Thursday, April 29, 2010

Card Positioning System Weekly Challenge 164

I like doing cards from sketches.  Right now I'm trying to focus on doing thank you cards for some of the ladies that I help in Bible Study Fellowship.  Our year is coming to a close and I would like to send each one of them a thank you for all they do during the year.  These sketches are helping me get them done.

Here is CPS's sketch:

Here is my card:
Stamp:  Clear Art Stamps - sentiment and the large background stamp is from Vickie Enhoff (see note)
Paper:  Gina K Designs Chocolate Chip, White, Ivory cardstock
Other:  Vintage ribbon

A word about Vickie Enhoff - a VERY, VERY talented lady who passed away in 2007.  There is only one place to find her stamps - here.  A most talented lady, she loved Frida Kahlo and her art.  She has very unique and artsy stamps.  Here is a blog that is maintained by her daughter.  Vickie Enhoff lead a very interesting life and the art world will miss her.

Vickie was a member of many yahoogroups, but ran several of them herself as well.  A few that are continuing under the leadership of new faithful volunteers include:
Organized Studio, a group that shares ideas for organizing art items and offers support to the overwhelmed creative.

Card Patterns Weekly Sketch 61

Well, I'm a little early with this one.  We are going on a little trip to watch my oldest grandaughter play in a softball tournament.  Seeing that is is a 10 hour drive, we will start out early Friday am.  We are taking our 3 other grandchildren -- Thank goodness for car video players!  My husband's family is from Ft. Stockton, Texas so we will visit there after the tournament.

Back to my card:  Here's the sketch:
Here is my card:
Stamp:  Papertrey Ink for the flower, and Clear Art Stamps for the sentiment -- one of my FAVS!
Paper:  Gina K Designs White and Sweet Corn card stocks
Other:  Vintage ribbon and copic markers and glitter (on the flower)

Thanks for looking and HAVE A GREAT stamping day!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Little Paper Shop Color Challenge

This is for Little Paper Shop's Weekly Color Challenge.  The colors were banana, lilac and white.  I ended up using a touch of black.  I used the stamp "Flyin' By".  I have a goal to use up some of my scraps.  Oh My, do I have the scraps!! So before I make any card, I go thru them and see what I have before I cut into a new piece. My stash does not seem to get smaller though.  These are little note cards that I plan to use for Thank You notes.  Why don't you go by Little Paper Shop and link a card?  I challenged my sister to do one.   You will enjoy seeing what their Design Team makes -- I promise!

Here are the little note cards:

Have a HAPPY stamping day!

Belli Challenge for Creative Cuts and More

This week we are excited to have Creative Cuts and More sponsor the Belli Challenge! Terry from Creative Cuts and More, generously provided all the Belli Girls with various die cuts to use from her FABULOUS Birthday Kit .  Playing with them  was so much fun.  Check out the kits  here.

Creative Cuts & More is a leader in the die-cutting industry. They have a huge variety of bags, boxes, cards and shapes, and they offer those cuts in chipboard, acetate, felt, foam, shrink plastic, velvet paper and in name-brand cardstock including Bazzill Basics, Bazzill Bling, Stardream, Curious, and DoubleMates. Save time and money by having Creative Cuts and More cut it for you! Visit the Creative Cuts and More Store or see hundreds of great samples in their Gallery.   This next week one lucky winner will have the chance to WIN a BOY themed BIRTHDAY KIT! This kit is STOCKED full of goodies to create a dozen cards. 

Here is what I made with the fun supplies Terry sent.

This Birthday card is made of clear acrylic plastic with a fold over.

This sweet little Purse is a gift card holder.

This is a little box decorated to look like a cupcake.  The top is 1/2 of a styrofoam ball covered with glitter. I covered the round box with some paper Terry sent and the little candies on top are brads. Prizes or candy can be put inside.  The box came from a local craft store.

Now onto Challenge #90 - BIRTHDAY CARDS!  OK - we all need Birthday cards.  So you can use ANYTHING you want to that is BIRTHDAY THEMED!  However, we do ask that you use something BIRTHDAY THEMED that is OLD and FORGOTTEN from your stash!

REMEMBER BELLI CHALLENGES are about using up your OLD STUFF! Here are some ideas:
1. Cardstock
2. Brads
3 Ribbon
4. Stamps
5. Stickers
6. Rub Ons
7. Chip Board
                                   You get the idea!  Here's what you need to do to play along with us. 

1.  Anyone can play -- challenge your best friend -- or your sister!
2.  Complete a project/card with anything with a BIRTHDAY THEME (that you already have)
3.  Share your link on the Creative Belli Challenge Blog linking to Mr. Linky
4.  If you post to Splitcoaststampers or your blog be sure and put CBC90 as the KEYWORD and mention the challenge


Be sure to visit the Creative Belli Design Team Member's blogs to read more details about their designs. You will find lots of awesome ideas!!!

Chris Dickinson
Ceal Pritchett
Holly Brown
Anne Harmon
Debbie Daniels
Robin Kirkpatrick
Steph Zerbe
Liz Williams
Joy Hadden
Maria Matter
Darsie Bruno
Melisa Waldorf 

Happy Stamping - Can't wait to see what you create.

Monday, April 26, 2010


This week Wendy at Repeat Impressions asked us to do a project with the stamp "Rebecca".   Each week Wendy wil select one stamp to showcase, the Design Team will share some ideas of what you can create with it and offer the featured stamp to their blog readers at 50% Off! This exclusive offer will not be shown on Repeat Impression's website - only on the blog:  The House that Stamps Built.  It is important for you to go to the blog to get all the details and more information.
Rebecca has been a fun stamp to work with - in fact I've made several, here are two of them:

Here is my second:


Now hop on over to the rest of the Design Team listed below and see what they have created with this great stamp!  Then go to Repeat Impressions website and order the stamp and see what you can do with it!

Ayana Posadas
Dana Joy
Lynette Neus
Joy Hadden -- you are here
Julie Smith
Michele Greenwood
Darcie Bruno
Harriet Skelly
Robin Kirpatrick

Thanks for stopping by -- Now go and have a HAPPY STAMPING DAY!!

Friday, April 23, 2010

Little Paper Shop Color Challenge

Little Paper Shop is celebrating their 2nd Birthday!  They have aBIG SALE going on and  everything in the store is 15% off through the end of April. All you have to do is enter the code BIRTHDAY during checkout to take advantage of the savings. 
They also have a Birthday Celebration contest is still under way with a $35 Gift Certificate up for grabs to one lucky participant. See this post for all the details.

Here are the colors for this challenge.
and here is my card.
This uses the set Flying By.  You can find it at Little Paper Shop.  I love this sweet little owl!
Play along with their challenges.  You could win that $35.00 gift certificate!

Have a Happy Stamping Day!!

Card Patterns Sketch 60

The prize this week, from CardPatterns is  Julia Stainton who is offering up the prize for one random participant- three scrapblocks valued at $48 US!! The just released Life scrapblock, Newspaper Ads scrapblock, and Calendar Year scrapblock. These are 6x6 inch rubber stamps perfect for cardmaking, scrapbooking, and any paper crafting.  WOW - these are really neat.

Here is the sketch:
Here is my card
The dp is from My Mind's Eye, the aqua card stock is from Papertrey Ink called Hawaiian Shores.  The sentiment is from Verve.  The flower is the lst one I made -- I'll make more.  Nina Brackett has a tutorial here on how to make them.

Have Happy Stamping Day!

CPS-Card Sketches 163

CPS-Card Sketches sponsor this week is The Cat's Pajamas. On April 13 they released 5 brand new sets and a whole lotta goodies for the cardmaker's pleasure! The 5 new sets not only feature some of their favorite characters, but some fresh new ones as well! Be sure to visit The Cat's Pajamas to see all of their fun stamps.

Here is the sketch for this week:
Here is my card for the week:
I love this little mouse! It comes from Gina K Designs new Spring Mix!  The dp is from Graphic 45 and the pink is from Gina K Designs.  Go to CPS-Card Sketches and look at all the wonderful examples and then make a card!  Link your card to their site and they will have a random drawing for a prize provided by The Cat's Pajamas!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Little Paper Shop Challenge

This is Little Paper Shop's 2nd birthday and they challenge everyone to make a birthday card.  Go to their blog and read all about their design team - a lot of very talented ladies.  Here is my card:

I've challenged myself to use scraps before I start cutting into any paper.  So I don't know the maker of the polka dots, but The blue and pink is from Gina K Designs.  This stamp is called Lucy - she's so cute!

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Little Paper Shop Project

Little Paper Shop is having their 2 year Anniversary! Congratulations are in order for them! They have an easy to navigate blog, great challenges and some very talented people on their design team. Go check it out.  One of my favorite stamps set of theirs is called Flying By.

This weeks challenge was to create a 3 D project

I found these blank stone coasters and rack at a Wal Mart on one of their clearance shelves.  I paid $5.00 for them! Wahooo, what a deal!  I stamped them with Versacolor - because it is permanent and will take the water condensation without fading.

I inked up the sentiment curved on my acrylic block with the darkest part of the Versacolor and stamped it around the coaster.  I then inked up the bird on the upper part of the ink pad (see the picture).  That way the branch with a dark blue and the bird is shaded several colors of blue.  I've used these every day this week and so far no fading.  I'm going back to see if I can find more of these and plan to ink up Christmas scenes (snowflakes, etc) for Christmas presents!

Thanks for looking and HAPPY STAMPING!!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Center Stage Spotlight Blop Hop!!

It's time for another CSS Blog hop!

Several members of the CenterStage Spotlight Alumni team have gathered some of their favorite BBQ Picnic recipes together for us to make another cookbook!  The cookbook will be available for FREE over on the StampTV Freebie page for you to download and print at your leisure.

But, since we are paper crafters - we were challenged even further to make a project with our recipe in mind to share with everyone tonight on their blogs!  (The projects are also included in photos on the recipe booklet as well.)  

Here is my recipe and picture for the Cookbook.

Please check out the links of all the participating designers and then download the Recipe booklet and let us know how you like them!

Card Positioning System Challenge 162

It has been hard to stay indoors and make cards.  This time of the year in Texas is amazing.  We have had high 70's days with low humidity.  The bluebonnets are blooming and the azaleas are BEAUTIFUL  this year.  Tyler has a big Azalea Trail thru some of the prettiest gardens.  Better take advantage of it! These type of days are too few around here.  Soon it will be in the high 90s with 90% humidity! UGH...

Here is my card for this week's Card Positioning System Challenge:
Stamp:  Gina K Designs Have a Cookie by Melanie Muenchinger
Paper:  Gina K Designs White & Chocolate Chip cardstock, dp is Imaginisce
Other:  Cuttlebug and copic markers

CPS has such interesting sketch challenges - check out their blog. 


Tuesday, April 13, 2010


Today is a really good day!  Wendy from Repeat Impressions has asked me to be on her Design Team.
Can I tell you I squealed when she asked me!! This company has a very interesting start.  Go to their blog - The House Stamps Built- and read all about it.  It was an inspiration to me of what a hobby can lead to.

I quickly made this card.  In the next few weeks I'll be showing more of their stamps off.


Sunday, April 11, 2010

Creative Belli Challenge 89

This weeks challenge is sponsored by Sweet 'n Sassy StampsThey strive to bring you the best in digital stamping.  Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps recently went to all Digital Images and they have a special blog that features FABULOUS artwork on their website. Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps comes out with NEW digis every week! Be sure to check them out!!! This week, Korin has generously offered the winner of this challenge a $10 Gift Certificate. We will choose the winner with and announce them on the next Belli Challenge!

I used one of their digital images to make my card:

The White cardstock is from Gina K Designs and the blue cardstock is from Color Mates, the dp is from my stash.  I used a Cuttlebug and a Nestabilities die and a MS border punch.

Be sure to visit the Creative Belli Design Team Member's blogs to read more details about their designs. You will find lots of awesome ideas!!!

Chris Dickinson
Ceal Pritchett
Holly Brown
Anne Harmon
Debbie Daniels
Robin Kirkpatrick
Steph Zerbe
Liz Williams
Joy Hadden
Maria Matter
Darsie Bruno
Melisa Waldorf

Here is what you do to play along...
1. Anyone Can Play! Challenge your best friend!
2. Make a completed project/card with anything with a Die Cut!  Challenge yourself to use something you already have. It could be ANY kind of DIE CUT; just grab it and create!
3. Share the link here in the comments linking to Mr. Linky - CBC89. When you post to Splitcoaststampers or to your blog, be sure and put CBC89 as the KEYWORD and mention of the challenge - with a link!

Happy Stamping - Can't wait to see what you create.

Stamp TV Gina K Designs Challenge

The only thing difficult about this challenge was making my mind up which book!  Let me explain, Gina K challenged us to share our favorite children's book and then create a project inspired by the book. 

The book I used was "There Was an Old Lady Who Swallow a Spider".  My kids and grandkids love this book.  They all know it by heart. 

Here is one of my cards:

 This is a glow in the dark card! I know one of my grandkids will love it!!!
Stamp:  Gina K Designs Spring Mix
Paper:  Gina K Designs Black Onyx, White, cardstocks, the blue is from my scrap pile
Other:  Glow in the Dark Embossing Powder

Here is another one: 

 I did this one because the Little Old Lady wears a hat.
Stamp:  Gina K Designs: Happy Spring
Paper:  Gina K Designs White, Fresh Asparagus, dp is from my stash
Ribbon:  Gina K Designs

Here are the requirements and details:
  • Challenge: Choose your favorite children's book and make a project inspired by the book. Include a photo of book along with why you chose it and how it inspired your project.
  • Requirement: use any of our March Release stamp sets: Friends, A Beautiful Life, By Your Side, Fairy Tales, Happy Spring, Nana's Needlework, Nana's Needlework Sentiments, Sending Sunshine, Spring Mix, Spring Has Sprung
  • Post: Post your card in the gallery at StampTV using the keyword-APRILBOOK  Please put blog link in your photo notes so everyone can read all about why you chose that book.
  • Deadline: Monday, April 12th at 8 pm central time
  • Prize: The winner will become the CenterStage Spotlight Designer for April (the winner will receive the entire April release!, participate in all previews, release party and next month's DT search challenge!)
Here are the current Designers -- go check them out and get some inspiration!

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Little Paper Shop Challenge #62

This weeks challenge at Little Paper Shop was fun to play.  Little Paper Shop has so many cute images and stamps.  They have some free digital images if you want to check their page.  This is the sketch:

 There is some great inspirational cards on the blog. 
Here is my card:

Stamp:  Little Paper Shop
Paper:  Papertrey Ink
Other:  Papertrey Ink scallop and flower dies, clear EP

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Card Patterns Sketch #58

I love playing along with the CardPatterns weekly sketches.  Each week the sketches are so interesting -- some are REALLY challenging and love looking at what everyone creates.  If you haven't tried it, -- you should!  This week Prairie Fairy is giving 5 digital images to a randomly picked participant!  They have images that are sooooo cute.  Take a look at their page and tell me if you don't fall in love with a dozen of their images!

So here is the weekly sketch:

This was one of those challenging ones.  Here is my card:

Stamp:  Papertrey Ink
Paper:  Gina K. Designs Sweet Corn, White, Creme de menthe and Passionate Pink card stocks
Other: misc buttons, Ribbon is from Papertrey Ink

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

CPS 161

Wow, this sketch was a challenge -- but fun.  After I got started I had several other put together based on this sketch.  This week's prize is sponsored by: Hero Arts.   Be sure to check  on the CPS-Card Sketches blog to play and see what you could win.  They have some great samples from their team.

Here is the sketch:

Here is my card:
Here are the details:
Stamp:  Little Paper Shop, this is a WONDERFUL stamp company with digital and clear photopolymer stamps -- excellent quality!
Paper:  Gina K Designs White cardstock, Stampin Up green cardstock, dp is BoBunny
Other:  Copic markers, Cuttlebug, pop up dots

Monday, April 5, 2010


Ok, here goes again--- Some more sights at ROUNDTOP/WARRENTON!
One of the fabulous things about this event is the antiquing/junking -- and the art -- oh my goodness, you will never in your life see such a collection of art -- and weird.

Now for beautiful things you can see.  Paris Montana has SERIOUS bling.  If you like vintage, impressive bling, she has it.  Here is her venue

She does serious events like the Barrett-Jackson Auction and Vintage Vixens in Chula Vista, Ca. She is the ONE for Boho Street Chic.  Check out her blog here.  You will be impressed!

Here is where you will find good coffee!

Here is another great vendor.  They have VERY impressive merchandise.

The name of their company is Magnolia Pearl.  They specialize in couture, vintage lace designs. Actually, one of a kind vintage, lace, designs.  Each and every piece of lace was made by another woman's precious hands long ago. It is hard to describe all they have.  Go to their site and check them out!  Every woman needs several of her designs!


On Friday I visited with 2 of my girls who work in the office at Marburger and then on to see what was going on with the vendors.  Here are some of the ones I visited:

Perhaps you like to collect buttons?


Or perhaps you like vintage ribbon -- like me:

WHATEVER you collect -- you will find it here.  You will find:

Relaxing Tubs:

This sweet lady in the relaxing tub is from
Alice and Jay,
They are from Georgia and have that sweet southern hospitality and some REALLY neat pieces.  This was a very comfortable place to be!

How about some Bakelite?  Oh My Goodness!! Have you ever seen so much?

Thanks for looking! Have a Great Day!!!  Tomorrow will be some of my favorites!


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