Ready for Christmas '08? :-) I must shamefully admit that I didn't even send out Christmas cards this year! I only got a quarter of them done so I decided to scrap them all! Lucky for me, I signed up for the Holiday Card Challenge on SCS. We need to make 10 a month! At this pace, I will be done by August! Wouldn't that be fabulous! So I finally finished my first 10! I started them earlier this week after the Mojo Monday sketch was posted. I flipped the sketch and came up with this! It is still the 31st in the pacific time zone so I think I am okay for January! :-) Recipe: Stamps: Take a Bough (papertrey) Paper: sage shadow, whisper white, purely holiday dp, chocolate chip Ink: purely pomegranate, chocolate chip, sage shadow Accessories: brads, chocolate ribbon (from Theater Ribbon Originals), liquid applique, stampin dimensionals
One of my friends has a brother who is currently in his 3rd tour in Iraq. I had a house full of little ones today! A 5, 4, 3 & 2 year old! We whipped out 40 cards for her to send to our troops. Each kid did 10! They inked up their hand in the color of their choice. The sentiment is from the Happy Heart Day set (To someone with a very big heart) and the inside says "handstamped by..." The 5 & 4 year old signed their names. My oldest son helped by writing the name in Calvin's and Luke's cards. They kind of look like baby announcements, right? Regardless, I am sure they will be well received! Recipe: Stamps: Happy Heart Day, Like It a Latte Paper: Kraft, whisper white Ink: apricot appeal, certainly celery, pretty in pink, tempting turquoise, real red Accessories: 1/4" ribbon, versa mark, heat & stick powder, romantic red glitter
Does this one look familiar?? Last night, I recreated 13 of these cards for a swap with my stampin' up group. I really liked how this VSN card turned out. It was quick to get the 13 done!
I also finished my 6 sister swaps. This was inspired by a card I did for VSN. I intended to make the special closure but didn't have enough jumbo eyelets! Sorry gals! I hope this is still okay. These are both going out today. So 59 cards since last night! WOW!
This card is for a sketch #48 on Card Positioning Systems. I was trying to figure out how to hang hearts from the tree but it wasn't working with the limb standing upright. Recipe: Stamps: Out On A Limb, Mixed Messages (both papertrey) Ink: chocolate chip, certainly celery, regal rose Paper: perhaps dp (basicgrey), river rock textured cardstock, regal rose, whisper white Accessories: THEATER ribbon originals, regal rose ribbon, corner rounder, rhinestone stickers
This card is inspired by this Sweets & Treats card. I used a wonderful sketch (#38) from Card Positioning. It is hard to see but I added another heidi swapp heart with a red gemstone. Love the cards simplicity! Recipe: Stamps: Celebration frames (Lizzie Anne Designs) Paper: cerise dp, whisper white, regal rose, real red Ink: whisper white, real red Accessories: white gel pen, scallop punch, clear heart ghost shapes (Heidi Swapp), regal rose 5/8" ribbon, hibiscus rhinestones (Me & My Big Ideas)
I wish I had a little stamping angel on my shoulder telling when to stop! I think I lost control!! 10 pearls, 12 felt flowers, and too many pierces to count!! YIKES! This card is for today's sketch challenge on SCS. Recipe: Stamps: NONE Paper: boho blend simply scrappin dp, pumpkin pie textured Ink: soft sky Accessories: vanilla ribbon, pretties kit, flower fusion
I finally was brave enough last night to use one of the fabulous images that my blogging sister Andrea sent. What a fun image! THANK YOU ANDREA!! I used a sketch from Thinking Inking for this one. What an amazing blog!!!! Recipe: Stamps: tilda, mixed messages (papertrey) Paper: blue bayou, whisper white, spring silhouettes Ink: wild wasabi, so saffron, pretty in pink, close to cocoa, blue bayou, soft sky Accessories: vintage brads, soft sky ribbon, blue bayou ribbon, silver cord, star punch, 1/2" circle punch, 1 3/8" circle punch, 1 1/4" circle punch
Another sketch challenge....this one is from Taylored Expressions. Taylor has a fabulous blog! This is my take on Cupcake Challenge 1. Recipe: Stamps: Icing On the Cake (MyFavoriteThings) Paper: old live, whisper white, infuse dp (basicgrey) Ink: basic black, pretty in pink, chocolate chip Accessories: liquid applique, dazzling diamonds, stickles, mat pack, regal rose ribbon, regal rose brads, scallop punch, 1 3/8" circle punch, 1 1/4" circle punch, 1" circle punch
The kidos are napping and/resting right now so I can squeeze in another card. I have a list of sketches and swaps that I want finish before we spend another weekend away! This card is for a sketch on My Time, My Creations, My Stampendence blog. I used some stickles on the cape & shirt and crystal effects on the skirt, boots, and hair. Love the leather look that crystal effects gives. Recipe: Stamps: superbella (stamping bella), mixed messages (papertrey) Paper: cerise dp, real red, basic gray, basic black Ink: basic black, real red Accessories: red brad, star punch, 3/4" circle punch, 1/2" circle punch, oval punch, stampin dimensionals, gray taffeta ribbon, stickles, crystal effects
I finally mounted and inked up the stamp set I won at Fresh & Fun. I thought it fitting that I use it for Beate's Weekend Sketch Challenge. I used both the regal rose & pretty in pink for the main flower and then a blender pen with so saffron to color the center. Recipe: Stamps: Wild Rose, Celebrate Everything Paper: certainly celery, sage shadow, spring fling dp, whisper white Ink: regal rose, pretty in pink, sage shadow, so saffron Accessories: sherbet ribbon, stampin dimensionals, blender pen
Today is another snow day around here! Yeah! :-) The boys are watching a dinosaur documentary so I was able to squeeze in a quick card. Love this MFT set that I won from I Heart 2 Stamp. I thought it was fitting to use this set for this week's Sketch For You To Try. Recipe: Stamps: Be Mine (MyFavoriteThings) Paper: cerise dp, whisper white, chocolate chip, kraft Ink: basic black Accessories: chocolate satin ribbon, red 5/8" ribbon, ticket corner punch, red brads, prismacolor pencils, mineral spirits, stickles, paper piercer
Today's color challenge on SCS is yo yo yellow, basic gray, and going gray! I love any reason to use this fabulous charbon dp! I can't believe it is retired. Just a quick card! I paper pierced the bird & umbrella. Recipe: Stamps: a little birdie told me Paper: going gray, basic gray, yo yo yellow, charbon dp Ink: basic black Accessories: gray taffeta, stampin dimensionals
Yesterday's technique challenge was just that....a CHALLENGE! Although there were some stunning cards in the gallery using this technique, I just couldn't make it work! It could be that it is almost 2am..... Recipe: Stamps: stitched exotics Paper: so saffron, wild wasabi, spring fling Ink: wild wasabi, so saffron Accessories: pink ribbon, boho blossom punch, 5 petal punch, fire rhinestone, oval punch
Sunday's featured stamper, Pam, has an amazing gallery! I just love the card I cased so much that I didn't change much about it! I switched the pink and white, changed the sentiment a bit, and omitted the flowers. Recipe: Stamps: One of a Kind Paper: berry bliss dp, whisper white, pretty in pink, chocolate chip Ink: chocolate chip Accessories: white brad, chocolate satin ribbon, boho blossom punch, white gel pen, oval punch, 1 1/4" circle punch, 1 3/8" circle punch
This card is for Saturday's Inspirational Challenge on SCS. It is a very simple card. I inked up Out on a Limb & Mixed Messages for the first time. Not much chitter chatter....off to make another card...... Recipe: Stamps: Mixed Messages & Out on a Limb (Papertrey) Paper: very vanilla, sage shadow, certainly celery Ink: regal rose, certainly celery, sage shadow Accessories: corner rounder, rose 5/8" ribbon, stampin dimensionals
I have a hard time getting back into the saddle after a couple days off of stamping. It isn't quite midnight here on the west coast so I can still post my Simple Monday card. I decided to case a card from VSN. Although the butterfly is embossed and cut out, the card was quick. You can't go wrong with satin ribbon! Recipe: Stamps: Kind Thoughts Paper: Kraft, chocolate chip Ink: chocolate chip Accessories: crystal embossing powder, chocolate satin ribbon, scallop punch, 1 1/4" circle punch
So sorry that I have been MIA! We went to Seattle for the weekend and then came home to snow! School was canceled so we had a family day of sledding. I am up late tonight to make up for my absence! Definitely in stamping withdrawl! Here are some pictures of our snow adventures as well as one of Max & me at the Seattle aquarium.
Thursday's SCS Way To Use It Challenge called for paint. It took me awhile to figure out how to complete this one! I finally decided on some Ceramcoat Sparkle Glaze by Delta. I stamped out the stars and attached the planet before glazing the entire card front. A bit of ribbon, a flag, and a rocket with a silver cord trail and I have birthday card! The picture doesn't really do the glaze justice! I love how the sparkle came out!! Recipe: Stamps: Out of this World (Lizzie Anne) Paper: basic black, whisper white Ink: stazon black, white craft Accessories: red ribbon, silver cord, prismacolor pencils, mineral spirits, stampin dimensionals, red & going gray marker, ceramcoat sparkle glaze, silver cord
What a fabulous idea? I have been thinking I needed to use more of my scrap paper and then come to find out....today's challenge on SCS is to use lots of scraps. So here is what I came up with from some old cuttlebug pink paper, precut dp from an Open House in November, a pretties flower that was sitting in my scrap pile, some ribbon in my "extra" bin, a simply scrappin sticker that didn't get used, and a stamped sentiment. The only thing that I had to find was the base of the card. I did have to cut down the sentiment but no ink or stamps to clean up! :-) Recipe: Stamps: Kind Thoughts, Little Pieces Ink: rose red, pretty in pink Paper: fall flowers dp, soft sky textured, pretty in pink, whisper white Accessories: corner rounder, boho blend scrappin kit, 1/2" circle, pretties kit, olive ribbon, cuttlebug, stampin dimensionals
I received the new MFT set that I won on I Heart 2 Stamp yesterday! I inked it up for the sketch today on SCS. I strayed a bit from the sketch with the heart. The cameo coral hearts are embossed with crystal powder. I then used my brayer with certainly celery over them and cut them into a heart shape. I had a harder time cutting the heart out of the center but overall I am happy with the result. Recipe: Stamps: Be Mine (MFT) Paper: prints pack, certainly celery, cameo coral Ink: bashful blue, cameo coral, certainly celery Accessories: corner rounder, blue taffeta ribbon, versa mark, crystal embossing powder, celery ribbon, brayer
So I know it isn't Tuesday....sorry to be posting this late! I had intentions of getting this up last night but Jason didn't get home till 9ish. I was flying solo as a parent. Boy, do I admire those out there that do that on a regular basis! You guys rock! I would be a mess! Jordan had basketball practice from 7-8 so it was a late bedtime!
The worst part about my late post was the build up! My original card was made in late November. It was for a sketch from Fresh & Fun. My original card was so so bad! It was when I was experimenting with my sponge dauber and faux stitching! I had intentions of giving to a friend of mine for her birthday but I ended up switch to another card at the last minute so this one has been staring at me for some time. Overall, there aren't many changes. I decided to go for wasabi textured base instead of the vanilla. I changed up the layers a bit but kept the main colors. I did without the sponging and faux stitching but kept the rest. I am much happier with this version, although not dramatic, the subtle changes really make the card more presentable. Recipe: Stamps: Time Well Spent, Short & Sweet Ink: wild wasabi, really rust, groovy guava Paper: very vanilla, really rust, groovy guava designer prints, wild wasabi textured Accessories: oval punch, stampin dimensionals, pearl brad, Sherbet & Fairy Tale ribbon
I had no intention of getting this A Little Birdie Told Me set until I saw all the amazing creations out there. It still just isn't me but it is adorable! This card is for today's SCS color challenge as well as another amazing Mojo Monday sketch! Not much chatter now...off to the library for story time! I will be back later today for Take 2 Tuesday! I am excited to be remaking a card that was far from pretty! :-) Till then.... Recipe: Stamps: A Little Birdie Told Me Paper: soft sky textured, prints pack, blue bayou dp, whisper white Ink: stazon black Accessories: scallop punch, 1 3/8" circle punch, 1 1/4" circle punch, oval punch, star punch, 1/2" circle punch, cropadile, white brads, red brad, stampin dimensionals, red 5/8" ribbon
Today's Technique challenge on SCS was to make a pixie pouch. I like the idea of a pencil pouch....the perfect gift for a teacher! I let the dp do most of the work on this one! The heart was punched out using the little flower on the boho blossom punch. Best go get these kidos out of the house & enjoying the snow! We rarely get it around here, thank goodness! :-) Recipe: Stamps: Sweet Celebrations Paper: berry bliss dp, whisper white, purely pomegranate, close to cocoa Ink: purely pomegranate Accessories: chocolate satin ribbon, pink 1/4" ribbon, scallop punch, 1 3/8" circle punch, 1 1/4" circle punch, 3/4" circle punch, boho blossom punch, 1/4" circle punch, corner rounder, stampin dimensionals, icons gem stickers, pink brads
Another Monday, another simple card! I still haven't cleaned everything up from the VSN weekend. Can you believe it? This is some scrap from Saturday that was still on my desk. I need to get into the habit of using more scraps instead of grabbing a fresh piece. I love the artichoke and pomegranate combo. It was inspired by Perhaps dp (basicgrey). Recipe: Stamps: Celebrate everything, stitched exotics Paper: perhaps (basicgrey), whisper white, purely pomegranate Ink: always artichoke, purely pomegranate Accessories: white brads, artichoke ribbon, corner rounder, stampin dimensionals
Today's Featured Stamper is KathyC. What a lovely gallery!! I just love this challenge. Every stamper has their own style or way of putting everything together. I choose a very vintage card to case. This card of Kathy's was for Mojo Monday #20 so the great sketch came from Poetic Artistry! I am not a hat pin gal and I don't really sponge often so this was just the CHALLENGE for me. I used the Always stamp set, added some pearls to the hat pin, and used circles in the bottom squares. Recipe: Stamps: Always Paper: bravo burgundy, basic black, very vanilla, ginger blossom dp Ink: bravo burgundy Accessories: sponge dauber, pretties kit, vanilla taffeta ribbon, 3/4" circle punch
This is the last of the VSN challenges! I still have 5 to make up for but this is the last real time one! Thank goodness this doesn't happen every weekend!! The final challenge was so appropriate... "You come home late after a night of partying with your friends...you're dead tired...and HUNGRY. You walk into the kitchen...open the refrigerator...and peer inside. Nothing but leftovers. You start grabbing random items...not really a meal, but it all tastes great. Our challenge for you is to make a grid-type card using only the supplies that are out on your table *right now*. Because this is the final Girls Night Out challenge,at least 63% of the stamping stuff you own should be out on your workspace by now. If you stamp like we do, you should have plenty of options."
Isn't that perfect? Well, my desk was a disaster so I had lots to choose from! Here is my final creation.......... Stamps: Stitched Exotics Paper: whisper white, always artichoke, perhaps dp (basic grey), Ink: purely pomegranate, always artichoke Accessories: oval punch, round tab punch, white brads, artichoke ribbon
The rules of this VSN challenge are: Stamps: 1 flower or other botanical 1 sentiment stamp 1 background stamp Ink: any Paper: 3 different colors of cardstock (neutrals count as a color!) 2 different patterned papers Tools: (use at least one) cuttlebug paper piercer punches sponge distresser Embellishments: (pick at least 3 different kinds of embellies for your card)
thread ribbon eyelets brads spiral clips bling
I love rules so this was the challenge for me! I recruited my best helper, Maxwell, to help me make sure I was following them! He loved being my quality check and gave me the thumbs up when we were done! I have the sweetest boys in the world!! :-) Recipe: Stamps: stitched exotics, many happy returns, tres chic Paper: always artichoke, regal rose, whisper white, perhaps dp Ink: purely pomegranate, always artichoke Accessories: rose ribbon, oval punch, 1 3/8" circle punch, 1 1/4" circle punch, 3/4" circle punch, stickles, white brad
This one is for VSNP- The Eyes Have It. We were suppose to use eyelets. I just love the jumbo eyelets! I had some prescored chocolate chip paper so my choice was too easy! The new large star punch is so wonderful! Well, you all know I love punches!! The printed paper is from the prints pack designer series paper (hostess level 1). Recipe: Stamps: So many sayings Paper: chocolate chip, prints pack Ink: chocolate chip Accessories: jumbo eyelets, star punch, blue taffeta ribbon, anchored rub-ons
The 8pm EST challenge on SCS was to use a hat of some sort. I am a bit limited with my hat stamps. I finally found an impress hat stamp in my miscellaneous stamp bin. This was a quick one. Simple and to the point! I needed to get the kids fed and say hello to my patient hubby so I cut my time in half. Recipe: Stamps: hat (impress), so many sayings Paper: kraft, whisper white, gable green, only orange, tempting turquoise, bali breeze dp Ink: stazon black Accessories: turquoise ribbon, celery ribbon, oval punch, scallop punch, 1 3/8" circle punch
The 7pm challenge for VSN at SCS was to make a panty card! Fits right with the Girls Night Out theme, doesn't it?? I used the template provided. Isn't this such a fun card??!! I really wanted to have cheetah print undies so I improvised a bit with some stampin write markers and sponge daubers. Added a bit of fancy ribbon around the edges and finished it off with the "fancy pants" sentiment from Many Happy Returns. Recipe: Stamps: many happy returns Paper:blush blossom, very vanilla Ink: chocolate chip, close to cocoa, apricot appeal Accessories: sponge daubers, stampin write markers, ribbon
This is for the VSNM Challenge: Everyone Needs Closure. The challenge was to make an unique card closure. I opted for some soft sky textured cardstock, ginger blossom dp, and the Always set. I used jumbo eyelets and some vanilla ribbon to tie it shut. The cards is so soft...... Recipe: Stamps: Always Paper: soft sky textured cardstock, ginger blossom dp, kraft, very vanilla Ink: river rock, soft sky Accessories: jumbo eyelets, vanilla ribbon, scallop punch, 1 3/8" circle punch, 1 1/4" circle punch, stampin dimensionals, round tab punch
I am finally home and ready to take on some more challenges. I missed 5 from earlier today that I will HAVE to make up later! This card is for Bling It On (JAN08VSNL) I decided to go for my new fine cosmo glitter. Isn't it fabulous!?? I used the sticky cut letters. I still have some heidi swapp ghost hearts laying around so I added it to the "O" and topped it off with a heart stamp from In the Spotlight and a turquoise rhinestone. Love these colors!! Recipe: Stamps: In the spotlight Paper: tempting turquoise, bali breeze dp Ink: old olive Accessories: olive ribbon, ghost heart (heidi swapp), ice rhineston, 3/4" circle punch, sticky cut letters, fine cosmo glitter
So the Inspirational Challenge on SCS was posted early. I thought I would get it done tonight since there will be 12 more challenges tomorrow for the VSN! I knew as soon as I saw the inspiration that it would be fun & quick! Recipe: Stamps: One of a Kind Ink: stazon black, white craft Paper: kraft, basic black, whisper white Accessories: white embossing powder, prismacolor pencils, mineral spirits, ribbon, oval punch
FRIDAY 11PM EST-JAN08VSNF ~ Nail polish, mud MASK and Lotion Finally, the last one of the night! This was a huge struggle for me! I guess I should be happy to have completed 6 of 6! If only I was really on the beach..... Recipe: Stamps: Life's a Breeze Ink: chocolate chip, brocade blue, rose red, so saffron Paper: spring silhouettes dp, so saffron, whisper white Accessories: stickles, saffron brads, ribbon, rounded corner punch, prismacolor pencils, mineral spirits, blender stub
She's Got a Ticket to Stamp Just a few minutes to clean up and get ready for the last challenge of the night...... The ticket on the side of this card has "friendship" stamped all over it. It can be taken out of the card or slide back in behind "Sugar & Spice." This was another quick one with little stamping. Designer paper really can speak for itself sometimes!! Recipe: Stamps: All In A Row, Celebrate Everything Paper: Gypsy (basicgrey), very vanilla Ink: real red Accessories: vanilla ribbon, gypsy tags (basicgrey), gypsy letters (basicgrey), stampin dimensionals
4 for 4! VSND is a criss cross card. Taking advantage of my little break.... Criss cross cards are so fun and easy to make! I haven't made one in a long time so I was happy to see this challenge! Can you tell I have 3 boys?? Recipe: Stamps: Green Thumb (papertrey) Paper: Spring fling dp, wild wasabi textured, whisper white, pretty in pink Ink: wild wasabi, pretty in pink Accessories: corner rounder, round tab punch, 5 petal punch, boho blossom punch, pink brads, button, 3/4" circle punch 1/4" circle punch, celery ribbon
This one is for VSNC. I had to work fast so I was a bit sloppy on the embossing powder. I just love this set (Kind Thought)! Again, I used those punches! The butterfly is inked in black and then stamped out on white. Recipe: Stamps: Kind Thoughts Paper: basic black, whisper white Ink: basic black, white craft Accessories: white embossing powder, scallop punch, 1 3/8" circle punch, 1 1/4" circle punch
My first two VSN challenges are done and I even have time to post here! WOW! Don't get me wrong....there is some stress trying to finish your card in within the 45 minute requirement! The only way I made it through these challenges is by using my punches! Gotta love them!
Circle of Friendship Recipe: Stamps: green thumb (papertrey) Paper:going gray, whisper white, regal rose, rose red Ink:regal rose, rose red, basic gray Accessories: rhinestones, scallop punch, 1 3/8" circle punch, 1 1/4" circle punch, oval punch, 5 petal punch, boho blossom punch, regal rose ribbon
Tomorrow's Limited Supplies Challenge was posted early! I just love living in the Pacific time zone! Here are the rules: Stamps: 1 or 2 background stamps, a main image set, sentiment optional Paper & Ink: 2 colors plus a neutral Tools: anything quick Embellishments: any kind (keep it simple)
My recipe: Stamps: Stitched exotics, short & sweet Paper: rose red, very vanilla Ink: rose red, regal rose Accessories: regal rose ribbon, stampin dimensionals
In retrospect, there might have been a reason I haven't tried to use ribbon as a stem/leaf! I have seen such adorable cards using this technique so I thought I should give it a try. I will have to try it again! Recipe: Stamps: Time Well Spent, Many Happy Returns Paper: Spring Break dp, pumpkin pie, wild wasabi, whisper white Ink: blue bayou, pumpkin pie Accessories: pretties kit, scallop punch, wasabi stitched ribbon, versa mark, crystal embossing powder, 1 3/8" circle punch, 1 1/4" circle punch, oval punch, stampin dimensionals
Today's Ways To Use It challenge on SCS was an embossing powder rerun. I ended up embossing the hearts with white on blush blossom paper and then versa marking the entire heart and embossing it again with a crystal powder. The sentiment is also versa marked & embossed with crystal. Recipe: Stamps: Always, Many Happy Returns Paper: Bashful blue textured, blush blossom, blush dp (basicgrey) Ink: white, chocolate chip Accessories: pomegranate satin ribbon, white embossing powder, crystal embossing powder, oval punch, stampin dimensionals, corner rounder, paper piercer