Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Faith in Nature

If you need to whip out a card quickly, today's card is the one to do.   I quickly made these up at our church's all day craft day a couple of weeks ago.  I wanted to use the new hostess set and my blender pens that I had just bought (and couldn't find anywhere!).  A friend let me borrow hers before I went crazy looking for mine! ;)  Thanks, Anne.  

The pears were so easy to fill in using a bit of ink and a blender pen.
I do wish the "Happy Birthday" turned out a little darker, but I think that can easily be fixed.

Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Stamp Sets:  Faith in Nature & Curly Cute
Card Stock:  Certainly Celery, Old Olive, Pretty in Pink & Whisper White
Classic Stampin' Pads:  Certainly Celery & So Saffron
Versa Mark & Blender Pens
Stampin' Emboss Powder:  Gold

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Autumn Splendor Birthday

I must say it wasn't super sunny this morning when I took the dogs out, but it sure was nice to open the back door and be greeted by a bunch of beautiful morning glories!  

After taking a picture of what's right out my back door, I had to go check out the morning glories that grow up my apple tree.  A few years ago I started planting these flowers under my tree to see if they would grow up into it...well they did!  Now every year they self seed so I don't have to buy any plants.  This year I had so many growing I had to pull a lot out like they were a bunch of weeds!  Actually I took some of the larger plants and replanted them by my fence.  That's why I get the beautiful view every morning. :)  Thanks for letting me share a little bit of my garden with you...

Now on to today's card.  For starters, I did get this design from someone else and thought I had her bookmarked so I could acknowledge her.  Sorry, but I can't find it...and I have looked every where! :(  So...continuing on, this was for a stamp a stack from a couple of months ago, but I wanted to wait to post it until it was getting closer to fall...and it's coming faster than I'd like it to!  Anyway, I had fifteen people come to this stamp a stack so I needed two baskets and two cards so we wouldn't be making card all night!  One thing I pointed out with this card is that no two cards are alike, so don't worry if your card doesn't look exactly like mine.  Each card is unique. :)  

This is the first one...the sponging is nice and light...

...with words and a couple leaves on the inside.

Now the second card where the sponging is much darker.  I really liked the light one when I made it, but after I made the darker one I think I liked it a little better. ;)

Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Stamp Sets: Autumn Splendor & On Your Birthday
Card Stock:  Early Espresso, Crumb Cake & Very Vanilla
Classic Stampin' Pads:  Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler, 
Old Olive & More Mustard
Versa Mark
Embossing Folder:  Square Lattice

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Cute as a Button

Well, I had a good evening...  I went to visit a good friend of mine that moved about an hour away.  It was hard to see her go, but it's so much better for the family!  They have a cute little "cottage" as she calls it and about two acres out in the country.  Great place...and I'm so happy for them! :)
Today's card is a little different than what I usually do, but if was for my last stamp a stack and it needed to be a generic baby card.  I think I'll be doing either a card for a boy, or a card for a girl the next time I make a baby card.  It will definitely be easier that way...or it could be I'm too lazy to come up with another card for either a boy or a girl. ;)

Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Stamp Set:  Fox & Friends
Card Stock:  Perfect Plum, Pretty in Pink, Marina Mist, 
Wild Wasabi, So Saffron & Whisper White
Classic Stampin' Pads:  Perfect Plum, Pretty in Pink, Marina Mist, 
Wild Wasabi & So Saffron
Punches:  1 3/4" Scallop Circle, 1 3/8" Circle & Decorative Label
Embossing Folder:  Perfect Polka Dots
Embosslits Die:   Sweet Buttons
I printed the "Cute as a Button" using the RGB Code for Perfect Plum

What a beautiful day we had here yesterday.  I love the warm sunny days of summer...especially when they aren't humid.  I managed to spend a few hours out in the yard trying to keep my flowers looking nice, but I must say my garden is definitely feeling neglected this year!. :(  At least it's still producing the veggies we planted and hasn't gone on strike!  I think tomorrow I'll be picking and freezing more corn.  But I still want to have a few more ears of corn on the cob for supper...yummy!  
Now on to today's cards.  They were inspired by two different challenges.  I've been following the blog 4 Crafty Chicks for awhile, but don't think I've entered one of their challenges before.  Not sure why I haven't, but I really liked the colors they had for their next challenge and started thinking about what I could do with it.  Then I saw the design for The Friday Mashup and an idea popped into my head that would work for both challenges.   I love it when that happens! ;)  

Just a close up of the first card I made...

...and a look on the inside.  Every now and then I like to use the stamp a second time before I clean it off.  It's lighter and makes a nice background that can be stamped over with a saying, or even written on when you're just sending a note.

And my second card.  I needed to get a birthday out of one of these.  It's my niece's birthday in a few days and I thought I would send this one to her.

On the inside of this one I stamped the saying over the muted picture.  I must admit the pic doesn't look as nice as the real thing.  The picture is making the petals look a little funky.  Oh well...

Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Stamp Set:  Inspired by Nature & On Your Birthday
Card Stock:  Marina Mist, Perfect Plum & Whisper White
Classic Stampin' Pads:  Marina Mist, Perfect Plum & Wild Wasabi
Punces:  Scallop Circle, 1 3/8" Circle, 1 1/4" Circle & Word Window
Embossing Folder:  Square Lattice
Ribbon:  5/8" Grosgrain in Marina Mist (retired)
Jewels:  Basic Pearls

Friday, August 26, 2011

Stampin' Queen's Sketch Challenge 1

Today I am very excited because I am entering my card into Stampin' Queens first Sketch Challenge that heard about from my upline Glenda.  She is a member of the design team...congrats, Glenda!  I'm also excited because I finally bought some blender pens and have been wanting to use them with this stamp set.  When I saw the SQSC design, I knew I had the perfect opportunity to give them a try.

I must admit, it is a little bit of work coloring it in, but once you get the hang of it it goes pretty fast.  I will definitely be using this technique more...but only if I'm doing a few cards at a time. ;)

I had to put something on the inside after making the outside so colorful.

Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Stamp Set:  Elements of Style
Card Stock:  Always Artichoke, Rose Red, Crumb Cake & Very Vanilla
Classic Stampin' Pads:  Always Artichoke, Baja Breeze, Rose Red & So Saffron (used on flowers)
Stampin' Write Markers:  Always Artichoke, Baja Breeze, Perfect Plum, Rose Red & Basic Gray (for bird)
Punches:  1 3/8" Circle & 1 1/4" Circle
Texturz Plate:  Backgrounds 1
1/2" Seam Binding Ribbon:  Rose Red
Stampin' Emboss Powder:  Gold
Shimmer Paint:  Champagne Mist

Tuesday, August 23, 2011


Well, my sunny day for the fair didn't last. :(  Nothing like being in the grandstands, which are metal by the way, and seeing lightning flash just to the west of us!  Yup, a storm decided to come our way and cancel the events for the night.  At least we were able to see half of the "show" before we had to leave.  Believe it or not, this card making, kind of crafty, girl was watching an off-road derby.  It's been a tradition for us since it started at the fair. :)  Ok, now on to today's card...   It is another one I made for my last stamp a stack.  One of the ladies had mentioned at an earlier stamp a stack that she liked sunflowers, so I thought I would come up with a card for that. :)  You inspired me, Dawn! ;)  Speaking of sunflowers, that's one flower I don't have in my flower garden anymore.  Maybe we'll have to buy more bird food so the birds can spill the sunflower seeds...then I'll have some miniature ones again. :)

Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Stamp Set:  Vintage Label (retired sale-a-bration)
Card Stock:  So Saffron, Early Espresso, Garden Green & Whisper White
Classic Stampin' Pad:  Early Espresso
Punches:  1 1/4" Circle, 3/4" Circle, Modern Label & Word Window
Bigz Die: Daisies Flower #2
Embossing Folder:  Square Lattice
5/8" Grosgrain ribbon in Early Espresso (retired)
Crimper for leaves

Growing Green ~ For You

Well, today is starting out sunny and bright, and that's a good thing because the fair is going on around my little part of the world.  We always look forward to it, but it also means summer is going to be coming to a close in just a couple of short weeks.  I'm not so sure I'm ready for summer to be done yet this year.  Seems like it just got here!  I did manage to get a few nice pictures of the sunset on my birthday, so that should help me remember we did have summer after all. ;)  

Anyway, Today's card is one that I made for my last stamp a stack and also for a card swap with The Red Hot Stampers.  

Not sure if you can tell or not, but I have shimmer paint on the flower.

Every now and then I like to make the inside almost as nice as the outside. :)

Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Stamp Set:  Growing Green & Elements of Style
Card Stock:  Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry, Pretty in Pink & Whisper White
Classic Stampin' Pads:  Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry & Pretty in Pink
Punches:  Medium Oval
Ribbon:  5/8" Grosgrain in Rich Razzleberry (retired)
Stampin' Emboss Powder:  White
Shimmer Paint:  Champagne Mist

I used the emboss resist technique on the leaves and flowers.

Monday, August 22, 2011

The Open Sea ~ Birthday

Today's card is made using one of my favorite masculine sets that's going to retire at the end of this month.  I made this birthday card for my mom's cousin that we see a couple of times a year...and every time he sees me he tells me thank you and how much he likes my cards.  That's always nice to hear...especially from a male!  I used the Joseph's coat technique to do this, using various blues.

A peek inside the cards... 

...and one more picture. 

Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Stamp Set:  The Open Sea
Card Stock:  Night of Navy, Baja Breeze & Whisper White
Classic Stampin' Pads:  Night of Navy, Baja Breeze, Pacific Point, Bashful Blue & Marina Mist
Punches:  Modern Label & Word Window
Embossing Folder:  Square Lattice
Stampin' Emboss Powder:  Clear

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Beautiful Wings

Today's card is for a couple of challenges that I really wanted to do, and I thought the design and colors would go together perfectly.  I used Stamping 411's sketch challenge for the design and The Friday Mashup for the colors, butterflies and bling.  

Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Card Stock:  Perfect Plum, Marina Mist, Wild Wasabi & Whisper White
Classic Stampin' Pads:  Perfect Plum & Marina Mist
Embossing Folder:  Vintage Wallpaper
Embosslits:  Beautiful Wings
Punch:  1 3/4" Scallop Circle
Jewels:  Basic Rhinestones
Shimmer Paint:  Champagne Mist
Crimper for leaves

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Build a Blossom ~ Thinking of You

Since I'm adding my cards to my blog in the order I have them in Picasa, today's card is a "Thinking of You" card.  I can't take credit for this design, but I did change it around a little to fit what I wanted for my stamp a stack.  Thanks to Dawn Olchefske for the design! 

Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Stamp Sets:  Build a Blossom & Elements of Style
Card Stock:  Marina Mist, Bashful blue, Wild Wasabi & Whisper White
Classic Stampin' Pads:  Marina Mist & Wild Wasabi
Punch:  Blossom Petals & 1/2" Circle 
Ribbon:  3/8" Taffeta in Bashful Blue
Jewels:  Basic Pearls

Sunday, August 14, 2011

3x3 "Thank Yous"

Well, I'm sitting here on a peaceful Sunday afternoon, and figured I could take a few minutes to update my blog since I've been neglecting it way too much this summer!  I wasn't sure what card to start with and thought I might as well just start putting them up in the order I have them saved, so here goes...  Whenever I borrow anything from other demos in my area or have an order I use 3x3's for thank yous.  I just tuck it in the bag when I return what I've borrowed, or put it in with my customer's order when I drop their supplies off.  They're quick and easy to make and I love them!

I got the design for this from a card swap I was in, but changed the colors.  Wish I could give the lady who came up with it the credit , but it's been almost a year since I was in the swap and don't remember. :(

Not only do I send thank yous, but get them in return.  I got this from my stamping friend Christi when she returned a bag to me...I love this 3x3!  Thanks, Christi!

Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Stamp Set:  Elements of Style
Card Stock:  Always Artichoke, Very Vanilla, Baja Breeze, Crumb Cake & Rich Razzleberry
Classic Stampin' Pads:  Sahara Sand & Rich Razzleberry
Embosslits Die:  Beautiful Wings
Glitter:  Dazzling Diamonds

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

The Open Sea ~ Birthday

Hello again, everyone.  Today's card is the only masculine card I did for my July stamp a stack, so I thought I would start with that one.  I loved how it turned out...once I figured out where to put all the pieces!  I tell ya...I SO wish this set was not retiring at the end of the month, but instead had carried over into the new catalog.  It seemed to be a very popular set.  Oh well, I can still use it all I want. :)

Thought a zoomed in picture would help a little too...

Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Stamp Sets:  The Open Sea & On Your Birthday
Card Stock:  Early Espresso, Pacific Point, Crumb Cake & Whisper White
Classic Stampin' Pads:  Pacific Point
Versa Mark (for embossed images)
Punches:  1 3/8" Circle, 1 1/4" Circle, Modern Label & Word Window
Embossing Powder in White

I embossed the images on white paper using versa mark and white embossing powder.  To get the color I rubbed with a sponge starting in the center and moving out from there until I had the color just the way I wanted it.  I rubbed the embossed image with a paper towel to get the ink off the white and bring it out more.