Thursday, June 25, 2009

New Home

This card is for one of my co-workers who just completed the purchase of their first home. I remember what an exciting time that was for me and wanted to make it special for her as well.

This has long been one of my favorite Papertrey Ink sets. It's called "Boards and Beams"and it has the perfect sentiments for any occasion involving a home. Plus the images are just the kind of house I love...I adore porches!

I colored the image with Copic Markers and popped the tree on dimensionals. The PP used is from My Mind's Eye Bloom & Grow collection.

Hope you are not sweltering where you are. Things have really cooled off here and we've even had rain the last couple of days.

All for now....

It's all about the details:
Card stock: Bazzill
Patterned Paper: My Mind's Eye

Stamps: Papertrey Ink
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: Dimensionals, Ribbon, Rhinestones
Tools: Copic Markers

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Time began in a garden

Yeah, it's finally here. Our first official Serendipity Design Team Challenge. I feel so honored to be a part of this incredible group of ladies and to be able to share the challenges and stamps with you.

We're kicking off the monthly challenges with a "Garden Theme". I had such a difficult time deciding which stamp to showcase because the selection of floral stamps over at Serendipity Stamps is amazing!

I finally settled on this "Floral Frame" stamp for my project. I just love the variety of flowers on this frame. It made it so much fun to color with my Copics. My only real dilemma was deciding whether these were tiger lilies or stargazers. I opted for the stargazers...any reason to use hot pink!

I cut the image out and used it to frame a computer generated sentiment. I love this saying and it wasn't until after I decided to use it that I discovered that Serendipity also has this sentiment in a stamp. You'll find it here. The PP is from Basic Grey and the "to die for" ribbon is some that I purchased from Sharon Johnson over at No Time to Stamp? She has the most gorgeous ribbon for sale. Go check it out!

Be sure to visit the other Design Team member's websites to see their creations for the challenge. You'll find links to their sites in my sidebar.

Thanks for dropping by today. Don't forget that blog candy is only "lucky" 13 days away. You have to come back for that!!

It's all about the details:
Card stock: Stampin' Up
Patterned Paper: Basic Grey

Stamps: Serendipity Stamps
Ink: Distress Ink, Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: Dimensionals, Ribbon
Tools: Copic Markers

Friday, June 19, 2009

My Shelter

Tonight, I thought I would share the card I made for my Dad for Father's Day. I pulled out one of my favorite Papertrey Ink's sets called Father Knows Best for both the main image and sentiment. I stamped parts of the tree in various shades of green and then punched them out with circle punches. I love the dimension it gives.

I picked up this sheet of EK Success patterned paper last weekend. It's called Lemon Drops and I was really drawn to its geometric design.

I hope everyone has a wonderful Father's Day weekend. I feel so blessed to have a father who loves me unconditionally, who leads by quiet example, and who shared his values and life experiences with me. I love you Dad!

It's all about the details:
Card stock: Stampin' Up
Patterned Paper: EK Success

Stamps: Papertrey Ink, Father Knows Best
Ink: Distress Ink
Accessories: Dimensionals, Kandicorp brass embellishments
Tools: Nestabilities, Circle Punches, Ticket Punch

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Middle Age

I hope my husband doesn't get jealous, but I think I've fallen in love with another man. Grandpa is just the cutest. He's the creation of Eat Cake Graphics, home to some of the most fun and endearing stamps. I love the humor they bring to their line too. Check out the interior of the card below. This sentiment is another one of their stamps. Don't you love it? If you haven't already, do yourself a favor and visit their site to see for yourself.

I stamped Grandpa and Kenny with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and then colored them with Copic Markers. I cut the image out with a circle Nestabilities and then sponged around the edges with ink while it was still in the die. The PP is American Crafts.

I've been watching my countdown ticker to my blogoversary and can't believe it's coming up quickly...only 18 more days! Be sure and check in for your chance to celebrate with me and to win some great blog candy.

It's all about the details:
Card stock: Bazzill
Patterned Paper: American Crafts

Stamps: Eat Cake Graphics
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: Dimensionals, buttons
Tools: Nestabilities, Copic Markers, Piercer, EK Success Border Punch

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Just dropping you a line...

Hi there! How's your week progressing so far? I thought things were going pretty well for me until tonight when what I initially thought was a flat tire (bad enough, right?) turned out to be a problem with my brakes. I had to sit on the side of the highway for about 40 minutes while I waited for my husband (and hero) to come rescue me. I hate car trouble. I just want to be able to put the key in the ignition, turn it on and have it run ... smoothly ... every time. Know what I mean? Smiley from

Tonight's card is another creation using Serendipity Stamps. I used one of my favorite stamp sets called Three Dresses. Such a wonderful vintage feel. The sentiment is from the same set. Isn't it beautiful? I paper pieced the dresses and used one of my new Nestabilites to frame them. A touch of ribbon and buttons and a whole lot of inking later and it's finished.

Thanks for dropping in!

It's all about the details:
Card stock: Bazzill
Patterned Paper: Sorry, unidentifiable scraps
from my stash
Stamps: Serendipity Stamps
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Rich Cocoa
Accessories: Dimensionals, lace, buttons, twine
Tools: Nestabilities, Copic Markers

Saturday, June 13, 2009

A Serendipity Summer

Doesn't this stamp just scream summer? Makes me want to grab a lemon-laced iced tea, a juicy novel and plop down for a long afternoon of reading and relaxation.

The stamp is "Adirondack Chair" from Serendipity Stamps and I am so excited to present this card as my first official creation as a member of their Design Team. You are going to love seeing the other great stamps that I am working with, so stay tuned!

The sketch for today's card comes from the weekly sketch challenge at Splitcoast Stampers. You can check it out here. I've also listed all the other details below. Have a terrific Sunday, here's hoping you'll get a chance for a little R & R too!

It's all about the details:
Card stock: Bazzill
Patterned Paper: Stampin' Up

Stamps: Serendipity Stamps
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: Dimensionals, Kaiser Pearls
Tools: Martha Stewart butterfly punch, EK Success Border Punch, Copic Markers

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Cakeabella Birthday

A super quick post tonight folks...I decided to try my hand at the sketch challenge over at Our Creative Corner. It's a great sketch and it gave me a chance to pull out my Cakeabella stamp for the first time.

You'll find all the other important details below.

Night all.

It's all about the details:
Card stock: Bazzill
Patterned Paper: Bo Bunny

Stamps: Stamping Bella
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black and Rich Cocoa
Accessories: Dimensionals, Ribbon, crystals
Tools: Mat Pack, Circle Punches, Copic Markers

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Happy Birthday Baby Girl!

Can a 31 year old still be your baby? Absolutely! It's my daughter's birthday today. Happy Birthday Andrea! I decided it was time to give my Stampendous bee a little time in the limelight. The bee series of stamps are still ranked up there as some of my all time favorites and they are so much fun to color. This one is called "Bee Party". The sentiment is also by Stampendous and is part of the "Two You" Perfectly Clear stamp set.

The super cheerful patterned paper is from the "Dreamy 2" collection from My Mind's Eye. I used Copic markers to color the image and added some Stickles to shine up the wings and some red Liquid Pearls for accent.

I hope your day is the best Annie!

It's all about the details:
Card stock: DCWV
Patterned Paper: My Mind's Eye

Stamps: Stampendous
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: Dimensionals, Ribbon, Liquid Pearls, Stickles
Tools: Janome Sewing Machine, Copic Markers

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Darkness into Light

I haven't made a masculine card in ages. I think like a lot of you, I find it easier to create when I can play with flowers and ribbon and scallops and bling.. ooh, and pink! You know the girly stuff!

I've been drooling over some of the cards I've seen that were made using the beautiful stamps from Our Daily Bread Designs. Their sets are so inspiring. I used the Keep my Lamp Burning set for this card.

I did a lot of inking here and I do mean a lot. LOL! The papers are older (think 3 or more years old) Diane's Daughters and the small brass embellishments are from KandiCorp.

Thanks for checking in!

It's all about the details:
Card stock: Bazzill
Patterned Paper: Diane's Daughters

Stamps: Our Daily Bread Designs
Ink: Distress Ink
Accessories: Dimensionals, Ribbon, KandiCorp brass embellishments, SU hardware
Tools: Ranger Distresser

Tuesday, June 2, 2009


Konnichiwa or Good Afternoon!

The minute I saw this set from Hero Arts called Four Dolls, I knew I had to have it. The dolls are adorable and the set also contains a flower, fan, paper lantern and flowered many possibilities!

I stamped one of the dolls and colored with her with Copic markers. I then cut her out and popped her up on dimensionals. The fan was then layered on top. These papers just spoke "Japan" to me. The paper lanterns were stamped on one of the papers from my May Scarlet Lime kit and then cut out. The final touch was the addition of Kaiser Pearls to adorn her hair sticks.

She just makes me smile.

It's all about the details:
Card stock: Bazzill
Patterned Paper: Scarlet Lime, Sassafras Lass

Stamps: Hero Arts
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, SU Groovy Guava
Accessories: Dimensionals, Kaiser Pearls
Tools: Copic Markers, Nestabilities

Monday, June 1, 2009

FS 121 and Good News!

I haven't had a chance to play along with the Featured Stamper Challenge at SCS for quite awhile. This week Rox71 is in the spotlight. You can find her very inspirational gallery here. This is the card I chose to case. I have to tell you it was a tough choice, picking just one card. I used a different stamp set and patterned paper and opted for Dew Drops in lieu of brads.

Go check out Roxie's gallery. There's still plenty of time to play along.

Now for my good news! I am so excited to tell you that I have been selected as one of the new Design Team members for Serendipity Stamps! The team is gearing up for our first challenge soon so watch for new creations using some of the most beautiful stamps on the planet! Oh, and be sure to check out the blogs of the other DT members. I'll be placing links in my sidebar soon. Believe me, they will knock your socks off with their talent.

Have a wonderful week!

It's all about the details:
Card stock: Bazzill
Patterned Paper: K & Company, Stampin' Up

Stamps: Stampendous
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: Dimensionals, Dew Drops
Tools: Copic Markers, Glue Dots