Wednesday, August 31, 2011

MFT Wednesday Sketch

It's hump day and time for MFT's Wednesday Sketch Challenge! This week we have more tilted panels! I went with a Pure Innocence image and colored it with Copics. I don't have the file tab Die-namic dies, so used a SU Curly Label punch and cut off one side.
STAMPS: Flower Girl PI by MFT, Small Phrases by Verve
PAPER: Madeline DP by Prima Marketing
INK: Memento Tuxedo Black, ColorBox Frost White
ACCESSORIES: Curly label punch, Resin flower, Prima, Button, Copics, Rhinestones, Border Die-Namic by MFT.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Color Challenge

Karen Barber is the SCS Color Challenge hostess with the "mostest" daring combo I've tackled in a long time - Cherry Cobbler, More Mustard, Calypso Coral! I guess that's why they're called challenges - lol! The dessert option was to create your own DP, so I went with some leaves as I thought the colors were a bit "fallish". When I left work late last night, the air had a real nip to it...which I really love...but it reminded me again that summer is winding down fast! I stamped off once before stamping the BG of the leaves. Hope you're having a great Tuesday and don't forget to comment on THIS POST for a chance to win blog candy! I'll be announcing the winner on Thursday!

STAMPS: Autumn Splendor & Bountiful Harvest - both sets by Verve
PAPER: Cherry Cobbler, More Mustard, Calypso Coral, White
INK: Cherry Cobbler, More Mustard, Calypso Coral
ACCESSORIES: Arrow brad by Spare Parts, Plaid EF by Sizzix.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Mojo Monday

I'm feeling some jet lag from the busy w/e, but had to play with this super sketch for the Mojo Monday challenge! I went with the round version and since I already had this DP on my desk from an earlier project, I went with it again. Michael's has a lot of new inventory and I discovered they have tons of colors in these paper flowers (can't let those coupons go to waste ya know - lol!). Love the new sprig die, so tucked a couple on the card! Gotta get ready for work, so will sign off quickly!
STAMPS: Sunny Days & Tag Time - both by Verve
PAPER: Bayberry Cottage by Pinkpaislee, Vintage Cream (PTI)
INK: Kiwi Kiss, Black
ACCESSORIES: Doily lace & Circle Nesties, Corner chomper, Tag die (Verve), Paper flower by Recollections, Sprig die (Verve), Baker's twine.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Blog Candy Reminder!

No cards to post today...BUT...I have been stamping up a storm while it was raining all day courtesy of Hurricane Irene! I made 3 cards for the Dirty Dozen challenge in September and it's time to call it a day! Don't forget to comment on THIS POST if you want a chance to win 5 paper pads from My Mind's Eye! We're heading to Washington DC in the morning to help our son and DIL move to their apartment...good night all!

Friday, August 26, 2011

Viva la Verve & Free 4 All

Teresa Kline has a super sketch on the Viva la Verve challenge...the 5th and last layout for August! It was perfect to use some of my new Verve images from the latest release. This is also for the Free 4 All challenge on SCS to "stack it up". I stacked the flower and the tag with 3 layers on each element. The seam binding was hand dyed using Tattered Angels glimmer mist sprayed on white seam binding.
Here's what else I used:
STAMPS: Tag Time & Sunny Days by Verve
PAPER: My Mind's Eye Stella & Rose "Mabel" papers, Vintage Cream, Old Olive
INK: Pumpkin Pie, Versafine Onyx Black, Old Olive
ACCESSORIES: Circle Nestie, Small & large tag dies by Verve, Baker's twine, Seam binding, Button, Ribbon, MS tiny heart border punch.

Color Throwdown & MFTWSC

This card is for the Color Throwdown challenge to use Perfect Plum, So Saffron & Crumb Cake and also for MFT's Wednesday Sketch challenge. With the 2 narrow panels, I immediately went for an ala mode stamp. The image was colored with Copics and yellow Stickles were added to the candle flames; Liquid Pearls was added to give a dimensional look to the icing. I ran the rickrack border through the Big Shot using the square lattice EF. Not sure how I feel about this one...I think my mojo fell through the crack during our Tuesday afternoon earthquake - lol!
STAMPS: Let's Eat Cake by MFT
PAPER: Patterns Pack III DP by SU, So Saffron, Perfect Plum, Crumb Cake
INK: Elegant Eggplant, Memento Tuxedo Black
ACCESSORIES: Curly Label punch (SU), Border EF, Pearls, Copics, Yellow Stickles, Liquid Pearls.

Raise the Bar

This week Joni has a color challenge on the Raise the Bar challenge blog - blue, red, green! Hop on over and see the rest of the bartenders' samples and join in the fun! I went with a navy shade of blue and love using a pop of red with this color! The dahlia was colored with Copics, cut out and the 2 layers were popped w/foam dots. A couple of rickrack borders, a new Verve die tag and this was a quick and easy card to complete.

STAMPS: Delightful Dahlia (PTI), Tag Time (Verve)
PAPER: Patterns Pack III (SU), White
INK: Memento Tuxedo Black, Night of Navy
ACCESSORIES: Rickrack Die-Namic (PTI), Little tag die by Verve, Baker's twine, Copics, Yellow Stickles, Navy pearls.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Tuesday Color Challenge

Julia Aston has some fun primary colors for the SCS Color Challenge this week: Night of Navy, Real Red & Daffodil Delight! The dessert option was to use a back to school theme, but I don't have any school-related stamps so had to skip dessert. The flowers are new images from Julee's last Verve release and they were fun to cut out and pop with foam dots.
STAMPS: Sunny Days by Verve
PAPER: Patterns Pack III by SU, White, Old Olive
INK: Night of Navy, Black, Old Olive
ACCESSORIES: Labels Eight Nestabilities, Vintage buttons (PTI), Sprig die by Verve.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Viva la Verve

This is my second card for today...still trying to catch up and this time it's for Charmaine's great week 4 Viva la Verve Sketch in the Verve forum. I broke out more MME papers...this time from the Vanity Fair 6x6 pad. I die cut the leafy flourish 3 times and then cut 2 of them down and arranged them in an L formation. I had a dimensional butterfly sticker that fit the colors well. The stamp is a Plain Jane Psalm 46:1 by Verve.

MFT Wednesday Sketch

An absolutely gorgeous day outside...sunny...slight breeze...low 80's AND I'm off work today! I'm finally getting to try out my new camera - a Canon PowerShot S95 - to photograph this card and I really love it! I used a GorillaPod to see if that would help to give me a clearer picture, plus used the macro, no flash setting. I don't use a light box. Instead, I prop up a couple of white CS sheets and take the picture in a windowless room that has a large fluorescent ceiling light. I adjust the color/brightness in GIMP when I'm adding my watermark.
I'm just getting around to creating a card for last week's MFT Wednesday Sketch Challenge. Tweaked it a bit by using 2 ticket stamps in place of the rectangle panel.
Don't forget to make a comment for a chance to win some blog candy...check out THIS POST!

My enabler's list:
STAMPS: Just the Ticket (MFT)
PAPER: MME 6x6 "Everyday Flair" pad, PTI white
INK: Versafine Onyx Black
ACCESSORIES: Ticket Die-Namic (MFT), Baja Breeze seam binding, Stacking stars Die-Namic (MFT), Open Scallop border Die-Namic (MFT), Adhesive pearls, Vintage button (PTI).

Friday, August 19, 2011

Beat the Heat at RTB

It's Friday and the bartenders have created some samples to help you "beat the heat" on the Raise the Bar blog! We'd love to have to play along with this fun theme! I started with this DP from MME's Paris & Co (if you'd like to enter into my blog candy offer, make a comment on THIS POST and you just might win this fabulous paper!) . I created my cone by cutting a triangle from kraft CS and embossing it with the plaid Sizzix EF. The 2 "scoops" of ice cream are actually the top portion of Verve's cupcake image that I paper pieced. The sketch uses Shannon's awesome layout for the Viva la Verve challenge for week #3 in the Verve forum. My new Verve goodies arrived today, so the sentiment was stamped on a small tag die cut from Vintage Cream CS.
What else did I use?
STAMPS: Carpe Cupcake (Verve), Love Notes (Verve)
PAPER: Paris & Co. (My Mind's Eye), Chocolate Chip, Vintage Cream, Fine Linen
INK: Chocolate Chip
ACCESSORIES: Herringbone & Plaid EFs, Small tag dies by Verve, Baker's twine, Paper doily, Fine Linen satin ribbon (PTI), Small flower punch, Pearls.

My blog candy offer is still on through the end of August! Check out THIS POST and leave me a comment for a chance to win FIVE new MME 6x6 paper pads!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

For Your Inspiration #12

Just a reminder to comment on THIS POST for a chance to win 5 new My Mind's Eye 6x6 paper pads!

Check out this fabulous fall photo...full of vivid colors! Steph has another For Your Inspiration photo challenge and we hope you will play along with us! This will end my 6 month term on the design team and I've thoroughly enjoyed getting to know "the girls"...they've been a delight to work with and even though I won't continue on with the DT, I'll definitely be keeping in touch and playing along when time allows! While cleaning out my stamping area last week, I came across this stamped vellum panel and the light bulb went on! Perfect to use for this week's challenge! I layered it on some shaded paper with gold and orange shades, but it didn't show up well, so I got out my sponge daubers and sponged on some Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Cherry Cobbler, and Wild Wasabi inks on the vellum. I wanted this to be a thank you card for Steph...the fearless leader of the FYI challenge blog! She's been a great coordinator and I really enjoyed my time on the team! ((Hugs))

What did I use?
STAMPS: Lovely as a Tree (SU), Tiny Tags (PTI)
PAPER: Salt Air by Cosmo Cricket, Vintage Cream, Black
ACCESSORIES: Border punch by MS, Baker's twine, Tiny tag die (PTI), Brads.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Moxie Fab Card Patterns Sketch

I'm trying my hand with the Moxie Fab Tuesday Trigger inspiration challenge...girly and gutsy is how Cathy describes it! My layout is for Card Patterns Sketch Challenge. I was inspired by the colors and also the swirls and circular elements in the photo.
What did I use?
STAMPS: Say it Loud by Waltzingmouse Stamps.
PAPER: Hibiscus Burst (PTI), Black, White, Mambi Color Basics by Me & My Big Ideas, Yellow textured paper (? source).
INK: Versafine Onyx Black.
ACCESSORIES: Border punch by MS, Ribbon, Daisy die by SU, Daisy Die-namic by MFT.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

BLOG CANDY! My Goof is Your Gain!

Hello to all my dear blogging friends! I have some blog candy to offer you...thanks to my mistake in duplicating orders! :-) I am so in love with My Mind's Eye designer papers in the 6x6 pad sizes and I would love to give out FIVE of these pads to a lucky blog reader who leaves a comment in this post!
Summer is winding to a close and there's a hint of fall coming (shorter days for one), so I'd love to hear of a special summer memory you might have from this season. You don't have to become a follower, though I'd love to have you do so only if you're inspired by my work. Deadline for the giveaway will be August 31 up until midnight EST. I'll announce the winner on September 1. Good luck!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Not Forgotten

It's a multi-tasking Monday morning...created this card for 3 challenges...chatting in the Dirty Dozen thread with lots of excitement as the 2 new dirty girls await their big reveal...watching the Nascar rain-delayed race in the BG...hitting the laundry room...Soon my vacation week ends as I head back to work this afternoon. So, back to my card...It's for the Mojo Monday sketch challenge (I flipped it), for the Crazy 4 Challenges monochromatic theme and for ODBD Shining Light Challenge to add a tag (I used a tiny star tag).
Here's my enabler's list:
STAMPS: Not Forgotten by ODBD, Tiny Tags by PTI.
PAPER: Patterns Pack III by SU, White, Always Artichoke
INK: Always Artichoke
ACCESSORIES: Tiny tag die (PTI), Sentiment flag die, Copper brads, Distressing tool.

Sunday, August 14, 2011


The featured stamper on SCS is Penny (aka pawallen142) and she's got a wonderful gallery! I chose this card to CASE...changing the image, the DP and adding a sentiment. I liked the clean lines she used and really liked the layout! I stamped multiple images from SU's new Button Buddies set when our stamp club last met. I was on the fence about buying this set, so thought I'd "try" it out first! I'm also entering this into Our Creative Corner's Challenge to use fruit on a card.
Here's what I used:
STAMPS: Button Buddies (SU), Say it Loud (Waltzingmouse Stamps)
PAPER: Odds & Ends by Cosmo Cricket, Black, White
ACCESSORIES: Vintage buttons by PTI.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Thanks Claire for her generous offer to give away a free set for a lucky participant of the weekly Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge! My name was drawn several weeks ago, and I chose this Say it Loud set that has an endless variety of possible sentiment combinations. Kelly has another great sketch for us...very CAS but can be dressed up or down. I kept my card simple, so I wouldn't cover up these beautiful new papers from MME's Six by Six collection called Paris & Co. The decorative edge was made using Tim Holtz' Ornate die - once cut using Chocolate Chip and again cut using the dotted swiss DP. I am so sad that my supply of these vanilla rosettes by SU is nearing the end! They are no longer in the catalog and my search online was a dead end. If anyone knows where I can buy more of these satin roses, please let me know! Thanks for stopping by and commenting...I always love to hear from you!

Friday, August 12, 2011

Dog Days of Summer

To celebrate those hazy, lazy dog days of summer, the Bar-Tenders are challenging you to create a dog-themed card at Raise the Bar! I inked up this image from Lili of the Valley and colored with Copics. Though my baby girl is 23 y.o., this picture brought back memories of her in the summer in our backyard swing...always with an animal nearby. The layout is for Jen Del Muro's August Sketch For You To Try challenge. I doodled a frame using a Tombow marker (472). I nearly ditched this card because the colors just didn't make me happy, but didn't have the energy to do it over after a LONG day of chores!

STAMPS: Small Phrases (Verve) - sentiment; Lili of the Valley
PAPER: My Mind's Eye Stella & Rose "Gertie" DP, Blue Bayou, So Saffron, White
INK: Memento Tuxedo Black
ACCESSORIES: Corner chomper, Plaid EF (Sizzix), Charming oval dies by Verve, Pearls, Star border Die-namic by MFT, Copics.