Tuesday, November 25, 2008

color challenge 32...

another challenge from kristina.
this is my most favorite yet. i had so much fun making this card and i am totally in **love** with this stamp set from hero arts. the animals are so cute i just want to eat them up.

and the card:

and another so that you can see the texture:

i used some glossy accents to make "snow or ice" and to pop the scarf and nose on the reindeer.

cs: stampin'up!(riding hood red, very vanilla)
stamps: hero arts(jolly christmas) papertrey ink(snowfall additions and polka dot basics)
ink: stampin'up!(riding hood red, river rock) versa mark
misc: white embossing powder, glossy accents american craft (ribbon) stampin'up!(dimensionals) copic (warm gray 1) nestabilities(circle die)

thanksgiving table decor...

so the kids and i spent the weekend making table decor for thanksgiving. i let them choose the stamps and we got to work.

here are our place cards, mint boxes, and "mixture" treat bags:
here is my take on the ever so popular owl treat bags:

and a closeup of one of the little fellas:

my kids really loved these bags so we tweaked the original idea a bit and made them into turkeys. i let the kids do all the punching and gluing... so they are each unique and quite cute. we had a lot of fun making these and they are so excited for everyone to see them on the big day.

the mixture is a favorite of my kids...
2 parts oatmeal cereal
2 parts peanutbutter filled pretzels
1 part mixed dried fruit
1 part mixed nuts
1/2 part chocolate chips

teacher appreciation...

well here it is almost thanksgiving and i wanted my kids to let their teachers know how grateful and thankful they are for their diligent, patient teaching skills. here are some treats that we made for them.

for mr. d's first grade teacher
for miss thangs preschool teacher
each one has a homemade loaf of pumpkin chocolate chip bread and a cute note that my kids wrote for their teachers.

** i am so LOVING this stamp set from pti**
never have i stamped with a better set, the images are all crisp and beautiful.

cs: stampin'up!( very vanilla, old olive, kraft) hobby lobby (brick red)
stamps: papertrey ink(teachers apple, trajan monogram edition)
ink: stampin'up!(riding hood red, old olive, basic brown)
misc: stampin'up!(ribbon) martha stewart(simple scallop punch) copic (warm gray 3 marker)

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

color challenge #31...

i love fall and these colors are great.
here is another challenge via the color challenge queen.

its my mom and dad's 33rd anniversary on friday... and look, now i have a card for them. minus the purple, these were my parents colors when they got married.
i used one of the pocket silhouette stamps to make a "wreath" and then cut out a circle from the middle and another from the center of the card base with my circle nestabilities. the sentiment is stamped in versa mark and then clear embossed to make it pop.

stamps: stampin'up! (pocket silhouettes and best yet)
ink: stampin'up! (pumpkin pie, close to cocoa, elegant eggplant, and so saffron) versa mark
paper: stampin'up! (whisper white & textured close to cocoa)
misc: american craft (ribbon) clear embossing powder nestabilities

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

color challenge #30

another challenge from kristina...

i love these simple colors... two greens, white, and a brown. it is perfect, so clean and elegant!

i have been seeing these cool flowers around, but unfortunately they are no where to be found where i live so i tried making my own. super easy and very cute, although i am sure the real ones are much better.

anyhow... here is my inspiration. i really like simple things and you can't get much more simple than this. can't wait to see everybody's.

paper: stampin'up! (whisper white, old olive, certainly celery, & sahara sand)
stamps: papertrey ink (polka dot basics, floral frenzy & 2008 holiday tag collection)
ink: stampin'up! (old olive & certainly celery) versa mark
misc: circle punches, white embossing powder, michael's (ribbon)

Thursday, November 6, 2008

color inspiration #29...

finally i get to play... it has been awhile! here is another challenge from kristina. i really thought these colors looked great together and was thankful for no pink *wink wink*
i'm really glad that this challenge is back, thanks for making this happen each week kristina and for all the fun ideas fellow crafty people!

i made this little box to hold a special treat for one of my fellow crafting buddies. i have a couple of girls in the neigborhood who are really crafty and fun to be around. this box that lauren meader came up with is a dream.

paper: SU elegant eggplant, pacific point, whisper white, taken with teal
stamps: SU eastern blooms
ink: SU pumpkin pie, elegant eggplant, pacific point
misc: american crafts ribbon, PTI for(keep)sake template, martha stewart punch

Thursday, October 16, 2008

timeless templates...

for those of you who do not know lauren meader, then you need too! *wink wink* she is super crafty and amazing with templates and just recently released a template line through papertrey ink.
i of course have no will power and bought both of her new templates as well as downloading the free one. she issued a challenge on her blog and here is what i came up with for the first one:

i made a buch of dried apples last week and thought that this new box would be the perfect way to make some treat boxes. i am super excited about the possibilities of this little fella. i think that all the neighbors will be happy come the holidays.
**oh and i used the american crafts glitter marker on the apples, it is hard to tell but that is as bling as this girl gets**

cs: hobby lobby orange, stampin'up kraft, old olive & whisper white
stamps: stampin'up tart& tangy, pockey silhouettes
ink: stampin'up markers old olive, ruby red & chocolate chip/classic pad
misc: american craft ribbon & glitter pen, stampin'up circle & scallop punches, dimensionals
template: papertrey ink mytimeless templates-for keep (sake)

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

color challenge 26...

and a little holiday cheer. i can't believe that october is half over... where has the time gone?!? we already have another color challenge from kristina, has it already been another week?
here is the inspiration photo:

and here is my results:
i used the owl bellies add on from papertrey ink for the top of the ornament!

cs: stampin up wild wasabi & whisper white
ink: stampin up bashful blue, so saffron, regal rose & wild wasabi
versa mark
stamps: stampin'up eastern blooms papertrey ink faux ribbon & owl bellies
misc: american crafts ribbon, martha stewart zigzag punch, clear embossing powder, floral wire

Friday, October 10, 2008

color challenge #25...

and i'm a bit late as well as just realizing that i used the wrong blue... it has been that type of day. thanks kristina for a great challenge... maybe next time i will get the colors right as well as the time!
cardstock: SU bashful blue
Stamps & Ink: SU nursery necessities & stampin'write markers so saffron, certainly celery & ruby red
PTI polka dot basics

Versamark ink pad & clear embossing powder
Ribbon: American Crafts green 5/8"

Monday, October 6, 2008

happy world card making day...

whoa was it crazy here. my friend is gathering cardsforheroes; we ended up with 70 cards when everything was said and done. here is a not so perfect photo of all the cards and my little card elves. they chose all the paper, stamps, and which MACM we were going to duplicate. my kids love MACM... we usually watch them together and try to complete one. although... most of these cards were made easier due to the 6 & 4 year old helpers, but thanks for the inspiration kristina!

Sunday, October 5, 2008


times two! i guess world card making day never wore off... :)

this was a really fun layout. thanks beate, i had a great time playing this week. i have a few more things to post, but the weather isn't cooperating so it will have to wait until tomorrow. my kids and i make 60 cards yesterday, it was a fun and messy world card making day!

cardstock- SU kraft, whisper white, old olive PTI pure poppy
stamps- PTI polka dot basics, made of snow, faux ribbon
ink- SU old olive, kiwi kiss, river rock & chocolate chip PTI noir Versa Mark
misc- We R Memory Keepers green glitter rubon, white embossing powder, American Crafts ribbon & PTI acetate

Thursday, October 2, 2008

color challenge #24...

another week and another kwerner challenge. HOORAY!! i love it when i am able to play. oh and this color scheme is fabulous. i love fall and these colors are delish!

my sister-in-laws birtday is today and this is the card that i made for her using the challenge colors. she is really into simple designs, so hopefully she will dig this card. she is 22... oh to be that young...errrr i mean no! **grin**

Monday, September 29, 2008

i have a problem...

i am addicted to papertrey ink! i just got their new spooky sweets II set and it is so fabulous. so my neighbor is super cute and super crafty and SUPER awesome... so i made her a little treat. love this awesome boxy bag by jody. thanks for the tutorial.

aren't these great. i filled them each with 2 pumpkin chocolate chip muffins. hope she likes them.

boxy bag recipe:
cardstock: orange and brown on sale at hobby lobby & SU elegant eggplant and whisper white
stamps: PTI spooky sweets II
ink: SU elegant eggplant PTI dark chocolate versa mark pad
misc: double stick tape, glue dots, clear embossing powder, martha stewart ribbon, SU scallop punch & coluzzle

Tuesday, September 23, 2008


so i have been saying that i will make one of her cards for weeks now... well i finally did. my mom's birthday is tomorrow and i get to go spend the night with her at a cooking class... so i made her a little circle card. thanks for the tutorial kristina. this is my new favorite!

cardstock: PTI aqua mist, summer sunrise, vellum SU old olive, whisper white
stamps: PTI polka dot basics SU
ink: versa mark SU old olive, tempting turquoise & apricot appeal markers
misc: making memories old olivish ribbon, white embossing powder, SU scallop flower punch, colluzzle starter kit

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

color inspiration #23

even though she is in minnesota...she is still posting... gotta love it!

here is my card:

SU cardstock: old olive, whisper white, chocolate chip, so saffron
other cardstock die cuts with a view: burgundy
Stamps: PTI, Floral Frenzy
Ink: SU, pumpkin pie & bravo burgundy
versa mark
Misc: SU punches,scallop circle and edge, 1 1/8 & 1 1/4 circle
Hemp twine in burgundy

Friday, September 12, 2008

be inspired challenge #22

ahhh i love how clean and simple and just lovely this photo beate chose for her inspiration picture:and here is what i was inspired to create:

stamps: stampin'up!
ink: stampin'up! pacific point
cardstock: stampin'up! old olive, whisper white, and soft sky
misc: stampin!up! dimensionals, scallop circle punch and some random ribbon from a grab bag
**oh and i used a classy brass embossing template to make a thin rim around the smile image**

Thursday, September 11, 2008

color challenge #22...

here is another color challenge from kwerner:

and here is my creation:

Monday, September 8, 2008

and another challenge...

whoa... this one is super duper. i love the colors on this beadspread.

and here is the card... my parents anniversary is coming up and these were very similar colors to their wedding.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

another sketch challenge...

but this one comes from beate, wsc#56:

and here is my concoction:

and yes another halloween card. i really do love this holiday and i am a little excited for this time of year.
stamps: papertrey ink spooky sweets & polka dot basics
ink: stampin'up! kiwi kiss, basic black, pumpkin pie & chocolate chip
cardstock: stampin'up! whisper white, pumpkin pie & old olive
bazzill linen cardstock in black
misc: rick rac ribbon

sketch challenge...

from lauren meader. someone else who posts challenges... yee-haw!

i love halloween and can't wait to get all dressed up. my kids are already asking for a countdown.
stamps: papertrey ink spooky sweets & polka dot basics
ink: versa mark
paper: stampin'up! cardstock whisper white, old olive, pumpkin pie & elegant eggplant
bazill cardstock in black linen
misc: black embossing powder, clearance ribbon at michaels

Thursday, September 4, 2008

lost mojo...

so i have been really lost as far as creativity lately and i cannot seem to get my inspiration back. it is so frustrating... i have spent hours looking at my cardstock and stamps and nothing is coming to me. i dont know what has happened. boo hoo.

Sunday, August 31, 2008


are starting to pop out all over the place around here. my neighbor just had a little boy and here is the card that i made for them. i just got the polka dot basics set from papertrey ink and it is so fun. that is what i used for the baja breeze dots on the card. so cool and so many possibilities! the baby stamp is stampin up, i think that it was from a hostess or sell-a-bration set... can't remember and i never use the labels cause i am a dork.
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weekend sketch challenge #55...

and so here is the card:

i have three of the new su in colors and wanted to try something with them. i found a color scheme in the new catty that i thought would be fun to try: going gray, baja breeze, kiwi kiss, and not quite navy. fun colors and i like the card. although i suck at taking photos seeing that it is raining outside and i cant get good lighting. sorry ;)!

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Thursday, August 28, 2008

and we are back...

for another kwerner challenge!

hmmm... these colors are so hard for me! i am not a pink person... and i really really struggle with using it... but here is my try:

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Friday, July 11, 2008

color challenge #15...

here is another attempt at a kwerner color challenge...
i loved this combo and the bedding!

instead of a card this week... i altered a wooden frame.
my daughter was a sock monkey for halloween last year and this stamp is awesome...

all products su:
certainly celery, really rust & whisper white cs
sock monkey stamp set (sneak peak from new catalog)
chocolate chip, close to cocoa, really rust markers
misc. products:
flowers were from a grab bin
robin's nest dew droplets in sunflower
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