Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Bringing Spring Inside!

I brought spring to me this year. Living in Chicagoland makes spring so late and we just had the most awful winter. I went outside one cold blustery April day with my twig snips in hand. My kids thought I jumped off the deep end when I brought dead branches inside. I used my paper punches to simulate paper dogwood flowers layering white, pink and fuscia papers and different flower punches. I even made buds by folding the flower and green leaves in half. Then I used my Glue Dots to adhere them to the branches here and there. Voila!

I brought spring to me!

With Inky Fingers,


Positive Thought: Action is a great restorer and builder of confidence. Inaction is not only the result, but the cause, of fear. Perhaps the action you take will be successful; perhaps different action or adjustments will have to follow. But any action is better than no action at all. Norman Vincent Peale

Monday, April 21, 2008

An ILoveYou Creation!

Here is an explanation to what my little symbol means up there in my header picture! The "An ILoveYou" creation came from years of learning sign language as my foreign language of choice in college. While in college I met my DH! When you configure your fingers like this, you say "I Love You" in sign language. Obviously, it caught on while we were dating - even today with my kids. That is our little symbol to each other instead of a simple wave goodbye!

What's really ironic is that back in 1989 I purchased this stamp below. It is an Inkadinkado Stamp - it has the big red handle sticking straight up from the wooden block - very old (not me, the stamp!). Way before my sign language interest, before our dating or even now how we say goodbye between all of us. My first rubber stamp - and yes, I never throw anything away!!!

Here is Adirondack Chair card, inspired by Inkadinkado's Project section. It reminds me of the beach and the wind and sand and warm breezes. I can almost hear the waves crashing on the beach....ahhh.

Cardstock: Stampin' Up - Barely Banana, Bordering Blue, Certainly Celery, Vellum CS
Stamp: The Angel Company - Everyday Event's Set
Palette Hybrid Ink Pad - Burnt Umber
Decorating Chalks by Craf T Products
craft knife
bronze brad - source n/a
hemp string - source n/a

Until next time!
With inky fingers,

Positive Thought: "Change your thoughts and you change your world."
~Norman Vincent Peale, Power of Positive Thinking

Sunday, April 20, 2008

WOW!!! I am so far behind!!!

With family, life, kids, laundry, dishes, friends, and a DH - so much time has gotten away from me! Sorry about that. My intentions are good - but time, that nasty little thing. It's a four letter word - seriously!

My Birdy card was inspired by Kim Hughes' great stamp designs at Cornish Heritage Farms (CHF) - check out they're great website, forums, galleries, & more!!!

Recipe for Birdy Card:
Stamps: CHF, Kim Hughes Collection
CS: Stampin' Up
Pattern Paper: My Mind's Eye - Wild Asparagus
Buttons: DCWV
Prisma Color Pencils & Blender Pencil
Ribbon: Misc.
Purple Marker: Zig
White Marker: Gelly Role Glaze Marker by Sakura

This penny spinner card was so much fun to make! Inspiration came from Splitcoast Stampers - HERE you can find instructions as well as great examples for even more inspiration!

Recipe for my Airplane Spinner Card:
Stamps: Stampin' Up
CS: Stampin' Up
Inks: Palette Hybrid Inks, Seascape & Noir
Ribbon, Brad & Flower: Walmart
Scalloped scissors
Airplane die: Sizzix used in Big Shot
Metallic CS: Archivers
2 Pennies

Thanks for looking!
With Inky Fingers,
Michelle :)

Positive Thought: "if it is to be, it is up to me" ~Norman Vincent Peale, Founder of Guideposts Magazine, Power of Positive Thinking - see a new quote from NVP at each publication!!!