Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Feeling Pasture Prime?

This is my last sneak peek to share with you. As a matter of fact, this is my last day as a member of a wonderful design team for Clear Dollar Stamps. My term is up and I want to thank Lori and Laurie for such a fabulous experience!
Now on to the card --- yep, you guessed it, another Farm Critters example (told you it was my favorite set!!!). Miss Pink Cow was dolled up with my Copic markers then cut and embossed with my Nestabilities. The white layer was embossed with the argyle embossing folder. Other colors include Chocolate chip, Pink pirouette and Riding hood red. I used the Riding hood red satin ribbon along the side as well as various sizes of rhinestones. Of course the image and sentiment are popped up (I go thru pop-ups like crazy!!!).
Happy New Year's Eve everyone!!! Stay safe tonight. We'll be staying in watching movies and stamping (gee, I wonder who will be doing the stamping in a house full of men!!!!!!). See you next year!!!!!!

Eggs-tra Special

Not a good day for taking photos! I'm having a time of it!!!!! This sneak peek is again from my favorite set Clear Dollar Stamps is releasing tomorrow called Farm Critters. The verbage is Critter Messages and a wonderful array of sentiments to go with a wide variety of animals. This is a folded pop-up card that I got the directions for from SCS. I covered the folded base (Not quite navy) with the coordinating wheel called Farm Sounds. The chick was colored using Copic markers, punched out, layered up, and popped up. I love the striped grosgrain ribbon by SU, this one is Tangerine Tango. This card was so much fun to make and it's amazing how flat it will fold up to!

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

You're Amoozing!

Sneaking in for another peek, are you??!! Well today I am featuring two new sets being released on Thursday from Clear Dollar Stamps. The animal set is called Farm Critters (my absolute favorite might I add!) and the verbage is from Critter Messages (this is an amazing set of sentiments to go with so many different animals!!!). Yep, you guessed it, I used my Copic markers on the cow and haystack. The hay I embellished with Crystal Effects (love the added shiny dimension). Quite the array of colors too -- Riding hood red, Sahara sand, Cool Caribbean and Chocolate chip. The ribbon is Tangerine tango and photographed a little too orange I think. I used my sewing machine around the edges of the caribbean layer which is Cuttlebugged embossed. Brads and dimensionals add the final touches. Mooooore sneak peaks are a-comin' so see you again real soon!!!!!

Monday, December 29, 2008

You're One of a Swine'd!

I think I should post a warning, be advised, some really cute stamp sets are about to be shown!!! I am continuing to show you my sneak peeks for Clear Dollar Stamps new Jan. 1st releases. I think I said the same thing about the Winter Eskimo and Snowshoe wheel that I showed you the other day, this one is a must have too! Farm Critters and Critter Messages are the stamp sets and Farm Sounds wheel is also featured (with a neigh neigh here and a baaa baaa there). Piggy was brought to life with Copic markers. This was a color challenge for all Design Team members - Baja breeze, Close to cocoa, Taken with teal, and Groovy guava. I had found the guava piece in my stash of embossed pieces and knew it had to be used! The Farm Sounds wheel was inked in teal and stamped on the baja breeze layer. I then did some paper piercing along the side. The sentiment from Critter Messages was stamped in Chocolate chip and punched out. Some ribbon, dew drops, and primas and it's complete!!

Feeling Coopy?

It's so good to see you again!! Yesterday we traveled to my parents' for a holiday gathering. We spent the first part of the afternoon glued to the TV watching football (way to go Steelers!! Poor Big Ben!)(And this is for Stacy, way to go Colts!!) then we opened some presents. Of course eating was involved too, lots and lots of it!!

My card is a sneak peek of a new set being released Jan. 1st by Clear Dollar Stamps called Farm Critters. I love animal stamps and this set is a must have! I used my Copic markers on the chickie, punched her out, added lots of dots, and layered her up! The yummy rust wide satin ribbon I've had for quite some time, it's just hard to cut into something so beautiful!!! The designer paper is from DaisyD's and perfect with the hen. I added some stitching with my sewing machine and brads around the punched out sentiment. Colors include Basic black, Really rust, Summer sun, and Very vanilla.

I've gotta get ready for work, but wanted to tease you with a look of what's to come!! Come on back now, ya hear, for more sneak peeks of this adorable set!!!!!

Saturday, December 27, 2008

CDS January Release Sneak Peeks

Today's starting the sneak peeks of the January release over at Clear Dollar Stamps. What a thrill when I received this set and wheel, Winter Eskimo and Snowshoe Wheel. I think they are adorable and I know you will agree! This card is 5" square and, believe it or not, the base is Close to cocoa, not Chocolate chip (my all-time favorite color!). I also used Ballet blue and Certainly celery. The Eskimo boy and girl were colored in using my Copic markers then cut/embossed using my Nestabilities. The green layer I used the Snowshoe Wheel, inked it in Kiwi kiss, and went to it! The sentiment, I thaw for you, was punched out with the word window punch and attached using dimensionals. Embellishments include the wide organdy ribbon, pearls, and an adorable fish button by Making Memories, the whole inspiration for this card!!

Keep stopping by, more sneak peeks are comin'!

Just Chillin'

This card fulfilled two of the challenges presented to the DT members for the Jan. 1st sneak peeks at Clear Dollar Stamps - a sketch challenge as well as to use a charm. I started out with this as a 5 x 5 square card but just didn't like it so I scaled it down to 4.25 square. I found the fish charm at JoAnn's which went perfectly with this stamp set, Winter Eskimo. The square layer in the middle of the card is making use of the Snowshoes Wheel also by Clear Dollar Stamps. Colors used include Sahara sand, Chocolate chip, Tempting turquoise, Really rust and White. Once again I used my Cuttlebug to emboss - I couldn't live without that machine!!! The sentiment is held in place by a small clip by SU. I colored in the Eskimo boy with Copic markers and popped him up. Ribbon and rhinestones and the project is complete.

Box Full of Yummy!

Another Clear Dollar Stamp sneak peek using the Winter Eskimo set being released Jan. 1st. Now if you know me at all, you know I am not a fan of purple, light purples especially. This was a color challenge given to the DT members so, like any challenge, I decided to accept. We were also challenged to make or decorate a box. I had seen this Acetate Box on SCS and had always wanted to try why not now! The yummies inside??? They are positively scrumptious cheesecake Hershey kisses!! "Yummo!" (in my best Rachel Ray voice!). The Eskimo girl is colored in with my Copic markers then popped up on the front of the box. The fish is stamped in Chocolate chip on So saffron, cut out and popped up also. I will definitely be making more of these sweet little boxes!!!

Hugs & Fishes

This is a new stamp set sneak peek by Clear Dollar Stamps being released Jan. 1st called Winter Eskimo. I thought this set was super sweet!!!! I colored in the girl with my Copic markers, sponged around her with Bashful Blue ink, then glistened up the snow with Stickles. Two ghostie stars are being held together with a rhinestone brad. Some embossed layers, satin ribbon (thanks Peggy!), and gold brads finish it up. Of course the main image is popped up with dimensionals. Oops, almost forgot to tell you colors I used -- Chocolate chip (surprised?), Tempting turquoise, More mustard and Ruby red.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Snow is Glistenin'

Hold on to your hats, I've made AND posted two cards in past two days!! Gotta be a first for me. Still no packages wrapped or all my holiday baking done, but that's okay, I'm determined not to stress over the holidays this year. I need to be quick with this post too, my Pittsburgh Steelers are on and I have to watch the game!! This is a double challenge card from SCS - Featured Stamper is Paula Tracy and what a gallery she has. I cased this card ( of her's. I also played along with the holiday extravaganza challenge for today - squares, scallops and sentiments. The card base is PTI white and the other colors are riding hood red and bordering blue. The designer paper is by Lizzie Anne. This cute little snowman is by Hero Arts. Thanks for stopping by and can I hear you say "GO STEELERS!!!"

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Snowy Days, Frosty Nights

Well, well, well, how are all of you? I have been very busy with work and the holidays, but I'm making sure it doesn't stress me out like it usually does. Do I have all of my shopping done? Don't know! And are my presents wrapped? Now you know that's a "NO!" Anyway, the tree is up along with a few other decorations and the kids couldn't be more thrilled!
Yes, this is the first card I have make in over a week! SCS is having a Holiday Challenge Extravaganza, posting extra challenges so I thought I would try with all my might to play along. This was an inspiration challenge right up my alley because it involved brown! I love it and use it often! This card is made using chocolate chip, naturals ivory, close to cocoa and always artichoke. The designer paper is SU's Au Chocolat. The stamp sets are by Papertrey Ink - Rustic Snowflake and Made of Snow. The ribbon is also by PTI, ripe avocado twill. A build a brad, gold brads, some distressing and sponging finish it off. Thanks for stopping by. I will try to keep up on my blog a bit better for the new year...let's see if I can do it!!!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Happy Holly-days!

What a busy week at work!! Plus, I'm trying to get ready for stamp camp this Sunday. The only problem, by the time I get home in the evenings, I'm so tired I end up falling asleep instead of making cards and putting together the kits for stamp camp!!!

Just yesterday I received these wonderful Lockhart images thru Wish RAK and knew I had to make something right away. I found this sketch that was used, I think, on SCS for World Card Making Day. The Holly Cupcake was colored in using Copic markers and the berries were then glitzed up with a Spica glitter pen. The embossed white layer makes use of my favorite Snowflakes folder. The designer papers are by Cloud 9 and Adornit. The sentiment is by Verve Stamps -- I stamped it in black ink, punched it out with the word window punch then layered it on the small and large oval punches. It too is popped up along with the cupcake. I'll have to make up a few more of these images because we have several late December birthdays. Thanks for stopping by, have a wonderful Thursday!

Monday, December 8, 2008

Merry Holly Christmas

I finally finished my card for the Clear Dollar Stamps color challenge found on Paper Craft Planet. I was glued to the TV watching the Steelers beat the Cowboys (!!!!!) that I totally forgot to finish up my card! The colors that were called for were Taken with teal, Real red, and White. We also needed to use Clear Dollar stamps - here I used the set called Holly Builder. I also followed a sketch challenge found on SCS. Love, love, love that snowflakes embossing folder for the Cuttlebug, I definitely pull it out often. The scalloped squares as well as the holly/teal layer are popped up with dimensionals. I used one of the hat pins from the Pretties kit along with Pewter hodgepodge hardware. The gingham ribbon I found in a drawer -- if I were an organized person it would have been in my ribbon drawer!!!!!!! Thanks so much for looking!

Thursday, December 4, 2008

I Can Do All Things Through Christ...

except do a challenge card on the day it's been posted!!!!!!!! Actually, this one isn't bad for me because this double challenge card is for both the sketch challenge (205) found on SCS and the Color Throwdown Challenge (pink, black, green) from yesterday. I know the sentiment, a Plain Jane from Verve Stamps, is a little big for the sketch but I felt inspired to use it. The colors are Rose red, Pink pirouette, Black, Kiwi kiss, Very vanilla and Parisian Summer DSP. A bit of kiwi kiss satin ribbon and two Prima flowers held in place by a pearl brad finish it off. Thanks so much for looking and letting me know you stopped by!

Riley, You're the Man!

FINALLY!!!!! Yesterday I tried so many times to post this card with no about frustrating. Anyway, I tried really hard last month to complete the three challenges in the Wish RAK forum but didn't get the male card done -- and I even had this image already colored!!! Well Riley ended up taking a different direction of colors than what was required in the challenge because I love the Basic Grey line Urban Praire. The colors I used were Basic black, White, So saffron, Taken with teal and Baja breeze. I had to play with my favorite long rectangle nestabilities too!! The saffron layer is embossed using the Houndstooth embossing folder. Riley was colored in with Copic markers, cut out and embossed with the circle nestabilities, layered and popped up. A touch of ribbon and some hardware and life is good!! I think I'll send this to my Dad for his birthday next month.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Happy Birthday Emily!

Our niece's birthday is today so I had to get to work fast to get something done and in the mail. I had already had this image colored so it was just a matter of putting it all together. Thank goodness for the Wish RAK group on SCS. You post a wish and a very generous person will grant your wish! Talk about fun mail. This image is from My Favorite Things and a real beaut'. My colors are Elegant eggplant, Taken with teal, Green galore and Groovy guava - quite the combo I know but I love experimenting with colors.
It's a miserable day, cold, windy and rainy/snowy. I have the day off along with the kids so it looks like some Christmas cookies will be getting in the oven soon!

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Clear Dollar Stamps Christmas Sneak Peak

Well, what do you think?? This gift ensemble is coming to you courtesy of Clear Dollar Stamps. You will be able to check out this set and wheel along with other adorable ones starting December 1st. The set I used is called Ornament Accents and the wheel is Ornament String. I had so much fun making this set!! Included is a journal with beaded pen, tag, Reese's peanut butter cup holders (my DS still doesn't know what happened to all the peanut butter cups!!!), a candle, a gift card holder (yes, that's my Starbucks card in there!!) and a card.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Oh My Goodness...

Has it really been that long since my last post???!!! What a bad, bad, bad blogger am I!! I have lots of catching up to do on things, but I promise to get posting. Sunday I will post some sneak peeks for Clear Dollar Stamps...can't wait to show you these!! I sure hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving and fun at the Black Friday sales!! I didn't go to one single store...but on-line I made a killing!!!!!!! That's how I like to shop!!!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

I Used Kraft!!!!!

Why is it I so rarely use Kraft cardstock? I like it, I just never seem to use it. I had my stamp camp today and boy was it a great one!!! 19 ladies came to a stamp-a-stack in which they made 3 each of 5 different cards. If you multiply that out, that was 285 cards that were cut out and prepared!!!!! Between 8 and 10 hours of prep work went into it --- thanks to my dear friends Jan and Peggy for all your help!!! Anyway, a bit off the track, one of the cards we did used Kraft so I decided to make a just-4-fun card! The stamp set is by Papertrey Ink called Spiral Bouquet. I used their Plum Pudding cardstock, ink and ribbon (sorry for the glare, just couldn't get a good photo) along with white craft ink. A little chocolate chip was added since brown is my favorite color after all!

Hooray, the Steelers won!! It wasn't pretty but it was still a win!!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

A Light Unto My Path

I love lighthouses and this set is beautiful! I actually received this image and sentiment thru Wish RAK. A little touch of glitter through the beam of light adds just a touch of sparkle. I'm really happy I kept it just blue and white which was my first idea -- believe me I toyed with adding a pop of color somewhere but kept being drawn back to just the navy and white. I submitting this for a WRAK challenge to emboss something on your card - I know it's hard to see but the first blue layer was run through the Cuttlebug and embossed with the Numbers Collage folder. Even the lacy white layer is not only punched out but also embossed thanks to Fiskars new punch/embossing tool. A few dew drops and it is complete. Thanks so much for swinging by today. Tell me how you are doing.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Hello Hello!

This is a card I made for the monthly WRAK challenges. It follows Sketch Challenge #159 on SCS. I received Bookwormabella from Wish RAK and colored several of her up using my Copic markers. I found this Crate Paper DSP that worked fabulously with my bella colors! Don't you love it when that happens!! I also had a stack of CB embossed layers and how lucky to have one in a color I could use!! Oh so fun. Now shhhhhhh, because I put it in the mail this morning for my secret sister!! Hope she doesn't blog surf!!!

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Pumpkins for Sale

Over to the right of my blog you will find some blog challenges I enjoy. Well I just discovered the blog "Mothers & Daughters Creations" where I played along with their sketch challenge. This is also for the WRAK weekend. I had received not only the image from WRAK, but also the sentiment and brads! Colors are my favorite, earth elements (really rust, close to cocoa, river rock, white and Apple Cider DSP). I colored the pumpkins in late last night with my copics, when I was really tired -- not the best idea in the world, that's for sure!!! The pumpkins and the sentiment are popped up on the Swiss Dots embossing folder layer. What a fun sketch!!

Sassy Old Ladies

This weekend was a "Just for the Girls" Wish RAK good ol' time! Challenges were posted and an item from WRAK needed to be used on your card. This challenge we needed to use red/purple or pink/lavender. Now that I look at mine I guess I used pink and purple, a little something from each!!!!! I hear what you're saying ---- "Rule Breaker!!!!!" Oh well, it got me to use up an image and sentiment from my never ending stash of WRAK items! I colored Billybootbella with my copic markers, then embellished away. Thanks for stopping by.


Thursday, November 6, 2008

Comfort & Peace

A card for a swap I'm in -- I almost forgot about this swap, how awful!!!!! I only have one set of 5 of these cards to make, thank goodness. I've been busy getting ready for a Stamp-a-Stack stamp camp as well as making some FUN things for my design team for Clear Dollar Stamps.
This card uses a stamp set by GinaK Designs called Comfort & Peace - a beautiful set with lovely sentiments. I used close to cocoa, pretty in pink, very vanilla and Parisian Summer DSP. The Swiss Dots embossing folder has to be my absolute favorite - I seem to go for it all the time! Ribbon is from Jacksonbelle Embellishments -- I love the ribbons she sells!!! Super quick, super easy...just the way I like it!!!

Saturday, November 1, 2008

I Do Love Snowmen!

And I do love stepping out of my comfort zone every so often which is what I did here making this pull-out scrapbook. I can create a card any day of the week and twice on Sundays, but ask me to make a scrapbook page I'm lost. So I challenged myself to make one. I found the tutorial on SCS's resource pages. It makes use of 2 coasters, some ribbon and designer paper. I must say, it turned out really cute. The photos are of the album closed, the main cover opened with the inside pull-outs still tied shut, then one side opened to show you what that looks like. Yep, those are my boys (DH included) sledding down our hill into the neighbors yard. It's not a very long ride, but it sure is fun!! Oh, and those are last year's pictures! We've had snow already, just not that much!!!!!

Snowman Wishes

I do adore snowmen so this new set by Clear Dollar Stamps was tops on my list!! I did a color challenge that was presented to the design team - night of navy, kraft, always artichoke and bashful blue. Such a fun card to make, too bad I agonized over it for hours!!!!! Guess that happens sometimes!! I added a little color to Mr. Snowman then punched him out and layered him up. It's popped up over the swiss dots embossed bashful blue square with some beautiful blue and white ribbon. I used an old snowflake punch to add a little something along with silver brads and white snowflake eyelets (I almost forgot I had these!!).

Thursday, October 30, 2008


Okay, you must think I really have a warped sense of humor because my previous post was of a turkey running for his life waving a "No Hunting" sign. Now this one where a cat has a piece of cheese tied to it's leg dangling it in front of a mouse!!! The cat is called Mama Kitty and the sentiment if from Kitty Toys, both current sets from Clear Dollar Stamps. Now the mouse and cheese wedge are part of the November release also from Clear Dollar Stamps. The card measures 4.25 inches square and made totally out of scraps! Believe me when I say I have a lot of scraps!!!

More Sneak Peeks

I don't know what it is about this turkey, but I absolutely love him!!! He is definitely running for his life!! And the sentiment "Eat More Ham" is simply hilarious!!! This is a new set being released on Saturday from Clear Dollar Stamps. I paired him up with a brad that CDS also sells that says "No Hunting." It reminds me of the Bugs Bunny episodes where he and Daffy Duck go back and forth yelling "Rabbit season," "Duck season" to the hunter Elmer Fudd! (Please tell me if you know what I'm talking about so I don't feel ancient!!!!!!!). Anyway, the turkey and the leaves are colored with copic markers. Lots of earth tones were used since they are my favorite, whether it's autumn time or not. The strips of background paper are distressed and sponged a bit with dark brown ink.

Prayer Journal #2

Here is another sample using Clear Dollar Stamps' November release set "Prayer Journal." The colors are Cool Caribbean (yes, I still have a stash that I've been hoarding!), Black and White. The cross, which is absolutely stunning I think, was white embossed then the edges sponged in white. It is layered up and mini black brads were added in the corners. The sentiment ("Great is the Lord and greatly to be praised") is from the "For Our Lord" set also by CDS and is popped up. I sent the blue layer thru my Cuttlebug and embossed it with the Birds and Swirls folder. I then sponged it with more white craft ink. It was then layered onto white that was scallop punched. I added some white polka dotted ribbon thru a pewter buckle and some rhinestones for a little sparkle. Thanks for stopping by. I hope to get a few more sneak peeks posted later today.

Prayer Journal

I apologize for not posting any sneak peeks yesterday. I got to work at 9:30am and came home at 9pm! I sat down on the couch with dinner, turned on the TV, and promptly fell asleep!!!
Today I am showing you cards I made using a November release set from Clear Dollar Stamps called "Prayer Journal." And what a lovely set indeed. As a design team we were given several challenges to complete so I decided to combine the sketch and color challenges with this one. The colors are Going grey, Mellow moss and Taken with teal. I needed to add the black to really pop the colors. The card measures 5 1/4 square, a size I don't seem to use often enough. Along the diagonals of each color is a new border stamp by CDS called "Scallop Leaf Border" that coordinates with the Prayer Journal set beautifully. The sentiment, "It is Good to Give Thanks to the Lord" is from the "For Our Lord" set. I heat embossed the cross in black on grey and cut it out. It is popped up on several layers of Nestabilities ovals which are also popped up (I love dimension!). Black organdy ribbon, silver cord and silver hardware were also added.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

CDS Sneak Peek #2

Here's another sneak peek of Clear Dollar Stamps' November release - this set is called Holly Builder and I knew from the moment I saw this set that I had to have it!!! So versatile and I love the fact that the stamps are clear so I can have perfect placement of the leaves and berries. I inked up the stem in chocolate chip, the leaves in old olive, and the berries are purely pomegranate. I had a 6 x 6 pad of Basic Grey's Eva that inspired the colors. Some hardware, ribbon, paper piercing and dimensionals completed this card. Thanks too for SCS and their weekly sketch challenges for the layout.

Keep coming back for more sneak peeks!! Then on Saturday you can start ordering up some stamps of your own from Clear Dollar Stamps!!!!! You're gonna love 'em!!

Clear Dollar Stamps Sneak Peek #1

Here's a sneak peek of one of the November releases from Clear Dollar Stamps called "Eat More Ham." It is such an adorable set!!! This turkey is hilarious, running for his life. I used my Copic markers on him then took him to the sewing machine to add a few stitches. He's popped up on the yellow layer that is Cuttlebug embossed using the Swiss Dots folder. The sentiment "Thankful" (oh, and on the inside, it says "to get away!") is also popped up. The leafy background layer is glossy paper making use of the Versamark resist technique -- the leaves were stamped on glossy with Versamark, allowed to dry, then color was brayered on. Any place the leaves were "resisted" the ink and remained white. I also stitched around this layer. A strip of background paper, some ribbon, and a few brads (the leaf brad is by Karen Foster) completes the card. Keep coming back, there is lots to show!!!

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Featured Stamper Challenge Card

This week's Featured Stamper on SCS is Speedystamper. I cased her card called Christmas Heart. I used a stamp set from Verve Stamps called Notes of Prayer. The colors are Chocolate chip (of course), Taken with teal, Very vanilla and Aqua mist by PTI. I used my Cuttlebug to emboss the aqua mist layers. A rhinestone brad in the center of the cross, use of the ticket corner punch, and lots of popped up layers and the card is complete. I finished this in no time and love how it turned out.

Cocoa the Dog

Meet Cocoa, from Clear Dollar Stamps. I have been so out of the stamping loop I actually struggled with this one!! Better stamp more so I get more practice!! Cocoa is adorable, as is the stamp set Doggie Toys where I got the sentiment and the fire hydrant you see peeking out from the inside of the card. Everything was colored with copic markers. My sewing machine is always out because I do sewing on uniforms at the karate school I teach at. I currently have 5 uniforms that need a total of 60 patches sewn on!!!!!!! That's why I have no free stamping time!!! So instead of working on the uniforms, I decided to add some zig zag stitching to my card!! The background paper is from DCWV's The Pets Stack - love all the glitz and shine on these papers.

Check out my blog next week, I will have some Clear Dollar Stamp sneak peeks to show you of their November release. Such adorable stamp sets, you're gonna love 'em!! When you place your order, tell 'em Linda sent you!!!!!!!!

Monday, October 20, 2008

I'm Still Here

No, I haven't fallen off the face of the earth!! I had stamp camp yesterday, 16 ladies came and we had fun. Plus I've been working away at my sneak peeks for Clear Dollar Stamps -- you're going to love these sets, sooooo adorable!!

This week the SCS challenges are going pink and they are asking that all cards be donated to the Chemo Angels organization. I really am going to try to play along with each one, especially for such a wonderful cause.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Fun Sketch

Okay, so I finally got the sketch challenge done on SCS from Wednesday and what a fun sketch it is! I plan to use it again for the Christmas card challenge I'm involved in...and way behind on!! As soon as I saw this layout I thought of the set from Papertrey Ink "Out on a Limb." I added the little AMuse bird for a pop of color. I then added the Riding hood red taffeta ribbon because, by mistake, I ordered an extra spool of it (oh darn) so I can hoard one and use the other!! Weird thinking I know but hey, it works!!!!

Friday, October 10, 2008

Color Throwdown #14

I'm enjoying the weekly Color Throwdown challenges -- it's just too bad I never seem to set aside the time to create something using those colors!! Well this week the colors were Taken with teal, Kiwi kiss and Tangerine tango -- teal has quickly become a favorite of mine so of course I took the challenge! The tangerine didn't photograph very well, so use your imagination. The image and sentiment came from a Papertrey Ink set call Garden of Life. I just recently bought the long rectangle Nestibilities as well as the crushed velvet brads so why not use them. Thanks so much for stopping by and looking.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008


Yes, a card...finally!! I really have no excuses, but I'll try to come up with one!!! I injured my shoulder and have been on pain medicine (something I can only take at nite because it makes me incredibly sleepy) so when I get home from work in the evening I'm hurting -- so I take my pain pill, turn on the TV, and promptly fall asleep on the couch!!!!! Maybe I should have posted the card I tried making while on my meds!!!! Believe me, it was BAD!!! Anyway, I pulled some scraps out to make this one. I had stamped the image (from Serene Sunflowers) quite some time ago and just last night put it together. I love the eggplant, soft yellow and olive combo together. A bow and a few brads and the card is complete. Now off it goes to....hmmmm....who?

Friday, September 26, 2008

I've Got Great News!!

I've been chosen to be a member of the Design Team for Clear Dollar Stamps!!!!! What an honor to be included on this team of wonderfully talented ladies. I am so looking forward to all the fun we're going to have...and the fact that I can tease you with the sneak peeks!!!!!!!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Happy Birthday!

Papertrey Ink style!! How fun it was creating the cupcakes! I finally opened up a package of Pacific Point card stock -- I have 3 of them so what am I hoarding them for?!!! Besides, the color is gorgeous -- and blue is my favorite color too! The designer paper is by Basic Grey -- I immediately thought of it to use with this PTI stamp set...I even bought extras of this design because of it!! Lots of bright fun colors which is what you need for a birthday card. This one might go off to my brother whose birthday is next month. Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Card for Stamp Camp

This is one of the three cards we'll be making at Sunday's stamp camp. I only have two of them done plus I still need to cut out all of the kits!!!!!!! There will be 16 ladies coming so the third card better be super simple!!!! Don't ask me why I decided on this sketch with all the added work of scoring!! I wanted to use a set or two that are on sale this month. This is Pocket Silhouettes and the flower in the build-a-brad is Eastern Blooms. Love, love, love these colors --- Not quite navy, Kiwi kiss, Baja breeze and Very vanilla. Fun to make and I know the ladies will love it because of the different layout. I'll let you know how it all turns out!!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Just Divine

This card was just for fun. I had ordered from Clear Dollar Stamps thanks to my Secret Sister from last round (Linda, remember how you twisted my arm!!) and decided it was time to pull them out and play. I'm trying to get ready for stamp camp as well so I used the same layout of a card the ladies will be making Sunday. This set is called Just Divine and so fun!! The colors on this card are Chocolate chip, Marigold morning, Elegant eggplant, Old olive and White. I stamped Linen over the grapes and sponged using Creamy caramel. The designer paper is by DaisyD's and where I got the inspiration for the colors. Autumn is on it's way -- I almost turned the heat on this morning, outside the thermometer read 40!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Shhh, It's a Secret!

Because this is for my Secret Sister!! Sure hope she isn't a blog surfer!! I decided to use a Cornish Heritage Farms set because I just placed an order with them and I wanted this one to see some ink---for the first time!!!!!! The colors of ink and cardstock are Taken with teal, Chocolate chip, Soft sky and Wild wasabi. The designer series paper is also Soft sky. The sentiment is by The Angel Company. A touch of ribbon and rhinestone and I call it complete. It's already addressed and in the mail this morning! Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Way to Go Steelers, Way to Go!!!!!

Can you tell I'm a football fan?! I love watching it...on TV!! And I am sooooo glad my oldest doesn't play it!!!
Anyway, here's another card I made over the weekend. Yes, it's for a swap to use any bird stamp along with designer paper, ribbon and brads. This was a color challenge from SCS (purely pomegranate, soft sky and basic black) that I really liked. The bird is from an Inkadinkado set of clear stamps that are super fun. Lots and lots of layers, that's for sure.
We had some damaging winds last night that took our power out at times. Ours returned but many in the area are still without. The only other thing that happened to us was my plant stand blew over and broke several of my nice flower pots. Oh well, no biggie. Our next door neighbor is replacing some of their siding as I'm writing this, and another is cutting up a big tree that fell down so I call ourselves pretty lucky. Thoughts and prayers go out to those affected more harshly by the hurricanes.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Back To Bloggin'

And I'm back to stampin' too! I have been so tired in the evenings it's all I can do to stay awake to get the kids to bed. I always say my kids thrive on routine, but I think I'm right there with 'em and I haven't hit my stride yet with mine! Hopefully getting some mojo back will get me on the right track.
What's new since my last post? Well, I turned another year older for one thing. I treated myself with a shopping spree on line! My kiddos are back in school. My youngest, who has special needs, is in a new school this year and really loves it!! What a relief. Now my oldest is in 8th grade and is doing very, very well. Not a lot of his friends from last year are in his classes, but he's admitted that's okay because he's making some new ones. This week is picture day, open house and he gets to go to the football game and sit with the band. How cool!!
Enough chit chat, on with the card. This is for a swap I'm in. The "recipe" called for any Halloween image, black along with only one other color of cardstock, ribbon and brads or eyelets. The spider is from the Spooky Sweets set by Papertrey Ink, Halloween Backgrounds and Pictogram by SU and the really cool spider web embossing folder for the Cuttlebug. It felt good to finally get back into stamping!!

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Ollie and Olivia

Yep, you guessed it, another challenge card from the weekend. This challenge called for a Miss You/Love You card using greens. Of course I had to add some brown in there!! I had received the owls via Wish RAK and think they are absolutely adorable. Stampendous has quickly become one of my favorite stamp companies. I used Crystal Effects on their eyes for a little added shine. The designer paper looks a little yellowy, but it's the Spring Moss line from Papertrey Ink. The satin ribbon is from them as well. PTI is another stamp company that is high on my list of favorites.
Thanks for stopping by. I have to do a little school shopping as my oldest DS starts tomorrow. He tells me he's not looking forward to it but I think he is...don't tell him I said that!!

Monday, September 1, 2008

Happy Halloween!

And Happy Labor Day! Our borough holds a Community Day every Labor Day and this year they're going all out with fireworks and a concert of a local band. My three boys went down so I could get some things done around the house! Wasn't that nice of them?!!
Anyway, here's my card for the Halloween challenge for our WRAK weekend. I had received the Bella image from WRAK. Who doesn't love bellas, so fun and so easy to color (that's coming from someone who has a hard time coloring). I recently bought the Halloween paper at my LSS as well as the fun Karen Foster brads. Now this card along with many that I have in my stash or had received in swaps will be sent to the troops so they can send some fun mail home. Thanks for stopping by.