Sunday, August 31, 2008

WHAT A SALE!!! Don't Miss It!

Hambo Stamps - "State Your Discount" SALE!!!

Just in time for Labor Day, Hambo Stamps is having a SALE! For 36 hours we'll discount every regularly-priced stamp on our website by 30% -- though if you're quick, you can receive 35% off your order! How do you qualify for the extra discount? Be the FIRST person from your state to place an order! That means up to 50 people will receive the extra discount. This is big, because it includes all of our best-sellers and the stamps never before sold at a discount.

Here are the particulars:
The discount applies only to orders placed between 12:01pm (EST) on Sunday, August 31 to 12:01am (EST) Tuesday, September 2. (In other words, from noon on Sunday, to midnight Monday.)

States will be counted based on shipping addresses. Once an order has been received that will ship to a state, that state will be removed from the list, and everyone else from that state to order will receive the 30% discount. You MUST provide the shipping address with your order, or you could lose the extra discount in the time it takes for me to email back and ask for the address. When I email back with the payment details, I'll tell you which discount you'll receive.
International customers will receive the 30% discount as well.

There is a limit of one of each design per customer.
The discount applies only to in-stock items, with no back-orders available.
The free shipping offer does NOT apply during this sale event.
Because things tend to get very busy when we have big sales like this, it might take slightly longer than usual for me to get back to you with your payment details. Your patience is appreciated!
The above announcement comes straight from Monica at Hambo Stamps, so please e-mail her at for information and to answer questions.

Be sure to check out the site HERE. What a GREAT sale!

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Stamping Friends are Awesome!

I am so happy to have had the opportunity to meet Holly McMillen (aka Toy) and her delightfully fun family. We didn't have near enough time, as it was just an overnight stay, but I can tell you that there will be many more get-togethers with her family. We had a great time!

Because my in-laws are now coming this afternoon, I am in the process of making and then baking a Raspberry Peach Pie, so my stamping is on hold for a day!

But I did want to share a couple of sites with you.
Maybe you already know about this one: SUColorQ
If not, check it out! It is a really fun, fast, easy way to put colors together (including the new In Colors!) and find out what combinations you might like.
One that I really liked that I played around with today is
Riding Hood Red, Summer Sun, Always Artichoke and Sahara Sand. Sounds like something out of my comfort zone, but I think I will like the results!

The other site is an awesome sketch site: Sketches! {by Tamara}. I have been asked to be a designer for Tamara's sketches and I am really excited about that! I think that for me, at least, thinking up the sketch or layout is the hardest part, and most time consuming, in designing my cards. Each week Tamara sends the Design Team a sketch and it is posted on the Sketches! blog on Thursdays. September 4th is coming up quickly and I hope you will join in the challenge!

Thanks for stopping by -- I am off to finish the pie!
(A poet and I don't know it..... ok, maybe I will just stick to music and stamping......)

Friday, August 29, 2008

~ Come Play Along in *A Little Something* ~

Come on over and check out today's SCS Limited Supplies Challenge, which I am hosting! Play along there, or link your card here! The challenge is "A Little Something" and the requirements are to use something old, something blue, something borrowed, something blue......

Be sure to check out the awesome samples that my friends, Shelly and Debi, made for today as well!

This is a short post, as I am busily preparing to meet my first stamping friend in person today! Holly [aka Toy on SCS] and her familly will be here this afternoon and I still have lots to do! (Like clean up the mess from this card:)

Old: Blue Bayou POP DP
New: Pearls
Borrowed: Gold EP (I am out of both Gold and Silver!)
Blue: cardstock, DP, ribbon

Stamps: Our Daily Bread Designs
Paper: Not Quite Navy, Regal Rose, Blue Bayou, Bashful Blue, Blue Bayou DP
Ink: Versamark, Regal Rose and NQN
Accessories: Pearls, grosgrain ribbon, Gold EP
Techniques: embossing

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!!

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Can I Even Find My Colored Pencils?

That was the question this morning, as I looked at the SCS Ways To Use It Challenge: Sharpen Up. I finally did find them, dusted them off and began working on the lion and lamb image from the Peace on Earth set by Our Daily Bread Designs:

See a card I made with the dove from this set HERE.
I used this SCS sketch for my layout:
I have also recently re-discovered how much fun Magic Mesh is to use, so I added that as an embellishment and tied some Fancy Fibers over the top layer of the card. The background papers from Provo Craft brought out both colors in my main image. A little torn edge here and there, and some sponged clouds in the background - and it was done! Don't think it was a fast process! My long-time readers know I make cards very slowly. I think I enjoy the process more than the finished product sometimes!

Tomorrow I host the SCS Limited Supplies Challenge, so I hope you will come on over there to play, and then come back here to see what I made!

If you have some time, check out THIS website, VANILLA JOY. It has some awesome giveaways with great prizes this week!

Stamps: Peace on Earth by Our Daily Bread Designs
Paper: DCWV textured cardstock, Provo Craft Slab DP, Whisper White
Ink: Palette Noir Black, Always Artichoke
Accessories: Magic Mesh, Fancy Fibers (retired SU!), hand-cut cloud stencil, sponge dauber, colored pencils (SU!), brads (The Paper Studio), distressing tool
Techniques: distressing, torn paper

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Yummy Yummy Yummy I Got Love in My Tummy!

Is anyone else besides me old enough to remember that song? :)

First of all I need to clarify the black and white picture. For those that didn't see the post 2 days ago, there is a color version that I posted first. The black and white was just a fun close-up! So take a peek farther down and you will see the color version I did for Monday!

I am off to work, but wanted to post one of my favorite fall dessert recipes for you to try. We love plums and nectarines in our family, and this dessert is a yummy combination of both!

Plum and Nectarine Torte

2 nectarines, cut into small wedges (approx. 12)
2 plums, cut into small wedges (approx. 8-10)
1/4 C. sugar
1/4 tsp. cinnamon (I use Pampered Chef's - it's the best!)
1/4 tsp. almond extract
1 refrigerated pie crust
1 large egg white, beaten
2 tsp. turbinado sugar (substitute granulated if you don't have turbinado)

1. Heat oven to 425. You will need a 15 x 11 inch rimmed pan lined with foil or parchment paper (I used Pampered Chef's stoneware and parchment paper).
2. Combine fruit, sugar, cinnamon and almond extract until evenly coated.
3. Unroll pie crust onto lined baking pan. Place fruit mixture in the middle, leaving a 1 1/2-2" border around the edges. Fold edges of the pie crust over the filling, pleating and pressing dough together to hold its shape.
4. Brush crust edges with egg white; sprinkle with sugar. Bake 15 minutes. Reduce oven to 375 degrees and bake 20 more minutes or until crust is brown and fruit is tender. Cool 10 minutes. Slide onto a cooling rack to cool completely.
5. Serve with ice cream or Cool Whip!

I plan to make this today after work, so come back tonight or tomorrow and see what it looks like!! Yummo!!

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Wow! Black and White....... and then Rose Red all over!

Well, yesterday I told you I would post a close up of my House Mouse card. And as I was taking the picture, I was fooling around with some settings and ended up taking this black and white photo. And guess what? I love it! It's true that we make our projects with varied colors in mind, but I thought this photo perfectly captured the beautiful art work on this stamp so well. It made me really look at the image in a new way, instead of focusing just on the colors (which I also love!).

What is funny about that is that today is Color Challenge 181 at SCS! So I did make a card with colors in mind (Kraft, Rose Red, Basic Black), and have it here:
Charlie is so giddy about you that he can't see straight! He is almost seeing double.... and that's how I feel when I look at the double stamped sentiment thinking....."I should have left it alone..."

But in any case, here it is. Charlie is stamped in Palette Noir Black and colored with Stampin' Up! markers. The flowers are stamped twice and popped up on a tiny piece of Stampin' Dimensionals. The chipboard is sponged with Palette Noir Black ink. The Canvas background was inked with Creamy Caramel and then thumped with Rose Red in a few places.

Stamps: Canvas, Clear Dollar Stamps
Paper: Kraft, Very Vanilla, Basic Black, Rose Red, Purely Pomegranate, Rose Red POP DP
Ink: Palette Noir Black, Rose Red, Pretty in Pink, Creamy Caramel, Close to Cocoa
Accessories: chipboard by The Paper Studio, designer label punch, eyelets, photo corner punch

Thanks for stopping by! Tomorrow I will have one of my favorite dessert recipes that uses some yummy fall fruits!

Monday, August 25, 2008

A Little Lace and a lot of Love

Today's House Mouse and Friends Challenge was to use any kind of lace on our projects. I chose to use paper lace: Paper Frills by Doodlebug. I stamped by Happy Hoppers image in Black Stazon and then colored it using Stampin' Up! markers. The sentiment is from Close To My Heart. The cute little flower gems are a perfect purple match for the cardstock I used. The wings have Stickles on them and just a hint of gold.

Be sure to check out the other Design Team cards HERE. And play along! Use any House Mouse image and any kind of lace: paper, fabric.... even a shoe lace! Link your cards to the House Mouse and Friends blog -- and here if you would like! I would love to see them!

Later today I will post a close up, but now it's off to work! Have a great day!

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Maybe I Should Have Expedited?

Well, I am patiently still waiting for my first order from the new Stampin' Up! catalog. I had forgotten how long it takes right after the new catalog comes out! Maybe I should have expedited? :) I think it says that it will be delivered on Tuesday, so I am looking forward to that! In the meantime, I have some fun news to share, which some of you already know, but I hadn't announced it on here yet.

I had been a Guest Designer for both Hambo Stamps and Our Daily Bread Designs, and this month I was asked by both companies to take a spot on their regular Design Teams! I can't tell you how thrilled and excited and honored I am. The image styles are so different from each other that it keeps me on my toes! Be sure to check out their websites for some great images! The Design Teams are listed in my sidebar, and I am thrilled to be working along side such talented and creative women! Kelley at Our Daily Bread Designs is also now carrying the Scor-Pal! I am so excited about that, and have been working on a couple of things with that to show you later this week.

Be sure to check back tomorrow to see the card I designed for the House Mouse and Friends blog challenge!

No card today, as I am in the process of working on several projects, but I do want to share a delightful picture with you. My daughter got a new camera this past month, as she is a photographer for her school yearbook and newspaper. And as some of you know from previous blog posts, she has quite an eye for artsy pictures. Here is one of my favorites from this past week. She likes to take what she calls "alley walks" and finds all sorts of cool stuff that I probably wouldn't even notice! So enjoy this bit of art, and I hope to see you tomorrow!

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Whimsical Wings

Today's card shows the whimsical side of my stamping style. I used two of my fun Hambo stamps for this card. I made it for a few challenges:

Today's SCS Inspiration Challenge 142: Marimekko Umbrellas. I chose this umbrella as my inspiration. Isn't it a fun design?

Dirty Dozen/Fan Club Product & Materials Focus: Bling

Yesterday's SCS Limited Supplies Challenge 182: Oldies But Goodies! I used an old set, Simple Shapes, as my background.

The picture is a closer view, as the card measures 4.25" square. The way I cropped and resized my picture, it looks giant!

I am getting pretty excited, as ONE WEEK from today, Holly {aka Toy on SCS} will be staying with me! She is moving from New York to Colorado, and she and her family will be spending the night this coming Friday, before heading on to Loveland, CO, on Saturday. Mothermark, are you ready for her to descend on your beautiful town? I can hardly wait to meet her! And I will be sure to post pictures!

Thanks for stopping by today!
Stamps: Stampin' Up!: Simple Shapes, Hambo: Dragonfly - 0113, Friend Beneath My Wings - 2505
Paper: Basic Black, Lovely Lilac, Whisper White
Ink: Black Stazon, Lovely Lilac
Accessories: tag punch, circle punch, Marvy scallop circle punch, grosgrain ribbon, Stickles, lavender gems, Paper Frills (Doodlebug)

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Funny How Things Change

It's funny how things change. I am thinking specifically of opinions. "Back in the day" I can remember vividly saying I would never like acrylic stamps, didn't want to use rub-ons, wouldn't know what to do with unmounted stamps, and could never have enough supplies....... haha!

My card for today puts some of those opinions to task! I love acrylics and how you can see right where you are stamping. Rub-ons come in such a variety of colors and designs now, how could you not want to use them on cards, glass, ribbon..... and unmounted stamps sure take up a lot less room than wood mounted! As for the supplies..... well, let's just say that I used to remember every single thing in my stamp room..... and the other day after I came home from Hobby Lobby to get Glue Dots, found a drawer full of pop dots, Glue Dots, foam tape and Dimensionals......
not to mention the drawer full of eyelets, ribbon, chipboard, clips, flowers, and gems. We won't talk about the six drawers of designer paper.......

But today I am excited because I got my Clip It Up last week and I plan to unpack it and see how much I can put on there! Watch for pictures this weekend!

My card today uses one of my favorite techniques: Polished Stone. I love all the different looks you can get, depending on the colors and the way you apply those colors. Today's Polished Stone background uses Old Olive, Encore Gold and Purely Pomegranate. After I made the background, I applied this beautiful silhouette rub-on from American Crafts. I stamped the sentiment (Stamp Oasis/Rubbernecker) in Always Artichoke on Pink Pirouette cardstock, and then tore the edges to meet the challenge today on SCS: Ways To Use It - Torn Paper. The edges were sponged in Always Artichoke and Pink Pirouette (a new In Color for this year).

Thanks for stopping by! I appreciate your comments and suggestions on any projects, and also on anything you would like to see on my blog!

Stamps: sentiment: Stamp Oasis by Rubbernecker
Paper: Mellow Moss, Always Artichoke, Pink Pirouette, Glossy White, Rose Red POP DP, Basic Grey Perhaps DP
Ink: Always Artichoke (sentiment); Polished Stone color combination: Old Olive, Gold Encore, Purely Pomegranate
Accessories: pink clip, pink square brads, white organdy ribbon, rub-ons by American Crafts, sponge dauber
Techniques: sponging, Polished Stone, torn paper

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Sugared Thoughts and Some Sugar for a Lucky Winner!

Today's card combines three challenges:
SCS Color Challenge: Ruby Red, Close to Cocoa and Blush Blossom

I cased her beautiful card here. I changed images, colors, and the layout slightly.

Congrats, Jessie!!! You are a wonderful stamper!
and for the
Central Theme Dirty Dozen/Fan Club Challenges: All That Glitters

It's always so hard to get a good picture of sparkle! But IRL the flowers are lovely and the colors so warm and rich. I covered my Cuttlebug folder with Close to Cocoa ink and then ran it through, so that the background would be darker and have a negative effect. The flowers are stamped In Cocoa and then watercolored with Ruby Red reinker and an aqua brush. I just use a cheap Hobby Lobby brand, and it works fine for a fraction of the cost of other brushes.

The frame by Portafolio has beautiful designs on it, but the picture is a little dark to see those. (Kelley, if you are reading this, no comments on my dark picture! haha!)

Thank you to all who entered the blog candy contest! Here is the winner:

Random Integer Generator

Here are your random numbers:8
Timestamp: 2008-08-19 18:13:19 UTC

Congratulations to Elizabeth!! Elizabeth, I have sent you a message through your blog! Thanks for playing, everyone!

Stamps: sentiment: Stamp Oasis by Rubbernecker; flower; Embrace Life by Stampin' Up!
Paper: Close to Cocoa, Blush Blossom, Very Vanilla, Ruby Red, Basic Grey DP
Ink: Close to Cocoa, Ruby Red
Accessories: Antique Copper HPH, frame by Portafolio, circle punch, Chocolate Chip satin ribbon, Cuttlebug EF, icicle glitter

Monday, August 18, 2008

Survival Tactics and a New Baby

Our theme for the House Mouse & Friends blog challenge was "New." The challenges are new, the blog is new, so our theme was new! I made this card (5 inches square) using a Happy Hopper for my main image. I stamped it in Basic Gray ink, and then watercolored using reinkers and an aqua brush. I outlined the whole image with Copic C-1.

The sentiment is stamped in Chocolate Chip ink. The little brad buttons are a cute addition for a baby card, although I do wish I had spaced them father apart. The large jumbo eyelet says "adore."

If you would like to play along, check out the link above for details and more samples from the rest of the team!

I am happy to announce that I survived my first Monday of teaching! You would think I am used to it by now, as this is my 27th year of teaching! I do love summer vacation, though, and it's always hard to go back to paying for everything I bought during the summer!

I am also having trouble getting the Random Number Generator to load properly in my laptop, so check back tomorrow morning for the blog candy winner and also for a fun new card with the SCS Color Challenge!

Calling All House Mouse Friends!

Be sure to check out the Monday challenge over at
The Design Team (of which I am a part!) came up with some fun things with our theme of "New!"

I am back to school today with kidlets, so I am will be back later to add some deets and tell you if I survived....haha!

And to announce the blog candy winner!

Friday, August 15, 2008

New Releases, Blog Candy and More Exciting News!

Wow! It's finally Friday and I have a lot to share with you today.

First, I want to have you take a peek at this card I made to celebrate the release of Hope by Our Daily Bread Designs. Race on over there and check out all the new releases today. In addition to Hope, there is Peace on Earth, Angel, and Guardian Angel Prayer. I am giving Guardian Angel Prayer today as blog candy!! Keep reading!

Card deets: I stamped the ribbon and the sentiment from Hope in Pastel Pink Chalk Ink. The sentiment is actually longer than I used; I just needed part of it today. The designer paper is by It Takes Two and is also available from Our Daily Bread Designs in the Hope Pack! With the purchase of each Hope set, Kelley (the fantastic owner) is including a Hope Pack (see picture below), valued at over $10.00!

Now for the blog candy!! Just take a trip to Our Daily Bread Designs, check out the new August releases, come back here and tell me which is your favorite! You will be entered in my blog candy drawing to win Guardian Angel Prayer and some pink ribbon and clips! Entries will be received until Sunday evening, 9 p.m. CST, and Monday night I will draw a winner using the Random Number Generator. Thanks for playing along! To see fantastic samples of all the new releases, check out the other Design Team members' blogs in the sidebar, or visit the card gallery HERE. I do have another exciting announcement to share maybe tomorrow, so be sure to come back and see what that is about!

Now let's shift a bit and think about challenges! Attention all House Mouse Friends! I have been asked to join Emma's House Mouse Challenge Design Team! Each week beginning this Monday there will be a challenge posted on the House Mouse & Friends blog. Come check it out and play along. Gruffies and Happy Hoppers are welcome, as well as Mice! The team has already been given the Top Secret Challenge, so I am working on that for Monday.

Have a great day and I hope to see you back with your blog candy entry!

Thursday, August 14, 2008

A Sneak Peek and........more!

Today I want to show you just a little part of a new set that Our Daily Bread Designs will have available tomorrow!! This is a sneak peek of Peace On Earth. It has several verses and also a beautiful image of a lion and a lamb that I will show you tomorrow!

I will have BLOG CANDY from Our Daily Bread Designs tomorrow! So be sure to come back and check it out!!

I just love the new sets and I know many of you will too! Check out the other Design Team members' blogs for sneak peeks too!! (See sidebar)

And tomorrow I will have another fun announcement about a new challenge for you on Mondays!!

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: Peace on Earth by Our Daily Bread Designs
Paper: Whisper White, Pink Pirouette, Baja Breeze, Pretty in Pink POP DP
Ink: Black Stazon, Versamark
Accessories: paper flower, Silver EP, Cuttlebug EF, oval punch, white organdy ribbon, pearls

See you tomorrow!

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Happy Birthday!!!

A big shout out to my friend, Monica!!! Today is her birthday!!

Monica is the co-owner of Hambo Stamps, with her artist husband, Tim. She is a delightfully fun and funny person, and today some of the Design Team (past and present) wanted to help her celebrate her special day. Be sure to check out what the other gals have in store:

Happy Birthday, my friend! I hope Tim takes you somewhere wonderful!

Stamps: Hambo Stamps
Paper: Whisper White, Bashful Blue POP DP
Ink: Bashful Blue, Green Galore, Barely Banana, Yoyo Yellow, Black Stazon
Accessories: Stickles, blue gems, Marvy scalloped oval punches, sponge dauber, corner rounder, white organdy ribbon

Monday, August 11, 2008

Back to Work!

Well, this card kind of says it all for me! After a wonderful summer vacation, during which I got to travel to Ireland, teach a summer class on the ocean creatures, direct a musical, visit with my son, and stamp a lot (!), today was the end of all that.

It was officially my first day back as an elementary music teacher today. Amidst meetings and more meetings and a breakfast to entice us to a meeting, "real" work is here.

I still am living happily ever after with my spouse -- that is, if he can get home from England. He has been stuck in the Newark, NJ airport for two days due to weather related issues, but I am hoping as I write this that he is on his way home via Houston.

And then back to work for him too~

I actually made this card for an SCS Sketch Challenge last week, and hadn't posted it yet. But it certainly seems appropriate for today!

Tomorrow I will have a fun announcement, so stay tuned! I might even have a sneak peek of something wonderful coming up.....

Come back and see!

Stamps: Inkadinkadoo
Paper: Whipser White, Night of Navy, My Mind's Eye DP
Ink: Night of Navy
Accessories: Primas, pearl brads, navy organdy wide ribbon, Cuttlebug EF

Sunday, August 10, 2008

My Kind of Day

What a beautiful day we had here yesterday. It was one of those that my daughter and I love. Cooler temperatures, a little misty, and soft rain throughout the day. The kind where you just want to curl up and read a good book (which she did - from start to finish!) - or stamp (which I did!).

I made this card for the SCS Inspiration Challenge. We had a marvelous table setting to inspire us. I love the bold colors.
I used Papertrey's Birds of a Feather set, and two new In Colors: Pacific Point and Riding Hood Red. I stamped the flower is RRR and Old Olive and then brushed them with a wet brush to smear the ink a bit. The bird is stamped twice and raised on Stampin' Dimensionals. I thought about adding some glitter to the flower middles. What do you think?

Stamps: Papertrey Birds of a Feather
Paper: Riding Hood Red, Pacific point, Whisper White, K & Co. DP
Ink: Riding Hood Red, Old Olive, Pacific Point
Accessories: scallop punch, word window punch, paper flowers, large brad, sewing machine, baby rick rack, aqua brush

Friday, August 8, 2008


I love numbers. Funny, because Math isn't one of my favorite subjects, although I did fine with it in school (waaaaay back I am one of those people who remember everyone's addresses and phone numbers in my head. If I have ever dialed your phone number once, I remember it the next time. I have all the credit card numbers and driver's license numbers of everyone in my family memorized.

I would rather carry an address book and remember more useful and important information - like how to get to the airport and back without making 2 extra turns.......know what I mean? My husband comes back from England this weekend and I will drive the three hours to pick him up. Hopefully I will remember how to get there the SHORT way. haha

I do remember how to get to the Michael's there......hmmmm.....

In any case, I love that today is 08-08-08. Happy Eights Day!!

Back to school on Monday! My posts here will probably be in the evenings now on days that I work, so if you don't see something new, keep checking back! Next week brings new releases and designs for the companies I am designing for this month: Hambo Stamps and Our Daily Bread Designs.... and next week brings BLOG CANDY!

I am also excited to announce that I will be hostessing the Limited Supplies Challenge at SCS in a rotation with five other great hostesses: dawnmercedes; jeanne s; stagccva; stampinsilvia; and wendybell! My first challenge will be August 29. I hope you all will play along! Dawn had a great challenge today: ATC cards (small cards) that could be used as Lunch Notes!

I made this little card: I made this little ATC card with one of my cute Charlie Horse stamps from Clear Dollar Stamps. I hadn't used Magic Mesh in ages, and thought it looked neat with the fence that I pieced from some Cosmo Cricket paper I had on my "pile." My little lasso is made from Linen Thread.My puppy was so helpful this morning, as she bumped my arm as I was drawing my barbed wire doodle around the sentiment! The frame around Charlie is actually a stamp with the set.I like the reminder of this idea to leave little notes in places you least expect!

Stamps: Clear Dollar Stamps
Paper: Basic Grey Circus Stripe DP, Cosmo Cricket Wanted DP, Mellow Moss, Whisper White, DCWV Textured Brown
Ink: Black Stazon, Chocolate Chip, Creamy Caramel, Blush Blossom, Copic C-1 (which leaked on my horse!)
Accessories: star eyelet, linen thread, circle punches, Bitty Brads by CTMH, Fiskars decorative scissors, Magic Mesh, sponge dauber

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Pearls of Thanks

Next week will be a lot of fun as I will have some new designs and sneak peeks on new releases for you to see!

Our Daily Bread Designs will be releasing some really neat sets on August 15, and I will be showing those this next week. But today I wanted to use the wonderful Give Thanks set that is a must-have for fall and Thanksgiving cards.

I stamped the sentiment and cornucopia in Chocolate Chip ink. I used ink pads and an aqua brush to color in the cornucopia and then distressed the edges, sponging Chocolate Chip ink on as I went. I sewed the Basic Grey Mellow DP to the DCWV textured brown paper and then added my piece of Chocolate Chip satin ribbon. I layered this piece using Stampin' Dimensionals to the Mellow Moss base.

Today's SCS Ways To Use It Challenge was Be-jeweled! I used pearls in the upper left-hand corner of my card to give it a shabby chic look. The pearls were the last thing I added to the card.

Thanks for stopping by today! Keep checking back, as I will have blog candy from Our Daily Bread Designs soon!

Stamps: Give Thanks by Our Daily Bread Designs
Paper: Mellow Moss, Whisper White, DCWV Textured Neutrals, Basic Grey Mellow DP
Ink: Choclate Chip & many various for watercoloring
Accessories: pearls, sewing machine, Cutter Tool, Chocolate Chip satin ribbon, sponge dauber
Techniques: sponging, watercoloring

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Out With the Old and In With the New

Time to welcome the new In Colors and retire the Old. I happen to love all of last year's colors (even if Guava was a late bloomer for me!) and I will miss seeing them frequently! I tried to stock up on a few, but was too late and everything was sold out! I do have a little stash of Pomegranate and Guava, but the rest will soon disappear as I run out of cardstock and ink.

The SCS Color Challenge this week was to use any of the retiring In Colors. I chose colors that would work with my cute new images. I used River Rock, Wild Wasabi and Purely Pomegranate for my cardstock, and the ribbon also picks up Groovy Guava. I will miss these colors!

Inkadinkadoo has a lot of cute sentiments that are quotes from young kids. I liked this one! My picture is a little blurry - my DH has my camera in England, so I am using DD's - which I don't know how to use!

Stamps: Sentiment by Inkadinkadoo, Alligator and Leaf by CTMH (Life is a Jungle)
Paper: River Rock, Wild Wasabi, Purely Pomegranate, Whisper White, Wild Wasabi POP DP
Ink: Black Stazon, Wild Wasabi, River Rock
Accessories: slot punch, ribbon by Fancy Pants Designs, green brads by The Paper Studio, Nestabilities
Techniques: watercolor

And here is the Sneak Peek I promised of a cute new set:

Isn't it darling? It's the new camping set that is in the new Stampin' Up! catalog! I am still waiting (and not very patiently) for mine to arrive. Something to look forward to next week, probably, as I start back to school and teaching (like I will have time then to peruse and drool and look all day....haha!)

Have a great day!

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

A Cake of Elegance

Today's card is another I made for the Dare To Get Dirty Challenges last week on SCS. My husband is traveling in England this week and has our camera (I could hardly tell him to leave it here and miss pictures of his trip because I wanted to take pictures of, so I am posting things I haven't yet put on here until he returns.

Jenn Balcer posted this delightful cake to use an an Inspiration Challenge. Isn't it beautiful?
My Stampin' Up! catalogues have finally shipped! I am hoping that they arrive by the end of the week. I was also planning to show you another sneak peek of a new set, but cannot find where I filed the picture on my computer. So stay tuned for that!

Stamps: Small Script
Paper: Mellow Moss, Whisper White, Basic Black, LSS DP
Ink: Always Artichoke
Accessories: Moss trim, scallop punch, circle punch, green gems
Techniques: sponging

Saturday, August 2, 2008


Wow! It's way over a hundred here today - we hardly ever get this kind of heat. 45% humidity -- makes it feel like 110. UGH. So to cool me off, here is a nice pink card I made for Lindsey's DTGD Challenge last week: pink/black and faux stitching - and for the SCS Ways To Use It Challenge: Scraps!

Except for the card base, everything on this card is leftovers! I LOVE this new set I got from My Sentiments Exactly. It comes with the bird and many sentiments to add! My faux stitching is around the edge of the card from rub-ons by Doodlebug Designs called "Sew Easy."

Stamps: My Sentiments Exactly
Paper: Basic Black, Two Scoops Basic Grey DP, Blush Blossom, Rose Romance (retired)
Ink: Basic Black
Accessories: K & Co. Hardware, Primas, dotted grosgrain ribbon, Cuttlebug EF, Sew Easy Rub-Ons by Doodlebug

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you are staying cool! Tune in tomorrow for a peek at a really cute new set!