Inspired mojo . . .

I made this card a few days ago using Kristina Werner's Color Inspiration #13 and Julee Tilman's Mojo Monday Sketch #43. I flipped the sketch on its side because I thought it would work better for the look I was wanting to achieve. Colors are River Rock, Wild Wasabi, Purely Pomegranate, Regal Rose and Whisper White. The stamp set I chose is Always from SU! I also used patterned paper from the Ginger Blossoms and Afternoon Tea collections. Accessories include rose wide grosgrain ribbon, silver brads and Love & Happiness rubons for the sentiment. Tools used include corner rounder (sans guard - for scallops), Crop-a-dile, edge distresser, dimensionals, and petite oval classic and scalloped Nestabilities. I popped in at a local stamp convention over the weekend and I have lots of new goodies that I have been playing with. Look for some fun projects coming your way soon!!! *wink*

Mommy and Me Stamping - Take 3!

These are the results of my latest stamping session with Kaleigh. She needed thank you cards to send out for her birthday and she had been begging me to stamp for a few days. She picked out the Wild About You stamp set and most of the colors. I suggested the Summer Picnic designer series paper. She did all the stamping except for the sentiments. I did all the cutting and adhered everything together. I think she did an excellent job for a 6 year old, don't you??? I am considering making the Mommy and Me stamping a regular feature on my blog - what do you think? I have some new goodies on their way to me as early birthday presents, so make sure you check back soon to see my creations . . . *wink*

Fun with challenges . . .

Yesterday I had the whole day free to stamp. I made two cards for three different challenges! The first card is for this week's Sketch and Color Challenges over at SCS. I really like the fun design of the squares and the color combination is so unique! I used the Fresh Cuts stamp set and inked the main image in Wild Wasabi. Then I edged the image using my Taken With Teal marker (since I don't have the inkpad) to achieve a rock-n-rolled look. I cut the image into squares and matted them with Teal cs. For the sentiment panel I stamped the branch image in a square pattern in Teal ink and added the "for you" sentiment in the center in Wasabi. The panel was cut out using my square scalloped Nestabilities and then sponged with Wasabi ink. Next I added a piece of Styled Silver hodgepodge hardware around the sentiment and popped the panel up on dimensionals in the center of the card. Finally, I ran a piece of Wasabi double stitched ribbon underneath the sentiment panel and tied it in a knot.


The second card was for a Sketch Challenge being held in honor of the Unity Stamp Co. release yesterday. If you haven't checked them out yet you really need to do that!!!
I placed my first Unity order last night as an early birthday present to myself and I am super excited! Since I didn't have any Unity stamps yet to use for the challenge I let myself be inspired by the fresh and fun look of sneak peeks that were being shown by the design team and this is what I came up with. The patterned paper is from the Crate Paper Blue Hill Collection. Cardstock is all Papertrey Ink in Sweet Blush, Berry Sorbet and Aqua Mist. Stamps are SU! - Lots of Thoughts and Baroque Motifs. I also used my 1/2" circle, 1 3/8" circle, and scallop punches from SU! The ribbon is Berry Sorbet luxe satin from PTI. This was such a unique sketch to work with! I had a blast at the Unity release party last night too!!! Make sure you check back soon for another round of Mommy and Me stamping . . . *wink*


{Life is good . . .

*phews* What a busy birthday weekend it was here!!! I took yesterday to recoup and started getting back into the swing of things this morning. With the start of another week comes another N.M.B.S. Group Challenge. This week our hostess is Vicki and she provided us with an excellent challenge full of summertime fun! For my submission I used the retired Fresh Fruits stamp set and the retiring hostess set Make It Count. I stamped orange (Only Orange), lemon (Yoyo Yellow), and lime (Green Galore) slices all over the main image panel, OSW style. I added a few black accents for "pop". This just oozes with the sweetness of summer, don't you think??? If you'd like to play along, head on over to the N.M.B.S. Group Blog - we'd love to have you!!!

Elegance and whimsy . . .

I snuck in a little bit of stamping this morning in the midst of all my cleaning. I was inspired by both Beate's Weekend Sketch Challenge and the current Hanna Stamps Challenge, hosted by my friend Manda. *waves* The colors for the challenge are Barely Banana, Certainly Celery, Bashful Blue, Very Vanilla, and Chocolate Chip. I wanted to work with Papertrey Ink's colors since I was using their stamps so I used Lemon Tart, Spring Moss, and Aqua Mist instead. The stamp sets I used are Guide Lines (for the pattern on the Lemon Tart cs), Honey Bees (for the floral image in the scallop), and Garden of Life (for the sentiment). The yellow flower on the right is cut out and popped up using dimensionals. The Spring Moss strip is patterned paper from the Everyday Blessings collection. Manda also challenged us to use yellow as the main color on our project and I think it really is a perfect fit! Such a classy spring card!!!

I also wanted to share with you a photo of the birthday cake I made for Kaleigh. The pan I used is made by Wilton. I purchased it at Michaels with a 50% off coupon. It is a heavy non-stick pan which bakes the cake in two parts - the top (icing) and the bottom (cup). I am not a professional baker by any means, although I do enjoy it. It was a bit of a challenge to decorate. I ended up using a star tip on the bottom half and a straight tip on the top, smoothing as I went. It is not perfect, but all in all I am pleased with the results. Kaleigh really likes it and that's the important thing, right? Oh, and yes - those are Mickey sprinkles on the top of the cake. I have had these for years and Kaleigh insisted I use them despite my reservations about their taste. I guess we'll find out tomorrow . . . *wink*

More challenges . . .

I stamped today - yippee!!! DD was with Grandma and Grandpa so I had some time to myself. I worked on her giant cupcake cake too - look for pictures of that in the near future! *wink* The first card I made was for this week's Color Challenge over at SCS - Soft Sky, Kraft and Basic Black. It got me using my Copic markers - I still need lots of practice, but I *love* the look!!! I used the Bloomin' Beautiful stamp set from the SU! Occasions Mini Collection and the Sanded BG. Details of note include popped up blooms over where the leaves would be and Stickles for the flower centers. I also paper pieced the vase using Kraft cs. The Sofy Sky strip is stamped repeatedly with the word "bloom" and the ribbons are kraft taffeta and black gingham.

The next card was made using Julee Tilman's Mojo Monday Sketch (Mojo42). I have been eyeing her sketches for a few weeks but this is the first time I have tried one out for myself. I love it - so unique!!! I used my brand new Honey Bees stamp set from Papertrey Ink which arrived today! *giddies* I paired it with some patterned paper from the Bitty Baby Blessings collection. Colors are Lemon Tart and Chocolate Chip, ribbon is Summer Sunrise luxe satin. I used my restangle Nestabilities for the main image panel and added some aged copper brads for balance. I have been rearranging and organizing around here this week - seems like that will be my summer project. LOL! Check back soon for more goodies, ok?

Where does the time go???

I stamped this card today for my DD Kaleigh's birthday. She will be turning 6 this weekend and I can hardly believe it!!! She is getting to be so grown up!!!!! I thought it was only appropriate to make her a more grown up card. I used this week's Sketch Challenge from SCS and tweaked it a bit by turning the main image panel upside down. The colors were inspired by the paper I used to wrap all the gifts last night. They are Sweet Blush, Berry Sorbet, and Lavender Moon from Papertrey Ink and Elegant Eggplant from SU! I used the Garden of Life stamp set, also from PTI. The tag was cut using my Cuttlebug and Tiny Tags dies and reads "happy birthday to you". It is hanging from some Lavender Moon topnotch twill ribbon. We are planning to celebrate this weekend with a giant chocolate cupcake cake and a trip to Disney's Hollywood Studios to try out the new Toy Story attraction. Fun, fun, fun!!!

Something new . . .

I'm not sure if I have mentioned it here before, but I am a member of a fabulous swap group full of talented SU! demos called N.M.B.S. (No More Bad Swaps). Recently we started our own group blog and this week I am hosting our very first challenge!!! This week's challenge is a Limited Supplies Challenge - so fun! Here is the card I made for - it is also my very first card made with the sneak peek set, Fresh Cuts and the coordinating Fresh Cuts notes. I would *love it* if you would play along with us this week. Head on over to the N.M.B.S. Group Blog for all the details. We'd love to see you there! *wink*

Challenges . . .

I love challenges!!! I find them inspiring and they can really get the creative juices flowing! I usually try to do at least the SCS color and sketch challenges each week. Now that school is out however, I am hoping to be able to participate in some of the other weekly challenges. Yesterday I stamped this card for the sketch challenge over on SCS. I realized after uploading it that I made an *oops* and that the rectangular panel was supposed to be in the front with the diamond shaped panel behind it, but oh well! I am still pleased with the results!!! I used the Father Knows Best stamp set and coordinating patterned paper from Papertrey Ink for this card. I just love the colors in the paper and the sentiments in this set! I am really looking forward to their latest release set for this Sunday, June 15th!!!

Today I decided to check out the Ways To Use It challenge, which was to find a way to incorporate pictures into your project. I immediately thought of doing something with my DD's school picture from this year. I had planned on doing a scrapbook page, but then I thought about some long forgotten frames I had picked up from the Target $1 Spot a few years ago and my project was born! I knew I wanted to use the Lined Paper Backgrounder and Making the Grade stamp set from Cornish Heritage Farms. They are perfect for anything school related and I just love them!!! Since our school colors are red and blue I chose to work with Real Red, Blue Bayou, and Soft Sky. It is hard to tell from the photo but the Blue Bayou is textured cs (yes, I *finally* stopped hoarding it!). The crayon image is cut out and popped up on dimensionals and I added some red striped grosgrain ribbon as a finishing touch. I think it will be perfect on my desk next year, don't you??? *wink*

I'm back . . .

Well, sorry for the lack of posting around here. I am back from my vacation aboard the fabulous Disney Wonder!!! So, while I don't have anything stamped to share with you today, I *do* have a few vacation pics if you are interested . . .

This first picture was taken on Disney's private island, Castaway Cay. This was actually the last stop on our cruise, but it is a beautiful photo of the Wonder and the Bahamas. Just look at the white sand beach, crystal clear water, and cool Caribbean sky!!! Breathtaking! The smaller ship near the aft end of the Wonder is actually The Flying Dutchman - Davy Jones' ship from The Pirates of the Caribbean movies. Neat, huh? We spent the morning here relaxing in the ocean and collecting shells along the shore.

This picture is of the Atlantis Paradise Island resort and casino. We traveled here on a shore excursion to take the Discover Atlantis tour of the amazing marine habitats they have. I am glad we took a guided tour because this place is sprawling and I am not entirely sure we would have been able to navigate it on our own! We saw lots of animals here, including eagle rays which were my favorite. We also got to pet a live conch snail, a starfish, a sea cucumber, and some horseshoe crabs - fun!!!

Among all of the things to do on the ship, meeting and greeting the Disney characters was by far Kaleigh's favorite thing to do. We purchased an autograph book on the first night and by the third and final evening it was full! We met princesses and pirates and all of our favorite Disney pals!!! Here we are with Captain Mickey on the first day of our trip. Sorry that the picture quality is not better, but the lighting in the lobby left something to be desired . . . All in all it was a fabulous trip! Our only complaint was that is wasn't long enough!!! We are already planning our next trip, in a few years - lol! It was hard to return to the dullness of everyday life after such excitement, but it must be done. I am hoping to get some stamping time later today, so check back soon to view my latest project . . . *wink*

Final days of school . . .

The final days of the school year are rapidly approaching and our much anticipated vacation is almost here!!! I can hardly wait!!!!! Today I am sharing with you the end of the year gifts I made for my DD's teachers - a School Supply Garden! I had this idea after thumbing through the SU! catalog one night. I had picked up these aluminum flower pots from the Target $ Spot and knew they would be perfect. I knew I wanted to use the die cut blooms and Summer Picnic ds papers from the Occasions Mini Collection because of the bright and cheery colors. I used my Marvy mega circle punch and 1" circle punch to create the patterned paper flower centers. I also added a flower buckle from the Styled Silver hodgepodge hardware kit to each bloom and tied some ribbon through the center. Each layered flower was glued onto the lid of a SU! Stack 'n Store container. Each container also had a hole punched into the base using my Crop-a-dile, through which the pencil stems were inserted. Each container holds different school supplies - paper clips, staples, earsers, and mini sticky notes. The flower stems were inserted into some floral foam which I glued into the aluminum pots. To cover the foam I glued down some crinkle gift wrap shred. Finally, each stem has ribbon leaves tied around it. I think this turned out so cute and functional too! And it will look wonderful on the teachers' desks next year. I'm not sure when my next post will be as we come into the home stretch now. Rest assured I will be back with some vacation pics and new projects soon! *wink*