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Owl Together Now stamp set
Good morning from foggy Florida! Today is set to be an interesting day, to say the least. My son Devin fell last night and chipped off half of a front tooth. Yes, a permanent one. He was sooooo upset and, of course, my hubby and I are sad for him, too. I know that there are procedures out there to make the tooth look good as new (we've already googled it and called the dentist...) but I'm sad for him 'cause his days of chomping down on corn or biting into something yummy are over. And, even though he's only 9, he really enjoys good food. (Says he might be a chef one day!) What does this have to do with the owl card, you might ask? Nothing... he won't let me take a picture of him with his tooth this way, so I had to find something else to show you!

So, this is a card I made with my Friday ladies in mind. A few weeks ago I started a new series of classes with them that are based on different card layouts. There are SO many wonderful blogs and sites with layouts and I find that using them really gets my card groove going and mixes things up a bit. This one is from SCS, but we made it our own with SU! supplies and had a lot of fun in the process. Hope you enjoy the card, and if you'd like to see a schedule of my classes, click here.

Dreaming Du Jour Stampin' Up! Quick cards


Looking through my files I ran across some cards I made for swapping at convention last summer. These cards use the Dreams Du Jour stamp set and our Bella Rose DSP. If you've ever done card swapping, you know that you want to find a card that shows something interesting, but doesn't take all day and all the "mulah" in your wallet. This card works for that :)

There's some paper piercing on the corners for a little extra touch, but the more interesting part is the part that, unfortunately, doesn't show in this picture! wah! The main image has a really pretty little flower that I stamped twice. Once on to the main square, then once again on scrap paper. I colored the scrap one in using my blender pen and ink (from the pad's lid), cut it out, then covered it with crystal effects for some shine. I adhered it over the main square and added a little color around it with bashful blue to set it off (visually) from the rest. I'm sorry I don't have a close-up picture of it... but maybe this picture or post will give you an idea or two for a project of your own. Have a great day,A

UDI Sketch Challenge En Francais


There's a new challenge posted today on UDI. It uses a layout from a great source Pagemaps. My customers might recognize this layout as one we used for a stamp-a-stack last spring; but, it's one that can be used so many ways and with so many different products.

On this first card, I couldn't really get it to work for me with the card base laid out horizontally - so I flipped it. And instead of using brads or eyelets to connect the ribbon, I just ran the rose red grosgrain into two of the holes and extended the white grosgrain to run the width of the card. When I was done, it still needed something "else". I looked through my stash and found some faux pearl lines and was able to use them across the white ribbon. I cut off two of the pearls and adhered one to the center of the flower and beside the sentiment. If you like the paper, but don't recognize it yet, it's our "Raspberry Tart" DSP due out in January. I already love this paper. It combines some great colors (Rose Red, Pretty in Pink, with small details of Whisper White and Kiwi Kiss.) I'm excited about using this paper more in the coming months (including on projects where you see more of it!) The stamps used are already available (Bella's Bloom, En Francais background).

Then I was playing around trying to stick more to the original layout and I almost made it. But at least I got to play with another new item, our Love You Much stamp set. I used our scallop punch and circle punches to cut out the different elements in the one stamp and then simply ran 3 strips of grosgrain across the card. Once again, I couldn't make the hardware (eyelets, brads) work for me, but that's okay. I'm sure I'll use them somewhere else.

Thanks Alicia, for letting me play along! And if you'd like to play - don't forget to check out the UDI blog on Saturdays for a different layout each week!

Flight of the Butterfly


So here's my little guy chowin' down on a cinnamon roll. I'm happy (and sad) to say that they are already gone.... Happy because my hips don't need them, sad cuz my taste buds really enjoyed them. Oh, well.... there's always next Christmas!

My friend Martha stopped by and left a comment about the recipe I posted. It seems she remembered that this is a recipe I never give out. The only one I never give out. So if you like to bake, print out the pic or write it down while you can. This slip up is the only way your gonna get it from me. I won't even trade it for stampin' supplies! :)

Speaking of stamping, here's a project for today. It's hardly visible, but there's a piece of Summer Picnic DSP matted on a tangerine tango card base. The DSP inspired the whole card. It has polka dots in riding hood red and tangerine tango so I used those colors with one of the butteflies in my Flight of the Butterfly set for the larger of the front panels. The main sentiment uses smaller butterflies (in tangerine only) from "take three", a set that will retire next month. To make them stand out a little, I used the clear round stickers from my build-a-brads. I know it's a very summery feeling card and here we are - just starting winter; but I couldn't resist. Hope you like it! A


Merry Christmas!


It's a rainy day here in FL giving us a good excuse to stay in, relax and let the kids play with their new toys and video games. "Santa" was good to me this year. He gave me a thumb ring I wanted as well as a Starbucks gift card as a very welcome surprise. (My husband tells me the boys came up with that all on their own.... too funny!) I'm hoping to spend some time in my craft room today; maybe catch up on some scrapbooking or play with some new stamps I just received. I haven't had too much time to stamp lately ('tis the season!), but I was able to sit down and work on a card swap I'm doing with some friends at "Utah Divas". It uses items from a bundle of new Valentines items we'll have in our upcoming Spring & Summer catty. You're gonna love the paper, too. Very fun colors and patterns. If you'd like more info about it, check out my official SU! demo site.

I hope you have time to play, too! But, whatever you choose to do, Have a great day!

Coffee, one of my loves


I love a good cup of coffee, especially when I get to enjoy it with someone. This card is made using a great stamp duo by Inkadinkado. I liked the card enough that it became part of a gift for my son's teacher. I'm happy to say that she liked it, too and already knows who she's going to send it to. Hooray!!! - I gave a good gift! (I love it when that happens!)

Aside from the stamp, the paper used in all SU! as is the ribbon and markers used. I can't remember where I got the flowers (but they are everywhere, aren't they?) I love stacking them up and using a couple of colors. You can also add color to the petals with a blender pen or aqua painter and make them look more like the real deal. But this time I just left them as is and added a brad to the center, instead. This jeweled brad is from SU! The clear ones are available in our pretties kit, colored ones available either round or square (think diamond) in either "fire" or "ice" combinations. They add a nice bling without breaking the bank.
And while you are sending a great card to someone, don't forget to add
something to the envelope. (No, I'm not talking cash... tho they'll probably like it if you add that, too.) I'm referring to the envelope. You've taken the time and made someone a card, add a little somethin' to the envie, too! Repeat after me "No naked envelopes!"

Thanks for stopping in!

Almost Christmas! My boys are SO excited! We have a tradition we follow: they sleep in our room Christmas Eve so that they don't hear Santa come in and leave their gifts (or coal, lol). When they woke up this morning, they were already asking if we could set up their beds for tonight! It's gonna be a looooooong day..... :)

We spent the day running last minute errands and then I baked some cinnamon rolls. *Yes, from scratch. And no, I didn't scratch open a box or can!* This is a tradition I haven't followed the last couple of years - got lazy, I suppose. But I made them yesterday and will probably make another batch next week to parcel out to friends. Check out my recipe - it has sugar and even a coffee cup ring on it... that's how ya know it's a keeper! (Plus, the book automatically opens to this page!)

Tomorrow, I'll update the post with pictures of my family chowin' down on the rolls.

Hope you have a great day enjoying your family traditions. Maybe you'll even pick up a tradition you've neglected sometime in the past. (Hope it's yummy!)


Hello family and stampers :)

I'm new at this blogging thing. Started one not too long ago, questioned whether this was really for me, dropped it.... and here I am again. I guess I was making it more complicated (in my mind) than it needed to be. I plan to share family stuff as well as my personal favorite way to "mentally escape"; so I hope that my family members will forgive my creative projects and my stampin' friends will forgive the many pictures of my cute kids! Just work with me guys... this will definitely be a work in progress...

Be back soon!

Adriana B

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