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!