Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Perk Up!

Happy Wednesday!  I am proud to announce that beginning TODAY, I will be on the design team for the Splitcoast Stampers Sketch Challenge!  I am super excited to be chosen!

This is my first week as a designer.  I just love this skech, it is simple, but different.  October brings cooler weather which means my coffee and tea intake go up which is what inspired this card!  I dug out an old set called Morning Cup for this challenge and I stuck with a warm color combination of Soft Suede, Very Vanilla, and Cajun Craze.  The designer paper is a retired series called Comfort Cafe which is the perfect name for my card... warm and cozy!

I hope you will slip on over to Splitcoast and join in the fun with us this week!  Make sure to use keyword SC561 when uploading to the Splitcoast Gallery so we can see all the beautiful cards in one place!

Stamps: Morning Cup
Ink: Cajun Craze & Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper: Cajun Craze, Watercolor Paper, Comfort Cafe DP
Accessories: Linen Thread

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Birthday Butterflies

It's still raining.... it has been raining since Friday, it is now Tuesday... I'm over it!  I know we needed rain really bad, but we've gotten too much in a short time and now things are starting to get a little dicey!  Especially inside my house... YIKES.

Today's color challenge on Splitcoast Stampers was a nice and cheery combination that had me feeling the warmth of the sun.  Today's colors to use are: Daffodil Delight, Marina Mist, and Soft Sky.  I added Basic Gray as a neutral.  The sketch is this week's Mojo Monday sketch.  It was supposed to be a tall and skinny card, but I just made mine a normal size.

I pulled out THREE stamp sets for this card.  The background image on my main panel is from Watercolor Trio.  The butterfly is from Butterfly Basics and the sentiment is from Elementary Elegance.  I'm not sure the last time I used this many sets on one card, but I think it turned out great!

The designer paper is from a retired series called Polka Dot Parade.  The ribbon and brads are also retired... you should know by now that I'm the retired product queen.. haha!

I hope you enjoy my card!

Paper: Marina Mist, Basic Gray, Whisper White, Polka Dot Parade Dp
Stamps: Elementary Elegance, Butterfly Basics, Watercolor Trio
Ink: Marina Mist, Soft Sky, Daffodil Delight
Accessories: Stampin' Dimensionals, Curly Label Punch, Marina Mist Polka Dotted Ribbon, Basic Gray Corduroy Brads

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Cake & Ice Cream

Disclaimer: this card is majorly crooked and I got tired of fighting with it and just let it be.

Hello!  Happy Sunday!  I hope you've had a wonderful weekend.  It has been raining here since Friday.  We need the rain, but I'm getting a little tired of it at this point.  You would think I would be motivated to get things done around the house since we can't go outside and do anything.  You would be mistaken.  My motivation level is at a 1. 

And just a quick vent before I get to my card for today.  Don't label a recipe EASY when you have to use a saucepan, saute pan, baking sheet, pie pan, every measuring cup I own and most all of my measuring spoons.  Granted, I should have thoroughly read the recipe before I started, but SERIOUSLY?  EASY?  Easy to me is one dish, BAM we're done.  It wasn't that any of the actual cooking or preparing was HARD, it was just really annoying.  Like, REALLY ANNOYING!  And the cleanup was not easy either. 

ANYWAY.... I started this card after I had completely destroyed the kitchen and I was annoyed.  Hence why it is crooked and I didn't even care.  I swear sometimes the cardstock is crooked to begin with because there is no rational explanation to why it wasn't straight when I laid it all out.

Enough of my ranting.  This card is for today's Feature Stamper challenge on Splitcoast Stampers and for the Create with Connie & Mary challenge which was to use Watermelon Wonder, Calypso Coral, and Blushing Bride.  Now, I started this challenge thinking I had Watermelon Wonder ink or at least the marker... No, I don't have either one.  FAILURE!  I made due, but my Stampin' Up order just got bigger... I'm off topic again.

The Featured Stamper today is known on Splitcoast as Penny Strawberry and she has a really fun gallery.  She does a lot of punch type art, so I knew I was going to use a variety of punches on this card.  I settled on this one to case:

I kept the ice cream theme, but used the Sprinkles of Life stamp set.  I also kept the layout the same.  I did use different designer paper; Cherry on Top and I used the colors from the Create with Connie & Mary challenge.

I hope you enjoy my crooked card!

Paper: Blushing Bride, Soft Suede, Watermelon Wonder, Whisper White, Calypso Coral, Cherry on Top Dp
Ink: Soft Suede, Calypso Coral
Stamps: Sprinkles of Life
Accessories: Curly Label Punch, Decorative Label Punch, Tree Builder Punch, Watermelon Wonder Lace Trim, Scallop Edgelit, Honeycomb Embossing Folder

Saturday, September 26, 2015


Hello!  Long time, no post!  I had a little bit of a hiatus while I was on vacation and then went back full time to the studio.  Luckily, I am getting settled into a routine!  I actually have stamped some, but it is for design team stuff that I can't post yet... but soon, very soon, I can share it with you!

Today's card is for this week's sketch challenge on Splitcoast Stampers!  I will be the first to admit that I took some artistic liberty on this and hopefully it will still count!  As soon as I saw the sketch, I knew I wanted to pull out my Holiday Home set and do something with a moon.  Since I'm not quite ready to start on Christmas cards, I thought I would do a Halloween one.  I know, this set is retired, but I don't feel like I have used it as much as I thought I would.  I have seen so many cute Halloween cards made with it and wanted to give it a try.

My card was inspired by this card by Debbie Henderson

The sky is sponged with sponge daubers with Pumpkin Pie and Daffodil Delight.  The moon is made with a piece of Daffodil Delight card stock cut into a circle.  The house is watercolored using an aqua painter and also colored with Stampin' Write Markers in Daffodil Delight and Pumpkin Pie.

I hope you enjoy my card!

Paper: Pumpkin Pie, Basic Black, Watercolor Paper, Daffodil Delight
Stamps: Holiday Home
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: Stampin' Dimensionals, Holiday Home Framelits, Basic Black Taffeta Ribbon, Sponge Daubers, Stampin' Write Markers, Aqua Painters

Friday, August 28, 2015

Sending Bright Wishes

Happy Friday!  This week has flown by and I have been too busy to get much stampin' done!  I had a few minutes today and knew I wanted to sit down and do this week's sketch challenge over at Splitcoast Stampers!  I paired it with this week's ColourQ which was a bright combination of Lovely Lilac (retired), So Saffron, Taken with Teal (retired), and Tangerine Tango.  I will admit, this color combo scared me a little, but I do think it's fun.

I used a technique called Distress Stain Watercolor Technique.  I don't own any distress stain inks that they used in the tutorial, so I just used Stampin' Write Markers and an aqua painter pen.  I think it turned out pretty good!  I do with I had added a little detail on the flowers, but oh well.. it's done now.. haha!

I hope you enjoy my card!  I will be offline for a week or so while I spend some time with my family, but I will see you after Labor Day!  Have a great week!

Supplies List:
Paper: Lovely Lilac, Watercolor Paper, Taken with Teal, International Bazaar DP
Stamps: Butterfly Basics
Ink: Lovely Lilac, Tangerine Tango
Accessories: So Saffron Taffeta Ribbon, 1'' Circle Punch, Taken with Teal, Tangerine Tango, Lovely Lilac Stampin' Write Markers, Bitty Butterfly Punch

Monday, August 24, 2015

Snappy Snappy

 Happy Monday!!  I hope you've had a great start to your week!  Monday means a new Mojo Sketch!  Woo hoo!  I am settling back into a stampin' routine and it couldn't feel better!  Of course, once I get back to work... well, we will see how it goes!

I decided to use a retired, but much loved set today called Crab & Company.  It was one of the very first Stampin' Up sets I ever bought and I still love it.  I also pulled out my Prisma Colored Pencils and my Odorless Mineral Spirits to color him!  Does anyone still use colored pencils?  I feel like so much emphasis is on markers now, so it was fun to do something different.

I hope you enjoy my card!

Supplies List:
Paper: Tangelo Twist, Crushed Curry, Birthday Bash DP
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black & Bermuda Bay
Stamps: Crap & Company
Accessories: Linen Thread, Large Oval Punch, Stampin' Dimensional, Prisma Colored Pencils, Odorless Mineral Spirits, Scallop Circle Nestabilities 

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Whimsical Mosaic

Happy Sunday!  I hope you've had a great weekend!  Mine has been pretty good!  I'm super tired today from working at the studio all day yesterday.  We enlarged one of the dance rooms and we had to start cleaning and laying the floor down.  So, I'm feeling that today!

This card is for today's Sweet Sunday Sketch and for the Hand Stamped Sentiments color challenge!  The color challenge was to use Pool Party, Tangerine Tango, and Lost Lagoon.  I only own the Lost Lagoon marker, so that made it quite a challenge.  I literally have no Lost Lagoon cardstock and the only designer paper I have for it just didn't go with my design.

I've seen a lot of negative die cut images lately and thought I would give it a try with the old, but very loved, Top Note Die!  The middle piece was cut from Pool Party cardstock, then dry embossed with the Modern Mosaic embossing folder.  It's hard to see the embossing in my picture, though.  I cut around the edges of the Pool Party top note layer so I would have a white border.

I used my paper piercing tool and template to do the paper piercing on the two corners of my top layer.  The sentiment is from a long retired set called Whimsical Words.  The other two layers are stamped with Mosaic Madness.

I hope you like my card!

Paper: Tangerine Tango, Whisper White, Pool Party
Ink: Tangerine Tango, Lost Lagoon
Stamps: Whimsical Words & Mosaic Madness
Accessories: Paper piercing template & tool, Pool Party Cotton Ribbon, Top Note Die, Modern Mosaic Embossing Folder, Lost Lagoon Stampin' Write Marker