Sunday, July 31, 2011

Clean and Simple Monday uh-oh

This week's CAS challenge on SCS (CAS129) is to create belated birthday cards.  Goodness knows I need a stash of those so I may do a couple this week.  I thought this little pup might be good for the boys/men on my list.

Cardstock - Papertrey Ink
Stamps - Stamps by Judith, JustRite Stampers
Ink - Memento Rich Cocoa, Copic markers
Other - foam tape
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Friday, July 29, 2011

Moxie Fab Squares to Cherish

Wouldn't you just love to snuggle in that gorgeous throw?  I may just have to get my crochet hooks out.

Here's my take on the photo...


It's a long tall one...8" x 3.5"  The flowers are cut and layered.

The color on the laptop is totally different than the desktop so wish I had used a plum instead of the melon color. 

Cardstock - Neenah, Stampin Up
Stamps - Papertrey, Flourishes
Ink - Copic markers, Versamark
Other - sewing machine, bling, foam tape

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Thursday, July 28, 2011

Boy oh Boy, It's Foodie Friday

My brain must have been on overload after a day of shopping for the master bath renovation, because I just couldn't get a card to come together.  After a good night's sleep, I cleaned it up...alot and went super simple for a card for our grandson who just learned to ride his two wheeler...all by himself.

My coloring needs lots of work, but he won't mind. 

There's a Copic class coming soon and yours truly has signed herself up because coloring scares me!  Thanks to my good blogger friend, Sue, over at Sue's Stampin Stuff for stamping out the image and sentiment for me.

Now for dessert...

Pecan Fingers are my go to when I need a yummy dessert in under 30 minutes...mixing and baking time.

They're chewy and crunchy all at the same time.  A hot cup of tea or coffee and dessert is served.

You will find the recipe under the recipe link at the top of the page.

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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

WOYWW112 - Boy Toys

It's time again for WOYWW (112) over at Julia's Stamping Ground.  She has the most gorgeous view outside her window!

Nothing I can show you in completed stage as all projects have been for DT fun at May Arts Ribbon.  Be sure to stay tuned for some upcoming sneak peeks though. 

Our grandson called to say that he rode his bike ALL BY HIMSELF.   Miss those days with our own boys..sigh.  Sue, over at Sue's Stampin Stuff  shared some of these adorable LOTV Boy oh Boy stamps with me so that I can send him a congratulations card.   We've been swapping stuff for awhile now...I really think she should next door!

DH is off today so it's out to shop for the Master Bath redo....the fun begins in Sept.   Yikes!

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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Teapot Tuesday - Gingerbread Men

The last week of the month is Tickle a Teapotter week at SCS Teapot Tuesday MMTPT156.  We get to send our cards to a fellow teapotter that is chosen by da Mudder. 

Our assignment this week was to make a Christmas card featuring gingerbread men/women.  I have a hard time thinking Christmas down here anyway, but throw in 90 degree temps and my brain is fried.

I used the sketch from SCS342 as my inspiration.  Sorry for the blur...that's the way it saved. 

There's Glimmer Mist misted on the card base and glitter on the snowflakes but it's hard to see in the photo.

Paper - Martha Stewart Gingerbread Paper stack, Making Memories Kraft., Neenah
Stamps - PTI Holiday Button Bits
Ink - Versamark Gingerbread
Accessories - foam dots, Glimmer Mist, Dazzling Diamonds, Flower Soft, MS punch

Thanks for stopping by...Come play with the teapotters!
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Monday, July 25, 2011

Clean and Simple Monday - Tag it!

This week's challenge on SCS Clean and Simple Challenge CAS128.  I decided to go big and use one of these great ivory shipping tags.

I used these beautiful stamps from Rubbernecker Stamps Wild Garden.  The Dandelion Stem Set  is one of my most favorite and versatile stamps.  I used the stamping off technique.  Inking, stamping off on a scrap of paper then, stamping over and over on the tag until the stamp was dry.

Paper - SU Chocolate Chip, PTI Rustic Cream (inside), The Girls Paperie DP
Ink - Versamark Sahara Sand/Ocean Green, SU Chocolate Chip
Accessories - Martha Stewart punch, May Arts Twine, Crochet Lace

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Saturday, July 23, 2011

Simon Says Stamp and Emboss it!

I was looking for a fun challenge and came across the Simon Says Stamp and Show blog.  The challenge is to  Stamp and Show - Some Embossing.  Doesn't matter if it's wet or dry, just get to it. 

I haven't done a 3 D project in awhile so I grabbed a small composition book from the stash, my
Tim Holtz  The Journey Stamps and some awesome Graphics 45 paper from the Transatlantique Collection.  I think this would make a great little travel gift for logging memories and miles.

I heat embossed the car and the tickets then cut them out and did some "fingerinking" to make the bg color more like the DP.  I then stamped the sentiment directly onto the cover piece and heat embossed it.  I decided to add a tea stained tag as a bookmark so I stamped some of them images in clear around the sentiment, sprinkled on Clear EP then applied the heat.  After it dried, I did more finger inking on the clear images.  I even did some heat embossing on the edges of the notebook...first time I've tried that but it won't be the looks cool!  I just sponged Versamark around the edges, then added black EP and heat...voila!

Paper - Graphics 45 Transatlantique, PTI Rustic Cream
Ink - Versamark, PTI Summer Sunrise, Chai, Dark Chocolate, Tim Holtz Walnut Distress
Stamps - Tim Holtz "The Journey"
Accessories - small composition book, Pentel Pen, tea stained tag, black EP, May Arts black velvet ribbon & Black cord,  metal key, paper closures, foam tape

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Friday, July 22, 2011

Foodie Friday & Impression Obsession & CPS

Sorry for no post yesterday...DH had a day off and for the forseeable future, that means shopping for the master bathroom renovation.  We're trying to keep the cabinets to save $$ so matching the countertop to them is proving to be a chore. I'll take some before and after pictures soon.

In the meantime, here's a little treat to cool you off this summer...DH said that after he tasted it, it was all he could think about all day.  ;-)  It IS really good! 

Can you say YUM?!!

Strawberry Smoothie Ice Cream Pie...oh, my!!  The original recipe came from SL.  You can find the recipe on a printable Google Doc at the Recipe link above.

That's the main for dessert!

This is for the challenge at the Impression Obsession blog to make a card for any occassion using only IO stamaps.  That part was easy because I love their stamps!  I love that you can have your rubber stamps mounted...or not, and that they also have acrylic stamps.

I used the sketch from Card Positioning Systems CPS227.

I did a bit of doodling around the edges, the center panel is popped on foam dots and for a bit of glimmer, I spritzed some Pearl Glimmer Mist into the air then waved my card through it a few times. 


Cardstock - Neenah, Papertrey Ink
Ink - Memento, Copic markers
Other - White Opal Stickles, foam dots, Glimmer Mist Pearl, Spellbinders circle dies
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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

WOYWW and a Snoopy Congrats

Our youngest son just received a promotion at work.  Since I'm not close enough to give him a hug, a card will have to do.  I used only blue and white as those are the colors of his company.

I used the sketch over at Tuesday Morning Sketches #103.

If it's Wednesday, then it's also time for WOYWW#111 over at Julia's Stamping GroundThe beginnings of this card and the remnants of a DT project are all over the desk along with various other things that need a use's a happy mess!

I finally got a Copic Airbrush system and compressor but the compressor arrived with no instructions!  Anyone know where to find a manual?

Card size: 5.5" x 4.25"
Paper - Neenah, Bazzill textured
Ink - Memento, Copics
Stamps - SU Congrats for Everything
Accessories - star buttons, brad, Spellbinders Circle die, PTI banner die

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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Teapot Tuesday - Hey Jake!

Edited to add:  apologies to my email readers...blogger once again threw a scheduled post into draft.  Grrrrr

This week's Teapot Tuesday destination station is Maryland and a young boy named Jake who's had more surgeries than birthdays.  You can read Jake's story here.  Jake loves jokes and loves to laugh. 

Here's the teapot Cindy chose as Jake's inspiration piece...a court jester, of course!

  Here's my card for Jake..we were instructed to bring jokes or knock-knocks...duh...I should have put my punch line on the inside!!

If you'd like to send Jake a card, here's his address:

Jake Watson
PO Box 212
Myersville, Maryland  21773

Paper - Neenah, PTI, Making Memories, misc. DP
Ink - various SU for sponging
Accessories - Basic Grey fibers, beads, bling. bling dots, computer generated wording

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Monday, July 18, 2011

Summer Card Camp

I just hate it when I sign up for something and then can't fully participate.  Such has been the case with Summer Card Camp.  This is the last week and I finally just told myself that I WILL participate this week. 

Today's assignment is a color challenge and I couldn't resist because these are the colors I think of when I think of where we live.
I put off my shower to head into the studio to try and fnd something to match...Not quite but almost.  The flower by Rubbernecker Stamps, actually looks much better IRL but it's overcast here today...seems there's a tropical storm playing around in the Atlantic today so the light is awful.  (go away!)

 I clear heat embossed  the image.  I tried the fingerinking technique on the flower that Jennifer McGuire introduced last week...yes, I did pay attention.   It reminds me of fun.  I used Copics to color the leaves as they were a bit narrower for fingerinking.

Be sure to scroll down for my CAS Clean and Simple project.  Two posts today...woo,hooo

Paper - Neenah, Making Memories Chloe's Closet, PTI
Stamps - Rubbernecker Stamps Marguerite, PTI Faux Ribbon
Ink - Copics, SU
Accessories - buttons, clear embossing powder
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Sunday, July 17, 2011

Clean and Simple Monday - Inspiration challenge

The CAS Challenge  CAS127 on SCS wasn't posted yet when I took a sneak peek but from what I could gather in the gallery,  it's a  tropical inspiration photo with pink and green as the colors..or at least I hope so!

I chose the hot pink of PTI's Hybiscus Burst and paired it with Spring Moss. 

Paper - Neenah, PTI
Stamps - Denami Designs, PTI
Ink - PTI

Thanks for popping in today!

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Saturday, July 16, 2011

Just a little housekeeping....

I spent this evening trying to organize the mess I created in my studio this week.  I'm thinking of selling the small desk and replacing it with a cabinet with shelves.  It's a really nice Ethan Allen computer desk but no room for it anywhere else in the house.  Decisions, decisions....

I'm also working on a fun project for May Arts that I can't show you just yet.  Think Yogi Bear! ;-)

In the meantime, did you know there's a contest over at Rubbernecker Stamps to name the  new design team?  Be kind....I made the team!  ;-)   You could win a $25 gift, that's some serious shopping cash!  Hurry, the contest ends Monday, July 18th.

They also have a  Friday challenge to "use up your leftovers" to create a project...goodness knows I have plenty of those!

And finally, Woo, Hoo...I have another card being published in Scrapbook News and Review, Volume 4, Issue 7,  that goes live on Sunday, July 17th!  

We begin remodeling the master bathroom (circa 1988) the end of Sept.  Tomorrow begins the quest for tile, countertops, bathtub, hardware.  Help!

Someone come and eat the rest of those Chocolate PB cookies, please...I can't resist them!

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Friday, July 15, 2011

Foodie Friday friends like you take my breath away

Gosh...this week has just flown by!  Perhaps because we've been trying to play catch up from our trip or maybe life is just like that sometimes. 

I fell in love this week...with this coat dress from Moxie Fab World Tuesday Trigger:

Is this not divine?  Love that flirty collar and hemline.  And did you see that soft pink background?  sigh....

I used this sketch from Card Positioning Systems 226

I was in a frilly girl mood after swooning over that coat dress so this sketch took on a life of it's own.

I didn't have any black roses so I colored them with my Copic marker.  That awesome sentiment is from Rubbernecker Stamps

Card size - 5" x 5"
Cardstock - Bazzill Basics, Crate Paper, PTI
Accessories - Spellbinders Scalloped Circle dies, seam binding (I colored it with reinker), paper roses colored with Copic marker, Martha Stewart leaf punches, string pearls

Now for a sweet treat!  My DH and I have been on a bit of a "I gained 4 lbs. on vacation and I can't eat a thing diet".  ;-)  Poor thing was craving something sweet so I tried this recipe from King Arthur flour.  Can you say to die for?  I mean, chocolate, peanut butter AND Reeses' PB cups...what's not to love?

Yay!  I put the recipe on a Google Doc so all you have to do is go to the Recipes link at the top of the page and click the link under the photo.

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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

May Arts/Stampendous DT project & WOYWW110

It's my turn to show you what I did with the fabulous new Jumbo Cling Rubber stamps from Stampendous paired with May Arts Ribbon of course!

May Arts and Stampendous are celebrating their joint blog week by giving away some fabulous stamps and ribbon.  All you have to do to win is comment on the May Arts blog to win. 

I have two projects, a tutorial and a recipe for you over at May Arts.  Here's a sneak peek at one of the projects for my "Vintage meets Modern" post.

I've missed a few What's on Your Workdesk Wednesdays over at Julia's Stamping Ground because we've been out of town.  I must admit, the workdesk is still a mess...I mean, I did clean it but it never stays that way!  Here's how it looks this evening for WOYWW110:

Remnants of a few projects that are already finished but can't be seen yet, and the beginnings of another.  I did get some new Glimmer Mist that has yet to see cardstock and a couple of new Copics. 

Look what May Arts is giving away on their Facebook page!  You have until the 15th to leave a comment there.  In addition, you get to choose 3 rolls of ribbon! 

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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Teapot Tuesday & May Arts/Stampendous Blog Week

Whew...what a great way to catch up!  It's May Arts/Stampendous Blog week!  You've got to pop over the to the May Arts and Stampendous sites to see what you can win!  You know May Arts has yummy ribbon now add in some awesome Stampendous stamps and you've got  fabulous prizes.  Be sure to check out the DT samples too.  I'll give you a heads up when mine is up.  ;-)

The Teapot Tuesday challenge this week on SCS takes us to Canada and Rita, who has been diagnosed with lung cancer.  Rita faces a huge challenge but is facing it with peacefulness and humor.  She loves the outdoors. 

We are to bring Rita daisies and birds or bees.  Since I don't have any decent birds, I brought my daisies as rub ons and some bees to wish Rita a happy hello.

Card size- 6.5" x 3"
Paper - Neenah, PTI
Stamps - PTI Friends Til the End, All Night Media
Ink - Versafine
Accessories - May Arts 1.5" grosgrain, Rub ons

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Monday, July 11, 2011

Come, little doggie!

I've got a super simple tutorial for you over at the May Arts Blog to make this adorable dog collar and leash.  I promise you'll never be able to pay those big $$  at the pet store again once you see how quickly and easily these come together.  There's a link for the hardware as well.

Isn't my little model adorable...of course, he wouldn't look at the camera.  I woke him from a nap and he was NOT happy.

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