Thursday, November 18, 2010

Welcome Back in Time

Today is another installment of Taylored Expressions' Blast From the Past Blog Hop.  This month's theme is autumn/thankful.  For me, I am thankful for my stamping friend, Kate, who continues to fight against the hundreds of medical problems that keep getting thrown her way.  This card will be in the mail to her tomorrow.  I'm trying to send one card every Friday to her to lift her spirits, and what is more uplifting that adorable little Cuppie?!  Some of you have emailed me for her address to send cards of your own, and that is absolutely wonderful - I am SO thankful for our stamping community, also!  We really care about "our own".  If you would like to send a card to Kate (her birthday is 11/30 too), please email me at  Kate's favorite stamping color combo is pink and brown, so I've been trying to use that on every card.  When we would meet to stamp, we would always have Starbucks in hand, as we both NEED coffee.  Now before I make myself cry thinking about how much I miss my friend and cannot be there for her in person right now, let me get back to the hop... your next stop on the hop is Charmaine's Oodabug Alley.  I'm sure Charmwarm will have something awesome for you today!
Stamp Sets: Sweet Indulgence by Taylored Expressions
Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black, Momento Rich Cocoa
Copics: BG49, E13, E15, E29, R46, R81, R83, R85, Y17, YR65, Clear Spica, Sand Spica
Paper: Early Espresso, Bazzill Kraft, rest from October Key Ingredient Kit by Taylored Expressions
Accessories: Crochet ribbon (from Walmart), Pearls, Ribbon from October Key Ingredient Kit
Punches: 1 3/4", Corner Chomper, Crop-a-Dile
Big Shot:
Circle Nesties, Weave Texture plate (for the circle - hard to see)
Challenges Used: BFTP Blog Hop

Here are all the participants for today's hop... make sure you check them out.  Your next stop is Charmwarm.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Sweet Sunday Late Birthday

Sunday was my little cousin's birthday... oops! :(  I did talk with her on the phone, so hopefully, I'm not completely in the dog house.  I used Karen's Sweet Sunday sketch for this week for this card.  This was the first time I got to ink up my duckies... they are SO cute!
Stamp Sets: Belated Birthday - Ducks in a Row by Taylored Expressions
Ink: Wild Wasabi, Momento Tuxedo Black
Copics: Y13, Y15, Y17, YR68, N0
Paper: Cameo Coral, Summer Sun, Wild Wasabi textured, Pink Flamingo DSP, Choice Snow White by Taylored Expressions
Accessories: Flower from Taylored Expressions kit
Punches: None
Big Shot:
Grass by MFT
Challenges Used: SSSC93

Saturday, November 13, 2010

VSN - Part 2

I was up crazy early this morning, so what does that mean??? STAMPING TIME!  I got to finish all of Friday's challenges, plus make a few more of one the thank you card.  I'm off to finish the set for my work colleagues, but thought I would share what I had thus far... enjoy!  This morning, I'm off to THREE craft fairs/holiday bazaars - OH WHAT FUN! 

This first card is for my friend, Kate, for her birthday on November 30.  For those of you who missed yesterday's post, my friend is having some serious health issues.  Kate's medical issues make mine look like the sniffles - she has been hospitalized for a good chunk of the past few months.  Some of you have asked for Kate's address to send a card - please email me @, and I'm happy to provide it to you.  Just so you know, Kate loves cats and coffee, and her favorite stamping color combo is pink and brown.  I used the Skipping Stones sketch for this week for this card for Kate.

Stamp Sets: Birthday Bakery
Ink: Momento Rich Cocoa, Brilliance Moonlight & Platinum (chalked the edges of the white circle)
Copics: RV00, RV11, RV19, Clear Spica
Paper: Early Espresso, Rich Razzleberry, Pretty in Pink DSP Choice Snow White by Taylored Expressions
Accessories: Taylor's Tiny Twinkles, Maya Road (yummy) chocolate ribbon, Silver Gelly Roll pen (drawn around the white circle for my silver lining)
Punches: 1 3/4" circle, Corner Chomper
Big Shot:
Circle nesties
Challenges Used: NOV10VSND, SSD50

The next card is going to be for my co-workers for Christmas this year.  So simple, but so cute (IMO)!
Stamp Sets: Season Sweetings by Taylored Expressions
Ink: Basic Grey, Momento Tuxedo Black
Copics: G28, G85, R46, R81, R83, Clear Spica
Paper: Real Red, Choice Snow White by Taylored Expressions, Me & My Big Ideas DSP pack (from like 2 years ago)
Accessories: Basic Grey satin ribbon, Silver Smooch Spritz
Punches: 1 3/4" circle, Crop-a-Dile (for stay-put bow)
Big Shot:
Challenges Used: NOV10VSNE
Size: 3.5" x 3.5"

The last card for this morning is a set of thank you cards for Christmas.  I always like to keep this simple but a little special, since they are handmade, of course.  The DSP is flocked, which looks WAY cooler in person, and the brad is a glimmer brad.  The edges are chalked with VersaMagic. Simple, and the set of 11 (prototype + set of 10 :) ) barely took me over the 45 minute time limit for VSN.
Stamp Sets: Communique Curves Sentiments by PapertreyInk
Ink: Vintage Cream by PapertreyInk, VersaMagic Wheat chalk
Copics: None
Paper: Close to Cocoa, Christmas Cocoa DSP
Accessories: Sleigh Bells ribbon, Glimmer Brad
Punches: Crop-a-Dile
Big Shot:
Challenges Used: NOV10VSNF
Size: 4" x 4"

Friday, November 12, 2010

VSN - Part 1

Tonight begins VSN, and I'm so excited!  The first card that decided to show up is for the Silver Lining challenge to make an inspiring card with silver.  I tried to make a silver ring around the ribbon, but the pink ink just made the silver look lighter pink, but it shimmers, and I like the way it looked anyway.  Wasn't quite what I was going for, but kept it!  I outlined the ribbon in silver Gelly Roll pen too.  I decided to keep it simple and let the ribbon speak for itself.
Stamp Sets: Ribbon of Hope
Ink: Regal Rose, VersaMagic Platinum
Copics: None
Paper: Marina Mist textured, Confetti Cream
Accessories: Pink and Clear gems, Silver Gelly Roll pen
Punches: None
Big Shot:
Challenges Used: NOV10VSNC

This next little cutie was for The Look & Feel of Clouds challenge to use cotton of some kind. The challenge talked about comfy and cozy, and to me, NOTHING is more comfy than my flannel pajamas, so I used flannel; I'm sure there's some cotton in there somewhere.  I used the scalloped oval punch to simulate my cloud.  I used Karen's Sweet Sunday Sketch for this card.
Stamp Sets: Season's Sweetings by Taylored Expressions
Ink: Old Olive, Momento Tuxedo Black
Copics: B34, B97, E25, E29, G82, R46, R83, R85
Paper: Marina Mist textured, Old Olive, Real Red, Choice Buttercream by Taylored Expressions
Accessories: Marina Mist striped grosgrain, Jewels, Silver Gelly Roll pen, Red baker's twine from Make a Wish Pantry Project Kit by Taylored Expressions, Tiny buttons
Punches: Corner Chomper
Big Shot:
Scalloped Square bigz
Challenges Used: NOV10VSNB, SSSC92

The last card I have for now was for the Happy Christmas challenge to make a Christmas card without red or green.  I used the Create with Connie and Mary color challenge for this set of twins (I needed 2 for Hanukkah cards).

Stamp Sets: To You & Yours
Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black
Copics: None
Paper: Basic Black, Christmas Cocoa DSP
Accessories: Jewels Pearls (LOTS of these), Very Vanilla satin ribbon
Punches: Crop-a-Dile for the stay-put bow
Big Shot:
Challenges Used: NOV10VSNA, CCMC124

This is all my back can take after a long day of work... hope to have more time to stamp this weekend.

Get Well Sketch

My good friend, Kate, have been having MAJOR health problems, and I wanted to make a cheery note to let her know I was thinking of her.  Kate and I met through Splitcoaststampers a couple of years ago and instantly hit it off.  She lives just outside of Travis Air Force Base where I would have to go sometimes for military "stuff".  We would meet and stamp together, and always get Starbucks.  I miss my friend, but more so, I anguish over what she is going through, which I cannot begin to understand!  If you happen by a few minutes in your day today, could you drop Kate a note of encouragement on her blog?  I know her mom will pass on the kind words to brighten her day.
Stamp Sets: Sweet Little Sentiments, Destination San Francisco Cuppie by Taylored Expressions
Ink: Silver Encore, Momento Tuxedo Black
Copics: BG10, BG13, C2, E33, R46, R81, R83, R85, YG13, YG17, YR18
Paper: Early Espresso, rest from August Key Ingredient Kit by Taylored Expressions
Accessories: Tiny heart button, Letter stickers & ribbon from August Key Ingredient Kit
Punches: None
Big Shot:
Scalloped Eyelet border punch by Taylored Expressions
Challenges Used: TESC133

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Winning News

I don't have a card today (sorry), because I am resting up for this weekend's Virtual Stamp Night at SCS.  Well, not really, but it sounded good.  I do have some NEWS, though...  I have been a winning machine! Time to play the lottery!!!
Every month, I've been participating in Taylored Expression's blast from the past blog hop, and there is always the chance that one hopper will win the stamp set of their choice from TE.  Well, last month - I WON!!!!!!  I selected the Enjoy! set, which will be arriving with my Key Ingredient Kit for November.  I am a HUGE fan of the Starbucks and iTunes gift cards for gifts, so this set will assist me nicely in this holiday season. :)
The second item I won was Amy's grab bag on Ginger Scraps - for some reason, I cannot type that properly, I always call it Ginger Snaps.  Which reminds me I need to finish those downloads, so I can play, play, play.
The last item I won was for the Hope You Can Cling To challenges on SCS.  I won a $50 gift card to Crafty Secrets.  I'm not familiar with Craft Secrets, but as I said in the post, I'm going to be $50 worth of acquainted with them soon!
One more announcement... The first ever class of Digital Design from Jessica Sprague is having a blog hop that starts tomorrow where you can download some awesome designs.  Hop starts on Lisa Williams' blog.
I think I will get a lottery ticket on the way to work today... I've got some SERIOUS winningness (ok, I made that word up but I like it) going on!
I will have a card for the Taylored Expressions sketch because that one is super cute!  Have a great week, and remember - if you like the way you live your life in freedom, THANK A VETERAN!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Fall Congrats

The card I have to show today is a congratulations card for a co-worker who just got a promotion.  I used the ColorQ challenge for this week, along with the Skipping Stones Design sketch challenge.  There's a HUGE sale there this week - spend $33 and get 33% off!  I'm so impatiently waiting Funny Coffee to return... oh how sad am I that I missed that?!  BRING BACK Funny Coffee!!!!  Ok, ok, back to the card... For the vanilla panel, I used the kissing technique and then dry embossed with a texture plate, which is a little hard to see below.  This is the closest I've come to Stampin' Up! only card in a long, long time... Enjoy!
Stamp Sets: Punched Posies, Moments in Bloom by Unity Stamps
Ink: Taken with Teal
Copics: None
Paper: Cajun Craze, Cherry Cobbler, More Mustard, Taken with Teal, Very Vanilla
Accessories: Very Vanilla satin ribbon, Neutrals buttons, Jewels Pearls
Punches: Spiral, 5-Petal Flower, Scalloped Circle, Fancy Flower
Big Shot:
Weave texture plate
Challenges Used: CQC57, SSD49

Monday, November 1, 2010


Oh yes, I did it! All 32 challenges complete!  If you're looking for # 30, scroll down - this is my 2nd post of the morning.  This last challenge was pretty cool.  We were supposed to use an Etsy Treasury List as inspiration to design the card.  HERE is the list I chose.  How did I find it? Well, I searched for "latte", of course, and how could I not use a list called "Everyone is invited to Sunday Brunch"?!  The first thing that jumped out at me from this list was texture - lots and lots of texture.  The second thing was hearts, and lastly - simplicity.  Since I think I only own 2 hearts stamps, I decided to use the warm earth colors fpr the sunflower and use the heart as an accent.  Enjoy!
Stamp Sets: Punch Potpourri, Moments in Bloom by Unity Stamps
Ink: Vintage Cream by PTI
Copics: None
Paper: Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake, Choice Buttercream by Taylored Expressions
Accessories: Stampin' Write Markers (Chocolate Chip, More Mustard, Old Olive), Jewels Pearls, Maya Road (I think) Espresso ribbon
Punches: Full Heart
Big Shot:
Petite Oval Nesties, Distressed texture plate
Challenges Used: HYCCT31

Sketching for Hope

I am down to the final stretch of Hope You Can Cling To cards... I have one to show you, and then I only have ONE more!  WOO HOO!!!!  We were given a sketch for this card, which I really liked - think I'll be saving this one for future use.  It's a little hard to see on the card, but I colored the stamp, then spritzed with water, and stamped on watercolor paper.  I think the rest you can figure out...
Stamp Sets: Just Believe
Ink: None
Copics: None
Paper: Baja Breeze, Cherry Cobbler, Close to Cocoa, Watercolor, the rest from the October Key Ingredient Kit by Taylored Expressions
Accessories: Ribbon & buttons from October Key Ingredient Kit, Old Olive Stampin' Write Marker, Bravo Burgundy Watercolor Wonder Crayon
Punches: Scalloped Corner
Big Shot:
Challenges Used: HYCCT30

I'm hoping to get the LAST card done tonight, so I can get these in the mail tomorrow... wish me luck!


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