Monday, December 7, 2009

Red and Brown Color Challenge

I made this for the CAs challenge today at Splitcoast. The challenge was to make a card using red and brown.
I stamped the main image of the skaters on watercolor paper and colored the image with blender pen and an aquapainter.
I stamped the snowflake image in red and soft suede, having stamped off sometimes for a softer look. I added a piece of hodgepodge hardware with the ribbon tied for an accent. I cased my own card for the layout.

Recipe -
paper - soft suede, watercolor paper, red riding hood textured paper
stamps - winter post, peaceful wishes
ink - chocolate chip, red riding hood, mellow moss, soft suede, soft sky
accessories - hodgepodge hardware, ribbon originals alpine

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

CAS card remake

I made this card for today's CAS43 design challenge. The challenge was to remake a card and make it more CAS. Here is my original card:

I used the same main image stamp, Dot Snowflake border from Hero Arts. The sentiment is from Four the Holidays from Stampin'Up! I stamped the image after first coloring the various snowflakes in the colors used. I then stamped the sentiment above it. I cut the bottom off around the snowflakes and lastly attached the red designer paper to the bottom of the card. For a little bling I added small sticky rhinestones to the centers of the snowflakes in matching colors.

Stamp set: Four the holidays, dot snowflake border
Card stock: whisper white, real red designer paper
Ink: bashful blue, real red, certainly celery
Accessories: small colored rhinestones

These cards were made a few weeks ago for the CAS40, I have now had some time to post them.
The challenge was to use one color and white. I liked the baja breeze color from last year. Both cards use the same paper and stamp sets ( the peace on Earth uses Four the Holidays for the sentiment and the tall card uses a sentiment from the Best Yet stamp set (retired hostess set) I stamped the snowflakes from the patterned pines and the winter post sets. I stamped the snowflakes with varying degree of ink on them for a variety of looks with one color. The designer paper is from the Walk in the Park DP from the Spring Mini. The baja breeze snowflakes are from last year's Holiday Mini. ( all supplies Stampin'Up! unless noted otherwise).

Stamp set: Four the holidays, patterned pines, winter post, best yet
Card stock: whisper white, baja breeze, walk in the park DP
Ink: baja breeze
Accessories: blue ribbon Martha Stewart, white brads, oval punch, baja breeze felt snowflakes ( retired Holiday Mini)

Thanks for looking!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Sketch challenges

I made two cards yesterday for the CAS design team search challenge. Both cards are based on a sketch design interpretation. This is the sketch we were to base the card designs on:
I loved the sketch layout but wanted it a little less rigid, but staying with in the feel of the original.
For this card I liked the idea of the hearts with the frog with the sentiment, and had fun with the hearts, stamped with the Love You Much stamp set and punched with the Heart to Heart punch. Quick and simple!

Recipe: All supplies Stampin'Up!

Stamps - Love you much, toy box ( retired), sentiment Unfrogettable
Card stock - whisper white, pretty in pink, pink pirouette, regal rose, certainly celery
Ink - black, almost artichoke, pretty in pink, regal rose
Accessories - Heart to heart punch, stamp-a-ma-jig!

For this second card I had some fun with the More the Merrier stamp set. I used the pumpkins from the set and masked them altering the layout so that they weren't obviously repeating. Love the happy pumpkins! A simple Halloween hello.

Recipe: All supplies Stampin'Up!

Stamps - The more the merrier, teeny tiny wishes
Card stock - whisper white
Ink - black, pumpkin pie, tangerine tango, dusty durango, old olive
Accessories - Stamp-a-ma-jig

Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

The More the Merrier

I love this snowman image! I wanted a simple card with this image as the focal point. I water colored the main image. The background is embossed with the Flourish texturz plate. I mounted the main image onto a bermuda bay large scalloped circle.

Stamps - The More the Merrier
Card Stock - bermuda bay, whisper white
Ink - black, real red, bermuda bay, pumpkin pie, certainly celery, brocade blue
Accessories - floursh texturz plate, bigz large scallop circle die, bermuda bay dotted ribbon

Thanks for looking!

winter cards

I cased my own card for this one ( the original was on kraft card stock with white snowflakes, embossed, posted a few weeks ago) I wanted to remake it for a workshop and wanted to simplify the steps. So I made it with white craft ink instead on the rich razzleberry paper, and paired that with the bordering blue in the sentiment.

Stamps -Four the Holidays, Serene Snowflakes
Card Stock - rich razzleberry, bordering blue, whisper white
ink - white craft ink
Accessories - scallop edge punch, rich razzleberry dotted grosgrain ribbon

I made this card for a clean and simple approach to the Winter Post. All the cards I made with this set were busy so I was trying to make this simple and not many layers, with the focus on the skaters.

Stamps - Peaceful Wishes (sentiment), Winter Post
Cardstock - rich razzleberry, bashful blue, water color paper
Ink - soft suede, chocolate chip, bashful blue, rich razzleberry
Accessories - antique copper brads

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Christmas medallion

I made this card for a stamp-a-stack class I will be having soon. I wanted to make a simple card that still was fun. This card uses the Medallion background stamp and the snowflake from the Winter Post set as the main image. I stamped the images in white craft ink and then embossed with iridescent ice. The snowflake was then punched out with the 1 3/4" circle punch. I then punched a hole in the middle of the snowflake for the ribbon to go through, so that it could be tied. The ribbon is the red stitched whte grosgrain from the Holiday Mini catalog. The sentiment is from the Holiday Greetings set. The main card is sahara sand card stock, with the main image on real red, mounted onto whisper white.

Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009


I made this card for the Inspiration challenge at Splitcoast on Saturday. Below is the image for the inspiration. It is from an Etsy shop called TzaddiShop. When I saw the image I knew what sets I wanted to use right away. I used the Great Friend set and Fresh Cuts from Stampin'Up! The main card and accent strip are Not Quite Navy card stock, as are the leaves from the great friend set. The main image I stamped in crushed curry classic ink and added the old olive to the leaf portions of the image. I stamped the butterfly with some iridescent blue embossing powder I had and cut it out to mount on dimensionals. The thank-you from the fresh cuts set is embossed in white embossing powder. Last I added the brads as accents in the curry and navy colors.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Mellow snowflakes


These two cards were made for the color challenge at Splitcoast this week. The colors were mellow moss, whisper white, and kraft. I like the look of these colors for Christmas cards, especilly with the snowflakes and the pine images. The first card uses the Serene Snowflakes and the Four the Holidays sets from the new Holiday Mini from Stampin'Up! The main card is the kraft with the snowflakes embossed in the white. I also embossed the sentiment from Four the Holidays set on the strip of mellow moss. For the white accents I added the strip of white with the scallop edge and the white satin ribbon.

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This card was made for the sketch challenge this week and the color challenge as well. The main image is from the Autumn Days stamp set. I also used the large pine image from Peaceful wishes for the pattern on the other vanilla strip. The mellow moss and kraft panels are stamped with the Serene Snowflakes in white craft ink. A mellow moss grosgrain ribbon finishes the card.

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Serene Snowflakes


Finally some time to play with my new mini catalog stamp sets. This card uses the Serene Snowflakes set from the Stampin'Up! mini. I made it for a color challenge last week, using blues ( bermuda bay) pinks (melon mambo) and green ( old olive). I wanted just a simple card that showed off the snowflakes. I stamped the snow flakes onto whisper white, then I added the melon mambo paper from Razzleberry Lemonade designer series paper, then added the rhinestones to the center of each snowflake ( in matching colors!) then added the old olive ribbon, Simple and quick!
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This card uses the same stamp set ( Serene Snowflakes) and the same designer paper but the card base is kraft, and the snowfakes are embossed in white. I stamped the sentiment ( Peace on Earth) from Four the Holidays stamp set, and the snowflakes first and embossed. Next I added the rich razzleberry and razzleberry lemonade designer paper ( which I distressed a little bit). Lastly I added the bashful blue striped ribbon. I love the look of the white on the kraft.

Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Bold Birthday Card

I made this card for a color challenge. It was to use shades of pink, green and blue. I used melon mambo as the main card color. The flower is bashful blue ( designer prints paper) and the green used is old olive. First I embossed the main panel with the flourishes texturz plate. Next I made the flower with the flowers layers w/ leaf bigz die. The center of the flower is an old olive button from the Playground collection. I used the Top Note die to cut the whisper white piece, and then stamped it with the sentiment from the On Your Birthday set. A quick and easy, mostly big shot card.( all supplies Stampin'Up!)

Thanks for looking!

Saturday, September 26, 2009


Both cards today are for the Inspiration challenge at Splitcoast Stamper's.
The ispiration today came from the store called The Pajama Squid. For the first card my inspiration was this wall art:
I loved the colors and the image. I used my Spring Solitude set together with the Bright Delights rub-ons. I also added the fun hardware that went with the rub-ons, Hooray! The main card is Melon Mamba, with the main image mounted on a piece of Dusty Durango. I added the flower from the Spring Solitude set on the Melon Mamba color at the bottom.

The inspiration for this piece is here:
I liked the image and didn't change much from the inspiration, I just added the ribbon ( old Olive) and the filligree brad as an accent. The background of the card was run through the small dots texturz plate. The main image is stamped with the Wild About You set in crushed curry, bashful blue, pumpkin pie, old olive and real red. The main image is mounted on crushed curry and then that is mounted onto a piece of bashful blue designer prints paper. ( All supplies Stampin'Up!)

Thanks for looking!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Moms and kids do Halloween treats Class

This is all the stuff we made last week at my Moms and kids class. The kids had a blast making all of the fun projects, especially because they all involved CANDY. The kids loved the Frankenstain and Dracula boxes, thanks to Kay - see her creations here:

We made toppers, sucker wrappers, the boxes and cards with the new sweet centers cups and stamps.
Black treat pouches:batty for you stamps, black, whisper white, pumpkin pie CS, cast a spell DP, orange ribbon, circle punches
Sweet treat card: sweet center stamp, sweet treat cups, cast a spell DP, old olive, whisper white CS orange ribbon
Halloween Basket: Baskets and blooms XL die, spooky skyline jumbo wheel, pumpkin pie CS
Sucker cards: sweet treat stamps, whisper white, dusty durango CS, rich razzleberry dotted ribbon, circle punches
Treats box: match box die, curly label punch, cast a spell DP, old olive, whisper white CS, Spooky Halloween Rub-ons
Frankenstein box: match box die, 1/2" circle punch, old olive, whisper white, black CS
Dracula box: matchbox die, 1/2" circle punch, bashful blue, real red, black , whisper white CS, felt pen

Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Some Halloween fun.

I made this card for the color and sketch challenges at Splitcoast today and yesterday. The sketch was fun. I made my own spectrum pad with the new in color re-inkers in Crushed Curry, Rich Razzleberry, and Dusty Durango. I brayered these colors onto the glossy white card stock. I rolled the Spooky Skyline( retired) over to finish my main image. All of the panels are mounted onto black card stock. The two designer papers are from the razzleberry lemonade paper. I stamped the 'Trick or Treat' from the holiday best hostess set onto the orange DP panel. The background on the rich razzleberry card base is the sanded background done in black ink.

This card was also made for the color and sketch challenges. The sketch challenge is run the other direction, for a horizontal layout which worked better with the main image. The colors are again rich razzleberry, crushed curry, and black. The grey/back designer paper is from the Cast-a-Spell series, and the purple is from the Razzleberry Lemonade paper. The sentiment is from the Teeny Tiny Wishes set. I added three small Making Memories brads to finish the card off.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009


The new Holiday Mini catalog is available today! To view it click on the catalog on the left side bar. It has great crafting ideas for Halloween,Thanksgiving and Christmas. It also shows Stampin'Up!'s new exclusive line of Build a Bear stamps and die cuts. Along with this new catalog is a special for hostesses who host a $250 workshop from September 1-November 30 and they can choose any one item from the new Holiday Mini Catalog for just $10. This offer is on top of the already fantastic benefits for our hostesses!

Click on the current catalog to order from my website, and see all that is new.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Another fall card.

I did another card with a similar layout to one I posted earlier in the week. This card uses the Autumn Days stamp set as well as Peaceful Wishes from Stampin'Up! The card base is soft suede and the main image is stamped on sahara sand card stock. The small leaves are stamped in red riding hood on whisper white paper, then cut out and added with dimensionals. I added the leaves after the jute twine was tied onto the card.

Have a great weekend!
Thanks for looking!


Tuesday, August 25, 2009

More fall cards.

This set has always been a favorite to water color but I thought I might try it with prismacolors on kraft card stock, and I love the look. All three of the images and the sentiment are from the Give Thanks set from Stampin'Up! The apples are my favorite, they are paired with the 5/8' grosgrain ribbon also Stampin'Up! The bottom corners of the card are also rounded, it seemed to suit the images. This is an easy and quick, clean and simple card!

This card is the basket of leaves and the leaf cluster images from the set. The ribbon is the 5/8" chocolate chip grosgrain, also Stampin'Up!

This card is done with the sunflower image from the set. The ribbon is the polka dotted crushed curry, with the dotted side down. This set is retired but you could get a similar look from other sets in the catalog, such as Harvest Home ( pg. 26 of the current Stampin'Up! catalog )and Gifts of the Earth and Autumn Splendor sets coming out September 1st in the new Holiday Mini Catalog.

Thanks for looking!

Clean and Simple cards!

I made these cards for the clean and simple design team search. The challenges looked fun! This one fits all three challenges. There was a color challenge, shades of brown with a bit of red, a sketch challenge, and a theme challenge, I did autumn.
The main image is from Stampin'Up! retired Give Thanks set. It is one of my favorites to water color. I cut out the bucket and apples, and mounted them on dimensionals. The leaves from the Autumn Days set were stamped in soft suede on the soft suede card base. The Happy Thanksgiving sentiment is from the Teeny Tiny Wishes set. I finished the card off with some jute cord which has some red glass beads on it.

This card I did up quickly because I had another bucket I had water colored. The sketch layout is from a previous CAS challenge. This card is for the Autumn theme. The card stock is kraft, the red paper is designer paper which I also stamped the leaves and the sentiment onto. The main image is done on water color paper. The leaves on the background were stamped in versa mark on the kraft card stock. The ribbon is mellow moss grosgrain. ( All supplies Stampin'Up!)

Thanks for looking!

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Blog Award!

I have won a blog award! Thank-you to Laurie for nominating me! Check out her blog here:

It's so fun to get awards..thanks!
Especially since I am so new at this it is really nice to know someone likes what they see here! I love to see all of the creative blogs out there too so this means a lot thank-you Laurie!

Here are the things I need to do for the in award:1. Thank the person who nominated you for this award.2. Copy the logo and place it on your blog.3. Link the person who nominated you for this award.4. Name seven things about yourself that people might find interesting.5. Nominate seven Kreativ Bloggers.6. Post links to the seven blogs you nominate.7. Leave comments on all seven blogs letting them know you nominated them.

Here are seven things that you may find interesting.

1. I love my creative time each day, whether it is in my work as an interior designer, Stampin'Up! demonstrator, stamping, scrapbooking or teaching art in my kids' classes at school!
2. I am a soccer mom!
3. I am a hockey mom!
4. I am a swim team mom!
5. I am a baseball mom!
6. I grew up and used to live in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, but now live in Sacramento, California... love it!
7. I miss Canada too!!!!

Here are some creative blogs I would like to nominate!


Have fun looking at all the creativity!


Sunday, August 2, 2009

Embrace life!

I made this card for the inspiration challenge today at Splitcoast. This was my inspiration:
The main card is pink pirouette card stock with kiwi kiss, and water color paper. The stamp set is Embrace Life. I water colored it with pretty in pink, old olive, kiwi kiss, and melon mamba. I cut out the two main flowers and added pink rhinestone brads to the centers.

Thanks for looking!

Stampin'Up! retired sets for sale!

Anyone looking for some retired Stampin'Up! sets have a look at the link for the sets I have for sale newly posted!

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Winter in August?

I wanted to do the weekend sketch challenge yesterday (WSC91), and I happened to have the new simple snowflake punch on my desk so this was my starting point for the sketch which called for a large circle embellishment, and that led to the stamp set, Winter Post. The card is made from kraft card stock stamped in soft suede. The cuttlebug snowflakes are on very vanilla, and the skaters are on watercolor paper. The simple snowflake was stamped in pretty in pink onto pink pirouette card stock, and then punched out. The button is from Basic Grey and the ribbon is the pink taffeta, tied with linen thread. The bottom strip is rich razzleberry stamped with white craft ink.

Thanks for looking!

Friday, July 31, 2009

Color challenges this week.

These cards today were made for the color challenge and sketch challenges this week at Splitcoast Stampers. The first card is for the clean and simple sketch challenge CAS25, and the color challenge, which was pixie pink, apricot appeal, and certainly celery. I used the Big Shot texturz plate 'Eyelets' for the background texture on the whisper white card base. The main image from 'Live Like You Mean It' stamp set, is stamped in certainly celery and pixie pink. I added the silver brads to finish the flower centers. The bottom is apricot appeal designer paper, tied with a piece of certainly celery grosgrain ribbon. I added the strip of pixie pink with the scallop edge to the side. All products are Stampin'Up!
This card was made for the sketch challenge SC239 and the color challenge CC229. It uses the new set 'For all you do' which I just received! The main image uses the flowers and the butterfly ( with the dots stamp added over the butterfly wings for some added texture). The celery and apricot appeal strips are designer papers.
All supplies Stampin'Up!

Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

CAS24 challenge.

This was made for the clean and simple challenge yesterday at Splitcoast. It was a color challenge, yellow, turquoise and orange. I used a retired set, Polka Dots and Petals, along with Define Your Life, for the sentiment. The colors I used are: so saffron, pumpkin pie, and tempting turquoise. The ribbon is the SAB so saffron grosgrain.

Thanks for looking!

Friday, July 10, 2009

Items from the new catalog

I have had some fun creating some samples for my open house for the new Stampin'Up! catalog.
This card uses my favorite new color, rich razzleberry, for the base. The top is pale plum card stock which has been embossed with the new Sizzex embossing folder elegant bouquet. The small flowers are cut with the Sizzlets floral fusion die out of rich razzleberry card stock and some of the paper from the Razzleberry Lemonade designer paper. The leaves were cut with the little leaves sizzlit die out of old olive card stock. The sentiment is from the teeny tiny wishes set, and punched with the new modern punch, then attached with some old olive ribbon. Some mustard colored brads finish off the flowers.
This card is similar. It uses rich razzleberry for the base, then the top is orchid opulence embossed with the same embossing folder. The main image is from the Simply Said set. It is colored in orchid opulence, rich razzleberry, and old olive felt pens, then I added some crystal effects with some dazzling diamonds to the flowers. the ribbon is the new dotted grosgrain in the rich razzleberry color. I think this one will be one we will make for a make and take.

Thanks for looking!

Friday, June 26, 2009

Something new, something old.

I wanted to use some of the new Stampin'Up! colors with some of the old for these cards. The first one uses bermuda bay ( new ) with certainly celery, real red, and pumpkin pie. I used some scraps of designer paper for the real red and the certainly celery. I stamped the bermuda bay and the pumpkin pie with some of the little flowers from the Itty Bitty Buds set ( Soon to be retired Hostess set). The main image is from the More the Merrier set. The sentiment is from the Teeny Tiny Wishes set ( new) and it is stamped onto a tag cut with the new modern punch.
I really liked the look of this paper all on its own, so I did a real simple card for it. The DP is from Raspberry Lemonade designer paper. The main card is made in barely banana, and the ribbon is so saffron 5/8" grosgrain. the sentiment is from the teeny tiny wishes. It is stamped in crushed curry ( new color) and then punched with the modern label punch. Lastly I rounded the corners with my corner rounder.
This card mixes the new colors, soft suede and dusty durango, with old olive. Love the combination! This card uses The More the Merrier set, as well as the little leaves from Give Thanks ( a retired set). I stamped the leaves on each of the colors. the main image is stamped onto very vanilla and then water colored in soft suede, dusty durango, and old olive. I added the ribbon, dusty durango dotted grosgrain ( without the dots showing ) to finish the card off.

Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009


These are the colors for Kristina Werner's color challenge this week. Not colors I typically go for, so I guess a good challenge for me! This is what I came up with:

For the card I used the Good Friend set from the occasions mini, as well as the co-ordinating Walk in the Park designer series paper. The main card is in really rust. The main image is stamped in more mustard and really rust on very vanilla and then mounted onto more mustard card stock. The butterfly is stamped in basic grey and the cut out. I added a red rhinestone brad for some bling!  the bottom is the designer paper, mounted on some basic grey. I finished it off with the creme taffeta ribbon.

Thanks for looking!

Sunday, June 21, 2009

New Stampin'up! Sneek a Peek items!

I have had such fun creating a few more cards with my new Stampin'Up! colors, stamps and designer papers!This card was made using the more the Merrier set and the Razzleberry Lemonade designer papers. I stamped the cupcakes onto a piece of whisper white I had cut with the top note die. The cupcakes are water colored in all the colors from the papers: melon mamba, rich razzleberry, crushed curry, dusty durango, and soft suede. the happy birthday is from the new   set Teeny Tiny Wishes. I punched the sentiment with the word window punch and then added that to a piece of the melon mamba punched from the new modern label punch. 

This card also uses much of the same colors and papers as listed above, but uses a different pattern from the razzleberry lemonade paper.

I loved the cupcakes from the More the Merrier set, as you can see from all the cards I made. This card is on the rich razzleberry card stock, which I stamped the dotted background stamp, and embossed the sweetest ever sentiment in white embossing powder. The main image is water colored in melon mamba, rich razzleberry, dusty durango, and soft suede and then is mounted on dusty durango card stock. I added a small amount of the new ribbons to finish off the card.

I created this card for the Ways to use it challenge at Splitcoast on Thursday (06/18) It was to use text on your card. I added the happy halloween from the teeny tiny wishes set, and then I added the 'happy' from the Define Your Life set beside the cutest pumpkin face ( from the more the merrier set). I used some of the new colors again, as well as kiwi kiss card stock.

I hope you liked the cards today!


Thursday, June 18, 2009

Casing Success!

I just loved the card this month on page 23 of Stampin' Success! And I liked the look of the embossing on designer paper, so gave it a try. The only thing I didn't like was the texture of this wonderful designer paper shows through in the embossing. The color challenge today made me think right away of this DP Sweet Slumber from SU. The colors are ruby red, baja breeze and whisper white. The stamp set is upsy daisy.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

The more the merrier

My new stuff arrived yesterday! I really love this snowman image and see myself using it a lot.
I was wishing that the DP had some of the bermuda bay color in it so I made my own with the sanded background stamp. I know it doesn't show too much, but it is there!


Stamp set: the more the merrier, sanded

Paper: melon mamba, rich razzleberry, razzleberry lemonade DP, water color paper, whisper white card stock

Ink: basic black, bermuda bay, rich razzleberry, melon mamba, pumpkin pie (carrot noses)

Accessories: rich razzleberry ribbon

Thanks for looking!