9.19.2010 Eggs-Pecting a Baby?

  • Stamps: Farm Critters, Clear Dollar Stamps 
  • Paper: Whisper White, Sahara Sand, Chocolate Chip, Bordering Blue
  • Ink: Chocolate Chip, Bordering Blue, Sahara Sand
  • Accessories: Colored pencils, Aquapainter, Sponge, Edge distressing tool
  • Technique: Distressing, tearing, watercolor
  •  Ok, so I’m getting around to this a good two days after I had hoped to be able to, but here’s the other card I made over the weekend!  A beloved family member is expecting her first child, and I made this card for her upcoming baby shower. 

    Again, please excuse the blurry cell-phone picture.  This card actually looks a lot cleaner in person!

    If you could take a moment to let me know what you think, I would be ever so grateful.  Leave a link back to your blog or online gallery and I promise, as always, to return the favor!

    Blessings to you and yours,


    AVS202 Winter Trees


    • Stamps: Trees Three, Clear Dollar Stamps Argyle Factory
    • Paper: white, Basic Black, Certainly Celery, textured grey
    • Ink: Certainly Celery, Going Gray, Basic Black
    • Accessories: ribbon, snowflake brads; scallop-edge scissors, Basic Black marker, glue pen, glitter, brayer, white gel pen
    • Technique: sponging/distressing, braying, glitter

    Oh how I enjoy challenges that really test my creativity!  The Verve Stamp company celebrated their anniversary last month by hosting a series of special sketch challenges as part of a celebratory contest.  I printed off the list of challenges for future inspiration and on Labor Day pulled out AVS202 to help me celebrate the recent arrival of my very own Trees Three stamp set (one that was only released in a SU Mini Catalog during my year-and-a-half away from stamping, and I have been dying to own it ever since I got back into my creative groove!)!!!


    Looking at the sketch above, you’re probably wondering what was so challenging about it – after all, the sketch itself is pretty detailed, with shapes and cardSep7a2embellishments pretty much already added in.  But you see, that is exactly why it can be such a challenge! (Are you confused yet? haha)  The challenge comes in trying to create a card that is truly unique and different from all the other cards that were created with the same sketch.  It’s more than just using a different stamp set and color combination than everybody else – it’s about owning the sketch and making it your own!  Hopefully, this card reflects my style and not just the Verve sketch.

    It may be pretty hard to see it in the photographs, but I stamped an argyle pattern in black ink on the two black panels on the left to add a little texture, as well as sponging Basic Black cardSep7a3around the edges.  I also sponged matching inks on the Certainly Celery and gray panels and ended up adding a little Basic Black on the corners as well.  The two back panels aren’t exactly the same proportions as shown in the sketch… I sort of flipped them, as I felt it balanced out my particular card a little better.

    Thank you so much for visiting my stamping blog today!  I hope you have found something here to get your own creative juices flowing.  If you have a minute, please leave me a comment with a link back to your own blog or online gallery so that I may come see how your crafting has been going!

    Blessings to you and yours,

    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!


    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!)


    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

    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!


    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!


    SC114 A Little Something for the Season

    • cardAug16of20091aStamps: Changing Seasons, Clear Dollar Stamps Tag It (sentiment)
    • Paper: white, Ruby Red, Really Rust, Certainly Celery
    • Ink: Stazon Black, SU Markers
    • Accessories: Big Shot texture plate, notched corner punch, glitter, glue pen
    • Technique: direct-to-paper ink distressing

    Today I bring you a creation with another of my favorite stamp sets of all time, Changing Seasons.  (Watch for another post later this week using this same set!)  I adore these scenic stamp sets, especially when they involve images I can color!

    The layout for this card comes from Sketch Challenge #114 (SC114) over at SplitCoast from all the way back in March of 2007!  I randomly pulled it from the SCS website last fall along with several others and decided to work with this particular sketch over the weekend.

    We made a trip to Crafts Direct on Friday on our way to the cities for a Twins game and purchased a Big Shot, which was on special there last week.  I was cardAug16of20091banxious to try it out so I gave one of the texture plates a whirl for a little bit of “extra something” on the background panel of this card.  To help it show up a little better, I took our Ruby Red ink pad and used the direct-to-paper technique on the entire panel.

    The main image itself was colored with Stampin’ Write markers (Certainly Celery, Old Olive, Always Artichoke, Ruby Red, Really Rust, Creamy Caramel, Bashful Blue, and Bordering Blue) after being stamped in Black Stazon, and was accented with lots and lots of glitter in coordinating colors.  Got to love glitter!

    Thanks for looking and please let me know what you think (I will *always* return the favor if you leave a link to your blog or online gallery!)!