Thursday, March 27, 2008

She's Fabulous

Well I just love this new set by Stampin Up....it is great!

I used Blue Bayou, Soft Sky and Basic Black cardstock....I stamped the card with Paisley background and then the small piece of Sky Blue with Print Pattern background.

Now, just need someone to get pregnant, so I can send this card.

Monday, March 24, 2008

Easter Stampin? - WOW!


WOW, I can't believe it....I actually got to stamp last night...a lot!


I was able to create three cards with out the kids bugging me....wow! So this is my faorite one, to see the other two go to Split Coast Stampers and take a look in my gallery:


I used Real Red, Basic Black and Whisper White Card Stock....Print Pack paper....and the Perfect Princess Stamp Set.....Not much to the details....except that I didn't have a black word frame, so I took black embossing powder and heat gunned it to turn a pewter one black....

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Brother's Birthday


Well today I get to see my little brother, 27 years old, for the first time since Christmas.....For some people that may not seem like very long, but for us it is....We grew up everyday together and were best friends. Then when we hit 18 we took different paths....and hardly get to talk or see each other....I am a year older than him, and I was the one that left home on bad terms....but anyways things have turned around....I left and started my family and he left and went to school.....Now he is managing a bunch of workout gyms in Missouri and is a professional body builder....he gets to travel the country and isn't always home for family events.....He was just out in California meeting with Arnold Schwartzanegger (?)....someone he always looked up to.....So anyways back to the card:

I always find it hard to make a masculine card....so I went with Wild Wasabi, River Rock and Chocolate Chip....I stamped the main cardstock with the Print Pattern BG stamp, but I did it sideways....Then for the main white section I used wasabi and river rick to stamp the "Cheers To You" all over it...then with Chocolate Chip I stamped "Brother" all over....next I layered that with a piece of Chocolate Chip cardstock and fauxed sticthed the edges....next I did the birthday cake in Wild Wasabi and cut it out....I have yet to purchase the scallop punch....I layered it on River Rock and Wasabu card stock...I fauxed stitched the corners of River Rock and the whole part of the Wasabi....Next I took wide gross grain ribbon in brown and then wasabi and river rock double stitched gross grain ribbon and tied around the main image....adhered the main image to the card and then with pop up glue dots, adhered the birthday cake piece....then with brown cardstock used the photo corner punch and fauxed stitched those...next with a pewter word frame stamped "Wish Big" and attached that to the card......next attached brads to the other corners of the card.

I really like the way this one turned out...I know he will too!

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Another Blossoms Abound Card

I needed to make a great card for a dear friend at work who is going through some hard times.....

First I stamped the Wild Wasabi with the Print Pattern BG stamp.....then I used Not Quit Navy to do the blooms, to get the two tone effect with these - stamp the solid image and then stamp it off, on the top image do not stamp off - I used Wild Wasabi for the leaves too.....

Next, with a stipple brush I filled in the white of the image piece with Not Quit Navy...I layer with Wild Wasabi and then with a larger piece of Not Quit Navy....stamped "My Frien" on the larger section and then fauxed stitched the corners. Then added the buckled and double stitched ribbon.

Last, with a photo corner punch in Not Quit Navy, I fayxed stitched those corners, too......I really love the way this turned out and can not wait to give to "My Friend".

Sunday, March 16, 2008

"Ways To Use It" Challenge

This week's Ways to Use It Challenge was to not use any tools.....I stamped the main image in chocolate chip and then kissed it with a floral stampin round wheel in Versamark.....I love that technique. I did use a stipple brush around teh corners and then fauxed stitched the frame...chocolate chip wide gross grain ribbon with teal regular gross grain ribbon layed on top.

I used the fram from the To Have and To Hold stamp set and cut the inside out.

Chalkboard Technique


This is my first attempt at the Chalkboard technique....this is a really quick and easy way to give your card a different effect....simply stamp a solid image in white craft ink, then while still wet brush with Stampin pastel chalks...let dry. There is no need to seal the image since the craft ink grabs the chalks well. You do have to use a dark colored cardstock though.

Then I layered with Wild Wasabi cardstock and faux stitched the edges. Then on the white cardstock, I used the Happy Birthday phrase from Bitty Birthday in Wild Wasabi ink...I used sticky strip to place the two pieces of double stitched gross grain ribbon to it...Then I made a tie with the ribbon and glued it to the bottom piece of ribbon. Then, used a photo corner punch and faux sticthed those and the corners of the card......I really like the final product.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Color Combo Challenge


This weeks color combo challenge was to use Purely Pomegrante with Basick Black and Gray....as always you can use whisper white too.....I had to throw in the Always Artichoke as the stems, I tried stamping them the first time in gray, but I didn't like it......


Using the Blossoms Abound stamp set, which is two step stamping.....first I inked the background blossoms in Pomegrante, then stamped on scratch paper, then on my card piece, this gives it a lighter two-dimensional look. Then stamped the next blossom on top of it, fully inked.

Did the Stems in Always Artichoke, fully inked and stamped off the leaves in Always Artichoke. Next I used a spone dauber to blot black around the edge of the paper piece. I then layered it and did the faux stitching with a white gel pen.


I was wishing that the UPS man had come yesterday so that I could have my lacey ribbon for this card, but no luck....it would have looked so much more elegant.


These challenges really get you thinking outside the box.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Teething....What's A Mom to Do?

Well no card making yet tonight.....Sofie is having a FIT.....she has been crying for about an hour now and I don't know what to do with her....I sure wish that tooth would just come in.....maybe after she falls asleep, I'll get to stamp.

Sunday, March 9, 2008

Color Combo Challenge


Here is the card I did for this week's color combo challenge on Splitcoast Stampers.....I stamped each flower image and then cut them out, put a brad as the center of the pomegrante one...the colors used are Wild Wasabi, So Saffron and Purely Pomegrante....I love the print pack designs this time...the stripes and florals go together great.....I love being able to fold the corner down, it adds a nice touch......

If you are a stamp aholic and have not visted splitcoaststampers.com, you must go there and check it out.......there are a ton of ideas, techniques and a great place to make stampin friends....they also have these challenges everyday, which really help to widen your ideas.

My Friend Card


This is the card that I worked on while Amber and Jacob were visiting grandpa and grandma and the little girls were napping........


I used the Blossoms Abound stamp set. Cardstock - Always Artichoke, River Rock, Purely Pomegrante and Very Vanilla.....for the blossoms I did River Rock first and then Pomegrante. I did the cracked glass technique to the "My Friend" square. This didn't work quite as well as I wanted, but overall I am satisfied. I think I needed to emboss one more layer. That or the piece was just too small. I love the new In Color colors this catalog, they are great for florals.....


Oh, I have to metion that you will see this stamp set a lot.....it is my FAVORITE.

My First Post on My New Blog

Well this is a whole new thing for me......Hopefully this will be useful for me and provide good ideas for my friends and visitors....I just want to start with a bit on me and my crazy but wonderful life.....

If you are a mom then you will understand the crazyness that I describe....as stated and y seeing the most important thing in my life are my 4 kids....Amber is 10 and from my previous relationship....she is becoming a teenager overnight and sometimes I question if her and I will make it to see her 11th birthday. She thinks she knows everything and of course nothing goes her way. She is the most accident prone child I have ever met......We have gone through so much with her in the past few months....on her birthday, late November, at her party she fell against the bed and split her chin open had to go to the ER.....on Christmas morning she was rollerskating in the kitchen and fell, broke her front tooth completely in half.....and today jammed her toe on the door! these are just a few things that we have gone through. Jacob is 5 and David and I's first baby......he has a speech inpetament and is hard to understand, but is the most intelligent 5 year old I know......he loves the WWE, wrestling and Transformers, I never knew that when I became a mom that I would also learn how to do a backbreaker and turn into a robot in a split second.....but for him I would do anything......Rylee is 3 and she is, in her mind, a real life PRINCESS.....this girl is so obsessed with the Disney Princesses that there is not a inch of space in our house that does not have Cinderella, Snow White, Ariel or Sleeping Beauty in it. She just broke her arm last week, what an adventure that was.....she had to have surgery so that they could pin the elbow back together......but they don't make them tougher than her.....I know that I would be screaming if I had to go through what she did.....the only thing she complained about was when she woke up after the surgery and looked at the cast and it was purple....she said to me "I wanted PINK." Who'd of known that the hospital wouldn't have a pink cast.....and then there is Sofia, she is 9 months old.....crawling, and exploring is all there is to say right now...oh yeah, she loves the computer!

David and I have lived together for 6 years here in St. Louis. I have always lived here and David is from Baltimore......we live across the street from my sister for now. We are looking to move to a bigger space! I am a Insurance agent assistant by day and a stamper by night. I joined Stampin Up almost 2 years ago and right before SOfie was born I quit to be a stay at home mom for a while. Now just last month I rejoined.