Thursday, May 31, 2007

Oh! I'm out there c.a.s.e. - ing again...

Here I am again... I'm really trying to get some work done today, honest! I just discovered Rose Ann's blog Paper Delightz, I love it! She has a graduation card that I really liked and felt the need to "copy". Hers was for a young man graduating, mine is for a young lady.
The original sketch is from Amy at Heartfelt Greetings Super Sketch Sunday challenge.
I've added links to each blog so you can check out the original cards if you haven't been there yet!
Okay, I'm going back to work now!

Paper Flowers

It's the last day of school here in Parker. My kids were so excited this morning, it's water day! School called shortly after I'd dropped the kids off, my daughter didn't have a signed permission slip to participate in the fun.

So, I went back to school to take care of that and Wow! it looked like an amusement park there! The Parker Fire Dept. was there with two trucks pumping water for the festivities, kids and adults in swim suits and shorts having a good time. Too bad I had an appointment at 9:00 a.m. and couldn't stay!

That's okay, I'll hear all about it when they get home this afternoon. Hopefully we applied enough sun screen this morning!

On to the paper crafting~
A couple of my girl friends came over yesterday and we made 24 candy dishes for the bridal shower this weekend and a center piece for the desert table. Shirley and Ashley put together the candy dishes and I had a fun idea I wanted to try for the center piece. The bride is a florist so I wanted to make paper flowers for her and I'm quite happy with what I created.

We used the mega scallop circle punch for the candy dishes, punched out different patterned papers in purple. The colors for her wedding are purple and green. Next we attached them to the clear plastic candy dishes with double sided tape so they'd look like a flower when they were filled with candy.

I used the scraps from the patterned paper to make the flowers in the pot. I cut some strips to make flowers out of and used my Sizzix dies for some of the others. I attached my flowers to 1/8" dowels and stuck them in a block of florist's foam and piled some Easter grass on top to finish it off.

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Masculine Cards

This is one of the masculine birthday cards I made as part of my last project for Grace Assembly Of God Church. It was a great challenge for me!

Supply List:

Stamps - Weathered Background, Angler, All Year Cheer I

Paper - Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, Vanilla

Ink - Chocolate Chip, Creamy Carmel, Vanilla Craft Ink

Accessories - Brads, Word Window Punch, Clear Embossing Powder

The case of another C.A.S.E.

In my travels,
blog browsing that is...

I saw this really neat gift certificate holder that Cambria Turnbow had made, she had a quick tutorial for it and I had to make one. Click here to check it out.

A friend of mine is getting married soon and her bridal shower is this weekend so I needed one! She's hired me to make her Wedding Album and I thought I'd like to give her a gift certificate for some of my time.

I used PAPERTREYink's Little Lady, Text, and Faux Ribbon stamp sets on this project. I designed my "gift certificate" using Microsoft Publisher on my computer in the business card templates. My inks - Brilliance Rocket Red, Palette Noir Black, SU Cool Caribbean, SU Pumpkin Pie. Ribbon from Star Lit Studio.

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Happy Birthday Pastor George

Today's card is a birthday card for Pastor George at Grace Assembly Of God Church here in Parker. He's given me several job opportunities making cards for his congregation. I just finished a big card making project for them that I'll be sharing with you as time permits. I was asked last week if I could make something special for his birthday card, and I said you bet!

I think most (all) of my stamps are retired Stampin' Up! that you can't buy anymore.
So many stamps so little time!

Sunday, May 27, 2007

Blog Candy Alert!!

Maria is celebrating 500 plus e mail subscribers with blog candy! There are a couple different ways to enter. For a link to her blog click here.

Here's my entry for the contest. I wonder how many times a girl can enter?
Just kidding!

I used the "shimmer" technique here again. That dragon fly needed something special. This T.A.C. stamp set has waited patiently for 3 years now and I finally used it. I was just never sure what to do with it and put it away and forgot about it.

Anyway, I "shimmered" the white watercolor paper, white tag and white brads. Stamped the dragon fly image with Noir Black Palette ink and then watercolored it using my watercolor crayons and aqua painter. I outlined parts of the image with a Stampin' Write marker next. The cardstock colors are Taken With Teal, Elegant Eggplant and White. Inks are Elegant Eggplant, White craft ink, and Noir Black. Accessories - Dotted organdy ribbon, Circle punches 1" & 1 1/8", Ticket corner punch, brads, round paper clip turned white with white craft ink and white embossing powder and a tag from one of my Sizzix dies.

Saturday, May 26, 2007

Finished Projects

I just finished a really neat job, I'm 40 something and I went to the Prom! One of my friends daughters was going to Prom and she asked me to hem her dress. As with me, one thing led to another and I was also taking pictures and making a Prom Scrapbook before I was all done!
I thought I'd share a few layouts from the scrapbook with you. Her dress was pink so I used Pretty in Pink and White for her book. You'll see blank tags and lines, she's going to do her own journaling in her handwriting.
I love making my own paper using background stamps and Stampin' Around wheels. I have pretty designer paper but forget to use it because I get busy making my own! Everything matches perfectly this way too. You might notice on this layout above that I used some of the netting I cut off her dress on the pages.
We decided on an 8 x 8 format for this scrapbook. I really like the size, it fits real well with rubber stamping and incorperating those background stamps I love.

My Inky Fingers Sketch

In my blog browsing today I saw a great card that Cindy had made over at My Inky Fingers. She included a sketch with it and I thought, "oh boy! I want to try that one!"
I noticed she said to link any cards we'd made to her blog she'd like to see them. Here's the address so you can check it out!

Supply List: Stamps - Emerson Quillin by American Art Stamps. Paper - Watercolor Paper, Chocolate Chip, Regal Rose, Rebecca Designer Paper Stampin' Up! Ink - Regal Rose, Rose Red, Certainly Celery, Apricot Appeal, Cameo Coral, Sahara Sand, Close To Cocoa marker. Accessories - EK Success Mini Flower Punch, Big Brown Flower ??, Chocolate Brad, Chocolate Gross Grain Ribbon.

Friday, May 25, 2007

Petal Prints Shimmer Technique

I tried a new technique that I found at Split Coast Stampers a few months ago. I just made the card again for a friend who has a friend having a birthday.

The technique is called "shimmer" and it's really neat.

I must say before I go any further that this is a CASE. I'm sorry I can't remember who I CASEd to give them credit now, in fact I'm pretty sure this is a CASE of a CASE! If you're not sure what a CASE is, I can clear that up right now - Copy And Share Everything!

The shimmer technique is where you take a travel sized bottle of pump hair spray and add about 1/4 of a teaspoon of Pearl Ex powder to it and shake it up. Spray it on watercolor paper and let it dry, then stamp your image on it.

My favorite Pearl Ex so far to do this with is Micro Pearl. Oh, I also recommend doing the spraying part outside, lol. I demonstrated this technique at one of our Stampin' Up! Demonstrator meetings, there were 5 or 6 of us and we about killed each other with the fumes.

Here's my supply list for this card:
Stamp Sets - Stampin' Up! Petal Prints, Weathered Background stamp, Non SU Happy Birthday
Inks - Stampin' Up! Elegant Eggplant, Basic Black, Orchid Opulence, Old Olive
Paper - Elegant Eggplant, Basic Black, Orchid Opulence, Old Olive, Watercolor paper
Accessories - Stampin' Up Small Slot Punch, Organdy Ribbon (JKM), Eyelets, Sponges

SCS sc125

This is the sketch challenge over at Split Coast Stampers. It's nice and simple and at first I was kind of stumped. I have a friend getting married at the end of June so this is what popped into my head. I wanted to add some organdy ribbon to it but there were definate size requirements! It's an A2 size (quarter fold) and I've gone to making the A6 size (4 1/2 x 6 1/4), I really like having a bigger canvas to work with.

Supply List: Paper - Elegant Eggplant, White. Ink - Elegant Eggplant. Accessories - Cuttlebug A2 embossing folder "Textile". Stamp - by Stampendous.

I thought today I should tell you a little bit about myself and where I live.

I live in Parker, Arizona. It's a very small town in western Arizona on the Colorado river. It's a resort town and this weekend it really shows. We have a very small population but on holiday weekends we have visitors from the "big cities" in California come in to play on our river. The local people get their groceries early and hide out all weekend. Our normal everyday lives resume Tuesday morning. Sounds like a good weekend for stamping to me! I've lived in this area 25 years now and grew up about 45 minutes away in Lake Havasu City.

As for me personally, I'm a work at home Mom with 3 kids. I have a 17 year old son, a 7 year old daughter and 5 year old son. My working at home consists of making cards and scrapbooking for people. I love being able to be home with my kids and work at my own pace, it's very rewarding. I love the Lord and I'm involved with lots of stuff at our church too.
Life is fun!

We lost our internet service last night here in Parker! I'd been thinking about what I wanted to do for a blog post, got my kids settled in bed and was ready to go to work and nothing...

It's back this morning so I'll just continue on with my blogging!

I need to say THANK YOU! to Kristine. She put a link to my new blog on hers! When I signed on this morning I saw I had 100 visitors!! Wow, I'm just stunned at the response and so excited to meet all of you!

I had a special request in my comments yesterday from "AC", she requested something in red, white and blue for our troops in Iraq. I just happened to have a card sitting out that I'd made last year. The stamps are all retired I believe and I don't remeber what sets they came from but they are all Stampin' Up!

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

This is a sketch challenge from last week or the week before at Split Coast Stampers. I feel a new addiction coming on, help! I can't stop myself!! I'm having too much fun with the sketch challenges! It's a good thing I'm in recovery... (more about that another time).

Can you tell I like Emerson Quillin's art work yet? I ordered these stamps from and they arrived yesterday.

Supply list for SCS sc124: Stamps - Emerson Quillin, American Art Stamps. Paper - Pixie Pink, Chocolate Chip, Watercolor paper, SU Rebecca designer paper. Ink - Stazon Timber Brown, Pixie Pink, Pink Passion, Certainly Celery. Accessories - Pink Prima, chocolate brad, Carl Cutter wavy blade.
I did my very first sketch challenge and color challenge today in one card. Only I figured out I did this weeks color challenge with last weeks sketch challenge. Bear with me I'm new at this!
Here's my supply list for SCS SC102: Stamps from American Art Stamps - Emerson Quillin,
Paper - Old Olive, Certainly Celery, Elegant Eggplant, White. Ink - Elegant Eggplant, Certainly Celery, Apricot Appeal. Accessories - EK Success Flower Punch.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

PAPERTREYink. Little Lady

This is another card i made this weekend using my PAPERTREYink. Little Lady stamp set.

Supply List: Paper - White, Chocolate Chip, Hot Pink Dots DP
by American Traditional Designs.
Ink - Brilliance Pearlescent Orchid, SU Chocolate Chip craft ink.

Stamp Set - PAPERTREYink. Little Lady. Accessories - Clear UTE, Mega scallop circle punch, circle punch, Carl Rotary Cutter wavy blade.

I had some new stamps arrive today from American Art Stamps, it's time to play!

PAPERTREYink. Little Lady

In my blog browsing today I'm seeing Little Lady from Papertrey ink., i just love this new set. Mine arrived this last Thursday and i thought i should share some samples i made over the weekend with it.

Being a Stampin' Up! demonstrator i'm not used to acrylic stamps. These are so nice, they take the ink very well. I used both dye inks and pigment inks in my experimenting. I'm also getting the hang of mounting them on the acrylic blocks as i go!

Love Bugs card supply list: Paper - Real Red, White. Ink - Real Red, Palette Hybrid NoirBlack. Stamp sets - PAPERTREYink. Little Lady, Stampin' Up! Small Sayings. Accessories - JKM Gingham ribbon, Love Bugs font - Lucida Caligraphy.

Monday, May 21, 2007

Hi Everyone!

I've created my own blog, wow! I've been reading a lot of the rubber stamping blogs lately and wanted to join the fun.

This is a birthday card i made for a friend.

Supply list:

Paper - Elegant Eggplant, Orchid Opulence, White, Basic Black

Ink - Elegant Eggplant, Orchid Opulence

Stamps - Stampin' Up Stipple Rose, French Script, Antique Lace, Sincere Salutations

Accessories - Organdy Ribbon - JKM Ribbon