Thursday, July 30, 2009

Perfect Package Halloween Set

Hi everyone! My Mom asked me to make a set of Halloween cards similar to this card that I made last September. I made her a set of six cards and packaged them all up in one of Taylor's Perfect Package Card Boxes. You can see full photos here on the Stamp a Sweet Impression Blog.

Oh, and a quick update...I'm on week four of my fitness program, and I'm down 7.5 pounds. More importantly though, my pants/shorts are more loose and people are starting to make comments that they can *see* a difference. Yay!

Monday, July 27, 2009

Sweet Angels Landing

Hi all! Here's another card with the Mini Bears and Birds set from Angels Landing. I made this card for Cindy Haffner's Dare to Get Dirty Challenge on SCS. The chocolate and caramel circles behind the main image are each up on separate layers of foam tape. The bow was tied with my Bow Easy.

It's the end of the month, so this will be my last post as a guest designer for Angels Landing....However, it will NOT be the last time I use these sweet images. Judi, thank you so much for inviting me to be your guest designer this month. You've been an absolute pleasure to work with and I've had so much fun working with your images. They're truly beautiful! {{hugs}}

Stamps: Angels Landing Mini Bears & Birds
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Creamy Caramel, PTI Select White, Basic Grey Porcelain DP
Copics: YR21, YR24, E13, E35, R22
Accessories: SU Ribbon, Bow Easy, Circle & Scallop Circle Nestabilities, Foam Tape
Card Size: 5" Square

See ya soon!

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Trick or Treat

Hey again, I'm back with another card for Susan's (rainy) DTGD Challenge. For this one, I used my new JustRite Witch Way to the Treats Set and 1-3/16" wooden stamper. The natural plaid ribbon was tied with my Bow Easy, and I added some orange stickles to the pumpkin's eyes, mouth, and dots above the leaves. The card base is Prism Intense Amethyst.

Stamps: JustRite Witch Way to the Treats
Paper: Prism Intense Amethyst, PTI True Black, Prism Smooth White, Luxe Color Me Spooky DP
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Copics: YR15, YR21, G24
Accessories: May Arts Natural Plaid Ribbon, Circle Nestabilities, Rectangle Nestabilities (panel on inside of card), Labels One Nestabilities, Orange Peel Stickles, Bow Easy

Enjoy your Sunday!

Take Flight

Here's a card I made for Susan Roberts' and Bonnie Sharp's DTGD challenges on SCS (I accidentally posted this to my blog before I was supposed to, so I had to delete it and reschedule it for today. Soooo sorry about that if it's showing up in your Google Reader twice or if you were one of the people that left a comment and now you don't see's because I removed the entire post). Big fat goof-up on my part. The Gina K butterflies are up on foam tape, so is the vertical panel with the brads. The Sunshine brads are from Pink Hedgehog Paper Crafts...I think they're a great match to the SU Crushed Curry.

Stamps: Gina K Take Flight
Paper: SU Crushed Curry, SU Always Artichoke, PTI Select White, SU Autumn Traditions DP
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, Crushed Curry, Soft Suede
Accessories: Ribbon, Bow Easy, Labels One Nestabilities, Sunshine Brads, Foam Tape

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Perfect Package Card Box

Have you seen Taylor's new Perfect Package Card Boxes? Seriously, these things are AWESOME...if you try them, you will NOT be sorry. They're so nice and thick, and they fold up without any adhesive, scoring, or anything. Check out Taylor's video tutorial HERE.

I made this box for my daughter, who is going through a tough time right now. All stamps are from Taylored Expressions, everything was stamped in black craft ink and heat embossed with clear EP. I used specific elements on my box to fit in with Jami Bova, Jen del Muro, Laurie Schmidlin and Amy Sheffer's Dare to Get Dirty Challenges.

I left the box empty. I figured she can put it on her dresser or in her nightstand to keep special things that mean a lot to her, jewelry, photos she wants to scrapbook...stuff like that.

Stamps: TE Faith & Hope (sentiment), TE Beary Special (bear), TE Beary Special Accessories (flower)
Paper: SU Night of Navy, PTI Dark Chocolate, MME French Flea Market DP, Watercolor Paper
Ink: Black Craft Ink, Soft Sky, Pacific Point, Basic Brown, So Saffron, Wild Wasabi, B39 Copic (to color the pearl)
Accessories: Clear Embossing Powder, Oval and Scallop Oval Nestabilities, Blue Silk Ribbon, Bow Easy, Spellbinders Tag Trio, Kaiser Craft Pearl, Martha Stewart Cornice Punch

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, July 24, 2009


Here's a card I made for Kim Teasdale's Dare to Get Dirty Challenge (note: the link will only show up for you if you're an SCS Fan Club Member).

The Large Poinsettia by Holly Berry House was stamped four times on watercolor paper with black craft ink, heat embossed with clear EP, watercolored with my new 815 Tombow Marker (I've been wanting to try these markers for a long time, finally went and bought a couple..I like 'em!) and some Angel Wings Shimmerz paint. The bottom layer of the poinsettia is glued down with regular adhesive, the three layers above that are each up on foam tape. White Kaiser Craft Pearls were added to the center of the top layer.

Stamps: Holly Berry House Large Poinsettia
Paper: PTI Raspberry Fizz, SU Whisper White, PTI True Black, Watercolor Paper
Ink: Black Craft, 815 Tombow
Accessories: PTI Raspberry Fizz Ribbon, Paper Piercing Tool & Mat Pack, Watercolor Brush, Angel Wings Shimmerz Paint, Kaiser Craft Pearls, Foam Tape
Card Size: 5" Square

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Dare To Get Dirty

Hi everyone! The lovely Cindy Lawrence is hosting today's Dare To Get Dirty Sketch Challenge and I'm honored to be one of her sample makers! Thanks so much, Cindy!

*Note: you have to be an SCS Fan Club Member to view the challenges*

Some details about my card...the white circle with the main image is up on foam tape and so are both punched butterflies. Taylor's Tiny Twinkles are glued down to the main image with Diamond Glaze. The main image and circle sentiment behind it were stamped in black craft ink and heat embossed with clear EP. The flowers and "A Laugh is a Smile that Bursts" sentiment from the JustRite Friendship set is stamped on Vintage Silver Lustre CS, the black butterflies are punched from Onyx Mica/Metallic CS, and the pierced white layer behind the small butterfly trio is Retro Silver Lustre CS.

Here's a close-up:

Stamps: JustRite Friendship Set
Paper: Prism Blush Medium, Onyx Mica/Metallic, Retro Silver Lustre and Vintage Silver Lustre CS, Daisy D's DP
Ink: Black Craft
Copics: G24, G28, YR15, YR21, YR68, R02, R22, BG10, BG15
Accessories: SU Beautiful Butterflies Die, Martha Stewart Butterfly Punch, Martha Stewart 3-in-one Butterfly Punch, Martha Stewart Doily Border Punch, Circle Nestabilities, Taylor's Tiny Twinkles, PTI Summer Sunrise Ribbon, Ornare Piercing Tempate and Piercing Tool, Foam Tape, Clear Embossing Powder, Diamond Glaze
Card Size: 4.75" Square

Hope you'll join us in the challenge on SCS!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009


Here's a card for Weekend Sketch 98 using my Bubs Beaver set from Our Craft Lounge. The chocolate scallop oval is up on foam tape. Next is a pic of the inside:

Stamps: OCL Bubs Beaver
Paper: Old Olive, Chocolate Chip, Prism Smooth White, SU Cottage Wall DP
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Memento Cocoa
Copics: G40, G21, G28, BG10, C1, E31, E33, E35E41, E42, E43, E93
Accessories: Brown/White Striped Ribbon, Bow Easy, Oval and Scallop Oval Nestabilities, Brown Brads, Foam Tape

....and here's a second card with Bubs:

This layout is Jen's latest Sketch For You to Try. The main panel, embossed white panel, and sentiment tag were both sponged with Pretty in Pink. The main panel, scallop mat behind it, and sentiment tag are all up on foam tape. I colored in the heart, flowers, and Bubs' freckles with my Sakura glitter pen.

Inside of the card:

Stamps: OCL Bubs Beaver
Paper: SU Soft Suede, PTI White, SU Pretty in Pink, SU Autumn Traditions DP
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Pretty in Pink
Copics: E25, E31, E33, E35, R11, RV13, G21, G28, 0
Accessories: Sakura Glitter Pen, SU Pink Ribbon, Bow Easy, Rectangle and Scallop Rectangle Nestabilities, Spellbinders Tag Trio, Foam Tape, 1-3/8" Circle Punch, SU Elegant Bouquet Texture Plate, Sponge, Square and Scallop Square Nestabilities (inside)

The annual Dare to Get Dirty Challenges begin tomorrow for SCS Fan Club Members, and I'll be back tomorrow with a sample card for one of the challenges. It's gonna be fun! Hope you're a Fan Club Member so you can play along!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Shimmery Strawberries

Hey all! Here's a card I made for Fall-to Layout 51 and today's Timeless Tuesday challenge, which is to add Shimmerz. Does the sentiment look smeared?...well, it is. Ugh! Note to self: sponge the edges and THEN stamp the sentiment...or be patient and make sure the ink is totally dry on the sentiment before sponging.

I cut out four strawberries and two flowers from a second image to give it the out-of-the-box look. Four strawberries are up on foam tape, the two flowers are just glued down with plain ole' adhesive. The edges of the card base and Labels One panel are sponged with Soft Sky ink. Angel Wings Shimmerz was added to the leaves and strawberries.

Stamps: Flourishes Strawberries
Paper: PTI Select White, Prism Smooth White, SU Bella Rose DP
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Soft Sky
Copics: G40, G21, G24, G28, R00, R22, R35, RV29, RV95
Accessories: Black Plaid May Arts Ribbon, Bow Easy, Foam Tape, Labels One Nestabilities, Corner Rounder, Sponge, Angel Wings Shimmerz Paint

Have an awesome day!

Monday, July 20, 2009

Bear Hug

(If you've come to see the OCL Spotlight Set of the Week, scroll down to the next blog post.)

Oh my gosh, I LOVE this sweet bear! He's a digital image from the Mini Bears and Birds set at Angels Landing.

The bear is printed on white CS from the computer, colored with Copics, and sponged with Bashful Blue and Certainly Celery inks. I added some Angel Wings Shimmerz in that pink/peach area around his nose and mouth, and added a tiny bit to the centers of the ears. The white scalloped mat is up on foam tape. The layout is SCS Sketch 237 from last Wednesday.

Here's the inside of the card. The "Need a Hug?" sentiment is also from the Mini Bears and Birds set. The tag and white panel are sponged with Bashful Blue ink. The white panel was embossed with the Elegant Bouquet texture plate from SU.

Digital Images: Mini Bears and Birds
Paper: SU Soft Suede, SU Autumn Traditions DP, White
Ink: Bashful Blue, Certainly Celery
Copics: E00, E41, E42, E93, G40
Accessories: SU Soft Suede Ribbon, Rectangle and Scallop Rectangle Nestabilities, Chocolate Kaiser Craft Pearls, Foam Tape, Angel Wings Shimmerz, SU elegant Bouquet Texture Plate, Spellbinders Tag Trio

Thanks for stopping by!

OCL Spotlight Set of the Week

Hi everyone! This week's OCL Spotlight Set of the Week on the OCL Forum is Life's a Beach. It's such a great set for making quick, summery cards that I thought I'd make a set of four cards and package them all up in a PTI clear box. Here's the picture of the cards. The layout is from my awesome fellow OCL-teammate, Charmaine. It was her Weekend Sketch #87 from a few weeks ago:

...and here's the picture of the cards inside the decorated box:

I think I could have fit eight cards in one of these clear boxes, but because I made my bows pretty *floofy* and wanted them to have some room, I just made a total of four cards to fit inside. The sentiment tag is up on foam tape under the bow. I added a small dot of yellow Stickles to the centers of all the flowers.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Stamps: Life's a Beach (Our Craft Lounge)
Paper: Baja Breeze, Kraft, Parisian Breeze DP
Ink: Memento Cocoa
Accessories: Ribbon, 1-1/4" and 1-3/8" Circle Punches, Foam Tape, Yellow Stickles, Spellbinders Tags Trio, Corner Rounder Punch, Circle Nestabilities, Bow Easy, PTI Clearly Creative Box

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Note cards for Mom

My mom will be retiring in August so I made her a gift set of six monogrammed note cards using my new JustRite Damask set from Stamper's Dream. I also decorated up a clear box for her to keep them in. Here's a picture of the clear box. The green circle is Herbal Garden Medium. I added some green mini flower rhinestones above and below the letter L.

There are a total of six cards, two of each design. The layout of all six cards is Karen's Sweet Sunday Sketch. On each card, the white monogram circle and the mat circle behind it are up on separate layers of foam tape. The larger Prism White circles were all embossed with my Butterfly Impressabilities template and then sponged with Pretty in Pink ink. The white scallop border behind the Porcelain DP on all six cards was done with a Victorian Piercabilities die. Bows were tied with my Bow Easy.

Here are pictures of each card. The green mat behind the monogram on this one is Herbal Garden Medium. Green mini flower rhinestones were added above and below the letter L.

On the next one I used clear mini flower rhinestones on the monogrammed circle, and the mat behind it is Baby Pink Light (same as the card bases).

The green mat on the last one is Spring Willow Medium and I used the green mini flower rhinestones again.

Stamps: JustRite 1-3/16" Damask Centers & Bonus Font
Paper: Prism Baby Pink Light, Prism Spring Willow Medium, Prism Herbal Garden Medium, Prism White, Basic Grey Porcelain DP
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, Pretty in Pink
Accessories: Circle Nestabilities, Butterfly Impressabilities, Victorian Pierceabilities, PTI Sweet Blush Ribbon, White Satin Ribbon, Foam Tape, Sponge, Bow Easy, Mini Flower Rhinestones, Diamond Glaze (to glue down rhinestones), Clear Box

Oh, and thanks to those of you who helped me get my *butt in gear* yesterday! It took me until mid afternoon to go to the gym, but I *did* finally make it there! :)

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Lotsa frogs!

I'm sooo tired today! My cousins and I went to the Nickelback concert yesterday in Hershey...AWESOME concert!!! Totally amazing!....we didn't get home until 12:30 and then this a.m. the animals woke me up early to be let out and fed. I'm dragging.....but it's worth it. We had such a great time!

I made this quick card for Fall-to Layout 50 using my Bubs Beaver and Just Bugz sets from Our Craft Lounge. All six circles with the frogs are up on foam tape. You can also get the Just Bugz set at Stamper's Dream.

On the inside of the card I embossed some flowers in the lower right-hand corner with my new SU Elegant Bouquet texture plate. Sorry that I don't have a picture...I couldn't get a clear one.

Stamps: OCL Bubs Beaver, OCL Just Bugz
Paper: PTI White, SU Cottage Wall DP, PTI True Black
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, G30 and R11 Copics
Accessories: Black Gingham Ribbon, Foam Tape, Circle Nestabilities, SU Scallop Border Punch, SU Elegant Bouquet Texture Plate, Bow Easy

Have an awesome day! I have so much to do today and I sooooo need to get the gym, but I'm having a hard time getting motivated...tell me to get my butt in gear or something, would ya? LOL!


Thursday, July 16, 2009

JustRite Thinking of You

Hi everyone! There are some new JustRite products in the Stamper's Dream store. The cards I'm showing you today feature the new Thinking of You set. All this week, the Dream Team has been showing projects using all the new stuff, and there will be more to see tomorrow! The full schedule for this week is at the bottom of this post.

I got on a roll when I was working with these new stamps, and ended up making two cards to show you today. Both are 4.25" square cards. The first one is this pansy card.

The main image and the lavender mat behind it are up on separate layers of foam tape. The edges of the white oval and scallop ovals were sponged with lavender lace ink. Yellow mini floral rhinestones were added to the centers of the flowers and in the pierceabilities pattern with a small dot of Diamond Glaze.

The next one is this bouquet card.

Again, the main image oval and the lavender mat panel behind it are up on separate layers of foam tape. A clear mini flower rhinestone was added to the center of the bow. The bouquet was stamped in black craft ink and heat embossed with clear EP, the floral border was stamped in white craft ink and heat embossed with white EP. The large lavender lace panel that the ribbon is attached to was run through my Cuttlebug with a Spellbinders Butterfly Impressabilities template.

...and here's the schedule for this week so you can see what each member of the Dream Team has made using the new stuff from JustRite:

Monday ~ Cammie, Michelle, Amy
Tuesday ~ Charmaine, Tosha, Laurie, Michelle
Wednesday ~ Tosha, Michelle, Laurie
Thursday ~ Cammie, Laurie , Amy , Michelle, and me
Friday ~ Kim, Cammie, Michelle

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Stamps: JustRite Thinking of You
Paper: Textured Lavender Lace, PTI Select White, Creative Memories DP (old)
Ink: Black Craft, White Craft, Lavender Lace
Copics: V91, BV000, BV02, BV04, G21, G24, G28, G30, Y38
Accessories: Spellbinders Butterfly Impressabilities, Victorian Pierceablities, Bow Easy, Lavender Silk Ribbon, Oval and Scallop Oval Nestabilities, ZVA Creative Mini Floral Rhinestones, Diamond Glaze, Clear Embossing Powder, White Embossing Powder, Sponge
Card Size: 4.25" Square

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Angels Landing Blog Hop

Hi everyone! Today the Angels Landing team is having a blog hop to show you two new sets, Marching Band 1 and Marching Band 2. If you've come here by way of Alma's blog (Stamping Mutt), then you're right on track with the hop. If you want to start at the beginning of the hop or see the master list, click here on Judi's blog (Angels Landing Digital Stamps).

I used Marching Band 1 on my card today. The main image, music notes, and sentiment on the inside of the card are all part of this new set. I printed the trio of animals on Kraft CS and colored them with prisma pencils and gamsol. The music notes were also printed on Kraft CS and I traced over them with my black spica glitter pen. The sentiment tag and the black matting behind the main image are up on foam tape. The bows were tied with my Bow Easy.

Here's the inside of the card:

Digital Images: Angels Landing Marching Band 1
Paper: SU Kraft, PTI True Black, Old SU Designer Paper in Apricot Appeal and Barely Banana
Accessories: Black Plaid May Arts Ribbon, Bow Easy, Spellbinders Mega Deckled Rectangles, Spellbinders Tag Trio, Foam Tape, Prisma Pencils, Gamsol, Blending Stumps
Card Size: 9.25" long x 4" high (to fit in a regular #10 envelope)

Okay, now head on over to Cheryl's blog (Sweet Designs by Cheryl) to continue with the blog hop!

Oh!....some quick fitness babble....I got weighed on Monday at the gym and I lost 4 pounds during my first week!! Yay! Have you ever heard of adding a cucumber slice to a glass of water? It was a tip in this week's section of my binder. I just tried it yesterday...It may be more of a smell thing than a taste thing, but I like it! Anything that helps get all that water in, right?

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Grow Miracles

Hi everyone, I have a quick card to show you today using my Faith & Hope set from Taylored Expressions.

The frame was made with my Spellbinders Polka Dot Frames die and the butterflies were cut with my SU Beautiful Butterflies die. Both butterflies are up on foam tape. The "butterfly trail" was done with a Victorian Pierceabilities template and I added some bling with the mini rhinestones and adhesive gems. With all the dies, this card came together in less than 20 minutes...gotta love that!

Here's the inside where I added some more piercing with the Victorian Pierceabilities and butterflies with my Martha Stewart 3-in-1 butterfly punch.

Stamps: Taylored Expressions Faith & Hope
Paper: PTI Select White, Prism Papaya Puree Dark, Misc Yellow DP from Mike's
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black
Accessories: Taylored Expressions Ribbon, Orange Adhesive Gems from TE Beach Bum Key Ingredients, Taylor's Tiny Twinkles, Spellbinders Victorian Pierceabilities, Spellbinders Polka Dot Frame, Foam Tape, Martha Stewart 3-in-1 Butterfly Punch, Ornare Piercing Tool, Diamond Glaze (to glue down tiny twinkles)

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Monday, July 13, 2009

Chatty Birds

Hi all! I spent the weekend with my daughter at the beach...ahhhh, the beach! Love it there! I even got up at 6 a.m. yesterday morning and went for a walk along the water...threw in a couple VERY short jogs too (oh my!). I've always wanted to get up early and go for a walk along the water by myself..finally did it! {smile} We did those old-time photos while we were there too, dressing up as flapper girls and posing next to an old car. Too fun! It's funny that my card is all about two birds reminds me of ALL the talking my daughter and I did this weekend.

So anyway, today I want to show you another card I made using images from the SUPER adorable Aussie Animals set from Angel's Landing. Can you tell I love this set? It's so cute! Four birds were printed out on PTI white CS, two were cut out and popped up on foam tape. The grey mat circles behind the birds are also up on foam tape. The sentiment was sponged with bashful blue ink.

These birds are called Kookaburras.....isn't that just FUN to say?! Hee! Anyway, I had never heard of them until the fabulously talented Kathy (Wattle) gave me a little Aussie bird lesson after she saw my Angels Landing card last week. Kookaburras are native Austrialian birds, their calls sound like they're laughing (loudly), and they're typically golden brown and white, but some have blue on their wings and tails...oh my, *I'm* very chatty today, huh? Back to the card....

The polka dot frame is a Spellbinders that I got from Taylored Expressions and it's cut/embossed on DP from the June Key Ingredients Subscription Kit. I added a second one on the inside of the card too. The bow was tied with my Bow Easy.

Here's a close-up:

Digital Images: Angel's Landing Aussie Animals
Stamps: TE Year of Sweet Sentiments
Paper: PTI Select White, MME Feeling Groovy DP, SU Basic Grey
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, Bashful Blue
Copics: B21, B24, W1, W3, 0
Accessories: Spellbinders Polka Dot Frame, Spellbinders Tags Trio, Basic Grey Wisteria Button, Blue Thread, Sponge, Circle Nestabilities, Blue Satin Ribbon, Foam Tape, Bow Easy

Thanks for stopping by!