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.

Shoebox Swap By Mail...part 3...the final installment. :D

This little golfer is very cute, isn't he? Unfortunately none of the Father's in my life (meaning Clay, my Dad or Father-in-law) golf. I think I need to change out the Father's Day and put Happy Birthday and give ti to my Uncle. ;)

Here is my interpretation of Jodi's tiny box card. She made me so crazy with that stinkin' tiny box that my picture is crooked! After messing with it and even going so far as to put tiny green micro beads in it (see Below) I took it off and 'unboxed' the box.
As you can see from this picture I had a horrible time putting the box I was making it I realized why Megan was cursing Jodi when we were making our swaps together. ;)

*Smooches Jodi! Thanks for hosting!

Shoebox Swap By Mail...part 2

Here are some more of my creations from the shoebox swap I took part in.
My friend April designed this one...Lovely!
And this is the inside.
How cool is that folded element?!?
And speaking of cool, I *heart* this flamingo card!
The left is the back with the congo line and my signature stamp, the right is the card front, and below is the inside.

Still more to come. ;)

Shoebox Swap By Mail...part 1

My friend Jodi-Zekesmom10 on SCS recently had a brilliant idea. To host a shoebox swap by mail. Basically we prepped everything as if we were going to a Shoebox swap and then stamped the images so that everyone could play along. There were no directions and we were able to add additional stuff but were supposed to use everything that came with the card packet. Unfortunately some little fingers rearranged the packets for me, so I may have missed an embellishment or two, but I tried.

I am linking to her blog where she has the originals as well as her interpretations.
Here is what I came up with:

I *love* this set, unfortunately, I never seem to break it out. Perhaps because I am not the best at coloring with markers. Perhaps I should go to Kindergarten with Ethan in the fall.
Isn't this just the cutest?!?
The left side is the card back and the right side is the card front. *wink

This was from my friend Megan...for some reason I can't flip the picture.
Crazy, i know, but Clay has Picasa on the computer and it flips it to view,
but I can't figure out how to get it to upload correctly. :(
This one was one of Jodi's cards. The left is the envelope the right is the insert.

Friday, July 3, 2009

Road Trip!

Clay wants a kayak/canoe in the worst way. I am so *not* on board with the idea...mostly because our 1 car garage townhouse has nowhere to store it.
Anyway when this set came out I knew I needed it. I made Clay this card for Father's Day. I think I am most generous, not only did I get him a Lego Millennium Falcon for Christmas, I got him a canoe for Father's Day.

What Clay?

He thinks that there is a huge difference between the Millennium Falcon Key Chain I got him and the $500. huge Lego model.

What was that honey?

Well, Apparently there is also a difference between a 'real' canoe and one that I stamped and placed on a card. Who Knew? It sure is easier to store though! *wink*

Materials Used:
SU Stamps: Hit the Road; SU Paper: Whisper White, Riding Hood Red, Basic Black, Basic Gray; SU Ink:Night of Navy, Creamy Caramel, Old Olive, Always Artichoke, Handsome Hunter, Real Red; Techniques: Paper Pierced; Other; Cuttlebug embossing folders.