Sunday, July 27, 2008

July Sheetload Challenge

Have you seen the Sheetload monthly zine? It's a very cool place for you to check out. This month's challenge has prizes! Head on over to this link and check out their free magazine and submit a card! It's Christmas in July! Time to get a jump on cardmaking and get it out of the way. By the way, I'm not a do Christmas ahead of time person at all! I get annoyed, honestly about getting ready for Christmas until after Halloween. It just feels like so much pressure. With the state of the economy these days, though, I think I may have to start early! So, here's a card to get us all in the spirit!

I used the following:

stamps: PTI TAke a Bough
paper: Basic Grey Figgy, Cool Carribean, Rose Red. Whisper White
ink: Rose REd, Chocolate Chip, Old Olive
accessories: Marvy scallop punches, ribbon, glue dots
To make the card, I cut out papers according to dimensions given for challenge, made the ornament with this cool set from PaperTrey. Stamped the sentiment on the blue sheet using a gridded acrylic block, sponged and assembled. The ribbon is held down with glue dots and the ornament layer is popped up.
Thanks for looking! Hope you like!

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Teagan's Challenge

Teagan has a great challenge on her blog. The colors are gorgeous! Check it out here!

Friday, July 25, 2008

Another Dirty Girl Challenge

Here's another Dirty Girls' Challenge. This one is layering (DTGD08Michelle) and layout (DTGD08Holly). I used another bird image from Flourishes' Birds Galore. The paper is Basic Grey "Back to School?" and the ink and paper colors are Sage, Rose Red, and More Mustard. I used my coluzzle and My Marvy Scallop Circle punch to do the owl layers. The eyes are brads. I also did some piercing in the corners of the plaid piece.
This is our cat Mali that we rescued from a farm. She was emaciated and full of fleas, but she took to the litter box like a champ. Since we got the dogs she has taken to using the dog door. She brought us critters for a while, but once we belled her, that practice ceased (she says with fingers crossed.)

Watercolor Garden Vellum for Laurie's Challenge

I found an old scrap of paper with images from Watercolor Garden (retired SU) and decided to use it with vellum for the SCS DGchallenge by Laurie. I embossed the vellum with my cuttlebug and sponged it with More Mustard to get the embossing to pop a little. The other colors are Eggplant Envy and Old Olive. I stamped the sentiment on the vellum cardstock and adhered it with brads. Hope you like! If you don't have a Cuttlebug yet, I recommend them. You can use your 40% off coupon at Michaels (although sometimes it takes some "persuading" with cashiers).
I think my card could have used a thin ribbon. I'll have to go through my stash and see what I can find.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Evil Eye Video

I found this on Stampin Starbuck's blog when I was checking out her kwerner challenge and had to share it with you all. I could watch it over and over. This baby is brilliant!

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

More Birds Galore and DG Challenge


Jenn Balcer's challenge was to use a beautiful cake as an inspiration. Not hard at all. I think Olive and Black are the ultimate color combo! I need to decorate a room in these colors! Have ya'll checked out the Dirty Girls Challenge at SCS? You can follow the link above (purple) to get to the challenges. They're keeping me busy and my kitchen table extremely cluttered! (My laundry is also piling up! :} )

Hitchcock Meets a Kwerner Challenge (#17)

fter I made this card, I realized, it's very "The Birds". That movie TERRIFIED me as a child. The suspense seemed so intense. This is my new Inkadinkadoo set and I'm determined to ink each of the stamps. It's such a great set! It's called Birds Galore. If you linked here from Kristina's sight, check out the other posts with this set. The images are SO cute!
The sentiment I used is from Sincere Salutations. HOpe you like!

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Dirty Dozen Challenge # 1

I got my new Flourishes stamps that I ordered and couldn't wait to ink them up. I decided to ink them for Julie's white space challenge over at SCS. I only recently got Pumpkin Pie ink and absolutely love it. I've been using it quite a bit. I also used my Scor-Pal for the first time to make the box. I found that harder than it looks. I need to figure out some dimensions for regular size cards and boxes that fit perfectly in the middle. I used glue dots to "ruffle" the ribbon just so. I haven't added a sentiment as I'm not sure what this card will be used for.
This next card was forJody's ribbon challenge. Follow the links for each of these challenge for the details abotu the challenge. There is a contest if you are interested! I tried to make the ribbon look like it was holding the image suspended. I may have to play with this design.
Today was hot and extremely lazy. I always feel so guilty when I spend time stamping and surfing blogs and have no "necessary" project completed for the day. I'll try to make up for it tomorrow. Hope you had a nice Tuesday!

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Rockabella plays a special tune for SUSIESTAMPALOT at SCS

The challenge was to CASE SUSIESTAMPSALOT at SCS today. I chose this card. I thought the layout was way cute. I took the easy route and used PTI papers and ribbon. They coordinate so beautifully. I got this Bella image from blog candy over at Laurie Schmidlen's Thanks, Laurie!

I got the cute letter circles for the sentiment one day at Target's dollar spot I think. I bought it hoping they'd come in handy and I think they did! I love how the card came out.

Hope your weekend was great! It's incredibly hot here but we've had clear skies. I did some stamping with an SU club this weekend which was incredibly fun! I'll have to share those another time. My family (brother, sister, and sig. others) were here this weekend. We barbecued, swam in the pool and laughed as we always do. I love my siblings to pieces! I wish everyone was here regularly! HOpe you all have a great Monday!


Thursday, July 17, 2008

Kwerner color inspiration 16 second attempt

Here's another try using So Very by SU. Hope you like it!


This is an example of me wanting to combine an uninked set wit a color challenge. It definately does not always work (as in this case). The card seems garish to me in contrast with the inspiration piece.

Back to the drawing board!

On a brighter side, I got some wonderful candy from Laurie (Laurely on SCS). She packed the goodies full and included some GORGEOUS cards. Click on her name to get to her amazing blog!

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Sympathy Cards

I had to make 2 sympathy cards this week: 2 too many. I try to keep them super simple. The first uses Sahara Sand with Versamark and an Old Olive ribbon. The sentiment is stamped inside with Old Olive.

The second card uses a butterfly punch, Take a Bough, and Cuttlebug embossing folder and die. I added some bling to the butterfly for interest, but tried to keep it all simple.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

BILs Birthday

I needed a card for my BIL, so what better set than SUs Birthday Whimsy? I have barely used it, so I thought I'd ink it up with Tempting Turquoise, Chocolate Chip and a little Orange/Pumpkin. I popped up the middle panel to add texture. I left my mess in the background. Look familiar to anyone?
My Brother-In-Law is such a wonderful guy. We are lucky to have him in our family. Actually I feel like that about all of my in-laws. How awesome is that? I don't hear that from friends too often.
Hope ya'll had a good weekend. We saw Journey to the Center of the Earth and hung out by the pool. The movie was lots of fun with lots of 3-D action. The pups got to go out fishing with DH and had a blast. Have a good Monday!

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Shout out from Tegan

Tegan featured me on her blog! That's a total first for me, and I'm so excited that she liked my cards! Anyway, check out her cute blog here
Here's a cute pic of D last summer at the beach. She's growing up so fast and I'm ready to put the brakes on!

Thursday, July 10, 2008

KW Color Challenge 15

This is Kristina's 15th color challenge. I didn't have certainly celery, so substituted mellow moss. I like the way the faux stitching turned out! I used PaperTrey Ink's Text Boxed. I love that set and don't use it enough. Hope you like!

It's Almost Friday!

M plan was to work on SCSs latest challenge and I went in a different direction completely. I have to say that I love these 2 colors together! If you have anything made with PTIs Lavender Moon and SUs Vintage Violet, would you mind putting a link in the comment section? I'd love to see it. I wonder if my "tomboy" daughter would go for these two colors in her room? Have a great day! Thanks for visiting!

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Accoutrement and a zany color challenge

I had a hard time putting Groovy Guava, Chocolate Chip, and Barely Banana together, but was happy with this card in the end. I used a bleach pen to color the top flower after embossing it and to stamp French script into the Choc chip layer. It ended up looking a lot like Groovy Guava. I then cuttlebugged it with the Textiles embossing folder to add to the distressed look.

This is for Splitcoast Stampers Color Challenge CC174. HOpe you like!

TLC Challenge 176 for SCS

This is for SplitCoast Stampers' TLC176 Try a New Technique Challenge. The challenge was to make a spinner card. Beate has a great tutorial here.
I'd never done one before, so I kept it SUPER simple. Hope you like!

Sunday, July 6, 2008

This is a CASE of Teneale's card Baroque Butterflies found here.Her Vellum butterflies inspired me to use some of my PaperTrey acetate sheets that I've been saving. They are the sheets that the stamps come mounted on. So I made an acetate butterfly and used Night of Navy instead of white as the accent color.

Instead of the Baroque swirls for the background I used Heartfelt flowers. The butterfly is SU's retired Wonderful Wings. Isn't it the greatest set, ever?

On a personal note the card is for a coworker who lost her 18 year old brother-in-law last week. He was a local football hero and the butterfly is done in his high school colors. By all accounts, he was a fine young man with a promising future. His life was lost in a moment of incomprehensible violence. He was to head to his first year of college on a scholarship in the fall. My condolences to his family, teachers, friends, fans, and all.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008


Here's another challenge from Kristina's. People do such a great job with the challenges. I'm always amazed with what they come up with. This week the colors were Grey, Basic Black, Whisper White, Rose Red, and River Rock. The last two were optional. The stamp sets I used were: In the Wild (SU retired), Happy Everything (SU), and good ole' Itty Bitty Backgrounds (SU). I love to use IBBackG's when I get the chance. I embossed the "happy" and added just a splash of Rose Red. I thought this would make a good masculine card. Hope you like it!