Monday, November 30, 2009

Happy Monday

I got a chance to remake a card and am much more pleased with the result. Love the colors and simple layout. The piercing really makes it something special.

Stampin Tips:
1. If you don't like your card someday you can get a chance to go back when you have a fresh brain and redo it. Although the card can't be that horrible that you can't give someone joy by sending it to them!
2. Layer punches. This one is simple. It's just boho blossoms punch. But you'd be surprised at the fun looks you can get by combining a few punches.

Hope you have a great day!

Sunday, November 29, 2009

EjoyVC13 - technique

I thought it was time for another technique challenge! I chose one of my favorite techniques, even though I don't do it very often - Wet Paper Watercolor.
To do this technique I used my aquapainter brush (or you can spray the paper with a waterbottle). I wet the paper, then stamped on it. I used my retired spectrum pad to get multicolored look. Once it was dry I stamped over it again. Here's a close up:

I also used another technique for the snowman image - Rock'N'Roll. First I inked my image with light blue, then with the ink pad I rolled the stamp edges in the darker blue.

I hope you join along with me for my variety challenge this week. EjoyVC13 - Wet Paper Watercolor Technique! Please link your creation to Mr. Linky and if you load to an online gallery please use the code EjoyVC13 so I can find it! I'd love for you to be inspired to create with this great technique!

Stampin' Up! stamps: Two Cool Dudes, Branch Out (snowflakes), Season of Joy (sentiment)
Colors: Ballet Blue, Bashful Blue, Night of Navy, Brocade Blue, White

Friday, November 27, 2009

Friday 2 card challenge - LSC248

Here are my two cards for today's Limited Supplies Challenge at Splitcoast Stampers. The challenge was to make 2 cards with different layouts from the same image and colors. I got this gorgeous color combination from Stampin Addicts. So Saffron, Always Artichoke, Rich Razzleberry. I really love Rich Razzleberry from this year's In Colors!

My first card takes a layout from Clean&Simple Stamping. On both cards I popped up the flowers with stampin' dimensionals.

This card layout I made up! I decided to change the placement of the eyelets on this one, so they weren't in the flowers. But I miss that brightness in the flowers from the first card.

Stampin Up stamps: Embrace Life, Delight in Life, Goody-Goody-Gumdrops
Punches: Word window, modern label, oval, scallop oval, corner rounder

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Two cards on Thursday

I've been making so many cards recently, I thought I would upload 2 today!

The first one is for the Diva Coffee Break Design sketch. It uses a portion of the sizzix die "Join the Cheer". I added a bit of piercing and a designer brad in the "o". Fun sketch!

This one is for Pals Paper Arts KISS challenge - Keep it Simple, Sweetie! Nothing hard here, just a horizontal slot punch and tied ribbon. I inked the sentiment and snowflakes in Chocolate Chip ink on Chocolate Chip paper so its fairly faint.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009


Here's the card I made last night that I'm quite pleased with.
I made it for a challenge on Splitcoast - CC246 - Old Olive, Bermuda Bay, Pretty in Pink
I also used the Fall-to-layout from Clean&Simple Stamping - FTL67

I texturz embossed with the Big Shot using small dots and large dots. The butterfly is textured and the pink panel and Bermuda panel.

Stampin' Up! supplies: Butterflies die, texturz, scallop edge, scallop circle, circle punch, eyelets
Colors: Kraft, Bermuda Bay, Pretty in Pink, White, Old Olive

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Remake to Easel

I took one of my favorite cards and make it an Easel Card. I think it really adds a lot to the card and I love it! It's really easy to make. I made 3 slightly different with different ribbons. This was one of the cards my stamp club made.

Here's the side view. It's just half a piece of cardstock folded in half, then folded in half again. I attached a quarter piece of the same color green cardstock on top of that for the card front. It is flat just like a regular card, but then when it opens up you can prop it up to stand up. I used a row of brads to keep it up.

Here's a close up of the ripping and piercing details. I used a stamp from Autumn Days and colored with marker. Then just stamped in a circle shape. It creates this wonderful wreath.

This is the bottom panel. The texturz embossing came out so lovely! The button is covered with crystal effects. The sentiment was cut out with oval punch and popped up.

Stampin' Up! supplies: Autumn Days, sentiment from Gifts of Christmas, Big Shot, texturz, ribbon, brads, snowflakes die, button die, crystal effects, oval punch
Colors: Old Olive, White, Kraft

Monday, November 23, 2009

Ejoy 2 fold - again!

I made another card today which also fits with my Ejoy challenge. I folded and tore the paper as well. This card is also for CAS42 on Splitcoast - Sponging. It uses FTL68 from Clean & Simple Stamping I love the layouts on that site. I think I'll use this one again!

My card uses Boho Blossoms punch - layered. I love how that looks. I sponged around the outside and on the flowers. There's a row of piercing on the pink.

Stampin' Up! supplies: Fresh Cuts, Boho Blossoms punch, eyelets, double stitched ribbon (retired)
Colors: Pretty in Pink, Melon Mambo, Rich Razzleberry. There's no white on this card!

Sunday, November 22, 2009


My challenge for today.... TWO FOLD. I'm not talking about the type of fancy card fold, but I'm talking about a piece of paper on your card as your decoration. Have two folds on the decorative part of your card front (or other project). I'd love it if this was an inspiration for you to be creative today. I welcome you to come play along. Please link your creation to Mr. Linky and you can use the code words EjoyVC12 if you're uploading to another online gallery.

Here's my card for this challenge...I thought it would be fun to use a lot of In Colors - Rich Razzleberry, Dusty Durango, Bermuda Bay, Soft Suede (and neutral Sahara Sand). I thought the tree looked kind of cozy in its little "blanket". Here's a close up of some of the extras.
Stampin' Up! Supplies: Branch Out, Sincere Salutations, little leaves sizzlit die, Big Shot, oval punches, pewter jumbo eyelet, linen thread. Don't forget the piercing and tearing!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Sketch x2

Today I thought I'd quickly do 2 cards for the sketch on Splitcoast Stampers. I like how they both turned out. I made them both with My Digital Studio. Can you tell I'm loving that program! The nice thing about making them by computer is they are easy to e-mail. I know e-mailed cards are not nearly as nice and don't have the 3D paper-crafting effect, but it's better than nothing! When a situation comes up, you don't want to wait a week for the card to get there!

Today or tomorrow I'll get back to paper-crafting with paper, not just computer. I need to make an EASEL card! Never tried it yet, but am excited to. Stay tuned to see the finished product.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

EjoyVC11 ~ Color choice

Here's my second card for the Ejoy Challenge. The challenge this week is a color choice. Use white and chocolate chip and one other COLOR/COLOR group of your choice. On this card I added BLUES. On the other card I added PURPLES. I'd love to see what you come up with. Please play along and show me your creation for this challenge. The code word is EjoyVC11. You can link with Mr. Linky on the bottom too. Thanks for stopping by, I hope you play along!

Stampin' Up! supplies: MY DIGITAL STUDIO
Colors: Tempting Turquoise, Not Quite Navy, White, Chocolate Chip

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Another Sneak Peek - Digitally!

Here's a card I made today. I'm LOVING the My Digital Studio program. I think one of my favorite things is playing with papers, embellishments and stamp sets that I don't own.
For this card I started from scratch but it still took less than 10 minutes. I thought the layout was pretty unique. I love the stitching!!

This is your sneak peek for the Ejoy Challenge coming up. I'm not going to tell you what it is, but come play along again in a few days! Thanks to those of you who have been playing along!

Friday, November 13, 2009


I just got MY DIGITAL STUDIO yesterday and have been playing with it. This is the first card I made. The program is sooooo easy to use and I love it! I highly recommend it!!! Watch out, scrapbooking room, I might not be visiting you as often!
I started with a designer card, but changed the colors and elements. I just kept the layout and stitching. This program is so easy to manipulate. I absolutely love it!!!
This card is for the Limited Supplies challenge on Splitcoast Stampers. You are to make a THANKFUL card with a bird on it. Fun and easy challenge and I think this card took about 5 minutes to make!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

3 Clean and Simple cards for you

Here are 3 of the cards I've made this week. I haven't posted for a while so I thought I'd share all 3 today! If you are planning on coming to my next card-making class you may be making one or more of these! Simple card. I used markers to color the image with brown and red. There's also a row of piercing and scoring lines. I love this color combination!
Stampin' Up! supplies: Little Holiday Wishes, brads, Chocolate Chip, Ruby Red, Kraft, White
So elegant! I used Autumn days to stamp in the shape of a wreath. I love the added piercing and tearing. The white background is embossed with texturz.
Stampin' Up! supplies: Autumn Days, texturz embossing, Big Shot, bravo burgundy ribbon, always artichoke, white, kraft, ruby red
Clean layout with pop-ups! I used various shades of blue and used a circle punch to cut out some smaller snowflakes and pop them up with Stampin' Dimensionals! The one snowflake by the greeting has a clear rhinestone in the center. I also used word window punch to layer blue behind it so it looks like a shadow.
Stampin' Up! supplies: Snow Swirled, circle punch, rhinestones, word window punch, Bashful blue, white, night of navy, brocade blue
Thanks for looking. I should be getting MY DIGITAL STUDIO anyday now and am so looking forward to playing with that!!!

Saturday, November 7, 2009

RECIPE for fun! EjoyVC10

Hi there challenge lovers! This week is another recipe challenge! Please join along. I'd love to see your card, you can link below with Mr. Linky. If you upload to a gallery, please use the code EjoyVC10!

So, what's the recipe...
1. Use ONE ribbon
2. Participate in TWO challenges!
3. Choice - Use THREE punches/die cuts And/OR use THREE different textures
4. Embellishments in FOUR corners!

The recipe for my card...

1 Old Olive Striped Ribbon

2 Challenges - EjoyVC10 and SASC34 (a sketch from Stampin Addicts)

3 Textures - black textured paper, silver embosssed image, distressed edges

3 Punches - Ticket corner punch, corner rounder, horizontal slot punch

4 brads in the corner

I just found the Stampin Addicts this week. It's a fun website. If you have time, check it out.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Happy tags

Here's the card I made this morning! Again I combined some challenges to have a starting point for this card. I started with colors from Pals Paper Arts challenge - Ruby Red, Taken with Teal, Basic Gray.
I used a sketch from a few weeks ago from Clean & Simple Stamping - Fall-To-Layout #64

The taken with teal strip is texturz embossed. The star is a die cut. I created the tags with word window punch, a circle punch, eyelets and linen thread. I poked a hole in the happy sentiment and threaded through there and tied it. Very simple card layout and a nice way to use the sentiments from the Happy Everything stamp set. Here's a close up so you can see some of the details better:

Stampin' Up supplies: eyelets, linen thread, texturz embossing, word window punch, circle punches, Happy Everything stamp set, Stars die cut
Colors: White, Basic Gray, Ruby Red, Taken with Teal, black

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Winter Wonderland

Outside enjoying winter!
Our first snow pictures of the year.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

The growing puppies

Just wanted to share a picture of our puppies!
Kia (Cockalier) is 8 months old now and is still very small. She seems to weigh only a few pounds. She is finally getting better at house-training. She is the first dog that I've ever had that gets cold outside in winter. I think I'm going to have to buy her a winter jacket and booties!

Mulch (Pyrenees X) is 3 months and is mostly outside. She was 27 pounds when we last weighed her and eats a LOT.

I wish the weather was nicer and we could do more agility with them!

I don't think this picture really shows off their full cute-ness, but its a nice recent picture of them together.

Really fun color challenge!

I really enjoyed today's color challenge at Splitcoast Stampers which was to use only neutral cardstocks. You have to add a POP of color with stamped images and embellishments. CC243.

For the layout I used a Fall-To-Layout from Clean & Simple Stamping. FTL65. I love to combine challenges!

For my card I used the scallop edge punch, piercing and ribbon to add interest. I also rounded the corners of the card. The heart scallop is popped up with dimensionals!

Stampin' Up! Supplies: Scallop circle, Scallop edge, corner rounder, ribbon, Simply Said, Sincere Salutations

Colors: Very Vanilla, Kraft, Soft Suede, Regal Rose, Ruby Red, Black

Sunday, November 1, 2009

EjoyVC9 - Two layer card

Welcome to my Encourage Joy Variety Challenge! This week I am challenging you to make a card with ONLY 2 layers! This means your card-stock base is one layer and you may only have one more layer ontop of it! Hope you have fun with this! I'd love to have you share your creations here. If you share on Splitcoast Stampers please use the keyword EjoyVC9. Feel free to combine with any of the previous Ejoy challenges if you like.

Here's my 2 layer card for this challenge:

And here's a close up for the details:

I used the same bleaching technique from earlier in the week. The cat is embossed with black and the panel is popped up. I used 3 clear rhinestones. The edges of the cat panel and the whole card are bleached as well. I put a Q-tip in bleach and rubbed it along the edge. The whole card is also embossed with Texturz embossing!

The inside says: "The secret of happiness is to count your blessings not your birthdays! Happy Birthday!"

Stampin' Up! supplies: Pun Fun, Birthdays Count, Texturz embossing, Big Shot, clear rhinestones, black embossing

Colors: Rich Razzleberry, Almost Amythyst, Versamark