Saturday, July 26, 2008

Double-ly adorable!

I had some time after the birthday party, so while Lily was sleeping and I was doing laundry, I made this card. Talk about multi-tasking!

This is for the SCS card sketch challenge #186 this week. I started by selecting a stamp set that would complement the strip along the bottom of the sketch, so I picked out Double Line Doodles (retired SU!). I stamped the long strip first on Certainly Celery with CC ink, then highlighted the image with my uniball White gel pen and Old Olive marker. I layered that on Old Olive paper and using scalloped scissors, trimmed the edges down the length of the paper. Next I used another retired SU! item, the background paper (don't remember the name) and layered that on CC and Always Artichoke. The second panel is the SU! DS Print paper in Certainly Celery, layered on Old Olive. I stamped 'adorable' from Warm Words with Always Artichoke, 'cause she's adorable! The main image from the stamp set is stamped on Whisper White with Always Artichoke, then sponged with CC and OO. I then cut out the center if the image and featured a photo of Lily behind it (isn't she cute!). That is layered on CC and AA trimmed with the scallop scissors (I don't have the Nestabilities yet) and I put white polkadots around it with the white gel pen. I added Moss grosgrain ribbon under the image and attached it with dimensionals. That's it! Thanks for looking!!

Emma's Birthday!

Lily's best friend from preschool, Emma had her Cinderella birthday party today! Lily had tons of fun with her friends from school playing princesses, swinging and picking flowers (aka weeds). We got Emma a Sleeping Beauty dress for her upcoming trip to Disney World, but this morning I decided I needed to make something a little extra. So in about an hour and 15 minutes, I came up with this collection of goodies for her next year at preschool!

This doesn't have any SU! products in it, so I can't explain what everything is and where it's from, but I can explain the process. The lunchbox is from the Target $1 spot, about 2 years ago (I hope they do them again this year). I used ModPodge to attach the paper with rounded corners to the front and the back. I usually do the whole name, but this is a small box and it didn't fit. So instead, I added her inital with a pre-made chipboard letter then applied ModPodge to the whole thing to make it water proof. Then embellished it simply with a prima flower, button and ribbon. The handle had ribbons tied to it in an array of colors. I made a crayon box slide with the same paper, punches and the retired SU! letter set letter dots (I don't think that's the name). The little pad of paper (its only 3.5"x3.5") has the same paper, chipboard and embellishments as the lunch box. Tosssed in a few pens and pencils and voila'!

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

It's a boy!

I just found out this morning that my girlfriend Carrie is having a baby boy! Just what she wanted! It's been fun being pregnant together. Now that we are both getting bigger, we bumb bellies when ever we see each other. She is about 2+ months behind me. I decided to make another card for her using the colors of the card challenge CC176. Its a fun combo!

I did add Chocolate Ship to this one also, even though it looks like black. I need to work on my camera... Anyhoo, I used a retired SU! paper (I don't remember the name) that is acutally Mellow Moss, but I thought it was close enough, and I sponged the edges with River Rock. The lower panel is River Rock, run thru the Cutllebug and both were layered on a piece of Chocolate Chip. I put a strip of Soft Sky stiched ribbon at the 'joint' with a knot attached with a mini glue dot. The main image is from Very Punny (minus the pun)on Very Vanilla, colored with SS and RR using a blender pen, and added So Saffron to the scallop. I sponged the edges and layered it on RR, SS and a Chocolate Chip scalloped square using my Marvy punch. All this is on a VV card base. Sweet and simple!

Look Familiar?

I really love Soft Sky, it's a shame it's being retired. I'm getting a bunch of it before it goes though. This is for the SCS color challenge CC176, and I actually finished this one within 12 hours of posting! That's a record for me.

The colors for this challenge were Soft Sky, River Rock and Very Vanilla. Its a lovely, soft combination. This is the same layout I did for the Mojo Monday #44 last month, it's very versatile. I started out with a Chocolate Chip card base, I know it looks like Basic Black, but it's not, its Chocolate Chip. (I cheated I know, but I like a little more contrast) and layered on Very Vanilla with a River Rock panel that was Cuttlebugged. On that, I added a Soft Sky panel, stamped on Script in SS and sponged the edges, then layered it on VV. The 3rd panel is the textured River Rock paper with sponged edges and layered also on VV. I added a strip of Soft Sky stiched ribbon on that as well. The main image is from Embrace Life, stamped in Chocolate Chip, with the flowers colored in with my uniball white gel pen and highlighted with SS using my aqua painter. I sponged the edges and layered it on RR, SS and CC. The scallop is SS with CC dots, then the sentiment is stamped on VV with CC and Script stamped over it with SS and sponged around the edges. I didn't have any embellishements in that great Chocolate Chip color, so I had to settle for Close to Cocoa buttons with a thin strip of River Rock threaded thru the holes.

Monday, July 21, 2008

A little suspense...

This card I just made, it's super easy and cute! It's for the SCS technique challenge TLC176. I had never made one and really think it's adorable, the directions are the the link, so check it out! I did however drop my stamp on the front after I had finished, since it was late, I didn't do it over.

Front of spinner

Back of spinner.

I used Whisper White card stock for the card body, then tied the wide black polka dot ribbon around it and tied it off with a bow. Sorry the photo is off. I punched the scallop circle punch in the bottom right corner. The spinner is the ladybug from Very Punny, stamped on WW with Basic Black, and colored in with my aqua painter and Real Red ink. The other side is stamped with the 'thank you' stamp from Short & Sweet, outlined with the real red marker. I added dots around the edge with the Basic Black marker. The image and the sentiment were punched with the 1 1/4" circle punch and layered together back to back with a piece of red thread between. On the inside of the card, taped the ends of the thread to the back of the front of the card and placed a Real Red piece of card stock and with a punched a 1 3/8 circle out of that. Added some white polka dots and voila'! Sweet and simple!

Not so groovy...

Since I don't really like this card, I won't get into the specifics. It's for the SCS card challenge SC185 and color challenge CC174.

Dots, dots, dots!

So here is another one I made today. It was great having Lily with me creating, I had time to create with spending time with her!
This one is for the SCS Color challenge CC175 and card layout challenge SC183. So Saffron, Almost Amethyst and Wild Wasabi. I have to admit, that this card is inspired by Markie's Mom at SCS. She makes the most beautiful cards, and always uses black and white polka dots. Check out her gallery, it's great!!!

I used the Simply Said stamp set, colored it with AA and SS and surrounded the image with Soft Sky using the aqua painter. The main image was layered on WW, AA and finished with Basic Black and i added the dots with my uniball white gel pen. The SS layer is SU! DP and the WW layer was Cuttlebugged with swirls. and bother are layered on Whisper White. I added the balck and white polkadot wide ribbon with a strip of Wild Wasabi Sticked ribbon down the center and added a knot with a mini glue dot. The main panel is AA on a card body of Basic Black and added white polkadots. The sentiment is from the same stamp set, i just used a few words from the stamp, along with some bling in the corner.

Thanks for looking!

It's Mojo baby!

This card was created for the Mojo Monday Week #45. It's late, but am I ever on time? Anyway, this is another card I created with Lily today.
I used the Blooming with Happiness stamp set, which I love. The DP(a gift from an old DDS) inspired the color combo, So Saffron, Wild Wasabi, Soft Sky, Almost Amethyst and Pumpkin Pie, it also has glitter on it, 'cause you know I love glitter! I used my corner punch for the scallops on the DP, since I haven't ordered my scallop edge punch yet. I layered it on Whisper White and punched that as well. The top DP is So Saffron Prints DP from SU! and the Almost Amethyst at the bottom is stamped with So Swirly with White Craft ink. I stamped the cake with Basic Black and colored the image in with So Saffron, Pumpkin Pie and Almost Amethyst, then used my aqua painter to do the Wild Wasabi and the Soft Sky around the image. The flames of the candles have a little shimmer to them (an Elmers craft glue I got at Michaels) and glitter on the flowers. The image and the sentiment is layered on AA and PP and WW on the image. Then I added the Soft sky ribbon and bling at the bottom to finish it off! Hope it inspires!


It's been a while hasn't it?!! Well, I've been out of town visiting friends and family, and my husbands family spent the weekend with us. So, I decided this was a day for me! Lily and I went down stairs to my stampin' space and created for several hours. I now have a wall filled with Lily originals. but she had more fun hanging her things up than creating it. She is fascinated with the tape dispenser.

Anyhow, I decided to tackle some more challenges from SCS. Here is today's TLC178 challenge. It was a combination of 3 different past challenges. Since my internet is on the 2nd floor and my space is in the basement, I thought the colors were Baroque Burgandy and Creamy Caramel, so I used that old retired color. It's not my favorite card, but it meets the requirements! Sorry the photo is off, I'm trying a new light.

I used my Cuttlebug and inked the folder so that when it was run thru the machine, the color went inside the dry embossing. (Check out the directions here). I did the baby wipe technique for the medallions from Baroque Motifs, cut them out and layered them on Chocolate Chip. I then stamped the smaller image from the set on the BB card stock and used Gold Rush EP then cut them out and layered them on the medallions. The Creamy Caramel layer is stamped with Canvas. I added the sentiment by stampining on some twill tape with the BB.

Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, July 2, 2008


I had to make another one of these cards. They are too cute! This is actually the first one I did, but learned to used the acetate over the photo instead on stamping on it with Craft White because it takes FOREVER to dry, so it smeared.


The card base of this card is a 6x6 Creamy Caramel card. I made the scalloped squares by using my Marvy punch. I layered on Pretty in Pink and the SU! retired DP Chocolate Chip. The photo is my DD Lily (isn't she cute!) layered on PP and CC. I stamped the 'cherish' with Craft White (see above) and added the buttons with mini glue dots. The 'thread' is the edges of grosgrain ribbon in ivory and chocolate.

Just for fun!

This card was just for fun. I started to CASE a card from SCS, then realized that I cut the DP panel too short. I went ahead and made a quick card with it anyway. I love this designer paper, I got it a few years ago and never used it, but it has some great colors in it. I used Soft Sky, Buckaroo Blue and Bravo Burgandy for the layering to match the DP. I used 'Sage Advice' for the sentiment and put the velvet green ribbon from the SU Sorbet collection under it and added a flower and some bling. It only took me about 15 minues for this card.

I'ts Mojo...

Mojo #44 & CC #173

This card was created for Mojo Monday and for the SCS Color Challenge 173. The color challenge was Wild Wasabi, Certainly Celery, and Purely Pomagrante. I haven't used this stamp set (All Natural) in ages so I thought I'd use it for this one. The background is Cuttlebugged and layered on PP and on a Basic Black card base (I used creative license by added that color to the combo). The WW panel is stamped with 'Script' and sponged along the edges. It's layered on PP and I added some brads that I colored black with Black Stazon. I used Cetainly Celery DP for the next panel and layered it on the PP also with Wild Wasabi sticked ribbon wraped around. The stamped pear image is done with Stazon so I could use my aqua painter to color it (using all 3 combo colors). I masked the image and stamped the 'Script' over it with CC and sponged the edges. It's layered on WW, PP & Basic Black. The sentiment is stamped with Basic Black, and I did the same technique as I did with the pear. I punched out the sentiment with the 1 1/4" circle punch and layered it on a 1 3/8" PP circle and scalloped WW circle. I added the polkadots with the Uniball gel pen.

Time well spent...

I was able to spend a few moments creating last night (until 2 am), and was feeling a bit inspired. I was also catching up on my challenges and found this great paper that seemed to fit. This card was inspired by one of my dearest friends, who is done vacationing here in the states for the year and she flew back to Copenhagen on Monday. As I was going thru my stash of stamps, I found this one that I hadn't even mounted yet (for shame!!!) and thought it was perfect! So Anne if you're checking in, this one's for you!

Time well spent....
This card is also for the SCS Color Challenge 172, Wild Wasabi, Taken with Teal and Whisper White. I took creative licence and added the Chocolate Chip because I had this great designer paper sitting around that, although the blue isn't exact, I think it gets carried off well. I did paper piecing for the flower from 'Time well Spent', trimed it with the Chocolate Chip marker, unibal White gel pen and Certainly Celery flower in the middle. I added the Teal rhinestone, because, let's face it, I'm part girly girl and love the bling. The Taken with Teal is Cuttlebugged and layered on Chocolate Chip. I then used sticky strip to adhere the beads and the Blue Brilliance glitter for some over the top sparkle. The designer paper is layered on TT and CC as is the sentiment which I colored in the 'Friends' using WW & TT with my aqua pen. The backgound WW is stamped with Canvas for some added texture.