WSC50 Nice and Bright

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Here's my take on Beate's Weekend Sketch 50. I was really needing something "sunny" since the weather here was stormy when I made this. Now the sun is out. Our weather has been really crazy here - not consistent at all. Anyone else going through that?
Anyway, here's what I used: Stamps - Give Thanks, Lots of Dots Jumbo Wheel. CS - Summer Sun, Black, White. Accessories - Watercolor Crayons, blender pen, black embossing powder, Dimensionals, White Grosgrain ribbon, Clear Decorative Accents (Michael's). Ink - Black Staz On and Versamark marker. I used the Wheel guide since those dots have to line up pretty close or it would look weird. I made the clear accents yellow just by putting them on top of a 1/4" circle of SSun CS and used the Mono Multi to adhere them. It's definitely bright IRL. I'm pretty happy with it. What do you think?

Use what you've got & winners

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Here's some more monograms I did using what I had. I loved Angie Juda's idea but didn't have the same sets. Can you guess what I used for the circle of dots? It's a flower image from True Friend that I just markered the dots on. Not good for mass production, but otherwise - it works! I've been eyeing the DIY Mongram kits and just might have to give in soon as these make great gifts. The "flower" backgrounds are from So Many Scallops and letter from Simple Type again and the paper is from the Prints Pack. Scout around your stamps - you just might find some new uses for them!
On to the winners - yes, winners. I didn't have many entries, so I decided everyone who participated gets some of the stash! I'll get them mailed out soon. Thanks for playing!


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My friend Karen is so good to me. We've both been searching for the Swiss Dots embossing folder for a while and she finally found some and gave me that and the Birds and Swirls folder along with the Scor Tape I've been wanting for my bday!! Here's a card for her - I used the Scor Pal to make double lines on both sides of the ribbon (AC Moore) and embossed the Swiss Dots on both sides of the lines. That piece is layered on Purely Pomegranate CS. "K" is from Simple Type Alpha. in a 1 1/4" Pomegranate circle layered onto 1 3/8" circle of Pumpkin Pie, layered onto a white scallop with the birthday cake stamp from So Many Scallops in Pomegranate. Thanks, Karen!

Don't forget to enter for blog candy!

Happy Friday - WSC49

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Yay - the start of the holiday weekend is here! And I had some time to stamp already. Here's my entry for Beate's Weekend Sketch 49. I used Flowers for You DSP with White and Lovely Lilac CS. Celery wide grograin ribbon and a turquoise rhinestone brad. I stamped the flower from Doodle This in Versamark and then tapped Regal Rose chalk on top since I didn't have that ink (not a big pink person). Then I cut it out, placed the bling in the middle and put a dimensional in the back middle so when I curled the petals the ends would stick there. Applied some Mono Multi and glued it onto a LL scallop punch. I had seen this idea a while ago on SCS but not sure who to credit. The saying is from Curvy Verses.
Hope all of you have a great weekend and guess what? I got a bday card already - thanks to Beverly!! It's so pretty and sparkly.

If you haven't already, don't forget to enter my blog candy!

Birthday Candy!

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Next Wed. (28th) is my bday. Anyone who sends me a stamped card gets 10% off anything and everything in the SU! catalogs until the 31st! (818 Woodbrook Lane, Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462)

I'm going to be cleaning out/organizing my stamp stuff this weekend and am putting up some birthday blog candy for you. Here's a peek of what I have so far. Some patterned paper, ribbon, stickers, rub ons, butterfly and flower embellishments... I have a bunch of inspiration sheets too. Loved getting those stamped images, so I'll definately include some of those as well. To enter, post a birthday card for me with my link and let me know where to find it. If you'd rather send it to me snail mail I'd love that too! I'll have my kids pick a random comment on the 29th.
ETA: How about some Hodgepodge Hardware and a stamp set too? I've got other random goodies too!

Also - I have room on the 30th if you'd like to come and stamp with us. I have a few Scrappin' Kits here if you want to do the Scrapbook in a Night OR you can just come to work on whatever you want and use my stamp sets and ink. We already have a taco dip coming and something sweet - join us!

PIF Candy

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Look what I got today!

So I almost forgot about this and was wondering what someone sent me from Great Britain. I was so excited to find this cute little portfolio with stamped images on one side and fun embelishments on the other. There was some pretty paper too. I've always liked those Bella images but never got any so I can't wait to color them in. Thanks to my SBS sister, Stacey!

Now, the fun part for you. The first 3 people that leave me a comment and send me their snail mail will get some candy of their own, providing you post this on your blog and offer the same. Don't have a blog? Check back later - I'll be posting some birthday candy soon!

Mon Amie - WSC48

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Well, I was finally able to do Beate's Weekend Sketch Challenge again. I got over my fear of cutting into those beautiful DSP. One of the reasons I liked Le Jardin DSP was because it matched one of my favorite stamp sets, Carte Postale. Now I had the chance to use them together. Colors are Vanilla, River Rock and Bashful Blue. I sponged all the edges in BB and tried it on the twill ribbon but then decided to use the plain side. Nice thing about this ribbon (and paper) - there's always the other side if you mess up! I cut out the bird and popped him up on dimensionals. Pretty easy card. Thanks for the sketch Beate!

A few things for ya...

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Time has flown for me lately - I feel like I lost a week somewhere. I was able to get a few new stamping things in though. I love how this Father's Day Wallet came out. I saw the idea a while ago and then Dannie Graves put a tutorial on her blog for it, which reminded me that I wanted to make one. I changed mine a little from hers, though. I used Close to Cocoa CS and ink. Sentiment is from All Holidays on Vanilla, then Choc. Chip. All pieces are wheeled using Rough Texture in Close to Cocoa and then sponged in the same. Using the piercing guide I just used the fine tip of my Choc. Chip marker to do the faux stitching. Inside there's a strip 2" high that's just glued with Multi on the sides to create 2 pockets. I figured one side with a gift card or picture and the other for my note. I have to find that saying about a true father has pictures where his money used to be or something close to that. Wouldn't that be perfect? I did take a pic of the inside for you but it came out too blurry. Let me know if you want that visual.

OK, next is the first of 2 cards I've been wanting to make for a while as well. Lauren Meader came up with this brilliant idea for a onesie card and Nancy Morgan totally inspired me with a dress version. So, here's my dress card in pink with the flower from Time Well Spent. There's a rhinestone brad the middle of the cut out flower. The "neck" is half of a 1 3/8" circle punch and the scallop punch - love that!

Then here's my onesie for a boy. You can do the scallop punch trim for the legs but I thought it was a little too girly this time. The stamp is from SAB's So Many Scallops and I sponged the edges in Bashful Blue. Aren't they the cutest? They were fun to make too. I'm planning on making more of these for my craft table on Sat. Hopefully lots of people will like them as much as I do.

6X6 Class and 7 things

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Here's a Sneak Peek at the 6 X 6 Scrapbook in a Night Class done in Summer Days. This class is available as a kit to go (just add postage). I love the way it turned out. When you sign up, let me know which kit you'd like. They're on pgs. 172 -175. It's a great way to get started scrapbooking, complete a book quickly and they make great gifts.

I've been tagged by Caroline and asked to list 7 facts about me you might not know. OK, here goes:
1) I was a Student Ambassador the summer before my senior year with People to People.
2) I've recently become addicted to Red Velvet Cake Balls (look in Dec.)
3) I taught Second grade and Middle School Art in NC.
4) I was voted MVP for my HS Tennis team.
5) I haven't played tennis in years (but miss it - will play again)
6) I dream of someday writing a children's book.
7) I am NOT a morning person and will try to sleep in any chance I get - which isn't very often.

Birthdays and more

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It's been a busy week. Wed. was my sister's bday and Thursday was my mom's. These are the cards I made for them. The Pink one uses Berry Bliss DSP and the Birthday Whimsy from SAB. I embossed the cake and frosting and used the word window punch to reveal the sentiment. The So Saffron card uses the Le Jardin DSP and the flower stamp from Carte Postal matches it perfectly. Sentiment is from It's Your Birthday. The yellow flowers are right up my mom's alley. I think they both liked them.

The other thing I was busy with this past week was getting ready for Celebrate Mama event on Sat. I met a lot of nice people and will hopefully have some more stamping friends soon. My daughter's school is having a Country Fair on the 17th and I'll be at a craft table for that so I have more to get ready for. I'll take a picture of some of the things I made to show you soon. Until then, Happy Stamping!