SPCC #25 - Helping Daddy

11/23/2009 12:40:00 PM Edit This 11 Comments »
The weeks are flying by, and the only scrappin' I seem to get done is for the SPCC DT - good thing I have that! This LO uses Color Combo #25 and Memories Forever is our wonderful sponsor this week. Check out Samantha's challenge blog for the scoop! This LO is of 2 of my daughters "helping" their daddy in his shop. The photos are from the early 90's - my kiddos are all grown up now. This LO uses SU CS and ink, a quote from a DCWV quote stack, ribbon scraps and some acrylic alphabets in my stash.
I hope that all of you enjoy a blessed and beautiful Thanksgiving. I know that I have a lot to be thankful for.

SPCC #23 - chance to win some Copics!

11/09/2009 12:24:00 PM Edit This 12 Comments »
I hope that you have fun with this week's SPCC color combo! This week's sponsor is icopic.com, and the prize includes Copic markers! Thanks to Samantha, at SPCC, who works very hard to put together combos and line up great sponsors, you have a chance to challenge yourself! Don't forget to check out all of the other great entries!
This LO was so much fun for me. It features my youngest daughter, Alli, who will be 22 on Tuesday 11/10 (sniff, tears in eyes). These pictures were taken when she was in 2nd grade. Everyone in their class got to choose a favorite character for Halloween. She, of course, had to be Amelia Bedelia! I had fun making her costume, and she had fun wearing it! For this LO, I used SU CS, SU Melon Mambo ribbon, Prima flowers, and a stamp from TAC.

Heather's Sketch #93

10/28/2009 10:40:00 PM Edit This 1 Comment »
Here is another of the talented and energetic Heather's wonderful weekly sketches. And you might want to get in on this one, because she's got blog candy (yum)! This card uses SU Bella Birds, SU Chocolate Chip DSP, SU pink ribbon, andTAC Simply Divine (with SU Watercolor Wonder Crayons). The sentiment is from SU Bird on a Branch (with Staz-On brown ink). The scallop edge is SU and the scalloped oval is a Marvy Punch from TAC. Thanks for checking this out!

SPCC #21 - Two Beautiful

10/27/2009 06:41:00 AM Edit This 8 Comments »
I'm finally back after a week off with the flu and bronchitis - I was a sick puppy! Samantha's color combo this week over at SPCC is Creamy Caramel, Ruby Red, and Bravo Burgundy - and they really look good together! Check out SPCC Color Combos, and give it a try. This week, the very talented Sammye Jo is our guest DT member (all month), as well as our prize sponsor. Her company, 62 Cards, has provided some sweet prizes for our winner.
This LO was inspired by Scrap Sketch (another DT that the amazing Samantha is on) and my beautiful grandchildren. I used SU CS, the SU Eyelet Border Punch, the SU Sizzix Top Note Die, and SU Purely Pomegranate ink. The stamps are from Judith (animals), Carolee's (Beautiful), and Autumn Leaves. I used VersaMark ink for the swirls on the sides.

Surrounded By Love: SPCC 19

10/12/2009 08:46:00 PM Edit This 12 Comments »
Hi everybody! I can't believe it's been a whole week since I've posted. So, maybe I do have a life after all! Actually, I'm shifting into quilting mode now that the weather's turning colder. I've got some flannel squares ready to go to make some rag quilts. They are so soft and cuddly. I'm making one for my 3-month-old granddaughter and one for my almost-22-year-old daughter (shhh, don't tell, it's a surprise).
Well, back to scrapbooking! It's SPCC #19, and these are great colors. Every week, Samantha has wonderful color combos and a great prize for the winner. This week's sponsor is Susan Zuzarte. She is so talented and energetic. Be sure to check out her blog and the great prize!
The picture in this LO was taken in July, while I was in Wisconsin. My twin sister had just lost her husband quite unexpectedly, so we gathered for a memorial service. My family does a great job of celebrating life and sending off a lost loved one. This was the first time in many years that my dad and all seven of my siblings were together, so we could not let the opportunity pass. The title says it all.
I used SU Close to Cocoa for the base, and cut circles (with Coluzzle) out of Green Galore, Taken With Teal, and DCWV Pocket Full of Posies. The letters were cut using the old Big Shot. The left side of the base was stamped with VersaMark using TAC's Simply Divine. I then went over it with a Stardust Clear Gelly pen to add sparkle. The flowers are Prima, highlighted withCarolee Sparkles (which I have had for years). Can you tell that I love Sparkle and bling?

ABC Emboss and Practical Scrappers

10/05/2009 09:28:00 PM Edit This 13 Comments »
I was lucky enough to have a little me time so I decided to restock my card stash (while watching the Packers/Vikings game - go Packers). This little card is for two challenges: ABC Challenge is doing E for emboss, so I used one of my favorite Cuttlebug folders on SU Bermuda Bay CS. I cut the edge with decorative scissors, which I must admit that I seldom use. But Practical Scrappers has that for their challenge this week. The base of this card is SU Very Vanilla. The sentiment is from TAC, while the image is from Inkadinkadoo (I love that name and I got this stamp in a great set at Target today). The pattern CS is DCWV Pocket Full of Posies. Now, I just hope that I don't need this card!

Sketch 89

9/29/2009 05:09:00 PM Edit This 2 Comments »
There's nothing better at the end of a hard day at work than to come home and do a little scrappin'. Heather, over at Oz-some Stamps, has a new card sketch every week. If you haven't checked out this talented lady's blog yet, you don't know what you're missing! She had a crop over the weekend with several other Oz-somely talented (and fun) gals, and I had a great time! I'm not sure if we laughed or scrapped more! Anyhoo, this card uses SU Parisian Breeze DSP (retired), which is luscious. I've added SU Kraft and Chocolate Chip, and Kraft ribbon. The stamped design is TAC Simply Divine (another fave), and ink is Brilliance Sky Blue Pearlescent and brown chalk ink. I hope that you like it.

ABC Challenge DT Call

9/29/2009 08:30:00 AM Edit This 1 Comment »

I just found a wonderful challenge blog called ABC Challenge, and they are having a DT call. I am having so much fun being a member of the SPCC DT that I thought I'd try out for another DT. The DT call asks us to post our three fave cards, so bear with me if you've seen these before. My style is a cross between classic and eclectic (is there such a thing?).

Blog Hop Die Cuts

9/28/2009 02:53:00 PM Edit This 4 Comments »

Here are several cards that I did at a crop last Saturday (fabby fun times with some Oz-Some friends). These are for the Challenge Blog Hop. Just Buggin' wants us to use an altered die cut, while Practical Scrappers wants us to use a die cut. I used the SU Top Note die for one card, and embossed it with a Cuttlebug folder (I love them). I used Stickles to highlight. The other cards use more embossing, one with the brayer technique - fun and striking, but rather messy! I also used a scalloped circle die on one and a scalloped oval punch on another.

Blog Hop

9/28/2009 02:43:00 PM Edit This 3 Comments »

This card is for the Chirpin' Challenge part of the Challenge Blog Hop. The theme is "sweet", and the desserts on this stamp are as sweet as they get. The stamp is a retired SU set that I use a lot for cards (hmmm, I must have a lot of stressed-out friends). I embossed the background with a Cuttlebug folder on SU Not Quite Navy CS. The ribbon is from Offray. I didn't use my Cricut for this one because I did not have it at the crop on Saturday.


9/28/2009 02:34:00 PM Edit This 8 Comments »
I love this LO because it is another of those precious times! This is my DH as he is ready to walk our daughter down the aisle three years ago. It uses SPCC Combo 17. The paper and CS is SU and some from my "stash". The ribbon is SU So Saffron that I won at an on-line crop through Scrapmasters Paradise (thank you Samantha). The title was done on my Cricut with SCAL, and the scalloped edges were done with SU's Eyelet Border Punch. Be sure to check out SPCC for great challenges and fabby prizes!

SPCC 16 and Blog Hop

9/28/2009 01:11:00 PM Edit This 3 Comments »

Lots of cards over the weekend - because I had a lot of challenges to "conquer". This card is made using Samantha's SPCC color combo 16 and a sketch from Peachy Keen. It was a fun sketch to use!

Blog Hop Fall Cards

9/28/2009 12:51:00 PM Edit This 4 Comments »
I had a great time scrappin' last Saturday with some wonderful Oz-Some friends at Heather's Creative Get-Away. I made a lot of cards for the Challenge Blog Owners Blog Hop - such a great time. These fall cards combine Samantha's SPCC blog hop combo of Close to Cocoa, Chocolate Chip, Glorious Green, and Pumpkin Pie, as well as ScrapFIT's challenge for a Happy Fall card, and the cuttlebug spot's fall challenge (I don't send fall cards, so I thought that "Thinking of You" was a happy thought).
Here are the details: card base is GP white, CS is SU Close to Cocoa and Chocolate Chip, paper is Karen Foster highlighted with Stickles, ribbon is from TAC Reese collection, stamp is from SU Bird on a Branch, with SU ink, die is SU Sizzix Top Note.
So, Happy Fall, Y'All!

Finally Friday - Turtles!

9/19/2009 12:49:00 AM Edit This 5 Comments »
Yippee! It's Finally Friday. That means that it's time to take the Finally Friday Challenge at SPCC. This week's host is Julie, and she is a super crafty girl. Her challenge is to think in threes, because it draws in the eye. For my little card, I used two different-sized deckle square punches and layered them. I punched a little tortoise out of the smaller square (I love turtles and tortoises). I put the little punchies on the bottom of the tag, and topped it off with three ribbons. The sentiment was written with my Tombow Gel Pen (I love it, too). The CS is SU Kiwi Kiss and Wausau Papers Metallic. The paper is Tim Coffey by K & Company. If you haven't tried the Finally Friday or SPCC Color Challenge yet, you don't know what you're missing.

Practical Scrappers Challenge

9/16/2009 07:49:00 PM Edit This 5 Comments »
Practical Scrappers has some really fun challenges, intended to get us to use up old stuff. Well, this week, we need to use alphabets in a creative way. Now that I stamp and Cricut, I seldom use letter stickers anymore. So I have lots of them! I made this little card using the SU scallop punch to form the base for my flowers. The accents, stems, and leaves are from the same letter pack (DCWV). It's hard to see, but the background is a really deep plum shimmery CS from Wausau Paper with black on the reverse (Sparkling Merlot on Black Knight). I used a couple of brads to attach the flowers. I hope that you like this! It was fun to make.

Heather's Sketch 87 and Finally Friday

9/14/2009 07:43:00 PM Edit This 2 Comments »
Oh, dear! Can you tell that I prefer blues and greens? It's a good thing that Samantha has SPCC color combos or I'd never try anything different! This card is actually for two different challenges. Heather Scott, an amazingly talented crafter, has an Oz-Some blog where she posts a card sketch every Monday. This is #87 - WOW! Check out her blog. This card also fits with SPCC's Finally Friday Challenge. This week's hostess is Erin. She has created a beautiful card and challenged us to use designer paper (as if we need encouragement to do this), as well as to make a get well or cheer up card and send it to a friend. This little card uses SU Blue Bayou DSP, Georgia Pacific White, and a piece of some beautiful shimmery paper that I got from Samantha. The stamps are from TAC and Autumn Leaves, with Versa Magic Ocean Depth Chalk Ink. The fiber is a scrap that I had laying around. The sentiment is in a circle inside of a double scallop from SU Scallop Punch. Thanks for checking this out, dear friend.

SPCC 15 - I Only Had Eyes For Him

9/14/2009 02:46:00 PM Edit This 11 Comments »

This week's SPCC colors posed a bit of a challenge for some, but I had just been waiting for the right combo for this picture of my son. He and Alison got married three years ago. As is the case with most weddings, everyone turns as the bride enters the church with her daddy. But I was watching my son, and was lucky enough to catch his eyes as they welled up with tears as he first saw his beautiful bride coming down the aisle. I wasn't sure how the photo would turn out with my point-and-shoot camera (my son had told me that he didn't want me sitting up front taking pictures during the wedding, so I didn't use the flash).
If you haven't yet checked out Samantha's awesome SPCC blog, you are missing out on some serious fun, sometimes-crazy color combos, and wonderful prizes. This week's sponsor is Memories Forever Scrapbooking, and they have donated some wonderful embellies (who can't use more of those?).
Here are the details on this LO: CS is SU basic Black, Really Rust, and Whisper White. I ran the three strips of rust through the Big SHot with a Cuttlebug Embossing Folder. The journaling square was printed on Whisper White (I'm not sure if you can see it, but the image behind the journaling is a photo of the church, printed at about 50% transparency). The flowers are Heidi Grace Clear Flowers, inked with Brilliance White, and attached with brads. The butterflies are from SU Live Your Dream (one of my favorite sets), and the title was done on the Cricut with SCAL (not sure which fonts). I hope that this inspires you to look at things a little differently!

Heather's Sketch 86

9/12/2009 01:50:00 PM Edit This 2 Comments »
If you haven't checked out Heather's Blog, you really should. She posts a fun card sketch every week. She also has lots of great ideas and tutorials. Here is my take on her sketch Number 86. This is a card to encourage a friend who has been on a journey to fulfill her dreams. The paper is Heidi Grace Urban Acres Blvd (the little circle is shimmery). CS is SU Whisper White. The stamp set is SU Live Your Dream (one of my favs), and the ink is Dew Drop Versa Magic Ocean Depth and Dew Drop Brilliance Crimson Copper. I also outlined the flowers on the stamped image with the Gelly Roll Stardust Pen. The ribbon is a scrap.

SPCC #14 - Key to My Heart

9/08/2009 12:54:00 AM Edit This 8 Comments »

My husband, Alan, and I recently celebrated our 31st wedding anniversary. It's been a wild ride, filled with children (we have 4 grown children and 2 grandchildren) and other blessings and the usual trials and tribulations. Someday I'll share some with you. Being married for 31 years isn't always easy (the card posted below this one vouches for that!), but is worth the effort. I was lucky enough to marry my best friend, and we are still best friends.This LO is a tribute to the man who loves me no matter what, and to my love for him (can we have a collective "Awwww"?)! The picture for this LO was taken 3 years ago at a family gathering following our daughter's wedding and reception. I used the SPCC Color Combo #14 - check it out! This week's challenge was to use Ballet Blue, Basic Gray, and Soft Suede. I added in Very Vanilla for a bit of contrast. The adorable key and the fun little acrylic tag were in the Diva welcome pack that I got when I made the LO DT for SPCC. They were provided by our very sweet and very generous sponsor this week, Susan Zuzarte. She has an awesome blog filled with delightful creations. Other materials in the LO: stamps - Simply Divine (TAC) and heart from unknown, ink - VersaMark, pattern paper - SU Urban Garden, ribbon scrap.

Heather's Sketch #85 - Stress!

8/31/2009 09:40:00 PM Edit This 2 Comments »

This sketch of Heather's was really fun to use. And I had the perfect use for it. I've been really stressed lately, so this sentiment popped into my head. I typed it up on the computer, and added a retired SU image to it. I used scraps of paper and CS, and Dew Drop Memento Grape Jelly ink. I think that I'll send it to my therapist!

SPCC #13: Me and Frog

8/31/2009 12:56:00 PM Posted In Edit This 10 Comments »
Oooh! This LO was so much fun to do! I was really fine with the Yoyo Yellow, Old Olive, and Basic Black, but struggled to fit the Regal Rose in (although, I love pink). Soooo, it's in the in the edges of the flowers from the patterned paper. When my grandson was born about 15 months ago, my youngest daughter and I posed him for pictures with our good friend, Broos the frog. I wanted to work with frogs on this, so I printed some fun frogs (as well as the title and journaling block) from letteringdelights.com. They kind of got loose and hopped all over the page!. I used some wonderful Canson art paper for the grass, and just tore it for dimension. This page was really fun to do. Why don't you hop on over to SPCC to see what you can do with this week's color combo. And did I mention that you could win a set of COPICS from our wonderful sponsor iCopic.com?

Carrie's FF Challenge - Multihobby Scrappin'

8/29/2009 11:04:00 AM Edit This 7 Comments »
I just love the SPCC Finally Friday Challenge! Every week, Samantha has a different guest designer, and they are all so talented and creative! This week's challenge, by a wonderful gal named Carrie, has us combining scrappin' with any of our other hobbies (and aren't we all so multifaceted?). This week was really stressful for me, and I've got lots to do this weekend (laundry, mowing, grading,...), so of course, I am papercrafting! One of my other hobbies is quilting. And, like most crafters, I have a variety of UFO's (UnFinished Objects) laying around. So I took some little quilt squares and stitched them into some get well cards. Isn't that kind of what we crafters do? After a stressful week, we focus on others (or use them as an excuse to craft). Here are the details: CS is SU Very Vanilla, Brocade Blue, and Bella Birds DSP; ribbon is SU Kraft Taffeta; sentiment is from TAC; and ink is SU Brocade Blue: Miscellaneous: Heidi Swapp edge distresser. I have been so inspired by Stacy M and so many others who use sewing on their cards, so I thought I'd try it too. I'm so glad that I did. The sewing machine might just become a fixture in my living room!