Friday, March 27, 2009

Blog Candy!!!

Suzanne has some great blog candy right now, actually she is giving away 3 different pieces of candy this weekend so be sure to check her out here. Good Luck and Happy Friday!
Another day, another sketch challenge completed. :)

Here is the sketch:

And here is one of the cards I made from it.

I actually made 2 of these. The other one does not have the border on the semi-circle part. I took a picture of both but, unfortunately, I have no idea what folder it ended up in. I think I may *need* the Circle Scissors Plus if I want to do any more of these. I think it would have made it much easier! Can I just say how much I *love* the Crazy for Cupcakes set?

Materials Used: Stamps: Crazy for Cupcakes; Paper: Rose Red, Rose Red DP, Whisper White; Ink: Rose Red, Regal Rose, So Saffron; Accessories: Dimensionals

Thanks for stopping by. :D

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Happy Hello

This is yet another card inspired by the VSN last month. It was to use inches. I had never heard of inches, but it made a great challenge!

Materials Used: Stamps: Mini Mates, Lots of Thoughts;
Paper: Very Vanilla, Cameo Coral, Ruby Red, Garden Green;
Ink: Ruby Red, Garden Green;
Accessories: Cuttlebug embossing folder

Monday, March 23, 2009

Have Fun Storming the Castle

I made this for one of the VSN Challenges last month. This is my *favorite* challenge EVER!!! The challenge was to make a card inspired by a quote from The Princess Bride. That is one of my all-time favorite Movies. Since I often tell my dh & kids to have fun storming the castle I thought it best to use that quote. ;)
Materials Used: Stamps: Dreams & Dragons; Paper: Basic Gray, Pacific Point, Whisper White, Basic Black; Ink: Pacific Point, Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa, Pacific Point, Garden Green;
Accessories: Cuttlebug Embossing Folder; Techniques: Watercolor

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Irish Thank You

At long last I have another sketch challemge complete. One day I really should get caught up because it would be so easy to just do one a week! *wink

So this is the layout. I like it but the right side looked kinda empty.

I solved that by making a scallop edge and putting the designer paper and stamping Thanks with a four leaf clover. This card is going to my neighbor was was kind enough to send over some Corned Beef and Cabbage on St. Patricks Day. (My family are not big fans and I decided I could not eat the whole thing myself this year!)
SU Materials Used: Stamps: Hearts & Clovers, Much Appreciated; Paper: Whisper White, Always Artichoke, Certainly Celery, Certainly Celery DP; Ink: Always Artichoke;
Accessories: Dimensionals

Friday, March 20, 2009

Blog Candy!!!

My friend Sarah has some blog candy up for grabs. Check it out here! Besides, she has some great ideas. If I can't win it hopefully someone I know can. :)

Thursday, March 19, 2009


I did this as part of the VSN challenges a few weeks ago.
I like how it turned out, simple yet *pretty*.

Materials Used: Stamps: God's Beauty, Sanded; Paper: Sahara Sand, Chocolate Chip, Creamy Caramel, Apricot Appeal; Ink: Basic Brown, Chocolate Chip, Apricot Appeal, Bashful Blue, Tempting Turquoise; Accessories: Cuttlebug embossing folder

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Split Personality

I made this for a VSN Challenge. The Challenge was to create a card using the split negative technique. I not only learned from VSN that I am a slow creator, I also learned that embossing powder & I are *NOT* Friends.

Materials Used: Stamps: From the Garden; Paper: Pink Passion, Whisper White, Basic Black; Ink: Whisper White, Pink Passio; Techniques: Split Negative Technique

Monday, March 16, 2009

A Monochromatic Birthday

I made this for a VSN Challenge.
The Challenge was to celebrate your ONE TRUE LOVE by making a monochromatic card. Your card could use several shades of the same color, and one neutral, too. I really like the way this turned out! *wink*

Materials Used: Stamps: Crazy for Cupcakes; Paper: Night of Navy, Bashful Blue, Whisper White, Not Quite Nave Designer Series Paper; Ink: Night of Navy, Bashful Blue
Accessories: Cuttlebug embossing folder, Sukura Glitter Pen;
Techniques: paper Piecing

Friday, March 13, 2009

Karen's Post!

My friend, Karen, was also lucky enough to go on vacation kid-free, and she *loved* the peacocks walking around. *wink*
When I saw these I immediately knew I had to get some photo's for her!
If you look closely at the low building on the right you can see the peacock's tail.

Hope this made you smile Karen...and doesn't put me on your ignore list!

Toulouse, France

I was lucky enough to go with Clay on his last business trip! My parents were nice enough to look after the three kids and I had my first kid free vacation in 3 years! It was blissful.
This was the courtyard of the hotel. It just seems so quant, doesn't it?
This was a cute little shed? at a park in Toulouse.
Tuesday & Wednesday I spent hours walking around in Toulsouse. I walked from one end of the city to the other-a couple of times. *wink
Clay went with me Monday (after a short nap on my part-I couldn't sleep at all on the plane, but I did get to watch 6 moovies-007 Quantum of Silence, The Changling, Twilight, Transporter it sad that I can't remember the other 2?) and Thursday.
This fountain was in the same park as the little shack. It was very relaxing!

This is the canal that was a block away from the hotel. I followed it for a long time. It was very relaxing to walk by myself and listen to my mp3 player. I highly recommend it if you can arrange it! *wink

This is the oldest bridge in Toulouse...oddly enough it's name translats to 'new bridge'.
I'll try to get the Paris pictures posted by the beginning of next week.

Maggie's Card

I made this for a VSN Challenge.
This was the Challenge:
Display your LOVE of color and a few of your favorite things in this challenge:
1. Include at least one color from the song: rose, brown, blue, cream, white and copper.
2. Use things from the song: roses, whiskers, kittens, kettles, mittens, ponies, geese, snowflakes, bees, dogs, snowflkes, moons, apples, etc...
3. Tie it up with string! Just put some string, ribbon, yarn, twine, thread, whatever, on your card somewhere.
Clay & I sent this to Maggie so she could get it while we were in France. Unfortunately, they didn't get the mail while we were gone, so she got it when we got back instead!

Materials Used: Stamps: Bow Wow; Paper: Night of Navy, Creamy Carmel, Rose Red,
Regal Rose; Ink: Basic Brown, Rose Red; Accessories: Hardware Window & Brads;
Techniques: Paper Piecing

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

A Man Card

This is another card from SCS VSN last weekend.
This is the challenge:
To make a card that a MAN would send to any female (wife, girlfriend, mom … even sister, daughter, whatever). Sounds simple enough, right? The catch is you have to follow these rules …1. Color combination: Kraft, Navy, Vanilla (or similar colors if non-SU colors)
2. No ribbon, no primas/flowers (Uh Oh). Feel free to substitute strips of DP or card stock, border punched or pierced – be creative in making faux ribbon. Have those floral punches? Use those to fill that “prima-need”.
3. 3 Brads … no more no less … (Not 4 - not 2)…3 on the whole card.
4. Your stamped image must be from Nature – as in Botanicals – leaves, flowers, trees, etc.

Materials Used:
Stamps: Nature's Wonders, Canvas, Short & Sweet
Paper: Very Vanilla, Kraft, Night of Navy
Ink: Night of Navy
Accessories: 3 brads. ;)
Hope you like it.