Wednesday, July 29, 2009

100 Minus One Day

I really had a fun time with this card. The darling digital image is Bella and Bronte from Maurie J. Manning at Digital Pencil Too. She has some wonderful images there, as well as some beautiful books that she has illustrated. What a delight!

I thought that the Winnie the Pooh sentiment from Verve was the perfect accompaniment to Bella and Bronte.

I colored by image using a combination of Copics and watercolor. There are Crystal Stickles on the flowers - always hard to get that in a photo. Stay tuned later this week for more wonderful images from Maurie!

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: sentiment by Verve, Bella and Bronte by Maurie J. Manning
Paper: Prism, Papertrey, Basic Grey, Very Vanilla
Ink: VersaFine Onyx Black, various for watercoloring
Accessories: Prima flower, hardware by SU! and Basic Grey, Nestabilities, Crystal Stickles

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Disaster Averted - Somewhat!

Today's SCS Color Challenge 229 was perfect for this new image from Happy Birthday by Our Daily Bread designs. This set and another (come back Saturday to see that one!) will be available August 1 from ODBD.

So I haven't stamped in several days and knew today's challenge was just what I needed! I stamped the water can and flowers in VersaFine Onyx Black ink, and set to using reinkers and an aqua brush to paint my image. I loved the result and the colors look so end-of-the-summer-ish.

I got out my trusty Nestabilities to cut and emboss, and this is what happened:

I was NOT happy! So I left it alone and went and took a shower, played Farm Town on Facebook for awhile (Won't You Be My Neighbor?) and then came back to it to see what I could do. I tell you, by the time I got it figured out I could have painted another one. But I didn't want it to go to waste, and figured since I had mixed some of the colors, I wouldn't get it the same.

So -- now you know why there are three little Primas there, and why the edge is cut off. I hope that you will use your mistakes to your best advantage too! You can still see a bit of the embossing on the side, but I think it works!

Be sure to come back on Saturday to see both of the new August releases and hear some FUN news too!!
Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: Happy Birthday (ODBD)
Paper: watercolor, Wild Raspberry DP by K & Co., Apricot Appeal, Certainly Celery
Ink: VersaFine Onyx Black, Apricot Appeal, Pixie Pink, Certainly Celery, Kiwi Kiss
Accessories: pearls by Hero Arts, flowers by Prima, ric rac by American Crafts, Nestabilities by Spellbinders
Techniques: watercolor

Monday, July 27, 2009

Florals Fantastic

Today I want to share with you two samples that I made using peg stamps from Rubber Stamp Tapestry. These stamps are so easy to work with and make up the most beautiful bouquets, wreaths and garlands!

For my first sample I used the Rose Trio set from Rubber Stamp Tapestry. There are four little peg stamps in this set, and they are so easy to use!

The "Mom" word block stamp is also from Rubber Stamp Tapestry.

The ribbon is such a perfect match IRL - in this picture it looks a tad orange, but it is the Groovy Guava stitched ribbon - I love that stuff! You can see exactly how I made this card HERE.

My second sample uses the Moonlit Vase Set.

Directions and supplies for this card are HERE. Click on either photo for a close-up look at these gorgeous flowers!

And here is a picture from my garden!

Hope you had a wonderful weekend!
Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, July 24, 2009

Happy Anniversary and Hip Hop Hangover!

Today is Unity Stamp Co.'s day to highlight customer creations with Hip Hop Hangover!

Visit the Unity blog to see the list of participating blogs in the hop today!

I made my card using images from the new Hodge Podge of Happiness kit, just released! I love this kit and took part in voting to see which images would be included. These two were two of my favorites! There a a LOT of fun images and you can see them all HERE. Designer Paper is Wild Raspberry by K & Co. Click on either photo for a close-up view.

Thanks for stopping by today. It's a special day for me, as 27 years ago I married the love of my life! It seems like only a few years and not more than half my life! Off to tell him so! :)

Thursday, July 23, 2009

A Crooked Detour

This is a little detour from my normal style, but I sure had fun with it!

I stamped one of the quotes from Let Us Begin (Our Daily Bread designs) in Brocade Blue on vellum and then embossed it with Clear Embossing Powder. After tearing the edges, I adhered it to my brand new K & Co. DP and then sewed the edges. A little ribbon, my favorite pearls, a punched EK Success Wavy border, and it was done!

Click on either photo for a close-up!

My fellow DT members on ODBD will tell you that I am a pretty straight-edge kind of girl. I normally do not put anything on at an angle, or purposely crooked, so I did today just to be a rebel. And no straight stitching! And a wavy edge! The vellum has a diamond pattern on it -- more angles!

Thanks for stopping by today! Tomorrow is a special day! Come back and see why~


Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Today's Color Challenge Hosted By ....... Me!

I thought summer was the time when you had more time? I am finding I have less time!
I suppose, in all actuality, I have the same amount of time as every other part of the year. It's what I do with it that is different! Or maybe it just feels like time is slipping away faster than I want it to? :)

So, I have not stamped in several days, but was glad to be the guest hostess for the SCS Color Challenge today so I had to get back in the groove.

The colors I chose for today's challenge were Not Quite Navy, Pretty in Pink and Really Rust. Kind of an odd combination for me, but I love how the card turned out.

I used two images from my new July KOTM (a pocket full of...) by Unity Stamp Co.
My bird is stamped in VersaFine Onyx Black and then watercolored with the three challenge colors using an aqua brush and reinkers. The NQN panel is embossed with the Cuttlebug Textile embossing folder.

There are Crystal Stickles on the bird's body, wings, and tail, which you can see a little better here (although not much!):

You can click on either photo for a closer look.

Thanks for taking a peek and stopping by today! I know the colors are a little different, but give them a try!


Stamps: July KOTM by Unity
Paper: NQN, Pretty in Pink, Really Rust, SU! Watercolor, SU! Bella Bleu and K & Co. DP
Ink: VersaFine Onyx Black, NQN, Pretty in Pink, Really Rust
Accessories: Crystal Stickles, Fiskars Border Punch, Labels 4 Nestabilities, pink organdy ribbon, NQN pearls (Kaiser Craft), paper piercer, Cuttlebug EF
Techniques: watercolor

Friday, July 17, 2009

Time to Relax

What a whirlwind week this has been!

My birthday was on Wednesday (thank you for all the birthday wishes and cards - I will be showing those soon!) and we opened "My Fair Lady" this week at our community theatre
(I am the Music Director and Choreographer).
It has been a full and fullfilling week!
But now it's time to RELAX!

Hip Hop Hangover

Today is Hip Hop Hangover so sit down, relax, and check out some awesome Unity Customer Creations!

Visit the Unity blog to see the list of participating blogs in the hop today!

I used RELAX from the June KOTM and Cosmo Cricket's Early Bird DP. The sentiment is stamped in Baja Breeze and then inked again in Kiwi Kiss (for a two-tone look) before stamping on the Papertrey Ink White (click on the photo to see the ink colors close-up). Flower is by Prima and buttons are by CTMH.

Thanks for stopping by!

Now on to the amazing and talented ***TANIS***!!

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Many Tanks!

Today's Featured Stamper at SCS is one of my favorite stampers, Kelly, aka schirmcat!!
She has such an awesome gallery; I could spend all day in there.

I cased Kelly's darling card HERE. Click either photo for a close-up~

I changed the images and colors, from heart to star, moved the sentiment, and added ric rac. I kept her layout and the basic design.

I colored my images and chipboard star with Copics. There are Crystal Stickles on the tank flags.

Thanks for stopping by! I am headed into a busy week! "My Fair Lady" opens officially on this Thursday, with performances on Th, F, and Sat., and we have two pre-preformances on Tuesday and Wednesday. First dress rehearsal with costumes, make-up, set, and sound is tonight -- that should be fun (ha!)~

To read about it and see a picture of Henry Higgins (played by my husband), go HERE.

Stamps: Hambo Stamps: Tank - 1313, Many Tanks - 1312
Paper: Basic Grey DP, Sahara Sand, Always Artichoke
Ink: VersaFine Onyx Black, Copics
Accessories: ric rac (American Crafts), chipboard star, flower, oval punch, photo corner punch, Scor-Bug

Saturday, July 11, 2009

For Sale

Updated 11-11-10

If you are interested in any of these items,
please email me at
I am needing to simplify my craft room,
and also hoping to take a little "me time" trip in January.
Can you help me out?

All items are trimmed and mounted,
and in excellent condition,
with no stains on the rubber or wood,
unless otherwise noted. Cases included.

Prices do not include shipping.

Something to Celebrate $7
Fantastic Foliage $5
Riveting $5
Birthday Best $5
Alphabits (set of 3 - script not included) $4
Simply the Best $5
Starstruck $4
Noteworthy (UM) $5
Just a Note $5
DD Branch $5
Painted Posies (UM) $5
Favorite Greetings $10
Tangerine Tango Ink Pad and Refill, almost full pkg. cardstock $15
Marigold Morning Ink Pad $5
Basic Black Ink Pad $3
DD Posy & Bee $10
Petal Prints $10
Simple Shapes $5
Word by Word $5
Print Pattern $7
Happy Winter $5
Happiest of Holidays $15 + 3 Jumbo Wheels
The Art of Life $12
Zuni Pottery $10

Little Letters $10
Classic Captions $10

Stampin' Pastels - set of original 48 - used gently $10

Friday, July 10, 2009

Plant a Tree and Enjoy Some Unity!

Hip Hop Hangover

It's Hip Hop Hangover and time to enjoy some Unity!

Visit the Unity blog to see the list of participating blogs in the hop today!

I used Plant a Tree paired with Cosmo Cricket's Early Bird designer paper for my card today. The flower has a frayed twill "leaf."

Thanks for stopping by!
Now on to

I’ve learned….that our background and circumstances may have influenced who we are, but we are responsible for who we become.Unknown

Stamps: Plant a Tree (Unity Stamp Co.)
Paper: Early Bird DP (Cosmo Cricket), Baja Breeze, SU! Watercolor
Ink: VersaFine Onyx Black, Certainly Celery, Gable Green, Baja Breeze, Marigold Morning, Close to Cocoa
Accessories: paper flowers (Prima), button (SU!), paper piercer, ivory grosgrain ribbon (SU!), twill ribbon (May Arts), Cutter Tool (SU!)
Techniques: paper piercing, watercoloring, distressing

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

I Love Days Like This: 07/08/09

I guess I must love numbers, as I love days that make a pattern or are sequential -- like today!
It's 07/08/09! It's going to be a good day!

I loved Jennifer Buck's sketch so much that I decided to make another today - and with my Unity Stamps again. Their Kit of the Month is such an awesome deal. For this 6 inch card I used the June KOTM - Perfect in Every Way. It's on sale today!

I pieced the pear tree with K & Co. Wild Saffron DP. LOVE that paper! This is for the Shabby Chicks Monthly Challenge: NATURE. See all the Shabby Chicks blogs in my right sidebar!

Thanks for stopping by! Happy Birthday to my good friend, Juliana!

Stamps: Perfect in Every Way (June KOTM): Unity Stamp Co.
Paper: Kraft, Blue Bayou, Papertrey Dark Chocolate, K & Co. Wild Saffron
Ink: VersaFine Onyx Black, Chocolate Chip
Accessories: photo corner punch, large vanilla brads and chocolate clip, jumbo gold eyelet, smal blue brad (The Paper Studio), circle punches (1" and 1 1/4"), Prima flowers
Techniques: paper piecing

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Embrace Each Moment

For SCS Color Challenge 226....

I used Unity's Bevy of Butterflies and K & Co.'s Wild Saffron designer paper to make this 5.5 in. square card.

My sketch comes from Jennifer Buck's sketch HERE.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Stamps: Bevy of Butterflies (Unity Stamp Co.)
Paper: Papertrey Dark Chocolate, Apricot Appeal, Close to Cocoa, K & Co. Wild Saffron DP
Ink: Close to Cocoa, Baja Breeze
Accessories: Crystal Stickles, chocolate square brads (The Paper Studio), linen thread

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Party Sheep and a SFYTT~

I am definitely going away from the "norm" and not posting a RWB patriotic card today! To see some awesome RWB patriotic creations, click HERE. These sheep are still ready to party though.....

I promised a Hambo Stamps design and here it is! I used Jen's SFYTT HERE.

Monica (Hambo Stamps owner) is having a huge sale - some images are as low as 25 cents! Check it out!

Happy Independence Day!

Friday, July 3, 2009

It's Time for Hip Hop Hangover!

Hip Hop Hangover

Visit the Unity blog to see the list of participating blogs in the hop today!

I used Unity's Love Ewe with Basic Grey Urban Prairie DP. The button "thread" is paper cut from Urban Prairie. The lamb has Crystal Stickles on his wool.

Check out this super sale!!! You can get some GREAT Hambo deals! I will be back tomorrow with some fun Hambo projects!
Have a great celebration tomorrow on the 4th!

Thursday, July 2, 2009


I am at the end of my five day ODBD week and I have one more project to show you!

I used images from the new release Mother Teresa and my three ODBD ink pads for this project as well: Spring Green, Sunflower and Raspberry.

I stamped my lotus flower with VersaFine Onyx Black and then watercolored using an Aqua-Flo brush.

I love the Wild Raspberry paper from K & Co. It goes so well with these colors and images. I added Angel Wings Shimmerz to the middle of the flower and on the water. Here is a close-up that shows that (click for an ever closer view!). Shimmerz is 25% off through tomorrow!

The quote says "I know that God will not give me anything I can't handle; I just wish that He didn't trust me so much." This Mother Teresa quote is probably my favorite in the whole set -- it just seems to fit life right now for a lot of people! I think it also shows Mother Teresa's sense of humor - and we certainly need a lot of humor to get through a lot of life's bumps and hills and obstacles!

The frame around the lotus was actually a mistake! I was cutting out the frame with my Nestabilities and it didn't quite cut. I couldn't re-do it, as the paper came out of the metal frame. So it is what it is, and I ended up liking it embossed!

Thanks for sharing this release week with me! I hope you will join in the Guest Designer contest that ODBD is having this week! You can read about that HERE!

Thanks for coming by!