Sunday, July 31, 2011


Oops...missed the deadline for submitting to Color Q for this adorable inspiration color challenge. Isn't this owl the cutest ever! I love it.

Anyhow because I procrastinated so long about how to use the beautiful colors I'm too late, but thought I'd link my card anyhow, so here 'tis using all of the challenge colors.

Thanks for looking.

Supplies used:
PTI's large zig-zag die
Ink: SU Early Espresso
Sentiment: PTI's Half & Half
Silver doo-dads-anonymous

SU piercing tool

Friday, July 29, 2011

CCMC160 - Sketch Challenge

Wow, this challenge from Create with Connie & Mary is right up my alley, my daughter says everything I place is on an angle! And she's right. So here's my creation for this challenge, however there isn't any stamping on this card. I thought the beautiful paper said it all.

Stampin' Up DSP Botanical Gazette
SU Early Espresso Satin Ribbon and rhinestone

PPA104-CAS-Elements of Style-Paper Piercing

Wow what a beautiful inspiration picture from Pals PaperArtists, love the pun too.

I was rummaging through my stash of stuff and discovered a Jewel template from long ago never used, so I thought I'd give it a try using it for paper piercing, not jewels as it was intended.

It really is a simple design, I laid the template on a piece of card stock and pierced the holes in the shape of a flower. I then punched out some petals using SU's Blossom punch (using the smaller of all the petals) and popped them up with dimensionals. Then punched a 3/4" circle of black, then a 1/2" circle of DSP and topped it off with a shiny little embellishment (also from my stash-origin unknown-don't we all have some of this stuff)?
I attached a strip of the DSP topped it with a narrower piece of black and then again (cause I couldn't stop) with another strip of DSP topped with a strip of SU's black Flourish Designer Jewels and stamped the sentiment in black ink for the final touch.

I love the way the light filters through the paper piercing to really show off the design, what do you think?

Supplies: White and black card stock, SU Play Date DSP
Bazzill Basics Flowers & Flourishes Jewel Template
SU black ink and SU Designer Jewels

SU Blossom Punch
Sentiment-SU Well Scripted

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Yum, Yum-S'mores!

A friend of mine, Diane of Rubber 'n Rafters, and I went on our annual golf outing this past weekend (we're still trying to recoup). Before we went we decided to make and take S'mores for all the gals to eat. Here are a few pictures of the S'mores, needless to say they were a big hit.

Everyone said they're so cute they wanted to take them home to show their kids rather than eat them. Although a few didn't home!make it home!

Aren't they just adorable, we got the idea from Becky Roberts of Inking Idaho who shared a very similar project a while back. Thanks Becky!

Part of what makes them so cute is the new stackable marshmallows, if you haven't discovered them yet, you're gonna want to find some (we finally went online and found them at a local Walmart).

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

PTI-Stamp-a-Faire Challenge #10

I was so sorry to be out of town when Papertrey Ink hosted their Stamp-a-faire event in Ohio...I WOULD HAVE BEEN THERE! Unfortunately the timing didn't allow it, perhaps next time as I'm sure there will be another one.

This card is for the Challenge # 10 which good for me didn't post when it was supposed to which allowed me time to enter, anyhow on to the card...

The challenge was to use layering stamp patterns under a focal point. I used a wood grain background in blue, the same color as the card stock, to imitate the feel for old weathered boards on a barn. I then stamped leaves along the side and upper portion of the card as if the leaves were growing on the side of a barn. My focal point is a shape from Mat Stack #3 again stamped with a leaf pattern. I opted to die cut another circle and pop it up (mainly because I smudged the green ink and didn't want it visible). Stamped the birthday sentiment in blue, added a gorgeous ruffled ribbon down the side with a few graduated sized rhinestones.

Supplies: Card stock-Stampin' Up Bashful Blue
Ribbon-S.U. new 3/8"ruffled ribbon in Lucky Limeade
Inks-S.U. Pear Pizzazz and Bashful Blue
Stamps-PTI's-Through the Trees and Mat Stack 3 collection, Tag-Its #3

Rhinestones- S.U.

Sunday, July 17, 2011


Yikes almost missed the deadline for the PPC #55.

I used the Sanded background stamp in crumb cake ink on card stock of the same color, leaving an opening in the center for my focal image. The image is from Asian Artistry stamped in Basic Gray ink with the bird stamped in Poppy Parade (mainly due to the fact that I don't seem to have any Poppy Parade card stock)! I added a ribbon of Baja Breeze topped with a pearl and three smaller pearls in the opposite corner. The sentiment is stamped in Basic Gray ink.
Thanks for looking.

Monday, July 4, 2011


What a great challenge this is at PPA, it's their 100th Blog Challenge and they will be awarding some fabulous blog candy along with some wonderful inspirations from the talented Design Team, check it out.

The challenge is to use your favorite technique... well that's rather difficult as there are soooo many that come to mind, but one of my very favorites is heat embossing. It just seems like something magical happens when you're holding the heat tool and all of a sudden this gorgeous embossed image appears before your very eyes, I just love it!

So here is my card with a heat embossed image. I chose to keep the card very simple so as to showcase the image which was embossed using silver powder. I added a ribbon with a little bling and a simple sentiment.

It is rather difficult to capture the beauty of embossing in a photograph as I'm far from being a professional photographer, but I hope you can see some of the shimmer that makes the card so pretty. Of course it's much prettier in real life.

Supplies used for this card are:
Whisper White card stock Stampin' Up Rose Red seam binding ribbon, ink for the sentiment and silver EP
Papertrey Ink's Mehndi Medallion Stamp set, sentiment from Botanical Silhouettes

Anonymous rhinestones

Thanks for looking!

Sunday, July 3, 2011

The Play Date Cafe Challenge # 88

Aren't these colors for the PDCC, beautiful and the inspiration picture is gorgeous made me (almost) want to start sewing again I thought of spools of threads, fabric, etc! They're calling the colors red-ish/orange, yucky yellow, and Juniper!

Anyhow my base card is whisper white card stock, I then added a piece of Yucky Yellow which I "faux" stitched around the edges.

To achieve the "faux" stitching I drew a straight line around the edge of the piece, then took my piercing tool and pierced every so-often to get the appearance of real stitching. I discovered this tip from Lauren Meader of MTME. I think it looks great, definitely something I'll use again!

Oh, back to the card. I then took the three challenge colors and die cut circles and frames from a Sizzix Die, layered them together alternating the colors to form a replica of the challenge picture, which became my one-of-a-kind button. I think it turned out pretty good, what do you think?

I then stamped the background piece for the "one-of-a-kind button in red-ish/orange ink, adhered my layered pieces and found a brad in my stash that I thought was perfect, (how often does that happen), popped the entire piece onto the yucky yellow cs.

Using my interpretation of the color Juniper I die cut and added a border of circles then stamped it with the three challenge color inks using a button stamp.

One of my BIGGEST problems is always stamping CROOKED (even when I use rulers, lines, etc. So of course I stamped my sentiment on the bottom of the yellow card stock and it was, yep you crooked! Well I was not about to re-do this card, so I stamped the sentiment AGAIN, using the same color cs, used pinking shears on the one end and added the "faux" stitching to the other end and popped it up OVER the original crooked sentiment. Actually I thought it turned out better this way as it continued the line of faux stitching (which in case you couldn't tell...I love)! H'mm maybe I shouldn't have told that.

The inside of the card was also stamped using sewing aides stamps.

Supplies used:
Red-ish/orange, yucky yellow & juniper cs and inks
Papertrey Ink stamps-Button Boutique & Simple Circles border die
Sizzix die-Frames, Circle Combo
Stampin'Up-Sew Suite stamps & One of a Kind, Piercing tool kit
White Gel pen

Hoping for some comments, preferably kind ones, thanks!