Friday, October 30, 2009

Happy Hallowen....

Happy Halloween everyone! Since I won't have any time today to make any cards this will be my last Halloween card for 2009. I can't believe we are already at Halloween. The good news this year is we turn our clocks back tomorrow night so we get an extra hour of sleep!!!

I made this card for 2 challenges. The first is for Daring Cardmakers. The these was to use your latest punch purchase. Mine is the Martha Stewart Goo and Spiderweb punches. I love these 2 punches. The second challenge is for Stamp Something Challenge blog. The theme this week is Halloween.

I used Digi Stamps from the Daisie Company. The thing I like about Digi's is that you can re-size them so I was able to make the Ghost large enough to be put behind the BOO. I couldn't find the right colored flowers so I colored white ones with Copics. Making this card had me thinking back to when I first started stamping. It is amazing how far the craft has progressed (not to mention how far I have progressed). There's always something new to learn and buy. Now if I can just figure out how to stay organized.....

Well I hope everyone has a fun and safe Halloween. Thank you for visiting. If you like my card leave a comment. I love hearing from you.

CS: SU Only Orange, Green Galore, Elegant Eggplant
DP: Basic Grey
STAMPS: Daisie Company
MISC: MS Punches, SU white flowers, MM Brads

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

The Little Things

I hope everyone is having a good week. It is a dark and dreary day here but it is Wednesday! Half way through the week!

I made this card for Mary Jo's Sketch challenge. In a couple of weeks I see me concentrating on XMas cards so I thought I would make some fall ones before the season is over. This stamp is from There's Magic in the Air. I always look to see what she has on her site. I like alot of her stamps. I feel like I have gone overboard with pumpkin cards this fall but when I look back I see I have not posted one in a while so I went with it. The paper is Basic Grey. I like all of the colors in the papers I picked. One of the things I really like about most of the 6 x 6 paper packs is you can usually find coordinating paper in there that you would normally not buy in 12 x 12. This is the case with the traingle piece. I never would have bought this but it is perfect for this card.

Thank you for coming by. I hope you like this card.

CS: SU Pumpkin Pie, Chocolate Chip
DP: Basic Grey
STAMPS: Magic in the Air, SU
MISC: Spellbinders die, SU punch, No name ribbon and brads.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Autumn Fun, 3CTC36

Good Afternoon. I made this card for Kerry's Thursday Challenge. This weeks challenge is a sketch. I was happy to see that I could use my High Hopes Scarecrow on it. I ordered this last year but there was a mixup with my LSS order at High Hopes so I didn't get it until after Xmas. This is the 1st time it has been inked up.

Friday night I went to customer appreciation night at another one of my LSS. We are lucky here that there are multiple stores in our area in addition to Michael's and AC Moore. We all got goodie bags. One of the items in the bag was Memory box new polka dot 6 x 6 paper. I love polka dots so I was thrilled to see it in my bag. The colors are beautiful. I loved it so much I bought a 2nd package. I used the brown and green on this card.

I thought the top left corner looked blank so I dug through my embellishments. I found some leaves that I bought when a Art store was going out of business. I like when I make an impulse buy and then actually use it! I can't count how many times I buy things knowing that I will use them and then I never do.

I hope everyone is having a good weekend. It is beautiful here today. Nice day to relax and create. Thank you for stopping by. I hope you like my card.

CS: SU Always Artichoke, Chocolate Chip
DP: Memory Box
STAMPS: High Hopes, SU
MISC: Tonic punch, Black Ink Decorative Accents, Michaels Ribbon, Brads

Friday, October 23, 2009

Merry and Bright, Sugarbowl 22

Good Morning. Thanks for stopping by my blog and looking at my cards. I hope you like what I have created.

I made this card for Kathy's Sugar Bowl sketch challenge #22. I received my stamps yesterday from winning the challenge a couple weeks ago and wanted to use one on this challenge. I kept looking at them and decided on Demure. She is so darn cute! I always saw her as a summer stamp but then I thought if I colored her in red & green she would make a cute XMAS stamp so that's what I did. I have some issues coloring and blending reds for some reason. The sleeves look alot more shaded in real life.

I really wanted to color the lace red but didn't dare since I didn't have much left. If it got messed up I wouldn't have enough to finish the card today. I have a busy weekend so I really wanted to finish this and get it posted.

If you like my card please let me know. I would love to know what you think.

CS: SU Real Red, Garden Green
STAMPS: Sugar Nellie, SU
MISC: Gold dots, Michaels Red Ribbon, JoAnns lace Ribbon, MS lace punch, Spellbinders oval die, Hero Arts Poinsettas

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Beautiful Autumn, 3CTC35

Happy Tuesday! How is everyone's week going? I hope well. It's been cold here and Sunday we had snow showers again. It is unusual for us to have them this early. Does this mean we are going to have a cold, snowy winter? I hope not. I work from home so I don't have to drive through the snow in rush hour traffic anymore but I still don't like it.

I was looking through some stamps to see what I wanted to use and remembered my Just Rite Autumn stamps. I love this set. They are easy to color and you can do alot with them. It is my favorite set from Just Rite.

This weekend I picked up my gift certificate from a yard sale they had. This is the first one I have done and I didn't sell alot but I did make enough to buy this spellbinders die and an Autumn saying stamp. I guess next time I will need to mark down some stamps I wanted to sell if I want to get rid of them. The good news is that I got rid of a bunch of old stickers, paper etc. that I will never use.

I liked the way this card came out and thought I could use it for Kerry's weekly challenge. This week theme is Nature. I think this fits the category. Right?

Thanks for stopping by and looking at my card. Let me know what you think.

CS: SU Real Red, Garden Green
STAMPS: Just Rite, Amuse
MISC: Spellbinders, Michaels ribbon, Gold Dots

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Let it Snow, Copic Challenge 14

Good afternoon everyone. I hope everyone is having a good weekend. It's getting really cold here in New England. We had snow the other morning. Luckily it rained so it is now gone.

When I saw that the Copic challenge this week was black I thought "Oh No!!". Then I watched Suzanne Dean's video for coloring black hair and thought I would give it a try. I see so many cards made and the hair looks beautiful and I want to try and give my Sugar Nellie gals the same hair. How does this look? Opinions Please!! Too much gray? Too little gray?

This is one of the Sugar Nellie Country Cousins Holiday stamps. She was so much fun to color. I know I will be making another Xmas card with her before the end of the year. Once again I went with the new Basic Grey paper pack. I just love the color combos in this pack.

Thank you for coming by. I appreciate any feedback on my hair coloring.

CS: SU Tempting Torquois, Bravo Burgandy
DP: Basic Grey
STAMP: Sugar Nellie
MISC: SU label punch, Michaels ribbon, Pearls

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Happy Haunting, TSSC 90

Good Morning. It is chilly here this week. I had to break down and turn on my heat this weekend. I woke up Sunday morning and it was only 31 degrees. I'm still not use to it. I keep running out to do errands not dressed warm enough. Winter is right around the corner. I'll be talking about snow before you know it. I hate the snow but I love making winter cards so I guess I will survive it.

I made this Halloween card for Mary Jo's sketch challenge. I still can't decide if I like it. I thought it looked plain so I added the bats and spiders but now I don't know if I should have. They seem to look out of place.

My special occasions Just Rite set came in handy for this challenge. Most stamps out today are big and I have to dig for smaller stamps. I love the MS spider web punch. I couldn't wait to use it.

I hope everyone is having a good week. Thank you for visiting my blog and looking at my cards.

CS: SU Pumpkin Pie, Basic Gray
MISC: MS spider web punch, bat punch, Michaels spider punch, cuttlebug embossing folder, Spellbinders die

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Warm Winter Wishes, Sugarbowl 21

Good Morning! I made this card for the Sugarbowl challenge. This time I made it after reading the fine print. I wanted to change it up a little after following the sketch exactly with my mistake card (see previous post). I thought she looked cute cut with the Oval spellbinders die so I went with it.

I love the colors in this card. Maroon and Rose are very elegant to me and I definetly think this little lady is elegant. I added glitter to the muff, snowflakes and under her feet for snow. I really wanted to add alot more glitter but then told myself less is more. I wanted to use flowers on the corners but added the snowflakes to the middle to keep with the winter theme.

I think this was the 1st Sugar Nellie stamp I fell in love with. I didn't get it until last spring so I was excited that I had a reason to use her. I know you will see her again thoughout the winter.

Thank you for stopping by. Please leave a comment and let me know what you think. I hope you like her as much as I do.

CS: SU Regal Rose, Bravo Burgandy
DP: Basic Grey
STAMPS: Sugar Nellie, Michaels $1 for saying
MISC: Tonic and SU punches, Spellbinders dies, Cuttlebug embossing folders, CTMH Brads, SU glitter, Primas

Thursday, October 8, 2009

WOW! What a day!!

What a day!!! I woke up this AM thinking of all the work stuff I needed to do. It was going to be a long day. I rolled out of bed, hit the coffee button and went to my blog. I noticed alot of hits for my Sugarbowl challenge card. Since the new sketch was being released today I thought I would pop on over to see what it was. When I did I looked to see who won last weeks challenge and it was ME!!!! Needless to say my dreaded long day turned into WOW...What a day!!!!! I am so excited!!! I ordered their new XMAS stamps on Monday so they should be here tomorrow or Saturday and now I get to pick 6 more. I just keep staring at Funky Kits trying to decide what I want.

Anyway, I also decided to make a card with the new sketch but I was so excited I didn't read the fine print. It's suppose to be Xmas or Winter theme. OOOPS .......So.....I'm posting this but I will be making a new one with one of my winter / XMAS stamps. Silly me.... I really like the sketch and since I can play with SN all day long it is not a problem.

I hope everyone else is having a good day. Thank you for stopping by. Let me know what you think of my fall version of the winter challenge.


CS: SU Garden Green, More Mustard
DP: Basic Grey, SU
STAMPS: Sugar Nellie, Lockhart stamps
MISC: Prima's, CTMH flowers, MM Brads, Cuttlebug embossing folder, Tonic punch, Michael's ribbon

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Give Thanks, Copic and Basic Grey Challenges

Good Morning! I hope everyone is have a good start to the week.

I made this card for the Copic Challenge and the Basic Grey Challenge.

The Copic Challenge was pumpkins. I keep trying different things on my pumpkins. I like the way these came out. They look much better IRL. I think these were easier than some of my other pumpkin stamps because they were smaller but practice makes perfect.

The Basic Grey Challenge was a sketch. I had problem with this one. I had every piece of orange and blue paper pulled out and finally decided on the striped and solid from the Lime Rickey pack I think. I had many papers pulled out so I'm not sure what paper came from which pack it came from.

I wanted to add a little sparkle so I painted stickles on the flowers and added some on the ivy. I folded the shutters out a little to give the card a little more dimension. Once all was done I like the way this came out. I have been trying different things to get my pictures to come out better. Please bear with me while I find the perfect solution.

Thank you for visiting my blog. If you like my card let me know what you think.

CS: SU Night of Navy, Pumpkin Pie
DP: Basic Grey
STAMPS: Lockhart
MISC: MM Brads, Prima flowers, Stickles

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Happy Birthday Chris, FSS Challenge

Good Morning. It is a dull day in New England. We had rain yesterday and all night. Today is cloudy and gray. Usually on days like this I don't want to do anything but sit on the couch and watch TV but today I seem to want to get things done. YEAH!!

I needed to finish this card for my friend Chris. Her Birthday is this week and I was one pearl short! I finally found the correct size pearl yesterday so I can mail this tomorrow. I started working with Chris 25 years ago. She was layed off about 10 years ago but we have remained friends. She is my Spa buddy. Our Birthday's are a month apart and when we turned 40 we started celebrating by going to a spa and before or after we go for a nice meal. We don't live really close to each other so we don't get the chance to see each other often. I look forward to our visits.

She also loves getting my cards. She tells me every year that she keeps all the cards I send her so I always try to make something I think she will really appreciate. This year I went with the Digi Set by Fred She Said. I love her stamps. She makes the most beautiful flowers. This set of flowers came with frames to be pierced. I am always drawn to piercing. I'm not sure why but I like it. It took me a few trys to figure out what scissors worked best to cut out the frames. Cutting things out is not something I am good at. I inked up the edges to hide my mistakes. The flowers are Asters and I don't know if they come in pastels but I wanted this card soft of feminine so I went with it.

I also just figured out when I went to get the FSS link to put in the post that she is having a contest! YEAH!! I would love to win this and without even knowing it I have the card made! Maybe a good sign...Hmmmm....

I hope you all are having a great weekend. I hope you like my card.

CS: SU Pretty in Pink, Bashful Blue,
DP: Magenta
STAMPS: Fred-She-Said
MISC: Lace ribbon, Recollections pearl