Paper and Petals

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

2009 christmas card

I just realized that I never shared my Christmas card for this year! I used some Papertrey Inc stamps for the first time. This little snowman is just the cutest and just the type of snowman stamp I've been looking for. It's solid and I can stamp it in white and that makes me happy!

I should be back to posting regularly after the new year. I'm getting the scrapping bug again and just picked up the super cute new Basic Grey Sugar Rush so I'll have to use it soon! Plus I need to get may 2010 calendar done. I haven't even started it yet.

I have a lot of plans for 2010 how about you? I'm taking a photography class and thinking of doing the Picture of the Day everyone started doing last year. Hopefully I'll be able to pick up Becky Higgins Project Life kit to get it done....should of pre-ordered it when i had the chance! I've been seeing all these blog posts with completed 365 albums and am feeling a bit jealous! I wish I had jumped on the band wagon earlier. Better late than never though right?

I have also decided on my Word for 2010..it's patience.
I really need some most days and if I'm living it, it has to happen.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

TSG Loads of Fun blog hop

Ok better late than never right?! I got stuck at my mom's house last night...it was too icy to drive home so I didn't get my post up in time. I'm home now so here it is. You may want to stop at the TSG blog if you haven't already. All of the juicy details are over there! And make sure to hop on over to Maki's blog next!

loads of love

Isn't this just the most adorable set ever? I used the super sweet Sweet Cakes paper
from Pink Paislee and I think it compliments this image perfectly! After all the
shoveling I've done I'm wishing for a sunny warm day right now.

I have to run...I still have some shopping to do. I know right? Wish me luck!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

TSG Garden of Friends Blog Hop

garden of friends

Hello and welcome to the TSG Garden of Friends blog hop! If you are joining me
from Jodi's blog you are in the right place. Start at the TSG blog for all the details on
how you can win your very own Garden of Friends set!

I went clean and simple with my card using only a few of the many images in this beautiful set.
If you are a copic user you will fall in love with the beautiful flowers and leaves for sure! I loved this particular sentiment so I chose to highlight it as my focal point. I then added some of the flower images to surround it. I hope you are enjoying you holiday's.

Now head on over to Maki's blog to continue on the hop.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

penguin christmas

I finally had a chance to stamp! And it's a good thing too. The kids get out of
school on Friday and I'm still not done with the teacher gifts. I did get one of the
cards made though so I'm getting there!

I used my adorable Penguin Love set from There She Goes. I really don't think
there is a cuter penguin set out there! I can find so many uses for these little cuties.
The paper is some retired Stampin' Up paper that I can't remember the name of and of
course, Kraft cardstock! I should be done with the gifts here very soon and then I can
finish my Christmas card...which I'll share tomorrow. In the meantime have a wonderful day!

camera equipment for sale

So I've decided after many years to make the switch from Canon to Nikon. As a result I have some really nice Canon Equipment for sale. If you are interested shoot me an email.
julieokada at live dot com

I have a like new Canon 70-200 4.0 L lens $500
a like new Canon 430exII flash $200
Canon 40d body with a 50mm 1.8 lens $650

I do have the boxes and all caps for each piece. The 40d box was originally a kit but I have sold that lens already so I do have the box it's just a kit box without the lens. The body has been used for a little over a year. There is a small scratch in the screen but otherwise it is in perfect condition. I have also just had the sensor professionally cleaned.

hope you all have a great day!

Friday, December 4, 2009

TSG Stampbook Saturday

Hello! This week it's my turn for Stampbook Saturday. Head over
to the TSG blog for more details on my page!

stampbook stick together

There She Goes - Dollar Find Friday

Hi there! Today it's my turn to host Dollar Find Friday for the TSG blog. I have
for you a planner from the infamous Target dollar spot! I ripped off the original
cover and replaced it with something much, much better. I used the oh so lovely
American Crafts Letterbox collection and paired it with the amazingly adorable
birdie from TSG's Birdie Wishes. (Can you tell I've been helping my children with their
"juicy" words?:>) Check out the TSG blog for more details on this weeks project.

2010 planner

One last tidbit before I go....I will probably not be posting regularly on the ol blog this month. I work retail and December is a busy month for me as it is for everyone! But I'm usually too exhausted to do much of anything crafty. However, I do have some gift items, my Christmas card and calendars to still complete (wish me luck!) so I will have that to show as well as my DT commitments. So I won't be gone, gone I just won't be here a lot.

Thanks for visiting me and I so enjoy all of your sweet, sweet comments! Happy Holidays.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

TSG31 Color challenge

color challenge

Today I have a fun color challenge card for you. Monday's over at the TSG blog are challenge days it this time it's my turn to host! The challenge is a color challenge. I picked red, green, blue and neutrals. I'm trying to sort out my Christmas card so I picked colors that would get me in the mood to make one. Head over to the TSG blog to play along.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Craftier Taglines blog hop - There She Goes

Hello and welcome to the Craftier Taglines blog hop! If you are joining me from
Jodi's blog you are in the right place. If not hop on back to the There She Goes Blog to get started and to find out how you can win your very own Craftier Taglines set!

Now for my card!

craftier taglines

I fell in love with each and every sentiment in this set. I actually chuckle
out loud when I think of some of them. I wanted the sentiment to be the star so I
kept the other embellishments and stamping to a minimum. That's all I have today!
I work retail so I have an early morning today and a busy, busy weekend...wish me luck!

Thanks for stopping by today. Now hop on over to Maki's blog to continue the hop!

stamps ~ Craftier Taglines There She Goes
Ink ~ Palette noir black
Paper ~ Letterbox, American Crafts
Ribbon ~ Stampin' Up!
Pearls ~ Basic Grey

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Birdie Wishes blog hop - There She Goes

Hello and welcome to the Birdie Wishes blog hop! If you are joining me from Jodi's blog welcome! If not, head on over to the There She Goes blog to get started and for instructions on how you can win your very own Birdie Wishes set.

now for my card!


I used only a few of the many images included in this set. These birdies can do anything from standing on a branch to holding gifts and balloons! There are also multiple sentiments in the set and they are not all for the holidays! That means you can use this set all year long.

Thanks for stopping by! Next up on the hop is Maki.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Holiday Tags Blog Hop - There She Goes Stamps

Hello and welcome to the Holiday Tags blog hop! If you are joining me from Jodi's blog then you are in the right place, if not hop on over to the TSG blog to get things started!

Want to win a set of your own? Check out each Trendsetters blog and leave a comment. When you are done hit the TSG blog and enter your name into Mr. Linky for a chance to win this set for yourself!

Now for my card!

holiday tags

This set is packed with amazing pieces to make gorgeous holiday gift tags but I
wanted to use the images for a card. I used the tag and extra snowflake for the focal
point on this one. It's a pretty simple card except that stitching....really wish I knew how
to use my sewing machine, it would have made that a lot easier! I also used a sentiment
from last months release Penguin Love. It was the perfect size so I went with it!

Thanks for stopping by! Now head on over to Maki's blog to continue the hop!

Friday, November 20, 2009

Stampbook Saturday There She Goes Clear Stamps


Here is a small peek at my Stampbook page for this week.
Check out the TSG blog for the whole page and more details!

Have a super great weekend. I'll be working and sleeping (as much as I can) cause I
stayed up way too late watching New Moon on Thursday night! I loved it and kinda
want to go see it again already.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

back at it

treemendous sc255

I am finally back in the mood to stamp! After working twice as much as I usually do and not being able to get anything done it feels good to get a little inky. I even participated in an SCS sketch challenge. I have been having a hard time with sketches lately for some reason so it was fun to be able to be successful today. I also used my previously un-inked Treemendous set from There She Goes. This just might be my favorite tree ever! It is gorgeous and such a bargain too. There are multiple sentiments and embellishments for the tree in the set as well.

And to top it off I used the absolutely beautiful new American Crafts line. I think it's the most subtle line yet and I am so in love with it. I've decided it was made just for me! :) This line will be loaded in to the Embellish-Online store soon and I'll update with a link.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

EIO Tusday

snowyjo set

snowyjo card

snowyjo treat

snowyjo ornament

snowyjo candle

Good Morning! This is one of the gift sets I've been working on for the kids teachers. I used the Imaginesce Polar Expressions collection for almost everything. :) Ok it's updates with separate photos of each piece. Enjoy!

Friday, November 6, 2009

penguins are so cute!

penguin gift tag

Quick and simple was my motto today when I made this gift bag card. I haven't
stamped or scrapped all week. No mojo, no time, just off my game! LOL I wanted
to get something new up so I picked up the last paper pack I was working with (last
years October Afternoon holiday paper) and pulled out 3 scraps. Then I went to my
cardstock scrap bin and pulled out the biggest piece of Kraft scrap I had. Not sure really
what size it even is but it's close to 3x3. I had the super adorable TSG Penguin Love set
on my desk so I stamped the cute little guy assembled everything and glued it down. I think
it's perfect to add to a Christmas gift bag and I'm going to make more just for that purpose!

catch ya later!

Monday, November 2, 2009

a card

thank you sil

Yes that's the best title I could come up with today! I haven't made anything in the last few days but I did find a card I hadn't shared yet. I don't do a lot of card making just for the heck of it. I usually have a specific purpose in mind or design team work but not just for fun. This one is a just-for-fun card. I'm not totally in love with it but I thought I'd share it anyway.

I'm in the process of dreaming up Christmas gift ideas right now. I figure if I
start now (or relatively close to now :>) I'll be done in time for the actual holiday.
Now I just need the ideas to start flowing! LOL If you have any, I'd love to hear them
and as soon as I actually make anything I'll be sharing those projects here.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

TSG Penguin Love Blog Hop

Hello and welcome the There She Goes Penguin Love blog hop! If you are joining me
from Jodi's blog you are in the right place, if not head on over to Dawn's blog to get
started! Make sure you also visit the TSG blog for details on how to win this wonderful
stamp set by leaving a comment on each Trendsetter's Penguin Love post.

ho ho ho penguin

For my card I used only 3 of the 55 stamps in this set. Yes you heard me right! It
is jam packed with so many images you could seriously make cards for months and
never have to make the same card twice. The other beautiful thing... it can be used
as a Christmas set but also for so much more!I'm planning my kids Christmas thank you's
right now...or at least it's on the list of things to do. :> I also have 2 nephews with Dec/Jan birthdays and they are totally getting penguin cards! I have lots of plans for this set.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!
Head on over to Maki's blog to continue the hop!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

TSG Holiday Mini Set

Hello and welcome to the TSG New Mini Sets blog Hop! If you are joining me
from Jodi's blog you are in the right place if not head on over to the TSG blog to get
started and see how you can win one of these sets for yourself!

snowflake mini

I had a fabulous time with my Stick Together set. I had already made my card but
when I got snowed in today with 16 inches (and still snowing) of snow I decided to
bring it back out and scrap a little.

snowflakes snow day_edited-1

here's a close up for ya! :>

snowflakes close up

I made the snowflake tag for the page and was about to stick it down when I decided
it was perfect for a card. I grabbed some scraps that were sitting on the desk and
whipped this card out! Then I made another one to put back on the page.

snowflakes 2

Whew! Thanks for stopping by today! Next up on the hop is Maki's blog!

I used the super cute
American Crafts holiday line for the first card and last years October Afternoon Holiday line for the last 2 projects.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

HSH Holiday Additions Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to the HSH Holiday Additions Blog Hop!
If you are joining my from Jodi's blog you are in the right place, if not head on
over to Dawn's blog and start eying the beautiful creations there. If you would like to win your very own HSH Holiday Additions set then visit all the Trendetter's blogs, leave a comment at each stop and end at the TSG blog where you will enter your name in the Mr. Linky at the bottom of the post.

hsh holiday

I have only used a couple of the multitude of images in this set! It is packed full of pieces to add to your Home Sweet Home Set or to use on their own. It's one amazing set! I used some retired SU paper, watercolored the house image with SU inks and added some liquid applique to mimic the snow (which we are supposed to have a ton of by tomorrow!)

Now head to Maki's blog to continue the hop!