Friday, February 29, 2008

Twill Essence

Well, today is a busy busy day so I am posting a card I made awhile back. I took the picture at night and did not double check it before I put it int he mail so it does not look it's best. I love this set and the silver Hodge Podge Hardware. Have a great weekend!
Stamps: Twill Background, Essence of Love
Paper: Really Rust, Groovy Guava
Ink: Really Rust
Accessories: Groovy Guava Stitched Ribbon, Silver Hodge Podge Hardware

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Olive Rub-Ons

Well, I guess today was the day I finally used my rub-ons! As you can see I still need some practice. As I was putting the adhesive on the back I rubbed it against something I had on my desk and part of the flower came off. No going back after that! For those who know me, know that I am not a silver person. I love gold, silver and I just do not mix. So I pre-ordered the ribbon slides in bulk just for fun. I thought they were so adorable I just had to buy the whole new Silver Hodge Podge kit! These will be available on March 1st from the Occasions Mini, as will the Olive Poly Twill. I will post a link on that date for those who may not of received it in the mail
Stamps: None
Paper: Basic Black, Old Olive
Ink: None
Accessories: Eastern Elegance Rub Ons, Silver Hodge Podge Hardware, Old Olive Poly-Twill, Ticket Corner Punch

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Cherish Sketch

So today is Sketch Challenge day. I tried to make this harder than it was. I would cut and take a break, stamp and take a break, re-do the flower and take a break. I do not know if I have a cold medicine hang-over but my brain seems to be in slow motion today. Well, at least I got some housework done between making the card.
Stamps: All in a Row, Baroque Motifs
Paper: Basic Black, Old Olive, Rose Red, Whisper White
Ink: Old Olive, Rose Red
Accessories: Fusion Flowers, Pretties Flower Kit, 5 Petal Flower Punch

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Black Rock

Today I made this card for the Color Challenge. I'm on some major cold meds and my head is spinning so I am not even aware if I used the right colors. I hope I did...
This is a set that will be available on March 1st. Not much info today, I am going back to bed!

Stamps: Esssence of Love
Paper: Basic Black, River Rock Textured, Whisper White
Ink: River Rock, Versamark, Basic Black
Accessories: Photo Corner Punch, Black Brad. Word Window Punch, River Rock Stitched Grosgrain, Black Hemp Twine, Glassy Glaze EP

Monday, February 25, 2008

Shirt Tie

Ok, today's challenge was to mix patterns. Once I pulled my DSP out and was saw this all I could think about was the combinations my brother used to wear in High School. We went to a Christian school and the boys had to wear collared shirts and ties. His way of rebelling against that was to wear ghastly combinations. This is calm compared to what he used to wear. On the other hand my 17 year old loves his dress clothes and only insists on the best. He will be graduating next year and plans on going to a Bible college so he can go into the Evangelistic Ministry. Here he is teaching the Sunrise Service last spring. His message does not start until 19:33. He cringed while I was making this card. :) On the inside of the card I used the Define Your Life set with the word Original (like this card) and Father from the Everyday Flexible Phrases set. I sponged around the edged of the tie knot and the shirt pocket. I think the build-a-brads make a perfect tie tac!
Stamps: None
Paper: SU Afternoon Tea DSP
Ink: Wild Wasabi
Accessories: Build a Brad

Friday, February 22, 2008

Bleached Sails

So today I was going through my left over cards. I always tend to prepare extras for workshops and then have some left over. If I have time I try to make them up the next day, but that does not always work out. If I do not have time they get put in a plastic shoe box to be completed later. This poor left over sat so long that the DSP that came with the kit had retired, along with some of the other aspects. So I decided to go my own way. I've wanted to emboss and bleach so that is what I did! I embossed the boat and used my Aquapen and bleach to color in the sails. I used the 1/4" circle punch to punch the holes for the ribbon. I wanted something different and it seems to fit. I also embossed the words and then punched them out. I bought this set because my 8 yr old loved it. I must say thank you to him again! The card measures 3" x 6" and will fit in our 6 3/4" x 3 /12" envelopes.

Stamps: Winds of Grace, Lots of Thoughts
Paper: Sahara Sand, More Mustard, Always Artichoke
Ink: More Mustard Craft, Always Artichoke Craft, Sahara Sand
Accessories: Hodgepodge Hardware, More Mustard Grosgrain, Large and Small Tag Punch, 1/4" Circle Punch, Spiral Punch

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Double Window Card

So the Ways to Use Challenge today was to do a window card. I know they did not actually mean a window, but a part of the card that was punched/cut out to make the inside visible. I just could not get this idea out of my head. So I did a double window card. I know I used a lot of different sets...not like me. When my DH and I were first married , 23 yrs next month, we lived in an old farm house. When I first got this Afternoon Tea Designer Paper in the upcoming Occasions mini, it reminded me of the wallpaper in one of the bedrooms. I just had to have it. So when I saw this challenge it just sparked this card to use that paper as the wallpaper in the room. I'm still trying to use sets I have not grabbed in a very long time.
First I used the Totally Tabs. I then punched it out with the Round Tab punch and cut off the edge. For the lace on the window I punched with the 1 3/8" Circle punch and then punched again with the Scallop Circle punch. I snipped the scallop with the scissors and straightened it out. I used the 1/16" circle punch to put the holes in the lace.
I then used my Aquapens and re-inkers to colors the image. It is hard to see but I used the versamarker, heat and stick powder and Dazzling Diamonds on the snow falling, on the ground and the snowman.
I then used the 1 3/8" Circle punch to punch a hole in the card. I used the 1 1/4"to punch out the Think Happy Thoughts, which was stamped with Chocolate Chip Craft ink and embossed with Hologram Highlights. I stamped the Little pieces with the Versamark ink and embossed again with Hologram Highlights before I punched and put on the build-a-brad. I cut a slit (which is straight, angle of pic makes it look slanted) and wrapped my ribbon through the punched window and slit.
Boy, this is the longest I have ever posted!

Stamps: A Tree for All Seasons, Totally Tabs, Think Happy Thoughts, Little Pieces
Paper: Blue Bayou, Afternoon Tea DSP, Groovy Guava, Choclate Chip, Whisper White, Soft Sky
Ink: Basic Brown, Chocolate Chip, Groovy Guava, Versamark
Accessories: Antique Brads, Chocolate Chip Taffeta Ribbon, Round Tab Punch, Scallop Circle Punch, 1/38" Circle Punch, 1/16" Circle Punch, Heat and Stick Powder, Dazzling Diamonds, 1 1/4" Circle Punch, 1/2" Circle Punch, Build a Brad

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Long Scallop

I rotated the sketch today for the Sketch Challenge. I have ignored some of my older sets lately. So today I decided to grab a couple that I had not used in a while and combine them with some of the new stuff. I of course wanted to use my Fusion flowers again today, that is where I got my color combo. I had this thought to do with the scallop punch yesterday, so today I was glad it fit into the sketch. I apologize if this has been done. I have not yet seen it. If so please let me know so I can give credit where credit is due! I did the Twill with Vanilla Craft ink. My oldest son thought I had crimped it (he loves the crimper). I so hope we get more colors in the flowers next catalog!

Here is how I did my sentiment tag:

The they can be thinner to layer too. I found the trick is just to make sure you have the same amount of teeth on each side.

Stamps: Twill Background, Doodle This, Wonderful Words
Paper: Old Olive, Rose Red, Bali Breeze DSP, Very Vanilla
Ink: Vanilla Craft, Old Olive, Rose Red
Accessories: Fusion Flowers, Build a brads, Scallop Punch, Regal Rose Wide Grosgrain

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Flower Fusion

I was so happy when I saw today's colors for the Color Challenge. I've wanted to use the Flower Fusions but keep forgetting them. I had a friend ask about them last night and that jogged my memory that I had put them on a shelf that was not always visible. So I took them out last night and put them on my desk with the plans on using them today. Wonderful that the colors match with the colors for today! I love the background stamps and just had to get the Twill. Depending on the color you use also depends on how obvious it is. I used it with Chocolate chip the other day and it was too bold for that card, but with the Pumpkin Pie I found it very subtle. I used all scraps today, so that helped decide my layout. Even the card base was a scrap.

Stamps: Celebrate Everything, Twill Background
Paper: Certainly Celery, Orchid Opulence, Pumpkin Pie
Ink: Pumpkin Pie, Certainly Celery
Accessories: Corner Rounder, Boho Blossom, 5 Petal Flower, Flower Fusion, Certainly Celery Wide Grosgrain, Fire Rhinestone Brads

Monday, February 18, 2008

Chocolate Essence

Today I am back to playing with my new toys. Majority of these things are from the Occasions Mini that will be coming out on March 1st. This set is my favorite from that mini! I love the Silver Hodgepodge Hardware kit and the Poly-Twill Ribbon!!! The designer paper is just wonderful too. I'm working on my projects planned for the beginning of March. I hope you are all having a great Sale-a-bration!

Stamps: Essence of Love, Lots of Thoughts, Sanded BG
Paper: Groovy Guava, Chocolate Chip, Afternoon Tea DSP
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Groovy Guava, White Craft
Accessories: Poly Twill Ribbon, Hodge Podge Hardware Ribbon Slide, Silver Eyelets. Ticket Corner Punch, Large Oval Punch, Small Oval Punch

Friday, February 15, 2008

Circle Theme Birthday

So the Limited Supplies Challenge today was to do circles. I embossed the Sentiment and star in the center. Here are the rules we had to follow: Limits:
Stamps: circles + a sentiment (optional)
*** Flowers are not considered circles, but a circle stamp may have flowers or other images on it.
Paper: any colors, No designer paper
Ink: any
Punches: round only
ALL embellishments (including ribbon) must be in circle form (i.e., brads, eyelets, a circle or ring of glitter, etc.).
No limit on layers
The card itself does not have to be a circle. It can be a normal card.

Since the Scallop punch is actually named the Scallop Circle Punch (see the word circle) I figured it was fine to use. I think I had to re-do this card at least 10 times before it was good enough to post. I had to make up my left over cards from my workshop last night so my stamping time is all used up for the day. Life must go on. Have a great weekend!

Stamps: Spot On Jumbo Wheel, Think Lots Of Thoughts, Starstruck
Paper: Cameo Coral, Really Rust
Ink: Cameo Coral, Really Rust
Accessories: Crystal Clear Embossing Powder, 1" Circle Punch, 3/4" Circle Punch. Scallop Circle Punch, 1 1/4" Circle Punch 1 3/8" Circle Punch, Copper Eyelet, Corner Rounder

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Ruby Birthday

So today I am working on SAB samples for my workshop tonight. I've wanted to do this bow for a long time and finally found a card it worked on. I just got his wheel so I thought it fit great with the So many Scallops set. I thought this was a fun yet very simple card. The image was colored with markers. The Scallop is popped up on a glue dot.

Stamps: Happy Happy Birthday Jumbo Wheel, So Many Scallops
Paper: Chocolate Chip, More Mustard, Ruby Red, Very Vanilla
Ink: Chocolate Chip, More Mustard, Ruby Red
Accessories: Scallop Circle Punch, Photo Corner Punch, Wide Chocolate Chip Grosgrain, Glue Dot

Edit due to requests: This bow is so simple you will laugh! I cut a piece just a tad longer to fit around the card front and adhered around the edges. I cut one more piece and made a loop. The 3rd piece was cut to go around the loop and adhered on the front and back to keep flat. I then fastened the bow to the ribbon that was attached to the card....get it? :)

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Green Galore

Sorry, My oldest son at home had to have his wisdom teeth surgically removed yesterday. He is a hurting! We had to leave very early yesterday morning. The roads were horrible, even the interstate. Cars were in the ditch everywhere. What was to be a 1 hour drive took over 2 hours. So today I am combining the Sketch Challenge with the Color Challenge. After I laid down the designer paper I knew I could not cover it up with as much as the sketch made it out. So I decided to use the My way Punch that way the DSP could peek out some more. I colored the happy birthday with the markers and the flower I stamped in the Green Galore and rolled the tips in the Tempting Turquoise.
Stamps: Think Happy Thoughts, Simple Serif Alphabet & Numbers
Paper: Tempting Turquoise, Kraft, Whisper White, Green Galore
Ink: Green Galore, Tempting Turquoise
Accessories: Many Ways Punch, Tool kit for Piercing, 1 1/4" Circle Punch, 1 3/8" Circle Punch, Tempting Turquoise Grosgrain

Monday, February 11, 2008


I've been awarded! Check out my About page to find out what it is about and who I passed it onto.

Many Stars Thanks

I'm just playing with some new toys today. I just go the Classic Stars Jumbo Wheel. I though tit would go great with the punches. I also just got the SAB set Lots of Thoughts. I colored those with the markers to get the various colors from the same stamp.I ran the Really Red wide Grosgrain across the back. I am loving the wide stuff, just check out my last few posts...I think I have used it quite a bit the last few days.
Stamps: Lots of Thoughts, Starstruck, Classic Stars Jumbo Wheel
Paper: Really Red, Yoyo Yellow
Ink: Really Red, Yoyo Yellow
Accessories: Really Red Wide Grosgrain, Really Red Eyelet, Red Gingham Ribbon, Large Tag Punch, Small Tag Punch, Large Star Punch, Small Star Punch

Friday, February 08, 2008

Cut out DSP Flower

So today I went back and did the Ways to Use it Challenge. The challenge was to use dots. I love this dotty paper! Ok I love all designer paper... I used the dotty side on the bottom and folded the top edge over. I then cut out some of the flowers to put on the top half. The ribbon looks to match better in real life than in the photo. I love that SAB set Lot of Thoughts fits perfect in the Tag punch! The scalloped edge was done by punching a 1 3/8" circle and then the scallop punch. I then just snipped it with my scissors and straightened it out.
Stamps: Lots of Thoughts
Paper: Always Artichoke, Bali Breeze DSP, Whisper White,
Ink: Rose Red, Always Artichoke
Accessories: Regal Rose Wide Grosgrain, Rose Red Eyelet, Scallop Circle Punch, 1 3/8" Circle Punch

Thursday, February 07, 2008

Scalloped Peppermint

Well, I did not get to the challenge today. The kids had a very busy schedule with school so I was unable to stamp. I was waiting for my Stampin' Up! order to arrive so I thought, "No big deal! I will get to play with my new things later." My favorite (and only) husband called me and said he was notified by the shipping department at his work that there was a package there for me. Our UPS man said his schedule was too full and that he decided to just drop it off in town rather than running way out here. Does he have any idea? That would almost be 5 hours before I could get them compared to the regular delivery. Thankfully, my oldest son at home just got his license and did not mind at all ( like any 17 yr old boy) to run into town to pick up Mom's SU box from Dad's work. So this is one of the projects we will be doing at a workshop I am teaching next week. This is one of the Sale-a-bration sets. This is not my idea. I do believe it came from Cambria. For those of you who are chocolate lovers, this should be great (not me I am allergic). Just remember they are made to give away, not to eat all your selves ;)
Stamps: So Many Scallops
Paper: Very Vanilla
Ink: Wild Wasabi, Purely Pomegranate
Accessories: 1" Circle Punch, Scallop Punch

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Good Times

So today I used the Sketch Challenge as my guide. I know I put the #4 slightly higher than the sketch but I believe we are allowed a little creative license. The cowboy is stamped on the textured paper to give it just a little more. I love that I can punch out the "one and only" from the Genuine stamp to make it say whatever I want. It is great that the stamps for the Celebrate Everything fits in there perfect!

Stamps: Bronc Buster, Starstruck, Celebrate Everything
Paper: Wild Wasabi, River Rock Textured and not, Chocolate Chip
Ink: Wild Wasabi, Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Wide Choclate Chip Grosgrain Ribbon, Word Window Punch, Corner Rounder, Small Star Punch

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Buggy Apricot

Ok, I noticed I am using the scallop punch quite a bit lately. I think, subconsciously, I am planning things for a workshop I am having and I know I want to use it. I was going to do layer after layer of bugs but after I read the saying it just says "bug". So I decided that a simple card it would be. I wanted something small on the background so I just went one row diagonally across with the jumbo wheel. This was done for the Color Challenge on SCS.

Stamps: Spot On Jumbo Wheel, Bugs and Kisses
Paper: Real Red, Ballet Blue, Apricot Appeal
Ink: Real Red, Ballet Blue, Apricot Appeal
Accessories: Real Red Wide Grosgrain Ribbon, Scallop Punch

Monday, February 04, 2008


So I think I am stuck on Groovy Guava ...Today's challenge was to do a tri-fold card. That is to fold your card as usaual and then fold the front back again. I had another scheme planned and my son closed my catalog. He thought his sister was browsing and I could not remember what it was. So I went and grabbed some Cardstock for my shelves as he was browsing trying to find the page. He did not find the exact page but found a card that used the same colors I picked out. We thought it was funny...Snowing again today. I need to look into getting a light tent to get a better true picture.

Stamps: Baroque Motifs
Paper: Apricot Appeal, Certainly Celery, Groovy Guava
Ink: Groovy Guava, Apricot Appeal
Accessories: Scallop Punch, 1/16" Circle Punch, Large Oval Punch, Small Oval Punch, Wide Celery Grosgrain, Ticket Corner Punch

Friday, February 01, 2008

Hostess Gift Bag

So today I once again visited the Demo Challenges. The Challenge was to make a gift bag. I used a mini lunch bag that measures 6.5" x 3.75" x 2" for my sample. This was a great challenge for me because I needed something to give my SAB hostess party gifts in. This will be perfect. I do not usually use the Hostess sets because I tend to only use what I can sell. I thought it perfect to use the Hostess Set to give to a hostess...what a perfect sentiment for someone hosting a workshop. The back is the same minus the flower and the sentiment. The ribbon is not tied in the back so it looks like it is just wrapped all the way around. I cannot wait until the sun comes out again (and it stops snowing) so I can get some good light for the pictures. You want to know what is in the me to host a workshop :) .

Stamps: Time Well Spent, Sanded Background
Paper: Ruby Red, Groovy Guava, Mellow Moss, Very Vanilla
Ink: Ruby Red, Groovy Guava, Mellow Moss
Accessories: Groovy Guava Double Stitched Ribbon, Large Oval Punch, Small Oval Punch, Crimper, Ticket Corner Punch, Mini Lunch Bag

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