Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Cool Beans!

I can tell I have not been stamping...it took me two days to finish this card! I am trying to get used to my new space, and I made a huge mess trying to find things as I made this card. I think it is going to take as much time to clean up my mess as it did to make the card! Well maybe that way I can get more familiar with where everything is!

This is the sketch challenge at GKD Stamp TV. I flipped the sketch and added a ribbon instead of a paper panel. I used the GKD stamp set My Cuppa' Joe. I just love this set! The papers are from a Basic Grey 6x6 paper pad, and the embossing folder is by Sizzix. I added a little shadowing with my copic markers to the coffee cup.

Well off to clean up my space and maybe make another project using some of the goodies I bought in Madison today! :)

Happy Stamping!

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Christmas Tags

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas. We just finished celebrating today, it has been a full four days of celebrations! I thought I would share some tags that I made for our Christmas gifts this year. Hopefully I will get some stamping time in this next week, since I have some time off! :)

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Give Me a Snow Day and I'll Give You a Card!

Life has been a whirlwind since my last post, kind of like this blustery snow storm we had today! Being a first time homeowner has left me with little time for my crafty hobby. I have missed it very much, and after hearing that there was no school today I knew I was going to try to squeeze in some much needed stamping time! I checked out the SCS sketch challenge last night and the wheels started turning. I was helping clear away the snow and I remembered that I had purchased the GKD "Let it Snow" set with that super cute snowman. How appropriate for a day like today! I colored the snowman with copic markers, added stickles for the snow at the bottom and falling flakes. I used my stamp-a-ma-jig to stamp the let it snow three times at the bottom panel. The ribbon is from Michaels, and I cuttlebugged the base of the card with the snowflake embossing folder. Well that is all for now...I did get together with my mom last weekend and made some tags so I will be posting those hopefully this weekend!

Stay warm!!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

We're Moving!

This summer I redid my scrapbook space and had everything in order, and then we found a house to buy... We are closing tomorrow (yeah!) and are able to clean, paint, and move in some things this weekend. Then Labor Day weekend is moving day! So I spent yesterday packing all of my precious scrapbooking supplies into boxes. I will have a similar space in our new home, so I am anxious to get all of my supplies out of those ugly boxes!! Needless to say, I will not be able to post until sometime after Labor Day (this is when I will finally get internet access)

So I thought I would post some pictures of my scrapbook space and share them with you, and then the sad boxed up images I have to look at until I am unpacked..:(

My poor stuff...

Keep checking back, I'll post pictures of my new space (and hopefully new cards) when it is all set up!

Enjoy your upcoming Labor Day weekend!

Saturday, August 15, 2009

No stamps?!

Eeek! I didn't use any stamps?! I was using the technique of the week from Stamp TV, inking your cuttlebug folder, and I guess I got carried away with the technique!! I started with the Halloween Sign cut and emboss combo, inked up the folder with cloud white versamagic ink for this one. Then I added the jack o lantern face from one of the new ek success punches!! Next, I inked up the spider web cb folder with the same white ink on chocolate chip cardstock. Added a cb spider, inked up the legs, and added googlie eyes. Lastly, I attached the green ribbon through the slot punch and tied it with twine. This is a fun technique, and I love the contrast it gives to the embossing folders! Check out Stamp TV for the video tutorial, see link on my sidebar.

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Thursday, August 13, 2009

Happy Birthday Dad!

It's been awhile again..my relaxing days of summer have been quite busy!! It was my Dad's birthday over the weekend, the big 60! I gave him the bottom card of the two. I like the contrast of the browns in the second one. I made the top one first and thought it needed another layer of color.

The layout for this card is an old Mojo Sketch. I loved the sketch but didn't have time to participate when it was posted. All of the stamps are Stampin' Up. The goose is an old stamp that I picked up at a rummage called Goose Greetings. My parents always have geese in and around their yard, so I found this image fitting for Dad. The patterned paper is an old sandy lion paper called crinkled umber. For the tools I used: nestabilities, deckle edge scissors, corner punch by ek success, brads, jumbo eyelets, cb houndstooth embossing folder, copic markers, and a sponge for sponging the focal image and tag.
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Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Frugal Stamper

My local scrapbook store had a 40% of coupon and I was able to get this spellbinders set, that I have had my eye on since it came out. So I was very excited to use it! The stamps are from whipper snapper, they have a "pool of rubber sale" during the summer at their warehouse and I was able to get these stamps for 1 dollar each!! I colored my images with copic markers, and sponged the focal image with sahara sand ink. The patterned paper is by Chatterbox, it is an old design. The ribbon is from Hobby Lobby, 50% off!!! And the last component was the self adhesive pink gems! Oh and I forgot the cardstock is from Archivers, I had a coupon where you purchase 5 sheets of cardstock and then you received 5 free! So as you can see I am a frugal stamper, I really try to save where I can because I seem to have to "have" everything!

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Monday, August 3, 2009

Thanks Patti!

I have been super busy lately my husband and I are in the process of purchasing our first home, and we have been overwhelmed with all of the details. We are now crossing our fingers that our loan is approved, so we can get packing and move in! So I haven't been able to check in here as much as I would like. So when I did scope things out I had a pleasant surprise waiting for me! Patti, who I met through Stamp TV has nominated me for the Kreative Blogger Award! Thank you Patti, I am just thrilled!

Here are the instructions in order to accept this award:1. Thank the person who nominated you for this award.2. Copy the logo and place it on your blog.3. Link the person who nominated you for this award.4. Name seven things about yourself that people might find interesting.5. Nominate seven Kreativ Bloggers.6. Post links to the seven blogs you nominate.7. Leave comments on all seven blogs letting them know you nominated them.

Here are seven things that you may find interesting?!

1. I am in the middle of purchasing my first home.

2. I have worked at a scrapbook store!

3. I teach four-year-old kindergarten

4. I am crazy about paper punches and die cuts! It is like a disease!!

5. I just reorganized my scrapbooking space!

6. I have been scrapbooking/stamping since 2000, and I still haven't finished my college scrapbook that I started in 2000! Ha!!

7. I love turtles!

Here are the seven people that I am nominating for this award:

1. Amy (my sister) Scrapntime

2. Clean and Simple

3. Jen Simple and Sincere

4. Kym Nana's Keepsakes

5. Laurie Stamping Up North

6. Donna Ruby Slippers Stamping

7. Jennie Stampin' Away the Day

Thank you again Patti for nominating me, I'm off to leave comments to the nominees I chose! :)
Then, I will post some new cards.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Welcome Baby

This is a CAS sketch from last week on SCS. I did actually make it last week, but was too busy to post all of the details. For the envelope I followed Julie's tutorial on making a square card fit in an a2 envelope! I think it turned out so cute, and my card won't be moving around in the envelope! Since this is a CAS card I will simply list the recipe!

Paper: GKD white and brown, PP: My Girl Tiny Flower by Pebbles

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black and copic markers

Ribbon: LSS

Punch for envelope: McGill

Thanks for stopping by, keep checking in I have more cards to post!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

SCS Weekly Sketch

Another CAS card to share, I used the sketch challenge SCS238 for the layout. For the squares I embossed them using a CB small folder. I did have to pop up some of the dashes when I was done, as they got smooshed when I was done embossing all three squares. I colored the small flowers from the stamp set Live Your Dream with Memento markers and stamped them inside the embossed squares. I matted it on turquoise paper, pierced the edge, and added some black brads on the side of the panel. For the sentiment I embossed a circle using a small CB folder and stamped the Verve sentiment inside.

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Tuesday, July 21, 2009


We have a wedding coming up in a couple of weeks, and I thought I would get the card ready now. I am usually making a card last minute driving my husband crazy…so he will be pleasantly surprised to know that this one is done…early! I used a couple of challenges for this card: Fall-to Layout 51 and CAS 24 at SCS. Since this is a clean and simple card, I will simply list the recipe below:

Stamps: SU Baroque Motifs and Congrats
Paper: DCWV 12x12 cardstock pad
Ink: Tuxedo Black Memento, and Versamagic Chalk Ink: Persimmon (edged top note) and Thatched Straw
Accessories: SU Top Note, Making Memories Yellow flowers, K and Company pearl brad, Martha Stewart branch punch, Stamp-a-ma-jig

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Golf Birthday Card

It’s my brother’s birthday tomorrow, and as you can tell he is a golfer. Since this is a masculine card I kept it pretty simple, but added some fun details for this one. For the grass I first colored the green with copic markers to add some shading, and then I used my quickie glue pen and applied glue to the whole image. I sprinkled on green fun flock and presto my grass was fuzzy. For the golf balls I colored over them with the sakura clear glaze pen to make them shiny. For the golf ball embellishment I embossed my white paper with the cb folder and then punched it out with the 1 inch circle. To make it shiny I pressed it into the versamark ink pad and embossed it with clear embossing powder. Then I added some piercing around the focal image and in between all of the strips of patterned paper. The brads are from a local scrapbook store, but I noticed they are in the Oriental Trading Company scrapbook catalog. I think the only detail I missed was the cardstock I used, it is all from GKD.

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Friday, July 17, 2009

Peek a Boo Box

This week on SCS the weekly tutorial was this cute Peek a Boo Box. I think these would be fun to make for co-workers at the holidays filled with little treats. For this sample I used the stamp set Great Friend, and a retired SU designer double-sided paper. To decorate the box I attached ribbon around the box and then added a bow with a glue dot. I also made a scallop circle frame around the opening of the box. For the top of the box I stamped and cut out the frame from Great Friend (ink: Aloe Vera chalk ink) and stamped the sentiment in the center (French Blue cat eye by colorbox). I added a scallop border on the bottom (ek success), and then colored some white pearls with copic marker G24 to match the project. Lastly, I used my largest corner rounder and took off the guide, and rounded the tab of the peek a boo box. And most importantly I filled the box with these yummy coffee flavored candies by Sweet n Low.

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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Stamp TV Sketch

The CAS challenge on SCS was to "Show us your artwork." Today’s card is inspired by this artwork: Flower Bee. I love the polka dots, colors, and flowers in this artwork, and so I selected papers from the new Lemonade 6x6 Basic Grey paper pad which have the same colors and polka dots. My focal image is a stamp from Whipper Snapper Designs and I colored it with copic markers using the same colors as the artwork. I also added some glitz by adding glitter to the wings. For the flower I colored it in and added a glittered yellow center, cut it out and popped it up with a pop dot. It is hard to tell from the picture, but I colored my gems with copic markers to have them match my card. I love how you can customize your embellishments with your markers! For the layout of the card I used the Stamp TV sketch!

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SCS Weekly Sketch

It has been a long time since I have participated in a SCS sketch challenge, so when I saw the new sketch I had to give it a try. I was running low on sympathy cards so I decided to go that route, and used the SU set Close as a Memory. I started by using Memento Markers rhubarb stalk and bamboo leaves to color my focal image. I stamped it and matted it in charcoal. Then for the panel I used a paper from the Basic Grey Wisteria 6x6 paper pad and matted it in charcoal also. The green strip is embossed with the Quickutz Vines embossing folder, and I tied on some SU cranberry crisp ribbon. I used the stamp-a-ma-jig to stamp the sentiment in Charcoal Chalk Ink, and added piercing under the sentiment. Last I added my pieces to the maroonish (it is a different kind of a color) cardstock and adhered it to the base.

I loved the sketch, it would work for a lot of images that I have!

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Monday, July 13, 2009

Featured Stamper

The Featured Stamper at SCS was Kelly a.k.a shirmcat. She had a lovely gallery, it was fun to look through! As I was browsing through this card looked like something I would love to make, and I knew my Basic Grey Stamp Set would work great for this. When participating in the Featured Stamper Challenge you are suppose to change 2 or more parts of the card. I chose to change the stamps and the border punch. To start I punched the border using Martha Stewart's simple scallop border punch. Then I cut the pink piece of paper to measure 5.25". Then I lightly drew a grid on the bottom 4x4 section of the pink paper, and stamped the medallions in the center (definatley used the stamp a ma jig!) Next I made a dot on the crossings and erased the rest of the grid lines. I centered the pink flower on top of the dot I had made at the crossings. For ink I used pallete new canvas and berry sorbet from Papertrey Ink. Next I stamped the sentiment from amuse, and last added a stay put bow using SU twill ribbon. I adhered the card front to GKD 120 lb. pure white luxury paper. This was a fun card to make! :)

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Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Wedding Shower

I am taking a break from the mess I made of my scrapbooking space! I am redoing my area and it looks like a tornado came through, UGH! So, I made a little path to the computer, because I remembered I forgot to post this card. Anywho, this is a card I made for my husband's cousin's wedding shower. It is another clean and simple card, just can't get enough of this style. The image is by Amuse and colored with copic markers. The heart is by Heidi Grace, the ribbon is from Joann, and the paper is by Carolee's Creations (old from my stash). I used the SU scallop border punch for the bottom, and cut my focal image out with nestabilities.

Thanks for stopping by...I guess I better get back to the mess.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Gina K's June Release Sketch Challenges!

Gina K has released new stamp sets and products for the month of June, if you haven't checked them out be sure to go and take a look! As part of the Release Party three challenges were announced: Sketch Challenge, One Layer, and Pink and Brown Color Combo. If you want to participate next time be sure to check out Gina K's Forum on SCS. If you participate in the challenges and use Gina K stamp sets you are entered TWICE in the random drawing!! So I broke out my Gina K sets and got to work!!

One Layer Challenge

Recipe: GKD 120 lb. white pure luxury cardstock, QK vine label embossing folder, GKD Make a Wish.

Sketch Challenge

Recipe: Cardstock from Archivers, GKD pure luxury layering weight white, GKD Elegant Flowers, pattern paper by Kaiser, QK vines embossing folder, copic markers, adhesive gem, prima flower, cuttlebug slider, 1 inch square punch, offray white chiffon ribbon. and dragonfly brad.

Pink and Brown Color Combo and Stamp TV Sketch

Recipe: Paper: GKD chocolate and white, neopolitin digital papers Coloring/Ink: memento rich cocoa and tuxedo black ink, sakura glaze clear pen, copic markers Accesories: Eyelets.

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Thursday, June 25, 2009

Oh Baby!

Everyone is having babies in our family! So here is another baby card for a baby shower! I used one of the sketches for the Verve Release Challenge: VSJUN05. This pickles and ice cream pattern paper is an old pattern paper that I stocked up on, because I thought it would be fun for mommies-to-be! It was made by treehouse designs, I tried doing a google search to find it but didn't have much luck. The focal image and sentiment are from the Amuse set: Baby Wishes. I colored the image with copic markers, and embossed it with nestabilities. The brown cardstock is by GKD and I embossed it with the CB baby embossing folder. The scalloped edge was made with Martha Stewart's mini heart scallop border punch. The ribbon is by American Crafts. For the sentiment I stamped it rich cocoa and punched it out with a 1 inch circle punch. Then I used the ek success 1 1/4 inch scallop circle punch to mat it. The bottom of the card is embossed using the CB swiss dots embossing folder.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Embossed White Birthday Card

I made this card for Stamp TV's technique challenge this week. Gina's video tutorial included how to emboss using the nestabilities in your cuttlebug. I chose to use the oval nestabilities and embossed around the flower image from GKD: baskets of happiness. I colored in the image with copic markers and added stickles to the center of each flower. The embossing done at the bottom of the card was completed with the score pal. For the sentiment I stamped the birthday wishes from Amuse and punched it out with the su oval punch, and matted it with a yellow scalloped pierced oval. To complete the card I applied the ribbon using the stay put bow technique.

For the base of this card I used GKD pure luxury heavy weight cardstock. This is a 120 lb. cardstock that holds up well after all of the embossing, and it does not allow the color from the copic markers to bleed through to the back. As a result I am able to have a single layer card! :) If you haven't tried this cardstock you should really give it a try! You can even order a sample pack to see if you like it!!

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Sunday, June 21, 2009

Hey There!

I made this card for a couple of challenges. The first being the color challenge at Stamp TV. The second being the Mojo Monday Sketch Challenge. This is a pretty basic card so I will keep the details simple. The pattern paper is by sassafrass lass called "Starry Night" I thought it matched Jennie's purse for the color challenge. I cuttlebugged the top and sponged on some rich cocoa ink. The tan panel is stamped in new canvas palette ink using a polka dot background stamp. I paper pieced the coffee cup by GKD. For the sentiment I popped up the blue oval and glued the ribbon (American Crafts) to the scalloped oval. The button I tied on some dmc floss and attached it with a glue dot. The card size on this is 7 1/4 x 3 5/8 to fit in the rectangle envelopes that I have. And the cardstock is also by GKD chocolate kiss and pure luxury white layering weight.

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