Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Sorrowful Thoughts

I needed a sympathy card for my sister's mother-in-law, and I saw a card by Stephanie Lamontagne on Stampin Connection. I didn't copy it exactly, but used most of her design on this card.
I colored the Whipser White Organza Ribbon with the Marina Mist Stampin' Pad ink.
Thanks for looking!

Stamp sets - Just Believe, Thoughts and Prayers
Paper - Marina Mist, Old Olive, Very Vanilla
Ink - Marina Mist, Old Olive
Accessories - Whisper White Organza Ribbon

Evergreen Swing - CCREW0812HF

On Splitcoaststampers, one of the Creative Crew Challenges is to create a swing card (aka: gate-fold or flip/flop) with a Holiday Focus. 
You may view the August Challenges here: Creative Crew Challenges - August 2012
You may view all the swing cards here: CCREW0812HF

Thanks for looking!

Stamp set - Evergreen
Paper - Midnight Muse, Whisper White
Ink - Bashful Blue, Midnight Muse, Sahara Sand
Accessories - Big Shot, Northern Flurry Embossing Folder, Labels Collection Framelits, Dazzling Details, stamp-a-ma-jig

Red Poinsettia - SCCSC134


I loosely used this weeks' sketch on Stampin Connection (SCCSC134) with this card.  I love traditional Christmas colors, and this card showcased them wonderfully!
Thanks for looking!

Stamp set - Watercolor Winter
Paper - Real Red, Old Olive, Very Vanilla, Soft Suede
Ink - Real Red, Old Olive, Soft Suede, Crumb Cake
Accessories - Big Shot, Stripes Embossing Folder, Basic Pearls, dimensionals, stamp-a-ma-jig

Monday, August 27, 2012

National Zoo - DGSC078


The Splitcoaststampers Digi-Scrap Challenge for this week is all about 'Using Curves' (DGSC078).

-Use photos with rounded corners (or any shape other than a square)
- Add punches with curves (no squares)
- Add a curvy title to your page

Background - So Saffron
Photo Mat - Lucky Limeade
Text - Copperplate Gothic Bold (Poppy Parade and Soft Suede)
Freeform line - Soft Suede
Punches - Leaves#2 (filled with Lucky Limeade Textured Cardstock), Fun Flowers#1 & #3 (filled with Sun Garden DSP #7 & #12 and matte with Soft Suede)
Embellishments - Poly Stitched Ribbon & Knot (Poppy Parade), Brads (Whisper White), Summer Home (leaf & stem), Simple Snapshots (flower - recolored Poppy Parade)

Friday, August 24, 2012

Winter Season - FTL205

Working on some Christmas cards today.  I saw this sketch on the Clean and Simple Stamping Blog (FTL205), so I thought I'd give it a try.

I tried to create white poinsettias, instead of the traditional red ones, with river rock.  My husband said they were green flowers....so now I'm not sure if they look alright or not! lol

A bit time-consuming with all the cutting and using the stamp-a-ma-jig, so I'm not sure I would make a lot of them for the Christmas season.  BUT..... I love how this card came out! =)

Thanks for looking!

Stamp sets - Watercolor Winter, Curly Cute
Paper - River Rock, Always Artichoke, Whisper White
Ink - River Rock, Always Artichoke
Accessories - Big Shot, Houndstooth Embossing Folder, Stamp-a-ma-jig, dimensionals, dazzling details, scissors

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Blue Evergreen - PCCC4


Such a great sketch from the Paper Craft Crew Challenge Blog this week (PCCC4). You may view the challenge and all the cards created with it here:
Thanks for taking a look!

Stamp set - Evergreen
Paper - Baja Breeze, Not Quite Navy, Whisper White
Ink - Baja Breeze, Not Quite Navy
Accessories - Basic Rhinestones, Big Shot, Snow Burst Embossing Folder, Labels Collection Framelits, Stamp-a-ma-jig, dimensionals

Moments - DGSC077

Playing with some of the new features in MDS2....and I utilized the SplitCoastStampers Digi-Scrap Challenge (DGSC077) within this page too!  You may view the challenge here: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/forums/digital-scrapbooking-f253/dgsc077-%96-basic-gray-elegant-eggplant-pear-pizzazz-wild-wasabi-8-21-12-a-t559719.html
The challenge was to use the colors: Basic Gray, Wild Wasabi, Elegant Eggplant and Pear Pizzazz.  I added Pink Pirouette to my page.
Thanks for looking!

Stamp Brush Sets - Medallion (Basic Gray), Fabulous Florets (re-colored: Elegant Eggplant, Pear Pizzazz, Wild Wasabi), Together Forever ('& symbol' --Pink Pirouette)
Paper - Textured Cardstock (Pink Pirouette)
Embellishments - Basic Rhinestones
Punches - Grad Party Ensemble - Flag (Basic Gray with Elegant Eggplant mat), Circle (photo with Basic Gray mat)
Text - Majestic (Pink Pirouette)

Watercolor Blessings - SCCSC133


I wanted to create some Christmas cards....as I need to make 65, so need to get cracking on several possibilities! I wanted to utilize the Watercolor Winter stamp set too.  I used the Stampin' Connection Card Sketch Challenge (SCCSC133) to create this card.

Not sure if I'll duplicate this one or not....it did take a while to mask, line-up and color in, but it turned out very pretty! I really like these colors together!
Thanks for looking!

Stamp sets - Watercolor Winter, Many Merry Messages
Paper - Lucky Limeade, Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla
Ink - Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler, Lucky Limeade, Riding Hood Red
Accessories - Big Shot, Houndstooth Embossing Folder, Top Note Die, Taffeta Ribbon (Early Espresso), Blender Pen, scissors, stamp-a-ma-jig

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Adorned Blossoms

I truly want to thank all the Stampin' Up Demonstrators for all the inspiration that is showcased in our Stampin' Connection site.  I incorporated the colors from Tara (Murphy) Bourgoin's card and the layering of the blossoms from Chantale St-jean's card. Thank you!

With Grandparents' Day fast approaching, I wanted to created something truly special for both my Grandmothers.  They have taught me so much throughout the years.  My Grandma Schwab is 95 and my Grandma Hynes is 89. 

I do have to say that this card was time-consuming, with all the cutting of the blossoms. I used My Digital Studio to create the sentiment, and printed it on Very Vanilla cardstock.

Thanks for looking!

Stamp set - Stippled Blossoms
Paper - Early Espresso, Very Vanilla, Old Olive
Ink - Certainly Celery, Old Olive, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso
Accessories - Big Shot, Adorning Accents Edgelits, scissors, dimensionals

Jolly Evergreen - PCCC3


I had fun creating this card for the Paper Craft Crew Challenge (PCCC3) this week.  The blog, along with all the projects created with this challenge, may be viewed here:
Thanks for stopping by!

Stamp sets - Evergreen, Jolly Bingo Bits
Paper - Midnight Muse, Bashful Blue, Whisper White
Ink - Bashful Blue, Midnight Muse
Accessories - Organza Ribbon (Whisper White), Big Shot, Northern Flurry Embossing Folder, Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder, Labels Collection Framelits, Basic Rhinestone, dimensionals, Circle Cutting System

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Gentle Holiday

Starting to create my holiday cards.  I used this weeks' sketch at Freshly Made Sketches (FMS48) and  a past ColourQ Challenge (CQC58). Love those fall colors.
You may view all the projects made from the Freshly Made Sketches here:
You may view all the projects made from the ColourQ Challenge here:

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamp sets - Gently Falling, Holiday Best
Paper - So Saffron, Early Espresso, Always Artichoke, Cajun Craze, Very Vanilla
Ink - Early Espresso, Always Artichoke, So Saffron, Cajun Craze
Accessories - Big Shot, Adorning Accents Edgelits, Houndstooth Embossing Folder, Taffeta Ribbon (Early Espresso), Glue Dot, stamp-a-ma-jig

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Quality Time - DGSC076


Time for another scrapbook page....still working on May 2010! The Splitcoaststampers DigiScrap Challenge for this week - DGSC076 (From Your Stash)... is to try and use a digi-kit that you've purchased, but haven't used yet.  Well, I chose the 'Keep This Memory' Kit. I'm happy that I have used this kit now..... I wonder what other kits I've purchased and not used. lol

You may view the challenge here: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/forums/digital-scrapbooking-f253/dgsc076-your-stash-14-08-2012-a-t559304.html

Thanks for stopping by!

Background - Textured Cardstock (River Rock)
Papers - Keep This Memory DSP#3, #4, and #5
Text - Respective and Broach (Cajun Craze)
Punches - Hexagon (filled w/Keep This Memory DSP)
Photo Mats - Baja Breeze
Embellishments - Keep This Memory (arrows, tags, hexagon outline), Taffeta Trimmings (Baja Breeze)

Serenely There - FTL203

My best friend is recovering from surgery...the surgery went well, but her recovery is taking longer than expected. I created this card for her using the Clean & Simple Sketch Challenge (FTL203). You may view all the projects created with it here:
Thanks for looking!

Stamp sets - Serene Silhouettes, Blooming with Kindness
Paper - Pink Pirouette, Basic Gray, Basic Black, Whisper White
Ink - Staz-on Black, Pink Pirouette
Accessories - Big Shot, Labels Collection Framelits, Square Lattice Embossing Folder, Sponge Daubers, Dimensionals

Cute Decorations - SCCSC132


Last year, around this time, I believe I've already had a few designs for our Christmas cards created. This year, I haven't even started yet....Well, with this sketch from Stampin Connection (SCCSC132).... it had me motivated to start creating! Thanks Amanda!

Stamp sets - Delightful Decorations, Curly Cute
Paper - Midnight Muse, Sahara Sand, Whisper White
Ink - Midnight Muse
Accessories - Organza Ribbon (Whisper White), Basic Rhinestones, Big Shot, Snow Burst Embossing Folder, Corner Round Punch, Dimensionals, glue dot

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Nephew Samuel


In May 2010, my nephew Samuel was born.  Mike and I spent a few weeks in Los Angeles, visiting with family and helping out where ever we could. Sam is a joyful addition to our wonderful family.
Thanks for stopping by!

Stamp Brush Set - Nursery Necessities and ABC Alphabet (both Color Fill - Picker to match light blue in background paper)
Paper - Nursery #7
Punch - Flag (filled with Textured Cardstock - Baja Breeze and Whisper White), Grad Party Ensemble Flag (filled Whisper White)
Photo mats - Pear Pizzazz
Text - CK Cutie (Pear Pizzazz, Whisper White)

Exploration Trail


Working along on my 2010 scrapbook (finally finished April...LOL!). I incorporated two challenges on my pages. One is the iSpy Sketch Challenge (ISSC27). You may view all the projects created with this sketch here: http://ispysketches.blogspot.com/2012/08/issc27-with-toni-storie.html 
The other is the Digi-Scrap Challenge (DGSC075) - White Backgrounds. You may view the Digi-Challenge here: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/forums/digital-scrapbooking-f253/dgsc075-%96-using-white-backgrounds-8-7-12-a-t558950.html
I had fun with both challenges, and was so happy to be moving along on my scrapbook pages too!
Thanks for the inspiration and the motivation ladies!
Thanks for stopping by!

Stamp Brush Set - Decorative Overlays (Early Espresso)
Text - Lucinda Handwriting (Early Espresso)
Photo mats - Early Espresso
Paper - Textured Cardstock (Early Espresso, Dusty Durango, Crushed Curry

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Say I Love You -DGSC074

I finally got caught up with all my cards, so I decided to play with MDS (My Digital Studio software).  I used the Digi-Scrap Challenge (DGSC074) for this layout -- Monochromatic.

This is a photo of Mike and I, taken in May 2012 while vacationing in Florida.
Thanks for looking!

Paper - Basic Gray (Textured)
Stamp Brush Sets - Decorative Overlays (Going Gray), So Typefelt (Going Gray), Day in the Life (Going Gray)
Embellishments - Taffeta Trimmings (Basic Gray), Twitterpated Buttons (Basic Gray), Simple Snapshots flower (Basic Gray), Walk in the Park leaf (Re-colored - Going Gray)

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Reason to Thank


I needed a few thank you cards, and these two challenges helped me to create a lovely card. The sketch challenge (FTL202) is from the Clean & Simple Stamping website. You may view all the cards created with this challenge here: http://cleanandsimplestamping.blogspot.com/2012/08/202.html.
The Color Challenge (CQC149) is from the ColourQ website. You may view all the projects created with this challenge here:

Thanks for looking!

Stamp sets - Reason to Smile, Blooming with Kindness
Paper - Summer Starfruit, Gumball Green, Midnight Muse, Whisper White
Ink - Summer Starfruit, So Saffron, Gumball Green, Certainly Celery, Midnight Muse
Accessories - Big Shot, Square Lattice Embossing Folder, dimensionals

Kind Blooms - SCCSC131


I saw the Stampin' Connection Card Sketch Challenge today, and thought at first it was a pretty easy sketch. Well, it was a bit of a struggle to get the card the way you see it here....I changed the embossed pieces quite a few times, and the edge to the bottom as well! The final project came out pretty good though, and I'm so happy with the results! LOL!
Hope you like the card too!

Stamp set - Blooming with Kindness
Paper - Very Vanilla, Baja Breeze
Ink - Baja Breeze
Accessories - Big Shot, Square Lattice Embossing Folder, Adorning Accents Edgelits

Friday, August 3, 2012

MDS Blog Hop Challenge - Celebrate

MDS Blog Hop is celebrating their 1st Anniversary! Happy Anniversary to all the talented ladies that design for the Blog Hop every week!!!!! You may visit all of their blogs starting here: http://stamptimesomewhere.typepad.com/ (and you can hop to the next blog from this one.)

In celebration, they have asked everyone to submit a celebration card and post it on MyDigitalStudio.net site with the tag "MDS Blog Hop Challenge". I've created mine using some of the new features in MDS2. I'm still learning, but I'm loving all the new features.

Here are a few that I've used:
Re-coloring DSP - I used the Elegant Soiree DSP #10 and re-colored it in Raspberry Ripple
Created a line - Made a line in the new 'freeform' section
Cropped Stamps - Used the 'Celebrate' stamp from Fabulous Phrases and cropped each letter for the banner

Stamp Brush Sets - Fabulous Phrases (Whisper White, Early Espresso)
Paper - Crumb Cake (Textured), Elegant Soiree DSP #10 (re-colored in Raspberry Ripple)
Punches - Petite Pennant Punch (Early Espresso), Petite Pennant Scallop Punch (Crumb Cake), Scallop Ribbon Border Punch (Early Espresso)
Line - Whisper White
Embellishments - Taffeta Ribbon & Bow (Whisper White)

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Well Worn Birthday

Just upgraded my My Digital Studio software and had to try out some of the new features. I created this card with the new feature.... multiple colors on one stamp.
Thanks for looking!

Paper - River Rock, Early Espresso, Whisper White
MDS paper - Very Vanilla, Well Worn DSP #5, #6 and #11
MDS Stamp Brush Set - Delightful Dozen (Not Quite Navy, Cajun Craze, Early Espresso)
Punch - Flag (filled with Well Worn DSP)

Birthday Holly - PCCC1


I created this card using the Paper Craft Crew Challenge (PCCC1), previously known as the Stampin Queens Sketch Challenge (SQSC50).
You can view the challenge and all the cards created with it here:
Thanks for looking!

Stamp sets - Watercolor Winter, Blooming with Kindness
Paper - Raspberry Ripple, Old Olive, Very Vanilla, Early Espresso, Soft Suede
Ink - Raspberry Ripple, Old Olive, Early Espresso, Soft Suede
Accessories - Taffeta Ribbon (Early Espresso), Big Shot, Square Lattice Embossing Folder, Scallop Ribbon Border Punch, Stamp-a-ma-jig, dimensionals, glue dots
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