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

Thank you so much for stopping by today!  Please take a moment to leave me a comment so I have the pleasure of getting to know my visitors a little better! 🙂   Here’s to a delightful and fulfilling week for all of us!



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!

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

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!


CC232 MOJOSARAH “Season of Cocoa”


  • Stamps: SU Season of Friendship, Print Pattern; Stampology Fabulous Fall (sentiment)
  • Paper: vanilla, Close to Cocoa, Taken with Teal
  • Ink: Close to Cocoa, Taken with Teal
  • Accessories: ribbon, glitter glue, scallop scissors, sponge, Big Shot, Fiskars wood-grain embossing template, foam mounting tape, Close to Cocoa marker, Coluzzle
  • Technique: embossing, sponging, glitter

cardAug20of2009bI had a lot of fun with this one!  Today’s card is my “Double Challenge” creation for two different stamping websites this week.  The first is for Tuesday’s Color Challenge #232  (CC232) over at SplitCoastStampers, which challenged us to use the Close to Cocoa/Very Vanilla/Taken with Teal color scheme on our card.  The second was for Thursday’s sketch challenge at the Mojo blog (MOJOSARAH).  They’ve had a lot of great sketches there each day this week as part of their “Mojo Turns 100” celebration, and this is the second special edition sketch I’ve had the pleasure of working with this week.  I highly recommend you go check out their sketches if you haven’t already!

It actually took me quite a bit of time to decide what stamps I wanted to use to make this particular card last night but I knew I really wanted to work with trees.  As much as I adore my Season of Friendship set, it just doesn’t get enough attention, so ultimately I decided to show it a little love and use it for this card.  To add some extra dimension, I outlined the tree trunk and cardAug20of2009cbranches with a Close to Cocoa marker and covered the leaves in clear glitter glue.  The image medallion and small teal panel where then raised up off of the rest of the card with foam mounting tape to really bring your attention front and center.

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!)

Be sure to check back Sunday to see the card I created for my mom’s birthday – I’ve got the post all ready to go right now but I scheduled it for her actual birthday so I’ll be sure the first she sees of it will be when she opens the envelope! :0)


MOJOMARIA “Sympathy”


  • Stamps: Paper Company Studio Autumn Harvet, SU Itty Bitty Backgrounds, Hero Arts (sentiment)
  • Paper: white, Always Artichoke, More Mustard, Basic Black
  • Ink: Yoyo Yellow, Summer Sun, Really Rust, Certainly Celery, Always Artichoke, Basic Black, Creamy Caramel, Versafine Black
  • Accessories: brayer, sponge, brads, black check ribbon, Fiskars border punch, Big Shot, checkerboard texture plate, sanding block
  • Technique: brayering, sponging, direct-to-paper inking, sandpaper distressing

cardAug18of2009bOy!  Sometimes the simplest of ideas can be the hardest to translate into a finished card.  This was one such case!  The gorgeous skyline I saw while out riding my horses Sunday evening had me craving for an opportunity to work with my trusty brayer, and when I sat down to work with yesterday’s special edition Mojo Madness sketch (they’re celebrating their 100th week with sketches all week long!), the brayer is what I had in mind.  I wanted to work with fall colors, namely Always Artichoke and Really Rust, but I ended up choosing More Mustard for the highlight panel behind the sunset image as it just looked so much better there than Really Rust did.

For the skyline, I began by brayering Yoyo Yellow on a piece of white cardAug18of2009ccardstock.  I made a mask for the sun, then brayered over that with Summer Sun and Really Rust.  For the ground, I brayered first with Certainly Celery and then Always Artichoke on the bottom portion of the image.  I then masked the sky and sponged on Creamy Caramel to create the horizon.  After I stamped the wheat images in black Versafine ink, I sponged black ink at the bottom of the panel to make it feel even more like the sun setting at dusk on a fall evening.

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!


SC241 Fall in the Country

  • Stamps: Country Pleasures, Print Pattern, Linen, Antique Cracking, Happy Everything  SC241 Fall in the Country
  • Paper: white, Basic Black, Not Quite Navy, Really Rust, Old Olive
  • Ink: Versamark, Old Olive, Really Rust, Not Quite Navy
  • Accessories: black embossing powder, aqua painter, watercolor pencils, silent setter, eyelets, black gingham ribbon, twine
  • Technique: embossing, watercoloring

Today I’m thrilled to bring you my creation for yesterday’s Sketch Challenge (SC241) over at Splitcoast Stampers!  With all the Christmas cards I’ve been doing lately, I was looking for an opportunity to do something else, and when I saw this week’s sketch the first set that came to mind was Country Pleasures!  I purchased this set off of eBay last year and I absolutely adore it.  There’s something about the three little scenes that makes me want to move right in!

SC241 Fall in the CountryI chose the autumn scene from the set because the fall season is just around the corner and I was really in the mood to work with that type of color scheme.  Usually I get out the cardstock I want to use and figure out my color combination before I start to color my images, but this time I decided to color the scene first and then found cardstock to match.

I first got out all my supplies to do the Gamsol Magic technique but then I got to thinking about my small, neglected collection of watercolor pencils and decided to give that a whirl instead.  I don’t have any watercolor paper (I hope to pick some up tomorrow!), but if I go easy on the amount of water I use I can usually make it work out alright on regular cardstock.  Before I began, I stamped my image in Versamark and embossed it with black embossing powder to really give it a finished look.  With the natural “frame” around the stamped image I knew it would be perfect to frame each panel in black also, so the embossing on the image just seems to make everything flow just a bit better.

I fininished all my stamping (background images on the Not Quite Navy, Old SC241 Fall in the CountryOlive, and Really Rust panels were stamped in matching ink) and assembled the card, I was really happy with the result, but wanted to do something more to just really take it over the top (in a good way!).  After a few minutes of standing there staring at the card I spotted some of our gingham ribbon and decided to tie a bit of that and a bit of twine on the edge of the Old Olive panel by first setting a few eyelets along the side and tying them through that.  Viola!  It was finished!

Thanks for looking and please take a moment to let me know what you think – if you leave a link back to your blog or online gallery, I’d be more than happy to return the favor!


CC194 Going Really Vanilla Friendship

  • Stamps: Season of Friendship, Print Pattern, Cheesecloth
  • Paper: Really Rust, non-SU cream & textured gray
  • Ink: Really Rust, Going Gray, Chocolate Chip

    CC194 Going Really Vanilla Friendship

    CC194 Going Really Vanilla Friendship

  • Accessories: Fiskars “Clouds” scissors, cream ribbon, brads, hole punch, sponge, matting tape, Coluzzle
  • Technique: sponge distressing, Rock and Roll

I made this card for this Tuesday’s Color Challenge: “Going Really Vanilla” (CC194) which consisted of using Really Rust, Going Gray, and Very Vanilla. I only had the Really Rust paper (do have all three inks though ) so I used what I had for the other two colors. The first set that came to mind to work with was “Season of Friendship” and I was excited to work with it again as I think I have only made one or two cards with it since I got it about a month ago (have been far too busy making Christmas cards I guess!).

First, stamped tree from Season of Friendship in Chocolate Chip ink on cream colored cardstock. Stamped leaf bunch from same set first in Going Gray ink, and then used the “rock and roll” technique to add Really Rust to the edge of the leaves for added color. Cut image out with Coluzzle and sponged Really Rust ink around the outside edge, blending inward. Mounted on panel of Really Rust cardstock and cut around shape with “Clouds” scissors by Fiskars. Punched three circles out of Really Rust cardstock with a regular size hand-held hole punch, stuck pewter brads through them, and mounted them in a line on the left side of the circular panel.

Stamped Print Pattern background stamp in Really Rust ink on back cream panel. Stamped over it with Cheesecloth stamp and sponged edges in same color ink. Stamped sentiment from Season of Friendship in Going Gray ink on a 6.5” x 4.25” panel of gray cardstock, and sponged same color ink on edges. Assembled card, adding cream-colored ribbon to cover seam and add some “pretty.”



I also thought I’d take a minute to share with you a picture of one of my personal stamping buddies. Meet my ex-barn-kitty-turned-house-cat Samson! This is him enjoying a rewarding nap on my bed earlier this fall. This is how he likes to sleep… with his belly in the air and his little feet tucked up by his chin!

Thanks so much for looking!