Monday, September 21, 2009

Hello, Hello

I love this stamp set from Stampendous and I use it all of the time! To make this card I started with a brown paper bag, cut it to the size I needed. Then spritzed it with water, crumpled it up real well then opened it and lay it down without flattening it. A mushroom colored ink pad was rubbed over the top of the paper and then lightly spritz with water again but not too much. Let dry (you can speed this along with a heat gun), stamp the image with black and color in with pencils. Stamp olive paper with a background using lettuce ink. Layer all of the pieces as shown and stamp "hello" two times along the right side. Tie with ribbon and mount to a white card.



Ink-black VersaFine, lettuce Adirondack

Plus-brown ribbon, small brads, glitter, colored pencils


Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Smile, Smile, Smile :)

Hello all of my blogging friends! Here is a cheerful card for you, all stamps are by Stampendous. You should go check out their website and there great blog. The flower was stamped with black VersaFine ink, heat set and colored with water color pencils. You can't tell but there is glitter on the petals and dots. Both the black and white papers were cut using a Coluzzle. Thank you was stamped on a white square and the dots were stamped in cool peri Adirondack ink. This was then layered onto a black square and a white gel pen was used to make the dots. The fold of the card is tied with a light green ribbon. Then don't forget to stamp smile, smile, smile on the decorative paper in black.
Thank you for stopping by and I'll have another card up soon :)

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Blast From The Past

Here is a card I made quite a while ago and thought I would re-post it. The stamps are from Stampendous and the flower is watercolored. It is a real simple card with great decorative papers.
What have I been up to? Well my MIL has now been in the hospital for 28 days and she will probably get moved to a nursing home within a week. We don't know if she will get well enough to go back home or not.
This week I had family in from out of state that met the kids for the first time and it was wonderful seeing them for the two days they were here.
Melanie had finals this week and only has one more day to go, boy am I ready for summer!
I hope all of my blogging friends are doing well, I plan on making the rounds to all of your blogs. Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Comfort, Strenght, Hope...

This card was made for my "glossy card" class and it is using a crayon resist technique that is super easy! I used this wonderful clear stamp set from Stampendous and stamped the words in black StazOn ink, then stamped the leaves and let dry a few seconds. Using a clear or white crayon, color in the leaves. Then stipple or sponge on the cranberry and lettuce Adirondack inks diagonally, when finished wipe with a paper towel and the leaves will pop! Layer this onto black and gold papers, punch three holes along the left side and add ribbon then layer onto white paper. On a cranberry panel, stamp the leaves from the set using galaxy gold Brilliance and mount to a white card. Add the circle stickers from Stampendous to two of the corners and you are done. This card can be used for sympathy, for someone with an illness or who has lost a job.

Now here is a picture of Melanie who recently got her braces off, look at those wonderfully straight teeth!
So now for the reason I haven't been posting recently. My MIL is in the hospital for the 12th day and is expected to be there for another 2-3 weeks. She has a bunch of problems that came about quickly and we are hoping she gets better. So we have been visiting her often and haven't had time for much else. Here is a picture of my hubby Paul and my son Greg visiting Gram.
Here in southern California we have year round school and tomorrow is Greg's last day of 7th grade, wow my baby is growing up! So tomorrow is his awards ceremony and he will be getting an award for a 4.0 gpa, we are sooooo proud of him!! Then he is off for a month and into 8th grade he goes in July.

Thank you for stopping by and hope you all have a great week.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Smile :)

I was in a brown and blue mood when this card was made. The background is a resist technique on glossy paper. The flowers by Great Impressions were stamped on glossy white paper with VersaMark ink and then mushroom Adirondack ink was brayered over it. If you try this be sure to rub with a paper towel after you brayer. Fluffles by Stampendous was stamped on white matte paper with brown VersaFine ink, heat set and colored in with pencils. This was then layered onto brown and light blue papers.
My daughter Melanie is home sick today for the third day, I'm afraid I gave her this cold but she is worse than I was! She's been sleeping all day so I'm hoping tomorrow she will feel better and will be able to go to school.
Hope all of my blogging friends are staying healthy!

Monday, May 11, 2009

Thinking of You...

This card was made using glossy paper, it's one of my favorite techniques and it's oh so easy.
1. Cut glossy paper to 5 1/4" x 4" and mask the bottom with torn paper.
2. Brayer with butterscotch Adirondack ink and then stipple or sponge the edges with caramel Adirondack ink.
3. Stamp the butterfly from a Stampendous clear stamp set and the word "Comfort" in black dye ink first then fill in the space with the other images.
4. Outline some of the images with a white gel pen.
5. Remove the mask and stamp the sentiment also from Stampendous, in black.
6. Apply a chain Class A'Peel sticker from Stampendous to the bottom.
7. Then glue it onto a glossy white card and your done!
Now onto my weekend. My daughter Melanie's birthday was Friday, she turned 16 wow is that hard to believe! Here is a picture of her with her balloons.

Her are Melanie and Greg, I actually got Greg to put his arm around her, woo hoo!

Melanie took this picture of us with my Mom, she does a good job at taking her own pictures.

We've lived in our house for 6 years and for the first 4 years we had a nice looking backyard until our little home devaluators known as Maxie and Minie (see picture below) thought they could dig to China through our lawn if they tried hard enough, they almost made it! So for about the last 2 years we have had dirt and weeds back there which looked terrible!
About two weeks ago we got sod put in and it looks beautiful! And to be sure the dogs don't destroy it again, we put up a little fence that we attached to the patio posts, hehehehe try to get through that!

Thank you for stopping by, have a great week :)

Friday, May 1, 2009


Here is another acetate card using the Petal Plus Set from Stampendous. I stamped the petal five times with blue Brilliance, cut them out and colored the little flowers with a glitter pen and a white gel pen. The center of the flower was stamped with VersaMark and embossed it with white. The petals were glued to a white circle that was glued on the front of the acetate card and the dark blue circle was glued to the inside front page. I stamped a design on the front of the acetate with white Brilliance ink. The ribbon was tied around the card for the final touch.
Well this week I've had a pesky cold and I have finally gotten rid of it, so now I have housework to do since the cleaning fairy didn't stop by :(
Have a good weekend and thank you for stopping by!

Monday, April 27, 2009

Caught A Bug...

Stampendous has this super cute little stamp set that has a bunch of small images and saying to go along with them. So I stamped this little ant three times on white squares with black VersaFine ink, layered them on to red and black papers. These were glued to the front of an acetate card and the checkered, red and black papers were glued to the inside of the card. Inside to write on is a white panel. I cut the tag free hand and stamped "heard you caught a bug", tied it with ribbon and glued it down. This card is really cute and there is no coloring involved!
Check out Stampendous' new blog and see my "Spring" card", woo hoo! And keep checking back I have several other acetate cards that I will be posting in the next couple of days.
Have a great day!

Monday, March 30, 2009

Gotta Love The Baby

Last week I went to a baby shower so I got to make a cute little card. I love making baby cards but don't get much of a chance to make them since my friends are past that stage of their lives. For this card I used a baby set from Stampendous and used generic colors since she doesn't know if it is going to be a boy or a girl.
Be sure to check out the Stampendous link, they have a new blog that is worth looking at.
Have a nice week!

Monday, March 23, 2009

I'm Back!

Wow it's been a long time since I've blogged! I have been busy, busy, busy. I am in charge of the Girl Scout cookie sale for our troop and we have 15 booth sales scheduled for March, just became the snack bar coordinator for the swim team, and had a stamp class last week. I think the worst is behind me and now I can blow the dust off of my stamps and get to work.
This card was made for my class last week. The store Stamp Fever in the city of Orange in Southern California had an over stock of the leaf and flower stamps so I made this to help them sell.
The flower is stamped with caramel and the leaves with lettuce. The sentiment is stamped in black. The edges are sponged with butterscotch and caramel inks, layered onto black paper, tied with a green ribbon and glitter glue was applied to the center of the flowers. This was layered onto a golden rod panel that was stamped with the leaves in caramel and the edges are sponged with butterscotch and caramel and mounted to a black card. Peace is stamped on a square in black and the edges are sponged with the same inks as above. This is popped up with foam squares. Circle stickers are added to the corners.
Stamps- leaves and flower by Great Impressions, words by Stampendous
Inks- lettuce, butterscotch, caramel Adirondack, black VersaFine
Plus- circle stickers by Stampendous, ribbon, glitter glue
Thank you for stopping by!

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Crimped Birthday

This is a crimped envelope which is yesterdays TLC210 challenge over at SCS and the colors pink green and brown are from today's CC208 color challenge. The envelope was stippled with pink and brown inks, stamped the the flower in brown and glitter glue is in the center of the flowers. I wasn't intending to place the happy birthday on brown paper but I forgot to stamp it in brown on the envelope before I crimped it, so when I stamped it, it wasn't a good stamping. The butterfly was punched with green and pink papers and pearls are in the center. The dots on the green scallop were made using a white gel pen.
Below is the card that fits inside.
Stamps- happy birthday by Stampendous, flowers by Great Impressions
Inks- pink, mushroom Adirondack, VersaMark
Plus- butterfly punch by Martha Stewart, scallop punch by SU, pearls, circle stickers by Stampendous, white embossing powder, ribbon, A2 envelope

Friday, February 27, 2009

Challenges Galor!

Today I knocked out three challenges with this one card! So the SCS challenges are SC217 a sketch challenge, CC207 a color challenge and WT207 a frugal finds challenge. The colors used are mustard, orange and olive. The flowers were stamped using all three colors onto white squares, thanks is stamped on the mustard piece in black, then VersaMark was "patted" (don't rub or the ink will smear) on top and embossed with a clear glitter powder. The orange paper is sponged with orange and then stamped with the flower stamp after it has been stamped once on scratch paper. Do the same with the mustard panel and mustard ink.

Stamps- flowers by Great Impressions, "thanks" by MSE
Ink- Adirondack butterscotch, lettuce and orange (I think it now has a new name), VersaFine black, VersaMark
Plus- Kaleidoscope embossing powder by Stampendous, flower punches, small black brad
Tomorrow I'll be picking up our troops Girl Scout cookies and I will have about 250 cases of cookies in my family room, luckily the girls will be unloading the cars. I'll try to remember to take a picture of all of those cases. We have 15 cookie booths scheduled in March, I better start stocking up on magazines so I'll have something to do at all of those booths!
Thank you for stopping by and have a great weekend :)

Tuesday, February 24, 2009


Here is a card I made just because, no reason just playing around. I love this color combo and have been wanting to make a card using it. I got the great tan paper a while ago and haven't really used it to much but now watch out, I love it!
Stamps- background by Great Impressions, word and oval by MSE (My Sentiments Exactly)
Ink- white Brilliance, latte and denim Adirondack, VersaMark
Plus- chocolate embossing powder by Stampendous, circle stickers by Stampendous, glitter glue, satin ribbon, scallop scissors

On Sunday my daughter and I went whale watching with our Girl Scout troop. It was only the girls who are working on their Gold Award (it's like the Boy Scout Eagle Award). The weather was great and luckily it didn't rain so we were able to go out to whale watching, go on the tide pool walk and pick up trash on the beach. Boy did we put a lot into our day, we left at 6:30 am and got home at 6:00 pm. Everyone had a great time.
The picture below is of a World War II fighter ship. The captain of our boat told us to take a picture because we will probably never see another that is sailing, so I did.
Here Melanie and I are while on the tide pool walk.

Isn't this a beautiful picture of the lighthouse! I didn't know it looked so good until I got it on the computer. This was take while sailing out to the ocean.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Four Leaf Clover

Now here is my green St Patty's Day card, the color is a sage green but it looks a little washed out in the photo. Maybe my next hobby will be to learn how to take good pictures. I made a four leaf clover out of a really cute flower stamp set from Stampendous. I used one of the flower petals to make the clover and the flowers are colored in with a VersaMark marker. The image is stamped with VersaMark and embossed with champagne embossing powder then cut out. The corners are punched with a SU ticket punch and circle stickers from Stampendous are placed in the corners. It's really easy peasy!
Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Acetate Love

I have this great stamp set from stampendous "Hugs Topper" that is a pail topper, it's designed to fit on the clear pails that they carry. Well I don't have any pails but wanted to use it so here is what I came up with.
I knew I wanted to make an acetate card and this stamp set just happened to be perfect for it. The red outer circle and the pink inner circle is all one stamp that I cut apart with my Coluzzle.
1. Stamp three times with black ink, once one red, pink and white.
2. Lay a circle Coluzzle on top of the stamped image and cut apart (the Coluzzle just happens to fit perfectly). Do this for all three colors.
3. Outline the red circle with a white gel pen and glue to the inside of an acetate card and glue the white inner circle to the center. See below.
4. Glue the pink circle to the front of the card making sure it is in the center of the red circle.
5. Stamp and emboss the "love heart" on red paper with VersaMark ink and black powder. Cut out and glue to the center of the pink circle. Line the heart with a white gel pen.
6. Stamp the XOXO at the bottom of the card with white Brilliance ink.

The inside of the card is perfect for writing a message.
Now I need to decide which of the Valentine's Day cards I've made to give to my hubby.
Have a great Valentine's Day!

Friday, February 6, 2009

One Sentiment Stamp Only

Today's Limited Supply Challenge (LSC206) over at SCS is to make a card using only one sentiment stamp and no others. I had this great St. Patty's Day stamp from Stampendous that hadn't been used yet and I thought it would be perfect for this. The sentiment is stamped with black VersaFine, heat set and colored with pencils. The squiggle on the top and bottom are stickers from Stampendous and they add just the right touch. The decorative papers are by Provo Craft.
We are having rainy weather and it will continue to rain for the next 3-4 days. Well maybe rain is to strong of a word, it's more like a sprinkle. Melanie had a water polo game yesterday and lucky the bleachers are covered. The only time they cancel a game is if there is lightening and or thunder. Yesterday was my DH Paul's birthday and tomorrow we will be celebrating it at Lone Star, yum yum.
Have a nice weekend and thank you for stopping by :)

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Clean and Simple

Last week over at SCS on of the challenges was to make a clean and simple card (CAS). I loved this challenge and you don't realize how hard it is to make a CAS when you are used to layering, coloring and added embellishments. To make these cards I inked up the raised side of a CuttleBug folder with lettuce and currant Adirondack and brown VersaFine then ran it through the machine and you have this beautiful background. The tags are CuttleBug dies that were sponged with ink and stamped with words from the "Encouraging Words" set from Stampendous.

This was made using currant Adirondack ink and Stampendous stamps and circle stickers.
Below are closer up pictures of the CuttleBug cards.

As I post this I'm waiting for my refrigerator to be delivered. Saturday morning at about 5:30 a.m., we thought there was a fire downstairs. The kitchen filled with smoke and it smelled terrible like wires burning. We thought something was burning in the walls but couldn't find anything. Several hours later we discovered the refrigerator wasn't working so the motor must of burned up. On one hand I'm glad we don't have a problem in our walls, on the other wow are refrigerators expensive! Hopefully this will last at least 10 years, the one I currently have only lasted about 7 or 8 years.
Thanks for stopping by :)

Thursday, January 29, 2009

U R The Best

This card is for SCS sketch challenge SC213. I don't usually use orange I really liked this color combo.
1. Fluffles was stamped on white paper with brown ink, heat set and colored with water color pencils.
2. Circle stickers were added to the center of some of the flowers and to the corners of the paper after the edges were sponged with stonewashed ink.
3. Two way glue was used on the flower stems and on the center flower, when dried glitter was rubbed on.
4. The tags were punched with the SU punches and the words were stamped with blue ink, heat set and the U R was colored in with water color pencils. This was popped up with foam squares.
5. Last but not least the U R was covered with Dimensional Magic to give it a shiny look.

Here is a close up of Fluffles so you can see more detail, isn't he cute!
Stamps- Stampendous
Ink- stonewashed Adirondack, blue VersaFine, brown VersaFine
Paper- Provo Craft DP, misc
Plus- water color pencils, Two Way Glue, glitter, stickers, foam squares, SU tag punches, ribbon, medium hole punch, Dimensional Magic

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Are You Ready For Spring?

I'm ready for spring, I haven't been able to warm up my hands all day. This spring card is for todays SCS color challenge CC203, the colors we had to use are Garden Green, Baja Breeze and Pacific Point. Well I don't have any of these SU papers but these are pretty darn close. I used my new spring stamp from Stampendous. It is stamped with VersaMark ink and painted with Twinkling H2O's, I love the way you can blend them when used on water color paper.
Sorry about having to scan the card, Melanie took my camera to school today and I wanted to get this posted on the day of the challenge. I'll take a picture of the card tomorrow and replace it, photos look soooo much better.

Now here are two more pictures from CHA of the My Favorite Things booth. Unfortunately you can't see the cards very well, they really are stunning.

Here is a close up of one of the panels, they really are wonderful IRL. Well I'm off to make some hot tea so I can warm my hands while holding the cup. ~~Be sure to take a look at my "Top Commenter's" on the left side of my blog, this is automatically generated and will change depending how often people leave comments. Check out their blogs, they have wonderful cards.~~

Have a great day!

Monday, January 26, 2009

Love To You

I now have more Valentine's Day cards than I need but this was made for a sketch challenge over at Paper Craft Planet and it called for a big heart. The stamp set is "Light Heart Set" by Stampendous. It is stamped with VersaMark ink on light green paper and embossed with amethyst powder. The heart is stamped again on decorative paper which is then cut out and glued onto the center of the heart with "Love To You" stamped and embossed. The purple paper was embossed with the CuttleBug folder "Diamonds in the Rough" to match the diamond pattern of the heart.

So Sunday I went to CHA, it was sooooo fun! I took my camera planning on taking a lot of pictures but there was so much to look at and do, the camera wasn't taken out of my purse much. I did get these great pictures of my friends at Stampendous. Pam is on the left, she makes the cutest stuff and Fran the owner on the right. They had a cute pajama and slipper theme to match some new stamps.

I was able to sneak Pam away for a quick lunch, it was nice to finally see her. For those of you who read my blog, she's the one I was supposed to meet for a day of shopping and lunch around Christmas time, but she got snowed in, something that doesn't happen often here in Southern California.

And look what was on their feet, don't they look comfy! Really I don't know how comfortable they would be after several hours.

I'll post a couple more pictures next time. Have a wonderful week :)

Monday, January 19, 2009


The card I made today takes care of three challenges! Two challenges are over at Paper Craft Planet, one for the sketch and one for mojo cafe, to use your favorite stamp. The next challenge is over at OCC to use and emboss resist technique. Now on to how the card was made.
1. Stamp the butterfly from the Butterfly Beauties set by Stampendous on white glossy paper with VersaMark ink and emboss with white powder.
2. Sponge the panel with pink dye ink and sponge the edges with purple dye ink.
3. Stamp "friend" from Stampendous with black Brilliance ink on the bottom of the panel.
4. Apply three circle stickers by Stampendous in the center of the butterfly.
5. Layer onto black paper. Emboss white paper with a CuttleBug folder and layer onto purple and black panels. Glue down ribbon onto a white card, mount all pieces and a bow.
Now it's time to get some housework done before the hubby gets home. Have a great day :)

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Simply The Best!

Oh I'm busy, busy, busy. This week Melanie has had waterpolo practice everyday and has had two games, in one she got punched in the nose and got a nose bleed. She was pulled out of the pool until the bleeding stopped and back in she went and hasn't had any problems with it. Greg has had basketball practice and a game this week, there sports activities seem to fall on the same days. Thank goodness for the crock pot, I don't think we would eat without it!

Now on to the card. The balloons are from my set "Everyday Chat", they are stamped with VersaMark ink, heat set and colored in with pencils. Glitter glue is added for a little sparkle. To help fill up the space I added a strip of decorative paper to the edge. The sentiment is stamped with VersaMark ink on pink paper that was cut into a tag shape and layered onto light green and brown papers. Star tickers were added to the corners and walla, your done.
Stamps- Stampendous
Ink- VersaMark
Plus- stickers by Stampendous, glitter glue, colored pencils, ribbon, foam squares

Friday, January 9, 2009

Love To You

SCS has a limited supply challenge LSC202 today to use hearts and red, so here is my submission. I used a clear set "Mega Love" from Stampendous, I love this set, the font is really nice. The love is inked with rocket red Brilliance and the to you is inked with black Versa Fine. The heart is a Sizzix die that is popped up on foam squares, the corner punch is a SU punch and I don't know the brand of scallop punch I used but it us from Michael's. The black dots on the corner punches are stickers from Stampendous. Gold ribbon is run along the top border of the red paper, Fabri-Tac was used to glue it down.
It is crazy windy here, I'm hoping our trees don't blow over and it is supposed to be like this until Sunday night. I really don't like the wind, talk about a bad hair day!
Thank you for stopping by and have a wonderful weekend.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Using UP Some Scraps

I have a drawer that I throw my stamped scraps into that didn't get used. Usually it is because I think I'll make two or three cards so I stamp multiples but don't get around to making the extras. I found this stamped flower in the drawer and thought it was time to use it and the decorative paper was a scrap also. I decided to use purples because of my friend Shelia, I was reading her blog a few days ago and she said she loved anything purple. With making cards for fall and Christmas, purple is a color that hasn't been used in awhile and it was time.
The flower is by SU and the sentiment and little dots are by Stampendous. After the flower was stamped in pink, the petals were shaded with pencils in a darker pink and purple then glitter was added to the top flower.
I have a fun new widget over on the left side of my blog, it lists the top commenters to my blog, I thought it was fun to see who comments the most. Thank you to those listed, I'll be visiting your blogs often :)

Here is a picture of the family, we all have USC football jerseys and I wanted a picture of us all wearing them. We went to The Picture People in the mall and got them done, this is a cute pose. Fight On Trojans!

Monday, January 5, 2009

40 Something

For this card I broke out the Twinkling H2O's, they blend so nicely. To begin with, the cake by Stampendous was stamped on watercolor paper with VersaMark ink and embossed with disco black. The image was then painted with Twinkling H2O's and blue chalk was used to add a shadow. Then the Twinkling H2O's were painted directly on the confetti stamp and randomly stamped at the top. Now for the decorative paper, it came from my Christmas paper pack I got last month and here they don't even look Christmasy! I love being able to use paper for multiple occasions :)
This is also for the Stamp Something challenge, for this week it is to use something new and it is the first time I'm getting this great stamp set inky.

Now for a few goofy pictures. My husband was off for two weeks at Christmas, it was really nice having the whole family home. The top is a picture of me and Greg at Chick-fil-a with our new Christmas cow that got a little cut off in the picture. I now have three Chick-fil-a cows in my kitchen, they're just too cute!
Below are Melanie and my hairy hubby Paul. Every year it is tradition for Paul to not shave during his two week Christmas vacation. Since Paul had to go back to work today his face is nice and smooth again, of course he still has a mustache :)

Friday, January 2, 2009

I don't know about you...

I don't know about you, but I never have enough birthday cards, we seem to go through them so fast! So here is a quick and easy one I made up for several challenges, LSC201 (limited supply) challenge over at SCS The challenge was to use some of your favorite things. So my favorite things on this card are, the ribbon, corner punch by SU, stickers and the stamp company Stampendous. There is also a challenge over at Stamp Something which is to use something new so I used my new Petal Plus set that I got inky for the first time. And last but not least the IC161 (inspiration challenge) at SCS.

I used the Petal Plus set and stamped the wings on decorative paper, cut them out and added glitter glue. The body is stamped in black, colored with mint Twinkling H2O's and covered in Dimensional Magic to make it glossy. Circle stickers are added to the sides of the "happy birthday" and to the top corners of the stamped image.

Here is the family celebrating the New York New Year's Eve! There is Paul my DH, Greg my DS, Melanie my DD and Alisa my DDs friend. Since we live in California we were celebrating at 9:00 and good thing to my DH and I tried to stay awake but just couldn't do it, of course the kids were up until the we hours of the morning.
Hope everyone had a happy and safe New Year!