Sunday, January 31, 2010

Stampin' Sisters in Christ #24

Over on Stampin' Sisters in Christ's blog, the challenge was to do a card with a child on it. I love these vintage stamps from Crafty Secrets. Their children images are so sweet and innocent looking. It reflects a time when children could be children, when times were safer, and life was at a slower pace. I'm not sure what the rush is for children to grow up so quickly these days, but I grieve that too often they are robbed of the joys of their childhood. I love the stories in the Bible that speak of the innocence of children and how Jesus called them to Him. The scroll work was cut with a cuttlebug diecut (I'm sorry I don't keep up with the names of each one). My brain is way past overload. The diecut has a large tag, two beautiful borders, and a swirly medallion all on the same diecut plate (if that helps). I ordered it from Oh, My Crafts!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

I used this adorable frog stamp from Skipping Stones Designs to go with this wonderful color combo. I rubbed my soft suede ink pad onto the cuttlebugged panel to add a little more of the color to the design and for the texture. All papers are from Stampin' Up as are  the inks. The crown was colored with a gold gel pen. The inside says, "He is lost and won't ask for directions!"

Tuesday, January 26, 2010


The challenge for this week's Flourishes' Timeless Tuesday's challenge was to be inspired by the letter P. So, I used polka dots, peach, pink, a picket fence punch, pearls, and paisley.  All the colors I used I pulled from the design paper used here.

Monday, January 25, 2010

MOJO 123

This is a little card for Mojo Monday Challenge 123. It was a choice of either a square or circle card. I used my verve stamps and some design paper scraps left from previous cards. One of those flowers is actually a part of the design paper and I added the other two and then put a rhinestone in the center of each. 

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Hope you join us in the fun for the color dare challenge this week: old olive, only orange, chocolate chip, and brocade blue. I cuttlebugged the chocolate chip card base and then added the punched orange panel. The white panel was stamped with  a past season's sellabration stamp from Stampin' Up. I love the way it added the color to the panel  . I look forward to seeing how you make these colors come alive for you with your creative endeavors. Please post them on the Color Dare Blog under Mr. Linky or on Splitcoaststampers using the CD52 for your keyword.

Belli Challenge #83- Hearts

This is the week that I officially got to join in the fun at the Creative Belli Blog as a design team member. Joining my stamping friends, Anne and Joan will be so delightful as I have been followers of their work for some time now. You are invited to play along in this two week long challenge to make a card using a heart by either stamping it, diecutting it, or creating it in various of ways. It is up to you to make it with and however you want. I used my spellbinders to make mine using cardstock and this lovely piece of Basic Grey from the Origins pack. I guess it is not your traditional colors for Valentine's Day. Sorry, Anne. I do know how you love RED. I stamped the card base using Stampin' UP's Bella Toile background stamp with old olive ink.

MMSC37 and FTTC50

I'm combining two challenges with this card:
the sketch is from Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge
and Flourishes Timeless Tuesday Challenge to make a scene using stamp sets.
I love this cuttlebug folder and diecut set that just arrived from Oh, My Crafts today. I used some gold cardstock from ClearBags.
The card base is Aqua Mist from PTI.

Skipping stones Sketch Tuesday

This is a very cute set from Skipping Stones Designs. I noticed on Daily Dare that they also have a weekly challenge so, I decided to use this set for their challenge. I have found these stamps to be some of the funniest ones out there. As a teeneager, I would spend hours in a Hallmark store picking out the funniest cards I could find to send to friends. Since I am now a "stamp tramp" heaven forbid that I purchase a card. I know Hallmark is grieving loosing their best customer, but I just can't justified the thousands of dollars I spend on stamps yearly and still buy cards. I had to simply draw the line!! So, I was so excited to see the wonderful wit and humor in this line of clear stamps.

Monday, January 18, 2010

MOJO Monday #122

This is a cute set from Skipping Stones Designs. On the inside it says  "He's lost and won't ask for directions!"  I thought he was perfect for this sketch challenge for Mojo Monday today.
I used Basic Grey dp for the side panel and a scrap of red chrome paper. I am putting red on all my cards this week in honor of Anne Harmon, who is SCS's Featured Stamper of the week. She is one great lady, who makes comments on other's cards and with her humor and wit encourages us in so many ways.

Skipping Stones Designs

Isn't this the cutest set??? This was a new company for me and so glad I saw Deb Felts card using it last week over on the daily dare. It includes the cutest little sayings that go with it. Go check out all their cute stuff here. I think you will really like some of their cute designs. Everytime I do a card with red I think of JDmommy over on SCS who was selected as this week's featured stamper of the week. Yea, Anne!. You are a friend to us all on SCS, so here's just a little extra card done for you!!

Thursday, January 14, 2010


SilkeLedlow is the challege hostess this week for the Flourishes' Timeless Tuesday Challenge. She had us follow this great sketch. This stamp is one of my favorites from Flourishes. I do have so many that I love. These daisies are so fun to color. I used my nestabilities, my Martha Stewart punch, and my copic markers for coloring.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Color Dare #51

This is my card for the Color Dare challenge. I used my cuttlebug diecuts and my spellbinder diecuts to make the trim and frame. I used Kitchen Sink Stamps to make the rose, and Stampin' Up papers to make the card. I outlined my rose with a yellow copic marker.

Monday, January 11, 2010

MOJO Monday #121

I am always challenged when it comes to male cards, but this sketch seemed like a good one for that type of card.
I pulled out my old  Stampin' Up Bronco Buster set and boho wheel because I had this cool piece of design paper to use with it. The card base is basic black, I also used close to cocoa, more mustard, riding hood red, and bermuda bay. I used tuxedo black ink from Memento.
You can find the challenge here.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Our Daily Bread Challenge

I have been looking forward to this new challenge that started this week on Splitcoaststampers. It is for Our Daily Bread Designs which is a faith based company that makes use of scripture in all of their stamp sets. I have prayed that this company would be successful in their endeavors to spread the good news in this very beautiful way so the world will know!! How wonderful it is that they are now a member company for Splitcoaststampers! I am so happy to see that. I know God has some wonderful plans for this company. He has blessed them with their talents and what an awesome design team He has provided for them as well. Thanks for all the beautiful work you ladies do and thank you for helping the words of Truth be spread in such a lovely form of art. May those who receive these cards be strengthened and comforted in the words.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Love Rose

I did a combination of challenges all in this one card. There are some real experts at this on Splitcoaststampers, and they have always been amazing to me. So, today I gave it a try. This card is for the Kitchen Sink Crew Challenge that involves stitching(mine is faux stitching). I also did this for the ssnotime 121 challenge which was to make a card using a lovey, dovey theme. And finally, for the limited supply challenge on SCS where we were to use red, pink, black and white and dots. (oops, I did use some green for my leaves.) This stamp and sentiment is from Kitchen Sink Stamps. I used pink petal ink, rhubarb stalk, mambo melon (SU), garden gree (SU), and new leaf. The red was the reverse piece of a Nestabilities shape, so I used this scrap and added white behind it that I stamped the rose onto. I embossed in gold the sentiment. The design paper was also a scrap from my stamp table from another project. Keeping that stampin' resolution to use scraps first!!!! LOL

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Color Dare #50

How excited I was to get an email from Riley telling me I would get to join the Color Dare Team! I have been doing many of these wonderful challenges for some time now, and I look forward to working with these wonderful, talented ladies! The  Color Dare challenge for this week is Creamy Caramel, Bermuda Bay, and Ruby Red. I cuttlebugged the ruby red and bermuda bay pieces. The stampset I used is from Kitchen Sink Stamps. I don't seem to do very many cards that can be for men, but I think this set lends itself to cards for any gender.

Monday, January 4, 2010

MOJO Monday 120

I just loved the colors that were in the Basic Grey's Original collection. The verse is from VERVE, and the papers are from SU and Paper Trey. Mark's Finest Papers had this fabulous Basic Grey. I used my  Martha Stewart border punch and my nestabilities. I thought this vine was the perfect substitution for the ribbon and that prima just seemed to be in the right colors to fit right in.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Stampin' Sisters in Christ Challenge #20

Here's my card for today's challenge to make a baby card. The verse is from Flourishes, the papers from Paper Trey Inks. The punches are Martha Stewart.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Mark's Finest Papers

I was very sad to make the decision to leave Stampin' Up as a demonstrator, because for 8 years it was my main source for inks, papers, and stamps. Now I have discovered a whole new world out there in the papercraft industry and what fun I am having. I recently decided to try some of Faith's papers over at
 Mark's Finest Papers. This tomato red and yum yum blue eyes cardstock were the first ones I purchased and they just arrived today. Faith also had the new Basic Grey collections in the handy 6 by 6 inch size that I love. I decided that although these were not exactly the standard colors used for Valentines, I found they worked perfect with this sheet out of the Sugar Rush collection from Basic Grey. I used my Martha Stewart punches, my nestabilities scalloped heart, and this other spellbinder diecut. I don't know all the names of them. I can either take away precious creative time to learn them, or say what the heck I need to play!!! So, guess which I choose???I'm spreading my crafting dollars around  and am thoroughly enjoying all the wonderful things I have discovered. BTW, the image is from Hampton Art Stamps. I love vintage stamps. I've been so anxious to get started on my Valentines because it is my next favorite card making time of the year. I sell my cards and now my domino necklaces in a shop where I rent a booth space. So, it is time to get those Valentines up on the shelves!!!! It has been fun.