Thursday, July 31, 2008

Temporary Break

I am so ready for my VACATION!! YEAH!! We are off to Spokane, WA for a weekend of soccer. Go, Jordan!! Then to the Seattle area for a 3 day conference...a bit of work for me but the kidos can play with Gram & Gramps & Uncle Jared! :-) Then we are finally on our way to MONTANA for some camping adventures! I will be away from the craft table & my bed for 10 days...what will I miss more?? ;-) When I return, I will be a changed woman.....1 year older! Ready to embrace my 34th year of life!! What will you be doing 08/08/08? My special day happens to be extra special this year so I hope to be on some amazing hike surrounded by the 4 BEST men in the WORLD! :-) Take care & happy stamping!!!

12 More Days Till Christmas.....

Here is a smaller version of an advent calendar...counting down the last 12 days till the big day! Perfect for my littlest guy. I just love this Bitty Christmas Tags kit. This and the other 4 kits are now available at Unity Stamp Company. Angela also posted the August Kit of the Month. WOW! I can't wait to get mine!
Stamps: Bitty Christmas Tags
Ink: memento
Paper: SEI, whisper white, My Mind's Eye dp
Accessories: icons, Making Memories glitter letters, copics, silver eyelets, silver ribbon

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Growing In Unity

Here is another card using the up&coming Growing in Unity kit from Unity. I used today's sketch challenge. More to come later....lots of Christmas stuff with the Bitty Christmas Tags kit. I teach tonight so I will miss the actual party on SCS but plan to hit the postparty if anyone is up for staying up late! ;-) It starts at 6pm, games, and a chance at some FREE rubber!! :-)

Ready To Party??

The Unity release party starts tonight at 6 PST or 9 on the east coast. There are 5 kits being released. 3 of them have been leaked earlier...did you see them on the Unity site? Here is a better look at my peeks from yesterday.
The first one uses the Growing in Unity Kit. I used some Fleuriste dp from Cosmo Cricket. Lovely pair right?

This second one is from the Bitty Christmas Tags kit. I used some liquid appliqué and glitter to give Santa a REAL beard! :-)

I have been having some fun with these kits......LOTS more to come! :-)

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Jacksonbelle Tuesday & Some Peeks!!

This week's Jacksonbelle Embellishments challenge was another Free For All! I used some of the new Jacks World (the perfect shade of groovy guava for today's color challenge too!!) This image comes from the Inkadinkado Birthday Cupcake yummy!! Then, I topped it off with a bit of bling!
Stamps: Birthday Cupcakes
Ink: memento
Paper: Jacks world dp, whisper white, sahara sand
Accessories: slit punch, corner rounder, nestabilities, glitter, 2 way glue pen, icons, guava ribbon, sewing machine

Don't forget to check out the other fabulous ladies!!
Lynda, Kisa, Beth, Lindsey, Dee, Erin, Broni, Elizebeth, Amber, Lila

Now are you ready for a little peek at the Unity sets being released tomorrow night on the SCS Unity forum??? I can only show you a glimpse and it is quite blurry....but don't fret....more to come tomorrow!! These peeks are 2 of the 5 kits being released.
6-8 Pacific
7-9 Mountain
8-10 Central
9-11 EST

Monday, July 28, 2008


I hope that you all had a great weekend! It was wonderful helping my mom again...she is recovering nicely! :-) I did miss my boys though and look forward to some quality time with them this week.
There is a Unity Stamp Company release on Wednesday so look for some peeks tomorrow!
Also, I am so excited to report that you can FINALLY buy those new Cosmo lines!! Jacksonbelle Embellishments has all 3 of them!! YEAH!! Look for some more Cosmo creations tomorrow!! :-)

Here are some more Dirty Cards....
This first one is for Holly's Challenge. I used way more layers than normal...what a challenge!!
Stamp: delectable delights

Julia had a sewing challenge that I went a bit crazy with....YIKES!!
Ribbon, buttons, trim, sewing...Oh MY!

Stamping Simply with Sharon on this one.
Stamps: Garden Isle (Lizzie Anne Designs), Everlasting Romance (Unity)

Of course, Taylor opted for a cupcake challenge! :-) So fun!
Stamps: Amuse Sentiment, Cupcakes A'La Yummy

Here is Joan's
Silhouette Challenge.
Stamp: Wish

Do you recognize the Haunted line here?
This card was for Rose Ann's challenge.

I am not much of a scenery gal so this card was a HUGE challenge for me!

Jen had a fabulous sketch! This card uses some Verve stamps.

Laura's challenge required some tearing and distressing.
Stamp: eco chic

Only Carole could pick this color combo!!
Stamps: mixed up of cuteness

This one is for Amy's challenge.
Stamp: delectable delights

Natasha had a sketch challenge.
Stamps: small elegance

The FABULOUS Lindsey went for a color combo/faux stitching challenge!
Of course...those October Afternoon stamps, felt brads, and daisyd's faux stitching was all bought at the Jacksonbelle store!

This card was actually for last week's MFT sketch.
Better late than never, right?? ;-)

My mother is an avid beader so I picked up some fun beads at a store in Seattle.

Thursday, July 24, 2008


I can't believe my new LAD sets arrived already!! What amazing service! I just had to ink one up before I hit the road to visit my mom again. This is a REAL quickie for Kristina's Color Inspiration #17: sage shadow, regal rose, rose red, and whisper white.

Stamps: Garden Isle
Ink: rose red, sage shadow, regal rose
Paper: sage shadow, rose red dp, regal rose, whisper white
Accessories: nestabilities, PTI berry sorbet ribbon

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Daring To Get Dirty

Here are some more Dare to Get Dirty Challenge cards & Amber's Verve Diva Inspiration Challenge.

This first DTGD '08 challenge is from Jenn. She picked out a yummy cake for our inspiration!
Stamps: bliss & a birdie
Paper: gable green, basic black, whisper white, Amanda Blu dp
Ink: memento
Accessories: rhinestone stickers, nestabilities, sewing machine, offray ribbon, Queen & Co. felt brad

This one is from Lauren's Monochromatic Color Challenge
Stamps: Jacks World
Paper: Jacks World dp, certainly celery, wild wasabi, very vanilla, whisper white
Ink: wild wasabi
Accessories: offray ribbon, crimper, corner rounder, making memories brads, scallop punch, 1 3/8" & 11/4" circle punches, copic multiliner

Here is Rockin' Amber's Verve Diva Challenge. I just loved the inspiration! Perfect for some inchies!!
Stamps: fancy florals remixed, filigree fantasy
Paper: whisper white, pumpkin pie
Ink: brilliant blue, so saffron, soft sky, pumpkin pie
Accessories: SU! blue brads, American Craft white brads, Offray ribbon, nestabilities

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Eco Chic With Bling?

I am not sure how this all came about...sometimes cards have minds of their own!! :-) The color combination is from today's SCS challenge. I used all textured cardstock on this one.
Stamps: eco chic
Ink: memento, soft sky & river rock reinkers
Paper: river rock textured, soft sky textured, very vanilla textured, spring silhouettes dp
Accessories: rain dots, Mark Richards crystal stickers, beachfront ribbon originals, aqua painter, corner rounder, sewing machine, slit punch

Getting Dirtier.....

Today's Dare to Get Dirty Challenges are posted!

This first one is for Christine's Watercolor WOW Challenge. I used some Pearlescent Watercolors so there is a bit of shimmer that the photo doesn't show.
Stamps: butterfly beauty
Ink: stazon, memento
Paper: Sweet Branch crate dp, whisper white
Accessories: club wedd ribbon, rhinestone stickers, corner rounder, aqua painter, pearlescent watercolors

The next one is for Michelle's Masculine Challenge. More Mr. Campy product for you to enjoy!!
Paper: chocolate chip, Mr. Campy, very vanilla
Accessories: Mr. Campy rubons, nestabilities, cutter kit, twill, american crafts cooper brads

The final challenge of the day is from the infamous Julie!! This card was inspired by a pillow in the latest Pottery Barn Kids.
Stamps: mix up of cuteness
Paper: prints pack dp, whisper white, real red, regal rose, garden green
Ink: real red
Accessories: rhinestone stickers, sewing machine, Target ribbon, flower punch

Just Having Fun

It is Tuesday, time for another Jacksonbelle Embellishment's Challenge. This week......ANYTHING GOES!! I happily grabbed some October Afternoon paper and stamps. This fabulous ribbon is also a JB product. I finished off the flowers with some rhinestone stickers. Very quick and simple!! I am loving the different thread colors these days...went for some brown today.

Stamps: October Afternoon
Paper: October Afternoon, very vanilla, chocolate chip
Ink: memento
Accessories: satin ribbon, rhinestone stickers, sewing machine, 1 1/4" & 1 3/8" circle punches

Be sure to check out what the other girls have done:








Monday, July 21, 2008

Getting Dirty

This week is a Day In the Life of a Dirty Girl Challenge Week for SCS fan club members! If you are not a member yet, you should really join! You pay so little for SO much inspiration!!

This first one is for Laurie's Vellum Challenge. It uses some fabulous hello sunshine dp from Cosmo Cricket and the Mix Up of Cuteness kit from Unity. What a fabulous pair!!

Stamps: Mix Up of Cuteness
Paper: chocolate chip, whisper white, hello sunshine, vellum
Ink: memento
Accessories: copics, offray ribbon, sewing machine, red rhinestone, netabilities

This one is for Jody's ribbon Challenge. I picked up this crazy rainbow ribbon at Target over the weekend. It worked perfectly with some October Afternoon paper that I got from Jacksonbelle Embellishments and the Dandie Trio Stampendous stamp that I won on Taylor's blog. Isn't she the sweetest most talented gal?? :-)
Stamps: dandie trio
Paper: very vanilla, October afternoon
Ink: memento
Accessories: copics, nestabilities, specialty ribbon

Friday, July 18, 2008

Last One....PROMISE!

This is my last card with the new Unity Kit of The Month before my weekend away. I am off to visit with my mom who is recovering from knee replacement surgery. This card is a trifecta! It is this week's CPS sketch, Kristina's Color Inspiration #16, and Shannon's Inspiration Challenge on the Unity Forum.
Stamps: It's the little things
Paper: pumpkin pie dp, notebook dp, wintergreen dp, spring fling dp, very vanilla, creative license simply scrappin dp
Ink: memento
Accessories: SU! twill, 3/4" & 1/2" circle punches, nestabilities, sewing machine, copics

And They Keep Coming....

Don't you just love summer days?? The boys all slept in, enjoying their day off of swim lessons. We are just having a lazy summer day....still in the pjs, reading, playing G.I. Joes, some Wii, and Legos (of course!). I was so excited to get my Kit of the Month from Unity yesterday: It's the Little Things. I HAD to ink it up today.

This first one is also for today's Limited Supplies Challenge: Folding. I used a gate fold but made it fold horizontally. This paper is from the Hello Sunshine line at Cosmo.
Stamps: It's the Little Things
Paper: hello sunshine (cosmo cricket), kraft, whisper white
Ink: memento
Accessories: copics, white chipboard frames, rhinestone stickers

The second card was just me playing around with the kit. I just adore the little mushrooms! It uses some more Mr. Campy by Cosmo.

Stamps: It's the little things
Paper: mr. campy (cosmo cricket), kraft
Ink: memento, old olive
Accessories: 1 1/4" circle punch, velvet ribbon, rhinestones, white gel pen, ribbon

Unity Cards

Here are some cards that I haven't shared with you yet. They were featured on Angela's blog a couple weeks ago.

I just love this one! It uses some Get Happy Cosmo Cricket paper. Isn't it fun? I understand how they came up with the name of this line!
best friends, sentiments o' simple
Paper: get happy cosmo dp, textured pumpkin pie, blue bayou
Ink: memento tuxedo black
Accessories: sewing machine, AB rhinestone brad, 3/4" circle punch

This cute little guy is in the Jolly Little Winter kit.
Stamps: jolly little winter
Paper: pumpkin pie, tempting turquoise dp, basic black, whisper white
Ink: memento tuxedo black
Accessories: nestabilities, ribbon (offray), corner rounder, copics

I was playing around with my Janome sewing machine with this one.
Stamps: Batch of bitty fun
Paper: chocolate chip, very vanilla, sei dp
Ink: memento
Accessories: oval punch, offray ribbon, rhinestone stickers, sewing machine

Thursday, July 17, 2008


So I decided to stay up late/early tonight and get caught up on some challenges.
This first one is the Meet the Verve Divas Challenge. It was a color challenge: so saffron, chocolate chip, old olive & pumpkin pie. I uploaded an image before class in my SCS gallery but I like this picture so much better. It amazes me how much the quality of the image impacts the card!!
Stamps: great expectations, fluttering by
Paper: chocolate chip, cupcake dp (basicgrey), very vanilla
Ink: memento
Accessories: paper piercer, rhinestone stickers, slit punch, olive twill

The next three are for the Lizzie Anne Designs Birthday Sketch Challenge Contest.
BSC #1 Uses some more of that yummy Cosmo Cricket Haunted!! :-)
Stamps: spooked
Ink: Memento, pumpkin pie
Paper: old olive, haunted dp (Cosmo Cricket)
Accessories: ribbon, sewing machine

BSC#2 Uses more Cosmo....some fabulous & fun Hello Sunshine that I bought from Jacksonbelle Embellishments!
Stamps: Le Jardin
Paper: hello sunshine dp (cosmo cricket), whisper white, green galore, basic black
Accessories: offray ribbon, american crafts ribbon, satin ribbon, sewing machine, copics

This last one is BSC #3. I used some of my new Euphoria dp (basicgrey) from Jacksonbelle Embellishments. The frame came from a Studio Calico kit. It was white but, thanks to my copic markers, is now a light pink! The animals are cut out and added to the white paper with dimensionals. I stamped the sentiment on a piece of acetate and laid it over the main image making a window.
Stamps: Born To Be Wild
Ink: memento
Paper: euphoria dp (basicgrey), whisper white, blue bayou
Ink: memento, stazon
Accessories: offray ribbon, chipboard frame, acetate, sewing machine