Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Color Throwdown #4

CTD Week 4 swatch 

Well, today is Wednesday, and two important things are happening:  I am leaving for convention, and it's another Color Throwdown Challenge, Week 4!!!  This week's hostess is  Cathy, and she has chosen Basic Black, Certainly Celery and Almost Amethyst as her color challenge.  I made two cards for this challenge; I had an idea, then nixed it and made something different.  I wasn't real happy with it, so went back to my original idea and was much happier.  So here is the "good" one:

Color Throwdown 4-b

I needed a thank you card, so I decided that's what I would make; all products are SU except for the Doodlebug Sugar-coated Brad!  I hand-stitched the Old Olive twill "stem"; the leaves are Certainly Celery Prints DP that I cut into leaf shapes, folded in half and put through my crimper.  The pot was cut from Almost Amethyst cardstock, stamped repeatedly with "thanks" from EFP and sponged on the edges.  I curled it a little to give it some shape and attached it with two fat Pop-up Glue Dots.  The flower & sentiment are from Enjoy Every Moment.  I used my Stamp-a-ma-Jig to place the words one of top of the other. 

  • Stamps:  Enjoy Every Moment, Everyday Flexible Phrases
  • Paper:  WW, BB, Cert Celery Prints DP, Porcelain Prints DP, Almost Amethyst
  • Ink: Almost Amethyst, Stazon Black, Certainly Celery
  • Acc:  Old Olive Twill, Glue Dots, Pop-Up Glue Dots, Crimper, SAMJ, Dauber, Needle & Thread, Dimensionals, Sugar-Coated Brads

And here is my other attempt.  Okay, but just not the look I was going for:

Color Throwdown 4-d

I was trying to do an "out-of-the-box" Christmas card.  The fun thing about this card is all the glitter, which is difficult to see.  The branch is stamped in Craft ink and heat embossed with Iridescent Ice EP; around the edges of the Certainly Celery cardstock is a line of DD glitter as well; and the Sugar-coated Brads are glittery too.  This is all from a retiring SU set called Peaceful I am very sad to see go!!!

Now, lets see what you can do!  You can check out what the other  Color Throwdown girls have done here:

And since I am leaving for convention this afternoon, a reminder that I probably won't be posting anything until I return, unless someone in my room brings a laptop!!  Hold down the fort while we're gone!!!

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

A Happy Dance

One of the first emails I received today was a little woo-hoo from a fellow swapper that I had a card on Stampin' Up!'s Stamper's Showcase.  That is SU's version of a gallery where demos send in their samples & sometimes they get chosen to be displayed!  I hadn't ever posted it in case they did choose it, but it was a while back so I had forgotten about it.  Since I am busy getting ready for convention, this is a perfect time to show you the card!

All Through the Year SU Sample

This card uses the retiring In Color Soft Sky and All Through the Year set, as well as Simply Said for the sentiment.  The flowers are stamped on Kraft in White Craft ink; the centers are punched with the Anyhere Punch tool, and the stems were pierced with the punch, both found in the Tool Kit.  I finished it with a simple Soft Sky ribbon. 

Remember that tomorrow is Wednesday, the day of our Color Throwdown Challenge!  Since I will be leaving tomorrow afternoon for convention, I won't have any more postings after that until I return home on Sunday!  So be sure to stop back tomorrow to see what the CTD girls have come up with !  Have a great day!

Monday, July 28, 2008


I feel like I have been away for a long, long time!  I had a very busy weekend and lots of activities and appointments today, so I have not stamped a thing.  It is a special day for me, though, and I received several cards in the mail celebrating my day, so I thought I would show you a few!  These first two are from Wendy & Denise (weebestampin' and peanutbee--links are on the side):

Denise & Wendy's cards

Aren't they wonderful?  And there were some stamped images inside Denise's.  I should have photographed the insides as well, both are just as nice inside as out!  Thanks girls!

These two cards are from fellow NMBSers!  You can see that link at the side as well!  Thank you so much, Vicki & Lisa!  What a nice surprise to get these beauties in the mail!!!

NMBS Cards

This one is from Dana (Life Is Good).  This card is just stunning in all the detail; again, I should have photographed the inside (I'm tired!) so you'll have to take my word for it that it, too, is just as pretty inside as out.  I love the herb images she's used, along with the Canvas background & eyelets.  Right up my alley!  Thanks, Dana!

Dana's card

And these two cards are from a couple of my customers, Linda, Ginger, and Ginger's daughter Emily.  Linda used some sweet little images that are so precious; Ginger and Emily's card was actually a thank-you, and they used the faux diamond-dust technique that made those beautiful colors really shine. 

Ginger & Linda's cards

It was  a lovely birthday, even if I didn't get to stamp (yet!).  I had a surprise cake at a picnic last night & my daughter got me a beautiful necklace, a pair of shoes, a gorgeous violet, and a new computer mousepad.  John & I went out to dinner Friday, and took friends out on our sailboat Saturday, I got several other nice cards in the mail as well, so it was a really nice weekend.  Thanks to all of you!

Friday, July 25, 2008

Christmas Card Recipes

CIJ Be Merry

I was asked by PatsyB what stamps I used for my Christmas cards, and unfortunately I can't return emails through blogger, so I'll just add them here.  (I was rushed this morning!)

Noel Card:

  • Stamps:  Many Merry Messages, Punch Pals, Snow Flurries (retiring)
  • Paper:  WW, Hostess Prints DP
  • Ink:  Real Red
  • Acc:  Scallop Punch, 3/4" circle Punch, Dimensionals

Be Merry Tree Card:

  • Stamps:  Warm Words, Snowflake Spot (retiring)
  • Paper:  Naturals White, Gold Brushed, Handsome Hunter
  • Ink:  Gold Encore, Handsome Hunter
  • Acc:  Sponge Dauber, Star Punch, Gold Brads, 1/16" Punch, Gold Zig Painty (retiring), Word Window Punch
  • The tree is stamped with the small snowflake from The Snowflake Spot; I read about this on SCS somewhere (sorry, I don't remember where) and I played around with the image until I came up with this design.  Stamp three at the bottom, close together; then two on top; then one.  Fill in with ink & dauber.  Add punched star on top and dot each snowflake with gold ink from Gold Painty.  Tree trunk is punchout from Word Window Punch, cut in half.

Sleigh Bells Card:

  • Stamps: Sleigh Bells Ring
  • Paper:  WW, Soft Sky, Not Quite Navy, Ruby Red
  • Ink:  Not Quite Navy, Ruby Red
  • Acc:  Stitched Ribbon, Glitter, Quickie Glue Pen

Let It Snow Card:

  • Stamps:  Big on Christmas, Twinkle Wheel (retired)
  • Paper:  Kraft, WW, Bravo Burgundy, Bordering Blue
  • Ink:  Stavo, Craft White
  • Acc:  Markers, Glitter, Glue Pen, Double Rectangle Punch, Taupe Taffeta ribbon

Thanks! :D

Christmas in July

We had my CIJ Stamp Camp last night--we had lots of fun!  Busy stampers, glitter flying in the air, punches punching!  As I read my challenges & emails this morning, I realized one of the cards fits three challenges:

  • ssnotime45 by Sharon Johnson---stamp a Christmas card
  • DTGD08Sharon again by Sharon Johnson (this is a SCS Dirty Girl challenge) to stamp simply
  • DTGD08Lauren by Lauren Meader (again a DG challenge) to stamp something monochromatic

CIJ Noel

And here are the other three cards:

CIJ Be Merry

CIJ Sleigh Bells Ring new

CIJ-Big on Christmas

These were all fun, fairly simple cards--of course you can't see the glitter, the best part!

I have a busy day, so off I go! If anyone needs recipes, just let me know! Thanks for visiting!

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Color Inspiration 17

Well, I had to laugh when I saw Kristina's Color Inspiration 17 because it was almost exactly the same combo I had for my first Color Throwdown Challenge.  She added Rose Red to hers to match the beautiful vintage dress she found.  Check it out:


07-24-08 KWerner Challenge 7

I had a couple different ideas for this, but ran out of time, so went with my first sample using the hydrangea and sentiment from Inque Boutique's Fluttering By, Butterfly.  (Plus I have NO rose stamps!!)  I used Craft Rose Red and Craft Sage Shadow to stamp the main image, then filled in with Classic Regal Rose & Sage Shadow inks with an aquapainter.  I used the Craft ink because, once dry, it won't bleed.  The sage panel is stamped in Soft Sage with the Linen background stamp, and the white card base is stamped off with the flourish from Baroque Motifs, also in Sage Shadow.  I added an old piece of lace and pearl button from my stash for the "vintage" look of the dress.  How coincidental that my dresser scarf mimics the flourishes!!!  This looks rather vanilla in the photo, but it really is white!  Thanks for visiting!!

In A Pink Mood

It seems I am using a lot of pink lately! 

Baby Girl Shoes This card uses the same image that I used for Kristina's challenge last week, but the full image.  It is on shimmery white paper so it makes it quite easy to watercolor.  The Regal Rose background has been stamped with Tres Chic, scalloped, and I added a little border from Inque Boutique's Stitch Fun.  Can you tell I love that set???  I don't usually add a bow to my cards as I think it makes it too bulky, but I thought a big organdy bow would like nice here.  Black is not a color I would normally associate with a baby card, but it seemed to work!

Butterfly Cards  Here are a couple cards I made with some yummy SEI paper I got on my shopping trip a few weeks ago!  I also am using one of SU's new In Colors:   Pink Piroutte!!  I got a couple nice butterflies in the Inque Boutique set Fluttering By, Butterfly; this one is stamped in Chocolate Chip and daubered with Regal Rose; the sentiment is from Always.  I did do a little stamping on the side of the card with the stem from Fresh Cuts too.  I added some bling & glitter, and used the layout from CPS here.  I used both sides of the paper and since it is a fairly busy pattern, I didn't feel it needed much more in the way of embellishments.  I decorated the inside as well:Butterfly Card Closeup




Thanks for this idea, Denise!  And thanks for visiting. 

I am going to try to post Kristina Werner's challenge today, which is almost the same colors as my first Color Throwdown Challenge!!!  But I am prepping for my Christmas Card Stamp Camp, so I don't know if I'll have time or not!!! 

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Color Throwdown Challenge 3

Color Throwdown

Wow, week 3 already!  I had fun with this color combination that Broni chose!  I almost did a fall-themed card, as I have some new fall stamps that I am itching to play with, but I saved them for another time.  Instead, I used some other new stamps!  So here's my take on the throwdown:

07-23-08 Color Throwdown Challenge 3

This card uses a layout from Jen's Sketch for You to Try.  Main stamp image is from Lockhart; the buttons & sewing images are from Inque Boutique's Stitch Fun. 

  • Stamps:  Knitting Basket, Lockhart:  Stitch Fun, Inque Boutique
  • Paper:  Close to Cocoa, Shimmery White, Western Sky DP, Taken with Teal
  • Ink:  Taken with Teal, Ruby Red, Close to Cocoa, Going Gray, Chocolate Chip
  • Acc:  Circle Punch, 1/16" Punch, Thread, Aquapainter, Dimensionals

Here are the other Throwdown artists:

Now let's see what you come up with!

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Bad Blogger

Well, I guess being a bad blogger might fit in with Dirty Girls! I was tagged by Mary Jo at Techno Stamper last week and have not posted it! So sorry! Since I was just tagged a little while ago, and there are soooooo many wonderful blogs out there, I am going to consider you all tagged! If anyone wants to post a little something about themselves, please feel free!!! And please check out Mary Jo's blog here because she has some awesome samples! Thanks Mary Jo!!!

Dirty Girl Challenges

If you're a member of the Fan Club on SCS, you have access to lots of neat galleries.  One of the them is the Dirty Girls!  I am not sure why they are called that--hopefully because they get so down & dirty while they are stamping.  BTW, Taken with Teal does not come out completely from a pair of tan shorts.....ask me how I know!  Anyway, this week, SCS is having a bunch of challenges thrown down by the Dirty Girls, and we can participate.  I combined three:

  • Clean, Simple White card by Julie
  • Vellum by Laurie
  • Ribbon by Jody

You can see all the challenges here.  (You may not be able to link this unless you are a Fan Club member.  You can find out about that here.)  So here is my card:

07-23-08 challenge dirty girl 2

It is a challenge just to photograph the vellum!! (Can you believe my background is a piece of Certainly Celery cardstock!?)   But it is quite pretty IRL!  The card is WW; I used the lighter weight vellum that SU sells and stamped on the reverse with Boho Backgrounds in Craft White.  You MUST make sure it is all the way dry--I used my heat tool.  The ribbon from Michael's was what drove the other colors--the heart from Always was stamped on the white card base in Mellow Moss; the sentiment from Essential Sentiments (MFT) was stamped on top of the vellum in Always Artichoke.  I didn't have any ink that really matched this ribbon--it is a very pretty, but odd color!  The edges of the vellum were scalloped with the new SU punch; the top of the vellum is adhered under the ribbon.  Here are a couple closer views:

07-23-08 challenge closeup 2 07-23-08 challenge close up






Thanks for visiting!  Remember, tomorrow is the Color Throwdown Challenge, and Broni is our hostess!  You can click on the link on the sidebar for more information!

Monday, July 21, 2008

Beach Babies

I just love this little stamp from 100 Proof Press!  They have the coolest vintage images.  My thank you card stash is quite low, so I have been concentrating on making more, but I really need to get some samples made with my new SU stuff!  I had this already stamped, so I just colored it in and mounted and embellished it.  The image is stamped on shimmery white cardstock; card is Barely Banana with some Dollar Store dp.  The sentiment is from My Favorite Things, punched with my SU round punch.  Added ribbon and dew drops and it's in the mail already!  TFL!

Bathing Babies 07-21-08

Sunday, July 20, 2008


On A Theme!

07-20-08 OCCC Challenge

I needed some quick thank-you cards, and I also wanted to participate in Our Creative Corner's challenge for this week, which is to use dry embossing.  I already had received these gorgeous embossed pieces from my friend Billie, along with some stamped images, so it was quick & easy to put them together.  I like this clean & simple style!  The butterfly image is from Inque Boutique's Flutter By, Butterfly, stamped in Sage Shadow; the sentiment is SU's All Holidays, stamped in Close to Cocoa.  The ribbon is a suede RAK from Tammy.  I also mounted the image on a piece of Close to Cocoa cardstock that I split in half so that it resembled suede.  Both cards are PTI's Aqua Mist.  The colors really match much better IRL!  Thanks for visiting! 

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Retirement Party

I had a little open house last night to say "good bye" to the retiring Stampin'Up! sets.  I think everyone enjoyed themselves; I know I had a great time.  My husband asked me if I had fun because I was making so much noise laughing!  We made two easy cards using retiring sets:

Open House Card 1 This card used Peaceful Wishes and Sahara Sand, Naturals White, Handsome Hunter & Real Red cardstock.   The pinecone was glittery, although you probably can't see it here.




Open House Card 2 This card was a simple easy birthday card, great for a guy.  It used Polka Dots & Paisley, Little Pieces, Amazing to Zany and All Through the Year, along with Purely Pomegranate & Blue Bayou cardstock, both retiring In Colors. 






I gave away some door prizes,  had a stamp sale of some older retired sets, and we all ate some goodies! 

Door Prize 1 Open House

Open House Door Prize 2

The prize on the left side is a cinnamon container, decorated and filled with chocolate; the Bag in a Box had some SU goodies in it.  Some of the girls wanted the recipe for my Cupcakes with Cream Cheese, which has never let me down when I needed a yummy treat. So here it is:

Cupcakes with Cream Cheese

Mix together and set aside:

  • 4 oz. softened cream cheese
  • 1 egg white
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • Dash salt
  • 3 oz. mini chocolate chips (you can use regular, I just like the minis!)

Blend together the batter:

  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/4 cup cocoa
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 1 tbsp white vinegar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 egg yolk

The batter will be runny.  Put cupcake papers in muffin tins and pour batter into papers. Drop a teaspoon of cream cheese mixture in the center of each cupcake.  Bake 30-35 minutes at 350 degrees.  This will make 16-18 cupcakes.  The recipe says they are moist and don't need icing!  I agree!  This recipe is from Tole World, April 1983.

Hopefully the afternoon will let me stamp a bit--I have some sewing and alterations to do, then we'll see!  Have a great Saturday!

Friday, July 18, 2008

Another Good Mail Day

I am prepping for my open house tonight, so I don't really have anything new to show you, but I did get some nice things in my mail this week!

Pennie's card-1

This dazzling beauty is from my upline, Pennie.  She is always a source of inspiration for me, and can be counted on for some really cute ideas.  This card has been watercolored, and the "celebrate" is silver embossed--ooh la la!  The best part about this card was what was inside--a nice big fat gift certificate!  Thanks Pennie!!

Shawn's plum card-1

This is from my fellow stamper friend, Shawn!  This girl has the most amazing style; I keep trying to convince her to start a blog, and I think she will be soon!  So watch out, because she will rock the stampin' world!  Although this is hard to tell, the card is Almost Amethyst and the center of the flower is Perfect Plum.  Cute DP--thanks, Shawn!!!

Dawn's Blog Candy-1

How would you like to open a big box with all these goodies inside?  I won Dawn's blog candy, and my eyes popped out when I saw all this stuff!  There is gorgeous Scenic Route DP, cardstock, flowers, CUTE buttons, CUTE ribbon & jumbo rickrack, a tin & scrapbook thingie inside, glitter, diecut chipboard and chipboard coasters.  I just don't know what to use first, it is all GORGEOUS.  And this is the first time I have ever won any blog candy, isn't it fabulous!   I am so blessed!  Thank you so much Dawn!!!

I hope all of you have a wonderful weekend.  I am STILL chopping, cutting, cooking the peppers are coming, and seriously, I think we have about 100 spaghetti squash growing. We have never grown it before so we had no idea it would take over like it has!!!  Hopefully it will keep for a while so we can eat it in the fall & winter! 


Thursday, July 17, 2008

It's Not Stamping but.......

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Baby Shoe Challenge


Well, I should be cleaning my house right now and what am I doing but stampin'! I checked Kristina's challenge today -- isn't it the cutest? So I just could not resist doing it since I had just gotten the Shoe Boutique set from Cornish Heritage Farms and the baby shoe is the first one I inked up! So my take on the challenge is pretty literal:

KWerner 07-17-08 2

I am thinking I will be one of many who uses this image! Anyway, the details are pretty simple: images are stamped in Going Gray and watercolored very carefully as the GG is not waterproof. Mounted on Nestability scallops & circles, popped up on dimensionals. I am very excited about the scallop punch that I just got from my SU order--it is very easy to use and looks great! The little stitched border at the top is even more exciting - it is from the Inque Boutique stamp set Stitch Fun. If you haven't seen these, check out their stuff at The Purple Turtle. They combine the best of rubber stamps with the positioning capability of clear stamps. JUST AWESOME, I want to play all day with them! Ribbon is just some double-sided satin from ACM. Thanks for looking, I'm off to clean!

  • Stamps: Shoe Boutique, CHF; Stitch Fun, Inque Boutique
  • Paper: Soft Sky, Very Vanilla, Shimmery White
  • Ink: Going Gray, Pure Pumpkin, Certainly Celery, So Saffron, Soft Sky
  • Acc: Vanilla WC Crayon, Aquapainter, Nesties, Scallop Punch, Dimensionals, Ribbon

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Color Throwdown Challenge - Week 2

It's Wednesday, and that means a new Color Throwdown Challenge!  Wow, we were all impressed by the samples you made for the first challenge!!  What an awesome bunch of creations in a variety of images and styles!  This week Tammy Hershberger has thrown down this color combo:

 week 2 picks

This definitely IS a challenge!  As I worked with my card, the color combination grew on me!  I really like it!  So here is my creation:

07-16-08 CTD2

I broke into some of the yummy DP I bought on my shopping trip to Lancaster, and used a couple of retired SU images for my focal point.  The sunflowers were painted with Barely Banana and Pumpkin Pie ink, and the whole image was overstamped with Sanded in Barely Banana, and Linen with Sahara Sand to give it a shabby, grungy feel. I also distressed the edges with my SU tool.  I wish you could feel the suede ribbon, a RAK from Tammy (thanks again!), it just adds so much to the textures in the card; I finished it with an old button from my stash.

So lets see what you come up with!  Post your take on this color challenge in the comments screen on the Color Throwdown blog and link it to your blog if you have one.  And if you don't have these colors, feel free to substitute something close!  If you'd like to link your creation at SCS, use "CTD2" in your posting! 

  • Stamps:  Provencal, Sidekick Sayings, Sanded, Linen
  • Paper:  Cool Caribbean, Pumpkin Pie, Naturals Ivory, DP by MME, Baby Girl Polka Dots & Birthday Girl Dots
  • Ink:  Stazon, Barely Banana, Pumpkin Pie, Always Artichoke, Sahara Sand
  • Acc:  Nesties, Distresser, Button & Thread, Suede Ribbon, Aquapainter


Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Box in a Bag

Tote Bag 1

This cute little bag has been making its appearance on many a blog, so when I saw it again on Renee's, I decided to finally give it a try!  Her posting is from July 9 and she also has a link to a tutorial.  I found mine at Diana Gibbs' blog, so that is the one I used.  I realized when I made my first one, I used exactly the same paper as hers!!  So I kind of threw another one together today; this is  a little shorter in height because I used a scrap piece of DP that I had in my stash.  I did not scallop the bottom edge, but stamped some of the elements from Wanted, added some ribbon & buckle from HPH, and tied it with the same ribbon.  (In this light, I guess that ribbon doesn't match very well!  Oh well!)  I did not add any embellishments to the front of the bag since the DP's design was centered so nicely!  Gee, how did that happen?  I can see where there could be lots & lots of possibilities for these little bags!  This one will be a door prize at my upcoming Retirement Stampin'Up!  party!  I guess I should put something inside though! LOL!  My next one will be a little more embellished--that is the fun part, don't you think!?  It is quite easy, why don't you give it a try?  Thanks for visiting....remember that tomorrow is COLOR THROWDOWN CHALLENGE Wednesday!  Stop back! 

  • Stamps:  Wanted
  • Paper:  Western Sky DP, Creamy Caramel
  • Ink:  Creamy Caramel
  • Acc:  Sticky Strip, Grosgrain ribbon, Tab Punch, round punch, Glue Dots

Monday, July 14, 2008

A Big Thank You to Everyone

I just want to thank EVERYONE who left a kind comment regarding the news that I made Kristina Werner's Top Ten!! Your words mean so much because I think the samples I saw this week were awesome. Her challenges really stretch people to think a little outside the box; I just love looking at them all!!! But I would not want to have to choose out of all those entries! Anyway, you are all winners in my book! And thank you also to those who have been subscribing!! It is so much fun to hear from you out there all over the stamping world! Thanks again & bless you!

Shame on Me

I am so embarrassed!  Thankfully my friends love me so much and are so kind, they don't mind when I mix up their card creations!  My previous post said I got a certain card from Wendy 2, but THIS card is actually from Wendy:

Wendy's real RAK

I realized as I walked through my living room an hour or so ago, and saw it sitting in its place of honor on my piano, that I mixed the two cards up!  (The other card was from Denise--they both are such awesome stampers that , oh well, you get the picture!)  It uses that beautiful butterfly paper, a CHOCOLATE-embossed butterfly and some oh-so-pretty butterfly punch-outs!!!  And she used the sketch challenge from this week and tied it all up with some taffeta ribbon.  I am so lucky!  Plus, she sent me some adorable kitten images--she must know that I didn't have any of them, since I didn't have any dog ones either!!  She knows me so well!  Just such a gorgeous card.  Thanks, Wendy.  You should check out her blog here to see all the wonderful things she has made!

Quiet Monday

I am still preparing for my two upcoming events, so I am posting a couple cards I received in the mail from customers and friends.  And guess what--they're both named Wendy!  Here is the one from Wendy 1:

Wendy's Card

Isn't this sweet?  She did such a GREAT job with making this card--I love it when customers send me one of their cards, it is such a nice feeling!

And this one is from Wendy 2:


We all got some of this beautiful butterfly paper on our recent shopping trip and I haven't used it yet!! I promise I will, there are just so many sets/papers/ideas, I need more time in the day!!!!

And finally, one night when I couldn't sleep, I colored in a Crafty Secrets image that Denise sent me, and mounted it on this neat vintage-looking DP from Autumn Leaves:

Story of Me Crafty Secrets

The image is colored with an aquapainter & inks, then I masked it and stamped the background with Linen in More Mustard.  I didn't get quite the effect I wanted, but I think it is okay.  I mounted it on a piece of Always Artichoke, added some photo corners & brads, and then stamped the sentiment from my new Verve Petals & Stems with craft Chocolate Chip ink on some wide twill ribbon.  Thanks for visiting today!

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Weekend Stamping

Well, I barely have time to stamp this weekend--boating yesterday and a concert today, so I am squeezing this in between activities!  It's summer, right!  So I am relaxing a bit! :D

This card is for two challenges--I just feel like I HAVE to do these, and I know I don't, in fact, I need to concentrate on my two events coming up quickly, plus convention!!! Yikes!  Anyway, Our Creative Corner had a beautiful challenge, and the Inspiration Challenge yesterday was from this incredible Cupcake website here.  The cake is chose is called Paisley.  The website scrolls, so you can just look at all the cakes until that one comes up!  You definitely need to browse this website....there are creations here you could never imagine.  And if you want to buy a franchise, it is only $500,000!!!  Let's run right out & get one!  Anyway, here is my card, combining the two.  I used the Paisley background stamp on Naturals Cream cardstock, stamped & embossed with white craft ink and white embossing powder.  Just to add a little yellow to follow OCCC's inspiration, I sponged Barely Banana all over the embossing.   I dyed a Pretties flower with Regal Rose ink, added a little bridal flower & rhinestone and mounted it on some wide Regal Rose satin ribbon.  The little sentiment is from Papertrey's Mixed Messages, punched with the small oval punch and sponged with a little Barely Banana.  The whole shebang is mounted on a Barely Banana card.  I don't know anybody getting married, but I guess maybe I will someday and can use this card then!!! 

07-12-08 challenge 3

Friday, July 11, 2008

Simply Thanks

I really like Sharon Johnson's Stamp Simply challenges every Friday. This week was to make a thank you card, which I needed! I am not sure this really qualifies as simple, but since the image was a stamped RAK from Denise (peanutbee), the only stamping I did was on the card base itself. This is also for the Limited Supply challenge today at SCS---something summery with limited layers and embellishments. So here we go:

07-11-08 challenge 2 sharp

We are allowed to use three layers, and I only used one brad and a tiny little bit of glitter on the sand!!! It is difficult to see, but shells & seagulls are stamped on the background, as well as some clouds sponged on the sky. If you click on the picture, you can see it much better!

Thanks for looking and make sure you thank someone for something today!! Better yet, send them a card & put it on SCS!

  • Stamps: Beach Scenes,Great Impressions; Short and Sweet, SU
  • Paper: WW, Tempting Turquoise, Summer Sun
  • Ink: Stazon Black, Tempting Turquoise, Soft Sky, More Mustard
  • Acc: Markers, Corner Punch (ret), BB Brad & 1/16" punch, Dimensionals, Daubers

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Kristina's Challenge


I usually miss Kristina's color challenge---by the time I remember to look for it, it's usually too late!! Yesterday, I remembered; I was even up til 1 am last night waiting, but finally had to go to bed!! Don't these colors just give you a little hint of fall? Her style is a little edgier & hip than mine, but clean & simple, which I sometimes try to do, so here's my take. This card is 4 1/4" square; the flowers are embossed & punched out. I probably cased this somewhere, I am not sure, so thank you to whoever you are, if anyone knows, leave me a post! Of course, Kristina's work is PERFECT, and my sample has a couple little smudges of white EP which I could not get off, but I'm giving it a shot anyway! Thanks for visiting!

KWerner 07-09-08 2

  • Stamps: Petals & Stems, Verve; So Many Sayings
  • Paper: Chocolate Chip, Certainly Celery, Really Rust, Close to Cocoa
  • Ink: White Craft
  • Acc: White EP, White grosgrain, Dimensionals, 1 3/8" square punch

A Few Things Here & There

Not sure when I'll get to stamp today, as my garden is overflowing!!! I wish I could send some zucchini through the airwaves to everyone that said they'd love to have some!
I stamped some "way to go" cards for the top sellers in my Wee-inkers group for May (now it's time for June's already) and I wanted to post them now that I am sure they've received them! I usually try to make them fairly simple, and easy-to-duplicate, so they can use them as samples when they have workshops. I don't use this Crab & Co set often enough, so I thought by using one element, the starfish, they would be easy to make!
The image is stamped in Stazon, colored with markers and embellished with some DD glitter. I mounted them off-center on a larger punched-out circle and added some taupe ribbon--love that stuff! Hope you enjoy them!

The next card was for my cyber-friend Jodi, who just moved into her new home in England. I had fun making this card!!

Everything was watercolored with an aquapainter & reinkers; the clouds were just a little post-it note cut into a cloud shape, then sponged with a dauber randomly around the sky. With this DP, I just think it is a bright cheerful card, and she told me she loved it! Hope you enjoy your day; it is beautiful, clear & non-humid today in SE PA!
  • Stamps: Crab & Company, Loads of Love & Accessories
  • Paper: Kraft, Soft Sky, Bashful Blue, Old Olive, Only Orange, Whisper White, Watercolor, Fall Flowers DP, Summer Picnic DP
  • Ink: Stazon, various reinkers
  • Acc: Markers, Aquapainter, Old Olive Twill, Taupe Taffeta, Buttons, DD Glitter