Sunday, November 30, 2008

Inspired by my precious MIL

I was trying to show my mother-in-law how to stamp on some calendar pages with this stamp set. We wanted the stamping to be light so that it wouldn't cover up the dates on the calendar pages. I inked up the stamp with SU markers in Real Red, Old Olive and Pumpkin Pie. I told her we needed to stamp off a couple of times before we put it on the calendar so the first time I did it I stamped off on some scrap paper before I stamped on the calendar. The image on the scrap paper was sooooo pretty so the next few times I stamped off on some white cardstock so that I could use the images for something else. Doesn't it look great on this card? The only down side of doing this technique for a calendar is this image is quite large and it takes a long time to color the stamp with markers 12 times. One calendar would be enough of that for me so I'm not sure I could do that for bunches of calendar gifts. It does look very nice on the calendar though, doesn't it Barb?

I hope your Thanksgiving was marvelous. I know mine was. The good Lord has blessed me tremendously. Thanks for stopping by to check me out.


Saturday, November 29, 2008

SC204 - Christmas Bella

I was in the mood to make a cute girly Christmas card so I pulled out my Christmas Bella stamp from stamping bella. Isn't she cute? I stamped her with Brilliance Black Ink and embossed her with clear embossing powder to make her pop and then colored her with Copics. I used this week's Sketch Challenge SC204 from Splitcoaststampers for the layout. I love the color combination for Christmas that I used on this card too. I used Riding Hood Red, Old Olive, Baja Breeze and White. The Old Olive and Baja Breeze are from the designer pack Ski Slope from SU. Love it!!! I used my paper piercer and mat pack for the piercing on the white panel background piece. I layered two panels using the Scallop Border punch underneath the Olive panel and topped it off with some Riding Hood Red ribbon.

I'm going to spend the day watching SEC football games all day. GO BAMA!!! Hope your weekend is great and thanks for coming to check me out.


Friday, November 28, 2008

MOJO52 - Friend Cupcakes

This card is for Verve's Mojo Monday Sketch MOJO52. These colors were picked by my precious friend Mercy Kerin during a stamping retreat we went on about 3 weeks ago. I was a little worried that these colors would not look good together but was I ever wrong. They went very well with the fun theme of this birthday card.

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and thanks for coming by to check me out.


Monday, November 24, 2008

MTSC19 - Mercy's Tuesday Sketch Challenge

Ladies, don't you just love this sketch? This is for Mercy's Tuesday Sketch Challenge MTSC19. I have so much fun with Mercy's sketches. I like lots of layers on my cards and so does she. How about giving her challenge a try and see what you can come up with?

I can't seem to get away from this little snowman stamp from the set Toasty Snowman from Darcie's. I think he is adorable and so much fun to color. The sketch is for a normal size card (4-1/4 x 5-1/2) but I made it into a 5x5 square card to better fit my image. The designer paper is from SU and called Ski Slope. It's my favorite Christmas paper this year. I love the colors they put in it. I colored the main image with Copics. I don't have all the Copic markers to match the SU cardstock and ink but I can usually take 2 or 3 and mix them to come up with a color that is very close. That's one good thing about Copics, the more you color an image the prettier it gets. No smeared ink no matter how many layers you color one image.

Thanks for coming by to check me out and have a great Thanksgiving week.


Sunday, November 23, 2008

SC193 - Bright Cupcakes

This card is for SCS Sketch Challenge SC193. I used the SU Georgia Peach designer paper to make this bright card. The main image is colored with SU markers and the cupcake icing has Diamond Stickles to give it some sparkle. I honestly can't believe I got all 3 bows to tie and look almost just alike. That will probably never happen again.

Thanks for coming by to check me out and have a great Thanksgiving week.


Friday, November 21, 2008

Happy Penguin

Here's another card using the set Just Chillin from Darcie's. I love the penguins and snowmen sets that they make. So much fun to color. And don't you just love that designer paper from SU called Holiday Treasures.

Thanks for coming by to check me out. Have a great weekend.


Wednesday, November 19, 2008

SC195 - Baja Verve Flowers

This card is for SCS Sketch Challenge 195 from a couple of months ago. I used the Petals and Stems stamp set for the focal image from Verve Stamps and the sentiment is from the hostess set Best Yet from SU. I used the designer paper Urban Garden along with Baja Breeze, Old Olive, and Certainly Celery. Pretty combination. Top it off with some Baja Breeze ribbon and faux silver brads and you're done.

It's Wednesday and the work week is over half way over. Woohoo!! Thanks for looking and have a great week!!


Tuesday, November 18, 2008

MOJO11 - Precious Snowman

This card is for Verve Visuals Mojo Monday Sketch MOJO11 from November of last year. Verve has some awesome sketches so I have printed out the pdf on Julee Tilman's blog and am trying to do all of them. The Stamp/Scrap Art Tour was in Chattanooga, TN in October and one of the vendors was Darcie's. I got 4 stamp sets from them and used this Snowman Set for the first time this past weekend. I fell in love with him. Isn't he cute? He was so much fun to color. He was stamped and embossed with black embossing powder. I colored him with my Copic markers and then cut him out. He was popped with dimensionals on top of another image of him stamped on the focal panel. That gives him a 3D look.

Thanks for coming by to check me out today. Have a great week!!


Monday, November 17, 2008

MTSC18 - Mercy's Tuesday Sketch Challenge

Don't you just love this sketch? I made this card for Mercy's Tuesday Sketch Challenge MTSC18. As Mercy and I were doing this card together she wanted to use this color combo. I was like "Yuck" but as usual once you put them together you like the end result. The colors are Real Red, Night of Navy and Gable Green. Head on over to Mercy's blog and play along. She has wonderful sketches every Tuesday.

This card also covers the Limited Supply Challenge LSC194 - All Acrylic Stamps over at SCS. This birthday bird from the set Birthday Surprise from Verve Stamps is so precious. I put Red Stickles on his party hat and his wing. The navy flowers on the green panel were stamped with white craft ink and embossed with white embossing and cut out and adhered to the green panel. The sentiment is also from Verve and is from the set Beautiful You.

Thanks for looking and come back this week to visit again.


Sunday, November 16, 2008

WSC66 - Beautiful Flowers

I made this card for Beate's Weekend Sketch Challenge WSC66 and SCS Color Challenge CC181. This is a lovely color combo; Rose Red, Basic Black and Kraft. The card is pretty straightforward. I did emboss the sentiment to make it stand out on the designer paper.

This is one of the many creations I made this weekend while at a stamping retreat with four of my best friends, Janet Beahm, Mercy Kerin, Donna White-Dropkin and Ashley Ward. We had sooooooo much fun. I laughed until I couldn't laugh any more. Girls FOUR. LOL!

Thanks for stopping by to see me today and I hope you have a wonderful week!!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

MTSC17 - Mercy's Tuesday Sketch

I made this card for Mercy's Tuesday Sketch Challenge MTSC17. Please check out Mercy's blog and play along with the challenge. It's a wonderful sketch to play with. I love lots of layers and this one had plenty. Pink and orange together have been a favorite of mine this past week. They look even better mixed with chocolate, don't they?

It's late and I have to go to work in a few hours. Thanks for coming by to take a look and have a great week!!!


Monday, November 10, 2008

WSC64 - Unusual Christmas Card

How do you like this Christmas card? I made it for Beate's Weekend Sketch Challenge WSC64 from 2 weekends ago. Beautiful sketch!!! I got the idea from this card my special friend Mercy Kerin did here. She is the "Queen of Embossing" and she has gotten me addicted now. I used Baroque Motifs for the black embossing on the red panel. The white scallops were made with one of the large rectangle nestabilities. Yes, it's full of piercing again. Love it!!!

BTW, I am going on a stamping retreat this Friday morning until Sunday afternoon with 5 of my great friends, Janet, Mercy, Donna, Beth and Ashley. Girls, 4 more days. Woohoo!!!

Hope you have a great week. Thanks for looking!!

Sunday, November 9, 2008

MOJO58 CC191 - Pretty Colored Verve

Wouldn't these colors make great cards for Christmas? I will definitely have to use this color combo for some of my Christmas cards. This is for Verve Visuals Monday Sketch Challenge MOJO58 from two Monday's ago and for this week's Color Challenge CC191 on SCS. Have you noticed I have been in to the piercing the last few cards I have made? Yeah, I'll get off of it soon but it sure does look good on the card, doesn't it?

This is a pretty simple card so I won't go in to any specific details with it. The colors are Kiwi Kiss, Red Riding Hood Red, and Pretty in Pink.

Thanks for looking and have a great week!!


WSC65 CC191 - The Twig Miester

This is for Beate's Weekend Sketch Challenge WSC65 and for SCS Color Challenge CC191. I hope you can see the glittery snow at the bottom of the scene I made using Diamond Stickles. I didn't want to pull my Coluzzle out to make the circle in the top left corner so I used my coffee cup. Worked rather nicely. The Twigster scene is colored with Copics.

Thanks for looking and have a great day!!


Saturday, November 8, 2008

CC190 SC201 - Love This Color Combo

I just adore this color combo I used from last week's Color Challenge, CC190 from SCS. These are my kind of colors. I combined it with this week's Sketch Challenge, SC201. This is my first card with this set after getting it on sale in October. I love the tiered cupcakes. I applied Diamond Stickles to the icing on each cupcake to give it some sparkle. It's very eye catching IRL. Everything is colored with Copics. The Kiwi paper is from the Bella Rose designer paper pack and the Tangerine paper is from the Tangerine Tango prints pack. I did use Pretty in Pink instead of Pixie Pink though. I like this pink better. The edges of the Kiwi paper are pierced with my paper piercer and SU's mat pack. The pink ribbon is non SU 5/8" grosgrain. Love, love, love this size ribbon. Have I said love too many times in this paragraph? Love you, all my readers :)

I have been very slack in posting the past couple of months. First, I went back to work full time almost a year ago (seems like forever now) so that cut down drastically on my stamping time. 4th grade with my son has also been a killer this year. And to top that off my stamping room had gotten so out of control messy that I couldn't find anything. Last Sunday I took the whole day, 16 hours to be exact, and got my room in tip top shape now. Wow, is all I can say. I have made three cards this week and one calendar made with my Bind-it-All that I have to post now. I'll start out with one at a time so that I will have something to post for a few days. Maybe I'll have time to work on something else Sunday too. Thanks for looking!!

Hope the rest of your weekend is great.