Independent Stampin Up! Demonstrator since 2007
Welcome to my little ole' stamping blog! I'm so glad that you stopped by! I have lots of creative things to share with you with the occasional life post thrown in! Come on in, relax and stay awhile! :)

Friday, September 30, 2011

CCMC169 - Color Challenge

   Friday...sweet Friday!  The weekend is on it's way!  I have anther challenge card to share today.  This one is also from the very talented Create with Connie and Mary.  It is a color challenge and let me just say...what a GORGEOUS color combo!!  Here is the combo challenge they have put together:
Aren't those colors just beautiful together!!  I played around with lots of designs and stamps sets before I settled on my card, but this is what I came up with for the challenge:
Stamps: You are Loved and Vintage Vogue
Paper: Pool Party, Basic Black, Sahara Sand and Very Vanilla
Ink: Old Olive, Pool Party, Marina Mist and Sahara Sand
Extras: Rhinestones and Very Vanilla ribbon

Side view.

Close up.  I added a shadow using a blender pen and gray ink. 

Love this combo!  I will definitely use this one again!  Thank you to Connie and Mary for the great challenge!

Do you have any fun weekend plans?  Not sure what we are doing yet, but I am certain it will be fun! Nothing beats spending time with my family and there will be lots of that this weekend!  I am hoping to get some play time in with my new camera and will post some pictures soon!  Enjoy your Friday!  Be back soonest! 

Thursday, September 29, 2011

CCMC-HOL1 Holiday Edition Sketch Challenge

 Hello!  Happy Thursday to you!  My card today is for the CCMC Holiday sketch challenge posted over at Create with Connie and Mary.  It was a really fun sketch and although I had decided in my little peabrain not to post anything Halloween-y until October 1st, I just couldn't not give this sketch a try!  Look at this fun thing!!

I took out my brand new Bingo Bits Halloween set and inked that big guy up and this is what I came up with:


Stamps: Spooky Bingo Bits
Paper: Basic Black, Lucky Limeade, More Mustard, Rich Razzleberry and Very Vanilla
Ink: Going Gray, Basic Black and Garden Green
Extras: Scallop Trim Border Punch, Small Oval Punch, Scallop Envelope Big Shot die, Rhinestones and Dazzling Diamonds

Sparkly webs!

I drew spider strings to attach the spiders to their webs and added Dazzling Diamonds to make their little web pop.  I added some faux stitching to the edges of my Limeade and pop dotted the main image up along with the Eeeek! sentiment.

This was a great sketch to work with!  Ok, I need to run because I have a giant to do list today!

Happy stamping and have a great day!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

It's made out of what?!!

  Well hello there!!  I am pretty dang excited about my little project today!  It is a mini album made out of toilet paper tubes!!  How crazy is that?! Really...!  Toilet paper tubes!   Now it is assembled, but not finished!  I still have to add all of my pictures and embellishments, but I was so anxious to get it posted that I couldn't wait! LOL   Take a look at this:

Isn't this a really cool way to recycle?!  I am sooooo excited!!  I flattened my tubes (I used 6 of them!) and then used my bone folder to crease the edges.  Then I ran them through my Big Shot to further flatten the curve out of them.  Then I put them under some heavy weight for a few days so they would be good and flat.  Once they were squashed as squashed as they were ever going to be I added some paper and dressed them right up!  I used the DSP Spice Cake (one of my favorites!!) and matted it on Pool Party since it coordinates with the paper and used sticky strip to adhere them to the tubes front and back.

Close up of my flower.  I used the punches that make the flower from the paper and crumpled them up and pulled them apart to make soft, fuzzy looking layers.  I added a Build a Brad  to the center Which looks in the  picture like it is floating LOL but it really is not!)  and topped it with a rhinestone.  The little tag is made using a sentiment from Teeny Tiny Wishes and the Jewelry tag punch.

Page one.  All of the pages use the same paper and color scheme.

I made tags to go inside of each tube and used the Round Tab punch to make the finger pulls.  I added some rhinestones to each tab.  They all pull out completely for pictures and journaling on both sides.

Tag pulled out.

6 pages with 6 pull out tabs.  Lots of room for pictures or other souvenirs!

Another view of the flower!  I cannot wait to get this little guy filled up with tons of pictures!  This was a really, really fun project!  The whole thing is bound with notebook rings.  I haven't added eyelets yet, but think I may go back and do that.  What do you think?!  You should really try one.  They are a blast to make so start saving those toilet paper tubies!

I am off to tackle my to do list!  Hope you are having a stamp-y kind of day!  Be back soonest!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Stamp therapy!

   Hello! Happy Tuesday...or is it?  Today has felt like a Monday to me all day long!  Seems like those "Monday" sorts of things just keep happening.  Ever have one of *those* kinds of days?!  Boy oh boy have I been having one today!

  After numerous attempts to get things done I finally set my to do list aside and  just decided to play with my stamps for a while!  I figured worst case even if my whole day turned stinky  at least I would have made something pretty! :)  Stamp therapy...ever heard of it?!  It works wonders!

 I worked on a gift set of matching 3 x 3's today.  I love to make these little guys!  They are really fun and make the cutest little addition to any gift!  Can you guess my theme!?!  If you guessed are a winner! ;)  Here are my little cards:

I tore a strip of pool party and crumpled it up and tore the layers apart before adding brads.  

Stamps: Gently Falling and Tiny Wishes
Ink: Real Red, More Mustard, Daffodil Delight and Early Espresso
Paper: Crumb Cake, More Mustard, Pool Party and Very Vanilla
Extras: Brads, Pumpkin Pie ribbon and Jewelry Tag punch 

I hope that you are having a good day!  I will be back soonest with more to share!  

Monday, September 26, 2011

Rainy Fall day!

  Hello!  Is it raining where you are?  It is all dark and dreary and over cast here today.  It is a perfect day for stamping so I sat down this morning and worked on another Fall card. It is a simple card using minimal supplies and layers, but I kind of like the way it turned out.

I used the Lovely as a Tree stamp set and the Stampin Write markers to color them.  I don't know if you can tell from the picture, but the leaves are green, red and yellow and the stems are chocolate chip.  I ruffled up the edges and sponged them and added a couple of buttons dressed up with ribbon.  I used Versmark to fill in the white space in my background with a delicate leaf stamp and stamped the sentiment in Cherry Cobbler using the Perfectly Penned stamp set.

I created a faux layer underneath the main image layer and tore the edge to let it peek through.  I mounted the underneath layer on a piece of  Spice cake DSP. It is really just the corner, but that can be our little secret! Shhhh!

 Ah... I just love Fall and it's rainy days!

Hope your day is a good one!  I will be back soonest with more to share!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Paper Princess Card Challenge!

  Hi!  My card today is for a challenge presented by my sweet Paper Princess blogging buddy Moira.  (Hiya Moira!!)  The challenge was to make a Christmas card since it is just around the corner. Now I do not know about you, but when it comes to Christmas and being organized I am a total train wreck!  The thought of even thinking about starting my Christmas cards this early makes my eyebrows hurt, so this was truly a challenge!  I had to put on my creative elf hat (you know the one with the bells and pom poms!) and dig deep for this one! LOL  After some playing around this is what I came up with:

Merry Christmas!

Side view.

Thank you, Moira for a great challenge! Lots to do today so I am off to get busy!  Have a great Sunday. I will be back soonest. :)

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Petite Pocket!

   Hi there!  Saturdays are a wonderful invention!  Hope you are having a happy weekend so far.  We are enjoying a visit with family this weekend.  I have a quick post to share with you today.  I broke out my new Petite Pocket die and played with it some.  What a cute little pocket it makes!  It holds a gift card when everything is all stamped and done. :)  I thought it would also make a cute gift to stamp and fill it with Christmas tags.  Lots of possibilities!  Here is one I threw together today:

Here it is all assembled!

Side view.

The back.

Filled with some Christmas tags for the giving!

Enjoy your Saturday! :) Be back soonest!

Friday, September 23, 2011

Mark my place just because!

   Hello Friiiiday!  The weekend is upon us!  I have the sweetest book mark project to share with you today!  I have the longest craft to do list ever and this fun project has finally made it up to the top of my list.  They have been around for a while, but it is one of those projects that never goes out of style.  You can make them any time for any occasion or even just because.  Today I made them just because! :)  They are really fun to make and super simple.  Take a look:

They are made using the Big Shot die Fun Flower, some ribbon and a button. Doesn't get much easier then that!  I cut them, crumpled them and sponged all the edges.  I used pop dots to stick the layers together and added a button tied with Baker's Twine which I colored with a Stampin Write marker to match.

Close up.

They are really pretty in person.  I added a tiny tag and a rhinestone to finish them off.

Here is the blue one in action.  :)

Do you have any fun weekend plans!  We have a very full weekend planned around here.  Hope that you have a good one.  I will be back soonest with more to share!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

I think I CAN! I think I CAN!!

   Hey there!  Hope you are having a nice Thursday!  I have a little project to share today that is the beginning of a bigger project which is in the works! What a mouthful! LOL  To make a long story short I have been on the hunt for some house decorations.  We have relocated recently and most of our walls are still bare.  I am talking empty canvas kind of bare!  I don't know yet exactly how I want to decorate the new place so shopping has been kind of a challenge.  I have discovered though that pictures are darn price-y!  Who wants to blow wads of cash on decor when you could  be spending it on stamping supplies! LOL  So, it occurred to me that I should just start making my decor!  I have purchased a few small things as a base and plan to start making some of the others.  Here is the first little piece of my new collection:

This uses the colors of the other pieces I picked up and will fit into a  5 X 7 frame to round out the grouping.

The cool thing is that the flowers are made from aluminum cans!!  I cut the tops and bottoms off of a couple of aluminum cans and ran them through my Big Shot using the Party Blossoms die.  I stamped the blue pieces and the heart with SU!'s grid stamp and adhered everything with glue dots!  (Love those little guys!) I added a little bling with some rhinestones and stamped the word family with one of the alphabet sets. 

Close up of the flower! I was so happy with how they turned out!  I spent a lot of time trying to line up the die with the colors on the cans that I wanted and after all that work wound up liking the shiny silver backside better!  The flower centers are from the colored part of the can.

Stamps: Lovely Letters Alphabet and Grid
Paper: Basic Gray, Marina Mist, Very Vanilla and Crumb Cake
Ink: Basic Gray and Pacific Point
Extras: Aluminum cans, party Blossom die and Rhinestones

I am pretty pleased with how it turned out and now my mind is reeling with possibilities  for other projects!
I will share them as I make them.  

Lots to do today so I am off to get my day rolling!  Have a wonderful day!  Do something stamp-y!  You will be so glad that you did!  Be back soonest!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Chipboard blues!

Hello and happy hump day! I have been so busy this week that my head is spinning! I did make some time today to do a little creating though.  I opened up my new Fun Flowers BS die and played with it...what a fun toy!!  It makes the prettiest flowers!!  It came with a piece of chipboard in the packaging and so I did what any recycling conscious stamper would do...I ran that baby through the Big Shot to try out my new die!!  It cut beautifully too! :)  I used the chipboard flowers on my card today.  It is a simple card, but sometimes those are my favorite. What do you think?!

I sponge dauber-ed (technical term!) the largest flower  and small circle with Pacific Point and left the middle circle plain.  The whole thing is layered using pop dots and pop dotted onto the card for dimension. The sentiment is from You are Loved.

Side view to show layers.

I like this sentiment a lot!

Stamps: You are Loved
Paper: Pacific Point and Crumb Cake  
Ink: Pacific Point
Extras: Chip Board, Rhinestones, Sponge Daubers, Pop dots and Fun Flowers BS die

I have played with my camera some and am really liking it.  I will share some pictures soon!
Hope that you have a great day!  I will be back soonest. :)

Monday, September 19, 2011

Birthdays, wonderful birthdays!

Hellooo!  Happy Monday to you!  I have had the most wonderful day!  Today I turned 20+20+1!  My very sweet hubby took me out for a yummy lunch.  We had Indian...yum!!!  Then he took me out and bought me a brand new fancy, schmancy camera!! *thud!* {falls over!}  It is beeeea--uuuu-tiiiii-fullll!! about all the bells and whistles!  I am just floating on a giant, puffy cloud!  He is such a wonderful guy.  I am very, very lucky!  My kids also spoiled me with fun toys and lots of birthday love!  It has been a wonderful way to spend my day!

I have a quick card to share with you today!  My step-dad is having a birthday in just a few days too and I wanted to make a matching card to go with the candy holder I showed you a few days ago!  Here is what I came up with:

See!  All matchy-matchy! :)

Ok, I am off to go take a walk on the is grande!  Hope that you are having a wonderful day too!  I will be back soonest with more to share!  You can expect to see lots of pictures while I try to figure out my fun new toy! :)  *Big, cheesy grin!*