Thursday, December 31, 2009

Birthday Elephants

Happy New Year!

I have had this adorable Cuddly Buddly free digi image for quite a while and have not had the chance to use it. Since a friend's daughter is turning 8 later this week, I decided it was the time to break it out (or print it out?).

This card also fits several challenges:
Mercy's Tuesday Sketch Challenge #54 (MTSC54)
Charisma Cards Challenge - Celebrations (Be sure to check out their birthday blog hop.)
Three Clovers Designs Challenge - Celebrations

Image from Cuddly Buddly
All paper and ink from Stampin' Up (DP is from the Sweet package)
Ribbon from Minnesota Fabrics (from my Mom's stash. It is probably 20 years old.)
Sentiment from Clear Design Cupcakes (Hero Arts)
Spellbinders Nestabilities
Stampin' Up Border punch

Monday, December 28, 2009

Sláinte! Happy Birthday!

My husband's birthday is this week so today I was busily trying to come up with a card. (It would be a travesty to actually BUY A CARD!) He loves Guiness Stout so I thought this image from Digi Sparkle would work perfectly. Since I was mojo challenged, I surfed around to find a good sketch challenge that motivated me. I found it with The Pink Elephant Sketch Challenge #47.

I colored the glass with my prismacolor pencils with OMS and highlighted the details on the glass with a gold glitter pen. After numerous tries, this one was the best but I am still not completely happy with the color. I used liquid applique on the foam and then covered the glass with crystal effects. You can't really see it here, but IRL the glass is shiny.

The inside has an Irish toast that I found on the internet:

I have known many and liked not a few.
But loved only one and this toast is to you.


Challenges this card is entered in:
The Pink Elephant Sketch Challenge 47
Charisma Cardz Challenge - anything, but Christmas
Crafty Creations - No Rules
Creative Card Crew - Anything goes
Cupcake Craft Challenge - A Time for Celebration
Lots To Do - Free Theme
PolkaDoodle - Free Theme
Rosie-Dee's Challenge - Free Choice

What do you think?

Guiness image from Digi Sparkle "Beer Selection"
CTMH Magic Moments designer paper
CTMH Cocoa, Sunflower, & Indian corn blue card stock
Card Base Stampin' Up white card stock
Image printed on Georgia Pacific white card stock
Prismacolor pencils & OMS
Liquid applique
Crystal Effects
Ranger Distress Inks - tea dye
Stampin' Up Chocolate chip ink
CTMH twill ribbon and clip
CTMH distressing tool
Sentiments - computer generated

Monday, December 21, 2009

Monday with Lindsay

I made this card before Thanksgiving and just realized I never posted it. I used Lindsay's Stamp Stuff Christmas Cupcake Wrappers Digital Stamp Set. I love the versatility of this set. It is great for quick easy packaging, tags or cards or you can make more elegant cards too.

I tried a new technique on this card and like the way it turned out.

This card also entered in the Dare You To Digistamp Challenge #28- Christmas cards and the Stamp Something - Holiday Somethings Challenge.

Don't forget you have until Wednesday (December 23) to take advantage of the buy 2, get 1 free sale at Lindsay's Stamp Stuff. Enter the name of your free set in comments during check out and it will be sent to you separately.

Please take a moment to see what the other DT members have created:
Lindsay (Owner)

Wishing you the Happiest of Holidays!
Christmas Cupcake Wrappers by Lindsay Stamp Stuff
My Mind's Eye Signature Christmas designer paper

Georgia Pacific white card stock (to print image)
Stampin' Up Markers
Stampin' Up white card stock
Round hole punch

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Customized video message from Santa

If you haven't seen it yet, you can send a free, personalized video message from Santa HERE. I just did this for my daughter and she was so excited to hear Santa say he knows she has been trying extra hard at school. I didn't check it out, but I saw there were options to customize the message for adults too. I just wanted to share in case you were interested.

I hope you will check back tomorrow (Monday) for my Lindsay's Stamp Stuff DT posting.


Saturday, December 19, 2009

Santa treat holder

I was looking through my photos on my computer and realized that I never posted this project I made using Christmas Cupcake Wrappers digital stamp set from Lindsay's Stamp Stuff. The round box was cut using the Plantin SchoolBook cartridge from Cricut. The swirls were stamped in versa mark and then sprinkled with a combination of clear embossing powder and red glitter then heat set. (I did not have any heat and stick powder or a glue pad on hand.) The blue stripe paper was out of my scrap bin. The image was printed 4 times. One entire circle is on each side of the box and then Santa was colored, cut out, and mounted using pop dots.
Thank you for looking! I hope you have a very Happy Holiday season!
Christmas Cupcake Wrappers by Lindsay's Stamp Stuff
Plantin SchoolBook Cricut cartridge
Blue card stock & misc. scrap paper
Image printed on Georgia Pacific white card stock
Stampin' Up Seasons of Joy (for the Swirls)
Spellbinders Nestabilities
Clear embossing powder
Martha Stewart red glitter
Red ribbon
Stampin' Up Markers
EK Success snowflake punches
Liquid Applique

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Exta posts this week!

I usually try to post twice a week, but this week I have a extra posts. My brother's birthday is coming up next week before Christmas and I need a birthday card. The Mojo Monday sketch (mojo117) inspired me to get moving and get a card made.

Here is the Mojo Monday sketch -

And here is my interpretation-

And the inside -

I generated the sentiment on the computer. (We really did get him a present but he will get this card in the mail before I see him on Christmas Eve.)

The "happy birthday" is stamped on the twill tape using Stampin' Up's Birthday Whimsy and chocolate chip ink. I did not want to add a "girly" bow so I put the nail heads (is that what they are called?) in it's place.

I really struggled with this card. I could not cut straight or get anything mounted straight. This poor card was put together and pulled a part several times. I ran out of orange paper so both panels (one outside and one inside) have stuff cut out of the middle. Does any one else ever have to do that?

Let me know what you think.... Thank you for looking!

Computer generated sentiment using the SU RGB codes
EK Success border punch - candles
Close to My Heart Magic Moments designer paper
Close to My Heart twill tape
Stampin' Up Birthday Whimpsy
Stampin' Up Chocolate chip ink
Spellbinders nestabilities
Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder
Self adhesive nail heads (or what ever they are called. I don't have the packaging.)
Misc. brown, orange, blue card stock
Georgia Pacific white card stock

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge on Wednesday

I recently won a $25 gift certificate to The Stamping Boutique during Paper Craft Planet's 12 Days of Christmas promo. One of the digis I picked out was Jennifer Latte Christmas. I loved this digi at first sight because, I have to admit it, I am a Starbucks junkie. (Although my habit is mochas, not lattes. A girl has got to have her chocolate.) It is a baaaaddd habit that I am trying to break because of the calories and the money involved.

I used the Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge (SSSC48) for the inspiration for this card. I rotated the layout. This was my first opportunity to play with my new Flower Soft so I used it on her fur trim.

Thank you for looking! Happy Holidays!

Jennifer Latte Christmas from The Stamping Boutique
Stampin' Up markers
Polar White Flower Soft
Diamond & Gold Stickles
Sakura Gelly Roll glitter pen - clear and gold
Holiday Scroll designer paper by Flair Designs
Pomegranate Splash by Bazzil Basics
Image printed on Georgia Pacific card stock
Stampin' Up White card stock for card base
Gem stones

Monday, December 14, 2009

Christmas packaging with Lindsay's Stamp Stuff

This week Lindsay challenged us to design some Holiday packaging. I decided to make two projects with the adorable snowman from her Warm Winter digital stamp set. They coordinate with the last two projects I posted. You can see the greeting card HERE and the gift card holder HERE.

For the first project, I used a tin to package some yummy Bliss chocolates (possibly for my daughter's teacher). I'm sorry I can't remember where I got the tin but I have a whole box of them in the basement. :) I used some kraft colored shredded paper to hold the chocolates in place. I then made band for the tin using designer paper from My Mind's Eye. I mounted the snowman on some ovals and scallops cut with Spellbinders Nestabilities. I wanted to jazz it up a bit so I dug out a container of snowflake ornaments that I bought from Hobby Lobby. (24 snowflakes for $7.99 and then I got 50% off!) I am pleased with the results. I debated clipping the string off the ornament because I don't like the way it looks, but I want her teacher to be able to remove the ornament from the belly band and use it.

I then decided to try a Pillow Puff box. I used the same idea to jazz it up using one of the HL snowflake ornaments. I also added some ribbon and a button.

I am entering these projects in the Digital Tuesdays Challenge (DTC#36) which was to make a project inspired by a Christmas song. "In the meadow we can build a snowman....." Luckily, you can't hear me sing.

Here is a look at all the coordinating items I made using Warm Winter.

Be sure to check out all the cute digital stamp sets available from Lindsay's Stamp Stuff on MyGraficO. Lindsay is running a promo through 12-23-09. When you buy 2 sets, you get to pick 1 free. (You buy 2 sets and then type the name of the free set in the comments when you check out. The 2 purchased and the 1 free set must be from the Lindsay's Stamp Stuff store on MyGraficO.)

Please also take a moment to check out the projects created by the rest of the DT:






Lindsay (Owner)


Thank you for looking!

Warm Winter from LSS
My Mind's Eye Signature Christmas
Perfect Pillow Puff Template by Snooks & Boo
Snow flake ornaments from Hobby Lobby
Spellbinders Nestabilities
Wood button
Fiber (Ribbon, lace, hemp)
Prismacolor pencils & OMS
Stampin' Up Close to Cocoa ink
Sentiments from Papertrey

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Christmas card picture

Although I am done Christmas shopping (woohoo!) I am definitely running behind in other areas in preparing for Christmas. We just took the picture for our annual Christmas card today. (Yes, only 11 days before the big day.) Thank goodness I was able to plug in the picture of my daughter with a couple family photos from the year into and have printed Christmas cards waiting for me in less than 2 hours. Any guesses to what I will be doing later tonight?

Friday, December 11, 2009

MyGraficO Customer Blog Hop - gift card holder

I decided to make a gift card holder using the snowlady image from Lindsay's Stamp Stuff Warm Winter digital stamp set. I love the snow couple from this set. Take a look at my previous post HERE to see how cute they look together.

The inside includes a pocket to hold the gift card and a white section on which I plan to add a personal note to the recipient.

If you just jumped into the blog hop, a complete list of participants can be found HERE on MyGrafico.

If you would like to see some additional Holiday packaging ideas using this cute set, please check back on Monday. Lindsay (of Lindsay's Stamp Stuff) challenged her DT to create some Holiday packaging and I have two additional projects in mind.
The Lindsay's Stamp Stuff store on MyGraficO has a sale through 12-23. Buy 2 digital stamp sets and you can pick one for free. Please enter the name of the free set in the comments section during check out. (This is only for the Lindsay's Stamp Stuff store on MyGraficO. Other stores may have other promotions.)
If you are looking to join a group of sister blogging stampers for inspiration and support, check out the Sisterhood of the Blogging Stampers (SBS #29). You can find more information HERE.
I hope you enjoyed my post and I am off to visit the rest of the hop members!
Warm Winter from Lindsay Stamp Stuff
Kraft cardstock by Papertrey
My Mind's Eye Signature Christmas designer paper
Spellbinders Nestabilities
Stampin' Up Close to Cocoa
Snowflake (distressed with StazOn Timber Brown)
Prismacolor Pencils & OMS
Sentiment from Papertrey

Monday, December 7, 2009

Snowmen Fall From Heaven Unassembled....

"In the meadow we can build a snowman...." kept playing over and over in my head so I decided I had to use this image from Lindsay's Stamp Stuff Warm Winter digital stamp set. Aren't they just the cutest couple? But after printing and coloring the image on Friday, my mojo left me and I really struggled with the layout of this card. When I woke up Sunday morning, I knew what I wanted to do. It's not exactly as I envisioned but I am happy with the results.

I wanted to work on another card but just ran out of time. It was kind of a crazy weekend. I was able to meet up with some girl friends for coffee and breakfast on Saturday, decorate the Christmas tree, and take a family trip to the Grand Geneva to see their Christmas decorations and vote on my favorite Gingerbread house. On the sadder side of things, my husband's grandmother fell and broke her pelvis last week and possibly suffered a stroke on Saturday night. We are waiting for more information and praying for the best.

I hope to have more Christmas inspired posts for you later this week.

Please take a minute and check out what the rest of the DT was up to.
Lindsay (Owner)

Thank you for looking.

Warm Winter digital stamp set by Lindsay Stamp Stuff

My Mind's Eye Signature Christmas
Paper Basics kraft card stock by Papertrey
Sentiment from Papertrey Made of Snow

Prismacolor pencils & OMS
Stampin' Up Close to Cocoa
Wood button
Close to my Heart distressing tool

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Lindsays Stamp Stuff & My First Tutorial

I love the cup of hot cocoa from the Lindsay's Stamp stuff Warm Winter digital stamp set . You can purchase from Lindsay's Stamp Stuff Shop at ShopHomemade where the everyday special is spend $5 in digital stamps and get a free stamp. I just had to use my chocolate scented embossing powder on the cocoa. Along with the liquid applique, it almost looks real!

While you are out surfing the web, check out Lindsay's blog. She has great ideas, tutorials and freebies. (Don't you just love freebies??!!) She also has links to the rest of her DT blogs so you can check out their projects.

I also used the Mojo Monday sketch (MOJO114) from last week. I did not get the card done in time to post for the sketch challenge but I still wanted to share it with you.

Following is a quick tutorial on how to match the color of your computer generated sentiment to your Stampin' Up or Close To My Heart Paper. It only takes a few steps in Word and it is well worth the effort. If the pictures below are too small to see, you should be able to click them to enlarge.

Follow these steps:

1) Open a new document Microsoft Word

2) Type in your text using the font / size that you desire.

3) Click the Font Color button.

4) Click the "More Colors" option

5) When the box opens, make sure you are on "Custom" and you can type in RGB (Red, Green, Blue) code for the color your desire. You can find most of the Stampin' Up RGB and many of the Close To My Heart RGB codes HERE on Splitcoast Stampers or you can also find a link in my side bar. In the example below, I typed in the values for Stampin' Up Old Olive. (Note, I changed to Real Red on my final card.)

6) Click "OK" and you are done. When printing, make sure you use a color printer. (I have accidentally printed in just black & white before).

If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at Please leave a link in comments to anything you make using this tutorial. I would love to see it.

Thank you for looking!


Warm Winter Wishes by Lindsay's Stamp Stuff

Stampin' Up Dashing Designer Paper

Stampin' Up Real Red, Old Olive and River Rock card stock


Chocolate Bliss scented embossing powder by Gelly Powder

Liquid Applique

Crystal Effects (on candy cane)

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Over the Top

Karin sent the "Your Blogging is Over the Top" award to me. I am new to blogging (both following and posting) so I was happily surprised to get this. I have seen it on other blogs and like reading other peoples' responses to the questions. I am going to send this on to some new blogging friends in order to learn more about them.

Here are the rules for accepting this award:
Answer the following questions using single word answers. (uh oh, not sure if I can do this but I will try.) Then, pass the award to 5 other people.
Your cell phone? Purse
Your hair? Blond (mostly)
Your mother? Missed
Your father? Loved
Favorite food? Pasta
Your dream last night? Don't remember
Your favorite drink? Mocha
Your dream/goal? early retirement
What room are you in? office
Your hobby? fun
Your fear? Loss
Where do you want to be in 6 years? Here (with all my family)
Where were you last night? Home
Something you aren't? Thin (don't we all want to be thinner?)
Muffins? homemade
Wish list item? Craft room
Where did you grow up? Kenosha
Last thing you did? Laundry
What are you wearing? jeans
Your TV? Off
Your pets? Nutty
Friends? Wonderful
Your mood? Content
Missing someone? Mom
Vehicle? Yukon
Something you're not wearing? lipstick
Your favorite store? Target
Your favorite color? Green
When was the last time you laughed? about 15 minutes ago
Last time you cried? Laughed until I cried this past weekend
Your best friend? love her
One place that you go to over and over? Disney World
Facebook? yep
Favorite Place to Eat? Closed :(

The 5 bloggers I have chosen to pass this on to are:






I hope you will all play along!

Monday, November 30, 2009

Monday with Lindsay's Stamp Stuff

This card was quick and easy to make using a snowflake from Lindsay's Stamp Stuff Warm Winter digital stamp set. Embossing using digital images is one of the hot topics on the crafting blogs lately so I just had to try it out for myself. I am happy to report that it was super easy. I printed the snowflake at 27% of size on glossy white paper. As soon as it comes out of the printer, sprinkle on your embossing powder (white in this case) and then heat using your heat tool. Easy peasy! The glossy paper gives you time to emboss before the ink dries. On regular card stock the ink dries too quickly to emboss using this method. Once the embossing was cool, I sponged ink on the white glossy paper to color it. You could print a whole sheet of the snowflake images then emboss and color them all at one time. What a great way to make several cards at once!

If you haven't tried using digital stamps yet, Lindsay has several freebies, including Christmas digital stamps, in the Lindsay's Stamp Stuff store on MyGraficO.

While you are there, check out her new Winter Printable Papers, Tags & Cupcake Wrappers . I have shown a preview, but you really need to see the larger pictures at MyGraficO to appreciate how easy it will be to make Christmas cards using this set.

If you are looking for inspiration on ways to use your LSS digital stamps, check out the Lindsay's Stamp Stuff group on MyGrafico. You can see projects posted by other people using LSS stamps and Lindsay has posted some great tutorials.

Now please take a moment to see the quick cards created by the rest of the DT.

Anette "Nettie" Robins

Cassandra Cushman

Jennifer Bliss

Joy Stagg

Karin Martin

Kristen Hamlin

Lindsay Weirich (Owner)

Have a great week!


Warm Winter Digital Stamp Set by Lindsay's Stamp Stuff

Stampin' Up glossy white & Ballet Blue card stock

Georgia Pacific white card stock

Stampin' Up Ballet Blue ink

Stampin' Up White Embossing powder

Silver Ribbon

Silver, self adhesive half balls from Michael's

Sentiment from Tree Trimming Trio from PaperTrey

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Crafting with DD - Christmas box

Here is a box made by my 8-year old daughter. She used my Cricut (with help) to cut the box, colored the image from Polly Craft, cut and glued it all together. She even asked to use the fluffy stuff (Liquid Applique) on the cuffs and wanted to sponge the edges of the image. Didn't she do a great job? Please give her some love.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Ho Ho Ho Hot Cocoa holder

After seeing Joy Stagg's tutorial on how to make a pocket card last week, I decided I had to try it. I made a pocket card/ hot cocoa pack holder and a matching card.

This image is a free coloring page from Elizabeth O. Dulemba. I love using her images for digital stamping. Digital stamps are so easy to resize. I reduced this stamp from a full page to the size you see here using Microsoft Word. Easy peasy.... (If you are not familiar with how to resize digi stamps in Word, send me an email at and I will tell you how.)

Now if you notice that the embossing is only on the bottom of the card, that is a mistake. I was using my CuttleBug with some nesties (the way I have a zillion times before) and the handle was a little hard to push. I pushed on it a little and suddenly there was a big "bang" (I nearly jumped out of my skin) and the side of the CB fell off. I was stunned. I put it all back together, but it does not work properly now. There is only a little bit of pressure on one side. (I am kicking myself quite severely here.) Of course I am outside the warranty period. While I was feeling mad and miserable at the same time, I looked at the ever handy internet and found lots of people have had the same problem. While I still am not happy, I can rest my leg by not kicking myself quite so hard. My husbands says I should wait until Christmas to see if Santa brings me a new one, but I don't think I can wait that long. Hmmmm.... Hobby Lobby has a 40% off coupon this week.
Here is some other info from Linday's Stamp Stuff:
* On Thursday, November 26th, Lindsay's Stamp Stuff store at MyGraficO is having a 20% off sale on all her digital stamp sets. She has some really cute Christmas sets and even some freebies.
* Lindsay from Lindsay's Stamp Stuff is having a drawing for the digi stamp set of your choice from her store on MyGraphicO. Check out the details on my previous post HERE.

Have a very Happy Thanksgiving (USA) and I hope you get everything you need/want if you go shopping on Black Friday. I will be home surfing the 'net for deals and avoiding the crowds (and hopefully working on a project to post on Monday.)

Pressed Petals Christmas Theme #1211 designer paper
Pomegranate Splash card stock by Bazzil Basics
Olive card stock (not sure of manufacturer)
Stampin' Up Markers
Marvy Twinklette gold marker
Spellbinders Label One
Misc. cord
small pompom
Ranger Distressed Ink tea dye
DMC floss (thru buttons only)
Hot cocoa packet

Monday, November 23, 2009

Monday with Lindsay's Stamp Stuff

I LOVE this wreath from Lindsay's Stamp Stuff Christmas Potpourri digital stamp set. Love it!
I had so much fun creating cards using this set over the weekend. Not only did I make this card, I also made the card you can see here along with a couple others I still need to get pictures of.

Remember, you can download Lindsay's Stamp Stuff digital stamps immediately at her shop on MyGraphicO or you can also find them at the Lindsay's Stamp Stuff Shop Handmade store where when you spend $5 you get a free digital stamp. While at MyGraphicO, you might want to join the Lindsay's Stamp Stuff group where you can see all types of projects people are making using Lindsay's stamps.

Please take a few minutes to see what the rest of the DT was up to.

Anette "Nettie" Robins
Cassandra Cushman
Jennifer Bliss
Joy Stagg
Karin Martin
Kristin Hamlin
Lindsay Weirich (Owner)

Have a great week!

Christmas Potpourri digital stamp set by Linday's Stamp Stuff
My Mind's Eye Signature Christmas designer paper
Stampin' Up card stock
Georgia Pacific white card stock (for printing the digital image)
Stampin' Up markers
Sakura Gelly Roll clear glitter pen
Stickles - diamond
CTMH ribbon
Stampin' Up oval punches
PaperTrey Holiday Treats ( for sentiment)
Spellbinders Labels 3

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Fa La La La

Updated: This card was featured on SNR Universe and published in the January 2010 edition of Scrapbook News & Reviews

Happy Saturday! I spent the day with my daughter and we had a great time. (Except she wanted to listen to Christmas songs all day.) We actually got to see some of Santa's reindeer. Check out Vixen. Isn't she cute? We got to pet her a little bit. I could not believe how soft she was.
All the Christmas songs must have sunk in because "Deck the Halls" has been running through my head endlessly this evening. Although I started this card yesterday, I now knew how I wanted to finish it up. I used
Beate's Weekend Sketch Challenge #107 (WSC107) and the Dare U 2 Digistamp Challenge #26 to use glitter. I also used a faux stitching digital stamp (details below) as a guide for my paper piercer and then used my Chocolate Chip SU marker for the stitching. This is the for Little C's Stamp N' Scrap Hawaii challenge to use stitching (faux stitching is okay). I used my Cricut to cut several of the snowflakes out of scraps of the kraft cs and then used my Xyron to stick them together. I do not have any chipboard on hand and wanted to make it a little thicker.

The beautiful ornaments are from
Lindsay's Stamp Stuff Christmas Potpourri Digital Stamp Set. These stamps are available for immediate download on MyGraphico or in her Shop Handmade store where the every day special is spend $5 and get a free digital stamp.

While you are checking blogs, you might want to check out the blog candy being offered by
Three Clovers Design.

I'll be back Monday with my Lindsay's Stamp Stuff DT post. I hope to see you then!

Christmas Potpourri Digital Stamp Set from Lindsay's Stamp Stuff
My Mind's Eye Signature Christmas designer paper
Paper Basics kraft cardstock from Papertrey
Stampin' Up ink
Ranger Tea Dye distress ink
Diamond Stickles
Sakura Gelly Roll pen - clear glitter & silver glitter pens
Angel's Landing Faux Stitched Borders digi stamps
SU Chocolate Chip marker
Cricut Accent Essentials cartridge (for snowflake)
Stampin' Up Mellow Moss cardstock

Friday, November 20, 2009

Cards by Jesse

My friend, Jesse, came over today so that we could work on Christmas cards. While we only finished 2 cards each, we did have fun and catch up on a lot of chit-chat. I really like the cards she made using Stampin' Up's Merry & Bright so I snapped a couple of pictures before she left to post. Aren't these just too cute?

You'll see the cards I made on Monday for the Lindsay's Stamp Stuff DT posting.
While you are blog hopping, check out the blog candy being offered by Veronica. You have until December 1st to enter.

Have a great week end!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

You're So Sweet!

I always need birthday cards for my stash so I decided to play with this cute ice cream float image from Lindsay's Stamp Stuff. It made me think of the warm days of summer. *Big sigh*

I also used WordArt to make the sentiment around the float. I will put up a tutorial in the next week or so to show you how to do it. It is pretty easy and gives you so many options with your digital (and even stamped) images.

Have a great day!

Ice Cream Float Digital Stamp from Lindsay's Stamp Stuff
Word Art (for Sentiment)
Stampin' Up Cutie Pie designer paper & coordinating card stock
Stampin' Up markers
Liquid Applique
Martha Stewart glitter
Sakura clear glitter pen

Monday, November 16, 2009

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas....

I really like the way this card turned out. The central image is from Lindsay's Stamp Stuff Christmas Cupcake Wrappers digital stamp set. I wanted to do something with this set ever since I first saw it, but I don't make cup cakes, so.... here is my card. The set is very versatile. Not only can you use it to decorate your cupcakes, you can use it on cards, boxes, gift bags, etc. (Hint, hint - I have a special project in mind using this set for later in the month. Make sure you check back.)

Take moment to see what the rest of the Lindsay's Stamp Stuff Junior Design Team has dreamed up.

You can purchase the image used in this card and many more at Lindsay's Shop on MyGraphicO where the images are available for immediate download or at Lindsay's Shophandmade shop where when you spend $5 you get one digital image free.

Thank you for looking! Have a great week!

Linsday's Stamp Stuff Christmas Cupcake Wrappers digital stamp set
Stampin' Up Dashing designer paper
Stampin' Up Real Red, Old Olive, River Rock card stock
Papertrey Paper Basics kraft card stock
Stampin' Up markers - Real Red, Old Olive
Sakura black pen & clear glitter pen
Close to My Heart Prisma Glitter
Misc. gingham ribbon
Close to My Heart hemp
Accent Essentials Cricut cartridge (for snow flake) & Cricut
Spellbinders Nestabilities
Cuttlebug embossing folder & Cuttlebug
Crystal Effects (on holly berries)

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Birthday Gift for a friend

I made this birthday gift for a friend. I haven't given it to her yet but I thought it would be safe to post since she hardly ever jumps on the computer and doesn't follow my blog.

I bought the La Creme Stack by DCWV last week at Hobby Lobby with my 40% off coupon. I love the flocking on the paper. I paired it up with some white and black card stock that I already had in my stash. I made a card box with 8 blank cards. (I show 2 examples in the pictures but they are all different.) I am including an altered notebook, beaded pen, book mark, 4 magnets and a paperweight. I also have a box of delicious Choxie chocolates to throw in. I added some paper to the plain white gift bag to jazz it up a bit and will tie it with black ribbon.

What do you think?

La Creme Stack
Misc white and black card stock
Card sentiments are from Close to my Heart For Every Occasion and Spring set
RSVP pen
2 sided tacky tape
micro beads
glass beads for magnets and paper weight
black ribbon
Just Rite Special Occasion Monogram stamper kit
Stampin' Up basic black ink pad

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Exciting News!

I have had the hardest time keeping this secret but I can finally let the cat out of the bag. I am honored to be part of the Design Team for Lindsay's Stamp Stuff. Woohoo! She has some of the cutest digis around. You can buy her stamps two ways - Lindsay's Stamp Stuff store on MyGraphicO or at Lindsay's Stamp Stuff at Shop Homemade where the every day sale is spend $5 and get a free digital stamp . Watch for Lindsay's blog post introducing the rest of the team.

I used Lindsay's Sketchy Leaves set to make this card. Thank goodness I don't need a sympathy card right now but I wanted to make one to have ready when needed. These beautiful stamps can be used for so many different things.

The layout is from Mercy's Sketch Challenge MTSC46 . I also used the cracked glass technique because I love the look of cracked glass with the autumn leaves. If you haven't tried it, you can find a tutorial on SplitcoastStampers.

I hope you have a wonderful Sunday.

Card base Paper Basics kraft cardstock from Papertrey
Stampin' Up Really Rust and Chocolate Chip cardstock
Images colored with blender pen using Stampin' Up Earth Elements stamp pads
Cuttlebug embossing folder
Ranger Distress Ink in Tea Dye
Close to My Heart distressing tool
Suze Weinberg Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel
Heat gun
Versa Mark pad
Sentiment (card front) generated on Word using SU RGB codes
Designer Paper Cosmo Cricket Wanted>Doc Holiday
Spellbinders Nestabilities
Brads (not sure of brand)
Georgia Pacific white card stock

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Happy Halloween & Strong friends card

I hope you had a terrific Halloween. My daughter dressed up as a fortune teller complete with a crystal ball. Although she was disappointed that no one wanted her to tell their fortune, she still had a great time trick or treating. We then had friends over for pizza and a bonfire. We all had a good time.

This is my first post with my brand new Dell Inspiron lap top. I love it! I am getting use to a few differences from my ol' dinosaur of a computer but should have it all down pat soon. The biggest difference is the size of the keys on the keyboard. They are huge for a laptop (which is a good thing) but I keep hitting the wrong keys when I am typing. So, if you see any crazy words in this posting, just ignore them because I probably just hit the wrong keys....

Today I took some time to play with some of Lindsay's digital images (although I am only posting one card now). This cute cup was a freebie on her blog The Frugal Crafter. If you haven't checked out her blog, you should. She has great technique tips and freebies. If you like this coffee cup, you can purchase the coordinating digital stamps in her shop at MyGraphico or Shop Handmade.
Thank you for looking!

Lindsay's Stamp Stuff digital stamp
Inkadinkado stamp (inside sentiment)
K & Company Wild Saffron designer paper
Papertrey paper basics kraft card stock
Georgia Pacific white card stock
Inkssentials opaque white pen
Sakura Gelly Roll clear glitter pen
Ribbon from the Robert Stanley Collection for Hobby Lobby'
Spellbinders Nestabilities
Stampin' Up Close to Cocoa ink (sponged on edges)

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Cowboy Up! - 2 Challenges

Happy Sunday! It is a beautiful day here in Wisconsin. I should be outside enjoying the weather but everyone else is outside so I snuck back inside for some peace & quiet and to make another card.

I made this card for sketch challenge SSS27 sponsored by Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps and challenge #16 - distressing at Bee Crafty blog.

Image & Sentiment from The Digi Shack
Wild Asparagus Orange Stripes designer paper
Misc. brown, orange, blue card stock from my scrap bin
White card stock - Georgia Pacific
Prismacolor pencils & OMS
Ranger Distressed ink in Tea Dye
Stampin' Up Chocolate Chip ink
Close to my Heart edge distressing tool
Stampin' Up 3/4" cirlce punch
Stampin' Up star punch
Close to my Heart hemp
Cuttlebug embossing folder
Clear button
AC Cardstock card base

Thank you for visiting!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

DCT29 Things with Wings

Earlier this week, my daughter asked me if I was going to make her a special card for her birthday. I was planning on it, but now there are "expectations". The pressure is on....

When I was looking around for inspiration, I found the DCT29 challenge - Things with Wings. From there, I decided use Itty Bitty Betty butterfly from Pink Cat Studios. Since butterflies are always around flowers, I used my Cricut Wild Card cartridge to cut the card base into a flower shape. To make it a little more fun, I made it into a spinner card.
What do you think? Is this suitably "special" for an eighth birthday?


Stampin' Up Slumber Party designer paper
Stampin' Up Pretty in Pink card stock
Stampin' Up Pale Plum card stock
White cardstock (Georgia Pacific)
Plantin School Book cartridge (for the "8")
Wild card cartridge for the card base
Spellbinders nestabilities
Stampin' Up Markers & Soft Subtles ink pads
Versamark champagne stamp pad
Close To My Heart spots on background stamp (on the "8")
Swirl Clip
Close to My Heart ribbon and flowers
Stampin' Up Slot punch
Pennies (for the spinner card)
Sakura Gelly Roll pens (black and clear glitter)

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Perk Up!

I had a little bit of free time today and decided to spend it making another card. Using 3 different patterns is a little bit out of my comfort zone, but I think it turned out. Thank you for looking!

Image and sentiment from Lindsay's Stamp Stuff
Stampin' Up Raspberry Tart designer paper
Stampin' Up Rose Red card stock
misc. white and black card stock
Stampin' Up Basic Black ribbon
Spellbinders Nestabilities
Stampin' Up Scalloped Edge punch
Black Sharpie Marker
Silver prismapencil

2 Challenges!

When I saw the Mojo Monday sketch (MOJO109) yesterday, I knew exactly what I wanted to do. I had the Doodle Aster stamp from Lindsay's Stamp Stuff that I purchased during the summer and haven't used yet. Then I saw the dry embossing challenge at There She Goes Clear Stamps (TSG25). I couldn't wait to finish up with my day so I could get started. Since I had the complete idea in my head, it shouldn't take long, right??? Well, I finished work, picked up my daughter from school, helped with homework, worked out, folded laundry, made dinner, put laundry away, got my daughter to bed and then I finally had time to put my idea to paper. Easy peasy - HA! First I printed the stamp a few times, colored one, but it was too big to use for the sketch. No problem, printed it again in some smaller sizes and colored. I love that you can resize digital stamps. Anyhow, I somehow grabbed the wrong color red marker and had to do it again. Then because I was trying to hurry, the third attempt looked like it was colored by a First grader. Okay, deep breath, take four was used on my finished product. It did turn out how I had pictured it in my head, but it took a bit longer than expected. What do you think?

Doodle Aster from Lindsay's Stamp Stuff
Stampin' Up Cutie Pie designer paper
Stampin' Up Markers
Stampin' Up Basic Black stamp pad
CTMH Grown with Love stamps (for sentiment)
RibbonFX black & white ribbon
DMC floss
Black button
Spellbinders Nestabilities
Cuttlebug embossing folder
Black Sakura Gelly Roll Pen
Black & White card stock
Stampin' Up Circle punch

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Crazy 4 Challenges and Bigsby Mouse

Here is the 2nd card I was able to make today. It is for the Crazy 4 Challenges C4C7 challenge. I decided to pull out Bigsby Mouse once again. (Remember you can purchase him by emailing Karen at . Cost: $5.00)

Stampin' Up Dashing designer Paper
Stampin' Up River Rock card stock
Stampin' Up Markers and River Rock ink
Blender pen
Bigsby Mouse digital image by Karen Johnson
Spellbinders Nestabilities
DMC floss
Heart buttons

Thank you for looking!

Artful Inkables challenge

Today I had time to make 2 cards. This is the first that I make for Artful Inkables challenge AIC05. Used the Cherry Kisses with Snowball digital image from Polly Craft. Not only is it adorable but is was a freebie a few weeks back. I also had to use my new Close to My Heart (CTMH) Jingle paper pack.

Polly Craft Cherry Kisses with Snowball digi
CTMH Jingle designer paper (that included the juniper ribbon used)
CTMH Juniper card stock
CTMH tulip ink
EK Success snowflake punch
Stampin' Up Perfect Ending "Joy" stamp
Sakura Gelly Roll glitter pen
Xyron machine
Prisma glitter on image and snow flakes
Fun Flock
Prismacolor pencils
Spellbinders Nestabilities

Thank you for looking!

Friday, October 16, 2009

Exciting News! Introducing Bigsby Mouse

I have been so excited all week. Last weekend I was asked to make up a sample for a friend of a friend to use when she starts selling digital stamps. Right now she has just one, but boy is it a cute one. Meet Bigsby Mouse. You can have one of your very own to use by emailing Karen at Bigsby is $5.00

I liked Bigsby so much I made two samples. The supplies lists are below.
1st card - red background
Stampin' Up Dashing Designer Paper
Stampin' Up Real Red & River Rock card stock
Stampin' Up Markers
Stampin' Up River Rock & Real Red ink pads
blender pen
Misc. buttons
DMC floss
Papertray Holiday Treats stamp for sentiment
Fun Flock
Stampin' Up oval punches (small & large)
2nd card - cranberry background:
Stampin' Up Holiday Thyme Designer Paper
Stampin' Up Cardstock
Stampin' Up Markers
Sakura Gelly Roll Clear Glitter pen
Papertray Holiday Wishes stamp
Silver swirl clip
3 brads
Spellbinders Nestabilities

I hope I start seeing Bigsby on some other blogs and at Splitcoaststampers because he is cute! Email Karen to purchase.
My next project is to get a better understanding of Blogger and to learn to take better pictures of my cards.
Thank you for looking!