Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Dogtor's Orders

Today's card is for a co-worker who is in the hospital and could really use some encouragement. I thought if anything could cheer her up it would be "Nurse Sprinkle". Doesn't she look like someone who would have a great bedside manner? Especially with that hypodermic in her hand?

The sentiment "Dogtor's Orders" and "Nurse Sprinkle" are the creations of The Cat's Pajamas. The PP is Stampin' Up's Summer Picnic. I thought a little "apple a day" subliminal message couldn't hurt either!

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

Stamps: The Cat's Pajamas

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: Dimensionals, Ribbon, Colorbok Metal Dots, Tombow Marker
Tools: Corner rounder Punch, Nestabilities, Cuttlebug Embossing Folder

Monday, July 27, 2009

C is for Cat

This has to be one of my favorite sets from the new Stampin' Up catalog. It's called "C is for Cat" and it is a must have for all cat lovers, which just so happens to include moi! Smiley from

I stamped the cat, sentiment and paw prints in Memento Rich Cocoa and matched it up with some DCWV (I think, it's really old) patterned paper. The flower, felt ribbon and card stock are all Stampin' Up. The bling is provided by Kaisercraft Rhinestones.

Hope you're staying cool where you are. It was in the 90's here today. Thank the Lord for our heat pump. We only need air conditioning a few times a year but man, oh man, I love it then!

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

Stamps: Stampin' Up

Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa
Accessories: Dimensionals, SU Felt Ribbon, Kaisercraft Rhinestones, SU card stock flower
Tools: Circle and Corner rounder Punches

Sunday, July 26, 2009

It's Not Just a Game

Baseball that is ... it's America's favorite pastime.

This card is meant to honor Mary's (Miss Serendipity Stamps herself) oldest daughter who participated in the USSSA Softball World Series last week.

All stamps are by Serendipity Stamps (of course!). The map paper is by Paper Pizazz. I colored the bat and mitt with Copic Markers and then trimmed them and placed them on dimensionals. The baseball "stitching" was created with my mat pack, piercer and red marker. The ribbon is Stampin' Up.

Here's to all the great kids across America who play the game they love and the parents who sit on the sidelines cheering them on!

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

Stamps: Serendipity Stamps

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: Dimensionals, Ribbon
Tools: Mat Pack, Piercer, Copic Markers, Nestabilities

Friday, July 24, 2009

Reader Challenge deadline extended

Serendipity Stamps has extended the Reader Challenge, so you still have until Friday, July 31 to share your card with us. If you missed the first announcement, here are the details….

Just send your challenge project, made exclusively with Serendipity Stamps images, to . We’ll post your submissions on our blog and at the end of the challenge deadline, we’ll pick one random contributor to win a set of Oval Months Unmounted Sheet Set ($20 value)! And make sure to add your blog address and email so we’ll know how to contact you if you’re the lucky winner. Good luck!!

Check out these great stamps!

Friday, July 17, 2009

Good Mail Day

As promised, here's my second Christmas in July card. It's also my second attempt at coloring my image with Distress Inks. I have to say, it is getting easier ... and speaking of images, isn't this festive holiday mailbox stamp wonderful? I just love the details, especially the little cardinal perched on top. You'll find it here in Serendipity Stamps online store.

Don't forget that now through July 19th you will get between 10% and 20 % off stamps in the Winter and Christmas category. If you purchase between $10 and $20 you will receive a 10% discount at checkout and if you purchase over $20, you'll save 20%. It's a great opportunity to pick up those holiday stamps!

I can't remember when I've looked forward to a weekend this much. It has been one crazy week at work. Is it a full moon or something? I'm really happy because I am also planning to take Monday off. My daughter and I are going shopping...for baby things! She is expecting my second grandbaby in February!! We are over the moon with excitement and just have to do a little shopping to celebrate.

Hope your weekend is wonderful too!

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

Stamps: Serendipity Stamps

Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, Distress Ink
Accessories: Dimensionals, Ribbon, Crystals, Stickles
Tools: Corner rounder, Computer (sentiment), Janome Sewing Machine

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Helpful Chipmunks

Hi everyone! It's time for another card using the weekly sketch challenge at SCS.

Today's card features the "Helpful Chipmunks" stamp from Cornish Heritage Farms. I colored these cute little critters with Distress Inks. I have seen several stampers lately that use this method and have seen some incredible results. (Check out Yvonne's work ... simply amazing!) This was my first attempt and I decided that it is definitely going to take some major practicing to reach a level I'm happy with.

It's time to announce the winner of my Blogoversary Blog Candy. I let do the honors and it chose....

That means that Ida is the lucky winner!

Congratulations Ida! Email me your mailing address and I'll send the package on its way. I thoroughly enjoyed all of your responses and I think I gained 10 pounds just reading about all of the great ideas for celebrating with food. Thanks for leaving your comments.

I'll be back tomorrow with another Christmas in July card. See you then!

It's all about the details:
Card stock: Stampin' Up and Watercolor Paper
Patterned Paper: Stampin' Up, Cottage Wall and Merry Moments

Stamps: Cornish Heritage Farms
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, Distress Ink
Accessories: Dimensionals, Ribbon, Crystals
Tools: Nestabilities, Janome Sewing Machine

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Warmest Holiday Wishes

Are you ready for a touch of Christmas in July? The Serendipity Stamps Design Team was challenged to produce a little bit of holiday magic this month and since I love Christmas, I couldn't wait to get started. I knew that I wanted to do something slightly unconventional and when I saw this shell wreath stamp, I knew what it would be.

I began by selecting a color scheme that felt tropical and stamped the image in Vintage Photo Distress Ink. I colored the wreath with Copic Markers and then came the cut the wreath out or not. I wrestled with the answer for quite awhile. I mean, did you see all those bits of seaweed framing the wreath? It was a lot of cutting, but just a few minutes later I was done and I'm happy with the result!

I stamped a second image and colored and cut out the sea shells and added them to the wreath with Dimensionals. I used my Spica Markers too for just a little shimmer. I then added a few Kaisercraft pearls to accent the tropical feel. The sentiment is computer generated.

Now is a great time to head over to Serendipity Stamps! Mary is having a "Christmas in July" sale. It runs from July 15th through the 19th. Thanks so much for visiting today. Be sure to check out the rest of the "Christmas in July" creations by visiting the other DT members' sites:

It's all about the details:

Card stock: Stampin' Up and Bazzill
Patterned Paper: None

Stamps: Serendipity Stamps, Shell Wreath Large
Ink: Distress Ink
Accessories: Dimensionals, Ribbon, Kaisercraft Pearls
Tools: Copic Markers, Spica Markers, Nestabilities, Cuttlebug Embossing Folder

Time to Celebrate! - Blog Candy

This post will remain on top until the 15th. Please scroll down to view newer posts.

Today is the 2nd anniversary of Just an Inkling and I want to share my excitement with you! In honor of this occasion, I have put together a little blog candy package for one lucky visitor. Will it be you?

What better way to celebrate than with cake and ice cream? I know in our family, all our celebrations seem to center around food. All you have to do for a chance to win is leave a comment on this message telling me how your family celebrates with food. It could be a special occasion, memory or even a special recipe. I'll choose one random winner on July 15th and post it here.

Good luck and please, only one entry per person and include a valid email address in your entry. For a complete list of items included, check out the description below.

I have assembled a fun assortment of goodies which include:

  • MAMBI "Celebrate" 12 x 12 paper pad with die-cuts
  • Prima Daisy Doodles in Candy Pink
  • Package of American Crafts Elements Premium Ribbon in Uptown Pink
  • K & Company Citronella Ice Cream Grand Adhesions
  • Martha Stewart Crafts Glitter in Tourmaline
  • Inkadinkado Clear Stamps, Birthday Fun set
  • Martha Stewart Crafts Ice Cream Stickers
  • Recollections pastel mini circle brads
  • Martha Stewart Crafts Ice Cream Cone punch

Good luck, I can't wait to read your comments and don't forget to tell your friends!

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Oh My, Cherry Pie!

Anyone for dessert? I created today's card for the weekly Card Sketch Challenge at SCS. The design gave me the perfect opportunity to use one of my new Lockhart Stamp Co. stamps called Pie in the Window. I paired it with these fun patterned papers from K & Company.

The image got the usual Copic Marker treatment and I finished the card with pearls and ribbon. I've decided I need to use red more often in my card making. I just love how bright and cheerful this one turned out.

Thanks for popping in.

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

Stamps: Lockhart Stamp Co.
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: Dimensionals, Ribbon, Kaisercraft Pearls
Tools: Copic Markers

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Yeah, It's a Girl! - FS #126

It's time for another Featured Stamper challenge over at Splitcoast Stampers. The best thing about this challenge (besides casing great cards) is the opportunity to view galleries that I have not discovered on my own. There are so many amazing stampers out there! Here's Sandra's gallery and this is the card I chose to case..Isn't it great? Sandra is one talented lady.

I really wanted to stay true to Sandra's design, but I discovered early on that I still need more options for circle sizes. How is it possible that someone who owns two sets of circle Nestabilities and umpteen circle punches can not produce the size of circles they want? Of course if I would clean my craft area I just might find my circle cutter. Now there's a thought...

It's all about the details:
Card stock: Stampin' Up
Patterned Paper: Stampin' Up, Rock-a-bye Girl

Stamps: Stampin' Up, Baby Talk
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: Dimensionals, Ribbon
Tools: Copic Markers, Nestabilities

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Happy 4th!

Wishing everyone a very happy Independence Day! May yours be relaxing and fun-filled.

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

Stamps: Eat Cake Graphics
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: Dimensionals, Cording, Brads, Tiny Twinkles, Glossy Accents, Stickles
Tools: Copic Markers, Nestabilities