Archive for April, 2008

FS64 Up In The Air…

This week’s Featured Stamper is Michelle..AKA Sf9erfan.  She has a remarkable gallery.  Check it out!!!
I chose to case her card that uses a stamp set I haven’t used in a LONG time!  I’m so excited that I had time to complete this card.  After being away for the weekend, it seems to take forever to get caught back up!  I had a ton of receipts to enter, laundry to wash, kitchen to clean, email to sort through,etc…….


Supplies Used:

Stamps: Up In The Air
Paper:  Ruby Red, Chocolate Chip, Vanilla, Basic Grey-Fruitcake DP
Ink: Palette Noir Black, Chocolate chip, Ruby Red, Old Olive
Accessories: Crop-A-Dile, Eyelets, Brads, Dimensionals

It’s good to be home!  Here is today’s thought of the day:

“I have been driven many times to my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go.” – Abraham Lincoln

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Pretty In Pink, Certainly Celery, and Chocolate Chip……This week’s color combo challenge!  Any color combo including Chocolate Chip is a YUMMY combo to me!!!  I know I’ve said it before but Chocolate Chip is definitely one of my FAVORITE colors!!!  What do you think??


Supplies Used:

Stamps: Touch of Nature, Sanded Background, Gina K Designs- Punchy Words
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Certainly Celery, Pretty In Pink, Vanilla, Basic Grey DP- Infuse & Blush
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Celery, Pretty In Pink, Creamy Caramel -Marker
Accessories: Blender Pens, Sponges, Ribbon, Word Window Punch, Brads, Dimensionals

Thought of the day…..

“We turn to God for help when our foundations are shaking only to learn that it is God shaking them.” – Charles West

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The Technique Lover’s Challenge (#165) this week was to make a gift card holder. I saw this back on Dawn’s blog a while back but never took the time to make one! They are soooo easy, I wonder why I waited so long! Here is my gift card {holder}!


ETA: While doing my photo restoration to this blog I was unable to find these photos. You can probably find a tutorial on SCS or Dawn’s blog that was listed above.

Supplies Needed to make this card are:

4-1/4″x11″ piece of cardstock

Scoring blade

Sticky Strip Adhesive

Word Window Punch

3/4″ Circle Punch

1. Start by scoring your cardstock at 3″, 5-1/2″, and 8″

2. Fold cardstock into a “W” shape

3. Apply Sticky Strip to the inside to form the “pocket”

Card adhered together

4. Use the Word Window Punch to create the opening in the pocket
5. Use the Circle punch to create the “finger grab”

6. Decorate however you want!!

Make one of these to give with your next gift card! Look for an opportunity to give today!!

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This week’s featured stamper challenge was….”it’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s……SPARKLEGIRL!!!”  I decided to make a couple of cards for this one.  The first one is a variation of her card and the second is a variation of my first card!!  Does that make any sense??

My first card is based on this card from Sparklegirl’s gallery.  Her card was square and mine isn’t so I had to change the layout of the brads.  I added the ribbon across the whole card instead of just across the image.  I had chosen two different shades of blue.  I wanted to see which one I liked better on the finished card so that led to the making of card #2!


Here is my second card.


I chose to color the lighthouse with browns on the first card and this card I chose to use grays.  I also added crystal effects to the lightbulb and also to the water on this card.  I chose the photo corner instead of the 3 brads.
It’s really hard to tell in the pictures, but one card uses Bashful Blue and the other uses Brocade Blue.  They are all layered with white and Navy.

Supplies Used:

Stamps: Light of the World–Daily Bread Designs, Eureka Stamps- Scriptures, Little Pieces
Paper:Navy, White, Brocade Blue or Bashful Blue
Ink: Copic Markers, SU! Markers, Navy, Palette Noir Black
Accesories: Build A Brad, Photo Corner Punch, 1/2″ Circle Punch, Glue dots, DImensionals, Nestabilities, White Gel Pen, Corner Rounder, Crystal Effect, Ribbon

Have a Wonderful Day!

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This card is for today’s Limited Supplies Challenge.  Here are the guidelines for this challenge as posted by BadSherry! (she hosted this challenge)

●  Make a long and/or tall card measuring at least 4×8.  This size card will fit in a
standard letter/business size envelope.
●  Limit your layers and embellishments
●  NO Designer Paper (I know this is the second week in a row for this limitation,
but I was in a stampy mood)


I got my original inspiration for this card from TexasJodyLynn.  She posted a card a LONG time ago that I just loved.  I saved it in my favorites and ran across it the other day.  I decided to incorporate that inspiration into today’s limited supplies challenge!  Since we weren’t allowed to use any DP, I knew I had to “make my own”.

I started with a piece of Glossy white.  I stamped the floral image in the middle with my versamark and embossed it with clear EP.  Then I sponged around it with Pretty In Pink ink.  I stamped the floral image again off to the sides with the versamark and embossed it with clear EP.  Those images have  a light pink cast to them.  Then I sponged around the whole thing with Regal Rose to add a little extra layer of color.  Finally, I used my Frech Script background stamp with Timber Brown StazOn ink over the top.  The bottom floral images were stamped with white craft ink onto Regal Rose cardstock.  I added the ribbon, prima flowers, dew drops and and sentiment to complete the card!  Thanks for looking!

The Thought for the Day……
“Patriotism is easy to understand in America; it means looking out for yourself by looking out for your country.” – Calvin Coolidge

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SC172 For You!

This week’s sketch challenge was a great one!  I really look forward to the sketch challenge for the week.  Many times when I see the sketch I can already picture my card in my head!  Many times I can’t, but that definitely helps the brain start spinning!  Here is the sketch for this week.  It was sketch #172.  You can always go to SCS and search the gallery for SC172 to see all the cards that have been posted with that sketch!  They are all so unique, it’s great to see how we all think so differently!


Here is my card using this sketch!


The brads that I used with the ribbon and one on the top of the tag, are green gem brads.  The picture doesn’t really show that very well.  Here I am again, stuck on Chocolate Chip Carstock!  I must say, it is definitely one of my favorites.  It’s almost time to reorder!!!!

Supplies Used:

Stamps: Too Terrific Tags
Paper: Basic Grey DP- Pheobe, Chocolate Chip, Wild Wasabi, White
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Cuttlebug EF, Ribbon, Tag Punches, Green Gem Brads, Corner Rounder for scallops

The thought of the day is…..(this is why I love SCS!!)
“You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.” – Jack London

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I saw this tutorial online a while back and finally was able to get one completed!  I thought it would be a great treat for leaving on a teacher’s door, or even a friend’s door!  It works great for just one of those…..just because…..gifts!
I found this tutorial on Andrea Walford’s website.


I changed the scale of this treat box.  The original tutorial is based on a 12″ piece of cardstock.  I chose to use an 8-1/2 x 11 piece so I had to alter the dimensions.  I’ll post those at the bottom!

Supplies Used:

Stamps:  Always, Punchy Words-Gina K, Leaf Prints Wheel
Paper:  Celery, Chocolate Chip, Pretty In Pink
Ink:  Celery, Chocolate Chip, Pretty In Pink, White Gel Pen
Accessories:  Box Template, Corner Rounder, Dimensionals, Circle Punch, Craft Knife

Here is an image of the template  I will list below the measurements I used!


The numbers across the top of the template are the ones to use if using a 12 x 9-1/2″ piece of cardstock.  Those number are:1-1/2″, 3″, 6-1/2″, 8″
The horizontal measurements are 4-3/4″ and 3-1/4″.  You score your carstock on all those measurements and cut away the gray areas.  Also cut in on the red lines.  Fold and adhere together!  Decorate however you want.

Since I used and 8-1/2 x 11″ piece of carstock I had to alter the numbers.  My measurements are the ones across the bottom.  They are scoring at: 1″, 2-1/2″, 6″, and 7-1/2″.  I still kept the horizontal measurements the same.  If you have any questions, leave me a comment and ask.  I will try to explain/answer it the best I can!!

Enjoy Your Day!

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Today’s Ways to Use it Challenge was to incorporate Acrylic into your card layout.  I chose to use Dew Drops as an accent to my fish!  Yesterday I also decided that I was going to make a card with an older sketch and this is the one I chose…SC155.  The sketch looks like this.


I thought the circle layout and the Dew Drops would compliment each other nicely!  Here is my card.


Supplies Used:

Stamps: Little Layers, MFT- Essential Sentiments
Paper: Black, White, Bashful Blue
Ink: Black, various SU! Blue Markers
Accessories: DEW DROPS!, Circle Punches, Inkworx Air Gun, Stickles, Ribbon, Cuttlebug EF, Ticket Corner Punch, Brads, Dimensionals

This was great fun!  I hope you have time to complete a SCS Challenge today!  It really gets those creative juices flowing!!

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I first saw this tote on Lauren’s blog! She definitely has a talent for papercrafting!  I made the base for this tote over Spring Break but hadn’t taken the time to finish it!  If you click on the link above, it will take you directly to her post with this project. She also put together a tutorial so you can make one of your own!  Here’s mine.


The colors in this Cosmo Cricket DP were a great match to Blue Bayou and So Saffron!  I also used Cranberry Crisp ink from last year’s SU! In Colors.

Supplies Used:

Stamps:  Vogue Verses, SO Many Scallops, Seeing Spots
Paper: Cosmo Cricket DP, Blue Bayou, So Saffron, White
Ink:  So Saffron, Cranberry Crisp, Blue Bayou
Accessories:  Eyelets, Crop-A-Dile, Dimensionals, Circle Punches, Scallop Circle Punch

Until Next Time….Give A Gift For No Reason!!!

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few months ago, I posted on my blog about a friend, Tish, who’d been
diagnosed with a very rare form of ovarian cancer. Tish battled through
6 rounds of chemo only to discover two additional tumors, one on her
spine and one in her stomach. My heart fell when I read her CaringBridge
post which broke the news. Since her diagnosis last August, the family
has held the motto of DRIVE ON! in dealing with this aggressive cancer
and fought a valiant fight.

Tish lost
her battle early Tuesday morning, and I found out about it late last
night. Tish leaves behind two beautiful, young sons, and a hubby, Todd,
who I worked with for several years in my past life. I know Todd much
better than I knew Tish, and know just how difficult this has been and
will continue to be for the immediate future.  Todd was the most
compassionate, tender-hearted *boss* I’ve ever had, and I want more
than anything to really help this family.

So what I’ve decided to do is two-fold: 1) Starting tomorrow, I am offering a 10% discount on ALL stamps on the site. Use the coupon code Tish
at checkout to receive 10% off all all the stamps in your shopping
cart. (It won’t discount your other merchandise, just stamps.) The
coupon code will run from Tuesday, April 15th-Friday, April 18th. 2) I
will donate 10% of ALL proceeds (including money spent on other items
on the site) to the family at their April 26th benefit.

http://www.mftstamps.com/blog/ (Please visit my blog for avtice links and all the deets!)

am making it my goal to personally make the payment the FL College
Pre-Paid plan for the boys during an entire year which will be about
$1200. Please help me reach this goal.

Many hugs,


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