Monday, February 28, 2011

From One Gray Wrinkled Thing to Another!

Hello! Today's card was made for a friend who has joined the "50" club with me so, I thought this sentiment would be perfect!  For the front of my card, I went with the birthday elephant set.  The sentiment is on the inside panel.  The elephant set is the one that I used when I did one of the honeycomb pop-ups, but this time, I just stamped the elephant and the balloon on the front of the card.  It is great that the set has a regular balloon stamp as well as the one to be used for the pop-up.  It came out pretty cute - here it is!  Enjoy!


Sorry but I forgot to take the pic of the inside panel before I wrote in it!  But, I had to let you see the sentiment stamped out!  Oh, how do you like the red glittered toenails on the elephant?  Fun!


Paper - Black & White by Teresa Collins Mr. & Mrs. line, Red and White dot by Recollections (Michael's) Cardstock White, Black, Red
Stamps - Inky Antics Birthday Elephant Honey Pop
Ink - Versafine Black, Prismacolor Pencils, Gamsol
Tools - Classic Scalloped Rectangle Nestibilities, Polka Dot embossing folder, Red Stickles, Quicky Glue Pen, Art Institute Crystal glitter
Other - Rhinestones by Hero Arts, Ribbon

Happy Stamping!  I will be back tomorrow for Texas Tues-Step!

Saturday, February 26, 2011

A Friend Knows My Song!

Hello!  Today's card I actually made before the last two but was unsure if I liked how it came out, so I was thinking I might change it.  In the end, I decided to just go with it.  It does follow a Mojo Monday sketch challenge, so I will be sharing that with you also.  Let's get to it and then you can be the judge.  Enjoy! 

As you can see, I did good on the sketch.  My original idea formed when I saw the dotted circle and I thought of that package of rhinestones in circles that are in my stash.  From there, I was thinking of how I have seen many images of silhouettes and how cool they look.  And then I thought of the music book I purchased at Canton a while back.  And that is how the card happened.  But, do I love the finished card?  Maybe, maybe not.  I would love to hear your thoughts.  I did add more rhinestone swirls to help the blue rhinestone circle not look so out of place.  Is it the sentiment ... is it too stark of a color for the faded music?  But what other color would be better?  Oh by the way, the sentiment is completed on the inside.  It says " and sings it to me when I forget!"  


Paper - Basic Grey Hopscotch, Cardstock Natural White, Black, Music sheet
Stamps - Bird w/ Leaves from Hampton Art, Sentiment from Darcies
Ink - Versamark, JudiKins Detail Black Embossing Powder, Versafine Black
Tools - Classic Scalloped Circle Nestibilities, Stampin' Up Scalloped Border Punch
Other - Blue Circle Rhinestones by Me and My Big Ideas, Swirl Rhinestones by Recollections, Circle Rhinestones by Hero Arts, Ribbon

That is it for me this week.  Have a great weekend!  I will be back on Monday with another card creation.  See you then.

Happy Stamping!

Friday, February 25, 2011

A Friend with Chocolate!

Hello!  I am back with another card combining both a color challenge from the Color Throwdown blog and a sketch challenge from My Favorite Things.  I recently picked up this cute Pure Innocence girl at The Crafty Scrapper.  I love that she is selling a few stamps for us, stampers!  Since the sketch is MFT, I thought it would be a perfect time to ink her up!  Let's get to it.  Following my card, I will add the sketch, and the color palette.  Enjoy!

Did I do good or what?  What is fun about the color challenges is that you have to look at all your scrapbook paper in new ways.  For instance, I found the saffron color on the backside of a paper that had colorful stars on the front - you just never know where you will find the perfect colors.  Yes, the stripe panel is exactly the colors, and I was pleased to find it!  I do have one tip on paper piecing the girls and cutting out the elements ... each girl is different, but on this one, I originally cut out just the box without her arms attached but I quickly found out that if I did that, her arms would look like they were below the pieced dress and box layer, so by leaving her arms attached to the box, it appears that her arms and box are above her dress, which is the effect I want.  I guess what I am trying to say is that when you want to  paper piece the clothing on these intricate images, you may have to experiment in how you cut the other elements out to create your finished look.  I hope that makes sense.


Paper - Stripe is from retired Stampin' Up, Orange is from Echo Park (backside) from A Walk in the Park, and Saffron color is from October Afternoon (backside) called Tent Trailer, Cardstock White, Pink, Dark Brown
Stamps - My Favorite Things Pure Innocence called A Box of Love
Ink - Versafine Black, Prismacolor Pencils, Gamsol, Copic for facial
Tools - Labels 4, Martha Stewart Scalloped border punch
Other - Ribbon, Button from O' Scrap, Linen Thread from TCP, Rhinestones

I have one more card for you tomorrow.  So, stop back by!
Happy Stamping!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Take It Easy!

Hello!  I know you haven't heard from me in a couple of days. I had a little case of lost creative mojo but I got it back by finding some challenges online to give me some spark!  Today's card is a color challenge from The Cat's Pajamas. I also used Jen's February's Sketch For You To Try.  I used the sketch last week with my Seize the Cupcake card.  But, I don't see anywhere in Jen's rules, that I can't enter a card more than once in the same month.  The sketch just seem perfect for today's card.  And the colors?  Oh my, when I saw the combination of pink, chocolate and teal, I absolutely knew I would want to play along.  The Cat's Pajamas stamps are not required, but when I first saw the colors and it said TCP, my first thought was the set I have used a couple of times before ... brown bunny, teal scooter, and pink scarf... perfect!  Let me show you and then I will show you the color combo too!  Enjoy!

How about those scrumptious colors?  I think I did good.  The only thing I think could have made my card better is to have maybe picked a colored pencil that was a little bit more aqua and less turquoise for the scooter.  I didn't really realize the color difference until my card was completely put together.  Oh well, I still like it.  How about you?


Paper - Brown is from Bo Bunny Crazy Love pad, Aqua floral is from My Minds Eye Fine & Dandy pad, Clouds are from My Minds Eye single sheet, Cardstock White, Pink
Stamps - The Cat's Pajamas clear set called Joyride
Ink - Versafine Black, Prismacolor Pencils, Gamsol, White Staz-On for street line stamp
Tools - Cuttlebug Swirls embossing folder, Classic Scalloped Circle and Classic Circle Nestibilities, Tim Holtz Sizzix Bracket die, The Cat's Pajamas Cut-Ups Flower Dies
Other - Rhinestones by Hero Arts, Pearls by Queen & Co., Linen Thread by TCP

I have another sketch and color combo for tomorrow.  See you then!
Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Flowers Just for You!

Hello!  I have a new technique to share with you today.  Actually, I am just the "passer on", as I got the idea from Anne Harada's blog called Everlasting Ink.  She is an ex-customer of mine and she has also done a tutorial for it on Splitcoast Stampers, which you can see here.  Her technique is called Faux Pressed Flowers.  And I am amazed how much the flowers really do look like real pressed flowers.  They are super simple to create.  All you need is a few of the Prima flowers we all have in our room, a glue stick and an embossing folder with a very tight grid design.  For my card, I went with the square lattice folder from Stampin' Up.  Let me show you my card.  Enjoy!

Close-Up View
Simply, glue flowers to paper and run through with embossing folder and they appear to be part of the paper instead of added on top.  What do you think ... very cool technique?  I like it.  I need to try some other folders ... to be continued!


Paper - My Minds Eye Stella Rose Gertie paper pad, Cardstock White, Yellow, Rose, Olive
Stamps - Branch by Inkadinkado from Garden Delight clear set, Sentiment from Woodware Designs
Ink - Versafine Sepia Moss
Tools - Petite Scalloped Oval Large, Petite Oval Small Nestibilities, McGill Tag Punch, Square Lattice embossing folder by Stampin' Up, Polka Dot embossing folder
Other - Pink Rhinestones by Queen & Co., Button by Basic Grey, Ribbon by Stampin' Up, Linen Thread by The Cat's Pajamas

Happy Stamping!

Friday, February 18, 2011

So Cut that Crap Out!

Hello!  Today I have a card that was made and sent a couple of weeks ago for a friend's birthday.  My friend, Kelly, I have know since 7th grade, which I guess that makes us friends for almost 40 years - wow!  Anyway, every year, she has her birthday in Feb. which I know means mine is coming three months later.  So, when I saw this stamp I knew it would be a perfect stamp for a card for her.  I got it before I closed my store and I would have used it on her last birthday card except that last year, we turned 50 and that called for another type of card.  So, I am finally using this stamp for this year's birthday.  Here is the card ... enjoy! 

Oh my goodness, I went crazy paper piecing the image, not only her clothes, but the stool she is sitting on.  But I like it ... do you? 


Paper - My Minds Eye Home paper pad, Cardstock White, Redish pink (? hard to describe certain colors)
Stamps - Inky Antics, Happy Birthday by Printworks
Ink - Versafine Black, Prismacolor Pencils, Gamsol
Tools - Lacey Circles, Classic Circles, Labels 3 Nestibilities
Other - Pearls by Queen & Co.

That is it for me for this week!  You cannot complain, because I have posted 11 days in a row!  That is pretty impressive.  I hope to work in my room sometime this weekend, so I can show you more creations.  Thanks so much for being here for me to talk to and share with!  Have a great weekend!

Happy Stamping!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Seize the Cupcake!

Hello!  Now, that I am finished with the Valentine cards, I started thinking of what sketches and ideas I had put off to the side.  The major one is the sketch challenge from Jen delMuro, as she has one a month, and her contest is for the person that does all 12 months, so I didn't want to forget to do this month.  That is how my card started.  But, what to use as my focal element?  Recently, I saw an idea where they paper pieced cupcake stamps.  Great idea!  Here is my card and the sketch and then I have a little silly story to share.  Enjoy!

Cupcakes & Stamping ... As you know, these two go hand in hand.  As there are many cupcake stamps from just about every stamp company.  And, papers and ribbon and more.  And I, seem to collect it all!  The cupcake stamp set I used today from Hero Arts, was a huge seller when I had my store.  I reordered it so many times and it sold out every time.  At the end, it was a set I knew I had to have.  But, now the funny part, I don't think before today I had every stamped it!  (maybe once).  How crazy is that?  The idea with  paper piecing the cupcake, I thought DUH ... why didn't I think of that?  I paper piece everything else, why not cupcakes.  The card came out so good, I think you might see more cupcakes from me in the future! 


Paper - Cupcakes & Stripe by My Little Shoebox Just Add Butter line, Brown on cupcake is backside of Echo Park Mother Nature, and Dots are Best Creation, Inc., Cardstock White, Dark Brown
Stamps - Hero Arts
Ink - Versafine Vintage Sepia
Tools - Eyelet Circles, Classic Circles Nestibilities
Other - Stampendous Pink Dot Sparkler stickers, Button by O' Scrap

I have one more card for the week and I will it show it to you tomorrow.

Happy Stamping!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Pretty Floral Prayers!

Hello!  I often play along with the many challenges out there in blog land.  As you know, one of my favorite challenges is the Mojo Monday sketch challenge.  When I saw this week's sketch, I immediately knew I would want to create a card for it. So, let's get to it.  Here is my card , followed by the sketch, of course!  Enjoy!

I believe you will see me use this layout again in the future, and I am sure you can see why. It has a nice size panel to add most any image or images and it has that added circle for interest.  So very simple, but very pretty!  And I think my card I created is pretty too!  The paper I got a few weeks ago.  Love the blues and peaches together, don't you?


Paper - Basic Grey Hopscotch line, Cardstock White, Blue (retired Stampin' Up color, I think), Peach
Stamps - Verve -Sentiment from Joy for the Journey set, Flower is a Verve Plain Jane
Ink - Versafine Black
Tools - Classic Scalloped Circle, Classic Circle Nestibilities, Stampin' Up Square Lattice embossing folder (on peach flower)
Other - Ribbon by May Arts, Pearls by Queen & Co and Hero Arts

See you tomorrow!  Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Love from Texas!

Hello!  Today's card is one that I actually started a couple of weeks ago, but put it aside when I decided to change directions and make a Texas Valentine card instead.  I got it back out , but quickly realized it needed something, didn't know what, but something.  On the main panel, I had inked the big Texas stamp in a blue ink and then before stamping on paper, I inked up the swirl stamp in white and stamped onto the rubber of the Texas stamp, so that when the Texas stamp is on paper, it appears to have a white swirl design in the blue letters.  I think they call this the "kiss" technique.  I also had made a frame with one of the Spellbinders die cuts in blue, stamping that same swirl in white.  But, it still needed something, so today I ended up adding polka dotted paper behind the Texas panel, some ribbon and a little homemade Texas embellishment.  Now I like it!  Here it is ... enjoy! 



Paper - Dotted Paper by Jillibean Soup, Cardstock Blue, White
Stamps - Deadbeat Designs (Worn Out Texas, Western Swirl Left & Right)
Ink - Staz-On White, Blue - not sure
Tools - Lables 8, Classic Oval, Classic Heart, Classic Circle Nestibilities, Stampin' Up Square Lattice embossing folder, sm. Texas punch by EK Success
Other - Ribbon by Creative Impressions, Heart Rhinestones by Queen & Co., Memo Pin by Tim Holtz

Make sure you go to the other Texas team members blogs and see their Texas creations. As of this morning, I see that Danielle, Karen, and Mark have Texas posts on thier blogs.  You can find their links on the right side of my blog.  It's possible some of the others will get their cards done later in the day.  I guess I am not as late in posting as I thought! 

See you tomorrow!  Happy Stamping!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Have A Dam Happy Valentine's Day!

Hello!  First, I want to comment on yesterday's blog hop with DeNami.  I really enjoyed visiting all the other blogs and seeing their cute button creations.  But, I have to say, my card compared to any of theirs, was like buttons on steroids!  My thinking was since it was a button themed blog hop, I should use as many buttons in as creatively as I could and so I did.  If you missed my card, make sure to scroll down to yesterday's post to see it.  And don't forget, you still have time to hop around and leave comments as long as you do it before 11:59 p.m. PST Monday night.  You might just be the lucky winner of one of the DeNami Design gift certificates! 

Now, on to my last two official Valentine's cards!  Yes, I said two!  Special treat, huh?  Two in one day!  Did you see the title of this post?  No, I am not cussing at you!  This is a sentiment from Inky Antics!  And, I bet you can guess what goes with it!  Yes, a very cute beaver!  Here it is ... enjoy!


Paper - We R Memory Keepers Valentine Sweetness, Cork, Cardstock Red, White
Stamps - Inky Antics Forest Friends #2 clear set
Ink - Versafine Black, Prismacolor Pencils, Gamsol
Tools - Labels 5, Tags Trio Nestibilities, Sizzix Giant Scalloped Die
Other - Heart Pearls by Hero Arts, Ribbon

My second card has a bit of a different look for me.  It is my Valentine for my hubby.  I always make him silly cards with my cute array of animal stamps.  This time I had an idea to go a different direction.  I saw on one of the blogs, a sentiment I wanted to use.  I believe they said the stamp was from Just Rite stamps.  Unfortunately, I didn't have the time to order it, so I cheated and printed the sentiment out on the computer. You will see along with the normal Valentine colors, I added a background of green, which is quite an odd choice but it is my hubby's favorite color.  So, the whole card has elements that don't necessarily go together, but the way I did the layout, I think it works.  You can be the judge.  Enjoy!

I had to show you the inside or my card would not have a stamped image!  Wouldn't that be terrible?  Anyway, what do you think?  Music is my hubby's hobby, hence the music paper.  (He has a whole room wall to ceiling full of LP's, 45's and CD's!) The silver heart is one I found in my stash from Making Memories.  I think it actually has some kind of eyelet on the back, but I used Diamond Glaze to attach it to one of those pins from Tim Holtz!  And then I just glue dotted that rhinestone bauble to the front.  Instant embellishment!  I like the card, hopefully he will too!


Paper - We R Memory Keepers Family & Keepsake line (new), Music paper, Cardstock White, Red, Black
Stamps - Verve - inside sentiment
Ink - Versafine Black
Tools - Cuttlebug Seeing Spots (on top of green paper bkgd) & Cuttlebug Swirls embossing folders, Stampin' Up scalloped border punch
Other - Heart by Making Memories,  Memo Pins by Tim Holtz, Rhinestone on heart from $1 Target bargain bin, Rhinestones by Queen & Co., Ribbon

Tomorrow is Texas Tues-Step so I will have a Texas themed card for you.  Oh, one more thing, I updated the blogs for inspiration list that shows up on the right side of my blog.  I took off the ones that I don't look at anymore or are defunct and added the ones I do.  You will now find all 175 links!  Yes, it is a lot and that is why I use Google Reader!  I have been wanting to update this for a while now.  I hope this is something that you will find helpful.

Happy Valentine's Day and Happy Stamping!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Love is in the Air for the DeNami Blog Hop!

DeNami February Blog Hop

Hello and welcome!  I am super excited to get to participate in another one of DeNami Design's fun blog hops. I can't wait to see what everyone comes up with using buttons! If you want to start at the beginning or if you get lost along the way, just click on the badge above and it will take you back to home base. If you are "hopping" along, you should have come from Amy's blog.  If so, you are on the right track.  Let's get to my card.  I went a little button crazy!  I love how it came out.  I hope you do too ... enjoy!

First of all, look very closely at the grassy hill.  Do you see that the shapes are actually made with the DeNami cloud?  Here is a close - up that might help ...

So, I think including the tiny buttons on the hot air balloon I ended up using 13 buttons.  Wow!  It took some time to put the linen thread thru all those holes!  The buttons I used on the balloon had such tiny holes, I had trouble getting the thread thru so I decided to go looking for some kind of embellishment to put on top of the holes.  That is when I decided to add the tiny heart stickers.  And from there I went a little crazy with those same stickers on the blimp!  The sentiment was printed on the computer.  But, don't you love how I added tiny holes in the sentiment banner and then added the thread to make it appear the blimp is pulling the banner? 


Paper - Green Dot/Green Stripe by Creative Imaginations Signature Collection (one sheet), Cloud DP by My Minds Eye Good Day Sunshine line (new), Cardstock Red, White, Lt. Green
Stamps - DeNami Design
Ink - Versafine Black, Prismacolor Pencils, Gamsol
Tools - Cuttlebug Tiny Hearts embossing folder, Grass Die from My Favorite Things
Other - Heart Stickers by Stampendous, Buttons mostly unknown, Tiny pink buttons on balloon by Hero Arts, Linen Thread by The Cat's Pajamas

Don't forget there are gift certificates that YOU can win! All you have to do is leave comments on the blogs along the way and your name might be randomly drawn! How easy and fun is that? You have until Monday night at 11:59 PST to leave your comments on each of the blogs to get in on the prizes. I am the last participant so your next stop will be the DeNami blog here, where you will leave your last comment on their blog letting them know if you enjoyed the hop! 

Thanks for visiting my blog.  I hope you like what you saw and will come back and visit real soon.  I will be back tomorrow for at least one more Valentine. 

Happy Stamping!

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Valentine for Mom!

Hello!  I made this Valentine card for my mom last night but I knew I needed to add some bling before posting.  I spent a lot of the day working on tomorrow's card for the DeNami blog hop.  By the time I finished both, it was night time.  So, I am sneaking this one in.  On Monday, I will have my last one or two Valentines to show you.  I am definitely on a roll ... love it!  Let's get to my mom's card.  I had one last pure innocence girl cut out already, and I thought my mom would think she was pretty cute, so you are seeing her again.  I rarely make any other size cards besides A-2's, but today's card is a small square. (4 1/2 x 4/1/2).  What makes this one different is that it does not open, but is actually a pocket that holds a heart shaped card.  Let me show you ... enjoy!   

I love how it came out.  I will try not to think about how she will probably take it all apart.  She's 95 going on 5!  The thing is even knowing this will probably happen does not keep me from making her a great card! 


Paper - Bo Bunny Crushed Sugar paper pad, Cardstock Natural White, Pink, Red
Stamps - My Favorite Things Pure Innocence Girl Making a List, Mom by Verve, Happy V Day by $1 Studio G
Ink - Versafine Black, Prismacolor Pencils, Gamsol
Tools - Classic Scalloped Heart, Classic Heart Nestibilities, Stampin' Up Scalloped Border punch, Cuttlebug Tiny Heart embossing folder
Other - Ribbon by unknown, Button by Doodlebug Designs, Heart Stickers by Stampendous, Glitter Brad by $1 Target bargain bin

I can't wait until tomorrow to show you my DeNami card.  The blog theme is buttons and I "buttoned" it up for sure!  It all starts at 6 am PST.  Just come here and I will get you to the start so you can hop along and see all the fun button creations!

See you tomorrow!  Happy Stamping!

Friday, February 11, 2011

Whoo Loves You?

Hello!  Today, I have a cute little Valentine treat box to share.  I saw the idea here on the reasonable ribbon blog, which has lots of ideas of using ribbon as they are also a store that sells ribbon.  I have never ordered from them, but maybe in the future?  I do like ribbon!  The Valentine box idea I believe they said they got the idea from another blog, so I guess I am just passing this along!  Actually, you could make this with any die shape, not just a heart.  Basically, you make a small square box and attach it to two shaped dies for the top and bottom.  I have some pics to show you.  But, before I do that, I have to tell you that I am also entering  my little heart box in the Color Throwdown challenge, which you can see here.  When I saw the colors were black, red, orchid, and pink, I thought oh yeah, I can do that!  Let's get to it ...enjoy! 

How fun is that?  I ordered this owl punch from Stampin' Up a while back and had never taken the wrapping off.  It was time.  I love the way it came out and I am glad I ordered it now, because it is soooo cute.  But, I have to say punching, for me, is stressful!  So many tiny pieces to keep track of and place where you want them.  Thank goodness I had some adhesive in my small Xyron X or I don't know what I would have done!  Glue dots would be helpful too, but some of those pieces were way too small for glue dots.  I rarely make a project with out stamps, so I found this great sentiment for Hero Arts to add, how perfect!


Paper - Dots are from $1 Target bargain bin, Cardstock Red, Orchid, Black, Pink, White
Stamps - Whoo Loves You from Hero Arts
Ink - Versafine Black
Tools - Stampin' Up Owl Punch, Marvy Heart Punch, Stampin' Up Square Lattice embossing folder, Classic Scalloped Heart and Classic Heart Nestibilities
Other - Happy Valentine's Day ribbon around box from $1 Target bargain bin

Well, there are just three more days before Valentine's Day and I still have at least four cards planned.  One of those will be on Sunday for the DeNami blog hop.  And, before that on Saturday, I will have at least one more for you.

Happy Stamping!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Tons of Love!

Hello!  Winter weather has returned ... yuk!  I am so ready for Spring!  So, in anticipation of the upcoming weather, I spent Tuesday out in my shack. I spent most of my time on one card.  Yes, I am a slow stamper, but as they say, it is, what it is!   Remember this post that I did on using the Inky Antics new honey pop collection?  Well, I a made a card with the other set I purchased.  This one is called Birthday Elephant.  One of the stamps in the set says "wishing you tons of fun".  I decided to change the sentiment to say love instead of fun to go with this week's "love" theme!  The pop up design incuded in the set is a balloon.  But, I figured it wouldn't be that hard to change the circle and make it into a heart, so that is what I did.   It came out pretty good.  You can check it out and see what you think!  Before I get to my card, I want to share one more thing.  This week on the Inky Antics blog, Jackie talked about their new Honey Pop collection and she linked her blog post to my blog!!  How cool is that?  She also has a video how-to tutorial.  You can go here to see her blog post.  My friend, Eileen, made a card using this same elephant set, so I will be showing her card pics too, later in this post.  I got ideas for my card from her card.  Thanks Eileen for letting me "case" you!  Here is my card pics ... enjoy!

My Front

My Inside

Close-Up of my Heart Balloon

The next pics are my friend's Eileen card that I "cased" ...

Eileen's Front

Eileen added detail with a white pen.

Eileen's Inside

Close-Up of Eileen's coloring with her Copics.

Isn't it fun to see how two cards can come out so similar, but yet be different enough to show each individual's style?  I loved the white detailing Eileen did on her front panel with the white gel pen.  But, when I tried it, it just looked goopy.  Is that a word?  I went with some little dots of crystal glitter instead.  Speaking of glitter, my friend Eileen is the "glitter queen".  Even though I didn't add as much glitter as she did, I did add a little!  I made sure you got a good close-up of Eileen's coloring with the Copics.  She does a great job here.  I used my old standby of colored pencils and gamsol blending.  I am very satisfied with how mine came out.  Just because it is not the same look, does not mean it is not a good look.  Right?  

Recipe for my card - 

Paper - Bo Bunny Crushed Sugar line, Red Dot is Jillibean Soup, Cardstock White, Red
Stamps - Inky Antics Birthday Elephant Honey Pop
Ink - Versafine Black, Prismacolor Pencils, Gamsol, Quicky Glue Pen, Art Institute Crystal Glitter
Tools - Classic Scalloped Rectangle, Classic Scalloped Circle, Classic Circle, Classic Hearts, Tags Trio Nestibilities, Sizzix Giant Scalloped die
Other - Ribbon by Stampin' Up, Red Glitter Brads from $1 Target pack

After looking at the Inky Antics blog and catalog, I have decided there are at least a couple more sets that are going on my wish list!  And of course, I will need more colors of the honeycomb!  What is on your wish list?

Try to stay warm!  Happy Stamping!

A BIG P.S. I almost forgot to tell you there is another DeNami blog hop coming up.  It all happens this coming Sunday, the 13th.  This time the theme is buttons.  I am off to work on more love creations, including this one! 

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Bee Mine!

Hello!  I have another cute Valentine card for you today.  And it is not even red or pink!   The Fine & Dandy paper pad from My Minds Eye had a couple of patterns that I thought reminded me of a bee hive and since I was inking up a new bee stamp, I went with it.  I did not have a stamp that says "bee mine" so I printed one from the computer, but I didn't end up using that one because during the creation process I had an idea.  In the same paper pad, there is a sheet that has banners.  I ended up cutting out part of one and just writing in the letters for bee mine.  I like how it turned out.  Here it is ... enjoy!


Close Up of Banner
How do you like my little bee card?  Give me a buzz and let me know!


Paper - My Minds Eye Fine & Dandy True Blue paper pad, Cardstock White, Yellow, Black
Stamps - Sweet Stamps

Ink - Versafine Black, Prismacolor Pencils, Gamsol, Tombow #491 for highlights on bee, black ink pen to write bee mine
Tools - Classic Scalloped Heart, Classic Heart, Classic Ovals Nestibilities, Cuttlebug Seeing Spots embossing folder, Sizzix Giant Scalloped Die Cut
Other - Ribbon, Button, Linen Thread by TCP, Black Pearls by Hero Arts

See you tomorrow!  Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Don't Forget ... I Love You!

Hello!  I am happy to say I am back to working on my "love" cards!  I love this holiday because all these cards can be used year around for birthdays or other occasions.  But, because they have a theme, the cards are easy to create!  So fun!  Today's card is an idea I thought of as soon as I saw DeNami's new elephant stamp.  All the cards I have seen made with it, they use the elephant for a baby card.  But, I had another idea.  The same convention that I bought the elephant stamp, I found the perfect sentiment at the Morning Star booth making my idea complete!   This card is the result!  I love it!  Enjoy ...


So, do you love how my little elephant has a string tied around his trunk so you won't forget?  I love how I can see stamps and immediately have a perfect idea!  I love the colors of the card, the layout and the added flowers.  I do want you to also notice how I pierced the white circle behind the elephant.  I don't often do this because I am always afraid I will mess it up.  But I think this time I did good!  The hardest part I had was finding a darker pink color cardstock that would coordinate with the brown and lighter pink.  But, once I picked this color, it all came together with the ribbon, the flowers, and the brads.  So, I guess it was a good choice!


Paper - Bo Bunny Crazy Love Collection 6 x 6 pad, Cardstock White, Pink, Hot Pink
Stamps - Elephant by DeNami Design, Don't Forget by Morning Star, I heart you by Studio G $1 stamp
Ink - Versafine Black, Tombow to color heart in sentiment. Ranger Glossy Accents on heart in sentiment
Tools - Stampin' Up Piercing Template, Tim Holtz Paper Piercer, Classic Heart, Classic Scalloped Circle, and Classic Circle Nestibilities, Cuttlebug Dot embossing folder
Other - Pink Glitter Brads and Pink Rhinestone Brad in center of flower from Target ($1  area - 10 pcs. asst. brads), Ribbon also from Target $1 area, Flowers by Prima, Linen Thread by TCP

See you tomorrow!  Happy Stamping!

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Hogs & Kisses!

Hello!  I finally got to get back to my "shack" yesterday to do a little stamping.  I tried one other day to go out there, but it was miserable, just too cold, at least for this Texas girl!  The DFW metroplex got tons of sleet and snow.  But, out here we didn't get any precipitation until Friday, when we got about 5 inches of snow!  It was just bitterly cold.  Snow melted yesterday as temps climbed into the low 50's here.  Thank goodness, because I was beginning to go thru some stamping withdrawals!  As it was, I found it took a little while out in my room to get some mojo going again.  Today's card is my result of getting the mojo going.  However, this card is so silly!  Cute, I guess, but very silly!  I took the pig I used a while back from Inky Antics and paper pieced into two different colors of papers but where it went "crazy silly" was when I had the idea to make their tails connect into a heart!  Are you laughing yet?  Well, you will be when you see it ...enjoy!

I told you it is silly!  Do you like it?  I also got started on a couple more cards so I hope to complete one of those for tomorrow's post.  Tonight is the Super Bowl, which I don't care about who wins it, but as you know the commercials are always fun to watch.  And it is pretty cool, it is at the Cowboys Stadium in Arlington.  Yes, I know I now live out here in the country, but you will not be able to take the Fort Worth city girl out of me entirely! 


Paper - X and O's by Best Creation, Inc. Sweet Love line, Pink Dot by Dooblebug Designs, Black Stars by $1 Target paper pack, Cardstock Black, Red
Stamps - Inky Antics, Sentiment printed on computer
Ink - Versafine Black
Tools - Labels 9 Nestibilities, Cuttlebug Tiny Heart embossing folder, Stampin' Up Word Punch, Stampin' Up Scalloped Border Punch
Other - Ribbon by Bassill, Pink ribbon by May Arts, Mizihiki Cords, Black Baubles by Unkown

Happy Stamping!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Whale You Be My Valentine?

Hello!  Thank goodness I made this card over the weekend when it was 70 degrees outside, instead of today when it is 20 degrees!  You probably know this, but if you don't, that statement matters because my stamp "shack" is literally a little metal building outside and even though I do have a window unit with a heater in it, when it is cold like this, it is just toooo cold to enjoy making cards!  So, that means at this point, I am unsure if there will be another card to get completed for tomorrow's post.  We will see.  Let me ger to today's card!  When I see cards on my favorite blogs, I save the pics to a file on my computer.  Most of the time, I am getting ideas on how they did their layout.  But, sometimes, I see stamps used that I have and end up making a card almost like the original one. Click here to see the card I cased, with stamps and layout.  It was made by Susan Liles, which is an ex-customer of mine, and a very talented lady, so I really wanted to give credit where credit is due!  My card is not exactly the same, but it is close!  Here is mine  ... enjoy!

My sentiment is different from hers, as hers is actually from The Cat's Pajamas set, mine is printed on the computer.  But, maybe I will change out my sentiment to the stamped one so that I can use it year around, not just for Valentine's Day.  And the other big change I did was to add the heart behind the whale.  But, as you can see, it is pretty darn close! I like her card and mine!


Paper - We R Memory Keepers (I am not sure of the line, but I know it was purchased in 2010, so it was what ever there Valentine 2010 line was), Ocean Dot by Bo Bunny, Cardstock White, Light Blue, Red
Stamps - The Cat's Pajamas
Ink - Versafine Black
Tools - Heart & Classic Circle Nestibilities, The Cat's Pajamas Wave Die, Tiny Hearts embossing folder
Other - Heart Pearls by Hero Arts, Ribbon by unknown

Hope to be back soon with another "love" creation!  I have many more ideas in this head of mine!

Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Cowboy Love!

Howdy!  Yes, it is another Texas Tues-Step creation!  I stamped off some Texas stamps from a friend (thanks Cathy!), and I knew just what I wanted to use first.  I had my card almost done and then a new idea "popped" in!  One with more of a "love" theme!  So, I switched and created a new card.  I will keep the first one for another Tues-Step day!  You have to use your imagination with the new card .. you see I made my little cowboy, which is a stamp from Deadbeat Designs, lassoing a red heart.  Hence, cowboy love! (I have to say I almost made the title "you had me at howdy", but I thought that was just too corny!)  The card is rather simple and has no scrapbook paper!  But, I like it and I hope you do too!


Paper - Cardstock Black, Red, Kraft
Stamps - Cowboy and Barbed Wire by Deadbeat Designs, Howdy by River City Rubber Works, Love Circle by Little Yellow Bicycle
Ink - Versafine Black, Prismacolor Pencils
Tools - Marvy Corner Rounder, Tiny Hearts embossing folder, Tim Holtz Sizzix Bracket Die, Classic Circle, Classic Heart, & Petite Oval Nestibilities
Other -  Grosgrain ribbon by Stampin' Up, Heart Spakler stickers by Stampendous, Linen Thread by TCP

Be sure to check the list on the right side of my blog and see if the other team memebers are participating this week.  And come back by tomorrow, as I have another "Valentine" creation just waiting to show you!

Happy Stamping!

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