Saturday, December 31, 2011

New mini starts soon!

There are so many fabulous products in the new mini that starts on January 4th.  Of course I already pre-ordered most of the stuff, just need to get back into the daily creating mode.  I was able to make a couple of cards (late challenge cards) with one of the new sets called Send Me Soaring.  A cute kite set--I really didn't think I wanted it but had some hostess benefits left and decided to give it a try.  Funny that it is the first set I used out of all the new stuff.  Here are the two cards...

Isn't fun how different they both look!  The first one is also using a new embossing folder, new designer paper and a new edgelit die.  One the second card I used the kites to create the patterned paper for the strips and then again to make the focal flower. 

Supplies:  Card 1,
Stamps: Send Me Soaring,
Paper: Lucky Limade, Pool Party, Poppy Parade, Whisper White and a new designer paper that will be available for free during Salebration!,
Ink: Pool Party, Poppy Parade, Basic Black
Other: circle punch, oval punch, textured Impressions Embossing Folders, Edgelits die, markers

Supplies Card 2
Stamps: Send Me Soaring, thinking of you not sure what set, sorry
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Tempting Turquoise, Whisper White
Ink: Tempting Turquoise, Chocolate Chip
Other: jumbo scallop circle punch, circle punch, brad, labels punch

Hope you are enjoying your New Year's celebrations!  Here's to 2012! May it be a great year for all of us!
Mary Jo

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Wow, what a nice break I had! I made my own digital stamps!

Hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas!  Ours was great, although with all the chaos we never even got a tree up. So on Christmas Eve we put up a Charlie Brown tree in an empty room that we have been doing some work in and that was our tree!  Kind of fun actually.  My son said it really don't matter about the tree mom--it's important that we are together and celebrating Jesus birthday!  How heartwarming that was to hear!  I am excited about the upcoming New Year!  I know it will be better than this year.  Too much sickness and death this year.  Here's to a healthy , happy and prosperous 2012!

I have not stamped in weeks and had time today but couldn't even get motivated to do it.  Even though I have lots and lots of brand new stamp sets.  So I decided to try out my new Bamboo writing tablet and make a few of my own digital stamps.  It is not so easy to draw on these.  I will need to practice a lot but though I would share the first three images I drew and the cards I was then able to make with them.  Nice and simple cards--hard to get back into the swing of things, lol.

I couldn't decide what I wanted to draw so I just started with a Santa!  I tried to make him look like he was sorry about the gift he brought.  Don't ask why, just thought it would be fun for my first try at drawing on this tablet.  Here is the card with the image...

 Then I asked my son what I should draw and he said a tiger so this is what I came up with.  Pretty silly but kind of cute...

Then finally I decided to try a penquin how hard can that be--ha ha..

I think they are kind of cute especially since it was the first time ever to use a writing tablet and try to draw.  I will make a few cards with them and who knows maybe I will get better.  My problem is thinking of what to draw--any ideas??

All stamp images are drawn by me--all other supplies are Stampin Up!

Happy today!
It's good to be back!
Mary Jo

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Unexpected Break from Blogging

Sorry guys.  I am so thankful to all of you who have sent e-mails to see if I am ok.  Yes, I am--just a lot of family and other issues going on.  I have spent a lot of time away from a computer due to these issues.  I have decided that I will not be posting until after the new year.  So my next post will be on New Year's day.  I hope that everyone has a wonderful Christmas and a prosperous and healthy New Year!  Enjoy your family and friends--you never know when you time will be up!  Just saying. 

Mary Jo

Monday, December 5, 2011

Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge 203 (TSSC203)

One more day till root canal day!  Not sure if that is good or bad. But it certainly should at the very least help me feel like stampin!  Geez pain and stamping (or anything for that matter) don't mix well, lol!  Oh well, on to the reason of the post.

Welcome to week number 203 of the sketch challenge.  Hope you are inspired to play along this week.  Here is the sketch....

And here is the funny thing.  As I went to the folder to add the sketch just now, I realized I did the wrong sketch, lol!  Go figure!  Guess that proves my earlier point!  So I will not be adding my sample now, unless you want to see next week's sketch early---naw, guess I will be updating later.  What a nit wit I am some times, cracks me up!

Please remember when adding you link to the blog hop below that you should be adding a direct link to the card you are entering and not to you home page of you blog or gallery!  Thanks, can't way to see what you (and I) come up with-HA!

Mary Jo (who is lost and confused)

Top three picks for sketch 202!

Thanks for the great samples this week ladies. I loved each one. All so different yet equally beautiful! After a bit of extra thought I was able to narrow down three--



Please remember that these are just snippets of the full card and if you click on each it will take you to the original post and you will be able to see the whole card with all the details and you can even leave a kind comment for the creator! 

Winners, feel free to add my badge to your blogs!

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Be right back with the new sketch!
Mary Jo