Friday, November 28, 2008

Today's challenge and another sneak peek

How does Christmas inspire you? I love Christmas and I want to get everything I can out of it, so I have to stay organized! So, today's project made with the new Clear Dollar Stamp releases, Christmas Tree Delight Wheel and Tree Delight Tag set. So, today's challenge - how does Christmas inspire you. Post on splitcoast with keywork FFIF10.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Time for another CDS sneak preview!

This gift ensemble was made with the Clear Dollar Stamps new release, Christmas Tree Delight Wheel and Tree Delight Tag set . Other supplies include: a composition notebook, mini lunchbox, lip gloss, candy kisses, pen, ribbon, K & Co. DP, baha breeze paper and wild wasabi prints, and LOTS of bling. I had so much fun decorating all those cute little trees with gems! Hope you enjoy!

Here's a close up of the card, which I made with my new curved rectangle nesties:

Monday, November 24, 2008


We have a lady who comes into our office once a week (or more if we need more help), who helps out. She's 79 and she can work hard! Last week she came in and announced the birth of her very first great grandchild. She said: "I've always been a great Grandma, but now it's official". So, I made this card to wish her congratulations on her brand new grandbaby. The image is one of the only baby images I have, mostly because I don't know alot of people who are having babies. It's from Bundle of Joy, from SU. I stamped the little bear and colored him with several different shades of brown, then went over him with ivory, using my copics. The card base is pirouette pink, layered with kiwi kiss and basic grey lily kate. I cut a circle with more lily kate and a scallop with kiwi kiss. I mounted the bear on it, grounding him with a ribbon, tied through the hardware with the matching sentiment. I think doodle this goes well with the bundle set, so I stamped a swirly and added a cute little flower.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Friday face-off 9!

How obnoxious are those colors? But, how cute? And, besides, that's why they call it a challenge!

I decided to tone my colors down just a little, using the faux linen technique for the bg and mounting it on a kraft cardbase. The images are from doodlefactory's tropical set. I stamped the hut and the small palm tree on glossy cardstock and colored them. I sanded them then added a little bit of cool carribean and creamy caramel and sanded again. I layered it with baha breeze, pumpkin pie and wild wasabi. I colored the large palm tree and this cute little hula guy with copics and cut them out. I mounted them on nestie ovals and scallops in baha breeze, wild wasabi, real red and pumpkikn pie. I tied a couple of pumpkin pie ribbons across the card and mounted the ovals on them. I added baha breeze and real red corners with button brads. I'd love for you to join in and be inspired today - post with the keyword FFIF9!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Ick - I'm sick

No cards today - I could barely drag myself out of bed to get ready for work, let alone whip up a card. I promise to post Friday's Inspiration Face-off, though!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Today's Challenge

Yeah - finally got my Coon Wishes from CDS. This was the stamp of the month the month before I made the design team, but I had to have it! Today's challenge was Real red, kraft and black. So, I stamped the little raccon and decided that he just must have a buddy, so I stamped again! I colored both of the little guys with copics and cut them out. I cut into the one on the right a little so his buddy could sling his arm around his shoulder. Then I started with a kraft card base, layered with black, real red, kraft and basic grey. I cut basic grey and black with my curved rectangle nesties. The black was more than I wanted, so I just cut around the basic grey freehand. Next I stamped Hi, Friend on kraft, punched it with the small oval, added the large oval in black and tied on a ribbon. I also added ribbon to the card and called it done. It felt to me like it was missing something, but I was running late and had to get ready for work.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Today's Challenge

Here is my spin on today's challenge. I do not do stuff like this - all the folding and stuff. But, it was kind of fun for a change. And, it was actually pretty easy. I thought it looked a little like a wreath, so I chose a basic grey holly paper and mounted it on a striped "door", mounted on always artichoke. The cute little bird is from my new hero arts set. The card base is creamy caramel layered with cranberry crisp and another bg dp. I stamped the sentiment on creamy caramel with crandberry crisp ink and inked the edges with always artichoke, then punched it with the large oval punch - they need to make those in bigger sizes. Yeah, I have my nesties, but I still love my oval punches. Then I mounted a circle punch of the holly paper on a cranberry crisp label punch and slapped the oval on the top.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Frenchy's OUT!

OK - sorry no cards the last couple of days. I did check out the challenges - and of course, they were simple ones I could have definitely done! However, I've been SO busy! We're going to my dd's baptism this weekend and I've been busy getting ready for that. Plus work has been crazy - but good. Yestereday, I got everything marked off my TO DO list (well, that day's to do, Monday, there will be a whole new one!). Anyway, away for the weekend, so no posts until Monday! Have a great weekend - will return with the FFIF next Friday!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Today's Challenge

This is for today's sketch challenge at scs. It is also for my dd's baptism, this weekend. I stamped "Sometimes you're the bug" from clear dollar stamps, adding the cross and "saved" on license plate from the matching set, "Heaven Bound". I colored the image, using copics, stardust pens and a glaze pen. The base of the card is taken with teal layered with certainly celery, bayou blue and this really cute basic grey dp (notice it has lady bugs on it). I cut the squares along the bottom using a coordinating basic grey dp then matted them with taken with teal and black. I tied this ribbon around it (can't remember where I got it, but isn't it pretty?). I cut the bug out and mounted it with dimensionals. Then I stamped the sentiment on certainly celery and punched it with the small oval punch, matting it with the large oval in taken with teal. I added a few primas and a dew drop, just because it need SOMETHING! The inside says "best taken with God". I sponged all the layers, including the sentiment with bayou blue very lightly. I just dabbed it heavily in ink and with the card laying flat on my su grid pad, I dab the sponge along the edge, just to give it a speckled, distressed look to match the BG DP!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Today's Challenge

Today's challenge really was a challenge for me. I just don't like using grey. But, I did - it's in there, I promise! For this card I used the basic grey snowflake sticker, put it on some GREY cardstock and cut it out. I stamped Santa Collage with versamark and embossed it with silver. I inked the edges just a bit with chocolate chip, then matted it with pacific point, also inked in chocolate chip. Then I added little gems to each circle on the snowflake. The card base is certainly celery, layered with basic grey (see, I told you I used it), pacific point and basic grey dp, all inked with chocolate chip.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Today's Challenge

Yeah - today's challenge was posted early enough for me to get it done this morning before work! Sorry there were no posts over the weekend. I was crafting like mad, but it was for a design team deadline and I can't show you anything - yet!
So, for today's challenge we got to make a cute Christmas tree box. I made mine out of, what else, basic grey. I actually wanted to use some old SEI dp I had, but I didn't have enough. Maybe I'll trying reducing the size and making one with it later. I cut a strip of white with mini scallop scissors and added glitter to it. I got these cute hero arts stamps this weekend, so had to use one. My dd loves penguins, so this will probably be for her. Cute, huh? I used silver paper with my cricut to cut the stars (the instructions called for the large SU star punch, which I don't have) and this polka dot ribbon.

Friday, November 7, 2008


Here's this week's inspiration for the FFIF8. It's a great room with cute lambs and the sweet color combo of so saffron, black and white. Have fun with it. Here' s my sample card:
I started out by sponging certainly celery and bashful blue onto white cardstock. I used a stamp from watercolor mini's with wild wasabi to make the meadow's ground cover. The fence is simply tiny little scraps that were on my desk. I stamped the sheep jumping over the fence (very fitting, since I couldn't go to sleep last night) and then stamped it again on white cardstock. I made black swirls on his body, cut it out and mounted it on the sheep jumping over the fence. I matted it on so saffron and black, to which I added white dots with a white pen. The card base is so saffron, layered with black (dotted with white pen), white (dotted with black pen) and then another layer of so saffron, all tied up with this cute black ribbon with white polka dots.
Hope you have fun with the challenge - don't forget to upload with the keyword FFIF8!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Swedish Collage

Ok, Swedish Collage is totally not my style, but...a couple of summers ago my oldest son went to culinary camp in Lindsborg, KS at the Stockholm Restaurant and Tea Room. Lindsborg is
rich in Swedish culture and Stockholm Restaurant is no exception. Well, last weekend when I went to help my dad at the Victorian Tea in St. John, the owner, Irene Nielson, was the speaker. She did a great job and I sold her cookbooks. As a thank you, she sent me a beautiful swedish crystal hummingbird. So, this is my thank you for the sweet gift.
The image is from starving artist stamps. It is the horse from the doodle factory fairy tale set. The card base is pacific point, layered with white and basic grey dps. I punched the corners for today's wt191. The chipboard letters spell "thank you" in Swedish.
Don't forget to join me tomorrow for Frenchy's Friday Inspiration Challenge!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Night Shift again

OK - I'm home, dinner has been made and eaten and the oldest child is now doing the dishes. I actually finished this card this morning since Gage didn't have to go to school until 9:00. I just took both boys to school at the same time, so I did have a little time to work on the challenge. But, I didn't have time to post it. Better late than never The image is Santa Collage by rubber stampede. I stamped it in cranberry crisp. It is matted on cranberry crisp, beige bazzill and almost amethyst. The next layer is basic grey dp, cranberry crisp and almost artichoke. The last layer is basic grey dp, almost artichoke, beige bazzill and it's all on a cranberry crisp cardbase and tied up with some sheer cranberry ribbon.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

The Tuesday Evening Post

Ok, looks like my posts will be evening posts. I was up at 5:00 am with Kai B. But, alas, the challenge wasn't posted until much later. So, I started it this morning, worked on it a little at noon and just finished up. Also, I had to go to Hobby Lobby this evening - they had all kinds of beads on sale! How fun! So, here's my spin on the color challenge. The color combo lent itself perfectly to a Christmas card, of which I need plenty, so I chose Charlie Snowhorse for my image. I colored him as Charlie Horse buried in snow this time, with ornaments hanging off his "arms". He is mounted on nested ovals and oval scallopped in The Three colors - kiwi kiss, pink pirouette (I was out of pretty in pink) and ridinghood red (which I love, even though I was skeptical that these colors were much different than current colors when I first saw them). The card base is ridinghood red layered with pink pirouette, kiwi kiss & basic grey dp (got it in the mail yesterday, isn't it yummy?). I ticket punched the corners and added little pink gems. I tied on a sheer pink ribbon and stamped the sentiment on pirouette pink, oval punched and layered with ridinghood red. Then, just to give this simple card a little something more I added three more little pink gems on the red oval. Hope you enjoy! See you tomorrow for the Wednesday evening post!

Monday, November 3, 2008

Better late than never

I got this fun comforter set from Target right before my surgery, back in August. I'd been meaning to replace the light blue candles I had that matched my other comforter since then. So, I finally got to it. I used some flourish stamps (I don't remember the brand) and SU Best Blossoms. I stamped them on tissue paper with Chocolate Chip and Pink Passion. I then wrapped the tissue paper around the candles and then heated with my embossing gun. The embossing gun melts the candle just a bit and the tissue paper like melts into the candle. It is awesome and SO easy! The best part about it is that those super cheap $ store candles work great for it. So, if you're looking for an Christmas gift idea - this is a good one! Here's a close up look of the candles:

And, here's a look at the kitty that seems to be neglected by my blog, Citrus (AKA Cityboy):
Well, for those of you who are wondering - I had a great first day at my new job! The people seem very nice!
I did look at the Technique challenge this morning and while I loved it, I had to skip it, because I don't have any corner punches. Maybe Santa will put one in my stocking! But, I will be sure to join in the color challenge tomorrow and maybe even TCP (The Cat's Pajamas) Tuesday!

Sunday, November 2, 2008

No cards today

Ugh - I'm so tired! I went to church this morning and then immediately drove out to St. John (where my parents live) to help my dad, the hopeless volunteer, with the Victorian Tea. I sold cookbooks from 1:00 to 5:30. My mom warned me, as always to watch for deer - they are lookin' for love this time of year and we all know what that does to your brains, so they forget that they aren't supposed to dash out in front of cars. I promised to watch for them, although, I must confess, I can't see the little boogers. My mom can - she'll even point them out and I never see them until we're right there. Well, on the way home a guy had his brights on and I couldn't see anything, so I flashed my lights at him. He no more dimmed them and I saw a doe running right out in front of me. I swerved (yeah, I know you're not supposed to do that) and, thank God she turned around and ran back the other way, so I missed her, but it was SO close! It scared me so badly! But, here I am, home, safe and sound. I'm starting a new job tomorrow (yeah!) and I've begun to worry about what I'm going to wear. So, I did what all good stampers do - I posted the question over on splitcoast and I'm waiting for sage advice from fellow stampers! I've been working on a project with the December releases for CDS (I know we just had Nov., but that's how it works), but I've finally finished it, so more stamping on tomorrow's blog, I promise! Maybe I'll even do Monday's technique challenge. No promises, though, I promised not to buy things just to do the challenges. See you tomorrow - hope you had a great weekend and will have a wonderful week to come!