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Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Muffins and a Valentine Card

Tonight I decided to make some yummy muffins!!! Buttermilk Spice Muffins!!! The recipe was from Mimi's Cafe. I fell in love with them at the restaurant! Click here to see the recipe. They were a little dry the first time, so for the next batch I baked them for 18 minutes and turned the oven down to 360. Much better this time! YUM YUM YUM! You should try them!Thanks Gaylyn for telling me about this recipe. She is my sister-in-law. Check out her fantastic site at The Daily Ink. Her and her husband are also the creators of SUColorQ! A fantastic site where you can save your favorite color combos for cards, scrapbooking and other crafty things. Click here to see what I am talking about!

I made my card for tonite while the muffins were baking! I used my new Happy Heart Day set. All products are from Stampin' UP! I used whisper white, chocolate chip, real red, and pretty in pink card stock. I stamped the image and saying with black Stazon because I watercolored the image. I used my word window punch for the saying. I used my mat pack and paper piercer tool on the corners. I used 5/8" real red grosgrain ribbon. This was a fast card to make and something fun for Valentine's Day!

Now I am typing and enjoying my yummy muffins! Thanks for looking! Enjoy!

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Sweet Boho Flower!

When I saw this challenge on Splitcoast Stampers, I knew that I wanted to use my new stamp set... One of a Kind! I was so excited!

All products are from Stampin' Up! except for the antique copper brads from Making Memories and the copper embossing powder from Ranger. Oh and I am not sure where the little flower came from. The paper I used was very vanilla, chocolate chip, and pretty in pink cs. I also used dp from Berry Bliss. I love this combo of colors. I used chocolate chip classic ink on the flower and VersaMark for the saying. Then embossed the saying with copper embossing powder using my heating tool. I added the copper brads for a fun touch and to tie in with the flower. I used stampin dimensionals to make the flower pop. I used my corner rounder for all the edges. To get the scallops I used my scallop flower punch and my 1 3/8 circle punch. Then I glued the strip of scallops to the back of the strip of paper.

This was a fun and easy card to make! Thanks so much for looking! Enjoy!


This was a fun card to create! I created it for the Try a New Technique challenge at Splitcoast Stampers (TLC153). The flower was fun and easy to create. Just a few simple folds!

All products are from Stampin' Up! except for the brads which are from Making Memories. The Designer Series Paper is where I started on this card. I really liked this page from Flowers for You. I punched out 8 circles with my 1 1/4 circle punch. Then I folded them according to the directions found on here and on the challenge page. That took no time at all. I placed the folded circles on and then thought that I would use my new Boho Blossoms punch and add some flowers. I added a black brad. I matted the flower with lovely lilac and then basic black cs. I also used my ticket corner punch! The saying and the background were from the One of a Kind stamp set. The saying was stamped with basic black onto whisper white and layered onto basic black and lovely lilac. Oh and I used my paper piercing tool and mat pack to add another element to the card.

Thanks for looking! Enjoy!

Sunday, January 27, 2008


Wow! This week has been sooo crazy! Between the power going on and off, snow, rain, my kids getting into every thing,and so many other little things going on, I have not been able to get the stamps out! And the worst part is that I have been wanting to because I got a fantastic box of goodies from SU last Tuesday! Tonight is the first chance that I got to play!!! I know you can relate! Here is my first card in almost a week! The card's layout is from Beate's Weekend Sketch Challenge #32 (WSC#32). She has fantastic weekend sketch challenges and she is a great stamper! Please check out her site Fresh and Fun!

I picked one of my new sets to complete this challenge. Birthday Whimsy from the new Sale-A-Bration Catalog! It is a really cute set! You can get this set for FREE during Sale-A-Bration if you spend just $50 which starts Feb 1st - March 17th. This is only one of the ways to get ahold of this fabulouse set! Contact me if you would like to find out more!

All products are from Stampin' Up! except for the ribbon that I bought at Joann's. I started this card by picking out my colors! I chose whisper white, mellow moss, close to cocoa, and pretty in pink. I stamped the cake by first coloring the image with my stampin' write markers in pretty in pink, close to cocoa, mellow moss, and barely banana for the flames. The flames were too pale, so I colored them in with more mustard and added the barely banana around for a glow. I used my blender pen to color in the plate with close to cocoa ink pad. To add the shadow I used my gray watercolor pencil and a blender pen. You gotta love those blender pens!!! I stamped the saying in close to cocoa and then matted both on to the card stock. I used my ticket corner punch and brads to add some accents. I also used my 2-way glue pen and dazzling diamonds to add some bling to the card. For the background I used the present stamp with VersaMark ink. I then added the ribbon for the final touch!

Thank you so much for looking! Enjoy!!!

Monday, January 21, 2008

Birthday Bouquet

Here is a card I created for Beate's Weekend Sketch Challenge #31. I love her challenges! She has a fantastic blog as well! Click here to see it!!! This card was so much fun to create! I love how all the colors turned out! This was also one of the first times that I have been able to use watercolor pencils from Stampin' UP! Wow they are so much fun! I love how they turned out. Check out the close up!

All products are from Stampin' Up! (except for the flowers from an EK Success punch and a $1 Target punch for the smaller ones and the brads which are from Joann's). I started by choosing the stamps that I wanted to use. I knew that I wanted to use the watercolor pencils and double lined images go really well with that medium. So Fun & Fast Notes was the set I chose! I used black Stazon ink to stamp the image and colored it in with the watercolor pencils and the blender pen. The colors I used for that helped me to decide what colors I was going to use for the rest of the card. I ended up with pretty in pink, certainly celery, whisper white, and orchid opulence. I also used the swirls from Priceless to create some texture on the strip in versamark and pretty in pink ink for the background of the card.

I love how the watercolor pencils turned out! Oh wait I already said that!! But I do! Thanks for looking and enjoy!

Friday, January 18, 2008

A Tweet Thanks

This is a card that I have been playing around with for a while. I would add things and then take things away. Well here is the final product...I think?? What do you think? I do love the colors. Ok, I was not going to do this, but I am posting I guess what would be a before and after....The first picture is the final product. The second is a close up of that and the third was what I first created.

All products are from Stampin' Up!, except for the antique copper brads which are from Making Memories! The stamps are from the set Fun & Fast Notes and the coordinating wheel, Fast Flowers. I chose blush blossom to be the base of the card. I then used close to cocoa, mellow moss, and very vanilla. I used my corner rounder for the scallops and the two corners of the main image. I also used my mat pack and the paper piercer for the corners and the horizontal strip of mellow moss. I got to use one of my favorite punches, the round tab punch for the saying! I stamped the image and the saying with close to cocoa to match the background. I used blush blossom, mellow moss, pale plum, and barely banana pastels to color in the sweet little bird with the flower. I also used versamark to create the background. I also used clear embossing powder and my heating tool.

Well what do you think?

Thanks for looking and enjoy!

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Sweet Latte

Here is my card for Wednesday's Card Sketch Challenge at Splitcoast Stampers (SC159). I really enjoyed this challenge. Once I picked out the stamp set that I was going to use and the rest just started to flow! I love when that happens! This is one of my most favorite sets...Like it a Latte...a retired set.

This is how this card came to be....

All products are from Stampin' Up except for the brads, they are from Making Memories and the ribbon which I bought at Joann's. I chose some of my favorite colors which were very vanilla, close to cocoa, and blush blossom card stock. The inks I used were close to cocoa, pretty in pink, and versamark. I started by cutting out all of my layers. Then I stamped the small swirls of steam with versamark onto the very vanilla card. This is kind of hard to see in the picture (sorry about that). I did the same with the heart stamp on to the blush blossom cs. I stamped the cup and added the steam using close to cocoa with my stamp-a-ma-jig to place it just right on the page. I then used my ticket corner punch on the corners and added the antiqued copper brads in the corners with my mat pack. I added the ribbon too! I thought the cup needed some BLING so I added a heart that I stamped off first to create a lighter color, then cut it out. I wanted a lighter color to match the background and I do not have a blush blossom ink pad. I added dazzling diamonds with my two-way glue pen and attached it with dimensionals. I then attached the cup sections with dimensionals to the rest of the card.

So there you go! This was an easy and fun card to make for a special occasion. Thanks for looking and enjoy!

Monday, January 14, 2008

A Valentine Pocket Heart

This was a first for me. I have never made a pocket heart before. I created this card along the guidelines of the Try a new Technique Challenge (TLC151) at SCS. The template for the pocket heart is there too! I also tried another new technique....the scallops around the heart! They were easy to create! I got the idea from Beauty Lies Within and Patty's Stamping Spot. All you need is the scallop punch and a 1 3/8 or 1 1/4 circle punch. You just punch the circle out and then punch the scallop out of the same paper. Then snip one end to open and there you go. If you do not have a circle punch you can just cut out a circle from the inside of a scallop punch and then snip one end.

This card was created with all Stampin' Up! Products, except for the white brads by Making Memories and the ribbon which I bought Joann's. I used real red and VersaMark inks. I used the Priceless and Polka Dots & Paisley sets on this one. I chose regal rose, real red, and whisper white card stock. I started by cutting out the pocket heart and then I added the scallops I created with the two punches. (See above.) I used 2-way glue so that I was able to reposition the scallops until I got them just right. This was a little bit messy with the glue, but it got the job done. I then stamped and cut out three hearts. I used my mat pack and paper piercing tool on the horizontal strip with the white ribbon. I also used the mat pack to place the white brads. I stamped the dots for the background and the swirls in the heart in Versamark. I also used the corner rounder on the background. Oh and I also used dimensionals to attach the pocket heart to the front of the card.

This card is so festive and was so much fun to create! Thanks for looking! Enjoy!

A Beautiful Friend Card

This card was created by using Beate's Weekend Sketch Challenge #30 over at Fresh & Fun. Blue Bayou, Soft Sky, Wild Wasabi, and Whisper White is such a great color combination! I also chose to use my newest set, A Beautiful Thing. I just got it on Friday, but this is the first chance I have had to play with it! I think I used every stamp in the set on this card!

All products are Stampin' Up except for the brad which is from Making Memories! Keeping the challenge in mind, I chose my colors and the stamp set for the layout. I used blue bayou classic ink and VersaMark. I started by cutting all of my pieces out and then arranged them according to the challenge. I used the corner rounder punch on the wild wasabi cs to give it a scalloped look. I used versamark ink on the blue bayou cs strip and on the horizontal two strips of wild wasabi cs. I stamped the flower on whisper white cs by stamping off first to create a lighter color. Then I layered the other flower stamp on top using the full amount of ink. I cut it out. I added a white brad to this and attached it to the card with dimensionals. Everything else was place on with snail adhesive.

Thanks for looking and enjoy!!!

Thursday, January 10, 2008

My Favorite Coffee Cup!!!!

This is something I carry around with me all the time!! I got this cup from my sister-in-law as a present. Check out her website @ The Daily Ink. She is very talented and just started a blog too! She got the cup at Starbucks a while ago. The cup comes with a template that you take out so you can create your own. I used one of my most favorite sets, Like it a Latte! I wish they still had this set available!

All products are Stampin' Up except for the cup! It was sooo simple. I just copied the template from the cup onto very vanilla cs. Then I stamped away. I used close to cocoa, pretty in pink, and wild wasabi classic ink pads for the cup, hearts, and saying. I also used VersaMark for the swirls and the beans.

I loved how this turned out! It is fun and personalized. And it is a great way to show of some of the products and a love for creating with stamps!!!

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Kick Stand into Love

I decided that I wanted to try another challenge! Splitcoast Stampers card sketch challenge (SC158) was to make a kick stand card. Here is my version! I thought a Valentine's card would be fun to create!

All products are from Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted. I used one of my favorite sets from Stampin' Up!, Priceless! The dimensions of this card are 5 1/2" by 4 1/4". I started with whisper white cs for the base and stamped the swirls with pretty in pink. I sponged pretty in pink on the edges. I added close to cocoa and pretty in pink, which was scalloped by the corner rounde, to the top. Then I decided that it need ribbon...so I pulled out the double circle punch to add some pink ribbon that I bought from Michael's. Then I started on the "kick stand" part of the card. I cut off part of the front of the card and rounded the corners. I used the same colors of cs to create the kick stand. I also stamped several hearts, cut them out with the paper snips (they make cutting little things easier for me) and added dazzling diamonds with the 2-way glue pen. I used dimensionals to attach the hearts onto the scalloped square from I punched out from the Marvy Uchida punch series. Then I placed that onto pretty in pink cs with rounded corners and a place that onto the card. I added a sheet of close to cocoa to the inside of the card!

I love the color combination. Oh yeah and I also used the saying from A Beautiful Thing that I just got yesterday!!! Have a great day!

Penguin Birthday Greetings

Ok...So I tried to post this earlier, but time just flew by!!! :O) I made this card for the Splitcoast Stampers Color Combination 148 (CC148). The color combination was Wild Wasabi, Barely Banana, and Blue Bayou. I had a special little person in mind when making this card which made it all the more fun to create!!! These are his favorite colors!

All products are Stampin' Up! I started by deciding what paper I wanted to use. I ended up choosing plain card stock of all three colors and then one piece of blue bayou designer series paper. Oh I grabbed a little bit of whisper white too. I then got out my Punch Pals and It's Your Birthday sets. And I was off!!! I stamped the penguin and presents in blue bayou ink onto whisper white. I colored him in with my blender pen using the same ink pad. I used my barely banana pen for the rest. I cut these out and mounted them with dimensionals to the barely banana cs. I paper pierced the corner using my mat pack to get the dots just right. Love this effect! Then I mounted it to the dp and to the wild wasabi cs. I used the same ink for the saying that I stamped onto wild wasabi. I used the paper piercer and the mat pack again!!! :O) I mounted that onto the barely banana cs. Then placed it all on to the blue bayou cs!!

And it is done! I thought this turned out so cute! And I know that little guy who gets this will love it too! Ok so finally off to bed!!! :O)

Monday, January 7, 2008

A Simple Birthday Card

Here is a fun, but simple birthday card! I love the combination of pink, black, and white! I used one of my most favorite sets, Priceless from Stampin' Up!, to create this card. All products are from Stampin' Up unless otherwise noted.

First I stamped the circle with the flower in it using classic black and pretty in pink on to white cs. I punched them out using the 1 1/4 circle punch. Then I cut out the pink flower and attached it with a black brad from Making Memories to the other circle and the pretty in pink scalloped flower (from the scallop punch). I then placed this onto the white cs using dimensionals to pop it out. I used the ticket corner punch. I matted this to pretty in pink cs and added ribbon from Michaels. I stamped the saying from It's Your Birthday. I also added black brads to the corners!!! Then I placed it all on top of black and then white cs.

This card did not take a long time to make at all! Enjoy!

Saturday, January 5, 2008

My First Card Challenge!!!

This is my first card challenge ever! I am so excited to take part in Beate's Weekend Sketch Challenge #29. Well here goes.....

A Happy Birthday Princess!! There was a certain layout that you had to follow to participate. Check out the her link to see the layout! All products are from Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted. I stamped the princess and the saying from the set Pretty Princess on white card stock. Then I punched the saying out with the 1 1/4 punch and attached to the flower I made using close to cocoa and the scallop punch. I colored in the princess with pretty in pink, barely banana, close to cocoa, and mellow moss stampin' write markers. I used blush blossom and pretty in pink from the stampin' pastels for her face and dress. I also added dazzling diamonds to the princess and the saying! Oh how it sparkles! I could not resist! Then I matted the princess on to pretty in pink cs. I rounded the corners. I used mellow moss cs for the strip across the card that I stamped with the flower from the same set in versa mark.

This card was fun to make and the challenge made my brain work!!! :O)

Thursday, January 3, 2008


This is a sweet little card to give to a friend. I love how it turned out. The hardest part was cutting out the butterflies.

All products are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted. I started by stamping two butterfies and the saying from the Time Well Spent set on to whisper white cs. Then I colored them in with pretty in pink and barely banana stampin' write markers. I then cut out each image and used the ticket corner punch for the saying. I added dazzling diamonds glitter with the 2-way glue pen to the images. You may have to look really close, but in person it turned out really cute! I glued on the saying and added the white brads from Joanns on the a piece of Flowers for You from the Designer Series Paper. I glued on the butterflies with the 2-way glue and then popped up the wings with the dimenionals. There you go! Enjoy! :O)

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Here is another picture of the card! :O)

A Guy's Birthday Card

I find it hard to come up with guy cards for any occassion. I usually have to sit and ponder for a while until I come up with an idea. Well my wonderful husband gave me the Happy Camper set from Stampin' Up! for Christmas and the creativity started to flow. I love this set. It is sooo cute! So here is a birthday card from it.

All products used are Stampin' Up! All the stamps are from the Happy Camper set except for the saying which is from the It's Your Birthday set. I started with whisper white card stock and stamped the fire and trailer in chocolate chip. Then I stamped the smoke twice on a scratch sheet and then on the card with black to make it look gray. I stamped the trees in old olive multiple times to give it dimension while masking the trailer and the fire. I stamped the trailer in pumpkin pie on a separate paper, cut it out, and glued it on. I used the Stampin' Pastels to color in the ground, smoke, trees, and the sky. I used barely banana and real red stampin' write markers to color in the fire. I mounted both the saying and the image onto Blue Bayou card stock. Before mounting it all onto the card I added a strip of close to cocoa cs (card stock) to the card and then glued it all together with snail adhesive. Oh yeah...and I rounded the corners with a corner rounder to tie it all together.


Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Here is my first card....

I made this for a close friend of mine. (Everything is made from Stampin' Up! products unless noted otherwise.) I started with white cardstock (not from SU), then stamped the bird with a flower from Fast and Fun Notes in basic black and the thank you from Much Appreicated in old olive. I colored the bird and the flower with Pretty in Pink and old olive for the stem. I attached three flowers (I am not sure where I got them) with antiqued copper brads from Making Memories and one brad on the stamped flower. I then used the ticket corner punch (which I love) to accent the corners. If you look really close I also used the Color Spritzer with pretty in pink over the images to tie it all together! I then matted it to close to cocoa and attached all of it to the white cardstock(from Joanns) for the card.

Ok so here I go! I love to stamp and I love reading blogs about stamping...... so I thought that I would give blogging a try! I am hoping that this will help me to become more creative and be fun at the same time! Well here is a test to see how it goes!!!

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