Monday, March 26, 2007

Blogger RAK

Kristen Soboloski sent me this beautiful RAK! It is my second card from the blogger RAK group. I love square cards and I love the Petal Prints set from Stampin' Up! Thank you so much for the card and all your lovely sentiments! You made my day. You can see more of Kristen's creations over on her blog, Artfully Inking.

I still have not stamped...AAARRRGGGHHH! I had wanted to participate in VSN this weekend over at SCS but I still have so much to do. We did get the yard ready for it's picture. Our real estate agent will be coming later this week to take photo. The hose should officially go on the market this weekend. I you wanna see the house you can stop by my family blog. The link is over on the right.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Blue Paisley

Sorry for the lack of blogging. We are getting ready to put our house on the market so I have been getting everything in order. I am not even close to being finished. I have not stamped in days. So I pulled up this card.

I sent this card to my Secret Sister months ago. She is not a demonstrator and did not have this set. I think the colors are Buckaroo Blue and Night of Navy but it has been so long that I am not totally sure. I also used my Singo Gel Pen to accent the paisleys.

Saturday, March 17, 2007

Blogger RAKs

Yesterday I received my first Blogger RAK! This spring cutie came from Julie Brooks! I adore all the colors she used. I feel warm already! If you have not already seen Julie's Blog be sure to head over there and check out her great stuff!

And then today as if yesterday wasn't enough. I received these little cuties from Asela. She had shown them on her blog and was asking what type of ink to use. I mentioned that I did not know because I had yet to try any acrylic stamps and there was no Michael's in my town so I was out of luck. So she put them in an envelope and shipped them my way! How sweet is that! Thanks Ladies, I feel so loved!

Now I am off to stamp with these little guys!
Also, if you bog and want to get some great cards from other bloggers. You can sign up over at SCS in the RAK forum ( you must join) on this thread.

Friday, March 16, 2007

Welcome, Cora Cooper

My friend just had a new baby girl. My last too babies were boys so I excited to do something girly for a baby! I hope she likes it.

I started by using my Cuttlebug to do the swirls on the top portion of the card. I then used the side that had the swirls sunken in rather that the side that had raised swirls. I then stamped the hand with pink craft ink and embossed with iridescent ice embossing powder. Then I used the ticket corner punch on each corner and layered it onto some rose and pink card stock. the whole piece is popped up on dimensionals. I had wanted to pit the ribbon across the top of the patterned paper but the swirls do not reach the fold on the card and I wanted to cover that up. So instead I put a piece of pink card stock right above the paper. To finish it all off I stamped "Welcome, baby!". I just feels so girly! I love it.

Stamps: Tiny Talk & I'm Here Paper: Pretty in Pink, Whisper White and Regal Rose Card Stock & Loves Me Designer Series Papers Inks: Basic Black and Craft Pretty in Pink Accessories: pink grosgrain ribbon, pink dotted organdy (Wal-mart), Iridescent Ice EP & Cuttlebug D'vine Swirl Embossing Folder

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Atlanta Regionals Swap

So, went to the Atlanta Regionals this past Saturday and swapped this card. Only once I got home I realized that I had forgotten to take a picture of it and would not be able to share it with you all. But then as I was perusing the gallery I saw this card. I received it as a swap in Atlanta. So I sent Christy a little note begging that she have pity on me and take a photo for me. And She DID!!!! So now I am forever indebted to her! Please take a peak at her new blog, Stamps Scissors and Sippy Cups and give her some love!

This card was a lot of work but I love the end result. Since I was mass producing these I did things a little differently. First I stamped full 81/2 x 11 sheets of pink paper with the Paisleys. I used Timber Brown StazOn because it popped of the paper better than regular classic ink. Then while watching/listening to the TV I used my white gel pen to add a little highlight to the images. then I cut the full sheets into quarters and then cut the quarters in half. I mounted each one onto chocolate card stock. Then I took the base of the card and stamped the images down both sides and highlighted with the gel pen. Next I stamped the focal flower with pink craft ink and embossed it with iridescent ice embossing powder and then added the sentiment. I then stamped the words. Afterwards I added a little pick grosgrain. Then I took a sponge (that is now retired) and some chocolate ink and distressed everything including the ribbon. After everything was distressed I put it all together. the focal image is popped up on dimensionals.

In other news... I drew a winner for the Blog Gift. Thank you to everyone who commented. I read every single comment and visited the blogs if you have one. A very BIG thank you to Allison for sending so many people this way. Be sure to check Allison's Blog, Stampin' When I Can for frequent updates on where to find blog candy!

Stamps: Polka Dots and Paisley Inks: timber Brown StazOn, Chocolate Chip and Pretty in Pink Craft & Classic Paper: Pretty in Pink, Chocolate Chip and Whisper White Accessories: Singo White Gel Pen, Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder and Pink grosgrain ribbon.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007


ETA: the winner is....

Kraftin' Kimmie said...

Two things about me...hmm??
1. I work at a library and
2. I can't wait for the new Harry Potter book!!

Please email with you address so that I can ship all the goodies to you!

Okay, so who is up for FREE Stuff? If you are then post a comment on this post and tell me two things about yourself. I will go first....

1. My favorite color is red
2. I will be moving to Georgia soon.

You can post a comment for the next 24 hours. So 3pm CST on Thursday, March 15 is the deadline!

This is the Retired SU! Furnished with Love Set NUM and three rolls of various American Crafts Ribbon.

Good Luck!

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Featured Stamper Challenge

The Featured Stamper Challenges are quickly becoming my favorite! There are so many great stampers over at SCS that you cannot help but be inspired by them.

This weeks featured stamper is Toy. Her attention to detail never ceases to amazes me. And she always has so may layers, a look that I love! I chose this card of hers to CASE.

I participated in this sketch challenge so the layout was familiar, one that I really enjoyed and that was the reason I chose this particular card (I had to narrow it down somehow). I decided to play off the circle snowflakes in her card. I also kept her ribbon feature. To change it up and make it more mine, I changed the colors and left off the sentiment. I also did the Dazzling Diamond Dust technique on the focal image.

Stamps: Simple Shape Ink: VersaMark, Rose Red & Certainly Celery Paper: Chocolate Chip, Whisper White, Rose Red & Certainly Celery Accessories Sweet Shop ribbon, Hodgepodge Hardware, Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder

Monday, March 12, 2007

Atlanta Regionals

This past weekend I attended the Atlanta Regional Seminar. I had a blast and met some great ladies. I went with a fellow demo who lives in the area. It was nice to have someone along that you already know. I was blessed to be able to sit at a table with some great ladies, Diane, Pam and Julia (waving)! I also met Kim Howard , fellow Splitcoast Stamper and blogger. I was glad to meet her because she lives in the area that we will be moving to in a few months.

This is one of the cards I created while I was there. They had a different design for us to do but it did not appeal to me so I made some adjustments. We all received a set, from the upcoming Fall/Winter Collection 2007, called Double-Line Doodles. It is a pretty cute set and I hope to get some cards made with it soon.

The picture is not a great one and my colors are a little off. The card base is actually More Mustard. The challenge here was to stay in these colors since it was all they had provided us with. I used a blender pen to color in the leaves and stem and markers to color in the flower.

On another note, I passed the 15,000 hit mark over the weekend! So, as a thank you to everyone for supporting me I will be having a little blog gift drawing later this week. I just need to decide what I am gonna give away and then I will post it. So keep your eyes open.

Stamps: Double-Line Doodles Ink: More Mustard, Old Olive & Tempting Turquoise Paper: Naturals White, More Mustard, Old Olive & Tempting Turquoise Accessories: Red Grosgrain, Red marker, blender pen & olive button

Tuesday, March 6, 2007

Color Challenge Bella

My wonderful Secret Sister sent me several Bella images. So today I decided to put them to use. I needed a birthday card for a fellow blogger and wanted to do the Color Challenge on SCS.

I started with my Flowahbella image. I watercolored the dress, hair, body and pot with my Aquapainter. then I used my markers on the flowers. The rose panel looked too plain so I added the little starburst image from Sweet Shapes. I also pooled some Celery ink under her feet to ground her a little. After layering everything and adding ribbon it still looked like something was missing. So I did what all the stampers I admire do.... I added coordinating brads. I finished it off by stamping "happy birthday".

Stamps: flowahbella by Stamping Bella, Birthday Cupcake (sentiment) by katie & co. and Sweet Shapes Inks: Chocolate Chip, Regal Rose, Certainly Celery & So Saffron Paper: Certainly Celery, Regal Rose, Chocolate Chip and Whisper White Accessories: Saffron Brads, Saffron Grosgrain, Aqua Painter and Coordinating markers

Monday, March 5, 2007

Featured Stamper Challenge

Here is my entry for the Featured Stamper Challenge. This weeks Featured Stamper was atomicbutterfly. I absolutely LOVE her work. The hardest part of this challenge was to narrow down my favorites and decide which one to case. I finally settled on this card.

I kept her basic layout and the focal image the same. I changed the colors to match my AC ribbon and changed the sentiments to fit my needs. I also left off the brads, but that was an oversight on my part. I distressed my edges in the same way as the original. I love the way she curled the edges of the focal image. I also used Crystal Effects on my flower petals and popped up one of the leaves like she did. I think it really makes the card.

Stamps: In Full Bloom, Wonderful Words & All Year Cheer Inks: Ruby Red, Timber Brown StazOn, Chocolate Chip, Creamy Caramel and Garden Green Paper: Whisper White, Ruby Red, Garden Green & Chocolate Chip Accessories: American Crafts Ribbon, Paper Piercer, Pop Dot, Aqua Painter & Crystal Effects

Spring Bags

This is the second project we did for my Stamp Club. I wanted to feature the double sided paper so I did a search on SCS and found a thread about different things you can make with the double sided papers. It led me to this tutorial done by Stampin' Mama.

I just love these little bags and think they will be great filled with Easter goodies. After making the bags I added a piece of cardstock, that I ran through my crimper, for a handle and added a little tag stamped with some spring flowers.

Stamps: Springtime Stems & All Year Cheer Inks: Cameo Coral, So Saffron and Chocolate Chip Paper: DS Spring Flowers, Chocolate chip and So Saffron Accessories: Gold Cord & Crimper

Thursday, March 1, 2007

Stamp Club Card

I am so ready for spring. I hate the cold! In an effort to hurry spring along I decided to make a springy card for my Stamp Club.

I try to teach something new each month. This card features the Watercolor Wonder watercolor crayons and masking. This card is a case of a card done by Beate for the basic masking tutorial on SCS.

I simply stamped the three mushrooms then masked them off as shown in the tutorial and then stamped the flowers. I colored in the image in with the watercolor crayons and an aquapainter. I love the watercolor crayons because they let you blend color together easily. I blended three colors on the under side of the mushrooms. You can click on the picture to see it better. Then I mounted the stamped panel onto the chocolate and moss panels. I stamped the snail onto a scrap piece of paper and watercolored him and cut him out. I then popped him up on a dimensional. I used some Designer Series Paper behind the focal images and then a little chocolate grosgrain to accent. I stamped "hoppy birthday" and then added a little line to make it say "happy" since there are no hoppy creatures on the card.

Now I am off to cut paper! Have a great day!

Stamps: Unfrogettable Inks: Timber Brown StazOn Paper: DS Spring Flowers, Cameo Coral, Chocolate Chip, Mellow Moss and Whisper White Accessories: Aquapainter, matching Watercolor Wonder crayons & Chocolate Grosgrain