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!