Tuesday, March 31, 2009

CAS Sympathy

K's great grandmother passed away last week, so some sympathy cards were needed. I decided since this was a somber occassion, that I would forgo the embellishments and just leave this as a clean and simple card.

I must say though, that the first time I saw this stamp set (Paper Trey Ink, With Sympathy), I absolutely fell in love with it...and actually delayed my purchase (I have no idea why) and have now used this set for several upcoming projects I have...I am truly in love with this set! These leafy vines can be used for so many things and the floral choices in the set can really change the look of your project! Check back here in the next few weeks to see what else I have done with this Sympathy set (and it's totally not Sympathy)...thanks for looking ... recipe below as usual!

  • Stamps: Paper Trey Ink, With Sympathy
  • Paper: SU Kraft, Heavenly Blue
  • Ink: SU Heavenly Blue, Tim Holtz Shabby Shutters, Old Paper

Monday, March 30, 2009

Good Weekend...and slightly Mortifying....

We are back from yet another horse show...although it's been since Thanksgiving since we've attended one, but we had a really good show. One of our clients really got it together with her new horse this horse show and had some really great placings and another client had her parents visit her and won her class also... sooo... good horse show... some happy tears (which are much better than the other kind!)... oh the mortifying part...well...
As many of you know, we have a new addition to our family... JR, our rescued Jack Russell and this was his first horse show. We typically keep the dogs crated in the tack room, but for some reason we left them loose in the tack room and shut the door... well when we opened the door JR shot out of there like his tail was on fire and ran STRAIGHT INTO the make up pen...and proceded to "attack" the big, monster dogs (horses)...luckily at the time no one was riding, but K was running after him, trying to grab his leash, the trainer giving the lesson was screaming at him (K and JR) and the students were just trying to get their horses under control...sigh...K came slinking back to the stall with JR and we were both totally mortified! We've got a LOT of obedience work to do... who would think this 10 lbs would be such a terror??? (ok, me...but seriously, does that face look like an attack dog to you? LOL) that was day 1...the rest of the weekend went better and he was crated from there on out...LOL...oy!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Digital Stamp Oasis Sketch Contest

Have you been to the Digital Stamp Oasis Blog? There's a sketch contest going on right now...here's the details:

"To celebrate the new Digital Stamp Oasis Design Team I am giving away some blog candy. I don't have a picture of it yet, I still want to get a couple of things to add to it. But wanted to post the sketch and details today.To win this blog candy you will have to
1. make a card using the sketch below...but there is a catch...you have to use something digital on your card. It can be a digital image (from any [digital] stamp company), a sentiment you make on your computer, digital Designer paper, or anything else digital you can think of.
2. Post your card on your blog and post about this blog candy challenge with a link to my blog.
3. Post a comment in the comment section with a link to your creation."

So here' s my card in celebration of the contest;

I used Susie Squirrel Loves Dandelions (isn't she just the cutest? she also reminds me of a skunk...kind of like Flower from Bambi...doesn't she remind you of Flower?) for my image and colored her in with Copics. I layered her and used my Threading Water Border punch for the scallops on her border. Now, I NEVER have enough Thank You cards...so I decided this would be a perfect opportunity, so I stamped my sentiment and then punched it out with my Martha Stewart Pinking punch, I then stamped, cut out, pop dotted and stickled the little butterflies. I followed this sketch a little loosely, but a still happy with the results. Be sure to take a browse around Digital Stamp Oasis' Store...lots of cute images that are easy on your pocketbook! Recipe, Sketch and a close up below...thanks for looking and be sure to enter the contest to win some fab blog candy!


Wednesday, March 25, 2009

BIG ANNOUNCEMENT.... I MADE the Digital Stamp Oasis DT!!!!!!

I'm sooooo excited, Ellie has chosen me to be one of her members of her new DT for the Digital Stamp Oasis! I can't wait to meet all of the DT members and start working with them! I decided to do a personal celebration and make a card for the occassion!
I chose todays SCS Sketch Challenge (SSC221) and used Susie Squirrel Watering the Flowers from Digital Stamp Oasis. I started with my VERY colorful background paper and chose everything around THAT...I've had that paper for AGES (by Frances Meyer) and I've always thought it was pretty...but very, very busy! I knew I needed to use it sparingly! LOL! However it says "spring" to me...as does Susie...and I'm itching to see flowers and green again...it's been a LONNNNNGGGGG winter!
I colored Susie in Copics, and then I wanted to mimic the flowers she was watering, so I punched pink circles, then I highlighted with my Copic marker, then I used a black lining marker and mimicked them from the image and then I added Stickles (gotta have that bling!). The sketch and a couple more photos (as well as the recipe) are below...thanks for looking!


Tuesday, March 24, 2009

CAS with the Free Digi Stamp from Two Scoops of Rice

Here's my Pink Elephant Challenge Entry...I decided to go clean and simple today...and I didn't add a sentiment, this card could be used for Easter, Hello, Thinking of You...or???? This card is fairly straight forward, played with my Copics again, recipe is below...thanks for looking...and if you want the image...look at my posting below on how to get it for free!

  • Stamp: FREE Digi Stamp by Two Scoops of Rice (see below post on how to get it)
  • Punches: Fiskars Threading Water
  • Embossing: Cuttlebug Swiss Dots
  • Other: Organza Ribbon, Queen & Co. Flowers, Brads, Copics

Monday, March 23, 2009

FREE Easter Digi-Stamps...

...THAT got your attention didn't it? LOL...in my "blurfing", I have found not one, but TWO sites that have FREE DIGITAL EASTER images.... and they are:

TWO Images by Dustin Pike, one is an Easter Bunny, the other is an Easter DRAGON...yes, you read that right...DRAGON...but they are both sooooooo cute! I have a feeling any little boy on your Easter list would LOVE an Easter Dragon card...LOL

The OTHER image I found is from Two Scoops Rice and it's an adorable bunny sitting in a pot, but you have to email Two Scoops Rice (click on the link for details) for that one...

I have MORE NEWS COMING regarding Digital Stamping....staaaaaayyyyy tuned!

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Introducing JR

After many lengthy discussions, K and I decided that the household was just too quiet without Spanky, not that he was a "noisy" dog, but a very entertaining one...we also decided we wanted to "rescue" a Jack Russell in need of a good home. (I also knew we'd get another dog and didn't want too much time to pass for our two other furbabies to be just two and then add a third, I didn't want them to get used to one routine and then switch YET AGAIN, I wanted an easy transition for them) So I perused Petfinder.com and there were TONS of Jack Russells looking for homes. I think most people think Jack's are cute, but don't realize that they are HIGH ENERGY dogs...however we live in an ideal situation for Jack's...we live on a farm with lots of activity going on daily and the dogs are a part of our working day as well as our personal home life. So I found two candidates...one was in Virginia and had an adoption in the works and one was in Illinois...so we applied for Illinois and in about 3 days I drove the 10 hour round trip and adopted him. Isn't he cute? So far he's working out wonderfully, although he's still very unsure of the horses and barks at them at every opportunity. He is by no means a replacment for Spanky, Spanky Doodle will always be in our hearts, but JR is a nice addition to our family and I'm glad we were able to "rescue" him...

...there will be more JR stories coming...he's a Jack Russell...there's ALWAYS cute stories about Jack Russells! LOL...

Friday, March 20, 2009

House Mouse Challenge #29

Ever just have the right stamp for the right sketch? The moment I saw this sketch, to me, it screamed WATERMELONS! I had recently purchased this little Happy Hopper, the Seed Shooter and was itching to use him...so I did! The circle in the upper right hand corner to me, reminded me of a watermelon, so that's what I went for...and then mimiced it slightly with the strips of paper on the left hand side of the card. The scallop was made with my rectangular scallop die by Nestabilities.
I punched and stickled all of my flowers and then added dew drops on the smaller flowers and a button and a jewelry finding for the larger flower.
I colored my Happy Hopper with Copics. Recipe is underneath...
  • Stamps: Happy Hopper Seed Shooter, Studio G Sentiment
  • Papers: DCWV Nana's Nursery
  • Copics: C3, RV10, R20, R32, YG03, YG11, B00
  • Punches: Flowers by EK Success, Leaves by Martha Stewart
  • Dies: Nestabilities Circle and Rectangular Scallop
  • Other: Stickles, Button, Dew Drops, Jewelry Finding

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Challenge Extended DUE DATE

Challenge #2 Due Date EXTENDED... I was pm'd and asked if I could extend the due date of my challenge because so many have been "under the weather"...SO, I don't want to encrouch on Challenge #3, so the NEW EXTENDED DUE DATE to get your projects posted to SCS (with keyword CCB02) is Wednesday the 25th and you can vote for your favorite from Friday the 27th through Sunday the 29th

Monday, March 16, 2009

Baby Card...and a thank you...

First my thank you for all of you that have sent your condolences, some have verbally told us, some have emailed and some have left comments here on my blog. We appreciate each and every one, again our thanks...

Now onto our card for today, my mojo is kind of gone at the moment, so I went for an EXACT of the sketch I got off of Amy Rysavy's Blog. Gotta just love them sketches! They take most of the work out don't they? I did use my Copics again, they are getting easier and easier for me. This card is pretty straight forward, so I'll leave the recipe at the bottom. Thanks for looking!

  • Stamp: House Mouse Dream Puff, Studio G
  • Ink: Memento
  • Paper: DCWV Nana's Nursery
  • Punches/Dies: Martha Stewart Leaf and Heart Scallop, Nestabilities Circle and Circle Scallop
  • Other: Organza Ribbon, Copics

Sunday, March 15, 2009

In Spanky's Memory...

The worst thing that could happen, did on Friday, I lost my beloved Spanky in an unfortunate accident. I can say his passing was swift, I don't think he had any pain and I was there with him in his last moments. He was only 5 and I can't believe was a HUGE void he has left in this household. He was my Wal-Mart greeter at our barn, always friendly, wagging his tail, loved everyone and made sure everyone loved him...charmed their pants off, he did! He was my snuggler, always following me around the house and settling in next to me when I sat or laid down. He was a talker too, he'd woof to show you his pleasure or displeasure or to get you to give him something. He has many nicknames, but the one most often used was Doodle...short for Spanky Doodle...this is something my MIL started calling him as a puppy and it just took. Below is a picture of him in the backseat from our Denver vacation over Christmas...he was quite comfy back there!

Spanky, my little man, may you always get the armchair, always have the ball and enjoy chasing whatever small animal you may find as you crossed Rainbow Bridge. You have left a void in this household that will be very hard to fill.
We love and miss you lil Doodle, someday I hope to meet with you again!

Sunday Switcheroo

Thanks again for joining, yesterday I was the Saturday Spotlight Artist from the Card Sketch a Day blog (be sure to pop over there and read my interview!), today the blog owner, Susan draws a sketch from the cards I have created...and here they are:

This first card I used the Love Birds image from Digital Stamp Oasis (have you been there yet? Fabulous, FABULOUS images...they are all too cute!). I printed this image out on my printer and then colored them in with colored pencils and gamsol (and I used really cheap pencils...those Rosearts from WM). I then cut them out with my Nestabilities Circle and then cut out a Nestabilities Scallop to put them on!
I mounted them on my card sticking about 1/2 off...the card is a square 4 1/4" X 4 1/4" and the part sticking out makes the card 4 1/4" by 5 1/2" so it will fit in a regular A2 envelope! I got this idea originally from Michelle Wooderson and she calls these Table Tent cards (like you'd see at restaurants).
I added ribbon and my sentiment towards the bottom...recipe is below the card, make sure you see all THREE!
  • Stamp: Digitial Stamp Oasis
  • Paper: Paperabilities, SU (cardstock)
  • Dies: Nestabilities Circle and Scallop, EK Success Circle, SU Scallop
  • Other: Ribbon, Brad, Colored Pencils, Gamsol
This card was really fun to make, I made my own dp on this one! I used H & M's Coffee's Brewin' set. I stamped my dp and mounted it (both pieces), then I stamped the coffee cup 3 times onto watercolored paper, colored and then cut out two cups and one of the hearts. I then punched a heart out of water colored paper and colored that also. I added Martha Stewart Lace border and some ribbon and then mounted my large heart and coffee cups. I then stamped my sentiment and cut it out with my Nestabilities Labels 1 die (both sentiment and backing paper), embossed them and then mounted them and pop dotted the small heart.

  • Stamps: H & M Coffee's Brewing
  • Ink: Tim Holtz
  • Paper: Watercolored, Joann's
  • Punches: Nestabilities Label 1, Martha Stewart Lace Border and Heart
  • Other: Ribbon

Here's my last card (again some of my blog followers have seen this one also)...this is actually the first card I made. I added my papers, my lace border and ribbon, stamped my sentiment and floral motif, cut out using Nestaabilites and mounted on the top of the card. I threaded a ribbon through my button holes and added that to the bottom...quick and easy!


  • Stamps: Inkadinkado Heartfelt
  • Ink: Staz On, Martha Stewart
  • Paper: DCWV Nana's Nursery
  • Punch: Martha Stewart Lace Border
  • Dies: Nestabilities Oval and Scalloped Oval
  • Ribbon: American Crafts
  • Button: Unknown

Thank you for joining me again today! I hope you enjoyed the cards as much as I did making them...and see how different one sketch can look!

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Saturday Spotlight Artist at Card Sketch a Day

I am extremely honored to be part of the Saturday Spotlight Artist at the Card Sketch a Day blog. Susan (the blog owner) will give the Spotlight Artist a sketch and they are to create a couple of cards and then Sunday is the Switcheroo...where she makes a sketch off the cards the artist created... so here's the sketch from Susan and my takes on it...
This is my first take on the sketch...using my favorite colors pink and brown. I punched out a pink scallop and layered it with a couple of circles in front and behind...the sentiment is actually the flowers center and it says "thinking of you", I layered some Martha Stewart leaves behind the flower that I had run through my Xyron machine and then glittered.


  • Stamp: SU Think Happy Thoughts
  • Paper Unknown
  • Ink: SU ??? Pink
  • Punches: MS Leaf, EK Success Circle, SU Scallop, Nestabilities Circle, Fiskars Treading
  • WaterOther: Rhinestones, AC Ribbon

This is my 2nd take on the sketch, the minute I saw this stamp I knew it would be perfect for this card! I stamped on watercolor paper and then watercolored with Tombow and MS markers. I cut it out using my Nestabilities Circle added a flower with a rhinestone and some MS leaves and little ribbon and we're good to go...quick 'n easy!

  • Stamp: SU The World Over
  • Ink: Staz On
  • Paper: My Minds Eye, Watercolor
  • Punch: Nestabilities Circle, MS Leaf
  • Other: Ribbon, Rhinestones, Prima, Felt Rick Rack

And here's my last take on the sketch today, some of my loyal blog followers have already seen this card...and truth be told, it's one of my fav's! I love the feminine and all the PINK in this card...and a little bling never hurts (wink!).


  • Stamps: Paper Inspirations Birthday CalligraphyInk: Tim Holtz Antique Photo
  • Paper: IOD, MME
  • Punch: Martha Stewart; Branch, Butterfly, Lace Border
  • Other: Robins Nest Dew Drops, Flower, Ribbon, Charm

Well I've hoped you enjoyed my cards as much as I have making them! Stayed tuned for tomorrows "Switcheroo"!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Creatively Cute Bloggers Challenge #2

First, this challenge is open to Paper Crafters EVERYWHERE...you don't have just be part of the CCB group!

Now I've been teasing my blogging group, because this is a challenge unlike others...we won't be making a card or a box, nope, not this time...yesterday I gave you a hint...this is something we ALL NEED....

LOL...no...not a vacation...although I'm SURE we all NEED that (wink!)!

We need ORGANIZATION! Yes, we (papercrafters) are KNOWN to hoard, covet and well, create creative messes! For THIS challenge I want you to take the time it would take to make ONE CARD and organize something...ANYTHING papercraft related...some ideas
  • Organize those Jumbled Ribbons
  • Organize your Acrylics
  • Organize your Dies or Cricut Cartridges
  • Find a proper place to store your expensive markers
  • Label something
  • Make a binder to organize the sketches you keep printing off your computer
  • Rearrange your paper by color/theme/mfg
  • Make a holder for your heat gun
  • Repurpose a cork board for your creations
  • Well...YOU Know what you need to do...don't ya...LOL
You can do ANYTHING you want, as long as it's papercraft related and you take a photo of it...now, no fair taking a photo of something you already have done (we're going for the honor system here, if you REALLY want to impress me take a before AND after photo of it....)... I want you to do this so you'll have MORE TIME TO CREATE all those "other" challenges later!

Be sure to upload your newly organized whoosiewhatsit to Split Coast Stampers and put in the keyword CCB02 . You're deadline is to get this done by is Friday, March 20th. So let's get out there and organize ourselves!

Here's a few of "my" projects;
The first is a peg board that sits to the left of my creating desktop, it was really easy to put together, the little pink and green buckets I've had FOREVER, the little white hanging buckets are actually shower caddies I picked up at Dollar Tree and hold things like adhesives, Nestabilities Dies, acrylic blocks, my stamp pad scrubber and cleaner and just general tools that I was FOREVER losing. I LOVE this because it's so easy to find everything and so easy to put everything away! (Very important as I HATE the clean up process...I know, I know this is an ironic challenge, isn't it? LOL)

Since I've been accepted on a DT and enjoy all the multitudes of challenges weekly, I was forever getting confused as to what was due WHEN...and I have this lovely little catch all corkboard in my crafting room that just caught everything...from horse show ribbons to easter decorations, to paper piecing....LOL...so I repurposed it...

...into my weekly challenges board and this cost me nothing as I already had the black tape, and the letters were made with my Cricut, now I can see at a glance WHEN my challenges are due!

Ok, now show me YOURS! Remember to upload it to Split Coast Stampers so you have a chance at the prize I'm offering below (you don't think I'd make you work with no incentive now do you?)...Happy Crafting...and organizing!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Sneak Preview of the Challenge Goodies I'm offering...

Here's a sneak preview of the goodies I'm offering as the Hostess of the Creatively Cute Bloggers 2nd Challenge (which begins tomorrow...so be sure to check back...)
Here's what you could win:
  • Happy Hoppers Stamp (as shown above)
  • American Crafts Felt Flowers
  • Making Memories Epoxy Easter Shapes
  • Making Memories Flower Brads
  • 3 Spools of American Crafts Ribbon

While I am remaining tight lipped about tomorrows challenge, ANY papercrafter can participate...but here's a hint:

Tomorrows challenge is something we all NEED...

Have a guess? Put it in the comments section...until tomorrow....

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Hello Tilda!

Super quick post today, need to get out to the barn...the farrier's gonna be here at any moment! Sketch by Mojo Monday Challenge #77, Colors Pink, Green, Brown is the Pink Elephant Challenge. I feel like this card is missing something, but can't quite put my finger on it... I did play with my Copics again, need to figure out the cheek part on Tilda, but am happy with the rest of it...I like the boldness of the markers...I've been needing my characters a little darker than I could achieve with my colored pencils. Thanks for looking and the recipe will be up sometime today...gotta run...horses need shod!
  • Stamps: Magnolia Tilda, Studio G sentiment & butterfly
  • Ink: Memento, Tim Holtz
  • Paper: DCWV Nana's Nursery
  • Other: Stickles, Nestabilities Circle & Scallop, American Crafts Ribbon, Copics

Sunday, March 8, 2009

We have SPRUNG forward...

What a morning...woke up to rain and wind, and wind and rain...and then we went Amish (no electric)...yet again...not for horribly long, but long enough! The ground is still pretty frozen here so all the rain sits on top of the ground...lots of flooding today, roads flooded, enough so the neighbors are outside snapping photos of their flooded land. I talked with my FIL and said he had to hook up the generator because the basement walls were seeping and the basement would flood if he didn't keep the sump pump going...but all is well, just a wet start to today! LOL

As if that wasn't enough, daylight savings time has begun for another year, so I'm already an hour behind! LOL...

So since rain to me = Spring around the corner, I thought a nice spring card would be in order! I met several challenges with this card, Pink Elephant Challenge blog was to use Die Cuts and Ribbon, the Cupcake Challenge Blog challenge was Spring, and I used the Mojo Monday sketch.
So let's discuss the card briefly, I found this adorable nest stamp by Inkadinkado (which is a nameless stamp) and decided to use my Nestabilities Label 1 dies to cut it out. The nest is stamped on watercolor paper and watercolored with Tombow pens, then matted on SU and IOD (striped) paper. Then I added the ribbon, the sentiment and pierced the bottom left corner towards the sentiment. Recipe below, enjoy!

  • Stamp: Inkadinkado Nest, Studio G Sentiment
  • Ink: Staz On
  • Paper: SU, IOD, Watercolor
  • Other: Nestabilities Label 1, Ribbon, Piercer, Pop Dots

Friday, March 6, 2009

Sammy Squirrel and the Copic Adventure

As many of my "faithful" blog readers know, I just entered Copic-land, the world of beautiful alcohol based markers...and I read blogs and tips and studied other people's work, scribbling down notes like I was in college for crying out loud! What no one MENTIONED was the bleed through factor these markers have...and I'm not talking about bleeding through the back of the paper, I mean COLORING OUTSIDE THE LINES! OH THE HORROR! Kindergarten teachers shuddering in their shoes everywhere...LOL...
This is my 3rd Sammy Squirrel (I Luvah him..isn't he sooooo cute?!), where I didn't color outside most of the lines...LOL...I still have a bobble here and there, but I'm NOT telling where! I did discover that the blending pen is not an eraser (bummer), but a really cool tool for lifting SOME color out and spreading and well...duh...blending ('magine that?!). Once I FINALLY got the hang of these markers I just REALLY love them...and thank goodness Sammy was patient and wanted to look his best...he was a labor of love... However I THINK I'VE got the HANG of it NOW...watch out world! LOL
A few months back I was browsing Split Coast Stampers forum (don't remember which) and came across a post that was asking stampers what they thought about digital stamps, I put in my own .02 (I Love them...I mean how often do you get to RESIZE your stamp...like never! LOL) and made a mental note to keep an eye out for the owner because I like the style of the digital stamps she presented...fast forward a couple of months later and I joined the Creatively Cute Blogging Group and who do I recognize as one of the blogging members but the same owner...talk about coincidence...and now she's got a call out for a new design team...so below is my entry for DIGITAL STAMP OASIS (now check them out, if you like Sammy here, you'll love the REST of her images...they are soooo adorable!)
So let's chat(ter) about the my design team entry (I know, like I'd never stop chattering myself...LOL). Ellie (owner of Digital Stamp Oasis) has given us a sketch to work off of, so I went from there. First, I printed Sammy off on my printer and did something I usually don't do...I colored before I chose my papers, although I DID have something in mind, but when I was finished it wasn't working, so I went with simple colors (no dp). I then decided after he was colored and mounted that I needed another strawberry, now here's where digital stamps REALLY rock, I enlarged the image and printed it out...noticed my strawberry in the corner is the SAME strawberry next to Sammy's right knee... I then colored it, ran it through my Xyron, mounted it on cardstock for stability and cut it out...I then pop dotted it TWICE so it was further off the card than the paper curls. My paper curls are 1/8" strips of paper (8 1/2") and then I curled them using a colored pencil as the base, I wanted this to look kind of like an actual strawberry plant, that's what I was after any way. I added Martha Stewart leaf punchies and stickled the leaves and the strawberry. At the bottom of the card I added queen and co flowers with red rhinestones on top. Sorry I was so long winded today...recipe below as usual...

Stamp: Sammy Squirrel from Digital Stamp Oasis
Copics: C3, YG06, YG03, YG11, R29, R20, RV10, B00
Punch: Martha Stewart Leaves
Embossing: Cuttlebug Swirls
Other: Queen & Co. flowers, Red Rhinestones, Stickles

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Drumroll please...

Here's the picture I had taken from my Mary Kay night...so here's the question...should it replace my photo in my avatar now...so put your vote in the comments section...thumbs up YES, New photo for my avatar...or thumbs down and keep the photo I have in my avatar now... TIA!

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Thanks a Million, Last Inkadinkado Entry

Here's my last entry for the Inkadinkado card call...I went for uber simple, I tried and tried to embellish this one up and it always seemed to be "too much", so I stuck with simple. I do have a little bling to this though, I don't know if you can see but this paper has some shimmer to it...I bought it specifically for this stamp! The dollar embellishment underneath the sentiment was made with my Cricut (Opposites Attract). Recipe below:
  • Stamp: Inkadinkado
  • Paper: KI Memories Driven Big Bucks, Watercolor
  • Ink: Staz On
  • Other: Organza Ribbon, Cricut Opposites Attract, Pop Dot, MS Markers

Monday, March 2, 2009

SQUEEEEEEEELLLLLL...I've got some NEWS!!!!! (& a sneak preview)

Ok, first my news...I've been accepted as a design team member for the new, upcoming challenge blog Stamptacular Sunday Challenge...Yoo Hoo! Can you say EXCITED?!!!!!! If my body was able, I'd do some backflips and a cartwheel....Oh, I just can't wait to get started! Yeah!!!!!!! (did I mention I was excited?) LOL...
...and a sneak preview. I have been chosen to be an Artist Spotlight of the week at the Card Sketch a Day blog (March 13 & 14), along with being highlighted as an artist, you receive a sketch and make a few cards and then you make a few cards and the blog owner, Susan, makes a sketch off of your cards (it's called switcheroo)...well this is ONE of my cards that I made (for the switcheroo), this is also one of my cards going to Inkadinkdo for their free stamp deal (see post below for the details). This is called a table tent card, and I got the idea from Michelle Wooderson. The card itself is 4 1/4" square and the top is off the card just far enough making it a standard 5 1/2", so I can fit it into an A2 envelope. Recipe below:

  • Stamps: Inkadinkado Heartfelt
  • Ink: Staz On, Martha Stewart
  • Paper: DCWV Nana's Nursery
  • Punch: Martha Stewart Lace Border
  • Dies: Nestabilities Oval and Scalloped Oval
  • Ribbon: American Crafts
  • Button: Unknown

Sunday, March 1, 2009

My Inkadinkado Entry...Better Late Than Never

Here is one of my entries for the Inkadinkado card call (you can enter up to 3 cards/projects and get 3 free stamps...what a deal! Click HERE for the deets). So I decided to use my Belated Birthday snail stamp...I've just loved this little guy and have been dieing to use him! I watercolored him with markers on watercolor paper (HERE's the tutorial on how I did that) and added some stickles for his snail trail. It's been such a long time since I've seen a snail that I had to ask around to find out what color they were...LOL...I thought green and brown, but hey, my memories getting old! LOL! Below is the recipe, enjoy!

  • Stamp: Inkadinkado Belated Birthday
  • Paper: My Minds Eye and Watercolor
  • Punch: Fiskars Threading Water
  • Other: Rhinestones, Sticklers, Paper Piercer, Twine