Monday, March 30, 2009

A Clean and Simple Hello

I made this card for the CAS08 sketch challenge on Split Coast (Clean and Simple). I used this beautiful soft accordian ribbon from Taylored Expressions and the sentiment is from Papertrey Ink Mega Mixed Messages set. The felt and crocheted flowers were given to me by my good blogging friend 'itsapassion' (thanks Anne!) so I don't know where they are from.

Clean and simple card - clean and simple post! Good night all ! thanks so much for coming by today!
Stamps: Mega Mixed Messages: PTI
Paper: White: PTI
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: ribbon: Taylored Expressions, glue dots, felt & Crocheted flowers: unknown

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Eat Your Veggies and Let the Earth Rejoice!

I have been so busy this weekend - I really just want to go to bed!!! I taught 2 classes at The Papertree in Manchester, NH yesterday (hi guys!!!) then 2 friends and I taught our monthly stamping class at our church today. But on I stamp!! (you know howthat goes right??!!)

So - I'm multi-challenging again - I'm behind on the last two weekly Doubledog Dare Challenges that I do with a group of friends on Split Coast - so I scoured Just PaintingAround - Featured Stamper Michelle's gallery to see if there was something that would fit!

And I found this tag card. I changed the colors and stamps used - but kept her fun design.

And I incorporated Charlene's (LilLuvsStampin) Double dare challenge to make a tag and use green on it - and Michelle's (sf9erfan) 1-2-3 challenge - to use 1 designer paper, 2 ribbons, 3 brads.

So here we are with an 'Eat Your Veggies' tag. These fun stamps are from a new company called Two Scoops Rice Designs.

We'd love to have you play along with our Doubledog challenges - just post your card on Split Coast using the Keyword DDC. You can see all the Doubledog challenge cards here.

Stamps: Veggie Set: Two Scoops Rice Designs
Paper: White, Ripe Avacado: PTI, DP Basic Grey Pattern Paper Off Beat
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: slot punch: SU, brown stripe ribbon: unknown, Ripe Avocado saddlestitched ribbon: PTI, brads, foam dimensionals, Copics, round nestabilities, cuttlebug

I've combined 4 challenges in this card (don't you just love when you can work that out!?!?!) The Limited supply challenge on Split Coast this week was to use just black & white (silver is ok too).

I used Taylors Sketch and I used ribbon tabs and mixed stripe and pattern designer paper which are the last two of Sharon's stamp simply challenges .

My stamp is from a Verve Visual set called Everlasting Life and my designer papers and ribbons are Papertrey Ink. I used the Cuttlebug Textile folder for the background panel to give it a little depth although you can't see it too well on my photo. The pretty silver fiber is called cloisonne thread and came from my dear MIL's sewing box that I was lucky enough to receive when she moved into assisted living (she's 93 and still plays scrabble on the computer!).

Thank you for stopping by today! Now onto making some Easter crafts!!

Stamps: Everlasting Life: Verve Visual
Paper: white: PTI, Basic Black: SU, DP Text Style Black & White basics: PTI
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: rectangle nestability, silver cloisonne thread, glue dots, foam dimensionals, fresh snow satin and velvet ribbons: PTI, textile folder Cuttlebug, just blooms white daisy: CTMH, black vintage button: PTI

Saturday, March 28, 2009

World Record Inspirational Unity Blog Hop!

Welcome to the World Record INSPIRATIONAL Unity Blog Hop! It starts at 10 AM EST on the Unity Blog
There are over 200 people signed up to participate! Can you hit them all?

I made my card using one of the butterflies in the Unity Stamp Set Butterfly Beauty which I stamped twice, cut out the center part on one and layered it over the other.

My favorite quote: Be Still, and know that I am God Psalm 46:10

The sketch is this weeks Card Positioning Systems CPS108

Thanks for stopping by - I'd love for you to leave me a comment!

Now hop on over to the next blog here!

Stamps: Butterfly Beauty - Unity Stamps
Paper: vintage cream, summer sunrise: PTI, basic black, going grey: SU, DP basic grey Ambrosia Winsome
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, More Mustard: SU
Accessories: marvy oval punches, Summer Sunrise & Pure Black twill: PTI, black wire, sponge, prismacolor markers, foam dimensionals, textile & Swiss Dots Cuttlebug folders, corner rounder,

Friday, March 27, 2009

A New Sheriff in Town

I made this card for this weeks The Cat's Pajamas Tuesday Sketch Challenge Check it out - you have until Saturday to enter and you could be this month's Swanky Stamper! (that is unless I win!! LOL!!)

I love this sheriff set and the fun Cosmo Cricket Lil Man designer paper. I'm seeing orange everywhere - a color I don't usually use - but it's growing on me the more I see it!

I stamped the images directly on the designer paper - then colored in some of the town building parts so they stood out. I paper pieced the hat and shirt of the sheriff, putting the hat up on foam dimensionals. I added the big star brad to his shirt and colored his guns and belt with my Spica silver pen. IRL they are shimmery!

I used the Swirly Punch by Stampin Up to punch a black and orange piece - then layered them under the circle that I stamped the sentiment on. I added the button because I needed that third thing to draw your eye around the card! I figured a black button is ok on a boys card! The 'bang' star is up on foam dimensionals. I stamped "there's a new sheriff in town' directly onto the twill.

Don't forget to check back tomorrow to see my contribution to the World Record Inspirational Unity Blog hop! It's scheduled to go off at 10 am I think! I'll have mine up early just in case!

Stamps: It's a Western Thing: The Cats Pajamas
Paper: tangerine tango: SU, Spring Moss: PTI, DP Cosmo Cricket Lil Man
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Really Rust: SU
Accessories: glue dots, black vintage button: PTI, gold star brad, foam dimensionals, twill: SU, sponge, Spica silver pen, copics, black stitched ribbon: Amuse, curly label punch: SU, circle punch

Thursday, March 26, 2009

A Sketch with Colors

Finally got some time to stamp so I made a card using both the sketch challenge and the color challenge (thanks for hosting this week Jodi!) over at Split Coast. I did a little piercing on my sentiment in honor of Jodi (she always does lots of piercing on her cards!)

I used this pretty Basic Grey Marrakech designer paper as it had the 3 colors in it (Baja Breeze, Kiwi Kiss and Pretty in Pink) or reasonable facsimilies there of! The angels and sentiment are from an H&M Stamp set called Angelic Moments. I used ribbon instead of cardstock for the 2nd panel. I had a lot of trouble putting so many layers on a card - I worked and re-worked it with different layers and colors for quite some time! So this card was a sketch growth experience for me!! And I have to say - I like how it finally came out - not that I'd use this sketch again though! LOL!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Stamps: Angelic Moments: H&M Stamps
Paper: baja breeze, pretty in pink, kiwi kiss: SU, DP - Marrakech Chai: Basic Grey
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Baja Breeze
Accessories: sponge, Gold Spica Pen, Copics, key tag punch & Designer label punch: SU, Spring Moss Dotted Swiss Satin ribbon: PTI, Gemstones: Hero Arts, foam dimensionals, piercing tool & mat: SU

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Just Checking In!

Hi everyone! Nothing new to post at the moment - I'm busy working on some projects that I can't show you right now (I always wanted to write that!!!) I'll let you know my exciting news soon!!

I'm teaching two classes at the Papertree Store in Manchester, NH this Saturday if you're in the area drop by and say hello!!! You can see the classes here scroll down to the 3/28 listings. Michelle has a super fun store with tons of beautiful papers and wonderful stamps - not to mention any kind of stampin' supplies you might need!

I'm also participating in the World Record International Unity Blog hop - are you??? - so be sure to check back here at 10 AM on Saturday - over 200 people are participating! (see blinky on side bar) Hopefully everyone will link to each other as directed so we can view all the posts!

Oh - and I just got my Papertrey Ink order for this month (!) and I received TWO of the Limited Edition Everyday Classics Thank you Stamp sets because I'm such a GOOD (ie BAD!) customer - maybe one of them will show up in Blog Candy here some day!! You can't buy this set - it's given to customers for purchasing at least 12 stamp sets over the prior year.

So much stamping to do - so little time!!!

I should have something to post tomorrow - thanks for coming by!!

Monday, March 23, 2009

The Almighty and a Friend

I finally got to making my 6x6 page for Challenge 6 of Patter's His Holy Name Challenge The attribute of God this week is ALMIGHTY.I seem to gravitate towards the verses that speak about God as the creator and ruler of our world - and I chose Amos 4:13 to illustrate Almighty. These verses bring a vibrant picture to mind which makes it easier for me to make a card depicting it.

My scene this week is a little whimsical using the fun Doodle Factory country background stamp - I paper pieced the moutains and fields - the 'snow' capped mountains and clouds are puffed with liquid applique. The sun, butterfly, flower and almighty tag are all up on foam dimensionals. I made the black borders using an EK Success scalloped punch.

Stamps: Starving Artists Doodle Factory Background stamp, Karen Foster Snap Stamps
Paper: Aqua Mist & Bitty Dots Basics: PTI, Green DP: SU
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black: Tsukeniko, Aqua Mist: PTI
Accessories: EK success scallop punch, liquid applique, martha stewart butterfly & flower punches, copics, word window punch: SU, avery label, computer generated verse, gem stones: Hero Arts, foam dimensionals

My next card was for the Clean and Simple challenge on Split Coast - to use punches but keep everything to a minimum leaving lots of open space.I used the flower and fern Martha Stewart punches, a vintage button from Papertrey Ink, one stamp from the Friends till the End Papertrey Ink set and a Hero Arts gem!

Ok - I'm off to bed - trying to catch up on some sleep after a busy weekend!

Stamps: Papertrey Ink : Friends till the end
Paper: white, ripe avocado, raspberry fizz: PTI
Ink: Ripe Avocado: PTI
Accessories: vintage button: PTI, Martha Stewart bakers thread, Flower punch and fern punch

Sunday, March 22, 2009

More from SNE and Shower Shots

As promised - here is another project that we made at the Stamp New England Weekend. (see my post below for more info on the weekend) This beautiful set was designed by Cindy Lawrence and uses Whipper Snapper Stamps - Blossoms and Butterflies and Friendly Expressions. I had gotten this watercolored at the weekend but not put together but I was able to finish it up today.

We used reinkers and aquabrushes to color the petals and envelopes - I didn't do too well on mine - I always seem to add too much color and so don't get that wonderful shading other people can achieve. I definately need some practice on it! We were given extra blossoms stamped to color and cut out so we could layer them over the first stamping. We used sponge daubers on the edges with Soft Sky ink and layered the plain ovals onto scalloped ovals. For the card on the left - we used a copic marker to color the middle strip of the ribbon - boy did that work nicely!And then we all got a clear box from Gina K Designs - to slip our cards and envelopes into and we made a belly band to go around the box. The smaller flower was white which we again colored with a copic - how great does this whole thing look!!! I'm going to send this to my dear Aunt Edie who just turned 90 today - she likes to send notes to people and she always appreciates getting cards that I stamp - she will just LOVE this set!
I had mentioned that I had to leave the weekend a little early in order to attend my niece's wedding shower so I thought I'd share just a couple of pictures of it.

Here is bridesmaid, Jenn, future bride Katie, her sister Christy, and bridesmaid Amanda.
And here is the gift I gave her - This is a really neat basket carved out of a tree trunk that I got at the Brimfield Fair last fall. I like to give unusual gifts that they will remember came from their wedding. whenever they use it. (guess this fits the bill!) Katie's wedding colors are Ripe Avocado and Strawberry Fizz. She and I also made her Wedding Invitations, seating cards and program using these colors from Papertrey Ink. We did some computer printing and some stamping. I forgot to take pics before she took them all home - but hope to take some later to post.

This is the card I made for them as well as a case of personalized notes (you can see my post on them here). The card uses Verve Visual Anniversary Birds set, the sentiment is from Papertrey Ink.
I still have 2 more projects from SNE to finish - so check back to see them!
thanks so much for coming by!

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Stamp New England - What A Great Weekend!!

I just got home from Stamp New England and had such a super time I just had to get these pics loaded up to share with you!

This is the beautiful Sise Inn in Portsmouth, NH where we all gathered - There are 34 rooms in this Inn- It's very deceiving looking at it from the front - the building extends quite far back and it's so beautiful inside - a lot of carved wood paneling and lovely rooms!

And look what we found in our rooms when we arrived - our schedule of classes, coupons for discounts at sponsoring Companies, a fun clear box with ribbon, glitter, crocheted and felt flowers and a chocolate (got to have chocolate right?!)from Emma's Paperie , a cute little Patriotic thank you stamp in the shape of a heart from Kitchen Sink Stamps and a Memento Black ink by Tsukeniko for us to use with the cards we used Copics with (that ink won't bleed when you use Copics).

And right away I met my blogging friend Jodi Collins who I was just so excited to meet in person (she just became one of Taylors Bakers Dozen!). She is SO friendly and SO crazy (in a good way!) she kept us laughing all night! Jodi is on the left, her friend Anne is next, then Leah who's from MA, Vicky from CT, and me.

Here's a shot of about half of the room - with everyone busily working during Lauren Meader's class this morning.

And this is me with 4 of the teachers - from top left - Lauren Meader, Julie Masse (teacher and organizer), me! - front row left: Karen Motz (who also just became one of Taylor's Bakers Dozen!) and Joanne Basile(teacher and organizer). These ladies are just so talented and SO friendly and happy to share all the tricks they know about card stamping!

Cindy Lawrence below left also taught a class - she was a Design team member on H&M Stamps where I'm a DT member so I 'knew' her on line but it was just so great to meet her in person. Here is Jodi again and me.Oh - yes - and in between taking everyone's pictures - we did make some projects! Karen Motz (pronounced Moats!) taught us on Friday night how to make this wonderful little book using chip board covers and the Bind It All. The cute little fairy stamper is from Stamping Bella and we colored her with Copics. Everyone was asked to bring a copy of their favorite sketch and we passed them around so we could put them all in our new "Sketch Journal" - how fun is that?!?!? Look how cute this is!! The tag says "Stamping Bug" on it - and she is holding a wooden stamp in her right hand and all her stamping supplies in a little rolling bag in her left!

First thing this morning (Sat) Lauren Meader had us make this terrific little box (a preview of her template that's coming out next month!!) and - get this - we all got the Papertrey Ink Stamp set called Life that was just released!!! (Boy - did everyone scream when we heard we were each getting our own set!). AND - we were each asked to bring a bag of our favorite bite size candy to share so we got to FILL this box with yummy treats - the idea was to give this cute box to a friend - but I know mine is only HALF full at this point so if I do I'll have to add something to it! (Yumm!)

Here is Lauren and me. Lauren is holding a little back pack that I made and gave to each teacher.
Everything is Papertrey Ink (paper, DP, and stamps) accept the brads and foam dimensionals. You can see a tutorial I did for the back pack here.

I unfortunately had to leave the weekend early (GASP!) My niece was having her wedding shower today (which was lovely!) - so I had only half finished Cindy Lawrence's water coloring project when I had to pack up - and Julie Masse and Joanne Basile (pronounced Bas-il-lay!) gave me kits for their projects to take home - so I'll share those after I've made them! Just let me say they are all terrific and I can't wait to get them done! So be on the look out for those sometime in the next week or so!!

I hope you enjoyed my pictures and had fun seeing these stamping legends that I was so fortunate to meet!!! - there's a rumor the organizers are going to run another Stamp New England weekend this fall. I'll let you know as soon as I hear anything!

Friday, March 20, 2009

A Sticky Springy Sketch!

I have been so busy this week that I haven't been able to stamp for a few days - so I'm trying to catch up with this one little card combining three Split Coast Challenges !

The limited supplies challenge was to use spring colors and a flower - yesterday's Ways to Use it Challenge was to use a sticker (my flower and sentiment are rub-ons) and I used the sketch challenge from Wednesday ! I just love this Urban Prairie Designer paper from Basic Grey - don't you??

Gotta Go! I'm off to the Stamp New England gathering in Portsmouth, NH - whoo hoo!!!!

My next post will have pictures to share with you of who I met there and what fun things we made!! Maybe you are going too???

Thanks for coming by!

Stamps: none!
Paper: white; PTI, certainly celery, basic black, pretty in pink: SU, DP Basic Grey - Urban Prairie
Ink: So Saffron
Accessories: sponge, pearls: Creative Stickers, sewing machine, SU Rub On's - Hidden Garden, glue dots, vintage button: PTI, bakers string: Martha Stewart

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Always Look on the Bright Side

Well - these are not colors I would usually grab to work with but this was the color challenge on Split Coast - Riding Hood Red, Summer Sun, Kraft and black! Pretty bright huh?!?! I used Papertrey Ink colors on my card because I don't have Summer Sun so I used Pure Poppy and Summer Sunrise which I think are similar to the SU colors.

I also wanted to try the Split Coast New Technique challenge from yesterday using Claire's Ribbon Frame. I think it would work better if I had the slot punch Claire mentions in her directions where you can punch anywhere on the card. I like her samples on the larger panel. I was limited to the size of my square since I used the hand held SU Horizontal slot punch and it wouldn't reach in very far!

DH and I are going to a Celtics Basketball game tomorrow night so I won't be posting until probably Thursday - AND - it's FINALLY time for the Stamp New England gathering in Portsmouth NH and I'll be at that Friday and Saturday! I'll be sure to share pics when I get back!

thanks for stopping by today!

Stamps: Verve Visual: Flutterby
Paper: Pure Poppy, Summer Sunrise, Kraft: PTI, basic black: SU
Ink: Pure Poppy: PTI
Accessories: horizontal slot punch, key tag punch: SU, swiss dots cuttlebug folder, glue dots, saddle stitched pure poppy ribbon : PTI, sponge
Techniques: dry embossing, ribbon frame

Monday, March 16, 2009

A Clean Dump Truck

Today's CAS (clean and simple) challenge on Split Coast was to choose something from the Robeeze catalogue for inspiration. Here are the boys slippers that caught my eye because I had a similar dump truck stamp! Aren't they cute?!I made two narrow cards (2.5 x 5) to replicate the 'pair' of slippers. I debated using the ribbon on a boys card but figured it was a bright enough orange to be masculine and I thought the black thread through the middle sort of looked like a highway dividing line?!? I sponged the edges of the cards and the image panels with Creamy Caramel ink. The truck is Inkadinkado and the sentiment is from Cornish Heritage Farms (Little Boy/Little Guy). On the inside I stamped this cute sentiment by Inkadinkado. I love these little kid quotes!

Thanks for dropping by today!

Stamps: Truck: Inkadinkado, Sentiment: Cornish Heritage Farms- Little Boy
Paper: Creamy Caramel: SU, white: PTI
Ink: Onyx Black Versafine, Creamy Caramel: SU
Accessories: orange grosgrain ribbon: Michaels, sponge, copics, Prismacolor markers, key tag punch: SU, corner rounder

Sunday, March 15, 2009

H&M Spring Time Blog Hop! Non-Candy Easter Treat

Today the H&M Design team is having a Spring Time blog hop! We've all created fun bright crafts to inspire you and get you out of the winter blues - using new stamp sets just released by Heather on March 1!

We would like you to start with Carolina's Blog so if you didn't start there - jump on over . Just follow the 'hop' at each DT members blog! They'll tell you where to go next! If you're here following the blog hop trail - Welcome!!!

For my Spring craft - I made another one of the fun purse/brief case holders I've posted before (are you sick of seeing these from me yet??!!!) - but this time I made it as a child's Easter Treat.

I stamped these beautiful eggs from designer Debbie Corbari's set called "Eggstra Special" from H&M stamps. Look at all the fun designs on the eggs - and there are 2 more in the set that I didn't use here. Don't they look so bright and festive! They just scream spring and new life to me - and I love the perfect sentiment! And I didn't fill the case with candy - I figure parents look for a gift alternative to all that candy on Easter Morning. You can see a glimpse of the treats from the side here. So inside this treat bag I tucked 6 coloring cards and a box of crayons into the clear box pockets!

I found some cute, mostly black and white outlined clip art images on Microsoft Word and printed them out on card stock - then cut them into card size pieces.

Because kids are going to be opening and closing this little bag a lot - I added brads to the tops of the handles to reinforce the tacky tape that holds the ribbon on. This left the pointed ends of the brads exposed on the inside of the bag - which could catch on little fingers - so I added a strip of card stock to cover them.

Here are the cute clip art images that I found. I added sentiments so the kids could color these on Easter Day and then give them as cards to family that gather for dinner. (start them young is my motto!)
So now the kids will have something to do after church on Easter Morning other than eating all that chocolate (and we can sneak a piece while they are busy coloring!?!?! LOL!!!)

You can see two other bags that I made here and here. They include a link to the instructions for making these fun purse/cases.

Briefly - for this project I used the narrower clear boxes (4 1/2" x 5 7/8" x 1/2")(Choose the depth of the clear box by how much you want to put inside them - my other samples use 1") This case is made from 2 pieces of designer paper cut 5" x 7 1/2" - score the bottom of each piece at 1 1/8" - adhere tacky tape on one end and attach pieces by overlapping the bottom scored ends. Cut two 23" pieces of ribbon for the handles and attach them with tacky tape starting on the bottom, coming up and around on each side. The closing tab measures 2" x 3" with the DP on it measuring 1 7/8" x 2 7/8".

Now hop on over to visit Maki and see what fun spring craft she has to show us using the new H&M Stamps today!!
Stamps: Eggstra Special - H&M Stamps
Paper: Plum Pudding, White, DP Itty Bitty Blessings - all PTI
Ink: Summer Sunrise, Plum Pudding, Spring Moss, True Black: PTI
Accessories: Oval nestabilities, corner rounder, Plum Pudding stitched twill ribbon PTI, tacky tape, velcro, clear box-, computer clip art, box of crayons, small oval punch, sponge, foam dimensionals, Basic Grey Painted brads, cropadile.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Inspired Doubledog Rabbits

Spring is coming - really and truly!!! And we see some of it on the Inspiration Challenge web site this week which was Fitz & Floyd. I was inspired by these great rabbit candleholdersMy rabbits stamp is by 100 Proof Press which I stamped, then masked using Eclipse tape and stamped the fence by Magnolia over the mask. Then I colored the images with copics and prismacolor markers. I used my Labels One nestability for my image panel and my Swiss Dots cuttlebug folder for the 2nd panel. I used an oval punch from Stampin Up on the sentiment which is by Rubber Soul. I used some half gold beads, some tiny plastic flowers and some gold stickers to decorate the images.

This card also qualifies for the Doubledog Challenge I do each week with a group of friends on Split Coast - Francie G's challenge to us was to use a rabbit on our card. We'd love to have you join in on our Doubledog Challenges - just post your card in your gallery on SCS and use the keyword DDC.

You can see all the Doubledog Dare cards here - several new people have played along this week - why don't you??!

Hope you are having a nice weekend so far - thanks so much for stopping by!

Remember to come by tomorrow for the H&M Design Team Blog Hop - you'll just love all the fun spring projects we have to inspire you!

Stamps: Rabbits: 100 Proof Press, Fence: Magnolia, Sentiment: Rubber Soul
Paper: Tempting Turquoise, Certainly Celery: SU, White PTI
Ink: Onyx Black Versafine, Soft Sky, Certainly Celery: SU
Accessories: foam dimensionals, sponge, glue dots, oval punches: SU, Swiss dots cuttlebug folder, cuttlebug, labels one nestabilities, plastic flowers: unknown, rhinestone stickers, Eclipse tape, copics, prismacolor markers

Friday, March 13, 2009

Walk Softly and Carry A Big Stick

That quote from Teddy Roosevelt just came to mind as I was loading up this picture! This is Blue my BIL's dog and she picked up this stick on our walk today up in Killington, VT. DH and I are just back from a few days visit there.

This is DH and SIL with Blue - walking down the road on the way to Kent Pond. Notice how rutted the road is? It was pretty cold there today - but they have had some thaw and the dirt roads get real messy when it gets warm and all the snow starts to melt.

And this is the half pipe they built at Bear Mountain at Killington for the International Snowboarders Competition that is happening there this weekend. We just missed it (and the thousands of people that will be attending!) leaving today - but it will be on national TV next week if you are into that sport!
It was great being away for a few days but I was happy to be able to get back to stamping tonight! I'm trying to catch up on a few of the challenges over on Split Coast. This card is my use green on your card for the Ways to Use it Challenge and has a bug on it for the Limited Supplies Challenge!The stamps are from the Honey Bees and Honey Bee Sentiments sets from Papertrey Ink and the punched edge was made using the scalloped punch by EK Success.

I'll most likely be back tomorrow with a card for the Inspiration challenge.

Be sure to check back here on Sunday when all of the H&M Stamps Design Team will be doing a blog hop showing you some fun spring crafts!

Stamps: Honey Bees, Honey Bee Sentiments: PTI
Paper: white, ripe avocado: PTI, Basic Black: SU
Ink: Meadow & Lettuce - Adirondack, True Black - PTI
Accessories: true black topnotch twill: PTI, scallope punch: EK Success

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Three from The Greeting Farm

Are you as enamored as I am by the sweet images from The Greeting Farm?? I recently ordered some of their stamps and made these three projects.

First up is this 3x6 long card using Lemon Tart and white card stock from Papertrey Ink and Basic Black from Stampin Up. I used the cute Panda Friends set that is actually on clearance sale right now. I colored the image with grey, red and black Prismacolor markers and embossed around it with my rectangle nestability. I punched the little hearts and tied the Papertrey Swiss Dots satin ribbon around the bottom.

Stamps: Panda Friends: The Greeting Farm
Paper: White, Lemon Tart: PTI, Basic Black: SU
Ink: Onyx black Versafine
Accessories: True black dotted swiss ribbon: PTI, rectangle nestability, small heart punch, Prismacolor markers.

My son was in the Army for many years so I'm partial to all military stamps. This Army Ian was just up my alley. I put him on the cover of a coaster photo album and will add pictures of my son when he was in the service (I just need to find them as it was pre-digital camera time and the photos must be tucked somewhere neatly away!!! LOL!!!). I used extra big 1 1/4" wires to bind it with my Bind It All to give it a tough Army guy look!

I covered 4 additional coasters with green, brown and camouflage designer papers for the inside pages and I sponged all the edges. I made the 'dog tag' using the key tag punch and big eyelets - both from Stampin Up. The piece of map is designer paper called Road Map by Paper Pizazz that I got at JoAnn's. I crumpled it up, distressed the edges and sponged it with Chocolate Chip and So Saffron inks.

Stamps: Army Ian: The Greeting Farm
Paper: White: PTI, Medium Weight Coasters, DP: road map: Paper Pizazz, Camouflage unknown.
Ink: Always Artichoke, Chocolate Chip, So Saffron: SU, Colorbox Silver pigment
Accessories: Bind it All, Prismacolor markers, copics, sponge, Twill - Vintage cream, ripe avocado, dark chocolate - PTI, Key tag punch, large eyelet - SU, Cropadile, scotch quick dry adhesive, rope: SU

And my third project is a 5x5 card using this cute digital Geisha girl Anya (no longer listed on The Greeting farm site). I colored her with Prismacolor markers to match this great designer paper called Sumi that I got at Michaels on sale recently. I used a piece of fiber that came off a floral bouquet that I had saved (you never know when you'll need something like this!! - I hadn't needed if for a whole year but this day it was perfect! LOL!!) I also added the metal coin to the bottom corner. I cut the flower out of a 2nd image, colored it and popped it up on foam dimensionals. The ovals are nestabilities.

Stamps: Digi image - Geisha Anya
Paper: Vintage Cream: PTI, Choc Chip: SU, DP: Sumi Made in Thailand
Accessories: copics, prismacolor markers, oval nestabilities, net fiber recycled, Asian coin, glue dots, foam dimensionals.
As you are reading this - I am hopefully snow shoeing up at DH's brother's home in VT! I have preposted this entry and hopefully it posts on Wed! And you can bet I'm suffering from withdrawal because I'm not stamping!!

Thanks so much for coming by today!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Wishing You Well

My card today covers two challenges - the color challenge on Split Coast to use Rose Red, Basic Black and Always Artichoke - and Julee's Mojo Monday SketchThe stamps are Angelic Moments from H&M Stamps I used the textile and swiss dots cuttlebug folders and circle nestabilities. I paper pieced the angels outfit and used a Spica gold pen on her wings and halo although you can't see the shimmer in the picture it does shimmer IRL! I double layered a flower punch under the sentiment.

Gotta go and make an 80th b'day gift of note cards for a friend - thanks so much for stopping by today!

Stamps: Angelic Moments: H&M Stamps
Paper: Vintage Cream: PTI, Rose Red, Always Artichoke, Basic Black: SU, DP - the paper co, florintine green and gold
Ink: Onyx black versafine, So saffron: SU
Accessories: sponge, cuttle bug folders: Swiss dots & Textile, Spica gold pen, word window punch: SU, flower punch: martha stewart, gold ribbon: PTI, rhinestone stickers, foam dimensionals, copics

Monday, March 9, 2009

Doodling with My Friends

This is my card for the CAS (clean and simple) Monday challenge on Split Coast - this week the challenge is to use just shades of blues and greens on your card.I used Ripe Avocado card stock from Papertrey Ink and 2 shades of green copics on the peas. The sentiment was stamped in Denim Adirondack ink and the doodling was done with a blue fine tip pen by Creative Memories. The cut out and embossing was done with square nestabilities.

The doodling also qualifies this card for this weeks Our Creative Corner Challenge.

The cute peas in a pod and sentiment are from the Veggie Set by Two Scoops Rice Designs Scroll way down on her site to see this set it's listed on an Oct 2007 posting.

As always - I appreciate your stopping by!

Stamps: Veggie Set: Two Scoops Rice Designs
Paper: ripe avocado, white: PTI
Ink: Ripe Avocado: PTI, Denim: Adirondack
Accessories: nestability squares, Copics YG03, G40, blue fine tip pen: Creative Memories

Sunday, March 8, 2009

He Who Created the Heavens

This is my 6x6 page that I made for the 5th His Holy Name Challenge - this past week God's Attribute was Creator. You can see Patter's challenges in the forums on Split Coast hereThe Challenge is to find a passage in the Bible that uses the given attribute of God (Creator this time) I found several passages that spoke to me and thought about them during the week to try and figure out which verse I would use on my page.

I finally decided on this one from Isaiah describing how God made the heavens and the earth and didn't want it to be empty but rather full of his animal and human creations! I thought the Basic Grey Mr. Campy paper, rub-ons and stickers were perfect to illustrate this verse.

You can join the challenge at any time - maybe the idea of them is speaking to you today??? You can also find a link to Patter's blog in the right hand column - click on the blinky that says His Holy Name Challenges. You can see the Split Coast gallery with all the challenge projects here.

You can see all of my pages here.

Thanks so much for coming by!

Stamps: Karen Foster Snap Stamps
Paper: Choc Chip: SU, DP: Basic Grey Mr. Campy, stickers and die cuts
Ink: Onyx Black Versafine, Close to Cocoa
Accessories: sponge, distresser: Heidi Snapp, ribbon tag trio Spellbinders, green dew drops, computer generated verse, avery mailing label, word window punch: SU, oval punch: SU, brown gingham ribbon : Michaels

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Three Cards of Spring!

My cards are all about spring today! And to match my creations (or maybe it's the inspiration for!) - it's already 57 degrees here and bright and sunny! (after having 7" of new snow at the beginning of the week - this warmth is something to shout about!)

The inspiration challenge on Split Coast from Stef was a website called Spunky Sprouts. This wall decor was what inspired my imagination today.And this is the card I created. I kept it simple like the sample - I stamped the tree top, colored it with copics and cut it out.I stamped the tree on the white panel then adhered the tree top over it with foam dimensionals having the edges go 'out of the box' a bit. The stamps are all from H&M Stamps . The tree is from a new set called Seasons of Trees and the sentiment is from a sentiment set called A Time of Caring (retired).
Stamps: Seasons of Trees, A time of Caring: H&M Stamps
Paper: White, New Leaf: PTI
Ink: Onyx Black Versafine, New Leaf: PTI
Accessories: sponge, foam dimensionals, copics
I was so inspired by this site today that I made a second card for the inspiration challenge. The simplicity of this pretty pillow also caught my eye.
For this card I clear embossed the images which was Sharon's stamp simply challenge this week - to use embossing on a card. I used my Versamark Watermark embossing ink to stamp the images on my labels one nestability (I thought it gave the idea of the pillow shape!), sprinkled on the clear embossing powder - tapped it off - and heated it with my hot gun. Then I just knotted the double stitched ribbon around it to keep it clean and simple like the pillow.
Stamps: Pocket Silhouettes; SU
Paper: White, Ripe Avocado: PTI
Ink: Versamark watermark embossing pad
Accessories: Ripe Avocado saddle stitched ribbon: PTI, labels one nestabilities, clear EP, hot gun

And last but not least! Here is my less than 30 minute card for the limited supplies challenge on Split Coast - it took me 28 minutes to get this together! This bunny is a free digital image from Two Scoops Rice Designs that I got here. I printed the image and then colored it with copics, cut it out and layered it onto the Labels One nestability die cut using foam dimensionals. I sponged the edge of the die cut with white ink just to give it a little definition and also did faux stitching with a black micron pen.
I stamped the sentiment from Inky Antics and punched it out layering it to another punched circle and attaching it with foam dimensionals. and DONE!

Ok! I'm off to enjoy this beautiful weather God has given us today!! And later tonight DH and I are going out to dinner and then to a local Symphony with some friends.

Thanks so much for stopping by! See you soon!

Stamps: Two Scoops Rice Designs Stamps Digital Image, Sentiment: Inky antics
Paper: Bazzill, White: PTI
Ink: True Black, Fresh Snow: PTI
Accessories: black micron pen, labels One nestability, sponge, foam dimensionals, copics, signo white pen,