Coasters were everywhere…and I found a SALE!!!

I made about a zillion of these for Christmas gifts, and managed to give them all away except these last ten before I remembered to take a picture. Go figure! Each set had 20 coasters, and there were four *edge* colors – Only Orange, Pink Passion, Green Galore, and YoYo Yellow. Here, I just have 10 of the Pink Passion ones. The coasters are just the plain chipboard coasters – designed with the idea of being disposable. To help with the after-gathering clean up!

I stamped the $1 margarita stamp on the coaster with Black Stazon, and colored it with my SU markers. I used Stampin Spots to do the edges. This was totally I super simple project – I even took them into work and worked on them during my lunch hour.

Happily, they were a smashing success. DH took a set to use for his office *Greedy Santa*, and the coasters were fought over! I’m so flattered!!
I also gave a set to a friend that just bought a houseboat, so she thought they were great. Both of my SIL’s got a set, as did my stepmother and future SIL. My mom got a set using stamps from Do the Hula and Beautiful Beach, but I forgot to take pics.

I made these for a friend of my husband’s. I stamped the cup in Timber Brown Stazon, the steam in Jet Black Stazon, and the bean and sentiment are in the brown stazon. The coasters are edged in Close to Cocoa and Creamy Caramel. I love love this Like it a Latte set — I think I will make some “New Year’s Happy Wishes” cards with them. It is such a fun set! I’ll probably do some Valentine’s Day cards with them too.

I did treat myself to some Lizzie Anne Designs and Inkadinkadoo stamps today, which I am planning to use for Valentine’s too. Want to know where I go them? Lindsey, aka Jacksonbelle, is having a sale over at her store, Jacksonbelle’s Embellishments. Almost everything is on sale — go get some stuff!

Here are the details for both sets of coasters:

Stamps: Like it a Latte; Mike’s $1 Margarita stamp
Ink: Timber Brown and Jet Black Stazon; Pink Passion
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New Stamps…For Free!!!

Guess who got free goodies in the mail this week?? Me, that’s who! Ok, so did every other Stampin Up demo…but I’m still thrilled! It was so nice of them to send us all new stamps for free. The set, called “Time Well Spent” will be a Level Three hostess set in the new catalog, which will be released January 1, 2008.  Can’t wait!

I used Beate’s always fabulous Weekend Sketch Challenge for this card. I’m still not sure I’m totally in love with the way it turned out, but I do like it.

My dp is Daisy D’s – I ran it through my Cuttlebug (used the textured folder) and then sanded it. To darken the bright white result, I sponged it with Close to Cocoa. The flower was stamped twice on Confetti Cream and watercolored using an aquapainter and Watercolor Wonder Crayons. The flower center is a creamy brown teeny tiny button, tied on with linen thread.

More interesting details:

Stamps: Time Well Spent, $1 acrylic stamp sentiment
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Ruby Red, Creamy Caramel, Confetti Cream, Daisy D’s dp
Ink: Timber Brown Stazon, Old Olive
Accessories: wwc, aquapainter, button ,linen thread, small and large oval punches

Live and Laugh!

Sorry for the lack of updates – it has been just plain crazy busy lately, and it hasn’t left me much time for stamping. Hopefully I can get all caught up this weekend!!!

I made this card a couple of weeks ago. I based it on the Sketch Challenge. I was excited that I remembered to bust out a PapertreyInk set that I never use — the new organizational redo of my craft room is really working for me!!

I used DCWV Far East dp, and my Butterfly Kisses set from Papertrey Ink. The butterfly was done in several steps: 1. Stamped outline in Timber Brown Stazon 2. Inked up the solid middle stamp and kissed it to another one, resulting in a *lined* effect 3. Stamped the small swirls butterfly in another color 4. Colored with my Sakura glitter pen to bring out color an highlighted the *lined* effect. I used my bone folder to curl the wings, and just adhered the middle to the panel.

Here are some details about it:
Stamps: Butterfly Kisses – PTI; $1 clear stamps
Paper: Always Artichoke, Naturals Ivory, Mellow Moss, Kraft, DCWV Far East DP
Ink: Timber Brown Stazon, Bravo Burgundy, Always Artichoke, Close to Cocoa
Accessories: Sakura glitter pen, Word Window Punch, Primas, SU brads, corner slot punch

Delightful Friend

I made this card for Beate’s Weekend Sketch Challenge. What a great sketch it is!!!! I love simple and easy – this sketch will get loads of use! I made my card a 4.25″ square, just to do something different last night.

My base is Chocolate Chip. The fabulous patterened paper is from basic Grey’s Mellow line. I got it at Paper Manor, which is a great new store I’ve discovered! To highlight my main panel I chose Old Olive and Cool Caribbean cardtock. The Very Vanilla panel has two flowers on it – one stamped directly on the cardstock and watercolored with Taken with Teal reinkers, and the other is a popped up, clear embossed flower (I mixed clear powder and iridescent ice for a bit of sparkle). I like the offset look! I also used a sponge dauber to add some Tim Holtz Ranger Distresser Ink in the Walnut Stain color to the edges.

The sentiment in the corner is from a Studio G set I got a Michael’s – you just can’t beat those $1 stamps!!!! I got a little ambitious and decided to hand stitch the edges of the cardtock to the Mellow paper. It took awhile, but I am thrilled with the way it ended up looking. I’ve lsot a piece of my sewing machine, which is why I can’t machine stitch. Maybe I’ll look into one of those tiny ones (Heidi Swapp, maybe? Are they useful?)

This really turned out to be a quick and cute little notecard; I think I might make a set of them to give away!

Cute Little Hang Dog

I made this little quickie on Monday – I’m so slow with the uploads! DD really wanted to sit in my lap, so I knew whatever I made was going to have to be fast and easy, so we could get to the important stuff — playtime and stories.

I started this card with Jeanne S’s JBWW challenge for the week in mind. The challenge was to use a cute critter on your card. Well, I love this little puppy, but never use him. He is a $1 stamp from Michael’s. I recently picked up the other image, also a $1 stamp, and thought it would look cute hanging down from the bone. It says *Hang in There*. It really amuses me!

My card base is Chocolate Chip, and the dp is DCWV Far East. I sponged some Close to Cocoa ink on it. The mat for the Naturals White panel that the puppy is mounted on (and stamped on as well) is also from the Far East mat pack. It has Chocolate Chip ink dtp’d around the edges and sponged it on the panel. To color the puppy, I first stamped him in Timber Brown Stazon. Then I used Julie’s (reneejul1) fun new tutorial for coloring with SU Markers. She recommends watercolor paper, which I don’t have, so the effect isn’t perfect — but it still turned out well!

Ok, back to planning my stamp room redo!

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!!!

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!