Thursday, August 30, 2007

No internet, cable or phone for 48 hours!!!

Talk about a crazy 2 days! It all started Tuesday about 6:30 pm we had a big thunderstorm and a lightening strike hit really close by. Well our cable, Internet and phone all went out. I have a "bundle pack" through the same company so when one service goes, they all go. Who's bright idea was that?! I have been going crazy here with no real contact to the outside world! I did have my cell phone...but for some reason Cingular ( I mean AT&T) has AWFUL reception here at Ft Benning so all my conversations were broken up or disconnected right in mid-conversation. Talk about annoying!!! I must of been on the phone with the cable company 5 or 6 times in the last 48 hours but it took my neighbor, who just happens to be male, to call to get anything done. Tell me if that isn't messed up?! Well at least it is finally fixed and I was able to check all my emails and talk on the phone! YAYYYY!!! I might have another crisis on my hand now. I can't get my printer to turn on and if I have no printer that means I cannot upload my pictures of my cards to my blog.......UGHHHH! If it's not one thing its another. I'm going to play around with it a little and see if I can get it to turn back on. Cross your fingers for me!

I'll try to get some cards uploaded as soon as I'm able too. :)

Thanks for checking in!!! :)

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Oh so lovely

Here's another card for a blog sketch at
Lauren's blog. You should really check out her blog, she has some beautiful creations!

Well as you can probably tell lately, I have been addicted to these sketch challenges. They really "challenge" me to change up my usual sketches I seem to always depend on and they also make me feel like I have a purpose for all these cards I'm making. I mean, I LOVE stamping but I'm running out of people to give all of these to! "chuckle" Maybe I'll start leaving cards for the mailman and the repair guy and the newspaper delivery person....well maybe not..they might get the wrong idea! See my dilemma!?! ROFL Anyways....I got off track, I did this card for a sketch...that's my story and I'm sticking to it!

I decided to use my stamp set from SU called Oh so lovely for this card. The images are a perfect length for this sketch. I stamped my image with stazon onto very vanilla CS and then used the shadow stamp with that set with mellow moss ink. I then used my aqua pen and ink pads to color in the flowers. After that dried I ran my versamark over the entire piece of CS and applied ultra thick clear EB powder and heated it up. I repeated that step 3 more times to get a really thick coat on it. I then set the aside to cool down. For the background I used a piece of pink passion measuring 3 1/4 by 3 1/4 and a piece of chocolate chip measuring 4 by 2 1/2. I used the background stamp on the pink CS with pink passion ink. I added some sparkly brads and matching ribbon then I used my Stampin write marker in chocolate chip for faux stitching. After my image completely dried I bent it in all directions to break the dried EB powder to achiever the "cracked glass" effect. I matted that onto mellow moss and chocolate chip CS. The greeting is from my SU set called Garden silhouettes stamped in chocolate chip ink. The card base measures 8 1/2 by 5 1/2 in mellow moss CS.

Thanks for looking!!! :)

Supplies: SU stamp sets in Oh so lovely and Garden silhouettes. SU ink in mellow moss, pink passion, always artichoke, marigold morning and chocolate chip. SU aqua painter. SU stampin in write marker in chocolate chip. SU CS in mellow moss, pink passion , chocolate chip and very vanilla. Ranger ultra thick embossing enamel. Making memories sparkle brads. Ribbon

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Blog candy alert at California Stampin blog!

If your up for some yummy blog candy just visitAlexandra's blog! She is offering up a very generous bunch of treats and all you have to do is leave her a comment so click your way over to her blog and check out her awesome creations!

Thanks for stopping by!!! :)

This booquets for you!!!

Well I have officially started my Halloween cards! Yeah for me!!! I have a few blog challenges I wanted to try to do this week so I decided this was the perfect time to start my Halloween cards and complete challenges at the same time. (One thing a mother of 3 has to know is how to multi -task "chuckle"). Now, I do have a confession to make...."sigh" ....I LOVE Halloween stamps and I really can't figure out why! Halloween definitely isn't one of my favorite holidays but for some reason I just can't seem to resist the cute images that SU comes up with every year for this holiday, not to mention all the other companies out there that have so much to choose from! So even though I don't count the days to Halloween, I do count the days till I can make the cards for it! LOL

This card I did for a sketch challenge at Beate's blog. I always love the sketches she comes up with. They definilty keep me on my toes and get the creativity flowing. This one in particular had a lot of different elements that really make the final product interesting . I love the way this turned out.

To begin with I stamped my image from my SU set called Best Fiends with stazon black ink onto naturals white CS. I used my SU watercolor crayons and aqua pen to color it in. I then sponged the edges with vintage violet ink and used my ticket corner punch on the corners. I matted that on barely banana CS and sponged those edges as well and matted that onto vintage violet CS. I used my Crop-o-dile to add some black eyelets in the corners. I then took a strip of barely banana and black CS and attached some black taffeta ribbon and black twine. I sponged the edges of that as well. I used my Creative Memories circle maker to cut out some circles in barely banana and stamped the bat from the set on those. I colored those in with my watercolor crayons and aqua pen as well. I folded them over the edges and sponged those with ink too. The background is done with a sheet of CM printed CS and matted in black. The main card is done in vintage violet. I used a chipboard word window for the greeting which I inked up with vintage violet and added some ribbon at the ends. I stamped the greeting with stazon ink and sponged the edges as well. The Dracula image and the chipboard greeting are adhered with dimensional tape.

Supplies: SU stamp set in Best fiends. SU CS in vintage violet, barely banana, black and naturals white. SU ink in vintage violet. SU watercolor crayons. SU aqua pen. SU ticker corner punch. Stazon black ink. CM cirle maker . CM printed paper. Making memories black eyelets. Chipboard from Hobby Lobby. Ribbon and twine. Dimensional adhesive.

Garden silhouettes film strip

I LOVE the idea of using the SU spiral punch to create a faux film strip. I remember seeing someone use it this way while I was looking at cards on SCS and I thought I just had to utilize that idea! I decided I wanted mine to have a classic look to it. Something even on the contemporary side and this is what I came up with.

I decided to use my SU long notes card for a base in Sahara sand. I cut off the end because SU rounds the corners of them and I wanted the edges to be straight and clean. I then used my SU set called Garden silhouettes and my PTI white CS. I stamped 3 separate images. One in pretty in pink, another in sahara sand, and lastly, one in mint melody. I then cut them down to 2 inch squares and matted them in the same color CS as the ink. I adhered them to black CS and used my spiral punch along the edges of the top and bottom. I finished it up with a greeting from my SU set called Small script. I'm really happy with how simple and classic this card is. I think I'll use this idea for a scrapbook page too.

Thanks for looking!!! :)

Supplies: SU stamp sets in Garden silhouettes and small script. SU ink in sahara sand, mint melody and pretty in pink. SU CS in sahara sand, black, mint melody and pretty in pink. SU spiral punch. SU long notes card in sahara sand.

Purple berries

Here is another card that I did this weekend. I was sitting on my front porch Friday with my husband and I notice these little "berry" like things growing up among all my Zinnia's and I instantly thought "I HAVE A STAMP LIKE THAT!!!" LOL. The colors were a really dark purple, almost blue and so pretty. I thought what perfect inspiration for a card! My only real obstacle was going to be lack of purple and green CS. I've really been going through those colors lately! I decided to go through all my printed CS and see what I could come up with and this is the result...

First I cut out an oval using my
Creative Memories oval cutting system and naturals white CS from SU. I then stamped my image using my SU set called So lovely. I stamped it twice with stazon and used my SU watercolor crayons in the rich regal and earth elements color families. I then used my CM oval cutter to make a matt for it in wild wasabi CS. I used lovely lilac CS for the scalloped oval. I pierced a hole in each scallop with my SU mat pack. The long strip behind the main imaged consist of wild wasibi CS stamped with my SU paisley BG stamp with lovely lilac ink and matted onto lovely lilac CS. I used my ticket notch punch for the corners and pierced the corners of that as well. I used some matching wired ribbon and sparkly brads to liven it up a bit. Lastly I used some patterned paper I found hiding in my scrapbooking supplies and matted that with wild wasabi CS. The main card is done in lovely lilac and the sentiment is from SU called warm words and stamped with black SU ink. I just had to use the word "happiness" for this card because that is what I feel every time I have a chance to sit and enjoy my flowers.

Thanks for looking!!! :)

Supplies: SU stamp sets in So Lovely, warm words, and paisley. SU ink in lovely lilac and basic black. SU CS in lovely lilac wild wasabi and naturals white. SU mat pack. SU watercolor crayons in rich regals and earth elements. SU aqua pen. CM ovl cutting system. Uchida Marvy giga oval punch. Making memories sparkle brads. Wire edged bridal ribbon from Hobby lobby. Printed paper from Tim Coffee (K & Company)

Baroque motifs in copper

Good Sunday to everyone! I have been busy this weekend making cards! My hubby's working all weekend long so it leaves a lot of spare time for me to work at my craft desk and it's exactly what I've been doing. I decided to pull out some of my new sets I just bought and try some new things with them.

This one in particular just speaks elegance to me. I thought it would be so pretty embossed! I decided to used copper with it and give it a really earthy look. I tried a new embossing pad I bought this weekend and I have to tell I was not happy with the results at all. The ink didn't seem to be thick enough or sticky enough to hold onto the EB powder and I tried it three different times to make sure it wasn't just me so in the end I pulled out my old reliable, versamark, and the results were as always, a nice clean, thick emboss. Why did I even think of changing?! "chuckle" I'll definitely be making a trip to the craft store to exchange the new pad for something else!

Now on to my card....I started out with a piece of my DCWV Old world stack printed paper and used my SU Baroque motifs swirls stamp with versamark and copper EB powder. Then I matted that with river rock and copper CS. I used my Creative Memories corner rounder on all of the layers. I used a piece of copper taffeta ribbon and tied a knot in it. I didn't want a big bow to take away from the printed paper and swirls behind it. I then took 2 other stamps from that set and embossed them with copper onto river rock CS. I cut out the smaller flower and put a copper brad in the middle. I adhered that with dimensional tape to make it 3-D. I matted that with copper CS as well and used my corner rounder on that also. I adhered that to the card with dimensional tape too. I used the sentiment with that stamp set and embossed that it with copper also. The main card is done with true thyme CS. I have to say I'm very pleased with the end result. Tell me what you think.

Thanks for looking!!! :)

Supplies: Stampin up stamps in Baroque motifs. SU CS in true thyme, river rock, copper. Versamark. Making memories copper brad. Printed CS by DCWV Old world stack. CM corner rounder. Ribbon by the Robert Stanley collection.

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Early holiday card

This card accomplishes two things for me. A submission for a card challenge at Poetic Artistry and using my new microbeads I bought. This is my first time using microbeads so its all new to me. I'm sure there are many ways these little guys could be used but I did the most obvious way and used some fast drying glue. I was a little disappointed though when I opened up the container. The beads through the container look to be rich oranges and reds and brown....really earthy {but}... when I took the cap off I was surprised to see that the beads were actually burgundy, blues, gold and emerald green. So I had to change my card color scheme from being a fall card to a Christmas card. Oh well, I just go with the flow! No harm done "chuckle" . Anyways....this is how I made my card..

First I stamped my main image (from SU Garden silhouettes) with true thyme ink onto very vanilla CS. I then inked up the edges with true thyme ink and matted it with true thyme CS. Then I used Scotch Quick-dry adhesive on all the branches and sprinkled with my microbeads. I sat that aside to dry. I then used my SU BG stamp called sanded with true thyme ink on a piece of purely pomegranate and blue bayou CS for the backgrounds. I used my Creative Memories square maker to punch out a square with very vanilla CS and the greeting is from my PTI set called Faux ribbon. I used purely pomegranate ink for that. I then used my quick-dry adhesive and microbeads around the edges of that. I added some matching ribbon to finish it all up. The main card is done in true thyme CS. I guess in the end I'm not too disappointed that the microbeads are "christmasy" I will still be on the hunt for fall colors though! "smirk"

Thanks for looking!!! :)

Supplies: Stampin up CS in True thyme, purely pomegranate, blue bayou and very vanilla. Stampin up ink in true thyme and purely pomegranate. SU stamps in Garden silhouettes and sanded. PTI stamp set in Faux ribbon. CM square maker. Ribbon, Micorbeads

Friday, August 24, 2007

Tres chic and Fabulous

There are so many different things going on with this card. I really like the way it came together in the end but as I was making it I wasn't sure all the different elements would look good together.

When I first bought my Fabulous flower stamp set I knew it would be a wonderful stamp to use with the rock 'n roll technique and after I inked it all up I drew a complete blank on how I wanted the card to look so I set it aside to go back to later. Well after about 2 weeks of staring it down and not coming up with anything I finally decided to go through all my patterned paper to see if I had anything that matched my color combo in the flower. Well I struck gold and found some awesome gingham paper that I had stashed away with my scrapbooking CS. Who knows how long I've had this stuff (which unfortunately means I have no idea who made it so I can give credit to the manufacturer). has some lines of burgundy running through it so I incorporated bravo burgundy CS for matting. This is how I made it....

First of all I used the "rock 'n roll" technique on the large flower. You can check out a step by step tutorial on that technique
here. Its really a simply technique to do. Any ways....I used so saffron and buckaroo blue ink on the large flower then did 2 smaller flowers with the same ink and cut them out. I put a sparkly brad in the middle and used glue dots to adhere them all together. I then used my Tres chic background stamp with buckaroo blue ink onto a piece of so saffron CS and matted that with bravo burgundy. I then took a piece of printed CS and matted that with bravo burgundy as well. I added some matching ribbon to finish it all up.

Thanks for looking!!! :)

Supplies: Stampin up stamps in Fabulous flowers and tres chic. SU ink in buckaroo blue and so saffron. SU CS in bravo burgundy, so saffron , buckaroo blue and naturals white. SU ticket corner rounder. Sparkly brad. Ribbon, Printed CS from unknown.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

A van went through my sisters apartment!!!

Holy cow do I have some crazy news. The other night my sister was sitting watching TV in her apartment and out of the blue she decided to go in her room for really no reason at all. Just as she did she heard a loud crash and she screamed. (I can only imagine how loud it must have been!) A van actually drove through her living room wall and landed right where she had been sitting just seconds before!!!! Luckily she is fine but what a mess her place is! My sister definitely has someone above looking out for her. What are the odds that at that exact moment she decided to go to her room a van crashes through her wall?! I get cold chills just thinking about it!

From what we know the lady driving the van thought she put the vehicle in reverse but actually put it in drive then hit the gas and she propelled forward right over the ramp outside and through the wall! I am just so thankful that no one got hurt in this incident! My sister will be staying with our parents while shes waiting for all the repairs to be done.

Monday, August 20, 2007

Garden silhouettes

This card is made from one of my hostess sets that I earned from my Stampin up club this month. I've been drooling over this set since the catalog came out. All the images are so simple and clean. I chose this image first because I've been wanted to use some of my pixie pink cardstock. I have such a hard time using those brighter colors but I think I like the way this one turned out.

To start out I inked up the image with my SU stampin' write markers in old olive and pixie pink. I stamped the image into naturals white CS then I used my markers and my spritzer tool to splatter some ink on the image. (I LOVE that spritzer tool!) I used my corner rounder on that and matted it onto pixie pink and old olive CS. I used my decorative edged scissors along the bottom. I then used a leaf stamp from my SU set called Best blossoms for a background with old olive ink and used my decorative scissors on that as well. I also used my spritzer tool on that and on the main card too. I added some matching taffeta ribbon to finish it up.

Thanks for looking! :)

Supplies: SU stamp sets in Garden Silhouettes and Best blossoms. SU ink in pixie pink. SU CS in pixie pink, old olive and naturals white. SU stampin' write markers in old olive and pixie pink. SU color spritzer tool. CM corner rounder. Decorative edged scissors. Taffeta ribbon.

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Rustic cowboy

Wow did I watch a creepy movie last night!!! If any of you like to jump out of your skin then you need to watch The Messengers. I have a love hate relationship with scary movies! LOL I love to get scared and freaked out when I watch them yet I cover my eyes during the most creepy parts!!! ROFL I just cant help it! This movie last night though was one of the better ones I've seen considering freaky factor. I recommend it if you like that sort of thing!

Well anyways....on to my card for the day. I used my Bronc buster set again for this one and the patterned paper SU has to go with this set. This is the first time I've ever bought patterned paper from SU and I really love it. I'd have to say my only complaint is that is is 2 sided and I feel like I'm wasting the side that is glued down. :( Having this paper does eliminate having to make sure colors coordinate with my other CS because its all SU. Definitely a plus!!!

For this card I started out by stamping my Sanded BG stamp with versamark onto creamy caramel CS. I then stamped the cowboy in chocolate chip ink. I roughed up the edges with my nail and matted onto really rust and chocolate chip CS. I used my hostess set called So many sayings. I just inked up the phrase I wanted to use with whisper white craft ink and after it dried I tapped a little brown chalk over it to soften the white a little. I took a strip of creamy caramel and really rust and used my mat pack on them to add some faux stitches. I then used of piece of my patterned paper onto chocolate chip CS for the card base. I added some matching ribbon to finish it all up. I'm really loving these solid stamps...they make creating a card so fast and easy compared to coloring in! Thanks for looking!!! :)

Supplies: SU stamps in Bronc buster, Sanded and So many sayings. SU CS in creamy caramel, chocolate chip, really rust and Outlaw designer series paper. SU ink in chocolate chip and whisper white. SU pastels. SU mat pack. SU chocolate chip marker. Ribbon

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Vintage cowboy

Yeeee hawwww! Check out the new cowboy stamp! I'm sure most of you have seen many projects made with this fella but he's new to me and I'm a having so much fun finally using it! I have had so many ideas swimming around in my head with this stamp set so it was the first one I mounted and used when I received my order. Well this is what I came up with for my first card....

I started with a piece of river rock CS and stamped the cowboy (from bronc buster) with river rock ink and stamped him again a little off from the first image with vintage violet ink to create a shadow effect. I did the same thing with the swirl at his feet. I then roughed up the edges with my nail and mounted it on some vintage violet CS and roughed up those edges as well. I then took a strip of river rock and used my paisley BG stamp with vintage violet ink to create a background. I used a piece of purple twine along the base of that. For the greeting I used my BG stamp called tres chic and just inked up a portion to get the word I wanted. I trimmed that up and roughed up the edges and adhered the cowboy and greeting with dimensional adhesive and added some matching eyelets. What a super easy card to make and I just LOVE these colors together which takes me right back to ...... why did they retire those in colors!!! LOL (I don't think I'll ever get over that! )

Thanks for looking!!! :)

Supplies: SU stamps in Bronc buster, tres chic and paisley. SU CS in river rock and vintage violet. SU ink in river rock and vintage violet. purple twine. Making memories eyelets

Friday, August 17, 2007

Garden whimsy

I did this card for a challenge on one of the blogs I frequent. Jen is so talented! I just love to check out her creations for inspiration. You can see her sketch challenge by clicking here I'm a little on the late side submitting this but I was waiting on some of my new stuff to arrive.

I decided to use my Garden Whimsy set for this card. I just love the big butterfly that comes with this set. I think there are so many different things you could do with this little fella! Well anyways....I started out by stamping the butterfly with tempting turquoise ink onto cool caribbean CS. I then stamped him again with the same ink onto some vellum and waited for that to dry. I used my Creative Memories scalloped corner rounder on it and mounted it onto PTI white CS. I then used my CM corner rounder on that. I used cool Caribbean and white for the background and stamped dots all over it with close to cocoa ink. The dots are from my SU petal pushers set. I then cut a strip of white paper for the middle and inked the edges with cool caribbean ink. I used my CM circle makers for the tag and a stamp from my Loads of love set for the greeting. I added some matching ribbon to break up the monotony of the white. Lastly I used small glue dots to adhere the vellum butterfly and folded the wings back to give it a 3-D look.
These colors are a little out of my comfort zone but I think I like the final product!

Thanks for looking!!! :)
Supplies: SU stamps in Garden whimsy, petal pushers and loads of love. SU ink in tempting turquoise, cool Caribbean and closes to cocoa. SU CS in tempting turquoise and cool Caribbean. PTI CS in white. CM scalloped corner rounder, corner rounder and circle maker. Ribbon and vellum

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Doodle this!

I totally cased this card from a blog that I frequent called Running with Scissors. Leslie has some beautiful creations on her blog that can definitely get my creative juices flowing!

For this card I used my SU set called Doodle this. I stamped the swirl with purely pomegranate ink onto wild wasibi CS and I also used my Weathered BG stamp with groovy guava ink, then I cut it into 3 equal strips. I then matted that onto groovy guava and purely pomegranate CS. I rouged up all the edges with my nail. I then cut a square of groovy guava and stamped swirls and weathered background on that. I matted that with purely pomengranate and wild wasabi. The main card is done in wild wasabi and I stamped my weathered stamp on that as well with groovy guava ink. I used versamark and black embossing powder for my flower stamp. I colored them in with my purely pomegranate and groovy guava ink using my aqua pen. The greeting is from my PTI set called Text boxed. I tied a matching taffeta ribbon and pewter hodgepodge to finish it all off.

Thanks for looking!!! :)

Supplies: SU stamps in Doodle this and weathered. SU ink in groovy guava and purely pomegranate. SU CS in wild wasabi, groovy guava, and purely pomegranate. SU pewter hodgepodge. SU aqua pen. TPT stamp set Text boxed. Versamark ink. Ranger black EB powder. Ribbon

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Lizards and butterflies....OH MY!!!

My husband and I were lucky enough to capture some really beautiful pictures this past weekend in our flower garden. This is the first year I've really had a large flower garden (at least large for me) and I'm still surprised on how well it has done and we've discovered that with the flowers come the butterflies and bees and yes....lizards! LOL The lizards were here first...I know...but they do seem to love to hide out in our flowers. Almost everyday while I'm watering them I see one scurrying away to escape a shower from my hose. At first they startled me but now I'm quite used to them. I still wouldn't want one of me though...I'm thankful they're scared of me! "chuckle" Well I hope you enjoy these photos as much as me and my husband did taking them. Enjoy and thanks for looking!!! :)

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Purely pomegranate and vintage violet flowers

I just love the way these 2 colors go together! Vintage violet was my favorite color from last years "In colors" with Stampin' up and I'm beginning to think Purely pomegranate is going to be my favorite new "in color" It's a toss up between this one and wild wasabi. Green is usually my favorite in just about every case!

For this card I used my PTI stamp set called Text boxed. I stamped the image using purely pomegranate ink onto sage shadow paper. I chose that color CS because when the CS showed through on the stamped image I wanted it to be green. I then used 2 of the smaller stamps in the set and stamped them on PTI white CS with purely pomegranate and perfect plum ink. I ran my aqua pen over them to smear the ink a bit. I then cut those out and added a sparkly brad from Making memories to piece them together. I used my SU mat pack to pierce the stem with holes to emphasize the stems. I then matted that on vintage violet and purely pomegranate CS. I used medium glue dots to adhere the flowers. I chose vintage violet CS for the card base and used patterned paper from my DCWV Old World CS matted on purely pomegranate CS. The greeting is from my SU set called Warmest regards. I used white craft ink to stamp that onto a piece of purely pomegranate. I used the same flower stamp with versamark in on the greeting CS. I then used my ticket corner punch and matted it on vintage violet. I added some white taffeta ribbon to complete the card.

Thanks for looking!!! :)

Supplies: PTI stamp set Text boxed. PTI white CS. SU stamp set in Warmest regards. SU ink in purely pomegranate, perfect plum and craft whisper white. SU CS in purely pomegranate, vintage violet. SU ticket corner punch. SU mat pack. DCWV Old World CS. Making memories sparkle brad.

Split negative....take two!

Here is the second card I made with my pieces remaining from my first split negative card. I tried to change this one up a bit by adding some patterned paper. You can check out how to do this technique at SCS resources page. Just click here to check it out.

You can check my entry below to see how I stamped the main image for this card. The only thing I did differently is I stamped the middle with stazon timber brown and used my SU set called warm words in stazon timber brown on the bottom. I then used my ticket corner punch for the corners and matted it on blush blossom then again on chocolate chip CS. I cut a small strip of blush blossom CS and used my ticket corner punch on that as well then I took a piece of my CS that's from DCWV retro pack, used my ticket corner punch on that and matted it on cameo coral CS. I added some cream ribbon and 2 matching brads. I used dimensional adhesive for the main image to make it stand out more. The main card is done in cameo coral CS. I'm not sure which one I like better. I like the first one because its all monotone but this one is has interest with the patterned paper....I cant' decide...tell me what you think.

Thanks for looking!!! :)

Supplies: SU stamp set in Fabulous flowers and warm words. SU CS in cameo coral, blush blossom, and chocolate chip. SU ticket corner punch. Stazon ink in timber brown. Brads from Making Memories. DCWV retro CS. Ribbon

Friday, August 10, 2007

Split negative card

This card I did using SCS weekly inkling technique. It is called split negative. You can see step by step how to do it by clicking here. I had to alter mine a bit from the instructions because I didn't have any vanilla EB powder but I think it turned out good.

I started out by choosing 2 pieces of contrasting but coordinating CS then cut them evenly to fit my stamp. I decided on SU blush blossom and cameo coral CS. I chose to use my SU set called Fabulous flowers (what a shocker!) LOL. I stamped both images using versamark then embossed them with clear EB powder. I then stamped one of the smaller flowers also using versamark and clear EB powder. I cut both images evenly down the middle and pieced them together and matted them on a piece of cameo coral CS. I used my Creative Memories corner rounder and scalloped corner rounder on the edges. I used cameo coral as my card base and then took a piece of blush blossom and used my acrylic stamps by Autumn leaves called flourishes to stamp all over it. I used cameo coral ink for that. I used my scalloped corner rounder on that as well. I took a strip of cameo coral CS and embossed it with my cuttlebug and placed that behind the main image. I used an off white ribbon and took a small piece of it and rubbed it over my cameo coral ink to make it match. I adhered the smaller flower with some dimensionals and used my Papertrey set called text boxed for the greeting. Overall I like the way this turned out. I think I'm going to have to purchase some vanilla EB powder though and try it the way SCS showed.

Thanks for looking!!! :)

Supplies: SU stamp set in Fabulous flowers. SU ink in Cameo coral. SU CS in cameo coral and blush blossom. Versamark ink. Ranger clear EB powder. Autumn leaves stamp set in Flourishes. PTI stamp set in text boxed. CM corner rounder and scalloped corner rounder. Ribbon

Stamp club goodies

I have all these goodies to share with you from my stamp club this month where I was the host so I walked away with all 5 projects. My SU demonstrator, Claudia, designed and created all of these except I did the "make and take" This one was our technique card. She used clorox to stamp the doodles and cascade to stamp the flower. How neat is that?! Afterwards she used her metallic pencils to color in the flower. I just LOVE those colors together!

Here is another one we made. Such a beautiful color combo. I never would of done this myself but now that I see the colors all together it looks GREAT!
This one is a tea light holder she made and she included a battery operated tea light! Isn't it beautiful. She sent us all home with the template so I can't wait to make my own!

This one was by far my all time favorite of the night. I think everyone there favored this one. She used the new punch box set to create the wreath and glued on some beads for the berries. It is so elegant looking! I might have to go to stamp camp this month just so I can make one of these cards!!!
.....and last but not least is our "make and take" card. We used SU doodle line for this card.

Here is a picture of part of my hostess gift. It is a magnetic board all done up with my current favorite set Fabulous flowers! She couldn't of picked a more appropriate gift! I LOVE it!!! Thank you Claudia for a fun night and all the goodies!

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Framed art for my sons room

Well I've been hunting down some suitable "affordable" frames for a while....mainly at the dollar store or at Wal-mart. I just refuse to pay lots of moola for a frame. ( I know...I'm a cheapy!) I rather spend my money on stamps or clothes! LOL Well anyways I finally found some frames while we were up in NY visiting family last month. I only bought a few though because I wasn't sure how much room we'd have in the truck on the way home. Now I wish I would of bought more. My SU demonstrator seems to have the best luck at our stores around here but I always strike out! (I think she has someone on the inside tipping her off on their stock) {chuckle} I'll just have to make it a point to go "hunting" with her one day for all the neat things she finds! Well anyways...back to the pictures I made. I decided to do the first one in dinosaurs for my son. He is just CRAZY about dinosaurs and his room definitely reflects it! He has dinosaur curtains and bedding, appliques all around the border of his room...not to mention all the toys! I thought this picture would fit right in.

To begin with I stamped 3 separate images with stazon black onto very vanilla CS. The stamp set is a retired from SU called Dinosaur days. The top images were 2 small for the opening so I masked them to make the overall image bigger. It took me a couple tries to get it to look right...thank goodness paper has 2 sides! LOL I used my SU watercolor pencils and blender pens to color them all in and them matted with the mat that came with the frame. I used my pastels on the matting so it wasn't such a stark white and that's all there was to it! It was crazy how easy and fast this was to do and Gavin went crazy over it! He informed me that I have to hang it on this wall NOW! LOL He knows it'll sit on my desk for weeks!

Thanks for looking!!! :)

Supplies: SU stamp set in Dinosaur days. SU stampin pastels. SU watercolor crayons and blender pen. SU CS in very vanilla. Stazon ink in black.

Another challenge card

Well here's another card for a challenge at Beate's blog. I took this opportunity to make a get well card for a friend who has been feeling under the weather for almost 2 weeks now. This image is just so sweet. It makes me think of my girls playing Dr when they were little. They don't do that as much now...they're growing up so fast. Now all they have time for is friends and scooters and computer games.

For this card I used Blue bayou as my base and Beate's specified measurements of 8 1/2 by 5 1/2, scored at 5 1/2 and 8 1/8. I used my marvey giga scalloped oval punch for the image which is stamped in stazon and colored in with my SU color pencils and blender pen. I used my blender pen and blue bayou ink for the dots around the scallop. I matted that on groovy guava CS that I stamped with a stamp from my Petal pushers set and used my Creative Memories oval cutter. I used my marvy rectangle punches for the greeting with a stamp I found at Target in the $ isle. On the flap I used a strip of groovy guava CS and stamped dots all over it from my Petal pushers set in groovy guava and blue bayou. I then used my rectangle scalloped punch for the 2 flaps on the edge and a matching brad. I used my mat pack for the faux stitching and some brown ribbon to finish it up. This is such a cute layout and definitely different from my usual. I hope you like it!

Thanks for looking!!! :)

Supplies: SU CS in blue bayou, groovy guava and naturals white. SU mat pack. SU marker in chocolate chip. SU stamp sets in Sugar & spice and Petal pushers. SU ink in groovy guava and blue bayou. SU blender pen. SU watercolor pencils. Uchida Marvey oval scallop punch and rectangle punches. CM oval cutter. $ stamp from Target. Ribbon from Hobby Lobby floral department. Stazon ink in black

Monday, August 6, 2007

Back from the Beach!

Well we're back from a week at Hunter AAF where my husband was on TDY for Jumpmaster branch. Me and the kids spent a week up there with him for a little "mini vacation". Hunter AAF is about a 20 minute drive from Tybee Island so we drove out there a couple times to enjoy the beach. The kids absolutely loved it. My girls have no fear when it comes to the Ocean. It took me a little while to warm up to it but I eventually came around and actually went in the water about chest deep....can you believe it! "chuckle" I think I really shocked my husband with that! The water was unbelievably warm and the waves were so much fun. The beach was busy but not crowded and the weather cooperated. Who can ask for more?! Well I took a few pics and thought I'd share some of them........

These pictures were taken in Savannah on one of the scenic drives to the beach. It is breathtakingly beautiful there. I couldn't get over the scenery. You just cant help but look all around and take it all in. I can definitely see the appeal of living on a street like this. All the houses along this street were old looked like something right out of a movie.

This picture I just couldn't pass up. Of course there were seagulls everywhere on the beach and these poles right behind us were where a few decided to squat and watch us eat out lunch. Too funny!
These are the first pictures I took of the kids experience with the ocean. Paietyn and Emersyn were EXCITED and Gavin was just a touch nervous.
As you can see he ran away from the waves at first!!! "he he he"

It was a little overcast when we first arrived but the clouds eventually lifted to a sunny day.

We found a few things in the water including a crab, lots and lots of sand dollars....a few shells and my daughter Emersyn found this crab leg which she was VERY proud of!

And of course the kids had fun playing in the sand. We had sand EVERYWHERE! In our our our my our car! I won't miss the sand!!! LOL

Later on in the week we took a drive to downtown Savannah where they have the Riverwalk. The street is historic cobblestone with the river on one side and oodles of shops on the other side. These are a couple of the ships that we saw while we were there. Gavin just loved the boats! He had a hard time containing his excitement! The smaller boat even tooted his horn for them! "chuckle"
The shops there consisted of mostly small trinkets and t-shirts and one of the biggest candy shops I've ever seen. The kids were in heaven! Here is a lolly that Gavin just had to have and boy did he have fun eating it! It was completely gone by the time we returned to the hotel!!!!! {grin} How did he eat it so fast?!

Well now we're home and getting ready for school to start this week "yippeeeeee" I hope you all enjoyed the pictures.

Thanks for looking!!! :)