Sunday, September 28, 2008

FS86: Terrore3

A stamp for a cause: This Sophie G Moose stamp (which I adore) is so wonderful - plus - a portion of the proceeds for the sale of this stamp set will go to the Kelly Laude Cancer Fund. It is totally worth it!!!

Back to this week's card:
This week's featured stamper is Terry (aka Terrore3) on SCS: Her gallery is chock full of wonderful creations to enjoy.

I chose a card: In Color Sassy which was a great layout for the Sophie G Ballet stamp.

I changed the colors to blush and white - a soft feminine mix and colored my little moose in copics. Remember, that Tim Holtz Ranger Black soot allows you to stamp and color with light copics IMMEDIATELY! I LOVE IT! I colored her in and then added some sparkle (sakura stardust) to the dress - then used a rhinestone bling on the front of her dress.
I trimmed the edge of the main image with the SU! corner rounder. It mimicked Terry's tag punch. My white base started the card, then I used a piece of cuttlebugged (with argyle folder) blush blossom and rubbed it with white craft to soften it even further. I popped Sophie G up on dimensionals, and popped the blush layer on dimensionals as well. I needed a sentiment, so I used the Hanna Everyday sentiment set (You're the best). I stamped it on a scrap of white, trimmed it and threaded each end in the word window punch (because it is a little longer than the WW punch)....I punched each end separately and it came out perfect. I popped that up on dimensionals. I used some white SU! grossgrain ribbon (which I colored with my blush su marker) and some sheer white polkadot ribbon (Mayarts/starlitstudio). I I used some brads I picked up in the Target dollar spot on each corner and the card was complete.

Sophie G is ready to dance!!!

stamps: Sophie G Ballet, Hanna Everyday sentiments
paper: blush blossom, white
ink: black soot, copics
misc: ribbon (SU! and Mayarts/Starlitstudio), punches (ww punch, corner rounder), dimensionals, brads (Target), rhinestone (unknown source), sakura stardust, argyle cuttlebug (eclecticpaperie)

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Kitchen SInk Stamps: Aloha!

Put on your sunglasses!!! This is a bright one!
This was such a simple and fun card to make. Did you know that the pineapple is the symbol of hospitality? I only know that because Todd was in the hospitality business before he made the switch to finance. The hotel where he worked (The Desmond in Albany) had pineapples all over. I collected pineapples for awhile, so I was SO excited when this stamp came to live at my house (GRIN).

This would be a great thank you note for someone who you went to visit - thanks for your hospitality!

Stamp first layer in the lightest color (banana), then step two in saffron, and stamp the third layer in the deepest color (summer sun). The stem is also stamped in caramel, then rust, then close to cocoa is the the final layer. I used basic black for the sentiment.
The green card is part of the DCWV pack I picked up at my local craft store. I stamped the big palm leaf in versamark and rubbed SU! green galore chalk on the paper (poppin' pastels) with a dauber.
The cuttlebug I used on the coral layer was floral frenzy. I layered the black above and below the coral, tied on some fun green sheer ribbon. I added the baubles in the bottom corner. Simple and fun!

stamps: 3 step Aloha {Kitchen Sink Stamps}
ink: barely banana, so saffron, summer dun, creamy caramel, close to cocoa, really rust, basic black, versamark
paper: basic black, green DCWV textured notecard (green), coral
misc: sheer polkadot ribbon (starlitstudio), cuttlebug, floral frenzy, baubles (green), SU chalks

Happy Birthday Kitchen Sink Stamps!

Kitchen Sink Stamps turns one today! Be sure to check out the Kitchen Sink website for information regarding new releases, special sales, and the Limited Edition Anniversary stamp set! I have been honored to be a part of this past year with Maria and the fellow KSS crew! I love taking these three step (or more) sets and making them come ALIVE!

I used the new release 3 step school days for this card. I had some fun designer paper and decided to throw this card together for the birthday party!

The designer paper is from that costco pack! I used three steps on the feather quill pen (regal rose, rose red and bravo burgundy). The sentiment (also from the school days set) is stamped in bravo burgundy. I used some fun sheer ribbon ( on the bottom, and some baubles on the top corner. Finally, I used my sakura stardust on the quill to make it sparkle. It's hardly noticable in the photo, but in really life....shimmah!!!

Happy Birthday Maria & Kitchen Sink Stamps!

stamps: 3 step School days (Kitchen Sink Stamps)
paper: white, burgundy (SU!), designer paper (My Minds Eye)
ink: regal rose, rose red, bravo burgundy
misc: ribbon (starlitstudio), baubles, sakura stardust

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Sea Shells: Dream

One of my most favorite things to do with the kids is walk on the edge of the ocean and collect shells. I love the beach. Our recent trip to North Carolina (Duck) inspired me to create this card. I haven't had a chance to go through all my photos yet, but I wanted to share my favorite....I will look at the rest and share some more tomorrow. I am just up to sitting at the computer too long.

So here is the card I created. Soft colors.....DREAM...of the beach (or whatever you dream of....). I started with a textured base (DCWV) and added a layer of cuttlebug'd sahara sand. I used the swirl folder to dry pressure emboss it. I stamped the shells (from Kitchen Sink Stamps). Start with caramel, then sahara sand, then going grey (for the steps). These are three step stamps.
I added the sentiment Dream in black archival ink. I used the KSS Vintage Words set. Three pink baubles in the corner and some soft sheer ribbon (white polkadot) from Starlitstudio.

stamps: Kitchen Sink Stamps {Sea Shells, Vintage Words}
Paper: DCWV textured notecards, shimmer white, sahara sand
ink: caramel, going grey, sahara sand, black archival (ranger)
misc: sheer polkadot ribbon (Mayarts/starlitstudio), baubles, cuttlebug (swirls/

Saturday, September 20, 2008

FS85: E3Stamper

Hi everyone - thank you to everyone who sent me thank you notes this week. I had no idea how hard it would be to recover from surgery -- I am still moving very slowly, but starting to get some energy back. I guess I have to with the six pack at 100%

This week's featured stamper is Shannon Erskine, a wonderful stamper with an amazing gallery. She is known as E3Stamper on SCS. Her card which I cased is pumpkinhead.

I changed a few things from her card - I liked the "fall" colors which she used, so I interchanged them - using some designer paper from my stash! This is scraps from my My Minds Eye stash (Costco) which I SWEAR that I will NEVER run out of!!!

I used strips of pumpkin pie paper, a nestie square of some deep chocolate paper and then stamped the stamp (which CRACKS ME UP!) on white. I am now using Ranger black soot on my cards when I am in a rush because I can immediately use all my copics (including the lighter colors) without smearing and waiting! So I colored the turkey (Hanna! Thanksgiving) with copics, then stamped the sign and colored that in as well. I used a deep hunter green gel pen to create the grass and used some copics to color in the grass and dirt. I also kept the baubles on the top, but eliminated the sentiment - I thought the "Eat Beef!" was enough....and I added a ribbon (mayarts) from my friend Cindy (Starlitstudio) instead! Card is done.

Try casing Shannon this week - she has a TON of fun in her gallery!!!

Stamps: Hanna {Thanksgiving}
Paper: My Minds Eye, pumpkin pie, brown (non-su), white
ink: black soot (ranger), copics
misc: ribbon (mayarts/starlitstudio), baubles, dimensionals, nesties

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Some Serious Thank Yous!

It hasn't been easy recovering from surgery with 6 little ones! My husband has been amazing (which is why he is my WMWH {worlds most wonderful husband}!!!)

I have a few people who have really been helping lend a hand with the kids, so I wanted to give them a special thank you note. They were both made with some DCWV textured notecards (two different shades of pink) and the edge is punched with the Martha Stewart punch. I love this punch, but it is tough to use on cardstock. It is pretty easy to use on thinner designer paper, but you need to use your muscles to get it through heavy paper.

So back to the simple cards....I stamped the main image on glossy paper. I love the look of glossy paper. I used the flower from the Get Well Teddy {Kitchen Sink Stamps}. Step One: Regal rose, Step 2 Rose Red, Step 3:Bravo Burgundy. The stem was stamped with artichoke. I used black soot (ranger) ink for the sentiment which is from Vintage Words {Kitchen Sink Stamps}. The top card has a single ribbon (anyone else save ribbon - I got this ribbon from a pair of pajamas (the ribbon was wrapped around it with a big bow). The bottom card was a double ribbon ( of sheer white polkadot and pink satin.

The cards use the same exact main image - same colors, same sentiment...yet with a deeper color base notecard and a different ribbon...each card is so unique!

Stamps: Vintage Words, Get Well Teddy {Kitchen Sink Stamps}
Ink: Rose Red, Regal Rose, Bravo Burgundy, Always Artichoke (SU!), Black Soot (Ranger)
Misc: nestabilities, ribbon (
paper: notecards (DCWV textured notecards), glossy white

Saturday, September 13, 2008

FS84: Lazy Lizard!

First, a big thank you to everyone who sent me beautiful get well cards! You guys are all so sweet. I am about 75% healed, which in Mom talk means I am cooking and getting everything done. So I might as well get back to stamping. I am not 100%, so I am not really diving full steam into the design work yet. I have extreme back pain when sitting or standing too long. Crazy CRAZY CRAZY! I feel really good though and I am happy that the worst of it is behind me!

This week's Featured Stamper is Lazy Lizard. She created this card and I knew that it was a great card to case. I used my new Hanna! stamp set Jump for Joy. It's that time of year here in Upstate NY. The air is starting to get cooler (although today was HUMID!) and the leaves are starting to show a hint of color. It's my favorite time of year! I dry pressure embossed the background (pumpkin) with the houndstooth cuttlebug folder. I stamped the rust layer with ruby red ink using the leaves in the Jump for Joy set. Martha's punch on the bottom of the rust paper (I {heart} that punch!). The ruby red layer is dry pressure embossed with the swiss dots folder. I stamped the sentiment Many Thanks (Wedding Day/papertrey ink) on whisper white circle. I then used the small acorn and the single leaf from the Jump for Joy set and randomly stamped over the circle using black soot (ranger) ink. It works really well with the copics immediately and doesn't smear like some inks. I give it two thumbs up! I need instant gratification, meaning I don't have time to wait for ink to dry and not smear! Anyone else like me? (raises hand). The main image was place with dimensionals on the card, just above the burgundy twill. Finally, I used some copics to dye the fibers from my stash. Not sure if I like the fibers yet....maybe they will grow on me.

Stamps: Jump For Joy (Hanna! Stamps), Wedding Day (Papertrey Ink)
Paper: Pumpkin, Rust, Ruby Red, Whisper White
Ink: black soot (ranger), copics, ruby red
misc: burgundy twill, fibers, dimensionals, MS punch, nestabilities

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Purrrrfect Birthday!

I made this card for Karen's friend for her birthday. She loves cats! Simple card. Stamped on white cardstock with black ink (archival). The copics really make this image come to life. I used a computer font to make the sentiment (Hope Your Birthday Is Purrrrrrrfect!)

This stamp set will be available on Friday. Check out the PARTY on SCS on Thursday night. I will not be attending. I am going to be out of commission for the next two weeks (give or take a few days). I am undergoing a procedure which will help aleviate my back pain! Those of you waiting on any design work, thank you for your patience and understanding.

stamps: Hanna {cats}
ink: black, copics
paper: white, pixie pink, chocolate chip, designer paper (my minds eye)
misc: button, ribbon (, martha scalloped edge punch, computer font

Monday, September 1, 2008

Hanna Sneak Peek: Kiss the Cook

Were you paying attention last month when I royally screwed up? LOL! I made this tin and recipe cards set for a fund raiser which I participated in for Hannah's Hope Fund ( I used Hanna's new stamp set Kiss the Cook. Isn't she cute? The recipe tin is a Maya Road tin, covered in alcohol inks (ranger). You use a felt tip applicator to apply the ink directly to your tin. I edged the tin with a gold leaf pen. Ribbon and rick rack is on the handle. I used a outlined font to print out RECIPES on cardstock. I colored the words in with copics. I used my corner rounder to edge the cardstock and placed it on some designer paper. I wrapped some designer paper around the tin, then attached the recipe wording. The recipe cards were wrapped with a ribbon. I stamped Kiss the Cook Hanna on white cardstock, mounted it on the same designer paper as the recipe tin. I coloed Hanna in with Copics and then punched out a scalloped circle punch with a marvy punch. I included some of the fun little stamps (wine bottle, pasta, salt and pepper) on the scalloped tag. I also used one of the sentiments from the set (kiss the cook). Kristi Ferro, owner of Hanna Stamps, generously donated a Kiss the Cook stamp set for this fundraiser (sorry, it was back in June). You can get your own set on Friday!

What do you think? Is she cute or what? Tomorrow I will show you a cute card which I made for the wonderful chef from our stampin' retreat!

stamp: Kiss the Cook (Hanna Stamps)
paper: designer paper (my minds eye), whisper white
ink: Black, copics, ranger alcohol inks
misc: ribbon, rick rack (starlitstudio), tin, scalloped circle punch, corner rounder, gold leaf pen


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