Saturday, May 31, 2008

puppy thanks

I got some new toys, so I thought I would play along with Beate's weekend sketch challenge. We just got a new printer/scanner/copier for computer. So this is my first scanned image, not that I don't love my Nikon camera, this is much quicker plus I have to get some photos printed off my memory card. I also, just got some new nestabilities, so the rectangle image was perfect to use one of my new sets! My son needed to send out some thank you cards for his birthday to some relatives for his gifts/money.
card recipe:
cs: ruby red, sage shadow, choc chip, confetti white, ginger blossum dsp
stamp: for father, make it count (hostess)
ink: choc chip craft
access: clear embossing, river rock stitched, jumbo eyelets

Friday, May 30, 2008

Featured Friends Friday

We had a shoebox swap meeting this past Wednesday. It was my first one I ever got to do.

SOOOOOO much fun! Thanks to all the great demos who were at Amy's.

This is our great leader Amy Czuba's card.

It uses Carte Postal set and Le Jardin dsp.

This one on the right is Cathy Watson's. You may remember I showed her great Easter eggs made out of designer paper:

She stamped and cut out everything for us, all we had to do was assemble. How cute is it making shells out of scallop punch? The stars are from western alphabet set.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

stepped up simply sent

Today's sketch challenge at scs: I thought my simply sent kit "simple delights" would work well in main image and I then I just got spring silouettes dsp, that has a lot of baroque and elegant images. Instant card in 15 minutes!! The simply sent kits are great for beginning stampers, for gifts or anytime you need a quick card because everything is done for you! I did not dare open the papers in there, so I can show customers all that come in the kit!
card recipe:
stamps: simple delights, simply sent kit
paper: soft sky, wild wasabi, very vanilla, stem silouettes dsp
ink: soft sky, wild wasabi
access: ticket punch, build a brad, wild wasabi stitched ribbon, hodgepodge hardware,1/2 circle punch

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Belated Beate sketch

I had intended on posting this earlier to submit for Beate's weekend sketch challenge. However, one of life's many challenges postponed me from posting. My 8 year old son broke his arm on Sunday and I spent the early evening in ER with him. We had to go back early on Monday (the Holiday) for them to put him under anesthesia to reset his arm correctly. So, I spent Monday taking care of him. He is doing better now, kids bounce back so well. He is just bummed not to be able to finish his baseball season.

Back to card- I used retired DSP and a retired hostess set, basket full of fun. This card is for my knitting instructor Bev. We have our last class tonight, so I wanted to give her something.

I did manage to get chipboard in again, from ginormous pieces the circle for the sketch and I used some jersey original ribbon, I thought the twill went well with yarn theme.

Friday, May 23, 2008

Happy Birthday Quinton!!!

My son Quinton turns 11 today. I used SCS sketch challenge this week, I was a little stumped to have an image for center that was masculine. Thankfully I reached for bronc buster and used this image in craft navy ink and clear embossed. Then added punched stars, metal brads/eyelets and some hemp twine.

Yikes they grow up too fast! Of course we never age (lol).
We are taking a couple of his friends to new Indiana Jones movie after school today to celebrate.

Enjoy your Memorial day weekend :}

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

getting chippy with it

Okay, my chipboard projects continue. I got ginormous pieces last fall, and have yet to do something with it. I think we all have a stash of stuff we buy with good intentions.

Anyways, I used one of the scallop pieces and the hearts. I covered it with spring silouettes paper using tomboy mono adhesive, then used my sanding block to clean up the edges. I attached a piece of cork board to back with some E-6000 glue. I used my hobby blade to cut cork down to size. Don't forget you get a free hobby blade this month with purchase of cutting mat.
I decorated the hearts with various papers, glitter and inks. I just used glue dots to attach those. Then finished it off with some silver hodgepodge hardware from Spring mini.

Would make a great gift, but I am keeping for myself!!!!

Monday, May 19, 2008

Get on Board

To celebrate National scrapbooking month, Stampin Up is running a great special with our chipboard products. All the chipboard products (page 178-179 in Spring Summer Catalog) are 25 % off, with a purchase of $35. No limit on how many you can get. Yes, I have bought up quite a few products.

I finally got around to combine scrapbooking and chipboard. I have shown you the small book basics before. They are actually my favorite, as they are a 5 x 7 1/4 size. I saw on Dawn Griffiths blog about decorating all 4 sides and just flipping them back and forth.

I combined this with one of my other favorite Stampin Up products- the simpy scrappin kits. You can do so much with these kits, from card, home decor, 3 -D projects and scrapbook pages. I am doing a class the second week in June featuring these kits. As my friend Diana says, the paper and self adhesive die cuts just talk to you.

Anyways, finally here is my post:

This is from our trip to San Diego last month. It will be one of my husband's father's day gifts.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Awesome birthday

My 9 y.o son has a birthday party today and I needed a quick card. Thankfully, Beate always posts a weekend sketch challenge. It makes creating a card much easier having a sketch to go by. I made this one in about 10 minutes. If you haven't played along, (not that you don't know her site, I am sure you check it out daily like I do) but go here:
btw... Beate always takes the time to view every card and leave you a comment :}
card recipe:
cs: brillant blue, soft sky, wild wasabi, pumpkin pie, whisper white, jersey shore dsp
stamp: so cool, it's your birthday
ink: craft brillant blue, pumpkin pie marker
access: clear emossing powder, jumbo eyelet, cad, ticket corner punch and my way punch

Thursday, May 15, 2008


This is suppose to be faux leather technique, but I forgot to clear emboss over the masking tape. Well I did, but I forgot to take a new photo.

I will take one and upload tomorrow. Fun technique to do especially with kids.

1) just cover the cardstock with masking tape, in random fashion
2) swipe the ink pad over masking tape
3)step I forgot, first time use versamark all over masking tape covered cs, then pour clear embossing powder and heat.

I can't take credit for extra "sss", I saw it on a card I got for swap using this snake from zoofari.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

card club card

This was a card we did at card club using faux silk technique.
I have always had an idea to use an Asian type theme with Embrace life set.
I was a little stumped at my first go through, it needed something. I was playing more with technique and not using a sketch.
Then I realized I could use my "pretties" kit and color them with my red marker and use some gold brads to cooridinate with brushed gold paper.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Happy Mother's day and OMG moment

Happy Mother's day to all you mom's out there! I had an OMG moment, when I got an email from my friend Diane telling me I made stamper's showcase today with this card.

I did learn this technique (split negative) awhile back on "try a new technique" at SCS. The challenge at the time was not to use any white. I did use the same stamp set they showed, bronc buster. I love embossing and liked doing this technique, so I did a similar card for one of our monthly demo swaps. This one used white however.

I had some free time after cleaning my house on Friday, so I decided to squeeze in some fun stamping time!

I combined two challenges with this card. Beate always gives a weekend sketch challenge. I needed some color inspiration as well. This is this weeks color challenge from SCS: lovely lilac, pretty in pink and certainly celery. Lucky for me I had just one piece of lovely lilac in my stash. I guess it is not a color I use too often. I did get a chance to grab my nestablities, I only own the oval scallops. Thanks to my SBS 8 sister Etha who sent me a pack.

I was also inspired by Debbi from my SU blogging sisters, to use hodgepodge hardware as it is all retiring soon. I have been hoarding my hardware, such a shame.

Thursday, May 8, 2008

fossil fun

This is on of the cards we did at card club this week using fossil stone technique.

Here is an attempt at quick tutorial, because it is fun to do!

First, you need a plastic file folder. I did not have one but took a page protector and cut it open.

Then, take two ink colors, in complementary colors. Here, I chose certainly celery and wild wasabi.

Now take ink pad and (dip) direct to plastic. Just smoosh one ink color all over on side, and then repeat to other side with other color. You need to make the ink larger than size of your paper

Now, close the folder back up and smooth over the top with your hand.
This will help create air bubbles, which is the effect you want.

The next step is to use glossy cardstock, back to back so glossy side is facing out. Put it inside the folder and continue to
smooth the folder to spread the ink over the glossy cardstock.

Make sure you smooth backside as well. The cool thing is you will get two pieces covered to make more than one card if you want.

The result is a fun background to stamp on!

Wednesday, May 7, 2008


I really wanted set from mini with this owl saying "whoo hoo", but couldn't justify buying set for just one stamp.

Anyways, my Whoo hoo is because I am officially going to convention.

All registered track 4, rooming with my friend Barbara! Hope to see some of my SUO blog sisters there.

I have card club tonight, here's one quick peek:
This is a technique called faux paper tearing. This was actually my play around one to learn the technique. I actually did one using coral cameo cs, but I liked this look better on whisper white. I do admit a little messy stamping. But look mom; one layer, no embellishments!

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Happy Anniversary

Today is our 13th Wedding Anniversary. Yikes!

This is us on our family vacation in San Diego. My 10 year old took the photo, hence a little crooked angle.

Nothing exciting to celebrate, when it happens during the week. We will go out with some friends this Saturday.

I made the hubby a quick card, using a retired SU set. He loves motorcycles, so I came up with this quick last night. I think I did it in about 15 minutes. But, isn't the thought and not the time and effort?

I did use my hobby blade, which you get free this month if you purchase the cutting mat. I cut along the seat to stick the hearts in and put them on dimensionals.

I used tres chic background and then stamped hearts from all through the year in versamark, used heat and stick powder then the fine glitter.

So, I got nothing this morning! His response were they are Harleys, I drive a Yamaha. Ahhh, the romance, it continues...

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Father's day swap

This is the swap I did for our demo quarterly meeting and stamp camp. I used "For Father" set from spring mini. I embossed on vellum cardstock with gold embossing powder then used SU markers to color in on the back to have some color show through.
It was such a great time, we did a number of great projects using simply scrappin kit. I was there until 11:20 PM and thought to myself "where did the time go"?
I will be showing some great ideas for these kits in upcoming posts. I am doing a class at end of May and again in June using these great kits.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Rocking thank you card

I needed to make some "cool" thank you cards for my son to give for all his First Communion gifts he recieved. I finally got "it's a sign" set, that I have been eyeing since the new catalog came out. I cased this straight from the catalog, except I used "U Rock" embossed in black vs. the stop sign image. I also used textured soft sky cardstock and cut it 3 x 6 card. I used chalks along the torn edges of the old olive.

I needed to send out some thank you's for customer orders. So, this card worked as it was very easy to mass produce. Simple = good.

I hope to catch up today with what all my blog roll sisters have been busy creating!