Thursday, November 29, 2007

Offline for a bit...

Hi everyone. I'm packing tonight for a scrapbooking retreat with the girls. I always love these retreats, but I hate packing for them! Choosing which accessories and supplies to pack is like Sophie's Choice. So, I end up packing EVERYTHING! My minivan is stuffed with supplies. If I got into a wreck, I can only imagine the looks on the first responders' faces at the contents of my car.

Still nursing a sinus infection. Hopefully the meds will kick in and not compromise my creativity this weekend!

See you next week!

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Ugh...too sick to stamp

I'm feeling a bit under the weather today. I was a bit feverish last night, and my head is splitting. Ugh.

I have a stamp retreat this weekend, so cross your fingers that I'm feeling better soon so I can stamp with my friends this weekend!!!!

Kerry, I read your comment about cutting for cards. I totally agree. My stamp space is just too messy to pull out that side thingy!

Have a great everyone. Stay healthy!

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Cutting for Cards

Hi everyone! I'm cleaning house and prepping for upcoming stamp classes, but I want to quickly answer a question that a reader asked.

Marty asked why I cut my cards vertically. Frankly, I don't have a good answer for that other than I just like to shake things up a bit sometimes. I do vertical and horizontal cards and I turn them up and sideways depending on my mood.

What can I say? I'm just quirky like that! : )

I've got to get back to cleaning, then I wanna stamp tonight and watch TV. Tune in later for more cards!

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Sketch Challenge Correction

Ok, here's my sketch challenge correction. In my previous post, I altered the sketch a bit, so on this one, I got it right!

Supplies: Baroque Motifs, Star Studded Season, and Sanded BG stamps; Baroque Burgundy, River Rock inks; SU Burgundy grosgrain and True Thyme (retired) ribbon; Burgundy, River Rock and Vanilla cardstock.

By the way, I discovered that True Thyme is a nice compliment to River Rock!

Ok, now I'm really gettin' off this computer!
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Card Buffet Sketch

This morning is a glorious morning! I woke up and had no where to go!!!! No school, no errands (except a quick supermarket run later) and no phone calls! So, I stamped!

I've got a Card Buffet coming up on Monday night, so I combined today's sketch challenge with my Card Buffet supplies and came up with this card.

Details: (all Stampin' Up!) City of David and Star Studded Season stamp sets, Baroque Burgundy, Vanilla, and Dashing paper. Baroque ribbon, punches and dimensionals.

Easy peasy card, beautiful results. This is definitely a candidate for my Christmas card this year! Now, I'm signing off so I can go stamp and enjoy my day off!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
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Sunday, November 18, 2007

Featured Stamper Papermoon04!

Good morning everyone! I woke up early today and immediately logged on to to see who the Featured Stamper is! It's papermoon04 AKA Shelly and her gallery is here.

She always comments in my gallery and is super sweet! Here's my tribute to her fabulous gallery! I cased this card. I changed a few things like the shade of pink and I used Chocolate Chip and Au Chocolate SU paper (retired). I also lowered the scalloped element.

First, I stamped Tres Chic in Pixie Pink on a Pink Passion card base. I then markered the round stamp from In the Spotlight with Pink Passion and Chocolate Chip markers on Very Vanilla paper. I punched it out with the SU scallop punch, and then punched out a scallop mat with my Marvy punch on Chocolate Chip cardstock.

The strip of paper is Chocolate Chip and Au Chocolate DP. I wrapped some ribbon around that strip and knotted it. Then I tied some more ribbon around the knot and hung a charm from one of the local craft stores around here (can't remember which one) from the ribbon.

I am extremely pleased with the final result, and these challenges on splitcoast are helping me find my mojo! Go try one for yourself!

Have a great day!
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Thursday, November 15, 2007

Quick Gift and some cards!

My MIL is cooking on Thanksgiving Day so I thought I'd give her a little something to show my appreciation. I have a TON of Christmas paper lying around from past Michaels Slabs so I covered a Michaels wooden frame and had some leftovers to make 3x3's for future gifts.

I'm not particularly fond of Mod Podge, but this project was fairly quick and painless.

1. Measure your paper to fit on the frame. I work in thirds, so I picked a piece of paper for the top two thirds, and a piece for the bottom third. Trace out the center opening and trim the paper.

2. Paint the back and sides of the frame to match the paper if you'd like. I took my paper to Michaels to find a matching acryllic paint.

3. When the paint is dry apply a thin coat of modpodge to the frame and place your patterned paper onto the frame. When the mod podge is dry, use a sanding block to sand off any rough edges and to give a nice smooth edge. My favorite sanding block is one you get at a home improvement store.

4. Touch up with paint if you got a little crazy with the sanding. : )

5. Optional: add a top coat of mod podge if you'd like. I've done it with and without the top coat, and I prefer it without, but in my house, things get dirty and little fingers touch everything, so I'll top coat anything that goes in my house.

Click on the photo to see a closer look at the details if you'd like. I kept this frame pretty simple. I wanted the photo to be the star of the show on this frame.

Thanks for checking it out!
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Adapt and Recycle!

Sometimes I have leftovers from classes or workshops that I want to use up before I cut more cardstock. So, this week, I took some pink and green cardstock leftovers (see back card) and adapted them to make a winter card. I'm really pleased with the results, and I hope you are inspired to do the same!

The card in the back uses Bud Basics stamps from SU along with Sincere Salutations. The card in the front uses a newer SU set called Snowfall. I added a little rhinestone brad to the center of the snowflake, and the Ticket Corner Punch adds a bit of interest as well.

Both cards have a Pretty in Pink base, a Certainly Celery panel behind the white stamped panel. I used Classic Black ink to stamp the sentiment and the snowflakes are stamped in Regal Rose, Pretty in Pink and Certainly Celery.

Today, I've got to start my Christmas shopping list! In years past, I've made my big ticket list for electronics, etc and I shop online in my pj's early Black Friday morning. I usually find the cameras or electronics that I want at Sears online. I have no idea what everyone in my family wants this year. I think I'll be making more homemade gifts this year!

Have a great day everyone!
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Wednesday, November 14, 2007

SC150 Beautiful Season sketch!

Hi everyone! Here's a quick post before work!

Today's card is for sketch challenge 150 on I used some retired stamps from SU called Beautiful Season. I love that set, but the detail intimidates me. I used my SU markers to color each section of the stamp. Then I realized that I should have stamped on Vanilla instead of white cardstock, so I sponged Close to Cocoa all over to tone down the white.

The card base is Always Artichke with some old Holiday Slab patterned DP from Michaels over it. The card is 5 1/4 square. That pretty much does it for the details. I tied some pretty chocolate ribbon to finish it off. The ribbon is also from Michaels. It comes in several colors. I love the picot edge!

Gotta go to work! See you later this week!
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Sunday, November 11, 2007

Featuring Stampowl!

This morning, I took a few moments and participated in splitcoast's Featured Stamper Challenge. Today, we were challenged to case a card by Stampowl. Her card is here.

On my card, I used Bundle Up stamp set on whisper white cardstock. I inked up the sweater in Rose Red and used a Basic Black marker to accent the sweater collar and trim. I stamped snowflakes with Rose Red as well. The card base is Basic Black and I used a Rose Red Designer Print panel on the card base. Very simple card.

I also used my SU ticket corner punch as well as the Word Window punch for the sentiment. The sentiment is from the newer Snowfall stamp set by SU. I added a strip of basic black under the gingham ribbon so the ribbon would pop a bit more.

I'm off to run errands and spend time with the family before my husband travels for the week. He travels a lot, so our weekends are precious!

Have a great day everyone!
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Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Quick Sketch

Here's a quick card for today's Sketch Challenge on This was an easy card to make and didn't take much time at all. I am not the best at coloring in images, but I learned on Nicole Heady's blog how easy it is to color in without streaks on Stampin' Up's kraft cardstock. I just used my Stampin' Up! Many Marvelous Markers as well as the SU white gel pen and I'm pleased with the results!

I stamped the Dotted BG stamp on Real Red Cardstock with Ruby Red ink. Then, I used a scrap from an old Christmas slab of paper for the green strip along with a black mat. The diamonds are made with an SU punch and I trimmed the one inch kraft squares. The Santa and the snowflake are from my favorite set, Holiday Tag Team by Stampin' Up! The ribbon is misc grosgrain. I also used Stampin' Up's ticket corner punch on the Santa panel.

Thanks for stopping by!
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