Sunday, August 31, 2008

All Aboard For Birthday Fun!

When I saw Beate's weekend sketch challenge this week, I decided it was perfect for this set from Stampin' Up.

My DH loves trains so I will probably use this for him some time ... or even change the sentiment to Father's Day and then I can use it next week ... as down here in Australia Father's Day is celebrated on the 1st Sunday of September.

I used my long rectangle nestabilites to create my scallop border. I didn't have a train related sentiment so I created this one on my computer and printed it out and punched using my oval punch.

I seemed to be in a red phase when I created this card because all the cards I made yesterday which includes this one used red card ... hehe!

This also fits for this week's OCC challenge over on the Our Creative Corner blog which is to make a birthday card.

Stamps: Circus Train - SU
Paper: White; Real Red & Ballet Blue - SU; DP - Unknown
Other: Black Ink; Red Grosgrain Ribbon; Long Rectangle Nestabilities; Oval Punch; Foam Tape; Copics

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Cupcake the Penguin!

Cupcake probably isn't the name of this cute little penguin .... but as this card is for Taylor's of Taylored Expressions Cupcake challenge ... I decided to call it that anyway ... seeing I didn't use a cupcake image, which I know you don't have to use but oh well LOL!

This is another cute image from Elzybells Art Stamps .... isn't it adorable!!!! I actually meant to added some glitter to the snow which I just noticed I didn't do so I shall add that to my card later. The sentiment is added to the main image using the tagger from Around the Block ... it attaches a tag just like the tags you get on clothing etc.

Elzybells Arts Stamps is holding a Christmas card competition ... there are some great prizes so if you own any Elzybells Stamps you might want to pop on over to the site to check out the info .... which you will be able to find here.

Stamps: Sleighing Eskimo - Elzybells; Sentiment - SU
Paper: White; Real Red & Old Olive - SU; DP - Unknown
Other: Black Ink; Oval Punch; Olive Grosgrain Ribbon; Snowflake Brad; Horizontal Slot Punch; Tagger; Foam Tape; Copics

Super Moose Post It Note Holder

Good morning to you all ... well maybe it is evening to some of you out there. I created this for this week's Hanna Stamps challenge over on the Hanna Stamps Members forum of SCS. This week our challenge was to create a 3D item. As you can see I created this post it note holder.

Here is the inside view on my post it note holder ... these are super easy to create!

Stamps: Super Moose Riley - Hanna Stamps; Background - CHF
Paper: White; Red; Chocolate Chip & Ballet Blue - SU
Other: Black Ink; Real Red SU Ink; Rectangle Nestabilities; Word Window Punch; Foam Tape

Friday, August 29, 2008

Cream of the Crop!

I just adore these flopsie stamps by MFT Stamps and of course I just had to use this one that I received in the mail last week for my MFT sketch challenge this week that you will find over on the MFT member forum of SCS.

As you can see I have been busy with my sewing machine ... I am loving that thing!

I also combined this card with the OCC challenge this week which was a color challenge. The colors to use was Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie & Ruby Red. We could also add Chocolate Chip to our cards which I did.

Stamps: Garden Flopsie - MFT Stamps
Paper: White; Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Chocolate Chip & Ruby Red; DP - SU
Other: Black Ink; Celeste Blue Impress Ink; Green Ink; Sewing Machine; Brown Grosgrain Ribbon; Photo Corner Punch; Brown Brads; Foam Tape

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Percy Penguin's Popsicle!

I am sure you have seen lots of popsicle cards around the net in recent times .... as you can see I have also got onto the band wagon and created one. Well actually two!

Most of the ones I have seen around the place have used fruit on the front of the popsicle .... however I decided to use my Imaginisce penguin stamp as he is holding his own popsicle. The ribbon helps keep the card shut.

Here is an inside view of the card, I decorated the inside white card with the Imaginisce popsicle stamp.
Stamps: Penguin & Popsicle - Imaginisce; You're so Sweet - Gina K; Cool - EK Success
Paper: White; Only Orange - SU
Other: Black Ink; Only Orange SU Ink; Pumpkin Pie Grosgrain Ribbon; Scallop Circle Punch; Word Window Punch; Foam Tape; Copics

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

It's Cold Outside!

I guess it is a little cold outside today but not overly cold as winter is almost over down here in Australia and I am beginning to look forward to Spring.

Today's card is for the weekly sketch challenge over on SCS, this week I decided to play with one of my new Elzybell Stamps I received in the mail yesterday ... this cute penguin is one of the new Christmas stamps which were released recently.

To create this card I used the snow dots cuttlebug embossing folder to create texture on the white panel on the left of the card. I also used my new Martha Stewart Doily Lace Edge Punch to create my border on the middle navy piece. I don't seem to have many navy brads, but I did discover I had some glitter ones so I added them to the top left corner of my card.

Stamps: Fishing Penguin - Elzybells; Sentiment - The Cat's Pajamas
Paper: White; Bashful Blue, Night of Navy & DP - SU
Other: Black Ink; Soft Sky SU Ink; Glitter Brads; Doily Lace Edge Punch; Glitter Glue; Bashful Blue Grosgrain Ribbon; Copics

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

I Stamped This!

Hi, I am still having lots of fun with those new kids stamps from alota Rubber Stamps ... I just adore these little guys .... I think so far I have only shown you the girl images there are actually boys too ... not sure why I haven't used those yet cause they are just as cute ... I guess only because they haven't fitted into the design I was working on at the time ... I will get round to using them soon .... but I have other things to share with you too ... so it may be later!

Today's card is for this week's Beate's weekend sketch challenge, which I haven't done for sooooo long because Beate took a well deserved summer break to spend with her family. It is good to see her back though as I really enjoyed doing her sketch challenges.

When I was searching though my sentiments I have from alota rubber stamps I found this one which I guess is supposed to be stamped on the back of the card but I thought it worked soooo well with this cute little girl ... I know she doesn't have stamps in the image but that doesn't mean she didn't stamp that house right hehe!

Stamps: Girl Coloring & Sentiment - alota Rubber Stamps
Paper: White; Purely Pomegranate & Blue Bayou - SU; DP - Fiskars/Heidi Grace
Other: Black Ink; Blue Bayou SU Ink; Pomegranate & Blue Brads; Pomegranate Grosgrain Ribbon; Circle Nestabilities; Foam Tape; Copics

Monday, August 25, 2008

Cute As A Button!

Monday's sure come round fast don't they .... and so do the challenges I do with my CCEE friends. This week we normally would do a supply challenge ... but some of us who live outside of America haven't received them in time, so we are jumping ahead to one of our September challenges and will do the supply challenge next week. Our challenges for September were given to us by Carolyn King ... thanks Cammie!

Our first challenge which we are doing this week is "Tag It Up" to create a tag for any just has to be a tag. Easy enough!

I decided to make my tag into a card .... when I first saw this challenge I had planned to do something different and also use different stamps ... but when I saw Tosh's card she did last week for our CCEE challenge I decided I would make my tag into a card as she did. And I just had to play with another of my new alota rubber stamps images I got last week .... I so love these adorable kid stamps.

To create the background for my tag ... I started by layering the wood floor (which is actually a paper sample of wood flooring I found in a hardware store some time ago) and the designer paper. I added the white card where the two papers joined which helps hide the join and gives you the look of skirting in a room. The girl sleeping was stamped on white card and then cut our and this was layered onto the bottom of my tag using foam tape.

I used silver hodgepodge hardware for my sentiment and add 3 pink button brads to the left side of my tag. This was all layered onto the wasabi shaped tag and then onto the blush blossom folded tag.

Don't forget to check out the rest of the CCEE Stampers cards here. We would love you to play along with us, details on our blog.

Stamps: Girl Sleeping - alota Rubber Stamps; Sentiment - Fiskars
Paper: White; Wild Wasabi & Blush Blossom - SU; Nana's Nursery (Girl) DP - DCWV
Other: Black Ink; Pretty In Pink SU Ink; Silver Hodgepodge Hardware; Pink Button Brads; Circle Punch; Pink Grosgrain Ribbon; Foam Tape

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Wading For You!

Hi .... I hope you are all having a good weekend.

My card today is for Taylor's of Taylored Expressions cupcake challenge which is a sketch challenge that she does each week. Normally when I have been doing these challenges I have been trying to use one of my many cupcake stamps I own but today I wanted to use one of the new alota Rubber Stamps images I received this week. I think she ate the cupcake before going for her swim .... ;) .

Stamps: Lady In Water & Sentiment - alota Rubber Stamps
Paper: White; Black; Cool Caribbean & Real Red - SU; DP - Piggy Tales
Other: Black Ink; Celeste Blue Impress Ink; Circle Punches; Circle Nestabilities; Red Brads; Foam Tape; Copics

Saturday, August 23, 2008

My First Hanna!

Good morning everyone. Well as you all know I haven't just received my very first Hanna Stamp .... actually this is one I got about 12 months ago ... but it was my first Hanna stamp I got ... it is the 1st Hanna set that went on sale when Hanna Stamps first opened.

So why am I talking about my first Hanna Stamp I hear you all asking ... well it is because this week's challenge over on the Hanna Stamps member forum of SCS is to use our first Hanna Stamp to create a card.

I have actually combined two challenges to create my card today ... obviously the one I just mentioned above and also the Color Throwdown color challenge for this week, which is to use the colors Bashful Blue, Apricot Appeal & Ballet Blue.

I used the Bashful Blue Designer paper to Paper Piece Hanna's dress.

Stamps: But I need It - Hanna Stamps
Paper: White; Bashful Blue, Apricot Appeal & Bashful DP -SU
Other: Black Ink; Swiss Dots Cuttlebug Embossing Folder; Blue Brads; Flowers; Corner Rounder; Hole Punch

Friday, August 22, 2008

Rebus - B Words

Hi everyone, today I have another of my rebus puzzle cards for you to try and solve. I know there are a few of you out there you enjoy trying to solve them. This month the theme of my rebus is "B Words" which means that every word on this particular rebus will start with the letter "B".

For those of you who like to play along, here are the solutions to last months "Found on a Construction Site" rebus:
  • Wheelbarrows
  • Tradesman
  • Tools
  • Timber
  • Crane
  • Bricks
  • Drills
  • Carpenters
  • Site Sheds
Don't forget you can leave a comment with your answers. I will post the solutions when I upload the next rebus card next month.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Wishing You A Happy Day!

My card today is for this week's sketch challenge over on Our Creative Corner.

I used my corner rounder to create the scallop border along the bottom edge of the so saffron card. I colored the ribbon using copic markers to get the color I wanted for this card.

Stamps: Girl - Magnolia Stamps; Sentiment - Hero Arts
Paper: White; So Saffron & True Thyme - SU; DP - Kaiser
Other: Black Ink; Corner Rounder; Hole Punch; Grosgrain Ribbon; Foam Tape

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Feeding Bunny!

I received some new stamps in the mail today ...... and as soon as I saw them I knew I just had to use one of them for today's sketch challenge so I was hoping that it would suit the stamps. Fortunately it did .... this set is just one of many new stamps to be released this month by alota rubber stamps .... these are just sooooooo adorable!!!!!

To create this card I stamped the little girl twice .... once on white card and once on the designer paper. I cut out the dress and layered that over the white image. The circles are created using my circle nestabilities.

I used the argyle cuttlebug embossing folder to add texture to my red panel and layered the designer paper to the left side of this panel. I add the ribbon across the centre and then punched holes on either side of the ribbon to thread more ribbon through to create the bows above and below the image.

Stamps: Girl Feeding Bunny - alota rubber stamps
Paper: White; Ruby Red & Elegant Eggplant - SU; DP - Basic Grey
Other: Black Ink; Circle Nestabilities; Argyle Cuttlebug Embossing Folder; Elegant Eggplant Grosgrain Ribbon; Purple Brads; Foam Tape

Reindeer Noses!

The technique challenge over on SCS this week was to create an acetate treat box ... you can find the info here.

As you can see I decided to play along today. First up I had to find a treat to put inside my treat box (it's not a treat box if it doesn't contain a treat right haha!) Well I found some jaffas on special so I decided I would make a "Reindeer Noses" treat box, cause the jaffas are red just like Rudolph the red nose reindeer.

Here is a side view of the treat box.

Stamps: Reindeer - Unknown
Paper: White; Garden Green - SU; DP - Unknown; Acetate
Other: Black Ink; Petite Oval Nestabilities; Corner Rounder; Sheer Ribbon

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Does My Butt Look Big!!!!

OK OK before everyone stamps commenting about my butt .... I ain't talking about mine ... I know whether that is big or not bwahahahahaahhaahaha!

This card is for one of my fellow CCEE members that I play a challenge with every Monday. Most of us in the CCEE group have various nicknames some are better than others LOL ... I am lucky cause one of the nicknames I get is Hootsie ... cause of my StampOwl name.

Charlene aka Lilluvsstampin over on SCS .... has a fun nickname which is "Big Butt Bertie" ain't she lucky haha! The funny thing is she doesn't really have a big butt ... out of most of the CCEE team hers is probably one of the smallest haha (btw for those other CCEE members reading this I did say one of the smallest!). I think Charlene at one time while we were on our nickname craze mentioned she had a big butt or would get one if she didn't stop eating M & M's which is something she just loves too eat. (who can blame her haha). I think we may have already named her Bertie cause that rhymed with Gertie a nickname for one of our other CCEE members .... so Big Butt Bertie she got and it stuck!

Charlene has to undergo surgery on her hand today to fix a problem she has which means she won't be able to stamp for a least 6 weeks (oh no!!!!). So today the CCEE girls and a couple of other CCEE friends decided we would have a special challenge just for Charlene .... if we could we were to feature either big butts or M & M's.

I found this cute elephant clipart image a few weeks ago while surfing the net on Pink Petticoat's web site . I just had to get it as it was perfect for this challenge ... unfortunately it isn't a stamp and I normally only use stamps, but I just couldn't resist it! The M & M image I had.

Charlene's favorite color is purple so I also wanted to incorporate that in my card today .... I did try to color my m & m's normal m & m colors but that just didn't work with the colors .... so I went and gave her special colors just for her .... I know in the US that they can get just about any color they want ... how cool is that!

Stamps: M & M's - Third Coast Rubber Stamps; Elephant & Sentiment - Clipart from Pink Petticoat
Paper: White; Lavender Lace & Elegant Eggplant - SU
Other: Black Ink; Circle Punches; Purple Brads; Purple Grosgrain Ribbon; Swiss Dots Cuttlebug Embossing Folder; Foam Tape

Monday, August 18, 2008


Happy Monday to you all ... of course as you know Monday's mean that I get to show you the challenge I do with my CCEE friends each week.

This week is one of my favorite type of challenge I do with my CCEE friends and that is our CNFS ... Catchy Name Featured Stamper. Each month one of us select someone from SCS who has a catchy user name and we get to create a card around that name and then send that person the cards we have made.

This month I selected Stamps'NCoffee for our CNFS. The instructions for this challenge was to create a coffee themed card. If we could find some way to add something that looked like a stamp on our card then that would be an added bonus.

Well creating a coffee card was pretty easy for me as I have lots of coffee stamps .... even though I don't drink coffee. The coffee bean background paper was created using a serviette that I recently discovered I had in my stash of serviettes so I decided I had to try and incorporate that in my card. I also used Elzybells coffee word stamp on the pink card I used on the base of this.

Adding something that looked like a stamp was easy for me .... I have had these tiny stamp embellishments from Hero Arts for years now so of course I had to use one of them .... and it even was the right size so I could stamp my sentiment onto it ..... yahhhhhhhhh! Don't ya love it when everything works out the way you want it to.

The layout of this card is one I wanted to do a few weeks back for Jen of Iheart2stamps' SFYTT sketch challenge she posts each Saturday. I finally managed to get that one done ... another yahhhhhh!

Oh don't forget that you can also play along with our CCEE challenge if you like ... check out the deets and everyone elses cards on our CCEE Stampers blog.

Stamps: Coffee Cups & Sentiment - Impression Obsession; Coffee Words background - Elzybells
Paper: White; Chocolate Chip & Pretty In Pink - SU
Other: Black Ink; Close to Cocoa SU Ink; Brown Grosgrain Ribbon; Faux Stamp; Brown Brads; Coffee Serviette; Foam Tape

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Once Upon A Time!

No I am not about to tell you a story ... well not that type of story anyway LOL. The only thing I am going to tell you is about my card I have for today ... that is probably all you want to know about anyway hehe.

My card today is for MFT sketch challenge over on the MFT Stamps members forum of SCS. This week I used the newest Flopsie image from the "What's my Story" set.

To create my card I stamped Flopsie and then my thought bubble ... these were both masked so I could sponge in my sky & grass. I then stamped my sentiment into my thought bubble. Both sentiments I used on this card are actually just the one whole sentiment which I just separated so I could stamp them how I need for this card. I layered Flopsie using my long rectangle nestabilites. I used my circle nestabilities to create the circle for the remainder of my sentiment.

The thin panel that is placed over my main image ... I decorated using one of the new border cuttlebug embossing folders ... these are so cool if you haven't tried them. I also used my sewing machine to stitch around the edge of my card using white cotton.

Stamps: What's my Story Set - MFT Stamps; Thought Bubble - Alias Smith & Rowe
Paper: White; So Saffron, Soft Sky, Always Artichoke, River Rock & La Jardine DP - SU
Other: Black Ink; Janome Sewing Machine; Long Rectangle & Circle Nestabilities; Frills Border Cuttlebug Embossing Folder; Green, Blue & Yellow Flowers; Yellow Brads

You're So Sweet!

Hi hope everyone is enjoying the weekend. My card today is for Taylor's if Taylored Expressions blog for her cupcake challenge she does every week.

This particularly sketch is a good one to use all those smaller images we all have .... often when I am looking for something to stamp I ignore them .... so it was fun to create this card.

Stamps: Cupcake Set - Inkadinkadoo; Sentiment - Gina K
Paper: White; Real Red - SU; DP - Daisy Bucket
Other: Black Ink; Circle Punches; Foam Tape

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Trick or Treat!

Hi today's card is for this week's challenge over at the Hanna Stamps member forum of SCS. This week the challenge is a sketch which as you all know by now is my favorite of all the challenges out their ... I am a sucker for sketch challenges. But this week the challenge had two parts ... the sketch ... and we also had to give our cards a halloween theme.

I decided to use Witch Riley for my card today .... and while I was looking through my halloween designer papers I found this one by Scrapworks that I had a few scraps left off so decided to use that. I also got my sewing machine out to sew around the edge of the card and down the middle where the different papers meet.

Witch Riley & Trick or Treat Set - Hanna Stamps

Papers: White; Black; Not Quite Navy - SU; Spellbound Haunted Forest DP -Scrapworks
Other: Black Ink; Not Quite Navy SU Ink; Black Brads; Long Rectangle Nestabilities; Janome Sewing Machine; Foam Tape

Friday, August 15, 2008

Lattice Kids

Hi I am back today with another card featuring one of the new "Country Kids" images from alota Rubber Stamps.

This is another card I created using the cricut design studio lattice cut file I found on the Just for Sharing blog a few weeks back. I also added some clear pink dew drops on each of the intersecting crosses as well as the centres of the two large flowers on the stamped image.

Stamps: Country Girls back to back - alota Rubber Stamps
Paper: White Pretty In Pink, Rose Red & Gable Green - SU
Other: Black Ink; Paper Piercing Mat & Tool; Pink Dew Drops

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Ladybug Hugs!

This is a card I made a number of weeks ago for Julee's of Poetic Artistry's Mojo Monday Sketch challenge. What with the Dare to Get Dirty, Verve's Anni-VERVE-sary challenges and also DT releases I haven't had a change to upload it.

The stamps used here are by alota Rubber Stamps and it is on a unmounted sheet called Lilly Ladybugs. I used my oval nestabilities for my main image and also my swiss dots cuttlebug embossing folder for the red panel.

Stamps: Lilly Ladybug - alota Rubber Stamps
Paper: White; Black; Real Red & Old Olive - SU
Other: Black Ink; Black Brads; Swiss Dots Cuttlebug Embossing Folder; Oval Nestabilities; Oval Punch; Word Window Punch; Corner Rounder; Foam Tape

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Have a Purrfect Day!

Well I do hope all of you are having a purrfect day wherever you are, mine has been pretty good.

One thing that made me happy is that my Elzybells stamps arrived from across the seas. I have been busting to get these so I could play with them.

Today's sketch challenge over on SCS was a purrfect sketch for these images .... sometimes you hope you will be able to use something only to discover the sketch doesn't suit those particular stamps so I was more then happy to see this sketch today. It is a pretty easy sketch too. As you can see each layer is aligned to the left edge of the card.

All stamps here are from Elzybells "Kitty Queen" set ... such a cute kitty, don't ya think.

Stamps: Kitty Queen Set - Elzybells
Paper: White; Black; So Saffron, Always Artichoke & La Jardine DP - SU
Other: Black Ink; Green Brads

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Anni-VERVE-sary Sketch #12

This is my final card for Verve Stamps Anni-VERVE-sary 12 days of sketches. I have had lots of fun over the past 12 days playing along with these challenges ... thanks Julee for all the fun sketches.

For my card today I actually turned the sketch upside down because I wanted to use a sun where the circle was on the sketch and you can't have suns on the bottom of the card LOL ... it wouldn't have looked so good on the sand as it does in the sky LOL . (Eeeeeeeek now I am thinking of that story about Henny Penny and the sky is falling LOL ..... well at least it wasn't a song so I can't start singing aren't you all relieved LOL!)

Anyway back to my card .... for this one I used stamps from Bugawamps .... I stamped the feet with umbrella and then stamped both bugs on scrap paper and cut them out so I could place them in front of the feet so it looks like they are leaning up against them. I did stamp the bugs onto the main card so I didn't have to cut out those curly antenna.

I stamped the umbrella onto orange polka dot designer paper and cut that out and layered over my umbrella. The sun was created by punching out two large stars and layering them on top of each other but offset. I seem to use the sentiment I used on the sun a lot ... it seems to fit so many situations.

I used the swiss dots cuttlebug embossing folder to the top portion of my folded orange card. I left the lower portion as is so I could stamp my other sentiment there. "Life's just beachy!" seems to suit these little guys so well ...don't ya think!

Stamps: Feet with Umbrella, bugs - Bugawamps; Enjoy the Moment - Papertrey Ink; Life's Just Beachy - Inque Boutique
Paper: White; Black; Only Orange & Sun Yellow - SU; DP - Unknown
Other: Black Ink; Black Brads; Star Punch;