Saturday, June 30, 2012

Thanks So Much!

This Butterfly and Berries Collage stamp is available in the Birds and Butterflies Collage Sheet and as an individual stamp. I paired it with Thanks So Much, which is also available in a half sheet of inspirational phrases: Inspirational Plate #2.
My background was made using the Polished Stone technique on Glossy White cardstock.  I added some texture with an embossing folder and some Turquoise Netting from Really Reasonable Ribbon, along with a crocheted and paper rose. 
Thanks for stopping by today! I appreciate my readers!

Challenges for this card: Chocolate, Coffee & Cards - Anything Goes

Stamps: Butterfly and Berries Collage; Thanks So Much by I Brake For Stamps
Paper: Basic Black, Always Artichoke, Taken With Teal, Glossy White
Ink: Tempting Turquoise, Taken With Teal, Always Artichoke, VersaFine Onyx Black, Encore Metallic Gold
Accessories: crocheted flower and paper rose (The Paper Studio), Turquoise Netting (Really Reasonable Ribbon), embossing folder (Sizzix)

Friday, June 29, 2012

Elegance By the Inch

I like all of the different designs in this stamp by I Brake For Stamps.  It's called Ornate Inchies Background. There are nine different designs on one stamp, but I chose just four of them to follow the sketch I chose (iSpy Sketches ISSC21). I actually stamped the whole image and then cut out the ones I wanted to use. I think they make an elegant statement on their own!

And a couple of awards: I won top two at Delightful Challenges and was the winner at Art Impressions for my Otter card (Hambo Stamps). Cool way to start the day!

Other challenges for this card: 
Charisma Cardz - anything goes  
Quoth The Raven - Based on Edgar Allen Poe quote (the colors of the card reflect the Rue Morgue) 
Ruby's Rainbow - black, white, and one other color

Stamps: Ornate Inchies Background by IBFS
Ink: Rose Red (Stampin' Up!)
Paper: Basic Black, Rose Red, Glossy White (Stampin' Up!), Enchanted Collection DP (Bo Bunny)
Accessories: Snow Pearls (Kaiser), photo corner punch (SU!), black satin ruffled ribbon (Really Reasonable Ribbon)

Thursday, June 28, 2012

One Day at a Time

Feeling overwhelmed with a "to do" list? Is the summer fleeing more quickly than you imagined? Then this card is for you! Just take one day at a time. :)
My sentiment is from Inspirational Plate #2 by I Brake for Stamps. I stamped in Cherry Cobbler ink on Tea for Two designer paper by Cosmo Cricket. The Ivory Box Pleated Ribbon and Penelope Crocheted Lace are from Really Reasonable Ribbon.
My sketch is Deconstructed Sketch 58:
I love this sketch and will be using it a lot!
The Deconstructed Sketch girls have some terrific samples to show, so be sure to have a visit at their blogs too!
To play along, link up your sketch creation HERE!

And you my have noticed I have a new blog design! The wonderful Kim Teasdale worked with me in creating one that showed my love for pink and giraffes! I love it. Check out her work at Dilly Dally Alley Designs!

Other challenges for this card:
Cooking It Up With Katie - Lace, Sunny, Flowers (I think the encouraging sentiment is "sunny"!)
Crafty Creations - Embellish It Use 3 Different Embellishments (pearls, pleated ribbon, lace)
Little Red Wagon - Sentiment as main focus
Scrapbook Sisters - anything goes
Stampavie and More - lots of flowers

Stamps: Inspirational Plate #2 by I Brake For Stamps
Ink: Cherry Cobbler
Paper: Tea for Two DP by Cosmo Cricket, Crumb Cake
Accessories: Chino Pearls by Kaiser, Ivory Box Pleated Ribbon and Penelope Crochet Lace by Really Reasonable Ribbon, Circle dies by Spellbinders, paper roses by Wild Orchid

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

It's Beach Weather!

It is definitely beach weather here -- too bad there are no beaches close by! This little cutie is from the MS76 Full Plate by I Brake For Stamps.
I think she looks like she is ready to build a sand castle! I stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and then colored in and made her sand with Copic markers. The pennant sentiment is made with rub on letters that I have had forever!

Our challenge this month is to create a project with a "summer fun" theme. There are only a few more days before time is up, so grab your summer stamps and join us!
Other challenges for this card:
Deep Ocean Challenge - Welcome Summer
LEJ Designs SIO -  Summer's Here
Oldie But Goodie Challenge - must use something at least 6mts old  & state what it is- Summer Holidays  
Sassy Cheryl's - Summer 
Sweet Stamps - Patriotic Or Summer 
Lexi's Creations - At the Beach 
Paper Playtime - Anything Goes with Sentiment 

Thursday, June 21, 2012

It's An Otter!

It's Thursday and that means an awesome new sketch from 
I used some adorable Hambo Stamps for my card today.  
I stamped Otter in Memento Tuxedo Black ink and then colored in using Copics. 
The It's An Otter sentiment is stamped in VersaFine Sepia.

The Deconstructed Sketch girls have some terrific samples to show, so be sure to have a visit at their blogs too!

To play along, link up your sketch creation HERE!
Other challenges for this card:
CCEE Stampers - Masculine 
 Paper PlayUse a die 
Forever Friends - Anything with an animal 
Delightful ChallengesAnything goes 
Digi Doodle Shop's Best - Farmyard or zoo 
Shelly's Images - Anything Goes
Crafts and Me - Anything Goes

Stamps: It's An Otter 4509 and Otter 4521 by Hambo Stamps
Ink: Copic Markers E31, E33, C3, B00, Memento Tuxedo Black, VersaFine Sepia
Paper: Crumb Cake and Pool Party (Stampin' Up!), DP by DCWV
Accessories and Tools: twine, MS border punch, Spellbinders Oval dies, Robin's Egg dew drops

Monday, June 18, 2012

Recycling Into Beauty

Today I am hosting the Technique Challenge at Splitcoast. I would have to have you play along. We are recycling dryer sheets into beautiful flowers. You can read all about it HERE.
I used Cherry Cobbler reinker (I know it looks peach, but I really did use CC!) with some water in a spray bottle, and then sprayed with Pearl Glimmer Mist for my dryer sheet flower. It is more a background for my paper roses.

Click on the photo for a close-up view. The sentiment is Find Happiness by Rubber Stamp Tapestry.
I cut some Bubblegum felt using SNSS's Scallop Border die and added three rows of Penelope Natural Crocheted Lace from Really Reasonable Ribbon. The Crystal Stickles on the flower took a little time to dry, but I love the look! I hope you will give it a try!

A few wonderful awards I picked up last week:

I won this award for my Paris By Air card.
I won this award for my Paris By Air card.
I won this award with my Pretty Papers card.

Other challenges for my Dryer Sheet Flower card: 
Let`s Ink It UpUse Your Favorite Embellishments (pearls and lace) 
Stampin' Sisters in Christ - Create something that reflects you. You are God's masterpiece! (lots of layers girly, something "old" made "new" again!) 
The Squirrel & the Fox - Make it Sparkle 
Sugar Creek Hollow  - More is Better  
Crafts and Me - Pearls & Roses  
Crafty Ann's - It's A Girl Thing 
Card Crafter's Circle - Sentiment

Stamps: Find Happiness by Rubber Stamp Tapestry 
Paper: Crumb Cake, Basic Grey DP 
Ink: Rose Red 
Accessories: Bubblegum Felt (Stamp School), Scallop Die (Sweet N Sassy), crocheted lace (Really Reasonable Ribbon), paper roses (Wild Orchid), Crystal Stickles, Blush Peals (Kaiser), dryer sheet, doily Techniques: Dryer Sheet Flower Technique

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Right Where You Should Be

I love this sweet little sentiment (Next To Me) by Rubbernecker Stamps. The flowers are the perfect size to add pearls to the centers. My sketch today is Deconstructed Sketch 56.

The Deconstructed Sketch girls have some terrific samples to show, so be sure to have a visit at their blogs too!
Other Challenges for this card:
Creative Belli - Sentiment only (no image) 
Freshly Brewed - Anything Goes
Just Keep on Creating - Anything Goes
Paper Shelter Challenge - Anything Goes

Stamps: Next To Me SKU:629-03 by Rubbernecker Stamps 
Ink: Crumb Cake 
Paper: Kraft, White, Jack and Jill DP (Prima) 
Accessories: Blush Pearls (Kaiser), MS punch, Noelle Crochet Lace (Really Reasonable Ribbon)

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

June Blog Hop with Really Reasonable Ribbon!

Welcome to the Really Reasonable Ribbon June Blog Hop! If you arrived here from Linda's blog, you are in the right place! If you just happened along, be sure to start at the beginning at the RRR Blog (I am the fourth stop, so you don't have far back to go!) so you don't miss out on the awesome projects, fun news, and a prize from Really Reasonable Ribbon! Our hop goes live at 6:30 AM CST.

Each 13th of the month it's the Really Reasonable Ribbon blog hop where we highlight the Ribbon Club! I LOVE Bonnie's choices for the June ribbon club package. If you really love ribbon and would like to have a wonderful assortment of ribbons sent to you automatically each month, just join the Really Reasonable Ribbon Club! Monthly ribbon club assortments are selected and pre-packed to reflect a specific theme, color, or holiday season. The assortments vary from month to month, but an average assortment has 5-8 different ribbon styles and consists of 10-15 yards of ribbon.  You will love it! Take a peek:

My card today is made with some of the beautiful Navy Diamond Satin in the club package and the images are by CTMH.
I added a chipboard flag to the ribbon. The designer paper is by Glory by Authentique.
Bonnie will be giving away a Ribbon Monthly Club kit to a random commenter and some other fun goodies too, so please make sure and comment on all of the girls' projects to increase your chances of winning! 

Now off to BONNIE'S blog, where you can see that not only is she an amazing businesswoman and our fearless leader, but she is an amazing designer as well! You will love her headband she made!


Monday, June 11, 2012

Pretty Papers

I love beautiful paper. I try to make a pact with myself not to buy any more - ever - because I have enough designer paper to last me another lifetime. Really. But pretty patterns and colors just seem to keep finding their way into my stamp room. The card I am sharing today was made just to highlight some of the pretty papers I have.
This paper is from Pink Paislee and is called Butterfly. I love lace and pearls, and seam binding bows too! I hope you have a wonderful week. I have a busy week ahead - taking a two-day summer workshop out of town and lots going on here at Joy in a JAR every day this week. So have a great day and I hope to see you back here tomorrow!

Challenges for this card:
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Stamps: January 2011 KOTM by Unity Stamps  
Paper: Pink Pirouette, Naturals Ivory, Butterfly DP (Pink Paislee)  
Ink: Hot Fudge (Stamp School)  
Accessories: crinkled seam binding (French Market), flower & pearls (Prima), border punches (Martha Stewart and EK Success), vintage lace trim  
Let`s Ink It Up - Use Your Favorite Embellishments
The Ribbon GirlsUse Ribbon or Lace  
Penny Black and More - All My Favorite Things

Friday, June 8, 2012

Yikes! A One-Layer Card!

A few weeks back, I chose Heather Telford as SCS's Featured Stamper 274. Her gallery is simply stunning! A treat for the eyes, for sure. Heather has a wonderful way with sponging and masking and I wanted to try to create a one-layer card using one of her cards to case. I chose this beautiful card and kept the same theme and layout, but changed the colors and images. Here is what I came up with:
I masked off the section I wanted to sponge with painter's tape and then added my Flourish and sentiment from Rubbernecker Stamps. A trio of silver half pearls finished off the design. I like how it turned out! I am definitely more comfortable with layers, but this has gotten me out of my comfort zone!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Stamps: Flourish #3 SKU:611-03 and Phrase set SKU:626 by Rubbernecker Stamps  
Paper: Neenah Solar White 
Ink: Melon Mambo and Memento Tuxedo Black  
Accessories: Mark Richards silver half pearls

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Rain Showers are Just Ducky!

Who cannot be cheered by this little Duckie Rain? He just brings a smile to my face! Our sponsor today at The Deconstructed Sketch is The Greeting Farm! I chose this little digital duck for my image. My Facebook friends will know that I have a "traveling" duck named Darrell who appears is various places all over the country, and so I was drawn to this adorable little guy.

Here is our sketch for this week:
I printed Duckie Rain on Whisper White cardstock and then colored in with my Copic markers. I wanted a retro feel to my card, so kept my colors to reflect the designer paper by Nikki Sivils and added some little buttons down the side. My sentiment is a Heidi Grace sticker.
The Greeting Farm has generously offered one single rubber stamp to the winner! All you have to do to win is participate this week using the sketch and post your project to a blog or online gallery and link back to The Deconstructed Sketch at the bottom of the post by Wednesday June 13, 2012 at 8 PM CST.

The Deconstructed Sketch girls have some terrific samples to show, so be sure to have a visit at their blogs too!
Thank you for your visit today!
Other challenges for this card:
By the Cute & Girly - Cute as a Button 
Card Cupids - Animals 
Lia Stampz Challenge - Things with Wings 
Whimsy Inspiration - Things with Wings 
Can You Digi It - Button It Up 
Jackson's Digital Expressions - Anything Goes 
Digital Tuesday - Anything Goes 

Stamps: Duckie Rain digital image by The Greeting Farm
Ink: Copic Markers
Paper: Blue Bayou, Soft Sky, It's Raining It's Pouring DP (Nikki Sivils), Whisper White
Accessories and Tools: Cuttlebug EF, buttons, twine, sentiment sticker (Heidi Grace)

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

It's a Hambo Hoedown With New Bacon Bits!

Today over at the Hambo Hoedown, there is a fun new challenge - and always the opportunity to get in the loop for adorable, spunky, and fun digital images! Today is a special Hoedown because we are introducing the artwork of our new Design Team -- the Bacon Bits!

My card today is not for the Hoedown challenge, but it's a Hambo cutie!

I used some of my fun rubber stamps (which Hambo also carries) for this card: Sun - 3420, Smiling Flower - 0136 & Best Buds - 1611. I stamped with Palette Noir Black ink and then watercolored my images using reinkers and an aqua brush.

Hop on over to the Hoedown, join in our challenge and meet the team!

Stamps: Sun - 3420, Smiling Flower - 0136 & Best Buds - 1611 by Hambo Stamps  
Paper: watercolor, Melon Mambo, Kiwi Kiss, Pink Pirouette, Lime Twist Happy Go Lucky (MME)  
Ink: Palette Noir Black, Melon Mambo, Kiwi Kiss, Certainly Celery, Pink Pirouette, Blue Bayou, Summer Sun Accessories: ric rac, grosgrain ribbon (HL), border punch (Martha Stewart, twine (PTI), button, corner rounder 

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Hopping With The Twinery and Rubbernecker Stamps!

It's a super fun day to be hopping with The Twinery and the Stampin' Sisterhood from Rubbernecker Stamps! If you came here from Tifany DeGough's blog, you are in the right place! If not, head on over to our first stop, The Twinery Blog, so you don't miss out on anything - especially the awesome prizes:
'I Dream in Color' Sampler Pack
{15 yds of all 18 colors in their collection}
retail value $32
The Twinery is giving away the "I Dream in Color" sampler pack, shown above, and Rubbernecker Stamps is giving away a $25 shopping spree!  
All details on how to win the fabulous prizes can be found at The Twinery blog and the Stampin' Sisterhood blog.
 My 4.25" square CAS card today uses the super cute  
Cow and Udderly Great sentiment from Rubbernecker Stamps
I cut some Peapod Twine for my grass 
and used Scor-Tape to hold it in place. 
I shadowed my clouds with Pool Party cardstock.
Thanks for stopping by and remember to leave love along the way at all the blogs in the hop to be eligible for the awesome prizes! We love comments anytime, but the deadline to comment to win is 11:59EDT, Friday, June 8th. Winners will be posted at the company blogs.

The next stop on the hop is the fabulous Monika Wright!
I know you will love what she has to show you! 

Happy Hopping! 

Stamps: Cow SKU:569-06 and Udderly Great SKU:568-18 by Rubbernecker Stamps
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic Markers
Paper: Whisper White, PTI White, Glorious Green, Pool Party
Acessories and Tools: Peapod Twine (The Twinery), Flowers Embossing Folder (Sizzix), Scor-Tape, Cloud dies (Lil Inker)

Monday, June 4, 2012

Happy is PRIMARY!

I love bright, vibrant colors! And although primary colors usually have people thinking about school, I am HAPPY to be OUT of school for the next couple of months!

This cute little image of the sailboat is by Meljen Designs. It just makes me smile! And the sentiment by TLC Creations is perfect! Both are digital images. I colored the sailboat with Copic markers. The pennant is made with Spellbinders die cuts.

Today I start my summer activity (besides stamping!). My husband and I will be in a Crane River Theater Company show called "Into the Woods." It has all the fairy tale characters that people recognize: Rapunzel, Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, and many more - and a Witch, of course! I will be playing Cinderella's real mother (a spirit in a tree) and also Little Red's Granny, who gets eaten by the wolf. It is not a children's show, but is definitely fun. Our first rehearsal is today - seven hours worth! Going to be a long afternoon/evening!

I hope you are doing something this summer that you love and that makes you happy!

Challenges for this card:
The Pink Elephant - Vibrant Colors 
Fashionista Challenge - Simply Summer  
House of Gilli - Vibrant Colours/Summer 
Simon Says Stamp and Show... - Some Texture (pennants) 

Stamps: Sail Away by Meljen Designs & You Make Me Happy by TLC Creations
Paper: GP White, Real Red, Brilliant Blue, Yoyo Yellow, Travel DP by Debbie Mumm, Prints DP by SU!
Ink: Copic markers
Accessories: Kaiser pearls, Spellbinders dies, dotted grosgrain ribbon, button, Cuttlebug Swiss Dots EF

Sunday, June 3, 2012

A New SCS Featured Stamper!

Today was my turn to host the Featured Stamper Challenge at Splitcoastampers. Congratulations to RITA WRIGHT aka kyann22!

I chose this absolutely stunning card of Rita's to case.
I changed colors from Cherry Cobbler to Pool Party, changed images, and moved the sentiment, but kept her layout and theme the same. I used die cuts instead of scallop punches for my flower.

I love shades of aqua with black and white. I used a sentiment from Rubbernecker Stamps' Best Wishes Set, and two of my favorite ribbons from Really Reasonable Ribbon: Black Satin Gathered Ruffles and Aqua Topaz Floral Satin.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Challenges for this card:
Corrosive ChallengesNot too Shabby
Great Impressions - Die Cuts and/or Punches
Stamps: Best Wishes Set SKU:600 by Rubbernecker Stamps 
Paper: Bo Bunny DP, Basic Black, Pool Party 
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Pool Party (on flower edges) 
Accessories: Spellbinders Scalloped Circle dies, black brad, filagree brads, Black Satin Gathered Ruffles and Blue Topaz Floral Satin Ribbon (Really Reasonable Ribbon)