Jun 26 2013

Happy Colorful Birthday!

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Summer is here and it gets me thinking about summer vacation and of course the beach. Once I made the card it totally reminded me of the colors that I would see in Key West-cool and beachy without being pastel!


I LOVE the new In Colors Stampin’ Up! is offering this year! I opted to use all the new colors when making a happy birthday card using the stamp set Make a Wish. I used SU! markers for both the cake and the saying. I used scraps to make the little flags along the bottom, and the chevron embossing folder for some texture in the background. A perfect card for the challenge at Fab Friday to use the new In Colors (plus I love that it is all SU! so I get great ideas there!)



I also used the new pleated ribbon and I had not realized how awesome the ELASTIC ribbon is-LOVE IT! My customers who have used it also had great feedback about it so I think it is a HIT!



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Mar 12 2013

Ears to You!

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I love this little stamp available through the single stamp offerings SU! has through the end of this month. I love being able to add on to an order (espcially to get a free item for Sale-a-bration, LOL!) that is so cute!

I used my markers to color the bunnies using Lucky Limeade, Tempting Turquoise, and Regal Rose. You can see the fun little textures that each bunny has when it is inked up.

I used a combination of two ribbons-the ombre ribbon from the SU! spring mini and the pleated Baja Breeze ribbon which is discontinued. The rose in the center is from the flower trim in the Spring mini and I used a Regal Rose marker to give it a little color. If you want a more intense color they can be dyed with reinker and a aquapainter :).


The dry embossed background was created with the Big Shot embossing folder-it seems so many of my cards get the “Big Shot” treatment to give a little extra oomph! to the project.


I used the color challenge from The Paper Players found here:



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Feb 13 2013

Non-Traditional Valentine

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I found a sketch challenge last night from retro sketches that I thought was cute and I decided to use it for a nonTraditional Valentine. I paired it with the challenge from suochallenges.com to create a project using items from the SU! Salea-bration catalog.

I opted to use the Sycamore Street paper (fromSU!’s  Sale-a-bration mini catalog) as the small vertical panel and pair it with the Feeling Sentimental stamp set (also from SAB).  The horizontal ribbon detail was made using the Sycamore Street ribbon and button pack (also from SAB!) and the “jewel” is a vintage button with a glimmer brad inside. I think it added a little shimmer without bieng too girly.

The result wa a clean and simple Valentine for my hubby. One of our first dates was to a local carnival and we went on the ferris wheel. It was not until we reached the top and I started rocking the car back and forth did he reveal that he was afraid of heights-but he went on it because of me.

True Love, LOL.

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Feb 12 2013

Sycamore Street Sale-A-Bration

I love the colors and patterns in the Sycamore Street paper pack that is available during this 2013 Sale-A-Bration season. I saw a challenge on “SUO Challenges” to make a card using SAB items and decided to finally cut the paper that has been staring at me from the side of my desk.


The DSP was cut into a 2″ square and I sliced the edges in towards the middle diagonally in rder to fold in the pinwheel. I know that there is a pinweel die available for the Big Shot (and I buy A LOT of the diesI love them!) but I think pinwheels are so easy to make that I took a pass on that one.  The hills are handcut and the background is the Chevron embossing folder.


I used the ribbon and button pack that coordinates with Sycamore Street paper (also available with a $50 purchse ring SAB) for the center of the pinwheel and the stem. The little “Sending a Kiss” is from Petite Pairs and the tab cut out using the Hearts a Flutter framelits.

To see other cards and projects made with the SAB items please check out the challenge and then ad your own :)




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Aug 27 2012

Retro Halloween Sketch

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I am still gathering my Halloween cards together and will start making some holiday cards in September and October, but for now am happy making sparkly webs and  things that go bump in the night.

This little witchy card has lots of fun tone on tone texture. I used both the Spiderweb embossing folder for the bottom half of the white card front. The small black and white layers (cut out with the Apothecary Accents framelits) were adhered together and embossed using the polka dot embossing folder. The same Apothecary set was used to cut out the champagne glitteraccent behind the witch.

The BOOOOO and witch are from the Googly Ghouls set stamped in black. She is colored in Gumball Green and a little silver sparkle was added to her hat, dress, and socks. I also added a little polka dot scalloped ribbon to mimic the polka dots that wre embossed.

To finish it of I added some dazzling details along the spiderweb which gives the whole card some razzle dazzle ;)

The card sketch was from retro sketches #26

You can see their fun samples using this sketch here: http://retrosketches.blogspot.com/2012/08/retrosketches-26.html

Happy (early) Halloween!


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Aug 25 2012

The Sky’s The Limit

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On Monday my son, Camden, starts 5th grade at our local elementary school. Last year was rough for him (and us!) so I have realy been talking up how great this year will be. Luckily for him (and me!) his teacher is a friend of mine who I have known since we were in Grad school together.  She is a fantastic teacher with a personality that could charm a snake!

I made him a little card for his lunchbox-I did not want it to be mushy since he will read it at lunch near his buddies, but still wanted him to have a little message from me on his first day.

The scalloped base is Midnight Muse, layered with Soft Suede and Whisper White. I used the set, “Up, Up & Away” since I think that is a happy set that is great for boys and girls depending on the colors used.

The cloudy background is a scallop I punched out and sponged over in Tempting Turquoise. The little birds are stamped in Midnight Muse. The top of the balloon was a So Saffron balloon and then I overstamped the vertical stripes. I used my Midnight Muse and Tempting Turquoise markers to get color the stamp itself.

The thread down the side for the pennants is white baker’s twine and I used a So Saffron marker to color the stamp (I used a tissue to rub off the extra ink). Buying the white twine allows you to really have any color you need!

I hand cut the pennants and stamped each word from the set’s saying on each one after using a marker to color the stamp.  A few brads in the corner adds a litte pop of color.

The flag  idea (which my husband said was the best part!) was part of a challenge at CAS-ual Fridays to use flags or banners on a project http://cas-ualfridays.blogspot.com/2012/08/cfc67.html and the colors (which I admit I would not have necessarily put together myself!) were from the Friday Mash-up. I did not make a thank you card which was an option for the Mash-Up, but did use their color palette (Midnight Muse, Soft Suede, So Saffron, and Tempting Turquoise) http://www.fridaymashup.com/2012/08/fm73-saying-thanks.html

What little treats do you make for your kids’ lunchboxes?

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Aug 22 2012

Springy Serene Silhouettes

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Today I have a card that ended up being super springy!

The card base is Midnight Muse with a layer of Daffodil Delight Designer paper from the SU! Floral District paper pach. The image layer is Gumball Green (that color is growing on me!) with Whisper White. I stamped the main image from Serene Silhouttes in Gumball Green and took a qtip to “erase” most of the green color from the birds, then colored over them in Midnight Muse marker so the birds were a different color.

The “blossoms” were made using an Aqua Painter and the stamp pad-I pressed the pad to the lid and picked up the color that way. I added some SU! Dazzling Details gliter along the blossoms because I can’t resist using that little glitter glue tube-so easy!


The main floral embellishment is 3 layers of the SU! flower punch that was originally sold with Mixed Bunch (I love this punch) I punched out 3 flowers in Midnight Muse, Gumball Green, and the embossed Daffodil Delight embossed designer paper. I really like the jewel center. The main brad was a retired SU! floral brad. I added a large jumbo pearl and then “wrapped” the tiniest rhinestone strips  from SU!’s rhinestone sheets. I seem to have a lot of those strips leftover when I use those embellishments and was happy with how easy they were to use in a curved fashion :)




For this card I combined 2 challenges. The first was for the layout from Friday Mashup to make a card using te sketch provided, and mash it up with using flowers. It can be found here:http://www.fridaymashup.com/2012/08/were-getting-sketchy-for-fm72.html. The color choices came from Create with Connie and Mary CCM214.

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Do you have a particular embellishemnt that yolu have a hard time using? What have you done to use up your stash?


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Aug 20 2012

Vintage Patina

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Found 2 grat challenges to combine for this card. The first was a sketch challenge from Stamping411


and the second was a “Vintage” challenge from Hand Stamped Sentiments http://handstampedsentiments.blogspot.com/2012/08/hss-theme-challenge-131-vintage.html

I wanted to use the faux patina techniqe again since it was fun to play with during my technique stamp club, and combine that with the sketch challenge and this is what I came up with:

The base is Soft Suede layered with Very Vanilla that has been “patinaed” (is that a word?LOL). I embossed the floral image from Serene Silhouettes and the phrase from, “From My Heart” with gold. Over the embossed images Tempting Turquoise, Always Artichoke, and Crumbcake were sponged to give the images color. A small layer of woodgrain embossed paper (embossed with a little gold embossing powder) was layered across the bottom. The ribbon and bow are the new Natural cotton ribbon from SU’s Holiday Mini that I ran over inkpads with a sponge to give them some color and add in some texture and the bow is popped onto a clear button to add some dimension.

School starts here in one week-yikes! Hopefully once both (*gulp*) kids are in school all day that will give me more time to stamp :)



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Aug 17 2012

Sparkly Spider

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I had my monthly club last night, and as I usually do I had some pre-cut materials left over. One of my “New Catalog Resolutions” was to use these leftover pieces to create new projects or cards. Also after each club my daughter wants to make something with me so we sit down together. That usually leads to things taking 3 times as long, but I know we both enjoy beig crafty together!

For this Sparkly Spider card for Halloween  I reused the polka dot designer paper, the cut glittey frame using Apothecary Framelits, the tag  from the Googly Ghouls bag kit, and the orange scallop square and black layer was taken directly from the card base/layer last night. To see the card we made at the club click: http://britta.blogs.splitcoaststampers.com/2012/08/14/sparkly-witch/

Tonight’s card:

I doubled up the Champagne glitter apothecary frame to create a wider base for the circle tag from the Googly Ghouls bag kit. My main image changed as did the overall shape of the card (from rectangular to square). I also added more of SU!’s dazzling details in the irridescent (to the web) and the new silver sparkle (from the Holiday Mini) to the spider’s “hanging” line.

I pulled the sketch from a Paper Pals Challengehttp://www.palspaperarts.com/2012/08/ppa141-a-sketch-challenge.html

PPA141 Sketch Challenge

Do you ever make stamping resoultions and which ones have you been able to keep?


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Aug 14 2012

Sparkly Witch

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I finally got my Holiday Mini order in and couldn’t wait to use all the little accessories I had chosen. I knew I wanted to make a card for my stamp club in Wednesday nights, and since I will be using the Googly Ghouls bundle as my 3D item I wanted to make a card with it as well. I came up with this little Sparkly Witch:

I had a Tangerine Tango base layered with black spiderweb. I adhered 3 strips of the polka dot designer series paper in the center to create a band across the card.

The glittery layer behind the witch is the new Champagne glitter paper cut out with the Apothecary Label die. The little witch was stamped in black and cut out with sparkly elements added-new silver glitter dazzling details, and new gold and silver Stampin Dazzle pens. I give these pens a WOW from me-great metallic coverage with no noxious smell and no shaking like we used to have to do with paint pens at all. SO EXCITED by these-I am hoping they come out with more colors!!!

The little broom I had seen somewhere else and cannot find it now-please let me know if it was your idea! The bottom is the owl punch and both the handle and bristles are embossed with the Woodgrain embossing folder.




To create this layout I used a challenge from Stamping 411 and tweaked it a bit. I like that site quite a bit because it is all SU! so when I find a sample I like I don’t have to hunt arund to find out where to get the supplies!


I also used a challenge to use designer papers from SUOchallenges. Again another great site using all SU! supplies.


Where do you get your inspiration?



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