Friday, September 4, 2009

July and Early August projects

Hello! I'm so happy that it's Friday evening and the weekend has started! Work has been a bit busier the last couple of weeks with the new semester starting up, but I would rather be busy than not.

I would like to share my last card for July and a fun project for the beginning of August so that I can share some of the things that I did in August and hopefully get back on track with posting in a more timely manner!!!

This is the card that I made for my brother for his birthday.

Stamp: Alaska Themed set from Peddler's Boss
Ink: Stazon Jet Timber Brown, VM Sahara Sand and VM Jumbo Java
Paper: Bazzill Mud Pie, DCWV Ivory, and Provo Craft blue splattered paper
Accessories: Prisma color pencils, gamsol, nesties, scor-pal, ATG

Next up is a purse that I made for my daughter. We had fun choosing the fabrics for it in one of our local quilt stores. The pattern is by Melly & Me and it was very easy to put together. The instructions are great! I did make an adjustment to the purse that wasn't included in the pattern. My daughter asked if it would be possible for me to add pockets inside of the purse, and that's what I did. I made 2 pockets for each side. It turned out really cute. I picked up the buttons for it in a different quilt store.

Here's the front and back:I have a couple of projects lined out for myself for this weekend. I am happy that it's a 3-day weekend! I will also be going to the fair with a friend on Monday since we both have the day off.

Thank you for stopping by and Take care!

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Quick post tonight

Hi Everyone! I hope that you had a great weekend!

Just a quick posting tonight to share a card with you that I sent out a couple of weeks ago.

Stamp: Memory Box Mixed Bouquet
Ink: Stazon Jet Black, VM Thatched Straw and VM Mango Madness
Paper: October Afternoon Cherry Hill, GP White, DCWV Green and orangy yellow
Accessories: scissors, gamsol, prisma pencils, corner punch, stickles, nesties, SU! scallop punch, stickles, sewing machine, ATG, Scor-Pal

Hope you have a wonderful week!

Thank you for stopping by.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

I'm Back!

It's been a while since my last post. Summer here has been great this year and I've been enjoying it as much as possible. I love being outside and the weather has been very cooperative in that respect. I will post what I've been doing over the next couple of postings.

The time with my best friend was a blast! We did most of what we had planned and then some. We couldn't have asked for better weather for her first visit to Alaska in the summer, though we did have several wildfires and in certain places it was quite smokey. Her first full day here, we did a day trip and went out to Palmer to see the area and the new stamping store, Stamp Cache. It is very well stocked with the more well-known designers and some that I'd never heard of and Linda is a pleasure to visit with. I will make a trip out to her store more often! We had a picnic lunch at a lake out in Wasilla. It was really nice to just sit and relax and chat and watch Lily as she played around some in the lake.

We did go on the halibut charter and that wasn't so fun. Even though we'd both taken precautions for sea sickness, they weren't enough. The both of us were so sick that we were only able to drop out lines once, though fortunately we both caught a halibut the first time out. The boat was smaller than what I thought it was going to be. Here's a picture of it:
I didn't book the charter, so I didn't know what size boat it was going to be. It only sat 6 people plus the captain and his deckhand. I am ready to go again, but on a larger boat!! We didn't stay out very long because 5 out of the 6 of us got sick! There were 9 + foot swells and they weren't getting any smaller so we headed back. The captain and the deckhand were super nice! Here is a picture of some of the halibut that were caught on our trip. (I think that I caught the one with the red "x".)

Since we headed in early from the charter, we had time to go to Homer. We took some time and walked on a couple of different beaches which was very peaceful and relaxing. We spent a couple of days at our family cabin, and even went boating on the Kenai river. That is some beautiful water. Here is a picture of some Alaska Cotton grass that I took the morning of the charter:It looks like cotton without the boll.

We did a lot of fun things, but her visit was way too short!!!! I can't wait until her next trip up here!

Friday, July 17, 2009

Happy Friday!

I hope that everyone had a good week and is looking forward to the weekend. I know that I am. I will be looking at fencing tomorrow and hopefully getting it put up tomorrow too. I am also working on a special project and hope to have that finished by Sunday evening. I will post it as soon as it is completed.

Here is a birthday card I made for my boss. I used a fairy because she collects them.
I didn't start off with anything specific in mind other than to use the fairy stamp that I had. I auditioned several different papers until I decided upon the MB Provence and then I stamped the fairy with VM Wheat and heat embossed with pearl embossing powder. I then used Twinkling H2Os to paint her. Then I used some VM Pretty Petunia to darken the edges and some VM Thatched Straw on the inner edges of the Pretty Petunia to lighten it up just a touch. I cut my other two pieces of paper and inked the edges with VM Jumbo Java then put a couple of spots of double sided adhesive so the layers would stay together and I sewed around the edges. I then mounted the three sewn together layers to the base card. I added a touch of glitter to the center of the little flowers with the copic spica glitter pen.

Stamp: Studio G
Ink: Versamagic Wheat, Versamagic Jumbo Java, Versamagic Pretty Petunia, Versamagic Thatched Straw
Paper: Memory Box Provence, Bazzill and DCWV
Accessories: sewing machine, rotary cutter and mat, pearl embossing powder, twinkling H2Os,
copic spica clear glitter pen, heat gun
Finished card is 5.5 x 5.5

I hope that the photo isn't too dark. It's difficult for me to tell until I see my posts on a different computer as mine has a fairly bright screen.

Wishing everyone a beautiful weekend!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Life with Lily

Life with Lily is going well. She's a really sweet dog. She is very interested in our two cats but Ginger the "Queen Bee" of our house isn't at all interested in Lily. Eva on the other hand, plays with Lily. They're both about the same age, a little over a year old. The biggest problem is that Lily doesn't realize how big or strong she is. We hear little Eva screaming out quite often because Lily is stepping on her tail or is nosing her too roughly.

Having Lily is good for me since I need to take her on a walk every evening. We walk anywhere from a mile to three along a nice paved path. Lily is a pretty good walker. She heals fairly well but most of the time she likes to be out in front of me. Every once in a while she starts jumping through the tall grass/bushes. She is very interested in all things that fly....bees, moths, butterflies, dragonflies...etc. While out on our walk the other night we happened upon a young little fox (on the other side of the fence) having an evening snack. Sorry to say I didn't have my camera with me. I must remember to bring it with me on our walks!

Most of our backyard is fenced in, except for a small hill/ridge between us and our neighbors that is covered with trees, wild rose bushes, raspberries, and some other shrubbery. That will change this weekend when I put up some sort of wire fencing. Then she will have free reign (supervised) of the backyard and will be able to jump and gallop (yes she gallops) around.

I hope that your week is going well!

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Alaskan Father's Day Card

Hello! It's Wednesday evening and the start of a long weekend for me. I'm fortunate that I have a 4 day weekend plus I'm taking the next week off too. My best friend is coming up from the lower-48 for a week-long visit tomorrow. I'm so excited! We're planning on doing a lot of driving and sight-seeing. We only have 2 for sure things that we're planning on and they are a trip to the stamp store out in Palmer called Stamp Cache (will let you know how it is) and a halibut charter. Can't wait!

Sorry to ramble on is the Father's Day card that I made for my Dad. I stamped the image on neutral tan cardstock with Timber Brown Stazon, and used Prisma colored pencils and gamsol to color it.

Stamp: from Peddlerboss
Ink: Stazon Timber Brown
Paper: Paper Company Neutral Tan; Color Sense System double-sided cardstock Zucchini/Spruce; Paper Pizazz "flannel", Bazzill Mocha Divine
Accessories: scissors, dimensionals to pop up the image

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

A New Addition to Our Family!

Hello Everyone! Just a quick post to let you know that we've adopted a beautiful young dog into our family from the Alaska SPCA. Her name is Lily and we've been told that she is part Black Lab and part English Greyhound, and possibly part Weimaraner. Lily is about a year old and very well behaved. The cats aren't too sure about the newcomer, but I think that things will work out just fine.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Happy Sunday!

Hi! It’s Sunday evening and here is a card I put together a couple of days ago.

Stamps: A+muse long grass and mini flower and just a note from Anna Wight’s Sweet Expressions

Paper: SU!, GP white, DCWV

Ink: Memento Danube blue, bamboo green

Ribbon: misc from Michael's

Accessories: cuttle bug, nestabilities, stickles

We’ve had a pretty nice weekend weather wise. I was fortunate to get out and ride my bike this afternoon.

Now I’m getting ready for the work and the big weekend! Hope you have a great week!


Friday, June 26, 2009

Hi! Hope that everyone had a good day and that your weekend is off to a good start!

I have a new card for you today. A friend asked for a sympathy card for her and this is it.

I stamped the flower, Paradise by Heidi Grace onto tan cardstock by Paper Co, three times, without re-inking, with Versamagic Jumbo Java. The flower has a little crystal bling (Twinkles from Taylored Expressions) in the center. Lavender cardstock is by Paper Co and DP is Poppyfinch by Memory Box. Card base is Mud Pie by Bazzill. I swiped the edges of each panel with Jumbo Java and added some stitching to each panel.

My friend was very pleased with it. I’m also happy with how it turned out.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

One of my most recent cards

This is a card I made for a special someone who recently started a new job.

The stamp is Frolic by Penny Black.

The image was stamped onto GP white twice with Stazon Jet Black. I colored Frolic with Prisma colored pencils and blended them with gamsol.

I cut the image out using square nestabilities die and left it on to use as a template and sponged Versamagic Aspen Mist for the sky and a combination of Versamagic Sahara Sand and Jumbo Java for the ground. I sponged a bit of Versamagic Gingerbread along the edges. I framed Frolic using a larger scalloped square nestabilities die. The second image of the flowers and butterflies were embellished with a couple of different colors of Stickles and popped up for depth. The second set of paws are also popped up for added dimension. The edges of the dp were edged in sahara sand. I did some stitching on the card to add a bit more dimension. The dp paper is by DCWV and the base of the card is Guacamole by Bazzill.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Welcome to Simply Susan!

Well, I've finally joined the blogging world! I hope that you will enjoy reading my blog and viewing my creations. Welcome to my little corner of the world.