Tuesday, November 30, 2010

That's a lotta Purple!!!

Good morning everyone!! I wanted to share a few of the cards I have been making for a friend. She took several pictures of her flowers and wanted some gift sets to give to her family. I tried to keep the designs pretty simple so the beauty of the picture was center stage. Almost Amethyst, So Saffron, and Lovely Lilac cardstock were used along with ribbons, Candy Dots, various punches and cuttlebug folders....Papertrey Ink's Communique Curves Sentiments was used for the sentiments.

Aren't Sue's pictures gorgeous!!!

Since I already had the Almost Amethyst and So Saffron out on my counter, I decided to use the left overs for my TLC Challenge card yesterday. Julie challenged us to make faux tiles:
Score the background into squares, stamp a background stamp on the side with the depression in the score lines, sponge around the scored blocks using an L shaped template so the ink doesn't color the score lines.

This was new to me so I really enjoyed creating this little garden. The Rubbernecker Wild Garden Frame was stamped onto Almost Amethyst with Elegant Eggplant and the tiles were sponged with Almost Amethyst. The ribbon, button, twine, and butterfly with vellum and Liquid Pearls finished it off.
Thanks for visiting today....I hope you have a great Tuesday!!!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Swap Cards

Good morning everyone...I hope you had a great Thanksgiving!! It has taken me 2 days to get back to normal...LOL!!! I have got to get the fall things put away this afternoon and start unpacking the 15 containers of Christmas stuff!! My DD Holly and I are going to a Christmas swap in Georgetown, Texas on December 11 and I have been working on a few designs....I just can't decide on which card to use for the swap. We are to design a card that can be put together in 10 minutes or less and I wanted the card to be flat for mailing.
This card is the flatest.....bling stickers and a Martha Stewart punched snowflake jazz it up a little. A clear Gelly Roll pen adds a little sparkle to the Gina K. snowflakes from The Magic of Christmas set.

The sentiment on this card is from Papertrey Ink's Snowflake Serenade, the red snowflake was made with an EK success Punch, and the pearl finishes it off.

This is my first's really flat and shiny with the Gelly Roll pen on the snowflakes. The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink's Holiday Button Bits set.

Thanks for stopping by ....I hope you have a great Sunday!!!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Creative Belli Challenge #105

Good morning everyone and welcome to another Creative Belli Challenge!! The challenge this 2 weeks is to use something that starts with an R such as rick rack, rhinestones, ribbon, rubber, ruffles....or any combination of these. Be sure to use something old and forgotten from your stash, too...the Belli Challenge is all about using your old stuff and forgotten treasures!!!

My card features the sketch from the Taylored Expressions Sketch Challenge #134 and the adorable Thanksgiving Cuppies from Taylored Expressions Gobble Gobble set. The cuppies were colored with copics and mounted on an oval cut Nestie that was sponged with Going Grey. The background paper is from Earth Love by Cosmo Cricket and my R embellies include rhinestones and ribbon.
Stamps: Taylored Expressions Gobble Gobble
Paper: Vanilla, Basic Gray, More Mustard, Earth Love dp by Cosmo Cricket
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Going Gray
Accessories: Ribbon, Rhinestones, Corner Rounder, nestabilities

This is also for a few other challenges:
1. A Spoon Full of Sugar - anything goes
2. Daring Card Makers - 3 of something
3. Lots To Do - favorite technique (coloring with copics)
4. One stitch at a Time - season or event
5. Hope Stamps Eternal Cupcake Inspiration- fall colors and theme
6. Crazy 4 Challenges - use circles (I have round rhinestones and the round cherry on the little girl pilgrim)
7. My Sheri Crafts - Thanksgiving/harvest
8. Speedy the Cat's Friends challenge - circles (I have round rhinestones and the round charry on the little girl pilgrim)

Be sure to visit the Creative Belli Design Team Member's blogs to read more details about their designs. You will find lots of awesome ideas!!! If you upload a card to Splitcoast , PCP, Stamp TV or another online gallery be sure to add CBC105 in the keywords section.
Chris Dickinson
Ceal Pritchett
Holly Brown
Anne Harmon
Robin Kirkpatrick
Jessica Stockmeyer
Shelly Schmidt
Maria Matter
Darsie Bruno
Melisa Waldorf
Joy Hadden
Robin Parker
Chris Olsen - Welcome New Belli Girl!!
Mary Marsh - Welcome new Belli Girl!!!
Karen Wallace - Welcome New belli Girl!!!!

Thanks for visiting this morning....hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge and Color Throwdown

Good morning!! I'm up early this morning to do a little Thanksgiving planning. We will have about 21 people here on Thursday plus we are going to celebrate our Nov. and Dec. birthdays (6 total) so we will have a lot of eating and celebrating going on around here!!! I was going to do a little cleaning tomorrow but I think I'll dust the high spots, run the sweeper in the den, and call it a day. With all the kids running in and out, you know I'll have a big mess to clean up on Friday so why do double's called "be kind to yourself" cleaning...LOL!!! Anyway....I made this card for my friend, Julia (artystamper) who had surgery last week.
This is also for the Waltzinghouse Sketch Challenge #24 and the Color Throwdown Challenge #119 to use Pear Pizzazz, Cajun Craze, and Early Expresso. I substituted Dusty Durango for the Cajun Craze and Soft Suede for the Early Expresso.

The background Pear Pizzazz cardstock was scored to add a little texture and interest. The background center layer was stamped with the background stamp from the Waltzingmouse Asian Gardens set using Dusty Durango. The tree trunk was stamped with Soft Suede, the leaves were stamped with Pear Pizzazz, and the pheasant was stamped with Dusty Durango. They were all cutout and attached with dimensionals. The ribbon, twine, and button finish it off.
Stamps: Waltzingmouse Asian Gardens
Paper: Pear Pizzazz, Dusty Durango, Soft Suede, White
Ink: Dusty Durango, Pear Pizzazz, Soft Suede
Accessories, Nestabilities, Ribbon, Twine, Button, Score Pal

Thanks for stopping by...have a great day!!!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Splitcoast's Technique Lover's Challenge #300!!

Hello everyone!! Hope you had a wonderful weekend!! We did a little Christmas shopping and went to the grocery store...I think everyone else in town was there, too...LOL!! Hopefuly, I won't have to go again until after Thanksgiving!!! Anyway...
I am the hostess this week for the Technique Lover's Challenge on Splitcoast....I can't believe it's the 300th challenge...WOW!! I wanted to do something special to celebrate so we are going to revisit the past challenges and make a card with at least two of your favorite TLC's!! I think it will be fun to see how many challenges can be combined into one card....are you up for the challenge??? Here is the link to the past TLC challenges.
My card combines three past challenges: TLC11 Shabby Chic, TLC263 Very Vintage, and TLC207 Cut it Out.
Darcie's Create Clear Stamp set from Stamper's Dream was used for the large sentiment and the dress form, Crafty Secrets Material Girl for the sewing machine, and Papertrey Ink's Mixed Messages for the sentiment. The dress form and the sewing machine were stamped with Versafine Black Onyx, cutout, and attached with dimensionals. Sewing was done around the edges and the sentiment was stamped on the little banner and embellished with the pin. The background was stamped with Rubbernecker's Victorian Diamond Panel. Lace, wrinkled seam binding, an antique button, and twine finish it off.
Stamps: Darcies Create, Crafty Secret's Material Girl, Rubbernecker's Victorian Diamond Panel, Papertrey Ink's Mixed Messages
Paper: Pure Luxury Ivory, black, and Kraft.
Ink: Versafine Black Onyx
Accessories: Pin, Antique Button, Twine, Wrinkled Seam Binding, Lace, Sewing Machine

OK, everyone....head to you stamping spaces and whip up a little something with your favorite techniques for today's will have so much fun!!!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Moxie Fab World Tuesday Trigger - Moxie Chic

Good morning everyone!!! My DH took me out on a date last night...we went to eat Chinese and then went to see Secretariat...what a wonderful movie!!! I told my DH we need to buy a race horse but he didn't think that was a good idea since he thinks we have a full time job just taking care of the two horses we have now....sometimes he is no fun at all...LOL!!! Anyway....
This is the card I made for the Moxie Fab World Tuesday Trigger....Moxie Chic. I used one of the damask images from Layers of Color Art Stamps Touch of Elegance was stamped with Versafine Black Onyx and the sentiment is from LOC's Merci Bouquet set. The red grosgrain ribbon was pleated with the sewing machine and attached with score tape. The button with the Martha Stewart twine finishes it off.
This was pretty short and sweet...I'm off to the back yard to do a little digging....have a great Saturday!!!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Taylored Expressions November Blast from the Past Blog Hop

Hello everyone and welcome to the Taylored Expressions November Blast from the Past Customer Blog Hop!!!! You are going to find sooo much inspiration along the hop...each project will feature Taylored Expressions Stamps and products. I just love the little cuppies...they are soooo cute and fun to color!!! The theme this month is fall/Thanksgiving and we have a sketch by the wonderful Sankari Wegman to use as an option.

The adorable cuppie image from A Year of Sweets 3 was colored with copics, cutout, and adhered to the long scalloped Nesties background that was sponged with Pumpkin Pie. The sentiment from A Year of Sweets Sentiments was stamped with Memento Rich Cocoa. Buttons, twine, twill ribbon, and the metal leaf were the finishing touches.

Thanks for joining the hop today....hope you have fun and find lots of inspiration!!!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

An Iris for Evelyn

Good morning everyone.....hope you are having a wonderful morning!!! It is a little cool got down in the 40's last night but will warm up to the 70's later today. I finally got my parent's pansies planted in their planter so hopefully, I can finish my pots today. Lowes is full of fall flowers and if I don't hold myself back, I will buy too many....I LOVE all the gorgeous colors!! Anyway....
The Splitcoast Teapotters were headed to Lynn, Massachusetts yesterday on Route 88 to help Anne's (jdmommy) mother, Evelyn, celebrate her birthday!! I was really looking forward to this party because, first, I have never been to Massachusetts, and second, I happen to know that Anne and Evelyn are real good cooks!! Since da Mudder is on a health kick, I thought I could talk Anne and Evelyn into making some sinful goodies for all of the rebels in the group...Whoohoo!!! You can find all Mudder's Teapot Tuesday details here. I will get this in the mail to Evelyn this afternoon!!
This is also for yesterday's Color Challenge on Splitcoast to use Perfect Plum, Baja Breeze, and Pear Pizzaze. The Siberian Iris from Flourishes was watercolored with Tombow markers...I tried to match the challenge colors but my plum turned out a little bright. I don't usually create with so much white but I kinda like it on this...the iris really pops!!
Stamps: Siberian Iris from Flourishes
Paper: White, Black,
Ink: Versafine Black Onyx
Accessories: Ribbon, Cuttlebug Embossing Folder, Tombow Markers, Clear ep, Nestabilities
Thanks for stopping by....have a great Wednesday!!!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Jacob's 1st Birthday Card and a New Technique!!

Hello everyone...hope you had a wonderful Monday!! I took my Dad to his eye appointment this morning and then baked some chocolate chip cookies this afternoon...yummmm!!! I have only had 5 so far...I have to watch my girlish figure...LOL!!! I worked on the TLC challenge card after I was sugared up with cookies's a wonder I don't have ink everywhere!!! First I wanted to show you the card I made for my youngest DGS for his 1st birthday...yikes...I can't believe he is a year old already!!! Anyway...

The adorable little robot from Inky Antics was colored with copics and layered with Bayou Blue and Kiwi Kiss. The background dp is called Rockets 'n' Sprockets by Recollections and the little space ship and space man were cut from the dp. The sentiment was computer generated and the Kiwi Kiss ribbon finished it off.

Stamps: Inky Antics
Paper: White, Blue Bayou, Kiwi Kiss, Recollections dp
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Groovy Guave
Accessories: Nestabilities, Ribbon, Star Punches

I made this card today for the Technique Lover's Challenge on Splitcoast. Marilynn was the Guest Hostess and her challenge was the W.I.S.H. technique. We were to scribble markers on a baggie that was cut open, mist with water, and swish our stamped image across it to color the background. On my first attempt, my image didn't show up and on my second try, I embossed the Rubbernecker Christmas Tree image with white ep...I like how the image really stands out!! Sewing was done around the background edges and the lace, wrinkled seam binding, button, and twine were the finishing details.
Stamps: Rubbernecker
Paper: Vanilla, Kiwi Kiss, Riding Hood Red, Basic Grey's Fruitcake dp
Ink: Versamark
Accessories: Markers, White ep, Nestabilities, Lace, Wrinkled Seam Binding, Button, Twine, Sewing Machine

Sunday, November 14, 2010

It's a Moxie Fab Sunday!!

Hello everyone....are you ready for a relaxing Sunday??? After church I will take Mom and Dad to Lowes and buy some pansies for their planter. Hopefully, I can get all the dead summer plants cleaned out of my pots, too, and fill them up with mums and pansies...I just love fall!!! Anyway....

Check out all the fabulous zipper art on the Moxie Fab World Blog.....tooo cool!!!

This is the wall hanging I made for the Moxie Fab World Zipper challenge. The zipper was cut into 3 inch sections and formed into flower petals. A glue gun was used to adhere the petals together and then onto the Nesties Blossom shaped paper flower. An antique button and baker's twine decorate the top. The leaves were stamped onto the October Afternoon Seaside dp with the leaf stamp from Stampers Anonymous Ticket to Art set, cutout, and attached. The background paper also from OA's Seaside dp was glued to the square chipboard coaster....the bottom was scalloped using the My Favorite Things's scallop die. The sentiment from retired Stampin Up! set Woodland Cottage was stamped onto vanilla cardstock, cut out, and attached. The Papertrey Ink Aqua Mist ribbon and tiny pompom trim finished it off.

Stamps: Stampers Anonymous Ticket to art, Stampin Up! Woodland Cottage
Paper: Vanilla, OctoberAfternoon Seaside
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: Chipboard Coaster, Blossom Nestabilities, Small Pom Pom trim, PTI Ribbon, Cording, Bakers Twine, Zipper, MFT Scallop Die-namics, Antique Button, The Moxie Fab World Tuesday Trigger is this beautiful picture from Martha Stewart.

The basket image with the pumpkins is from Waltzingmouse Stamp's Basket Additions was colored with copics, cutout with a round Nestabilities, sponged with Apricot Appeal, and attached with dimensionals. The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink's First Fruits set and the cork scallop was cutout with the MFT's Scalloped Die-namics die . The twine and button are the finishing details.

Stamps: PTI's First Fruits, Waltzingmouse Stamp's Basket Additions
Paper: Kraft, Vanilla, Prima Papaya Puree Medium, Me and My Big Ideas dp
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa, Apricot Appeal
Accessories: Nestabilities, Copics, Sewing Machine, Cork, Twine, Button

Friday, November 12, 2010

Stamp TV's Center Stage Spotlight Alumni Blog Hop

Hello everyone and welcome to another Stamp TV Center Stage Spotlight Alumni Blog Hop...Whoohoo!!! We are all excited to get together so we can share ideas and provide you with lots of inspiration!!! If you have come from Jen's Blog, you are on the right track!! To start at the beginning, please go to StampTV and hop from there. Carolina's challenge to us today is a color challenge:
White or Ivory
Light Blue (Little Boy Blue, Ocean Mist, or Turquoise Sea)
Yellow (Lemon Drop, Sweet Corn, or Wild Dandelion)

The sweet little duck image from Rupa Shevde's Spring has Sprung set was stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black onto Pure Luxury White cardstock and colored with copics. The sentiment is from Gina K's Spring Florals set. The umbrella and the water were both paper pieced with paper scraps and Pure Luxury Little Boy Blue was used for the Scalloped Nesties layer. The ribbon and pearls finishes it off.

Samps: Rupa Shevde's Spring has Sprung and Gina L's Spring Florals
Papers: Pure Luxury White, Pure Luxury Little Boy Blue, Stampin Up! dp
Ink: Bashful Blue for the clouds, Memento Rich cocoa for the sentiment, Memento Tucedo Black for the image and paper piecing
Accessories: Nestabilities, Pearls, Ribbon,

Thanks for joining us hop on over to Joy's Blog for more AWESOME inspiration!!!!

Owls and's a Critter Friday!!

Good morning!!! I had a great afternoon yesterday...finally got caught up on some of my favorite challenges!!! My first card features the sketch from Mercy's Tuesday Sketch Challenge (MTSC99) and the colors are for Mona's CR84FN3 Color Challenge to use pink and green.
The adorable little owls were made with the Stampin Up! owl punch...I just loooove that punch!!!! The background paper is from Heidi Grace Designs and I used scraps for the owls. The cardstock is Papertrey's Lavender Moon (it is a blue tinted pink) and the sentiment is from Penny Black. The rhinestones, sewing, and the button with the ribbon bow finish it off.
This is for the Color Throwdown #118 to use Cherry Cobbler, Soft Suede, and Kraft. I didn't have Cherry Cobbler so I used Riding Hood Red. The deer image from Taylored Expressions Sparkle and Cheer was stamped with Soft Suede and the snowflakes from TE's Winter Wonderland were stamped with Riding Hood Red. The edge was scalloped using an EK success scalloped border punch and the gold pearls and ribbon were added for a little glam.

I may use this design for my Christmas Cards except I'll have to use gold glitter stickers and a flat ribbon without a bow so they can be mailed without extra postage!!

Have a great day and I hope it includes a little stamping!!!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Christmas Album

Good morning everyone....hope all is going well with you today!!! I have got to go work outside this morning but I wanted to upload the album that I made last week first. My DD Holly and I went to a class at the LSS in Waco and made this awesome album!!! It is supposed to be a recipe album but I think I'll use it for my 2010 Christmas pictures.
Aren't the papers pretty...they are from Tinsel and Twig by The Girl's Paperie. The scrap set included the papers, 6x6 chipboard dividers, stickers, flowers, diecuts, and tags.

They also provided the twine, bakers twine, ribbons and lace. We spent most of our time covering the chipboard dividers and distressing all the fingers and nails were distressed for a few days after!!!

Most of you know that I am a real slow stamper..sometimes spending a whole day on one card. Well, I want to tell ya...the instructor took no prisoners!!! She pushed us along at record speed...I actually broke a sweat...LOL!!!

I made a few mistakes like using the wrong paper on a couple of pages but what the one knows what it is really supposed to look like anyway...LOL!!!

She provided us with the 6x6 papers for the pages and I have lots of stickers left over to decorate those, too!!!
Thanks for stopping by today....have a great day!!!!!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Creative Belli Challenge #104

Hello everyone and welcome to another Creative Belli Challenge!! The challenge this 2 weeks is to use something old, something new, something borrowed, or something blue....or any combination of doesn't have to be a wedding card unless that is what you want to make. !! Be sure to use something old and forgotten from your stash, too...the Belli Challenge is all about using your old stuff and forgotten treasures!!!

I used a combo of something old ( the patterned paper), something new (new Inkadinkado stamp), and something blue (Pure Luxury Little Boy Blue cardstock).
The Inkadinkado Santa stamp was stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black and colored with copics. The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink's Vintage Ornaments and the blue snowflakes were punched with a Martha Stewart punch. Sewing was done around the edges of the patterned paper layer and the pearls, sparkly snowflake, and baker's twine finish it off.

Be sure to visit the Creative Belli Design Team Member's blogs to read more details about their designs. You will find lots of awesome ideas!!! If you upload a card to Splitcoast , PCP, Stamp TV or another online gallery be sure to add CBC104 in the keywords section.

This is also for a few other challenges:
1. Stamp Insanity - punches
2. Patty's Creations - Christmas
3. Allsorts Challenge - take inspiration from the poem Twas the Night Before Christmas
4. A Spoonful of Sugar - snow/snowflakes
5. Caardvarkes - die cuts
6. Top Tip Tuesday - Christmas inspired
7. Stampin Sisters in Christ - anything that displays weather related

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge #22

Hello everyone!! We are having a beautiful morning here in Central's a good thing because I am taking my Mother shopping. She needs a good jacket to wear to church so we are heading to the mall in a few hours. We have to stop at the library first so she can check out some more books by David sweet little 90 year old mother loves murder mysteries...go figure...LOL!!! Anyway....I want to share the card I made for the Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge #22. I took a few liberties with the sketch.....hope that's ok!!!

The bird image from Sewing Box-Hugs was stamped on various papers from October Afternoon Modern Homemaker and Seaside, cutout, and attached with dimensionals. The branch was hand drawn and cutout of Pure Luxury Chocolate Brown. The Martha Stewart Fern Punch was used to make the nest and the background was sewn around the edges and distressed with Ranger Walnut Distress ink. The sentiment is from WM's Asian Gardens set.
Recipe: Stamps: Waltzingmouse Sewing Box-Hugs and Asian Garden
Paper: Pure Luxury Ivory, Pure Luxury Chocolate Brown, Prism Classic Yellowgreen, Prism Intense Kiwi, October Afternoon Seaside and Modern Homemaker
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Balck, Ranger Walnut
Accessories: Martha Stewart Fern Punch, Sewing Machine

This is also for a few other challenges:
1. Crazy 4 Challenges - square card
2. The Crazy Challenge - things with wings
3. Paper, Scissors, and Rocks - thinking of you card
4. Little Red Wagon - a little red
5. Delightful Challenge - stitching
6. Crafty Cardmakers - stitching
7. Drunken Stampers - punches

Thanks for visiting this morning...hope you have a great day!!!!