Sunday, February 28, 2010

My Mom's Birthday Card.

Thank goodness my mom has no idea about computers.  I don't think she even knows how to turn it on.  I know she doesn't so I can share this with everyone and not worry about her ever seeing it.  I just have to hide it until April 6th.  Her birthday.  This lady is the greatest person, she is a saint.  This is my mom, Rose.

This woman is a horse.  That's what we call her.  This is her doing what she loves to do.  Garden and take care of the back yard.  It's her territory.   She will be turning 67 and I know most days she has more energy than I do.  A little about her.  She was born in Mexico and came over when she was around 7.  She met the love of her live, married for 22 very short years and buried him 16 years ago.  10 years ago I moved and said to her that she had taken care of me all her life so now it was time for me to take care of her.  She sold everything and moved with me.  Best thing ever!  I love her dearly and owe her everything that I am....  
( Look at the dates on the pic.. 12/4/09  Dec. and see how bright and sunny it is.  That's why I live in AZ. )

So here is the card I made for her. The background paper isn't really paper!  It is fabric.  It's fabric but like contact paper.  I took a picture of the paper and the back of it so you can see how it came.  I have no idea where I got it.  If anybody recognizes it let me know.  I would love to get more of it.  If you look closely you will see it is frayed at the bottom of the card.

The Rose stamp is from at SU set called Fifth Ave Floral.
Border punch is EK
Birthday Wishes Stamp - Hero Arts - Petite Messages

Everything but the Kitchen Sink 10 - Fabric
Colour Create #39 - Red/Black/Off White  
Totally Gorjuss #19 - For Mum 
The Pixie Cottage #10 - Sketch

FRIENDSHIP.. It is golden!

Friendship is a very golden thing.  I told you that I was going to search for the pot of gold.  (See post Shamrocks Galore)  Well I had it all along.  Friendship!  Friendship is the Pot Of Gold at the end of the rainbow.  I am soooo rich just for having a friend like I do.  She is a life saver and unfortunately I need to call upon her more than I want to, but no matter when or what she has going on, (a mother of 5 boys) she is there for me.  Even 1 hour before a party she is hosting.  I have to say to everyone that will listen, how grateful I am and I wish everyday I could give her something - anything to help repay all she does for me.   I made this card with her in mind.  I could never give it to her because she makes cards.  She is a SU Demonstrator and her cards are outta this world. Mine could never do hers justice so I just think about her and she gives me inspiration.  



Tree Stamp by: Hampton Art
DP: KI Memories 
a note to say & inside card stamp: heidi grace - For You
Ribbon: Michales - Dashes, Dots, & Checks


Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Black & White Elegant

This was really outta my norm.  If you watch my cards I love to color.  Stamps or Digis, I love to color them in.  The other thing I lean to is cartoons or caricatures so as see this is really not like anything I normally do, butttt I really like this card.  I left any sentiment off as it can be used for so many different situations.

It's clean and simple and was real quick.  The stamp is Inkadinkado
I used  Fiskars - Border & Corner Punch - Lace and Lattice on the edge by the ribbon.  Also used my Fiskars Scallop border punch for the square.  Embossed with Dots and my Cuttlebug.  A just bought those cute little flower stickers at Michaels the other day.  Sooo simple and they come in white, purple, and pink.  At least those were the only colors I saw and snatched up.


Big Mamma really apprecialtes it sooooooooooo much.

Fab n Funky #12 - "Black & White" 
MOJO127 - Sketch  
Flourishes Timeless Tuesday Challenge(FTTC55) - Flowers 
Caardvarks - Use Stickers  
Totally Gorjuss - Flower Power #18 
Incy Wincy Designs #31 - Texture

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Never can have enough Birthday Cards

So I just keep making them and making them.  Now I just have to remember friends and family birthdays in time to mail them out.  Boy oh Boy am I bad at this.  That is my New Year's resolution.  Any whooooo here is another and I had fun with this cup cake.  The stamp is from a set by Hero Arts called CUPCAKES.. DUH!

All the paper are scraps I took from my scrap bin.  The top two are from left over Valentines paper. (part of a challenge requirement, but worked perfect)  I just got the new QuicKutz - Nesting Label.  It's also called Cookie Cutter.  I am not real experienced at QuicKutz but I think I am getting the hang of it.  They really aren't that much different than Nesties.. I use them all in my Cuttlebug.  I love my Cuttlebug.  On the cupcake I used Liquid Applique in yellow then glued glitter sparkles on top.  Part of the stamp pack had the little cherry so I stamped that and glittered it then popped it out on top.

Hope you like it as much as I had fun making it.


Sunday, February 21, 2010

Shamrocks Galore

I thought I would start on my St Patties cards and here is my first.  Of course I'm going for a few challenges with this one. 
I free cut the shamrock on the inside.  The stamp came from a packet I have of Heidi Grace called For You.  I think you can tell but the center of each shamrock there is a little green bling.  The little hat was a sticker I had, I cut it out and popped it up.  It's the missing Leprechaun's hat.  Now if I could only find him and his pot of gold!

Cards For Men #4 - Use Green 
Crafty Ho's #1 - Think Spring

I really am still alive

I know what you're thinking. .What the heck happened to her?  Nothing really.  Just a couple of days break and a huge garage sale this weekend.  My BFF and I unloaded both our garages and had a great, successful garage sale.  Just one small down side.. half way through Sat. morning it started to rain and hasn't stopped. As they say here in AZ  we need it so no one complains.  Since the garage sale cut short it was a perfect time to get back to the cards. 

Here is one I made for a few challenges.  Not really liking it.  One challenge said no patteren paper.  I said No Problem.  I say now.. Problem!  Just not the same.  I love the sunflower .. just looking at it brightens the day.  I grew real ones during the summer and they were huge.  We'll do it again this year and you all will get a chance to share. 

A Spoon Full of Sugar: #91 - Spring Time
FTTC54 - What Makes you happy
 TCP Tues97 - Color Challenge


Monday, February 15, 2010

Special Card for Delia

Dustin Pike had put a call out to all of us to make a card for a wonderful 10 year old young lady that has a bit of a medial problem.  He graciously gave a few of his wonderful drawings out for the cards because she loves owls.  I have made a card for Delia I hope she likes it.
I double up on the image so I could cut out his feet and his hands.  They are popped up with foam.  I took the sketch from Eat Sleep Stamp Challenge #70. 
The Pink Elephant Challenge #54 asked us to use ribbon.  The Cupcake Craft Challenge #78 says Keep it Simple.

So just in case you would like to jump in and send some sunshine Delia way here is her info and you can also go to Dustin's site.  I have linked up at the first sentence.
An address for her mail is here.
Att: Delia Cadwallader
2048 Sandhurst Dr.
Castle Rock, CO 80104

We do not remember days.. we remember moments

I think this sentiment says it all.  I can use this card for anything that may pop up.  Hope you like it.

This card started with the Taylored Expression Challenge #100  The papers are all from DCWV Stack 7  I am in LOVE with this stack.  Used my Nestie and popped three little squares in the corner.  I got inspiration on the color from Sweet Stampin Challenge #13
How close did it come?
Also Hand Full of Stamps has a Challenge #16 that is Open so let's enter it in there and also Allsorts Challenge came up with a great recipe for their challenge Week #39.  We had to use 3 of something, 2 of something and 1 of something. Here are mine:
1- Sentiment
2 - Nesties
3 - Pattern Papers.
I have another special card I'm going to show you in just a few.. It is REALLY please come back to see how special the next post will be and who it's for.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Teedy Bear Love

I made this for my daughter to give to her boyfriend. 
Digi Image - Found at Roger Freebie  (Thank you)
Flock - Martha Steward
Cardstock - Bazzill

Colour Create Challenge -  RED, WHITE/OFFWHITE, CHOCOLATE and PINK
Cute Card Thursday #99 - In the name of Love

A challenge card + birthday cards..

!!!! WARNING !!!!   !!!! WARNING !!!!   !!!! WARNING !!!!

I have a lot to show you today and a lot to say so you better (or please) sit back for a long post.  Get that pillow for your butt so it won't start to tingle half way through.  Hahah

First I want to show you a birthday card I made for the best non blood brother I have.  Ok he is the only non or blood brother I have.  I am an only child.  hehehe.  I grew up with him and he is the greatest.  If you are one of my on going followers I post about his mother passing not long ago.  She was like a second mom to me.  Ohhhh damn.. I see I'm off track again.. Ok here is his B-day card.

Paper - DCWV Stack 7  -  I love this pack.. it coordinated their colors and patterns together and made it real easy for us novice scrappers.
Fiskar boarder punch - Candles
Stamp - Stamendous
Embossed - Cuttlebug Happy Birthday
Felt hearts - K*I Memories
Buttons & Ribbon - who the heck knows where I snatched them up from.

2 skethes 4 you - #45
A Spoon Full of Sugar #90 - 1 pattern paper / 1 embossing / 1 ribbon / 1 button  I hope it's ok that I used 3 buttons. 
Charisma Cardz Week 6 - Male  

Hand Full Of Stamps #16 - Open
Stamping 411 - Color Challenge #110

Now on to more good stuff.  I belong to StampTV Birthday Swap and tomorrow is my birthday.  Yep a Valentines baby.  (as I have heard allll my life)  Let me say that I guess the only other time it is worse to have a birthday probably are all the Christmas babies out there.  This year my birthday is a little bit better cuz wait til you see the cards that have come my way.  I have to show them off..There is such talent out there.   Ok here we go.   (no particular order)

Can you tell the post office lost one of the bows.. Damn them.  And look I got little "Metal Dots" in my envelope.  This is from: Betty B. in Conrow Tx.
How great is it that she didn't have to color the whole daisy.  It is perfect.  Kathy A. from Crayslake, Il.  Kathy have fun on your cruse.

This is from Olga J in Woodlawn, VA.  What detail on those faries and thank you so much the the stamps.  I love surprises!!!

Isn't that kitty so cute and I wish you could see how wonderful the coloring is.  This beauty came from Selma in Deer Park, WA.

How did she know Pizza is my fav!  Isn't he soooo cute.  Barb D from Waukesha, WI is the talent behind this one.  I love how his apron matches the background.

Just to let your eyes focus a little I have to show you what I was up against while taking these pictures.  I went outside and who has to be right in the middle of things.  

Twiddle dee & Tweedle Dumb.. don't ask who's who.  LOL.. They were right there going take me .. take me.. ohh it's my turn.. so I had to or I would never had gotten the last few done.

Three more and I promise I will take the hand cuffs off.  You have to see these last three. 

I don't think you can tell but the cupcakes are all glittered up.  sooo cute.  Sall M. from Farminton, MO.
 What a beautiful rose.. My mother's name is Rose and my youngest daughter's middle name. The coloring and shading is beautiful.  This came from Gloria W from Atoka, TN.
annnndddddd last but nooottttt at allll least.. 

How adorable is this fairy.  I wish you could see it up close.  The wings are glittery.  This came from Maria L and I am soooo sorry either Twiddle Dee or Dumb got to the envelope and now I don't know where Maria is from but she does have an Etsy shop -

Ok I have to go pass out now.. I don't think I've typed so much even at work.  I am so glad that if your still here you made it through it all and THANK YOU.  
Also THANK YOU everyone that sent me your beautiful creations for my B-Day.. 

Have a wonderful weekend everyone.  

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Cupcake anyone

I really love this card.  Maybe because it is so simple and to me simple is clean.  Here is a little about what I used.  I embossed the background paper with my Cuttlebug dots.  Used my Nestabilities Peony for the center.  I created faux stiching around the edge.  The hearts were cut from my Martha Stewart punch.  Isn't it sooo cute that it cuts the center out to thread thin ribbon through it.   I used my copic to color my cupcake and popped on a cute heart button on the top.  I added some bling little dots but in the picture they look like pearls.  They aren't.   Here is a close up but they still look like pearls. 

Challenges entered in:

I hope everyone will have a wonderful Thursday.   This weekend I have a bunch of posts I have to catch up on so be ready.  


Tuesday, February 9, 2010

A warm hello..

I guess this card  was meant to be.. as I was putting this card together I am watching Oprah.  In Big Mamma's world she is the queen you know.  Anyway.. what is on..  Geisha .. She spotlighted the only white woman to be a Geisha.  How funny..

I wanted to get a close up on the little fan I made where I stamped my sentiment.  The pictures not good .. so sorry.  The  digi is a gift from Digital Doodling.  The paper is from the DCWV - The Far EastStack.  The punch is Martha Stewart and the sentiment says:
"a warm hello" is from Hero Arts   Of course I am going to enter in the following challenges.  I live for challenges.. It's always fun hoping to win something but I think mostly I love them to challenge myself.  To see if I can create what the challenge is.  Some times it works.. and sometimes it doesn't.  I think this one did work.

Robyns Fetish Challenge - Asian Flair
Paper Sundaes: 4th Challenge - Sketch

As always I want to thank everyone for their comments. 

Big Mamma always get a big smile reading all the comments.  Thanks so much.

Monday, February 8, 2010


Before I show you the card I created for a few challenges I need to say.. WHAT A GAME last night!  I was all for the Saints early on.. just about the time I knew my beloved Steelers were not going to repeat.  LOL.  That was early on wasn't it.  No on to my special Valentine.

I used one of the Bugaboo digi images that was given away for free.. So gracious. 


Sunday, February 7, 2010


I am smiling today.  #1 that stupid headache is gone.  Thank you everyone for your comments.  I have never had anything like that before.  Is that a sign of old age.. Nawwww I think it was a day of shopping at the mall with 3 teenagers!

#2 I smile today cuz right after this post and a qwick shower I'm off to a super bowl party.. Go Saints!

I'm using a Digi I got from Rusty Pickle.  If you haven't gone to their site you need to.  They are giving away a lot of different images

The paper all came from the new DCWV Stack 7.
Stamping 411 #109   - Color Real Red / Apricot / Teal

Cards for Men  - Sketch #3

Saturday Spotlight - Teeny Tiny

Big Mamma gona get her pomp-pomps and she is on her way.  Rahhhaaa Rahhhaa  Go Team!

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Here' a flower for you..

This won't be a long post. I have the worst headache I ever can remember. Just on the left side right above my eye.  I think it might be a tumor ready to blow.. my kids just roll their eyes and said take an aprin.. they have no idea..

I made this for a couple of challenges.. I like this card but not "soooo excited" about it.  It's just ok.  What I did get so excited with was this digi that was given out by
Sew Many Challenges. It is so perfect and can be used sooo many ways.  So I hope how  I used it you like.

Can you see how I cut out three of the petals and popped them up.  Same with the middle and the button?
Here is the inside. 

Raise the Bar Challenge 4 - Heart to Heart
Sew Many Challenge #3  Red / Silver / Black.
Skipping Stones Sketch Challenge (SSDO1)

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Anyone for a cup of coffee???

I bought this stamp and thought it might be pretty darn big, what would I end up doing with it?  Well I love it now!  I think I just made one of my best cards ever. 

I made it with a few challenges in mind and no one in particular to give it to but as I am typing this I know exactly who to send it to.  There is a certain person with a birthday coming up and it will go there.

The stamp: Hero Arts Clings - Big Cup
Dotts paper: Pinkpaislee - Bullseye * Cupid Collection.  This is part of a giveaway I won about 2 months ago.
I punched the heats out with my Marvey small punch.

Only one more day of work and then it's going to be a Stamping Great Weekend.

p.s.  "they" say rain again..

2 Sketches 4 you: Sketch 45 - Round

Charsma Cardz Challenge 5 - I love you
Color Throwdown #78
Creative Belli Blog Challenge #84 - Ribbon
Cute Card Thursday #98 - Spots & Dots
Fuss and Fancy #3 - Hearts
Saturday Spotlight - Bigger is Better

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Love for someone special

Before I get to my card I want to remind everyone that when we are given something and we take it, we need to remember to express our thanks.  I was taught a very good lesson today.  Not harshly but Alison at Stretch N Bubbles reminded us all that if someone takes the time to give a gift we should take the time to say Thank you.  I was a very bad blogger, I took and did not even say Thank You, but will never make that mistake again. 

Big Mamma has stepped down off her soap box and would like to share a cute "Very Non-T rational" Valentines Card.  I used Karen Doodles digi image "Pony Love".

I don't think I could express LOVE any better than how much she loves her pony.  It reminds me of me when I was young.  I had a pony that I would hug and love so much I swear I'd see his eyes roll when he saw me coming.  The thought bubble I know just said something like..  "ohhh here she come again.. I love her so much but geezzeee does she have to squeezzee so hard!"  LOL.  He was my best friend.

I'm rambling again aren't I.   Ok.. here it is.. and of course entering it in a few challenges listed below.
Catch the Bug - Valentines with a twist.. use non-traditional valentine colors, that means no pinks and no reds
 TCP Tuesday - Create a card using the image of this picture as inspiration.  I think I couldn't have done better.  Love is in the air is my interpretation.  

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

What do you think I should call this card?

I actually had time to finish a card I started last night and made it as I went.  I have no idea what to call this kind of card.  Like I said I made it up as I went.  I can take the tag out flip it over and jot a little note on the other side of the tag or i could slip a special personal note behind the tag.  Well this is going to be sent to a very special friend that lives outta state and I just want her to know I am always thinking of her.

I am going to enter this in two challenges:
Sweet Stampin Challenge 11 - Scallops
Papertake Weekly - Love Actually

The sentiment is a Stampabilities - Thought of you
All the paper is from a DCWV 4.5 x 6.5 stack
Scallop edge is Martha Stewart.
Tags:  Bazzill

Well let me know if you've seen a card like this, if you like, or what you don't.  I always welcome every thought good or bad,(I like to think of it as learning thoughts)    I really believe that is one of the main reasons why I'm here.  To learn from the experts out there.

Sleep tight all..
& one more BIG Birthday Kiss to my baby boy!
Your Big Mamma love you very much Dylan.