Sunday, March 30, 2008

My wisteria.

Here are some of the signs of spring around my house. I'm a gardener by no means, but nature takes very good care of these plants in my yard. God is good and delights me with these lovelies inspite of my careless gardening habits.

Groovy guava and the new afternoon tea design paper in Stampin' Up's current mini catalog.

We just got back this afternoon from visiting grandkids and taking in a great outdoor rodeo. We saw wonderful evidence of spring in the blubonnets, azaleas, wisteria, and dogwood we saw blooming everywhere. I can't think of anything prettier than spring.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

This card was so much fun to make for the inspiration challenge on Saturday. I had a week off for Spring break, and guess what I got to do???I stamped and took part in almost every challenge offered last week on A charm bracelet was the inspiration picture and this is what I created. I used the new negative embossing technique that I learned from SCS last week as well, and stamped the shells from seaside, which is a great Stampin' Up set that I haven't used very much yet. I did a take on dangling the shells like charms. Love these great colors that are also found in the striped paper in the afternoon tea design paper also offered from Stampin' Up.

Friday, March 21, 2008

I made these cards for this week's limited supply challenge. The challenge was to take the same paper, same stamps, and same design paper and see if you can give it some totally different looks so that customers can get an idea of the versatility of the stamps and paper and ink they may have just purchased. I have to admit this is where I have my most fun stamping. I've always loved kalidiscopes because they change with each turn of your wrist. I like to do the same thing with my artwork. I love challenging myself to see all the possiblities there are in each stamp. Give it a try sometime and I'm sure you will find it as stimulating as a soduku or crossword puzzle. I love it when my creative juices are flowing freely!!!

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Happy Easter

I just learned to do this new technique with the cuttlebug. It is done by inking the inside side of the folder, placing your paper against the inked side and running it through the cuttlebug. This was for this week's color challenge on I love these challenges because for one thing it motivates me to stamp, it teaches me new things, and gives me a chance to try something I might not think to try. I encourage all of my fellow stamper to check them out on a daily basis. On this card I combined sage shadow, orchip opulence, and creamy caramel, which I've never tried before. The caramel panel is representative of the cross, the oval of the stone that was rolled away at the tomb, and the butterfly---Christ's resurrection. Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again. Alleluia! I wish every one a very Blessed Easter and that you find a real joy in the resurrection and our new life in Christ.

One set, one color

I did this for one of the demostrator challenges on Splitcoaststampers. Everything had to be green even the embellishments and I could only use one set. This is a good way to demonstrate to the new stamper what can be done with only one color and one stamp set. I used the One of a Kind sets that is in the current Stampin' Up catalog.

Monday, March 3, 2008

This new berry bliss paper is so pretty. I also really love the new boho background stampset. It coordinated really well with the paper I thought.