A special project . . . .

*wink* This is a gift for a friend of mine from the Chatter group on SCS that I am meeting up with tomorrow. I wanted to make her a little something, and this is what I came up with. It is an Altoid sized tin that I altered and made a mini book/album for the inside. I used my new Sellabration Just Delightful Simply Scrappin' Kit. For the top of the tin, I adhered a piece of the striped patterned paper. The blue piece is a cardstock sticker from the cute, which I stamped with the sentiment from the coordinating Delight in Life stamp set in artichoke ink. I added some small cs sticker flowers, and mounted the piece onto some Always Artichoke cs and trimmed. I punched the holes on either side, and added some sheer white narrow organdy ribbon, which wraps around the box and acts as a closure. For the mini book/album insert, I took a piece of 3.5x12 Certainly Celery cs, and scored it every 2 1/8". There was a small strip left at the end, which I removed. Next, I rounded all the corners of the book. For the cover, I used a piece of the striped paper on the bottom and a white scalloped square punchie at the top. I adhered a strip of ricrak cs sticker along the seam of the paper, and added a flower cs sticker over that. On the bottom I used another cs sticker, and attached it using celery brads. For the pages of the book I used alternating designs. There are blank spaces left for the recipient to add photos and journaling. The first, third, and fifth pages have the striped paper at the bottom of the page. Then they each have a square cs sticker layered onto a white scalloped square punchie. The first says "inspire", the second says "create", and the third says "smile". The squares also have ricrak cs strips and small cs flower, which are adhered with a soft subtles brad in the center. The second and fourth pages are coverd with the flourished floral patterned paper. They have vellum pockets at the bottom, which are attched using silver

brads. Inside the pockets are tags, which are made of white cs backed with celery cs to make them a bit more sturdy. They are stamped with the dot pattern from Delight in Life in celery ink. Along the bottom are three small flowers, stamped in rose, saffron, and bashful ink then cut out and adhered to the tag. The tops are punched with the horizontal slot punch and have ties of celery grosgrain and white narrow organdy ribbon. I think it is a cute little book - hopefully she will like it!

Something for me . . . .

This mini clipboard was one of my Christmas Eve projects. I thought I would make something for myself, since everything I have made lately has been for gifts. I purchased a few of these at Staples awhile back, and they have been sitting on my desk ever since. I had the idea of adding one of my giant Primas to the handle of the clip part, so that is where I started. The ribbon actually is tied onto the handle and pulled through the center of the flower before it was tied into a bow. So it is pretty and functional! The ribbon is made by American Crafts. I also love paisley, and the colors of this paper are fabulous! It is made by My Mind's Eye and is in the Kaleidoscope line. For the monogram, I used a Hero Arts clear stamp which is part of a set of everything "T" which I received from my last secret sister. I stamped it onto Gable Green cardstock, then cut it out and stamped it with my Paisley BG in Gable Green ink. I added faux stitching with my Signo white gel pen to make it stand out a bit more. To adhere the paper to the clipboard I used my UHU twist & glue. I trimmed the edges and sanded, then covered the entire piece with Modgepodge to provide a protective coating. The back is painted white using Memory Makers scrapbook paint. Right now, it is just looking so cute sitting on my shelf!

Watercolored Dream . . . .

I'm back! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday - I sure did! I have been eyeing this stamp set for the longest time (I am a sucker for flowers) and I finally got it as one of my Chrstimas gifts - yippee! And of course I had to try it out right away - lol! Since I was out shopping most of the day yesterday I didn't have time to do the color challenge, so I combined it with today's sketch challenge. I started with the bottom panel. I stamped the fern stamp (upside down) repeatedly in caribbean ink on the Cool Caribbean cs, sometimes stamping off beforehand. For some reason, this image in this color reminds me of juniper. I mounted this panel onto Vintage Violet cs. Next I stamped the Print Pattern background in Versammark onto the Rose Red card base, and stamped the French Script background over it in Rose Red ink. For the main image, I stamped the flower onto white cs that had been misted with water. Then I misted them again, and used my heat tool to dry it more quickly. I sponged the edges with violet ink, and mounted the panel onto Rose Red and Vintage Violet cs. The {DREAM} sentiment is from the Think Big stamp set, and it stamped in Rose Red ink. The main image panel is popped up on dimensionals. As a final touch, I added a strip of violet stitched grosgrain ribbon and an antique brass buckle from my Hodgepodge Hardware kit. I was able to stamp a few projects on Christmas Eve as well, so I will share those with you in a bit! Happy stamping! ;)


Merry Christmas to YOU!

We are soooo close to Christmas now!!! This will probably be my last post before the holidays, since things are getting so hectic. So, I wanted to take this opportunity to wish you all a Merry Christmas, the happiest of holidays etc. and to thank you for all your support in my little blogging adventure! And what better way to send those wishes your way than with a card made especially for you, my loyal blog readers! It is sized at 6 3/4" x 3 3/8" to fit SU!'s small open ended envies. I have always wanted to make a card with these dimensions, but as I do not have the proper envelopes, I have refrained. Well, since this is more of a virtual card for y'all, I didn't really need one! ;) I stared with a Cranberry Crisp card base, and stamped it with the French Flair BG in white craft ink. Next, I tore away the bottom edge, and cut a 1 1/2" strip of True Thyme cs, and adhered it to the inside of the card. So, the front of the card ends at the tear, the thyme piece is on the inside. *wink* This could have also easily been a pocket card, like a mony holder, but I'm not sending y'all money - sorry! *grin* On the thyme piece, I stamped the "Merry Christmas" sentiment from the Glad Tidings set in Always Artichoke ink. I used my rectangle punch on either side of the sentiment, and threaded through and tied some of my "Jody ribbon". For the main image, I simply cut out two pointsettias from a piece of Holiday Thyme designer paper. Then I inked them with Versamark, and embossed with Iridescent Ice embossing powder. I added a few Hero Arts gems to the centers of the flowers, and attched them to the card. So, from the bottom of my heart I am sending wonderful holiday wishes to you and yours! Until next time, I'm as always Inkfully Yours . . . .

Find joy in the little things . . . .


I'm so happy! This year for Christmas, Stampin' UP! decided to send all of their demonstrators a free stamp set as a token of their appreciation. Mine arrived in my mailbox yesterday, and it is so cute! The set is called Polka Dots & Paisley, and will appear in the upcoming Spring Mini catalog. What could be better than free stamps, and a sneak preview as well! I wasted no time in mounting the set, and decided to put together this little mini card set as my first project. I started with the center card, whic is stamped on a Fabriano notecard that I purchased from Cindy (starlitstudio) on her Ebay store. They are divine! I stamped the sentiment in the center, and inked the flowers with some markers and misted before stamping in a circle. I added a clear stone (from Wal-Mart) to the word "little" and used my horizontal slot punch to thread through the chocolate grosgrain ribbon. For the celery card, I stamped the misted flower three times, added part of the sentiment inked with my chocolate marker, mounted onto chocolate cardstock, and added some of my pink Jody ribbon. For the pink card I stamped the misted flower once, then inked a portion of the sentiment with my chocolate marker again, mounted the image onto chocolate cs and added the celery grosgrain ribbon across the center. These are super simple, but I think they are cute together! I can't wait to play some more with my wonderful gift! Thanks SU! ;)

Latte Thanks . . . .

It's Sketch Challenge Wednesday!!! This week's sketch is so fun - for a little twist the bottom of the card base must be stamped! And, I liked the color combo for this week so much, I decided to use it again! So, I started with the dotted patterned paper from Basic Grey's Blush collection, and cut it to 2.5" x 3.75" and sponged the edges with chocolate ink. I matted this piece onto Chocolate Chip cs, then mounted that onto the right side of a 3x4 piece of Sage Shadow cs, which I also sponged the edges of with chocolate ink. Next, I stamped the coffee mug and foam from the Like it a Latte set in chocolate ink on Blush Blossom cs, and added liquid applique to the foam. After heating it with my embossing tool, I cut out the mug and adhered it to the dotted paper, which I had stamped with the steam image in chocolate ink. Using a Rose Red card base, I stamped the "thank you" sentiment from Wonderful Words along the bottom edge, and then overstamped the "I like it a latte." sentiment in white craft ink. As a finishing touch, I added some brown dotted organdy ribbn underneath the main panel. This will make a cute thank you card for those special Christmas gifts!

Bohemian Love

I made this card yesterday for the color challenge over on SCS. I have had my new French Flair BG stamp for a few weeks now, but I had yet to try it out. The colors for this week are Rose Red, Blush Blossom, Sage Shadow, and an option of using Chocolate Chip. Emily said she was inspired by the colors in Basic Grey's new Blush line of papers, which I also got a few weeks ago but have yet to use. So, when I was flipping through my stash and saw this paper with the bird, I thought it would be perfect for combinging with the French Flair BG! So, I started with a 5.5" x 2.5" strip of the patterned paper and sponged the long edges with chocolate chip ink to add a little dimension. I matted the strip onto a piece of Rose Red cs, and added that to the Blush Blossom card base. Next, I created the acetate overlay by stamping my French Flair BG in white StazOn ink. For them sentiment I use one from the Cute Converse set, and inked it with a chocolate marker. It is stamped on Sage Shadow cs, and punched out using the word window punch. The edges were also sponged with chocolate ink, and then it was adhered to the card base. The overlay is adhered on the back of the card, and attached with a piece of white feathery fiber that I received from my last DSS, Valerie (simplypink). I am lovin' this Bohemian style that is all the rage right now!!!

UHU Review!

So, I was reading Debbie Olsen's fabulous blog, Thinking Inking (link at right), last week when I came across her review of a few UHU adhesive products. As I read through her post, she explained that she had gotten the samples for free! from Maria Filosa, simply for agreeing to review the products on her blog! What is even cooler, is that Maria and UHU were extending this offer to other bloggers willing to do the same. So, I emailed Maria and received a prompt response from Rebecca from UHU Public Relations and the samples arrived speedily as well. You might remember me mentioning my using them on the last few projects I have posted. So, here are my musings. I used the UHU Scrapbookers Pen on my Noel wall hanging to adhere the paper to the chipboard, and to adhere the cut out letters. The Scrapbookers Pen boasts a "super fast glue" that is "ideal for paper and cardboard", so I thought this would be a perfect project to try it out. While the glue was quick to dry, it was *not* so quick as to not allow me time to acheive the perfect positioning on my chipboard coaster! The packaging also says that it will not wrinkle paper, and I am happy to report that this is the case. Its precise applicator allows the user to easily control how much and where the glue is used, as it applies much like a pen, hence the name! The cap has a built in spire that when closed is inserted into the tip of the pen, so as to prevent clogging - a major plus! And the Scrapbookers Pen also boasts that it is washable, and while I did not have cause to try out this feature, it is a plus as well because who doesn't have an "oops" moment at some point? ;) Overall, I like it and while I don't think I would use it on my cards, it *will* save me $$$ because I usually use my mono on everything, and the UHU Scrapbookers Pen is really a better adhesive product for many of my 3-dimensional projects. Ok, onto the other product I was sent, the UHU twist & glue! I used this product for my chipboard coaster calendar, to adhere the patterned paper to the coasters and to the cardstock pages. I really like the applicator on this one! To open it you just twist in the middle by the arrow, and the top "pops" off. This leaves the applicator in the wide coverage position. This is how I used it in order to provide an even all-over coverage to my project. However, if you simply twist in reverse you will reveal a skinny, more precise applicator tip for fine coverage. The picture on the bottle shows that you can draw small lines, or dots with the glue in this position. Neat, huh? The twist & glue is an "all purpose" glue, and boasts such uses as paper, cardboard, wood, felt, and cork. It is also acid free, a great feature for long lasting projects, and non-toxic - a big plus for those with little ones around! I was a bit concerned at first when I applied the glue to the cardstock pages of my calendar, as they began to bend up. However, after I adhered the patterned paper to them, I placed them under a book to dry, and they flattened out perfectly. Not only that, but I think the twist & glue led to those pages being stronger and more durable than they would have be had I used my regular mono adhesive. As I intend to use the calendar for at least an entire year, this is a huge and unexpected plus! Overall, I am pleased with the UHU twist & glue as well! I was surprised to find that there are so many specialized UHU adhesives for crafting purposes. I still have an old UHU glue stic that is going strong after many years!!! I can't recall seeing these in a retail setting, but I will definitely be looking out for them in the future. I know that UHU also make a mono type adhesive runner because Debbie reviewed this product on her blog, and I am curious to give it a try!

A New Year . . .

. . . a new calendar! Isn't that one of the many joys of the holiday season, choosing which calendar images will grace your walls, or in this case, your desk for the upcoming year? I know that my husband and I have trouble coming to an agreement on one most of the time - lol! ;) Anyway, it seems as though *everyone* has been making these little desktop coaster calendars this year, and who am I to walk away from what just might be the latest craze? So, I decided to try one out for myself! I was inspired to *finally* bite the bullet and put this all together by an awesome version I say yesterday in the Splitcoaststampers gallery, made by the fabulous StamperSharon. She used the same stamp set, SU!'s Perennial Favorites for her cover as well, but I changed up the color scheme and designer papers for my project. Sharon's is also way more detailed than mine. Please check out her SCS gallery to see her fabulous creation! Ok, so I started by covering 2 chipboard coasters on both sides with paper from the Four Seasons collection. Next I cut twelve 4x4 squares from Naturals Vanilla cardstock to make the pages, rounded the corners, and covered them with designer paper as well. I used another UHU adhesive for this project, called "twist & glue". For more details, look for my UHU Review a little later. I used my Silent Setter to punch holes in the tops of the covers and the pages, and bound everything together using some rings I had previously purchased at Wal-Mart. I had also previously printed out several copies of calendar pages, from I template I found on the Splitcoaststampers website. I matted these onto colored cardstock, and notched the corners with the ticket corner punch. I used a removable adhesive on the pages themselves, so I can simply replace them with next year's calendar if I should so desire. As a finishing touch, I added some of my treasured Jody ribbon to the rings at the top. These little calendars would make great gifts. Maybe I will add them to my list - for next year!!! ;)

Decking the walls . . . .

So, there is less than a week left until Christmas. Are you ready??? ;) My daughter, Kaleigh has been ready since Thanksgiving - lol! I am trying to tie up a few loose ends, and then all will be well. I need to have everything in place a little early, because I will be working on Saturday. I am very excited about the prospect of actually being home for both Christmas and Christmas Eve though, because I have worked them for last two years. I'm planning to celebrate all those little traditions that make the holidays so special for me and my family. Anyway, as I was browsing last night, I realized that I haven't posted anything here in a few days. I know everyone is busy, busy, busy at this time of year, but I had a free hour last night so I decided to put together a project for you. This simple wall hanging was created using some of the 100 chipboard coasters I ordered awhile back. There are so many fun projects being made with these versatile beauties, I might just have another one up my sleeve soon! *wink* I started by cutting 4x4 squares from my new and delicious Basic Grey "Dasher" collection paper. I chose two coordinating sheets and cute two squares from each. After rounding the corners of the paper, I adhered each one to a chipboard coaster using UHU's Scrapbookers Pen. I was sent some free samples of UHU adhesives, in return for reviewing their products, so expect more on those goodies later! Next, I traced the letters (here "n", "o", "e", and "l") from SU!'s On Board Chipboard alpha onto the coordinating paper, cut them out, and adhered them to the coasters. Next, I used my Silent Setter (by Provo Craft) to punch holes in the coasters. I attached them together using SU! white wide organdy ribbon, tying a bow at the top for hanging. It is very simple, but I think it is also elegant, and hopefully with a little care, it will adorn our walls for many Christmases to come!

So much to do, so little time . . . .

Christmas is getting closer!!! I have so much yet to do. I have been racing around the past few days trying to get all my packages ready to mail. That also meant finishing my swap cards that are due just after Christmas. I already shared one with you last week, and here is the final version of the second one. It all started with the acetate overlay. I really wanted to try this out, and since my friend Jody was kind enough to send me an entire box of them, this was the perfect opportunity. I was inspired by a card on SCS to make a frame with the flourish image from the Delight in Life stamp set on the acetate using white StazOn ink. I really like the white StazOn, although I have heard several complaints about it, but it works well in my opinion. For the color combo, I was inspired by the color scheme of the Enchante designer paper from SU!'s Winter Mini. Since I don't own it (yet) I used some of my paper from the Just Delightful Simply Scrappin' Kit. I stamped the background of the Perfect Plum card base with the solid flower image in plum ink. Next I inked the word "selight" from the sentiment stamp with my Pale Plum marker and stamped a tab on white cs. The main flower image is stamped in plum ink on Pale Plum cs, and the center is watercolored with plum ink and my aquapainter. Then I accented the flower using my white Signo gel pen, and cut out. The flower is adhered on top of the acetate, which is attached to the card base using silver brads. I hope everyone likes the cards, and I am glad to have one more thing crossed off of my list!

BIG & little . . .

. . . pieces, that is! It's Tuesday, and that means only one thing - color challenge day! Today's combo is Real Red, Cool Caribbean and Whisper White. I decided to make a birthday card today, since I needed one and I am *finally* done with my Christmas cards for this year. For some reason, I thought to pull out my new, yet much neglected Big Pieces stamp set from the SU! Winter Mini, and its counterpart Little Pieces. I started with a 3 3/4" x 5" piece of white cs, and chose 2 big and 2 little coordinating pieces. I stamped the big pieces first, and filled in with the little pieces. I also used Tempting Turquoise ink for one of the images. I mounted the main panel onto red cs, and then adhered it to the caribbean card base. The sentiment is from the It's Your Birthday set, and is attached with silver brads, and accented with red gingham ribbon. The result is a fun, retro card that hopefully will add to the recipient's special day!

$1 Stamp Holiday Cards

I decided that since the holidays are ever nearing, that I'd better whip out some cards using my holiday $1 stamps, before I put them away until next year. Now, you have seen the gingerbread men and snowman, but the ornament is new. I found it over the weekend at Joanns. Anyway, after playing around for a bit this morning, this is what I came up with. The first card was inspired by one I saw in the gallery over at Splitcoaststampers. I made the little "cookie sheet" out of brushed silver cs, and cut out the little individual "cookies" which I stamped in Close to Cocoa ink on Creamy Caramel cs. I stamped the Dotted BG in cocoa ink on the Close to Cocoa card base. Then I used my Signo white gel pen to faux stitch around the edges and to add "icing buttons" to the "cookies". Next I threaded the ribbon through two horizontal slot punched holes, and hung the sentiment from the bow. The sentiment is inked with markers in red, caramel, and green and says "sweet holiday wishes". It is on a word window punch out, and hanging with silver cord. The second card is a clear card, made from a 1/2 sheet of acetate. I stamped the front of the card all over with the swirl from Finest Flourishes and snowflakes from The Snowflake Spot with white StazOn. For the image and sentiment, I used scalloped square punchies. The snowman is stamped in black ink, and has Cool Caribbean and Dazzling Diamonds glitter accents. The sentiment if from All Year Cheer I, and says "warmest wishes". It is stamped in caribbean ink, and then has Archival Brilliance Platinum Planet ink smeared over the entire square, which gives it a pearlized look. The scallops are pierced and highlighted with my Sakura Stardust glitter pen. On the fold there is a bow made from sheer white narrow organdy ribbon and silver cord. For the third card, I stamped the ornaments with Timber Brown StazOn on a strip of Very Vanilla cs, and watercolored with cranberry, olive, and artichoke ink and my aquapainter. They are accented with my Sakura Stardust glitter pen, and the edges of the strip are sponged with chocolate ink. The strip was them mounted onto Chocolate Chip cs, and paper from the Holiday Thyme designer series. All that was mounted onto the Old Olive card base, and the "Happy Holidays" sentiment from Warmest Regards was stamped in chocolate ink in the bottom corner. These were pretty quick and easy cards to make, and I can cross a few more names off of my list! I'm hoping to have all my cards and packages ready to mail by Thursday. Wish me luck! ;)

A pocket full of chocolate . . .

. . . what could be better? I can think of little else!!! *grin* I made this card late Friday afternoon, and am just now getting a break from the weekend craziness to share it with you. I am really lovin' my new Like it a Latte stamp set, can you tell??? ;) This card is another for the SCS Sketch Challenge last week, which I also love! It is just so cute! Anyway, as I was browsing through the Splitcoast gallery, I was inspired to try the sketch with a "belly band" closure. So, I started with a Kraft cardstock base, scored to the sketch specifications, and stamped the bottom flap repeatedly with the cocoa bean image ib chocolate ink, and the top flap with the steam image in white craft ink. Then I sponged the edges with chocolate ink as well. I cut a 1" strip of Chocolate Chip cs to use as the band, and adhered a scalloped square punchie to the back of it. For the main image, I used a piece of Loves Me designer paper, punched into a scalloped square shape. I stamped the cup, marshmallows, straws and the word "chocolate" in chocolate ink, then highlighted the marshmallows and the straws with my Signo white gel pen. I will put a surprise inside for the recipient, along with the sentiment "Nothing's better than a good friend with chocolate." Cute, cute, cute! ;)

Better late than never . . . .

So, I received a package in the mail from a friend yesterday. It was a fabulously awesome package, filled with lots of goodies for me and my daughter, Kaleigh. In amongst all the toys, was a caramel apple kit package. A few months back, my friend Jody has an amazingly creative idea of making these little beauties for the LSS she designs for. To view her creation (which is 100 times better than mine), please visit her blog, Confessions of a Ribbon Addict (link at right). She is one of the most talented stampers I know, and a real sweetie to boot! They are supah cute, and I fell in love! So, I decided to give it a try. I went out and bought supplies to make 6 of them as gifties. I stamped all the tags, and assembled one bucket ensemble as a starting point. Well, I am embarassed to say, that is as far as it got! It got piled underneath lots of things in my craft area, and was all but forgotten until I received Jody's package yesterday. So, I decided to dig it out, only to notice that at least half of the caramels were missing. Guess I can blame sticky 4 year old fingers on that one! LOL! Anyway, I decided to take a pic to share with y'all, even if it is a little late for fall! The little metal bucket came from Joanns, and is filled with Kraft caramels, Trident apple gum (and tissue paper for filler), and a tag on a stick! To make the tag, I stamped the bucket and apples from Basket of Kindness, and watercolored. I drew in the caramel and sticks on the apples. I mounted onto Gable Green and Creamy Caramel cs, and stamped the words "caramel apple kit" with my Karen Foster snap stamps. I added a bit of green sheer dotted organdy ribbon to the top, and voila! Now I just need to find someone to try these "apples" out!

Sending warm thoughts your way . . . .

OK, I *know* I shouldn't complain, but it has gotten seriously cold here all of a sudden. No, I'm not going to tell you what temp it is, because I'm sure all of you northerners would razz me, but temperature is all relative! I am originally from Chicago, so I have dealt with my fair share of cold. We are not friends, hence the move to sunny FL. But before we moved, when we use to come on vacation here , we would make fun of all the poeple in sweaters and jackets in the beautiful 70 degree weather. Now, after almost 4 years here, I can honestly say that I am a "cold sissy" - lol! ;) The thing is, it is often in the low 70's during the day, but then drops about 20 degrees in the evening - what a shock to the system!!! Anyway, I was playing around with my new Like it a Latte set last night, and this is what I came up with. I started by stamping the cocoa mug onto some of the Loves Me designer series paper in chocolate ink. I topped it with some whipped cream and added a straw. I accented the straw and whipped cream using my white Signo gel pen. I sponged the edges of the panel with chocolate ink and cut it extra tall in order to add an acetate overlay of steam. I know, you can't see it at all in the picture, but trust me, it is there! It is attched to the main image with the pink brads at the top. I mounted the panel onto chocolate and white cs. I adhered a strip of pink stretchy ribbon from the Flirty ribbon originals collection across the Chocolate Chip card base, and added some chocolate velvet ribbon on top of it. The main image is popped up on dimensionals over it. For the sentiment, I stamped it onto the same Loves Me ds paper, and punches with the word window punch. Even my hubby said he liked the feel of these colors together - very warm and cozy. Warm wishes, and a cup of cocoa for all! ;)

Busy, busy, busy . . . .

Whew! It just seems like there is always so mcuh going on at this time of year. Of course, it doesn't help when one piles on additional responsibilities - lol! I spend most of the afternoon yesterday hammering out these Sellabration (SAB) swap cards. 14 down! Of course, I have 14 left to go, but those will have to be a different design! My card showcases the Delight in Life stamp set. I actually started this card with the sentiment. When I first saw the pictures of it, I thought it would be a perfect fit for the Key Tag punch, which of course I *needed* to get to try it out - lol! ;) To create the multi-colored image, I first carefully inked the word "life" with the edge of my caribbean ink pad. Then I colored the rest in with chocolate, rose, and celery markers. Next I "huffed" onto the stamp to remoisten the inks, and stamped onto Very Vanilla cs. Then I punched them out - just barely fits! Next I stamed the Cool Caribbean card base all over with the smaller flower outline stamp in caribbean ink. For the top panel, I handcut the curved design, and traced it multiple times so that they would all be the same. I stamped the Chocolate Chip cs with the dotted stamp in chocolate ink. For the main image, I stamped the flower outline in chocolate ink on vanilla cs, and watercolored using my aquapainter and Regal Rose craft and caribbean inks. Then I cute them out, and mounted them on dimensionals as well. For a finishing touch I added the celery ribbon along the bottom, underneath the popped up sentiment. Glad to have them done, and I hope everyone likes them! ;)

I like you a latte.

I do! I also *love* this stamp set, featured in SU!'s Winter Mini catalog. Fabulous!!! I don't even drink coffee or cocoa and I *had* to have it. Of course, it's all Jody's fault - lol! ;) Anyway, it just arrived yesterday, and I had to use it right away to make another card for the Sketch Challenge. I started with the main image, stamping the cup and marshmallows in Chocolate Chip ink on the Kraft cardstock. I added the straw in Real Red, and the steam in white craft ink. I used my Signo white gel pen to color in the marshmallows and to accent the straw. Next I stamped a heart in red ink on white cs, cut it out and added Dazzling Diamonds glitter. It is popped up with dimensionals. I sponged the edges of the panel with chocolate ink, and matted it onto chocolate cs. Next, I stamped the bottom panel all over with the cocoa beans and sponged the edges in chocolate ink, and adhered to the Real Red card base. The upper panel is stamped all over with the heart in red ink, but it is really hard to make out. I jsut could not get a decent picture! The sentiment was created my using my chocolate marker to ink up portions of the sentiment, omitting the "it", which I replace with the "you" from Expressive Flexible Phrases. On the inside there is a pull out piece of white cs with rounded corners, that has the flourish stamp along the edges. This will be for writing the message. Well, I have lots more ideas for creations with this set, so stay tuned! Until next time, I'm as always, Inkfully Yours . . . .

Sketch Challenge Wednesday!

One of my favorite days of the week! The sketch this week is courtesy of one of my favorite stampers, sereikastamper (Keri). To take a peek at some of her fabulous creations, please visit her blog, Pink Lemonade (link at right). The sketch is just adorable, and I can see myself playing with it some more before the week is through. ;) For my first attempt though, I *had* to whip out another of my newest acquisitions, the Just Delightful Simply Scrappin' Kit from SU! It will be available *for free* during the Sellabration promotion, which runs from January 1 through February 26th. Anyway, I just love the delightful spring colors! I started with a piece of 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 Certainly Celery cs as my card base, and scored it at 2" and 6" on the short side. I then stamped the Dots & Daisies BG on the inside in celery ink, and accented the centers of the flowers with my white Signo gel pen. For the front flaps, I adhered pieces of the patterned paper that comes with the kit. On the bottom flap I added a "friend" cardstock sticker label, and attached it with two blue brads. I then adhered the sides of the flap to the inside of the card to create a pocket. For the focal image, I used a scalloped square punchie and added to it a cardstock sticker flower and leaves. In the bottom right corner I stamped the "for you" sentiment from the Happy Everything set in Cameo Coral ink. I then added saffron brads in the corners, and adhered the square to the top flap only, so the card can open to reveal the pocket. I also attached a piece of narrow white organdy ribbon as a closure underneath the main image. For the inner pull-out, I used a piece of 4 3/4 x 3 1/2 white cs, and rounded the corners. I sponged the edges in coral ink, and stamped one of the flowers from the Delight in Life set along the bottom edge in So Saffron, Bashful Blue, and Certainly Celery ink. On the top right corner I added a cardstock sticker tab, attached with a celery brad. The result is a whimsical, delightful all-occasion card sure to brighten anyone's day!

Got balls?

Ornament balls, that is!!! ;) It seems like my friends and I will be making tons of these little gems this year. They are the frequent subject of our conversations. Last night, we were taking a count to see who has made the most. I have stopped at six (for now) because I have many other projects on my table waiting to be completed, but they are fun and seriously addictive!!! Two of them have already been mailed out as gifts, but I am sharing with you today the two I made yesterday using my new Basic Grey Dasher and Fruitcake papers. Again, huge thanks and {{{hugs}}} to Amanda for her fabulous tutorial. If you would like to become addicted yourself, please visit her blog, {INKSPIRATIONS} (link at right). I am expecting some more goodies from SU! later today, so check back soon for more fun and exciting projects! Until then, I'm as always, Inkfully Yours . . . .

New stamps - yippee!


I had a visit from the brown truck today!!! It was my Sellabration preorder from SU! I was a little surprised, seeing as how it wasn't scheduled to be delivered until Thursday!!! *giddies* I *heart* fresh rubbah!!! I ordered the Just Delightful Simply Scrappin' Kit, since I have a weakness for them, and the coordinating set, Delight in Life, which I will be using to make some swap cards. I am expecting another box from SU! tomorrow containing supplies I need to make the swap cards, so I can't get started on those just yet. I of course had to mount my set right away though. Well, just as soon as I finished making and eating dinner! I had seen a couple of people already playing with this set had decided to make the main flower image into a pointsettia, and I thought this would be perfect for completing today's color challenge on SCS - Cranberry Crisp, More Mustard, and Sage Shadow. I must admit, I was less than thrilled with the combo when I first saw it this morning, and I almost just passed this week, but I think that the combo works on this card. I started by stamping the main flower twice on cranberry cs in cranberry ink. I cut them out, and used a dimensional to adhere them together, slightly askew. I then stamped the same flower in sage ink on sage cs, and cute out two sets of two petals each, to form the leaves and adhered these to the back of the main flower. I then stamped the same flower again in mustard ink on mustard cs, and cut out and adhered only the middle portion to the main flower. I stamped the Holiday Print BG in mustard ink on mustard cs, and notched the corners using the ticket corner punch. I mounted the background onto the cranberry card base. As a final touch, I stamped the flourish from Delight in Life in cranberry ink on the background twice, once on either side, before centering and adhering the main image. This card is really simple, but I think it is still elegant, and it puts me one card closer to finishing my Christmas stamping for this year. Tomorrow I will share with you some more Pinecone Ball Ornaments. Until then, I am as always, Inkfully Yours . . . .

Trimming the Tree . . . .

As we are all getting ready for the upcoming holiday, I thought I would share with you what I spent the majority of my free time this weekend doing. A few weeks ago, my friend Amanda posted a tutorial on her blog for making these beautiful Pinecone Ball Ornaments. They look so complicated to make, so though I sat in awe of her gorgeous creations, I had no real intention of trying to make them myself. Well, I started seeing them pop up in the gallery over at Splitcoaststampers and on many of the other blogs I read, and I thought perhaps they are not as complicated as I first thought. After re-reading Amanda's tutorial I thought, "Hey! I *can* (maybe) do this!" ;) So, I set out to get the necessary supplies and give it a go! Anyway, Amanda did such a fabulous job creating the tutorial, so I am *not* going to give you directions for these here. If you are interested in making some for yourself or to give as gifts (I made 2 of those too!), please visit Amanda's blog, {INKSPIRATIONS} through the link on the right. I will tell you that I used SU!'s Holiday Thyme designer series paper to create these two ornaments, as well as wide organdy ribbon in gold and white. You will also need 3" styrofoam balls and 19mm applique pins to complete the project. And a thimble *might* come in handy! ;) For all other details, please check out Amanda's tutorial. On another note, I want to apologize for not getting anything posted sooner, however this weekend proved to be quite a busy one for us, as I'm sure it was for some of you as well. Please know that I did not intend to leave you "hanging", so to speak, and I will try to be more diligent in the future!

And the winners are . . .

. . . renee and lisa!!! Congratulations ladies and c'mon down! You're the next winners here at Inkfully Yours! My daughter, Kaleigh picked the names for me this morning. I had mentioned it to her last night, so naturally it was the first thing on her mind this morning! I am trying to work on posting a link so you can email me your addresses, so please be patient! ;) I have been putting off posting all week, so as to keep this post at the top to garner as much attention as possible. So, I will try to post a project for you all sometime today! Thanks again to everyone who played, and who reads my blog regularly! I really appreciate all of your comments and encouragement! Until next time, I'm as always, Inkfully Yours . . . .

Happy Holidays, and a contest!!!

Now that Thanksgiving is behind us, I'm sure we are all busy preparing for the upcoming holidays. I want to take another opportunity to say "thank you" to all of you, my blog subscribers and readers. I have had the idea to make ornaments for some time now, and I just recently have been able to sit down to put them to paper, so to speak. And, seeing that sometime over the weekend my blog had its 5,000th hit, I thought it would be the perfect time to celebrate! So, from now until Friday, each person who responds to this post, will be entered into a drawing to win one of these handmade ornaments AND the coordinating stamp I used to create the project!!! And, only one entry per person please! ;) Okay, on to the details. For the snowman ornament, I covered a piece of circle chipboard, from the SU! On Board Accents pack, with snowflake patterned paper from the Holiday Thyme collection on both sides. I then took a scalloped circle punched piece of Whisper White cardstock and stamped the snowman image, which is from Michaels. I watercolored his hat and scarf with Bashful Blue ink, and his nose in Pumkin Pie. Then I sponged the sky with Bashful Blue ink as well. I pierced the scallops and accented them with my Sakura Stardust glitter pen. Then I used my Sakura Quickie Glue Pen and SU! Dazzling Diamonds glitter to add some shimmer to the snowman and the snow. On the back of the ornament, I accented the snowflakes with my Sakura Stardust glitter pen as well. Finally, I added a piece of May Arts sheer white dotted ribbon to the top for a hanger. The gingerbread ornament is actually a cookie cutter purchased from Michaels. I liked the fact that it was painted brown already! To make the tag accent, I inked the gingerbread stamp (also from Michaels) with my Creamy Caramel and Real Red markers, then huffed and stamped on Confetti White cs. I trimmed the paper, and slid it through my tag punch to create the long narrow tag. I edged the tag with my Green Galore marker, to tie in with the American Crafts ribbon hanger. Both are ideas for very simple and easy handmade gifts, which I love to do, especially around the holidays! I hope you like them, and don't forget to post a comment so you can have a chance to win one of the ornaments and matching stamps!!! I will draw and post the winners on Saturday morning!

So thankful . . .

. . . for family, for friends, for shelter, for food to eat, and for all the luxuries we have to enjoy. Happy Thanksgiving to everyone, everywhere! I spent this morning baking some nummy desserts to share with those I love. I made my very first pie today!!! I am so proud of myself, even if I did encounter a few "complications" along the way! It is a Praline Pumpkin Pie, and it looks simply delicious!!! I also made a Caramel Apple Cheesecake to take to my friend's house, where we will spend Thanksgiving tomorrow night. She is one of my closest friends from back home in Chicago, and she invited us to her home for our very first Thanksgiving in Florida, before we had any family down here. In fact, we consider she and her parents to be part of our extended family!!! Last year, we invited them to share Thanksgiving with us, as they were in the middle of a big move. This year, her sister and her family, who recently moved to FL, will be there as well. We are really looking forward to seeing everyone. Our schedules are so hectic, and we live far enough away, that the last time we have actually seen each other was February!!! Anyway, I also wanted to make a little hostess gift, to express our appreciation. I purchased these fabulously rich BoBunny Press papers awhile back, and they were just begging to be used for this project. I started with 5 black chipboard coasters, and 10 4x4 squares of the patterned paper. After rounding the corners of the paper, I adhered them to the front and back of each coaster, and used my silent setter to punch holes in each corner of the coasters. I then sanded the edges for a smoother look, and began to fasten the coasters together to form a cube. I found this ribbon at a local scrapbook shop, and the colors are a *perfect* match for these papers. I tied bows through all the holes, first connecting the side coasters to the bottom, and then to each other along the top, which is open. Inside I place a "pumpkin pie" scented candle in a frosted glass jar. Just a note of caution: the box is for presentation and display purposes only! DO NOT under any circumstances burn the candle while it is inside the box!!! A fire is not considered to be a good gift, ok??? ;) Anyway, it is just a little something, but I hope she likes it. We certainly appreciate the kindness and generosity she and her family have shown us, and we are truly greatful for their friendship! Here's wishing you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving! And to those of you who are like me, one of the brave Black Friday shoppers, here's hoping you find tons of greal deals! Until next time, I'm as always, Inkfully Yours . . . .

I *heart* flowers . . .

. . . and these beauties are no exception. Check out these giant sunflowers! Aren't they just gorgeous? This project was made for Betsy, the owner of Innovative Stamp Creations. ISC offers many wonderful rubber stamp sheets. The stamps used in this project are fom the Flowers & Elements sheet. Unfamiliar with sheets? Basically, they are uncut, unmounted rubber stamps which all coordinate in some way, similar to a stamp set. This ends up being a way to keep costs down, and allows the stamper a variety of mounting options. It could be as simple as attaching double-sided tape to the back of the trimmed image and temporarily adhering it to the back of another stamp's handle. Since ISC's images are so deeply etched in the rubber, this makes for a very economical option. I chose to purchase a sheet of cling foam, which provides a feel similar to the way most of the stamps I own are mounted. Assembling the stamps is super simple and easy! I peeled the backing from the adhesive side of the cling foam and adhered the entire rubber sheet. From there, I trimmed away any excess cling mount to save for future use, although there was not much because the rubber stamp sheet measured approximately 8x10. From there, I trimmed the stamps as I would normally with my SU! stamps. After they were all trimmed, I removed the backing over the cling side of the foam, and laid all the stamps (18 in all!) in an extra SU! case I had. This is going to be a perfect way to store these stamps, alongside my others. I also purchased an acrylic block for mounting purposes. They come in all shapes and sizes. The one I got is A-2 card front sized, 4 1/4" x 5 1/2". I thought this would provide the most versatility. The neat thing is, while the stamps are *not* clear stamps (they are made of high quality red rubber), you can still see through the acrylic block to know where you are stamping!!! This really helps with placement, especially if you are omitting part of an image. Ok, on to the project! Betsy, who is a subscriber to my little blog, contacted me regarding my previous post with the 3x3 boxes. You remember the contest, right? ;) Anyway, I thought it would be fitting for my first project using her stamps to be a 3x3 box and cards. I started by cutting a piece of So Saffron cardstock down to fit the box dimensions. I stamped the sunflower image all over in So Saffron ink, although it is hard to make out in any of the pictures. I then scored and assembled the box, using a strong adhesive (Miracle Tape). For the lid, I used So Saffron cs again, and covered it with a piece of SU!'s double-sided designer paper from the Spring Flowers collection. I then scored and assembled the lid, and added some caribbean rikrac, from the Flirty ribbon originals collection, around the middle. Next, I stamped the sunflower using Timber Brown StazOn on Naturals Ivory cs. I watercolored using my Watercolor Wonder Crayons and an aquapainter, then cut out the image. I added microbeads to the flower's center, and added it to the box using dimensionals. The "F" for flower, was stamped in Cool Caribbean ink on Cool Caribbean cs, cut out and adhered to the box. Next, I set out to create some matching cards to go inside the box. For the So Saffron card I inked the petals of the flower using So Saffron ink, and used my Chocolate Chip marker to ink the flower's center. I stamped the word "blossom" along the bottom in Chocolate Chip ink, and tied some chocolate gingham ribbon along the fold. For the Chocolate Chip card, I again stamped the sunflower in Timber Brown StazOn on Naturals Ivory cs, and watercolored using my WWC's and an aquapainter. I punched three 1/16" holes in the flower's center and added copper brads from SU!'s vintage brads collection. The background is stamped with the ISC "script" stamp repeatedly, in Chocolate Chip ink. The flower was then cut out and adhered using dimensionals. For the Cool Caribbean card, I stamped the petals of the sunflower on the corners of the card in Cool Caribbean ink. I then stamped the entire image in the center of the card using Versamark ink. I embossed the image using Classy Copper embossing powder and my heat tool. I made 2 of each style card, for a total of six, and included 3x3 envelopes also. I had so much fun creating this set! I really hope that Betsy likes what I came up with!!! And I am looking forward to creating many more projects featuring ISC's fabulous flower stamps!

Big Holiday Wishes . . . .

It's Wednesday, better known as Sketch Challenge Day over at Splitcoaststampers. I know, I know . . . I never did get around to making a card for *last* week's sketch, but it *is* on my list . . . . That being said, here is the card I made for this week's unique sketch. Everyone seems to be doing holiday cards, and since I have so many yet to make, I guess I am no exception. I have been wanting to pick up my new Winter Mini set, Big Pieces again so I thought why not make them into a holiday card??? And, since they are "big" pieces, I though what better sentiment to use than the Think Big set from the Holiday Mini??? Perfect! I started with a True Thyme card base, and cut it to the specifications of the sketch. For the front of the card, I repeatedly stamped the same image from Big Pieces in Always Artichoke ink. I then stamped the same image from the coordinating Little Pieces in Cranberry Crisp, then punched them out with the 1/2" circle punch, and adhered them to the centers of the Big Pieces images. For the inside panel, I cut a piece of Very Vanilla cs 1/4" smaller than the card base, sponged the edges and mounted onto Cranberry Crisp cs. To create the multi-colored "big" sentiment, I sponged ink onto the letters, then "huffed" and stamped. Beneath it I stamped the "holidays" (omitting the "s") from Happy Everything, and "wishes" from Expressive Flexible Phrases. To add the ribbon tie closure, I used the horizontal slot punch on either side of the word "big", and also on the card fold. I threaded the cranberry stitched grosgrain ribbon through the fold to the front of the card and underneath the "big" sentiment, and tied at the front. I then added a tab to the top of the front panel made of the Big and Little Pieces images, but in the reverse colors from the remainder of the card. It is popped up on dimensionals. I think this is a neat sketch, and I just might try it again before the week is through. But for now, I'm off to catch up on *last* week's challenge!!! ;)

A Rainbow of Ribbon . . . .


I *may* have mentioned this before, but I *heart* ribbon!!! This is my ribbon from Jody's (the Ribbon Queen) ribbon share. There are 210 yards of glorious ribbon here, and that is only half a spot!!! 42 colors, 5 yards each ... I am in heaven!!! I received it last week, but was waiting for my new ribbon cards and drawer to arrive so I could organize it!!! I wouldn't allow myself to use it until I got it all neatly in its box. Now I don't want to use it because it looks soooo happy there, doesn't it??? LOL! ;) I spent hours wrapping yesterday, with Kaleigh's "help" of course!!! She just has to do whatever mommy is doing! Anyway, my fingers are still a little sore, but it was well worth it to have my rainbow of ribbon so beautifully organized!!! I can now rest easy, and move on to other projects!!! I can sense many more ribbon adorned goodies in the stamping future!

Coasters are such versatile things . . .

. . . who knew??? I was *persuaded* (read: enabled) to buy some of these blank chipboard coasters by many of the talented ladies at Splitcoaststampers. After receiving mine, and playing with them a bit, I am inclined to agree that the possibilites are in fact *endless*!!! I already have several ideas in mind, so stay tuned! ;) For my first attempt, I made a simple card using the new Loves Me double-sided designer paper from the SU! Winter Mini catalog. So cute!!! I covered all 4 sides of two coasters with paper, then sanded the edges for a smoother look. I used my Silent Setter to punch holes in the sides, and tied them up with ribbon to bind the two coasters together. For the cover, I stamped the paper with an image from Simply Said in Chocoalte Chip ink. I added a square label piece of Hodgepodge Hardware in Pewter, with a Hero Arts sentiment in Tempting Turquoise, and the heart from Little Pieces in Regal Rose. I tied caribbean rikrac from the new Flirty Ribbon Originals through the holes in the hardware to complete the look. For the left inside page, I added a stripe of pink velvet ribbon, and punched a scalloped oval in Close to Cocoa. I pierced the scallops, and higlighted them with my white Signo Gel Pen. Then I added another image from Simply Said in Pretty in Pink and Cool Caribbean, cut out and popped up on dimensionals. For the right inside page, I traced the heart from SU!'s On Board Accents chipboard onto another blank coaster, and cut it out. Then I adhered some of the Loves Me ds paper to it, trimmed it to fit and sanded the edges. I added two circles punched from the ds paper to the side, popped up on dimensionals. I had so much fun making this project! I can't wait to play with my coasters some more!!!

New toys - yippee!!!

My Winter Mini preorder has arrived!!! Yesterday, actually . . . and I am so proud because I already finished my swap cards so now I can play - guilt free!!! I made 19 of these cards for a swap I am in. I *love* the colors of the new Loves Me ds paper! Fabulously yummy!!! I wanted to try to imitate the small card on the cover, but I don't have the Pocket Notes (yet). I cut a piece of Pretty in Pink cs to the same dimensions as the pocket notes, and used the slit punch to create the closure. I used the Little Pieces stamp set and Regal Rose ink to create the background, then added a strip of the new ds paper. For the focal image, I inked the stamp from the new Big Pieces set with markers in chocolate, rose, and teal. Then I punched it out with the 1 3/8 circle punch, and mounted it on dimensionals. Then I stamped the Cool Caribbean card base repeatedly with the same image from Big Pieces, and added another strip of the ds paper along the bottom. I attached it with silver brads on wither side. The small notecard opens to reveal a sentiment from the Simply Said set, stamped in Chocolate Chip ink. It says, "Simply said from the heart . . . thank you". Just right for a simply cute card, made with such fun new toys!

Colors, Colors Everywhere . . . .

So, today is Tuesday, better known as Color Challenge Day over at Splitcoaststampers. As I sat down to attempt this week's colors, I realized that I never finished my card for last week's challenge!!! I had already watercolored the main image, but I neglected to finish and upload the card. Oops! So, that was the first order of business for today. I had chosen an image from the retired SU! hostess set, Nature's Sketchbook. I thought these birds would look pretty in Chocolate Chip and Pumpkin Pie. I only noticed after I had watercolored them that the words of the stamp include "black & white with gray". Oh well, so these aren't actually the colors of the Blackpoll Warbler! Oops again!!! This card was inspired by the lovely bird cards made by Lori (stamp_momma, link to her gallery at right). Lori is "my Linograph friend" and she had the fabulous idea to emboss the Linograph background (here, on Old Olive) - love, love, love it!!! For a few finishing touches, I notched the corners of the Linograph piece using the faux ticket corner punch technique, and added a piece of sheer brown polkadotted organdy ribbon. I really like these colors together, but I'll have to play with them later because the colors for this week are Chocolate Chip, Cool Caribbean, and More Mustard. For whatever reason, these colors inspired me to pull out my Finest Flourishes stamp set for the first time. Now, Lori has done some fabulous things with this set as well, and I have also been inspired by trudee and Jen (cobrielle - link to her blog at right) using this set as well. I also wanted to somehow incorporate this fabulous ribbon I searched out from Joann's. So, I started with the ribbon "belt", complete with Antique Brass Hodgepodge Hardware. I then stamped the French Script background onto the Chocolate Chip card base. For the main image, I first inked the stamp in More Mustard ink, then edged the image using my chocolate marker. I "huffed" and then stamped, sponging the edges with chocolate and the vanilla spaces with Cool Caribbean. I mounted this piece onto More Mustard cs, and again sponged the edges with chocolate. On the caribbean piece, I lightly stamped some of the flourishes on the bottom, but they are hard to make out in this picture. The tab on the right is a sentiment from the Warmest Regards hostess set, stamped and sponged in chocolate on Very Vanilla cs. A very simple, yet elegant card, with striking colors. I need to use this set more often, now that I have broken it in. I hope to work on some Christmas gifts today, because tomorrow my new toys from the Winter Mini are scheduled to arrive!!! I *know* that once they do, I will be infatuated with them and unable to use anything else for awhile - lol! Plus, I have swap cards I need to make using the Big Pieces stamp set, so those will be a top priority!!! But, *maybe* I'll be able to sneak in a sketch challenge card for you tomorrow morning. You'll just have to check back and see . . . . ;)

Not so far away . . .

. . . Christmas, that is! I realized that I have received lots of holiday images from the IRAK group, and that I will need to put them to use within a fairly short time period. After all, Christmas is less than two months away!!! I am usually so much more prepared for it than I am this year. Ask all my family and they will tell you that I am *probably* already finished with my holiday shopping. Well, that *is* normally the case, but I have really barely started!!! Not sure how time slipped away from me so quickly this year, but I really need to get a move on! So, I decided to make a pile of "Christmas Cards to be" this morning, and hopefully that will inspire me to get going! I made this simple card this morning. I cut a strip from a OSW style sheet of images from the Snow Flurries stamp set to use, and thought it would match perfectly with this designer paper from the Holiday Thyme collection. I used my Sakura Quickie glue pen to add some glitter to the cranberry colored flakes, although it is hard to make out. I mounted the strip onto Mellow Moss cs, then adhered it to the ds paper. I also added some stitched grosgrain ribbons in cranberry and thyme, and put it all together on a Cranberry Crisp card base. I stamped the sentiment from the Glad Tidings set across the bottom in cranberry ink, and voila! A simple card to get the ball rolling. Be on the lookout for many more Christmas cards in the weeks to come. I need to make about 20 more unique designs if I can *gasp*. We'll see . . . .

A little behind . . .

. . . in my stamping, that is! Until today, I had done zero stamping this week!!! I did however work on my Christmas gift for my sister and her husband. I am making them a wedding album - they have been married for over a year now *gasp*!!! Anyway, that and catching up on some tv, and tending to Kaleigh have been rather time consuming this week. But I made up my mind last night to *definitely* get some stamping done today. This card is for a dear friend's upcoming birthday, and it also fits this week's Sketch Challenge at Splitcoaststampers. I thought the patterned paper from the Friends & Flowers Simply Scrappin' Hostess Kit would be great for this layout. I used Certainly Celery for the card base, and folded the patterned paper according to the sketch specifications. At the bottom and on the right margin, I stamped some spotted circles from the Sweet Spot stamp set. I watercolored the main image, and added some glitter with my Sakura Stardust pen. I mounted it onto Chocolate Chip cs, and added So Saffron brads in the corners. I added a flower cs sticker from the SS Kit to the corner of the pp, and popped it up on dimensionals. Finally I stamped the "HB" from the It's Your Birthday set in Rose Red, cut it out, and added it to the bottom left corner on some dimensionals. Anyways, it feels good to have *finally* gotten some stamping done this week. I hope my friend likes her card, and that she has a very Happy Birthday!!!

Trick-or-Treat!!!


Tomorrow is Halloween - yippee!!! Kaleigh is so excited! Last year was the first that we took her out for traditional trick-or-treating and she loved it! And, she will *finally* be able to wear the Alice dress we purchased about a year and a half ago!!! Halloween is so much fun! Anyway, I wanted to post a Halloween card today. I made this awhile back for a Limited Supplies Challenge on SCS. We were to make a card using smallish stamps as the main focus. I *love* these little A Muse trick-or-treaters - so cute!!! I thought showcasing them on little tags would be perfect for the challenge. I also *love* using the SU! Cheesecloth background stamp on Halloween cards - it is perfectly spooky! This time it is stamped in white craft ink on Sahara Sand cardstock. I used the sentiment from the Trick or Treat stamp set, and added some "twinkles" from the retired Shapes & Shadows set. Such a cute, simple card - it fits the challenge and the A Muse style. Here's wishing you all a Happy Halloween!!! Enjoy!

Daisy Hello . . . .

Yup, I just *had* to give the Sketch Challenge another try! It is so fun!!! I really wanted to try out some of my new goodies I have gotten recently, and I was inspired to use the Looks Like Spring stamp set by Lisa's (stampinthyme) gorgeous SC card, which you can view on her blog (link at right). Thanks hon! So, I started with the large daisy, stamping it in both Cool Caribbean and Almost Amethyst on Whisper White cs. I used my paper snips to cut out the caribbean flower, curled up the petals with my paper piercer, and adhered it on top of the amethyst flower using dimensionals. I used a Prima gem from the Candies collection for the center. I notched the corners to faux the ticket corner punch, using my 1/2" circle punch. The "hello" sentiment is from the Expressive Flexible Phrases stamp set, and is stamped in Sahara Sand. The caribbean panel is stamped with the Paisley BG, although it is so light you can barely see it. I mounted it onto amethyst cs, and added amethyst ricrak, another Ribbon RAK from Jody! On top of that, is an ametyhst panel stamped with the Flannel Plaid BG, and adorned with caribbean ricrak, again from the Prima Candies collection. The vertical panel is stamped with the Print Pattern BG, and mounted onto caribbean cs. I used my signo gel pen to faux stitch the diamonds, and added some fun May Arts checked ribbon. For a finishing touch, I stamped the smaller daisies in caribbean and amethyst, and punched them out using the Spring Bouquet punch by SU!. I mounted it on dimensionals, and added the Prima caribbean gemstone. The main image panel is popped up on dimensionals, and the base of the card is Sahara Sand cs. So soft and pretty, makes you long for those sunny spring days!

Kick Up Your Heels . . .

. . . with a Halloween squeal! The "big day" is less than a week away. Kaleigh is getting so excited!!! We made an "emergency" trip out to Wal-Mart Tuesday night to get some pumpkins. We received a decorating kit in the mail from my Secret Sister from last round, and Kaleigh could barely contain her excitement. Of course, John *had* to get himself a pumpkin to carve too!!! I will post some pics later when I get them loaded onto my computer. So, I am a day behind in posting my challenge cards this week - oops! I was finishing up favors for a wedding I am doing earlier in the week, but now that I am done I no longer have to feel guilty about playing at SCS!!! This one is for the Sketch Challenge, which is too fun!!! I will definitely give it another try today. I have had this stamp set (Hey, Ghoul Friend) for awhile now, and I have stamped many images with it for the IRAK group, but had not made anything with it myself before yesterday. I wanted to use several of the character images, but couldn't fit more than two on the smallish focal piece. So I improvised, and what do you know? It actually turned out - lol! I stamped just the "heels" from the Mummy, the Witch, and Frankenstein along the edges - perfect for this sentiment. Then I couldn't quite fit the sentiment, which is actually stacked vertically. So, I inked up the individual lines with my black marker, and stamped them horizontally. I watercolored the "heels" and added some shimmer to the stars on the Witch's dress with my Sakura Stardust glitter pen. I cut three panels from the SU! Halloween Night ds paper and added some artistic touches. I drew doodle lines in black on the violet and mustard pieces (mounted on black cs), and used my Sakura Stardust glitter pen to highlight the spiderweb on the black piece (mounted on Sahara Sand and black cs). I mounted the image piece on Old Olive cs and added some super fun black fibers to the upper left and bottom right corners. The fiber was part of a Ribbon RAK from my friend Jody, and I thought it would be perfect on this card! The ds paper panels are adhered to a Sahara Sand card base, and the main image is popped up on dimensionals. So festive! Now that says "Happy Halloween"!

Happy Ellies . . . .

So, as you might recall, Tuesday is Color Challenge Day over at SCS. The colors for this week are Vintage Violet, Pixie Pink, and Sahara Sand. I was a bit perplexed as to what to do with these colors at first, but after thinking about it for awhile, I just couldn't get these little Ellies out of my head! When I first got this set I couldn't put it down, but I must admit it has been awhile since I have reached for it. But for some reason, these colors didn't say "flowers" to me like they did to so many others - shocking I know, since I am a "flowerholic"!!! But I have stamped Ellie in pink, purple, and sand before - why not put it all together??? I really wanted to make it look like the Ellies were just walking along together, happy as they could be. Unfortunately, the three of them wouldn't fit across the width of the card, so I stamped the pink and violet ones on either side of a strip of Whisper White cs, then stamped the sand Ellie on a separate piece, cut her out, and mounted her on dimensionals in between the other two. They are a *little* close . . . but they *are* the best of friends, they don't mind! I matted the white strip with violet and pink cs underneath. I also seem to always reach for my beloved Paisley background stamp with the Wild About You set for some reason. It has also been awhile since I have used Paisley *gasp*, but it is perfect here for the Sahara Sand card base. I stamped the "happy" sentiment from the Happy Everything set in Vintage Violet, and "together" in Pixie Pink on white cs, then punched it out with the word window punch. I adhered it under the "happy" using silver brads. Then for a finishing touch, I added little ribbon tabs to the top right using white grosgrain (dyed Pixie Pink), moss gingham, and violet stitched grosgrain. I think the final result is a cute, fun card for the challenge! They *do* look happy to be together, don't they? I *love* these little gals!!!

And the winners are . . . .

So, have you been holding your breath all weekend??? I am so excited by the overwhelming response my little boxes (and contest) have received!!! OK, enough waiting!!! My daughter Kaleigh helped me pick the winners. I went by my subscribers list, and placed little numbered squares in a baggie, shook them up, and let her choose 2. So, congratulations to kcapern (#6) and meanmom63 (#23)!!! I will send you an email shortly asking for your snail mail addresses. And again, thanks so much to all of you, my faithful blog readers!!! Please stay tuned for more musings and creations, as well as more fun things to come!!! Until then, as always, I'm Inkfully Yours . . . .

Time to Celebrate . . .

Saturday marks my 1 month anniversary in this, my little blogging adventure!!! I am so excited!!! Who knew when I first started that I would enjoy it so much, or that it would be such a success??? So, what better way to celebrate than to reward you, my avid readers, without whom thiswould be merely an annoying blip in the world of blogdom!!! Now, are *you* excited??? OK, lemme show you *why* you should be excited:



Do I have your attention *now*??? These little boxes each contain six 3x3 cards and envies, and I made them especially for you! My friend Jody made some of these a few weeks ago, and was kind enough to share the measurements and directions with me. I think they are just the cutest little gift boxes ever!!! Anyway, how would *I* go about winning one of these beauties, you might ask??? It's really very simple! All you have to do is enter your email address in the box on the right, where it says Subscribe Me. Follow the directions completely - make sure to check your email for a link to confirm your subscription. Not only will you then be able to receive email notification whenever I update my blog, but you will magically be entered into a drawing to win one of these fabulous prizes. There are two boxes, so there will be two winners!!! So, now is the time for all of you to come out of the woodwork and let me know that you're here reading! I will do the drawing on Monday evening, so make sure you complete your subscription before then! Again, thank you all for your support! I really appreciate each and every one of you!!! Until then, as always, I'm Inkfully Yours . . . .