Saturday, February 21, 2009

Belated Bloggerversary

I didn't realize that I passed my 1 year blogging anniversary on Feb. 9th. Can't believe it's been a year! I intend on being a more loyal blogger for now on. I have been working on my time management skills and organizing my life and craft room like crazy. So here's to more blogging!

I love, love, love my new PTI Damask Design set. I dream about how I'm going to use it on projects. I just wish I had more TIME in the day to play with my new toys!! I made this card while dh took the girls to the grocery store. It only took 10 minutes. Woohoo!

Stamps: PTI Damask Design
Ink: Versafine Black, PTI Raspberry Fizz
Paper: PTI Vintage Cream, Raspberry Fizz, SU Black
Misc: Clear EP, misc Black Ribbon
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Thursday, February 19, 2009

Clean & Simple #2

This is my entry for the CAS Challenge on SCS. It called for a button on your card. Now, if miss Antsy Pants here was more awake at midnight during PTI's latest release, she would have had a nice new PTI Button on her card. But noooo. I was so anxious to get the Damask set and I was so tired since it was 2 hours past my bedtime, I completely forgot to get the buttons! Argh. Oh well, it will be on my next order.

So now this card was supposed to take me about 10 minutes to put together. I had the sketch, colors and stamps all picked out. All I had to do was ink up the stamp, use some Embossing Powder and voila. But noooo. It took me about 45 minutes and 5 different tries. I couldn't get a complete impression with the stamp. I kept forgetting to use the Embossing Buddy. Or I stamped it crooked. Finally I said this one has got to do. I must move on to other projects! So after much muttering under my breath I put this together and crossed another challenge off my list.

Stamps: PTI Damask Design
Ink: SU Whisper White Craft Ink, PTI Sweet Blush
Paper: PTI Sweet Blush & White
Misc: SU Scallop Edge punch, misc button, PTI Sweet Blush Satin Ribbon, Pink thread, SU White EP
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SCA3C12 Color Combo Challenge

I wanted to try out my friend Sara's PTI Color challenge. It calls for Sweet Blush, Berry Sorbet and Dark Chocolate. I don't have Berry Sorbet so I substituted with a darker pink in the patterned paper. I used a beautiful stamp set from The Greeting Farm. If you haven't checked them out yet, you should. There are some really cute images and some very beautiful sets also.

I have been trying to be good and not spend so much money on my stamping supplies. For my New Year's Resolution I cut my monthly budget to $50 per month, down from $100+++. Then my friend Jen started a no spend challenge. I did really well (even though I didn't blog about it. I tend to run out of computer time quickly. Sorry Jen!) I gave myself a $50 budget for January and didn't go over. That was really difficult with all of the new releases, including SU's new catty. But I sold and traded some things. I probably got about $100 worth of product in the end. I now have my $50 for February and I still haven't spent any!! Crazy, right?! I have been very picky lately about how I spend my money. These no spend challenges are really great! (Never thought I'd say that.) I have learned to curb my impulse buys, which is especially difficult with online shopping. And it has even helped with my other spending habits. I find myself not buying something immediately and being more particular with how I spend my money, whether it be on household items or food. If you haven't tried it yet, I encourage you to challenge yourself also!
Stamps: The Greeting Farm Dream Quotes
Ink: Versafine Sepia
Paper: PTI Sweet Blush, Dark Chocolate, Chatterbox Patterned Paper
Misc: Clear EP, Bling, PTI Sweet Blush Satin Ribbon, Machine Sewing

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Ian/Anya Card Swap

I finally finished my card for the Ian/Anya swap on SCS. Funny how things pile up SO fast when you get one week behind. Having the girls get the flu one after the other really got me behind. I'm trying to catch up with my card making, scrapbooking and housework. In that order. ;-)

Stamps: The Greeting Farm's Rock the Farm set, SU Sweet Celebrations
Ink: Versafine Onyx, SU Brocade Blue
Paper: SU Bashful Blue, Regal Rose, Chatterbox Patterned paper
Misc: SU Regal Rose Grosgrain Ribbon, MS Butterfly Punch, Stickles, Copics, Machine Sewing

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