Double Silhouette . . .

Hi there blog readers! First off, let me apologize for there being a slight delay between my last post and this one. I have been super busy working on swap cards for the first ever MFT swap - but more on that later . . . I also have a small batch of wedding invitations to work on in the very near future for my dad and his fiance's upcoming nuptials. I really, really wanted to try out the Splitcoaststampers color and sketch challenges for this week though so I snuck in a bit of stamping time this afternoon. I really shouldn't have because I had a guest over, but she was happily playing with DD and well - I just couldn't get this idea out of my head until I put it to paper! Anyway, I was able to crank out this quick card featuring yet another of the Large Silhouette Flowers from Starving Artistamps. If you are loving these nearly as much as I am, don't forget that they are a limited edition stamp set and that you can receive 10% off your entire Starving Artistamps order through March 31 by simply entering the code teresadis before checkout. I also want to take this opportunity to point out the new Starving Artistamps blog to you. There are several gorgeous samples posted already by our fabulous design teams and more are being added on a daily basis. So be sure to check out that link for further inspiration!!! Also used on this card (although it is hard to make out) is the Ornate Tooled Leather background by Starving Artistamps. I *love* this beautiful image that is reminiscent of my beloved paisley . . . I have not forgotten my promise to share with you some of my recent swap cards, but it will have to wait a little while longer as I was just too excited to share this creation. So remember to check back soon for those, okay??? *wink*

thanks a bunch!

Well, another weeend has come and gone and I was just barely able to squeak out this one card for Beate's Weekend Sketch Challenge. I sure do miss the days when I would stamp at least a card a day!!! I decided to try out some new goodies I had yet to play with. I reached for the Summer Picnic designer series paper from the Occasions Mini Collection and used that for my color scheme. I also wanted to play with some of my Sale-a-bration goodies - the Love and Happiness rubons and Friendship Blooms stamp set. There is paper piercing all along the border of the patterned paper as well as along the red square. I added some of the fabulous new poly twill in Old Olive, tied through a flower ribbon slide from the Styled Silver hodgepodge hardware collection. I thought the rubon sentiment fit this card perfectly - there are bunches of flowers on here!!! Check back tomorrow when I will share with you one of the carde I created for my swap group recently. See you then! *wink*

Gypsy Bloom . . .

Here is my card for this week's color and sketch challenges over at SCS. When I saw what the colors were I immediately thought of my long neglected Romany Gypsy paper pack by Basic Grey. I also reached for one of my new favorite images - you guessed it, one of the Large Silhouette Flowers from Starving Artistamps. I have absolutely no idea what kind of flower this is - care to take a guess? Whatever it is, I decided it would compliment the color scheme nicely and I inked it up with my markers. For the sentiment, I grabbed my Spiral Bouquet set by PaperTrey Ink. It reads "Bloom where you're planted" - just in case it is not clear in the picture. I decided it needed something at the top so I added some black gingham ribbon and went for a layered bloom of Prima daisies with a clear rhinestone brad center in the bottom right corner as a finishing touch. Not colors I would have traditionally put together, but I think they work here. I am expecting my new goodies from PaperTrey Ink tomorrow, so stay tuned for something featuring those soon! *wink*

Heritage Poppies . . .

Well, I think these are poppies anyway. Just watch though, because I *know* a flower enthusiast will happen upon my little blog and set me straight - lol! I made this card for Beate's Weekend Sketch Challenge. I am finding it increasingly hard to steer myself away from these gawhjus silhouette flowers from Starving Artistamps. Seriously, you *have* to get your hands on some! They stamp so incredibly well, in such detail - you'd almost think they were real!!! I decided to pair these blooms with some patterned paper I acquired this fall. The colors and patterns of the Heritage line by Deja Views really captured my attention. I decided to keep it simple, which is evermore becoming my motto these days. I inked the stamp with markers, added some sponging along the edges, notched the corners of the patterned paper, added the aged copper mini brads, and tied on the red wide grosgrain ribbon to add a few interesting details. I am hoping to try my hand at this week's color challenge in a bit . . . C'mon back soon and check it out!!! *wink*

ETA: I *almost* forgot to pass along the news!!! Now through February 25th, Starving Artistamps is offering a free sheet of cling mount for every full sheet of stamps purchased! And you can combine this offer with your 10% discount (teresadis)!!! This includes the fabulous new Large Silhouette Flowers sheet!!!!! *gentle nudge* *wink, wink*

Life in Brights . . .

This is my card for this week's color and sketch challenges over at SCS. It features another of the floral silhouette images from Starving Artistamps. I inked the stamp up using Tempting Turquoise and Green Galore Stampin' Spots. The sentiment comes from the Out on a Limb set by PaperTrey Ink and is stamped on vellum in Palette Burnt Umber ink. It reads "Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away." I attached it to the main image panel using aged copper brads. The Green Galore panel is stamped with the retired Linograph BG from SU! Everything is layered onto a square Kraft card base and a piece of chocolate taffeta ribbon finishes off the look. I really love the beauty of these floral silhouette images. They are perfect for any occasion! Come back soon for a peek at more . . . *wink*

Valentine goodies . . .

Here is a little peek at the Valentine's Day goodies I made to take to school today. For my two largest classes (4th grade) I made sucker covers for some Jolly Rancher heart shaped lollipops. I used the retired Loves Me ds paper and Sweet on You stamp set from SU! For the rest of my kids I made cute little toppers for some themed pencils I found. Then for the teachers and other staff members I filled these adorable little heart tins with dark chocolate raspberry Hersher's Kisses. I used my Crop-a-dile to punch holes in top to thread through some raspberry dotted satin ribbon by American Crafts. I also decorated a pink mailbox from Target with some super sweet cupcake patterned paper I found there as well. Hope everyone had a wonderful Valentine's Day! Tomorrow is Friday and I sure am glad of it!!! Be sure to check back soon for a peek at the other projects I have been working on lately . . . *wink*

Drooping Daisy Silhouette . . .

As promised, here is the first of many creations featuring the fabulous new Large Silhouette Flowers from Starving Artistamps. If you haven't done so already, you simply must hop on over to their site and check them out for yourselves. They are breathtakingly beautiful!!! What's more, they are a fantastic bargain if you purchase the entire sheet. There are twelve images, and if purchased seperately they would cost over $50. But the entire sheet costs only $25!!! And don't forget, through March 31st you can save an additional 10% off your entire Starving Artistamps purchase by entering this discount code - teresadis! Stay tuned for more samples of these true beauties of nature . . . *wink*

She's Fabulous!

Isn't she??? I made this card for Beate's Weekend Sketch Challenge #34 and decided to try out some of the new SU! goodies I received late last week. I pulled the color combination from the Afternoon Tea designer series paper I used for the background panel and the lady's dress. Wild Wasabi, Soft Sky, Groovy Guava and Chocolate Chip - yummy!!! The stamp set featured is She's All That which I preordered from the upcoming Occasions Mini Catalog. I decided to add some scallops around my panels, for which I used my medium scalloped scissors. As a finishing touch I added some guava double stitched ribbon and a flower ribbon slide from the new Styled Silver hodgepodge hardware kit. I *heart* the new mini muchly, can ya' tell? Make sure you check back tomorrow for the Starving Artist silhouette flower card I promised . . . *wink*

Howdy Pardner . . .

Isn't this lil' cowpoke just the cutest little guy you've ever seen??? I was introduced to these adorable western stamp sets from the Cat's Pajamas by Tracey over at Starving Artistamps. It was love at first sight and I just knew they had to be mine!!! I finally got a chance to play with them this weekend and I decided to make a card for this week's sketch challenge over at Splitcoaststampers. I knew I wanted to incorporate this patterned paper by Crate Paper which I picked up on my excursion to Salt Lake City this past fall, so that inspired my color scheme. I watercolored the background scene and then cut out the lil' cowboy and popped him up on dimensionals. Add some paper piercing and distressing, a little star accent and some of my luscious new chocolate twill (preordered from the SU! Occasions mini catalog) and voila! It's a rootin' tootin' good time!!! Check back for some designs featuring the new Silhouette Flowers from Starving Artistamps in the near future! You're going to fall in love, promise! *wink*

Exciting news . . .

Guess what??? Starving Artistamps has just released two new sets of floral images!!! They are absolutely gorgeous! You simply *must* stop by and check them out!!!

Large Silhouette Flowers - Limited Edition

Tulips and Orchids Sheet - also available individually

And, in celebration of these new releases (and the many more to come in the not-too-distant future!), I have an exclusive discount for you, my loyal blog readers! Tracey (the owner of Starving Artistamps) has been so kind as to offer a 10% discount on your entire purchase, now through March 31st!!!!!

My exclusive code is: teresadis
Enter this code in the discount code box in the shopping cart to get 10% off your next new website order.
Once you enter the code, click recalculate and you should see the discount come up.
If you do not see the discount applied immediately, stop and contact Tracey at strvingartistmp@aol.com
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This discount can not be combined with any other offer.

Rest assured that I will have several new samples to entice you in the coming weeks. So what are you waiting for??? *wink*

Embracing Beate's Sketch . . .

When I saw the fabulous cards the girls created for Beate's Sketch Challenge this weekend I just knew I would have so much fun working with this layout! I decided to go for an elegant look and I pulled out my Ginger Blossoms designer series paper and Embrace Life stamp set. I watercolored my squares and matted them onto scalloped squares in contrasting colors. I kinda forgot about the strip down the center until I was almost finished. It would have been nice to use two different papers, but as it was already adhered so I opter for the chocolate strip down the center. I also had a bit of difficulty adding the jumbo eyelets and square rhinestone brads on the left side. My tool of choice, the Crop-a-dile just wouldn't reach so I had to pull out my silent setter. But I guess I am not strong enough because I could barely get them to bend! So they are a little loose, but at least I got them on!!! Well, I have something exciting to share tomorrow, so make sure you stop on by! *wink*

Making YoYo Yellow look good???

I almost fainted when I read the title of this week's Color Challenge over on Splitcoaststampers. YoYo Yellow? Seriously??? But after mulling it over for a few days, I decided to give it a shot. After all, that's why it's called a challenge, right??? I also decided to use this week's Sketch Challenge for my card. This turned into kind of a hodgepodge card. The stamp is Apaganthus Cluster by Stampendous, the sentiment is by Penny Black, the background is my beloved retired Linograph by SU! and the felt flower (actually two "snowflakes" layerd) is from American Crafts. Although you can't see it, I used my rectangle Nestabilities for the main image panel (it has an embossed edge). Everything is popped up on dimensionals and there is some paper piercing along the edges of the long narrow strip. For the floral image I misted my stamp and colored directly on it using my YoYo Yellow watercolor crayon and then stamped it on the Stamper's Select cs. Other colors used are Going Grey and Basic Grey. I think these colors really do compliment the yellow well. Who would have thought??? *wink*