Monday, July 19, 2010


I went to visit my parents this weekend, in the Raleigh area.  They have lots birds where they are and they have a ton of hummingbirds.  I just think hummingbirds are absolutely beautiful.  I had an opportunity to sit out on their deck and snap quite a few shots with my still fairly new DSLR.  I thought I would share some of them with you.  Aren’t they just gorgeous?



Sunday, July 11, 2010

Hope your Birthday is sweet!

This card is for my sister-in-law whose birthday is tomorrow, but she just happens to be in Paris.  Don’t you just feel so terrible for her?!  Anyway, I hope when she gets back and opens this card it will bring a smile to her face even though she is home.


I was looking through a magazine in WalMart the other day and it gave me the idea for the sno-cone on this card (which I think turned out adorable!).  It was very simple to do.  I used my Gypsy to size a circle and a triangle (from George and Basic Shapes) to the right size to make it look like a sno-cone.  Once cut, I made a light pencil line on the circle indicating where I wanted my ‘ice’ to start.  To create my ‘ice’ I coated the top part of the circle with glossy accents and sprinkled it with crystal glitter.  While letting that dry I tried to make the cone look more like a true sno-cone by hand cutting a piece of the same colored cardstock to make it look wrapped.  Then I rolled up a scrap piece of printer paper to put at the top of the cone to mimic the rolled edge sno-cone has.  I inked it to match the cone.  Once the ‘ice’ was dry I used different color ink pads to create all of the syrup colors and added another layer of glossy accents and Crystal glitter.  While the last layer was drying I created my card, using the directions for the joy fold card from Splitcoaststampers.  I chose to add the word sweet from the Paisley cart and cut the base, blackout and shadow blackout images, assembled the cuts and added some stickles.  I popped it up so the card would open easier.  That’s it!  Hope you like it J!



Saturday, July 3, 2010

Picture perfect birthday...

So a really good friend (and fellow scrapper) of mine recently broke down and went on a cruise.  She also likes to take pictures.  While I was looking through them I noticed she commented on one she really liked but said it would’ve been better if there was a drink in it.  You know the picture I am talking about…a shot of the ocean from your lounge chair where you just see feet, ocean and a cool refreshing drink!  Well, that gave me the idea for her birthday card.  I had been wanting to try this technique that I found on the Split coast Stampers website.  Well, I changed it up a little to fit my needs.  Here is my interpretation…

Cartridges used for this card:
Paper Dolls for Everyday - cloud
Forever Young - legs
From My Kitchen – cup *note: straw was cut off
George and Basic Shapes - sun
Life’s a Beach – flip flops
My Community - feet
Preserves - lemon
Stand and Salute – clouds
So I started with a 6 x 6 square card and a 5 ¾ x 5 ¾ layer in which I used chalk to create the sea and sky.  I used my Gypsy to create all of my cuts.  Once completed, I assembled the layers and  chalked the vellum (cup) with red, orange and yellow, then added trimmed the top with a piece of ¼” wide Sticky Tape from PK Glitz and covered with PK Glitz Crystal glitter.  I decorated the lemon slice using a glitter pen and chalk ink to give it a little pizzazz.  I cut a straw down to a proportional size.  I cut the legs down to the size I wanted and inked them, then inked the feet and glued them together.  I then used Fruit Punch stickles to create the toenails.  I then used my Crop-a-dile to punch three holes in the flip flops so I could feed the ribbon through and then I inserted the feet.  I chalked the sun to the color I wanted and I laid the cloud cut outs down and chalked around them and then popped two of them off the paper.  I used a scrap piece of tan cardstock for the sand and tore it, then ran it through the Zyron twice (once on each side).  I put the card layers together and then added my cup and popped up the feet/flops.  Once all pieces were in place I took some sand and covered the tan cardstock….and there you have it…the picture perfect birthday card!

I know this doesn’t really go, but it is something she wanted after I sent her an email about a panda rescue effort in China after their most recent earthquake.  I just aim to please.  He is cut from Create a Critter.  I flocked him and used glossy accents on his nose and eyes.  Isn’t he super cute?!