Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Sunday Stamps-Y

Its time again for Sunday Stamps over at Inka Dinka Doodle and we're just about at the end, as the letter this week is 'Y'. I wasnt able to participate last week as I had no sets or single stamps that began with 'X', or even any that gave me a chance to get creative with 'X'.Thankfully I had 3 sets for 'Y', and I incorporated 2 of them into my card...Yummy and Year After Year.

I decided to use the pumpkin from the Year After Year set. Autumn is rapidly arriving in Alaska and after winter its my favorite season! We're starting to see reds and yellows in the landscape here and before we know it all the leaves will be off the trees. After spending the morning outside in the crisp air, cutting wood for winter, I had autumn on the mind so wanted to do a card in that theme. Here is what I came up with:

Supplies used(all supplies Stampin'Up! unless otherwise stated):
Stamps: Yummy, Year After Year
Paper: Always Artichoke, Soft Suede, Autumn Traditions DSP
Ink: Black StazOn, Elegant Eggplant
Accessories: Orange Peel Stickles, brads, hemp twine, SU markers, dimensionals

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Monday, August 24, 2009

CSAYL Challenge 31

I've got Mon-Weds off this week so I was able to sit down and get some stamping done today. I should have been outside cutting wood for winter but shhhh, I wont tell if you wont!

The challenge on CSAYL this week comes from Sankari, of Sankaris Sunshine Corner. She says to:

Create a card that is not your regular A2 card (A2 cards regularly measure 4 1/4" x 5 1/2") Create anything but an A2 card! It can be a circle card, a square card, a heart card, a star card a christmas tree shaped card - any shape at all!!!

I ended up doing 2 cards for the challenge because I had decided to make a joy fold card, but when all folded its measurements are those of an A2 card. I blame that on being half asleep when starting my cards,hehehe.So here is the first card I did, the joy fold:

After realizing that this card didnt fit the challenge I sat back down and got to work on a second card. This time I made sure to follow the directions :0) I created a snowglobe card, which is a shape I have always wanted to try.

Supplies used(all supplies Stampin'Up! unless otherwise noted):
1st card-
Stamps:Holiday Spirit
Paper: Very Vanilla, Garden Green, Chocolate Chip, Real Red, Merry Moments DSP
Ink: Real Red, Garden Green
Accessories: Button, Dimensionals, Versamark,Sponge
2nd card-
Stamps:Merry Minstrels
Paper: White cardstock by Bazzill, PP by S.E.I.
Ink: Black StazOn
Accessories: SU markers and watercolor crayons, Real Red ribbon, Stickles, Versamark, Embossing Powder,Blender Pen


Thursday, August 20, 2009


What a busy week! The kids headed back to school and I now have 2 in high school,a sophomore and a freshmen, and our baby is in 5th grade! Where does the time go? I also asked myself that on Monday when I saw we were on challenge 30 over at the CSAYL blog. Wow! Seems like just yesterday that I discovered this awesome blog! If you havent been there before you really should check it out.

This week Maria posted the following sketch challenge:

I always tend to get nervous when I see sketchs that include circles, ovals, etc. Thats just never been my strong point, even with all the new dies/embellishments, etc that can create a shape for you in just a matter of seconds. I dove right into it though and included something else I've never done before--chipboard. I recently bought a set of chipboard on Scrapbooksteals.com and I figured I might as well try and do something with it :)

Here is the card I came up with. I sanded the paper on the tree to give it a more weathered look and I also added red stickles to the middle of all the red stars/snowflakes on the paper. Its very sparkly in person! I also paper pierced along the larger oval.

Supplies(all supplies Stampin'Up! unless otherwise noted):
Stamps:Many Merry Messages
Paper: Very Vanilla, Old Olive, Purely Pomegranate, PP by K & Company
Accessories:CB Snow Dots folder, Coluzzle,Christmas Red Stickles, chipboard from Cosmo Cricket ,Old Olive ribbon, paper piercer


Saturday, August 15, 2009

CSAYL cards set challenge #3

Maria over at the CSAYL blog recently started a new challenge on there, called the Card Set challenge. You have to create 3 or more holiday or celebration cards with the sketch(or other challenge) provided. I prefer to make my cards in bulk so I am really liking this new challenge.

This week Maria provided the following sketch and created some great Halloween cards with it.

She suggested that we also try our hand at some Halloween cards so I said what the heck. Halloween is my 2nd favorite holiday, although I normally dont send cards for it. I'll definitely find some people to send these too though!

Here is my card. I turned the layout sideways and since I just couldnt find anything in a circle shape I liked to go in the right corner I decided to just add the sentiment onto the main image and then added some ribbon to the corner.

Supplies used(all supplies Stampin'Up! unless otherwise noted):
Stamps: The More The Merrier
Paper: Whisper White, Basic Black, Old Olive, Ghostly Greetings DSP
Ink: Black StazOn, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie
Accessories: Black ribbon, Orange Stickles


Thursday, August 13, 2009


With this card I combined 2 challenges.

1.) Monday Stamps from Holly. This week the letter is 'W'. Since my family has been doing a lot of fishing lately I decided to go with the set Whale Wishes. Its another one I had to have and I think this is only my 2nd time putting ink to it, bad me!

2.) This weeks sketch challenge from Mojo Monday. This is the sketch posted:

This is the card I came up with:

Supplies used(all supplies Stampin'Up! unless otherwise stated):
Stamps-Whale Wishes
Paper-Whisper White, Ballet Blue, Certainly Celery,Only Orange,Chocolate Chip, PP by BoBunny
Ink-Green Galore,Only Orange, Tempting Turquoise,Basic Brown,Brilliant Blue
Accessories- CB Argyle folder,eyelet



We're on challenge #29 over at CSAYL and this week the challenge is being hosted by Vicki of Summerthyme Studio. She wants us to use the 'spotlight' technique on our Christmas cards. This is a very easy technique, one of my favorites, so I was anxious to get some time to myself to stamp. I had planned on stamping Tuesday night but was distracted by some very cute fox kits. Want a peek at them?

Arent they adorable? How can a girl stamp when she's got those cute little creatures to marvel over? :0) You can see more pictures on my photo blog.

Back to stamping....I finished up my card this morning. A very basic, simple(ha! my keyword again) Christmas card using a favorite set of mine. Here is what I came up with:

Supplies used(all supplies Stampin'Up! unless otherwise noted):
Stamps-Christmas Carolers,Print Pattern
Paper-Whisper White, Riding Hood Red, Chocolate Chip, Creamy Caramel
Ink-Basic Gray, Creamy Caramel
Accessories-Blender pen, SU watercolor crayons, Chocolate Chip ribbon,sponge, 1 1/4" circle punch, 1 3/8" circle punch


Sunday, August 9, 2009


This week over at Christmas Stampin' All Year Long the challenge was hosted by Debbie of The Paper Garden. She provided the following sketch for us to follow:

Here is the card I came up with for the challenge. For the snowflake I inked the stamp with Real Red first, then I rolled the edges with Garden Green. I also LOVE this DSP from Stampin'Up...its from the Merry Moments set and is in the current catalog. I'm going to have to stock up on it!

I made 5 of these to also go towards the Christmas Card challenge on Splitcoaststampers.

Supplies used(all supplies Stampin'Up! unless otherwise noted):
Stamps: Snowflakes
Paper: Very Vanilla, Real Red, Old Olive, Chocolate Chip, Merry Moments DSP
Ink: Real Red, Garden Green,Basic Brown
Accessories: Cuttlebug Snowflakes embossing folder,Coluzzle, snowflake ribbon from Michaels, dimensionals,sponge