Monday, October 31, 2011


Since today is Halloween I'm going to post a few pics of our Halloween tradition along with one little card I made.  I never really had my kids dress up and do trick or treating a whole lot while they were little.  A couple of times I did sew outfits that they were able to use as pajamas once Halloween was done. What we really got into was carving pumpkins...and sometimes making pumpkin seeds.  We did that this year...yummy!  Anyway, here are a few pics for you to enjoy...

I made this 3x3 thank you for my upline Glenda who is always so willing to let us borrow her stuff when we need to...thank you!  I don't have any stamping stuff that is Halloweenish (not sure that's even a word, but I'm using it), so I figured I could make a couple of pumpkins out of punches to put on cards that I've seen around and thought were pretty cute.

My pumpkin is the daschund, Erica's is the bat, Ryan's is the spider & web and Rachel's is the "haunted" house.  

I had to get my two doggies sitting by the daschund pumpkin! :)  They look so obedient and like they enjoy having their pics taken...ha ha, I wish!  My daughters were bribing them with food to get them to sit still like that. They are really longingly staring at the food being held right by the camera! lol

Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

RHSSC8 - Autumn Splendor

It's Sunday and that means it's time for another Red Hot Stamper's sketch challenge! Yesterday as I was driving to the bank I couldn't help but notice how all the fall colors were still putting on a beautiful show.  It gets to be a little less each day, but it was still so amazing to look at.  That's where I got my inspiration for today's card.  That and the fact that I used the embossing and sponging technique on one of the cards that I'll be doing for my next stamp a stack.  Guess I liked it so much I had to make another card with it. ;)  You really can't tell from the pictures, but I sprayed the leaves with shimmer paint...I love how it looks!  Probably not the greatest to add it if you're doing a masculine card though. lol

Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Stamp Sets:  Autumn Splendor & On Your Birthday
Card Stock:  Early Espresso, Real Red, Pumpkin Pie,
Old Olive & Very Vanilla
Classic Stampin' Pads:  Early Espresso, Real Red, Pumpkin Pie & Old Olive
Embossing Folder:  Square Lattice
Punches:  Scallop Trim Border & Modern Label
Shimmer Paint:  Champagne Mist

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Today's card is one from my last stamp a stack.  I had all my cards ready to go and realized I had told everyone who signed up that two of the five cards would be sympathy cards and I only had one.  I'd say half of the ladies ended up putting "Happy Birthday" on it though. lol

I like to give credit where it's due, but for the life of me I can't figure out where I found the flower and band idea.  Guess that's what happens when I wait so long to post a card. :(

Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Stamp Set:  Strength & Comfort (retired)
Card Stock:  Elegant Eggplant, Wild Wasabi & Very Vanilla
Classic Stampin' Pads:  Elegant Eggplant
Embossing Folders:  Framed Tulips & Elegant Bouquet
Punches:  Decorative Label, Five Petal Flower & Boho Blossoms
Jewels:  Basic Pearls

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

In Wilderness Birthday

Wow, I think making cards for teenage boys is my hardest challenge when it comes to card making!  My  nephew turned 18 last week and this is the card I made for him...after all he's into hunting.  Too bad I didn't have the stamp set Need for Speed right now because he's into racing cars too.  Oh well, there's always next year. :)

Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Stamp Sets:  In Wilderness & On Your Birthday
Card Stock:  Chocolate Chip, Night of Navy, Very Vanilla & Retired DSP
Classic Stampin' Pad:  Chocolate Chip
Punch:  Decorative Label
Vintage Brads

Monday, October 24, 2011

Yellow Birthday Rose

Well, last week I said I was going to post another rose card that I made and here it is.  The color for this one was inspired by one of my own rose bushes.  Even though my roses are yellow and pink this one turned out yellow and orange because of the way the ink blended together...but I love the color anyway!  I think I finally figured out how to make a decent box to put these kind of cards in too.  Now if I can just remember everything I need to do the next time I need to make one. lol

Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Stamp Set:  Afterthoughts (retired hostess)
Card Stock:  Whisper White and Garden Green
Classic Stampin' Pads:  Daffodil Delight & Rose Red
Punches:  Decorative Label,  Fancy Flower & Boho Blossoms
Embossing Folder:  Elegant Bouquet
Sizlit Die:  Little Leaves
Jewels:  Basic Pearls
Shimmer Paint:  Champagne Mist

Sunday, October 23, 2011

RHSSC7 - Serene Snowflake

Today is Red Hot Stamper sketch challenge day and here is my take on this weeks challenge.  Instead of having the oval be the top layer I decided to cut it out of the white and do white embossing on the Marina Mist underneath.  You can't really tell it by the pic though because I put the tied ribbon over it.  

Head on over to The Red Hot Stampers blog to check out some other demonstrators take on this challenge.   You can join in the fun too!  Why not give it a try. :)

Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Stamp Set:  Serene Snowflakes
Card Stock:  Perfect Plum, Marina Mist & Whisper White
Classic Stampin' Pads:  Perfect Plum & Marina Mist
Embossing Folder:  Perfect Polka Dots
Ribbon:  3/8" Taffeta in Marina Mist
Stampin' Emboss Powder:  White
Shimmer Paint:  Champagne Mist

Friday, October 21, 2011

Fall Leaves

Today's card is one that I was going to use in last month's stamp a stack, but forgot that I needed a sympathy card and not another birthday one...that and the fact that I wasn't sure I wanted to cut out a bunch of maple leaves because I was so far behind getting ready.  One of the things I wanted the ladies to try their hands at was using the blender pens and this was an easy card to give it a try on.  I guess that will have to wait for another class.  Hmm...maybe in November.  

Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Stamp Sets:  Autumn Splendor & On Your Birthday
Card Stock:  Very Vanilla & Whisper White
Classic Stampin' Pads:  Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight,
 Garden Green & Soft Suede
Embossing Pad
Heat and Stick Powder
Simply Scored Tool

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Blue Rose Birthday Card

Can you believe it?!  I'm posting something to my blog and it's the middle of the week!  Ok, a day later than the middle of the week. ;)  I've still been busy creating cards, just not taking the time to blog what I've done. If I could just put a pic on I'd be all set, but I like to add at least a few words in with the pictures!  Today's card is one I actually  made almost a month ago to give to one of my coworkers.  I've always wanted to try making a rose, so thought I'd give it a try this time because I'd been giving 3-D type cards to the other ladies I work with.  I have to admit making this one was a little time consuming because it was my first try, but I loved how it turned out!  I'm just hoping the rose didn't fall off the card before she got it home! lol  I did make a second card that I'll post in a day or two...ok, maybe a little later than that.  The second rose went together a lot easier and it's put together better too.  I guess practice does make perfect...or at least starts heading you in that direction. :)  There are a lot of blogs where you can get instructions on how to make a rose, but this is where I found my instructions  The two things I did differently is I didn't use glue...I used sticky strip instead, and I also snipped about an eighth of an inch into each "v" of the flower petal so it didn't rip when I was curling the petals (well I did on my second rose at least!).  

Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Stamp Set:  Afterthoughts (retired hostess)
Card Stock:  Marina Mist,  Garden Green & Whisper White
Classic Stampin' Pad:  Marina Mist
Embossing Folder:  Elegant Lines
Bigz Die:  Top Note
Sizlit Die:  Little Leaves
Shimmer Paint:  Champagne Mist

Sunday, October 16, 2011


It's time for another Red Hot Challenge at  I had no idea what set to start with, so I listened to what other stampers in our group have been saying.  They just grab a stamp set that's sitting out on the table.  Well, the only one sitting out at the time was a new set from the Holiday Mini called The Sounding Joy.  I had to put it together first before I could use it though.  Love putting the clear-mount stamps together because they're so easy!  As you can see, I didn't go for more than three colors like the sketch suggested.  I don't think my mind could have come up with more than three!

Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Stamp Set:  The Sounding Joy
Card Stock:  Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green & Very Vanilla
Classic Stampin' Pad:  Cherry Cobbler
Embossing Folder:  Vintage Wallpaper
Shimmer Paint:  Champagne Mist

Sunday, October 9, 2011


It's time again for another Red Hot Challenge.  Today's card is for our fifth challenge and was a fun one to do!  Head on over to to see some other cards made for this challenge.  You can join in and enter a card of your own too.  Since I've seen a lot of winter and Christmas cards out on blogs, I figured it was time for me to join in and make one of my own. :)  I have to admit I had a hard time coming up with colors for this one though.  Maybe it's because I feel like I'm using the same color combinations over and over again, and wanted to try something new.  I pulled out Baja Breeze and started adding colors until I came up with a combination I liked.   

Thanks for looking and have a great day!  

Stamp Set:  Serene Snowflakes & Thank You Kindly
Card Stock:  Wild Wasabi, Baja Breeze, Rose Red and Whisper White
Classic Stampin' Pad:  Baja Breeze
Embossing Folder:  Perfect Polka Dots
Punch:  Medium Oval
Ribbon:  1/2" Seam Binding in Rose Red
Stampin' Emboss Powder:  White

Sunday, October 2, 2011


It's time for another Red Hot Stamper's sketch challenge.  With the leaves changing color around here I was in the mood for something fall-ish, so this is what I came up with for the fourth challenge.  You can play along in the challenge too.  Just go to for more details.

Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Stamp Sets:  Autumn Splendor & On Your Birthday
Card Stock:  Cherry Cobbler, More Mustard, Cajun Craze & Very Vanilla
Classic Stampin' Pads:  Chocolate Chip, Soft Suede, Garden Green, So Saffron & Cherry Cobbler
Versa Mark
Embossing Folder:  Square Lattice
Embossing Powder:  Gold
Blender Pens