Thursday, July 28, 2011


Joanne went easy on the CCEE Stampers this week.  She gave us the option to make either a summer-or winter-themed card.  I am sooooooooooooo far behind on getting started with my Christmas cards, so I chose a winter theme.

I love this sweet scene of the snowman and the little girl with their faces to the night sky catching snowflakes on their tongues.  The image is by Rubbernecker.

I colored the scene with Copic markers.  I added white flocking to the snowman and the ground.  I threaded the star button with silver cording and embossed this pretty shimmery blue paper with a snow embossing folder.

You can see the creations Frances, Cindy, Tosha, Shirley, and Joanne made on our CCEE Stampers blog.  Maybe you'd like to play along with us, too!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Wednesday's Worktable

It's amazing how fast the days fly by.  Here we are at the middle of the week already, which means it's Wednesday and time for another one of my Wednesday's Worktable posts on the Rubbernecker blog. I hope you'll check out my post there for a full explanation of how I created my card.

Have a lovely day, my friends!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Pink Blossoms and Queen for the Day


Today I'm continuing to show you the individual cards from the floral gift set I made for Dolce Stamps and Cards using JustRite stamps!  This is the pink (really Melon Mambo) card.  All the supplies I used are listed at this Dolce link.  These JustRite Mini Sentiments and Custom Tag Dies are so cool!   I made the coordinating background for each card using a background stamp from Stampin' Up's Itty Bitty backgrounds.

I'm glad you were able to stop by and take a peek.  Let me know that you did by leaving a much appreciated comment either here or on the Dolce blog so I can come visit you, too!

Oh, but wait.....I have one more creation I'd love to share with you called


It was inspired by my friend, Julia (also known as artystamper on Splitcoaststampers).  Julia was chosen as Queen for the Day on SCS this past Friday, and I'm just now getting a chance to case one of her beautiful cards.  The one I chose is from an old favorite Stampin' Up set of mine called Terrific Tulips.  Julia titled it Thinking of You.

I heat embossed my Embrace Life flower with black embossing powder onto vellum cardstock. I used sponge daubers to apply the various colored inks on both the back and front of the vellum and then cut out the flower. I did the same thing to the bamboo leaf image from this same stamp set, using it as my flower stem.

My vase was punched out of River Rock cs using SU's ornament punch. I sponged the outer edges with Pesto inks and applied a flourish of pearls to it. I also applied micro pearls to the flower.

I adhered the vellum flower and stem with Glossy Accents. Those parts of the vellum I did not affix the Glossy Accents to naturally lifted off the white cardstock creating the dimension I wanted.

Thank you, Julia, for the inspiration! Wear your well-deserved crown proudly!

Friday, July 22, 2011

Blue Card

Yesterday I posted a floral gift card set I made using JustRite's Beautiful Blossoms, Just Because Set, and Happy Everything Tag Making Kit.  Today, I'd like to show you the close up of the blue card from the set.  Dolce Stamps and Cards is featuring my card on their blog today, and I just know they and I would love it if you visited them and left a comment.  Thank you!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Floral Gift Set and Hugs

I have a couple projects I'd like to share with you today.  First up is a sneak peek at a floral gift set of cards I created using JustRite's Beautiful Blossoms, Just Because Set, Happy Everything Tag, all of which are available from Dolce Stamps and Cards.  Dolce Stamps and Cards is featuring my gift set on their blog with all the details.  I'd appreciate your stopping over there to read about it and leave a comment.  If it's not up on the Dolce blog yet, it's because they are on Pacific time and I'm on Eastern, but it will be there eventually (smile)!

Next up is my weekly CCEE Stampers challenge card.  Joanne (aka JoJot) challenged us to make a card of encouragement.  Specifically, she'd challenged us to incorporate a hug of some kind in our design, if possible.  In case you didn't know, today is the last day of Hug Week.  I used this cute image from My Favorite Things (MFT).  I love how this sweet little boy is tucked right into his big ol' puppy's chest giving him a huge hug!  I also used MFT's Wednesday Stamp Club Sketch #29.

I colored the image with Copic markers.  I added stripes to the little fella's shirt with a fine tip black Marvy marker.  I used MFT's Die-namics Flower Trio (Rose Red cardstock) and Leaf Trio (Certainly Celery cardstock) and their Jumbo Scallop die (Soft Sky cardstock).  The sentiment actually reads Puppy Hugs, but, for my purposes, I wanted only the word "Hugs" on my card, so I inked it up with a black marker and punched it out with a 3/4" circle punch.

Please stop by the CCEE Stampers' blog to see what Joanne, Frances, Shirley, Tosha, and Cindy made.  Maybe you'd like to play along with us, too!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Wednesday's Worktable

As I indicated last week, I am posting a regular article to the Rubbernecker blog on Wednesdays called Wednesday's Worktable.  Here's a peek at what I'm sharing this week. 

I'd love it if you popped on over to the Rubbernecker blog to see my full post there! 

Monday, July 18, 2011

Color Blocked Buds

Hello, my friends!  How are you today?  I got some devastating news earlier from one of my friends that her daughter has breast cancer.  She is only 27 years old.  I cried after I hung up from the phone call, but I also believe in the power of prayer.  I'd appreciate it if you offered up a prayer for sweet Lindsay.  You see, my friend lost her mother to breast cancer at a young age, so this is hitting her especially hard to learn that her daughter has been diagnosed with it, too.

Speaking of friends, my friend, Joanie, is hostessing the Technique challenge on Splitcoaststampers today and she's challenged us to do color blocking with a twist.  You can get all the details here.  I used Baja Breeze on my acrylic block for my color blocking.  I then used chocolately brown embossing powder to heat emboss my Rubbernecker Buds images and "friend to friend" sentiment.  The embellishments down the left side of my color blocked section are brown Mosaic stickers I purchased at Michaels.  I used the Martha Stewart double edge Infinite Loops Trim punch in the same color as my base cardstock (Baja Breeze) for a little added interest in the background.  After I heat embossed the "friend to friend" sentiment, I added some color blocking to it, sponged Chocolate Chip on the outer edge, and cut out with a circle Nestability.

Now, go give someone a hug and tell them you love them.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Sympathy Collage

The Ways to Use It challenge on Splitcoaststampers is to create a collage using four different stamps.  For my Sympathy Collage creation, I used the following Rubbernecker images:  Morning Glory Frame (#523), Grid Pattern (#451), Wildflowers (#496-08), Thinking of You sentiment (#565-10).  [Note:  the numbers in parenthesis are SKU numbers that you can use to do a search for these images on the Rubbernecker website.)


I stamped the Morning Glory Frame onto Very Vanilla Cardstock using Stampin' Up's Soft Suede ink.  I stamped the frame again onto a piece of regular paper and cut it out to use as a mask so I could stamp the grid background pattern in the center in River Rock.  Stamped sentiment in Early Espresso.  I colored the flower image with Stampin’ Up markers (Rose Red and Always Artichoke), huffed on it, stamped it, huffed again, stamped again.  Added organdy ribbon with large round brad in corner. I tucked the Sizzlits Little Leaves in River Rock behind the ribbon, added the butterfly Embosslit in Barely Banana, and rounded the upper left corner only of the cardstock with a large corner rounder.

Ice Cream, Youse Scream!

....we all scream for ice cream! Joanne has challenged the CCEE Stampers to make a card using ice cream. I scrounged through all of my stamps and was surprised to discover that I only have this one ice cream sundae image by DeNami Designs.  I colored it with Copic markers.

I found this old Stampin' Up designer paper in my scraps, the colors of which makes me think of ice cream and birthdays.  I used classic diamond Nestabilities and my MFT scalloped border die.  The sentiment is from Stampin' Up's Bring on the Cake stamp set.  The ribbon is Rose by Stampin' Up.

Why not play along with us?  Check out the details and see the yummylicious designs of my teammates on our CCEE Stampers blog.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Wednesday's Worktable

Wednesday's Worktable is a weekly posting I'll be publishing on the Rubbernecker blog as a member of the design team.  I hope you'll be able to take time to visit my posts there, as well as the posts of my Rubbernecker design teammates who'll be posting on other days of the week.

This is the card I created for this week's post.  I have all the details outlined in how I created it on the Rubbernecker blog.  I'd appreciate your support and comments!

Monday, July 11, 2011

Bring Your Daisies by Three!

Ain't she sweet?
Just a-hoppin' down the street
Bringin' daisies by three
Then we'll all have some tea!

If my little ditty doesn't make sense to you, check out Mothermark's Teapot Tuesday challenge on Splitcoaststampers to get the full gist of what she's up to this week.  The main theme is to bring at least three daisies, some bees, and even a birdie or two.  Don't bring trees, though, unless you want to enter the party through the back door.  The back door really isn't so bad; it just where all the rebellious tea potters prefer to enter.

Aint' she sweet?  My image, that is.  She's a girly-girl froggie with her glitterfied green eyelids, batting those long eyelashes at all the boy frogs as she hops along to the tea party.  Even the bees are happy to be buzzing along with her inhaling the sweet fragrance of her daisies.

My images are all by Rubbernecker (see supplies below) and colored with Copic markers.  I added lime green stickles to Froggie's eyelids and scattered straw stickles to the daisy centers.   In reality the sentiment is totally horizontal, but I wanted a circular sentiment panel.  Therefore, I used my black marker to highlight the words individually, cleaning the stamp in between, lining the sentiment up with my stamp-a-ma-jig for perfect placement.

I'm so glad you hopped on by today.  Keep hoppin' along those hoppy trails!

Stamps:  Frog Holding Daisies (#67-09); Create a Garden Set 1 (#512); “Bee” Cuz Text (#149-08); Daisy Border (36-01 KK)
Cardstock:  Whisper White, Gable Green, Green Gingham
Ink:  Memento Black
Accessories:  Copic markers (YG05,YG17, YG67, G85, Y15, Y17, YR16, C1, C5, W1, W3, W5, W7), Ranger Stickles (Scattered Straw and Lime Green), 1 ¼” and 1 ½” circle punches, paper piercer, scallop border punch, sponge dauber, stamp-a-ma-jig

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Yum! Chocolate Covered Strawberries!

Our July CCEE Stampers challenge hostess is my uber-talented stamping friend, Joanne Grzelak (aka JoJot on Splitcoaststampers)!!  For this first week of July, Joanne challenged us to incorporate chocolate into our design.....whether it's an image, cardstock, ink, etc.  I chose to make my Tart & Tangy strawberry a chocolate covered strawberry! Strawberries are so fresh and delicious right now.  Yummy!

I also chose to keep my overall design clean and simple.  I used Classic Square Nestabilities to cut out the square on my base Cherry Cobbler cardstock and then a smaller square matted with Chocolate Chip cardstock. 

I colored the strawberry with markers directly onto the stamp, stamped the image three times, cut them out, and layered them with dimensionals as you can see in this next photo.  I adhered the strawberries to the I Heart sentiment square and then attached this panel to a piece of white cardstock embossed with a hearts embossing folder.  This entire piece was attached to the inside of the card.

If you'd like to see what Tosha, Cindy, Shirley, Frances, and Joanne created or play along with us, please visit our CCEE Stampers blog for the details!

Stamps:  Stampin' Up's Tart & Tangy and Sweet on You
Cardstock:  Cherry Cobbler, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White, Chocolate Chip striped dp
Ink:  Espresso
Accessories:  Stampin' Up markers, Classic Square Large Nestabilities, Classic Square Scalloped Nestability, heart embossing folder, dimensionals, scallop border punch, sponge dauber