Friday, March 30, 2012

A FWF squeaker!

Where did the week go?

This is actually my second attempt at this post. I somehow lost everything from my first go at it.

My crazy brother-in-law is sky-diving for his 30th birthday next week. I'm squeaking this into the FWF linky list at the last minute because I'm not sure where the rest of my time went this week!

The stick figure is the reason I stamp :)

PTI cardstock
MME dep
Memento ink
Copic markers

Thanks for looking and have a great weekend!

Monday, March 26, 2012

Tuesday Trigger

I'm glad that this week's Moxie Fab Tuesday Trigger is a two-weeker. I had ordered some new ink and it didn't get here until today. I love the colors in this picture because the first thing I imagine when somebody says elegant is something with this palette:

And here's my take:

There's a velveteen stamping technique going on below the flowers that didn't show up so well in the picture, darn it.

Papertrey Ink cardstock and white ink
Unity Stamp Co. stamps
Sizzix die
Stampin' Up ink (crumb cake, chocolate chip)
Ribbon Boutique ribbon
Jenni Bowlin Studios butterfly

Thanks for looking!

Friday, March 23, 2012

Friends with Flair and wierd colors!

I made two cards  for Friends with Flair this week with colors I almost NEVER use: orange and wierd khaki green. I had those colors in my paper stash, thought, and might as well use them, right?

This paper came from a Basic Grey century pack. I probably never would have chosen it on its own, but it is kind of pretty. The lace I think is from Mark's Finest Papers, and the stamps are from one of those fabulous Unity sales. The ink is Ranger distress.I got the idea from Kary Lim a few Fridays ago. Thanks, Kary!

The itty bitty was from that Happy Hour sale last week. I did the backdoor "buy all of them" route, those impulse buys are going to be the death of me, I think. The paper is Echo Park and inks are  Memento and Copics. The ribbon loops were a sample that came from Really Reasonable Ribbon and I colored the Paper Studio gems at the top with Copics. You can't really see it, be I also used Glossy accents on the orange so it's nice and shiny.

It's date night in Mailloux-land. YAY! Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

RRR Springy challenge

It's a good thing there are lots of challenges out there. That seems to be the only thing that gets me going to make the cards I really need. There's something about HAVING to do something that drives all creativity out of my head.

This birthday card is for my niece who seems to be having a rainbow birthday, judging by her mom's pins on Pinterest:

It's springy to me because finally the clouds outside are rain clouds instead of snow clouds. I was also able to use some ribbon I've had for a while. Reduce the stash, reduce the stash!

Georgia Pacific cardstock
Ribbons from RRR, Ribbon boutique, American Crafts
Ink: Ranger Distress, Stampin' Up
Stamps: Unity Stamp Co and Papertrey Ink
Button from stash

Monday, March 19, 2012

Make it Monday with Tequila

I have margaritas on the brain. My friend generously offered to take my kids on Friday so my hubby and I can have a date and I think I might have a tasty beverage to go along with dinner. Ahhh... hot food and I don't have to cut up anyone else's, either! It's the little things, right?

This week's Make it Monday involves making a graduated background. I just received a whole slew of Unity Itty Bitties, and this one fits nicely with the limited number of Copics that I own.

 I thought that the background gradient would look cool as the drink (no pun intended....wait-I fully intend that pun) so I stamped the glass on PTI clear cardstock, added Stickles around the rim to look like salt, and heat-embossed some sparkle over the letters. It's a sparkly kind of day. The colored lime hides my foam dot.  Here's an attempt at a side view:

PTI cardstock (black, white, clear), True Black ink
Paper Studio yellow cardstock
Copics: G14, YG09, G12, Y13
Unity Stamp Co Stamps
Sparkle embossing powder that isn't labeled and I can't remember where I found it.

Thanks for looking!

Friday, March 16, 2012


I love the suffix -ish. It's very useful for describing things.

For example, we just switched vets and on the paperwork I had to fill out, I had to describe my dogs. They are golden retrievers....well, one of them definitely is. The other is golden retriever-ish. Also, how do you describe a golden retriever? They're not exactly brown, mine are more brown-ish.

So, there is a new Challenge at the Moxie Fab World: feathers. I'm not sure how innovative this is. Maybe it's innovative-ish. I was definitely going for arrow and bulls-eye-ish.

PTI cardstock and Fresh Snow ink
Feathers from my kids' craft box
Cricut circles
Button and thread from stash
Pin from Mark's Finest Papers
Cuttlebug embossing folder

No sentiment. I give my extra cards to the deacons at church to use at Meals-On-Wheels and anything else, which lately has been a whole slew of funerals. This way the card can be anything they need it to be.

Thanks for looking. And if you feel like commenting, you could also leave tips for the best way to do blog candy. I have it, not sure the best way to give it out!

Instantaneous Postal Delivery

I wish.

Last month's PTI reveal included dies for making slider and spinner cards, which I really, really wanted. Plus, there were a couple of Unity itty bitties that would be really cute as movement cards. The itty bitties were delivered a couple of weeks ahead of the dies because apparently thousands of other people ordered the dies, too. I'm not exactly patient when it comes to mail deliveries- they're kind of like Christmas every time I get one. I'm pretty sure the only way I would be happy about mail delivery is if they delivered instantaneously. Although, that might kill the anticipation, huh?


I found this tutorial on SCS on how to make a spinner without a stinkin' die. I didn't have all of the tools they suggested, so I made do:

The big sheep is mounted on buttons, so she can do somersaults if you want her to. My grandma's 90th birthday is this summer, and since she and my grandpa owned a sheep ranch for a long time, I think this will make an excellent birthday card.

PTI cardstock: Dark Chocolate, Fine Linen, Rustic Cream; twine, ink
Buttons from stash
Sizzix embossing folder
Watercolor pencils
One heck of a lot of foam dots

Happy Friday!

Monday, March 12, 2012

Peeky, peeky!

Today was a good day.
Kids are back at school, my Unity KOM was in the mail, and my homework is done for a week.

I've always wanted a red door. This will probably be the closest I will ever get as my husband is not a fan of red.

I wish the picture was better. There are a few details you can't see from here: I used my Scor-buddy to score the panels of the door so they feel like raised panels...kind of. I cut around three sides so it will open, and ironically, the kit comes with this sentiment:

I colored the back of the door as long as I was at it, plus the scoring showed on the back, too. The plants are popped up with foam dots for dimension and the door folded right over the top of the originals when I opened it. I inked the edges with Distress inks, tied twine around the side, and DONE!

Papertrey Ink Cardstock, twine, and ink
watercolor pencils
Unity Stamp Co stamp
Distress inks

There are planters just like the ones in the image at Sam's Club. I think I need them now :)

Friday, March 9, 2012

Spring Break with no Spring in sight

Holy Cow, this week went fast!

Happy Friends with Flair, everyone! It's Spring Break here, which is the earliest spring break of anyone I know. The last couple of years we have driven to California and had tons of fun, but by the time we got back I needed a vacation from my vacation.

This year we stayed home and it was so nice not to drive anywhere. My little guy's school is on the opposite side of town, so every day he has school I lose an hour of crafting time. Grrr.

This week's card is inspired by the colors my sister chose for her nursery.

I've been recovering a rocker that's been in our family forever for her with those fabrics. I finished and I'm glad I'm done, because fabric moves around too much. Paper is much easier to work with!
This is a color combination I could never have dreamed up, but I like it and I saw a card on the Really Reasonable Ribbon blog that I wanted to try:

This has to be one of the lightest cards I've ever made!

Georgia Pacific Cardstock
dp from Cosmo Cricket, Core'dinations, and Echo Park
Cuttlebug embossing folder
PTI dies
SU ink
Ribbon Boutique
Paper Studio vellum
Unity Stamp Co sentiment

Friday, March 2, 2012

I'm getting old.... and FWF!

I discovered exactly how old I'm getting the other night.

I co-teach a 1st/2nd grade Bible Study at church and one of our kids was making horrible squeaky sounds on the table with his hands. I asked him to stop because it sounds like fingernails on a chalkboard to me, and then I had to explain what that was. Then of course, the whole class started.

My 2nd grader's classroom doesn't even have a chalkboard. They have a small whiteboard that they hardly use because they mostly use the Promethean board.

PTI cardstock, ribbon, white ink
MME pp
Versamark ink, Zing white embossing powder
Souffle gel pens
Martha Stewart edge punch
Ranger white pen (for the Thank You)
Unity Stamp Co. stamps

This is a magazine rejection. After my conversation with my little first grader the other night, I'm thinking a big part of that might be because NO ONE seems to use chalkboards anymore. But I like the chalky look of this, darn it!

Hobbling off to count my gray hairs....