Sunday, May 25, 2008

wooohooo..gotta love a long weekend

i actually was able to participate in Beate's challenge this weekend!!!

as always...i had no clue where to start and somehow came up with this!

i definitely heart it! my girlfriend jenny has birthday june 6th, i believe, and since i'll be in vegas then, i figured now is the time to make the card because up until vegas we are busy, busy, busy.

a couple of notes:
  1. there was NO stamping involved. can you believe it?
  2. the letters are heidi swapp plastic letters that i have had for ages!! they compliment this card perfectly, i think...

hope she likes it!

The Deets:
Paper: Sahara Sand, Groovy Guava, Ruby Red, Ginger Blossom DSP
Misc: Heidi Swapp plastic letters, Sakura Glitter pen, Round Nestabilities, SU mat pack

Saturday, May 24, 2008

just because

i've been using the In Colors a lot lately, mainly because they are about to retire and i want to deplete my stash, but man...groovy guava is beginning to grow on me!

i did this challenge for Sharon's No Time to Stamp challenge, and the only requirement was that we had to include a bug. what's more fitting than a ladybug!

the only problem i had is that the stamp is a tall and thin image...what a struggle to find out a layout that works with this! not too bad...i was going for something else but came out with this. not a love, but not bad either. actually...the more i am looking at it, the more i am beginning to like it!

The Deets:
Stamp: Random Thoughts by CTMH
Paper: Groovy Guava, Ruby Red, Ginger Blossom DSP
Ink: Basic Black
Copics: R27, E33
Misc: River Rock ribbon, flowers by MM, rub on by SU!

Tuesday, May 20, 2008


A co-worker of mine, who is actually based in India but is frequently here on business, always brings me back something and this time, she had this man write my name on a piece of rice!

can you imagine!? i can't. anyways, this is the card i created...

i knew i had wanted to use another one of my new Sassafraslass stamps, and after taking a peak at the color challenge today, thought why not?! i love the way it turned out..a tad off center but oh well...

hope you like it!

The Deets:
Stamp: Sassafrasslass "Freshly Picked"
Paper: Blue Bayou, Soft Sky, Certainly Celery, Whisper White
Ink: Soft Sky, Certainly Celery
Misc: Blue Bayou Ribbon, Basic Grey Rub-on

Sunday, May 18, 2008

whoo loves you...

isn't this just an adorable card?! after spending the majority of the weekend trying to figure out how to incorporate 3 panels into my card, this idea just popped into my head this morning and within 15 mins, i had my card put together.

The Deets:
Stamps: Sassafraslass Oliver and Co., Hero Arts (the tree)
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa, Creamy Carmel, Old Olive
Paper: Old Olive, Close to Cocoa, Very Vanilla
Misc: Rub-on from October Afternoon

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Kristina's Color Inspiration #9

oopppsss..i think i posted this late. i honestly thought i had till tomorrow..oh well, it's still a pretty card and i'm all prepared for my gf's, melissa, birthday June 6th.

how often do i wait till the last minute to make a card? too often! i really hate running to Hallmark buying a last minute card when I have all the stuff needed to make my own.

anyways, back to the topic. this weeks colors were:

don't you just love them?!

i knew i wanted to use this paper the minute i saw the color challenge...i struggled a tad with my layout but i'm digging it. i usually don't do such dimension but i love the feel to it. oh, i did use this border stamp from Hero Arts which is nothing but circles and unfortunately this photo doesn't show them very well. it does add a nice touch in real life.

although the more i look at it the more i am thinking of peanut m&m's...i should probably stop now.

The Deets:
Paper: Real Red, So Saffron, DSP from American Crafts
Ink: Real Red, Old Olive
Stamps: Hero Arts
Misc: chipboard from Basic Grey

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Mother's Day cards

a tad late, but better late than never.

the first one is for my M-I-L who is very traditional and I thought this was perfect for her.

The Details:
Paper: Very Vanilla, Bashful Blue, So Saffron, LeJardin DSP
Ink: So Saffron, Old Olive
Stamps: Happy Mother's Day by Savvy Stamps, frame by Sassafrass Lass
Misc: Old Olive Ribbon

now for my mom's card...she's more non-traditional and loves an Asian Flair, and this is what I came up with...

my mom loved it!!! absolutely loved it and that was pretty impressive since she doesn't think much of this whole paper crafting thing. also, you can't really see in this photo but i used my spica glitter pen in the middle of the flowers.

The Details:
Paper: Very Vanilla, Chocolate Chip, Eastern Elegance DSP
Ink: India Ink
Copics: W3, YR00, RV11, R32

i'm really into Very Vanilla as my base, it's so much softer but still a great neutral compared to Whisper White.

ok, on that to you later!

Sunday, May 11, 2008


When I first read this challenge, i was like...oh great, i'm horrible with sewing and even faux stitching. i always think it looks so fake! but while going through my sketch journal, i came across an older sketch where i thought the faux stitching would look fabulous on and it did!!!!

at first i was torn between this and another sheet of paper but then became stingy and decided to go with this one, since i didn't love it, but now looking at my card...i love it!!!

unfortunately there is a small ooppssie on it, other parts of the rubber got some ink on my card...=(

also, a note about the flower chipboard..i first tried inking it with normal ink (i don't own any of the craft inks besides Very Vanilla and Whisper White, but that might have to change since I've been using chipboard more. it adds a cool sheen you don't get if you don't emboss it) but the color came off very dull. then i inked it with versa mark and dabbed the flower with pastels and that worked much better! after that i stamped it with versa marker and embossed it. i'm definitely totally loving embossed i just need to stop hoarding it!!!

isn't it fabulous?! i used to hoard all my cards but lately, i've been giving them away and this one is going to a coworker who brought me back a bracelet from her trip to china. hope she likes it!

The Deets:
Paper: Old Oliver, DSP from American Crafts
Ink: Night of Navy, Versa Mark

Stamp: Stitched Ribbon by Hero Arts

Misc: Chipboard flower from Basic Grey, rhinestone brad from $1 Spot at Target, Felt leaves from $1 Spot at Target, thanks a bunch! rub on by SU! SAB set

Friday, May 9, 2008

Kristina's Color Inspiration #8

Talk about a difficult color combination, although really, it wasn't the combination that was hard but finding the correct stamp set to use!

Here's my sample for this week:'s not my favorite, but it's not bad. Very boyish for sure. I would like it more had I not ruined the rub-on part underneath the white layer. I should have taken a picture...oh well, it was really neat because it looked like a zipper. Anyways because it was on crooked, I needed something to cover it. This is what I came up with. Perhaps a tad too loud?

The Deets:
Paper: Bashful Blue, Pumpkin Pie, Brilliant Blue and Whisper White. DSP is either American Crafts or Chatterbox
Ink: Versamark
Stamps: Celebrate Everything
Misc: Classy Brass Templates Seeing Spots

Monday, May 5, 2008

whoot whoot.

as much as i love patterened paper, if you don't use of all if at once, which hey..we normally don't, the scraps just seem to FLY AROUND everywhere! and that seriously annoys me.

i wanted to create a thank you card for a co-worker of mine who really has gone above and beyond what others typically do, so i came up with this.

the 2007 In-Colors are almost near retirement...I'll be so sad to see Wild Wasabi go! I think this is my number 1 favorite green! I typically try not to stock pile but I just may have to for this color.

the inside says: thank whoo for all that you do!

The Deets:
Paper: Wild Wasabi, Chocolate Chip, DSP - K. Marcella
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Stamps: Hero Arts
Copics: YG03, G99, YROO, W3
Misc: Wild Wasabi Ribbon, punch

Sunday, May 4, 2008


another one! i feel very lucky to have had the time to spend stamping as much as i did this weekend. it definitely helped that yesterday the weather was hit or miss all day.

the only rules were to use: pink, green and flowers!

although, this isn't a typical card of mine, i had to use these stamps. i bought them a year ago from a friend who is a CTMH consultant and they've been sitting around forever, UNINKED! plus, i wanted to spend some more time playing with the copics. practice really does make perfect and hopefully i can attend the certification class in chicago in july!

The Deets:
Paper: Whisper White
Stamps: Wonderful Charms, What A Great Day
Ink: Basic Black, Orchid Opulence, Chocolate Chip
Copics:R27, R32, YG03, G99, B32, B37, V04, V09, B01, Y13, C0, W3, YR00, E29
Misc: Mat Pack from SU!

Saturday, May 3, 2008

WSC #46

wow....who's on a roll this week.... i even got to participate in beate's weekend sketch.

i just love this card! i really struggled with the sentiment because i just couldn't find the right sentiment or I resorted to rub ons! this one is from the Sale-A-Bration set.

Also, here is a close up of the base layer. I really think this is what made me fall in love with this card, it just adds that little something extra..

Did you see the score lines on top and bottom? Well...I accidentally scored my card wrong, and before I was going to waste any cardstock, I added a score line to the bottom of my card and looks intentional!

The Deets:
Paper: Chocolate Chip cardstock, Petals and Paisley DSP from SEI
Stamps: CTMH
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Rub-Ons: Sale-A-Bration set
Misc: SU mat pack, Dew Drops

Thursday, May 1, 2008

KWerner's Color Inspiration #7

Isn't this a fabulous card?! I absolutely love it and above all, am so glad I was able to participate in Kristina's challenge. I so rarely get to any stamping during the week and I had such a hard time with this color combo.

I kid you not, I spent all day thinking about this and out of the blue, it came to me. I think I spent maybe 15 mins on this card.

The Deets:
Stamps: Celebrate Everything, Dad's Day
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla, Soft Sky, Notebook DSP
Ink: Soft Sky, Close to Cocoa
Accessories: Tag Punch, Silver Brads