Monday, April 30, 2007

Baltik Graduation

Today's challenge on SCS was to do the Mulberry Batik Technique. I do not have any Mulberry paper so I tried it using a coffee filter like someone else had suggested. I know it is not as nice as if I had used Mulberry paper but at least I got to give it a try. I embossed the Congratulations with Craft ink and Clear EP. I was working on a piece of scratch paper that had a spot of ink on green ink on it. When I got it wet it went onto my sheet :(.

Stamps: Tassel Time
Paper: So Saffron, Coffee Filter
Ink: Watercolor Crayons- Elegant Eggplant, So Saffron, Night of Navy, Versmark, Craft-Elegant Eggplant
Accessories: Grosgrain-Navy, Eggplant, Apricot, Clear Embossing Powder
Techniques: Mulberry Batik

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Buckle Card

So I have always wanted to try a buckle card and I decided today was the day. Today's challenge on SCS was to use Orchid Opulence. It is a color I hardly use. I found this color combo on page 124 of the current catalog. I have also given myself a person challenge to grab sets that tend to sit on the bottom on my stacks. Ones the I "Just have to have" but no longer use. Only 5 more days until the SU! retired list is released. I am hoping it hits me big this year and I can clear out and get some new sets!

Stamps: Fun Filled, Watercolor Vine
Paper: Buckaroo Blue, Orchid Opulence, Very Vanilla
Ink: Buckaroo Blue, Orchid Opulence, Handsome Hunter
Accessories: Tool Kit for Piercing, Antique Brads, Grosgrain-French Blue, Hunter, Orchid, Punches- Word window for buckle slot and pot top, Spritzer

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Palette Pocket Friends

This is for the sketch challenge on SCS. I just had to use the paper! It has been sitting on my desk unused for 2 days...It was calling my name! I let Shelby ( my 4 year old) carefully go through the pack and choose a color and pattern. It would of been way too hard for me. These papers will be in the next catalog come July. A sample pack will be on special for the month of May. I get stuck using only new sets or certain sets I love, so I made myself grab a set I have not used in a very long time. I also have a row of the punched daisies along the bottom of the inside.

Stamps: Petals Jumbo Wheel, Pocket Fun
Paper: Certainly Celery, Regal Rose, Whisper White, Palette O'Prints Designer Paper, Apricot Appeal, Almost Amethyst
Ink: Blush Blossom, Apricot Appeal, Really Rust, Certainly Celery, Regal Rose, Almost Amethyst, Black Stazon
Accessories: Old Olive Eyelets, Tool Kit for Piercing, Daisy Punch, Apricot and Rose Grosgrain, Ticket Corner Punch, Rectangle Punch

Tuesday, April 24, 2007


Today's challenge on SCS was to make a sympathy card for 2 families known by someone on SCS that lost loved one in the Virginia Tech Shooting. These are to be in VT colors of Bravo Burgundy and Pumpkin Pie. Always Artichoke could be used as an accent. These cards will be sent on to these families.
Stamps: Doodle This
Paper: Bravo Burgundy, Always Artichoke, Pumpkin Pie, Very Vanilla
Ink: Black Stazon, Always Artichoke,Pumpkin Pie, Bravo Burgundy
Accessories: Tool Kit for Piercing, Burgundy and Pumpkin Grosgrain, Glue Dots, Spritzer

Monday, April 23, 2007

Pocket Pickup Card

Well, since I seem to stuck on the trucks I decided to grab for another truck to play with today. Today's Challenge on SCS was to make a card with a tab. I've wanted to make one of these pocket cards so this is the avenue I choose to go down. I've loved the samples using the Word Window in this manner so had to add that to the card too.I cut the card as I would any normal card and then cut a section off from the bottom. I cut the inside liner just a 1/4" smaller and glued just the outside edges (minus the top). I thought it slightly humorous to have the word pickup where you opened the card. I love this hostess scrap kit and tried to use it for a masculine card. I used the coluzzle to cut my ovals. I found it is much easier to stamp the words and then punch them out if you do not want to get out your Stamp-a-ma-jig ;). I thought I could include a gift card for coffee or such on the pull out. I did not tie a knot in the ribbon. I fastened it with a glue dot on the front and back to avoid bulk.

Stamps: Loads of Love, Loads of Love Accessories
Paper: Cranberry Crisp, Friends and Flowers, Very Vanilla, Chocolate Chip, So Saffron, Certainly Celery, Cool Caribbean
Ink: Black Stazon, Basic Black, Re-inkers: Cool Caribbean, Cranberry Crisp, Certainly Celery, Blush Blossom, Going Grey, Sahara Sand, Close to Cocoa, More Mustard, Really Rust
Accessories: Word Window Punch, Coluzzle Oval, Aqua Pen, Small Corner Rounder, Chocolate Grosgrain, Signo White Gel Pen

Friday, April 20, 2007

Want to be on a Stampin'Up! Research Panel?

I got this from Cambria's Blog
Stampin’ Up! is currently looking for 450 stampers who are willing to participate on a market research panel on stamping and crafts. Stampin’ Up! mails panelists a free goodie box every three months in exchange for their opinions. Stampin'Up! demonstrators are NOT eligible... sorry girls.

If you think your readers would be interested in applying to be on this panel, please let them know they can sign up at We’d like to have all our panelists selected in the next few weeks.

Below is more information about the panel.

More information for your readers:
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--Panel members can expect to serve on the panel for three to nine months.
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--You can quit the panel at any time.
--We are looking for 450 panel members. You will be selected to join if your background matches our research needs.

We are now accepting a limited number of new panelists. You can apply for a panel position by visiting

GO... apply now!!! Who wouldn't want FREE Stampin'Up! goodies to play with!!!

Buggy Birthday

Todays challenge on SCS was to make a cutesy birthday card with bugs or animals. It seems like now that the window sheets are discontinued I need to use them up. I like the simplicity of this! The big challenge was to do the card in under 45 minutes.

Stamps: Dotted BG, Word by Word BG, Bugs and Kisses
Paper: More Mustard, So Saffron, Window Sheet
Ink: More Mustard, Apricot Appeal, Black Stazon
Accessories: Mustard Grosgrain

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Window Flower

I haven't had a lot of time this week to stamp. I love to do the challenges on SCS and seemed to be getting farther behind every day. So I decided today I was going to combine. I usually try to to them each day as announced, so this is not like me. Color Challenge,Sketch Challenge.

I stamped the background image in White craft ink on the black and clear embossed. I did not want too bold of white. I then stamped the flowers on the window sheet with black stazon. Then I brushed White Craft ink around the edges and in the flower center. I used my White gel pen to put white dots on the flower.

This was so hard to take a picture of as every thing reflected off of it. So sorry for the bad picture. It is cool IRL (in real life).

Stamps: Doodle This
Paper: Cool Caribbean, Basic Black, Window Sheet
Ink: White Craft, Black Stazon
Accessories: Clear Embossing Powder, Black Gingham dyed with Cool Caribbean, Black Brads

Name Frame

I've done quite a few of these in the last year. We have had oodles of weddings and babies around here and this is my standing gift for those events. I also made them for Sunday School teachers Christmas gifts. Our family members got them for their anniversaries. This one was made for a close friend who had their first child last month. I can post it now that her shower is over.

Stamps: Petals Jumbo Wheel, Water Color Vine Jumbo Wheel, Polka Dots and Paisley, Background Stamps-Print Pattern, French Script, Cheese Cloth, Crosshatch
Paper: Regal Rose, Rose Red, Very Vanilla
Ink: Rose Red, Certainly Celery, Almost Amethyst, Apricot Appeal, Bashful Blue, Mellow Moss
Accessories: White Gel Pen, Gold Brads, Hodge podge Hardware dipped in gold Embossing Powder, Apricot and Rose Grosgrain Ribbon, Celery, Pink and White Organdy Ribbon

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Tri Fold Flower

So I'm a day late. This is for yesterday's Technique challenge on SCS. Things seems to be busy here and now that we have no snow I not only have to clean inside but outside as well. To learn how to do this card check out Beate's Tutorial I needed a card for a bridal shower gift, so this was perfect.
Stamps: Doodle This, All Year Cheer, Water Color Vine Jumbo Wheel
Paper: Mellow Moss, Cranberry Crisp, Very Vanilla, Recollections DP
Ink: Mellow Moss, Cranberry Crisp, Always Artichoke, Bravo Burgundy
Accessories: Stitched Cranberry Ribbon, Tool Kit for Paper Piercing

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Masked Truck

This card was done for the Sketch Challenge on SCS. I have wanted to do masking for awhile so I thought this would be a great sketch for that. I took my card base, cut a scratch over the center. I then stamped the words around the outside. I then masked the outside of the card by cutting a box in the center of some scratch paper. I stamped the trucks with Stazon ink and brayered over with Sage Shadow to give it a slight darker effect. The headlights and windows are covered with Crystal effects. The truck is popped up on Dimensionals

Stamps: Classic Pickup
Paper: Sage Shadow, Basic Black, Whisper White
Ink: Black Stazon, Sage Shadow, Re-inkers- Sage Shadow, So Saffron, Going Gray, Bashful Blue
Accessories: Twill Tape, Hodge Podge Buckle, Crystal Effects, Dimensionals
Techniques: Masking

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Embossed Doodle Flower

I had to keep it simple today as I have along list of "Gotta do's" that gotta get done! This was for today's color challenge on SCS. I really like the way it turned out. I kept thinking I needed to add more but could not figure out what. So I said, it must be just right!
Stamps: Doodle This
Paper: Basic Black, Sage Shadow, Real Red
Ink: Versamark
Accessories: Tool Kit for Piercing, Black Embossing Powder, Black Brad

Monday, April 09, 2007

Z Becky Brown Purse

I love my Z Becky Brown Purse. I've had it for about a year and a half. I love that fact that I can change it due to the season, special occasion, favorite color, technique or just the mood I may be in. This was designed to go with our new Easter outfits and stay for Spring.

Again, here I masked the girl in the boat to put her on a stump in a field of flowers.
Summer by the Sea, Watercolor Minis
Paper: Rose Red, Whisper White
Ink: Bashful Blue, So Saffron, Rose Red, Regal Rose, Brocade Blue, Bordering Blue, Close to Cocoa, Ballet Blue, Mellow Moss, Blush Blossom
Accessories: Coloring- Aqua Pens and Re-inkers, Grosgrain-Moss, Rose, Light Pink, Moss Gingham ribbon, Spiral Punch, Square Steps Corner Punch.

This is my Dear Husband and I in a world with no kids running in circles around us :) He is not quite that gray yet, but the black was too much...
Stamps: Summer by the Sea, Lovely as a Tree, Simple Shapes (Sun)
Paper: Rose Red, Whisper White
Ink: Bording Blue, Not Quite Navy, Apricot Appeal, Cameo Coral, Always Artichoke, Really Rusty, Going Gray, Close to Cocoa
Accessories: Coloring- Aqua Pens and Re-inkers, Wrought Iron Corner Punch

I got this idea from reneejul1. I imagine there is a beautiful lake just over the hill behind the trees where we are fishing , and catching!
Stamps: Lovely As a Tree, Classic Pickups
Paper: Rose Red, Whisper White
Ink: Mellow Moss, Always Artichoke, Creamy Carmel, Going Grey, Bravo Burgundy, Bashful Blue
Accessories: Coloring- Aqua Pens and Re-inkers, Twine, Notched Corner Punch

This is my daughter, I used the material from her Easter Dress to put behind.
Summer by the Sea, Watercolor Minis,
Paper: Rose Red, Whisper White
Ink: Bashful Blue, So Saffron, Rose Red, Bordering Blue, Mellow Moss, Blush Blossom, Lavender Lace
Accessories: Coloring- Aqua Pens and Re-inkers, Simplicity Corner Punch

Thursday, April 05, 2007

Pearl Ex Pickup

Sorry, I haven't posted in a few days. Our schedule has been very busy this week. The challenge today on SCS was to use a stamp that has never touched ink. I just got this set in last week and had only used the one truck, so this was perfect for me.
My boys loved that the truck looked metallic. I stamped the image of the truck on a sheet of acetate. I ran it through Xyron. I then used a small paint brush to apply the pearl ex where I wanted it. I ran it through the Xyron again to seal and make it into a sticker. I embossed the words.

Stamps: Classic Pickup
Paper: Cranberry Crisp, Bravo Burgundy, Acetate sheet
Ink: Bravo Burgundy, Versa Mark, Black Stazon
Accessories: Black Brads, Black Embossing Powder, Pearl Ex Powders- Duo Blue Green, Silver, Spring green, Super Copper
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