Tuesday, September 30, 2008

FS86 It's the Little Things

Terry's card
I love this stamp that I picked up at Michael's a while back. It says "Life is a great bundle of little things". I created this card for the Featured Stamper's Challenge on SCS. This week Terry (Terrore3) was chosen. Just in case any of you are not familiar with the challenge, here's how it works. A stamper is chosen from all the galleries (sort of like a lottery). YOu view that person's gallery and choose a card to make that is inspired from the card you picked. You must change at least two things about the card to make it your own. The stamp I used is from Hero Arts. Thanks for visiting my blog. I truly appreciate it... (hugs)

Monday, September 29, 2008

What If...

I thought I'd try to make you smile today. I just love these stamps from
Art Impressions. Check 'em out some time. They have some really unusual stamps. I hope you're having a good day. Over here it is damp, cool and very gloomy. That's okay though, 'cause I'm home now and looking forward to a quiet evening. Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: Art Impressions, (sentiment is from computer)
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Craft, Brocade Blue
Accessories: Copic Markers, Prima Flowers, Cuttlebug EF, ribbon, brads

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Beate's Weekend Challenge #59


I spent some time this weekend filling an order and doing some Challenges from other bloggers and from Splitcoast. I feel like I'm coming down with a cold or something today so I've been doing a lot of just "laying around". Gosh, I hope I'm wrong... Anyway I had received some of these cute Fluffles Halloween images from a swap and decided to use them for this challenge. This is Beate's Sketch Challenge. My circle is a little bigger then the sketch but I was too far into the card to change it. I used Martha Stewart's Bat Punch and then used the strip that I punched for the inside of the card. Pretty clever, huh? tee hee Hope you're having a nice day. I'm thrilled to have you stop by...

Saturday, September 27, 2008

MFTSC49 I Love My Dog

"The more people I meet, the more I love my dog"! I just love that quote! LOL! I have two dogs and they are by my side all the time, literally! Sometimes I have to gate them off from my stamp room because they both lay at my feet and I can't even roll back my chair! They're collies and are pretty big dogs and my stamproom is small so you do the math... I wouldn't trade 'em for anything though. The unconditional love is way too comforting. Now to the card. I created this for Cindy's My Favorite Things Sketch Challenge this week. I love this simple yet eye catching sketch! You rock Cindy! ;-) The cardstock is SU Brocade Blue and the patterned paper is from one of those stack pads from Michael's. I had bought these pet charms by Karen Foster on E-bay a long time ago and I am excited to be using them now. Hope you're enjoying your day...

Friday, September 26, 2008

Autumn Mail

Happy Friday everyone! I cannot be more thrilled that the weekend is upon us... I made this card using a stamp from Whipper Snapper. I think it makes a perfect Autumn themed card. I received several images of this in a swap and pulled them out for the season. The leaf punch is an old one from Stampin' Up. The backround paper is by Going Grey. Hope your day is going okay for ya. (hugs)

Thursday, September 25, 2008

A Big Flower Birthday!

Hi! Today I wanted to share with you something I made for a customer. Okay, here's a little "backround gossip" on my customer. But remember, "What goes on in this blog, Stays on this blog"! lol! Anyway, there is this guy (a salesman) that works in the same office that I do. He is very successful I might add. (Nice six figure income, I'm sure). Anyway he just got remarried a few years ago and is totally in love with this woman. So much so that he still buys her thoughtful gifts, and does romantic things with her!!! Anyway... he found out that I sell handmade greeting cards and has been an awesome customer since. He says he gets "lots of points" with my cards. (Umm... I don't think I want to know what that means) LOL! He ordered a birthday card for her and this is what I made for him. (It looks like a pocket card from the front view but it really opens). I'm happy with the way it turned out and I had a blast making it, which is the best part. He likes when I insert a picture of them somewhere on the card. I covered the faces for their privacy. He gave me twenty bucks for it! Now I can buy a couple gallons of gas! I'm gonna show it to you in different parts so that you can get a better idea of what I did. The flower was stamped and colored four times and then cut out. I layered them with pop up glue dots. The flower stamp is from Outlines Rubber Stamps. (A simply fabulous store). Check 'em out! They display some gorgeous work done with their stamps on there. The sentiment is Stampin' Up . The butterfly punch is Martha Stewart.
I really appreciate you stopping by.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008


"A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart and sings it back to you when you have forgotten the words." This is what is stamped on the inside of this card...

I truly value my friendships. I have a handful of girlfriends that mean the world to me. They have been there for me during the happy and sad times of my life. I try to do the same for them...

Happy Hump Day!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

I've Been Tagged!

I've been tagged by a fellow blogger Sandra! I've been asked to list seven random things about myself. Well, here it goes...

1. I am happily married to a very generous and attentive man who I believe to be my soul mate. (Not that he can't be a pain in the butt sometimes)!

2. Our (fourth) grandson will be born in the next four weeks!

3. I have been stamping and scrapbooking for nine years.

4. My favorite colors are pink, blue and purple.

5. I am a Chemo Angel. I belong to a non-profit organization that provides emotional support to Cancer patients undergoing Chemotherapy by sending cards, letters and gifts. We support them through to the end of their treatment.

6. I love animals, especially dogs. I have two collies (that look just like Lassie).

7. I have never been on an airplane!

Okay, now I have to pass this on to seven lucky people! lol

2. Kim
3. Diane
4. Deb
5. Michele
6. Shirley
7. Amy

{Simple} Autumn Leaves

Here's another "oldie but goodie"! Remember SU's Fall Whimsy? I haven't used this one for a few years and thought I'd give it a whirl. I don't know what is up with me and glazing lately but I glazed the bigger leaves to give them a little shine and strenth both. Raffia and I have a love/hate relationship. I swear that stuff intentionally works against me! What's a Fall card without some raffia? I insisted that this card have some! It's an easy card to make. My favorite kind. Hope you enjoy your day. I really appreciate you stopping by!

Monday, September 22, 2008

SDC6 Keychains

I stamp with a group of friends and every two weeks we sponsor challenges for our group. This week it was Lynda's challenge. She gave us all these keychains and just told us to "do something with them"!. This is what I came up with. I used a stamp from Hero Arts. I'm not all that thrilled with the way mine turned out but here it is none the less... Happy (stupid) Monday!

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Hedgie's Happy Dance

This is one happy hedgehog! Why? Because it is Saturday and she can pick pretty flowers instead of sitting in front of a computer under florescent lights for nine hours every day trapped in an office with no windows. (tee hee) This stamp is from Penny Black. I don't think she's ever made a stamp I don't like, especially her hedgehogs. I used all my favorite stuff on here: A Cuttlebug EF, SU Corner Rounder Punch, Prima Flowers, Piercing Tool. Hope you're enjoying your weekend. I am!

Friday, September 19, 2008

Who Wants Pumpkin?

Ahhh... Happy Friday! This card was made using Voila by Stampin' Up. I have seen stampers put some crazy things put on this tray! lol! I did this last year for Fall too. I love putting a feastive pumpkin on his tray. It's from an old retired set called is from Fall Whimsy . It's 3-D and I glazed it too. I used Almost Artichoke, Pumpkin Pie and Basic Grey dp paper. Still practicing with my Copics... I tried (but failed) to make it look like a light was shining on him. Hope you do something you enjoy tonight!

Thursday, September 18, 2008

TLC186 When In Doubt ...Dance

I created this for Monday's Challenge on SCS which was to do a backround of glitter. This baby really sparkles!!!
To do my mine I used a White Craftpad to stamp the image. Then I heat embossed it with Heat & Stick Powder. the third step was applying the glitter and then I heated it again which made the glitter stick. I used a little piece of ribbon as her "scarf" and even glittered that! The stamp is from a retired set from Stampin'Up called Dance Sketches.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

So Inspired...

I was paging through some galleries on SCS when I found a card I thought was just beautiful. The creator's Splitcoast name is Angelladcrockett. I wanted to recreate it, but yet wanted to change it just a little so that it wasn't exactly like hers. I thought it would make a nice Sympathy card. Although I still think her card is more attractive, I am quite satisfied with how mine turned out. I brayered in SU Night of Navy but just couldn't get the backround color to look as "rich" as hers... I covered the "moon" with a circle so that it stayed white. Happy Hump Day!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Wishin' I Was a Bubble Queen...

Well, it's back to work for me today... I did have a really productive (stamping) day yesterday. I filled a card order and got to do a few things for myself too. I even did another SCS Challenge (which I'll post later in the week)! I have received a lot of Bubble Queen images from the Wish Forum on Splitcoast and they've just been laying around. I pulled them out yesterday as I was practicing with my new Copics. I wanted a big flower and decided to use this awesome flower from Lizzie Anne Designs.I stamped the image three times to get all the layers. I applied some Crystal Effects to the bubbles for a fun effect (which of course looks more impressive in person). Thanks so much for stopping by!

Monday, September 15, 2008

I Rocked the Vote!!!

Can you believe it?!!! Thanks to all of you, I squeaked by a win for the August You Know You Rock Heavy Metal Contest !!! I am proud to wear this badge on my blog. And... I am honored and privileged to have so many family and friends that went to bat for me when I needed you... (((Hugs))) This challenge was so much fun and the blog owners Deb and Julie are so sweet! Why don't YOU try it this month? The September Challenge is posted on their blog. Check it out!

FS84 Need a Pickup?

Yesterday's Feautured Stamper on SCS was the very sweet Lazy Lizard! For anyone who may not know, when a Featured Stamper is chosen for that particluar Sunday, to participate in the challenge, you browse their gallery and choose a card to recreate. The rules are that you must change at least two things about the card to call it your own. What attracted me to this card was the way that Lazy Lizard attached her ribbon. I had never tried something like that and thought I'd give it a whirl. I changed these two things: 1. I put the ribbons on the opposite side. 2. I used three ribbons instead of two. Congratulations Liz for being chosen this week's Featured Stamper! ((hugs))

Stamps: SU Loads of Love
Paper: Craft, Lavender Lace, Going Grey Designer Paper
Accessories: River Rock Stitched Ribbon, Copper brads and Eyelets, Prima Flowers

Umm, don't be jealous but I took a vacation day today and plan on spending the whole day stamping (yes, in daylight)! It can happen!

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Teapot Challenge #11

Yesterday was my birthday! I had such a nice day... It was very rainy but we went out for dinner and have just been relaxing... Guess what?!!! I received a mind blowing, awesome gift from DH! He bought me the {beloved} Copic Markers!!! OMG! OMG! OMG! This is how it went down... Two days ago he told me that he wanted to surprise me for my birthday and buy me the Copics thatI talk about constantly (I can't even believe that he didn't tune it out as me just babbling about my craft), but he said he got confused as to which ones to buy . He asked me if I would mind ordering them myself! Well, I was on the computer in like ten seconds! I am so thrilled to have these...They arrived yesterday and I have been coloring since they arrived! I need lots of practice I know, but this is the first card I did with them. It's what I made for Cindy's Teapot Tuesday Challenge. You can get the details by clicking here. Hope everyone is having a nice, relaxing weekend.

Stamps: SU Fall Whimsy (I drew the tall grass)
CS: Cream, Craft, Pumpkin Pie, Garden Green
Accessories: Copic Markers, Cuttlebug EF, Paper Crimper, Copper brads


Friday, September 12, 2008

On my Mind...

It doesn't get much easier than this! Here's a quick and simple card I made using the Upsy Daisy set from Stampin' Up. I used Rose Red paper, Regal Rose and Garden Green Markers for the image. The DP is from Basic Grey and the Scalloped Border Punch is from Martha Stewart.
I added some Stickles for sparkle and here ya go. EZ PZ!!! Happy Friday!!!

ONLY TWO MORE DAYS TO VOTE FOR ME! I'd sure appreciate it. It's so close I need every single vote I can get. Thanks to all of you that have already voted. I'm so lucky to know all you wonderful people...(((hugs)))

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Does This Hat Make My Nose Look Big?

Well, I know I said that I wasn't into traditional Halloween cards this year but I'm making a few exceptions. I was thumbing through an old card magazine and saw something similiar where the card artist cut the image in two like this and I thought it was a pretty cool idea! So... I tried it! This witch is from an old, retired set called "A Howling Good Time". The sticker says it's from 2004. I have enough of these type of stamps that I think are versatile enough to use year after year without spending even more money to by a witch that is "current". I may become know as the blogger that featured only retired stamps! lol

Stamps: SU A Howling Good Time
Paper: Black (duh!), White (duh!), Lavender Lace, and Gable Green
Accessories: SU Green Galore, Lovely Lilac,f Summer Sun, More Mustard Markers, punches by Martha Stewart


Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Fall {ish} Upsy Daisy

I am so glad that I bought this Upsy Daisy set from Stampin' Up! I have seen some really gorgeous cards done with it... The backround paper is from Going Grey. I matched the paper with Really Rust, Craft, and Soft Sky. I added some Stickles for a little sparkle too. I don't know if you'd be able to tell in my photo. Happy Hump Day! I'm babysitting Zach today so I'm off to make some Playdough pancakes. Well, actually I make them into balls and he smashes them into pancakes. ;-)

Please vote for me!

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Crafty Secrets #3

This is the third card I've made using some {Vintage Cutouts} from Crafty Secrets. They are so fun and easy... I used a (retired) musical backrouund stamp from Stampin' Up. The card base is SU Sage Shadow and there's also a little Soft Sky and More Mustard too. The bats are a punch from a Martha Stewart . Thanks for dropping by. I hope you're having a nice day! (((hugs)))


Monday, September 8, 2008

I've Gone Batty!

Well, not really! At least not yet... lol! I created this using the new Inspired by Nature set from Stampin' Up. It was actually my dear friend Lynda that saved this card. I called her the other night frantic because while I was putting the card together I smudged some of the grass and was freaking out! {Come on, we've all been there so you know how frustrating this can be.} Well, Lyn just calmly said, "Why don't you cover it up with a bat"! DUH! I hadn't thought of that so I quickly got out my trusty Martha Stewart bat and here ya go! Only the stamper knows what mess lies underneath her finished product. ;-) I used Glossy paper, a rubber brayer, Ruby Red and Pumpkin Pie ink pads. I punched a circle and then attached it to the cs before brayering to keep the moon white. I placed it on Basic Black and then Craft cs. Thanks for visiting. I really appreciate it!


Sunday, September 7, 2008

The Eyes Have It?

I'm trying to come up with more clever names for my card titles. I'll never be as clever as Deb but I have my moments! This owl is from a clear stamp set from Simon Says Stamp. They have tons of stuff from stamps to accessories. Check it out at your own risk! ;-) I had to draw the tree limb because for some strange reason that piece is missing! I've had these copper leaves forever and finally pulled them out to use them! It's time to stop hoarding my stuff! I am out of room... lol! The paper is from Basic Grey and Stampin' Up. I bought this big bag of eyes at a Dollar Store and thought they'd be fun to use on this image since his eyes are already so big. Just enjoying a quite Sunday evening... (((hugs)))


Saturday, September 6, 2008

Please Vote For Me!!!

Well, today starts the voting over at Y.ou K.now Y.ou R.ock for the Heavy Metal Contest! Wow! There are some awesome cards on there! Go check out the really cool cards that were submitted but then vote for ME! lol I posted my card last Saturday but here's a little reminder of it if you don't feel like scrolling down... (((hugs)))

Friday, September 5, 2008

Fabulous Flower Meets Pumpkin Patch

Happy, Happy, Happy Friday!!! Yippee! Can you tell that's it's been a rough work week for me? lol Well, I made this card last night using the Fabulous Flower set from Stampin' Up. I used a Spectrum Pad called Pumpkin Patch and gave the flower a little "Autumn twist". I stamped the image four times and cut out the flower in a series and layered them to give the card it's 3-D look. I applied some Stardust Stickles on some of the flower petals and now it has a little sparkle! The border punch is from Martha Stewart, the paper is both Stampin' Up and Basic Grey. Can't wait to see what you have all been up to! I'm meeting a few friends for dinner and then it's home to blog hop! (hugs)

Thursday, September 4, 2008

A Crafty Secrets Halloween

Happy "Friday Eve" as we call it at work! lol This week feels even longer than normal and it was a short week! Figure that one out. This is another card I made using Crafty Secrets (Halloween Time) Cutouts. Hey, remember SU's Vintage Violet! I found a few sheets and I am excited! Violet is one of the In Colors that I regret not stocking up on before it retired a while back. I used a Martha Stewart punch, some Basic Grey paper and a little Raffia and here ya go. Another quick card. Thanks for visiting!

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

EZ Birthday Card

You know how sometimes you just need to whip up a quick *no brainer* kinda card? Well, here ya go! It doesn't get much easier then this. I know this is terrible of me but this was someone's Sketch Challenge, and for the life of me I cannot recall who's it is. My memory is going fast! Anyway... the hardest thing about this was cutting the circle (which really wasn't bad at all with the Nestibilities)! The flower are Prima, the paper is Bazill and the sentiment is from Stampin' Up. Happy Hump Day! I love the fact that this is a short (work) week...

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

FS82 Featured Stamper {NikiE}

Here's My Card:

Here's NikiE's Card:

This weeks Featured Stamper on SCS was NikiE! Her gallery is chuck full of adorable cards! I chose to case this one. The rules are to change at least two things about the card to make it your own. Sounding like Mothermark for a moment, Here's my story about Halloween this year:
1. I can't seem to get into making any of the traditional cards this year (stamped pumpkins, haunted houses, etc.)! So...
2. I bought these awesome cutouts from Crafty Secrets called Halloween Time. Now, I have never before used something like this. I have always stamped my images. I always felt like it would be "cheating" or something to not use a stamp but I gotta tell ya, this has gotten me all excited about the whole Halloween thing again!
3. I am having soooooo much fun with these! So...
4. I will be featuring different cards this month made with these Craft Secret Cutouts.
5. This first card is a little "multitasking" as I (cleverly) combined it with the Featured Stamper Challenge!