Thursday, February 24, 2011

Let's see some scallops ...

It's Thursday, so that means it is time for another Pals Paper Arts challenge.  This week we have a fun one for you to participate in ... it's all about scallops.  No need to fret ... keep it clean and simple.  Be sure to check-out the rest of DT's gorgeous cards.  Here is the inspiration photo to get the juices flowing ....


I wanted to use my new Build a Blossom stamp set and punch.  It worked wonderfully well for this week's theme of scallops.  My petals actually mimic the oyster shells.  (Those are oysters? Right?)  Here is what the 'ole inky fingers created this week ...

Stamps:  Build a Blossom, Fabulous Phrases
Paper:  Peach Parfait, Not Quite Navy, Pear Pizzazz, Very Vanilla
Ink:  Peach Parfait, Cajun Craze, Not Quite Navy
Accessories:  Build A Blossom punch, word window punch, scallop trim punch, circle fire brads, daffodil delight button and ribbon, polka dot embossing folder, edge distresser, glue dots, color coach
All products are Stampin' Up!

I looked at this card and thought, should I add leaves or a stem?  After a few moments of looking at it, I decided I liked it plain.  I just love the look of the flower and didn't want to take away from it.  Ahhh, clean and simple is so much fun!

I hope you find some time to join in the fun this week.  As always, thanks for stopping by!

Have a great day,

Saturday, February 19, 2011

A nice surprise ...

Imagine my surprise this afternoon when I checked my e-mail and found out that I had been nominated by a fellow SU! Demonstrator for the Liebster Blog Award.  Danita at Ruff Life sent me a sweet e-mail informing me that she had picked me to receive this award.  What makes this extra special to me, is that I have never been to Danita's blog before and she picked me.  I've already signed up to follow Danita at Ruff Life.  Her creations are gorgeous, so be sure to check them out yourself!

I started blogging so my friends and family could see my cards.  Never in my imagination did I think anyone would want to "follow" me or tell me that they liked my cards.  The stamping community is made up of very talented and sweet individuals.  

I became a Stampin' Up! demo in January 2010 joining the Pretty Pals under the talented Mary Fish.  I wanted to be a hobby demo and have loved every minute of the last year.  And the Pals, let me tell you, they are all FANTASTIC!
The Liebster Blog Award is given to bring new blogs to light.  It's a great way to share blogs that might not otherwise be seen or ones you want to share with others.

As a recipient of this award I must share the love and pay it forward by:
  1. Creating a post where I blog about the Liebster award and reveal my 3 - 5 blog picks.
  2. Let the honorees know that I selected them.
  3. Copy and paste the blog award on my blog.
Here are my nominations ...

  1. Joanna at Inspired by Stampin'
  2. Christy at Schnauzer Carfts Creations
  3. Renee at Renees Scrampin Spot
Please stop by their blogs and leave them some love while checking out their fabulous cards.

Have a great day,

Friday, February 18, 2011

Two challenges one card

This is going to be a quick post since I'm trying to squeak my card into The Paper Players color challenge before it closes.  You were to use Crumb Cake, Cajun Craze, Cherry Cobbler and Whisper White.  Check, got them all on my card.  

The next challenge that this card qualifies for is the sketch for MOJO Monday.

My inky fingers got to play today ... stamping, cutting, and having fun ... and it made me feel GREAT!  It's been a rough week so this was wonderful therapy.  

Stamps:  Bear Of An Appetite by Stampabilities
Paper:  Crumb Cake, Cherry Cobbler, Cajun Craze, White
DSP:  Cajun Craze
Ink:  Black, Crumb Cake, Cherry Cobbler (marker)
Accessories:  Nestabilities scalloped circle dies, itty bitty buttons, ribbon, eyelets, Prisma markers, sponge dauber
All products are SU! unless otherwise noted.

Bethany gave this stamp to me for Christmas.  It definitely screams the college life.  So my dear daughter, this one's for you!

I hope everyone has a fabulous weekend.  We are supposed to hit 73 degrees tomorrow ... woohoo!


Thursday, February 17, 2011

It's a sketch day

Today is all about a sketch at the Pals Paper Arts.  Our Pal, Margaret Moody, came up with another great looking artistic challenge for us.  

For this sketch I wanted to use my new stamp set, Plane & Simple, from the Occasions Mini Catalog.  This is a good set to crank out some masculine cards.  My inky fingers flew to work and created this ...

Stamps:  Plane & Simple
Paper:  Crumb Cake, Always Artichoke, Bravo Burgandy, More Mustard
DSP:  Always Artichoke
Ink:  Bravo Burgandy
Accessories:  Paper Shapers Scissors, eyelets (antique), crop-a-dile, mat pack,  sponge dauber
All products are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted.

This card is just like the stamp set ... plain and simple and I like it. 

I'm missing my stamps and blogging so much.  There is a lot going on here and hopefully within the next couple of days I will be able to sit in my comfort zone and create.  Until then ...

Have a great day,

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Let's try vintage ...

I'm having stamping withdrawals right now.  I have been so busy that I have not had much time to stamp.  Right now I'm in up NJ visiting my brother for his 50th birthday.  I came up yesterday to surprise him... love surprises!  Hopefully next week I will have some time to get inky again. Alright, enough of my babbling and on to a great challenge this week at the Pals Paper Arts.

They always say it is good to step out of your comfort zone to become better at something.  Well, I stepped out to do a vintage card for the PPA challenge ... and I like it!  Below is the inspiration photo.


My inky fingers went to play and created this ...

Stamps:  Bliss (sale-a-bration)
Paper:  Crumb Cake, Baja Breeze, Very Vanilla
DSP:  Elegant Soiree
Ink:  Crumb Cake, Baja Breeze, Soft Suede
Accessories:  sponge dauber, rhinestones, dimensionals, edge distresser, glue dots, finial press embossing folder
All products are Stampin' Up!
  • The edges were sponged with Soft Suede to give it a vintage look.  Ann, at The Stampin' Schach, is the Queen of vintage.  Be sure to take a peek at her awesome blog.
  • The butterflies were rock n' rolled.  Think I'm on a butterfly kick?  Three on my last card and what do you know, three on this card too.  
  • One of my favorite embellishments that Stampin' Up makes are the rhinestones and pearls.  I absolutely love them!
I hope you will find some time to play along with us this week.  I would love to see how you interpret vintage.  I know I will make more cards with a vintage look ... it's fun and has an awesome look!  I am pleased with the results of this card.  Thanks for stopping by and I always enjoy reading what you have to say ... good, bad or indifferent.

Have a great day,

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Riding Rich, Certainly ....

This week we are hosting a color challenge at the Pals Paper Arts.  This is an awesome set of colors to play with.  

PPA 80 Celebrity Color Challenge Feb 3 2011

I was looking through my binder of stamped images to see what I wanted to use this week when Flight of the Butterfly just flew off the page and was saying play with me.  Wow, these colors are perfect for a butterfly, flowers and so much more.  So come on over to PPA and join in the fun.

My inky fingers went to work and created this ... 

Stamps:  Flight of the Butterfly, Itty Bitty Bits
Paper:  Rich Razzleberry, Certainly Celery, Riding Hood Red
DSP:  Rich Razzleberry
Ink:  Rich Razzleberry, Certainly Celery, Riding Hood Red
Accessories:  polka dot embossing folder, scallop border, corner rounder and itty bitty punch, Certainly Celery ribbon, stamp-a-ma-jig, dimensionals
All products are Stampin' Up!

Thanks for stopping by and I always love reading your comments.  If you ever have suggestions on how to improve something, please let me know.  I'm always open to becoming a better stamper.  I think my biggest struggle is getting colors to work.  Do you struggle with anything?  Leave me a comment to let me know what you stumps you sometimes.

Have a great day,