niece who wanted to sit on my lap while Gaston was sitting to my left and 6-year-old niece was sitting on my right knee:
"I don't want to sit next to evil [Gaston]!"

6-year-old niece just talking to me:
"I'm really more of a meat girl. I like my steaks pink and juicy!"

same 6-year-old niece talking to her gram while staying at my house for a few days:
Gram: "Do you think your brother and sister miss you?"
Niece: "Well, my sister does, because she loves me."
Apparently her brother doesn't? :)

same 6-year-old niece just talking to me:
Niece: "I wish I lived here with you."
Me: "That would be fun, but wouldn't you miss your mom and dad?"
Niece: "No I mean my whole family should live here with you."
That would be nice and cozy - the 6 of them and the 3 of us in a house that really isn't big.

15-year-old nephew a couple years ago, talking to his cousin after surprising me and giving me a hug:
"You have to be nice to her. She's the one who spoils you."

Gotta love those kids! I don't know if you'll find them as funny as do since you don't know them, but I wanted to post it anyway so I don't forget them.

Bummer news - the internet company that I had come to my house on Tuesday to finally hook up high-speed internet couldn't get a signal because there are too many trees in the way, so I'm still using dial-up. I was so excited to finally have high-speed and now I have to find a different company to go through. What a pain! I took a vacation day from work and so I kind of feel like I just wasted a day off. Oh well. There are worse things that could happen.

Oh and sorry if you are getting tired of looking at the cards I have made for the card class. I have to post pictures of them somewhere before I can upload them to the class site and be eligible for prizes. But hey, at least it's making me update my blog a few times a week. ;)

card class, week two

Hello again! I have another card to share today. It's another one for my card class. The color combination this week has been quite a challenge for me. I don't know why. I started and abandoned several designs before I did this one that I'm happy with.

I only rounded one corner, which is something that I haven't done before. I usually round all the corners, or none of them. I like the way it turned out though. Here's a closer look at the flowers I made:

I don't think you can see it, but I stamped each of the circles with the same text stamp that I did the background with.

Here's the list of supplies:

cardstock: Neenah, Coredinations

buttons: Doodlebug Design

rick rack: Wright's

baker's twine: Divine Twine

embroidery floss: DMC

stamp: Hero Arts

punches: We R Memory Keepers, Stampin' Up, Marvy, Carl, Martha Stewart

ink: Ranger/Tim Holtz

adhesives: Glue Dots, Tombow

Well, that's it for the moment.