Wednesday, July 30, 2008

more new stuff

Here I am at convention and loaded with new goodies. Oh my, I love our bag this year and our stamp sets!!!! Woooo hooooo! Check it out!

Monday, July 28, 2008

And there are more!

Uh oh, I haven't updated this blog in a few days, but I have been creating. I had a great time doing all the SCS dirty dare challenges throughout the week. Take a peek at my creations.

I'm so behind!

This is the end, for now! lol Now I have to get ready for convention. I'm sure I'll have lots of news and information and creations to post when I get back. Ta ta!

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Layers and layers

This is for Holly's challenge to create a card from her sketch. I also incorporated Lauren's challenge to create a monochromatic card. I really love monochromatic cards and realize I use this quite often. Here is today's card. I'd love to hear what you think of it.

Be sure to check the not a raffle on SCS for some fabulous prizes!!!!

I am loving the challenges by the Dirty Dozen on SCS. Wow, they are so inspirational.
I met three of those challenges on this card. Julie's idea to let the white shine through, Sharon's stamp simply challenge, and Jenn's picture which inspired the color palette. It's all so simple, but I think it looks grand. I love the fact that the square brad fits into the image so well. What do you think?

If you have the time, be sure to check this link to the SCS not a raffle fund raiser for the victims of the midwest flooding! There are some amazing gifts being given for a donation - or not! lol Please check it out.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008


Hi there! Here is my card for Ashley's brain wave challenge this week. It is a sketch, and this is what I came up with. I used Soft Sky and Blue Bayou. I stamped the butterfly on Vellum cs and colored it on the back with a blender pen and ink from the lids of the pads.

This image is from Treehouse stamps. Be sure to check their website. New stamps are being released August 7 - my birthday eve! lol

Pop on over to Ashley's blog to check out the challenge. Just click on her name at the top of my home page.

Thanks for stopping by!

More fun!

It was so great to finish all my swaps and have time to do the three Dirty Dozen challenges on SCS today. Here are my cards.


Yea!!!! I have finished my swaps for convention, so now I have time to play and do the SCS challenges, or whatever else comes my way! Do you want to take a peek at my swaps? I'm going to show them to you right now. So, don't tell anyone going to convention. I want them to be surprised.

I used some of the new sets from the Fall/Winter catalog which will come out in August. I also used some of the new colors! Take a look and let me know what you think.

SCS dinner swap

I had to make 46 of these cards, so I tried to simplify it a bit. Hmmm, there were still lots of steps, but I am happy with the result.

I used sanded as the background stamp. This is the new SU! color, Tangerine Tango. What do you think of it? I like it quite a bit. The other color is Kiwi Kiss. It's not my favorite of the new colors, but I like it with the Tangerine Tango. I used the butterfly from the Dreams du Jour stamp set once again, and the sentiment is from a new set called Heard From The Heart. Very nice, don't you think?

Well, there you have it - sneak peeks at my two swaps for convention 2008! I can't wait!

Swap at Wendy's

Here is the card I made for Wendy's swap on Friday night.

This is showing the new stamp set Dreams du Jour. I love this set. I used Floral background stamp, stamping with Riding Hood Red onto Very Vanilla card stock. I cut out every one of these circular stamp images. I'm glad I only had to do 20 cards. I also used the new scallop edge punch. You're gonna love it when you get yours. Everything else is pretty self explanatory. How do you like it?

A little break

So, I've been so very busy thinking up a good swap card, but I took a little break to do the Dirty Dozen challenges. This is what I came up with to be inspired by ribbon and use vellum on my creation. What do you think?

Friday, July 18, 2008

Think, think, think!

I leave for the Stampin' Up! Convention in only 12 days and I cannot for the life of me come up with a swap for the SCS dinner. Oh my goodness, the turmoil I am going through. This is ridiculous! I did finish 21 cards for another swap I am doing that week, (and I really like what I came up with), but the other is giving me fits! Why is this so hard? I don't know! but I'd better come up with something soon or . . . oh my, I don't know what I will do.

Well, I am going to be off line for a few days, but I will be back. Hmmmm, should I post my swap or keep it a secret until after convention? What do you think?

Glowing Faith

Do you think my card has a glow about it? I really like the look you can achieve with a little emboss resist and a sponge with ink.

I stamped the flourish and the word faith with versamark and clear embossed before adding color around it with a sponge. I love the way the colors blend. The medallion is made with mustard seeds. I just filled the hodgepodge hardware with mustard seeds and then used crystal effects to seal them in. I think it looks great in real life. Then I added the satin chocolate ribbon. That stuff is so yummy! It really is a simple card, but I think it is very fitting. I wonder whom I will send it to?

Thanks for dropping by!

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

BWC#15 take two!

Hey there! Thanks for stopping by.

I changed up my last card to make this one for the sketch challenge on SCS today. Hmmmm, which one do you like best?

I used the out of the box technique for the main flower image. I really like using that technique. I like the combination of the Paisley bg and the dp for this one. The colors are Bravo Burgundy, Chocolate Chip, Old Olive and Whisper White.

I colored the stamp with markers and then water colored it with the watercolor crayons. I love how they work. They are so easy to work with, as the color blends so beautifully. I stamped around the image with Bravo Burgundy and the Itty Bitty Backgrounds. After cutting it out, I run the marker around the edge, just to get rid of that just cut white edge. I think it makes such a big difference. I think most everything else is self explanatory, but if you have questions, I'm happy to give you my answer or opinion. lol

Thanks for stopping by. Please come again!

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

BWC #15

When is the last time you checked out Ashley's blog and took on her brain wave challenge? Well, it's time to do it. Hurry, pop right on over there and take a peek. You can click on her name just above this post and "poof" you are there.

This is my card for this week's challenge.

I used markers on my image and then stamped it. I then watercolored the image with watercolor crayons. They are so easy to use. I love 'em. Today I found my good Stampin' Up! brushes, so it was such a happy day! I had been using some cheapo yucky ones and the results were not so good and they were so hard to use. Ahhh, now I'm happy. lol I then used Itty Bitty Backgrounds around the image, and colored the edge of it with the Bravo Burgundy marker. I then mounted it on the scallop trim created with the new SU! scallop edge punch which will be available in August. You're gonna love it! It's awesome. I used both the Bravo Burgundy and the Chocolate Chip scallops and punched through all the layers with my trusty crop-o-dile, which added more dimension as well as making the green visible through the holes. I stamped the sentiment with versamark and embossed with white ep. I mounted that low on the card and then added the chocolate grosgrain ribbon, being sure to leave just a sliver of the green showing between them. I like the result. What do you think of it?

Amethyst Dreams

I made this card for today's SCS color challenge: Always Amethyst, Wild Wasabi and So Saffron. What a beautiful color combination.

I stamped the Dreams image after inking my stamp with versamark and then Almost Amethyst and clear embossed. Now that's a surprise, isn't it? lol I love clear embossing powder. I use it on almost every project. I then went in and colored the image with markers. I didn't like the look at first and almost threw it away, but the more I added color, the more I liked it. It really does look a lot better in real life, but we know that about all of our projects, right? The rest is self explanatory, but if you have any questions, please ask. I'm happy to help with anything I can.

Monday, July 14, 2008

What a fun Monday!

Wooo hoooo, time to stamp! What a great way to start the week!

Today's SCS challenge was the grid technique. My first card is using the monogram K and I kind of like the card, but thought I could do better, so I made another, the blue one.

My sweet Aunt C had colon cancer surgery and I want her to know I am thinking of her. I talked to her yesterday, and she is doing really well. Get your colonoscopies done! I'm so glad she did and they caught it so early! She is a dear!

So, take a look at my two cards and let me know what you think! I love to hear from you!

Have a great Monday! Now go and stamp stamp stamp!

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

I love this layout!

Cindy gave us this layout for the sketch challenge on SCS today. Wow, it is a really great layout and so many wonderful cards were created using it today. Be sure to check them all out.

I stamped the tree with versamark and embossed with copper ep. I love the close to cocoa, white and black together. I used the rough diamonds cuttlebug folder for the bg. I like how it coordinates.

So, what do you think?

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

BWC #14

Hello, hello, hello!

Whew, it's been busy around here. I spent a few days at my daughter's home and then came home with her two youngest for a few days. It's great having little ones around, but they do require some time. lol

So, I got some time to stamp today and used Ashley's Brain Wave Challenge in combination with the SCS color challenge. Ashley came up with the layout. Be sure to visit her blog for more information and ideas!

I love the look I got on the main panel. I stamped the image with versamark and then clear embossed. Then I stamped the same image (flower) again, using the Groovy Guava ink. The image is Delightful Dahlia from Treehouse Stamps. I then sponged the Groovy Guava into the blossoms and around the edge. It almost glows! I think the rest is easy enough to recognize. The Merci is popped up just to catch the eye a bit. What do you think?

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Two fun!

Today's scoring challenge was just too fun, so I had to try one more thing with it. The scoring seems to show up on white much better than on the colors, so I went with a very simple - white - card.

I scored the border one way, and the inside score lines the other way. Can you tell? I then stamped the images over the scored lines. I stamped the flower again, clear embossed it, cut it out and popped it up. I love how that looks. I had to add just a bit of pink taffeta ribbon and voila! How do you like it?


Today's challenge was to use scoring on your creation. Well, I first tried scoring on the designer paper, but you just couldn't see it, so . . . adapt. I cut the dp just to use as a bg for the images. I then scored above and below the dp panel. It still needed something, so I knotted the brown taffeta ribbon, aligning the knots with the centers of the medallions and used glue dots to hold it in place. I love the colors, perfect plum, pale plum and mellow moss. It used to always be my go to color combo, cut I hadn't used it for a long time, and enjoyed seeing it again. What do you think?

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Purely Wild Butterfly

I haven't had a lot of stamping time this week, so I combined a couple of challenges on this card, the colors and the sketch.

The image is from Treehouse stamps. Be sure to head over and check out their fantastic specials!!!!! Hurry so you don't lose out. The link is on the home page of my blog.

I stamped the image with black craft ink and clear embossed before coloring with a blender pen and ink. Fun stuff. I love the looks of the embossed layers (especially the designer paper) and the black that really pops each layer.

What do you think?

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Brain Wave Challenge #13

So, what do you think of this stamp image? It is just The overalls, and I added the photo of my darling grandson Dylan. Kind of cute, don't you think?

I used Ashley's brain wave challenge colors on this card: Sage Shadow, Certainly Celery, Barely Banana and Very Vanilla.

I'd love to know what you think!

And stay tuned to this blog (and the other Treehouse Design Team member's blogs) for some blog candy - COMING SOON!!!!!!