Friday, January 15, 2010

Cards 15 and 16

I chose to do an all white embossed look for card number 15. I think it is a very classy look. Would be great for wedding or sympathy cards. I stamped "Happy for you" on the inside of this one.

Card 16 is my first Valentine card of this year. I don't know why, but I never end up liking how my Valentines turn out. They always look so plain to me. Maybe it has something to do my resentment for love and relationships at this point in my life. Haha! I love the tree (Stampin Up's Branch Out set) with the falling hearts but I couldn't figure out what else to do with the card. The inside is stamped with "Happy Love Day".

I am now officially halfway through my 31 cards in 31 days goal and still going strong. I'm now trying to decide if I should keep up the momentum and do the same goal in February or try and come up with a new goal.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Cards 12, 13 ,14 and then some....

Got out some old Chatterbox paper packs from a couple of years ago for cards 12 and 13 of my 31 cards in 31 days goal. I forgot how much I loved Chatterbox! For card number 14, I used the "Cheep Talk" stamp set that I love, love, love.

My niece, Ariel, had a birthday yesterday. I decided to try etching on a fish bowl which was a real pain in the butt but turned out really good. I used the Wishblade to cut the words "Here Fishy Fishy..." on vinyl and then used the negative as my etching stencil.

Now I just need to get to the pet store to get her the perfect fish!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Three birthday cards...

This weekend was rather productive. Besides putting on Winter Homecoming at the high school on Friday night, I managed to take down all the Christmas decorations and finished card numbers 9, 10 and 11 in my 31 cards in 31 days goal. My niece, my brother and my daughter's BFF all have birthdays in the next two weeks. I decided to get a jump start and finish birthday cards for them so I have no excuse not to get them in the mail.

Hope everyone has a great week!

Thursday, January 7, 2010

I'm on a roll...

Day 3 of my January goal and I completed two more cards using the Cottage Walls DSP from Stampin Up. I think I'm going to have to switch paper paper packs because I have only used one sheet of each of the designs and have completed 8 cards. I still have half a pack of paper left. I need a change in scenery. I love, love, love the Cherry Blossom sizzlits die I used on the olive colored card.

It's a blistering 10 degrees today in Kansas with a wind chill of -15 degrees. Tomorrow is supposed to be as bad or worse. Not much to do but stay inside and watch some football. Normally, I'm not a Texas football fan but tonight I am! I hope they clobber 'Bama for the National Title. : )

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Day 2....Baby steps!

Officially on day two of my "Julie" blogging goal. I completed two cards before 8am this morning. That's six cards in the last two days and I do believe that more than I have made in the last six months! Jump back!

I am still using the Cottage Walls paper pack from Stampin Up. I love the colors in that pack. I used the Stampin Up "Best Blossoms" stamp set on one card. I had literally packed that set in a box to sell and as I was flipping through my stamp image book, I had an epiphany. I think I will hang on it to it a little longer. I also used the Martha Stewart Button punch for that one. The other card, I used one of my Stampin Up hostess sets from last years catalog called "A Little Somethin Somethin". I had never used it before and I have had it almost a year. Story of my life. :-)

I have come to the conclusion that it is all about time management. 30 minutes really isn't that much out of my day to exercise. Another hour isn't too much to work on papercraft projects. Considering how much time I used to waste in a day playing FARKLE and BEJEWELED on Facebook. Believe me, folks, I don't miss it! I'm accomplishing something and feeling better about myself already. Try it something new, you'll love it!

Monday, January 4, 2010

My Julie Powell Inspiration

Having watched "Julie & Julia" over the New Year's weekend, I was inspired by the character, Julie Powell. If you have not seen it, Julie pledges to cook 564 recipes from the Julia Child's cookbok, Mastering the Art of French Cuisine, in 365 days. She blogged every day about the recipes she made. It is a true story and a cute movie.

As you may have not noticed, I have NOT blogged for some time and I have no good excuse for it. I am going to try a new year of blogging with new projects so I can hopefully keep my creative mojo ticking.

I wanted to do a Julie Powell goal and make one card for each of the 365 days this year. I know me, and that's a lot of pressure. I decided to shorten the goal to 1 card for each of the 31 days in January. That's more me. Start small and work my way up.

Today is January the 4th so I finished four cards. That is a huge step for me since my creative side has been on strike for the last several months. Julie at Xyron will be happy that I am trying to create again. I think she officially gave up on me. : )

Hope everyone's new year is starting out good!