Sunday, June 26, 2011


Hey guys. I’ve decided that after three years of DT work, it's time for me to give it up and just go back to crafting for fun when (and if) I have time. This may seem sudden, but it’s not…it’s something I’ve been thinking about and going back and forth on for over six months now. While I still like coloring images and making cards, it’s not as much of a priority as it used to be. My heart just isn’t in it like it once was. Other things need my attention and I want to focus on those things, get away from being on the computer so much, and not have so many things on my "to-do list" all the time.

I consider myself very lucky to have had to chance to be a part of Penny Black, Our Craft Lounge and the Sweet Stop Sketch team. They're such awesome teams with such nice people….I think it's the reason I struggled so long in making this decision to step away. I can't thank them enough for their generosity and allowing me to be a part of their teams.

For all of you who visit my blog, thank you, too!! Your support and friendships mean a lot to me. I still plan to make cards and post here to my blog, so I hope you’ll still visit me. I just might not have as many posts each month and I won’t be posting as a DT member (at least for a long while)...I'll just be crafting and posting for fun. :)


Saturday, June 25, 2011

Sweet Stop Sketch 114

Hi all, it's Sweet Stop Sketch time! Here's my card using OCL's Sandy Sunsets.

The oval panel was sponged with Ballet Blue and Close to Cocoa inks, Stickles were added to the sand, and the whole thing was popped up on foam tape.

Stamps: OCL Sandy Sunsets Paper: October Afternoon Seaside DP, PTI Vintage Cream and Kraft Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, Ballet Blue, Close to Cocoa Accessories: Twine, Oval Nestabilities, Stardust Stickles

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Sweet Stop Sketch 113

It's our Sketch with a Spin Week over on the Sweet Stop Blog. This month's "spin" is to make a circle card. Hop on over to the blog to check out the's a cool one!

For my card, I used OCL's Sandy Sunsets. The palm tree was stamped in onyx black, I kept the die in place and sponged Tangerine Tango all around the square, and then matted it against the black CS. Pretty simple card...and I made it SUPER bright orange using some Penny Black Mix & Match CS.

Enjoy your weekend!

Stamps: OCL Sandy Sunsets Paper: PTI Vintage Cream and True Black, Penny Black Fall Festival Mix & Match CS Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, Tangerine Tango Accessories: Circle and Scallop Circle Nestabilities, Square Nestabilities, Ribbon, MFT Small Scallop Edge Die-namics

Monday, June 13, 2011

Stamper's Dream & Friends Blog Hop!

Welcome to the Stamper’s Dream and Friends Blog Hop! I had so much fun hopping along in last month's hop that I jumped at the chance to join the fun again.

For my card today, I got to play with this adorable Stampavie image, called Josephine cuddling her pet cat Kiki. Sweet image, huh? The sentiment is from my MFT Essential Sentiments clear set. I added Stardust Stickles to Josephine's hat band and belt.

Stamps: Sarah Kay Josephine Cuddling Her Pet Cat Kiki, MFT Essential Sentiments Paper: PTI Vintage Cream, Berry Sorbet and Kraft; Patterned Paper Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black Copics: 0, BG0000, BG11, E00, E11, E25, E31, E41, E42, E43, W1, W3, R22, R35, R81, R83, R85 Accessories: Berry Sorbet Ribbon, Crochet Lace Ribbon, MFT Flower Die-namics, Stardust Stickles, Word Window Punch

Of c
ourse, Michelle has some awesome BLOG CANDY up for grabs in today's hop that's hidden on one of the blogs. None of us know which designers have the blog candy so in order to enter, you'll need to leave a comment on each and every one. The winners will be announced on Michelle's blog on Thursday evening, June 16th as well as on the blog that had the hidden be sure to check back to see who the winner could be you! Here's a photo of what's up for grabs...

...and's the list of amazing designers participating in today's hop....

Becca Feeken
Michelle Rodgers
Laurie Schmidlin
Amy Sheffer
Denise Marzec <--- that's me!
Tosh Leyendekker
Mona Pendleton
Cindy Lawrence
Silke Ledlow
Arlene Cuevas
Charmaine Ikach
Mariana Grigsby
Lea Lawson
Joan Ervin
Teresa Kline
Jeanne Streiff
Kellie Fortin
Christina Fischer
Jo Thompson

Have an awesome day! :)

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Sandy Sunsets

Hi all! I'm combining today's Sweet Stop Sketch #112 with OCL's Challenge #69, which is a color challenge to use blue, yellow and a neutral.

The main image with the palm tree, yellow circle sentiment, and bottom cloud are all up on foam tape. The clouds have little touches of Stickles. The palm tree was stamped in black craft ink and heat embossed with clear EP, and the edges of that panel are sponged with Cool Caribbean ink.

Have a good one!

Stamps: OCL Sandy Sunsets Paper: PTI Vintage Cream and Lemon Tart, October Afternoon Seaside DP Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, SU Black Craft, Cool Caribbean Accessories: Yellow Twill, MFT Cloud and Small Scallop Edge Die-namics, Rectangle and Circle Nestabilities, Clear Embossing Powder, Stardust Stickles, Foam Tape

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Circle Card

I'm back with one last "fun fold" project for this week's reader challenge on the Penny Black Blog. This time I went with a simple circle card. The Purple scallop card base was made with Penny Black Purple Mountain Mix & Match CS and Stickles were added on random parts of the Mimi image. Thanks so much for stopping by!

Stamps: Penny Black Flowers for Mimi
Paper: Neenah White, Penny Black Purple Mountain Mix & Match CS
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Copics: BG0000, BG11, E00, E11, E25, E31, E35, E51, Y15, YR04, YR21, W1, W3, W5, BV000, BV02, BV04, B00, B02, B05
Accessories: Circle and Scallop Circle Nestabilities, Loop Ribbon, Stardust Stickles

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Corner Bookmark

Hi all, for my second "fun fold project" on the Penny Black Blog, I chose one of my favorite things to make....a corner bookmark. I used a combination of Penny Black stamps, stickers, and mix & match papers. Direct product links are in the supply list at the end of my most.

If you'd like to see a tutorial on how to make these corner bookmarks, click HERE.

Don't forget to hop on over to the Penny Black blog and get details on how you can win some free Penny Black stamps, just for playing along in our weekly challenges. I'll be back tomorrow with one more "fun fold" project.

Stamps: Penny Black 30-066 Eat Cake
Stickers: Penny Black 10-194 Flower Field
Papers: Penny Black Coral Reef Mix & Match, Neenah White
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Copics: 0, R000, R00, R81, R83, R85, G21, G24, G28, G40, YR15, YG91, YG95, E41, E42, E43
Accessories: White and Pink Ribbons, Spellbinders Border Die, Circle Nestabilities, Foam Tape

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Sliding Pop-up

Hi all, it's my turn to host this week's reader challenge on the Penny Black Blog and I've decided to work with "fun folds." For today's project, I made a sliding pop-up card using THIS tutorial from Splitcoast.

I thought this would make a cute card for my youngest to give to her kindergarten teacher on her last day of school. I colored the Garden Treats image with Copics and added Stickles to the tools, shovel, grass, and whiskers. Stickles were also added to the die-cut sentiment cloud. I used Clear Skies and Fall Festival Mix & Match CS colors as well as some white embossed Rosebud Background Paper, all from Penny Black. Here's what the card looks like when it's folded flat...

I'll be back tomorrow with another "fun fold" project featuring Penny Black stamps! :)

Stamps: Penny Black 4134K Garden Treats and 30-014 Salutations
Paper: Penny Black Floral Embossed White, Neenah White, Penny Black Clear Skies and Fall Festival Mix & Match Papers
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Copics: 0, E31, E33, E35, E37, E41, E42, E43, E57, YR21, YR68, Y11, Y38, B0000, B00, B02, B05, W1, W3, W5, G21, G24, G28, R20, R22
Accessories: Circle Punch, Circle Nestabilities, MFT Cloud Die-namics, Scor-Pal, Scor-Tape, Stardust Stickles, White Sharpie Paint Pen

Sunday, June 5, 2011

OCL Challenge #68

The girls on the OCL Blog posted a CASE Challenge for this week. I chose to CASE this beautiful wedding card by Lori Tecler using Bird and Groom again.

The circle and scallop circles are up on foam tape. An extra bell was stamped, cut out, and also popped up on foam tape. Here's a close-up...

Thanks for stopping by and have a GREAT day!

Stamps: OCL Bird & Groom Paper: Pink Pirouette, White, Stampin' Up DP Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black Copics: W1, W3, W5, W7, BG0000, BG10, R81, R83, R85 Accessories: Pink Ribbon, Leaf Embossing Folder, Circle & Scallop Circle Nestabilities, Foam Tape, Crochet Lace Ribbon

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Sweet Stop Sketch 111

Hi all, it's Sweet Stop Sketch time and I'm using my OCL Bird & Groom set.

For white on white cards like this, I try to use a lot of foam tape on the layers so they stand apart more. Both hearts, the circle with the cake, scalloped circle, and large heart/congratulations panel are all up on separate layers of foam tape. Stickles were added to the "pearls" on the cake image and actual silver pearls were added to the flower centers.

Enjoy your Saturday!

SUPPLY LIST ~ Stamps: OCL Bird & Groom Paper: White, Penny Black Hearts White Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black Copics: BG0000, 0, W1, R000, R00, R11, R20 Accessories: May Arts Crochet Lace Ribbon, MFT Heart Die-namics, MFT Small Scallop Edge Die-namics, Foam Tape, Silver Pearls, Stardust Stickles, Circle and Scallop Circle Nestabilities

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Sneak Peek of Slow & Steady

Hi all! It's sneak peek / new release time at OCL and I'm hopping along with a bunch of the girls on the DT today. If you've come here from Deb Felts' blog, then you're right on track with the hop. To start at the beginning and catch peeks of ALL the new sets, head over to the OCL Blog.

The card that I'm showing today features stamps from the brand new set called Slow & Steady. Check it out....

Isn't that turtle cuuuuute?! Hehe! The matted brown circle is up on foam tape and I added Stickles to the balloons, gift, and his "freckles."

Okay, NEXT up in today's sneak peek hop is Heather McNally!

Thanks for stopping by and have fun checking out the new sets! Don't forget, just for leaving comments during today's sneak peeks or tomorrow's release day blog hop, you'll be entered to win some of the new OCL sets. I won't be participating in tomorrow's blog hop, but you can head to the OCL Blog in the a.m. and follow along in the blog links. :)

Stamps: OCL Slow & Steady Paper: Kraft, Chocolate Chip, White, Cosmo Cricket Wanted DP Copics: Y00, Y11, Y15, YR23, R20, R22, R24, R27, G20, G40, YG03, YG63, YG67, YG91, YG95, BG10, BG11, BG13, BG49 Accessories: Brown Baker's Twine, Wide Ric Rac Ribbon, Circle Nestabilities, Foam Tape, Stardust Stickles