Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Olive Christmas

I made this card for a sketch challenge over at Stamping 411.  I like the way the texture is only on the top.  I have seen this on so many blogs, but this was my first time trying it.    Hope you like my card!

The Sketch:

My card:

Here's what I used:
Season of Joy Stamp Set
Old Olive Classic Ink
Riding Hood Red Classic Ink
Old Olive Cardstock
Riding Hood Red Cardstock
Whisper White Cardstock
Riding Hood Red Taffeta Ribbon (Retired)
Fire Circle Brads
Stampin' Dimensionals
Petals-a-Plenty Textured Impressions Embossing Folder

Monday, November 22, 2010

Pumpkin Thank You

I made this card for a friend of mine.  She recently support my son David's Cub Scout fundraiser, and I want her to know how much we appreciate it.  This was David's first time participating in the popcorn sales, and he set his goals high.  My friend quickly jumped in and said she'd help.  David didn't quite meet his goals this year, but he learned a lot - and is excited for next year when he can try again.  I also made this card for the inspiration challenge at Stampin' Celebration, and for the sketch challenge at CPS.  Let me know what you think!

The sketch:

The inspiration:

My card:

Here's what I used:
Inspired by Nature Stamp Set
Day of Gratitude Stamp Set
More Mustard Classic Ink
So Saffron Classic Ink
Chocolate Chip Classic Ink
More Mustard Cardstock
Chocolate Chip Cardstock
Whisper White Cardstock
Chocolate Chip 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon (Retired)
Metallic Brads
Wide Oval Punch
Elegant Lines Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
Stampin' Dimensionals

Game Night!

I have been wanting to plan a game night party for my friends for a long time.  When I saw this weeks color challenge over at Just Us Girls, it screamed game night to me.  I know they were thinking more flowery - but all I could see was dominoes and parcheesi pieces.  I am very happy with how this turned out!  Now, I just have to find time to have the party.  Eh, maybe after the holidays!  Let me know what you think!

The challenge:

My card:

Here's what I used:
Game Night Stamp Set (Retired)
Cherry Cobbler Classic Ink
So Saffron Classic Ink
Basic Black Classic Ink
Cherry Cobbler Cardstock
Basic Black Cardstock
Whisper White Cardstock
Autumn Spice DSP
So Saffron 5/8" Grosgrain (SAB, Retired)
Cranberry Poly-twill Ribbon (non-SU)
Scallop Oval Punch
1 3/4" x 7/8" Oval Punch
1 3/8" x 5/8" Oval Punch
Stampin' Dimensionals
Glue Dots

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Simple Christmas

I made this card for a challenge over at PPA.  I *love* this fabric!!  I had a lot of fun making this card, I was able to use all of my new favorite things.  The Christmas tree from snow swirled, shimmer paint, fabric and crochet trim!  The challenge was to have a clean and simple card, that uses fabric or ribbon.  I'm not sure on the exact definition of clean and simple - so I'm not sure I qualify there - but I love how this turned out.

I had fun painting my Always Artichoke border with shimmer paint.  I also used the shimmer paint for the dots on the Christmas tree stamp.

Here's what I used:
Snow Swirled Stamp Set
Always Artichoke Classic Ink
Cherry Cobbler Classic Ink
Always Artichoke Cardstock
Cherry Cobbler Cardstock
Very Vanilla Cardstock
Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint
Deck The Halls Fabric
Victoria Crochet Trim
Stampin' Dimensionals
Decorative Label Punch
Top Note Bigz Die

Friday, November 19, 2010

Christmas Shimmer

I have missed my blog for the last couple days.  I have missed getting to know you.   Something smacked me, right in the face two days ago - I'm sure this won't be a surprise to you - but it was to me!  Did you know that thanksgiving is next week?!  As in, less than 7 days next week.  We have a bunch of people coming over - expecting a huge meal, that I am going to cook - in less than 7 days.  Ok, so I know that Thanksgiving comes every year, at the end of November - but geez!  I didn't realize we were at the end of November already!!  So, I have been researching recipes, doing test runs, and planning seating arrangements for the past couple days.  (Don't tell anyone - but my fall decorations weren't even up until yesterday!)  But, I think I am doing ok now, menu is done, seating is done, decorations are mostly done.  Now, I just need to do some cleaning - and we will be all set.  Do you host Thanksgiving dinner at your house?  If so, how early do you start cooking?

Ok - onto the important stuff!!  The card!  I made this card for a sketch challenge over at CPS - Card Sketches.  The one thing I love most about challenges is that they stretch you to do things that maybe you wouldn't normally do, something just a little bit out of your comfort zone.  That is what happened with this sketch.  I don't usually do very many square cards.  And for some reason, when I do make a square card, I usually make all of the other layers square too.

The sketch:

My card:

My favorite part is the shimmer painted dots on the christmas tree, and the shimmer paint on the background.

What do you think?

Here's what I used:
Snow Swirled Stamp Set
Teeny Tiny Wishes Stamp Set
Early Espresso Classic Ink
Cherry Cobbler Cardtsock
Early Espresso Cardstock
Crumb Cake Cardstock
Very Vanilla Cardstock
Deck the Halls DSP
Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint
Stampin' Sponge
Stampin' Dimensionals
Early Espresso 5/8" Satin Ribbon
Scallop Oval Punch
Modern Label Punch
1 3/4" x 7/8" Oval Punch
Scallop Circle Bigz Die
Petals-a-Plenty Textured Impressions Embossing Folder

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Day of Gratitude

I love this stamp set!  I was so happy when I saw that this was the stamp set we would be getting for attending regionals.  I made this card for a color lab color challenge over at My Create Ink.  I had a lot of fun working with these warm fall colors.

What do you think?


Here's what I used:
Day of Gratitude Stamp Set
Cajun Craze Classic Ink 
Cajun Craze Stampin' Write Marker
Old Olive Stampin' Write Marker
More Mustard Stampin' Write Marker
Cajun Craze Cardstock
Old Olive Cardstock
More Mustard Cardstock 
Early Espresso Cardstock
Whisper White Cardstock
Stampin' Dimensionals
Decorative Label Punch
Old Olive 5/8' Grosgrain
Early Espresso 1/8' Taffeta
Square Lattice Textured Impressions Embossing Folder 

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Best Wishes

I made this card for the Create with Connie and Mary Color Challenge.  My favorite part about this card is the subtle design in the background - that was very hard to pick up with my camera.  Let me know what you think!

Create Color Challenge 1-010

Here's what I used:
Bella Toile Stamp Set
Only Ovals Stamp Set
Basic Black Craft Ink
Basic Black Cardstock
Crumb Cake Cardstock
Very Vanilla Cardstock
Scallop Oval Punch
Oval Punch
Stampin' Dimensionals 
Black Stampin' Emboss Powder
Heat Tool
Very Vanilla Taffeta Ribbon
Top Note Bigz Die

Monday, November 15, 2010


I love fall!!  I love all of the rich colors, and the textures.  I love that families spend more time together, and that everyone remembers what they are thankful for.  What do you love about fall?

I made this card for the inspiration challenge over at Stampin' Celebration, and also for the technique challenge at Just Us Girls.  I had so much fun with my pastels - I don't think I've used them since I got my starter kit so many years ago.  Hope you like it!

Here's what I used:
Lovely As a Tree Stamp Set
Seasonal Sentiments Stamp Set
Soft Suede Classic Ink
Cajun Craze Ink
Versamark Ink
More Mustard Cardstock
Pumpkin Pie Cardstock
Soft Suede Cardstock
Whisper White Cardstock
Vellum Paper
Stampin' Pastels
Stampin' Dimensionals
Metallic Brads
Sponge Daubers
Square Lattice Textured Impressions Folder

For my friend

I made this card for my friend.  I have been missing her a lot lately - and I wanted to remind her how much I love her.  For this card I put together the challenges on The Color Dare and Friday Mashup.  I was too late for posting my card for The Color Dare - I got sidetracked with a new CD in my craft room.  This is my first time doing a Friday Mashup challenge - they look fun!  This week was a great sketch.  What do you think of my card?

Soft Suede
Night of Navy
Pear Pizzazz

Here's what I used:
Great Friend Stamp Set
Night of Navy Classic Ink
Pear Pizazz Classic Ink
Night of Navy Cardstock
Soft Suede Cardstock
Pear Pizazz Designer Series Paper
Stampin' Dimensionals
2-Way Glue Pen
Dazzling Diamonds Stampin' Glitter
Scallop Oval Punch
Modern Label Punch
Beautiful Wings Embosslits Die

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Suede Christmas

I *love* making Christmas cards.  For this card I combined the Just Add Ink Challenge with the Color Throwdown colors.

Here are the colors:


Here's what I used:
Christmas Postcard Stamp Set
Crumb Cake Classic Ink
Cherry Cobbler Classic Ink
Soft Suede Classic Ink
Crumb Cake Cardstock
Soft Suede Cardstock
Very Vanilla Cardstock
Deck the Halls DSP
Stampin' Dimensionals
Soft Suede Grosgrain (Polka Dotted, Retired)

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Can you believe Christmas is coming up so fast?   I made this card for the challenge over on The Sweetest Thing for the Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge 93, and also for the color challenge over at The Paper Players.  What do you think?

Here is the sketch:

Here are the colors:

And here is my card:

This was my first try at making paper flowers - I really like how it turned out.

Here's what I used:
Dasher Stamp Set     116816     $8.95
Seasonal Sentiments Stamp Set (C)     121130     $11.95
Season of Joy Stamp Set     110384     $26.95
Cherry Cobbler Classic Ink     119669     $5.95
Crumb Cake Classic Ink     121030     $5.95
Cherry Cobbler Cardstock     119685     $6.95
Always Artichoke Cardstock     105119     $6.95
Crumb Cake Cardstock     119686     $6.95
Very Vanilla Cardstock     101650     $8.50 (40 Sheets)
Deck the Halls Designer Series Paper     120810     $9.95
Jewels Basic Pearls     119247     $4.95
Victoria Crochet Trim     118481     $6.95
Stylus     100663     $2.50
Stampin' Dimnensionals     104430     $3.95
5-Petal Flower Punch     119880     $16.95
Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack     118309     $16.95
Square Lattice Textured Embossing Folder     119976     $7.95

Saturday, November 13, 2010

More Birthdays

We know so many people with birthdays coming up, and they *always* catch me by surprise!  I am trying to get ahead of the curve here, and be prepared.  I did this card for the PPA challenge.  When I first saw the inspiration photo, I thought it would be easy peasy to make a card.  WRONG!  I threw out 4 other cards before making this one.  I am very happy with how this turned out - simple and elegant.

Ppa pic 1

Here's what I used:
Sincere Salutations Stamp Set     115068     $23.95 
Rich Razzleberry Classic Ink     115658     $5.95
Perfect Plum Cardstock     101889     $6.95
Whisper White Cardstock     100730     $8.50 (40 sheets)
Basic Jewels Pearls     119247     $4.95
Whisper White Organza Ribbon     114319     $5.95
Decorative Label Punch     120907     $16.95
1 3/4" x 7/8" Oval Punch     119855     $15.95
Brayer     102395     $12.50
Stampin' Dimensionals     104430     $3.95
Elegant Lines Textured Impressions Embossing Folder     119277     $7.95

Friday, November 12, 2010

Happy Birthday Mom!

Check out this great color challenge!  Curtain Call 55

My mother-in-law is celebrating a birthday today!!  Happy Birthday Mom!!  We love you!  I won't be seeing her until next week, but I want to show off her card today.  Enjoy!

I love the dimension on this card!  I also love that my friend Cristena taught me how to make bows.  I love bows, and now I can do them super easy!  Thanks Cristena!

Here's what I used:
Eastern Blooms Stamp Set     111626     $21.95
Teeny Tiny Wishes Stamp Set     115370     $36.95
Tangerine Tango Classic Ink     111834     $5.95   
Real Red Classic Ink     103133     $5.95
Chocolate Chip Classic Ink     100908     $5.95
Tangerine Tango Cardstock     111349     $6.95
Real Red Cardstock     102482     $6.95
Chocolate Chip Cardstock     102128     $6.95
Basic Black Cardstock     121045     $6.95
Whisper White Cardstock     100730     $8.50 (40 sheets)
Stampin' Dimensionals     104430     $3.95
1 3/4" Scallop Circle Punch     119854     $16.95
Designer Label Punch     119862     $15.95
Modern Label Punch     119849     $16.95
1 3/8" Circle Punch     119860     $15.95
Scallop Circle #2 Bigz Die     113469     $19.95
Tangerine Tango DSP (Retired)
Chocolate Chip 5/8" Grosgrain (Retired)


I am trying to get started on my Christmas cards.  I obsess every year about making something different from last year.  I'm not sure if this will be "the" card or not - but I do like how this turned out!

Here is what I came up with:

I love the way the ribbon turned out.  

Here's what I used:
Big on Christmas Stamp Set     116578     $19.95
Real Red Classic Pad     103133     $5.95
Crumb Cake Classic Pad     121030     $5.95
Real Red Cardstock     102482     $6.95
Old Olive Cardstock     100702     $6.95
Crumb Cake Cardstock     120953     $6.95
Whisper White Cardstock     100730     $8.50 (40 sheets)
Versamarker     100901     $3.25
Real Red 5/8" Grosgrain     109052     $6.95
Silver Stampin' Emboss Powder     109131     $4.75
Stampin' Dimensionals     104430     $3.95
Scallop Trim Border Punch     118402     $15.95

Monday, November 1, 2010

Thank you gifts

I wanted to make some thank you gifts for a couple new customers that just placed their first orders.   I wanted to make something fabulous, but not over the top.  I also wanted to make something holiday themed.  Here they are:

I made them these little bags, with our new Stampin' Up! fabric.

In the bags are sets of 15 of these adorable holiday tags.  I copied these tags from the SBStampers Fall event make n take.  I love this set!!  I see myself using it all season, for lots of things - so, I hope you like it too!

Stampin' Supplies:
Deck the Halls Designer Fabric 121716 $9.95
Deck the Halls Big Designer Buttons 121002 $8.95
Top Note Bigz Die 113463 $21.95
Baskets and Blooms Bigz XL Die 115961 $42.95  (for red flower)
Sewing machine
Red Thread

Tags til Christmas Stamp Set (clear) 121169 $22.95
Cherry Cobbler Cardstock 119685 $6.95
Chocolate Chip Carstock 102128 $6.95
Always Artichoke Cardstock 105113 $6.95
Very Vanilla Cardstock 101650 $8.50 (40 sheets)
Cherry Cobbler Classic Pad 119669 $5.95
Always Artichoke Classic Pad 105219 $5.95
Cherry Cobbler Stampin' Write Marker 119681 $3.50
Chocolate Chip Stampin' Write Marker 100071 $3.50
3/4" x 15/16" Oval Punch 120908 $10.95
Decorative Label Extra Large Punch 120907  $16.95
2-Way Glue Pen 100425 $3.50
Stampin' Dimensionals 104430 $3.95
Dazzling Diamonds Stampin' Glitter 102023 $4.50

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween

I am not sure if it is all the halloween projects from Cristena's house or what - but I have had an urge all day to make halloween gifts.  Here is what I came up with:

I made my own fry boxes!  These were for my kiddos.

One for Grandma Cheryl.

One for Grandma Cres
I made these baskets for two of my kids' grandmas.  My kids love trick or treating there - prob because of the special attention they recieve.  LOL  But really - grandmas really are "grand" aren't they?

Each basket had a tag at the top.

I made these little milk cartons full of sweets for some of the kids we know.  I love how they turned out!

I couldn't do a halloween post - with out my sweetest halloween treat!  Look at my adorable children!! 
David was "Hop along Harry Potter" and Kassidy was "Rapunzel".  David was going to be just "Harry Potter" but then he fractured his ankle - hence the hop along part.  Kassidy also had a wig for her costume, but she got tired of wearing it by the time we took this picture.  I made their costumes.  It was my first year doing that - and I really enjoyed it!

I hope you and your family had a safe and fun halloween!

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Cristena's Shoebox Swap

Last night I went to a shoebox swap at my friend Cristena's house.  I was pretty excited about going - but the day was crazy, and nothing seemed to be going right.  I actually decided not to go, twice.  But, I went anyway.  I showed up 45 minutes or an hour late.  My halloween snacks had failed - so the only thing I brought for the potluck was store bought iced sugar cookies.  (Turned out ok, they call those cookies "crack cookies" at her house.)  I didn't get many of the projects done, but I had so much fun hanging out with some friends!  They totally turned my night around.  I won an adorable door prize, won a free trip to Cristena's November stamp camp - and the projects I did finish were adorable!

This was my project.  I usually do not do halloween themed things.  My kids dress up, and trick or treat - but we don't decorate.  I don't usually do halloween craft.  This was a bit challenging for me, but I love how this turned out!  You can see what I used to make this batty milk carton at the end of this post.

These are the three projects I was able to finish.  The frankenstein card is just hilarious.  I have no imagination for turning punches/dies into things - so I love it when I see other people do it!  The middle project you might recognize from my post a few days ago.  I received a fry box, almost exactly like this as a roommate gift.  Deb was able to come to the shoebox swap, and this was her project.  How fun to be able to make my own fry box!!  The last project here is Cristena's card.  I love all the patterned paper and dimensionals used on this  - they really make everything pop!

Here is what I used on my project:
Wicked Cool Stamp Set (clear) 120600 $14.95
Basic Black Carstock 121045 $6.95 (24 sheets) 
Tangerine Tango Cardstock 111349 $6.95 (24 sheets)
Whisper White Carstock 100730 $8.50 (40 sheets) 
Basic Black Classic Ink 101179 $5.95
Tangerine Tango Stampin' Write Marker 120974 $3.50
Basic Black 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon 109027 $4.95
Chunky Essentials Stampin' Glitter (Black) 108797 $15.95
Stampin' Dimensionals 104430 $3.95
2" x 1 3/8" Oval Extra Large Punch 119859 $16.95
Mini Milk Carton Bigz L Die 117310 $32.95
Spider Web Textured Impressions Embossing Folder 120889 $7.95


Friday, October 29, 2010

My favorite swaps part 5 - Last ones!!

I can't believe we have reached the end of my favorite swaps.  I really hope they are as inspiring to you, as they are to me!
This card was made by Cristena Bagne.  I love the pearls and the shadowing.  
(BTW - Pear Pizazz is my fave in color!!)

This card was made by Frances Freeman.  I love the colors, and the sponging. 

What inspires you?  All of these swaps inspire me to try new things, and to look at things just a little differently.  Thank you to all the fab ladies who swapped with me in portland!