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*

Fabulous & Groovy . . .

Well, as promised here is the card I was working on late last night. I decided to try out my new Fabulous Flowers stamp set. I started by stamping the large flower three times in Blush Blossom craft ink on Whisper White cs. I used my paper snips to cut out the various rows of petals and sponged the edges with Groovy Guava and Chocolate Chip ink. I layered them together using dimensionals. Next I stamped the Paisley BG onto the blush card base using guava ink. I sponged all the edges with Close to Cocoa ink. For the strip of cocoa cs, I first stamped it with the Linen BG in cocoa ink, then added the "fabulous" sentiment in Chocolate Chip ink. I sponged all the edges in chocolate and used my CutterBee piercing bug to pierce the edges. I used my white gel pen to add some faux stitching. As a finishing touch, I added some of my new taffeta ribbon across the top of the panel before adhering everything to the card base. I really like how this turned out. I have started working on some cards for a swap using the new Boho West line of products from SU! Hopefully I will be able to share them with you tomorrow! Be sure to check back . . . ;)

More Beautiful Bday Cards . . .

Well, I have been trying to play with my new SU! goodies, but I had to get a few replacement items. In the meantime, I spent most of yesterday listing my retired sets on eBay. I am attempting to raise $ to attend a gathering in SLC this fall. Wish me luck! I did manage to hammer out one card late last night, which I will post in a bit, but first I wanted to share with you some more of the beautiful Bday cards I have received.

This first card is from Deb Albright over at The Crafty Turtle. Isn't is lovely? The background is dry embossed using the Cuttlebug and Textile Texture embossing folder. I love the colors too - greens and purples are always a winning combination!!! Head on over to Deb's blog to check out her creations! Thanks so much for thinking of me, Deb!!!

The next card is from Nancy over at Nancy's Creative Mess. I believe this card is made with the new SU! hostess set, In the Spotlight. I love the soft colors, the faux stitching across the bottom of the image panel, and the decorated word window punch out Nancy used! Pop on over to Nancy's blog and tell her I said "hello", will you? Thank you so much for your warm wishes, Nancy!

Finally, I received this festive birthday wish from Bonnie Ratzloft (aka raduse on SCS). Isn't it fabulous? When I was younger, my parents used to pretend that the fireworks were put on just for my birthday - isn't that sweet? So is this card!!! I *love* it! Thanks so much, Bonnie!

I will have another post for you soon, with new SU! goodies in tow! Until then, I'm as always Inkfully Yours . . . *wink*

New stamps for Beate's sketch . . .

My new SU! goodies are here!!!! I *heart* everything soooo much! I decided to take a break from organizing to create this little number for Beate's sketch this week - before it's too late! I decided to use Garden Whimsy and was inspired by the new catty when I chose my color combination - Old Olive, Rose Red, Pumpkin Pie, and Soft Sky. This style of card is called a "joy fold" and they are so much fun to make! Beate has an excellent tutorial up on her blog, fresh & fun, if you'd like to try it out! I knew I wanted to give my butterflies some dimension, so I stamped the bodies, antennae, and "movement lines" right onto my cardstock panel, but I stamped the wings separately onto another piece of cs. I then cut them out using my paper snips and popped them up on dimensionals. I made the "Beate style" closure by stamping and cutting out the ladybug and popping her up on dimensionals as well. This way the card naturally stays closed, but is easily opened to reveal the inside greeting! Pure genius she is, that Beate!!! I am off to play with my new toys some more, but wanted to share this little darlin' with you right away! *wink*

Fishy Friend . . .

I's like to introduce you to one of Turtle's friends from the Artful Inkables line by Kristin Soboloski for Starving Artist. I call her Goldie! *wink* She's here to make a splash! I stamped her on watercolor paper using Black StazOn ink and watercolored her using my aquapainter and pumpkin and caribbean inks. I added the sentiment from Fancy Flexible Phrases in the upper right corner and matted the image onto black cs. I used a Cool Caribbean card base and added a panel of designer paper from the retired Friends & Flowers Simply Scrappin' Kit. I matted the patterned paper onto black cs as well, and added some orange dotted ribbon (from the Target $ spot). Finally, I popped the main image panel up on dimensionals and added two black brads in the lower right corner. These images are just too fun to work with! *grin* Stay tuned for more adventures of Turtle and friends coming soon!

Hi There . . .

Isn't this little guy just the cutest? I fell in love with him the moment I saw him . . . He started as a drawing by my oh-so-talented friend, Kristin Soboloski. For a glimpse of more of her fabulous designs, swim on over to her blog - Artfully Inking (link at right). For this card, I decided to catch up on this week's sketch challenge over at SCS. I stamped the turtle in black StazOn ink on watercolor paper and used my aquapainter and celery, olive, and caribbean inks to color him in. I added a sentiment from the Fancy Flexible Phrases set in the top left corner. I matted two pieces of coordinating patterned paper from the Petals and Paisleys collection onto my Old Olive card base. Next I added some satin reversible ribbon and popped the main image up on dimensionals. Be on the lookout for more adventures of "Turtle and Friends" soon! If you are interested in finding out more about the Artful Inkables line of stamps, please visit the Starving Artistamps site.

So many cowboys . . .

Now who wouldn't love to be faced with that dilemma??? What is it about cowboys that make us start to swoon? Well whatever it is, cowboys are hot, hot, hot right now! (Who am I kidding with the now - lol!) Anyways, as I wait for my new SU! goodies to arrive, I thought I'd do a little something with these Cosmo Cricket things I picked up yesterday. I decided to give Beate's sketch challenge from last weekend a try - better late than never, right? I started with cutting a strip of the cowboy printed paper. I sponged the edges with chocolate ink and matted it onto a piece of Chocolate Chip cs. Next I punched a piece of the bohemian flower paper with my mega circle punch and adhered it to a Really Rust giga punched scalloped circle, which I notched the scallops of using my 1/16" circle punch. I slid this piece partially under the strip. Next I took a cardstock sticker and matted it onto some Relly Rust cs and cut it out with my paper snips. The sentiment says "So many cowboys, so little rope" - how cute is that??? I popped the sentiment up on dimensionals and added some hemp that I tied into a lasso with an aged copper brad. No stamping on this, but it feels good to be getting back into the swing of things. Hopefully my mojo will find me by the time my new toys arrive! ;)

Birthday Wishes . . .

Thank you all for helping me celebrate my birthday this weekend! I would like to share with you some of the wonderful cards that I received. This first card is from none other than the fabulous JanTink. Janine is a fabulously talented stamper, formerly of the Splitcoast Dirty Dozen!!! Treat yourself to a trip over to her blog, Stamps Paper Scissors if you haven't already- you'll be glad you did! Thanks for sending me this adorable Blogger RAK, JanTink! I *love* it!!!

These next three cards are from some of my fellow Splitcoasters as well. The cupcake card was sent to me by my Chatter friend, Jo Ann (aka: myinkyfingers). The strip behind the cupcake is embossed using a cuttlebug and really makes the card *pop*! Thanks, Jo Ann - I *love* it!!! The center card was sent to me by Linda Palmer, and features two of my favorites - flowers and pink! It really is a beauty and I was delighted to find it in my mailbox! Thanks for thinking of me, Linda! The card on the right came to me from Sandy (s galley on SCS). I know you can't see it in the photo, but the flowers on this card are textured!!! Very cool effect - I'm dying to know how she did this!!! Sandy also sent along some Hero Arts bird images that I had requested from the Wish RAK group! Thanks so much, Sandy!!!

Next, I'd like to share with you some of the birthday gifts I received from my stamping friends. My friend Kelly (aka: khillmer22) gave me this fabulous gift containing two packs of textured cardstock mats, some VersaMagic Dew Drop inks, Ultra Clean stamp cleaner, an Essential Glue Pad, and some cool arrow photo turns by 7 gypsies! Thanks so much, Kelly! I absolutely *love* everything!!!

I also received a fabulous gift from my friend Toni (TSizemore on SCS) - a gift certificate to PaperTrey Ink!!! She knows I have been *not-so-patiently* awaiting their upcoming stamp release of 5 sets on July 15th! Now it will be even harder to wait until then - but it'll be worth it!!! Thanks so much, Toni! Without you I would never have gotten into stamping, but I'm so glad I did! *grin*

Last but not least, I'd like to share with you the awesome birthday present I received from my Big Sis from this round of DSS over at SCS. Whoever she is, my Big Sis has done a fabulous job of spoiling me so far, and this gift is no exception! Three packages of Primas, 8 spools of ribbon, 4 containers of embellies from Queen & Co., 2 embossing templates, a set of brass stencils and a Penny Black sentiment stamp - wow! Thanks so much, sis! Can't wait to find out your true identity!!!

Ok, lots of you have asked about what my favorites are from the new SU! Fall/Winter Collection. So, I thought I would just post my first order for y'all to check out! Here goes:

Stamp sets - Fabulous Flowers, Bronc Buster, and Garden Whimsy
papers - Outlaw ds, Cutie Pie ds, In Color 12x12 textured, In Color 8 1/2 x 11 assorted (also getting Fall Flowers in a trade)
inks - Groovy Guava and Really Rust (getting Blue Bayou and Purely Pomegranate in a trade)
ribbon - vanilla taffeta, chocolate wide grosgrain, wasabi double stitched, Theater Ribbon Originals (also getting pink taffeta, olive wide grosgrain, bayou double stitched, and Sherbet Ribbon Originals in a trade)
accessories - On Board Lots of Letters, Scallop punch, Vintage brads, Antique brass jumbo eyelets
hostess - Oh, So Lovely stamp set and Secret Garden Simply Scrappin' Kit

That's it to start - lol! So, have you seen it? What are your favorites? *wink*

C'mon down . . .

. . . Dottie K!!! You're the next winner here at Inkfully Yours . . . *giddies* Dottie, please use the link to send me an email with your mailing info, ok? Kaleigh chose number 7 as the winner this morning! Thank you ALL *so much* for all of your lovely comments and fabulous questions! I am going to start answering them bit by bit. Since Dottie is the winner, I thought I'd start with her question! Dottie asks, "What is your favorite stamp set? Do you prefer acrylic or wood mounted?" Well, Dottie - I have lots of "favorite" stamp sets, lol! It would be hard to pick just one, but I think right now I am really loving Baroque Motifs!!! I know, who'd have guessed, right??? ;) The problem is, I know as soon as I get my order from the new catalog I'll have a new "favorite"!!! I'd have to say that I prefer wood mounted stamps (especially SU!), but the acrylic stamps are growing on me. I have some fabulous PaperTrey Ink stamps, which are such high quality and cute to boot, who wouldn't love them??? Check back later today for a peek at some birthday cards I have received and answers to more of your questions! I'm going to "tell all" about the new catalog!!! *wink*