Friday, December 18, 2009

Friday Fun #62

Sorry I am so late to post this.  Just like everyone else I am in the Christmas Rush to get things done, and one of my kids picked last night to get SICK.  I think I finally have all the laundry done from that....eeeeewwww.  So now you know that I have a good excuse, here is my creation for this week's challenge.  Jimmi challenged us to use Red, Blue and Yellow in our creations.  I started out making a card, and then at the last second decided to make a hot cocoa packet problem, I don't have any cocoa packets just Chocolate Carnation Instant Breakfast, so that will have to do for now. 

I love this little guy from Inky Antics.  I wish you could see all the glittery goodness I added to this card.  This is one time when the photograph doesn't do the card justice.  I used the clear gel pen on the nose, hoofs and antlers, and the Clear Star glittery gel pen on the cup and to highlight the yellow dots in the paper.  I also used the Blue gel pen to highlight the blue dots and to add an element around the image and sentiment. When all was said and done, it still needed some ribbon and something else, that's when I added the hole for the candy cane and tied the ribbon to it.  Over all I think this came out pretty cute. 



Stamps:  CandyCane Reindeer
Paper: Lime Rickey-BasicGrey, Bliss Blue, White
Ink:  Momento Rich Cocoa.
Accessories: Ribbon, Clear Star Gel Pen, Glaze Gel Pen, Blue Gel Pen, 1/2" circle punch, candy cane, chocolate milk packet

Be sure to check out the other Friday Fun Girls' creations and if you play along add a link in the comments.  Have a great week!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Christmas Pressies

I decided to do these little gift sets for the teachers at Gymnastics and PreSchool for Christmas.  The coaster book has a white post it note pad and a mini calendar inside.  There is a padfolio, pen, and magnetic jumbo clip, all coordinated as well.  What's great about this project is that I am finally using up some of the items in my ITD (Intended To Do) Drawers.  You know, the little things you pic up to alter, and then never do. Yeah, I have about 4 BIG drawers dedicated to those items.  Wouldn't it be nice if I could whittle it down a bit....just to fill it up again later.  Yeah, I have a problem, but don't we all?  



Paper: Ginger Blossom, Groovy Guava, Bliss Blue

Accessories:  RSVP Pens, Chipboard Coasters, Clips, Ribbon, Bind It All and Coils, Jr Legal Pads

One More Gift
Today was also the 50th Birthday of one of the Gymnastics Coaches.  The twins helped me make these candles for her.

I saw this tutorial on Ten Second Studio and ordered the tin from Taco Tuesday.  The twins helped me run the tin through the Cuttlebug with the d'Vine Swirl folder (the twins said it looked like waves and they want to go to the beach on vacation, so that's why they picked that folder) and then I trimmed it and they sanded off the color on the raised parts, then attached to the candle with thumb tacks.  Before wrapping them, I went over the candles with my heat gun.  It helped to even out some surface blemishes, and really helped to make them shiny and smell good.  This is a great 10 minute project, maybe even faster if you don't have 2 assistants. :) 

Advent Calendar

Some of you may know that I was working on an Advent Calendar project using mini muffin tins.  What I thought was going to be a quick cute little project became a massive undertaking.  Part of that is because I decided to use my Cricut to cut the shapes of the magnetic covers, and part of it is because between my friend and I we made 6 of them.   So here are some pictures of my little project. 

This is the full view.  I had to use LOTS of ribbon :)

This is a close up of the top rows
And the bottom rows

Super Close up to show that I went around each number with the gel pen to add a little extra pop to it.

 Each day has a Hershey Kiss or a Reeses Peanutbutter Bell behind it.  My girls have split up the days by Red Days and Green Days who gets to open it :)  That works now, but once the baby gets in on the action we may have problems. 

What do you think?


Stamps: None
Paper: Eskimo Kisses-BasicGrey, Colorful Christmas-My Minds Eye
Ink: Ridinghood Red, Wild Wassabi
Accessories: Stickers-Recollections, Stickers-Target (unknown brand), Cricut Jasmine Cartridge, Stardust Gel Pen, Silver and White Snowflake Brads (colored with my Copic ABS), Assorted Ribbon

Friday, December 11, 2009


This week Jimmi gave us a sketch to follow.

I love sketches.  To me the sketch is half the work.    Thank you Jimmi for making half my card for me :)  So here is my quick little card.  Not a Holiday card, but a nice masculine all season card.

I stamped my image in Rich Cocoa on my image panel and again on another piece of Kraft card stock.  Then I used my Aqua Painter filled with water and brushed the main image panel with Night of Navy ink.  I liked the washed look, but the image was not as crisp as I wanted it.  I cut out the second image and popped it up on dimensionals.  I think it really makes the beacon stand out on the background. 


Stamps:  Beacon Light by Rubber Cottage
Paper:  Granoloa-BasicGrey, Kraft, Brocade Blue
Ink: Night of Navy, Momento Rich Cocoa
Accessories:  Buttons, Linen Thread

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

White Christmas

I have been challenged to make an all white card following the Limited Supply Challenge for December 4, LSC249, and to use a stamp we just HAD to have but have not used yet.
Here are your requirements and limits:

  • 1. Only White Cardstock!
  • 2. Only White or Clear embellishments
  • 3. No patterned paper, unless it's all white!
  • 4. You may use any color ink you wish, but only ONE color.
  • 5. No coloring (i.e. copics, watercolors, etc)
  • 6. Limit your layers/embellies (I'll leave that to your discretion, but ya'll know what I mean)
Well, I'm actually not sure if I used this stamp before or not, but I did buy an embossing folder kit that I intended to use and just never did.  SO here is my card.

Yes, I actually made my own embossing folder, isn't that cool?  I got the embossing folder kit a while ago and never played with it, when I saw this challenge I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it.  

I also recently picked up the Joys of the Season Cricut Cartridge and used that to cut the deer.  I free-handed the border with my Fiskars paper trimmer and this is what my custom folder looks like:

I have been able to produce 20 cards in an hour including an inside sentiment.  Now I just need to sign, address, postage stamp and add a picture of the kids and they will be ready to send.......I hope to get them out before Christmas ;)


Stamps: Many Merry Messages
Paper: White
Ink: Real Red
Accessories: Cricut Joys of the Season Cartridge, Fiskars Paper Trimmer, Cricut Cuttables Embossing Folder Kit.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Friday Fun #60

Since we are in the midst of the Holiday Season and the all the celebrating and food that goes along with it, our challenge this week was to make a card with food on it.  This is a quickie card using Lili's Sleepover from Inky Impressions.  Notice that Lily is holding a bowl of popcorn perfect for stringing up and putting on the tree.

What you can't see in the photo is how glitterific this card is.  I highlighted all the white areas of the Cottage Wall Decorative Paper with my Stardust Gel Pen.  The sparkle adds enough of a high light that no other accessories were needed.  


Stamps: Lili's Sleepover, Inky Impressions
Paper: Rich Razzelberry, Pale Plum, White, Cottage Wall DSP
Ink: Black
Accessories:  Stardust Gel Pen
If you want to play along please use keyword FFC60 in your on-line gallery and please link back here.  Don't forget to check out the other Friday Fun creations. 

If you want to see what else I've been up to, don't worry, I will be posting many more projects SOON.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Friday Fun #59

Gee. So sorry I am late.  I have to admit with all the hustle and bustle this week I actually forgot that today was Friday and didn't have my project for today done in advance.  Bad Bad Blogger :(

Today's challenge was to make a card using Black and White and a splash of Red in honor of Black Friday.  This card has a little of everything thrown at it.  I used the Snowflake Cuttlebug Folder, Accent Essentials Cricut Cartridge, Martha Stewart Snowflake border punch, Large Oval Punch, I embossed with my cutter, I used Stickles AND some crystals.  The only thing I didn't use was some ribbon.  After all, I didn't want to go overboard.

This card also fits the criteria for this week's Crazy 4 Challenges Saturday challenge to use punches. 


Stamps:  Holidays and Wishes
Paper: Shimmery White, Black
Ink: Real Red Craft Ink
Accessories: Snowflake Cuttlebug Folder, Accent Essentials Cricut Cartridge, Martha Stewart Snowflake border punch, Large Oval Punch, I embossed with my cutter, Stickles AND some crystals.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Friday Fun #58

This week our challenge is to make small cards or gift card.  I made a little 4.25" square card.  I just got this stamp from Tracy this week and had to use it right away.  You know I don't do Clean and Simple well, but I have CAS visions with this stamp in my head.  Scary, huh?


Stamps:  Dasher, Holidays and Wishes
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Real Red, White
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Real Red,
Accessories:  Red Ribbon

Be sure to check out the other Friday Fun Chicks creations and if you wish to play along please show us what you did by providing a link in the comment section. 

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Entering the Digital Age

I am taking a digital scrap booking class from Jessica Sprague ( In the next few weeks you will see my class assignments posted here on my blog. 

My first assignment is to write down my goals and values for this Holiday Season.  Since the class will be focusing on the Holidays it is good to make sure we stay focused.  I gave this some thought this afternoon and I have decided that my goal for this Holiday Season is to focus on memories and traditions.  I know some days we think about doing projects and to pass down traditions to our kids, but then we get distracted.  Or for me, I think, "We can do that next year, they are too young." or "It will make too much of a mess."  or "They aren't cooperating toady we'll do it tomorrow, or the next day or the next day..." I have recently realized that even with our kids we never know what tomorrow brings so we need to make every opportunity count. 

Our next assignment is to commit to take 20 minutes a day EVERY DAY in December to journal, photograph, scrap, record and remember.  

What does that mean?  You will potentially be seeing a lot of posts from me in the coming weeks. 

Friday, November 13, 2009

Friday Fun #57

Greetings from Texas!!!  I am visiting one of my SplitCoast friends this weekend Linda aka SpicyGingerSnap, so I apologize for being a little late today.   This week our challenge was to make some place cards to go with our upcoming turkey feasts.

Here are some super easy place cards that I made for us.  You may notice that there are only 4, but I just didn't think that Peanut needed a place card for her high chair.  Anything you put on her tray she eats, even the bowls, forks, paper etc. so I don't think she needed a place card this year.

Have a great weekend.  Don't forget to check out the other Friday Fun Chicks.  Please keep Jimmi and her family in your thoughts today as they lay her grandmother to rest.  {{HUGS}} to Jimmi. 

Stamps: None
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Ruby Red, More Mustard, Indian Summer-BasicGray
Ink: None
Accessories: Fall Leaves Around the Corner Punch- Martha Stewart, Storybook Cricut Cartridge

Friday, November 6, 2009

Friday Fun #56

This is Christi's second week on the team and she is hosting for the month of November.  Nothing like easing her into it ;)  This week we had a real challenge.  We were to create a card using woodland creatures for fall.  The challenge for me was finding some creatures I could use.  Reindeer hang out in the woods, right?  And even though it is fall there is snow up north right?  And candy canes are all year right?  Good.  I think I nailed this one then :)

You can see the snowflakes shine a bit with the stardust gel pen.  I think that is my favorite accessory.  I also used the clear gel pen on the nose, eyes, mouth and the candy cane to make them stand out a little more. 

I had a little trouble coloring last night so disregard that.  If any of you Copic Certified folks can tell me why the pigment sometimes sits on top of the paper and wont smooth out, please let me know.


Stamps:  Candy Cane Reindeer-Inky Antics
Paper: Brocade Blue, White, Christmas Mat Slab V
Ink: Amuse Black, Copic Markers
Accessories: Glaze Gel Pen, Stardust Gel Pen, White Gel Pen, Blue Grosgrain Ribbon, Snowflake Brad.

If you would like to play along please add a link here in my comment section.  Don't forget to check out the other woodland creatures created by the Friday Fun Chicks listed on the right hand side --->

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy Halloween

Hi all!  I woke up very early one day and decided to make this little card and have been saving it all month to show you.  I hope you have a fun filled Halloween.


Stamps: The More the Merrier
Paper: White, Basic Black, Only Orange, Green Galore, Lovely Lilac
Ink: Black, Copic Markers
Accessories: Orange Ribbon, Green and Orange Swirl Ribbon-Offray, Scallop Edge Punch-Stampin' Up!, Moon and Star Edge Punch- EK Success

Friday, October 30, 2009

Friday Fun #55

Sorry this is so late in the day.  I don't know where the morning escaped to.  First off I would like you to join me in saying hello to our newest Friday Fun Chick Christi Snow.  You can visit her blog to see her amazing work at: 

This week our challenge was to make a card using BROWN, ORANGE, PURPLE and GREEN.  To make it a step harder it was NOT to be a Halloween card.  I think I pulled it off quite nicely.  And look, no embellishments and limited layering!  I am SOOOOO proud of myself. 


Stamps:  Warmest Regards- Stampin' Up!, Monkeys Celebrating-Inky Antics
Paper: Cottage Wall, White, Rich Razzelberry, Kraft, Old Olive
Ink: AMuse Black, Copic Markers

Please visit all the Friday Fun Chicks to see their creations.  If you wish to play along please put a link to your card in the comment section so we can all see it!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Friday Fun #54

This week our challenge is to think outside the box, or more actually about a box.  We had to make a box instead of a card.  I used the Tutorial found on SplitCoastStampers for a Box in a Bag.  I just got my latest order from Inky Impressions and had planned to make a little gift for a friend of mine this month, so this project all come together nicely.

Aren't these the cutest socks?  I got them at BJ's for myself a while back and went back and bought more as gifties because I LOVE them so much.  I think it is a simple and cute way to show support, and I love wearing cute socks.  My twins will actually pick out my socks for me in the morning, and if any of these are in there that's what they will pick.  

 This is the cute little package I made for them.  They fit perfectly and I will probably go add some pink candy before delivering the package.

There she is, my cute little Lili packaging up the socks.  Normally I would say that the pinks do not all match and would shy away from combining them, but when it comes to Pink Ribbon projects anything goes.  Let's get a closer look at the details on Lili.

I highlighted her headband and buttons and the ribbon with the stardust gel pen.  You can see all the great details in these stamps.  It makes them absolutely adorable and it also means that it takes a while to color, but that's ok.  They are just too cute.


Stamps: Lili's Awareness Ribbon-Inky Impressions
Paper: White, Pink Pirouette, Pretty in Pink, Pink Pirouette Designer Series Paper
Ink: AMuse Black, Copic Markers, Stardust Gel Pen
Accessories: White Large Brads-Making Memories, Pink Polka Dot Ribbon Wide and Narrow-Offray

Please visit the other Friday Fun Chicks:

If you would like to play along with us please use Keyword FFC54 and add a link to the comment section here so we can all see what you did.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Friday Fun Challenge #53

This week Kim gave us a fabulous sketch to create.

Four of the Friday Fun Chicks were planning to get together this weekend but we were unable to pull it off, this card is for them. 

If you want to play along add the keyword FFC53 if you upload to a gallery and add a link here in the comment section.  We would love for you to join the fun.  Be sure to check out the other Friday Fun Chick's Blogs listed to the right.

Stamps:  A Year of Leaves-GinaK
Paper:  White, Soft Suede, Crushed Curry,
Ink: Momento Rich Cocoa, Copic Markers
Accessories:  Brown Polka Dot Ribbon (reversed)-Offray, Copic ABS, Eternity Template-The Crafter's Workshop

ETA:  Please forgive me for not going into detail about how I made the card last night, it was late and I was wrestling a migraine.   I colored the leaf with my Copics on Sunday when I colored the leaves for my last card, then I cut it out last night.  I pulled out my Copic Airbrush System (ABS) to color the sentiment panel because it looked weird being the only white on the card.  Since I already had the ABS pulled out and I didn't have any good fall decorative paper (actually NO fall paper)  I decided to pull out one of these templates I bought and have not used yet.  I airbrushed a few different colors of marker over the template and layered it on my card.  The ribbon I used is actually polka dotted, but the great thing about printed ribbon is that the back is solid, so I just flipped it over. 

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Crazy 4 Thanksgiving

I got to sneak in a card this afternoon while hubby is away.  The Fort Meade ladies had issued a challenge to do the shaving cream technique and the Crazy 4 Challenges this week was to make a Thanksgiving card in honor of Thanksgiving in Canada this weekend, plus I just got an order from GinaK on Friday, so I HAD to play.

These are the reinkers I used to make my background:

I had fun making the background paper with the shaving cream technique.  I made 12 quarter sheets and since I don't have any autumnal colored dsp don't be surprised if you see them used quite a bit the next couple of weeks.  


Stamps:  Holidays and Wishes-Stampin' Up!, A Year of Leaves- GinaK
Paper:  White, Ruby Red, Chocolate-Pure Lux by GinaK
Ink:  Momento Rich Cocoa, Pumpkin Pie, Ruby Red, Chocolate Chip, More Mustard, Copics
Accessories:  Shaving Cream, Modern Label Punch, Dew Drops, Chocolate Chip Satin Ribbon  
Technique:  Shaving Cream

Friday, October 9, 2009

Friday Fun #52

Sorry this is a bit late in the day.  It has been one of THOSE days.  I do have 2 cards to share with you to make up for it.
One of our Favorite Friday Fun Girls has a birthday this weekend (JIMMI)!  Make a birthday card, but don't use traditional birthday stamps (no cupcakes, cake, Happy Birthday sentiments.)


Stamps:  Cheers to You
Paper: Only Orange, YoYo Yellow, White, Lime Rickey-BasicGrey
Ink:  AMuse Black, Copic Markers, Clear Glaze Gel Pen
Accessories:  Orange Ribbon


Stamps: Love Bug
Paper:  So Saffron, Certain Celery, White, Certain Celery DSP
Ink:  AMuse Black, Copic Markers
Accessories:  So Saffron Ribbon, Buttons, SC249

The second card is more for a child, but it still fit the challenge so I included it.  Happy Birthday Jimmi. 

If you would like to play along please provide us with a link to your creation. Please be sure to visit the other Friday Fun Girls' blogs and be sure to leave Birthday wishes for Jimmi!

Monday, October 5, 2009

Under the Wire

I was able to sneak in 2 more cards tonight for the World Card Making Day Challenges.  I got the last one uploaded to Splitcoast at 11:59 pm after having to reboot my computer and fighting with my photo editing software.  Phew!

The first card is for the challenge presented by My Favorite Things to use the colors Pink and Black and to add some bling to your card. I wasn't able to get my computer and my printer to play nice so I could print the free digi stamp from MFT, so I used a very similar stamp by Elzybell instead. 


Stamps: Hugs-Elzybell
Paper:  Pixie Pink, Basic Black, White
Ink: Amuse Black
Accessories: Chrystals, Black and Pink Ribbon-Offray, Swiss Dots Cuttlebug Folder

My second card is a quickie I did for the GinaK Color Challenge.  She wanted us to use Chocolate, Pumpkin and Vanilla. 

Stamps: Always-Stampin' Up!
Paper:  Very Vanilla, Chocolate Chip, Pumpkin Pie, Chocolate Chip DSP

Ink: Chocolate Chip, Pumpkin Pie
Accessories:Orange Ribbon-Offray, Linen Thread, Brown Buttons, Make up wedge for sponging.

I hope to do the sketch challenges that were posted at some point this week.  I had a lot of fun this weekend.  Thank you to everyone who worked so hard to make this weekend possible.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

More WCMD Cards

I am having fun stamping the day away and thought I would show you a couple more cards for today's challenges.

This card is for Stamping Bella's WCMD Challenge:
Challenging you to show me what you and your girlfriends do to have some fun! For an extra bit of flair, throw in some some 1980's-ish colors and/or DP!

I love to get together with my friends to stamp. You can often find the Team Fort Meade girls having a mini SBS. The pink and gray are my 80's color combo and if you look at the dp it has some big pearly paisleys in the background. I can see that as wall paper in the dining room of any one of my relatives homes.

Stamps: Stamping Bella
Paper: Going Gray, Pretty in Pink, White, DCWV Old World DP
Ink: AMuse Black, Copics
Accessories: Gray Ribbon-Offray, Adhesive Gems-EK Success


This card is for the WCMD09D sketch challenge. There were 3 guidelines:
- Make a thank you card
- with CHOCOLATE or other browns and
- using Beate's sketch
I would like to say Thank you to  our lovely hostesses for this challenge.  What do you think, could this be the three of them in about 30 years?

Stamps: Hitting the Town-Inky Antics
Ink: AMuse Black, Copics
Paper: White, Chocolate Chip, Rose Red, Bella Rosa
Accessories: Pink Ribbon-Offray, Ghost Flower

Happy World Card Making Day

I am playing along today with some of the challenges over at SplitCoastStampers to celebrate World Card Making Day.  This card is for the Unity Stamp Company's Challenge to make a card featuring a quote.


Stamps: Quotes to Live By-SU!
Paper: Whisper White, Chocolate Chip, Chocolate Chip DSP, Creamy Caramel
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Felt Flowers, Rhinestone brad, Chocolate Chip Wide Ribbon 

Friday, October 2, 2009

Friday Fun 51 Think Pink

Kim is the hostess for our October challenges.  Our first challenge is to make a pink card in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  Pink has to be the main color.  This was a hard one for me....NOT. 

I fell in love with this stamp from Inky Antics as soon as I saw it.  My stamping buddies had taken me out to lunch for my Birthday in spring and bought me a tiara.  I forgot that I had the tiara on and stopped to get gas in the minivan on the way home, that must have turned a few heads.  Then when I got home my girls were about to fight over the tiara so I told them it was mine and put it on.  I forgot that I was wearing it again, and after bed time caught a reflection of myself as I was vacuuming and STILL wearing the tiara.

Since this card is for Breast Cancer Awareness Month I want something catchy to put as the inside greeting.  How is "Give Yourself the Royal Treatment, Feel Your Boobies." 

If you want to play along please use Keyword FFC51 and provide a link in the comment section here.  Don't forget to check out the other Friday Fun Chicks creations. 


Stamps: Cinderella-Inky Antics
Paper: Pretty in Pink, Rose Red, Rose Red DSP-Stampin' Up!, White, Perhaps-BasicGrey
Ink: AMuse Black, Copic Markers, Clear Star Gel Pen, Pink Glitter Gel Pen
Accessories:  Mini Rhinestones, Pink Ribbon-Offray

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Crazy for Challenges 4

I am quite impressed with myself that I was able to do another C4C challenge. I have really had fun this month doing Cindy's wonderful sketches. I can't wait to see what is in store next month. I started this card Saturday afternoon for my husband for our anniversary today (12 years, WOW!) but had to wait to post it until after I gave it to him. I couldn't let him see it blogged before it was in his hands, could I?


Stamps: Sock Monkey, Hugs and Wishes (both Stampin' Up!)
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Chocolate Chip DSP, Pretty in Pink, White
Ink: A Muse Black, Copics
Accessories: Hero Arts Pink Pearl Hearts, Ribbon-Offray, Buttons

Friday, September 25, 2009

Friday Fun Challenge # 50

Wowza! Fifty Friday's of fun! Yeah! This Sunday is also my Twelfth Wedding Anniversary. I still can't believe it. I am truly blessed to have such a wonderful person to share my life with. In honor of my anniversary my challenge to you this week is to make a card with 12 embellishments on it. They don't all have to be the same, but you need to have AT LEAST 12. Once you get past the number and start creating, it is actually quite easy to do.

I decided to try this weeks sketch challenge again (SC247), this time on purpose (see my last post) and to use another new Inky Antics stamp. Isn't Sundae boy just too cute? If I was going to make a sundae what better paper to use then BasicGrey's Cupcake? I love the little sprinkles in the background.

I used more than 12 embellishments. I ended up with a whopping 19! I love those cute little stick-on rhinestones. They make blinging it up so easy.


Stamps: Sundae Boy-Inky Antics
Paper: Not Quite Navy, Certainly Celery, White, BasicGrey-Cupcake
Ink: AMuse Black, Copic Markers, Stardust Gel pen
Accessories: Memory Box Mini Jewels, Green Sheer Ribbon

If you want to play along, please use FFC50 in your keywords and add a link in my comment section so we can all see what you came up with. Don't forget to check out the awesome cards by the otehr Friday Fun Chicks too!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

SC247-Twighlight Zone

I actually made this card last night, after having cut the pieces for it Thursday for the FFC and then deciding my leaf image didn't fit the sketch I had in my head. So I went to work last night creating this card so I could have time to play along with the sketch challenge today. I open the the thread only to find that the sketch is the card I made last night and hadn't posted yet. That is too wild. I just had to post this now even though technically this card is for this week's FFC. I guess you all got a preview and I will be making a new one now to fit the challenge :)


Stamps: Always
Paper: White, Old Olive, Really Rust, More Mustard, Urban Dsp
Ink: Old Olive, Really Rust,
Accessories: Brad, Green Jewel Stickers-Memory Box,Prima Large Jewel Sticker, Prima Flowers

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Pink Ribbon Challenge and WSC98

Team Fort Meade has been issuing challenges to one another recently just for fun. This round was my turn since I had won the last round. My challenge was to create a card using pink ribbon in some way in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month coming up in October. I combined this with the Weekend Sketch Challenge and created a great card to send to a girlfriend just because.

Inside: "And...Chocolate wins again!"


Stamps:My Friend Ronnie Diet #1-Inky Antics
Paper: Pink Piroette, Chocolate Chip, White, Chocolate Chip DSP, Perhaps-BasicGrey
Ink: A Muse Black, Copic Markers
Accessories:Pink Polka Dot Ribbon, Stardust Gel Pen

Crazy 4 Wine

I told you I was going to do it. I am catching up today after a couple days of cleaning and now I am stamping again and trying to get in all the weekend challenges I said I was going to do. That means you will see at least one more card from me today and a couple more the next few days. This card is for Crazy4Challenges third sketch challenge.

Last night we went to a neighbors house for a little wine fest. It was a great excuse to get together with friends and to drink a lot of wine. I made this card as a Thank You note. I'm sure my personality was grately improved last night as the inside sentiment suggests.


Stamps: My friend Ronnie Drinks #1
Paper: Cottage Wall, Rich Razzelberry, Old Olive, White
Ink: A muse Black, Copic Markers
Accessories: Olive Ribbon, Dew Drops

Friday, September 18, 2009

Friday Fun #49

"Leave Me Alone"

Ok, not really. This week's challenge theme is Leave me Alone. The weather has seemed to changed this past week, as if Mother Nature knows that school has started. I have even started to see some yellow leaves on the trees. In honor of Autumns approach I thought that this week it would be fun to make a card with a leaf or leaves on it. Bonus "points" for using Earth Elements color family and double bonus points for using a real leaf.

I figured I better go all out and get as many points as possible...hehe. I used More Mustard and Old Olive card stock and some old Christmas dsp. I am lacking in leaf stamps. In fact I could only find one and didn't like the shape. I went outside and picked 3 leaves off our maple tree and used them instead. I used my Copics and airbrush to make shadows on the background and then covered the back of the leaves in craft ink and stamped them onto the paper leaving a skeleton leaf imprint. I wish it were a little more bold, but like it just the same. Because the image was so busy I decided to keep the rest of the card very simple. I used my wide olive green grosgrain ribbon and wanted a bow or a not but it had to be flat. I simply folded a second piece of ribbon over the band and then used a third piece folded in half to wrap around it as the tie. I think this is a very simple, yet elegant ribbon treatment.


Stamps: None--I used actual leaves
Paper: White, More Mustard, Old Olive, dsp
Ink: Really Rust, Old Olive, More Mustard Craft inks, Copic Markers
Accessories: Wide Olive Ribbon

Please check out the other Friday Fun Projects at the blogs listed to the right. If you would like to join us, please link back here an use keyword FFC49 if you upload to the Splitcoast gallery. Have a great weekend!!!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Sketch Challenge #246

I told you I was going to do more challenges, so here is this weeks sketch challenge over at Splitcoast Stampers. I had to make a slight modification to the sketch and put the center panel as a diamond rather than a square and then mounted my image on top thus adding a layer, but the over all effect is the same.

I just think that this little turtle is the "tutu cute". She is another Inky Antics set called Princess Turtle. She has several different crowns that she can wear and flowers and butterflies and other accessories. The one thing she didn't have was a tutu, so I had to make her one. I used some pink sheer ribbon and cinched it with a piece of thread like you would do if you were sewing a skirt. I am thrilled that it came out so well. I adhered it with some ScoreTape and there you have it, the perfect tutu. This card was meant to be for my niece's 11th Birthday, but I'm not sure a tween would like it, so I may need to find her something else.


Stamps: Princess Turtle-Inky Antics
Paper: Rich Razzelberry, Always Artichoke, Eva-BasicGrey, White
Ink: AMuse Black, Copic Markers, Copic ABS
Accessories:Clear Star Gel Pen, Dew Drops-Orchid, Pink Sheer Ribbon.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Crazy 4 Challenges #2

I saw this Saturday afternoon and got the idea immediately, I just needed to get some time to work on it, and unfortunately, that didn't happen until yesterday. AS soon as I finished the card, the plumber arrived and I ended up having to empty several shelves in the basement so everything got stacked on my desk, burying the poor little thing. At least Ronnie had plenty to drink and she doesn't seem to be too phased by the ordeal.

I went to the Stamp Scrap Art Tour on Saturday and bought several items from Inky Antics. They have several lines of stamps from pretty to quirky and sassy. I LOVE the sassy stamps the best. Those are cards I can make and send to my girlfriends. You will probably see me using a lot of their stamps in the coming weeks. Another great thing about this company is that they are based in Cleveland. Woohoo! Maybe that's why I connect to their stamps so well. They probably ARE my friends and family depicted in them.

I have resolved myself to do more challenges each week. I am determined that I will do the Crazy 4 Challenges and of course the Friday Fun Challenges, and want to do the Splitcoast Sketch Challenge and Weekend Sketch Challenge as often as possible. If you see me on-line and I am not just taking a quick sanity break from my kids, yell at me and tell me to get back into the basement and STAMP.

A few details that I wish you could see are on the margarita glass. I used the Glaze gel pen to go over it so it is a glass. I also used my stardust gel pen around the rim of the glass to simulate the salted rim. I accented around the outer edges only of the focal squares with some stardust little squiggles.


Stamps: My Friend Ronnie Drinks #1-Inky Antics
Paper: Pacific Point, Baja Breeze, White, Cupcake-BasicGrey
Ink: AMuse Black
Accessories: Metal Dots, Copic Markers, Stardust Gel Pen, Glaze Gel Pen, Red Grosgrain Ribbon, White Satin Ribbon

Friday, September 11, 2009

Friday Fun #48

A card for Heroes~ On this day of remembrance lets remember the heroes among us. Make a card for a firefighter, police officer or military member.

I donate the vast majority of my cards to or other organizations and individuals who make sure that service members overseas can send cards to loved ones.

I made these cards pretty quickly. I am working on my Clean And Simple skills and I wanted to be sure that these cards were easy to mail, no extra embellishments. I also kept in mind that men don't usually care about bling on their cards, so it was easy to keep these simple (not excluding the female service members, I have plenty of cards that are blinged up that I send too.)


Stamps: Park Avenue Patterns, Warmest Regards
Paper: Soft Suede, Crushed Curry, Very Vanilla
Ink: Soft Suede, Crushed Curry
Accessories: 1 1/4" Square Punch, 1 3/8" Square Punch, Distressing Tool, Sponge

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Jacksonbell Sketch Tuesday

I decided to make a quick card tonight after dinner BEFORE I gave the girls their baths and had seen the sketch over on Jimmi's blog and thought I would give it a try. This was a fast and fun sketch, I'm glad I saw it.


Stamps: Always- Stampin' Up!
Paper: Rich Razzleberry, Melon Mambo, Crushed Curry, White, Razzleberry Lemonade
Ink: Rich Razzleberry, Melon Mambo, Crushed Curry
Accessories: Scallop Edge Punch, Cricut Accent Essentials Cartridge, Paper Piercer, Pink Grosgrain Ribbon- Offray Ribbon Outlet, Memory Box Jewel Stickers
Misc: Jacksonbelle Challenge JBE070

Monday, September 7, 2009

Another Meade Challenge

This time around our challenge was to make a food themed card. Herbs are food, right? Kathi was our hostess and much to my surprise I "won" this round. Part of my prize for winning is to come up with the next challenge. I may have to give it a day or two of thought.


Stamps: Herbal Expressions
Paper: Real Red, Pretty In Pink, White, Sweet Nothings-Simply Scrappin' Kit
Ink: AMuse Black, Copic Markers
Accessories: Red grosgrain ribbon from Offray Ribbon Outlet, Fiskars Red Zingz, Paper Piercer
Sketch: Splitcoast Stampers SC232

Saturday, September 5, 2009

First Crazy 4 Challenges Card

Today is the first Crazy 4 Challenges weekly card challenge. I hope to be able to participate in these challenges regularly as I know the group is super talented and will have some wonderful ideas.

I made this card following the sketch by Cindy Haffner at Crazy 4 Challenges and when I was done I looked up and saw some orange bath fizzies sitting on my desk that I just had to incorporate. I grabbed a little piece of acetate and used a few scraps and came up with the perfect little gift for a friend that needs to just take a break. There may be a few fizzies missing as I had to promise my girls they could use them in the bathtub tonight, but that was a small price to pay for being able to stamp this afternoon and getting to play along with this fun challenge.

A close up of the image. You can see a hint of the stardust gel pen outlining the bubbles giving just a hint of shine.

A close up of the fizzy holder. Extra little shreds of the decorative paper made from some scraps that I hand "crimped".


Stamps: Bubblebella
Paper: Only Orange, White, Bliss Blue, Lime Rickey by Basic Grey, Acetate Sheet
Ink: A Muse Black, Copic Markers
Accessories: Brads-Lime Rickey by Basic Grey, Glaze gel pen, Stardust gel pen, Orange Ribbon by Offray, Paper Piercer, Cricut Accent Essentials Cartridge, ScorPal