Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Creating with my new stamp

I decided to go to town today and
visit Michael's and Hobby Lobby. :)
I love Fun-shopping!!!

I saw a stamp that I just thought was too
adorable not to buy.

So I welcomed her home
by creating …

I colored my image with SU watercolor wonder crayons,
then used a blender pen for watercoloring.
I also got a new Martha Stewart wide border punch
today that I used on this.

cardstock: SU cool caribbean
paper: the paper studio striped DP
recollections white
unknown green and pink DP
stamps: Stampendous boots kiddo
SU Best Yet
ink: memento tuxedo black
color box white 
accessories: MS wide border punch
CM circle maker
white (sentiment) and clear (girl image)
embossing powders
SU watercolor wonder crayons, blender pen

Then I thought she needed to try on
a Christmas outfit.

cardstock: recollections white
paper: hot off the press Christmas DP
unknown green DP
stamps:Stampendous boots kiddo
SU Best Yet
ink: memento tuxedo black, SU wild wasabi
accessories: nest abilities Labels 23 die
CM oval cutters
SU watercolor wonder crayons, blender pen

Monday, January 20, 2014

Working on a Swap

Now that I've been feeling creative again,
I decided to join a swap on SCS.
Actually, it's two separate swaps:
a card for a man, and one for a boy.

Here is what I came up with. 
I think I'm happy with them.

paper: Recollections DP
cardstock: Recollections white
stamps: wolf image is an individual stamp I picked up at a sale,
but has no information on it, the sentiment is from SU Birthday Greetings
ink: SU close to cocoa - I stamped the sentiment in versamark, then
in close to cocoa, then embossed it with clear EP
accessories: Spellbinders Nestabilities - Labels twenty-three,
brads, stampin' sponges

cardstock: SU pacific point, SU early expresso, Recollections white
paper: ki memories DP
stamps: SU Wild About You, SU On Your Birthday
ink: SU old olive, SU early expresso
accessories: EK Success balloon punch, SU word window punch,
SU distressing tool, SU chocolate chip polytwill ribbon,
 metallic sunburst gel pen, 3D foam dots

The crocodile is hand cut out and adhered with 3D foam dots

Friday, January 17, 2014

My January Christmas Challenge: part 1

My monthly Christmas challenge is to
create 10 cards and 10 gifts tags each month.

I did the first 5 of each for January.

cardstock: SU wild wasabi, whisper white
paper: SU Winter Bright simply scrapping' kit
 stamps:  SU Many Merry Messages,
cat image is Stampendous! Christmas Kitten
ink: memento tuxedo black
accessories: metal clip, 
SU wild wasabi and real red striped ribbons,
SU stampin' sponges
watercolor pencils, SU blender pen

gift tags

Halfway done with my personal Christmas
challenge for the month of January -
halfway through the month…

so far … so good :)

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Party Animals For Jasmine

Teapot Tuesday Challenge

Since it has been so long since I really
enjoyed playing in my stamp room,
I've enjoyed using things that have just been
sitting unused. The benefit of not
being creative is that when you come back
to create, EVERYTHING is new again! :)

was a fun one for Jasmine.

Fun animals need fun colors and patterns, right?!

I used American Crafts DP for most of this card.
I really enjoyed the fun colors and patterns
working together. I covered the pink
DP in versa mark, and embossed it with
iridescent ice EP. The sentiment is hand-
written in SU's melon mambo onto
SU whisper white, and also embossed it with iridescent
ice EP. Both layers were cut out
using Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels Twenty-Three
die set. I used a variety of stickler to
dress our fun-loving animals up for their party.
The elephant is wearing a skirt made from SU's
scallop circle and circle punches, as well as her new
pearl earring.
The animals as well as the sentiment
are popped up with 3D foam dots.

I hope our party animals can bring
a smile to Jasmine's face. 

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Snow Challenges

Two of this week's SCS challenges
were all about snow.

snowflakes on your card.

This card is also for the One-Layer Simplicity
 Challenge for January

I really love how the simplicity of this
card turned out!
I used SU whisper white card stock.
The snowflake is embossed using the
Cuttlebug Ice Crystal folder.
I went over the impression with the versa marker,
them embossed it with SU iridescent ice EP.
The sentiment is from SU's Warmest Regards,
stamped in encore silver.
I finished it off with an SU ribbon I love.

was also a snow theme.

For this card, I stamped the sentiment/image
from the SU Big On Christmas set in
versamark and SU night of navy, embossing it
with clear EP onto SU whisper white CS.
I stamped the snowflakes from SU's
Christmas Punch set in SU bordering blue
onto SU bashful blue CS.
I also used an SU night of navy panel,
accented with snowflake eyelets.
My card base is SU bordering blue.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Bossom Buddies Challenge

I jumped in on the Teapot Tuesday Challenge
for this week on SCS.
This is such an inspiring story.

Basically, we were to make a card for
"bossom buddies."

Here is what I came up with.

The main image was made using
SU's 1 3/8" circle punch, SU's scallop
circle punch, and SU's word window punch.
The letters were stamped with SU's alphabets set and
punched out with SU's1/4" circle punch.

I printed the sentiment on
the computer for the inside of the card.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Our January Challenge

Our January challenge packet came 
from Paige. We were to put a smile on a 
girlfriend's face with a card for a birthday, thinking
of you, or just because.

the paper and and card stock are Gina K and SU
the stamps are Art Impressions and Inky Antics
the ink is memento tuxedo black

 Thank you Paige for a fun challenge!

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Playing in the Challenges

I decided to dive back into the SCS challenges today while my kids were back at school. Wow have I missed this! :)

The first challenge I did was today's card sketch challenge.

card stock: su pink pirouette, su almost amethyst,
su whisper white, non-du dp
stamps: SU heartfelt thanks, SU fancy flexible phrases
ink: SU pretty in pink, SU melon mambo, SU certainly
celery, SU pear pizzaz, SU almost amethyst
accessories: SU hardware, SU markers

 cardstock: SU whisper white, SU almost amethyst
stamps: unknown
ink: black, SU lavender lace, blender pens, 
watercolor pencils
accessories: SU ribbon


Yesterday's color challenge: Rich Indigo Night
rich razzleberry, night of navy, and island indigo
I do not have island indigo, so I substituted 
bermuda bay for it.

cardstock: SU whisper white, SU night of navy
stamps: SU close as a memory, SU warmest regards
ink: SU night of navy, SU rich razzleberry, SU bermuda bay
technique: emboss resist

2014 IS HERE

2014 is here, and I am determined to find my creative side that I seemed to have misplaced.  I want to be scrapbooking again, and making cards again! I really miss my creative outlet. So I told myself that I will make time for it and enjoy it again!

Unfortunately, my spark started with a sad ending to 2013. My best friend from high school (we were also each other's maid of honor) lost her 9 year old daughter the morning after Christmas. I wanted a special card for my friend, her mom, and also her 13 year old daughter.

cardstock:  SU bermuda bay, SU whisper white
ink:  SU bermuda bay (lighter shade was stamped off first)
SU bermuda bay & bashful blue refill inks
stamps: SU A Rose is a Rose, SU Curvy Verses
accessories:  SU dotted bermuda bay ribbon, LCS pearls, sponge
techniques: shaving cream, sponging

cardstock: SU riding hood red, SU pink pirouette, SU whisper white
ink: SU riding hood red
stamps: SU A Rose is a Rose
accessories: SU flowers, ribbon, button, sponge, Cuttlebug swiss dot embossing folder

cardstock: SU blush blossom, SU perfect plum, SU whisper white, LCS mulberry paper
ink: SU perfect plum, SU basic black
stamps: SU Close as a Memory, angel - unknown
accessories: SU pink organdy ribbon (heated with a heat gun), SU chalk & blender pens