Thursday, September 30, 2010

Two for One ...

Today's card incorporates two challenges into one card.  I love when I can do that...really feel like you get a lot accomplished.  The first challenge was to use the MOJO 158 sketch, which I really liked.  I went with the square shape.  The second challenge was the Pals Paper Arts button, fun!  Be sure to check them both out and play along too!

Stamps:  Vintage Vogue, Itty Bitty Bits, Printed Petals
Paper:  So Saffron, Wild Wasabi, Perfect Plum, White
DSP:  Wild Wasabi
Ink:  Perfect Plum, So Saffron
Accessories:  SU ribbon, sponge, bitty buttons, color coach
All products are from SU! unless otherwise noted.

Have a great day,


Monday, September 27, 2010

100% Baby Card

Happy Monday!  Can't believe it is the last week of September.  Just think, Christmas is three months!  Actually, I would rather chit chat about my card and think about the holidays later.  I was planning on showing this card on Saturday but something wonderful happened and I never got the picture taken until Sunday evening.

On Friday afternoon Bethany calls me and we are having a nice conversation about her grades, college, etc. when she says "I think you need to look out the kitchen window."  OMGosh, she was standing in the driveway with a piece of cheesecake from the Cheesecake Factory.  Since she can't see me on my birthday next week, she wanted to surprise me this weekend.  Surprise me she did and it was great!!!  So we spent the weekend together and the camera only took pictures before she left to go back to college.

I made this card on Thursday during our craft day.  My hairdresser is having her first baby, a boy, and this is my first baby card to make.  What do you think?

Stamps:  Animal Crackers, Tags Etc. (not exactly sure what set the tag comes from)
Paper:  Bashful Blue, Apricot Appeal, Mint Melody (very old color) , Confetti White
Ink:  Staz-On Black, Bashful Blue
Accessories:  tag punches, ticket punch, Bashful Blue ribbon, CB embossing folder, eyelet, DMC thread, Prismacolor markers, Crop-a-dile
All products are SU! unless otherwise noted.

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you have a wonderful week!


Friday, September 24, 2010

A Happy Hello ... It's Friday

It's Friday ... I know a lot people are happy today.  My son would be first in line to say he is.  I'm excited because Terry comes home tomorrow after being on a business trip for ten days. 

I was just playing around in my craft room the other day and this is what I ended up with ... 

Stamps:  Baroque Motifs, Punched Posies, All Year Cheer I (retired)
Paper:  Sahara Sand, Rich Razzleberry, Pacific Point
Ink:  Pacific Point, Rich Razzleberry
Accessories:  brad (non-SU), circle punch, corner rounder, sponges
All products are Stampin' Up unless otherwise noted.

Today's card was quick to make and to assemble.  Sometimes simple cards can go a long way. 

I've got another cute card to show this weekend.  I just need to take a picture of it so I can upload it for all to see.  Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoy your weekend!


Thursday, September 23, 2010

Happy Harvest

Happy Thursday to you!  Each Thursday brings another Pals Paper Arts Challenge.  Last week I was lucky enough to be the guest artist ... awesome feeling.  Though today I'm just as excited to play along.  I think participating in the different challenges out there in cyber space, has helped my stamping abilities grow in a positive fashion. 

Here is a quick morale booster I received last Friday that I wanted to share.  I was at our local craft show and a woman was there selling her cards, scrapbooks, etc.  Of course, I had to look to see what she was using and how much she priced her beautiful goodies for.  My two dear friends that I was with, told me that my work was just as good, if not better.  I made the comment that she was selling her cards for $3 a piece and I could never ask that much for mine.  I said I would sell mine for no more than $1 each.  They both said they wouldn't let me do that.  Think they were just trying to make my day?  Well you know what, they did.  :) 

Ok, on to my card for this week's PPA sketch challenge.  Be sure to head on over to the Pals website and play along.  It's always so much fun!

I used the Loads of Love set, mainly because I wanted to color.  I've really been in that mode lately. 

Stamps:  Loads of Love and Loads of Love Accessories
Paper:Confetti White, Pacific Point, Pumpkin Pie, Early Expresso
DSP:  Pacific Point, Pumpkin Pie
Ink:  Staz-on Black, Pumpkin Pie, Black SU marker
Accessories:  Punches:  photo corner, corner rounder, circle; Nestabilities circle scallop die, Signo white gel pen, Prismacolor Markers, CB sticks embossing folder, brads
All products are Stampin' Up unless otherwise noted.
  • The ends of the brown layer were curled a bit to give the card a touch of detail.
  • The photo corner was also rounded to fit on the cards rounded corner. 
  • As I uploaded the card, I noticed my driver's face is quite white.  Oops...guess she has on a mask or lots of sunscreen!  Her face will be colored before being sent to the recipient.
Thanks for stopping by!  If you have any questions, please feel free to drop me an e-mail or leave a post.  Again, many thanks for the wonderful comments.  I love reading them!

Have a great day,


Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Three Little Words ...

If you got this twice, I am so sorry.  I hit publish instead of save and had not uploaded my card yet.

Today's card uses this weeks MOJO Monday sketch.  I need a card for a man who is having surgery and thought this was the perfect layout.

Stamps:  Three Little Words, Itty Bitty Bits
Paper:  Peach Parfait, Pear Pizzazz, Not Quite Navy
DSP:  Peach Parfait
Ink:  Peach Parfait, Cajun Craze
Accessories:  sponges, twine, Itty Bitty punch, CB script embossing folder, CB star dies, blender pen, border punch
All products are from SU unless otherwise noted.

  • Since the main image is "Three little words ...", I wanted to try and play off that.  The DSP is wording and the embossed Pear Pizzazz piece is script embossed. 

  • The inside of the card says "thinking of you". 

  • Do you think this will work for a guy?
Thanks for stopping by and I appreciate the comments that have been left on my cards.  It makes my day!
This is what the Whippets were doing while I was taking pictures of my cards.  It's amazing how they always mimic each other.  We had just come back from our morning walk.  Can you tell it is still HOT here?
Have a great day,


Friday, September 17, 2010

Not quite the MOJO sketch ...

When I went into my craft room yesterday morning, I knew I wanted to use this week's MOJO sketch.  I really liked it and knew something good would come out of it.  Here is the sketch ...

Time to start creating.  Hmmm, when I looked at my cute little mouse, I realized this sketch was not for him.  I had colored the mouse on Wednesday night before really taking the MOJO layout into account.  Guess you can tell that I work backwards sometimes.  Oh, the joys (or heartaches) of having no real plan in place.

I may be 45, but I still like to color ... it's relaxing too.  Anyway, rather than babble all my thoughts, this is what I ended up with ...

Stamps:  House Mouse by Stampabilities
Paper:  Baja Breeze, Poppy Parade, Confetti White
DSP:  Poppy Parade, So Saffron
Ink:  Black
Accessories:  Prisma markers, Nestabilities oval dies, brads, Early Expresso ribbon, CB edge embossing folder
All products are Stampin' Up unless otherwise noted.

Ok, my card didn't come out like the sketch so it will only be posted here.  I do have say, even though my card is different from the MOJO sketch, it really did make putting this card together much easier.  Guess I'll just have to go stamp some more .... darn.  :)

Have a great day


Thursday, September 16, 2010

I'm the Featured Artist

I'm really excited about being the Featured Artist again over at the Pals Paper Arts.  Be sure to stop by and check out what the Design Team has created too.  The inspiration this week is the poster from the musical Wicked.  I've never seen the Broadway play, but have some friends who have.  They all said it was wonderful!  Here is the poster which sparked my creative juices.

After seeing the picture of the poster, I knew I wanted to use my new Wicked Cool stamp set.  I love this stamp set and my goal was to use as many stamps from it as I could (without getting too tacky).  With those two thoughts in my mind, this is what I ended up with ...

Stamps:  Wicked Cool
Paper:  Black, White, Wild Wasabi, Perfect Plum
Ink:  White Pigment (non-SU), Black, Wild Wasabi
Accessories:  brads, circle punch, label punch, edge distresser, sponge, dots embossing folder, pop dots 
All products are Stampin' Up unless otherwise noted.

  • Ms. Witchy's boots didn't fit on my square so I stamped only the left boot on the square.  I stamped the whole image again on scrap paper and cut out the right boot and attached it with pop dots.

  • I distressed the purple panel and dotted panel with my edge distresser.

  • The edges on the white squares were sponged to add a "spooky" look.
Come join The Pals and design a wicked card for everyone to be in awe of.  Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a great day!


Tuesday, September 14, 2010

September PALS Blog Hop

Welcome to the September PALS HOP! This month, we're featuring Fall/Halloween themed projects for your inspiration! If you've hopped over from Carla Bazhenow,, I'm stop number 8 on the PALS HOP and I'm glad you hopped in! I'll help you "hop along" from blog to blog where you'll find great ideas for papercrafted creations from the Stampin' Pretty Pals! Should you hop off course, simply click on any of the links in the PALS HOP LINE-UP below and you'll be back on track!

I made two projects for this Hop.  The first one is geared towards Halloween.  It is a little candy box that I filled with chocolates.  I found the pattern, designed by Beate Johns, on the Scor-pal website. 

Stamps: Wicked Cool, Pocket Silhouettes
Paper:  Concord Crush, White
Ink:  Black
Accessories:  oval punch, ribbon, scor-pal, scor-tape, craft stick, black marker
  • The craft stick was colored with a black marker and the Spooky label was glued to it.
  • To make the ribbon stay in place, scor-tap was added to the back.
  • Filled with kisses to give to someone who least expects it ... that's spooky!
My second project, a card, was made with Thanksgiving in mind.  I really like how this turned out.  Was it the sentiment, colors, layout or pumpkins?  I'm not sure but it is one of my favorites. 

Stamps:  Seasonal Sentiments
Paper:  Always Artichoke, Cajun Craze, So Saffron, Pumpkin Pie, White
Ink:  Early Expresso, Always Artichoke
Accessories:  Nestabilities circle and scallop dies, texture embossing folder, oval punches, bird punch, brads
  • The pumpkins were made by punching ovals out of Pumpkin Pie cardstock, sponging the edges and the gluing them together.
  • The leaves were punched from the bird punch.  I know pumpkins grow on vines but I liked the look of the leaves.  I was being creative ... {smile}
Hop along for more inspiring ideas from Kris Kilcoyne,, stop number 9 on the Fall/Halloween PALS HOP!
Hop Line Up 
  1. Pam Giudici - you are here
 Thanks for "hopping" by!  Have a great day!


Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Ruff Day?

A sweet Pretty Pal, Carla, recently had to put her dog Yogi down.  Being a huge animal lover and having gone through that myself, I know how hard it is to lose one of your furry four-legged family members.  I made this card for Carla to let her know I was thinking of her.

Stamps:  Ruff Day (retired)
Paper:  Marina Mist, Soft Suede, Tangerine Tango, White (non-SU)
DSP:  Soft Suede
Ink:  Black, Soft Suede
Accessories:  brads (non-SU), Octogon Nestabilities, Marina Mist ribbon, eyelet (non-SU), DMC thread, Prisma Markers
All products are SU unless otherwise noted. 
  • On the sentiment, after it was run through my Cuttlebug, I left the saying in the octogon Nestie and just lightly sponged around the edges.  I really like this effect.  I saw Gina K. do this and fell in love with the look.
  • While looking through my stash of brads, I came across these brads and it was a perfect Marina Mist match.  I was so psyched!
  • I have to say that I think Ruff Day was one of the cutest dog stamp sets that Stampin' Up made. This pup is so darn cute!
Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great day!


Friday, September 3, 2010

It's a Pearl Challenge

Happy Friday everyone!  I've got a quick post today before heading out to get ready for the Labor Day weekend...yea!  Bethany is coming home for a couple of days and Michael is thrilled not to have school on Monday.  It's the little things in life that make for a great day.

Today's card was inspired by the Pals Paper Arts challenge Pretty In Pearls.  I hope you can find some time to play along too.  It's always so much fun to see what everyone has created!  Click here to check out the Pals challenge.

Stamps:  Cottage Garden
Paper:  Melon Mamabo, Tempting Turquoise, Daffodil Delight, White
DSP:  Melon Mambo
Ink:  Tempting Turquoise, Daffodil Delight Melon Mambo
Accessories:  Daffodil Delight ribbon, blender pen, stamp-a-ma-jig, pearls, Cuttlebug emobossing folder
All products are SU unless otherwise noted

I love to color but cutting is not my thing.  I keep thinking I will get better with practice but i think I'm a hopeless cause.  Thanks for stopping by and I love reading your comments.  That is what makes my day!  Have a safe and wonderful weekend.


Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Have a sweet ... day

I actually started this card last week, finished it yesterday and just took the picture of it this afternoon.  Unfortunately, I have not had much time to spend in my craft room.  Though, I did get to spend every lunch hour at a different restaurant. I love my friends!  More good news, tomorrow is Thursday and that means craft day.  I get to spend the majority of my day stamping and chatting. 

I'm not sure who the recipient of this card is yet.  There are two names jumping around in my head.  Hmmm...who will it be?

Stamps:  Sweet Scoops
Paper:  White, Not Quite Navy, More Mustard
DSP:  non-SU
Ink:  Not Quite Navy, More Mustard, Old Olive, Cajun Craze, Black
Accessories:  Deckle scissors (non-SU), Nestabilities oval dies,
All products are SU unless otherwise noted.

My hubby just got home from work, so I guess I need to go start dinner.  That is the least I can do for him.  He does so much for me!  I hope you all enjoy your evening!