Friday, July 29, 2011

Sad news....

I won't be posting cards for a few days.  My husband's father passed away late last night.  Thanks for all the support we've already received.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Adorable Milton

I just can't get enough of this little guy!  My friend Julie sells them at Paper and Such - go check out all the different ones!  I used an older sketch challenge for this card.

Card details:
Stamps - Milton w/Tulips (Wild Rose Studio)
Cardstock - white, dsp, Melon Mambo (SU)
Accessories - rhinestones, copics, embossing folder

Wednesday, July 27, 2011


I've been asked to come up with some possible bridal shower invitations for my niece-in-law's sister.  Here's one sample - what do you think??

Card details:
Stamps - Love One Another (ODBD), Warm Words (SU)
Cardstock - Lemon Tart (PTI), black, white
Accessories - Prisma pencils, embossing folder, pearls

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Paper and Such Challenge Time

Come play with us at the Paper and Such Design Blog!  This week it's a great sketch challenge.  Enter your card for a chance to win a $10 gift certificate to the store and you could also be a Princess for your card!  Here's my entry - 

I used Hezzy this time around - you don't have to use a PandS stamp, but we'd love it if you can!  Not sure if you can tell, but I used my clean copic to make "feathers" on her.  The chicken tracks on the dsp are also from the same set.

Card details:
Stamps - Hezzy (Paper and Such), Fillable Frames #4 (PTI)
Cardstock - white, Going Gray (SU), dsp
Accessories - rhinestones, nesties, copics, SU punch

Now go make a card and enter to win! 

Monday, July 25, 2011

I Wanna Be a Beach Bum!

Even with the scorching temperatures this week, I could live at the beach.  A perfect day would be a slight breeze, my feet in the sand, a frozen drink in one hand and my Kindle in the other.  Thus the inspiration for my card today using the Clean and Simple challenge at Splitcoaststampers today to use a tag.

Card details:
Stamps - Beach Cocoa (Sweet & Sassy)
Cardstock - Bermuda Bay (SU), white
Accessories - copics, border punch, twine, oval punch

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Double Duty

The Featured Stamper this week at Splitcoaststampers was truly inspirational.  She does lots of clean and simple designs, just what I need practice on!  I chose two of her cards - THIS one and THIS one and CASE'd the layout of each for my cards.

Card details:
Stamps - A Wreath for All Seasons (PTI)
Cardstock - Chocolate Chip (SU), Cranberry Tart (Gina K), white
Accessories - border punch, ribbon

Card details:
Stamps - Beach Cocoa (Sweet & Sassy)
Cardstock - Lemon Tart (PTI), Riding Hood Red (SU), white
Accessories - SU punch, copics

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Today was a very busy day.  I got up early and made my card and then went to help a friend clean out/organize her stamping room.  She thinks I'm nuts because I had fun.  I knew this card was missing something, and after 2 consultations, I was told that you can color pearls!  Didn't know that!  So.......that's what I added.  The sketch is from The Sweet Stop and I got my inspiration from the IC today at Splitcoaststampers, using this picture.  

Card details:
Stamps - A Song in My Heart (Paper and Such)
Cardstock - MME, Not Quite Navy (SU), white, Summer Sunrise (PTI)
Accessories - copics, pearls, SU border punch, ribbon

Friday, July 22, 2011

Finding Mojo

There are days in a stampers life where nothing you do seems to look like what it does in your head.  Today's challenge that I chose to do was the Clean and Simple sketch - easy, right?  Well.......the mojo wasn't flowing today and I really had a tough time with this one.  I wanted to use this image and paper, but just wasn't sure if they worked well together.  I decided to just go for it - let me know what you think!

Card details:
Stamps - Unknown (can anyone help?), Fillable Frames #4 (PTI)
Cardstock - Delightful Daffodil, Rich Razzelberry, Soft Suede (all SU), dsp
Accessories - nesties

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Bucky's back!

Yup - another Bucky card!  He is just the cutest chicken around.  I combined several challenges with this card.  Not only the Sketch and Ways to Use It over at Splitcoaststampers, but the embossing challenge at Paper Pretties too.  My shopping trip to Michael's yesterday resulted in me finally finding some Tim Holtz embossing folders!  YEA!  I almost went with the woodgrain one on this card, but now I'm glad that I stuck with the brick pattern.  I swipped some brown ink over it to give it a bit more detail.  What do you think?

Card details:
Stamps - Bucky (Paper and Such)
Cardstock - Riding Hood Red (SU), Soft Suede (SU), Summer Sunrise (PTI), dsp
Accessories - burlap ribbon, hardware, embossing folder, copics

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Color galore!

This was a fun color challenge at Splitcoaststampers yesterday!  I went through several of the images before I felt the colors were right.  I love using this stamp because it's very versatile.  I also only used the first line from the main sentiment.

Stamps - Water Lily (Paper and Such)
Cardstock - Chocolate Chip (SU), Wild Wasabi (SU), dsp
Accessories - copics, nesties

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Sweet Sketch

Another challenging sketch over at The Sweetest Thing.  I like the soft colors on this card - you can't go wrong with pink and brown.

Card details:
Stamps - Unknown (can anyone help?)
Cardstock - (all SU), Close to Cocoa, dsp
Accessories - copics, nesties, MS punch, pearls, embossing folder

Monday, July 18, 2011

Wanna Win Some Stamps????

Check out this link to win some brand-spankin' new stamps!!!

Paper and Such

Featured Stamper Day

Another great selection of cards to CASE this past Sunday!  THIS is the card I chose and here's my result -

Card details:
Stamps - Milton w/Tulips (WRS), Mixed Messages (PTI)
Cardstock - Kraft, Chocolate Chip (SU), Basic Grey - Lemonade
Accessories - Top Note Die, copics

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Color Challenge

Color challenges can make it or break it when working on a card.  There are some ideas that just pop into your head and you run with it and there are others that stump you for days.  Luckily, the challenge at Just Us Girls this week, was an easy one.  Here's what I came up with.

Card details:
Stamps - Unknown (from a friend - anyone know???)
Cardstock - Blushing Bride, Basic Gray (SU), dsp
Accessories - copics, nesties, ribbon

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Christmas in July

A sketch with a twist - Over at The Sweet Stop, that was the challenge this week.  I wanted to do something simple, yet elegant.  After searching thru my stamps, I found this one that hadn't seen ink yet!

Card details:
Stamps - Barn Door w/Wreath (Northwoods), Fillable Frames #9 (PTI)
Cardstock - Cherry Cobbler, Mellow Moss (SU), Basic Grey dsp - Basil
Accessories - Embossing folder, ribbon, rhinestones, copics

Friday, July 15, 2011

Starbucks and Bling.....

.....what could be better?!  I chose to combine the Clean & Simple sketch challenge with the Sweet 'n Sassy Digi challenge to use bling.  I'm not sure how well it shows up, but the DSP has glitter on it and the "holder" on the cup has been run thru my crimper (had to dig to find that thing) to look like cardboard.  I was able to paper piece the holder by printing out two of this image and using one as a template.

Card details:
Stamps - Cocoa's Latte, Tea Time Cocoa (SNS)
Cardstock - white, Blushing Bride (SU), Riding Hood Red (SU)
Accessories - rhinestones, punches, copics, ribbon

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Vintage Collage

For today's Ways to Use it Challenge, we were asked to make our own collage using at least 4 stamps.  After several attempts and many different variations, this is what I came up with.....

After I stamped the music image, I then used my Soft Suede ink pad to apply some ink to the paper to give it a more distressed look.

Card details:
Stamps - Baroque Motifs (SU), Upsy Daisy (SU), Sheet Music (PTI)
Cardstock - Vintage Cream (PTI), Chocolate Chip (SU), Vintage Violet (SU)
Accessories - pearls, primas, embossing folder

Wednesday, July 13, 2011


I set out today to make a triple threat card (3 challenges in one card).  I'm liking how the birds turned out and the rest of the card, but not 100% on the overall color combo.  I like The Color Throwdown's site because it stretches my limits.  This one was a real challenge, however!  I used the Sketch Challenge from Splitcoaststampers today as well as Paper Pretties animal theme.

Card details:
Stamps - A Song in my Heart (Paper and Such)
Cardstock - white, Certainly Celery (SU), dsp
Accessories - Embossing folder, copics, SU markers

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Paper and Such Challenge Time

Come visit the Paper and Such Challenge Blog today!  They've got a great color inspiration for you.  Here's my card.....

Card details:
Stamps - Toby and Butterfly (Wild Rose Studio)
Cardstock - Vintage Cream (PTI), Tangerine Tango (SU), white
Accessories - copics, MS punch, nesties

Monday, July 11, 2011

For a friend......

I have a good friend who's family is going thru a really rough time right now.  While working on the CAS challenge for Splitcoaststamps, my mind was on her.  The sentiment is something that I think she'll appreciate when she gets this in the mail soon.

Card details:
Stamps - A Song In My Heart (Paper and Such)
Cardstock - Vintage Cream (PTI), Melon Mambo, Pink Pirouette (SU)
Accessories - primas, pearls, ribbon, MS punch

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Water Lily

Today at Splitcoaststampers is the Featured Stamper challenge.  This is the card I chose to CASE today.  I used the new Water Lily set from Paper and Such - their new stamps are available - go check them out!

Card details:
Stamps - Water Lily (Paper and Such)
Cardstock - Enchanted Evening (PTI), white, MME dsp
Accessories - embossing folder, pearls, ribbon

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Birds a plenty!

I guess I'm kinda hooked on this set.  I think this is the 2nd day in a row I've gone to it to make a card and I've only had it 2 days!  This is also for The Sweetest Thing blog sketch.  I turned the sketch on it's side when it didn't go the way I wanted it to.  That's what I love about doing them - you can tweak them to make them your own.

I'm also showing you a side view as I paper pieced the birds and secured them with glue dots.  I haven't found a sentiment that I want for this card.  I may just end up waiting until I have a person to send it to and then choose one.

Card details:
Stamps - A Song In My Heart (Paper and Such)
Cardstock - Fine Linen (PTI), Sweet Blush (PTI), Rich Razzelberry (SU), dsp
Accessories - border punch, ribbon, nail heads

Friday, July 8, 2011

More new Paper and Such cards

I'm going to be posting a lot of cards that I've made with the new release of Paper and Such stamps.  Hope you enjoy them all!  This one is an older Color Throwdown challenge and the current Clean & Simple sketch.

Card details:
Stamps - A Song In My Heart
Cardstock - white, black, Blushing Bride (SU), dsp (SU)
Accessories - border punch, circle punches, dew drops, copics


It's finally here!!!!  One of my besties has her very own line of stamps!!!  Pictured below are just some of the cards that I've made so far with the 4 brand new sets.  There's a blog hop going on right now - start HERE.  Please make sure you comment on at least one of the blogs to be eligible to win all 4 sets!!

This first set is called Water Lily and comes with the main stamp and 2 sentiments - GORGEOUS!!!

A Song in My Heart - too "tweet"  (sorry, had to!)

Bucky - Julie's brother-in-law and the first in the Hot Shots line of chicken stamps!

And Hezzie - Julie's sister. 

The stamps are very easy to use (clear acrylic) and stamp beautifully!  They will be available after midnight on the 9th - go shop!!!!!  Paper and Such

PS - look for more new sets each month!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Beach Bum

I'm still dreaming of the beach.........and decided to use this adorable image for the Sweet & Sassy sketch this week.  Since I'm no longer on vacation, I wanted something that was bright and cheerful.

Card details:
Stamps - Beach Bum Cocoa (Sweet & Sassy)
Cardstock - Hawaiian Tides (PTI), white, dsp
Accessories - ribbon, MS punch, SU punch, copics

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

A bear of a patriot

This is one of my absolute favorite stamps.  Isn't he just adorable!  Just another way to make a card simple, yet cute.

Card details:
Stamps - Patriotic Bear (Whipper Snapper), Fillable Frames #2 (PTI)
Cardstock - Riding Hood Red (SU), Summer Sunset (PTI), dsp
Accessories - punch, rhinestones, copics, embossing folders

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Thank you........

Cards are needed (signed and unsigned) to send to our brave men & women overseas.  Please consider making some, getting them signed and then contact me for an address to mail them.  Thanks a bunch!

Remember, your cards don't have to be overly dramatic.  Sometimes plain and simple are the way to go.

Card details:
Stamps - Cocoa Mouse (Sweet & Sassy), Service & Sacrifice (SU)
Cardstock - Pacific Pointe & Riding Hood Red (SU)
Accessories - copics, embossing folder

Monday, July 4, 2011

Happy 4th of July!

Happy 4th of July everyone!!!  Please take a moment to thank a solder today.

Card details:
Stamps - Courage (SU)
Cardstock - Cherry Cobbler (SU), Fine Linen (PTI), dsp

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Celebrate Freedom!

Hope you're all enjoying your long 4th of July weekend!  For the next several days, please enjoy some patriotic cards made in honor of those who protect our freedoms.

Cards details:
Stamps - Godspeed (SU)
Cardstock - Marina Mist & Riding Hood Red (SU)

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Scetch - Day 8

Last day (for now) of these sketch challenge cards.  By now, we're home from vacation and trying to get caught up on laundry and sleep. :)

Card details:
Stamps - Friends Till The End (PTI)
Cardstock - black, white, Fine Linen (PTI), dsp (PTI), Garden Green (SU)
Accessories - embossing border

Friday, July 1, 2011

Sketch - Day 7

We're winding down the week of sketch challenge cards.  With the holiday weekend upon, I'll just have a few more Patriotic ones to come.  Enjoy!

Card details:
Cardstock - Rich Razzelberry, Kraft, dsp (all SU)
Accessories - border punch, ribbon