Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Thank You, Teacher

Happy Hello Everyone:
I hope everyone that observe Memorial Day had a wonderful holiday weekend. Although, I have not lost anyone to war or conflict, Memorial Day is an opportunity to remember those who have lost their lives to protect and defend. It's also a wonderful time to remember family and friends that are no longer with us. The thoughts of those who have left unforgetable footprints on my heart makes me smile.

Over this weekend, I had an opportunity to make a thank you card for a friend to give to her daughter's kindergarden teacher. I actually made a mini scrapbook for Alisa, the graduating kindergarden that I will share with you in tomorrow's post. Just below is the thank you card.

I'm happy how my card turned out. I love the vibrant colors. The colors are definitely striking. The cardstock is from PTI and the DP is Elementary Signature Elements from Simple Stories. I picked up that beautiful bright orange ribbon in the ATL. I just love. I can't tell you when the last time I pulled out my sewing machine before today (yesterday actually). I'll definitely have to use the sewing machine more than I have in the past. Did you check out the sentiment stamp? I picked up that stamp and a few others in the dollar bend at Michaels in Atlanta too. I love the font on this stamp and the other dozen. Yes, when I finished counting, I had a baker's dozen. The buttons and the other ribbon came from my stash. As you can see, I created a booker marker from a tag. I think Tim Holtz would be oh so proud. Besides that, I just love functional art.

Well, what do you think? I hope you like it and I hope I provided you with some inspiration. As always, thanks for stopping by The Peddler's Gallery and come back real soon to see what else I may have picked up from the ATL.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

PPDC - A Splash of Green

I'm Back Again!!!

Quick post--I'm not sure how I almost missed this week's challenge over at The Play Date Cafe. I absolutely love love love the Color Splash Challenge. This week's inspirational photo is just below.

...and just below are a few snapshots of my entry. If you have a minute, let me know what you think.

I'll update this post regarding what I used to create this card later in the day. As always, thanks for stopping by The Peddlers's Gallery and come back real soon.

Let Memorial Weekend Begin...

Happy Hellos Everyone:

The Memorial Weekend of festivities has commenced!!! Whatever that means. Some that know me my assume I have enough plans to fill the entire weekend from sunup to sundown, but that's not the case. Don't misunderstand me. That's actually a 'good thing' as my friend, Martha Stewart often says.

In my mind, I have some things I would like to accomplish over this holiday weekend; however, I would prefer not putting it out there in the atmosphere. It appears as though every time I do something comes up and for whatever reason, I'm not able to complete my tasks. So, for now, mums-the-word.

I may not have celebratory activities to part take in; however, I do have a card for the occasion. No challenge card for this post--I've been thinking about this card every since I laid eyes on the dye. I figure if my card comes out well enough, then perhaps I could alter it for the upcoming 4th of July cookout. You be the judge. I picked up some fun designer series papers,Yankee Doodles from We R Memory Keepers from my LSS. My eyes just popped as soon as I saw it and yours may to when you see the finish project.    

Thanks for stopping by The Peddler's Gallery and come back real soon.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Two For One

Happy Hellos Everyone!!!

It's almost Friiiiiday...
It's almost Friiiiiday...
It's almost Friiiiday...
It's almost Friiiiiday...
It's almost Friiiiiday...
It's almost Friiiiiday...

Okay, moving right along...I just wanted y'all to know, It's almost Friiiiiday...It's almost Friiiiiday...It's almost Friiiiiday... I hope all is going well as you begin to prepare for your Memorial Day cookouts or whatever it is you may have plans to do.

Thursday's card is like a two for one. That is, it's not often I'm able to enter a  card in more than one challenge weekly or bi-weekly for that matter. I think I over think things. Does this ever happens to you? I have to admit, I think it only happens to me because when I visit other people's blogs, they don't appear to have this little problem. Well, I'm proud to let you know that not today's case. This week, I am able to enter today's card in both the Waltzing Mouse Stamp challenge and the CR84FUN challenge. Just below is the inspirational photo and sketch.

...and this is what I was inspired to create....

I think my card works well for both challenges. I used my new stamp set from WMS. I had no idea just how much I like dollies until I began stamping with this stamp set. My kraft colored card stock is from PTI. I'm sure I have mentioned in previous post just how much I love PTI card stock; and my transparent card stock, zots, as well as my pearls are from my LSS.

Thanks for visiting me at The Peddler's Gallery and come back real soon.

SOC Preview

Happy Hellos Everyone:

We're less than a week away from a new issue of Scraps of Color for you to enjoy. I just wanted to share with you a preview of some of the wonderful projects awaiting in the next issue of SOC Magazine. So, without further ado, feel free to Sneak-a-Peak of some of my projects.

Be sure to visit SOC E:spire Magazine to see this and so much more. As always, thanks for visiting The Peddler's Gallery and come back real soon.

My SOC Sistahs

Happy Hellos Everyone:

By now you may be aware of my trip last week to Atlanta, Georgia. Well, let me tell you....I had a fabulous time with my SOC sistahs and my cousin. Before I begin to tell you about my time in the ATL--as my cousin Carolyn, the high school teacher affectionately refers to Atlanta, I want to send a shout-out to all of my family and friends that reside in Georgia. Notice, I said Georgia. "You people do not, I repeat, do not live in Atlanta." :) I don't think I know anyone that actually lives in that city.  Most of you live 30 minutes to an hour away from the ATL. Some of you actually have different area codes. Okay, I just felt like I needed to put it out there.

I had a terrific time. While in Atlanta, I had an opportunity to visit a few historical sites that I plan to share with you later in a scrapbook I plan to make. So, be sure to be on the look out for that project in the next couple of years...I mean weeks. (LOL) Now, many of the historical sites were entertaining not to mention educational, but one of my best experiences in the ATL was hanging out with my SOC sistahs--Luana and Chanda. We shopped the LSS and the local craft stores until we almost dropped.

The day kicked off at Bahama Breeze. The restaurant was wonderful. For a moment you may have felt as though you were on the island of Kennasaw. The food was great! Sorry, no photos. The meal was gone before the thought popped in my head. After the meal we had a photo opt just outside the restaurant. See...

Then it was off to that place I so often read about on-line over at Scraps of Color. That's right, ARCHIVER'S!!! Let's just say, I had a good while I was there.

I not only got an opportunity to do a little shopping, I met up with SOC founder, Tiare Smith while I was there. See...

...and here we are again striking a pose.

From Archiver's we traveled to JoAnne's, Hobby Lobby, and Michaels. I was ready to hit a few other places, but I we were beginning to get hungry---shopping tends to effect me that way. On top of that, it was after 6 PM and I still needed to get to Target and make to the airport to make my flight by 9 PM. Let me just say, by the time I made it to the boarding gate, there were no minutes to spare. Passengers were boarding the plane. Now that's a sign of a good trip.

Thanks again to my SOC sistahs--Luana and Chanda for such a memorable day.

As always, thanks for stopping by The Peddler's Gallery and come back real soon.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

You Make Me Happy

Happy Hump Day  Everyone:

I know this may read not read well. Knowing this is 'Hump Day' n'all and having just return to work after a week of being away, I am looking forward to this Friday. I hope that doesn't read as though I didn't appreciate my time away from work; however, I am doing some major catch-up type of work and every thing has a due date of yesterday. Please don't misunderstand me. I love what I do and the that I'm able to do so. In the evenings, I truely look forward to getting to my craft room to shake some of that other stuff off and yesterday was no different. I managed to make what I think is a cute little card for this week's challenge over at Off the Wall Challenge. Checkout the inspirational photo below.

I was feeling the green, brown, and blues hues (in that order). Well, this is what I managed to create.

While in the ATL I was able to get to a few of the LSSs. Okay, let me re-phase that--I was able to get to a few of the LSSs in the surrounding areas of the ATL with the help of two of my SOC sistahs. (Thanks again ladies.) I'll elaborate a little more on that in my next post. Anyway, I wanted to put a few of my new purchases to use. I hate when I purchase something and not use it. So, I used two of my new stamps I picked up in Atlanta, my apologies, I purchased in Kennasaw. I purchased the image stamp from Hobby Lobby is Couple In Love by American Art Stamp and the sentiment stamp is from Michaels' dollar bin basket. You may want to get over to Michaels. I really liked fonts on these particular dollar stamps. There were about 15 to choose from. I wouldn't dare think of telling you how many I now have. (LOL) As you can see I used my Copic markers to for the bottom portion of the image and I paper pierced the umbrella. I stamped the image on the  tiny paper bag. I purchased a set of 12 bags from  Hobby Lobby too. Aren't they just too cute? I cut the bottom portion of the colored image and adhered it to the paper bag. The paper pieced  umbrella was adhered to the brown paper bag with dimenissionals. As you can see, I stuck a small piece of coordinating ribbon in the bag along with a brief note. The third stamp is from WSM and the matching DP are from The Yellow Bicycle. The matching ribbon (which I love) and pearls are from my statch and the cardstock and border dye is from PTI.

Well, I hope you like it and perhaps you may have been inspired too. As always, thanks for stopping by The Peddler's Gallery and come back real soon.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Let It Ride

Happy Hellos Everyone:

I'm going to get right to it. Today's card definitely has a masculine feel. As you know Father's Day is on its way, so I thought, why not. I was inspired by the inspiration photo over at The Play Date Cafe. If you hurry it's not too late to participate in this week's challenge. Just below is the inspirational photo.

Pretty nice selection of hues, right? I had the most difficult time trying to put these colors together. I'm not sure whether it had something to do with the card having a masculine theme or the unnecessary pressure I place on myself. Who only knows. Moving on... This is what I manage to create....

The inside sentiment reads, 'Dad, with every thing you do, you stand out among the rest.' The card stock is from PTI; DP(?); the Happy Father's Day sentiment is from Impression Obsession; the motorcycle and inks are from Stampin Up. I'm not sure whether you can see the motorcycles have been raised with high dimenissionals at the top of the image and flat dimenissionals at the base of the image. I hope you like this card and perhaps it has inspired you in some way.

As always, thanks for visiting The Peddler's Gallery and come back real soon.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Pinwheel Anyone

Happy Hellos Everyone:

OMG!!! It really feels like forever since I last made 'an' anything. Yes, I did blog a few days ago, but not about anything I created. The past two weeks have been truly full of events. Now, that I have returned from the big ATL perhaps things will slow down. I have so much to share with you--photos from my trips, as well as a story or two and of course a card or two or three.

Before I get into today's card, I have to give a shout out to two of my sistahs over at Scraps of Color--Luana and Chanda. It was so wonderful to have the opportunity to meet you face-to-face. The two of you made the last leg of my stay in Atlanta most enjoyable. I share more about my trip when I have photos to share with you.

Now on with today's card...I was so happy to know my dies and stamps had arrived before I returned. Although, I haven't unpacked my suitcase, not to mentioned I am still exhausted, after church I managed to carve out a little time to create something. I combined so old things with some new things and before I knew it, I was done. Let me just say, 'I had so much fun creating with my new die' that had been on back order. Let me forewarn you, I think you will see this style card repeat over the next couple of weeks. The theme just makes you smile.

Well, without further ado, here is the card to kick of this week's creations at The Peddler's Gallery...

Well, I hope you like it.  If so, let me know. As always, 'thanks' for stopping by The Peddler's Gallery and come back real soon.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

It's All About The Hattitude

Happy Hellos Everyone!

I hope all is well with you and yours. Putting it mildly,the past week was B.U.S.Y for me and things are still on going. Currently, I'm sitting in a hotel room in Atlanta, but in a minute, I'll be off to another class. I do not have a card to share with you today; however, I have photos. Okay, actually one photo. As I mentioned, this weekend was extremely busy for me. This year I am the Chairperson for the usher board at my church. Over the weekend we held our fundraiser--An Afternoon  Tea. A good time was had by all. Just take a look at the photo below. A picture is worth a thousand words.

Everyone looked so wonderful. The entertainment was educational and entertaining. The food was tasty. The fellowship was memorable and he hats had lots of hattitude. As always, thanks for stopping by The Peddler's Gallery and come back for a visit real soon.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

My Little Monster

Happy Hellos Everyone:

I hope all is well with you and yours. I'm just going to jump right into today's card. Let me just put it out there...I had so much fun creating this little card. I guess you can say, it was so out of the norm for me. I rarely create cards for children, aside for when my son or one of my nieces or nepfews are celebrating an occassion. I know when I create a card for one of them, they will hold onto it. Aside from that, well, they're not little kids any more. They're more like little people. So, any way, creating this was lots of fun. I'm not sure who will inherit this card, but I hope he or she will appreciate it enough to hold onto. I'm also entering this card into a challenge over at OTWC. Just below is the inspirational photo.

...and this is what I drew from it...



I thought a little boy would love this card, or a little girl for that matter. All I would have done differently is use pink, purple, and green hues. The additional eyes work some what like a shake card. I thought a little boy would like that too. I'm not positive you are able to determine I used dimensionals to slightly raise the little monesters from the cardbase. In this instance, I don't believe my photography skills captured what I see in person.

Well, as always, thanks for stopping by The Peddler's Gallery and come back real soon.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

A Challenge For You & I

Hey Happy Hellos Everyone!

I haven't reached hump-day and the week is already busy. I hope your week is progressing rather nicely. It's late here, which translate to...This is going to be a brief posting. I wanted to participate in this week's challenge over at CR84FUN and I invite you to do the same. Just below is this week's inspirational photo.

Just below was what I was inspired to create....

I just love this My Favorite Things image. Isn't she just too cute.

I wasn't head over heals about my ribbon treatment. I was just satisfied. What's the say, 'Sometimes you get the bear and sometimes the bear gets you.'

Overall, I was happy with my card.

If you're wondering I used PTI cardstock; designer paper from The C-Thru Ruler Company's Deja Views Sweet Romance line; Shabby Wrinkle Ribbon from Prairie Bird Boutique; COPIC Markers; Spellbinder Nestability dies; MFT stamp image; Impression Obsession's Greetings Galore sentiment stamp set; Range Ink Stickle; and a little bling to create a necklace and earrings.

Well, thanks for stopping by The Peddler's Gallery and come back real soon.
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