You’re the One!

I did this for last week’s Sketch Challenge. I modified the sketch a little – my focal panel should have gone all the way across the card. Ooops!! I think it is a cute sketch the way it is, though. Then again, anything with this adorable Lizzie Anne Designs duck is cute!!!!! And the saying……too much! I guess this is technically a *baby* stamp, but I think it is fun for friends and family, too!

My card base is Certainly Celery; I stamped the Linen background stamp with its coordinating ink on it. Both of my panels are matted with Bashful Blue, and the dp is from the Prima Lucid collection. The little duckies are stamped using Black Stazon. I colored them using reinkers and an aquapainter. I also edged the Naturals White panel the same way. The little tab with the sentiment is the Round Tab Punch, dtp’d with a Bashful Blue Stampin Spot. I used my mat pack and paper piercer to punch holes on both the tab and the dp panel, and then hand-stitched some Linen Thread. I added mini Primas to anchor the ducks, and in the bottom corner of the dp panel just for fun. They have SU brads in the center of them.

It is a fairly simple card, but I just wasn’t feeling so swell this weekend! Sick little ones will really wipe you out – or at least she wipes me out. I do love that only *Mommy* can make it better for her, though. I’m so over-the-moon thrilled that somehow, by just holding her, I make her feel better. Having a daughter is so darn wonderful!

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Hey, Pumpkin!

Here’s a little Halloween quickie! I got these cute Daisy D’s cardstock die cuts from Jacksonbelle’s store, and promptly misplaced them (if you could see my stamp room, you understand why!). I found them on Sunday, just after I swore I was done stamping for the day. But I couldn’t resist – I had to do a quick one!

My base is Marigold Morning cardstock — I am still cherishing my In Colors from last year. The Marigold is such a great fall color! Based on the other colors in the die cut tag, I chose Elegant Eggplant for my only layer. I ran it through my Cuttlebug (d’Vine Swirl folder) and outlined each of the swirls with my Basic Black journaler, for more defintion. My image is a $1 stamp from Mike’s – cute, huh?? I stamped it in Black Stazon, and used my markers to color it. I added a Q&Co big orange brad to it, and some fun polka dot organdy ribbon (also from jacksonbelle!) in orange and purple. The little ribbon buckle is from Joanns.com. To polish the whole thing off, I ticket punched the corners of everything. I’m just tickled with this simple little card — not my best work, I know. But it was fun and easy!!!

Check This Out!!!

Do you have Copic Marker envy????? I do! They are soooooo not in my budget, though! So I’ve been content to just drool all over the gallery uploads. But no more!!!! Go over to Julie’s blog, Paper Pleasing Ideas, and look at this tutorial – you will be blown away!! She is gonna teach you, step by step, how to color with your SU markers and get the same result as Copics!!!!! I am so serious – this is amazing!!!!!

Fairies for a Cure

I was feeling kind of under the weather yesterday, so I relaxed, hung out with DH and DD, and made a few cards. I’ve been meaning to do a few cards for the contest over at Lizzie Anne Designs – not because I think I’m going to win anything, but because the wonderful ladies in charge over there are donating all of the entries to Cards for Cancer. And I just think that is pretty darn fabulous! All entries must be received by October 28th, so I need to get myself going on this project. I plan to make a different card in honor of every person I personally know who has fought a battle with cancer. One down, seven to go.

My card is a 4.25″ square. The base is Pretty In Pink cardstock, and the main panel is Bazzill Textured Grey. I used my Encore Silver pad to stamp the Fairy Saying in the lower corner, and to edge the whole piece. My fairy is stamped in Black Stazon on Naturals White cardstock. I colored her using my SU Marvelous markers, coated her dress and wings with Stickles, and used my aquapainter to edge around it (with a Pretty in Pink reinker). I highlighted her crown and wand with a Sakura gel pen. My trusty Marvy Giga Scalloped Oval punch makes a great frame for her!!

To finish the card up, I put a piece of pink grosgrain ribbon behind it, and added two primas anchored by a pink crystal brad. I think it is adorable!

One Card, Two Challenges!

The mailman was kind enough to bring me my new stamps from Lizzie Anne Designs on Friday!!! They got here SUPER fast! One of my favorites is this sentiment, Good Cheer. Cute, isn’t it?? When I saw this week’s Limited Supply Challenge – to highlight a sentiment and some patterned/designer paper, I just KNEW what I was going to do! I am excited that I was able to use Beate’s Weekend Sketch for this card too – I always feel like I’ve accomplished something when I can work multiple challenges in for a card.

This card came together really easily. I love this Basic Grey Fruitcake Collection dp, so I paired the vintage ornaments tag with a piece from the Mellow collection and a piece from the Infuse collection. I bought all the paper at Paper Manor, which is a great new store I’ve discovered!

Supplies: Stamps – Lizzie Anne Designs – Good Cheer; Paper – Naturals Ivory, Always Artichoke, Basic Grey dp (Mellow, Infuse, Fruitcake); Ink – Old Olive, Pretty in Pink, Close to Cocoa; Accessories – circle scissors, corner tag punch, crop-a-dile, large eyelets, organdy ribbon, primas, stickles, dimensionals

Sometimes, people say things…

…and it just could not make any more sense. Lightbulb moments, kwim? I ran across this post today on Nicole Seitler’s blog, The Inkblog, and just HAD to share it. She shared a quote from another blog about the two types of *don’t know*. It is really interesting stuff. How many people do you know that swear they can’t stamp, or aren’t creative, or just couldn’t make a scrapbook page if they tried? This is all about those people. Check out her post!

Just Because I Wanted To…

I did the *Just Because We Wanna* challenge that BadSherry and Jeanne S host each week! This week it is a sketch challenge, with I think I’ve decided is my favorite kind of challenge. I’m so lazy – I love it when the sketch is done for me!!!!!

I got some new Basic Grey paper in the mail today, from a great new store called Paper Manor. Karen (jusgottastamp) owns it — she is so fabulous!! Check out her store – she is getting new paper in all the time and has excellent prices on Basic Grey!!! I’ve been drooling all over my Mellow, Infuse, and Fruitcake all afternoon!

On this card I used Mellow dp, from the 6×6 pad. I crumpled up the striped piece, and sponged on Tim Holtz’s Ranger Distress Ink in Walnut Stain. I used the same ink, swiped on with my sponge, on the edges on my Confetti Cream panel. AND because I like it so darn much, I sponged it on the Pumpkin Pie and Close to Cocoa!!! My Primas are from the Deep Woods collection – purchased from Jacksonbelle. Her store, Jacksonbelle Embellishments, rocks too!!!!

I stamped my $1 stamp image from Mike’s in Timber Brown Stazon and used my aquapainter and watercolor wonder crayons to color the small flower, and to highlight the sentiment itself. I did some faux stitching on the bottom of the Pumpkin Pie panel. The whole card came together pretty fast!