Friday, October 15, 2010


In the summer of 2004, Randy and I took the kids (we only had Bradley and Annika then) to Legoland Deutschland.  It was about a six hour drive from our home in the Netherlands across part of Germany to get there.  Oh, what a trip that was!  Rolling hills lined with vineyards for miles and miles, whining kids in the car saying, "Are we there yet?" 

At the front gates of Legoland, there were HUGE Lego pieces made into a sculpture  Inside the gates were real-sized lego pieces glued together into life-size objects - people, animals, furniture, etc.  It was so cool - a trip I'll always remember!

Last month, I found Lorri's card right around the time of our neighbor Christian's birthday. Perfect timing to put Lorri's idea to work!  The Lego set was a mostly red, one from Ben 10, so I used Real Red cardstock along with my 1 3/8 inch circle punch. I inked up a stamp from the Birthday Bliss set with Basic Black ink (I got that set FREE from Stampin' Up! last spring during SAB!)  Before I put the card together, I sponged the circles with Real Red ink to add some depth.  So simple : )

Bradley has been home sick for two days with a fever and an upset stomach.  This morning, now that he's starting to feel better, he got out an old Lego instruction booklet and started putting together a lion.  All of the pieces are mixed in with a gazzillion other Lego sets.  I can hear the sound of Legos being sorted and swished around on the carpet right now.  For those of you who have kids who play with Legos, you know the sound I'm writing about.  From all my years of cleaning up Legos, I got smart and had Bradley dump them onto a big blanket.  It makes for an easier clean-up.  Just fold the blanket up and funnel it into the plastic bin when construction is completed.  So far, Bradley has found all of the pieces to his lion.

Happy stamping!


Thursday, October 7, 2010

Baby Cards

A few weeks ago, a friend of mine, Amber, had a baby girl.  Of course, I wanted to send a card to celebrate the addition to their family.  As it usually happens, whenever I need a card to send right away, I don't have one ready.  So this time I got smart and made four cards - two girl ones and two boy ones.

I'll be ready when the next boy makes his appearance on this earth. Here's the card to prove it.

Above is the card that I sent to my friend Amber and her family.  I used the Top Note die, the 1 1/4 inch square punch, and the petals a plenty embossing folder to make the "baby quilt."  The stamp is from a retired set called So Many Scallops.   I added some Dazzling Diamonds using the two-way glue pen to the moon and stars.   Welcome baby Rylyn!

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Greeting Card Witch

I first saw a card very similar to this on Diana Gibbs' blog.  I really loved her card, but I had to change it up a bit since I didn't have the Wicked Fun dsp.  How is it that once I get an idea in my head, I find it so hard NOT to think about it?  Then inspiration hit me one day while blog surfing. I saw the color combo that Dawn Griffith used on a card, Tangerine Tango and Peach Parfait.  Thus, my card came to life!

I cut the background pieces large enough to leave just 1/16th of an inch around the edges.  I kinda like that look.  I stamped the girl using StazOn jet black ink on watercolor paper.  I colored it with several different marker colors and also used my aqua painter on the dress and the pumpkin. I thought about adding a sentiment, but I chose a simpler look.  What do you think?

If you'd like to know how to create this cute card, please join me at the Oil City YWCA on Monday, October 11th at my stamp camp.  Call 676-6528 to register.