Friday, May 30, 2008

Blogger's Challenge #49 and two more sketch cards.

Today's Blogger's Challenge was to incorporate animals into you card. I decided to combine it with the challenge on the brand new group I am a part of called Great Swap Girls. The challenge there was to use a layout from the Occasions Mini. So my card uses the layout on page13 of the mini the card with the clock. I made my card into a standard size card though instead of the square because I hat to have brads or anything showing on the inside of the card so I needed one more layer and decided to go full size instead just for a different twist on the layout. Here is the original layout.......

And here is my card. I chose the Happy Hearts Day set for the animal part because it just does not get used enough. So here is my double challenge card.....

I had a real hard time getting a clear picture that showed all the different aspects at once. You will see the details better if you click on the picture to make it bigger. The scallops are 1/2 circle punches that are adhered to the underneath of that layer. There is 1/4 inch score marks on the plain tempting turquoise part. I had fun with this one. If I get a better picture late I will change it -- but you all know how much I hate to do things more than once so the odds are this is it! LOL!

Stamps: Happy Hearts Day and All Holidays
Paper: Tempting Turquoise, Real Red, More Mustard, Wild Wasabi and Whisper White card stocks along with the East Coast Prep designer series paper.
Ink: Going Grey and Basic Black
Other: Hodgepodge Hardware, 1/2 inch circle punch, misc bling for flame.

And now take a look at these new cards from this week's
Technostamper's Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge #19.

Lori at Inking Aloud


Margaeli at Margaeli Inks

Thanks ladies for the wonderful inspiration. Hope everyone has a great weekend!

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Bright and Sweet - plus more sketch players!

Get your sunglasses on for this one! I really am a bold bright kind of gal so I love these colors but I know some of you may think they are too bright.

I am not sure where the heck this card came from, lol. I started with a completly different idea in my head and somehow this is what I got. Very strange. The lemons and limes are stamped in Green Galore and YoYo Yellow craft ink and then clear embossed. Next I brayered over them with Pink Passion and the rest of the card just emerged from there. The sentiment is from an old retired set called Faries. I will be using that soon now that I dug it from the bottom of the pile. I forgot how cute the images were.

Stamps: Tart and Tangy and Faries
Paper: Basic Black, Green Galore, YoYo Yellow and Whisper White Card stock
Ink: Green Galore, Yo Yo Yellow craft ink, Pink Passion, Basic Black and Real Red classic ink.
Other: markers, cuttlebug, red wide grosgrain ribbon, red brads, circle punch, scallop circle punch and brayer.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Clearly I love a Challenge

Allison over at Stampin When I Can started doing challenges and I have wanted to join in but somehow keep forgetting to do them and then next thing you know it is the next one already! So I though I would make a point to do one after she is already on number 19. Wouldn't you know when I went over to see what it was it was to use something clear on your project......I almost waited till next week, lol. But in the spirit of a challenge this is what I came up with...........

There is a lot going on on this card. It started with the paisly background being stamped in brown stazon on a piece of acetate. Since the whole image did not turn out perfect I cut to the part that looked good and this is the size I was left with. Nest I cut a piece of Whisper White card stock the same size and sponged Certainly Celery, Bashful Blue and Pretty in Pink on it in a random pattern. To attach the acetate to the card stock I added a row of six brads in the same three colors on the right hand side. The rest of the card just emerged from there. I already had the medallion sitting on my workspace from the last card so I tried to use that with the same three colors. Since the colors are soft it is hard to see them in the picture. I stamped it it twice so I could raise up a part and then added a large chocolate brad to the center. The papers and stickers are from the old retired SAB kit from last year and the rub ons are from this years SAB. And of course I finished it off with three MORE brads of the same colors in the rub on flowers! Ten brads on one card!

Stamps: BoHo Backgrounds and Paisley Background

Ink: Certainly Celery, Bashful Blue, Pretty in Pink and Timber Brown Stazon

Paper: Regal Rose, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White card stocks and the retired stripes from last years SAB kit

Other: Lots of brads, rub ons from this year's SAB, stickers from last years SAB kit, 1" circle punch, nestabilities die, .

Thanks for stopping by today, hope you have a wonderful day!

Monday, May 26, 2008

What No Sentiment!?! and more sketch players too.

Today's Color Challenge on SCS was to use Sage Shadow, Chocolate Chip and Very Vanilla. What a fun combo. I have had this set over a month and have not had a chance to use it. I really like how it looks done in the two colors. I have the center popped up too.

Stamps: Boho Backgrounds
Paper: Sage Shadow, Chocolate Chip,
Very Vanilla and scrap of retired wanted dp
Ink: all markers
Accessories: Markers - sage and chocolate chip, cuttlebug, nestabilities, chocolate grosgrain ribbon and twill tape, paper piercer, scallop circle punch

And here are some more Monday Lunchtime Sketch players too!

Tammy at Stamp With Tammy

Steph at Steph's Stampin Stuff

I have more players already!

I was wondering where Lisa was, she has not missed any of the challenges yet and as soon as I hit post on the last message I got e-mail saying she was running late. So her streak continues as the only one who has done every single challenge with me. Thanks Lisa! Here is her card -- another appropriate card for the day.

Lisa at Splendiferous Creations

and here a few more players too

Karen at Krafting with Karen


Hetty at Craft Chaos

Off to lay on the hammock and read with my son. See ya later.

Thanks ladies.

Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge #19

Happy Memorial Day to all of you. If there are any of you that are out there stamping today here is the sketch for today! We are on week 19 already. I really hope to make some more cards with this sketch through out the week but today the garden is calling my name -- really loud too, lol.

I kept my card kind of simple this time. I so love the look of the papers in the Le Jardin paper pack and wanted to use them for a thank you card to a friend that likes elegant but simple. So this just may work. you will probably have to enlarge to see the scoring on both sides of the brads. There is also some sponging around the focal image that does not really show up too well.

Stamps: Carte Postale

Paper: So Saffrron, Basic Grey, textured Bashful Blue, and Whisper White card stock along with the papers from the Le Jardin paper pack.

Ink: So Saffron, Bashful Blue and Going Grey

Other: Bashful Blue brads, half pearls, scor pal, nestabilities dies.

Now for today's player's or should I say player!
(it is a holiday after all)

Claudia at Stamping in Columbus GA
with an appropriate card for today!

Thanks Claudia for playing along. Now for the rest of you that are probably out enjoying your holiday weekend don't forget to leave a comment here when you do get the time to join in and stamp. I will post the link on one of my post so that everyone can see!

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Another Sketch player for this week.

Melissa at Melissa's Moments

Isn't that a cute idea?

To Dot or Not?

I feel a bit like Dr Suess. To dot or not to dot -- that is the question that I got. Although I seem to use dots a a lot, sometimes they do not look so hot!

So here is my card for today, I did have some time to play so I thought I would get this out of the way.......YIKES, enough of that.

This was created using the MoJo Monday sketch #38 and although I like it I wanted to add some black dots around the more mustard and the white that is just inside the red frame. What do you think??? There is so much going on already that I was afraid it would be too much but I so wanted to do it, lol! Anyway here are the deets.....

Stamps: Sweet Dreams (hostess) and All Holidays

Paper: Real Red, Basic Black, Tempting Turquoise, More Mustard, Whisper White and East Coast Prep dp

Ink: Basic Black and Wild Wasabi

Other: markers, double stitch Wasabi ribbon, red brads, lots of dimensionals oval punches and hobby blade

Friday, May 23, 2008

Blogger's Challenge #48 - Red White and Blue

The card in the last post was going to be my blogger's challenge card for this week but I changed my mind and decided to go the more traditional route. I also wanted to use some stamps that don't get much chance to see ink. The first card is all Stampin Up! stamps and punches.

Stamps: Classic Stars Jumbo Wheel, So Many Sayings and Headline Alphabet.

This next card was actually just created to use this ribbon I have had for a couple of years, lol.
The stamps are Studio G and Stampin Up!. The top portion is emboss resist on glossy white card stock.

And this one was just messing around with my coluzzle and a mix of Studio G and Stampin Up stamps.

Hope everyone has a wonderful holiday weekend! Don't forget to be mindful of all the people who have and ARE fighting for us and our freedom!

Thursday, May 22, 2008

I Absolutely Love it --another sketch player too!

I really am enjoying this set --So Cool! It is such a fun set to play with. I combined it with the hostess set Thanks Tons. This was such a simple card but I really like it. Actually it was going to be for tomorrow's Blogger's Challenge which is to use Red, White and Blue but I decided to go more traditional on tomorrow's post so you get to see this one now.

Stamps: So Cool and Thanks Tons

Paper: Blue Bayou, Ruby Red, Soft Sky and Whisper White along with a strip of dp from the Western Sky collection

Ink: Ruby Red, Blue Bayou

Other: paper piercer, blue bayou ribbon, Nestabilities die, blender pen to highlight the word SO

Check out this great card for this week's Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

A quote and a few more Sketch Player's too.

I have always loved this quote and it appeared in my in box today so I thought I would share it with you too. Because it is so true.

"Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind."

--Dr. Seuss

Now take a moment to check out these great cards.

Hetty at Craft Chaos

Lori at Inking Aloud

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Mystery Image Challenge -- and More Sketch Players!

It is time to share my card for this series of Mystery Image Challenges on one of the groups I am on. This is such a fun challenge. We sign up to play and then the hostess sends us all a mystery image. We all get the same image but have no idea what it will be until we get it, and we can not post it until our partner receives it. So I can post mine now. In all honesty I don't even know who the stamp is by so if you know and feel like letting me know I will update this post.

The base of my card is Chocolate Chip followed by Apricot Appeal the the focal image which was stamped on Whisper White. I chose to cut out the insides of the area where the flowers are with my craft knife and the pop up that entire front piece with foam tape so that the Apricot Appeal would show through the cut out areas. I also popped up the front two flowers at different levels. The image is done with the pencil over maker technique. The butterfly and words are rub ons. My partner Rose was nice enough to take this picture that shows the detail a bit more. Thanks Rose, I sure hope you liked the card!

ETA: I have been informed by Melody that this stamp is a Impression Obsession stamp. Thanks so much Melody.

And now for some more of players for this weeks Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge 18.

This is such a fun card, I hope you will play along.

Anita at Praierie Papier Ponderer

Karen at Krafting with Karen

Tammy at Stamp with Tammy

Monday, May 19, 2008

Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge #18

I woke up feeling really crummy this morning, the temperatures have dropped and it has been raining on and off for days. I so hate this type of weather, especially when I am so ready for the summer. So since it is Monday and I had to get my butt out of bed and do my Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge card I thought I would make myself a get well card, lol! Here is todays sketch........

In case you can't read the writing, it says that the white part is actually the inside of the card showing from the front. I really like this layout and have used it in the past. I am not super happy with either of my cards today but considering how I feel I thought I better just get them posted!

The first card is using my new Bella Stamp Feel Better Bella. She is really cute, for a sick person, lol! I used the Bali Breeze dp for my colors. The main card is Pumpkin Pie followed by Taken With Teal then the dp. I am using my fusion flowers for the first time. I lost them on my work space for a while! Glad to have them back they are so bright and cheery.

This card is using two Stampin Up! sets. To Have and To Hold and Together Forever. The base of the card is Chocolate Chip followed by dp from the Afternoon Tea collection and the inside is Cameo Coral. There is also a small circle of Wild Wasabi. I added a Prima to the top of the knot on the Chocolate Chip satin ribbon.

And then this is the card I made quite a while ago. It is what I used for the sketch so I thought I would re-post it here again.

Now for the other player's for this week. Please join us and play along. If you put a comment on this post I will be sure to share your sample with everyone during the week. If you post on SCS please use TSSC18 in the key word section.

Lisa at Splendiferous Creations

Michelle at Splitcoaststampers #1

Michelle at Splitcoaststampers #2

Kerry at Three Clovers Designs

Claudia at Stamping in Columbus GA

What a fun layout and the girls did a fabulous job with it, don't you think? Now we would love to see what you do with the sketch. Have fun. I am off to get a tiny nap after taking some meds!

Last but not least......

One more for last weeks sketch challenge and then we wait for this weeks. I love the layout this week so be sure to check back around noon EST. But for now check out this wonderful card by Lori.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Take this test!
You are Marge from The Simpsons. You may not share Marge's blue bouffant, but you do share her animated style of mothering. Sometimes the pressures of maintaining a happy home may push you toward the edge, but at the end of the day, you believe in your children wholeheartedly, even when they're being rather, um, spirited.

You encourage your kids' creativity and individuality, whether that means watching them perform the saxophone or helping them raise exotic lizards. You may sometimes say things that sound like old-fashioned parenting clich├ęs, but when it comes down to dealing with domestic disasters, you can be a pretty together, modern mama.

Whoops. Here is another sketch challenge player.

I meant to post this yesterday but some how I forgot. Sorry Karin.

Karin at Scrap Everything

Friday, May 16, 2008

Blogger's Challenge #47

This weeks Blogger's Challenge was to use the layout on page 21 of the Occasions Mini Collection. (the card with the dog) I had a hard time with the torn paper! Remember when that was all the rage and felt so "right" --- how could something that felt so right once feel so wrong now, lol! I am happy with my card though although I changed the landscape of the card I keep the rest -- including the torn paper! The base of the card is Brocade Blue followed by Chocolate Chip that has been scored every 1/4 inch using my Scor Pal. The main image is from On Eagles Wings from Our Daily Bread Designs -- as is the sentiment. I stamped the image on Whisper White in Basic Black and then colored it in with markers. Next I masked it and brayed Brocade Blue over the top and of course finished the focal image by tearing the top. It is layered on More Mustard. And finally I added a few white brads above the sentiment. Hope you like it.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Birthday wishes and more sketch cards too!

I love this layout. It is so fresh and fun looking with these colors too. And what an easy card. I was a bit disappointed to find that I do not own a current cupcake stamp that I like! What the heck is up with that! Anyway, this cupcake is from one of the retired Little Layers sets. (too lazy to run to the studio to check, sorry). The sentiment stamp is from the level 1 hostess set for a friend.

Paper: Certainly Celery, Basic Black, Whisper White long with Cutie Pie and Summer Picnic dp.

Other: Scallop circle punch, regular circle punch, certainly celery ribbon, faux brads, makers, dazzling diamonds with a glue pen.

Quick and Cute ----- got to love that!

Now for a few more player's in this weeks sketch.

Liz at Liz's Lovelies


Marti at Pez-A-Doodle Design Studio

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Dad's and More -- plus some new sketch challenge players!

For those of you that have been reading my blog for a while you may recall how I dislike to be limited on how I can use my stamps. So with that in mind I set out to create a non Father's Day card with this Father's Day stamp from All Holidays stamp set. I am quite happy with the results and just thrilled to be able to use this stamp for more than Father's day!

Stamps: All Holidays

Paper: Ruby Red, River Rock, Blue Bayou and Whisper White card stock and Western Sky and Blue Bayou prints dp

Ink: Ruby Red

Other: double stitched ribbon, Nestabiltites dies, scallop blade for edging

Now for some more sketch players!

Pat at The Technique Trail

Melissa at Melissa's Moments

Candy at Inking Purple

Hetty at Craft Chaos

Great cards ladies! Thanks so much for playing along.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge #17

Not sure why but I had a bit of a hard time with this one. I had tons or retired or non SU stamps that would have worked but I wanted to be able to use it for my All Occasions Class tonight so I had to use current stamps. I think it is ok, it is cute and all but??? Any way the circle part is lined up in real life but no matter how many times I took the picture it looked like the blue was off center so I gave up and figured I will tell those of you who read my post that it is really not like that and the rest can just thing I meant it like that, lol.

Stamps: In the Stars and Nursery Necessities, Star Wheel
Paper: Blue Bayou, Sky Blue, Wild Wasabi, Real Red and Whisper White card stocks
Ink: Blue Bayou, Wild Wasabi and Real Red
Other: Cuttle Bug, 3/4 inch circle punch, 1 and 1/4 inch circle punch, star faux brads and Nestabilities die.

We would love to have you play along with the challenge, first check out these great samples and the make your own. Don't forget to post a comment with your link and link back to the original challenge post so that we can all see your creations.

And now for the other players for this week's initial inspiration.

Claudia at Stamping in Columbus, GA

Lisa at Splendiferous Creations

Margaret at Fun Stampin' with Margaret

Michelle on Splitcoaststampers

Kerry at Three Clovers Designs

Kim at Basement Stamper

Look at all those wonderful samples, make me want to go make another one with the sketch! I just might do that -- see ya soon.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

To Have and To Hold -- again, plus a few more sketch cards!

Here is another nice simple card. Did you guys notice I go in streaks, lol. I will make a bunch of super embellished card and then a bunch of simple ones. I used Beate's Weekend Sketch#47 for the layout.

Stamps: To Have and To Hold and All in a Row

Paper: Chocolate Chip, Soft Sky, Whisper White and Groovy Guava textured card stocks and Afternoon Tea dp

Ink: Chocolate Chip

Other, Nestabilities, paper piercer

Now for a couple more samples with this weeks sketch!

Stephanie at Steph's Stampin' Stuff


Marti at Pez-A-Doodle Design Studio

Sure hope everyone had a wonderful Mother's Day! Back to the grind tomorrow but the good news is there will be another new sketch tomorrow at 12 pm EST!

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Your How Old??? YIKES!

Monday is my sister's 50th birthday! How the heck did she get so old when I am still so young?! ( My hubby will be turning 50 this year too. ) I had fun with this card. I tried to make the outside look so sweet and pretty and the WHAMO! yea your 50 inside. I hope she likes it.

Stamps Used: It's Your Birthday, Inkadinkado misc stamps for the numbers, Hero Arts for the inside verse.
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Groovy Guava textured and Very Vanilla card stocks along with Afternoon Tea dp
Other: Wide Satin Chocolate Chip ribbon, Nestabilities, Prima Flowers, half pearls

Friday, May 9, 2008

Blogger's Challenge #46

This weeks challenge was to make a Mother's Day card. I have already made a bunch of them but thought that my mom loves to read so I thought I would make her one with bookmarks. This is not my best work and I think the problem is that I started with a floral theme and then after considering the bookmarks I decided to go with a few bible verses so I kind of ended up combining two themes in one and I am not sure about the outcome, but I am sure my mom will love it. That's what moms do -- love us and all we do no matter what! What a blessing that is.

The fold for the card can be found here ---------Joy in a JAR

Stamps: Friendship Blooms (2008 SAB), Shine on You (Stampendous) and On Eagle's Wings (Our Daily Bread Designs),Thanks Tons (SU hostess)

Paper, Real Red, Whisper White, Certainly Celery card stock and Certainly Celery dp

Ink: Real Red, Basic Black, Creamy Carmel, Certainly Celery

Other: Large brads, black brads, SAB rub ons, small and large oval punch, white gel pen, ribbon and zyron to laminate the bookmarks.

Hope you have a great Friday and an even better Mother's Day weekend! Spend time with someone you love.

Sketch 16 cards -- thanks ladies.

Another lost day in blog land. I did not get to my computer or my stamp studio at all yesterday! But the good news is I will have time today and I have all of these great sketch cards to share for you inspiration in the mean time. I will be back later with my Blogger's Challenge and other things. Enjoy these beautiful cards........

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

To Have and To Hold

I just recieved this set as a prize for a swap I was in -- thanks Kerry! So I am excited to play with it. I chose this weeks Sketch Challenge on SCS for this card. You can find the challenge here.

Isn't this a great layout! I love it and it just happens to be taken from a sketch of a card done by Lynn (she is the person who won my Techno Take-Out). How cool is that! Congratulations again Lynn for being chosen for this weeks layout.

Stamps: To Have and To Hold
Paper: Barely Banana, Sage Shadow, Pale Plum and Perfect Plum
Ink: Basic Black
Accessories: cuttlebug, nestabilities ribbon buttons, markers, clear glitter pen, white gel pen, fiskars flower punch -corner

More Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challege 16 cards.

Yahoo! I am able to use the create mode on blogger today. I could not get on here yesterday all day--at least I was able to get some other non-stamping things done so it was a blessing really. Here are a few more wonderful samples with this weeks sketch. Click here to see the original post that has the sketch for you to try.

Karen at Krafting with Karen

Anita at Praierie Papier Ponderer

Hetty at Craft Chaos

Thanks ladies. I will be back later with one of my own creations.

Monday, May 5, 2008

Whoops again--here is one more for the sketch challenge this week.

Missed one on the last post! And Lisa is even giving you guys a glimpse at next week's sketch. Be sure to hold on to it till next week though. The cool thing is you can work on both at the same time and be a head of the game! Don't forget to leave a post with a link to your card.

Lisa at Splendiferous Creations

Great card Lisa! Thanks for playing.

Techno Take-Out Winner!

We have a winner! I printed out all of the replies since surprisingly there were only 48 and cut them up and picked one. So you guys had some really good odds at winning. I hope that everyone's plans for Mother's day go smoothly and you enjoy your special day with your loved ones. And now for the winner.............

Lynn Mercurio

Congratulations Lynn - send me your snail mail and I will get it right off to you. I can't wait to see what you create with it!

Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge #16

Today is the big day! Not only do you get to see the weekly sketch but you get to find out who won that awesome set from Our Daily Bread! First the sketch though, sorry, lol! As you can tell I added to the sketch, I was just dying to use this cute little stamp I got at my Local Stamp Store on my last trip and it wasn't working so this is the add on version of the sketch. I will post a sample that is more true to the sketch later.

Stamps: Snag'em Stamps from imaginisce (only $1), All in a Row, Make it Count (hostess)
Paper: Real Red, Tempting Turquoise, Whisper White and Basic Black card stock and East Coast Prep dp
Ink, Baskic Black, Real Red, Tempting Turquoise
Other: markers, lg oval punch, circle punches, Nestabilities, Cuttlebug paisley embossing folder, faux black brads.

And now for the other talented stampers and their inspiring samples with this very same sketch!

Kerry at Three Clover Designs

Pat at The Technique Trail

Michelle on Splitcoaststampers

Brenda at Memories by Brenda

Adair on Splitcoaststampers

Claudia at Stamping in Columbus, GA

So how is that for some inspiration? Should have you just dying to go and stamp, don't forget to comment here when you are done so I can share it with everyone. If you post on SCS please use the key word TSSC16. Hope you have a wonderful day -- the sun is out here!!! YIPPEE!!

Ice Ice Baby! and the last of the Sketch 15 cards.

Isn't this retired polar bear just adorable? This is another card for the technique class we did last month. It is such a simple technique and fun too. Looking at it now I realize I should have flipped it so that the oval was on the other side and the bear was looking into the card instead of off the card. Funny how once it is on the computer screen all the flaws really pop out at me, there is always something that I notice now that I did not notice before. Too bad I am such a lazy stamper, or I could go back and fix after looking at the card on the screen but by this point in the game I am DONE with this card and ready to move on to the next one. When the girls made this card they used the snowflake cuttlebug on the background blue -- another after thought, lol! I think the saying is perfect for the images and it is from the retired coffee set. The colors used are Rose Red, Regal Rose, Certainly Celery, Bashful Blue, Basic Black and watercolor paper. I also used a piece of acetate, my water brush, Stazon Black, my Nestabilities dies for the ovals and the retired sticker sheets from last year's Sell-A-Bration kits. Now for the last cards for sketch 15. Don't forget to check back at about 12pm EST to see the new sketch and find out who won the beautiful set from Our Daily Bread Designs. See ya then.

Last Sketch 15 cards.

Melissa at Melissa's Moments has two cards...

card one


card two

Thanks Melissa for finishing off our week with your wonderful cards.
See ya in a few hours -- I need to get my you know what making my card for this week's sketch--go figure!

Saturday, May 3, 2008

More Sketch 15 cards!

Here is some more inspiration for you using this weeks sketch!

Marti at Pez-A-Doodle Design Studios

Hetty at Craft Chaos
number two for the week

Lori at Inking Aloud

Debby at Debby's Stampin' Heaven

and Debby's card number two with the sketch is here.

Pat at the Eagles Nest

Some great samples here! Thanks ladies.

Friday, May 2, 2008

Bloggers Challenge 46 -- Graduation Cards

Another simple card from me! This is a heartfelt one and it is going to be for my 8 year old son who so struggles with school because he is dyslexic and we just found out. He has worked so incredibly hard this year and I am sooooooooooo incredibly proud of him! It continues to be hard but I can only pray and work hard with him in hopes that he can finally find a place were he can be proud of himself too. So this is my Blogger's Challenge Card for week 45.

Stamp Sets Used: So Cool and the retired little layers
Papers used: Night of Navy, Bashful Blue, Real Red and Whisper White card stocks
Ink: Night of Navy, Real Red and Bashful Blue on the embossing folder for a tone on tone embossed effect.
Other: Cuttlebug embossing folder, Nestabilities circle dies, gel pen, brayer, brad

Don't forget to hop on the Techno-Take Out giveaway for the the brand new stamp set from Our Daily Bread Designs. Click here for more details and to comment for your chance to win.

Wow, three new Stampin Up! promotions for the month of May

Ever thought of being a demonstrator for Stampin Up? This is an incredible deal! Did you miss the last great promotion and are regretting it, well who would have thought it would be back again for one more month with an added bonus! WOW--ask me about the incredible advantages to being a demonstrator.

Hodgepodge Recruiting Promotion

May 1-31, 2008

Join Stampin' Up! as a demonstrator and get 20 percent off the Starter Kit, PLUS a free tin of Hodgepodge Hardware (a $27.95 value).

Hodgepodge Hardware assortment choices include:

Item Description
105532 Aged Copper
105531 Antique Brass
105515 Pewter

Or how about this one for all you scrapbookers out there.

(although chipboard can be used on cards and much more I thought I would point out that it is one of the hottest things in scrapbooking and May is National Scrapbook Month!)

Get On Board with Chipboard!

May 1-31, 2008

Spend $35 on Stampin' Up! products and get 25 percent off any On Board items from the Spring-Summer Collection.

All On Board products (pages 178-179) qualify for this promotion.

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109179 On Board Ginormous Pieces $11.21
107925 On Board Bitty Book $7.46
108495 On Board 5" x 5" Art Journal $5.21
107065 On Board Art Journal (5-3/4" x 8-3/4") $7.13
107307 On Board Accents $9.71
109182 On Board Lots of Letters $9.71
109180 On Board Simon Upper $9.71
107306 On Board Simon Lower $9.71
109192 On Board Clipboard (13" x 7-1/2") $11.96
109190 On Board Clipboard (9" x 9") $5.96
109191 On Board Clipboard (4-1/2" x 9") $4.88
110713 On Board Book Basics Large $5.96
110712 On Board Book Basics Small $4.46

Wait, there is still more!

Cutting Combo Pack Special Offer

During the month of May, buy a Cutting Mat and get a Hobby Blade for FREE!

Thursday, May 1, 2008

My Dear, Kind and Wonderful Friends--And more sketch cards too

Don't forget to hop on the Techno Takeout before Sunday! You will love the set from Our Daily Designs that I am giving away. Click ------ HERE ---- to see the original post and comment to win!

My Dear, Kind and Wonderful Friends.

This one is for you! This is probably one of my favorite SU word stamps. I just got it and could not wait to use it. This was another card for the library class I did with newer stampers.

Stamps: Never Ending Joy and All Holidays
Paper: Regal Rose, Purely Pomegranate and Whisper White
Ink: Regal Rose, Purely Pomegranate and Wild Wasabi
Other, oval Nestabilities dies, wide satin ribbon and mini faux brads

Now for more challenge players!

Diane at Back Porch Stamper

Hetty at Craft Chaos

Steph at Steph's Stampin' Stuff

Liz at Liz's Lovelies

Thanks ladies for the great samples. Don't forget you still have time to play along!
Hope everyone has a great day!