Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Belli Challenge #88

The new Creative Belli Challenge is to use spray color. I also used an image from Stamping Boutique who is the sponsor. I used Tsukineko's Walnut Ink Antiquing Solution for my spray color. I wanted to give my card a dirty look so it appeared this adorable little cleaning lady had a mess on her hands. I colored the image with my ever, marvelous copic markers (you know how I adore my markers)! The design paper is from K&Company and the cardbase is kraft cardstock. I hope you will join us in this challenge, and link your card here.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Color Dare #62

This week's colors are ruby red, baja breeze, and whisper white. I pulled out an old Stampin' Up wheel for this. I cuttlebugged the stars onto the baja breeze panel. I used some gold cardstock to paper piece the medals and as the frame around the stamped images. The "Congratulations" is from the SU set Well Scripted. Hope you will join in on the fun of the Color Dare challenge.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Mark's Finest Papers and Copic Colour Challenge #57

The copic colour challenge this week was to use G99, BVo8, and E59. I did not have E59 so I substituted the lighter walnut E57. This stamp set is from Mark's Finest Papers and it is called Serene Lady. I used a piece of Basic Grey's Wisteria collection for my design paper and I used Mark's Finest Papers' Willow Wind, which is so soft and gorgeous. I thought using the softer colors in the background was a great contrast with the boldness of the colors used to color the image. I wanted to use some organdy ribbon that I had from Mark's Finest Papers but I did not have a violet, so with the great versatility of copic markers, I colored my ribbon with the BV08 marker to match my color scheme. Just another of a long list of reasons why I love copic markers. They can do just about any job you might need them to do!!! How awesome is that????

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Color Dare Challenge #61

This week's challenge colors are pretty in pink, green galore, and basic black.
I used Stampin' Up sets for this card and my Martha Stewart corner punch.
Come join in on the fun and add your card to Mr. Linky over on the  Color Dare blog.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

crazy 4 challenges 29

The challenge for Crazy 4 Challenges today was to make a spring card. I have so enjoyed all of these new spring sets released by Mark's Finest Papers. This little humming bird and anise is from the Daffodil and Anise set. I also added some of the gorgeous fern from the Fern and Chickadee set. The background paper is from Basic Grey.All the papers,stamps, flowers, and ribbon are from Mark's Finest Papers. You will also find a wonderful collection of Spellbinders in Faith's store as well. I have been enjoying my month as guest designer for Mark's Finest Papers this month, and these stamps have been fabulous to use. I think nature offers us so many wonderful timeless subjects and I'm so glad that Faith uses those wonders around our world in the sets she has designed.

Friday, March 19, 2010

SSnotime #131

All the papers and stamps and the organdy ribbon are from Mark's Finest Papers. I used a cuttlebug for the background texture. I used my spellbinder also and added the swiss dot texture to it. This is for Sharon's Stamp Simply challenge today.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Belli Challenge #87

There is a sketch for the Belli Challenge this week and also the embellishment to use is a clip of some sort.
I actually used two on mine. I just loved the pattern on this design paper from Paper Studio. I love using scripture on my cards and I thought this sketch worked perfect for this one from Proverbs. Hope you join us in the fun for this challenge. Link your card to Mr. Linky over on the Belli challenge Blog.Have a blessed week!

Color Dare #60

The colors for the color dare this week are real red, more mustard, gable green, and tempting turquoise. I used a stamp from the Spring Rose set from Mark's Finest Papers. I stamped a repeated pattern and added the primas to the centers.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Stampin' Sisters in Christ #30 and Stamptacular Sunday Challenge #49

                                Our Daily Bread Designs are  celebrating their 2nd anniversary. This stamp set is one of my favorites from ODBD, so thought I would use it to help them celebrate. This is for the Stampin' Sisters in Christ Challenge to use a peaceful image. I also chose what I think are peaceful colors, and I have many people in my life that need prayers of peace, so I used this sentiment from the same ODBD set. The beautiful soft blue cardstock and that fabulous tan cardstock are from Mark's Finest Papers. I used one of my cuttlebug diecuts and a Stampin' Up sellabation punch also. Copic markers were used to color in the image that was stamped with close to cocoa ink.  Sahara sand was the ink used for the sentiment. The design paper is from Basic Grey. The sketch is the Stamptacular Sunday Challenge today. How fun it was to combine these great challenges and to wish Our Daily Bread Designs many more years of success ahead! I love that they always include Biblical scriptures in their sets. What a wonderful way to spread the Good News in such a beautiful way, giving us all the opportunity to create cards that glorify God with our unique and wonderful talents. May God's peace be with all who visit my blog. Have a blessed Sabbath day!!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

MFP's Blog Hop Finale

I don't know about you, but I have found these new stamp sets from Mark's Finest Papers to be absolutely gorgeous. I really can't pick a favorite because each set has wonderful elements that make them so perfect for so many events.One of the things I love about this rose is that the lines are thicker and easier to cut around. All papers, stamps, embellishments, and ribbons are from Mark's Finest Papers. I used my Martha Stewart punches and SU punches also. I used my copic markers to add the hightlights on the rose and the leaves.
I hope you have not only enjoyed this week of blog hopping, but also have left comments on all the design team's blogs making you elligible for the drawing for the BLOG CANDY. The winner will be announced on Mark's Finest Papers Saturday, March 13th. Remember too about the New Flourishes Release on Mark's Finest Papers on TONIGHT (the 12th).
Hop over to check these out: FaithJeanne, Lois, Nancy, Nikki, Peggy,Vicky

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Day 3 at the MFP Blog Hop

I just adore this newly released set called Daffodil and Anise from Mark's Finest Papers. This is day 3 of the Blog Hop and I hope you have enjoyed seeing these fabulous new sets. Get right over to Mark's Finest Papers so you can get this ordered to enjoy during the spring season. This butterfly is such a great size. All the papers are from MFP and they also handle all the great Spellbinder shapes we all love. Basic Grey patterns are some of my favorite design papers and MFP have those too. The lime squeeze cardstock is a fabulous color and one of my favorites.

For your chance to win the BLOG CANDY, visit all of the design team members' blogs on March 10th, 11th, and 12th. On Saturday, March 13 the winner will be chosen from those who have visited all 9 blogs all 3 days!!! Get busy hopping, you won't want to miss a chance at two soon-to-be released sets.

Other DT members you just gotta see:
Mark's Finest Papers

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Another day at the Hop

This is another sneak peek of one of the new stamp sets from Mark's Finest Papers. It is called Ferns and Chickadees. Visit Mark's Finest Paper's Newsletter Blog to read Faith's sweet story that inspired her to create this set. I used a pretty piece of design paper from Basic Grey (which is available from Mark's Finest Papers) and MFP's lovely lime squeeze and strawberry freeze cardstock.

Don't forget to visit all of these wonderful blogs and leave a comment so you might win BLOG CANDY to be announced on Mark's Finest Papers Blog. Friday night will be the New Flourish Release at Mark's Finest Papers.

Check out these great blogs:


Here's another card I did using this fabulous stamp set. I just love that lime squeeze paper and found these two design prints from Basic Grey to work perfect with it. All papers, ribbon, and stamps used for this card are from Mark's Finest Papers as are the nestablitites.

Color Dare #59

Color Dare Challenge this week:
certainly celery
Tempting turquoise
chocolate chip

I thought this Basic Grey dp was perfect for these colors.The stamps are a sneek peak at some of the new stamp sets being released over on Mark's Finest Papers. Tried out my new nestabilities for this card too. The butterfly was stamped on Basic Grey dp and paper pieced onto the card.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Mark's Finest Paper's New Release and Blog Hop

Mark's Finest Papers RELEASE Hop and BLOG CANDY!!!
 Mark's Finest Papers Design Team is celebrating our BRAND NEW STAMPS for the Speedy Cat Designer Collection and Serenity Collection with a Blog Hop! These sets are available TODAY!

For your chance to win BLOG CANDY, visit and comment on each of the following design team members' Blogs on March 10th, 11th, and 12th. On Saturday, March 13th, a winner will be chosen from those who have visited all 9 blogs all three days.

The winner will be announced on the Mark's Finest Papers Blog and will receive 2 stamp sets that will be released NEXT month. And remember, Friday night will be the New Flourishes Release at Mark's Finest Papers!

Please go visit the following blogs:
Nancyruth at
Lois at
Peggy at
Vicky at
Jeanne at
Faith at
Mark's Finest Papers at

These images are from a new stamp set called Lady Serene. I used Ripened Tomato cardstock, the polka dotted dp is Basic Grey, and a beautiful gold oriental coin embellishment all from Mark's Finest Papers. Have fun checking out all the goodies and good luck in the drawing for the blog candy. 

MOJO Monday 129

Here's my card for the MOJO Monday challenge. I used my Verve stamps and some Basic Grey dp.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Ready for spring, Chickadee?

I did this for the paper piercing challenge over on Crazy for Challenges. This little chickadee is all ready for spring, and next week he will be featured on one of the new stamp sets being released from Mark's Finest Papers. All the paper and ribbon are from Mark's finest papers as well. This lime freeze is a realy favorite of mine from Faith's great collection of papers. The piercing pattern is a digital pattern I got from Angel's Landing a while back. I've seen so many more birds this past week that I am convinced spring is right around the corner.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Lady Serene

This is a beautiful new stamp set from Mark's Finest Papers, which will be released next Tuesday. You won't want to miss the blog hop that will be going on as well, because it will give you a chance to win some BLOG CANDY! I used MFP's ripened tomato for the cardstock, a strip of the polka dot black and white paper from Basic Grey's June Bug Collection. I used a white Galaxy pen to colored in the white flowers on the kimono, and that fabulous ribbon is from Mark's Finest Papers as well. Don't forget to check things out over on Mark's Finest Papers next week to see all the new releases!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Belli Challenge #86

Our sponsor for the Belli Challenge this week is Sunshine Stamps. This little image is one of their creations. I found this fun design paper from K & Company and it looked great with SU's kiwi kiss cardstock. I cut some of the little worded pointer out and attached with eyelets which I got to use my new Crop a Dile Big Bite on. I found it on a clearance at Walmart for $20 (what a deal)!! It was so fun because I could reach any point on the card that I wanted an eyelet!!! I haven't used eyelets in a long time, so it was great to come up with some clever ways to use them. Hope you have fun with it too and then link it to Mr. Linky over on the Belli blog site.

I loved these colors this week for the color dare. I did a little punching, a little embossing, and a little huffing and puffing (or that's what I call that method anyway)!! This ribbon treatment was a great way to  use up some of those smaller pieces of ribbon scraps. I even added eyelets, which are also the challenge for the Belli Challenge this week. I haven't used eyelets in quite sometime. I know you can come up with something lovely with these fabulous colors so go over to the Color Dare blog to link it to Mr. Linky!!!


This sketch is for the Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge #43.
This is a sneak peek at a new stamp set from Mark's Finest Papers called Spring Roses. The papers I used are from Mark's Finest Papers except for the back. I used some of Faith's white organdy ribbon that I colored with my copic marker to get it the color I wanted it to be. I just love my copic markers because they do amazing things like this. Be sure to stop by over on Mark's Finest Papers to see all the new things Faith keeps offering.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Mark's Finest Papers Guest Designer

March is going to be such an exciting time for me as I will get the opportunity to be a guest designer for Mark's Finest Papers. I can not begin to tell you how thrilled I am to have a chance to do some things I love.
I think you will be excited to see the new stamps that Faith will have available soon over at Mark's Finest Papers. This one I used is called Daffodils and Anise. It has this butterfly and also a hummingbird as part of the set. I was really excited about these wonderful metal flowers and leaves as embellishments. Check on those to be released as well. Faith also handles all the Basic Grey collections that I love and I used some of the papers from the Nook and Pantry collection on this card. The cardstock, called Breezy Blue, is just right for those gorgeous spring cards you will need to get going on!!! I stamped the anise directly onto the design paper, which is something I have been trying lately. I colored it in with copic markers as well as the butterfly.The ribbon is a soft blue organdy which is so perfect for that light and airy feeling that makes you think of spring. Look forward to MFP's blog hop to take place on March 10-13. More details to come on that!
Again, I look forward to showing you all the wonderful things you can find over at Mark's Finest Papers.