Sunday, December 26, 2010

Friday Mashup #24

Its time for another challenge over at Friday Mashup and this time its a color challenge from Terry. I LOVE these colors! Old Olive and Real Red are one of my favorite combos and the Marina Mist goes great with them!
Its the day after Christmas and I was sitting here thinking about all the thank you cards we need to send to family so I thought I better get going on that, so here is a 'thank you' made with this weeks color challenge.

I used Real Red for the base color and then used the spiral punch on some Old Olive cardstock. The images are from the Aviary set and were stamped on Whispered White, which was they layered on some Marina Mist. The sentiment was stamped on Whisper White and I used the Modern Label punch to cut it out and then I popped it up with dimensionals to give the card some pop..I dont have any Marina Mist ink right now(bad me!) so I used Pacific Point to stamp a bird and to sponge the edge of the Marina Mist cardstock.

 Supplies(all supplies SU unless otherwise noted):
Stamps-Aviary, Small Script
Paper- Real Red, Old Olive, Marina Mist, Whisper White
Ink- Old Olive, Real Red, Pacific Point
Accessories- Modern Label punch, Spiral punch, sponge, dimensionals


Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Mashup Sketch

I keep telling my friend Holly, who is one of the great gals that runs the Friday Mashup blog, that I'm going to start stamping again and work on their challenges. I havent kept my word on that and I feel bad about it. I know my dad would want me to do the things that make me happy but grief is a hard thing and I'm working through things one day at a time. For the new year I am pledging to get back on the stamp train and start getting a good stash of cards again. I started today with the challenge from the Mashup blog, which was a sketch from Holly.

The card base is Early Espresso and the stamp is from the set A Wish for Peace. I stamped it on Whisper White in Always Artichoke. I then used some Frost White shimmer paint on it to make it look like snow sparkling on the trees. The 1 3/8" circles were punched out of Deck the Halls DSP and ribbon in Always Artichoke finished it off.
 Supplies used(all supplies SU unless otherwise noted):
Stamps: A Wish For Peace
Paper: Early Espresso, Whisper White, Deck the Halls DSP
Ink: Always Artichoke
Accessories: Always Artichoke ribbon, Frost White shimmer paint, 1 3/8" circle punch, sponge, dimensionals


Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Friday Mashup with Snowmen

For the latest Friday Mashup challenge the lovely ladies over there said make a snowman card!! I promised my friend Holly that I would really try to get myself back into challenges again so today, after I got some Thanksgiving stuff ready, I sat down to get a card done.

Friday Mashup!

Its the end of November in southcentral Alaska so you think I'd have enough snow to make a snowman. Well, if the snowman was to be made of ice it would be no problem. This week we were hit with an ice storm and we were stuck in the house Mon and Tues, with schools cancelled Tues and today. Tomorrow we're supposed to get snow and colder temps again so its just going to make driving horrendous. Thank goodness we never go anywhere for Thanksgiving!

Anyway, for this card I used one of my all-time favorite snowman sets, Flaky Friends. These snowmen are just too cute! The card base is Garden Green, and I used some Candy Cane Christmas DSP also. The image and sentiment are both stamped on Whisper White. I used a glue pen and Dazzling Diamonds to create a little layer of snow below the snowmen. The sentiment is popped up with dimensionals and in person it gives it a really nice look that the camera just doesnt pick up.

Supplies(all supplies SU unless otherwise noted):
Stamps- Flake Friends, Many Merry Messages
Paper- Garden Green, Whisper White, Candy Cane Christmas DSP
Ink- Black StazOn, Real Red
Accessories- Various SU markers, Real Red ribbon, Dazzling Diamonds, sponge, dimensionals


Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Bells and Boughs

I actually got a card done this week! My goal was to make a card everyday but I should have known that was going to be asking too much for this week. There are just too many reminders of my dad this week, with the Marine Corps birthday today, Veterans Day tomorrow and his birthday Fri. I cant concentrate enough to get many cards done but hey, I got 1 finished and thats better than none right?

I'm desperately behind on Christmas cards so I made one using the Bells and Boughs set out of the Christmas mini. I love the old fashioned feel to this set. I used Old Olive for the card base with layers of Jolly Holiday DSP, Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla and some Old Olive run through the Cuttlebug with the Swiss Dots folder. I also used some Old Olive ribbon on the card.

The sketch is from this weeks Mojo Monday.

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Bells and Boughs
Paper: Old Olive, Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla, Jolly Holiday DSP
Ink: Black StazOn, Cherry Cobbler
Accessories:  Various SU markers, Old Olive ribbon, CB Swiss Dots folder, Nestabilities Circles, dimensionals


Friday, November 5, 2010

For All You Do--MDS card

I had some free time this afternoon so I decided to play with the SU My Digital Studio some more. I really wanted to make a card for my my dad's girlfriend, who I pretty much consider my stepmom. The entire yr that my dad battled his cancer she was right by his side and did so much for him, it was just amazing. When my dad left this world Oct.2nd she was right by his side and I know with every ounce of my being that if it hadnt been for her love he wouldnt have made it as long as he did. I love her, and I want her to always know how much I appreciate everything she has done. She is currently out of state from where her and my dad lived, visiting her mom down south, so I created this card so I could post it on her Facebook and just let her know that I was thinking about her.

I used Soft Suede as the base color, then layers of Sunny Day DSP in Pumpkin Pie. The stamps are from For All You Do and I used the colors Crushed Curry, Old Olive and Cherry Cobbler. The ribbon is Old Olive.


Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Help from Holly

So I recently signed back up with SU as a demo and got the My Digital Studio program. I havent had much time to play with it and when I have I've gotten a bit frustrated and gave up. Today my friend Holly met up with me on Yahoo Messenger and walked me through it. This is the card I created with her guiding me through the different functions offered with MDS.

Thank you Holly!!

We used the Sweet Sunday Sketch and I have to admit, when she told me I was going to be using that sketch I was like " Are you kidding me? You said we were going to start off easy! LOL". Of course its a Christmas card...only 52 days left!! We used the Candy Cane digital kit. So cute!


Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Friday Mashup Challenge #14

I havent stamped or crafted in about a month,having experienced the loss of someone who was such an important part of my life. Very slowly I am trying to get motivated again and so today I wanted to take part in the latest Friday Mashup challenge.

Dont laugh at my first attempt with the SU My Studio program! My friend Holly has raved about it so when I rejoined SU as a demo I decided to get the software.

Holly posted this sketch challenge:
This is the digital card I came up with, using the SU My Studio program:


Monday, September 20, 2010

Happy Fall Y'all

Today I played along with this weeks Clean and Simple Challenge over at Splitcoast. You were to to use fall colors(red, brown, yellow, orange, kraft, vanilla etc) to make your card.

I with with Kraft for my card base and then I used Versamark to make a border along the left fold of the card. I then took small strips of Chocolate Chip and Ruby Red and placed those next to the border. I popped up my scarecrow image, stamped on Very Vanilla, with dimensionals. I then used brads along the right side of the scarecrow image.

Very easy card, my favorite kind to make :)

Supplies(all supplies used are SU unless otherwise mentioned):
Stamps- Happy Fall Y'all
Paper- Kraft, Ruby Red, Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla
Ink- Black StazOn, Versamark
Accessories- SU watercolor crayons, blender pen, dimensionals, brads


Thursday, September 16, 2010


Well, I havent been as productive as I was last week but thats ok. Autumn is in full swing here in Alaska and I like to be out enjoying it while it lasts, so then my stamps sit idle in my craft space.

I did get this card made for this weeks sketch challenge over at Splitcoast and also for this weeks Color Throwdown. I'm not a pink person but I love this color combo!

I used the set Flight of the Butterfly and my card base is Basic Gray. I used Basic Gray DSP from SU and PP from S.E.I. and layered that on Rich Razzleberry. The paper from S.E.I. was perfect for Pink Pirouette! The sentiment was stamped on Whisper White and again layered with some Rich Razzleberry. The oval was cut on Whisper White using Nestabilities and I sponged the edges with Rich Razzleberry.

The butterflies are stamped with Basic Gray and Rich Razzleberry and then I coated them with Crystal Effects to have them stand out a bit more, even though its hard to see that in the photo. I then used dimensionals to pop the butterflies up.
Supplies used(all supplies SU unless otherwise noted):
Stamps-Flight of the Butterfly
Paper-Basic Gray, Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White, Basic Gray DSP, Jolie Chocolat PP by S.E.I.
Ink- Basic Gray, Rich Razzleberry
Accessories- Crystal Effects, Dimensionals, sponge, Oval Nestabilities


Friday, September 10, 2010

Merry Mouse-mas!

I've got another Christmas card to finish out the week. I used the sketch from this weeks Splitcoast challenge and also incorporated this weeks challenge from CSAYL, which was to use brads or eyelets.

I found this House-Mouse stamp in Hobby Lobby(oh how I love this store and wish Alaska would get one!) when I went back to CO in July. I thought the image was just too cute to pass up! I stamped in on Whisper White and then backed it with some Real Red. The DSP is also backed with Real Red and it's all on a card base of Chocolate Chip. I thought the brads tied in nicely with the idea of snow.

Supplies used(all supplies SU unless otherwise noted):
Stamps: House-Mouse "Cuddly and Warm"

                               Paper: Chocolate Chip, Real Red, Whisper White, Ski Slope DSP
          Ink: Black StazOn, Real Red, Glorious Green, Close to Cocoa, Chocolate Chip, Summer Sun, Creamy Caramel
Accessories: Dazzling Diamonds, Brads, sponge, blender pen


Thursday, September 9, 2010

Make Merry

I'm rolling right along with cards this week, wooohooo! Today I went with this weeks Mojo Monday sketch and made another Christmas card. This card is a bit out of my comfort zone, as its a bit too pink for my taste but one of my best friends LOVES pink and so I always make her Christmas card with the colors that she loves!

The card base is Certainly Celery and I then used some PP by K&Company layered on top of Real Red. I cut the circle out with my Nestabilities on some Whisper White and then sponged it with Real Red and added the ornaments. Those were stamped in Real Red, Regal Rose and Certainly Celery. The Rose and Celery ornaments are both popped up with dimensionals. I used silver cording to make it look like there were hooks on the ornaments.

Real Red ribbon was used across the center of the card and from there I hung a tag stamped on Whisper White and again attached with silver cording.

Supplies used(all supplies SU unless otherwise noted):
Stamps- Delightful Decorations, Tags So Much
Paper- Certainly Celery, Real Red, Whisper White, PP by K&Company
Ink- Real Red, Regal Rose, Certainly Celery
Accessories- Ornament Punch, Small Tag Punch, Real Red Ribbon, Silver Cording, Nestabilities(circle), Regal Rose, Real Red and Certainly Celery markers, dimensionals


Wednesday, September 8, 2010

I Love Autumn!

The leaves of the birch and aspens here are turning a gorgeous yellow, letting Alaskans know that fall is here, if only a few weeks. Autumn is my 2nd favorite season(winter is #1!) and I am so excited to see the landscape changing around me. When I saw the Clean and Simple Challenge over at Splitcoast this week I knew I wanted to make a fall card.

The image is stamped on Whisper White, cut into 4 squares and then mounted on some Ruby Red cardstock. The base for the card is Kraft. Using Versamark I stamped falling leaves as a background image on the Kraft, and the sentiment(inside and out) was stamped in Ruby Red. I took some red hemp twine and tied that around the card.

To give the card a little something extra I added orange stickles to the pumpkins.

Supplies used(all supplies SU unless otherwise noted):
Stamps- Thoroughly Thankful
Paper-Kraft, Ruby Red, Whisper White
Ink- Black StazOn, Ruby Red, Versamark
Accessories- SU markers and watercolor crayons, Stickles, Red hemp twine


Workdesk Wednesday

I'm posting along with The Stamping Ground blog today for Whats on Your Workdesk?? Wednesday. Once again my desk is pretty clean! You can see the fall card I was working on but I dont have stuff piled all over like I normally do. I did spend this past Sunday rearranging my little craft space, so I hope that enables me to keep things a little cleaner. We shall see.


Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Friday Mash-Up

If you have been to this blog before you have seen me mention my friend Holly many times. Yrs ago when we were both stationed in WA state she got me back into rubberstamping(I hadnt done it in yrs because I had 3 little ones) and introduced me to Stampin'Up. (the hubby thanks you oh so much Holly, hehehe).Anyway, she always has cool stuff on her blog and she has started a new thing with 2 friends of hers, called Friday Mashup. Every Friday they all post projects using the same sets, supplies, colors, sketch, etc. This week they have a sketch challenge and I made time today to specifically play along.

Since I havent gotten as many Christmas cards done as I normally would at this point in the yr I went ahead and made a Christmas card using the O' Tannenbaum sets, one of my absolutely favorites. I love anything that suggest an old-fashioned Christmas and this tree reminds me of the trees that my grandparents had when I was growing up, and of the ones my dad would pick out for our house.

I used Ruby Red for the card base and the DSP is Holiday Treasures, another one of my favorites. I stamped the tree and sentiment on some Whisper White and used Chocolate Chip for the scalloped border. All of the edges were sponged with Chocolate Chip.

I used a label punch for the sentiment and attached some Ruby Red brads. The sentiment is popped up with dimensionals.
Its hard to tell in the picture but I used a gold gel pen for the garland on the tree and in person it has a nice sparkle to it. All of the coloring was done with SU Watercolor Crayons.

I forgot to get a picture but inside the card I layered  Ruby Red on some Chocolate Chip cardstock. Using Versamark I stamped the tree image in the middle of the Ruby Red and then using Chocolate Chip I stamped the main sentiment over the tree image.

Supplies used(all supplies SU unless otherwise noted):
Stamps- O' Tannenbaum, Small Script
Paper- Ruby Red, Chocolate Chip, Holiday Treasures DSP, Whisper White
Ink- Black StazOn, Chocolate Chip
Accessories- Scallop Border Punch, Round Corner Punch, Label Punch, Ruby Red Brads, Versamark, Gold Gel Pen, SU Watercolor Crayons, Dimensionals