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Friday, May 30, 2008

my new ride...

I mentioned Wednesday that we were picking up our brand new car, and I thought I would share a quick picture of it before I head off to Vancouver. This is our family's very first new car and I LOVE IT!!!! LOL. I have wanted a Toyota Matrix since they first came out and when we saw the new model for 2009 we could resist no longer and this beauty is now parked in my driveway. We had to wait 3 months for it to be built and delivered from the factory as the white colour was very popular and the dealership was unable to locate one for. This beauty is straight from the factory!!

Ciao for now!

Cherished mustangs

I needed to make a very special thank you card so decided to use Beate's weekend sketch challenge as the layout for my card. You can check out Beate's challenge here. This was one of those cards that I envisioned in my mind and pulled together just as I had hoped!! yay!

I pulled out the retired "bareback set and stamped the horse twice in chocolate chip and once in close to cocoa, I cut out the cocoa and 1 chocolate one and then used different height dimensionals to get the staggered height effect I had envisioned. The patterned paper on the card base is Basic Grey from the new sugared line and the polka dot strip is from Crate paper (cowgirl collection). I added some taffeta ribbon and a star shaped spiral clip I have had for a couple of years (I only have one more left after this...ackkk! hope I can track down

Supplies: Stamps: Bareback (retired), baroque motifs (sentiment). CS: sahara sand, creamy caramel, very vanilla, Basic Grey (sugared collection) and Crate paper (cowgirl collection). Inks: chocolate chip, close to cocoa, and basic black. Access: kraft taffeta ribbon, spiral star clip, SU! dimensionals and EK success dimensionals.

This is a closer shot showing the height differences in the horses.

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend! I am off to visit my Mom in Vancouver.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

a mojo sketch...

I took part in Julee's mojo sketch challenge this week and this card was the end result. I decided to use "let's hear it for the boys" by My favorite things. What a great set for the men in your lives, it's so cute!

I stamped the lazy daddy in blk staz on onto whisper white and then coloured it in using my prismacolour pencils, gamsol and stumps. I added fun flock to the recliner and it is so fuzzy and cute. I popped the bowl of snacks and newspaper up to add some dimension to the card. I covered the outside of the bowl in cyrstal effects as well as the television screen. The sentiment was PIF'd to me and is by Amuse, I added a little bit of paper piercing in the right top corner above the image and some brads to finish off the design.

Phew! I think I very well may be finished all my Father's day cards for the year (35 cards or so I made, time to get them off to their sale locations now!)

Off to go pick up my brand new car.....

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

The tacky golfer...

While browsing through some of my favorite blogs I stumbled across this awesome card by Atomicbutterfly (Kelly). I shamelessly cased her beautiful card and this is my take on it. I changed the colours, patterned paper and stamps, but, the layout is the same. If you have not checked out Kelly's work before, be sure to click on the links I added as her stuff is unbelievable!

This card has lot's of layers of patterned paper and sort of put me in mind of the classic "tacky golf" The sentiment is done on the computer and the golf cart is stamped in basic black ink.

Supplies: stamps: Golf cart (Amuse). CS: wild wasabi, real red, whisper white and east coast prep patterned paper. Ink: basic black. Access: double stitched wasabi ribbon, computer for sentiment.

Thanks for popping in!

Monday, May 26, 2008

Nature's masterpiece...

Another creation using my new Father knows best set from Papertrey ink. I just love this set and know I will be reaching for it again and again. I actually made 4 of these and just changed the sentiment for each one (have you seen all the awesome sentiments that come with this set?) I will be sending one of these designs to my Dad.

I stamped the tree top in versamark and stamped it onto Papertrey ink's spring moss cs and embossed it using clear emboss powder. I lined up the tree trunk and stamped it with chocolate chip ink (didn't even have to use a stamp-a-ma-jig!!). I added the sentiment and then distressed the edges lightly, just to give a bit of texture. The card base is kraft cs and I ran it through the cuttlebug with the swiss dot's folder. I busted out my buttons and tied some hemp thread through them and then attached with glue dots. For the ribbon detail, I simply layered the spring moss twill ribbon over top of the chocolate chip grosgrain.


stamps: Father knows best (Papertrey Ink). CS: Kraft, chocolate chip and Spring moss (Papertrey Ink). Ink: versamark and chocolate chip. Access: paper distresser, hemp thread, neutrals and soft subtles buttons, glue dots, swiss dots emboss folder, cuttlebug, 5/8" chocolate chip grosgrain ribbon, Spring moss twill ribbon (Papertrey Ink), dimensionals.

Hope all of my American readers are having a very Happy Memorial Day!!

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Featured simplicity...

I apologize in advance for the quality of this photo, I seriously took 24 shots of this card and this was as good as it's gonna Maybe I will try and get a better shot tomorrow? maybe not. lol.

The featured stamper on Splitcoast was Peanutbee (Denise) and I am a huge fan of her work and could not pass up the opportunity to case one of her gorgeous cards. Check out Denise's blog here. This is the card I chose to case and tried to keep the beautiful simplicity in mine as she did in her card. I am of course designing Father's day cards like a mad woman to get into the locations I sell them in early. I inked up my brand new "Father knows best" set from Papertrey Ink. I LOVE this set and must say if you are at all on the fence about getting this one....just DO IT! You will not regret it.

Not too many details to report to you on this one but here goes: I stamped the sentiment in blue bayou ink first and then stamped the "compass" image randomly (a joy of having acrylic stamps, you have total control and know where each image is going to go) in close to cocoa ink. Matted the main panel onto blue bayou cs and then the card base is whisper white. I tied on some bayou stitched ribbon and my simple Father's day design in complete.

Stamps: Father know's best (Paper trey ink). CS: whisper white, blue bayou. Ink: close to cocoa and blue bayou. Access: blue bayou double stitched ribbon.

Thanks for checking out my latest!

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Papyrus inspired...

I made this for todays inspiration challenge on Splitcoast. What a fun inspirational piece this week: En Fleur candles. I had a vision of what I wanted to do and this one transferred straightaway onto cs just like I wanted. This card was super quick to make! The paper is by Provo craft and I almost go rid of it several times, because I have seriously had this sheet of paper for probably about 3 years. I love this paper but could never find a use for it and today was it's lucky day! LOL. Anyways, I embossed the leafy stamp from Embrace life with black emboss powder onto celery cs. I embossed the sentiment and edges around the main panel with gold emboss powder to tie in the gold in the patterned paper. Matted with blk cs to really make it pop! and as a finishing touch grabbed some Asian themed coins (I found in Walmart a few years back) and tied it on with gold cord. The main image panel is up on dimensionals to add some depth to the card. I thought this would make a nice graduation card, but with the change of a sentiment would even make a nice wedding or even sympathy card.


Stamps: Embrace life, happy harmony (retired). CS: basic black, certainly celery, patterned paper by Provo Craft. Ink: versamark. Access: black and gold emboss powder, heat gun, coin (Wal Mart), gold cord, and dimensionals.

Father's mess...

This was one of those cards I almost gave up on. This one little card drove me absolutely nuts! I had to walk away and leave it a couple of times and I just kept fiddling, and fiddling and it finally came to an end result I liked. This card started as an idea in my head that just refused to emerge on

Okay, deep I go: I started by stamping the fisherman and fish in versamark onto glossy white cs. I embossed it with black emboss powder and coloured him in using blender pens. Then, I sponged the water and sky and distressed the edges with walnut stain distress ink. The main image still didn't look quite right...too clean maybe? I stamped the retired cheesecloth bg in artichoke onto the main image. Then I stamped the tree cluster from "lovely as a tree" in versamark and embossed with clear powder on the kraft panel and also distressed the edges as well. I used up some more of my scraps from the winterbright paper. Stamped the "happy father's day" sentiment onto some acetate I had sitting on my table from the previous card. The ribbon I stapled on, to keep that rough unfinished look to my card and then frayed the ends of the ribbon. I tied the ribbon with some hemp twine and finally felt the card was completed.


stamps: on the fly, lovely as a tree, cheesecloth bg (retired), and sentiment (Hero arts). CS: true thyme, kraft, glossy white, winterbright designer paper. Ink: versamark, always artichoke, blue bayou, basic grey, river rock, so saffron, blk staz on, walnut stain distress ink (Tim Holtz). Access: sponges, black and clear emboss powder, heat gun, measuring tape twill ribbon, hemp twine, stapler, acetate.

I hope everyone has a wonderful long weekend! The warm weather is here and I cannot wait to soak it all in.....

Friday, May 16, 2008

Grey sympathy blossoms...

Today I have a simple, quick but elegent sympathy card to share. I needed to add some sympathy cards to my sale baskets and this was a design I came up with using the blossoms abound set. (I love this set). I originally started this card with a sketch in mind, but the sketch just didn't want to work with this card so, I nixed it. I kept the design simple yet effective, I think. The sympathy sentiment is stamped on acetate and attached to the card.


Stamps: Blossoms abound, brighter tomorrow (retired). CS: basic grey, soft sky and whisper white. Ink: soft sky, blue bayou, always artichoke, mellow moss and blk staz on. Access: acetate, dble stitched blue bayou ribbon, pearl brads (Michael's).

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

The littlest tug boat....

This is my rustic little tug boat card I created by combining the colour and sketch challenge on Splitcoast. The colours were pumpkin pie, ruby red and soft sky.

I used my markers directly onto the tug boat stamp and it gave it this really fun rustic, feel to the image. I sponged sky ink around the image, added a button and then poked a couple of holes using my paper piercer and threaded my hemp twine through it. I tied the other end of the hemp twine around my little life preserver and added my birthday sentiment. I used the bubbles cuttlebug folder and sponged on some more soft sky ink onto it to give it a little more dimension. I randomly stamped my fish image onto the card base.

stamps: by sea (retired), it's your Birthday. CS: pumpkin pie, ruby red, soft sky, basic black and whisper white. Inks: pumpkin pie, soft sky, ruby red, markers: same and bashful blue. Access: earth elements button, hemp twine, dimensionals, cuttlebug and emboss folder, sponge, glue dots.

I wish this card would have photographed a little better, but I am just too tired to try to get a better shot will just have to believe me that it is really cuter in person!

Fore you!

I made this Father's Day design following Julee's mojo Monday sketch challenge. Check it out here. I really liked this sketch and knew exactly what I wanted to do with it. I pulled out my "Fore!" set from SU! and paper pieced it like crazy (don't ask how long it took me to do all that paper piecing as, I made 4 of these cards....whew!). But, after seeing the end result of the golf bag all pieced up, I am so glad I did it. I used some old retired patterned paper from a few catalogue's ago (sentimental journey). To give the clubs a realistic look, I coloured them with basic grey and my blender pen and then went over them with one of my sakura stardust pens (so glittery looking).


stamps: Fore! and Karen Foster 1/8" snap stamps. CS: river rock, buckaroo blue, true thyme, very vanilla and Sentimental journey designer paper. Inks: basic black, always artichoke and basic grey. Access: true thyme stitched ribbon, stapler, dimensionals, blender pens, Sakura stardust pen, exacto knife, 2way glue pen and scissors.

Thanks for checking out my latest!

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Hoot & Holler...

A quick and simple design for some Father's Day cards. I love these owls and am right along in the "owl" trend. They are just too cute!

I added some Jersey shore designer paper, did my sentiment on the computer and the moon in from my Lizzie Anne Designs "out of this world" set. The owl panel is up on dimensionals.


Stamps: Ollie & Olivia (Stampendous), out of this world (Lizzie Anne Designs). CS: wild wasabi, tempting turquoise, more mustard, whisper white and jersey shore designer paper. Ink: blk staz on and more mustard. Access: dimensionals, prisma pencils, gamsol, stumps, computer for sentiment.

Ciao for now!

Saturday, May 10, 2008

For Father designs...

Whew! It's been a few days since I last posted. You know the ole' saying...."life get's in the way of our having fun". Sadly a very true saying. Anyways, I have 3 different cards to share today that all feature the same image. I am working on my Father's Day cards (to sell) and need to get my butt in I received these images in the PIF forum on Splitcoast. All 3 have been coloured using my prisma's, gamsol and stumps.

The first card, I used Amy R's sketch challenge from her blog, check it out here if you would like to play along too. While digging through my scraps I came across this paper from the last catalogue (winter bright, I think?? It's actually Christmas paper, but thought these stripes matched up very well). For all 3 cards, I used kraft as the card bases, the first 2 cards use the same patterned papers and cs. I stamped the card base with canvas bg in cocoa ink. Layered on my cs panels after distressing them with the paper distresser tool and
distress ink. Curled the edges up to give a really worn look. I added a photo turn and brad, my
sentiment (from warmest regards-retired), and a scrap of twill tape.

For the second design I distressed all the paper's the same way (but left my kraft base unstamped and just distressed the edges with ink). For the bashful blue panel I stamped the cheesecloth bg (retired) on it. I added some "screw" brads (found at a local dollar store!!). For the twill ribbon, I patted my distress pad directly onto the ribbon and then sprayed it with water so the colour would bleed, giving it a very old look. The sentiment is from Hero Arts.

For the third card, I followed Beate's weekend
sketch challenge. You can find her sketch here if
you would also like to take part in it. For her
sketch the main image was shown as an oval

shape but, I do not have anything to cut ovals so, I went with a square panel instead. I kept her sketch very clean and simple. I kept trying to add ribbon somewhere in this design but it was just not working so after I had it all done and was about to photograph it, I thought "aha! buttons!! and I do think the buttons finished off the design perfectly, while still keeping that fresh clean feel. The patterned paper is scraps from Chatterbox and the yellow is the reverse side of the stripes. The sentiment is from the retired cute converse set.
I hope you all enjoyed my 3 takes using the same image.

card 1: Stamps: For Father, canvas bg, warmest regards (retired). CS: kraft, bashful blue, old olive, white, Winterbright pp . INK: blk staz on, chocolate chip, close to cocoa. ACCESS: measuring tape twill ribbon, hodgepodge hardware, paper distresser, distress ink, prisma colour pencils, gamsol, stumps and 2" circle punch.

Card 2: Stamps: For Father, cheesecloth bg, sentiment (Hero arts). CS: Kraft, bashful blue, old olive, white, winter bright pp. INK: blk staz on, chocolate chip, close to cocoa. ACCESS: paper distresser, distress ink, sponge, "screw" brads, measuring tape twill, prisma colour pencils, gamsol and stumps.

Card 3: Stamps: For Father, cute converse. CS: kraft, real red, white, Chatterbox pp. INK: blk staz on, chocolate chip. ACCESS: earth elements and neutrals buttons, glue dots, prisma colour pencils, gamsol and stumps, distress ink, sponge.

I hope everyone has a great weekend and....
Happy Mother's Day to all of you MOM's out there....

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Perfect little one...

I made this card following the sketch challenge on Splitcoast. Check it out here. The colours in this card turned out so soft and pretty compared to the way it is actually photographing.
I stamped the gown from buggies & booties in black staz on to watercolour paper and then watercoloured it using pale plum and perfect plum. I added the patterned papers, mats and ribbons to finish it off. Pretty self explanatory card today....
Stamps: buggies & booties (retired), nursery necessities. CS: pale plum, perfect plum, watercolour paper, purple cs from Bazzil and Tres Jolie from My Minds Eye (madamoiselle line). Ink: black staz on and perfect plum. Access: watercolour brush, plum grosgrain ribbon, silver cord, Fiskars circle cutter, stamp-a-ma-jig.

Suggestive pow wow...

While surfing my long list of favorite blogs, I stumbled across this sketch challenge on Jen Del Muro's blog and was inspired to immediately get off the computer and put together this card. So a big thanks to Jen for such an awesome sketch!

I just happened to have some of these adorable Cats Pajama's stamped images (from PIF of course) "having a pow wow" and went to work colouring, cutting and making a cute scene. I used my prisma pencils, gamsol and stumps to colour the images. I sketched in the grass line and coloured in some grass and then used distress ink to smudge up the edges. The cat and the fire are up on dimensionals. I also raised the whole main image onto dimensionals as well, so there is lot's of depth to this card. The patterned paper is from Cosmo cricket and think it is the cutest pattern. I punched out the sentiment and matted it, orange stickles for the center of the fire and some chocolate twill ribbon to finish it off. Love, love, love this set and may just have to add it to my cute!

Stamps: Having a pow wow- The Cat's Pajamas. CS: chocolate chip, ruby red, white, Cosmo Cricket cowboy line. Ink: black staz on. Access: dimensionals, Prisma's, gamsol, stumps, chocolate twill ribbon, orange stickles, 1 1/4" and 1 3/8" circle punches, distress ink (Tim Holtz-walnut stain), sponge.

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Colour challenge castle...

I made this for the colour challenge on Splitcoast today. The colours were: Lovely lilac, certainly celery and pretty in pink. I didn't have any lovely lilac cs so I substituted for lavendar lace. I finally broke down and placed an order from Lizzie Anne Designs and this was one of the sets I bought. I received it last week I think but this was the first time I inked it up (besides stamping out some images for some fellow PIF's). With the colour challenge colours this idea just sort of popped into my head so I just rolled with it and it turned out pretty close to what I had pictured so I must say after all the work I put into it, I am happy!

I started by cutting the lavendar cs into a tower shape (the cs is 9.25X 8 -scored at 4" so it will fit perfectly into a business (legal) size envie. Then I put the lavendar "tower" through my cuttlebug to give it the "brick" look. WOW! That was kind of scary..thought I was gonna break the bug but it made I sandwiched the folder between the card front and then closed the card around it and then rolled it through the machine. Obviously the top part of the castle and lower part is not embossed as the emboss folder isn't that long but I knew I was adding "grass" and scallops and a roof to hide the un-embossed areas. I used my slit punch to make the scallops and then cut the tower roof out of pretty in pink and popped it up onto dimensionals. I cut a window out of the tower so my princess would be peeking out. I stamped her 3 times. Twice onto very vanilla and once onto my patterned paper. I needed to cut out her arms and her dress and paper pieced them onto my vanilla panel and then added some dimensionals behind the window so it looks like she is "inside" the castle. I stamped, paper pieced and cut out the castle tapestry and added the Birthday sentiment (this is up on dimensionals as well). I stamped the little frog onto certainly celery and set him on the ledge (on dimensionals as well of course) and then added some grass.

What a fun card! This is the first time I have ever done anything quite like this, but had a lot of fun with it. Now the question will be if I can ever bear to sell it or give it away...ha ha ha.

Stamps: once upon a time (Lizzie Anne Designs). CS: lavendar lace, pretty in pink, certainly celery. Ink: basic black, markers: pretty in pink and barely banana. Access: slit punch, emboss folder, cuttle bug, stardust pen, dimensionals.

Hope everyone has a wonderful day, the sun is shining and it is beautiful here!

Monday, May 05, 2008

Featured blossoms...

This Sunday's featured stamper on Splitcoast was nutsymuhl. This was the card that I cased for the challenge here. If you would like to check out the challenge go here. A few obvious things I changed were the colours, stamps, I didn't use patterned paper. I have to say, I am very excited about the way it turned out...exactly what I was hoping for!

I started by stamping blossoms abound onto a 5.5X4.25 sheet of very vanilla using regal rose and purely pomegranate for the ink colours. Then I stamped the stems and leaves using mellow moss and certainly celery. I stamped the linen bg in mellow moss over the whole thing and then chopped it up for my panels. (1.5X3). I had a "left over strip" that I decided to stamp my sentiment on, matted it and then popped it up onto dimensionals. For the scalloped border, I used my slit punch and then added 3 black brads in the bottom corner as per the original design.

Stamps: blossoms abound, happy everything, linen bg (retired). CS: certainly celery, basic black, purely pomegranate and very vanilla. Inks: regal rose, purely pomengranate, mellow moss, certainly celery and basic black. Access: dimensionals, slit punch, brads.

Thanks for checking out my latest!

Friday, May 02, 2008

Homestyle Mother's Day Greeting...

While attempting to clean up my stamping space this card suddenly popped into my head. So, obviously I stopped cleaning (anything to get out of that....ha ha ha) and threw it together. Luckily I already had these out on a limb images stamped from some PIF's (pay it forwards) I received so the work was already half done for me.

This set is on my wish list but is currently out of stock at Paper trey ink so, I have to wait patiently before I can have my own (insert sad face here).

I stitched the ribbon to the bali breeze designer paper so that the stitching wouldn't show through on the opposite side of the card. I added a couple of narrow strips of designer paper, the fun ribbon from Making memories and I only inked up part of the sentiment so it would say only what I wanted it to. I added crystal effects dots in the center of the blossoms and it adds such a fresh "dewy" look to the blossoms.

Stamps: out on a limb (Paper Trey ink), wonderful Mother sentiment (Lizzie Anne designs). CS: Kraft, white and bali breeze designer paper. Inks: chocolate chip, Berry bliss (?), and basic black. Access: ribbon (Making Memories), sewing machine, crystal effects.

Thanks for checking out my latest. Hope everyone has a great weekend!