Have you been playing along in the Dare To Get Dirty Challenges over at Splitcoaststampers?  I was so happy when Rose Ann asked me if I would be one of her sample makers for her adorable flap card challenge.  Of course I said, “Yes!”  This was so much fun!


I used Inque Boutique’s “Bella Flora” and “Phrases & Sentiments” sets.

The magnets that I had were not very strong, so I had to change the placement a little from Rose Ann’s tutorial.


Rather than have the bottom magnet under the inside sentiment panel, I placed it on the outside of the lower flap.  It was incorporated into the design by adding a flower image over it that I stamped on a thin piece of card stock.  I was able to cover the magnet on the underside of the upper flap, too, since these two thin pieces of card stock were the only things between the two magnets.  I decided I actually liked the magnets this way since the bottom one was no longer underneath the area where I might want to write a short note to the recipient.

I also played in Kittie’s challenge.


Before leaving for CHA I ordered all of Kittie’s “Cause A Scene” stamp sets.  Well they were waiting for me when I got home.  So, I just had to play along in her challenge today!  This was the first that I had used these stamps and tried to make a scene.  So be gentle!  lol  It will definitely take some practice, but even my little itty bitty attempt here was a huge amount of fun.  I can tell I’m gonna like playing with my Kittie Kits.

I used Inque Boutique’s “Phrases & Sentiments” set for the sentiment.  The brown frame around the oval scene was a sample piece of hand pounded bark paper that I was given from the Amate Studios people at CHA.


Flap Card

Stamps: Inque Boutique’s “Bella Flora” and “Phrases & Sentiments”

Papers: Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla, Taken With Teal, Cameo Coral, K & Company DP

Inks: Timber Brown Stazon, Chocolate Chip Classic and Marker, White Gel Pen

Accessories: Decorated Brad, Rhinestones, Oval Punch, 3/4″ Circle Punch, Coluzzle Circle Template, Magnet

Scene Card

Stamps: Rubbernecker Kittie Kits “Cause A Scene”; Inque Boutique “Phrases & Sentiments”

Papers: Chocolate Chip, Whisper White, K & Company DP,  Amate Studios Hand Pounded Bark Paper

Inks: Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa, Garden Green, Old Olive, Soft Sky, Summer Sun

Accessories: Gingham Ribbon, Circular Clip

Jul 252008

I sure do wish there was time enough in the day to participate in all of the awesome Dare To Get Dirty challenges this week over on Splitcoaststampers!  Here is one that I did do.  It is for Julia S’s challenge.


The “Victorian Dressmaker” set from Inque Boutique seemed liked the perfect set to use for this challenge.  I stamped the pattern piece images onto vanilla colored tissue paper, cut them out and either folded them or pinned them onto the designer paper.


The little envelope was made using a mini envelope punch.  The black stitching is done in “freestyle”.  It’s my best bet when it comes to sewing as you don’t have to sew straight or precise lines.  Yup.. “freestyle” is me!

If you still haven’t checked out the DTGD 08 Challenges at Splitcoaststampers, be sure to do so.  They are so much fun!


Stamps: Inque Boutique “Victorian Dressmaker”

Papers:  SU! Very Vanilla, Basic Black; Vanilla Tissue Paper (from Eddie Bauer.. I throw nothing away!  lol); Basic Grey “Recess”

Inks: Tsukineko “Brillance Graphite Black”; SU! More Mustard Classic and Markers in More Mustard, Pretty in Pink, Cameo Coral, Apricot Appeal, Sage Shadow

Accessories: Mini Envelope Punch, Button Brads, Lace, Cording, Straight Pins, Sewing Machine, Black Linen Thread


Jul 222008

Have you heard about the Dare to Get Dirty 08 Challenges going on this week over at Splitcoaststampers?  Here is a card for Christine’s challenge.


This beautiful floral image is from Inque Boutique’s “Victorian Flourishes”.  The sentiment and background script are from Inque Boutique’s “French Fancy”.  It is watercolored with SU! reinkers.

I did something kinda fun with the sentiment on this card.


Only part of it is showing on the card front.


The other half is on the inside of the card.


I used good ole Scotch tape to cover the part of the sentiment I didn’t want to stamp.


After inking the sentiment, I removed the tape and stamped.



Quick and easy and there are no worries about any ink getting on the unwanted part of the sentiment.

Since this is such a simple layout, I added lots of dimension for more depth and to add interest to the card.  I love my corner punch!


Hope you can find some time to play along with the Dirty Dozen Design Team and Alumni in the Splitcoaststampers DTGD 08 Challenges this week!



Stamps: Inque Boutique’s “Victorian Flourishes” and “French Fancy”

Papers: SU! Basic Black, Very Vanilla, Cameo Coral

Inks:  Versafine Onyx Black; SU! Reinkers Glorious Green, Certainly Celery, Cameo Coral, Creamy Caramel, Bashful Blue, Black Gel Pen

Accessories: Pearl Brad, Ribbon, Corner Punch, Aqua Painter

Today is Everything Inque Day! That means everything EVERYTHING “Inque Boutique… stamps, inks, markers, papers, ribbons, felt, glitter chipboard, inqueboard, brads…the works” is 20% off! So in honor of Everything Inque Day I have made a dress Victorian style. This beautiful lady is part of the “Victorian Dressmaker” set by Inque Boutique.


This was so fun! I stamped my oh-so-Victorian lady three times. The base layer is cut out around the left side only. I then cut out the skirts on the other two images, rounded them slightly and layered them onto the base image. (The top skirt is cut a little shorter than the middle and bottom skirts.) Since all of the shading is drawn right into the image, she was a breeze to color. I just used my markers with a few touches of a white gel pen for highlighting.


I used large dimensionals at the bottom of the dress close to the hem and thinner dimensionals about half way between the waist and the hem. There are no dimensionals at the waist.


The stamped border and sentiment are from Inque Boutique’s “French Fancy” set.

The Purple Turtle Shoppe is carrying the Everything Inque Day sale. And they have decided to extend the sale to be Saturday (today), Sunday AND Monday. How cool is that! To get the 20% discount you will need a coupon code to be entered at checkout. What is that code you ask? The code is: awesome. That’s for sure!


Stamps: Inque Boutique “Victorian Dressmaker” and “French Fancy”
: Bravo Burgundy, Blush Blossom, Very Vanilla
Inks: Archival Brilliance Graphite Black, Bravo Burgundy, Bashful Blue and Markers: Barely Banana, Blush Blossom, Pretty in Pink, Bordering Blue, Bravo Burgundy, White and Black Gel Pens
Accessories: Velvet and Satin Ribbons, Prima, Brads, Stickles, Cuttlebug, Textile Embossing Folder, SU! Oval Punches

Mar 122008

Crafty Secrets Clear Art Stamps! I LOVE LOVE LOVE their vintage oh so Victorian images!! This card started out as my March Christmas card for the Christmas card challenge over at Splitcoaststampers.


But somewhere it took a turn. I think it may have been the Springy green ink. In any case it just didn’t feel like Winter to me. So it became a birthday card. I have 4 sisters, 2 sisters-in-law, 2 daughters-in-law and 2 granddaughters. So it’s always nice to have some feminine birthday cards on hand.

This card is only one layer (not counting the Ruby Red card base). I first stamped the pole and hanging basket and bird on Very Vanilla card stock. Using a template I cut the oval out of a sturdier card stock. This gives you a “frame” with an oval opening. Using this frame placed over the Very Vanilla stamped piece, I sponged with Ruby Red around the oval shape in the frame. Then I took the oval itself and placed it over the sponged oval area. I then sponged in Certainly Celery on the outer portions of the Very Vanilla piece. The faux stitching around the oval shape helps to hide any imperfections that may result from the sponging. It also helps to define the oval. The corners were stamped in Ruby Red and “joined” by more faux stitching. There’s a little coloring with markers in Certainly Celery, Ruby Red, Rose Red, Yoyo Yellow and Garden Green. I added some pearls and Primas with Stickles. All stamps are Clear Art Stamps from Crafty Secrets.

Now back to the drawing board for that March Christmas card challenge!

BLOG CANDY! Check back tomorrow for some more fun and a chance to win another SU! set!!


Well it’s Wednesday and that means it’s time for another sketch challenge on Splitcoaststampers. Look at this fabulous sketch Roxie has for us today.


Here’s my card I made using this sketch. I just love this sentiment from Winnie the Pooh.

I used some more of my new See D’s stamps and SU!’s Afternoon Tea designer paper. Using only Bravo Burgundy ink I stamped the “flower” images, bird and sentiment. Also the Afternoon Tea dp panel is stamped with a great big beautiful stamp from See D’s “Boutique Grunge” set. Bravo Burgundy is one of my favorite SU! colors. I love it here paired up with Groovy Guava.

Hope everyone has a great day and thanks for stopping by.

Stamps: See D’s : “Boutique Grunge”, “Nature Print”, ‘Silhouettes”
Paper: Bravo Burgundy, Groovy Guava, Very Vanilla, Afternoon Tea DP
Ink: Bravo Burgundy Classic
Accessories: Pearl Brad, Very Vanilla Taffeta Ribbon

Feb 252008

My new See D’s stamps have arrived, and I LOVE THEM!!! I quickly got them all organized and then had the wonderful dilemma of which oh which stamps to use first.


I chose to use the “Birdi” set. These images just melt my heart. Using Jet Black Stazon ink I stamped on Very Vanilla card stock. The birds are cut out and popped up on dimensionals. They have been gently sponged with Creamy Caramel and Groovy Guava classic inks. The sentiment is from the “Phrases Collection”. And yes that is a little piece of SU!’s “Afternoon Tea” designer paper peeking out along the left edge. Have I mentioned how much I love that new collection of theirs? I sponged it with Creamy Caramel to beige up the white background so it would be a better match with the Very Vanilla card stock.

Well I just have to make one more card today. I hear voices calling me from my craft room! It is my stamps begging to be inked, and I mustn’t  neglect them! See you soon…

Stamps: See D’s “Birdi” and “Phrases Collection”
Paper: Very Vanilla, Soft Sky, Basic Black, “Afternoon Tea”
Ink: Jet Black Stazon, Soft Sky, Creamy Caramel, Groovy Guava
Accessories: Velvet and Organdy Ribbons, Rhinestone Brad, Corner Punch, Gel Pen

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