Saturday, August 28, 2010


This is the inside and outside of a card I made today using one of my SSD sets.  I really like how many of the sets from this line allow you the option of making less serious cards sometimes.  Hope you like!

Thursday, August 26, 2010


Hey everyone!  I am so excited!! I just got home from work and had a Take Ten magazine in my mailbox.  Since I didn't order it, I wondered if they had put one of my cards in the publication.  Sure enough..they did!  They published 4 of my cards!!  I had responded a few months back to a challenge using buttons.  If you know me at all you know my love of buttons.  My mom and I both collect them.  It was a challenge I had to do!  Anyway, I was so excited to finally get first time!  Actually years ago I did have a card published in Take Ten, but my name must have been misplaced, because it had anonymus artist by it, so I didn't get credit for it. 

This new fall issue is due out September 1st.  My cards are on page 4,71, and 121.  They also did a close up detail photo of two of them that is on pages 125 and 126.

Also on the news front is that I was accepted as a Design Team Member for Skipping Stones Designs.  I am officially now a "Stamp Tramp"  {starting September 1st}  I really like these stamps, and am very honored to have been chosen as one of the DT.  Hopefully you keep checking my blog to see my progress as I enjoy my very first designing experience!!  Please feel free to comment anytime on my blog....I would love to hear from you!

My goal for tomorrow is to get my stamp area cleaned and organized in preparation for lots of stamping and inking in the next six months.  I also am going to try to make a light tent to help photograph my cards.  Have any of you had any experience with light tents, either purchased or homemade?

I best get busy....I promise my next post will be a creation, not just words!!


Wednesday, August 25, 2010


When I saw the CAS challenge this week on SCS, I had to hit my stamp area...I LOVE kraft CS, and turquoise is one of my favorite colors!! So, even though I was on limited time, I put together this sympathy card.  My thoughts while creating this were with a friend of mine who has had a tragic loss this past weekend, that leaves you without words to say to comfort them.  The stamp set I used was from  The turquoise lace from a basket of lace etc my mother gave me...Thanks mom!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010


This is my take on Maren Benedicts Tuesday sketch challenge # 38 on   I used a Skipping Stones stamps set as well.  Fun sketch, and fun set of stamps!!

Saturday, August 14, 2010


Another quick CAS card using the SSD sketch of the week by Maren Benedict.  Stamp by Hero Arts.  Colored with prismacolor pencils and OMS. 

I made this yesterday while my 6 year old Grandson Taylor stamped his own project.  Taylor loves to do "art" and stamping and using Grami's tools.  He just finished his first season of baseball  [t-ball], and did a simple scrapbook page to frame.

His finished project...isn't he adorable?   

Tuesday, August 10, 2010


Hi all!   I was so excited to see what sketch Maren Benedict had on the Skipping Stones Design  blog today as the weekly challenge.  As always it was the springboard to many possibilities.  This is my first creation using the sketch and I had such fun playing with it I may do another!  The stamp set is also from Skipping Stones.  I used a little paper piecing for the bow.  Hope you like!

Monday, August 9, 2010


HAPPY MONDAY!!   This is my card created for the SCS Monday CAS challenge...something to do with the garden.  I thought this cute little guy was reminding us all to stop sometimes, and take time to smell the flowers.  The stamp is obviously from House Mouse, the papers from PTI [rasberry fizz, new leaf, select white, and kraft. Ribbon from PTI in new leaf, and the button from my stash.  Have a wonderful week!

Saturday, August 7, 2010


A very quick and easy get well card using yet another stamp from Skipping Stones Designs.  This little bunny just makes me smile so thought he would cheer up someone under the weather. 


I have been following the Skipping Stones web site recently, and each Tuesday they post a new sketch challenge.  This month Maren Benedict one of the "go to " gals from Papercrafts magazine, is the guest artist supplying the challenge sketches.  I have followed her work for quite some time, and really enjoy her sketches..They always leave lots of room for interpretation.  This layout was no exception.  I tried it with a new set of stamps I purchased this week at the Altered Art and Scrap Playground from SSD.....the inside of the card says "especially when the salt accompanies a drink and good friends!"  Isn't that fun?! I am really enjoying the stamps in this line.  Hope you enjoy.....have a wonderful weekend!

Friday, August 6, 2010


I found out that enchanted evening cardstock bleaches beautifully!  I stamped the moon with bleach, then stamped upsy daisy over it also in bleach. I then inked upsy daisy with black ink, stamped it just a bit off the bleached image and clear embossed it.  Instant moonlight!!  Love it!  I also used vanilla smooch last, to give it the effect of stars...FUN! 


This card again used the same stamp set from Skipping Stones Design.."You're getting old."  This time I just used the cake and stickled it a bit to match the glitter DP.  I used a "fun fold".  The cake was stamped on lavender moon cardstock from PTI, and cut out.


I  have recently discovered a wonderful line of stamps from Skipping Stones Design.  Heather's stamps are very unique. Many of them are very funny, and allow one to have the fun of creating less serious cards all the time.  I have used this set to make mini cards for a friend at work who had a birthday....every so often throughout the day she recieved another "you're getting old" card on her computer.  This card uses three of the sayings in the set......cute, and sadly all too true!


A cool stamp from Hero Arts inspired this card.  I also love craft cardstock and white ink.  I stamped the heart on kraft, embossed in white embossing powder and embellished with felt flowers from Stampin up.  The kraft piece was sewn to the ripe avocado cardstock, and layered onto rasberry fizz cardstock, both from Papertrey. Ribbon also ripe avocado from PTI.


I again use my favorites...buttons, lace, and my cuttlebug.  I loved this row of birds stamp from Inkadinkadoo....just hangin out shootin the breeze.  The card stock is from Papertrey...stampers select white, raspberry fizz and aqua mist.


The next few cards are what I have been working on the last week or so. This one is utilizing my butterfly punch and stamp set from Stampin up that I have used many times since I purchased it.  As you will see from my work,  I love buttons and lace.  I describe my style as clean and simple....I like the stamps to be the focal points.  I used the Spellbinders label one die cuts behind the butterflies, and the dotted border around the inner die is from Papertrey's Vintage labels set of stamps.  I thought it matched the butterfly stamp well! And of course I had to use my cuttlebug and favorite embossing dots.


This is my first post on my newly created blog.  I am so excited to begin posting some of the results of the time I spend in "my room".  I have been a papercrafting and rubber stamp addict for over a decade. I am creating this blog so I can have a log of my creations, and share them with my long distance friends.  I hope to inspire others with some of my work just as I am constantly inspired by all of the talented designers out there. goes a new experience of having my own blog!