Sunday, December 30, 2007

Blog Challenge #5

Okay, finally got my challenge card done. I used three stamps - the bee and sentiment is from A Quiet Life plus the Floral background in red ink on the red layer (tough to see I know). The two embellishments are the brads and Stickles on the bee. And I used a 1/16 inch punch for my brads. 3-2-1, it can be done (okay, that's corny). This card measures 5 1/4" square. The base is basic grey with layers of basic black, sahara sand, real red, sage shadow, and naturals white.
Don't forget, used keycode STBC05 when uploading to the SCS gallery. The gallery for this blog challenge can be seen here:
Please be sure to stop by and leave some comments. Why not play along yourself as well. Thanks again for looking.

Saturday, December 29, 2007


I wanted to post my blog challenge, but I don't have a card done yet!!!!! I worked today and just haven't had the time.

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)

2 embellishments

1 punch

Keyword STBC05

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

The One & Only U

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!!!

The Olive in my Martini

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

Blog Challenge #4

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 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:

A Quick CASE

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:

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

I've Been MIA!

Yep, the holidays are keeping me quite busy, as I'm sure they are you. I haven't made a card in about a week, just haven't found time to sit and stamp. At this very moment, DH is wrapping presents and I should be helping..."I'll be there in a minute honey!!" Anyway, I know the blog challenge I want to post, just hope to get a card made to show. Keeping my fingers crossed!!

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Blog Challenge #3

Wow, what a week I just had!!!!!! Total stress city!!!!! Things are quieting down a bit at work so I think I can breathe now!! And stamp too!!! Everything has to happen at once, doesn't it! I had stamp camp this past Sunday for 18 ladies!!!!! Wowza! I so enjoy my camps, even though they are a lot of hard work and prep.
Now, on to the challenge --- last night I sat in my stamp room for the first time in over a week. It was fun to have no real plan in mind. On went the TV (I like to watch "Numbers" on Friday nights) and I created this card. I decided to use it for this week's Blog challenge.
Create a card using nothing but scraps (okay, I'll let your get away with your card base not being a scrap, if you don't have one)!! I even found my Cuttlebug snowflake background in my scrap bin!!! Quite a scrap bin, don't you think!! I even used stamps and embellishments I found already on my desk. I have this dream that I will use up all my scraps some day -- well, I don't think that day will ever come!!! Use the keyword code STBC03 when you upload to the SCS gallery, that way we can all find your creations and post lots of comments! All challenge submissions can be found here:
Thanks so much for playing!! And don't forget to tell all your friends about my challenges!

Sunday, December 2, 2007

Here Comes the Sunflower!!

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

I Forgot!!

My challenge card (see post below) used the colors Close to cocoa, Chocolate chip, Purely pomegranate and River rock. I used the Papertrey Ink set "Believe" as well as the SU background Paisley. I colored Santa in with watercolor crayon, his beard and all the other white things with a white gel pen. He is popped up as well as the present he is holding. A few brad embellishments along with ribbon completes the look.

Check out this blog challenge gallery here:

Thanks again for playing!

Weekend Blog Challenge #2

I finished this card last night but needed better light to upload. Welcome to Blog Challenge #2. I love making Christmas cards, especially in non-traditional colors. So what better way to make a challenge for everyone to think outside the box and create a Holiday card without Real red or Glorious green. Yikes, I know, but who says Christmas must be red and green!!
So now that you have your challenge of no red or green, show us what you can create. Please use the keywords (I promise to get them right this time) of STBC02 (stands for Stamper's Touch Blog Challenge 2). Thanks for playing along!!