Monday, December 31, 2012

Look After My Heart

I made this little love note for my husband using the chalkboard technique, which is the challenge today at Splitcoaststampers.  It's an easy technique:  you heat emboss your image and/or sentiment with white embossing powder and then dust on white ink for your chalkboard.  Easy peasy!!

 A friend of mine gave me this arrow punch several years ago and I've hardly used it.  It was perfect for my arrow on my heart-shaped love note today.  I used an actual feather for the quiver.  It was kind of peachy in color, so I colored it with my Chamois Copic marker.  The sentiment is by My Favorite Things called Clearly Sentimental About Romance.  Hubby and I are big fans of the Twilight series, having read all the books and seen all of the movies, so this sentiment is perfect!

Wishing you love and happiness,

Sunday, December 30, 2012

I'm Still Here

Hello friends!  I hope you've been enjoying your holidays.  Ours have been good.  I love the special time with family, the decorations, the Christmas music, and even got into doing some baking this year, which I haven't done in several years.  

I have been so remiss about posting to my blog these past couple weeks. I just haven't felt like it. Do you ever feel that way? Probably part of it was due to the busy time of the holidays and shortage of time, but there was a part of me that just didn't "feel" like it.

I have, however, been busy making cards in my spare time.  I especially love making Christmas cards and have a few to post here today.  I'll be posting them throughout the year, as well, since I signed up for the Christmas Card Challenge (CCC) at Splitcoaststampers (SC).  It's a great challenge forum for motivating you to make so many cards a month.  You get to choose how many cards you want to commit to making.  I committed to making four a month and already made mine for January!  The January CCC challenge was to  use non-traditional Christmas colors in our designs.  I chose lavendar.  For these cards, I inked up my embossing folder with the Lavendar Lace ink, misted with a little water and ran through my Big Shot.  I love the mottled effect.  These were simple and quick to make.  They'll also be great for mailing because they're pretty flat.

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 My next card I made in honor of today's Featured Stamper challenge on Splitcoaststampers. I was so happy to see my talented friend and CCEE sister, Sabrina (Cook22)chosen. She has a HUGE gallery from which to glean inspiration.  I chose to case her elegant and gorgeous Simply Peaceful card.  Here's my version with the changes I made to make it my own design.

I found myself wishing I had Sabrina's elegant Fleur de Lis Square Nestability. I used my Lacy Squares instead. I used Crumb Cake instead of white card stock. I added ribbon (thereby fulfilling my New Year's resolution to use my ribbon!!). I punched a tiny snowflake out of Soft Suede, adding a pearl to the center of it, and then adhered to the center of the snowflake. I used Rubbernecker's Evergreen Bough Block image for my main panel and their Pine Sprig image for my base background.  The sentiment is a rub on.

For my next card, I was inspired by an all-white challenge.  I got the idea to use this border punch on both sides of my card for a different look.  I stamped the ornament with Versamark and heat embossed it with iridescent ice embossing powder, which shimmers IRL. 

That's it for now.  I'm not going to post everything I've made because I know your time is valuable, too.  What I do keep current is my on-line gallery at Splitcoaststampers in case you do want to see what else I made lately.  Here's a link to my gallery.

The new year will soon be here.  I hope yours is filled with good health, peace, love, and joy.


Thursday, December 13, 2012

CCEE Santa

For the last CCEE Stampers' challenge in December, Frances challenged us to use a Santa image in our design.  The CCEE Stampers' will be taking a holiday break until the end of December, but we'll be back the first Thursday in January 2013 and hope you'll join us!

I love this traditional Santa image by Rubbernecker.  I heat embossed Santa with gold embossing powder and colored him with Copic markers. For his beard and hat, I used a bleach technique to whiten it on my ivory card stock.  Since the image is large and takes up most of the card, I kept my layout very simple.

Have a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

 Supplies I used:
Stamps:  Santa by Rubbernecker
Paper:  Wild Wasabi, Very Vanilla, Vintage Snowflake dp
Ink:  none
Accessories:  Copic markers, Versamark, gold embossing powder, heat tool, ticket corner punch, bleach, brush, May Arts silk ribbon

Thursday, December 6, 2012

CCEE Favorite Die

Cindy Haffner is the December challenge hostess for the CCEE Stampers, and she gave the challenge to use our favorite die(s). My current favorite dies are the Holiday Ornaments Framelits by Stampin' Up, so I used mine to make a Christmas card. I love that you can get the coordinating stamps with them.

 (click on image for a closer view)

I stamped the ornament image onto Night of Navy designer paper with Versmark and heat embossed it with silver embossing powder. I sponged the outer edges of the ornament with Night of Navy ink. I created my frame using the largest rectangle Nestability in the classic set, and popped up the frame with dimensional tape. I wanted to keep the design clean and simple, so I only added a little bit of dry embossing on the white card stock.

If you'd like to play along with us or see what the other design team members made, check it out on our CCEE Stampers' blog!

Supplies I used:
Stamps:  Holiday Ornaments and Holiday Happiness by Stampin Up
Paper:  White, Night of Navy, Night of Navy designer paper, silver glitter
Ink:  Chipped Sapphire Ranger Distress Ink; Night of Navy Stampin' Up dye ink
Accessories:  Stampin' Up Textured Impressions Delicate Designs embossing folder, Holiday Ornaments Framelits, Versamark, silver embossing powder, heat tool, dimensional tape and squares, silver cord, 1/4" circle punch


Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Make Your Own Snowman

I made this gift box and card yesterday for the technique challenge at Splitcoaststampers to make our own snowman.

I used various sizes of circle Nestabilities for the snowmen bodies. I used Eva Gray large and small burgundy brads for their bodies. I used rectangle Nestabilities to make my hats. I used a Martha Stewart snowflake punch for the snowflakes on their hats. I used markers for their eyes, mouths, and noses. I used twine for their scarves.

On the card, I die cut the three circles, slightly overlapping them, out of the Jillibean designer paper. Then I added my snowman, popping him up on dimensionals. You can't see it in my photo, but I embossed his hat with the square lattice embossing folder.

For the bottom part of the box and the base of the card, I used snowflake stamps to create a coordinating designer paper with my snowman designer paper.

Here's a closer view of the box:

And a closer view of the card:


 Supplies I used:
Stamps: Snowflakes by Rubbernecker
Paper: Baroque Burgundy, Kraft, Jillibean dp
Ink: Baroque Burgundy, Craft White
Accessories: Pumpkin Pie marker, Marvy Black marker, circle and rectangle Nestabilities, snowflake border punch, twine, May Arts silk ribbon, Eva Gray brads, square lattice embossing folder, dimensionals, ScorPal tape, double circle punch


Thursday, November 29, 2012

CCEE Embrace Life

I've been thankful to our November CCEE Stampers' challenge hostess, Vicky Gould, for the terrific challenges she gave us. For this last Thursday in November of 2012, Vicky challenged us to lace or thread ribbon into our design. I hope you'll play along with us!

I don't have any ribbon threading dies or punches, so I used by double rectangle punch, punching twice to get the length I needed to thread my kraft gingham ribbon.

I stamped my flower image with Memento Tuxedo Black and then water colored the image with Regal Rose, Bravo Burgundy, and Always Artichoke reinkers.  I then added dots of white acrylic paint and topped them off with Glossy Accents for some added shine.

Embrace life....that's what it's all about, isn't it? That we should embrace every living moment we have.

 Supplies I used:
Stamps:  Embrace Life by Stampin' Up
Paper:  Kraft, Bravo Burgundy
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Bravo Burgundy, Regal Rose, Always Artichoke
Accessories:  A2 Polkadots Card Creator, water color brush, double rectangle punch, sponge dauber, Glossy Accents, kraft gingham ribbon, white acrylic paint

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Downhill Racers

I love this adorable Downhill Racers image by Rubbernecker! So fun to make a scene with them. Today's color challenge over at Splitcoaststampers is to use red, green, and gray. 

 (click on image for larger view)

My stamping process:
Stamped my downhill racers, masked them, lightly sponged outlines for my hills/snowy ground with sponge dauber and Going Gray ink, stamped my trees in Wild Wasabi, sponged my sky with Going Gray and a light touch of Bashful Blue, colored the downhill racers with Copic markers, painted green stickles on the trees, added twine.

Stamping supplies I used:
Stamps: Downhill Racers and Kittie Kits trees by Rubbernecker
Paper: Real Red, Whisper White
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Stampin' Up Real Red, Wild Wasabi, Going Gray, Bashful Blue
Accessories: Copic markers, green Stickles, cloud template, twine, liquid applique, sponge dauber

Friday, November 23, 2012

Glittery Candy Cane

Are you out shopping on this Black Friday?  Not me.  Nope.  Haven't done it in years and don't miss the stress of it either.  Rather, I've spent a little time in my stamp room which is way more relaxing to me.

I made my Glittery Candy Cane Christmas card in honor of Mrs. Noofy, who has been chosen as Queen for the Day at Splitcoaststampers! I cased her cute Bring on the Winter card.  The Free for All challenge is to add glitter.  I used red glitter on the candy cane and green glitter on the center of the bow.

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Supplies I used:
Stamps:  Cute Converse
Paper:  Whisper White, Real Red, Wild Wasabi 
Ink:  Versafine Black, White Craft
Accessories:  Sizzix Candy Cane and Bow die, polkadotted embossing folder, poinsettia frame embossing folder, 1" circle punch, lacey circle Nestability, glitter glues, red brad, sponge dauber  

Have a terrific day!


Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving to my friends and family in the USA! I  hope you've had a blessed day enjoying time with your loved ones.

Vicky Gould continues on this month as the CCEE Stampers' challenge hostess. This week she gave us a color challenge to use orange, yellow, and brown, as well as using designer paper.

I used Stampin' Up colors in More Mustard (yellow), Pumpkin Pie (orange), and Chocolate Chip (brown), and my striped designer paper is from Stampin' Up's Regals collection.

I stamped my sunflowers from Heartfelt Creations Aztec Gold Sunflowers set with Versamark and heat embossed with chocolate brown embossing powder.  I water colored them with the challenge colors, finishing off the center with brown glitter glue.  I have the coordinating Blossom Two die cuts to cut the flowers, but I haven't quite mastered how to line the image and die up.  If you have any pointers, I sure would appreciate it!

Please visit our CCEE Stampers' blog to see what the other members designed and to get the challenge details, if you'd like to play along in our challenge.

Here's a complete list of supplies I used today:
Stamps:  Aztec Gold Sunflowers by Heartfelt Creations; Itty Bitty Banners (sentiment) by Stampin' Up
Paper:  Chocolate Chip, Pumpkin Pie, white, Regals collection dp
Ink:  Versafine Black; Stampin' Up More Mustard, Pumpkin Pie, and Chocolate Chip reinkers
Accessories:  chocolate brown glitter glue, Blossoms Two Nestabilities, corduroy brad, Itty Bitty Banner Framelits, square lattice embossing folder, corner rounder, A2 Card Creator Polkadots


Monday, November 19, 2012

Lavendar Skies

The Splitcoaststampers' CAS challenge today is to use the colors plum, lavendar, tan, and gray. I immediately thought of a water colored sky using the plum, lavendar, and gray.

I heat embossed the log house with black embossing powder. I masked it and stamped the trees, also heat embossed with black embossing powder. I used Crumb Cake for my log home with a gray roof.

Supplies I used:
Stamps: Kittie Kits Cause a Scene by Rubbernecker
Paper: Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake, Black, Watercolor
Ink: Pale Plum, Lavendar Lace, Crumb Cake, Basic Gray
Accessories: Petite Oval Nestabilities, watercolor brushes, black embossing powder, Versamark, heat tool 

Thursday, November 15, 2012

CCEE Fall Leaves

Vicky gave the CCEE Stampers another terrific challenge this week to make a Fall- or Thanksgiving-themed card.

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I love combining the polished stone technique with my leaf stamp by Rubbernecker. For those of you who may not know what this technique is, I applied a few drops of various inks (I used Ranger Distress Inks in Mustard Seed, Crushed Olive, Wild Honey, and Rusty Hinge) onto a piece of felt attached to my blending tool.  I added a sparing amount of Adirondack Alcohol Blending Solution and then dabbed this all over a piece of glossy card stock.  I even added a few extra drops of the Crushed Olive directly to my card stock and then added a few more drops of the Blending Solution.  It really is a beautiful way to color fall leaves.  Obviously, I then fussy cut the leaves so I could adhere them to the corner of my More Mustard card stock.  I used a fern background stamp, also by Rubbernecker, on my More Mustard base.  I used a Long Rectangle Nestability to cut the frame out of the More Mustard base.  I wanted to use Cajun Craze card stock to mat my frame, but I wouldn't have had enough room for my sentiment.  Therefore, I sponged  Rusty Hinge Distress Ink around the frame opening.  I the adhered the white sentiment panel to the back of the More Mustard panel with dimensionals to give it depth.  The brown wrinkle ribbon is from Sharon's Stamp Simply Ribbon Store.

Please visit the CCEE Stampers' blog to see what my teammates created and to get the details on how to join our challenge!

Supplies I used:
Stamps:  Fern leaf bg,  Maple leaf, and sentiment by Rubbernecker
Paper:  More Mustard, Glossy White, White
Ink:  Versafine Black; Stampin' Up More Mustard; Ranger Distress Inks in Mustard Seed, Crushed Olive, Wild Honey and Rusty Hinge
Accessories:  Long Classic Rectangle Nestability, blender tool, Adirondack Alcohol Blending Solution, dimensionals, sponge dauber, brown wrinkled ribbon


Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Christmas Cards

I'm a little behind on my blog posts.  Here are a few Christmas cards I made over the last few days.

My first one is for the color and sketch challenges over at Splitcoaststampers.  I colored my snowman with a combination of Copic markers and glitter glues. I paper pieced his hat with some old SU dp. I used a clear Crystal glitter glue on his body. The snowflakes on the background panel are an individual stamp that I stamped randomly and heat embossed with white embossing powder.

Supplies I used for the snowman card:
Stamps: Snowman and background snowflakes by Rubbernecker
Paper: Tempting Turquoise, Certainly Celery, Whisper White, Black, striped dp for his hat
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, White Craft
Accessories: Copic markers, glitter glues, rectangle Nestabilities, turquoise ribbon, white embossing powder, heat tool

My next card was for the Clean and Simple sketch challenge, also at Splitcoaststampers on Monday. 

 Supplies I used for the Ornament card:
Stamps:  Ornament Keepsakes by Stampin' Up
Paper:  Rich Razzleberry, White
Ink:  Rich Razzleberry, Soft Suede, Crumb Cake, Lettuce, Black
Accessories:  scallop border punch, 1" circle punch

For my last card I have to share with you today, I made it for the Technique challenge on Splitcoaststampers to make these cute folded trees.

Supplies I used for the folded Trees card:
Stamps:  All Year Cheer I by Stampin' Up (retired)
Paper:  Night of Navy, White, Debbie Mum Christmas dp
Ink:  White Craft
Accessories:  Memory Box Star of Wonder die, Pinking Circle Nestabilities, dotted swiss embossing folder, dimensional tape, white gel pen, white embossing powder, heat tool
Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

CCEE Partial Embossing

This week Vicky challenged the CCEE stampers to use only a portion of an embossing folder. We could choose any theme we like, but she did remind us that Christmas is around the corner!!

I'm always up for making a Christmas card so I did go with that theme. My partial embossing is on the lower half of the white card stock on the base panel. I gold embossed the 10 Pt Ornament image (by Rubbernecker) behind the poinsettia, which is a Spellbinder die. I used a gold leafing pen to add a streak of gold to the poinsettia petals. After I did it, I wish I hadn't, but I was too short on time to die cut and shape another poinsettia. I love the richness of Stampin' Up's Cherry Cobbler ribbon!

Come play along with us, if you'd like. You can get all the details on our CCEE Stampers' blog!

Supplies I used:
Stamps:  10 Pt Ornament (Rubbernecker)
Paper:  White, Cherry Cobbler, Wild Wasabi
Ink:  none
Accessories:  Poinsettia Spellbinder die, Snowflake embossing folder, dimple corner punch, Cherry Cobbler ribbon, dimensionals, Versamark, gold embossing powder, heat tool, gold pearl, leaf punch


Monday, November 5, 2012

Fall Wreath

I made this card for today's Clean and Simple challenge based upon a Pinterest inspiration photo and today's Technique challenge to layer scallops. Both of these challenges come from Splitcoaststampers.

Obviously, I went with the fall colors in the inspiration photo for my fall wreath. This wreath is a Cheery Lynn Christmas wreath die; I cut it out on Very Vanilla cardstock and then I colored it with Distress Inks in fall colors using a chalk tip applicator. The wreath is popped up with 3D foam squares. My scallops are the layered Big Scalloped Squares I used for the shape of my card.

Supplies I used today:
Stamps: Thanks sentiment in Rubbernecker's Box Word Set; maple leaf (on inside of card) also by Rubbernecker 
Ink: Stampin Up Early Espresso; Ranger Distress Inks in Mustard Seed, Crushed Olive, and Fired Brick 
Accessories: Big Scalloped Square Nestabilities, Stampin Up Itty Bitty Banner Framelet die, SU Delicate Designs Textured Impressions embossing folder, 3D Foam squares

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Abstract Trilogy

Artful Home is the website Judy gave us for the Inspiration challenge on Splitcoaststampers today. I love this beautiful acrylic painting by Joanie San Chirico.

 I heat embossed my images with white embossing powder on watercolor card stock. I then applied the various Gelato stick colors, spritzed with water, and rubbed the inks with my finger to blend them. I sponged on a little Adirondack Cranberry and Stampin' Up More Mustard. I really like how this turned out so I didn't want to cover it up with a bunch of layers. I simply added ribbon as an embellishment.

Stamps: Fall Trilogy by Rubbernecker 
Paper: Lavendar Lace, Watercolor, blue (unknown) 
Ink: Adirondack Cranberry; Stampin Up More Mustard 
Accessories: white embossing powder, versamark, heat tool, Gelatos, ribbon 


Thursday, November 1, 2012

CCEE Faux Pressed Poinsettias

Vicky Gould is our November CCEE Stampers' challenge hostess, and she's kicking off the month with a great challenge to use the faux pressed flowers technique in our design.  I used silk poinsettia flowers for my Christmas card today.  I added gold glitter centers to the flowers.  The three flowers on the bottom left are faux pressed with Stampin' Up's Fan Fold embossing folder.   I added the poinsettia on the sentiment tag for dimension.  The Merry Christmas sentiment is from Rubbernecker Stamps, and I heat embossed it with Stampin' Up's Cherry Cobbler embossing powder.  The background designer paper and Cherry Cobbler satin ribbon are also by Stampin' Up.

Please visit our CCEE Stampers' blog to see what the entire team designed for this challenge.  We also invite you to play along with us!


Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Halloween or Christmas???

Happy Halloween to all you ghouls and goblins! I don't have a Halloween card for today's post because I'm more into getting my Christmas cards made for this year.  However, I do have to share this adorable photo my friend sent to me of her cute little dog in his Halloween costume.  It just made me smile!

Now, onto my card.  I just got this Ornament Keepsakes bundle from a recent Stampin' Up workshop I attended. I've been wanting these stamps and coordinating framelits, and the deal was too good to pass up because you also get the Festive Paper Piecing Pack and Candlelight Christmas dp! (Note:  I didn't use the Candelight Christmas dp on my design today; this is Stampin' Up designer paper from last year, I believe.)  Yaaaay!!!

Yesterday's color challenge on Splitcoaststampers (SCS) is one of my favorite combos and so perfect for Christmas cards: Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, and Very Vanilla.  I used my Cherry Cobbler and Old Olive markers to color directly onto the ornament stamp.  I colored it three times and stacked the three ornaments together with dimensionals.  The sketch design is from SCS's sketch challenge today. 

Thanks for stopping by! Have a spooktacular day!


Thursday, October 25, 2012


Brenda (aka Benzi) is the CCEE Stampers challenge hostess for October. She gave us an easy challenge this week to use a tag on our card/project.

My mojo has seriously been lacking since my husband's illness.  He is getting better every day, but I still am taking care of most of the daily living activities needed to sustain our home.  Therefore, I haven't had much time to sit down at my stamp table and allow the creative juices to flow.  I really want to get back in the swing of things with my stamping, though, so I wanted to make some kind of card for this week's CCEE Stampers' challenge.  I chose to keep my design very simple this week.

This white fanciful flourish by Cheery Lynn Designs has been languishing on my stamp table for quite some time now begging to be used.  I paired it up with some Old Olive designer paper and Melon Mambo hydrangea punched flowers.  I used a small white tag with the Just-Rite "Thinking of You" stamp from their Just Because Set.  I really like how pretty the Melon Mambo looks with the Old Olive.

Thanks for stopping by!  If you'd like to see the designs of the other CCEE Stampers', please visit our blog.  Perhaps you'd like to play along with us!


Friday, October 12, 2012

Fall Leaves Resist

I apologize if you've come to my blog and found nothing new here lately. My poor husband has been in the hospital for the past two weeks, and I've been solely focused on his care. Hopefully, the doctors are on the right track with the medical care he needs and he will soon be 100% better!

At the end of September, Sabrina (Cook22 on SCS), was the CCEE Stampers' challenge hostess. Her last challenge of the month was to use any technique we wanted to on our project. I've been wanting to try to the Masking Fluid Resist technique (here's a link to a great tutorial for this technique) for quite some time, so that's the one I chose for my design. I did have my card uploaded to our CCEE Stampers blog, but, again, just didn't have the time to get it uploaded to my blog.

This was my first time using the Masking Fluid; I got a little heavy handed with it in spots, but I still love the results.  I white embossed the "Friend" sentiment.

 Here's a complete list of the supplies I used:
Stamps: Leaves, Fall Trilogy by Rubbernecker
Paper: Early Espresso, Old Olive, Really Rust, Whisper White
Ink: River Rock, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Old Olive, Always Artichoke, Really Rust, Pumpkin Pie, More Mustard
Accessories: Masking Fluid, White embossing powder, Versamark, heat tool, sponge daubers, green brad, Fancy Fan embossing folder, Memory Box Maple Leaf Die

It's a beautiful Fall day here, and I hope it's a beautiful day in your part of the world, too!  Make each moment count.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

CCEE Happy Harvest

Sabrina, our September CCEE challenge hostess, challenged us to make a card (or project) using paper or stamps which feature either food or drink.

When my husband and I were out walking in our woods the other day, we noticed a squirrel working feverishly to gather the acorns off the ground, and I thought "this is his fall harvest" as he gathers his store for the winter months.   That gave me my idea for my card today. 

 I stamped and colored the acorn images with Copic markers and hand cut them.   I heat embossed the sentiment with brown embossing powder.  My cards measures 4 1/4" square.

Please visit our CCEE Stampers' blog to see what the rest of the team designed.

Stamps:  Rubbernecker
Paper:  Very Vanilla, Really Rust, Bazzill Brown, Autumn dp
Ink:  Rusty Hinge Distress Ink
Accessories:  Classic Square and Postage Nestabilities, brown embossing powder, Versmark, heat tool, brown brads, ScorPal, dimensionals


Thursday, September 13, 2012

Waterfall Christmas

Our CCEE challenge hostess, Sabrina, challenged us to make either a waterfall card or a pop-up card. I chose to do the waterfall since I had not tried this before. I found a great YouTube video for instructions as I'm much better watching a video than still shots of photos.  If you're good with still shots, Splitcoaststampers has a tutorial in their Resources section.

I used the Snowflake Ornament die by Memory Box for my waterfall.  Here's an inside view showing the Rubbernecker Stamps sentiment I used.

 Please visit our CCEE Stampers' blog to see what the other gals created for your viewing pleasure.

Here's a complete list of the supplies I used:
Stamps:  Rubbernecker
Paper:  Ridinghood Red, Old Olive, White (Stampin' Up), holiday designer paper
Ink:  Ridinghood Red
Accessories:  Memory Box Snowflake Ornament die, Old Olive eyelets, Cropadile, shimmer mist, white grosgrain ribbon, 1" circle punch, X-Press It tape


Thursday, September 6, 2012

CCEE Birds and Music

Aaaaaahhhh!  It felt so good to get back to my stamp room.  I'm still in physical therapy for my shoulder and praying that I won't need to have another surgery to manipulate my frozen shoulder.   I'm thankful at least that I can get back to cranking my Big Shot and pushing down on my punches!

Sabrina is the September CCEE challenge hostess. Her first challenge this month is to create a card using birds and music. We didn't even have to use music stamps or paper; we could be inspired by a song. One of my all-time favorite songs is Over the Rainbow. I love the lyrics and the beautiful melody.

 I first stamped the Wildflower background image onto white card stock with Versamark.  I then heat embossed it with clear embossing powder.  Using the arc of a coffee filter, I sponged the various colors of my rainbow.  Next, I used an oval Nestability to create my frame out of this rainbow panel.  I stamped the sentiment onto white card stock and adhered it to the back of my oval panel.   I dry embossed my bluebird with a music embossing folder.  I made my ribbon out of paper.

Please visit our CCEE Stampers blog to see what the others created.  Perhaps you'd like to join us!

Stamps:  Wildflower background and sentiment by Rubbernecker
Paper:  Pretty in Pink, Bashful Blue, Certainly Celery, Whisper White
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Barely Banana, Pretty in Pink, Bashful Blue, Soft Sky, Peach Bellini
Accessories:  Stampin' Up Bird punch; leaf punch, oval Nestability, button die, dimensionals, sponge daubers, coffee filter