Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Gel-a-tins: Thanksgiving #2

I'm back from vacation, which is why I've been so quiet.  I'm so thankful that we had some good family time, so I thought I would show you some more Thanksgiving projects from a new set from Gel-a-tins.

My first project was some napkin rings.  Who doesn't need napkin rings at Thanksgiving time?!  It's the perfect time to dress up your table, and these fun Thanksgiving images are a wonderful way to do that.
 Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper:  Imaginisce-Apple Cider, buttercream
Accessories:  Copics, dimensionals, Labels Nestabilities, napkins

My next project is a simple card that could be used as an invite to Thanksgiving dinner, or just a note of thanks.  It uses the fun symbols that remind us of Fall. . .mmmm, pumpkin pie!
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Crumb Cake
Paper:  Bazzill Saltillo, buttercream, Imanginisce-Apple Cider
Accessories:  Copics, green gingham ribbon, dimensionals

Be sure to check out the Gel-a-tins blog for inspiration almost everyday!

PLUS, Gel-a-tins is having a DT call. . .you could be the next Gel-atina!  Check it out HERE!

Friday, August 26, 2011

Taylored Expressions Sketch #145

It's the 4th Friday of the month making it Taylored Expression Sketch Challenge time over at Splitcoaststampers!  I LOVED this sketch!

I decided to use my Friendship Blooms from Taylored Expressions.  This set is great because it has a couple of wonderful matching dies too!  I used the Friendship Blooms Die set and the Leafy Branch Die.  The little dots in the set coordinate perfectly with a 1/2" circle punch as well.
 Stamps:  Friendship Blooms
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, SU Baja Breeze, SU Dusty Durango
Paper:  CDS Cottonball White, MME Honey Cake 
Accessories:  Friendship Blooms Die, Leafy Branch Die, dimensionals, Labels 8 Nestabilities

Here are the details on how you can win a prize by playing along with the sketch:

1. Create a card using the sketch as inspiration. Feel free to switch up the shape or size of your card. As long as your project follows the general sketch, you’re good to go! You may play as many times as you want. Each upload will be entered into our weekly drawing, so the more you create - the better chance you have of winning the PRIZE!

2. Upload your project to Splitcoaststampers before 8pm PST on Thursday, September 8th using keywordTESC145. Feel free to come back to the thread and link your creation, however, make sure you’ve uploaded it using the correct keyword as that’s how we’ll choose the winner.

Now go check out the rest of the TE Sketch Crews creations for more sketchy inspiration:
Guest Stamper: AmberKelly

Now let's see what you can make!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Gel-a-tins: Thanksgiving

Have you had a chance to head over to the Gel-a-tins blog and play along in their challenge?  If not, head on over HERE to play.  They are giving away a great set to one lucky participant.  Here are a couple of cards made with a great new Thanksgiving set.
 Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, CDS Spring Leaf, CDS Tempting Turquoise, CDS Fresh Papaya
Paper:  buttercream, blue, MME - Gertie, unknown brown
Copics:  E31, E33, E11, E13, BG72, G94, R32
Accessories:  Rhinestone brads, pink ribbon, brown skeleton, lace border punch, dimensionals

And here is one more card showing off this fun set!
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper:  buttercream, SU dp, SU Dusty Durango
Accessories:  Copics, fibers, MFT Open Scallop Die-namics, Circle & Labels 1 Nestabilities, button, teal ribbon

Be sure to check out the Gel-a-tins store to see what's new and check out all of their fun goodies!

Sunday, August 21, 2011

CDS Blog Hop: These are a Few of My Favorite Things

Welcome the the Clear Dollar Stamps Monthly Blog Hop!  The theme for our hop this month is

These are a Few of My Favorite Things

You should have made your way here from Stacy's blog.  If you just happened upon my blog, you'll want to go back to Lori's blog at the beginning.  You certainly don't want to miss the opportunity for some PRIZES, do you?!

Since the theme was 'favorite things', I decided to make a card with cake on it and some yummy frosting. . .for a party!  Yup that would definitely be a favorite for me!  I used a couple of new stamps from Clear Dollar Stamps called 'you take the cake' and Birthday Cake Slice.  Notice how I covered that yummy piece of cake in some delicious frosting. . .a.k.a. liquid pearls?!
Stamps:  Birthday Cake Slice, you take the cake
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper:  CDS Tropical Mist, CDS Cottonball White, BG Hello Luscious
Accessories:  Prismacolor & gamsol, Hello Luscious buttons, Espresso Liquid Pearls, red twine

I hope you're remembering to comment along the way, because there are a couple of prizes to be won!  Now that you're done here, you'll want to head to Christi's blog for more crafty goodness!

Friday, August 19, 2011

Clearly Inspired Challenge #34

It's the 3rd Friday of the month, meaning it's time for another Clearly Inspired Challenge over at Clearly iStamp!  The challenge this time around is to 

use Scripture on your Card

That is easy enough, right?!  I chose to use one of the new sets from Clear Dollar Stamps called Assemble Together.  I used the Heavy Cottonball White cardstock from CDS so that my Copics wouldn't bleed through the back.  That stuff is awesome for someone like me, who enjoys a great CAS now and again.
Stamps:  Assemble Together
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper:  Heavy Cottonball White from CDS
Copics:  B23, B34, YG63, YG67, YG61, E42, E43, E44, Y02, R24, BV08, and airbrush
Accessories:  Copic Mask-It

Come on over to Clearly iStamp and join us!  You know you have some scripture you're just itching to ink up!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

It's my Baby Girl's 10th Birthday!

My baby is 10 today. . .no more single digits :(  This morning we headed to the Military I.D. office to her her first official Military I.D.  It's a big deal in the life of a military kid. . .the day you get your I.D.  

I have a lot of nicknames for my daughter, and one of those names is 'Lovebug'.  To make her birthday card I used 2 different Paper Smooches sets. . .Giddy Bugs & Sentiment Sampler.
Stamps:  Giddy Bugs & Sentiment Sampler
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, CDS Bubble Gum
Paper:  July TE KI Kit
Accessories:  Fancy Tags Nestabilities, corner rounder, dimensionals, July TE KI Kit, Copics, Icicle Stickles

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Taylored Expressions August Blog Hop

It's time once again for the Taylored Expressions Blog Hop!  This month's theme was Collectors Anonymous, which is perfect for just about any of us, hehe.  I went ahead and used my Collectors Anonymous set, because it was perfect for the theme!  Sankari gave us a wonderful sketch to work with too.

That sentiment makes me giggle, because while I try not to hoard I may be guilty of it when it comes to stamps ;)
Stamps:  Collectors Anonymous
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper:  BG Sweet Threads, CDS Cottonball White, Bazzill pink
Accessories:  Copics & airbrush, BG buttons, Tags Trio & Labels Nestabilities

Check out what the rest of the ladies have made for this fun theme, and sign up for next month's hop. You could be featured or even win a stamp set!!

A CPS Sketch

My nephew is turning 16 in a few days, and I can hardly believe that he will be that old.  I remember bragging to all of my friends the day he was born, holding him, and even helping him with his first haircut.  He just shouldn't be that old!

I used the sketch from CPS and one of my favorite Paper Smooches sets called Spiffy Scooters to make his card.  No, it's not a car which is why he'll find this funny, haha.  
Stamps:  Spiffy Scooters
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Vintage Photo Distress Ink
Paper:  buttercream, BG Wanted
Accessories:  Copics, glossy glaze

Thanks for stopping in!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

The 2nd Post of the Day :)

I have a lot of Sweet Threads paper from Basic Grey, and what better way to use than to make duplicates?!  I can always use cards like this (assuming I actually will send them out).  I used the Crafty Creations sketch to go a little nuts making a set of cards. However, I didn't read that the sketch was actually supposed to be used in conjunction with a male themed birthday.  Oh well, it was a great sketch anyway.

Each card uses the same set from Paper Smooches:  Fruitastic.  It has quickly become a favorite of mine.
Stamps:  Fruitastic
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, SU Crumb Cake, SU Kiwi Kiss
Paper:  July TE KI Kit, BG Sweet Threads, buttercream
Copics:  RV34, RV55, RV11, YG01, YG03
Accessories:  sponge, Magenta Viva Pearl Pens (from CDS), dimensionals

Thanks for stopping by again!

An Eat, Sleep, Stamp sketch!

It's been a few days since I've posted something, but I have been a creative crazy person, haha.  I have made things all weekend, but I am just now getting to posting, because we have been pretty busy otherwise.  The other day, I received an amazing set in the mail from The Angel Company courtesy of Kerry Urbatch!  She has a monthly color challenge on her blog, and she offers up a prize to a lucky winner.  I happened to be a lucky winner :D  You need to go check out her latest challenge!

I used Tracey's sketch to get me going!
Stamps:  Blessed are Those
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, CDS Fresh Papaya, CDS Red Velvet Cake, SU Crumb Cake
Paper:  BG Hello Luscious, buttercream
Accessories:  Oval Nestabilities, sponge, CDS Elegant Accents Die, red buttons

Thanks for stopping in!

Friday, August 12, 2011

Taylored Expressions Sketch 144

I am so excited to announce that I am one of the newest members of the Taylored Expressions Sketch Crew!  I am so very excited about it, because I love the TE Stamps and Taylor is just such a sweetie.  Let's get to the sketch!

I decided to use one of my newest Taylored Expressions sets called In the Clouds.  It's such a great set with lots of fun uses.  One of the things that I've learned about myself is that I may be a card maker, but I am not always a card sender, lol.  This set even has a sentiment for a missed birthday :)

This set has a great coordinating die to go with it called Blimps and Banners Die.  I also used the Cloud Border Die, the Cloud Duo Die, and the Clouds Impression Plate.
 Stamps:  In the Clouds
Ink:  SU Certainly Celery, SU Crumb Cake, Memento Rich Cocoa
Accessories:  TE Cloud Duo Die, TE Cloud Border Die, TE Blimps and Banners Die, TE Clouds Impression Plate, sponge, pink bling, corner chomper, dimensionals

Here are the details of the sketch so you have a chance to win a prize:
1. Create a card using the sketch as inspiration. Feel free to switch up the shape or size of your card. As long as your project follows the general sketch, you’re good to go! You may play as many times as you want. Each upload will be entered into our weekly drawing, so the more you create - the better chance you have of winning the PRIZE!

2. Upload your project to Splitcoaststampers before 8pm PST on Thursday, August 25th using keyword TESC144
3. You’re not required to use TE Stamps on your project, but we love it when you do! And if you’re drawn as our weekly winner and you’ve used TE Stamps on your project you’ll get a little sumpin’ sumpin’ extra

Be sure to head to THIS Splitcoaststampers thread to get all the details on the prizes.

Now head on over to the rest of the Sketch Crew's blogs for some more sketch inspiration:
Guest Stamper:  Dawn

Thanks for stopping by!  I can't wait to see what you come up with for this sketch :D

Thursday, August 11, 2011

A little Congratulations Plant

Good Thursday morning, my friends!  I have a fun Paper Smooches card to show you that I made using the Mojo Monday Sketch.  I also used the color inspiration from the August PS Sparks challenge.  This card was made with 2 different Paper Smooches sets: Sentiment Sampler & Perky Plants.  I paired it up with some Basic Grey Hello Luscious paper.
Stamps:  Perky Plants & Sentiment Sampler
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, SU Bermuda Bay
Paper:  SU Bermuda Bay, buttercream, BG Hello Luscious
Accessories:  Copics, dimensionals, Peacock & pink Liquid Pearls, SU Bermuda Bay ribbon, scallop border punch

Be sure to come back tomorrow, because I'll have a fun announcement to share :D

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

A new Monthly Challenge

Starting today, there is going to be a new monthly challenge over at the gel-a-tins blog.

This month's challenge is to use your gel-a-tins stamps to make an embellishment for your project!  That sounds easy enough!

One entry per person.
Must link project up through the widget in this post, and project must use only gel-a-tin stamps (no other manufacturers stamps, please).
Projects are due by midnight EST on August 30, 2011.  Winner will be selected by random drawing and announced on August 31, 2011.

I can't wait to see what you make!

Monday, August 8, 2011

My Anniversary Card

Yesterday was my husband's and my 12th wedding anniversary.  We celebrated by going out to dinner, shopping, and then going to the movies.  I really don't remember the last time we did that, but it was so much fun.  

This was the card I had made for my husband using a Paper Smooches set called Sugar Rush.  I was inspired by the August Sparks challenge, which was a picture inspiration challenge.  I used the colors and the bling to inspire me.  He gave me a card too, and he said it just killed him to have to buy a card, lol.

These images were fitting for us, because we are really quite laid back.  The best kind of 'rings' for us are the doughnut rings, hehe.

I finished it off with this adorable sentiment on the inside:  You make Life sweet.

Stamps:  Sugar Rush & Word Up
Ink:  CDS Hot Cocoa, Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper:  MME Lush, buttercream, unknown brown
Accessories:  Copics, glossy glaze, beads, dimensionals

Check out the August Sparks challenge

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Post #4. . .last of the Dare to Get Dirty

Well, this is the last of the Dare to Get Dirty challenge cards from Splitcoaststampers.  I had so much fun, and now look forward to it every year.  

This adorable Cuppie took care of 3 different challenges.  This set is called Udderly Sweet from Taylored Expressions.  You all know I love me some Cuppie :)
 Stamps:  Udderly Sweet
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, SU Crumb Cake
Paper:  buttercream, CC Garden Variety, unknown green
Accessories:  Copics & airbrushing, oval cutter, dimensionals, Rectangle, Tags Trio, & Square Nestabilities, silver pen

My final card was made for just one challenge.  I used a set from MFT called You Mean the World.  That set was given to me by my BFF, Christi, and she does mean the world to me.
Stamps:  You Mean the World
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper:  buttercream, OA Thrift Store, CDS Sweet Cheeks, CDS Pineapple Twist
Accessories:  Labels 17 & Tags Trio nestabilities, blue buttons, dimensionals, Copics & airbrush

Thanks for stopping by and baring with all of my DTGD posts!

Even more Dare to Get Dirty challenges. . .post 2 of the day

This certainly is not the last of the Dare to Get Dirty challenges.  They were happening over at Splitcoaststampers for Fan Club members, so you won't get much details other than supplies :)

This card was made for 2 of the challenges.  It uses a new set from Clear Dollar Stamps called Elegant Accents.
 Stamps:  Elegant Accents
Paper:  July TE KI Kit
Ink:  SU Rose Red, SU Crumb Cake
Accessories:  Scor-pal, CDS Elegant Accents die, crocheted butterly, Baker's Twine, rhinestone brad, dimensionals, sponge

This next card was made for 2 of the challenges as well.  It uses an older CDS stamp called Pansy FOM, and it uses a couple of newer stamps:  celebrate, Elegant Accents Ovals.
Stamps:  Pansy FOM, celebrate, Elegant Accents Ovals
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, SU Cocord Grape
Paper:  CDS Cottonball White, SU dp, SU Concord Grape
Accessories:  D'vine Swirls embossing folder, CDS Oval dies, circle cutter, paper piercer, Concord Grape ribbon, dimensionals, copics

Thanks for stopping by!

More Dare to Get Dirty. . .

 Today is actually my anniversary, and I did make a cute card for the hubs so hopefully I'll show you later.  Right now I have more Dare to Get Dirty challenge cards to show off.  This morning I'll show you three.

The first one was made with 4 challenges in mind, and if you've seen any of my other DTGD challenge posts you know I can't really share the challenge.  Sorry :(  They are special challenges for Splitcoaststampers Fan Club members.  My first post gives details on how you can become a member.  This card uses 2 different Clear Dollar Stamps stamp sets:  Bold Bouquet & Pansy FOM.
Stamps:  Pansy SOM, Bold Bouquet
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, SU Real Red, SU Ridinghood Red, Versamark
Paper:  SU River Rock, CDS Night Eclipse, buttercream
Accessories:  clear embossing powder, CDS Pinking Border die, red ribbon, red button, black thread, sponge

This next set of stamped things are bookmarks.  These bookmarks only take care of one of the challenges.  They use some new sets from Clear Dollar Stamps:  Elegant Accents Tag Frames, good job, makin' the grade, proud of you, and the new die set, Elegant Accents Dies.
Stamps:  Elegant Accents Tag Frames, good job, makin' the grade, proud of you
Ink:  CDS Red Velvet Cake, CDS Hot Cocoa
Paper:  buttercream, Imaginsce - Apple Cider
Accessories:  Elegant Accents Dies, sponge, PTI impression plate, green buttons, staples, brown ribbon, tags

The final card in this post fulfills 3 of the challenges.  It uses the Berry Happy Hedgehog set from Clear Dollar Stamps.
Stamps:  Berry Happy Hedgehog
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper:  unknown red, buttercream, Imaginisce - Apple Cider
Accessories:  Copics & airbrushing, buttons, brown & orange ribbon, dimensionals, distressor

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, August 6, 2011

A Couple more DTGD Challenge cards

As promised (or as hoped) here are a couple more Dare to Get Dirty Challenge Cards!

This first one uses the Sugar Rush set from Paper Smooches, and I was able to tackle 5 of the challenges with this card alone!  I was pretty impressed with myself :D
 Stamps:  Sugar Rush
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, SU Soft Suede
Paper:  SU Apricot Appeal, buttercream, SU Soft Suede, CDS gray
Accessories:  Swiss Dots Embossing folder, TCP Icing die, Oval cutters, Copics, dimensional glaze, dimensionals, MFT Rolled Rose Die-namics, shimmer spritz, glitter pen

My next card was made using the Swanky Snowdudes from Paper Smooches, and is a unique card in that it was made from a tutorial that was only available to DTGD participants. . .sorry gals :(  Go to the post below this to find out how to become a Fan Club member :)  I was able to finish 2 more challenges with this card!

Stamps:  Swanky Snowdudes
Paper:  SU dp, CDS Cottonball White, SU Real Red
Ink:  SU Wild Wasabi, SU Real Red, Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories:  Copics & airbrush, Scor-pal, red ribbon, Square & Scalloped Square nestabilities, dimensionals

You know there will be a lot more to see over the next couple of days!

You are Berry Sweet

Good morning!  Hopefully this post will mark the first of  a few today.  I'm trying to really crank out some Dare to Get Dirty Challenges that are going on over at Splitcoaststampers for Fan Club members only.  It's easy to become a member, and the perks are wonderful.  Go HERE to find out how to become a member.

This card uses a new Paper Smooches set called Fruitastic.  I made it for 3 of the DTGD challenges:
I can't give you details, but they were all fun :)
 The blueberries were watercolored with my Tombows. . .such a fun way to color.
Stamps:  Fruitastic
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black
Paper:  BG Kraft, CDS Worn Parchment, CDS Deep Sea
Accessories:  Tombows, black gingham ribbon, circle cutter, dimesionals, black embossing powder, white gel pen

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, August 5, 2011

Clearly Inspired Challenge #33 -- Things with Wings

It's the first Friday of the month, and you know what that means. . .a new Clearly Inspired Challenge!  Today's challenge is called 

Things with Wings

That's easy enough!  All you have to do is make something with the main image having wings and then link it back to Clearly iStamp for your chance to win.  Be sure to read the guidelines on the post.

I used the July SOM called A Time for Tags from Clear Dollar Stamps to make my CAS card.  I had a couple of the Dare to Get Dirty Challenges from Splitcoaststampers in mind when I made this card and envelope.  Those are challenges for Fan Club Members. . .check out the details HERE.
Stamps:  A Time for Tags
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Ridinghood Red, Tangerine Tango, Crushed Curry, Kiwi Kiss, Pacific Point
Paper:  CDS Cottonball White
Accessories:  corner chomper

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, August 4, 2011


Well, I made a mistake. . .crazy, huh?  I had made these cards over the weekend for the Paper Smooches Sparks challenge for July.  I guess time got away from me, because the cutoff for the challenge was yesterday :(  Oh well.  I like the cards so much that I figure I will show them anyway.  I used 2 sets from Paper Smooches called Hang Ups and Word Up.  

I guess since I missed the challenge, I will go ahead and enter them for the Paper Smooches Guest Designer.

Stamps:  Hang Ups & Word Up
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Vintage Photo distress ink
Paper:  July TE KI kit, CDS Cottonball White
Copics:  BG23, BG15, R20, R22, YG03, YG95
Accessories:  circle cutter, buttons, twine, dimensionals, Swiss Dots embossing folder, sponge

I have lots more to show, but it may have to wait for the weekend.  I've been working hard on my Dare to Get Dirty Challenges that are only open to Fan Members over at Splitcoaststampers.  Fun, fun!!  Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, August 1, 2011

Gel-a-tins: Witchy Poo #2

Is it really August?!  Where has the year gone?!  With it now being August, that means that Fall is around the corner, which means that Halloween is not far behind.  I showed a couple of cards made with the adorable Witchy Poo set from Gel-a-tins.  Today, I'll show a couple more cards with that same set.  The witch is so sassy looking!  I just love her!  As soon as this set is available, you'll be the first to know.

The first card is a simple CAS card to really show off how darling that witch is.
 Stamps:  Witchy Poo
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, SU Crumb Cake
Paper:  SU Pumpkin Pie, CDS Pineapple Twist, CDS Night Eclipse
Accessories:  Fabric Thickers, Copics, sponge, MS picket fench punch, twine, TE Clouds Duo

This next card is a fun one, because it is a Shadow Box Card using the Witchy Poo set.  Those really are fun cards to make, and it made making this scene so and easy.
Stamps:  Witchy Poo
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black
Paper:  unknown purple, BG Eerie
Accessories:  black embossing powder, circle cutter, Scor-pal

Just about every day, there are new things being shared on the Gel-a-tins blog.  Be sure to stop by and check out all of the new things being released!