Thursday, April 30, 2009

Two Card Thursday!

Hi everyone! I have two cards for you today!

This first one is for several challenges....

#1 The Ways to Use it Challenge on SCS to use black!

#2 The Dutch Dare Sketch challenge

#3 The 365 Cards Challenge to use a leaf!

I really really love how this came out!!!

Card Details:
Paper: Whisper White, Certainly Celery, Perfect Plum, Walk in the Park Dp

Stamps: Great Friend

Ink: Regal Rose, Certainly Celery, Perfect Plum

Accessories: Black & White Polka Dotted Ribbon (Mortex Corp), Black Square Brads (unknown vendor), Adhesive Rhinestones (Michael's), Swiss Dots Embossing Folder (ProvoCraft), Treading Water Border Punch (Fiskars)

My next card is for the sketch over on Tamara's blog!

I really love how this came out... I think I'm becoming obsessed w/ Perfect Plum! HAHA!

Card Details:
Paper: Lovely Lilac, Chocolate Chip, Perfect Plum, Watercolor Paper, Walk in the Park Dp, Tea Party Dp

Stamps: Dream a Little

Ink: Stazon Jet Black & Lovely Lilac

Accessories: Scallop border punch, circle nestabilities (Spellbinders), SU Markers, Elegant Eggplant Grosgrain Ribbon

*All supplies are Stampin' Up unless otherwise noted!

Have a great day!

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

CD14 + Design Team Call!

Hi everyone!! Welcome to today's Color Dare!

I think you will enjoy today's colors:
Baja Breeze
Not Quite Navy
Riding Hood Red

Remember, you can also add any neutrals to this combination, there's no limit!

Please link your creation in Mr. Linky at the end of this post! If you post to SCS, please use keyword CD14.

Last week, we had a contest and the winner is:


Congratualations! Please email me at with your address so I can get your prize out to you!

Stand by for a post detailing my design team call!

Now some eye candy from the design team!




Patterns, Patterns, Everywhere!!!

Hello everyone! Welcome to Wednesday.... we're half way through the week... yay!! I hope your's is going well.. mine is just down right crazy, but I have dedicated myself to making at least one card a day to keep myself sane during this time known in the dance world as recital time... DUN DUN DUN!

HAHA... anyway!

This is for today's sketch challenge over SCS! I really liked this layout and I think I'll use it a lot.

I pulled out my Always set which is one of my favorites, but hasn't seen ink in a while. I can't believe I didn't end up putting the bird on here... normally the bird ALWAYS makes it on! HAHA!

I love these colors featured in the new Walk in the Park dp... so pretty!!!!

Card Details:
Paper: So Saffron, Basic Gray, Whisper White, Regal Rose, Kiwi Kiss, Walk in the Park DP

Stamps: Always

Ink: Basic Gray

Accessories: Latte Buttons, Adhesive Pearls by Michael's, Basic Gray Taffeta Ribbon, Dimensionals

*All supplies Stampin' Up unless otherwise noted!

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

How About Some More BLOG CANDY!!??!!!

So, our beloved design team member Stephanie Castro is offering up some CRAZY awesome blog candy!
Be sure to go check it out here!

Congrats, Steph on reaching 10,000 blog hits in such a short amount of time!!!!

Butterfly Mother's Day!

Hi everyone! I hope you're having a great Tuesday morning... here's my card for today!

It's for the color challenge over on SCS to use Old Olive, Real Red, & Basic Black. I added the Bashful Blue because I just love how it goes with the old olive & real red... plus, I could use up some scraps of this designer paper!

This card is pretty basic... I used my new Flight of the Butterfly set, I just love it!

Card Details:
Paper: Real Red, Whisper White, Bashful Blue, Old Olive, Basic Black, Summer Picnic DP

Stamps: Flight of the Butterfly, Sentiment is from a clear set I got as a gift and I don't know who makes it

Ink: Real Red, Bashful Blue, Old Olive, Basic Black

Accessories: Square Brads (unknown vendor), Real Red Striped Ribbon, Treading Water Border Punch (Fiskars), Circle Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Adhesive Rhinestones (Michael's)

TFL!!! Have a great day!

Monday, April 27, 2009

A Little Monday Morning MOJO!

So, I made some time and actually got another card done this morning!

This is for the Mojo Monday sketch today!

I need some masculine birthday cards, so I decided to knock one of them out! I like how this came out... I always forget about this cute cake image that's in the Just Celebrate set from the Occassions Mini Catalog last year!

Card Details:
Paper: Baja Breeze, Not Quite Navy, Riding Hood Red, NQN dp, RHR dp

Ink: Stazon Jet black & Not Quite Navy

Stamps: Sincere Salutations & Just Celebrate

Accessories: SU Markers, Blender Pens, Jumbo Oval Punch, Large Oval Punch, Swiss Dots Embossing folder by ProvoCraft, Riding Hood Red Taffeta Ribbon, Square & Scallop Square Nestabilities by Spellbinders, Not Quite Navy Brads

Glam Birthday Heels!

Happy Monday everyone! Did you have a nice weekend? I hope so! Mine was pretty nice, DH and I spent all day Saturday cleaning out the house and planting some new flowers & plants! We finished the planting yesterday and I have to say that I'm very proud of us! We got a lot done!

I made this card for part of my design team work with Making Handmade Cards. It uses a soon to be released kit called Glam Bags 'n Heels. I think it's super cute!

The designer paper is actually a printable from the Petal Patch kit, also by Making Handmade Cards!

I have to admit that when all of these printable stamps and designer papers were coming out, I was skeptical... but... I did print both of the images for this card on watercolor paper and they did wonderfully! So, I think the digital images and papers are growing on me... however, I don't think I will EVER give up my real-life rubber!

Card Details:
Paper: Perfect Plum, Pale Plum, Green Galore, Orchid Opulence, Watercolor Paper, Petal Patch Violet printable DP

Images: Glam Bags 'n Heels digital images by Making Handmade Cards

Ink: None, just printer ink

Accessories: Adhesive Rhinestones (unknown vendor), Purple Ribbon by Textured Trios, Jumbo Oval Punch, Oval Cutting System by Creative Memories


I hope you have a great day!

Friday, April 24, 2009


Don't forget about the great contest going on with this week's Color Dare! You could win a great Stampin' Up set plus a Spring/Summer 2009 Idea Book & Catalog!

You can find the Dare here!

I hope you will join in!

Flight of the Butterfly!

Happy Friday everyone! I am soooo glad the weekend is finally here... the best part is that I don't have to be at the studio tomorrow... or at a competition... or any kind of dance related event... YES!!!! Free weekend!!!

It's supposed to be super nice here this weekend...sunny, in the 80's.... I can't wait!

Here is my card for today's Limited Supplies challenge over on SCS & for the Friday Sketchers sketch!

I just got this stamp set in the mail yesterday! It was my free set from Sale-a-Bration! YAY me! I had to ink it up today!

The limited supplies challenge was to use colors from a room in your house. I used my bathroom which is painted "bashful blue" and then has highlights of very vanilla, chocolate chip, and close to cocoa!

I went a little over board with the embellishments, but I love these buttons!

Card Details:
Paper: Very Vanilla, Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa, Delicate Dots DP
Stamps: Flight of the Butterfly
Ink: Bashful Blue, Close to Cocoa, Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Striped Bashful Blue Ribbon, Very Vanilla Taffeta Ribbon, Latte Buttons, Fresh Favorites Buttons, Hemp Twine

*All supplies are Stampin' Up!

Have a great one!!!!

Major Blog Candy!

Head on over to Passion for Crafts for a chance for some MAJOR blog candy... WOW is all I can say!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Rosey Pacific Pirouettes! CONTEST! (CD13)

Hi and welcome to another Color Dare! I really love today's combo... it's bright, but not too bright... and I'm staying with my theme of using the '09 in colors! They will be gone before we know it and I'm sure you are like me and have paper that you need to use up so you can buy the '10 in colors in July!

Today's colors are:
Pink Pirouette
Pacific Point
Rose Red

Remember, you can add any neutrals to the combo that you want!

If you upload to SCS, please use keyword CD13 so we can see your creation in once place! Please also add your link to Mr. Linky at the bottom of this post! I will pick the card that I think is the best use of this week's colors to win a prize!

The winner will receive an new, unmounted with the wood blocks Merci Sale-a-Bration Stampin' Up set PLUS a 2009 Spring/Summer catalog! The winner will be announced on Tuesday April 27th! All cards for the contest must be posted by midnight on Sunday April 25th!

Here are the great cards from the design team!!

I <3 Great Friend!!!!

So, I know... I have a problem... I can't stop using the new Great Friend set from the Occassions Mini Catalog!! AHH!!

It's such a beautiful set, I just love it!

This is my card for today's sketch challenge over on SCS! This was a really fun sketch, I loved all of the different panels!

I saw a card by Jodi with this color combo and I thought it was just so elegant and Bravo Burgandy is not a color I am naturally drawn to. It just looks so lovely paired with the Baja Breeze! I couldn't resist using this combo for today's card!

Card Details:
Paper: Bravo Burgandy, Whisper White, Baja Breeze, Creamy Caramel
Stamps: Great Friend
Ink: Bravo Burgandy, Baja Breeze, Creamy Caramel, Whisper White
Accessories: Square Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Adhesive Pearls (Michael's), Satin Ribbon (Mortex Corp), Corderory Buttons

I hope you have a wonderful day! Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to play in today's color dare for your chance to win a prize!

Friday, April 17, 2009

Limited Butterflies

Happy Friday everyone!

Today's Limited Supplies challenge over on Splitcoast Stampers was to make a card using a wheel, stamped image, stamped sentiment, and one embellishment.

I also used Amy's sketch found here!

Of course I had to pull out my new Great Friend set again for this card! I just loooove it!

I used the wheel from Always to make my own designer paper on the Apricot Appeal panel.

That brings me to the color scheme... not sure I like it! I was feeling the need to dig out some Soft Sky, so I went to the Scraptitude website to come up with a color combo and this was the first one that popped up, so I used it!

Card Details:
Paper: Whisper White, Close to Cocoa, Apricot Appeal, Certainly Celery, Soft Sky
Stamps: Great Friend, Always Wheel
Ink: So Saffron, Certainly Celery, Soft Sky, Close to Cocoa
Accessories: Satin Ribbon by Morex Corp, Round Tab Punch, Scallop Border Punch

*All Supplies Stampin' Up Unless Otherwise Noted!

I hope you have a wonderful weekend! I'm off to a dance competition in Charlotte, NC and I won't be back until late Sunday night!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Great Friend!

Hi everyone! Happy Thursday!!!!

I got new rubber in the mail yesterday, so I knew what set I would be using for today's challenges!

This covers the Ways to Use it challenge on Splitcoast Stampers to use frames and it features the Stamps & Smiles sketch!

Can I just say that I loooooove this set!!???!!! The butterfly is just so pretty and I love the frame/label stamp and both of the sentiments it comes with.. just an overall wonderful set!

Card Details:
Paper: Whisper White, Basic Gray, Baja Breeze, Cameo Coral, Walk in the Park Dp
Stamps: Great Friend
Ink: Cameo Coral & Basic Gray
Accessories: Adhesive Pearls by Michael's, Satin Ribbon by Mortex Corp, Baja Breeze Corderory Buttons, Circle Nestabilities by Spellbinders, Scallop Circle Nestabilities by Spellbinders

*All supplies Stampin' Up unless otherwise noted!

Have a great day!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Rusty Summer Breeze (CD12)

Ok, I have to admit that this is probably my favorite Color Dare so far! I just think it's so bright and fun!

Your colors are:
Really Rust
Baja Breeze
Summer Sun
Kraft or another neutral (I chose black)

I pulled out my Whale Wishes set which I feel like I NEVER use! It's a cute set, I just never feel like I know what to do with it!

If you make a card, make sure to link to a picture of it in our comments! If you upload to Splitcoast Stampers, please use keyword CD12 so we can see everyone's cards!

Here are the wonderful cards from the Design Team!



Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Season of Spring!

Hi everyone! I hope you're having a great Tuesday... it's a cloudy and dreary day here and I have a stupid sinus infection... but I did manage to get this card done for today!

It covers several challenges:

#1 Color Challenge on Splitcoast Stampers to use So Saffron, Pink Pirouette, Bordering Blue, & Chocolate Chip!

#2 The Spoon Full of Sugar blog challenge to use die cuts!

#3 Katharina's sketch challenge!

The Bella Birds designer paper that I bought not too long ago was perfect for today's color challenge... I was excited to pull it out!

I also love this Season of Friendship stamp set.. it's just so cute!!

Thanks for looking... I hope you have a great day!

Monday, April 13, 2009

Tangerine Riding Hood!

Ok, I'm on a roll today! WOW!

This card is for Kazan's sketch #24 found here and for KJ's Color Chef Challenge found here!

The color challenge was to use orange, red, and white... I decided to take advantage of the in colors, so I used Riding Hood Red, Tangerine Tango, and Whisper White!

I really love how this came out! I even found these really cute button brads that my aunt & cousin gave me for my birthday! They were perfect for this card!

Card Details:
Whisper White, Tangerine Tango, Riding Hood Red Dp

Stamps: Eastern Blooms, Cute & Curly

Ink: Tangerine Tango & Riding Hood Red

Accessories: Tangerine Tango Striped Ribbon, Curly Label Punch, Adhesive Rhinestones by Michael's, Plaid Button Brads by Making Memories


Mojo Meets Clean & Simple!

So, since I don't have to work today... I've made several more cards... both of the following are for today's Clean & Simple challenge on Splitcoast Stampers to make a monochromatic card!

The first one also uses today's Mojo Sketch found here!
I really like how both of these turned out... what do you think???

Card #1

Paper: Whisper White, More Mustard, Barely Banana, So Saffron, More Mustard DP

Stamps: Darling Dots & Sweet Little Sentiments
Ink: Basic Black & So Saffron

Accessories: Satin Ribbon by Morex Corp.

Card #2

Paper: Not Quite Navy, Baja Breeze, Blue Bayou, Very Vanilla, Not Quite Navy DP

Stamps: Upsy Daisy

Ink: Baja Breeze & Blue Bayou

Accessories: Baja Breeze Ribbon

Thanks for stopping by!

Featured Bella!

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you had a fantastic Easter... mine was pretty good!

Today's card is for yesterday's Featured Stamper, Inge, challenge over on Splitcoast Stampers!

I based my card off of her card found here!

I changed the colors, the image, and I added a bow to the ribbon! She really inspired me to pull out my Bella... I haven't inked her up in a while and I thought today was the day!

Card Details:
Paper: Green Galore, Chocolate Chip, Taken With Teal, Regal Rose, Watercolor Paper, Tea Party DP

Stamps: Balloonabella by Stamping Bella

Ink: Stazon Jet Black

Accessories: Swiss Dots Embossing Folder (ProvoCraft), Flowers (Prima), Flower Brads, Satin Ribbon (Satin Sensations), Leaf Punch (Martha Stewart)

I hope you have a wonderful day!

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Submission Challenge Blog Post

This is my submission to be a part of the SheetLoad of Cards Design Team. Thank you for the opportunity... now off to my projects!

For all of the following projects, I used the sketch found in the April 2009 Issue of SheetLoad of Cards, which can be found here!

The first card holds too to the original sketch pretty obviously. I did opt to use the tag corner punch to make the corner straight rather than rounding it. I also made the sentiment an oval and moved it over the bottom left hand corner as I thought it balanced the card out.

Trendy Tree Note
Stamps: Trendy Trees by Stampin' Up
Paper: Really Rust, Chocolate Chip, More Mustard, Whisper White, Autumn Vine Designer Paper by Stampin' Up
Accessories: Latte Buttons by Stampin' Up, Silver Styled Hodgepodge Hardware by Stampin' Up, Swiss Dots Embossing Folder by ProvoCraft, Tag Corner Punch by Stampin' Up, Twine by Stampin' Up
Make it your Own Ideas: Use a different corner treatment for main panel, make the sentiment panel a different shape

My next card also holds true to the original sketch. I did add some ribbon to the main panel and I moved the sentiment since it was a little bit longer and didn't quite fit in the space the original sketch allowed.

The hive and bees are water colored with my Stampin' Up markers and an Aqua Painter. Then I added some Stickles to the hive and the antenae of the bees!

Just Buzzin' By
Stamps: Just Buzzin' By by Stampin Up
Paper: Pacific Point, Chocolate Chip, Watercolor Paper, Good Morning Sunshine Designer Paper by Stampin' Up
Accessories: 1 3/8'' circle punch by Stampin' Up, 1 1/2'' circle punch by Paper Shapers, Rhinestone Brad by Stampin' Up, Ticket Corner Punch by Stampin' Up, Markers by Stampin' Up, Aqua Painter by Stampin' Up, Stickles by Ranger, Pacific Point Striped Ribbon by Stampin' Up
Make it Your Own Ideas: Use a different corner treatment, add ribbon, move sentiment panel, add brads

My next card uses one of my favorite sets right now, Bella Blossoms by Stampin' Up!

I paired it with some great designer paper called Raspberry Tart, also by Stampin' Up! It matches pretty well with last year's in color, Purely Pomegrant and I had this great polka dotted ribbon left over, so I thought I would incorporate it!

My embellishment down the sides for this card are my bows. I like the look it gave this card! I also, once again, changed the shape of the sentiment panel to accomodate my sentiment and add some flare!

Beautiful Bella
Stamps: Bella Blossoms by Stampin' Up
Paper: Pretty in Pink, Chocolate Chip, Rose Red, Whisper White, & Raspberry Tart Designer Paper by Stampin' Up
Accessories: Adhesive Pearls by Michael's, Word Window Punch by Stampin' Up, 1'' Circle Punch by Paper Shapers, Designer Label Punch by Stampin' Up, Dimensionals by Stampin' Up, Purely Pomegranate Ribbon Originals by Stampin' Up, Kiwi Kiss Satin Ribbon by Stampin' Up, Corner Rounder by EK Success
Make it your Own Ideas: Use ribbon bows as verticle focal point, use image out of the box, change sentiment shape

Finally we have my noncard project which is an altered notebook. I used the sketch pretty to the tee on this except I did not split the main panel into plain cardstock and designer paper. I just used one designer paper panel and stamped the swirls directly on it.

The butterfly is glued only in the middle so that it's wings can pop up and give a 3D effect.

I am really really happy with how this turned out!

Simple Friendship Notebook
Stamps: Simple Friendship by Stampin' Up
Paper: Berry Bliss Designer Paper by Stampin' Up, Close to Cocoa & Whisper White Cardstock by Stampin' Up
Accessories: Adhesive Pearls by Michael's, Purely Pomegranate Double Stitched Ribbon by Stampin' Up, Chocolate Chip Twill Ribbon by Stampin' Up, Pretty in Pink Taffeta Ribbon by Stampin' Up
Make it your Own: Add or delete panels

That sums up my challenge for the SheetLoad of Cards design team call. I really appreciate your time and consideration and I really hope to be a part of the SheetLoad of Cards Team!

Thursday, April 9, 2009

April SheetLoad of Cards

Hi everyone! I hope you're having a great Thursday! My card today features the April Sketch from SheetLoad of Cards!

It's also for today's Ways to Use it challenge over at Splitcoast Stampers... to use labels!

Here is my card:

So, I cheated a little bit because I was originally going to use the designer label punch for my sentiment, but then I decided it was just too large for the area, so I used the small oval punch! I hope that counts!

I pulled out my Trendy Trees set... I just love this little set! It's so cute! I also decided to feature the Autumn Vine designer paper because I just haven't used it that much, even though it's super cute!

I can already tell I'm going to be ordering more of the Latte Buttons... I'm almost out of them! I used to hate buttons, but lately I've been using them a lot and I just think they are so cute!!!!

Card Details:
Paper: Really Rust, Chocolate Chip, More Mustard, Whisper White, Autumn Vine DP
Stamps: Trendy Trees & Sweet Little Sentiments
Ink: Really Rust & Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Latte Buttons, Twine, Hodgepodge Hardware, Swiss Dots Embossing Folder (ProvoCraft), Sponge Daubers
*All supplies Stampin' Up unless otherwise noted!

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Color Dare #11!

Hi everyone! It's time for another Color Dare! This week we are featuring two colors that I NEVER go to automatically!

I hope this will stretch you to use those colors that aren't just as popular as others!

Remember to use keyword CD11 if you upload to Splitcoast Stampers. Leave a comment on this post with a link to your card on your blog so we can see your creations!

The colors this week are:
Pale Plum
Brocade Blue
Close to Cocoa

Here are the great cards from the design team!


Live Your Dream in Coral Pirouette Shadows!

Hi everyone! I hope you are having a great Wednesday! This is my card for today's sketch challenge over on Splitcoast Stampers! It's also for today's Color Throwdown to use Cameo Coral, Pink Pirouette, & Sage Shadow!

I pulled out one of my FAVORITE sets from Stampin' Up! I really was hoping it would be put in one of the big catalogs, but it never made it. It makes me sad!

I went a little crazy with the pearls and rhinestones, but I like it! It's all blinged out, that's for sure!

Card Details:
Paper: Pink Pirouette, Chocolate Chip, Cameo Coral, Whisper White, Bella Birds dp, Autumn Vine dp

Stamps: Live Your Dream

Ink: Cameo Coral, Sage Shadow, Pretty in Pink

Accessories: Adhesive Rhinestones (unknown Vend0r), Adhesive Pearls (unknown vendor), SU Markers, Pretty in Pink Taffeta Ribbon

*All supplies Stampin' Up unless otherwise noted!


Monday, April 6, 2009

Happy Birthday Cupcake!

Hi everyone! Happy Monday! I took time today to sit down and make a few cards. This is for today's Monday Mojo Sketch challenge! I also incorporated the CCEE challenge to use cupcakes!

I pulled out some of my Candy Lane paper. I didn't use it for many Valentine's Day cards, so I have a lot of it left and I want to try to use it up!

Card Details:
Paper: Very Vanilla, Riding Hood Red, Pink

Pirouette, Watercolor Paper, Candy Lane Dp

Ink: Riding Hood Red, Stazon Jet black

Stamps: Crazy for Cupcakes

Accessories: Riding Hood Red Taffeta Ribbon, Buttons, Brads, Circle Punch, Scallop Circlce Punch

Thanks for looking! I hope you have a great day!

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Happy Easter!

Hi everyone! This card is for 2 different challenges for today... the first one is the Color Throwdown challenge to use turquoise, orange & pink!

The other is the Stamps & Smiles sketch challenge!

I need a few Easter cards, so I pulled out this adorable Riley stamp from Hanna stamps! I colored the image with Stampin' Up Markers... nothing fancy, just quick and easy!

The sentiment is a $1 wooden stamp from AC Moore!

Card Details:
Paper: Whisper White, Tempting Turquoise, Pumpkin Pie, Pink Passion, Dots & Dashes DP, Pink Flamingo Dp
Stamps: Riley by Hanna Stamps & $1 Sentiment Stamp
Ink: Stazon Jet Black & Tempting Turquoise
Accessories: SU Markers, Satin Ribbon (Satin Sensations), Swiss Dots Embossing Folder (ProvoCraft)

I hope you have a great day!

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

CD10 - Tango Teal Kiwi

*Edited to add Design Team member's cards... I don't know how I messed that up!*

Hi everyone... welcome to today's Color Dare! I can't believe this is already our 10th combo!

Here are the colors:

Tangerine Tango
Kiwi Kiss
Taken with Teal

I really like the brightness of this color combo! I find Tangerine Tango kind of hard to use, so this was the push I needed to use some of it!

I hope you can play along! Make sure you use keyword CD10 if you upload to Splitcoast Stampers! Link your card in our comments section so we can check out all of your great creations!

Here are card samples from the awesome design team!!!!