Having been sick the past couple of weeks the days have just sorta blended together. I totally spaced on the fact that today is Tuesday and Beate’s Inspiration Challenge over on her blog. She had asked me to do a sample card for her. I’m such a dork. I’m so sorry I forgot, Beate. :/

Instead I noted this morning that tomorrow is the last day of April and I still had not yet done my 10 cards for the Christmas Card Challenge (CCC) over on Splitcoaststampers (SCS). Today’s color challenge on SCS inspired me to use my Thomas Kinkade stamp and to get busy with my goal of getting this CCC completed. Here is what I’ve done so far.

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Both images are stamped with Jet Black Stazon on Glossy White card stock. But on the top card I then sponged Soft Sky ink over the entire image. I then colored in areas with a YoYo Yellow SU! marker. I decided I really didn’t like it.  So on the second card I left the image alone. I like this a lot more. Which do you like the best? I have the other eight images stamped and just need to assemble them. Looks like I just might meet my goal!

Stamps: Cornish Heritage Farms “Thomas Kinkade”
Papers: Glossy White, Soft Sky, Basic Black, Purely Pomegranate
Inks: Jet Black Stazon (On top card only Soft Sky and a YoYo Yellow Marker)
Accessories: Purely Pomegranate Stitched GG Ribbon, Brad, Dimensionals

Over the last few years my “green” habits have improved.. Not a lot. I still drive an SUV and use plastic grocery bags. But I have made a few changes. I recycle now. I wash all my tin cans, soda cans and plastic containers to prepare them for the recycle bin we have in our garage. I use paper towels much less often grabbing instead a cloth rag from the “rag” drawer to clean up spills or whatever. So in consideration of Earth Day, which was Tuesday this week, I decided it would be a good time to go to my ever growing scrap pile and ribbon drawer and NOT to the files of new uncut papers or rolls of uncut ribbon. I had NEVER done this before so that scrap pile was huge (two drawers full in fact!) I can never bring myself to throw things away so to ease my conscience I have for the last 2-1/2 years just tossed it into the drawers. It was time to see what I could do….

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What a hodge podge this card is! Every imaginable shade of red on different pieces of scraps from Real Red to Ruby Red, Really Rust, Cameo Coral, Pretty in Pink and Cranberry Crisp. The only thing newly stamped is the sentiment. Everything else was already stamped. The french knotted ribbon was already done. Only the brads and the card base were not from scraps but are new.

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Not from scraps on this card are the brads, stickles and card base. The sentiment was newly stamped on a small piece of scrap Whisper White card stock and punched out with my oval punch. This did create a small amount of waste.

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Not from scraps on this card are the rhinestones. Everything else, including the ribbons and card base, is from the scrap or ribbon drawers. I added the paper piercing.

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I just realized I didn’t put a sentiment on this card. Oops! Anyway only the card base is new. Everything else was in the scrap or ribbon drawers. I did trim the Bravo Burgundy background piece of card stock which created a couple slivers of waste.

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New on this card is the bottom brad and card base. I also added all the faux stitching and the sentiment (which was stamped on a sliver of scrap Whisper White card stock.)

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This is a small 4″ X 4″ card. Only the staple is new. The slit punched piece of Whisper White card stock was trimmed. The leftover piece was put back in the scrap pile.

Moral to the story: I need to do this WAY more often. Looking at my drawers now one would never know that anything had changed. They are still filled with possibility!

Here is my card for Beate’s Inspiration Challenge this week.

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And here is the inspiration piece. It is a Lanie Loreth Print. First off I have to say how much I LOVE this print! But, I really struggled with this challenge and here’s why. When I am given an inspiration piece I like to go somewhere with it. In other words I try not to just duplicate the piece itself. With this piece I first tried a sky scene. Can you see those three big puffy clouds? But it just wasn’t working. Next I tried a water scene with sail boats. Yes… big white and yellow sails against the blue water.. Nope. Didn’t work either. And then it hit me. What exactly was I trying to do? Here Beate had given me a gift… a print with beautiful flowers and gorgeous colors. GO WITH IT!! Stamp flowers! lol So I did. And I’m much happier now. :)

All the inks used on this card are craft inks. Using my Stampin’ Spots in Summer Sun and Certainly Celery, I stamped and dragged them across the designer paper in those areas where I wanted to change the color of the background. I then stamped the solid flowers in Whisper White. While still very wet, I stamped over them with Summer Sun ink with the flower outline stamp. Then I immediately stamped the solid flower image again with Whisper White. I really liked the look and it put down a lot of ink on the paper giving the flowers some texture. I’m so use to using regular inks that dry quickly. Using the craft ink really tried my patience! After waiting 12 hours it was still wet! (Seems like a heat gun or even a hair dryer would have done the trick but I didn’t want to take any chances.) So I carefully added a few simple embellishments and pronounced it “done” before I ended up smearing the ink!

Stamps: Wild Rose, Blooming With Love
Papers: Tempting Turquoise, Whisper White, DP – NRN Designs
Inks (All Craft): Whisper White, Summer Sun, Certainly Celery, Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Primas, Brads, Dotted Swiss Ribbon, Clip

Apr 212008

Last June I was invited to play along in an ATC (Artist Trading Card) Swap for the month of July. These cute little cards are 2-1/2″ X 3-1/2″, the same size as a standard baseball trading card. Here is the card that I made for the swap.

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There were 10 people per group so each person made 10 ATC’s.. 9 to swap and 1 to keep for themselves.

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Here are the 9 that I received! I just love them. They are so cute and fun.

(Click on the picture to enlarge.)

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From: Gina K, Sherry Cheever, Maria Bell

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From: Amanda Sewell, Vicky Gould, Linda Duke

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From: Amy Rysavy, Jen del Muro, Angie Zublionis

Here is the recipe for my ATC.

Stamps: Baroque Motifs, Fancy Flexible Phrases
Paper: Barely Banana, Basic Black, Real Red, DP – 7 Gypsies
Ink: Basic Black, Real Red
Accessories: Brads, GG Ribbon, Stickles

Oh and if you are interested, there is a whole gallery set aside for ATC’s over on Splitcoaststampers.  Hope you have a wonderful and creative Monday!

Yay! Finally got in some stamping time! The inspiration pieces on Splitcoaststampers today are some lovely Freshcut fabrics.

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As soon as I saw the quilt I immediately thought of my new “Sweet Baby Jane” dp’s from Daisy D’s. So I used them to make my challenge card.

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I love these delicate patterns. The background, the panel and the butterfly are 3 different ones. I used my scalloped oval Nestabilities for a nice large oval for that big flower stamp from SU!’s “Live Your Dream” set. The flowers, once stamped, were outlined with a marker. Also used my SU! corner punch and crop-a-dile to set an eyelet for the corner treatment. Some nice wide grosgrain ribbon, piercing and a sentiment and you have it. Oh yes and don’t forget the stickles to add a little pop to the center of the flowers. :)

Stamps: Live Your Dream
Papers: Certainly Celery, WW, Daisy D’s DP
Inks: Old Olive, Pixie Pink, Pink Passion
Accessories: Nestabilities, Corner Punch, Paper Piercer, Crop-a-Dile, GG Ribbon, Eyelet, Stickles, Dimensionals

Football has been a pretty big part of the Roberts family. Our 16 year old has been playing since he was 6. DH does all the coaching videos for the high school varsity and I was the Sophomore class rep last year and now the Junior class rep on the Football Board for next year. We had our big Football Kickoff event last night. A lot of planning and work went into it. What was really the pits is that I have been sick this week… like really down with the flu. I couldn’t go. But that is the beauty about having a great Board and so many wonderful volunteers. My friend, Carmen, who is another football mom and total stamper at heart, made the coolest and biggest “card” ever for the membership signup table! Check it out!!

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Isn’t this beautiful.. flashing lights and all the details. DH called me from the event and tried to tell me about it. I wanted so much to see it. So he brought it home. Carmen, we have got to get together and do some stampin’, girl!! This is fabulous!

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And talk about fabulous… Kittie (yes, the Kittie aka Kittie747) sent me a card yesterday.

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Oh my goodness. I plan to frame it. And I mean that seriously because it truly is a work of art. Thank you so so much Kittie. Not just for the card but for your sweet friendship and generous gift. :)

Again this week I haven’t had the mojo to create anything myself. This flu really knows how to do a girl in. (But I wouldn’t have wanted to post anything of mine next to a Kittie Kard anyway. *lol*)

Hope everyone has a wonderful and creative Friday.

When I was a little girl there was a huge mirror on our living room wall. My dad used to keep all his cuff links and tie tacks in a drawer to the side of it. Every morning he would stand in front of the mirror and put them on. Often he would let me help him feigning that he just couldn’t manage the cuff links that morning. He would even let me pick out the set for him to wear.

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So this fun stamp from the Crafty Secrets Clear Art Stamps set called “Favorite Fellas” really caught my eye. I knew from the moment I saw the tie stamp that there were going to be some ties in need of some tie tacks. It’s been a long time since I’ve picked any out. Making this card was a wonderful walk down memory lane.

I stamped the ties on designer papers from Basic Grey and Cosmo Cricket, cut them out and mounted them on Very Vanilla card stock. They were then mounted on Chocolate Chip card stock and adhered to the 4-1/4 X 4-1/4 card with dimensionals. Oh and I thought these square rhinestone brads made perfect little tie tacks! I know dad would have liked them. :)

Stamps: Crafty Secrets Clear Art Stamps “Favorite Fellas”
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla, DP Basic Grey “Archaic” (stripe and dotted ties), DP Cosmo Cricket “Strip Tease” (red tie)
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Rhinestone Brads, GG Ribbon

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Here is my first card.

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The pear images were stamped directly on the designer paper from Fancy Pants. They were then cut out and adhered to Chocolate Chip card stock and then cut out again before adhering them to the background.

And here is my second card.

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The multicolored background is a piece of fabric. It has a sticky back that is adhered to card stock. There was no company name on this fabric, but it was purchased at Ben Franklin. The plaid background is designer paper from Basic Gray. Oh and don’t you just love that black felt fusion lace! I just got if from Jacksonbelle Embellishments and couldn’t wait to use it. My DH rarely reacts to any of my cards, but he actually commented how much he liked this one!

Card 1
Stamps: Infinite Goodness, Define Your Life, Always, Sanded
Papers: Chocolate Chip, Wild Wasabi, DP from Fancy Pants
Inks: Timber Brown Stazon, Chocolate Chip, Really Rust
Accessories: Ribbon Originals from SU! “Jersey”, Brads

Card 2
Stamps: Rubber Stampede “Be the Change”
Papers: Basic Black, Really Rust, Barely Banana, DP from Basic Gray “Recess”
Inks: Jet Black Stazon, Really Rust, Only Orange Marker (Colored in sections of the fabric.)
Accessories: Fabric, Black Felt Fusion Lace from Queen and Co., Brad

Apr 152008

The winners of my final 3 SU! 2008 SAB sets as chosen by Random.Org are:

1st Pick #26 – Barb (GrandmaUpNorth) – Your first choice was “So Many Scallops”. It’s yours!

2nd Pick #19 – Stephanie – Your first choice was “Birthday Whimsy”. It’s yours!

3rd Pick #80 – Ilene B. – Your first choice was “Lots of Thoughts”. It’s yours!

I was so totally excited that the generator picked numbers such that everyone picked got their first choice!! How cool is that!

Ladies, I will be emailing you soon so that you can send me your address. Congrats!!

Apr 142008

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Over Spring Break our family usually vacations in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Since we only have one son left at home, a teenager, we like to make the trip a multi-family deal. (To be alone with mom and dad for a week would be cruel and unusual punishment for a 16 year old!) This year we had 5 families, including ours, from our town each with a teenage son. The boys all play football together on their high school team. We have such fun playing in the ocean, watching the street painters, eating a zillion bbq ribs at our favorite “all you can eat” restaurant. (And believe me, those boys can eat!!) But the highlight is the group’s trip to the ophanage Casa de Hogar. I just had to share a few pictures of our trip this year. The children rarely have a chance to be around and play with teenage boys and men. The women in charge have all said that they love this interaction. So we go and grow and are hopefully able to give the children a moment to just be kids.

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I held this precious little girl for over half of a wonderful hour. She fell asleep in my arms at which time I had to surrender her to her sweet caretaker.

(Pictures taken on 4/4/08 by Anita Olmstead)

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Got into the stamp room today and played with some of my designer papers.

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The floral design is actually part of the paper and not a stamped image. Didn’t want to cover it up so the card is a simple design, quick, easy and fun.

Stamps: Elegant Cheer
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Cameo Coral, K & Co. DP (Card is mounted on Very Vanilla.)
Ink
: Timber Brown Stazon, Cameo Coral, Chocolate Chip Marker
Accessories: Scalloped Circle Punch, Flower Punch, Corner Punch, Scalloped Scissors, GG Ribbon, Brads

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