Saturday, February 28, 2009

Sick Chick

Image is by Inky Antics. Paper I used up from my scrap box, added scrap ribbon and 3 brads.
The top polka dot paper is Basic Grey, the bottom plaid is left over from the card I posted a couple of days ago. Brads are Make It Possible! by Hobby Lobby. These were a door prize I received last summer at a Crop for Cure that I had attended where the proceeds went to cancer research. The crop is in April this year and I'm sad I can't make it.

Friday, February 27, 2009

Boxed Owl

Edited to add:
mum2maggie asked if the image was by Inky Antics and it is. The owl is one image and the triangle box is a stamp and then you cut and fold.

Inky Antics carries these really fun box template stamps. There are so many possiblities of what you could fill these fun boxes with. The template images come from their "Gifts in a Snap" section, which also carries envelope, coupon & altoid tin images.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Owl Miss You

Yes, back to the owls today. Ü I've almost posted all the ones that made it to CHA.
Paper is from Basic Grey's Mellow line and K & Company

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

You're a Good Apple

Card inspired by SCS sketch challenge #209. It's been a LONG time since I have colored with markers on solid stamps. I really like how this turned out. The black really makes it pop.
stamps: Tuitti Fruity stamp set by Lizzie Anne Designs'
ink: Memento black, SU! markers
paper: SU! white & black; patterned~yellow: Pink Paislee; red: Basic Grey; green: unknown (I know it was in a Christmas 8.5 x 11 paper pad, but I've had it for a few years)
other: ribbon-WalMart; brads: from my stash

Tuesday, February 24, 2009


I loved this fruit set (Tuitti Fruity) by Lizzie Anne Designs as soon as I saw the sneak preview. It has an apple, cherries, strawberry, pear and other fun stamps in it and we raise all of those fruits. This set will be perfect for making tags for my jars of jams and jelly this summer and fall as well as cards to go with pies we give as gifts.
Okay, so on to the card. I used SCS sketch #215 for my inspiration layout. There is a boo-boo on this card that is creatively covered up. Behind the semi circle cutout made with SU!'s slot punch is a black smudge from my finger. I was just feeling so good that I got all three bunches of cherries lined up and then smudged the end! So I just took a different direction with my card than what I had in mind and like how it turned out even better!
paper: SU! white & black; patterned is Shabby Princess line by Bo Bunny
ink: Memento black and SU! markers
other: SU! slot punch, misc brads

Monday, February 23, 2009

Season's Tweetings

Pink, Blue & Purple...NOT my favorite colors, but that was the added challenge for the Christmas Challenge divas! Was this ever a challenge! But I was able to come up with something that I really like. This is the sketch that we used and this is my card. I turned the layout on its side as it worked better for my stamped image.
The image is by Inky Antics and all but the hats were colored with colored pencils and Gamsol. The hats were colored with SU!'s Pale Plum marker because I didn't have a colored pencil that would match the plum paper. I also used SU!'s photo corner punch. It's hard to see in the photo, but the photo corners are stamped with a little snowflake image from Lizzie Anne Design's set: In the Background. I used Cotton Candy stickles for snowflakes and Frosted Lace stickles for the hats. The notched panel was cut from Cricut cartridge Accent Essentials. Ribbon from unknown source. Plum paper is Dark Plum Demask by Creative Imaginations; pink is CTMH; and blue is from my scrap box.
Be sure to click on each of the divas blogs (on the right) to see what they did. I love seeing everyone's version of the same challenge. We would love for you to play along. Stop by the Christmas Challenge blog to see how you can join us.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

3 Clovers Sketch

My friend Kerry is starting a weekly challenge. This week it was a sketch challenge. I have had all these images colored for almost a year now and decided to sit down today and get them made into cards. My head's in a fog pretty much with all the meds and breathing treatments, so decided to go with some sketches that others have already come up with and get some cards put together.
Here is what I came up with. I used scrap papers. I don't know where the plaid or light yellow paper came from. I stamped the pink with a flower background stamp from Lizzie Anne Designs set called In the Background. The changito (monkey) image I found at Hobby Lobby. The pink flowers came in a gift from my friend Melissa MANY months ago!!

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Owl in the Family

tired of owls by now? Ü I have a few more to show but will mix them in with some Lizzie Anne Design projects I am working on, as well as some St. Patrick's Day projects.

This image of stacked owls and sentiment is just too cute! I used Basic Grey paper, Gamsol and colored pencils, scrap ribbon and nestibilities dies to cut the image.
Do you like challenges? Over on Splitcoaststampers, they not only have daily challenges, but once a month they have what is called "VSN" (Virtual Stamping Night). This weekend over at SCS is Virtual Stamp Night (VSN). I haven't been able to play every month, but when I do, it is alot of fun and it stretches me as a papercrafter.
So this months VSN started Friday and ends tonight; however you have until Sunday night to upload all your cards and/or projects. Not only do you get to have fun stamping, have several extra cards in your stash to mail out, but you may even win a prize! You can find the details can be found here - VSN Thread. Let me know if you play along so I can see your projects.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Owl I Need

How fun is this new owl from Inky Antics? I just love this sentiment with these owls. I used Basic Grey, K & Co and Pink Paislee paper, dew dot again and ribbom from my scraps. I also used the oval and oval scallop Nestibilities dies. Be sure to check out Inky Antics website and they have a special for Nestibilities for the month of February

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Night Owl

I am not! Ü Although it was weird when my thyroid was messed up last time, cuz I was only getting 5-6 hours of sleep and I had a hard time going to bed!

I do stay up later than I used to (used to be in bed by 9 no matter what), but now it's 10-ish. Although it's been back to 9 with me feeling cruddy.

Okay, so on to the card. This is another one of the newly released images from Inky Antics. I love these owls! I used Basic Grey & K & Co. papers, scrap ribbon and dew drops that I got in a dew drop share last year.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

So Sweet of You

A student saved some cold coffee jars for me last semester, so I wanted to thank her by making her a goodie for Valentine's Day with one of them.
I used Basic Grey Blush paper and SU!'s "So Many Scallops" set. I added a glitter brad (I think Making Memories) and vintage ribbon. Filled with tootsie rolls.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Dog with Bone

I am not a dog person, but I love these dog images by Whipper Snapper. I didn't add a sentiment to this, so that I can send it for any reason I may need in the future.

I used scraps from my stash again and that is a great feeling. These papers are from a line SU! no longer carries. I have a few pieces left and will be using them up instead of saving them (what DO I save them for?????).

Monday, February 16, 2009


It's hard to believe we are already on week 4! Maria posted a question on PaperCraft Planet and asked for members to vote for a theme for an extra component for us to add to our weekly Christmas card. Snowmen won, so along with this sketch we needed to add a snowman somewhere. What would I do without my dear friend Michelle? Once again, this image is because of her. But this time, she sent me the unmounted stamp! She is so fortunate to have stamp shows not only in her state, but within driving distance of where she lives!! I just wish we had them in NE!!
Anyway, I digress...the image is by Whipper Snapper. I love this little guy and will be using him alot. The paper is some that I won in a blog candy offer and I love it! I only received one 6 x 6 piece, but am glad I used it up and didn't hoard it any longer. The red came embossed with the snowflakes and the green (behind the image) was not embossed. The paper is Debbie Mumm. I don't know who the company is unless she has her own.
I cut the circle and the scallop with my Nestibilites dies and the oval with my George cartridge for my Cricut. I added Stickles on the snowman and sentiment for added bling. I love SU!'s tab punch and tried to make this look like an ornament. Eyelet is from Hobby Lobby and ribbon is from my vintage stash.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Happy Valentine's Day!

Did you notice my new header? I made 5 dozen cookies to take to school (the "guy" ones are white frosting with red and white sprinkles) and we didn't have school. So they are being eaten and I will make more Monday to take Tuesday. Anyway, I thought it would make a cute banner for February.

This is one of the cards we made last Saturday at my papercraft class. There were only 4 of us, but we had lots of fun.

This dog image is a Whipper Snapper one that my friend Michelle sent me. She is GREAT at sending fun images for me to play with. Ü The sentiment is from Lizzie Anne Designs "So Much Love" set.

I used scraps from my scrap pile to make this and colored it using the Gamsol and colored pencil technique.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Undercover Candy

This is the theme for today's Friday Challenge on Embellish Online. I am the hostess and would love for you to come over and play. Be sure to upload under "Friday Challenge" and use the keyword "FC28".
I love to give small gifts, whether it's for an occasion or even more fun "just because". It's just a small way to show someone how much you care and what a special gift to receive as well. I wrapped a Hershey bar and what could be more perfect than this stamp I found at Hobby Lobby! Ü
Cardstock: Basic Grey Bittersweet
Stamps: Inkadinkado
Ink: SU! Chocolate Chip
Accessories: SU! Ribbon
Other: Hershey Chocolate bar
I am the hostess this week and I would love to see what you can come up with. Since we are having a snowday, I am going to make up a few more candy covers. Check in later to see what I came up with. Ü

Snow Day!

**Be sure to scroll down to see other post from today
***Go here to see who the 5 winners are for a handmade gift (I need Marge & Mary's blog info first)

I get up at 5 every morning and saw only a skiff of snow, so *knew* we would be having school. At 6:30 we got a phone call saying school had been cancelled...still only a skiff here, but the weather report is that we are to get up to 10 (additional) inches and wind, sot I guess they were being cautious.
It's a good thing, cuz two hours later we have 3" and you can see by these photos, that it is still snowing heavily! I just stood at the door (the first one was taken from our south door and the other 3 from our east door) and took these pictures: Soooo, snow day equals STAMP day! Ü This is going to be a great LONG weekend as we also have Monday off for Teacher In-Service.

Valentine Wishes Anna style

Anna Wight is one of my stamping idols. I love her work and am inspired everytime I go to her blog. I love how she has been doing these fun wavy sentiments to her projects and have been wanting to try it. I'm giving this to someone by hand and don't know how well these would "travel" via snail mail.
I used the floral heart and sentiment from Lizzie Anne Designs "So Much Love" set. The image is colored with SU! markers. I used more SU! patterned paper for this (it came in a 6 x 6 pad and I believe it was a hostess choice).

Thursday, February 12, 2009

"Owl" Be Your Friend

Isn't this owl by TreeHouse Stampsowl-dorable? Her name is Olivia (love that name!). I won this set back in December. I have inked up several owls, but just haven't gotten them onto cards til now.
The branch is cut with a Cricut cartridge (will have to come back later to tell you which one). I played with my copics again and am loving how rich they make the images look.

My friend Michelle and I swap several times a month. This week's theme is to make an owl card. I had a blast making this. I need to make tall cards more often.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

So Much Love in pink

Here is another little Valentine using the So Much Love set, but this time in pink. I also added heart button from Making Memories (I think...again something hoarded from my stash that I am using!) and pearls that came in a pkg in the dollar section at Target last year.
I hand stiched with embroidery floss and the paper is discontined by SU!
The notched pink panel as well as the white one I stamped on is cut with my Cricut.

You Made My Day

This is a card I made a LONG time ago! So long ago that I have no idea the name of the stamp sets I used by SU! I have been hoarding this card for a long time and finally decided enough was enough and blessed someone with it. Ü

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

So Much Love in Red

With Valentine's Day right around the corner, I've been busy whipping up some Valentine's for the teachers I work with as well as for my youth group girls I work with on Wednesday nites.

This is easy to do with Lizzie Anne Designs "So Much Love" set.

I found these little notecards and scallop edged envelopes in my stash (have NO idea where they came from) and decided they were the perfect size for a Valentine.

I used some red patterned paper in a paper pad I had won on a blog some time last year and hadn't used yet. It is from SU!

The notch pieces were cut from Cricut cartridge Accent Essentials. Ribbon is from SU! and eyelets are another item that's been in my stash from a long time ago. I doodled on the white piece and envelope flap with Pigma pen.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Christmas Challenge #3

It's Monday and that means time for Sketch #3 for the Christmas Challenge Diva's. We would love for you to play along. Here is the sketch.
I turned mine on the side. That's the beauty of sketches, you can turn them around to fit your image. I really love how this turned out. I love the blue and brown together. The polka dot brown is double sided paper by Scenic Route called Ashville/Clayton Street. The "branch" design is on the opposite side and I thought it was perfect for this Hedgehog Snowman image by SU! called Holiday Hedgehog. I have one small piece of this paper left and sure hope the scrapbook store in Kearney has more as I love the colors and the polka dots.

The snowflake embossed (Cuttlebug) piece was cut with Cricut Cartridge "Accent Essentials". I don't have the SU! Top Notch die and love that I can cut about any size I want with the same look using the Cricut diecut machine. I also cut the Not Quite Navy oval cardstock with the George cartridge. Scallop piece was cut with Marvy punch.

The dark chocolate ribbon is from JoAnn Fabrics. I am getting low and will need to get another roll. I just wish we didn't live so far from there! It's hard to justify driving about 1.5 hrs one way for a roll of ribbon! LOL!!

To finish it off I used 3 mini antique brads by Making Memories, white ink for distressing, and antique large eyelets for the ribbon to go through.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Heartfelt Valentine

The Friday challenge on Embellish It was "Valentine's Day". We were to make a Valentine card using hearts. I would love to have you come and play along.

Here is the card I made for a friend. She has received it, so I can post it here now. Ü
I love this paper line called McKenna by K & Co. I cut the felt heart freehand and layered it onto natural batting for a little more depth. I stitched around the edges with embroidery floss. The felt flowers were cut with Cuttlebug die plates. I couldn't believe it, but you can cut TWO thicknesses at the same time!

Buttons are by Basic Grey and misc and the vintage lace is some I had in my stash. This is by far my favorite Valentine I've ever made.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Love Is In the Air

at Embellish On-line anyway. Ü This was the theme for February's Design Team challenge. We rec'd the LOVELY Bittersweet line in paper, brads, buttons and chipboard by Basic Grey. This is one of my favorite paper lines by BG now!!! Here are my projects. The puppy is a Whipper Snapper image and was the first image I tried Copics out on.
Here is a card using the chipboard. The sentiment is from the set "Say it in Script" by Lizzie Anne Designs.The next three are altered toilet paper tubes. I was going to use them as candy bar or granola bar holders, but now I am going to do something else with them. I will post what at a later date. Ü
The cupcake image is by TreeHouse Stamps. It is actually a Christmas cupcake, but I cut the holly off and added a button for a cherry.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Robot Birthday party

Here are some fun items I made for Inky Antics to take to CHA.

They are all using their fun new Robot line that is available for purchase now. Inky Antics is also carrying Nestibilities! They have a special going on for February. Be sure to check out their web page.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Friends of a Feather

"...Hoot Together" Ü I love this sentiment, esp. since my friend Michelle is always saying WHOOT which is close enough. More owl images by Inky Antics.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Christmas Stampin' All Year Long

I have joined a wonderful group of ladies who are committed to making a card/project every week with a Christmas theme. There is even a blog that you can check out here.
Did you get everything done that you wanted for Christmas last year? I did not (but then does ANYONE?) and I am so inspired by Maria's blog that I was excited when she posted this idea that I just had to see if I could join! She accepted me and here I am with my first post.

This is actually the second challenge, but I will be posted a card for the 1st one as well later this week since I just joined. We would love for you to play along with us.

I will confess that I did NOT make Christmas cards last year and also that I do NOT feel guilty about it. Our lives changed ALOT with Bruce homeschooling Aaron and me going to work full time at the school. I love my job, but Christmas card making just was NOT possible. I DID make several gifts and that was all I could do and I refused to stress out about the cards.

But with this challenge, I can have 48 cards DONE by the first of December!! I also have some ideas of how to use the challenges for gifts as well. I am all ready excited about being organized and have everything done (or at least the majority of it) by December 1st. Then I will dedicate December to making food gifts with the boys that we like to give...cinnamon rolls, cookies, candies, etc.

So, with that LONG yada yada yada, here is my card. Ü I used Basic Grey papers and buttons. The image is from a retired stamp set by SU! I don't own the stamp set, but once stamped off a bunch of them with my aunt's set and pulled it out to color. I have lots of Basic Grey scraps that I will be using for these challenges to use it up, which is ANOTHER *good thing*.