Friday, July 29, 2011

Two for one ...

Two challenges ... one card.  This is for the Pals Paper Arts paper piercing challenge and this weeks MOJO Monday sketch.

I love the look of paper piercing but hardly ever do it.  When using the SU! mat pack, piercing your card is such a breeze too.  Since this card ended up with so much on it, I limited by piercing to just the main image.

Stamps:  Sweet Scoops, yum-yum tag from 2006 
Paper:  White, Pacific Point, Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight
DSP:  Ice Cream Parlor (sale-a-bration)
Ink:  Pacific Point, Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight
Accessories:  mat pack, ice cream ribbon, buttons, baker's twine, tag punches, dimensionals, Nestabilities rectangle dies
All products are SU! unless otherwise noted.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a fabulous weekend!


Thursday, July 28, 2011

Keep on riding ...

A quick post this evening ... trying to beat the challenge deadline.  This is for The Paper Players sketch challenge this week.  I made this card for fellow stamper, Katie, who just passed her motorcycle riding test.  Here is the sketch that I started with ...

Here is what I ended up with ...

Stamps:  On the Grow, Big Pieces, Little Pieces
Paper:  White, Marina Mist, Regal Rose, More Mustard
Ink:  Black, Marina Mist
Accessories:  Nestabilities rectangle, scalloped rectangle and circle dies, Cuttlebug Spots & Dots embossing folder, rhinestones, Bic marker, Prisma Pencils, OMS, sponge, Scor-pal
All products are SU! unless otherwise noted.

I had to add some rhinestones on the bottom since I smudged black ink on the card.  Hopefully that will take away from my boo-boo.  

Have a great day/evening,

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Sketchy Day ...

Today the Pals Paper Arts are showcasing another great sketch by the talented Margaret Moody.  You can dress this up or leave it simple.  I went with the simple version as this will be a card for Michael once he is at college.  My son is very plain ... no bright colors and all about sports.

Here is the sketch to get you going ...

Here is my take on this classic sketch ...

Stamps:  Need for Speed, Button Button, Petite Pairs
Paper:  Basic Gray, Riding Hood Red, More Mustard, White
DSP:  Riding Hood Red
Ink:Riding Hood Red, Basic Gray
Accessories:  oval and circle punches, mini brads, square lattice embossing folder, dimensionals, color coach, Nestabilities octogon die
All products are SU unless otherwise noted.

  • I'm hoping the button stamp can be pulled off as a tire.  What do you think?  
  • I cheated a little bit on this card by using the Nestabilities die.  I thought this would go nicely with car as they are the shape of a stop sign.  
I told Michael that I made him a card that I will send to him at college.  Get this, he told me he didn't want to worry about going to the mailbox.  Guess what, the boy is going to have to worry about checking for mail from Mom.  My bet is that he will be checking frequently for some love from his parents.  Bethany has always checked her mail for cards.  How different they are!

I hope you can find some time join in the fun at PPA with the rest of the talented Pals.

Have a great day,

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Being a Friend ...

This card was for the MOJO challenge this week.  After I colored the doilie, I didn't want to add the square layer and cover part of it.  Also, I didn't think it looked good.  So I stamped my sentiment directly on the DSP and classified this card as complete.

Stamps:  Delicate Doilies, Happy Greetings
Paper:  Daffodil Delight, Calypso Coral, Wisteria Wonder, White
DSP:  Daffodil Delight
Ink:  Black, SU Markers ... Daffodil Delight, Calypso Coral, Wisteria Wonder, Baja Breeze
Accessories:  Cuttlebug circle & dots embossing folder, Nestabilities circle & lacey circles, ribbon (non SU), pearls, Bic marker, scallop border punch, clear emobssing powder, dimensionals, color coach
All products are SU unless otherwise noted.

I'm off to play some golf today with my husband and children.  A family outing before everyone scatters in different directions ... Bethany to start nursing school at UAB and Michael to start experiencing the college life at Auburn.

Thanks for stopping by ... very much appreciated!  Have a great day!


Sunday, July 17, 2011

the sky's the limit ...

Yesterday I had some time in the afternoon to play with some new rubbah.  I found a new favorite ... Up, Up & Away.  I knew this set looked fun in the catalog, but it is so cool to work with.  I am really pleased with the way this card turned out.   

Stamps:  Up, Up & Away
Paper:  Crumb Cake, Basic Gray,  Poppy Parade, Baja Breeze
DSP:  Basic Gray
Ink:  Poppy Parade, Baja Breeze, Basic Gray
Accessories:  Nestabilities oval dies, ribbon (non SU), designer button, brads (non SU), Cuttlebug square die, dimensionals
All products are SU unless otherwise noted.

This card is for two challenges ...


I always enjoy participating in The Paper Players challenges.  This was my first time to do a challenge at Card Patterns.  I actually found their site from fellow stamper, Lesley at Always Playing with Paper.  I will definitely be back to do more of their sketches. 

Have a great day,

Saturday, July 16, 2011

War Eagle ...

I made this card for Michael to give as thank you notes for graduation gifts.  The folks receiving these cards are all Auburn alumni.  

Stamps:  mini-alphas by Paper Studio
Paper:  Tangerine Tango, Night of Navy, Garden Green, Chocolate Chip, White
Ink:  Tangerine Tango
Accessories:  Cricut Sports Mania cartridge, ribbon (non SU), hole punch
All products are SU unless otherwise noted.

There is a fellow stamper, Brenda, who also lives in Alabama and is a University of Alabama fan.  We are always joking about Auburn and Alabama colors and football ... she's a hoot!  Brenda, my friend, this one's for you!

This is the first time that I have made a card using only the Cricut.  I like it but I'm still a die-hard stamper.  I'm not always impressed with the little detailed cutting ... i.e. the football.  It could be the user and not the machine too.

Have a great day,

Friday, July 15, 2011

Dreams ....

I had some free time yesterday and got to do some stamping.  I bought this cute stamp a while back and had never used it.  The one good thing about the House Mouse stamps, they are always fun to color.

I pulled out some retired paper and went to work ... well, I should say play cause it is always so much fun to make a card.

Stamps:  House Mouse - Flower Bed, Fabulous Phrases
Paper:  Ruby Red, Cameo Coral, White
DSP:  Ruby Red
Ink:  Memento Black, Ruby Red
Accessories:  circle and itty bitty punch, Prismacolor Markers, rhinestones, dimensionals
All products are SU unless otherwise noted.

I had a great time at Auburn and I think it will be a great fit for Michael.  He seems excited about it all ... except the dorm size.  When I dropped him off at the dorm after dinner, he said "I'm going back to my jail cell."  Like everything else when you head off to college, it will be a big adjustment.  Can you tell my son has never had to share a room?  

Have a great weekend,

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Feeling like some blues ...

Today at Pals Paper Arts we are having a blue week and it's a great thing!  So find that blue cardstock, ink and accessories and join in the fun!

Oh, my inky fingers had a good time with this one.  I inked up my stamp in Marina Mist and then took my Not Quite Navy marker and thumped it over the flowers.  Gives the stamp a whole different look.  After stamping the image on my paper, I used my stamp-a-ma-jig and restamped over it with my versamark.  I know, I'm wearing out this technique, but I like the end result.

Stamps:  My Friend
Paper:  Bashful Blue, Not Quite Navy, Marina Mist, Vanilla
Ink:  Marina Mist, Not Quite Navy, Soft Suede, Versamark
Accessories:  Bashful Blue ribbon, Marina Mist designer button, itty bitty punch, hole punch, rhinestones, sharpie marker, sponge, stamp-a-ma-jig, clear embossing powder, heat tool
All products are SU unless otherwise noted.

I'm at Auburn with Michael for his orientation. He will be living here full-time in a few short weeks.  Wow, summer is going so fast! 

Have a great day,

Monday, July 4, 2011

Christmas in July

I hope everyone had a fun and safe fourth of July!  I had a pleasant day and enjoyed a cookout with my family and then watched fireworks in our neighborhood.  Now I'm ready to call it a night but wanted to post this card while I had a chance.  Tomorrow is lining up already to be a busy day.

The Paper Players have a cool challenge this week ... Christmas in July.  I bought a new Christmas set but didn't want to "show it" yet.  So, I used a set that just retired.  Ok, I really like how this card turned out and may just use this as one of my designs this year. 

Stamps:  Christmas Classic (retired)
Paper:  Old Olive, Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla
DSP:  Jolly Holiday (retired)
Ink:  Cherry Cobbler
Accessories:  Cherry Cobbler baker's twine, Old Olive ribbon and brads, polka dot embossing folder, Cuttlebug tag die, Stickles
All products are SU unless otherwise noted.

Please excuse the bad pictures lately.  Some setting on my camera has changed and I don't know what it is yet.  Taking this picture at night didn't help matters either.

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great day!

Friday, July 1, 2011

Sleeping Under Flowers

My collection of House Mouse stamps needed a little love so I decided to ink one up today.  I chose this one so I could color and use some pastal cardstock.  I used the layout from Splitcoast Stampers sketch challenge number 339.  I also wanted to use the sponging technique for the Pals Paper Arts challenge this week.  Click on over to the Pals and show them your favorite technique.  A big bonus this week ... lots of blog candy being given away.

Here is what the 'ole inky fingers created ...

Stamps:  House Mouse - Sleeping Under Flowers
Paper:  So Saffron, Wild Wasabi, White
DSP:  So Saffron
Ink:  Black, So Saffron, More Mustard, Wild Wasabi, Old Olive
Accessories:  Prismacolor Markers, Cuttlebug embossing folder, Nestabilities square die, sponge daubers, ribbon, rhinestones, sharpie marker, dimensionals
All products are SU unless otherwise noted.
  • I discovered today that Apricot Appeal and So Saffron ribbon are the exact same color.  The ribbon used on this card is actually Apricot Appeal.  
  • Lovin' the technique of coloring the rhinestones.  Just wish the SU markers worked so I could get an exact match.
I'm heading out to lunch with Michael.  Want to get as much quality time as possible before he heads off to Auburn and it's not everyday the boy wants to go out with his Mom.  

Have a great day,