Thursday, May 27, 2010

Twisted Thursday--Masculine Card

Welcome to another Twisted Thursday!! Our challenge this week was to make a MASCULINE card. Which was easy because in the Shirley's 2 Girls store, there are several new masculine images that are now for sale. I had to use this one because it reminds me of my Dad. I remember when we got our first gas grill. He was so proud of that thing and every dinner for months was cooked on it. We have pictures somewhere of him grilling out in the rain holding an umbrella. And then he decided he needed that hand so the next time it rained he rigged up some plastic sheeting so that he could grill in the rain and still use both hands!

My card uses Barbecue Dad and it was colored with Copic markers. I liked these papers from The Paper Studio, they just looked like a barbecue to me. The stars came from Jo-Ann's and they are from the button section.
I also decided that I wanted to make a little something else. My craft supplies are still packed away but I was able to find my Bind it All and my friend Angela had given me some coasters. I love making little mini books with those, especially mini cookbooks. I wasn't sure about the cookbook idea for my Dad, until I came up of the idea of compiling some recipes that I have for different types of rubs. Perfect for my barbecue theme! I inked the edges of each coaster with blue ink and then I coved each of the coasters with the red gingham paper. I printed out a smaller Barbecue Dad image and colored him with Copics and cut him out. The words were cut out using Sizzix dies, I added some plastic star beads on my O wires before binding the book.
Here is the inside of the book. Since all the recipes are for dry rubs and had basically the same directions, I added those inside the front cover. Each recipe was typed and then printed on it's own page, cut out and then mounted onto the coordinating blue paper. For these, I used regular copy paper. To decorate the pages I used some cook out themed stickers.
We would love to see your MASCULINE themed project, just link it to the Challenge site. Stop by the rest of the Design Team's blogs to see what they have created!  Ann, Anne, Carlie, Cat,  Deanne, Debbie, Georgia, Jane, Jeannie, Judy, Lisa

I will be back next Monday with semi-regular posts. Thanks for all the well wishes and for all the people that have checked up on me over the past couple of weeks. Your friendships and concern mean so much.

Monday, May 24, 2010

My Nephew's Birthday

We went to visit my family this weekend to help celebrate the birthdays of both my nephews. My brother's son Cole is now fifteen and my sister's son Silas is three. It was a pretty quick trip, but I am glad we were able to go. 

I had to share this picture of Silas with his favorite gift:
Rock on Silas!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Twisted Thursday--Your Favorite Color

Welcome to another Twisted Thursday! The twist this week is to use your favorite color, how easy is that?? YELLOW is my favorite color, but I especially love it paired with my other two favorite colors red and orange. I think this is just so happy and cheery and it always makes me smile.  Let me tell you that I really needed this color combo right now too! This of course is a digital image from Shirley's 2 Girls and was colored with Copic markers and then I used a Sakura Glitter pen to go over the bars of the cage. My papers are from DCWV and the ribbon is some that I picked up at Big Lots. 

We would love to see what you create with your favorite colors. All you have to do is make a card or project and then link it up to the challenge site. Don't forget to visit the rest of the design team, you can find all their links on my sidebar.

Things are still in a state of upheaval here at my house. I still have my one pack of paper and a roll of white ribbon and a roll of red ribbon (another reason that I was happy to see the twist this week!). My friend Angela gave me some paper to stamp on since I lost part of mine and can't seem to find what I do have left. I finally went to Hobby Lobby and bought a new ink pad so that I can stamp. I have some rubber stamps on wooden blocks that I was able to find the other day, so I am going to get inky in the coming days! I can't wait to get the new carpet in so that I can start getting the boxes unpacked. this being able to find nothing is getting very old. Thanks for visiting me today. Hopefully now that I have some paper and ink, I can get back to some semi-regular creating. I appreciate all the kind messages that everyone has left for me, I love all my blogging friends.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

I'm back for Twisted Thursday!

Can't you believe it? I am back, at least kind of! I couldn't miss another week of the Twisted Thursday challenge. I have been playing along with these challenges almost every week starting way before I was on the Design Team. I have missed being creative, blogging and playing along with challenges. So what is the twist this week? It is an easy one--use RIBBON on your creation! When you finish your project, link it to the S2G challenge site so that we can come and check it out. 

I thought that it would be perfect to use this rainbow paper on my first card back after the recent flooding we have had. I started with this cute little cat from Shirley's 2 Girls and colored everything with Copic markers and then I cut the image out and added it to my papers with pop dots. I also cut out another rainbow and clouds and added it with pop dots as well. All papers, including the "sunshine" sentiment are from DCWV and the ribbon is from Jo-Ann's.

Don't forget to check out the rest of the DT to check out what they have done too. Ann, Anne, Carlie, Cat, Deanne, Debbie, Georgia, Jana, Jane, Jeannie, Judy, and Lisa

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

I'll be back tomorrow

Wow, I have really missed blogging and having creative time. I really can't get to most of my craft supplies right now. I do have a card that will post tomorrow. I went to Jo-Ann's and bought a pack of patterned paper and a small pack of coordinating card stock, some adhesive and some white ribbon, just so that I can make a few cards. You might get tired of seeing the same papers but I hope to be back on a semi regular basis. Fortunately, I had a bunch of images that I had already stamped or printed so I can still color. I can't get to the printer so I can't print digis and I have no idea where my ink pads or blocks are for stamping. I did find one of my paper cutters, but I can't find scissors, well, except the blunt tip ones that the girls used when they first started crafting with me. Thanks to everyone that has checked in with me and your kind comments. See you tomorrow!

Monday, May 10, 2010

A HELPING HAND to benefit the Nashville Red Cross

Jen Schults (from the Wild Flower Patch) and Betty Roberts (from Simply Betty) have put together this cool digi stamp set called "A Helping Hand". This set was created with the sole intention of using it as a tool to help encourage folks to do something to help those in need here in the U.S. With that in mind, they are donating 100% of this set to the Nashville Red Cross. Wow, I am so impressed by this.

There is so much that was lost here. The estimates have already surpassed 1.5 billion dollars. Twenty three people have lost their lives here in Tennessee. So many families have lost everything. Forty two of the ninety-five counties in Tennessee have been declared disaster areas. It is one thing to see this on the news, but another thing entirely to drive in a neighborhood less than a mile from my house and see people putting all their belongings out at the road for the garbage trucks to get. Thanks for helping if you can.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Crafting Withdrawal

For the past few days we have been working to get all the water cleaned up and everything boxed up and moved upstairs. We had someone come buy and measure the rooms for carpet. I still can't really get to my crafting stuff. I do have my Copics upstairs and some images that have been stamped/printed so I can color, I just can't really do anything with them once they are colored! But honestly, I have been so tired from boxing and walking up and down the stairs that I haven't even had the energy to pull the caps off the markers. Thanks for checking in with me and I appreciate all the concern, prayers and well wishes. I hope to be back somewhat by Monday. Not sure when the carpet will be installed and I can unpack everything, so you may be seeing a lot of CAS cards!

Monday, May 3, 2010

No art today, flood pictures

I am sure most of you have heard about the flooding in the Nashville area. Here are some pictures I took within three miles of my house. We are all fine and safe but we did get a couple of inches of water inside the downstairs of our house. Our storage room, bathroom, bedroom and laundry area all have water in them. So does my craft room. My Copics are safe though. Kip went to Home Depot and bought the last shop vac that they had and we have been sucking up water since yesterday. My parents were here so I could celebrate Mother's Day early. They got stuck here. Fortunately we had their help though.
Here is the Kohl's parking lot.
This is the front entrance of Target. To get an idea of the depth, that is a cart return and the sides are barely sticking out above water. 
More of Target's parking lot.
This is the Buffalo Wild Wings. We live behind there and a little to the right.
This is Old Hickory Blvd. which is the main road that runs in front of our house. This is also the way I go to work!

Needless to say, it might be a few days before I have anything creative to post. 

Saturday, May 1, 2010

White on White Challenge

Are you having a good Saturday? I am even though it is a wet and stormy Saturday here in Tennessee. Perfect day for sitting down and playing with my Copics and some fun images. The challenge on the Sassy Cheryl challenge site is a white on white theme. You could color your image any way you wanted, but all the papers and embellishments had to be white. I decided to use this image from Sassy Cheryl's called Pride in our Flag and in keeping with the image, I stuck with the patriotic red, white and blue color combo. While I was coloring, I realized I really need  more blue Copics.  That is the color family I have the fewest of for some reason and there are some big gaps in what I do have. Anyway, for my background I used two different Cuttlebug folders, the star one and the one that looks like branches. I had to emboss two separate panels to cover this card and then a cut a piece off of the branch one and flipped it long ways so that it would look like stripes. This was a fun challenge!

My parents are here visiting for the weekend. Since next weekend is Mother's Day we will be celebrating with Mom tonight. We are taking them to dinner and giving her gift to her. Have a great weekend!