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Saturday, October 18, 2008

October 18 - Think Pink

One of my favorite color combos is pink & brown. Love it!

Stamps: Fishy Friends, Crab & Company, It's Your Birthday
CS: chocolate chip, pretty in pink, white
Ink: brown stazon, chocolate chip
Accessories: ribbon, WW crayons, scrubby for BG
Techniques: distressing, masking

Monochromatic Cards in Browns

I love brown cards. They can feel warm and cozy or look very elegant. This first card was for a featured stamper challenge.

Featured Stamper: SweetMissDaisy

* I used the same stamps and colors.
* I turned the sketch and added a layer.
* I left off the brads & paper piercing.

Here's Anna's gorgeous card.

Stamps: Natural Beauty, Priceless
Colors: chocolate chip, close to cocoa, black, very vanilla
Accessories: taffeta ribbon, WW crayons, dimensionals
Techniques: sponging

This was made for a friend who lost her bird.

Garden Silhouettes

Stamps: Garden Sihouettes, Baroque Motifs
Paper: chocolate chip, creamy caramel, very vanilla
Ink: same
Accessories: ribbon
Techniques: distressing

October 17 - Think Pink

This is an anniversary card to hubby and me from the cats. LOL!

Stamps: Cuddles & Hugs - Gina K. Designs, Sanded & Petite Patterns - SU
Paper: pretty pink, regal rose, basic gray, basic black, white
Ink: black, basic gray, regal rose
Accessories: CM cutting system, Marvy scallop punch, CM heart maker, button punch, ribbon, Copic markers, black SU marker


Isn't this kitty just the cutest?!? My DH buys me some new Halloween display every year. I think I got this little guy 2 years ago.

Directions for Qbee's Peek-A-Boo boxes can be found on SCS here.

Stamps: Halloween Backgrounds, Michael's $1 stamps
Colors: pumpkin pie, black, white
Accessories: black gingham ribbon

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Hip Hop Thursday

OMG! This Hip Hop Thursday at Unity is so much fun! Today is my first time playing. I was able to do this challenge (with Hey Chick) thanks to my Wish RAK friends. I can't wait to get my own Unity stamps.

This is my card for the Hip Hop Unity flower challenge. The image, pumpkin pie DSP, primas, and brads were all received through Wish RAK!

And guess what? I won a Hawaiin flower stamp! That was the icing on the cake for this Hip Hop newbie!

Stamps: Hey Chick - Unity
Paper: chocolate chip, pumpkin pie, pumpkin pie DSP, white
Ink: black, creamy caramel, chocolate chip
Accessories: Copic and SU markers, ribbon, primas, brads, wide oval punch
Techniques: sponging

October 16 - Think Pink

Here's another Hip Hop creation I made tonight for the Kids Card Challenge. This is a trio challenge: Hip Hop Kid card, color challenge, and Wish RAK challenge

Hip Hop Kid Card: OK... this may not be your average kid card, but my 6 year old niece is not your average 6 year old! She's loud, creative, and the leader of all the cousins. LOL! She makes up plays, has the lead roll, and sings... LOUDLY. OK... so she started cheerleading a couple of weeks ago. Guess what? She's shy!!!! She's had 3 games and she's starting to get into it. I'm going to go watch her this weekend. and this card is going to her.

Stamps: Hey Chick - Unity
Paper: pretty in pink, pretty in pink DSP, pink pirouette DSP, black, white
Ink: Black
Accessories: Copic markers, eyelets, ribbon, dimensionals

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

October 15 - Think Pink

Are not these these trees from TAC just the cutest?!? (Right click on the photo to see the detailed design on the trees!) I especially love the pink one! Whenever I make a pink Christmas card, I think of "Charlie Brown's Christmas". When I was a kid, I used to laugh and snicker at the colorful tin trees for sale. The pink tin tree has always stuck with me. I think pink is a very pretty non-traditional color for the season.

Stamps: Seasonal Cuties (trees) - TAC, All Year Cheer 3 - SU
Paper: white, certainly celery, pretty in pink
Ink: same
Accessories: markers, taffeta ribbon, scallop punch, CM custom cutting system, dimensionals

Buttons, Buttons, Buttons

I love buttons but hardly use them. So, I'm making an effort to consider them before deciding if a card is "finished". Today, I used them on my SCS sketch challenge card. I admit, I had a hard time with this sketch. So, I tried it on a square card. This card measures 3x3. I received the Deer Friends image and the buttons from Wish RAK.

Stamps: Deer Friends
Paper: close to cocoa, real red, whisper white, CM patterned paper
Ink: creamy caramel
Accessories: SU clocoa & red markers, white gel pen, ribbon, buttons, dimensionals, SU scallop punch, Marvy scallop punch

CC Designs is fast becoming a favorite stamp company of mine. I just love this little doggy... And I'm not allergic to him!!!!

Stamps: It's My Birthday - CC Designs, Fantastic Foliage - SU
Paper: white, wild wasabi, real red & DSP
Ink: black, wild wasabi
Accessories: ribbon, buttons, CM cutting system, Copic markers, real red SU marker

Sitting on both sides of the fence...

... as usual. LOL! I have a special needs child and I'm a special education teacher. That definitely has its advantages and disadvantages... truly. I know what to do AND I know too much to make me worry. LOL! (BTW, DH says worrying is a hobby of mine. Sigh)

This photo does not reflect my political views. I'm not thrilled with either presidential candidate. But it is another positive sign, to me, that Sara Palin is just one of us with perseverance to make our lives a better place.

Sarah Palin is from my generation. She is a working Mom. She stands up to what is right regardless of her party affiliation. Her religious beliefs are close to mine. She has a special needs child. Her family isn't perfect, but they support each other. And what did she do last weekend, she stopped the bus to get a pack of diapers. She's so... normal.

Now, I'm not "supposed" to like Sarah Palin. I'm a dedicated union employee. I was raised in a political family and remember walking in parades and handing out fliers door to door... to help my Democratic family run for various offices.

It's really hard not to like her.

So, I'm not going to tell you who I'm going to vote for... well with this exception. My best friend is running for the local school board... and she's getting my vote. :)

Photo taken by Kevin Kelly

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

October 14 - Think Pink

I think this set from Sweet 'n Sassy is just the cutest!

This card is a double challenge.
SCS color challenge: CC188
Mojo Monday: Mojo56

Stamps: Snow Friends - Sweet 'n Sassy
Paper: pink pirouette, pretty in pink, black, white, pink pirouette DSP
Ink: black
Accessories: Copic markers, SU black marker, liquid applique, eyelets, circle & scallop punches, CM custom cutting system, Michael's ribbon, dimensionals, white gel pen

Snowmen look great in any colors!

This was one of the first Christmas cards I made. (2005 maybe?) I still love Frosty.

Stamps: Frosty, Canvas
Paper: black, brocade blue, real red, white
Ink: black, brocade blue
Accessories: markers, ribbon, spiral clip

Mmmmm! I love chocolate! LOL!

Stamps: Festive Four, The Snowflake Spot
Paper: chocolate chip, close to cocoa, very vanilla
Ink: chocolate chip, close to cocoa, cranberry crisp
Accessories: markers, ribbon, paper piercer & mat stack
Techniques: sponging

Monday, October 13, 2008

October 13 - Think Pink

I wanted to make a girly card with the boat from the SU set Toy Box.

SU Stamps: Toy Box, Small Sayings
Inky Antics: sentiment
Paper: pretty in pink, pretty in pink DSP, white
Ink: black, pretty in pink
Accessories: paper clip, ribbon, SU markers, paper piercer & mat stack, dimensionals
Techniques: faux stitching

This card measures 4.25 square. I use A Muse envelopes.

Monkey Hugs

I just love this adorable monkey. It was when I saw this cute guy in the SCS gallery that I discovered CC Designs. What an adorable collection of sets!

CC Designs - Monkey Love
SU Stamps: Because of You (grass)
Paper: wild wasabi, wild wasabi DSP, creamy caramel, white
Ink: black, wild wasabi
Accessories: CM custom cutting system, Marvy scallop punch, ribbon, Copic markers, white gel pen

This card measures 4.25 square. I use 4.5 A Muse envelopes.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

October 12 - Think Pink

Polka Dots & Paisley was sent to Demos shortly before Christmas 2 years ago. And I still LOVE it! I used SCS's Sketch #106 for this card.

Stamps: Polka Dots & Paisley, Happy Everything
Paper: pretty in pink, basic black, whisper white
Ink: pretty in pink, black, mellow moss
Accessories: SU markers, ribbon

Michigan Mini Mingle October 11, 2008

Yesterday was the Mini Mingle! I had a lot of fun seeing people from last March and chatting, crafting, and more chatting. Here are pics of some of the people sitting around me. I almost forgot to get my camera out I was chatty. LOL! But I got a couple of pics. On the left is Anne. She is such a sweetheart.

On the right is Emma.... now named the crazy English driver. LOL! I say the lovingly of course. :) She is such a sweetheart too... but watch out for her in turnabouts... whoa! LOL! stamping across from Emma is Michelle. The two of them together are a hoot!

And here are our Mini Mingle coordinators: Robin and Baby Avery! Avery is 4 months old. Isn't she the cutest!?!

And, Wow! Joni (jstarbright) made this mini album for me as a thank you gift. It's beautiful and you didn't have to... but I LOVE IT!

And this is the door prize I was lucky enough to get. Isn't it beautiful?!? I keep studying it. LOL! I've been such a chicken about altering things. Some day I'll start. I think Robin made this prize.

Michigan Mini Mingle October 11, 2008

This is the name tag I made for myself for the Mini Mingle.
I have Wish RAK friends to thank for the the Nestie scallop and eyelets!
I signed my name as Miss Boo.
Once I did that, I wasn't sure how to get my real name on it
and have it balanced and looking nice. So, I left it like this!

Stamp: Stamping Bella - Witchybella
Accessories: Nestie scallop rectangle, eyelets, ribbon,
Martha Stewart paunches - bat & spider web, and Copic markers

The following are the cards I made during the all day event. Yes, that's right... only 4! LOL! I'm a little chatty... just a little (wink).

Stamps: Booglie Eyes
Paper: black, white, only orange
Ink: black, gray
Accessories: ribbon, CB pumpkin harvest (Wish RAK), Nestie scallop rectangle (Wish RAK), SU markers

Stamps: Costume Bears (PIF), Tiny Talk
Paper: only orange, black, white, CM patterned paper
Ink: black, only orange
Accessories: Copic markers, small star, word window, and circle punches, ribbon, brads (Wish RAK)

Layout inspired by a card made by genie1314. I added more ribbon, brads and the tabs.

Stamps: URA Hoot - Cornish Heritage Farms (PIF), sentiment - TAC, Sanded BG - SU (Wish RAK)
Paper: chocolate chip, creamy caramel, regal rose, white
Ink: black, chocolate chip, regal rose
Accessories: scallop edge, oval, circle, and designer label punches, eyelet, Copic markers, ribbon (PIF)

Stamps: Crazy for Cupcakes, Family Phrases
Paper: chocolate chip, creamy caramel, more mustard, pretty in pink, DP (I think it's DCWV)
Ink: brown satzon, chocolate chip, creamy caramel, real red
Accessories: ribbon, SU markers, CB swiss dots (Wish RAK), circle & scallop punches, CM heart maker

Layout: Beate's weekend sketch WSC10

A Walk Down Memory Lane

Dawnmercedes and I went to Novi for the Rubber Stamp & Paper Arts Festival in August 2008. This picture is of Dawn with Tracey from Starving Artistamps. Fun times. Dawn tells the story so well on her blog.

The Michigan Mingle in March 2008 at Birch Run was a blast. Here are Joni, Debra, and ? (Sorry I can't recall your name. I must be getting old!)

During the day at the Mingle, we took a break and went to famous Frankenmuth for some fabulous chicken and butter noodles! YUM!

Wow! This event took place a year ago. It really doesn't seem like it's been that long! We were at a shoebox swap in Cincinnati Ohio. This is a photo of the original challenge chasers chat thread that attended the event: Jeanne, Dawn, Me, Kittie, Sherry, and Amber.

This was my first SCS event.... SHOPPING... at the Stampaway Convention (Aug. 2007) in Cincinnati!

Sherry, Bev, Barb, Me, the cowardly lion, Dawn, and Amber.