Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Spooky Skeleton

I'm back! Being back at school is really limiting my stamping time! When I finally get home from school my feet hurt, I'm tired, and I just want to veg on the couch or go to bed early. I'm sure that if you are a teacher, you can relate! I just haven't found much time or energy to stamp lately.

I finally found some time and energy to participate in a challenge on SCS. Today's challenge was a sketch challenge.

Here's my card...

Stamps: From the Crypt
Paper: Old Olive, Perfect Plum, Basic Black, White, Cast a Spell dp
Ink: Black, Old Olive, Perfect Plum
Accessories: Black embossing powder, Martha Stewart bat punch, Skeleton Scroll Cuttlebug embossing folder, dimensionals
Technique: sponging, embossing

That's all for today! I'm going to bed early again tonight. But I do feel like I got something accomplished today in my stamp room. That's a great feeling! Thanks so much for stopping by and looking! Have a terrific day!!! :)

Monday, August 24, 2009

Back to School!!!

I've been a REALLY bad blogger lately and I'm sooooo sorry! I just haven't had much time to stamp because I have been back in my classroom getting it ready to go for the school year. I actually start back to work this week (Tuesday) and then start with kids on Thursday. Where did the summer go???? So I'm hoping you'll forgive me for blogging so infrequently lately. I'm hoping to be able to get back on schedule with more "me" time soon.

Since it is "back to school" time, I decided to create small gifts for some of my co-workers. We have a whole bunch of new teachers in our building this year so I created little boxes of goodies and 3x3 notecards to welcome them to our school. I used one of the "My Timeless Templates" created by Lauren Meader and sold on the Papertreyink website. The one I used is called "Get a Handle on It" and is sooo easy to make!

Here's my creation.....

I made TEN of these!!! Aren't they adorable!?!?? I also decorated the top. Here's a shot that shows the top too...

I filled the boxes with a cello bag filled with M&M's and a little apple post-it note pad that I found in the Target Dollar Spot for a $1. It was a perfect fit!

Of course I had to create a little 3x3 notecard to give with the box so I could write a note of welcome to the new teachers. Here's the card...

Stamps: Making the Grade (Cornish Heritage Farms), "Welcome" sentiment from a retired SU set
Paper: Kraft, Riding Hood Red, Basic Black, White
Ink: Riding Hood Red, Black Momento, White Craft
Accessories: My Timeless Template, Copic Markers, star punches, Classic Square Nestabilities, velcro (to hold the lid down)

I think all the new teachers will love these. I know I would! I'm excited to give them away!

Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a wonderful day!!! :)

Saturday, August 15, 2009

I'm back!!!!

Sorry I haven't posted in sooooo long!!!! I was actually on vacation in the Dominican Republic for week, and then once we got back, both my hubby and I got sick!!! I had a horrible sinus infection and my poor hubby had a stomach bug. We're both feeling better now and I finally got into my stamp room to play!!!

My first card is a combination of several challenges all together. I combined this past week's sketch challenge on SCS, with the Limited Supplies Challenge (creating a summer activity themed card), and the colors from this week's Color Throwdown challenge.

Here's my card...

Stamps: Lily at the Beach (Pink Cat Studio)
Paper: Kraft, Basic Black, Melon Mambo, Crushed Curry, White, Razzleberry Lemonade dp
Ink: Black Momento
Accessories: Copic Markers, Crystal Effects (on goggles), flower, button

Isn't she cute and summery!!!! I just love Lily... she's so much fun to color too!

Today's challenge on SCS was the inspiration challenge. I found my inspiration HERE. I used the owl and kept the colors "fall-ish" like they are on the craft owl in my inspiration piece. I also combined this challenge with the sketch challenge from Amy Rysavy's blog HERE.

Here's my card...

Stamps: Pretty Birds (from Cornish Heritage Farms)
Paper: More Mustard, Chocolate Chip, White, Basic Gray dp
Ink: Black Momento
Accessories: Copic Markers, Classic Circle Nestabilities, corner rounder punch, wood buttons, jute twine, dimensionals

I haven't gotten this little owl out and played with him for ages! I just love to pair him with warm fall colors.

Finally, my last card uses this past week's Mojo Monday sketch combined with the Caardvark's theme... winter! When I think of winter (which I really don't want to do right now), I think of shoveling snow. There's always a lot of snow to shovel each year in the Cleveland area!!!

Here's my card...

Stamps: Changito Snow Play
Paper: Tangerine Tango, Bashful Blue, White, Frosty Day dp
Ink: Momento Black
Accessories: Tangerine Tango Ribbon, staple, 1 inch circle punch, stickles (on the snow), Copic Markers, dimensionals

If you are interested, here's some pics from our vacation!!!

We stayed at the Dreams resort in La Romana in the Dominican Republic. It was AWESOME! Beautiful beach! Great food! Just perfect!

But now we're back to reality and I'll be back at school in a week! Wow! Where did the summer go????

Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a wonderful day!!!! :)

Friday, July 31, 2009

Yet Another Wedding Card

I've been making a lot of wedding cards lately! I know I'll get to use them sometime in the future, so it's a good thing to have a bunch handy. I can also use them for anniversary cards, if I need to!

This card works for a bunch of the "Dare to Get Dirty 09" challenges on SCS. First, I used the sketch challenge. I also incorporated the color challenge... black and white with a pop of red. Finally, I used my dies to create all the squares, circles, and even the heart!

Here's my card...

Stamps: Heartfelt Hits 1 from Gina K Designs
Paper: White, Black, Real Red, dp from Papertreyink
Ink: Momento Black
Accessories: Nestabilities in Classic Square, Classic Circle, and Heart, black organdy ribbon, Crystal effects (on heart), silver cord (on heart), dimensionals

The heart was punched with the smallest of the Heart Nestabilities and then coated with Crystal Effects. I then punched it and hung it as a charm from the ribbon.

Thanks so much for looking! Have a wonderful day!!! :)

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Riley Flying High!

I participated in today's sketch challenge on SCS. I haven't inked up this Riley stamp from my collection, so I decided to pull him out and use him. Once I had him cut out and colored, I realized that he was a little too big for the sketch, but I used him anyways.

Here's my card...

The dp is a little busy in the background, but I think the bright, cheery colors make the card fun! I popped up Riley's head, the wings and propeller on the plane, and the banner on dimensionals so I could use this card for the "Dare to Get Dirty 09" paper tole challenge too! It's hard to see in the picture, but I swear it has dimension!

Stamps: Airplane Riley from Hanna Stamps, sentiment from Papertreyink Birthday Basics set
Paper: Ridinghood Red, Marigold Morning, Blue Bayou, White, dp from Cosmo Cricket
Ink: Momento Black
Accessories: Copic Markers, dimensionals, blue SU buttons

Thanks so much for looking!!! I have a TON of errands to run today and it is just POURING here! Blech!!! What happened to summer? I don't think it's really arrived yet in Ohio!

That's all for today! I gotta run! Have a terrific day!!! :)

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Sweetie Bear

Today's a color challenge day on SCS! The colors for the challenge were Pixie Pink, Certainly Celery, and Apricot Appeal. I combined the color challenge with the "Sketch for You to Try" on Jen del Muro's blog, found HERE.

Here's my creation...

Stamps: Sweet Treats (C.C. Designs)
Paper: Pixie Pink, Certainly Celery, Apricot Appeal, White, Apricot Appeal dp
Ink: Momento Black
Accessories: Copic Markers, Classic Square Nestabilities, white snaps, flower brad with attached ribbon, dimensionals

The colors just screamed rainbow sherbet to me, so I pulled out this cutie image from All That Scraps. I colored him with my copics... all but the ice cream, which I colored with my SU markers so they would match the colors of the paper. I bought the flower/ribbon brad at Hobby Lobby a few weeks ago and was pleasantly surprised that it was a perfect match with the Pixie Pink. I lined up the white snaps (I don't know what else to call them because they look like a brad, but have the backing of an eyelet) with my SU piercing template and then set them with my cropodile.

That's all for today! Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a terrific day!!! :)

Monday, July 27, 2009

Mojo Monday--Baby Giraffe

Before I left for the weekend, I received a package of stamps from PaperWorks Co. They were just so darn cute, I wanted to use them right away! But I had to wait and pulled them out today. I used these adorable stamps with the Mojo Monday sketch.

Here's what I created...

Stamps: Giraffe from PaperWorks Co., Sentiment from Gina K. Rectangle Greetings set
Paper: Barely Banana, Creamy Caramel, Certainly Celery, White
Ink: Black Momento
Accessories: SU Markers, Classic Circle Nestabilities, Argyle Cuttlebug embossing folder, SU buttons, threading waters border punch, photo corner punch

Cute! I just love the giraffe's adorable face!!!

Thanks so much for looking! Have a wonderful day!!! :)

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Christmas in July

Yesterday was technically Christmas in July, but I'm going to share with you little stockings I made my co-workers for Christmas this past year. They are so easy to make and you can get the template for FREE here.

I filled these up with cello bags filled with candy and gave them to my school secretary, principal, and co-teachers.

I used an assortment of holiday SU papers and Basic Gray Christmas paper (Wassail, I think). They tags were created with Papertreyink's 2008 Holiday Tag Collection. I cut them out with Classic Circle Nestabilities and tied them to the stockings with silver cord. The cello bags were tied close with coordinating ribbon, although I don't have a picture that shows that. I created the "stitching" with a white gel pen, although you could easily do real stitching with a sewing machine on the cardstock.

These went over really well and everyone LOVED them! And, like I said earlier, they are sooooo easy to make!!!

Merry Christmas in July! Thanks for stopping by and looking! Have a splendid day!!! :)

Saturday, July 25, 2009


I figured that since I'm spending my weekend on our boat on Lake Erie, I should share a nautical card or two with you. This card was created some time ago, with a now retired SU set. I created it for a sketch challenge on SCS with my father in law in mind. He is a retired merchant marine, so I tend to make nautical cards for him.

Here's my card...

The picture's not the best as it was taken prior to getting my photo editing program. Sorry about that!

Stamps: Winds of Grace, Sanded BG
Paper: Night of Navy, Brocade Blue, Rose Red, White
Ink: Night of Navy
Accessories: 1/4 inch Night of Navy grosgrain ribbon, Classic Square and Classic Rectangle Nestabilities, brads, dimensionals
Technique: sponging

I guess you could classify this card as masculine since it really doesn't have any frilly bows or cutesy stamps on it.

That's all for today!!! Thanks for stopping by and looking! Have a terrific day!!! :)

Friday, July 24, 2009

Guy Cards

We all know just how hard it is to create cards that are masculine. I am a sucker for cutesy, girlie stamps so when I need to make a card for a guy it is pretty darn hard! Today's "Limited Supply Challenge" was to create a card with an image that would have a motor... cars, boats, trucks, trains, etc. To me, this falls under the category of masculine stamps and I simply don't have a whole lot of those. The "Dare to Get Dirty" challenge also had a requirement to create a masculine card, so off I went to my stamp studio to create something manly.

Here's what I came up with....

This card was for the "Dare to Get Dirty" challenge. There were several requirements for it... 1. You could only use 1 piece of designer paper, 2. You had to use 2 stamps, 3. You had to use 3 colors, not counting the white/cream image panel, and 4. It had to be masculine. I also threw some of the other challenges in there too... using something clear (acetate stars) and my punches (key tag and stars). The acetate stars are REALLY hard to see, but there are two located by the sentiment. I punched them out of acetate sheets with my large and small SU star punches. There is a small star in the bottom right corner and a large star under the upper left corner of the sentiment panel (it's attached with that eyelet on the sentiment panel).

Stamps: Classic Pickup (retired SU)
Paper: Kraft, Basic Black, Real Red, White, Urban Oasis dp
Ink: Black Momento
Accessories: Copic Markers, key tag punch, large and small star punches, hexagon eyelets, acetate, dimensionals

Next, I used the same stamp set to create a card for the "Limited Supplies" challenge. It's not quite as exciting as the first card, but I still like it and it is a "manly" card after all.

This card is not as loud as the other card and makes me think of Bella's pickup in Twilight. It's really quite basic and did not take me all that long to create (which is quite rare because I usually spend at least 1-2 hours on a single card).

Stamps: Classic Pickups, It's Your Birthday (all retired SU)
Paper: Kraft, Always Artichoke, Basic Black, White, Urban Oasis dp
Ink: Black Momento
Accessories: Prismacolor colored pencils, gamsol, hexagon eyelets, dimensionals

That's all for today. I'm heading up to Put-In-Bay on our boat for the weekend (it's Christmas in July up there and it's a great weekend for craziness with our friends!), so I'm going to try to create some scheduled postings for you. Thanks for stopping by and have a terrific day!!! :)

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Square Cards

There are 2 cards today, so be sure you scroll down to see them both! :)

I never make square cards! But yet I found myself making them today for two sketch challenges and I like how they turned out! I participated in this week's Mojo Monday sketch challenge and combined it with today's "Ways to Use it" challenge on SCS. The SCS challenge was to use a charm on your card. I knew I had a couple of charms stashed away somewhere because I used to make jewerly. So after some digging, I did find a few heart charms to use. I also incorporated the Caardvark's theme and made it a bridal card.

Here's the Mojo Monday sketch...
And here's the card I created...

Stamps: Heartfelt Hits 1 (Gina K), sentiment from Simple Little Things (PTI)
Paper: River Rock, Chocolate Chip, White, retired SU dp (Brocade Backgrounds, I think)
Ink: Momento Black, Chocolate Chip
Accessories: heart charm, Classic Circle Nestabilities, Chocolate Chip satin ribbon, word window punch, modern label punch, scalloped corner punch, Spica clear glitter pen (on dress), markers, dimensionals

I am totally addicted to my new scalloped corner punch, if you can't tell! I think I've used it on every card I've made since I bought it!

The other card I created if for the "Dare to Get Dirty" event that is taking place on SCS over the next few days. I used the colors from this week's Color Throwdown and the sketch from the Dare to Get Dirty challenge.

Here's my card...

I used my SU pastels to color the butterfly and sealed it with hairspray. The ribbon was retired a few years ago from SU but I still have a large stash of it from a ribbon share.

Stamps: Stipple Butterfly
Paper: Perfect Plum, Certainly Celery, Chocolate Chip, White, retired SU dp (Enchante)
Ink: Momento Black
Accessories: SU pastels, hairspray, Classic Circle Nestabilities, lavender organdy ribbon, brads, scalloped corner punch, swiss dots cuttlebug embossing folder, dimensionals

That's all for today! Thanks so much for stopping by and looking! Have a terrific day!!! :)

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Baby Firsts

It took me a while to get motivated to stamp today. Instead I was just lazy around the house. But I guess we all need one of those days once in a while. Right? I did finally get around to stamping though.

Here's my card for today's sketch challenge on SCS and the caardvarks challenge...

Cute! This stamp set is an older set that I bought and set aside for when I have kids. I think these babies will look super cute on a scrapbook page!

Stamps: Baby Firsts (retired SU)
Paper: White, Bashful Blue, So Saffron, Delightful Dots dp
Ink: Momento black
Accessories: scalloped corner punch, scallop square punch, classic square nestabilities, 5/8 inch so saffron grosgrain ribbon, blue buttons, white twine, dimensionals and glue dots

That's all for today! Thanks for stopping by and looking! Have a wonderful day!!! :)

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Rust, Navy, and Pink????

Yup... that was today's color challenge! Really Rust, Not Quite Navy, and Pretty in Pink! My first thought was BLECH!!! Are you kidding me??? How will I EVER get these colors to look right together.

Well, after much thought, this is what I came up with...

It's not my favorite card, but given what colors I had to work with, it's not half bad.

Stamps: Serene Spring (retired SU hostess set), Aida Cloth BG
Paper: Not Quite Navy, Really Rust, Pretty in Pink, watercolor
Ink: Really Rust, Stazon Black, various SU reinkers
Accessories: Scalloped corner punch, scalloped border punch, Labels Nestabilities, Petite Oval Nestabilities, Not Quite Navy brads, 1/4 inch Pretty in Pink grosgrain ribbon, dimensionals

I stamped the focal point image in Stazon black on watercolor paper and watercolored it with reinkers and an aquapainter. I did cheat a tiny bit on the watercoloring and added some fine details with the fine tip my SU markers in the coordinating colors to make the watercoloring "pop" some more.

I don't think I'd use this color combination again, but you never know!

Thanks for stopping by and checking out my stuff today. Have a wonderful day!!! :)

Monday, July 20, 2009

Fabric Flowers, Cupcakes, and a CASE!

I have THREE cards to share with you today, so you'll want to scroll down to see all of them. :)

Today's technique challenge was to create fabric flowers with freezer paper and a die cut machine. Well, let me tell you that freezer paper is rather hard to find. I did find it at my grocery store, however they only had one kind and it was plastic coated instead of wax coated. Wax coated was what the technique reccommended because it was supposed to adhere to the fabric when you ironed it to give it more stability in the die cut machine. I gave the plastic coated freezer paper a try anyways since that was all I could find, but it did not work. So I ended up adding a few cardstock shims to my cuttlebug and finally got it to work without any paper at all.

Here's my technique challenge card...

Stamps: Everyday Button Basics from Papertreyink
Paper: Kraft, Night of Navy, Bravo Burgandy, White, Night of Navy prints dp
Ink: Handsome Hunter, Bravo Burgandy
Accessories: Buttons, twine, Nestabilities and Cuttlebug flower dies, brad, corner rounder punch, 1/4 inch Bravo Burgandy grosgrain ribbon, fabric

I also participated in the Cupcake Challenge on the Taylored Expressions blog. Details about the challenge can be found HERE.

Here's my card...

It's quite a bit of pink and I'm not sure about the patterned paper I paired together. It's a little busier than I envisioned. Overall, it's not my favorite card, but I still like it.

Stamps: Cupcake by Hero Arts
Paper: Cameo Coral, Pretty in Pink, White, Raspberry Tart dp, Pretty in Pink prints dp
Ink: Momento Black
Accessories: Copic Markers, Nestabilities, Circle punches, sewing machine, 1/4 inch grosgrain ribbon in Pretty in Pink

And finally, I started the Featured stamper challenge yesterday but I didn't get to finish it. I got around to finishing it this morning. I cased this card HERE.

And here's my version...
I changed the colors, used label nesties for the main image, used a ribbon slide for the sentiment, scalloped the corners, and added brads.

Stamps: One of a Kind
Paper: Soft Suede, Rich Razzleberry, Basic Black, White, Razzleberry Lemonade dp
Ink: Rich Razzleberry, Black Momento
Accessories: Copic Markers, Razzleberry ribbon, Cuttlebug ribbon slide, black brads, scalloped corner punch, corner rounder punch, dimensionals

That's all for today! Thanks so much for looking!!! Have a wonderful day!!!:)

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Challenges Galore!

Here's two more cards for challenges. First is this week's sketch for Mojo Monday. Details about the challenge can be found HERE.

Here's the sketch... And here's my card...
As you can see, it's another Halloween card! I just love Halloween!

Stamps: Halloween Hoot (SU)
Paper: Pumpkin Pie, Basic Black, White, Cast a Spell dp
Ink: Momento Black, Chocolate Chip (on broom)
Accessories: Copic Markers, Labels Nestabilities, Small and Large Oval Punches, Scallop corner punch, 1/4 inch Pumpkin Pie grosgrain ribbon, Martha Stewart drippy goo punch

Next, I combined Amy Rysavy's sketch challenge with the Inspiration challenge on SCS. I found my inspiration HERE.

Here's my card...

Isn't she cute?!?? I just love the Lily and Billy stamps from Pink Cat Studio. They are just so much fun to color.

Stamps: Enchanted Lily (Pink Cat Studio)
Paper: White, Bermuda Bay, Certainly Celery, Certainly Celery Prints dp, Retired Certainly Celery dp (called Just Delightful, I think)
Ink: Momento Black
Accessories: Copic Markers, Classic Circle Nestabilities, scallop corner punch, sewing machine, Bermuda Bay ribbon, Bazzill flower, rhinestone stickers, stickles, spica glitter pen

The pleating on this card took me forever! I really wanted to recreate the layers in the shirt from my inspiration piece, but it was tough! They are actually sewed together with my sewing machine.

Thanks so much for stopping by and looking! Have a terrific day!!! :)

Friday, July 17, 2009

Caardvarks Challenge

This is the first time I've participated in a Caardvarks challenge. They post challenges twice a month and this particular challenge was a sketch challenge. You can read more details about it HERE. You do have to scroll quite a ways down the page to view the challenge, if you're interested.

Anyhoo.... here's my card...

I wanted to create something fun and summery. This little monkey did the trick! I love using summer sun and chocolate chip cardstock together and it makes me think of bananas! Perfect for this little guy!

Stamps: Monkey Love (C.C. Designs)
Paper: Summer Sun, Chocolate Chip, White, Good Morning Sunshine dp
Ink: Momento black
Accessories: Copic Markers, 1/4 inch chocolate chip grosgrain ribbon, Bazill flowers, buttons, twine, scallop border punch, Classic and scalloped square nestabilities, corner rounder punch

That's all for now! I may be back later to post more. I pretty much have a free day today which means lots of time to stamp!!! Thanks for stopping by and have a terrific day!!! :)

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Where's my mojo?

I've lost my mojo. Have you seen it? I think it took a vacation today. Ughhh! I'm just not in the mood to stamp today, and I don't like what I've created at all. But I guess there are days like that.

Here's my card for today's "Ways to Use It" challenge on SCS. You had to double up on something. It could be the main image, embellishments, anything. I chose to double the focal point image, but like I said I'm just not feeling my card today.

What do you think?
Stamps: Cheers to You
Paper: Rich Razzleberry, Melon Mambo, Crushed Curry, White, Razzleberry Lemonade dp
Ink: black, SU Markers
Accessories: Circle punches in 1 1/4 and 1 3/8 inches, Scalloped circle punch, sewing machine

On the up side, I did pull out my sewing machine and use it on this card. I don't always pull it out and play, but I'm proud of myself for stitching in a straight line!!!

I also did yesterday's sketch challenge on SCS, but didn't have time to blog about it. My mojo was definitely there yesterday and I LOVE how this card turned out. But then again, it is a Halloween card and I love to create those.

Here's my spooky card...

Don't you just love this?!?!?!?! I know it's kind of a gory image, but I just love how it pops off the page. I think it would make a really cool tatoo, if you were into permenantly putting gothic stuff on your body.

Stamps: From the Crypt
Paper: Old Olive, Basic Black, White, Cast a Spell dp
Ink: Black
Accessories: Black embossing powder, Labels Nestabilities, Ticket corner punch, bat punch from Martha Stewart, 5/8 inch black grosgrain ribbon, silver bat brads

That's all for today. Thanks so much for looking! Have a terrific day!!! :)

Monday, July 13, 2009

Two Cards Today! TLC229 & CPS124

I told you I'd be posting soon with Halloween cards and today's the day!!! I just love to create spooky cards! Today's technique challenge in SCS was to create a grid card that would "pop" the images stamped. I used the new "Scary Skeleton" set for this technique.

Here's my card...

Stamps: Scary Skeleton
Paper: Old Olive, Basic Black, Perfect Plum, White, Cast-a-Spell dp
Ink: Momento Black, Markers in Perfect Plum and Old Olive
Accessories: 1/4 inch old olive ribbon, black brads, word window punch, modern label punch, ruler & black marker
Technique: grid

Isn't it fun!?!? I know it's a little early for Halloween, but that skeleton is just too cute not to use!
I also participated in the newest sketch on Card Positioning Systems. Here's my card for CPS124...

Stamps: Trendy Trees
Paper: Old Olive, Chocolate Chip, So Saffron, White, Tall Tales dp
Ink: Chocolate Chip, So Saffron, Old Olive (marker)
Accessories: 1/4 inch So Saffron ribbon, Old Olive buttons, So Saffron button, linen thread, flower from Bazzil

That's all for today! I gotta run and take my parents to the airport. Thanks for stopping by and looking! Have a terrific day!!! :)

Sunday, July 12, 2009

A Cardinal Christmas- More Christmas in July

More Christmas in July for you today. My card today was created for the featured stamper challenge on SCS. I cased THIS CARD in Schirmcat's gallery, but had to change at least 2 things about it.

As you can probably see, I left the layout the same but changed the stamp set. I stayed with the bird theme, but my image was colored with prismacolor pencils and blended with gamsol. I changed up the colors on the card some too... adding the green. I used a chipboard star covered with dp and sanded the edges and then added a button on top of it.

Here's my card...

Stamps: A Cardinal Christmas, Canvas BG
Paper: Kraft, Riding hood red, Very vanilla, Merry Moments dp
Ink: Close to Cocoa, River Rock, Black
Accessories: prismacolor pencils & gamsol, chipboard star, button, linen thread, scallop border punch, ridinghood red tafetta ribbon
Technique: sponging, prismacolors & gamsol

That's all for today! Thanks for stopping by! Have a terrific day!!! :)

Saturday, July 11, 2009

And Many Mower

Two posts today! You'll need to scroll down to view both.

I'm in the stamping mood lately and decided to participate in my first evah' Mojo Monday sketch challenge. Deets can be found HERE.

I haven't been very good at inking up my newer sets lately, so I'm really trying to get more use out of them. Plus, I can always use birthday cards and masculine birthday cards are even harder to come up with... so I know I'll use this card fairly quickly.

Here's what I created....

I hope the colors aren't too "Christmasy", but I wanted the red to compliment the mower and the green to signify the grass. Make sense?

Stamps: And Many Mower
Paper: White, Old Olive, Real Red, Summer Picnic dp, Real Red Patterns dp
Ink: Black Momento
Accessories: Copic Markers, Labels Nestibilities, Circle Punches, 1/4 inch Real Red grosgrain ribbon, dimensionals

This was a tough sketch for me, but I think it turned out okay. What do you think?

Thanks for looking! Have a terrific day!!! :)

Greetings, Earthling!

Hiya! Today's inspiration challenge on SCS came from THIS WEBSITE. It's full of adorable children's clothing, furniture, toys, etc. After looking through the site, I was inspired by these two items... the alien costume and the space alien hoodie. I pulled colors from both items and of course had to use aliens! I also combined the challenge with the sketch (AMYRS71) from Amy Rysavy's blog which can be found HERE.

Here's my card...

I was just itching to use one of my new SU stamp sets that arrived on Wednesday and this challenge gave me the perfect chance!

Stamps: Greetings, Earthing!
Paper: White, Pacific Point, Kiwi Kiss, Good Morning Sunshine dp
Ink: Pacific Point, Momento black
Accessories: Copic Markers, Classic and Scalloped Circle Nestabilities, Tags dies from Spellbinders, green brad (SU), Pacific Point striped grosgrain ribbon, dimensionals

Isn't he a cutie? There are other adorable aliens in this set, but I personally think he's the cutest!

Thanks for looking! Have a wonderful day!!! :)

Friday, July 10, 2009

Palm Tree

I didn't get in any new stamping today. Instead I cleaned out my closet, which was a BIG job that needed to get done. I think my clothes were reproducing in there! This time I have 3 garbage bags of clothing, 1 bag with shoes, and 1 bag with purses to give to the Am Vets. But now I can actually SEE what clothes I have in my closet that fit me and I'm pretty much done with the giant clothing purge. I hadn't done it in over 5 years... so it really needed to get done. I also recommited myself to losing weight. I think it's a battle most of us go through, but it really made me sad to see all the clothes that I couldn't fit into anymore. I kept 2 rubbermaid bins of them in hopes of getting back into them someday soon and got rid of the rest. No more snacking for me and I'm going to try to get more active. For real this time!

Since I didn't stamp this afternoon, here's a card I created a little while ago but I don't think I ever shared it on my blog...

Stamps: Balmy Breezes, Cheesecloth BG
Paper: Taken with Teal, Creamy Caramel, Cool Caribbean, Watercolor paper
Ink: Stazon black, Cool Caribbean
Accessories: reinkers, brads, linen thread, paper piercing tool
Technique: watercoloring with reinkers

After cleaning out my closet all day, I definitely wish I could relax on this beach right about now. Wouldn't that be nice?

That's all for today! I'm definitely going to bed early tonight. I'm bushed! Thanks for stopping by and have a terrific day!!! :)

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Christmas in July

Today's "Ways to Use It" challenge on SCS was to create a Christmas card... even though it is July. I also wanted to create a card for Amy Rysavy's weekly sketch challenge (AMYRTFS3) so I decided to combine the two challenges and create my Christmas card based around Amy's sketch.

Here's what I created...

I bought this stamp set from SU when it was first released a few years ago, but I've NEVER USED IT!!! Sadly, I have a lot of stamps in my collection that I've never used! Shame on me! But this was the perfect opportunity to ink him up and use him! I also used my brand new designer paper from SU that the nice UPS man dropped off yesterday. Most of my new order was stamp sets and accessories to create (of all things) Halloween cards! I LOVE to make Halloween cards and it's a rarity that I can pass up a fun spooky stamp. You'll have to wait to see that stuff though! But, I did squeek in some Christmas paper on my order too.

Stamps: Jolliest Time of Year
Paper: Kraft, Real Red, Old Olive, White, Merry Moments SU dp
Ink: Black Momento
Accessories: 1/4 inch and 5/8 inch Real Red grosgrain ribbon, red buttons from SU's playground button pack, classic circle nestabilities, Copic Markers, dimensionals

That's all for today! Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a terrific day!!! :)

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Lots of Cards Today!!!

I had a good stamping day today and pretty much stamped all day! The house was clean, the laundry was done... so lots of time to stamp!!!

First, I created this card for today's sketch challenge on SCS. I'm really not ready for fall yet, but I started looking at my newest stamps and which ones haven't seen ink yet. That's how I settled on using "Autumn Days". Plus, I wanted to get used to SU's newest in-colors.

Here's my card...

Stamps: Autumn Days, Everyday Flexible Phrases, Canvas BG, Weathered BG
Paper: Dusty Durango, Soft Suede, Crushed Curry, Very Vanilla
Ink: Dusty Durango, Soft Suede, Crushed Curry
Accessories: Linen thread, Cuttlebug Tiny Tags, Hodgepodge Hardware, Deckled Rectangles Nestabilities, dimensionals
Techinque: sponging and masking

I did a lot of sponging on this card. Every panel was sponged to give it depth.

Next, I needed a thank you card to send to my parents. They bought my hubby and I a set of plastic margarita glasses to use on our deck and boat as an anniversary gift. Here's the card I created using the same sketch...

Stamps: Cheers to You
Paper: Rich Razzleberry, Crushed Curry, Melon Mambo, White, Razzleberry Lemonade DP
Ink: Momento Black
Accessories: markers (SU and Copic), Razzleberry Polka Dot Ribbon, Prima flowers, rhinestone stickers, stickles

I put glittery stickles on the rim of the glasses to make it look like sugared or salted rims. They cherry is also a gemstone sticker.

Finally, today is my 3rd anniversary. I always struggle with making cards for my husband, so I was surfing SCS and came across THIS CARD. I knew I had to recreate it, especially since my hubby is not that romantic and most of his cards end up going this route anyways!

Here's my card...

Stamps: All in the Family, sentiment from Verve stamps
Paper: Old Olive, Perfect Plum, Chocolate Chip, White
Ink: Momento Black
Accessories: markers, word window punch, modern label punch, cuttlebug embossing folder, dimensionals

Tee hee!!!! Isn't it funny!?!? I'm sure he'll get a kick out of it!

That's all for today! I'm heading out to dinner to celebrate or anniversary soon. Thanks for stopping by. Have a wonderful day!!! :)