Tuesday, September 30, 2008

season of friendship

I rarely do square cards but sometime the image is of a size that ya just gotta go for it. I had to do a fall card today because here in Central New York it is feeling a little fallish. There is a chill in the air, leaves are starting to turn and football season is well underway. Time to go pick apples and pumpkins and stop by the nursery to pick up some gorgeous fall mums . Don't you think?Nothing really tricky on this card. The only thing that I did that may not be apparent at first glance is that I rock & rolled the leaves. What does that mean? All I did was ink the leaf stamp with really rust then rolled the leaf stamp edges of the chocolate chip stamp pad. Clear as mud?

What I used:
Season of Friendship stamp set
Chocolate Chip, Baja Breeze, Whisper White card stock
Autumn Vine designer paper
Chocolate Chip, Baja Breeze, Really Rust classic stamp pads
Alpine ribbon originals
slot punch, corner rounder
mat pack and paper piercer

Monday, September 29, 2008

the continuing search for the perfect Christmas card...

As I continue to search for this years perfect Christmas card, I made this one to demo at a workshop last week. What do you think?What I used:
Snow Burst and Cute and Curly stamp sets
Baja Breeze, Old Olive, Whisper White card stock
Holiday Treasures designer paper
Baja Breeze and Old Olive classic stamp pads
Curly label punch, scallop edge punch
Kiwi Kiss satin ribbon

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Christmas Stamp-a-Stack

I have been so incredibly busy. I don't know why I thought that once the kids went back to school that I would actually have more time to my self!?!?! I have been stamping though! These are the cards I created for a Stamp-a-Stack I did for a fundraiser for a local summer camp. I am also going to offer the same Stamp-a-Stack to my customers in October. Check my demo website calender for more details...

Friday, September 19, 2008

New Stamps!!!

It is almost time for the Holiday mini to be released! So you know that I just have to tease you by showing off some of the lovely stuff that will be available to you after October 1st.

Now I know this card is a little stark but this is what I was going for. Something simple and quick that I can use with my customers.

What I used:
Season of Friendship
Chocolate Chip, Brocade Blue and Whisper White card stock
Chocolate Chip and Brocade Blue classic stamp pads
wide Brocade Blue grosgrain ribbon

Thursday, September 18, 2008

elzybell sketch challenge #2

Hop on over to the Elzybell Blog to play along with the design team sketch challenge!I pulled out my scrap box for todays challenge and paper pieced the main image. Each little piece of the main image was stamped on various different designer papers or solid scraps then cut out and layered back together. A great technique to use up little scraps or when you just don't feel like coloring. I sponged the edges of the main image with close to cocoa ink and I added glitter to the star in the window with a Sakura glitter pen.

What I used:
Elzybell's mother and child
Old Olive, Kraft, Whisper White card stock
various scraps
Basic Black, Old Olive classic ink pads
chocolate chip 1" double stitched grosgrain ribbon
1 3/8" and 1 1/4" circle punches
sakura glitter pen
ruby red, summer sun, close to cocoa Stampin' Write markers

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

more holy triptych...

The power is finally back on! Hurricanes are not usually a problem for us in Central New York but ever so often we get some freak weather like Ike brought us. Sunday night the wind was howling! Power went out in the middle of the storm and didn't get turned back on again until last night. I am not very good at stamping in the dark so I haven't gotten much stamping done lately but I did do a little bit today.

What I used:
Holy Triptych and Many Merry Messages stamp sets
Basic Black, Going Grey, Riding Hood Red card stock
Bella Rose designer paper
Basic Black, Versamark stamp pads
silver embossing powder and heat tool
Stampin' Pastels and blender pens
Riding Hood Red taffeta ribbon

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

holy triptych...

Sorry everyone that I haven't been around. My oldest son leaves this afternoon to spend the fall semester in England and I have to admit that I am sort of a wreck. He is a great kid and I know this is a wonderful experience for him but why does it have to be so very far away? Anyway getting him ready and trying not to freak out has been taking all my time and energy. I did manage to bang out a quick card this morning. This card arose from the scrap heap of yesterdays attempt at stamping. The main image of this was stamped with Versamark and embossed with black embossing powder. The message is also stamped with Versamark and embossed with black embossing powder and layered over the top of the first image to soften it. The only tricky part on this is how I did the ribbon. If you look closely you can see that I cut a slit to the left of the red strip and the ribbon is threaded through the slit and tied arough the grey piece of card stock.

What I used:
Holy Triptych and Many Merry Messages
Riding Hood Red, Going Grey, Basic Black, Whisper White card stock
Versamark ink pad
black embossing powder, embossing buddy, heat tool
Riding Hood Red taffeta ribbon, vintage brads

Thursday, September 4, 2008

first elzybell sketch challenge...

Today is the first Elzybell Design Team challenge. The sketch was created by our own Jeanne Streiff. Below is the card I created for the sketch, click here and follow the link to play along.What I used:
Elzybell boy & snowman
Chocolate Chip, Certainly Celery, Riding Hood Red, watercolor paper
Wild Asparagus designer paper
Black Stazon ink pad and Whisper White craft pad
Stampin' Write markers, aquapainter
Coluzzle cutting system, small corner rounder
Riding Hood Red striped grosgrain ribbon

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

just bragging

No time for stampin' because today was the first day of school! (Well I did actually do some stampin' but I'm not sharing it until tomorrow) Yipee! You missed seeing me doing my happy dance in the middle of the driveway. Probably a good thing you missed it because it probably wasn't pretty. My friend MaryPat was a little sniffly as her youngest daughter got on the bus with mine. He daughter is my baby girl Ellie's best friend, they looked so cute this morning as they got on the bus. I wish I could show you how adorable she looked but as I have told you all before until the adoption is final I can't share.

This first picture is of my handsome young man Daniel on the first day of his sophomore year of high school. Can't believe how grown up he looks!Princess Jessika heading off to third grade! First time on the big kid bus and first year in the elementary II. She did okay getting on the bus at 6:55 this morning, bet it won't be so easy next week though.
Cutie pie Manny heading off to first grade! Don't you just want to pinch those cheeks?
And since I am already bragging on them thought I would show you what the cutest cheerleader in the entire world looks like. Think she had had enough of the paparazzi mom when I took this.