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

Sunday, July 24, 2011

July KI Beach Cottage

Happy Sunday all,

When you read this, I will actually be on vacation. This card is another of my Thank You cards for my birthday gifts that I made last Monday.

Since I had the TE July KI kit on my table, I used it again for this card. I think that the colors are perfect for this beach cottage.

While surfing blogs the other day, I came across this card on Jody Morrow's blog and absolutely loved the layout. I borrowed it for this card and I hope she doesn't mind. I really like how it showcases this stamp.

Stamps: A Day In Paradise and Much Appreciated by Taylored Expressions
Card stock: Flamingo and Parakeet from July KI kit
Patterned paper: Life Of the Party by MME from July KI kit
Ink: Memento rich cocoa, copics,  Color Box chalk ink in pink, and SU blushing bride
Other: classic square Nesties, Die-namics scalloped border die, TE glitter brads, sewing machine, the Big Shot, and dimensionals

Have a great week and thanks,

Friday, July 22, 2011

TESC143 "Dude! You Rock"

Hey and Happy Friday all!
While Fridays are always great, it's an extra special, happy Friday for me today as I am one of the guest samplers for today's TESC143 sketch.

Thanks, Taylor for this opportunity!

When I saw the sketch in my e mail from Taylor, I knew almost immediately what I wanted to create with it. I've used one of the new July release stamp sets, Moka Justin. Isn't he just the cutest? I have two teen nephews who I love to pieces, and Justin makes me think of them. When I saw this set at release time, I knew I'd be snapping it up.

Here's the inside:

Justin is colored with Copics. The patterned papers are from last year's Rockstar Key Ingredients kit. (I thought a perfect showcase for Justin.) No ribbon and bow for Justin, so for the horizontal element, I used the guitar strings and the "You Rock" stamps from the TE 2010 "You're My Hero" stamp set and a paper guitar die piece from the 2010 Rockstar KI kit to finish the sentiment. The blue paper star die is also from the same KI kit.

To participate in this week's TESC, just create a card using the above sketch as inspiration. Upload your card to Splitcoaststampers and use the key word TESC143. All of the details can be found on Taylor's blog here.

To view the samples of the fabulous, regular TESC sketch crew artists and Pattie Goldman, my co-guest sampler for today, click on their links below:

Stamps: Moka Justin and You're My Hero by Taylored Expressions
Card stock: TE blue, black, green and choice snow white
Patterned paper: Teen Angst by We R Memory Keepers (2010 Rockstar KI kit)
Ink: Memento tuxedo black, Copics, Spica glitter pen in silver, Color Box chalk ink for inside sentiment
Other: classic circle Nesties, medium and small black brads, paper star and guitar dies from 2010 Rockstar KI kit, Seeing Spots EF, the Big Shot, and dimensionals

Wow! So much fun to be a part of this. Thanks all and have a great weekend.


Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Mojo Monday #200 - Thanks

Good Wednesday morning all,

Ah, first day of vacation. Today, I will be busy packing and getting ready for our trip to NE. I Can't wait.

In the mean time, here is a card that I made on Monday evening. I need some thank you cards for friends for birthday gifts I received this past weekend. This is one of them and it will be off to Sedona, AZ.

I used this week's Mojo Monday #200 sketch, and since my TE July KI kit came in the mail Monday, I opened it up right away to use.

Stamps: Much Appreciated by Taylored Expressions
Card stock: TE aqua from July KI
Patterned papers: Life Of the Party by MME from TE July KI
Ink: Copics to color the chip board wheel barrow and flowers, Color Box chalk ink on sentiment
Other: TE picket fence die, classic circle, classic square and eyelet circle Nesties, chipboard from July KI, TE ribbon, TE buttons, Kaiser rhinestones, the Big Shot, and dimensionals

Thanks all,

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Elephant Thank You

Hi fellow stampers,

Today was my last day of work for two weeks. Yippee! I will be flying to Boston on Thursday to visit friends that live outside the city. We are renting a house on Cape Cod for the first week we are there. The second week, we will be at their house hanging out and making day trips around NE.

Sunday evening, I made this card for Karen's Sweet Sunday Sketch #126.

Stamps: Life Is A Circus by Taylored Expressions and Happy Moments by Stampin' Up
Card stock: TE medium blue and choice snow whiite
Patterned paper: My Minds Eye
Ink: Memento tuxedo black, SU tangerine tango, Color Box chalk ink in blue, and Copics
Other: SU 3/4" round punch, SU star eyelet, SU tangerine tango pompom ribbon, sewing machine, and dimensionals.

Thanks for looking in tonight,

Monday, July 18, 2011

MFTWSC28 Sending You Hugs

Hi and happy Monday everyone. I had a great weekend and I hope you all did too. Our good friends from the central coast spent Saturday night with us and we all went to a dinner party at another friend's hours. Great food and great conversation.

Saturday afternoon before our friends arrived, I did some stamping and made a card for this week's MFTWSC 28. I needed a birthday card for a co-worker and this one will be perfect for her.

Stamps: Pure Innocence "Bunch Of Blooms" by My Favorite Things
Card stock: SU so saffron, tempting turquoise, old olive and TE choice snow white
Patterned paper: SU retired
Ink: Memento tuxedo black and Copics
Other: SU flower and corner rounder punches, SU buttons, SU linen thread, SU tiny pearls, TE polka dot ribbon, Spica glitter pens, rhinestone flower, sewing machine, and dimensionals

Have a great afternoon and evening,

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Sending You Love; TESC #142

Hey stamping friends,

I had time to get three cards made on Sunday afternoon. Today I have the final one for you. It's a card that I made for the Taylored Expressons sketch challenge #142. This sketch was certainly challenging for me. {lol} I did some contemplating about what to do, that's for sure. 

What I came up with is this little hot air balloon scene. I used my new TE clouds impressions plate on some light blue cs and then used a sponge dauber to swirl on some darker blue and white chalk ink. The hills are just patterned papers cut in curves and stitched.

All of the cs and pp are from the June Key Ingredients kit.

Stamps: Love Everywhere by Taylored Expressions
Card stock: TE patina and painted desert
Patterned Paper: Sweet Threads by Basic Grey
Ink: Color Box chalk ink
Other: TE clouds impression plate and cloud die, sewing machine, SU medium oval punch, heart rhinestone, the Big Shot, and dimensionals

Thanks for stopping by today,

Monday, July 11, 2011

MFTWSC27 Hello Cupcake

I have a very quick post tonight with a card for this week's MFTWSC27. I rotated the layout and used the super cute PI girl, Hello Cupcake. She is colored with Copics and her dress is paper pieced. She will make the perfect birthday card for a friend.

Stamps: Pure Innocence "Hello, Cupcake" by My Favorite Things
Card stock: Taylored Expressions cranberry and choice snow white
Patterned paper: B-day Bash by Imaginisce
Ink: Memento tuxedo black, Copics
Other: classic oval and scalloped oval Nesties, TE medium scallop border die, SU seam binding, SU button, SU twine, Kaiser gold rhinestones, Spica glitter pen, red Liquid Pearls, the Big Shot, and dimensionals

Have a great Tuesday,

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Happy Birthday

I hope everyone had a fun and restful weekend. Mine was great, but, why are they always too short? This afternoon I had some time to get some stamping in and I made a fun card for this week's Sweet Sunday Sketch challenge.

I used one of the July release sets from Taylored Expressions called Life is A Circus. So, so cute!

and here is a peek at the inside:

The circus train was both paper pieced and colored with Copic markers, cut out and popped up on dimensionals.

Stamps: Life Is A Circus by Taylored Expressions
Card stock: red, yellow, teal and choice snow white by TE
Patterned paper: Lime Twist "Out of the Blue" by MME
Ink: Memento tuxedo black, SU taken with teal and Copics
Other: TE seeing stars die and star border die, TE stars impression plate, classic circle and wonky rectangle Nesties, SU circle punches, sewing machine, the Big Shot and dimensionals

Have a great week,

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Summer Fun and Mojo #198

Well, it was back to work today and I for one didn't really want to go. But, it was a good day and I got much accomplished. When I got home I had a chance to finish this card that I started yesterday for this week's Mojo Monday sketch #198.

This all began with the patterned paper. I received a new 6x6 pack called Summer Fun from Echo Park. I couldn't resist the carnival and ice cream cones. The stamp is a really, really old one from Hero Arts.

Although I didn't take a picture of the inside, I used a TE stamp that says "Summer Afternoon, the two most beautiful words in the English language." (quote by Henry James) The perfect sentiment for this.

Stamps: Hero Arts
Card stock: SU
Pattern papers: Echo Park
Ink: SU craft black, Copics
Other: SU clear embossing powder, Cuttlebug EF, SU punches, SU buttons, paper crimper, SU crafters tool kit, ribbon, Doodlebug ice cream cone brad, sewing machine and dimensionals

Thanks for stopping by,

Monday, July 4, 2011

Snow Much Fun . . . again

My second post today is a card using the new Stampin' Up set called "Snow Much Fun". I {heart} this set and will be using it for many of my Christmas cards.

Today, I'm using some "not so Christmasy" colors.  The sketch comes from this week's Sweet Stop sketch # 115. The colors come from the Inkspirations Challenge #76, and finally I'm posting it to the Paper Players challenge #54, Christmas In July theme.

Stamps: Snow Much Fun by Stampin' Up
Card stock: SU peach parfait, poppy parade and whisper white
Patterned Paper: Kitchen Spice by Bo Bunny
Ink: Memento tuxedo black, SU baja breeze, peach parfait, poppy parade, soft suede, pumpkin pie
Other: SU punches, SU ribbon, Stickles, aqua painter, mini glue dots and dimensionals

Have a great Monday afternoon and thanks,


A quick post this morning with my Sweet Sunday Sketch #124 card. I wasn't sure about how I'd like these colors together when I started, even thought the SU patterned papers used them. I think they work pretty well.

This is a mostly SU card. Enjoy.

Stamps: SU "Love and Care" and "Swirls and Curls Verses" sets
Card stock: SU melon mambo, tangerine tango and TE choice snow white
Patterned papers: SU Beyond the Garden DSP
Ink: SU melon mambo, tangerine tango, wild wasabi and basic black
Other: SU border punches, Fiskars corner rounder punch, classic oval and scalloped oval Nesties, SU EF, SU felt flowers, SU rhinestone brad, star dust Stickles, the Big Shot, and dimensionals

Thanks so much,

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Let's Chat

It's been too long since I've played in the Follow The Recipe challenge over at Linda's Catered Crop blog, so last night I decided to join in the fun and make a card for FTR15.

I chose to use Jen's July SFYTT layout, just posted yesterday. The sponsor this month is My Favorite Things, and I've used one of my favorite PI stamps.

There's tons of texture on this card. Too much?? Remember Linda's post a few days ago with quotes from some of her favorite romcoms? When I start adding. . . and adding. . .  and adding, elements to my cards, in the back of my mind I always hear "More isn't always better Linus, sometimes it's just more." I find this quote very appropos sometimes. It's from one of my all time fav romcoms, with one of my all time favorite romantic comedy leading men. So, can you guess which movie? Can you guess which actor?

Anyhoo, here's "Let's Chat":
And the inside:

My ingredients used per FTR15 are:
colors: yellow, green, red
patterns: polka dots
embellishments: buttons and baker's twine
tools: dimensionals (I DO love dimensionals)
theme: friendship

I think the polka dot ingredient must have stuck with me, as that seems to have become the main theme for the card. Lot's of them with the patterned paper and the embossing folder. I do love the way it turned out too. {guess it's okay to say that about one's own card}

Stamps: Pure Innocence "Lady Bug" and "Say What" sets by My Favorite Things
Card stock: SU crumb cake, not quite navy, summer sun and TE choice buttercream
Patterned paper: Cosmo Cricket
Ink: Memento tuxedo black, SU not quite navy and Copics
Other: Seeing Spots EF, Die-namics dies, Fiskars corner rounder punch, SU buttons, SU die, paper flowers, crystal Stickles, candy dot, yellow rhinestones, cork sheet, sewing machine, baker's twine, the Big Shot, mini glue dots and lots of dimensionals

Have a fabulous Sunday and thanks,

PS: The movie is Sabrina, the remake with Harrison Ford. Although, the original was great as well.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Happy Fourth of July 2011

Happy Saturday all,

For those in the US, I hope everyone is enjoying day number one of a three day weekend. (I hope everyone has a three day weekend).  I took advantage this morning to do some stamping and made a card for the current TESC141. Since it is 4th of July weekend, I made an appropriate card.

I started with some We R Memories "Old Glory" patterned papers and a TE stamp set called Uncle Sam. A pretty quick and easy card until I decided to add rhinestones to the sparkler. Thank goodness for Embellie Jellie.

The gold-ish polka dot paper was embossed with the TE stars impressions plate, then sponged with chalk ink to bring out the stars. Taylor had a video tutorial on her blog a few days ago doing this with her cloud die. Great idea! (Thanks Taylor)

Stamps: Uncle Sam by Taylored Expressions
Card stock: SU cherry cobbler and marina mist, TE choice buttercream
Patterned paper: Old Glory by We R Memories
Ink: memento tuxedo black, Copics, Color Box chalk gold
Other: TE stars impressions plate, SU star, circle and small corner rounder punches, sewing machine, star shaped rhinestones, round rhinestones, SU vanilla brad, the Big Shot, and dimensionals.

Thanks for stopping by today,