Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Cuppie Calendar

WoooHOOO! It's time for another Taylored Expressions release and I am SO excited! Taylor has really outdone herself this time! Not only has she created THE most adorable stamp sets in her Stamp a Sweet Impression (SASI) line, and put together fabulous papers and bellies in her Key Ingredient kits, but now she is adding calendars to the mix!

Here is a sneak peak at the new perpetual calendar. I decorated *January* with this adorable snow cuppie from the new A Year of Sweets I set. She's all glittered and sparkled!

I paper pieced the cupcake paper, added some liquid applique to her earmuffs, gave her some pink frosting with Copic markers, and lots of sparkle with Starfire glitter! (the papers and glitter are part of the Key Ingredients). I cut a couple of "balloons" using the smallest oval Nestability and added strings with a .05 Copic multiliner pen to add some festivness by our daughter's birthday. A strip of matching paper on the botton and the word *celebrate* finished everything off nicely.

I can't wait to show you how I've decorated the rest of the calendar! The new sets and calendars are available January 2nd at the Taylored Expressions store

Be sure and check out all the girls on the Baker's Dozen Design Team! They are gonna knock your socks off with their creations! You can find links to everyone's blog over on the side ====>


Stamps: A Year of Sweets I, A Year of Sweet Sentiments (Taylored Expressions), Liquid Applique, pearl (Hero Arts),
Paper, cardstock, glitter (Taylored Expressions Key Ingredient kit)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento), Versamark, Copic markers,
Misc: large eyelet (Making Memories), snowflake punch (Martha Stewart), Copic Airbrush System

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Mushroom Forest

Our Craft Lounge (OCL) recently released this new set called Love Bug. As soon as I saw it I knew I had to have it because it has THE most adorable mushrooms!

I did a bit of masking for this card to create the "forest" and the family of bugs and then colored them with Copic markers. I added some sparkle to the hearts with a red Spica glitter pen.

The papers, from the Just Dreamy 2 collection (My Minds Eye) are just so gorgeous and they really make card making easy.

The sentiment is stamped on white cardstock, cut out with a circle punch, edged in red ink and then attached to a metal edge tag (from an office supply). I used my Crop-a-Dile to punch the hole (how did I ever live without that thing?) and attached the wire ring to the ribbon (SU!)

If you haven't checked out the adorable stamps at OCL, you just have to go look! Plus, they have all kinds of samples by some seriously talented stampers!
Thanks for visiting!

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas Everyone!

It was a beautiful, low key Christmas at our house! I love when the true meaning of this season outshines massive amounts of stress and spending.

I have a couple of Christmasy items to show you before the holiday is officially over. The first is an altered BEANO card. My friend Lisa Zappa had some of these cards (she tells me they were called BEANO cards back in the day before they were BINGO cards 'cuz people used beans to mark their numbers!) and she's been giving them to her friends asking if they would decorate it for her BEANO Christmas tree.

Now, if you know Lisa, you know she is the Queen of Shabby so I knew I needed to do something special. I found this delicious paper (Wassail by Basic Grey) and made a little chipboard house. The trees are cut from the Tree Lot paper. It has little triangles of different patterns all over it. I found the adorable cat charm at JoAnn Fabrics and since her cats are good friends of mine :o) I knew it would be perfect. I added a bling swirl for chimney smoke and a lace border and then held my breath in the hopes she would like it. She did! whew!

My other project comes in the form of holiday tags. The other managers and I at the bank I work at decided to host a Christmas pizza lunch for the staff instead of buying little gifts for everyone. I volunteered to make a little *something* for each place setting. Everyone uses sticky notes, but the bank does not supply them, so they are always in demand, and I thought they would be the perfect little gift. I made these round tags using the JustRite Christmas Ensemble for the borders (snowflakes on blue and holly on white).

I cut the tags out using the large scallop circle die (Nestabilities) and then added the centers. The snowflake tag uses a snowflake from Pine's Snowfall Additions set (Papertrey) stamped in light blue with a glittered snowflake (Martha Stewart punch) over the top. The holly tag uses a Christmas tree from a little set I found at Michael's.

I used the JustRite Brayton Font for the words on the back. I LOVE how I can create just what I want to say, without having to use the computer!

I tied the tags to a stack of sticky notes with white and red curling ribbon. They looked like little packages sitting on the tables and the staff LOVED them! As I walked the floor later that day I saw a lot of them had hung the tags on the walls of their cubes!

Well... the family is wanting to play cards so I better run! I hope your holiday was filled with peace and your new year is filled with abundant blessings!


Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Holly Cuppies

Oh how I love to make holiday cards! The ideas just flow when surrounded with all the adorable stamps and luscious papers and bellies!

I recently got the Christmas Ensemble from JustRite Stamps and man, I am IN LOVE with these stamps! I used the holly circle for this card as the perfect frame for the holly cuppie from Taylored Expressions Season's Sweetings set.

I stamped the holly circle with black ink, colored the leaves with Copic markers and then glitzed up the berries with a Stardust glittering gel pen in ruby. The cuppies are stamped and their wrappers are paper pieced. I colored the cuppie holly leaves and glitzed the berries the same way.

Everything is edged with a liquid gold paint pen and attached using foam tape.

I wish you could see the sparkle and shine!

I don't know as I've ever shown you how I store my Taylored Expressions stamps. Taylor has these waaay cool storage boxes that the stamp sets fit right into. The stamp sets come on a hard plastic base with holes already punch in them, so all I have to do is open the storage box and put them in (kind of like a 3 ring binder).

The picture on the left shows how the sets are stored. The one on the right gives you an idea of the size (it's next to a CD case). I love that my sets sit nice and protected on my shelf. Pure Genius!
The coolest part? The stamps (both Taylor's and JustRite), the storage and lots of other things can be found in Taylors store. Don't you just LOVE one stop shopping! :o)


Stamps: Season's Sweetings (Taylored Expressions), Christmas Ensemble (JustRight Stampers
Paper: Neenah, Making Memories, Bazzil
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento), Copic markers, Stardust glittering gel ink (Sakura)
Misc: Nestabilities, ribbon (Martha Stewart), scallop edge (Marvy paper cutter), liquid gold paint pen, foam tape

Thursday, December 4, 2008

From our house...

I was looking through the sketch challenges over on SCS the other day (they are awesome) and this one struck my fancy (SC204). I loved how the center strip was cut short on the left, but went all the way to the end on the right.

I had my Taylored Expressions stamps out and as I looked through the sets I pondered how the Halloween stamps are so stinkin CUTE, but they are so under-used. Halloween just doesn't last long enough. Anyway... I decided to use the haunted house in the Frightful Night set as a cute little house in a winter scene.

I stamped the house on cream cardstock, colored it with Copic markers and cut it out. I created the snow with Liquid Pearls and sprinkled fine glitter over it. It's attached with foam tape to a cream rectangle that I airbrushed with pink (hey... sky can be pink you know!)

The adorable paper (October Afternoon) has pink polka dots on the reverse side and I put a pink crystal (Zva Creative) on each dot. You just GOTTA love pink bling!

The sentiment is from the Home Sweet Home Set and is stamped on cream with Pink Petunia (Versa Magic chalk ink). I cut out one of the little snowflakes on the paper and added a pearl.

I think I'll find another sketch to play with. It sure jump started my mojo!

Stamps: Frightful Night, Home Sweet Home (Taylored Expressions)
Paper: Classic Cream (Neenah), October Afternoon
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento), Pink Petunia (Versa Magic chalk ink), Copic markers
Misc: Liquid Pearls (Ranger), glitter (Stampendous), pink crystals (Zva, Nestabilites, Copic Air Brush system

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Christmas ATCs

A dear friend of mine hosts an ATC swap every few months and the girls who participate are just amazing talents. This time around is a Christmas swap and I was so excited because the ATC is the perfect size to showcase this new Inkadinkado stamp I found. My mom loved cardinals and whenever I see one such wonderful memories come flooding into my head.

I stamped the image on Neenah white cardstock and colored it with Copic markers. I couldn't find just the right sentiment that fit the small size of an ATC, so I reached for my JustRite Brayton Font set (50pt) and stamped {25} in Fired Brick Distress ink. (oh I hope they get that it means Dec 25th. Do ya think?) After I punched the date with a 1 inch circle punch, I ran a glue pen around the edge and dipped it into Fire Engine Red glitter.

The upper portion of the base of the ATC is a beautiful Christmas paper by KaiserCraft. I bought one sheet a month or so ago and had just enough to make 15 of these! (whew) The bottom strip is BoBunny. In between is a peice of red velvet ribbon over crochet lace.

So, now I have all the pieces and realize that the image is just to bright white for the Christmas paper. What to do? Easy... Tim Holtz to the rescue!
Using the sponge applicator, I smooged (technical word) Antique Linen ink around the edges. You can see what a difference it makes ===>

It's one of my very favorite, and most used tools! It does more than just leave a darker *edge* to your image. If you lay the image flat on a piece of paper or mat, and rub the sponge applicator in a circular motion towards the center of the image, you get a lovely shading that goes from darker on the outside edge, to softer/lighter in the center.

Well, that's all for tonight. Thanks for coming by!
Stamps: Inkadinkado, Brayton Font (JustRite Stamper)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento), Antique Linen, Fired Brick, Aged Mahogany (Distress Inks by Ranger), Copic markers, Copic Red Spica pen
Paper: Neenah, KaiserCraft, BoBunny
Misc: red velvet ribbon, lace (local craft store), glitter (Taylored Expressions), Old Lace Glimmer Mist (Tattered Angels), Tim Holtz sponge applicator (StarLitStudio), circle punch (EK Success), scallop blade (Marvy cutter)

Monday, December 1, 2008

Beate's sketches

My mojo has all but dried up lately. I sit at my work table and just stare into space. Does that ever happen to you?

Last week I sat there looking at this adorable new Hero Arts mini set, the one that I've been searching everywhere for, and nothing sparked. Nothing. Nada. Zip. I knew if I could just come up with a layout, everything would start to flow (ok. I didn't really *know*, but I was sure hoping hard!)

I finally turned to the amazing Beate and her fabulous layout challenges. And it worked!

This one is her Friday sketch # WSC64. I LOVE this layout and I know I'll come back to it often. I stamped the cute little critter angel on PTI Kraft in black, filled in the wings with white craft ink using a mini sponge applicator and then covered them with glitter.

I used a round Nestability to cut out the circle and edged it with white craft in. The polka dot strip is PTI Kraft embossed with the CB Swiss Dots folder and I then ran the white craft ink pad lightly over the top.

The next started out as a Christmas ATC for a swap, but it just didn't look right. Again, I reached out to Beate's fabulous blog for an idea as to how to use a 2.5 x 3.5 image on a card.

So, now that the holiday is over... and a tiny bit of mojo has returned, I may have some more things to share with you! ;o)

Thanks for stopping by! I sure do enjoy it when you visit!



Critter Angel - Stamps: Magic Holiday (Hero Arts) Paper: Kraft, Pure Poppy, White (Paper Trey Ink), Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento), White Craft (SU!), Copic Spica pens Misc: Nestabilites, Cuttlebug, glitter (Stampendous), corner rounder punch

Puppy Angel - Stamps: Magic Holiday (Hero Arts), Rustic Snowflakes (Paper Trey Ink) Paper: Heidi Grace Designs, PTI, SU! Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento), chalk inks (Versa Magic), Distress Inks (Ranger) Misc: glitter (Sampendous), ribbon (May Arts), tracing wheel

Saturday, November 22, 2008


Ok, it's official. My life is CRAZY! I took a new position at the bank in September and since then I live in St. Paul (MN) during the week and come home on the weekends. Fortunately (that word should be in caps and bolded now that I think about it), I have a wonderful friend who rents me the upper level of her house. I have a beautiful space to stamp with a big giant window, but the problem is, I leave early in the morning (so it's dark), and get home in the evening (and again it's dark), and then head for home on the weekends. I totally miss my Saturday stamping marathons! But, I spend my weekend time with DH and cooking (which I love to do too!) for the week when I'm home on the weekends. Hopefully, the house will sell and this can all be over soon. (ya, I'm not holding my breath either. lol)

So what do I do when life is crazy? I color. When I color I don't have to think. I don't have to push my already full brain to come up with a unique layout. I can just sit with my container of Copic markers and a few cute images and pretty soon I am in Happy Land.

The new Our Craft Lounge stamps are PERFECT for coloring (they were designed by Marianne Walker, the Copic Queen after all). I just love how the image is really the focus of these cards, not the paper or the layers or the 'bellies.

The first... Birthday Elle, is from the Lil' Pea-Nut set. I love how the lines in the stamp define where I need to put my shading! I used 3 different greys and added pink to her ears and adorable toes. The balloons are paper pieced, covered in Glossy Accents (Ranger), and attached with foam tape. The ground and sky are shaded using the Copic Airbrush System.

The second... Happy Day is from the Pat the Dog set. While I could have made it easy on myself and colored the heart, I decided to paper piece the heart so it matched the scallop frame. - cutting paper is a relaxation too! :o)

Both cards are made with My Minds Eye paper. Totally takes the work out of creating a card when I have papers that match! Don't you agree?

Friday, November 14, 2008

Gracie turns 6

Our granddaughter, Grace is turning 6 next month. How does that happen? It's bad enough that it seems like her dad (our son) was just 6, but 20 years later he has a 6 year old of his own. He and his wife are awesome parents and I'm so proud of them!

Anyway... each year I make her a birthday card with her age on it. Katherine, (her mom) has all her birthday cards in clear envies taped to her bedroom door like artwork. It's so fun to see them all together (and to see how my stamping has changed over the years! lol).

This year, I used three of Taylored Expressions SASI sets for the card and gift bag - Home Sweet Home, Sweet Celebration and Trick or Sweet. Yes, the cuppie on the gift bag is the ghost cuppie, minus his face! A cool trick I learned on Taylor's blog.

The party cuppies (from the Sweet Celebration set) are stamped on white cardstock, colored with Copic markers, and then cut out. I added some Crystal Stickles to the tops of the hats before attaching them to the card with foam tape.

The row of little cuppies are from the Home Sweet Home set and are simply stamped on the pink paper with black ink. A little gem helps them stand out.

I colored the *6* with a Copic marker, frosted it with glitter and placed it in the Happy Birthday circle that was stamped with the JustRite C-45 small letters.

Now for the bag... I found this little green gift bag on clearance at Target! It came with a funky colored cherry hanging in the "window". I removed that uuuugly cherry and replaced it with a
cute cuppie all frosted with sparkles.

Now, I just need to find the perfect gift for a little 6 year old cutie.

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: Sweet Celebration, Home Sweet Home, Trick or Sweet (Taylored Expressions), JustRite
Paper: Around the Block, Neenah, SU!
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento), Lime Pastel (Colorbox Chalk Ink), Copic markers
Misc: Crystal glitter (Stampendous), Worn Lipstick Distress Stickles, Crystal Stickles (Ranger), Harlequin Grungeboard (Tim Holtz), Pink rhinestone (Kaiser Craft), clear gems (Crystal Stickers Elements), gift bag (Target)


Today's the day! Our Craft Lounge is open and you can find it HERE!

I am SO excited and what goes better with excitement than chocolate! Chocolate cupcakes to be exact! lol The Life is Sweet set is filled with deeply etched rubber images perfect to whip up that yummy creation.

I stamped the cupcake 3 times, colored, glittered and cut them out. I cut out the center circle with a round Nestability, sprayed the center using the Copic Airbrush System and a pink marker, and stamped the sentiment with Burnt Umber Palette ink. The mat is pattern paper cut with a scallop oval Nestability. A couple buttons, some adorable pattern paper and waLA!

Here is the full set:

Don't forget, this weekend only (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, November 14th, 15th, and 16th, ) with each stamp set you purchase, you will get a ticket included with your order! Save those tickets! The following weekend, OCL will start drawing winners. You just never know when a new ticket number will show up on their site. YOU COULD WIN!!!
WoooHOOO! I love Fridays!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

It's a dogs world!

WoooHOOO! It's almost here! Our Craft Lounge opens this Friday the 14th!

Today I'm featuring Pat the Dog! With the cold and snow we got yesterday, I just wanna be this cuddly little puppy laying in the sun!

Here is a look at the whole set. I giggled when I saw the *censored* sign. :o)

This weekend only (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, November 14th, 15th, and 16th, ) with each stamp set you purchase, you will get a ticket included with your order! Save those tickets! The following weekend, OCL will start drawing winners. You just never know when a new ticket number will show up on their site. YOU COULD WIN!!! (and we ALL love to win!)

Check out these amazing blogs for peaks at more of the OCL sets being release on Friday!

Lisa Zappa
Lila Holgate
Bev Barton
Heather McNally
Pam Hooten
Cami Turnbow
Kisa Peters
Joanne B
Lisa Mathis
Joy Kennedy

Be sure and check back tomorrow! Not only is it Friday (shout HURRAY!), but I'll have another sample to show you plus the link to the Our Craft Lounge store! wooHOOO!!!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

* New *

I thought and thought about what to use for a title of this post. I've used Sneak Peak before, so that was out. I wanted something special... something exciting...something that would say...

LOOK HERE! There's a new stamp company in town!

Yup, you heard me right. Our Craft Lounge is introducing a line of THE most adorable stamps!

Here's a sneak peak from the For the Love of Birds set.

Check out these blogs for more samples! ooooo' you are gonna love what they've created!

Kendra Wietstock
Bev Barton
Heather McNally
Pam Hooten
Cambria Turnbow
Kisa Peters

Stamps: For the Love of Birds (Our Craft Lounge)
Paper: KaiserCraft, Neenah
Ink: Burnt Umber (Palette), Antique Linen (Ranger Distress Ink), Copic Markers
Misc: Nestabilities, ribbon (May Arts), embroidery floss (DMC)

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Right at Home!

Fall is my favorite time of year! The crisp air, the colors, the crunch of leaves as I walk down the sidewalk. When I found this gorgeous piece of Bo Bunny paper I knew it would make the most beautiful fall cards, but I didn't want to make just any old "leaf" card.
These cards look similar, but one I kept simple, just stamping and coloring.

This one, I did some paper piecing (the roof and the trees) to add some dimension.

I love how they turned out and I hope the recipient will too.

Now, if only I could have a day off to enjoy this beautiful fall weather before the snow starts flying! ewwwwwwwwwww
Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: Boards and Beams, Mixed Messages (Papertrey Ink), Flourishes (Rhonna Farrer)
Paper: Bo Bunny, SU!, CTMH, Neenah
Ink: Burnt Umber (Palette), Antique Linen (Distress Inks), Copic markers
Misc: Copic Airbrush System, brads (Making Memories), ribbon (May Arts), Swirl glitter glue, tracing wheel

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Holiday Tags

I know, it's only the end of October, but if I don't start thinking about the holidays now, it will come and go before I know what hit me! LOL!

When I received the new Stamp a Sweet Impression sets by Taylored Expressions, I knew these where going to be the perfect stamps to use for gift giving. I used the wonderful papers and ribbons that come in the Christmas Key Ingredient kit, along with white Tag Treat tags, to make tags to tie onto homemade treats.

I covered a metal tin that I found at Michaels and then created the Holiday Tags label using an oval Nestability and JustRite Stamps Curlz font. Once I stamped the words in red Memento ink, I used my trusty Copic Airbrush System to add some green shading.

Now for the tags. My favorite part! :)
I covered each of the white tags with various papers and cardstock from the Key Ingredients kit, added a happy little Holiday Cuppie and a yummy sentiment and then finished each with buttons and bling and either a ribbon or embroidery floss for tieing to the homemade treat.

These came together so easily! Plus, I have enough paper in my Kit to make a bunch more!

I wonder if my family and friends will love the tag more than the treat? LOL!

Stamps: Home Sweet Home, Season's Sweetings, Tag Treats (Taylored Expressions)
Paper, cardstock, ribbon, red glitter are from the Christmas Key Ingredient Kit
Ink: Memento, Copic markers
Misc: glitter (Martha Stewart), Nestabilities, Copic Airbrush System, tracing wheel, buttons (JoAnn), snowflake punch (EK Success)

Thursday, October 23, 2008

It's a Cookie Exchange Party!

Is there ANYthing better than a platter full of fresh baked Christmas cookies? I certainly don't think so! Especially when that platter is filled with all different kinds of cookies! lol!

This year, I'm going to have a Cookie Exchange Party and I made up some special invitations to send to friends using stamps from Taylored Expressions new release (TODAY)!

The Tag Treats set is filled with all those sayings you want in a stamp (like the one on my invitation), but can never find!

I made a pocket card using papers from the Christmas Key Ingredient kit. Before taping the sides shut, I cut a circle out of the center using a scallop circle Nestability.

I put a piece of transparancy sheet in the inside of the pocket to make a window. The adorable Holly Cuppie (from the Season's Sweeting set) is attached to the front of the transparancy. *You're invited to a Christmas Cookie exchange* is stamped on white cardstock, cut out with an oval Nestability and then edged in Fire Red glitter (which also comes in the Key Ingredient kit!).

The inside of the pocket is a recipe card (you can see the stripes of the card through the window!) and I've asked each person to write the name of their cookie on the card.

When they get to the party, they will put their recipe card in this adorable Gingerbread House holder. The gingerbread house, from the Home Sweet Home set, is stamped on white cardstock, colored with Copic markers, highlighted with glitter and bling, cut out and attached to a simple wood photo holder (it was actually a Halloween ghost that I broke the ghost off of). I used papers from the Christmas Key Ingredient kit to cover the base and then glitterfied the edges.

I think it's gonna be a great party! We'll see if the family gets any of the cookies! ;o)
You are gonna LOVE every stamp in these 3 (yes, THREE) new sets! You can find them, and the Christmas Key Ingredient kit at Taylored Expressions!

Stamps: Tag Treats, Season's Sweetings and Home Sweet Home (Taylored Expressions)
Paper, cardstock and glitter (Christmas Key Ingredient kit by Taylored Expressions)
Ink: Memento, Copic markers
Misc: green glitter (MM), Nestabilities, tag punch (SU!)

Let it snow * Let it snow * Let it snow

It's the most wonderful time of the year...

LOL! You thought I meant winter didn't you! Nope! It's time for a new release from Taylored Expressions! I am SO excited about this release, not just because they are so adorable, but because I LOVE to make holiday cards and the ideas are endless with the stamps in these sets.

I created this card using the Home Sweet Home set along with the Key Ingredient kit that Taylor has available in her store. What could possibly be easier than having everything you need to make adorable holiday cards all in one kit!?!

I stamped and embossed the Let it Snow sentiment 3 times with white embossing powder. I did the same with the snowflakes and then added a drop of Crystal Stickles in the center of each one.

The snowman cuppie is sitting on a pile of *glitter snow*. His scarf and the band of his hat are paper pieced and the rest is colored with Copic markers.

The cool ribbon is also from the Key Ingredient kit. Don't you just love the swirls in it?

My pics have a little bit of blue tint to them. That's what happens when you live in two places and do the best you can with what you have. LOL! Maybe we can all just think it looks frosty cold! :o)

Be sure to check out what the rest of the Baker's Dozen Design Team has created! OMGOSH they are all FABULOUS!!! You'll find the links to their blogs over on the side =>

Stamps: Home Sweet Home (Taylored Expressions)
Paper, cardstock, ribbon (Key Ingredients by Taylored Expressions)
Ink: Memento, Copic markers

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Halloween ATC

My friend, Stevie periodically hosts an ATC (Artist Trading Card) swap. I love these because of the size (2.5 x 3.5), but they are really no easier to create than a full card! LOL!

For this Halloween swap I reached right for my Frightful Night set by Taylored Expressions. The tree in that set will be a forever staple in my Halloween card making, and the house is just so adorable.

I stamped the house on a sheet of Halloween paper by Making Memories that is filled with spooky words and cool script. After trimming it out, I colored the roof with a rust marker (Marvy) and the chimney with a Warm Gray (W10) Copic marker, going over it again with a black glaze pen to give it a shiney look.

The windows are cut out with a craft knive. I stamped the center of the house on a scrap of white cardstock and colored the windows with Y21(Buttercup Yellow) Copic. I attached this piece to the back side of the house with tape and then filled in the windows with Glassy Accents.
The round window is colored with the same Y21 marker, with a little clear glass bauble over the top.

The door is way cool in real life. I used a Stampology frame stamp that has a spider web on it. I stamped it on a scrap of white cardstock, went over it with Antique Linen Distress ink (direct to paper), then stamped the door part of the house over the top. I cut out the door, attached it to the house and highlighted the door nob with a dot of the black glaze pen.

The tree is stamped in black directly on the purple background. The moon is stamped in black and then filled in with yellow/gold glitter.

The *grass* is from the Halloween Key Ingredient Kit by Taylored Expressions. It has white polka dots on it, which were a tad too bright, so I ran the Antique Linen pad over the paper.

Once everything was put together, I ran my trusty tracing wheel around the edge to finish it off.

I can't wait to see what the other girls created. They are all fabulous stampers and it's a challenge to take things to the next level with each swap we do! LOL!


Stamps: Frightful Night (Taylored Expressions), Stampology
Paper: SU!, Neenah, Making Memories, Little Yellow Bicycle
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento), Antique Linen (Ranger), Gelly Roll glaze pen, Marvy marker, Copic markers
Misc: Glassy Accents (Ranger), glitter (Martha Stewart), glass bauble (Darice Lustre Gems), tracing wheel

Sunday, October 12, 2008

More thanks

My supply of Thank You cards sure has been depleting lately. There are so many people who have helped me transition to my new job and I like to make my Thank You's personal.

Here is a quick and easy one using one of my favorite Whipper Snapper Designs stamps.

I stamped the birdhouses on white cardstock, colored them with Copic markers and then added blue sky with the Copic Airbrush System.

Some cute pattern paper, a little ribbon, a button and you're done!

Speaking of Thanks!... thank YOU for coming to visit!

Stamps: Whipper Snapper Designs, Papertrey Ink
Paper: Neenah, BoBunny, SU!
Ink: Noir, Burnt Umber (Palette), Copic Markers
Misc: Copic Airbrush System, ribbon (JoAnns), button (Foo fa la), scallop border punch (Martha Stewart)

Saturday, October 11, 2008

A cup full of thanks!

My wonderful girlfriend gave me the Coffee with Friends set (Flourishes) for my birthday recently. I've wanted this set FOREVER, but I just hadn't gotten around to ordering it.

So, I sat down last week with the set, a 12x12 piece of gorgeous paper and a drawer full of scraps. (ok, I had to reach out to my Nestabilities, some PTI sentaments and a few 'bellies too. lol) The result was these three cards. Don't you just LOVE when things come together easily?

Here are the individual cards:

I think a set of these will be perfect in a gift basket with a new coffee cup and some flavored coffee! hmmm... now the wheels are turning! lol


Stamps: Flourishes, Papertrey Ink
Paper: Scribble Scrabble, BoBunny, SU!, Neenah
Ink: Noir, Burnt Umber, Aqua Mist (Palette), Antique Linen (Ranger), Copic markers
Misc: Nestabilities, swirl embossing folder (Cuttlebug), ribbon (BoBunny), buttons (Foofala), oval punch, word window punch (SU!), glitter (Martha Stewart), brad and brad flower (?), tracing wheel