Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Color Throwdown #49

It's my turn to host the Color Throwdown this week, and I hope you will like the colors I chose! I spotted a blouse while shopping with my daughter and our exchange student, Anne back in April and though the colors were so pretty they needed to be part of a Throwdown!
Be sure to stop by the Throwdown blog for all the details and the Mr. Linky so you can link your own creation! And give a big welcome to our July Guest Designer, Juliana Swanson while you're there!

All the Throwdown girls have great inspiration for you, too...

(Danielle's taking the week off!)

Happy stamping, and thanks for stopping by! Stay tuned for the Storage Units, Ink & More big Birthday Blog Hop beginning Wednesday morning at 9:00! You won't want to miss your chance to win some fabulous prizes!

Stamps: Chester (Whipper Snapper Designs), sentiment (Hero Arts)
Cardstock: Groovy Guava, Chocolate Chip, designer paper (Stampin' Up!), white (Neenah)
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, Versamagic Jumbo Java (Tsukineko), markers (Copic)
Accessories: ribbon (Stampin' Up!), Threading Water border punch (Fiskars), Nestabilities (Spellbinders).

Paper Craft Planet 3-D Tuesday Challenge

I'm taking a turn at hosting the 3-D Tuesday challenge over at Paper Craft Planet this week, and have chosen the Scor-Pal Star Box for everyone to create! The directions for the Star Box can be found here, and many, many other patterns can be found by visiting the Scor-Pal website!

This Star Box is actually one that I made last year, using some papers from Scenic Route, and the Biker Bee and sentiment from Stampendous. This was one of my projects actually featured on the Stampendous Impressions blog this past week, too! I have it filled with some sparklers, and sitting in my kitchen for some extra Patriotic decor since Independence Day is coming up fast! (Can you believe July is here tomorrow? Where does the time go?)
I would love to see everyone give this challenge a try! You don't have to make your box with a Patriotic theme! Anything goes! Upload your creation to Paper Craft Planet, and use 3d18 in the tag line. Also leave a link in the 3-D Tuesday Challenge Group so we can see all the creations!

Thanks for stopping by! I can't wait to see what you create!

Monday, June 29, 2009

Cupcake Inspiration #13

Over on the Hope Stamps Eternal blog, Rachel sponsors a challenge every week with cupcakes as your inspiration! What could be yummier? This week, my fellow HSE design team member Jessica found these fabulous butterfly cupcakes on a website called Food Gawker! Aren't they fabulous? And those butterflies are actually edible, but way too pretty to eat, I think! (OK, well maybe they're chocolate though which in that case means they're begging to be eaten, right?) So here's my card based on those drool-icious cupcakes...
I decided to go with the butterfly-theme of course and played off the bright colors in each one by using this pretty Oh La La paper from My Mind's Eye. I also used the Sketch for You to Try for this weekend from Jen del Muro. I was really intimidated by that sketch... honestly, I sat holding my head in my hands trying to figure out what to do with it. But Shazam... an idea clicked, and now I LOVE how this turned out! I especially love how the Cuttlebug embossing came out across the bottom. I decided to sand over the embossing a little, and the white core of the paper showed through, and reminded me of the white spots on the butterflies! But you're supposed to think that I meant to do that! LOL

We hope you'll play along with the Cupcake Inspiration Challenge! Just create a card using those pretty cupcakes as your inspiration, and link your card back to the Hope Stamps Eternal blog! If you upload to an online gallery like Paper Craft Planet, be sure to use CIC13 in your tag line or keyword!

Stay tuned! Tomorrow, I am sponsoring the 3-D Tuesday Challenge at Paper Craft Planet, and have a great little project for you that'll be perfect for the upcoming holiday!

Happy stamping, and thanks for visiting me today!

Stamps: Fluttering By (Verve)
Cardstock: Chocolate Chip, Kiwi Kiss, Baja Breeze (Stampin' Up!), designer paper (My Mind's Eye)Ink: Versamagic Jumbo Java (Tsukineko), Cameo Coral (Stampin' Up!)Accessories: clear embossing powder (Ranger), 1 3/8' circle punch (Stampin' Up!), Cuttlebug embossing border (ProvoCraft), faux suede ribbon (May Arts).

Sunday, June 28, 2009

A Just Rite Demo

I had the Sisters in Stamping club come to the store yesterday for a private demo and make-and-take, so I decided to demo all the great new stuff that has come out recently from Just Rite Stampers! Here is a sampling of two projects I made to show the ladies!

I was so pleasantly surprised to hear two of the ladies say that they have looked at Just Rite stuff at Archiver's, and that none of the employees there could ever tell them how the stamps are used, or what wood stampers to buy with what stamps, etc! That made my day, because even though those darn box stores can offer more stuff at slightly better prices, your local stamping/scrapbooking store cares about their customers so much more and can offer the best service you'll ever get! I know times are tough with the economy, and it's certainly the case in my own home, but I hope people recognize good customer service is included in the price depending on where you shop! Be sure to support your local small businesses whenever you can!
This muffin topper was made using the Celebration Demi-Phrases, and the 2 3/8" stamper with the Times New Roman 25 pt. font. Wouldn't something like this be fabulous for a kid's birthday? You could personalize everyone's cupcakes so easily! I made this one for one of our employees who came back to work Saturday after maternity leave. I thought a yummy muffin for Ashley to begin her first morning back would be great! (The design for this was inspired by another I saw on the Just Rite Shared Items, but I'm sorry I don't remember who to give credit to!)
And here's a great little thank you set I created for any coffe lover! I picked up a little coffee sampler in Chocolate Truffle, added a bag of chocolate covered coffee beans, and a great mug for this quick and easy gift!
The card uses another Celebration Demi-Phrases sentiment, and a coffee bean stamp from Impression Obsession. A half-circle is a great option with the Demi-Phrases set! (Thanks to Debbie Olsen for the inspiration with the half-circle!)
The tag on the bag of coffee beans was made using the Small Letter Set, and a border from the new Tiny Words 1 3/16" set!
One of my girls at the store worked super hard on Friday and created a whole new wall display of the Just Rite products for me! (Thanks Taylor!) I was SO pleased with what she did, I just had to photograph it! Click on the photo for a larger view!
Thanks for stopping by! I hope you're having a fabulous weekend!

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Bovine Friend

Just another card from my "Hit the Beach" class to quickly show you today! This Penny Black cow just cracks me up in her bikini!

I'm off to work this morning as the Sisters in Stamping club is coming in for a private demonstration and make-and-take with the Just Rite Stampers!

Hey, do you all have the Stampendous blog in your Google readers? If not, you should! They've got some great ideas posted on their blog every few days, and oh, wait.... there's some of my projects on there yesterday! Yay! Still up there on Cloud 9.... don't forget to wave!

Have a great day!

Stamps: cow, sentiment (Penny Black)
Cardstock: green, blue (Bazzill), white (The Paper Cut), designer paper (Scenic Route)
Inks: Versafine Onyx Black (Tsukineko), markers (Tombow)
Accessories: Threading Water border punch (Fiskars), Nestabilibies oval (Spellbinders), brads (Gary Burlin), ribbon (May Arts).

Friday, June 26, 2009

Stamp Simply #93 and Awesome News!

Sharon Johnson has a fun Stamp Simply challenge planned for you today! It was sure one that I enjoyed doing, and I know you'll have fun, too! One of Sharon's favorite color combinations is blue and green.... specifically a grassy green, and sky blue. And one of her most favorite techniques is to add piercing to your creation! So today's challenge is two-fold.... create something using shades of blue and green (you can add other colors too, but the primary focus should be these two colors), and incorporate some piercing into your design! But most of all, just HAVE FUN!

Now one of the reasons why this was so much fun for me was because I got to use my new Whipper Snapper stamps that just arrived at the store today! I knew that Otto the Owl would fit in perfectly with these colors! As you can see, I've added some piercing around my oval, and in all four corners of my card front. A little May Arts ribbon (which kinda' makes me think of an owls eyes!) and my card was finished! I hope you all like it!

Stop by Sharon's blog for all the details, and her amazing sample for inspiration! And speaking of inspiration, we have two new members of the Stamp Simply team! We are welcoming past guest designers Jenny Gropp and Barbara Anders to the team on a permanent basis, and I'm so happy to have them both joining us! I know you'll be inspired by their awesome creations! This is also our last week with guest designer Sabrina Jackson, who has also been a great inspiration this month! Stop by all the girls' blogs for all the blue/green combos!

Sabrina Jackson, June Guest Designer

And now for the awesome news! On Thursday I was asked to join the team of amazing designers at Hope Stamps Eternal! I am so flippin' excited for this opportunity! Look above... do you see Cloud 9? Do you see me floating on it??? Wave hello! I'll be up there for awhile! ;) Be sure to check out the blog links in my sidebar to see the amazing work of everyone on the team, and be sure to stop by the HSE store for all your stamping needs! Rachel has all your favorite Basic Grey papers, stamps from The Greeting Farm and Inkadinkado, Martha Stewart products, and more!

Happy, happy Friday everyone! Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: Otto the Owl (Whipper Snapper Designs), sentiment (Cornish Heritage Farms)
Cardstock: Parakeet, Tropical Breeze (Bazzill), Chocolate Chip (Stampin' Up!), white (Neenah), designer paper (Bo Bunny)
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Onyx Black (Tsukineko), markers (Copic)Accessories: ribbon (May Arts), Nestabilities (Spellbinders).

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Have a Beach'n Birthday

Here's another card that customers made on Tuesday evening at my "Hit the Beach" card class at the store. For this one, I used Jen's Sketch for You to Try from this past Saturday for the layout. I also resisted to urge to add some ribbon to this card! I think I go overboard with it sometimes in my classes, so I left it off this time, thinking that these colors (without a ribbon) would make it suitable for a girl or a boy.
I made a last-minute decision to add some Glossy Accents to Changito's inner tube for some extra detail on this card. I told my customers they could add it to their cards too, if they felt they could carry their cards home safely and not have it get ruined, so a few people took the chance and added it on their cards. I hope they all got home safe! It was either that or I told them to just buy a bottle to do it at home! LOL I also used my orange Spica glitter pen to give a little sparkle to the circles on the inner tube.

Hope you had a great Wednesday, and have a wonderful Thursday! I'm about to burst at the seams with excitement today, as my first shipment of Whipper Snapper stamps will be arriving at the store sometime today! (Hurry up, Smitty! That's my UPS guy!) I already know which stamp I'm going to use for Sharon's Stamp Simply challenge tomorrow, so be sure to stop by again! And thanks for visiting me today! I SO loved the slew of comments on the Color Throwdown cards yesterday! Y'all just make me smile! Thanks!

Happy stamping!

Stamps: Changito, sentiment (Stampendous)
Cardstock: Cantaloupe, Red Hot (Bazzill), white (Neenah), designer paper (Paper Salon)
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Onyx Black (Tsukineko), markers (Copic)
Accessories: Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Cuttlebug embossing folder (ProvoCraft), Glossy Accents (Ranger).

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Color Throwdown #48 and Cowgirl Ava

Welcome to another Color Throwdown! LeAnne is our hostess this week, and she chose her colors in honor of the retiring Stampin' Up! In Colors! This is such a nice soft color combination, so I can't wait to see what you create with it! I've created two cards for this weeks challenge...
My first card is in honor of the life of Ethan Weiman. You can purchase the digital images of Cowboy Ethan, and his sidekick sister, Cowgirl Ava at the Pink Cat Studio website (and read Ethan's story) and help raise funds for the Make-a-Wish Foundation of Illinois!
For my second card, I used some of my digital stamps from Digital Stamp Oasis! Susie Squirrel is trying to stay dry here, but she's a little under the weather! My sentiment on this card is also digital as it was a free download from Becky Higgins. I've seen Michelle Wooderson use this font on her recipe cards, and just love it!

We hope you'll take time to play along this week! Remember, we choose one entry each week as the Featured Stamper, and then we'll choose one person from all the Featured Stampers in June to be our Guest Designer for August! I hope it'll be YOU! Check out designs from the other Throwdown girls for inspiration, and remember to link your creation with Mr. Linky back on the Throwdown blog!

Thanks for stopping by today! I appreciate all your visits and comments so much!

Cowgirl Ava
Stamps: digital images (Pink Cat Studio)Cardstock: Pink Pirouette, Kraft (Stampin' Up!), white (Neenah)Inks: markers (Copic)Accessories: faux suede ribbon (May Arts), Cuttlebug tag die (ProvoCraft), brads (Making Memories), concave corner punch (EK Success), Nestabilities (Spellbinders).

Susie Squirrel
Stamps: squirrel (Digital Stamp Oasis), sentiment (Becky Higgins)Cardstock: Pink Pirouette, Baja Breeze, Kraft (Stampin' Up!), white (Neenah)
Inks: markers (Copic)Accessories: Swiss Dots Cuttlebug embossing folder (ProvoCraft), Nestabilities (Spellbinders), brads (Making Memories), faux suede ribbon (May Arts).

Flossie Hits the Beach

I have a "Hit the Beach" stamp class at the store this evening, and have four beach-themed cards for my customers to make including this one of Flossie catching up on the latest gossip! This card design is what's known as a Tent Topper, and is fun to make. The card base is simply a 4 1/4" square, then you can add any shape and size to the top to make the total length measure 5 1/2", just like a regular A2 card!
Inside the card, I stamped this Flamingo background from DRS Designs!
I've been a lazy blogger lately, but I hope you're still with me! Stay tuned for some more of my Hit the Beach class cards, as well as the Color Throwdown tomorrow!

Stamps: Flossie, sentiment (Custer's Last Stamp), flamingo background P742 (DRS Designs)
Cardstock: Double-Mates orange and pink (WorldWin), white (Neenah), designer paper (My Mind's Eye)Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Onyx Black (Tsukineko), markers (Copic)Accessories: flower (Hero Arts), gemstone (KaiserCraft), Nestabilities (Spellbinders).

Friday, June 19, 2009


Just a note to let you know that I've done some MAJOR updating in my Etsy shop! Stop by if you're interested in purchasing any of my recent cards!

Stamp Simply #92 - Just Rite Recipes

Today's Stamp Simply challenge from Sharon Johnson is Summer Recipes! We ALL love getting new recipes to try out, right? So today's challenge is to create a card, recipe card, or anything at all that you can write a recipe on! And for a fun part, if you have a great summer recipe you'd like to share, please share it in your post! That way we can all gather some great new recipes to try out!

Sadly today, we are bidding farewell to one our Stamp Simply girls! Becky Oehlers has been a great addition to the gang but she's got a busy life and has decided to step down from the team! We'll miss seeing her fun and unique creations!

Be sure to stop by Sharon's blog... she's got the most unique recipe design, and I wish I'd have thought of it! You're gonna' love it! And see further inspiration from the rest of the Stamp Simply girls...

Sabrina Jackson, June Guest Designer

I have quite a few of the new Just Rite products at the store, so I decided to treat myself and bought the Recipe Borders & Centers set to use for today's challenge. One thing I have always loved doing is collecting recipes. I have a huge box full, as well as tons of cookbooks but they're sorta' like stamps... I like to collect them, but don't necessarily use them all! LOL I used to spend hours looking through my Aunt Thead's extensive recipe collection and copying some for myself. My Mom didn't have quite so many recipes, but I have a lot from her, too. It got me to thinking about when my own daughters will leave the nest (which I know will come a lot sooner than I think!) so beginning with today's challenge, I decided I would start making them their own collection of our family favorites. If I keep these recipe cards fairly simple (but still uniquely made by Mom!) they'll be easy for me to keep up with. So today I picked three of our family favorites and made a recipe card for each of my girls! I debated typing the ingredients and instructions out on the computer, but decided to make them in my own handwriting. I hope someday that'll make them even more special to my girls. I know my Mom dearly cherishes anything she has in my Grandma's handwriting, which was so pretty! So here are my recipe cards with our favorite recipes for meat loaf, cheesy potatoes, and peanut butter oatmeal cookies!

This cheesy potato recipe is so simple, and delicious! I like to whip up a batch of it, throw it in the oven and forget about it while my husband stands outside in the summer heat, with BBQ chicken on the grill! Yes, you'll have to heat up the oven to make these, but you'll love 'em so much you won't mind. The recipe actually comes from my good friend (and Kelsey's Godmother) Tammie Clark.

Gram's Potatoes (my estimate is 8-10 servings... the original recipe does not state)
1 - 2 lb. bag hash brown potatoes (the square-cut kind)
8 oz. sour cream
1 can cream of chicken soup (I've substituted cream of mushroom or celery in a pinch!)
1/2 c. chopped onion
1/2 c. melted butter
2 c. shredded Cheddar cheese

Mix all ingredients well and pour into a 9 x 13" pan. Top with buttered bread crumbs, if desired. (We actually like them topped with buttered corn flake crumbs!) Bake at 350° for 40-45 minutes or until bubbly.

So head on over to Sharon's blog for the complete challenge details, and share your recipe cards!

Happy Friday!

Stamps: Recipe Borders & Centers (Just Rite Stampers)Cardstock: Sage Shadow, Riding Hood Red (Stampin' Up!), white (Gary Burlin), designer paper (Cosmo Cricket)Inks: Versamagic Red Magic, Oasis Green (Tsukineko)
Accessories: punches (Stampin' Up!), scalloped edge scissors (Fiskars)
Recipe card template printed from Free Printable Recipe Cards

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Color Throwdown #47 and Mojo Monday Sketch

Time for another Color Throwdown, and this time Danielle is our hostess and she tried to kill me with these colors! Seriously, I was ready to throw in the towel but I came up with something that I now love, and I KNOW you can, too! Give it a try!

For my card, I decided to use this oldie-but-goodie stamp that a former co-worker bought for me years ago. She found it in a dollar store, and thought it was so cute, and she knew I was a stamper so she bought it for me! The stamp is from Image Tree, and I have to agree... this little stack of farm animals is the cutest! I hope you like it, too! My layout isn't quite the same, but was inspired by this week's Mojo Monday sketch, also!

Check out these creations from the rest of the Throwdown team...

So, please join us today or later this week for the Color Throwdown! Leave a direct link to your creation on the Throwdown blog so we can see your work, and if you upload to an online gallery remember to use CTD47 for your tag! Remember, YOU could be chosen as Featured Stamper and then be in the running to be our Guest Designer for August!

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: animals (Image Tree), sentiment (Hero Arts)Cardstock: Cameo Coral, Tempting Turquoise (Stampin' Up!), Green Tea (Bazzill), white (Neenah), designer paper (Bo Bunny)Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Onyx Black (Tsukineko), markers (Copic)Accessories: Nestabilities (Spellbinders), punches (Stampin' Up! and Marvy), ribbon (Stampin' Up!), Swiss Dots Cuttlebug embossing folder (ProvoCraft), gemstone (Hero Arts).

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Blog Candy Winner, and Combined Challenge Card

Happy Tuesday everyone! I'm sure you're all anxious so I'll get right to the winner of the Blog Candy! It's not very often that this happens... in fact, on a lot of blog candy postings that I see there are people that hate being one of the first to post because it seems random numbers are never small numbers. But today, someone got lucky because here's the random number...

Random Integer Generator

Here are your random numbers:
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and the winner is Jane Wetzel! Woo hoo! Congrats, Jane! A $15 gift certificate at Joan's Garden will be waiting for you to use!

I had the day off work on Monday and did some blog surfing in the morning, and discovered a couple of challenges that are new to me, so this card combines two of those challenges. Mary Jo Price-Williams has a sketch challenge every Monday, and since I love round cards I decided to give it a try. And Rachel Hope from Hope Stamps Eternal has a Cupcake Inspiration challenge that looked interesting, so I used the cupcake as inspiration for this card. Check out the cupcake on her blog... it looks absolutely yumma-licious, but too pretty to eat!

And yesterday was the 15th so that means another Copic Creations challenge! This time around the challenge is coloring wood, so this new stamp I got recently from DRS Designs fit the bill perfectly! I colored my wooden bucket with the W1, W3, W5, and W7 Copic markers. This card also fits the Our Creative Corner challenge this week to use your border punches!

Check out all the details for the Copic Creations challenge by visiting our blog. If you participate, you are entered for the chance to win a fabulous stamp set from Unity Stamps. Angela has generously donated 4 stamp sets, so there will be 4 lucky winners! You'll find further inspiration from the other Copic Creations team members at the blog, too!

Thanks for stopping by today! I hope your week is off to a great start!

Round Card
Stamps: cake (Paper Salon)
Cardstock: red shimmer, black (The Paper Temptress), white (Neenah)Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko)Accessories: Divine Swirls Cuttlebug embossing folder (ProvoCraft), Nestabilities (Spellbinders), brads (Making Memories), ribbon, glitter (craft supply), Angel Wings Shimmerz.

Copic Creations card
Stamps: sunflower bucket (L400), sentiment (B244) (DRS Designs)Cardstock: Riding Hood Red (Stampin' Up!), Leapfrog (Bazzill), white (Neenah), designer paper (Bo Bunny)Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko), markers (Copic)
Accessories: Threading Water border punch (Fiskars), Nestabilities (Spellbinders), twill ribbon (Creative Impressions).

Monday, June 15, 2009

Kitchen Sink Monday - A Thankful Farewell

I begin this post today with some sadness as I announce that this is my last Kitchen Sink Monday post. I've been privileged to be a charter member of the Kitchen Sink Design Team and have been proudly working with Maria and the other Crew Members for over 18 months. But lately, I've been feeling like it's time for a change, and so with great regret I made the difficult decision to leave the Kitchen. I have dearly loved my time with the Crew and deeply appreciate how generous Maria is to her designers, but it's time to move on.

So today my last card for Kitchen Sink Monday spells it all out.... THANKFUL. I'm so thankful for the time I've had! (Makes me want to start singing that old Carol Burnett song.... "I'm so glad we had this time together.....") And I decided to use what has become my favorite of the Kitchen Sink Stamps, the 3-Step Butterfly for my card. (The Multi-Step Tulip Garden is a close second in my favorites, but the butterfly has been with me longer!) My card also uses the Sketch for You to Try from Jen del Muro.

Be sure to check out some fabulous designs from the other Crew members today! They're sure to keep you inspired with fabulous multi-step designs for many months and years to come!

THANK YOU Maria, for the AWESOME opportunity to be one of your first designers! And thank you to all the Kitchen Sink Crew members past and present for your shared love of stamping and papercrafting and for becoming wonderful friends! It's been a great ride!

Stamps: 3-Step Butterfly, Vintage Words (Kitchen Sink Stamps)
Cardstock: Mellow Moss, Bordering Blue, Elegant Eggplant (Stampin' Up!), designer paper (Basic Grey)
Inks: Bordering Blue (Stampin' Up!), Versamagic Eggplant (Tsukineko)Accessories: Nestabilities (Spellbinders), ribbon (Stampin' Up!), clear embossing powder (Ranger), pearls (craft supply).

Friday, June 12, 2009

Stamp Simply #91 - Half Circles

For today's Stamp Simply Challenge, Sharon is challenging you to create your own layout and just make sure that you incorporate a half circle in your design! Whether you use a punch, Nestabilities, circle cutter... whatever, just include a half circle in your design! (Sharon says her favorite method of doing a half circle is to invert her Corelle dessert bowl, trace it and cut it out!) Leave a comment on Sharon's blog with a link to your creation, and if you upload to an online gallery, be sure to use ssnotime91 as your tag! Stop by Sharon's blog for complete details, as well as her stunning sample!

You'll also find great inspirational samples from all the Stamp Simply team members linked below!

Sabrina Jackson, June Guest Designer

For my card, I pulled out one of my very neglected stamp sets from My Favorite Things and created this cute 4.25" beach-themed card for today's challenge! This card will also go in the Supernova gallery at Paper Craft Planet as our theme this month is "Life's a Beach!" If you're looking for some great summer/beach inspired creations, then be sure to check out the Design Team Gallery! And did you notice Who's That Girl? Even her towel has half circles! :)

Thanks again for stopping by, and know how much I appreciate all of you who have "found" me back over here on Blogger! I'm thinking some blog candy this weekend might be in order to celebrate my move, so stay tuned!

Happy Friday!

Stamps: Hit the Beach (My Favorite Things)
Cardstock: Navajo (Bazzill), Tangerine Tango (Stampin' Up!), white (Neenah Classic Crest Solar White), designer paper (My Mind's Eye)
Inks: Versafine Onyx Black, Memento Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko), markers (Copic)Accessories: ribbon (Stampin' Up!), Nestabilities (Spellbinders).

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Copic Creations Challenge #5

The Copic Creations challenge team had a new challenge issued last Monday, and with all the plates I've had juggling in the air lately, I just never got around to posting my sample card for the challenge. The challenge was to color something clear or transparent with your Copics. You can find all the details at the Copic Creations Challenge blog, along with an introduction of our two new team members, Rachel Jakes and Cheryl Rowley! They're both amazing designers, so be sure to check out their work along with the rest of the team members. I'll give you links to their blogs below.

That nice lady that owns Gina K Designs... what's her name? Oh yeah, Gina K! LOL She generously donated a stamp set and some of her fabulous Pure Luxury cardstock to the team members to use for this challenge, and so you'll see my card here using the Friendship Blooms stamp set. While I like how this card turned out, I'm not happy with my interpretation of the transparency of the glass pitcher. I finally figured out several days after I had this card done that I needed to add a muted green to the pitcher to give the illusion of the background color showing through the glass! DUH! Rather than risk ruining the card by trying to "fix" it though, please just use your imagination and pretend it's fabulous, OK?

We'd love it if you decide to give this challenge a try! Just pull out your Copics and find a stamp depicting something clear or transparent. Leave a direct link to your creation on the Mr. Linky at the Copic Creations blog so we can see your work, too!

Check out these designs from the other team members for inspiration!

Thanks for stopping by today! I appreciate seeing how many of you have renewed your subscription to follow me over here on Blogger! Stay tuned tomorrow for a new Stamp Simply challenge that you're going to love! Happy stamping, and have a great day!

And hey, if you're reading this in Google reader, be sure to click through to my blog and check out the awesome new design done by Hilary Craner at Simply Yours!

Stamps: Friendship Blooms (Gina K Designs)
Cardstock: So Saffron, Bordering Blue, Sage Shadow, Pretty in Pink (Stampin' Up!), white (Gina K Pure Luxury), designer paper (Daisy D's)
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Onyx Black (Tsukineko), markers (Copic)
Accessories: Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder (ProvoCraft), brads (Making Memories), ribbon (craft supply).

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Color Throwdown #46

It's time for another Color Throwdown, and this week Barbara is our hostess with these pretty Spring colors! I had no trouble with this since I already have some SU! paper (given to me by my favorite demonstrator, Anita!) in these colors! I hope you'll make time to play along and show us your colors! Remember, if you don't have these exact SU! colors it's OK... just use whatever you have that's similar! Leave a direct link to your creation on the Throwdown blog, and if you upload to an online gallery be sure to use CTD46 as your tag!

I just LOVE these Magnolia images so much, so I decided to use Tilda and her puppy for my card today. I have GOT to see about getting these stamps at the store! See that sweet crocheted flower on my card? I am SO excited because I have these now in 8 different colors to sell at the store! I showed a picture of some other hand-made ones to my boss one day, she showed them to her Mom, and her Mom set to work making a bunch of them! So I'm super-excited to have these available for sale!

Be sure to check out these fabulous designs from the other Throwdown designers!

Broni Holcombe (Broni's actually on vacation, but a visit to her blog is always worth your time!)

I hope everyone has followed me back to this old blog from Typepad! I would miss you if you weren't here with me! LOL Do me a favor? If you have my blog listed in your sidebar, be sure to change the address. And also, for Heaven's sake... if you have me listed in yours but I don't have you in mine, LET ME KNOW so I can remedy that!

Happy Wednesday!

Stamps: Tilda with Puppy (Magnolia), sentiment B244 (DRS Designs)
Cardstock: Brocade Blue, designer paper (Stampin' Up!), white (Neenah Classic Crest Solar White)Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Onyx Black (Tsukineko), markers (Copic)
Accessories: ribbon, button, linen thread (Stampin' Up!), Nestabilities (Spellbinders), crocheted flower (hand-made by Bonnie's Mom!)

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

I'm coming back....

... to this old blog, so stay tuned for the Color Throwdown post tomorrow!