Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Monochromatic Challenge at HSS

It's time to go monochromatic at Hand Stamped Sentiments. Check out this week's challenge and get stamping.

We'd love to see what you come up with. Here is my card this week:

Do you notice the doily it's sitting on....my Grandmother made it for me. I have the honor of owning some of her beautiful doilies and crochet table cloths. She came over the other day and I showed her this card....she loved it. I love this stamp, too....reminds me of her every time I look at it. Here is a close up shot of the card:

Colors: Basic Gray, Very Vanilla
Stamps: Hello Doily, Messages For Mom
Accessories: Versamark, Clear Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Basic Gray Satin Ribbon, Basic Gray Buttons, Sponge

Happy Stamping,

Saturday, August 27, 2011


They are doing a sketch challenge over at Create With Connie and Mary. Here is the sketch....

Here is my entry.....

I wanted to make the balloon look real so I used crystal effects and bakers twine for the tail. I painted the cupcakes with a blender pen since I don't have the new In Colors Markers yet.
Here is a close up of the balloon:

Colors: Island Indigo, Calypso Coral, So Saffron, Whisper White
Stamps: Crazy For Cupcakes
Accessories: Tulipe Embossing Folder, Bakers Twine, Designer Printed Brads, Blender Pens, Blossom Bouquet Punch, Crystal Effects

Happy Stamping,

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Banner For A Beautiful Baby

This weeks challenge at Hand Stamped Sentiments is using a banner in your project.

My friend Karen and her family welcomed the cutest baby girl into their family this week. She is so adorable and such a huge blessing! I wanted to make her a super special card, so I thought, why not make her a 6" x6" card so she can add it to a brag book album. This is actually a card, but I'll make sure she knows that I'll be converting it into an album for her...soon. :) You know....when I get free time. ;)

Don't you love the Pretty in Pink with the Basic Gray combo? I thought it was nice, and a little different than my "go to" pink and brown combo. Here, are a couple close-up photos of the details....

Do you notice the sparkle? I used our Shimmer Paint in Frost White. It just needed some sparkle to it. I usually use the Rhinestones, but I decided to try something different. I used a foam brush to paint some of the Shimmer on the stamp. That way I was able to evenly distribute it and make it so it's not so clumpy. I think it added a nice touch.....

Colors: Pretty In Pink, Basic Gray, Whisper White
Stamps: Pennant Parade, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Punches: Pennants Builder, 3/4" Circle, 1/2" Circle, Decorative Label & Scallop Trim
Accessories: White Bakers Twine, Basic Gray Satin Ribbon, Neutral Button, White Shimmer Paint, Tasteful Trim Die Cut, Texturz Plate-Backgrounds 1, Big Shot

Happy Stamping,

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Color Challenge CCMC163

Hi Stamping Friends....I decided to enter another challenge at Create With Connie And Mary. It's been a little while since I've done it...but I felt inspired. We were challenged to use Tangerine Tango, Pacific Point and So Saffron. Here is my card:

Colors: Pacific Point, So Saffron, Tangerine Tango and Whisper White
Stamp Sets: Every Little Bit, Family Reunion
Accessories:Decorative Label, Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border, Small Heart, Heart to Heart, Scallop Circle and 1 3/4" Circle Punches. Paper Crimper, Tasteful Trim Die Cut, White Grosgrain ribbon, Stazon Ink

Happy Stamping,

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Teacher Gifts Sample #1

Next week I'm hosting a craft class. You'll be making 2 of each of the corner bookmarks and covered notepads. Contact me if you are interested in attending.

Here is one of the corner bookmarks you'll be making....

Here is a photo of how the bookmark slides on the corner....

Here is one of the covered notepads that you'll be making....

Happy Stamping,

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Baby Boy Card...Stitched

This is the card that I made for my neighbor's new baby boy. He's due to arrive next month, but since I made a girl card for the Hand Stamped Sentiments challenge, I thought I'd better make one for the new baby boy, too.

I used my new hand held sewing machine for this card. I love the look of the Tasteful Trim die cut, too....looks like real rickrack. Here is a close up of some of the detail....

Happy Stamping,

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Hello Again, It's Stitching Time

I know it's been a while since I've posted....I had strep throat....BLECH!! But with a nice dose of antibiotics, I'm back!! This week's challenge at Hand Stamped Sentiments is called "All Stitched Up"...that means you need to use either sewing, stitching or faux stitching in your project.

I really like being a part of this design team. It's forcing me to learn new techniques and use new products and ideas. So for this one, I decided to bite the bullet and get a sewing machine. I know, you're thinking I had to spend a fortune, but I bought the $13 hand-held one from Walmart. I'm just testing out the sewing thing to see if it's worth it to splurge for a real, big girl one....we'll see. Honestly, it's just one more thing that will end up caking up dust, I'm sure.

Okay....here it is....my card with real, actual, battery powered, needle and thread action, stitched up card.

I know, I know....I didn't get carried away with this, I just wanted it to make a simple statement....like my blog says...."simple". :)

Here is a close up shot of the stitching....looks like I need to brush up on my sewing skills. LOL!!!

This card is for my friend Christie. She has 2 boys and just had her first baby girl. I've only seen a picture of her, but I can't wait to see her in person. Hopefully I'll be able to hand deliver this real soon. Gotta make sure I'm all finished with my antibiotics first. I don't want to spread any germs.

Colors: Pretty in Pink, Soft Suede, Whisper White, Pink Pirouette
Stamps: Baby Bundle
Accessories: DSP Subtles Pack, Tasteful Trim Die Cut, White Satin Ribbon, Vintage Trinkets, Sewing machine

Happy Stamping,

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

School Days

I've been feeling under the weather and found out today that I have strep throat. YUCK! Now just hoping and praying that the rest of my family doesn't get it!! Needless to say, I had to sit out of the challenge this week at Hand Stamped Sentiments.

So bummed, because I had in mind what I wanted to do, but just couldn't get it together. Don't forget to check out the challenge, though....and take a look at the SUPER CUTE projects my friends, aka the Design Team, came up with!!!

In the meantime, a cute pic of my kiddos:


Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Super Fun Fancy Folds

This week at Hand Stamped Sentiments we are challenging you to get out your scoring tools and fold away!

When I saw that we were gonna do this, I immediately thought of a stair step card with a banner. Banners are SOOOO popular right now, so I had to do it.

Here it is with all the party pizzazz I could muster for one night.....

I know, I know....I got carried away with this one, but it's all about a party, right?! Here is a view from the side of it:

Colors: Pacific Point, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White, Real Red
Stamp Set: Pennant Parade
Accessories: Pennant, Blossom Bouquet and Small Star Punches. Red Glimmer paper, Stripes embossing folder, Silver Wire, Bakers Twine

Happy Stamping,