Monday, December 31, 2007

Goodbye Frosty!

Now, I hear there are some people out there that absolutely love the set "Frosty". I think he's cute, but it is definitely time for him to go! So here is one last card on the eve of Frosty's retirement.
Frosty and the words are stamped in white craft ink on eggplant cs and layered on white cs. I used my versamarker to "color" and shade part of Frosty. I used crystal effects and dazzling diamonds to add a little sparkle. Frosty and his layers are popped up on dimensionals and attached to an amethyst base that was stamped with white craft swirls and eggplant snowflakes. Goodbye Frosty! Bring on the new stuff!
stamps - Frosty, sentiment (TAC)
paper - almost amethyst, elegant eggplant, whisper white
ink - white craft, elegant eggplant, versamarker
acc - CE, dazzling diamonds, dimensionals
I'll be back this week with some swap sneak peeks and Christmas cards I received from some of my stamping friends. Have a safe and happy new year!

Sunday, December 23, 2007

My Christmas Cards

Here are the cards I made this year for some of my stamping friends. I was trying to keep them flat to avoid paying extra postage, so no embellishments!

My husband says this card looks like the commercials for Food Network's Season's Eatings, but it's really inspired by a Pier 1 catalog.

stamps - Snowflake Spot, Polka Dot, All Holidays (I think)
paper - whisper white, chocolate chip, wild wasabi, real red
ink - wild wasabi, versamark
acc - corner rounder, white EP, circle cutting system (CM)

Acetate cards are difficult for me to photograph, but I used the swirl from Season of Joy on the background. You can't really tell as the card is slightly open, but there are two more layers to the focal point, another river rock and whisper white mat. I stamped the word background in river rock, then the tree in versamark and embossed in white. I finished with an outline of the tree with my Sakura Stardust gelly roll glitter pen.

stamps - Season of Joy
paper - acetate, river rock, whisper white
ink - river rock, versamark, white Stazon
acc - white EP, glitter gel pen

Thanks for stopping by - I hope you and your families have a very Merry Christmas!

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Color Challenge Tuesday

I actually had this card done Tuesday, but am just now having a chance to upload. The color combo for the challenge at SCS was elegant eggplant, so saffron, and wild wasabi. This card is pretty simple and straightforward. I stamped the blooms in wasabi for the base, then again in eggplant and saffron on scraps. I embossed them with iridescent ice EP for some sparkle, cut them out, and popped them up with dimensionals. Thanks for stopping by!

stamps - True Friend, Celebrate Everything, Polka Dot
paper - so saffron, wild wasabi, elegant eggplant, whisper white
ink - so saffron, wild wasabi, elegant eggplant, versamarker
acc - iridescent ice, eggplant grosgrain, dimensionals

Monday, December 17, 2007

Sneak Peek!

I used two sets on this card that will be available from the new SU! catalog starting January 2. My copy of the new catalog should be on it's way, I hope it gets here soon! Or maybe not, I still have things to do! I finished my Christmas cards last night and got them in the mail today. Of course, I had to chase the mailman down the street in a bunch of snow to get them out, but they are out and that's what counts! So this is what I made today:

I started with a river rock base that measures 5 x 5. I stamped the flower from A Beautiful Thing in soft sky ink on white paper. The centers are stamped in guava and cut out (the 1" circle punch was too big), and the build-a-brad with river rock designer paper went on top. I used the corner rounder to create the guava scallop piece, as well as to round all the corners of my layers and base. I attached the guava scallop piece and soft sky designer prints paper, and tied a river rock knot around it. I attached the top layer to the chocolate piece, and attached the whole thing to my card base. I stamped "Good Times" in versamark on a chocolate scrap and embossed it with white powder and rounded the corners. I tucked it up under the river rock knot, and there you have it!

Thanks for stopping by, may you get everything done this week that you need to and still have time to stamp!

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Goodbye and Hello

Say goodbye to the retiring "Hung Up On the Holidays" stamp set, and hello to the new Ginger Blossom designer series paper (available for purchase Jan. 2)!

Just a couple cards for your viewing pleasure! I had no specific purpose in mind for these, I was just stamping for fun.

I'm not sure about these candy canes, to me they seem to be facing the wrong way. It's always driven me nuts! And I stamped them too close together so there's a bit too much white space.

stamps - Hung Up On the Holidays, Season of Joy, Warm Words
paper - river rock, whisper white, ruby red, chocolate chip, Ginger Blossom dsp
ink - ruby red, chocolate chip, river rock
acc - river rock double-stitched grosgrain, corner rounder, 3/4" & 1" circle punches, chocolate chip marker, dimensionals

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Color Challenge Tuesday

Sorry for the lack of posting lately. I have actually stamped a few things, but I can't show them to you yet. I want the recipients to see them first! My stamping time has shrunk significantly because work keeps scheduling me for 5 mornings/week instead of my normal 2-3. It should be back to normal in January, so bear with me.

I just got some new stuff yesterday, 2 days early, woohoo UPS! It was my order of preview stuff, and I used one set for my color challenge card today, so here it is:

The color challenge combo for today was rose red, pumpkin pie, and certainly celery. This set is called Mark the Date, and will be available for purchase beginning January 2. I hope they come out with a set that has all the months of the year in a matching font, but for now I used Short Order alphabet. Once again, not a great picture (it's 4 pm here, and almost completely dark out, boo). I stamped the calendar in pumpkin pie ink, and stamped off the dots to fill in the circles. I stamped the letters for March on scrap pieces in their respective colors, cut them out and attached to the calendar piece. I stamped the starburst for the highlighted day in rose red, cut out the circle, added a celery brad, and attached with a tiny piece of dimensional. I stamped the same starburst in rose red on the rose red piece, and then stamped the middle circle in pomegranate. They look like little bugs to me, haha! I taped the white and rose red pieces together and tied an olive ribbon around it. I stamped the Happy Birthday in versamark on a pumpkin scrap and embossed it in white. I punched it out and tucked it under the ribbon to finish it off!

Thanks for stopping by, have a great week!

Supplies: stamps - Mark the Date, Short Order alphabet paper - certainly celery, pumpkin pie, rose red, whisper white ink - certainly celery, pumpkin pie, rose red, versamark acc - olive grosgrain, soft subtles brad (celery), white EP, 1-1/4" circle punch

Sunday, December 2, 2007

Featured Stamper Sunday

Please excuse my awful photos for the next, oh, 3 months as it will be gray outside until then! We had snow last night, but none of it stuck, and by this morning it was just a little slushy in places.

This card is for the weekly Featured Stamper Challenge on SCS. It's pretty easy, so I won't bore you with all the details. There are stickles on the snowflakes as I cannot make a snowflake card without some glitter these days!

Thanks for stopping by, have a great week!

Supplies: stamps - Season of Joy, Holidays & Wishes paper - sage shadow, basic gray, whisper white, wintergreen dsp ink - sage shadow, basic gray acc - charcoal taffeta ribbon, 1-1/4" circle punch, stickles

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Color Challenge Tuesday

This week's color challenge was basic gray, bashful blue, and certainly celery. This just hit me as a wintry combination, so I went with it. I stamped the block sentiment in bashful blue ink on the same color paper, then stamped it again in celery and basic gray on those colors of paper. Then I cut out various parts and pieces and attached them to the bashful blue piece. I stamped the background layer with swirls and poinsettias from Season of Joy. I placed the sentiment layer in place, pierced around the edge, picked up the sentiment piece, added the ribbon, then popped up the sentiment piece with dimensionals. I then added lots of Stickles (you can use crystal effects and glitter) to make it sparkle! Alright, stamp class girls, let's say it together - "Stickles go on LAST!"
Thanks for stopping by!
stamps - Season of Joy
paper - certainly celery, bashful blue, basic gray
ink - certainly celery, bashful blue, basic gray
acc - bashful blue taffeta ribbon, stickles, dimensionals, mat pack & piercer

Monday, November 26, 2007

Featured Stamper Challenge

I made this card for Sunday's Featured Stamper Challenge (TexasGrammy) over at SCS. I cased a card from her gallery, keeping the layout but changing the colors and stamps used. I was looking for an easy one, and this was it! My stamping time has been drastically reduced lately. I've had the idea in my head to use the red stickles on the buds of the stem for awhile, and this was the perfect card to make it happen! Thanks for looking!

Supplies: stamps - Stem Silhouettes, French Script, Everyday Flexible Phrases paper - chocolate chip, close to cocoa, whisper white ink - chocolate chip, real red acc - red grosgrain, red stickles

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Color Challenge Tuesday!

The color challenge today was for pretty in pink, wild wasabi, and whisper white. I added the black just because it needed it, and it adds a great contrast.
stamps - Snow Flurries, Polka Dot, Season of Joy (sentiment), In the Spotlight
paper - wild wasabi, pretty in pink, basic black, whisper white
ink - wild wasabi, pretty in pink, basic black
acc - black gingham ribbon
Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Featured Stamper Challenge

I made this card for the featured stamper challenge over at SCS (papermoon04). I picked this card because of the layout. It's right up my alley! For the main image, I inked up the "flower" in river rock, and then rolled just the edges in chocolate ink before stamping. Sorry the picture isn't so great, there's not a lot of natural light here today!

Supplies: stamps - True Friend paper - wild wasabi, chocolate chip, river rock, Apple Cider dsp ink - wild wasabi, chocolate chip, river rock acc - wasabi double-stitched ribbon, vintage brads

Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Simple Birthday Card

Here's a simple birthday card for you today. I love the Fall Flowers designer paper, the colors together are just fantastic!

A few details: the striped flower is popped up on dimensionals. The olive knot is adhered with a glue dot.

Thanks for stopping by, have a great day!


stamps - Big Blooms, Amazing to Zany

paper - soft sky, old olive, sahara sand, whisper white, Fall Flowers dsp

ink - old olive

acc - scallop, 1-1/4", 3/4" punches; olive 5/8" grosgrain, white brads

Saturday, November 10, 2007

True Friend

I made this card a while ago, but never posted it, so here you go! From my archives, heehee! The finished card measures 7" x 3-3/4", and come to think of it, I'm pretty sure I don't have an envelope that it will fit in! So I guess this one's mine forever. It's pretty straightforward, so I'll just give you the recipe.
stamps - True Friend, Boho Friend wheel, In the Spotlight
paper - pumpkin pie, soft sky, old olive, whisper white
ink - pumpkin pie, soft sky, old olive, white craft
acc - silver brads, pumpkin grosgrain, mat pack & piercer (for brad alignment and spacing)

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Some Class Cards

Today I am showing you two cards we will be making at my class this weekend.
Peace Hope Joy Supplies:
stamps - Season of Joy
paper - sage shadow, certainly celery, always artichoke, whisper white, Wintergreen dsp
ink - sage shadow, always artichoke
acc - jumbo eyelet, stickles (for star)

Snowflurries Supplies:
stamps - Snowflurries, Polka Dot, Holidays & Wishes
paper - soft sky, basic black, whisper white
ink - soft sky, basic black
acc - black grosgrain, mat pack and piercer, black brads

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Another Acetate Card!

I told you acetate cards were my new favorite! This one was for our niece, who just had her 18th birthday last week.
The white panel is on the front of the card, the guava panel is on the inside front, the moss panel is on the back inside, and the artichoke panel is on the outside back of the card. I stamped "happy 18th birthday" on the moss panel which shows when it is opened.
Thanks for stopping by, have a great day!
stamps - Looks Like Spring, Everyday Flexible Phrases (inside), Short Order Numbers (inside)
paper - acetate, whisper white, groovy guava, mellow moss, always artichoke
ink - groovy guava, cotton white Stazon, mellow moss
acc - guava double-stitched ribbon, flower from pretties kit, rich regals brad, glue dots

Tuesday, November 6, 2007


Today's color challenge was to use RUBY red, not real red. I goofed, but I still like the card I made! And Krystie, I take all the blame for being a bad influence on you, causing you to use real red too, lol!

Color Challenge Tuesday

Today's color challenge was soft sky, wild wasabi, and real red. I love this combo!

I started by stamping Polka Dot partially on a soft sky base in white craft, but it didn't show up as much as I wanted. So I hurriedly poured white EP on it and embossed! The wasabi panel is also embossed in white, as is the sentiment on the red, and the small snowflake. I used my corner rounder to create the white scalloped edge. Then I put it all together and added soft sky ribbon, a row of piercing, and a row of white brads.

In the next few days, I'll be showing sneak peeks of cards we'll be making at my class this weekend. If you are local (greater Cleveland, Ohio), contact me to sign up!


stamps - Season of Joy, Polka Dot, Snowflurries, Blizzard wheel

paper - soft sky, wild wasabi, real red, whisper white

ink - versamark

acc - white EP, sky double-stitched ribbon, 3/4" circle punch, corner rounder, white brads, mat pack and piercer

Horizontal Pocket Card

Monday's Try a New Technique challenge at SCS was to make a horizontal pocket card. This is the second one I made, the first one was ugly! I started with a normal card (5-1/2 x 4-1/4) and folded back the front about 1-1/4" to form a flap. I attached the pumpkin prints panel to the olive layer and adhered both under the flap. I then taped the ribbon around, punched two holes using the cropadile, and added the jumbo eyelets to the folded back flap. I adhered the card closed with sticky strip to make a pocket, leaving the horizontal edge "open". I then attached the flower using a dimensional. The pull-out part is a piece of pumpkin paper with a white layer on top, measured so that it fits in the pocket. I stamped Polka Dot partially on the white panel, attached it to the pumpkin layer, attached the olive tab with brads, and added the flower with a dimensional. I markered the friendship stamp from Wonderful Words so that just Friend was inked, and stamped it right on the pumpkin dsp.

stamps - In the Spotlight, Polka Dot, Wonderful Words
paper - elegant eggplant, pumpkin pie, old olive, whisper white, pumpkin designer prints
ink - elegant eggplant, old olive, pumpkin pie, eggplant marker
acc - punches (scallop, 1-3/8" circle, 1-1/4" circle, 3/4" circle, tab), olive 5/8" grosgrain, jumbo eyelets, vintage brads, dimensionals, sticky strip, cropadile

Saturday, November 3, 2007

Acetate Cards Are My New Favorite!

This is the first acetate card I made, and I really do like them! They are a bit difficult (for me) to photograph, but you get the idea.

For this card, I cut a piece of acetate to 5" x 10" and folded it in half. I stamped the swirls in white staz-on ink. The main image and soft sky layers are attached on the outside of the card, the pomegranate layer is on the inside front, a white stamped layer is on the inside back (see other picture), and the gray layer is on the outside back of the card. Clear as mud!?! This way your adhesive doesn't show through. I cut out a small flower to go on top of the main image, attached a half-back pearl, and finished the card with some gray taffeta. Enjoy!


stamps - Baroque Motifs, It's Your Birthday (inside)

paper - acetate (write-on overhead transparency, whisper white, soft sky, purely pomegranate, basic gray

ink - white staz-on, soft sky, purely pomegranate, basic gray

acc - gray taffeta ribbon, white half-back pearl

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Different Fall Colors

I used the colors that are in the Secret Garden scrapbooking kit for this different fall color combo. We did this card at my last class, except I switched out the coral for pumpkin and the olive for chocolate. I got the idea for the medallion from my friend Krystie. It is just popped up with a dimensional and nestled up under the ribbon so it looks like it's tied on the ribbon, but it's not! Yet another shortcut to make your stamping easier. I'm pretty proud of this knot too, sometimes they turn out and sometimes they don't. Here are
ribbon/knot-tying tutorials from Valerie and Kristina. They are fantastic!
stamps - Autumn Fest, It's Your Birthday, Everyday Flexible Phrases
paper - cameo coral, always artichoke, old olive, whisper white
ink - cameo coral, always artichoke, old olive
acc - river rock double-stitched ribbon, vintage brad, 1-3/8" & 1-1/4" circle punches, dimensionals

So here is what the card looks like with "real" fall colors, teehee!
Thanks for stopping by and have a great night!

Color Challenge Tuesday

I know, it's Thursday, but I made this card for Tuesday's color challenge on SCS. The combination is tempting turquoise, real red, and so saffron. It screamed birthday to me, so that is what I did! I stamped off each balloon, and then stamped the polka dots on top in full strength color, and then cut them out. My friend Cindy always laughs at me for cutting things out, but I don't mind doing it! For the dotted background, I used my markers to color the dots so I got a nice color mixture without muddying it up by stamping the colors on top of each other. The balloons are popped up, and the string is taped behind each one and tied together.
stamps - Big Bold Birthday
paper - tempting turquoise, real red, so saffron, whisper white
ink - tempting turquoise, real red, so saffron
acc - white grosgrain ribbon, mat pack & piercer, dimensionals, crochet thread, markers (turquoise, red, saffron)

Stop back later today, as I have more for you since it's been a few days since I last posted!

Monday, October 29, 2007

I've been tagged!

So my friend Denise tagged me, which means you get to read 7 random things about me:

1. My DH and I got married the day after Thanksgiving 6 years ago, and the weather was in the 60's. If you live in NE Ohio, you know what a miracle that is!

2. My son was born on his grandpa's birthday.

3. I can drive a stick shift, though I do too much city driving to enjoy it.

4. I love split pea soup! In fact, I made some just last week.

5. My favorite color is red.

6. I was a gym teacher before my son was born.

7. I don't own a Cricut, Cuttlebug, Bind-It-All, or any of those cool new "toys". In fact, the fanciest tool I own is the Crop-A-Dile, and I just got it a few months ago.

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Happy Housewarming!

I made this card for my friends' housewarming party tonight. They have a beautiful "Cottage In the Woods" they are remodeling!
I used Beate's WSC130 for this layout - the card size is 5-1/4" square. The houses are colored with the aquapainter for a nice soft look, and I used All In a Row for the faux stitching. The top soft sky piece does have a background stamped on it, but it doesn't show up well in the picture.
stamps- Right At Home, All In a Row, Everyday Flexible Phrases
paper - chocolate chip, soft sky, river rock, whisper white, river rock and soft sky prints dsp
ink - chocolate chip, soft sky, river rock, really rust
acc - chocolate taffeta ribbon, HodgePodge Hardware, 1-1/4" & 1-3/8" circle punches, dimensionals, mini glue dots, aquapainter

I made this coordinating set of thank you cards as our gift to our friends. The card on the left is CASEd from Kristina Werner, and the one laying flat is CASEd from Michelle Fischer. The one on the right I came up with all by myself, heehee!
stamps - All Holidays, French Flair, So Many Sayings, In the Spotlight, Petals jumbo wheel
paper - soft sky, chocolate chip, whisper white, soft sky designer prints
ink - soft sky, chocolate chip, white craft, versamark
acc - white EP, white grosgrain, chocolate taffeta, chocolate grosgrain, soft sky double-stitched grosgrain, 1-1/4" & 1-3/8" circle punches, scallop punch, white brads, white button, Pretties kit (rhinestone brad)

And here is the finished product! I put all the cards and envelopes in a gusset bag and finished it with a topper made from soft sky designer prints and whisper white and chocolate chip cardstocks. I used the crop-a-dile for the holes for the white organdy ribbon.

Thanks for stopping by and happy stamping!

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Halloween RAK!

I got this card from my friend AJ in
the mail last week. Isn't it cute? It's always so nice to get some mail other than bills or junk! Thank you, AJ.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Color Challenge

I made this card for Tuesday's Color Challenge (#137) over at SCS: basic gray, purely pomegranate, and soft sky. I decided to use Carte Postale and French Flair, and basically used the same focus piece as a card I did last week. All the layers are popped up with dimensionals. The ribbon is attached using a mini glue dot, as is the pearl flower center. Thanks for looking!
stamps - Carte Postale, French Flair
paper - basic gray, purely pomegranate, soft sky, whisper white
ink - basic gray, purely pomegranate, soft sky
acc - HPH, Pretties, gray taffeta ribbon, dimensionals, mini glue dots, aquapainter, 1-1/4" and 1-3/8" circle punches

Monday, October 22, 2007

Great News!

Most of you have probably heard by now, Stampin' Up! has made a big change to their angel policy. Beginning November 15th, Article 4 of the Demo Manual will read as follows:

Completed, hand-stamped projects may be sold at competitive and non-competitive permanent retail locations, as well as temporary craft events, community fundraisers, and over the Internet. In selling hand-stamped projects, the seller must make it clear that the items are hand-made, and not a product of the company. The seller may indicated that the supplies use are from Stampin' Up!, but the Stampin' Up! logo may not be used in any way for the sole purpose of promoting the sale of hand-stamped projects.

This policy will apply not only to demos, but customers as well!


I did this card for Beate's Weekend Sketch Challenge #24. It was a simple layout, and this came together pretty quickly. Thanks for looking!
stamps - All In a Row, Fall (CTMH)
paper - cameo coral, chocolate chip, old olive, whisper white
ink - cameo coral, chocolate chip, versamark (background)
acc - olive 5/8" grosgrain, white brads, earth elements (olive) button, mini glue dot(for attaching button), pop-up glue dot (for attaching cutout flower), dimensionals (for attaching main layer), CM circle cutting system

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Last one - Sunday Catty Case

Well, I hope you have enjoyed this week of catalog cases as much as I have enjoyed showing them to you! It's an easy way to get those creative juices flowing when you hit a slump. Today's sample was taken from p. 58. It's a very simple and easy layout, but still elegant! The sentiment is markered to achieve two colors on one stamp, and the left edge is faux stitched. I used the mat pack and piercer to make the holes, then used my white gel pen to "connect the dots". The amethyst layer is torn to add a little texture. Thanks for joining me this week!
stamps - Stem Silhouettes, Canvas, Sincere Salutations
paper - old olive, almost amethyst, whisper white, river rock
ink - old olive, river rock, amethyst and olive markers
acc - vintage brads, mat pack and piercer, white gel pen, white grosgrain ribbon

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Saturday Catty Case

This sample can be found on p. 22. The only thing I changed was the placement of the words, the right side looked really empty without them!


stamps - Stem Silhouettes, Everyday Flexible Phrases

paper - old olive, really rust, whisper white, soft sky, Fall Flowers dsp

ink - really rust, old olive

acc - hemp twine, earth elements button

Friday Catty Case

This card was cased from p. 47. This one took a while to come together, to find a set and paper that would work with the layout. The main image ended up as a collage of sorts, but I don't like that my perfect plum paper doesn't match the perfect plum ink I used on the flower. I think part of it is that the vanilla paper changes the look of the color.


stamps - Carte Postale

paper - sage shadow, perfect plum, very vanilla, Enchante dsp

ink - sage shadow, perfect plum, close to cocoa

acc - 1-3/8" circle punch, copper brads, aqua painter(to add color to the flower)

Thursday Catty Case

This sample was cased from p. 18. I think soft sky is one of my new favorite colors, it always seems to end up in my color combos!

stamps - Stem Silhouettes, Sanded
paper - kraft, soft sky, whisper white, always artichoke
ink - soft sky, always artichoke
acc - artichoke grosgrain, HPH, mat pack & piercer

Wednesday's Catty Case, for real this time

The picture-uploading problems are finally fixed, so here's Wednesday's CASE. I took the card from p. 155, changed the size, used a wheel for the background instead of the dsp, and used 2 flowers from the pretties kit.
stamps - Doodle jumbo wheel, So Many Sayings
paper - groovy guava, soft sky, whisper white
ink - white craft, soft sky
acc - pretties kit, guava double-stitched ribbon, white crochet thread

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Wednesday Catty Case

Blogger is having problems with picture uploads, so you may not get to see today's sample until tomorrow!

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Tuesday Catty Case and Color Challenge

Today's sample was taken from p. 18. I combined the CASE with the color challenge over at SCS, which was any pinks. It is in honor of October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month. On to the card: I used my chipboard letter "c" as a pattern and traced it on pink passion cardstock, then stamped "cute" on it randomly in pink passion ink. I pierced a border on the inside of the white square and connected the dots with a pink passion marker to create faux stitching. I attached the tab with silver brads, and adhered the square to my card base. The base is pink passion with Polka Dot background stamped in white craft ink. I then attached the "c" with dimensionals, and stamped "ute" in alternating pink passion and pixie pink inks. The button is attached with a mini glue dot, as is the flower and halfback pearl center.

Thanks for stopping by!

stamps - Polka Dot, Amazing to Zany, Typeset Lower alphabet
paper - pink passion, pixie pink, whisper white
ink - white craft, pink passion, pixie pink, pink passion marker
acc - mat pack & piercer, tab punch, silver brads, pretties kit, white button, crochet thread, dimensionals, mini glue dots

Monday, October 15, 2007

Catty Case Week!

I am officially naming this week as "Catty Case Week". I will take a card sample from SU!'s current catalog and CASE (copy and share with everyone) it, doing a different one each day. So check back to see how you can use a publication for inspiration!

This card can be found on p. 147. This is more of an adaptation, as only the layout is true to the original.

stamps - It's Your Birthday, Everyday Flexible Phrases, So Many Sayings (dots bracketing the small hb)
paper - soft sky, taken with teal, old olive, lavender lace, whisper white, soft sky dsp
ink - old olive, white craft
acc - scallop punch, 3/4" punch, ice rhinestone brad, black gingham ribbon, dimensionals

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Featured Stamper Challenge

I made this card for Sunday's Featured Stamper Challenge over at SCS. The featured stamper was stampertammy (who I met in person recently). I picked a card from her gallery and with a color and stamp change, this is what I came up with.
stamps - Polka Dot, It's Your Birthday, Everyday Flexible Phrases, Marvelous Matchups (inky antics)
paper - old olive, groovy guava, soft sky, fall flowers dsp
ink - old olive, white craft, versamark
acc - mat pack & piercer, circle cutter, pretties kit, kraft taffeta, white embossing powder

Friday, October 12, 2007

True Friend

Today was one of those days where I sat down to create, and my mind was one big blank. This was the only one of the things I ended up with that is acceptable to share with you! The burst on the main layer was inked in river rock, and the edges were rocked in wild wasabi (rock and roll technique). Thanks for stopping by!
stamps - True Friend
paper - river rock, whisper white, chocolate chip, apple cider dsp
ink - river rock, wild wasabi, chocolate chip
acc - pewter jumbo eyelets, earth elements buttons, vintage brad, chocolate 5/8" grosgrain ribbon, hemp twine, dimensionals, mini glue dots

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Swap Reveal!

So here are the full reveals of the sneak peeks of my latest round of swaps. The one on the left was for a swap featuring the pretties kit. I used my guava ink pad to dye the large flower and then used my heat gun to dry it and lighten it up a little. Safety warning: keep your heat gun moving to avoid burning the fabric of the flowers, and ALWAYS unplug said heat gun when done! The large halfback pearl and flower is adhered using a tiny drop of Crystal Effects (CE). Don't use a lot of CE as the pearl will push it out and it will show on your flower. Icky! I also used a tiny drop of CE to keep the beads from sliding around on the hat pin.
stamps - Baroque Motifs
paper - chocolate chip, close to cocoa, groovy guava
ink - groovy guava, chocolate chip, chocolate chip marker (for the dots bracketing the word)
acc - chocolate taffeta, pretties kit, crystal effects

The card on the right is for a swap featuring Hodgepodge Hardware (HPH). This color combo may be familiar to you if you are a religious follower of my blog, as I am SURE you are, right? Hahaha! Anyway, the soft sky layer has the Doodle jumbo wheel rolled on it in white craft ink for a subtle background. Both flowers are from Pick A Petal, with the smaller flower having a small halfback pearl from the aforementioned pretties kit as its center. The small soft sky piece under the HPH label holder is purposely cut bigger than the label holder and the corners rounded. I adhered it right on top of the white ribbon and then attached the label holder on top of that using the matching brads. The smaller flower is popped up using 2 dimensionals.
stamps - Pick A Petal, Doodle jumbo wheel, Amazing to Zany, Warm Words
paper - whisper white, soft sky, chocolate chip, river rock, rose red, Apple Cider dsp
ink - white craft, rose red, chocolate chip
acc - pewter HPH, pretties kit, white grosgrain ribbon, 3/4" & 1/2" circle punches, soft sky double-stitched ribbon, dimensionals

This last card was for a technique swap. I chose to do Faux Metal. Basically, you get a lot of layers of embossing powder and stamp an image while the embossed powder is still hot. It does not ruin your stamps, and it's really a cool technique!
This color combo says to me contemporary, so I kept the card simple, clean, and uncluttered. The faux metal tag is attached using dimensionals, and I just nestled it up under the ribbon a bit (a trick I learned from my friend Krystie).
stamps - French Flair, Carte Postale, So Many Sayings
paper - soft sky, chocolate chip, whisper white
ink - chocolate chip, soft sky, versamark
acc - silver embossing powder, chocolate 5/8" grosgrain ribbon, 1-3/8" & 1-1/4" circle punches, dimensionals


Don't worry, I'm still here!

I am attempting some minor changes here, so sorry about the problems viewing my blog today. I figured out the problem, and we are good to go!
I have registered a domain name, and was attempting to map it here to my blog. It finally worked after some searching for help! You may see other subtle changes in the next month, so bear with me. My new domain name is, and I can be reached at If you try to connect to my address, it will still direct you here.

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Fall Flowers

Just a nice simple card for you today! I love these colors, they are nice and fall-ish and cheery. The halfback pearls are attached with mini glue dots.
Thanks for stopping by!
stamps - In the Spotlight, Warm Words
paper - lavender lace, old olive, pumpkin pie, whisper white
ink - lavender lace, old olive, pumpkin pie, soft sky
acc - white halfback pearls (pretties kit), soft sky double-stitched grosgrain ribbon, mini glue dots

Monday, October 8, 2007

Happy Monday!

So I was playing around with some different color combos, and came up with this one. I like it, it's kind of modern/funky. And I wanted to use my leaves. So here it is!
stamps - Autumn Fest, It's Your Birthday, Everyday Flexible Phrases
paper - soft sky, lovely lilac, lavender lace, taken with teal, old olive
ink - lavender lace, taken with teal, old olive
acc - olive 5/8" grosgrain, scallop punch, 1-3/8" & 1-1/4" circle punches, crop-a-dile, dimensionals

Saturday, October 6, 2007

Happy World Card Making Day!

In honor of World Card Making Day, I present to you this card:

After not stamping for 6 days, it was hard to get the creative juices flowing again, so I did what I always do when that happens: I opened up the 07 Fall/Winter Collection and found a card I like and went from there. This card is an adaptation of the one on page 155. I've always loved the color combo and clean lines of the card! Plus, one of my friends has a birthday this week (happy birthday Jimmi!), and I'll be sending this to her.
I cut a piece of groovy guava cardstock to 6 x 6 and folded it in half. I then rounded the two right-side corners. The celery piece is 2 x 6 with a 1/4" strip of soft sky layered on it. I stamped a row of flowers (All In a Row) in celery and tied celery knot of ribbon around the top. I adhered the celery piece to the guava card and cut the corner to match. I stamped the dots (In the Spotlight) in white craft ink and the sentiment (It's Your Birthday) in guava ink. The flower (In the Spotlight) is stamped in guava ink and punched out with the 5-petal flower punch. I layered it on a circle of celery (1-1/4" circle punch) and sky (1-3/8" circle punch), and attached a clear rhinestone brad (Pretties kit) in the middle. The flower piece is attached with a dimensional.

Thursday, October 4, 2007

1000 Hits Challenge and a Few RAKs

Wow, I can't believe there's been over 1000 hits
on my little blog already! I started this a little
over a month ago, so thanks to everyone that
takes the time to stop by!

Here a couple RAKs I got in the mail this week:
the one on the right is from Patti, and the one
below is from Tammy. Thanks girls, I love them! And who doesn't like happy mail?

So, in honor of my 1000th hit, I challenge you to RAK someone else! Post a link of what you made(if you can) in a comment here so we can all see what someone else received!

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Swap Sneak Peek

I feel like it's been forever since I posted, and even longer since I stamped! But I'm home again and have stuff to catch up on. So I thought for now I would post some sneak peeks at cards I'm doing for my current swaps with my swap group.

Here's a sneak peek at my swap card featuring Hodgepodge Hardware.

And here's my swap card featuring the Pretties Kit. Stay tuned for the full reveal!