Wednesday, February 29, 2012

SSC 244

Good morning everyone! And happy Leap Year! Boy did this month just fly by! And the week is going by quickly, too! It has been good so far! 


Today's card was inspired by the sketch at Stamping 411. Specifically, I was inspired by Tammy Fite's card. I loved the way she incorporated the Doily die with the sketch. And I haven't used my Doily die all that much so I set out to see what I could do! I wanted to keep it really simple and so I ended up with a black and white card. I started with a piece of Whisper White card stock and wrapped a piece of Basic Black satin ribbon around it. I stamped the greeting from Just Believe in the lower right hand corner in black StazOn. Then I adhered it to a card base of Whisper White. Then I took another piece of Whisper White and ran it through the Big Shot with the Doily die. I popped this up onto the card. I used the 2 3/8" scallop circle punch and punched Basic Black card stock and the circles #2 die to cut a Whisper White circle. I stamped the stem from Just Believe in black StazOn onto the circle (twice). The circle is adhered to the scallop and the scallop is popped up onto the doily. I added two rhinestones under the greeting and called it done! Thanks for stopping by and have a super day!


Card Recipe: Stamps- Just Believe; Paper- Whisper White, Basic Black; Ink- black StazOn; Accessories- Basic Black satin ribbon, Doily die, 2 3/8" scallop circle punch, circles #2 die, rhinestones, dimensionals

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

It's Your Day

Good morning everyone! I hope your week is off to a great start! Nick had a soccer scrimmage last night. They did really great! I think that they are ready for the season to officially start! Then the weather turned cold and windy. It rained a little last night and is supposed to again today. I hope so. We really need the moisture! I did get some stamping done yesterday but the pictures I took did not come out good at all! I even took them outside before the weather turned bad. So frustrating! I am going to try again today to see what I can do. 


Today's card was inspired by one I saw on Pintrest. It is very simple and I know my son would love it! He loves green and he is at the age of loving all things fast - lol! I took a piece of Whisper White and stamped the splatter from Extreme Elements in Lucky Limeade. Then I stamped the car from Need for Speed in black StazOn. I also stamped the car on a scrap piece of Whisper White and cut it out. I used the Lucky Limeade marker and gave it some color by highlighting some of the lines in the car. This was popped up onto the stamped car. Then I stamped the greeting from Happiest Birthday Wishes in black StazOn and added two black brads. This panel is popped up onto a card base of Whisper White. Done! Thanks for stopping by and have a super day!


Card Recipe: Stamps- Happiest Birthday Wishes, Need for Speed, Extreme Elements; Paper- Whisper White; Ink- Lucky Limeade, black StazOn; Accessories- black brads, dimensionals 

Monday, February 27, 2012

SSC 243

Good morning everyone! It must be Monday! I can't believe that we are going to be finishing the month off this week! Wow! I am noticing that the sun is coming up earlier and setting later! I am liking that! We really didn't have much of a winter around here so bring on the spring!!


Today's card was inspired by a sketch at Stamping 411. It was last week's sketch so I am a little behind on it. Oh well. It's still fun to play along even if you can't post it to the challenge. I did something a little different on this. I used my Labels framelits die and cut the shape out of Pool Party and then sponged the edges with Pool Party ink. I wrapped a piece of Very Vanilla seam binding ribbon around that and stamped the greeting from Tea Shoppe in Soft Suede. On another piece of Pool Party I adhered a small piece of designer paper from the Attic Boutique designer paper pack and used the Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder to emboss just the bottom part of the card stock. I glued this to a card base of Pool Party. I also used the Big Shot and the Tasteful Trim die to cut a scallop strip from a piece of Daffodil Delight card stock. This piece is popped up on the card. Then I stamped the tea cup in Soft Suede onto Very Vanilla and cut it out. I popped this up on the card and added a Daffodil Delight flower that was punched with the itty bitty punch pack and a pearl. Thanks for stopping by and have a super day!


Card Recipe: Stamps- Tea Shoppe; Paper- Pool Party, Daffodil Delight, Very Vanilla, Attic Boutique designer paper; Ink- Pool Party, Soft Suede; Accessories- Very Vanilla seam binding ribbon, Labels framelits die, Tasteful Trim die, Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder, itty bitty shapes punch pack, pearl, sponge, dimensionals

Sunday, February 26, 2012

FTL 179

Good Sunday morning, Friends! I hope you are having a fabulous weekend! February is quickly coming to a close! Wow! Not much on our agenda today. I probably should do some grocery shopping but we will see. I know I do have to get some laundry done. And I want to start on another of my stitching projects. These new ones that I got go really fast! And they are really cute, too! Not that I am thinking of Christmas already, but they will make great gifts! Two of them I am doing are for Nick's teachers. Hope they like them!


Today's card was inspired by the Fall-To-Layout at Clean&Simple. I kept mine very clean and simple and used the colors from the Big Top Birthday designer paper pack. I really liked the bright colors and haven't used many of them, yet. But summer is coming! I also pulled out a set I haven't used in a while, Up, Up and Away. Anyway, I started with a piece of Whisper White card stock and stamped the greeting in Old Olive, the balloon basket and the clouds and birds in Tempting Turquoise. Then I stamped the clouds again on a scrap piece of Whisper White along with the balloon in Real Red and the tail in Daffodil Delight. I cut these out and adhered the biggest cloud to the front of the balloon and the tail to the back of the balloon and popped it up on the panel. Then I added two mini brads under the greeting and popped the whole panel up onto the card base of Whisper White. Thanks for stopping by and have a super day!


Card Recipe: Stamps- Up, Up and Away; Paper- Whisper White; Ink- Real Red, Tempting Turquoise, Old Olive, Daffodil Delight; Accessories- mini brads, dimensionals

Saturday, February 25, 2012

TSSC 209

Good morning everyone! What a beautiful day! The sun is shining and the skies look to be clear! It is still really chilly this morning but I think it is going to be very nice!! Nick has a little soccer thing he is doing this afternoon but other than that I am looking forward to just having a restful weekend! I got some stamping done yesterday and even got to work on my wool appliqué projects. My friend Becky and I have been taking classes. We have one more class next month to learn how to finish the entire project. So in the mean time I am working on some other projects, too. I really do like it!!


Today's card is one that I did for Mary Jo's Lunchtime Sketch Challenge. I liked this layout! Something fun and different - well, at least different for me. I love how the circle highlights the scallop. My card base is Calypso Coral. Then I added a circle of Early Espresso that I cut using the 3" circle die. Then I ran a piece of Wisteria Wonder card stock through the Big Shot with the Stripes embossing folder and tied a piece of Early Espresso narrow taffeta ribbon around it before adhering it to the card. I used the Perfect Pennants die and a piece of Calypso Coral card stock to cut a scallop circle. This is popped up on the card. Then I punched a piece of Whisper White with the 2 1/2" circle punch and stamped the flower from Sprinkled Expressions in Wisteria Wonder and the greeting (also from the same set) in Early Espresso. I popped this up on the card. Then I added a few finishing touches. I punched a flower from Calypso Coral with the itty bitty shapes punch pack and added a few rhinestones. A pretty simple card! Thanks for stopping by and have a super day!


Card Recipe: Stamps- Sprinkled Expressions; Paper- Calypso Coral, Wisteria Wonder, Early Espresso, Whisper White; Ink- Wisteria Wonder, Early Espresso; Accessories- Early Espresso narrow taffeta ribbon, Stripes embossing folder, 3" circle die, Perfect Pennants die, 2 1/2" circle punch, itty bitty shapes punch pack, rhinestones, dimensionals  

Friday, February 24, 2012

SFF 022412

Good morning everyone! I am so glad it's Friday! I am hoping for a very restful weekend! I hope that you are ready to play along with us at Sketch Frenzy Friday! We have another wonderful sketch provided by Maria Vanderform. Take a look!


I love the possibilities with this one! So take a look at what I came up with!



I like how this one came together! I started with a card base of Pool Party. Then I took a piece of Very Vanilla and stamped my greeting from Friendly Phrases and stamped it in black StazOn. I also stamped my image from Bordering on Romance in black StazOn and then colored it with Lucky Limeade, Calypso Coral, Pool Party and Poppy Parade markers. I scalloped the bottom edge of this piece and the glued it to the card. Then I took another piece of Pool Party and ran it through the Big Shot using the Labels framelits die. I sponged the inside of the frame before popping it up onto the card. Then I took a strip of Calypso Coral and glued it to the card. I stamped the line of flowers in Pool Party at the bottom of the card. The last thing I did was to stamp a flower image on a scrap of Very Vanilla, color it using the same colors and then cut it out. I adhered this to the outside of the frame and used a pearl for the flower center. 


Please click 'here' to see what Jennifer did with this sketch. And then keep going through the tour to get inspired by what the other designers did with this sketch! I hope you will play along with us this week! We do love to see what you do with our sketches! Be sure to upload your creation to the Sketch Frenzy Friday blog! Thanks for stopping by and have a super day!


Card Recipe: Stamps- Bordering on Romance, Friendly Phrases; Paper- Pool Party, Very Vanilla, Calypso Coral; Ink- black StazOn, Calypso Coral, Pool Party, Poppy Parade, Lucky Limeade; Accessories- scallop edge border punch, Labels framelits die, pearl, sponge, dimensionals

Thursday, February 23, 2012

CCMC 190

Good morning everyone! I hope you are ready for another great challenge from our friends at Create with Connie and Mary! This week we are being challenge with a sketch! Take a look at this fun sketch!



I love the tag peeking from behind the main panel! Such a great idea!! So here is what I came up with!


I started with a card base of Soft Suede and adhered a piece of the designer paper from the Everyday Enchantment pack. Then I stamped my image from Fresh Vintage using Lucky Limeade, Poppy Parade, Peach Parfait and Pool Party markers onto Very Vanilla. I tried to mimic the way the designer paper was colored. I lightly sponged the edges with Soft Suede ink. Then I stamped the greeting from Friendly Phrases in Soft Suede. I took a piece of Peach Parfait card stock to the Big Shot and used a Label framelit die to cut it. I cut the Label frame in half and attached each end to the back side of my stamped image. Then on the one end I used a brad from the Everyday Enchantment ribbon and brad pack and poked it through and then I folded a piece of Pool Party seam binding ribbon and used glue dots to attach it to the back of the "tag". This "tag" panel was popped up onto the card. The last thing I did was to stamp the small flower in Peach Parfait onto Very Vanilla and cut it out. I put a mini brad through the center and used a glue dot to adhere it to the main panel. 


I hope that I inspired you to use this wonderful sketch and play along with us at Create with Connie and Mary! We always love to see what you come up with! Don't forget to stop by their blog and see what the other fabulous designers came up with! Thanks for stopping by here and have a super day!


Card Recipe: Stamps- Fresh Vintage, Friendly Phrases; Paper- Soft Suede, Very Vanilla, Peach Parfait, Everyday Enchantment designer paper; Ink- Soft Suede, Pool Party, Poppy Parade, Lucky Limeade, Peach Parfait; Accessories- Pool Party seam binding ribbon, Everyday Enchantment ribbon and brad pack, Labels framelits dies, mini brad, sponge, dimensionals

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Wonderful Romance

Good morning, Friends! Our extended weekend in Phoenix has really confused me as to which day we are in the week. But I am really happy that this will be a short week. I am ready for the weekend!! Got the laundry caught up yesterday so now I need to focus on getting some stamping done today. I haven't been in my craft room for a while so I hope that I haven't lost my mojo! Guess I will find out!


Today's card was inspired by one that I saw on Pintrest. Another simple card but I love the colors and layout. I started with a piece of Whisper White and stamped the greeting from Friendly Phrases to the upper left hand corner in black StazOn. Then I glued a piece of designer paper from the Twitterpated pack just below it. To hide the seam, I glued a strip of Baja Breeze over it. This piece was popped up onto a piece of Whisper White that was glued to a card base of Lucky Limeade. Then I stamped the flowers from Bordering on Romance onto a scrap of Whisper White in black StazOn and colored them in with Island Indigo, Lucky Limeade, Riding Hood Red, Blushing Bride and Baja Breeze markers. I cut them out and popped them up onto the card. I added a few rhinestones to the flower centers. I also added a few rhinestones in the corner of the designer paper but they must have fallen off before I took the picture because there is only one left - lol! Thanks for stopping by and have a super day!


Card Recipe: Stamps- Bordering on Romance, Friendly Phrases; Paper- Whisper White, Lucky Limeade, Baja Breeze, Twitterpated designer paper; Ink- black StazOn, Baja Breeze, Blushing Bride, Riding Hood Red, Island Indigo, Lucky Limeade; Accessories- rhinestones, dimensionals

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Tea Shoppe Thanks

Good morning, Friends! Well, we made it home safe and sound yesterday. We actually got home at a nice time. We were able to unpack, have dinner and still watch a basketball game on t.v. Now we get back to the routine. Nick isn't real happy about that but there is only three weeks till spring break!


Today's card is one that was inspired by a sketch that I saw in a recent PaperCrafts magazine. Very clean and simple! I took a piece of Very Vanilla card stock and a stamp from the Apothecary Art stamp set and inked just the outline of it in Baja Breeze and stamped it onto the card stock. Then I stamped the greeting from Tea Shoppe just below that in Baja Breeze. This panel is popped up on a card base of Very Vanilla. Then I took a strip of Baja Breeze card stock and flagged both ends and adhered it onto the card. I took a piece of Very Vanilla card stock and cut a label using the Labels framelits die. I popped this up onto the card. Then I took a scrap piece of Very Vanilla and stamped one of the tea cups from the Tea Shoppe stamp set in Baja Breeze and cut it out. I also popped this up on the card. My final touch was to punch a flower from Daffodil Delight card stock using the itty bitty shapes punch pack and add a pearl. I do like the way this turned out! Thanks for stopping by and have a super day!


Card Recipe: Stamps- Apothecary Art, Tea Shoppe; Paper- Very Vanilla, Baja Breeze, Daffodil Delight; Ink- Baja Breeze; Accessories- Labels framelits die, itty bitty shapes punch pack, pearl, dimensionals

Monday, February 20, 2012

Apothecary Birthday


Good morning everyone! Once again I am pre-posting as we will be driving home early in the morning. What a most fabulous time we have had! The boys didn't win any of their games and it wasn't even close on any of them but they gained some great experience and made some really great memories! As for the adults, we all had a super fun time, too! My cousin Diane lives in this area and met us for Nick's games! We don't get to see each other except for maybe once a year so this was super special! We went to the zoo and had lunches together! I just love being near family! The other fun thing that we did was to meet up with a classmate of my husbands. They were friends all through high school. They fixed us dinner two of the evenings and then we just sat and talked and talked. Nick even got to take home a scorpion! Yuck but Nick loves it! They also gave us two boxes of tangelos and a few lemons all from their backyard! They smell SO good! It will be a long drive home but our hearts will be full of wonderful memories! We can't wait to come back!


Today's card is the last of the cards that I did with my stamp club ladies this month. I really loved how this one turned out! I stamped The image from Apothecary Art in black StazOn on Confetti White card stock. Then I used a blender pen to color in the flowers. I used Wisteria Wonder, Lucky Limeade and Daffodil Delight ink pads. Then I cut around the image with scissors. I stamped the greeting from the same stamp set in black StazOn. I cut a frame from a piece of Basic Black card stock with the Labels framelits die and adhered the stamped one to the Basic Black one. I punched a piece of Daffodil Delight with the Lace punch and glued this to the card base of Confetti White card stock. On top of this I glued a piece of Wisteria Wonder that was run through the Big Shot with the Petal Cone die. The labels are popped up on the card. The finishing touch was to add two pearls on the banner. Thanks for stopping by and have a super day!!


Card Recipe: Stamps- Apothecary Art; Paper- Confetti White, Basic Black, Daffodil Delight, Wisteria Wonder; Ink- black StazOn, Daffodil Delight, Wisteria Wonder, Lucky Limeade; Accessories- Lace punch, Petal Cone die, pearls, Labels framelits die, blender pen, dimensionals

Sunday, February 19, 2012

A Happy Mixed Bunch

Good morning everyone! I am pre-posting once again as we will have another early morning. The first two games did not go our way. The boys are playing teams that are ranked very high in their states where they come from. They are definitely getting some great experience by playing against some super skilled kids! And their spirits seem to be positive despite the lopsided scores of their games. I just hope the boys can score some goals. Regardless, they have been having a great time in really awesome weather! We even got to go to the zoo! FUN!


Today's card is one that I had my stamp club ladies do last week. I really liked how this one turned out, too. Nice and spring-like! I took a piece of Whisper White and ran it through the Big Shot with the Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder and I only embossed the top part of that piece. I stamped the greeting from Friendly Phrases on the bottom part of that piece and rounded the bottom right hand corner with the corner rounder. Then I took a strip f Baja Breeze card stock and ran it through the Big Shot with the Tasteful Trim die and adhered that to this panel to separate the dots from the greeting. Then I tied a piece of Calypso Coral ribbon from the SAB Everyday Enchantment ribbon and brad pack. Then I glued a piece of Calypso Coral card stock the back of this panel that had been punched with the dotted ribbon scallop punch. This panel was adhered to a card base of Whisper White that had the bottom right hand corners punched. Then I stamped the flower from Mixed Bunch in Calypso Coral onto Whisper White and punched it out with the Blossom punch. I also punched another flower from Calypso Coral. I adhered the two punched flowers together and slightly curled the flower petals up to give it a little more dimension. Then I punched a 3/4" circle from Whisper White and a flower using the Blossom Bouquet triple layer punch from Daffodil Delight. These were adhered together and a Calypso Coral brad was put through the middle. Then I popped it up onto the flower and the flower was popped up on the card. I know this sounds like a lot but the card was pretty easy to put together! Thanks for stopping by and have a super day!


Card Recipe: Stamps- Friendly Phrases, Mixed Bunch; Paper- Whisper White, Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight, Baja Breeze; Ink- Calypso Coral; Accessories- Everyday Enchantment ribbon and brad pack, Blossom punch, Blossom Bouquet triple layer punch, 3/4" circle punch, In Color brads, Tasteful Trim die, Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder, corner rounder, dimensionals

Saturday, February 18, 2012

TSSC 208

Good morning everyone! I am pre-posting this as we will have a very early morning tomorrow/today. Nick has an early game and we will need to get organized and find our way to the fields. Go get 'em boys!!


Today's card was one that I did for my stamp club ladies last Monday. It was inspired by a sketch from Mary Jo. I really liked this sketch and I think the ladies did as well! I took a strip of Very Vanilla and stamped the three tea cups from the Tea Shoppe stamp set in Peach Parfait. I adhered two strips of Soft Suede that were punched with the dotted ribbon scallop punch. Before I glued this to the panel, I cut three strips of designer paper from the Everyday Enchantment designer paper pack, flagged the ends, and stamped the greeting from the same set in Soft Suede. This is mounted to a piece of Soft Suede and then popped up onto a card base of Very Vanilla. Then I stamped the middle tea cup in Peach Parfait onto a scrap of Very Vanilla and cut it out. I popped it up over the the stamped tea cup and added a flower that was punched from Pool Party with the itty bitty shapes punch pack and added a pearl. Thanks for stopping by and have a super day!


Card Recipe: Stamps- Tea Shoppe; Paper- Very Vanilla, Soft Suede, Everyday Enchantment designer paper; Ink- Peach Parfait, Soft Suede; Accessories- dotted ribbon scallop punch, itty bitty shapes punch pack, pearl, dimensionals

Friday, February 17, 2012

SFF 021712

Good Friday morning! We are on the road again! Finishing the drive to Phoenix! Tomorrow bright and early will be the first game. I do hope the boys play well! I am so excited for them!! Sketch Frenzy Friday has a new sketch challenge for this week! This week's sketch was designed by Kim Innis. Take a look at this very interesting sketch!


At first glance, the three panels on the left reminded me of road signs - lol! But that is not what I wanted to go for. So take a look at what I finally came up with!


I wanted to use product from the Sale-A-Bration brochure. I used the words from the Outlined Occasions stamp set. I stamped them in Soft Suede onto a card base of Very Vanilla. Then I colored in the greeting with a Lucky Limeade marker and the stars with a Pool Party marker. The three panels are pieces of from the Everyday Enchantment designer paper pack. You can't see it from the photo, but I made my vertical strip with my Simply Scored tool by scoring lines 1/2" apart. I die cut two stars from Pool Party using the stars #2 die. I sponged the stars with Pool Party ink and added a gold brad to the smaller star. These are popped up on the card. Super simple!


Continue on the little blog tour by clicking 'here' to see what Jennifer did with this sketch. Keep going along through the tour to get inspired. I hope that you will be able to play along with us this week! Be sure to upload your project to the Sketch Frenzy Friday blog so that we can all see what you did with this sketch! Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!


Card Recipe: Stamps- Outlined Occasions; Paper- Very Vanilla, Pool Party, Everyday Enchantment designer paper; Ink- Soft Suede, Lucky Limeade, Pool Party; Accessories- Stars #2 die, gold brad, sponge, dimensionals

Thursday, February 16, 2012

CCMC 189

Good morning everyone! I hope your week is going great! Today is the day we will be leaving for Phoenix!! Nick has a soccer tournament down there and we are so excited to be going! Today is also the day for another fabulous challenge at Create with Connie and Mary. This week we are being challenged with color. Take a look at these fabulous colors! 


Melon Mambo, Chocolate Chip and Lucky Limeade are the wonderful colors for this challenge! Look at what I came up with!


I think that I just love these colors together! So bright and cheery and brown looks great with these colors, too! I took a piece of Whisper White and stamped the greeting from Friendly Phrases in Chocolate Chip. I added two strips of Melon Mambo card stock that were punched with the dotted ribbon scallop punch behind it and then adhered it to a piece of Chocolate Chip. This panel is popped up on a card base of Chocolate Chip. Then I stamped the flower from Mixed Bunch in Melon Mambo onto Whisper White and punched it with the Blossom punch. I used the same punch to punch another flower from Lucky Limeade. I cut two flower petals and adhered them to the back of the Melon Mambo flower. Then I stamped the flower center in Chocolate Chip on Whisper White and cut it out. This is popped up on the flower. I popped up the flower onto the card. Then I tied a bow with the white baker's twine in a clear bitty button and adhered it to the flower center. The finishing touch was to add two rhinestones under the greeting. And it's finished! Simple! 


Make sure to visit the Create with Connie and Mary site to see what the other designers did with these super colors. I hope that you will be able to play along with us this week! We always love to see what you do! Thanks for stopping by and have a super day!


Card Recipe: Stamps- Friendly Phrases, Mixed Bunch; Paper- Chocolate Chip, Whisper White, Lucky Limeade, Melon Mambo; Ink- Chocolate Chip, Melon Mambo; Accessories- Blossom punch, dotted ribbon scallop punch, bitty button, white baker's twine, dimensionals

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

LNS 160

Good morning, Friends! This week seems to be flying by! We will be leaving tomorrow afternoon to drive part way to Phoenix! Nick has a soccer tournament there this weekend! We are so excited to be getting out of town! But I didn't sleep very well last night - UGH! Why is it that when you don't sleep very well all night long, that you suddenly fall into a very deep sleep right at the moment when you need to wake up? That is SO frustrating! So I do hope that I get the sleep I need tonight for our trip this weekend.


Today's card is based on a sketch for the recent Late Night Stampers group. The new challenge came up Monday morning and I thought - this is perfect for my stamp club (which was meeting that night). And it was! This is what my ladies made Monday night. And easy card and they loved it! My card base is Pool Party with a strip of designer paper from the Everyday Enchantment designer paper pack adhered on the side. I stamped the image from Fresh Vintage using Lucky Limeade, Pool Party and Poppy Parade markers onto a 3" die cut circle from Very Vanilla. Then I sponged the edges with Soft Suede. This is glued to the card. Then I stamped the flower in Poppy Parade onto a scrap of Very Vanilla and cut it out. I put a brad from the Everyday Enchantment ribbon and brad pack through the middle and popped it up on the card. I stamped the greeting from Thank You Kindly in Soft Suede onto a strip of Very Vanilla and tucked it behind the flower. Then I added three pearls around the perimeter of the circle. And there you have it! Thanks for stopping by and have a super day!


Card Recipe: Stamps- Fresh Vintage, Thank You Kindly; Paper- Pool Party, Very Vanilla, Everyday Enchantment designer paper; Ink- Soft Suede, Lucky Limeade, Pool Party, Poppy Parade; Accessories- Everyday Enchantment ribbon and brad pack, pearls, 3" circle die, sponge, dimensionals

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day!!

Good morning everyone and Happy Valentine's Day! I woke up to a big vase of flowers, two boxes of Girl Scout Tag-a-Long cookies and an iTunes gift card! Woohoo!! I love my family!! Nothing romantic around here but that's o.k. with me. There will be some great basketball games on tonight and that suits me just fine!


Today's card was inspired from a sketch in the recent PaperCrafts magazine. I decided to turn it into a Valentine's card just for today! My card base is Pool Party. I took a strip of the designer paper from the Everyday Enchantment designer paper pack and attached a strip of Calypso Coral that had been punched with the dotted ribbon scallop punch. Then I glued it to the card. I stamped the words from Outlined Occasions in Pool Party and colored in the "love" with a Pool Party marker. Then I used my Fashionable Hearts embosslit and die cut some hearts from Pool Party, Calypso Coral, and Very Vanilla. I also die cut a heart from Very Vanilla using the Scallop Heart of Hearts. The other larger heart was punched from Calypso Coral using the Full Heart punch. I arranged them on the card popping up the largest heart and added a rhinestone. Thanks for stopping by and have a super Valentine's Day!


Card Recipe: Stamps- Outlined Occasions; Paper- Pool Party, Very Vanilla, Calypso Coral, Everyday Enchantment designer paper; Ink- Pool Party; Accessories- Scallop Heart of Hearts, Fashionable Hearts embosslit, Full Heart punch, dotted ribbon scallop punch, rhinestone, dimensionals

Monday, February 13, 2012

FMS 21

Good morning, Friends! I hope you all had a great weekend! I can't believe that we are at another Monday. I could have used another day in the weekend but here we go! I have my stamp club tonight so I need to spend most of the day getting ready for that. And then there is a super basketball game on later tonight!


Today's card was inspired from a sketch at Freshly Made Sketches. My card base is Very Vanilla to which I added two strips of the Everyday Enchantment designer paper that I clipped at the ends to make it look like it was flagged. Then I stamped the flower from Mixed Bunch in Pool Party on Very Vanilla and punched it out with the Blossom punch. I also punched a flower out with the same punch from Pool Party and Lucky Limeade. I slightly curled the petals of the Very Vanilla flower before adhering it to the Pool Party flower and then I cut two of the Lucky Limeade petals and adhered them to the back of the flower to look like leaves. This is popped up on the card. Then I punched a flower from Pool Party using the Blossom Bouquet Triple Layer punch. I put a brad from the Everyday Enchantment ribbon and brad pack through the middle. I felt like it didn't show up very well so I punched a 1/2" circle from Soft Suede and glued it to the flower. I popped up the punched/brad flower up onto the center of the flower. Then I stamped the greeting from Teeny Tiny Wishes in Pool Party onto a strip of Very Vanilla and flagged one end. I tucked this under the flower. And there you have it! Thanks for stopping by and have a super day!


Card Recipe: Stamps- Mixed Bunch, Teeny Tiny Wishes; Paper- Very Vanilla, Pool Party, Lucky Limeade, Soft Suede; Ink- Pool Party; Accessories- Everyday Enchantment ribbon and brad pack, Blossom punch, Blossom Bouquet Triple Layer punch, 1/2" circle punch, dimensionals

Sunday, February 12, 2012

TSSC 207

Good morning, Friends! I really wanted to stay under the nice warm blankets this morning! It is looking really gray outside and looks cold! We are supposed to get some rain so we will see what it does. I need to get up and get ready. Nick has soccer practice and I need to get some laundry done! And I would like to get some crafting done as well. I do need to get ready for my stamp club tomorrow...


Today's card was done for Mary Jo's Lunchtime Sketch Challenge. She posts a new one each Monday so I am getting in just under the wire! I haven't been able to play along in a while so it is nice to get back into it! And a nice simple sketch, too! I started with a piece of Pool Party where I stamped the greeting from Tea Shoppe in Soft Suede. Over the greeting I stamped the flower in Pool Party. I attached this piece to a card base of Soft Suede. Then I took a strip of Very Vanilla and stamped the three tea cups in Pool Party. Behind this strip I attached two pieces of Soft Suede that were punched with the dotted scallop ribbon punch and then glued it down to the card. I stamped one of the tea cups on a scrap of Very Vanilla and cut it out. This is popped up on the card over the tea cup that was already stamped. Then I took a scrap of Daffodil Delight and punched a flower with the itty bitty shapes punch pack and adhered it to the tea cup. Then I added a pearl. A nice easy card! Thanks for stopping by and have a super day!


Card Recipe: Stamps- Tea Shoppe; Paper- Soft Suede, Pool Party, Daffodil Delight, Very Vanilla; Ink- Soft Suede, Pool Party; Accessories- dotted ribbon scallop punch, itty bitty shapes punch pack, pearl, dimensionals

Saturday, February 11, 2012

LNS 159 - Girly Girl

Good morning, Friends! I hope you are having a great start to a great weekend! It is supposed to start raining around here starting tomorrow but I am o.k. with that because we really need the moisture! We really haven't gotten any snow around here to speak of so the rain would be nice. Nick has soccer practice and there are some really great basketball games on, too! 


Today's card is one that just sort of popped into my head and as I experimented, this is what emerged! I am excited about it, too!! I am sure that someone else has thought of this but I hadn't seen it anywhere else and that is why I am so excited about how it all came out! The Late Night Stampers group's challenge is to make a Girly-Girl card. As I was browsing through my most recent magazine, I came across a cute card that had a clothesline and cute little clothes hanging from it. And then it hit me... what about the owl punch? So I pulled it out and gave it a try. Our little clothespins are just a tad too big for this so I left it off. Here's what I did: I punched a piece of Blushing Bride with the owl punch and then drew little lines with my white gel pen to give it some definition that it was a dress. Then I took some of the new Blushing Bride pleated satin ribbon and attached it to the bottom of the "dress" on the back using sticky strip. My card base is Whisper White with a piece of Blushing Bride. Then I took another piece of Whisper White and stamped the greeting from Teeny Tiny Wishes in Basic Grey and used the ticket corner punch on the corners. This is popped up on the card and the "dress" has two dimensionals on it to pop it up on the card. I added a punched heart from the owl punch in Poppy Parade. And then I put a little rhinestone on it. I also added rhinestones in the corners of the Blushing Bride piece. I just think it turned out so cute! Now if I just knew of someone having a little girl... All my friends having babies are having boys! Anyway, it was fun! Thanks for stopping by and have a super day!


Card Recipe: Stamps- Teeny Tiny Wishes; Paper- Whisper White, Blushing Bride, Poppy Parade; Ink- Basic Grey; Accessories- Blushing Bride pleated satin ribbon, owl punch, ticket corner punch, white gel pen, rhinestones, dimensionals 

Friday, February 10, 2012

SFF 021012

Good morning everyone! Yea! It's Friday! I am ready for a great weekend! Are you? Sketch Frenzy Friday has another great challenge for you all this week! I do hope you will find time to play along with us! Take a look at the fantastic sketch that Jennifer designed for us!


Lots of possibilities on this one! But here is what I decided to do with this sketch!



My picture didn't come out very good. I am still experimenting with photo editing. I hope I get better - lol! Anyway, I took a piece of Very Vanilla card stock and ran it through the Big Shot with the Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder and then popped it up on a card base of Very Vanilla. Then I took the dotted ribbon scallop punch and punched two strips of Pool Party and tucked them behind a strip of Very Vanilla. This is adhered to the card. Then I cut a Very Vanilla piece of card stock using the Lots of Tags sizzlets and stamped the greeting from Tea Shoppe in Soft Suede. I stamped a tea cup from the same set in Pool Party on Very Vanilla and cut it out. This is glued to the corner of the tag and the tag is popped up on the card. Then I punched a flower out of Daffodil Delight using the itty bitty shapes punch pack, glued it to the tea cup and then added a pearl. 


Be sure to click 'here' to see what Jennifer did with her sketch. Click your way through the blog tour to see what all the designers did with this sketch. I hope you get inspired to play along with us this week! Be sure to upload your project to the Sketch Frenzy Friday blog. Thanks for stopping by and have a super day!


Card Recipe: Stamps- Tea Shoppe; Paper- Very Vanilla, Pool Party, Daffodil Delight; Ink- Pool Party, Soft Suede; Accessories- Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder, lots of tags sizzlets, dotted ribbon scallop punch, itty bitty shapes punch pack, pearl, dimensionals

Thursday, February 9, 2012

CCMC 188

Good morning, Friends! Time for another great challenge with our friends at Create with Connie and Mary! This week we are being challenged with a sketch. Take a look!


What a super fun sketch! So clean and simple! Just my kind of sketch!! Take a look at what I came up with!


I made a square card that measures 4 1/4". I really like the smaller size of this square. And I kept my card very simple, just like the sketch. My card base is Soft Suede. Then I popped up a Very Vanilla piece that was cut with the Perfect Pennants die. Then I took a piece of designer paper from the Everyday Enchantment pack and flagged one end. At the other end I added a piece of Very Vanilla seam binding ribbon and a brad from the Everyday Enchantment ribbon and brad pack. I glued this down to the scallop piece. I punched a Very Vanilla circle with the 1 3/4" circle punch and stamped the greeting from Elementary Elegance in Soft Suede. This circle is popped up on the card. The last thing I did was to add a butterfly (from the same set) that was stamped in Peach Parfait onto Very Vanilla. I cut it out and used a glue dot to attach it to the card. I added a rhinestone as well. 


Be sure to check out what the rest of the designers did with this fabulous sketch at Create with Connie and Mary! I hope you find time to play along with us this week! We always love to see what you all come up with! Thanks for stopping by and have a super day!


Card Recipe: Stamps- Elementary Elegance; Paper- Soft Suede, Very Vanilla, Everyday Enchantment designer paper; Ink- Soft Suede, Peach Parfait; Accessories- Very Vanilla, Everyday Enchantment ribbon and brad pack, Perfect Pennants die, 1 3/4" circle punch, rhinestone, dimensionals

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Framed Tea Cup

Good morning, Friends! Well this week seems to be flying by! But I do seem to be getting a lot done. I have been really busy stamping. I have been working on getting ahead on my design team cards so that they are all ready to go when the time comes. Now I need to get cards done for the other days in between! 


Today's card was inspired by one that I saw in a recent magazine. I was inspired by the frame that they had done on the card and so I went to replicate it with our products. And I do like how it turned out! I took a piece of the Attic Boutique designer paper and a piece of Whisper White to the Big Shot and used two of the Labels framelits die to cut the frame. The piece of Whisper White is to help make the designer paper a little more sturdy because this gets popped up onto a card base of Whisper White. I stamped the teacup from Tea Shoppe in Pool Party onto the card and the greeting in Soft Suede. I tied some white baker's twine on a button from the neutrals collection and added it to the frame. The button looks black but it is actually a brown one. I am experimenting with my photos to try to get them to come out a little better. I will keep trying! Thanks for stopping by and have a super day!


Card Recipe: Stamps- Tea Shoppe; Paper- Whisper White, Attic Boutique designer paper; Ink- Pool Party, Soft Suede; Accessories- white baker's twine, neutrals buttons, Labels framelits dies, dimensionals

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Paper Players 80 and 81

Good morning everyone! I hope your week is off to a great start! Nothing exciting going on around here this week. And that is kind of nice right now!


Today's card is from a sketch at The Paper Players. This is actually their challenge for last week but it would also fit this week's challenge, too. So I will probably enter it for that one. But I did use the sketch as my starting point. I took a piece of Baja Breeze and added a piece of Twitterpated designer paper to it. Then I stamped the greeting from Thank You Kindly in Basic Grey onto a scrap of Whisper White and punched it out with the Decorative Label punch. This is glued to the back of the Baja Breeze panel. Then I wrapped a piece of Whisper White taffeta ribbon around this and popped it up on a card base of Whisper White. For my focal point I took a stamp from the Apothecary Art set and stamped just the outline part of the image. Then I took it to the Big Shot and used my Labels Framelits die to cut out the shape. This is popped up over the ribbon. I stamped the flower images from Bordering on Romance on scrap pieces of Whisper White in Basic Grey and colored them in with Blushing Bride, Baja Breeze, Island Indigo, Riding Hood Red and Pear Pizzazz markers. I cut these out and popped them up on the label frame. The little flower in the corner actually has two dimensionals on it! The last thing I did was to add a little bling with some rhinestones! Thanks for stopping by and have a super day!


Card Recipe: Stamps- Bordering on Romance, Thank You Kindly, Apothecary Art; Paper- Whisper White, Baja Breeze, Twitterpated designer paper; Ink- Basic Grey, Blushing Bride, Baja Breeze, Pear Pizzazz, Riding Hood Red, Island Indigo; Accessories- Whisper White taffeta ribbon, Decorative Label punch, Labels framelits die, rhinestones, dimensionals

Monday, February 6, 2012

FMS 20

Good morning, Friends! Another week to begin. I hope you all had a fantastic weekend! Patriots fans are probably bummed. While I really didn't care who won, I was secretly cheering for the Giants. And the game was really pretty good! We just had a quiet game watching the event here at home. And that was nice. Now to get another week going...


Today's card was inspired by a sketch at Freshly Made Sketches. They have some really fantastic sketches!! For this challenge, they are going long. So my card is a 3 x 6 card. I started with a card base of Whisper White and then added a piece of Basic Grey and then a piece of Twitterpated designer paper. I took a piece of Riding Hood Red and ran it through the Big Shot with the Adorning Accents edgelits die to scallop it. This is added to the card. Then I took a strip of Whisper White and stamped the greeting from Friendly Phrases in Basic Grey. Then I took a piece of Whisper White and stamped just the outline of one of the stamps from Apothecary Art in Basic Grey. I took this to the Big Shot and used my Labels Framelits die to cut the shape. This is popped up on the card. Then I stamped the flowers from Bordering on Romance in Basic Grey onto Whisper White and colored them in with Baja Breeze, Riding Hood Red, Island Indigo, Blushing Bride and Pear Pizzazz markers. I cut them out and added three brads before popping them up on the card. I found a small flower that I had stamped, colored and cut out from another project and used glue dots to adhere it to the card. Thanks for stopping by and have a super day!


Card Recipe: Stamps- Friendly Phrases, Bordering on Romance, Apothecary Art; Paper- Whisper White, Riding Hood Red, Basic Grey, Twitterpated designer paper; Ink- Basic Grey, Baja Breeze, Riding Hood Red, Pear Pizzazz, Blushing Bride, Island Indigo; Accessories- Adorning Accents edgelits die, Labels Framelits die, silver brads, dimensionals

Sunday, February 5, 2012

MFTWSC 56

Good Sunday morning everyone! I hope you are all having a super weekend! Are you going to be watching the Superbowl? We will. It won't be a "big" deal here but we will watch and have a good time! Got some great snack recipes that I want to try. Nick has soccer practice before that. And it appears that I really need to get some laundry done!


Today's card was made from a sketch at My Favorite Things. Great sketch!! I like to see what they have going on occasionally and try my hand at their sketches. And I like the way this one turned out! I took a piece of Soft Suede and adhered a piece of Attic Boutique designer paper then adhered a strip of Pool Party to that. This panel is popped up on a card base of Very Vanilla. Then I took a piece of Very Vanilla and ran it through the Big Shot with the Perfect Pennants die and another piece of Very Vanilla was punched with the 1 3/4" circle punch. The scallop piece is popped up and the circle is popped up as well. I stamped the teacup from Tea Shopped on a scrap piece of Very Vanilla and cut it out. I popped it up on the circle. I stamped the greeting in Soft Suede on a strip of Very Vanilla and tucked it under the teacup. My finishing touch was to add a flower that was punched from Pool Party with the itty bitty shapes punch pack and add a pearl. Thanks for stopping by and have a super day!


Card Recipe: Stamps- Tea Shoppe; Paper- Very Vanilla, Soft Suede, Pool Party, Attic Boutique designer paper; Ink- Soft Suede; Accessories- Perfect Pennants die, itty bitty shapes punch pack, 1 3/4" circle punch, pearl, dimensionals

Saturday, February 4, 2012

LIM 52

Good morning, Friends! What a fabulous looking weekend it is around here! Is it really the middle of winter? A lot of the plants are a little confused, too! I won't complain too much (after the last two winters we have had around here) as long as the mountains get tons of snow! That's where we need it the most! But I do hope it rains around here some time...


Today's card is from a challenge that I haven't played along with, yet. I love to visit their blog and look at what they have going on but I haven't really every played along. And it looks like I won't get to play along with this one either as the deadline as passed. But I loved the challenge! The challenge blog is "Less is More". Great name, huh!! They believe in keeping things very clean and very simple. Love it! And I love how my card turned out, too! I took a strip of Whisper White and used my Full Heart punch to punch a heart. Then I too a piece of the Twitterpated designer paper and glued it to the front of a whisper White card base. The strip with the punched heart is popped up over that. Then I stamped the greeting from Grateful Greetings in Riding Hood Red. As a finishing touch I added a heart that was cut with the Fashionable Hearts embosslit with a rhinestone. Thanks for stopping by and have a super day!


Card Recipe: Stamps- Grateful Greetings; Paper- Whisper White, Riding Hood Red, Twitterpated designer paper; Ink- Riding Hood Red; Accessories- Full Heart Punch, Fashionable Hearts designer paper, rhinestone, dimensionals

Friday, February 3, 2012

SFF 020312

Good morning everyone! Thank goodness it's Friday! And it's time for a great sketch challenge at Sketch Frenzy Friday! This week's sketch was created by ME!! Take a look!


Sometimes I find it so hard to create a card from my own sketch! Weird, I know - lol! For my card I decided to combine it with the challenge at LNS which is to create a project using black, white and one other color. So take a look at what I came up with!


Another Valentine card! I used Basic Black, Cherry Cobbler, and Whisper White. I took a piece of Whisper White and attached a piece of patterned paper from the Neutrals paper stack and a another piece of Whisper White that was run through the Big Shot with the Adorning Accents edgelits embossing folder (see the cute little hearts). Then I wrapped a piece of Basic Black narrow taffeta ribbon around this and adhered this to a card base of Basic Black. Then I took a piece of Whisper White and stamped the dotted heart from I {Heart} Hearts in black StazOn. I popped this up on the card. Then I stamped the polka dot heart (from the same set) in Cherry Cobbler on a scrap of Whisper White and cut it out. This is glued flat inside the dotted heart. Then I stamped the greeting from Grateful Greetings in black StazOn and punched it out with the 1 3/8" circle punch and adhered it to a punched scallop circle that was punched from Basic Black. I colored in the heart with the Cherry Cobbler marker and popped this up on the card. The last thing I did was to add a rhinestone to the heart!


Be sure to go to Jennifer's blog by clicking 'here' and see what she did with this sketch. Keep going through the tour to get inspired. Then create your own project using the sketch provided. I hope you will play along and upload your creation to the Sketch Frenzy Friday blog so that we can all see what you did! Thanks for stopping by and have a super day! 

Thursday, February 2, 2012

CCMC 187

Good morning, Friends! Time to play along with another great challenge from the team at Create with Connie and Mary! This week we are being challenged with color. Take a look at these yummy colors!


The challenge colors are Concord Crush, Pool Party and Sahara Sand. I didn't even think about ever putting these colors together but they look so great! Take a look at what I came up with!


I really liked the idea of making a Valentine card using non-traditional "valentine" colors. I took a piece of Sahara Sand that was cut down and stamped the dotted heart from I {Heart} Hearts in Sahara Sand. Then I wrapped a piece of Pool Party seam binding ribbon around it. I glued this panel down to a piece of Concord Crush and then popped it up on a card base of Sahara Sand. Then I took a piece of Whisper White and used my Labels framelits and cut the shape. I stamped the greeting from Grateful Greetings in Concord Crush and popped it up on the card. Then I cut hearts using the Fashionable Hearts embosslit from Pool Party and Concord Crush card stock and then attached them to the card. The last thing was to add some rhinestones. 


Have you checked out the rest of the designer's cards at the Create with Connie and Mary site? You won't be disappointed! Check them out and then create your own project using the colors shown. I always love to see what you all do with these challenges! Thanks for stopping by and have a super day!


Card Recipe: Stamps- Grateful Greetings, I {Heart} Hearts; Paper- Sahara Sand, Pool Party, Concord Crush, Whisper White; Ink- Concord Crush, Sahara Sand; Accessories- Pool Party seam binding ribbon, Fashionable Hearts embosslit, Labels framelits, rhinestones, dimensionals

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

CSC 75

Good morning everyone! And happy February! Halfway through another week and into another month! Wow! I think I am ready for the weekend, though! It was hard to get up this morning! But here we go... 


Today's card is one that I did for last week's CASE Study challenge. I have always admired their work but never participated in their challenges. And it looks like I won't be participating with this one either because I am too late - lol! Oh well. I will still show you all. With their challenges, they show you a card and you are to take inspiration from that. It could be the layout, the colors or even the images used. And the point is to keep it simple. So I took a piece of Whisper White card stock and stamped the image from Sprinkled Expressions in Riding Hood Red and added a mini brad (gotta have a little bling, right?). Then I ran a piece of Basic Grey, Riding Hood Red, and Blushing Bride through the Big Shot with the Tasteful Trim die to make the rick rack. I glued these just below the image. Then I popped this panel up onto a card base of Whisper White. Simple! Thanks for stopping by and have a super day!


Card Recipe: Stamps- Sprinkled Expressions; Paper- Whisper White, Blushing Bride, Basic Grey, Riding Hood Red; Ink- Riding Hood Red; Accessories- Tasteful Trim die, mini brad, dimensionals