Thursday, January 31, 2008

Look Mom No Stamping!

I just adore how bright this paper is! How fun and EASY this card was. The flower is cut from the Bali Breeze dp and the sentiment is a rub on from the Anchored set! Got to love it. The only thing even remotely difficult was the sewing. The layout is from this week sketch challenge on SCS161.

Stamps: None
Paper: Purley Pomegranate, Basic Black and Bali Breeze dp
Ink: None
Accessories: sewing machine and Anchored rub ons

I get by with a little help from my friends!

Here is a really quick and silly card. The inside says, I get by with a little help from my friends. This is another personal challenge to my self -- I have hundreds of Non Stampin Up! stamps that just never ever get used. I have had this silly image from Image Tree for years and it has never even seen ink. I am challenging myself to use some of these stamps that are hidden away in large pizza boxes (22 of them). Hope you don't mind a little Non Stampin Up! once in a while. Maybe one a week???? I hate to have all of these just sitting around and I can not bear to sell them when I have not even used them, lol!

And here is more cards for the sketch challenge this week.

Melissa at What do you (th) Ink

Melvena (Nena) Shaw at Splitcoaststampers

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Easter Wishes.

The object of this card -which was a personal challenge to myself-was to make a Easter card with all current SU sets even though I have no current Easter sets! Hmmm, that took some thinking, lol. But I did it and I kind of like it. What do you think?

I know it looks like a simple card but there is really a lot going on with it. The little chick is from the Nursery Necessities set. The grass is from the stem in the Time Well Spent set. The pile of eggs and the main sentiment is from Loads of Love Accessories while Happy Spring is from Everyday Flexible Phrases. The base of the card is Wild Wasabi followed by Barely Banana and then a piece of the Blue Bayou dp. The focal image is done on Whisper White and layered on Barely Banana and Wild Wasabi. The scallops on the bottom were made with the scallop circle punch. Sentiment is stamped on Whisper White and punched out with the circle punch and layered on a Blue Bayou circle and than a Barely banana round tab punch left open. The little flowers and the dots are all free hand. Other supplies used were markers and ribbon. This was fun!

More for Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge #2

Well, this is turning out to be a fun couple of day! NOT! Yesterday late afternoon I lost my internet connection so I could not do anything on line. Well we all know that that can easily put you behind. Well after a couple calls to my carrier we managed to figure out what the problem was and I was back up and running -- but oh so tired, so I decided I would post the new card challenge players in the morning. Well then the storm hit I am have been with out power for most of the day, lol! It's always something! The good news is my son and I have been able to play board games all day long, that was much needed! Anyway, I just wanted to post a few more cards for Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge #2. Everyone is doing such an awesome job and this was kind of a hard sketch! Lovin all the samples, hope you are too.

Chrissy at Creating with Chrissy

Korin at Inky Doodle

Becky at Wooden Shoe Stamping

Kimm at Kimm's Daily Grace

Stacy at Stacy's Stamp and Scrap Loft

Stacy's 2nd card

Melody at Lilacs and Butterflies

Valerie at Picture Perfect Past

Holly at Glitter Samps and Ink (Oh My)

Bekah on Splitcoaststampers

All of the samples are wonderful ladies. I am thrilled so many of you are playing along. I have seen others if you post a comment on here I will link to yours too! Come on you know you want to play too. I am off to try the sketch on SCS now. Thanks again and hopefully I will be back soon with a card of my own to share.

Monday, January 28, 2008

It's Time! Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge #2

This weeks sketch was a bit more difficult than last weeks but just as fun! Don't forget to comment here if you play along so I can post your sample too. If you upload to SCS please use TSSC2 in the key words so we can see them all at once! Happy creating.

I am really having a hard time photographing my cards lately. It has been kind of gloomy around here. I think I need to break down and create photo box?? Anyway, this was a fun layout for me. It is the first time I am using the Berry Bliss dp and I love it. The base of the first card is Pretty in Pink followed by a layer of Purely Pomegranate that has the swirls from Baroque Motifs embossed with iridescent ice embossing powder to add a little bling. The large circle is a quarter of an eight inch circle cut from the dp. I added scallops around the edge in Pretty in Pink. Next I added some stitching marks with a Chocolate Chip marker. The focal image is from Fun and Fast Notes. I stamped it on Shimmery White card stock and embossed it in Chocolate Chip. It is colored in using markers and a silver glitter gel pen. It is layered on two scallops circles and finally on a 3 by 3 square of Chocolate Chip. The Forever and Always sentiment is from a Studio G set and is stamped in Chocolate Chip on Close to Cocoa. I added the stitch marks here too. As a finishing touch I added the doubled up Prima flowers with the Pretty in Pink brad. The second card also fits the try a new technique challenge on SCS which can be found here. I wanted to use up the other half of the half circle I cut and I was so excited that this fit perfect with my sketch this week. The base of this card is Close to Cocoa followed by Pretty in pink. The sentiment is from Visual Verve. I drew the lines to add a little interest to the pink, I did not want too much with all the other stuff going on. I added those stitching lines on the quarter circle again too. Hope you like it. Here are the other talented stampers links to what they were able to create with the same sketch! They are beyond wonderful so check them out.

Rose Kerry on Splitcoaststampers.

Bev at Savor the Journey

Amy at Partners in Crimp

Adair Svoboda on Splitcoaststampers

Charlotte at Charlotte's Web

Kelly at A Stamp Above

Lisa at Splendiferous Creations

Claudia at Stamping In Columbus, GA

Margaret at Fun Stampin with Margaret

Michelle on Splitcoaststampers

Pat at the Technique Trail

Gerrie at Iwork4stamps

Brenda at Memories by Brenda

Kim at Basement Stamper

Debbie at Snickerdoodle Dreams

Kerry at Three Clover Designs

Jane at Jane's Addiction

How is that for talent! YIKES they are good. You want to try? Go ahead, when you do please post a link here and I will be happy to post in during the week. Can't wait to see what you come up with. You don't have to have a blog to play, upload anywhere you want. If you use Splitcoaststampers please us TSSC2 in the key word section! Have fun.

Last few for this week - new sketch in a couple of hours!

Last few links for the last sketch, new sketch will be posted by noon est. Come on back and play. I so enjoying all of these different samples done with one sketch! Thanks to everyone that has played. Please feel free to continue with this sketch when ever it strikes your fancy and comment so I can see. I will not be posting any more with this sketch though!

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Are you ready?

Here area a few more challenge cards for last weeks sketch -- are you ready for tomorrows. It will be posted at noon EST so be sure to check it out. It is a little harder than this weeks but ohhhh so fun! Can wait to see everyone's samples. Don't forget you must let me know if you want your posted here-- just leave a comment on here and I will link you up! Remember you do not have to have a blog -- you can upload anywhere - If using SCS please use the key word TSSC1 no spaces. Here are the cards.

Saturday, January 26, 2008

This is just incredible!

This is so amazing you have to watch the whole thing. Awesome! There is more of her work here.

Friday, January 25, 2008

More Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge Cards for your viewing pleasure.

Korin Sutherland @ Inky Doodle

Lisa @ Arctic Living

Korin Sutherland @ Splitcoaststampers

lcoughlin @ Splitcoastampers

Technique_Freak on Splitcoaststampers

How fun is this? If you want your card posted here please leave a comment and let me know where to find it. Thanks to all of you that have been playing.

Wanna Scrap?

Boy do I feel better today! Thank you Lord. I am happy to say that I had fun stampin this morning and it seems my MoJo was just playing a little game of hide and seek. Well I am very good at the game, ask my son, so I found it! This card is for todays Limited Supply challenge on SCS. The challenge was to use scraps. Unfortunately I could do this every day for weeks on end all day long with no breaks and still not put a dent into my scrap pile! This is also a sneak peek at one of my future sketchs for my Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge. (this sketch will be way down the road -- since I could not seem to stamp last night I created a few more sketches) The little flowers are popped up and the saying is a rub on! The squares are one inch.

Stamps: NONE!
Paper: Cutie Pie dp, Basic Black, Bashful Blue and So Saffron
Accessories: three in one punch, black marker, sewing machine

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Blogger's Challenge 31

All I can think of when I look at this card is "wanted -- to be able to stamp today" Yikes it was a tough day. Only made two cards and although I like this one better than the last, it is not real what I wanted again. Oh well, we do get days like this and the best thing to do is go to bed and start again in the morning -- right after this post I am doing that!

This weeks challenge was to use the layout on page 141 of the Spring Summer Stampin Up catalog -- the welcome baby card. I had a horrible time trying to get a clear pictures, the horse is not that washed out looking in real life. I used the Wanted and Bronc Buster stamp sets along with the retired Outlaw designer paper. I also used Really Ruse, Sage Shadow, Creamy Caramel card stock. Other supplies: twine, brads, jumbo eyelets, circle punch, scallop circle punch, paper piercer, mat pack. Thanks for lookin, sorry about the bad MoJo day! Don't forget to check out all the other players on my sidebar. I am sure they have wonderful cards to share. Goodnight!

So it didn't work out as planned!

(two more sketch challenge are posted at the end of this post so check them out)

Did you ever have a wonderful idea for a card but when you are finished you look at it and think "what the heck -- that is not anything like I was thinking! YUCK!" Well this is what happened to me today. I decided to do the Ways to use it challenge on SCS for today. I don't often participate in this particular challenge because it gets posted too late for me to find time, but today I had to be home arguing with phone companies on the phone so what the heck! The challenge was to use paint on your card (real paint not ink). I did learn a few things today though so maybe I will share them with you!

1. If you are going to emboss on acetate make sure it is the heat resistant kind!

2 I do not like silver and pink butterflies -- I mean what the heck was I thinking?

3. Don't try to create while being frustrated by employees -- it is not easy to be creative.

Not much but I thought I would share anyway, lol. Here is the result of the above.....

I painted on the back of a piece of acetate and then embossed the swirls on the front. I don't really want to look at this card too close to give you the rest of the details so if you have a question feel free to ask.

Stamps: Baroque Motifs, On Gossamer's Wings
Paper: Regal Rose, Purely Pomegranate
Accessories: acetate, brads, embossing powder, paint

The is some real creating going one elsewhere though that I want to share. Here are two more card for this weeks Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge!

Great job ladies, thanks for playing.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

I really need to go shopping and relieve stress!

Did you ever feel like that? Wanna join me, lol!

For today's sketch challenge on SCS. As you can see I turned it on its side. I pulled out another old retired set -- these sets are feeling left out lately so I felt bad, lol!

Stamps: Totally Cool
Paper: Pumpkin Pie, Basic Black, Whisper White, Bali Breeze
Ink: Taken with Teal, Basic Black
Accessories: Ribbon, three for your punch, scallop punch, scallop blade, brads, markers, watercolor crayons, paper piercer, mat pack

And here is another sketch link for yesterdays Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

More cards for Monday's Lunchtime Sketch Challenge

Here is one more from me for the Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge number 1. This actually fits the color challenge on SCS for today too. (Real Red, Soft Sky and Blue Bayou) What a fun combo.

Stamps: Toy Box, Canvas, Simple Sayings !!
Paper: Blue Bayou and Soft Sky dp, Soft Sky, Blue Bayou, Real Red, Basic Black and Whisper White card stock
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Basic Black, Blue Bayou, Soft Sky,
Accessories: brads, circle punches, scallop square and circle punch, ticket corner punch

And here are a few more links to other people who are playing...

Amy @ Partners in Crimp


Val @ Picture Perfect Past

Sue @ Stamp with Sue

Ida @ Faith Artristry

If you play or have played along please leave a link in my comments so I can add you. I will add as I find until the next challenge is posted. Remember, you don't have to have a blog we are also uploading to SCS under the keyword TSSC1

Faux Tile Thank You

This is a simple card, designed to show off the Faux Tile Technique. I tried not to take the focus away from the technique by added lots of embellishments and layers. Hope you enjoy!

Stamps: Polka Dots & Paisley, Paisley bg, Noteworthy
Paper: Rose Red, Soft Sky, Blue Bayou textured, Whisper White,
Ink: Blue Bayou, Soft Sky
Accessories: ribbon, markers, circle punch, photo corners punch
Techniques: Faux tile

Monday, January 21, 2008

Technostamper's Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge #1

Welcome to this new weekly event! Each and every Monday at noon (EST) I will be posting a sketch and challenging you to use it for inspiration for a project. You can make a card, scrapbook page, gift bag or whatever strikes your fancy. The only rule is to share your creations (grin). You can upload your sample to your blog or anywhere else that you choose and then just leave a link in the comments so we can all see and let you know how wonderful your creation is! If you upload to Splitcoaststamper's please use the TSSC1 in your keyword section so that it will show up in a search. Hope you will play!

I do have a wonderful group of 10 plus women that I am sending the sketch to early so that I can give you direct links to other samples for your initial inspiration so be sure to scroll to the end to see all the links!

And now for this weeks sketch.......

And my card for the challenge....

I adore this little mouse so of course I am gonna want to be using him way after Valentine's day so I needed to find more uses for him that did not include a big heart! This is my first attempt. He really could be holding anything at all! The possibilities are endless.

Stamps used: Happy Hearts Day, SAB Birthday Whimsy and the retired Simple Saying II

Card stock: So Saffron, Bashful Blue, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White and Cutie Pie dp

Ink: Basic Black. Chocolate Chip and Bashful Blue

Accessories: markers, watercolor pencils, blender pen and scallop square punch.

Now if that don't inspire you I don't know what will. Please share with us what you create with this sketch by posting a link on the comments to this post. And once again if you upload to SCS please use the keywords TSSC1 Hope you have a wonderful Monday -- I am off to eat lunch (a bit early)

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Carte Postale

This is for today's Featured Stamper Challenge. You can see the card I chose to CASE here. I changed the stamp set, colors, ribbon. Hope you enjoy. Also the size of the card is 4 1/4 by 4 1/4 and you can use regular envelopes to send! I like the size you will see more of it from me.

Stamps: Carte Postale
Paper: Le Jardin dp, Always Artichoke, Very Vanilla, River Rock
Ink: River Rock, So Saffron, Always Artichoke
Accessories: paper piercer, mat pack, scallop blade, markers

Don't forget I am starting a brand new thing tomorrow. It will be called the "Technostamper's Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge" I have quite a few fabulous stampers that will be playing along -- we hope you will too! Check back at lunch time tomorrow! (noon EST)

Friday, January 18, 2008

Blogger's Challenge 30

WOW!! This was a tough one for me. The challenge was to use River Rock, Real Red and Bayou Blue. Not my favorite combination, but I guess that is why they are called challenges. All I could think of when I thought of these colors was stars but I wanted to use flower! So that "hard headed --stuck on one thing" person that I am stuck to it and here are my flowers. They were a labor of love to say the least!

Stamps: So Many Scallops, Small Script, Little Pieces, Noteworthy
Paper: River Rock, Real Red, Bayou Blue, Whisper White
Ink: Real Red, Blue Bayou, Glorious Green
Accessories: Hodge Podge Hardware, Build a Brad, ribbon, white gel pen, markers, ruler

I promise to get my list of players up on my sidebar again. I have decided to put them back up -- I know I am also wishy washy at times. For now you can visit Pat's Blog and check out her sidebar for all the players. Also I will be adding another sidebar for you all to check out. Starting on Monday I will be doing my very own Sketch Challenges! I can't wait, I have a wonderful group who want to play along and I sure hope that you will too. Keep watching for more details. For now I NEED to get in the shower.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

I just love you.

A really simple Valentine! I wish it would have been as simple to get a good picture of it. Sorry. There are six different strips on the white base. The textures really look cool in real life. I love the chocolate chip and regal rose together. Hope you had a great day. See you tomorrow with my Blogger's Challenge card! TTFN!

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

More Sale-A-Bration going on!

This is for the Sketch challenge at SCS. I think it turned out pretty cute. I may even use it for my son for his 8th birthday????? I really had fun with this set. The cake and the candle tips are clear embossed. Hope you enjoy.

Stamps: Birthday Whimsy, All in a Row
Paper: Bashful Blue, Certainly Celery, Apricot Appeal, Close To Cocoa, Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla
Ink: Bashful Blue, Certainly Celery, Apricot Appeal, Close To Cocoa, Chocolate Chip
Accessories: CB, VersaMarker, clear embossing powder. ribbon, Word Window Punch.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

It's Just Like you.

I can see that this SAB set will be one of my favorite sets. It is sooooo versatile. I cut the center snowflake out of my stamp to create a two step stamp! I mounted the snowflake part on another piece of wood so I can use it separately. I LOVE this set.

This is also for this weeks color challenge on SCS.

Stamps: So Many Scallops, Just Like You, Little Pieces, Time Well Spent
Paper: Rose Red, Sage Shadow, Aprocit Appeal, Whisper White, Cutie Pie dp
Ink: Rose Red, Sage Shadow, Aprocit Appeal
Accessories: Scallop Circle Punch, Word Window Punch, ribbon, mini crystals

So Sweet of You!

Don't you just love this flower? Can you believe you can get this set for free during sale-a-bration. And the best part of this set is that it is die-cut! That's right, just pop the images out and mount them -- ready to stamp in minutes! Everyone at my class last night thought I was crazy when I was actually dancing around the room because I was so excited I did not have to cut out all those scallops! YIPPEEEEE!

Stamps: So Many Scallops
Paper: Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White and Bali Breeze dp
Ink: Purely Pomegranate, Old Olive
Accessories: ribbon, Scallop Circle punch, mini faux brads, build a brad

The colors and layout were somewhat inspired by a notebook that Beate posted on her blog and challenged us to use for inspiration.

Monday, January 14, 2008

First try with rub ons on glass.

This was my first try with the rub ons on glass. Not too bad, although I did waste one when I messed it up by not rubbing enough and then could not get it re-set. There is one on the back too. I thought these little jars were so adorable. I got them at AC Moore for $1. I am not sure I am happy enough with it to go get more jars, but it was pretty darn easy. I was thinking teacher gifts for Valentine's. The flower on the top is the new SAB set -- I have more to show you but I am working on 3 hours sleep from last night and I am tired.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

HB Kickstand.

This was my feeble attempt at creating a male birthday card that wasn't fishing or hunting or any of those other things that not all men are into. I figure everyone love a cupcake and if I don't jaz it up too much with glitter and other stuff it just may work. This type of card is called a kickstand card. Kind of like the opposite of a tent topper. I have made these before but they did not have an "official" name then, lol. Been a busy day as you can tell -- you should see the mess in my studio! YIKES!

Stamps: Big Deal Alphabet, Figures of Speech, It's Your Birthday
Paper: Le Jardin, Bashful Blue, River Rock, Always Artichoke, Whisper White
Ink: Bashful Blue, Always Artichoke,
Accessories: markers, scallop circle, circle punch, ribbon. non SU wheel, markers, dimentionals

Missing You.

Not sure I will have time to post tomorrow so here is one more for today. It is another one for FS49. Here is the card I used for inspiration.

Stamps: Godspeed, So Many Sayings
Paper: River Rock, So Saffron, Always Artichoke, Whisper White
Ink: Basic Black
Accessories: markers, water pen, ruler

Smile Shaker

One more for todays challenge. Here is the card I cased. This was fun, I love these colors and papers and of course the fact that it is a shaker is always fun.

Stamps: Be Happy
Paper: Cutie Pie dp, Bashful Blue, So Saffron, Rose Red and Whisper White
Ink: Rose Red, So Saffron
Accessories: Circle Punch, Scallop Punch, Fun Foam, Mini flower punch, markers, acetate

Garden Silhouettes ala Veronica

For today's featured stamper challenge on SCS. Here is the card I cased. I kept the basic layout and even the stamps but changed the colors and a few other minor details. Hope you enjoy. I think we will do this at All Occasion tomorrow!

Stamps: Garden Silhouettes
Paper: textured Groovy Guava, Soft Sky dp, Soft Sky, Old Olive and Whisper White card stocks
Ink: Old Olive
Accessories: scallop blade for carl cutter, ribbon, markers

Never Too Happy!

I created this card for the sketch challenge on Beate's blog. I had a horrible time with this card. I don't think it was the layout, but the fact that I was really determine to use the Be Happy set and may have chose too many colors to work with! Anyway after a bit of agonizing I think it turned out ok in the end. What do you think?

Stamps: Be Happy, Just Like You, Time Well Spent
Paper: Bali Breeze dp, Purely Pomegranate, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive, River Rock and Taken with Teal
Ink: Taken with Teal, Purely Pomegranate
Accessories: markers, scallop circle punch, circle punch, prima, Sizzix embossing board

Hope you had a wonderful weekend.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Blogger's Challenge Week 29

This weeks challenge was to use the layout on page 37 of the new Stampin Up! catalog. (save the date card). My first thought was, yikes that is way too basic, lol. But now that the card is done I really like the clean look and the white is kind of refreshing. The colors are all inspired by this ribbon that I have had for way more than a year. I got it on clearance at JoAnn's I just loved the fun colors and knew I would be able to use it, of course I did not think it would take quite this long to do it! It was fun trying to created different textures for the different strips with out doing too much since it is such a simple image. The colors are Pumpkin Pie and Green Galore. The butterfly is from the new Time Well Spent hostess set and I colored it with markers and a aqua painter. The Life is Beautiful is from the Eastern Elegance Rub ons. Couldn't of been much easier. Thanks for checking in today, hope you have a terrific weekend! THANK GOD IT IS FRIDAY. ( almost, I am posting at 11pm on Thursday-close enough)

Something to think about.......

The following was written by Ben Stein and recited by him on CBS Sunday Morning Commentary.

My confession:

I am a Jew, and every single one of my ancestors was Jewish. And it does not bother me even a little bit when people call those beautiful lit up, bejeweled trees Christmas trees. I don't feel threatened. I don't feel discriminated against. That's what they are: Christmas trees.

It doesn't bother me a bit when people say, "Merry Christmas" to me. I don't think they are slighting me or getting ready to put me in a ghetto. In fact, I kind of like it. It shows that we are all brothers and sisters celebrating this happy time of year. It doesn't bother me at all that there is a manger scene on display at a key intersection near my beach house in Malibu . If people want a creche, it's just as fine with me as is the Menorah a few hundred yards away.

I don't like getting pushed around for being a Jew, and I don't think Christians like getting pushed around for being Christians. I think people who believe in God are sick and tired of getting pushed around, period. I have no idea where the concept came from that America is an explicitly atheist country. I can't find it in the Constitution and I don't like it being shoved down my throat.

Or maybe I can put it another way: where did the idea come from that we should worship Nick and Jessica and we aren't allowed to worship God as we understand Him? I guess that's a sign that I'm getting old, too. But there are a lot of us who are wondering where Nick and Jessica came from and where the America we knew went to.

In light of the many jokes we send to one another for a laugh, this is a little different: This is not intended to be a joke; it's not funny, it's intended to get you thinking.

Billy Graham's daughter was interviewed on the Early Show and Jane Clayson asked her "How could God let something like this happen?" (regarding Katrina) Anne Graham gave an extremely profound and insightful response. She said, "I believe God is deeply saddened by this, just as we are, but for years we've been telling God to get out of our schools, to get out of our government and to get out of our lives. And being the gentleman He is, I believe He has calmly backed out. How can we expect God to give us His blessing and His protection if we demand He leave us alone?"

;the following was added by someone else but still rings true!

In light of recent events...terrorists attack, school shootings, etc. I think it started when Madeleine Murray O'Hare (she was murdered, her body found recently) complained she didn't want prayer in our schools, and we said OK. Then someone said you better not read the Bible in school. The Bible says thou shalt not kill, thou shalt not steal, and love your neighbor as yourself. And we said OK.

Then Dr. Benjamin Spock said we shouldn't spank our children when they misbehave because their little personalities would be warped and we might damage their self-esteem (Dr. Spock's son committed suicide). We said an expert should know what he's talking about. And we said OK.

Now we're asking ourselves why our children have no conscience, why they don't know right from wrong, and why it doesn't bother them to kill strangers, their classmates, and themselves.

Probably, if we think about it long and hard enough, we can figure it out. I think it has a great deal to do with "WE REAP WHAT WE SOW."

Funny how simple it is for people to trash God and then wonder why the world's going to hell. Funny how we believe what the newspapers say, but question what the Bible says. Funny how you can send 'jokes' through e-mail and they spread like wildfire but when you start sending messages regarding the Lord, people think twice about sharing. Funny how lewd, crude, vulgar and obscene articles pass freely through cyberspace, but public discussion of God is suppressed in the school and workplace.

Are you laughing?

Funny how when you forward this message, you will not send it to many on your address list because you're not sure what they believe, or what they will think of you for sending it.

Funny how we can be more worried about what other people think of us than what God thinks of us.

Pass it on if you think it has merit. If not then just discard it... No one will know you did. But, if you discard this thought process, don't sit back and complain about what bad shape the world is in. My Best Regards.

Honestly and respectfully,

Ben Stein

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

You've Got Mail!

Aren't these the cutest little things. I am thinking about giving these to my son's teachers for Valentines day filled with some kind of candy! They are from the dollar spot at Target. I actually used some retired designer paper on it and I am loving them. I did not want to do the whole "love" theme -- not that I don't love my son's teachers, but you know! Anyway this is going to be one of the club projects for tonight. I am letting them use the new rub ons on the front bottom. They are so easy to add that little extra with little effort. The colors used are Taken With Teal, Certainly Celery and Real Red. I also used the Garden Whimsy and Time Well Spent stamp sets.

Monday, January 7, 2008

Love is.

How fun is this little card. This is from a sketch over at Lauren's Blog. She is so creative and I just adore her work. I never did one of her sketches so this is my first. I had to alter the focal image size a bit to get the look I wanted. I am pretty happy with the results.

Stamps: Time Well Spent, Season of Joy
Paper: Real Red, Whisper White, Basic Black
Ink: Real Red and Basic Black
Accessories: ribbon, cuttlebug hearts and swirls folders. brads, flower punch, sponge daubers, gel pens, marker

Sunday, January 6, 2008

Bugs and Kisses - sending worm wishes

Isn't this card just too cute? It is for today's featured stamper challenge on SCS. I love the colors and the simple design. Great for boys. Mine wants me to save it for his birthday, lol! Hope you enjoy.

Stamps: Bugs and Kisses
Paper: River Rock, So Saffron, Vanilla, Bashful Blue, Always Artichoke and Le Jardin dp
Ink: River Rock, black
Accessories: mini black dots, sizzix slide mount die.

Saturday, January 5, 2008

So happy for you!

This is for the Limited Supply Challenge 149 on SCS. The challenge is to create a card using NO white or vanilla. I am not sure where I was going with this card, and I think it really shows, lol! I was using up scraps of paper that were within reach from my work area. I also wanted to use the little stitched square cuttlebug folder. The flower in the focal image and the background are from the retired Doodle That stamp set. So happy for you is from the new Nursery Necessities set. The black floral designs on the bottom are from the Eastern Elegance Rub Ons.
After embossing with the little folder I punched it out with the square punch and then punched a circle out of the center.

Stamps: Doodle That, Nursery Necessities
Paper: Certainly Celery, So Saffron, Cameo Coral, Close to Cocoa
Ink: Close to Cocoa, Basic Black
Accessories: markers, watercolor pencils, blender pen, circle punch, square punch, stitched square cuttlebug mini folder, ribbon, Eastern Elegance Rub Ons, paper piercer, mat pack, sewing machine

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Blogger's Challenge 28

Another Friday already! Yikes how time flies. (even if your not having fun, lol) The cool part is that I HAVE been having fun! I have been busy creating lots of stuff and enjoying every minute of it. Here is my card for this weeks Blogger Challenge. The challenge was to make a card using Pink and Brown. I already had my primas out from the last post so figured I would work them into this challenge too! Feels good to use up some of them. I also got to use the cute pins I found at JoAnn's the other day! Hope you enjoy it.

I brayed Pretty in Pink over the Au Chocolate paper to have it match with the pretty in pink on the top half of the card. The heart is paper pieced and the middle strip is crimped (been a while since I used that tool).

Stamps: Happy Heart Day, Background Basics
Paper: Pretty in Pink, Chocolate Chip, Purely Pomegranate, Au Chocolate, Whisper White
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Purely Pomegranate, Pretty in Pink
Accessories: Pomegranate Satin Ribbon, heart pin, crimper, water color pencils, water brush, primas, brads, markers

Funky Fresh and Fun!

Today's Ways to Use it Challenge was to use flowers! Think I used enough?? I really like the way it turned out though.

Stamps: Petals Jumbo Wheel, Canvas BG
Paper: Blue Bayou, More Mustard, Soft Sky, Very Vanilla
Ink: So Saffron, Soft Sky
Accessories: Primas and misc flowers, brads, mat pack, paper piercer, markers, fiskers border punch

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

I love u - Happy Heart Day

Can you believe two cards with one sketch in one day! Got to love it. This new set Happy Heart Day is Ohhhh so cute! Don't forget to check out the special on this set this month. You can find it here. Let me know if you want to order it. This card was fun to make. I love the colors and the new rub ons we have now work great on ribbon! Here is a close up for you to see.

Can you see I did another card with my sewing machine too! Yippee! This is the most use it has gotten since I got it two years ago for Christmas.

Stamps: Happy Heart Day, Whimsy Wheel, So Many Sayings
Paper: Purely Pomegranate, Pretty in Pink, Close to Cocoa, Basic Black, Whisper White
Ink: Purely Pomegranate, Basic Black, Pretty in Pink
Accessories: scallop cutting blade, grosgrain ribbon, satin ribbon, water color pencils, markers, blender pen, Eastern Elegance rub ons, sewing machine

It's a Boy!

Today's sketch challenge card. I really like this new set. It is fun to work with. JoAnn's had their buttons on sale for 50% off so I bought a bunch. I think these ones are adorable.

Stamps: Nursery Necessities, Warm Words
Paper: Bashful Blue, Certainly Celery, Rose Red, So Saffron, Whisper White, Cuttie Pie dp
Ink: So Saffron, Bashful Blue, Certainly Celery, Rose Red, Basic Black
Accessories: paper piercer, mat pack, markers, ribbon, ticket corner punch, Label punch, circle punch, small oval punch, misc buttons

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Make a Wish and Enjoy Your Day!

OK, my hubby says this card does NOT work! He says that no sail boater is "Gone Fishing" What do you think? The challenge to my self was to create a male card with a baby set. I had no idea where I was going with it but pretty much new the elephant wasn't gonna work, lol! So this is what it ended up with. I think it is one of those cards that has just a bit too much yet needs something! I would love to hear what you think.

Stamps used: Nursery Necessities and Riviting
Paper: So Saffron, Soft Sky, River Rock, Always Artichoke, Basic Black Le Jardin dp and Very Vanilla
Ink: So Saffron and River Rock
Other: Black gel pen, photo corner punch, circle punch misc buttons and the new Rub Ons.

Follow Your Heart

I love these colors together. Who would have thought. This is for today's color challenge -- Real Red, Taken with Teal and Certainly Celery. I also pulled out an old sketch challenge for the layout. SC155. I used this a few times in previous posts and really like the layout -- obviously!

Stamps: Doodle That
Paper: Certainly Celery, Taken With Teal, Real Red, Whisper White, dp from old SAB kit
Ink: Certainly Celery, Taken With Teal, Real Red
Accessories: sewing machine, circle punches, scallop cutting blade, gel pen, Eastern Elegance Rub Ons, Paper piercer and mat pack