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.