Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Playing with stickers ...

I love going into craft stores and browsing along all the aisles.  Of course, when there is a sale, something always jumps into my buggy.  I have a basket full of stickers ... never know I just might get into scrapbooking ... so I thought I would try and make a card using some of them since I don't see scrapbooking in the horizon.  So here is my card with no stamping ...

This was actually for the PPA challenge -- Puttin' on the Ritz.  The card was ...

  • made on time
  • picture taken on time
  • uploaded LATE
I'm singing Meatloaf's song ... Two Out of Three Ain't Bad.

My crafting time is dwindling to nonexistence with Christmas right around the corner.  If I don't get back on here before the holidays, I want to wish all my blogging friends a very Merry Christmas!  Be safe and enjoy it all!

Thanks for stopping by and ...

Have a great day,

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Freshly Made Sketch ...

I finished making all my Christmas cards, so today I played with the gals at Freshly Made Sketches.  The talented Jennifer Timko created this week's sketch ...
Just love the simplicity of their sketches and this is what I did with it ...

Stamps:  Snow Much Fun (Gina K.)
Paper:  Vanilla, Old Olive, Cherry Cobbler (SU)
DSP:  Jolly Holiday (SU)
Ink:  Memento Black
Accessories:  Nestabilities square and lacy dies, Bic Markers, Copic marker, Marvy snowflake punch, Sakura glitter pen, SU Old Olive ribbon and rhinestone
  • I tried to capture the sparkle on the snowflake and it looks gawdy here.  Looks much better in person.
  • Since I tied my bow first, I added the snowflake on the other side, switching up the sketch a bit.
  • The card size is 4 1/4 by 4 1/4 ... still fitting into an A2 envelope.
  • This card is already in the mail to UAB wishing Bethany well on her finals.
While taking pictures, my sweet pups were wandering around so I had to snap some photos of them.  Michael was holding some cookies and they wanted them.  Otherwise, I would never have gotten them to sit together.  Sadie always runs whenever I pull out the camera.

Banjee and Sadie
Thanks for stopping by and ...

Have a great day,


Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Artistic Etchings ...

Wow, it has been a while since I've posted anything.  I've been busy like the rest of you.  Getting ready for Christmas, shopping and making Christmas cards.  I should finish those up today ... hopefully!

Today I'm posting a card that I got my inspiration from one of my fellow blogging friends, rhondastamps.  To see Rhonda's card, click here.  

Stamps:  Artistic Etchings
Paper:  Creamy Caramel, Vanilla
DP:  Paper Studio
Ink:  Creamy Caramel, Crumb Cake
Accessories:  rhinestones, pewter embossing powder, shiny silver ribbon (non SU), Nestabilities die, sponge dauber, spritzer
All products are Stampin' Up unless otherwise noted.

I left this simple to show off the Eiffel Tower and let the designer paper do the rest of the work.

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Have a great day!


Thursday, November 24, 2011

In My Thoughts ...

Happy Thanksgiving!  I hope everyone has a wonderful and safe holiday!  To all the early shoppers out there, I hope you get some fabulous deals!

Today's card is for a friend whose father just passed away.  

Stamps:  Always in My Thoughts
Paper:  White, Brocade  Blue
Ink:  Black, Brocade Blue, Crumb Cake
Accessories:  Petals-a-Plenty and Swiss Dots embossing folder, Nestabilities oval dies, Copics, sponge dauber, dimensionals
All products are Stampin' Up unless otherwise noted.

Thanks for stopping by and ...

Have a great day!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Getting sketchy with the Pals

Here I am again, a day late and a dollar short ...

I had this post just about ready when my daughter, her boyfriend and my son all decided to play games and asked me to join.  I had so much fun and completely forgot about my blog.  No regrets though ... nothing beats family fun!

The Pals Paper Arts had a great sketch this week.  I liked it so much, that I think this will be used for a batch of Christmas cards.  Here is what the talented Margaret Moody designed ...


I pulled out some Christmas stamps, DSP, ink and cardstock and went to work ... let me rephrase that ... went to playing.

Stamps:  Holiday Happiness
Paper:  Vanilla, Old Olive, Cherry Cobbler
DSP:  Jolly Holiday (retired)
Ink:  Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive
Accessories:  stamp-a-ma-jig, rhinestone, glitter pen (non SU), Marvy snowflake punch and star punch
All products are Stampin' Up unless otherwise noted.

Once again we have had a rainy day, hence the dark picture.  I find sometimes when I use the photo editor that the colors get really distorted.  I tried to keep this true to the colors used.

Thanks for stopping by and ...

Have a great day!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

A colorful sketch ...

Today I went shopping and out to lunch with my best friend.  I found a great bargain and couldn't wait to get home and use it.  While at a craft store, I found a Sizzix package with 2 embossing folders and a die for $8.52 ... walk out the door price!  Woo hoo ... I love a a good deal!  I was already working on a card for Freshly Made Sketches and The Paper Players and knew my new embossing folder would work perfectly.  

This is the sketch ...

This is the color challenge ...

Put the two together and I got this ...

Stamps:  Cold & Cuddly, Penguin Pals
Paper:  Always Artichoke, Riding Hood Red, White
DSP:  River Rock
Ink:  River Rock, Riding Hood Red, Always Artichoke, Bashful Blue
Accessories:  corner rounder, sponge dauber, pop dots, Prisma Color pencil, Nestabilities oval and square dies, Sizzix snowflake embossing folder
All products are Stampin' Up unless otherwise noted.
  • I attached the Always Artichoke and Riding Hood Red cardstock to the River Rock DSP.  I then put it in the snowflake embossing folder and embossed it as one piece.
  • The polar bear looked lonely sitting on his iceberg, so I added some snowflakes.
  • If you click on the card, you can see the embossed snowflakes a little better.  It looks much sharper in real life.
Thanks for stopping by and ...

Have a great day,


Tuesday, November 15, 2011

PPA Holiday Challenge

I'm hoping to sneak this card into the Pals Paper Arts Holiday Challenge before the link closes.  

This is the inspiration photo ...

Ppa pic

This is what the inspiration did for me ...

Stamps:  Holiday Happiness
Paper:  textured red (unknown), Handsome Hunter, Vanilla
DSP:  unknown
Ink:  Riding Hood Red, Handsome Hunter, Crumb Cake
Accessories:  Nestabilities label 4, Cherry Cobbler seam binding ribbon, spritzer tool, glitter pen (non SU), brads, button (non SU)
All products are Stampin' Up unless otherwise noted.

I used to receive a package of goodies once a month from some stamping site and the papers and button are from those days.  Trying to use some of the old stuff.
  • I paper pieced the star and the base of the tree with the DSP.
  • The red label behind the tree was traced and hand cut ... hence it not matching perfectly and having some uneven edges.
  • The ornaments are all colored with the glitter pen to add some sparkle.
Sorry about the dull picture.  It is rainy and cloudy here today but I really wanted to participate in the PPA challenge this week.

Thanks for stopping by and ...

Have a great day,

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Kindness Matters ...

It's Wednesday which means another great challenge over at Freshly Made Sketches.  

This is what I took from the sketch ...

Stamps:  Kindness Matters, Language of Friendship
Paper:  Poppy Parade, Baja Breeze, So Saffron, White
DSP:  Just Add Cake
Ink:  Memento Black
Accessories:  Copic Markers, glitter pen, crop-a-dile, pop dots, BoHo punch
All products are Stampin' Up unless otherwise noted.

  • I punched out some So Saffron dots, glued them to the DSP and added some glitter to them.  Thought it might add some texture to the card.  It actually looks better in person.  Always looking for something different.
  • This is my first card using my new Copic's.  I like them and still need A LOT of practice.
Thanks for stopping by and ...

have a great day/evening!


Tuesday, November 8, 2011

A little MOJO with a recipe

Today I'm featuring a card with two of my favorite challenges ... MOJO Monday and The Paper Players.

This is the sketch I started with ...

I then added this delicious recipe ...

and cooked up this fall card ...

Stamps:  Holiday Best, Fantastic Foliage
Paper:  Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive, Early Expresso, White
DSP:  Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive, Early Expresso
Ink:  Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive, Early Expresso
Accessories:  deckle scissors (non SU), Old Olive button, baker's twine, Nestabilities Big Scallop circle and circle dies, decorative label punch, dazzling details, rhinestones, glitter pen (non SU), sponge, pop dots
All products are Stampin' Up unless otherwise noted.

I think before sending this card, I am going to color the leaves on the top corner with some chalk. 

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have a great day,

Saturday, November 5, 2011

PPA color challenge

This is my first card to upload at Pals Paper Arts since leaving the design team.  I will miss being a part of this awesome group but it was the right time for me step down.  I would like to thank the talented Pals on the PPA design team for the wonderful experience I had.  These are the best of the best stampers and it was such an honor to have my cards along side theirs!  

I found a sketch challenge over at Create with Connie and Mary that caught my eye.  So with these colors from PPA ...

and this sketch from CCMC ...

Create Sketches S
I came up with this ...

Stamps:  Card Games, Game Night
Paper: Early Expresso, Soft Suede, Vanilla
DSP:  Early Expresso, Soft Suede, River Rock
Ink:  Early Expresso, Soft Suede, River Rock
Accessories:  twine, demensionals, corner rounder
All products are Stampin' Up!

This is for my son or nephew since they both make laugh.

Thanks for stopping and ...

Have a great weekend!


Friday, November 4, 2011

Combined color and sketch challenge ...

A quick post this evening to upload a card I made for Freshly Made Sketches and the ColourQ challenge.  This was my first time to participate with the ColourQ gang.  I will be back!

Stamps:  Plant Hope, On Your Birthday
Paper:  Soft Suede, Pumpkin Pie, Island Indigo, Cherry Cobbler, Vanilla
DSP:  Soft Suede
Ink:  Soft Suede,  SU markers ... Island Indigo, Lucky Limeade, Chocolate Chip, Going Grey
Accessories:  SU stripes embossing folder, CB diamond pattern embossing folder, blender pen, large silver brads (not SU), dimensionals
All products are Stampin' Up unless otherwise noted.

This will be for my hubby's birthday.  He loves plants and trees ... the one with the green thumb in this family.

Thanks for stopping by and, as always, ...

Have a great day,

Friday, October 28, 2011

The Paper Players Sketch

The inspiration for my card today came from The Paper Players sketch by the talented Nance!  The perfect sketch for a quick card that I needed to give tomorrow.  This was my starting point ...

and this is my ending point ...

Stamps:  Apple Blossoms
Paper:  Brocade Blue, Riding Hood Red, White
DSP:  Brocade Blue, Night of Navy
Ink:  Brocade Blue, Riding Hood Red, Always Artichoke marker
Accessories:  spritzer, word window and modern label punch, Nestabilites circle and big scallop circle dies, pearls, sponge, dimensionals
All products are Stampin' Up unless otherwise noted.

It is a cold rainy day here so I could not get the best lighting for my picture.  On top of that, my camera battery was about to die.  I had to go with what I had because I really wanted to upload this card today.  The Paper Players challenge ends at midnight tonight.  I was determined to get it posted on time this week!  :)  

Thanks for stopping by and ...

Have a great weekend,