Friday, December 18, 2009

Kids Card Class: Mini-Pizza Elf Box

Once again, Loving the Holiday Lineup set. :)
This is a great project for the kids and perfect for a teacher gift.
I am planning on putting some Hershey Kisses in it with a gift card.
I must admit, I can't remember if I have every used the Tag Along set before last month, but doesn't it make a great edge?

Materials Used:
SU Stamps: Holiday Lineup, Tag Alongs, Four The Holidays; SU Paper: Very Vanilla, Ruby Red, Old Olive; SU Ink: Versamark, Basic Gray, Chocolate Chip, Ruby Red, Handsome Hunter, Old Olive; SU Accessories: Blender Pen; Techniques: Watercoloring

Monday, December 14, 2009

Kids Card Class: Card 2

Ok, SO isn't this the perfect kid card? The girls loved using the Big Shot, the Crimper, and Paper Piercer. I mean really, what more could they ask for?

This is from a retired set called Christmas Fun and it just the cutest for a simple card like this.

The Girls requested I color in the bow. Not sure which way I like it better. What do you think?

As Always, Thanks for stopping by. :D

Materials Used:
SU Stamps: Christmas Fun Set; SU Paper: Whisper White, Real Red;SU Ink: Riding Hood Red; SU Accessories: Blender Pen, Crimper

Friday, December 11, 2009

Kids Card Class: Card 1

So in preparation for the Holidays, I had a couple of card classes for kids. My daughter loves to make cards so I thought it only right to offer her friends a chance to do the same.

This was on of the cards we made at the class. I *love* the Holiday Lineup set, isn't it cute. We stamped the Sanded background stamp on the Ruby Red card base with Ruby Red Ink. The girls *loved* paper piercing the Glorious Green panel. My favorite part was water coloring the nose on Rudolph. ;)

Materials Used:
SU Stamps: Holiday Lineup, Sanded; SU Paper: Ruby Red, Glorious Green, Very Vanilla; SU Ink: Ruby Red, Basic Brown, Chocolate Chip, Real Red, Close to Cocoa; SU Accessories: Blender Pen; Techniques: Paper Piercing

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Kids Card Class: Card 3

I was able to use this sketch challenge for inspiration for one of the kids cards. ;)

Ok, This may be my favorite from the kids card classes!

So, I know I have mentioned this before, but I *love* the Snow Buddies Set!!! The snowmen are A-DOR-A-BLE and the snowflakes are so cute. ;)

Materials Used:
Stamps: Snow Buddies, Snow Flurries; Paper: Whisper White, Night of Navy, Brilliant Blue, Bashful Blue; Ink: Brilliant Blue, Bashful Blue

As always, thanks for stopping by. :D

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Seasons Greetings

Well, The challenges continue. ;)

This is the Challenge Card:
I like it better with the extra panel on the bottom. ;)
Materials Used:
SU Stamps: Snow Swirled, Tag Alongs; SU Paper: Handsome Hunter, Always Artichoke DPAlways Artichoke, Very Vanilla, Bravo Burgundy; SU Ink: Handsome Hunter, Riding Hood Red, Chocolate Chip

Sketch Challenge 246

Here is the sketch:
And here is my card:
I am loving the Snow Buddies Set. It is a level 2 hostess set from the Holiday Mini and aren't they the cutest little snow people? I also like the Tempting Turquoise and Brilliant Blue color combo.

What do you think? Sometime I feel like I am typing to myself, so please leave a comment- even if it is just to say hi. ;)

Materials List:
SU Stamps: Snow Buddies; SU Paper: Tempting Turquoise, Brilliant Blue, Whisper White; SU Ink: Bashful Blue, Brilliant Blue, Tempting Turquoise, Other: Embossing Folders.

Thanks for looking!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Sketch Challenge 240

Here is the Sketch Challenge:

And here is my card:

I *LOVE* the bear panel! -I know you probably figured that out without me saying it. ;) However, in hindsight, I wish I would have panel 2 just the Ballet Blue. I think the circle would have looked better that way.

Materials Used: SU Stamps: Beary Best Friends; SU Paper: Whisper White, Ballet Blue, Barely Banana, DSPaper; SU Ink: Creamy Caramel, Ballet Blue, Barely Banana; Other: SU Circle Scissor Plus & Glass Mat

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, November 20, 2009

Sketch Challenge 231

Birthday Sketch:

Birthday Card:

My nephew celebrated his birthday last month. To help him celebrate, I made him this card. It was very simple, lets face it- eight year old little boys are not that into all the pretties and sparklies!

I used an Happy Birthday embossing folder and then cut it into three stripes. I layered the Tempting Turquoise onto Brilliant Blue panels and mounted the panels on a Tempting Turquoise base. I stamped cupcake stamp from Cause for Celebration on Whisper White Cardstock. I then pieced the Brilliant Blue wrapper and decorated the frosting with glitter pen 'sprinkles'. I layered the cupcake on Tempting Turquoise and Brilliant Blue and mounted it with pop dots.

Materials Used: SU Stramps: Cause for Celebration; SU Paper: Whisper White, Tempting Turquoise, Brilliant Blue; SU Ink: Basic Gray; Other SU: Dimensionals

Monday, November 16, 2009

Sketch Challenge 239

The challenges continue. ;)

Here is my interpretation:
I know I have mentioned this before, but I *love* the Beary Best Friends set.
This was a quick card I designed for a kids stamp camp. Unfortunately, I ended up cancelling the class, but I still think this is cute! On second thought, maybe it was for the best because they probably wouldn't like the piecing part!

Materials Used: SU Stamps: Beary Best Friends; SU Paper: Garden Green, Whisper White, Close to Cocoa, Creamy Caramel, DSP More Mustard & Wild Wasabi; SU Ink: Basic Brown, Certainly Celery, Creamy Caramel, Cameo Coral

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Beary Birthday Cards.

So I am still plugging away at the sketch Challenges over at Splitcoaststampers.
So without further ado, here is the challenge:

And here is my interpretation:

Two of Seth's friends recently turned 4, so I decided to make them the same cards. I am in love with this Beary Best Friends set! I think that the clothes look great paper pieced! When you are a girl turning 4 what could be better than a pink card with a teddy bear. Oh, I know, putting a die cut Stampin’ Up! Bear & Beary Essentials (clothes) inside the card. They both seemed to really like it!

Materials Used: SU Stamps: Beary Best Friends; SU Paper: Pixie Pink Textured, Pink Passion, Whisper White, DSP Pretty in Pink; SU Ink: Basic Brown, Pixie Pink, Creamy Caramel, Barely Banana; SU Bigz Dies: Stampin’ Up! Bear, Stampin’ Up! Beary Essentials

Monday, October 19, 2009

Just Because..Sketch Challenge 238

Yep, I am back. Two posts in 2 days... amazing, I know.

So I am back to my sketch challenges. Here is the inspiration:

And here is my interpretation.

I really like this sketch.
It would work so well for a holiday card with cute little snowflakes in the squares.
(In fact, I think I will try that another day. ;) )

I used the Eyelet Plate (from SU Texturz Plates Backgrounds 1) on the Whisper White. You can't tell so much in the photo, but it adds such a nice touch. I stamped the square from the little shapes set (sadly, retired) in Blush Blossom.

I used my Stampin Write markers to ink up the flower in Really Rust and Garden Green. I love this flower from the Mini Mates set. (Sadly, also retired. :( ) I then layered the Whisper White with Garden Green and Really Rust.

Materials List:
Stamps: Mini Mates, Little Shapes
Paper: Whisper White,
Ink: Blush Blossom, Really Rust, Garden Green
Accessories: Sizzix-Eyelet

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Sweet 16

My Niece turned 16 the beginning of the month,
so I had to do a 'Sweet 16' card for her!
I had the image of stamping something 'sweet' and then the number 16. After rummaging though my stamps I found this cute little Sundae in Maggie's stash that seemed just perfect for it.

I used embossing folders for the Pixie Pink layers and then matted them with Pink Passion. I used DS paper for the bottom layer and under the Sundae. I then stamped the 16 and 'sweet' with Pink Passion and edged the circles with my Classic Pink Passion ink pad. I popped up the Whisper White layer of the 16 and the Sundae and Sweet panels.

I am not sure how much a 16 yo would actually like it, but I liked it. ;)

Materials Used:
SU Stamps: Sweet Spot, Typeset Numbers; SU Paper: Whisper White, Pink Passion, Pixie Pink, DS Paper; SU Ink: Basic Gray, Pink Passion; Other: SU Dimensionals, embossing folders.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Swap Card #4

Without further adu, here is the last of my swap cards.
I think the leaping froggies are too cute!

And what little boy wouldn't like them?

To cut the paper I marked 5 1/2" on one side and 3" on the other side of the paper and cut on the diagonal. I then scored it 4" and 7 3/4" (starting at the 5 1/2" side) If this doesn't make sense just ask. ;) I stippled the back of the middle panel to add a little something when it is folded. I also swooped the edges of the card. I paper pieced the lily pad and used dimensionals on the lily pad.

Materials Used:
SU Stamps: Hoppy for You; SU Paper: Gable Green, Handsome Hunter, Whisper White, Certainly Celery DP, SU Ink: Basic Brown, Handsome Hunter; Other: SU Dimensionals

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Swap Card #3

So first off, I got this awesome card Idea from my nemesis, I mean friend ;) Tonya. Her blog, where she has the tutorial, can be found here. The only alteration I made was to make it 5 1/2" instead of 6 and cut the horizontal lines at 1 1/4" from top and bottom. That way it still fits in a standard sized invitation envelope. :D

I apologize that the picture doesn't do this justice. The white panels on the ends are embossed with the Swiss dots cuttlebug folder. The Pixie Pink has flowers stamped with Pink Passion and the Tempting Turquoise panels have flowers stamped with Tempting Turquoise. On the Happy Birthday Panel, the flower centers have a pearl.
Materials Used: SU Stamps: Itty Bitty Buds; SU Paper: Tempting Turquoise ,Whisper White, Pixie Pink, Pink Passion textured paper; SU INK:Tempting Turquoise, Pink Passion, Green Galore; Other:Pearls, Swiss Dots Embossing Folder

Monday, August 24, 2009

Swap Card #2

The kids and I are off to Camp Tag-A-Long for the week. Since we are set to leave at 7:30am and get back late afternoon each day I figured I would share some already done cards. ;) A few weeks ago I posted the first of four cards I made for a Swap. I figured this week would be as good a time as any to share the other three cards.

This one was for little boys. I love this set, but must admit is hasn't seen ink in a long time before I made this card.

I used Garden Green and Night of Navy Markers to ink the Tractor and the Happy Birthday stamp. I added a pearl sticker to the tractor pipe. I used the yellow Gelly Roll Glitter pen to the candles. I punched out the Whisper White with the 1 3/8" Circle Punch and the Scallop Circle Punch to cut out the Glorious Green and Basic Black. You can't tell from the photo, but the bottom 2/3rds are scored in 1/2" squares with the Score Pal.

Materials Used: SU Stamps: By Land, So Many Scallops; SU Paper: Glorious Green, Whisper White, Basic Black; SU Ink: Garden Green, Night of Navy; Other: Score-Pal, SU Scallop Punch, SU 1 3/8" Punch, Pearl Stickers

Friday, August 21, 2009


Last but not least, the third card we made last Saturday.

( I really love these sketch Challenges!)

I stamped the circles and sponged the circle edges with Rose Red. I then mounted the Regal Rose Circles on the Rose Red circles. (Thank goodness for the Circle Punches! ;) ) I used a dimensional on the middle one And added the Pearls and ribbon.
Materials Used: SU Stamps: Circle Circus; SU Paper: Rose Red, Regal Rose; SU Ink: Rose Red; Other: SU 1 1/4" Circle Punch, SU 1 3/8" Circle Punch, 1/4" White Grosgrain Ribbon, Crystal Stickers Pearls

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Sketch Challenge 218

This was the second card we made for my Stamp Camp last Saturday.

I am not sure, but I think this bear is growing on me. ;)

I used Versamark for the stars on the Not Quite Navy and watercolored the bear with a blender pen and the Close to Cocoa and Creamy Carmel Classic ink pads. I used the Big Dots Sizzix texture plate on the Whisper White card stock and another (can't remember the name) for the Creamy Carmel stripes.

Materials Used: SU Stamps: Under the Stars; SU Paper: Chocolate Chip, Creamy Carmel, Not Quite Navy, Whisper White; SU Ink: Versamark, Basic Brown, Close to Cocoa, Creamy Carmel; Other: Sizzix Texture plates.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Sketch Challenge 220

Since I had a Stamp Camp on Saturday Night and didn't plan it out ahead of time I turned to the files of not yet done Sketch Challenges for inspiration.

I think it turned out well. Unfortunately my sample card got mixed up and was taken home, so I thought I would show you what one of my stampers and Maggie came up with. They each made 2 cards of three designs
(I'll post the other two later this week.)

The top one was left instead of my sample and I am
very proud of the fact that Maggie made the bottom two cards.
I think for being 8 she does remarkably well!
(But then maybe I am a *tiny* bit biased. ;) )

Materials Used:
SU Stamps: Upsy Daisy; SU Paper: Apricot Appeal Card stock & Designer Series; SU Ink: Apricot Appeal; Other: Sponges

Cindy's Bloggerversary

Once again my friend Cindy has some Great blog candy...If you aren't following her blog yet, you really should be. She is VERY talented!!! Check her out here. :)

Friday, July 24, 2009

Deal of the Week...

Just a Quick reminder that the current SU Deal of the week is on my sidebar. Just give me a call if you are interested. ;)

Monday, July 20, 2009

SC232: Happy Mail

Here is the next sketch I used:

My niece is a camp counselor at Walcamp for four weeks this summer. Last week was week number 2, so I wanted to wait til this week to share my card in case she didn't get it before she left. (I better get my card made early this week as she is off next week.)

And without further ado, here is my card:

I knew I wanted to use my bear, but it just didn't look right with him holding the bag. (he.he.he I crack myself up!)
Like I said, I crack myself up. ;) I used one of Ethan's crayola markers for the fat 'Beware' and my SU Chocolate Chip for the rest of my saying. ;)

Materials Used: SU Stamps: Under the Stars; SU Paper: Chocolate Chip, Apricot Appeal, Whisper White, Certainly Celery designer paper ; SU Ink: Basic Brown, Close to Cocoa, Creamy Caramel; Other: SU 1 3/8" circle punch, SU Scallop Circle Punch, Glitter Glue, Brown Crayola Marker, SU Dimensionals, Gelly Roll Pen (For sleeping bag outline), Score Pal.

As always, Thanks for stopping by. I'd love to hear what you think!

*ETA: Evidently I need to work on my scheduling abilites as this posted right away instead of Monday. :(

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Swap card #1

I love swapping, especially for a good cause. Misti over at SCS is hosting a swap and the +1 is going to her local Childrens Hospital.

So of course I had to take a spot...or four.

It is hard to tell from my photo, but I used my friend, April's, scorepal and dry embossed squares on the bottom 2/3rd s of the card. Then I stamped my cupcake image (from SU's Crazy for Cupcakes set) with SU Pink Passion on Whisper White and Pink Passion. I paper pieced the pink passion cupcake wrapper on the Whisper White and then used my Gelly Roll glitter pens to color the candle and the flame. I had the pink buttons in my jar for ages and thought they added just the right amount of whimsy.

Thanks for stopping by. I am hoping to get the rest of my swap cards posted the beginning of next week. Believe it or not there are only 2 more mornings of swim team! It seems like summer is almost over already. *sigh*

Thursday, July 9, 2009


Yippee, another Sketch Challenge crossed of my to do list. ;)

For my birthday I splurged and got myself the Big Shot. A couple of weeks ago my friend, April, came over and she brought her Spellbinders. They were really neat and are now on my *someday* list along with the score pal-which for now- I am borrowing (Seriously April call when you need it back. ;) )

Since I had her scalloped Squares at my disposal, this Sketch called out to me.
Not so sure of the flower I used, but I do love the Certainly Celery and Apricot Appeal together. And I actually *Gasp* used a sponge to do the sides of the card instead of just swooping it (that is the non-technical term for just running the card stock edge across the ink pad. )

Materials Used:
SU Paper: Whisper White, Certainly Celery, Certainly Celery DP, Apricot Appeal; SU Ink: Certainly Celery, Apricot Appeal; SU Stamp: Organic Grace; Other: SU Sponges, Cuttlebug Embossing folder-Stylized Flowers, Nestibilities Scallop Squares

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

My Grafiti Artist

Isn't this the face of the innocent? He looks so sweet.

He looks nothing like the kind of kid that would do this:

Come to think of it, that is exactly what he does look like.

Unfortunately for him, I caught him and he was sentenced to hard labor.

And he would have gotten away with it too, if it wasn't for that pesky Mom!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009


I used this sketch for one of the cards I made for Jodi's Shoebox Swap last month.

I really am loving the Chocolate Chip, it seems no matter what I pair it with it just looks awesome!.
To be honest, I couldn't find the picture I took of the original,
so a big thanks to Jodi for sending me this one!

Materials Used: SU Paper: Chocolate Chip, Pumpkin Pie, Creamy Caramel, Apricot Appeal, Garden Green Designer Series Paper, (I can't remember if I used Very Vanilla or Whisper White-sorry); SU Stamp Set: God's Beauty; SU Ink: Versamark, Basic Brown, Pumpkin Pie, Apricot Appeal; Other: Cuttlebug embossing folder

Have you ever....

Sat thinking, 'It's much too quiet in here!' and been afraid
to go and check on your kids for fear of the mess?

It happened to me yesterday. Fortunately, here is what I found:

Maggie lounging on her bean bag chair reading a book.
And Seth *actually* sleeping on his bed.

Life is good.

(Lest you think I forgot about a child, Ethan is at McGruff Safety Camp this week...
Hey maybe *that's* why it is quiet. )

Monday, July 6, 2009


Another sketch challenge completed. :D

Friends of ours are moving out of the country for a few years, so I used SC234 as inspiration for their going away card.
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I used the Crosshatch background stamp on the Pacific Point and ran the Real Red panels through my Cuttlebug. For the center image, I stamped the base stamp (from the new SU Circus Circles set) in Pacific Point. Then I used the 'Wishing You the Best' stamp from the Riveting Set and stamped it twice. Once in Real Red and once in Yoyo Yellow. I punched them out with my Circle Punches (1 1/4" for the Real Red and 1/2" for the Yoyo Yellow if I am not mistaken- I forgot to write the details down.) Finally I layered the circles and used my yellow Golden Star Gelly Roll Pen on the star to add some shine.

Here is to a grand adventure for them and hoping that they will be back with us soon. (you know how time speeds up like that! ;) )

Materials Used: SU Stamps: Riveting, Circle Circus, Crosshatch; SU Paper: Whisper White, Pacific Point, Real Red, Tempting Turquoise; SU Ink: Pacific Point, Real Red, Yoyo Yellow, Tempting Turquoise; Other: Cuttlebug embossing folder.