Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Another Swap Card

This was another swap card I did recently. The swap was to use vellum on the card. I stamped the vellum with the French Flair BG in Craft White. Make sure you set aside to dry or use a light touch of the heat gun (if you're impatient :). I really like how this one turned out - much nicer IRL though. The colors are so rich together and the vellum added just the right touch. You can't see it in the photo, but I took the Old Olive marker and colored on the backside of the birds on the vellum. Not sure I liked that part though, so I would leave it off next time.

Stamps:Carte Postale, French Flair BG
CS:Eggplant Envy, Old Olive, WW, Vellum
Ink:Craft White, Eggplant Envy, Old Olive
Other:Designer Label Punch, Circle Punch (the flower is punched out and popped up on dimensionals), Stampin' Dimensional, Brad (from the Vintage Brads)

Swamped in Swaps

I have been swamped the past 2 weeks in doing swaps! I got through spurts where I don't do any swaps and then all of sudden I'll be signed up for 10 or more!!! YIKES!! Of course, usually when I do this they end up being due around the same time.

Anyway - I made the above card (sorry for the terrible picture) for one of the swaps. It uses the Carte Postale set and the French Flair BG set from the Winter Mini catalog. Neither are really my type of sets, but I have loved seeing what everyone has done with them. So, of course, I needed to get it and try it out as well.

The BG looks like I stamped the French Flair in white, but I actually did Tone on Tone - Ruby Red.

Stamps:Carte Postale, French Flair BG, Sincere Salutations
CS:WW, Ruby Red, Vintage Violet
Ink:Ruby Red, Vintage Violet
Other:Markers - Ruby Red & Mellow Moss, Blender Pen for Vintage Violet, Vintage Violet Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon, Double Rectangle Punch, Stampin' Dimensionals

Friday, January 26, 2007

I'm Addicted!

I am addicted to scrapbooking kits!! There are so many out there on the internet that finding one that fits your needs isn't hard. There is one particular site that has AWESOME kits!! The site is Transparent Touches & Tags. They have a great store and a message board (did I mention I'm addicted to message boards too!!). *grin* Anyway - back to the kits....Monica (the owner) has posted sneak peeks of the February kits already. *grin* I got 2 of the kits from January and some add-ons as well. They are so cool - can't wait to use them!

Here are the 2 kits for February - for the specific list of items in each kit be sure to check out the website.

Feb. Kit #1

Feb Kit #2
Be sure to come visit us over on the message board as well!!

Monday, January 22, 2007


Ok - so on everyone's blog I've been reading about those who've been tagged. My monkey card was commented on by Kathy and she 'tagged' me. :)

A-Available or Taken: Definitely Taken (10 years this Oct.)

B-Best Friend: Rachel & Carla

C-Cake or Pie: Cake--yellow cake with chocolate icing

D-Drink of Choice: anything leaded (Dr. Pepper, Mt. Dew, Mr. Pibb, etc)

E-Essential Item You Use Everyday: my computer and cell phone

F-Favorite Color: Green

G-Gummy Bears or Worms: Bears

H-Hometown: Des Plaines, IL, but call Hagerstown, MD home

I-Indulgence: getting my nails done

J-January or February: February-Valentine's Day

K-Kids and Names: Madison, Mackenzie, & Trenton

L-Life is Incomplete Without: my wonderful family and friends

M-Marriage Date: 10/11/97

N-Number of Siblings: 6 (3 brothers & 3 sisters)

O-Oranges or Apples: Oranges

P-Phobias or Fears: heights, bridges over water, dying

Q-Favorite Quote: ?? Not sure I have a favorite quote

R-Reason to Smile: Watching my beautiful children laugh and play

S-Season: Fall/Winter, but now that I have is more Summer, so that they aren't couped up inside :)

T-Tag 3 or 4 people: ack--everyone I read has been tagged. . .how about Lynne Natasha Cheryl

U-Unknown fact about me: Not sure of anything - I'm pretty much an open book. :)

V-Vegetable you don't like: Lima Beans

W-Worst Habit: I'm sure I have plenty, but can't think of any right now

X-Xrays: Teeth, chest, hand, knees, back (yep - I'm falling apart. :)

Y-Your fave food: Seafood, but I won't pass up any Mexican, Italian, etc

Z-Zodiac: Cancer

Friday, January 19, 2007

Monkey Love

I made this card using Inky Antics stamps for a Valentine swap I am in. I also used a Sketch on the IA forums to design this card.

Stamps:All Inky Antics - Monkey, Happy Valentine's Day, Heart BG
CS:WW, Pixie Pink, Pink PP
Ink:Basic Black, Pixie Pink
Other:Prismacolor Pencils, Gamsol, Coluzzle, Ribbon from Savvy n Sassy (

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Purple/Green All Over

I am on numerous stamping/scrapbooking groups - yes I have an addiction! Anyway - in those groups I join various different swaps, mailings, etc - yes another addiction. I made this for the Birthday Exchange Group on one of the groups. I made this same card, except with the initial 'j' - I figured it would be easier to make the same card for everyone than switching. Good thing there were only 2 birthdays for January. *wink*

I did have fun making this card! The ribbon was the inspiration for the color combo. I stamped the Dotted BG on Green Galore with Green Galore ink. I'm really glad I got this BG stamp - it so fun and provides a unique design to any card. I then stamped the label outline (Paper Salon) in Green Galore ink. Inside I stamped 'b' from the Best Friends Alphabet Lower set. I used my Coluzzle to cut the circles. I then punched on each side of the circle using the Horizontal Slot punch - this is a great punch for using to thread ribbon through. I LOVE Primas, so what's a card without them!?!?!! Again - used the ribbon to pick the colors. I put the brads through the Primas first. Then adhered them to the card with glue dots (I have a hard time letting the brads show through the card- inside). Not sure why, but I do - so that is why I used glue dots to adhere them. The greeting is stamped with Lovely Lilac - it is from the SU Winter Mini Catalog - Small Sayings.

All Supplies SU! unless otherwise noted:
Stamps:Best Friends Alphabet Lower, Dotted BG, Monogram Builder (Paper Salon)
CS:WW, Green Galore, Lovely Lilac
Ink:Green Galore, Lovely Lilac
Other:Glue Dots, Horizontal Slot Punch, Coluzzle, Non-SU:Ribbon, Primas, Brads

Friday, January 12, 2007

SCS - Sketch Challenge 105

I made this card using the Sketch Challenge 105 on SCS that can be found here. I also made it for a challenge on another group to make a Valentine's Day card. I don't really do much in the way of Valentine's, so I used sets that had 'heart' images. I'm telling you - when you need help in the way of sketches, colors, inspiration, etc - you MUST go to the SCS challenges. Do a couple in the same category and you'll be surprised how your mind will just start to create your own creations then! Of course, while I don't do much for Valentine's day - I LOVE the candy that is abundant during this time!!! :D

All Supplies (c) SU! unless otherwise noted
Sets: Festive Four, Dotted BG, Small Sayings
CS: WW, Rose Red, Regal Rose, Certainly Celery
Ink: Rose Red, Regal Rose, Certainly Celery, Bashful Blue, Basic Black
Other: Word Window Punch, Rose Grosgrain Ribbon, Celery Grosgrain Ribbon, Stampin' Dimensionals, Blender Pen, Coluzzle (for the 1/2 circle)

Tuesday, January 09, 2007


Well - I am finally able to upload! Thanks to Allison for letting me know I'm not alone in this!! :) I also read on another stamper's blog that she switched from blogger to another site because of this issue as well.

Anyway - this is an ATC swap I participated in. The theme is to use a $1 stamp from Michael's somewhere on the ATC with any other supplies we wanted. My $1 stamp here is the A Little Something one. I'm not as happy with the outcome of this - my cutting skills stink as evidenced by my uneven circle! I love making ATC's because they are so easy and quick to do. They are perfect for doing up a bunch and then when needing - just add them to the front of a card and voila!

Stamps:Be Happy (SU!), A Little Something ($1 Michael's)
CS:Pixie Pink, Certainly Celery, WW, PP (unknown)
Ink:Basic Black, Pink Passion
Other:Pink Gingham Ribbon, Stampin' Dimensionals

Saturday, January 06, 2007

UGH!! This is starting to irritate me! It seems like ever since the New Year - every time I go to post on my blog with a picture....I get an error message. Again tonight - I have tried to upload a card and no luck.

So - this is causing problems with updating my blog daily as my New Year's resolution!! See - I make a resolution and this is what happens. :)

I'll keep trying tonight to post, but in case you don't see'll know why.

Friday, January 05, 2007


Here is a card I made the other night. The Dragonfly stamp is from Lasting Impressions with Panache (LIWP). I needed a quick and easy card and this did the trick. :)

CS:VV, Always Artichoke
Ink:Craft Vanilla, Always Artichoke
Other:Sahara Sand Eyelets, Crop-a-Dile

Sorry for the late and short post. I'm not feeling well and fell asleep early. Of course, whenever I do that - I end up waking up and being up for a couple hours then. Anyway - I'm hoping since I am actually letting my body rest that I will start to feel better soon. We'll see.

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Ok - well, I came to post another card, however, blogger isn't being cooperative with me. I keep getting a message that they can't complete my request at this time. So, I will try again, but since I had said I was going to post another card - I figured I would post why it isn't here yet.

For those who have been sick - I hear ya!! My whole family has been sick since the end of November!! I now have a head cold and today it was killing me. I felt like my head was going to explode and slept a good bit as well. I'll definitely be VERY happy when we are all healthy and germ free!! :)

I'll keep trying to upload, but just wanted to let you know why the card isn't on here yet. :(
Forever Friends

Well, I guess technically you could say I already broke my resolution for the New Year. :) Of course, since I'm still up - I consider it to still be the 2nd. (Like my reasoning. :) Seriously - I've had this scan ready to post, however, I took the picture with my new digital a couple times and it was 'washed out' every time. So, I kept deleting them and decided to just use my old digital to get the picture until I can figure out my new camera. We'll see - the whole purpose of the new camera was to take pictures that I could post. I'm hoping it wasn't a waste of money now!

Now back to the important thing at hand - I stamped this card for the color challenge on Inky Antics. The color challenge was simply to use pink - in honor of Keri's (Sereikastamper on SCS and IA) birth of her daughter. This was the first time using all of the stamps on this card as well. I had fun and loved using my scalloped circle punches too!

Stamps:Snow Girlfriends & Snowflake BG (Inky Antics), Forever Friends (A Muse Artstamps)
CS:WW, Pixie Pink, Only Orange, PP
Ink:Pixie Pink, Only Orange, Basic Black, Certainly Celery, Close to Cocoa
Other:Scalloped Circle Punches (Giga & Mega), Paper Piercing Tool, White Gel Pen, Aqua Painter, Stampin' Dimensionals

Now, since I am posting this card so late...I will be posting another card later on (after I sleep of course).

Monday, January 01, 2007


Well, it is officially 2007, so I wanted to wish all of my blog readers a wonderful New Year!! All the best to all of you in 2007!!

We didn't do anything special - just stayed home and watched the ball drop. DH was finally off for New Year's Eve, but we decided to just stay home with the kids. Of course, they were in bed way before now - none of them are feeling the greatest. My oldest 2 have head colds and my little guy is cutting teeth - which I still can't believe. He is already 9 months!! Time sure does fly - as I told my DH...I couldn't believe it was already January 1, 2007!!!


One of my resolutions for the New Year - updating my blog daily. So, I'm really hoping to keep this one...seeing how I have you all that will know if I break it. ;) Also R - she keeps me on track!! Love ya girl!! :)
New Goodies - Yeah!!

I got a gift card to AC Moore for Christmas day from my in-laws. Well, if you know me, money doesn't last long in my possession. :) As my DH says, it burns a hole in my pocket. So, the other night we went and I got to go shopping with my gift card. I wasn't sure what I would get and had some other items in my cart, but put them back when I saw these.

I got the Autumn Leaves (Rhonna Farrar) stamps and these 3 A Muse Artstamps!! YEAH!! The drink stamp is one I've seen used before and always thought it was cute. Then the saying stamp - LOVE it!! I've been wanting this stamp for what seems like forever! From the very first time I saw it - I wanted it. It says 'The road to a friend's house is never long.' - Danish Proverb Also - the last stamp says Forever Friends. I didn't realize that our AC Moore sold A Muse stamps, so I am just totally thrilled about this!! Can't wait to create some things with my new goodies!! :)