Sunday, September 30, 2007

Image Challenge

Now isn't this just the cutest stamp?!?!! I was sent the greeting and the image for this card by Doodlepie from the Inky Antics message board. She mailed us these images and challenged us to make something using them - card, scrapbook page, 3d project, etc. I obviously did a card. :)
Stamps: Polar & Wally and Greeting by Inky Antics
CS: Close to Cocoa, Going Gray, Shimmery White, Basic Grey Infuse
Ink: Black, Close to Cocoa
Other: SU Large Oval Punch, Stamping Sponge, Prismacolor Pencils, Gamsol, Gray Velvet Ribbon (from one of
Jody's Ribbon Shares)

Who doesn't Love a Good Challenge??

I love doing challenges! Whether it is a sketch, color, ways to use it - it doesn't matter. If it is a challenge, then I try my hardest to do it if time permits. Why do I love them? Well, it is very simple - most of the thought process is done for me! I'm all about getting things done quickly when I can. With 3 kids under my feet, my stamping time is limited. Every time I try to sit down to stamp - one, if not all of them, crowd around me and start taking things from my table. SO, I love challenges because the guesswork is done for me.

As for the card above - the sketch and the color choice were both challenges. The sketch came from a yahoo group I belong to. The color choice - to use Blush - came from the color challenge over on Inky Antics message board. Seriously - if you aren't a member of the IA message board - you are missing out on all the FUN!! So - be sure to stop by and say hello....we are a friendly bunch I promise!! :)

Stamps: Inky Antics - Snowcup & Snowflakes BG; Stampin' Up! - Snowfall (Greeting)
CS: Blush Blossom, Close to Cocoa, WW, Basic Grey Infuse
Ink: Palette Noir Black, Close to Cocoa
Other: Prismacolor Pencils, Gamsol

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Blogger's Challenge (Sept. 28)

This week's Blogger's Challenge was to use Spectrum Pads. I used the Stampin' Up! Blue Frost Spectrum Pad for my card. Nothing special with it - just used it as a regular stamp pad. I had other ideas to do, but was already late getting my card posted, so I opted for the quick and easy. :)

All Supplies are SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Snowfall
CS: Brilliant Blue, Bashful Blue, WW
Ink: Blue Frost Spectrum Pad
Other: 1/16" Circle Punch, Rhinestone Circle Brads (Ice)

Be sure to check out the other Blogger Girl's for their creations. I'm off to check them out now myself - I like to try to wait until I post mine before I check everyone's out. -------->

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Lucky Me

For those that don't know - I'm an internet/online junkie! Well, one of the things I love is being a part of the message boards for particular stamp/scrap companies whose items I purchase.

Well - Inky Antics (IA) is a super great stamp company! I *love* their stamps - they have a style for everyone!! I met Jackie (Creative Director for IA) at a stamp convention this past weekend. I've *chatted* with her on the message board at IA and she is super sweet! There was a contest on the IA board this past week as well - it is called TAG. Well, guess what?!?!! I won!!! I am so excited - this is truly an *inky* week for me!! (The card that I submitted for the contest was posted earlier this week for the Blogger's Challenge. The contest winner is randomly drawn and my # was pulled.)

So, if you haven't checked out IA be sure to stop by. We would love to have you join the message board as well - it is free to do so and you'll probably see some people you already know over there. Go HERE to get to the board. Then you'll be able to take part in the TAG contests, color challenges, etc that go on over there!!

Well what did I win - you want to know??! The winner of the TAG contest gets to pick 1 stamp from the IA collection that they want. So, the stamp I'll be getting FREE for winning can be seen here --> Inky Antics. For some reason, I can't link the page with the stamp on it here, so if you go to the following links - Holiday---Season's Greetings---3rd page---4th image on the top called Holy Night. Isn't it an awesome stamp that will make perfect Christmas cards?!!!

So - want to get in on the next TAG contest? Then join the message board and come play!!

Monday, September 24, 2007

New Goodies

Well - I decided the other night to play with some new things I had recently received. I've had this GinaK stamp for some time, but it never saw ink. So, I pulled that out, along with my new Verve Visual greeting stamp and new Basic Grey paper. Isn't it Yummy?!?!! BG is my all time Favorite paper line, so of course I had to get it!

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Blogger's Challenge (Sept. 21)

Better late than never I suppose! Here is my Blogger's Challenge card finally. This week we were to showcase embossing - of which there are numerous 'embossing' ways. I took the easy way and used my Cuttlebug and embossed the Close to Cocoa piece. I then took my SU Vanilla Craft pad across it to hit the raised portions. I also sponged all the edges with the Vanilla Craft pad.

This is a new stamp I just got today at a stamp convention I went to. I had to go because Jackie from Inky Antics was going to be there and I had to meet her. IA has a message board and Jackie 'chats' with us over there, so I felt like I 'knew' her. It was awesome to meet her - she is just too sweet. Ok - back to the card...the stamp is by Inky Antics. I used markers on it and then spritzed the stamp with water. I didn't recolor the stamp in between stamping - I did re-spritz the stamp though before stamping the next two times.

All Supplies SU! unless Otherwise Noted
Stamp - Inky Antics
CS - Ruby Red, Close to Cocoa, Very Vanilla
Ink - Vanilla Craft
Other - Ruby Red & Close to Cocoa Markers, Clear Button, Striped Ribbon (from a ribbon share with Jody), Glue Dots

Be sure to check out the other blogs for their embossed challenge items ------->

Friday, September 14, 2007

Blogger's Challenge (Sept. 14)

This week's challenge was to use something for inspiration and create a card based on that. I took a picture of my card next to what I used as inspiration. :) I needed a birthday card for my nephew, so I went with this. Simple, but that is what I was going for - it is going to a 4yr old boy mind you. :D

Stamps - A Muse
CS - WW, Basic Black, Certainly Celery DSP
Ink - Palette Noir, Certainly Celery
Other - Mega/Giga Scallop Oval Punches, Stampin Dimensionals, Markers, Stamping Sponge

Be sure to check out the other Blogger Challenge Players for their creations -------->
Blogger's Challenge (Sept. 7)

The challenge from last week was to CASE the card on pg.12 of the Holiday Mini. I was away last weekend and finally got a chance to work on the card. Of course, I made it very simple since I was already late with the challenge. I also needed a sympathy card, so I made this into one.

All supplies SU! unless otherwise noted:
Stamps: Warm Words (Retired)
CS: Blue Bayou, WW, Soft Sky DSP
Other: 1/16" & 1 1/4" Circle Punches, Not Quite Navy marker, Soft Sky Double-stitched ribbon, Glue Dots, Silk Flower (unknown)

Be sure to check out the other Blogger Challenge Players ---------->

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Holiday Glitz Promotion
October 1 until supplies run out!

You and your customers can take advantage of this fantastic kit two different ways:
Purchase one of holiday stamp sets (below) and get the Holiday Glitz card kit (110286) for the special price of $24.95 each, OR
Purchase the Holiday Glitz card kit (110286) for $28.95 each with no additional purchase required.

Each Holiday Glitz card kit makes 15 cards and includes:
- Precut card stock and Designer Series paper (15)
- Whisper White Envelopes (15)
- Rhinestone brads (15)
- Real Red zigzag ribbon (15)
- Full-color instruction sheet (1)

Item Page # Stamp Set Price
109234 45 Snowfall $23.95
106786 36 The Snowflake Spot $20.95
109266 35 Big on Christmas $18.95
110359 5* Love & Joy $23.95

*Holiday Mini Collection 2007.

Monday, September 03, 2007

Blogger's Challenge (Aug. 31)

Our challenge this past week was to CASE the card on pg.92 of the catalog. The catalog sample is a pocket card, but I decided to just make it a regular card. Of course, this isn't what I particularly had in mind, but with my kids trying to grab everything I was using - I put it together in a hurry just so they would grab anymore. :)

Be sure to check out the other ideas --------------------->

All supplies SU unless otherwise noted:
Stamps: A Muse (Frog Prince & Beautiful Day)
CS: Almost Amethyst, True Thyme, WW, Rose Red & Almost Amethyst Sampler Designer Pack
Ink: StazOn Black, Always Artichoke
Other: Aqua Painter, Silver Brads, Sakura Glaze Pens (yellow crown & pink heart), 1 3/8" Square Punch