Saturday, May 31, 2008

A Tribute to Marilyn

I checked in tonight to see what the inspiration challenge was at Splitcoast Stampers. What fun IC130 turned out to be. The object was to use any dress from a movie to inspire a card. The first dress that popped into my mind was Marilyn Monroe's dress from "The Seven Year Itch". You know the sexy one she is wearing when the blast of air blows it up around her waist and tantalized the 50's audience with a sneak at Marilyn's undies.

I scored my card with Scor-pal to represent the pleats in the dress and then added other touches that represent Marilyn to me...glittered brads for diamonds and glitz, silver to represent her platinum "blonde" hair and pink, what I always think of as her signature color.

Thanks for the terrific challenge Stef. I really enjoyed everyone's take on this one.

It's all about the details:
Card stock: Papertrey Ink
Patterned Paper: None
Stamps: Stampin' Up Priceless

Ink: VersaMagic, Pixie Dust, Splash Metallics, Silver Lame
Accessories: Foam Squares, Brads, Ribbon
Tools: Scor-pal

Friday, May 30, 2008

Love You More

Here I am at the 11th hour again posting my Blogger's Challenge. Sorry it's late but I had a terrible migraine today and it finally started to ease up around 7:00 PM.

The challenge theme this week was animals. I knew right away that I wanted to use these cute little possums from High Hope Rubber Stamps for the main image. I stamped them in Palette Noir Black and colored them with Copic Markers. The background paper is by Far and Away Scrapbooks from their Facades collection and the accent PP is from the SU Uptown set.

I cut out a small tag, stamped the sentiment from My Favorite Things and doodled around the edges before tying it onto ribbon with floss.

Can't wait to see all the other challengers' creations.

Enjoy your weekend!

It's all about the details:
Card stock: Bazzill
Patterned Paper: Far and Away Scrapbooks, Stampin' Up
Stamps: High Hopes Rubber Stamps, My Favorite Things

Ink: Palette, Noir Black
Accessories: Foam Squares, Floss, Ribbon
Tools: Copic Markers, Mat Pack

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?

Today I'm going for some kind of record for the most challenges contained within one card. LOL.

This is my Top of the Pile Tuesday card which is also my TLC170 entry. The Try a New Technique challenge this week at Splitcoast Stampers is to combine the TLC (Try a new Technique Challenge), the CC (Color Challenge), and the SC (Sketch Challenge). We needed to choose one TLC from the first 10 TLCs, one CC from the first 10 CCs, and one of the first 10 SCs and make a card. I chose TLC06 (Spotlight), CC 02 (Ruby Red, Barely Banana and Not Quite Navy), and SC 07.

I had to substitute some Bazzill card stock in shades as close as possible to the SU equivalents and turned the sketch to accommodate my stamp, but overall I was very pleased with the end result. The "Ants Go Marching" stamp is from Whipper Snapper Designs and the cute little sentiment and ant is from a set by Stampendous. The patterned paper that was lying on top of my pile this week is from Daisy D's and fit into my challenge perfectly.

Hope your week is off to a great start!

It's all about the details:
Card stock: Bazzill
Patterned Paper: Daisy D's
Stamps: Whipper Snapper Designs, Stampendous
Ink: Palette, Noir Black
Accessories: Brads
Tools: Copic Markers, Circle Punches, Nestabilities

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Believe in Roses

Just a quick post tonight before I head to bed. This is another one of my poor neglected stamps. In fact, I neglected it so long that the company that made it (PSX) is no longer in business! I paired the rose stamp with a sentiment stamp by Printworks. Don't you just love this proverb?

I used Copics to color the rose and added a few Dew Drops and May Arts ribbon as embellishments.

I saw that a Copic Certification session is coming to Seattle and sure wish I could go. Wouldn't it be great to be an "expert" in Copics? I know there is so much more that can be done with them.

It's all about the details:
Card stock: Bazzill
Patterned Paper: Daisy D
Stamps: PSX, Printworks
Ink: Palette, Noir Black, Distress Ink, Worn Lipstick
Accessories: Ribbon, foam squares, Dew drops
Tools: Copic Markers, Sewing Machine

Take two Aspirin ....

Just before we left for vacation, I placed an order for several new stamps. Included in the order were several from High Hopes. I had never ordered from them before but I am very pleased with the quality of their stamps. They have some of the cutest images!

I stamped the "Doctor" in Palette Noir Black and reached for my aqua-painter and ink pads instead of my Copic markers for a change. I really like the way he turned out. I cut him out and placed him on dimensionals. The sentiment is also from High Hopes and was stamped and then cut out with my new Spellbinders tag die and Wizard.

Thanks for dropping by.

It's all about the details:
Card stock: Bazzill
Patterned Paper: Basic Grey and ????
Stamps: High Hopes Stamps
Ink: Palette, Noir Black, Various Distress Inks
Accessories: Foam squares, Ribbon
Tools: Aquapainter, SU Circle Punches, Mat Pack

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Hi There! BC #48

Sorry it's a day late, but here's my card for Blogger's Challenge #48. I just returned from a day and a half Retreat for our management team at work. We had such a great time and it was really productive but man is it exhausting preparing for and putting it on. Can't wait to sleep in tomorrow.

Our challenge this week was to create a card with red, white and blue.

I took a little liberty with a ladybug's God given color scheme, but ladybugs are one of nature's most whimsical creatures, right? This cute little bug is called Ladybug with Smile by Global Solutions. I stamped her three times and colored her with Copics and added a bit of shimmer to her wings with a clear Spica pen. The sentiment is from My Favorite Things.

I cut out a small section from KI Memories Flower Child paper and used it as an overlay to my Chatterbox PP. The rest of the card is pretty self explanatory.

Well, I'm off to visit the other challenge participants' creations. You can check them out too by clicking on the "Blogger's Challenge" logo on the right sidebar.

Have a safe and meaningful Memorial Day!

It's all about the details:
Card stock: Bazzill
Patterned Paper: Chatterbox Inc., KI Memories Flower Child
Stamps: Global Solutions, Lady Bug with Smile, My Favorite Things
Ink: Palette, Noir Black
Accessories: Foam squares, Creative Candy
Tools: Copic Markers, Spica Markers, SU Punch

Friday, May 16, 2008


Well we made it back from vacation... tired, happy and sporting a cold. That hotel air conditioning gets me every time.

Here's my card for the Blogger's Challenge for this week. We were supposed to case the card from page 21 of the Stampin' Up Occasions Mini Collection 2008 catalog (the dog one). I chose a stamp from Rubber Romance as the focal point and a sentiment from Papertrey Ink's Pond Life set. I used Chatterbox Inc. patterned paper for the background and also paper pieced the parasol with it. I colored the geisha with Copic Markers and then highlighted the flowers on her gown with Spica markers. The flowers are from the Bride's collection from Michaels. They come in white or ivory but are super easy to color with Copics to match your project. I added Glazed Brads from Basic Grey's Two Scoops collection.

Thanks for checking in. It's great to be back!

It's all about the details:
Card stock: Bazzill
Patterned Paper: Chatterbox Inc.
Stamps: Rubber Romance, Papertrey Ink
Ink: Palette, Noir Black
Accessories: Ribbon, foam squares, Brads, Flowers
Tools: Copic Markers, Spica Markers

Friday, May 9, 2008

My First Blogger's Challenge

I'm so excited to be posting my first card for Blogger's Challenge. The challenge this week was to make a Mother's Day card and since I had not made my mom's card yet, this was the perfect incentive to get moving.

My mom is a phenomenal gardener and two of her favorite things, flowers and teddy bears, prompted me to buy this stamp from Darcie a few year's ago. I colored it with Copic Markers and then cut it out and attached it to the card with dimensionals. I also stamped a second flower and placed it on dimensionals as well. The sentiment stamp is from Stampendous and the gorgeous PP is from my Chatterbox stash. For a finishing touch I added ribbon that I just received from a ribbon share organized by Jody over at Confessions of a Ribbon Addict. Finally, I added a bit of yellow Stickles to the flower's center.

Be sure to check out all the other cards made for this challenge by clicking on the link on the right sidebar.

See you when I return from Disneyland!

It's all about the details:
Card stock: Bazzill
Patterned Paper: Chatterbox
Stamps: Darcie, Stampendous
Ink: Palette, Noir Black
Accessories: Ribbon, foam squares, Stickles
Tools: Copic Markers, Ticket punch

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Top of the Pile Tuesday

I don't know about you , but I have this incredible stack of patterned paper that never seems to shrink no matter how many cards I make. I think it would, if laid end to end, circle the globe at least twice. In an effort to use some of this stash, I am starting a new feature called "Top of the Pile Tuesday". I will use whatever paper is on top each Tuesday to make a card. So here it is...card #1 in TOTP Tuesday.

The paper featured today is by Sandylion and is called Floral Crochet. I wasn't sure if it was even still available but I did find it on their site so it must not be as old as I thought it was.

I finally tracked down this Birds Galore stamp set by Inkadinkado. Thanks Ebay! I have been admiring all the wonderful cards I have seen created with this set. I have also been drooling over this backgrounder stamp from Cornish Heritage Farms called Pretty Pattern. I used tons of Distress Ink in Antique Linen to age the card and added some of my favorite ribbon by May Arts.

Have you seen the new Nestabilities yet? They have four new awesome styles for tags, ribbon tags and labels. You should check them out over at Ellen's. I used the largest size from the Labels Trio to make the label for my sentiment which is from Pond Life Sentiments by Papertrey Ink.

Thanks for looking and don't be a stranger!

It's all about the details:
Card stock: Bazzill
Patterned Paper: Sandylion
Stamps: Cornish Heritage Farms, Papertrey Ink, Inkadinkado
Ink: Ranger - Root Beer, Distress Ink- Antique Linen
Accessories: May Arts Ribbon, foam squares, Creative Candy
Tools: Nestabilities, sponge dauber

Monday, May 5, 2008


WARNING! Today's card shows a lot of skin. Don't say I didn't warn you.

This stamp by Katiebug Stamps just cracks (no pun intended) me up. I bought it over two years ago at a stamp show in Puyallup and rediscovered it this weekend. Don't you just love finding something you had completely forgotten you had? I paired it with a Tag from the Autumn Leaves Doodle Tagged set on which I stamped a sentiment by Impress Rubber Stamps.

The "patient" was colored with Copics and mounted with dimensionals. I cut a circle that I punched out of coordinating card stock into quarters and placed them on the corners of the Basic Grey Blush PP.

Hope your week is off to a great start. The countdown is on for me. Just three more days until vacation starts. Woohoo!

It's all about the details:
Card stock: Bazzill
Patterned Paper: Basic Grey - Blush
Stamps: Katiebug, Autumn Leaves, Impress Rubber Stamps
Ink: Palette - Noir Black
Accessories: Prima Flowers, brad, ribbon, foam squares
Tools: Circle punch, Copic Markers, sponge dauber

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Papertrey LSC165

This little number was created for the Limited Supply Challenge at Splitcoast Stampers. The challenge was to:

1. Make a square card. (Any size)
2. Use only scrap pieces of paper. (The base card doesn't have to be a scrap.)
3. Use ribbon or fiber scraps.
4. Use only ONE other embellishment.
5. Use any colors, stamps, and tools.

You have to love a project that encourages you to use up some of your scrap stash.

Most of the papers used are Crate Paper, but there is a little Basic Grey and My Mind's Eye thrown in. I cut the paper into 1" squares and attached them in a patchwork pattern onto thin chipboard. The stamps used are from the Father Knows Best collection from Papertrey Ink. This is my favorite set from the newest release.

Thanks for dropping by.

It's all about the details:
Card stock: Bazzill
Patterned Paper: Crate Paper, Basic Grey, My Mind's Eye
Stamps: Papertrey Ink
Ink: Distress Ink, Antique Linen, Chalk Ink
Accessories: Velvet Ribbon, foam squares
Tools: Sponge dauber, Copic Markers, Slot punch