Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Snowflake Journal

I received this beautiful journal in the mail the other day from my friend and downline Colleen. I have been doing a monthly swap with some of my downline for the last few years and we recently had a journal swap. I love how she decorated both sides of the journal.
Well, off to wrapping up some presents while the kids are at school. I think I'm done with most of my shopping, I guess I will find out soon!
Thanks for stopping by today!

Monday, December 10, 2007

HELLO Friends!

Wow, it's been a while since my last post! Hope everyone is doing well! I finally got done with the 120 cards for my brother last week. I then had to take a short break from stamping to get caught up on my everyday chores. I just couldn't stand it any longer, I had to dig into my new Elzybell stamps. I am usually a devoted Stampin' Up! gal, but I just couldn't resist, these are just the cutest! I really had a hard time keeping myself from using them until I got my brother's cards done.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies Used: Stamps~ Just hanging around and Happy Holidays by Elzybells.

Paper~ Wild Wasabi textured paper, Certainly Celery, Wintergreen DP, Whisper White, Shimmering White.

Ink~ Stazon Black, Pretty in Pink, Certainly Celery, Blush Blossom, Apricot Appeal, Barely Banana, Bliss Blue.

Accessories~ Wild Wasabi Stitched Ribbon, Pretty in Pink brads, Dazzling diamonds (on brads),Window Punch, Giga Scallop & Circle punch, Paper Piercer, Gelly Roll Clear Glitter Pen, Cuttlebug snowflake folder.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Sleigh Ride

Here I am apologizing again for not posting for awhile. I am almost done creating cards for my brother, I had to do 120 for him this year! That is the most that I have had to make for him, last year it was 90, business must be booming!

Since I haven't had a chance to stamp for fun, here is another card from my archives. This card was actually a sample for my brother to choose from last Christmas, but this was not the one he chose.
Hopefully I will be back to normal posting soon!
Thanks for stopping by today!
Supplies used: Stamps~ Sleigh Ride (retired), Linen, Print Pattern.
Paper~ Always Artichocke, Mellow Moss, Night Of Navy, Gold Metallic, Whipser White.
Ink~ Night of Navy, Always Artichoke, Mellow Moss.
Accessories~ Vintage Brads, Dazzeling Diamonds Glitter, Glue pen, Navy 5/8" Organdy Ribbon.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Busy, Busy, Busy

Sorry I have not posted for a few days! Life at our house has been very busy. Hockey season has started, and that means less time for stamping.
I made this card awhile back, but I wanted to share it with you. I love the 'Flaky Friends' set, it is one of my all time favorite snowman sets!
Thanks for stopping by today!
Supplies Used: Stamps~ Flaky Friends, Stipple Plaid (retired).
Paper~ Not Quite Navy, Burgundy, Whisper White, Snowflake Vellum.
Ink~ Basic Black, Not Quite Navy.
Accessories~ SU! Markers, eyelets, silver cording.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Are you curious yet? Winner is......

Wow, thanks for all the guesses that everyone made. At first I was begining to think that no one was going to guess the correct card that my brother chose. But finally, Cheryl came though with the correct answer 'Festive Trees' and that same day another correct answer came in from Tina.

So this is what I am going to do, BOTH of you are winners, YEAH! Cheryl and Tina email me your address and I will get your prizes out to you right away!

Here is what Cheryl and Tina had to say:

Anonymous said...
Wow, your cards are amazing! I love them all but I think I would be all cheerful and Christmas Happy to get the Festive Trees card!

November 8, 2007 5:31 AM

Tina said...
I think he chose #3 Festive Trees...I mean, really, what's not to love?!
November 8, 2007 11:10 AM

Thanks to everyone who played along!

Lost in the shuffle

This card was lost in the shuffle the other day. It was suppose to be one of the samples for my brother, but somehow it never made it over to his house. I wanted to share it with you anyways!

Make sure you stop by later tonight to see who the winner was of my guessing game!

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used: Stamps~ Flaky Friends, Linen background.

Paper~ Always Artichoke, Bravo Burgundy, River Rock, Whisper White.

Ink~ Always Artichoke, Bravo Burgundy, Black Stazon.

Accessories~ SU! Markers (Various colors), Clear Rhinstone Brads, Ticket Punch, Cuttlebug snowflake folder, River Rock Stitched Ribbon, Stickles, sponge.

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Are you Curious Yet?

Many of you know I have been making Christmas Card samples for my brother. For the past nine years I have been making their business Christmas cards and he had asked me to make them again this year. Are you curious to find out which card they chose?

I thought it might be fun to play a little guessing game with all of you, are you up for the challenge? I made eight samples of Christmas cards for my brother to choose from, I have posted all eight below.

Here is the challenge: Can you guess which card he chose? Everyone that guesses the correct card will be eligible to win a prize. I will chose a random winner from the correct guesses on Sunday November 11 at 8:00 pm CDT.

This is what you need to do to play:

Each card is labeled with it's own title, use that title for making your guess.
Leave your guess here on this post, ONE guess per person.
All guesses must be made by 7:00 pm CDT - Sunday 11/11/07.

Winner will receive a copy of the winning card, along with a surpise package of goodies! I will make it worth your while to play along! So if your ready to play, here you go! GOOD LUCK!

1. Pinecone Peaceful Wishes

2. Vintage Festive Snowmen

3. Festive Trees

4. Very Merry Peaceful Wishes

5. Pomegrante Season of Joy

6. Very Merry Festive Snowmen

7. Merry Christmas Season of Joy

8. Snowflake Season of Joy

Festive Trees

Another 'Festive Favorites' for my brother to choose from. This time I used the trees from this set. Like I said yesterday I am really into using the Cuttlebug folder - snowflakes for the background. This card is like yesterday's with the exception of the colors I used and I also added a greeting on the front. What do you think?
I have one more card to show you tomorrow from the samples I made for him. I am actually off to deliver the samples to him this morning, I will let you know which card they choose.
Thanks for stopping by!
Supplies Used: Stamps~ Festive Favorites, Many Merry Messages.
Paper~ Whisper White, Wild Wasabi, Certainly Celery.
Ink~ Classic Basic Black, Wild Wasabi, Creamy Caramel, Summer Sun.
Accessories~ Blender Pen, Large Oval & small oval punch, Silver Brads, Wild Wasabi Stitched Ribbon, Cuttlebug snowflakes folder, Frosted Lace Stitckles.

Monday, November 5, 2007

Festive Snowmen

Today's sample card for my brother was made with the 'Festive Favorites' set. I Love the vintage look of this set, especially the snowmen! This is actually one of two cards that I made this past weekend using the same color combo along with the Cuttlebug snowflake folder. I have really been having fun with this folder, it just makes the perfect background for winter cards!
Before last year's 'In Color's' retired I had made sure that I ordered plenty of the card stock and stitched ribbon. I decided it was time to pull out some the the True Thyme and use it for this card. I think it adds to the vintage look of the stamp. What do you think?
Thanks for stopping by today!
Supplies Used: Stamps~ Festive Favorites.
Paper~ True Thyme, Bravo Burgundy, River Rock, Whisper White.
Ink~ Black Stazon, River Rock, Markers~ Bravo Burgundy & Always Artichoke.
Accessories~ Gold Brads, True Thyme Stitched ribbon, CB snowflake folder, Stickles frosted lace, sponge.

Friday, November 2, 2007

Season of Joy

This is today's Christmas card sample for my brother. This isn't quite what I had in mind when I started the card, but I like the way it turned out. I think I will try to work on my original idea again tomorrow.
Thanks for stopping by!
Supplies Used: Stamps~ Season of Joy.
Paper~ Real Red, Whisper White, Dashing DP.
Ink~ Real Red, Encore Metallic Champagne.
Accessories~ River Rock Stitiched Ribbon, Rhinestone brads Fire Circles, Gold brads, Scallop punch, Large Oval punch, Key Tag punch, 1 3/8" & 1 1/4" Circle punches, Cuttlebug snowflake folder.

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Peaceful Wishes

This is the second sample I have made for my brother with Peaceful Wishes. I'm not sure I am completely happy with it as I feel that it is missing something. What do you think?
Thanks for stopping by today!
Supplies Used: Stamps~ Peaceful Wishes, Short & Sweet, Linen background.
Paper~ Always Artichoke, Bravo Burgundy, Very Vanilla, Holiday Harmony DP.
Ink~ Always Artichoke, Bravo Burgundy.
Accessories~ Gold Brads, Ticket Punch, Burgundy 5/8" Gross Grain Ribbon, Sponge.

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween! Lily was a bumble bee this year for halloween, believe it or not she actually likes the costume!

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

I'm Still here!

Yes, I am still around, sorry I've been so quite. I have been trying to create some samples of Christmas cards for my brother. Every year for the past 9 years I have made the Christmas cards for his business and he has asked me to make them again this year.
This is one of the samples I created for him to choose from. It is hard to see but I added some stickles to some of the pine needles to look like frost. I think I might add some Liquid applique also to give a snow effect on the pine cones.
I hope to post a new sample everyday for the next week.
Thanks for stopping by today!
Supplies used: Stamps~ Peaceful Wishes, Linen background.
Paper~ Always Artichoke, Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla.
Ink~ Chocolate Chip, Always Artichoke.
Accessories~ Chocolate Satin Ribbon, Vintage brads, Photo corner punch, Ticket corner punch, Stickles - Frosted Lace, Paper Piercer.

Monday, October 29, 2007


I’ve been tagged by NANCY RILEY, ISTAMP!
Here are the details:
1. Link to the person that tagged you and post the rules on your blog. You can see NANCY RILEY'S inspiring blog here:

2. Share 7 random and/or weird facts about yourself (on your blog, we all want to know them).

3. Tag 7 random people at the end of your post and include links to their blogs.

4. Let each person know that they’ve been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.

Seven Random Things About Me:

1. I am the oldest of eight children, my seven youger siblings are all boys! Yes, that's right I have seven younger brothers!

2. My favorite color is green, Certainly Celery, Mellow Moss & Wild Wasabi are my favorite Stampin' Up! colors.

3. Just like Nancy Riley who tagged me, I am a homebody also. I love my time alone at home during the day (that's when I get most of my stamping done)!

4. Fall is my favorite season, I don't like winter that much as it gets too cold.

5. Even though I don't like winter that much, that is when the hockey season is in full swing! I LOVE watching my kids play hockey!

6. I LOVE Dove chocolate's. I have to hide them from my husband or he would devour them and I would be left without any!!! There is nothing worst than not having any chocolate when you have the craving!!!!! Right?

7. I LOVE my little dog LILY, she has been best little dog! Isn't she just the cutest?

I tag these seven gals:

Jennifer - Jennifer's Sweet designs

Lynda - Stamp Act
Kim - Clearly Inspired
Laurie - Just give me Stamps
Jennifer - The Buck Stamps Here
Heather - Polka-Dot Inspired Creations
Wanda - My Creative Corner

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

And the winner of the blog candy is.....

Kim from Clearly Inspired! WooHoo, Kim email me your address and I will get these goodies out to you right away! This is what Kim had to say:

Clearly Inspired said...
Wow! I don't think I can pick just one. I like too many of them. Here is one of my favorite cards that I made on your hits!
October 19, 2007 7:56 AM

Thank you to everyone that sent me all the nice comments on my cards! I really do appreciate it!

The reason I asked which one of my cards was your favorite was so that I could send the winner of the blog candy that card! I have so many cards I need to find a way to use them all and I thought this would be perfect! So If I ever ask that question again, you know why!!! Kim, your card will be a surprise!!!!

Go check out Kim's blog, she has some really great idea's!!!

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, October 21, 2007

ULAS Challenge - Alter this or that ....

This week I am the host for the 'Up Late & Stamping' challenge and I am inviting all of you to play along!

My challenge for you this week is to alter something, weather it be a DVD holder, Tin Lunchbox or like mine, a Art Journal turned Photo album. The sky is the limit, so let's see what creative ideas you come up with. Everyone is invited to play along just remember to upload your creations to SCS using the keyword: ULAS so we can all see what you made!

Let's see what my other friends have been up too!




ULAS Gallery

Friday, October 19, 2007

Want a chance at some Blog Candy?

Check out my post, 20,000 hits for a chance to win some blog candy!

RAK from Nancy Riley

Look what showed up in my mailbox yesterday from Nancy Riley! Isn't it just BEAUTIFUL? I was so excited when I saw this beauty. I was drooling all over it when I first saw it on her blog and she was so kind to mail it off to ME!
Nancy and I have recently become friends thru SCS and our blogs, she is such a nice person! If you haven't been to Nancy's blog you need to go check it out, she does beautiful work, you won't be disappointed!
Thank you Nancy, I just LOVE it!!!

ULAS Chipboard Challenge

As some of you may already know, a few of my SCS friends and myself have been doing challenges together. The latest challenge was hosted by Lynda at Stampact aka: lbenden at SCS. Lynda's challenge was to have us use Chipboard. This is the card I did using a chipboard snowflake on the front.

To create the sparkle on the snowflake I first covered the snowflake with three layers of white craft ink. Before the third layer dried I covered the snowflake with Dazzling Diamonds glitter and set with my heat tool.
If you would like to play along in our challenges, feel free, anyone can play! I will be posting the next challenge here on my blog on Monday. If you play remember to upload to SCS using the keyword - ULAS so we can all see your creation.
Supplies Used: Stamps~ Merry & Bright.
Paper~ Ballet Blue textured paper, Four Season's DP, Whisper White.
Ink~ Basic Black & Ballet Blue classic ink, White Craft Ink.
Accessories~Snowflake chipboard, Brocade Blue 5/8" Grosgrain ribbon, Dazzling Diamonds glitter, Diamond Stickles, Silver brads, small oval punch, 1" circle punch, Designer Label punch.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

20,000 Hits!!!

Wow, my counter says that I have had 20,000 hits!!!! That is soooo AWESOME! Thanks to all of you that visit my blog, I really do appreciate it!

Does anyone want to celebrate with me? You do! How about some yummy goodies? Well if you would like to win these goodies this is what you need to do:

Leave a comment on this post telling me which one of my cards is your favorite and add a link to show me a picture of your favorite card that you have made. I love seeing all of your creations! If you don't know how to add a link, that's ok leave a comment anyway!
I will chose a winner on Wedenesday 10-24-07 at 10:00 am CDT. One entry per person please.
Next Blog Candy giveaway will be at 30,000 hits!
Blog Candy includes: Four seasons DP by SU, Very Punny Stamp set, Vanilla envelopes (20), cooper vintage brads, 2 microspools of ribbon, Prima Daisy's - Victoria, Brend Walton Adhesive Rhinestones.

3 in 1 challenge!

Sorry I've been so quite the last few days! I haven't had alot of stamping time this week (poor me)! I hope you don't mind that I made a card combining three challenges in one.

First challenge was the 'Way's to Use It' #135 - Bring out the Glam! This challenge called to use anything that glitters.

Second challenge was the color challenge #136 - Pinks repeat, as you can guess, make it PINK.

Third challenge was the Sketch challenge #146.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies Used: Stamps~ Garden Silhouettes, Linen & Floral backgrounds.
Paper~ Regal Rose, Pretty in Pink, Whisper White.
Ink~ Regal Rose, Pretty in Pink, Old Olive.
Accessories~ Pink rhinestone brads, pink crystals, Pink Taffata ribbon.

Monday, October 15, 2007

Featured Stamper Challenge

This is my card for this week's featured stamper challenge over at SCS. This week's featured stamper is 'StamperTammy', Tammy has a beautiful gallery, I chose this card of Tammy's to case.

The Challenge has us change at least two things from the original, I changed the colors, stamps & ribbon on my card.

This is also a two for one challenge for me. A few of my SCS friends, Jennifer , Cindy & Lynda have started a weekly challenge for the 'Up Late & Stamping' group that I am a part of. I chose 'Chocolate & Pink' as my main colors because that was the theme for the last ULAS Challenge.

If you would like to participate in the 'Up Late & Stamping' Challenges check out this week's challenge that Lynda has for us! Anyone can play along just remember to upload your entry to SCS using the keyword 'ULAS'.

Check out all the entries for the ULAS challenges HERE.
Thanks for stopping by today!
Supplies Used: Stamps~ Serene Sunflowers, Sanded background, Many Thanks.
Paper~ Chocolate Chip, Regal Rose, White Glossy, Au Chocolat.
Ink~ Real Rose, Chocolate Chip, Mellow Moss.
Accessories~ Pink Organdy 5/8" ribbon, Silver cord, corner punch, sponge.

Saturday, October 13, 2007

WSC #23 - Season of Joy

I am sorry but I can't help it! I'm lovin' this Purely Pomegranate! I actually made this card a few week's ago for a Holiday Mini swap that I was asked to do with one of my new blogging friends Jennifer (Jennifer's Sweet Designs) aka: Lovetostamp6 on SCS. This card was the start of my purely pomegranate craze that I seem to be in right now!

I just LOVE the richness of this color and I LOVE the satin ribbon! If you haven't tried it yet, OMGosh you have to get some of this awesome ribbon!!!

My sketch also fits into Beate's weekend sketch challenge #23 for this week, wow how about that! I hope to actually stamp something else this weekend for her challenge but until then, this will have to do

Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies Used: Stamps~ Season of Joy.
Paper~ Purely Pomegranate textured CS & DP, Very Vanilla.
Ink~ Purely Pomegrante.
Accessories~ Rhinestone & Vintage Brads, Purely Pomegranate Satin Ribbon, Ticket punch, Slot punch, sponge.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Sketch Challenge - Holy Triptych

As soon as I saw this week's sketch challenge I knew right away what stamp set I wanted to use! I have had the 'Holy Triptych' set for a few week's but haven't had the chance to use it yet (shame on me).

I just LOVE this angel image and the satin ribbon is BEAUTIFUL! It was hard to photograph, but if you click on the picture, you will be able to see the glitter on the wings much better.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies Used: Stamps~ Holy Triptych, Graceful Words (retired).

Paper~ Purely Pomegranate CS & DP, Gold Brushed Metallic, Whisper White.
Ink~ Stazon Black, Purely Pomegrante, Barely Banana, So Saffron, Bashful Blue.

Accessories~ Purely Pomegranate Satin Ribbon, Vintage Brads, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, Glue pen, Ticket punch, Large Oval punch, Key Tag punch, Blender Pen, Aqua painter.

Thankful for Fall

Fall is my very Favorite time of the year! I just love the changing of the leaves and the cooler weather. I wish it would last all year long!

I wanted to make a card with my new 'Thoroughly Thankful' stamp set. I'm still working on my watercoloring technique, but for the most part I am happy with the way this turned out. This is definately a stamp set made for watercoloring!
Thanks for stopping by today!
Supplies Used: Stamps~ Thoroughly Thankful, Sanded background.
Paper~ Chocolate Chip, Ruby Red, More Mustard, Watercolor paper.
Ink~ Stazon Black, Pumpkin Pie, More Mustard, Ruby Red, Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, Always Artichoke, Bashful Blue.
Accessories~ Blender pen, Aqua Painter, Twill Tape, Hodgepodge hardware, Photo Corner punch, paper piercer.

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Color Challenge Basic Rocks

My stamping time was a little less then I wanted the past few days with all of the activities and everyday life. I decided to combine a couple of challenges, the color challenge and Beate's weekend sketch challenge #22.

This week's color challenge 'Basic Rocks' over at SCS was to used these three colors: River Rock, Basic Gray & Basic Black. This was quite the challenge using these three colors, this is what I came up with.
Thanks for stopping by today!
Supplies Used: Stamps~ Garden Silhouettes, Hugs & Wishes.
Paper~ River Rock CS & DP, Basic Black, Whisper White.
Ink~ River Rock, Basic Gray.
Accessories~ River Rock stitched ribbon, ticket punch, black brads, silver brads, sponge.

Monday, October 8, 2007

FS Sweet Miss Daisy

This week's Featured Stamper Challenge over at SCS is Anna Wight aka 'Sweet Miss Daisy'. Anna has an awesome gallery you must check it out! I chose to case this Card of Anna's. The guidelines state that you must change at least two things when creating your card. I changed the stamp set, the DP and the ribbon.
I have to admit that I also cased a part of this card from Beate. I wanted to use my 'Serene Sunflower' set for another challenge but just could not get it together. Beate had the same set in mind for her challenge and she pulled it off perfectly! I loved the way she stamped her sunflowers and I just had to try it again!
Thanks for stopping by!
Supplies Used: Stamps~ Serene Sunflower, Blossoms Abound, French Script.
Paper~ Chocolate Chip, Glossy White, Apple Cider DP, Spring Flowers DP.
Ink~ Chocolate chip, More Mustard, Pumpkin Pie, Always Artichoke, Bashful Blue, River Rock.
Accessories~ Vintage brads, Paper Piercer, River Rock Stitched Ribbon.

Saturday, October 6, 2007

More Festive Friends

I was cleaning up my desk today and came across a couple extra 'Festive Friends' images that I had stamped the other day. Well instead of putting them in my basket of extra's I thought I should use them up, so I did! I have been finding myself drawn to the 'Holiday Harmony' DP lately and of course, today was no exception.
Thanks for stopping by!
Supplies Used: Stamps~ Festive Friends, Short & Sweet.
Paper~ Purely Pomegrante, Basic Black, Holiday Harmony DP, Whisper white.
Ink~ Basic Black, Purely Pomegrante, Basic Gray, Bashful Blue.
Accessories~ Pumpkin Pie Marker, Glue Pen, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, Oval Punch, Black Brads, Purely Pomegrante Stitched Ribbon, Blender Pen.

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Festive Favorites Sketch Challenge

This is my card for this week's sketch challenge. The minute I saw this sketch I thought of the 'Festive Friends' set. I decided to turn the sketch horizontal. My card didn't quite turn out the way I invisioned it would, but I like it anyway!
Thanks for stopping by today!
Supplies Used: Stamps~ Festive Friends, Short & Sweet.
Paper~ Purely Pomegranate CS & DP, Gold Metallic, Whisper White.
Ink~ Basic Black, Purely Pomegranate,
Basic Gray, Bliss Blue.
Accessories~ Black Brads, Ticket punch, Dazzaling Diamonds Glitter, glue pen, Purely Pomegranate Satin Ribbon.

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Think Fast

Monday's Try a New Technique Challenge on SCS, was called Think Fast. The challenge was to take a card that was already in your gallery and only change the stamp set to make a different card. I couldn't decide which set to use at first but finally decided on this one.

The card on the right is my original using 'Sassy Stems', the card on the left is my re-make using the 'Priceless' set.

If you haven't already, give this challenge a try and see what you can do to make one of your cards!

Supplies Used: Stamps~ Sassy Stems, Priceless, Linen background, Riveting.

Paper~ Certainly Celery, Regal Rose, Flowers for You DP, Whisper white.

Ink~ Basic Black, Regal Rose, Certainly Celery, Bliss Blue.

Accessories~ Black brads, Certainly Celery Brads, Wild Wasabi Stitched Ribbon, Circle punches, paper piercer.

Color Challenge - Chocolate Bayou

This week's color challenge at SCS was to use Chocolate Chip, Blue Bayou and River Rock. I really like this combination! I can see so many possibilities with this color combo!
I had the Bronc Buster set in mind right away when I saw the challenge. My only challenge was to find a sentiment to fit on my tag. I looked though every set I had to find something but nothing was working for me. I decided to print out my own sentiment from my computer on to a sheet of cardstock.
Thanks for Stopping by!
Supplies Used: Stamps~ Bronc Buster.
Paper~ Chocolate Chip, Blue Bayou DP, River Rock, Very Vanilla.
Ink~ Chocolate Chip.
Accessories~ Vintage brads, Photo punch, Ticket punch, Small Oval punch, Designer label punch, 1" circle punch, Hodgepodge hardware buckle, Chocolate Chip 5/8" grosgrain ribbon, paper piercer, sponge.

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Happy Mail from Charmaine!

Look what came in the mail box yesterday! This little beauty is from my blogging friend Charmaine Ikach over at Oodabug Alley.
I had sent Charmaine one of my Flaky Friends Slider cards and she was so sweet to send me this thank you!
I don't have this set yet, but Charmaine has me thinking about getting it, she has made some gorgeous cards with this set.
Thanks Charmaine!

Winner of the 15K blog candy is.....

Emily Weems at Stampin Expressions

Emily said:
Congratulations on the hits Diane! My favorite DSP are tied between Cutie pie and Dashing. I love them!
September 28, 2007 8:46 PM

Emily send me your snail mail and I will get these goodies out to you right away!! Even though Cutie Pie and Dashing are your favorites, I hope you enjoy the Petals & Paisleys too!

Thank you to everyone for your kind comments. Next blog candy giveaway will be at 20K so keeping coming back!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Friday, September 28, 2007

Blog Candy 15K hits!

Well, it looks as though the counter has hit 15,000 this past week. YEAH! Let's celebrate! If you want a chance to win this yummy blog candy, leave me a comment telling me what your favorite Designer paper is. My favorite DP right now is Wintergreen & Fall Flowers by Stampin' Up!.
The winner of this blog candy will receive a package of 'Petals & Paisley's' DP, Pink Dot Sprites, Blue Plaid Sprites, Copper Brads, Assorted tags.
Leave your comment here by Midnight, Monday October 1, 2007. I will draw a random winner on Tuesday October 2 at 9:00 am CDT.
Thanks for stopping by!

Halloween makeover challenge

This week's Limited Supplies Challenge 135 was to use a Halloween stamp for a non-Halloween card. Sounds easy right? Well, It took me a little longer than I thought it would, but I had a fun time making this card. I couldn't resist using this cute little image from the retired set 'Halloween Hedgehog'. I thought the saying 'You're so thoughtful' was perfect for this image.

Of course I had to use one of my favorite designer papers 'Fall Flowers' for this non-Halloween card!

Remember to leave me a comment on the post below and tell me what your favorite DP is. You could be the next winner of my blog candy giveaway!

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used: Stamps~ Halloween Hedgehog, Absolutely Fabulous.

Paper~ Chocolate Chip, Really Rust, Old Olive, Whisper White, SU! Fall Flowers DP.

Ink~ Basic Black, Various colors for watercoloring.

Accessories~ Blender Pen, Aqua Painter, Slot punch, Chocolate chip 5/8" grosgrain ribbon, Old Olive brads.

Fun & Fast Notes

This week's 'Ways to Use it' #133 challenge was to find ways to use food. Being a SU! Demonstrator, of course I want to try to use only current SU! product. Well I must be food challenged when it comes to my current stamp collection, I had a hard time finding anything food related. I am more of a flower kind of gal according to my stamps! Well as you can see, I did come up with this Birthday Cake from 'Fast & Fun Notes'.
Supplies Used: Stamps~ Fast & Fun Notes.
Paper~ Certainly Celery Textured Paper, Bashful Blue, Pixie Pink, Whisper White.
Ink~ Basic Black, Pixie Pink, Bashful Blue, Summer Sun.
Accessories~ Soft Subtles brads, Certainly Celery 5/8" Grosgrain ribbon, Window punch, Slot punch, Cuttlebug.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Sketch Challenge - Flaky Friends

I couldn't resist, after the Flaky Friends Tutorial, I had an extra stamped image of my Flaky Friends laying around, so I had to use it for today's sketch challenge #143. It's always good to use up your extra's right? And besides, that made the challenge go a bit faster for me today since I didn't have to ponder on which set I was going to use!

Thanks again for stopping by today!

Supplies Used: Stamps~ Flaky Friends, Linen background.

Paper~ Always Artichoke, Wintergreen DP, Whisper White.

Ink~ Basic Black.

Accessories~ Clear Round Rhinestone brads, Silver brads, Theater Ribbon Originals, Ticket punch, Various SU! Markers.

Color Challenge - Mustard Olives

This week's color challenge at SCS was to use More Mustard, Old Olive & Bashful Blue. Yes, that's right, Bashful Blue. I would have never thought that these three colors would work together, but I have seen some awesome cards with these three colors. Check out the gallery to see what I mean.

I had one of those days yesturday, trying to make the colors work. I swear it took me hours to complete this card when it should have only taken minutes. I just hate when that happens! LOL! Oh well ,on to the next challenge.

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used: Stamps~ Garden Silhouettes, Paisley background.

Paper~ Bashful Blue, Old Olive, More Mustard, Petals & Paisleys DP, Whisper White.

Ink~ Bashful Blue, Old Olive, VersaMark.

Accessories~ Bashful Blue Taffeta ribbon, Blue Ice Circles, Pewter jumbo eyelets, Slot punch, Ticket punch.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

100 Guests!

I just checked my guest book and I have 100 guests! How about that!

Dianne B from Anna, Texas is number 100. Email me your address Dianne, I would love to send you a little thank you for visiting my blog!

Happy mail from Beate!

I receive this sweet card in the mail yesterday from Beate. I had sent her one of my Flaky Friends Slider cards and she was so nice to send me a thank you note. I just love how she stamps the faux stitching on her cards. I have tried to use that technique, and mine never look as good as hers!

She also takes great pictures of her art work! I borrowed her photo from her blog! Thanks Beate!

Monday, September 24, 2007

Beate's weekend Challenge #20

I was able to get some stamping done late last night, so I worked on Beate's Weekend Sketch Challenge. This is one of the two cards I came up with.

I have been really liking the fall color combination and find myself using it alot.

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used: Stamps~ Priceless.

Paper~ Chocolate Chip, Really Rust, Wild Wasabi, Whisper White, Fall Flowers DP.

Ink~ Chocolate Chip, Really Rust, Wild Wasabi, Groovy Guava.

Accessories~ Vintage Brads, Gold Brads, Wild Wasabi Stitched, ticket punch.

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Featured Stamper Challenge

Today's featured stamper is 'Starofmay'. Kirstina has a beautiful gallery, all of her designs are so clean and crisp. I had a hard time deciding which card to case but I decided on this cutie. Check out Kristina's blog you won't be disappointed!

On my version of Kristina's card I changed the stamp that I used and some of the cardstock colors, otherwise it is pretty much the same as hers.
Thanks for stopping by today!
Supplies used: Stamps~ Very Punny.
Paper~ Certainly Celery, Barely Banana, Whisper White, Friends & Flowers DP (retired).
Ink~ Basic Black, Bliss Blue, Pretty In Pink, Barely Banana.
Accessories~ Black Gingham ribbon, circle punches.

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Slider Tutorial

These are the supplies I used to make the Flakly Friends slider card shown here . Your supplies may differ depending on how you choose to embellish, and which stamp set you choose.

Supplies include: Paper Trimmer, Scissors, 1/8" Sticky Strip, Brads, Paper Piercer, Mono Adhesive, Markers, Ticket punch,Linen Background Stamp, Winter green DP, Always Artichoke CS, Whisper White CS, always Artichoke Ink, Flaky Friends Stamp set.

Step 1. Cut your 8 -1/2" x 11 inch colored cardstock lengthwise into two pieces that measure 4 -1/4" x 11". Set one piece aside to use for a second card. Fold in half so card measures 4 -1/4" x 5- 1/2".

Step 2: Using your Linen background stamp, stamp the front of your card and also on the inside of the card (you will only be seeing the top back portion of the inside).

Step 3: Trim 1 -3/4" from the front of the card. Set aside.

Step 4: Creating the inside 'slider'. Cut a piece of white cardstock to measure 4" x 3-3/4". Starting at the top, measure a line 3/8" in from each side stopping 3/4" from the bottom. This will resemble an upside down T.

Trim on the lines.

Step 5: Cut a piece of Always Artichoke to measure 3-1/4" x 4". Attach this piece of whisper white to the top of the Artichoke.

Step 6: Starting from the inside fold, attach a 1/8" x 3 -1/2"strip of sticky tape to each side, making sure you get as close to the edges as possible.

Place your 'T' shaped slider in the middle of the sticky strips as shown in the picture (make sure that there is a little room on each side of the sticky strip so it will be able to slide easily when put together) You may need to trim a SMALL amount on each side if you feel it might not slide easily, (don't remove to much). Remove the top layer of the sticky strip and fold the top of the card over to form a pocket.

**This next step is very important**

Step 7: To ensure your slider will not pull all the way out, you will need to place brads in each of the upper corners. It is very important that they are in far enough to catch the tabs at the bottom of the slider when it is pulled upward. I placed my brads 3/8" in from each outer corner of the front pocket.

Add your designer paper to the front. If adding ribbon place a piece of sticky strip to the top of your DP, add ribbon.

Step 8: Stamp the slider and add embellishments. Add colored image to the top of the pocket. Enjoy!

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