Tuesday, June 29, 2010

June Guest Designer for Firecracker Designs by Pamela

This is my last  Tuesday  to showcase the stamp set "Escape the Daily Grind  (which you can find HERE)
I've enjoyed guest designing for the month of June ...and if you would to to see more of Pamela's stamps, digi's, accessories, tutorials, etc...visit  Fire Cracker Designs by Pamela

My card for today
heat embossed the coffee mug, colored with Copics E17, 18, 29, 74 and R20, designer paper and flowers are from stash, and base cardstock is GKD's Bubble gum!
Thanks Shelly and Pamela for having me join you for June - enjoyed the circular hop and loved the papers from Paper Temptress.. You have one super busy awesome Design Team!
Have a blessed day!

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Sunday, June 27, 2010

Isabella's "Sweetheart Flower" - a fav image!

Hi there,
WHAT a weekend! Went to the most awesome scrapbooking/card making vendor show in Chantilly, VA (it's called the Great American Scrapbook Convention) with two friends - there were over 90 vendors!! but the best part was the few minutes I got to spend  meeting my friend, Randi Barrett! She was with Our Daily Bread Designs doing the make-n-takes! She is exactly as she blogs - we were laughin and talkin so fast, trying to get as much said as possible while my friend and I were "making n taking" a card...LOL there was a line of ladies waiting to do their cards and Randi was busy non-stop all day! I just kept poppin back and we would talk fast ...LOL

ok, to my card - used the Isabella image Sweetheart Flower (colored with Copics Y02, 06, 08, G0000, E35, YG63, 67) cut out and matted onto Basic Grey Origin dp, added airbrushed with Copic Y06 handmade vellum flowers  made with MS punches, bottom section has MS border punch...sentiment unknown matted on nesties!

entering this one into 3 challenges:
Positioning Systems #173
Speedy the Cat Challenge #9
Joan's Gardens Challenge #3

Thanks for poppin in,

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Friday, June 25, 2010

Phri-days are Phindys - Challenge #11 - 3D project

hello! woooo hoooo Friday...another quick post since I'm running late - so late that this is really getting posted now and not on autopost! and I have to get to work....somebody send me a few hundred thousand $$ so I can QUIT! you WILL!  
THUD! hey, what's the saying "you dont get if you dont ask"  LOL

this week's challenge - something 3D!
so I popped up the "baby bear buggy"

colored with CopicsYG 91, 93, 11, E 31, 33, 50, R20, R04 C5, 7, W1, 3
Webster's Pages, card stock is GKD's Green Apple (matched perfectly!)
nestie, lace, buttons
Vivid's Tan and  SU Sage Shadow

have a blessed day!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

STV's Blast from the Past Challenge - Buttons n Bows with a twist!

hi there,
hope you're enjoying the techniques I've been posting each week from the wonderful tutorials done by Gina. I know I'm havin fun (-:
Mary Anne - next week - soot!
(just kidding)

This week - easy peasy! attach a button to a bow BUT there's a twist! the button has to be "unusual", not the normal two or four hole button. Now "unusual" is whatever that means to you...I came across this button with a flower pattern that just fit my card beautifully...  IMHO (-:

Used the GKD Stamp Set "Friends are Forever", colored my flowers with Copics B45, 93, Y21, YG91,  GKD's stitched chocolate ribbon, my button stash and flat lace, Vivid's Coffee Bean, cardstock is GKD's In the Navy and some Basic Grey and Webster's.

if you havent seen Gina's toot on buttons n bows, check it out here - she has some great tips!

Really looking forward to seeing some of the gorgeous buttons you button collectors have in your collection (-:
and how they look on that bow!!
have a wonderful day,

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Isabella's Sketchbook Challenge #13 - Summer Fun!

hi there,
This week the challenge is "Summer Fun!"...whatever makes you think summer!
I did my own ocean and sky with dusk moon, "sandpiper" stamp is unknown but the main image is from Isabella! (of course!!)
also entered this over at 

Joans Garden Her challenge was to do a vintage theme card with a nestie. This "lifes a beach" sign worked perfectly!
Sorry this is so short....will come back and edit with more details later


Monday, June 21, 2010

GKD Thank you Hop! for Vicki, Sharri, Tina and Karen

Tonight we are having a special blog hop to thank our recently retired StampTV Challenge Hostess Team members: 

These 4 designers have provided StampTV with a challenge each week during the months of March, April, and May, which totals up to 13 challenges!  To view each of their challenges in one area, click on their names and it will direct you to their Idea Center Inspiration Page.

Even better, we have a special StampTV Challenge Magazine Volume 2* located on the Freebie Tab, where all 52 of their challenges are shared in a download PDF that you can save to your computer and print out at your leisure!  *We will be doing a similar magazine for our first Challenge Hostess team as well in the near future, so watch for that soon.
To honor the team a bit more, several GinaK Designers are joining together in a special thank you blog hop and would like to invite you to join us!  After visiting the links below, please check out this discussion on StampTV and share a favorite card you've made in the past or a new one you're inspired to make using one of the challenges from any four of the challenge hostesses.

This card is for Sharri - one of my favorite challenges was her Glitter Color Challenge (stvbpsls06)
glitter is always hard photograph - hope you can see it !
 Used Copics V01,04, Basic Grey's Kioshi, Memento's Bamboo, mini pearls colored with Copic V01, cardstock is GKD's Vibrant Violet and Spruce (for mat),stash ribbon and  images are from GKD's "Hope Grows" by Theresa Momber...
and of course, glitter and glitter pen!!

This card is for Tina - one of my favorite challenges she did was to use Ocean Mist and Tan (stvcctg8)

airbrushed the Impressabilities stencil "Sea Scape" using Copic BG02, cardstock is GKD's Ocean Mist, Sand, Black and White, Viv's Aqua, Memento Black, nestie, ribbon from stash. Colored mini pearls with Copic 110 and images are from GKD's Gifts From the Sea by Melanie!

This one is for Karen - fell in love with her acrylic bookmark challenge, have made a ton and given them away - just perfect for little "thinking of you" gifts for co-workers, friends and family ( stvabckk8)
This is one of the easiest items to make! used acrylic cardstock, images from GKD's By Your Side by Aselea Hopkins, colored with Copics V04,15, sponged with SU's Elegant Eggplant, cut sentiment out with design scissors and voila!

This one is for Vicki - loved all her sketches, so randomly picked her sketch stvscvd08
Used this week's STV Inspiration challenge for the colors, Basic Grey's Origins, Memento's Bamboo and Tuscan Tan, cardstock is GKD's Green Grass and Bubblegum Pink, airbrused vellum with Copic RV21 for flowers, adhesive mini pearls, MS punches and the images are from GKD's Hope Grows by Theresa Momber.

Ladies, your challenges were awesome and certainly continued to "raise the bar" challenging us to think "outside the box" which is exactly what is needed to help us grow and fine tune our skills....Your cards went in the mail this morning...enjoy and know that big hugs are included with the cards!

again, many many thanks!

Fire Cracker Designs by Pamela (using Paper Temptress cardstock)

Hi there,
Hope you had a chance to go through the circular blog hop for Fire Cracker Designs by Pamela's, if not, there is still time  - hop doesn't close until 8pm tonight.

For today - I'm posting my card for Fire Cracker Designs today instead of Tuesday. I'm Guest Designing Pamela's set "Escape the Daily Grind"...a fun set if you enjoy making cards or are scrapbooking with a coffee theme.
This card was also made with papers from the Paper Temptress.

I wanted to show you the inside to show the cardstock from Paper Temptress- it's called Cappuccino/Grape! I love this double sided color...also used PT's Gold Sparkle - and it really sparkles!! the textured cardstock is their Corrugated Chocolate (really love it too!).
Sponged with Vivid's Tuscan Tan, colored mug with V04,09 and Coffee is E17,49...steam is Memento's London Fog, coffee bean background is stamped with Vivid's Coffee Bean.

have a blessed day,

Friday, June 18, 2010

Fire Cracker Designs by Pamela and Paper Temptress Blog Hop!!

The official start time of this Hop is Friday, at 8:00 AM (EST). If you arrived early, please be patient as all the links may not be live yet.

This is a “circular blog hop” where the only beginning is wherever you start!! You will know you are at the end of your blog hop when you’ve come back to the blog you’ve started from! (It’s not a huge circle…so it should be easy to remember where you started.)
The winner will be chosen from a mystery blog hostess that we don’t even know who it will be until the hop is over…so that’s why you’ll want to leave a comment on EVERY blog, so you don’t miss out!

**To find out if you’ve won the BLOG CANDY!! (which is a free stamp set, Pam's choice OR you choose 2 free digis!!) … you will be contacted by Pamela via e-mail (so be sure to leave it with your comment.) and you can also find out on Fire Cracker Designs by Pamela's blog after the blog hop ends on Mon, at 8:00 PM (EST).**

The theme of the hop is.. Open Roads aka  road trips! Road trips are all about the tunes, right? So we were challenged to create something based on tunes we like to hear when we're on the road!

I'm Guest Designing the FCD set "Escape the Daily Grind"....so for my tune, I chose

Java Jive by the Manhattan Transfer grab your cup and kick back and enjoy this little "java" video  LOL!

fun tune! and trust me....on the road requires COFFEE!

Here's my "his n her's"...on the road....mugs! my DH loves the mountains so that's where we would be headed!

Being on the DT this month, allowed me to participate in FCDesigns joining with Paper Temptress. The cardstock used on this card is all from Paper Temptress except the very light blueT! I'm especially lovin the gold - cant really tell in the pic - but it is really sparkly! Their cardstock used here is:   Gold Sparkle, Corrugated Chocolate, Blue Basis and Canyon Brown Skinny Columns.
The road scene I created is colored with Copics: YG 91, 93,99 and E33, Y29, and C5,7. The sky is done with Memento's Summer Sky. Paper pieced the mugs from scraps of Webster's and Basic Grey!

There you go!  what's your fav "road trip" tune!!! actually, I really love all the oldies (for me that's the 60-80's)  back then you could understand the words!! LOL

Now, to continue the circle, you will need to hop on over to CAT's BLOG

and keep going until you’ve come back to where you’ve started! Thanks so much for playing along with us and we hope you have a great time!

Phri-days are Phindys - Challenge #10

whew! TGIF!
Phri-days are Phindy's!

This week's challenge is Summer Sunshine!
Summer time is garden time....love most everything that comes out of the garden...DH and I are piggin out on early tomatoes, fried squash n onions (lots of butter!!), and strawberries!
my gardening friends have their yards lookin beautiful..so this one's thinking about them!!

ME...two major green thumbs! and useless fingers when it comes to gardening... (-:

colored with Copics - various E's and YG 21, 99. Used the beautiful Webster's Pages, stash ribbon and faux nailheads!  sentiment is from computer with scrap of Webster's across the bottom...

hope you like (-:

have a blessed weekend

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Stamp TV's "Blast from the Past" Challenge - Pattern Embossing

Hi there,
Thanks to everyone who entered last weeks "coloring with OMS"...truly loved seeing the different approaches to coloring. There was so much new inspiration - cant wait to try some of them (-:

I'm enjoying these technique challenges because they give me a chance to try new things! Sometimes I can get in a "mojo rut" and my cards will start looking very similar...but using the different techs can change that (if I remember them KWIM!)

This week's challenge  is Patterned Embossing . It's easy and gives a different look to cards. You can watch Gina's tutorial from HERE!

For my card, I used GKD's Showtime Stamp set "Eclectic Summer" and "Vintage Borders' by Nina Brackett.
Love using the oval nesties, inks are Memento's -Paris Dusk and Tuxedo Black along with Vivid's-Aqua, cardstock is GKD's -In the Navy and White, GKD ribbon and stash flowers. Background dp is from Basic Grey's-Euphoria.

You do not need to use Gina K Designs stamps to participate, although we'd love it if you did! In fact, if you use Gina K Stamps in your entry, then your name will be added to the prize drawing TWICE! Please be sure to create a new project for the challenge versus linking up something you've created before.
You have until next Wednesday, June 22nd, at 8pm CST, to upload your sample. One winner will be drawn at random to win a Gina K stamp set valued at $24.95 or less!

hope you get a chance to play!
have a blessed day,

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Isabella's Sketchbook Challenge # 12 - Honoring Fathers

Welcome Wednesday!
This week's challenge at
  Isabella's Sketchbook is to create a project honoring Fathers! I used Isabella's image DAD

sometimes making a card and having it look simple...is actually really its own challenge (-:
I wanted this card's image to have some depth to it, like your peeking in at them fishing

Copics were used on this one. Used a reverse mask so would stay inside lines to create the land and water for the fishermen - colored with YG 63,67, B24,29 and Memento's Summer Sky. Masked the center image and airbrushed the light beige with E33. The D's were colored with E17, 37. The twine ribbon  (from GKD) was cut down to 1/4"., brads from stash. Matted onto GKD's Green Apple onto SU's Caramel that had been texturized with CB folder onto black cardbase.

Simple, right!!! actually, it really was - dont know why I'm whining  - wait til you what the members of the Design Team created over at Isabella's - they nail these challenges every week!
so are you ready to join in the challenge? Pop over to Isabella's and grab the beautiful new badge for your sidebar and while there - pop over to her Digital Boutique and grab the freebie while it lasts! This will also be entered in the challenges over at:

have a blessed day,

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

June Guest Designer for Firecracker Designs by Pamela

Hi there, using Tuesday again to showcase the stamp set "Escape the Daily Grind"
which you can find  HERE
and to see all of Pamela's stamps, digi's, accessories, tutorials, etc...visit
Fire Cracker Designs by Pamela

My card this week!

I was actually able to use scraps of cardstock from out of my HUGE scrap box!
The mug is paper pieced from scraps of Basic Grey's - Porcelain, matted onto scraps from SU's -Rasberry and unknown scrap from Basic Grey, onto SU's Creamy Caramel base. I printed the definition of coffee and aged it by sponging with SU's Caramel.
Colored the mug with E49, 33 and 02. Used Vivid's - Coffee Bean to stamp the image, sentiment and the teeny tiny coffee beans that I ran along the side.
Used the larger coffee beans on the inside. This card used 4 of the images in this set!

Have a blessed day!

Monday, June 14, 2010

STV's Inspiration Challenge

hi there,
weekend over - back to work! I hope you had a great weekend!
Today my card is my entry into my friend, Brenda Turner's, Inspiration Challenge this week over on Stamp TV. Here is her inspiration picture

wonderful, isn't it!  There is so much going on in this picture...I went with the stripes, circles and colors!
Hope you can pop over and enter her challenge. Winner is a random draw and wins a complete GKD stamp set!

my entry:

loved getting a chance to use this adorable little fish from GKD's Eclectic Summer set and the sentiment is from GKD's Thanks a Million set - dp is from Basic Grey's Offbeat and Lime Rickey. Matted onto stash cranberry dp with GKD's Sweet Mango for the card base. The water bubbles are stick-on's that I purchased from Michael's (packaging with name is long gone LOL)
Have a beautiful Monday and a great week!

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Friday, June 11, 2010

"By your side always"

This week Carla Suto, the  color challenge hostess over on Stamp TV, challenged everyone to create a card using : pink orange and green.

really lousy picture - the colors are deeper and there is gold glitter using glitter pen on the insides of the tiger lilies.... colored with pencils and OMS (which is MY blast from the past challenge technique on Stamp TV this week), used nesties for image and  tag, dp is "kioshi" from Basic Grey, cardstock is GKD's "creme de menthe" and 'sweet mambo"...and stamps are from GKD's "By your side" by Aselea Hopkins.
Have a tremendous weekend!

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Phri-days are Phindys - Challenge #9

wooo hooo! Friday is here - weekend is just hours away!!
this week's challenge over at Phindy's was : a girly card!

couldnt wait to color this image with Copics - my youngest grandaughter is 3 ..this image is perfect for her

We have a change in our winner's winnings, starting with this challenge, the winner each week willbe chosen by Random.org and will receive an $8 Gift Certificate to Phindy's Place store. We will have an additional weekly prize for the card (or project) chosen as "Pick of the Week"! The Pick of the Week wins a 10% off voucher for Phindy's Place store. Once a month we will choose an overall winner from the weekly winners and they will be offered a Guest position on the DT - and of course a free image from Phindy's Place to use for that week's challenge!"
have a gorgeous, wonderful weekend!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Stamp TV "Blast from the Past" Thursday Challenge

Hi there,
Thursday's mean I get to be the Blast from the Past Challenge Hostess for Stamp TV. I was so nervous last week since it was my first challenge... but the entries last week (used the shaving cream technique) were so gorgeous! of course, that IS a fav tech of mine so you know I was lovin all the beautiful swirls and color combos. I did have a lot of sweet email asking me to pick something less messy this week (I could relate - that tech is a "tad" messy LOL) soooooooooooooo...this week the challenge is to use colored pencils and OMS!
I didnt link the video from Gina because her tutorial is in 2 parts. So for anyone not familar with STV and Gina's toots...just pop over there from my sidebar, go to the menu on the right hand side and scroll down to find her toot "colored pencils with OMS" - you will find Gina's toots (love sayin that !!) cant be beat!

kept card simple - so focus is on coloring.
colored with prismacolor pencils and OMS (pop over to challenge to see details)
and check out the video if you've never done this technique...

this image is from GKD's set "Hang in There" by Theresa Momber
hope to see your entry over there!!
have a blessed day,

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Isabella's Sketchbook Challenge #11- to use a sketch

Welcome Wednesday!
Time for a new challenge from   Isabellas Sketchbook
Easy sketch - and remember, the sketch is just to provide your layout - the oval can be any shape

so are Isabella's images growing on you yet?? LOL
I'm obviously totally hooked

here is my card for this week
colored with Copics R20, R81, YG 63, 67, 99 and B0000. Strawberries are glazed on image and the dp is from Webster's, ribbon from SU.

so are you ready to join in the challenge? Pop over to Isabella's and grab the beautiful new badge for your sidebar and while there - pop over to her Digital Boutique and grab the freebie while it lasts - several wonderful designers entered last week's challenge with the freebie.
and there's more - if you are a member of Isabella's over on PCP - there is another sketch challenge open until end of June with chance to win another image (that will belong to the winner alone for one week!) - not a member, then come on and join....am I wearing you down yet?  LOL

hugs to all and have a blessed day,

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

June Guest Designer for Fire Cracker Designs

Some time ago my Glitterbee blogging sister, Shelly Schmidt , asked if I would guest design for her design team, Fire Cracker Designs by Pamela. We agreed and now the time is here. So for June, I will be designing cards each week using their set  "Escape the Daily Grind"...an adorable set for coffee lovers.....

{{EEEKSSS....here comes the stampede...Jennifer S and Jennie H are in a tight race...oh no! here comes Randi and Mary Anne...whooaaaa and Olga and Patty...it's a race to the coffee line finish....heeee heee heeeee ok, that was fun!}} oh.....who won??? beats me....all I know is these ladies love their coffee - me too - add the hazelnut!

now back to the stamp set - you can find it HERE

DP is from Webster's Pages (hooked on them thanks to BFF Jennier Harper LOL), ribbon is from SU stash, image is colored with Copics E09, 33, 35, and C3 and matted using nesties.

This image is a freebie from Pamela - colored with Copics E31,33 and B00. Added liquid applique for cream!

Fun! will have more "coffee cards" for you each Tuesday in June....oh! and a blog hop later in June also

Have a blessed day,

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Stamp TV's " Botanical" blog hop

Tonight we are featuring the new Botanicals stamp set with a special technique themed blog hop event!  Please visit these designer's blogs for their project using a variety of techniques all made with the Botanicals stamp set:

Jessica Fick
Suzanne Dean
Colleen Schaan
Bev Gerard
Jennie Harper
Sharri Seffens
Donna Baker
Lee Murphy
Nina Brackett
Erika Martin
Brenda Turner
Giovana Smith
Tina Gilliland
Carla Suto
Linda Payne
I'm going to stick my cards in here...then please continue on with the hop. My technique is "drop shadow"...hope you can see how it was used on each card - really tried to use it in different ways and colors

I really wasnt too good at this technique (not really very well coordinated with the stamp-a-ma-jig) but hope these give someone some inspiration!
now, back to the hop...enjoy (-:

Kay Simmons
Vicki Dutcher
Karen Knegten
    Then, for even more samples with the Botanicals stamp set, visit the StampTV gallery here: botanicals.  To view more information about the free card kit that is included with the purchase of the Botanicals stamp set, click here.

    All of our techniques can be seen over on Stamp TV with great video tutorials by Gina K. She really is the best in providing clear, easy to understand tutorials.

    Have a wonderful hop,


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