Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Final Sneak Peaks for Clear Dollar Stamps January 1st Releases!

It's the last day of the year, the last day before you can buy the January Clear Dollar Stamps new releases! Today's set is called Heart Flutters and there's a coordinating wheel stamp called Fluttering Fun. I made one of Lauren's timeless template purses so I could use the Fluttering Fun wheel stamp on the top part. My picture isn't as good as I'd have liked, the colors are much more vibrant IRL
I used both sets for this next card. I promise I'll stop using that sketch! (told you I was obsessed...)

Making this card was really fun. I love hearts and I like butterflies too, the set comes with a "body" so I had to try it out! I also used the Fluttering Fun wheel stamp to make some designer paper and the Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder with some stitched black grossgrain ribbon from Clear Dollar Stamps. The rectangle Nesties dies and Stampin' Up! oval punches.

This card uses both Clear Dollar Stamps Heart Flutters and Fluttering Fun too. I used Versamark on the background so it's just barely there. I made another butterfly and used my Nesties dies, I like the new Pinking circles but haven't used them much yet. The corners are a Spellbinders die too, I didn't have my new Wizard machine yet so they aren't embossed as excellently as they will be in the future!
I have a new Spellbinders Wizard machine from Christmas I've been playing with. What an awesome die cutting system, the embossing is fabulous! I'm getting the hang of the Copic ABS1 too, it's fun! Have a wonderful day~

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Clear Dollar Stamps Farm Critters Sneak Peak

Good morning, I'm excited to share today's sneak peak with you! This Clear Dollar Stamps set is called Farm Critters and I also used their new Farm Sounds Wheel stamp. My first project is a backpack using Kraft cardstock, Versafine Onyx Black ink and the Farm Sounds Wheel stamp. These are really cool stamps! They fit on a wheel so you can roll them or they fit on a long acrylic block, I prefer the long acrylic block. The design team was challenged to make a charm for one of our projects.
I made my charm using shrink plastic and the cow from the Farm Critters set. I used a Spellbinders Nestabilties Tag die I bought at Clear Dollar Stamps to cut out the Shrink Plastic and stamped the cow with Stazon Jet Black ink. I used my heat tool to shrink the plastic. It was really fun to watch it curl and shrink and flatten out again into a perfect minature! It's been a long time...

My next card is the pig from the Farm Critters set and the Farm Sounds Wheel stamp and that sketch I was obsessing about. It looks like the color challenge too!

This card above was our sketch challenge, I had a lot of fun making this one! I really like the Black and White look. I used that cute cow from the Farm Critters set, a Cuttlebug embossing folder, a Nestabilities Square die set, grossgrain ribbon and a couple of matte brads. Did you notice I used the spots off the cow for the bottom panel on my card? It was nice that this stamp set had those two elements separate so I could.

My last card today is the chicken from the Farm Critters set. I colored this image as well as the pig above with my Copic markers, I used a Spellbinders Nestabilities Oval and scalloped Oval and one of their tag dies on this card. I also used the Farm Sounds Wheel stamp.
I hope you'll stop by Clear Dollar Stamps on January 1st and check out the store, they don't just have great new stamps! There are Spellbinders dies, Cuttlebug embossing folders, Zutter Bind It All products, yummy ribbons, Basic Gray paper packs, brads, etc.
Did I tell you I got a Copic marker air brush system for Christmas? I was able to play with it last night for a few minutes. It's going to take some practice!
I'm trying to wrap up the loose ends around here, I have unfinished projects and ideas that need to be completed and put away until next year. I've been taking pictures as I go so hopefully I'll be sharing those with you after the first of the year.
For now, I gotta go! My children's dad and grandparents are picking them up around noontime and I need to go get ready for the day. I don't want my former husband or inlaws finding me "crafting" in my pajamas at noon!
Have a great day!

Monday, December 29, 2008

Clear Dollar Stamps Sneak Peaks Day 2

Good morning! I have more sneak peaks of the new January 2009 Clear Dollar Stamps for you. This set is called Cowgirl Charliene, I think she's too cute!

I made a gift card holder using an idea I saw on someone's blog. It uses a rectangular shaped Nestabilities die to cut into the inside so you can slip a gift card in it. The designer paper is from PapertreyInk.
I colored Charliene with Copic markers and used the rectangle Nestabilities dies regular and scalloped to cut her out and matte her. One of our challenges for the month was to use something clear so I used a piece of a clear report cover and put it through the Cuttlebug swirls embossing folder. What fun!
My term for being on the Clear Dollar Stamps design team is coming to an end. It was a 3 month commitment and I've had a lot of fun. I'd like to thank Laurie and Lori for the cool opportunity I've totally enjoyed it!
I hope you had a nice Christmas! It's been very busy at my house with the kids out of school and friends stopping by. My kids will be going to visit Grandma and Grandpa for a few days and it's going to be way too quiet around here. I hope to have time to open the Copic Air Brush System I got for Christmas and play with it. But, until January 1st I'll be showing you sneak peaks of the new Clear Dollar Stamps!
Have a great day, I'll be back with you soon!

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Clear Dollar Stamps January Sneak Peaks

It's sneak peak time for Clear Dollar Stamps again! This cute set is called Cowgirl Charlene and I also used the new Clear Dollar Stamps Farm Sounds Wheel stamp. These stamps will be available for purchase January 1st, 2009. I also used the Cuttlebug Paisley embossing folder and wiped my black ink pad over it after embossing. Charlene is colored with Copic markers and the cardstock colors are Basic Black, White, Real Red and Kraft.

I'll be back soon with more sneak peaks and hopefully more to say!

Monday, December 22, 2008

Christmas At Our House...

The tree is trimmed, the lights are hung... and there's a cat in there! My youngest cat is a real character. Our tree has been up for a couple of weeks, so far she's been good with it.
She just couldn't help herself tonight though...

I've been taking an unintentional break from blogging lately. Christmas is difficult this year being the first without my Dad. So many things remind me of him and all the old traditions that just don't apply anymore. I'm happy and sad all at the same time, it's weird. I'm pretty sure it's part of the mourning process.
The kitchen a.k.a. craft room cabinets are still an ongoing saga so that is anxiety causing too.
I'm currently waiting on a bid from a different contractor to see what it will cost for him to finish this job.
The best part is I have people around me that love me and care about me and can help me pull my head out of that dark place I tend to put it.
January sneak peaks for Clear Dollar Stamps are coming soon, I'll see you then!
Merry Christmas!

Friday, December 5, 2008

I think I have a sketch obsession...

Have you ever made a card using a sketch and then feel the need to make that same sketch with different paper and stamps again and again and again? Me too...

In my travels blog browsing I saw a card on Nichole Heady's blog Capture The Moment and really liked the simplicity of the layout. I decided I needed to try it and that's where my second card below started. I had a class and we used the sketch for the Stampin' Up! Polar Bear card and now I can't seem to get it out of my system!
This card above uses Stampin' Up! Wintergreen designer paper and the snowman family by Cornish Heritage Farms. The cardstock colors are Bayou Blue, Basic Black and White. The stitched ribbon is Stampin' Up! Bayou Blue. The Stampin' Up! paper is retired, unfortunately I can't keep up with what is current or retired there. So much good stuff out there, I can't use it up when I first collect it. My second card is from the class I had Tues/Wed. The Polar Bear is from a retired Stampin' Up! set by the same name that is well loved and used! I also used a PapertreyINK set called Holiday Treats and a new Verve Visual set called Snow Wonderful. I LOVE the snowflake background stamp and had to have it for this card for the class project.
I have something else on my mind today. I'm thinking about aquiring a Spellbinders Wizard, I love the Spellbinders dies. My Zip 'E Mate and I have a love/hate relationship. We've never worked through those issues completely. The Zip 'E Mate is no longer available and getting the cutting mats for it isn't easy either. WHAT'S ON MY MIND? If anyone has a Wizard please leave me a comment and tell me what you think of it.
I gotta go! We're having a yard sale this weekend and I have to go sort! Have a super weekend!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Polar Bears Revisited

I had my first class in a long time last night and this morning, what fun to get together with friends that love stamping as much as I do!

Below is a picture of the 3 cards we made using the retired Stampin' Up! set Polar Bears. In all the construction going on in my kitchen/craft room I've uncovered so many stamp sets that have been neglected. I think it's time to break them out and use them again!
In this batch of cards we also used PapertreyINK and Verve Visual sets. The images are colored with Copic markers and we also used Cuttlebug embossing folders for some texture.

We also started a new Beth Moore, Daniel bible study this evening in our small group that meets at my house. The kids are in bed and the house is quiet again, time for this Mom to go relax. Have a great day!

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Happy Birthday Kaitlyn!

I feel really beeeeeehind! Where'd the time go?? What's the date?!!

I've been invited to a birthday party today for Kaitlyn, she's turning eleven. What a fun opportunity to make one of Lauren Meader's purses! I purchased the download from PapertreyINK., they are called "Timeless Templates", the file is stored in my documents file so I can print one out and fold it up anytime I need one. Love it!

I don't know Kaitlyn very well but I did ask her favorite color the last time I visited with her, it's pink. The templates come with easy to follow directions and additional ideas so they are quick to make.
I used Papertrey's Sweet Blush cardstock and Pretty Pink Petals designer paper on this project, some flowers with a Stampin' Up! rhinestone brad, I also used a Basic Gray magnet for my closure. I've been having trouble getting the magnet attached to the purse body to stay stuck to the cardstock. Crystal Effects to the rescue! I haven't found anything Crystal Effects won't hold together.
I stuffed the purse with eleven one dollar bills. What girl wouldn't like to get a purse full of money for her birthday?! I'm sure glad she's only turning 11!
I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving with your families, happy Saturday!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008


Good Morning! I'm so excited to share the projects I made for Clear Dollar Stamps December 1st new release stamps! These new sets are called Tree Delight Tag & Christmas Tree Delight Wheel.
This months' Design Team Challenge was to make a gift ensemble. We usually get to choose which stamps we'd like to work with but this month Laurie chose for us based on our stamping style. I love the sets she chose for me!

You can buy these at Clear Dollar Stamps December 1st!

On to the stamping fun! Christmas Tree Delight Wheel is a clear acrylic stamp that fits on a wheel much like the Stampin' Up! Stampin' Around wheels, you can buy these at Clear Dollar Stamps. It's so nice to store these "wheel" stamps because you take them off the wheel and store them flat. Or... if you're like me you mount them on an acrylic block and stamp with them that way. I love having the option of using these stamps on an acrylic block!

I had so much fun putting this gift ensemble together! I wanted to see if I could use up the entire package of Basic Gray Wassail Christmas paper on this project and I almost did. Once I put pictures in the mini album I'll have reached my goal! You can buy this great Christmas paper at Clear Dollar Stamps now, it comes in a 6 X 6 pad and has buttons and brads that coordinate with the paper pack.

For the gift bag I used Basic Gray Wassail paper & Brads, Clear Dollar Stamps Christmas Tree Delight Wheel and Tree Delight Tag sets. The other supplies I used were, Arjo Wiggins Curious Iridescents Cryogen White cardstock and Stampin' Up! True Thyme cardstock, Dew Drops and half pearls, the Spellbinders Snowflake die, the Sizzix Frames die and large Tag die. I colored the trees with Copic markers and cut two of them out and popped them up on foam tape. I finished off the tag with a scrap of Organdy ribbon from my stash.

For the tall coffee tin, I used Clear Dollar Stamps Christmas Tree Delight wheel and cut out a couple of the trees, colored them with Copic markers and added Liquid Pearls to them because I'd run out of the little half pearls. I'd never tried Liquid Pearls before, it's a nice product. I used the snowflake from the Spellbinders Snowflake die on the top of the can and round punches to make the From Me To You tag. I wrapped the tin in Basic Gray Wassail paper.

The clear Nuggets box comes from Clear Dollar Stamps and was quick and easy to make. I used the Tree Delight Tag set to stamp on return address labels and colored in the trees with Copic markers and added Liquid Pearls to the trees. I made a belly band for the box using a few scraps of Basic Gray Wassail paper and left over Snowflake pieces from the Spellbinders die. The little tag is a Spellbinders die too. The white cardstock again is the Cryogen White, I really like the sparkle and it's takes the Copic markers beautifully.

The Christmas card uses Basic Gray Wassail paper and the Tree Delight Tag set, the tag is again a Spellbinders die.

The mini album was big fun, I used the Bind It All, you can find one of those at Clear Dollar Stamps too! I again used the Basic Gray Wassail paper and Brads, Christmas Tree Delight Wheel stamp and Copic markers, Dew Drops, half pearls and a little Stampin' Up! Crystal Effects.

Whew! A long post for me today! Thank you for letting me share... =)

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

"Ace" by HighHopes Rubber Stamps

I made this card last weekend for a birthday party my kids were attending. I almost hated to part with it!

I think Ace is so cute, I had so much fun making this card! It was a spin off of a sketch challenge on Paper Craft Planet for 11-08-08. I used a new Nestabilities die for the main image and sponged the edges with brown ink and colored Ace with Copic markers.
I chose some odd colors to put together for this one. The cardstock colors are dark Pine, Nut Brown, Via Vellum Cyan, Mohawk Satin White and a Tan that I can't remember who's it is.

I chose a Cuttlebug embossing folder that I thought might have the texture of this creatures skin and used another Nestabilities tag die for the Happy Birthday stamp and added a brad from Basic Gray.

I finished the 80 Christmas card project I've been working on and need to start another project for 200 that are all the same. I need to talk to these people and see if I can take creative license and make a little of this and a little of that all year long! Who knows... they might go for it?

I've also been working around the house. The grout in the new kitchen tile needed to be sealed so I took care of that project Monday. What I thought was a job that would take "oh, maybe an hour or so"... actually took 5 hours. I've inspected every ceramic tile in the kitchen and entry way up close and personal now and don't want to do that any time again soon!

So if I'm missing that's where I'm at! I also have a design team project that I can't tell you anything about I'm working on. Sneak peaks for Clear Dollar Stamps start November 26th, I have some fun stuff I can share with you then.

Happy stamping, I'll be back soon.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Timeless Templates!

Look what I found last night! This is a purse I made this morning using Lauren Meaders Timeless Templates. You can get them at PapertreyINK, this is one of their November new releases.

It's so simple and quick to make, print out the pattern on cardstock of your choice, cut and score, fold it, secure it with adhesive and you're done!
I used Birthday Basics PapertreyINK designer paper and their coordinating cardstock for this project. It's not as vibrant as I'd like but I thought it was a good start and I can keep going from here. There are endless possibilities for dressing this up or keeping it simple.

Just a quick post this evening! I wanted to share this cute little project!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Just Had My Hooves Polished...

I just love this image from High Hopes rubber stamps! It's been sitting on my desk unmounted for too long now.

I've been working on a project making 80 of the same Christmas card and I needed a break today! I thought this image with Splitcoaststampers sketch challenge 202 would be perfect together so I brought out the Copic markers this morning and started coloring. As I was coloring I was wondering what the artist was thinking when he or she put the reindeer in the sleigh instead of Santa... and then it occured to me that she'd just had her hooves done! How's that for a totally female point of view?

I colored the image with Copic markers and used Stickles Ice where the snow is and then painted a little Stampin' Up! Crystal Effect on the reindeer's hooves. I used the Cuttlebug Snowflakes embossing folder on the 1 1/2" squares and used a scrap of old designer paper called Holiday Words by Flair Designs 2005. The card stock colors are Stampin' Up! Real Red and Old Olive, the white is Mohawk Satin White.

Okay, it's time to get back to making 80 pieces of what goes next on the cards.

Have a great day!

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Paula's in town!

What a great day we had creating yesterday! I belong to an awesome group of ladies who are Stampin' Up! demonstrators in the next town over from me, Lake Havasu City. Once a year we have the opportunity to spend a day with Paula Goff when she vacations in Lake Havasu. This is my 3rd year spending a day like this and it was so fun!
I was going to say we spent the day stamping but we didn't actually stamp anything. Paula loves to make boxes so she showed us how to make several of her cool boxes and a mini album. I learned yesterday that she's a design team member for Scor-Pal and was the first guest designer for Verve Visual. This is a picture of Kim above holding several of the projects Paula brought to show us how to make.

This next picture is Linda and Kim showing us the inside of the mini albums Paula created.
To get started yesterday morning we all took turns introducing ourselves and telling a little about us. Everyone was a Stampin' Up! demonstrator but me and after we got to going I felt like I should get back into it!

The last picture is of the backpack I made following Paula's directions. I think it turned out pretty cute. She said the tutorial for it is on her blog.
I'll work on finishing my mini album so I can take pictures and show it to you soon.
Have a great day!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

So many stamps so little time...

I was blog browsing yesterday looking for inspiration and definately found it on Nichole Heady's blog Capture The Moment. My card is C.A.S.E.d from a project she made on the final day, October 25th of her Stamp + Cruise.

I'm not all that crazy about "Kraft" card stock but have been using it lately because I have a ream of Via Vellum 12x12 Kraft card stock and have had for a couple of years now. Nichole can make "Kraft" card stock look really good! I was inspired by her project and had to see if I could capture it as well. My yellow card stock is Stampin' Up! Barely Banana and I didn't have the matching ink so I used circle punches for my flower centers instead of ink. I used several stamp sets here too, they are PapertreyINK Spiral Bouquet, Polka Dot Basics, Beautiful Blooms and Verve Visual's Anniversary Birds for the Anniversary font. The ink is Palette New Canvas, Palette Burnt Umber and Palette Jardin Moss.

I wonder if you have the same problem I do? I have stamps that I haven't used yet "waiting" for me. I ordered these stamps pictured below several weeks ago from High Hopes rubber stamps, they are from Canada so they take a little longer to get here but they're well worth it! Anyway... I need to mount them on cling foam and they'll be ready to use. I didn't order all of these some of them were extras that were put in my order, what a neat surprise! I saved the envelope for the return address so I can mail a card off to thank them!
I need to go work on some Christmas cards and then I can play again! Inky my black kitty is up on my desk with me in front of the keyboard so I'd better go before she changes something here for me. Get your paw off my keyboard girl!

Monday, November 3, 2008


I'm a little behind on sketch challenges, lets face it... I'm feeling a little behind on everything!

After spending all of last week with the "tile guy" I'm finally back on track today and getting some stamping accomplished. It felt really good to spend the day by myself working, if you'll call it that! I have a big project I'm working on for Grace Assembly of God church here in town. I ran into their Pastor a week ago Sunday and told him I hadn't forgotten about his Christmas cards and he added to my list of cards to make for them.

My card today is my take on SC199, it's been sitting here on my desk for awhile now. I think I'd like to rework it in different colors for Grace Assembly's Christmas cards this year. I used a Cuttlebug embossing folder for the white strip of Cryogen Poison Ivory paper, the shiney strip is a piece of metalic silver and the blue papers are Brilliant Blue and Bliss Blue. The stamp is by Stampendous. I just noticed my picture is a little blurry, sorry about that.

I've had some time this evening to play with a new toy that arrived last week. A big thank you to all the ladies on Splitcoaststampers who bought my old stamps so I could add something new and fun to my collection! I bought myself the new Bind It All. I'm so glad it came with a DVD! The instructions are in a little tiny book and the print and pictures are so small I wondered if I'd ever really know how to use it properly. I made a little book... oh boy! does it have a lot of holes in it... One more thing that I need to practice, practice, practice!

Have a great day!

Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween!

Today is my last sneak peak for the November 1st new release stamp sets available NOW at Clear Dollar Stamps.

This set is called Jesus Nuggets. The stamps in this set are just the right size to use on your return address labels and then wrap around Hershey Nuggets candies. What a fun gift idea! The clear boxes I used for these are from Clear Dollar Stamps too.

All of the November new releases are available now at Clear Dollar Stamps. I hope you've enjoyed my sneak peaks! I've had a lot of fun being part of this design team and look forward to the new projects I'll be working on.
Have a fabulous weekend!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Clear Dollar Stamps Sneak Peak #3

More great sets coming out November 1st from Clear Dollar Stamps! This one is Lamp Post Blessings and it has a companion set called Lamp Post Expressions. I used both sets for my cards I'm sharing today. My first card above was for a challenge using Glossy Card stock. I haven't used any glossy card stock in quite a while so it was a bit of a challenge alright! I made the sky and moon with the glossy card stock and then used regular card stock for the brick work and lamp post.
My second card was also a challenge card. The challenge was to make your own paper. I love making my own patterned paper so that was really fun and just kind of came together by itself. I used Stickles Ice on both of the lamps and covered the Stickles on this second card with Crystal Effects to try to give it a bit more shine. I got more of an odd texture than anything else.
I have new Clear Dollar Stamps for our next projects sitting on my desk. I can't wait to play with them! But... I can't tell you anything about those...
My blog has been having a lot of visitors lately, thank you so much for stopping and looking at what I've been having fun making. And of course what seems to be "the drama of my life" right now with the home repair projects going on. One of the bathroom toilets decided to overflow this evening during bath time for my kids. I made a few phone calls and one of my friends came over and saved the day. Thank the Lord, for the people He's put in my life! I don't know how much more of this "excitement" I can stand...

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Clear Dollar Stamps Sneak Peak #2

It's been a busy day at my house, the floor tile is finished in my kitchen/craft room. Yea! I've been busy reclaiming my space after the tile guy left. Mostly cleaning and getting rid of the construction grit and dirt once and for all.

I have another sneak peak for you today! This stamp is a single called Rodney Deer.
I made a gift card holder using "Rodney" and a Merry Christmas stamp from Clear Dollar Stamps.

My first picture is of the gift card holder open. I also made a matching envelope to go with it.

My second picture is the front of the gift card holder and the matching envelope. You'll be able to buy the Rodney Deer stamp November 1st at Clear Dollar Stamps!
It's late and I need to get some sleep! I'm giggling again about the name of this stamp, Laurie had no way of knowing that my first husband's name was Rodney when she chose this stamp for me. It's a cute stamp and I think the coincidence is funny.
I'll have another sneak peak for you tomorrow!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Would You Like To See Some Sneak Peaks?

Clear Dollar Stamps that is!

I wrote my text right after I made these cards because it was weeks ago so this post is rather long...

You can purchase these stamps at Clear Dollar Stamps and the new release called "In The Bug" November 1st. As the name implies the set has lots of fun stuff to put "in the bug"!

And for now I gotta go, the tile guy is here doing my floor and I'm in the way!

I made this card for our Clear Dollar Stamps design team sketch challenge using November 1st new release stamps.

The stamped image is a combination of sets made by Clear Dollar Stamps. These are the sets I used: Sometime’s You’re The Bug, Heaven Bound and the new Nov. 1st release “In The Bug”.

When I saw the new “In The Bug” set I knew I had to have it! I absolutely love coloring this Bug and to be able to put people and other things in it would be fun. I set about my first design team assignment and discovered that this wasn’t just going to be the usual job of masking that I’d thought. It was going to be a challenge! As it turns out I stamped the images that go inside the Bug first and then put the masks on them and stamped the Bug over them. It took a little practice and thank you Clear Dollar Stamps for making them just that, CLEAR!

After letting the ink dry I colored my image with Copic makers. I used BV00, BV08, BV11, C0, C1, C3, C8, R29, R00, R46, R29, R21, R24, E43, E50, E55, E53, YR23, YR31, YR32 and a Copic Spica Clear glitter marker on the rear view mirror.

I stamped “Life is a journey…” from the Heaven Bound set after I colored the bug.

I then needed to follow the sketch challenge and finish my card.

This is a 6”x6” card, the base is Stampin’ Up! Lavender Lace, the black is just a Basic Black, the pattern paper is from my stash, Provo Craft Star Bright (copyrighted 2002 {told you I can’t buy anymore patterned paper!}). The white paper is Mohawk Satin finish Radiant White. I think it’s a good choice with my Copic markers when I use Versafine inks.

I ran the Lavender Lace triangle through my Zip’ E Mate in the swirl Cuttlebug embossing folder. My triangle was a little big to fit the embossing folder so I thought, hey it’s only paper… and folded the edge that stuck out back into the embossing folder and ran it through. If you look closely you can see that in the upper right corner the swirl is debossed. But only if you look closely! I then made sure that my Cuttlebugged panel was exactly the same size as my patterned paper triangle. I had to use a ruler and draw a couple of lines so I could go back and straighten it up with my paper trimmer.

I next started matting everything in black. I laid all my pieces out on the card body and needed to find something to balance the sketch. I came across these clear acrylic star snaps made by Paperbilities in my stash of goodies. Cool! My patterned paper has stars and swirls on it. The only problem with them is they had white eyelets in them. I really wanted black to stay with my color scheme. I checked my eyelet/brad stash and found some nice ones that were the right size and depth to work just fine. I love it when a plan comes together! Now I needed something on the bottom. I thought this card might be nice for someone who’s moving or leaving home to go out on their own, so I chose “Let God steer you in the right direction” as the sentiment to finish it off and make it all


Stamps – Sometimes You’re The Bug, Heaven Bound, In The Bug all by Clear Dollar Stamps

Paper – Stampin’ Up! Lavender Lace, Basic Black, Provo Craft Star Bright patterned paper, Mohawk Satin finish Radiant White.

Ink – Versa Fine Onyx Black

Accessories – Copic markers BV00, BV08, BV11, C0, C1, C3, C8, R24, R29, R00, R46, R24, E43, E50, E55, E53, YR23, YR31, YR32 and a Copic Spica Clear glitter marker. Cuttlebug Swirls embossing folder, Paperbilities eyelet snapsThis card was a Clear Dollar Stamps design team challenge. Laurie gave us several challenges this month and I combined two of them for this card. It’s the color challenge and sparkle challenge.

The color challenge was Teal, Mellow Moss & Gray. My paper colors are Via Vellum Cyan, Light Pine and Neenah Graystone Linen.

The stamps are all by Clear Dollar Stamps, the November 1st release “In The Bug”, Sometimes You’re The Bug and Bugs & Kisses. I masked and stamped the images, colored them with Copic markers and set it aside for a few days to “rest”.

I was really waiting on the cabinet guy to arrive and needed something to do because I was feeling anxious and then had to put it away. Coloring is good therapy!

I came back to it and pulled the three colors of card stock and looked through my sketch book. I thought the World Card Making Day sketch from Splitcoaststampers might be fun to try with this big image. This card fits an A7 envelope.

I love the polka dotted bag in the bug and wanted to play off of that in the design of my card so I used the Cuttlebug dots embossing folder. I scored my green sheet of paper, put it in the embossing folder and folded over the paper that stuck out and ran it through my Zip’e Mate. I didn’t want the embossed dots under the strips of Gray and Cyan paper and basically wondered what would happen if I… It’s only paper.

I matted the strips of Gray onto the Cyan and attached them to the green base, trimmed it up and attached that to the Cyan card body. I then stamped the “To Bug You…” on the last strip. The stamp actually says “Sorry To Bug You”, but not me… I’m working on becoming a pest! I used a post it note on the stamp to cover the “sorry” part and inked the stamp, peeled off the post it note and stamped it.

I thought it needed more dots so I used my ¼” hole punch and punched a scrap of Cyan paper 5 times. Ran the tiny dots through my Xyron X and stuck them on the card, I added clear Dew Drops on top of them with Crystal Effects. (I’m getting better at it!) The two on the right side of the card were an after thought, I was trying to draw your eye across the card. Did it work?

I then added Stickles Ice to the bumper, rear view mirror and tail lights of the bug. When I use Stickles on something like this I usually use a very small paint brush to move the glitter glue around where I want it.

Sunday, October 26, 2008


I made this card for Splitcoaststampers SC199 last Tuesday evening before I went to bed. I'm in Arizona so if I check in at SCS before I go to bed I can check out the sketch challenge for the next day.

This is a stamp set I got in the mail the same day. Aren't these two cute?! The stamp set is by Local King Rubber Stamp Co. and located in Canada. I used Copic markers to color the image and a new Cuttlebug embossing folder from Clear Dollar Stamps I purchased recently. I used Cryogen White sparklie paper in the embossing folder and really liked the effect.

I haven't done any stamping the since I was here last. The floor tile is going a lot slower than I expected. It should be finished Tuesday. I certainly hope so! The being under construction thing is getting to me again this weekend.

Happy Stamping~

Thursday, October 23, 2008

SC197 Halloween Smiles

It's been a busy couple of days! My kitchen/craft room is getting the floor tiled and I've been having fun selling surplus stamps and craft supplies on SCS. I even listed one stamp set on E Bay, the auction is over in about an hour.

I'm not going to be able to get to my computer tomorrow, I have a feeling I'm going to be a pest to the tile guy! Too bad I don't have the wireless keyboard anymore...

This is the final image in the 2003 Halloween Smiles set by Stampin' Up! I've been playing with. I thought these pumpkins would be fun to use for Splitcoststampers SC197. I changed my colors slightly from the last cards and colored with my Copic markers.
Supplies: Paper - Basic Black, White, Light Purple, Pumpkin Pie, Stamps - Stampin' Up! Weathered background, 2003 Halloween Smiles, Accessories - Black Brads, Copic markers, Stampin' Sponges, Ink - Versa fine Onyx Black.

Once the floor tile is finished I can start bugging the cabinet guy again to get my doors, drawer fronts, pull outs, etc. installed and the project finished. I'm also supposed to have a new kitchen table.

I'll be back with you as soon as I can walk on the kitchen a.k.a. craft room floor again! Have a good day~

Monday, October 20, 2008

Halloween Smiles

I had a productive day stamping today! Fun too...

Can I tell you my story first? I feel like an idiot. I was sitting here a few minutes ago looking at e mail when my black cat "Inky" started playing with something beside me. It was a rather large scropion, yikes!

I picked her up and got her away from it so it didn't sting her I hope and ran and found a a a a something to put over it so it couldn't escape! Then I sat there and watched it, lol. It looked mad... So I called my boyfriend and asked him if he'd come back over here and kill it for me. He did.

I killed my own scorpions before I met Rick...

As I was cleaning out boxes of stamps Saturday night I found another scorpion in a box that was in my bedroom. It was dead and it was bigger than the one this evening. I didn't sleep very well that night.

I get it, it's that time of year. But they still freak me out. I think maybe tomorrow I'll go to the Dollar Store and buy myself a can of spray starch so Rick can come over and carry away the corpse at his leisure.

On to the cards! As you know I've been going through my stamps and finding all kinds of treasures. This is a Stampin' Up! set from 2003 that had ink on one stamp, the verse.

I had a great time coloring the image with Copic markers and making it into a ... what the heck is that? Sorry I can't tell you today!

Supplies: Stampin' Up! Halloween Smiles 2003, Stampin' Up! Weathered Background, Copic markers, Nestablities regular and scalloped rectangle, Spellbinders Tags die, Black brads, Ribbon my kids gave me off a treat box they received.
The second card today uses the same stamp set with Stampin' Up! Print Pattern background. I used Black paper and ink instead of Brown this time. I made a 3rd card this evening but the picture is still in my camera after the scorpion incident. And no, I didn't have the presence of mind to take a picture of the scorpion.
I do have a couple of cute pictures of Inky the cat though. I was working at my desk this morning and she found a good spot to lurk.
I think she likes my new desk. I can't wait to be able to fill those file drawers with card stock! I haven't done that yet because the cabinet maker said he'd have to dump the drawers out when he put the facings on them. He told me to put stuff in them and use them, he has no idea how much paper I have!

Happy Monday!

As you can see I'm still going through boxes of stamps, I have a bunch to find homes for!

I'll be posting some pictures for you. Maybe you'll see something that you "need" for your collection.

You can e mail me at

I can accept PayPal for payment, buyer pays shipping. I've posted these on Splitcoaststampers in the buy/sell forum and I'm thinking about E Bay and having a yardsale too!

I guess this is my blog yardsale~

Stampin' Up! Alphahearts alphabet set $15.00
Stampin' Up! Alphahearts Numbers $5.00
Stampin' Up! Favorite Greetings vintage 1996 $11.00
Stampin' Up! Peace w/ brass embossing template 2002 $15.00
Stampin' Up! Sassy Stems $11.00

Thanks for stopping by today!