Monday, March 31, 2008

Blue Bird

This card is for today's Mojo Monday. It is such a fun sketch! This Maya Road chipboard was inked with old olive. Did I tell you that I like my new copics?? :-) The bird was colored with BG10, B12 and C-1. I used YG95 for the tiny line of the can't even see it in this picture but it ties the olive in so nicely.
Stamps: anniversary birds, thoughtful florals
Paper: old olive, whisper white, everyday tango (My Mind's Eye)
Ink: brilliance graphite black, old olive
Accessories: scallop frame (Maya Road), copics, slit punch, word window

Piggie Love

This card is for the MFT sketch in the SCS forum. Cindy ALWAYS has the greatest sketches with the cutest samples! This was a real quick one too. I really am not sure why I picked these pigs....a bit odd, I know! I think I just wanted to color them in! :-) Can't put these copics down! This card used RV21, R32 and C-1.
Stamps: punny farm
Paper: brocade blue, whisper white, rose red dp, pretty in pink
Ink: brilliance graphite black, basic black
Accessories: slit punch, 1 3/8" circle punch, copics, brocade ribbon, felt shapes (making memories), blue thread

Happy to Case Laura

Yesterday's Featured Stamper is the talented Laura! I was immediately drawn to this one: Ruby Red Blossom Verve. I really like the new Verve sets so couldn't resist the opportunity to ink them up! I changed the colors, sentiment, and layout a little bit. I am in LOVE with my new copics! They are SO gorgeous! Thank you, AJ, for enabling me! Good thing I don't live in the Seattle area or I would be back at Impress buying another 10! :-)
Stamps: happy thoughts, thankful blossoms
Paper: gable green, blush blossom, whisper white, basic black
Ink: brilliance graphite black
Accessories: celery ribbon, scallop punch, 1 3/8" circle punch, polka dot brads (AB), copics, corner rounder

***edited*** I used copic ciaos markers on this card. Here are the numbers: RV21, R32 for the flowers, YG11 & YG06 for the leaves, and C-1 to blend.

Not Always

I played quite a bit with this card. The bird is triple layered with dimensionals for today's Technique Challenge on SCS. I used my ticket corner punch around the entire circle and then randomly pierced the edges. I sponged the edges too and then used my blender pen to make a regal rose edge. It was fun to try some new things and go outside my stamping box! :-) This sketch is from Jen's Sketch For You To Try.
Stamps: Always
Paper: gable green, whisper white, everyday tango dp (Me Mind's Eye)
Ink: gable green, pumpkin pie, regal rose
Accessories: regal ribbon, green brads, ticket corner punch, coluzzle, stampin dimensionals, blender pen, sponge daubers, paper piercer

Apron Recipe Pocket

This apron card was what I brought to the Shoebox Swap. It was inspired by a WOW Swap from Kathy Stone (a member of my Stampin Up group). She made a fabulous apron recipe book. I made the apron shorter and wider so that it could easily fit a recipe card.
Stamps: From the Kitchen Of
Ink: basic black
Paper: wild wasabi, soft sky, afternoon tea dp
Accessories: round tab punch, scallop punch, 1 3/8" circle punch, oval punch, slit punch, cropadile, jumbo eyelets, guava ribbon, prismacolor pencils, mineral spirits

Friday, March 28, 2008

Weekend Sketch with Flowers

Today's Limited Supplies Challenge is to use an embellishment that you often have regretting buying! Believe me, I have a ton of neglected embellishments that looked fabulous in the store and I can't figure out how to add to my cards. Or they are so completely out of my style that I never even think to reach for them. I just had to have these flower brads! Why? Sure, they are fantastic but they are so not me!! :-)
This card uses Beate's weekend sketch. She is so creative and sweet! I always look forward to her weekend sketches.
I am off to the west side of the state for a weekend of family and stamping!! I can't wait to meet some of my SCS friends on Saturday night! I will be sure to take some pictures!! :-) Since I will be out of town, I most likely won't be posting till Sunday evening. Have a great weekend!
Stamps: kind thoughts
Paper: ruby red, chelsea's place dp (making memories)
Ink: ruby red
Accessories: prismacolor pencils, celery ribbon, stampin dimensionals, flower brads (deja views)

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Sweetpea Sweetheart

This stamp set is from Belinda Landtroop's Clear Artistic Stamps. She has a special right now on a new set, Whispers of Dreams! I am excited to be a guest designer for the month of May and I have been playing around with some adorable sets that she carries. I used my color spritzer on the kraft with a basic black marker. I neglect this tool a lot but after making this card, I remember why I bought it to begin with! Today's Ways To Use It challenge on SCS was my motivator! Thanks, Julia!!
Stamps: Sweetpea Sweetheart (Clear Artistic Stamps)
Paper: kraft, pumpkin dp, basic black, whisper white
Ink: basic black
Accessories: flower fussion, white brads, ribbon (KI Memories), stampin dimensionals, color spritzer, corner rounder

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Life's A Breeze

I finally finished my swap cards that I HAVE to send off tomorrow! They are due on Friday! YIKES!! It was a stamper's choice swap so I opted for the Life's A Breeze set. Went with a very simple layout....a bit like my color combo challenge earlier this week but with the ribbon at the bottom.
Stamps: Life's a Breeze
Paper: soft sky, spring break dp
Ink: blue bayou, old olive
Accessories: stampin dimensionals, bayou ribbon, paper piercer

Gracious Hostess

Playing around a bit with the From the Kitchen Of set. This is a thank you note for a dinner party. This card is for today's sketch challenge on SCS.
Stamps: From the Kitchen Of, mixed messages (papertrey)
Paper: basic gray, barely banana, gable green, very vanilla, ginger blossom dp
Ink: basic black
Accessories: tag (making memories), silver cord, guava ribbon, prismacolor pencils

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Take 2 Tuesday: Struggle With Happiness

nI struggle with the Happiness stamp. I did attempt to relook at this card: Ginormous Double Masquerade. I am not sure I like this version much might become a Take 3 Tuesday next week! :-)
Stamps: ginormous flowers, happiness
Paper: certainly celery, sage shadow, real red, whisper white
Ink: real red, sage shadow
Accessories: green rhinestones, gems, red ribbon, stampin dimensionals, 1 3/8" circle punch, 1 1/4"circle punch

Miss You

This card is for the MFT sketch on the SCS forum. Not much chatter....I really need to head to bed and get a little sleep!! :-)
Stamps: It's a Jungle Out There (MFT), mixed messages (papertrey)
Paper: everyday tango (My Mind's Eye), bashful blue, ruby red, wild wasabi
Ink: wild wasabi, basic black, ruby red, chocolate chip
Accessories: jumbo eyelet, twine, wasabi ribbon, 1 3/8" circle punch, 1 1/4" circle punch, 1" circle punch, cropadile, on board accents, primsacolor pencils, mineral spirits

Monday, March 24, 2008

You Amaze Me

I just love this hostess set from the Fall & Winter collection. This card is for tomorrow's Color Challenge on SCS: soft sky, basic gray, whisper white. Of course, I grabbed my charbon dp right away! Sorry for the bad picture! You can't even see the glittery rabbit!
Stamps: event full
Paper: soft sky, basic gray, whisper white, notebook dp, charbon dp
Ink: basic black
Accessories: gray taffeta, 2 way glue pen, dazzling diamonds, paper piercer

Sending Smiles

Another RAK.....this card uses Mojo Monday Week #30. The designer paper, Savannah dp by DMD, was only $1.98 for a set of 40 sheets! Can you believe it??
Stamps: Fancy Florals Remixed, thoughtful florals (both by Verve Visual)
Paper: savannah dp (DMD), groovy guava, very vanilla
Ink: sage shadow, certainly celery, chocolate chip, groovy guava
Accessories: word window, guava ribbon, ticket corner punch

Happy Birthday

This cute little cupcake is for Taylor's Cupcake Friday! It is a 5 1/4" square card. I am still playing with the Everyday Tango dp. The 180 sheet stack was on sale for $9.99 at my local craft store. Lots of stripes and polka dots, my favorites! I did add more dots with the big bold set because the majority of them were covered up by the image! :-)
Stamps: big bold birthday
Paper: brilliant blue, old olive, whisper white, everyday tango dp (My Mind's Eye)
Ink: brocade blue, soft sky, old olive
Accessories: celery ribbon, freesia rhinestone singles (Me&My Big Ideas)

Chicken Up

This card is for Jen's Sketch For You To Try. I have some RAKs that need to go out tomorrow...this being one of them! :-)
Stamps: punny farm (MFT)
Paper: Everyday tango dp (My Mind's Eye), pixie pink, whisper white, old olive
Ink: basic black, pixie pink
Accessories: scallop punch, 1 3/8" circle punch, 1 1/4" circle punch, oval punch, prismacolor pencils, mineral spirits, olive twill, buttons (123 Made By Me)

Bold Flap Fold Card

Today's Technique Challenge on SCS is to make a Flap Fold card. This color combination was inspired by my new Pottery Barn catalog. Gotta love catalogs! :-)
Stamps: stitched exotics
Paper: pumpkin pie dp, chocolate chip, pixie pink, whisper white
Ink: pixie pink, pumpkin pie
Accessories: theater ribbon originals, 1/2" circle punch, pewter hodgepodge, cropadile,

Halloween in Spring?

This week's sketch at the Lizzie Anne Designs forum had the perfect twist....use an uninked stamp! Not surprisingly, I have a ton sitting around that needed to touch some ink! I just loved this Spooked set when I discovered it back in November but had yet to ink it up! I know that it will get lots of use come fall but it does feel good to play with it a little today!
Stamps: spooked (LAD)
Paper: the fall stack (DCWV), real red, basic black
Ink: whisper white
Accessories: red ribbon, scallop punch, 1 3/8" circle punch

Bold Thank You

This card is for the sketch at Card Positioning Systems. It is a really fun sketch so I wanted to use some bright colors and a bit of bling! The chipboard letters are by K & Company. They already had a bit of twinkle to them.
Stamps: NONE!
Paper: everyday tango dp (My Mind's Eye), whisper white, pixie pink, wild wasabi
Ink: NONE!
Accessories: corner rounder, boho blossom punch, rhinestones (Me & My Big Ideas), chipboard letters (K&Company), regal rose ribbon, hobby blade

Simple Weekend Sketch

I finally made the time for Beate's Weekend Sketch. It is really simple but perfect for a friend that is expecting twins!
Stamps: sweet celebrations
Paper: notebook dp, kraft, close to cocoa, soft sky
Ink: close to cocoa, soft sky
Accessories: star punch, scallop punch, 1 3/8", 1 1/4", 1", 3/4" circle punches, soft sky ribbon, anchored rub ons

Simple Monday: You're Tweet!

It is Monday! There is some clean up still from this weekend and a bunch of stamping I need to catch up on! I have a swap to send out and a shoebox swap to prep for! Calvin gets his cast off this week too!! :-) Going to be a busy one!! :-) Here is a simple card to start off the week. The sketch is from Lauren's Saturday Sketch. Perfectly sweet and simple!
Stamps: nature set (AMUSE)
Paper: kraft
Ink: chocolate chip
Accessories: prismacolor pencils, paper piercer, ribbon (Michaels)

Sunday, March 23, 2008

A Pickle Tree Hi!

I LOVE today's featured stamper on SCS! It is the ONE & ONLY Amy! She is so creative and sweet! I picked this card to case: Hi. I changed the color combination and stamp set.
Stamps: travel (rubber soul)
Paper: brilliant blue, whisper white, prints pack dp
Ink: taken with teal
Accessories: star punch, 1" circle punch, 3/4" circle punch, paper piercer, white gel pen, fuzzy felt stickers (KI Memories), ribbon (KI Memories)

Friday, March 21, 2008

Four of A Kind

Today's Limited Supplies Challenge on SCS is to make 2 to 4 cards using the same stamp set and paper. I just love this challenge. I remember that was the first thing that held me back with buying a set of stamps....what could I possible make from it to make the investment worth it? I felt like I needed to have it all in order to make a worthy card!
Stamps: One of a Kind
Paper: regal rose, whisper white, very vanilla, pumpkin pie, bali breeze dp
Ink: regal rose, whisper white, basic black
Accessories: white taffeta, regal ribbon, pumpkin striped ribbon, build a brad, pretties kit, styled silver hodgepodge, vintage brads, flower fusion, fire rhinestone, jumbo eyelets, prismacolor pencils, mineral spirits, sponge daubers, boho blossom punch, corner rounder, oval punch, 1/2" circle punch, paper piercer

Thursday, March 20, 2008


Today's Ways to Use It Challenge on SCS was Tags. I have neglected this fabulous dp and metal tags for some time. The paper was actually bought for a scrapbook that I never made way back in the summer of 2005!!
Stamps: little pieces
Paper: wild wasabi, flair designs dp, bravo burgundy
Ink: regal rose
Accessories: metal tags (making memories), silver cord, silver brads, adhesive pearls (Marcella), regal ribbon, string, green polka dot ribbon (offray)

Thanks for stopping by and all the sweet comments regarding my father in law! It is wonderful to have such fabulous cyber friends! :-)

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

We Will Meet You On the Other Side

This year has gone by fast.....

Feb. 1st, 1952 - Mar. 19th, 2007

For Lee

God saw you getting tired
And a cure was not to be,
So He put his arms around you
And whispered, "Come to Me."
With tearful eyes we watched you
And saw you pass away,
And though we loved you dearly
We could not make you stay.
A golden heart stopped beating,
Hard-working hands at rest.
God broke our hearts to prove to us
He only takes the best

by Gloria Johnson

Thanks for stopping by,

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Pink Bunny

I am still in shock that Easter is this Sunday! I still have some Easter projects and cards to make and share. They aren't late as long as I make them before Sunday, right?? It has come way to quick this year.
I love the sketch over on SCS today/tomorrow. Perfect for showing off this fabulous Easter dp that I got from my SCS secret sis! I can't wait to find out who she is! She has really spoiled me! :-)
Stamps: eggstra special (MFT), Easter elegance (Verve Visual)
Paper: brocade blue, certainly celery, whisper white, prints pack dp, easter dp
Ink: basic black, certainly celery
Accessories: paper piercer, offray ribbon

Monday, March 17, 2008

Hoppy Easter

I am not a purple gal......I don't even own any purple ink! So whenever the color challenge on SCS calls for a shade of purple it is a BIG challenge for me! Tomorrow's color challenge on SCS is orchid opulence, sage shadow & kraft. Sage shadow is one of my FAVORITE colors! The bunnies are flocked. I just used my 2 way glue pen and some fun flock to give them a fuzzy look. I really like how this one turned out...even with my limited ink!
Stamps: Eggstra Special (MFT)
Ink: basic black, sage shadow
Paper: kraft, sage shadow, orchid opulence, dotted dp (?)
Accessories: 2 way glue pen, fun flock, velvet ribbon, scallop punch, 1 3/8" circle punch, 1 1/4" circle punch, prismacolor pencils, mineral spirits

Easter Wishes

Okay...... so I know these aren't traditional Easter/Spring colors but they went so well with the brown bunny! Gotta love Basic Grey! This fun layout is from Card Positioning Systems.
Stamps: Bunny Hugs
Paper: blush dp (Basic Grey), easter dp (?), whisper white
basic black
Accessories: 2 way glue pen, fun flock, prismacolor pencils, mineral spirits, stickles, ric rak, pretties kit, fire circle rhinestones, coluzzle

Playing With My Gina K

There are some VERY cute new Gina K stamps but I decided I needed to play some more with the ones I have before I could justify more!
They are so fun to play with too!!
Stamps: Just So Hoppy
Paper: bashful blue, prints back dp, jersey shore dp, whisper white
Ink: basic black
Accessories: white taffeta, prismacolor pencils, mineral spirits, white brads

I decided that this cute little frog needed to dive into first spinner card! :-)
Stamps: Just So Hoppy
Paper: tempting turquoise, brocade blue, whisper white, real red, prints pack dp
Ink: tempting turquoise, brocade blue, whisper white, real red, basic black
Accessories: brocade ribbon, large star punch, 3/4" circle punch, 1" circle punch, paper piercer, brayer


Stamps: How Sweet It Is!
Ink: basic black
Paper: kraft, close to cocoa dp
Accessories: prismacolor pencils, isabelle fuchsia ribbon (Berwick)

Okay, I guess I can load up the Gina K shopping cart now! :-)

Coffee Break

Today's Technique Challenge on SCS is so fun! You brayer or ink up the negative side of the cuttlebug folder before running it through the machine! What an awesome effect!
Stamps: coffee break (AMUSE)
Paper: chocolate chip, creamy caramel, whisper white, regal rose
Ink: close to cocoa, chocolate chip, creamy caramel, regal rose
Accessories: styled silver hodgepodge, dahlia rhinestone singles (Me&MyBigIdeas), ticket corner punch, cuttlebug, chocolate twill, regal rose ribbon, prismacolor pencils, mineral spirits, blender pen

I have a ton of housework today so I won't be back until later tonight....but I will be sharing some more cards then!

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Whispered Case

Today's Featured Stamper on SCS is BeckyTE. It took me a long time to decide which card to case. I finally settled on Whispered. I changed the colors and stamps but kept the basic layout. I love how this layout really shows off the sentiment!
Stamps: Live your Dream
Ink: regal rose, old olive, chocolate chip
Paper: infuse dp (basicgrey), regal rose, whisper white
Accessories: flower fusion, regal rose ribbon, vintage brad


Ready for my big news?? Click here.
I was so surprised and honored to receive an email from Heather Rolin asking me to join the H&M Stamps design team! I am excited to be apart of her team. She has some amazing design team members (my jaw dropped when I saw who I would be designing with!) and a great line of stamps that I am sure you will all love!! The stamp line with debut May 10th so I will keep you posted!

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Some Sketches

I have a list of sketch challenges that I like to participate in but never seem to have enough time. I was very productive tonight and whipped out 4!
This first one is for Beate's Weekend Sketch Challenge.
Stamps: Live Your Dream
Paper: Spring break dp, soft sky, whisper white
Ink: Old Olive, soft sky
Accessories: white taffeta, paper piercer, stampin dimensionals
This card is for Taylor's Cupcake Challenge #7. What a fun layout....perfect for a glittery cupcake!
Stamps: cupcake (studio G)
Paper: regal rose, spring fling dp, whisper white
Ink: basic black, certainly celery
Accessories: paper piercer, stickles, sage stampin write marker, blender pen

Isn't this a hoot?? This card is for Jen's Sketch For You To Try.
Stamps: nature set (AMUSE)
Paper: apple cider dp, old olive, really rust, whisper white,
Ink: basic black, chocolate chip
Accessories: prismacolor pencils, mineral spirits, word window punch, corner rounder, olive twill, olive grosgrain, stampin dimensionals, brads (Deja Views)

This final card is for Mojo Monday at Poetic Artistry.
Stamps: Anniversary Birds (Verve Visual)
Paper: bashful blue, prints pack dp, whisper white, pretty in pink
Ink: bashful blue
Accessories: blue taffeta, on board accents, stickles

Friday, March 14, 2008

Absolutely Fabulous

Tomorrow's Inspirational Challenge was posted early on SCS. The candy boot image is "absolutely fabulous". I made this card for a friend that needs a little cheer. This cherry dp always brings a smile to my face! :-)
Stamps: green thumb & mixed messages (Papertrey)
Paper: real red, summer picnic dp, whisper white
Ink: real red, pumpkin pie
Accessories: slit punch, red ribbon, flower fusion, red brad

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Quick Kind Thoughts

Tomorrow's Limited Supplies challenge restricted all tools! Can you believe it?? I had the hardest time not grabbing that paper piercer, a punch, or my cropadile! I decided it was best to get it done quick or I might break the rules! :-)
Stamps: kind thoughts
paper: sage shadow, purely pomegranate, spring fling dp, whisper white
Ink: purely pomegranate
Accessories: celery ribbon

Tart But GREAT Swap

Here is the card I made for a recent swap. It is such a GREAT group that I can't wait to get them back.
Stamps: tart & tangy
Paper: kraft, regal rose, real red, summer picnic dp, very vanilla
Ink: real red, chocolate chip, old olive
Accessories: versa mark, scallop punch, 1 3/8" circle punch, 1 1/4" circle punch, olive ribbon, corner rounder

My Man's The Man

My husband has been having a long week so I thought that this might cheer him up! :-) He is definitely THE MAN for me! :-) The Ways To Use It challenge was to use only designer paper except for the base!
Stamps: dad's day
Paper: brilliant blue, jersey shore dp, notebook dp
Ink: chocolate chip
Accessories: chocolate twill, scallop punch, 1 3/8" circle punch, 1 1/4" circle punch, corner rounder, chocolate brads (Global Views)


This sketch came from another one of Gina K's challenges on SCS. This is a fabulous picture of my youngest on his 1st birthday. He ate with his hands at first and then decided it was easier to just use his mouth! So cute!!
Stamps: how sweet it is, just so hoppy
Paper: soft sky textured, notebook dp, boho blend simply scrappin dp, pumpkin textured, old olive textured
Ink: basic black, old olive
Accessories: thickers (American Crafts), slit punch, silver cord, pumpkin brads, on board lots of letters chipboard, stampin write marker, stampin dimensionals, prismacolor pencils

Sweet Gina

Want to win free stamps?? Gina K is having some challenges on their SCS forum with winners getting to pick their choice of stamp set!! This one is for the color challenge: pumpkin pie, taken with teal, soft sky.
Stamps: How Sweet It Is
Paper: soft sky textured, taken with teal, whisper white, pumpkin pie textured, spring silhouettes dp
Ink: basic black
Accessories: pumpkin striped ribbon, 1 3/8" circle punch, 1 1/4" circle punch, 3/4" circle punch, prismacolor pencils, silver cord, plastic tag