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Thursday, July 30, 2009

Growing Goldie

JuneAug - no more room for a coffee cup. LOL

Well I have to get to bed so I can get up at 3:30am. Shannon and I are Orlando bound to be at CHA. We are both so excited.

I thought since I did not have a project to share I would share a current picture of Goldie so you can see how much she has grown since my 1st post of her INTRODUCTION. She is really growing. We got her around the middle of June so it has only been about 6 weeks and look at her now! Jessie is feeding her too good. LOL. She was born Apr 03

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

A CASE of A Little Sunshine

Hidee Hoo all. I am getting sooo ready for CHA but before I can pack and go I have to share this little jewel with you. This is for today's WAYS TO USE IT CHALLENGE - Supply Me. It is also for today's TREEHOUSE THURSDAY CHALLENGE # 8 - CASE Ashley Bowen. This week the challenge is to CASE (copy and share everything) Treehouse Owner Ashley Bowen herself. WOW what an honor to get to browse through her lucious gallery and find inspiration. I found my inspiration in her TREE-RIFIC DAY card using a recently released set from TREEHOUSE STAMPS called Little Sunshine. I changed the layout to use Wednesday's SKETCH CHALLENGE from SCS and the colors to use Tuesday's COLOR CHALLENGE. I changed the base layer to a solid and used some checked dp for my 2 panels under my focal image. I also left off the small circle and just stamped my sentiment on the bottom of my base. My tree is stamped in certainly celery then covered with green stickles and paper quilling in certainly celery attached. I stamped the trunk with esspresso ink then colored it with copic markers. I also added a couple pieces of paper quilling on the trunk to look like knots in the wood. The paper quilling was done for Monday's TECHNIQUE LOVERS CHALLENGE - Quilling which I had always been afraid of until Monday so I thought I would give it another try. Hope you like it. Come on play along with us by CASEing Ashley and don't forget to use THT008 in the keywords when you upload to Splitcoast and then go the TREEHOUSE STAMPS BLOG site and link you work with Mr.Link so we can see your beautiful creations.

High Hopes Pajama Party

I have to be at work by 6:30 for an early morning meeting that is lasting almost all day long so I did not have a lot of time to search for and think out adding more challenges. I will be back to my normal self Monday. For now this is for today's SKETCH CHALLENGE. I combined it with Tuesday's COLOR CHALLENGE - Certainly, Pixie Appeal for my color combo. I stamped this new to me image in black brilliance then colored with copics E17, E39, E50, E51, G12, G40, RV13, YR20, YR21. If someone has a better match for pixie pink than RV13 please let me know. when I went to matt my focal image on pixie pink I went YUK! My dp is from DCWV's Blossoms & Blutterflies Glitter mat pack. My card base is appricot appeal. Hope you like it.
Stamps: Pajama Party
Paper: Appricot appeal, certainly celery, DCWV dp, white
Ink: black
Accessories: copics, ribbon, crystals
Techniques: copic coloring

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Seaside Life Gift Bag

This is for today's COLOR CHALLENGE - Certainly Pixie Appeal. OK as MotherMark would say here is my story: Recently my darling daughter has been attempting to dethrown the Queen of Combos by combining multiple challenges from the Dare to Get Dirty Challenge list and then had the gaul to call me up and challenge me to "cowboy up!". Well, how can I not take that dare? LOL. Today I decided to not make a card when I found this darling gift bag creation on FOLLOW YOUR HEART BLOG and just had to make one because of LodiChicks' DTGD - IT'S IN THE BAG CHALLENGE. They are simple and darling as well. In making my bag I decided to use a set I just got from Flourishes, I mean why buy if your not going to use it right? My bag is made with some vanilla textured dp for DeborahLynn's DTGD - TAKEN WITH TEXTURE CHALLENGE. I stamped some of the coral in certainly celery on the bag. Also the bag uses ribbon as handles and Lauraly's DTGD - TIE ONE ON CHALLENGE is to use ribbon on your creation. I punched the word window punch after stamping the sentiment in pixie pink because Becca wanted us to DTGD - CUT IT OUT using punches. I also stamped and cut out several of the seashell images then distressed the edges of the tag with appricot appeal ink and attached it to the sea shell brad and popped it up. I put a tag on because Genie's DTGD - TAG ART CHALLENGE was to use a tag. Well Shannon, now it's your turn again to "cowboy up!". LOL. I filled this bag with some pink grass and hard candy. Hope you like it.
Stamps: Seaside Life
Paper: Vanilla Textured CS, White, Appricot Appeal,
Ink: Appricot Appeal, Pixie Pink, Certainly Celery
Accessories: Seashell Brad, Pink Eyelets, Ribbon, Dimensionals, Word Window Punch
Techniques: Gift Bag

Monday, July 27, 2009

CSS Quilled Sunshine

This is for today's TECHNIQUE LOVERS CHALLENGE - Quilling. I have never tried this until today. It is quite fun and easy. Today is my 1st day of stamping since Friday so if you know me you know I have been out of sorts. I think I am finally gaining ground on this summer cold/allergy fit I have been suffering with. DH and I went to Valdosta yesturday to see The Proposal. I loved it but then I love almost anything Sandra Bulloch is in. OH Well onto today's creation. For my layout I used today's CLEAN AND SIMPLE CHALLENGE - Sketch. For my color combo of summer sun, pumpkin pie and really rust I used Saturday's lovely INSPIRATION CHALLENGE - Better Homes & Gardens Room guest hosted by Lori. I loved the colors in this inspiration and knew I wanted to use them, The CAS sketch was perfect and so I grabbed my July released Sunshine Set from CLEAR AND SIMPLE STAMPS because these colors just screamed sunshine and I knew I could make a circle with my 1st attempt at quilling. LOL. I used a punched foam circle and inked it in summer sun then rolled it in realy rust and stamped it. I applied some Ranger Yellow stickles in the circle then placed my quilled circle on top of the stickles. What better way to make it stick than with stickles. I hand drew some sun rays with pumpkin pie marker and covered them with some clear stickles. The sentiment is stamped with really rust. I used some scraps of cs for my matts. Hope you like it.
Stamps: Sunshine - CSS
Paper: whtie, yellow, orange, rust
Ink: summer sun, pumpkin pie, really rust
Accessories: Ranger Stickles Yellow & Clear
Techniques: Quilling, Rock & Roll

Friday, July 24, 2009

Rusty Motor Thougths of Father

This is for today's LIMITED SUPPLY CHALLENGE - Get Your Motor Running. Well I sorta feel like this rusty old car that would rather just sit here. No sleep, runny nose, itchy ears I AM NOT GETTING A SUMMER COLD!! I refuse to get a cold. Allergy medicine makes me so sleepy so I just suffer during the day. I used Tuesday's COLOR CHALLENGE - Pretty Rusty? Not Quite presented by guest host Judy this week. Motor + Rust = Old Car right? Oh well, my head is cloudy from Night Time wake up on top of your stamp table cold medicine, LOL. My image was stamped in esspress ink then colored with copics B97, E08, G12, and RV11. I cut the image and panel with Labels 4 then matted and applied crystal effects to the windows and headlights. Hope you can see it. Matted on realy rust then Not quite navy then vanilla. Yeh yeh I fudged a bit on number of layers, sorry Silvia. I will try to better in the future. Off to work now. blah!
Stamps: Thoughts of Father
Paper: vanilla, not quite navy, really rust
Ink: esspresso
Accessories: copics, labels

Thursday, July 23, 2009

THT007 Butterfly Kisses Treat Box & Contest

This is for todays TREEHOUSE THURSDAY CHALLENGE 007 - 3x3 Note Card Box/Treat Box. The tutorial for this darling little box can be found HERE at Splicoast Stampers website. This little box is just too cute and so versatile. I realized after I made the top that I did not have any more dp to match it so I am making a treat box out of it and I made a 3x3 note card to go with it using the scraps from the dp from the box top. For my focal image I inked the smaller matching butterfly image the same way and this time I stamped the small single wording Live, Laugh, Love over the image. The baja breeze box bottom was stamped randomly with the darling starburst image from Butterfly kisses. The Basic Gray dp is from Treehouse Stamps. The focal image on top is from Butterfly Kisses also from TREEHOUSE STAMPS. I inked it up first with Baja Breeze then rolled it with Old Olive. I love these butterflies and this set. The sentiment is from the individual sections called Live, Laugh, Love on top of the butterfly was inked in old olive then stamped right on top of the butterfly. Come and play along with use this week. We would love to see what you come up. Don't forget when uploading to include THT007 in your keywords so we can find your creation. Also don't foget about the Copic Coloring contest - see the top of my blog for a link to the details.

Play along and be entered in a chance to win the newly released WILD BABY Stamp set from Treehouse Stamps. This adorable set is versatile enough to use as a baby card or to your most loved one, from serious to silly so hurry to your stampin' area and make one today, upload with THT007 keyword, link back to your upload on the Treehouse Blog site. Pass the word on your blog to let others know. Winner to be posted next Wednesday July 30tth by Ashley Bowen, THS owner.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

You're A Khaki Star

What a week so far. Last night Jessie called his parents who thankfully live next door, just to check on them. His dad said his Mom was a basket case and had her medication in a mess, was in her bathroom where she had been all afternoon. This was about 6pm. We had to go to Wally World for some household supplies and did not get back home until 11pm. It took 2hrs to get her medication straightened out and set up for the next 2 weeks. Dad was not even kidding when he described Mom as being confused. I was confused by the time we left last night. Oh well, onto today's SKETCH CHALLENGE. My plans after having to go to work without getting to do the color challenge yesturday were to combine the SC and Tuesday's COLOR CHALLENGE - Pretty Rusty? Not Quite! with my brand new image I just got in the mail from The Greeting Farm. Well that ain't happenin' cause it is too big and no where to fit it in so for Plan B I used the dp that also came in my order. TeeHee. I love this star paper. It is matted with NQN and I punched the bottom with a Fiskars border punch. I punched out the stars in really rust and Not quite Navy cs then attached a white star brad in the center of each and popped them up. I had to off set them a bit to get them placed. Sorry Roxy. I did not want to handwrite my sentiment and my puter will not print and I do not have a stamp with that sentiment so I was forced to meet my New Years Resolution to use my Quickutz. This is Khaki Alphabet. I think I will give this to one of my grands when they do well on a test or have a great week without turning their Hawks around (means they were bad!). Hope you like it.
Paper: really rust, not quite navy, dirty rodeo dp, pretty in pink
Ink: none
Accessories: star brads, quickutz punch, quickutz Khaki Alphabet,Fiskars Diamond Border Punch

Color Throwdown Deep Dive Experience

This is for today's D.R.S.'s COLOR THROWDOWN #52. The colors are Certainly Celery, Choc Chip and Perfect Plum. This week the challenge is being hosted by CLEAR SIMPLE STAMPS. I used a set just released by Clear & Simple Stamps called Deep Dive. I just love this set. My twisted mind saw the diving diver riding the fin of the shark so I had to go with it. They are both stamped in choc chip. The diving mask is stamped in espresso ink then colored with copics, cut out and popped up. The perfect plum base is topped with perfect plum pattern paper. Hope you like it and come play along.
Stamps: Deep Dive - Clear & Simple Stamps
Paper: vanilla, perfect plum, choc chip, certainly celery, perfect plum pattern paper
Ink: perfect plum, choc chip, espresso
Accessories: copics, dimensionals
Techniques: 3D, copic coloring

Monday, July 20, 2009

Welcome Little Wild Baby

This is for today's CLEAN AND SIMPLE CHALLENGE - Turquoise, Orange, & Yellow Colors. Today's challenge from THE PINK ELEPHANT - Animals is covered by using a Lion. I used ribbon, stickles and brads for Saturday's OUR CREATIVE CORNER - Triple Play where we were to pick 3 different embellishments to use. My layout is from Saturday's PAPER CRAFT PLANET SKETCH CHALLENGE. I used a recently released set from TREEHOUSE STAMPS - Wild Baby. I just happen to know someone very special who will be having a very special delivery really soon that I will be sending this cutie too and I sooo hope she likes it. I used some MME dp for the stip in the middle matted with Summer Sun. I cut a 3in circle around my focal image, sponge distressed the edge and punched the Fiskars Mega scallop circle in tempting turquoise for a mat.My image was stamped in esspress ink then colored with copics BG01, BG05, Y15,m YR65. YT68. My sentiment is stamped in Tempt turquoise. Hope you like it.
Stamps: Wild Baby - Treehouse Stamps
Paper: Orange Textured, Summer Sun, Tempting Turquoise, White, MME dp
Ink: espresso, tempting turquoise
Accessories: brads, ribbons, stickles, copics
Techniques: copic coloring,distressing


Sunday, July 19, 2009

Dino-rific CASEing

This is for today's FEATURED STAMPER - Dino-rific. I found my inspiration from Diane's Birthday One Card. I loved that layout and the border edges. I used a different border, image and color combo. My dp is called Animal Crackers and the image and sentiment are from a recent released set of TREEHOUSE STAMPS called Dino-rific. This set is just adorable I love using it. I stamped my image in black brilliance then colored with copics, cut it out and popped it up. Hope you like it too.
Stamps: Dino-Rific -Treehouse Stamps
Paper: Animal Crackers dp-Treehouse, white green, orange Non SU CS
Ink: black
Accessories: EK Sucess border, Copics
Techniques: Copic coloring


Saturday, July 18, 2009

Deight in Many Happy Sayings

This is for today's INSPIRATION CHALLENGE - Tracy Poter. I found inspiration in this darlling FLEUR PITCHER from the site which also inspired me to use my wedding colors for Friday's LIMITED SUPPLY CHALLENGE - What were those colors?. I used a double border and double ribbon layers for Thursday's WAYS TO USE IT - Seeing Double. My layout is today's PAPER CRAFT PLANTED SKETCH. I used some new razzleberry lemonade dp matted on razzleberry cs. My middle panel is cameo coral with double borders. My focal image was stamped in versamark then heat embossed with gold glitter EP then watercolored with SU Markers Cameo Coral, Blush Blossom and Melon Mamba on watercolor paper then cut out and popped up on a blush blossom circle and melon mambo scalloped circle. My tag was stamped with cameo coral and melon mambo then hand cut. Hope you like it.
Stamps: Delight in Life, So Many Sayings, Many Happy Returns
Paper: melon mambo, razzleberry lemonade, cameo coral, watercolor paper
Ink: cameo coral, blush blossom, melon mambo,
Accessories: EK Succes Border, Ribbon, Scallop Circle, Circle punch, gold Glitter embossing powder
Techniques: Heat Emboss

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Rock The Farm

This is for today's WAYS TO USE IT CHALLENGE - Seeing Double where we were to use 2 of something - I used 2 ribbons. It is also for today's TREEHOUSE THURSDAY CHALLENGE - Color Challenge where we are to use Certainly Celery, Rose Red, and Pretty in Pink. For my layout I used Wednesday's SKETCH CHALLENGE. I just love this Greeting Farm darling set called Rock The Farm. I got the ribbon, dp and stamp set all from TREEHOUSE STAMPS. I used certainly celery for my base and rose red for panel 3. I trimmed panel 3 with my EK Success wavy border punch. My focal image was stamped in black brilliance then colored with PRISMACOLOR PENCILS. Yep, I dusted them off and used them today. They were soooo in need of lovin' bc I have been obsessed with copic coloring lately. I love using gamsol magic technique, I just can not seem to get that bold bright coloring I get with copics. Need more practice with my prismas I think. I stamped the sentiment in rose red on the pretty in pink matt. Hope you like it and come play along with these darling colors.
Stamps: Rock The Farm - Treehouse Stamps
Paper: white, certainly celery, rose red, MME dp, pretty in pink
Ink: black, rose red
Accessories: ribbon, EL Success border punch
Techniques: Gamsol Magic

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Waterlily Winnings

This is for today's SKETCH CHALLENGE, Tuesday's COLOR CHALLENGE - Lavendar Banana black and white and Monday's TECHNIQUE LOVERS CHALLENDGE - Faux Grid Card. I used my recent winnings from a challenge hosted by Flourishes to buy this awesome set. Shannon has been having a fit for me to go ahead and get it dirty so she can borrow it. I may never see it again so I have been holding off until just the right time. LOL. I stamped the images in black, lavendar lace and barely banana randomly on panel 2 then colored with copics. The squares and some of the images that were colored in are hidden by panel 3 (insert pouty face). The small lily on panel 4 is cut out and popped up. How did I do? RECIPE:
Stamps: Waterlily - Flourshes
Paper: white, barely banana, lavendar lace
Ink: black, barely banana, lavendar lace
Accessories: copics, ribbon, stickles
Techniques: Faux Grid

Clear & Simple July Summertime Collection Release

This is for today's SKETCH CHALLENGE and Tuesday's COLOR CHALLENGE - Lavendar Banana black and white. This darling set called SUMMER and is only 1 of many included in today's release from CLEAR & SIMPLE STAMPS. I just love it. There are 2 different 2 stamp popsicles, so much fun. I love banana and grape flavors so that is what I made. It is hard to see in the pic but they have crystal effects on them. YUMMY. The dp is from DCWV Blossoms and Butterflies glitter stack. I just loved the wild design on it. I used some non SU lavendar CS that I had in my need to use up stash and it is definitely the hardest color to photograph. I am tossing the rest or giving it to the grands. They love to "Stampin' Up" with mama.
Stamps: Summer - CSS
Paper: white, lavendar, barely banana, DCWV dp
Ink: barely banana, lavendar lace
Accessories: Copics, ribbon, crystal effects
These were both made using a set called Sunshine released today from CLEAR & SIMPLE STAMPS today. This circle scalloped card is the 1st time I have attempted a circle card. I really like how it turned out. I altered a notebook for my mother in law to use to make her notes for her Sunday School class. I think she will really love it. This darling treat pack is from this months template. This is just 1 of many brand new sets released today. Hurry to the store to see all the gorgeous sets available for you to purchase now. Don't forget to visit the rest of the fabulous design team to see what they have created for your inspirational pleasure. Their links can be found on the left sidebar under CSS DT section or on the store page under DESIGN TEAM on the left side bar. They have really created some fantastic examples for you to see. Hope you enjoy browsing through all the examples using:

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Last Sunshine Sneak Peek

This is for today's COLOR CHALLENGE - Lavendar and Banana, Black and white guest hosted by NancyRuth. I also used Monday's TECHNIQUE LOVERS CHALLENGE - Faux Grid Card and for my layout I used Sunday's SWEET SUNDAY SKETCH CHALLENGE. Today is the last day of sneak peeks before midnight when this darling set along with many others will be available from CLEAR & SIMPLE STAMPS. This one is called SUNSHINE and it is just adorable and so versatile. I stamped the solid circle image then the outline image both in barely banana then colored the inside with a copic marker. The sentiment was stamped in lavendar lace. I then drew my broken grid lines for a different effect. Colored in some of the squares and matted it on lavendar lace. My ran my barely banana base layer throught the cuttlebug using the argyle folder then matted it on lavendar lace. 2 primas with brad centers some gray ribbon and I am done. I like this and have someone in mind that will be receiving it soon. ssshhh it's a secret though. LOL
Stamps: Sunshine - CSS
Paper: white, barely banana, lavendar lace
Ink: black, lavendar lace
Accessories: copics, ribbon, primas, brads
Techniques: Faux Grid

Monday, July 13, 2009

Summer Sunshine Sneak Peek

This is for today's TECHNIQUE LOVERS CHALLENGE - Faux Grid. I used a just released set called SUMMER and a set that will be released Wednesday called SUNSHINE both from CLEAR & SIMPLE STAMPS. I stamped my images in brilliance black then colored them with copics G02, G12, RV25, RV29, Y19, YG68 after drawing my grid lines 1/2 in apart. The "HOT" sentiment was stamped in black randomly after the grid was drawn. I then matted my main image of melon mamby cs. My base is green galore. the sentiment is stamped in only orange. I used 2 clear dew drops and some orange sheer ribbon. My layout is from Sunday's SWEET SUNDAY SKETCH CHALLENGE.
Stamps: Summer, Sunshine - CSS
Paper: white, green galore, melon mamba
Ink: black, only orange
Accessories: copics, ribbon
Techniques: Faux Grid

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Good News - Dallas has arrived / Bad News

We got that early morning phone call we have been expecting about 8am this morning and headed to the hospital. Amanda was in labor and dilated 4cm with buldging membranes. They were getting her some pain medication while they waited on Anesthesia to come put the epidural in. They were soooo glad when the epidural got in and worked. The parents and the nurses both. LOL. Dallas arrived shortly after noon weighing in at 8 1/2 lbs and 21 inches long. He is just adorable. This pregnancy was harder on Amanda than her 1st one 3yrs ago but the delivery was soo much easier. She retained the placenta 3yrs ago but everything came out fine today.
Now for the not so good news. My co-worker that we took food to Saturday evening called work today shorty after 3pm to let everyone know her darling husband has passed away. I started THIS thread Friday. I am updating it today. God is so good in so many ways. Ruth is going to miss him so much but he is not suffering any longer and that is a blessing to his loved ones for sure.

Foxy CASEing

This is for today's FEATURED STAMPER - Schirmcat (aka:Kelly). She is such a sweet person. I chose her SWEET FOREST card to CASE. I kept the layout, used only 1 tree and button, and changed the colors and the animal to a fox cause she is foxy lookin'. LOL.
I used a sheet from a DCWV Safari Kids pack I just bought Saturday on a fun shopping day with dh, Shannon and her 3 kids. We had a blast. I stamped the tree on some Green CS I have had for ages then colored some areas with G07 and E37, cut it out adhererd the trunk and popped up the top tree part. The fox was stamped in esspresso ink on white then colored with copics E03, E31, E33, E37, cut out and then popped up. Both images can be found at TREEHOUSE STAMPS Go Green Stamp Set and Snag Em Fox. I used my Martha Stewart Fence border punch on. I attached some vanilla sheer ribbon with some green on top and tied a bow in the button holes of the button. I will add a sentiment later on. Hope you like it.
Stamps: Go Green, Fox
Paper: Green, Brown, DCWV Safari Kids
Ink: Espresso, Garden Green
Accessories: Button, Ribbon

Saturday, July 11, 2009

CSS July Take the Challenge - Sizzle & Pop

This is for July's CLEAR & SIMPLE'S TAKE THE CHALLENGE - Sizzle and Pop where we were to make something in bright colors like red, yellow and orange. Play along with me. I used Yo Yo Yellow for my scalloped circle base. My image is a sun with ray's image from a set to be released on the 15th by CLEAR & SIMPLE STAMPS - Sunshine. My sentiment was stamped in real red. I stamped the sun image in yo yo yellow then colored in with only orange. I sponged the edges of the sun image after punching with a circle punch then matted and sponged that layer as well as the circled scollop base. I dotted between the scallops and applied some yellow stickles inside the sun. Hope you like it.
Stamps: Sunshine - CSS
Paper: yo yo yellow, white
Ink: real red, only orange, yo yo yellow
Accessories: dimensionals
Techniques: sponging

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Your Dino-Rific

This is for today's TREEHOUSE THURSDAY CHALLENGE # 005 - piercing & buttons. I also used Wednesday's SKETCH CHALLENGE and COPIC COLOR CHALLENGE #21 - YG03, B45, Y28. Well I don't have B45 so I used B34 instead. I absolutely love this newly released dinosaur set and this image had not yet gotten dirty. What a shame. Today is a good day to get him dirty. I also used clouds and grass image from Go Green a set also found at TREEHOUSE STAMP COMPANY. My main base layer is kraft stamped with the footprint in green galore then in soft suede on the sentiment layer and colored in with Y28. The main image was stamped with black then colored with YG03. I hand drew the hill and colored with Y28 then stamped the grass with Green Galore. I paper pierced my sentiment layer then attached some wood buttons on each side. Hope you like it.
Keywords: THT005 SC236 CCC21 Dino-rific
Stamps: Dino-Rific -Treehouse Stamps
Paper: white, kraft, green galore, DCWV Animal Cracker dp, bashful blue
Ink: black, green galore
Accessories: copic markers, buttons, dimensionals, copic air brush
Techniques: paper piercing, Air Brush Shading, copic coloring

Ruth's Refuge and Strength

This is for today's SKETCH CHALLENGE, Tuesday's COLOR CHALLENGE - Tempting Apricot Caramel Breezes, and Monday's TECHNIQUE LOVERS CHALLENGE - Stand Up Card. I just absolutely love these stand up cards. I had to flip the sketch to be able to use this awesome set that I finally ordered from Stampin' Up. I had been eyeing it since I first saw it. I used some basic gray dp and a sheet of DCWV Citrus glitter mat stack. I stamped the flower image randomly in creamy caramel on the caramel base. We have co-worker who has sooo much personally going on right now with her parents both in very bad health, an older sister on dialysis and in bad health, and her dh just went on Hospice care for lung cancer and is in very bad health. I just felt like she needed a reminder of who all cares about her and what she is going through so I desperatly wanted to make something for her today. I hope she likes it.
Stamps: Refuge and Strength
Paper: White, Creamy caramel, Appricot Appeal, basic gray dp, DCWV Citrus Glitter Mat Pack
Ink: tempting turquoise, creamy caramel, appricot appeal
Accessories: ribbon, dimensionals

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Wild Baby Sneak Peek

This is for today's COLOR CHALLENGE - Tempting Apricot Cocoa Breezes, Monday's TECHNIQUE LOVERS CHALLENGE - Stand Up Card and Monday's MOJO MONDAY CHALLENGE - Sketch for the front of my stand up card. I used an adorable set due to be released this month from TREEHOUSE STAMPS - Wild Baby but for now you can drool over the sneak peeks. My image was stamped in esspresso then colored with copics also found at THS. I cut it out and popped it up on a layer of vanilla sponged with creamy caramel for Today's FLOURISHES TIMELESS TUESDAY CHALLENGE - Cut it out & Pop it up. My dp is from some in my drawer that has been there since I don't know but it worked today. LOL. I love how this turned out and my dh will find this standing in front of the coffee maker this morning. I hope he likes it too.
Stamps: Wild Baby - Treehouse Stamps
Paper: baja breeze, vanilla, tempting turquoise, dp?
Ink: esspresso, creamy caramel
Accessories: copics, circle punches, ribbon, dimensionals
Techniques: 3d, Stand up card

TTC Sizzlin Pop July Challenge & Contest Sneak Peek

Today is TAKE THE CHALLENGE TUESDAY from Clear & Simple Stamps. The challenge for July is Sizzle & Pop.

Sizzle & Pop - It's July the height of the summer season it's time for a little sizzle & pop. This month's challenge is to make something using bold fun colors like bright orange, yellow and red and to add something "pops" to your card, Lay Out or project.
I made this card using a just released set called Summer. What a darling summer set this is. I love using bold bright colors. My dp is from Butterfly and Blossoms Glitter mat pack. My focal image was punched with a circle punch and the mat punched with SU scallop circle punch.

These darling treat holders were made from the Summer Treat Pack template. The one on the left was made using the just released SUMMER set and I had already posted it HERE but wanted to show it again, the one on the right is a sneak peek of a set to be released July 15th called SUNSHINE. These summer sets are just adorable and this template is such a fun one to play along with.

If you are looking to play along with the SUMMER TREAT PACK TEMPLATE and want a chance to win a $15 gift certificate to the store, all you need to do is:
(1) Download the Summer Treat Pack Template,

(2) create your version and

(3) leave a comment with a link to your photo by July 15th on the Clear & Simple Blog HERE.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Standing Up for Summer Sunshine

Well we woke to a rain storm this morning and it looks like it is here to stay for a while. Guess I should not complain since it was soooo hot Saturday. Good day to stay in and clean but I have to head to work. This is for today's TECHNIQUE LOVERS CHALLENGE - Stand Up Card. What a fun card to make. Here is a pic of the tutorial for this layout. I will be doing more of these. For the front layout I used Saturday's SWEET STOP SKETCH CHALLENGE. The 2 circles are metal tags which is for Friday's STAMPIN' B's CHALLENGE - Metal. The stamps set I used is a just released really great summer set called "SUMMER" from CLEAR & SIMPLE STAMPS. I also used a couple of stamps from a set coming out July 15th called "SUNSHINE" so watch for it. My dp is some I picked up at Michaels eon's ago. The popsicle image is a 2 stamp image with the outline stamped in crushed curry and the solid part stamped in pumpkin pie. I used to love orange creamsicles.
Stamps: Sunshine, Summer - CSS
Paper: textured cardstock. white, polka dotted dp
Ink: crushed curry, pumpkin pie, ballet blue
Accessories: so saffron ribbon, metal tags, dimensionals
Techniques: Stand Up Card

Sunday, July 5, 2009

A CASE of Friends & Lattes

This is for today's FEATURED STAMPER - Sandra (aka: B-gin-R). I truely enjoyed browsing through her gallery and found my inspiration with her COFFEE BREAK CARD. I changed the colors, layout, left off the ribbon and buttons. I also found inspiration from Saturday's INSPIRATION CHALLENGE - where I found this darling display ESSENTIALS IV. The colors on this poster are also the same as Tuesday's COLOR CHALLENGE - Krafty Saffron Nights. I used corregated paper in sub for kraft for Thursday's WAYS TO USE IT CHALLENGE - Out of the box since I really wanted to play along with that one and just had not been able to fit it in yet. My focal image is matted on a piece of so saffron cs that was sponged 1st with Night of Navy then black for Monday's TECHNIQUE LOVERS CHALLENGE - Faux Burnt Edges. My layout is from Saturday's I{HEART}2 STAMP - Sketch Challenge. What a fun layout it is. My sentiment is stamped in Night of Navy. My image and sentiment are from a set that can be found at TREEHOUSE STAMPS - Friends and Lattes. I stamped my image in black on white cs then colored it with copics and my dp layer is from Basic Gray - Marrakech Stack both of which can also be found at Treehouse Stamps.
Stamps: Friends & Lattes - THS
Paper: White, So Saffron, Night of Navy, Basic Gray dp - Marrakech, Corregated cardboard
Ink: black, night of navy
Accessories: brads, corregated cardboard, sponges, stickles
Techniques: faux burnt edges, sponge distressing

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Treehouse Copic Contest

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Set Includes: #0 Colorless Blender, E37 Sepia, B05 Process Blue, R29 Lipstick Red, YR04 Chrome Orange, Y06 Yellow, G07 Nile Green, BV08 Blue Violet, BG 49 Duck Blue, RV04 Shock Pink, V06 Lavender, V17 Amethyst

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Inspired Little Trucks

This is for today's INSPIRATION CHALLENGE - We have birthdays for a grandson this month and granddaughter next month and I found tooo many posters that just screamed "oh yeh, I'm the one", teehee. I finally decided to start with the most current upcoming day for Brayden who will be 6. Man where does this time go, she just had him a last year didn't she? I found my inspiration for this little cutie from DIGGER. Anyway, there have only been a couple of previous sets from SU when I started that I soooo wanted and this Little Truck set and Wild Wild West were 2 of them I just can not seem to get but I did get some really nice SCSer's to share some images with me. I love this site. Such really nice people on here, thanks Kelly for these images. I am also more than willing to share images from those that I have purchased if I have any that anyone wants, just pm me.
My image was stamped in black on white cs. I colored it with copic markers and attached some google eyes. Brayden will love that. I used today's layout from UNSCRIPTED SKETCHES. I drug out some textured CS I have been hoarding and used it for my base. The dp layer is from DCWV's glittery Citrus mat stack. The entire layer 2, with the focal image on it, is popped up. The vertical sentiment is from Close To My Heart's Happy Birthday Set. Oh I hope he likes this. Now the hard part, what to get him!!
Stamps: Little Trucks, CTMH - Happy Birthday
Paper: Non su textured CS, DCWV Glitter Citrus Mat Pack
Ink: black
Accessories: ribbon, dimensionals

Friday, July 3, 2009

QK Happy Birthday Dies

Well in case you did not know, my all-in-one printer is worthless with the exception of the scanner part of it which is magnificant. I have changed ink well 3 times and still can not get it to print our worth a dang so I have given up. That being said I almost croaked when I saw today's LSC :( what I need my printer to do this challenge. I put on my thinking cap, remembered my NY's resolution to use my QK's that I just had to have and so this is for today's LIMITED SUPPLY CHALLENGE - Digis' and Diecuts. There are no stamped images on here only punched layers and balloons. I tied some hemp around the balloons. The only ink used was to doodle around the scalloped edges. I used the embossed sentiment so this is also for Thursday's TREEHOUSE THURSDAYS CHALLENGE -Dry Emboss.
Stamps: none
Paper: dcwv, red,blue,yellow cs from Michaels
Ink: ballet blue
Accessories: quickutz Happy Birthday Set, Maurvy Ovals Scallop Giga and Mega punches
Techniques: dry emboss,

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Ms. Hoot with Faux Burnt Edges

This is for today's TREEHOUSE THURSDAY CHALLENGE - Dry Embossing Technique. I used a brass plate of leaves that I had never used before on the left and right sides of my so saffron panel. I like it. I also used my SU light that my darling daughter (e3stamper) bought me yrs ago when we 1st started stamping. I wore it out when I 1st got it and then the CB came along. Sad I know. My layout is from today's STAMPS AND SMILES SKETCH CHALLENGE. My color combo is from Tuesday's COLOR CHALLENGE - Krafty Saffron Nights. I used Monday's TECHNQIUE LOVERS CHALLENGE - Faux Burnt Edges on the oval layer. My main image is from a set called Ms.Hoot that was recently released by TREEHOUSE STAMPS. She is just too adorable. My images were stamped in black then colored with copics. The owl was then cut out and popped up.
Stamps: Ms. Hoot - THS
Paper: White, So saffron, Night of Navy, Kraft
Ink: Black, so saffron, Night of Navy
Accessories: Copics, Leaf brass emboss plate, SU Light Table, Stylets, Sponges, Nestie Large Ovals
Techniques: Faux Burnt Edges, dry emboss

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Wild West Tic-Tac-Toe

This is for today's SKETCH CHALLENGE. Yep, for sure I have lost my MoJo! This is not my fav but got head to work so I am looking for ideas. Should have looked through the SC235 gallery before I made this for inspiration. I do not do well with square cards so I used a vertical sentiment from Hambo inked with choc chip and made a regular A2 size. When I 1st saw the sketch I thought Tic-Tac-Toe. I love that game and dh will not play this or checkers with me bc he says I get him trapped so no matter which way he moves I win. (insert grin here). LOL. I usually take the X's so as you can see I let him win this round. I think I will put thin in front of the coffee machine for him to find tomorrow morning after I am at work. He is off so he will get to sleep in (insert pout here). I used this darling wild west alphabet that I just had to have and have not inked up but 1 time. The X's and O's were stamped in choc chip on vanilla then matted on choc chip. I wanted to use a thin brown ribbon across the middle line to identify the winner but could not do that over my sentiment. So any ideas how to make me convert this into a likable creation?
Stamps: Wild West Alphabet - SU, Vert Greeting - Hambo
Paper: vanilla, choc chip
Ink: choc chip


What, is it July already? YEP it sure is and it is hot down here in the deep south. What better way to cool off than to stamp with a darling new set being released today by Clear and Simple Stamps called SUMMER. This set is perfect whether you are creating a sunny card or treat to make someone smile or a scrapbook page showing off those summer smiles and fun. If that is not enough then keep following because not only can you buy the set and get $1 off using this special code: DTBlog709, but if you purchase the Copic bundle along with the set you get a total of $5 off your order Summer and Copic Trio - Yellow 1. WOW fun and savings!
I am just super excited to be a new member of this companies already fabulous Design Team. and delighted to bring you all the good news from them. For now here is a cute treat holder TEMPLATE for you to play with and create. We would love to see what you come up with. I have used the template and this darling set Summer to create this:
I made this treat holder using Stampin Up brand new In-color Razzleberry paper, ink and dotted ribbon. I also used some new dp I picked up at Michaels last time from DCWV called Blossoms and Butterflies Glitter Pack. They just screamed to be used. I left my treat holder empty to show the full view of it. I punched the front of the holder using my extra giga oval scallop punch. The popsicle is a 2 step stamp done in curry and razzleberry then cut out and popped up. Now hop over to the CLEAR & SIMPLE BLOG to see what the other DT members have created for your inspiration and viewing pleasure.