Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Winter Tee

Hiya! Hope your pre-new year's week is going fantastic, mine is getting better I think. Went to doc and it was bronchitis. I have meds and an inhaler now sooo...I can BREATHE!! Breathing is good...yep. Ok, on to my card...

I made this card for two challenges in the Gina K forum. Joanne Basile had one called 'buttons and bows, all askew' and Gina had one called 'from one card to another'. I think the button and bow and askew is obvious what I did, lol, but on the 'from one card to another' we were to use a store bought card in some way on our card. This is the store bought card I used...I almost forgot to take a pic of it, I had already stamped out the image on it in this pic:



And this is my card I made:

I think it turned out kinda cute myself. Except, where I added glitter and the glittery snowman just doesnt show up good in the picture...looks like its just got something all over it lol. I also tried using a black background in my light box this time. I prefer the white myself, BUT, I do not like how my pictures were coming out pinkish looking. And I couldnt figure out why that was happening, lol! Gonna have to call my photography friend, Miss Lisalooo!!

Ok, thats it for now! Thanks for stopping in today!
--CAT
Card Details
Stamps: Little Tees, Winter Foliage from Gina K Designs
Paper: SU! cardstock
Ink: memento tuxedo black, stayz on black
Accessories: square nesties, ribbon, button, silk thread, pop dots, glue pen, glitter

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Yay! A card finally!

Wheew! Am I the only one that is glad things are sorta winding down now? Dont get me wrong, I love Christmas, the holiday spirit, the TRUE meaning, but come Dec. 23 or around that...I find myself grumbling at drivers on the road too, lol! Anyways, hope you and your families had a wonderful Christmas!

I made this card for a challenge in the Gina K forum at SCS...'Off-Kilter' challenge...you were to have at least one piece of paper on an angle. I almost covered mine up, lol!



I used Mel's set 'Have a Cookie'. Not her newest release but my first time to get to play with it.. awesome set! Has so many little sayings to go with it and fantastic images to color. Look for more from this set! There is a lot of dimension on this card, you cant really tell it from the picture though.

I had another card made but it kinda got destroyed...grandson REALLY liked it! So having to redo that one. Ive been sick lately...started off as a cold, now got a horrible cough and I do believe it might be bronchitis again. I have had that enough to know how I feel with it, lol. But I'm trying to fight it...I always feel like if I lay down and give into it, I'll get worse, haha! I know, not true, but I still been forcing myself to stay up when all I want to do is take naps all day long...bleh...If I'm not better in the next few days, I am going to go to doc. Get some antibotics.

Ok, thats about it for now. Hope to have another card soon!
-CAT
Card Details
Stamps: Have a Cookie from Gina K Designs
Papers: SU! cardstock
Accessories: oval nesties, beads, hat pin, pop dots, copic markers, brads, scallop edge punch, CB embossing folder swiss dots

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Just letting everybody know...

..who CARES to know, lol, that I am still around. I guess you might have figured I kinda took a break from blogging. Just hectic time of year, as most know, and I took the time to try to organize my stuffs. Man oh man...thats a job and still not really done. But at least I know where everything is. Now if I can only get DH to leave it ALONE!! I am so upset with him...who throws a box away without looking to see what is in it first??? Well, my DH does. I was literally sick over it... I know my card making friends will understand when I tell you it was a box of cards I had made, mostly my Christmas ones...gone...in the trash..I cried tears over it...I know he didnt do it on purpose...but like I said..who throws away a box without looking at whats in it????...He is so in the doghouse for I dont know how long....

--Cat

p.s. I hope to be back posting cards in the next few days, at least by Friday. I have been rushing trying to make a few more Christmas cards..and am really tired of them right now, lol.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

What?? ME?? Published?

Wanted to share the exciting news:

From: Susan Opel
Date: 12/17/2008 12:46:24 PM
To: ctidwell@allegiance.tv
Subject: Card Creations 7 Project Acceptance Notification


Hi Cathy,



Congratulations on having the following project accepted for publication in Card Creations 7, a special issue of Paper Crafts magazine!



Dream Tree



Your project and instructions are due in our offices no later than Friday, January 23.



Please read the attached acceptance form and follow the instructions carefully as you prepare to send in your project.


It would be for the June '09 issue.


*dies*
--Cat

p.s. more tomorrow

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

I made this to shut my sister up..

Also made for the color challenge at SCS today too! My sister keeps bringing up that I have all this SU! stuff and never use it...I do too, cardstock alll the time. LOL! But this is a totally SU! card. Except for the dimensional tape I used on it. So, there ya go Kelli! (and she NEVER hardly comments on my cards! Some sister huh???)haha!



And I have questions for anybody that uses a light box to take your pictures in...if you have the time, email me! I think I have got the wrong kind of box or something...orrr it's the new camera I havent figured out yet, lol! But the light box I got is this one:

My Light Shed



well, they call it a 'shed' here. Anyways...only if you have time and I will write back with my questions!

Hope everybody having a wonderful Tuesday. Wet, cold and yucky here. I see a few fine snowflakes mixed in out my window, but only about 35 degrees so it wont stick.
--Cat

Saturday, December 13, 2008

How about a little old school...

Yay! I love old school stuff, lol! Remember MONEY card holders? I used to love seeing those skinny looking envelopes with my name on it, haha! Cause you knew exactly what it was and could start making your list then! Anyways, instead of giving plastic this year (lot of gift card theft going on around here) I am giving my nephews MOOOlah! So I came up with this holder for it:





I took a piece of cardstock measuring 9" x 6 1/2" and scored the 9" side at 3" and 6". On the far right scored panel, I measured down about 1 1/2" and cut that section out and also used corner rounder scissors to round that one corner. I put tacky tape on the very bottom edge so the money wouldnt slip out the bottom there too. I put the patterned paper down before doing that also. Super simple and works! I know that my sisters and brothers boys eyes will light up with money! LOL! I got one more to do and those will be all done. That's for MY side of the family..DH side a different story...its so HUGE, we just get together and play that game where you put #'s on the presents and you can get someone elses if you want..I forget what it's called though!

Ok, that's it for today! I'm getting more used to my camera, these were taken with it, but still outside. Havent got the light box set up yet, got to find a place for it first, lol. Not sure if I am going to like it or not...will let you know! LOL! Have a wonderful weekend!
--CAT
Card Details:
Stamps: Funky Christmas, Seasonal Sayings from Gina K Designs
Papers: SU! cardstock, AC patterned paper
Accessories: label one die, ribbon, koh-i-noor pencils, copic markers, spica glitter pens, pop dots, scallop edge punch, glitter, glue pen, pop dots, tacky tape, corner rounder scissors, scor-pal, metallic rub paste, white chalk ink.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Blog candy winner!

Happy Thursday all! As promised, announcing the blog candy winner early, well for me its early, lol! Ok, the winner was determined by the DH Random Number Picker, lol! I told him to pick a # between 1 and 23 (thats how many participated with links to their cards before it was closed) and he picked 23...the last one...LOL! And the winner is:

Michelle Vocke said...

What a great sketch! Thank you for the challenge and for the opportunity to win the generous blog candy -- the "my cuppa joe" and the Special Occasions font sets are fabulous!

Here's the link to my entry:

http://michellevocke.blogspot.com/

Thank you.


Congrats Michelle! I posted to you on your blog cause I couldnt find an email for you!

And thanks all soo much for playing, that was fun! I am going to have another to celebrate my birthday next month too! My birthday, but YOU will get the present, lol!
--CAT

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Unity Addicts challenge..

Wow, we are into week 16! This week we were to CASE one of the DT members from Unity and I chose to CASE Jennifer Buck! I have long admired her work! So love an excuse to case her, lol! This is her card at SCS I CASEd:

Jenn's card

And here is mine:



This was really a quick card for me, loved the layout of it! I wanted to use circles like Jenn did, but that one little tree just didnt look right in a circle nestie, lol. This is also my first picture of a card with my new camera. It Canon Power Shot SX10 IS and it came with its own software for editing, which I am NOT used to. I usually use PSP to crop and resize my photos and with this one, it kinda washed the picture out when I adjusted colors (was taken inside cause its SNOWing here, well rain and snow mix, lol) and I was trying to brighten the photo and made it pink looking. sooo that will still take more getting used to. I have a light box coming so that should help too with my photos! Anyways, thats about it for today! Dont forget you got about 2 more hours to enter for the blog candy below with a card made from my sketch!

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!
-CAT
Card Details:
Stamps: Tiny Trinity and Bitty Christmas tagsfrom Unity Stamp Co.
Papers: AC dp, SU! cardstock
Accessories: copic markers, hodge podge hardware, oval nesties, label one dies, ribbon, red rhinestones, pop dots.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Just a quick reminder about the sketch and blog candy!

Just a quick reminder about my sketch challenge AND the blog candy that you can win! You have until Wednesday noon to post a link to your creation in THIS POST (found below). I have so enjoyed seeing everyones beautiful creations! I will announce the winner of the blog candy early Thursday morning!

Also, the party is still going strong over at Sharon's! Here is a link to all of good things happening:

Stamp Simply Celebrates!

In other news...I bought me a new camera and am having a hard time figuring it out, lol! I left my other one over a SIL house and guess I need to go back and get it till I can figure this fancy smancy thing out...I'll get it eventually I'm sure, but that is one reason I dont have a picture of a card for today,lol. Hopefull by this evening I can get a picture took, if no other way with the OLD camera!

--CAT

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Stamp Simply Celebrates Day 7!

Howdy ya'll and welcome to DAY 7 of the Stamp Simply Celebrates! celebrations! Have you been playing along? I think this is one of the funnest most awesome celebrations I have had the honor of being a part of...so many talented ladies involved all wanting to inspire and celebrate with us!

For today, I was to make a sample for Dee's FP of food packaging. Ok, so I am SO not a baker...but I thought I could do some fudge!! Here is my sample:



And here is the top one open, I also put fudge in the bottom too:



I decided to make those cute little pizza boxes, but made 2 sizes and stacked them, cause fudge is just tooo good to only get a smell of it! haha! I used my brand new JustRite Stamper I got in the mail too! What fun this was! Well, I have to be honest here too...I cheated...I DID try to make some fudge, but it decided it wanted to be pudding and not fudge and dont think it would have packaged up very well in these little boxes. It DID taste good though, rofl. I bought this fudge from a lady down the road that makes and sells it this time of year, LOL! It is awesome fudge too. This is peanut butter swirl with walnuts...ummmhmmmmm....!!!! Ok, dont forget to check out more awesome food packaging examples today! Here are the links below:

BARB
DARLENE
HEATHER
JENNIFER
SHARON

And also, here is the full run down for today:


SUNDAY, DECEMBER 7

Sharon Johnson -- No Time to Stamp? -- Sharon has MORE BLOG CANDY! – think specialty papers!!!

Susan Roberts - Rainy Day Creations - How often do we give Gift Card Holders? Well, if you’re like me, probably a lot!!! Susan’s Featured Project today shows us a quick gift card holder to make and she Challenges us to make our own, using her template or your own. Susan also has a BLOG CANDY offering today. You won’t want to miss this, so be sure to visit Susan today!

Dee Jackson - Stampin cuz I Luv 2 - For her Featured Project today, Dee puts together some gorgeous Packaging for Your Food Items — how fun!!! Her Challenge today provides many beautiful samples for you to see and to be inspired by so you can prepare your own packaged delectables for those on your gift list. Be sure to stop in at Dee’s today to see the sweet treats she and her designers have prepared for you!!!


Ok, thats all for me today! Hope you are having a wonderful weekend! I am going to spend the day organizing!! I have this HUGE, and I mean HUGE SU! order coming...stocked up on lots of stuff, especially papers!! Cant wait to get it, but need to find places for it, lol!

Thanks for stopping by!
--CAT

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Stamp Simply Celebration here! Blog Candy too!

Welcome everyone to Day 5 of Sharon's Stamp Simply Celebrates! celebration! Have you been playing along? There is awesome challenges, inspiration, AND blog candy on several of the challenges, like mine today! Today is my day to host a Sketch challenge for you! This is gonna kinda be a long post, so bear with me! First, here is the sketch:




And here is my sample:



And here are some more examples and inspiration for you from lots of the lovely Stamp Simply DT:

AJ
Darlene
Heather
Julie
Leslie
Susan
Sharon also used my sketch and combined it with her challenge today which is an awesome way to do these challenges!

(remember, I might have posted before some have theirs up!)

I kinda followed Sharon's Stamp Simply challenge today, in not using a traditional Christmas stamp...instead I made that little thingy, that is SUPPose to be like Santa's belly and belt, lol! But then I stuck some traditional Christmas DP on it, so threw it off there for the SS challenge, lol! Notice that I dont even follow my own sketch too closely, lol! As long as you can tell the basic sketch, its all good! So this is my challenge to you...Make a card based on my sketch here. You have until WEDNESDAY DEC. 10th to link your card in this post (you dont have to have a blog to play, but I need to be able to see the picture someway!) and then on Thursday noon I will do a random drawing for my blog candy! Wanna see the candy? Of course you do!



This is a new set from Gina K Designs last release called 'My Cuppa Joe'. I love this set! It is going to be one of my favorites I can tell, so wanted to share something I love with you all. Also, Kellie from Just Rite sent Sharon's DT (I was by proxy last month,lol!) all some wonderful gifts! How awesome is THAT!? And I ended up with 2 of the Special Occasions Font and you will also have a chance to win that along with the stamp set! YAY!!

So, go! Create! And come back and link your creation here for your chance to win! I hope you are enjoying the celebrations! Sharon is such an inspiration to so many of us, and this is my way of honoring her being such an awesome person!

Thanks for stopping by! And dont forget, over on my sidebar is a link to all the Stamp Simply DT, with their awesome creations for Sharon's Stamp Simply Challenge today!

--CAT

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

just letting everybody know...

that I am alive and kicking...somewhat. Grandbaby got really sick and had to go to hospital, and I helped my daughter out with that till he got better. It was a stomach bug but he was dehydrated and they had to give iv's so kept him over night. All is well now...I'm just recovering, lol. But I have gotten so behind on my blogging stuff. We have been running around so much, and then this..well, I dont think I am every going to catch up!

I did want to remind everyone about Sharon's "Stamp Simply Celebrates!" Here is a direct to all the info on Sharon's blog: PARTY CENTRAL!

If you click on the party central link, it will take you directly to all the goings on! There is some awesome blog candies to be won too! Speaking of which, I will have my own challenge and blog candy Friday!! Sharon and her DT has been such an inspiration to me that I wanted to play too in the celebration, and this is my way of doing that. Hopefully I will inspire someone out there somewhere too!

thanks for stopping by...I know things are hectic for everybody lately...I'm just hoping mine settles down!

--CAT

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I'm a 47 yr. old stay at home grandma! I do not work so always doing something to occupy my time, some kind of crafty thing usually.