Friday, February 29, 2008

We Have A Winner!!!

You know how they have that saying an elephant never forgets, well I think they should change that to a child never forgets. I kid you not, my niece Madison sat straight up this morning(at 7am, wooohoooo!!) and said, come on Aunt Jessie we gotta pick a number out of the heart basket. I think she thought it was going to be more exciting, because after she picked it out she said"Is that it??". When I told her yes, she left the room to go watch cartoons, I guess my giveaway wasn't exciting enough for her!! Before I announce the winner, let me say that I really appreciate all of you that entered, this was so much fun for me. I enjoyed reading everyone's answers to the questions too. A couple of people asked me for mine, so here they are.
Favorite TV show-Grey's Anatomy(I am dying for it to come back, but Chuck runs a close second!!)
Favorite Movie- Pretty Woman
Favorite Stamp Set- Right now, I am loving my Easter sets(obviously) but if I had to pick just one set it would be Just So Hoppy(and Hippy) by Gina K. I absolutely love both of these fabulous sets!!

Okay, and the winner is!!!

JAR said...
Well, let's see --- my favorite TV show is LOST -- I have too many fav movies, but they are all listed on my blog! :)My fav stamp set would be Paint Prints by SU! (oldie but goodie!), and I found your blog through your siggy in our TPBM game! Looks great! And what awesome blog candy! Have a great day!!!
February 27, 2008 9:03 PM

I am so excited, because I play the person below me game with her all the time!! Congrats Judy!! Send me an email or a private message over at SCS with your address and I will get your goodies sent out ASAP!!

As I told you before, I have two nieces here right now, so I let them both pick. I still am up in the air, but have some ideas that I am going to run by the winner. So without further ado, the runner up is:
Tracy said...
Wow, this is amazing candy. You are sooo generous. Hubby & I don't watch much tv (in fact, we don't even have cable). But we like to watch Star Trek on DVD. We're nerds! My favourite stamp set at the moment is out on a limb from PTI. And I found you through Stampin when I can.Thanks for the chance!!
February 27, 2008 2:28 PM

Again, thanks to everyone who participated, and I hope that you will keep stopping by to visit!!! Thanks for making my first month so successful!!

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Man Am I Tired!!

I really should be in bed, but I am an addict, as I pointed out up above!! I can't go a whole day without getting on the computer and checking everything out. I really need to seek help!!! My nieces are here and sleeping soundly in the living room floor(their favorite place to sleep even though they have two beds to choose from), and I should be sound asleep too, but I had to check out SCS to see what was going on. To my shock and delight the Limited Supplies challenge was posted early tonight so you know I had to stamp. I am going to keep this brief, because I am exhausted and God knows they won't sleep in in the morning!! The challenge was to make a card using only one flower stamp, no cuttlebug, no designer paper, no rub-ons except for sentiment, and you could use embellishments. I went with something pretty straight forward. It is the Brushed Lily stamp from rubbernecker stamped on Whisper White with Black Stazon. I colored it with my SU markers and blended with my aquapainter. I tied a big pink bow around it and called it a card. Oh I did somehow manage to stamp a sentiment on there, straight, without a stamp a ma jig, completely amazing!!! The colors on this card are Mellow Moss and Pretty in Pink. Some people might say that having 5 layers is not limited, but did you see the other card I posted today, it had 13!!! Good night, and I will be back in the morning to announce the winners!!!
stamp-brushed Lily and All Holidays
paper- Mellow Moss, Pretty in Pink and Whisper White
ink- Black Stazon
tools- SU markers, aquapainter, pink organdy

Her Comes Peter Cottontail...

hoppin' down the bunny trail, hippety hoppety, Easter's on it's way!! Have I gone too far???LOL
Today's ways to use it challenge was to make a card inspired by a song and fortunately for me, some genius thought up this song a long time ago!! I am probably pushing it, but I need to keep going with the Easter cards, I am almost half way done!!yay!!! I do have one observation though. By the time I get done with all of these Easter cards, I may never used a Soft Subtle again!!! I love the colors, but I am getting a little tired of them!! Speaking of tired, I am going to go get my nieces today. They will be here until Saturday. I am only getting the two youngest, Maddy and Katie, and then on Saturday, I will drop them off and pick up their sister Taylor, their cousin(my honorary niece)Sam(antha), and my cousin in law Mallory. They will be her until Sunday. I have decided to split them up, not only because the noise level is insane when they are all her, but because I can't really take all of them anywhere to do anything. I only have room for 4 in my truck and since there are 5 of them, I am splitting them up into age groups. At first, I felt bad about doing it, but then when I really thought about it, the older girls don't really play with the younger ones when they are here anyway, and to be honest, they younger girls don't really seem to mind. So, if I seem absent, it's cause I am wrangling kids!!! Wish me luck!! Don't forget that my BLOG CANDY contest ends tonight at midnight!! I am going to have my niece Madison draw a number out of a basket to determine the winner. I did realize that since Katie will be here too, I should probably have her pick one too, so I don't know what the consolation prize will be yet, but there will be one. On to my card!! I used the Eggstra Special Easter set from My Favorite Things. I stamped the flowers first and colored the whole scene with my SU markers and aquapainter. I stamped the bunny on a seperate paper and colored it in the same way. I cut it out, popped it up and that was it. The rest is pretty self explanatory. Thanks for looking and have a great day!!!

stamps-Eggstra Special Easter
ink-Black Stazon, Pretty in Pink, and Bashful Blue
paper-Barely Banana, Pretty in Pink, Lavender Lace, Certainly Celery, Whisper White and Prints Pack
tools-ticket corner punch, button brads, SU markers, aquapainter, white tafetta, circle punches, scallop punch, and key tag punch

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

You Know It Had To Happen!!!

You know I had to go back to Easter cards right??? Of course you did!!! I have to tell you, I was a little afraid to post this card tonight, and it has nothing to do with this card, which I adore. It has to do with the fact that the card I made last night has made quite the impression. I have been posting cards pretty much everyday since last October. I have had some pretty popular ones, at least I thought so. Well today imagine my surprise when I log in over on SCS and I already have 63 comments by noon. I played around on the Internet for awhile, commenting and such, and by the time I decided to do something else(still stamping related of course), I was up to 83. 83 WOW!!! I was floored. I messed around cleaning up my ribbon containers for 4 hours, yes I said 4, while I watched TV. When I finally got back on to Splitcoast, I had a PM waiting for me from my SCS friend Jodi(kharmagirl) saying it was at 91. HOLY CRAP!!! By the time I had this card made and posted, it is now sitting in the gallery next to a card that has 118 comments, how the heck am I gonna top that!!! So even though I love this card, it is very intimidated sitting next to that card. Can you see it shaking in it's boots!!LOL
For this card I used today's sketch over on SCS. It is actually very similar to the sketch that Jen del Muro used this week, the only difference is the placement of the "circle" or in my case flower. I started with a Certainly Celery base in standard size. I layered Pretty in Pink and Whisper White. The bottom panel is Pretty in Pink, Certainly Celery, and Certainly Celery DSP. I know I know, but I had to put those brads through there other wise it would have looked so boring!! The brads I used are from the Soft Subtles brads. The main image panel was stamped on Whisper White with Black Stazon. I used the super cute bunny from the Gina K. set Just So Hoppy designed by the very talented Melanie Muenchinger. I used my SU markers to color in the grass(Certainly Celery highlighted with Always Artichoke). The sky was done by using my aquapainter and my Bashful Blue pad. The bunny just got a little Pretty in Pink on its ears and nose and lips. The flower was also colored in with the same marker, but I did highlight it with the Regal Rose marker. I outlined the whole bunny with my Cool Grey prismacolor marker. I made a mini ribbon blossom using Celery grosgrain and pink and blue gingham. I attached my flowers with a pop up glue dot. It is actually three flowers, one pink, one white and then one green. I couldn't figure out where to put the sentiment, so I didn't.

Well, that is all for me for today!! Thanks for looking and don't forget to sign up for my blog candy, you have until Thursday at midnight!!!
stamps-Just So Hoppy
paper- Certainly Celery, Whisper White, Pretty in Pink and Certainly Celery DSP
ink-Black Stazon and Bashful Blue
tools- white and pink brads, primas, SU markers, cool grey marker, aquapainter, celery grosgrain and pink and blue taffeta

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

It's Not Easter...

Well, I am up late, as always, and I saw that the color challenge was posted, so you know I had to check it out. Today's colors are Basic Black, River Rock and Whisper White. Well, I couldn't think of anything to do for an Easter card, except for something with that fabulous cross by Gina K., but I didn't think I would use it, so I didn't order it. I guess that is what I get for thinking!! I had seen on Caroline's(craftycaro) blog earlier that her grandfather had passed away, so I decided to use this challenge to make a sympathy card for her. I started with a Basic Black base and then layered the River Rock and Whisper White. I wrapped the black organdy ribbon around the white base before I glued it down. The sketch on this card was Jen del Muro's sketch for you to try from this past Saturday, and since I loved it, I decided to use it. The top panel is BB, RR and Ginger Blossom DSP. I put three black brads through it , cause you know I love those!!! The main image is raised on pop dots. It is the flower from the SU set Happy Harmony, which I am ashamed to say had remained uninked until today. I stamped the flower twice in River Rock and once in Versamark. I heat embossed them using black embossing powder. I had done the same thing on a card not to long ago and loved the way it looked. The sentiment is from Circle of Friendship. I stamped it in black and punched it out with a 1in circle punch. I used one of my neglected build a brads on the center of this. Well that is all for now, don't forget to register for my BLOG CANDY!!!!
stamps-Happy Harmony and Circle of Friendship
paper- Basic Black, River Rock, Whisper White, and Ginger Blossom DSP
ink-River Rock, Black Stazon and Versamark
tools-black brads and organdy, River Rock ribbon, black embossing powder, circle punches, build a brad

Monday, February 25, 2008


I knew that would get your attention!!!!LOL On February 28th it will be my one month anniversary in the blogging world. I want to thank everyone who visits me and leaves me such super sweet comments. I have put together a rather eclectic blog package for you all!! You have to understand one thing to start, I am not affiliated with any stamp companies(except SU), so everything that I give away, I have bought myself. I don't live anywhere near any stamp stores, so everytime I go, I buy things that are on sale, or that I like, to give away as gifts. You can ask any of my lucky elf package receivers from this past Christmas, I go a little overboard. Well anyway, I have raided my stash of give away goodies and come up with a package that I think you all will love!!! In case you can't see it all it includes:
1 package Silver Rain Dots
1 package foof-a-la epoxy brads
3 bottles of stickles-copper, magenta and candy cane
1 package Rusty Pickle chipboard letters
2 rubber stamps from Rubbernecker(yes I know, one of them was the treasure hunt prize, so it was free, but it is not my style, so I went ahead and got it just for you!!)
1package pearl brads from sei
1 package flower brads from creative IMAGINATIONS
1 package ribbon labels from Making Memories
1 assorted package of the SU In Colors
a ton of fibers and a ton of American Crafts ribbon
Black and green hemp twine

I think I went overboard, but I love to give!!! It makes me happier then you will ever know!! So, wanna know what you have to do to get this. Just leave a comment that includes the following things 1. your favorite movie or tv show, 2. your favorite stamp or stamp set and 3. how you found my blog. Weird requirements I know, but I couldn't decide on one, so I decided to do three!! This contest will run until midnight central time on the Thursday the 28th. My niece Madison will be here, so I will let her pick the winner out of a hat, she will love that!! Thanks again for supporting me in my blogging adventure!! You all rock!!
added on 2/26- BE SURE TO INCLUDE YOUR NAME IN YOUR COMMENT!!!! I have recieved several comments that are annonymous, I want to be able to get your goodies to you, so atleast a first name and last initial will help!! Thanks!!

Let Me Know!!

I added a email subscription thingy to my blog today, yayyyyyyyy!!! As I have stated before, I am completely computer illiterate, so if it doesn't work let me know!!!I look forward to seeing how many of you out there are reading!!

Isn't He Cute???

I think I hit the wrong button, and it posted just a title first. So if you happened to get here, in between times, forgive me, I am somewhat computer challenged. Someone asked me today if there was any way to subscribe to my blog to get updates, and I actually have no clue!! Help any of you bloggers out there, I told her I would look into it and see if I can add a link or something, but I don't really even know if there is one. I will probably do what I always do....go to my favorite blogs and see what they have done. Luckily, I usually can figure stuff out pretty easy, but now always. I probably know more than I think I do, but who knows, it may be true, I may be computer illeterate!!! SO saddddddddddd!!
This card today is for the Technique Lovers Challenge over on SCS which was to use different patterns on the same card, something I already do, so this was way easy for me. I do remember a time when you couldn't put polka dots with stripes or flowers with, but thank goodness times have changed. I will say, and not to the fault of the hostess or anyone else, but it is my least favorite of all the challenges. But being the proper challenge addict, I try to participate unless it is something that I don't need or can't use. I am a hobby demo, which means, I am a SU demo just to get the discount. I have never been good speaking in front of crowds, so I have only done one party. It was a huge success and they all loved it, but I think I got an ulcer from it!!! I shake the whole time I am trying to demo something, it is embarassing. After the first one, I stopped doing it. So when they have projects for the challenges, I tend not to do them, cause I pretty much know I won't use whatever it is. I do however like knowing that if I ever need them, they are all there together. But anyway, back to the card!!! I started with a Bashful Blue base in standard A2 size. I then layered So Saffron and Whisper White. I then cut a 1 1/2 in by 3 3/4 in panel from the Bashful Blue and Pretty in Pink dsp in the prints pack, which is a hostess gift at level 1 for SU(the best option they have ever had if you ask me). The other panel is from my Certainly Celery DSP. Each one is layered with the same cardstock color as the DP. By the way, each layer on this card goes up 1/8th inch instead of 1/4 like I normally do, it just worked better that way on this one. I put a white brad in all four corners before I adhered all this to the Bashful Blue base because I hate having ribbon or brads sticking through to the main card. I also did the ribbon before I glued it down. I went a little overboard with the ribbon on this one, but I LOVE ribbon. It has celery, pink, blue and apricot grosgrain. The main image is layered with all the colors and was colored with my SU markers and then blended with my aquapainter. The frog, flower and watter ripple are all from Melanie Muenchinger's fabulous set, Just So Hoppy . The grass is from Rubber Stampede, isn't it perfect for this kind of scene. The stem on the flower was hand drawn in by me, trust me in this, if I can do it, anyone can. I stamped all of this in black stazon on Whisper White cardstock. I did put a little white gel pen on the frogs eyes, the flower and the spots on the back, to make them pop a little more.
Well, that is all for now, if you have any questions, feel free to PM on splitcoast, leave a comment, or email me!! Thanks and have a good day!!
stamps-Just So Hoppy and Rubber Stampede
paper-So Saffron, Certainly Celery, Pretty in Pink, Bashful Blue, Whisper White, Celery DSP and Prints Pack
ink-Black Stazon and Soft Sky
tools-pink, celery, blue and apricot grosgrain, SU markers, white brads, gel pen, aquapainter,

Sunday, February 24, 2008

CASEing Mary Jo Albright

This weeks featured stamper over on SCS is Mary Jo Albright, she has a fabulous gallery, you should check it out!! She had such a wonderful gallery to pick from, I may have to do two. I have a bridal shower tomorrow for my husband's cousin, so I won't have a lot of time to stamp, so that's my excuse for being up late tonight(as if I needed one!!) You know I couldn't not do an Easter card, and I keep seeing all of these cute cards with Anna Wight's bunny from her Whipper Snapper set Spring Has Sprung, so I knew I wanted to use it. As soon as I saw this card in her gallery, I knew I wanted to CASE it. I actually did a card for the same sketch challenge for My Favorite Things, and loved the layout. I can officially say that mine is not nearly as cute as hers, but I love it!! It is a 5 1/4sq card(my new fave) and it has a Chocolate Chip base. Both of the DP's on here are from the Basic Grey Two Scoops collection. I am totally in love with this line and am going to have to order some more of it at the rate I am going!! The bunny was stamped on watercolor paper from SU along with the grass and the tulip. I colored it all in with my SU markers and used my Aquapainter to blend it all. The scalloped layers as well as the bunny were all cut out using my nestabilities. I used Rose Red, Wild Wasabi and Chocolate Chip. Isn't this color combo yummy!! I used the photo corners punch to do both the CC and the RR corners. The CC are the large corner and the RR are the small. I put 3 brads in each one from the SU vintage brads. The sentiment was punched out with the small oval punch and then I hand cut out the RR and WW layers. The CC was punched out with the large oval punch. I put the ribbon on behind it, because what would a card from me be if it didn't have ribbon on it somewhere. I sponged the edges on a lot of it with CC to soften the edges. Well, that is all for tonight. I won't bore you with any long stories, I am to tired. But tomorrow after a fun filled evening with my inlaws, I am sure I will have something to say!!!
stamps-Spring Has Sprung
paper-Chocolate Chip, Wild Wasabi, Rose Red, Watercolor paper, and Two Scoops by Basic Grey
ink-black stazon and Chocolate Chip
tools-vintage brads, photo corners punch, nesties and cuttlebug, SU markers, aquapainter

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Easter Inspriation

If you haven't already figured it out, I am kind of a night owl. I stay up until 2 or 3 pretty much every night. Usually if I am lucky, I get to see the next days challenge before I go to bed. I don't usually try to do it until the next morning, that way I have all night to think about what I want to do. So, I was stalking the challenge forum when Steph posted Saturday's Inspiration challenge. We had this picture from Country Living magazine to use as inspiration. I have my neice Madison's birthday tomorrow, so I figured I would go ahead and make my card tonight. I was so happy that the inspiration piece was springy enough that I could make another Easter card, surprise(not).
But first, a little story. Today I was supposed to have a package delivered from SU. I don't know about all of you, but on SU delivery day, I am a total UPS man stalker. I watch for him, every vehicle I hear, I have to look out the window, you know you all do it too!! Well, I waited and watched, and then he was here. He had braved my icy road, pulled in my icy driveway, and when he came out of his truck he had one small white box with him. I said thanks, he got in the truck and drove away. I was sure when he went back to the truck, he was going to come back with my order, but no, he drove away!!! So, I went to the computer, tracked the package and it said out for delivery. I figured, maybe he forgot to give it to me, he'll be back. So I waited, and waited, and waited, and finally I tracked the package again. It had a note on it that said"unable to deliver due to emergency situation beyond UPS's control" DO WHAT!! All I could think of was, you turd, you were just here!!!! Anyway, all wasn't lost, because in the white box, was my 3 new sets from Whipper Snapper!!! YAY!!!! I have never owned any Whipper Snapper stamps, but I kept seeing all these wonderful creations using Anna Wight's(sweetmissdaisy) set Posies For You. When it first came out, I wanted it, but I am ashamed to say, that I didn't want to pay the high shipping cost on it. I liked a lot of the other stamps they offered, but still haven't got to where I can spend 10 or 12dollars on one stamp. When I saw that she had two new sets out, I had to have all three of them!! So my card for the inspiration challenge was made using her set Spring Has Sprung. I stamped the basket and grass on whisper white, and colored them in with SU markers. I went over all of it with my aquapainter to soften it. Then I used my aquapainter and Soft Sky pad to do the sky. I punched the eggs on a seperate piece of paper, colored and cut them out, and then covered them with Crystal effects to make them shiny. The rest is pretty self explanatory. Sorry for such a long post!! Thanks for looking and have a awesome day!!!
stamps-Spring Has Sprung
paper-Soft Sky, Certainly Celery, Pretty in Pink, Whisper White, and DCWV Baby Girl stack
ink-Black stazon and Soft Sky
tools-aquapainter, button brads, crystal effects, SU markers, soft sky ribbon, pretty in pink gingham, and celery grosgrain

Friday, February 22, 2008

RAK from Melanie Muenchinger!!! WHAT!!!!!!

Today I got my card from Melanie Muenchinger, and I swear to you, my hands were shaking when I saw her name as the return address!!! She is an amazing artist, and an incredibly sweet person. She had a contest last month for her new set, Just So Hippy, and although I didn't win(darn you and your super sweet lamp Linsey, LOL!!), I was chosen for her Hippy Mentions(honorable mention). As a prize, she sent us all a card made with her newest stamp set Just So Hoppy. Isn't mine cute!!! Thanks so much Melanie!!!

Peep Peep!!!

Shock and surprise that I would be posting yet another Easter card today!! Look people, these things are not going to get themselves done!!LOL I rarely ever do this, but this card actually fits the requirements for 4 challenges: the Limited Supplies challenge on SCS(although, all the layers might be stretching it a bit, but for me, it is definitely limited!!), Beates Weekend sketch challenge, Sharon's stamp simply flourish challenge, and Melanie's Just So Hoppy challenge. I usually like to make a seperate card for each challenge, but I loved the sketch, I had already planned on using this yummy paper today, and how can you not love that chick???? The only thing I had not planned to do was to use my own handwriting on it, in fact, I had always planned to never use my handwriting on anything!! It is something I have struggled(well, sort of) with my whole life. I hate my handwriting so much, that I refuse to do journaling on SB pages or anything. I have always been jealous of other people's handwriting. My mom and my dad both have beautiful handwriting, so do my sisters, but I have always hated mine. I tend to try to write to fast so it looks hurried, but then if I slow down, it looks worse. I can't tell you how many different times I have written out my name, trying to find a J I like, and don't get me started on L or K(maiden name). Anyone who has recieved a card from me could probably tell you I am right, but they are all too sweet!! Well anyway, the LSC was to use your own handwriting on your card, and since you know I can't skip a challenge, I made it as small as possible!!! So hence the title, Peep Peep. You would laugh if you saw how many times I wrote those two little words over and over and over, and finallly settled on this!! I once heard a line in a movie, "the handwriting of a serial killer", and I think that is so approriate for me!!
Anyway, I started with a Barely Banana base in standard A2 size. I layered Whisper White on that. The DP panel is some of the yummy paper from the Basic Gray Two Scoops line that I got from Embellish It Scrapbooking layered on Mellow Moss. I tied a cream wide organdy bow around it and then added some pale yellow grosgrain. The main image is that super cute chick from Melanie Muenchinger's super cute Just So Hoppy set. I colored it in with SU markers, and aquapainted the grass and sky. I handwrote(blech!!!) the sentiment. I thought my little chickie needed some pizazz so I covered it with my sakura stardust glitter pen. You know how I feel about blank white space, so I put 3 banana brads in the top corner. Pretty simple today, so thanks for looking!!! Hope you have a happy, safe and warm day!!!

stamps-Just So Hoppy
paper-Mellow Moss, Barely Banana, Whisper White, Two Scoops Basic Gray
ink-Black Stazon and Bashful Blue
tools-soft subtle brads, cream organdy, yellow grosgrain, sakura stardust glitter pen, aquapainter, SU markers

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Easter Window

Hello Everyone, hope you are having a lovely day!!! It is freezing rain here, and I haven't went outside, but the roads look mighty slick!! Travis is in Florida right now, and says it is lovely there. He doesn't realize how close he is to a not so warm welcome home, if you know what I mean!!!! Last night he called from Outback steakhouse to tell me what he was having for supper. Since I just finished eating leftovers, I wasn't all that impressed. Gotta love him though!!! It does remind me of when we first started dating. He would call me a few times a day just to say hi. After the normal pleasantries, weather, how are you, what have you been doing, you know the normal stuff, he would always ask, what have you had good to eat today??? Back then, in my quest to be thin, I didn't eat a whole lot. So, I never really had any good answers for him. After awhile, I got really discouraged because we never really had anything to talk about on the phone. In person, we were fine, but on the phone was horrible. Well, luckily for us, we saw past our phone issues and stayed together. We had been dating a year when I went to his first family function, I think it was Christmas. His family is a fun bunch of people, who really like to pick on each other. Well, since I was the first girlfriend Travis had ever really brought around, they gave him all sorts of crap. One of the things that they teased him about is how he would call them all during the day to ask what they had had to eat!!!! He replied, well, I gotta know if you've had something good, so I know if I wanna come over and eat!!!! LOL I was so relieved to hear that it wasn't just me, I mean seriously, I really didn't think he liked me, but really he was just looking for lunch!!LOL

Anyway, onto my card. This is my entry for the Ways to Use It challenge over on SCS. In my quest to get my Easter cards done, I had to figure out a way to make it work. I got this super cute image from Rubbernecker a few weeks ago as my treasure hunt prize. I had planned on buying it, so I was happy to get it for free!! I stamped it on Whisper White with Black Stazon and colored it in with my SU markers. I used my scalloped nestibilities to cut my circles out of Creamy Carmel, Lavender Lace and Appricot Appeal. I also used a piece of Apricot Appeal dsp on the top layer. I layered this all together, and mounted it on a 5 1/4square card of Mellow Moss. I really wanted to use ribbon on this, so I put a white wide organdy bow at the top. As you can see, I used one of my layered tags again, I just love them!! I made a little error in the top corner, so I fixed it by placing brads over it and in the opposite bottom corner.

Well, that is all for me for now. Have a great day, and Happy Stamping!!
stamps-Basket of Chicks, All Holidays
paper-Mellow Moss, Lavender Lace, Apricot Appeal, Whisper White, Prints Pack DSP
ink-Black Stazon and Lavender Lace
tools-nestibilities, silver brads, wide white organdy, circle punches, key tag punches, SU markers

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Wednesday's Sketch

Since the first one didn't work out(see last post), I had to do something for today's sketch over on SCS. Our hostess is Roxie, and she is fabulous!! She comes up with(or finds) the most amazing sketches, and always has brilliant samples!!! She is also so sweet about commenting. Speaking of commenting, I wish I could get paid for it. Somedays I leave well over 200 comments, for a girl on dial up, that is a ton!!!
I just got my new Gina K. stamps in the mail today, so I was eager to get them inky!!! This set is Just So Hoppy designed by the fabulous Melanie Muenchinger. She is also the designer of my favorite set for Valentine's day, Just So Hippy. Both of these sets work so well together, and I am thrilled to have them. Back to the card. I started with a 51/4square Whisper White card. I stamped my sentiment from Just So Hoppy on it in Black stazon. The next layer is Mellow Moss, Bashful Blue and Bashful Blue DSP from the Prints Pack. The next section is Whisper White, Mellow Moss, Pretty in Pink and PinP DSP from the Prints Pack. I just had to put some white brads through the ends of it, they just go so well . I stamped my bunny on Whisper White and matted it with PinP, BB, MM. The scene was created with my SU markers/pads and aquapainters. The grass was with the Mellow Moss marker and highlighted with Always Artichoke. The sky was done by squeezing some ink onto my BB pad and using my aquapainter. I left the Bunny mostly white, but used a Creamy Carmel marker to highlight it. The flower, which is a seperate stamp, ears, and cheeks are in Pretty in Pink. For those of you out there that have this set, the flower is just the top part, the stem, I drew in my self with the Basic Black marker and color it in with Mellow Moss. Trust me, if I can do it, anyone can!!! I did go around the bunny and flower with my cool grey Prismacolor marker, just to give it some depth. Once this was all done, I thought it was a little bare, so I attached a silver spiral clip and tied some of the moss, blue and pink gingham on it. I forgot to say that I sponged the top of the card down to a "grass line" with Bashful Blue, and then the bottom with Mellow Moss.Thanks for looking and have a great day. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask.

stamps-Just So Hoppy
paper- Mellow Moss, Whisper White, Pretty in Pink, Bashful Blue, and prints pack dsp
ink-Bashful Blue, Black Stazon, mellow Moss
tools-pink, moss and blue gingham, white brads, spiral clip, aquapainter, su markers

This Is Why I Don't Stamp This Late!!

I started this card with today's sketch challenge in mind. I saw the sketch, and knew exactly what I wanted to do. Well, to make a long story short, it was way to big for the sketch. You will learn, in time, that I have absolutely no perception of size, time or distance. I was one of the smart kids in school, everything came easy and I never had to study. I am what you would call book smart. I don't think that anyone, ecspecially anyone who has asked me for directions would call me street smart!!! I can't judge distance, I am famous for saying I am so many minutes away and being way off(and it's places I go all the time, I should know this stuff!!), or for thinking something will fit, when it is either to big or to small. Oh well, I guess you can't have everything!! So anyway, I stamped this wonderful Brushed Lily from Rubbernecker(one of my treasure hunt goodies) on watercolor paper with Black Stazon. I used my Pretty in Pink marker to color the flowers in and used my aquapainter to lift some of the color off. On the stems, I used Mellow Moss and went over it with my aquapainter. After coloring it I matted it with Pretty in Pink, Mellow Moss, and Chocolate Chip. It was way to bright for me, so I sponged the edges with Chocolate Chip ink. After getting it all matted, I knew it was going to be too big for the sketch, but I loved the image. I had used this Mellow Mossy grid paper on a card on Sunday, and I loved it, so I decided to use it again. It is matted on Very Vanilla, Mellow Moss, and Chocolate Chip. The card is 5 1/4square, by the way. I used my very neglected(it's not neglected, I am totally hoarding it!!!) Chocolate Satin ribbon and tried really hard to tie a pretty bow. If you only knew how long it took to get it to where it is, you would think it was the best bow ever!!LOL The sentiment is from the All Holidays set. It is stamped in Black Stazon on Very Vanilla then matted with PinP, MM and CC. I sponged the edges on it to soften it up too. That is all for now!!! Thanks for looking and have a great day!!
stamps-Rubbernecker brushed lily, All Holidays
paper-Mellow Moss, Chocolate Chip, Pretty in Pink, Very Vanilla, Spring Flowers, Watercolor Paper
ink-Black Stazon, Chocolate Chip
tools-su markers, chocolate satin ribbon, aquapainter

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Tuesday's Color Challenge

Today is color challenge day over on SCS, and boy is it a good one. I actually love it, and it's made up of three of my FAVORITE colors. I will admit, I love Orchid Opulence, although, I never use it. I don't know why though, it is so pretty!! The color combo is Certainly Celery, Orchid Opulence and Pumpkin Pie. I knew what I wanted to do as soon as I saw the combo, but you know how it goes, you start one place and finish another. Case in point, I started this card using Julee Tilman's mojo monday sketch for this week. And this card is where I ended up. I let my main image, which is from the My Favorite Things set Eggstra Special, get a little too big, so I had to modify it, but I love this card. It is so sparkly and happy!! I started this card with a Certainly Celery base and matted it with Whisper White. The strip across the middle is 2in at the widest layer and goes down from there. I started with Pumpkin Pie, then Orchid Opulence, and then I used some Certainly Celery DSP. I added two white brads to each end and then tied some orchid grosgrain around each end and tied them in a square knot. The main image is matted with all the challenge colors and colored in with SU markers. I used my aquapainter and Bashful Blue pad to create the sky and Artichoke marker to accent the Certainly Celery grass. I stamped the main image in Black Stazon as well as the sentiment. I am really into these layered tags right now, if you can't tell. It was created using SU punches-1 3/8,1 1/4,scallop and key tag. The edges were sponged with Orchid ink. Once I was done, I thought it needed something, so I tried to use my different color stickles, but I tried the orange peel first, and it wouldn't come out of the bottle(so frustrating), so I covered the whole thing with Icicle stickles!!Thanks for looking, and I hope you have a great day!!
stamps-Eggstra Special
paper-Certainly Celery, Pumpkin Pie, Orchid Opulence, Whisper White and Certainly Celery
ink-Black stazon, Bashful Blue and Orchid Opulence
tools-SU markers, aquapainter, white brads, orchid grosgrain, icicle stickles

Monday, February 18, 2008

My Favorite Sketch!!

Wow, I can't believe I totally forgot about this challenge. Every week, Cindy Haffner(isn't she amazing) hosts a sketch challenge in the My Favorite Things member forum on SCS. I started participating in the sketch challenge, because I felt like I wasn't using my MFT sets enough. I got so busy with life, and my mom, and being sick, that I totally forgot about it!! So this card is for that challenge. I will be working on lots of Easter cards for awhile, so bear with me. I will try to throw something else in there every once in a while, but for now, it'll be Easter!!
Anyway, I used the new set Eggstra Special on my card today. Isn't that bunny cute!!! I love his big old ears!! I started with a standard A2 card in Certainly Celery then layered it with Lavender Lace, and then Whisper White. I did a half strip of CC DSP and wrapped a piece of white grosgrain around it. The main image was stamped with Black stazon on Whisper White. The sky was done using my aquapainter and Bashful Blue ink pad and the grass was with my Certainly Celery marker. The accent on the grass were made with the writing end of my Always Artichoke marker. I used my Pretty in Pink marker to color in the ears and the cheeks. I think the rest is pretty self explanatory. Thanks for looking and have a great day!!
stamps-Eggstra Special

paper-Whisper Whtie, Certainly Celery, Pretty in Pink, Lavender Lace, and Certainly Celery DSP

ink-Black Stazon and Bashful Blue

tools-white grosgrain, SU markers, circle punches, aquapainter

Easter Is Coming!!

I can't believe how early Easter is this year. Maybe it's not early, I just think it is!! I need to get out my easter decorations while I am thinking about it. I know, crazy right, but I decorate my house for spring, fall and winter. The rest of the time it is just really boring around here. I don't have alot of spring stuff, but the amount of Fall/Winter stuff is ridiculous. I will have to post photos when I do it this year.
So anyway, I need to get a jump start on my Easter cards, so pretty much every challenge will be devoted to Easter cards. I sent out 35 Valentines, so I figure I will need atleast that many Easter cards. I made this card using Jen del Muro's Sketch For You To Try. I started with a standard sized card base in Whisper White. I then stamped the Chicken Wire background stamp from Rubbernecker on Certainly Celery. Lavender Lace and Apricot Appeal are the other two colors on here. The strip down from the main image is from the Prints Pack Level 1 hostess gift(my favorite by the way!!). I stamped my chick from Rubbernecker on Whisper White in black Stazon. I watercolored the sky in Bashful Blue, and the grass was drawn in with my Certainly Celery marker. I highlighted it with the writing end of my Always Artichoke marker. The chick was colored in with Barely Banana an highlighted with Apricot Appeal. Aren't her rosy little cheeks so cute!! I used my circle nestabilities to cut out the chick and the layers. The sentiment panel was done using various SU punches, and the sentiment is from the MFT set Eggstra Special. I sponged the edges of the key tag punch with Bashful Blue.

stamps-chick&chickenwire from Rubbernecker
paper-Certainly Celery, Lavender Lace, Apricot Appeal, Whisper White and Prints Pack DSP
ink-black Stazon, Certainly Celery, Bashful Blue
tool-key tag punch, circle punches, aquapainter, SU markers, ribbon

Sunday, February 17, 2008

WOOHOO!!! Go Betty, Go Betty!!(I got tagged again too!!)

Today's featured stamper over on SCS is Betty, aka gbedwright. If you haven't been to her gallery, go now, you WILL NOT be disapointed. If you aren't familiar with the featured stamper challenge, it is where our host(Beth Siliaka) picks a stamper every Sunday, and you go through their gallery and CASE(copy and steal everything) one or more of their cards. The rules do require you to make atleast two changes, and to give proper credit to the original artist. If this sounds like something you would be into, check out the challenge here. It is a great way to see galleries you may have never found on your own. I think it is a huge honor, and Betty totally deserved it. I picked Betty's Thank You card here. Since it is required by the challenge, I changed, the colors, the images, the ribbon, used dp instead of making my own background, and I left off the flowers in the top corner. I just couldn't get them to look right. I started with a 5 1/4 square base of Mellow Moss, then Lavender Lace, Whisper White, and then a piece of the retired Spring Flowers DSP. The layers were 5in to 4 3/4 to 4 1/2 for the DSP. I then stamped my truck, driver, and eggs(don't you just love this set, it is so versatile) on whisper white with Black Stazon. I colored it in with my SU markers and used my Zig painty for the hubcaps and bumpers. The shading is done with a cool grey prismacolor marker. I cut it out using my circle nestabilities. The sentiment is from the Loads of Love accessories set, a genius set also, and was also stamped using Stazon black on whisper white. I used the 1 1/4, 1 3/8 and scallop punch for it. The ribbon is more of the yummy ribbon I got from Embellish It. My circle ended up way to big, but I love the end result. I tied the ribbon aroung in a square knot and then used the ends to tie more scraps of the ribbon, so their would be lots of tails sticking out.
Can you believe Easter will be here so soon. I figure I am going to have to make atleast one card a day, somedays two, to have enough by then. I am still trying to figure out how I am going to get my St. Patrick's day ones done too. I sent out 35 valentines, and I am certain, I will need more than that for Easter, as I make new friends. Speaking of new friends, I got tagged again with the E for Excellence tag!!! You guys really know how to make a girl feel good!! This time I was tagged by Jenn D, you can check out her blog here. Thanks so much!! Have a great day everyone!!!

stamps-Loads of Love and accessories

paper-Whisper White, Mellow Moss, Lavender Lace, Spring Flowers DSP

ink-Black stazon

tools-Circle nesties, cuttlebug, sheer ribbon, circle punches, SU markers, prismacolor marker, and Zig painty

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Such a Sad Little Birdie

First of all, I am up way to late. I really need to get some housework done, but I have a bad habit of getting up, turning on the computer, and pretty much sitting there all day. I need to get up and start cleaning immediately, or it may be a lost cause again!! My husband Travis has been going on roadtrips for work a lot lately, and right now, he is on his way home from Texas. I never thought I would say this, but I MISS HIM!!! I don't miss the dirty dishes under the bed, his disgusting bathroom habits, or his pile of dirty clothes in front of the hamper, but I miss going to bed at night and laying beside him. In fact, that is probably why I am still up. Gonna have to take some NYQUIL to get some sleep!LOL!! He is leaving again on Tuesday to go to Florida, so I need to have my chores done so I can spend time with him, besides, he owes me a Valentine's dinner.

Anyway, this is my card for the inspiration challenge on SCS. It was hosted by our new host Steph, aka SmilynStef. It was a beautiful art piece, you can see it here. I started with a Basic Black base, then Bordering Blue. I stamped the Geometric BG in black on Creamy Caramel. To give it some depth, I sponged Chocolate Chip around the edges. I then punched out to tabs with the word window punch, sponged them, and put a black brad through them. The round tab was punched out in all three colors. The I miss you stamp is from All Year Cheer and stamped in black. Again, I sponged all the edges with Chocolate Chip. The bird was stamped on Watercolor paper in Stazon Black and was colored using Julie Buhler's No Copics, No Problems. I used Creamy Carmel, and highlighted with Close to Cocoa. The puddle of tears is in bordering blue. My aquapainter was used to lift some of the color and to blend it.
Well, that is all for tonight!! Have a great day!!

stamps-All Year Cheer, A Little Birdie Told Me, Geometric

paper- Basic Black, Creamy Caramel, Bordering Blue, Watercolor paper

ink- Stazon Black and Chocolate Chip

tools-word window punch, round tab punch, black brads, aquapainter, SU markers

Friday, February 15, 2008

RAK for Katie

If I haven't already told you, I am a challenge junkie. If I don't participate everyday I seriously get the shakes(not really, but you know what I mean). I once saw someone post that there needed to be a 12 step program, and I tell you what, I would be one of the first in line!!! This card is for Beate's weekend sketch challenge. I saw Sandy, aka sandrasmart64, post the other day that there was a young mom whose baby is very sick, and I wanted to make a card to send to her. You can get more info from Sandy.
This is one of the biggest cards I have ever made. It is an A6, which is 6 3/8 by 4 5/8(9 1/4 unfolded). I started with a Whisper White base, then Close to Cocoa. The DSP panel is Berry Bliss DSP, Pretty in Pink and then Purely Pomegranate. I stamped the Cherry Blossom branch stamp by Rubber Stampede on Whisper White with Black Stazon. It is colored in with SU markers. I sponged the edges with both Close to Cocoa and Pomegranate ink. The rest is pretty simple. I hope that this helps to brighten her day. If you expressed an interest in being in an RAK group, this would be the first assignment. Send me an email or leave a comment, and I will get you the address. Thanks for looking and have a great day!!
stamps-Cherry Blossom and Circle of Friendship

ink- Black Stazon, Close to Cocoa, and Purely Pomegranate

paper-Close to Cocoa, Whisper White, Pretty in Pink, Purely Pomegranate, and Berry Bliss DSP

tools-Circle punches, pomegranate satin ribbon, primas, brads, and page pebbles

I Thought This Was Supposed To Be Simple???

Isn't the purpose of a "stamp simply" challenge for the card to be simple?? So why is it every week, I seem to make it difficult?? Sharon's, aka notimetostamp, challenge for today was a sketch challenge. She had a lovely sample to work from, as always!!! Somehow, I seem to make it so hard. When it is done, it is easy to replicate, it's just the journey there that is difficult for me, anyone out there feeling my pain??

As soon as I saw the sketch, I knew exactly what stamp I wanted to use. I just recieved an order from Rubbernecker this week, and this was one of the stamps that I recieved. Isn't it beautiful!! I also knew exactly who it would be for. Jen, aka Jen70, usually hosts the limited supplies challenge on SCS, but had a death in the family, so this is for her and her family. I was going to put a sentiment on it, but couldn't get one to work.

So, I colored the Hearty Vase in using my SU markers. It is stamped on watercolor paper and I used Stazon Black ink. I used Pretty in Pink and Rose Red for the hearts and Mellow Moss and Always Artichoke for the leaves and stems. The base is actually my 20% cool gray prismacolor marker and it is highlighted with my Going Gray marker. I then went over all of it with my aquapainter. It really helps to blend all of the colors. It was matted on Pretty in Pink and Rose Red. The strip across the card is 3 1/4 to 2 3/4 starting with Rose Red. The base is 5 1/4 square in Basic Gray. The ribbon is Basic Gray tafetta.

Well, that is all for now. Thanks for looking and have a great day!!!
stamps-Hearty Vase
paper-Basic Gray, Very Vanilla, Watercolor, Pretty In Pink, and Rose Red
ink-Stazon Black
tools-SU markers, aquapainter, gray tafetta, Prismacolor Cool Grey maker

Circles, Circles Everywhere, But None That I Like!!

Just when you think that you have one of every kind of stamp imaginable, the limited supplies challenge is posted, and you become aware of the fact that you don't!!! I have come to the realization today, that I have no circle stamps besides Riveting and Circle of Friendship. Well, that is not 100% true, I do have Seeing Spots, but just couldn't get it to work, and believe me, I tried! I usually, as a rule, look only at the challenge guidelines for any challenge. I look at what supplies to use, what colors, the sketch, etc., but I NEVER look at the gallery. I feel like I am cheating when I do. I am also afraid, that I will unintentionally copy someone, you know what I mean?? Well today, I was stuck, I thought, I stamped, I thought some more, I stamped some more, I tore two cards apart and put them back together, to make a long story short, I was completely blocked!!! So I decided to look at the gallery for the stamp sets that I had, but nothing inspired me. I finally broke down and looked at the gallery. Bad idea!! I now feel the need to go shopping!! Where do you guys come up with this stuff at???? I will admit, when I first started stamping, I bought what I thought was cute, never taking into consideration how on Earth I was going to use them. Thankfully, I am getting better about that now!! But today I became sadly aware of the fact, that I am not completely there yet. Luckily for me, inspiration finally came. I just got an order yesterday in the mail from Embellish It. Their website is fabulous, you should totally check it out!! I still had it sitting on my stamp table, and I got to looking at the yummy ribbon I had purchased, and finally inspiration came. I started with a standard A2 card in Basic Black, then Pink Passion. I embossed the On the Spot background on white with detail black ep. I sponged the edges with Pink Passion ink. The layered strip down the middle is in the same colors starting at 1 3/4 then 1 1/2 for the pink, and 1 1/4 for the white, which I sponged the edges on as well. I tied the black organdy around this strip in a square knot, and then took the fabulous ribbon I got from Embellish It around it in a bow. Then sentiment is from Circle of Friendship, and I do believe that I used every circle punch I own on it!! I started with my 1/8th handheld punch in white, then I used the 1/4in in Pink Passion, and 1/2in in Basic Black. The sentiment was stamped in black and then punched out with the 1in circle punch. Then 1 1/4 in Pink Passion, 1 3/8 in white and then the scalloped punch in Basic Black. I layered them all together, and then put a page pebble over the top of it, it just looked bare without it. I used my Signo white gel pen to make the dots. I was going to try to be brave and totally go all Markie's Mom(dots everywhere) on this, but didn't have the guts to!!!!
Well, that's it for me today! Hope you have a good one, and Happy Stamping!!!
stamps-Circle of Friendship and On the Spot
paper- Basic Black, Pink Passion, and Whisper White
ink-Versamark and Stazon Black
tools-Lots of circle punches, black EP, black organdy, pink and white ribbon from EI, and page pebbles

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Thanks Lesa!!!

Thank you so much Lesa, aka okcapitolgirl, for this fabulous thank you card I recieved in the mail today!!! She had recently had surgery, and this is a thank you for the get well card I sent her. I love it!!! I am still working on how to display cards that I get from other stampers, but I assure you, it will have a place of honor!! You rock girlfriend!!! Hope you are feeling better!! If you haven't been to her blog yet, look for her link in my blogs I stalk , you won't be disapointed!!! Have a great day!!!

Inspired By Fashion

Today's ways to use it challenge over on SCS, was to make a card or altered item inspired by fashion. It made me think immediately of Faith, aka Markie's Mom. She told a funny story on her blog in the last couple of days about being a trend setter. That story made me think, am I?? The answer is a resounding NO!! I have what Stacy and Clinton on TLC's What Not To Wear would call, a tired soccer mom look, most of the time. I am usually a jeans and t-shirt/sweatshirt kind of a girl. When I do try to wear more trendy clothes, I feel overdressed and out of place. I do, however, like to dress up for dinner or events, but it is never in a dress! In fact, I only own three, and one is my wedding dress. I used to have a ton, but we had a house fire when I was 20, and all my prom-type dresses were lost!!! I do however, and I am not sure where they are now, have quite the collection of Bridesmaid dresses, but I can't remember if I sold them, or if my Dad is still storing them. I have been a bridesmaid 4or5 times, I can't remember now..............but anyway, back to the challenge!!!

I tried to find something on-line that inspired me, but all I could keep thinking about is wedding dresses, so that is what I went with!!! Back when I first got married I bought all of this yummy paper and embellishments to make my wedding album. I have yet to make the first page of it!!! I decided to use some of the neglected goodies I had bought for my scrapbook since it might be years before I get it done!!! I started with a Basic Black base of 5 1/4square, then a Very Vanilla mat. The paper I used is by K&Co. and isn't it yummy. The bottom paper is called Windsor Words Pearl Foil Paper and the top is Juliana Swirl Pearl Embossed Vellum. I attached the vellum using Bazil black tie pearl brads. Don't they look like the fancy buttons they give with tuxes??? I first tied the black organdy on and knotted it, then the vanilla organdy. I tied a bow with the black then the vanilla. I wrapped a piece of black organdy around the middle so they would look like they were tied together and then finished it off with a bow made out of silver cord. I didn't like how it looked, so I cut the loops of the cream bow, to give it more volume. If I had ordered the Always set, that heart would totally be on this, but it hasn't come yet, so I didn't stamp anything at all. Do you ever do that, get something in your head, and nothing else will do??? I hope it's not just me!!! The sentiment is a sticker by K&Co. too. I did put the vanilla layer on deminsionals, just to give it some more depth. Thanks for looking, and reading!!! Hope you have a fabulous day!!

paper-K&Co. DP, Basic Black, Very Vanilla
tools-black wide organdy, vanilla narrow organdy, silver cord, sentiment sticker

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Shelly's Sketch and I've Been Tagged, again!!

I just wanted to let you all know that I have now been tagged with the E for Excellent Blog award three times!! I am so excited!!!! I was tagged first by Linsey Rickett, then by Silke Ledlow and finally by Sue Berker!!! You girls really know how to make a person feel wonderful!!! I have already nominated people when Linsey first nominated me, but I just wanted to let Sue and Silke know, that I appreciate it so much, it means the world to me!!! If you haven't checked out any of their blogs, you should, they are fantastic!!!!

On to my first card in days!!!! I haven't stamped since Saturday night or early Sunday morning, and I have been dying to do it!!! I got all my Valentine's ready and sent out this morning, so now I am free to stamp stamp stamp!! I really need to clean clean clean, but oh well, it's not going anywhere!!

Today's sketch challenge over on SCS was hosted by Shelly, aka Papermoon04, and what a fabulous sketch it is!! I just recieved my new My Favorite Things stamp sets, and I finally broke down and bought the Punny Farm set. I wasn't sure I loved it, and then of course, I kept seeing all the samples on SCS and slowly but surely fell in love with it!! At their last release party, I just had to get it. The base is 5 1/4x5 1/4 Certainly Celery. I stamped the sentiment from the Punny Farm set directly on the card. Then I took a piece of white, then black, then Certainly Celery dsp, for both the larger and the smaller of the two squares. The main image is done using Charmaine aka CharmWarm's tilt card tutorial. It is so cute cause the cow dances!!! I colored it in with SU markers and sponged some Bashful Blue for the sky. I love those funky black fibers and you know how I love my brads, so I had to toss some of those in.

Well, that is all for now!! Thanks for all of your support and comments!! Have a great day, and if your roads look anything like mine, be safe, it is SLIPPERY!!
stamps-Punny Farm
paper-Whisper White, Basic Black, Certainly Celery, and Certainly Celery DSP
ink-Stazon black
tools-black fibers and brads, pennies, dimensionals, SU markers

Monday, February 11, 2008

Last One Today!!

Since I now have 4 girls under the age of 8, and one very tired puppy, I am going to make this one fast. This card was made using Beate's weekend sketch. The frog was colored using Renee Jul's no copics, no problem technique. The heart is colored in with a red glitter pen. This was the first card I made out of the 5, and my favorite!!Gotta Run!!!

stamps-Unfrogettable and Just So Hippy

paper- Whisper White, Real Red, Regal Rose, and Sassy DSP

ink- Stazon Black

tools-SU markers, Aquapainter, rose grosgrain, glitter pen, Red brads

Snowed In!!!

Well, in the matter of a few hours, we got snowed in. Probably not literally, because I have a four wheel drive, but I still don't want to take the chance. The Girls and I had went into town to eat lunch and play at the play place at McD's when it started snowing. By the time we got home, the roads were completely covered and slick!! All this in the matter of 20mins!!! So we are stuck inside, so I took some pictures of them when I could get them to sit still. Hope you enjoy them as much as I do!!! Mom, does that picture of Taylor remind you of anyone!!!LOL(it's my sexy pose from when I was a kid, hehe)

Hope you are having as much fun as they are!!!!LOL

ps dh just called and is bringing home his 7yr old cousin to spend the night. Anyone wanna sleep over??????HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I Love This Hippo!!!

By now you should know, if you pay any atention to my blog or gallery(thanks to all of you that do!!!), that I LOVE THIS HIPPO!!!! Melanie, you really rocked this one girl!! This set has to be one of my favorite all time animal sets, and I can't wait to get my hands on her new one, Just So Hoppy. It has 4 new animals(kangaroo!!, frog, chick, and bunny) and a ton of sayings and other stuff to go with the Just So Hippy too. I think it is so cool of her to make her two sets coordinate, really makes them versatile, and well worth the money!! In fact, her new Just so Hoppy set has 24 stamps in it!!!WOW!!!

Anyway, this card was made for Kimmie's 5th challenge, which was paper piecing. It was the second to the last card that I made, and I had to force it too. I now wish I had used a brighter coordinating piece, but that Love embellishment is stuck like glue and I am not tearing up the whole card!!! So, the hippo was paper pieced using the DCWV Baby Girl mat stack. I colored in the toe nails on the hippo and then cut out just the body and head and stuck it on. I wrapped celery grosgrain around both edges of the card, but then I covered it up with my paper flowers. the small one is by Petaloo, the ghost flower is by Heidi Swapp, and the pretty sparkly flower is by Heidi Grace. The Love embellishment, I got at Wal-mart on CLEARANCE(dont you just love that!!) and I just tied a piece of silver cord through it. The colors on this card are Regal Rose and Certainly Celery. I love this paper, and I love the paper pieced look, but I do wish I had used a brighter color on the background. What I love about this card, is that you could use it for both V-day or for a baby card. What do you think??

Thanks for looking and as always, have a great day!!!

stamps-Just So Hippy

paper-Regal Rose, Certainly Celery, Whisper White, and DCWV Baby Girl

ink-Stazon Black

tools- Regal Rose marker, celery grosgrain and brad, paper flowers, and embellishment

Thank God For Barney!!

My nieces are very engrossed in a Barney video right now, so I think I can post another one of my cards that I made. I don't know what people did before TV. I don't let them watch a lot of it while they are here, but it is a great way to keep them occupied for a while!!

This card was made for Sketch #4 over on Nicola's blog, My Paper World. A link to her blog is in my blogs I stalk . I am also entering this in Kimmie's celebration challenges. The 6th challenge was to make a card for someone who inspires you, this is for my friend, who shall remain nameless!!! This card is Taylor's favorite, and one of mine too. It is the second one that I made, so I was doing good at that point!!LOL It is a tent card, and on the main image, I did the cracked glass technique. For those who don't know how to do it, this is how I did it. I took my cardstock and stamped my heart from Boho Blossoms in red first. I cut out the piece to the size that I want it to be. I then took my versamark pad and put it directly on the paper, covering the whole piece. You can either use UTEE(ultra thick embossing powder) or clear EP. With the UTEE, which is what I used, two times of doing this(versamarking and sprinkling the powder) should be enough to get the desired effect. With the clear, I always had to do four. After you are done embossing, pop it in the freezer for a few minutes and the edges will curl up. As you flatten it out, bend it until it cracks from all different directions to get the desired effect. For a better tutorial with pictures, you can find it on the SCS website.

I then matted that piece with Real Red and Basic Black. The base is Basic Black and I used my corner punch to create the scalloped edge. I sponged the edges of the white piece to soften it up. The sentiment was stamped twice, once in red and once in black. I used my circle punches in various sizes to layer it. I put a page pebble on it to give it a little extra pop. Thanks for looking and have a great day. Barney is off, and the natives are getting restless.LOL!!! By the way, DH said to them today, as he RAN out the door to go to work, maybe they should stay again tonight, now what am I supposed to do with that!!! Guess they will be here tomorrow too!!LOL
stamps-Boho Blossoms, Riveting
paper- Real Red,Basic Black, Whisper White
ink-Real Red and Basic Black, Versamark
tools- Scallop 1 3/8, 1 1/4, 1" circle punches, corner rounder, page pebbles, UTEE

Who Did That and Katelyn's Favorite????!

Let me start this off by saying, Whose idea was it to put marshmallows in Fruit Loops, like it wasn't perfect to begin with!!

Well, here is the second post for today!!! I am on a roll, of course, it does make it easier when the cards are already made, LOL!!!! I have to say, that my niece Katelyn picked this card as her favorite, when in fact, it is my least favorite. In fact, I am almost scared to post it. To start, this card was made completly from scraps, and at 2 in the morning. I really wanted to get as much done as possible before my nieces came over so that I wouldn't have to try to stamp while they were here. They like to help, and usually I will let them, but I am still trying to get my Valentines ready, and I needed to work fast, if you know what I mean!!! So anyway, this card was made using Jen del Muro's sketch for you to try. I don't know where it went wrong, but it did!!! I am not going to even give details on it, cause I don't think you will want them, LOL!!! Let me know if you agree, that I should have quit while I was ahead!!

stamps-SU Happy Heart Day

paper-Perfect and Pale Plum, Whisper White

ink-black stazon

tools-su markers, icicle stickles, white brads, Heidi Swapp ghost flowers and white flowers, flower gem

I Just Love This Sketch!!

First of all, I have to say that I am so excited!! Melanie Muenchinger has picked one of my cards to be in her honorable mention gallery for her Just So Hippy contest. She picked the card that I made for last weeks weekend sketch challenge held on Beate's blog. I am so honored. The winner of the contest was my pal Linsey Rickett!! She made the sweetest lamp, using the set, for her new niece. Congrats to you Linsey!!!! All of the honorable mentions, and Linsey awesome project are featured over on Melanie's blog, you can find a link to it under my Blogs I Stalk heading.

On to my first card!! In my last post I said that I had 5 new cards to share. Here is the first one. My niece Madison, picked this as her favorite out of the 5. I love them all, but my favorite wasn't picked by any of my three nieces(goes to show you how everyone is different), go figure!!! This card is based on the sketch challenge that Beate hosted last week. It is very similar to it. It is also for Sharon's Stamp Simply Challenge, which was to do a bake off card. I don't really have any cake stamps, so I used this cupcake from one of the Studio G $1 stamp sets from Michael's. I stamped the cupcake in black stazon and colored the holder in Regal Rose and the stem in Gable Green. The cupcake has white liquid applique for the frosting and red for the cherry. My niece's really got a kick out of this, and I have had to demonstrate a few times how it gets puffy. I didn't want to show them too much for fear they might think they can use the heat gun. I think I need to put that up till they go home.....

Anyway, I did the same thing on the cupcake three times, and instead of circles, mounted them on squares of Regal Rose and Gable Green. I used some of my new dp picked up on my last trip to JoAnns. That is the wonderful thing about my Mom moving, I have to go through Evansville, IN to get there, and you just can't help but make a detour!!! The paper is part of the Baby Girl DCWV mat pack. I love this stuff!! It has glitter and cherries all over it, which I thought was very appropriate. It is matted with the Rose and Green and then I put a piece of Celery wide grosgrain around it and tied a pitiful bow. It is on a 9x4 card by the way(I guess that would help!!). The circle embellishments on the side are the 1/2 and 1/4 inch circle punches from SU. I put a big white brad through them and attached them with deminsionals. The sentiment is from Gina K's stamps for a cause set. It is so cute, and if you don't have it, you should, it's for a great cause(diabetes). I used Beate's sketch to put the whole thing together. It is not exactly like it, but close!!! Thanks for looking and have a great day!!

PS Four more to go!!!

stamps-Studio G and Gina K.

paper-Whisper White, Regal Rose, Gable Green and DCWV

ink-Stazon black

tools-SU markers, 1/2" 1/4" circle punches, Red and White liquid applique, white brads, and celery grosgrain

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Holy Pajamas!!!!

I've been tagged again!!! I am so excited!! I got tagged by Linsey, you can view here fabulous blog Outside the Lines here. I am pretty new to blogging, so I am going to tag a couple of people that really inspire me, and are just all around sweeties!!
Laura Fredrickson-she is absolutely fabulous, check her out!!!
Melanie Muenchinger-what can I say, she just inspires me!!
Lesa Smaligo-she is such a sweetie, and so easily enabled!!LOL
Silke Ledlow-I don't really know her, but she leaves the most encouraging comments on my blog, and hers is fabulous
And Linsey and Carolina, if you weren't already tagged, this would come straight back at ya!!!
Thanks again Linsey, I am flattered!! Happy Sunday everyone, and keep checking back, I have 5 new cards to post, it's just a matter of getting time to post them!! My nieces are here, and they demand a lot of attention(their picture is in my side column, aren't they angels!!). We just spent 2hours in the play place at McD's!!! I stayed up til 2am working on them, because I knew I wouldn't get time to stamp with the girls here, but let me tell you, you can definitely tell the difference between the first one I did and the last one. I probably should have quit and went to bed. Off to take pictures, if I can!!LOL