Monday, April 28, 2008

Weekend Sketch Challenge

Quick post this show you a new stamp set and the card I did for Beate's weekend sketch challenge WSC45. Click HERE to see that awesome sketch and some great example cards too : ) ! I have an upcoming workshop and the hostess has decided to do a wedding theme, so I ordered this set to create some examples. Plus, I was in need of a wedding set for myself and this one is going to be just perfect, I love it already! It's called To Have And To Hold and comes with lots of beautiful stamps that all feature, of course, with the wedding theme. Hope to have more examples to show you soon. The best part about this card, for me, was seeing the bridal gown come to life with the Dazzling Diamonds's just beautiful IRL!!! The rest of the card is pretty clean and classic, but the DD just brings the focus to that beautiful bride and her gorgeous gown : ) !

Supplies for the card~
Stamps: To Have and To Hold
Paper: Real Red, Whisper White, Basic Black, Prints Pack Designer Series Paper
Ink: Palette Noir, Real Red
CopicMarkers: R46, N3, C3, Y02, Y17, E00, E34, E37
Accessories: Dazzling Diamonds Glitter with 2-way glue pen, Pearls from the Pretties kit, Cuttlebug with Rectangle scalloped Nesatbilities & Swiss Dot embossing folder, Black Sakura Glaze Pen

Happy Monday : )

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Simple Little Box Tutorial

This is a variation- of a really simple little box I designed back in January for Valentine treats. One of my blog readers asked me to help her with resizing it to accomadate a project she was doing for her scout troop...the finished size for this resized box is 2 1/2 x 2 1/2 x 1 1/2. Click HERE to see those Valentine boxes from my January post...their finished size is 1 3/4 x 1 3/4 x 1/2". So, as I've been promising, here is that tutorial (the directions below are for the larger box...the one pictured today) ~

Basic Supplies needed~

Fiskar Cutter/scorer

(optional, but very helpful) Scor-Pal


Roll on adhesive

Stamps, Ink & Accessories to decorate the box

Step 1: Cut Cardstock 9 1/2 x 5 1/2

Step 2: Score (long) 1 1/2" on both sides

Step 3: Score (short) 1 1/2, 4, 5 1/2 & 8"

(See photo below...all black lines are score lines)
Step 4: Cut into score lines on the sides, cut out 2 outer squares on one end (see left side of photo) and trim/cut-out all shaded areas (see photo)
This is what your box will look like after all the trimming and cutting has been done ~ Step 5: Flip box over so you're looking at the outside and apply adhesive to the 4 small flaps and adhere those flaps to the inside of the box (the flaps with the black squigly lines are the adhesive flaps) ~ This is what the box should look like when it's finished ~

When I first designed this box, I wanted all the flaps to fold in, so it would hold itself closed. But you can also tuck the side flaps in and use a ribbon, magnetic button or velcro to hold the front flap closed if you prefer (click HERE to see an example of the flap being left out in my Elzybells box).
Another option is to make a sleeve for the box as I did here...I just took a 2" x 10" strip of paper, decorated it, crimped it, then wrapped it around the box and adhered it together. Very, very simple : ) !

If you want to make the smaller Valentine Boxes (which hold a peppermint patty) just cut your cardstock 3 x 5", score (long) both sides 1/2", and score (short) 1/2, 2 1/4, 2 3/4 & 4 1/2".

Here is another example of the smaller Valentine box . Great example of how you can completely change to look of a project just by changing the cardstock and stamp set. I used the Baroque Motifs stamp set, SU Brushed Silver Cardstock and Shimmery White Cardstock. The Tiny Red rhinestone brad & polka dot sheer ribbon were the finishing touches. The ribbon was mostly for decoration, but it does help to hold the box closed.

So, there you have it. It's a very simple little box that can be made with just a few basic supplies and can be used in lot of different favorite kind of project...Easy and Versatile : ) ! Hope you enjoy the tutorial, let me know what you think!!

Supplies for the blue box ~ Stamps: Think Happy Thoughts, Fast Flowers Wheel Cardstock: Ballet Blue, Whisper White, Pink Passion Ink: Ballet Blue, Pink Passion Accessories: 1 1/4, 1 3/8 & Scallop Circle punches, Paper piercing tool, Silver brad

Supplies for the silver box ~ Stamps: Baroque Motifs Cardstock: Brushed Silver, Shimmery White, Basic Black Ink: Basic Black, Real Red Accessories: Red rhinestone brad, polkdot black ribbon

Have a great weekend : ) !!!

Friday, April 25, 2008

Administrative Professionals Week!

This week, April 21-25, is Administrative Professionals week! I'd like to take this opportunity to recognize each of you who work in that role and express my are "Priceless" !! Okay, among my friends and customers, I'd like to reconginze ~ Sheri, Carly, Patti, Cheryl, Rachel, Phyllis, Sandi, Robin, Kim, Debbie & all totally ROCK and incase you're not told often enough...thank you for all your hard work : ) !!!!
The cards I'm showing you today are all very similar. The 2nd & 3rd cards were made for two very special people earlier this week...Carly & Sheri (hi guys!). And all three were made for this week's SCS Color Challenge CC163 (pretty in pink, chocolate chip & celery) and Sketch Challenge SC173. The 1st & 3rd cards are actually triple challenge cards, also covering yesterday's Ways to Use It Challenge use your scissors (I used my trusty SU Paper Snips) to cut something out or use your scissors in other creative ways. Just click on any of the pink areas in this paragraph and it will take you right over to SCS and all the details : ) . Thanks Emily, Rox & Julia for hosting great challenges this week and every week !!

A few details about the cards...the green layers are all Certainly Celery Cardstock stamped with the background stamp, Twill, with Certainly Celery classic ink. It looks like Designer Paper (DP) but it's not...isn't that cool?!? I'm lovin' that BG stamp. Very versatile. Also makes great gingham if you stamp it both directions. Click HERE for a great example from a post earlier this month. I pulled out a couple of my all time favorite stamp sets for these cards...Priceless and Simply Said!! If I made a list of my top 10 all time favorites, both of these sets would be toward the top of that list. They are awesome!!

Wow, can't tell you how good it feels to be stamping this week...really great therapy. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers...MUCH appreciated!!! And....I just noticed that we're quickly approaching 100,000 hits for the blog (that blows me away...woo-hoooo!), and when it happens, there will be a little party, including some blog candy to celebrate that landmark : ) !!!!

Supplies for the cards~

Stamps for 1st & 3rd cards: Priceless & Twill BG Stamps for the 2nd card: Simply Said, Twill BG Paper: Pretty in Pink, Chocolate, Celery, Whisper White, Prints Pack Designer Series Paper (hostess) Ink: Chocolate Chip, Pretty in Pink, Celery Accessories & tools: Pink Brads, Silver Eyelets, Cropadile, SU Pretty in Pink Marker, Paper piercing tool/mat pack, Ticket corner punch, Paper snips, pink gingham ribbon, Chocolate polytwill ribbon, Sakura clear glaze & stardust pens, Designer Label Punch, 1 1/4" Circle punch, Large Oval punch, Nestabilities Rectangle scallop/Cuttlebug, 3/16" corner rounder punch

That's all for now. Be sure to look around & recongnize the Administrative Professionals in your life...and tell 'em thank you : ) !!!

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Eagle's Wings

I'm back : ) ... Sorry I haven't been posting much lately. I've been helping my daughter with some ongoing health issues. She was having a really tough time last week, so I spent a little extra time with her, in Corvallis. This scripture from Our Daily Bread Design's new set, Eagle's Wings, is just exactly what we're trusting in. "But they that wait upon the Lord shall renw their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles" Isaiah 40:31. No clear answers, lots of symptoms, questions & challenges over the past 3 years, and we're still waiting...and trusting God, one day at a time. Kelley's new set is really beautiful, and you can see the entire set along with details right HERE! Now that I'm back, I'm sure hoping to get back into my stamping routine (good therapy!), so I should have more samples to show you soon : )Here's a closeup of that gorgeous eagle! I colored him with my Copics (E00, E34, E37, Y17, Y19 & C3) then cut him out. It was fun to practice some of what I learned at the Copic Certification class. I usually lean a little more toward fun, whimsical little critters, so this Eagle was a bit daunting at first, but those Copics were perfect for creating shading and variation.

Oh, I will have that little box template that I talked about last week, posted sometime in the next couple of days. I'd planned on posting that last week, but with being out of town longer than expected, that got put on hold...I will have it up for you soon : ) ... promise!

Supplies for the card ~
Stamps: On Eagle's Wings (Our Daily Bread Designs)

Paper: Artichoke, Banana, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White (sentiment), Shimmery White (eagle), Le Jardin DP
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Brilliance Graphite
Accessories: Dew Drops, Copics (E00, 34, 37, Y 17 & 19, C3, blender pen)

Happy Thursday : ) !

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Michael's Birthday

Today is my nephew's birthday : ) !!! Happy Birthday Mikey (I still get to call him that). I have a tough time making man cards in general, but Mike is a city boy, very classy, works for a big investment firm, so forget all my favorite stamps...all those cute little critters & flowers, and my sister says no glitter! Yikes, what's left? After giving it some thought (and shedding a tear about the no glitter rule)...this is what I came up with. Clean classic lines, bold colors and just a touch of shimmer. It's a little hard to see in the photo, but I used Shimmery White paper for the sentiment and the other white layer is Vellum on top of White. I used the Brilliance Graphite Black pigment ink pad for the sentiment and it gave me just the crisp, sharp black image I was looking for. I'm really, really liking that ink. It does require some drying time, but it's worth it to me (got it from Joy at Eclectic Paperie). Those elements, combined with the reflective silver star and paper piercing add just the right amount of texture and interest to this simple card. If you double click on the photo, you should be able to see some of those fine details : ) ! This turned out to be a really fun card to work on and I got to even got to pull out my neglected small star punch. I need to use that more often, I really like it, but always reach for the flower punches....habit!

I'm off to Corvallis to see my girls : ) !!! Going to bring some stamped images and Copics with me to play/color while I'm there!

Supplies for Mike's Card~
Stamps: It's all good
Paper: Real Red, Basic Black, Shimmery White, Vellum, non-su reflective silver Ink: Brilliance Graphite Black
Accessories: Black brads, Paper piercing tool/mat pack, small Star punch

This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it : ) ... Psalm 118:24

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Cool Copics

Good afternoon : ) ! Whew, the past few days have been busy, busy, busy. Had a fun SU workshop with my Bling Babes Club last night : ) and 2 more classes/workshops coming right up... we're doing Spring~Mother's Day projects (I'll show you what we made next week)! The Copic Certification class in Eugene last Friday was SO MUCH FUN... and it's official, I'm a Copic Certified Designer! Cami (stampalittlelove) invited me to attend the class and man, am I ever glad I said yes! If you ever have the opportunity to attend one of Marianne's Copic classes, you don't want to miss it!! More details about the Copic Markers and you can contact Marianne about upcoming classes too...right HERE at! Today's cards were all made with the image pieces I was practicing and experimenting with at the Copic they're not perfect, but after Marianne's awesome instructions and inspiration, my shading is improved. Oh, how I love coloring. There's something therapuetic about it. Thank you (times a million) to Joy, from Eclectic Paperie, who was also at the class! She is so nice...such a sweetie! She let me stamp these wonderful Penny Black images! She's got her Copics on sale right now over at Eclectic Paperie, so if you're into Copics...check it out HERE, great prices! And...speaking of Copics, great news, COPIC BLOG CANDY over at Cami's HERE to hop on over to her blog and get yourself signed up!!!
That's all for now : )

Supplies for the first card~ Stamps: Cinnamon (Penny Black), Make a Wish (Amuse) Paper: Orchid Oppulence, Ballet Blue, White Ink: Brilliance Graphite Black Accessories: Copic Markers, Photo corner punch, Word Window Punch, Creative Candy (Amuse)

Supplies for the second card~ Stamps: Lazy Days (Penny Black), Lots of Thoughts (SU, retired), One of a Kind (SU, flower) Paper: Ballet Blue, Pumpkin Pie, White, Bali Breeze DP Ink: Brilliance Graphite Black, Pumpkin Pie Accessories: Copic Markers, 1 1/4 & 1 3/8" circle punches, Boho flower punch, Paper piercing tool/mat pack, Celery brad, 1/4" celery gg ribbon, Atyou Spica Gold glitter pen

Supplies for third card~ Stamps: Crush (Penny Black), Paper: Rose Red, Caramel, White, Cutie Pie DP Ink: Brilliance Graphite Black Accessories: Photo Corner punch, Hemp twine, large & small oval punches, SU love & happiness rub-ons (sentiment)

Have an AWESOME Day : ) !!!

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Tagged : )

I've been tagged : ) ! Actually I've been tagged several times over the past month and I have to apologize because I got a little hasty in trying to clean up my email inbox last week and lost a couple of my tags, which makes me a little if you tagged me and I don't mention you...please accept my humble apology (very sorry I am... as Yoda would say)! I've been tagged by these super nice & VERY talented ladies to tell you 7 Random things about myself:

Deena from a Necessary Creativity

Angel from Angelosity

Marie from Stamp Lounge

Just click on their names to check out their AWESOME blogs!! Thanks girls...and now, onto those 7 random things. Hmmmm.....

1. I play several musical instruments...right now, primarily the Piano. But in the past I've played the bass Guitar, accoustic and electric Guitars, the Baritone, the Balilika, the Recorder (in the 4th grade, along with the rest of the class...hey, that still counts) and the violin.

2. I like to run/jog but I'm not very good at it. I don't take enough time to train. I ran a 10K (very slowly) about 5 years ago and hope to do it again and maybe even train for a marathon one day! I made it my goal during the 10K to jog the entire time...which I did (very slowly), although I had fast walkers passing me on the uphills (that makes me giggle now, but didn't at the time).

3. I'm my own worst critic and sometimes I need to totally get over myself and the fact that I'm not {gasp!} perfect! God's working on that part of me...actually He's working on a lot of other parts too : )

4. I have a Tabby cat named Gabby, which is short for Gabriella, but it turns out she's not very angelic, infact she's rather stubborn & demanding, plus she's been known to chew on my cards and stamping I just call her Gabby : )

5. I was born in the same town I currently live in. My parents, myself and my children all graduation from the same High School! Go Bulldogs !!!

6. I drink WAY too much coffee and I love it WAY too much to ever give it up!! It's no good trying to have a conversation with me before my first cup. You'd have a better chance of having an intelligent conversation with the toaster.

7. I don't really like talking about myself...I can think of many more interesting topics. But this does make I'm done...yay : )!!!!!

Now I get to do some tagging...but I'll be back to do that in a day or two. I need to be up early tomorrow and will be heading to Eugene (2 hours away) to attend a Copic Certification Class! Should be fun !!!

This little box is a variation of the Valentine box that I made back in January. I'll be sharing that tutorial with you soon... I'd do it tonight, but if I dont' get to bed soon, no amount of coffee is going to help me in the morning ; ) ... know what I mean?

Supplies for the Elzybells Dream box ~ Stamps: Elzybells Fairygirl Paper: Orchic Opulence, Apricot Appeal, Whisper White Ink: Burnt Umber Palette, Copic Markers Accessories: Small & Large Oval Punches, 3/16" corner rounder, Eastern Elegance Rub-ons, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, Sakura Clear Stardust pens, Marvy Giga Scallop Square (purple)

Hope you find LOTS of reasons to SMILE : ) today !!

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Divine Design BVC 4

It's the know what that means :) ... time to post our monthly projects for the the Divine Design Bible Verse Challenge!! Not familiar with our challenge? Click HERE for all the details, so you can play along :) !!! My scripture this month is from Colossians ~ Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men (3:23). I think our hearts and our motives sometimes get so fragmented with the demands of this world...good to remember that out ultimate goal should always be to serve the Lord in whatever we do, and to do that for His glory and for His recognition! Good reminder for me anyway :) !

Be sure to check out the other Scripture Chick's projects too~
Lori Craig ~ Make A Difference
Angel Wilde ~ Angelosity
Jami Sibley ~ More is More
Taylor Van Bruggen ~ Taylored Expressions

My second project each month is a bookmark that I make for my daughter, Megan. She chooses the scripture and I mail her a bookmark (she's at college). It always blesses me to see which scripture she's selected. This month she chose ~ I find rest in God; only he gives me hope. He is my rock and my salvataion. He is my defender, I will not be defeated. My honor and salvation come from God. He is my mighty rock and my protection. Psalms 62:5-7 (new century version). I printed the scriptures for both projects on the computer and for Meg's bookmark I stamped some polka dots on the sentiment pieces, to coorinate with the celery and bashful polkadots on the designer paper...I was pretty tickled to see how well it blended with the DP! There's also a LOT of shimmer and sparkle on her bookmark, but the photo just doesn't show it...I've had some trouble getting fine detail with my camera. I think it has a lot to do with the dark, overcast days we've had.

There is a HUGE and growing gallery over at SCS, using the keywords BVC08...your can check out that awesome gallery HERE! This is a great way to combine your love of stamping with scripture and memorization. I'm just making a card each month that I display, some girls are making journals, memory cards etc. Whatever works for you. I really do hope you'll play along. I have a few great scripture stamps, but if I don't have a stamp for the scripture I select, I just print it on my easy is that? If you have any questions, don't hesitate to email me:

Supplies for my card~ Stamps: Think Happy Thoughts, Computer generated scripture Paper: Celery, Lavender Lace, Whisper White Ink: Lavender Lace, Certainly Celery Accessories: Self adhesive rhinestones, 1/4" celery gg ribbon, Photo corner punch

Supplies for Meg's bookmark~ Stamps: A little birdie told me, Enjoy every moment (polkadot), Computer generated scripture Paper: Certainly Celery, Brocade Blue, Whisper White, Cutie Pie DP Ink: Celery, Bashful Blue Accessories: Round tab punch, SU Markerse in Bashful & Celery, Sakura clear stardust pen, Self-adhesive rhinestones

Have a GREAT Day :) !!!

p.s. I just made some slight alterations to my card, got a better photo and uploaded if you checked in earlier and saw a slightly different're right! It's still not my most favorite card, but I do love that scipture, so I'm going to concentrate on that part and accept the fact that sometimes we all make cards that we're just not crazy about!

hugs & blessings, nancy

Monday, April 7, 2008

Lavender & Gray

Good Monday Morning to ya = ) ! Isn't this a fun color combo? So crisp and clean. Lavender Lace, Going Gray, Basic Gray & Whisper White :) !! Quick post today, to share a couple cards...The first one is for Beate's weekend sketch, WSC42...great sketch and perfect for my new Think Happy Thoughts stamp set. Also used my new Twill background stamp. I tried a little trick that Cami did with this BG stamp... I stamped the Twill BG stamp once vertically, then re-inked, turned the stamp horizontally, and re-stamped. It makes the background look like gingham! Isn't that fun? I don't know about you, but sometimes it's hard for me to make a card without DP. For this card, I made my own DP using the little flower stamp and the twill (good to remember...yes, we can make cards without DP, it IS possible, lol!). I thought white eyelets would look great with this crisp clean little card, but they ended up looking too plain. So, I popped some tiny self adhesive rhinestones in the centers, and it brought them to life and coordinated nicely the the purple rhinestone brad I used with the sentiment =)!!

For this next card, I used a lot of the same supplies, but switched to the Blooming with Love set. I've really enjoyed this set and especially like this little watercan image...there's a sweet simplicity about it. I stamped a couple flowers in and around the can then stamped that same flower image around the edges of the sentiment piece~

Tomorrow is April 8th, so I'll be posting my Divine Design Bible Challenge project tomorrow, along with the other Scrpiture Chicks! Fun stuff, can't wait to show you :) !!!

Supplies for the first card~ Stamps: Think Happy Thoughts, Twill BG Paper: Lavender Lace, Basic Gray, Whisper White Ink: Going Gray, Lavender Lace, Basic Gray Accessories: 1 1/4, 1 3/8 & Scallop Circle punches, Gray Taffeta ribbon, Purple rhinestone brad, White eyelets, Cropadile, Kaiser self-adhesive purple rhinestones

Supplies for the 2nd card~ Stamps: Blooming with Love, Twill BG stamp Paper: Lavender Lace, Basic Gray, Whisper White Ink: Black Stazon, Lavender Lace, Basic Gray Accessories: 1 1/4", 1 3/8" & Scallop Circle punches, Paper piercing tool/mat pack, SU markers in Certainly Celery, Amethyst & Lavender Lace & Copic markers in Neutral Gray & Cool Gray, Light green Stickles, Gray Taffeta ribbon

Happy Monday & Happy Stamping :)

Saturday, April 5, 2008

Fun with Hanna

I'd forgotten all about my Pink Passion cardstock and ink...haven't had it out in months. It was perfect for this card, because it had to be bold, bright & fun, for my daughter, Megan = ) ! This card is soooo her!! Meg is a distance runner at Oregon State University (Go Beavs!) and spends about 2 hours, on average, in the gym, running or doing some type of training every day! She's had some set-backs and challenges over the past couple years, but that girl is like the Energizer Bunny...she just keeps going, and going, and going!!! I thought this card might brighten (literally, lol!) up her day! When I saw this stamp set (Hanna Stamps, Getting Physical) over at Eclectic Paperie , I knew I had to have it. I've been watching & waiting for a stamp set that featured working out and/or running. The sentiment (Celebrate You) is from the SU Mini catalog, from the Phrases for a Friend set. Long story short, I had lunch with Cami (StampaLittleLoveBaby) & her new recruit, Gail, on Friday and, of course we all chatted non-stop about stamping the entire time. Cami's on the DT for Hanna Stamps, so I was telling her I'd seen this set and loved it and...guess what? She shows up on my doorstep a couple hours later... lets me borrow her set, so I don't even have to wait till mine comes!! Yeah, she's like this mega-talented superstar stamper...but she's also one of the nicest people I've ever met. Thanks Cami...YOU really are the best! She also has the new, Tool Time Hanna card up on her blog today, you don't want to miss that...very, very cute!! Oh, and thanks Gail for all your inspiration and for the awesome lunch too = ) !!

That's all for now...more to show you later in the week. Divine Design Bible Verse Challenge coming up on Tuesday and MORE = ) !!!

Supplies for Meg's card~
Stamps: Hanna Stamps Get Physical, SU Phrases for a Friend
Paper: Pink Passion, Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White, Bali Breeze DP
Ink: Palette Noir, Pumpkin Pie & Pink Passion
Accessories: 1" & 1 1/4" Circle punches, Paper piercing tool, Pink rhinestone brad, Copic Markers, Sakura clear stardust pen

Have a great weekend :)

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Seattle Treasures

Today's cards were made with some of the treasures I found in Seattle last week = ). This first card is for today's sketch challenge over at SCS (SC170). Great sketch...thanks Rox! Perfect for showing off this gorgeous DP I found at the Amuse shop. It's made by College Press, part of their Doubletake, "Seeds" Collection. The paper was just too pretty to cover up, so the only thing I stamped was the scripture from my Light of the World set, from Our Daily Bread Designs. What a treat to have great scripture stamps to use!! I really do love Kelleys' new stamps...AND she's just getting ready to release 2 new sets very soon, so I'll have more to show you in the next couple weeks. You can check it all out at ODBD! This next card is a quick, simple one featuring my new Fairy Girl Elzybells. If you're ever in the Seattle area and get a chance to stop at the Amuse shop, I highly recommend it. It was a really fun shop to spend a little time in...such a cheerful, happy place filled with amazing stamps and supplies!! I had to use a LOT of self control, the bulk of my budget went to ribbon. This ribbon is so pretty...sheer in the middle, with a hint of sparkle, and colored on the edges. Of course, I "needed" a variety of colors. If there is a treatment center for people addicted to ribbon, I might need to go. My friend Sandi suggested that perhaps I should look into glitter/spakle addiction centers also (lol...she knows me too well!). I used Dazzling Diamonds glitter on Elzy's wings, Sakura Stardust pens on her dress, trim, slippers and hair, yellow Stickles on the tip of her wand and self adhesive rhinestones on the sentiment....but I think Elzybells likes all that sparkle...don't you?

That's all for now...back to my stamping = ) !

Supplies for the Light of the World Card~
Stamps: Light of the World (Our Daily Bread Designs)
Paper: Chocolate, Olive, Vanilla, Seeds DP
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Photo Corner Punch, Paper piercing tool/mat pack, Vanilla Taffeta Ribbon, Self Adhesive green rhinestones by Kaiser

Supplies for the Elzybells Card~
Stamps: Fairy Girl (Elzybells), Make a Wish (Amuse)
Paper: Amuse Polka dot notecards, Gable Green, Tempting Turquoise & Whisper White CS
Ink: Palette Noir, Tempting Turquoise
Accessories: Copic & SU markers, Sakura Stardust pens, Dazzling Diamonds glitter, yellow Stickles, Word Window punch, Marvy Square scallop giga punch (purple), Amuse ribbon, self adhesive turquoise rhinestones

Have an awesome evening = ) !!!

Tuesday, April 1, 2008


It's been such a pretty day on the Oregon Coast! Still a bit cold, but the sky is blue and the sun is looks like Spring! I'm so happy, my stamp room is unpacked, organized and I have my little stamping spot back again! For today's SCS color challenge, I decided to break out the Blooming with Love set. This was my very favorite set when the new catalog first came out, but I haven't used it much and I have absolutely no idea why. Maybe it's just been waiting for Spring = )! When I first read the colors that Emily selected for today's color challenge (CC160), Creamy Caramel, Apricot Appeal, Mellow Moss & Cameo Coral, I didn't think I was going to play. I just didn't see any possible way that these colors could work together....but, ya know what...I like a good challenge! So, I looked through my stamps, found this set, decided to give it a try. I just got the coordinating wheel, Blooms and Bulbs, last week, so this seemed like the perfect time to try it out as well. It actually turned out to be a really fun project! It's a little hard to some of the fine details in the photo, but I stamped the image piece on Shimmery white, colored everything in with markers, then outlined the flowers with a Clear Sakura Stardust pen, then a Clear Sakura Glaze pen, so they have both dimension and shimmer. The flowers still didn't look finished to me, so I added a touch of Yellow Stickles for the centers and that gave them a beautiful little sparkle. I also traced over the Blooms & Bulbs image with the clear Stardust pen, to carry a little sparkle over to that side of the card. It's a nice contrast to the matte look of the caramel and moss cardstock.

That's all for now...I have a couple of projects on the workbench to finish up and show you tomorrow....including my new Elzybells = )!!!

Supplies for the card ~
Stamps: Blooming with Love, Blooms & Bulbs Wheel, One of a Kind (punched flower)
Paper: Apricot, Caramel, Moss, Coral, Shimmery White
Ink: Stazon Timber Brown, Apricot, Caramel
Markers: SU Apricot, Moss, Coral, Caramel, Copic Neutral Gray (N3), Sakura Clear Stardust & Glaze pens, Yellow & Cinnamon Stickles, Paper piercing tool/mat pack, 1", 1 1/4", 1 3/8" & Scallop Circle punches, Photo corner punch, Boho Blossoms Punch, Yellow Rhinestone brad, Hemp twine, non-su mini scallop scissors

Hope YOUR day is blooming with love = ) !