Tuesday, December 15, 2009

One Layer Madness RESQ27

So this week Michelle has challenged us to make some one layer holiday cards....well, here are some one layer card sets I made to sell at a craft fair (they sold out quick!). I have to make some holiday ones as well since I ran out of my regular holiday cards already!
Both of these sets were made with papertrey Ink stamps...I find that their multiple stamps for one image are perfect for one layer cards....

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

RESQ22 Circulation!

This week it was my turn to host the challenge on RES-Q-Blog....I gave a sketch and you had to use red and blue (or shades of them) in honor of our circulatory system (well, and maybe for Veteran's Day too! ). Here is my card for RESQ22:

recipe: stamps- Papertrey Ink Fruitful, mega guide lines
paper- night of navy, vintage cream, SU DSP
ink- real red, green galore, choc. chip, black
accessories: eyelet, ribbon

Monday, November 09, 2009

so hilarious!

So hilarious I just had to share.....

Thursday, November 05, 2009

working on it

Just to let you know, my blog and RESQ blog are being fixed. I know you can't see the Background or the nav bars....hopefully it will be fixed soon! Thanks!

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

hi everyone!

I have been so swamped lately and the holidays are still a month away! On my list of projects I have been working on are: wedding invites (my first!), a 4th birthday party, Baby Shower Thank You's, and many many card sets that I will be selling at my son's school fair. Not to mention the bunch of orders I have for 18" doll beds! Whew! But I had to take a minute to participate in the Resq-challenges!

This is for Pat's challenge, RESQ20, we were to use buttons! I LOVE buttons and have a bunch of jars filled up. I especially love to use them with PTI's Everyday Button bits....

recipe: stamps- Papertrey Ink Everyday Button Bits, winter swirls
paper- PTI enchanted evening, black, SU DSP, a page from an old dictionary
ink- memento black, copics

accessories- ribbon, buttons, hemp

This is for Lee's challenge this week as our Respiratory Therapist! Bringing in a breath of fresh air to make monochromatic Holiday Cards! I wanted to use an untraditional color so crushed curry it is!

recipe: stamps- Papertrey Ink Stocking Prints, Vintage Labels
paper- crushed curry, white
ink- crushed curry, black
accessories- Nestabilites, rhinestones, ribbon

Thanks for stopping by! I better get back to work!

Monday, October 19, 2009

Clean and Simple....

Sometimes you just gotta go simple...either you want to reproduce several of one card, you have limited supplies, or like me, you juts get lazy and need some quick gratification! Actually, I pulled my back out this morning (blow drying my hair, uh nice) so I just knew I wouldn't be able to spend much time on anything today.

This card I made last week using the thumping technique. Super easy and looks like watercoloring.
recipe: stamps- Unity KOTM
paper- confetti white, bermuda bay, watercolor paper
ink- chocolate chip, bermuda bay, apricot appeal
accessories- ribbon, stapler, paper piercer, marker

This one is for the Clean and Simple challenge on SCS today...make a sympathy card. This is useful because it's not really fun to make sympathy cards first of all and second, unfortunately, you always need them when you are not prepared to make one. SO I made a bunch of this simple one to have on hand just in case.

recipe: stamps- SU With Sympathy, Unity KOTM
paper- kraft, night of navy
ink- night of navy, craft white
accessories- ribbon, nestabilities

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, October 12, 2009

Crackle Paint Tutorial

I have been making alot of frames lately and thought
I would give you the how-to on crackle paint!

I made this Spooky Halloween Frame (that I found in the Clearance section at Michael's for $2!) using acrylic Paint and Crackle Paint.
Here are the supplies you will need:
1. 2 different colors of Acrylic Paint (one light and one dark)
2. Crackle Paint (I used Plaid Brand)
3. Foam brushes
4. Wood Frame
5. Assorted stamps (I used Boo To You and Spooky Sweets II from PaperTrey ink)
6. Assorted Embellishments
1. Paint your frame with the color you want to see through the crackle (I used bright Yellow to show through black). Usually this is your darker color
2. Let it dry (or if you are impatient like me use your hairdrier!)
3. Paint over with an even coat of the crackle paint. This will be clear but will leave a shine on top of the color. Make sure you evenly cover it and try not to reapply or paint back and forth.
* see the shine? 4. Let it dry...try to let this coat dry a little longer....In the meantime, stamp out some embellishments to add on your frame. I stamped and cut out a bunch of things not knowing what I may want. 5. Be brave! Paint right over your nice shiny color with your top coat. Again, go for even strokes in one direction. DO NOT keep painting back and forth, you will lose the crackle effect. You will start to see crackles as it dries.
** after 5 minutes of drying.... ***see the crackles! :) 6. Embellish your frame as you like!
The felt leaves were self adhesive... I cut a circle for the moon and stamped the witch on it. Then, I cut a circle the same size out of clear acetate and inked the edges with white craft ink. I attached it behind the frame with a stapler. The other embellishments I added with craft glue dots.
Aren't my little Pirates adorable?? Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, October 09, 2009

Shout Out To SheetLoad!

Wow! If you ever want to make a bunch of cards in one shot.....this is the way!

This month's sponsor is DRS Designs (ya know how I {heart} them!)...I'll be back with some cards I made for the sheetload later this week!
Check it out!

Tuesday, October 06, 2009


I have been making a lot of 5 1/2 X 5 1/2 cards....maybe I should get some envelopes for them? LOL If anyone knows a cheap on line place to get them, leave me a comment!

This is a two-fer challenge...Firstly, it is for this week's challenge on Res-Q-Challenge...Jean has set up an awesome mind teaser with our Flight medics....She has some blog candy to give away with it for someone who answers it correctly! Just guess where the medics are headed to ( I happen to think they are headed towards Bar Harbour, MI but don't quote me on that! ) and she will chose a name randomly to win! (PSSST...She has cool stuff...) The cute little owl on my card is from jean herself, she cut it out and pieced it all together for me!
For this challenge we were to use Fall colors and something from nature plus and uplifting sentiment!
Secondly the technique lovers challenge this week on SCS was to make Faux Suede...it's really easy and looks so cool! Just run a piece of cardstock through a crimper a few times in different directions then peel the layers apart and viola!

recipe: stamps- Papertrey Ink First Fruits
paper- Basic Grey, Dark Chocolate, vintage cream, really rust
ink- dark chocolate
accessories- tree branch, Die cut Owl, sheer gold ribbon

This card is for the color challenge today...mellow moss, white and kraft...I just can't resist anything with kraft in it! This was an easy card but I like how it came out!

recipe: stamps- Papertrey Ink Boards and Beams
paper- mellow loss, kraft, vintage cream
ink- fresh snow
accessories- ribbon, nestabilities, white EP, paper piercer

Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to check out the challenge and blog candy on Res-Q-Challenge!

Sunday, October 04, 2009


In addition to the things I made for SCS and Res-Q-Challenge for World Card Making Day, I also did all 4 challenges over at Papertrey ink! I told you it was raining yesterday!

For the first challenge, Nichole took us away to Japan! I was inspired by the Japanese flag which is all white with a red circle in the center. Along with that, the flowers from the Floral Fusion set gave a really nice Asian flair to this simple card.

recipe: stamps Papertrey ink Floral Fusion, TAC crackle BG
paper- PTI White, pure poppy
ink- pure poppy, berry sorbet, black, chai

accessories- paper piercer

The next challenge took us to Mexico! Nichole hinted about Mexican tiles and I just couldn't get it out of my head! After I showed this card to my hubby he said it made him think of our local Mexican Restaurant, Pancho's Border Cafe...I guess I got it right!
recipe: stamps- Papertrey Ink Guide Lines II, Star Prints, Background Basics Text (yellow panel), Friends till the End (blue panel), Little Lady (small orange flower)
paper- crushed curry, dusty durango, white, ballet blue
ink- ballet blue, dusty durango, crushed curry, black
accessories- edge distresser

Next we were off to India and were challenged to use rhinestones on our card. I was going for a Sari kinda thing, but in the end I disliked the card so much I kept adding stuff. I hate when that happens!

recipe: stamps- Papertrey Ink Guide Lines, Fancy Flourishes, Cupcake Collection
paper- only orange, melon mambo, white, gold
ink- only orange, melon mambo, black
accessories- rhinestones (alot!), sheer ribbon, gold cording

And our last stop on this World Card Making Day was Australia! We were challenged to use a white gel pen to make a dotted outline and/or use masking. I kinda did both...I made a dotted outline around the frame of the cupcakes and yes, the cupcakes are all masked! Took a while but I got what I wanted! There are also stickles on the sprinkles but the picture is not showing it clearly....

recipe: stamps- Papertrey Ink Cupcake Collection
paper- melon mambo, dark chocolate, white
ink- close to cocoa, pretty in pink, melon mambo, black
accessories- stickles, white gel pen

SO that is FINALLY it for what I did on World Card Making Day!
Hope you all had a great day too!

Saturday, October 03, 2009

Immunzation Time!

Well, I guess I am ready for my immunizations now....LOL I GAVE people needles for years but I am always a big baby when the needles are in ME! At least this was virtually painless....
Michelle challenged us to use piercing on our card...It took me a while to go all the way around but I like the look! I also combined this challenge with 2 others (yea me!) on SCS...
The Saturday Inspiration challenge and the World Card making Day color challenge. For the inspiration I chose this cute tote and the colors were exactly the same as the Flag of Yemen.

recipe: stamps- Rubbernecker BG, Papertrey ink Garden of Life
ink- black
paper- real red, white
accessories- black embossing powder, tag punch, ribbon, gold cording

Thanks so much for playing along at Res-Q-Challenge ...hope you had an inspirational World Card Making Day!

What chart?

Hi again! I just went for my Vision Test over at the Health Fair on Res-Q-Challenge! Pat has challenged us to make a card with a Large Letter as dominant...just like on the eye charts! Did you know that the chart is called a Snellen Chart? Me either! Tuck that little gem away for the next episode of Jeopardy!

recipe: stamps- CK Foam Stamps, Papertrey Ink Birthday Basics
paper- Ocean Tides, Black
ink- White acrylic paint, black
accessories- grungeboard letter, acrylic paint, ribbon

See you back in a few hours!

World card Making Day Challenge #1

This is for the first WCMD challenge over on Res-Q Blog from my good friend Jean.
We are having a health fair and first up is a vision check! She has challenged us to
make a really LOUD card that screams "LOOK AT
I used a new technique I saw on SCS called Acrylic Smash...
you can see the instructions HERE.

recipe: stamps- Hero Arts Italian Script, Papertrey Ink Birthday Basics
paper- new leaf, night of navy, white, acetate
ink- stazon black, acrylic paints
accessories- cuttlebug embossing folder, Martha Stewart Butterfly punch, pearls, ribbon

Thanks for looking see you back here in a few hours for the next challenge!

Happy WCMD!


It's a grey, rainy day here in New York....what a perfect day to stay in my PJ's and stamp all day! My DD is more than willing to join me as the boys go out to play football later (ugh)...

Go check out RES-Q-Challenge and Splitcoaststampers today for some exciting WCMD challenges...that's where I'll be all day! See you there

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

This is for the newest challenge over at Res-Q-Challenge...go retro and splatter some paint! I used the rolling marble technique, it's sooo fun!

recipe: stamps SU Classic Pick Ups
paper- kraft, old olive, white
ink- old olive, more mustard, pumpkin pie, black, copics markers

Thanks for stopping by!

PS...There will be a special day of Challenges over at Res-Q-Challenge for World Card Making Day, THIS SATURDAY, October 3rd! Check it out!

Monday, September 21, 2009

Res-Q-Challenge #16

Today on the Res-Q-Challenge, Jean, today's Diagnostician has come up with a super fun puzzle to figure out! Once you figure out the crossword puzzle, you will get the clues on how to make your card!

Here is mine:
recipe: stamps- Papertrey Ink Warn happiness, Papertrey
paper- K&Co, brilliant blue, white, chocolate chip
ink- ballet blue, chocolate chip
accessories- ribbon, spiral clip, dew drops, paper crimper, corner rounder

Hope you stop over and try out this fun challenge! There is also a new tip posted in the First Aid section! Have a great day!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Owlino Inspired

Saturday's inspiration challenge is another of my favs on SCS!
This week we had the LAMA e-store to be inspired by! I chose this super cute tote bag and here is what I came up with:

recipe: stamp- Unity Mixup of Cuteness
paper- very vanilla, tempting turquoise, crushed curry, melon mambo, unk scrap of purple
ink- Memento Black Tuxedo
accessories- scor pal (for diamond scored BG), eyelets, corner rounder

PS I have no idea why there is a weird little glare over his right eye...I took about 20 pics and it was always there! IRL there is nothing there! WEEIIRRRDDD!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

SCS Sketch Challenge meets Color Throwdown!

I just love the sketch challenge...it gives you such a great starting point when making a project! This is for the sketch challenge this week on SCS...

recipe: Stamps- Flourishes-Fight Like a Girl
paper- pretty in pink, kraft, white, melon mambo
ink- melon mambo, fresh snow
accessories- ribbon, stickles

This one is for the sketch challenge also, I just did it on an 8 X 4 size card. I also used grass I had cut out on the Cricut a while ago. Sometimes when I break out the big Cricut I feel the need to cut a bunch of stuff and keep it in a ziplock bag...just so I have some things sitting around!
This one also counts for the Color Throwdown Challenge (green galore, bermuda bay and barely banana)...an interesting combo, dontcha think?
recipe: stamps- Papertrey Ink Polka Dot Basics II, Everyday Button Bits
paper- kraft, bermuda bay, barely banana, green galore, white
ink- black, bermuda bay, bashful blue
accessories- buttons, hemp, Cricut grass

Thanks for stopping by!
Hope you like the new look!
(PS Thanks Elizabeth!)

New Look!

Thanks for checking out my new blog! I had an upgrade!

Two things new here are the link that will eventually connect to my for sale items. I haven't decided to go with Etsy or eWillow yet but I will decide soon!
The other button will connect to my flickr account where you can see samples of my cards and also my invitation and baby announcement samples. There is also an email button to email me with any questions, comments or requests you may have!

I'll be back later with some more challenges I did this week!
Thanks so much for stopping by!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

RES-Q-Challenge is BACK!

I am so excited to get the Res-Q-Challenge back and running!

You can check out the latest challenge and a Great CONTEST here!

This is my card for the sketch challenge today! I have lots of little kid birthday coming up so I figured I'd start now!

recipe: Stamps- DRS Designs To the Moon Spaceship H1001, Happy Birthday B250, Papertrey Ink Let Freedom Ring
paper- night of navy, white
ink- fresh snow, prismacolor pencils
accessories- ribbon, ric rac scissors

Monday, August 24, 2009

DRS Challenge #27

This is for the DRS sketch challenge this week. It's their last challenge for a while and since it is the end of my term as a Guest Designer I just had to play along! I have both my Dad's and Father in Law's birthdays in October so I figured I would get started on at least one. My Dad loves Vegas and plays poker once a week so this card is perfect for him! The sketch is a nice simple one too.

recipe: stamps- DRS Designs 5 cards D157, Four Suits Stacked F1134
paper- real red, basic black, PTI white
ink- versafine black

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, August 22, 2009

check it out...

I seem to be finding so many blog candy giveaways lately!

Here is a great one I just found...such a BEAUTIFUL blog!



Friday, August 21, 2009

Blogging woes...

I have been going crazy trying to figure out how to re-design my blog and the Res-Q-Blog. I did a search for blog designers and had finally made up my mind to give up trying to do it myself and get a pro.

Well, look at this awesome contest I found today!

Monday, August 17, 2009

Pizza Box DRS Style

I have had such a great time this summer as a Guest Designer for DRS Designs! Everyone is so sweet and helpful and I have lots of new ideas and stamps to use! SO, for my last "hurrah" so to speak, I have a little project.
This past weekend on SCS it was Virtual Stamping Night. We have a bunch of challenges that center around a theme which this time was "Paper Chef." One of the challenges was to make a mini pizza box. SO many ideas came to me as far as what to put inside the pizza box! Here are the instructions on SCS for the box itself:
For this one, I made a simple set of six 3X3 cards. My Aunt lives on the beach and loves all things nautical. She also hates to wrap presents and hates to buy cards...she usually puts gifts in a pretty bag and folds a piece of paper in half to write as a card! ACK! SO, I figured I would leave these little notecards blank so she could use them for any occasion, and for either male of female.
The box is about 4X4 squared. The panel on the front is distressed and covered with a piece of mesh that I wrinkled up to give the appearance of a fishing net. Some hemp, a prima flower that I distressed and some buttons gave it a beachy look.
recipe: stamps: DRS Designs Conch Shell F1107
paper: Papertrey Ink Ocean Tides, Rustic Cream, White
ink: Ocean Tides, Vintage White, Chai distressing ink, Memento Timber Brown, Copic markers
Accessories: mesh, buttons, hemp, ribbon, prima flower, Glimmer Mist Sugar Cookie
Close up of front panel:
I carried on the beach theme on the 3X3 cards by using the conch shell alone. It makes a simple and elegant little card. There are 3 white and 3 in the Ocean Tides color. Inside the box I tied the cards up with some ocean tides ribbon and some hemp and laid them on top of some crinkled up filler paper.
I think it makes a cute and easy little gift! Another idea would be to make it in a holiday theme and include a bunch of one layer holiday gift tags! I gotta get started on THAT idea!
Thank you again Cathy and everyone at DRS, I had a wonderful time being part of your team and hope to work with you all again someday!


Whew! This weekend was Virtual Stamping Night on SCS. It's actually 2 days, Friday night and All day Saturday but it's still called VSN. Over the 2 days you can accumulate quite a nice pile of cards! Here are all mine. Sorry they don't have details with them like I normally do...it would have taken me forever! If you are interested in the details of one of these cards you can locate each card in my gallery on SCS HERE.

I will tell you about the first two, however. These are from my 6 year old daughter's challenge. She was the very first Kid's Challenge Hostess on VSN. She was so excited and even made a video introducing her challenge. You can see the challenge and her video HERE. Her challenge was to create a placemat using food for stamps.
Here are her samples:

The next 4 cards were samples from my challenge HERE:

This one is a mini pizza box! I am going to put gift tags inside for the holidays!
This one is a surprise pop up card!

This one has actual poppy seeds in the center!

This one has a cut out window in the center...