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*