Wednesday, June 29, 2011


I LOVE this pig image! It is so cute - SQUEAL!!

This image pretty much sums up how fast I am at mailing out the tickle-a-teapotter cards! I have my postage stamps ready this time, so I plan to do better. Getting a lesson in counting should also help.
Hope pig makes it to school in time for the lesson. She just had her hooves polished with a nice shiny black and didn't want to mess them up in Mutnik's cowpies.. eewwww!!!! So, being the ingenious pig that she is, she decided to fly.

I used today's color challenge (just twisted it a bit) and the VLV Week 4 Sketch.

Flying Pig is a digi image from HAMBO Stamps. I typed the sentiment on my computer.

Thanks for looking!

Additional Info
Stamps: HAMBO: Flying Pig
Paper: early espresso, whisper white, melon mambo, kraft
Ink: melon mambo, markers
Accessories: flower stickers, ribbon, punches, nestabilities, stickles, embossing folder

Tuesday, June 28, 2011


I have been inspired by so many wonderful cards made with this set... I love several that I have seen with the masked sunset.
Thanks for looking.

Additional Info
Stamps: Sail Away
Paper: early espresso, whisper white, not quite navy, kraft, DCWV mat pack
Ink: stazon, early espresso, baja breeze, not quite navy, kraft, summer sun
Accessories: top note die, brads, nestability
Techniques: masking, sponging

I have been visiting  my parents the last few days.  Yesterday, we went out on the boat to New Point Comfort Lighthouse.  On the way we saw a massive pod of porpoise feeding.  Before we knew it, we were in the middle of all of the action.  It was very exciting to watch and the kids were so excited to see the porpoises jump up out of the water.  Needless to say, porpoise feeding = little to no fishing for us.  While trying to anchor the boat, I managed to get the propeller hung on a crabpot bouy.  Dad had to jump in and cut the line, we did tie it back.  After we sorted out that tangled up mess, we began to fish... and wait... and wait.. a tug.. a bigger tug.. reel it in.  DANG crab!  We did come away with a couple of Taylor Blues, a few mullet, and some tiny croakers.  We threw the croakers back.  I spent most of my time having my bait stolen by crabs ~sigh~.  After our second batch of squid mysteriously fell overboard, we decided it was time to head home.  Needless to say, it was an adventuresome trip.  The highlight being the porpoises. 

Monday, June 27, 2011

JUNE VLV - Week 3...

I thought this sketch was perfect for this stamp set. One of my new favorite sets. More cards for Mom.
Thanks for looking!

Additional Info
Stamps: The Open Sea
Paper: not quite navy, whisper white, DCWV mat stack, Bissette paper pack
Ink: stazon, not quite navy, soft suede, kiwi kiss
Accessories: sponging, nestabilities, ribbon, brads, twine, charm, punch

Sunday, June 26, 2011

JUNE VLV - Week 2

I made a set of these cards for my Mom using this month's VLV week 2 sketch.
For the Fan Club Theme, I used the script from the Rustic Rooster set.

Additional Info
Stamps: SU
Paper: SU, DCWV
Ink: stazon
Accessories: punches, charm, ribbon, half pearls, nestabilities, half pearls

Saturday, June 25, 2011

JUNE VLV - Week 1

I made a set of these cards for my Mom using this month's VLV week 1 sketch.

Additional Info
Stamps: SU
Paper: SU
Ink: stazon, SU
Accessories: punch, ribbon, nestability, charm, liquid pearls

Friday, June 24, 2011


Last night, I went to a dear friends house who had her first CTMH Open House. We used this gorgeous paper and stamp set to make a really terrific CAS card. I love the font on this sentiment set.  This fits in perfectly with today's Free 4 All Challenge - Stripes!
Thanks for looking.

Additional Info
Stamps: CTMH
Paper: CTMH
Accessories: CTMH

Thursday, June 23, 2011


I combined Judy's awesome sketch from yesterday's challenge along with today's **no white** challenge - a lot harder than I anticipated. I collected the little shells across the bottom while we were at the beach last week.

For the candle, I used my embossing gun to heat the outer layer of wax, then dipped it into sand.  I repeated this step over and over.  I added seashells and moss with my glue gun.  Next, I wrapped some twine around the top and added a charm.  I love this cute little sandy candle... a reminder of our vacation to the beach.
Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011


I love the look of monochromatic cards.  I made this card for this week's HAMBO Hoedown.  I used Seahorse and stamped it onto some designer paper with black craft ink and embossed it with clear embossing powder.  I fussy cut it and glued it onto a dark brown nestability mat.  I added silver liquid pearls, silver La Mode buttons and silver twine.  This card is headed to Florida to cheer up a friend of a fellow teapotter. 

Come join us at the Hoedown!

Additional Info...
Stamps:  HAMBO: Seahorse
Paper:  kraft, vanilla, early espresso, DCWV Lemon Flower mat stack, Colorbok Pattern Pack
Ink:  black craft
Accessories:  silver liquid pearls, La Mode buttons, silver twine, nestability

Monday, June 20, 2011

Summer Fun on the Chesapeake Bay

We enjoyed a great time with friends at First Landing on the Bay.  The perfect beginning of summer.


This is for last week's tea party. I actually made it last week before I left for vacation and was happy that it also works for today's TLC.
This card is headed to Jessica, Mutnik's daughter.. Hope she is back in the saddle soon.
Thanks for looking.

Additional Info
Stamps: GinaK: Out West
Paper: early espresso, kraft, very vanilla, baja breeze
Ink: stazon, baja breeze, early espresso
Accessories: aqua painter, edge distresser, nestabilities, punched, bling, brad, rope, ribbon

Monday, June 13, 2011


I made this card for today's Clean and Simple Sketch Challenge combined with the Technique Lover's Challenge - Patchwork on Split Coast Stampers.
I used my new Hambo Sailboat Frame stamp combined with the Sizzlin' Summer sentiment. I stamped my imaged twice, colored with my aquapainter and popped up the sail on dimensionals. I added some rope around the image and matted it on early espresso cardstock. I dusted off my sewing machine and stiched some brown thread over the patchwork background.
Thanks for looking.

All stamps can be found at HAMBO STAMPS.

Additional Info
Stamps: HAMBO: Sailboat Frame, Sizzlin' Summer
Paper: SEI Bissette Pack
Ink: stazon, baja breeze, cherry cobbler, summer sun, early espresso, not quite navy
Accessories: aquapainter, twine, stitching,
Techniques: stitching

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Miss you, Jimmy...

I made this for my cousin, Pat, who lost her son this weekend. We called him Big-eyes Jimmy because he had the biggest, bluest eyes of us all. I will miss you Jimmy... rest with God.

Additional Info
Stamps: Thought and Prayers
Paper: not quite navy, very vanilla, dsp
Ink: not quite navy, baja breeze, old olive
Accessories: primas, half pearls, nestabilities, top note, lattice embossing folder, may arts ribbon, corner rounder

Friday, June 10, 2011


I used the Direct to Paper Technique featured this month combined with today's Free For All Challenge. Today we were supposed to pull-out that long forgotten 'must-have' stamp set that we never actually used. Well here is mine, Sweet Dreams by SU! ...and the Kaleidoscope Ink that SU! sold long ago.. Remember that! I couldn't believe that mine wasn't dried up - it's only about 8 years old - maybe older! No joke! I tried to make a rainbow. After I swiped my ink, I stamped the flower stamp in stazon across the bottom, added the sentiment panel with ribbon and a dangling dragonfly charm.

I think this sentiment is perfect for today's challenge... it could read: 'Sometimes on the way to a stamp, you get lost and find a better one.' haha!

Thanks for looking!

Additional Info
Stamps: Sweet Dreams
Paper: whisper white, basic black
Ink: stazon, Kaleidoscope
Accessories: ribbon, twine, charm
Techniques: DTP


Wednesday's sketch challenge came in SO handy.. I used DCWV School pack and a thank you stamp. I cut out one of the apples and glued it to the envie for the technique lovers challenge.

Thanks for looking!

Additional Info
Stamps: Wonderful Words
Paper: white, DCWV School pack
Ink: stazon

Thursday, June 9, 2011


I needed some quick and easy thank you cards, so I pulled out some fresh cut cards that I bought a long time ago. I used the script stamp from Rustic Rooster to stamp the front and lined the inside with some cool paper from DCWV.

The punched back piece along the bottom is pierced for today's challenge!

Thanks for looking!

Additional Info
Stamps: Rustic Rooster
Paper: whisper white fresh cut notecard, basic black, DCWV mat stack
Ink: stazon
Accessories: rhinestone, ribbon, punch

Wednesday, June 8, 2011


I made this card for today's Hoedown Challenge.  Ahhhhh, can't you just feel the breeze!  This week is a sketch challenge with a twist.. The twist - the card must be masculine.  I used Hammock Pig with the sizzlin' summer sentiment, colored with my aqua painter and inks.  The hammock was paper pieced and the palm tree fronds were stamped twice and popped up on dimensionals.  This card is perfect on a hot day like today.  It is going to be 94 this afternoon with high humidiity - uuugh!  Makes me sizzle just thinking about it. 

Head on over to the Hoedown blog to see what the rest of the bacon bits came up with for this challenge, including a new digi just perfect for Father's Day.  We sure would love for you to join us!

Thanks for looking and have a 'sizzlin' day!

Additional Info
Stamps:  HAMBO- Hammock Pig & Sizzlin' Summer
Paper:  crumb cake, whisper white, tempting turquoise, various dp
Ink:  stazon, baja breeze, kiwi kiss, tangeringe tango, crumb cake
Accessories:  aqua painter, nestabilities, sponge, punches, twine


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