Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Day 122

For day 122's challenge on the 365 challenges we were to use gift wrap paper for the card. I didn't have much but I found this fabulous piece. I loved the colors. I only stamped the sentiment and then used my copics to color the rhinestones to be the colors to coordinate with this , added the pink felt trim, a polka dotted brad and a ribbon. Instant card!!!

Honoring the Troops

As we approach the birthday of our nation, I feel very strongly that many brave men and women have made great sacrifices for the freedoms our nation experiences. In honor of one of the military branches that serves our country, this card is just a small way to say "Thank you."

Monday, June 29, 2009

Seasons of the sun

This is for today's 365 challenge for day 121. I got out my Rubber Stamp Tapestry stamps which I have such fun with and decided to make some kinds of seasonal arrangements with them. The medallion in the middle represents the sun!
The seasonal words are just handwritten as I don't have a stamp for those.


Trying to get a little MOJO going today even though I have a little visitor that is occupying most of time. My granddaughter is here for the week and I might not get too much stamping time in this week. This blossom is from a new Stampin' Up hostess set called Kind and Caring Thoughts.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Orange you feeling better?

These are two great Basic Grey design papers and thought I'd use them together on this sketch of Jenn's. This is one of the new hostess sets from the new Stampin' Up catalog due out soon. These were silver domes that I colored orange with my copic markers. I love that trick. Just one of the reasons I love my copic markers.

Stars and stripes forever.

Today's challenge on 365 is seeing silhouettes. I just love this one especially with the birthday of our country coming up next week. I thought this would be so appropriate. The stamp is by Stampablities, the design paper by Basic Grey, and the cardstock and ribbon from Stampin' Up. The stars were some I picked up in the Christmas section of Hobby Lobby after the season. Stars are great for all times of the year and got them for a bargain in the half price Christmas sales. I have all kinds of bargains hoarded in my stamp room. No wonder I can hardly get around in there.

Friday, June 26, 2009

365 challenge day 118

This is for the 365 challenge for day 118 using a frame. The sentiment is handwritten, and the frame is made with a 2 7/8 inch square of design paper from K & Company. I used the SU eyelet punch on each side to make the frame.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Stamps and smiles challege

Loved this sketch found on this week's stamps and smiles challenge. The sweet peas are from Flourishes llc. I used my Nestabilities for the ovals and my Martha Stewart arched window border punch on the kiwi strip. Those self adhesive pearls are a wonderful embellishment and the organdy bow did a great job of hiding a smudge. Don't you just hate those?? I've learned to have additional plans ready. Like I always say, mistakes just make the decision about the placement of embellishments.

Simply Stamped

This is for the 365 challenge #117. One stamp, one sentiment, any color cardstock, colored, no design paper and no embellishments. A real challenge for me, but enjoyed the simple beauty of this challenge. I colored this with copic markers and the stamps are from Stampin' Up.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Day 116 in the 365 challenge

This is the first week I've tried to do the 365 challenge. Today was to make a wedding card without any text just letting the image announce what it is for!!! I cuttlebugged the background on PaperTreyInk's white cardstock. I punched the bordering blue square with a Martha Stewart border punch and the bride and groom are in the Voila to go set. Added some pretty white ribbon and a few pearls and it made a quick wedding card for a happy couple.

We have been experiencing record breaking heat here on the gulf coast of Texas the last week and no sign of a break in the temperatures any time soon. So summer is blazing here. I guess that is why I've been hung up on these hot colors lately. I'm trying the new SU "in color" of dusty durango on this card. I used the dusty durango ink and the new soft suede ink with a blender pen coloring the flowers and the background. I used up some design papers left over from previous projects (I told you I have been using a lot of these hot colors lately and they are all over my scrap table.) Hope you are enjoying your summer and hope it's not as hot where you are!!! With the humidity we have too that 100 degrees is just sizzling!! My remedy to the heat is to stay in my stamp room all day and stamp.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

I'm doing the 365 challenge two days in a row. Today's challenge was to use paper piecing. The scripture is from stampabilities, the rose is from Stampin' Up's Fifth Avenue Floral, and the leaves are from Flourishes. The rose was stamped on a piece of The Paper Studio design paper and the leaves are stamped on some scraps I found in my scrap pile. The background is made with a wheel from Stampin' Up.

Today's Digital Challenge is a great one for me. Using scraps can be so fun and putting some together that out of the box is really fun too!!! This image is from Digital Stamp Oasis. I colored little Sammy with copic markers and I love how the blender pen will lighten up areas that need highlighting. You can find the challenge here.

Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge #7

This is for this week's sketch for the Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge. For everyone that enters and leaves comments, extra money goes into the Midnight Madness Mad Money Piggy Bank and the drawing is soon. Check it out here for all the details. I used some of my new Stampin' Up in colors---soft suede and dusty durango as well as a piece of Ambrosia Basic Grey dp. I also used some summer sun and pumpkin pie and ivory paper too. The scripture stamp is from Stampabilities. The leaf punch is from Martha Stewart. I just love that punch. And of course, how could I not mention my wonderful Nestabilities that I could not live without. The pumkin piece and the summer sun were embossed with the cuttlebug paisley folder. Love these printed primas from Prima Marketing. Those are corduroy brads for the centers of the flowers, gold domes for the corner treatment, and some orange grosgrain ribbon. I have been falling down on getting my weekly scripture loaded to my blog, but today was a great day to do that!! Bless you this day, and remember we don't have to operate on our own understanding if we just but trust in the Lord!!Find someone to pray for today---there are many suffering from floods, drought, terror, tragic losses, and terminal illnesses. Lift some of these up today in your prayers!

Monday, June 22, 2009

365 challenge

This is the first time I've done the 365 challenge. Wow, another way to do a challenge a day and I was very motivated to see that my buddie, Susan completed each daily challenge. I'm going to give it a try.

House Mouse weekly challenge

This is for today's House Mouse challenge. It is a sketch challenge you might want to click on and check out! I don't know about you, but I save every scrap left from any and every project and my scrap pile is about to over take me. So, My self challenge is to make myself use something from my scrap box without cutting any new larger pieces of paper. I did accomplish that with this card. That way I can enjoy all of these fun challenges in the week, and perhaps deplete the pile of paper in my stamping room. I might try sending out to go boxes of scraps to anyone who will dare to darken the door in my stamp room. What do you think?

Thursday, June 18, 2009


I love challenges. Why? Because they always get the mojo going!!The challenges already do some of the planning for you either by supplying the sketch or the colors. That takes some of the thinking and deciding out of it for me, which also saves a lot of time. This card is for the Stamp and Smile Sketch Challenge this week. I found it listed on the Daily Dare site. When you are in a stamping slump, check these sites out. They are fun, sometimes they are awarding prizes even, and acquainting you with new stampers. What have you got to lose???

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Color Throw Down #47

This is for this week's Color Throwdown Challenge of kiwi kiss, cameo coral, and tempting turquoise. I colored my white pearls with my copic marker to color coordinate them to match. The rose is from Flourishes and the background stamp is from Stampin' Up. The rose is colored with copic markers, and the leaves are stamped onto kiwi kiss and then hightlighted with a copic marker.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009


I let a scrap of Basic Grey design paper determine the colors for this card. This set is new from Stampin' Up and to be available in their new catalog coming out soon. The sketch is from this week's Midnight Madness Sketch challenge.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Flying Proud

With yesterday, June 14th being Flag Day, and July 4th a couple of weeks away, I'm in a red, white, and blue mood. I just love our little ace here flying high and proud. This is a cute digital image from Digital Stamp Oasis. You will want to check out all the cute images you will find there.

Kitchen Sink Crew Challenge #14

I cut up an old acrylic box and ran it through my cuttlebug and this is how it looks when it comes out the other side. I stamped the KS apple and placed it behind the clear panel. I thought this is a great way to thank a teacher who went over and beyond the call of duty.

Mojo Monday 91

I was anxious to try one of my new in colors from Stampin' Up:
soft suede. I cut the leaves on my own. I also used barely banana and kiwi kiss, basic black, and kraft with this. Not sure who makes the design paper. It's been in my stash quite some time.

Thursday, June 11, 2009


I tired a new challenge today that I found over on Eat, Sleep, and Stamp. It had an easy sketch that was fun to work with and I created this design to fit it. I found this challenge by checking out the Daily Dare. Sometimes, I just need a challenge to get the mojo going.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Midnight Madness Sketch challenge #5

Here's my card for the Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge this week. Lots of excitement going over there so please go check out the midnight madness mad money contest. You will want to be a part I promise.


This week's challenge was to use design paper. I had this piece from Paper Studio and thought it went well with this set from Flourishes. I even used primas that had been made with dp and I punched the leaves for design paper as well.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Mojo Monday 90

Since I still had this palm tree out from an earlier project, I decided it would be great for the mojo challenge as well. These are the kinds of stamps I miss from Stampin' Up. I hope when I get a glimpse at the new catalog, I will find at least a few of this quality. Not all stampers are into the stick figures if you know what I mean.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

I found this sentiment and thought of this cute digital image from Digital Stamp Oasis. Is there not anything sweeter than a boy and his dog?? Go and check out the other great images at Digital Stamp Oasis. I have to say this for digital stamping. It is easier to find than hunting down a misplaced rubberstamp image, and I can't tell you how many times I have lost the clear acrylic stamps. They just disappear on me KWIM?? I'm probably the only one who has lost at least one part of every clear stamp set I have. I haven't figured out a system that works for me. But like I said, digital images eliminate that problem!!LOL

Friday, June 5, 2009

Sometimes it is just good to get back to the basics of what rubberstamping really is --- ink on paper. We have gotten so caught up in the whole paper industry and feel like we have to have every new thing that comes out there. Believe me, I am guilty as charged. But today, Jeanne challenged us on Splitcoaststampers to do a one layer card to un-layer ourselves for the summer. This is the card I did. It only took me about 15 minutes from cutting the paper, to finding the stamps, and actually doing the stamping. In doing it I was reminded once again just how beautiful the basic craft of rubberstamping can be without all the layers, without all the design papers, and without fancy embellishments. These are the kinds of stamps that Stampin' Up use to produce. And quite frankly, I miss them. You see I couldn't part with these, but then I never bought a rubberstamp I didn't love. So, show those old stamps the love you still have for them. I challenge you get out an old stamp that you haven't used in a while! Have some fun this summer, stampin' and relaxin'.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Digital Tuesday Challenge

There are so many fun challenges on Tuesday, that Tuesdays have become my favorite day to stamp. This is for the Digital Tuesday Challenge . The digital image is from Digital Stamp Oasis. Check out both of these sites to find all kinds of fun. I used copic markers with this and I am trying to master the skill of the 00 blender pen. As you can see, I still need lots of practice. Hope that old saying comes true...practice makes perfect.

Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge #4

Here's my sketch for the Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge this week. I used Flourishes' sweetpeas and Stampin' Up's Tres' Chic background stamp. The fancy corners I did with my cuttleebug diecut. The leaf punch is from Martha Stewart. I did my coloring with copics.