Catching up . . .

Well, between the contest that would never end (LOL!) and the craziness that life throws at ya' sometimes, I realized that I had neglected to post my challenge cards from last week for you all too see! So, without any further ado . . . *wink* This first card was made for the Technique Lovers Challenge, which was to make a card using only shades of brown and vanilla. Also, you could not use coffee or chocolate as the theme of your card. Well, since I am still *hearting* these butterflies from the Butterfly Kisses set by PaperTrey Ink, I decided to go with it! *grin* I stamped the colid image in Creamy Caramel ink and then added the paisley butterfly outline in Chocolate Chip. I added a "flight trail" with my chocolate marker, and pieced parts of both of the sentiments that come with the set together to create a new one! The card base is Creamy Caramel and is stamped randomly with the small single paisley in chocolate, and a groovy flower in caramel. The main image panel is popped up on dimensionals over the chocolate ruched ribbon from the Flirty Ribbon Originals collection, which is secured to the card base with brass hodgepodge brads.

The next card was created for last week's Color Challenge, which was to use Marigold Morning, Really Rust, and Brocade Blue. The flowers from the Happy Harmony stamp set were inked in mariglod, then edged using my rust marker. Then I stamped them repeatedly onto Very Vanilla cs, and watercolored the background in Brocade Blue with my aquapainter. To me it looks like the flowers are gently swaying in the breeze. I added part of a sentiment (also from the Happy Harmony set) in the bottom right corner with my rust marker. The main image panel is matter onto Really Rust and Marigold Morning cs, which was distressed using my edge distresser, and popped up on dimensionals. The Brocade Blue card base was stamped in brocade ink using the Linen BG.

The final card for tonight was stamped for last week's Sketch Challenge. Once again, I succumbed to the urge to pull out my new butterflies! *giddies* I fell in love with this paper from the new Basic Grey Perhaps line and thought it would be a perfect match for these PaperTrey beauties! The card base is So Saffron, and is stamped with the Paisley BG in white craft ink, although you can hardly tell. The patterned paper is notched with my 1/4 circle punch for a faux ticket corner effect, and matted onto Chocolate Chip cs. The butterflies are stamped in Versamark ink on Shimmery White cs, then embossed with pearlized ep and cut out with my paper snips. They were popped up on dimensionals after bending the wings slightly so they would stand out. The sheer white organdy ribbon holds a tiny tag cut from chipboard coaster material using my Cuttlebug, that is hanging from a tiny jump ring. The tag is stamped with a tiny sentiment from the Fancy Flexible Phrases set, then inked with Versamark using the direct-to-paper technique, and embossed with the pearlized ep. I enjoyed creating all of these cards once I got a chance to sit down to my stamping table and I hope you enjoy them too!

A Beautiful Butterfly Blogger RAK!

I'd like to share with you a card I received over the weekend from Kristine over at Ink Something. I *heart* it soooo much! Thanks for thinking of me, Kristine!!! I have been on a butterfly kick since PaperTrey Ink released their latest set, Butterfly Kisses. I am also kinda a paisley fanatic so I have been oogling and fondling this beauty!!! Kristine started with a Chocolate Chip card base, and added a layer of Very Vanilla that had been embossed using the D'Vine Swirls A-2 folder and her Cuttlebug. Then she sponged the edges with a bit of chocolate ink, and added a photo corner made from Chocolate Chip cs embossed using her Cuttlebug and the Textile Texture A-2 folder. To create the beautiful butterflies, Kristine stamped her Paisley BG in chocolate ink onto Ver Vanilla cs. Then she stamped the outline image from the Bold Butterfly set over the background in chocolate ink, and cut out the butterflies. They are adhered only in the center, using a glue dot, to enable the wings to be free to flutter. *wink* The sentiment is from the Happy Harmony set and is stamped in chocolate ink on a vanilla ribbon slider, also made using the Cuttlebug. Kristine tied through some chocolate gingham ribbon and added a tab made using the small and large oval punches from SU! Isn't is just beautimous? Thanks again for putting a smile on my face, Kristine!!! If you haven't already done so, please check out Kristine's blog through the link at the top of this post!

What's in a name . . .

. . . a name frame, that is!!! A few weeks back, I was invited to a stamp camp by one of my blog readers who happens to live in the same town as I do. Well, seeing as how all my stamping friends currently reside anywhere but Sunny FL, I jumped at the chance to meet up with some friendly stamping faces!!! (Hi, Kelly! *wink*) Anyway, the theme of the camp was name frames. I was excited because it had been so long since I had made a traditional name frame and I was eager to see and try some new ideas. I decided to make a "Welcome" frame, since I had recently made a quickie Princess name frame for Kaleigh to match her room decor. I started with a striped piece of patterned paper from the Recollections designer series as my background. I matted it onto a piece of Very Vanilla cs, and then matted that onto a piece of Mellow Moss cs for some added stability. I used two other designs of the Recollections paper as the backgrounds for my letters. I matted these onto vanilla, moss, and burgundy cs. Next I stamped the letters using the Headline alphabet set in Bravo Burgundy and Mellow Moss ink on vanilla cs, and cut them out using my paper snips. The "E", "C", and "O" are popped up on dimensionals to create interest. Finally, I added some embellishments including vintage brads, moss gingham, burgundy buttons, narrow white organdy ribbon, brass hodgepodge hardware, and cranberry stitched grosgrain ribbon.

I was so pleased with how this turned out that I decided to make another name frame the next day. For this one I decided to use our last name. While these name frames do not completely match each other, I do think they share enough of the same colors and elements that they would look nice hanging in the same room. For this frame insert, I started with a piece of patterned paper from the At Home Simply Scrappin' Kit as the background, which I matted onto Chocolate Chip and Mellow Moss cs for added stability. The letters are again stamped with the Headline alphabet and use Sahars Sand, Cranberry Crisp, Mellow Moss and Buckaroo Blue inks on white cs. The backgrounds for the letters feature the same colors of cs and are stamped with Canvas, Houndstooth, Linograph and Linen backgrounds. The letter panels are matted onto chocolate cs. I used brass hodgepodge hardware and thyme stitched grosgrain, moss gingham, and french blue grosgrain ribbons to accent. Needless to say, I had a great time at the stamp camp, and am excited to have made some new stamping friends I might actually get to see on a regular basis! *grin* On a side note, I hurt my back sometime on Monday night, and I am having trouble sitting at the computer for more than 30 mins at a time. I suppose this will be the same for my stamp chair a well. I am hoping to get a chance to stamp, but if not I hope you will forgive me if there is a delay in my usual posting schedule.

OK, Blog Candy winners *finally*!!!

Well, first of all - thanks to all who entered the contest and gave me some feedback regarding whether to draw now or wait for 100 posts. I think there were alot of "wait" responses, as well as "now" responses and then there were "pick me" responses and "do whatever you want" responses - lol! It was hard to make a decision after reading all of those (I *may* be a bit indecisive by nature also), but I have decided to go ahead and do the drawing this morning for two reasons. One, I want to go ahead and get these out in the mail to the luck recipients, and two - I have lots of fun projects waiting in the wings to share with you and I just can't wait any longer!!!!!!! See, along with the indecision is a heavy dose of impatience - lol!!! ;) So, (drumroll please) the luck winners of the blog candy in honor of 100 posts celebration are . . . #34 bethtrue and #63 kristine!!!!! Ladies, congratulations and will you please email me your addresses using the link at right asap! I'd like to get these out in the mail to you on Tuesday!

Speaking of fun projects to share, last week I received a beautiful Blogger RAK from one of my all-time favorite stampers, Beate Johns! Her blog, fresh and fun, is absolutely fabulous and a constant source of inspiration for me! So, if you haven't already done so, please check it out! Beate is the author of many fabulous tutorials and is wonderfully talented and creative! I feel honored to have received a "Beate original"! ;) I *love* how she combined so many different stamp sets and papers for this card! The patterned papers are from the SU! Petals & Paisleys and Petal Patch designers series collections. The stamp sets are Polka Dots & Petals, You Make Me Happy, and Big Blooms from the SU! Spring Mini catalog. I also *love* the colors Beate used for this card! They are Certainly Celery, Pumpkin Pie, So Saffron, and Chocolate Chip - so pretty! Thanks so much for thinking of me, Beate! Your card and kind words definitely made me happy! ;)

A Question . . .

Well, I'm thinking perhaps 100 comments was a *bit* ambitious, huh? What do you think? Should I got ahead and do the drawing already??? Leave a comment here and let me know what you think . . .

Meanwhile, I'm going to share with you a quick card I made the other day. I was anxious to play with some new goodies. ;) This card features the newest set designed by Nichole Heady for her new company, PaperTrey Ink. It is called Butterfly Kisses and it is gorgeous!!! I also picked up my very first chalk inks last weekend and wanted to give them a whirl. The colors I used for this project are Mango and Persimmon, and they are from the VersaMagic line of products. PaperTrey's stamps are acrylic and although I have some others of that kind, these are the first set I have purchased. I fell in love with the preview images on Nichole's blog (link at right) and just had to have it! The chalk inks are another first (had to give them a try at Nichole's recomendation) and I love how quickly they dry and the richness they have. I inked the floral butterfly with the mango ink, then used the rock-n-roll technique to edge the image in persimmon ink. I added some wire antennae and a brad for the head, and matted the main image onto Pumpkin Pie cs. Next I created a background using the mediun and small flower images in mango and persimmon inks on the top two thirds of the Apricot Appeal card base. Underneath that I added a piece of orange ricrak from Prima Marketing. In the bottom right corner I stamped a sentiment, also from the Butterfly Kisses set, in mango ink. Very simple, but so much fun! I look forward to playing with the Butterfly Kisses stamp set again very, very soon! ;)

Blog Candy - yippee!!!!!!!!!!!!

ETA: The contest is now over and the winnders have been drawn. Please see post from 3/25 for more info! Thanks to all who entered!

Yesterday I blogged my 100th post!!!!!! Whoo hoo!!!!!!! I cannot believe I have been at this for only about 6 months! So, in celebrating this milestone I am offering up some handmade blog candy for you! I am trying to be better at scrapping (I am too impatient - lol!) so I made these to inspire me. The first is a tri-fold coaster frame which features Basic Grey paper from the Lily Kate collection and paisleys - my fave!!!!! I attached the panels together with some silver hinges I found at Joanns. The paisley chipboard pieces are by Deluxe Designs and they are covered with the Basic Grey paper as well. The paisley rubons are by Heidi Swapp and the are fuzzy to the touch! *giddies* I used my UHU Scrapbookers glue pen as the adhesive for this entire project! I just *love* how it doesn't buckle the paper!!!!!

The second item is a squash book, made following a recent tutorial by Beate Johns over at Splitcoaststampers. It features the Loves Me designer series papers by Stampin' UP! The pages are formed from scored pieces of Close to Cocoa cardstock, and decorated with the designer series papers and teal, caribbean, rose, and pink cardstock. Everything is tied together with a strip of lucious teal velvet ribbon - mmmmmm! ;) I left
the cover and pages of the book undecorated so the recipient can adorn it however they choose! But, both items are ready to roll! Just add pictures and journaling and you're golden!!!!!
***Oh yeah - how do you win??? ;) Since this is all in celebration of 100 posts, I am going to run this contest until I have 100 comments on this post. Then I will have my DD, Kaleigh randomly choose two numbers as the winners! But, there's a catch! *wink* In your post, please tell me which patterned paper is your favorite - any manufacturer, but please be specific as to which line you like best!***

Challenging Colors . . .

Well, today is Color Challenge Tuesday over at SCS, and I promised you earlier that I'd be back with a card for the challenge. I kinda thought I'd be back a bit sooner, but I found these colors to be a little challenging to put to paper so to speak . . . ;) I was *finally* able to make it work, although now I realize that I left out one of the colors! There were so many this week, I guess I'll just chalk it up to that . . . Maybe I'll try again tomorrow. Anyway, I *am* pleased with the way this card turned out! I have been wanting to try this double flower with my Doodle This stamp set. I stamped the flowers in brown StazOn ink on Shimmery White cs and watercolored them with Cool Caribbean and Really Rust ink. I cut them out using my paper snips, and punched out the dots on the petals with my 1/16" circle punch. Then I mounted the flowers onto some So Saffron cs and handcut a mat around them. I fastened the two flowers together using a saffron brad in the center. Then I used my paper piercer to roll the edges of the petals under to give the flower a bit more dimension. Next I cut a piece of chocolate striped patterned paper from the Notations collection and used the spiral punch along the left edge. I also cut a piece of acetate overlay to the same dimension, punched it and stamped it with the long doodle image in white StazOn ink. I added a tab punched from saffron cs with my round tab punch to the top and stamped some words from the Fancy Flexible Phrases set in chocolate ink. The base of the card is Cool Caribbean, and the background piece is Really Rust stamped with the Dots & Daisies background in chocolate ink and matted onto Chocolate Chip cs. I also colored in the flowers on the background using my white gel pen.

Also, this is my 100th post - whoo hoo!!!!!!!!! I have some goodies made to give away as blog candy. Stay tuned to find out what they are, and how you can have a chance to win one of them! Details coming soon!!!!! *wink*

Splitcoast Bloggers RAK Club

I am so excited!!!!! I joined the SCS Bloggers RAK Club last week and sent out a couple of cards. Well, Beate received hers yesterday and posted it to her blog. I wanted to thank her for all the inspiration she gives and her fabulous tutorials. If you would like to see the triangle fold card I made for Beate, please check it out here:

I fully intend on stamping for the Color Challenge today over at Splitcoast, so I'll be back with something in a bit! Also, I am working on a few blog candy items in celebration of my 100th post, which will probably happen today too! So stay tuned for more exciting things to come! Until then, I'm as always, Inkfully Yours . . . .

Stella is a Material Girl . . .

I made this card yesterday for the Ways To Use It challenge over at SCS. I was in need of some inspiration yesterday, so I thought I'd give it a try! ;) The challenge was to use fabric on your card. While I didn't actually use fabric, this patterned paper from the new Basic Grey Stella Ruby line reminds me of a beautiful tapestry. I also used some yummy chocolate ricrak, and it always reminds me of sewing! So, I hope this qualifies for the challenge, because it certainly did inspire me to create something a little out of my element! This is also a criss-cross pocket card, which I have been wanting to try for a few weeks since it was the Technique Lovers Challenge awhile back. I started with a True Thyme card base, and cut two triangle shapes for the front from the Stella Ruby paper. I adhered the ricrak along the edges of the pocket and added a giant Prima flower with three gold brads in the center. For the insert I used chocolate and vanilla cs. I stamped the Penny Black sentiment in Chocolate Chip ink and framed it with two strip of the patterned paper. At the bottom I added three small Prima flowers from the Sweet & Sassy Attitudes collection with gold brads as the centers. Then I punched the top with my horizontal slot punch and added a tie of thyme stitched ribbon. I really hope the recipient likes the unique style of this card!

Bright and Irish!!!

Here is another card for this week's Sketch Challenge over at SCS. It is a fairly easy layout, although the asymetrical thing is throwing me for a bit of a loop! I thought I'd try out one of my Joanns $1 stamp finds. I bought this stamp because my husband is Irish and is into St. Patrick's Day big time!!! I thought it would be nice to actually give it some use before the big day, so this is what I came up with. Not my usual color palette (a bit bright, eh?) but I think it works for this occasion! I started by stamping the mail image in black ink onto a square of Whisper White cardstock. I watercolored the shamrock using Gable Green ink and my aquapainter. I added some rhinestone bling in the center, and sponged the edges with the green ink as well. I added a black cs mat and popped the panel up on dimensionals. The Gable Green card base is stamped with my Paisley background in the green ink, but you can just barely make it out in this picture. The horizontal panel is stamped with the Dots & Daisies background. I added these tiny Prima flowers from the Sweet & Sassy Attitudes collection over the flower images because they look like little shamrocks to me! As a finishing touch I added some green dotted organdy ribbon across the center of the horizontal panel. Quick and cute, but I hope you enjoy!

Hi, my name is Teresa and I'm a paperholic!!!

On Monday, I made a special trip out to my NSLSS (not-so-local scrapbook store), Violette's. I don't get in there very often, but I *love* their selection of goodies. On this trip, I was estatic to find that they had the new Basic Grey papers in stock!!! I actually dropped down and sat on the floor so I would have a better view of all the different patterns. As I was checking out, the cashier and I admired the papers again and discussed all the ways in which to enjoy the papers without actually using them - lol! But when I read that the color challenge for the week was inspired by the Perhaps line, I had to cut into just this one piece! So, this is is my card for this week's Color and Sketch Challenges over at SCS. It is not my usual style, but I do like the way it turned out. I wanted to highlight pne of the beautiful flowers from this piece of Perhaps paper, so I chose that for my focal image square. I sponged the edges with chocolate ink and mounted it at an angle onto a square of Certainly Celery cs which I also sponged with chocolate ink. For the horizontal strip, I chose a piece of the background in the patterned paper, sponged it with chocolate ink and mounted it onto Chocolate Chip cs. I added two ties of chocolate dotted organdy ribbon around this panel as an accent. The So Saffron card base is stamped with my beloved Linograph background, which was inspired by a pattern on another portion of this piece of patterned paper. The sentiment is from the SU! set Simply Said, and is stamped in chocolate ink. As a finishing touch, I added three different shades of pink Prima flowers from the Sassy & Sweet Attitudes collection, with a bit of rhinestone bling for the centers. I am still fighting a nasty cold (it has been more than a week now!), but I hope to have something else to share with you before the end of the week!

And the winners are . . .

. . . from the list of subscribers (which is now over 100!!!) - Peggy Maier, and from the comments on the blog candy post - Amanda Sewell. Congratulations!!! Please use the link at right to email me with your address. Thank you all again for your continued support, and I hope to have a project to post for you tomorrow! Rubber hugs and paper kisses!

Contest time!!!

Whoo hoo! We made it to 20,000 just in time for the weekend! I cannot beging to express how grateful I am for each and every one of you who reads my little blogs. I love sharing my creations with you, and I appreciate your all of kind words. So, in an effort to express my gratitude I am offering up these little beauties as some much deserved blog candy. OK, here are the details! I will be choosing two winners - one from everyone who comments on this post and one from my list of subscribers. You can subscribe using the Feedblitz link at right. You *must* check your email and confirm your subscription to appear on my list and be entered in the contest. ;) You have until Monday afternoon to enter. I will have my daughter Kaleigh pick a number from each list and I will post back then to let you know the results! Good luck, and thanks again for your continued support! Until next time, I'm as always, Inkfully Yours . . . .

An exciting new layout . . .

I received a beautiful card from my fabulous secret sister yesterday!!! She is super talented and has been spoiling me with cards and goodies since January. Her most recent card was a double slider card. I had seen the tutorial for these over at Splitcoaststampers, but I am generally a bit intimidated by complicated layouts like this. However, when I got that gorgeous card in the mail yesterday, I knew I needed to give these a try for myself! After reviewing the directions this morning, I decided not to waste any time and give it a shot right away! I grabbed for my Petal Prints set that I got for Christmas as it is incredibly under used, but completely gorgeous and versatile! I chose True Thyme, Marigold Morning, and Chocolate Chip as my color palette. I also used my Linen background stamp on the thyme card base. When you pull the tab at the top of the card, two surprise panels pop up! How fun!!! If you would like step-by-step directions to create one of these beauties for yourself, please visit the SCS website. Beate Johns does a fabulous job explaining all the details - far better than I could ever attempt to do. I hope you enjoy my version of the double slider card, and don't forget to check back for an exciting celebration when Inkfully Yours hits 20,000 views! ;)