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!

Friday, September 21, 2007

A Basic Challenge

Basic Gray that is! This week's Way's to Use it Challenge #132 was to use the color Basic Gray. This is my card for that challenge.
I stamped the Paisley background stamp onto the cardstock with basic gray ink. I really like the elegant look that it gives. This is the first time that I had used my basic gray cardstock, I think I will be using it more often, it really is a pretty color of gray.
Thanks for stopping by!
Supplies Used: Stamps~ Artfully Asian, Paisley.
Paper~ Basic Gray, Pretty in Pink textured paper, Basic Black, Charbon DP.
Ink~ Basic Black, Basic Gray, Regal Rose, Always Artichoke.
Accessories~ Basic Gray Ribbon,Silver brads, Pink Circle Ice brads, Key Tag punch, Large Oval punch, Ticket punch.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Bronc Buster

I thought I would play around with my Bronc Buster set again for this week's sketch challenge over at SCS. I'm also using this week's color challenge for this card.

This was a pretty quick card to make but my first attempt looked kind of blah. I didn't have enough room to add a sentiment on the front, so I added the photo corners to the left side. I think it helped with the open space, what do you think?

Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies Used: Stamps~ Bronc Buster.
Paper~ Chocolate Chip, Really Rust & Sahara Sand, Outlaw DP.
Ink~ Chocolate Chip.
Accessories~ Hodgepodge Hardware, Ticket Punch, Photo Punch, Paper Piercer, Sponge.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Slider Tutorial coming soon!

I have had many requests for a template or instructions on how to make my Flaky Friends slider card! It so easy you won't believe it! I am in the process of writing a tutorial and hope to have it posted soon! So keep checking back!

Card for Victoria

This is my card for this week's color challenge over at SCS. The challenge was to use Chocolate Chip, Really Rust & River Rock or Sahara Sand. The Designer paper that I used had Sahara Sand in the background so I stuck with that color instead of the River Rock.

Since I LOVE doing Beate's weekend Sketch challenges and was not able to do the one two week's ago, #18, I decided to use it in this design.

This card will be going to a little girl in Texas who has cancer, her name is Victoria Enmon. Victoria's English teacher is behind this project and would like to see Victoria receive cards and letters from each state around the country. Her goal is to have Victoria receive over 5,000 cards, that's 100 cards per state!

If you would like to participate in this project this is what you need to do. Send Victoria a card, enclose a little information about yourself and your family. You must include what state and city you live so she can chart where all of her cards came from! All cards and letters must be sent to Victoria by September 27th, 2007!

Send your cards & letters to:

Victoria Enmon

1205 Red Bud Circle

Orange, TX 77632

And Please say a pray for her and her family! Pass this on to everyone you know, Wouldn't this be awesome if we can make this happen!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies Used: Stamps~ Priceless, Baroque Motifs. Paper~ Chocolate Chip, Really Rust, Whisper White, Fall Flower DP. Ink~ Really Rust, Chocolate chip. Accessories~ Chocolate Chip 5/8" grosgrain ribbon, Gold Brads, Scallop circle punch, ticket punch, key tag punch, large oval punch, photo corner punch, circle punch, White Gel pen, Diamond Stickles.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007


I was tagged by Charmaine, with a hilarious little game. Let's see what I come up with.

1. YOUR ROCK STAR NAME: (first pet & current car) - Snoopy Town & Country

2.YOUR GANGSTA NAME: (fav ice cream flavor, favorite cookie) Vanilla Macadamia

3. YOUR “FLY Guy/Girl” NAME: (first initial of first name, first three letters of your last name) D-Gil

4. YOUR DETECTIVE NAME: (favorite color, favorite animal) - Green Butterfly

5. YOUR SOAP OPERA NAME: (middle name, city where you were born)- Jean Little Falls

6. YOUR STAR WARS NAME: (the first 3 letters of your last name, first 2 letters of your first) - Gildi

7. SUPERHERO NAME: (2nd favorite color, favorite drink put “The”) The Caribbean Pepsi

8. NASCAR NAME: (the first names of your grandfathers)- Donald Edgar

9. STRIPPER NAME : ( the name of your favorite perfume/cologne, favorite candy) Magnolia Dove

10.WITNESS PROTECTION NAME: (mother’s & father’s middle names ) Jean Burnell

This was too funny. Now let's see what these ladies come up with.

1. Wanda

2. Gena

3. Jennifer

4. Corie

5. Carla

Thanks for stopping by.

Vintage Santa

Another busy Monday with no time to stamp. My youngest, Nick, stayed home from school sick and is home again today. Poor Guy!

The weather is very gloomy today, it's been rainy all morning. Perfect stamping weather!

Since I didn't have time to stamp yesturday, I thought I would share this Christmas card I came across the other day. I really like the vintage look of this stamp, unfortunately this set retired last year.

Thanks for stopping by today! I'm going to go check out today's color challenge over at SCS and hopefully get some stamping done!

Supplies Used: Stamps~ Yuletide Montage', Canvas, Print Pattern.

Paper~ Whisper White, Metallic Gold, Basic Black, Always Artichoke, Bravo Burgundy.

Ink~ Basic Black, Going Gray, Blush Blossom, Pretty in Pink, Bravo Burgundy.

Accessories~ Gold Brads, Blender pen

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Sassy Stems Featured Stamper Challenge

This week's Featured Stamper over at SCS was Michelle 'Zindorf". Michelle's gallery is awesome, take time to go over there and check it out, she does some amazing coloring! Click here to see her card that I chose to case.

This is my version of her card. I kept the same layout but changed the stamp set that I used. I also decided to use 'Flowers for You' DP on the background panel. I really had a hard time choosing which card to case, Michelle has sooo many beautiful creations!
Thanks for stopping by!
Supplies Used: Stamps~ Sassy Stems, Linen, Riveting (retired).
Paper~ Whisper White, Certainly Celery, Regal Rose, Flowers for You DP.
Ink~ Certainly Celery, Regal Rose, Bliss Blue, Bordering Blue.
Accessories~ Circle punches, Certainly Celery & Black Brads, Wasabi stitched ribbon, paper piercer.

Friday, September 14, 2007


Well it's Friday, and that means it's time for another Sketch Challenge from Beate! I was soooo bummed that I wasn't able to participate in Beate's challenge last weekend, I could hardly wait to participate this weekend! This is my card for this week's challenge.
I have seen so many cool cards using the Wanted and Bronc Buster sets. Even though they are not my usual style, I just couldn't resist getting them.
Thanks for stopping by today!
Supplies Used: Stamps~ Wanted, Bronc Buster, Sanded background stamp.
Paper~ Chocolate Chip, Mellow Moss, Kraft, Outlaw DP.
Ink~ Choclate Chip, Mellow Moss.
Accessories~ Hodgepodge Hardware, Ticket Punch, Chocolate Chip 5/8" Grosgrain ribbon.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Taken with Pomegranate Artichokes

This week's color challenge over at SCS was to use Taken with Teal, Purely Pomegrante & Always Artichoke. Since I haven't had as much time to stamp this week as I would have liked, I decided to combine the color challenge with the sketch challenge and this is what I came up with.

I wasn't really sure of the Taken with Teal in the mix, so I was really conservative with how much of it I used. I like the way it turned out, a little went a long way!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies Used: Stamps~ Oh, So Lovely, Short & Sweet.

Paper~ Whisper White, Always Artichoke textured paper, Purely Pomegranate, Taken with Teal.

Ink~ Always Artichoke, Purely Pomgranate, Taken with Teal, Bliss Blue, Basic Black.

Accessories~ Silver Vintage brads, Window Punch, Ticket Punch, Purely Pomegrante Stitched Ribbon, Mega Giga Square Scallop punch.

Monday, September 10, 2007

And the winner is......

The winner of my 10k blog candy is:

Cheryl at Engineered Expressions

CAKVD said...
My favorite embellie is sparkly bling like glitter, rhinestones, and stickles. Here is my card that uses all three:!Cheryl KVD
September 7, 2007 8:43 AM

Cheryl email me your address and I will get these goodies out to you asap!

Thank you to all that participated in my giveaway, I really appreciate it!

Friday, September 7, 2007

With Sympathy

Today's Limited Supplies Challenge #132 over at SCS is to make a 'Sympathy Card'. Well fortunately, I haven't had to make one of these in a long time so I thought that I would participate in the challenge this week.

Since this challenge is called 'limited supplies' there are a few guidelines that we need to follow to participate:

The main image stamp: Flowers
Background stamp: Need to use one, or another image turned into a background.
Sentiment Stgamps: One
Cardstock & Ink: Any colors
NO Designer Paper (this hurts).
NO Cuttlebug or similar tools.
Embellishments: Limited (this means hold back on the brads for me)! LOL!

Supplies Used: Stamps~ Close as a Memory, Linen Bkgd.
Paper~ Always Artichoke, Mellow Moss, Very Vanilla.
Ink~ Always Artichoke.
Accessories~ Copper vintage brads, Always Artichoke & Elegant Eggplant Markers, Olive Organdy ribbon, Paper Piercer.

Flaky Friends

I found time last night to work on the idea that I had brewing in my head for another pocket card. This is actually a slider pocket card, the insert slides up and down but doesn't come out! I really had fun with this one!

Flaky Friends is one of my favorite winter sets, I love snowmen, they are sooo CUTE. And of course I had to add ribbon & brads, my favorite embellishments!

Have you entered for a chance to win my blog candy yet? I'm celebrating 10K hits on my blog.
Click here to see how you can enter to win.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies Used: Stamps~ Flaky Friends.
Paper~ Always Artichoke, Whisper White, Wintergreen DP.
Ink~ Basic Black, Always ArtichokeBaroque Burgundy, More Mustard, Sage Shadow, Night of Navy, Bordering Blue.
Accessories~ Theater Ribbon Originals, Green Icecircles Rhinestone brads, silver brads, circle punch, ticket punch, Hodgepodge Hardware.

Thursday, September 6, 2007

My Favorite Embellishments

Well if you read my last post, you know that I am celebrating 10K hits on my blog. And if you want to win my goodies you need to make a card using your favorite embellishment(s) and post a link to your card. Well if you haven't guessed by now, my favorite embellishments are ribbon and brads!

I really LOVED the color challenge over at SCS this week, so I just had to make another card using the same combination for this week's ways to use it challenge #130. This week's challenge was to make a pocket card, I hadn't made a pocket card for awhile so it was really fun the make another one. I will have to admit that I was kind of lazy today and used the Oh, So Lovely set again, but I do have another idea for another pocket card that I hope to get to later this evening!

I can't wait to see your creations for my blog candy giveaway! Make sure you link your card to the post below.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies Used: Stamps~ Oh, So Lovely, Linen Bkgd, Artfully Asian.
Paper~ Always Artichoke, Groovy Guava, Very Vanilla.
Ink~ Always Artichoke, Groovy Guava, More Mustard, Mellow Moss, Cameo Coral, Chocolate Chip, Basic Brown, Basic Black.
Accessories~ Groovy Guava stitched ribbon, Vintage brads, corner rounder, ticket punch, circle punch, blender pen.

Do You See What I SEE?

YES, That's right, the counter hit 10K this morning! YEAH!!! So, to help celebrate this milestone, I have some awesome goodies to give away!

First, I have Ribbon, lots and lots of ribbon! Second I have a package of Notions Designer Paper, assorted Tags and some vintage brads.

For a chance to win these awesome goodies, this is what you need to do!
Make a card using your all time favorite embellishment, the one that you keep reaching for when making a card! Leave me a message on this post telling me what your all time favorite embellishment is and a link to the card that you made with your favorite embellishment! Please add a entry number to your post. One entry per person please.
I will choose a random winner on Monday, September 10th (my wedding Anniversary) at 9:00 CDT.
Thanks for playing!

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Season of Joy Sketch challenge

Is it to early to think about Christmas? Well this week's sketch challenge #140 card has me thinking Christmas. I decided to use Season of Joy for this week's sketch.

Well after completing this card I'm wondering if I have any brads left in the house LOL. Brads and Ribbon, I have to use at least one of the two in my creations!

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies used: Stamps~ Season of Joy, Linen bkg.

Paper~ Very Vanilla, Always Artichoke, River Rock DP.

Ink~ Always Artichoke.

Accessories~ Rhinestone brads, Vintage brads, Key tag punch, ticket punch, river Rock stitched ribbon, sponge.

Oh, So Lovely Color Challenge

I fell in Love with this week's color challenge over at SCS, Groovy Guava & Always Artichoke. I really like this earthyness (is that a word?) of this combination.

This is my card for this weeks challenge. I love to watercolor my images and hadn't done so for awhile so I thought that this week's challenge was a perfect time to do so.

How about those large eyelets? Thanks to Beate I now know how to use my crop a dile that has just been sitting here collecting dust. LOL!

The kids are all off at school, so I'm going out to lunch with one of my friends today, got to run!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies used: Stamps~ Oh, So Lovely, Artfully Asian, Linen Background stamp.

Paper~ Groovy Guava, Very Vanilla, Always Artichoke CS & DP.

Ink~ Groovy Guava, Always Artichoke, Basic Brown, More Mustard, Basic Black.

Accessories~ Blender pen, Antique brass jumbo eyelets, Groovy Guava Stitched ribbon, gold brads, ticket corner punch.

Sunday, September 2, 2007

Priceless - WSC17

This is the last 'unofficial' weekend of summer,Tuesday is the first day of school, yippee! This has actually been a nice relaxing weekend for me, the kids are off working and playing, so I have the rest of the time to stamp, my favorite past time!!

This is my card for Beate's weekend sketch challenge #17. I know that I said it before, but I really enjoy doing Beate's challenge every week! I am going to play around with this sketch some more this weekend, I had fun with it!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies Used: Stamps~ Priceless, Short & Sweet Sayings.

Paper~ Soft Sky textured paper, Blue Bayou, Old Olive, Fall flowers DP, Whisper White.

Ink~ Blue Bayou, Old Olive.

Accessories~ Blue Bayou Stitched ribbon, paper piercer, Key Tag punch, large oval punch, Coluzzel cutting system, corner rounder, yellow brads, vintage brads.

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