Wednesday, December 21, 2011


Have you ever had an idea for a card and when you tried to put the idea on cardstock you thought you were crazy?  Well that was me with this card.  I got the idea a while ago that I wanted to see if I could create a word like Joy or Noel with the Ornamental Vine stamp from DeNami.  When I saw the theme for this challenge I was excited to put my idea on paper.  I used the Water Lily stamp to create a poinsettia for the O in Noel (for a tutorial on how to do that go here) and then used my trusty Stamp-a-majig to do the rest of the work.  It took a while to get it just right but I am pleased with the end result.  I used Versmark to stamp the Ornamental Vine on the poinsettia and the background for a subtle finishing touch.  I won these two stamps awhile back from my friend Lisa and I am having so much fun with them!  Thanks for the blog candy Lisa!  Maybe one of these days I will use these stamps in a traditional way ;)  Thanks for stopping by!

I also wanted to enter this card in the Wee Memories challenge this week.  The theme is anything goes.  Sweet!  I love that theme!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

DeNami Bloghop-Gift Wrapping

 It's that time of month again.  I love the DeNami Bloghops!  You should have arrived here from Tammy's fabulous blog.  If you got lost along the way you can always go back to the DeNami blog and get back on track.  This month's theme is gift wrapping.  It can be a tag, gift wrapping, bags, ect.  Because of the timing the first thing that I thought about was Christmas/Holiday wrapping, but I have to tell you a little secret, I'm kind of tired of doing Christmas themed projects.  I know gasp, how can I say that!  I have been doing so many projects for family and friends that I wanted to change it up a little.  I am always in need of gift tags so I thought I would create a couple for this blog hop.  I used the Ice Cream Chickies, which I haven't had a chance to ink up yet, and the Cupcake Tower.  I cut the tags with my Silhouette, added some sparkle, and some fun baker's twine, and voila!  These were really fast and fun to make.  I think I will be making more in the future to add to my stash.
Thanks for hoppin' (I mean stoppin') on by!  Now you are off to Linda's awesome blog!  Happy hopping!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Trigger Tuesday-Fall is in the Bag

Good evening everyone!  When I saw the image below for this week's Trigger Tuesday over at Moxie Fab World I had to play along.  This is my first time playing.  I have to tell you that I am a little intimidated, there are always so many fantastic projects entered for all of the different challenges!  But I thought that I should rise to the challenge!  So here is the image....

And here is my card. 

I chose to pull out some of the colors from the bag and the diagonal circles.  I used the Grunge Me stamp set from PTI to create the pattern.   I created a one layer card (which is hard for me to do!) because I realized that I have created so many bulky cards that I have to hand deliver that I needed to replenish the  cards that I could mail in my stash! LOL!  I hope everyone's having a great weekend!  Ta ta for now!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Playing tag with CAS-ual Fridays


I'm back to share another tag I made last night.  I've had this Hero Arts stamp since last year and haven't had a chance to ink it up.  I think this is such a beautiful image!  The hardest part about entering this tag into the CAS-ual Fridays challenge this week was photographing it.  I embossed the image and so it is very shiny.  It was very difficult to take a picture of it without getting any glare on it.  I love using blue and silver for Christmas and I thought this stamp was perfect for it.  Hope you enjoy! 

Tag You're It

 It's time for me to play along this week at CAS-ual Fridays!  It feels like forever since I've joined in so I had to take advantage of the fun theme this week.  We had to use a tag.  It could be a tag attached to a card or a tag by itself.   So here is what I created...

I used some Cosmo Cricket Christmas paper to cut out this fun Christmas tree with my Silhouette.  Then I spruced it up a bit with some glitter pearls.  The sentiment is from Stampin' Up and the twine is from The Twinery.  I love creating tags!  They are even faster than cards and since I am an instant gratification girl I enjoy how fast they come together!  Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

The Play Date Cafe Color Splash


 Good afternoon everyone!  I am here to share a card I made for the current challenge at The Play Date Cafe. It is the color splash challenge this week, my favorite of their challenges!  I got this background stamp not long ago from Market Street Stamps and I haven't had a chance to ink it up yet.  I thought it would go well with the challenge this week and makes a perfect girlie birthday card.  I added a fun crepe paper flower for that pop of orange and there you have it!  Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

DeNami Designs November Blog Hop

DeNami November Blog Hop

Good morning everyone!  I am excited to be joining in this month's blog hop.  The challenge this month is to make anything but a card.  If you came here from Kristy's Blog then you're in the right place.  If you got lost along the way you can get a full list of participants at The DeNami blog.  A little while ago my friend gave me a few of these paper bags and said she was curious to see how I would use them.  I had intended to use them on a card but when the theme for this blog hop came up I thought they would work perfectly for a gift card holder.  My son has a male teacher this year so I can't give him my standard gift of handmade cards.  I think a gift card will work well instead (I just hope this holder isn't too girlie)!  I will probably attach it to a plate of cookies for a little extra holiday cheer!  I pulled out my Ornamental Vine and Water Lily stamps to spruce up the bag.  When I was looking at the Water Lily stamp I was wondering if I could make it a poinsettia.  I pulled out my Stamp-a-majig and went to work...

And this is how it turned out.  I embossed the Ornamental Vine on the bag and on four of the poinsettia leaves to give it a little bit of shimmer.     

This is how I did it.  I stamped them back to back.

Then I cut out two masks to cover the first two images.

This is how it looks after stamping to complete the circle.

I cut out the center petal twice...

And glued it to the stamped image.  

 If you want to emboss the petals you need to cut out four to glue to the main image.  I was pleased with how it turned out.  I love being able to find a way to use a stamp in multiple ways.  More bang for your buck!

Thanks for stopping by! Now you are off to Karen's blog.  Happy hopping!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Happy Birthday to Boo!

Just dropping in this morning to share a card with you that I made for the Market Street Stamps birthday bash.  It is their one year anniversary and they are having lot of fun things going on over there.  My sister, a close friend, and my daughter all have a birthday this next week so I made a couple of these ghost cards.  The sweet face on this ghost is soo fun!  I  hope you enjoy!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

"Fang" You Very Much

This is my second entry for this weeks CAS-ual Fridays challenge.  I am having so much fun making Halloween cards I couldn't help it!  You have to make a Halloween card without using orange. I needed to highlight this sweet bat from the 'Sweet Spooks' stamp set from Market Street Stamps.  He is so fun!  I used watercolor pencils to color him in(one of these days I will try some copics!).  Hope you're having a fantastic fall! 

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Trick or Treat!

It's been a few weeks since I played along in a CAS-ual Fridays challenge.  This week you have to create a Halloween card without using orange.  I love orange and black for Halloween but this year I have been really drawn to the purple and black combination.  I used the 'Sweet Spooks' stamp set from MSS and had a lot of fun with this sweet skull.  Ha that is funny that I'm calling a skull sweet!  Anyway, I created a little window for the skeleton to sit in and embossed with a Provocraft folder.  The twine is from The Twinery (I'm so excited because the scrapbooking store that I work for is going to start stocking this twine!  Woohoo!).  Hope you have a spooky day!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree

Just making a quick stop again today to share another card.  I'm starting to get in the Christmas cardmaking spirit!  When I saw this week's challenge over at  Wee Memories I knew I had to play along, a few times.  I created this christmas card using my Silhouette and some fantastic Stampin' Up paper.  I used a Provocraft embossing folder for the background and added some pearls and I was done!  Thanks for stopping by!

Market Street Stamps Block Party

Is it time to party again?  It is when it is the one year anniversary for Market Street Stamps!  They are having a special block party and since I just got my Sweet Spooks stamp set I had to make a card with all of the cute characters!  I had so much fun with this card!  I did a lot of stamping, embossing and glittering.  I wish you could see all of the detail in one shot but I got the detail in other pictures.  I am also entering this card in this week's challenge over at Wee Memories.  The theme this week is Holiday Madness.  You can enter any holiday card!  Hope you enjoy!
I used Versamark and the sentiments from the stamp set to give a pattern to the moon and then I glittered the edges.  The swirls on the bat are from the Gone Campin' stamp set.

I stamped the spider web and spider and then embossed with glittered embossing powder.  I paper pieced the body of the spider and glittered her cheeks.  For the sentiment I used the argyle stamp from the Sweet Spooks set and stamped it with Versamark.  I then embossed the sentiment in white.  I purposely left it messy because I thought it made it look more distressed.

I stamped the ghost and then used the polka dots and heart from the Gone Campin' stamp set.  Then I used the dashed line from Sweet Spooks to add a little more interest.  It's hard to see but the ghost's cheeks are glittered.  I think I will be cleaning up glitter for a long time!  Hop  on over and take a look at all of the other great cards!

Friday, October 7, 2011

Operations Julie's Smile

Welcome all of you hoppers!  Thank you for joining in on the fun to help the sweet Julie Ranae!  You should have arrived from Alison Spellman's fabulous blog.  If you got lost along the way (which is easy to do, this is a BIG blog hop!) head back to Sweet Stamp Shop's Blog.  What is Operation Julie's Smile you ask.  Well here is all of the info you need to help out Julie AND be eligible to win some awesome prizes.

The creative blogging community is coming together this weekend to help one of our friends, Julie Ranae.  You may know her as the Design Team Coordinator for many wonderful companies from bakers twine, die cuts, rubber stamps and more.  What many people don’t know about Julie Ranae is that she has had some pretty major dental surgeries in her lifetime due to medication she had to take as a child.  It was in her plans to think about having all of her teeth  replaced at some point in the next 5 years, a decision that was pretty easy to plan out.  But then it happened…she chipped her front teeth on a weekend a month ago. The dentist told her there was no way to save them & that it was his recommendation that she give in and have them all her teeth removed soon, but for that day, they needed to get her front teeth done so her gums could begin to heal. He said he would 'work out payments with her to have ALL this work done...but when she called to make her appt for the first step of impressions, they told her the amount of money that was needed and that the 'payments' applied only to the two teeth that were extracted that day. Her husband Paul was with her & that too, was his understanding as well. So this is how she has found herself in this situation…Needing at least $4000 to get started and another $3000 to finish the process…a total of $7000.

Nicole Rixon, owner of Sweet Stamp Shop put together this benefit after finding out about this situation and before Julie Ranae knew it, it took flight!  Because she is an event organizer by trade, she has taken on the job of organizing all of the blogs in this hop as her way of ‘working overtime’ for what she needs, the same as if she were able to work overtime at an outside job to pay for the work to be done.  It is the goal of all of these generous friends & sponsors to help make this situation more do-able for our friend so that she can share a brand new smile with all of us soon.  If there is anything you can do to help with a financial donation, there is a donation button ready for you to click on my sidebar.  Any amount is appreciated and ALL DONATIONS will be eligible for prizes from our sponsor pool of over $2500. Holy Cow that is a lot of prizes to give away!

*Prizes will be drawn for the following*
1. For blog comments left
    2. From Paypal donation list
3. For blog hop hosts 

We have a lot of blogs in this hop but don't worry you have all weekend to make comments!  The hop will last from Friday Oct. 7th 8:00am EST until Sunday Oct. 9th 11:59pm EST.       

I can't imagine what it must be like to not have your front teeth!  When I first heard this story I knew I wanted to help.  Julie has always been very supportive of me and offered words of encouragement when I was frustrated.  If anyone deserves our help it is her.  Okay, enough with all of my talking(writing).  I figured since the Sweet Stamp Shop was sponsoring this hop that I would use some of their fantastic stamps!  When I saw this stamp set I knew I HAD to have it!  So many possibilities!  I wanted to make the smaller gnomes peeking out from behind the bigger gnome so I did a little masking.  I paper pieced all of the clothes on the gnomes and the mushrooms.  I cut out the frame with my Silhouette.  The girl's dress is patterned paper from Echo Park and the rest is from My Mind's Eye.  I then used the cute border stamp to frame the sentiment and to finish it off.

Her is a closer look.

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope all of you are having fun seeing these great projects and any donation you can give to help Julie would be greatly appreciated!  Now head on over to Elizabeth Tonkins-Agea's blog!  Happy hopping!

Saturday, October 1, 2011

World Card Making Day Part 2

I'm back for another post of a few of the cards that I have made.  I have had these poinsettias hanging around in my stash for a few years now and I decided that now was the perfect time to use them!  Instead of the brads they came with I put a few small pearls in each one.  The patterned paper is from Echo Park and Basic Grey. 

 I did a lot of embossing on this card.  I embossed the sentiment, frame, and edges in silver(it shows up white in the picture but it's silver) and then I die cute the snowflake and added some ribbon.  Easy Peasy!

Okay enough with the Christmas cards, it's time to celebrate!   Heehee.  I loved  die cutting these candles and using some stickles on the flames!  I love sparkle! The tag was cut with my Silhouette.  I wish I could tell you where I got that ribbon. I would buy more myself if I knew, it's so pretty!

I had to do a card with more sparkle!  I was in a sparkly mood!  I die cut this heel and the tags with my Silhouette.   The sentiment is from PTI and I embossed it in silver. 

Well I have to run!  So many cards to make, so little time!  I hope you are enjoying your creative day!

World Card Making Day!!!

 Welcome to my post for World Card Making day!  If you want to see the list of all the participants click on the logo on my sidebar.  Well my plans for World Card Making Day have changed.  I found out yesterday that I have to work most of the day.  Boo!   I had planned on making cards with my daughter most of the day and posting the fun cards that we created.  I still plan to make cards today but I'm not sure if I'm going to be able to post them.  Here are some cards that I made in preparation for the blog hop...

For this reindeer card I pulled out my trusty Silhouette.  I cut out the reindeer and then stamped it with VersaMark and embossed it.  I stamped the background with a text stamp in VersaMark and stamped some swirls in a green.  I then took the brads and stamped gold ink on them and embossed them with clear embossing powder to seal the gold in.  A little distressing and I was done!

This next card is a very CAS card.  I cut out the wreath with my Silhouette, added a few Stickles for the berries.  The Stampin' Up sentiment is embossed and I added a few pearls and ribbon to finish it off.

I can't wait to see what everyone has created!  There are some really talented ladies on the list for the blog hop!   I hope everyone has a great day getting crafty!  Happy World Card Making Day!

Friday, September 30, 2011

Happy Fall!

I'm back with another card for the Market Street Stamps Block Party!  I have been having so much fun with the Autumn Greetings stamp set!  This time around I used the adorable scarecrow.  I have been wanting to create this card for awhile now and was finally able to sit down and start creating.  I paper pieced the scarecrow with some fabulous paper from My Minds Eye and then I took raffia and cut fringe to stick out of the scarecrows clothes.  I am so pleased with how this little guy turned out!  I love all of the detail on this stamp and it stamps so well!  It is still hot over here in Boise but I hope everyone else is enjoying great fall weather!  Maybe if I continue to create fall cards the weather will follow!  Happy Fall!

Market Street Stamps Block Party!!

Are you ready to party?  I know I am!  It is time for the Market Street Stamps Block Party!  I created this card last night just for fun and then when I got up this morning I saw that it was time for the block party, what perfect timing!  This card took a little time to create but I had so much fun doing it that it didn't matter!  I started by cutting out the truck and the tags with my Silhouette.  The background paper is from We R Memory Keepers.  On this card it made me think of a sunset.  I stamped the pumpkins on some great patterned paper from My Mind's Eye and then paper pieced them.  The stems were stamped on kraft cardstock and then I inked the leaves with some green ink.  I then took some jute and pulled it apart to get the look of hay in the bed of the truck.  I stamped the greeting on the tag, inked it up, added some brads, and there you have it! I hope you enjoy it!

Here is a closer look at the "hay" and the pumpkins.