Sunday, February 21, 2010

Baby cards

I need some baby cards for a shower this week so it was time to get stampin'!

I used Basic Grey Granola and Figgy Pudding for two different looks. I'm not sure which I'll use but I really like how they came together. :)

**I haven't forgotten about my EMERGE project for February. It's all printed and mounted and I just have to add some finishing touches. I'm thrilled with how it turned out and it was very fun to photograph too. :) Here's a sneak peak of one of the letters-

This R is from an old fortune telling machine near a magic shop at Pike Place Market. I loved the bright R against the green patina!

Monday, February 15, 2010

Yeah! Who says Mondays stink?

Today has been GREAT!

Tracey emailed me and I won the challenge for Jenn's baby card! I won a free stamp set plus the sentiments! I am so stinkin' excited. I am going to try to hold out until the new release but there are stamp sets that have been calling my name for a long time now...

I went to the beach this afternoon and got seven pieces of bonfire glass, one red, TWO pink (this is a very rare color and my first pieces of this color), one orange and a larger piece of bright yellow. I found other really great pieces too (and a bunch of sea pottery) but those were my top finds.

Hope you had a great day too!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

You send me!

The TCP Tuesday challenge this week is paper piecing. It's as if this challenge was made with me in mind!!! :)

I've had this little flying letter and sentiment for a while. Mine are rubber but I think they are sold now in an acrylic set. The swirl is from a Christmas set. I stamped it and then touched it up with a sakura stardust pen. The paper is some of my Basic Grey.

Saturday, February 06, 2010

A purple cow kind of day.

Obviously I'm in a Basic Grey/Doodle Factory mood lately. I just can't get enough! :)
This cow and saying are from the Country set. I paper pieced the cow and colored her spots, ears and udder with my copics. I'm lovin' how this turned out and might pull it from my Etsy store if I need a thank you card before it sells. :)

I woke up today and just felt like getting outside and doing something. It was in the mid 50s here, the sun was shining and it just smelled good and kinda springy outside. We loaded the kids into the van and headed over to the Market. We picked up a bunch of dollar bags at the #2 Arcade (yum!) and went over to Uli's sausage. If you've never been, you are really missing out. I think we've eaten almost every kind of sausage he makes and it is all incredible. I also got all my pictures done for my word of the year. I'm excited to get those developed and do something with them. We also took the kids over to the Bug Safari for one of our famous "Shirk Family Adventures". It was pretty interesting but tiny. Everyone seemed to have a good time, even Kait who wasn't thrilled with the idea said she had fun.
We decided it was too early to head home and went to the beach. It was so nice! They have huge fire pits there so Jason went and got some firewood and we grilled up a bunch of our sausage, some asparagus (this was one of the $1 bags at the arcade! woo hoo!) and roasted marsh mellows for dessert. It was a very nice, picture perfect day. :)

Friday, February 05, 2010

Welcome Jenn's baby!!!

There's a contest going on right now at the Starving Artistamps blog. Simply make a baby card for Jenn and her hubby with a little baby tip and you can win a Starving Artistamps stamp set AND a set of sentiments! This is GREAT prize! I would love to win a Doodle Factory set with sentiments. :) For all the details, just click on the link.

Here's my card-
I used Basic Grey's Porcelain paper and Doodle Factory's Oh Baby! stamp set. I've had these little safety pins FOREVER (years!) and this was a great excuse to use them.

I hope Jenn likes the card and that everything goes well when it's time for her to deliver. She is scheduled to have her baby on the 11th so that's the deadline for this contest!

Thursday, February 04, 2010

A yakking Yak!

This stamp set came out a while ago and of course I had to buy it because I LOVE Doodle Factory! But... I wasn't really sure what to do with it. It has sat sadly uninked in my binder for months. I am challenging myself this week to use some of my old Basic Grey paper (so I can justify buying all those new amazing lines that came out at CHA) and ink up some unloved stamps (to justify the new ones that are on their way to me now). ;)

I really like how this card came out. It turned out just like I had imagined it would. I love it when that happens! :)

Have you been thinking about your word of the year yet?

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Ali Edwards- One Little Word

One Little Word.
I saw this on her blog.
I saw this on friends' blogs.
But I just didn't feel like I had a specific word that would represent what I wanted to accomplish or focus on in 2010. Honestly, I hadn't been feeling like myself for a few years now. I felt like my migraines ruled everything. When they were bad, I couldn't be the mom or wife I wanted to be let alone have extra time to accomplish much of anything. In the last three months though, that's changed. I've had two migraines in three months when I used to get at least three migraines a week. I have my life and my time back. And because of that, I decided to really sit down and pick a word to motivate and inspire me this year.

My word is EMERGE.

I hope to emerge from 2010 becoming the person I want to be and to get back the person I was.

There is a super fun challenge this week to make your word with pictures of the letters in your word. I'm going to head out and take some pictures over the next couple of days for my word. I'll post my creation on Monday or Tuesday.

Check out the Ali's post. Maybe it's something that can inspire you. If not today, maybe someday soon. :)

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Valentine card #1

***These pictures suck. Jason bought a new camera/video recorder and it sucks. It is going back to Best Buy tomorrow.***

I love the Twitterpated paper. :) It is one of my absolute favorites. The squirrel and saying are from Doodle Factory. I colored him with my copics. After taking this pic, I thought that the green areas looked a little bare. I put some circle/dot things I have from Stamping Bella in the upper left and bottom right corners. It looks better now, more balanced.