Wednesday, July 28, 2010


Good morning! Well, I did it! I ran that 5K and finished....yay! My time was 38:15 (VERRRY slow, just like I thought it'd be....and probably considered pretty pitiful to a "real" runner), but I did run most of the way. I only walked a total of four minutes of that. Anyway, maybe I'll try it again next month and see if I can run the whole way. Thanks to everyone who left comments to cheer me means A LOT to me!

I made this card for today's Ruffles challenge on the MFT forum using my new Beach Bum cute! The card is 5" square and all the DP is from my Thrift Shop paper pack. The shovel, main image, and sentiment are all up on foam tape. The yellow ruffled ribbon was secured to the back of the red mat with some Scor Pal tape.

Thanks for stopping by! Tomorrow I'll be headed to CHA to hang out with my friend, Lori. This will be my first excited!

Stamps: MFT Beach Bum
Paper: Real Red, Vintage Cream, Thrift Shop DP (October Afternoon)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Copics: E00, E02, E31, E33, R35
Accessories: Ruffled Ribbon, Foam Tape, Word Window Punch, Square Nestabilities, Scor Pal Tape

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Patchwork Butterflies

Hey there! I was checking out Debbie Olson's blog and fell in love with this adorable quilted card (the third one in her post) so I just had to make something similar. I love those cute little bows she added where the squares intersect and I thought the little butterfly from my Night Owl set would work well.

My Cute Stamps and the October Afternoon papers are available at Stamper's Dream.

Today we're going swimming at my aunt's pool and then tonight.....if I can get rid of the butterflies in my stomach and find some freakin' confidence.....I'm going to try and run a 5K. If I do, it'll be my first! I'm a pretty slow runner so my only goal is to finish. I'll let you know if I actually did it or not. Eeek!

Stamps: Night Owl (My Cute Stamps)
Paper: Textured Barely Banana, Kraft, Thrift Shop DP (October Afternoon)
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, Close to Cocoa marker
Accessories: Foam Tape, Piercing Tool & Mat Pack, Melon Berry Ribbon (PTI)
Technique: Faux Stitching

Sunday, July 25, 2010


Good morning! Here's a card for Karen's Sweet Sunday Sketch #79...LOVE this sketch and I'll definitely be using it again. Stamps are Giving Flowers from Stampavie and Cherish the Memories from JustRite. The scallop oval is up on foam tape and so is the sentiment tag. I added some Stickles (of course, lol!) to the grass and in the centers of the flowers.

Have an awesome day!

Stamps: Stampavie Giving Flowers by Tina Wenke, JustRite Cherish the Memories
Paper: Vintage Cream, Kraft, My Mind's Eye Bella Bella French Flea Market DP
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black
Coloring: Prisma Pencils and Gamsol
Accessories: Vintage Cream Ribbon, Natural String, Foam Tape, Dew Drop glued down with Diamond Glaze, Spellbinders Tag, May Arts Ivory Crochet Lace Ribbon, Sewing Machine & Thread, Platinum and Eucalyptus Stickles, Oval and Scallop Oval Nestabilities
Card Size: 5" Square

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Beach Babe

Good morning! I have another Granny card to share with you today, using my Beauty & the Beach set. The layout is yesterday's OCL Friday Sketch #23.

Quick post for me today. Have a good one!

Stamps: OCL Beauty & the Beach
Paper: Real Red, White, Cosmo Cricket Garden Variety
Copics: BG10, W1, W3, W5, E00, E02, YR00, YR15, E41, E42, R22, R35, R59
Accessories: EK Success Wavy Dot Punch, Taylor's Red Polka Dot Ribbon, ZVA Creative Mini Flower Rhinestone, Word Window Punch

Friday, July 23, 2010

DTGD2010 - Orange Hibiscus

Hi there! Here's another Dare to Get Dirty card to share with you. This one is for Joan's challenge. Back when I was a dirty girl, one of the monthly themes was "colors of the rainbow" and I was lucky enough to team up with her to make all the orange cards for that month.....and she's been my "orange buddy" ever since. Love ya, Joan! I had so much fun with this!

The card also combines craftycaro and rsalamon's challenges. If you're a Fan Club Member on SCS, head on over to the DTGD Challenge Forum and check out the details of all the challenges. I think you have until August 1st to complete all the challenges and then you'll be entered to win a prize!

I'd been oooohing and aaaahing over these Verve hibiscus stamps for so long and wanted them so much.....and my good friend Dawn bought them for me for my birthday.....sooo incredibly sweet of her! The large white panel with the scored lines is up on foam tape, so is the oval and one of the hibiscus (the one in the middle). I added some orange peel stickles to the centers of all three hibiscus and added some orange mini flower rhinestones under the sentiment. Here's a close-up:

Have an awesome day!

Stamps: Verve Hibiscus and Heartfelt Thanks Plain Janes
Paper: White
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Apricot Appeal
Copics: YR00, YR21, Y38, YR04
Accessories: ZVA Creative Mini Flower Rhinestones glued down with small dots of Diamond Glaze (from Stamper's Dream), Foam Tape, Orange Peel Stickles, Oval Nestabilities, Wide Orange Ric Rac Ribbon (from Sharon's Ribbon Store), Scor Pal, Sponge

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

DTGD2010 - Julie's Challenge

Julie (justwritedesigns) Warner is hosting a Dare to Get Dirty Challenge today, and I'm so honored to be one of her sample makers. Thanks, Julie!! If you're a fan club member on SCS, be sure to check out her challenge and play along if you get a chance. FUN!

For my card, I used this sweet Jean-Luc Playing Ball with Claude stamp that I got from Stamper's Dream. The image was stamped in Versafine Onyx Black, colored with Prisma pencils, blended with Gamsol, and I added Stickles to the flowers, patches, collar, and ball. The Vintage Cream oval is up on foam tape and I did the ribbon pleating with Scor-Pal tape. The sentiment is from my Flourishes Violets set. It's a clear-set so I was able to "curve" the sentiment around the oval. The DP is Report Card by October Afternoon.

Have a great day!

Stamps: Stampavie Jean-Luc Playing Ball with Claude, Flourishes Violets
Paper: Kraft, Vintage Cream, October Afternoon Report Card DP
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black
Accessories: Orange Peel Stickles, Candy Cane Stickles, Ribbon, SU Ivory Hardware, Oval and Scallop Oval Nestabilities, Swiss Dots Embossing Folder, Foam Tape, Scor Pal Tape

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

DTGD2010 - Rainy's Challenge

Here's my sample card for Susan's (rainy) Dare to Get Dirty Challenge (the link will only work if you're a Fan Club Member on SCS) from yesterday. I used my OCL Pretty Petals and Say it with Flowers sets. The red matted panel with the bloom is up on foam tape and I added some Orange Peel Stickles to the center of the bloom. For the ruffled up ribbon, I followed Michelle's tutorial and used a piercing tool (brilliant, Michelle!).

If you're an SCS Fan Club Member, jump on in and play along....I had TONS of fun working with this one. Thanks for letting me be one of your sample makers, Susan!

Stamps: OCL Pretty Petals, OCL Say it with Flowers
Paper: Real Red, Lemon Tart, Cosmo Cricket Material Girl DP
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics
Accessories: Red Ribbon, Scor-Pal Tape, Bow Easy, Foam Tape, Orange Peel Stickles, Rectangle Nestabilities, Adhesive Bling

Monday, July 19, 2010

DTGD2010 - Girls & Gingham

Hi all! I'm hosting one of the Dare to Get Dirty Challenges today on SCS.

Here's my sample card where I used one of my favorite Sarah Kay images...Picnics of Daisies. Isn't she just SWEET? Love her! I got her from Stamper's Dream (this particular stamp is currently sold old, but Michelle carries a bunch of Stampavie images in her store...check it out!) I added some Stickles to her hat, hair bows, and on the yellow flowers she's holding.

If you're an SCS Fan Club Member, be sure to check out the DTGD challenge forum to see the GORGEOUS cards my sample makers, Dawn Easton and Dawn Burnworth, made for the challenge.....fantastic stuff, I tell ya!

Have an awesome day!

Stamps: Sarah Kay Picnics of Daisies
Paper: Kraft, Bashful Blue, SU pattern paper
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, Soft Suede marker (for the doodling)
Accessories: Prisma Pencils and Gamsol, Waterfall and Platinum Stickles, Brown & White 3/8" Gingham Ribbon, Bow Easy, SU Embossing Folder

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Jumpin' on the Twilight bandwagon!

Yep, took me long enough but I'm a Twilight fan! I watched the first two movies on DVD, went to the theater with my daughter to see Eclipse, and now I'm going back and reading all the books, beginning with Twilight...they're awesome!! I've been wanting to make one of these corner bookmarks ever since I saw Beate's tutorial so today I made time to make myself fun!

My bookmark is inspired by the New Moon book cover...

I used my Flourishes Thank You set (isn't this tulip a GREAT image to go with that book cover?! it!) I got my Flourishes set from Stamper's Dream. It's currently sold out, but Michelle carries lots of other sets in her store including the newest release. My tulip is stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black, colored with Copics, and I added some Diamond Stickles on the dark parts of the flower (after all, Edward sparkles like diamonds in the sunlight, right?...hehe!).

Hope you're enjoying the weekend!

Stamps: Flourishes Thank You
Paper: Black, White, Cosmo Cricket Honey Honey DP
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Copics: G40, G24, BG11, R11, R22, R35
Accessories: Martha Stewart Border Punch, Circle Nestabilities, Black Gingham Ribbon, Diamond Stickles, Stylized Flower Embossing Folder, Scor Pal, Scor Pal Tape

Saturday, July 17, 2010


Hey there! The Dare to Get Dirty 2010 Challenges have started over on SCS. If you're a fan club member, head on over and check them out.....FUN! I made this card for Bev's Challenge. My card is based on the show LOST. I know, the show is off the air but I just hadda make a card for was my all-time favorite show...EVER!

Remember Jacob's little run-down house in the jungle?....doesn't this image from OCL's Sandy Sunsets remind you of that? .....

Ooooooooh, spooky! I added some Platinum Stickles along the sand, sponged the main image with Sage Shadow and Creamy Caramel, and tattered up the edges....after all, everyone on that island looked pretty tattered, didn't they?

You can find Our Craft Lounge stamps at Inspiration Emporium.....and (eeks!) they're going to be selling some of my cards (including this one that I'm showing you today) in the very near future. I've never sold my cards before so this is all new and exciting to me!

Have a fantastic day!

Stamps: OCL Sandy Sunsets
Paper: Kraft, Black, Vintage Cream, Graphic45 On the Boardwalk DP
Ink: Black, Sage Shadow, Creamy Caramel
Accessories: Platinum Stickles, Hemp Twine, Piercing Tool & Mat Pack

Thursday, July 15, 2010

JR Week - Groovy Snowmen

...or in this case, a groovy snowgirl....I think she looks more like a girl anyway, don't you?

Have you checked out all the JustRite Christmas projects from the Stamper's Dream Team this week? Awesome stuff! Be sure to stop by Michelle and Laurie's blogs today for some more dreamy inspiration.

My card is a 5" square card. It features the new Groovy Snowmen set on the outside with the snowgirl and scalloped circle up on foam tape. The image is colored with Copics and I added some Stickles on the flowers and scarf. Here's a close-up...

...and here's a peek of the inside where I used the brand new Hearts Come Home set...

See ya!

Stamps: JustRite Groovy Snowmen, JustRite Hearts Come Home
Paper: Textured Blush Blossom, Vintage Cream
Ink: Memento Black, Copics
Accessories: Circle and Scallop Circle Nestabilities, Snowflakes Embossing Folder, Ivory Crochet Lace Ribbon, Vintage Cream Satin Ribbon, Foam Tape, Diamond Stickles, Martha Stewart Snowflake Border Punch
Card Size: 5" Square

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

JR Week - Holiday Cheer

Hi all! Can you believe we're half way through the year already? That means, we're half way to Christmastime.....yikes! I can't hardly believe it. I'm totally in summer mode right now....warm weather, flip flops, trips to the beach, and all that fun stuff....but, I have some brand new JustRite stamps to show you....some Christmas stamps!

The set I want to show you today is called Holiday Cheer. I decided to make a little glassine treat bag....there's a yummy chocolate brownie-covered pretzel (store bought) inside. Mmmmmmm....yeah, you KNOW I'm thinking about tearing into it! The snowflake circle is up on foam tape and the edges are sponged with Old Olive ink. I added some Eucalyptus Stickles to the snowflake and the dots around the Merry Christmas sentiment.

All the new JustRite Christmas sets are available at Stamper's Dream. Be sure to stop by Karen and Amy's blogs today because they also have some Christmas projects to share with you.

I'll be back tomorrow with a JustRite Christmas card.

Stamps: JustRite Holiday Cheer
Paper: White, I Wish DP (old Stampin' Up paper)
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, Old Olive
Accessories: Snowflakes Embossing Folder, 1" Olive Stitched Ribbon (from Sharon's Ribbon Store), Bow Easy, Glassine Bag (Papertrey), Circle Nestabilities, Eucalyptus Stickles, Foam Tape

Monday, July 12, 2010

Softer Wildflower Garden

Okay, so yesterday I made a *dramatic* red, white and black card with my Wildflower Garden stamps. Today I have a *softer* card to show you using the same stamps. After I posted my red, white and black card yesterday, I saw THIS BEAUTY from Leslie.....and then I had to RUN and play with my silhouette stamps again. I loved her CAS design with the two shades of purple so I just had to CASE her.....hope ya don't mind, Leslie. {grin} The sentiment is from my JustRite Baroque Nested Centers set.

Have a great day!

Stamps: Hero Arts Wildflower Garden, JustRite Baroque Nested Centers
Paper: Vintage Cream, K&Company Addison Blue Gingham
Ink: Lavender Lace, Brilliance Pearlescent Purple
Accessories: Ribbon, Bow Easy

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Wildflower Garden

Here's a card I made for Karen sketch #77 and Jessie's color challenge. I'm not at ALL happy with how this card turned out....BUT....I spent time on it so I'm posting it, lol! The silhouette image (called Wildflower Garden) is stamped in black craft ink and heat embossed with detail clear embossing powder, then I added small dots of candy cane stickles to the flowers. The card measures 3.5" x 6". Here's a close-up...

Hero Arts stamps are available at Stamper's Dream. Have an awesome day!

Stamps: Hero Arts Wildflower Garden
Paper: Black, Vintage Cream, Cosmo Cricket Hey Sugar DP
Ink: Black Craft
Accessories: Detail Clear Embossing Powder, Candy Cane Stickles, Sewing Machine & Thread, Martha Stewart Cornice Punch, 1" Red Stitched Satin Ribbon from Sharon's Ribbon Store

Friday, July 9, 2010

New OCL Butterfly Kisses

How about a little summer CHA sneak peek? The butterfly on my card today is from a brand new OCL set called Butterfly Kisses. If you have an Archivers near you, you can get this set now. It'll be released to other stores after summer CHA (end of this month).

The butterfly is colored with Copics and I added some Waterfall Stickles on the blue parts. I used the same colors on the butterfly that are in the DP in the background. The sentiment is from OCL's Giving Thanks set.

The layout is this week's OCL Friday Sketch.

If you get a chance to play along, be sure to stop by the OCL blog and link up your project so we can check it out!

Have a great day!

Stamps: OCL Butterfly Kisses, OCL Giving Thanks
Paper: Old Olive, Vintage Cream, So Saffron, Cosmo Cricket Early Bird DP
Ink: Memento Black, Copics
Accessories: Waterfall Stickles, Rectangle Nestabilities, Corner Rounder Punch, Sewing Machine & Thread, Blossom Nestabilities, PTI Vintage Cream Ribbon, Bow Easy, Mini ZVA Rhinestones glued down with Crystal Effects, Wide Olive Ric Rac Ribbon from Sharon's Ribbon Store

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Lollipop Girl

Hi all! Here's a card I made for today's MFT sketch on SCS....I finally got a chance to ink up Lollipop Girl (my first Pure Innocence stamp)! The matted main panel and the oval sentiments are all up on foam tape. I added some Stickles on the barrette, lollipop, and shoe buckles. Here's a close-up so you can see the sparkle:

We're having a major heat wave here in PA this the upper 90's and even into the 100's...yikes! If you're having the same temps, stay cool!

Stamps: My Favorite Things Lollypop (Pure Innocence Collection)
Paper: Kraft, Vintage Cream, Patterned Paper (sorry...I forget what line)
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black
Accessories: Prisma Pencils blended with Gamsol, Eucalyptus Stickles, Platinum Stickles, Fruit Punch Stickles, Foam Tape, PTI Vintage Cream Ribbon, Bow Easy, Spellbinders Ovals, EK Success Wavy Dot Punch

Sunday, July 4, 2010

A weekend to celebrate!

Hey all! Happy 4th of July, happy birthday to me, and a big ole' happy (belated) anniversary to my girl Dawn and her awesome hubby! It was their wedding anniversary on Friday so if you get a chance, stop by and send her some big happy anniversary wishes. This card is for you Dawn and it's now in the mail and on it's way to you. Hope you like it....

I went with red, white and blue colors for this week's Penny Black Saturday Challenge. The Penny Black stamp is called Kisses and it's available at Stamper's Dream. I stamped the image four times....once on the cream base, once on the blue star DP, and twice on MME Bella Bella French Flea Market DP (the backside which is cream with a light tan sanded pattern). I cut out the bow and tag from one of the MME images, colored the bow and ribbon with a light blue Prisma pencil and blended it with Gamsol, added some Silver Stickles to it, and paper pieced it over the gift. Then I cut out just the tag from the second stamped MME image and popped that up on foam tape over the other one. I added some May Arts silver cord through the tag and bow. The kraft mat behind the main image is also up on foam tape.

Here's a close-up so you can see the dimension and sparkle (remember, you can click on all my photos to make them bigger) ...

I wish you all a very FUN and SAFE holiday!!

*Edited to Add*
......and the weekend gets better and better....Kevin Harvick just won in Daytona!!! Yeah baby!!!

Stamps: Penny Black Kisses
Paper: Kraft, Real Red, Misc Blue Star DP from Mike's, My Mind's Eye French Flea Market Bella Bella DP, Vintage Cream
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black
Accessories: Prisma Pencils and Gamsol, Silver Cord, Foam Tape, Silver Stickles, Silver Stars, Sewing Machine and Thread
Card Size: 5" Square

Thursday, July 1, 2010

CAS Starfish

Here's a quickie I made yesterday for Color Throwdown #99 and Fall-to Layout #96. The small starfish squares are up on foam tape and so is the Hawaiian Shores square behind them. The starfish are colored with BG10 and BG15 Copics, and I added some Waterfall Stickles to the dots. All stamps are from Our Craft Lounge.

Have a great day!

Stamps: OCL Beauty & the Beach, OCL Coastal Wishes
Paper: Hawaiian Shores, Dark Chocolate, Vintage Cream
Ink: Memento Cocoa, BG15 and BG10 Copics
Accessories: PTI Dark Chocolate Ribbon, Waterfall Stickles, Foam Tape