Sunday, March 28, 2010

Life Happens. Love Helps.

Hello everyone!  I hope you have had a wonderful weekend.  It has been beautiful here in Northeast Florida the past few days...just the way Florida is supposed to be! 

I have been busy cleaning my craft table today.  I have two 6 ft. tables and you could not see the top of either table so it was time to organize and put stuff away.  I decided some had to go so I have cleaned out a few areas. 

Todays card is two challenges in one!  The first is my weekly color challenge.  The color of the week is Pink Passion.  Those of you that know me know if it comes in pink I want it so pink is an easy color for me to work with.  I used the sketch from the Stamping 411 blog weekly challenge.  I pondered about the original sketch but I try to challenge myself to step outside the box and change it up a bit so rather than the straight line section, I cut and collapsed the Top Note Die stamped with the Very Vintage roller in Pink Passion.

I have found the Top Note die to be very versatile when doing projects.  You can use parts of it or the whole thing. Play around and let me know what you come up with!

I hope everyone has a great week!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Birthday Celebrations

Today's card is made using the "Black Magic" technique.  I saw this on Lee's blog this morning and had never tried it so I googled and found several variations so I picked one and went with it.  It's a simple technique but I thought my card needed a little more wow so I added a little glitter to the base of the BLING! :)

The pink paper and the ribbon actually match but I couldn't get the lighting just right to show it! :)

Monday, March 22, 2010

Wishing You Sunshine

Every once in a while you gotta get out a little contraband!  lol  I have had the image on this card stamped for over a month and it just looks at me when I sit down to stamp.  I started this card early this morning and when I came home and was trying to figure out what I was going to put on the card there was that cute little image with the buttons!

I love the little flower buttons and when I put this card together I couldn't believe how long it has been since I created something with PINK!  How could I let that happen???  Leave a comment and let me know what you think!

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Happy Easter!

Three challenges in one weekend!  Here is the last of the challenges I completed this weekend.  This one is from Karen Giron's blog.  I used to make a lot of 6X6 cards because there was so much room for design but since postage has skyrocketed I hardly ever make them anymore.

The rabbit was stamped on Shimmery White Cardstock using Chocolate Chip.  I then used a dauber to "color" in the white space.  That makes him a shimmery chocolate bunny!  I used my scallop punch and stencilled the clouds in the background.  I picked up this quick and easy technique from my monthly demo meeting this week.

I hope everyone has a great week and beautiful weather!

Birthday Bliss

This card was inspired by the stamping411 blog weekly challenge.  I was hoping to get this posted yesterday but time got away from me with errands and commitments so here we go!

I embossed the background paper with the dots embossing folder.  I love how the embossing adds that extra wow to your cards.  I stamped the birthday bliss twice and used dimensionals for the top layer.  The ribbon was doubled for an extra layer.

Color Me Sunday Challenge - Real Red

My Stampin Up groups color challenge is Real Red this week.  When I look at this color the first thing I think of is Christmas and I didn't intend for my card to look like a Christmas card but it does to me! lol

I used the God's Beauty stamp set and stamped the leaves in Old Olive and colored the flower with red prismacolor.  I have been practicing with my knot tieing and they are beginning to look pretty good if I say so myself.  I used the distessing tool around the edge of the white and embossed the background. 

I have a couple of sketch challenge cards I will be posting later today and tomorrow morning.

Until then...

Friday, March 19, 2010

GIRLZ....a scrapbook page

Hello everyone!  Today I am featuring a scrapbook page mad with Stampin Up products.  I have alot of people ask what Stampin up has to offer scrapbookers and believe me...It's alot!

Stampin Up has exclusive dies you can only purchase through Stampin Up!  The jounal box on this page is called the top note die!  It is one of my craft room essentials for card making and scrapbooking.  It has so many uses...a journal box, cut a photo into that shape, mat a photo, or mat an embellishment!  I also used the hearts and brackets die for the heart and title on the page.  I used the alphabet simple for my title.  These dies can cut chipboard so they are a must have for any scrapbooker!

The border punch can be used to make a border or, if you purchase the matching corner punch, you can cut a perfect mat.

The designer papers all coordinate so that work is done for you!  The 12X12 paper is the same high quality paper as the 8 1/2 X 11.  I love the heavier weight to the paper.  You can definiately notice a difference the minute you touch it!

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P.S. The designer paper used on this page is from the Ski Slope collection which has been retired.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010


Happy St. Patricks Day everyone!  Todays card follows the weekly sketch from Karen Giron's blog...the Sweetest Thing.  I love the layout of the sketch as it allows for lots of layers.  One of those layers was made using the dots embossing folder.  It is so versatile and adds a little punch to any project.

There are only two weeks left for Sale-a-bration.  If you would like to place an order you can order directly from the link at the top of my blog.  There are lots of really nice set as well a the border scallop punch you can get for free if you spend $50.


Tuesday, March 16, 2010

A Little Note of Thanks

Hello friends!  I have been MIA for a few days as we made a trip with some wonderful friends to the Tennessee mountains for a surprise birthday for my buddy Mr. Day.  We had a great time and made lots of new friends.  Can't wait to see them again.

I totally forgot to post the Color Me Sunday Challenge on my Stampin Up group so I posted yesterday.  Since we got home at 10:00 last night I had to wait until today to make my card.  The color for this week is "Only Orange".  While I'm not a fan of orange at all, I pulled the other colors from the striped paper and followed this weeks sketch on the Stamping 411 blog.  They have such great sketches over there and you can see what everyone creates from their links they upload.

I am off to finish laundry and get everything put away.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

A BIG Thank You!

I thought it would be appropriate to post this card today as I wanted to say a BIG Thank You to all who visited my blog yesterday and those who left comments!  It was exciting to see all of the visitors and comments when I got home from work.

Todays card is my own design.  I was cleaning my craft table and pulled out a few scraps and thought I would put a few together and see what evolved. The only paper I cut was the cardstock the image is stamped on and the mat.  I also punched the tabs down the side of the white.   The stamp is in the "Very Thankful" stamp set and for everyone Stampin Up sells, they will donate $2 to the Ronald McDonald House! 

It's going to be a busy day today, work, errands, guitar lessons for my daughter and get ready for a photoshoot this weekend. 

Happy Thursday!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Get Well Wishes

Good morning!  Todays card is inspired from the Stamping 411 blog.  The design of the card base is quite unique with the rounded AND squared corners.  It's definitely a sketch I'll use again.

I chose some scraps I already had on my table and used the Fun and Fast Notes set from Stamping Up.  I cut out the three flowers and used dimensionals which really makes the little bouquet of flowers.

Next week I'll be working on my setup for photographing my cards so the lighting is better and you can see more detail.

Happy Hump Day!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Happy Birthday with Crushed Curry

It seems March is a busy month for birthdays!  Today is my friend Shannon's birthday so I made her this card using Crushed Curry, one of the newest Stampin Up "In colors".

I stamped the daisys in crushed curry along the bottom of the card.  I wanted a few more flowers to fill in between so I stamped off with the crushed curry which creates a nice dimensional look without being too busy.

I finished the card by spraying with the Pearl Glimmer mist.  Using the glimmer mist tends to warp the paper a bit if sprayed to heavily but Stampin Up has a new product coming out which I hope gives the same "sparkle" without the warp.  I'll let you know when I try it out!

Monday, March 8, 2010


Todays card was inspired by a sketch I saw over at Karen Giron's blog.  I am always up for new sketch ideas and this one gave me the idea to use the "congratulations" stamp in the Well Scripted Set.  It's a long stamp, perfect for the saying for this card.

I used my prisma color pencils with gamsol to color the flowers.

Happy Monday!

Sunday, March 7, 2010

B is for Birthday!

Today is Sunday which means a color challenge! This weeks color is Yo-Yo Yellow.  I'm not big fan of primary yellow so this color was a struggle for me but when all else fails a bright colorful birthday card should get me through.

I chose real red and a little garden green to compliment the yellow. I love the New Stampin Up Scallop Trim border punch!  You can get it for free if you spend $50 during the Sale-a-Bration. 

I'm off to do some scrapbook pages and enjoy the rest of Sunday.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Wall Art

I am working on a collage for the wall in my daughters hang out room. She has her tv, chairs and "stuff" for her friends to hang out!  I wanted to do a collage of pictures so we went for some random pieces she liked and decided to make a couple to go with them.

Here is the first piece I made using the Sweet Pea designer paper from Stampin Up and the Sweet Pea stitched felt!  The pink and green match the room perfectly!  I purchased the dimensional frame from a local craft store.  I cut the "K" using one of my sizzix dies!

I have TONS of sizzix dies and use them regularly.  Even though I have my cricut machine, I still keep going back to my dies, They are simple and quick to use so they won't be going anywhere anytime soon!


TGIF - Lovey Dovey!

Today I thought I would step out of the box and pick a color I have not used in a while!  I have to practice for the weekly color challenges to keep up with Lee because as soon as I post the challenge she knocks it out of the ball park with an outrageous card! :)

For this card I chose Perfect Plum, a beautiful shade of purple and stamped on the Shimmery cardstock (one of my favorite papers) it makes for a quite elegant card.  I embossed the perfect plum strip and used my new Beautiful Wings embosslit die.  They not only cut the shape for you but they emboss it at the same time!  NICE!

Here is the final product!  Leave me some comments and tell your friends about my blog! I am half way to 100 followers through Google reader, subscription and networked blogs.  As soon as I hit 100 I will have some blog candy! :)


Thursday, March 4, 2010

Thanks a Bunch!

Thanks a bunch to everyone for my birthday wishes yesterday!  I had a wonderful day!

 I made this card early this morning....I'm very creative early in the moring! lol  This is a pretty simple card with a little added "Wow".  I cut a hole the same size as the stamped image and placed the stamped image on the inside of the card and the hole allows it to show through to the front of the card.  I embossed the front of the card and went back over the embossed images (tutorial coming soon) to make it a little more dramatic.  The background looks like a really nice suede!

Here is a picture of me with my new PINK netbook!  I can take it anywhere as it is only two pounds! :)

It's ALMOST Friday!  See you then!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Listen Honey...

I made this card for a friend who shares the same birthday as me!  We met several years ago at a party (imagine that) on our birthdays and have so much in common....yorkies, bling, not acting our age, party girls, etc.  I couldn't just make any had to make a statement and this stamp does just that!

The inside says "to me, old age is always fifteen years older than I am" and I would say that fits us both!

Happy Birthday Joyce!

Party Hearty!!!! That's ME!

The BIG Forty-Five!  Yup, that's Happy Birthday to me.  Do I feel a day over 29? No way!  I like my distressed jeans and t-shirts, my pink and silver sparkly Converse, my gadgets (my license plate doesn't say Gadget Girl for nothing) and my daughter thinks I'm the coolest Mom!  You can't beat that!

Those of you that know me well know I have this thing for anything PINK! Clothes, jewelry, accessories, you name if it comes in pink I'll take one!  The birthday card I made for me today just had to donn some pink so here you go!  I had the little scrap of Olive Green polka dot design paper and decided to compliment it with Pretty in Pink. I have seen this layout made with four squares but thought it would be neat to do the three with the ribbon taking the place of the fourth square.  What do you think?

Time to celebrate.  Party Hearty....Yup that's me! :)

Monday, March 1, 2010

Enjoy the Little Things

Did the Bachelor pick the right girl?  I never watch any of the shows except for the final rose.  That's the only one that matters.

I made this card while watching TV and video chatting with my sister.  There are no special techniques, just a few dimensionals.  The base of the card was made to use on the Easter card I posted yesterday and then decided to use the smaller base.  I love the simple and classic look.


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