Sunday, July 26, 2009

falling leaves

This is my favorite card so far from Patty's challenge, using Falling Leaves and Elegant Eggplant rick rack. I stamped the leaves individually and cut them out, then formed the wreath and layered the leaves with dimensionals.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

autumn traditions dsp

I love this new DSP, and I think it's great that you can create a card that doesn't need much stamping at all. When I'm in a hurry, that's what I'm looking for! I used Kraft and Elegant Eggplant cardstock, and the 1 1/4" and 1 3/8" square punches with DSP and Elegant Eggplant cardstock (loving that eggplant!).

Friday, July 24, 2009

birthday girl!

Here's my beautiful 6 year old! She's waiting, she knows it's coming. Ella turned 6 yesterday, so I thought I'd share what we did for the festivities.
This is the famous (in our house) meatloaf birthday cake. I cook 2 meatloafs in cake pans, then frost with mashed potatoes between the layers and on top. I added a little gravy to make it more special this year. It sure smelled good. Louie got in on it too, and there wasn't a speck left on that plate when they were done (big surprise).

I'm looking forward to leftovers myself!

elegant eggplant

I used the Bright Blessings jumbo wheel to get the "blessings" sentiment for this card. There are so many possibilities with this wheel, I'm loving it! I also used one of the leaves from the Falling Leaves set, then added a strip of DSP from Autumn Traditions (love this paper) and Elegant Eggplant rick rack from the Orchard Ribbon Originals. Simple, but I think it's a great color combination. I don't use Elegant Eggplant often enough, I see that changing!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

more sharing

This second card I made from Patty's challenge uses the jumbo wheel again, inking each sentiment individually to make them stand out, then cut it down to 5 1/4", then cut it into strips and mounted it on DSP, and added different width strips to fill the entire card surface.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009


Patty Bennett posted a challenge to her Luv2Stamp group in June, to come up with shares from the new pre-order things, and we'd get our name in a hat for every 5 entries. I was one of the winners, and I got some items to make more shares with! How fun is that! I got the Falling Leaves stamp set and Bright Blessings jumbo wheel, along with the Old Olive 1 1/4" striped grosgrain ribbon and Autumn Traditions DSP. This card utilizes the DSP and Old Olive ribbon, and I inked the wheel with individual markers to get the sentiment. It's a very versatile wheel, each image can be used individually, and will be great for the holidays!

Friday, July 10, 2009

animal stories album

I thought I'd make a cute little album using all the new In Colors cardstock and polka dot ribbon, and my bind it all. I used each of the images as a tab for a colored page,
then alternated the pages so each animal had a page to itself. I cut the cardstock at 4 1/4" x 5 1/4" for the base (so it could fit inside an envelope with the bind it all coils), then I cut 2 of the pages at 4 1/4"x 4", and 2 at 4 1/4"x 4 1/4". The 2 top pages (stamped with the giraffe in soft suede) were cut at 4 1/4"x 2 5/8".

Wednesday, July 8, 2009


There is one stamp in the Animal Stories stamp set that has people wondering if it's an owl or a cat. My first thought was cat, but apparently, most think it's an owl. The great thing is, it can be used for either. For this card I made it a cat, and used the thumping technique to make it a calico cat, with dusty durango and soft suede markers.

I made a second one and cut it out, then layered it on the first image with a dimensional. I added the old olive grass and mounted it on dusty durango and soft suede cardstock. Too cute. Oh yeah, to make it a cat, you have to draw in the tail and whiskers.

Monday, July 6, 2009

patty's pot

I had a great time playing with the Razzleberry Lemonade DSP and Patty Bennett's tutorial of how to make the cute small pot. I used markers and spritzed the stamp to get the watercolored flowers, and loved how the pots turned out, using both sides of the same DSP. The one with the terra cotta looking base had less water and came out much sharper, and I cut some extra blossoms to add dimension. The striped bottom base card had a wetter stamp, and gave a softer, more smudgy look. I used melon mambo, crushed curry and dusty durango markers for the flowers on both, and old olive for the stem. I think this DSP is perfect for giving 2 different looks to the same pot, subtle, but really nice.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

happy 4th of july

I hope everyone's having a great celebration today. I'll be working, but I had a great time playing with the Animal Stories set, and made this cute card using that same Versamark technique on the Tall Tales DSP, then backed it with Rose Red and Brilliant Blue cardstock (ok, that's my red, white and blue for today), then another layer of Tall Tales DSP and then Chocolate Chip cardstock. I thought it was really fun that the Versamark happened to be stamped right where a section of the rose red owl/cat happened to be, and came out perfectly on the giraffe's nose. Pretty cool. Enjoy the day, and take a minute to thank all our military personnel and their families for what they sacrifice for all of us.

Friday, July 3, 2009


On this sample with the Kind & Caring Thoughts Hostess set, I used the same watercolor technique, but it ended up a little muddy, so after it dried a little, I went back and restamped to get a little more detail, no spritzing this time. I used Melon Mambo and Old Olive markers for both the background and the image itself, then used the scallop edge punch to embellish the bottom of the Whisper White cardstock, and added the new Melon Mambo Polka Dot grosgrain ribbon.