Sunday, November 30, 2008

Home is where your story begins

Here's the simple layout that I mentioned in my last post. I thought about adapting it to a congratulations on your new home card and may if I do need one for that occassion. After I attach a picture I thought I'd add a few buttons but wanted to wait until I got the right photo to set the tone. Simple can be good, right?

Unity Kit of the month

Stamps: Unity Nov. Kit of the Month
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Tangerine Tango, 20th Street Market, Basic Grey
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Chocolate Chip
Accessories: SU Flirty Ribbon, American Crafts Ribbon, Antique Copper Brads

Saturday, November 29, 2008

My dear kind and wonderful friend

I hope everyone had a Happy Thanksgiving. Its great spending time with family. Here's one of the projects that I made last night. I started it with a different image in mind but found that this simple sentiment was all that it needed. I also made an 8 X 8 scrapbook page but you'll have to wait until tomorrow to see that one. The layout is a simply one and I haven't added any pictures yet but thought that if I'm going to ease back into it I need to start somewhere.

Stamps: Unity Nov. Kit of the Month, SU All Holidays
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, Pretty in Pink, White, Basic Grey
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Old Olive
Accessories: American Crafts Ribbon, Dimensionals

Monday, November 24, 2008

'Tis the season so here's another Christmas card. I haven't decided what I'm making this year so I thought I'd try out several different options. I may end up with quick and simple but you never know. It really comes down to time and mood. This card was made with a retired set called Sidekick Sayings. I ended up trading a different stamp set for this one well after it retired. The set didn't interest me when it was available and then one day I just had to have it. That's just how it goes sometimes.

Stamps: SU Sidekick Sayings
Paper: Real Red, Wild Wasabi, White, SU DP, American Crafts DP
Ink: Black, Wild Wasabi
Accessories: 5/8 inch Red Ribbon, Copics, Dimensionals, Gemstone, Silver Brad, SU Star Punches

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Season of Friendship

Here's a card I made with my new Pink Cat Studio set called Lily and Billy Winter. I wanted to practice coloring so I decided to color the image with my Copics rather than paper piecing their coats, etc. I'm sure I'll do a bit of paper piecing on the next one. I am a big fan of the new In Colors and thought it would be better to get them early so I could get good use out of them before they are gone forever. I chose Pacific Point blue only because I colored the image before picking out my paper-one thing to avoid if possible. I was lucky enough to find paper to match-luckily I do keep a large quantity of paper scraps on hand.

Pink Cat Studio -Lilly and Billy

Stamps: Pink Cat Studio -Lily and Billy Winter, SU Season of Friendship
Paper: Pacific Point, White, Heidi Grace DP
Ink: Pacific Point
Accessories: Copics, Organdy Ribbon, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, Martha Stewart Punch, Dimensionals

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Diabetes Awareness Month - DT Challenge

November is Diabetes Awareness month. We were challenged by one of the DT girls, Cassie to make a card to support Diabetes. The awareness ribbon color for diabetes is gray to represent the drudgery of dealing with diabetes every day. A red dot is often shown on the ribbon to represent the multiple times a day that a diabetic must check their blood. If you'd like to learn more about Diabetes click on the Diabetes Ribbon. The challenge is to make a card using the colors gray and red . If you would like to join in on the challenge you can go over and post a link to your card in a comment at Pink Papery Studio's so everyone can see it! We would all love to see what you come up with.

Here's my first card using a digital background paper created by Jami. I wanted more flowers in the paper so I ended up cutting out a couple and adding them on top of the printed paper. That way I was able to create my own pattern.

Stamps: All Year Cheer I
Paper: Real Red, Basic Gray, White
Ink: Black, Basic Gray
Accessories: 5/8 inch Red Ribbon, Gemstones, Paper Piercer

Here's my second card using the same materials minus the stamp set. This time I used Stampin Up's Sage Advice set.

Stamps: Sage Advice
Paper: Real Red, Basic Gray, White
Ink: Black, Basic Gray, Real Red
Accessories: 5/8 inch Red Ribbon, Dimensionals, Button, Silver Cord

Kreativ Blogger Award

Jenni has nominated me for a Kreativ Blogger Award. You can find Jennie's blog Stampin' Away the Day. So if you are looking for a little inspiration just hop on over there. I think you'll like it.

Rules for the Kreativ Blogger Award are:

1. The winner may put the logo on their blog.
2. Put a link to the person that sent you the award.
3. Nominate 5 blogs.
4. Put links to their blogs.
5. Leave a message for your nominees.

So I nominate:
1. Sparkle 2. Lindsay 3. Kim 4. Valerie 5. Amber

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Here's a card using Stampin Up's retired set called Blossoms Abound. This is a replica of a card that I did months ago. Its for a fellow SCS blogger's daughter's birthday. I love the pink and green combination and since the image was stamped by a fellow Wish Raker it was super easy to make. I plan on mailing it in a couple of days and really hopes she likes it.

blossoms abound
Stamps: Blossoms Abound
Paper: Pretty in Pink, Old Olive, Regal Rose, White
Ink: Regal Rose, Pretty in Pink, Old Olive, Mellow Moss
Accessories: 5/8 inch Rose Ribbon, Ticket Corner Punch, Silver Brads

Monday, November 17, 2008

All spruced up

Have you ever started a card but couldn't find the right images or touches to finish it in the same sitting? That's how last night went. I colored images and started a couple of cards but just couldn't complete one. This one started off with the designer paper and I went from there. I was lucky to find one stamped Christmas tree in my Wish Rak tote. It's not exactly how I envisioned it but I am pleased with the result. I added a little bling to spruce it up. I just love pink and green Christmas cards.

Stamps: Fast and Fun Notes
Paper: Rose Red, Certainly Celery, White, Imaginisce DP
Ink: Rose Red, Basic Black
Accessories: Copics, 5/8 inch Rose Ribbon, Dimensionals, Gemstones, Spellbinders

Saturday, November 15, 2008


Here's a quick Riley card using one of the new Hanna Stamp releases. This one is called sleepytime and is absolutely adorable. I was able to sneak a few moments before the kids woke up this morning so although I didn't have much time I had just enough time to throw this one together. I'm not quite sold on the gold organdy ribbon since its too matchy matchy but it will have to do for now. If I do change it up I'll be sure to post an after picture beneath it.

Hanna Stamps Riley

Stamps: Hanna Stamps - Riley Sleepytime
Paper: Pacific Point, Marigold Morning, White, DCWV, K & C Company
Ink: Brilliance Graphite Black, Marigold Morning, Pacific Point
Accessories: Copics, White Gel Pen, Organdy Riboon, Dimensionals

Thursday, November 13, 2008

The Rubber Cafe- Floral Heart

I enjoyed Wednesday's card sketch so much that I had to make another card with it. This time I used The Rubber Cafe's Floral Heart and Love Words Stamps. I went back to my bold colors and chose Real Red and Basic Black. I just love that combination. Another dreary day hence the somber photo. I am planning on making a card studio this weekend so hopefully I am able to get some decent pictures. I've been spoiled by beautiful sunny days.

Stamps: The Rubber Cafe -Floral Heart, Love Words
Paper: Real Red, Basic Black, White
Ink: Brilliance Graphite Black
Accessories: Copics, 5/8 inch Red Ribbon, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Pink Papery Studios - Sweet Baby

Here's a cute card I made for today's card sketch challenge (SC202) on Splitcoaststampers. You can see the sketch below. Its a very easy sketch to work with. If you haven't tried it what are you waiting for?

The image is from Pink Papery Studios and Simply Sistahs and Card Scents. I received the digital image from the 100% Natural stamp set and I think its the cutest thing. If you aren't quite ready for digital no worries, you can still buy the acrylic stamp set. I just did. If you haven't been over to Pink Papery Studios yet you really should stop buy. You'll be amazed with the selection and affordable prices. You don't even have to tell them that I sent ya.

Stamps: Pink Papery Studios -Simply Sistahs & Card Scents- 100% Natural
Paper: Old Olive, Pretty in Pink, White, DCWV DP
Ink: Old Olive, Pretty in Pink
Accessories: Copics, Prismacolor Pencils, Gamsol, Dimensionals, Offray Ribbon, EK Success Gems, Prima Flowers

Monday, November 10, 2008

A Good Book

I love this Stamping Bella image. I plan on retaking the picture since it was overcast outside and my camera battery died. I just didn't want to go another day without posting a new project. I really need to figure out a way to take better pictures inside because I don't forsee the weather perking up anytime soon.

Stamps: Stamping Bella - Reading Revrie, Verve -sentiment
Paper: Pacific Point, Pink Passion, So Saffron, White, DCWV DP
Ink: Pink Passion, Basic Black
Accessories: Copics, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, Corner Rounder, Dimensionals, Organdy Ribbon

Friday, November 7, 2008

I'm Pullin' for you

Here's a card that I made with two Splitcoaststamper challenges in mind:

Way to use it (WT191) use corner punches
Card sketch challenge (SC192)

I'm trying really hard to complete some of the splitcoast challenges and so far so good. This time I used my new Flopsey set by MFT called I'm pulling for you which I purchased from The Rubber Cafe.

My favorite things

Stamps: MFT -I'm pulling for you
Paper: Pacific Point, Pumpkin Pie, Kiwi Kiss, White, Misc. DP scrap
Ink: Brilliance Graphite Black, Tempting Turquoise
Accessories: Copics, Corner Punch, Dimensionals, RibbonFx Ribbon, Flowers, Buttons

Thursday, November 6, 2008

A boy and his dog

OK I have to admit that I don't have any pets and do not plan on changing that but I do love to make pet cards. I got this image from the Wish Rak group. I don't know the name of the stamp but I do know that its a High Hopes image. Its also a card for today's Ways to use it challenge (WT191) on Splitcoast. The theme was to use corner punches. I went for subtly with this card but like how it turned out especially since I only had one image to work with.

High Hopes
Stamps: High Hopes
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, Real Red, White, DCWV DP
Ink: Black, Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Copics, 5/8 inch Red Ribbon, Dimensionals, Distressing Tool, Ticket Corner Punch

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Patriotic Sophie

In honor of the Presidential election I made a card using Red, White and Blue. Its been awhile since I've made a moose card (only because I need to order Copic refills. Not your typical Patriotic image I know. I only had time for one quick card last night and was in a Sophie mood so I went with it.

I used my Prisma Colored Pencils and Gamsol technique to color the image. I don't have any Nestabilities dies or Spellbinders yet so I used my Marvy scallop punch and made a free hand circle as the layer. I finally used my star eyelets and star punches.

Stamps: Hanna Stamps - Ballet Sophie, Verve Visual, Sweeter Treaters - star
Paper: Brilliant Blue, Real Red, White, Real Red DP
Ink: Brilliance Graphite Black, Versamark, Real Red, Brilliant Blue
Accessories: SU Large and Small Star Punch, Marvy Scallop Punch, CB Embossing Folder, Prisma Color Pencils, Gamsol, Dimensionals, Star Eyelets, Offray Ribbon

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Its time for fall cards and I've seen a lot of great ones in the gallery. I had a little time while there was still daylight (I usually stamp at night while the kiddos are asleep) so I made a quick fall card. I used the pumpkin from Stampin Up's Little Layers II set. I also used a fall stamp set that I found in Target's Dollar aisle. I definitely need to check there more often.

I am trying to incorporate more Cuttlebug folders since there are several that I had to have. Less guilt that way. I've also been debating whether I should post a new challenge on a designated day of the week. Technique Tuesday or something along those lines. I'm still tossing ideas around my head. You'll be the first to know if I come up with something. I need to challenge myself to do more.

Stamps: SU Little Layers II, Target $1 bin
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive, Glossy
Ink: Stazon Black, Old Olive, Chocolate Chip
Accessories: CB Embossing Folders, Organdy Ribbon, Dimensionals, SU Markers, Sponge