Thursday, October 31, 2013

Afternoon Picnic

I was going through my DSP collection and found this pretty paper called Afternoon Picnic and so I decided to play the Paper Players challenge with this paper. It lends itself to need very little stamping so it made a quick and easy card. I used Sweet Essentials for the stamping. All the rest is from the DSP. (new camera) not sure how to work all the fancy gadgets!

Happy Halloween!

Well, this is my last Halloween project for 2013 and this is a cute little Halloween bottle for the kids next door. I always want to fix something a little special for them. They are the only young children on my street!

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Card Keeper with Cards

I sat down the other day and starting going through some of my tutorials that I save and NEVER seem to get around to using. Well, this one has 4 pretty cards and a card holder. I got the card holder tutorial here from Lisa Young. Her tutorial is easy to follow. I think it came out rather nicely. I am thinking Christmas gifts class.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Baby Cap Gift Card Holder

I got this sweet little gift card tutorial from the Create with Connie and Mary Winter Tutorial previews here.  Her sample was of course, for Christmas. I simply changed my colors and did a cute little baby cap to hold a gift card using the colors for the Dynamic Duo's Challenge this week. It was fun and easy to follow! Of course, the colors are the challenge colors of Perfect Plum and Wisteria Wonder.

Technique Tuesday - Coloring Glitter Paper

Are you looking for a Wow! with Glitter Paper? Well, this card and the colored glitter paper are just for you. Check out the video below for a fun and simple technique!

Monday, October 28, 2013

A Cute Treat Box for Thanksgiving

I got this great tutorial from Chic' n Scratch  to make this little box so I pulled out some retired DSP to make one. I always use my 'old' DSP to make new projects just in case I totally mess it up! But, as her instructions and video are great I made it in one shot. I will be again cruising for Thanksgiving so I need little boxes for those extra tips I like to leave around the ship. This will be easy to pack and assemble on the ship so it will not get smushed in my luggage. You can fill it with little treats like cash or candy.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

A Thinlits Card

Happy Birthday Card
• Remembering Your Birthday Stamp Set

• Crushed Curry Cardstock
• Pool Party Cardstock
• Whisper White Cardstock
• Natural Composition Specialty Designer Series Paper 

• Pool Party Classic Stampin' Pad®

Stampin’ Up! Accessories
• Stampin' Dimensionals®
• Big Shot™
• Circle Card Thinlits™ Dies
• Sewing machine and thread

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Hand Stamped Sentiments Sketch Challenge

As you can plainly see I am again playing with a sketch. It is so simple and so stress-free. You hardly have to 'work' to make a great project or card when following a sketch and yet, it is still all your own...not cased. So this was again a quickie as I am out of town again! I started with more of the hoarded DSP and made my card from that and the sketch. I used colors from the DSP to make the 5-Way Flower...Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight, Pear Pizzazz and Night of Navy. The sentiment is from Sassy Salutations.

My card is not is the shadows of my basement!

Friday, October 25, 2013

Halloween Pixie's

Another quick and simple 3-D project for you. I see I have not done one in a little while. This one was so quick...take some Pixie Stix, tie them together and add a cute stamped tag!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

CAS - Monday Lunchtime Sketch

I felt very inspired to do this simple sketch at the Monday Lunchtime blog this week. I am so behind on my blogging (I usually like to be weeks ahead) and I am working day-to-day. So, today I am playing with this sketch. It was so simple that I had to keep my card simple. I love all the DSP  and tend to 'hoard' it a bit too much so I am really trying to use more of it this year. This is from the fun Birthday Basics and I used the little stamps from My Paper Pumpkin for the sentiment.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Happy Birthday, Stampin' Up!

Click on the picture to see the lists of 25% off stamp sets. Hurry, this will not go on forever!

Technique Tuesday - Orange and Black...A Halloween Fact

Well, not really a fact but Orange and Black are fairly prominent colors for Halloween. The challenge at the Dynamic Duo's this week is Dark Orange and Black. Of course with Halloween so near I had to make a little treat for the kids in my class at school. I made this quick and easy candy holder that starts with a scalloped square and my Big Shot. I then scored it like a Tic-Tac-Toe board and diagonally at the 4 corners. Fold and add ribbon and you are done. I added Halloween elements using the fun Halloween Hello stamp set. Enjoy! See the bottom for a visual of scoring lines.

Score on all the orange lines

Monday, October 21, 2013


I guess for me, it is the anticipation and the 'what is it' factor that really gets me. It is like getting an unexpected present in the mail every month. This month is a cute note pad for the fridge. It would make a great gift, too bad I didn't order more!

CAS Masculine Birthday Card

I am playing withThe Paper Players today. The challenge is for CAS Masculine Birthday card. What is CAS...Clean and Simple. Well, that is right up my alley so I jumped right in and played with a no layer card. How is that for CAS. I masked the edge to make it have a little texture, blotted on colors with my sponge and stamped the lovely oak leaf from French Foliage. Done and done!

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Wetlands and an Oops!

I just got this set this week and when I saw the sketch for this week well I knew I wanted to use that new rubber! The goose is so pretty and I love the outdoors feel to it all. Here is the sketch...

And here is my card. I made a big oops but I think I fixed it!

How did I mess up you ask? Well, I cut my background piece too short. So, I had to separate and it then cut my circle to hide my oops. I then placed the grass over the gap. Now, no one will ever know. See the pic below. No waste, huh! This is from the Soho Subway DSP. Doesn't it look great with the outdoors stamps?

Saturday, October 19, 2013


We don't get much snow around here in Atlanta and when we do get inclement weather it is usually in the form of ice rather than snow. However, I believe there is lots of snow out there. I was once in Colorado Springs in January and saw my first ice covered pond. Kids were out playing on it and I made my hubby pull over so I could get out and walk on the frozen pond. Really cool! All that to say, I made this pretty Believe card using the challenge sketch from Technostamper's Mojo Monday sketch. I used my first snowflake Frosted Finishes embellishment. Aren't they pretty?

Friday, October 18, 2013

A 2-Fer Day - Merry Little Christmas

I am so busy now with work and travelling with my hubby that I have to start getting ahead with Christmas and sketches. So, I combined them all in this little card. I used elements from different things that were sitting on my desk (a very messy desk). I took the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches and the colors from The Paper Players to make this card. It was quick and easy. A perfect example of being busy...I missed the cutoff for the Paper Players!

Etcetera Designer Paper


I feel like I have been a bit behind this week. Today, Thursday is the first day I have gotten to sit down and stamp at all. I am playing 'catuch-up' with sketches and challenges. They are the easiest to do because they are all laid out for you. Just pick stamps and colors and the rest just seem to come together. I have to say though that I am always challenged by these diagonal sketches. Well, here goes.


Thursday, October 17, 2013

More Paper Pumpkin Cards

This is the cards I made using the September Paper Pumpkin kit. The card that came with it had to fun swirl pattern on it already. The kit came with 2 stamps, Wahoo! and You Did It! I thought it would make great masculine birthday cards so that is what I focused on for it. I used the Happy Birthday stamp from the Create a Cupcake set. 

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Another Paper Pumpkin

This was the July set (I think). It featured a banner for a cake or a party decoration. Not wanting to use it for that, I adapted it to be a couple of cards. Now, I still have pieces left over so I can make a banner if desired but for now it is cards.

I will hope to see you tomorrow!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Technique Tuesday - Heat Embossing

I made this little fall card a few weeks ago and just now got to post it. I started with piece of Crushed Curry DSP and using my versamark I stamped with Wonderfall. I heat embossed it and then sponged Chocolate Chip, Pumpkin Pie and Old Olive over the stamped images. It was a quick and easy card to make.

  • Choose a DSP
  • Using Versamark stamp your images randomly over DSP
  • Emboss using clear embossing powder
  • Sponge with one or more colors over the whole piece of paper
  • Embellish and assemble as desired

Monday, October 14, 2013

Everyday Occasions Kit

The Everyday Occasions Cardmaking Kit is fantastic!!
Why go to the store when a birthday, graduation, wedding or even a time for expressing gratitude comes up?
The Everyday Occasions Cardmaking Kit puts cards for all of those events right at your fingertips, and best of all, they'll be handmade!
The kit contains everything necessary (minus adhesive and scissors) to create 20 beautiful cards for almost any occasion, and it comes in a beautiful box to store them in.
Limited Time only deal, email me for more info or to order. The kit is the perfect gift for someone you love!
  • Everyday Occasions Card Kit item #134797 and it's $29.95

Sunday, October 13, 2013

CCMC272 - Color Challenge


It is a color sketch and such pretty colors too! I decided to make a slightly smaller card with elements that stick off the page and still fit in a standard A-2 envelope. I used Simply Sketched with these challenge colors and an old layout I saw on Mary's blog. I also used the Flower Garden embossing folder. It was fun and turned out pretty too!


Saturday, October 12, 2013

Mojo Monday 314 Contest -- Regarding Dahlias

This is a great sketch and I did mine in a square card. Not the cheapest to mail but still fun! I played with one of my favorite color, white and black. 

Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge 284

I had my gals from my monthly stamper's club here the other night and we played with 2 of the wonderful kits in the catalog. The first one was the from the big catty. We used the essentials from the Simply Sent 'On its Way.' I just gave them the stickers, card and envie with an assortment of stamps. Mine was done with this challenge in mind. Mine is first and the others follow. Didn't they all do a great job?