CDSGDC0909 Window of Wonder


  • Stamps: Pretty Perches and Argyle Factory by Clear Dollar Stamps, Autumn Harvest by The Paper Company Studio (sentiment)
  • Paper: cream, Not Quite Navy, Pumpkin Pie, Chocolate Chip, Always Artichoke
  • Ink: Not Quite Navy, Pumpkin Pie, Chocolate Chip, Always Artichoke
  • Accessories: “Wonder” brad, paper raffia ribbon, Big Shot, “woodgrain” embossing template (Fiskars), sponge, foam mounting tape
  • Technique: embossing, direct-to-paper inking, sponging, 3D

I had a great time at the Minnesota State Fair on Saturday!  I hope you all had an enjoyable and re-energizing weekend also!  Today I am thrilled to bring you my creation for the September ’09 Guest Designer Challenge at Clear Dollar Stamps.  Last month was my first time entering their contest and I had so much fun that I’m back at it for this month’s challenge as well!  This month, Lori gave us an “Either/Or” challenge:  use either the posted color combination (Not Quite Navy, Pumpkin Pie, Chocolate Chip, with an optional Always Artichoke), or the sketch challenge (see below for sketch), or combine the two.  Not one to ever turn down an opportunity for extra credit, I opted to do a combination of the color combo and the sketch challenge. 🙂

CDSGDC0909sketchI love the color combination that was posted – it has a nice, cozy, fall-like feel cardAug30of2009bto it – and I felt it gave me a wonderful opportunity to create an autumn sunset with my brayer.  And what set would work better with a fall sunset than Pretty Perches?  I love stamp sets that allow me to play around and build my own scenes!

I created a wooden window frame to highlight my outdoor nature scene by first cutting out the frame in Chocolate Chip cardstock with my paper trimmer and then running it through the Big Shot with our Fiskars “woodgrain” embossing template.  I then used direct-to-paper and sponging with Chocolate Chip ink to further bring out the texture.  The frame was then mounted using foam mounting tape to raise it off of the background and bring extra dimension to the card. cardAug30of2009c

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Nature Silhouettes Wedding Card


  • Stamps: SU! Nature Silhouettes, SU! All Holidays (outside sentiment), The Stamp Barn (inside sentiment), Anna Griffin (background)
  • Paper: glossy white, Chocolate Chip, More Mustard
  • Ink: Chocolate Chip, More Mustard
  • Accessories: notched corner punch, small leaf punch, Fiskars leaf border punch, ribbon
  • Technique: Gate-Fold card

I’ll be darned… no distressing, sponging, *or* embossing and I’m actually still happy with this card! :0)  My boss is getting married next month, and ever cardAug19of2009bsince I received the invitation awhile back I’ve been wondering what on earth I was going to make for the card.  You see, usually my mom and I like to do our wedding cards with some elements of the invitation, wedding colors, etc in it to tie it in with the “theme” of the event.  In the past, we’ve even disassembled invitations and used an actual piece or two of the invite on the resulting card if the invitation had usable components.  However, my boss is marrying a graphic designer, and the invitation she designed is a lot different than what I’m used to seeing.  Different, but still beautiful!  It is a two-sided card (no fold, printed on front and back) printed on glossy paper.  It has the silhouette of a tree in brown with a white background and one each of yellow, orange, and red leaves.  I’d love to show you the invitation itself but I’d feel the need to ask her permission to post it here first and I don’t want either her or my boss to see this card until they open the envelope! :0)  (There’s about zero chance either of them know about this blog so I feel “safe” showing it to you guys before I give it to them!)

Obviously, the first thing that came to mind as far as stamps to use for this set was Nature Silhouettes.  The problem was trying to come up with a card design that would fit the theme of the invitation while still being “pretty.”  cardAug19of2009cAfter all, this is a wedding card!  I was back and forth on ideas until yesterday I decided to try out a gate-fold card, which I thought might help remedy the issue of what to do with the “dead space” left over outside of the tree image itself.

I am super pleased with how this turned out!  I hope they enjoy it!

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Blessings to you and yours,


  • cardAug25of2009aStamps: Farm Life (by SU!), Anna Griffin (background)
  • Paper: Not Quite Navy, Old Olive, Sage Shadow, watercolor paper
  • Ink: black Stazon, Not Quite Navy, Old Olive, Whisper White
  • Accessories: eyelets, twine, scallop edge scissors, watercolor pencils, aquapainter, sponge, Fiskars texture plate and Big Shot, foam mounting tape
  • Technique: embossing, sponging, 3D

cardAug25of2009bOur latest Stampin’ Up order came on Tuesday and I couldn’t wait to get home and work with my new Farm Life set!  I had printed off the special-edition Mojo sketch last Wednesday (MOJOTERESA) but hadn’t yet had the chance to use it, and I knew it would be perfect for the barn image from this set.

I absolutely love it when I can color an image, and now that I finally have real watercolor paper I think I may be a little obsessed!  I always did “Gamsol Magic” in the past to color images but lately I keep reaching for my watercolor pencils – I just love the results!

I had come up with the navy and green color combination after looking for cardAug25of2009csome inspiration for masculine cards at SCS on Tuesday, and I really like it here with Sage Shadow thrown in as an accent color.  I sponged the Not Quite Navy and Old Olive panels in matching ink to add to the rustic feel.

I will be headed out to the Minnesota State Fair and won’t be home until l-a-t-e Saturday night (or early Sunday morning) and I think that unfortunately means there may be little to no time to do any stamping this weekend.  As such, I have prepared another post and scheduled for Sunday morning so there will be something to look at until I can get some new creations up for your viewing!

Thanks for stopping by and please take a moment to let me know what you think by leaving a comment for me! If you leave a link back to your online gallery or blog I’d love to see your work also!


Mojo 100th Sketch Celebration

Last week the Mojo Makers were celebrating their 100th Mojo Monday sketch with sketches all week long designed by each of them.  Several of them were also offering Verve stamps as blog candy along with the celebration sketches and today I was beyond thrilled to find out that I won this GORGEOUS Verve stamp set from Sarah’s Creations!

Verve(Enjoy)Thanks SO much Sarah!  I can’t wait to get them and I will certainly be posting a card created with this set not too long after I get them!

Blessings to all and I hope your week is going great!

MOJOFRIDAY Birthday on the Farm


  • Stamps: Farm Critters, Farm Sounds wheel, Chick trio (all by Clear Dollar Stamps)
  • Paper: watercolor paper, textured brick red, Chocolate Chip, Brocade Blue
  • Ink: Brocade Blue, Real Red, Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa, black Stazon
  • Accessories: brown check ribbon, watercolor pencils, aquapainter, edge texturizer, sponge, Big Shot, Sizzix paisley Texturz plate, Coluzzle, sanding block
  • Technique: watercoloring, ink/sponge/edge distressing, dry embossing

This card was created for the birthday of a family friend.  He has chickens so I was thrilled to use my Farm Critters set for a birthday card!  The sketch is from the 8/21/09 special-edition Mojo sketch – MOJOFRIDAY (for their 100th sketch celebration week last week) and it was a fun one to work with!  The circles are quite a bit different than what I usually work with but the end result is pretty neat in my opinion so I may have to work with this idea some more in the future!  That’s what I enjoy about making cards for challenges – they really force me to “think outside the box” and get my creative juices flowing!

cardAug22of20092bI used watercolor pencils and an aqua brush to color the chicken first, and then set out to decide on a coordinating color combination.  I knew that I wanted to use red and chocolate chip but I needed to come up with another accent color.  Naturally, since this card is for a male, I decided to look in the blue color family, and Brocade Blue fir the “farm-ey” feel of the card perfectly with its dusty qualities.

For added interest, all panels (less the colored image itself and its matting) are sponged in matching ink.  I ran the Brocade Blue panel through out Big cardAug22of20092cShot with a paisley texture plate and took a sanding block to that for further texture.  I originally intended to make this card with the guidelines for Friday’s Limited Supplies Challenge at SCS, which was to create a masculine card with no flowers, ribbon, or bling, but when I finished it I felt that the only way to actually make the card complete was to add the brown check ribbon! :0)

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MOJO101 Riveting Ruby

  • cardAug24of2009aStamps: Riveting, Sweet Serendipity
  • Paper: white, Ruby Red, Certainly Celery, textured soft yellow
  • Ink: Ruby Red, Certainly Celery
  • Accessories: circle punches (3/4″ and 1 1/2″), glitter glue, foam mounting tape, Sizzix Texturz plates (daisy and “friend”)
  • Technique: embossing, 3D

A big “thank-you” to the Mojo Monday crew for another awesome sketch!  I have done several square cards recently, and this week’s Mojo Monday sketch (MOJO101) called for another, and I happily obliged!  I trimeed the hooves of cardAug24of2009cone of my horses last night after work (Dreamer, the pretty boy in my avatar picture with me over on the right there), and then I took him for a ride afterward, so needless to say I didn’t have the time to make a super detailed card – I wanted something clean and simple!

It took some playing around to decide on a color combo I was happy with and then some more thinking to make the layers work together in a visually appealing way.  I ended up creating my own “designer paper” by using the Big Shot and a couple of Texturz plates on the main Ruby Red and Certainly Celery panels.  For the Certainly Celery panel that was to frame the sentiment, I repeatedly stamped an image from the Sweet Serendipity set in Certainly Celery ink.

I punched out the inner circle of the Riveting stamp and raise that off of the cardAug24of2009bsmaller Certainly Celery panel with foam mounting tape.  I applied clear glitter glue to the outside rim of the image.  I then cut out the star image I had just cut out and adhered that to the background.

All in all, it is a pretty “short and sweet” type of card but I think it turned out fun and I’m pleased with it!  Usually I want to keep adding stuff to a simple card like this before I’m happy but in this case I’m pleased with it just as it is!

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WSC94 Fluffles Garland


  • Stamps: Fluffles Garland by Stampendous, Crosshatch by Stampin Up, Basic Shapes by Clear Dollar Stamps
  • Paper: White, Garden Green, Basic Black, Real Red
  • Ink: Garden Green, Real Red
  • Accessories: Versamarker, black embossing powder, SU markers, corner punch, light bulb punch, gold leafing pen, and red, green, and gold glitter glue
  • Technique: embossing

Time for another Christmas card! I got my hands on a 50% off coupon for Michael’s and crossed my fingers that they just might have their Christmas stamps out already. They did and they had one of the Fluffles stamps that has been on cardAug22of20091bmy wish list! I guess it was meant to be! :0) And speaking of meant to be, the stamp fit perfectly in Beate’s Sketch Challenge #94 (WSC94) for this weekend.

I embossed the Fluffles image in black embossing powder and colored with Stampin’ Write Markers in Creamy Caramel, Real Red, and Garden Green. I accented appropriate areas with a gold leafing pen and coordinating colors of glitter glue. I then punched out a few light bulbs, and covered them in glitter as well before attaching them to the garland string.

The background on the Garden Green panel was created with my trusty Clear Dollar Stamps Basic Shapes set and also a random pair of paw stamps. The background on the Real Red panel is Crosshatch from Stampin’ Up. I really wished I had a word window punch for the sentiment to peek through the green panel but I didn’t so this will have to do! :0)cardAug22of20091c

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