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Taylored Expressions Cupcake Challenge #18 & some blog candy May 30, 2008

Lots to share in this post:  Taylor’s cupcake challenge, taking a card front and converting to a scrapbook page or large card, and a chance to win a stamp set. 

Let’s start with Taylor’s Cupcake Challenge.  Ahhh, I got to use are really cool color combo and patterned papers for this one!  I can’t say that I have used SU! Brilliant Blue or Green Galore in the past year (or  It was fun playing with these bright vibrant colors for the sketch.


How fun right?  Aren’t those cupcakes the cutest?  Remember, you don’t have to use cupcake images to participate in the challenges:)  I fell in love with this paper when I saw it.  Boyish, but can also go to anyone I think. 

Now, how about making it a jumbo card or a 8-1/2 x 11 birthday section title page for a scrapbook.   I placed additional coordinating patterned paper to the outside of the card, added a title, some whimsical details, and think it turned out okay.

For the title, I used SU! Jumbo Outline Alphabet and filled in with Aqua Stickles.  I love my stamp-a-ma-jig tool…if you are a perfectionist, it is a must have handy tool.

For the whimsical pattern flowing across the page, I used an assortment of circle punches, paper-piercing, and coordinating brads.  I added dimension to some of the circles using foam adhesive.

You can see more samples for the cupcake challenge at the following sites:

Ana Wohlfahrt, Jami Sibley, Lynn Mercurio, Monika Davis, Sherrie Siemens, Stephanie Hargis, and Vicki Chrisman

And the featured cupcake sampler for the challenge this week is from Carol at Happiness Blooms.





STAMPS:  MFT What’s up Cupcake? and You Take the Cake; SU! Jumbo Outline Alphabet

CS:  Shimmery White, Brilliant Blue, Green Galore, and Tempting Turquoise

PP:  Doodlebug Design Inc. Birthday Boy party time, ring toss, and ribbon stripe.

INKS:  Stazon Jet Black & Opaque Cotton White; SU! Brillliant Blue, Green Galore, and Tempting Turquoise.

ACCESSORIES:  Aqua Stickles; Creative Cafe Green Twill; Foam Adhesive tape; Sakura white and gold gel pens; su! bold brights brads assortment

TOOLS:  stamp-a-ma-jig; su! mat pack, ticket corner punch; 1/2″, 3/4″, 1″, 1-3/8″, and 1-1/4″ circle punches.




Beate’s weekend sketch challenge #50

Happy Friday!  That means it is time for another one of Beate’s wsc…..#50 that is! 

I took my pics in natural sun light for once and there are some shadows.  I added upclose pics so you can see some of the details better:)


Always good to have a baby card handy.  I thought I would use this sweet pea in a pod image from Lockhart Stamp Co.    Also wanted to use this cute silver rattle charm.  I carried the “silver” theme throughout the card for balance.

For the pea image, I actually stamped the image twice so that the top of the pod had more dimension to it (I know they aren’t called leaves, but the 4 little “stemy-things” at the top — I stamped, colored, adhered the upfront 2 of the 4 so it appears more realistic..KWIM).  I masked and omitted the stem for the pod because I wanted to create it with silver wire.  The buttons have the silver wire as well.  Added a touch of Crystal Effects to the little peas for the finishing touch to the main image.

  ignore those shadows:)

Here is an upclose of the charm, ribbon, dry-embossed circles, and scalloped textured cardstock.  I like all the subtle different textures on this card.


Head on over to these sites to see more wsc samples:

Cambria Turnbow, Charmaine Ikach, Laurie Schmidlin, Lori Craig, and Sharon Harnist

Ugghhh for me!  I worked last weekend and I’m working this weekend as well.  Somehow I have to work friday night, think of stamping, attend a wedding from 11-3 that is 1hr away, think of stamping, come home, sleep briefly, head back to work for another night shift, assist hubby with opening the pool, think of stamping, nap, back to work, think of stamping…lol  I’ll definitely be thinking of blogging and creating:)  Hope you have a wonderful weekend:)

STAMP:  Sweet pea in a pod from lockhart stamp co.

CS:  su! chocolate chip, textured soft sky, shimmery white

PP:  sei chick-a-doo line (hickups and pee-wee’s kiwis papers)

INKS:  stazon timber brown; su! close to cocoa, certainly celery, mellow moss, and soft sky

ACCESSORIES: rattle charm from boxer scrapbooks; foam tape adhesive; SU! district ribbon originals, silver brads, fresh favorites I colored buttons, crystal effects, silver wire. 

TOOLS:  crop-a-dile tool, 3/16″ corner rounder punch, 1/4″ circle punch, photo corner punch


Taylored Expressions Cupcake Challenge #17 May 23, 2008

Yes, I have taken on another Friday Challenge.   I COULDN’T RESIST…. making a sample card for Taylor at Taylored Expressions is such an honor:)  She has really fun sketches that I love.  You don’t have to use cupcakes for her challenges, so give it a try over this long stamping holiday weekend. 

I like the simplicity of the sketch today.  It took me about a 1/2 hour to make this card.  I had my heart set on using TCP Loving Mew stamp set for the longest time.  And after a visit to my NEW local scrapbooking store, Fancy That, to pick up some Cosmo Cricket papers (okay…all sorts and brands of papers *wink*), I knew I was using the set no matter what…lol  I first fell in love with the Cogsmo line of pp at the winter CHA show.  I thought of my son instantly.

Want to check out more samples for Taylors challenge?  Head on over to the sites of the following ladies to see more:

Ana Wohlfahrt, Jami Sibley, Lynn Mercurio, Monika Davis, Sherrie Siemens, Stephanie Hargis, and Vicki Chrisman.

Again, have a wonderful weekend.

STAMPS:  TCP Loving Mew

CARDSTOCK:  SU! Blue Bayou, Soft Sky, Wild Wasabi, Pumpkin Pie, and Shimmery White; Bazzill Red Textured; Cosmo Cricket Cogsmo Mr. Roboto & Bandwidth

INKS:  Stazon Jet Black ink; SU! Blue Bayou, Soft Sky, Pumpkin Pie, Wild Wasabi, and Real Red.

ACCESSORIES:  Bold Brights Brads; Wild Wasabi Double-Stitched Ribbon; 3D-Dots; 3/4″ and 1/4″ Circle Punches.



Beate’s weekend sketch challenge #49

Happy Friday everyone!  First post of this morning will be Beate’s wsc.  With Stampin’ Up! having a chipboard special, I thought it would be appropriate to showcase a chipboard card.

How fun!  Great bright card for any upcoming graduation party.  This will be my intention with this sample. 

I used 3 different chipboard assortments on this card:  On Board Ginormous Pieces, Blossoms & Basics, and Lots of Letters.  There are many adhesives to choose from for adhering your paper to chipboard.  I have found that a glue stick is the fastest method.  I use a sanding block for larger areas, and then I fold up sand paper into a tiny roll for all the detailed/hard to get to areas.


How about all the glitter?  I used Mini Glue Dots to the scalloped punch piece of Wild Wasabi CS and applied Celery Fine Cosmo Stampin’ Glitter.  I also wanted to continue to glitter theme (but not to take over the whole look of the card), so I added Sticky Strip to the Wild Wasabi CS matted base and added the glitter here as well.  The Sticky Strip is 1/4″ wide and that was a little too much for me.  I covered a portion of the glittered Sticky Strip with my DSP to get just the right amount showing.   

Want to see more samples for Beate’s wsc?  Check out what these talented ladies came up with:

Cambria Turnbow, Charmaine Ikach, Jenn Balcer, Laurie Schmidlin, Lori Craig, and Sharon Harnist

Thanks for stopping by.  Have a wonderful holiday weekend.

STAMPS:  SU! It’s All Good

CARDSTOCK:  Whisper White, More Mustard, Tempting Turquoise, Wild Wasabi Textured CS, East Coast Prep DSP.

INKS:  Real Red and More Mustard.  Tempting Turquoise Craft.

ACCESSORIES:  Earth Elements Brads; Jersey Ribbon Originals; Mini Glue Dots and Sticky Strip; Sanding Block and paper; Fine Cosmo Stampin’ Glitter; On Board Ginormous Pieces, Blossoms & Basics, and Lots of Letters; Scallop Punch; 1/4″, 3/4″, 1-1/4″, and 1-3/8″ Circle Punches.


shore do love Lauren’s sketch May 19, 2008

I had to give Lauren Meader’s sketch a try.  Love all the dimension to the layout of her sample.  With my little Ethan starting swimming lessons today, I had to go with a fun water theme. 

I have a huge fear when it comes to my children and our swimming pool.  I actually hate having a pool, but it was always a dream of my husbands.  One of those marital compromises…”You get the pool and I get a stamping ‘studio'”.  Needless to say, I stamp in our dining room…lol

Ethan is a fish.  I can’t turn my back for one minute (as no pool owner should).  We even have our pool 100ft away from our house with its own fence and double locks on the gates.  I still can’t trust Ethan.  So, swimming lessons it is. 

Here he is at 18months:

  See what I mean…no fears.  This instructor taught the kids to hold their breath and go under.  As where his current instructor teaches the kids how to float before anything else is taught. 

Here is Ethan today (4 years old) amazingly floating after 20 minutes:

  He makes me so proud:)  You must remember that swimming lessons don’t save lives….Parental supervision is still a must. 

Okay, now to my sample for the sketch:

  This sample is also a “tilt card”.  Charmaine Ikach created a tutorial on scs if you are interested.  What that means is that cute little crab turns.

  Like the tutorial suggests, I used a real red button from my bold brights assortment for behind the crab because a penny was too big. 

Here is a side view of the card to show you how this card works.  I used my coluzzle to cut a half circle for where the sun is.  Please refer to Lauren’s post for the directions to make this card.

STAMPS:  SU! Crab & Co.

CARDSTOCK:  Whisper White, Pumpkin Pie, Shimmery White, Bashful Blue, East Coast Prep DSP.

INKS USED:  Tempting Turquoise, Real Red.

ACCESSORIES USED:  Bold Brights Brads, Mat Pack, Real Red Striped Grosgrain Ribbon, Horizontal Slot Punch, Coluzzle Cutting System, 1-1/4″ & 1-3/8″ Circle Punches, Bold Brights Buttons, Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Thanks for stopping by:)


Taylor’s cupcake challenge #16 May 17, 2008

and an early MFTeaser with permission from the MFT Lady 🙂  because I don’t have many cupcake images and so wanted to use a cupcake for a cupcake challenge…lol

Here is the card I made for Taylor’s challenge:


Let me start by saying that I hardly ever tear paper on my cards.  Not that I don’t like it.  Some of the papers are very pretty that I have a hard time tearing them.   The MFT stamp set will be a mini released in June titled “What’s up Cupcake?”.  Love it!  Wait till you see all the fun things for those cupcakes:)  I added K&Co. adhesive rhinestones and Ranger Icicle Stickles to my yummy cupcakes.  The patterned paper is Day Dream Check Her Out by My Mind’s Eye.  The large decorative brad to the lower left corner is Just Corina by Prima.  The light blue grosgrain ribbon is by American Crafts. 


Have a wonderful weekend.


Beate’s weekend sketch challenge #48 May 16, 2008

Hip Hip Hooray for Friday!  I wanted to make a bright card for Beate’s wsc.  I thought it would be a cute one to leave in the console of my hubby’s car with a healthy orange for a snack.  


I just received my copy of Paper Crafts Magazine in the mail this past week.  I instantly fell in love with the idea on page 45 (orange you sweet card created by Kim Frantz…I hope I’m giving credit to the correct person).  I created my background oranges using the Circle Coluzzle Cutting System. 

Now, head on over to the blogs of these talented ladies to see more creations for Beate’s wsc:

Cambria Turnbow

Charmaine Ikach

Jenn Balcer

Laurie Schmidlin

Lori Craig

Sharon Harnist

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend. 

STAMP SETS:  Tart & Tangy and One Smart Cookie

CARDSTOCK:  Real Red, Bashful Blue, Whisper White, Pumpkin Pie, Wild Wasabi.  Summer Picnic DSP.

INKS:  Real Red and Pumpkin Pie

ACCESSORIES:  Bold Brights Brads, Coluzzle Cutting System, Bashful Blue Striped Ribbon, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Mat Pack.



Big announcement May 15, 2008

I would like to share with you some exciting news.  After much hard work and months of waiting, I won Stampin’ Up!’s Artisan Award again:)  I have been so worked up and restless waiting for that phone call.  Tears of joy I must say. 

I am attending Convention.  Track 8.  Hope to meet some of you:)

Have a jumping for joy wonderful day!


another challenge May 14, 2008

Here is a card I made today for SC176 over at splitcoaststampers. 


I’ve had this SU! stamp set Fun & Fast Notes for the longest time and haven’t used the porcupine image.  I thought it would be perfect for todays sketch.  Not knowing how long this set will be around….the cute image deserves to get some ink on it!

STAMPS:  Fun & Fast Notes and One of a Kind

CARDSTOCK:  Close to Cocoa, Purely Pomegranate, Pretty in Pink, Shimmery White; Berry Bliss DSP.

INKS USED:  Stazon Jet Black ink; Close to Cocoa, Chocolate Chip, Pretty in Pink, Purely Pomegranate.

ACCESSORIES USED:  Crystal Effects, Purely Pomegranate Dbl-stitched Ribbon, Aqua Painter, Horizontal Slot Punch, 3/16″ Corner Rounder Punch, Boho Blossoms Punch, Stampin’ Sponges, Soft Subtles Brads, Pop-Up and Mini Glue Dots.

Thanks for stopping by, and have a wonderful day:)



SU! takes on the owl trend May 13, 2008

I am seeing owls on tree branch images everywhere lately.  Not quite sure I understand why, but some of them are cute.  Not wanting to invest money on owls, I discovered some things in the Stampin’ Up! catalog while browsing it this evening.  There is an owl image in ABC Images set and a tree branch in Spring Solitude Hostess set.  Combine them and you are now following the trend SU! style:)….and here is what you get:

  I think it’s a “hoot”.  Had to throw that in there:)  It’s a simple thank you card that is really easy to make.

So, why is there an owl trend going on?  I have two rather large owls that make a visit to the tree tops in my back yard about once a week.  I’m assuming it is a male and female because they have very different loud calls back and forth for hours (we can hear it from inside our house).  If you happen to be outside at night, at just the right time, you will hear them swoop, a loud squeal follows, and off they fly with a bunny.  It’s a little sad.  My kids and I will sometimes get out a spotlight and look at them…they give us just enough time to see how huge they are, then they fly away. 

Thanks for stopping by:)

STAMP SETS:  SU! ABC Images & Spring Solitude

CARDSTOCK:  Chocolate Chip, Really Rust, and Shimmery White; Fall Flowers DSP.

INKS USED:  Stazon Jet Black; Chocolate Chip and Really Rust Stampin’ Pads; Chocolate Chip and Old Olive Markers.

ACCESSORIES USED:  Ticket Corner Punch; Aqua Painter; Theater Ribbon Originals; Earth Elements Brads.