Thursday, July 29, 2010

Curly Cute Tiny Teacup Card

There are so many things that I love about this card. I love the colors. I love the Tiny Teacup. I love the sentiment. The card is very simple, but not so simple that it seems like it's lacking something.

I love the new In-Color Pear Pizzaz. I know I've said it before, but I painted my craft room that exact color before I even knew that it was going to be an In-Color. The paint color is actually called Grasscloth, but they are identical. I just got the coordinating ribbon in...and I love it too! It's a change up from the normal grosgrain ribbon that I use.

I hope you enjoy this video! There's a funny little mishap in it. These things happen when we craft!

On a more personal note, my two youngest start school in one week!  Crazy, huh?  That makes me nervous, because it means that I will be starting back to school soon, too!  Oh my goodness!  It makes me so nervous just thinking about it.  The good news is that I only have one year left.  I can hardly believe I am going to be a registered nurse in one year!

Enjoy your day!  I hope you get a good laugh at my expense in this video.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Petal Pizzazz Get Well Card

Hello everyone.  I hope you are having a wonderful summer.  It has been miserably hot here...but we are surviving it.

A friend of mine from nursing school had surgery a couple of weeks ago, and I needed to make a get well card for her.  I wanted it to be young and fun.  I pulled out the Petal Pizzazz set and went to work.  I also used the Newsprint designer series paper.  I love this paper.  It is so versatile.

I also thought it would be fun to make this card a little different size.  I have used this size before.  I ended up using a 5x7 envelope for this card.  The envelope was a little too large and not at all ideal, but it worked in a pinch.

Overall, I am pleased with the way the card turned out.  How can you not love something that has a huge rhinestone and gorgeous ribbon?

Summer has still been very busy around here.  We just got home last night from a couple day trip to see my brother, his wife and little boy in the Pasadena area.  We saw the Giants and the Dodgers play on Monday night.  My brother is a die hard Dodger fan, and we are die hard Giants fans.  It was a fun night.  The game was great...and the Giants won!

Today the kids start day camp.  It actually started Monday, but we were out of town, so they didn't get to start until today.  They are really excited...and I'm excited to have some quiet time here.  It ends Friday and they get to go to the water slides.

I hope you have a wonderful day. I am expecting an order from Stampin Up today.  Maybe I will have some time to play with my new goodies while the kids are away!

Enjoy your day!

Saturday, July 17, 2010

It's The Thought-Masculine Birthday Card

I needed yet another masculine birthday card, this one for my brother's birthday.  This card needed to be simple and quick.  As I perused my stamp sets for inspiration, I realized that I hadn't even touched my It's The Thought hostess set.  That was it.  I was going to use this stamp set.  How could  you resist that cute little owl?  And what better with an owl stamp, than the Woodgrain background stamp?

Crumb Cake (formerly Kraft) Card Base
5 1/2 X 8 1/2

Early Espresso
4 1/4 X 2
Circle 1 3/8

Daffodil Delight
Circle 1 3/4

Very Vanilla
Circle 1 1/4

Tangerine Tango
1 3/4 x 4 1/4
The Crumb Cake base was stamped with the Woodgrain stamp in Crumb Cake ink.  I also stamped the Tangerine Tango strip with the Woodgrain stamp (also in Crumb Cake Ink).  The owl was stamped in Early Espresso ink and colored with Watercolor Wonder Crayons.  For the "birthday wishes" sentiment, I used the Wow Flowers stamp set (now retired).  It was also stamped in Early Espresso ink.

I hope you enjoyed this post.  And I hope you have been inspired.  This card was very quick and easy to create.

It is still horribly hot here.  I think we will be taking the kids swimming at my Grandma's house today.  It's been around 105-106 and it's very humid for our area.  We are just hoping to stay cool today.  I hope you are staying cool as well!

Enjoy your day!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Greenhouse Gala Friend Card

When I saw this paper, I knew I just had to have it.  The colors are so rich and warm.  It's absolutely gorgeous.  It also coordinates with the Friends Never Fade stamp set, which I just happen to have!  I thought I would make a card for a friend, whose favorite color is yellow.  The new Daffodil Delight is a great color.  I really thought I would miss Summer Sun, but I have decided this yellow is way better!  Thank you Stampin' Up!  Once again, you've done a fabulous job!

I am really enjoying all of the new colors and products in this year's catalog.  I think the Color Renovation was far overdue.  I really think I will use all of the colors now, instead of just a few.  There were several of the colors that I just didn't use before. How about you?  Are you loving the Color Renovation that Stampin' Up has done?

I really meant to have this post up sooner.  We got back from traveling what seemed like the whole state (San Francisco, Tahoe and Los Angeles) and then I just completely went brain dead.  I kept forgetting to upload the video so that I could post to my blog.  I guess I really was exhausted from all of the traveling that we did.

I hope you are having a wonderful summer.  It sure is heating up here!  It will be 106 degrees this week for several days.  Yuck!  I hope you are staying cool wherever you are!  I will TRY to do the same!

Enjoy your day!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Friends Never Fade Anniversary Card

Hello everyone. I hope you are having a wonderful day. We are home sweet home, but not for long. This summer is jammed packed with all kinds of things.  Honestly, I am looking forward to it slowing down a bit.  It's fun to go go go, but I feel like I just want to be home in my own bed for a while!

In July, two of my closest friends celebrate their anniversaries. Actually, they celebrate them one day apart. I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to put some of my new stamp sets to use. For this card, I used the Friends Never Fade stamp set, as well as the Artistic Etchings stamp set. Both sets are new this year.  I also used the new Vintage Wallpaper impressions folder.  There are some great new products in the new catalog. I hope you will check it out!

Looking back at this card, I think the square in the middle could stand to be a little smaller.  I love the color scheme.  Also, can you see the paper in the background?  That is another new item in this year's catalog.  It is from the Greenhouse Gala Designer Paper pack.

In other news, I am still waiting on some last items to finish my craft room.  I feel like it's the project that never ends.  I ordered chairs online because I needed a special height for my tables (which are 36 inch counter height).  They have been delayed.  I ordered them in mid-June and they are not expected to ship until August 9th now!  I am so frustrated.  I just want this to be done.  I will be lucky if the chairs arrive by the time I have to return to school on August 17th.  My craft room will also have to double as my study space, so I need those chairs!

I hope you are having a wonderful summer!  I hope you are finding time to do what you love the most and spending time with those you love the most.  I would love to hear what you've been up to!  Feel free to leave comments here or on my You Tube channel!  Enjoy your day!

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Let Freedom Ring

Happy Fourth of July! I hope you are having a wonderful holiday and taking the time to celebrate your freedom. I am so thankful for the liberties that I have.

I am on vacation with my family. We have been at the family vacation home. The morning started early with some deck staining. There are three decks at the house that desperately needed some repair. My brothers, my husband and I stained all three decks before lunch. It was a lot of work, but it was a lot of fun to spend time working as a team.

Last night we walked down to the lake front and watched the fireworks. It was so beautiful! And it was cold! It is so weird to wear jackets and beanies to watch fireworks, especially when it's 103 at home. We were bundled up. We had to trek back to the house in the dark, through the woods and along the golf course, where we were dodging the sprinklers. It was quite an adventure, and my children thought we were going to be eaten by bears. Everyone made it back safe and sound and I am sure they will remember the adventure.

We also had some excitement when my oldest brother's wedding ring went missing. It is quite a long story. He had written it off as gone forever...sacrificed by his three year old to the porcelain god. But this morning, it turned up. He is thrilled, and so was his three year old.

So that's how I've been spending my holiday weekend so far. There are 13 of us here, all under one roof...and not nearly enough hot water! We have plans for a barbecue tonight...hamburgers, hot dogs, pasta salad...yummy! Tomorrow, we head home. So how have you been spending your weekend? What are your plans? Let me know! I would love to hear from you.

I hope you have a happy and safe Fourth of July! Remember the men and women who have sacrificed their lives so that you could live in freedom in this great country. God bless the U.S.A.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Trendy Trees Manly Birthday Card

Hello everyone. I hope you are having a wonderful week. We a having a wonderful week. We are going to spend some time with my brothers and all of their little ones this weekend.

I have a new video for you today. I needed a masculine card...which are always a little challenging. I know that the man I was making this for would really appreciate the tree theme, so I decided to use the Trendy Trees stamp set. It's a great little stamp set and I think it doesn't get nearly enough use.

Don't forget that today, July 1, 2010, the new Stampin Up catalog is available. You can head on over to my Stampin Up site to check it out! www.carissawiley.stampinup.net. I am really excited about this new catalog. There are lot a of fun new things, including all the new color collections and coordinating accessories. I love the new stamp sets too! All of the new stamp sets are available in clear mount as well as wood mount. That means you can choose which fits your stamping style and budget the best. I am a clear mount girl myself, but if you prefer the traditional wood mount, you can get that too. Isn't that great?

Enjoy your day! Have a wonderful and safe Fourth of July. Celebrate your freedom. Freedom is such a precious gift! It has cost many men and women their lives. I hope you celebrate freedom in your own special way! My heartfelt thanks and appreciation to all the men and women who have sacrificed their time and their lives in order to guarantee my freedom.