Monday, December 31, 2007

Beautiful Mail & Last of the Scrapbook Pages

I just have to share this beautiful card I received today from Jacqueline, who won my last blog candy offering. I love checking out her blog....and now I have a card of my own to admire! Thank you, friend!
This is my last pair of pages for the chipboard album I've been working on. I followed Flaxychick's SCS Scrapbook Challenge for both of these pages. I just scaled it down to my 6x6 album, but I plan on trying this layout when I get to scrapping 12x12 pages. Papers are from Basic Grey's Perhaps collections. Flourishes are from Maya Road and are covered with Art Institute's Baby's Breath glitter. Flowers are by Prima, glitter dots are from Archiver's. I faux stitched around each panel for a sewn/quilted look. Just plain happy stamp is from an acrylic set from Doodlebug Designs called Doodlebug Memories.
The particulars on this page are the same excepting for the hearts which are from Archiver's. Also, the Explore stamp is from Impression-Obsession's acrylic set called Word Frames.
This book ends when my daughter is 8 months old simply because the pages are *chunky* and there is no more room on the rings. I was intending it be just a glimpse of our baby....so I'm happy with the way it turned out. My 5 year old son is asking when I'm starting his...so I'll have to find a line of paper and make one for him as well...those baby years are precious.

HAPPY NEW YEAR! ...may your new year be healthy and happy!

Sunday, December 30, 2007

Our Sweet Cutie

I am almost finished with my daughter's chipboard album...I must say, if you've never made one, give it a try...it is a hoot! Just love this picture of her...no smile...but such an intense little gaze and the adorable little drip on her chin. Gotta love those slobbery baby faces!!
I'm trying to tie all elements of this album together....so again, it's Basic Grey paper from the Perhaps collection. I made some printed vellum by typing **Sweet Baby Girl** repeatedly in different fonts. I faux stitched the vellum to the base paper. Lots of primas. Large glitter brad is from Creative Imaginations. The smaller brads have a swirly pattern painted on them and they are by Queen & Co's Be Mine Trio Brads. On these flourishes I covered them with Diamond Glaze by Judikins for a *wet* look to go with my photos. She's a cutie is a rub-on from Me & My Big Ideas Baby Girl set.
Love the flying water on this photo...and her intense concentration on splashing. She's at a huge waterpark...but her world is right in front of her!! On this flourish I simply stamped sweet (SU!) in black Stazon ink.

Friday, December 28, 2007

EIO Sketch #4




Come join the challenge at Embellish-It Online. This week's challenge is by Flaxychick. This is the first card that popped together since I had the medallion on my desk and wanted to use it before it got wrecked somehow in one of my heaps!! Instead of the brads I just used the little ticket corner punch from SU!. The cream papers are some fun shimmery ones I had in my stash. The one on the left is from The Paper Cut here in Appleton, WI. The one on the right is from Marcos Paper. The medallion is cut out of some pink designer paper from who knows where. The center flower is a prima of course...and the glitter brad is by Creative Imaginations.

The hearts are wedding embellshments I found at Archiver's in the hot spot bins. The stamp is by Purple Onion Designs. Please play along and post your card in EIO's gallery or link it here...I'd love to see what you came up with!!

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Warm Winter Wishes!

Please forgive me for the photo....the card was in a cello envelope and there is awhite envelope in there too. I've been playing this week at other things besides stamping...and this is a photo of a card I made a while ago....I just love this little fellow!! The snowman is done with the glitter & acetate technique. You apply glue to the acetate and then your glitters, one at a time. Just love the bling effect you can get and no stray glitter flying around once it's put together. Snowman is by Penny Black. Glitter is by Art Insitute. Glitter dots and snowflake are from Archiver's. The card and the overlay are pre cut from The Paper Cut. I just love the convenience of having them precut and available in fun colors to layer. I faux stitched around the overlay with a white Sakura gel pen. The tag is stamped in Brocade Blue and the stamp is from My Sentiments Exactly!

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Happy Holidays!




This is a card that I've had fun playing with recently...I always love what using different designer papers does to change the look of a card. The card front is cut 1 1/8 inches from the right edge.

Floral card info: Paper: Harvest Floral/Vine by Mustard Moon. Flowers by Prima. Ruffle ribbon by May Arts, black ribbon (SU!). Gold stickers by Stampendous! Black flower centers (unknown source) Tab punch (SU!)

Harlequin card info: Paper: Capri by foof*a*la. All other info is the same.

Friday, December 21, 2007

Chilly Winter Night


This card is one I did for the EIO Design Team. It features Basic Grey's Figgy Pudding Paper, SU!'s Sahara Sand cardstock and white glimmer cardstock. I love the criss-cross cards...and that is sorta funny since I originally didn't think I liked them at all!! I also said I'd never scrapbook...and I'd never live in a ranch, in town or have a small kitchen. ...guess what?! I have all three...and it's not half bad and scrapbooking is FUN!!
Back to the card....I faux stitched and distressed all of the edges of the designer paper before attaching them to the cardstock. I used the giga scallop punch from Marvy and punched 1/8 inch holes around the edge. I used my Creative Memories circle cutter on the brown paper. The silver snowflakes are both rub-ons by Basic Grey. I slightly sanded the white Bazzil brad before applying the rub-on. White ribbon is by May Arts, and the card has small holes/notches to keep the ribbon from slipping. There are two ribbons, one on each side, if that makes sense. Silver glitter dot found at Archiver's. Love the SU! tab punch and that dotted paper, fun! The Sahara Sand piece on the insert is stamped in Versamark ink with a stamp from the Winterland stamp set by Basic Grey.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Sassy Smile


Here is another layout to the chipboard album I'm working on. I promise not to turn this into a totally scrapbooking blog....but this is what I've been spending my time on this week! ...and I *told* you it might be my new addiction!!


Paper for this is Basic Grey's Perhaps collection, the pink scalloped circle is a journaling page from Making Memories that I punched 1/8 inch holes in to make it more lacy. No journalling on this page...but I like it with the paper. I used my Creative Memories circle cutters to cut the Perhaps floral paper to fit. Flowers are prima, pink brad in center of the larger flower is by Making Memories...just love the color of it for girly pages! Flourishes are by Maya Road and are covered in Pink Smoothie Art Institute glitter. I used the SU! scallop punch and used the 1/8 inch circle punch again to make it more lacy. Photo is layered on white shimmer paper and faux stitched, as is the base paper. Sassy is by Yvonne Albritton and Smile is by Impression-Obsession. Glitter dots in the smaller primas are from Archiver's.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Priceless Memories


Well...I'm a newbie scrapbooker, so started out with a 6x6 chipboard album, a pad of Basic Grey designer paper, and some Maya Road Flourishes, and this is what I came up with! These are some favorite photos of my daughter. The base paper of the page is from the Periphery collection by Basic Grey. I faux stitched both this and the floral sheet. The flourishes I covered in glue and then in Pearl pearlescent glitter by Art Institute. When dry I tied May Arts ribbon around them and glue dotted them into place. The photos are layered onto some white glimmer paper that has been faux stitched and distressed. The embossed white flowers are by Prima and the centers are a button from who knows where! The little hearts are from Archiver's Hot Spots bins, three of which are layered on punched circles of designer paper from the Perhaps collection. Priceless is by SU! and memories is by printworks. So....thus is the beginning of what may be another addiction!! Thanks for looking!!!

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Love is....

Another simple card, however this stamp seems to need simplicity. The large Love stamp is by My Sentiments Exactly! and is stamped in white craft ink on Brocade Blue (SU!) cardstock.
The love verse in black is by My Sentiments Exactly! as well. I used my stamp aligner to place it. The butterflies are embossed in white detail embossing powder on pale blue vellum and cut out. I cut out two of each and attached the centers with a glue dot. Bend the wings up slightly for a 3-d effect.

Monday, December 17, 2007

Thinking of You 2~

Just a simple quick card today. Base cardstock is Brocade Blue (SU!). I used the script cuttlebug folder on white cardstock....I just love that....there's just something so crisp and fresh about that! The Hero Arts flower is done with watercolor crayons again and then cut out leaving a very narrow white border. I layered it on blue vellum with foam tape. Thinking of you is by Wordsworth and is also attached to vellum, but not with foam tape. Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Thinking of You

I make cards for a friend who is in her 80's and she loves watercolored flowers. I love the Penny Black stamps for this technique and this one is no exception! For this technique I spritz the stamp lightly with water, add color to the stamp with the crayons and spritz again before stamping onto watercolor paper. My crayons are the Karat Aquarell brand and not the creamiest out there...thus the *pre* spritz to help blend the crayon onto the stamp. Love the font of the Thinking of You stamp by JRL Design. The Fiskars edge punch makes a nice lacey topper. Ribbon (SU!). Cardstock colors: certainly celery, elegant eggplant, pale plum. Silver Dragonfly brad.

Saturday, December 15, 2007

A Treat ~ Blog Candy Winner!


We have a winner...but first a little about the card!! Card base is Chocolate Chip (SU!) Ribbons are from Michael's, designer paper (unknown source) is slit punch with the SU! slit punch. Sparkle dots are by Stampendous, flowers by Prima. Ice cream sundae (SU!) is stamped in Soft Grey (Hero Arts) and colored in with alcohol markers. Cherry is a glitter dot (Archiver's)
Verse (Printworks) is stamped in black and the image is layers on Close to Cocoa (SU!). This layer is faux stitched with a Lasting Impressions template and a Sakura white gel pen.
~The blog candy treat goes to Jacqueline! See her beautiful card here. Email me your snail mail addy and I'll get your goodies out to you on Monday! Thanks so much for playing along!!

Friday, December 14, 2007

Classic

Here's another classic guy card....a car! This stamp is by Stamps Happen Inc. I colored it with Prismacolor pencils and odorless mineral spirits. I love the brilliant and smooth look you get with this medium. I cut out the image leaving a narrow border and layered with black cardstock. The dark grey/black designer paper is from Cardmaker's Classic Creative Pack by Hot Off The Press. There are some fun papers in those paper packs!
Don't forget tomorrow is the last day for the Blog Candy for this week's sketch challenge #3 at Embellish-It Online. If you have time to play along....just make a card using this sketch, upload it to EIO's gallery and post a comment in this thread that you did! My son is itching to draw a winner tomorrow night at 9:00PM Central. Good Luck!
Thanks for stopping by my blog during this busy time of year...I appreciate it!!

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Cold Winter Days...

It's a monochromatic challenge today over at SCS...and this is what I came up with! The card is white, the layer is a grey Bazzil cardstock. The designer paper is Figgy Pudding...my favorite piece! I used heat-n-stick powder (SU!) on the flowers from True Friend (SU!) with silver and white glitters. I cut them out and layered them...popping the white layers up with foam tape.
The centers are the glitter dots from Archiver's....can you tell I like those?! The winter stamp is by Great Impressions and is stamped in Soft Grey (HeroArts), the stickers are by Stampendous! Tab punch is by SU! The front of the card is cut in 1 1/8 inch from the right edge. The verse is layered on a white piece that has been scuffed. I then glittered the edge of the grey piece and ran the scuffed edges through Art Institute's Pearlescent glitter....looks very icey in real life!

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Split Negative

Now there's nothing flowery about this card....excepting maybe the markers in the background!! It's a birthday card I made for my brother. It's one of those quick cards that is easy but is striking. The motorcycle stamp is by Stamps Happen, Inc. I embossed it in black detail embossing powder on white cardstock and in white detail embossing powder on black cardstock. Then I trimmed the images leaving a narrow border. I then mounted the split images on opposite colors and finally on red cardstock. The happy birthday stamp is by Savvy Stamps. The ribbon is a found item....from a Mary Engelbreit pen/notepaper gift set.

Don't forget...there is Blog Candy for the winning on Saturday night....join Sketch Challenge #3 at http://www.embellish-online.com/ and follow the directions in the prior post! Good Luck!!

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

~Memories & Blog Candy!




Here is the sketch for this week at http://www.embellish-online.com/ and my version of it. I used some oyster paper (Marcos Paper) that has a pearlescent sheen to it. Ribbon is by May Arts....isn't it delish?! I drool every time I use it!! The center strip is Soft Sky cardstock (SU!) with vellum faux stitched over it. The edges have been scuffed. The lower fibers are just some fun stuff I had laying around here. The figgy paper is adhered to a coaster. A vellum layer is glue dotted strategically onto the coaster under the flowers and such. Flowers are by Prima, glitter dots from Archivers. Chipboard and sticker are by Basic Grey and the Memories stamp is by Printworks.

I'm not sure how long I'm going to keep this up...but I'm offering BLOG CANDY once again!!
What you need to do is to complete this sketch, post it in the http://www.embellish-online.com/ gallery and comment on this post that you did so I can take a peek. On Saturday night at 9:00pm central I will have my ds draw a name....he's asking me daily if he can pick a new winner! ;) I have one more 8x8 paper pack; Silent Night by KI Memories for Archivers up for grabs....20 sheets of fun!
Good Luck!!

Monday, December 10, 2007

Dream....


I'm dreaming of the day when the round of colds in our home ends!! DS is getting better, but still coughing....DD has a cold and double ear infections! Now I'm getting another cold....and I'd not quite kicked the one I got the day before Thanksgiving! ARGH!!

This is another card I made that was inspired by a SCS'r... take a peek at hers here: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/599016?cpage=2. I liked her color combo and the scalloped circle, so went from there. I stamped the flowers and leaves and cut them out leaving a small border. I stamped the doodle scallop stamp (GinaK) in white craft on the giga scalloped punch. Used the Creative Memories circle cutter for the white circle which I sponged with Certainly Celery (SU!) Flower colors would be Perfect Plum and Pale Plum (SU!) I love the crispness of the cuttlebug script folder on white....so cool! The dream stamp and border are by Impression-Obsession...as is the center pale plum floral filler....just too fun!! Ribbon by May Arts and glitter dots (Archivers)

Sunday, December 9, 2007

Floral Trio

Well...I have sick kids here....so I'm going to post a card I made a while ago. I was inspired by a card on SCS by lacyquilter: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/502224?si=SC115&what=allfields&condition=and

I loved her gel pen dotted flowers so I ran with that idea and made lots more!! I stamped the flowers tone on tone and cut them out leaving a slight border. I dotted them with that lovely signo white gel pen! The blue layer is stamped Hi! in white craft ink, stamp is by Impression-Obsession. That layer is pieced but not faux stitched. The red layer below it is scuffed. The bottom layer is stamped with SU's flannel background stamp. Thanks for taking a peek!

Saturday, December 8, 2007

Magenta Birthday Card



....but first you get to read some card babble!! I uploaded a card similar to this one on SCS only with a different flower and in the oranges and yellows. I liked the color combo on this one too...and those alcohol markers!! The stamp is a portion of a Magenta stamp. I colored the background of the floral square a very light grey color, then blended the flower with 3 shades of blue and 2 shades of yellow. The scalloped square is a white marvy scalloped square. Cardstock colors are sahara sand, ballet blue (SU!); flowers are small primas, Stampendous! sparkle dots galore on this one, Sakura clear stardust pen on the slit punched scalloped border. Happy birthday embossing folder by Cuttlebug.

And now....this week's winner for the card sketch/blog candy challenge is.....Ematson!!
Check out her entry: http://www.embellish-online.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=249

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and checking out the challenge!! Email me your snail mail and you've got some goodies headed out of here on Monday!! Enjoy!!

Friday, December 7, 2007

So Soft....

Ok...just had to get something feminine back on here! This is a card I made for somone who wanted a pink and yellow card. Not colors I would normally put together...but I thought with the paper it worked out pretty well. The flower stamp is by Hero Arts. It is stamped in versamark and chalked. I cut it out leaving a narrow border before taping to the yellow cardstock.
Yellow cardstock is barely bananna (SU!) and the butterflies are from the Butterfly of Happiness set (SU!). They are embossed in white on vellum and cut out and layered for a more 3-D effect. This idea was inspired by Kelly's awesome card: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/523800?cat=500&ppuser=75290
May arts ribbon, Wordsworth thinking of you, designer paper from a stack from JoAnn's.

Did you see...my counter is almost to 1000!! Thank you to each of you who has stopped by to take a peek...and especially those who have taken the time to comment....I do appreciate it!
Don't forget tomorrow night I draw for the blog candy...so upload your sketch card to the gallery at http://www.embellish-online.com/ and post in my blog candy post that you did!

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Thinking of men....

...*cards* that is!! I'm usually a more flowery-type stamper....but for the fellows I sometimes have to have a man card session! This card is just simple stamping, but I like the feel of it.
I stamped natural cardstock (unknown source) with linen (SU!) in almost artichoke ink. I generation stamped the pine tree (Pines, SU!) twice for the look of a forest. The geese are stamped off once. The bear is stamped once and cut out leaving a narrow border and popped up with foam tape. The pine needles and pinecones are stamped off once and are stamped off the edge of the large natural cardstock panel. The thinking of you stamp is by Impression-Obsession. I faux stitched the tree panel with black ink.

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Enjoy!


Today the design team gallery opens up at http://www.embellish-online.com/. Our focus this month was on christmas and new years projects. If you have a minute you might want to pop in for some fun ideas!
This little treasure is a *secret box* by Maya Road. It's small size is perfect for tucking in a little treat or surprise for a friend. I covered it with some strips of figgy pudding paper by Basic Grey. I cut strips of the candy patterned paper for a row of peppermints for my border...how fun is that?! I used the circle punch for the candies on the lid. The chipboard letter and sticker are also by Basic Grey. Snap stamps fit perfectly for the word enjoy. The white scalloped circle is the blue Marvy punch and the red square is the purple one. ....giga, mega, schmega....it's easier to say what color!! Many of these supplies can be found at http://www.embellish-online.com/.
Thanks for popping in!!
Don't forget the Blog Candy challenge....you have until Saturday night....and being a new blog, your chances are pretty good you'll win!!

Monday, December 3, 2007

Whipper Snapper Snowman



Card details:
stamps: snowman by Whipper Snapper, happy holidays by SU! (riveting)
ink: brocade blue (SU!), black
button, glitter dots (Archivers)
ribbon: May Arts
cardstock: Bazzil
patterned paper: Sonburn
Cuttlebug snowflake embossing folder
Markers: Studio2 (alchohol based like copics) and white gel pen for faux stitching

Sunday, December 2, 2007

Wheeee!

This card is a quickie! The snowmobile is actually a rub-on which is applied to a vellum tag. I ended up layering the tag onto plain white cardstock...but it still gives the tag a soft look. I ran white cardstock through Cuttlebug's snowflake embossing folder. Stickers are a sheet of metallic stickers I picked up at a scrap convention, sorry but I don't have any brand info. They sure are fun little fellows though!! The sparkle dots are by Stampendous! The snowflake on the vellum tag is popped up with foam tape. Edges have been scuffed and it is layered on some metallic cardstock.

This card is for my brother and his wife who have had a wheee of a month...both have changed careers and have started new jobs! Congratulations to them both and best wishes for happiness in their new ventures!!

Saturday, December 1, 2007

Many Thanks


Another Figgy Pudding creation....this time I was playing with the Basic Grey Chipboard undressed alphabet ~ Margie. Maybe you've already figured this out....but I bought a sheet of the coordinating monogram stickers...and what fun is that....pop them on and they just fit so perfectly and look so fun! Being that they are monograms I'm thinking of all of the different ways I can use them for people and for occasions. This might not have been a profitable discovery for my wallet since I'm betting I'll soon be finding other monograms in other patterns that will want to follow me home!! This time I paired it up with SU!'s Whimsical Lowercase Alphabet and some gems from EK Success that I had in my stash. The white ribbon is a May Arts ribbon and the green is a piece from the Figgy Pudding Fibers. On this card I just faux stitched around the sentiment panel and the pocket insert. I just got the tab punch from SU! I had been telling myself I didn't *need* it....but I finally broke down and got it....and boy am I glad I did!! What a fun way to use up scraps and add a little extra touch of fun. The black dot is some adhesive thingy I found at Archiver's in the clearance bin....gotta love that! The base for the card is SU's Sahara Sand. I had never used that color before this week....it seems it's turned into my new favorite....sorry Certainly Celery!!!

Friday, November 30, 2007

I Wish..../Blog Candy Winner(s)


I wish you could both win...so since there are only two of you who entered the blog candy drawing...you both will! My son selected medfordsil as the winner....so you'll receive 2 packages of Basic Grey Rub-ons. CAKVD, since you were also so kind to play along....I'll send you 1 package of the Rub-ons. Both of you need to get in touch with your addresses and I'll get your fun mail coming your way!! Keep an eye out....I'm thinking 1000 hits should be worth something...what do you think?!

Ok...on to card details! The stamp is by Stamps Happen...I guess it's actually supposed to be a robin....but I didn't realize it until after I colored it...Oops! Oh well....I think he turned out ok as a *blue bird!* I colored him with alcohol based markers. Thanks for taking a peek!!

Cardstock: Bashful Blue (SU!)
Designer Paper: Embossed Swirls (unknown source)
Ribbon: May Arts
Oval Punches: (SU!)
Alcohol-Based Markers: Copics
Bird Stamp: Stamps Happen
Wish Stamp: (SU!)

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Timeless

I don't usually make cards in the 5x7 inch size....but this one just seemed to fall together that way! I used the cracked glass technique on an old SU! set. I stamped each on white cardstock: for the dragonfly I glittered his wings with glitter and glue. For the flower I added some color with chalks. Then I did the cracked glass technique...I did 4 layers of the ultra-think embossing powder. Then I placed the pieces in the freezer for a bit to ensure some sharp cracks. After cracking the pieces I rubbed ink into the cracks. Each piece is layered on colored vellum that has been torn along the bottom edge. Memories, Treasure and Timeless are from a huge set of words by Yvonne Albrighton and are stamped on twill ribbon. The large leaf is by Judikins and the nature verse is by Serendipity.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Homemade Glitter Designer Paper!

Do you drool over the glittery designer paper at your local stamp store?! I always do...and can't justify buying it very often. Well...I've been playing with the Figgy Pudding 6x6 pack and decided to try making my own! I used a Sakura Quickie Glue Pen and Art Institute's Ultrafine Pearlescent glitter #189.Pearl. It turned out great....not sure if you can see it on the photo....but it's very nice looking in real life. Woo Hoo!! I also glittered some of the snowflakes on the piece behind the *h.* The fibers are from the Figgy Pudding fiber pack as well as the monogram.
Warm Wishes is stamped on some glimmery paper for a nice icy effect IRL. Not sure I'm so keen on the card....but I sure am keen on the glitter designer paper!

Card Details:
Cardstock: SU! Designer Paper, Fibers, Monogram: Figgy Pudding/Basic Grey Hardware: Making Memories Happy New Year: Karen Foster's 1/8 inch snap stamps Warm Wishes: Come Clean Designs Ink: black Punch: SU!'s Slit Punch Snowflakes: Archiver's Glitter: Art Institute Ultrafine Pearlescent

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Happy Winter!



The first visible snow on the ground this morning....not much...but enough to make me wish for a mug of something warm!!

The designer paper is by Figgy Pudding...there are so many different styles of paper in this collection...you can get a TON of cards out of just one package! Another dandy thing is that the paper coordinates so well with SU!'s cardstock.

Card Details:

Stamps: mug, WhipperSnapper; Happy Winter, A Muse; marshmallows, SU! Chipboard: Undressed, Margie; Basic Grey Stickers: Figgy Monogram Stickers; Basic Grey Fibers: Figgy Fibers; Basic Grey Cardstock: Chocolate Chip, Sahara Sand, Soft Sky, SU! Designer Paper: Figgy Pudding Collection, Basic Grey Button: Archivers

Monday, November 26, 2007

More Peaceful Wishes


I'm up to my ears in Figgy Pudding and what fun it is....check it out!! http://embellish-online.com/item_503/Figgy-Pudding-Collection-BasicGrey.htm
This card is a fun way to get a peek at 5 of the different patterns in this collection. I love the way it matches Stampin' Up!'s Sahara Sand cardstock. I stamped the top layer of Sahara Sand with the Linen background stamp in Always Artichoke. The bottom layer of Sahara Sand cardstock is plain. Wreath is also part of the Figgy Pudding Collection and is call Winterland...check it out too!!
I **LOVE** the faux stitching template and scuffing tool as well....I've not been brave enough to try sewing for real yet....but I'm not sure I care!! Just as long as I don't lose my dandy black pen!
Don't forget to check out the Blog Candy post....there are some fun Basic Grey rub-ons on the line here!! You need to upload a card to the Embellish-It Online gallery and comment on my Blog Candy post from Saturday.....your chances of winning are pretty good!! ;)

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Embellish-It Challenge #1 ~ Wanna Play?!





This is the first challenge over at http://www.embellish-online.com/. There is also a layout there for a scrapbook page using a similar layout. We're aiming for weekly challenges....so come on over and play along!!


Since I'm a newbie at this blogging thing....and I'm half way to 500 hits....it's blog candy time!!! Here's what you need to do:


Post your challenge card or scrapbook layout in the gallery at http://www.embellish-online.com/ AND leave a message on this post telling me that you did so I can check out your creation! I will have my son draw a name on Friday night, November 30th. I'm ordering some of the fun Basic Grey Rub-ons and I'll send two packages of my choice your way.....so come and play!!!! Good Luck!

Card details: The crisp black and white colors of the sketch just were too cool to change much! I stamped the stag from Basic Grey's Winterland clear set (http://www.embellish-online.com/) in white craft ink on black cardstock. Metallic paper was run through the script Cuttlebug folder (http://www.embellish-online.com)....so/ cool! A little red sticker by Stampendous! adds a little bling. Believe and the frame around it are by Impression-Obsession.


Friday, November 23, 2007

Printed Vellum Birthday


I was wishing I had some printed vellum...so made up my own by picking out my favorite fonts and typing out about five rows. Then just copy and paste to fill a full sheet.
This card just uses a small piece of it, but I liked the way it looked over the cuttlebugged piece. The candles have glitter applied with a Sakura quickie glue pen...that is the best for applying glitter to tiny places.
Stamp: Stampin Up!
Brads: Lasting Impressions
Ribbon: Michaels
Cuttlebug: available at http://www.embellish-online.com/
Cardstock: Certainly Celery & Brocade Blue (SU!)

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

A Bloomin' Snowflake


Well...before I cleaned up my desk a little, this simple card popped together. The snowflake is in a little set by Stampendous! The center looks like a flower.....so what is a girl to do but put a flower in there?! Love these little metal charm flowers...however I'm not sure of the source anymore.

Thanks to GinaK for the awesome idea to punch circles out the scallop punches....I love doing this to dress up the scallop punches a bit more. The snowflake was stamped in brocade blue ink. I don't have a source for this patterned paper, a PIF gift from STAMPINSTEL...thanks!! :) This piece was again faux stitched and attached to white and black layers of cardstock. The Thinking of You is by Wordsworth.
If you still don't have a Giga Scalloped Circle Punch by Marvy, check out this link....you *need* one!

Monday, November 19, 2007

A Pocket of Snow!


Another snow card....I told you I'm in the mood for some white stuff! This is my first criss-cross card. I was inspired by my Secret Sister on Splitcoast Stampers...she sent me one and then I just had to try one for myself.
The snowflakes are by Stampendous! They are stamped in Brocade Blue ink (SU!) and cut out. Each snowflake is accented with a clear stardust pen (Sakura) The glitter dots on the large snowflake and the tag pull are from Archiver's. The smaller snowflakes have some Silver Dot Sparklers by Stampendous! The patterned paper is from my stash, so the source is unknown. I used faux stitching with the white gel pen (Signo) around all of the pieces and then distressed the edges before attaching them to the card. The thinking of you stamp is by Wordsworth.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Winter Wish


Well....we've seen snow flurries here two days in a row....and this color combo just strikes me as a fun winter combo!
The cut piece is from a cut & fold template by Lace'. Once the cutting is done it is really quick and simple to fold. When I had the medallion folded, I simply cut around it to turn it into a lacey *snowflake*. Doing these on printed designer paper as I did makes it even prettier with the white backing of the paper giving it a bit of contrast. The Prima flowers matched the designer paper and the cuttlebugged piece perfectly! The belt is faux stitched and layered on a white cardstock piece that has had the edges distressed.
I stamped the center oval on the designer paper, the outer oval on white cardstock. For some added interest, I pierced white piece before attaching it to the card. Thanks so much for taking a peek!!
Wish Stamp: SU!
Flowers: Prima
Stencil: Lace'
Cardstock: Sahara Sand, Whisper White (SU!)
Punches: ovals (SU!)
Piercing Stencil: (SU!)
Brad: Eyelet Outlet

Friday, November 16, 2007

I'm jumping into blogland today!


Today is a special day for me, I've just been notified that I've been selected as a design team member for http://www.embellish-online.com/. I'm totally thrilled to be able to contribute my work using their products to their gallery and working with the other design team members.

A little about me. I'm a SAHM of a 1 year old dd and a 5 year old ds. I've been stamping for the last 15 years and am totally addicted to all things paper related, but please don't save me!!! Stamping is my sanity saver....it keeps my mind occupied and gives me satisfaction to create *something* out of a pile of fun supplies. I teach stamping workshops and love trying new techniques and like a variety of styles. I've been published several times and look forward to submitting more work to be considered for publication. I'm a night-owl....so if you're up late creating, chances are I am too!!

I'm new to blogging....so bear with me as I learn the ropes. I'm looking forward to getting to know more people through blogging, so pop in with a comment any time... I'd love to hear from you!

Card info:
This is a fun peek-a-boo shaker card. There is prisma glitter in between acetate taped to the frame back and the acetate taped to the card front. The frame and card are separated by a layer of foam tape. The slide mount is attached by glue dots on the corners. The ribbons are wrapped around the frame and tied with metallic embroidery floss to avoid added bulk.

Snowflake Stamp: Stampin Up! stamped in black Stazon
Tiny Snowflakes: Hampton Art Stamps
Card, Frame, Slide Mount: The Paper Cut, Appleton, WI
Metal Sentiment: Lasting Impressions
Dotted Ribbon: May Arts
Satin Edged Ribbon: Offray
Silver Thread: DMC metallic embroidery floss