Tuesday, September 29, 2009

blog hop, prizes

Just a quick note to let you know that Our Daily Bread Designs will be holding a blog hop on Thursday, October 1st in celebration on the release of the newest ODBD stamps. Make sure you stop back here on Thursday morning after 9:00 AM for all the details. The hop starts and ends at the Our Daily Bread Designs blog and there will be prizes involved!!!

papertake weekly...

ptw challenges static

I have some fun news to share. My friends from across the pond have asked me to stay on with them as a permanent member of the Papertake Weekly Challenge team. This weeks challenge is Black & White plus one. For all the details and to see what the rest of the team has created pop over to the blog. Play along and you might even win some goodies!
What I used:
Stamping Bella No Fair Girl
SU basic black, certainly celery and Night & Day designer paper
white card stock (that a wonderful friend scavenges from the recycling bin at her printing company job)
wide celery grosgrain ribbon
white brads
swiss dot embossing folder
Stampin' Write Markers and Copic markers (for flesh tones and shadowing)

Sunday, September 27, 2009

anyone for anya sketch challenge...

It is time for another Anyone for Anya challenge. This weeks challenge is a sketch challenge. If you would like to play along, we would love for you to join us. Just follow the sketch below, you can turn it, flip it, or stretch it, we just need to be able to see the sketch. Then go to the blog and add you info to Mr Linky.
Here is my card. Isn't he kind of cute and innocent looking? But you just know he must have a frog in his pocket or the last cookie from the cookie jar behind his back, right?
What I used:
The Greetings Farm, Ian
Stampin' Up! Best Yet
marigold morning, chocolate chip, GP white card stock.
My Mind's Eye, Bloom and Grow designer papers
Lyra colored pencils, OMS and blending stump
narrow chocolate chip ribbon
various circle punches

Saturday, September 26, 2009

bella blog hop...

Welcome to the LuLu Blog Hop sponsored by Stamping Bella! If you've just happened upon my blog, you can CLICK HERE to start from the beginning at Bloggabella.

Isn't this Lulu stamp from Stamping Bella fun? I colored her up with a mixture of Lyra colored pencils and copic markers. I added a little gloss and sparkle with stickles and a clear glaze pen. The designer papers are from the Bloom & Grow pack from My Mind's Eye.

How about a prize? In addition to the fabulous eye candy, we have decided to hide a prize somewhere along the hop! One pre-selected blogger will draw a random winner from the comments on her post, and the winner will receive a $25 Gift Voucher to Stamping Bella!!! The fun part is...we're not telling you who it is! So as you hop, make sure you leave comments on every post so you have a chance to win!! We will announce the winner on Monday in the Splitcoast forum. MWAH!

Thanks so much for stopping by! Now it's time to hop on over to Sparkles blog to continue your journey.

Friday, September 25, 2009

with heartfelt sympathy...

I have been having one of those weeks. You know what I am talking about. The ones that should be great because some wonderful stuff has happened but you are just so overloaded with other stuff that you can't even enjoy it? Well that is how my week has gone. I have been trying to make this card all day long, ever since I saw the Limited Supply challenge, for once I knew exactly what I was going to do but first I had to pick up some groceries, stop at the post office and bake cookies for the football team. Well I got a flat tire that through my whole day off. Anyway errands are run, tire is fixed and as I type this the football players are chomping on chocolate chip cookies and my first Our Daily Bread Design sneak peek is done! You are so going to love the three new stamp sets that will be released on October first. To celebrate the release the design team will be doing a blog hop that will start at the Our Daily Bread Design blog. There will be prizes involved so make sure you check it out.What I used:
ODBD With Heartfelt Sympathy
old olive, bordering blue, kraft, chocolate chip card stock
My Mind's Eye Bella, Bella designer paper
chocolate chip, close to cocoa classic stamp pads
EKSucess punch
mat pack and piercing tool
Stampin' Write markers
stickles, sponge
chocolate chip taffeta ribbon

Thursday, September 24, 2009

I finally get to tell you...

I am so super excited. I finally get to tell you all what I have been bursting to tell you since July. I am going to be the next guest designer for...

Yes!!! Our Daily Bread designs! I have loved Kelley's designs since she first started the company and I am so happy to be able to show you , starting tomorrow her newest designs. Below are a couple of the cards that I have made using Our Daily Bread design stamps.
This card uses "Keep My Lamp Burning" which is my favorite ODBD stamp set. Family trips to Nova Scotia and Maine as a kid have left me with a love of lighthouses. Combine that with fantastic scripture verses and you can't lose. For this card I chose to use black and white combined with touches of curry,kraft, red and blue to give it a nautical feel. The moon behind the lighthouse was made by used sponges and several masks. First I masked the light house then punch a circle out of a post it note, setting the circle aside for later. I placed the post it note with the circle where I wanted the moon to be and sponged with crushed curry ink. I removed the post it note, still leaving the light house masked and placed the circle punched from the post it note over the moon. I then sponged in the night sky in bordering blue.
I chose my color combination for this card from the Basic Grey designer paper used in the back ground. Melon mambo, soft suede and old olive highlight this favorite verse from the Design Team Scripture Collection 2.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

drummer boy...

Found some time to play along with a couple of challenges this morning. For this card I combined the Papertake Weekly challenge with todays Color Throwdown challenge. I have been eyeing this adorable stamp at Michael's for the last several weeks so I picked it up yesterday while running errands and I just couldn't wait to ink it up. I colored the image with Prismacolor pencils, blending with odorless mineral spirits and a blending stump. What I used:
Stampendous Drummer Boy
Stampin' Up! Best Yet
chocolate chip, more mustard, old olive, GP white card stock
Basic Grey designer paper
cuttlebug embossing folder
Momento black stamp pad
chocolate chip classic stamp pad
lg oval, ticket corner punches
Prismacolor pencils, OMS and blending stumps
copics for flesh tones

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Anyone for Anya; funky flowers

It's time for another Anyone for Anya challenge. Todays challenge is "Funky Flowers". Seriously I do know that my flowers aren't that funky but this paper caught my attention, while going through my stash and nothing else did. Make sure you pop over the the blog and check out what everyone else has done for this challenge. What I used:
Miss Anya
pumpkin pie, whisper white card stock
My Mind's Eye Simply Delightful
EKSuccess wavy edge punch
pumpkin pie striped ribbon
pretties kit, earth elements brads
Lyra colored pencils, OMS, blending stump, copics for flesh and shadows

Friday, September 18, 2009

a simple sketch...

I thought it might be a fun to play along with this weeks "Bellarific Friday Sketch" challenge. This sketch is a pretty simple one and I made a rather simple card to go along with it.I colored up Tiddly Inks APTEE'tud from Stamping Bella, added a little glaze pen and glitter to give her some pop. Cut out the image and scalloped edge using an oval scalloped sizzix bigs die, layer her on some designer paper and added a touch of ribbon. Super simple.
Still can't really see the glossy parts but you can get a better idea of the glitter from this view.
What I used:
Tiddly Inks APTEE'tud from Stamping Bella
chocolate chip, whisper white card stock
My Mind's Eye designer paper
Lyra colored pencils, OMS and blending stumps
sizzix scalloped oval bigs die
bermuda bay polka dot ribbon
glaze pen, turning leaf glitter

Thursday, September 17, 2009

a challenging challenge

Todays "Ways to Use it" challenge over on SplitCoastStampers is to create using numbers. Now I have to say that this one had me stumped. I had some school type paper with numbers on it but nothing to go with it, so I folded some laundry while I thought about it, still didn't know what to do. So I sorted my sons clothing, he has out grown everything. Still no ideas. Ate lunch, guess what,nope no ideas. Decided I would take a nap and as soon as I lay down, I had it! Mo's Digital Pencil has this adorable little birthday girl blowing out her "#1" candle.What I used:
Mo's Digital Pencil
old olive, soft suede, whisper white card stock
My Mind's Eye Wild Asparagus designer paper
soft suede polka dot ribbon
Lyra colored pencils, OMS and blending stumps
glaze pen and glitter pen

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

stampin' sisters in Christ challenges...

Last week I stumbled across a new challenge:

I didn't have time to play then but I wanted to make a point of playing each week from now on. This weeks challenge is a sketch challenge, and I love, love, love sketch challenges.
This is what I came up with. I tweaked the sketch a bit by moving the cut away corner from the right to the left. I haven't done any major distressing in quite a while but the linen look designer paper that the footprints are stamped on inspired me. I started off just sponging the edges then just went a little crazy from there. The card is small, 4 1/4 inches square.

What I used:
Our Daily Bread Designs Footprints in the Sand
chocolate chip, kraft card stock
My Mind's Eye Bella Bella designer paper
chocolate chip, creamy caramel classic ink pad
wide striped chocolate chip ribbon
brown brads of unknown origin

busy, busy, busy...

I have been so super busy between games, practices and fundraisers for my 4 football players and cheerleaders and planning, prepping for and doing workshops and my last couple of events for Stampin' Up! that I literally haven't had a spare moment for myself in what feels like weeks. So after I got the laundry going and started a pot of soup for a quick dinner tonight, I decided to go have some me time.
I decided to combine yesterdays color challenge from SplitCoastStampers, CC236: Whisper Pretty Soft Suede
with todays sketch challenge. Love this pretty color combination, I knew it would go perfectly with the adorable Henry Celebrating Mouse from Whiff of Joy. And since I am on a mission to convince Katharina Frei that she really, really, really needs me on the Whiff of Joy design team one more card can't hurt, right? If you want to give it a try too, click on the Whiff of Joy button above.
So what do you think? Is he the cutest or what? I colored him with my Lyra colored pencils, blending the colors with odorless mineral spirits and a blending stump. It may be a little difficult to see but I also added a little sparkle to the cupcake frost with a glitter pen and some gloss to the sprinkles and candle with a clear glaze pen.

What I use:
Henry Celebrating Mouse from Whiff of Joy
pretty in pink, soft suede, whisper white card stock
soft subtle brads, soft suede polka dot ribbon
small dot SU sizzix texture plate
ek success wavy edge punch

Friday, September 11, 2009


As some of you know I have been struggling for most of the last two weeks with a major decision. Since Stampin' Up! has made several changes to the contract between themselves and their demonstrators I have needed to decide as to whether or not to stay a demonstrator or to continue to be a part of a design team. After much angst and prayers, consulting with my husband, friends, upline and downline, I have made the decision to leave Stampin' Up! Now don't think that I bear any ill will towards Stampin' Up!. They have made an important business decision that they believe is the right thing for them, and I completely respect that and their right to to do so. But I need to do what feels right for me. I am going to pursue my dreams...

Thursday, September 10, 2009

pick me, pick me!

Available for rent, one slightly weathered design team member, crazy for coloring and willing to work for stamps. LOL, I just couldn't resist!

In case you haven't heard "Whiff of Joy" is having a a guest design team call. Since their images are simply adorable AND I seem to be semi available at the moment, I thought I would throw my hat into the ring. Plus they don't have any design team members from the states so they need me right? Hence the blog post title "pick me, pick me!" Can't you just see me sitting at the computer, with my hand in the air waving? Yeah, that's me, what a geek?!?!What I used:
Whiff of Joy; Willow with toddler
melon mambo, bashful blue, whisper white card stock
Basic Grey Euphoria pattern paper
wide stitched bashful blue grosgrain ribbon
charm of unknown origin
Lyra colored pencils, odorless mineral spirits and blending stump
Copic markers for flesh tones and shading

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Papertake Weekly guest designer...

Once again my stamping buddies from across the pond have invited my to participate in a little bit of fun. Today I am a guest designer for Papertake Weekly, a weekly challenge blog. This weeks challenge is a sketch challenge.
I really, really need to get started on my Christmas cards and this sketch was perfect for what I had in mine for this adorable Elzybell image.
The stars and snow really are sparkly in real life, I think you can see it a little bit in this picture.

What I used:
Elzybell Art Stamps
bravo burgundy, whisper white, kraft card stock
Me & My Big Idea designer paper
basic black, close to cocoa classic stamp pads
Lyra colored pencils, OMS and blending stump
Nestabilities deckled rectangle
sponge, glitter pen
white satin ribbon

Sunday, September 6, 2009

buttons, bows and brads...

Todays "Anyone for Anya?" challenge is to use buttons, bows and brads in any combination. Make sure you pop over to the blog and see all the fun stuff everyone has done and if you participate, you could win a prize!What I used:
The Greetings Farm stamp
bermuda bay, melon mambo and whisper white card stock
My Mind's Eye Bloom & Grow designer paper
white brads
bermuda bay polka dot ribbon
stampin' write markers and copic markers

Thursday, September 3, 2009

stamping therapy...

It is time for me to stop sulking and get my butt in gear. Yes I think I have made my decision but I am not making a general announcement until Tuesday because I am still waiting to hear back from Stampin' Up!, in the mean time it is business as usual around here. Besides is there any better therapy then stamping?

I did a little stamping yesterday but it was design team stuff that ya all just have to wait to see. While blog hopping (or is that blurfing?) this morning I discovered that Our Daily Bread Designs has a cool challenge going. The challenge is entitled "three for thee" and they are giving away some great prizes. So you might want to check it out. I decided to combine that with todays SplitCoastStampers "Ways to Use it" challenge with is to use sanding. Now I have to say I have some kind of defect in me when it comes to pocket cards, I have never, ever made one right the first time. Luckily I got this one on the second try. Beate has done a wonderful tutorial for this "double pocket card" that even I can follow. I used some cuttlebug embossing folder with textured, light core card stock then sanded to bring out he design.

What I used:
ODBD DT Scripture Collection 1
GP white card stock, SU chocolate chip card stock
blue and green core'dinations card stock
DCWV Garden Party designer paper
chocolate chip classic ink pad
scallop edge punch EK
several different cuttlebug embossing folders
chocolate chip tafetta ribbon, white satin ribbon
sanding block, sponge

You may also want to check out Grace Nywening's blog because she has some wonderful blog candy!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

my creative world has fallen apart this morning...

I have a big decision to make and truthfully it is tearing me apart.

I want to say first and for most that I love Stampin' Up! and its products. The first stamp I ever used was a Stampin' Up! stamp and the only card stock I ever use comes from them as well. But I am faced with a dilema. As of this morning, September 1st, Stampin' Up! has set a new online policy that would forbid me as a demonstrator for their company from continuing to be a member of any stamp companies design team, showing, linking to, blogging, tweeting or sharing anything that contains a product that is not theirs. This means that the links to my friends blogs on the side are no longer allowed. Publishing this post on facebook is forbidden. Even posting on SplitCoastStampers may be no longer allowed. Linking to challenges that I participate in, no longer acceptable.

I need to decide if the few thousand dollars I make a year selling Stampin' Up! products is worth losing my following online. The few people who appreciate my craft, the companies that value my art enough to want me to represent them. My decision is further complicated by the fact that I will be doing a guest designer spot this fall for what is literally my dream design team. Truthfully if I was starting a permanent spot with them this decision would be much easier because I would definitely give up Stampin' Up! to represent them because I believe so strongly in what they stand for.

So my friends I ask for your prayers as I struggle with deciding what is right for me. Is my business more important then my art? Is this seeking of outside approval wrong. As a mostly stay at home mother of 5 have I come to rely to much on the rush I get from a positive response to my creations. Positive feedback that may be lacking in my life in other ways as I struggle with a mundane existence. I don't have the answers and I don't even know what I am going to decide. But I do know that I am going to go pray about it...