Monday, November 30, 2009

Dollar Snowflake

I loved this snowflake that I found in the $1 bin at Joann's today. This is my absolute favorite shade of blue and so perfect for a lovely snowflake. I outlined the image with my sparkle gel pen.

MOJO Monday 115

I let this pretty design paper from Basic Grey lead me in the colors and image to use for this challenge. Sometimes I start with the image, but this time I let the paper lead the way. I love this little set from Verve, and I think the thank you stamp was a thank you gift with a Verve order. I love those companies that send a little stamp as a way of saying thanks for the order!! Pretty in pink and old olive cardstock was used along with the design papers.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Color Throw Down Challenge #70

The colors for the Color Throwdown Challenge this week were dusty durango, old olive, and elegant eggplant. I couldn't find a piece of dusty durango in my papers, but of course, I had the ink. So, I just stamped a houndstooth background to give me the color I needed. The cross is from Layers of Colors' Gothic Cross collection and the scripture is from Sweet and Sassy. The two background stamps used are from Stampin' Up. I used this wonderful green leafy ribbon up the side and added purple primas.
An easy layout, great colors, and a quick card. Just what I needed on this very busy day before Thanksgiving. Wishing all my followers a very Happy Thanksgiving, safe travels, and a blessed day with loved ones!!!!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009


I altered this a bit and only did six small shapes instead of eight. It's late and I have lots of cooking and packing to do, so I don't have time to redo this. I really liked the way it turned out though!! I pulled out an old retired Stampin' Up set when I was looking for a long narrow stamp to use for this layout. This gold cardstock I ordered from Clear Bags. It is really pretty. The leaf punch is from Martha Stewart, the queen of crafting!!! I added some small primas and rhinestone centers.


I love this set from Flourishes that have ornaments that remind me of the ornaments like we had when I was a child. We would always spend Christmas morning over at my aunt and uncle's where my aunt and grandmother had layed out all the goodies and candies they had started making weeks in advance (or so it seemed to me as we were not allowed to have any of these goodies lying around until Christmas)! The best part of Christmas for me is looking back at those 50 plus years of the past Christmases with very fond memories reflecting on the love of family! As this very special season approaches, it is my prayer that you are surrounded by those you love and if you have lost some of those close to you, that the wonderful memories of past Christmases will bring you a sense of peace and joy even in the tears!

Monday, November 23, 2009

2S4u challenge 40

I just love this Figgy Pudding Basic Grey paper so paired it with a piece of Stampin' Up's dp. The background card is aqua mist (Paper Trey ink). I stamped the Marshmallow Santa from Stampabilities for the image and the sentiment I'm sorry to say I have lost the packaging for so I don't remember who makes it.
I added silver chording for a loopy bow and added a little Christmas light bulb to it. I colored the image with copics and the stamping was done in Tuxedo black Memento pad. I would be so excited if I won 2 Sketches for You's prize this week. I've longed to own a Just Write stamp. It just hasn't fit in my budget lately.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Winter Wonderland on Penny Black's Saturday Challenge

This is my only winter stamp from Penny Black, and I think it is my cutest of snowmen stamps. I punched a few large snowflakes with my Martha Stewart punch, and cuttlebugged the background with my snowflake folder. The dp is some baja breeze dp from SU. The image was colored with my copic markers and bling added to the snowflake and prima gave it a glimmer!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Color Dare Challenge #43

I'm making use of many of my old favorite stamps this season, as I make hundreds of Christmas cards to sell at a craft show this weekend. Loved these bright colors for the Color Dare Challenge this week. I used my copics to color in and my new cuttlebug folder to emboss the green panel. The punch I used is from EK.
I added a little sparkle gel pen to the centers of the flowers and in the greenery. Hope you are getting your Christmas mojo working and you are busy into those holiday cards!!!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009


This is a fabulous new set from Kitchen Sink. It can be used for any season of giving. Since I loved the colors in this piece of Basic Grey design paper, it is great to stamp just the colors you need. I used Memento inks : rose bud, angel pink, pear tart, and bamboo leaves. Back in September I got to meet Maria, the wonderful artist who creates these fabulous stamps. Her background in graphic arts certainly is obvious in these well thought out images. They look like actual photographs instead of stamped images. They are so unique and like no other stamps that are out there. If you do not own a kitchen sink stamp, it's time you did. Put it on your Christmas list right now!!! I don't work for Kitchen Sink, I'm merely a fan and satisfied customer.

Monday, November 16, 2009

FTTC #42

I seldom use this glorious green, as it is my least favorite color of all greens, but pulled it out for a traditional Christmas card. I stamped the pine needles with cottage ivy (Memento) and the ornament in Versamark and then covered it with gold embossing powder. I embossed the green card base with one of the new larger cuttlebug folders. I used some ribbon and a flock covered tree brad for my embellishments. A Martha Stewart punch was used on the real red panel, with green rhinestones to add a little sparkle.


I love this verse from Verve and thought it would be wonderful to use primas with the snowflakes. I love this wonderful shade of blue especially with white. The card base is cuttlebugged and I made use of some retired design paper from Stampin' Up.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

CAS40 with my LOC freebie digi

I used this card for the CAS challenge over on Splitcoaststampers. This is a free digi that is available to those who want to participate in the fun challenges going on over at Layers of Color's website. There are four great ones to choose from and all are wonderful designs. I needed a few more Christmas cards, so made this one for the color challenge of white and another color for the CAS challenge for this week. I decided to add a plaid ribbon to this mix for an interesting twist!!

LOC Reindeer Waltz

I love this deer from the Reindeer Waltz set from Layers of Color. I stamped it in Memento's Rhubarb Stalk ink. The design paper is from Paper Studio and the soft suede card stock is from Stampin' Up. I used my Martha Stewart holly punch and some red rhinestones for the berries. The sentiment is from Inkadinkadoo.
I'm looking forward to the release party happening next weekend over on Layers of Color.
It's been fun doing some guest design work for them! Hope you enjoy all the fun and contests.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Bird of wonder!

Go check out the free digis at Layers of Color!!Wanted to try this in other colors. I used my herringbone folder for my cuttlebug for the soft suede background. I sure am having fun stamping this weekend, getting ready for the big release party new weekend. I won't want to miss that fun.

Free Digital images at Layers of Color

Isn't this a beautiful image available to you free from Layers of Color? Laura's art is amazing and she is making this image along with 3 others free so that you might try some of her great art on cards and projects of your own. Next weekend she will be releasing 9 more sets to add to her already wonderful collection of stamps available at such reasonable prices. Come join in the fun over on the Layers of Color Challenges to use these images in a card or project to share on Mr. Linky. It could win you some prizes! The bird is Laura's digital image and the sentiment is a Stampabilities stamp. I cuttlebugged soft sky paper, colored the image with my copic markers, and added some organdy ribbon that I used the heat gun on for a few seconds. The little heart I found in the jewelry supplies at Hobby Lobby.

Layers of Color's Gothic Crosses

I stamped the background of this card with a stamp from Layers of Color's Architectural Blocks and the cross is from their Gothic Cross set. I used soft suede (SU) card stock for the card base and used riding hood red behind the cross. The images were stamped using Memento's tuxedo black ink. The other dark papers are from Basic Grey and I punched the edge with a Martha Stewart punch. I added rhinestones and some gold spica pen on the diamond patterns on the cross. If you have not checked out all the fun that is about to begin over on Layers of Color's website, head over to check it out here.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Kitchen Sink Crew Challenge #19

I loved all these Christmas goodies in the new Multi Step Build a Garland by Kitchen Sink. Lisa had a great sketch to use. I decided to go with riding hood red and soft suede for the card stock colors because of the gingerbread men and the peppermint. The candy striped paper from Basic Grey help repeat the striped pattern for the card.
Ink colors used were all Memento inks: ladybug, rich cocoa, dessert sand. I used my new Martha Stewart punch for the edge of the red panel. Frosted lace Stickles add the little touch of icing trim for the gingerbread men, and the little reddish beads make great buttons and eyes. The rhinestone squares give it a finishing touch. Check out those new Kitchen Sink Christmas stamps. They will bring merriment to your season!!!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Color Dare #41

I love this Gothic Cross set from Layers of Color. The scripture is from Sweet and Sassy. The rhinestone cross just fits perfectly in the center of this cross stamp. I cuttlebugged the soft suede with the paisley folder and sponged the edges of the vanilla with soft suede ink. I used by bermuda bay ribbon for the first time today. I really love these colors.

Color Throw Down #67

I could not find any of my Dusty Durango except for the ink, so here's what I came up with!!!!!
I think it strange that the color challenges keep using up my hoarded stash of some of the past "in colors (just goes to show how popular they still are--this week the soft sky, one week it was purely pomegrante, and one week it was baja breeze.) I have never understood why they get rid of colors that are still so marketable!!! Doesn't make sense to me!!! Luckily, I still have a limited amount of them.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

MOJO Monday on a Tuesday!

A day late with this challenge, but I loved this layout. This leopard print I've used on a few cards this past week and I still had some left so put it on this card. I love it with red. I used Verve's Dr. Suess quote on this for fun and the edges are made with a verve stamp as well.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Deuteronomy 31:6 Stamping Sisters in Christ

This is for challenge 11 for Stamping sisters in Christ. I had this stamp of the verse preceding the scripture that was mentioned from Deuteronomy 31:8. It also reflects that God is always with us!!! I had to make use of my newest toys, my new Martha Stewart punches that I used my coupons on!! The design paper is from Basic Grey's Indian Summer collection. I love the colors in it. I hope this challenge spreads some encouraging words of hope to many people who may be going through a tough time right now. God is with you and He will see you through. His peace in times of trouble is such a blessing.