Sunday, March 29, 2009

Sweepie's 2nd Birthday

My little niece Sweepie turns 2 this week. This is the card I made for her. I know it is not really a little kid's style, but Sweepie likes all of my other cards so I made this one for her. I chose the colors based on the ribbon and used the sketch from Viva la Verve March Week 3.

Recipe:
Stamps: Lily & Friends - Pink Cat Studio
Paper: Cameo Coral, Cool Caribbean, Wild Wasabi, WW, SU DP
Ink: Stazon Black, Cool Caribean
Accessories: Colored Pencils, Goo Gone, Cuttlebug, Embossing Folder, Flower Punches, Oval Punches, Stickles, Ribbon

Monday, March 23, 2009

There's a story behind this



Well I wanted to make one more card as part of my card making therapy before I start my final nursing school course tomorrow. I was clueless as to what stamps, colors, or even which sketch to use. Meanwhile, as I was trying to think and concentrate, April Kitty had gotten into my bag of new $0.66 ribbons that I got from Michael's last week. She was batting around a spool of purple ribbon and making odd noises. I rescued the poor ribbon from the hyper feline and took notice of the colors in them - all different shades of purple. Maybe this could work for my colors.

As for the sketch, I went looking through the gallery on SCS and found this card by Jenn Diaz. This was the perfect sketch! Well I went to Jenn's blog where I learned that the sketch is from Karen Giron's Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge #10.

Everything was falling into place except for the stamped image. April Kitty was still running around like a little maniac making crazy noises. Then it hit me, I should use my SU Cool Cat stamp set and title the card "Crazy Cat" after April who inspired this. Also I thought all shades of purple would make this card kind of crazy on its own.

As I was making my card I realized that there are several birthdays coming up in April and May that I will need cards for. So I decided to turn this into a birthday card and make it really bling-bling. I think it turned out pretty well and I hope I didn't go overboard with the bling. I tried to show April Kitty the result of her inspiration but she had worn herself out and was snoozing away in her bed.

Recipe:
Stamps: Cool Cat, Tagger's Dozen
Paper: Perfect Plumb, Almost Amethyst, Orchid Opulence, WW, SU DP
Ink: Perfect Plum Craft & Classic, Inkit Silver
Accessories: Cuttlebug, Embossing Folder, Martha Stewart Border Punch, Ribbon, Stickles, Circle Punches, Stick on Gems, Brads, Clear & Silver EP, Heat Tool, Sequin Butterflies

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Rubber Bombshell Challenge #2

This card is for the Rubber Bombshells Blog Group Challenge #2. Michelle Wapole is the featured stamper for this challenge. I CASEd her Glittery Butterflies Again card. I changed the stamp and the layout but tried to use the same technique and some of the colors. Please go to Michelle's blog and check out her amazing creations!

Recipe:
Stamps: Inkadinkadoo,
Paper: Elegant Eggplant, So Saffron, Taken w/ Teal, WW, Glorious Green
Ink: Basic Black Craft - SU; Big & Juicy Sweet Pea Rainbow Ink Pad
Accessories: Cuttlebug, Embossing Folders, Die, Nestabilities, Piercing Tool, Clear EP, Heat Tool, Stick on Gems, Ribbon

Way back when...

I was in 8th grade I received my first rubber stamp and it was the All Night Media Bunny. I used it to make fake tattoos and decorate my book covers and notebooks. I lost track of that stamp at some point. I haven't thought about the Bunny until today when I was looking through my sister's stamp collection and there he sat. I am pretty sure this isn't my same stamp from 8th grade, but it probably one that my sister picked up when she first started stamping.

It was a lot of funny to color the Bunny with my pencils and Goo Gone. Do you remember what your very first stamp was?

Recipe:
Stamps: All Night Media Bunny, Fancy Flexible Phrases - SU
Paper: Tempting Turquoise, WW, Petals & Paisley DP - SU
Ink: Stazon Black, Tempting Turquoise
Accessories: Cuttlebug, Nestabilities, Embellishments from Walmart, Ribbon, Stick on Gems, Colored Pencils, Goo Gone

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Serene Friend

Well so far I have only made one card during my "intensive card therapy". Once I had the image colored it took me forever to figure out what to do with it. I decided to use the Mojo Week 76 sketch but then I had a hard time deciding on the colors. Finally I got it done. Now let's see how long it takes me to make the next card.


Recipe:


Stamps: Serene Spring - SU
Paper: Blush Blossom, Old Olive, WW, DP - SU
Ink: Stazon Black, Old Olive
Accessories: Ribbon, Cuttlebug, Embossing Folder, Nestabilities, Stick on Gems, Primas, Brad, Colored Pencils, Goo Gone, Blending Stump

Friday, March 20, 2009

One more course to go!

Just one more course left and then I am done with my RN degree! I just finished up psych/mental health nursing, and there was a point during the course that I thought I wouldn't pass. There was so much work involved with this course:
* 12 hours of manadatory community service
* a health promotion project to be presented to the community service agency
* another presentation to the class and all the instructors
* a research paper
* clinicals every other weekend
* patient assessments
* patient teaching plans
* and 2 exams

Last night I took the final exam for this course and got a high B. However I did extremely well on my first exam and very well on my research paper and health promotion project that I ended up getting an A for the course! I am also happy to report that all of my fellow classmates were successful in passing this course.

I am exhausted now and plan to spend the weekend in intensive card-making therapy before I start my next and final course, "Advanced Concepts in Nursing", next week.

If you know a nursing student please shower her or him with kindness. Nursing school and studying for the NCLEX is very stressful on us.

"And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work." 2 Corinthians 9:8 (New King James Version)

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Welcome Ryley!



My blogging buddy Molly just gave birth to a beautiful baby girl named Ryley. I used the Mojo Monday Week 77 Sketch to create this card to honor Ryley's arrival. I will be putting it in the mail to Molly on Monday. Please stop by Molly's blog to congratulate her and welcome Ryley!

Recipe:

Stamps: Mini Mates - SU
Paper: Barely Banana, Basic Gray, Gable Green, Pretty in Pink, Parisian Summer DP, and Petals & Paisleys DP
Ink: Basic Gray
Accessories: Cuttlebug, Nestabilities, Buttons, Button Brads, Embossing Folders, Brads, Satin Puff Bow

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Silhouette Thank You part 2



One thing that I am loving about blogger is that I can set my posts to appear at a later date. I will be swamped with nursing school projects for the next few weeks so I can now put up several cards and set them to appear for future dates.

This card is another one of the 7 that I made to send to the interview panel members from my interview on February 10th. It is very similar to the first thank you card of the group that I posted.

Recipe:

Stamps: Pocket Silhouettes, Thank You Kindly
Ink: Wild Wasabi
Paper: Sage Shadow, Blue Bayou, Wild Wasabi, Basic Gray, WW
Accessories: Cuttlebug, Nestabilities, Ribbon, Hodge Podge Hardware, Scallop Edge Punch, Piercing Tool

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Serenity Thank You



I believe this is one of my favorite thank you cards out of 7. It is probably because it has colors that I don't often use. I also like the sketch because it was simple but elegant.

Recipe:

Stamps: Serenity - Verve, Thank You Kindly - SU
Ink: Pale Plumb, Sage Shadow
Paper: Pale Plumb, Sage Shadow, VV, Old Olive, SU DP
Accessories: Cuttlebug, Nestabilities, Ribbon, Hodge Podge Hardware