Monday, August 24, 2009


I made a couple of these for my kid's teachers. School starts this week!!! They are so excited! I used the Cheep Talk set to make my limb and my sweet treat cups filled with cinnamon imperials for the apple. Bees are the school mascot. So, instead of using the Cheep Talk bird images, I dusted off my Watercolor Garden set and stamped a couple of the bees and added the dots with my pen.
Thanks for looking!

Additional Info
Stamps: Cheep Talk, Watercolor Garden, sentiment from School for Changito
Paper: whipser white, basic black, old olive
Ink: stazon, old olive
Accessories: SU! markers, circle punch, sweet treat cups, ribbon, black pen

Friday, August 21, 2009


My wonderful friend, Anne Harada aka Itsapassion on SCS, is hostessing the Inspiration Challenge over on Splitcoast Stampers. She has found a wonderful website full of incredible images that will certainly inspire you in your creativity. You can read more about the challenge HERE.

I was inspired by the Fairy Hairbrush Mirror. I love the bright, fun colors... and fairies.. This image is a free online coloring page. Too cute!

Additional Info
Stamps: Coloring Page by E. Dublemba
Paper: white, melon mambo, green galore, bermuda bay
Ink: SU!
Accessories: aquapainter, ribbon, flower brad, scallop punch, dew drops
Techniques: tearing

Wednesday, August 19, 2009


I was intrigued by yesterday's Technique Lover's Challenge and decided after I saw Cindy's TPT lighthouse image that I would combine the two and try case Vincent Van Gogh's Starry Night. I love that painting. It is my favorite.
I used the technique to create the scene on my card. First I stamped the lighthouse from the Guiding Light set by GKD and embossed, then I used my gold and silver leafing pens to create the stars and swirly background. Next, I used my aquapainter and painted the backgroud with crushed curry, bermuda bay and not quite navy. I used SU! markers to paint the lighthouse and added some tiny silver bling to the star centers, as well as some stickles for shine. It was hard to catch the glimmer of the stickles in the photo, but I hope you can see it.
Thanks for looking!

Additional Info
Stamps: Guiding Light by GinaK
Paper: basic black, whisper white, watercolor
Ink: craft black, crushed curry, bermuda bay, not quite navy
Accessories: SU! markers, silver bling, stickles, aquapainter

Tuesday, August 18, 2009


This is for the AUG09VSN Challenge D: Window..I used the cellophane wrapper from my stampin' dimensionals for my window frame.The other requirements were to use pink and yellow, so I pulled out that nasty #ahem#, colorful razzle dazzle dsp.. LOL! Don't send me hate mail, I'm just not loving the crushed curry and melon mambo together. snort!
I used my nesties to make my window.

Additional Info
Stamps: Razzle Dazzle
Paper: whisper white, basic black, razzle dazzle dsp
Ink: stazon
Accessories: SU! markers (to paint on stamp), silver bling, nestabilities

This was the last card I made for VSN. I didn't get a chance to participate on Saturday as we took the kids to the Hokie scrimmage. So fun! This week we are taking it easy as school starts next week and the kids and I will head back to the classroom.

Sunday, August 16, 2009


This is for the 8 O'Clock VSN challenge..I am so excited to be able to participate since I missed the last one, and this is my last 'hoorah' before school starts..So, here are the deets on the card as far as the cutting.
I used...*top note die cut*scissors*paper piercer*heidi swapp distressing tool*slot punch*corner rounder
Thanks for looking - Great challenge!

Additional Info
Stamps: Simple Friendship
Paper: basic black, melon mambo, whisper white
Ink: melon mambo, old olive, stazon
Accessories: ribbon

Saturday, August 15, 2009


This is for the 7pm VSN challenge.I used the Verve Sketch Challenge #5...
Thanks for looking!

Additional Info
Stamps: Art Impressions
Paper: whisper white, regal rose, pumpkin pie, summer sun, green galore
Ink: stazon
Accessories: SU! markers, ribbon, stickles

I made this for the VSN Challenge using one of the Verve Anniversary Sketch Challenges..
So fun!

Additional Info
Stamps: Flower Lines
Paper: whisper white, basic black, dsp
Ink: stazon, kiwi kiss, melon mambo
Accessories: aquapainter, ribbon, brad, textile embossing folder, sponge

Friday, August 14, 2009


I made this for Verve's Anniversary Sketches. I am very pleased with how this turned out.
Thanks for looking...

Additional Info
Stamps: Up, Up, & Away by Verve
Paper: whisper white, chocolate kiss, old olive, basic grey dp
Ink: stazon, old olive, soft sky, tangerine tango, crushed curry
Accessories: aqua painter, tiny silver bling, swiss dots embossing folder, ribbon, brads, nestabilities

Thursday, August 13, 2009


I made this for Verve's Anniversary Sketch Challenge. I think I may have a new favorite color combo with chocolate kiss and bermuda bay...
Thanks for looking!

Additional Info
Stamps: Beyond the Sea by Heidi Grace
Paper: chocolate kiss and white by GinaK, bermuda bay, Basic Grey dp
Ink: craft black, bermuda bay
Accessories: clear ep, sponge, aquapainter, tiny silver bling, swirls embossing folder, fiber, bleach, ticket corner punch, sentiment rub-on by Stampendous
Techniques: bleaching

Wednesday, August 12, 2009


I made this card using today's sketch challenge for Mothermark's Teapot Tuesday Challenge.. bees! So, here is my card for the challenge. I love this image from Hambo stamps, and that adorable bee. You can see that the mushrooms are getting their 'bling' on. I'm not sure what kind of teaparty they think this is, but after last week, anything is possible;) - SNORT!
Thanks for looking..

Additional Info
Stamps: Mushrooms by Hambo Stamps
Paper: gp white, melon mambo, old olive, Honey Pie dp by Cosmo Cricket
Ink: stazon, old olive, melon mambo, tangerine tango, crushed curry
Accessories: aqua painter, pencils, goo-gone, class a' peel bling stickers by Stampendous, slot puch, gingham ribbon, black pen for dots


I made this for today's color challenge as well as for this month's Fan Club theme and sketch.
I used Heidi Grace's Beyond the Sea clear stamps.
For the CC, I stamped my images in craft black, then embossed, next I used my aquapainter and bleach, to bleach out the images, I bleached out the body of the jellyfish, which turned it to a crisp white, and I bleached out the starfish and sand dollars, making them a tan. Love the look of this.
The sentiment is a clear sticker from Cloud 9 Designs and reads 'Near the sea we forget to count the days.'
This is also for this week's Doubledog Dare Challenge issued by Anne aka jdmommy, "Out of the Box".. my starfish are out of the box.. Thanks for a super fun challenge Anne!!
Thanks for looking..

Additional Info
Stamps: Heidi Grace: Beyond the Sea clear stamps
Paper: ginak chocolate kiss, bermuda bay, ginak base white, corrugated piece off the shelf from ACMoore
Ink: craft black, bermuda bay
Accessories: sponges, clear ep, bleach, aquapainter, fiber, ribbon, silver bling, nesties
Techniques: bleaching

Tuesday, August 11, 2009


I made this for the Fan Club. The theme this month is the Tropical Paradise. I am really cutting it close this month, as the theme will change in a couple of days, but I do so love the ocean and all things blue and green.... not to mention the opportunity to play with the Dirty Girls..eek!

This is for the inspiration piece, which I just LOVE! Those flip flops are incredible. I used a Heidi Grace stamp set and tried to make a scene that mimics the piece.
Thanks for looking!

Additional Info
Stamps: Heidi Grace: Beyond the Sea clear stamps
Paper: ginak white for base, su white, dsp
Ink: stazon, kiwi kiss, rich razzleberry, summer sun, tangerine tango, not quite navy, pacific point, bermuda bay, basic black, soft suege
Accessories: aqua painter, crystal effect, white sakura gel pen, glitter sakura pen, fiber, punches, sponges, muddpuddles sand in yellow

Thursday, August 6, 2009


I made this for the DDC Challenge and for the Ways to Use It Challenge: Pleating. Obviously pleating is not something I can do very well. I attempted to pleat the ribbon, but only managed to botch it up. Anyways.. I needed a Get Well card for a neighbor.
Thanks for looking..

Additional Info
Stamps: Thoughts & Prayers
Paper: very vanilla, ridinghood red, dp by cosmo cricket
Ink: none
Accessories: SU! markers, primas, brads, ribbon, eyelet border punch, nesties, charm


In case you didn't know. Mothermark is always having these wonderful tea parties on Tuesday..

Well, there has been quite the hubba-lub all over the Splitcoast Stampers gallery about M'udder'mark's tea party in California. It all started when Cindy invited everyone to Tosh's to have tea with the California cows. You can read all about it here.
So, everyone is headed to Tosh's for tea and apparently you have to bring your own cream! She will even show you how to milk your cow and give lessons on making your own cream.
There has been a heated discussion about who will be the star in the next California milk commercial and why California cows are so happy.. some say it has to do with the kind of 'hay' or 'grass' they eat... and that the cream they give is 'better quality' and 'like no udder'. You can see all of the Deleted Scenes from the auditions HERE.... ~ just blame it on that 'hay'.
I'm not sure about either, but I did see a major cow pile... who is gonna clean that up?!

To see the rest of the tea party attendees, click here.. some of them are quite talented and I'm eager to see who will win this vote.

Additional Info
Stamps: Pun Fun
Paper: whisper white, real red, basic black, dsp
Ink: stazon
Accessories: punches, ribbon

Wednesday, August 5, 2009


I have two cards to share with you today.
First up ~ Mr. Do-Bee...

I made this card for the Featured Stamper Challenge. Congrats to Teresa Kline aka vasunshine!! I just love her gallery! I chose to case THIS card. I looked through her entire gallery, and it was such a hard choice with all of the amazing cards. I decided I really liked the 'look' of this one.
I combined this with a previous Doubledog Dare challenge given by Charlene to make a "Do-Bee" card. I used one of my embossing folders for all of the things Mr. Do-Bee would want you to be. It also had to have a bee on it. This cute little stamp was given to me by my dear friend Linda. I'm not sure who makes it.

Additional Info
Stamps: bee stamp of unknown origins
Paper: ginak white, all others non-su
Ink: stazon
Accessories: SU! markers, circle die-cut, brads, ribbon, embossing folder. stickles
Second up ~ Birthday Cake...

I made this card using the MOJO98 sketch, combining it with today's color challenge. At first, I wasn't too sure about how to make these colors work together, but I like how it turned out. Thanks for getting me to use colors I generally never pull out.

Additional Info
Stamps: Fun & Fast Notes
Paper: whiser white, close to cocoa, certainly celery (solid and dp), blush blossom, cameo coral
Ink: stazon
Accessories: SU! markers, friskars circle cutter, ribbon, stickles

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, August 4, 2009


It is my turn to host this week's Doubledog Dare Challenge. I decided to make another sketch since the last one was so well-recieved. I love card sketches and use them almost exclusively on my cards.
ANY and EVERYONE is welcome to participate, just put DDC as one of your keywords in your SCS gallery or link back to this post with your card, so that we can see your creations. This sketch can be combined with any other challenges... just have fun! Also, there is no deadline.
I will post my card as soon as I get it made.
Can't wait to see what you make!!

Saturday, August 1, 2009


Welcome to the first ever official Anni-VERVE-sary Blog Hop. Verve turns two today and we’re celebrating with a hop, hop, hop! The party kicked off over on the Verve blog, so if you’ve just happened along, be sure to hop on over there to start from the beginning! And to make this party a real shindig, there’s a mystery jackpot hidden at one of the stops along the hop. One lucky commenter on that blog will win Verve’s entire August release! But of course, it wouldn’t be a mystery if you knew which blog, would it? So if you’re feeling the love, give a little shout out to the bloggers in the hop and you just might have a reason to jump for joy!

Thanks for stopping by! Now it’s time to hop on over to the PaperCrafty blog, for a little more Verve-y goodness.

Additional Info
Stamps: Up, Up & Away by Verve
Paper: whisper white, not quite navy, riding hood red, dsp by Miss Elizabeth's Doodles-Blue
Ink: stazon
Accessories: ribbon, hph, brads
Techniques: quilling, paper piecing, tri-shutter


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