Sunday, January 31, 2010

stv color challenge this week - Black, White and Kraft

am out of GKD's Kraft and didnt realize used SU's Caramel and Copic E31, E33
Coloring and sponging came out a little darker than I had wanted...but here it is...

a 2010 goal, besides working on using up my scraps, is  to do more of the inside of my cards! love this new stamp set from STV called "Picture it"...the inside sentiment is from SU (but in a box with scripture stamps so dont know the name of the set)... on the front I did the reverse mask using the nestie! the background mat is dp stash...

our church was cancelled today due to the snow...bummer, but I've gotten ahead in my stamping projects and auto-posted through Thursday!!!  woooo hoooo....accomplished something!

have a blessed rest of the day!

Saturday, January 30, 2010

"Wucky" in love

love this little guy from Whimsy Stamps!
I'm still using scraps (big smile) so color combo is "out of the ordinary" but you know what....I like it!!!

the dp is scraps from Ginak and SU...with GKD's Spruce and Red Rocket...colored him with Copics...but forgot to keep them out as I used them, sorry!

now check these out - pics are looking out to our backyard...when I took this, the snow had reached 10 inches!our patio furniture is covered and you can see how high it is...... I didnt have to go to work in this (woooooo hooooo) and DH came home from work early, so we have enjoyed a "snowed in day" together....big ole pot of homemade vegetable beef soup on stove!'s wonderful.....just as long as I dont have to go anywhere LOL !!!

ok, back to I've been wishing for time just to stamp and havent accomplished anything today!

Friday, January 29, 2010

kitten chasing butterflies

ok ok ok.....guess you can tell by now I have Theresa's new set from GKD's.   LOL
and it's called "Purrr-fectly Delightful" you would think I love cats...wrong...have never owned one...well, growing up there were the cats that lived in our barn.  They would have killed you if you touched them!!! so I'm actually kind of afraid of them (childhood trauma thing)...we never fed them - they were just always there...hissing and arching their backs if you walked up on them without knowing it and the sound they made.....well, it stopped you dead in your tracks and I never moved until they did !!!
now how did I get on that.....LOL....this stamp set has this adorable little kitten. But I have no idea how to color a kitten  (havent had a chance to look at any cat books) so have just kept her white...Shaded her so you're looking down on her!

this was done using Jennie's sketch for this week's challenge at STV.
The colors dont show very well. The cardstock is SU's Hunter Green and Elegant Eggplant - they are really pretty together! Butterflys are stamped with Vivid's Purple and Kitten is stamped with Memento Black - used Copic R11, C1, and W1. SU dp was run through CB's dot folder, nesties, and Fiskars scalloped p

Easy and quick card!

Have a blessed day....hope snow stays away!!! wanting to celebrate my youngest grandson's 1st birthday Saturday (:

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

another kitten card!

whew! was trying to get these posted before 9pm to enter in the blog hop over at GinaK for this stamp set...just made it in time!  ok...deep breathe...relax..and now about the card LOL
I did the kitten pretty much the same as the CAS kitten card. It's the background that has more detail and time involved. You can see all the matting. The main background was stamped with a large flourish style stamp (using versamark) onto dark purple cardstock. Then brushed different colors of pigment powder over the versamarked area (brush lightly and just blow off excess). Love that metallic look! Stamped another flourish style stamp in bottom right area with versamark and added fine glitter. After heat setting,that area is all glittery!!....the matting was done with scraps!

I am determined to use my scraps first and NOT cutting into new paper unless there is really nothing in the scrap box -sooooo, you will probably see some strange color combinations in the next few weeks (-:

have a blessed day!

Stamp: GKD's "Purr-fectly Delightful" by Theresa, Large and small Magenta "flourish style" stamps 1996
Ink: Memento Black, Vivid's aqua
Paper: SU dp, white, hunter green, elegant eggplant
Embellishment: none
Technique: Pigment powder, colored with Copics B02, BG000, BG09, BG75, BG78, R11,V04, V09, C3

CAS kitten

This little kitten is so adorable....and this card is a quick and easy one!

using stash paper and ribbon! stamped kitten onto white cardstock....and not being sure of my ability to color this kitten...left her white with just some highlights and pink nose (that barely shows in pic), colored her cup and cut her out and raised on dimensional dots!
Going to make several of these to have on hand for different occasions! will add sentiment as needed.....

have a blessed day!

Stamp: GKD "Purr-fectly Delightful" by Theresa
Paper: SU dp, black and Almost Amethyst
Ink: Memento Black
Embellishment: SU ribbon
Technique: matting, coloring with Copics  B21,B32,B60, B63, R02 and C1

new Friend Award!

This was given to me by my sweet cyber sister, Fiona, over in Scotland! we both started blogging at about the same time in 2009 (I started my blog in Jan but didnt start using it until June) and I feel so blessed to have been led to her blog. We have communicated almost daily ever since. She is always so encouraging!
Check out her blog - you will see her beautiful "signature flowers" and her awesome cards.
Please pray for her - she just received another spinal injection for pain and praying it worked!!!

this award also comes with its "rules" tell you 10 things that bring me pleasure....and then pass on to 10 friends. I think this time I will pass on to 10 friends that have never received an award from me...

ok, my 10 pleasures:
1. Bible Study at jail
2. my family
3. my church family and friends
4. my cyber friends
5. stamping
6. travel
7. delicious food
8. laughing
9. old movies
10. having my house allllllll to myself!

ok, passing this on to:
1. Lori
2. Micki
3. Carrie
4. Peggy
5. Sue
6. Mary
boy it's tough to pick when you want to send it to everyone (:
7. Vicki
8. Cindy G
9. Stacie
10. Gina

Enjoy your award ladies - looking forward to seeing your 10 things that bring you pleasure!
Thank you to everyone who takes the time to visit and leave your wonderful comments...cyber family rocks!

have a blessed day, (-:

Tuesday, January 26, 2010


this is for Selma's "Blast from the Past" challenge at Stamp TV. This week it's the "Crayon Resist" technique. 
This technique is a challenge for me...I can never seem to get the colors right...made about a dozen of these roses and this is the best one I came up with...the pink background is waaaaay too dark for what I was wanting it to look like....oh is what it is !! thank goodness its a random pick there's still hope ...   (-:

Stamp: GKD's "A Year of Flowers" by Melanie
Paper: K&C, GKD's  Spruce, Pink
Ink: Stazon Cherry, Black and Vivid's TeaRose, Memento Rose
Embellishment: stash ribbon, adhesive pink pearls, nestie
Technique: Crayon Resist, matting raised on dimensionals

Have a blessed day!

Monday, January 25, 2010

You're in my prayers

I dont often think ahead enough to combine challenges LOL....

but for this card I did !!!!  This is for Jennie's Sketch challenge this week and Vicki's color challenge to use Rust, Yellow, Gray or Black...AND my good friend Peggy let me know it also meets the challenge at Saturday Spotlight Challenge #15.

I pretty much stayed with Jennie's sketch but Vicki's colors were a least for me! Can't wait to see what the other entries did with these colors!
Thank goodness for these Basic Grey papers - they were in my BG stash folder so dont know their name...sorry. The main image is raised on dimensionals...and colored with Copics. I 've been asked to give the copics used (so I remembered to write them down as I was coloring) and they are listed below. Promise I will do better about listing them! just feel honored that so many want to know more details...          THANK YOU!

Have a blessed's Monday so have the Bible study at jail tonight...would sincerely appreciate your prayer ...

Stamps: GKD's "Bug Me Anytime" by Nina and STV's Stamp Kit - Picture It
Paper: Basic Grey, SU's Really Rust, black, white, saffron
Ink: SU's Really Rust, Saffron, Summer Sun
Embellishments: brads, punched flowers
Technique: masking, matting
Copics: E08, Y02, Y08, Y21 and YR23

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Colors of Winter

This week's color challenge from Shannon over on Stamp TV is "to create a card inspired by the colors of winter" I thought about this and decided to take my inspiration from the trees outside my craft window.

By winter, their leaves are gone and the wood colors are brown and green...then the snow arrives...and you only see the bare trees (it's beautiful)...finally, snow is gone and now we can see some sunlight but with fog!!! and..... a little bit of green around the pines!

so there are my colors of winter!  SO READY FOR SPRING !!!

have a blessed Sunday! :-)

Stamps: GKD's "Tree Silhouettes" and "Warm Winter Wishes", mini grass/leaves unknown, inside sentiment fr G studio
Paper: GKD's Spruce, Chocolate, Apple, digi print
Ink: Vivid's Lettuce and Rhubarb, SU's Hunter Green, and Memento Black
Embellishment: glaze pen, puffy paint for snow, stickles
Technique: nesties, sponging, masking

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Stamp TV's Inspiration Challenge from Gina

Challenge from Gina this week is to use this photo as inspiration...that's it!!!

beautiful picture...and I wanted to keep as close to it as I could....
here's my card....

and the inside...

For the background mat, I used Basic Grey's Bittersweet paper...sponged it with various inks, stamped it with leaf and tree stamp, ran it through CB Branches folder, sponged it again with same various inks and then sanded!
Sentiment stamped and mounted with nestie...AND this time I did the inside of the card as well....

what do you think?  It's one of those that's prettier IRL...
Wanted it to be a simple card, but the background did take some time....

thanks for poppin in....
Have a great weekend!

Stamps: GKD's Thanks a Million, and Showtime STV Kit - Picture It and Eclectic Summer
Paper: BG's Bittersweet, GKD's Innocent Pink, Wine, Black, Brown,White
Ink: Vivid's Coffee Bean, Garnet, TeaRose, Rhubarb
Embellishment: Ribbon from SU, stickles (for faux brads)
Technique:  sponging, matting

Friday, January 22, 2010

Mo's Digital Pencil Challenge #15

This week it's a color challenge - to use white, Bashful Blue, Always Amethyst, and Elegant Eggplant...or as close as you can get!

I colored her face to show she's really just had it! love this little image. Her name is Two Jill  ...

I can relate to this one.. on so many levels..LOL..oh and here is inside...a "little" sarcastic to match her mood

hope you're having a better day than this little one....(big smile here)..
blessings to you!

Stamps: Mo Manning's "Two Jill", sentiment from Stampabilities
Paper: SU designer paper, Elegant Eggplant, Bashful Blue
Ink: SU Bashful Blue, Elegant Eggplant, Amost Amethyst
Embellishment: purple mulberry paper
Technique: colored with re-inkers, paper piecing, nestie

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Whimsy Stamp Challenge "Warm and Cozy"

and it could be a warm and cozy feeling through coloring... for me that means "love"...

I love this frog! hoping you get a "warm and cozy" aka "love"  feeling...then I met the challenge!
Did you say  "aaaawwwwwww" (big smile here)

Stamps: Whimsy's Frog and Animal Accessories from their Animal Collection, mini grass fr unknown
Paper: SU's Night of Navy, Wasabi, Teal and white and Basic Grey's Lime Ricky
Ink: Memento Black
Embellishment: colored with copics, i wrote sentiment on computer
Technique: paper piecing (mounted on dimensionals), nestie

Have wonderfully blessed day!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

High Hopes new releases

I'm new to High Hopes but found their images are adorable. I do know who Dustin Pike is and he is now their new artist. To celebrate this wonderful news, they are having a blog hop beginning January 20th with lots of chances to win "stuff" of luck to all!

my cards for Stamp TV's Swap

Thanks to Barb for again hostessing another card swap over at STV. I had signed up for one spot which required 6 cards for any occasion. Pop over and join in - it doesnt end until February 12th. In the previous swap (which was Gina K's first swap), I received some awesome cards!! Barb has all the cards from the first swap posted in her gallery over at STV...

Here are my cards - I did two of each...

loved this past weekend..really enjoyed stamping time! so nice to have these cards done and going into mail opposed to my usual working on cards in the middle of the night !!

my Christmas tree is still up..but hey, it's all about priorities...right? (:

Have a blessed day!

Stamp: GKD's "Retro Boutique" by Rupa

Paper: all from SU, dp stash, eggplant, burgundy, olive
Ink: Vivid's Coffee Bean, Purple and Vintage Green
Embellishment: Ribbon from stash
Technique: nesties, paper piecing, colored with Copics

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Selma's "Blast from the Past" Challenge at STV

Selma asked us to create a card with a double mat and to make sure the top mat is embossed and the image overhangs the top mat.....right Mary Anne  LOL **wink**

This is an older set from GKD's "Out West" by Theresa...have had it on my wish list for a long time and was finally able to purchase it!
Colored the saddle with Copics, wood paper is from stash as well as the cardstock (brown and white from GKD) and sponging with SU Chocolate Chip.
This card was actually very easy - cutting out that saddle was the work!

Have a wonderful blessed day!

Monday, January 18, 2010

Jennie's Sketch Challenge at STV

thought I really liked this card...until DH said "what's the card with the crazy  animal eyeballs for?.....".

you know....why do I even let him IN my craft room, LOL! but you know the power of a "statement" here it crazy eyeballs card! with a top row that now really does look like some sort of animal with that button in the middle!!! oh well, at least it follows the sketch (:  (its supposed to be a spotlight of Mel's sunflower) and you know how it time to do another card for this challenge - have moved on...

Stamps: from GKD's "A Year of Flowers" by Melanie
Paper: SU pink, brown and dp
Ink: Memento Black
Embellishments: ribbon and button fr stash, nestie tag
Technique: colored with copics (even the center of the button), adhesive mini pearls, SU scallop punch

It's Monday and I'm off it!!! and stampin all day until time to leave tonight for the jail Bible study.
Have a blessed day,

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Mo's Digital Pencil Challenge

This one is for Mo's Digital Pencil challenge...have been admiring Mo's images for a long time! I love this one...wish I knew this lady! She is happy and lovin life and looks like thats the norm for her.... hope you like (:...she's definitely doin a happy dance !!

just love her! also used the color challenge for the Glitter Bee's second challenge (can go there from my sidebar, anyone is welcome to join us in these challenges for fun!)

have a blessed day - we are actually having beautiful weather for this time of year aka no snow!

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Designing DIVAs First Challenge for 2010

yes! I'm doing it....catching up on some challenges! This one was just for the Designing Diva's and the challenge is to sew on a card - real or faux!  Well, our DIVA sister Peggy has this "humongous" dog that apparently has eaten the sewing machines of several of the we just "had" to resort to faux stitchin'  (can you tell we were having fun with this LOL) when I think of sewing on a card...I always reach for my trusty Inspiration Mosaic stamp (from Gina K).....

used stash dp from SU, and from GinaK the "Lovely Shelf" set by Nina, Vivid's purple ink and yellow flowers from embellishment stash drawer!

3 day weekend!! woooo hooooo!
hope everyone enjoys it that has the 3 days off!
blessings to all,

Friday, January 15, 2010

The GlitterBees first challenge

doin a happy dance! I made it before "the clock strikes midnight" !! This is the first challenge for the blog group the "GlitterBees"...anyone is welcome to use this sketch but a NEW challenge will be given to us tomorrow! (well, that's actually today since it's now Friday)

I'm also using this card for the color challenge at STV (to use monochromatic color with any shade and neutrals).

Check out the Glitter Bees from my sidebar! wonderful talented ladies!
Stamps:  GKD's "Timeless Treasure" by Theresa and sentiment is from Rubber Stamp Tapestry
Paper: Basic Grey Eskimo Kisses, GKD Cranberry, white and SU pink
Ink: Memento Rhubarb and black
Embellishments: GKD ribbon and stash adhesive faux brads
Technique: colored with Prisma pencils and OMS, matting

Have a blessed day (:

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

CSS Inspiration Blog Hop

from our Design Team Coordinator, Jessica Fick:
It's time for another GinaK CenterStage Spotlight Team Blog Hop!
Each artist was asked to design their project by drawing inspiration from these photos of the AMAZING Christmas Cookie Bouquet the CSS Team sent to Gina's DT Coordinator Jessica Fick:

Click on these links to see what the participating Designers have prepared for us tonight:
Everyone's projects will be added to the StampTV gallery and Idea Center over the next few days. You can search for them by using this tag: cssjf4

My inspiration for these cards was based primarily on the colors used...there are some adorable stamp sets from GKD that would be perfect for this inspiration challenge (and I am betting the other designers have used them) but I dont have them...sad face...goal for 2010!!! buy all the sets I dont have...hmmmm...for this I would need 2011 through 2015 ...LOL (:
Enjoy - hope you find something here to inspire you!

stamps are from GKD's "Timeless Treasure" by Theresa

Stamps are from GKD's "Inspiration Mosaic" by Melanie, "Lovely Shelf" by Nina, and Holiday Greetings set

Stamps are from GKD's "Warm Winter Wishes" by Carolyn

Stamps are from GKD's "Winter Friends" by Rupa and "Warm Winter Wishes" by Carolyn hand cut my mittens (:
Enjoy the hop!

Papers: SU's Taken with Teal, Pomegranate, dp, and GKD's white, cranberry
Ink: Memento Black and Rhubarb, SU's Taken with Teal, Vivd's Aqua
Embellishment: mini adhesive pearls, EK, MS and Marvy punches, clear glaze, gem accents, SU white ribbon,glitter powder
Techniques: nesties, distressing, matting, coloring with copics, piecing


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