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 . . . .

Acorn Thanks . . . .

Well, it just goes to show you . . . . Sometimes the cards I love go completely unnoticed, and sometimes the cards I'm really unsure of are a big hit!!! I made this card yesterday, in an effort to try a "flipped" version of this week's Sketch Challenge. I thought it was okay, but I was less than thrilled with it. I peeked back at it in my gallery, and although the response was not overwhelming, those who did leave a comment are among the most talented stampers around!!! So *now* I am thrilled!!! I wasn't even going to post it here at first, but after seeing the comments in my gallery, I thought better of it. Anyway, this card features the Super Squirrel stamp set. Yup, you heard that right. Where's the squirrel you ask? Well, I actually purchased this set entirely for the leaf, acorn, and witty sentiment stamps. If the squirrel makes it onto a few cards, so be it, but I don't really have any plans for it! I was inspired by a card in Stampin' Success (SU! Demo magazine) a few months back. Anyway, I started with the Creamy Caramel piece, cut to 8 1/2" x 4", and scored at 3 1/4". I stamped the leaf image all over, inside and out, in both Creamy Caramel and Close to Cocoa ink. I inked the acorn stamp with Creamy Caramel, Chocolate Chip, and Garden Green markers, stamped and repeated the process to create 5 images. I cut them out using my Paper Snips (amazingly sharp and detailed scissors), then mounted them onto dimensionals. I use the "thanks" stamp from the Much Appreciated set, inked with Chocolate Chip ink, to cover a piece of Very Vanilla cs, cut into a 2 3/4" square. I then sponged the edges with Chocolate Chip ink, and mounted onto a 3x3 Chocolate Chip card, which opens at the bottom. I stamped the "give thanks" sentiment from Tiny Talk along the bottom edge of the Creamy Caramel piece, and added chocolate rikrac, adorned with caramel and chocolate gingham ribbons, to the top edge. I adhered this piece to a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" card base. I adhered the acorns to the 3x3 card, then attached it to the rest of the card and added a photo turn, from the Aged Copper Hodgepodge Hardware collection, to hold it closed. Now don't get me wrong, I like the card and all, but it did not turn out at all like I had envisioned it. Oh well, I guess sometimes the best creations come to us unexpectedly!!!

A toothy treasure . . . .

Well, it's only a matter of time . . . . Kids seem to grow up so fast, don't they? And while it hasn't happened yet, I know that the nights of anxiously awaiting a visit from the Tooth Fairy are not too terribly far off for us . . . *sigh* I purchased this little tin a few weeks ago from starlitstudio's ebay store, without a specific project in mind. I *knew* I could find something . . . . Then I remembered these cute Karen Foster Designs stickers (and coordinating paper) I had seen at my LSS, just begging to be made into some sort of cute project! Alas, this little tooth fairy tin was born! It has several fun elements to it. I decorated both the outside and the inside of the tin with some of the stickers. I also made a little tag using some Gable Green cs and ribbon closure for the box. Then I created a miniature album insert using some of the coordinating paper. I measure, scored, cut, and rounded the corners, then mounted it onto some Brilliant Blue cardstock to give it added stability. Then I embellished the booklet using more of the cs stickers, leaving room for 2 photos. Underneath the mini album is a small pocket enclosure that I made using the SU! Mini Envelope Template and some Glorious Green cs. Inside is a small tag on which to record the pertinent information, with a ribbon closure. This is such a quick, cute project - so much fun to make, and of course, Kaleigh loves it!!!

Ho-Ho-Holidays!

Ok, lemme just say that I am *'lovin* this card!!! I made it for the Sketch Challenge today over at SCS. I bought this stamp last weekend at Joanns for $1!!! So cute! I thought it would be perfect with the Holiday Thyme designer series paper from SU! This is my favorite pattern from the set. So I started with the Cranberry Crisp card base, then cut the ds paper to the sketch specifications. I actually mounted it onto Old Olive cs, because I didn't want to see the reverse pattern when the card opens. More on that in a bit. I stamped the little reindeer in Basic Black ink on Very Vanilla cardstock, and watercolored him using my aquapainter and Close to Cocoa and Cranberry Crisp ink. Then I used me Signo white gel pen to accent the insides of his ears, his tail, and to add some spots to his back. I sponged the edges of the image with Chocolate Chip ink, then mounted onto Chocolate Chip cardstock. I cut a 3x3 full card from Old Olive cs and stamped the front with the SU! Flannel Plaid background. I then took the "HO3" sentiment from the SU! Glad Tidings set, and stamped it in a line using Chocolate Chip, Cranberry Crisp, and Old Olive ink on Very Vanilla cs. I folded the cs in half gently, then punched out the sentiment using the Word Window punch. I added gold brads to the ends, and attached it to the card. On the right side, I added a length of taupe grosgrain ribbon, tied in the center, with accents of cranberry gingham and olive stitched grosgrain. I also decided to decorate the inside of this uniquely folded card. On the inside of the 3x3 card I stamped a sentiment from the SU! Warmest Regards hostess set in Chocolate Chip ink. For the right panel, I stamped the "Happy Holidays" sentiment, also from the Glad Tidings set, in Chocolate Chip, Cranberry Crisp, and Old Olive ink repeatedly on top of each other on Very Vanilla cs. I used the 1/4 circle punch in the corners to simulate the look of the SU! Ticket Corner punch, which I have yet to purchase. I mounted the sentiment onto Cranberry Crisp and Chocolate Chip cs, and punched the corners of those pieces as well, before adhering it to the panel. I think this is such a fun layout! I am *sure* I will give it another try before the week is done, so be on the lookout! And don't forget . . . I promised you a surprise this weekend in celebration of my 1 month blogging anniversary! We're halfway there . . . .


Fleurs dans le Printemps . . . .

Ah, c'est Mardi . . . . Whoops - sorry about that! Sometimes my thoughts just get stuck "en francais" - lol! Umm, translation time . . . the title of this post says "Flowers in the Springtime" and that first sentence, "It's Tuesday". Anyway, it *is* Tuesday, and of course that means a new color challenge at Splitcoaststampers!!! The colors for this week are Tempting Turquoise, Blush Blossom, and Certainly Celery. I took a peek at it last night, so it was the first thing on my mind when I woke up this morning. Emily mentioned that these colors are very similar to the ones from last week (Cool Caribbean, Regal Rose, and Certainly Celery), and I agree. What completely confuses me though, is why I had such a hard time creating something for last week's challenge, and this week's came so easily for me!!! I'm *not* sure what that is all about! I'm just glad I didn't have to struggle with it this time - lol! So, I started with the focal image, which is from the On Gossamer Wings stamp set. I received this image from the IRAK group. It is stamped in Basic Brown on Very Vanilla cardstock. I used my aquapainter to watercolor the flowers with Tempting Turquoise classic ink, and Blush Blossom and Certainly Celery craft inks. I am addicted to watercoloring with craft inks, thanks to the very talented and inspired SweetMissDaisy (Anna). If you wanna see some *fabulous* artwork and photography, you should check out her blog (link at right). Anyway, after I finished watercoloring, I added some microbeads in the center of the largest flower, then sponged Chocolate Chip ink all around the edges. I mounted the image onto Tempting Turquoise, and then Chocolate Chip cardstock. Next, I took a square of Blush Blossom cs and stamped the French Script background onto it in Chocolate Chip ink, and sponged the edges of this piece as well. I adhered both pieces to the Certainly Celery card base, and added some sheer brown dotted organdy ribbon across the bottom. The card opens at the side. I intentionally left the card without a sentiment, something I *rarely* do, but I didn't feel it needed one. It breathes late spring to me, the flowers in various stages of blooming . . . . What else need I say, except enjoy?

WOWZA!!!

So, it has been less than a month since I began this, my little blogging adventure . . . . I love reading fellow stampers' blogs, and especially those of my Chatter friends. I feel it helps me to get to know them each a little better, as well as allows me to be inspired by their different creative styles. There are some really fabulous stamping blogs out there, and I am honored (and astonished) to have developed such a wonderful following to mine! I can hardly believe that my little blog has had more than 1000 hits in less than three weeks!!! If you really enjoy viewing my creations, please consider subscribing (there is a link in the margin on the right) so you can receive email updates. Pssst . . . I have something fun in the works for next weekend, my 1 month blogging anniversary, so stay tuned! Until then, as always, I'm Inkfully Yours . . . .

Supah Sparklay Holiday


It's all about the glitter . . . . Thursdays at SCS mean the Ways to Use It challenge - and today's theme? Glitterama!!! I really wanted to try out my new Sakura glue pen to create some awesome glittered details for this challenge, and I have been wanting to do some snowflakes in red, green and pink, so . . . . here is my creation! I started with a 3 1/2" x 5" piece of Whisper White cardstock and I stamped images from The Snowflake Spot stamp set all over in Real Red, Green Galore and Pixie Pink. Then I started adorning. I used my Sakura glue pen on the large red flakes, then dusted them with Dazzling Diamonds glitter. In the center I added a mini glue dot and dusted it with DD glitter too! Then on the medium green snowflakes I used my Sakura stardust glitter pen, and on the small pink snowflakes I used pearlescent stickles. I used the horizontal slot punch on the sides and threaded through some American Crafts ribbon. See the pink diamonds on the ribbon? Those *were* white, but I colored them in with a Pixie Pink marker to better match my project! I love customizing ribbon!!! Just above the bow, I stamped the "Happy Holidays" sentiment from Warmest Regards in Archival Brilliance Platinum Planet, and embossed it using Iridescent Ice embossing powder. I mounted the main image on Real Red, and then Green Galore cs, then onto the Pixie Pink card base. This card opens from the side, instead of the bottom. I like the way this one turned out (finally!) and I'll probably give this color combo another try too! I've had a fairly productive day so far . . . 3 posts in one day! ;)

WARNING: Seriously Cute Kid Alert!!!



I often wonder how John and I ended up with such an amazingly cute daughter . . . . I mean, we are both pretty average, but Kaleigh? She is just gorgeous!!! Even when she was a baby, people would stop us on the street, just to say how pretty she is. She actually let me brush her hair this morning *gasp*, so I decided to put it up and take the rare opportunity to capture a few photos. These are my favorites. They are totally Kaleigh. In the first picture, she is being coy and cute. She loves to play at being shy!!! In the second picture, she looks so sad and pathetic, but don't be fooled!!! Assuredly she wants *something* and is using the power of guilt to lure me in!!! Poor frumpy baby girl - aren't I the meanest mommy ever??? ;) Well, as usual, the pigtails came out about 5 seconds after I was done snapping pictures . . . . God forbid her hair actually looks nice and neat!!! It is nearly impossible to get a "nice" smile out of her, so I have learned to take what I can get - lol! She is getting excited for Halloween. Last year was the first time she could really enjoy it. When we went around the neighborhood, she was too shy to say "trick or treat" at the doors. She remembers, and promises she'll say it this year! She is going to be Alice in Wonderland. We have had the dress for two years, and she will *finally* be big enough to wear it this year. As for this outfit, she picked it out at Target a few weeks ago - she loves the little mummy girl!!! *sigh* It is hard to believe that my little big girl is only 4 years old . . . and at the same time, it is hard to believe she is 4 years old already!!!

Super Big . . . .

Well, I wanted to play with some of my new toys yesterday, and I wanted to do a card for the color challenge . . . and for some reason I could not get this image of a giant pink paisley squirrel out of my head, so here it is!!! It is *not* the best card I have ever made, and I couldn't even get a decent picture of it - lol! I had issues trying to get all the elements to work together, but oh well! I finished it . . . now off to better things!!! I started by inking the Paisley background stamp in Regal Rose craft ink, then used the kissing technique to transfer the pattern to the Super Squirrel image. I used my Chocolate Chip marker to highlight the eye, and add some feminine eyelashes. Then I used my paper snips to but her out. I chose Cool Caribbean for the card base, to simulate the sky, and wheeled the Rough Texture jumbo wheel across a strip of Certainly Celery cs for the grass. I tore it at the top to make things flow better, then adhered it to the card base. I stamped "big" from the Think Big stamp set in Cool Caribbean, "birthday" from Happy Everything in Chocolate Chip, and "wishes" from Expressive Flexible Phrases in Certainly Celery on Whisper White cs, then punched it out with the word window punch, to create the sentiment. I added a Pretty in Pink brad to the tab, and stamped the candle from the Fun Filled stamp set, cut it out, and placed it in the squirly girl's hands. I used my Sakura Stardust pen to accent the candle's glow. Then I added sheer brown polkadotted organdy ribbon to the corners, to tie it all together. Like I said, not the best card I've ever made, but it is kinda cute, and it will make someone a nice birthday card someday!

A Holiday Hello . . .

. . . let it snow!!! Today is sketch challenge day over at Splitcoaststampers, and did I need the inspiration!!! I have been pushing myself to work on the favors etc. for an upcoming wedding that I am doing a *large* custom order for, but all I really want to do is play with my new SU! goodies that came on Monday!!! Wanna know what's funny? These aren't them!!! I have had this set and paper for awhile now. Oh well! Hopefully I can use some of my new toys to whip something up for *gasp* yesterday's color challenge!!! No, I haven't done it yet, but it is on my list for today, and hopefully I will have something to show you tomorrow *wink, wink*. Anyway, this challenge is suited perfectly for SU!'s double-sided designer series paper, so I chose this piece from the Four Seasons collection. I cut it to 4x5 1/4, and scored it on the bias. Then I folded it down and trimmed about 1/2" from the flap. I wanted it to stand out more against the Bashful Blue card base, so I mounted it onto Night of Navy cs for a 1/8" mat. I added silver eyelets on the corners of the flap, and threaded some silver cord through them. Next, I stamped the snowflake from the coordinating Perennial Favorites stamp set in Bashful Blue and Whisper White craft ink, on the top of the card base. For the piece in the bottom left corner, I stamped the "Let it snow" sentiment, from the Glad Tidings stamp set on Whisper White cs in Bashful Blue ink, then stamped the same snowflake stamp over it, in Night of Navy. I use the 1 1/4 and 1 3/8" square punches, and added a silver brad in the center of the snowflake. For the upper right corner, I stamped the snowflake image in Bashful Blue on Whisper White cs, then stamped the "Holiday Hello" sentiment from Circle of Friendship in Versamark ink. I embossed the image using silver detail embossing powder, and cut the circle out, using my paper snips. I adhered it to an aluminum metal edge tag using dimensionals, then adhered the entire piece to the card. This is such a neat sketch, and I just might try it again, with a different double-sided paper!

Giving thanks . . . .

Well, yesterday was Thanksgiving for my Canadian friends . . . . And all that talk of turkey, potatoes, gravy, stuffing, and cranberry sauce got me thinking (and hungry - lol!). I am so thankful for the new friends I have made, and their willingness to welcome me into their group with open arms. It is so much fun chatting about new toys we want (or got!), and so nice to have people there to give you advice and support. It is wonderful to have friends to help you celebrate life's joys, and to be there when you need a hug. And it is comforting to have a place where you are able to vent about life's problems, or laugh about them too! So to all my Chatter girlies . . . thanks for being you! I saw this Hero Arts stamp on a trip into Orlando a few weeks ago, and just *had* to have it. Sheafs of wheat will always have special meaning to me, as they were one of the symbols of my college sorority. I stamped the image in Chocolate Chip ink on Very Vanilla cardstock, then accented it using More Mustard and Creamy Caramel markers. I used a Versamarker in the center, and rubbed on some Close to Cocoa chalk. I mounted it onto Chocolate Chip , and then semi-distressed Creamy Caramel cardstock. I stamped the Canvas background tone-on-tone on distressed More Mustard cardstock, and attached a piece of caramel gingham ribbon across the card. I added gold brads in the corners, and attached everything to the Close to Cocoa card base. The card actually opens from the side, for something a bit different. I am really looking forward to Thanksgiving this year. We have been invited to share it with some friends, who might as well be family to us. And I will be just a bit more mindful of all the reasons we have to be thankful this year.

Purdy paper . . . .


I fell in love with this paper from the Signature Suite collection by My Mind's Eye the instant I saw it at my NSLSS. Something about those flowers, and the gorgeous colors really caught my eye. I really love most of the papers by My Mind's Eye. They have some great ones, including Kaleidoscope, Wild Asparagus, Bohemia, and of course Signature Suite! Fabulous!!! Anyway, my chatter friend Jennie is on the design team at 2jills.com, and she posted on her blog (see link at right) that they are hostessing a Card Contest in honor of National Card Making Day - today, October 7th. So I decided to make a card to enter. I knew I wanted to use some of the fabulous patterned paper I have picked up lately, and this was the winner. I started by cutting and scoring the True Thyme card base, making it into a tri-panel card. The card opens from the center, and the sentiment swings to the inside - very cool! I sponged all the edges of the card base with Close to Cocoa ink, for a more distressed look. Then I cute two panels of the patterned paper to fit the card base. I roughed them up using my edge distresser, then adhered them to the front of the card. Next I cut a small rectangle from the patterned paper. I fliped it to the back side, to reveal this stunning, caramel linen-like pattern, and stamped the sentiment (from SU! All Year Cheer I) in Chocolate Chip ink. Then I added Pretty in Pink brads, from the SU! Soft Subtles collection, to all four corners and matted the piece onto Chocolate Chip cardstock. I then adhered the sentiment only to the left panel, allowing for the aforementioned swing action. I wanted to keep the design simple, yet elegant so I added the wide gold organdy ribbon tied in a pretty bow, to the bottom of the card. It is both pretty, and functional - it keeps the card (mostly) closed. Anyway, the deadline for the contest is today. I have already submitted my entry, and there are some other great ones as well. My favorite (so far), is Jennie's 3x3 Halloween card set, made using the 2jills.com October mini kit, including Daisy D's Gypsy Harvest - Witching papers. Too cute! Check it out if you get a chance!

*Somewhere* it's fall . . .

. . . it's just not here! Most of the country is now experiencing that blissful fall weather. Aaah, the crisp winds blowing through the newly fallen leaves! But here in Sunny Florida, it is still by all acccounts summer. Oh how I miss those cool autumn nights . . . . Anyway, I created this card for today's Limited Supply Challenge on splitcoaststampers. The challenge, entitled "Autumn Leaves", and we were limited to using autumn colors of ink and cardstock, and leaf stamps of course! Jen also issued a bonus challenge - to include a leaf charm. Since she suggested just cutting out some leaves, that's what I did! I started with a 2 1/4 in. by 4 1/4 in. stip of Very Vanilla cs that had been wheeled using the Leaves Awash jumbo wheel. I received this image from the IRAK group. I watercolored the leaved using my aquapainter and watercolor wonder crayons in Creamy Caramel, Pumpkin Pie, Really Rust, and More Mustard, then added highlights using my ink pads in the same colors. I also watercolored and cut out a few extra leaves for my charm. Then I sponged Creamy Caramel ink over the entire strip, to give it a more distressed look. I used my edge distresser on the top and bottom to enhance the look as well. I adhered the image to Chocolate Chip cs and added 3 copper vintage brads to the left side. I wrapped some linen thread around the right side, and tied the leaf charm on at the bottom. It is neat, because it moves! It is only attached to the thread!!! Okay, then I adhered the main image piece to the card base. I then stamped the SU! Flannel Plaid background onto the Really Rust card base in Really Rust craft ink. The sentiment I used is by Hero Arts, and is part of another stamp which I hope to play with soon. I inked only the sentiment with my Chocolate Chip marker, and stamped onto the twill tape. Then I frayed the edges of the twill slightly, and adhered to the card base. I sure do miss those tell-tale signs of fall, but I remember them well . . . and at least I can attempt to recreate them in my artwork!

Under the Harvest Moon . . . .


. . . beneath a Flannel Plaid sky, on the Rough Textured grass, sat a happy little pumpkin enjoying the solitude. At least that's how the story goes in my head! Everyone has been trying their hand at these punchy pumpkins lately. Not sure who originally came up with the idea, but it is truly inspired! One of the many reasons I *heart* the Splitcoaststampers community! Anyway, I thought I'd like to try to create my own pumpkin scene, complete with a chilly fall night, which we don't see much of here in sunny Florida!!! I started by sponging the edges of 5 Only Orange small oval punchies, courtesy of the IRAK group, with Close to Cocoa ink. Most people have been using a mixture of small and large oval punchies, but since I don't own the punches, I made do with what I had on hand. I rolled the Rough Texture jumbo wheel in Always Artichoke along the edge of the True Thyme card base. I stamped the Flannel Plaid background in Brocade Blue on Buckaroo Blue cs, and then tore the bottom edge. I adhered this piece to the True Thyme cs to create the base card. I then adhered three of the oval pieces to the card, then added the remaining two on top using dimensionals. I hand-cut the stem from Always Artichoke cs and used a Chocolate Chip marker to add detail lines. I then sponged the entire piece with Close to Cocoa ink, and adhered it using dimensionals. Next, I hand trimmed the vines from a strip of True Thyme cs. I wound them around my paper piercing tool to curl them, and added them behind the stem. I punched a circle from Very Vanilla cs for the moon, and adhered it to the upper right corner, then trimmed it to fit. I stamped the happy sentiment from the Happy Everything stamp set (SU!) and stamped "harvest" using my Karen Foster snap stamps, using Chocolate Chip ink. I punched the "harvest" sentiment from Very Vanilla cs using the word window punch, and attached it to the card using SU! copper vintage brads. Alas, the great pumpkin lives on . . . .

I can't stop . . .


. . . making Christmas cards!!! Remember last week, when I wondered aloud if it might be too early to start these? Well, I got started - and now I can't make anything except Christmas cards!!! And SCS is *not* helping - lol! Last week there was a challenge to make a card using snowflakes and shades of brown. Yesterday the color challenge was to use Real Red, Certainly Celery, and Old Olive. Now I'm sure there are many other things you can do with these colors, but I can only come up with Christmas cards!!! So, here are my cards for the color challenge. The first card was actually made for the sketch challenge, but it fits the color challenge as well! The main image is actually a sticker by Penny Black. I found these stickers last week at my Not-so-local-Scrapbook-Store (NSLSS). I *love* this Pointsetta stamp!!! I ordered it online today, so expect to see more creations with this image soon! I started with the main image and mounted it on Old Olive cardstock. I added Hero Arts rhinestone bling in gold to the center of the flower. For the next layer I used Certainly Celery cs and ink, and stamped holly and berries from the All Decked Out retired stamp set by SU! Then I colored the berries using a Real Red marker, and used my Signo white gel pen to detail the swirls. The last layer uses paper from the Holiday Thyme designer series by SU! All layers are mounted onto Basic Black cardstock. For the finishing touch, I stamped the holiday sentiment from the Circle of Friendship stampset in Basic Black on Old Olive cs. I then punched the center out using a 1/2in. circle punch, and then punched out the larger circle using a 1in. circle punch. Then I tied black grosgrain ribbon in a knot through the center of the "washer" and adhered it to the main image. All the layers were then mounted on a the Real Red card base, which I stamped with the SU! retired Linograph background in Real Red ink.
The next card was made using the Nature's Secret retired former hostess set from Stampin UP! I started with the main image, inking all but the very center of the snowflake in Certainly Celery ink. I used a Real Red marker to ink the center, then used the rock-n-roll technique to ink the edges of the main image in Old Olive. I "huffed" on the stamp to re-moisten it, then stamped the image on Very Vanilla cs. I used a Hero Arts rhinestone for the center of the red flake, and mounted the image on Real Red and Old Olive cs. I used the small snowflake stamp from the set, and stamped the card base tone-on-tone in Certainly Celery. I adhered the main image, and added a strip of American Crafts ribbon, tied through a SU! Pewter Hodgepodge Hardware buckle, to the bottom of the card. Anyway, my goal for the rest of the week it to make *something* other than a Christmas card!!! After all, I still have Halloween cards to finish - lol!