Monday, December 31, 2007

The Happy Couple

We are going to have a new addition to our family! No, it's not what you think, no new babies on the immediate horizon. We are gaining an uncle! My Auntie Gail is getting married on the 19th and this is the card I made for the wedding.

I used one of the small embossing folders three times and then scored the lines with my Scor-pal. The idea came from Sharon Johnson's site No Time to Stamp. Check out her gorgeous cards using this method.

I added small pearls to the embossed design and stamped the A Muse image in Brilliance Graphite black ink and added a small black bow with a glue dot to finish it off.

Welcome to the family Jerry!

It's all about the details:
Cardstock: Bazzill
Stamps: A Muse Artstamps, Wedding Pose
Ink: Brilliance Graphite Black
Accessories: Ribbon, Joy Crafts pearls, foam squares
Tools: Cuttlebug Embossing Folder

Saturday, December 29, 2007


How about something a little understated for a change. I don't think anyone would accuse me of being a minimalist on most of my cards. :-)

I love all the bird stamps that are so popular now. This one is from an Inque Boutique set called Nightingale. The sentiment is also from an Inque Boutique set and is called Quotopia. I stamped the bird on patterned paper, cut it out and mounted it on foam squares.

I masked the card leaving just a small square that I inked with various shades of gray. The finishing touch is a small star covered in gold Stickles.

It's all about the details:
Cardstock: Bazzill
Stamps: Inque Boutique
Ink: Various
Accessories: plastic star, Stickles, foam squares

Friday, December 28, 2007

A Happy Memory

Can you believe that Christmas is but a happy memory? I hope you all had a magical holiday. We had such a good time with family. My grandson is just under 22 months and he was so much fun to watch. We have not had any children in our family for so long that I had almost forgotten how much life and joy they bring to the season.

I was spoiled rotten as usual. Today's card is made with some PP that my daughter and son-in-law gave me. It's Kurio by K & Company. I combined it with one of my favorite sentiments from Impression Obsession.

Well I'm off to bed. I have to get up early because my DH is taking me to IKEA tomorrow to look for more storage solutions for my obsession.

Have a terrific weekend!

It's all about the details:
Cardstock: Bazzill
Patterned paper: Kurio by K & Company

Stamps: Impression Obsession, Inc.
Ink: Palette Hybrid, Reflection Blue
Accessories: Ribbon, Prima flower, Deja Views brad, MME overlay, foam squares
Tools: Nestabilities

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Love that Snowman

Isn't that the perfect name for this Stamps Happen, Inc. stamp? I just love the detail in their stamps but I have to tackle them when I have lots of patience because it takes forever to color them.

I used my Copic markers while watching the corny but fun movie "The Holiday". It made the process so much easier.

Would you believe I still haven't decorated my tree? That's definitely on my agenda for tomorrow night.

TGIFAIRRRMI! (Thank God it's Friday, and I really really really mean it!)

It's all about the details:
Card stock: Georgia Pacific, Bazzill
Patterned paper: Basic Grey

Stamps: Stamps Happen Inc., My Sentiments Exactly
Ink: Brilliance Graphite Black, Color Box Chalk Ink
Accessories: Ribbon, Copic Markers, Stickles, foam squares, brad, Spica Pens, Signo Uni-ball Pen

Tuesday, December 18, 2007


Well not really, since heavy snowfall is a rarity in these parts, but it is the name of this stamp from Stampendous - One of the Pookie stamps from the Pixel and Pookie series. I colored him with my Copics and paired him with a "vintage" PP from KI Memories Pieces of me collection and a Hero Arts sentiment.

This stamp reminds me of when I used to get my children all bundled up to go play in the snow. After 15 minutes of tugging and stuffing them into their little snowsuits, boots, mittens, hats, etc. I would without fail hear them say, "Mommy, I have to go potty".
Hope you are all enjoying the holiday season.

It's all about the details:
Card stock: Bazzill
Patterned paper: KI Memories

Stamps: Stampendous, Hero Arts
Ink: Brilliance Graphite Black, Color Box Chalk Ink
Accessories: Ribbon, Copic Markers, Staples, Stickles, foam squares
Tools: Stapler, Coluzzle, Copic Multiliner

Friday, December 14, 2007

Friend to Friend

How about a little somethin' springy as a nice break from all these Christmas cards? I made this for a friend's birthday this week. I love this Daisy Bucket Designs PP, it's so pretty and has a great textured feel to it. This particular paper is called Sweet Marabella.

Anyone else starting to get nervous about being ready in time for Christmas? I have so much shopping, cleaning, and baking to do that I'll be lucky to wrap things up (pun intended) by the 25th.

Have a super and productive weekend!

It's all about the details:
Card stock: Bazzill
Patterned paper: Daisy Bucket Designs

Stamps: Stampin' Up, Friend to Friend
Ink: Brilliance Graphite Black
Accessories: Ribbon, Foam Dots, Paper Piercer, Stickles

Sunday, December 9, 2007

Da Vinci Santa

A light shining on our neighbor's front porch, what a welcome sight! Yeah, we have power!!! I don't think I will ever take it for granted again. Well for at least a few weeks anyway.

The minute I saw Inkadinkado's spoof of the Vitruvian Man, I had to order it. "The Da Vinci Santa" just tickles my funny bone. I stamped him with Brilliance Graphite Black and colored him with Copic markers. I also used Liquid Applique on his cuffs and hat. The rest of the details are listed below.

Here's wishing everyone a great week. Stay dry, stay warm, and stay well.


It's all about the details:
Card stock: Bazzill
Patterned paper: Basic Grey, Figgy Pudding

Stamps: Inkadinkado
Ink: Brilliance Graphite Black, Distress Ink, Antique Linen
Accessories: Velvet Ribbon, Copic Markers, We R Memorykeepers Hardware, MM holly/brads, Liquid Applique, foam squares
Tools: Deckle scissors

Crossing over to cranky

Anyone miss me? I sure have missed you! You may have heard that parts of the Oregon and Washington coasts suffered hurricane force winds last weekend. Well, I live 15 miles from the ocean in Southwest Washington and we got it, full force! We felt like the three little pigs with a big bad wolf trying to huff and puff and blow our house down! It went on and on for well over 24 hours. I am writing tonight's entry from the comfort of a nice warm hotel room because after seven days without power or water at home, I told my husband that I had officially crossed the line from being irritated to downright cranky! :-)

Seriously though, we are so much better off than so many others. Our house is intact and no one was hurt. Others lost homes, and some even lost loved ones to the storm, so we are so very grateful.

Here is the last of the cards I made for the Christmas Party. I had to really "bling up" at least one of them, didn't I? I hope to be able to be back to my regular posts once our power is restored. Please pray that it will be by tomorrow. I'm a woman on the edge.

It's all about the details:
Card stock: Bazzill
Patterned paper: Basic Grey, Figgy Pudding, My Mind's Eye

Stamps: Rusty Pickle, Grinch-mas, SU Season of Joy
Ink: Distress Ink, Fired Brick
Tools: SU Ticket Punch
Accessories: Cord, brads, Foam dots, Stickles

Sunday, December 2, 2007


What a great weekend! We got our first snowfall of the season on Saturday. In this part of the Pacific Northwest we often go without snow the entire winter. I absolutely love to watch it snow and get as excited as a kid when it starts to come down.

This weekend was also our company Christmas party and my husband and my 12th wedding anniversary. Great fun packed into such a small time span, although it would be nice to have the time to focus more on each sometimes.

Today's card is a little bit of fun with new The Cat's Pajamas stamps. I love all things "pirate" and these are just too darn cute.

It's all about the details:
Card stock: Bazzill
Patterned paper: Sandylion, Treasure Map

Stamps: The Cat's Pajamas
Ink: Brilliance Graphite Black, Distress Ink, Antique Linen
Accessories: Ribbon, We R Memorykeepers Hardware, Glue Dots, Foam Squares
Tools: Stampin' Up distressor, Nestabilities

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Fabulous Birthday

This is another Stampin' Up set I just had to have when it first came out and I am just now getting around to using it. I have seen so many gorgeous variations of it on SCS. I almost scrapped this and started over though. I stamped the flower three times with Versamark ink on white paper and embossed it with Judikins embossing powder in Cabernet Twinkle. When I was deciding which PP and card stock to use, I ended up choosing ones with an ivory tone. The white was definitely not going to work, so I grabbed one of my Copic markers in a beige tone and colored it in. Nope, I still wasn't happy with the results so I went for the gold Stickles. This is one sparkly card!

It's all about the details:
Card stock: Paper Accents Pearlized Cream
Patterned paper: Sandylion, Poinsettia Swirl

Stamps: Stampin' Up - Fabulous Flowers;Sentiment - unknown
Ink: Palette - Claret
Accessories: Ribbon, I kan dee, Foam Squares, Stickles

Saturday, November 24, 2007


Today's card is just for fun! No special occasion, no holiday, a "just because" card. Let me introduce you to Melvin from Art Impressions. Everyone knows a Melvin, don't they? I paired him, with a sentiment from Inky Antics that really seemed appropriate.

Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I had an interesting one that featured fish and chips for dinner....don't ask. :-) Enjoy your weekend!

It's all about the details:
Card stock: Kraft
Patterned paper: Basic Grey

Stamps: Art Impressions, Inky Antics
Ink: Brilliance Graphite Black, Palette Charcoal
Accessories: Ribbon, Copic Markers, brads, foam squares
Tools: Cuttlebug, SU distressor

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Fraternal Twins

Meet Cleo and Clem, the fraternal crab twins. LOL. I had to whip up a couple of Birthday RAKs for this month and since I have a tough time doing the same card twice, I ended up with the twins. As much as I hate to split them up, they'll be heading for separate homes on Friday.

Have a very blessed Thanksgiving and eat a piece of pumpkin pie for me.

It's all about the details:
Cardstock: Bazzill
Patterned paper: My Mind's Eye

Stamps: Crab and Company
Ink: Brilliance Graphite Black
Accessories: Ribbon, Copic Markers, Rub-ons, Nestabilities, Dew Drops, foam squares
Tools: SU slot and circle punches, decorative scissors

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

A Quick Post

Hi, I just have time for a real quick post tonight. It's been a very busy week for me. This is yet again another board invitation. Hope this will tide you over until I can get back to my stamps. :-)

It's all about the details:
Cardstock: Bazzill
Patterned paper: My Mind's Eye

Stamps: SU Season of Joy
Ink: Distress Ink, Peeled Paint, Fired Brick, Antique Linen
Accessories: Brads, Nestabilities
Tools: SU Punches

Wednesday, November 14, 2007


And now for something completely different....I present another card, this time with unconventional colors. I love brown and blue together and this My Mind's Eye paper really fits the bill. I love the fact that it deviates from the traditional red and green.

News Flash!

We have a winner! The blog candy will be wending its way to Ghazal in Tehran! Congratulations Ghazal.

It's all about the details:
Cardstock: SU Very Vanilla, Bazzill
Patterned paper: My Mind's Eye

Stamps: Penny Black
Ink: Ranger - Root Beer
Accessories: Ribbon, brads, Foam Squares
Tools: Ticket Punch, SU Mat Pack

Monday, November 12, 2007

That Jolly Old Elf

I own several Santa stamps but this one by Stamp Francisco is definitely one of my favorites. It comes in small, medium and large versions. This card was made with the medium. He has such a gentle face and really kind eyes. Just as I imagine the real Santa does.

I stamped Santa with Brillance Graphite Black ink and colored him with Copic markers. It's the first time I have tried blending two dramatically different colors (beige and red for the cheeks) and I played with a copy several times before I was satisfied with the outcome. It's difficult to see in the smaller image but I also used a clear Spica pen to add some sparkle to his beard, eyebrows and baby blue eyes.

I used Nestabilities for the Very Vanilla frame and for the circle for the sentiment which is from Verve Visual. The paper is another My Mind's Eye favorite.

Have a super week, mine will be very busy as we have auditors decending on us for a week or so. I'll post as I can.

Still waiting for someone to claim the blog candy. *sigh*

It's all about the details:
Cardstock: SU Very Vanilla, Bazzill
Patterned paper: My Mind's Eye

Stamps: Stamp Francisco, Verve Visual
Ink: Brilliance Graphite Black
Accessories: Ribbon, Copic Markers, Nestabilities, Foam Squares
Tools: Ticket Punch

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Happy Mail

I just love happy mail! Is there a better feeling than opening up your mailbox and finding an unexpected card or letter?

Here are four BRAKs I received last week. Aren't they wonderful?

Love the pink and paisley combo in this card
from Deb Albright (Crafty Turtle). So bright and happy.

What could be more perfect for a gal from Washington
State than an apple card? Love it. Thanks Leesa Berry (berry nice cards)!

Karen Mackie (Brad's mom) sent me this gorgeous card.
Don't you love the color combination? So, so cute.

This sparkling beauty is from Kimberley Kelley.
Thanks so much Kimberley (kimmery)!

Friday, November 9, 2007

Tree in Triplicate

How's this for a virtual forest? I thought I would speed up the process of showing you all 12 cards, so for your viewing pleasure, I present three more invitations. The details for each card are listed below its picture.

It's all about the details:
Cardstock: SU Very Vanilla, Bazzill
Patterned paper: My Mind's Eye

Stamps: SU Season of Joy
Ink: Distress Ink, Peeled Paint and Fired Brick
Accessories: Cord, Foam dots, We R Memory Keepers Hardware

It's all about the details:
Cardstock: Bazzill
Patterned paper: My Mind's Eye

Stamps: SU Season of Joy, Inkadinkado Christmas Background
Ink: Distress Ink, Peeled Paint and Antique Linen
Accessories: Ribbon, brads, Foam dots, We R Memory Keepers Hardware, Stickles

It's all about the details:
Cardstock: Bazzill
Patterned paper: My Mind's Eye

Stamps: SU Season of Joy
Ink: Distress Ink, Peeled Paint, Fired Brick, Antique Linen
Accessories: We R Memory Keepers Hardware, Stickles
Tools: Ticket Punch

OK, we're going to try this again. We pulled another name for the winner of the blog candy.

Projectr come on down! She (he? I wouldn't want to be accused of chauvinism.) wrote:

Congrats on 1000 hits.
Orange is one of my favorite colors, and my favorite orange thing is Orange juice!! Mmmm ... I'm going to drink a glass right now!!!
Thanks for offering the candy.

Please send me your address and I'll ship your candy ASAP.

Have a super weekend, I'll be posting a couple of birthday RAKs that I received today. So awesome!

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

A second helping of Figgy Pudding

I hope you're not tired of these yet, because I have several to go.

I broke out my Rusty Pickle Grinch-mas stamp set for the sentiment and paired it with SU's Season of Joy. The finishing touches include a brad for the dot in the "i" and a touch of gold Stickles for the flower centers. So simple, but very festive!

I still have not heard from Dale, so I may be drawing a new blog candy winner tomorrow evening, stay tuned......

It's all about the details:
Cardstock: Bazzill
Patterned paper: Basic Grey Figgy Pudding
Stamps: SU Season of Joy; Rusty Pickle, Grinch-mas

Ink: Distress Ink, Fired Brick
Accessories: Brad, Stickles, Foam Dots

Monday, November 5, 2007

Invitations - Take Two

From the looks of the SCS gallery, I am not alone in my love for Basic Grey's Figgy Pudding. This is so wonderful to play with and it's perfect for making cards this holiday season.

This layout is one of my old standbys. Tried and true, nothing fancy but I always like the end result. (Well, not always, but that's a card for another day!) I used A Season of Joy again for the stamps and added a little bling by MMBI. The "O" in Joy has been punched out of a second image and is placed on foam squares for added dimension.

It's all about the details:
Cardstock: Bazzill
Patterned paper: Basic Grey, Figgy Pudding
Stamps: Stampin' Up - Season of Joy
Ink: Distress Ink - Peeled Paint
Accessories: MMBI Icons, ribbon, Foam Squares

Sunday, November 4, 2007

The first of 12

I took advantage of Jen's SFYTT for this weekend by using it for the first of the 12 Board invitations. Good thing too, because by the twelfth card my mojo was seriously stretched to the max. I know it would be so much easier to just pick one layout and duplicate it but I really enjoy making each one unique.

Hope you enjoy them, you'll be seeing several more over the next few days. :-)

Have a terrific week, sorry it has to begin with a Monday!

It's all about the details:
Cardstock: Bazzill
Patterned paper: My Mind's Eye

Stamps: Stampin' Up - Season of Joy; Wordsworth - Sentiment
Ink: Distress Ink - Fire Brick, Peeled Paint
Accessories: Brads, Foam Squares
Tools: Punch, Nestabilities

Saturday, November 3, 2007

Christmas Dreams

I just received packages of both my new Elzybells stamps and Nestabilities, so of course I just had to combine them into a card. Have you seen these new stamps? They are so adorable! I love their size and they're so much fun to color. I used Copics to color this one called "Christmas Dreams".

I've been working all afternoon on making cards for our Board of Directors for the upcoming Christmas Party. It's kind of become a tradition for me to make the invites and I really look forward to it. I'll have several to show you tomorrow.

I said that I would post some pics of our recent vacation, and this is one of my favorites. This guy was just strolling down the road after we left Mt. Rushmore. He was obviously very comfortable around people and looked as if he was used to humoring these silly creatures rapidly snapping photos.

It's all about the details:
Cardstock: Bazzill
Patterned paper: Chatterbox, Daisy Bucket Designs

Stamps: Elzybells, Sentiment - Verve Visual
Ink: Brilliance Graphite Black
Accessories: Copic Markers, Ribbon, MMBI Icons, Stickles
Tools: Nestabilities

Thursday, November 1, 2007

There's something going around

Seems like everyone is getting sick at work. Must be a bug in the air! It prompted me to dig out a few cute stamps I've had for a while and never used. Both the jar and bug are from Inky Antics and the sentiment that goes so well with them is by Limited Edition Rubberstamps.

I haven't heard from the winner of my blog candy yet. Dale, if you're out there send me your address! If I don't hear from Dale by next Thursday, I'll draw a new name.

Have a happy Friday!

It's all about the details:
Cardstock: Georgia Pacific
Patterned paper: Love Elsie for KI Memories
Stamps: Jar and bug - Inky Antics, Sentiment - Limited Edition Rubberstamps
Sticker: Love Elsie for KI Memories
Ink: Brilliance Graphite Black
Accessories: Copic Markers, Ribbon

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Happy Halloween

Hope everyone is enjoying their Halloween. I sure miss having little trick or treaters at home. That's the problem with children ... they grow up. :-(

I whipped up a little "Fluffles" card to celebrate the holiday. The layout is from Beate's weekend sketch for a "Z-fold" card.

I want to thank you all for entering the drawing for my first ever blog candy. Your comments were so fun to read and much appreciated! I decided to do my first blog candy drawing the old fashioned way. I cut them up, folded them and tossed them well before having my husband do the honors by pulling out the name of the lucky winner .

So, here is the result.....

the winner is....Dale! Dale, if you would please send me your mailing address I will get your candy shipped out right away. Thanks again everyone. Have a Boo-tiful evening.


It's all about the details:
Stamps: Stampendous, Paper Trey Ink
Paper: DCWV, and Bazzill card stock
Ink: Brilliance Graphite Black, Adirondack
Accessories: Black Twill ribbon, Copic Markers, Brads
Tools: Marvy Punches

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Home...It's a good thing

My apologies to Martha for stealing her line, but it is just so fitting. It feels great to be home from our travels. Did you miss me? :-) I'll share some photos over the next few days. But let's get our priorities straight! I have missed making cards so much! I really suffered from withdrawals big time. I even talked my dear sweet husband into driving into Sheridan, Wyoming to shop at a local scrapbook store. When we got there there was a sign on the door saying the owner was sick and the store was closed for the day. I was so bummed. I did manage to visit Treasured Memories in Reno, Nevada though and managed to get my fix.

Today's card is for Jen's sketch challenge. I felt more than a little rusty getting back in the swing of things and it took me forever to decide what stamps to use. I'm happy with the results considering it's my first card in over two weeks.

Don't forget that the drawing for the blog candy will take place on the 31st. Be sure and check in to see who wins!

It's all about the details:
Stamps: Art Impressions - set 2904, Paper Trey Ink, Faux Ribbon
Paper: Scenic Route, Ashville and Bazzill card stock
Ink: Brilliance Graphite Black,Color Box Chalk Ink, Olive
Accessories: Brads, ribbon, Scrapbook Adhesive foam squares, Copic and SU Markers
Tools: SU Oval Punch, SU paper distressor

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Orange you glad I reached 1,000?

Yeah, Blog Candy!

In honor of reaching 1,000 hits, I am celebrating with my first blog candy. With fall in the air and Halloween just around the corner, I thought I'd do something special for the unsung color, orange.

Here's what you can win:

Spiced Marmalade Distress Embossing Powder
KI Memories orange and checkerboard paper clips
MM Mango paint
Reel of orange ribbon from Michaels
KI Memories flower bubble frame
MM sherbet mini brad pack
Cloud 9 Design Rain Dots
MM ribbon and ribbon brads
Basic Grey Obscure 6 x 6 paper pad
Inkadinkado mod bird stamp (not orange, just cute)

All you have to do to be entered into the drawing is leave me a comment telling me about your favorite thing that is orange. It could be your favorite sweater or autumn leaves, just anything orange! I'm leaving on vacation on the 13th, so I'll leave this on top and I'll draw a random winner on October 31st and announce it here.

Good luck and thanks so much for visiting my blog.

A Little Lizzie Love

Taking my new Lizzie Anne Designs stamps out for a test drive! I love this set called "High Hellos". There is something for almost every occasion and they're super quick to color.

I stamped the sentiment on a Heidi Swapp journaling spot and attached it to card stock and foam squares. The ribbon started out white and was colored to match the PP with Copic Markers.

It's all about the details:
Stamps: Lizzie Anne Designs - High Hellos
Paper: Creative Imaginations and Bazzill card stock
Ink: Brilliance Graphite Black
Accessories: Ribbon, Heidi Swapp Journaling Spots, brads, SU ticket punch, Scrapbook Adhesive foam squares, Copic Markers

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Basic Grey Birthday

Well, today's card started out as an entry into Beate's weekend sketch challenge and somewhere took a wrong turn. But you know what? There is something to be said for taking the unbeaten path. I really like the way it turned out. :-)

I used Jenn Balcer's tip about adding a tag after a ribbon is already tied. Check it out here. So cool!

It's all about the details:
Stamps: Stamps by Judith
Paper: SU Chocolate Chip and Bazzill; Basic Grey Infuse
Ink: Colorbox Brown
Accessories: Martha Stewart Silk Ribbon, Eyelets, Crop-a-dile

Monday, October 8, 2007

This little piggie...

This week's JBWW challenge over at Inky Paws is "Gotta Love the Critters". You are supposed to make a card using your favorite critter image. I have been in love with this little piggie from the moment I first saw her but I have never used her in a card before. (Someday I'll tell you about my two year collection phase where I bought hundreds of stamps but never got around to using them.) I love how the crows are having lunch right there on her back.

I did a lot of sponging and then cut the pig out and adhered her to a second copy of the image. The gingham ribbon was originally black and white, so I colored it with my copic markers to co-ordinate with the background better.

Happy Columbus Day!

It's all about the details:
Stamps: Stampington and Co. - Hog Host; Rusty Pickle - Old MacDonald Set
Paper: Bazzill; We R Memory Keepers - Urban Window Collection PP
Ink: Brilliance Graphite Black; Distress Ink - Antique Linen
Accessories: Copic Markers, Ribbon, We R Memory Keepers Hardware

Sunday, October 7, 2007


It's my mother's birthday and I thought I would make her card with the SCS Sketch challenge. It's the first time I have put ink to the Artfully Asian set. I just love the simplicity of these stamps and they work really well for this occasion because my mom loves flowers! She has an incredible green thumb that she inherited from her mother. I, on the other hand, could kill a plastic fern. So much for heredity.

It's all about the details:
Stamps: Stampin' Up, Artfully Asian
Paper: Bazzill and SU Card Stock; Scenic Route PP
Ink: Brilliance Graphite Black
Accessories: Copic Markers, Stickles, Brads

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Borrowed Inspiration

I needed to make a retirement card tonight and was running low on inspiration. So I did what any self-respecting stamper would do. I borrowed some! This is a CASE of a card created by Laurie Schmidlin which is a CASE of a card by Tosha (stamps4funinCA). Makes your brain hurt doesn't it? Anyway, back to the card. Here's the link. If you haven't visited Laurie's blog, you're in for a treat. Her designs are gorgeous!

It's all about the details:
Stamps: Stampin' Up, Bodacious Bouquet; Cornish Heritage Farms, Paint Spots Backgrounder and Lizzie Anne Designs, Sketched Sentiments
Paper: Bazzill and SU Card Stock; Fancy Pants PP
Ink: Palette Hybrid, Claret; Stampin' Up, Cool Caribbean Classic
Accessories: Stickles, Ribbon, Pop Dots, Marvy Punches

Monday, October 1, 2007

2 RAKs and a huge honor

Do you ever think you've done something only to find out much later that the intent was there but the follow through was found lacking? Such is the case with this adorable RAK that I received from Kathy Kinney (kakky_w at SCS). I just love the cheerful image and sentiment. I must have smiled for hours after I found this in my mailbox. I thought I had posted this weeks ago and then tonight I was looking for the post and couldn't find it. It was only then that I realized I had photographed and sized the card but never uploaded it. This RAK was a true bright spot in what had started as a rough day. I challenge each of you to send an RAK this week to brighten someone's day. I'll take my own advise too!

This second card is the
gorgeous card that Debra
Tack (dtstampz at SCS)
sent me as a thank
you for the Birthday RAK
that I sent to her. I think
I got the better end of the
deal! Thanks so much
Debra. Don't you just
love the black and
yellow color combo?
I definitely need to
make a card in those

Now for the honor part....Have you been following the card contest at Verve Visual? They announced the winners today and I won best overall card for my submission. There are so many wonderful entries be sure to check it out here. Oh, and the best part...I won the 2 new sets scheduled for release this month. I have to tell you, I have been bouncing all afternoon!


Look animals! I didn't exactly dig out my flower stamps but instead I took advantage of the beautiful EK Success PP I picked up recently. I love this paper called Poinsettias Linen and purchased several sheets to make Christmas cards. This card is for the JBWW challenge for this week. You can check out the sketch here.

I started out by sponging the entire card stock and PP with Antique Linen Distress Ink for a softer look. The sentiment is called Joy, Hope and is from Penny Black. I stamped it with Gold Brilliance Ink. I cut the flowers out of the PP and layered them with foam squares. For the finishing touch I added some gold ribbon to We R Memory Keepers hardware.

I really appreciate your visits and love it when you leave comments. Stay tuned for some blog candy when I hit that 1,000 mark!

Have a terrific week!

Friday, September 28, 2007

Ice Fishing

Looks like I am definitely on an animal kick lately doesn't it? Guess I'll have to dig out some of my floral stamps to change things up a bit.

I love the new winter theme stamps from The Cat's Pajamas. The polar bear, flourish and sentiment are all from this set. The bear's scarf is paper pieced and the scalloped border was made with SU's slit punch . I stamped the image on Strathmore cold press watercolor paper. It makes such a beautiful clear impression. I then colored it with Copic Markers and used Spica markers for the water and gift ribbon.

Looking forward to a relaxing weekend. Hope you enjoy yours.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Lonely Beaver

I have been wracking my brain trying to come up with something to use to create a card for the SCS Fan Club's Central Theme for September, "Lost and Found". The object for this month was the "Use of "found" objects, including nature items such as twigs and leaves, recycling items normally destined for trash, such as altering those AOL mailer CD tins or the CDs themselves, using bubble wrap to ink up your brayer and create a funky background, bottle cap jewelry". Well, I was stumped and then tonight, as I was emptying my electric pencil sharpener, it hit me. Pencil shavings!!!

I stamped this little lovesick beaver from Inky Antics and colored him with Copic Markers. The PP used is from Scenic Route's Sumner collection. I am crazy about this paper. The sentiment is from a Hero Arts Clear Design set. I glued the pencil shavings to the base of the tree and added some buttons. You have to click on the image to really appreciate those shavings. :-)