October 20, 2013

RCC86 Fall and Halloween - Support

Finally I am writing a new post.  Since my last one, I've gotten a new job and moved to Arizona.  My craft room still isn't set up completely but I have what I need for now so I can at least make some cards.  The challenge at The Ribbon Carousel for October is to make a Fall or Halloween card.  At the same time October is Breast Cancer Awareness month so I am actually combining the challenge with a card for a cancer support group.  I came across this stamp from Unity Stamps and thought it would be good for a cancer support card.  I stamped the quote in Memento Rhubarb Stalk ink.  I used some paper from BoBunny's Autumn Song Collection and added an orange ribbon.  Now that I'm in Arizona I won't get to see the fall colors so I'll just use them on my cards :)

Thanks for looking.

July 7, 2013

Mojo Monday 300th

Lately I've been distracted by "life" and haven't been stamping much. I saw that the Mojo Monday Challenge was celebrating it's 300th sketch so I decided to play along.  Without sketches I think I'd be lost.  I can get the paper and the stamp but just can't figure out how to put them together.  Since Kraftin' Kimmie is participating with this challenge I used one of my favorites for the Cancer Center thank you cards, Nurse Nightingale.  I paper pieced her apron and colored her with Copics.   I tried the out of the box cutting technique with her so she is a little outside the square.  Thanks for taking the time to look at my blog and have a great weekend.

  Supplies Used:  Kraftin' Kimmie Nurse Nightingale, Echo Park Sweet Girl paper, MFT Fishtail Flag dies, Heavenly White Premium Ultrasmooth paper

July 4, 2013

For Prescott

This is a hard post for me to write.  I went to college in Prescott, AZ.  While I didn't know any of the men who died, I am hurting because the town I love so much is hurting.  I haven't been able to stop crying since I heard the news. These men go out and fight these fires every day and have saved countless lives.  Prescott is a very small town but that is what makes it so great. I really hope that they can all find the strength they need to get past this and soon. I am working on two cards today.  One is for the Prescott Fire Department and one is for the sole survivor of the Granite Mountain Hotshots.  He probably needs support more than anyone.  There was nothing he could have done but I know he must be questioning everything and dealing with a tremendous amount of survivor guilt.  I want him to know we all care about him.  This card is for the fire department.  I used MFT's Firefighter boy and colored him with Copics.  The purple ribbon is to show support for those who have died. 

Supplies Used:  MFT Pure Innocence Firefighter Boy, Verve Kind Words, BoBunny Liberty paper, Verve Starry Die

I am entering this card in the Ribbon Carousel July Challenge -  Country Pride and Celebrations.
Thanks for looking and please keep the families of the firefighters who died in your thoughts.

April 14, 2013

RCC80 Showers and Flowers

I made this card for the Ribbon Carousel Challenge this month - Showers and Flowers.  I recently got the Stamp of the Month kit from Taylored Expressions.  I can never find the right colored cardstock when I'm making a card so I love that they do it for you.  The stamps are from the Make it Memorable stamp set.  I colored the flower with copics and used the matching die to cut it out.  Then I stamped the background in Memento Soft Leaf ink and popped the flower up on top.  I used the matching ribbon that came with the kit (also something I never seem to have).  I like the way this came out and am planning on making several more in the same design.  It's always nice when you have a simple design.  I think I had the lights too bright for this pic so I'm sorry for the background image being a little faded.  It's light to begin with.  Thanks for looking.

Supplies Used:  Heavenly White Premium Ultrasmooth, Taylored Expressions Stella Cardstock, My Mind's Eye Collectable: Memorable, Taylored Expressions Ribbon, Taylored Expressions Make it Memorable Stamps, Copic Markers, Memento Soft Leaf.

April 11, 2013

First Communion

My Goddaughter (also my niece) is having her First Communion this month.  I asked Mo Manning if she was planning on creating a girl First Communion digi and what do you know?  She was.  One of the reasons I love digi stamps is that you can get them so fast.  I colored this girl with Copics and chose some sparkly star paper from my stash.  I am still fooling with my Photoshop Elements (no matter how many tutorials I try I still mess it up lol). I wanted a white background but that wasn't going to happen.  I've gotten behind in my cardmaking but I am hoping to get back on schedule and have more cards soon.  Thanks for looking.

March 2, 2013


I always love the time of the year when the daffodils and tulips start coming out. You know Spring is just around the corner.  LOTV recently had a new release and being the crazy stamp collecting fool that I am I had to buy the whole release.  Seriously..I need help.  I just couldn't make up my mind lol.  I have to say though that this is my favorite stamp from the release.  The bunnies are so adorable.  For my card I colored the bunny and flowers with Copics.  I added some glossy accents to the vase to give the look of water.  I think this is a stamp I will use a lot. I am still working on my photography. I got Photoshop Elements and followed a tutorial but my light is always off.  I will keep working on it though.

Supplies:  Lili of the Valley - Flower Arranging, A Muse Artstamps Thank You for Everything, Verve Stamps - Pennant Trim Die, Heavenly White Ultrasmooth paper, Athentique Seasons: Summer

February 15, 2013

KK Love is in the Air

The challenge this week over at Kraftin' Kimmie is "Love is in the Air".  I'll be honest here..I don't do Valentine's Day.  I don't send cards to anyone and don't celebrate it.  Yep that's me..alone and bitter lol.  Actually I am quite happy with just me and my animals.  Anyway, I decided to use Tara for this card.  The part you don't see is the inside which says "that I love you".  This is going along with the rest of my thank you cards because I figure it can be used as a thank you for someone the person loves right? I stamped her on Heavenly White Premium Ultrasmooth paper and colored her with Copics.  I used paper from Authentique for the background.  Thanks for looking.

February 10, 2013

MFTWSC110 - Violin Girl

For the sketch at My Favorite Things this week I used Pure Innocence Violin Girl.  I love this sketch.  I flipped it to better fit the image.  I used Teresa Collins Vintage Finds paper and colored this sweet girl with Copics.  For a change, I decided to try to use my photo box since my photos have been a little dark lately.  The hard part is keeping the cat out of it, but I know I need to work on my pictures so this is a start.  I have to say the Fishtail Flag Die-namics is my most used die.  Thanks for looking.

February 3, 2013

KK Challenge 164 - Texture

I thought since there was a power outage during the Super Bowl I'd upload a few cards.  I made this one for the challenge this week at Kraftin' Kimmie - Texture.  I recently bought some mesh ribbon and had an idea to use the ribbon as a net below Arielle.  Nothing ever comes out the way you see it in your head though does it lol.  I used some plain cardstock and colored Arielle with Copics, adding some stickles to her hair and bodysuit for a little sparkle.  You gotta sparkle in the circus.  Here is my card:

Thanks for looking and here's to hoping the 49ers get moving soon :)

January 15, 2013

MFT Challenge Late

Don't you hate it when the days just get away from you and you miss a challenge deadline?  It's only Tuesday and it feels like it's been a long week already.  Since I made a card for this challenge I thought I'd at least post it.  The weekly sketch challenge can be seen here at My Favorite Things.  I used Pure Innocence Have Hope.  This is one of my favorite stamps.  I colored her with Copics.  The paper is from Lovely by Authentique.  I backed her with some shiny silver paper to match her dress. Hopefully I can get next week's sketch in on time lol.

January 14, 2013

Another New Year's Resolution

My first New Year's resolution was to make more cards.  My second is going to be to use more ribbon.  I decided to enter the challenge at the Ribbon Carousel - Winter Spirit.  I do love cards with ribbon, but I am seriously bow tying impaired so I don't use it much.  I have tried so many different "helpers" but still can't do it lol.  I tried several times on this card before giving up and just tying a nice little knot.  Hey, still looks okay right?  So, since the theme was Winter Spirit, I used my Pure Innocence Warm Wishes stamp for this card.  I colored her with Copics and used a piece of ribbon from my huge stash (much like stamps, I collect a lot of ribbon lol).  The patterned paper is from Echo Park Winter Wishes pad. 

January 5, 2013

Kraftin' Kimmie Challenge 160-Animal House

I was so excited when I got my latest KK order today that I used one of my new stamps right away. Don't you just love when you get new stamps in the mail?  I swear I need a support group for this addiction. Anyway, the challenge is to use an animal and I just happened to order the new Best Fur-iends set by Cheryl Alger.  Usually my mom uses these sets but I just had to have this one for myself.  I used the boy from the set since I don't have many boy thank you cards.  I saw a card by Kerry which had a design I loved so I decided to use it for this card.  I colored this boy using Copics.  The dog I tried to make look like my sister's new yellow lab.  Since I usually stamp at night I tend to take most of my pictures at night so I apologize for shadows. I will work on my photography and hopefully take more pictures during the day.

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Kraftin' Kimmie Best Fur-iends, Verve Thankful Hearts
Paper:  My Mind's Eye The Sweetest Thing Bluebell, Teresa Collins Vintage Finds
Accessories: Nestabilities, MFT Fishtail Flag Die-Namics