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Oct 26, 2012

Bloggers Challenge - Witches and Goblins

BOO! - Does anyone remember me?  - Yes I'm still alive and actually stamped this month.  I know pretty shocking!

Lisa (Splendiferous Creations) gave the Blogger Challenge group the theme, Witches and Goblins this week and well I just had to play along since Halloween is one of my favorite holidays.

I haven't stamped much lately.  My "Mojo" took a much needed vacation.  These days I just stamp for fun, when I feel like it.  This past week I felt like it so here are 2 of the cards I made this week.

For this card I used a Witch Hat stamp -
Studio G, Splatter Stamp and Sentiment - Inkadinkado and the Chevron Border - AnnaBelle Stamps.

Card Stock: Tangerine Tango, Kiwi Kiss - SU and Memento Tuxedo Black.  I also used an Old Olive marker to spritz on the card as well.
Copic Markers were used to color the Witches Hat band.

This card features stamps from Inkadinkado. The pumpkins were colored with Copic Markers.   I also used a Pumpkin Embossing Folder, Paper Distressing tool and Nestabilitie Dies.  Card Stock: Basic Black, Garden Green, Summer Sun and Whisper White - SU.  You can't see it in the picture but I used a Silver Spica Glitter pen on the cobwebs and a Yellow one for the cats mouth, eyes and the pumpkin on the right to add some shimmer.

Since this is a blog hop be sure to check out the other cards and if you have time why not participate yourself!  You can do so by linking here:

Sep 7, 2012

Blogger Challenge - Celebrating Fall

Hi! - Sorry that I have not been around to comment on your blogs lately. I hope to do better this week. If you leave me a comment I will return the favor.

I'm playing "Catch Up" today with my card as well as participating in the current Bloggers Challenge #280 and 281 themes. Last week was a sketch challenge and I planned to have a card ready but life got in the way and I missed out on the challenge. I liked the sketch though so I decided to use it for this week challenge, Fall cards. So you get both weeks challenges in one.

Here is the sketch from last week:

Here is the card that I did using the catch and this weeks current theme of, Fall creations.

Card Details:
Card Stock:  Old Olive, Tangerine Tango, Only Orange, Summer Sun, Whisper White.
Designer Paper, Basic Gray
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black., Prisma Color Pencils/Gamsol.
Stamps:  Inkadinka Do - Doodle Fall.  Sentiment computer generated.
Leaf Punch - Source Unknown.
Embossing Folder - SU

You can join in on the fun here:

Aug 17, 2012

Blogger Challenge - Back to School 8-17-12

Well I don't know about you but for me it seems as if summer has just flown by.  Haven't really done anything spectacular (no trips, vacations) just general everyday living but the days have past quickly and in just 2 short weeks Coleen heads back to school.  - I'm not sure if she's excited about that or not this year. 

With that in mind let's join Lisa and the other Blogger Challenge members as we celebrate the theme:  Back To School this week.  I meant to particpate in last weeks challenge but time go away from me so I made sure to get a card ready for this weeks challenge.

Here is my card:

I haven't bought many new stamps this years so had to make do with what I had on hand for this card.

I started with some patterned paper from Die Cuts with a View.  I cute the Alphabit stip off and added it to some Whisper White cs and punched the border down the side. 

Next I added the Apple piece from the paper pack and mounted it on Basic Black cs.

The Pencil is from a set by Mint Motif and the sentiment comes from MFT-Emma and her backpack set.

Card Stock: Real Red, Whisper White, Basic Black.  Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black.
Colored Pencils.

This is a blog HOP so be sure to check out the other links below and join in on the fun.

Jul 20, 2012

Blogger Challenge, July 20, 2012 - Die Cutting For You.

Hey it's time for the Bloggers Challenge over at Splendiferous Creations Where list mom Lisa has given out the challenge to use Die Cuts on our projects.

 I missed last weeks challenge...things just got busy and I never got around to participating.  Not so this week.  When I read that the challenge was Die Cuts I knew exactly what I wanted to do.

My blogging buddy, Allison (Stampin When I Can) sent me this cute Die Cut earlier this year and I decided to give it a whirl and see what I could come up with using it.
Thanks Allison for the fun Die Cut.


It's Christmas in July! - I've gotten a head start now on holiday cards. 

Details: Card Stock:  Always Artichoke and Very Vanilla (SU) - Cherry (Amuse Studio).  Designer Papers:  Authentique Wonder Collection and Die Cuts With A View Trade Winds Matstack.
Die Cut: Sizzix Peace On Earth, Nestabilitie Circle and Lacy Circle Dies.
Cuttlebug Embossing Folder, Swiss Dots
Other: Gingham Ribbon (Source Unknown) Glitter from Art Institute

So if you would like to join in on the fun you can link back using the Mr. Linky feature:

Jun 29, 2012

Blogger Challenge - June 29 - Celebrating the 4th

Happy Friday - It's been a few weeks since I've participated in the Blogger Challenge over on Lisa's blog so I decided to join in this week.  The theme is Celebrating the 4th of July.  I love this holiday and this year in our city it's even more meaningful.  It's the 150th anniversary of the founding of our town.  Plus this year we will also pause to remember one particular Hometown Hero who was recently killed in action in Afghanistan.  Please take a moment if you can to visit my other blog to read about Matt Fazzari.

Click to enlarge card.

Stamps:  Sentiment from Effie Glitzfinger's Stamps.  Circular Star Border source unknown.  It actually came from a Stamp Company (Liquid Neon) that was only in existence about a year and I was friends with one of the people who started the company.  They went out of business very quickly though. Bursting Fireworks Stars - We R Memory Keepers-Old Glory.

Star Punches - Stampin'Up and Border Punch from EK Success.
Paper: Paper Pizazz - Patriotic Stripe.
Ink: Cranberry Crisp, Night of Navy.
Card Stock:  Night of Navy, Cranberry Crisp, Whisper White.
White Brad and Paper Distressing Tool.

Join in on the challenge and link back so we can see your card.

May 25, 2012

Blogger Challenge - May 25, 2012

Hello! - Well it's been a very "productive" week here for me and a BUSY one as well.  My friend, Teresa came down to visit on Tuesday and we worked on cards, ate donuts and fruit, went to JoAnn's and bought crafty stuff, went to lunch, chatted, laughed and had a great time.
So yesterday I finished up all 6 cards for the card swap and mailed them. Made a birthday card for a Pen-pal and mailed it and then decided to make a card for the Blogger Challenge since it's been a few weeks since I've participated. (Did you miss me?)  So without further ado here is my card...

The challenge Lisa (Designs by Lisa Somerville) gave us this week is a color challenge:  Brown, Green and any Neutral Color.  Oh my, I had brown designer paper, green designer paper but nothing that had those two colors together.  Then I remembered that I had some wonderful 6x6 paper pads and found some awesome patterns in one of them.  The pad is from DCWV - Safari Chic Matstack.
The stamps I used are from: SU - In The Wild and Paradise - Both are Retired Stamp Sets.
The Sentiment is from: Annette Allen Watkins
Card Stock: Chocolate Chip, River Rock, Very Vanilla
Ink: Mellow Moss, Soft Suede and a tiny bit of More Mustard Chalk on the Giraffe
Other: Circle Nestabilitie Dies, Brown Pearls (Zva), Button, Linen Thread

So now you can join in on the challenge and link back here:

Wishing you all a very Safe and Happy Memorial Day Weekend. - Summer is almost here!!!

May 15, 2012

Celebrating Mom

Hello, Long time no Post....It's just been a busy spring and I've spent a lot of time working outside in my flower beds and just haven't spent much time in the old stamp room.  Anyway I hope you haven't forgotten me.
I thought I'd share the card I gave my mom for Mother's Day this past Sunday.  She loved it.

Stamps used:  WeRMemory Keepers - 2 Step Butterfly, Hero Arts-Take Good Care Greetings
Ink:  Kaledicolor Bouquet  and Memento Tuxedo Black
Embossing Folder: Cuttlebug
Punch: Martha Stewart
Baker's Twine
Prima Flowers
Liquid Pearls

Apr 27, 2012

Blogger Challenge - Two in One

Happy Friday! - The sun is trying to shine today.  Had 85 degree weather on Monday and 50 degree weather with rain yesterday.  What's up with the weather! - Okay you didn't come here to chat about weather did you?  So let's get on with today's Blogger Challenge. - Create Your Own Background Paper.

First off for my card today I've combined this weeks challenge along with last weeks Sketch challenge which I missed.  It was a hectic week last week with my mom in the hospital for a couple of days, celebrating my 20th Wedding Anniversary and just trying to keep up with normal life.  Since I wasn't able to post I thought I just use the sketch for this weeks challenge as a starting point.

Here is the Sketch from last week:

Here is my card:
For this card I used Backgrounds by Design3 from AnnaBelle Stamps to create both the patterned background on this card.  I also used the stamp set, All Things Grow for the focal panel.  The sentiment was computered generated.
Card Stock: Chocolate Chip and Whisper White (SU)
Amuse Studio - Latte
Inks: Latte and French Roast-Amuse Studio
Punch: Martha Stewart
Pearls - AnnaBelle Stamps

I'll be sending this to a man recovering from surgery, I think it has a great masculine feel don't you?

Join in on the fun and post a link to your card:

Apr 13, 2012

BC - Black, White and A Splash of Color

Welcome! - It's still Friday so I'm not late getting my card posted for the Blogger Challenge.
This week Lisa gave us:  Black, White and a "splash" of another color.  Fun challenge.

I used a technique that Andrea demonstrated here:  using Copic Markers to create my colored strip.

You can click on the image to enlarge.

For this card I used the following:
Sentiment Stamp: Mint Motif , Background on Flower, Sanded by SU
Card Stock: SU: Basic Black, Whisper White
Amuse Studio - Sky for the Flower
Flower Die - Amuse Studio
Punch: EK Success
Circle and Lacey Circle Nestabilitie Dies
Copic Markers,
Kaledicolor Ink Pad (used on the flower)
Moroccan Screen Embossing Folder

A BIG thanks to everyone who commented on my White Card from last week.  I am still trying to get around to your blogs and leave comments.  Hopefully this weekend.  Take care.

Now it's your turn. Join the fun by linking up on Lisa's blog:

Apr 6, 2012

Blogger Challenge - To "Die" for

Happy Friday!  How is Spring your way?
Here is how it was here this morning:

What Season is it? - We've seen it all today, Snow, Clouds, Sunshine, Hail and more rain!                      
 So last week the BC Challenge was, For The Birds and I missed it.  Bummer! - This week it's, To Die for using Dies or a Die Cutting Machine.  Well I didn't have time to come up with something use a Die as I was busy trying to send out a few Easter cards and get ready for Easter.  However I had a challenge on another group to create an, All White card and I did use my die cutting machine (Cuttlebug) to emboss part of my card and I used Punches as well so while they aren't really Die's I hope this card will do.  It covers both challenges even though it's to late to link up for last week.
You can check out the other entries by visiting Lisa's blog and participate by linking your card as well.

HAPPY EASTER! - Coleen may be hunting eggs with a fur parka on if the weather doesn't cooperate!

Mar 24, 2012

BC - Easter

Well I'm a tad "late" in joining the Blogger Challenge on Lisa's blog this week but I'm posting anyway.  This week I celebrated a birthday and was just a bit busy with the festivities.  Then we started working on cleaning out Coleen's room so the new flooring could be laid and the room painted.  Needless to say I just haven't had much time for stamping but I manage to make a card today so without further ado here is my entry for the BC Easter Challenge.

I used this sketch as the starting point for my card.
Card Details:
Stamps: AnnaBelle Stamps - Easter Hope
Card Stock: Tangerine Tango, Pear Pizzaz, Bermuda Bay.
Designer Paper: My Minds Eye - Bloom and Grow Collection
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Papaya and Orange - Amuse Studio
Punch: Martha Stewart
Oval and Circle Nestabilitie Dies
Prima Flower
Brad  - Jenni Bowlin

You can join in by linking your card.

I hope to get by an comment on last week and this weeks cards so please know that I will get around to leaving a comment as soon as I can.

Have a great week.

Mar 16, 2012

BC256 - Birthday Bash

Hi! - Yes, I am still alive.  It's been a few weeks since I've posted anything here so I hope you all haven't given up on me.  Life has just been "busy" and again I am just taking my time about stamping these days so as not to overwhelm myself and hopefully my creativity will be rejuvenated from the break.

So it's Friday and time for the Bloggers Challenge over on Lisa's blog (Slendiforous Creations) - This week the theme is,  Birthdays.  - Which I missed wishing Lisa a Happy Birthday yesterday, so Lisa when you read this HAPPY "Belated" BIRTHDAY!  I hope your day was very special.

I created my card using the sketch for March which was BC254 and also added a 3-D element BC255 from last week so now I'm caught up with all the challenges!

Card Stock: Chocolate Chip, Old Olive  and Whisper White (SU)
Designer Paper: My Minds Eye-Bloom and Grow Collection
Stamp: It's Your Birthday-Retired SU
Ink: Soft Suede-SU
Ribbon - Chocolate Chip5/8" - SU
Zigzag Punch - EK Success
Cupcake Embellishment - Jolee's Boutique-EK Success

So now it's your turn to join in on the fun and play along.  Link your card so we can see what you've created.

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend. 

Feb 24, 2012

BC - Color Challenge and a Catch Up Challenge

Happy Friday! - It's time for the Blogger Challenge over on Lisa's Blog (Splendiforous Creations).  I missed last weeks challenge and was a bit bummed because the theme was, By The Seashore and I love the ocean and have several beach themed stamp sets that I could have used.  Time just got away from me and I never got a card made for the challenge.  I thought well maybe I could make it up with this weeks theme and then I checked and it was a color challenge, Red, Black and White (or Vanilla) and well I thought how on earth could I pull off a By the Seashore card with those colors....Well here is what I came up with:

So what do you think, did I pull it off or not?
I used this sketch: Roughly changing the bottom portion just a little since I couldn't put a "wave" upside down!
Details:  Card Stock: Real Red, Basic Black, Whisper White
Stamps:  Amuse Studio: Life's A Breeze
Ink: Real Red, Memento Tuxedo Black and a Copic Marker (R29)
Punch: Fiskars
Nestabilitie Dies
Tiny Bubbles Embossing Folder (Cuttlebug)
Paper Piercing Tool and Distressing Tool.

So now why don't you join in on the fun and show us your work.

Feb 14, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day 2012

Happy Valentine's Day!  - Sharing a couple of cards given to family members for Valentine's Day.  Hope you enjoy them.

This one uses a Pure Innocence Digi image. Sentiment from Amuse Studio. Paper is a retired SU pattern. Hearts embossing folder, sparkly glitter, copic markers, distressing tool,  Heart sprinkle from AnnaBelle Stamps.

This one uses a digi as well (source unknown).  Again - Retired SU background papers.

Hope you all have a great day and shared some love with those you love.

Feb 13, 2012

Google Friends Connect is Going Away

Well it appears that I've been out of the loop as to this information but I've been seeing it more and more on other blogs so today I did a bit of research and discovered this to be true.  Since this feature is going away on March 1st I've decided to add Linky Followers instead.  So PLEASE if you are a follower of my blog please change over to the Linky Follower as I will remove that feature on February 29th.  You might also consider switching over your blogs so that I can follow you the same way.  It's really easy to do.  You can find all the information you need here: on how to sign up.

Feb 10, 2012

Blogger Challenge - In Bloom

Hello and Happy Friday.  I took a week off last week from the Blogger Challenge but am back today to share my card for this weeks Challenge,  In Bloom.  What a great theme, I love flowers.  Since Valentine's Day is rapidly approaching I decided to combine today's challenge along with making a card for my mom for Valentine's Day.
Her favorite flowers are Roses so that's what I went with and this is what I came up with.

It's a CAS design and one that I've used before.  See card HERE  I wanted something that was easy to make since I'm pressed for time and yet was elegant.  I think this works quite well.

Stamps: Fifth Avenue Floral, All Year Cheer3-rtrd. - Both SU
Card Stock: Basic Gray, Rose Red, Whisper White
Ink: Regal Rose, Cherry Cobbler, Pretty in Pink.
Ribbon, American Crafts, Hearts-AnnaBelle Stamps
Pewter Shimmer Spray-Tsukineko

I'm also sharing another hobby of mine:  Photography with you today since it fits the theme:

This is what I do when I'm not stamping.  I like to take photographs and also do Photo Art with some of them.  This is one of the pieces that I did this week.

You can join in on the fun by creating a card and posting it using the Linky feature: 

Wishing you all a very Happy Valentine's Day!

Feb 4, 2012

Birthday Wishes for my Friend

Hello everyone! - I'm back today to share a card that I made for my good friend, Teresa for her birthday.  I haven't stamped in almost 2 weeks and it was fun to work on this card.  I picked this sketch:
from the Tuesday Morning Sketches (my first time participating) and below is what I came up with.

Supplies:  Stamp, Pure Innocence Digi, Sentiment from Amuse Studio
Card Stock: Pear Pizzaz and Cool Caribbean (SU) Flourishes White cs.
Designer Paper, Paper Pizzazz.
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic Markers
Punch: MS Loopy, Nestabilitie Dies. Brads and Prima Flowers.

Jan 27, 2012

Blogger Challenge - Texture It

Hello! - Yikes, it's been a couple of weeks since I've posted here.  I hope you still want to see my cards.  I've decided this year I'm going to look at my Stamping in a different light.  Instead of feeling "pressured" to create cards to post every day I'm going to relax and enjoy stamping and just post when I am able to. 

Today's Blogger Challenge was to "Texturize" your project.  I love texture on cards as it adds so much to the overall design.  I may have went a bit over board on mine but I like how it turned out.  I had no sketch, color scheme or design in mind when I started working on this card.  It just evolved all on it's own.

I started out thinking that I wanted to use a piece of Cork on my card to add some texture.  So I used my Butterfly Die (Amuse Studio) and cut out the large cork butterfly and then the smaller butterflies using designer paper.       I picked a scrap piece of paper out of my scrap box and decided to use that and matched my colors accordingly.       For added texture and visual interest I embossed the white portion of the card, used some textured card stock (green piece), added pearls, a punched border with a bit of scalloped texture and then distressed the sentiment panel.
Card Stock: Tangerine Tango, Whisper White-SU, Textured Panel, DCWV and Designer Paper, My Minds Eye(Bloom n Grow).  Sentiment Stamp-SU Best Yet, Pearls-Zva,  Leaf Die-Sizzix, Punch-EK Success(Scalloped Circle) and Swiss Dot Embossing Folder - Cuttlebug.

So now you can join in on the challenge and link up using the Mr. Linky feature on Lisa's Blog.

Jan 15, 2012

New Stamps from AnnaBelle!

Hey did you hear there are NEW stamps available from AnnaBelle Stamps.  It's true and they are awesome.  I love the new sets and know you will as well.   So check them out HERE: 

Jan 13, 2012

BC247 Wings and Things

Hello and Happy Friday! - Always a pleasure to be able to participate in the Blogger Challenge over on Lisa's Blog (Designs by Lisa).  Today the theme is: Things With Wings.
I bought a small stamp set and matching paper, both from WeRMemory Keepers last August and finally decided to use them for this challenge.  Guess what?  I couldn't find the paper and had to dig through stacks of paper before I found it.  That will teach me to either use paper up when I first buy it or keep it organized better.  So without further ado here is the card I made:

The sketch is from Sassy Cheryl's Challenge

I was also inspired by Lucy's Inspiration Photo here:


Card Details: Card Stock:  Always Artichoke, Whisper White and Cool Caribbean (retired) both from SU. Designer Paper, WeRMemoryKeepers.
Stamps: Butterfly-WRMK, Sentiment-Amuse Studio.
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black and Kaleidacolor-Caribbean Sea
Punch: SU
Lacey Circle Nestabilitie Dies, Brads-JoAnn Essentials.

Now it's your turn to give this challenge a try.  You can link back using the Mr. Linky feature.

Jan 6, 2012

BC246 - Back In The Saddle (I think)

Happy New Year! - Wow we've almost completed the first week of 2012.  So far it's been a pretty good start to the New Year.  Weather has been great (odd) but great.  I say "odd" because we hit a record high on January 4 with a high of 69 degrees here.  Love it but alas it didn't last and we are in for chillier weather this week.

I've been absent a lot since the start of the holiday season and have also taken a bit of a break from stamping.  I just couldn't seem to find my "Mojo" and didn't have the desire to do much stamping.  I'm hoping that will change with the start of another year.

So I jumped back into the saddle today with a card for the current, Blogger Challenge,
Lisa gave us a Color Inspiration (sent to her by Kim Howard).  I was a bit confused by what colors to use so I emailed Lisa and was told the colors were: Black/White, Green, Purple and Blue.

So here is what I came up with:

I'm not entirely sure my "Mojo" has returned in full force but I think the card looks nice.                          My mom's birthday is coming up on January 18 (she'll be 83) so this may be what I give her for her birthday card unless I change my mind between now and then.                      Supplies Used:  Card Stock: Basic Black, Whisper White and Lavender Lace-retired from SU. Green textured (which I used the wrong side) is from Bazzil. Patterned Paper, Paper Pizazz.  Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black. Stamps: Sentiment is Stampendous, Row of flowers from Fiskars-Border-A-Plenty.  Nestability Dies, Circle and Lacey Circles. Pearls, Zva - Punch, Daisy Scallop from EK Sucess and the brad is from Doodlebug Design.
Now if you'd like to join in on the challenge just create a card using any shades of the colors listed, link back to Lisa's blog using the Mr. Linky feature and that's it.  Don't forget to pop in an leave some comment love on the other people's enteries.  Have a great week.

Jan 4, 2012


Happy New Year! - Yikes,  I haven't posted on here since Christmas Eve 2011.  In fact I haven't even picked up a Stamp or stamped in my stamp room yet this year.  So I don't have anything new to share.  I do have some cards from Christmas "past" - 2011 cards that weren't posted yet.

These are 2 more of my Sticker Creations.  I used stickers for the focal points but there was also a little stamping (sentiments).  Hope you can gather some inspiration even though you might be tired of Christmas cards.  I just hate to not share these.

I hope to be back to stamping again soon.  My "Mojo" hasn't been feeling it lately in the stamp room.  I think I just need to dig out something and start stamping and see what happens.