Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Sweet Dreams

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday like myself and my family did. It is always so busy right up to the holidays. I made this card for Moe's Digital pencil challenge 11 an all white card except for the main image. I made it before Christmas but didn't have enough time to download it from my camera and post it until now. I really love these digis because of all the detail they have. It wasn't as easy as I thought to make an all white card. As soon as I decided on a sketch I realized it needed lots of different textures to make it "POP".

This card also fit a few other challenges
If The Shoe Fits challenge #15 -color with your favorite medium, I love Copics so that was perfect for me!
Stamp Something Challenge holiday somethings- anything that reminds you of the holidays. I love the story, The Night Before Christmas and this image reminds me of that story.
Quixotic Challenge #7- the challenge this week was to use lace which I have lots of in my ribbon stash.
Crazy 4 Challenges #17-This was the sketch that I decided to use because of it's simplicity where my card was all white.
Dare U 2 Digi Stamp Challenge 28-Last minute Christmas card, boy was this last minute! This was a great idea for a challenge!
Lots To Do Challenge week 51-This challenge was a free theme, make whatever you like. This is my first time doing this challenge and they have lots of very creative people participating in it.
Creative Card Crew Challenge 41-Anything goes, I love to create so this is a fun challenge to be part of. This is also a new challenge for me.
Crafty Cardmakers challenge #11-This challenge is all about favorite things, you are to use some of your favorite things of 2009 and tell why they are your favorite things. My favorites from 2009 were my Copics and love all the colors and can't help myself when I buy more of them often. I also love my Embossing folders and punches. Martha Stewart have become my choice of punches this year.
My Time To Craft Challenge 72- Anything Goes, nice and easy challengeafter a hectic but wonderful holiday. A great way to get back into the swing of creating!

These are all wonderful challenges, it's lots of fun looking at all the cards that others have created. Take a minute to check them out.

Stamps: Moe's Digital Stamps
Paper: CTMH Textured CS, Papertrey White
Inks: Copics
Accessories: Nesties, Cuttlebug Embossing Folders, MS Branch Punch, Foam Flowers Unknown, Recollections Sticker Pearls, SU Glitter, Michaels Ribbon, JoAnn's Lace

I am so glad to be being back to creating cards again. I hope you have enjoyed seeing this card and I hope to post again later today.

Have a wonderful day,

Monday, December 14, 2009

Best Friends Share Everything

The holidays are always such a busy time. I hate when there is so much to do that I can't seem to find time to sit down and create even a card. My weekend was so busy(lots of fun though) that I made some time to do this card just to put some calm and quiet back into my life.
This digi is a freebie that I got from Mo's Digital Pencil. I love all her images and when I saw the MDP challenge this week, #10, was a non-holiday thank you card I knew this would be perfect!

I also made this card to fit for these challenges
Daring Cardmakers- Going Dotty, polka dots on the card and nothing wintery!
Truly Scrumptious Challenge 22- This week it is a wonderful sketch that worked perfectly with this image.
It was nice to make a card that didn't have to do with snow or the holidays right now. I do have a few more cards that I need to post before the holidays are here but I hope you enjoyed seeing one that was made just because it was fun card!

Stamps: Mo's Digital Pencil, Rubber Stamp Tapestry, Wordsworth Stamps
Paper: SU Night of Navy and Old Olive CS, Papertrey White, DP Bo Bunny and CTMH
Inks: Copics, SU Night of Navy, Old Olive
Accessories: Nesties, MS Leaf Punch, Misc. brads and Craft Button, and Michaels Ribbon

Thanks for taking the time to stop by to see my creation during these busy times. I really do appreciate all the wonderful comments that you leave for me.

Have a wonderful day,

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Ready For Snow!

It is just starting to snow lightly here. They are saying this area of Massachusetts is going to get 5-6" overnight. We always seem to get the most out of the whole state I guess because we are in the northern part of the state about 10 minutes from the NH border. I hate the stuff unless it is on a card!

I did this card for the Sugar Bowl challenge, challenge 25, Lilian's sketch. You were to use the sketch and also your favorite color. My favorite color is blue and it goes perfectly with these shades of pink and cranberry so this card was a lot of fun to do. I also love this Sugar Nellie winter stamp because she is so fun to color! I put lots of sparkle on it but of course it didn't show up well in the picture. There is no sentiment yet because I'm not sure if it will be a Christmas card yet.

Stamps: Sugar Nellie
Paper: SU Bravo Burgundy CS, Old Olive CS, Bashful Blue CS Papertrey White CS, and DP Basic Grey
Inks: Copics
Accessories: Coluzzle Cutter, Cuttlebug Embossing Folder, SU Glitter, Recollections Sticker Pearls, Joanns Ribbon and Pearl String Beads, SU Slot Punch, and Bow Easy

Thanks for stopping by to see what I created for the Sugar Bowl challenge. I really appreciate all the wonderful comments that you leave for me.

Enjoy the weekend,

Thursday, December 3, 2009

An Old Fashioned Christmas

The weather today in Northern Massachusetts was fantastic! The temp outside at school registered at 72 degrees at lunchtime. It is usually around the 30's about this time of year. They are saying snow for Saturday, crazy weather for sure!
I bought this Just Rite Christmas set in the early Fall and stuck it away for use later on. I almost forgot about it until I was digging in my Just Rite storage boxes and found it! I loved the snowmen in this set, but after playing with this sleigh I am really loving it too for a Christmas card. I have a quite a few of these stamps and find them fun to interchange. I colored most of the trim on the sleigh and the holly with my Spica Glitter pens, boy do they sparkle and work were regular glitter would be too much. I tried to capture it in the second picture.

A lot of the challenges this week fit my card so here are the ones I participated in

Pile It On Challenge #26- To use flowers and flourishes, two things I love to use on cards and of course one other current challenge.
Papertake Weekly Challenge Sketch #29- I love this sketch because it lets you do so much with it.
Stamp with Fun Challenge 35- Christmas, this is a new challenge that I found that looks like lots of fun!
Crazy For Challenges week 13-Punch Happy, I used a branch and flourish punch on my card.
Cupcake Craft Challenge 68-Red and green, perfect Christmas card colors.
Cuttlebug Challenge #59&#60-Add glitter and bling, that's lots of fun along with some cuttlebug
on the card.
I hope you check out all these great challenges. I am finding them a lot of fun to do.

Stamps: Just Rite Stamps
Paper: CTMH Textured CS, SU Handsome Hunter CS, Papertrey White, and DP Bo Bunny, Daisy D's
Inks: Copics, Memento Black, and Atyou Spica Glitter Pens
Accessories: Nesties, Cuttlebug Embossing Folder, MS Branch Punch, Paper Shaper Flourish Punch, Poinsettia Flowers Unknown, Recollection Sticker Pearls, Michaels Sparkle Ribbon

I hope you have liked what I created. I really appreciate you stopping by today. If you have a minute I would really like to know what you think about my card. Please stop by again.

Enjoy the day,

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Snowman Holiday

I know I should be out shopping all weekend trying to brave the crowds and finish up my Christmas present list. But I am past the crowds unless it is a holiday craft fair (which I got up early for yesterday) and it is really cold and windy outside. I am home alone so I decided it was a perfect time to make a card instead. This card will end up being some one's Christmas card because I really love the colors of it. I finally ordered some of Moe's Digital Stamps last night. I told myself that I wasn't spending any more money on myself until after the holidays but I really wanted to color something new and my order from Kraftin' Kimmie hasn't come yet so with a couple clicks of the mouse I had new images to play with, don't you just love digis! I made this card with a couple of challenges in mind and here they are
Paperplay Challenge Week 43 -This Wonderful Sketch this week from Sandi, so easy to work with!
A Spoon Full of Sugar Challenge 79- A Colour Combo, Brown with blue or pink, some of my most favorite colors
Quixotic Challenge #4-Tearing, something fun that I forget do use on my cards that gives a nice distressed look
Allsorts Challenge Week 29- Use buttons on your card. I couldn't wait to use these new icy buttons that I got at my LSS
Crazy For Challenges Week 13-Crazy for punches, I used three different snowflake punches altogether to make the snowflake embellishment
Kraftin' Kimmie Challenge 8-This week the challenge is to add texture, I ran one of the panels through my snowflake Cuttlebug folder and then sanded it.
Dare U 2 Digi Challenge 26-Use glitter, I used Twinklets on the snowflake(I love this stuff) and I glittered the Flower Soft for sparkling snow

These are all fantastic challenges and I am finding it fun to see how many challenges my card can
work for. If you have a few minutes check out a few of them on my list.

Stamps: Moe's Digital Pencil Stamps, Stampin' Up
Paper:SU CS Choc. Chip, Papertrey White, DP Basic Grey and Bo Bunny
Inks:Copics, SU Choc. Chip
Accessories:Cuttlebug Embossing Folder, Coluzzle Oval Cutter, SU Slot Punch, MS Snowflake Punch, 2 EK Success Snowflake Punches, Kaiser Pearls, Flower Soft, SU Glitter, SU Silver Cording, Twinklets, and American Crafts Glitter Buttons

Thanks for stopping by today to see what I have created. If you have a moment I would love to know what you think of my card. I really appreciate all the wonderful comments that you leave for me.
Enjoy the rest of the weekend,

Saturday, November 21, 2009

A Special Thank You

I was asked to make a special you are much appreciated thank you card for our PTO at school from the staff. I wanted to do something different from what everyone usually sees me make. I decided to use some of my most favorite stamps, my Rubber Stamp Tapestry peg stamps. This picture doesn't show the brightness of the fall colors or all the sparkle on the wreath. After I stamped the wreath I dotted all around it with Platinum Stickles. Platinum is perfect for Fall because it doesn't give that yellowish sparkle like gold so it doesn't over power the colors on the image. I didn't have a ribbon that matched so I ran white ribbon over my Old Olive ink pad to dye it to match the Old Olive CS and ink. I decided to add the leaf pins for just that little extra embellishment. I am hoping it meets with every one's approval at school.

Luckily this card also meets some of the requirements for some challenges, so here they are
Creative inspirations Challenge 36- Sparkle on your card
Stamp Something Challenge- A Thank You Card
Your Next Stamp Challenge #4-Be thankful
These are all wonderful challenges and I am so glad they let everyone play along with them. Please take a minute to check them out and maybe play along too.

Stamps: Rubber Stamp Tapestry, Stampin' Up
Paper: SU Old Olive, CTMH Textured Rust, Papertrey White, and DP Unknown
Inks: Asst. SU Colors
Accessories: Cuttlebug Embossing Folder, Stickles, Su Corner Punch, Recollections Fall Pearls, Michaels Ribbon, JoAnns Leaf Pins

Thanks for stopping by today today to see what I have created. I would like everyone to know how much I appreciate all the wonderful comments you leave for me to read.

Please stop by again soon,

Friday, November 20, 2009

Writing to Santa, Sugar Bowl Challenge 24

I am so glad that today was Friday. I went back to school yesterday and I have been really tired trying to get back in the swing of things. The one good thing was that I got some time during lunch to finish up my Sugar Bowl Challenge card. I started it yesterday but didn't think I would get to finish it until tomorrow. This is one of the new Christmas stamps that I just adore. I don't tend to buy the boy images as much as the girls but I loved this image and had to have it.

This week the Sugar Bowl Challenge is sketch 24 by Marlene. You also have to have some sort of zigzag on the card. I thought that would be a problem but it turns out that I had some SU rick rack ribbon. It was light green so I pulled out my Copics and colored it red and to brighten it up put red Stickles on it. I made something that reminded me of the corsages you see around the holidays in mini form. I tried to color the hat and scarf to match the plaid paper back round. Just a little glitter to add a little sparkle without him having bling.

Stamps: Sugar Nellie
Paper: SU Real Red. Night of Navy, Papertrey White, CTMH Textured White, and DP Bo Bunny and Basic Grey
Inks: Copics
Accessories: Cuttlebug Embossing Folders, Paper Shaper Swirl Punch, MS Branch Punch, SU Glitter, Stickles, SU Rick Rack Ribbon, CTMH Ribbon, Kaiser Pearls, Queen & Co Pearls, Pearl Pins Unknown

I hope you liked my interpretation of the Sugar Bowl Sketch this week. Thank you stopping by. I would love to know what you think of my card.

Have a wonderful weekend,

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Just Chillin' Out

This card was made with a lot of my favorite things. All these colors purple, white and silver are some of my favorite colors to use right after BLUE. Snowmen and snowflakes that are something that I can never have enough of except for the real stuff! This Dustin Pike snowman is definitely one of the cutest I have. I popped up a few of the marshmallows and colored the edges to give the impression that they fell out of the mug when the snowman climbed in. I also put Crystal Effects on the cocoa to make it look like liquid. I also attempted to paint snowflakes on the scarf so it wouldn't be so plain looking. Rubber Stamp Tapestry is a stamp company that I love especially this snowflake set, I use it a lot! This card has a lot of sparkle that doesn't show up so I took a second pic to try to show all the sparkle it has IRL. Because of all these things this card met the criteria for a lot of challenges, so here is the list of them.

Digital Tuesday Challenge #33- A colour challenge to use white, purple and gold or silver
Cute Card Thursday Challenge 86- Glitter Me Silly! Make the card sparkle
Frosted Designs Bling It On Challenge- Rhinestones, Glitter, Shimmer, Sparkles
Crafty Calendar Challenge #2 Weather-Any weather shown however you like to express it.
Cupcake Craft Challenges #66-Use A digital Image
Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge #58- Four Seasons, pick one or do all four

I have never done this many challenges at one time. Being home sick and having a computer close by makes wandering something to do between naps and meds.

Stamps: Dustin Pike Digi Stamps, Rubber Stamp Tapestry, and CTMH(saying)
Papers: CTMH Textured White, SU Lovely Lilac, Papertrey White, and Glittered Silver (unknown)
Inks: Copics, Ass't SU colors (snowflakes)
Accessories: Nesties, Cuttlebug Embossing Folder, Paper Shaper Punch, EK Success Mini Snowflake Punch, SU Glitter, Rhinestones, Flower Soft, Michaels Ribbon, Bow Easy, SU Crystal Effects, and Stickles

I hope you liked my card I created. I would love to know what you think of it. I really appreciate all the wonderful comments that you leave for me.

Have a wonderful Day,

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Lotsa Love

I made this card for four challenges that I thought would be perfect for this cute image. I love these Kraftin' Kimmie's Stamps girls. So I have been trying to do Kraftin' Kimmie's Challenges each week to see what everyone else is doing with them also. The Kraftin' Kimmie Stamp Challenge this week is Challenge #6, Lotsa Circles. I thought with all the circles on the bottom of her dress and the round button eyes on her dolls that it would be my inspiration for the challenge.

The second challenge that I decided to use this card for was the Copic Colour Challenge #39 to use the colors G05 emerald Green, R29 Lipstick Red, and Y08 Acid Yellow. Luckily I had all 3 of these colors and decided to go playful with them. This is definitely not my typical type of card though I do like the way it came out. I didn't put a saying to it yet though because I am not sure what it will used for maybe a birthday card.

The third challenge that this card was made for was Allsorts Challenge Week 27, a card or something for a child. I think this image is perfect for any little girl who has a favorite doll that goes everywhere. My own daughter when she was young had one just like these and loved it to the point of ruin.

The fourth challenge is for Paperplay Challenges 09 Week 41 a recipe. The recipe is to use 2 designer papers, 3 buttons and 1 ribbon. I love all three items in the recipe so it was a great challenge for me. This is the first time I have tried one of their challenges.

Stamps: Kraftin Kimmie's Stamps
Paper: SU YoYo Yellow, Garden Green, Papertrey White, and DP Basic Grey
Inks: Copics
Accessories: Nesties, MS Punch, SU Photo Corner Punch, Cuttlebug Embossing Folders, CTMH Spiral Clip, Michaels Ribbon, and Walmart Craft Buttons

I hope you have liked this card I created. It was lots of fun to try something totally different than what I normally do. I would really appreciate knowing what you think.

Happy Creating,

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Picking Time! 3CTC39, Stamp Something Sketch Challenge

It finally stopped raining here in New England. I don't normally mind a rainy day but I have been home sick with something that knocked me right off my feet, yesterday was the first day I got up and got dressed and tried to face the world still not feeling 100% but wanting some fresh air without the downpours.

This stamp is one of Crissy Armstrong's on Squigglefly. Isn't this one of the cutest turkeys you've ever seen and I love that it's a digi. This card was made for a sketch this week from Stamp Something Challenge Blog. It is a really fun sketch that worked perfectly with this image I think. I also made it for Kerry's fun Thursday challenge, 3CTC39, use a bird or bug on your creation.I printed out the turkey twice and cut out the front part of the turkey and popped up the turkey from the shirt up to give him some depth. His feet and bottom I just glue dotted down so he looked like he was still attached to his feathered backside.

I am one who has a comfort zone and don't realize how much I'm in it until I get knocked out of it. I must always cover my whole card with DP. There are so many out there that are perfect that I always reach for them. Well I didn't have any that went with this plaid. It was a scrap I had that I loved. I don't even know who makes it. I decided to just stamp on the red CS with fall leaves in red. It shows up IRL but not in the pick. I am not really crazy about it since it is not the norm for me. It is times like this that I will pull the card apart many times(often ruining some part of it in the process) trying to change it. This time I finished it and am posting before I give myself the chance to go at it again. Thanks for letting me vent so I can move on!

Stamps: Squiggfly Digi Stamps, Amuse Stamps, SU Fall Leaves
Paper: SU CS Ballet Blue, Real Red, Papertrey White, DP Unknown
Inks: Copics, SU bashful Blue, Real Red
Accessories: Nesties, Cuttlebug Embossing Folder, CTMH Clip, EK Success Leaf Punch, Dew Drops, Michaels Ribbon

Thanks for stopping by today. If you get a minute I would love to know what you think of my card I created. I really appreciate all the wonderful comments that I get.

Have a Great Day and Happy Creating,

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Where is Prince Charming?

I love this stamp from Kraftin' Kimmie's stamps. She shows so much attitude. When I saw what the sketch was for Mary Jo's Monday Lunchtime Sketch, TSSC95, I knew this stamp would be perfect!

It also fit the challenge for Kraftin' Kimmie's Stamps Challenge #5, and Quixotic Challenge #2 to feature stitching on the card. This was not an easy thing for me. I tried to zigzag around the back round DP. After three tries I said I'm done so it's not perfect. I decided to straight stitch around the top which came out a bit better. I will never be a seamstress.

I also am trying a new challenge, A Spoon Full of Sugar Challenge #77, To create a scene. I added the misletoe from one of my High Hopes stamps and I stamped the frog multiple times to give the idea of them waiting in line for their kiss.

Stamps: Kraftin' Kimmie's Stamps, High Hopes. Rubber Stamp Tapestry
Paper: SU CS Bravo Burgundy, Always Artichoke. Papertrey White, and DP Basic Grey
Inks: Copics, Memento Black, and Asst. SU Colors
Accessories: Nesties, SU Punch, Stickles, EK Success Leaf Punch, LSS Ribbon, Flowers Unknown

I am very happy to have you stop by today to see what I created. Thank you for all your wonderful comments, they are what keep me creating.

Have a wonderful day,

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

A Happy Snowman, Colour Create Challenge 31

Anyone that knows me knows that there are three things that I absolutely love the color blue (I think the whole world should be in shades of blue) and snowmen of all shapes and kinds and glitter, I love to make things sparkle! These three things surround me all year long and make me very happy! When my sister Peggy, Colorful Designs, told me about a challenge that was made for me over on Colour Create Challenge Blog, Challenge 31 I laughed because she was right. The challenge this week is to create a card that's blue, silver and white and has a winter theme that includes glitter, how perfect. This is the card I created for it.

This snowman is new this year and I just love him. I colored around him with Copics and then glittered around him to make him stand out a bit from the back round that I colored with my Copics also. I tried to show a close-up of how the card sparkles all over. The back round isn't quite as solid as it looks in the picture I took my blender to it to give a winter sky look sort of. The snowflake paper on the back round glitter CS I made using my Rubber Stamp Tapestry peg stamps. I couldn't find DP that looked good so I thought why not just make my own! I stickled the flakes after I stamped it. I was lucky enough to find a piece of the silver mirror paper from a project years ago. The only bad thing was if you look a my photo you can see it does act like a mirror and my sweater reflected in the bottom at the icicles when I took the picture. I really had a lot of fun creating this card and I hope it inspires you to pull out a snowman, bring it to life and put a smile on some one's face!
Stamps: Great Impressions, Rubber Stamp Tapestry, Savvy Stamps
Paper: CTMH White Textured CS, Glitter Cs and Silver Mirror CS, Papertrey White, and DP Art Impressions
Ink: Copics, SU Ink Ass't blues, Memento Black
Accessories: Nesties, MS Icicle Punch, MS Snowflake Punch, EK Success Snowflake Punches, Hero Arts Jewels, Recollections Sticker Pearls, A-muse Sticker Pearls, Stickles, SU Glitter, Flower Soft, Michaels Ribbon and Snowflake charm(unknown)

Thank you for stopping by today to see what I created. If you would like to leave a comment I would really appreciate it. I can't thank everyone enough for all their kind words about my cards.
Happy Creating,

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Give Thanks, Sugar Bowl Challenge 23 Judy's Sketch

Yesterday Peggy and I along with another sister and my daughter went to Boston for a huge holiday craft fair. It was great and I didn't come home with anymore snowmen(though I really wanted to buy some cute ones I saw). I did get some great things though and everyone had a really great day. As soon as I got home I wanted to do some creating after seeing all the wonderful items people were selling that were beautiful. There sure are many talented people in this world.

I did this card for the Sugar Nellie Sugar Bowl Challenge 23, Judy's Sketch. The extra that is included with it is to make it a thankful card. This is the last Fall Sugar Nellie stamp that I have not used yet so I figured it was a perfect fit for the sketch and theme of the challenge. I used lots of DP on it because of the colors. I like the earthy colors all mixed with the different patterns like polka dots and stripes, KWIM? I thought the card needed a little something more so I went with the Fall theme and punch out leaves in the DP that I used and added them around the card. The polka dotted DP is new from a company called Poppy Stamps. The paper comes in a 6x6 pack and it is all polka dots in earthy colors, they are just beautiful. If you love dots you should keep youe eyes out for this wonderful paper!

Stamps: Sugar Nellie, SU (saying)
Paper: SU CS Choc. Chip, Always Artichoke, Papertrey White, DP Basic Grey, PoppyStamps Polka Dot DP
Inks: Copics, SU Bashful Blue, Memento Black and Cocoa
Accessories: Nesties, Cloudmaker, MS Branch Punch, EK Success Leaf Punch, Recollections Sticker Pearls, Michaels Ribbon

I hope this card inspired you to do a Sugar Nellie challenge or just creat a wonderful Fall card of your own. Thank for stopping by and for all the wonderful comments that you leave about my cards.

Enjoy this beautiful Fall day,

Friday, November 6, 2009

Dear Friend, TSSC94, Basic Grey Challenge Week 7, Kraftin' Kimmie Challenge #4 Tag Your It!,RecipeFor Love Somethings Challenge

School has been crazy this week. Everyone, both kids and staff are getting sick from the swine flu it seems and there are a shortage of subs for the staff so everyone is trying to cover for everyone. I am beat by the time I get home but I got my new stamps from Kraftin' Kimmie at the beginning of the week and I couldn't wait to color at least one of them.

I made this card for 4 challenges. The first was Challenge #4, Tag your it on the Kraftin' Kimmie blog. You had to make a card with a tag on it. My tag was made with the SU tag punches and then I stamped the saying and roses on it with my Rubber Stamp Tapestry peg and block stamps. I stickled the roses.
The second challenge was Mary Jo's Monday Lunchtime sketch challenge, TSSC94. I love her sketch challenges and try to do as many as possible. This week's was easy so it let me embellish quite a bit.

The third challenge was Basic Grey's Challenge for week 7, a photo inspiration. I used the colors brown and pink from the picture as my inspiration. I love all the Basic Grey 6x6 paper packs so it was easy to find the perfect papers for this challenge.

The fourth challenge is the Stamp Something Challenge for this week, Recipe For Love Somethings. The recipe for the challenge is 1 Ribbon 2 Papers, 3 Embellishments. I used white ribbon, 2 Basic Grey Papers, and Prima Roses, Punched Branches and White Pearls, all favorites of mine!

I colored the image with Copics and stickled the bouquet of roses in her hand. I also stickled the Prima roses that are beside the image and on the tag. It does not show up very well on the picture.

Stamps: Kraftin' Kimmie stamps, Rubber Stamp TapestryPaper: SU CS Choc. Chip, Regal Rose, Papertrey White CS, Basic Grey DPInk: Memento Black, SU Pretty in Pink, Regal Rose, Old Olive, Choc Chip, CopicsAccessories: MS Lace Punch and Branch Punch, SU Tag Punches, Stickles, SU ribbon, Recollection Sticker Pearls

I hope your liked what I created. Kimmie's new stamps are really cute and fun to color. You should check them out. I can't wait to place my next order this weekend for her newest stamps!

Thanks for stopping by and letting me know what you think. I really appreciate all the wonderful comments you leave for me.

Have a great weekend,

Saturday, October 31, 2009

A Haunting Home

Tonight is Halloween and so I wanted to post this last Halloween card I made. I am planning to have lots of trick or treaters tonight because of Halloween being on a Saturday night. I often wonder what makes kids decide if they want to come up to the door to get a treat. Both of my grown children still love Halloween and if this wasn't a weekend night my son would be outside our house looking to give the older kids that come to the door a scare. Our house is usually decorated for the occasion but we see some stop look at the house and decide not to come to the door? We are on a hill so it can be a bit of a challenge to get to the front door but we give a lot of treats to those that come. I am hoping for a lot of visitors tonight!

This card made me think of scary houses. This is a SU set from a year or two back. I always like the house and the sentiment. I masked off the image with a circle, sponged on green ink and then sprayed it with Krylon black webbing to give a cobweb look to it. I sponged yellow in side the circle area and then Shimmered it. The moon got gold glitter so that it would stand out from the shimmered back round. I still thought it needed a bit more so I punched out the bats, ran them through my Xyron machine and glittered them black before I popped them up.

Stamps: Stampin' Up
Paper: SU Lovely Lilac, Black, GP White, DP SU (I think)
Inks: SU Green Galore, YoYo Yellow, Going Grey, Lovely Lilac, Versafine Black
Accessories: EK Success Bat Punch, SU Oval Punch, Krylon Webbing Spray, Art Institute Glitter, Misc. Brads, Michaels Ribbon

I hope everyone has a safe and fun Halloween tonight!!!

Trick or Treat,

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Candy Please! 3CTC36, Stamp Something Blog Halloween Challenge, Makeup 4 the Weekend Challenge

Halloween is just around the corner and I haven't made very many Halloween cards. I am not sure why time just seems to get away from me. KWIM? This card was made for three challenges. The first one is Kerry's Thursday Challenge, 3CTC36, a great sketch challenge this week and a special thank you to Kerry! The second challenge I just found this weekend, Stamp Something Challenge Blog, This week the theme is Halloween. I guess it was fate that I found it, so I knew I would have to join in on the fun! The third challenge is a new one to me also, The Paper Makeup Blog Makeup 4 the Weekend Color Challenge. The colors to use for this challenge is black, orange, white and purple perfect Halloween colors. They also have some really cute stamps at their store.

I just love this little mouse. It is a digi stamp from the Greeting Farm and made by the same artist that designs the Motivet stamps. I love those stamps also. I colored the image with Copics and IRL the whole image is a lot brighter in color like the purple is darker and the pinks "POP" more. It is cloudy here today and I take my pictures in my usually sunny front bay window. I will try again when we see the sun or when it drives me crazy enough to pull out my OTT light.
She is still cute even though a bit paler in color and am will be collecting a lot of "treats".

Stamps: SU and The Greeting Farm
Paper: SU Pumpkin Pie, Basic Black, Papertrey White and DP Basic Grey
Inks: Copics, Memento Black, SU Lovely Lilac
Accessories: MS Punch, SU Scallop Punch, Paper Shaper Punch, Recollections Halloween Pearl Stickers, Art Institute Glitter, Misc. Brads

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you like what I created. If you have the time and like challenges these two are worth trying. I love seeing what other talented people have created!

Have a wonderful day,

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Think Snow? TSSC92

I am so not ready to have snow on the ground here but felt like making a winter card with snow on it! I made this card for Mary
Jo's Monday lunchtime Challenge, TSSC92 but once again am getting it posted right under the deadline.

I found this snow DP from last year and I love all the blues and purples in it. That is what started the idea of this card. I have had this little snowman for years, it was on of the first stamp sets that I ever bought. The think snow saying was bought just last week. I like that it was nice and small.

The snowflakes are punched on shimmery paper and stamped snowflakes from my Rubber Stamp Tapestry set around the bottom.

Stamps: Stampendous, Rubber Stamp Tapestry, Amuse
Paper: SU Bliss Blue, Papertrey White, Paper Co. Shimmer White, DP unknown
Inks: Copics, Memento Black, SU Bliss Blue, Lavender Lace, Ballet Blue
Accessories: Paper Shaper Punch, Nesties, Cuttlebug Embossing Folder, Stickles, Kaiser Pearls, Misc. Jewels, Michaels Ribbon

Thanks for stopping by today to see my Challenge card. I would love to know what you think of it. I really appreciate all the wonderful comments that I receive.

Hope your having a beautiful Fall day,

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Christmas Wishes, Sugar Bowl Challenge 22 Kathy's Sketch

It is time for another Sugar Nellie challenge at the Sugar Bowl, this week it is Challenge 22, Kathy's sketch and you need to use lace on the card. I just got my new Christmas Sugar Nellie's so I couldn't wait to use one of them. I think this angel stamp is my favorite, though all four are
really adorable.
When I started the card I knew I wanted her dress to have some sparkle to it. By the time I finished the card the whole think was sparkling! A while back I bought some Swarfsky crystals for another project and didn't use them all so it seems a perfect fit for this card. I used them on the stars, her wand and the little strips in the corner. I dabbed the back round with Icicle Stickles and painted the stars on her dress with Stickles also. The trim on the hat on the dog is painted with the Stickles. Once I started I kept finding new places to put sparkle.

I still needed to find the right embellishment for the bottom corner like in the sketch. I decided to stick with the star theme and punched out stars and ran them through my small Xyron machine then glittered them with Diamond Dust. They still didn't "POP" enough so that was when I used the crystals as a the finishing sparkle. I wish my pictures showed how much sparkle there is but it just doesn't come through. I tried a close up to try to show the sparkle but it still doesn't show it all like IRL. The card needed lace on it and I tad this pretty piece in my stash. It didn't stand out very well so I put a piece of cranberry ribbon underneath so show the dainty detail of the lace. I hope this card has inspired you to add some sparkle to your creations!

Stamps: Sugar Nellie, Impression Obsession(saying)
Paper: SU Regal Rose, Papertrey White, DP Basic Grey
Inks: Memento Black, Copics
Accessories: Nesties, MS Punch, Paper Shaper Punch, Marvy Star Punch, Swarfsky Crystals, Stickles, SU Glitter, Jo Anns Ribbon and Lace

Thanks so much for stopping by today to check out my creations. I really appreciate the wonderful comments that you leave.

Have a sparkling day,

Monday, October 19, 2009

I'm waiting for you! Copic Creations Challenge #14, Basic Grey Challenge Week 6

Today is beautiful here in New England! I was afraid that Fall was just going to skip us this year! It snowed yesterday, a lot. I always like the first snow fall but not until Fall has passed. This whole week is suppose to be gorgeous and I have Friday off. Friday night I get to go to our LSS customer appreciation party with my sister Peggy. This is going to be a great week I think.

This card was made for two challenges, the first one being Copic Creations Challenge #14, Black.
I am not much of one to practice using certain colors like black and greys. I only pull them out when I have to color something those colors. I love Tink from High Hopes but I done use the stamps I have of him often. I just got this Tink in late Dec. last year after the holidays. I figured he would be perfect for this challenge because he looks so sweet.

The second challenge is the Basic Grey Challenge week 6, a color challenge, red, green and blue.
I love the Basic Grey Holiday paper pak. They are not your traditional Holiday colors so it is really fun to use them. I really tried to match my blue back round with the blue holly in the DP so it would "pop" a bit more. Do you think it does? I had to create my saying on the computer because I couldn't find anything good to use in my stamp stash. I dressed it up with Rubber Stamp Tapestry stamps.

Stamps: High Hopes, Rubber Stamp Tapestry
Paper: SU Kiwi Kiss, Bravo Burgundy, Memento White, DP Basic Grey
Ink: Copics, Kiwi Kiss, Real Red
Accessories: Nesties, MS Punch, Stickles, Amuse Pearl Stickers, Recollections Sticker Pearls, LSS Ribbon

Thank you for stopping by to see what I created for these challenges. I would love to know what you think.

Have a wonderful day,

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Sweet Enjoyment, 3CTC35

It is becoming quite chilly are here these past couple of days. I have kept my activities inside because of it. I was cleaning out a stash of cards that I made quite a while ago. Many were favorites that I made out of season or just wasn't sure what to do with it, so I tucked them away until now. When I saw what Kerry's Thursday challenge, 3CTC35, was I knew this card would be perfect for it. Kerry's challenge this week is a card inspired by nature. I am sure mice love corn picking time. They all fill their tummies for the long winter right around the corner.

I fell in love with this stamp from Cornish Heritage Farms. I was just starting to color with my Copics and thought it was perfect for coloring with them and the mice were just soo cute! I actually love all the Friendly Critters stamps. I didn't put any saying on the front because I wasn't sure what fit but before it finds a new home I'll find something suitable. I have to laugh because I noticed that the sky was made with Prisma colored pencils and Gamsol, it was before I owned a Cloud Maker which I couldn't live without now.

Stamps: Cornish Heritage Farms
Papers: SU Really Rust, Always Artichoke, GP White, DP Flair Designs inc.
Inks: Copics, Prisma Colored Pencils and Gamsol
Accessories:SU Slot Punch, CTMH Leaves, LSS Ribbon

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog. Please let me know what you think of one of my early Copic colorings. I really appreciate all your wonderful comments.

Enjoy your day,

Monday, October 12, 2009

Fall Is In The Air, Copic Creations Challenge #13

It is beautiful here in New England, all the colors are out on the trees and the air is finally crisp. I am starting to see pumpkins on door steps, corn stalks tied with colorful ribbons and mums in full bloom. It really puts me in the Fall mood even when making cards.

This is a card I started over a week ago and never quite found time to finish it, kind of out of sight out of mind. I made it with the Copic Creations Challenge #13 in mind, coloring pumpkins. It seems like I am always experimenting on different ways to color pumpkins with Copics. With these pumpkins I wanted an aged look like they have been picked and were in a pile just waiting for someone to come along and take them home. I added a touch of green and brown to them after I colored them orange and yellow to try to get the aged feel.

I just love this Just Rite Autumn Stamp Set. Everyone of the stamps comes to life when you put color to them. They make such a wonderful card and every card looks so different. Lots of creativity for not a lot of money I think.

Stamps: Just Rite Stamps
Papers: SU Pumpkin Pie, Kiwi Kiss, Papertrey White, DP Bo Bunny
Inks: Copics, Memento Black, SU Bashful Blue
Accessories: Nesties, Cloud Maker, Stickles, Memory Box Pearl Stickers, Recollections Pearl Stickers, Michaels Ribbon

I hope this card gave you the feeling of Fall in the air. Thank you so much for stopping by and letting me know what you think of my card. It really means a lot when other creative people stop to see what I have spent my time creating.

Have a wonderful Fall day, Mary

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Sugar Bowl Challenge 21 Tiets' Sketch

I have loved this Sugar Nellie image since I got it this past summer but I have been waiting to use it until it got closer to winter. When I saw that Sugar Nellie's challenge 21 Tiet's Sketch was a Christmas or winter card I pulled it right out! Since blue and purple are my favorite colors to use I knew exactly how I wanted her to look. It did take many, many tries before I decided on the the back round DP and the accent papers all around her. The rectangle strips are actually one piece of DP that is two-sided and the circle is SU shimmer CS that I embossed.
The snowflake strip that is across the center of the card is made from the new Martha Stewart punch around set. I was lucky enough to get both punches as a set and with a 50% off coupon it was a real bargain! I did stamp little white snowflakes on the CS to dress it up a bit. I also glittered and put silver pearl stickers on each snowflake. I love sparkle so all the other snowflakes on the card are glittered and have a silver pearl also. Her muff I wanted to look furry so I added white flock.
This card seemed to take me a lot longer than most of the cards I make. I guess I had too many choices on what to use on it. I am happy with the end creation and I hope you are too.
Stamps: Sugar Nellie, SU (circle saying)
Paper: SU Bliss Blue, Lovely Lilac, Shimmer White, DP Melissa Frances,
Inks: Copics, Memento Black, SU Ballet Blue
Accessories: MS Punch Around Punch, EK Success snowflake Punches, Cuttlebug Embossing Folder, Maya Road Felt Snowflakes, SEI Jewel Brad, Recollections Silver Pearl Stickers, Hero Arts Blue Rhinestones, Art Institute Glitter, White Flock, Misc. Snowflake Charms and ribbon
Thank you for stopping by to see my Sugar Nellie winter creation. If you like it I would love to know. I really do appreciate all the wonderful comments that you leave for me.
Enjoy this beautiful Fall weekend,

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Let It Snow...., Basic Grey Challenge #5 Martine's Sketch

I don't like winter too much but I love snowmen of all kinds. This is a new snowman stamp that I just bought at my LSS because I just loved the expression on the face! I still have lots of Fall cards to finish but the sketch for the Basic Grey Challenge, Week 5 Martine's Sketch, was perfect for this stamp and I couldn't resist inking it up right away.

The paper is from last year's Basic Grey winter 6x6 pak. I love both these papers and was kind of hoarding them until now. You can't see it in the picture but the snowman is outlined in glitter over the Copics that I shaded him with. I also painted inside his body with white paint to give him a bit of texture. I included a picture of some new sparkle that I found and bought at a stamp convention. It is called Twinklets by Floracraft and it is like real ice crystals. It isn't like a chunky glitter because it is very thin, flat and clear. That is the best way I can think to describe it. It comes in a good size bottle and it goes on with glue or like on the large snowflake because the bottom flake is felt I used Crystal effects so it would stick good. This stuff is wonderful if you like sparkle on your creations!

Stamps: Great Impressions, Savvy Stamps
Paper: CTMH Textured White, DP Basic Grey
Ink: Memento Black and Copics
Accessories: EK Success Snowflake punches, Twinklets Diamond Dust, Art Institute Glitter, Hero Arts Rhinestones, Queen & Co Pearls, Maya Road Felt Snowflakes

I hope you enjoyed seeing my creation for this challenge. Thank you for all your wonderful comments, I really do appreciate them very much. Please visit again soon.

Enjoy your day,

Sunday, October 4, 2009

TSSC89, The Crystal Ball

It has been a crazy week at school. I started this card at the beginning of the week and just finished it Friday. Today was the first chance I had to upload it! I made this card for MaryJo's Monday Lunchtime Sketch challenge, TSSC89, so I am getting it posted just under the wire.

This image is a digi stamp that Ratmomma generously had for free over on SCS. I liked her because I don't have any stamps of just the witch's head. The sketch was a circle with a scalloped around it. I decided to make it a "crystal ball" to go with the Halloween theme of the card. To make it look realistic I put Crystal Effects all over the circle to give the impression of glass. I like using Crystal Effects but it is not easy to get it evenly all over the circle! The Crystal Effects also dulled the colors of the Copics a bit and the black actually ran on the dots just a little on a few of them, guess I'll have to be careful of that next time. The bottom of the crystal ball is from a snow globe digi stamp from Byrd's Blog. She has wonderful images and sayings that she gives away free from her blog, how wonderful is she!

After the card was done I decided to add the Halloween colored Primas and then have the spiders nesting in the center of them. The spiders are covered with black glitter to make them "pop". I used a really cool product on the scalloped circle. Krylon makes a webbing spray that is really easy to use and it makes a great stringy back round. The white looks like cobwebs.

Stamps: Digi stamps by Ratmomma(SCS), Byrd's Blog
Paper: SU Old Olive, Black, Papertrey White, DP Basic Grey
Inks: Copics
Accessories: Nesties, MS Punch, Paper Shaper Spider Punch, Crystal Effects, Krylon Webbing, Prima Flowers, Art Institute Glitter

I hope this card might make you think about doing sketches a bit different than what you normally do. Mary Jo have a great sketch every Monday you should stop by and try it. Thanks for stopping by.

Have a wonderful week,

Sunday, September 27, 2009

New Friends, Sugar Nellie Challenge #20 Gayle's Sketch

It has been rainy day here in New England today. I'm not complaining because all the plants could use a good soaking before the Fall temps come along for good. It was a great day to stay inside and make some cards. This card was made for the challenge over at Sugar Nellie's Sugar Bowl, Challenge 20 Gayle's sketch . I always love their challenges, so many beautiful cards to see and they always add a little twist. This week is a sketch and on the card you need to paper piece something on the card. I pieced her coat, mittens, scarf and hat. I also colored on the paper on the hat and scarf to tie it into the mittens.

I didn't have any idea what I was going to do on the card when I started. I am not one to pick out my DP before I start coloring so picking out the DP that I was going to use for the paper piecing was no different. Luckily the new pack of winter DP from Basic Grey had this really cute reindeer paper that matched the finished image perfectly. I did mess up though. When I do the sky I usually have green grass on the ground. I wasn't thinking and I masked off for snow and when the sky and the snowy ground were done it looks they are somewhere barren I should have added some trees into the back round, next time I'll know. I did add flock on the sleeves and the pompom on her hat. I also bought at the convention some snow glitter. It looked great on their samples and I couldn't walk away without it. It does give a different sparkle than glitter.
I didn't add a saying yet because I am not sure if I'll use this as one of my Christmas cards this year.

Supplies Stamps: Sugar Nellie
Paper: SU Kiwi Kiss, Rose Red, Papertrey White, DP Basic Grey, Bo Bunny
Coloring: Copics, SU Bashful Blue
Accessories: Cloud Maker, Cuttlebug Embossing Folder, Stampendous Flock and Twinklets Snow Glitter, Paper Shaper Snowflake Border Punch, Maya Road Pearl Pin, LSS Ribbon, Felt Snowflakes, EK Success Snowflake Punches, Kaiser Pearls

I hope you liked the way this card came out. Thank you so much for all your lovely comments about my creations, it is truly appreciated.

Have a wonderful day,

Friday, September 25, 2009

A Real Beauty, TSSC88

I am so glad that it is the weekend! I have been fighting off a major cold and by the middle of the week it was getting the better of me. With all the stuffy noses and coughing is starting early at school this year with the kids it was bound to get to me. I couldn't wait to make a card with my new digi stamps from Squigglefly designed by Crissy Armstrong. This is one of my favorites and I thought she would look cute in bright colors.

I did this card for Mary Jo's Monday Lunchtime sketch Challenge, TSSC88. I really liked the sketch but I had to put the circle underneath the image because when I printed out the image I didn't realize how big I printed it until it was all colored and I went to make the card with it. Luckily the sketch was easy enough to work with either way. I saw this saying in a magazine and thought it fit this image perfectly! The feathers on the hat were a last minute thought because I remembered I had some in my generel craft bin. Putting them on I had feather pieces floating all over the place, boy was I laughing. I hope this card puts a smile on your face like it did mine while I was making it. Sometimes it's fun making a card just to make someone smile.
Stamps: Squigglefly digi stamps
Paper: SU Pixie Pink, Paper Co. Shimmer White, Papertrey White, DP Melissa Frances and Bo Bunny
Coloring: Copics, Memento Black
Accessories: Nesties, MS Punch, SU Slot Punch, Prima Flowers, Hero Arts Jewels, Michaels Sticker Pearls and Ribbon, JoAnns String Pearls and Craft Feathers

I hope you liked this card as much as I enjoyed making it. Please stop by again soon to see what else I have created.

Enjoy the weekend,

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Fall Pleasures, Copic Creations Challenge #12

I love making Fall themed cards. I don't know if it's the beautiful colors or what the card represents, warm sweaters, colorful trees, crisp apples and pumpkins or Thanksgiving right around the corner. I made this card for the Copic Creations challenge #12, Copics and pencils.
I always knew you could color pencil over Copics to give depth or a touch of shading to an image, I just never thought to do it. Before I used Copics I seemed to color everything with Prisma Colored Pencils and Gamsol, then the Copic bug bit me and the pencils went into the draw and haven't seen the light of day until now. I colored over the Copics on the mouse's fur, the pumpkin and the leaves. I like the look of it, so thanks for this challenge. I think the pencils will stay out.

This cute image isn't my usual Fall image that I would buy but at my LSS it caught my eye on a sample card just as we walked in the store and sure enough it came home with me. I really didn't need another pumpkin but the candy corns were so different. The back round on the card was something new for me, it is digi DP from Gina K. I think I could really get use to using digi DP. I will still love my 6x6 packs of paper because it is scaled down for cards but this is a nice alternative. On top of the DP I punched squares out of the Cuttlebug embossed pumpkin patch.

I wanted to try something diffeent with the embossing. I also popped up some of the candy corns and glittered the veins on the leaves for some sparkle.

Stamps: Great Impressions
Paper: SU Only Orange, Kiwi Kiss, Garden Green, Papertrey White and DP Gina K digi
Coloring: Copics, Prisma Colored Pencils, SU Kiwi Kiss, Memento Black
Accessories: Su Square Punch, Nesties, Cuttlebug Embossing Folder, Kaiser Pearls, Michaels Ribbon, Signo White Pen and SU Glitter

I hope you like what I created. I really appreciate you stopping by and leaving a comment about my cards.

Enjoy the day,

I WON!!!!!

I am so excited! I just had to tell someone my news.

I never win anything but today that all changed, I won the blog candy from SQUIGGLEFLY Blog Hop yesterday. I got ALL the new releases from Crissy Armstrong. I love her work from when she designed for High Hopes and now I have her new digis from Squigglefly. Crissy is also sending goodies from her own private stash. I feel so lucky, thanks for letting me share it. For some reason no one at my house, (my DH and my DD) just couldn't understand my excitement.

I hope to get to play with them tomorrow now that I cleaned the house today, so stop by again soon to see what I created with them.

Enjoy the rest of the weekend,

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Good to the Last Drop, TSSC87

I am going to try to be better about posting earlier on challenges. This card was made for Mary Jo's Monday Lunchtime sketch challenge 87. This is one of the Sugar Nellies that came in the Fall set. It is the first "boy" stamp that I have bought and I really like it, I usually go right for the girls.
The DP on this card was from a sheet that I saw at my LSS and loved the non-traditional Fall colors and the sparkle on it. Little did I know that it would be so hard to match to any other colors. I think I came close but it's not perfect like I like it to be. I am sure I'll try again with the scraps I have. I added Stickles to my leaves to tie it in to the DP leaves. I love my cards to sparkle whenever possible!
Stamps: Sugar Nellie, Amuse
Paper: SU Cranberry Crisp, Sage Shadow, Papertrey White, DP Best Creations
Ink: Copics, Cranberry Crisp
Accessories: CloudMaker, Nesties, Cuttlebug Embossing Folder, Stickles, Jo Anns Ribbon, Leaf Punch, Kaiser Pearls

I hope you like my interpretation of this week's sketch. Mary Jo's sketches are always a lot of fun and every one's cards are fantastic! You should check them out or better yet play along.

Thanks for stopping by and letting me know what you think of my creations. I really do appreciate all your wonderful comments.

Have a wonderful day,

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Fall Beauty, TSSC86

I started this card a couple of days ago planning on finishing it pretty quickly for Mary Jo's Monday Lunchtime challenge, TSSC86. But things got in the way and I just finished it today. The only good thing about it was that I used some of my new Fall Basic Grey paper and the whole 6x6 pack is beautiful! I loved them all so much that I bought two packs of it! Also I used Smooch to make the berries and originally I only had red ones then yesterday I picked up the pumpkin color so then I decided to use my harvest color(yellow) to make three different color berries on the wreath. It now looks a lot more fallish. I guess things worked out for the best. I tried to take a close up of the wreath so you could see the bright, metallic shimmer of the Smooch colors, IRL it still shimmers a lot more.

Finally I thought the card needed a bit more texture so I used my Scor-it to make lines in the solid DP and the sanded them to make them stand out a bit more. I like the card to look balanced, KWIM? I am happy with the finished card though it evolved a lot from my first ideas.

Stamps: Memory Box, Hero Arts
Paper: SU Pumpkin Pie, More Mustard, Papertrey White, DP Basic Grey
Ink: Memento Brown, Pumpkin Pie, Smooch Colors
Accessories: Scor-it Mini, Nesties, Recollections Pearls, Leaf Punch, Michaels Ribbon

Thanks for stopping by and taking a look at my creation. I hope you liked it as much as I liked making it. Pleas stop by again soon.

Have a great start to the week,

Friday, September 11, 2009

Fall Friends, Sugar bowl Challenge 18

It definitely feels like Fall here in New England. The leaves are started to turn color and the air is crisp today. The only thing missing is the sun. I just got my new Fall Sugar Nellie set in the mail and couldn't wait to ink them up. This girl and the leaf are part of the set. The whole set is wonderful!

Since I was using my new stamps it was a perfect time to play in the sugar bowl again. The challenge, challenge 19, this week is a color, pink and brown, and a sketch challenge. It's a great sketch because it worked great to turn it on it's side to fit the image. Basic Grey must love this color combo because it was really hard to pick which papers to choose because they have a lot using these two colors. Our LSS called today and the new Basic Grey 6x6 paper packs are in and I'm picking mine up tomorrow, I love having new things to play with. Don't you?

Stamps: Sugar Nellie
Papers: SU Choc. Chip, Pretty in Pink, DP Basic Grey
Ink: Copics, Choc. Chip, Bashful Blue
Accessories: Cloud Maker, Nesties, Punch Bunch Punch, Cuttlebug Embossing Folder, Kaiser Pearls, Michaels Ribbon

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you liked what I created for the challenge.
Come by again soon.

Have a wonderful day,

Monday, September 7, 2009

A Special Plea

It has been a beautiful day here in New England. The feel of Fall is here even though it is Labor Day. Everyone was gone this morning at my house so I got to finish up this card. It is going to a young girl in a hospital in Boston. Dustin Pike put out a plea for cards for this girl who had her arm amputated because of a boating accident while on vacation. My heart goes out to her and her family so this is the least I could do. If you would like to send her a card or read about her accident Erin has all the info on her blog here. Dustin is giving a free Digi Stamp of your choice to everyone who sends a card and Erin has blog candy to win for sending a card.
I was at Peggy's house so I stamped some images of her Motivet stamp she has, thanks Peggy. I love these stamps and thought it would be perfect for this card.

I also made this card for the Basic Grey Challenge week 3 this week's challenge is an inspiration challenge. I decided to use the colors in the room and a some frills to the card because of what looks like lace curtains on the windows.

One last tidbit I have to offer. The first time I used this Spellbinder die on a card I hated it because of all the trouble to get it separated from the die. I said this exactly in my post! Well I now have to say I found the solution and love this design now. All you need to do is put a piece of wax paper on top of the die before you put your paper down on top of the die. After you crank it through the Cuttlebug the cut paper and the wax paper pop right out of the die, soo easily now!So if you love these new intricate dies don't be afraid to buy them just make sure you have the wax paper handy.
Stamps: Motivet, Stampin Up
Paper: SU Certainly Celery, Barely Banana, The Paper Co Shimmer White, DP Basic Grey
Ink: Copics, memento Black
Accessories: Spellbinder die, Nesties, MS punch, Bow Easy, Primas, Walmart Ribbon, Michaels Sticker Pearls and JoAnn's Eyelet trim

I hope if you have a minute you will consider sending a card to this young girl. She has a rough road ahead and could you all the prayers and well wishes that we can send.

Thanks for stopping by,

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Motivet Blog Candy!

Motivet is giving away as blog candy these wonderful new stamps. They are just sooo cute. I would love to win them. How about you? Just go to their blog and follow the instructions, just too easy! Hurry though you only have until September 13.
Good Luck,

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Happy Birthday Peggy!

Anyone who knows me knows my sister Peggy. Today is her Birthday, Happy Birthday Peggy!!!
I made this card for her. I wanted to use an image that she didn't know that I had so it would be a surprise. Since we go shopping together for our stamping stuff (we usually pick the same things to buy) it was tough. I found this pretty flower pot on Fred, She Said's blog and thought immediately that Peggy would like it. Thank you Tracey (Fred), it was so nice of you to offer it to everyone.

I decided to do it in bright colors because I wanted the flowers look like they were in full bloom. . I was lucky though the card was almost done and I was stamping the Birthday Wishes and the ink pad was open. I bumped the table and knocked the card over and it fell on the ink pad. I almost died, but luckily I was able to pull it apart and replace the paper where the ink hit it. It ended up good as new! The only think different on the second try was I changed the ribbon because I didn't really like my first choice as much. I am sure Peggy is going to like it, which is all that matters!

Stamps: Fred, She Said Digi Stamps, SU
Paper: SU Lavender Lace, Papertrey White, The Paper Co. Shimmer White, DP Basic Grey and Magenta
Ink: Copics, Memento Black
Accessories: Nesties, MS punch EK Success Corner Punch, Michaels Sticker Pearls, LSS Ribbon and Misc Pearl Pins.

Thanks for stopping by today. If you have a minute let me know what you think of this Birthday card, I really appreciate your comments.

Have a wonderful holiday,

Friday, September 4, 2009

Happy Fall, TSSC85

I couldn't wait to pull out all my fall stamps, especially the new ones like this cart. When we went to the Springfield Convention there was a stamp company there, Class Act Stamps, with lots of wonderful stamps, I couldn't resist buying a few. I am glad I did I think their image makes a really nice Fall card, don't you.

I made this card for Mary Jo's Monday Lunchtime challenge, TSSC85. It was a fun sketch to work with, nice and simple so I could use a creative touch to make it my own. The whole card was made with scrap pieces of paper that I kept because I loves the colors or design on them. I am not sure who made them because I couldn't find the names anymore and I sort my paper by everything but maker. The mesh ribbon is really pretty and it looks great IRL but I couldn't get it to photograph well, it looks messy in the pic, it is done in a ribbon candy sort of wave.

Stamps: Class Act Stamps, SU,
Paper: SU Choc. Chip, Papertrey White, Paper Co. Metallic Rust, DP unknown
Inks: Copics, Bashful Blue, Creamy Caramel
Accessories: Nesties, EK Success Punch, Recollections Fall Pearls, Michaels Ribbon and misc. brads

Thanks for stopping by today to see my latest creation. I really appreciate your wonderful comments that you leave for me.

Have a wonderful Holiday weekend,

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Treasure The Moment, Copic Creations Challenge #11

I am officially back to school and the kids are wonderful this year just like many other years. I guess because it is just about Labor Day I decided this would be my last "summer" card. I am so ready to move onto Fall. I didn't want to save this cute High Hopes stamp though till next year.

I made this card for the Copic Creations #11 challenge, use your favorite color combos. Mine happen to be Earthy browns, pinks, purples and shades of green when it comes to Copics. I love all the Copic colors but don't always have combos that I like together. The DT cards are gorgeous like always and the Sponsor is Mo's Digital Pencil Too. The images are so cute with lots of beautiful details.

I didn't do a lot of extras on this card, I thought the image was detailed enough. I did pop up the flower to give the impression of an umbrella and added the floating leaves after to balance the card out. The saying seemed fitting because we'll be knee deep in snow before we know it longing for a summer day again!

Stamps: High Hopes, PSX, Stampin' Up
Paper: SU Bashful Blue, Orchid Opulence, Papertrey White, and DP Basic Grey, Magenta
Ink: Bashful Blue, Memento Black and Copics
Accessories: Nesties, Twine and Beads from JoAnns

I hope you enjoyed this card. I really appreciate you stopping by and letting me know what you think of my creations.

Have a wonderful day,

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Picking Apples, Sugarbowl challenge 18

I am trying to think forward to Fall that is just around the corner. This Sugar Nellie image makes me think of Fall because of the apples in her basket. Right after the start of school the kids in the classroom are always coming in after a weekend and bringing an apple for me because they have gone apple picking with their family and know I am always eating apples.

Because I love the Sugar Nellie images and I had fun playing in the Sugar Bowl last challenge I decided to play again. It is a sketch challenge 18, and you needed to use buttons. I NEVER use buttons though I have a lot of them. It took me so long to finish the card because I kept changing my mind on which looked best. I finally made my own by using clear buttons and putting DP behind them so they would match the card. I tried to use Fall colors and green is definitely not my color of choice most times but I thought she would look Fallish in green and I love this Basic Grey DP.

Stamps: Sugar Nellie
Paper: SU Close to Cocoa, River Rock, Papertrey White, and DP Basic Grey
Inks: Copics, SU Bashful Blue
Accessories: Cloudmaker, MS Punch, EK Success Corner Punch, Cuttlebug Embossing Folder, CTMH Flowers, Clear Buttons, LSS Ribbon

I hope you like this card as much as I do. I have just ordered the new fall set of Home Grown Sugar Nellies and they are on their way here. I can't wait to ink them up they look wonderful in the pics.

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Have a great Day,