Monday, August 30, 2010

Christmas Tag Tree Card

Here is a my interpretation of Pals Paper Arts' Simply Sketchy PPA57.I used Cherry Cobbler for the base, Very Vanilla, Early Espresso, and Old Olive Designer Series Paper. The Early Espresso Tag is from the Two Tags Bigz Dies.
The stamp set is Snow Swirled. I used Old Olive ink for the tree and Cherry Cobbler ink for the snowflakes. The snowflake on the top of the tree has a Basic Rhinestone to make it special. I topped it all off with Old Olive Grosgrain Ribbon.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Look @ Me being Girly!

Hi all! For today's card I really went out of my comfort zone. I combined Stampin' Celebration Inspiration Challenge #17 with Sweet Stampin Challenge #41.Stampin' Celebration's Challenge was to make a very girly birthday card with pink & white cupcakes. I may have gone a little overboard on the pink! Sweet Stampin Challenge was to create a distressed birthday card. My husband, being the wise mouth he is, thought that the card needed to show stress about the birthday. Ha Ha Ha. I had to educate him. My distressing on this card is pretty subtle. I took my fingernail and roughed up the edges of the mats and turned down the right hand corner. I used 2 different stamp sets, Cute by the Inch and A Word for You. The patterned paper is Blushing Bride from the Level 1 hostess paper pack.
The mats are done in Regal Rose while the card base and paper ribbon are Pretty in Pink. I used Rose Red to stamp the image of the cupcake. I think I have used enough pink on this card to last me for awhile.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

I love you Mojomonday!

For today's card I combined Mojo Monday sketch 153 and Color Throwdown 107.
The i and u are from Jumble Alphabet. The love heart is from I {Heart} Hearts. I used the Full Heart punch for the white heart and the Heart to Heart punch for the inner heart. The smaller heart was embossed with Vintage Wallpaper Textured Impressions Folder before I punched it. The Pear Pizzaz Designer Series Paper is from the Level 1 Hostess paper pack.

Punch Art

I absolutely LOVE punch art but I don't really make the time to create it. This card uses 2 apples I made with the Round Tab punch. The seeds are the heart from the Two-Step Owl punch cut in half. I just cut the stems free-hand.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Clean & Simple

I decided to do the Clean & Simple Stamping Challenge #104.

I really like the Tangerine Tango, Rich Razzleberry, and Old Olive paired with Basic Black. I used the Happy Halloween sentiment from All the Holidays stamp set. The beauty of this sketch is that you can use it with any little sentiment. The Teeny Tiny Wishes set works wonderfully with this layout.

Monday, August 23, 2010


Here is a card I designed for my friend for the first day of school. I got the sketch from The Sweet Stop.

I used the First Day stamp set with Basic Black, Whisper White, and Pear Pizzaz cardstock. The patterned paper is Real Real Designer Series Paper. I used the Spiral Border punch to get the look of notebook paper. I used a combination of 2 different techniques to color in the images. I used markers and my Blender Pens with the classic ink pads.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

I'm Back!

I decided to combine a few challenges for this card. The layout is from Mojo Monday. I found the color combo of Always Artichoke, Pretty in Pink, and Cherry Cobbler from Splitcoast Stampers color challenge CC284. I also used Stampin' Celebrations and Pals Paper Arts for the theme. It's a little different than I usually make but I'm happy with it.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Computer Problems Again

Aargh! I'm having computer issues again! I'll try and post some new creations soon, I just have to figure out how to edit my photos on the family computer. Thanks for your patience.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Let it Snow!

It is H-O-T HOT here in Texas. I decided to make a winter inspired card to try to cool off. I used Sketch Frenzy Friday for the layout.
Have I told you how much I like Stampin' Up!'s Color Coach? That's where I found this color combination: Bashful Blue, Wild Wasabi, and Rose Red. I used our new Textured Impressions Folder Northern Flurry (available in Sept.) on the Bashful Blue cardstock. The penguin image is from the Tag Along stamp set and the sentiment is from Teeny Tiny Wishes.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Valentine's Day Anyone?

No, I'm not getting ready for any holidays yet. I'm not even ready for back-to-school! I saw this challenge on colourQ (challenge #45) and thought that it would work well with this stamp set. The layout came from Splitcoast Stampers Sketch Challenge 293.

I am really enjoying doing these color challenges. They get me out of my comfort zone and put colors together that I ordinarily wouldn't. The color combination here is Regal Rose, Wild Wasabi, Tempting Turquoise, Early Espresso, and Whisper White. I used the Sweetheart stamp set. I textured the Regal Rose cardstock with Petals-a-Plenty Embossing folder. To get the depth of color in the heart, I inked the folder with Whisper White Craft Ink before I textured the paper. I then used the Full Heart Punch get the exact placement I wanted of the petals.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Happy Birthday Circus

Here is my entry into the stampin411 Saturday Sketch Challenge 163.

I used Circle Circus and Perfect Punches stamp sets. The color inspiration came from SplitcoastStampers Color Challenge #61. I used Elegant Eggplant cardstock for the base, Basic Black cardstock for the mat and tag, Whisper White cardstock for the stamped images, and Pear Pizzaz carstock for the strip. I also used Elegant Eggplant, Pear Pizzaz, and Baja Breeze inks.

Monday, August 9, 2010

colourQ & Unscripted Challenges

I decided to try colourQ challenge #44 along with Unscripted Sketches #67. Unfortunately, I was too late to enter in the colourQ challenge. : ( Maybe I'll do better with tomorrow's challenge.

I used Fun & Fast Notes for the image and stamped it on Sizziz Clearlits Scallop Rectangle. The So Saffron cardstock was textured with Textured Impressions Square Lattice folder. I used the Petals-A-Plenty Textured Impressions folder on the Poppy Parade cardstock. The Bashful Blue card base was wheeled with Very Vintage Jumbo Wheel in Bashful Blue. I used an Aqua Painter and the ink pads to color in the image.

Mojo Monday #151

Here is my entry for this week's Mojo Monday. I used the Artistic Etchings stamp set, Newsprint DSP, Two Tags Bigz Die, and various Stampin' Up! Punches. The card base and amour mat are Old Olive; the tag is Real Red; amour is stamped on Very Vanilla and also has Very Vanilla Satin Ribbon; the DSP is matted on Basic Black, and everything is on Crumb Cake.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Clean & Simple Stamping

I was surfing the web and found ANOTHER site for inspiration. Here's my entry into the sketch challenge #102. I personally love the look of cards that are simple and have clean lines.

I used Cute by the Inch and Heard from the Heart stamp sets. The card base and heart punches are Blushing Bride, the mat and ink color is Early Espresso, and the love hearts were stamped on Ridinghood Red. I got the color inspiration from Splitcoast Color Combo 282.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

SU! Regionals coming to Ft. Worth!

I am sooooo excited! Stampin' Up! is bringing a Regional to a city near me! The Ft. Worth Regionals are Friday Sept. 10 & Saturday Sept. 11. Since I have to work on Friday, I'm signed up for the Saturday session. This will be my first Stampin' Up! event to attend. They have now opened it up to the public. The cost is $75 which includes lunch and a free stamp set from the new Holiday Mini. If you are interested in joining me, just shoot me an e-mail or call and I can get you registered.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Season of Friendship

This is my entry for the Stamping 411 Saturday Sketch Challenge 162.

I used the Woodgrain background stamp and Season of Friendship stamp set for this card. The flower and card base is Poppy Parade. The leaves and 1/4" grograin ribbon is Old Olive. The snowflake and words were stamped in Not Quite Navy. The flower and snowflake have rhinestones in the center for a little bling. The Wordgrain stamp was inked with Crumb Cake and Early Espresso on Crumb Cake cardstock.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Retired For Sale

Some of my customers have been asking about my retired stamps and accessories I have cleaned out of my stash. Since I'm not as computer savvy as I'd like, I haven't figured out how to attach a link to a document. If you'd like a list of my retired things for sale just e-mail me @ and I will send you my excel document. I will have these things for sale @ Take-a-Break Friday on the 13th of August. Let me know if you'd like me to save something for you.