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I love crafting, especially rubber stamping. Most weekends I can be found surrounded by paper, rubber stamps and ink.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Some News and My First "Stella" Digi-stamp

It's Monday and the start of a very short work week for me. A short work week because on Wednesday morning I am having surgery to repair torn tendons and ligaments in my right arm. In June I fell and broke my right arm in 3 places (some of you may recall my 5 week stamping and blogging hiatus.)  While the bones have mended, the fall also caused significant tears that pulled the tendon and ligaments completely away from the bones. It won't get better with out surgical intervention, and so, Wednesday is the day. According to the Dr., recovery this time around will be longer. Needless to say, life will be interesting for awhile as I am right handed.

Enough of the not so fun stuff and on to the fun stamping stuff.

A few weeks ago I downloaded some Bugaboo Stella digi-stamps. This is my first experience with digital stamps. I can't say that I will be going this way for my card making, as I do like the actual stamping, but Stella is so cute and funny that I wanted to use her on some cards. I choose Saturday's Sweet Stop, SSS90, sketch for the layout. The greeting on the inside that goes along with this image is "Well. . . aren't WE just a bloody ray of sunshine?!" She IS just too funny!

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I hope to get in a few more stamping sessions before Wednesday morning with "scheduled" posts. After that, I will just be cruzin' blog-land and pining for paper and ink. (don't you all feel sorry for me? lol)

Again, thanks for stopping by today,

Stamps: Bugaboo digi-stamp
Card stock: TE green and choice snow white
Patterned paper: A Walk in the Park by Echo Park
Ink: memento tuxedo black, memento cantaloupe, Copics
Other: classic rectangle Nestie, TE ribbon, SU punch, Martha Stewart flower sticker, the Big Shot, and dimensionals

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Challenges New and Old

Good afternoon stampers,

I hope you are all having a fun and relaxing weekend. Like many of you, Sunday brings two of my favorite blog-land challenges, Karen's Sweet Sunday Sketch challenge and Stacey's Curtain Call Color challenge. It seems that I've gotten into the habit of combining the two to see what I can come up with, and this week is no exception. Although I didn't have time last week to play along, I did end up making a card late Friday night using both last week's colors and sketch. It was too late to actually participate in the challenges, so I'm showing it in today's post, hence today's post title.

I'll go in chronological order starting with the card that follows last Sunday's SSSC 98 sketch and CCC, Act 63 colors of bashful blue, cajun craze, chocolate chip, always artichoke and whisper white. The stamp set is from the up-coming SU Sale-a-bration mini called Sweet Summer. I used my aqua painter to water color the images and the patterned paper is retired SU DSP.

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Here is the card made following this week's SSSC 99 and CCC, Act 64 colors of pacific point, cherry cobbler, marina mist, always artichoke and whisper white. The large tea cup stamp is a single stamp that I've had forever from Art Impressions. I loved the button grouping that Karen used here on her card and I have shamelessly {grin} copied her using a mix of SU flowered brads and a button. For the center of the flowers I used SU round "Ice" brads (both are retired). I layered the scalloped border element under my image instead of over as it just seemed to work better here.

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Tomorrow I'll be back with a card made for Saturdays Sweet Stop challenge layout. It's made with my first "Stella" digi-stamp. So, see you all back here tomorrow.

Thanks so much for stopping by,

Card 1:
Stamps: SU Sweet Summer set and Tiny Tags set
Card stock: SU chocolate chip, always artichoke and whisper white
Patterned Paper: SU DSP (retired)
Ink: memento tuxedo black, bashful blue, always artichoke, cajun craze, daffodil delight
Other: classic circle and lacy circle Nesties, SU border punch, SU EF, SU circle tag, Kaiser yellow pearls, TE green rhinestones, TE chocolate ribbon, Die-namics grass die, the Big Shot, and dimensionals

Card 2:
Stamps: Art Impressions single stamp and SU So Happy For You set
Card stock: SU always artichoke, marina mist, cherry cobbler, pacific point and whisper white
Patterned Paper: Echo Park
Ink: SU always artichoke and cherry cobbler
Other: classic circle and big scalloped circle Nesties, TE border die, SU EF, SU corner rounder punch, SU brads, button and ribbon, the Big Shot, mini glue dots, and dimensionals

Friday, January 7, 2011

Love for Inspiration from Around Blog-land

Hi and Happy Friday all,

I have SO been enjoying all of the cards around blog-land lately using the little Valentine's girl from the Greeting Card Kids stamp set from Stampin' Up. Especially those from Vicki over at her blog "It's A Stamp Thing".  I've enjoyed them so much that I've been inspired to pull my set out and join in the fun. I used this month's SFYTT layout on a base of kraft card stock to participate in Jeanie's That's Krafty Thursday challenge.

Included on my card is an element that I was inspired to make after reading Danielle Lounds' blog this morning. It's the rosette. Danielle included instructions on how to make the rosette today. I followed her instructions and was very pleased with the results.

Thanks ladies for the wonderful inspiration!

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Stamps: Greeting Card Kids set from Stampin' Up
Card stock: SU kraft, real red and whisper white
Patterned paper: SU Love Impressions DSP
Ink: memento tuxedo black, Copics
Other: Labels 4 Nesties, Cuttlebug Dots EF, SU punches, SU real red ribbon, red Stickles, the Big Shot, and dimensionals

Thanks for looking in today and have a fabulous weekend.