Wednesday, December 30, 2009

The Color Dare #49

Hi There! Welcome to another great week of The Color Dare! I hope everyone has had a wonderful Christmas and is still enjoying the holiday season! Can you believe we are about to welcome 2010 in just a couple days? I cant believe how quick this last year has gone.
So, between your New Year's celebrations and hitting the after Christmas sales, I hope you will have time to create with the following colors:
Bashful Blue, Cameo Coral, Soft Suede
So, you may wonder, but this week, my card was inspired by the hispanic grocery store near our house. It is our favorite grocery store in El Paso. They have the most amazing bakery, delicious goodies, and colorful ones too! They always have brightly colored doughnuts, in fact today, my son got a "bashful" blue one with pink stripes. He said it was ok for a boy because it was mostly blue. lol..
DONUT BE SAD about 2009 coming to an end, be happy and get in your craft room! I cant wait to see what you guys come up with!!
The Details:
Stamps: Comfort Food (SU)
Paper: Bashful Blue, Cameo Coral, Watercolor paper, Throughly Modern dso
Ink: Stazon JetBlack, Soft Suede, Cameo Coral, Bashful Blue
Tools/Accessories: Aqua pen, Soft Suede ribbon, Large Curvy Rectangle nesties,
ticket corner punch, dimentionals, sponge

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

The Color Dare #48

Hello Everyone! Welcome to another week of The Color Dare! This week we dare you to use the following colors in your project:
Old Olive, Soft Suede & Pretty in Pink
Gorgeous colors, right? The Color Dare's DT leader, Riley, does such a great job choosing the colors for the challenge! For this one, I dusted off one of my favorite stamp sets, In Full Bloom. I just love to watercolor these gorgeous flowers. Also, it seems that lately, I have been doing alot of CAS cards! I guess I go in spurts, CAS, Going overboard, Cas, overboard ... haha
The Details:
Stamps: In Full Bloom & Small Script (SU)
Paper: Old Olive, Pretty in Pink, Soft Suede textured, Watercolor paper
Ink: Pretty in Pink (marker) Soft suede, Stazon JetBlack
Accessories/Tools: Old Olive brads, aqua marker, swiss dots embossing folder

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Some stuff I made today ..

Hi Everyone! Today, I am a bit stircrazy .. trying to keep busy. Ya see, tomorrow, my husband is supposed to be boarding a plane and coming home for a 2 week visit. He probably wont arrive until Monday, and since it has been 7 1/2 months since we have seen my husband, we need to keep ourselves busy so this weekend doesnt creep by any slower than it already has....

So, today, I decided to break out my new Cosmo Cricket and Basic Grey dps along with these neat chipboard adhesivables (is that a real word?) and make some fun cards.

The top card was inspired by the sketch at Card Patterns, although, I did not end up following the sketch very well, and for the bottom card, I used the sketch from the Thursday Our Creative Corner sketch challenge SASSC45 . Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today!

Top Details:
Stamps: Cheep Talk (su)
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Cosmo Cricket Nutmeg dp
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Tools/Accessories: Spiral edge punch, chocolate chip taffeta ribbon
Nutmeg adheshive chipboard
Bottom Details:
Stamps: Teeny Tiny Wishes (su)
Paper: Basic Grey Nook & Pantry dp, Chocolate chip
Ink: chocolate chip
Tools/Accessories: ticket corner punch, chocolate chip ribbon
nook & pantry adheshive chipboard cupcake

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

The Color Dare #47

Aaah, can you smell it? It is the holiday season floating through the air. I love this time of year!And, I love the colors for this week's Color Dare, and although I did not go with a Christmas theme, I seriously thought about it!! :0) So go on, get creative with these colors:
Chocolate Chip, Real Red & Green Galore
Stamps: Trendy Trees (SU)
Paper: Pink Flamingo dsp, Chocolate Chip, Green Galore
Ink: Real Red, Green Galore, Chocolate Chip
Accessories/Tools: Chocolate Chip ribbon, sponge, Chocolate Chip corduroy brad
Green Galore square buttons, word window

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

The Pink Elephant #45 Theme Challenge

Two posts in one day, I know... I just couldnt wait to share this with you all! Last week my son got to have his picture taken with Santa at school, and it turned out SO CUTE! So cute that I had to do something special with it! So, with the Pink Elephant Theme challenge in mind, I made a Christmas wall hanging. Wont this be fun to decorate with Christmas after Christmas ... Thank you for stopping by my blog today! I hope you have a Merry Christmas!
The Details:
Stamps: Small Script (SU)
Paper: Merry Moments dsp, Real Red
Ink: Real Red
Tools/Accessories: Button Bouquet Buttons, Old Olive Ribbon,
Lg Eyelets, 5x7 chipboard, ticket corner punch, real red brads, small chipboard rectangle

Get Sketchy #18 & CC249

{Sigh} I just love this little eskimo! I had been eyeing this adorable stamp set from Clear Dollar for months and months now, I put it in my shopping cart and then saved it for later so many times I cant keep track. Finally, I mean FINALLY, I put a little birthday money to good use and ordered this super cute stamp set, Winter Eskimo from Clear Dollar Stamps.
This card was created to satisfy two challenges, the sketch challenge at Get Sketchy and the color challenge at Splitcoast. I love to combine a color challenge with a sketch! The talented gals at splitcoast challenge us to use Mellow Moss, So Saffron and Melon Mambo (or Rose Red) with a neutral. I just love how happy little Miss Eskimo is. Just look at those rosey cheeks and happy grin. Cant help but smile when I look at her. I hope you find her just as pleasing!
The Details:
Stamps: Winter Eskimo (CDStamps)
Paper: Mellow Moss, Razzleberry Lemonade dsp, Watercolor, Melon Mambo
Ink: Stazon JetBlack, Melon Mambo, Mellow Moss, So Saffron
Tools/Accessories: Labels 4 & lg Circle Nestabilities, sponge, dimentionals
Melon Mambo ribbon, swiss dots embossing folder, aqua painter
Techniques: Paper Piecing, Sponging

Sunday, December 13, 2009

OCCC Sketch Challenge SASSC44

Hello friends! Happy Sunday evening to you all. I have such a busy week ahead and I really wanted to play along for this week's Stamps and Smiles Sketch Challenge at Our Creative Corner, so I got to work this evening and, turns out, I am pretty happy with the results! I was determined to avoid making another Christmas / holiday card, even though looking over the sketch, that is exactly what first came to mind. So, after looking through my stamps, I was inspired to use the Beautiful Butterflies stamp set from (my favorite store) Clear Dollar Stamps, along with my new paper collection, Cosmo Cricket Early Bird dp, which I also got at Clear Dollar Stamps. Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and for any comments you chose to leave!
The Details:
Stamps: Beautiful Butterflies (CDStamps)
Paper: Very Vanilla, Ruby Red, Watercolor, Cosmo Cricket Early Bird dp
Ink: Baja Breeze, Ruby Red, Stazon JetBlack
Tools/Accessories: Sponge, lg Circle Nestabilities, Aqua marker
modern lable punch, Ruby Red brads, dimentionals

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Its Been a Long Time CC248

Hello! Happy Thursday! Usually the best day of the week but since all my shows are taking a holiday break, it's just Thursday. ha ha .. Today I would like to share with you a card I made for this week's color challenge at Splitcoast. The challenge is to use Barely Banana, Rich Razzleberry and Always Artichoke on a project.
I chose to use the super cute and adorable Oliver Ostrich stamp and the coordinating sentiment from Clear Dollar stamps, which were ONLY $1.75 and $1.25 respectively. Sweet Deal, right?
Click HERE to check out these stamps and all the December releases at Clear Dollar stamps.

The Details:
Stamps: Oliver Ostrich & Its been a long time (CDStamps)
Paper: Razzleberry Lemonade dsp, Barely Banana, Rich Razzleberry
Always Artichoke, Watercolor
Ink: Stazon JetBlack, Always Artichoke, Barely Banana
Tools/Accessories: Labels 6 Nestabilities, Rich Razzleberry ribbon, word window
Modern label punch, loop corner punch, dimentionals, aqua painter

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

The Pink Elephant #44 Favortie Christmas Color Combo

Hello all! I am very excited about what I have to share with you today! It is kind of funny how this card, that I made for the Pink Elephant challenge of Favorite Christmas Color combos, came to fruition. I love love using non traditional colors on Christmas projects so I knew this challenge would be a fun one! I was leafing thru my new Cosmo Cricket Early Bird paper pack when this beautiful bird print caught my eye. Perfect! Red, Teal, and Vanilla! This paper immediately brought the Pretty Perches to the front of my mind! Tying these two items together, I was off to the races creating. The funny part is that I completey finished up the center / focal point, the bird feeder, birds, dimentionals, ect before even starting to think out a layout that would work much less what cardstock I would use, ect. But, as you can see, it all worked itself out, kind of like the card made itself ... hummm...
Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today! I really appreciate your visit and any comments you would like to share!
The Details:
Stamps: Pretty Perches (CDStamps)
Paper: Very Vanilla, Cosmo Cricket Early Bird
Ruby Red, Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, Taken w/Teal
Tools/Accessories: Labels 9, Swiss Dots Embossing folder, word window,
modern label punch, dimentionals

The Color Dare #46

Hey There! Welcome to another week of The Color Dare! This week, we DARE you to create using the following colors:
Rich Razzleberry, Sahara Sand & Taken with Teal
I fell in love with this color combination as soon as I got the paper out! I had alot of fun and hope you do as well!
Stamps: Upsy Daisy (SU)
Paper: Sahara Sand, Whisper white, Rich Razzleberry, Holiday Lounge
Ink: Rich Razzleberry, Sahara Sand
Tools/Accessories: Labels 4 nesties, ticket corner punch, sponge,
modern label punch, Rich Razzleberry ribbon

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Clearly Inspired Challenge #3 & Get Sketchy #17

Good Evening everyone! Happy Saturday! Today I am excited to share with you my submission for this weekend's Clearly Inspired Challenge and sketch challenge at Get Sketchy. The challenge for the Clearly Inspired Challenge is a Winter Theme. Easy Peasy, right? I have been having fun with my Clear Dollar winter inspired stamps, probably too much fun since I have been using them for pretty much everything! Today I chose the ever adorable Charlie Snowhorse from Clear Dollar Stamps. I colored his nose Baja Breeze because, well, he is very cold sitting out there covered in snow. That is what we felt like here this week. It has been cold here in El Paso, Tx we even got two and a half days of snow - in the desert!
Anyway, I hope you like what you see, I cant help but smile when I see Charlie all covered in snow. At least he has a scarf! ha ha..
The Details:
Stamps: Charlie Snowhorse (CDStamps)
Paper: Real Red, Whisper White, Baja Breeze dsp
Ink: Stazon JetBlack, Baja Breeze, Real Red (marker)
Accessories: Real Red polka dot ribbon, Labels 3 & lg circles Nestabilities,

Thursday, December 3, 2009

A Teacher's gift idea to share ...

A couple months ago I found some of the coolest journals on clearance at Target...this one is tiny, it is like 4 1/2 x 3 1/4, perfect to stash in your purse or pocket. My BFF, Cassie sent me a RAK box with a bunch of dp a little while back, and these two patterns were among the treasure box she sent me. So yesterday, all the pieces came together in my mind for this adorable little journal/notebook that will be a perfect teacher's gift. Pencils, a fill in the bubble answer sheet, and a smart ole' owl? Perfect for school if you ask me. Haha.. We are also giving my son's teacher a nugget tin filled with yummy chocolates, click HERE to see Katie's tutorial on the nugget tins.
Thanks for stopping by! Have a great (upcoming) weekend!
Stamps: none
Paper: misc dp from Cassie, Mellow Moss & Ruby Red dsp
Ink: Really Rust, Mellow Moss
Accessories: Chipboard Owl - Cheep Talk (su)

OCCC Sketch Challenge SASSC42

Good Evening! Can you believe it is snowing for the third time this week! And we live in El Paso, TX - in the desert! Crazy, right? Anyway, this card is for the Thursday Stamps & Smiles sketch challenge over at Our Creative Corner. I have been having so much fun playing along with these sketches for the past 4 or 5 weeks! If you have not joined in, I encourage you to do so!
For a personal challenge, and to get my mojo off to a jump start, I randomly chose the dsp I would use for the card and built off of that. I ended up choosing Tall Tales dsp (su) in a blind grab. And I just got these new nestabilities, Labels 6, so I had to use them!
Thanks for stopping by my blog! All comments are greatly appreciated! :0)

The Details:
Stamps: Walk in the Park (CDStamps May SOM), Teeny Tiny Wishes (su)
Paper: Rose Red, Chocolate Chip, Tall Tales dsp, Whisper White
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, Rose Red
Tools/Accessories: Ticket corner punch, Labels 6, Word window,
Chocolate Chip Ribbon & Corduroy Brads, sponge

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Color Throwdown #71 & Our Creative Corner Sketch SASSC#42

Hi Everybody! I am so excited to share this card with you today! I have been looking at this sketch from Our Creative Corner Stamps and Smiles for almost a week now, too long, I know - wanting to do something fabulous with it but the mental block got the better of me. But today, when I saw the color challenge at Color Throwdown, which is to use "olive, red, pink & brown/cream" a light went on in my head, and I went to work! This card, featuring one of my favorite Clear Dollar Stamp sets, Snowman Wishes, is the result. I hope you like it as much as I do!
The Details:
Stamps: Snowman Wishes (CDStamps)
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Golly by Jolly dp, Merry Moments dsp, Whisper White
Ink: Stazon JetBlack, Chocolate Chip
Markers: Real Red, Old Olive, Pink Passion, Close to Cocoa, Only Orange
Tools/Accessories: Build-a-Brad (w/o the brad), 1" circle punch, Lg Circle &
Lg Pinking Circle Nesties, Modern Lable Punch, Old Olive Brads

The Color Dare #45

Arent these Color Dares so much fun!! I love a color challenge, and that is why I am thrilled to share this week's color dare with you! This week, The Color Dare Challenge blog DARES YOU to incorporate the following colors into your project:
Dusty Durango, Kraft & Very Vanilla
I just love the subtle beauty of these colors. I had alot of fun with them, and I hope you do too! I cant WAIT to see what you come up with!
Stamps: 5th Ave Floral (SU)
Paper: Textured Dusty Durango, Kraft, Very Vanilla, Nook & Pantry dp (basic grey)
Ink: Dusty Durango, Stazon JetBlack
Tools/Accessories: Large Scalloped Octagon nestie, Octagon nestie,
Aqua marker, Dusty Durango ribbon, sponge, ChitChat rub-ons

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Christmas gifts

Hello everyone! It has been nearly a week since I have posted! Time just got away from me with Thanksgiving and my son having the entire week off of school! Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving day, we sure did! So, anyway, I thought I would share a couple gift ideas I came up with.

This first one is a set of picture frames ready for the reciepient to slip in a picture, of maybe their new baby girl. I found these picture frames on clearance for $1.75 each (score!) For the first one I added some Tall Tales (su) dsp, So Saffron, Chocolate Chip &Brillant Blue cardstock and the second, Pink Flamingo (su) dsp & Tempting Turquoise cardstock and I used the Dahlia nestie for the picture placement. For extra embellishment, I added the cute ballerina from My Beautiful Ballerina (cdstamps) onto a labels 4 nestie and popped up her dress and face with dimentionals. The ribbons are Chocolate Chip, So Saffron & Old Olive for the first, and on the second are a couple of clear dollar ribbons. This second gift is actually a tin gift box. It is the box my fossil watch came in and I have been holding onto it waiting for just the right project. This box is full of nugget chocolates that I covered in 1"x3 1/4" strips of coodinating dsp. On the top of the box I used a phrase from chit chat rub ons (su) and a white handmade flower from Leah's Esty Shop topped with a red rhinestone brad. I intend on adding the actual gift inside the box along with the chocolates, so it is like three gifts in one! Who wouldnt like a pretty box for their craft table? (answer - non craft people... for them, it would end up in a drawer ... lol... )
For this box, I used one of my favorite dsp's Holiday Lounge (su) I cut four rectangles to fit each side of the box allowing for the rounded corners and added a small strip of sahara sand cardstock over the seams and wrapped this pretty burgandy (cdstamps) ribbon around the entire box. I thought about tying a bow, but I always do that... so I decided to use 4 build-a-brads using coordinating dsp to finish off each side. I used my handy dandy crop-a-dile to punch thru the metal.
Thanks for stopping by today, I hope you leave a comment and say HI!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

The Color Dare #44

Hello Everyone! Welcome to another week at The Color Dare! This week we DaRe you to create with the following colors: So Saffron, Soft Suede & Real Red.
When I first saw these colors I thought I would make a Christmas card, I had the holiday dsp laid out and everything, but as you can see, I ended up with a CAS anytime card! Funny how these things work out, right? I chose this nestie to mirror the flower on the top middle of the slip.
And I paper pieced the body of the slip with a subtle so saffron print.
The Details:
Stamps: Laundry Notes (SU)
Paper: Textured Soft Suede, Real Red, So Saffron, Tea Party dsp
Ink: Stazon Jet Black, Real Red (marker)
Tools/Accessories: Dahlia nesties, Soft Suede & So Saffron ribbon

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Three Winter Wishes

Hey All! Do you ever have one of those crafting days? Where you want to craft, you have ideas, and when you sit down at the table, everything goes all wrong, and it is a fight to the finish? Welp, that was me today with this card. Everyday, I look up some challenges and jot them down in my sketch book. Today, I was intrigued by the color challenge at splitcoast, ( bermuda bay or taken with teal, old olive, pretty in pink & neutral of choice) the Christmas Card challenge at PaperTake Weekly, and the Pile it On challenge (use Rub-Ons), and thought they would all go so great together! I love a Christmas card without the traditional red and green. Yes, I also like the red and green ... lol..
So with this card, I had a totally different idea, I cut out the trees from a piece of Holiday Lounge dsp and the circles on those trees inspired the use (yes again!) of my sweet snowman family. But things just wernt working, not only were the ideas just not flowing, but things were not working! I had to redo and redo and completely change my sketch! Finally, I finished.. I shake my head with uncertainty about this card, but I am posting it anyway, as a symbol of victory over this card. Thanks for stopping by! I'd love to hear what you think about this creation... good or bad! I want to hear it! :0)
The Details:
Stamps: Snowman Wishes (CDStamps)
Paper: Taken with Teal, Whisper White, Holiday Lounge dsp, Old Olive, Pretty in Pink
Ink: Stazon JetBlack, Taken with Teal, Old Olive (marker),
Pretty in Pink (marker), Only Orange (marker)
Tools/Accessories: Spots & Dots Embossing Folder, Ticket Corner Punch,
Chit Chat Rub ons, Labels 4 Nestabilities, blender pen

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Christmas Joy in a Color Throwdown #69

Sunday night... its quiet. My son crawled into bed on time tonight, and after reading a couple chapters of "The Littles" to him, I slipped into my craft room and got to work. I love the colors for this week's Color Throwdown and could not wait to play with them! This week, they are calling for Chocolate, Olive (optional), Cream and Dark Red. I used Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, Very Vanilla and Real Red. Also, I was remembering the sketch challenge at Card Patterns and I think this would fit in with them too. I was inspired by my BFF, Cassie's fun ornament she made with this stamp set. I always copy her, so I dont think she will mind ;p
The Details:
Stamps: Jolly Joy (CDStamps)
Paper: Very Vanilla, Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, Real Red,
Merry Moments dsp, Watercolor
Ink: Stazon JetBlack, Real Red, Old Olive, Chocolate Chip
Tools/Accessories: Blossom Two & lg Circles Nesties, Aqua Painter, Old Olive Ribbon
Ticket Corner Punch, Real Red & Old Olive Markers

Friday, November 20, 2009

OCCC Sketch Challenge SASSC41 Winter Wishes

This week at Our Creative Corner's Sweet and Sassy Sketch Challenge they have an awesome and challenging sketch to inspire us. Its not called a challenge for nothin' right? If you look back at some of my recent posts, I really like these little snowmen, I just might love them. After studying the sketch a little bit, I knew I wanted to use this awesome Night of Navy dsp, it reminds me of snow falling from a dark afternoon sky. Then came the snowman family, Mom & Dad outside and the little guy standing in the doorway with their Christmas tree in the background. I had alot of fun with this sketch, I hope you can find time to play along too!
Stamps: Snowman Wishes (CDStamps)
Paper: Whisper White, Night of Navy dsp, Sahara Sand dsp,
watercolor, Barely Banana, Real Red
Ink: Real Red, Night of Navy, Sahara Sand, Chocolate Chip, Stazon JetBlack
Tools/Accessories: Blender Pen, Word Window, large pinking circles nestie,
hemp twine, ticket corner punch, white brad, glue dots

Clearly Inspired Challenge #2

Hi Everyone! I was so excited this morning, not only is it the begining of the weekend, but time for another fabulous challenge at the Clear Dollar Stamps blog! This time, the Clearly Inspired Challenge #2 is a sketch. I have been making alot of Christmas cards lately, so I resisted the pull of the super cute Clear Dollar Christmas stamps, and went with this beautiful & elegant stamp designed by the talented Kim Teasdale. This peony is right up there on my favorites list, especially when it comes to watercoloring! Well, thanks for stopping by, I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving week!
The Details:
Stamps: Peony (CDStamps)
Paper: Cottage Wall dsp (su), Whisper White, Rich Razzleberry, Watercolor
Ink: Stazon JetBlack, Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry
Tools/Accessories: Lables 4 Nesties, D'vine swirls embossing folder, Ticket corner punch, dimentionals, sponge, Old Olive & Rich Razzleberry ribbons

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Thank You! PaperBlooms Challenge

This week at PaperBlooms the challenge is to make a card using the sentiment "Thank You".
Simple enough, right?! That is the beauty of it! You can make pretty much anything! Leah's PaperBlooms add so much beauty and dimention to any project! And you can find them HERE

You do not have to use Leah's PaperBlooms in order to play along, so come on, lets see what you all can come up with! I cant WAIT to see everyone's Thank You creations!
The Details:
Stamps: Cheep Talk (su)
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Baja Breeze, kiwi kiss & Riding Hood Red dsp
Ink: Baja Breeze, Chocolate Chip, Pacific Point, Kiwi Kiss
Accessories/Tools: Riding Hood Red taffetta ribbon, Chocolate Chip taffeta ribbon
Leah's PaperBlooms

The Color Dare #43

Hello there! Welcome to another week of The Color Dare! This week we challenge you to incorporate the following colors into your project:
Rose Red, Chocolate Chip & Green Galore
Fun colors, right? I (obviously) saw Christmas in these colors .. I guess I have Christmas cards on the mind lately, I am trying to finish up all my cards for the season before my husband comes home to visit sometime in December. I was inspired not only by these fabulous colors, but by the sketch challenge #40 over at CardPatterns. This sketch was from Nov 7th.
Ok, enough from me! I hope you have been inspired by these colors! I cant wait to see what you come up with!!
The Details:
Stamps: SnowBurst & Heard from the Heart (SU)
Paper: Merry Moments dsp, Throughly Modern dsp, Rose Red, Green Galore,
Chocolate Chip, Whisper White
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Rose Red, Green Galore
Tools/Accessories: Swiss Dots Embossing folder, basic grey nook & pantry brads

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

The Pink Elephant #41 Sketch & CC245

Finally I got to spend a few minutes in my craft room today! I saw the sketch challenge at The Pink Elephant and right away, these adorable snowmen came to mind. I love their round little bodies with the circle card sketch! I also incorporated the color challenge at splitcoast, which is to use the following colors:
Real Red, Always Artichoke & Chocolate Chip with a neutral of choice
Very seasonal, I think. I am glad to have a few extra Christmas cards on hand just in case.
Thanks for stopping by! And Thanks for saying HI!
The Details:
Stamps: Snowman Wishes (CDStamps)
Paper: Always Artichoke, Real Red, Merry Moments dsp, Watercolor,
Night & Day printed window sheet
Ink: Stazon JetBlack, Real Red, Always Artichoke, chocolate chip
Tools/Accessories: Large circle & pinking circle nesties, blender pen,
polar white flower soft

Thursday, November 12, 2009

OCCC Sketch Challenge SASSC40

Happy Thursday! I have just recently discovered the Sweet and Sassy Sketch Challenge at Our Creative Corner. And they are having a DT call! All you have to do is participate during November, and they will choose on Dec 1st. Its fun to "try out"! So come on and join me! Click on Sweet and Sassy Sketch Challenge to find out more!
Today, when I studied this week's sketch, this cute little nutcracker came to mind. Perfect! He is tall and skinny, just like the panels shown in the sketch. I have also been veering toward the CAS card lately, even though there are several layers, it is simple and clean lined. huh..
Oooh, I just noticed my modern label "enjoy the Season" is crooked, I just checked it and it didnt stick to the ribbon very well, and it fell during picture taking! So please excuse that mishap! It is entirely too much work to go back and change out the picture! LOL ..
Enough chit chat, here are the Details:
Stamps: Holiday Nutcracker (CDStamps)
Paper: Real Red, Garden Green, Very Vanilla, Merry Moments dsp
Ink: Garden Green, Real Red, Soft Suede, Basic Grey
Tools/Accessories: Modern Label Punch, Word Window, sponge,
large vanilla brads, Blender Pen, Real Red wide (polka dot) ribbon
Thanks for stopping by my blog! All comments appreciated and cherished!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

The Color Dare #42

Hi Everyone and Welcome to another week at The Color Dare! This week we DARE you to get creative with the following colors:

This week, I ended up with a semi-clean & simple card, I say "semi" because it has 7 layers! Yikes! I was inspired not only by these fabulous colors, but by this dp that came in the mail just today. It is from the new collection from Basic Grey called Nook & Pantry. I hope you find inspiration in these colors just as I have, I cant wait to see what you all come up with!
Stamps: Sip by Sip (SU)
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Really Rust & Bashful Blue, Nook & Pantry DP (BasicGrey)
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Tools/Accessories: Labels 9 nestie, Dew Drops, word window (su)

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Color Throwdown #67 and Mojo Monday 111

Hi Everyone! I have been having so much fun with my new Clear Dollar Christmas stamps! This one is called Charlie Snowhorse, while it is not new to Clear Dollar's collection, it is new to me, came in my fun mail this weekend! He is so stinkin cute, right?
This card is for two challenges, the first being
The Color Throwdown, where they challenge us to use Soft Sky, Kraft, Always Artichoke & Dusty Durango. Unfortunately, I do not have any soft sky, so I substituted with the always beautiful Baja Breeze. The other challenge is the sketch from this past Monday's Mojo Monday. I think all the elements go together just right! (yeah!)
The Details:
Stamps: Charlie Snowhorse (CdStamps)
Paper: Kraft, Dusty Durango, Sahara Sand dsp, Baja Breeze,
Baja Breeze dsp, Always Artichoke, Watercolor paper
Ink: Stazon Jetblack, Baja Breeze, Dusty Durango, Always Artichoke, Sahara Sand
Tools/Accessories: Chipboard snowflake, white microbrads, white brad,
sponge, Aqua marker, swiss dots embossing folder

Saturday, November 7, 2009

OCCC Sketch Challenge SASSC39

Hi! It is a happy Saturday when I can get chores done AND spend some quality time in the craft room! I found some extra mojo today and this is the result! I recently came across a Thursday sketch challenge over at Our Creative Corner and today I was inspired to work with it!
On the sketch, I ended up turning the focal panel from horizontal to vertical because when I cut my dsp to size and flipped it over I noticed this awesome piece of a bigger picture and just had to showcase it! I have been having alot of fun with non-traditional Christmas colors, and for today, I challenged myself to NOT use any Nesties! They have been a steady go-to for awhile now, and I wanted to see if I could still create something eye-catching without leaning on the awesomeness of the nestability. ;p
The Details:
Stamps: Jolly Joy & Charlie Snowhorse - sentiment (CDStamps)
Paper: Whisper White, Ruby Red, Holiday Lounge dsp, watercolor
Ink: Ruby Red, Taken with Teal, Sahara Sand
Tools/Accessories: Sponge, Dimentionals, straight edge & black marker

Friday, November 6, 2009

Clearly Inspired Challenge #1

"Give me 5"
Happy Friday! This week is the begining of a brand new, super fun challenge over at Lori's Clear Dollar Stamps blog, Clearly iStamp! It is called Clearly Inspired Challenge and it will be held every other Friday, starting today.
This week, the challenge is called "Give me 5" and we are to use 5 of something on our cards. I kinda went overboard and here are my 5's:
  • 5 layers
  • 5 brads
  • 5 colors
  • 5 letters

I was so excited because my FUN mail came today - my new Clear Dollar order! Which included this super cute and fun stamp set designed by Shawne, called Jolly Joy, I knew its the one I wanted to use today.

The Details:

Stamps: Jolly Joy (CDStamps)

Paper: Jolly by Golly (Cosmo Cricket), Ballet Blue, watercolor paper

Ink: Stazon JetBlack

Tools/Accessories: Labels 4 nesties, Nook & Pantry brads, Watercolor pencils,

Aqua painter, ticket corner punch

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Wednesday, November 4, 2009

The Color Dare #41

Hello everyone! Welcome to another week of The Color Dare! This week, we Dare you to use the following colors in your project: Soft Suede, Bermuda Bay & Whisper White.
I know! These are great colors! Some of my favorites! Now get to it! I cant wait to see what everyone comes up with!
Stamps: Loads of Love, Loads of Love Accessories & Loads of Fun (SU)
Paper: Berumuda Bay, Soft Suede & Whisper White,
Throughly Modern dsp (su), watercolor paper
Ink: Stazon JetBlack, Bermuda Bay, Soft Suede
Tools/Accessories: Watercolor Pencils, AquaPainter, Ticket Corner Punch
Sponge, Soft Suede ribbon, cuttlebug circle lable
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PaperBlooms Color Challenge

Hello Everyone!! Welcome to another great PaperBlooms Challenge! This week it's a color challenge! This week, we challenge you to use any shade of Blue, Orange & White in your project. After much deliberation, I chose to use Pumpkin Pie, Night of Navy & Whisper White. I have just recently gotten into the Rich Regal's color family, dont ask me why it took this long, but I love them now, especially Night of Navy!
As always, we welcome everyone to participate in our challenges, you are not required to incorporate Leah's beautiful paperblooms on your project, but if you are interested, click HERE to check out her Esty shop!
Stamps: Verve scripture stamp
Paper: Night of Navy, Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White & Night of Navy dsp
Ink: Night of Navy & Pumpkin Pie
Accessories/Tools: Ticket Corner Punch, Leah's PaperBlooms
More mustard button, pumkpin pie flower brad, navy brad, sponge
Thank you to everyone who participated in our last PaperBlooms challenge, the circle card! There were SO many great entries! I can't wait to see who was chosen as Featured Artist, as well as what you all do with this color challenge!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

This made my day!!

I am sure everyone had heard the joke about all my friends being in my computer .. well, in alot of ways that is true for me.. and I am fine with that! And having my own blog and participating in challenges in blog-land has brought me to so many new friends, so many great people, including the great and talented Gloria, who gave me this awesome award! Thank you!!

When you recieve this award, you are to list 5 things about yourself, and here are mine:
(this is harder than I thought it would be)
1. Inviting Jesus into my heart was the best decision of my life and really did change my life, and Thank God for that!
2. I am allergic to dairy, no milk, cheese, ice cream, yogurt, ect for me! and only since my son was born... go figure!
3. I have a touch of OCD, but who says its a bad thing to have everything facing the same direction, lined up perfectly in the fridge & pantry?!
4. I have an irrational fear of the number 13.
5. I love making things for other people.

Now I am going to pass this onto 5 people with great blogs that inspire me and make me smile:


Go check out these fabulous blogs and be ready to be inspired! :0)
Thanks again Gloria!

Something fun to share ...

So I found this sketch book lying around my son's collection of stuff and decided to confiscate it for a better purpose than collecting dust... that purpose being to cover it with dsp!! Muhahaha...
With no distinct idea in my head, I look thru my dsp collection to find inspiration. This Storybook dsp caught my eye, I decided that it would be so much fun to watercolor and without any layout in mind, I went on watercoloring with my watercolor pencils. Finally satisfied, I coordinated some cardstock, dsp and ribbon and finished off this super fun project.. Now I am sure that I need a larger variety of watercolor pencils... :0)
The Details:
Stamps: None
Paper: Razzleberry Lemonade dsp, Rich Razzleberry, Melon Mambo,
Storybook Specialty dsp
Ink: None
Tools/Accessories: Watercolor pencils & Aqua painter,
Waterfall Stickles, Rhinestone brads, Crushed Curry Ribbon,
Summer Sun corduroy brad

Thursday, October 29, 2009

The Pink Elephant #38 Recipe & Color Challenge 242

Yep! Two posts in one day! I actually had two sessions in the craft room today! Yeah! Finally I felt inspired to work on some fun challenges out here in blog land! This card is for two challenges, I love combining challenges, sometimes it makes creating a little easier, and sometimes it adds another layer to the challenge itself. Today, for me at least, the latter is the case for me.
The first challenge is from The Pink Elephant, a recipe challenge in which we are to use *The color Black, * Hardware, and *Distressing. The second challenge is the color challenge at splitcoast stampers, which calls for Basic Black, Mambo Melon and Kraft.
The Details:
Stamps: My Little Ballerina (CDStamps)
Paper: Basic Black, Melon Mambo, SU dsp (cant remember the name)
watercolor paper
Ink: Basic Black, Melon Mambo, Close to Cocoa (dont have kraft ink)
Tools/Accessories: Circle nestie, swirly paperclips, silver circle,
dimentionals, sponge, aqua painter
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Patchpal Fun! 2 challenges in 1

Hi Everyone! Happy Thursday! I love thursdays because all our shows are on and it means that tomorrow is friday! Today I have two challenges in one project to share with you. The first is for the Midnight Madness sketch challenge, where Shawne is the hostess! She designed the sketch and part of the challenge is to use one of the stamps she has designed for Clear Dollar Stamps. I chose to use the adorable Patchpal Elephant and Patchpal Messages stamps both from Shawne's studio 313.
The second challenge is The Color Throwdown #66 where this week they challenge us to use Elegant Eggplant, Bordering Blue & Rich Razzleberry in our projects. When I got these colors out I just could not see how they could possibly go together! But as usual, the card took on a life of its own and this is the result.
The Details:
Stamps: Patchpal Elephant & Patchpal Messages (CDStamps)
Paper: Bordering Blue, Elegant Eggplant, Rich Razzleberry,
Razzleberry Lemonade dsp
Ink: Rich Razzleberry, Bordering Blue, Elegant Eggplant, Basic Black
Accessories/Tools: Spots & Dots embossing folder, silver brads, circle nesties,
Rich Razzleberry ribbon, circle paperclip, aqua painter
Techniques: Watercoloring, Paper Piecing, Embossing
Thank you for stopping by my blog today and thanks for saying "HI!" Your comments really do make my day! Dont forget to check out my blog candy (see link on right side) I am giving away some fun embellishments and papers, you have a couple more days to enter!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

The Color Dare #40

Hi Everyone! Welcome to another week of The Color Dare! This week we DARE you to use the following colors on your project: SOFT SUEDE, ALMOST AMETHYST & PUMPKIN PIE.
Challenging, right? Exactly. Admittedly, I found these colors quite difficult. I sat them out on my craft table for over a week before I was finally struck with an idea! Sometimes, it is those cards that turn out to be favorites of mine. I hope you like it as well!
Stamps: A Walk in the Park (Clear Dollar Stamps)
Paper: Soft Suede, Almost Amethyst, Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White
Throughly Modern dsp
Ink: Soft Suede, Pumpkin Pie & Almost Amethyst
Tools/Accessories: Moroccan Screen embossing folder, Labels 9 nestie
Dew Drops, Sponge, ticket corner punch

Friday, October 23, 2009

Christmas Card Preview #3

Here is my third set of Christmas Cards. I think I will just need one more set of 10 to be set for this holiday season. These cards came at a real struggle... Me and this stamp set did not get along my first couple attempts at these cards. In the end, I won and after alot of coloring, some cutting and a lot more cuttlebugging, this is what I came up with.
The stamp set is called Holiday Nutcracker from Clear Dollar stamps. As usual, I had a totally different layout pictured in my head when I started, and once again, I am happy with the results. I used different selections dsp from the same dsp family, Merry Moments dsp (SU).
I embossed the smaller of the Labels 9 nesties with the Moroccan Screen embossing folder for some added texture and interest. I used dimentionals to make the nutcrackers stand out just a little bit more.

This year, I have been sure to stamp the inside of the cards to make sending them out a bit easier. My goal is to have the cards not only made, but signed, addressed, stamped and ready to go in the mail by the first of December since my husband will be coming home from Iraq for a visit around mid-December.
Stamps: Holiday Nutcracker (CDStamps), Christmas Scriptures (inside)
Paper: Merry Moments dsp, Real Red, Old Olive, Bashful Blue, Not Quite Navy
Ink: Stazon JetBlack, Not Quite Navy
Markers: Bashful Blue, Real Red, Old Olive, Close to Cocoa, YoYo Yellow, Only Orange
Tools/Accessories: Labels 9 Nesties, Moroccan Screen Embossing Folder,
Modern Label punch, Old Olive or Not Quite Navy Brads, Dimentionals
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Clear Dollar Weekend Color Challenge #42 Pink Winter Friends

Hello Everyone! Happy Friday! The best part of the begining of the weekend is the Clear Dollar Stamps Weekend Color Challenge over at PaperCraft Planet! This week, our hostess is the super talented, inspiration to many, my BFF, Cassie. She has challenged us to get creative with Chocolate Brown, Lime Green, and Pink. Specifically, I chose Chocolate Chip, Green Galore & Melon Mambo.
This morning, I sat and sat, looking at these colors and my clear dollar stamp sets, searching for inspiration. I found my inspiration in the great snowflakes on the dsp and my new favorite stamp set called Snowman Wishes from Clear Dollar Stamps. I decided to incorporate the sketch challenge from PaperTake Weekly . I like how the circle from the sketch mirrors the circles that make up the snowmen. After much thought and deliberation, this is what I came up with.
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Stamps: Snowman Wishes (CdStamps)
Ink: Melon Mambo, Stazon JetBlack
Markers: Green Galore, Only Orange
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Green Galore, Merry Moments dsp, Jolly by Golly dp
Tools/Accessories: Large Circle Nesties, Melon Mambo ribbon, Chocolate Chip ribbon,
White large brad, Flower soft polar white, sponge

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Christmas Card Preview #2

Hi Everyone! So I have completed my second batch of Christmas cards. This layout was inspired by the layout I did for the PaperBlooms challenge this week, the challenge was to make a circle card. For this batch of Christmas cards, I decided to make a squared for the card vs a shaped card since I was doing a mass production. I used three different prints from the Holiday Lounge Dsp (su) paired with the adorable snowman from the Snowman Wishes stamp set from Clear Dollar Stamps. As an afterthought I added the little birdie, it just seemed to need something there. On this grouping of cards as well as the last, I remembered to include the inside of the cards in my stamping. I am also glad I remembered to include the inside in my pictures! ;p
Stamps: Snowman Wishes (CDStamps) & Christmas Scriptures (CDStamps)
Paper: Sahara Sand or Kraft, Taken With Teal, Ruby Red,
Whisper White, Naturals White, Holiday Lounge dsp
Ink: Taken With Teal, Ruby Red, Sahara Sand
Tools/Accessories: Large Scalloped Nestie, Circle Nesties, aqua painter, Sponge
Techniques: Watercoloring
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