Home . . .

Well, I don't actually have a horse but if I did . . . *wink* Anyway, sorry to have disappeared on y'all for so long. A lot of things have been going on here. For one, we moved at the beginning of December and we are still trying to assemble some semblance of order at our new place. It didn't help that we had some car issues around the same time. We've also been busy with the standard holiday preparations (just finished my second batch of Christmas cards last night). Add to that two night classes that I'm taking to aid in my professional teaching certification (I have the temporary already though) and we've barely had time to breathe lately! As I mentioned in my last post, I was recently asked to join the Guest Designer team for Starving Artistamps. I have been working feverishly to complete my batch samples and I am happy to be able to share one of them with you tonight. I used a watercolor technique on this beauty and although it is not my typical style, I am pleased with the results. These images are from Starving Artistamps' new Equestrian and Southwestern lines. I have featured the set of three horse silhouettes (6012), sentiment (6102), feather (from Southwestern sheet), and sun (15.09). Hopefully I will be able to share some of my other design team creations soon! I also have a bunch of other new toys to play with, so check back soon for an update (promise!) . . .

Exciting news!!!

Guess what??? I have been asked to be a member of the Starving Artistamps Guest Design Team!!!!! This is my first design team opportunity and I am super excited!!! And I could not be working for a better company or with a better group of artists! Be sure to check out the new links at right to the Starving Artistamps website and gallery, as well as the blogs and galleries of my fellow designers! So, in honor of this wonderful announcement, I would like to share a few of my recent Starving Artistamps creations.

This first card was made using some stamps from the Artful Inkables line designed by Kristin Soboloski. Starving Artistamps actually just released 4 new sets of Artful Inkables and I can't wait to get my hands on them!!! Anyway, this card features a beautiful autumn s
cene and is part of a set of two (KSAI-208). I also used the coordinating sentiment (KSAI-404), which is perfect with both of these scenes. I stamped the image on vanilla cs and colored it using my watercolor crayons and aquapainter. I distressed the edges a bit and matted it onto a piece of rust colored cs. I decided to used a strip of Basic Grey patterned paper from the Mellow collection (also available at Starving Artistamps) and decided on a chocolate base for my card. As a finishing touch I added some rich shimmery ribbon by American Crafts and popped the image panel up on dimensionals.

For the next card I decided to use this beautiful image (KSAI-107). The "friend" sentiment is actually part of this stamp - how cool is that? I stamped the image on vanilla cs and colored it with my watercolor crayons and aquapainter. Then I sponged chocolate ink all over to add a bit of distressing and used my Sakura Stardust glitter pin to really make it sparkle! I added some of the shimmery chocolate American Crafts ribbon and matted the image on teal and chocolate cs. Next I chose a pumpkin card base and added a strip of chocolate cs that I pierced vertically. Finally I added some patterned paper, again from the Basic Grey Mellow collection, and popped the image panel up on dimensionals.

Well, I am looking forward to having some new Starving Artistamps creations to share with you soon! Be sure to check back - you won't want to miss them!!! *wink*

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Thanks so much to all who commented and to all my wonderful subscribers!!! 200 posts wouldn't have been possible without all of you!!!!!

Time flies . . .

. . . boy does it ever!!!!! This seems to have become my motto since I resumed my fill-time working girl status earlier this fall. On top of the newish job, we are working on getting things situated for our upcoming move. And the holidays are steadily approaching . . . *sigh* Well, this here is my 200th post at Inkfully Yours and I'd like to take a moment to thank all of my loyal readers for sticking with me through this craziness. I truly appreciate your continued support and encouragement!!! So, I would like to offer up some blog candy to all of you. There are two ways you can win - I will draw one winner's name from all those who comment on this post and the other winner will be drawn from my subscriber list. That's two chances to win, and each winner will receive two of the coordinating fall stamps pictured above!!! I will announce the winners on Saturday morning, so you have until then to enter! Best of luck and wishes for a spooky sweet and fabulously fun Halloween!!!!!

As you wish . . .

I have received several requests for the pumpkin bread recipe, so here it is:

http://www.foodnetwork.com/food/recipes/recipe/0,,FOOD_9936_4067,00.html

I dusted mine with some powdered sugar on top for just a touch of sweetness - yum! I have actually done a little stamping lately but it has mostly been for my DSS so I can't share it here just in case . . . But, I am going to my friend Kelly's house tonight to stamp and hopefully I will have something to show for it this time - lol! I have a bunch of things on my stampin' "to do" list!

So, remember when I promised somthing special for all of you who have stuck it out with me over the past few exhausting months??? Well, the next post will be my 200th post here on Inkfully Yours!!!!! Do you know what that means??? Be on the lookout sometime *early* next week for some Blog Candy!!!!!!!!! See you then! *wink*

Homemade bread . . .

Mmmmm . . . pumpkin!!! Last week I was charged with the task of making a breakfast item to share for our Bosses' Day celebration at school. I decided to make this yummy fall pumpkin bread. Since I would not be there to identify what type of bread it is, I decided to make this cute belly band for the pan using my Spooky Sweets set by PaperTrey Ink. Everyone oohed and aahed over how cute it was, and how tasty! ;) Stay tuned for something special later on this week. I promise you won't want to miss it!!!

I know, I know . . .

. . . I am a major slacker. I'm so sorry for being such a bad blog mommy lately. I promise to be better if you'll just be patient with me for a little while longer, ok? ;)

We had a fabulous time in SLC! Today I would like to share with you my aforementioned Shoebox Swap projects from the gathering. This first project is a seed packet card. I decided to used a pumpkin theme partially due to the season and partially due to the fact that I wanted to be able to put actual seed packets inside the decorative envelope. *grin* I got the idea from katydidaw on SCS. Check out her blog
for lots of wonderful ideas and templates! I used some yummy patterned paper from the Tres Jolie collection by My Mind's Eye for the envelope. After printing the seed packet cards onto vanilla cs, I stamped the pumpkin image from the Spooky Treats stamp set by PaperTrey Ink using Pumpkin Spice and Spanish Olive VersaMagic chalk inks. I used my horizontal slot punch to add some shimmery cho
colate ribbon by American Crafts.

The next project is a Christmas ornament. To create the
base, I used my Marvy Giga Scalloped Circle Punch on some very thin chipboard. You know, the kind that comes in all those paper packs I have been hoarding . . . *wink* If you don't have any, ask at your local LSS! Be careful when punching though, because you don't want to break that baby! You will need to make sure you are placing your punch on a hard surface to provide maximum leverage. I glued three of these shapes together to create a sturdy base for my ornament, then covered it in some delightful patterned paper from the Basic Grey Fruitcake collection on the front and red cardstock on the back. Then I stamped and watercolored the Hero Arts holiday bird and added the A Muse sentiment before punching it out with my mega circle punch. I added a SU! jumbo eyelet to secure a hole for threading through the Always Artichoke ribbon tie. Too easy and too cute, if I don't say so myself - lol!

OK, I promise to share something else with you real soon! Don't give up on me yet!!!

I'm off to see the Wizard . . .

. . . the wonderful Wizard of SLC!!! ;) Some of my fellow stampy girlfriends and I from Splitcoaststampers *waves to the Chatter babes* are getting together for a long weekend and we are going to have a blast!!!!! I cannot even express how excited I am!!!!! *giddies* It will be non-stop action for sure, and I have only ever met one of these fabulous ladies before IRL, even though I have been part of their group for about a year and a half now. I will be back with the deets (and pictures!) sometime next week! Until then, I'm as always, Inkfully Yours . . .

I've been tagged . . .

. . . by mornignglory68 over at My Stampin' Garden! Well, ;) here goes . . .

1. YOUR ROCK STAR NAME: (first pet & current car) - Cookie Spectra

2.YOUR GANGSTA NAME: (fav ice cream flavor, favorite cookie) Chocolate Peanut Butter Tagalong

3. YOUR “FLY Guy/Girl” NAME: (first initial of first name, first three letters of your last name) Tsha

4. YOUR DETECTIVE NAME: (favorite color, favorite animal) - Pink Dolphin

5. YOUR SOAP OPERA NAME: (middle name, city where you were born)- Marie Chicago Heights

6. YOUR STAR WARS NAME: (the first 3 letters of your last name, first 2 letters of your first) - Sha-te

7. SUPERHERO NAME: (2nd favorite color, favorite drink put “The”) The Caribbean Sweet Tea

8. NASCAR NAME: (the first names of your grandfathers)- Dale David

9. STRIPPER NAME : ( the name of your favorite perfume/cologne, favorite candy) Japanese Cherry Blossom 3 Musketeers

10.WITNESS PROTECTION NAME: (mother’s & father’s middle names ) Ann Barbour

And now to tag 5 other bloggers to play along! How about . . .

AJ

Jody

Kristin

Dorinda

Karen

I actually stamped!!!!!

Whoo hoo!!!!! I did it!!! I found time to stamp!!!!! I am now finished with the second set of my swaps for Regionals!!!!!

It was so nice and relaxing to get back into the stamping swing! I decided to use my new Season of Joy set for this card. I started with a card base of Soft Sky and wheeled it with the So Swirly jumbo wheel in white craft ink. Next I stamped the background square repeatedly onto a strip of River Rock cs. Then I stamped the tree in Always Artichoke ink and notched the corners of the white cs with the ticket corner punch. After matting this onto artichoke cs, I added glitter in the swirls and some artichoke grosgrain. I am looking to attending my very first SU! event in less than two weeks! Hope you enjoy the card!

Peeking in . . .

Another busy week has transpired here. Lots of meetings and things to do after hours. The good news is that I passed my second exam and I am now "highly qualified" - whoo hoo! The only stamping I have done is super secret (aka for my DSS) so I'm sorry I cannot share it with you. Hopefully you will enjoy looking at these beautiful RAKs I have received recently.

The first one is from my little sister from last round of DSS, Carole Burrage (aka TruCarMa on SCS). Carole is a super talented stamper, and such a sweetie too! She sent me this card to thank me for all the goodies I heaped upon her during DSS. Carole, you are more than welcome and thank YOU for your thoughtfulness!


This next card was sent to me by Mary Jo Albright. Awhile back she ran a contest on her blog and decided to send cards to each perosn who posted a comment. I recently received mine and it is even more wonderful in person! I love Mary Jo's creations! She is amazingly talented and was even honored by SU! as a recipient of the Artisan Award. Please stop by her blog, beauty lies within (link at right) when you have a chance. Thank so much for your generosity, Mary Jo!!!! I love this adorable little card!!!

So sorry . . .

I never meant to be away for so long! I am truly sorry about the length of time between posts here. All I can say is that I have been busier than I ever imagined, and more exhausted too as a result! So please accept my humblest apologies . . .

I'd like to share a few RAKs I've received recently with you t
oday. I *have* been working on a few things, but they are for a gathering I am attending at the end of the month, so they will have to wait! This first beauty is from my sweet friend, Beate. I just love the way she can put together a card with colors and details I could never imagine! It is simply gorgeous, Beate!!!!! Thanks so much!!!!!

The second card was sent to me by my dear friend Jody to congratulate me on my new job. Isn't she the sweetest? Again, her attention to detail is superb! I *love* everything about it, Jody!!!!! Thanks so much for thinking of me!!!!!! Also, these pictures were taken with my brand new digital camera. Can you tell? Does it make a difference? So far I am really liking it, but I will give you the full lowdown after the gathering, ok? I promise to *try* to be better about posting here too, honest! Thanks again to all of you for your continued support! It means so much!!! {{{hugs}}}

I stamped!!!!!!!!!

*pats self on back* I went to my friend Kelly's house (*waves*) on Saturday night for some grown-up time. We had every intention of working on our swaps for the upcoming SU! Orlando Regionals, although we did more gabbing than stamping - LOL! I did however finish this first set of swaps the following day and I am so proud of myself!!!!! 30 down and 30 more to go I think. I'll keep ya' posted - lol! ;) Things are still incredibly busy here, but hopefully I will be able to share a few RAKs and my Circle Journal pages with you sometime this week. Thanks again for your continued patience and support! *wink*

Busy, busy, in a tizzy . . .

Yikes! I cannot believe it has been so long since I have posted here!!! And even longer since I have stamped!!!!! The start of a new school year in a new school for a new teacher is very hectic, just in case you were wondering! *wink* Today I am sharing you my altered roladex with cards made by my group of friends, the Chatters, on SCS. I love having everyone's information right at my fingertips, and I think the cards all turned out beautifully! Thank you all for your patience, and hopefully I will be in my classroom (with computer access!) sometime next week! Rubber hugs and paper kisses to all of you!

Something new . . .

Well, I'm sorry I have not posted anything lately. I have been running around like crazy since Friday, but I do have some good news to share for it. I have been hired for a teaching position!!!!!!!!! I am soooooo excited that all my hard work for the last 6 months has finally produced some fabulous results!!! The only bad news is that I have been super busy completing paperwork and running back and forth between training seminars and the school (which isn't exactly close to home) and I haven't had any time to stamp! *gasp* I will share with you some of my swap cards featuring stamps from the Holiday Mini today, but I need to ask for your patience and understanding as I am adjusting to my new career, and my DD attending school for the first time!, in the next few weeks.

This first card was inspired by Beate's sketch
challenge sample card from two weeks ago. A little late, but better than never right? I made 10 of these for a swap I am in. It features the new True Friend stamp set and the Apple Cider ds paper, both from the upcoming SU! Holiday Mini. Colors are River Rock, Wild Wasabi, Close to Cocoa and Really Rust. I also used the So Swirly jumbo wheel for the background.





This next card was created for a Holiday Mini swap I am in. I made 17 of these!!! It features the Season of Joy set and Snow jumbo wheel from SU's upcoming Holiday Mini. Colors are Blue Bayou, Soft Sky, and Regal Rose. I embossed the flourishes in white, added some 5/8" rose grosgrain, and popped the snowflake medallion (with clear crystal brad center) up on dimensionals. It looks better IRL I think, but I had a hard time getting a good picture . . .

Hopefully I will be able to post something else for you soon. I have a collaborative project to share, as well as a few pages for my circle journal. Thanks in advance for your patience and understanding!!!

Adorable RAK . . .

I think that I mistakenly neglected to post this adorable RAK from my friend Beate. :oops: If you haven't checked out her blog, fresh and fun (link at right), lately head on over and tell her I sent you! She has something new and inspiring daily! Beate sent me this card a few weeks back, right before she went on vacation, and it has been sitting here by my computer ever since. I am constantly oohing and aahing over that adorable little hedgie and the sweet sentiment. So, if I have posted this already, please accept my apologies. Otherwise, enjoy! *wink*

Completely dirty . . .

Well, as I told you earlier I set a goal for myself to complete all of the Dirty Dare '07 challenges and I am proud to say that I did!!! Today I will share with you the last few projects and then we will move onto something else. I do want to thank everyone who has supported and encouraged me along the way. It was alot of fun and I'm glad I could share it with you all!

This first card was made for Jeanne Streif's (JeanneS on SCS) paper piecing. I thought it also fit Jenn Balcer's (jbalcer on SCS) challenege to use bright and cheery colors as well. They are certainly alot brighter than I normally would use, but fitting for the image I think. She is Cakeabella from Stamping Bella and the patterned paper I used is by We R Memory Keepers. The sentiment is from the It's Your Birthday set by SU! I really like the ribbons along the bottom - so fun!







The next card was probably the one I had the most trouble
visualizing. Susan Roberts (rainy on SCS) challenged us to try out the Serendipity technique. You stamp and image and then cut it apart and reassemble it all hodgepodge. "What???" I asked myself - lol! Definitely very unlike me, as I like everything I do to be very neat and organized. But that's why it is called a challenge, right? I must admit that I am really pleased with the final look, but it was definitely a learning process. I also used this card to complete Jami Sibley's (Jami on SCS) "fall back on black" challenge. Stamps used are Mixed Bouquet and Happy Everything by SU! and the grout mosaic BG by Starving Artistamps.





This last card was created for Linda Bullard's (labullard on SCS) challenge to dry emboss on vellum. I *may* ahve cheated just a bit by using my Cuttlebug to do the work for me, but the outcome is the same. I chose the Snowflake embossing folder for the background and snowman from the Winter Jelly set of 4 embossing folders to created the metal edge tag. I used Soft Sky cs to accent the BG and some sheer white dotted organdy ribbon to tie on the tag. The lighting is a bit off in the photo, but this is really quite striking in real life.






Well, I hope you have all enjoyed viewing my dirty creations for the past few weeks! Stick around for more fun to come! *wink*

Too much dirt?

Is is possible to be too dirty? I say, never!!! LOL! I have a few more dirty challenge projects to share with you today and tomorrow, and then we will move onto some other fun stuff, ok?

This first project is a 2-5-7-10 box which I created for Kelly Lunceford's (atomicbutterfly on SCS) Inside the Box challenge. It also fits Janine Tinklenberg's (JanTInk on SCS) A Lighter Shade of Pale challenge. To make the box, I followed Jenn Balcer's (jbalcer on SCS) tutorial. I used elements of the Special Delivery - Girl Simply Scrappin' kit and the Petals jumbo wheel to complete this project. The box itself is Groovy Guava and other colors represented are Apricot Appeal and River Rock.








This next card was created for Holly McMillen's (Toy on SCS) challenge to make a masculine card using non-traditional masculine stamps and colors. I thought of my hubby when I was designing this card. He love all things Hawaiian and I'm sure he would love to have a real-life hula wife - lol! Anyways, I have made cards using the Think Big set with a pregnant mama in place of the "i" before, so I decided to add in this stamp from the Do the Hula set instead. John got a big kick out of it, so mission accomplished!

Tomorrow I will share with you the last of my Dirty Dare creations so make sure to check back then!!! *wink*

The dirt continues . . .

Well, I have finally completed all of the Dirty Dare '07 challenges!!! Whoo hoo!!!!! *giddies* Never fear though! I still have several dirty projects left to share with you! *grin*

The first card I will share today was completed for Jeanne Streif's (JeanneS on SCS) sketch challenge. I used some of this gorgeous new patterned paper by Cosmo Cricket from the Gretl line - yummy! I paired it with the sentiment and accents from the Bronc Buster stamp set and pulled the colors of Blue Bayou, River Rock, and Ruby Red from the patterned paper. I added a little distressing and voila!



This next card was created for Julie Ebersole's (JulieHRR on SCS) triple dare to create a single layer card with an acetate window. I thought this was the perfect time to pull out my new A Muse images purchased during A Muse-a-palooza! I also used my VersaMagic chalk inks and my new Palette Noir ink pad. The cardstock is the luscious Stamper's Select white cs from PaperTrey Ink - love it! The dotted oval frame is also from one of the new PaperTrey sets, Borders and Corners: Oval. Simply cute!!!




The last card I have to share with you today was created for Taylor Van Bruggen's (tayloredexpressions on SCS) ATC challenge, as well as Paula Bloom's (prbloom) challenge to make a card using blue and/or green animals. I just love this little giraffe in these colors, don't you? I paired him with the Petals jumbo wheel and Petals & Paisleys ds paper and some saffron colored accents. I think I will turn him into a baby card someday!

OK, make sure you stay tuned for more dirty creations to come! Also, my Holiday Mini goodies are due to arrive tomorrow and you won't want to miss it!!! *wink*


And More Dirt Still . . .

Well, I am catching up on posting these Dirty Dare challenge cards for you. I still have six more challenges to get done, and I am hoping to be finished by Wednesday, when my goodies from the Holiday Mini catalog are scheduled to arrive!!! *grin*

This first card is for Yvette Ashe's (Yvette on SCS) challenge to make a tag card. Not only that, but we were only allowed to use one stamp on the project! I decided to used the Baroque Motifs stamps set and paired it with elements of the Secret Garden Simply Scrappin' Kit. I really like these greens paired with Groovy Guava. Such a soft, feminine, and elegant look! You cannot go wrong with this line of products!!!




The second card I will share with you today was created for Pam Hooten's (iris on SCS) challenge to use chipboard on our cards. I also used this card to complete Meg Shumaker's (WAXYO on SCS) challenge for creating a vintage image. I used the Bronc Buster stamp set and an assortment of brown inks to create this look. The patterned paper is from the Outlaw collection and the chipboard star is from the On Board Accents & Elements. Twill tape and antique copper brads finish off the look.

I am off to work on finishing up the remaining six challenges, but check back soon for more Dirty Dare projects!!!

More dirt . . .

Well, here are a few Dirty Dare challenge cards I created last week that I neglected to share with you. Perfect for a day like today, when I am working and have no time to stamp.

The first card was created for Candy Williams' (cwilliams on SCS) Acetate Overlay challenge. I decided to go with a simply, elegant look - I just love that for these cards. I think it really highlights the effect the acetate gives to the card. I used my new Agapanthus Cluster stamp from Eclectic Paperie again, in Groovy Guava on the oh-so-luscious Stamper's Select cs from PaperTrey Ink. Love it!

The second group of cards were created for Jami Sibley's (Jami on SCS) "More is More" challenge. Jami challenged us to create a nice, but relatively simple card. Then we were to "make it more" by adding additional embellishments and layers. I used the Fabulous Flowers stamp set, and the colors Blue Bayou and Soft Sky for my cards. Then I added two layers to my flower, lots of Dazzling Diamonds glitter, and an extra layer to my second card. Jami is right, More *is* More!!!

I have more Dirty Dare challenge cards waiting in the wings to share with you, so check back soon! *wink*

More playin' in the dirt pile . . .

Seriously, I have been having such a blast with these Dirty Dare Challenges!!! Here are a few of my latest attempts:

This card was created for a combination of
Cambria Turnbow's (Cambria on SCS) PINK! challenge and Sherry Cheever's (BadSherry on SCS) Monet on Crack challenge. I must admit that I *heart* all things pink so I am totally with Cambria on that one! I chose Pretty and Pink and Purely Pomegranate as my hues. Sherry challenged us to use the Wet Watercolor technique, which involves spritzing your watercolor paper before stamping, and after if so desired. Then we were to use the Cracked Glass technique over our watercolored panel. I chose to use the Agapanthus Cluster stamp by Stampendous (purchased at Eclectic Paperie). I just love the results, don't you?

For this next card I combined Julia Stainton's (Julia S on SCS) sketch challenge with Michele Boyer's (Shel9999 on SCS) distressing challenge. I was inspired to used these Brocade Backgrounds ds papers with my Bronc Buster stamp set by the fabulous texasjodylynn. I used Chocolate Chip ink and my edge distresser to rough it up! Of course I added as many brads as possible to complete the look! ;)



For today's last card, I combined Trudee Sauer's (trudee on SCS
) Inspiration challenge with Lauren Meader's (mytime on SCS) sketch challenge. Trudee shared a page from a paint brochure with us that used a clean combination of white, sky, navy, and saffron. There was also a vase sitting on the counter containing flowers very similar to the ones I used here from the Oh, So Lovely hostess set. After watercoloring the main image I cute it down into three panels to fit Lauren's sketch. In order to keep everything crisp, I added just a tiny sentiment (from the retired Happy Harmony set) and a bit of white sheer dotted organdy to complete the look.

I have lots more dirty cards to share with you, so check back soon! *wink*

I got Dirty(er) . . .

Well, I have fallen behind in my quest to complete all the challenges for the SCS Dirty Dare '07. With 8 challenges being given on both Saturday and Sunday, plus the two from Friday I didn't get to, and being a little under the weather on Monday and Tuesday . . . you get the picture - lol! My friend Kelly (khillmer22 on SCS) and I set out to attempt to catch up a bit on Tuesday night but as usually happens, more chatting occurred than stamping and I only got two cards done! Originally I had forbidden myself to combine any of the challenges, but at this point in the game I decided that there is not shame in that, so my 2 cards knocked out 4 challenges from my list! Whoo hoo!!!

The first card I completed is for Sherry Cheever's (BadSherry on SCS) Twisted Challenge. She asked us to create a card with a sense of humor - twisted or otherwise. I had this idea to combine my new Carrie image from Rubber Romance and this cs sticker by Cosmo Cricket. Do ya' get it? Wildest "memories"??? See the hash marks on the wall? How do you think she uses that lasso? *wink* I also combined this with Leslie Miller's (leslierich on SCS) "Out of the Box" challenge. Leslie asked us to stamp an image and then to cut away part of the image to hang outside the main image panel. Here it just kinda happened naturally. I didn't want to cover up Carrie's boot with the patterned paper (this is a LARGE image!), so I decided to trim around it and let it hang down over the paper. Well, as Carrie relaxes from a long night of "horse play", I moved onto my second card of the night . . .


For this card I decided to give Kelly's Wanted stamp set a try - lemme just say that I love it and need it!!! I also used (and mounted!) her new Sanded BG - also fabulous!!! This card is for Lindsay Botkin's (jacksonbelle on SCS)) Black and Brown challenge. We were only allowed to use black, shades of brown, and neutrals on this card! I also ended up making the card fit Sharon Harnist's (Stamper Sharon on SCS) sketch challenge from the same day. I am really into this Boho West line, can ya' tell??? Kelly, I had a blast! Thanks so much!!! I was a busy little stamper yesterday as well, so stay tuned for more Dirty projects to come!!! ;)

Nice Rack!!!!!

Sorry I have been MIA for a few days, but I have been completely swamped!!! I am taking a few minutes to share this with you, and then back to work I go! I saw this at a local Michaels on Memorial Day and fell in love with it. I have a slight ribbon addiction and I really thought this would be a super cool way to display it so I will use it more often instead of hoarding it! *grin* Well, a few weekends ago after taking my teacher certification exam, I treated myself to this little beauty! It is a Making Memories embellishment rack. It retails for about $80, but I was able to score it with a coupon for about $48!!! The large and small clear jars are by MM too, and are $10 for a package of 3 and 6 respectively. It can be mounted on the wall, or stand freely and is super sturdy! Mine sits on top of the hutch on my desk and looks great. Hubby said it looks like I will have room for one more if I want and I took that to be him giving me permission to buy another one! I just love having everything right in sight when I am working on my projects!!! I'll be back here soon with some projects I've been working on, promise! *wink*

Dare ya'!

Ok, I am having too gosh darn much fun participating in these Dirty Challenges! So here's my dare to you: If you aren't already a SCS Fan Club member, what are you waiting for??? Jump on in and join the party!!! *grin* Without further ado, here are my cards from Thursday's round of challenges . . .

This first challenge was hosted by Sharon Johnson (notimeto stamp). She asked us simply to create an "elegant" card. I decided right away to use some bits and pieces from the new Secret Garden Simply Scrappin' Kit, which coordinates with the Tapestry collection. I also used some lucious taffeta ribbon and a handmade hatpin. No, it is not from the Prettie collection. I made about a dozen of these upon the release of last year's catty from SU! They used one on the cover in their Artfully Asian card and I loved the look! This card is going out to a very special person who could use some blessings!

The next challenge was hosted by blogger friend and sweetie extraordinare, Beate Johns! Beate's challenge was a sketch, and y'all *know* how I love her sketches! This one was no exception, and I decided straightaway to go with a Western theme. I picked out a few swatches from the Outlaw ds papers and used my Bronc Buster set to complete the card. I am so happy to finally have a masculine set in my collection. I don't know a whole lot of cowboys, but I guess it'll do! *wink*





For the next challenge, Lauren Meader (mytime) asked us to use flock on our cards. I no longer own any flock, so I thought I was going to have to sit this one out. *pout* But, I racked my brain and remembered that I still had some fuzzy paisley run-ons by Heidi Swapp and decided to make a go of it! To go along with Lauren's play on words, I used this patterned paper by Basic Grey from the Phoebe collection, a Hero Arts bird image, and this sentiment from A Muse to create my own little flock! *grin* This is not really my style of card, but I guess that is why it is called a challenge - lol!


For yesterday's final challenge, Jen del Muro (genie1314)
was back again and asked us to create a card using only clear stamps. I *knew* I wanted to break in my new PaperTrey set - Corners and Borders: Oval. I also decided to incorporate this neat idea I had seen while cruisin' the SCS gallery last week by katydidAW. She has the templates for the seed packets up on her blog and there are tons of different ones - so fun! The pocket is made from patterned paper by Fancy Pants Designs. I used Wild Wasabi for the mega scalloped oval, stamped the stitched oval outline on Groovy Guava and cut it out, and punched a vanilla extra jumbo scalloped oval for the center. I am looking forward to playing with these templates some more in the near future!

*phews* I am tired after typing all of that, but I am off to participate in today's round of challenges. I am not likely to have much time to stamp this weekend, so I will have alot of catching up to do come Monday if I want to meet my goal!

Toile Inspired Frame . . .

Well, as promised, here is my last submission for Wednesday's "Dare to Get Dirty" challenges over at SCS. This challenge was hosted by Sharon Harnist (StamperSharon), who asked us to create a card *or project* inspired by toile. I decided to take her up on her offer to make something other than a card, and set to work right away on this frame. I had purchased this awhile back for $1 at Michaels and it was super easy to alter! I started by removing the inserts from the center of the frame and tracing the shape of it onto the back of my patterned paper. I used this paper from the Avenue Collection by Crate Paper. It is elegantly textured and immediately reminded me of a toile print. The back of the paper is a solid "sky" color, which inspired the accents I added. After cutting out the traced frame shape, I adhered the paper to the frame using ModPodge. I sanded all the edges to give it a more finished look. On the left side I added some white grosgrain ribbon (dyed Soft Sky) and some striped May Arts ribbon I picked up to coordinate with the patterned paper. I stamped the large flower image from Fabulous Flowers in sky ink on Soft Sky cs and cut it out. As a finishing touch I added a black Prima flower and a clear crystal brad in the center. I just love the elegant look I created in no time! Ok, so I have been busy participating in the challenges and I have another post waiting in the wings. Be sure to check back often, 'cause I'm playin' in the dirt pile! *wink*

I'm Gettin' Dirty . . .

. . . over at Splitcoaststampers! All this week (7/25-7/31) SCS is hosting special challenges just for Fan Club members. I am so excited to be taking part in this awesome event!!! Yesterday there were four challenges posted. So far I have completed three of them and am working on the fourth! It is my goal to be able to participate in them all! *grin*

The first challenge was hosted by Anna Wight
(SweetMissDaisy) and was to make a card for a pet, from a pet, or with a pet on it. Anna is a stamp designer for Whipper Snapper, and although she didn't design this little guy in particular, I though he would be perfect for this challenge! I stamped him on watercolor paper and used my WWC's and aquapainter to color him in. Then I cut him out and mounted him onto a mega punched vanilla circle. That is matted onto a chocolate giga scalloped circle, which I used the 1/16" punch to notch the scallops of. The ribbon is from Joanns and is added with some brass hodgepodge hardware. The tab is caribbean cs punched with the Round Tab punch and the sentiment is from Fancy Flexible Phrases.

The next challenge was to bathe our cards in brads and it was hosted by Jody Morrow (texasjodylynn). Since Jody enabled me to purchase this Carrie stamp and sentiment by Rubber Romance, I thought it was only fitting that I use it for the first time on her challenge! This card was also challenging in that the image is so large, but I think it worked out ok. I used a mixture of markers and WWC's to color in the image. Colors used are Really Rust, Sage Shadow, Creamy Caramel, Close to Cocoa, Chocolate Chip, and Blush Blossom. I distressed the main panel and matted it onto chocolate cs before adding it to the Sage Shadow card base. I added three antique copper brads in each corner for a total of 12 and added the lasso (made of linen thread) with a mini glue dot as a finishing touch!

The third challenge I have completed so far was a Sketch Challenge, hostel by Jen del Muro (genie1314). I decided to use the Cutie Pie ds papers for my card and paired them with my new Garden Whimsy stamp set. I also used the Circle of Friendship stamp set for the circle medallion. Colors are So Saffron, Rose Red, Certainly Celery and Bashful Blue. I think it turned out cute, don't you?

I am still working on my project for the fourth challenge from yesterday. Just a little hint- it is *not* a card! Stay tuned for more fun to come! *wink*

Lovely RAK from DottieK!

As you might remember, DottieK was the winner of the latest batch of blog candy here at Inkfully Yours. Well, I received this beautiful thank you card from Dottie last week and I wanted to share it with all of you. It features the Happy Harmony and Warmest Regards stamp sets, as well as My Minds Eye patterned paper and Bazzil cardstock. I love the layout, the colors, and all the little details! Thanks so much for your thoughtfulness and appreciation, Dottie!

My new adventure . . .

. . . into the world of Digiscrapping! I have been wanting to give this a try for what seems like forever. I *finally* was able to track down an affordable version of Adobe Photoshop Elements and it arrived last night. I spent hours playing and this is what I came up with. Not spectacular, but I am learning! This is (obviously) a picture of my husband and I on our wedding day- just over 7 years ago! The elements I used to complete the layout are from the Express Yourself kit by Ronna Penner from Shabby Princess. Page size is 11" x 8 1/2". I must admit that I am a bit overwhelmed right now. I have been busy setting up interviews, selling my retired goods on eBay, managing swaps, and reading the new Harry Potter book. And I have tons of new stampin' goodies just waiting to be played with!!! Plus I am attempting to teach myself how to digiscrap! I think I may have lost my mind - lol! Anyway, don't hold it against me if I am a little intermittent with my posting. I will try my best to stay afloat and keep you apprised of what is going on, promise! *wink*

I've been tagged . . .

. . . as a Rockin' Girl Blogger!!! Both Kim and Jody tagged me, and I am truly honored!!! Thanks girls! Now, it is my pleasure to nominate another five girlies to the Rockin' Hall of Fame!!! Here they are (in no particular order):

1. Mary Jo Albright - beauty lies within

2. Beate Johns - fresh & fun

3. Nichole Heady - {capture the moment}

4. Amanda Sewell - Inkspirations

5. AJ Otto - the willow garden

Do yourself a favor and check these girlies out! Awesome stuff, I tell ya'! *wink*

Pretty kind . . .

Here is the last card for my upcoming Style Watch swap. It features the Tapestry line of products from SU! I started with a River Rock card base and rounded the bottom corners. Next I stamped the large flourish image from the Baroque Motifs set in Versamark and then slightly to the right again in white craft ink to give a shadowed appearance. Then I cut a strip of guava designer paper from the Secret Garden Simply Scrappin' Kit and added some cocoa velvet ribbon from the Theater Ribbon Originals collection. I stamped the flower image in Groovy Guava on white cs and cut it out with my paper snips before layering it onto a scallop punched Close to Cocoa circle. I added a crystal brad from the Pretties kit in the center and popped up the medallion on dimensionals. Finally, I stamped the "kind" sentiment in the lower right corner in cocoa ink. I like the way these turned out, very soft and pretty don't you think?

Authentic, Original, Genuine Article . . .

. . . you! That is the concept behind this card I created for a swap I am participating in (and hostessing) which features the three new trends Stampin' UP! has introduced in the new Fall/Winter Collection catalog. This line is called Corner Office, and I definitely think it fits! The colors from the palette that I chose to work with are More Mustard, Wild Wasabi, River Rock and Very Vanilla. The stamp sets I used are Office Accoutrement and Stamp of Authenticity. I also incorporated two of the new punches, Spiral and Round Tab. In terms of accessories, I thought the staple, silver brads, and wasabi double stitched ribbon went nicely with the theme. It is pretty simple, but I really like the clean lines of this card. Hopefully the other swappers will too! *wink*

As a side not, I just wanted to convey my apologies for being kinda sparse this week. I am sitting for my teacher certification exam this Saturday and I have been busy studying. Hopefully things will be more "normal" around here next week. Wish me luck!

Lovely For You (Beate's Sketch)

Well, it's time for another weekend sketch challenge from Beate over at fresh & fun! Since I will probably be too busy to stamp this weekend (who am I kidding - every weekend!) I thought I should give it a try today! I decided to break in another new stamp set. This is the Oh, So Lovely level 1 hostess set I chose with my birthday order. From the moment I saw it I fell in love with this poppy image . . . I started by stamping the poppy on vellum using brown StazOn ink. I stamped on both sides of the vellum in order to get the flowers to point in different directions. Then I watercolored with my aquapainter and celery, saffron, and rose red inks. I attached the vellum to a panel of Whisper White cs using pewter brads from the vintage collection. I then matted that panel onto Rose Red and Celery cs. Next I stamped the other two images from this set onto watercolor paper using brown StazOn. I watercolored them as well, and punched out a portion using my 1" circle punch. I used my 1 1/4" and 1 3/8" circle punches to create mats for these. I took a So Saffron card base and layered onto it some rose red patterned paper from the Palette O' Prints collection, which I notched the corners of using my 1/4" circle punch. I layered everything together using dimensionals, and added the sentiment (from Happy Everything) which I stamped in chocolate ink on white cs and punched out using the Word Window punch. I am very pleased with the way this card turned out! My new project will be swap cards with the new Tapestry collection, so stay tuned! *wink*

Bronc Buster Birthday . . .

Well, as promised here is the card I was working on yesterday for a swap. This features elements from the new Boho West line by Stampin' UP! I think it is my favorite grouping from the entire catty!!! I started by stamping the cowboy image from the Bronc Buster set in Chocolate Chip ink on Very Vanilla cs. Then I distressed the edges using my cutter kit and matted the image panel onto some chocolate cs. I used my Crop-a-dile to add an Antique Brass jumbo eyelet in the upper right corner and tied through some wide chocolate grosgrain ribbon. The card base is Creamy Caramel and has striped paper from the coordinating Outlaw collection layered on top. Finally I punched a scallop circle (using my new SU! punch) from Close to Cocoa cs and crumpled it up a bit. I traced the letter "H" from the On Board Lots of Letters chipboard onto Really Rust cs and cut it out. The "b" is from Typeset alpha lower and is stamped in chocolate ink. I think this card would make a great birthday card for any cowboy at heart, don't you? *wink*

A few BRAKs from friends . . .

Well, I was able to finish up the first set of swap cards I was working on yesterday and will post them once I am able to get a good picture. In the meantime, I'd like to share just a few more Birthday cards that I received from some stamping friends.

The first one is from my friend Jody (texasjodylynn). Jody is a self-confessed ribbon addict and if you want proof just check out her blog (link at right)! She usually has some sort of ribbon share going on and it is all top notch!!! This card she sent me doesn't use any ribbon (go figure!) but it is full of the "Jody touches" that I know and love! First of all, I *love* this Agapanthus Cluster stamp from Stampendous! Can't wait to get my hands on it!!! She embossed it in black over a handcrafted alcohol ink background which is just stunning! And look at all those brads!!! Thank you so much for the heartfelt wishes, Jody!



This second card is from my sweet friend AJ (willosmama). Look at those adorable penguins wishing me to have a "cool" birthday! I love the retro dotted style of this card! The sentiment is strung from some black and natural hemp cord and really adds to the whimsical design!!! AJ also sent some jumbo square brads by Spare Parts and some Sakura glitter pens. Thanks so much for the super birthday wishes, AJ!!!

I'll be back in a bit with a handsome cowboy for y'all! C'mon back now! *wink*