Saturday, March 29, 2008

More Giveaways...

So, I found another giveaway that you might be interested in!

Heart Warming Vintage is giving away 3 free sets on their blog, leave a comment with your favorite 3 sets by them and you are entered!

Ok, time to go get myself together to go out with DH!


I just saw this and wanted to pass it along... Gina K designs is having a Nestabilities giveaway on their blog!! All you have to do is leave a comment and you will be entered!!

Nestabilities Give Away

Ok, I don't know if I'll get a card cranked out today or not. DH and I are going to the Home Show at the Salem Civic Center this afternoon and for some reason I'm really tired to begin with... we'll see though!

Have a great one and thanks for stopping by!!

Friday, March 28, 2008

Unloved Embellishments & Beate's Weekend Sketch

Here is my card for the challenge on Splitcoast Stampers. We were to make a card using "unloved" embellishments. Let me start off by saying that the snaps I used on the card are probably about 5 years old!! HAHA! I would say they are unloved! The velvet ribbon was given to me for Christmas and for whatever reason I just hadn't used it yet. The rhinestone sticker in the middle of the flower is also unloved. I bought TONS of those rhinestone stickers and I haven't used them nearly as much as I thought I would!

The sketch is Beate's Weekend Sketch Challenge. I always look forward to Fridays because her sketches are always so great!

Here are more deets on my card:
Cardstock:Tempting Turquoise, More Mustard, Wild Wasabi, East Coast Prep DP
Embellishments:Velvet Ribbon, Snaps, Rhinestone Sticker, Cuttlebug, Square Punch, Scalloped Square Punch

Thanks for looking & Happy Stamping!

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Always w/ Mist

Today's challenge on Splitcoast Stampers was to make a card and somehow incorporate spraying into it. I was kind of at a lost, so I decided to use the technique from yesterday, Misting with Markers.

I did the background with the bird with the Misting w/ Markers technique. The bird was stamped once right on the watercolor paper and then I stamped again and cut him out, embossed him, and mounted him on dimensionals.

The rest of the card just kind of came together after that!

Stamps: Always by Stampin' Up
Paper: Regal Red, Rose Red, Sage Shadow, Watercolor Paper, Bali Breeze Dp (all SU)
Embellishments:Taffeta ribbon, brads, scallop circle punch, circle punches
Technique:Misting with Markers

I hope you enjoy your day & happy stamping!

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Stamp Room Pictures

Here are some pictures of my stamp room, I had some requests to share them with you! DH and I got it finished in 2 weekends... pretty impressive since there used to be paneling (we painted over it) and SHAG carpeting!!!!! This is in our attic, that's why the ceiling is so sloped!!!

Misting Dream

I had to try today's sketch challenge again! This time I also tried the Wednesday tutorial on SCS as well. You can find the tutorial on Misting with Markers Here. I love the effect this gave!

Card receipe:
Stamps:Live Your Dream (SU)
Paper:Certainly Celery, Bashful Blue, Blush Blossom, SU Watercolor Paper, Spring Flowers DP
Embellishments:Ivory Taffeta Ribbon

Fruity Fun!

So, I had to break out my Tart & Tangy set for the sketch challenge today. For some reason I just KNEW what I was going to do! You can find the sketch challenge HERE

I stamped the strawberries by using my Stampin Up markers. I first stamped them on the white panel, then again and cut them out. I mounted them with dimensionals. I used the Old Olive & Real Red markers to dot around the image panel for an extra touch. The dp I used is from Summer Picnic by Stampin' Up. The real red panel is dry embossed using my cuttlebug!

Hope you enjoy my card, happy stamping!!!

Cardstock : Bashful Blue, Whisper White, Real Red, Old Olive
Embellishments: Bashful Blue Striped Ribbon, Brads, Cuttlebug, Stampin' Up Markers, dimensionals, corner rounder


Yesterday's challenge on Splitcoast Stampers was a color challenge to use Basic Grey, Soft Sky, and Whisper White. This is what I came up with.

I first decided that I wanted to use the stamp set Live Your Dream. It's a new one I just got and I LOVE it! I embossed the flowers in black and then sponged the edges of the panel with soft sky ink usuing a sponge dauber.

The designer paper I used is Stampin' Up's Wintergreen. I never thought I would use it for a non-Christmas, non-winter card, but I did and I love how it worked!

I created the background by doing the negative cuttlebug technique. It was a technique challenge last week on SCS. You can find the directions HERE!

I had to top off the design with DOTS and I have to give full credit to Faith AKA Markie's Mom on SCS for the inspiration for the dots. She has awesome cards and a lovely blog and gallery, check her BLOG out HERE!

I think that is all I have to say about this card, thanks for looking and happy stamping!

First Post!

So, I'm finally diving into the world of BLOGGING! It's taken me a while to get into this, but I feel like it's my TIME! HAHA! I love to write, stamp, and dance so why not have a blog about it? Everyone else is doing it... no peer pressure or anything!

I hope I am able to keep this updated every day. Some days might get hairy because of my insane schedule, but I should have time to update it!

Ok, so here is a little about me...
My name is Riley and I own Divine Dance Center in Roanoke, Virginia. I started the studio when I was a senior at Radford University where I majored in Elementary Education with a minor in dance. So, why open the studio while I was still in school??? Well, I was working for a studio and the summer before my senior year of college she decided to close down. Well, let me put it this way... I was going to school AND running the studio for her and NOT getting paid, so I quit and she ended up closing the studio. She still owes me over $1,000... hmmmmm! I opened up in a small space near my parent's house and taught classes every night after I got done with my 3rd and 5th grade student teaching. It was insane and I'm still not sure how I made it through the year. That was 3 years ago... now my student body has grown and we have moved to a bigger studio space. I'm still not making much money, but it grows every year and I love doing it. I am very fortunate to have a husband who supports me and the studio. One day I will be able to give back to him what he has given me. I am so greatful that he is understanding and loves the studio as much as I do!

Onward to stamping... I got into "heavy" stamping last February (2007). I never knew I would be THIS involved! I stamp close to every single day. My day mostly goes like this...
-Get up with DH
-Go upstairs and check email and surf SCS
-See DH off to work
-STAMP the day's challenge
-Go to studio until usually around 9pm

Some days I don't get to stamp in the mornings... it just depends on what I have going on that day.

Anyway, I have grown so much as a stamper and I give full credit to Splitcoast Stampers, it's a great forum and community, if you are a stamper... GO THERE! I love it and the people are so great!

Well, I guess that's enough about me... got a question for me? Leave me a comment and I'll get right to ya!!

*The picture is me painting my new stamp room!!

I look forward to Blogging with you :)