Nov 052008

Isn’t this a great sketch?!  It is the layout for Splitcoaststampers sketch challenge today.


I just had to play along.  I pulled out a couple of Flourishes October releases and made this card.


I photographed this at night and I don’t have a light box.  So admittedly it is quite dark.  The reindeer is from Flourishes “Sleigh Ride” set and the sentiment is from their “Holiday Greetings” set.  I love the “Glittering Christmas” designer paper also from Flourishes.  Using my Cuttlebug and Spellbinders oval die cut I embossed the largest oval on the white card stock.  It isn’t showing very well in the picture.  I had to choose between the embossing or the sparkle as the lighting wasn’t right to show both at once.  I chose the sparkle!  lol  The red organdy ribbon is May Arts.


Stamps: Flourishes ‘Sleigh Ride’ and ‘Holiday Greetings’

Papers: SU! Basic Black and Brushed Gold; PTI White; Flourishes ‘Glittering Christmas’ DP

Inks: VersaMark

Accessories: Gold Embossing Powder, May Arts Organdy Ribbon, Brads, Spellbinders Nestabilities Oval Die Cut, Cuttlebug, SU! Corner Ticket Punch, Paper Piercer and Template, McGill’s ‘Holly’ and ‘Pine’ Punches

This delightful and fun bag is the inspiration piece for Beate’s Inspiration Challenge #30 this week.  (The handbag is a Belle Bag and can be found here.)


And here is the card I made for it.


I love this new Basic Gray “Urban Prairie” designer paper and matching brads.  I played with my SU! scalloped border and circle punches.  The scallops are clipped to give the circle a little more dimension.  The card is a 4-1/4″ square.

Be sure to check out the other Inspiration Team’s creations:

Jennifer Buck
Charmaine Ikach
Silke Ledlow
Danielle Lounds
Dawn McVey


Stamps: SU! Smarty Pants

Papers: SU! So Saffron, Not Quite Navy; Basic Grey ‘Urban Prairie’ DP

Inks: SU! Not Quite Navy

Accessories: Basic Grey ‘Urban Prairie’ Brad, Primas, Satin Ribbon, Paper Piercer and Template, SU! Scalloped Circle Punch, SU! Scalloped Border Punch, SU! 1-3/8 Inch Circle Punch

This past week has found me in my stamp room… but not stamping.  I was sewing!  I don’t sew.  I don’t like to sew.  Long story about why… fortunately girls today have come a long way since I was in school and required to take Home Economics.  Yup… it was REQUIRED for all girls years and years ago to learn how to sew and cook.  I so wanted to be an architect but was not allowed to take the Mechanical Drawing classes.  Those were just for boys (and required for them as well).  Geesh.  *stepping down off my soap box*  I became discouraged quickly and gave up on that path by 10th grade.   I’ve gotten over it…sorta.  *chuckle*  Well my oldest son needed a costume made for Halloween.  He brought over a store bought pattern (the one for the long coat worn in the Matrix), tons of fabric and internet instructions to alter the pattern to become Dr. Horrible’s lab coat.


Have you ever heard of Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog?  Well it is the rage with the 20-something internet crowd.  I managed to get most of the costume done, but I had never done buttonholes.  I called on my friend, Nan (who would not have had a problem with those requirements of cooking and sewing).  She has a fabulous blog call Pots and Pins.  Yes she is a gourmet cook and a seamstress extraordinaire.  Nan came over and within a couple of hours had all the buttonholes finished and even finished the collar and hem for me!  I owe her big time.  (She is also a writer and has written an entertaining post about her experience helping me with this costume.  She even gave me the idea to post Dr. Horrible’s picture.  I tell ya.. what would I do without Nan!?!)  Well, this card is for her.


It is also for Sharon Johnson’s (notimetostamp) Stamp Simply Challenge.  Sharon’s challenge this week was to make an autumn card and incorporate button(s) into the design.


This very old leather button is one special button.  It was a gift from Sharon herself!  A couple of years ago she sent me the MOST wonderful bag of goodies… EVER!!  Here is what she wrote about all the buttons she sent:

“…Then there’s the buttons – well, I have old button jars coming out of my ears!!!  …Here is just a small assortment – some old and brownish looking, some prettier colors.  But there is a bag with some very old leather buttons in it and you see those odd buttons in that bag with the huge eyes – they are Civil War underwear buttons – seriously, they are!  You know, the one piece union suits.”

I’m still in disbelief that she sent me such treasures!!  How could I not use one for her challenge and on this particular card going to someone who has helped me with buttonholes!  It just all came together.  lol

(Oh and if the colors and placement of the leaves on the tree looks familiar, it is because it is an exact CASE from my October 2008 Stampin’ Success magazine.)

The second card is for the Splitcoaststampers Inspiration Challenge #152.


The symbol stands for “friendship” which is stamped on the inside of the card.  Each panel is 1-1/4″ wide.

I made both cards last night as I waited and waited for the ghosts and goblins to come to my door.  Where have they all gone?  I had a total of four trick-or-treaters.  Last year I had seven.  This doesn’t bode well for next year does it.  🙁

But hey at least I finally got in some stamping time!!  🙂


Button Card (All stamps, paper and ink are Stampin’ Up!)

Stamps: Season of Friendship

Papers: Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla, “Autumn Vine” DSP

Inks: Chocolate Chip, Really Rust, More Mustard, Sage Shadow

Accessories: Gingham Ribbon, Antique Leather Button, Sewing Machine, Linen Thread, Photo Corner Punch

Inspiration Card (All stamps, paper and ink are Stampin’ Up! except where noted.)

Stamps:  Inspired by Nature, Symbols of Solicitude

Papers: Bravo Burgundy, Whisper White, Basic Grey “Urban Prairie” DP

Inks: Garden Green, Really Rust, Bravo Burgundy, So Saffron

Accessories: Organdy Ribbon, Kaiser Flatback Pearls, Primas, Paper Piercer and Template


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