Friday, December 28, 2007

Sketch Challenge on Splitcoast

You can find the thread to this challenge here. I had a hard time with this card. I couldn't decide how to decorate the background. The challenge specifically said that you weren't to put any other panels of cardstock on the card besides the circle. It wasn't until I change the orientation of the card to vertical, that I liked what I was doing. I was excited to use my new Christmas presents, specifically my Cuttlebug (THANK YOU MOMMA!) and my circle cutter. (I was so good by the way. I had my gifts early and I waited until Christmas to open them and play)

Once again, I used my watercolor crayons to color my flowers. Honestly, I wanted to use my inks, but I needed to be downstairs with my boys and the thought of hauling all of my inks with me was not an option.- therefore, my crayons made the team. This is a set, Time Well Spent, that was given to Demonstrators from SU!. It is a hostess set, so if you want it I'll tell you how to get it.

Please Choose

Stamps: Time Well Spent, small sayings?
Paper: Kraft, Naturals White
Ink: Close to Cocoa, Basic Brown, Pixie Pink
Accessories: So Saffron and Green Galore brads, pink grosgrain ribbon, Coluzzle circle cutter, Cuttlebug with tag die cut, Watercolor Wonder Crayons-pixie pink, green galore, summer sun, pretty in pink

Sunday, December 23, 2007

2008 Calendar

So this is a calendar I made for a friend of mine. I used an 8x8 calendar I found out here at our local craft store. It had 14 months and so that is why there are 2 pages for Jan and Feb. With how I uploaded the pictures to blogger they were out of order and that is how they will have to stay for now. But you get the idea without them being in order, right? I like the 8x8, a nice size for pictures. I had some of the cutest pictures to choose from!! I especially like the first January page picture. Such a sweet and good lookin' family don't you think? If you have any questions about what stamp sets or colors I used please leave a post and I'll answer you. Thanks for looking.

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Heart Thank You

I loved this card on SCS. I had to add the glitter and brads. The hearts are from a complimentary stamp set from SU! to Demonstrators. I finally got the hang of using a sponge for the edges of paper. I know, I know... How long have I been doing this?

Please Specify

Stamps: Doodle this, so many sayings
Paper: Rose red, pretty in pink, chocolate chip, whisper white
Ink: same
Accessories: brads, sponge, glue pen, glitter

Treat box

On SCS they have one holiday idea each week on their site. You should check it out. This one is the treat box. I made this for a lady at the city who helps us with our preschool and such. We all wanted to give her a little something to say thank you. I used Chocolate Chip 12x12 cardstock and the DP is by American Crafts. It was so easy to make and I like the way it turned out. They have some real cute ones in the SCS gallery.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Love this paper!

When I was at my local craft store, thank goodness they have one close by, I was drawn to the colors on this paper. I believe it's by "Chatterbox." It has shades of rose that I just love together with the green and pumpkin. I made this for some sweet friends out here that helped me when I had my baby. I love using the black craft ink.
Stamps: Wonderful Favorites
Inks: Black Craft
Paper: White, Chatterbox DP, Old Olive
Accessories: Black grosgrain ribbon, window punch, 3 flower punch, corner punch, 1/16 punch, silver brads

Friday, November 9, 2007

Baby Announcement

So this is the announcement for my little guy. I was so excited about it that I finished them (except for the picture and tabs inside) at least a month before he was born. Which I'm grateful for because there was SO much stamping (backgrounds, coloring--- what was I thinking?--- It's obvious I only had one child at the time). :o)

Unless I get super excited about the next one I will probably just send a mass e-mail instead of a card. So if you really want to see my work, you'd better pray for a girl, that's the only way I will spend the time to make a darn, stinkin' cute card!!

I'm kidding, I'll probably do it again. And you know why? Because just like we forget, over time, the pain of labor and delivery (heaven only knows how that happens) I will forget the hours and hours and hours I put into making this one card celebrating my little one's life. But it sure will look cute in his baby book!!

I saw this file folder style card on SCS.

I typed up his measurements and printed them on the white paper (seen below)

Stamps: Buggies and Booties, Weathered BKG, Linen BKG, So Many Sayings, Fancy Flexible Phrases

Ink: Soft Sky, Blue Bayou, Naturals White, Stazon Black, going grey (for stork)

Paper: Same

Accessories: Blue Bayou stitched ribbon, Aquapainters, Window punch, scalloped punch, 1-3/8 circle punch, tab punch, corner rounder(ahh the corner punch-so much fun!)

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Pocket Card

I made this card for some baby thank yous. I've been wanting to make a pocket card for a long time. They made me nervous for some reason. But I've conquered my fears and here is what I have to show for it. I love this paper from Basic Grey, this line is called Blush.

Stamps: Spotlight
Ink: chocolate chip, ruby red
Paper: same, close to cocoa, cool Caribbean, natural white, DP basic grey -blush
accessories: brads, corner rounder, scallop punch, 3/4'' circle punch, color spritzer (chocolate chip), dimensional for scallop (it's attached to the white)

Monday, November 5, 2007

Another Challenge, Featured Stamper (FS39) on SCS

This card is one for a challenge on SCS. Featured Stamper (FS39) Go here for more info on the challenge.

I took this card from the featured stamper's gallery for inspiration and made my card-see photo below. I wanted to make a simple card without much stamping. The only thing that took time was distressing the edges of the paper. I curled the edges of the flower with my fingers and then used a dimensional to adhere it to the card. The card also opens vertically.

Here's more detail:

Stamps: Delight in Life, So Many Sayings

Cardstock: Certainly Celery, Brocade Blue, Cameo Coral, DP (designer paper) from a simply scrappin' kit from Sell-a-bration. (***by the way, SU! just changed "sell-a-bration" to "sale-a-bration")

Ink: Black craft ink, cameo coral, brocade blue, white craft ink

Accessories: window punch, distresser for paper edges, tag punch, celery grosgrain ribbon, stapler, silver stickles for flower center, dimensional for flower.

Thanks for looking! Happy Stamping!

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

My first Sketch Challenge (SC148) on "Splitcoast Stampers"

This is the first time I've actually participated in a challenge. It's just for fun, no rewards/winners. Every Wednesday a moderator chooses a sketch (see below) and then all that want to participate make a card and post it on splitcoast. You can check out their website (look to the side bar on the right) for more info and the rules for each challenge.

Since it's my hubby's birthday tomorrow I figured this would be a good way to make him an original card. And since the sketch was done for me, it was actually pretty easy to make. (Of course I was still working on it for an hour and a half) :o) I figured posting this card before his birthday was a safe bet as I would die of utter shock if my dear sweet husband actually read my stamping blog. :o) He's wonderful, just doesn't understand my insane addiction to stamping.

Alright enough chit chat... here's my card.

Stamps: Loads of Love, Boatloads of Love

Paper: Close to Cocoa, Chocolate Chip, Ruby Red, Basic Grey(I absolutely love this paper)-non SU!

Ink: Same as above, more mustard, pretty in pink, Stazon-on black

Accesories: Chocolate ribbon, mustard brads, color spritzer-chocolate chip marker

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Simple boy birthday

So I once again need simple boy birthday cards. I made this for some of my nephews and then embossed their age on the cupcake. I think they turned out cute. I totally copied it from SCS. What else is new. I should just put that at the top of my blog... "everything is cased unless otherwise noted." :o) There is glitter on the blue cupcake part. I just smeared the glue pen all across the cardstock and dunked it in my glitter container. Not a very glamorous technique, but it worked.

Stamps: Eat Cake
Paper: Close to Cocoa, Certainly Celery, Bashful blue, white
Ink: Chocolate chip, Certainly Celery
Accessories: paper piercer, stapler/staples, glitter/glue, punch, scallop punch (used for the white and the blue cupcake topper)

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

This little piggy went to market...

This little piggy stayed home.

So this card was also one I saw on the internet, I think SCS. I'm glad that I haven't had the need for many "get well" cards but figured I should have some on hand just in case. I used my watercolor crayons to color the image. I like that it has bright colors to cheer someone up.

Stamps: Farm Fever, Looks like Spring
Paper: Tempting Turquoise, white, green galore?-I'll have to check
Ink: same, plus close to cocoa, lovely lilac, pixie pink, pretty in pink
Accessories: brown satin ribbon, green eyelets, sponge, watercolor crayons

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Midnight Bloggin

OK!-so it's not midnight! I have been awake since 3 though, (no I'm not in labor!) and after failing to reach dreamland again by reading a book and relaxing, I've decided to post a card I made.
-Stamping, by the way, is the answer to so many problems... just so you know.
I made this card after I saw a similar one on a random blog I came across. I just love my IN FULL BLOOM stamp set, daisies are one of my favorite flowers. I used my aquapainter and ink to color the images. It also seems like a simple thing, but I forget how nice a card can look when it is folded at the short (4 1/4) end.

Please Specify

Stamps- In full bloom, Fancy Flexible Phrases
Paper- Old Olive, White, Cameo Coral, Pretty in pink
Ink- same, plus summer sun and black craft ink
Accessories-White gel pen, aquapainter, dimensional

Saturday, September 15, 2007

For my Granny

So hopefully my grandma doesn't see this card, although I don't think she's really on the net so I'm probably safe. I made it for her birthday coming up. I took the design and color combo from SCS, but used different stamps. I also added some glitter to the flowers because, well, I love glitter!!!!! -stamps-polka dots and paisley, linen, wonderful favorites, big blooms, best blossoms

-paper-so saffron, close to cocoa, regal rose

-ink- same plus black craft

-accessories- grosgrain ribbon, dimensionals, dazzling diamonds glitter

Friday, September 14, 2007


A friend of mine made this card and I absolutely fell in love with it. Side note= I worked on this last night as John and I watched the USA Women's World Cup Soccer team defeat Sweden. And although the majority of my ancestors are Swedish I was very happy to see the victory. The card is very simple to make. The only time consuming thing is to stamp and cut out the lions mane and head, as they are layered. I hope you enjoy it. You can see my friend's other cards on SCS under her screen name "mom maerten."stamps-wild about you, aida cloth, itty bitty backgrounds
paper- more mustard, so saffron, brocade blue, not quite navy, white
ink- same, plus close to cocoa marker for nose/eyes/toes
Aquapainter, Earth Elements brads, and I roughend up the edges of the not quite navy with the distressing tool

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

ALOHA!! (2nd post today)

If one is going to live in the Aloha State one must at least make one Hawaii themed card! This one came from a stamper at

-Do the Hula and eat cake stamp sets
-green galore, natural white cardstock
-same ink
-watercolor crayons with the same colors.
-hemp twine frayed
-dimensionals, sponge for edges

As I was working on my baby announcements I was frustrated to no end in trying to finish them. I figured out how to scrape the edges of cardstock without going crazy. I am sure I'm not the first one to do this but as I was trying to explain it to Tami over the phone I decided a picture or two were necessary. I hope they are clear enough...

It adds just enough color to the edge of the cardstock. And it saves brain cells!!!!

Birthday Cards

So in Hawaii they celebrate the 1st birthday of a child with a luau. We were invited to one for a little girl at our Church. They had a fair before hand for the little kids, which included a bouncy castle/slide. It was fun for Matthias and the food was great. The theme was Princess and as I didn't have any cards that were appropriate I came up with this guy. Of course I used the layout from a great stamper ( she has great stuff, look under her tutorials). I put dazzling diamonds glitter over the crown- it was so pink and so sparkly!-
I have been in desperate need of male birthday cards and loved this idea. I used "Loads of love", "loads of love accessories" and "lively little ones"


Monday, August 13, 2007


So I've finally gotten around to posting these babies. I took some supplies with me on my vacation, but wouldn't ya know it... I didn't bring all I needed. Oh well, I guess that's what I get for trying to pack stamping supplies at 10pm the night before I left. :o)
Anyhoo... Here are some cards that I've made and I hope you enjoy them. I really needed some kid birthday cards and I liked the black and red card I saw on SCS ( I used Watercolor crayons to color the kids as well as the yellow and green card with the flowers. I was on a Watercolor crayon binge... couldn't get enough! I've heard of stampers using "Staz-on" black ink for their watercoloring and so I tried it. I love it! The black doesn't run at all! And although Stampin' Up! will say their black doesn't run on white and vanilla paper, my experience has shown me otherwise. I will have to buy the "Staz-on" cleaner as it stains the rubber on your stamps, I really think I will be using it a ton more!! The other two cards that are the same in design are different only in that one is done in pixie pink (the first) and the other in regal rose. They were more complex on SCS but I wanted one that I could personalize (b-day, anniver., etc) so I made it simple.

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Two Week's Notice

I have officially started my service "Two Week's Notice." You can read all about it on my other blog at When you refer someone that buys cards or utilizes this service then I'll send you 2 cards as a thank you. Thanks for your support!!!

Sunday, July 29, 2007

New Slide Shows

I just discovered a new element to add to my blog. Check out my slide shows to the right and at the bottom of my blog for some of my creations. :o)

Monday, July 16, 2007

Here's another one. Like I said, I'm trying to catch up. Although now, Matthias and I are going to a family reunion for the next 2 weeks. Maybe I'll get something posted while I'm gone. It depends on my time and if I can get some supplies together before leaving. I hope you enjoy this one. I really like the color combo of Rose Red, Barely Banana, Certainly Celery and Brown.

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Finally On-line Again!!!

So after way too long I now have access to the Internet. Be it known if you move to Hawaii call your cable/phone provider as soon as you have an address. It took them 3 weeks to get to us! Ahh!! Are you kidding? Oh, well... life goes on. So... Next time you see your new neighbor down the street from their house and typing on their computer don't call the police. They might just be trying to pick up a wireless signal to check e-mail or stamps :o). Needless to say we have had a slow start but things are picking up now. I'm just a bit behind when it comes to stamping, but I'm catching up.

Here are some cards I've made in the last week. Enjoy!