Friday, October 31, 2008

Cuttlebug Overload!

Since moving to Virginia, I have been missing Joann's. Thankfully a new Joann's opened about a mile from my house. They had a great grand opening and I was able to get way too many 50% off coupons as well as a few $5. gift cards.
So the question of the day:
What do you get when you cross a new Joann's store, a bunch of 50% off coupons and me?
A card made with too many new cuttlebug dies!
Exhibit A:
My Moms birthday

Maybe I should stick with stamps & ink...I think the inside is much better.
What do you think?

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Following in my footsteps

So Clay's work had a picnic a few weeks ago. I just wanted to share that I am not the only climber in the family.
Ethan did awesome and made it all the way to the top. I was so proud!
Maggie didn't make it, but at least she tried. She is not too fond of heights so I was glad to see her try.

Well, I am hoping that November will be a little less busy than October. I am still hoping to get a few back projects posted in the next few days.

Thanks for dropping in!

Anyone need a Smurf?

So, can you guess what happened?
Ethan & Maggie were supposed to be brushing their teeth.
I think Ethan has been watching the Smurfs too much lately!

Friday, October 10, 2008

Happy Fall

Here is my last offering for the World Card Making Day Challenges at SCS. This was for challenge #7. This challenge was no P's (Pattern Paper or Pastels). Just when I discoved Pattern Paper I am not allowed to use it. *sigh* I hope they are not too literal with the no p's because I did throw a pumpkin in there.
This was the first time I combined SU Markers with Prismacolor Pencils. Normal I would have watercolored with the pastels, but that was not allowed. I wanted the bird to be a black bird, but the marker would have killed it. I am very pleased with how it turned out. Hope you like it.
Here is the stuff you can't tell in the picture, but add a lot in real life: I went over the denim lines with the white gel pen and the pumpkin lines, scarecrow patches, pocket and the flower in the hat with a gelly Roll glitter pen.
Materials Used: SU Stamps: Happy Blessings, Canvas, Itty Bitty Backgrounds, SU Paper: Pumpkin Pie, Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa, Garden Green, Kraft; SU Ink: Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa, Creamy Caramel, Summer Sun, Garden Green, Only Orange, Real Red, Brilliant Blue, Basic Black; Other: SU Pumpkin Pie 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon, White Gel Pen, Gelly Roll Clear Star Glitter Pen, Black Prismacolor Pencil

I hope you enjoyed all the cards I made this week. I am hoping to publish on a more regular basis but life keeps getting in the way. *wink*

Thursday, October 9, 2008

This is the next Challenge from SCS.

I fell in love with the Lovely as a Tree set all over again.

Here is my offering:
I LOVE the way the tree turned out. After using the markers on the card I decided to try my hand at some fall coloring on the tree. This is the third attempt. For the first 2 I used summer Sun and I didn't like the was it blended. To me this just screams fall. I hope you like it as well. It is hard to tell in the picture, but I used the bitty background stamp on the chocolate chip paper to the left of the really rust card stock. Why does it always look better in real life?

Below is the card inside. I really hate writing on dark paper. *Wink* I think it just it classes it up a lot to have an insise panel or image stamped.

Materials Used: SU Stamps: Lovely as a Tree, Itty Bitty Backgrounds; SU Paper: Chocolate Chip, Designer Series Chocolate Chip, Really Rust; SU Ink: Chocalate Chip, Close to Cocoa, Pumpkin Pie, Really Rust; Other: SU 1/4" Pumpkin Pie Grossgrain Ribbon.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Inspiration Challenge

This is the SCS Inspiration Challenge from last weekend.

This is the card that I made using the current Coldwater Creek Catalog front for inspiration. I really love the Chocolate chip and Pumpkin Pie combo. After using my scallop edge punch for a couple of these challenges I now know why my friend Meredith loves it so much. *wink*

Materials Used: SU Paper: Chocolate Chip & textured, Designer Series paper, Creamy Caramel, Very Vanilla, Pumpkin Pie; SU Ink: Chocolate Chip, Pumpkin Pie, Summer Sun, Ruby Red; SU Stamps: Wonderful You, Short & Sweet: SU Scallop Edge Punch; Other: Gelly Roll Glitter Pen.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Featured Stamper Case Challenge

This was also part of the World Card Making Day at SCS on Saturday.

Here is the challenge.

Here is the card I cased.
And below is my card:

In hindsight I would have done it a little differently. I would have made the big panel so that only 1/8" border showed and i would have swooped it with the bordering blue. You can't tell from the picture, but I used a Gelly Roll glitter pen on the candle flames and it looks much better irl. I used some of the lovely ribbon I got at the shoebox swap last week. I really like the way it tuned out. I will post the rest of the challenges throughout the week because who know when these monkeys of mine will give me a chance to ink my stamp again. *wink*

Thanks for stopping in.

Materials Used: SU Paper: Brocade Blue, Night of Navy, Whisper White, Designer Series; SU Ink: Not Quite Navy, Brocade Blue, Apricot Appeal, Yoyo Yellow; SU Punches: 1 1/4" Circle,
1 3/8" Circle, Scallop Circle, Scallop Edge: Other: Gelly Roll Glitter Pen, SU Dimensionals

Monday, October 6, 2008

Sketch Challenge

As you may or may not know, Saturday was World Card Making day. Splitcoaststampers (SCS) had eight challenges you could participate in. Here is the challenge.

This is the result. I like how it turned out. I have *just* now ( I really don't know what I have been waiting for!) started to use my designer series paper. I am in love with the way it looks, so you can be sure I will be using it more often now that I have broken into it. I am especially pleased with how the tree turned out. I inked it with my SU markers and I think it turned out great. You can't see it very well in the photo, but there are branches throughout the tree.

Materials Used: SU Paper: Creamy Caramel. Very Vanilla, Chocolate Chip, Garden Green, Designer Series Paper; SU Ink: Garden Green, Close to Cocoa, Chocolate Chip; SU Stamps: Short & Sweet, Lovely as a Tree Other Gelly Roll Glitter Pen.

Thanks for stopping by. I'll be posting the more challenges throughout the week.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

I don't have much for you today as I am working on SCS World Card Making Day Challenges. I am having a blast working on them and they are not due until 11pm (East Coast time) on Monday. If you have a few minutes try your hand at completing 1 or more of them.
So, since I am busy getting inky, I thought I would share this one. It is one of the awesome cards I did at the Shoe Box Swap last week. I do not know who designed it, but I sure think it is cute! I love the ribbon! I think I may need it and I don't even do much with ribbon, Yet. *wink*

Friday, October 3, 2008

Thank You...

A long while back, like a month or so, two of my friends were lucky enough to be finished with diapers. Lucky for me they were both kind enough to send the leftovers my way. *wink*
I have been meaning to send them both Thank You notes, but up until today I did not do it. I finally spent time while Ethan was in school actually making a card. It was an awesome feeling. Not to mention it meets this weeks Sketch Challenge at SCS. I am going to try and get it done again next week. :)
Materials Used: SU Stamps: Canvas, Short & Sweet; SU Ink: Certainly Celery, Creamy Caramel, Blush Blossom; SU Paper: Close to Cocoa, Certainly Celery & Designer Series Paper, Chocolate Chip Textured paper; Other: Brads

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Thank You

I love this layout! I have been using the weekly sketch challenge lately as a starting point, but this was something I came up with on my own awhile ago. I have no big comments to make about it, I just wanted to share before I sent it on its way.
Materials Used: SU Ink: Pumpkin Pie, Always Artichoke; SU Paper: Pumpkin Pie, Always Artichoke, So Saffron; Silver brad.
A very simple card to make! What do you think?
*oops- I meant to schedule this for tomorrow.