Monday, June 30, 2008

More Sketch 24 players already!

Yippee! Maybe posting early is a good thing, I have had at least five e-mails saying how happy they are to get it early in the morning on Monday! Glad it seems to be working out. Not I just need to remember to do it on Sundays, lol. Here are some more samples with this weeks sketch already.

Margaret at Fun Stampin' with Margaret

Brenda at Memories by Brenda

Korin at Inky Doodle

Stephanie at Steph's Stampin Stuff

and finally

Erica at Froglilly
you need to scroll down to see it. She is brand new to bloggin and is having some issues with the loading -- can anyone help her? I pretty much just get lucky, lol! Could never fix a problem.

Monday Lunchtime Sketch 24 Players.

Check out the wonderful cards the girls made for this sketch. I love them all!

Wonderful job ladies! Thanks so much.

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge 24

This weeks challenge is being posted at my New Summer Hours post time. My son needs to talk a summer reading class and I will not be able to post at noon for the next couple months, so I am thinking that I will actually post at night so that my readers that use a feedblitz will actually get it on Monday and not Tuesday! Then I will come back around lunch time-- little earlier or later depending on the day-- and post all the players. How is that?

I really like today's sketch. I actually make these sketches from all sorts of different things, cereal boxes, posters, labels -- and after I make them I don't look at them or think about them until the day I need to post, lol. See this way it is even a challenge for me. Honestly sometimes I open the sketch and say to myself "what the heck am I gonna do with that!" --pretty weird since I make them. Anyway as I said I did like this one and will probably use it again real soon. I had lots of ideas but went with the first one for this card. So here is the sketch.....

And now for my card. I really don't use my pretties kit enough because it is usually buried somewhere in my studio. So I have put it in the open and have been trying to use it. Hence the focal point of my card. The striped section behind the flowers is actually a clear acrylic picture frame with stripes. I thought it would be fun to use a background stamp for a change and stamp it twice so it is repeated behind the acrylic frame too. I really like it--fast and easy

Stamps: Paisley Background
Paper: Brocade Blue and Only Orange
Ink: Brilliant Blue
Other: Pretties Kit, Only Orange marker, Brocade Blue brad, rub ons, acrylic frame, white gel pen, dimensionals

So don't forget to come on back around lunchtime to see the other players. They always do a fabulous job so you won't want to miss their creations. See ya then.

By the way if you would like to play along it would make my day. After you post your card leave a comment here with a link so that I can share it with all of my readers. If you post on SCS please use TSSC24.

Wagging my tail for another Sketch player!

This card is for the FS73 challenge on SCS. The stamper today was "chelemom" and this is the card I chose to case. I loved the layout and the idea of the button on the tag so those are the things I kept. I changed the papers, stamps and colors.

I pulled out more of those dollar stamps from JoAnn's these are Inkadinkado stamps in different wrappers! The bargain of the year! You may need to enlarge the image to read the saying.

You make me so happy ....... I could wag my tail. Too cute don't you think.

Stamps: Inkadinkado
Papers: Old Olive, River Rock, Whisper White, Bordering Blue and dp from the Home Again kit
Ink: Timber Brown Stazon and Chocolate Chip, River Rock and Old Olive classic ink
Other: Nestabilities, misc button, tag punch, paper piercer and mat pack

And now for another player in the Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge. Starting tomorrow I will be posting earlier due to my son's summer school. I will be gone during normal posting time. I may post very early in the morning and then come back on around lunch time to post the other player's card. Anyway, for now why not check out this fabulous card by .......

Lori at Inking Aloud

Thanks for playing Lori.

Saturday, June 28, 2008

A wise man once said....

This card is created for the Featured Swapper's Challenge on Great Swap Girls. I just became a member recently and did not realize these were challenges. I thought the Featured Swapper was just a way to get to know the other swapper and I am ashamed to say that I did not read them due to time constraints. Well I found a few extra minutes and thought I would check it out and low and behold it is a challenge! You all know I love challenges so I jumped right on and plan to play each time. The Featured swapper this week was
BECKY CARAFA! She's our fearless leader and go-to gal for anything GSG!

I chose this card to case. I moved the circle image to the other side to accommodate my sentiment. Also change the stamps, colors and papers. I have to say I seen lots of great samples I wanted to case -- go check out her blog.

Isn't this the cutest. I love the sentiment. In case you can't read it this is what is says...
A wise man once said.
Follow your dreams except the one where you are at work in your underwear.

I found these at JoAnn's in the dollar spot -- I know they are selling for more on line everywhere. I bought them all.

I love this size card, it is 4 1/4 by 4 1/4. Such a fun size and it is so easy to make your own envelopes using a regular SU envelope. Stamin Up!'s envelopes -- you can see the great tutorial on Cindy's blog The Creative Closet. I thought it was brilliant and oh so easy!

Stamps: Inkadinkado Follow Your Dreams
Paper: Really Rust and Old Word paper pack (non SU) and Whisper White
Ink: Basic Brown
Accessories: markers, blender pen, pretties kit, prima flower, nestabilities

That's it for today-hope you have a great day.


What, how sweet is that. Amy over at Partners in Crimp nominated me for this award. Amy has a wonderful blog that is bursting with inspiration. Go check it out and let her know I sent you.

I guess the rules are to nominate two of your favorite bloggers. This is always so tough for me at sometimes I just bow out and nominate my readers -- I know, pretty lame. So I will think of two bloggers that I love that have not been awarded yet.......

Amy at Pickled Paper Designs

Amy has a great fun style and I love her creations. And she is on the design team for my Daily Bread -- you all know I love that stamp company --she rocks with these stamps!

and let's see how about......

Leigh O'Brien at the Sunflower Studio

Leigh also has a super fun style and uses lots of bright colors that I love. Here designs always have so many wonderful details on the. So go on over and give her a little lovin by leaving comments.

I could go on forever since the talent out there is incredible but then I would not get any stampin done myself and that would be oh so BAD for all around me, I get cranky without my fix, lol!

By the way, it is raining here again for like the bazillionth day in a row -- I am gonna have to find a way to hook up sun lamps over my garden -- what the heck!

Friday, June 27, 2008

Blogger's Challenge 53

This week's challenge was to use some type of resist technique. Easy right? This card almost hit the trash at least three times, and I'm really not sure it don't belong there now! It is so far from what I was thinking in my head. I wanted a simple, classy, shimmery gate fold card -- but this just is not doing it for me. I only throw away maybe 1 or 2 cards a year and this one was oh so very close to being the one for this year, lol. But due to it be summer and having a extremely full schedule with no other time to stamp today -- this is what you get, sorry.

The card is made using Shimmery White. I used my scor pal to create the gate fold - so easy! Then before I folded it I inserted each side up to the score into my cuttlebug folder --it actually lines up in the middle which is really cool. The hearts are embossed with Iridescent Ice embossing powder that has a tiny bit of very fine red glitter to match the baubles. They are pink with red specks. After embossing I colored the edge with Pretty in Pink marker and the center with chalk-both resist the embossed part. I also did the top and bottom edges with the Pretty in Pink marker. Here is a close up of the hearts. You can see the little specks of red glitter if you really look.

And here is a close up of the baubles although I could not get a clear picture so it is probably not gonna help, lol. The baubles have little red specks in them. They are from the Robin's Nest.

Well, there you go -- not what I wanted but what the heck!

Stamps: Always
Ink: VersaMark
Paper: Shimmery White
Other: cuttlebug embossing folder, chalks, markers, iridescent ice ep and super fine red glitter.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Get them while you can!

Mini Tutorial

Better place your order for these Carousel Notes NOW!
This project is so cute and super easy but the Carousel Notes are no longer available
after the 30th of this month.

After you place your order run to your nearest JoAnn's because I found these circle cork boards in their dollar spot and they are a perfect fit for our Carousel Notes. And they are magnets too! Too cool.

Here is a picture of the finished project -- it took longer to find the supplies in my studio than it did to make it. (this will be our club project this month so if you are a member you will get to make one.)

I am so happy with how easy this project was. Here is a list of supplies you will need.

Carousel Notes, Cork boards, 3/4 inch washers (outside diameter), 5/8 inch circle punch, 1/2 inch circle punch, Making Memories Baubles (or ones from build a brad if you can stand to use them with out the brads, lol), flat top thumb tacks, pop up glue dots, small circle stamp (I used Make it Count - hostess set), scraps of matching designer paper and a marker to make dots on the Carousel Note.

Here is a picture of the flat head thumb tack,pop up glue dots, washer
and Making Memories baubles.

This is what the package looks like for the round cork boards.

Here is what they look like out of the package. You will need to remove the magnet and attach to the Carousel Note. I used Scotch Quick Drying glue for this part. Then add the magnet to the back of the finished project with red line tape. The magnets are strong too!

The rest of the directions are shown on the pictures. You can click on the picture to make it larger if you need to.

so I forgot the "r" in Your -- you know what I mean, lol.

I used Soft Sky prints designer paper for this part.

Attach to top of designer paper with snail

I finished it off with some little chocolate chip dots around the note card.
So fast and easy. Now you can use it. Cute huh?

Hope you are able to follow this mini tutorial -- I would love to see what you come up with, I am sure you guys will add many different aspects to it so please leave a comment with a link so I can see your great ideas. Have a great day.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

8 is Great!

Todays SC182 on Splitcoaststampers was perfect for this layout. I was at a garage sale the other day and they had this 12 x 12 frame for $2. I snatched it right up. I have been wanting to make a scrapbook layout for the wall of some of the pictures of my son playing hockey. This is his first team, as a matter of fact this is his first team sport. He was so excited that he was able to get the number 8 since he is 8 years old. Too cute.

The picture in the center is me holding a sign that reads....

8 is great Woody Rocks!

The people that took pictures of the team happened to get this one too and the guy said you look so proud -- I said I sure am! So that is why I am in the center. The written words around the square are done on the computer. My son is going to be hanging this is his room so he don't want me to do anything to the frame -- ya know, make it too pretty, lol. I am glad he likes it.

Stamps: none
Paper: Textured Blue Bayou, Whisper White and Western Sky designer paper
Ink: none
Other: Hodgepodge and faux silver brads.

More Sketch 23 players.

Today was the first day of Summer vacation for my son! He is so excited and honestly so am I. It gives us so much more time together. Today we went to the Zoo amongst other things. Hence I don't have a personal post yet -- started it but did not finish. But I do have all of these great cards that were made for this weeks sketch challenge. Check them out....

Gina at the Art of Inking

Tammy at Stamp with Tammy

Karen at Krafting with Karen

Margaret at Fun Stampin' with Margaret

Hetty at Craft Chaos

Colleen at Colleen Benedetto's Weblog

Lot of great inspiration here. Thanks ladies.

So don't you want to play along too. You can find the original sketch here.
Don't forget to post here with a link so I can share with everyone else.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge #23

Today's post is a bit early due to my son only having a half day of school. I have to pick him up at 11:30 -- and since tomorrow is the last day of school the sketch challenge will go to summer hours, lol! More details to follow-still working them out.

Today's sketch is one that offers so many options. As far as size and stamps. I could think of lots of stamps I wanted to use so to narrow down my choices I chose to combine this challenge with the Great Swap Girls Bye Bye Baby Challenge (GSC09). The challenge was to use retiring sets. So I chose two of them for my card. But first let me show you the sketch.......

Again, I think the options are limitless with this one. No excuses for you not to play along this week! Don't forget to link back here if you play so I can post your link for other to see too. If you post on SCS please use the key work TSSC23. (I always forget to post there)

And now for my card.

I chose to make my card a 4 x 9 card. I have made quite of few of these recently just for a change of pace. They are fun and fit in regular legal size envelopes. Because it is a big card it is hard to get a picture that shows details. You can click on the picture to see the larger version. And I have added a picture of the focal square here so you can see it better.

These are such standby colors for me. I just love them. I think I got this combo from the SAB scrapbook kit from 2007. That was a great kit. Here is my supply list.

Stamps: Just Like You and Thanks Tons (hostess)
Papers: Rose Red, Basic Black and Whisper White card stock along with Certainly Celery prints dp and Summer Picnic dp.
Ink: Basic Black, Bashful Blue
Other: markers, brads, cutter kit and Martha Stewart Doily Lace punch.

Now for the other fabulous samples with this sketch......

Lisa at Splendiferous Creations

Brenda at Memories by Brenda

Kerry at Three Clover Designs

Jane at Jane's Addiction

As usual, I would love for you to play along. Leave a comment here with a link and I will share it with the others. Have fun --Yippee, it's summer!

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Few more Monday Lunchtime Sketch Players!

Lori at Inking Aloud

super cute image on this one


Stacy at Stacy's Stamp-n-Scrap Loft

with her own home made stamp

Thanks ladies. Can you believe it is almost Monday again. The weekends go so fast.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Few more sketch players for this weeks sketch.

Jennifer at Glitter in Hair
such a cute image -- I need to get this one.

Hetty at CraftChaos

Great cards ladies. Thanks for playing.

Friday, June 20, 2008

Another Monday Sketch Challenge Player.

Check out this card for Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge #22

Your still have time to play to, check out the sketch at the above link and after you make your card leave me a comment here with a link. Can't wait to see your creations.

Melissa at What do you (th)INK

Thanks for playing Melissa, great card.

A Full Year of Blogger's Challenges! Today is week 52.

Wow, time flies when you enjoy what you are doing. And I have so enjoyed being a part of the Blogger's Challenge group. Lisa is a great group leader and has been wonderful at coming up with fun ideas to keep our creative juices flowing. Thanks Lisa!

This weeks challenge was Masculine Cards. This seems to be a type of card a lot of us have trouble coming up with ideas for so it should be fun to see what the rest of the group came up with. Don't forget that the links can be found on my sidebar by clicking the logo for Blogger's Challenge Players.

Here is my card -- I am glad that this set is not retiring -- I am hoping for more masculine stamps in the new catalog -- I am keeping my fingers crossed (which is making it hard to type, lol)

This card took me about 15 minutes from idea to finished card. Got to love that. The layout is the MoJo Monday Challenge 42. This is my second card with this great sketch. I am calling this card my Shiny Grunge 2 card. I made one similar but different for submission to something so you will have to wait to see that one. The focal image is done on Whisper White card stock which I tore and added Tim Holts distress ink (vintage photo). I love how it turned out. The tag itself is actually from a pair of jeans I bought, I knew I could use it someday for a card so I saved it. I may have to go buy more jeans cuz this was my last tag, lol. Hope you enjoy my care, thanks for stopping by. Here are the details of supplies used.

Stamps: Bronc Buster
Paper: Brocade Blue, River Rock, Whisper White card stock and Western Sky Designer Paper
Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Vintage Photo
Other: Anchored rub on, , hodgepodge hardware brad, faux brads and star (JoAnn's) and tag from my jeans.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Stampin Up has a wonderful new product line!

Have you ever thought of stamping on your walls with one of your favorite Stampin Up! sets? Well I have but never did actually do it. After all any of you who read my blog or do my classes know I am a LAZY stamper and I was always afraid I would have to start over half way through due to mess ups, lol. Well fear no more!

Our Décor Elements product line is an extension of our Definitely Decorative home décor line. Décor Elements is vinyl artwork for walls, mirrors, windows, or other hard, smooth surfaces.

Stampin' Up! has long advocated decorating your home using Definitely Decorative stamp sets. Décor Elements takes that same idea and uses a different medium to accomplish the same mission-making your home a beautiful representation of your style!

Through our product development, we've been able to achieve intricate designs because of our manufacturing process. Whether customers want to spice up the walls of their house or frame a piece for display, Décor Elements is easy to apply, easy to love, and easy to remove.

This product line is available on July 1, 2008.

There will be other additions added in the near future too! Let me know if you would like to see the brochure. It is quite impressive.

Faux Filmstrip Technique and More Sketch Players.

Simple Faux Filmstrip Technique.

Supplies needed:
1 and 3/8 inch square punch
Spiral Punch
Strip of Black Card Stock 2 inches wide by desired length
Stamps, inks, white or light colored card stock for images

There have been many versions of this out there but this is by far the easiest way. Use your spiral punch and punch along the entire length of black card stock on both sides.

Tip: I begin at the same side both times and make it a little larger than I need. Then I trim one side. -- I do not like one side to look perfect and the other to cut off, lol. I also do this with scallops -- I always start with a partial scallop and then there is not one perfect scallop on either end and it looks better --in my opinion.

Stamp images on White/Light card stock. Using 1 and 3/8 inch square punch upside down so you can see where your image is -- punch out desired number of images. These will be a perfect fit on the black strip.

Tip: This looks really cute on a scrapbook page with pictures in the squares!

Didn't I say it was simple. Hope you try it out and let me know how you like it.

Details on my card:

Stamps: Bugs and Kisses
Papers: River Rock, Wild Wasabi, Groovy Guava, Basic Black and Whisper White card stock along with piece of dp from Afternoon Tea collection.
Inks: River Rock, Wild Wasabi, Groovy Guava, Basic Black
Other: Black Brads, double stitch River Rock ribbon, 1 and 3/8 inch square punch, spiral punch, cuttlebug, sizzix die for sentiment frame

Now for a few more sketch challenge players.

Here is the original post so you can play along too.

Marti at Pez-A-Doodle Designs Studio

Margaret at Margleli Inks

Pat at the Eagles Nest

Thanks ladies! Don't forget to link here if you play so I can share with everyone else.
Hope you have a great day.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

A Bright and Cheerful Hello!

Today's sketch challenge on SCS was a great one for creating a scene since the focal image spot was quite big. I used my new Artful INKables set Pond Friends to create this card. The scene is colored in using inks and blender pen. Hope you enjoy.

Stamps: Pond Friends (Artful INKables)
Paper: Green Galore, Only Orange, Tempting Turquoise, Whisper White
Ink: Green Galore, Only Orange, Tempting Turquoise, Certainly Celery, Creamy Carmel, Close to Cocoa, Old Olive
Accessories: rub ons, misc bling

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Goodbye To You Card and another Sketch Player too.

This is another one of my triple challenge cards.

  1. Today's Color Challenge 171 on SCS. Kraft, Basic Black and Soft Sky
  2. MoJo Monday Layout Challenge--Week 42
  3. Use retiring sets
This is a pretty simple card yet I like it. We will be saying goodbye to this set - Petals and Paisleys and also this paper and color --soft sky. All will be retiring at the end of this catalog with Stampin Up! Get em while you can! I would be happy to take your order--ANYTIME!

Stamps: Polka Dots and Paisleys, sentiment My Sentiments Exactly
Ink: Soft Sky and Basic Black
Paper: Soft Sky, Kraft, Basic Black and Whisper White and Soft Sky prints dp
Other: Brayer, Cuttlebug paisley embossing folder, black brads

ETA: Sorry guys, I am swamped with questions on how I did that background -- should have posted it right away. The background is embossed on the Kraft card stock and then I just brayered over it with black ink--use a light touch. Also the stems are hand drawn.


And now for a newbie to my sketch challenge --check out this beautiful card by....

Gina at The Art of Inking

Thanks for playing Gina!

Monday, June 16, 2008

Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challeng #22

Did anyone else ever notice how fast Mondays come around. It seems like only a few hours ago that I posted my Friday Blogger's Challenge. It is funny that I have been doing this challenge for 22 weeks now and there has not been one single week that I have woke up on Monday ready to post! Usually I am on my first cup of coffee and remember I haven't done my card for my challenge yet, YIKES. That will have to change after next week though cuz the kids will be off school and I will be busy in the mornings -- not complaining though, I am excited to have my son home more. Anyway, on to this weeks sketch.......

It was a pretty simple sketch this week huh? And I am pretty happy with my card.

My card is using the Fairy Whimsey set from my new favorite stamp company Artful INKables. (besides SU of course) I swear I would purchase every single set they owned if I could justify and afford it, lol. I feel the same way about Our Daily Bread Designs. Two companies that have not put out a set yet that I don't like! The rest are hit or miss for me -- like some --don't like some. How about you, what is your favorite stamp company?

Here are the card details.

Stamps: Fairy Whimsey (this is how it is spelled on their site -- spell check HATES it!)
Paper: Certainly Celery, Bashful Blue, Pretty in Pink and Whisper White card stocks. Certainly Celery and Pretty in Pink (hostess) Prints designer paper.
Ink: Stazon Black
Other: Watercolor crayons, blender pen, Cuttle Bug, Nestabilities die, Martha Stewart doily lace punch, clear glitter gel pen, misc. rhinestones. Dimensionals

Now for some more inspiration using this sketch.....

So how is that for some inspiration? Should have you just dying to go and stamp, don't forget to leave comment here with a link when you are done so I can share it with everyone. If you post on SCS please use the key word TSSC22. Hope you have a wonderful day -- the sun is out here!!! Even though they are calling for thunder showers all day. I am off to enjoy it while it is here.

Last one for Sketch 21!

Here is the last one for last weeks sketch #21. Thanks to all you played along the samples were wonderful -- as always.

Margaret at Margaeli Inks

Be back soon with this weeks sketch and some samples. Go get your self a cup of coffee and come on back -- well in about an hour, lol.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Stampin Up! Retired List is here, and another sketch card.

Well here it is--not too surprising. There are at least two sets on there I was planning to buy as soon as the list came out if they were NOT retiring now I am not sure. Anyway, what will you miss the most?

Retired list Alphabetical

Retired list by page


And don't miss this cute sample for this week's sketch challenge.

Lori at Inking Aloud

Thanks for playing Lori

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Few More Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge Players

Here are a couple more cards for this weeks sketch....

Inspiration Challenge

Today's Inspiration Challenge on SCS was great. There was a choice of three pictures to use and I chose to combing these two. This first picture is where I got my layout design inspiration.....

And then this picture inspired the colors of my card....

And now for my card....

This card is a big one -- it is 4 x 9 and I left lots of room to write a personal message inside as you can see from this picture.....

What a fun challenge! I am pretty happy with my card. I added a piece of Soft Sky around the back and inside for two reasons--one to cover the acetate on the back and the other to give me a light color to write my message on.

Stamps: none
Paper: Taken With Teal, Purely Pomegranate, So Saffron, Soft Sky and Basic Grey
Ink: none
Accessories: rub ons, 3/4 inch circle punch, acetate, bone folder

Thanks for stopping by today hope you have a wonderful Father's Day weekend. For those of you who are fortunate enough to still have your father with you cherish it -- I so miss my Dad!

Friday, June 13, 2008

Another card for this weeks sketch challenge.

Korin at Inky Doodle

This card is showcasing a sneak peek of her new stamp set.

Thanks for playing Korin.

Blogger's Challenge #51 and more!

A Triple Play!

So I am a bit behind on a few challenges so I combined three in one here!

1. Blogger's Challenge -- Turquoise, Pink and Green Galore
2. This weeks sketch at 2sketches4you.
3. Great Swap Girls use your crimper.

So now that you know the challenges, here is my card.

And here is a close up of the details.

And of course the sketch.

Now for the details.

Stamps: One of a Kind
Ink: Tempting Turquoise
Paper: Tempting Turquoise, Pixie Pink, Green Galore and Whisper White
Other: Small oval punch and crimper for leaves. 5 Petal punch for multicolored petals, BoHo Blossoms punch for small turquoise flower on large flower. Cuttlebug pin dot for white layers, which has the dots colored in Pixie Pink and Tempting Turquoise markers. Martha Stewart's Doily Lace punch, K&Co. felt flowers. White Brads. Markers were used for large flower and other details. I think that is is!

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Mystery Image Challenge -- Justjohanna stamps

Sorry this is a re-post the last one was bombarded with spam and even though I tried to delete the comments it still left links so I deleted the whole post.

So here we are with another Mystery Image Challenge. These are so fun. On one of the private groups I belong to we sign up for these Mystery Image Challenges. The hostess for the month mails us all the same image and then we are assigned partners. It is so fun to see what everyone comes up with. The image this time was this cute cupcake from Justjohanna stamps. It actually came with a sentiment too that I chose not to use. It said Happy Birthday With Sprinkles On Top. The designer papers are from the East Coast Prep collection. Other items used: Tempting Turquoise, Whisper White, Wild Wasabi, Real Red and Basic Black card stock. White gel pen, black marker, retired star glitter, rub on words, nestabilities dies and markers for coloring.

Couple of things of interest -- at least I found them interesting.

First one is the picture, how funny is this! This is a mural that is painted on the ceiling of a smoking lounge in a hotel. I find it brilliant!

And the next little tidbit is another quote that made it to my inbox today and I thought is was very thought provoking.

Kindness has converted more sinners than zeal, eloquence, or learning.

-Frederick W. Faber

So as you go about your day take every change you have to be kind to someone -- even if it is just a smile. Enjoy your day!

Melissa has two for this weeks sketch!

I will be back later today to share a few things of my own but I wanted to share the two cards that Melissa did for this weeks sketch challenge....

Melissa at What do you th(INK)?

Thanks Melissa!

Anyone else want to play? You can find this weeks sketch HERE.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Details on last card posted and more challenge players.

So I know I said I was gonna update the last post but since I ran into a few unexpected things yesterday and could not get back on line I really don't want to edit now. But I really do want to give you more details about the card. Click HERE to see the original post. The images are from Artful INKables. I just found them about a week or less ago and I had to order a few sets from them. They have some wonderful images that I just love. Actually there is not one stamp set that I don't like if you believe that. So this particular card is using the Fairy Whimsy set. This set is just beautiful. I love the other fairy image believe me you will be seeing more of these stamps soon! By the way, the shipping was fast, and the stamps are great quality rubber on cling foam. I am very happy with them. Other details of the card are as follows.

Stamps: Fairy Whimsy (Artful INKables)
Paper: Textured Chocolate Chip, Whisper White and two retired pieces of Certainly Celery designer paper.
Ink: Black Stazon, Certainly Celery, Rose Red, So Saffron, Apricot Appeal, Blush Blossom, Bashful Blue
Other: blender pen, paper piercer, mat pack, white gel pen, chocolate chip marker, faux brads, rub on words and a clear glitter pen.

Sorry for the delay in this information. And now for some more challenge players for this weeks sketch!

Pat at The Technique Trail

Hetty at Craft Chaos

Stephanie at Steph's Stampin Stuff

Margaret at Fun Stampin with Margaret

I sure hope I didn't miss any, my mail box is on overload! See what happens when you take half a day off of the computer. YIKES.

Monday, June 9, 2008

Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge #21

Here is today sketch. I really like it and for the most part I am happy with my card, but it need a few more details fixed and I need to get a better picture. I will edit this post later, I have a doctor's appointment for a MRI and can not be late. Also my e-mail is not working so there may be more players later too. Sorry for the rush post but I didn't want you to have to wait for the sketch. So here is this weeks sketch.....

And my card....

It really is a happy day when you get new stamps -- more about them leter -- sorry.

And here are the early players.

Last few for Luchtime Sketch Challenge #20

I would love to start this day out with this quote that showed up in my in box. It seem to be quite appropriate for me for today so I thought I would share it will all of you too.

Today's Quote

Everything works out in the end. If it hasn't worked out, it's not the end.


Now for the last two cards for last weeks sketch. Please take a moment to check them out.

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Another Sweet and Sassy 2 sketch 4 you

So I thought since I would use another Sweet and Sassy stamp set -- Owl Occasions and do the other sketch at 2 Sketches 4 You. Here is the sketch......

I decided to make the square on the front a window. And thought it would be cute to only see the owl's eyes through it. Since I wanted to use the Guess Hoo sentiment on the front.

And then the inside has the rest of the sentiment. Fun, card, but I keep thinking it needs something, I am too tired to do any more today though. Here is the inside of the card.

So there you have it -- My Sweet and Sassy sketch type of day has come to an end -- Goodnight!

New Stamps, New Blog, New Card!

That is a lot of new things! I don't know if you noticed the new item on my side bar -- the 2 sketches 4 you button. This is the new blog I am talking about. They are going to sketch 2 sketches each week and you have the week to play along. You all know I love sketch challenges and although I usually don't get to most of them --there are tons, I am thinking I will try to focus on one of these each week. So that is the New Blog. As far as new stamps --I actually just got a few from different companies. Fist off is a few new sets from Sweet and Sassy Stamps. This set is called the Bee Happy -- don't you love that daisy? Daisies are my all time favorite flower they are so simple and beautiful. So that is the new stamps and now for the new card.......

and the sketch I was using for the card.....

Stamps: Be Happy Sweet and Sassy Stamps
Paper: Bashful Blue, Certainly Celery, Whisper White and Basic Black card stock and celery prints dp.
Ink: Basic Black.
Other: markers, misc bling, gel pen, paper piercer and mat pack and scissors.

I hope to get to the other sketch later today -- if I can find time, busy day.

Pez-A-Doodle release day is here.

I thought it was appropiate to show two more cards with these sets today since it is the big release day! Congratulations Marti. You can purchase your stamps from Pez-A-Doodle Designs.

This first card is created using the Sketch for you to try on Jen's Blog from May 24th -- just a bit late. It is using the Butterflies a Flutter stamp from the Scrolly Bugs set.

Next was a card to use up the scraps that were left on my table. It uses the Harlequin Flowers from the Backgrounds set. I matched it up with paper and rubons from Stampin Up!

And last but not least is a sketch card done by Marti for my Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge. You can see that at her blog....

Marti at Pez-A-Doodle Design Studios

Best of luck to you Marti with you new line of stamps!