Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Gingersnaps Meet Peppermint Stick

Yesterday I received a package from All That Scraps. I LOVE getting those packages! When I opened it up, 2 new sets of stamps were waiting for me. This adorable image is from the new set called Snow Bunnies. It is part of a new line called Gingersnaps. I absolutely adore this sweet face. Her round head reminds me of Charlie Brown! I used some Basic Grey paper that I just love. I love the fun colors and the stripes as well. This is called Peppermint Stick. It is my last piece of paper so I will admit I have been hoarding it! The ribbon is Riding Hood Red Taffeta. I haven't bought any Riding Hood Red supplies other than this ribbon. To me, the color is so close to Ruby Red that I don't need yet another red. This ribbon though, is one that I use all the time, so I'll be stocking up on it before the In Colors retire this summer!
The snowflake is a brad that I have had laying around forever . I just flattened the back out and ran some silver cord through and hung it, rather than attach it to my card. I put some glue on it and dipped it into my Dazzling Diamonds to give it some sparkle. I faked my brads as well! I had some Ruby Red brads but I wanted some sparkle, so I put a mini glue dot onto the head of the brad and dipped it into Dazzling Diamonds. You can never have to much sparkle!
I colored the image with my Aquapainter and SU! inks and then cut her out. The sentiment is from Amy's set, Christmas Sentiments.
My last post talked about this being my last month on the All That Scraps Design Team. I thought I'd share some of the great stuff I received over the last year. So....If you read this entire post, I guess you are lucky! Leave me a comment about how you are doing with your Christmas shopping. I'll choose a lucky winner on Friday morning and you can choose from some CC Designs sets I have here! Good luck!

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Simple by Sweet Holiday

I was going for quick, simple but sparkling with sweet holiday wishes. Did I achieve it? This card took no time at all to make! I paper pierced the outside of some Whisper White card stock and stamped the tiny snowman and star from the new CC Designs set called Sugarplum Snowy Scenery. The words are from one of Amy Rysavy's new sentiment sets. Honestly, both of her sets are amazing and are sets that will be in my collection forever!!!
I outlined the snowman with a Going Grey Stampin' Write Marker, I did the same with the snowy ground I created and did his carrot nose with some Pumpkin Pie ink and an Aquapainter. The star was stamped with Black Staz On and I went over it with some Summer Sun chalk and finished off with some glue and Dazzling Diamonds glitter.
The oval that the sentiment was done in was totally CASED from this card by my friend Vicki. Her work is AMAZING and this card is more beautiful in person than you see here! I wish I could give you a blog link for her so you could follow her work, but alas, she doesn't have a blog! So, are your Christmas cards done yet?

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Winter Bear Warms My Heart...

Today I was sitting downstairs working on some projects for the CC Designs release when my oldest brought the mail in. She yelled, "You've got more stuff from All That Scraps!" I was thrilled because today we were supposed to share samples made with the set I knew was in that package - Winter Bear. I stopped what I was doing and abandoned my project to work on this! Isn't this adorable????
This uses some designer paper from SU! from approximately 2 years ago. It is my favorite snowflake paper ever and my last piece!!! I'm so sad about that, but smiling at this cute card! I wanted nothing more than blue and red. Great colors for the holiday. I did some faux blanket stitching on this one as well. One of my favorite "stitches" to create. I also grabbed a metal edge tag. I haven't used one of those in more than a year! The little box they are stored in was all dusty!!! Funny the embellishments you can't live with out (like ribbon and brads) and the ones you forget about! I added some glitter because you just can't do a snow project and omit glitter - it's unnatural!

Sadie and Pepper!!

LOVE THEM! Isn't this the cutest!?!?! I think this is my favorite Sadie image yet - Jenn did a great job on her!
I was supposed to have this one uploaded yesterday but we did Thanksgiving with the in-laws. Usually we are home at a decent hour but we didn't get home till late last night. So, I'm late on my upload, but at least I got it done! Things have been so crazy since last month when we had a medical scare with my dad, and it seems like I just can't catch up.
First and foremost let me say that this post is bittersweet because this is my last first post of a CC Designs release. (Does that make sense???) When I was invited to the CC Designs team it was supposed to be for just 3 months, then Christine extended it until December. Now that term is running down. It has been such fun and prior to this DT position, I didn't own many stamps other than SU! so it has been fun trying out new stuff!
This project was made with some Basic Grey paper, Cool Carribean, Chocolate Chip, and some sparkle! I also added the little fence from a new release this time as well! It is an adorable set with winter houses and trees and snowmen....you'll love it...but you'll have to wait to see some more images till tomorrow!

Friday, November 28, 2008

Scalloped Edge Christmas Ornament

A week or so ago, Taylor VanBruggen posted a tutorial on her blog about how to make these adorable ornaments with Stampin' Up!'s scallop edge punch. Since I love making ornaments at this time of year, I thought I would give it a try and I am in heaven! These are so easy to make, you have got to try them! The stamped image on this is from my most favorite Christmas set ever, Holiday Lane. This is from Lizzie Anne Designs. I adore the stamps that the girls at Lizzie Anne create and as soon as I saw this set, I had to have it. I have plans to make more ornaments using different color schemes. This one uses Kraft, Real Red and Old Olive. I also used Bordering Blue to color the snow on the roof of the house. I adore Santa's boots sticking out of the chimney on this image.
Speaking of Santa...what is on your wish list this year?

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Happy Birthday to .....

No one really. I have a friend who is having a birthday later in the month, so maybe she'll get this one, I haven't decided. But this image is fun! This is one of the Glam girls that Christine released earlier this month, the set is called Glam Girls II, and I was just getting a chance to play with it. The sentiment is from the Sugarplums Sentiments set. This image was paired with some fun and cheerful Cutie Pie designer paper from Stampin' Up! I can't believe this paper is no longer available!! This was watercolored with SU! inks and an aquapainter. Of course I used the scallop edge punch and bling was a necessity. The rhinestones have been in my stash for ages...I think I got them at JoAnns. I hope you all have a great day!

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Princess Cupcake

I am really enjoying this set called Cupcake Occasions. It is available now at All That Scraps. This card was made for my 6 year old daughter. She is very much the girlie girl and if you check out our home schooling blog you'll see photos of the Disney vacation we just returned from. My favorite photo is a picture of Kira gasping as she saw the princesses emerge onto the stage in front of Cinderella's Castle in the Magic Kingdom. We had a rough day of school earlier this week and when I sat down to stamp last night I was thinking of how much I love my kids and don't always show it. (Mommy guilt can be so huge sometimes). So, to give her some lovin' and make her feel extra special, I made her this card. Pair this adorable cupcake top and my favorite My Minds Eye paper and I think this one is a winner!

Monday, November 17, 2008

Missed the Release But Still Havin' Fun

While we were in Florida CC Designs had another new release. I shared 2 projects with you before but now that I am home I had some time to play today. This simple card was made with the new set Christmas Around the World. I love the monkey playing with the ornaments! This is a very quick layout that is a great way to use patterned paper! This designer paper is from KI Memories, Jen Ofiania has turned me on to their patterned paper. These are Alpine Skinny Stripe and Alpine Moguls, both of which were originally purchased from All That Scraps but it doesn't look like they are being carried any longer.
I stamped the monkey on Whisper White and water colored the image with Real Red, Ruby Red, Soft Sky, So Saffron, Creamy Caramel, and Close to Cocoa. I added some Liquid Applique onto his Santa hat and sparkle to the ornaments from my Sakura gel pen. Some Soft Sky Double Stitched Ribbon and Dew Drops and here is another Christmas card ready to be sent out! Whoo hooo!

Friday, November 14, 2008

Jami Swap and Another Stamp Camp Project

We are home! I think I mentioned that we were headed for our kids first trip to Disney World, and we made it through the 4 hour car ride with only one incident of "pulling over on the side of the highway for a spanking". Actually, it was a great trip and all in all the 2 hours there and 2 hours back went really well.
I have been saving this project for weeks. This was my contribution to a swap with Jami at Splitcoaststampers and she asks that we wait until the packages have all been swapped out before sharing them.
I used the little house and sentiment from the Stampin Up! set, To You and Yours, and also added the Canvas background stamp. I used the big Shot Top Note Die. I love this die! At first I didn't think there would be to many options with it for cards but was I wrong! The house was simply stamped on the die in Chocolate Chip and colored with pastels. Then I used the Chocolate Chip to do some DTP along the edges (for a distressed look). In addition I pulled out my color spritzer tool and my Chocolate Chip marker to give it more of a distressed look. I covered the die with Versa Mark and Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder as well, punched a horizontal slot and threaded some Riding Hood Red Taffeta Ribbon through. What do you think?

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

North Pole Release

Isn't this elf adorable?!? Although I like to send out Christmas cards that reflect the true meaning of the season, I also love sweet images that make me think of the fun of childhood - like Santa and his elves. When I was growing up my favorite holiday book was published by Disney and was called Santa's Toy Shop. I especially loved that it showed different scenes of Santa's shop, specifically the doll department, the train department, etc. A few years ago I found the same book at a yard sale and got all giddy to purchase it for my girls. Of course they haven't enjoyed it nearly as much as mom thinks they should! Anyway, this image reminds me of those fun childhood memories of Christmas. Isn't he cute? CC Designs will be releasing a new set called "North Pole" and this image is just one of the fun new toys I got to play with this past week. You'll have to check out the other design team members blogs to get more peaks of this set!
For this project I used some Basic Grey paper. This is from their Dashing Collection - Snowfall Cranberry and Flannel Shirt. Aren't these colors great together? Some Stampin Up! Cranberry Crisp (from 2 years ago) and some Soft Sky (from last year) and you know you can never go wrong when you add Old Olive to the mix! I added some Pewter Jumbo Eyelets and called it good. Finally, pair it with one of Amy Rysavy's new sets and you have a sweet card! Amy is releasing 2 Christmas sentiment sets - I have to admit these are sets that will forever stay in my collection! The new release will be November 12 so don't forget to check out all the new stamp sets at All That Scraps!

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Awesome Cupcake Release!!

Is "funnest" a word? Or would proper grammar be to say "most fun"? Well, I guess I'll use the word "funnest" because that is exactly what I thought when I saw this new set that is designed by fellow All That Scraps Design Team Member Diane Zechman . There is a new release coming at All That Scraps and this month there will be several new sets from CC Designs, this adorable cupcake set, 3 new sets from Amy Rysavvy, Jenn Ofiania is sharing a new set, a new Sadie image and Sadie's got a man in her life too! Each month I continue to be shocked at all the new stuff Christine is releasing!
Back to this project...this is made with the set Cupcake Occasions. It is a wonderful cupcake set that has 2 separate cupcake bottoms and 18 different tops. There is a cupcake top for virtually every holiday and season! Really this is an adorable set! This was made using one of my favorite SU! designer papers - Summer Picnic. I think I enjoy this paper so much because of the great colors in it! Real Red, Bashful Blue, Old Olive.....see those polka dots on the background??? One of Christine's big 'ol backgrounds from earlier this year which was heat embossed with Clear Embossing Powder. It gives a project a great look. Very finished.
As you read this we are in sunny Florida! I'll share a picture or two after we return. I've also got one other sample to share during the release but the rest will have to wait till we get back. I hope you are all having a wonderful day!

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Another Stamp Camp Project

Here is another project my customers made today at my Christmas Card Stamp a Stack.
This uses the new Ski Slope Designer Series paper, which I love! I love the color combo and the stripes! The layout for this card is stolen (or borrowed, depends how you look at it!) from a swap I was in recently. "Jan Tink" submitted this pretty sample, scroll down to the second card in this blog post. The Top Note shape is from the new Big Shot templates Stampin' Up! carries. Isn't it a wonderful shape!? The greeting is from a level one hostess set called Best Yet. Of course you can see the Canvas background stamp on the Chocolate Chip base. I love the very unconventional Christmas colors on this.
I'm off as we have some family things to attend to in just a bit. Have a great day!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Christmas Card Stamp A Stack

I can't believe it has been so long since I have posted. We've had a few crises around here lately and I have hardly had time to stamp at all! I do have a stamp camp this Saturday and I just finished designing the cards tonight (yes, I know, the camp is in 2 days, but we really have had some crazy stuff going on!)
Here is one of the cards my customers will be doing. I wanted simple on this one, one that could easily be duplicated. This one uses Shimmery White cardstock which is really pretty, though I do wish the shimmer were a bit more noticeable, Always Artichoke, Ruby Red and Pink Piroutte... I thought these colors looked really pretty together and I love the snowflakes from Snow Swirled. There isn't anything difficult about this project. I do think the rhinestone brad adds "that extra something" though!

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Review of Sadie

Today if you hop around to some of the other All That Scraps design team members blogs, you'll see some more projects made with either Annabelle or Sadie. This is my Thanksgiving sample made with Sadie. I just adore this new character and look forward to seeing some more images of Sadie. What would you like to see Sadie doing?
This is made using some My Minds Eye paper from All That Scraps, Stampin Up! inks, card stock and brads. Nothing fancy done here except several layers and I used dimensionals on the image as well as the 2 rectangles behind it. The red ribbon is the Riding Hood Red taffeta from SU! I haven't found it necessary to purchase the RH ink and paper, it is so close to Ruby Red that is what I have been using.
What are you up to this weekend? I'm hoping to stamp, but there isn't a day that goes by that I don't "hope" to stamp!

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Welcome Sadie!

Allow me to introduce Sadie.... this sweet little girl is the creation of Jen Ofiana. Isn't she adorable? If you don't know who Jen is, you have to check out her blog. I love Jen's stuff. Christine at All That Scraps has been so wonderful as to offer several other design team members the opportunity to begin designing stamp sets and I have to say that I was so excited to see this (and several other) Sadie image. I have a couple other cards in the works with an Indian Sadie for Thanksgiving and a Christmas Sadie. You'll have to check back! I paper pieced Sadie's skirt and used one of my all time favorite Stampin' Up! Designer Paper packs - Cutie Pie. Her skirt is perfect for paper piecing! I also used Stampin' Up!'s striped grosgrain ribbon as well as a hodgepodge of brads (Soft Subtles and Rich Regals). The image was colored using my SU! markers. This really was a fast card to put together and with three kids, newly home schooling, a house that always needs to be cleaned, and all the other things that go along with being a grown woman who likes to play with stampin toys, I need fast projects!

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Olivia in her Jammies

Isn't Olivia the sweetest??? I adore this image for several reasons. First, from a purely stamping perspective, it is perfect for paper piecing which means a quick project. But from a mommy perspective, it kinda reminds me that my girls are getting older. Megan is 9 and to old for footed jammies. Kira is 6 and honestly I don't think I have any footed jammies for her. 'Tis the season in Michigan where it is getting cold at night so I was digging through boxes of packed away winter clothes and stumbled upon several pairs of footed jammies for Brooke. Luckily I think I have one more year of little ones with footed jammies. At least when Brooke outgrows them, I'll have this image of Olivia to reminiscence with!
This patterned paper is from The Paper Studio and I bought it ages ago. I had the hardest time matching the green. It is brighter than Celery but not as bright as Gable Green. I hate when that happens. Then, I wanted some ribbons in Olivia's pig tails but didn't have any Regal Rose ribbon. I'm so glad that a Stampin Write Marker can change the shade of white ribbon! I just drug the marker down the length of the ribbon and was all set! Olivia is being sold as a single at All That Scraps. The adorable stocking is from the set that I showcased yesterday, Sugarplum Christmas Scenes. I used some Liquid Applique on the top of the stocking to give it something fun. I hope you have enjoyed looking at all the fun samples of this month's release!

Monday, October 06, 2008

WAY Behind on New Releases

Well, this is the LAST day of some sneak peeks of the new CC Designs releases and this is my first peek!! I got a horrible cold and wasn't able to stamp at all! So...I'm really behind. Here is one that I made using the new Sugarplum set called Christmas Scenery. This project uses some Basic Grey paper, it is from their Dasher Collection. This set is so fun! It includes some great images that will work wonderfully for scrap booking! I used my Stampin' Up inks and an aquapainter to color the images. The presents were colored and popped up with dimensionals.
I will post another project tomorrow but please note that the release is set for tomorrow night. To see projects with the other new releases, just visit the All That Scraps Design Team Gallery. (Did you notice I finally used a hyper link?!?!? I'm so excited - a customer of mine told me how to do it and I can't believe how easy it is!)

Friday, September 26, 2008

Fun New Release

Yesterday CC Designs had a new release! Isn't this the funnest image? This set is called My Rubber Ducky and features the monkey and the bear, a rubber ducky image, some bubble and a couple sentiments..including the one used inside this Surprise Pop-Up card, Relax and Unwind. Boy, do I need to do that! My husband insists that I don't know HOW to relax. I think he may be right.
I haven't had a chance to stamp in a few days but really wanted to make a pop up card for the All That Scraps Wednesday Challenge. Of course I'm a couple days behind but at least I found some time to play. I used this perfect tutorial for the pop up card, I found it a few years ago at Splitcoaststampers http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/ee/index.php/resources/tutorials/surprise_pop_up_card/ . I adore these cards and really have fun making them. If you haven't tried one, run on over to Splitcoast and give it a try. They are really easy!
The patterned paper is from the new Sweet Bella collection from Stampin Up! I used the scallop edge punch and also the circle scallop punch to give this a feminine feel. The pink is the new Pink Pirouette from Stampin' Up! as well. I hope you are able to relax and unwind today!

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Where are the Projects?

I'm still around. I've just not been stamping. I keep "hoping" to get down to my room and get some stuff done, but it hasn't happened yet. As most of you know, we just started homeschooling a few weeks ago. Our school day usually lasts from 9 am - 12:30 pm and then after that there are dishes to take are of, laundry, bathrooms to clean, floors to vacuum, and of course we have to try to get out of our pj's by 2:00! This is definitely a change for us and we are doing our best. But, really, I do have some projects I want to get done. All That Scraps had a pop up card challenge yesterday and I plan on participating...at some point anyway. I've also added another home business to my plate. I'm a new Usborne Books At Home Consultant http://www.ubah.com/ecommerce/default.asp?sid=W2888&gid=66191933. I've always loved their books and decided to give it a shot at selling them. The economy is rough everywhere, but it has been especially rough with my Stampin Up business so I had to branch out and give something else a try. I'm having my kick off on Friday night at 6:30. If you live in the Flint area and want to come, please let me know...I'd love to have you!

Friday, September 19, 2008

Help Find a Cure

Christine, the owner of All that Scraps sent the Design Team a message yesterday, take a peak: "My daughter Savannah brought a note home from school today. Her teacher from last year was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. Her teacher this year will be walking in the Chattanooga Susan G. Komen Race for a Cure on September 28th. Her team needs to raise money for this worthy cause. We at All That Scraps want to give to this worthy cause, as I am sure you do to. We are going to donate 5% of all orders placed today (9/18) and tomorrow (9/19). All items count towards the 5%. " I'm sure you know at least one person who has been affected by breast cancer. I know I do. So, run on over to All That Scraps and help with the fund raising for this cause!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Cupcakes A Little Different

OK..you all saw the Crazy for Cupcakes card 2 entries down, and I believe I mentioned that that card was a spin off from a card that I submitted for Jami's New Catty Swap. Here is the one that actually made it to Southern California. You can see that the sketch was flipped vertically, but remains the same. There are no eyelets on this one but I added the circular greeting with a cupcake in the middle. Everything else is the same. So..which do you like better?

Wednesday All That Scraps Challenge

It's Wednesday and time for another All That Scraps Challenge. I haven't had a chance to participate in the last 2 challenges but was able to prepare a sample for this week's. The challenge is a color challenge. Use the colors Ridinghood Red (I used Ruby Red since it is so close), Baja Breeze and Kraft. This is a great color combo which I used on a Christmas card as well...I'll share that one another time.
This card uses some My Minds Eye paper and the Olivia's Birds set. I used the tree branch on several cards during the release for this set and it wasn't until I saw that the other design team girls used it as a sweet little tree, that I decided I had to CASE the idea! So here is Olivia sending you a little wave! The sentiment is from the Sentiment set. The sentiment actually says "A" Hello From Me, but all of it would not fit in the circle, so I chopped off the "A" and it works great. I used SU punches to highlight the sentiment. I also water colored Olivia with my SU ink and an Aquapainter. I don't own any Copics so that is why I keep water coloring everything. Yes, it takes awhile to get a large image done, but I still love the way it looks. Definitely different than Copics but I still like it. I admire all the copic coloring the rest of you gals do, but I just can't take the plunge and spend all that money on them!
Finally, the ribbon in the new Riding Hood Red taffeta ribbon from Stampin Up! Again, that color is so similar to Ruby Red, that it works just fine on this project. Anyway, I hope you have a great day today! I'm hoping I get a chance to stamp again. I'm getting very overwhelmed with all the unorganized messes in my room and the rest of the house, so I've been trying to get some stuff picked up rather than stamp. Of course it isn't as fun as stamping!

Monday, September 15, 2008

Another Swap with Jami

We got the o.k. to share photos of our swap submissions for Jami's latest swap, the new catalog swap. This is one of my projects. I was required to use the stamp set A Flower for All Seasons (which I love by the way, not just because of the cute images but because it is pretty inexpensive at just $14.95) and a combo of colors based on the color swatches of Stampin' Up's Sweet Bella Collection shown on page 13. This card uses the new Pink Pirouette cardstock and ink, Old Olive cardstock and 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon, Chocolate Chip cardstock and some of the new Bella designer paper. The main image was watercolored using my ink pads and an aquapainter. The sentiment came from the set "Family Phrases" and I used the Canvas background stamp on the pink panel. This project was made about 2 weeks ago yet as I look at the frog I have to chuckle because it makes me think of all the rain we have received here in Michigan over the last few days. It started drizzling here on Friday and started raining by Friday evening and didn't stop AT ALL until late last night! I can't remember a time that we had rain non stop like that! Thankfully our sump pump kept right on working!

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Happy Birthday Cupcake!

This is for my mother in law, whose birthday is coming up in a couple weeks. I have one that is similar but not exactly the same, which I can show you in a week or so. I was in another swap with Jami and had to use this set and the scallop edge punch (shown on the bottom of the matted image). This is similar but took a bit less time. Lucky for me, Stampin Up! didn't retire the Summer Picnic paper! I LOVED That paper...remember how much I used it this past summer with all the CC Designs releases? I adore the cherry piece but hadn't cut into it, I don't know what I was saving it for! SO glad I did save it though, isn't it perfect with this image?!?!

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Lucky Again!

SO, do you love this image of Lucky or what? Of all the samples you have seen, which are your favorite images of this new CC Designs release? Because I love the Lucky and Lulu stamps I have to say that I love the new Lucky set. I'm sad there isn't an image of Lulu, but the bear is just as cute and we can't have EVERYTHING we want (or so I tell my kids!). For this one I broke out my corner Photo Corner punch from Stampin' Up. I haven't used this one enough, and I loved it with the patterned paper (from KI Memories, Haunted). I popped it up with a dimensional and then stamped the spider and cut it out. He is also popped up with a dimensional (just one that was slightly shorter than the other). Of course I used the scallop edge punch from Stampin' Up! and some paper piercing. Finally, I haven't used eyelets in awhile but last night I did two cards and put eyelets on both. My crop-o-dile has to get some use doesn't it?!?!
Don't forget... the release party is at the All That Scraps forums starting at 8 pm est and the sets are available for purchase starting at 10 pm..hope to see you there!

Monday, September 08, 2008

Sugarplum Halloween

A short post today! What do you think of Olivia all dressed in her Halloween costume? Isn't she sweet? This card also uses the moon from Spooky Scenes. If there is one thing I am hoping you all discovered from my samples this month, it is that all the Halloween sets work so well together that you may as well get them ALL!!!

Sunday, September 07, 2008

Missing You!

Here is a sample made using Bear Hugs but also a new set for the new CC Designs Release (you can get the sets on September 9!). The tree branch and grass are from Spooky Scenes and the leaf is from a set you'll hear more about tomorrow. What about that sign? I used it on the Lucky card that is below as well. Notice it has a different saying here? The saying is from the sentiment set that was released last month. I LOVE THE SIGNS! I adore the patterned paper here as well, both are from My Minds Eye. Do you think I like the images on this card???

Saturday, September 06, 2008

My Pregnancies Never Looked Like This

Just once, I would have just liked ONE of my 4 pregnancies to look like this card does...soft, pretty, feminine...NOPE, not me! I am not complaining about weight gain, because I never gained more than about 27 lbs with my pregnancies, but from week 6 with ALL of them, I was vomitting like crazy (precisely why I didn't gain much, I LOST so much in the beginning, 20 lbs in 6 weeks with one of them!). I have never handled pregnancies well...now deliveries were pretty good. Except for my last.
Anyway, enough about me, this is about Amy Rysavy! Give a shout out to her, and Christine. Christine asked if any of the DT members drew and apparently Amy does because she created this set with lots of pieces of clothing and a seperate set that includes great sentiments.
I used Pale Plum cardstock and this designer paper is from The Paper Studio.

It's The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown

As always, Christine's sets that include Lucky, Lulu, the bear and monkey are wonderful and always rank as my favorite new releases! The set Spooky, Spooky, Spooky is no exception. Don't you LOVE this image of Lucky?!? The pumpkins from this set are from another new release this month called Sugarplum Halloween, as is the sign. The bat is from yet another set..Spooky Scenes. As you can see all of the Halloween sets work so well together.
Once I got to looking at the sets I got this image for a Great Pumpkin themed card and these images all worked so well! I love how it turned out! The designer paper is from KI Memories and is from their Haunted line. Of course it is available from All That Scraps. There was a lot of paper piecing on this one but it was worth it.
I hope you all have as much fun looking at the new releases this much as I have had playing!

Chocolate is My Favorite

I have to apologize for not posting a sample made with Amy Rysavy's new set! I have a sample all done and ready to go, however I'm having trouble with my camera. (It isn't in focus on close up pictures and it is driving me crazy!) I had taken two photos of the first cards I created for the release, so I have 2 to share today. I'm hoping to work with it some more today and tomorrow and hopefully have it fixed so I can get a bunch of these samples uploaded before the new release is over! So, onto the card...
I love seeing the kids dressed up for Halloween....But I love trick-or-treating almost as much as they do....especially when their bags are full of chocolate!! Admit it - you raid the Halloween bucket too! What are your favorites? Mine must be the Kit Kat's, mini Baby Ruth's and mini Snickers. I also enjoy a simple Hershey's bar as often as I can!!! Next to stamping, chocolate is my addiction. A perfect night for me would be sipping on a Mountain Dew and munching on some good chocolate which stamping!! This sample uses an image from a new CC Designs set called Spooky, Spooky, Spooky. Isn't he sweet? I just love how Christine continues to use some of our favorite characters in different sets throughout the year. I love seeing them come alive! All the patterned papers on this one are from KI Memories. I really like their Haunted line. The large panel is called Skinny Stripe and the paper pieced shirt and pants are the front and back of Pin Dot. The "brads" are actually set like eyelets and I have had them since I first started using eyelets forever ago. I needed some purple brads but didn't have any so these worked just fine. I hope you have a great day and get to stamp!

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Blog Candy Winner!

The winner has been drawn by a very fancy and technical device........the 9 year old chose a number and recorded it for you!
Lisa V said... Olivia back to school. one last week of summer vacation and my two are going to school one for the first time and a card in the lunch box would be a fun surpise for them. Lisa 3:01 PM
So.....Lisa V....you are the winner! Send me an e-mail at caspen1973@yahoo.com so I can get your address and we will get you your $5 CC Designs gift certificate!!!

Monday, August 25, 2008

Another Simple Bee

My first sample for the August releases was a simple card done with the standing bear from Bear Hugs and this is one that was made at the same time. A simple card done with the bee. The paper pierced circle came from the Stampin' Up! brass embossing template, Punches Plus. I love this template for paper piercing! There isn't muchelse to be said about this one, I just thought it turned out sweet.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

A Little Bit of Everything - CC Designs Style

Here is a project I forgot to share! I used a little bit of everything on this one (all stamps from CC Designs)...The adorable bees from Bear Hugs and the tree limb is from Olivia's Birdies, the clouds are from the Sugarplum Scenery set, a cuttlebug embossing folder (Swiss Dots) and some Stampin Up Designer paper (Cutie Pie). I really love how this turned out! The only thing it is missing is a bee hive hanging from that branch! Since these are yellow and black they aren't honey bees so it may be "correct" to have a hive hanging from the branch. Did you know that honey bees are brown and black and they typically don't build hives just hanging from a branch - they need an open cavity to hold all their honey (just some useless info from the wife of a bee keeper!). Anyway, I was really happy with this after it was done. I colored everything with Stampin Write markers and added Stardust Stickles to the clouds and the bee wings. I love the sentiment "What's the buzzzz?" Christine has been turning out some WONDERFUL stuff lately hasn't she? Just wait till you see what is up for September. I got my sets yesterday and I think that some of the commenters for the blog candy below will be happy to see what we have in store for you. A little bit of everything again this month...some more Lucky and more Olivia coming!!!

Friday, August 22, 2008


Hey all! CC Designs just finished another release right? We have the adorable bears and bees - Bear Hugs, the Sugar Plums Sentiment set that goes with...EVERYTHING, the Sugar Plum Scenery set and of course....OLIVIA and her Birds!!! Right now Christine is offering up an All That Scraps gift certificate for $5 if you post a comment here. I will post the winner on Tuesday. But, since you have seen Olivia, tell me - what would you like to see Olivia doing next?

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Sock Monkey Returns

Here is another Sock Monkey project (I used the same colors as the one from my open house...I really like So Saffron, Tangerine Tango and Kraft together, they look very "fallish"). I am going to try something new with my stamp clubs this year. We are going to do a Sketch Theme all year. Most of my stamp clubs are made up of ladies who have been stamping for some time. One group most of the ladies have been in a stamp club with me for 4 or more years. So, I find myself having a hard time showing them new techniques. Of course though they still comment that they have a hard time knowing what to do with their stuff when they get it. I know I have that problem sometimes! So, we are going to do a new sketch at each meeting. But since we do two cards we'll turn the sketch on its side and try to mix it up a bit. My hope is that they will learn how to look at samples in the catalog and figure out the sketch and use it to work for them. Plus, they will have several sketches from me by the time we are all done meeting. Anyway, this card is one that we did at our stamp club meeting this week. The ladies did the Heard from the Heart card from below and then this card. See how we used the same sketch? We just turned it on its side and made our matted pieces wider. In addition, rather than doing the middle panel with a single stamped image, we made that section three circles instead. The ladies at the meeting told me I was stretching it, but that is the point! INSPIRATION GIRLS!
I have decided to stop posting the "Supplies Used" at the bottom of my posts, just to save time in typing it all out. Besides, I typically type somewhere in the body of the post most of the supplies I have used. Of course if you have a question about something please just post in the comments section and I'll be sure to answer you!

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Open House Success

My new catalog open house was Saturday and I felt it went really well. It was so nice to see some of the ladies that I hadn't seen in a few weeks. I sold some used sets to clear out space on my shelves for more goodies and I think they liked the projects. They did the Sock Monkey card I already showed you, and they did this simple and easy card that showcased the Heard from the Heart set (I LOVE this set and it is on sale, I LOVE that even more!!). My guests were even able to use the new scallop edge punch! I wanted something simple that didn't need a lot of "stuff" or a lot of work. I think this fits the bill. The background is stamped with the big swirl from Doodle This, otherwise the only other stamping is the words. I can't wait to get all the new goodies I ordered from the open house, like A Rose is a Rose, Crazy for Cupcakes, Bella Rose paper, and more! So tell me, what are some of your favorite new things from the new Stampin' Up! catalog???

All That Scraps Guest Designer

All That Sraps is having a Guest Designer for October!! Check out the post at the All That Scraps blog: http://atsblog.typepad.com/ats/. If you get chosen by Amy and Christine, you get all the stamp sets that are released in October!! What have you got to lose? Start uploading to the All That Scraps gallery and maybe you'll be swimming in new stamps soon!

All That Scraps Challenge

It's Wednesday so it is time for another Sketch Challenge at All That Scraps. I have one submission done for it but I am hoping to stamp a bit later today and do another. This one uses Olivia's Birds, the branch from A Hootin Good Time, and the sentiment is from the Sugar Plum Sentiment set. I totally used Katie Stillwater's idea to use this birdhouse on a winter card. I wanted something simple that would be easy to duplicate for Christmas cards if you like. I added some Robin's Nest Dew Drops from the Poinsettia collection along the side and some beautiful paper from Basic Grey. Are you thinking Christmas cards yet???

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Sock Monkey with a Cupcake

My New Catalog Open House will be on Saturday so I have been working on projects...We'll do 2 projects this year, one of which uses the new Sock Monkey set. I needed a project that would showcase this fun set but wouldn't take the participants too much time to work on. Not everyone enjoys watercoloring so I didn't want to overwhelm those who don't like to do it. This is exactly what I was wanting! I stamped Sock Monkey in Close to Cocoa on Kraft cardstock. Then I stamped the cupcake from this set onto white cardstock. I colored it with Tangerine Tango ink, Ruby Red marker and a So Saffron Marker. I even gave the cupcake some sprinkles. I then used the Stampin Up! circle punches and scallop circle to make the cupcake stand out. It is also mounted with dimensionals. So..what do you think?

Friday, August 08, 2008

Have a Birdie-ful Day

When I finished this card for the release I was so happy with it. It came across just as I had wanted it to. When Christine was working on the new Olivias Birds set, she showed the design team the images that she had drawn and a few of the girls started shouting out different sentiments that they would like to see and I suggested a bird bath. I was SHOCKED when Christine said that she had drawn a bird bath previously but it wasn't any good. I asked her to try again and within a matter of a couple hours (if that much!) she came out with this bird bath...it is PERFECT! I LOVE IT! This card uses one of the grass images from the Sugarplum Scenery set and everything else is from Olivias Birds set. I wish I could remember the name of the paper...it was from Stampin Up a couple years ago - I think it may be Spring Showers. Anyway, I loved that paper and still have some pieces - it worked perfectly don't you think?
Supplies Used: Close to Cocoa cs, ink, Blush Blossom cs, Whisper White cs, Certainly Celery SW Marker, Going Grey ink, Bashful Blue ink, Grosgrain Ribbon, Brads, Creamy Caramel SW Marker, Black Staz On, So Saffron SW Marker, slit punch, Olivias Birds, Sugarplum Scenery Set.

Sweet Notebook

You can see pieces of the new Sugar Plums Scenery Set on this project...I am quite excited about this little sample! SEVERAL months ago I purchased a Bind It All thinking I would have loads of fun making notebooks. Well, I have been so intimidated by it that I have only used it to punch holes!!! Well, for these new releases Christine was asking for us to make some 3-d projects...soooo...I busted out that Bind It All and created this little notebook. I plan to use it to keep track of the names, addresses, birthdays of all my stampin friends. I have needed something like this for some time so this book is long overdue!
The Sugarplum Scenery set includes all the things you are going to need to create spring/summer scenes for your CC Designs stamps. Several different kinds of grass, several clouds, several flower tops, a stem, a couple different leaves...it's all in there and it really takes your work to a whole new level. This sample uses the grass and flower parts from the Scenery set and the bee is from the new Bear Hugs and that sentiment...yup...another set that will be available soon! Most of the design team sneak peeks this month have pieces of this scene set mixed in with other stamps on their projects because it is just a super set! Don't forget to be checking out the All That Scraps blog each day...if you post a comment you are entered for a chance to win a free stamp set each day!
Supplies Used: Sassafrass Lass designer paper, Baja Breeze cs, Real Red cs, Stampin Write Marker, Regal Rose SW Marker, Certainly Celery SW Marker, Gable Green SW Marker, Regal Rose SW Marker, Close to Cocoa SW Marker, Summer Sun SW Marker, Black SW Marker, Black Staz On, Robin's Nest Dew Drops, ribbon Target Dollar Spot, SU Scallop Edge punch, Sugar Plums Scenery set, Bear Hugs set, Sentiments set.

Meet Olivia

If you haven't "met" Olivia yet, here she is! The other design team members have done an AWESOME job with set, you have to run to the All That Scraps gallery and check out the entries for today.
Olivia is part of a new line of stamps from C.C. Designs called Sugarplums and I happen to know there are more sets featuring Olivia and a friend coming soon! This card was made to match the one in the post below and all the supplies are the same...aren't they cute together?

Stampin Up Sets for Sale

I have the new catalog in my hands and my list is BIG this time. I need to clear out some room on my shelves and make room for more stuff! Check out these sets for sale and contact me at caspen1973@yahoo.com if you are interested in any of them! All of them are mounted and used.

  • Print Pattern $10
  • Dotted $10
  • Word by Word $10
  • Swell News $15
  • So Much $22
  • Looks Like Spring $15
  • All About You $15
  • Mini Messages $5
  • Favorite Friends $10
  • Love Matters $15
  • Birthday Banter $15
  • Time Well Spent $15
  • Naughty or Nice $12
  • Rough Edges Alphabet $12

Olivia's Birds

OK...so, today and tomorrow are the release days I have been waiting for because I am really proud of the projects I turned out for this set. It was a great mojo night! I think that night I made like 4 projects and loved them all! Here is the first sample from the set called Olivia's Birds. Christine put everything you could possibly need in this set to make lovely spring/summer cards. Everything you see here is in the set (and more of course!) And Christine was so smart she made 2 of the birds. Sometimes you get a set, start playing with it and realize the kid, animal or whatever is facing the wrong direction and you don't want to mess with "mirroring" so you just give up. WELL, our gal Christine made the birds each facing a different direction! PLUS in this set there are 2 birds flying that she did the same thing with....genius I tell you!
This card was so much fun to make. I knew I wanted the nest sitting on the branch with the birds in it. The colors came from one of my favorite designer papers from Stampin Up!, Fall Flowers. I love the softness of this paper. Then of course I had to use the scallop edge punch (of course!) and it helped immensely that the Robin's Nest dew drops (from the "Water" collection) had some it in that matched perfectly. (Got those from genius Christine at All That Scraps). After water coloring everything I popped the nest and the birds up on dimensionals. For the ribbon I just layered a piece of white narrow grosgrain on top of my wide Old Olive, did a little faux stitching and BAM - it's done. Do you like it? (I'm such a sucker for affirmation!)
NOW .... are you wondering who Olivia is? You'll have to check back later to find out!
Supplies Used: Soft Sky cs, ink, Whisper White cs, Old Olive ink, cs, Creamy Caramel ink, Close to Cocoa SW marker, So Saffron ink, Aquapainter, Always Artichoke SW Marker, Black Staz On ink, Scallop Edge Punch, Robin's Nest Dew Drops, Olivia's Birds set.

Thursday, August 07, 2008

Sweet Baby Bear....

Time for new releases from C.C. Designs!!! Most of these samples have been done for 2 weeks or more when I had a big burst of stamping mojo going on and I have been dying to share them with you! The official release will be Monday the 11th at 10 pm est at All That Scraps (check my sidebar for a link). We will have a release party in the forum at 8 pm.
The sets for this month are so fun!! I tried some MyTime style cards and this is one of them. Sweet and simple. I actually really like how this one turned out. It uses a new image of the bear we first saw last month. This new set is called Bear Hugs and includes another bear, 2 bees and some sentiments. Rather than color the bear brown, and since I needed a baby girl card, I made this card all girl! The image was colored with Pretty in Pink ink and an aqua painter. Of course that scallop edge is made with the new Stampin Up! scallop edge punch. I love the ribbon - the solid pink ribbon is a velvety ribbon (from the Target Dollar Spot ages ago) which makes me imagine what this cuddly little girl would feel like! The bow is made from Stampin' Up!'s pink grosgrain. Next time you need a card, try going simple and see how you like it!
Supplies Used: Whisper White cs, Pretty in Pink cs, ink, Soft Sky ink, velvet ribbon, pink gingham ribbon, Black Staz On, Scallop Edge Punch, Bear Hugs set.

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Heard from the Heart Elegantly

Another swap that I did for Jami...This time I had to use Heard from the Heart (which I really love!). I really wanted one of these sentiments to be the focal point so I just used my Paisley background stamp and stamped it with Versa Mark and heated up Clear Embossing Powder for my main panel. Then I used my black ink and stamped the greeting on a strip of the new Baja Breeze paper and did the same for the main panel. I also used the new scallop edge punch from Stampin Up! to make it appear more soft. I think this would be a great wedding card...what about using navy and gold or navy and silver? I think just about any colors would work well. Anyway, I'm still patiently waiting for those catalogs!!!
Supplies Used: Basic Black cs, ink, Baja Breeze cs, Versa Mark ink, Clear Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Scallop Edge punch, handheld circle punch, Silver Brads, Paisley background stamp, Heard from the Heart.

Monday, August 04, 2008

Sock Monkey - NEW Stampin Up! Set

Here is the first project that I did as a swap for Jami's Preview Swap at SCS. I call this the "famous" stamper swap because several of the girls are either ex-Dirty Dozen girls or have been published or are stampers like Taylor VanBruggen....I am so lucky to have been asked to join them but I must say that the pressure is always one when creating for these ladies!
This is the new set, Sock Monkey...I bought it because my youngest loves monkeys and I really liked the accessories that were in the set - a cupcake, heart, flag, flower, party hat, etc. I also used the new color Tangerine Tango as my base color and the color for the monkey's mouth, butt, feet and arms. Making 8 of them took me awhile and I did it in stages. By the time I was done I was saying, "Why do I always watercolor for Jami's swaps???" But seriously it was fun!
I stamped the hat in Black Staz-On and then did some masking of the hat and added the monkey. I added the flag and then did a cupcake separately. I cut the cup cake out and used dimensionals to pop it up. The rest is pretty self explanatory. I hope you enjoy it! Those new catalogs should be here anyday!
Supplies Used: Tangerine Tango cs, ink, Bashful Blue cs, ink, Old Olive cs, ink, Close to Cooca ink, So Saffron ink, Stampin Dimensionals, White Grosgrain Ribbon, Paper Piercing mat and tools, Stamp a ma jig, Sock Monkey.

Saturday, August 02, 2008

NEW Stampin' Up! Information

GUESS WHAT?!?!?!? Stampin' Up! is going to begin selling the Big Shot and some dies! How exciting! I also can't wait to see more of a line of products that Shelli had a hand in developing. I can't wait to get this new catalog!

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Some Stampin Up Peeks!

My upline (well, she is like a great grandma upline, but NOT because of her age!) Linda Heller is a fantastic motivator and wonderful person. Unfortunately for me she lives in Florida so I have only met her once but she sends me sales rewards every quarter and even calls a few times a year to chat business. Anyway I noticed this morning that she has some exciting news to share about her own Stampin Up career, plus she was showing some stuff that demo's could purchase to show how much they *heart* SU and even some new stamps!! So run on over and scroll down, she keeps posting info all the time including the info that Shelli (founder of the company - I *heart* Shelli! even has a blog!). http://lindastamps.wordpress.com/

I'm A Winner!!!???!!!

If you haven't seen The Saltbox Studio stamps, you are missing out! These wonderful new stamps are sold through Amuse and have a look that is very different from anything else on the market right now. I LOVE country decor, primitive country...have you seen Country Sampler magazine? My favorite decorating magazine out there. BUT, alas I have a husband who detests "dust collectors" so my home doesn't look like anything in those magazines so I just enjoy looking at it and trying to country-fy my house with as little clutter as I can. Anyway, one of my customers - Sue Blondin http://www.blogger.com/post-create.g?blogID=29472576, showed me the Saltbox stamps several months ago. I have been watching their sites and recently entered a random contest and found out I won! I got to pick either the Americana set or the Farm Friends set. I chose Farm Friends and can't wait to play with it. I'll be sure to share some projects with you when I get them made. Here are the new releases for this month from Saltbox Studio! http://thesaltboxstudio.typepad.com/the_saltbox_sampler/new-new-july-sets-now-ava.html

Monday, July 28, 2008

Blog Candy Winner!

The winner of the blog candy that I had posted below is.... Doris!!! My 6 year old chose a number from the dinner table and she chose 2 and it was Doris! Check out Doris...she has 2 blogs (it doesnt matter that the first is in polish and you may not be able to read it, there are some pretty pictures on it: http://kreatywneinspiracje.blogspot.com/ The second looks like a blog candy listing: http://doris86place.blogspot.com/ I'll be sending her the sweet snowman stamp this week...as for everyone else, keep your eyes open because the new CC Designs sneak peeks for the new release start soon!

Saturday, July 26, 2008


Hey girls...RUN on over to the All That Scraps blog http://atsblog.typepad.com/ats/ and enter Christine's contest for a free $25 gift certificate!!!! All That Scraps has grown so much they are moving and she's so excited she is giving away a great blog candy reward just for telling her what YOU want to see in the store!

Friday, July 25, 2008

Christmas in July - And Blog Candy Too!

I love practically everything about Christmas (I just wish the snow and cold didn't stick around so long). The design team at All That Scraps is doing a Christmas in July celebration - sharing Christmas samples and maybe some more festive surprises!!! Don't you just LOVE this image of Lulu??? This is from the CC Designs set Lulu's Sweet Delights. The first CC Desgins images I ever saw were Christmas/winter ones and were on Lauren Meader's blog (waving hi to Lauren!) http://laurenm.blogs.splitcoaststampers.com/. The Christmas and winter images went right onto my wish list but in all honesty this is just the 2nd time I have used this image to actually complete a project (come on, you know how it is!) I LOVE this finished project! I think the patterned paper really makes it, or maybe it is the simple 2 colors, or maybe it is Lulu's sweet face. Whatever it is, I loved it when it was done.
The patterned paper is retired from Stampin' Up! It is the Cerise line of paper but I am sure you can find red and white/cream striped paper anywhere. The red ribbon is from Stampin' Up! too. BUT, don't you love the scallop edge? So sweet and petite..it is a brand new product from Stampin' Up! that will be available in the new catalog. Trust me, you are gonna want this punch!
Anyway...for the blog candy...leave a post to this project and leave me a link to your most favorite Christmas themed stamp set ever and I'll draw a random winner on the 27th. The winner will receive a new, CC Designs e-z mounted snowman stamp (http://www.allthatscraps.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=360_361_545&products_id=4841). Good luck!
Supplies Used: Real Red cs, ink, Close to Cocoa ink, Chocolate Chip ink, Blush Blossom SW Marker, Very Vanilla cs, Timber Brown Staz On, Real Red 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon, SU Scallop edge punch (NEW), Lulu's Sweet Delights set.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Anything But a Card Challenge

This week the Design Team for All That Scraps was challenged to do anything but a card. I will freely admit that my "anything but a card" skills are pretty limited. My dear pal Lorien is awesome with bracelets and altered tins, some gals can look at any piece of garbage and create a beautiful piece of art, but I am pretty limited..I'm really an "in the box" kind of gal so I stick with journals, some altered tins and ornaments. I love making ornaments, but don't mean the glass bulb kind...any other kind. For the last 3 years I give my 3 closest peeps a gift and a handmade ornament. Last year I made ornaments out of chipboard coasters so when we were challenged to do anything but a card I made another chipboard coaster ornament.
I made this with the adorable CC Designs set, Lulu's Sweet Delights. Isn't she the cutest?!?! I started by covering the coaster with some Basic Grey paper, from their Fruitcake collection. After that I stamped Lulu with Black Staz On and added the gum drops next to her.

I colored the images with my Stampin' Up! inks and an aquapainter. After I was finished it needed to be a bit less "clean" to go with the Basic Grey paper so I roughed up the edges a bit with some Creamy Caramel ink and then I used my Creamy Caramel SW marker and the Color Spritzer Tool. Guess what else is on this project? The new Stampin' Up! scallop punch. I seriously have used that on EVERY project I have made this past week (which there are several, I just can't show them to you yet....) I LOVE that punch and it's tiny little scallops....Run on over to the All That Scraps site and check out gallery to see what the other girls made!

Friday, July 18, 2008

New Apartment Card

Can you believe it??? A card with Stampin' Up! stamps?!?! I have been neglecting them so much for my CC Designs stuff but it has been fun! I recently ordered the Neighborhood wheel to go with my All In The Family set and have just been waiting to have a reason to ink it up. Well, my husband's sister and her husband recently moved from a small apartment to a larger one. This was a move that she was anxious to make even back in April when they visited us from Utah. I miss her so much! I don't have a sister and even when people see photos of her they assume she is my sister, we do look alike. Anyway, her and her husband have been married just about 2 years and are starving students in Provo, Utah. She has finally graduated and has found a teaching job out there so they decided to take the plunge and upgrade their apartment.
To make this card I inked the wheel with Bashful Blue ink and and wheeled it onto a Bashful Blue panel. Then I inked the wheel in black Staz-On and wheeled it onto white. I colored the apartment with Stampin Up inks and an aquapainter, cut it out and popped it up with dimensionals. The "congratulations" is a stamp from one of the retired All Year Cheer sets. I wanted it to look like one of those flags that some small planes pull around at big events. Did you notice anything new??? The orange color is one of the new In Colors for the year. This is Tangerine Tango. Doesn't that sound yummy? I really like this color combo and used it last night as well on a card with the Sock Monkey set. I can't show that to you though because it is one of my swaps for a new swap with Jami at SCS and she doesn't like us to show our stuff till after everyone in the swap has received theirs..you'll have to wait a couple weeks to see it!
Supplies Used: Tangerine Tango cs, ink, Old Olive cs, ink, Bashful Blue cs, ink, Black Hemp Twine, Black Staz-On ink, Stampin Dimensionals, Aquapainter, All Year Cheer, Neighborhood Jumbo Wheel.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

ATS Sketch Challenge

This week's Design Team Challege at All That Scraps was a sketch challenge. As soon as I saw the sketch I thought of the monkey in the tube image. The oval on the project reminded me of his tube. As I got to making it I realized my nephew will be turning 4 in a couple weeks so at the very end of the project I decided to turn it into a birthday card for him. Notice the cute birthday hat on Monkey's head? The hat came from my all time favorite birthday set EVER, It's My Birthday. The printed paper is from Sassafrass Lass and all other supplies are from Stampin'Up! (except the Marvy Oval Punches). Be sure to check out the All That Scraps blog later today to see what the other design team members did with this sketch. AND...did you know I got new stamps in the mail? New CC Designs stamps for the August release.....I can't wait to start makin projects and sharing with you all!
Supplies Used: Night of Navy cs, ink, Grosgrain Ribbon, Real Red cs, ink, Gingham Ribbon, Soft Sky cs, ink, Creamy Caramel ink, Close to Cocoa ink, Aquapainter, Real Red eyelets, Marvy Mega Oval Punch, Sassafrass Lass designer paper, Paper Piercer, Signo Gel Pen, It's My Birthday (CC Designs), Summertime Fun (CC Designs).

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Another LAD Entry

Here is another entry for the LAD birthday contest. Probably my final entry as I am expecting some Stampin Up! goodies soon and we are working on some Christmas in July cards for CC Designs. I received the adorable Lulu Christmas set called Lulu's Sweet Dreams and I can't wait to ink that up! So be sure to check out the Design Team blogs in the next couple weeks for some fun Christmas in July stuff!
Back to the entry. This one coordinates with the one that I have already posted and I did that on purpose...I am going to be sending a set of these cards on to a secret sister I have. All the supplies are the same I just followed the sketch that was required. I used the 3rd sketch you could choose from. I hope you like it, and I hope the judges at LAD do too!

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Another Lizzie Birthday

My 6 year old has a birthday party to attend this afternoon and it happens to be a princess party. (They are actually having Cinderella attend the party!) Anyway, with the gals at Lizzie Anne Designs running their birthday celebration contest I figured I may as well make another for submission (can you tell I want to win some LAD stamps?)
This is very straight forward and doesn't need much explanation except to point out that I stamped the castle (I love that image!) on the pretty in pink panel in Versamark. Not to dark, not to light and it is the perfect shade. I colored the flags with my Sakura Stardust Gelly Pen as well as the centers of the flowers on the background and parts of the princess crown. The only stamp on this card that is not from LAD is the single flower on the background. This flower is from the Stampin' Up! set Simply Said. That little flower is perfect for SO many cards. I seem to be constantly pulling that thing 0ut!
Anyway, I hope you have a great weekend. We don't have much planned, we recently started pulling wallpaper out of our bathroom (who puts wallpaper in a bathroom anyway? It peels and the seems start pulling apart as soon as someone uses the shower!) We are adding beadboard to the walls, it needs painted and we got new light fixtures. So today I think I'll be priming the beadboard. Not exciting at all but it's got to get done!
Supplies used: Pretty in Pink cs, ink, SW marker, So Saffron cs, ink, SW Marker, Lavendar Lace cs, ink, Creamy Caramel ink, Close to Cocoa SW marker, Blush Blossom ink, Regal Rose wide grosgrain ribbon, Black Staz On ink, Sakura Stardust Gelly Roll Pen, Simply Said stamp set SU, LAD set Once Upon a Time.