Clearly for You

Clearly for You

Today I created this card for two challenges Saturday Sketch Challenge #214 at Stamping 411, and Colorlab Color Challenge #51 using the colors Calypso Coral, Baya Breeze, and Daffodil Delight,  I do not think I have entered the Colorlab Challenges before but I have been admiring their work.

I used the Clearly for You stamp set for this challenge.  I have had the set since the Spring Mini Catalog, but I have struggle with using it.  Initially the bird reminded me of a blue heron but then I saw someone use it as a flamingo and the lightbulb seemed to go off.  I am going to say the bird is a roseate spoonbill since I live in Florida and call it a day.  This card is a hybrid of many inspirations and I may still tweak it in the future.  I stamped the Top Note Die with the background stamp from Clearly for You and ran it through the Big Shot using the Embossing Folder Vintage Wallpaper, hard to see from the photo.  I stamp the bird stamp in Baya Breeze and then removed the ink with a blender pen, and colored the bird in Calypso Coral and accent with Daffodil Delight.  The sentiment in the corner is from You’re a Gem.    I lightly sponged Calypso Coral on the edge of the punches and around the edge of the card.  Overall I am happy with the results, and my daughter will be using this as a thank you note for instructors at Marine Biology Camp at Jacksonville University because she had such a great time.


Today has been a fun-filled day, and I am ready to go back to work so I can get some rest.  The family went to church, I made this card, meant with my mother to brain storm with her on a project for her garden club, bought and laid eight bags of mulch with my teenage daughter, and cooked a roast for dinner with baked potatoes and honey glazed carrots.   Normally I make mashed potatoes with roast and carrots, and  it was noted  by my family that I took the easy way out and we just had baked potatoes.  I must say, my daughter helped me with the mulch, after a little fussing and I never would have gotten the yard done without her.

Tomorrow is August 1 and I am placing my first order as a new demonstrator.  It is like Christmas, it is my birthday week so I may be a little bad, and order some extra goodies.  I am so blessed, and I am sending you blessings.  Thanks for letting me share- until next weekend.


Open Sea SSC #213










Last night I made a card for my father-in-laws 79th birthday.  My father-in-law was an avid historian of Lewis and Clark, and collected many books on the topic until he moved to a retirement home and donated his collection to a university.  I am entering this card in the Stamping 411 Saturday Sketch Challenge,  The original card had the design down lower but the second card come out a little better.  Tonight we are have a dinner with the whole family to celebrate his birthday.


The Open Sea












I made the card with The Open Sea globe stamp, and Nautical Expedition DSP.  As you can tell I burned the edges of the paper to give the card a weathered and aged look.  First I used the spiral border punch (must be retired) and then I burned the edges of the DSP.  My family did wonder last night why it smelled like something was burning if I was making cards.  However, I put a wet paper towel on the counter to avoid any disasters.  I cut the globe circle using the Coluzzle.  I cut out just the image of the globe and put it over on top so that I could just sponge the edge of the globe.  I sponged Old Olive Ink on the land and Marina Mist on the water of the globe.  I also cut out the image of the land and placed it on top when I was sponging Marina Mist on the water.  The sentiment is from the stamp set Word Play “Image the Possibilities”.  Since it is a birthday I stamped Big Wish inside the card. I popped the images up with dimensions and used Early Espresso, Marina Mist, and Very Vanilla cardstock.  The card is finished with linen thread, which I am lucky I still have since my kids thought it made great string for their homemade bows and arrows.

Thanks for letting me share.

D is for Dog-Friday Mashup Challenge #15

Today I am participating in the Friday Challenge, and I made a card using both the colors and the sketch.  The card is using Stampin’ Up! “D is for Dog” set.  My friend recently lost her dog named Princess and I wanted to do a card that would capture her spirit.  I typically do not do such a vintage card but I wanted to use the new Beau Chateau DSP.  Yes, I used my first piece of the DSP which I received in a paper share.  The new DSP is fabulous, and so much better when you see it.  For this card I used a new technique although you cannot see it in the photograph.  I sprayed the card with alcohol mixed with a few drops of Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint.  It gives the card a very subtle sparkle.  Oops!  I just realized I did not use Whisper White for the card but rather I used Very Vanilla.  I went back and forth between Whisper White and Very Vanilla but ultimately felt Very Vanilla worked better with the dog.  So for my colors I used: Pink Pirouette, Early Espresso, Real Red (I do not have any Riding Hood Red Ink), Old Olive, and Very Vanilla.  I was inspired to do the grass for the dog, after I saw the card shown in the challenge by Holly.  I thought it was the perfect backdrop for the dog.  The grass is a stamp in “Inspired by Nature”, and the bird is from the hostess set, Silhouette Sentiments (retired).  The ribbon is Pink Pirouette (also retired) with finished with an Antique Brad.  Thanks for a great challenge.

D is for Dog

I also stamped the inside of the card, and placed the outline from the Top Note Die.  The frame from the Top Note Die is perfect for photographs, and I hope my friend will keep the card and put a picture of Princess in it.

Inside with Top Note Frame

Joined as a New Demonstrator

I joined as a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator on July 7, 2011.  I had posted earlier that I was going to wait until after July 15, 2011 but my week changed and the time was right.  Since joining I have been trying to update my blog a little bit, so maybe you have notice it changing every couple of days.  You would think as a new demonstrator I would be posting a card, well I have not had time to stamp this week with the blog construction and reading all the great things about convention.  I did get my share the new scalloped ribbon and designer paper before my demonstrator left for convention and it is fabulous.  I love looking at the paper hands on, and I often end up liking different products when you see them.  I cannot wait to use them.  My demonstrator’s kit arrived on July 14, 2011 so I need to get to work.

Actually I also just purchased a few new digital items.  I have not worked much in My Digital Studio, but with the blog construction I have a project in mind.

Land of the Free

Land of the Free

I made this card as a thank you card for my friend that hosts a party at her beach front condo on the Fourth of July.  My family went to the party last year and we were invited back this year- woo hoo.  I am also entering it in 2 challenges.

The first Challenge is the Saturday Sketch Challenge #210 at Stamping 411,    I always like to participate in the Saturday Sketch challenges at Stamping 411, and the Operators are such an inspiration.

The second challenge is The Friday Mashup #13.  I participated in their challenge several weeks ago, and have enjoyed following the blog,

The Mashup #13 challenges is as follows:

This week for the Mashup Challenge #13, you are welcome to:
1. Create a project featuring the colors Red, White & Blue.
2. Create a Patriotic themed Project for (any Country).
3.Or “Mash it Up!” and create a Red, White & Blue, Patriotic

So on to my card- I used SU cardstock-Real Red, Whisper White, and Night of Navy.  I used SU Land of Free for the stamp, and inked it with Night of Navy and Real Red.  I used the Night of Navy ink pad (I do not have this color marker) and the Real Red SU marker.  I used the now retired Star punch and retired Real Red striped grosgrain ribbon.  My demonstrator, Lee Conrey was cleaning out her stash, and I was a happy beneficiary of her kindness.  I love the striped grosgrain ribbon, and I am happy to use all the colors even retired.  In the center of the stars I put a silver brad after punching a hole with the SU paper piercing tool.

The dimensions are as follows:

First layer- 5 1/2 X 4

Second layer- 5 1/8 X 3 7/8


First layer-2 1/8 X 3 1/8

Second layer 2 X 3

So now on to some big news- I think I am going to join SU as a hobby demonstrator with their new promotion it is just too good to pass up.  I have been stamping for over 12 years, and I been stamping with my demonstrator Lee Conrey since at least 2006.  Over the years I have been hot and cold, although over the last year I have tried to stamp at least once a week to reduce stress and have some ” me” time.  I mentioned it to my husband last night and since his head did not spin around, I guess that was an OK.  I would love to have any comments or tips about this endeavor.  I also have been using WordPress since I started my blog in October 2010, if anyone that uses WordPress can recommend another design that is stamping friendly I would appreciate it.  Unfortunately I have to wait until July 15th to sign up since I have a big trial week coming up, and new stamping stuff would only become a distraction.

Thanks for letting me share.  I hope everyone has a safe and happy Fourth of July weekend.  I will be waiting on the Casey Anthony verdict from Orlando, FL , innocent until proven guilty.  I am so proud to live in the Land of the Free, the United States of America.