Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Country Christmas

This was a quick and simple 4.25 inch card made using the wonderful colors of the SCS Color Challenge (Real Red, Old Olive, River Rock & any neutrals) and the layout of Mercy's Tuesday Skatch Challenge. Love this new (to me) wreath of all seasons by PTI...so much versatility!
STAMPS: Wreath of All Seasons (PTI), Richly Blessed (Verve) - sentiment
PAPER: Old Olive, Real Red, River Rock, Neenah Solar White
INK: Real Red, River Rock, Versafine Onyx Black
ACCESSORIES: Corner chomper, Kaiser black pearls, Gingham ribbon

Monday, November 29, 2010

Mojo Monday

This circle card uses the Mojo Monday sketch challenge (this week it's circle or square)for the layout. Since I chose to do a circle, it's also for The Shabby Tea Room Challenge to get in shape...i.e., make a card in any shape except a square or rectangle. I started by taping 3 strips of DP together, then cut the circle using a Nestie. The flowers were die cut and rolled using felt. The holly leaves were punched and a Copic marker used to highlight some veins. There's always a need for thank you cards during the holidays...so this adds to my stash.
STAMPS: Verve (complimentary sentiment with an order - a special touch by Julee Tilman)
PAPER: Evergreen Mat Pad by K&Co, Wild Wasabi
INK: Versafine Onyx Black
ACCESSORIES: CB, Nesties, Brads, MS holly leaf punch, Felt by PTI

Tag, You're It!

I love to create tags and this is a simple one that meets the following challenges:
SCS CAS95 - Flower Accents
Our Creative Corner Challenge - Tag, you're it!
Crazy 4 Challenges - use script paper or script EF
Paper Cutz Challenge - Anything Goes
The tag base is DP from Memory Box's Mistletoe pack...the work is basically done for me! I added a punched holly border, cut the top corners using a decorative SU scissors, & embellished with a Verve poinsettia image that was stamped twice and layered. A last minute 'to' and 'from' with names and another package will be tagged.
STAMPS: Blessed Christmas (Verve)
PAPER: Mistletoe (Memory Box), Garden Green
INK: Memento Tuxedo Black, Tim Holtz Antique Linen distress ink
ACCESSORIES: MS Holly border punch, Corner chomper, Decorative scissors, Fibers, Copics, Rhinestone

Casing Kris

After visiting family in Ohio over Thanksgiving, it's good to be home and back in my stamp room. The alarm went off at 4:45 a.m. and we were on the road by 5:20. With speed limits now 70 mph on most interstates, my DH's heavy foot got us home in record time! Good thing because I had to be at work by 2:15. It's been an exhausting day and I look forward to sleeping in tomorrow. And now for my card...
It qualifies for 2 challenges:
Curtain Call Color Challenge - use Crumb Cake, Concord Crush, Basic Gray, Black, White
SCS Featured Stamper - CASE one of Kris' (aka krischir) cards - I chose this card. I kept the thank you theme and used a different EF, butterfly stamp, & ribbon. The image was colored with Copics on the smooth as silk X-Press It Blending CS.
STAMPS: Stipple Butterfly (SU), Friendly Phrases (Verve)
PAPER: Crumb Cake, Concord Crush, White
INK: Memento Tuxedo Black
ACCESSORIES: CB, Lattice Square EF, Copics, Concord Crush ribbon, MS Floral Band border punch, Corner chomper, Wire

Wednesday, November 24, 2010


This is a 4 1/4" card using Roxie's great Sketch Challenge on SCS. The colors are for the Color Throwdown Challenge: So Saffron, Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive. I embossed a floral border along the top. The wildflowers are stamped off once using Rich Razzleberry ink. A Copic marker (Y21) was added to the flower centers.
STAMPS: Feel the Sun (sentiment) & Kind Words (flowers) - both by Verve
PAPER: Cottage Wall DP (SU), Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive, So Saffron, Vintage Cream
INK: Versafine Onyx Black, Rich Razzleberry
ACCESSORIES: Scallop border punch (SU), Kaiser silver pearls, CB, EF

Tuesday, November 23, 2010


I finished this card last evening and am just now getting it on my blog. Loved getting away from making Christmas cards for a change and loved Jen's Sketch For You To Try for the week! I nearly covered up the different layers with my primas, but you can see a bit of the Verve frame image stamped in Chocolate Chip. The sentiment flag worked perfectly for the sketch!
STAMPS: Sentiment Flags (Lil Inker Designs), Fabulous You (Verve)
PAPER: Latte Matstack by DCWV, Vintage Cream
INK: Chocolate Chip
ACCESSORIES: Button, Primas, Corner Chomper, MS frond punch

Little Whippersnapper!

Joanne gave us some yummy colors for the Color Challenge on SCS: Cherry Cobbler, Chocolate Chip, Kraft with an option to use some kind of glaze. I was too chicken to use my new crackle glaze on this image, so opted to omit anything shiny. This is a new Whippersnapper stamp that I inked up for the first time...isn't he just too cute?! The layout is for Mercy's Tuesday Sketch Challenge.
STAMPS: Whippersnapper
PAPER: Jolly Holiday (SU), Chocolate Chip, Kraft, Neenah Solar white
INK: Memento Tuxedo Black
ACCESSORIES: Copics, Snowflake EF, Brads (BasicGrey)

Monday, November 22, 2010

Mojo Monday Plus 2 New Challenges

In addition to using Julee's fabulous Mojo Monday Sketch Challenge, I also made this card for 2 new (to me) challenges:
Tuesday Taggers - feature the words Peace, Love, Joy on your project
Paper Cutz Challenge #68 - use lots of bling on a Christmas card
I had a brainstorm for my new MS holly punch (love those 40% coupons at Mike's!) and love how my wreath turned out! I punched a scalloped circle for the base, then layered 3 different punched papers. Some bling for the berries and a small circle Nestie with the sentiment finished it off. I outlined each holly leaf with a gold Spica pen - it adds a little more shimmer though it's hard to see in the photo. It was a gloriously warm day here in VA...am loving the upper 60's temperatures! Thanks for visiting my blog...I always love to read your comments!
STAMPS: Glad Tidings (Verve)
PAPER: Mistletoe (Memory Box), Always Artichoke, Neenah Solar White
INK: Cherry Cobbler
ACCESSORIES: CB, Nesties, MS Holly leaf punch, Rhinestones, Gold Spica pen, Cherry Cobbler seam binding, Dotted Swiss EF, Kaiser gold pearls, Window slot punch

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Let Us Give Thanks

One last card for today and this one uses Karen Giron's Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge along with the Raise the Bar Challenge to use the theme 'grateful'. I used Copic markers YR12, YR16, E57, G40, G24 to color the image.
STAMPS: Bountiful Harvest (Verve)
PAPER: Mellow (BasicGrey), Chocolate Chip, Vintage Cream
INK: Memento Rich Cocoa, Memento Tuxedo Black
ACCESSORIES: CB, Nesties, Rhinestones, Button, Satin ribbon

Long Haul

I need to build up my masculine card stash, so when I saw the Curtain Call Challenge was to use Basic Gray, Tempting Turquoise, Cajun Craze, Chocolate Chip & White...it was a perfect opportunity! I used the sketch from Paper Sundaes Challenge. I love this EF for a BG to any wheeled image and love these brads for a masculine touch. The truck was colored with Copics and cut out & popped with dimensionals.
STAMPS: Loads of Love (SU)
PAPER: Pyrus DP (BasicGrey), Basic Gray, Cajun Craze, Chocolate Chip, White
INK: Memento Rich Cocoa, Memento Tuxedo Black
ACCESSORIES: Corner chomper, Brads, CB, EF, Circle & oval punches (SU)

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Corner Bookmark

Thanks to Marisa for inspiring me with all her lovely corner bookmarks...I'm finally getting around to making one of my own. I have some practicing to do before I can get to her level of gorgeousness! :-) This qualifies for Our Creative Corner's challenge to make a holiday 3-D project (I'm thinking ahead of using these bookmarks for co-workers when we celebrate Week of the Nurse in May). This is also for The Shabby Tea Room Challenge to be inspired by this cupcake picture, plus we are to share something we are thankful for. In this time of ongoing unemployment for so many Americans, I'm thankful I have my job as a rehabilitation nurse! I have such wonderful co-workers and it's so rewarding to be able to help persons with disabilities!
STAMPS: Angel of Mercy by Stampendous
PAPER: Distressed Dots DP (PTI) - green; Old Olive; Sugar Rush DP (BasicGrey) - orange dotted border
INK: Memento Tuxedo Black
ACCESSORIES: Copics, MS Doily Lace border punch, CB, Labels Fourteen, Lace


First I have to give a shout out to my 2 fave college teams who both won today! The VA Tech Hokies beat Miami and the Ohio State Buckeyes beat Iowa! I discovered that I can watch TV programs on channelsurfing.net on my computer while I'm stamping (I don't have a TV in my craft area). Now that I'm done cheering, on to my card which is for 3 different challenges:
Crazy 4 Challenges - add circles
Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge
Our Daily Bread Shining Light Challenge - to make a holiday card
I added another Christmas card to my stash and this one is in very non-traditional colors. I went with SU's Sweet Pea DP with lots of circles and pulled the turquoise, rose red and old olive colors for the layers. Lots of corner chomping, some punching of snowflakes, a Bow Easy bow & a sentiment on a large mega oval and this card was quickly put together.

STAMPS: Peace & Joy (ODBD)

Inkspiration Sketch & Colour Q

I combined the sketch from the Inkspiration Challenge blog with the Colour Q Challenge to use Pumpkin Pie, More Mustard, Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry & White. No apecial techniques...just some simple stamping, punching, Cuttlebugging...and a card was born!
STAMPS: Life (PTI), Kind Words (Verve) - sentiment
PAPER: Autumn Vine DP (SU), More Mustard, Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry, Neenah Solar white
INK: Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive, More Mustard, Pumpkin Pie
ACCESSORIES: CB, Nesties, MS butterfly punch, MS arch lattice border punch, Kaiser gold pearls, Dimensionals

Friday, November 19, 2010

Triple Play Project Parade

The Verve blog is filling up with some awesome projects by the divas for this month's Triple Play Project Parade! Anyone can play and there will be some great prizes, so check it out for more details. The challenge is to create a terrific trio of yumminess! Besides Julee's fabulous fonts with her sentiments, my next fave is her multitude of gorgeous flower images with SO many possibilities to cut & layer. I wanted to take a break from my steady production of Christmas cards and think spring! I created this trio of items for a friend's birthday...starting with a flower pot pocket card. I added a collage of Verve flowers and nearly got carried away with adding bling and aparkle - LOL! The watering can is an easy to use template found on SCS (links to directions to make both of these items can be found at the top of my blog under the Tips/Tutorials tab). I plan to fill it with some yummy chocolates! The 3rd item is a gift card holder which I traced from one I had purchased from Lowe's. I simply added a scalloped edge and embellishments. My friend has never had a manicure/pedicure in her whole life, so this trio of gift card/chocolates/birthday card will be her gift...eating chocolates while getting pampered...now that's yumminess!
STAMPS: Great Friend, Petals & Stems, Sweet Scallop Tag, Believe, Feel the Sun, Kind Words, Wishing You - all by Verve!
PAPER: Bo Bunny DP, Sugar Rush (BasicGrey), Cajun Craze (SU)
INK: Memento Rich Cocoa, Cajun Craze, Certainly Celery
ACCESSORIES: Rhinestones, Tag die (Verve), Sheer ribbon (Michael's), Terracotta satin ribbon (PTI), Scallop edge punch (SU), Kaiser pearls, Copper Stickles, Slot punch (SU), CB, Leaves die (SU)

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Bring on the Browns!

Julia's Ways to Use it Challenge on SCS was to use browns on our card. I stamped an old SU fave set of snowflakes in Soft Suede, Creamy Caramel, Early Espresso and Chocolate Chip. I also gold embossed several snowflakes after stamping with Versamark. The sentiment tag is a die from Verve which I trimmed about 1/4 inch off the bottom and chomped the corners and gold leafed the edges. Off to get ready for work...have an inservice to attend at 2 but need to get there earlier for a silent auction...have to get my last minute bids in! :-)
STAMPS: Snowflakes (SU), Christmas Blessings (Verve) - Plain Jane
PAPER: Vintage Cream (PTI), Soft Suede (SU)
INK: See above description
ACCESSORIES: Jingle Bells (Michael's), Gold metallic thread, Early Espresso ribbon, Gold leaf pen, Verve tag die, Gold EP, Corner Chomper