That’s right!  Woohoo!  It’s day three of the “Dare to Get Dirty ’09” celebration over on Splitcoaststampers, and today it’s my turn to host a challenge!  Here is the sample card I made for it.


Are you curious as to what the challenge is?  Hope you will come on over, check it out and play along.  You can find my challenge HERE.  All of the DTGD09 challenges can be found HERE.  (Note: Although you will be able to see the DTGD09 gallery, you will need to be a member of the Fan Club to see the challenges and upload into the DTGD09 gallery.)

Have a great weekend and… HAPPY CRAFTING!!


Stamps: SU! “Asian Artistry”; Hero Arts “Four Chinese Wishes”

Papers: SU! Basic Black, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White; Penny Black “Carte Postale Collage”; Green DP (unknown)

Inks: Memento “Tuxedo Black”; SU! Chocolate Chip; Copics


Accessories: SU! 1-1/4″ GG Ribbon; Kaiser Black Pearls

smileyyes1ani.gifIt’s time for another party over on Splitcoaststampers (SCS) as they celebrate the birthday of the Dirty Dozen.  It’s called “Dare To Get Dirty ’09”, and Dirty Girls both past and present are inviting you to play along in 8 challenges per day for 3 days!  Yup… there are 24 challenges total!  It started yesterday and continues today and tomorrow.  So if you haven’t joined in the fun yet, you can check it all out HERE on SCS.  (Although you will be able to see the DTGD09 gallery, you will need to be a member of the Fan Club to see the challenges and upload into the DTGD09 gallery.)

I was so honored when Laurie Schmidlin (Lauraly) asked me to make a sample for her DTGD09 challenge today, and here it is.


I had so much fun playing with this acetate.  It was a challenge to try and figure out how to suspend it without having any of the “support” system showing.  This is what I came up with.


Pop dots or dimensionals were placed under the ric rak to offer support along the entire side.


The sentiment is also giving support to the acetate.


Now working with acetate or clear card stock was NOT what Laurie’s challenge was all about.  Why not hop on over to SCS to see her challenge.  Then play along!

Oh!!  And tomorrow I get to host a challenge.  Sure hope you’ll join me, too, at 9AM PST.

Happy Crafting! smileystampingani.gif


Stamps: SU! “Extreme Surfboard” and “So Cool”

Papers: SU! Whisper White, Summer Sun, Apricot Appeal and Ballet Blue; Acetate

Inks: Jet Black Stazon; Copic Marker B26

Accessories: Rik Rak; Stickles; Kaiser Rhinestones; Nestabilities Circle Dies, Cuttlebug

This card is for the Inspiration Challenge #189 over on Splitcoaststampers.  I got my inspiration from this photo.  I thought the model looked like a tree the way she was posing!


In trying to imitate the speckled design on the shirt, I colored directly with markers, lightly spritzed with water and then stamped.  This is another one of my favorite techniques.


I think the end result looks like a water colored time-consuming  process.  But, in fact, it took only seconds.  Really!  No fussing about with it.  The faster the colors are applied, the better it seems to look to me!


I love ribbon (who doesn’t!) so decided to put on three different ones that matched this beautiful new “Nouveau Chic” Designer Series Paper from Stampin’ Up!.  (And speaking of love… this paper is incredibly GORGEOUS… oh my!!)  The ribbon does not lay flat its entire length.  But rather, for some variation, has a little hill just above the button.


This sentiment is one of my all time favorites.  It is stamped on vellum and adhered to the card under the faux stitching which helps hide any tape that might show through.


Have a wonderful weekend and…  Happy Crafting!!


All products used on this card are made by Stampin’ Up!.

Stamps: “Le Jardin Botanique”

Papers: Basic Gray, Very Vanilla, “Nouveau Chic” DSP, Vellum

Inks: Markers: Basic Black, Sage Shadow, Handsome Hunter

Accessories: Sage Shadow GG Ribbon from the Ribbon Originals “District” Collection, Basic Gray 3/8″ Taffeta Ribbon, Apricot 1/4″ GG Ribbon, Basic Gray Corduroy Button, Black Hemp Twine, Photo Corners Punch, Paper Piercing Tool and Template

I have been playing with these sweet new IB Lockhart images and some of Graphic 45‘s yummy designer papers over in the CLASSroom.  Hope you will join me there!


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This Friday a good friend turns 50.  His wife is throwing him a party.  This is the card I made for him.  On the inside it simply says, “You’re old.”  Got the layout from today’s Sketch Challenge over on Splitcoaststampers.


He is an avid reader so tomorrow I’m off to the bookstore to find him some sort of old age survival manual.  Really.  What are friends for?  heheh


Stamps: Lost Coast Designs “Persian Skull”; SU! “Teeny Tiny Wishes” and “Itty Bitty Backgrounds”

Papers: SU! Whisper White and Basic Black; Stamping Station DP

Inks: SU! Basic Black and Not Quite Navy; Copics

Accessories: SU! Hemp Twine and Piercing Tool and Template; Cuttlebug and “Spiderweb” Embossing Folder; Kaiser Rhinestone; K&Co. Fancy Brad

Stampin’ Up! has a beautiful new embossing folder.  I love it!


To get a distressed look on the raised portions of the embossing I have, in the past, either sponged the ink on or just applied the ink directly from the ink pad.  This worked okay but some ink still managed to find its way onto the areas that had not been embossed.  Recently I tried inking up my mirror image stamp and running that over the embossing.  It worked like a charm!!  I was so excited.  Because the rubber is hard and flat the stamp touches only the raised portions of the card stock.  NO ink is able to escape the embossing!


Here is another card using a Cuttlebug embossing folder.


See!!  Absolutely no ink anywhere except on the embossing!


Perhaps everyone already knew about this technique?  But I was so excited about it that I had to share it anyway.  LOL


Happy Crafting!


Pink Butterfly Card:

Stamps: SU! “Flight of the Butterfly”; Rubber Stampede Mirror Image Stamp

Papers: SU! Whisper White, Basic Black; “Razzleberry Lemonade” DSP

Inks: SU! White Craft, Rose Red Classic, Basic Black Marker; ClearStar Glitter Pen; Black Gel Pen

Accessories: May Arts Ribbon; Kaiser Rhinestones; SU! Hemp Twine, Piercing Tool and Template, Butterfly Punch, Photo Corners Punch, “Elegant Borders” Embossing Folder


Green Argyle Card:

Stamps: SU! “On Your Birthday”; Rubber Stampede Mirror Image Stamp

Papers: SU! Always Artichoke, Baja Breeze, Very Vanilla

Inks: SU! Always Artichoke, Certainly Celery; White Gel Pen

Accessories: SU! GG Ribbon, Piercing Tool and Template, Always Artichoke Eyelets; Cuttlebug “Argyle” Embossing Folder; Primas; Stickles

Each week Libby’s Little Addiction has a challenge called “Courtney’s Closet” where we are shown an outfit of her daughter’s and are to make an inspired card or project from it.  When I saw the darling little dress today I knew the exact set to use..  It is a new SU! set called “Greenhouse Garden”.  In fact my card today is a Stampin’ Up! Only (SUO) card meaning all products used are made by SU!.  I’ve been having SO MUCH FUN with my new toys!!  The bird is from the hostess set “Wings of Friendship”, and the sentiment is from the Spanish version of “Teeny Tiny Wishes” called “Deseos pequenitos”.

(Translation:  Get well soon.)

Here is a closeup of the bird.  The rubber image was first colored with SU! markers and then stamped.  This was so quick and easy.  I used my Basic Black marker to color in the eye after the image was stamped.


Faux stitching is a favorite technique of mine.  There are two different ways to achieve a stitched look.  One is to first pierce the card and then draw lines between the holes as is done across the top on the front of the card.  The lines were drawn with my Basic Black marker.


Since the card base is black, a white piece of card stock was added to the inside of the card for a written message.  The faux stitching here is done with the marker only.


I love Fridays!  Hope you have a great day and a wonderful weekend.  Happy Crafting!smileyscrapperani.gif


(Card was made with all SU! products.)

Stamps: Greenhouse Garden, Wings of Friendship, Deseos pequenitos

Papers: Whisper White, Regal Rose, Basic Black

Inks: Classic Pads: So Saffron, More Mustard, Bordering Blue, Not Quite Navy, Regal Rose and Rose Red; Markers: More Mustard, Not Quite Navy, Rose Red and Basic Black

Accessories: Regal Rose 5/8″ and B/W Striped 1-1/4″ GG Ribbons, White Brad, Eyelet Border Punch, Piercing Tool and Template

How do you know when you’ve been away from your stamping table for too long?  When a spider has moved in and calls it home!

Today my new SU! stamps arrived.  So of course I hurried up to my stamp room with the box containing my newly delivered toys.  I sat down at my table and there he was a happy little spider in the middle of his web which was built in and around the shelves and markers.  I wonder how long he has been calling this home.  Well to make a long story short, he is now out in the garden hopefully much happier than he would have ever been playing with my Copics!  lol

So I got my sets mounted and decided to play along with the Sketch Challenge over at Splitcoaststampers today.


What a wonderful sketch!  It was perfect for using some of the new designer series paper (dsp), too.  (The first card has the sketch turned 90 degrees.)

Have you ever played along in any of the challenges at Splitcoaststampers?  If not, give it a try!  But a warning:  It’s addictive!!


The wheat was stamped with Creamy Caramel, VersaMark and then clear embossed.  The pheasant was stamped with Chocolate Chip Classic ink and then colored with Copics to give some subtle color.


(All products are Stampin’ Up! unless otherwise noted.)

Stamps: “Autumn Days” and “Teeny Tiny Wishes”

Papers: Ruby Red, Very Vanilla, “Autumn Traditions” dsp

Inks: Chocolate Chip, Creamy Caramel, VersaMark, White Gel Pen;  Copic Markers: 0, 100, G28, R29, T5, YR04

Accessories: Chocolate Chip Corduroy Button, Ribbon Originals “Rustic Retreat”, Piercing Tool and Template, Clear Embossing Powder


(All products are Stampin’ Up! unless otherwise noted.)

Stamps: “Farm Life”

Papers: Soft Suede, Very Vanilla, “Autumn Traditions” dsp

Inks: Memento “Tuxedo Black”; Creamy Caramel Marker;  Copic Markers

Accessories: Kraft Corduroy Button, Ribbon Originals “Rustic Retreat”, Piercing Tool and Template; Raffia from Madagascar

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