Friday, August 8, 2008


I am so glad that it is Friday! It has been a crazy long week. I started this card last Saturday night when Jen and I went to scrap mania at Archiver's. I spent too much time talking and not enough time stamping that night so I had to finish it up at home on Sunday. This isn't my typical card, hence the lack of flowers or butterflies, but I thought it was cute. When I showed it to Tom he thought it was too plain...WHAT? Too plain??...this coming from the guy who always tells me I put too much on a card. I was going for a simple birthday card that could be used for anyone. The balloons are from the Birthday Balloons-Up Up and Away set from Firecracker Designs by Pamela. The blue balloons are stamped directly on the cloud pattern paper. I stamped the red ballons on white cardstock, cut them out, added glitter to the white reflection spots and added cardstock alphabet stickers. After all of that, I covered them in SU Crystal Effects and let them dry. After they were dry I tied the strings on. The red balloons are popped up with dimensionals. A lot of work for a "plain" card but I was happy with how it turned out. I like the shiney/realistic effect that the crystal effects gave the balloons.
Supplies used: Birthday Balloons-Up Up and Away by Firecracker Designs by Pamela, SU Brilliant Blue and Real Red cardstock, DCWV glitter cardstock, Cloud print designer paper from Michael's, Red self adhesive pearls, SU Crystal Effects, SU Dazzling Diamonds glitter, Cardstock alphabet stickers, dimensionals.

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Color Throwdown and a Anni-VERVE-sary sketch

I'm still having some fatigue issues so I haven't done a lot of stamping this week...actually this is the only stamping I've done since Sunday. Last night Tom was putting together my new treadmill (because I majorly need to get back in shape) so I sat in the basement with him and stamped while he assembled. I decided that since my stamping time is limited, I would try and combine a color challenge and a sketch challenge to, as the saying goes... kill two birds with one stone.
I decided to try this week's Color Throwdown and one of the Verve Stamps Anni-VERVE-sary sketch challenges (AVS04).

I love this black-eyed Susan image but I have no idea where it is from. I think I mentioned this one other time but I ordered it a couple years ago but never wrote down the name of the stamp company. If any of you recognize it, let me know. Instead of So Saffron I substituted the retired SU In-Color Marigold. I colored the image with Prismacolor markers and then painted them with Shimmerz paint. OMG, I love this stuff! I just got my first containers of it in the mail from JacksonBelle Embellishments. I ordered 4 colors and wish I could have ordered more. I painted the flower with Marigold Shimmerz and the leaves and stem with Green Olive Shimmerz. They give the flower such a beautiful shimmery look.
Supplies used: Black-eyed Susan stamp (manufacturer unkown), Inkadinkado sentiment, SU cardstock, circle nestibilities, self adhesive gems, Prismacolor markers, Shimmerz, Art Institue black glitter, Cuttlebug embossing folder, SU ticket corner punch.

I hope you all have a great day! Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Inchies...Part 2

Here is another inchie card I made for the DRS Designs blog challenge. This was actually the first card I made, but I wasn't totally thrilled with it so I made a 2nd one (the sunflower card I posted yesterday). After taking pictures of both cards I decided this one wasn't as awful as I had first thought, so I decided to share this one too.

Supplies used: DRS Designs"Ornament's Galore" stamp, Paper Studio alphabet rub-on's, Basic Grey DP, SU cardstock, DCWV glittered cardstock, Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder, SU ticket corner punch, Koh-i-noor colored pencils, SU metallic pencils, self adhesive gems (sorry don't know manufacturer), wallpaper sample from Menards.

Hope you have a wonderful day! Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, August 4, 2008

DRS Designs Blog Challenge #1 - INCHIES

Today marks the official start of the DRS Designs blog challenges. We plan to run our challenges on a bi-weekly basis. Every other Monday a challenge will be posted on the DRS Designs blog along with inspiration from the design team. If you would like more info. on a particular project, just click the link for the individual design team member's blog. We would love for you to play along as well! There is no time limit, we just want you to be inspired and have fun! If you participate we would love to know and would love to see your project. Just leave a comment on the challenge post on the DRS Designs blog with a direct link to your project and we'll head over to check it out! If you upload to SCS, please use the keyword DRSC1.

So without further ado....

Challenge #1....INCHIES!!!
These 1"x1" squares are all the rage right now and a lot of fun (in some peoples opinions-LOL)!! You can use an image that fits within your square OR use a 1" portion of a larger image! Those of you who are followers of my blog know that I recently made my first inchie a few weeks ago. You also know that I'm not exactly a huge inchie fan. I find it hard, actually next to impossible, to work with (and cut) such a small piece of paper. For my challenge card I chose to go with the "several inches for one large image" option. It is hard to tell by the picture, but for my main image I stamped it on white cardstock and colored it, then I stamped it a second time on a piece of scrap white cardstock and colored it again. I layered it over the first image with non-permanent adhesive, cut it into 1"x1" squares, removed the top layer pieces and popped each little piece up with a dimensional. Considering my lack of love for inchies, I thought this card turned out pretty ok.

Here is a close-up of the image. You can see how I popped up the image better in this photo.Supplies used: All stamps are DRS Designs, Basic Black and Summer Sun cardstock from SU, Georgia Pacific white cardstock, Bazzil Bling orange cardstock, self adhesive gems from K&Co., Amuse ribbon, May Arts Ribbon, Prismacolor markers, Koh-i-noor colored pencils w/OMS, Art Institute glitter (Lion's Mane and Black), Cuttlebug Stylized Flowers embossing folder, Nestibilities ribbon slide die.

Check out the DRS Designs blog for some more terrific inchie cards made by the rest of the DRS Designs team!

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you decide to play along with our challenge!