Thursday, January 31, 2008

Combo challenges

Hello all. I know that the counter has surpassed 1000 and I promise to be back on Monday with the blog candy post. But for now I have two cards to show you. The first is a combination of two challenges this week over at SCS. The new technique and sketch challenge all rolled into one.

It really worked out perfectly because the sketch called for a big flower and the new technique was a flower made of paper, the dahlia fold. Now I have to admit at first I did not think I was going to make it through all eight circles but it got easier as I went.

I used all Stampin' Up! products on this card. The designer paper is the new Bali Breeze and I just love it. The ribbon is new to and just beautiful. No stamping on this card as I felt it really did not need a sentiment. Busy enough on the front.

The second card I made for a sketch challenge over at Tami Mayberry's blog. I had been stalking her blog since I saw her on the Hanna Stamps design team and I thought something happened to her because she had not posted in two months but all of a sudden she is back and gave me this great sketch to take on.

The card is 4x9. I had never made a card this size before and it scared me a little but after I was done I actually liked it. Again I used all Stampin' Up! products with the exception of the dew drops. The designer paper is Bali Breeze and the stamp set is Always. I just got this set and I absolutely love it. I embossed the bird with old olive craft ink and clear ep and cut him out. I used textured cardstock and stamped the branch on the rose red piece of cs. The ribbon is old olive 5/8" grosgrain, another of my favs. I love wide ribbon. The dew drops were an afterthought because when I was done I felt like it needed something else. These dew drops have been great in cases like this because if I had used brads they would have shown on the back. Yuck!

Thanx for looking and be sure to check back on Monday for your chance at some candy. Have a great weekend in case I don't get a chance to post again. Have a stamp happy day!

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Better Late Than Never

Here it is finally I got some time to stamp and I did Laurens weekend sketch. My mojo is off today and I am not up to par but this is a pretty cute card. I liked her sketch it was for a simple layout and I probably took it to the next level but sometimes simple is not so easy.

I used my new Gina K stamps How Sweet it Is. These stamps are stamps for a cause and a certain amount of money paid for the set goes for diabetes research. Gina has many other causes and stamp sets. Head on over to her site and check it out.

I used my cuttlebug for the card base and my nestabilities for the main image and its pink layer. Prima flowers with a Making Memories brad and the bright ribbon is from my stash I do not know the source. I colored with my copics and highlighted with a sakura gelly roll stardust pen. Gotta love the bling. I did away with the sentiment b/c the card base has happy birthday all over it.

Thank you for looking and visiting my site. Let me know what you think. Have a stamp happy nite!

I got it! My paper pretties box!

Hello all. I am so excited I finally got my december box and woohoo is it full of pretty things. I made the card that they send the directions for in the box. It is a cute little card but I added some stickles to my candy b/c I can't seem to make a card without the bling.

Thanx for looking and have a stamp happy nite!

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

I am not dead just took a break.

I have been MIA I know. I was so sick and needed a break. After stamp club was over last week I just went into hiding and tried to get lots of rest. I have had a cold since the day after christmas and I was sick of being sick. I think I finally feel better and hopefully I can get caught up on my challenges.

This card posted today was for last weeks sketch challenge over at MFT on SCS member company forums. I got some new stamps and I can't wait to use them all. I used Punny Farm from MFT on this card. I made this card with my Grandmother in mind. When I was a kid my gram had losts of chickens so I thought this was fitting. The inside says Just Chicken Up On You.

I used SU cardstock in pumpkin pie, really rust and bashful blue. the dp which is from my stash was my color inspiration. I utilized some dew drops and the photo corner punch. I colored with copics and drew in the grass with my copic multiliner pen.

Thanx for looking and it looks like that 1000 mark is creeping up on me. We will have some candy to celebrate. Have a stamp happy day!

Friday, January 18, 2008

Gettin' my hands dirty

Hello and good friday to everyone. I recently joined the fan club over at Splitcoast and after this months dirty girls challenges hit the gallery I could not wait to try my hand at some of their challenges.

This was the skectch and general overall theme. I think I am going to give this to my hubby for Valentines Day. I made this card with my new toys from Close To My Heart. I just loved this stamp set and had to have it. Heartfelt is its name and the hearts are just scrumptious. The designer paper is More to Adore and also from CTMH.

The buttons, ribbon and brads are SU. I used some ink from both companies. Let me know what you think. Thank you for looking and have a stamp happy day.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

My Girl

Hello all. Here is my first scrap page ever on my blog. I took my inspiration from a page in the SU! catalog. I used the same stamp set One of a Kind and the saying My Girl but I changed the colors and the layout. I used pretty in pink, whisper white, basic grey and basic black all textured cardstock. I also used boho bkgds along the top of the page and urban west rub ons. They are hands down my new fav toy. I just love them and they are so easy.

If you couldn't tell I finally got my new toys from SU and just in the nick of time. My first club meeting of the year is tonite. I have been a busy little beaver getting ready for that so I have slacked in my posts. This page is not for club either I just wanted to play and I am trying to get back into the swing of things with my scrapbooking. I am way behind.

The beautiful girl in the pic is my wonderful daughter Jaedyn. She is a great little girl and I don't know what I would do without her or her two brothers Kyle and Gage. I will try to get pages done for them and post them, maybe later this week.

As always thanx for stopping by and we are slowyly approaching the 1000 mark and when we do as I promised there will be some candy. Let me know what you think and have a stamp happy day.

Monday, January 14, 2008

Heart Pocket Card

Today over at SCS was try a new technique and the heart pocket was new to me so I gave it a shot and I was actually really pleased with my outcome.

I used all SU paper, ruby red, cameo coral, very vanilla and ginger blossom dp. The ribbon is certainly celery grosgrain and the pearls are from the pretties kit. I cuttlebugged the bkgd and made my scallops with a 5/8" circle punch that I got from PTI. I plan on putting chocolate in the pocket but I do not have any valentine chocolate yet. The sentiment is from MFT Baby It's Cold Outside and I felt it was really appropriate for valentines day. I did emboss the sentiment to make it stand out.

Thanx for looking and let me know what you think. Have a stamp happy nite!

Still a fluffles kind of day

Hello again! I am back with my version of a Sketch for you to try courtesy of Jen Del Muro. If you haven't been by to visit her blog you should go she is a very talented woman. Thanx for such a great sketch Jen!

Now I just realized while I was waiting for my pics to upload that I put the first panel of my card on wrong. What a dummy right? Oh well you will just have to overlook my shortcomings for today I have a nasty cold starting again. No rest for the weary I tell ya

I used bazill card stock to match by doodlebug designs designer paper and my bling is also doodlebug. Fluffles is new and I just love him with that flower in his mouth. The ribbon is from my stash and I am pretty sure that I bought if from frugalities. I colored with my copics and my sentiment is from MFT Essential Sentiments. I punched my sentiment with my SU word punch.

Fluffles kind of day

I got some new fluffles stamps from All That Scraps last week and I just got the opportunity to ink them up today to help me catch up with my sketch challenges.

The first one is from Lauren Meaders blog. Every Saturday she posts a sketch to try and here is my creation.

This card certainly has a motto to live by. I used my prism cardstock with the exception of the main image which is on stampers select. The designer paper is basic grey two scoops. The felt flower is Maya Road. The ribbon is American Crafts. I colored with my copics and used a sakura gelly roll pen for some highlights. I also used my new pink liquid applique for the icing, it makes it look real. Some dew drops on the corners and I'm done.

I hope you enjoy my creation and the rest of your day. Have a stamp happy day!

Saturday, January 12, 2008

No day like a snow day (although we have no snow)

I am back again with another sketch challenge posted by Amy over at prairiepaperandink. Amy just started posting sketches on Fridays and they have been fun so head on over to see her and give it a shot.

I used some more new toys with this card. I used some bazill cardstock, prism cardstock and some new dp from three bugs in a rug coco collection. My main image is stamped on stampers select like always. That cardstock is great for coloring with copics. The stamp set is Wintertime Fun from C.C. Designs. You should really go over to All that Scraps and check out the new little bits stamp sets they are just the cutest. I used my spica glitter pens again to add a little bling and some dew drops in the corner. The ribbon is SU! and the scalloped edge around the sentiment is the scallop circle punch from SU!

I was hoping you could see the bling in the close up but you cannot. Sorry to drag you guys along my path of learning but please hang in there with me.

I hope you enjoy my cards and have a great Saturday. We are off to Chuck E Cheese very soon so you can all pray for me or laugh at me which ever comes naturally. Thanx for looking and have a stamp happy day!

Beates Weekend Sketch Challenge 30

Hello everyone I sure hope you are enjoying your Saturday. Yesterday I took a spin on over to visit Beate and she had posted the weekend sketch challenge. This is my version.

I got a box of new goodies on Thursday nite and this stamp was one of the goodies. The set is Little Penguins from CC Designs over at All that Scraps. Isn't he just the cutest little guy and he luvs ya!

I used soft sky, barely banana, and pretty in pink from SU!, stampers select from PTI, and the designer paper is from Junkitz shabby chic collection. I utilized my provocraft scissors for the scalloped edge on the large panel. The image wasd colored with SU markers and blender pen with classic ink. I used my spica glitter pens to give the flowers some bling. This sketch was fun. The sentiment is pretty in pink ink rocked in soft sky.

Thanx for looking and let me know what you think. Thanx Beate for another great sketch. Have a stamp happy day.

Friday, January 11, 2008

Valentines Galore

I'm back. I just can't get enough of making valentines. It is officially my new favorite holiday. The first card I made with my daughter in mind but I am not all that happy with the turnout so I don't know. I used my new goodies that came yesterday afternoon. I just love it when the mail lady has a goodie box for me. this time it was from All that scraps. I ordered some of the prism cardstock to see what it was like. I do like the texture but it is not as heavy as SU cardstock.

Both of these cards are made with prism cardstock and stampers select from PTI for the main images. I colored with copics on both. You can see in the close up that I used my spica glitter pen on the heart that is from Year after Year stamp set(SU!).

The second card is made with stamps from MFT How Sweet It Is. I also used the sketch challenge MFTSC09 again. This image works really well with that sketch.

Enough babble from me. Any questions please leave in comments. Thanx for looking and let me know what you think. Have a stamp happy day!

ARGH! 13 year old boy birthday cards

Hello all. Did you miss me yesterday? I spent most of the day working on a project for the contest to be a guest designer over at MFT and I was just exhausted and disgusted so I chose not to blog. Today I needed to make a card for my oldest son to take to a birthday party on Sunday and well 13 is just not an easy age. They don't really care about the card only what is in it. But I toiled and troubled and made one anyhow. I went to SCS for some inspiration and found it. Unfortunately I did not write down the name so I will be back to edit this when I look the name up.

Anyhow the bkgd paper was what inspired me and I made my own. I utilized all SU! stamp sets. Just baseball, big deal numbers and happy everything (on the inside) and crosshatch bkgd stamp which is retired much to my dismay. It was one of my favs. I also ended up fulfilling the challenge today over at SCS which was to make a card and stick to two colors from one color family. We could use a neutral color cardstock and black ink.

I used brilliant blue and tempting turquoise from the Bold Brights family. Not my usual but lately I am really enjoying the bright colors. It was a pretty simple card but I was very pleased with the turnout. TFL. Let me know what you think and I will be right back with another post. Have a stamp happy day!

I got my inspiration from Pattilynn. thank you!

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Sketch Challenge

I think I want summer to be here. I have had enough winter. Blah!

Bright colors are not my norm but lately I want bright, summery, warm colors. Keep up my spirits I guess.

I made this for the sketch over at SCS today. We had to make a kickstand card. I have to admit I have seen this before but never attempted it. It was easier than I thought. I used some more Lockhart stamps, this one is adirondack chair. Now can't you just see yourself relaxing on the deck, soaking up the sun, the birds are singing, the kids are splashing in the pool. I know it makes me long for summer.

I used some dp that I had stashed away and I could not tell you where or when I got it. Ruby red, cameo coral and pumpkin pie matched it almost exactly. The main image is stamped on stampers select PTI with adirondack pitch black and colored with copics. Many different ones I might add.

The ribbon is retired from SU! and the brad in the center of the flowers is earth elements from SU! The flowers are Primas and I got them at a scrap festival. The dew drops are from Ellens store. I just love those little things.

thanx for looking and have a stamp happy day!

Unfortunate Necessity

We all know that this is the dreaded card and I have found that if I make them ahead of time they are easier to make.

I used some stamps that I bought at a festival in the fall. They are from Chapel Road Art Stamps. The sentiment is MFT Essential Sentiments. I also used the linen bkgd stamp from SU!

The card base is stampers select and so is the main image. I used choc. chip, close to cocoa and regal rose as the other colors. Alot of distressing and sponging on this card. The hemp twine is from Michaels and is a deep chocolate color. The swirl at the top corner of the main image is from SU hodge podge.

There is not much more to say other than I hope I don't have to use it. On that note I will end this post. Have a great day!

You Make Me Smile!

I used to think that Christmas was my fav holiday for making cards but now I think it is Valentines. There are endless possibilities for a V-Day card and here is one of them. It's not mushy but still gets the point across and I just love these colors together.

Believe it or not there was no challenge behind this card. I made it all by myself.

I used pretty in pink and basic black from SU and stampers select PTI for the main image and the bkgd that says you make me smile. That stamp is from TAC more one liners and I love it. The main image is from MFT bundles of bouquets. The flowers are from the pretties kit and the brad is also SU! I colored with my copics and highlighted with Sakura gelly roll pen. Love the bling! I dyed the pink flower by smushing it into the PIP pad.

Real quick and simple. Thanx for looking. I will have more to share today so come back later. Have a stamp happy day.

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Wild Blue Buggy Bananas

Hello everyone. Happy Tuesday to you all. I did this card for the color challenge over at SCS. It is pretty simple and quick. The stamps are from TAC bug me anytime and more one liners. Cardstock is blue bayou, wild wasabi and barely banana from SU, white is stampers select from PTI.

I utilized my coluzzle for the half circles and colored the bug with a blender pen and ink from the lid of the classic pads (same colors as cardstock). I used soft subtles brads and double stitched ribbon both from SU!. The buggy got some bling with a sakura gelly roll pen. I don't know if I can make any card without adding a little bling.

When I first saw this color combo it stumped me but after a tea and a look at some dusty stamps I figured it out. It was fun. Thanx for looking! Have a stamp happy day!

Monday, January 7, 2008

U Drive Me Wild

Back again. This time I have a valentine. This card was done for the MFTSC12 found over at SCS Member Company Forums My Favorite Things. Cindy Haffner always has a great sketch for us every Monday and they are always fun.

I chose the lion from Its a jungle out there and I surrounded him with foliage. A little flock on his mane and tail and isn't he just the cutest. The designer paper is from DCWV Nana's Kids and some of SU cardstock matched perfectly, green gable, pixie pink and pink passion. The ribbon is from my stash and couldn't tell you where I got it. The dew drops are from Ellens store. I colored with my copics of course. I don't think I have touched another coloring medium since I got them. The u is chipboard that I bought from Michaels in a huge package. I embossed with iridescent ice over pink passion craft. The main image is on dimensionals. Hope you enjoy. Thanx for looking and as always have a stamp happy night.

Laurens flip it Sketch

Hello again all. I am working on my sketches a little at a time and I have finished Laurens Flip It Sketch.

I have to say that this one was a bit of a challenge for me. I wanted to create two completely different cards with the same layout, nothing similar. I believe I have succeeded. The first card I made was pretty simple. The cupcakes are Lockhart Stamp Co. from Ellen Hutson's store. The two packages are from MFT Shower Time and the sentiment is from SU!

I used all SU! paper, basic black, real red, shimmery white and silver. The cupcakes look really shimmery in real life unfortunately the camera did not capture that aspect. I colored with copics and the ribbon is May Arts.

The second card is MFT Meet Me at the Cafe. The little pooch is so cute and honestly this is the first time I have inked him up. He is on shimmery white again but the rest of the CS is Bazill shades of violet. The flowers are Primas, ribbon is from May Arts and the brads are SU! rhinestone. I used stickles on some of the pooch and I hope you can see that in the close up.

Thank you Lauren for another great sketch. Have a stamp happy night!

Hanna meets Ginger (Blossom that is)

Hello again. I am slowly catching up.

Did you know that the most talented Beate is back and in full swing. She posted a weekend sketch challenge for us and as usual it was great. I did mine with Hanna. She is just the cutest little shopper. I paper pieced her dress and bags with the new designer paper from SU! and colored the rest of her in with copics. The paper is all SU!, the main image is stamped on confetti cream. The other colors used are textured river rock and smooth cameo coral and ruby red.

I used circle punches and scallop circle punch from SU! I highlighted Hanna's shoes with Sakura gelly roll stardust pen and I gave her a little shadow. The pic did not really pick that up. The ribbon is river rock double stitched available from SU! I used stickles on the heart. The sentiment is from MFT Essential Sentiments proving that they are essential.

Thanx for looking and any comments are appreciated but be nice I have feelings too. LOL!

Have a stamp happy day!

Baby girl

Good Monday to everyone. I just can't get my act together on the weekend. I seem to be so busy and can't take the time to post anything. I am behind again. Today my card is for the sketch challenge over at Amy's blog. She asked our opinion on what day to post the sketch and Friday won. Great now if I can get my act together and post sooner I will feel better.

I made this card because soon a new baby girl will be born and I would like to be ready (this is not the norm). I usually make the card on the way out the door to the event. I work better under pressure.

Anywhoo I used Bazill paper in pinks and the white is stampers select from PTI. The organdy ribbon is retired from SU! I colored with my copics and highlighted with a spica glitter pen but alas I was unable to capture that with the camera. No sun here today. The heart brads are from my stash so I do not know where from, the flowers are primas and the button is doodlebug. The stamps are from TAC and the congrats sentiment is from Stamping Bella.

You can find this sketch over at Amys blog it is labeled AMYRS9.

Have a stamp happy day!

Friday, January 4, 2008


This card was made for the sketch challenge over at SCS this week (SC157). I did have to move one panel a bit and I guess that is against the rules. It was my first Sketch challenge with such strict guidelines and as I mentioned on SCS authority and I are not the best of friends.

I started with pumpkin pie as my base and used so saffron and retired designer paper for the other layers. My main image is stamped on stampers select from PTI and layered with old olive. I colored the image with my copics and added a dew drop. A little ribbon and some dimensionals and I am happy with the turnout. TFL Have a stamp happy day.


Hello all! I think there is a light at the end of this cold tunnel. It is supposed to warm up here this weekend. I hope so b/c this cold weather is for the birds.

I made this card for the bella sketch challenge 09. You can find all of the challenges at the Stamping Bella Member Company Forum over at Splitcoast. I don't know what we stampers would do without Splitcoast.

I used Whisper White as my card base and designer paper from TAC. I stamped the main image on stampers select cardstock from PTI. I love that paper for coloring it is the best. I colored with my copics and then added some bling with my new shimmer chalks by Pebbles available through your TAC rep. I had to take so many pics to capture the shimmer. I hope everyone can see it. I sealed the chalk so that it would not rub off on everything it came in contact with. I also used a sakura gelly roll pen for more bling. The brad is from my paper pretties kit.

Thank you for looking. Have a stamp happy day!

Thursday, January 3, 2008

MFT Sketch Challenge

Hello everyone! Another freezing cold day here in NEPA. But today is the end and then next week is going to be in the 50's. Crazy weather this winter. It was in the single digits over nite. Today I am posting the card I made for My Favorite Things Sketch Challenge 10. You can find these challenges over at SCS Member Company Forums. They are always lots of fun. My card is a bit late but I am trying to catch up from the holidays.

My second pic is a bit dark but I wanted you to be able to see her boots with the liquid applique on them. I love that stuff. I just ordered more colors from All that Scraps. What a great store that is.

I used all my supplies from my Pretties Kit to make this card. Novembers kit had such pretty stuff it just begs to be used. I colored with copics and used some dew drops that I got from Ellens store. Her coat is paper pieced. Everything got a little bling from a Sakura gelly roll pen.

I hope you have a stamp happy day!

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

More fun with Karen Lockhart stamps

Hi again. I wanted to post all of the cards I did yesterday so here is card #2.

I used another new stamp from Karen Lockhart. I just love these stamps.

For this card I used elegant eggplant, taken with teal and certainly celery. This color combo was inspired again by the ribbon. I have been hording this ribbon and don't know why it is so pretty it really should be used and besides if I use it then I have to buy more right? Good reason to shop right? Well anyway the dp is also from SU! and is certainly celery designer series prints. The white is from PTI. That cardstock is so nice to color on with copics. I also used some dew drops which were also new from Ellens store. No bling on this card I liked the flowers just the way they are.

This sketch is also from Amy over at Thanx for the great sketches Amy!

I hope you enjoy and have a stamp happy day!

Happy New Year!

Hello everyone. I know it has been a while but I have been very sick and got nothing accomplished.

The kids went back to school today and the quiet is wonderful. I can think and type all at the same time. I enjoyed my time with them but stamping and kids don't really go well together. We played lots of games and lots of Wii. It snowed here a little bit so finally we got to sled. It was a great vaca but I am ready to get back to the regular schedule.

I did take some time yesterday to play with my goodies from Ellen Hutson which I have to say came super fast. I am talking ordered on December 27 and I got the box on December 29. I live on the east coast and her store is on the west coast. I am thrilled with the service they provide and you should see the stamps. I finally ordered some for myself with some birthday money.

I made this card to send to Ellen to thank her for the great customer service. I got my inspiration from the ribbon. It is from american crafts and has been sitting in a drawer just waiting to be used.

I used basic grey, orchid opulence and pixie pink from SU!. The white is stampers select from PTI. I colored the cupcake with my copics, also from Ellens store and highlighted with the spica glitter pens. The sentiments are from MFT Essential Sentiments. The dp is retired from SU! This card was a lot of fun and I am pretty happy with the turnout. You can't see the glitter very well in the pic but it is there. I also used the corner rounder and scallop circle punches from SU!

As always TFL and please share your comments on this card. Have a stamp happy day!

I forgot to add that this sketch was from Amy Rysavy and labeled AMYRS5. Thanx Amy!