Luv Ewe!

Luv Ewe!This card was made for both a Limited Supply Challenge on SCS and a Tuesday sketch challenge that Mercy posted on her blog. Except I went a tiny bit sideways with the sketch, lol. But since I originated from it, I think it is important to give credit where credit is due! You can view all of the Tuesday Sketch Challenges that Mercy posts by clicking on the link under “Be Inspired” over on the left side of this page.

The Limited Supply Challenge  I did for this card was to use alphabet stamps to create a sentiment. I got out my favorite alphabet, Whimsical (the lowercase ones), for this card. I’m still sad that SU retired it! The colro scheme originated from the tiny bit of ribbon that can be seen to the left of the “e” in ewe – it is some dollar spot ribbon from Mike’s, and I’ve been dying to use it.  I also got out my liquid applique for the Doodle Factory sheep. I think he is adorable, and so does DD!


Stamps: Time Well Spent, Doodle Factory Animals, Whimsical Alpha lower
Paper: Basic Black, Whisper White, Pink Passion
Ink: Versafine Black, Pink Passion
Accessories: Pink Passion marker, Liquid Applique, corner slot punch (SU), $1 spot ribbon 

A Lahbstahgram!!

A Lahbstahgram!How darling is this???????? I mean it – this card could not be any cuter, I swear! An otter-ish friend of mine sent it to me, and out of courtesy to her I will simply refer to her as Muddy Otter. If you are an SCS junkie (like I am!) you know who she is!

I recently ran across a adorable journal with a lobster on the front of it. And knowing of my otter friend’s affinity for lobsters, i simply had to send it to her. And this amazing creation was my thank you note!!! He originally had two eyes, I promise – but DD was so fascinated by the card one becam a casualty of the tug-of-war we had over the card.

This one is defintely going on the wall in my stamp room. And will never come down!

Inspired by a friend

Earthy Brown Carte PostaleYesterday I shared the beautiful card called “Bonjour…the Sequel”. My friend Helen over at All Things Stampy made it – she is a Stampin Up demo in the UK (she also happens to be many other things besides a demo, I just thought I’d post something about her that was stamping related!).  Scroll down a post for all of the details about that card.

What really struck me about it was the offset swirly thing (nice description, huh?). It just looked so….neat. And vintage. And I was immediately jealous that I had not thought of it myself, lol! I also loved her main panel, with the flower image paired with “Bonjour”. So lovely!

I was in a brown kind of mood when I made this (obviously). I used the Leaves a la Carte wheel on the Kraft panel, and sponged some Close to Cocoa very lightly on it. On the Confetti Cream panel, I started by stamping the retired French Script background in Creamy Caramel. Then I inked up the large swirly thing with Close to Cocoa, and stamped it on the right edge and top of the panel. In the lower left corner I stamped the fleur-de-lis in Chocolate Chip, but I stamped it off first. If you were really holding the card, you would see that the French Script shows through it a bit, which I love. Next I sponged the edges with Creamy Caramel (lots), and lightly did the middle of the panel as well. I went back over the very edge with the sponge and Close to Cocoa ink.

My smallest panel is also Confetti Cream. The flower and “Bonjour” are stamped with Chocolate Chip ink. I sponged that panel and the Kraft mat with Creamy Caramel, and after I distressed the edges I ran them over a Close to Cocoa pad. I put a piece of chocolate gorsgrain ribbon behind the panel (which is up on dimensionals), to help highlight it. Finally, I added a cutout bird, stamped with Close to Cocoa ink and popped up on dimensionals.

So, as you can see, I went in a totally different direction than Helen’s original card. But it was wonderful inspiration!!!!

Stamps: Carte Postale, Leaves A La Carte, French Script
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Kraft, Confetti Cream
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Creamy Caramel, Close to Cocoa
Accessories: gg ribbon, dimensionals, sponge
Techniques: sponging, distressing

Mail from across the pond!

Bonjour...the sequelI was thrilled to find this beauty in my mailbox this week – it came all the way from England! My dear friend Helen made it. A while ago, she featured it on her blog, All Things Stampy. You can see that post by clicking here – she gives all of the details about the card. She did a series of cards similar to this – this one happens to be called Bonjour…the Sequel.

If you’ve not had a chance to visit her blog before, I highly recommend it! She makes the most fabulous things. And Helen is THE queen of distressing! I always love her color combos, and her layouts. She is great inspiration, I tell you!

Tomorrow I will share the card that Bonjour…the Sequel inspired me to make. It really looks nothing like this one at all – completely different colors and layout.  But I did get my ideas here – so thanks Helen! And thanks for the card – it is beautiful!!!!!

A Simple and Masculine Birthday Card

Simple Masculine BirthdaySaturday was my boss’s birthday, and it occured to me Thursday night that I had not made him a card. So I whipped up this super simple card in about 15 minutes!

My base is Blue Bayou, and my main panel is Soft Sky. I stamped the “happy” form SU’s Happy Everything set in Timber Brown Stazon on Very Vanilla. I added interest to the corners with the ticket corner punch. I used the designer round tab punch to add the “birthday” below my main sentiment. Oh! My wonderful dp is from Crate Paper – they make awesome masculine papers!

I put an iTunes card inside, so it really doesn’t matter what the card looks like, lol.

I hope everyone has a wonderful Memorial Day, and takes time to remember all of the sacrifices the men and women of this country have made for us. For me, I’ll be remembering my Grandpa, who passed away last summer. He was a WWII vet, and then was part of the CIA. I really miss him.


Best Friends in Blue

Well, it has finally happened – I made a card and DH totally hated it. I’m so bummed! I love this set and this super sweet little image. Apparently DH is not a fan of the image, lol. Once he saw how crushed I was that he hated it, he tried hard to backtrack and say it wasn’t the card itself, but the stamp. He tried to make it better by saying that he loved the colors, and the ribbon, and I colored it nicely. But I’m still crushed – first impressions are hard to overcome!

The color combos for this came from yesterday’s color combo challenge. I love the contrast that the blues and greens have – such a dramatic effect! I still have some dp from an old Simply Scrappin’  kit (I think it is last year’s SAB one), so I threw a bit of that on there, too.

I put lots of love in this card. It is a for a friend who is celebrating a birthday. Hopefully she won’t hate it too! Of course, her birthday is Saturday, and I just made the card last night. And to make things worse, I left it on the kitchen counter this morning. So I can’t even put it in the mail today — uh oh!! I’ll try to explain it to her, and hope she doesn’t hate me forever.

I chose this image for my dear friend V, because it reminds me of what we would have looked like if we were friends when we were little. Sadly, she didn’t come into my life until this past year! In the past year she has offered me countless words of encouragment and advice, and I wouldn’t have made it through some days without her. I love you dearly, V!! Happy early birthday 🙂

I watercolored the image, and left the rest of the layout pretty simple. Sometimes simple is good!

Stamps: Sugar and Spice
Paper: Blue Bayou, Certainly Celery, Soft Sky, SU dp, non SU watercolor
Ink: Blue Bayou, Certainly Celery, Versafine Black, Wild Wasabi, River Rock, Mellow Moss, Groovy Guava, Apricot Appeal, Close to Cocoa, Barely Banana, Bashful Blue
Accessories: primas, eyelets, gg ribbon, cropadile, aquapainter
Techniques: sponging, watercoloring

Wild Kind of Garden

I made this Sunday for the Featured Stamper Challenge. I was instantly struck by how simply gorgeous Dawnsing’s original card was – wowza! You can see her card here – please take the time to drool over it! I favorited a bunch of her cards, and totally plan to case more of them.

On my version, I changed the stamps, the cardstock colors, the layout, and left off the brads. I do feel like I still captured the simplicity of her original design. And that is really something I love – the elegance of the design!

This is another short post, and I apologize. But I am overwhelmed at work, and can barely keep up. Sorry to be so brief again! have a wonderful day, and thanks for stopping by!


Stamps: One of a Kind, Watercolor Garden, Terrific Tulips
Paper: Soft Sky, Very Vanilla
Ink: Wild Wasabi, River Rock, Groovy Guava
Accessories: Key Tag Punch, Boho Blossom Punch, Sakura glitter pen, dimensionals