happy card cuz i'm sick :)

We start our drive to Florida tomorrow (still in a little denial).  My inlaws drove down from N. CA and brought our dog back to us, and have been so helpful the last few days.  Especially because myself, my son and husband are all sick.  I have limited supplies of crafting stuff with me right now so I made this card, while I'm waiting for the medicine to work.  I am trying everything to get better, but I'm just getting worse.  Maybe Jess will let me sleep a lot and not drive too much tomorrow.  So I made a really bright and springy card to make me happy.
pti stampers select white, pink prism, sassafras paper, Poppy stamp set from Flourishes llc, chocolate chip grosgrain ribbon, copic markers
Totally on a side note, but we are staying at a Residence Inn by Marriott and they are really nice.  Its pet friendly, we have a two bedroom suite with a small kitchen and living room, they serve breakfast in the morning and then have a evening cocktail time with food (beer and wine are free) at night.  I know we all have nightmare hotel stories, so I just wanted to say I would recommend this hotel.
I hope you all have a safe New Years Eve!  I think this will be the first New Years Eve in a very long time that I will go to bed way before midnight.  So do any of you make resolutions?  I'm not a resolution type person, I'm more of a goal setter.  See you in 2009!

Pop Up Gift Card holder

I needed to send a gift card out before the holidays, and I never got around to share it.  Its actually called a Pop Up gift card holder, and you can find the directions on how to make it here.  It even has a video tutorial as well.  The paper is from the MME Christmas pack, and the stamps are from Verve.  I hope you are all having a wonderful Sunday, I'm still under the weather, but surviving.  I get to do a butt ton of laundry today, pack up my suitcases, get my craft stuff together, and prepare for the movers to come again tomorrow.   I'm still in a little bit of denial about moving :)

December Papertreyink Blog Hop

I had not planned on playing along with this months blog hop, but I'm procrastinating and I got a last minute gift from my Sister, so I had stuff to re-use.  Why am I procrastinating you ask...the movers are starting to pack up our stuff, destination Jacksonville, FL.  To make things even funner I think I might be getting the flu, so nothing too fancy to share today.

My Sister sent me some new yummy pj's for Christmas, so I re-purposed the cardboard stuff that is in the center of them when you first buy them, and the ribbon that was wrapped around them.
Here is the cardboard stuff I was talking about (its almost like chipboard) and the satin ribbon which was so neatly tied around my new pajamas, even with a cute button.
I cut the chipboard/cardboard in strips, and then picked out some of my favorite Spellbinder dies, I cut and embossed them using my Cuttlebug.  From that piece of chipboard, look at all the tags/diecuts I now have.
My inlaws arrive on Saturday, to visit with us and to say "Goodbye" before we leave California for Florida, and this is my Mother in-laws favorite wine (they will be here through New Years), I had planned on just giving her the wine in a bag, but I grabbed my newly cut chipboard dies, stamped on them, punched a hole at the top using my Big Bite, ran the ribbon around the neck of the wine bottle, through the punched hole, then tied into a nice bow.  Since I had cut the silver string that originally held the button to the ribbon, I used the huge glue dots to attach the button to the bow.  
Materials Used
chipboard re-purposed from pajama packaging
ribbon re-purposed from pajama packaging
button from packaging
Adirondack pitch black ink
glue dots
Spellbinder dies
Sweet Love stamp set from PTI 
(swirls in versamark)
Holiday Treats stamp set from PTI
(holiday cheer & brackets)
Spiral Bouquet stamp set from PTI

Flourishes Christmas card swap

A few weeks ago Julie {Flourishes DT coordinator} asked if any of us would like to participate in a Secret Christmas Card Swap, I said yes of course.  We all are posting the cards we made and sent to our fellow team mate.  The card below is the card that I made for the one and only Cindy Haffner.  She lives in Canada so I was freaking a little worrying if she received it, I hear that she did.  The image is from the Poinsettia & Boxwood stamp set and the sentiment is from the City of David stamp set, both are from Flourishes llc.  I distressed the edges of my back panel and sewed along the edge.  The red and vintage cream card stock was cut and embossed using a Spellbinders Label 2 die.  I colored in the image using copic markers.  The patterned paper is from this years MME Christmas paper pack.  A card wouldn't be perfect without some yummy ribbon, so I used some SU stripped grosgrain ribbon, then using twine I attached a button to the center of the bow.  I hope this brought a little smile to Cindy's face when it came in her mailbox (I also sent her some of my favorite ribbon too).  I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas.  Today the movers get here, so its going to be a very long day!
Here are the links to the rest of the ladies who also participated

Be sure to visit the Flourishes blog, the blogger team has the final challenge posted.

Merry Christmas

I just want to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas!!  Here is a picture of my children from 4 years ago, it was one of the pics that I sent in my 2004 Christmas cards.  My sweet babies are growing up.  I will have a new card to share tomorrow, I hope you all get to relax today!

thank you

I started my thank you cards from my birthday, they will be late but I have to start getting them out.  I pulled out the Thank You set from Flourishes, I just love the background stamp and tulip, they work so perfectly together.  I first stamped the background image in black ink and then using my Tim Holtz distress inks (walnut stain & tea dye) and a dauber, I sponged around the edges and then worked my way toward the center.  Once I was happy with the distressing, I stamped the tulip and colored it in using Copic Markers (R29 & YG17).  This is a 4.25 inch square card.
"thank you"
materials used
white, kraft & poppy card stock
Thank You stamp set from Flourishes llc
May Arts ribbon
scalloped edge punch from SU
Copic markers
Adirondack black ink
Tim Holtz walnut stain and tea dye distress inks
sponge daubers


 I think I'm in major denial that movers are going to be at my house on Friday!!  We had friends some guys over yesterday, so I spent the day entertaining and cleaning.  All of my Christmas shopping is done, so at least I don't have to stress about that.  Except, I am not feeling well at all.  My husband came back with a little cold {big to a man, they are babies when they are sick} and I think I gave him too many hugs and kisses because my body is not happy with me right now, it almost feels like the beginning stages of the flu.  I've been taking airborne but I don't think its worked.
Anyhow, here is a super simple card I made to go into my card basket.  With our move coming up, I need lots of cards pre-made for birthdays, get well, just because, etc...  The card base is kraft, then I layered a sheet of Jack's World {cosmo cricket} paper on top, its such a fun design, CC makes the best paper and its double sided!!  So using a scrap from the same sheet of paper, I used the reverse side of the paper and layered in on kraft paper.  I have some Jack's World stickers that I have not used, so I opened up the pack, and used the "childhood" sticker and slapped it onto the card....no stamping involved!  I ran ribbon around the front of the card and tied it into a knot, to finish the card off.
I hope you all get a chance to relax this week and find time to do something nice for yourself.  I'm going to treat myself to a yummy coffee from Starbucks, and play with some new goodies {stamps, paper and ribbon of course}

OH quick FYI Flourishes is having a year end sale before they do their inventory.  If you enter the keyword yearend at checkout you will get 10% off of your order.  Go check out the store they have all of your stamping needs (thats where I get most of my ribbon from).  Here is the link to Flourishes

Oh and in other awesome news...I got my first card picked up for publication!!!  I found out a few days ago.  Its going to be in PaperCrafts Card Creations vol 7 {next year}  so super excited!!

Let Loose

Just an easy and quick card to share today.  This is going to someone very dear to me who lost her husband this year.  This will be her first Christmas without him, so when her family leaves after the holidays, I plan on sending this to her.  You mind can wander into dark places when you are alone, so I hope this will brighten her day.  I'm going grocery shopping today, we have single sailors coming over on Sunday, so I have lots of baking and prep work to get done today, plus I need to help Santa on his gift for the kids, so I feel a trip to Costco coming on.  Have a terrific weekend!
"let loose"
materials used
kraft card base sized 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches
1 1/4 x 5 1/2 strip of Basic Grey OffBeat designer paper
poppy satin ribbon from PTI
Verve Stamps
Adirondack black ink
basic grey blue button

A little hello

Just a quick note to say "hi".  My hubby finally came home, lets just say he was away at "training"  for those of you who knew what he was doing, he lost 17 lbs and came back with some facial hair.  That freaked the kids out lol, it actually made Jacob cry since he has never seen his Dad with facial hair ever, and Kendall couldn't stop giggling at him (dad).  He got home last night and was gone before I ever got up, but I slept so well last night just knowing he was home.  Its amazing how hard it is to sleep when your husband is gone (especially when he is doing something dangerous), so a big shout out to all my fellow military spouses who do this more than we would like.  
I will have something posted later or tomorrow, I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!!

We Care usc17

First off , I completely grossed out right now...I felt something weird on my neck, so I touched it and realized it was a bug, well I grabbed it and let out a little aaack, it fell on my shirt...it was a SPIDER ewe!  I'm not afraid of spiders, but to know it was on my neck, kind of creeps me out.  Sorry I had to share, it just happened.
This week for the Unity challenge (USC17) was to create a monochromatic card.  I really have a hard time with monochromatic cards, but I think this turned out okay.  I used all coordinating paper and embellishments, so it made it a lot easier {MM Noteworthy stuff}.  I cut out the center panel using my Slice, used the Noteworthy cartridge, I'm just loving that little machine.  The image and sentiment are both from Unity Stamp Company.  I also used the sketch from today sc207.
"We Care"
materials used:
MM Noteworthy paper, ribbon, flowers and button
Unity stamps
Copic Markers
adirondack ink

Flourishes Twilight Challenge

Every Tuesday there is a chat in the Flourishes forum on Splitcoaststampers, and during the last couple of chats, a few of us have been talking about Twilight {insert grin}...so, last week we decided to have a challenge (flourishes twilight challenge, keyword FTC on scs).  To make a card inspired by the books and to incorporate something sharp on the card.  The something sharp can really be something sharp or a play on words, for instance using a paper piercer tool, a star is sharp, using a sharpy pen,  etc... you get the idea.
I took my inspiration from Bella's lullaby that Edward wrote, that is why I used the sheet music paper.  The tulip kind of reminded me of the cover of New Moon and then I added the sentiment Always Be Mine, always and be mine are actually two separate stamps but I combined them for my card.  
I'm explaining this for the ladies who have not yet read the book :) all of you Twilighters totally get this card.  Twilight would make an excellent Christmas gift to yourself, go buy it, you can thank me later >"<
Oh for my something sharp, I used a corsage pin, its going through my bow.  If you decide to play along make sure to put FTC (all in caps) in the key words on SCS, or comment here and give me your link so I can check it out.
"Be Mine"
real red & basic black card stock
making memories dp
Thank You and Rose stamp set from Flourishes llc
ribbon from SU and May Arts
making memories button
Spellbinders double ended tag
pearl stickers, copic markers

Wise Men

I'm happy to say, I'm almost done with my Christmas cards.  I spent a long time addressing the cards and writing a note inside, that really takes it out of you.  Needless to say, my right hand is numb and tingling.  Here are a few more cards that I made over the weekend, fairly simple, but post office friendly.  My post men/ladies have told me not to come to the post office on Mondays, its normally the busiest day.  Well I'm going there today, and I will keep them busy for a while, its their own fault really, they must insist on feeling every single envelope and adding extra surcharges.  Most of my out of state cards are going out today and tomorrow.
"Wise Men"
materials used:
poppy & vintage cream card stock
copic markers
may arts ribbon
City of David stamp set from Flourishes llc
paper piercing tool
corner rounder
sakura glitter pen

**Edited to add**
I got the card of the week over at 2sketches4you this week and won a score-it!!  How cool is that!  If you are ever lacking mojo, go over to their blog Laura and Kazan have great sketches every week.

Ode to my friend Erica

This past week one of my oldest and dearest and bestest friends, Erica came to visit along with her husband and almost three year old daughter.  It was an extra special visit because they were on vacation in S. California at Disneyland and came down to San Diego for a night (and stayed with us).  We have been friends since we were 14 years old!  Its really easy to loose touch with friends especially when you move as often as I do, but not us.  One day, week or several weeks can go by without us talking, but when we do catch up its as if not an hour had passed since our last conversation.  We have lots in common, our love of books (I got her hooked on Twilight and we saw the movie together) and paper crafting among other things.  So when she came down I gave her a little one on one stamping class, she is not a card maker, but I think she has huge potential!  I snapped a few shots of her cards, they are posted below.  But first a picture of us at Balboa Park.
Erica & T
(thats my nickname, "T" which is short for Tish (teesh), which is short for Latisha)

Here are the cards that Erica made, didn't she do a fabulous job!!!
here she used some Unity stamps to make this card for her Mom
paper is basic grey, ribbon is from PTI, prima flowers and a button
for this card Erica used Verve stamps, MemoryBox & Basic Grey papers
she thought of the distressing on her own...I'm telling ya she is a cardmaker!!
This card is going to one of her best friends.

I got an award :)

So I have been tagged twice now with this Kreativ Blogger Award.  By the ultra talented stamp designer (for Unity) Lisa, and the amazing  Betty (dirty girl alumni).  Thank you to both of you.  I'm supposed to nominate 5 people, but I went Christmas shopping all day and I am fried.  I've been wrapping presents for 3 hours.  I pinky promised Jacob I would play a board game with him, so we played Disney Scene it, that ended around 11pm, I finally got the kids in bed, and then started wrapping.  So now that its 2:30, I'm going to hit the hay.
Since its my birthday today I'm going to eat chocolate, maybe go to the Cheesecake Factory with the kids and stamp.  Hubby is away right now, so I'm shopping on him. He got me the Slice (that came last week) and one of my best friends ever, Chris got me a gift card to get the Noteworthy cartridge (plus she sent me chocolate and the swiss dots cb folder) and my inlaws sent me a $50 gc to ellenhutson.com  Well, at Ellen's store I bought some more Copic markers and it came to $141 bucks, so minus the $50, I had to pay $90, which hubby is paying for >"<  Then I decided I needed new Spellbinder dies, stamps, ribbon and paper so I went shopping at Flourishes.   Isn't online shopping the best, especially when its guilt free shopping on your husband!
I hope you all have a great day!!

Last Day of Releases and a challenge

Today I'm sharing the third newly released set from Flourishes llc, called Lace and Trim, it has a beautiful vintage feel to it, which I have enjoyed playing with.  The set was inspired by some antique lace that Jan Marie has (an owner of Flourishes), the lace is starting to fall apart, so they made it into a stamp to preserve the image/pattern.  Isn't that just so neat!!
For this card, I did very easy stamping (no technique or coloring involved) only using my stamp pad.  The sentiment is stamped on a label, which is a die from Spellbinders.  I added some red satin ribbon at the top and then added some red gems next to the sentiment to tie it all together.
Don't forget to stop by DT blogs to check out their creations

Festive Flourishes Friday
This week I am playing along with the Friends of Flourishes blogging team, and the challenge is all about crisp and clean winter white cards.  You can dress it down using a monochromatic theme, or dress it up with a sparkly flair.  The only requirement is to use your favorite Flourishes stamp set.  If you play along make sure to use the keyword FFFC02 on splitcoast, there will be a drawing at the end of the month for a prize.
First off, I have a really hard time with monochromatic cards, I had to add the green, the tree, wasn't stamping very well in white, so I stamped it in the green and added white glitter (which is not showing up on the screen.  The tree image is from Forest of Trees, and the sentiment is from the Holiday Greetings set, both found here.  If you play along let me know, I can't wait to see what you come up with!
Please visit the Friends of Flourishes blogger team to check out their creations

Thinking of You, Release Day 2

Today I am sharing with you the newly released Thinking of You stamp set from Flourishes llc.  Its from the Simply Sophisticated line of stamps, so they are very easy to work with.

For my first card I used some Urban Prairie paper and brads from Basic Grey.  The base is kraft card stock followed by a light teal Prism card stock, then the dp.  I distressed the edges of the teal and urban prairie paper, then sewed them together.  The front panels on which I stamped on were cut and embossed using the Labels 2 dies from Spellbinders.  Oh I forgot to add that I used a scalloped border punch on the teal prism paper.  I punched a hole through the white card stock and ran my ribbon through the holes and tied a bow.  After the bow was tied, I then added dimmensionals on the back side of the kraft paper.  There is very little stamping or technique on this card, it was stamp and go :)  Its all of the embellishments that make it fancy lol.  The paper, brads, ribbon, and Spellbinder dies can all be found here.  
"With Sympathy"
For my second card using this set, I kept the card fairly simple.  I stamped the floral bouquet on the parchment paper using Versamark ink.  While the ink was still wet, I went over the image using SU pastels/chalk.  The sentiment was stamped in black Stazon ink.  Again I punched a hole on either side of the parchment paper and ran the ribbon through the holes and then tied a bow.  I'm really weird about having things in threes so I added 3 kaiser gem/pearls on the bottom.  Again really easy and simple stamping, if you didn't want to go over the image with your chalk, this would have been beautiful as a monochromatic stamped image.
"In our Prayers"
Please be sure to visit the other designers and see their beautiful work

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New Release from Flourishes llc Day One

This month there are 3 new stamp sets being released from Flourishes llc.  For my international readers, they do ship world wide.  Today I will be showcasing the Rose set.  Shown below is the actual stamp set and you can buy it here.  
For my first card I used the long stem rose stamp and stamped it with Adirondack black soot ink.  I used re-inkers and a water brush to color in my rose (pink pirouette, riding hood red & kiwi kiss).  I had really good control over the shading so this technique was perfect for this image.  I cut and embossed my rectangle panels using the large rectangle Nestabilities by Spellbinders.  The patterned paper is Basic Grey from the Infuse line.  Before glueing down my panels I ran green satin ribbon followed by sheer white ribbon around the dp and tied a bow.  Using a glue dot I adhered the button to the ribbon, glue dots are super strong and keep the buttons in place.  
For this card I used Kazan's sketch #15 from 2sketches4you
Here is my second card using the smaller rose.  This is a 4 1/4 x 4 1/4 square card.  White on white always looks so classy to me, so I cut and embossed white card stock using the Labels 1 die from Spellbinders (Flourishes sells these)  I stamped the image, colored it in and added my sentiment, then I made two small holes on either side of the stem and ran ribbon through the holes and tied a bow.  Let me back track for a second, the ribbon first goes around the front of the card, then up through the holes ready to be tied.  I added dimmensionals to the front panel to pop up the image a little and to keep it in place.  This rose was colored in using Copic markers.  After I finished the card, it was missing something so I added a piece of black card stock to the back of the card, the black makes the card pop.
Make sure to visit the rest of the Design Team to see their creations

If I inspire you to make a purchase from Flourishes llc, make sure to enter the promotional code latishay at the checkout.  Check back in tomorrow, I will be featuring another newly released stamp set.

Not a Christmas card lol

I needed a little break from my Christmas cards, so I made a birthday card {using some new verve stamps}.  My supply of birthday cards is low, almost non-existent right now, so this can go in the basket now.  I used the color challenge for my inspiration (riding hood red, baja breeze, taken with teal and whisper white).  I love this ribbon, I'm running low and I have it in 3 colors, I probably should go buy more just in case I can't find it when we move to Florida (perfect excuse to go to a craft store!).  
I stamped the image in Adirondack ink and then colored in the bird using Copic markers, on the party hat, I used my red Spica Glitter pen and went over the image, so now the hat is sparkly.  The baja breeze and white cardstock were cut and embossed using the Labels 1 die from Spellbinders and the card base is red riding hood card stock.  The little button is from Basic Grey.
"special birthday"
card stock: riding hood, baja breeze & stampers select white
stamps:  Verve stamps
Accessories:  Labels 1 dies, Copic markers, button, ribbon, Spica Glitter pen

Don't forget to stop by the Flourishes forum on Split Coast Stampers later on tonight (7pm EST), for a chat with the design team and for the December release party.

Christmas Trio of cards

When you are short on time and need to produce a lot of cards, patterned paper can be your best friend, and boy did I score this year with the My Minds Eye Christmas paper pack!!  I started out my cutting and embossing some vintage cream cardstock, using my Labels 2 die from Spellbinders (love those dies!).  I stamped the same sentiment and image on all three embossed panels and then put them aside.  Since the paper is in a big pack and you get 3 of each pattern, there is no need to hoard.  So I just picked out a few sheets, and cut them down to size.  Just a little tip, I never glue down my paper until I know where and how I'm going to do my ribbon.  Once my paper and ribbon were picked out and ready to assemble, I colored in the ornament to coordinate with the paper.  These are simple cards, but by just adding a bow, distressing the edges, adding a punched decorative border, or sewing on your card, it just gives it that little extra touch that makes it great.
This holiday season seems like its going by really fast!  I still have about 15-20 more Christmas cards to make LOL.  I just keep thinking of the little engine that could...I think I can, I think I can...I know I can, I know I can.
I hope you all had productive weekends and got stuff done.  We had company so I got about zero stuff done.

My Minds Eye Christmas paper pack
Flourishes stamps:  All that Glitters and City of David
Labels 2 die from Spellbinders
Copic markers
Spica glitter pen
Martha Stewart border punch
satin ribbon
Tim Holtz distressing tool
sewing machine

Another xmas card done lol

So I got two challenges done in one card (yipee).  The sketch is from 2sketchesforyou, its Laura's sketch #14 and then over on SCS the challenge is to use only to use snowflakes, for stamping, designer paper...everything, but the sentiment could only be one word, oh and glitter has to be somewhere too.  My paper is from MME Christmas pack, it has the pretties paper, its thick and a lot of the pages if not all of them have glitter on them.  I'm loving it!  I apologize that this post is short, I just have company coming for the weekend, and I have a million things to be doing right now!  Oh the sentiment is from Flourishes Holiday Greetings stamp set.

Seasons Greetings

At first glance this card may appear to be fancy, but really I did very little stamping.  The paper is from MME holiday pack, so I used todays sketch over on SCS (sc205), by just cutting my paper and then running ribbon around it.  I cut and embossed vintage cream cardstock using my Labels 2 die from Spellbinders, and stamped a sentiment from Flourishes Holiday Greetings stamp set.  I finished off the card by running a hat pin through the bow.  This hat pin is from the Pretties Kit from SU.  The picture doesn't capture it, but the Santa & paper is really sparkly and glittery.  I know its not post office friendly, but its really pretty and was fast to make, and thats what matters when its crunch time lol.  Oh the base of the card is and olive colored paper from Prism (love that paper!)
"Seasons Greetings"
Labels 2 die from Spellbinders, MME dp, vintage cream cardstock, Holiday Greetings from Flourishes llc, Pretties Kit from SU, Ribbon

Wed Unity Challenge #15

This week Joy challenged us to make a scrapbook page or card etc... something using a photo.  I really almost didn't do it this week, well because I still have more Christmas cards to make, but since I got my slice in the mail, I played along.  I used the distressed dots background stamp from Unity along with the dotted border from them as well.  I used white prism paper and MM patterned paper.  The letters were cut out with my Slice and the #7 is a foam black thicker.  If you decide to play along make sure to post your project in the Unity forum and in the gallery using the key word USC15.

Tuesday post #1...Christmas Joy

Today's color challenge (black, sahara sand, vanilla) gave me a little jump start and I got four more xmas cards done.  This is a Christmas card using non-traditional colors, but I think it works and its post office friendly, the envelope "feelers" will not feel a single bump on this card.  I wanted to add something other than ribbon, and then I remembered my stickles!  I forget how cool stickles are, except that it takes forever to dry.
kraft & vintage cream cardstock, grosgrain ribbon, Labels 2 Nestabilities, stickles, PTI Snowflake Serenade stamp set
I didn't stamp at all while I was visiting family so, this week I have many projects to catch up on.  I will post later with my Papercraftplanet 5th day of Christmas card.  Are any of you playing along?  Each day a different sponsor is giving away stuff, and I love any chance at winning free stuff.

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