Saturday, November 29, 2008

Sweet Stamping Deals!

Just a quick post to update all you Stamping Shoppers on some great deals going on this weekend! First off...the SU Holiday Extravaganza Sale is ON :) ... hop on over HERE to check out all the details. But don't wait too long...you only have till Dec 1st and quantities are limited! When you order online and designate someone (hopefully me!) as your demonstrator, you'll get the lowest (discount) price. And right now if you place on online order with me, I'll send you a refund check for your shipping cost...so shipping will end up being FREE between now & December 1st!! Woo-hoo...let the shopping begin :) !! Any questions...just email me (youcanstamp@hotmail.com). That free shipping offer is on ALL purchases you place with me online between now & December 1st!

Next, OUR DAILY BREAD DESIGNS is also offering FREE shipping PLUS some sweet blog candy! Check out Kelley's BLOG for all the details...right HERE!!! I placed an order last night and took advantage of that free shipping :) !!! Besides for selling beautiful Scripture stamps, Kelley also offers a wide selectin of stamping products including my favorite new ink, Ranger Distressed (soot)!

And...it's Double Pink Ticket weekend at Our Craft Lounge! Double tickets included with each stamp set. That's 2 chances to win with every set you purchase!! Check it out right HERE!!!

AND last but not least, there's a SALE on Shimmerz plus a chance at some blog candy this weekend too! I just placed my very first order today. My friends Cami & Kisa keep raving about it, and I'm a huge fan of shimmer, so I decided to give it a try! You can find all the details about the sale prices and some sweet blog candy right HERE!!!

Those are all the specials I know about...hope those tips help you save a little $$$ and maybe win some sweet candy!!! I've been gone for a few days, so once I get a little catch up done around the house, I hope to do a little stamping & have a few things to show you :) !!

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving! Big hugs to everyone...hope your day is filled with love, laughter and yes...Turkey!! This year has been a challenging one for me and my family, but God's been faithful to provide all that we've needed, one day at a time. Part of that provision has been flooding my life with amazing friends who have been an tremendous source of love & support. I really do have so much to be thankful for today and everyday :) !!!
My first card is sweet little Anna Mae from
Our Craft Lounge...reminding you to SMILE :) !!! To fully appreciate the OCL stamps, you HAVE to see ALL the pieces included in the sets. Anna Mae & Lola Mae are paper dolls for grown ups :) ... SO much fun... you can check out those sets right HERE!!! I intentionally left Anna Mae's dress plain in this image, because I covered it in Spica Red Glitter pen (after coloring it with Copic Marker R37)... it has this wonderful shimmer irl that you just can't see in the photo. I also used a Clear Spica glitter pen to add shimmer to other parts of the image and to the DP too! Anna Mae's little dress is a great space to paper piece in some DP or stamp hearts or stripes with the stamps that are included...lots and lots of options. The OCL girls created these sets to be VERY versatile!!! I've been sharing a little bit about my favorite Copic Markers and the Anna Mae card includes some of those favorites including...E25 & 27 (brown hair & shoes), E00 (skin tone) R81 & 83 (rosy pink) & R37 (really close to Riding Hood Red). I also used BG11 & 13 (blue/green). I outlined her with my must have C1!
This next card features the Lola Love set & several of the same Copic colors, R37, BG 11 & 13, but I also used Y35 & 32 for Lola's blonde hair. Plenty of sparkle on this card too...you can see it best on the heart, its covered in the Red Spica Glitter pen (just like Anna Mae's dress)! As you can tell, I'm a big fan of sparkle!!! If you haven't tried the Spicas and want to see what they're like, I recommend starting with a Clear Spica. For about $2.50, it's a great way to add shimmer to your projects! Oh, and for any of you who are still trying to figure out which ink to use with your Copics...I've been using Ranger Distressed Ink (Soot) and LOVE it! It dries instantly and doesn't bleed with the Copic Inks. Just stamp & color...no patience needed...now that's my kind of ink :) !!!
The girls at OCL have started picking winning PINK TICKETS from their premier weekend celebration. If you have a pink ticket, be sure to check HERE to see if you're a winner!!

Supplies for today's cards (for the sake of time, I'm going to combine supplies, because they're so similar) ~ (Anna Mae card 4 1/4 square, Lola Love card 5 1/2 x 4 1/4) ~ Stamps: Anna Mae & Lola Mae Paper: Chocolate Chip, Riding Hood Red, White, My Mind's Eye Just Dreamy 2 collection Ink: Ranger Distressed Soot Tools/Accessories: Copic Sketch Markers, Spica Glitter Pens, Petite Circle, Oval & Long Rectangle Nesties with CB, Janome Sew mini, Riding Hood Red Taffeta Ribbon

May God bless you with a grateful & satisfied heart today!!!

Monday, November 24, 2008

Desk Calendar Tutorial

I'm so excited to share this tutorial with you today! My good friend, Nancy Littrell, introduced me to this project and I'm SO glad she did!! She has a great photo of all 4 sides of her calendar HERE in her SCS gallery. My calendar has Winter & Spring on the outside, Summer and Fall on the inside. When you're ready, you just untie the ribbon, flip the inside to the outside, re-tie the ribbon and you're set for the next 6 months! This is a surprizingly easy project ... one that we made at my workshop this month. All supplies are SU with the exception of a Sakura clear glaze pen & Spica clear glitter pen that I used to accent the image pieces and the calendar, which was printed on the computer. I used the Tree For All Seasons set to represent each season. It's currently on the dormant list, so you won't find it in your catalog, but it IS available and you can see it online right HERE. Before moving on to the tutorial, I want to show you all 4 sides of my calendar and a close-up of the image pieces that represent each season.

Winter (Riding Hood Red with Holiday Treasures DP)~Spring (Pink Pirouette with Pink Pirouette Patterns DSP) ~Summer (Old Olive with HolidayTreasures DP) ~

Fall (Pumpkin Pie with Pumpkin Pie Patterns DSP) ~ Okay, are you ready to make one of your own? Here's how :)

Supplies
Cutting/Scoring tool
Basic Black & Whisper White cardstock
4 Colors of card stock with coordinating DP
Tree for all Seasons Stamp set
Black Stazon Ink
SU Markers & Sakura clear Glaze pen
1 3/8" Circle Punch & Scallop Circle Punch
Cropadile
Black Gingham Ribbon
Roll-on adhesive & Dimensionals

Step 1: Print a Yearly Calendar...go to:
http://www.printfree.com/Calendar_files/Yearly/2009printable.htm
Right click on the calendar & Select All
Right Click on the calendar & select Print Preview
Go to the “Shrink Down” drop down menu, select 80%
Print onto Whisper White Cardstock

Step 2: Cut, Punch & Score the following pieces:
Cut Black Cardstock 5 ½ x 8 ½” and Score at 4 ¼ “ ( just like you would for a cardbase)

Cut Black Cardstock (4) 5 x 1 5/8”

Punch (4) Black Scallops

Cut 4 pieces of *Cardstock & coordinating Designer Paper:
Cardstock: 5 ¼ x 4”
Designer Paper: 5 x 2 ½”

Cut Calendar strips (finished size should be 4 7/8 x 1 ½” each)

For each “season” complete the following steps:
Adhere DP onto the coordinating colored cardstock.
Adhere the black matting to the white calendar strip.
Adhere the matted calendar strip to the colored cardstock (the bottom edge of the black mat should be approx 3/8” from the bottom of the colored cardstock..to allow room for holes that will be punched).
Adhere Black Scallop above calendar strip.
Stamp & color image. Punch out with 1 3/8” circle punch.
Place (2) dimensionals behind the image circle & adhere to the black scallop

Next, you'll want to think about which 2 seasons you want on the outside and on the inside of your calendar then adhere each onto the black calendar base. For instance, you could put Spring & Summer on the outside, Fall & Winter on the inside. Just make sure your seasons go in sequence. If your layers are heavy, you may want to consider using sticky strip or whatever strong adhesive you prefer. For my calendar, my standard monohesive worked just great! I made this one about a month ago and it's still in perfect shape...no signs of lifting.

Use your Cropadile to punch two 1/8” holes (for the ribbon) on the bottom edge of both sides of the calendar (approx 3/8” up from the bottom edge). Thread gingham ribbon through and tie in a loose knot or bow.

Wasn't that easy? This is basically just a standard black card base with layers on all 4 sides and it fits inside a standard SU Medium or Translucent Envelope! You can customize this SO many ways for gifts. Just look through your stamps and papers & I bet you'll find something that would work for each season. Add Scriptures, Quotes, family Photos...the possibilities are endless! If you have any questions about the project, just email me (youcanstamp@hotmail.com).

I'm headed out of town for the Thanksgiving Holiday. Happy & Blessed Thanksgiving to my US friends and a Wonderful week to my friends abroad! HUGS to all :) !!!

Blooming with Gratitude

This is such a beautiful stamp set. I guess that's why SU named the set Blooming Beautiful :) ! I colored this image with my Copic Markers and added a sentiment from the All Holidays set. In future posts, I plan to share some of my favorite Copic Colors with you. For instance, the flower pot uses 3 of my favorite Earth tones (E15, E25 & E29). We all have our favorite colors, but if you REALLY want to learn about Copics, the expert on this subject is, without a doubt, Marianne Walker ! If you have a Copic question, she has the answer, I can pretty much guarantee it! Her blog, I Like Markers, has tons of helpful hints and ideas. Marianne's blog is the best resource I can give you for learning more about Copics!


I had hoped to post the Calendar Tutorial today, but it's taking a little more time than I anticipated to prepare the post, so it will be tomorrow. It's a great little project you won't want to miss :)
I have a beautiful RAK to share with you....from Angel Wilde (Angelosity)~

She used the Season of Friendship set and that just couldn't be more perfect because she's one of the awesome people I've me through blogging and stamping and I am SO grateful for her friendship! GREAT big hugs and thanks to you Angel!!! Your card is amazing, just like YOU!

Supplies for the Hydrangea card ~ Stamps: Blooming Beautiful & All Holidays Paper: Night of Navy, White, My Mind's Eye Just Dreamy 2 collection (available at Eclectic Paperie) Ink: Ranger Distressed Soot, Night of Navy Tools/Accessories: Copic Markers, Spica clear glitter pen, 1/4" circle punch, Olive brads, Nesties oval/scallops with CB, Dimensionals

Thanks for stopping by...have a marvelous Monday :)

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Who's your doggie

Quick post to show you the card I made for the first ever Our Craft Lounge Sketch Challenge (details HERE)! It's uploaded at SCS using the keywords OCLSC01, so if you pop over there you can check out the other cards. I used Pat the Dog (again!)...just can't quit stamping him. There are so many fun pieces with the set, it worked great for the sketch :) ! After coloring Pat with my Copics, I used a little Carmel Latte Tan Fun Flock and a Sakura Quickie Glue Pen to give him some real fur :) ...here's a closer look at that fur ~



Since we're on the subject of dogs...here's me & my puppy, Muffin, attending her very first dog obedience class this morning. She started out great ~
Miss Muffin is only 7 months old and the other dogs were much bigger (longer legs, imagine that, lol) and older...so let's just say she was pretty much done after about 30 minutes (the class lasted an hour)....ready for a snack, a nap and some love. We had a few more moments of compliance, but this is how most of the last 30 minutes were spent ~
She's a sweet girl, eager to please...she's OUR DOGGIE and we're very proud of her :) ! She's going to practice her lessons and hopefully, she'll do even better next week!! Here's a great photo of that sweet face.I think she was telling us that she was ready to head home for that much over-due nap :) !

Thanks for stopping...Muffin wishes you a very Happy Saturday!

Supplies for the card (size 4 1/4 x 5 1/2) ~ Stamp: Pat the Dog Paper: Chocolate Chip, My Mind's Eye Just Dreaming 2 DP, White Ink: Distressed Soot Tools/Accessories: Copic markers, Sakura clear glaze pen, Spica red & clear glitter pens, Sakura quickie glue pen, Carmel Latte Tan fun flock (the Copics, Fun Flock, Spica & Sakura pens, plus the dreamy DP all available at Eclectic Paperie), Brown striped American Crafts ribbon, brown brads


Thursday, November 20, 2008

Easy Pumpkins

Need an idea for a quick, simple Thanksgiving favor or place setting? We made these super simple little boxes at my workshop this month. These are SO easy, you could make them for all your dinner guests and include a little treat inside! I made a basic triangle box with Old Olive cardstock (you can find Beate's SCS triangle box tutorial HERE). This is a 3" Triangle, so I started with a rectangle 3" x 6". I added a strip of Haiku DP (1" x 3"), then punched (2) Tanergine Tango Large Ovals, and Punched a 3rd Large oval from the Haiku Dp and popped it up on a couple dimensionals. The stem is 1/4" Olive gg ribbon and it's tied together with a little Hemp Twine. The sentiment is from the All Holidays set :) and punched out with a small Oval punch.
Here's a quick card I made with some of the same supplies. This time I used a sponge dauber to add a little tangerine ink to the edges of the ovals to give them a little dimension. You could easily add more scallops to make a bigger, fuller pumpkin...it's up to you, keep it simple, or add a little more :) ! The "Happy Thanksgiving" greeting is from the Holidays and Wishes set.I also have 2 RAKs to share with you today! This first one is from the Amazing Nancy Riley (iStamp)!! Isn't it gorgeous? Thanks Nancy...you are SO thoughtful (AND talented...but that goes without saying)!!! You can find all the details about her card right HERE!And this sweet Thanksgiving card is from my friend/customer, Danica! I love the colors and textures in her card. She used the Happy Blessings set from the Holiday Mini :) ... love it! Thanks for stopping by! I have a fun and easy calender tutorial coming right up in the next few days...so stay tuned !!! Have a great evening :)

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Miracles Happen

I love this sentiment...Miracles Happen! I believe miracles happen in big and small ways every day, you just need to look around and you'll find 'em. My daughter told me she was daydreaming at a traffic light yesterday and a moment later a car ran a red light and went right through the intersection where she should have been. Hmmm...a random daydream or a miracle? Take your pick...but I pick miracle :) ! The sentiment and the bird are both from the Vintage Bird set, by Pink Poison. This bird was fun to color! I tried to add ribbon and a few other embelishments to this card but it just looked too busy, so I kept it simple. This DP, from My Mind's Eye, Just Dreamy 2 collection, is so gorgeous, you don't need much else (the DP & Rhinestones are both available at Eclectic Paperie). Lots of dimension & color on this card and you can see that a little better in this photo ~ This little pup is getting stamped a lot at my house :) ... he's so cute, I just can't help myself! It's Pat the Dog, from Our Craft Lounge!! I made this card for yesterday's color challenge (CC193)at SCS, to use Real Red, Black & Kraft. I don't think I've ever used that combo before, but I sure like it! I was hoping to do the sketch challenge today, but it ended up only being a hope. Maybe tomorrow?That's it for today ... I still have a couple fun workshop projects to show you and a great little tutorial for you in the next few days too! Have a great evening, thanks for stopping :) !

Supplies for the first card (size 4 1/4 x 5 1/2) ~ Stamps: Vintage Birds Paper: Chocolate Chip, Riding Hood Red, Kiwi Kiss, White, My Minds Eye Dreamy 2 Dp Ink: Distressed Soot Tools/Accessories: Copic Markers, Spica clear glitter pen, Sakura clear glaze pen, Oval/Scalloped Nesties/CB, Kaiser self adhesive rhinestones, Dimensionals

Supplies for the second card (size 4 1/4 x 5 1/2) ~ Stamps: Pat the Dog Paper: Real Red, Basic Black, White, Kraft Designer series paper (hostess pack) Ink: Distressed Soot Tools/Accessories: Copic Markers, Spica clear & red glitter pens, Sakura clear glaze pen, 3/4" & 1" Circle Punches, Silver Eyelet/Cropadile, Hemp Twine, Dimensionals

Monday, November 17, 2008

Punchy Penguin Fun

Here's one of the projects we made at my workshop this month. A Punch Penguin card inspired by Mercedes Weber again. She submitted this winning idea to SU, using punches to create fun holiday tags. I modified my penguin quite a bit, but the inspiration came from Mercedes for sure!! You have to see the adorable pilgrims she has posted on her blog today...check it out right HERE....they're simply adorable! Thanks for all the punchy inspiration Mercedes :) !!!

Punches I used for my Penguin:

Head: Black 1 3/8" Circle

Arms (wings): Black Small Oval

Body: Black Wide Oval & White Large Oval

Feet & Beak: Tangerine Boho Blossoms

Eyes: White 1/4" Circle, Black Double Circle

Earmuffs: Ski Slopes DP 1/2" Circle, Real Red Band 1 1/4" Circle & 1 3/8" Circle

Hat for the Penguin below: Real Red Scallop Square & 1/4" Circle

Snowballs for the Penguin below: White 1/2" Circle Punch with Crystal Effects & Chunky Glitter


Here are a couple more tags I whipped up for examples. They are so much fun to make!!
I was delighted and honored to receive this very sweet award today from Miss Boo ~ Designs by Boo :) ! Miss Boo is the best. I've been admiring her work for a long time and always find her blog inspiring and creative!! And now I have the pleasure of passing this award on to a few blogging friends. This is the hardest part...narrowing it down to just a few. Here's my pick for today's Kreativ Blogger award ~
Angel: Angelosity
Christina: Flowers & Ink
Silke: My Life
The rules are simple. Just pass the award onto 5 of your creative blogging friends. Leave them a comment to let them know about their award and link back to me! Easy Shmeezy!! I just counted and it looks like I nominated 7...so I stretched the rules just a bit ;) !
Supplies for my card (Size 4 1/4 x 5 1/2) ~ Stamps: All Holidays Paper: Real Red, Baja Breeze, Ski Slopes DP, Whisper White Ink: Black Stazon Tools/Accessories: (see list above for punches), Paper piercing tool/mat pack, Red Gingham & Real Red 1/4" ribbon, Dimensionals
Thanks for stopping by ... hope you find some inspiration in those punchy projects :) !!!!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

More OCL :)

This is a HAPPY DAY :) ... because I've been playing with brand new stamps from Our Craft Lounge! This card uses one of my favorites sets...Pat the Good Dog :) ! This is one happy little doggie!!! I tried to get a side/close-up view so you could see the sparkle and dimension...but my photography skills could use some work, lol ~
Next, a card casing today's Feature Stamper over at SCS...Kendra! Congrats Kendra ,it was so fun to look through your gallery of amazing cards and projects!!! The card I cased is right HERE! I used Bub The Beaver set for my card, but there's not even a beaver on my card. I used some of the fun accessory pieces this time! This is one of the sets that's available in both Crafty Cling Rubber or Crafty Clear. Isn't it nice to have the option of either? The Designer Paper I used for today's cards is My Mind's Eye, from the Just Dreamy 2 collection... isn't it fabulous! You can find that yummy paper over at Eclectic Paperie.

Remember... Our Craft Lounge is giving away a Pink Ticket with every stamp set purchased this weekend! Next weekend they'll be drawing winners from those tickets for some cool prizes :) ! Details right HERE! I keep thinking of those golden tickets on Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory...the song, I've got a golden ticket, is playing in my head. I think I may need to watch that movie today. Where was I...oh yeah, this time it's PINK TICKETS that you're gonna wanna get your paws on, so hop on over to the Lounge and check things out!

Thanks for stopping by...and thanks for leaving a comment and saying hi :) !!!!

Supplies for Happy Day card (size 4 1/4 x 5 1/2) ~ Stamps: Pat the Good Dog Paper: Chocolate Chip, My Mind's Eye Just Dreamy2 DP, White Ink: Graphite Brilliance with clear EP Tools/Accessories: Copic Markers, Dimensionals, Sakura clear glaze pen, American Craft ribbon

Supplies for the froggie card (size 4 1/4 x 5 1/2) ~ Stamps: Bub The Beaver Paper: Certainly Celery, Chocolate Chip, Shimmery White, My Mind's Eye Just Dreamy2 DP Ink: Distressed Soot Tools/Accessories: Copic Markers, Sakura clear glaze pen, Designer Buttons, Hemp Twine, Oval/Scalloped Nesties with CB, Dimensionals

Happy Sunday....be sure to check back for some fun workshop ideas this week!!

Friday, November 14, 2008

Introducing....Our Craft Lounge

I have a couple of cards to show you today from a BRAND SPANKIN' NEW Stamp company called Our Craft Lounge! I'm so proud of Cami (Stamp a Little Love Baby) & Joy (Joy of Stamping)... they have worked really hard, along with Kim & Marianne (I Like Markers) to make this day a reality!! This is what happens when amazing stamping talent meets amazing artistic talent! Congratulations girls, I couldn't be happier for you!!!!! And thanks for letting me play with the new stamps...what a treat!

Alrighty then, on with the cards! My first card features Bub The Beaver. I about flipped when Cami showed me this set. I LOVE beavers and this guy is just adorable! Fun to color...and yes, I used my Copic Markers :) ! It seemed only natural since Marianne drew Bub. He was born to be colored with Copics!!!
This next card was made with the Tree-mendous set! The girls designed these sets to have lots of fun accessory pieces so the opportunity for you to create fun scenes is endless! I kept this one pretty simple...just used the tree, the birdhouse and a sweet sentiment. This set is available in either crafty clear or crafty cling! I used the crafty cling (aka rubbah!) and they stamp bee-a-utifully!
You can find more samples of projects made with Our Craft Lounge stamps at these blogs today ~








When you make a purchase during Our Craft Lounge's Grand Opening, this Friday, Saturday & Sunday, November 14-16th, you get a PINK ticket! Next weekend they'll be drawing tickets for prizes...so hang onto those cute little pink tickets. You just might win something really cool :) !!!
I
have a few more OCL cards to share with you, so be sure to stop by again soon. I also have a great tutorial to share with you for a Desk Calendar project that my friend Nancy Litterell shared with me. Lots of fun things to show you. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a Fabulous Friday :) !
Supplies for Bub the Beaver card (size 4 1/4 square) ~ Stamps: Bub the Beaver Paper: Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, Classic Crest White, Haiku DP Ink: Distressed Soot Tools/Accessories: Janome Sew Mini, 1" & 1 1/4" Circle Punches, Copic Markers, Sakura clear glaze pen, Dimensionals
Supplies for the Tree-mendous card (size 4 1/4 square) ~ Stamps: Tree-mendous Paper: Chocolate Chip, Baja Breeze, My Mind's Eye, Classic Crest white Ink: Graphite Black with Clear embossing powder Tools/Accessories: Small & Large Oval punches, Circle/Scallop Nesties with CB, Dimensionals
hey...there's no ribbon on my cards today....that's weird, don't know how that could have happened :o)

Monday, November 10, 2008

Winter Post

Quick post to show you a couple of Winter Post projects :) ! I've been admiring this set from the Holiday Mini and a friend let me stamp a few images last week (Thanks Nance!). After stamping these images, the set officially moved from my admiring list to my wish list :) ! It is an absolutely gorgeous set... love it! I even got out my sewing machine for the card. Sewing still intimidates me a little, but it's getting better.
This triangle box was super fun to make. I used Beate's tutorial over at SCS and it was so easy! Great little project and you can make 'em any size. This one is a 4" triangle. You can find Beate's tutorial right HERE. This Winter Post Triangle Box was a prize that I gave away at my workshop tonight (Congrats Sheri!).

Here's a side view ~Okay, as I said, I'm gonna keep this quick! So thanks for stopping by & have a great day!!!

Supplies for the card (size 4 1/4 x 5 1/2) ~ Stamps: Winter Post Paper: Chocolate Chip, Riding Hood Red, White, Ski Slopes DP Ink: Distress Soot Tools/Accessories: Copics Markers, Spica Clear glitter pen, Silver Brads, Riding Hood Red Taffeta Ribbon, 1/4" & 1/2" circle punches, Round Scallop Nesites with CB, Janome Sew Mini

Supplies for the Triangle Box (4" triangle) ~ Stamps: Winter Post & Snow Swirled Paper: Riding Hood Red, White, Ski Slopes DP Ink: Distress Soot, Riding Hood Red, Silver Encore Tools/Accessories: Copic Markers, Spica clear glitter pen, Felt Flurries snowflakes, Silver Cord, Riding Hood Red Taffeta Ribbon, Silver Embossing Powder & heat gun, Round/Scalloped Nesties with CB, Dimensionals

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Happy Birthday Deer Dad

Today is my Dad's birthday! He used to enjoy deer hunting, so I thought he'd get a kick out of this card. The punched deer was inspired by Mercedes Weber...she submitted the winning idea of using punches to create fun holiday tags, featuring adorable critters, like this deer! What a fun idea. I LOVE my punches, so as soon as I saw this idea, I knew I'd have to try. Here's what I used to create my deer ~
Head: Wide Oval Punch (Chocolate Chip)
Eyes: 1/2" Circle Punch (Whisper White) & 1/4" Circle Punch (Basic Black)
Nose: 1/2" Circle Punch (Really Rust)
Ears: 5-Petal Flower Punch (Really Rust)
Hair: Boho Blossoms (Really Rust)
Antlers: Wide Oval Punch (Chocolate Chip)
And here's the inside, plenty of room for everyone to write a little greeting to dad (aka grandpa)!While I had those supplies out, I made another card, this time with a Christmas theme! Hey look, it's Rudolf and that shiny red nose is making his eyes cross, lol :) ~
We're using TONS of punches at my workshop tomorrow night. I'll be showing you those projects a little later! You can check out ALL those fun SU punches right
HERE! Well, that's it for today.
Hope you had a great weekend. Stay tuned for more punchy projects! Thanks for stopping by :)
Supplies for the Birthday card (size 5 1/2 x 4 1/4) ~ Stamps: A Little Birthday Cheer Paper: Chocolate Chip, More Mustard, Really Rust, Whisper White, Basic Black, Naturals Ivory (inside the card), Haiku DP Ink: Chocolate Chip Punches: Tag Corner, 1/4" & 1/2"Circle, Wide Oval, 5-Petal Flower, Boho Blossom Tools/Accessories: Paper Piercing Tool/Mat Pack, Dimensionals, Pewter Brads
Supplies for the Rudolf card (size 5 1/2 x 4 1/4) ~ Stamps: Best Yet (hostess) Paper: Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, Whisper White, Shimmery Black, Real Red, Haiku DP Ink: Black Stazon Punches: Scallop Edge Punch, 1/4" & 1/2"Circle, Wide Oval, 5-Petal Flower, Boho Blossom Tools/Accessories: 1/4" Chocolate gg ribbon, Red gingham ribbon, Red glitter (retired SU), Dimensionals

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Divine Design November

Good morning :) ! It's the 8th of the month...that means it's time for our Divine Design Bible Verse Challenge projects. I selected this verse from Psalm 107:1. Our country faces so many challenges right now, most families have been touched in one way or another by our floundering economy. Others struggle with health issues. My family has been faced with one big challenge after another this year, but we still have so many reaons to be thankful. In times of trial and challenge we often cry out to God for help, but forget to thank Him for the countless things He provides. Simple things...for instance, do you have access to clean, safe drinking water today? If so, you have a reason to be thankful. I was thinking of how many times I say thank you to people throughout my day. The checker at the grocery store, the doctor, my family, the postman, the list goes on and on. But how many times to I pause to tell God thank you? Hmmmm....probably not often enough. This month we celebrate Thanksgiving in the US and we reflect on our blessings. I'm going to make this my focus for the entire month of November and thank God every chance I get :) !
This has been a really busy month for the Scripture Chicks. We normally all post our projects today, but several of the girls will be posting their projects a little later this month. Here are the links to those blogs so you can pop over and say hi and see what the girls have been up to! Lori Craig ~ Make A Difference, Angel Wilde ~ Angelosity, Jami Sibley ~ More isMore , Taylor Van Bruggen ~ Taylored Expressions
I hope you'll join us for the Divine Design challenge, it's easy and all the details are right HERE! We've been making project since January (this is #11!), but you can jump in anytime. It's a fun way to combine our love of stamping with our love of scripture :) ! And if you upload your projects to the SCS gallery, be sure to use the keyword BVC08.
Thank YOU for stopping by! One of the things I'll be thanking God for today is my stamping & blogging friends. You bless my life :) !!!
Supplies for my card (size 4 1/4 x 5 1/2") ~ Stamps: Eastern Blooms (flowers), Computer generated scripture Paper: Chocolate Chip, Really Ruse, More Mustard, Very Vanila, Haiku DP Ink: More Mustard & Computer brown Tools/Accessories: Scallop Edge Punch, Mustard brads, 1/4" circle punch, 1/4" chocolate gg ribbon, Spica gold glitter pen, Dimensionals

Thursday, November 6, 2008

And the Winner is :)

First of all, I have to tell you, I think you're all winners :) ! This week has been such a FUN blogging week for me! In all those comments, I got to hear a little bit about YOU, and I LOVE that! I seriously wish I had a prize for every single one of you, but we do need to select just one lucky duck to receive that great blog candy! There were a total of 285 entries when I did the drawing and Random.org picked #273. And that winner is..........drum roll please.................................it's Tiffany :) !!! Congratulations!
Tiffany said...
I have a CD of piano music I love to listen to while I'm crafting. Because life is so busy, sometimes silence is nice too!Adorable cards!!!! Thanks for the chance to win blog candy.

Tiffany if you would please email me (
youcanstamp@hotmail.com) with your mailing address, I'll get those goodies off in the mail to you lickety split ;) ! Thank you to EVERYONE who played! It was super fun sharing the new Pink Poison projects with you & I'm so glad you all love those Anyas as much as I do. And HUGE thanks again to Marie (aka Pink Poison) for donating those goodies for the blog candy. You can check out all the fantastic stamps available at the Splendid Little Shop, right HERE! Marie....You totally ROCK girl! Speaking of rocking...how about an Anya Rock Star card?

Two cards that' I'm very excited to show you today... both were created by my daughter Megan !
This first one is, of course, Rock Star Anya ! In the next photo, you can see that she gave Anya LIPS (and lipstick!)....isn't that awesome? I did my best to get a good photo, but this card is so gorgeous IRL...it's absolutely stunning!!!I love all the sparkle, shimmer & shine she adds to her images and her cards, that's my girl!!! This next card is another beauty by Megan, it's Mermaid Anya ~Aren't those fantastic colors? She's been having a fun time with my stamp supplies, so I'll have more of her creations to show you over the next few weeks. I also hope to have MORE blog candy soon, so stay tuned for that! Plus I have some fun SU workshop projects and some RAKS to show ya too. Lotsa fun stuff coming right up, so continue to stop by and remember to say HI!!!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

More Anyas & last chance to sign up for the Blog Candy!

Tomorrow's the big day...I'll be drawing a random winner for my blogiversary Blog Candy! Have you signed up yet? You can check out the details right HERE!! To get your name in that drawing one more time, just leave a comment on today's post and tell me what you listen to or watch while you're stamping. For me...it depends on my mood and what I'm working on, but I MUST have something going in the background, either a dvd or music while I'm stamping! If it's a DVD, it's probabaly a musical :) !!! For the first card, I used the Elf Anya, limited edition stamp. Just a heads up, this is a limited edition stamp and when the supply runs out, they're gone for good...so if you like her, you might want to place your order sooner rather than later. She is adorable, that's for sure!!! I actually pulled out one of my all time favorite Christmas movies while making this card, ELF :) ... love that movie especially this little song/scene ~ Baby it's cold outside)! Those embossed dots on the scallop were made with my Cropadile, then I went over them with my Sakura Clear Glaze pen...fun way to add a little texture! I shared a quick little tutorial on the Cropadile Embossing technique last year, you can find that right HERE.

Here's Rock Star Anya ! My daughter, Katie, wrote songs and played the electric guitar in a high school band (they were REALLY good!)... and this card totally reminds me of her. She went through a phase of dying her hair a variety of colors, including pink! I have to admit, I'm glad she's back to being a blonde...but she looked cute, even when she was my pink haired girl ;) And here is my very conservative little Teacher Anya card (that's my nice way of saying that I think my card looks plain). My daughter, Megan, is studying to be an elementary school teacher so this stamp is extra special for us.

I love hearing about which Anya is YOUR favorite. As for me, there's no way I could ever choose a favorite...whichever one I'm working with, that's my favorite. From the nurse to the rockstar...they are all perfect for someone I know! And the upcoming (soon to be released) Ian (Anya's fiance) is going to be a favorite too, can't wait to get some ink on him!!
A couple of you have asked Copic questions (great subject...love my Copics), so let's see. My favorite Copic to outline/shadow with is the C1 (that's what I used with the teacher). But sometimes I use BG000, which I did today with the Elf and the Rock Star. The other question that is asked from time to time is, how to get started with Copics...I'm going to email a couple friends and see what's currently available for starter kits. If you use a lot of SU supplies (like me) then you also want to make sure you get colors that will coordinate with your cardstock and DP...and I'm going to find some resources for you there too. And you need to use the right paper and ink for optimal results. My plan is to answer those questions (and maybe a few others) in an upcoming post... or at least get you a link to a site that can answer those....how does that sound?
Alrighty then :) ... thanks for stopping by! I'll be selecting a winner for the blog candy tomorrow around noon, so be sure & check back to see who our lucky duck will be!!!!
Supplies for my Elf Anya card~ Stamps: Elf Anya, In the Spotlight (retired SU hostess set) Paper: Chocolate Chip, Riding hood Red, White, Ski Slopes DP Ink: Graphite Brilliance (with clear embossing powder), Old Olive Tools/Accessories: Copics, Spica Clear Glitter pen, Sakura Clear glaze pen, Riding Hood Red Taffeta Ribbon, Scallop Edge Punch, Cropadile (for embossing), Dimensionals


Supplies for my Rock Star Anya card ~ Stamps: Rock Star Anya, Sentiments (from Pink Poison) Paper: Pink Passion, Chocolate Chip, White, DP from K&Company Ink: Graphite Brilliance (with clear embossing powder), Pink Passion Tools/Accessories: Copic Markers, Spica glitter pens, Kaiser self adhesive rhinestones, Large & Small Star punches, Large Oval punch, Oval Nesties with CB, Sakura Clear glaze pen
Supplies for my Teacher Anya card ~ Stamps: Teacher Anya, Sentiments (Pink Poison) Paper: Chocolate Chip, Brocade Blue, Riding Hood Red, Holiday Treasures DP Ink: Graphite Brilliance (with clear embossing powder), Chocolate Chip Tools/Accessories: Copic Markers, Spica clear glitter pen, Sakura clear glaze pen, Scallop Edge punch, Cropadile (for embossing), 1/4" circle punch, Silver brads
Happy Wednesday to all :) !!!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Vintage Birds & another chance at that Blog Candy :)

Quick little post to show you another newly released set from Splendid Little Company (Pink Poison) AND another chance to enter for my blogiversary blog candy!!! This set's called Vintage Birds. Marie just keeps creating these amazing stamps, one right after another! I love the birds in this set, absolutely love, them !!! Hard to see in the photo, but there's lots of shimmer and shine thanks to my Spica Clear glitter pen and Sakura Clear Glaze pen :)

To get yourself entered for my BLOG CANDY, just leave a comment on today's post! You can check out all the details and see that sweeet candy right HERE! I really enjoy reading all your comments. Blog candy is fun for me because I get to from so many of you! Don't forget, you can also get entered for the blog candy by leaving comments on the previous 2 posts (one comment per post please). Thanks for stopping by :) Have a super day!!!

Supplies for the Card~ Stamps: Vintage Birds Paper: Pacific Point, Kiwi Kiss, White, Bella Rose DP, Hawaii Papaya DP Ink: Graphite Brilliance (with clear embossing powder) Tools/Accessories: Copic Markers, Spica clear glitter pen, Sakura clear glaze pen, Photo corner punch, Kaiser green self adhesive rhinestones, Dimensionals

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Home Sweet Home and another Chance to Win :) !

Today I have a couple cards to show you from one of the new stamp sets released TODAY :) from Splendid Little Company (aka Pink Poison)! This set is called Home Sweet Home. You can check it out along with the other new releases right HERE!
Here's the inside ~
I had so much fun with this image, I just had to color a second one :) ... the sofa and the dogs are so sweet! The Boston Terrier is my favorite (Hi Stewie, Muffin sends her love)!!

Have you signed up for my blogiversary blog candy yet??? There's still time to get your name in that drawing, PLUS, You can get your name in the drawing again by leaving a comment for today's post! You can check out all the details about the blog candy right HERE , one comment/entry per post please :) !

My daughter's baby shower was today and we had SO much fun :)! I get to work on baby announcements next!!! Here's a picture of the beautiful mama-to-be (my Katie) holding a diaper "cake" that her grandma made for her ~ I LOVE all the sweet comments you've left for the blog candy yesterday. I'm sooo excited...some lucky duck is going to win ALL those stamp sets on Thursday!!! There will be another chance to get you name in the drawing soon, so keep checking back! Thanks for stopping by :) ... enjoy your weekend!
Supplies for the first card ~ Stamps: Home Sweet Home Paper: Chocolate Chip, PTI White, Ski Slopes DP Ink: Graphite Brilliance (with clear embossing powder), Chocolate Chip Accessories: Small Oval Punch, Large Oval Punch, Scallop edge Punch, Copic Markers, Janome Sew Mini, Oval Nesties/Cuttlebug, brown brads, Dimensionals
Supplies for the second card ~ Stamps: Home Sweet Home Paper: Chocolate Chip, Regal Rose, PTI White Ink: Graphite Brilliance (with clear embossing powder), Chocolate Chip Accessories: Copic Markers, Paper piercing tool, striped ribbon