Friday, September 27, 2013

Mom's Birthday Invite

With My Digital Studio, I created this lovely 5x7 birthday invitation for my Mom's birthday.

I used the Bliss Stamp Brush set at the top and added a text box using the Chancellor font.  I printed two to a page on Naturals Ivory cardstock.  After printing and cutting I mounted the invites on Basic Black cardstock.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Supplies Used:

Stamp Brush Set - Bliss (Basic Black)
Font - Chancellor (Basic Black)
Paper - Naturals Ivory, Basic Black

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Critter Christmas

Using another retired Stampin' Up stamp set....Merry Crittermas! I love this stamp set!

Thanks for looking!

Supplies Used:
Stamp sets - Merry Crittermas, Four the Holidays
Paper - Naturals White, Whisper White, Early Espresso, Real Red
Ink - Black Staz-on, Basic Gray, Crumb Cake, Real Red, Garden Green
Accessories - Big Shot, Stylish Stripes TIEF, dimensionals, Stitched Grosgrain (Early Espresso)

Melting Snowman

I saw a similar card on Pinterest from Ann Shultz, and wanted to try my hand at creating one.
Thanks Ann for inspiring me!
You may view her card here:

I used retired Stampin' Up! sets on this card Flaky Friends and Many Merry Messages. The snowman stamp had 4 snowman on it, so I just used a Black marker to color in the one snowman I wanted.

Thanks for looking!

Supplies Used:
Stamp sets - Flaky Friends, Many Merry Messages
Paper - Soft Sky, Real Red, Whisper White
Ink - Basic Black, Soft Sky, Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight
Accessories - Big Shot, Stylish Stripes TIEF, glue, glitter (non-SU)

Ruffled Christmas - FMS103

I liked the Freshly Made Sketch so much that I created another card with it! =)
I saw Lyssa Griffin Zwolanek's ruffled Christmas tree on Pinterest too, and had to create one of my own.  You may view her card here:
Thanks Lyssa!

Thanks for looking!

Supplies Used:
Stamp set - Sweet Essentials
Paper - Pistachio Pudding, Baked Brown Sugar, Neutrals White
Ink - Baked Brown Sugar
Accessories - Big Shot, Beautifully Baroque TIEF, Basic Pearls, glue dots, scissors, Stretched Ruffled Ribbon (Pistachio Pudding)

Secretly Baroque - DD71


I used two challenges for this card I created.  One challenge is from the Dynamic Dous blog.... using the colors of Crumb Cake and Basic Black.  You may view their challenge here:
The second challenge has passed, but loved the sketch so much, that I wanted to include it.  It's from the Freshly Made Sketch blog. You may view that challenge here:

Thanks for taking a peek!

Supplies Used:
Stamp Sets - Secret Garden, Express Yourself
Paper - Crumb Cake, Basic Black, Neutrals White
Ink - Black Staz-on
Accessories - Big Shot, Beautifully Baroque TIEF, Corner Round Punch, glue dots, Basic Pearls

Tuesday, September 24, 2013


Each month, the Splitcoaststampers website hosts a Progressive Challenge for scrapbooking.  Each Tuesday you add things to your scrapbook page, so at the end of that month.... you'll have completed a page.  The hosts for September were Wendy, Terri and myself! =)

I had a ton of fun completing this scrapbook page, as it highlights my parents grape vine in their backyard.  Each year, they make juice and jelly from the grapes....and this year is no different.  The jelly is scrumptious!

I'm looking forward to October's Progressive Challenge.... why not join in on the fun too! Everyone is welcome!  The challenges never end, so you are welcome to any of the past challenges at anytime too!

Thanks for taking a peek!

Supplies Used:
Stamp Brush Set - Sunset Serenade Overlays (Old Olive), Lemonade Stand (vine - Early Espresso and Rich Razzlebery)
Embellishments - Sycamore Street (buttons with twine), Taffeta Trimmings (Always Artichoke)
Freeform Tool - I colored the vine stamp underneath with Always Artichoke
Punch - Square (filled grid DSP - Perfect Plum; Textured Cardstock - Rich Razzleberry and Whisper White)
Font - Harrington (Whisper White), Heather (Rich Razzleberry)

Million Flourishes - CQC208


I incorporated two challenges with my card.  The first from the Colour Q blog - CQC208. You can view the challenge here:
The second challenge is from CAS(E) this Sketch blog - CTS45.  The challenge is over, but I was still inspired with the sketch.  You may view their challenge here:

Thanks for looking!

Stamp sets - Million & One, Flowering Flourishes
Paper - Tangerine Tango, Whisper White, Basic Black
Ink - Basic Black
Accessories - Boho Blossoms Punch, Basic Rhinestones

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Easter 2013

Created another page for our 2014 Calendar (using photos of places we've been to in 2013)!  For Easter we spent it with my sister and her family in Texas..... beautiful weather for March!

Thanks for looking!

Supplies Used:
Background paper - So Saffron
Stamp Brush Set - Vintage Overlays (More Mustard)
Punch - Hexagon (filled w/Soft Flower DSP in Perfect Plum, Pretty in Pink, Certainly Celery and Bashful Blue)
Embellishments - Soft Blooms (Wisteria Wonder, Blushing Bride, So Saffron); Basic Pearls, Taffeta Trimmings (Wisteria Wonder)
Font - Lavanderia (Chocolate Chip)

Dallas Arboretum - SCIC70


Started working on our 2014 Calendar with trips that we've been to in 2013!  This particular page was from our trip to Dallas, where we went to see the spring flowers at the arboretum.  I used the sketch challenge from the Stampin' Celebration blog.  You may view the challenge and all the pages designed with the sketch here:  Thanks so much for the inspiration!

Supplies Used:
Background paper - Mellow Moss
Stamp Brush set - Decorative Overlays (swirl - Basic Black)
Punch - Square (filled w/Basic Basic Black DSP); Modern Label (filled w/Ruby Red)
Embellishments - Festive Blooms (Whisper White), Brads (Basic Black)
Font - Bobo (Basic Black)

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

2014 Parent's Calendar - MDSM31

For the past two years, I have created calendars for my parents.... and this coming year is no different. However, I used up all the "people" photos I've wanted to use with the last two.... that I now didn't know what to include in the 2014's calendar.

So, I decided to create one using roses, which are my Mom's favorite flower (although, my Dad will probably not like the calendar too much....hmmmm, maybe I'll make him a car one).

The photos were taken at Oregon's Rose Test Garden.  Beautiful place!  Each rose photo has a Vintage Overlay (in Always Artichoke) on top of the photo and the font used is Cordial (in Whisper White).

Now, for the cover and back.... I was inspired by the sketch on MDS Monday's blog (MDSM31). You may view the challenge here: . I really liked how Sue Erickson (one of the samples added) used hearts on hers rather than the rectangles, so I decided mine would need to use flower punches (to go with my flower theme throughout the calendar).  Thanks so much for the inspiration!

Thanks for looking!


Supplies Used:
Cover: Embellishments - Grosgrain Ribbon (Kiwi Kiss); Punches - Blossom (filled w/Raspberry Tart DSP zoomed out), Fun Flower (filled w/Raspberry Tart DSP zoomed out); Font - At Last Greeting (Kiwi Kiss)
Calendar Pages: Stamp Brush Set - Vintage Overlays (Always Artichoke); Font - Cordial (Whisper White and Basic Black)

Friday, September 6, 2013

Festive Christmas - FTL257


I was inspired by the sketch (FTL257) found on the Clean & Simple blog....and here's the card I created with that sketch.  Thanks Clean & Simple! You may view the sketch challenge here:

Thanks for looking!

Supplies Used:
Stamp sets - Calm Christmas, Festive Flurry
Paper - Night of Navy, Whisper White, Silver Glimmer
Ink - Night of Navy
Accessories - Big Shot, Adorning Accents Edgelits, Festive Flurry Framelits, Northern Flurry, Rhinestones, dimensionals

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Patterned Blossoms

Having heard that Shelli Gardner (co-founder and CEO of Stampin' Up!) has a riding accident.... I wanted to create a card for her.

Looking through all my stamp sets, I decided to use a retired Sale-A-Bration stamp set - Patterned Occasions.

I also saw a similar card on Stamping Connection which used a rainbow of colors, instead of the 4 I used here.  Thanks to Heather Heroldt for her lovely inspiration.

Supplies Used:
Stamp set - Patterned Occasions
Paper - Pumpkin Pie, Sahara Sand, Whisper White
Ink - Sahara Sand
Accessories - Boho Blossoms punch, Rhinestones

Beautiful Garden

I used Birgit's card design and layout in the creation of my card.... you can view her card here:

Thanks for taking a look!

Supplies Used:
Stamp Sets - Express Yourself, Secret Garden
Paper - Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White
Ink - Daffodil Delight, Early Espresso
Accessories - Bitty Banners Framelits, Secret Garden Framelits, Big Shot, Beautifully Baroque TIEF, Antique Brads, glue dots, dimensionals, Twine (Non-SU)

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Flowers for You

Today, I struggled to create a few cards needed for my friends and family.  Here is one card that I was happy with.... for a friend who is recovering from surgery.

I wish you can see this card in person, you really can't tell from my photo, but I used the Illuminate Ink pad with a tissue to create a marbled effect on the colored panel.  It looks great!

Thanks for taking a peek!

Supplies Used:
Stamp Sets - Express Yourself, Best of Flowers
Paper - Pear Pizzazz, Soft Sky, Early Espresso, Naturals White
Ink - Pear Pizzazz, Soft Sky, Early Espresso, Illuminate
Accessories - Taffeta Ribbon (Early Espresso), sponge daubers, glue dots

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