Sunday, December 30, 2007
Saturday, December 29, 2007
Here's the challenge: 3 -2 -1 BLAST OFF!! Make a card using...
3 stamps only (for example, a main image, a background, and a sentiment)
Blast off, you have a beautiful card!!! Once everyone is in bed, I will get into my stamp room and create. Hope you all can join in. Spread the word to all your friends also, I would love to see these challenges take off. Perhaps I should offer a prize of some sort...what do you think?
Thursday, December 27, 2007
Today's challenges was ways to use Stazon. I use Timber brown Stazon a lot because I love the deep dark brown color. Here I used it on an acetate overlay (I know, it's hard to see it in the picture, but trust me, it's there. Other pictures it picked up a nasty glare, this one was the best). I stamped images from Bronc Buster and Wanted then used the sewing machine to hold it in place. I've been dying to use the Cosmo Cricket chipboard pieces from their Wanted line, so I did. I'm thinking of holding on to this for DH's birthday. It's a 5 1/2 square card so it would be a bear to mail!! Those two brads are heavy!!
I have to go into work tonight to teach several taekwondo classes. Usually I love teaching, but I am so spoiled with having had the past few days off ---(here comes a really good whine...) I don't wanna go!!! Oh well, next week we're off Monday and Tuesday. I'll take it!!!
What a silly mood I was in today to come up with this one!!! I took the circle from today's sketch challenge and turned it into an olive!! This idea immediately came to mind as I was organizing all the designer paper I seem to collect but never use!! This paper is by Karen Foster -- love that line! Even her embellishments are adorable! I used the hat pin from SU's Pretties kit to represent the toothpick in the olive. Too much of a stretch?? Thanks for looking.
Tuesday, December 25, 2007
Hope you got what you wished for under your tree this year. I got the entire set of Nestabilities!!!!!!! And as if that wasn't enough, several Papertrey Ink stamp sets!!!!! Time to have some fun!! We also got a Wii and is that thing ever addicting!!
This card is for today's color challenge - Real red, Glorious green and Green galore. I need several Christmas thank you cards (Hey, that's my blog challenge this week, why don't you join in - keycode is STBC04) for so many super generous people!! I followed one of the sketch challenges as well. A triple play!! I used Polka Dot background stamped on real red with white craft ink, Leaves a la Carte jumbo wheel with green galore tone on tone, and the flowers from Garden Silhouettes I used marker (real red and glorious green). I don't use Glorious green much, I think I have ordered it only once or twice in my entire stamping career! I usually reach for olive, artichoke or celery instead. I finally mounted Define Your Life so I wanted to break it in...I really like that set!
Monday, December 24, 2007
Merry Almost Christmas!!!!! I'm sitting here sipping a margarita waiting for 15 more minutes to pass until the stroke of midnight. I did some stamping today, something I haven't done for quite some time. Too much stress of the holidays left me little play time. That's why my weekend blog challenge is showing up on a Monday (almost Tuesday!!).
Here goes: This challenge is to make a holiday Thank You card. Pretty simple I know, and I have only one stipulation...it must have some thankful sentiment on the front of the card. I made my card using an Elzybell image my wonderful friend VivLyn sent me. I loved what she sent that I ended up ordering some of my own (thanks Viv!!). I watercolored her with refills then traced around her with a very light grey Tombow marker. I love the way that makes images pop! Basic Grey Figgy Pudding is the designer paper that I finally broke down and used. What a hoarder!! The other colors I used were sahara sand, white, chocolate chip and bravo burgundy. Don't you just love the satin ribbon!! At first I wasn't sure I'd like it being so wide but after I used it I changed my tune!!!! Went with the oval punches and some paper piercing to finish it off. After I had it together I thought I should have done some sewing on it -- maybe I'll make another one and give that a go.
I look forward to seeing everyone's Holiday Thank You cards!! Please use the keyword STBC04 when uploading to the SCS gallery. Leave a comment here also so we all can check it out. All gallery submissions can be found here: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/showgallery.php?si=stbc04&limit=
Another fun challenge from NoTimeToStamp -- check out her blog, a link can be found to your right! This one was to decide on a stamp set, check out the SCS gallery for that set, then CASE someone's card. I opened up my Idea Book to Close to a Memory, so that's the set I went with. I cased Nancy Littrell's card seen here: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/749919
I broke open my multipack of Basic Grey's designer paper Infuse for the first time to make this card!!! The card base is Old olive and I layered up the DP with chocolate chip. I even sponged the edges of the DP with chocolate chip ink. Basic Grey papers have that vintage look to them, but when you cut them, some of the sides are too bright and need a little toning down. I even used one of the die cut flowers found in the pack for a nice embellishment. I added a red rhinestone to it for a little bling. Stickles were also added as a finishing touch. Thank you Sharon for a fun challenge and thank you Nancy for a wonderful card to case!!
Merry Christmas everyone!
Saturday, December 22, 2007
Saturday, December 15, 2007
Sunday, December 2, 2007
I love all the challenges found on SCS, I just can't keep up with them!! I end up combining them which works for me. This is not only for this week's featured stamper (Cutterscallous), but also a new stalkers challenge, Visualize Verses in which the song "Here Comes the Sun" was our inspiration. I had a lot of fun making this one! It was fun making a flower card instead of Christmas!!!!! Thanks for looking!
Saturday, December 1, 2007
Check out this blog challenge gallery here: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/showgallery.php?si=STBC02&limit=&x=6&y=14
Thanks again for playing!
Thursday, November 29, 2007
Saturday, November 24, 2007
And it's all about the adorable snowman!!! I think I own just about everything snowman -- figurines, stamps, designer paper, etc. So what could be better for my first ever blog challenge!!
Create a card using a snowman image -- it can be with a stamp, or designer paper, or what about punches!!!! The possibilities are endless!! Please upload your card to your SCS gallery as well as posting a comment here. Use the keyword STVN001 when uploading so we can find your creation quickly. All gallery submissions can be found here - http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/showgallery.php?si=stvn001&limit=
Thanks for playing and please spread the word.
Friday, November 23, 2007
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Sunday, November 11, 2007
I am always so behind on the SCS challenges!! It couldn't be that there are so many of them, could there? No, I didn't think so. Plus I find I only have time to sit down and seriously stamp after the kids are in bed. By then I am so tired I can't even think straight!!
This card is for the mini VSN challenge called Totally Tubular - we needed to base the colors of our card on the shade of lipstick we generally wore. I'm not a big lipstick wearer, but when I do, I tend to got to the browns and earthy reds (definitely not bright red!!). I also tend to use Blossoms Abound when I do challenges, this is one of my top 5 favorite all-time stamp sets. The colors are Ruby red, Cameo coral, Chocolate chip, Creamy caramel and Very vanilla. The designer paper is something I bought from Jacksonbelle Embellishments by Fancy Pants. Of course I used brads as well as the wide satin ribbon for the first time - love it!!!
Thursday, November 8, 2007
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Another set of cards for the Christmas card challenge - I made 10 of these. They're pretty simple but I think the additional layers help it out a bit. I added the touches of hunter green so it didn't end up a monochromatic card, a type of card I have a hard time with because I so love color! I used the bold snowflake jumbo wheel on the background for the rose red layer and a strip of designer paper by Anna Griffith. The main image is from the Holiday Spirit set, one that I had to have and now hardly ever use! Used the oval punch, instead of word window, for the tab. A little faux stitching and the card is complete. The card base is white cardstock sold by Papertrey Ink -- a must have!!!
Sunday, October 28, 2007
I had to include this photo of my constant companion! No matter where I go, Fred is there too. We got Fred at the Humane Society along with his brother. One Father's Day weekend they pushed out the screen to a window they were lying in and ran away. Well Fred, being the scardy cat that he is, came back but his brother (yep, you guessed it, Barney) didn't. Fred is so lovable and friendly and thrives on attention. Now I'll have to take a picture of our other cat (she's sitting on my lap at this very moment!) and tell stories about her.
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Saturday, October 13, 2007
Tuesday, October 2, 2007
That was the Technique Lovers Challenge yesterday - case one of your own cards and only change up the stamp set. I loved this color combo I did for a swap - artichoke, bordering blue and saffron so I figured why not do another one!! I used Serene Sunflowers instead of Roses in Winter. I needed to put the words Happy Birthday on the left side because I was afraid the first stamping of the leaf would be too dark to stamp on top of. I changed the corner punch too as well as added the brads (the RIW card used piercing in the upper right corner). Okay, so I changed a few other things besides the stamp set, but it is my own card I'm casing after all!!! Thanks for looking!!!
Monday, October 1, 2007
The Sunday challenge features a stamper's gallery that you case and this week's stamper is Jenn Balcer. What a lovely gallery! I had so much fun making this card because I got to rummage thru my stash of background paper!!! Talk about a paperaholic!! Anyway, this DSP is by Rusty Pickle and I thought it was perfect - love the green and black layer with the spider's web already on it!! Any chance I'll mail this card out to someone??? Probably not, I'm quite the hoarder!!!! Hehe!!
Sunday, September 30, 2007
Saturday, September 29, 2007
Thursday, September 13, 2007
I just received these bella images (Chefabella) in the mail and had to make a card! First of all, it fits the Bella Bonanza challenge from Labor Day weekend. Then I figured I'd make more for a swap I'm in (DKOS). The background paper is by Chatterbox - I love how well it coordinates!! No fail cardmaking I say!!! Her chef's hat is all glittery too - what gal doesn't appreciate a little glitz and glam while cooking over a hot stove!!!
Thursday, September 6, 2007
Monday, September 3, 2007
Sunday, September 2, 2007
Monday, August 27, 2007
Sunday, August 26, 2007
Another swap card using Cool Cat -- as much as I like cats, I don't use this set a lot. Could it be I have too many other stamps to pick from ---- NEVER!!
The cat could be any color, except black. I used Going Grey because Basic Gray was just too dark. Something needed to sparkle on the card which is always a hard thing for me, I'm not the glittery lady. I used Iridescent Ice embossing powder on the background and that provided me with plenty of glitz. I'm still cleaning up glitter!!!!! Colors used for cardstock were Night of navy, Garden green and Real red. Great Christmas colors, don't you think??!!
Saturday, August 25, 2007
This card took just minutes to make -- which is a good thing when it comes to making swap cards. This is for my favorite swap, Different Kinda Swap. The recipe was to use the Serene Sunflowers set with Rich Regals cardstock and Earth Elements ink. Only one word could appear on the front of the card too. I can't believe how quickly this one came together. I sign up for so many spots that an easy card becomes a blessing.
Well, next week school begins, but the teachers are threatening to go out on strike!!!!!!! Don't they know my children NEED to go to school -- or is it me that needs them to go to school??!! School shopping is all done, the tour of the new 7th and 8th grade building has happened, now for the first day to hurry up and get here!!!!!!! Keep your fingers crossed with me about the strike.
Saturday, August 11, 2007
I can't believe a whole week has gone by and I haven't updated my blog!!! Busy, busy, busy time at work. I teach karate (taekwondo to be exact) and every 8 weeks we do our belt rank advancements - well, this is the week for them. Lots of preparation goes into it, very stressful yet oh so rewarding!
I made this card because I was in need of some birthday cards - I plan on making more, just in different color combos. I received the cake image thru the wonderful Wish RAK group. Just post a wish and ***POOF*** it shows up in your mailbox, sent to you by a very generous person from wish rak. Of course you can see I used my Cuttlebug (love that thing) , added flowers I found in my craft room (I'm always amazed I can find anything in there) and popped up the cake layer. It's fun stamping...for fun!!! Thanks so much for looking!
Friday, August 3, 2007
I love birds but I wasn't sure if I liked the stamps of birds by Martha Stewart. So what did I do?? Wished for them in the Wish RAK group on SCS and I received a lot of them from some very generous ladies. Okay, I like them, but, and I can't believe I'm about to say this, not enough to buy them!!! I will keep playing with the ones I received though!
This card is for one of three catagories of the monthly Wish RAK challenges. This card required a minimum of 2 layers -- mission accomplished. I had colored this image in while we were on vacation using watercolored pencils.
Thanks so much for looking and believe me when I say your comments are always very much appreciated!
Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Another card for a swap I'm in -- I love this set, City of David!! The colors are Perfect plum and Pale plum (I rarely use these colors, but love how they look together), along with gold, Mellow moss and Very vanilla. Not much to it, just a little watercoloring, Flannel plaid background, and some brads. Oh yeah, I almost forgot about the Stickles on the star -- can't forget about the Stickles!!!!!!!
Sunday, July 29, 2007
Here's my July Christmas card for the challenge. I made 10 of these while on vacation! Tough thinking about Christmas after you've spent the day at the beach!! I love using non-traditional colors when it comes to the holidays and Christmas is no exception. This card is Cameo coral with a layer of Chocolate chip and a Cuttlebugged layer of Cool caribbean. Scallop circle is punched out of Certainly celery. The Lace Snowflake is stamped in Chocolate chip as is the Happy Holidays ($1 stamp from Michael's -- thanks Viv!). Brads, ribbon and dimensionals finish it off.
Thanks so much for looking!
I used the You Make Me Happy set for the first time, and I think it's a sweet set! I used the old In Colors (guess I should call them the Out Colors!) - True thyme, Cranberry crisp, Vintage violet and Marigold morning. I had the dragonfly brad and couldn't wait to use it.
Bear with me, I'm still trying to up my photography skills. I still don't have the lighting right, but I will persevere!!
By the way, vacation was fabulous!! This was the fifth year in a row we've gone to the Outerbanks and enjoy every time!! Now I don't want to go back to work though!
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
This card is for Catagory #3 of this month's Wish RAK challenge - Flower with a layer. We had to use a flower image we received thru wish RAK and the timing of this one couldn't have been more perfect -- thanks crooked river!!
The flower is Fresh Bloom by Stampendous. I watercolored it with Cool caribbean, painted it with Crystal Effects, sprinkled lightly with glitter and cut it out. I played around adding dimension with the bone folder and pop up dots. We needed to use Sketch Challenge #74, a tri-fold card. I had the background paper in my scrap bin, thought it would be perfect.
Thanks so much for looking!!! Keep in mind, this is my first attempt at photographing my cards, I need to work on my technique a bit!
Sunday, July 8, 2007
1. I am married, have 2 boys, Phillip who will turn 12 on the 10th and Kevin age 8.
2. I love to stamp and have become addicted to scrapbooking too thanks to our local scrapbook store. I never knew what my style was with scrapbooking until I started taking classes there - oh boy, more stuff to buy!!
3. I am a third degree black belt and a certified instructor. I love teaching taekwondo to all age groups. I always wanted to teach, thought it would be in nursing (I am also an RN), but I couldn't find the time to complete my Masters Degree.
4. I am a night owl. If I don't control myself, I am on SCS till 2am!! And if I'm not on Splitcoast at that time, then I'm in my stamp room! Love it when everyone's in bed and the house is quiet!
5. We own two cats. Fred is a black domestic short hair who loves Halloween!! Moonstruck came into our lives last year when I went to the shelter for a tour and fell in love with her. Besides, I needed another female in the house!!
6. I love sports! I think that's why God gave me two boys! I'm a huge Pittsburgh Steelers fan and follow hockey closely too. Baseball's okay.
7. Starting in the fall, I hope to expand my Stampin' Up business. I currently have one recruit, but have had three ladies state an interest in becoming demos. Right now I hold two stamp camps each month, but want to add more classes once the boys are back in school. Busy, busy, busy, I've always gotta stay busy.
Thanks for reading about me. Now to find someone else to tag!!!!!
Monday, July 2, 2007
Boy the computer has been very slow today!!!!! I absolutely hate that!
Here's a card for the Wish RAK monthly challenge - this one required a birthday card in red, white and blue. I had received the Living Large image from Wish RAK and pulled out some old background paper. It is so much brighter in real life. The candles are sparkled up with Stickles and the "You take the cake!" is popped up. There are two other catagoried for this monthly contest...do I try to do them or should I work on swaps that are due the end of the month?? What a dilema! Problem is, we leave for vacation in 18 days!! Guess I could work on the swaps there -- yeah, right!!!
Monday, June 25, 2007
This challenge our colors were inspired by the sunset. Of course I thought of red, oranges and yellows. I used pumpkin pie, Marigold morning and Cranberry crisp (bidding a fond farewell to these wonderful colors). The Nice and Easy Notes I received thru wish RAK. I colored and cut out a second flower pot, tied hemp around it, and popped it up. Fun, fun, fun!!
Sunday, June 24, 2007
Wish RAK Celebration Challenge #2 - make a monochromatic friendship card. I love the shirt out of the Do The Hula set so I figured, why not, it's already got color on it!!!!! Used a sketch challenge as well -- why not. The "Aloha" is computer generated.
Saturday, June 23, 2007
The first challenge of the Wish RAK Celebration weekend was to use a food related image. I had to go with Fluffles -- after all, this is a birthday celebration!! Trying to use scraps on these cards too. I'll need to post the rest later. It's almost 2:30 in the morning and I'm really getting tired. Need to get some sleep because we're doing round two tomorrow. So much fun!!