8.23.2011 Birthday Wishes

  • Stamps: Stampin’ Up Sincere Salutations
  • Paper: Whisper White, Certainly Celery, Chocolate Chip, Pretty In Pink
  • Ink: Chocolate Chip
  • Accessories: Pink ribbon, corner punch tool, Big Shot & embossing folder, chocolate chip Stampin’ Write Marker, Fiskars edge punch
  • Technique: Embossing

Ok, so this isn’t the crowning glory of my proudest card creations.  But it is, after all, progress in the right direction – of actually making a card again!  Yay for me! :0)

I made this card for my mom’s birthday this week.  I also tried to make cupcakes to match it but was apparently too heavy-handed with the color gels in the frosting, because the cupcakes turned out much less soft and muted than this card! 

I’m in the middle right now of crafting a wedding card for a wedding my family will be attending next month, and I am already feeling the creative juices flowing on that one and look forward to being able to share that!  In the meantime, however, at least I have SOMETHING to share! :0)

Blessings to you and yours,


Birthdays Are The Best


Branch Out Birthday



Certainly Celery, Close to Cocoa, Lavender Lace

SC205 CC225 Happy Botanical Nights


  • Stamps: Botanical Blooms, Stampendous Everything Happy
  • Paper: Kraft, So Saffron, Night of Navy, cream
  • Ink: Basic Black, So Saffron, Night of Navy
  • Accessories: ribbon, twine
  • Technique: 2-Step Stamping

Ahhhhh… another masculine card – yay!  I usually find them to be difficult to cardSept7of2009bmake but I’ve turned out several lately!  This card is another Labor Day creation in which I combined Sketch Challenge #205 (SC205) and Color Challenge #225 (CC225), both challenges from a ways back that I had filed away for future inspiration!

I had purchased the Botanical Blooms set off of eBay earlier this summer and hadn’t used it yet (shameful, I know!), but it was the first set that came to mind when planning this card.  I was a little leery about being able to get it to work with this color challenge (which specified using Kraft, So Saffron, and Night of Navy), but I like how it turned out… an unexpected way to showcase flowers!

I wasn’t too sure what to do with all the blank space on the left-hand side of cardSept7of2009cthe card so I chose to run the sentiment vertically alongside the main image, and fill the rest of the area with a “no frills” ribbon arrangement.

Thanks for stopping by today and please be sure to leave a comment with a link back to your online gallery or blog so that I may come and see what you’ve created lately!


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)

Thank you for stopping by! If you have a spare moment, please leave me a quick comment – it would be very much appreciated! (and don’t forget to leave a link back to your blog or gallery so I can come admire your creations!)


WSC93, CAS28 Masculine Birthday


  • Stamps: Botanicals by Scrappy Cat, Tag It by Clear Dollar Stamps
  • Paper: Close to Cocoa, Creamy Caramel, Certainly Celery, cream
  • Ink: Certainly Celery, Always Artichoke, Creamy Caramel
  • Accessories: Big Shot, Quick Cutz embossing folder, circle punch
  • Technique: two-step stamping

Today’s offering is a combination of two recent challenges.  The first is Clean and Simple #28 (CAS28) at SCS, which was a challenge to create a simple, cardAug17of2009buncluttered card with a masculine feel.  I was excited for this as we have so few masculine cards in our “stash” and this provided a good excuse to remedy that.  Later I stumbled upon the Weekend Sketch Challenge (WSC93) on Beate’s blog and thought I would try to combine that with the first challenge.

Flowers aren’t often associated with masculine things, but I figured leaves are and the Botanicals set I picked up a few weeks ago seemed like a perfect fit for this challenge.  The color combo I chose was the first thing that came to mind when I decided to create this card and I’m happy with the result – pretty, but not in a “girly” way! 🙂cardAug17of2009c

Because this is a “Clean and Simple” card, I wanted to stay away from using any true embellishments, but the card still needed some texture to make it more visually appealing.  So, I turned to our brand new Big Shot and the embossing folder we picked up for help.  Fun!  I think it is just what this card needed!

Thanks for stopping by and please take a second to let me know what you think!  If you leave a link back to your online gallery or blog I’ll be sure to visit and return the favor!


SK071809 Birthday Foxy

  • Stamps: Snag’em by Imaginisce “Foxy,” Stampendous “Everything Happy,” Clear Dollar Stamps “Argyle Factory”  SK071709 Birthday Foxy
  • Paper: Taken with Teal, More Mustard, white, chocolate brown
  • Ink: Chocolate Chip, More Mustard, Taken With Teal ink pads & markers
  • Accessories: sponge, notched corner punch, colored pencils, blending stump, baby oil, craft knife, dimensionals, Fastenator
  • Technique: sponging, “Gamsol Magic,” 3-dimensional

I came across this adorable fox stamp at a scrapbooking store in a town about an hour away from here a few weeks ago. At 99 cents, I HAD to have him, and I knew he would be perfect for Gamsol! Last week I registered over at Paper Craft Planet and came across an awesome sketch challenge on Saturday. When I saw it, the first stamp that came to mind was “Foxy!”  Also, I was lucky to score the Stampendous set with my 50% off at Michael’s coupon last week.  I love deals!

I had a different sort of inspiration for the color combination I chose for this card. At the horse show on Saturday (see post below for more info on that), one lady that I competed against in Trail had the most GORGEOUS Hawaiian-type floral top, which was a mix of warm chocolate, bold teal, and tropical mustard. It looked AWESOME, especially with the color of horse she was riding!

Once I had my colors in mind and sketch in hand, I sat down to start creating and things just evolved from there.

One thing I wanted to incorporate into this card was making Foxy as three-dimensional as possible to make him really come to life.  To do this, I stamped SK071809 Birthday Foxyhim three times in chocolate chip ink and used the gamsol magic technique (I use plain ol’ Crayola colored pencils and generic Baby Oil rather than the hard-to-find and rather pricey Gamsol and special colored pencils) to color each image.  Then, I cut out each piece with a craft knife, cutting the second layer by leaving out the tail and the third layer by leaving out the ears and the hind legs.  The result makes him really pop off of the card at you, and I’m please with how it turned out!  For the circle that Foxy is mounted on, I sponged More Mustard ink on plain white cardstock.  That by itself didn’t seem to stand out enough off of the chocolate panel, so I added another layer of white cardstock behind it.

I also sponged the brown and Taken with Teal panels in matching ink.  I do that to a lot of my cards, but I think it is an important step for a lot of cards to make them look more finished.  Granted, it doesn’t look great on EVERY cardSK071809 Birthday Foxy but I find it works well for many of the cards I create!  The sentiment was stamped on white cardstock  and I used a notched corner punch to take the semi-circle off of the edge to add interest.  I also used our Fastenator for the first time to add the two silver embellishments on the lower edge of the teal/mustard panel.  When I originally “finished” this card yesterday I had left it at that.  However, when I came back later to photograph it, it looked like something was just missing, and I couldn’t think of what that was.  This morning I remembered my fun “Argyle Factory” set I purchased from Clear Dollar Stamps several years ago and haven’t had the opportunity to use much.  PERFECT!  I got a little goofy with my spacing when I stamped it the 2nd time so I tried to repeat that mistake with the 3rd stamping to make it look intentional.  Hopefully it doesn’t look too sloppy!

Thanks so much for looking and please take a minute to let me know what you thought of my card and this post!