Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Thinking of You

WOW! I have had a LOT of Trick-Or-Treaters tonight! So between Trick-Or-Treaters I decided to play along with the SCS Sketch Challenge. I would love to be able to do it everyday, but somehow it never works out for me.

This was an easy sketch, and I thought the Inkadinkado Thinking of You Flourish would be perfect for it.

I stamped the image using VersaMagic Ocean Depth on Bazzill cardstock, then embossed with JudiKins Detail Clear embossing powder. It was then layered on a panel of turquoise Bazzill cardstock. I used my Concave punch for the corners, then added brads. (I'm out of the Concave punch at the moment, but more are on the way!)

The designer paper is from the Basic Grey Fruitcake collection. I added two tiny strips of cardstock to cover the center line instead of ribbon.

So easy....and I really like the result.

COMING SOON - Gina K Stamp Sets, and the new My Favorite Things Stamp Sets are all on the way. So be sure to check the store for their arrival in the next few days!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Happy Halloween!

Just a quick post to wish you all a Happy Halloween.

I didn't want to miss an opportunity to share this card I received from my good friend Pam. Be sure to check out her blog at Stamping with Serendipity .

Thanks for the adorable card, Pam! You're the best! :-)

I hope you all have a safe and Happy Halloween! And be sure to watch out for the little goblins!

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Stamping Friends!

This weekend I had some friends over to stamp, so I wanted to share the cards they brought for us to make.

Trisha designed this gorgeous card! The flower and butterfly stamp is from Stampin' Up, and the background is SU! Canvas.

I love the sentiment on this card. I have a friend who just lost her mother that I'm sending it to.

The second card was designed by my good friend Jackie. The stamp is from Stampendous. She bought it in my store, but I've sold out of it now.

It was stamped using VersaMark ink, then embossed with JudiKins Malachite embossing powder.

I think both cards are just gorgeous! Didn't they do a fabulous job on these? It's always fun for me to make cards designed by someone else.

Thanks Jackie & Trisha! I had so much fun! I can't wait until we can do it again!

Monday, October 29, 2007

Olivia Sunflower

Just as I stamped this image yesterday I had an email from a fellow blogger. Hi Lori! :-) She wanted to know HOW I color with Tombows and a blender pen. Valid point, since all I ever say is that I colored my stamped image with Tombows and a blender pen. I say that a lot, don't I? LOL!

So I started coloring this image, photographed it (poorly, I might add) and emailed her this picture. Can you see the progression from left to right? I laid down color along the edge, then pulled color outward away from the line using a Tombow blender pen. I ALWAYS use watercolor paper. The color will not move on the paper otherwise. Important: If you do not use watercolor paper you will be extremely disappointed with the results!

After I use my lightest shade, I then begin to add darker colors for shading using the same technique. I don't mean to oversimplify this....but it really is that easy. It does, however, take a little practice.
The main image is Olivia Sunflower from Stampendous. Gotta love Ollie & Olivia....they are just too cute! The sentiment is also from Stampendous.

I'm not sure I'm crazy about this layout, but's done and I'm not changing it now.

The corners of the main image were punched with the EK Success Concave Punch . I think the rest of it is self explanatory.

If you have questions about using Tombows or waterbased markers, please don't hesitate to email me. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

And when I finally get Sweet Miss Daisy to give me watercolor lessons, I'll teach you all her secrets! LOL!

Thanks so much for stopping by!


I was tagged a couple of days ago by Kim at Clearly Inspired . I'm so sorry for taking so long to do this. I was going to "think about it", then got busy and forgot it! I just hate it when that happens! So since I forgot to think about it I'm just shooting from the hip here.

Seven Random Things About Me:

1. I have 5 grandchildren….the four boys are the oldest, and the baby is a girl.
2. Mexican food is my favorite. ..and don't forget the margueritas!
3. I snore.
4. I have been divorced for 31 years. Yikes! (NOT because I snore! LOL!)
5. My favorite snack is reduced fat Triscuits topped with cottage cheese. Yum!
6. My biggest downfall is that I know entirely too many four-letter words. :-(
7. I do not have as much balance in my life as I need...always on the run, and entirely too busy. (I MUST do something about that!)

I will be back later tonight with a card for you.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Season's Greetings!

I participated in today's Featured Stamper Challenge at SCS. I love doing that when I can make the time!

Today's featured stamper was nitestamper . Be sure to check out her awesome gallery!

The card I chose to case is HERE . For my Christmas tree, I used the tree from Hero Arts Laughter & Merriment .

I stamped the tree twice...once on watercolor paper, then again on a white cardstock panel. As usual, I stamped using Versafine Onyx Black ink, then embossed with JudiKins Detail Clear embossing powder. The watercolor stamped image was colored using Tombow markers and a blender pen, then cut out and adhered over the one on the white cardstock panel. I used Scotch Mounting Tape for dimension. I'm a huge fan of dimension and texture!

I used my SU! Word Window punch to cut a slit in the left side for my designer paper panel (Basic Grey). The Season's Greetings sentiment is also in the Laughter & Merriment clear stamp set. The Joy circle is from my Hero Arts stash. Both were stamped with VersaMark ink , then embossed with white embossing powder. I was looking for my Holiday Circles set. I think it would also be great for the circle tag. Apparently I have that set in the wrong drawer, because I didn't find it! I just hate it when that happens!

The ribbon is from May arts, and the "rug" is the A Muse Skinny Oval. Be sure to mask the trunk of your tree before stamping the rug!

I know this was a bit hurried, but I've got chicken on the grill and I promised myself that if I got done early tonight I could watch Brothers & Sisters while I put my new Nestabilities in their CD cases with magnetic tape. Life in the fast lane, huh? LOL!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Cupcake, anyone?

Sorry for the crummy picture, but it was the best I could do before we ate the cupcakes! LOL!

I had some friends coming over to stamp today, so I made cupcakes. The REAL reason I made cupcakes was because I wanted to use my new cupcake holder, AND because I wanted to make some toppers. So I had to have something to put ON the cupcake holder and something to hold up the toppers, right?

I had seen these cute little toppers a while back on Stampin Scoops . She makes the most awesome cards and projects, and so far as I know she designs exclusively for A Muse. Great stuff! If you haven't checked out her blog, please do! It's fantabulous!

Anyway, so I made these carrot cake cupcakes with cream cheese frosting (all out of a box, mind you), to have something to hold the Halloween toppers! It was pretty fun...and something different to make.

I have something new for you be sure to stop by.

Thanks a bunch!

Friday, October 26, 2007

Big Announcement!

I am so excited to announce to you that I am adding Gina K Designs to my store at Stamper's Dream !

Actually, I ordered from Gina K about a month ago, then received a message from her that she wanted to talk to me. Oh my gosh! Gina wanted to talk to ME?

We had a long conversation regarding her new designs, new packaging, and the direction in which she is taking her company. In fact, while we were at it we talked about every other thing under the sun! I have to tell you that girl is totally awesome! I felt as if I had known her forever! I could devote an entire post to how much I admire her and what she's doing with Stamps For A Cause, and other strides she's made in the stamping community. Gina totally R-O-C-K-S! soon as the November release is shipped (which should be right after the 1st) I will have several of Gina's new stamp sets in the store. I can't wait to get them! I know you're all just going to love what she's done as much as I do!

I will also have acrylic mounts, like the one you see in the picture above, as well as a few others. There will be some incentives for you too...but more about that later!

Exciting stuff, huh? :-)

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Many, many thanks.....

AND....ENABLER ALERT! If you are not strong, you may NOT want to read this post. Consider yourself appropriately warned! Proceed at your own risk! :-)

I got my new Nestabilities dies last night, and I love, love, love them! I only received the circles and squares. The ovals and rectangles are on backorder. But WOW....these things are just fabulous!

At first I was a little intimidated by them. I mean, I had read lots on the Internet and various blogs about all these sandwiches you have to make. But it only took a matter of minutes to figure out how to use them with my Big Shot!

I probably will not be selling these in my web store, but if anyone is interested in them, please contact me. I can certainly send off your order with my next one. They really are great! I am not easy to impress....but I'm impressed with these!

So.........while I was playing with my new toys I cut a few circles and embossed them. (How cool is that?) In order to put them to good use, I stamped this sentiment from my Hero Arts Happy Everything Greetings set using VersaColor Bamboo ink, then embossed with JudiKins Detail Clear embossing powder.

Beyond that, all I did was layer the circles with Scotch Foam Tape for dimension. Then I used some pretty Fancy Pants two-sided designer paper in complimentary colors. I know....usually I choose the designer paper first. But hey....I was anxious to make something so I did it backwards this time! LOL!

What I had in mind for this little 4.25 x 4.25 card was a nice "thank you" for Christmas gifts. I think the colors really lend itself to that.

So...that was a quick and easy one. But really fun!

You will definitely be seeing more of my new Nestabilities in future cards!

Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a fabulous Friday!

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Changito Rocks!

I only had time for a quick card. I got my new Spellbinders Nestabilities dies tonight, so I've been busy playing with those. They are soooo cool! But I will save that for another post!

This stamp is from Stampendous and it's called Changito Guitar . I stamped him on watercolor paper using VersaFine Onyx Blank ink, then embossed with JudiKins Detail Clear embossing powder. The image was then colored using Tombow markers and a blender pen. The lime green layer was cut with Fiskars Pinking scissors.

The sentiment is You Rock! from A Muse. I used SU! oval punches for the sentiment and the green layer. The blue layer is a McGill oval punch. I've had that punch for a very long time. I do wish I could find those since they match the SU! ovals so well. I will definitely keep looking.

I think the ribbon is from May Arts. Isn't it gorgeous? So sorry, but I didn't make note of the designer paper before I adhered it to the card. My bad!

So...that's it for tonight. I've got some packages to wrap, still need to do something about dinner, and oh yes....I will need a nap sometime tonight! LOL!

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Fun on the Beach

Yes....I know it's a little too cool for the beach today! But I just got this stamp in from Inkadinkado and I couldn't wait to color it!

The name of the stamp is Fun on the Beach . I guess maybe it reminds me of those carefree days when life was so simple. We weren't rushed all the time, and didn't have deadlines. Remember? Ahhh....those WERE the days!

I stamped on watercolor paper using VersaFine Onyx Black ink, then embossed with JudiKins Detail Clear embossing powder. The image was colored using Tombow markers and a blender pen.

For the bottom of the card I tore pieces of tan cardstock, then chalked them using a Q-tip. I laid them into three layers to give the appearance of a sandy beach, then tucked the colored image inside one of the layers.

The sentiment is from A Muse, and is called Life's Simple Pleasures . It just seemed so appropriate for the mood I was trying to create.

This really was a fun card for me. I love trying different things...and this style was certainly different for me!

Thanks for reading my blog, and leaving such nice comments for me. I will have something new for you tomorrow....I hope?

Monday, October 22, 2007

Ollie Moonshine

This is a fun card I made yesterday. I couldn't get motivated to make a Christmas card so I decided to do something a little different.

The stamp is from Stampendous and is called Ollie Moonshine . I think it's really sweet how Ollie has his little wing around Max the mouse. :-)

I stamped it on watercolor paper using VersaFine Onyx Black ink, then embossed with JudiKins Detail Clear embossing powder.

The image was colored with Tombow markers and a blender pen. I created the sky using two or three shades of blue and a lot of blending.

The sentiment is also from Stampendous and is called So Thankful . I just love that sentiment.

I made my slider using cardstock and a corner rounder. The holes in each end were made with a Stampin' Up punch. The ribbon is actually two pieces adhered together. I like to do that sometimes for a little different look. The cardstock is Basic Grey.

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog tonight. More tomorrow!

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Wine & Cheese

Sorry I didn't get back to post last night. It was election day here in Louisiana, and I got glued to the election returns! Interesting stuff....and a new governor!

I had a little time to play with some of my new stamps today! This card is totally inspired by one that Trudee made a while back that I so admired!

The stamp is from Inkadinkado and is called Wine & Cheese . I stamped it with VersaFine Vintage Sepia then colored with Tombow markers and a blender pen. The edges were distressed with a Paper Distresser , then sponged with Ranger Vintage Photo ink.

The background is a beige cardstock panel stamped with Memories Artprint Brown ink (second generation stamping) using JudiKins Crackle Background stamp. I then overstamped the background using Inka's Wine List stamp and Ancient Page Bordeaux ink. The lower right portion of the panel was also stamped with Bordeaux ink and the Coffee Ring stamp.

The ribbon is a beautiful merlot color made by May Arts.

I thank you all for stopping by, and hope you have a fabulous Monday!

Saturday, October 20, 2007

We have a winner!

The random number selector chose #69. This is the winning post:

Carol said...
this is a cute card and a great stamp too. I've never tried paper piecing yet, but after seeing this I should push myself to try it. TFS your creations!
October 16, 2007 8:05 AM

Congratulations Carol! Please send me your snail mail address so I can get your Dreamy Treats out to you!

I sincerely thank each and every one of you for your comments. I've gotten very spoiled to all this, so it's going to be tough to live without such wonderful feedback! LOL!

I have a card for you tonight, but Blogger is having a problem and won't let us upload pictures right now. As soon as they have it fixed I'll be back.

Friday, October 19, 2007

New Rubbah!

No stamping tonight! I got shipments today from A Muse and Inkadinkado, so I spent the entire evening getting those on the website for you.

The new, just released A Muse Clear Stamp Sets are here! You can find them in the A Muse stamps on the last page. I also restocked a few I had sold out of. Two of the clear sets are on backorder due to a packaging problem. I hope they will be here soon.

Also new and restocked in the Inkadinkado stamps is the Wine & Cheese stamp. I didn't get one from the last shipment, but I've grabbed one for myself from this one. There is also a new cupcake stamp and sentiment that's just adorable, as well as a few others. You can see them HERE !

With any luck I will have a little time to stamp tomorrow, so I hope to have something new for you then.

AND........we made it to 30,000 hits! Woo Hoo! I will announce the winner of the Dreamy Treats tomorrow night!

My personal thanks for all of your entries and comments!

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Shower Time

I finally got this set for myself! I've had it in stock before and they all sold out before I could get one! So I grabbed one out of this shipment for myself because I was dying to stamp it!

The stamp set is Shower Time from My Favorite Things.

All the designer papers are from a Basic Grey Lily Kate 6 x 6 pad that I had been hoarding. Yes....I hoard paper! Now tell the honest truth? Don't you hoard paper too? LOL! The umbrella is paper pieced, and I used Tombow markers to color the dress.

The sentiment is from a $1 clear stamp set I bought at Michael's. I've been buying those for a while now, and I think this is the first one I've ever inked!

I got a little carried away with the sewing on my Janome Sew Mini. I'm still learning about corners and such. But I DO love the look of stitching on cards. It's probably because I love texture so much...and stitching adds such beautiful texture.

I like the soft colors of this card. And I LOVE my new Shower Time stamp set!

Thanks so much for all your kind words on my posts, and for stopping by my blog. Don't forget to register for the blog candy. We're getting close!

I hope you all have a great Friday!

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Penny Black Poinsettia

It kind of looks like I'm into funky and non traditional Christmas colors these days, doesn't it?

This beautiful poinsettia stamp is by Penny Black and is called Winter Glow .

I must tell you that I think this stamp is totally awesome! My favorite style is elegant, and to me, this stamp wreaks of elegance!

I colored on the rubber with Tombow markers, then spritzed with water using my JudiKins Fine Mist Spritzer . The mist of water remoistens the ink. TIP: It's very important to use a fine mist so you don't get droplets of water on your stamp, which will show up on the paper when you stamp it.

The right corner is a Cuttlebug corner die. I cut it once from purple cardstock, and again with metallic gold, then filled in the holes of the purple one with the gold pieces.

The background of the purple notecard was stamped in ColorBox GoldRush ink using a Penny Black stamp called Penmanship.

This is really a pretty simple card...but sometimes those are the best!

Thanks so much for stopping by. More tomorrow.

And don't forget to register for the Dreamy Treats! We're getting closer to 30,000 it won't be too long before we announce a winner!

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Christmas Isn't....

This isn't a typical card for my style, as many of you know. But I was drawn to the Outlines tree because is has so much versatlity, and I love those wavy lines.

The name of the Outlines stamp is Ornament Tree , and the topper is called Flower Tree Topper .

I stamped the image on watercolor paper using VersaMark ink, then finishing with JudiKins Detail Gold embossing powder. Once it was stamped on watercolor paper, and the second time it was stamped on lavendar cardstock.

The watercolor stamped image was colored using Tombow markers and a blender pen. It was cut on the inside line of the tree, then layered with the lavendar stamped image which was cut on the outside lines.

All the other details are pretty apparent. I used a Gold Geo Shapes sticker in the center of the tree topper.

The sentiment is from Penny Black, and one of my all time favorites.

Add a little May Arts ribbon, and it's a card!

Sorry to be so late posting. Blogger was having some problem with uploading photos, and what's a post without a photo?

Just another reminder to register for the blog candy. You can post once on each blog post for additional chances to win. The winner will be announced at 30,000 hits!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Monday, October 15, 2007

Halloween Sale!

All Halloween images are on sale for the next week. They are 10% off while they last. Stamps include A Muse and Hero Arts Halloween images. There are also a couple in the Paper Inspirations and My Favorite Things categories.

Get yours while there is still a good supply, and time to use them for this Halloween!

I also have a lot of other stamps on sale. I'm cleaning house, trying to make room on the shelves for new inventory. So be sure to take advantage of the sales while you're there!

Thanks so much!


Let's Do Lunch

About a week ago I was fortunate enough to win Blog Candy from Toni at Moved to the Mountains . Can you believe it? I never win anything!

If you haven't been to Toni's blog you MUST check it out. She is a designer for My Favorite Things, and she makes a lot of VERY cool stuff! Thanks so much Toni! I can't begin to tell you how much I'm enjoying this awesome stamp set!

So I just had to put it to good use. The name of the set is Meet Me At The Cafe and as I said, it's from My Favorite Things. You really need to see how many fabulous stamps there are in this set. Kim did a good job on this one, for sure!

I was a little apprehensive (yes, me!) to use this set after I saw so many *over-the-top* samples by the design team. But's my blog so I gotta do my own thing, right?

The patterned paper is all Basic Grey Blush, from a 6 x 6 paper pad. As you can see, I paper pieced the clothing. I just love doing that! The awning was stamped twice. I adhered one underneath the awning that I popped up with foam tape. Everything else was colored with my Tombow markers and a blender pen.

I won't bore you with a lot of details. But if I left out anything you need to know, don't hesitate to email me.

Be SURE to register for the Dreamy Treats! You can post once on each entry beginning with the Dreamy Treats Alert on Saturday. So you actually get one chance per post until I reach 30,000 hits.

Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you had a great Monday!

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Featured Stamper Challenge - Special Things

I have enjoyed playing along with the Sunday Featured Stamper challenge on Splitcoast for the last few weeks, so I decided to play along again today!

The challenge was to CASE a card from the amazing SCS gallery of StamperTammy. You can find her gallery HERE .

The card I chose to CASE is HERE .

As you can see, I changed all the colors, the paper, the ribbon, but used the same stamp. It's called Special Things You Do , and it's from Hero Arts. I love this stamp, and have used it soooooo many times. It's also great for bookmarks! (Think teacher Christmas gifts?)

I stamped with VersaMagic Ocean Depth ink, and embossed with JudiKins Detail Clear embossing powder. For a little contract I lightly sponged the edges of the stamped panel with Antique Linen Distress Ink.

I think everything else is self explanatory. The paper is from My Mind's Eye, and I used my new SU! Slit Punch to make the scalloped edge. The ribbon is May Arts.

Be sure to comment on any post beginning with the Dreamy Treats post yesterday, or any post after that until I reach 30,000 hits. Please, only one comment per person per post. Someone is going to win. It could be you!

Thanks for stopping by...and good luck on winning the Dreamy Treats!

I hope you have a fabulous Monday!

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Dreamy Treats Alert!

I just realized that it's been quite some time since I've offered Dreamy Treats, so here you are...lots of stampin' treats free for the offering! It's my way of saying thanks to you for your support.

The clear stamp set on the left is one I bought today, then realized when I got home that I already had that one! I know none of you EVER do that! LOL! The four Christmas stamps are from Vap Scrap. They are not the ones carried in the chain stores. The gift stamp is from Printworks, and works so very well for Christmas as well as birthdays. The to/from stamp is a MUST HAVE for gift giving so you can make those adorable little gift tags. I am also including a small container of JudiKins Malachite embossing powder. It's a gorgeous green and copper color. There is a mini punch, some Spare Parts rings for all the May Arts ribbon I am including. Whew....that's a lot of stuff!

All you have to do is post here and on any other post between now and the time I hit 30,000. You may post once a day if you like. The question I would like answered on this post is what you look for on a blog. Is it daily artwork? Is it complicated cards? simple and easy cards? color combos? layouts? There is no wrong answer. I would just like to know what keeps you coming back to your favorite blogs.

I will use the random number selector thingy to select the winner the day after I hit 30,000.

Good luck to you all! And thanks so much for visiting my blog.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Cuddle In Snow

I apologize for the poor quality of this photo, but it's late and I just now got home!

Another snowman card with Penny Black stamp! Am I in a rut or what? But they are just so cute that they needed to be stamped!

The name of this stamp is Cuttle In Snow . I stamped it on watercolor paper using Versafine Onyx Black ink, then embossed with JudiKins Detail Clear embossing powder.

The stamped image was colored using Tombow markers. I did some shadowing with a light gray Tombow, then added Stickles glitter glue for some bling.

The white background was Cuttlebugged with a Snowflakes embossing folder. I added a bit of lime dotted May Arts ribbon to complete.

I know this is short, but I had to help host a political function for a Senator tonight. It's late, way past my bedtime, and I'm whipped!

More tomorrow. Thanks so much for stopping by. :-)

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

OH NO ! ! ! ! !

My batteries are dead! Maybe I need to clarify that remark. My batteries in my digital camera are dead! LOL!

So..........I can't post any eye candy for you tonight. Big Bummer!

Instead, I will take this opportunity to tell you that I have new A Muse stamps in the store. You can find all the A Muse stamps HERE !

I also have a SALE on A LOT of stamps in the store in many different categories. They are marked down from 20% to 35% off! They include many from HERO ARTS and some from PENNY BLACK, as well as stamps in other categories throughout the store. on over there and find youself a deal!

I have orders coming in soon from Stampendous, Inkadinkado, and have also ordered the new A Muse clear stamp be sure to watch for their arrival.

I'm charging my batteries as we I should have something for your tomorrow night.

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Doodle Noel

I really enjoyed making this card! I must tell you that it was inspired by a card I saw some time ago by one of my favorite designers, Taylor of Taylor's Expressions . My personal thanks to Taylor for the inspiration! Isn't she awesome?

The image is from Stampendous and is called Doodle Noel . It was stamped on white cardstock using Versafine Onyx Black ink. I embossed using JudiKins Detail Clear embossing powder, then colored the letters with Tombow markers. The "O" ornament in Noel was paper pieced from the Basic Grey designer paper used in the background. Then I used Peeled Paint Distress Ink and my new Stampin' Up Sanded background stamp to overstamp the Noel panel.

The decorative panel on the left side is actually three different, blue, and Basic Grey designer paper. I used my corner rounder to punch all three into scallops that I could layer together.

The strip on the left side is a piece of green May Arts ribbon layered with a strip of Basic Grey designer paper. I used Red Geo Shapes Sparkler Stickers to embellish the ribbon strip as well as the "N" on the Noel.

This will definitely be one of my Christmas cards this year!

Thanks so much for stopping by.....more tomorrow!

Monday, October 8, 2007

Warm & Cold Snowman

I am in love with this little Penny Black snowman. I love a lot of stamps...have you noticed? LOL!

The name of the stamp is Warm & Cold . The blue "Let it Snow" card is
one I made a year or so ago. The snowflakes and words were stamped with VersaMark Ink then embossed with detail clear embossing powder.

The other card is one I made last night using the same main image. Since the snowman has his hands up in the air and appears to be looking above, I thought a sentiment above his head would be perfect!

The sentiment I used is from a Hero Arts Clear Design set called Laughter & Merriment . You might recall that I used that set a couple of days ago on the card with the tree and the bird. You can see it HERE .

Since it's a clear stamp set, it's flexible enough that I could place the sentiment on my acrylic block in a semi-circle shape. I stamped it, as well as the snowman using Versafine Onyx Blank ink. As usual, I embossed with JudiKins Detail Clear embossing powder. The image was colored using Tombow markers and a blender pen. I embellished with a little Stickles glitter glue .

So, that's it for me tonight, peeps. Thanks so much for stopping by.

Sunday, October 7, 2007

Featured Stamper Challenge

When I saw that Sweet Miss Daisy is the featured stamper today at Splitcoast Stampers, I just had to play along!

I love everything Anna does! If you are not familiar with her work, please treat yourself and go to her BLOG or check out her Splitcoast gallery HERE . I also have her listed in my blogroll on my sidebar. Her blog is called Sassy and Sweet . And while you're there, be sure to wish her a Happy Birthday! :-)

I cased not only one....but TWO of her cards! Both cards are using the My Favorite Things Fright Night stamp set. You can see the flying witch card I cased HERE , and the Trick or Treaters card HERE . According to the rules you are supposed to change something, so I added a layer or two here and there, and added a sentiment to the witch card.

Happy Birthday, Sweet Miss Daisy! :-)

Saturday, October 6, 2007

Stitched Trees

I had fun designing this card. I didn't have a clear picture in my mind when I started, but I'm pleased with the end result.

The stamps are from Hero Arts, and are called Stitched Tree , and Stitched Zigzag Tree .

I stamped both trees on Paper Adventures Joy Mini Dots designer paper using Versafine Onyx Black ink, then embossed with JudiKins Detail Clear embossing powder. I cut out both images and adhered them to a light blue cardstock panel. I used foam tape on the tree on the left to give it some extra dimension.

The sentiment is Script Merry Christmas by Northwoods. I stamped it using VersaColor Cardinal ink, and embossed with JudiKins Detail Clear embossing powder.

The stars on top of the trees were punched from pale yellow cardstock.

I just love this card, and I hope you do too.

Thanks so much for stopping tonight. Have a great Sunday!

Friday, October 5, 2007

Make the season bright...

I finally took the time to play with my new Hero Arts stamps! This is a clear stamp set, which makes it so easy to work with since you don't need a stamp positioner!

This Hero Arts set is called Laughter & Merriment . There are 10 stamps in this set, so you have a lot of choices for both the inside AND the outside of your card! I like that! Choices are a good thing...right?

All images were stamped with Versafine Onyx Black ink, then embossed with JudiKins Clear Detail embossing powder. I used watercolor paper for the main images so I could move the color and shade with my Tombow markers.

I colored the tree with Tombow Markers and a Tombow blender pen, then added a little Stickles to embellish the star. The bird was paper pieced with scraps from the Basic Grey Dasher paper used in the background.

For the rug, I masked the trunk of the tree, then stamped my Long Skinny Oval by AMuse using ColorBox Cranberry ink.

I'm still playing with background colors, trying to decide if a light or colored background better showcases the card. So that's why you have two pictures of the same card in this post. Your opinion is welcome, and appreciated!

So that's it for tonight guys. I'll have something new for you tomorrow.

Thanks once again for stopping by.

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Thank You Flourishes

The stamped image on this card is from Inkadinkado, and is called Thank You Flourish .

I stamped the image on pink cardstock using VersaColor Raspberry pigment ink. Then I embossed with JudiKins Detail Clear embossing powder. I really love the crisp look of an embossed image.

The edges of the stamped panel were distressed with my Paper Distresser , then sponged lightly with the raspberry ink. The corners were punched with my Stampin' Up corner punch.

The designer paper is from Stampin' Up. I just got it this week, and I just love it! It's so pretty that I didn't want to cover too much of it up, so I only put a paper strip down the center of the card. I did a little paper piercing on it, then added a bit of May Arts Ribbon.

The pearlescent pink brads are from my stash, and the bling is Hero Arts Gemstones .

I appreciate you stopping by my blog. Have a happy Friday, and be sure to come back tomorrow for something new.

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Peace on Earth

I know some of you make just one Christmas card for everyone on your list, so I designed this one for you.

The stamp is from Stampendous and is called Classic Peace .

I stamped in on blue shimmer paper with VersaMark Ink , then embossed with JudiKins Silver embossing powder. The center of each of the stars was colored in with my silver gel pen.

The stamped panel was then layered to a pearlescent white layer. I punched the corners with a Stampin' Up punch, then put pearlized white brads in each corner.

It's a very simple card...but you could make a lot of them in a reasonably short period of time. And I think your card recipients would be pretty impressed wtih its beauty.

Thanks so much for stopping by. I appreciate your comments.

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Pink Pixies

I just {{{LOVE}}} these cute little pixies!

The stamp is from Stampendous and it's called Mistletoe Pixies .

I stamped on watercolor paper using Versafine Onyx Black ink, then embossed with JudiKins Detail Clear embossing powder.

The image was colored with Tombow markers and a Tombow blender pen, then punched out with a Marvy Mega circle punch. The pink layer behind the pixies was punched with a Marvy Giga Scallop Circle punch, and the red layer behind the pink scalloped layer was punched with a Marvy Giga Circle punch.

I used my anywhere hole punch to punch out circles in each of the scallops on the pink layer. (I haven't mastered my Crop-A-Dile yet. I really think I'm Crop-A-Dile challenged!) The reason for the red Giga circle layer is so that the red cardstock would show through the punched holes.

The layer that the ribbon is on is a strip of red cardstock scalloped with my corner rounder punch. The ribbon is from my stash. And I can tell you it is NOT May Arts ribbon. It's not that nice! I know that because of the texture. It must have been on sale somewhere when I bought it!

The sentiment is Stampendous Ho! Ho! Ho! . The background for the sentiment is A Muse Artstamps Lacy Oval inked with VersaColor Opera Pink ink. I cut out the Lacy Oval then used Foam Mounting Tape to give it dimension.

The designer paper is from KI Memories. I'm not sure it's really Christmas paper but works! :-)

I hope I covered everything. But if I missed something don't hesitate to email me.

Thanks for checking in. I so appreciate your stopping by!

Monday, October 1, 2007

Think Pink!

The new stamp sets from My Favorite Things are in da house....I mean the store! You can seem them HERE !

This card was sent to me by my friend Debbie Gunion. It uses the My Favorite Things Think Pink stamp set.

The image was stamped on watercolor paper using Versafine Onyx Black ink. It was then watercolored with Tombow markers and a Tombow blender pen.

The pink ribbons were stamped with VersaMagic Pink Petunia ink. Accents were added with Diamond Stickles glitter glue.

As many of you know, I had quite a scare last month with breast cancer. So please, remind someone you care about to have a mammogram....because you love them. Early detection is the best solution!

Thanks Debbie! I love the card. And it's a great reminder for National Breast Cancer month!