Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Another sketch challenge

This is a card I made for another card sketch challenge. I absolutely love how it came out. The colors used are kiwi and star spangled blue. I found the name of this paper - MOD, I think by Foof a La. This is my prezzibella. Finally bought some bellas. I think that I need more! I used the CTMH Sewing stamps and It's a Party stamp set. I paper pieced her pants!

I then made this pocket card. I used my CTMH Friendship Blessings stamp set. On the inside, I don't know where I got this sentiment stamp. I used my Cuttlebug flower dies to cover up a smudge and I used my SU punch.
Don't you just love these colors.

Don't forget. There is still time to enter the BLOG CANDY! See two posts below for details. Thanks for looking!
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Monday, July 30, 2007

Beate's Weekend Sketch

For the first time ever, I decided to try Beate's Weekend Sketch.
The images are from a CTMH stamp set, I think it's called It's a Birthday. The colors used are Kiwi and Star Spangled Blue. I don't know who makes the background paper but I love it. A great tip - you can go to your local scrapbooking store and purchase paper a la carte for like 60 cents a sheet. I made like 7 cards with this one 12x12 paper! I'll be showing them on my website as I have time.

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Saturday, July 28, 2007

Blog Candy Alert

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Friday, July 27, 2007

More Blog Candy!

As Promised here is more blog candy. Sorry the pic is so dark, I had to take it at night. I swear my baby never sleeps! I'm giving away this very cool black craft tote, it has tons of pockets for storing stuff. My craft area is just too small for it. I'm also including some cool sticker embellishments. This candy is only open to US and Canadian friends. I don't this will fit in a global priority envelope! To win, please leave a comment on this post, with a link to your favorite card. It can be on your own blog or someone else's. Just looking for some inspiration! Please just one comment per person, blog candy closes midnight on Tuesday and I will pick the winner on Wednesday, August 3. Pin It Now!

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Rockin' Girl Blogger!

How Fun, I rock! I was nominated by Jill
To keep the chain going, I have to nominate 5 Rockin' Girl Bloggers. Here are my five:
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Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Blog Candy Winner

Annouk! You are the winner. Please email me so that I can get your prize out to you! Another blog candy will be announced on Friday so be sure to check back then, it's a pretty good one!

Thanks to everyone who played and left comments. People really like Basic Gray and SU/CTMH, there were some other suggestions of paper that I haven't really used so thank you for those suggestions, I will be checking them out! Pin It Now!

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Easy Cards and an Easy Tip

The easy tip for Tuesday is simple. When building a card - use white cardstock for your card base. White cardstock is easy and fairly inexpensive to buy in bulk. When I was an SU demo, whenever I used a colored cardstock for the background of my card, I would cut a full sheet of cardstock cut it in half and then fold using the colored cardstock as my card. By building your card on white - you will use half as much colored cardstock - with SU prices going up this will save you money. Also, I found it was so hard to actually write anything inside the cards that used the colored cardstock, especially if it was a dark color. This way, you always have a nice white space to write or stamp in! I learned this tip from CTMH.

So I've been trying to use up what I had. I just found a ton of beautiful Brenda Walton stickers so I decided to make some easy cards. My mom always buys those cards from Costco and these cards remind me of those. I plan on packaging these up and giving them to her. I made probably close to 75 cards and the ones below are the ones I liked the best.

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Saturday, July 21, 2007

Blog Candy!

How Exciting, I'm almost at 1500 hits! So I think that it's time for some blog candy. I have so much extra stuff and stamp sets that I never use, that I plan on purging by giving away blog candy every couple of weeks or so....so be sure to keep checking back. This time I am giving away a 12x12 K and Company, Brenda Walton paper pack. I used maybe 30 sheets of this beautiful paper so there are about 70 sheets or so left! I'm also giving away the CTMH acrylix stamp set A Little Bee. I just never use it and with the new catty coming out, I need to make room!

All you have to do to win is to leave me a comment on this post (1 comment per person please!) what your favorite designer paper is! I love paper and would love to expand my horizons. You have until midnight Tuesday, July 24 to leave a comment and I will use the random number generator thingy to pick a number and post a winner on Wednesday, July 25.

Here is a card that I made to use up some notecards that I had. Yep, my goal is to use up what I have because it really is hard to justify buying more when I have so much stuff lying around! I used a retired wood bee stamp set from CTMH, my cuttlebug embossing folder and sunny yellow and black for the colors.

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Wednesday, July 18, 2007

July Sketch Challenge

This card was a sketch challenge from CTMH Friends a Yahoo group I belong to. I really didn't care for the sketch but after creating my card, I don't think it was too bad. My card came out cute and I sent it to my Aunt with a picture of my baby.

I used my trusty Friendship Blessings stamp set. The colors are Amethyst, Crystal Blue and Sweet Leaf.

I've been so busy I didn't tell you all what I did last weekend. First, I went to a Stampin' Up garage sale. I actually found out about it on the one of many blogs that I read every day. It was only 15 minutes from my house. I bought a ton of stuff including some retired paper and scrapbooking stuff so very cool.

Then I went to the Rubber Stamp Convention in Carson. I was kind of disappointed. It seemed really small this year. The vendors that I usually like to visit weren't there this time. I don't know if the Internet has cut into their business and companies/vendors don't see a need to do little conventions anymore or if scrapbooking has taken over and rubber stamping is now a secondary market...all I can say is that I've been going for 10 years and this was the smallest and dinkiest convention yet!

Anyway, as usual thanks for checking me out.

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Monday, July 16, 2007

Masculine Challenge

This is a card that I made for Tracy's sketch challenge. It has to also be a masculine card.I think that it came out really nice and it's a good way to use up border stickease!
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Sunday, July 15, 2007

Amuse challenges - Last Chance Challenge

The last chance challenge was to revisit a challenge that you were not able to do. I wanted to do the pocket card challenge but didn't have time yesterday to complete it. So here it is. All challenges done, wish me luck!
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Amuse challenges - New Stamps #2

This is my second and last card for the new stamps challenge. I used the same two stamps but used different paper and a different layout. I used my snowflakes cuttlebug for the gold paper.
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Amuse challenges - New Stamps #1

The next challenge was to create cards using new Amuse stamps. These stamps that I used for this challenge were purchased at a Rubber Stamp Convention last November but this is the first time that they've ever seen ink! So they are new to me!
I used my snowflake cuttlebug to emboss the red layer. I colored in my card using my Sakura glaze pens and my Sakura jelly pen to create the snow.
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Amuse challenges - Simple card #3

I used my tiny amuse ornament stamp, also part of the blog candy for this simple card. I used my Cricut and Mini Mongrams cartridge to make the scalloped circles. This is the last of the simple cards that I had time to make. Pin It Now!

Amuse challenges - Simple card #2

The above card uses CTMH's crystal blue paper. The stamps are Amuse. I actually won these stamps in blog candy about a week ago. I used my Sakura jelly roller pen to create silvery snow.
Then I used the same color scheme and created a simple card using the No Peeking CTMH stamp set.
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Amuse challenges - Simple card #1

Hello all,

I've been working hard on some amuse challenges. I want to win some prizes so these next posts will be listing some of the cards that I made so that I can link to their site!

The first challenge that I decided to participate in was simple cards using at least 1 amuse stamp.

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Friday, July 13, 2007

Shopping, shopping and more shopping

What am I doing? I'm on summer vacation until school starts in September and I don't get paid until September 30! I am expecting a retro check in August, hopefully but that's beside the point! I just bought a cuttlebug alphabet on Ebay (a steal at 9.99! plus 6 bucks shipping!) and a bunch of amuse stamps too! Then Ellen Hutson is having a sale celebrating Friday the 13th and I bought all of the Spellbinder oval and rectangle scalloped dies! I can make the circle and square ones on my cricut and I even have a scalloped edge for my carl cutter! But when you read on her site the comparison to buying the punches you will probably want these too! The space savings and money savings too! Plus you can emboss with them! I will be using them in my cuttlebug! Then I bought a cute strawberry stamp and copic markers! She had them in sets but buying them individually I was able to get 21 of the markers that I would most likely use!

If you haven't visited her site Simple dreams you should. Tons of great ideas and it was actually the first blog that I ever read! Ok so now I need to actually use the stuff I bought.
These are some scrapbook pages that I made for the Cherish challenge on CTMH Friends. I used the Baby Boy paper pack which I really don't like but I am trying to use up. I created some more stuff but my stupid camera batteries are dead and I'm charging them up. I swear they barely last any time at all! Anyway, I hope to be posting some more pics soon.
As always, thanks for looking.
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Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Hot Stuff

I have to say my philosophy on stamping has changed. When I was an SU demo I only bought SU product. Now that I am a CTMH demo and have read and viewed so many blogs my view has changed. I want to create things that I personally like and that sometimes means buying and utilizing products that are "contraband" (not CTMH). Inspiration comes in all forms and I have been so inspired by all of those bloggers out there - SU demos, CTMH demos and just those who love to stamp so thank you!

Having said that - I used my blog candy gift certificate to Eclectic Paperie to purchase the Hot Stuff stamp set from My Favorite Things and the new Basic Gray Infuse 6x6 paper pad. After receiving my beautiful set I went back and purchased a couple more! I absolutely love it. Anyway, I had a couple of thank you cards to make so I used Hot Stuff and the Infuse paper to create the card below. I used blush and chocolate CTMH cardstock and colored everything in with my Prismacolored pencils.
When I was creating this card, I made a fortunate mistake. I ran the main image through my sticker xyron (the tiny 150 machine! tip: buy this! It's cheap with a Michaels, Joann coupon and its fabulous for adhesive on tiny letters and small die cuts) and I put it in upside down. So instead of adhesive on the back, I had adhesive on the front. What to do? I dunked my image in sugar dust which is like tiny sparkling little beads. Sugar dust is made by Stamp La Jolla. I bought it years ago at a rubber stamp convention. You can't tell by the picture but it gave my image the most beautiful sparkly look! I also used this bubbley looking embossing folder for my cuttlebug.
Not to be outdone - I made another card using the same color scheme but this time with all CTMH products. The stamp set is All My love and the paper is More to Adore.
As always, thanks for looking!
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Sunday, July 8, 2007

Color Challenge

I hope that everyone had a nice weekend! I was very busy and did not have a ton of time to create. Hopefully this weekend will not be as busy. Today, I went to an Italian restaurant to celebrate my birthday with my close friends, which was very nice!

I did have some time to participate in a color challenge at CTMH Friends a Yahoo group. The colors to use were Dutch Blue, Vineyard Berry and Sunflower. I think that this is the first time that I've actually used my Sunflower ink pad. Anyway, this is what I came up with.

I only used the colors in the challenge and the stamp set Friendship Blessings. One of the commenters asked what my favorite CTMH stamp set is and right now this one is it. I only just really discovered it and have found that no matter what I do with it, my cards always look beautiful. As always thanks for looking! Pin It Now!

Friday, July 6, 2007

Wedding Cards

Hello everyone! I hope that you all had a safe and happy Fourth of July! I went to my sister's house for a small family barbeque. Our city is one of few that still let homeowners do fireworks so we bought a small box. My stepkids loved letting them off and the baby was in awe! Then we watched all of the illegal fireworks from a safe distance!
I received my lovely Flourishes Stamp set - it was blog candy! I created this card with it and sent it as a RAK. I colored in some of the swirls with cranberry twinkling h2o's and tied an organdy black ribbon.
I then stamped the flourishes in silver encore as a background. I embossed in white on vellum this cake stamp. I colored in the back with my sakura pens. I used a retired wood mounted wedding stamp set. I embossed the sentiment in silver. The picture looks like the ribbon and cardstock backing I used are in peach but it's actually blush and like a shade of pink.
The background I again stamped in silver encore. I then stamped the same cake stamp on white cardstock and colored in the image using my sakura glaze pens. I used the colors green and red. I used my cricut to create the mat for the cake in cranberry. I tied it off with a red ribbon and overlaid vellum. I also embossed in silver the sentiment. The picture did not come out very well, apparently vellum is too shiny or something. In person this card is really gorgeous and vibrant. Out of the three this one came out very nice!

I had intended to create a lot more today! I took my baby for pictures, went to the post office and then had a wonderful night out with my husband so I didn't have time! Hopefully more later!
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Thursday, July 5, 2007

Blog Winners!

Congratulations! We have winners! Denise has won the blog candy! Everyone was so cute about guessing my age! I just turned 34! Which happens to be my basketball jersey number in high school. I had 4 people correctly guess my age. NormaJ was picked and has won a CTMH booking set! Ladies please email me with your addresses. I hope to get to the Post Office tomorrow! Thanks so much to everyone for playing and visiting my blog! I really appreciate it!

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Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Still time for Blog Candy!

Hi all, don't forget to comment on the July 1 post to win some blog candy. I'll be reviewing the comments and posting about them soon. HINT: The year I was born, I believe the Watergate trials began.
Sorry I haven't posted anything new but I've just been so busy! Went to Morton's on Saturday for a pre-birthday dinner, then lunch at the ESPN Zone at Downtown Disney for lunch and then back to Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen at Downtown Disney for dinner. I got a couple of very cute t-shirts (Roxy and Billabong), a giftcard to Michaels and this very cute Fossil purse which I love, love love!

My baby started hamming it up for the camera and I've been taking pictures of him non-stop. Everytime the red light flashes on my digital camera, he poses and smiles big!Isn't he gorgeous?

Anyway, I was talking about recreating the SU stamp camp stuff I made. Well we made a small purse that houses 3x3 cards. I didn't take a picture of the SU one because I didn't finish it. Here is my version using the Promise of Spring stamp set and paper pack:

A couple of things to note when making the purse out of our paper, it's very lightweight and is not as sturdy as some of the SU designer paper. On the SU purse, the demonstrator had us use velcro to keep it closed but I think that it would rip when opened if I used it here so I I had to be creative and used a brad and this whatamacallit, can't recall what it's called. I'm going to try and make another one but use regular cardstock and decorate it with our patterned paper instead.
These are the cards that I made to go inside. It took forever because it was like designing 6 cards! I think they came out cute. And since I already had this stuff out, I made a 6x6 card. I think that I'll give it to my Grandma for her birthday next month.

Thanks for looking. Hope you all have a Happy 4th!

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