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Saturday, June 6, 2009

Dazzled Again! - Hello There, Birdie!

My DH was at work all day and DS kept himself occupied. Yeah me! :)

My inspiration for this card came from 2 places.

This is my 4th card for the Inspiration Challenge today! I guess I love the Design Dazzle site! Here is The Birds and the Trees room.

And secondly, I thought the WishRAK sketch challenge worked great with this room. The picket fence reminds me of the foot of the bed. The sketch was taken from Fiskars. On the site, it said we were free to interpret the "tags" as similar shapes.

Wish RAK items: bashful blue gingham ribbon & bashful blue CS
Stamps: Cheep Talk (sentiment is on the scallop oval)
Paper: white, bashful blue, rose red
Ink: chocolate chip, garden green, brilliant blue, pumpkin pie
Accessories: Marvy scallop oval & flower punches, SU wide oval punch, taffeta ribbon, gingham ribbon, white gel pen, dimensionals

More Inspiration from Design Dazzle

My 2nd card for today's Inspiration Challenge: Design Dazzle. I was inspired by the Circus Nursery.

I also tried to incorporate the Mojo Madness sketch89. Once I was done, I realized that I forgot to separate the top and bottom half. oops.

Stamps: Animal Crackers
Paper: white, real red, so saffron, DSP, DP
Ink: black, so saffron marker
Accessories: Martha Stewart zig zag punch, Copic markers, gingham ribbon, small star, circle & scallop circle punches

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

My 3rd card for today's Inspiration challenge: Design Dazzle. I was inspired by the Safari Baby Nursery.

Stamps: jungle animals (Whipper Snapper - WishRAK), Family Phrases (Stampin' Up!)
Paper: creamy caramel, white, chocolate chip DSP
Ink: black, chocolate chip marker
Accessories: Copic markers, circle punches, paper piercer
Techniques: faux stitching, out-of-the-box

Handmade Rainbow Sherbert DP

This week's Ways to Use It Challenge on Splitcoast:

Do you ever find yourself wanting to create a design along a certain theme but don’t have stamps or product that really captures it? The great way to get around that without running off the store is to create your own image.

Well, I discovered what to do for the Ways to Use It challenge a couple of days late.

I absolutely loved the card that Holly (TOY) made today for the Inspiration challenge. I loved the colors and layout! I had to go back and look at it again after I commented. That's when I noticed it.... The Rainbow Sherbert DP! I hadn't expected it retire. And I didn't act fast enough and missed out. So, I made my own... at least of this pattern. What do you think?

Here's Holly's adorable card.

*I used handmade paper instead of DP.
*I used a different sentiment, CD ef and ribbon.
*I used Stickles instead of pearls.
*I changed the orange candy dots to photo corner punches (to hide a boo-boo!)
*I used 2 butterflies.
Same colors and layout!!!!

Stamps: Best Wishes (Inkadinkdo), Little Pieces (Stampin' Up!)
Paper: white, gable green, tempting turquoise, only orange, Green galore
Ink: green galore, gable green, tempting turquoise, only orange
Accessories: ribbon, Stickles (diamond & orange peel), Martha Stewart butterfly punch, photo corner punches (Wish RAK), CB Swiss Dots (WishRAK)

Surf's Up!

Thank goodness for inspiration challenges. I have fallen in love with Design Dazzle! They even have a blog! This surfer has been colored since last summer... just waiting to be put on a card. It was on my table waiting to be used for a WishRAK challenge when I saw the surfer room on Design Dazzle. I needed sand! I needed a palm tree. Well, I looked but no palm tree. But I did pretend with a few leaves. :) I also used my "cloud" template made with scallop scissors. I should have sponged it a little more. I believe I received the surfer penguin from PIF. I received the CB SWiss Dots BG from Wish RAK. Here is the room that inspired all the extras.

Stamps: surfer penguin (Inky Antics), sentiment (A Muse), Itty Bitty BGs & Bodacious Bouquet (Stampin' Up),
Paper: pacific point, riding hood red, white
Ink: black, riding hood red, creamy caramel, bashful blue, old olive, summer sun (marker)
Accessories: Copic markers, ribbon, large oval & oval scallop punches, dimensionals, CB Swiss Dots

Friday, June 5, 2009

Cupcake Wishes Scraps Card

Here's my 2nd card today for SCS's Limited Supplies Challenge. I hope that my scraps don't count as layers... or the challenge police will be after me!

Limited Supplies Challenge: One Layer summer Card. Summer means lots of birthdays in my family!

FTL43 - Fall to Layout #43 can be found here.

Stamps: Darling Dots, Big Bold Birthday
Paper: white, real red, pretty in pink, real red & regal rose DSP
Ink: SU markers - real red, close to cocoa, regal rose, pretty in pink
Accessories: ribbon, large oval, circle & scallop circle punches

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

A Child's Get Well Card

Stamps: giraffe & grass (DRS Designs), Fancy Flexible Phrases & Big Bold Birthday (Stampin' Up)
Paper: white, more mustard, SU-DP
Ink: black, bashful blue, mellow moss
Accessories: Copic markers, ribbon, CM custom cutting system, sponge, dimensionals

DRS Designs Blog Challenge:
Get Well cards


I just had to cave, despite my tight budget. These 2 sets from Taylored Expressions are so adorable AND Taylored Expressions will donate $7.00 to Sick Kids for the Berry Special set and $4.00 to Sick Kids for the Berry Special Accessories set.

The Hospital for Sick Children(Sick Kids) is located in Canada. This charity is very special to designer Nancy McKinney whose family was helped directly by them. Please go to Nancy's blog for the story of her son Henri.

The Hospital for Sick Children (Sick Kids) is a health-care community dedicated to improving the health of children. Their mission is to provide the best in family-centered, compassionate care, to lead in scientific and clinical advancement, and to prepare the next generation of leaders in child health. The hospital is located in Canada, but is known around the world for its innovation and leadership in research.

LSC223 - Summer Flowers

Limited Supply Challenge: One Layer Summer card

I'm not sure why, but blue checks always makes me think of kitchen curtains with a cool summer breeze coming in the window.

I made the leaves myself. I cut them out free-hand and then embossed them using the Scor-Pal. It doesn't show well in the photo. Each leaf has 3 embossed veins. The middle flower is stamped twice and popped up on dimensionals.

Stamps: checked flowers (DRS Designs), Absolutely Fabulous (Stampin' Up)
Paper: WW, certainly celery, SU-DP
Ink: bashful blue
Accessories: ribbon, circle punches, Scor-Pal, dimensionals

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Unity Hip Hop Challenges

Unity's Color Challenge:
Little Ladybug's red, white, & black (no ladybug required!

Stamps: squatty vase (Unity), sentiment (SU's Short & Sweet)
Paper: white, real red, real red DSP, basic black
Ink: real red, basic black
Accessories: Michael's ribbon, SU scallop edge punch, SU markers, CM custom cutting system, Marvy Mega scallop circle punch

Hip Hop Challenge: Unity has so Much to Say (Create a background using a Unity sentiment)

Stamps: Little Me (Unity)
Paper: white, regal rose, close to cocoa
Ink: Palette burnt umber, SU markers (regal rose & close to cocoa), Copic markers
Accessories: regal rose ribbon; oval, scallop edge, and scallop oval punches


Wow! Look at all this ribbon! I LOVE RIBBON!!!! I found these new In-Colors ribbon on Janet Wakeland's blog. Click here!

I wish I was still a demo!

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Best Wishes on Your Wedding Day

I'm disappointed at the photo. The river rock CS matches so much better in real life. I don't the the brand of DP, but I did receive a comment that it might be from TAC.

Stamps: Oval All
Paper: WW, river rock, unknown DP
Ink: river rock
Accessories: organza ribbon, oval & oval scallop punches

New SU Samples from the NEW Catty!!

You can find card samples using new Stampin' Up! sets here! Oh boy, I need to not only save $, I need to get busy on eBay!!!

Bug & Kisses - Some More Sketch Challenges from the Past

SCS Sketch 161

Stamps: Warm Words
Paper: white, pretty in pink DSP
Ink: regal rose
Accessories: paper piercer, marker, silk flower, clear button
Techniques: faux stitching

SCS Sketch 119

Stamps: Bugs & Kisses, Headline Alphabet, Butterfly Happiness, Brushstroke Alphabet, Cheesecloth, All In A Row, heart BG unknown
Paper: close to cocoa, creamy caramel, pretty in pink, regal rose, white
Ink: close to cocoa, regal rose, black, creamy caramel, so saffron, real red
Accessories: hemp, circle punches, markers

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

New In-Colors!

I found a sneak peek of the Stampin' Up! '09/'10 In-Colors! And I LOVE them all! And this year we have polka-dotted ribbon and markers! Here is the blog I found them on, The Stamp Workshop. She compares each color with 2 other SU colors.

I'm dreaming of summer!

SCS Color Challenge: riding hood red, kiwi kiss, tangerine tango (I ended up using only orange in place of tangerine tango.)

Stamps: SU Sparkling summer, TAC sentiment
Accessories: scallop & circle punches, Michael's ribbon, paper piercer & mat pack, Scor-Pal, Copic markers (R29, YG03, YR07, YR20)

Sunday, May 31, 2009


Clean and Simple inspired by summer tote bags from Lands' End.

Stamps: Unity - Mix Up of Cuteness
Paper: white, apricot appeal DSP, tangerine tango
Ink: black
Accessories: taffeta ribbon, Copic markers, Marvy scallop oval punch, SU scallop edge and wide oval punches, CM custom cutting system, white gel pen, CB Swiss Dots(Wish RAK), dimensionals

This is our first week of summer challenges and I'm so excited to announce the new CAS design team! Keeping secrets is hard!!!

hskelly: SCS gallery

lisahenke: SCS gallery, Blog

Stampin' Annie: SCS gallery, Blog

Some More Orange Cards from the Past


Stamps: Unfroggettable, Favorite Teddy Bear, Because of You, Fancy Flexible Phrases
Paper: apricot appeal, only orange, basic black, white
Ink: black stazon
Accessories: SU markers, ribbon, circle punch, CM heart maker, paper piercer & mat stack

Pink Caterpillar

This card measures 4.25 square.
It fits in a 4.5 envelope from A Muse.

SU Stamps: Bugs & Kisses, Because of You, Itty Bitty BGs, Little Pieces, Small Sayings
Stampendous Stamps: Friendly Phrases
CS & Ink: regal rose, pumpkin pie, apricot appeal
Accessories: ribbons, eyelet, dimensionals
Techniques: sponging with pumpkin pie

Happy Retirement

This card measures 4.25 square. I use $.5 square envelopes from A Muse.

Stamps: On the Beach, Sweet & Sassy, sentiment by A Muse
Paper: pumpkin pie, apricot appeal, white
Ink: black, apricot appeal
Accessories: markers, eyelets, gingham ribbon, CM custom cutting system


Stamps: Big Bold Birthday, By Sea, True Friend
Paper: only orange, apricot appeal, white
Ink: only orange, apricot appeal
Accessories: Michael's ribbon, dimensionals, orange marker

Thinking of You

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

Stamps: Petal Prints, Weathered, Warmest Regards
Paper: pumpkin pie, apricot appeal, white
Ink: pumpkin pie, apricot appeal
Accessories: CM custom cutting system, Marvy scallop punch, organdy ribbon, white gel pen
generation stamping, sponging

Recent Cards I Haven't Posted

Here is another CAS16 make-over card.

I used the same flowers. I reduced the layers and embellishments as well as changed the layout. I used just 2 of the 3 original colors.

Stamps: Happiness Always
Paper: almost amethyst, DSP, WW
Ink: almost amethyst, lovely lilac, mellow moss
Accessories: ribbon, Martha Stewart lace punch

Featured Stamper: mkstampin74

* I used a white base with a CB birds & swirls BG instead of a colored base with a stamped BG.
* I used the same layout.
* I used different DP and sentiment.

Here's Mercy's beautiful card.

Stamp: Mini Mates
Paper: white, DCWV & Stampjn' Up DP
Ink: certainly celery marker, ballet blue
Accessories: ribbon, square punch, dimensionals, CB Birds & Swirls (Wish RAK)

May VSN Las Vegas Theme - Double Down Cupcakes

Stamps: Oh So Sweet (SU), Tag Lines (Gina K Designs)
Paper: white, real red, real red DSP, chocolate chip
Ink: real red, close to cocoa
Accessories: white gel pen, Scor-Pal, scallop square Nesties (Wish RAK), dimensionals

May VSN - Glittered Cherries

This is the first time I've used Dazzling Diamonds like this. I even pulled out my Stickles that just sit on my shelf. Thanks for the push!

Stamps: Oh So Sweet (SU), Punchy Words (Gina K), sewing stamp (Hero Arts ?)
Paper: chocolate chip, real red, real red DSP
Ink: real red, close to cocoa, old olive, creamy caramel (for sponging)
Accessories: Dazzling Diamonds, Stickles, circle punches, Marvy scallop circle punch, buttons, hemp, white gel pen, dimensionals, sponge

SCS Sketch Challenge 229

Almost everything on this card was received through Wish RAK!

Stamps: Coast to Coast, Curvy Verses
Paper: close to cocoa, chocolate chip, creamy caramel, Naturals Ivory
Ink: brown stazon, creamy caramel, chocolate chip
Accessories: Top Note dies, ribbon, brads, unknown DP, sponge

This card measures 5x5 square.