A lesson learned . . .

Last Thursday night I attended a stamp camp at my friend Kelly's house. *waves* We had alot of fun attempting the five projects she had prepared for us, but a great deal more time was spent chatting and giggling than stampin', as is the norm for these I think . . . ;) I was a little tired when I arrived, and not really in the stamping frame of mind as I had been out running around all day. Already not off to a great start, eh? Why not grab a Bacardi and add that to the mix - lol! ;) Well, I only had one so I'm not sure why I had so much trouble following the directions that night, but I have learned my lesson . . . I am not one of those people who should drink and stamp - lol! ;) I did manage to complete one project I was happy with - the candle and coaster using the Doodle This stamp set. I finished the card at home (which is now on its way to a dear friend), and you would not believe how much time I spent on that Au Chocolat/Big Blooms post-it note holder!!! Or how many times I ripped it apart - lol! As my friend Jody claims to be, I am also an "analytical" stamper!!! We also made a photo cube, which I will hopefully share with you once I add some pictures to it, and a stamped flower pot, which combined with my poor stamping and the "sealing incident" I am reluctant to share - lol! Anyway, a fun time was had by all but next time I should probably take a nap first, and lay off the Bacardi's . . . ;)

The future . . .

I seem stuck on this layout today - lol! I decided to try it with some different colors though. These are from this week's challenge over at SCS. I made thiscard for a friend who has been dealing with alot lately and I hope it brings her some joy and encouragement. I started with a Pumpkin Pie card base and stamped it with my tried and true Linograph BG. For the main image panel, I stamped this fower from Both Way Blossoms, which I am pretending is a crysanthemum for this card! I watercolored the flowers using pumpkin, burgundy and artichoke inks. At the bottom I stamped a sentiment from the Brighter Tomorrow set. I matted the main image panel onto Chocolate Chip and Always Artichoke cs, and popped it up on dimensionals over the Au Chocolat ds paper. I added the "thinking of you" sentiment from Warmest Regards on a key tag punched piece and tucked it under the ds paper. As a finishing touch, I added a piece of burgundy grosgrain ribbon.

In God's Care . . .

I was inspired to use these colors and layout from my Yellow Chocolate Birthday Roses card again. What could be better than more roses? These are from the SU! Hostess Set, Both Way Blossoms. I made this card for my Aunt Holly and her family, my Uncle Dale and cousins David and Dustin. My Aunt Holly has cancer and has not been doing well. Recently, she has taken a turn for the worse. :( I wish more than anything that I could give this to them in person along with lots of big {{{hugs}}}!!! I lost my mom (and my uncle's sister) after a long illness just over two years ago, so I really know what they are going through. I hope this card will symbolize to them all the love and prayers we are sending their way right now. I used the same papers and inks and backgrounds for this card as I did for my grandma's birthday card. The sentiment on the main image panel is from the Brighter Tomorrow stamp set. The sentiment on the key tag punched piece is from the Warmest Regards set. The main image panel and sentiment are popped up on dimensionals.

Yellow Chocolate Birthday Roses . . .

. . . aren't they pretty??? I was inspired by a card I saw yesterday on Splitcoaststampers be merrymstamper. It used these colors and this stamp set, Mixed Bouquet. I *heart* this set, but haven't used it in so, so long! I think I get overwhelmed by how many stamps I have, and I tend to only reach for the top of the pile, which is usually my newest acquisitions. Anyway, I needed to make a card for my grandma's upcoming birthday, and I thought his would be perfect! I also use this week's Sketch Challenge for the layout. I started by choosing a So Saffron card base and stamping it with my beloved Linograph BG. Then I stamped the rose and leaf outlines in Brown StazOn ink on Shimmery Vanilla cs. I colored the images in using my aquapainter and saffron and marigold ink for the roses, and chocolate ink for the leaves. I matted the image panel onto Chocolate Chip and Marigold Morning cs and popped it up on dimensionals over the piece of Au Chocolat designer series paper. I then stamped the sentiment from the It's Your Brithday set in Brown StazOn on Shimmery Vanilla cs and cut it to fit inside an antuque brass label holder from the Hodgepodge Hardware collection. I added some sheer brown dotted organdy ribbon and voila! I think I will play around with this color scheme and layout a bit later, so stay tuned!

I've been tagged!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

My friend and fellow Chatter girlie, Sharon is the one who tagged me and I am just tickled! *grin* Now to share with you five (only five?) of my favorite blogs . . . . That is a tough call, believe me! There are so many wonderfully talented stampers/bloggers out there!!! Well, if I must decide . . . here they are (in no particular order) *wink*

1. A Prima Chatterina's Stampfessions (stampinthyme on SCS) - Lisa

http://a-prima-chatterinas-stampfessions.blogspot.com/

Lisa is the Prima queen and a fabulously talented stamper. I am also proud to call her my friend! {{{hugs}}} Lisa! AND, she is just happens to be giving away some blog candy right now!!! So, stop on by and give Lisa some luvin' . . . ;)

2. Make a Difference (stamp_momma on SCS) - Lori

http://loricraig.blogs.splitcoaststampers.com/

Lori is another supah fabulous stamper and a wonderful and giving person! I am seriously lucky to call her my friend! Head on over and tell Lori I sent you!!! ;)

3. Silver Stamping (Silvergirl on SCS) - Lisa

http://silverstamping.blogspot.com/

Another Lisa! ;) This one is relatively new to blogging and was one of my Secret Sisters last year! I had a fabulous time creating for and getting to know her! Check out her stuff, because she is rockin'!!!!! ;)

4. Artfully Inking (Wasatch Wizard on SCS) - Kristin

http://artfullyinking.blogspot.com/

Kristin is another one of my awesomely talented Chatter girlie friends! Guess what??? Kristin HAND DRAWS (yes, I said hand draws!) alot of her own images!!! Can you say "WOW!" !!!!!!! Go ahead, check out her fabulous blog! And don't forget to check back often! We can expect BIG things for Kristin in the not-to-distant future . . . I can just *feel* it!!!!! ;)

5. . . . Rubbah' Thoughts and Creations (love2Bcreative on SCS) - Teresa O.

http://love2bcreativewithrubbah.blogspot.com/

Yes, another Teresa (with no "h"!) !!!!!! She is also a great friend and supah stamper extrordinairre!!!!! Pay her a visit and tall het I sent 'ya! You'll be glad you did . . . ;)

All About Paisleys . . .

. . . isn't everything? *wink* This is another (yes, another) card made with the Butterfly Kisses stamp set by PaperTrey Ink. I made six of these for a swap and wanted to play with some of my favorite things. I started with the patterned paper from the Kaleidoscope line by My Mind's Eye. I just love the colors!!! I also knew I wanted to try this super layout by Michelle Wooderson (aka Mish Mash - see her blog at right). Although the base of the card is only a 4 1/4" square, the top panel extends to the 5 1/2" length of a traditional A-2 card. I stamped the pink card base with the Paisley BG in Pretty in Pink ink. Then I cut a 2 3/4" x 3 1/2" piece of Gable Green cs for matting behind the patterned paper. I stamped the paisley butterfly image on acetate in white StazOn ink and cut them out with my paper snips. Then I scored them on either side of the body so they would really pop. They are adhered to the patterned paper panel using mini glue dots. Next I used my new Paisly dies and my Cuttlebug to cut some shapes out of the patterned paper and chipboard coaster material. I took some sheer white dotted organdy ribbon and ran it through the two layers of the paisley diecut so the chipboard piece acts as a ribbon slide. There is also a fuzzy white paisley rub-on by Heidi Swapp on top of the paisley piece. For the sentiment, I placed is in a wave on the block and stamped it in Versamark in the bottom left corner of the card. I embossed the sentiment in detail white embossing powder. I really like the look of this card - very soft and springy!!! I hope my fellow swappers like it too! *grin*

Honored to be an Honorable Mention . . .

Well, as my loyal blog readers are well aware, I have been having so much fun playing with my new Butterfly Kisses and Green Thumb stamp sets by PaperTrey Ink. I was strongly encouraged by a few friends of mine (hi Jody and Alli) to enter my projects in PaperTrey's Guest Star contest. So, I did - not once, or twice but 15 times!!!!! LOL! When the winners of the contest were revealed on Sunday night along with the newest set, Faux Ribbons, I was in awe of the beautiful creations of Jen Stevenson and Heather Jackman! Congratulations girls!!! Well, imagine my surprise the next day when I received an email from Nichole Heady herself stating that she liked one of my projects so much that she chose it as an Honorable Mention and that she would be posting it on her blog!!!!! **giddies** I am still so tickled to have my work appreciated by such a stamping rock star! And I am honored to be included in such an amazingly talented group of stampers! Please check out Nichole's blog {capture the moment} (link at right) and congratulate the designers of all the pther fabulous Honorable Mention projects. And take a look at the InkPad gallery at www.papertreyink.com to view all the gorgeous projects of the design team and Guest Start stampers!


Anyway, since I made this card for a swap I am participating in, I hadn't shared it here yet and I thought this would be the perfect time. I wanted to try out a different kind of fold callled a Flip Flop card. I followed the directions from the tutorial in the Resources section of SCS to make it. I only had to make 6 of these for the swap, but it was still very time consuming because basically I made each card twice. First I made the cuts and folds on the Chocolate Chip card base, then I adhered the patterned paper from SU!'s Au Chocolate collection on top of it and repeated the cuts and folds. Phews! But they are so worth it!!! For the front of the card, I wanted the butterfly to appear in mid-flap of her wings. I stamped the butterfly twice on vanilla cs, the solid image in celery craft ink and the dotted image over it in Chocolate Chip ink. Next I cut each butterfly apart just to the left of the body on one and jsut to the right of the body on the other. I adhered the right set of wings to the main panel, and then took the right wings with the body attached and bent the wings up slightly while leaving the body flat. I adhered this piece slightly askew over the other wings with a dimensional. I stamped a smaller butterfly up in the left corner and then drew flight dots from the bottom left corner to each butterfly. In the bottom right corner I added the "heartfelt" sentiment in chocolate ink. For the back or inside of the card, I first stamped a celery butterfly in the lower left corner. Then over that I stamped the "birthday wishes" sentiment in chocolate ink and added the smallest butterfly at the end in celery craft ink. In the upper right corner I stamped just the dotted butterfly image in Chocolate Chip ink. There is a little bit of blank space left for a message if desired. Finally, I added some celery grosgrain ribbon, adhered securely with sticky strip so it will stay in place as the card is unfolded and refolded. Thanks again, Nichole!!! I am truly honored . . . .

Three Teriffic Tri-folds . . .

Yesterday's challenge over at Splitcoaststampers was all about these cute little tri-fold cards. Dont'cha just love them? *wink* Well, the creative genius behind this unique fold is Beate Johns. Check out her blog, fresh and fun, through the link at right. There is a fabulous tutorial for creating these cards, as well as many more stunning projects. You can also find the tutorial under the Resources section of SCS. For the first card, I wanted to use some of the Big Blooms images I stamped at a friend's house the other day (hi Kelly!). I paired the medium sized Rose Red flower with some of the Au Chocolat designer series paper. Perfect, right? For the sentiment I used rose and chocolate markers to ink up the letters of the word "friend" and stamped it on Very Vanilla cs, before punching it out using the key tag punch. For the inside I stamped the remainder of the sentiment from the That's Nice set, again using markers to highlight particular words. Then I notched the top of the square using the spiral punch. I added a small chocolate flower with a rose brad center as a little accent.










The next card features my newest stamp set, Office Accoutrement. I started with a celery card base and cut a piece of Notations designer paper for the triangles. Next I stamped the large flower in saffron ink on white cs and cut it out with my paper snips. Then I stamped the small flower in caribbean ink, cut it out, and popped it up on dimensionals over the large flower. I added a few subtled beads to the center of the flower using my Sakura Quickie glue pen. Then I stamped the "original" tab colored with celery and saffron markers onto white cs, and punched it out using the round tab punch. For the inside, I inked a sentiment from the It's Your Birthday set using celery, sarrfon and caribbean inks. I again notched the top using the spiral punch. Finally I added a tiny saffron flower made using the spring bouquet punch and a celery brad as the center.











For the last card, I used the remaining patterned paper from the Spring Mini catalog, Petals & Paisleys. I was inspired by a card I received in a swap made by Cindy Lieberman (scs-stampinlady). Isn't this little giraffe from the Bundle of Joy set just the cutest thing? I started by stamping him in brown StazOn ink on vanilla cs. Then I colored him using my aquapainter and olive, saffron, and turquoise inks. I added a saffron brad and matted him onto turquoise cs. The "baby" tab is created using a stamp from That's Nice and the key tag punch.The inside of the Old Olive card base is rolled with the Petals jumbo wheel for some added interest. I again used the spiral punch to notch the top of the sentiment piece, and used markers to highlight the words. These little cards are just too cute! I love creating them!!! *grin*

How does your garden grow?

Well, I am not much of a gardener in real life, but Green Thumb, the newest set by PaperTrey Ink, has certainly got me doing some ink and paper gardening!!! I haven't had alot of time to play with this set so far, but I have inked it up for a few simple projects. To me, this set calls for simplicity, so I have fought hard not to overwhelm the beautiful images and to really give them a chance to shine. This first card features one of my all-time favorite stamp images - strawberries!!! I'm not entirely sure why, but I love a card with strawberries, whatever the occasion! *wink* This card is sized to a 4x4 square, as I wanted to draw the focus in on these beauties. I started with a kraft scalloped oval punchie, and stamped the berries in Real Red and the tops and stem in Garden Green. Then I sponged some white craft ink along the edge of the oval shape to give it some more definition. I cut down a strip on green cs and used my slit punch to create a scalloped edge on one side. The strip was adhered to the red card base, and the oval was popped up on dimensionals over it. The semtiment is stamped on a white tiny oval punchie that my friend AJ sent me when I oohed and aahed over hers - isn't she sweet? I inked it with red and green markers for a multi colored effect, and attached it to the card with a vintage brad in the center.



The second card features the pea pod stamps - cute, eh? Well, everyone seems to be making baby cards with this stamp - and rightly so! The included sentiment is "sweet pea" - how fitting! But I wanted to do something a little different, so I stamped two pods. I know, you're thinking twins, right? Well, that's a good idea, but I don't know anyone who is expecting a baby, let alone twins, so I wanted to take this in a different direction. I thought this would make a cute wedding or anniversary card! What do you think? Two peas in a pod, they're "happy together" . . . ;) So, I started by stamping two pea pods in Old Olive ink inside a white scalloped circle punchie. Next I added the Certainly Celery peas, and used my 1/16" circle punch to notch each scallop. Then I cut a strip of green dotted paper, from the Petals and Paisleys collection, and used my tiny scalloped scissors on both sides to give it some interest. I adhered the strip to the celery card base, and popped the main image up on dimensionals over it. For the sentiment I used the Happy Everything stamp set and olive ink. I *heart* this set, and I am looking forward to more play time with it in the near future!!!

Another fabulous Blogger RAK!!!

I received this beautiful card in the mail the other day from Lisa Silver, aka Silvergirl on SCS. Well, awhile back Lisa was my lil' sis in my very first round of DDSS. I had so much fun creating projects for her. As you can see, Lisa is a very talented stamper herself - so please check out her blog, Silver Stamping and tell her I sent you!!! *wink* For this card, Lisa stamped a Brocade Blue card base with the Paisley BG. Then she took a piece of patterned paper from the Sarah collection and mounted it onto Sage Shadow cs. She tied some violet stitched grosgrain ribbon around the side and adhered it to the card base. For the main image panel, she stamped the flower from the Polka Dots & Paisley stamp set in brocade and sage ink on Very Vanilla cs. She added a sentiment from the Small Saying set in navy ink. Then Lisa sponged the edges with brocade ink, and notched the corners using the ticket corner punch. She added three navy eyelets, and matted the image panel onto a piece of Barely Banana cs. The main image panel is also popped up on dimensionals. Thank you so much for thinking of me Lisa!!! I adore this card, and you are such a sweetie!

New stamps . . .

. . . always make me happy!!!!! *giddies* Today I'd like to share with you some creations made with some new stamps I received in the mail this week. The first card features a stamp by StampingBella. This one is called Cakeabella - isn't she fabulous??? I made this card for the weekly sketch challenge over at Splitcoaststampers. I started by stamping the main image on vanilla cs using brown StazOn ink. I watercolored the bella using my Watercolor Wonder Crayons and an aquapainter. I added some sparkle to the candle and decorations on the cake using my Sakura Stardust glitter pen. Next I added some distressing using chocolate ink and a stamp from the Itty Bitty Backgrounds set on the edges of the main image panel, which I matted onto Chocolate Chip cs. For the angled panel, I used a strip of patterned paper from the Magnolia collection by My Mind's Eye, which I matted onto Gable Green cs. I tied some tangerine grosgrain ribbon across the center, and adhered the angled panel to the Taken With Teal card base. For the sentiment I used my Karen Foster snap stamps and punched it using the Key Tag punch. I added a tiny Prima flower with a rhinestone center, and popped up the main image panel on dimensionals! Too cute!


This next card features an image from the new stamp set by Nichole Heady and PaperTrey Ink, Green Thumb! I love this little boot!!!!! *wink* I started by cutting my Certainly Celery card base down on the front to a 4 1/4" square while leaving the back a standard A-2 size. I took a strip of Au Chocolat ds paper and used my slit punch to create a scalloped edge, and adhered it under the front flap. Next I stamped the boot image in celery crafy ink on vanilla cs. I added the seperate toe and tab in chocolate ink - super easy peasy!!! I also reinked just the sole of the boot in chocolate ink and stamped it over the original image, to give the impression of a muddy bottom. Next I cut out the boot and popped it up on dimensionals over a vanilla scalloped square. I adhered the main image in the center of the card front, and stamped the sentiment underneath in chocolate ink. As a finishing touch, I added some chocolate sheer dotted organdy ribbon on the left side. Super simple, but I *love* the look and I am so looking forward to having more time to play with this fabulous set!!!!! ;)

Catching up . . . again!

It's always something . . . Remember last week how I told you I hurt my back? Well, this week I am sick . . . again! Between the three of us in our little family, it has me asking "When will it ever end???" alot lately - lol! Anyway, I realized that I never posted my challenge cards from last week, so I'd like to share those with you today. Then maybe tomorrow I can post my challenge cards from *this* week! Whadd'ya think, huh? ;) Oh, and before anyone says it . . . yes!!! More butterflies!!! I'm sorry, but they are so, so pretty I jsut can't help myself . . . *wink* This first card was made for last week's color challenge - Cool Caribbean, More Mustard, and Cranberry Crisp. I started by stamping a strip of Whisper White cs all over with images from PaperTrey Ink's Butterfly Kisses set in the challenge colors. I matted that strip onto a piece of mustard cs, on which I used my slit punch to create a scalloped edge on once side. Next I used my 1/16" punch to pierce the scallops. On the left side of the image panel I used my horizontal slot punch to create three openings. I tied three different cranberry ribbons through the openings, and adhered the panel to the caribbean card base. Finally, I added the "smile" sentiment from Fancy Flexible Phrases in the bottom right corner in cranberry ink.


This next card was made for last week's sketch challenge, and for a friend of mine at work. Jackie was working a double shift last Saturday and wanted something to brighten her day. Seeing as she is a scrapbooker, I thought she would appreciate one of my cards! Jackie's favorite colors are pink and green, so that was my starting point for this project. I started with a piece of Pixie Pink cs that I ran through my Cuttlebug using the Bloom Dots embossing folder, which I matted onto a Gable Green card base. Next I stamped the solid butterfly image in Key Lime VersaMagic ink and Pixie Pink classic ink. After they dried, I overstamped the butterflies with the striped image using the opposit color of ink, and but them out. I popped them up on mini glue dots and adhered them to a scalloped square punchie. I tied a strip of sheer green organdy ribbon across the card and added the main image on top. For the sentiment, I stamped "Hi There" from Fancy Flexible Phrases in pink ink and punched it out using the Word Window punch. As a finishing touch, I added square stripey brads from Queen & Co. on either side of the sentiment. Jackie was so cute, showing off her card to anyone who would look. If anyone at work didn't know I was a stamper, they do now - lol! :)

Butterflies abound . . .

I just can't seem to stop reaching for these beautimous butterflies from PaperTrey Ink for every project! I'm so weak . . . ;) Oh well! Rest assured that they (and you!) will get a little break once my new Green Thumb set arrives later this week . . . *wink* Here are some of my most recent butterfly creations. This first card features some patterned paper I picked up at Target last weekend. It is designed by Rhonna Farrer for Autumn Leaves. I just love the colors!!! I started with a strip of the patterned paper and matted it onto Certainly Celery and Cool Caribbean cs. Next I stamped the solid butterfly image onto white cs in caribbean, celery, and pink. I overstamped each butterfly with the dotted image in Versamark, and embossed them with black ep. I adhered each one with a mini glue dot to the strip of patterned paper, then attached the strip to a Pretty in Pink card base. Then I added the words "butterfly kisses", spelled out with my Karen Foster snap stamps, in black ink along the right side of the card.


This next card was inspired by a previous Color Challenge on SCS that I never got around to doing: Cool Caribbean, Black and White - classic! I started by stamping the floral butterfly image in caribbean ink on white cs. Then I colored in the centers of the smaller flowers with my black marker. Next I stamped the solid butterfly image on a strip of white cs in caribbean ink. I cut out the floral butterfly and adhered it over the solid image using a mini glue dot. I used my black marker to draw some flight dots and antennae, and I added the sentiment. I matted the white strip onto some black cs, and then added the scalloped pieces made with my slit punch and some patterned paper from the Friends & Flowers Simply Scrappin' Kit. Then I matted everything onto a black card base. I have a few more projects waiting in the wings, so be sure to check back tomorrow! Until then, I'm as always, Inkfully Yours . . .

Inkspired . . .

Last Friday, my friend Amanda posted a new weekly series on her blog - Fabulous Floral Fridays! This week, Amanda challenged herself and her blog readers, to make a card using the Heartfelt Thanks stamp set. She is offering a fabulous prize to one lucky challenge participant, so if you haven't already done so, please visit Amanda's blog - Inkspirations (link at right). I remember when this set first came out in last year's catalog. I fell in love with it, and it was one of the first purchases I made. I'm a sucker for flowers, what can I say - lol! Anyway, I used this set alot when I first got it, but soon it was pushed to the side by exciting newer rubbah. I has sat lonely and forgotten for quite awhile now, so I am grateful for Amanda's reminder that I *do* have this set and maybe I should give it a little playtime once again! So, this is the card I was *inkspired* to make. ;) It is really simple, but I wanted to focus on the richness of the images. I just love how craft ink looks on Kraft cs. So, dimensions for this card are 3 1/4" x 6 1/2" to fit the small open-ended envelopes from SU! The card base is Certainly Celery. I cut down a piece of Kraft cs to size, and stamped lots of dandelions in white and celery craft ink. I added the sentiment at the top in Chocolate Chip ink and some brass brads from my Hodgepodge Hardware kit to the top corners. I matted the main image panel onto white cs, another look I really like. I tried to add some ribbon, but I felt it overpowered the dandelion images. So, thanks for the challenge Amanda and I hope you like my creation!