I've been featued in the Bitter Sweet Zine Winter issue!!!

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Polished stone resist

Hey ya’ll,

Just thought I would share a quick card with you all this morning...waiting for the towels and bathing suits to dry so we can take off and go to the pool with my sister...the kids are all still asleep and so I thought I would make a quick card!
I used the polished stone technique, as well as the versa mark resist. I first stamped the glossy cardstock with versamark ink and then embossed it with clear embossing powder, then I did the polished stone technique...for this card I used purely pomegranate, chocolate ship, silver and even though you can’t really see it, soft sky ink refills.

Thanks for stopping by!

Have a great weekend, we have a busy day tomorrow, so I will see you all on Monday!

Happy Stampin’

Friday, June 27, 2008

5 challenges...1 card

Yup I did it!!!! A whole week worth of challenges in one card...can you believe it! I'm so excited I just can't hide it...I'm about to loose control and I think I like it ohh yeahhh!

Geez I must have cheesie music in my head this week!

-Monday- water coloring W/ reinkers

-Tuesday- Color (white, wild wasabi, taken with teal)

-Wednesday- Sketch

-Thursday- use a bird

-Friday- use brads as the only embelishment!

I used the brads as the little party hat topper and as his tail feather holder...he's not really a bird, just playing dress up! LOL And then I also used it in the squares that had the polkadots for a little added sprak

Thanks for stopping by...again!LOL

Have a great evening and happy stampin!

Silvia (my little signature isn't working :( )

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Box, Bag and Card

So I have been working on some gifts for hostesses lately and this is one of the things I came up with...and when I say came up with I mean I say someone make some and decided to make some baggies too...aren't they the cutest? I was blog hopping and totally don't remember when I found the directions to these cute little bags, but if it was you or someone you know please let me a comment and I will give proper credit!

Anyhow I just think these bags are adorable and can totally see making a note pad and matching pens to go in there...great teachers gifts or anyone really!

This little card is for Sketch challenge 182 and I also used the color challenge for the week again... and Mondays challenge too! WOW 3 challenges in one...I mist be rockin'...too bad I didn't do today's challenge! bummer, missed a day!

For this card I used"

Stamps: Pun Fun, label classics

paper: shimmery white, taken with teal, hostess level one DS paper pack

ink: taken with teal, stazon black

accessories: aqua painter, refill bottle, water color wonder crayons, pretty ribbon from Sara!, square punches and rain dots by cloud nine

Thanks for stoppin by!

Happy Stampin'

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Tuesday's Teacher

I know it's been a while, but I haven't forgotten! I justly didn't like back tracking if I was late or made a mistake in posting my Tuesday's teacher...hopefully I'll be better organized and be a week ahead of myself...instead of making the project the day of! So as always, we will start with a Bible verse...

We have heard with our ears, O God, our fathers have told us the deeds You did in their days...Psalm44

This verse always reminds me to read my bible! The other day I was passing a church and for the most part that have neat sayings on their bill boards...they seem to catch my attention...any who the one that really got to me a few weeks ago was one that said..."Dusty Bibles lead to dirty lives" and how true that is!

The more we stray from reading the word of God, studying what our "fathers" have passed on to us through this awesome book, we seem to put God on the back burner and start doing things for ourselves...at least I do. I tend to forget how God is always there for me when I need him...he always provides for me in time of need...here is a super cool example.

Last week or so I went to the Goodwill to drop off a bag of good toys my kids no longer played with...on my agenda that day was also to go to Target to get Mela a new pair of white sandals...she was in desperate need...anyways I walked out of the Goodwill store and though hey let me check the shelves here to see what they might have! So I walked back inside and there on the shelves with a Target tag still attached were a BRAND NEW pair of white sandals size 6...the ONLY pair in the whole store I might add...now some would say that's coincidence, but I know that God placed those there just for me! God is good and I need to be getting better at reading the bible everyday and see what my "Father" is teaching me through His word.

One paper pocket Book

-Card stock 12inches x 8.5 inches (here real red)
-3 pieces of coordinating card stock cut to 2 3/4 inches x 4 inches (here So Saffron)
-3 pieces of card stock cut to 2 1/2 inches x 3 3/4inches (here rose red)
- 3 pieces of designer paper cut to 2 1/4 inches x 3 1/2 inches (here basic grey)
-2 pieces card stock cut to 2.5 inches x 4 inches (here rose red)
- 2 pieces of card stock cut to 2 3/8inches x 4 7/8 inches designer paper and card stock scraps, punches stamps and accessories
-really sticky adhesive ( I used my ATG700)
-Belly Band is 1.5 inches x 10 inches

Step 1
Score your card stock on the 8 1/2 inch side at 4 1/4 inches

Step 2: rotate the paper so that the 12 inches goes across the top of the Scor-pal now score the paper at 3, 6 and 9 inches

Step 3: Line the 9 inches score line up with one of the score lines at a diagonal and score at an angle (you can make this as deep as you would like it)

Do the same at the 3 inch score mark

Step 4: Score all the marks so that it looks like this...do not adhere just yet...we will want to add some details first.

Step 5: Use your circle punch (or other shape) to punch a hole in the first and second sections the ones that don't have folds (I made a boo boo and adhered my pretty paper before punching...so don't make the same mistakes as me!)

Step 6: Now you can adhere it closed! I used my ATG and added adhesive just to the score lines and then folded it back up.

This is what the book looks like when all the elements are added to the pages. Simply adhere the layers in order that they are mentioned on the supplies list and add to different sections of your book. I used my Riveting (retired) set by SU! for the inside and front cover slide

The final step is to add the belly band, I usually don't score these, I just wrap them around the project and make sure it's not too loose that it won't stay on or too tight that I can't get the book off and on.

And this is what the finished book looks like...you can add picture or a gift card to the different sections or even journaling and make it a mini scrapbook...the nice thing is that it fits in a regular sized envelope, but it will probably require extra postage and hand canceling!

Thanks for stopping by! It felt sooo good to get this done on a Tuesday!

Have a super stamping day!

Wild White Wasabi Baby Baluga...

Swims down deep in the big blue sea...baaabbyyyy Baluuugaaa! Any of you ever watch Full House...you know the episode that little Michelle has the little tape player and is singing this song through the whole episode? I do and every time I look at this stamp set and see the adorable whale I can't help but sing the song! Here is a link to a You Tube Video where Stephanie, Joe and Danny Sing the song to Michelle...I hope it brings back memories! LOL

Any who I hope you like my color combo creation... I know water isn't normally green, but when I lived in Pensacola FL. also known as the "Emerald Coast" the water really was a greenish color and it was just GORGEOUS! So I thought...hey I can make my water green if I want to!

I didn't come up with this color combo...it's a normal SCS challenge (TLC172 today)...every Tuesday Emily tempts us with different colors and today's was Wild Wasabi, whisper white and taken with teal...I love how it came out though!

This little journal already has a good home...it's going to one of my friend Dana's little girls...I hope they like it!!!

Thanks for looking and come back in a few for my Tuesday's Teacher...I haven't forgotten!

Happy Stampin'

Saturday, June 21, 2008

A page, a baby and a Tag

So I have been working on a scrapbook page for a local LSS...one of my BFF's works there and asked me if I minded making some samples for them to display, they give me supplies all I have to do is put them together!...so of course I said YES!!! I have made a double page spread, a card and this i my latest addition.... I think it turned out super cute and I just love the pics...Emelia was in a mood that day and was very into the task at hand. We had a blast blowing bubbles and taking pictures...she loves having her picture taken! I was very proud of this page because it uses only the basics of scrapbooking...paper and rub ons! For the large plum circle I used one of my dishes, traced it and cut it out...I then placed the plum paper on top of the shimmery blue paper and eyeballed that as I cut it, placed a photo under the circles and glued it all down. Cut the pictures to size and started rubin it on!...the only other tools I used were the two circle cutters for a little more dimension...and that's about it...isn't she a doll? I really do like this page...the black is striking and the bubbles just look cool. I don't know what company the paper is from...and they have already left the building, but the rub-ons are from http://www.scrappinsports/ and they are the get this "Bubbles" Rub-ons... I really am enjoying their rub-ons, they are cute, easy to work with and look FAB on my page!

This next picture is of my sweet baby Bella...isn't she the cutest! I love giving babies baths in the sink...after I clean it of course! This was her first, but definitely not her last...look how much fun she was having!!!

And last but not least...I've been tagged!

My friend Judy over at Joy in a JAR tagged me and I have to tell you 7 things about...seven random and or strange things about myself and then I'm to tag 5 more people. So her it goes

1. I'm not a US citizen

2. I only have 1 sister

3. I miss my convertible

4. I once got bit by a spider and my eye was swollen shut when I woke up

5. When I was pregnant I HAD to dip my Cheetos in butter pecan ice cream...but the ice cream had to be in the carton

6. I have had a peanut butter and tuna sandwich before...and I like it!

7. I volunteered at the Great American Scrapbook Convention this weekend

Thanks Judy for the Tag...be sure to check out her fun blog and tell her I sent ya! Now for the 5 people I will be tagging...hm lets see

1. Kelly H. from SCS...she is new to this whole blogging thing...fairly new anyways and I would love to hear more about her, check her out at Kelly's Stampin' Habits

2. Kathy...she has a bazillion kids and still finds time to make such awesome cards, not to mention she's super sweet! Visit Kathy at My Crafty Inklings

3. Jessica, she has the most fun Friday posts...Dollar Find Fridays...you have got to check that out! Got to There She Goes to see Jessica's cool stuff

4. Riley...she is a dance instructor and wonderful card maker...so check out her blog at Stampin' & Dancin' with Riley and go vote for her too

5. Last but not least Angela R. Most people know her as Angel...she makes the cutest cards with great colors and just the perfect embellishments...you can visit her at Angelsworld94

Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to check out these awesome blogs!

Happy Stampin'

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Faith and Freedom

Our Church (Manassas Assembly of God) is having their annual Faith and Freedom rally...and with that rally usually comes an art exhibit...so this year I decided to enter. I am very excited and I hope everyone will like it...it's a mixed media project...I did some painting, some stamping, some gluing and glittering and also so wire to finish it all off! Here are some pictures of the finished project and some up close pics so you can see all the details.

Here is my submission! It's a 9x9 mirror that I got at Ikea and then I painted it white and added crackle finish to it then added the red white and blue...although you can't see much of the blue anymore! The paper at the top corner is mulberry and it looks soft and wispy IRL. I stamped the stars from background basics in real red and brilliant blue and punched them out using the large star punch, attached them using the big ole glue dots to wire that I had wrapped around different sized pencils and called it day...well with the exception of adding glitter of course!

Here is a close up of the sentiment...it's from Verve Visuals serenity stamp set...great set! A perfect sentiment to go with this theme since we can Do all things through God and he provides us with the freedom we need as long as we have Faith in Him.

Here is a close up of the top corner... I know that mulberry looks black, but it's actually a cobalt blue in real life... same color as the stars! I really like the dimension that the stars and the wire give it...not to mention all the yummy glitter!

My son saw me creating a "project" and wanted to make one to enter too, so I said...Hey why not! This is what he came up with...isn't it cute? He then stamped the sentiment "I'm praying for you" at the bottom...he's so cute! He's 4 years old and I can not wait to see the look on his face when his work is on display!

Thanks for stopping by!

As always,

Happy Stampin'

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Sketch 181 and some belated father's day cards!

So today's sketch challenge was a super fun sketch found here. I really enjoyed the sketch and had just gotten some Hambly screenprints yesterday at an LSS and so I combined the two! The screen print is printed in a chocolate brown and it's called brocade...to die for! I also wand to keep it kind of simple as I was making this for a man...so you know...not too much fru fru...I don't know that he'll appreciate the coral, but hey...at least he's getting a card! LOL Just kidding.

Here are the supplies used
Stamps: Much appreciated
Ink: Basic Brown
paper: Shimmery white, cameo coral, chocolate chip, tempting turquoise, brocade screen print by Hambly
accessories: ribbon, silver brads
All supplies by SU! unless otherwise specified
This card was hubby's Father's Day card... I didn't want to post it because I didn't ant him to see it...and I have been super busy since Father's Day so no time to post...Don't worry, Tuesday's Teacher WILL be back next week! I don't actually own this stamp, my friend Sara over at Sara's Stamping Sanctuary sent it to me a while back and I just thought it was perfect for the occasion! What are the supplies for this little beauty you ask? Well wait no more!
Stamps: Riley Moose by Hannah stamps, All year cheer I
paper: tempting turquoise, chocolate chip, Designer series paper tempting turquoise
accessories: SU! markers Twill tape ribbon

This next card was easy peasy! Really 2 stamps and I was done...the nice thing about this card is that you can change the sentiment and have it be for any occasion. All I did was stamp the frame in stazon timber brown ink and then stamped the sentiment on the inside with blue bayou ink (which will not be available after Aug 10th!) and then used an aqua painter to spread the color a little...no need to add ink to the aqua painter, the water based ink will run and spread a little with just adding water!

Then I used my little craft knife and cut around the stamped arches at the top and bottom, threaded the ribbon through and added a brad...now it looks like it's hanging, Neat huh?


Stamps:Label Classics, All year cheer (both retired)

Ink: blue bayou, stazon timber brown

Paper: shimmery white

Accessories: vintage brads, brown ribbon

This last card was for both Father's day and for the Featured stamper challenge on SCS this last Sunday. The Featured stamper was Dinidill. So the idea behind the featured stamper is that you go into their gallery, find a card that you like and kinda copy it...but you have to change some of the things so that it's NOT an exact replica of the card...what's the point then right? Then you upload your card to SCS and link it to the challenge thread...it's actually quite fun to see what everyone comes us with!

I only used her layout and I changed just about everything else. I love how this card came out and so did the recipient! (I made 2...different colors though and gave one to my FIL and one to my BIL)


Stamps: Loads of Love, All year cheer, lovely as a tree

ink: stazon timber brown, soft sky, blue bayou, old olive SU! markers

paper: really rust, old olive, whisper white, unknown DS paper

accessories: vintage brads, aqua painter, scallop punch as a mask, piece of paper to mask the truck

That's all I have for ya! I hope you liked it and I'm sorry I have been so spacey lately!

Thanks for stopping by!

happy Stampin'

Saturday, June 14, 2008

A cool container...and a card

Here is a container that I made for a friend as her house warming party...I was just going to wrap her present and then I saw todays inspiration challenge here and knew I had to make a container to put it in! Okay, so maybe I didn't make the sontainer itself, but I did decorate it all pretty and stuff! The container is actually a Be. Creative Container...I got mine at an LSS here in town, but they are now available at Michels and you can use a coupon!

Looking back at it now, I would probably paint the container before decoupaging it...but hey it's too late now, but for next time I'll know better!
I would give this project a 2 on the simple scale...it wasn't very hard to make and it went together very quickly... Just a couple sheets of designer paper and a couple sheets of cardstock and you're good to go! Doncha just love this Basic Grey paper?

This picture shows the back of the container, I wanted to show you how the crease looks when it's open.
Here is a look at the box open...when I had finished and had put her cute PJ pants in there it still looked too plain, so I added more Basic Grey paper...I really think this finishes the box nicely! I also tied the pants with the same ribbon used to tie up the box. The pants say "eat, sleep, scrap" and " Scrapbook Girl" they can be found here. Me and 3 other friends have them and a few of our other friends are getting some as well...we are going to have a girls scrapbooking weekend and we are all going to wear them! How fun!!!
This is a close up of the jumbo brads...I wanted the embelishments to be simple, but I still wanted bling...so I added some jumbo brads with my Crop-a-dial and then through the center of the brads I added some crytal brads my Making Memories. The check ribbon came in a kit that I had not used yet...thanks Wendy, lovin that ribbon!
I wanted to show you a close up of the ribbon threading...origionally this came with a black ribbon that was threaded from the inside with a knot to hold it in place...I still wanted it to close from the outside, but I wanted the ribbon to go all around the outside...what's a girl to do? I used my handy Crop-a-dial to punch another hole...this was the ribbon still comes from the inside, and it goes all around...gotta Love the crop-a-dial!

Stamps: none...GASP!
Ink: None
paper: Basic Grey Designer paper, Doublemates CS in Autumn red
Accessories: Jumbo eyelets & rub-ons (SU!) ribbon, Crop-a-dial, rhinestone brads (making memories)

Thanks for stoping by!

Happy Stampin'

Friday, June 13, 2008

June SU! Special...a little late!

I know this is a TAD bit late, but thought I would share with you anyways...just in case you hadsn't seen it!

Dates: June 1-30, 2008
Promotion details:

From June 1-30, Stampin' Up! is providing an advance purchase opportunity for the Fresh Cut stamp set (#111634) and coordinating Fresh-Cut Notes (#111882). These two products will be included in the Fall-Winter 2008 Idea Book & Catalog.

Customers: Purchase the sneak peek Fresh Cut stamp set for only $21.95 and add on the coordinating Fresh-Cut Notes for just $5 (15 die-cut 4 x 4 cards w/envelopes) Additional packs can be purchased for $8.95.

Hostesses: Hold a $400 workshop, and receive the Fresh Cut stamp set and coordinating Fresh-Cut Notes FREE. How awesome is that?
Wanna see some cool projects made with the Special? Check out the Splitcoaststampers gallery!

Contact me (mabieme1999@yahoo.com) to book a party and/or order your own Fresh Cut stamp set and notes!
Thanks for stopping by!
Happy Stampin'

Rocket Daddy???

So For todays limited supplies challenge on Splitcoaststampers we were to use a knot on our cards and limit our layers...well I achieved the knot, but not so sure I achieved the "limited layers" still a super cute card...I'm supposed to give it to one of my sons friends who is having his 5th birthday party on Saturday...but I'm not so sure...it's so darn cute!!! The sketch is by Jen del Muro and I found it in the Stamp Ten Magazine.
Stamps: Pun Fun
Paper: wild wasabi, cool caribean, very vanilla, designer paper from SS Kit
accessories: cuttlebug, embossing folder, star punch, ribbon, square punches, 1/4 inch circle punch, CAD, silver eyelets

As you can see I loved the sketch so much that I had to make another one...one is flipped (rocket card) and the other is not...and yes I still call my Dad "Daddy". This is his Father'sDay card...he's not so much a hunter, but he does love the outdoors...well at least he's outside when he's working...which he seems to do ALL the time!

I was going for a mono cramatic theme with this one...thats why the animals are green. Here are the supplies I used for this card

Paper: always artichoke, wild wasabi, very vanilla, SS Kit designer paper (all SU!)
stamps: wild life reserve(SU), All yeah cheer (SU)Inkadinkadoo
accessories: star punch, square punches, crop-a-dial

Thanks for stopping by!
Happy Stampin'

okay I'm off to ride bikes with the kids...see ya later!

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Another scrapbook page...

So you're probably getting tired of my pages...but I'm in a scrappin groove and I just don't wanna mess that up! So here is another scrapbook page. This one is of DS's 4th birthday...which just happened to fall on Easter Sunday this year...ohhh he thought he was hot stuff having all those people at his party and all those fun party games...this will eventually be a two page spread...but you know I haven't printed off the other pics yet!
This was a super simple layout too, you just cut the 12x12 picture down to 11.5x11.5 and then ink up the chipboard letters with real red ink and let them dry. Once they are dry you will want to ink up the berry image from the always set and stamp that with whisper white ink. The last step is to add the eyelets... I added them in groupings of 4 because well, he's 4!

This actually started by my friend telling me that Costco now prints 12x12 pages and that they only cost $2.99 each...so you know I wanted to check the quality and what they looked like...let me just tell you if I were to be a digi scrapper that is where I would have my pages printed! They did a FAB job and it only took about an hour to print...same as their other pics!
What do you need?
Paper: real red card stock
Stamps: Always
ink: white craft, real red craft
accessories: silver eyelets, Crop-a-dial, on board Simon lower chipboard letters

This was also created for the WT170 challenge on splitcoaststampers...to use photos on our projects...I'm currently working on another project, but can't show it to you just yet!
Sorry I haven't posted in a while, life has been crazy busy, we went shopping yesterday and then we ALL napped and then went swimming and boating with the in-laws...FAB day, but by the time we got home I was too wiped out to do anything but fall into bed!
Thanks for stopping by!
Happy Stampin'

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Some Pages & a Card

So one of my very best friends (Wendy) asked me if I would be interested in making some samples for an LSS about 30 minutes from our house...of course I said YES!!! They provided me with the supplies, all I had to add were pictures and adhesive and we were on our way! So here are the pages and the card I created...
I'm a little behind on my scrapbooking, so I decided to use this opportunity to make some pages of my sweet middle daughter, who just turned 2.5 last week! The pictures in these pages were taken during her first few days of life...isn't she just precious! I love how our son just loves...even now, although there is a bit more screaming and yelling these days!

Here is the rest of the double page spread...my mom and sister just loved looking into her eyes when she was born! The base for this spread I used SU! barely banana card stock and stamped the top 2/3 with the Sassafrass Lass stamp set. I then used some textured and shinny bazzil paper and created boarders and lastly I used some of the Heidi grace papers and embellishments. For the letters I used my cuttlebug Hippie Chick alphabet and I made the pea pod...cute huh?

This is a close-up of the little pea... I was very excited about it because I actually drew and created that little pod myself...cute don't you think? I even cut that paper strip teeny tine and curled it! Sponges the edges and called it a day. The little pea is actually made from the polka dotted paper in the BG and it it fuzzy... I love this Heidi Grace line!
And here is the card! I had some left over materials and wanted to show the versatility of the supplies, so I decided to make a card to go along with the pages...as a spring board I used the Featured Stampers (FS70) from today's challenge YLM's card here...Just basically copied the layout and used different embellishments and papers...I went old school and used mt pencil to make a curve on the back of the card stock and then used my scalloped scissors (gasp!!!) to created the scallop...traced again and cut it out with regular scissors for the curved designer paper...used some left over embellishments and voila...card complete!
Now the kids saw me crafting and they decided that they needed to make a project too, so I got out the glitter and glue and let them go at it...Isn't Emelia cute?

David said that one is for his Visavo and Visavo ( I know this looks like the same word, but they are missing their accents...how do you add them on a blog?) that live in Portugal...how sweet is he!

That's all I have to share with you for now!

Thanks for stopping by!

Happy Stampin'