Bold Birdie

I'm not really feeling this one. I debated on even posting it or not but since it was all I had to show I decided to share. Libby really threw us a curve ball this week with the Courtney's Closet Challenge. The outfit is simply adorable but VERY bold. This patterned paper was the closest I could find. My little birdie was every color under the sun before I finally settled on just gray. The stitching was inspired by the close up photo of the bird. I really wanted to stitch, but mine is faux with my Taken With Teal marker.
I used Beate's Weekend Sketch Challenge for the layout of this card. I think I may have liked it better if I could have fit a sentiment on the front but I had no idea where to try and squeeze it on. Come the end I just didn't have it in me to try and think about sentiment placement. ANY IDEAS!!!!
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Eastern Hello

Another Tuesday, Another Recipe Challenge!!!! This one threw me a bit.

*A Punch
*Non-Scrapbook Related Item

I'm really not a blingy card girl so I decided my bling would be shiny silver brads. For the punch, I used the new Curly Label punch from SU. I got the idea to use it for a sentiment like this from Cindy Haffner's blog. The non-scrapbooking related item took me awhile. I was drawing a blank, then HELLO, a staple. I love staples on cards.
I pulled out a barely inky stamp set Eastern Blooms for this card. I love this branch and adding the flowers is such a cute idea.
A few more scraps and that's it!!
Thanks for stopping by!!
Stamps: Eastern Blooms, Flower Chat (stampendous)
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Paper: Riding Hood Red, Chocolate Chip, Kraft, Flowers (Bella Rose SU), Brown Polka Dots (My Mind's Eye)
Accesories: Curly Label Punch, Brads, Staples, Pink Flowers

Funky Pre-Teen Card

My goddaughter had a birthday last month and I needed a fun, funky, card. I had no idea what to do!?!?! I was working on my Purple Onion submissions and this is what I came up with.Everytime I looked at these stamps I thought of a caterpiller. I kept thinking you could make a long bug out of these if you put them in a chain. While I never made a bug card, the chain idea inspired this card. I thought it turned out super cute and she loved it. Probably because it was filled with money, but hey, there was love there!!! I love the simple background with the piercing and the bold, fun colors!!
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Stamps: Happy Birthday, Doodle Dads (Purple Onion)
Ink: Pacific Point, Tangerine Tango, Old Olive, Real Red, Black, Whisper White
Paper: Kraft, Basic Grey
Accesories: White Plastic Flower, Button, Paper Piercer

More Snow Swirled

Are you tired of this set yet??? I'M NOT!! I have to say this was one that I skipped over in the catalog. There were other holiday sets I liked much better. Then a few enablers (Patti Chesky, Andrea Walford) made me buy it. Made ME!!! I'm totally in love now. This set is actually a lot more versatile than I thought it would be. I used it for this week's Cupcake Challenge by Taylor. I love when I get to her sketch before the weekend get's over. It means I have nothing better to do then make cards and I love that.
I embossed the snowflakes on Baja Breeze and Old Olive and again used some scraps from my Ski Slope paper. All the edges were inked in Chocolate Chip. I did skip the bow (as seen in the sketch) just to keep it a bit simpler.
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More Purple Onion

I love this scrapbook page!!! I love the look on Macy's face when she realized what Santa got her for christmas. This was another one of my Purple Onion submissions! I used the Celebrate The Season Noteblock and the To: From: stamps. The noteblock was actually a card I decided I didn't like and then used on this scrapbook page.

I LOVE the stitching around this noteblock!!!
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Stamps: Celebrate the Season, To: From: (Purple Onion)
Ink: Black, Real Red
Paper: Real Red, Kraft, Black, Polka Dots and Stripes (my mind's eye)
Accesories: Buttons, Jumbo Brads, Swiss Dots Ribbon, Machine Stitching, Chipboard Letters

Vintage Verve Challenge

Those have to be three of my favorite words!!! I'm a challenge junkie, a Verve addict and I love all things Vintage. The OCC is hosting this special challenge, issued by Julee Tilman (owner Verve stamps), and I couldn't resist. This technique is one I have admired on Julee's cards for awhile. I was waiting for her turn on the meet the verve diva's challenge to pick her brain on this. You use two or three shades of ink in the same color to shade the edges. You can get all the details on it {HERE}.
I knew I wanted to use Serenity because I love this stamp in Chocolate Chip and wanted to use my three browns (Creamy Caramel, Close to Cocoa, Chocolate Chip). Once I shaded everything I decided to use the Cracked Glass technique too. It just says vintage to me!!! While I really like the way it turned out it's a bit harder to see the shading I did.
Detail Shot:Do you like the ribbon?? Yep, I got more!!!
I decided to make this a christmas card since I had ton's of this SU designer paper Ski Slope laying on my desk. I cut everything for my Holiday Card Class this weekend and had a few leftovers. I really like this layout!!!
Thanks for stopping by!!
Stamps: Serenity (verve), Snow Swirled (SU)
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa, Creamy Caramel
Paper: Kraft, Chocolate Chip, Ski Slope dp
Accesories: Brown Gingham Ribbon, Brads, Glassy Glaze Enamel, Heat Tool

Silver SFYTT

Have you seen Jen's SFYTT!!! Of course you have, I just showed!! I love it. Color blocking is one of my favorites for a few reasons. I love the look of it and you get to use up scraps. I choose to use my brown polka dot scraps.
I've been on a bit of a holiday card kick. I'm still not sure how many I'm going to need and I hate to wait until the last minute. Since this is my first christmas making cards I want to be prepared!! I'm so not a procrastinator and I hate throwing cards together at the last minute. I skimp on the details when I'm in a hurry and for me the details is what really makes a card. The Verve challenge must seriously be on my brain because I used wet and dry embossing on this card. I really love this tree from Snow Swirled embossed in silver. I first tried it for my Holiday Card Class Kit. I cased the idea from Patti Chesky's card seen {HERE}. I loved this layout and the shimmer on the card.
I used my snowflake cuttlebug folder to emboss the Real Red layers. The tedious part was cutting out the two snowflake but I'm pleased with the results. I added some brads because they are my new addiction and voila. One more christmas card done!!!
Thanks for stopping by!!!

Stamps: Snow Swirled, Short and Sweet
Ink: Real Red, Versamark
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Real Red, Very Vanilla, Polka Dots (my mind's eye)
Accesories: Word Window Punch, Brads, Silver EP, Heat Tool, Snowflake CB folder

There's Something About....

...purple and I that just don't get along!! I tried but I'm just not feeling it. I used Julee's Mojo Sketch and Courtney's Closet was the inspiration with the colors and theme. I tried to keep the color scheme that adorable little onesie was and maybe I would have been better off to go with the cupcake and skip the colors. Oh well!! Thanks for stopping by!!
Stamps: cupcake (queen kat designs), sentiment (imaginesce)
Ink: Black
Paper: Almost Amethyst, Bashful Blue, Lavender Lace, Purple Gingham, Birthday Paper (sweetwater)
Accesories: Brads, Paper Piercer, Ribbon, Wide Oval Punch, CM Cutting System, Crystal Effects

Holiday Card Class

Snow Swirled Holiday Card Class
Come join my holiday card class!
You will make 20 cards for $25.00 (4 of each design)
Sunday, October 26th
1:00 - 4:00
Can't make it to the class, NO PROBLEM!
Purchase the card kit to go for:
$30.00 (cost includes shipping)
$55.00 (includes the Snow Swirled stamp set)
I have also typed up a class planner for this class if you are interested. Includes photos and measurements with instructions for assembly. You can purchase the class planner for $9.95. The class will be emailed to you in Microsoft Word.
Please feel free to email me at with questions.


Yeah, it's Tuesday, time for another Recipe Challenge!!! This week's items were:
*Paper Piercing
Hum, wonder who would want to use gingham???? Yep, it's me. I got to pick this weeks challenge. Being the newbie on the team I wasn't real sure what's been done and what hasn't so it took me awhile to come up with mine. Since I'm slightly addicted to Kraft and gingham and gingham is probably the less obvious choice I went with that. I hope I didn't throw to many of the girls (or you for that matter). Gingham is one of those prints you like or don't, but I guess that's part of what this challenge is about, breaking out of the norm.
So you want to see mine??
It ended up being a really simple card and I like it. I could see making quite a few of these for christmas pretty quickly. I used my spellbinders snowflake die cut again (LOVE THESE) and tied the gingham in the middle. I'm sad to say this was the last of my red gingham ribbon :( But don't worry, I'll buy more :)
Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: Short and Sweet
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Paper: Kiwi Kiss, Real Red, Kraft, Merry Christmas (paper studio)
Accesories: Staples, Red Gingham Ribbon, Paper Piercer, Spellbinders Snowflake Die

Project Parade Challenge

Time for another Project Parade over at the Verve blog. This months challenge was to emboss (wet or dry). I wanted to do a card for both but ended up making two cards with dry embossing. As much as I love the look of wet embossing it just messy and I don't like messy!!!
I've been having a really hard time deciding on which card is better. I like the butterfly card, my hubby liked the flower. So I asked my girls. Macy liked the flower, Mattea the butterflies. Hum, no help!! I even went as far as to ask ALOT of my family. We got together over the weekend to celebrate my brother in law's birthday and our anniversary. Final Results: 50/50 :(
So now YOU are being polled. Which is better????
For the first card I used Kazan's Sketch and the color choices were inspired by my calendar. Aren't they great colors together!!! I used the butterflies from Fluttering By and the sentiment from Grateful Elegance.

For this card I used the Flower Head from Grateful Elegance and the stem from Thankful Blossoms. I used the latest Sketch {by tamara} for this card.
Here's a detail shot of the popped up flower head. I looked really flat so I stamped one on Whisper White cs and colored it with my copics.
So now it's time, which is better???
Stamps: Fluttering By, Grateful Elegance (VERVE)
Ink: Real Red, Baja Breeze, Chocolate Chip
Paper: Real Red, Baja Breeze, Kraft, Night of Navy, Whisper White
Accesories: brads, wide oval punch, cm cutting system, scallop edge punch, paper piercer, 1/4 circle punch, swiss dot's embossing folder
Stamps: Grateful Elegance, Thankful Blossoms, (VERVE) and Short and Sweet (SU)
Ink: Black, Copics
Paper: Real Red, Black, Designer Paper (imaginesce)
Accesories: brads, black gingham ribbon, word window punch

6 Years Ago Today...

...I was getting married!! Happy Anniversary Babe, I Love You!!

Merci Circles

Now that Taylor has posted this weeks cupcake challenge I'm finally getting last weeks posted. I really, really feel in love with this sketch and at first hated this card. I loved all the dp's (which was my starting point) but then couldn't figure out what to stamp and how to make it work. Finally, I decided on the Sale-A-Bration set Merci. I stamped the flower on a piece of dp, added a brad and stickles and decided I was done. I stressed to long over it I was calling it done. Unhappy with it, I put it aside and moved on. Then the next day as I was digging through my pile of cards this one caught my eye. Hum, I like it after all!! Isn't that funny how that happens. Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps: Merci
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Paper: Close to Cocoa, Chocolate Chip, Pink and Flower dp (my mind's eye), Chocolate Chip Polka Dots (SU Bella Rose)
Accesories: Brad, Stickles, CM Cutting System, Paper Piercer

My Swap Card!

I joined a holiday swap my friend Julie was hosting. We had to use an SU stamp set (current or retired), at least two layers and embellishments. These days doing more than two layers is easy for me. ONLY two layers would have been!!!
I used the snowman from Just Celebrate, which is a retired set from this years Spring/Summer mini catalog. I stamped him on Kraft and colored him with the techinique I learned from Jill. You dip a blender pen in Whisper White Craft Ink and color.
For my embellishment I used my new favorite gingham ribbon. I bought it at Hobby Lobby and love it. I'm already out of the black and brown and the red is fading fast. Guess I need to go shopping!!!!
This was a super fun swap and pretty quick and easy. We only had to make 6 so that wasn't too bad. I can't wait to see what everyone else came up with!! Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps: Just Celebrate, Best Yet
Ink: Black, Chocolate Chip
Paper: Riding Hood Red, Kiwi Kiss, Kraft
Accesories: Snowflakes Cuttlebug Folder, Red Gingham Ribbon, Paper Piercer, Marvy Giga Scallop Circle Punch, Wide Oval Punch, CM Cutting System

Pink Pirouette Polka Dots

I have to say this sketch for Courtney's CBC Challenge threw me at first. Angles and I just don't work well together. I'm more straight lined, even with my furniture. My mom put's things on a angle and I tend to put mine more straight. Don't know why or how it happened, it's just me. After some cutting and re-cutting and re-cutting, I finally got it right!! The colors are this week's SCS Color Challenge. Pink Pirouette, Black and White was optional. I went with Very Vanilla :) I added brads (see I told you I'd be using them) to the center of each flower from It's A Strech and colored them with Pretty In Pink since there is no Pink Pirouette marker. I paper pieced the vases in a paper a bit brighter than pink pirouette but I wanted them to pop a bit. I used my favorite SU ribbon, the black gingham and tied a cute little bow to finish it. The sentiment is again from Short and Sweet. I us this set all the time. Probably the SU set I use the most. It's so versatile. Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: It's a Strech, Short and Sweet
Paper: Pink Pirouette, Black, Very Vanilla, Polka Dots (My Minds Eye)
Ink: Black, Pretty In Pink, Sage Shadow
Accesories: Brads, Scallop Edge Punch, Black Gingham Ribbon

My Favoritist Mojo Of Them All

This layout was so fun (probably my all time fave). I know I say that on all of Julee's Mojo Sketches but this was FUN!!! I'm so over the top happy with this card. All the elements just sort of fell together. I wanted to use my new snowflake dies on this card and was trying to decide what stamp set to use. I opened my stamp cupboard and Stampin Up's Always set was falling out at me. That's when it hit me. That bird would make a great christmas card. Not something I would have usually thought of for christmas but I think it worked. I've never stamped him in Real Red and he's so very striking!!! I used so left over Wild Wasabi cardstock that was just taking up space. The kraft layer was embossed with my snowflakes cuttlebug folder. I've really been using my cuttlebug alot more lately. It took me a while to REALLY love it. Now I do!!! The brad in the center of the snowflakes is from the current SU catalog. I added some brads to the corners too because I just love em. Jessica Rone is the queen of brads and I've been checking here cards alot lately. I just bought three packs of silver brads today so be prepared, their coming!!!
Thanks for stopping by!!!

Stamps: Always, Short and Sweet
Paper: Real Red, Wild Wasabi, Kraft, Very Vanilla, Merry Christmas (Paper Studio)
Ink: Real Red, Chocolate Chip
Accesories: Brads!!!!, Word Window Punch, Real Red Grosgrain Ribbon, Snowflake Dies, Cuttlebug Folder

I Had Too!!

Okay I'm not a Halloween person. I wasn't going to make any halloween cards. But....Libby bought this adorable outfit for Courtney's Closet Challenge and I couldn't pass on it. Okay I'll admit it, I think it's cute!!! My oldest daughter LOVED the skull but didn't like the bow. (She's my tomboy) I added some Orange Peel Stickles to the bow to give it a little shimmer.
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Stamps: Skull, Spooky ( I can't remember the company right now :(
Paper: Pumpkin Pie, Black, Swirl (My Mind's Eye), Cobweb paper
Ink: Black
Accesories: Orange Peel Glitter, Polka Dot Ribbon

Good News and Bad News!!

So I'll give you the bad news first. I didn't make the Purple Onion design team :( I was so bummed, I was in the middle of a major mojo card making session when I got the news and it zapped all the creativity I had flowing. I REALLY wanted to make it.
Good news???? Michele did ask me if I would be a guest designer so I'll at least be part of the creative team a little.
I'll be showing you a few of my submissions over the next few days. I do have to hold off on 4 since Michele wants to post them first.
Thanks so much for asking and cheering me on. It meant so much to have all my blogging friend their for me. Tammy, thanks for the sweet email :)
Oh, you can check out who did make it {HERE}.
Here's one I submitted. I love the contrasting colors of this one!!!

I Really Like It....

...but it doesn't look like you!! That was my hubby's comment when I showed him this card. Hum, does that mean he doesn't normally like "me" cards?? Oh well, I REALLY like it and I think it's TOTALLY me!! The colors are brighter than I'm usually comfortable with but it's still the shabby, distressed, yummy look I love. The only thing I would say isn't "me" is the glitter. But there is a reason I added it to this card. It was for today's recipe challenge at Sketches {by tamara}.
Carol came up with this weeks challenge and we had to use:
*Stickles (or glitter)
*An office supply or a library pocket

This was such a fun card to make and a great scraps card. I have enough scraps to make a zillion of these (slight exaggeration, but not by much)!!!

I also played along with last weeks Sketch and thought I would share it with you today too. I knew right away Pick a Petal was the set I wanted to use. I really love the soft colors of this card. Since I'm still building my SU stamp pad library my color choices can sometime's be limiting to matching the papers I like. Baja Breeze worked perfect.Thanks for stopping by!!


Stamps: Flower Chat (Stampendous)
Paper: Kraft, Taken With Teal, Pale Plum, Polka Dots, Gingham, Stripes (my mind's eye)
Ink: Basic Black
Accesories: {Felt Flowers, Chipboard Heart, Library Clips, Old Olive Grosgrain Ribbon, Apricote Appeal Grosgrain Ribbon, SU} Lavender Stickles, Brads, White Plastic Flower, Button, Black Floss, Friends Tag (Sweetwater), Flowers, Staples, Machine Stitching
Stamps: Pick A Petal, Short and Sweet
Paper: Baja Breeze, Very Vanilla, Polka Dot's (my mind's eye)
Ink: Baja Breeze, Chocolate Chip
Accesories: Brads, Very Vanilla Taffeta Ribbon, Button