Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Sunny Mini

This little 3x3 card was made using cheerful colors. I wanted to use my new PTI (Papertrey Ink) cloud die and I now have a new love! They are just adorable. These were cut out of white felt. Inside reads: Hey there, Chickadee

Stamps: All PTI - Everyday Button Bits, Mailbox Greetings (for the grass)
Paper: PTI
Ink: Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive
Other: PTI Cloud Die, Yellow Button, White Crochet Thread, White Felt,, Misc. Ribbon, Foam Adhesive (to raise the clouds)

With the exception of pressing just a tiny bit too hard on the beak end of the little birdie, I am well pleased with the way it turned out. I hope you are, too. Your comments are always appreciated!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Crop Connection #2

We took our camper to Timberlake Campground at the Ross Barnett Reservoir so I could participate in Crop Connection's Summer Crop at Pearl Lower Elementary School. The first night we saw a most wonderful sunset. The sun was large and each moment it took setting was breath-taking. This was taken at our campsite with the reservoir waters between us and the sun.

Now on to the crop.

Amanda and Tiffany come all the way from the Mobile area. Tiffany has been so ill lately and I was glad to see she felt well enough to come. I hope you are completely well soon! Thanks, Amanda, for convincing her to come with you. It's always good to see you. Love you, girls!

Here's a look around a quarter of the room.

A lady (or two) showed up at the Crop with a great scrapbooking organizer, per se. And if you know anything about croppers, you'll know that all of us own many organizing things to "help" us put things in their proper place (oh yeah, that's where they stay). Once word got around, everyone wanted to get one of those chests. Yes, I said chest because that's what it is...a man's tool chest! It is a heavy duty tool chest on heavy duty wheels that lean back and rolls as a dolly. It stands hip high and when it opens up it slides back and reveals different levels of storage compartments. It's a dream! AND gotten at Lowe's. So two ladies across the table from us, Tammy and Boo (from Saucier), left and went to get them one. When they got back, more of us saw it. Shortly, two ladies behind me disappeared and went to get them one...the last Lowe's had! Many ladies were just beaming and so excited for the "deal" they got. After all, had it been classified as a scrapbooking item, it would have been double or triple in cost. Guess they knew a man wouldn't pay that kind of money.

Now on to the picture above...Valerie wanted one real bad, too. As a matter of fact, we talked about it off and on throughout the day and all of us were getting convinced that we couldn't live without one of these. So the next day came and when she showed up, she had one of them trailing behind her! She went to a different Lowe's and got her one. She was just tickled to death. See her showing it off to another lady just like it was a newborn baby. Just wait, Valerie, there may be more of your table mates with one when you see us next. *Ü* The good thing about it is that she began packing her essence cleaning out her stuff. All of us received such fun things so she could make room in her new scrapbooking, I mean, chest. Oh, yeah, we still love ya!

Back row: Valerie, Elwyn, me and Dawn. Front row: Nadine, Andrea and Deanna

Back row: Susan, Vana, Pat and Tammy. Front row: Barbara and Debbie (I hope I got your names straight, ladies.)

Finally, a picture of Dawn. She's already been shopping once with her $100 win. She's just beside herself. I'm so happy for you...AND jealous!!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

So Much Fun!!

Well, Crop Connection is over...sniff, sniff. I really think the ladies need to think about adding one more day OR extending Thursday to a full day. They do an outstanding job putting this together. Everyone is satisfied and to get more than 3 women to be satisfied is a job in itself. Kudos, Ladies! And here they are:

This crop was the first summer one they've done, kind of an experiment...and what a success it was. They chose to make the winter and summer crops different. Personally, I like them being different. I believe they will have their own personality in the long run. Not being as many in attendance this time made it more personable. I really liked that, too. I guess one of the main characteristics of this crop as opposed to any others is that each person has 6' of cropping/working space! It is wonderful and you feel so uncrowded.

Thankfully, I've had real good table mates every time I've gone and this time was no exception; I was blessed with new, lifelong friends...may I lovingly refer to them as "the pro", "the giddy" and "the wayward" you, girls! We were fantastic table mates and we laughed so much and so hard sometimes tears and red faces appeared. I already miss them...and a morning chuckle to get my day started. Thanks Valerie, Dawn and Elwyn for wonderful memories!!! I look forward to more in the future.

Here's me, the giddy, the pro, and the wayward...let me explain the titles. It was the first time the Giddy came to a crop. She won the $100 giveaway and was "giddy" until the thing was over. She loved the crop and is a wonderful person. The Pro is literally a "pro". She has been published MANY times in scrapbook magazines but even that doesn't tarnish her true beauty...HER. And then there was the "wayward". Every time we turned around to ask her something or go eat or anything, she had just disappeared from the table, the room, the bathroom, outside, everywhere! Like a wayward child not telling anyone a thing, she just came and went like a ghost. There wasn't a thing she didn't have on hand but she was always shopping and "collecting" more things. She's lost tons of weight and has a great personality. I love you all. You let me be myself and I can't wait til we meet again. ;)

This crop was my most productive one yet. Ideas flowed and many challenges to create outside the box jumped off pages of samples I'd brought to inspire me. I used several new stamps and products. I just love playing with paper and friends!!

There's so much to share that I will post them as I get the articles written. So, stay tuned...there's more to come.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Speedy Challenge #10

This card base is Sahara Sand (I think). I used a piece of DSP on the left side with a strip of Old Olive punched with an SU Scallop Punch. I stamped the grass from Inspired By Nature on a piece of white and cut and embossed it using the Nestabilities Labels 1 die cut. Using a piece of scrap piece of Dotted Swiss embossed Real Red, it was then punched with the MS Trio Butterfly MS Punch. These were randomly placed and wings lifted a little to give dimension. A PTI sentiment was stamped in Real Red at the bottom. Very easy!

Stamps: Inspired by Nature (SU), Mailbox Greetings (PTI)
Paper: Sahara Sand, White, Early Bird (Cosmo Cricket), Real Red, Old Olive
Ink: Old Olive, Real Red
Other: Nestabilities Labels 1, SU Punch, MS Trio Butterfly Punch, Dotted Swiss EF

This card will be entered in the Speedy's Challenge #10. Thank you for looking!