Sunday, March 30, 2008

Cool Cat

This sketch from Taylor (a la Taylored Expressions) really caught my eye! I've had this cat stamp for almost a year and this is the first time I've had an opportunity to use it.

Stamps: Inkadinkado (cat), A*Muse (sentiment)
Paper: Prima Marketing Company (Eire Collection "Piper"), PTI White, More Mustard
Ink: Palette Noir Hybrid, Copic Sketch Markers
Accessories: Nestabilities circle and square punches, ticket corner punch, More Mustard mini brads

Friday, March 28, 2008

Yep ~ Another One!

I made this card for this week's sketch challenge (SC169). And yes, I used my Big Birthday Candle AGAIN! This one is going out to a special friend who will be celebrating a birthday very soon.

Stamps: Big Birthday Candle, Mark the Date
Paper: Fancy Pants Designs ("Twitterpated"), So Saffron, Blue Bayou, Bazzille textured CS (pink)
Ink: Palette Noir Hybrid, Copic Sketch Markers
Accessories: mini brads, white gel pen, Dew Drop

Monday, March 24, 2008

Happy Aussie Birthday, Frances!

Today is a very special day! My good friend Frances (StampOwl on SCS) is celebrating her birthday! Of course, we had to celebrate it with her yesterday, because she lives in Australia and yesterday is today there. Or something like that. Anyway, this is the card I made for her. I only put one candle on it, even though I know she is significantly older than that (hehehe).

Stamps: Big Birthday Candle
Paper: PTI White, Real Red, Wild Wasabi, Paper Salon (glad rags: multi-stripe)
Ink: Pallette Noir Hybrid, Copic Sketch Markers
Accessories: Nestabilities oval punches, mini brads
Techniques: paper piecing

Sunday, March 23, 2008

CD/DVD Holder

My inlaws have been asking for family photos for a long time, so this weekend I made them a DVD with 300 pics! To finish off the surprise, I decided to make them a special case for it. For directions, check out this SCS tutorial, here.

Stamps: Studio G Clear Stamps
Paper: Very Vanilla, Basic Grey (Gypsy Collection), Bazzille textured CS
Ink: Palette Noir Hybrid
Accessories: brads, chalk (edges), photo corner punch, Nestabilities oval punches, 1-3/8" circle punch, velcro, redline tape, corner rounder

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter, dear friends! I hope you are all enjoying your day!


Saturday, March 22, 2008

Jr. Legal Pad Folio

I made this legal pad folio for my mother's birthday (shhhh...don't tell!). It was amazingly simple to make, and has a nice, sturdy feel to it.

Stamps: Letterpress Alphabet
Paper: PTI white, Basic Grey (Sultry Collection), Bazzille textured CS
Ink: Garden Green
Accessories: mini legal pad, Sultry brads, ticket corner punch, sheer pink ribbon, redline tape

You're My Fungi

I have a hard time with masculine cards, but I needed to make one for my husband this week. For the layout, I cased a beautiful card that was created by stamps4funinCA (check it out!)
Stamps: Hambo Stamps
Paper: PTI white, Basic Grey (Urban Collection), Bazzille textured CS
Ink: StazOn Timber Brown, Copic Sketch Markers
Accessories: Nestabilities circle and scallop circle punches, CM circle cutter system, antique brads

Friday, March 21, 2008

Tag, I'm It!

Tag, I'm It!

My friend Kim Muhl tagged me. If you haven't checked out her blog, you really should! She has some truly amazing creations on there. Here are the rules. First, link to the person who tagged you and post the rules on your blog. Next, share seven random and or weird facts about yourself. Then tag seven more people at the end of your post. Be sure to include links to their blogs. Finally, let each person know that they have been tagged, by leaving a comment on their blog.

Seven Random Facts about Me

1. I have arachnophobia.

2. My (then) 11 year old son and I got snowed in at the Cincinatti Airport for 72 hours with only the clothes on our backs and $17.00. We got home on Christmas Eve.

3. When I was little I got poison ivy all over my face. My parents have pictures of me in a ballet performance wearing a pink tutu and bright red splotches all over my face. Lovely.

4. I used to work the night shift in a psychiatric hospital.

5. I have all of my sons' baby teeth. (Ewwww!)

6. I once took a belly dancing class.

7. I have watched every episode of Project Runway.

Here's Who I am Tagging
Julia's Blog ~ Create with Me
Kris's Blog ~ Nostalgic Collage
Monica's Blog ~ Talk to the Ham
Michelle's Blog ~ The Crafty Cat
Helen's Blog ~ All Things Stampy
Stacey's Blog ~ Creative Awakenings
Marie's Blog ~ The Perky Pomegranate

Sultry Sketch

This is my card for Sketch Challenge 168 (SC168). I just adore my new Basic Grey SULTRY Collection!

Stamps: Rubber Stampede dragonfly
Paper: PTI white, Basic Grey (Sultry Collection), Bazzill textured CS
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Accessories: scalloped scissors, mini brads

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Project Runway

Here's my submission for Project Runway VSN's mini challenge, Tall & Skinny. The challenge was to CASE a card and re-make it into a tall & skinny card. The card I CASEd is Nutsymuhl's beautiful creation, here: Unfortunately, I didn't have all the right materials, so I had to make several substitutions. I watercolored the flower with my aquapainter.

Stamps: Natural Beauty, Short & Sweet
Paper: Very Vanilla, River Rock, Groovy Guava, Ginger Blossom, Ruby Red
Ink: Timber Brown StazOn, Groovy Guava, River Rock
Accessories: ticket corner punch, small circle punch, mini brads, river rock ribbon, paper piercer, aquapainter
Techniques: watercoloring, paper piercer

It's Color Challenge Day!

Here's my card for this week's color challenge, CC157, using Basic Black, Going Gray, and Purely Pomegranate.
Stamps: The Cat's Pajamas
Paper: PTI white, basic black, going gray, purely pomegranate
Ink: Palette Noir Hybrid
Accessories: Nestabilities square punches, mini brads, micro mini brads

Mojo Monday Sketch Challenge #28

Stamps: Rubber Soul
Paper: Hiedi Grace (Harvest Flower/ Harvest Row). Bravo Burgandy, More Mustard, Very Vanilla
Ink: Palette Noir Hybrid
Accessories: Nestabilities, mustard brads

Happy Saint Patrick's Day!

I made this "all green" card for this week's Sassy Challenge. I just love these stamps, made by Hambo. Happy St. Patrick's Day, everyone!

Stamps: image and sentiment by Hambo Stamps
Paper: Very Vanilla, Old Olive, Basic Grey (Lilykate Collection)
Ink: Old Olive, Copic Sketch Markers
Accessories: mini brads

Monday, March 10, 2008

Samantha @ two days old

Welcome Samantha Elizabeth King!

Here she is! Isn't she gorgeous?!? Samantha Elizabeth King arrived on March 8, 2008, at 6:01 pm. Charles and Analiza are her proud parents, and I am her proud Aunt Katherine! I cannot wait to meet her in person.

I have been making baby cards for months, ever since I found out my brother and sister-in-law were expecting. Here's one I made on the day she was born.

Stamps: Along the Same Lines
Paper: Whisper White, Wild Wasabi, Regal Rose, Making Memories (Brooke Narr Stripe), Basic Grey (Two Scoops Collection)
Ink: Palette Noir Hybrid, Copic Sketch Markers
Accessories: mini brads

Mojo Flowers

I made this card for Poetic Artistry's Mojo Monday sketch challenge, Mojo27. I love these bold colors!

Stamps: Oh, So Lovely
Paper: Whisper White, Brilliant Blue, Paper Salon (glad rags: multi-stripe)
Ink: Palette Noir Hybrid, Copic Sketch Markers
Accessories: mini brads

Wednesday, March 5, 2008


I just love this stamp, made by Eat Cake Graphics. I imagined this as a postcard these folks were sending out from their vacation to....Coney Island?? Hehe. The sentiment came from Hambo Stamps. Monica included it (and several others) with my order, FOR FREE! Thanks, Monica! You ROCK!)
Stamps: Image by Eat Cake Graphics, Sentiment by Hambo Stamps
Paper: Whisper White, Gable Green, Deja Views (My Precious Boy)
Ink: Palette Noir Hybrid, Copic Sketch Markers
Accessories: Nestabilities circle and scallop circle cutters, photo corner punch, mini brads

Dang Computer!

I have been having serious computer "issues" this past week, so I haven't posted in a while. I don't know why it randomly decided to let me on this morning, as I don't think I did anything to fix it, but keep your fingers crossed that it will last a bit longer!

This week's Sassy Challenge was to make a card using the Dahlia Fold featured on SCS a couple of months ago (you can find the tutorial here). I knew right away that I was going to have to use my Ginger Blossom paper. I may never do this again, as it was a lot of work, but I do like the way it turned out!

Stamps: none
Paper: Ginger Blossom DSP, Groovy Guava, River Rock, Regal Rose
Ink: none
Accessories: brad, CM circle cutting system, Nestabilities, Cuttlebug die cuts
Techniques: dahlia fold