Honorable mention . . .

Check out this cool teacher gift I made using Papertrey Ink's new Teacher's Apple stamp set. I entered it into their monthly Guest Star Stamper contest and was chosen as an honorable mention in the Best Teacher Gift category. I was inspired by the colors in the Holiday Vintage Prints patterned paper - Pure Poppy, Ripe Artichoke and Spring Moss for my project. I cannot believe that Christmas is nearly here! I truly hope that you and yours have a magical holiday season!!!

It's beginning to look alot like Christmas . . .

Usually at this time of year I am still feeling like it is still a little early to be hauling out the Christmas music and decorations, but in the stamping world it is actually probably a little late. I however have not been finding that I have much free time for stamping lately so I am a little behind schedule. This week we are off from school though and I am going to attempt to catch up on some things. Today I would like to introduce you to some of the newest Doodle Factory characters from the Santa's Sweet Shoppe collection, available from Starving Artistamps. I knew I wanted to make a snowy scene using some of my new Martha Stewart snow glitter so I chose some images, stamped them, and colored them in using my Copic markers. I cut them out and assembled them using varying degrees of dimension behind a frame, which I cut from Kraft cs using my SU! Top Note die. I stamped the frame, which is also popped up on dimensionals, with snowflakes in White Cloud Versa Magic ink and added the sentiment from Casual Holiday Greetings.In the second photo (click to enlarge) you can get a better view of all the different layers on this card. This card was so much fun to make and really got me into the spirit of the season. I have a few more projects planned using this set which I hope to share with you sometime this week, so be sure to check back soon! *wink*

I'm a winner . . .

It happened by accident. I had this idea to make a cute little gift using one of Papertrey Ink's newest stamp sets from Heather Nichol's Pinefeather Press, Warm Happiness. The stamp set includes sentiments for coffee, cocoa and tea and I thought it would be neat to design a gift that incorporated all three. I thought that the small round clear top tins would be perfect to hold the assorted contents. As I was searching for packaging ideas I happened upon my yet unopened stash of small gable boxes and decided to see if the three tins would fit inside. I was so happy that they did and I started to work on altering the box. I covered it in Polka Dot Parade patterned paper in Aqua Mist, Ocean Tides and Ripe Avocado. I created a belly band from Aqua Mist cs, stamped the words "coffee cocoa tea" repeatedly around it in Ocean Tides ink and added some Ripe Avocado saddle stitch ribbon in the center. I decorated the tops of the tins simply using my new Marvy Super Jumbo snowflake punch stamped with the appropriate label. I also created a tage for my gift using one of the mugs and the sentiment from Warm Happiness, which I filled in with all three beverage words and adorned with another snowflake. Wouldn't this be perfect for a dear friend this winter to help keep them warm and cozy? *wink*

Yum, yum . . .

Here is another quick Halloween post for you. I have been meaning to upload this for awhile now but can never seem to find the time. I made this box for the test tubes by simple measuring and using my Scor-Pal on some Kiwi Kiss cs. Patterned paper on the front is from SU's Ghostly Greetings collection. I filled the test tubes with tangerine, kiwi, and black colored M&Ms. The medallion on the front was made using the Batty For You stamp set along with my 1 3/8" and scallop circle punches. Ribbon is Tangerine Tango striped grosgrain. These would be super cute teacher gifts, don'tcha think? *wink*

The countdown is on . . .

I have yet another A Muse calendar to share with you today. I have had this idea in my head for awhile now, but I was waiting on my new SU! goodies to arrive, which they did on Friday! I trimmed the square calendar page for October and rounded the edges of both it and its Kiwi Kiss cardstock mat. Next I covered the front and back of a chipboard coaster with Ghostly Greetings designer series paper. I used the Batty for You stamp set to create an accent and added some Basic Gray taffeta ribbon underneath. The bitty pumpkins were punched from Pumpkin Pie cs using a punch from the Target $1 spot. Each day a pumpkin is added to count down the days to Halloween. I also created a stand for the calendar out of another piece of chipboard coaster and covered it with Basic Black cs. I know my daughter will have fun with this as her excitement for Halloween builds! Hope you like it too!!! *wink*

Sweet Always . . .

A quick post just to let you know I am still here. Life has been keeping me busy lately and away from my stamp desk, but I was able to squeak out this project last weekend. It is a perpetual calendar, completely CASED from the one and only Miss Texasjodylynn. I fell in love with the hanging calendar she made using the clear card boxes and just had to make one for myself. I used the A2 sized calendar I downloaded from A Muse and the Sweet Always designer series paper from Stampin' UP! on my project. I love that you can hang it on the wall and see all the dates displayed in such a pretty way. That Jody is genius, I'm tellin' ya' . . . ;) I'll try to have some Halloween projects up for you in the relatively near future, so don't forget to check back soon, ok??? *wink*

Upsy Daisy . . .

That's how I feel about my life lately. Everything was turned upside down, but now things are right side up again and in full bloom! I made this card for a swap I participated in a few months back with the N.M.B.S. group. I used the gorgeous new SU! set Upsy Daisy and the coordinating Urban Garden ds papers. Colors are Baja Breeze, Kiwi Kiss, Not Quite Navy, Basic Gray and Whisper White. The flowers are embossed in white on top of the patterned paper for a very pretty effect. I also did a bit of paper piercing and distressing to the top of the Kiwi Kiss panel. The sentiment was punched out using the Key Tag punch and popped up on dimensionals. I love these colors together!!! I actually made something over the weekend to share here but I need to get some pictures first. I'll be back with that soon, see you then! *wink*

Long time, no blog . . .

Hello there to all of you out in blogland!!! Yes, I am still here. I have been dealing with some personal issues of great magnitude over the last couple of months. Needless to say, I have not had much time to stamp, or when I did I just didn't feel like doing it. Well, things have gotten a bit better in the last few weeks and I was inspired to create somthing. My friend Jody posted several projects recently featuring the NEW A Muse calendar downloads. This calendar is for me personally. I am planning to put it on my desk at school. I am also planning to make some of these as gifts for the holidays - they are perfect for family and friends! I used the A2 size calendar pages for this project. The covers of the book were made using Bare Elements chipboard which I covered using the SU! Urban Garden designer series papers and Basic Gray cardstock. The numbers are chipboard from the On Board Lots of Letters pack (painted white) and the ribbon is Baja Breeze wide stitched grosgrain. I used my brand new Bind-It-All (which has been in its box since I returned home from Chicago) to put everything together and tied some Basic Gray taffeta and Kiwi Kiss satin ribbons onto the coils. The inside pages also have different selections of the designer series papers on them. There was no stamping involved, so this proved to be a relatively quick and easy project. I am looking forward to creating more calendars in the near future! Oh, and if you are still out there - thanks for sticking with me through this difficult time. I am hoping to be able to post more regularly in the near future . . .

Challenged . . .

Hello again! I was inspired to stamp today and I actually was able to find the time to do it - whoo hoo!!! This was a quickie card for me, everything came together in about 15 minutes. I wanted to make a card for this week's Nimbee Challenge (NMBS11) which was to make a card with only one layer. I also incorporated this week's SCS color challenge - Rose Red, Basic Black and Kraft. You might have noticed that this is not *technically* a one layer card. All I can say is that I tried my best - LOL! The small scallop circle with the sentiment is throwing things off but I felt that the card needed some more color. I did however refrain from popping the piece up on dimensionals like I normally would and adhered it directly to the front of the card. That has to count for someting, right??? I am really loving this Bella Blossoms stamp set. You know me and flowers though, I just can't get enough!!! I have a couple more Nimbee Challenges to catch up on and hope to have some time to do that this week. I'd love it if you'd join in! Head on over to the N.M.B.S. Group blog to check it all out . . . *wink*

Bella Blossoms . . .

Well, hello there! Sorry it has been so quit around here lately. Chalk it up to the beginning of the school year I suppose, but life has been pretty crazy for me the past two weeks!!! I *did* find a few moments to stamp though - I was excited to play with my goodies from the new SU! Fall/Winter Catalog. The colors were inspired by last week's color challenge over at SCS - Close to Cocoa, Blush Blossom and Ruby Red. My card features two new stamp sets - Bella Blossoms and the Boho Blooms BG. I also used some of the new Riding Hood Red taffeta ribbon - so pretty! I actually made a bunch of these for a swap I am participating in with the NMBS Group. Speaking of swaps, you can see the results of our most recent one over at the NMBS Group blog. I promise to be back soon with some more new projects. I am also nearing 300 posts on my little blog here, so stay tuned for some blog candy in celebration!!! *wink*

Deer Friend . . .

It's almost that time! The new Stampin' UP! Fall/Winter Catalog debuts on Monday and it is fabulous!!! Today I am sharing with you a swap that I recently participated in with the N.M.B.S. Group. I chose to use the Deer Friends Level 2 Hostess Set. I also used some of the new In Colors - Riding Hood Red and Kiwi Kiss, and a new accessory - the scallop border punch. I was able to make a scalloped square card base with this awesome tool!!! The red panel was stamped with the Sanded BG. In the lower right corner I punched a circle using my 1 3/8" punch and added a scalloped chocolate frame using the scallop punch. The main image is stamped in Chocolate Chip on Very Vanilla cs. I watercolored the nose in Riding Hood Red and added some Dazzling Diamonds glitter for some sparkle. It is punched out using my 1 1/4" circle punch. The red panel is popped up on dimensionals creating a shadowbox effect. As a finishing touch I added the vanilla taffeta boq to the upper right corner with a mini glue dot. I just got the swaps back from the group yesterday and they are all fabulous! I am super excited for the new SU! catty!!!!!!

Quirky Creatures . . .

Today I am sharing with you some of the things I have been working on for Starving Artistamps. They all feature images from the Doodle Factory Creatures line and sentiments from the Quirky Sentiments collection. This first little guy is Frozey. He puts into perspective just how bad a bad hair day can truly be. Some hair is better than no hair, right???

The next card features Twinkx. She is a bit of a diva, and is one of those people who dance through life instead of walking, spreading joy wherever they go. She is perky and peppy and completely happy with just being herself! She sparkles!!!

Next up is Tobias. He is exactly the opposite of Twinkx - he just can't seem to catch a break. Every little bad thing that could happen to him does. I mean, here he is caught on the front of my card in his underwear. How embarrasing!!!

Last is Numnum. Numnum likes cookies, need I say more? He thinks they are the answer to all of life's problems. Who am I to argue??? So long as you excercise a little bit of self control, huh little guy?

I hope you have enjoyed getting to know this lovable bunch a little bit. I know I have!!! They are adorable and fun to play with - what more could a stamper ask for??? *wink*

Fairytales . . .

What little girl, or big girl for that matter, doesn't believe in fairytales??? I am having so much fun playing with my new Doodle Factory images from Starving Artistamps. This first card features the princess, Sir Silimus and The Grand Castle from the Fairytale collection, as well as the Fairytale sentiments. I colored in the images using Copic markers. Sir Silimus and the princess are popped up on dimensionals. Colors are Basic Gray, Basic Black, and Pretty in Pink. I also used some basic gray taffeta ribbon.

This card also used the princess image, as well as the turret and Prince Wortimer the frog. The sentiment is also from Fairytale sentiments. I used the masking technique to create the group of frogs. Notice that only one of them is a prince! The turret is popped uo on dimensionals so the princess looks like she is standing inside. Again I colored the images using Copic markers. Colors are Wild Wasabi, So Saffron, and Papertrey Ink's Lavender Moon.

I hope you are liking these Doodle Factory images as much as I am. I have several more to share in the coming days so stay tuned!!! *wink*

Feelin' Owly . . .

I *heart* owls! They are very hip right now and can be found just about anywhere. I recently aquired a few new little guys and I have another one to share with you today. This card was made for today's Color Challenge over on SCS - Groovy Guava, Sahara Sand and whisper White. The stamp set is called The Little Things and is the Kit of the Month (July) over at Unity Stamp Co. I stamped the owl twice in guava ink on white cs and cut him out. I watercolored his belly with sand ink and popped up his wing on dimensionals. The tree trunk was stamped in sahara ink on the same color cs and the peep hole cut out so the owl can peek through. I matted these images onto some pieces cut with my long rectangle Nestabilities. The bottom half of the card base was stamped repeatedly with a twig image. I used my key tag and horizontal slot punches to create the ribbon slider for the sentiment. What a hoot, huh? *wink*

I'm back . . .

Did you miss me? Kaleigh and I had a fabulous time visiting family and friends in Chicago!!!!! One of the friends we visited was my dear friend Toni. We used to be neighbors when we last lived up there and she is the one who got me started in this whole stamping business in the first place by inviting me to a Stampin' UP! workshop. Years later who knew I'd enjoy the hobby so much and that'd we still be great friends despite the thousand miles between us!!! While we were there we did some shopping, and stampin of course! Today I will share with you the cards I made during our visit. Not a lot of chatter because I have *lots* to do here at home, but I'll be back soon to share some more pictures from our trip and some of the creations I am currently working on . . .

Stamps: Thoughtful Florals from Verve Stamps
cs: Old Olive, So Saffron, white
ink: Old Olive, So Saffron, Pumpkin Pie, Chocolate Chip
cessories: paper snips, dimensionals, pumpkin striped grosgrain ribbon, mini glue dots

made for: Diva Challenge #1 (Verve's SCS forum)

Stamps: Essence of Love, Sanded BG (SU!)
cs: Certainly Celery, Close to Cocoa, white
ink: Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa, Really Rust, Certainly Celery
accessories: classic and scalloped rectangle Nestabilities, paper snips, celery rhinestones, dimensionals

made for: Kristina Werner's Color Inspiration #15

Stamps: Rain or Shine (My Favorite Things)
cs: Regal Rode, Basic Gray, white
ink: Basic Gray, Wild Wasabi
accessories: Copic markers, classic and scalloped rectangle Nestabilities, corner rounder, horizontal slot punch, dimensionals, paper snips, Wild Wasabi double stitched ribbon, Swiss Dots Cuttlebug embossing folder

inspired by: Toni's card using colors from the Crew Kids: Girl SS Kit by SU!

Stamps: Girls on Bench (Rubber Romance)
cs: Creamy Caramel, Basic Black, white
ink: Basic Black
accessories: Copic markers, dimensionals, Berry Sorbet grosgrain ribbon (Papertrey Ink)

the story: business women friends enjoying a quick rest after a lunchtime shopping trip ;)

Celebrating MFT . . .

So, here are the other projects I submitted for the My Favorite Things Guest Designer Challenge. The first one is a birthday giftie for the coffee lover. I wanted to create a box and I thought a coffee mug would be perfect! I could not find a template I liked so I decided to create my own!!! It wasn't as hard as I though it would be either! I am hoping to share a tutorial on this upon my return from Chicago if there is interest. The body of the mug was run through my Cuttlebug using my Swiss Dots embossing folder to add some texture. The base is a scalloped circle but using my Nestabilities. I also added a scalloped trim (cut using decorative scissors) along the top rim. The handle was made using my SU! key tag punch. The front of the mug features a tag made with the Hot Stuff stamp set from MFT. Inside the mug are some Ghirardelli Espresso Escape dark chocolates - yum!!! I don't even care for coffee and I *love* these!

The last project I submitted was this adorable carrot box. I thought it would be too cute to hold treats for birthday favors. I found the template in the "resources" section on SCS. Again I used Gardener Flopsey and paired him with a sentiment from PTI's Green Thumb stamp set. How sweet is he??? Be sure you check back soon for some more fun projects! I'll be home soon . . . *wink*

Got Verve???

Guess what? Verve Stamps is now a SCS Member Company!!! I have been having fun hanging around their forum getting to know the Verve girls. This is my card for this week's Mojo Monday challenge over on Julee's blog, Poetic Artistry. I used the Stems & Petals set from Verve for my creation. Colors are Spring Moss, Lemon Tart, Summer Sunrise and Lavender Moon from Papertrey Ink. A few fun details - the flower heads a cut out and popped up on dimensionals. At the bottom of the main image panel are three crystal brads. They are in pastel colors that match Lemon Tart, Summer Sunrise, and Lavender Moon perfectly! The sentiment reads "Take joy in the little things" and I rounded all of the corners there for a different look. Well, I guess that's about it for now. Be sure to visit again soon . . . *wink*

Fluttering with Gratitude . . .

This was my submission for this week's color challenge on SCS - Groovy Guava, Barely Banana, and Chocolate Chip. I used images from the Floral Fantastical stamp set from Unity Stamp Co. I used my new ScorPal to create the gatefold on the card base - so easy!!! No measuring required! The butterfly image was colored with Copic markers - twice. One was cut using my petite oval Nestabilities and the other was trimmed using my paper snips. I then bent the wings inward and adhered it over the main image along the body of the butterfly. This provides such a wonderful dimension! I tied everything up using some Lemon Tart grosgrain ribbon from PTI. I think this is such a sweet stamp set and the color combination fits in perfectly, don't you? *wink*

Going Green . . .

I have always been someone who love the beauty of nature. When I saw the Eco Chic stamp set during sneak peeks for Unity Stamp Co.'s latest release I was elated!!! This is an adorable stamp set and lemme tell you - the price is right too! I sat down last weekend to make a set of "green" cards. I wanted to use simple designs and earthy colors to create organic looking cards. The first card features the tree image and ecoChic sentiment. I watercolored the tree on Naturals Ivory cs in Close to Cocoa and Old Olive. I distressed the edges of the main image panel and used my SU! spiral punch to notch the left side. I also added some chocolate twill ribbon to finish out the look.

The second card features the sunflowers from the Eco Chic set. I stamped the center flower then created a mask using a stick note. Then I added all the other flowers one by one so it looks like some are in front and others are in back. I watercolored the sunflowers using Close to Cocoa, Old Olive, and Summer Sun inks. For the clouds I used a scalloped circle shape and sponged on some Versamagic Sea Blue ink. The "hope" sentiment comes from the Floral Fantastical stamp set. The slider was made by using my corner rounder on all the edges and then punching with my horizontal slot punch on each end. Chocolate twill ribbon is threaded through and tied.

The third card was made for this week's Technique Lover's Challenge over on SCS - Suspension cards! I thought the earth image would be perfect!!! I stamped the 4 1/4" square card base using my Sanded BG from SU! in Close to Cocoa ink. Then I punched out a window using my scallop punch. The earth image was stamped in Adirondak Espresso ink on Naturals Ivory cs and colored in using Copic markers. It is suspended using hemp twine. The back of the spinner element features the *heart* the earth sentiment from the Eco Chic stamp set. I added some Prima flowers with an aged copper brad center and chocolate twill ribbon as a finishing touch. I hope you enjoyed today's post. Please visit again soon for some more stampy fun here at Inkfully Yours . . . *wink*

Happy Birthday MFT!!!

Well, these are slightly delayed, but I wanted to share with you the projects I created for the My Favorite Things Guest Designer Challenge. The first thing that came to me was to have Flopsey bring over some carrot cake for the party. I combined the Gardener Flopsey sey and Papertrey Ink's Piece of Cake sets here. The classic and scalloped ovals were cut using my Nestabilities. The card swings open on the aged copper brad to reveal the happy birthday message. Colors were inspired by PTI's Bitty Baby Blessings patterned paper, which was also used to piece Flopsey's overalls and for the flower on her hat.

The next idea I had was to make a birthday card for Kim, owner of MFT. I chose to pair Gardener Flopsey with my Crafty Secrets stamp set Sexy Little Number. I wanted to make the card in MFT's signature colors - pink, black and white. This is a double slider card - when the pink twill is pulled on the messages pop up. Flopsey's hat, overalls, and wheelbarrow were paper pieced using PTI's Pink Patterns paper.

I have two more projects to share but I think I will save those for another day. I am leaving on a two week vacation back home to Chicago on Wednesday, so my posting will be a bit sporadic. I do have posts scheduled for you, but they will not be on a daily basis along with the challenges. I will see you in a few weeks!!! *wink*

Stamping with Unity and Verve . . .

As promised, today I have some cards to show you using my new birthday goodies. The first card was made for this week's sketch and color challenges over on SCS. It features the newly released Tiny Trinity stamp set from Unity Stamp Co. - isn't it gorgeous??? I stamped the trees using Palette Burnt Umber ink onto watercolor paper. BTW- the Unity handles are the mosdt wonderful thing in my opinion! The comfort of wood, the convenience of acrylic - man, they aren't kidding! I *heart* them muchly!!! Anyway, I watercolored the trees using my aquapainter and Wild Wasabi, Purely Pomegranate, Certainly Celery and Chocolate Chip ink. I had to layer the Wasabi to get the color I wanted. I also layered the Pomegranate on the leaves, but left it lighter in the center - I think it provides a nice contrast. I also watercolored in the grassy area freehand by layering Celery and Wasabi. The sentiment was punched out using my word window punch and the patterned paper is Wasabi and Celery Prints from SU! As a finishing touch I added some aged copper brads. I started with just the ones on the lower left, then felt it needed something so I added the ones in the top right corner. Still thought it needed something so I added the brads in the lower right corner. 11 brads on 1 card - oh my!!! Someone alert the hoarding police - LOL!

The second card was also made for this week's color challenge on SCS, as well as Julee Tilman's Mojo44 Sketch. I have been eyeing Julee's Verve Stamps for a little while now. I just love her fresh and funky style!!! I received my birthday order last weekend and I told myself I *had* to use them for this week's Mojo Monday sketch. This card features the newly released Feeling Groovy and Stems & Petals for the flower stem - what else? It is a little hard to make out, but I embossed a rectangle shape using my Nestabilities on the white background. I am actually going to send this to my hubby for our anniversary (I will be out of town). Shhh, don't tell him! I changed the sentiment after this picture was taken to another from the same set which reads "you're still the one" - it just felt more like what I want to say, KWIM? I have been working hard today on projects for the MFT Guest Designer contest. Make sure you check back soon for a peek . . . *wink*