Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Dino Myte

I never have enough kids cards and plenty of kids to send cards to so that was my reason for today's card. Plus I really need to finish another design for my workshop next week. I kept it pretty simple but wanted it bright and bold.

Stamps: Classic Stars Jumbo Wheel, Prehistoric Pals, Short & Sweet
Paper: Brilliant Blue, Bashful Blue, Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White, Kissing Kiwi
Ink: Pumpkin Pie, Bashful Blue, Brilliant Blue, Kissing Kiwi
Accessories: Striped Pumpkin Pie Grosgrain

Monday, July 28, 2008

Quilted Card

So with this card I decided to play around with Scoring and embossing. I wanted the background to look like a quilt. I used the scoring blade on my Fiskers cutter and scored every 1/2". I then used the piercing tool and pierced a hole in each corner of the diamonds. I embossed the 2 different flowers from the Pick a Petal Brass Template to emboss. I then used the same template to pierce the small flower and the 1/16" circle punch to make the holes in the larger embossed flower. I stamped Happy Birthday on the card stock before I dry embossed it or punched it out with the scallop circle punch. It is hard to see in the picture but I used my regular stylus and made small circles in the edges of the edge scallops. I used the ticket corner punch in 2 of the four corners and Double Circle Punch to make the faux brads in the 2 corners and the center of the flower. I do not know if I will every get sick of the Red Riding Hood. I am going to run out before I can even officially order it. I also used one of the new buttons that will be coming out int he new catalog.
Stamps: Stitched Background, Think Happy Thoughts
Paper: Red Riding Hood, Whisper White, Pacific Point
Ink: Red Riding Hood, Pacific Point
Accessories: Scallop Edge Punch, 1 1/16" Circle Punch, Scallop Circle Punch, Pick a Petal Brass Template, Fiskers Scorer, SU Button, Black Twine, Ticket Corner Punch

Friday, July 25, 2008

Ladybug Petal

Wow, do we have a lot of July birthdays. This is for one of my nieces whose birthday is this week. Yes, I finally broke down and cut out a petal. I sure did get a long way before I did that and it wasn't that painful :) . I do need some work on the making of the ladybug.

Stamps: Pick a Petal, Short & Sweet
Paper: Red Riding Hood, Pink Pirouette, Basic Black, Whisper White
Ink: Red Riding Hood, Pink Pirouette, Basic Grey
Accessories: Scallop Edge Punch, 1 1/4" Circle Punch, 1 3/8" Circle Punch

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Sock Monkey

Well, I needed another birthday card for one of my nieces. She loves monkeys so I was thrilled when this set was shown. This is one of the sets that will be available in the upcoming catalog.

I took the sketch challenge yesterday to get the layout. The monkey took a lot of cutting but it was worth it! I stamped the monkey twice on the Very Vanilla and then Stamped the Twill in Close to Cocoa over top of one. When I went to get the color for the hands, feet etc I stamped the Creamy Caramel off on scratch paper once so that the color was just a shade lighter then I stamped it on the 2nd monkey. The hat and cupcakes where stamped and colored with the re-inkers and Aqua Painters. I wanted to add a little more pazzaz so I covered them with Versa Mark and Heat and stick powder. After I heated I dumped Dazzling diamonds on top (which is impossible for me to get a good picture of). I did quite a bit of sponging around the edges.

Stamps: Happy Happy Birthday Jumbo Wheel, Sock Monkey, Twill Background
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Red Riding Hood, Creamy Carmel, Very Vanilla
Ink: Red Riding Hood, Chocolate Chip, Summer Sun, Creamy Caramel, VersaMark
Accessories: Twill tape, Wide Chocolate Chip Grosgrain Ribbon, Jumbo Eyelets, Heat n Stick Powder, Dazzling Diamonds

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Thank you

Well, I'm so thankful that when I had the strength last week that my wonderful family allowed me to spend the day making cards so I could pre-post some posts for here and get some of my cards caught up for the month of July. I have the most loving and helpful family and friends. I am greatly blessed!!!

This is a card I made for our church as a thank you for all of the thoughtful acts and wonderful prayers while I am getting back on my feet. My MRI turned out normal so they are treating me for the migraines which have been daily (minus 2 or 3 days) since June 21st. They figure this is what caused the paralysis and that I should regain the use of my left side soon.

I saw this layout somewhere (sorry still foggy on the memory) and thought it would be great to duplicate. I used the end of the snail adhesive to get my arch on the top and bottom and then my ruler to do the straight edge. I stamped with the Sanded background and then sponged the edges with Chocolate Chip ink. I did the faux stitching with the paper piercing template and the Chocolate Chip Marker.

Stamps: Sanded Background, Stitched Background
Paper: Cameo Coral, Red Riding Hood, Chocolate Chip
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Versamark
Accessories: Gold Embossing Powder, Large Oval Punch, Label Punch, 1 3/8" Circle Punch, Word Window Punch, Gold Brad

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Smyles Petal

Again, not my idea, I just loved it and had to do these eyelashes. My son has a friend turning 13 last week, so this was for him. He is a great kid and his name is Myles. When he was little his nick name was Smyles because he always had this smirk on his face. So this face fit him perfect. On this one I did dry emboss his nose and love the way it turned out. The eyelashes were made by cutting one side off from the grosgrain ribbon and pulling the excess off. Again sorry for the blurry picture it went in the mail before I took the time to check and post the picture.

Stamps: Pick a Petal, Happy Birthday Jumbo Wheel
Paper: Pacific Point, Baja Breeze, Whisper White
Ink: Red Riding Hood, Pink Pirouette, Pacific Point, Baja Breeze
Accessories: Pick a Petal Brass Template, Black Grosgrain

Monday, July 21, 2008

Butterfly Petal

This is another birthday card I had to make for the month of July. There is no way I am going to get sick of this set. There is so much you can do with it. I love sets that can be use in a wide array of ways. It is suppose to be a flower set but can be used to make girly or manly cards. I love it and should of bought it when it first came out! The one reason I did not get it was because I did not want to cut it out to make it work. So far I have avoided it. I've added the dimension with the brass template. Sorry, the full picture is so blurry. I took the picture and dropped it straight in the mail so it would arrive on time. I did quite a bit of dry embossing on this. It may be hard to see but I also embossed the small flowers on a few of the dots on the butterfly's wings.

Stamps: Pick a Petal, Short & Sweet
Paper: Whisper White, Perfect Plum, Pale Plum
Ink: Perfect Plum, Pale Plum
Accessories: Pick a Petal Brass Template, Ice Circles Rhinestone

Friday, July 18, 2008

Get Well

I just could not pass up making this guy. I think this one is on my list for my next stamp night. I had a friend break one of her toes last week during Bible school so this was made for her. I hope you are feeling better Michele! I used the new In Colors on this card too. I did not dry emboss his nose, but that would be cute too.
Stamps: Pick a Petal, Sincere Salutations
Paper: Pink Pirouette, Red Riding Hood, Whisper White, Basic Black
Ink: Pink Pirouette, Red Riding Hood, Pacific Point, Baja Breeze
Accessories: Scallop Edge Punch, Circle punch (pupils)

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Exclamation Mark

Ok, here are some thank you cards. I got a little behind and now I have even more to make. Thankfully these are quick and easy to mass produce. I just had to use the new scallop edge punch on the one, how fun! The Pick a Petals Brass template also has a piercing template. My light box, which was always tucked away, is now relocated to within quick reach. :)
The pink card I used a couple of the new In Colors:

Stamps: Pick a Petal, Wonderful Words, Spunky Spots Jumbo Wheel
Paper: Red Riding Hood, Pink Pirouette
Ink: Red Riding Hood
Accessories: Pick a Petal Brass Template
The Blue Card I used last years In Colors (Remember you can only order these for just about 3 more weeks):
Stamps: Pick a Petal, Wonderful Words, Daisy Dash Jumbo Wheel
Paper: Blue Bayou, Soft Sky
Ink: Blue Bayou
Accessories: Pick a Petal Brass Template, Blue Bayou Double Stitched Ribbon

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Birthday Candles

Well, yesterday I had some time and energy to play with some of my new stuff. So I decided to case (copy and steal everything) a bunch of great cards I have seen that used this set. I used some reward points I have earned over the year to get the Pick a Petal set and the Pick a Petal Brass template. I will try to post a few this week while my schedule starts to pick up again. I did the rock and roll technique on the flames and used the marker to draw the wick. I used the brass template to make the wick "pop". I wanted dimension but did not want to cut and this did just that.
Stamps: Pick a Petal, Short and Sweet
Paper: So Saffron, Pumpkin Pie, Regal Rose, Whisper White,
Ink: So Saffron, Pumpkin Pie, Regal Rose
Accessories: Pumpkin Pie Grosgrain, Pick a Petal Brass Template

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Decor Elements

Yesterday my pre-order box came in and it was all I could do to leave it alone. I checked it all in at lunch when it arrived. I spent yesterday in bed with no energy. I woke up with a smashing migraine. So about 4:30 the meds had kicked in and I had to get up. Well, I just could not leave these alone. I knew exactly what I wanted to do with them the second I saw it. I had made the clock a few months ago when I had redone the bathroom. I guess this just goes to show how easy they are to use. I was exhausted and my mind is still kind of cloudy and my family loves how it turned out (much better than the picture...). I need to order more to go on the darker green section around the toilet. If you want to see the brochure for the Decor Elements, click here. They are a much better bargain than I had thought at first and I know I will be ordering more!

Saturday, July 12, 2008


I know this is a stamping blog, and I try to keep it that way. I had every intention on posting this past week, as I had said, but once again life decided otherwise. We spent last weekend (4th) visiting our son and his wife in Nebraska and had a wonderful time. On our way to the zoo in Omaha I had what I call an "episode" where I lost the use of the upper left hand side of my body. I am very stubborn and was determined to spend this well planned and looked forward to day with my family who I love and miss so much. So I downplayed it and went on with the zoo and mall. We returned home late Sunday night and I started teaching 25 4-6 yr olds in Bible School Monday morning. My left side was still weak and I was exhausted but I pushed on. I came home and slept the whole day away.

Well, come Thursday I could not take the migraines (going on 3 weeks everyday) and the constant fatigue so I called my doctor (duh huh?). They told me no appointment but to come in as soon as I could get there. Of course with my luck a horrible storm came through town and we ended up sitting in the hallway of the clinic for 45 minutes waiting for the sirens to stop and the all clear to be posted. He treated me for the migraines and I was on my way with a check up appointment next week. Well, come Friday during Bible school it got progressively worse. I lost my hearing, taste, total use of left arm and numbness in my left leg. My son took me to the emergency room. The doctor thought I may have had a mini stroke. After all the test and questions they think I may have something called migraine paralysis. I go in early next week for an MRI to rule out a stroke. I am on a very strong blood thinner as a precaution.

So I do not know that I will be posting next week or not. I have had a new reward set sitting on my desk since before we left for NE and it is not even mounted yet, so unlike me. I also have my new catalog pre-order arriving Monday. So I hope to get some strength back.

I hope to be back and stamping soon!

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Dino for Dylan

Well, today I wanted to play with another of my new sets, Prehistoric Pals. I bought this set mainly because our Vacation Bible School is next week and I am teaching the 4-5K class, I thought this set would be a fun way to decorate the kid's bags and the classroom. Our theme this year is dinos. One of my students will be having a birthday next week so I thought I would get a jump start and get his card made today while I still have the time. My schedule for the rest of the week is pretty hectic so I will probably not post until next week, depending on how VBS goes ;).

So I decided to check out the sketch challenge for the day. It turned out to be perfect to use this set. Just to show that I make mistakes and learn how to fix them. When I went to stamp the simple Happy Birthday in the lower right corner it was crooked. So I decided to add a couple more crooked ones to make it look like it was done on purpose...sneaky!

I could not figure out what I wanted on the second back panel and I thought another image would be too much. So I did the dry embossing like I had mentioned last week. I actually ordered a dry embossing template last week and may be doing more of that.

Well, I hope you all have a great Holiday weekend!

Stamps: Sanded Background, Prehistoric Pals, Mark the Date
Paper: Wild Wasabi, Chocolate Chip, Certainly Celery, Apricot Appeal, Very Vanilla
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Wild Wasabi, Certainly Celery, Apricot Appeal
Accessories: Certainly Celery, Apricot Appeal Brads, Piecing mat and Stylus for embossing
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