Thursday, January 31, 2008

Another 10!

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! :-)
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

Some Love For Our Troops& SWAP cards

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!
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!

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Enjoy the Moment

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.
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

Take 2 Tuesday on Wednesday

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!
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)

Pearls, Felt, and Piercing....Oh, My!!

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.
Stamps: NONE
Paper: boho blend simply scrappin dp, pumpkin pie textured
Ink: soft sky
Accessories: vanilla ribbon, pretties kit, flower fusion

Hi There, Andrea!

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!!!!
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

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Cupcake Challenge

Another sketch challenge....this one is from Taylored Expressions. Taylor has a fabulous blog! This is my take on Cupcake Challenge 1.
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

Good Luck Super Bella

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.
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

Celebrate Wild Rose

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.
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

Be Mine

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.
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

Yo Yo & Charbon

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.
Stamps: a little birdie told me
Paper: going gray, basic gray, yo yo yellow, charbon dp
Ink: basic black
Accessories: gray taffeta, stampin dimensionals

Spring Fling Dahlia Fold

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.....
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

One of a Kind Pam

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.
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

Monday, January 28, 2008

Late Inspiration

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 to make another card......
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

Simple Monday: Cased Kind Thoughts

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!
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.

Friday, January 25, 2008

Birthday Blast

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!!
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

Thursday, January 24, 2008


What a fabulous idea? I have been thinking I needed to use more of my scrap paper and then come to find'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! :-)
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

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Be Mine

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.
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

Take 2 Tuesday: Time To Wish Big Again

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.
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

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Blue Bird

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 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....
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

Monday, January 21, 2008

Sweet Celebrations Pixie Pouch

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! :-)
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

Simple Monday: Celebrate Friendship

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).
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

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Everything Kathy

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.
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

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Good Times

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're dead tired...and HUNGRY. You walk into the 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

Fancy Free

The rules of this VSN challenge are:
1 flower or other botanical
1 sentiment stamp
1 background stamp
3 different colors of cardstock (neutrals count as a color!)
2 different patterned papers
Tools: (use at least one)
paper piercer
Embellishments: (pick at least 3 different kinds of embellies for your card)

spiral clips

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!! :-)
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

Blue Eyed Boy

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

Warm & Bright Wishes

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.
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

Fancy Pants

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.
Stamps: many happy returns
Paper: blush blossom, very vanilla
Ink: chocolate chip, close to cocoa, apricot appeal
sponge daubers, stampin write markers, ribbon

Everyone Needs Closure

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......
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

Love Bling

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!!
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

Friday, January 18, 2008

One of a Kind Inspiration

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!
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

Girls at the Beach

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.....
Stamps: Life's a Breeze
Ink: chocolate chip, brocade blue, rose red, so saffron
spring silhouettes dp, so saffron, whisper white
stickles, saffron brads, ribbon, rounded corner punch, prismacolor pencils, mineral spirits, blender stub

Sugar & Spice

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!!
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

V-neck Challenge

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??
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

Little Black Butterfly Dress

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.
Kind Thoughts
basic black, whisper white
basic black, white craft
white embossing powder, scallop punch, 1 3/8" circle punch, 1 1/4" circle punch

Circle of Friend & Chocolate with Shoes

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)
going gray, whisper white, regal rose, rose red
regal rose, rose red, basic gray
rhinestones, scallop punch, 1 3/8" circle punch, 1 1/4" circle punch, oval punch, 5 petal punch, boho blossom punch, regal rose ribbon

Chocolate with Shoes Recipe:
Stamps: none
blush (basicgrey), chocolate chip
Ink: none
boho blossom punch, 3/4" circle punch, chocolate ribbon, ice rhinestone brads


Can't wait for 3pm! I have my spreadsheet printed, desk cleaned, husband warned, dinner prepped......


I swear, I never win anything! I am the winner of Beate's blog candy! I am so excited! Off to buy a lotto ticket.......

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Stitched Thank You

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

Try It Thursday: Ribbon Stem

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!
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

Hearts Content

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.
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