Friday, February 29, 2008

birthday whimsy...

Is there anything better then a free stamp set? Not much! Well you have to love the free sale-a-bration stamp sets. I just mounted these two sets yesterday and wanted to share this quick and easy card with you.

In real life the reds match but my camera currently hates me. Tax return check just came so I will be getting a new one soon. Yeah!

What I used:
Birthday Whimsy and Lots of Thoughts stamp sets
Basic Black, Whisper White, Real Red card stock
Real Red Prints designer paper (free hostess level 1)
Real Red and Basic Black classic ink pads
dazzling diamonds glitter and crystal effects
1 3/8 circle punch and scallop circle punch

Thursday, February 28, 2008

a little bit of happiness...

This is one of those really complicated cards that you aren't sure until you are done if it is really going to turn out okay. I have been wanting to try out this color combination for a couple of days but wasn't really sure what to do with it. Then I stumbled across Julee from Verve Visuals Mojo Monday Sketch Challenge and I knew EXACTLY what I wanted to do.

What I used:
A Little Bit of Happiness (Level 1 hostess) stamp set
Basic Black, River Rock and Whisper White card stock
Basic Black classic ink pad and River Rock classic ink to watercolor the leaves
River Rock double stitched grosgrain ribbon, Basic Black grosgrain ribbon
Scallop circle punch and 1 3/8 circle punch

Monday, February 25, 2008

playing with new designer paper...

When the Outlaw designer paper retired in December I was a little bummed. I really like that paper so when I saw that the new catalog had the Western Sky designer paper, which is the same patterns but different colors I had to give it a try. I kinda let it sit there for several weeks because I wasn't too sure about the colors but I dragged them out today.

I used Beate's weekend sketch challenge to make this really quick and simple card. I know it has a bunch of layers but it really was very quick. I just layered the designer paper with blue bayou and river rock card stock. The greeting and horse are stamped on whisper white, the greeting in blue bayou and the horse in river rock. I also sponged the edges of the whisper white card stock with river rock classic ink.

What I used:
Wanted stamp set
Blue Bayou, River Rock and Whisper White card stock
Western Sky designer paper
Blue Bayou and River Rock classic ink pads
Blue Bayou double stitched grosgrain ribbon

Sunday, February 24, 2008

What I have been doing instead of stamping...

Instead of stamping a lot of my free time in the last month has been spent redoing our down stairs bathroom. We had a crack in our tub so the tub had to be replaced. And when you rip out a tub you have to remove the vanity and toilet then you find out that part of the walls have to be placed and since the room is already gutted you might as well replace the floor. So long story short the more we did, the more we had to do and I now have an entirely new bathroom with the exception of the medicine cabinet and the light fixture above it. Check out my new ceramic tile floor that I did by myself. Jeff helped me with some of the cuts but the bathroom is two small for two people to work at the same time, so I opted to do it. I have to say that laying tile is one of the most satisfying things I have ever done.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

more a light unto my path...

I know, I know. The same stamp set, the same colors. What is up with that?

Sorry but I really like this color combination and todays pictures are better so you can see that the color combo is actually good. I had an image in my head and had to waste a bunch of card stock to get it to come out the way I wanted it to but I am happy with the end results. This card is a window card. The main image of the card is inside the card and you view it through a "window" in the card. Clever? Not my original idea but one certainly worth using.

What I used:
A Light Unto My Path stamp set
Night of Navy, Wild Wasabi and Confetti White card stock
Night of Navy classic ink pad
Wild Wasabi striped grosgrain ribbon

What I did:
I used the coluzzle cutting system to cut the ovals. I cut the oval in the confetti white card stock first then lined it up with the inside layer of white, marked where the oval was with pencil so I could erase it after I was done, then stamped the lighthouse image in night of navy ink. I then cut the wild wasabi layer and the oval out of the night of navy card base using the white layer as a placement template.
here is the card closed,
and open.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

a light unto my path...

I wish I had been able to get a better picture of this. The card body and dark layers are night of navy, not black as they appear in the picture. Navy contrasts so nicely with the wild wasabi, I wish you could see it properly.

What I used:
A Light Unto My Path stamp set
Night of Navy, Wild Wasabi, Whisper White card stock
Night of Navy classic ink pad
Wild Wasabi striped grosgrain ribbon

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

more morning soft

I really, really like this stamp set. This color combination (from todays color challenge) was a little difficult but I think I made it work. What do you think?

What I used:
Morning Soft stamp set, Paisley background stamp
Basic Gray, Pumpkin Pie, Orchid Opulence, Certainly Celery, Whisper White card stock
Watercolor paper
Certainly Celery Prints designer paper
Black Stazon ink pad, Basic Gray
Pumpkin Pie striped grosgrain ribbon
Watercolor Wonder Crayons and aquapainter

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Wow! an award...

Both Diane and Shelly tagged me with this award. Most of my friend bloggers have already been tagged but check out some of the excellent blogs listed on the left.

Happy Valentines Day

What can be worse then a terrible cold on Valentines Day? Doubt that my hubby will even want to be in the same room with me, not sure I even want to be in the same room with myself?!?!? Feeling like crud but I did manage to throw together this valentine.

What I used:
Happy Heart Day stamp set, Paisley background stamp
Real Red, Regal Rose, Basic Black, Whisper White card stock
Real Red and Basic Black classic ink pad, Going Gray and Regal Rose for watercoloring the mouse
White gel pen
Wide Real Red grosgrain ribbon

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

super simple baby card

I needed a baby card and I also needed another workshop card so I was going for simple. This SAB set So Many Scallops has to be one of the easiest sets for making quick and simple cards.

What I used:
So Many Scallops stamp set, Paisley background stamp
Wild Wasabi, So Saffron, Whisper White card stock
Wild Wasabi classic stamp pad, Versamark stamp pad
White embossing powder, heat tool, scallop punch, double stitched Wild Wasabi grosgrain ribbon.

Monday, February 11, 2008


I had a request to do a valentine at the workshop I am doing tonight. This one has a lot more layers then I usually use for a workshop card but it just seemed to need them. This elephant is so very cute and paper piecing him just makes him pop right off the card

What I used:
Happy Heart Day stamp set, Polka Dot background stamp
Real Red, Whisper White, Regal Rose, Basic Black card stock
Basic Black, Always Artichoke (for sponging) and Real Red classic stamp pad
Stampin' Write markers, small tag punch, rectangle punch, sponge, white gel pen, striped Real Red grosgrain ribbon

Saturday, February 9, 2008

three super quick scallop cards

This week I did a little class for my local MOPS (mothers of preschoolers). I needed something that they could make fairly quickly but still had some pop. I have to say that doing cards like this is one of my favorite ways to use designer paper and the Sale-a-Bration set So Many Scallops is perfect for it!

What I used:
So Many Scallops
Basic Black, Whisper White
Certainly Celery, Almost Amethyst, So Saffron Prints designer paper
Basic Black, Certainly Celery, Almost Amethyst, So Saffron classic stamp pads
Black gingham ribbon, scallop punch, 1" and 1 1/4" circle punches

Thursday, February 7, 2008

another dahlia fold...

I was playing around with another Dahlia fold card because I have a couple of workshops at the end of the month that are mostly advanced stampers and I like to challenge them a bit. Not sure if I am going to use this or not but I thought I would share it with you.

What I used:
Boho Backgrounds stamp set
Close to Cocoa and Whisper White card stock
Berry Bliss designer paper
1" circle punch, 1 3/8" circle punch
white grosgrain ribbon

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

quick swaps

Had to come up with a fairly quick (because I left it until the last minute) Sale-a-bration swap for my demo group. This card uses the So Many Scallops SAB set.

What I used:
So Many Scallops
Ruby Red, River Rock, Groovy Guava card stock
Ginger Blossoms designer paper
Groovy Guava and Ruby Red classic ink pads
Groovy Guava double stitched grosgrain ribbon
scallop punch, slit punch(for scalloped edges), 1 inch and 1/2 inch circle punches

Saturday, February 2, 2008

Morning Glories make me dream of summer...

When I first saw the new catalog I was thrilled to see a bunch of new sets that just cry out to be watercolored. I know that watercoloring isn't everyones favorite but I just love it. So when I put in my first order this set was one of the first things I had to have. The weather has been miserable here the last couple of days, rain, snow, freezing rain, everything is wet and slippery. And I am dreaming of summer. Every year my morning glories, planted along the edge of the garage, come back. I started them from one of those free packets of seed that someone gave out and every spring I go out, shake the old vines before I tear them down, rake the soil a little bit and don't they just come right back. They are so beautiful.

What I used:
Morning Soft stamp set, Canvas background, Sanded background
Brocade Blue, Chocolate Chip, Naturals White card stock
Watercolor paper, Bashful Blue prints designer paper (level 1 hostess)
Black Stazon, Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa, Creamy Caramel
Watercolor Wonder Crayons, aquapainter
Brocade Blue wide grosgrain ribbon

Friday, February 1, 2008

I'm back again...

Wow I actually survived almost an entire week without internet service. Finally got a new router and it is up and functioning. So I am back to blogging. I missed a bunch of interesting challenges over on Splitcoast Stampers while I was out of touch. I did this card to cover 3 challenges. The "Try a New Technique", color and sketch challenges. The new technique part of the challenge was this interesting medallion made using the Dahlia fold technique. Because I wanted to do the color challenge called "Making YoYo Yellow look good!" (yoyo yellow, basic gray and going gray) as well as the sketch challenge I used layered circles of yoyo yellow and basic gray instead of double sided designer paper. This is NOT the easy way to do the dahlia fold. It makes your circles hard to fold and your flower
very bulky. In fact it was down right difficult but when I get one of these bright ideas I seem to need to go all the way with it. The folds are not really difficult to do but instead of giving you step by step instructions I would like you to check out this website for some excellent directions that I followed.

What I used:
Elegant Cheer stamp set, Paisley background stamp, Polka Dot background stamp
basic gray, going gray, yoyo yellow card stock
going gray, basic gray, basic black classic stamp pads
1 3/8 inch circle punch