Thursday, December 27, 2007

Birthday Gable Box

I wanted to do a birthday gable box for a friend of mine who's b-day is tomorrow, and this is what I came up with. It was quick and I think it turned out cute. Here's the recipe:

Stamps: Happy Birthday & To/From Stamp
Papers & Inks: Friends & Flowers SS Kit, Purely Pomegrante, So Safron, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White
Accessories: Tag Punches, Ticket Corner Punch, So Safron Brads, 1/16" Punch, Stampin' Dimensionals, Large White Eyelet, Crop-a-Dile, Purely Pomegrante & Wild Wasabi Ribbon

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Ben's Birthday

Today is Ben's birthday. He was my early Christmas gift 12 years ago. It has been a WWE birthday morning for him as you can see from these pictures! He is having a blast playing with all his new figures and ring.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Kim's Cards

My dear friend, Kim, emailed me a picture of Christmas cards she made - they are beautiful Kim! Thanks for sharing your wonderful works of art with me!

Monday, December 17, 2007

Christmas Bag

I needed an idea for a bag cover and cased this idea from "Jami" on Splitcoasters. Here's what I used to make the bag cover - now to make 5 more......

Stamp Set: Holiday Tag Team
Inks: Old Olive & Real Red Markers
Papers: Dashing DP, Real Red, Old Olive, Whisper White
Accessories: Circle Punches, Scallop Punch, Photo Corner Punch, White Ribbon, Red Brads & Eyelets, Crop-A-Dile, 1/16" & 1/8" Hand Punches, White Bag

Thanks for stopping by - stay warm!

Friday, November 30, 2007

Birthday Card

Good morning! I made this card for one of Chelsie's friends. They have known each other since they were babies and thought it would be fun to use a picture of when they were little for the background pic. I have never used this set, and this was a good excuse to "play"! Here's what I used to make it; thanks for stopping bye!

Stamps: Love Matters (retired for now - but won't it be fun if it were in the next catty?; Happy Birthday stamp
Inks: Basic Black, Cool Caribbean, Pretty in Pink, So Saffron
Cardstock: Pretty in Pink, So Saffron, Petals & Paisleys designer paper
Accessories: So Saffron brads, aqua painter, Cool Caribbean ribbon, sponge, dimensionals, scissors, sticky strip, Round Tab punch, 1/16" punch

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Surprise in the mail

I got these 2 beautiful cards from my dear friend Kim today. One for my birthday, and one for Thanksgiving - loved the way you colored in the pumpkins on this card. Kim just recently started stamping, and has made some wonderful cards and scrapbook pages. Thanks sweetie for the birthday wishes! Have a great Thanksgiving everyone - thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Zoofari Wax Card

I am not too sure if I am crazy about how this card turned out. I read about a technique called wax resist and wanted to give it a try. I love this set, and thought this would make a cute card to try this technique out with. The wax technique is very simple to do:

- Stamp your image in Basic Black on glossy cardstock (this technique only works on glossy and you can't use a StazOn pad).
- Color in only the areas you want white with a white or light-colored Watercolor Wonder Crayon (I didn't have white so I used Blush Blossom and it worked fine).
- Ink up a brayer and cover the entire surface of the glossy cardstock. Wipe off the excess ink on the stamped image with a tissue (I used a Q-tip because of how small the zebra's legs are).
- Add additional color to your image using a marker or watercolor it in.
- Mount on cardstock.

Here's the supplies I used:
Sets: Zoofari, Tiny Talk, Swirls background stamp
Inks: Basic Black, Not Quite Navy, Always Artichoke, Not Quite Navy marker
Papers: Glossy white cardstock, Not Quite Navy, Always Artichoke, Whisper White
Accessories: Always Artichoke Brads, Ticket Corner Punch, Green Ribbon, 1" Circle Punch

Thanks for stopping by!

Basket of Fun card

I made a quick thank you card for a friend of mine who is a Longaberger consultant. I have had this set, Basket of Fun, for a long time and have never used it - I don't know why - it's such a cute set! Sorry that the picture is a little out-of-focus; can you tell my camera is starting to die on me? I told Richard I would like a new camera for my birthday/Christmas. I just got the ticket corner punch and had to use it - I love all the new punches and all the great ways you can add depth to your projects. Thanks for stopping by - here's what I used to make this card:

Sets: Basket of Fun (retired), Sincere Salutations
Inks: Basic Black, Rose Red, Close to Cocoa, Barely Banana
Paper: Whisper White, Rose Red, Basic Black, Close to Cocoa
Accessories: Black marker, Black Gingham Ribbon, Black Brads, Dimensionals, Medium Watercolor Brush, Scissors

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Big on Christmas

I saw a design challenge on a stamping group that I apart of and thought I would give it a try! The idea was to choose a any type of project and use 2 main colors from the Dynamic Duo color combos on the SU! Color Coach. I chose to do a z-fold card and used the duo combo of Brillant Blue and Bashful Blue for my project. Thanks for stopping by! Here's what I used to make it:

Stamp Sets: Big on Christmas, Snow Burst (from the Holiday mini - which you can still order from until November 30th)
Inks: Basic Black, Brilliant Blue, Bashful Blue
Cardstock: Whisper White, Brilliant Blue, Bashful Blue, Designer Paper from SS Winter Bright kit (love this kit!!)
Accessories: Medium watercolor brush, Photo Corners Punch, Brilliant Blue brads, 1/16" punch, 1" circle punch, silver cord, scissors, dimensionals, sewing machine, white thread, Crystal Effects

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Post It Note Holder

Remember when I made these a few years ago for a craft show? These post-it-note holders made cute (and fast) gifts. I used the retired Button Bear set for this project. I put them in a cello bag and tied them with a gold ribbon. I had one person order 15 additional holders at the craft show! I used white liquid applique on the hat and puffed it out with my heat gun. Here are the dimensions for the holder: cut: 10 14/" x 3 1/2", scored: 3 1/8", 3 5/8", 6 5/8" and 7".

Gable Box

I made this gable a few years ago for one of Ben's teachers. It's a very simple and fast design. The snowman was made with a punch and used a white craft pad for the snowflakes on the real red cardstock.

Monday, October 29, 2007

Kids at Play Card

Our Moms-in-Touch group is bringing treats to school next week Wednesday. I love to make a card to go along with the goodies! Richard is going in for surgery next Tuesday, so I thought I had better get this done before next week sneaks up me! I got the idea for the card from the Weekend Sketch Challenge #25 on Splitcoasters. Since I had to make a card, I thought I would incorporate the sketch challenge and the card in one project. You can view other great samples of this project on:

Here's the recipe:

Stamp Sets: Kids at Play, More Kids at Play (retired - I love these sets and will always keep them!)
Inks: Basic Black, Regal Rose, Brocade Blue, Bashful Blue, YoYo Yellow, Summer Sun, Green Galore, Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa, Going Grey
Paper: Whisper White, Regal Rose, Flowers for You
Accessories: Watercolor Brush, Scissors, Sewing Machine, Thread, Pink & Blue Brads, Photo Corners Punch, 1/16" Punch

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Artfully Asian Card

I had fun designing this card for the Spotlight Challenge on Splitcoasters. The object of this challenge was to spotlight an area of your card. This is a good way to add a special focus on a certain area of your card, or a way to avoid coloring in a big area. There are a lot of possibilities with this type of technique.

Here's what I used to make this card:

Inks: Basic Black, Purely Pomegrante, Wild Wasabi
Paper: Whisper White, Purely Pomegrante, Wild Wasabi
Stamps: Artfully Asian, Linen Background Stamp
Accessories: Purely Pomegrante Ribbon, Watercolor Brush, Black Brads, Dimensionals, Sponge, Punches: 1/16", Scallop and Photo Corners

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Halloween Card

I am not a big Halloween person but I love the stamp set, Haunting Halloween, and knew I needed to make something with it. I cased this card from one I saw on Splitcoasters (gallery name - parkerquilter). Hope you like it, and here's what I used to make it:

Stamps: Haunting Halloween, Itty Bitty Backgrounds
Papers: Creepy Crawly, Only Orange, Black, Whisper White
Inks: Black, Only Orange, Close to Cocoa, YoYo Yellow, Going Grey
Accessories: Watercolor Brush, Black brads, 1/16" punch, Photo Corners Punch, Deckle Scissors, Crimper, Dimensionals

Saturday, October 13, 2007

I saw this Halloween treat box by Sharon Johnson on her blog, No Time to Stamp?, and knew I had to try one! It was fast and I think very cute! Here's what you need to make it:

Papers: Apple Cider Designer Paper (from the Holiday Mini-Catalog)
Inks: Basic Black
Stamps: Bitty Boos (retired)
Accessories: Triangle Eyelets, Crop-A-Dile, 1/16" punch, Round Tab punch, Black Gingham Ribbon

Here's how to make it:

Cut 2 pieces of double sided paper, each 10.5" x 4.5". Score each piece at 3" and 7.5". Score each piece .75″ from the end, all 4 ends (this gives you the flap that is folded over). Stamp whatever images you want to use - but make sure the images aren't covered when you fold the flaps over. Fold the flaps down and use the Crop-A-Dile, to punch holes on each side of each end, approximately 1/2" in from the end, and centered on the fold over flap. Insert eyelets into those holes. Lay your two pieces down, one on top of the other, in a + shape, and mount the two bottoms together. Fold the sides up and thread the ribbon through the eyelets, and tie to keep the box in shape.

Another crisscross card

It's my sister's Barbara birthday, and we are getting together for breakfast tomorrow. I made this birthday crisscross card for her. I am not sure if I liked how it turned out, and I hope she likes it. Ben had an early football game today and I think I'm tired from all the yelling - and yes, his team won 13-6 and are undefeated! I cased this card from the incredibly talented Cambria Turnbow; she is an incredible stamper! I changed a few things from her card on Splitcoasters. Here's the recipe:

Inks: Basic Black, Purely Pomegranate, Certainly Celery, So Safron
Stamps: Figure of Speech, Send a Celebration, Polka Dot Party
Papers: Purely Pomegranate, Cutie Pie, Whisper White
Accessories: Scallop Circle Punch, 1" and 1 3/8" Circle Punches, Brads, 1/16" and 1/8" Handheld Punches, White Ribbon, Sticky Strip, Dimensionals, Sewing Machine and Thread.

Sunday, October 7, 2007

iTune Holder

It's Chelsie's 15th birthday today. One of her gifts was an iTune card, and I needed to make a holder for the card. I "threw" this together late last night! Here's what I used:

Papers: Whisper White, Pretty in Pink, Loves Me (retired)
Inks: Black and Versa Mark Pads, Pretty in Pink and Barely Banana markers
Set: Girlfriends
Accessories: Pink Ribbon, Circle Punch, Scallop Punch, Dimensionals, Sewing machine and white thread

Saturday, October 6, 2007


I don't want Chelsie to think that I haven't forgotten her on my blog! It was homecoming last weekend and Chelsie looked beautiful in her dress. Her birthday is tomorrow - 15. Happy birthday darling - you're the best!!

I bought a gift card from Hollister as a birthday gift and didn't have time to make a card to go with it. So I thought I would "dress" up the front of the gift card holder and came up with this idea. I only had about 20 minutes to make this, so the next time I do something like this, I will put a few more embellishments on it. Here's the recipe:

Stamp: Send a Celebration
Papers: Spring Flowers, Cameo Coral, Whisper White
Inks: Black, Cameo Coral, Mellow Moss, Barely Banana
Accessories: Photo corner punch, round tab punch, word window punch, 1/16" hand held punch, coral flower brads from Joanne's, brown ribbon, sponge, dimensionals, scissors

I have to brag on Ben again! His football team won 21-14, and are still undefeated! The other team had a lot of dirty hits and I am so proud of Ben and they way they played. They didn't allow the bad play of the other team get to them, and they won! It was a cooker out there, but a lot of fun! Great job Ben!!!