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Friday, January 28, 2011

CSS Alumni Blog Hop

Hi there!  Tonight my fellow friends from the StampTV Center Stage Alumni were challenged to create a card using a sketch created by me!  You can see the sketch below.  Hopefully you have arrived at my blog from my pal Lori McAree's blog.  If not, you can go back to StampTV and start from the beginning.

I created this shaker card for my husbands parents who will be celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary on Sunday. I started with a PL White cardstock and created a 5" x 7" card. Afterall, I think 50 years deserves a BIG card, don't you?  I used my Scor-It board to create the diagonal pattern on the card.  I used a Cuttlebug folder for the smaller embossed piece.    I used stamps from the Fanciful Tags and Block Greetings sets from Gina K. Designs.  Everything was stamped in gold pigment ink and embossed with gold embossing powder.  The filling inside the shaker is called Gala Glitz (it is a mix of German glass glitter and tiny micro beads).  The shaker is layered onto a nesties label panel and the card is finished off with a bow and some gold dew drops. 

Make sure to leave a comment as you hop along because on Tuesday morning (February 1st), we will randomly choose one of the comments from all the blogs who will win a Gina K. Designs stamp set of their choice valued up to $24.95! 

I am going to send you on your merry way to my friend Melissa Schultz's blog, I know she has something awesome to share with you.

Happy hopping,

Monday, January 24, 2011


Happy Monday!

I have a fun little card  to share with you today.  I created this card for last Friday's StampTV Color Spotlight challenge.  I love these colors, they were a blast to work with.  The ribbon had a touch of lime green, so I threw that in for good measure.

This weeks colors are:

I used 3 of my favorite Gina K. Designs sets on my card.  On the Turquoise layer, I stamped the solid flower image from Pressed Flowers in Adirondack Aqua ink and then over stamped it with the coordinating open image flower from A Year of Flowers in Memento Rich Cocoa ink. I colored the center of the flowers with Prismacolor pencils to give them a little pop! I love how Melanie illustrates so many of her sets to work perfectly together.  I stamped the solid flower again on a white Nestabilities Labels 2 panel and added the sentiment from the Friends set.  I finished off the card with some Cinnamon Stickles, ribbon and pearls.
have a great day,

Sunday, January 23, 2011

CHA Sneak Peek....Feeling Lucky?

Ah ha, I bet you thought I was going to have a St. Paddy's card to share with you.  Nope!  What I am sharing is a couple of different ways to win some goodies.

First, I am giving away the Kind Words set from can read all about it and enter to win on THIS post.  You have until Tuesday January 25th to enter.

Second is this:

Ranger and Coredinations have teamed up to create two great cardstock collections that coordinate with Tim Holtz Distress Ink and Ranger's Adirondack Ink lines.  They are going to pick 40 winners to send one of these fabulous paper pads to.  If you would like to enter, click HERE.   
I'll be back in a bit with a card to share.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Oldies But Goodies Blog Hop

Hi there!  I recently became a member of the Designing Divas Facebook group and today we are having our first OBG (oldies, but goodies) Blog Hop.  The idea for this hop is that we go through our "stash" and pull out our "old" stamps and supplies use them. 

If you arrived at my blog from Cindy's amazing blog, then you are in the right place.  If not, you may want to go back to Sue's awesome blog and start from the beginning.

The card I am sharing with you today has two "old" elements to it.  The stamp is from PSX (one of my all time favorite companies) and the date on the side is 1995.  I am so glad that I pulled it out and got it inky again.
The other "old" element is the glittery pinkish lavender SEI cardstock from the Lovebirds collection.  I colored the sweet peas with Copics and then covered them with Glossy Accents.  I love layers and this card has a total of 9.  I chose a classic layout for this one, letting the image become the star.  I finished off the card with a big satin bow. 

I don't want to keep you too long, there is so much more for you to see.  I am going to send you on your way to Karen's blog, I know she has a treat in store for you!

Monday, January 17, 2011

A card, confession and confections!

ETA:  I just let the random generator pick the lucky winner and it is:

Amanda R said...

Just found your blog (you can thank Dorcas and her photo of your crocheted flowers) but I am lovin your cards too! My favorite color lately is red. Such a bright happy color!

Thanks Amanda!  I will be contacting you for your snail mail addy.  Thanks again to everyone who commented.  This was fun and I will do it again soon.

The Card:
I created this card for the VLV Week 3 Sketch Challenge.  Let me say, I love this sketch that my pal Tosh created, my mind was spinning with ideas.  I will use this sketch again and again.  I was also inspired by the colors of the sketch.  They are some of my favorites together.
I used stamps from Verve's Framed Wishes and Blue Skies sets.

The Confession:

I have lots and lots of Verve stamps that have been sorely neglected and decided that I would put them to good use in 2011.  While rummaging through them all, looking for inspiration I found out that I have two Kind Words sets and one of them had never seen ink! I guess I really liked it! 

This brings me to the Confections:

I am going to give my extra set of Kind Words and an assortment of goodies from my stash to one of my amazing blog readers.  All I ask of you is to leave me a comment on this blog post and let me know what your favorite color is.  I will create your goodie pack based on your favorite color.  I will randomly pick a winner on Tuesday, January 25, 2011.  If your blog/e-mail is not linked to your comment, please leave me some way of contacting you.


Happy Birthday

Happy Monday morning to you all!  If you are off work today for Martin Luther King day, I hope you enjoy your day.  If you are out and about, come by and see me at the shop, I would love to see you.  Last Monday I had a surprise visit from a fellow StampTVer, Donna Gilman.  It was so nice to meet her in person, she was a joy to visit with.  Thanks Donna!

The card I am sharing with you today is for today's sketch challenge over at StampTV.  I love the simple layout of this card, it was fun to work with. I used the Floral Wreath set as the focal point of my card.

The base card is Ocean Mist cardstock and then I layered it up using some of the new Memory Box Itty Bitty Prints, we received 9 colors in 4 different prints at the store and I know I will be using this alot.  I stamped the flowers on the yellow distressed dot paper and then colored them a bit with Copics to help them pop off of the paper.  The black and Aqua is the print called "Moroccan".  Can you tell I am lovin' these papers?  The ribbon for the bow is from my stash and it matched perfectly.  I love it when that happens!

 Play along with this sketch challenge and upload your card to the StampTV gallery with the tag STVSKSP9 for your chance to win any GKD stamp set valued at $24.95 or less.   

Friday, January 14, 2011

CSS Color Challenge Blog Hop

Wow, it seems like it has been forever since the CSS gals hopped!  We are kicking off 2011 with a color challenge.  We are using the colors that Gina chose for this weeks StampTV Color Spotlight Challenge.  If you have arrived here after checking out Lori's amazing creation, then you are in the right spot.  If not, you can head back to StampTV and start from the beginning

My card is clean and simple.......easier said than done!  I used this sweet heart from Tami's Hopeful Hearts set.  I wasn't sure about using these colors with this layout, but I really like how it turned out.  I used the FTL122 sketch as my layout inspiration.  The Fresh Asparagus panels were embossed with the Textile Texture Cuttlebug EF and the Sweet Corn panels were embossed with the Script Cuttlebug EF.  The Red Hot scallop strip was embossed with the Swiss Dots Cuttlebug EF.  Ya gotta love that Cuttlebug!

I won't keep you long as my pal Melissa Shultz has more eye candy for you to check out!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Come Sail Away

Come sail away, come sail away, come sail away with me.........okay, so I don't sing and I am not going to start now, so you can thank your lucky stars for that one!  I just love the way today's card turned out.  I almost always create cards with a more feminine flare in either image or colors.  I just loved this little boat in the Verve Text Objects set.  Hubby and I dream about selling everything and living on a big boat someday.  It is okay to dream, right?   I used the Viva La Verve Week 2 sketch as my inspiration for this card.  I stamped the little boat with Memento Rich Cocoa ink on Gina K Designs PL Ivory cardstock and colored it with Copics.  The masts were paper pieced with the most adorable teeny glittery dot cardstock.  The image was cut out and layered up with Spellbinders Petite Oval nesties.  The layering is pretty straight forward except for the teeny tiny blue layer around each of the panels, it is only 1/16" larger than the piece that is on top of it.  I probably could have achieved the same look by edging each piece with a blue marker, but I love layers so I couldn't resist giving it a try.  I really like how it makes each layer pop!

There is a new VLV sketch each week, you can read all about it HERE.

Card size:  Top Fold A2 (4 1/4" x 11"---score at 5 1/2")
Stamps:  Text Objects-Verve
Paper:  PL Kraft, PL Ivory-GKD, Blue-Prismatics, Prints-Unknown from Stash
Extras:  Ribbin, Dew Drops, Petite Oval nesties, Copics

Don't forget, blog confections coming soon!

Pretty Purple Heart

Well, I am going to be playing catch up for the next few days as I have several cards to share with you.  Be sure to check back as I will have some blog confections coming soon! 

I created this card from the amazing Hopeful Hearts set illustrated by Tami Mayberry for Gina K. Designs. Isn't this swirly heart the bomb! You can see the whole set up above in my left sidebar.   This card is pretty straightforward so I will leave you with the recipe listed below.

Stamps:  Hopeful Hearts-GKD
Paper:  PL Vibrant Violet, PL Lovely Lavender, PL White-GKD,  Lt Green Dot-Stash
Ink:  Memento Grape Jelly
Extras:  Ribbon, Sizzix EF, Liquid Pearls, Nailhead Flourishes

See you soon,

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

In my Thoughts

Hi there!  Just a quick post for today.  I finally found a bit of time to work with the Viva La Verve Week 1 sketch. 

I inked the petals of the floral image with a couple of light teal/green inks and the stems with marker and stamped them onto ivory cardstock.  I inked/stamped the petals one more time and cut them out and popped them up with some foam tape.  Added a sentiment and layered it onto die cut panels.  The flower petals were coated with glossy accents and sprinkled with microfine glitter.  Added a few butterflies and rhinestones and called it good.  Well, I am off to work on the week 2 sketch.  See you soon!

Wanna play along?  Read all about it here.

Stamps:  Kind Words, Amazing Wishes-Verve
Paper- Aqua, Teal - Prismatics, Print-Cosmo Cricket
Ink:  Celedon Versacolor, Oasis Green Versamagic
Extras:  Tombow Marker (089), Spellbinders Fancy Tags and Labels 15, Rhinestones, Glossy Accents, Glitter, MS Butterfly punch

Sunday, January 9, 2011


Did you hear that?  That is the sound it made when I smacked myself on the forehead this morning when I saw THIS adorable card created by the ever so talented Laurie Schmidlin!  You should have seen me, running down the hallway in my jammies and in one hand and laptop in the other heading for my studio.  You see, my hubby is what I like to call a rough, tough cream puff.  You know the kind, a little crusty on the outside and sweet as can be on the inside and it is always hard for me to come up with the perfect valentine card for him.  He is not the kind I would make a sugary sweet, foofy card for at all.  So when I saw Laurie's card, I knew exactly what I was going to do.  His favorite color is blue, so that was my starting point.  Here is what I came up with:

I started out with a base of light blue cardstock from my stash (sorry, I don't know where it is from), then I rummaged through my scraps (yeah!) and found the white piece that I had ran through the Cuttlebug who knows when, so I rounded the corners of both of those and then stamped the cute little heart from the Verve Text Objects set onto several scraps of cardstock (all from the blue family) and cut them out and hung them from some blue/white twine. I added Glossy Accents to each of the hearts to give them some shine. I then  added the strips of white and light blue across the bottom and stamped the word LOVE from the same set and added a glittery chipboard "U" (also from my stash).  The "U" was white and I colored it with Copic markers so it would match perfectly.  I don't recommend coloring over glittery letters with Copics as it could ruin your nibs if the glitter gets in them, but heck what was I to do, I really wanted it to be blue.  LOL  I added some stitch lines around the "U"  and the light blue strip so that it would tie in with the hearts and called it done.  Pretty easy peasy (especially when someone else already had the layout all figured out!)  Thanks Laurie!

Stamps:  Text Objects-Verve
Paper: All from my stash...a little of this and a little of that!
Ink:  Adirondack Denim Blue
Extras:  Twine, Glossy Accents, CB EF, Copics


Friday, January 7, 2011

Love Life

Wow, can you believe the first week of the month is over?  I can't, if the rest of the year goes by as fast as last week did, we will be back to Christmas before long...........hold on now, I just got the tree down and the living room back to normal.  I prefer to take 2011 nice and slow and enjoy each and every day.  Although, I would be happy if Spring would hurry up and get here.  It would be fine by me if we just had two seasons...Spring and Summer.  Yep, I am not big on cold, gray dreary days.  Yucky weather makes for some bad mojo!

Lucky for me we have had sunshine for the last couple of days and I sat down and created this little beauty for the Mojo Monday 172 sketch. Can you believe there have been 172 of these awesome sketches so far?  Love them! This card also qualifies for the Crazy 4 Challenges (C4C69) color inspiration for this week.  The beautiful pinks/browns in the photo are amazing.

For my card I used the Verve Text Objects set.  This set has an assortment of cute, whimsical images and beautiful sentiments.  The papers used are from Basic Grey, Memory Box and Worldwin.  The sentiment was stamped in Memento Rich Cocoa ink and the heart was stamped in Pink Colorbox ink.  To create the little heart, I stamped it on the reverse side of the dot paper (so I could see the lines) and cut it out and attached it to a scrap of ivory cardstock.  I  sponged the edges with a bit more of the pink ink to ink to tie it all in together.  I finished off the little heart with a button and some twine.

I hope that whatever you do this weekend, make it a good one!


Love and Hope

Hi there!  This week I have been busy working on samples for last nights Gina K. Designs release party at StampTV.  The Hopeful Hearts set was illustrated by Tami Mayberry and I was thrilled when Tami asked me to be one of her Guest Designers for this release.  This set is full of beautiful hearts and hopeful sentiments.  Today, I am am sharing two of my projects with you and I will be back a little later this week with the rest. 

First up is a set of mini (3 x 3) love note cards and a cute little box to store them in.  The framed heart image was embossed in black powder and then I colored the heart in with Copic markers (R24, R27, R29).  The heart panels were layered onto a red lacey square panel and then onto the black note card.  The only embellishment is the little black bows on the notes and box lid.

This card has to be one of my favorite creations.  I really love how the kraft and pink colors came together.  The dot cardstock is from my MME stash and the pink/brown floral is from Creative Imaginations Cowgirl line.  I punched the edges of the medium pink panel with the EK Scalloped Scallop punch.  I think this is one of my favorite punches of all time.  A must have.   The vine die cut is from a Sizzix die and the sweet little roses are from Prima.  You can find the EK punch and Prima flowers at The Cat's Meow


Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Simple but elegant

Can you believe, Christmas and New Years have passed and now we are looking forward to Valentine's Day.  Before long we will be making St. Patty's, Easter and Spring cards, its no wonder the years always seem to go by so fast.  :) 

Today, I am sharing a Valentine I made using this beautiful heart from Penny Black.  I inked the heart with Versacolor Sage ink and embossed with clear powder.  The base card is Prism cardstock and they print is from my stash.  A little bling and some ribbon and I called it done. 

I'll be back in a few days to share some special projects I have been working on.  See ya then!


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