Saturday, October 31, 2009

Winners and Happy Halloween to you all!

Well we have some winners here on this spooky Halloween day.

Ok it isn't so much spooky as windy here but I do hope the kids have fun tonight!

So last Saturday I was the Guest DT for the Saturday Spotlight challenge to make a treat bag and I offered up my treats for candy if you played along...only 1 person played along so the winner of the candy is........

Ruthie who said...

Yay - thanks so much for offering the blog candy - the treat bags look fab....I have played along with the challenge - my link is


Please use the email link on the right side to let me know your address and what color to make the toppers base and I will send them with the sleeves for you to decorate and assemble. I will also send you a pair of the treats I made and shared here!

Now what about the monthly winner well I know it is still October but I figure it is ok since I am going to be gone today and most of tomorrow afternoon to announce it it isn't today that picked LOL!

The monthly winner day is:

True Random Number Generator
Result: 6

October 6th, 2009

WooHoo there were 7 Postings that day and the lucky winner is:

True Random Number Generator

and the second comment was posted by:
Shelly Schmidt
So Shelly use the email link on the side to let me know your mailing address (I am being to lazy to look it up right now LOL!) and I will get your small blog candy out to you.

So tomorrow starts a new month and new blog candy - hmmm I guess I better start gathering it together and quit stalling! Time is getting away from me!

Hope you all have a fun, safe and happy Halloween!


Twirling & Swirling

Twirling and Swirling, oh what fun!

This scarecrow From the Tumbling Scarecrow set by FCD is pretty cute and he was fun to color and then spray with some Shimmerz spray I was given to test out. It is so hard to capture the sparkle on the camera though and well my camera died the other day so I can't even retake it now.

I used Copics to color him, did a little Drywall Stitching on it (TJ technique) and then added the fun Autumn ribbon from Really Reasonable Ribbon. The leaves are small ones I found in my embellies box and I adhered them with mini glue dots to the front. Can you just see him tumbling around tossing the leaves :)

Hope you all have a Happy Halloween!


Friday, October 30, 2009

Birthday Balloons

The challenge to the DT this week was to make a birthday card - see my brother and I have birthdays less than a week apart (different years yes) So I wanted to share a birthday card also to say I played in the challenge BUT i have to be honest and say I didn't really because I made this awhile ago just hadn't shared it yet. Still it is a birthday card :)

I actually made it for Pamela's birthday which as you can see I was late on too thus the Oops! But I figure that she wouldn't of made the Oops stamp unless she wanted it to be used so....

YEP that is my story and I am sticking to it! he he

Stamps used are from the Birthday Balloons Up Up and Away set
I used my Kaleidacolor inkpad to stamp the Oops and also the balloons but before I stamped the balloons I spritzed it with water so it gave a more watercolor/marbled look.

Pamela said she liked it and I hope you all do too!


Thursday, October 29, 2009

Rubber Raft: Fall Digi Art

Rubber Raft: Fall Digi Art

Did you see what Ursula did with this image! Isn't that a great idea to emboss over it!


TriFold Card

This is another of the tri-fold cards I made awhile back. The tutorial was from Technique Junkies, although I am sure if you did a search online you would find something pretty similar.

Here is the card fully opened.

This is the first part of the Tri folded in. Pretty paper isn't it?!?!? basic Grey of course!

Here is the card unopened. I used the sentiment from TAC and the buttons had a little scrappers floss (CTMH) added to them, matted papers and that was that - pretty easy but I think a very pretty card with the patterned paper. What do you think?


Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Baby in the Tub

Where have I been? I know, right I was here all gung ho on Saturday then nothing till now.
Sorry I had thought I scheduled something for Sunday and then Monday when I realized nothing had posted I had to leave for work, work threw me for a loop on Monday and well it has been a spiral ever since. I am making myself sit here to type this out just so I have a bit of sanity for a moment! Ok not really sanity but I can feel like I am doing something normal :)

Babies in the bathtub, they smell so good right after and then powder them all up! I love that!
A friend recently had a baby and I made this card for them. Yes it was a little girl :)

Bad me though I still haven't sent it. I keep wanting to get to the store to get a small gift to go with it...She might have to just settle for the card LOL!

Well glad to be back and hope to have something up each day for the rest of the week...several challenges I want to play in I just have to find the time and that darn MoJo.

Hey Mojo where are you?!?!?!

Don't forget about Saturday's Spotlight Challenge - I am offering candy and as of yet I don't think anyone is wasn't that hard so go HERE and check it out.


Copic Markers: Y15*Y08*Y17*0*E93*B00*R85*E00*E21

Sakura Gelly Roll Pink

Tombow Monoadhesive

Stamp by Whipper Snapper

Paper from: Paper Temptress Hot Fudge Pop Tones
Basic Grey Bittersweet

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black and Rich Cocoa

Really Reasonable Ribbon


Saturday, October 24, 2009

Saturday Spotlight!

Today I have a special "treat" for stopping by!

Have you heard of the Saturday Spotlight with Hidden Potential?

Here is a bit from their website:
We would like to welcome you to our Saturday Spotlight Hidden Potential Challenge Blog where there will be a fun challenge for you to try out EVERY Saturday! To join in the fun, please post your project on your blog with a link to our challenge, then leave us a comment with a direct link to your creation so we can check it out!! If you don't have a blog, you can always post your project to an online gallery (please use keywords: SSHP01, etc.) We want everyone to be able to participate, all are welcome! ALL styles of artwork are welcome and combining challenges with our challenges are welcome. Please feel free to use any media/companies you like to work with! (We just ask that you create something NEW for each challenge.) We all feel that everyone has something to share and we can all learn from each other! Being different can be a good thing!

Well guess what?!?!?!?!

Vicki contacted me right before I went on vacation and asked me to whip up some treat things so I agreed especially since FireCracker Designs by Pamela is sponsoring this week!

I love these peanut butter toffee's and seem to be only able to find them around this time of year. They are also called Mary Jane's I believe. When I saw them at the local store I knew I wanted to do something with them...well plus if there was any leftover I could eat them :)
Two of them fit perfectly in an ATC sleeve which I have an over abundance of due to a past group buy! (Email me if you want to buy some!)

I made the topper piece by using my Slice and cutting the shape at the largest 4" size. I then folded it in half. The topper is 4 inches long but the width is not so it fits just right on the top of the ATC Sleeve once you fold it in half. I decorated the fronts of two of them by stamping Happy Halloween from FireCracker Designs set Happy Everything in Versamark and then embossing with Copper Dreams EP from Sparkle & Sprinkle. I found the cute moon, ghosts and bats in a drawer they are confetti I think but I thought that adding a few to the topper would be fun too!

These two I decided to use the Tumbling Scarecrow set from FireCracker Designs by Pamela on. I stamped, colored and cut out the pumpkins and top half of the scarecrow to mount onto the toppers. Then I used my Fiskars finger knife to cut a slit in the tops and inserted the ribbon loops, adhering with some red line tape so I could hang them if I wanted too - I don't know why it just seemed like the thing to do at the time! LOL!

I used my colored staples to attach all the toppers to the ATC Sleeves so they held together.

I think if you pop over to Saturday Spotlight to play in the challenge this week that you have a chance to win the Tumbling Scarecrows set AND the Fall Quotes set too! How cool is that!

Even better I am going to give my treat bags away too along with some of the ATC sleeves and some toppers that are pre-cut ready for you to decorate. I know too late for Halloween but what about at the Thanksgiving table with a couple after dinner mints?

There will be 2 winners here at my blog if you participate in the Saturday Spotlight Challenge and also come back here and leave me a link to your entry! We'll use the same cut off as they do so as not to complicate things further :)

Friday Evening, 7:00 PM CST

I will draw the winners of my blog candy as soon as I can after that and be sure to post them on my Saturday post next week!

Some other challenges this is entered for:
Stamp Something - Halloween Something
Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge Blog - Orange & 1 other color


Friday, October 23, 2009


Here is another of the backgrounds I made after buying the Mini Mister Kit with the "stomper" in it at the craft show. I am loving it :) I omitted the Krylon metallic marker this time and I still like the effect I got. The white in the blue really gives some movement to the water.

All stamps are from Seaside Stampin' Ink. The sentiment was stamped, matted and then pop dots used to adhere it to the card front. The light house was just one of those pieces parts laying in my stash. This card is a side open card too which I often don't think of doing when I cut paper lengthwise like I did here.


Thursday, October 22, 2009

At the Circus!

Last week while I was on vacation I snuck in some time to go meet Pamela the woman behind FireCracker Designs by Pamela :) She is awesome and I am so glad I made time to get together with her, it wasn't nearly enough but I look forward to more in the future!

Anyway we were goofing off a bit in her studio and I mentioned an idea I had using 2 of her stamps. So she said well go for it and so I did :)

Now I am not any kind of artist who can draw so please forgive the basicness of the sketched part LOL!

I tried out a background with the brayer and it was pretty neat so went with that as my background, stamped right onto it and then made some layers up and even used one of the elephant diecuts on it. Coloring was done with Copic markers and then I simply mounted it onto the black and then onto the base card.

Stamp sets used were Elephants on Parade and Women in Character
Copic Markers: BV13 * C3 * C5 * R59 * V17 * BV04
Copic Multiliner 0.2
Sakura White Gel Pen

ETA: Vicki reminded me that the challenge on Saturday Spotlight blog was to make a scene so I am adding this to the list there :) You can see more info here on the challenge and there is still time to participate!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Garden Frame

Can you see the shimmer there?

It is so hard to capture on the camera but boy is it fantastic IRL!

This is a product from Elemental Doodles that EVERYONE needs and GUESS WHAT?

It is on special for the rest of this month!

We are offering our original 8 colors as a set for 20% off the regular retail price.

Your order total will be adjusted before we bill you (so it won't happen in the cart).

Shipping on the full set of 1 oz or 2 oz is $10.95 via Flat Rate Priority Mail.

Shipping on the full set of 1/4 oz is $4.95 via Flat Rate Priority Mail.

Ok, so now, what IS this product ??????

The new improved and only scented shimmer spray on the market.

Elemental Doodles shimmer spray not only has MORE shimmer than any other spray on the market........

but it is also SCENTED!!!!!

Scent-A-Mists are currently available in 8 colors with many more to come very soon.
Available in 3 sizes (1/4 ounce travel size, 1 oz and 2 oz refill size).
Regular Retail Prices :
1/4 oz. Travel Size = $3.25 each
1 oz Mister = $4.25 each
2 oz. Refill (with refill top) = $5.50 each
I used the Perfect Pear Scent A Mist on this cute frame I found at the dollar store. I like that the wood grain still shows through but it is now green instead.

I used stamps from the Garden of Friends set to stamp and cut out on heavy paper the pieces on the frame. The inside is a piece of paper from Hollo's cut to size and stamped and colored then put behind the glass of the frame. A fun easy project that would make an excellent gift for someone to display on their desk or hang in their home.

Complete list of supplies used:

Scent-A-Mist Perfect Pear
Gina K Paper
Gelly Roll Metallic - Maroon
Elemental Doodles Garden of Friends Stamps
Wooden Frame from Dollar Store
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Hollo's Paper
Copic Markers: E37*E47*EG99*G94*Y17*Y15*C3

Check out the upcoming releases from Elemental Doodles HERE too!


Saturday, October 17, 2009

Butterfly Thank You

Sometimes there are more details in the card than you see when you look just at the full card so this shows you a little of that. Look at the texture of the golden colored paper and then the mulberry paper. The wings of the butterfly are raised a bit too like it is fluttering!

Just a simple thank you card to add to my stash.

Paper is from Basic Grey Eskimo Kisses & Hollo's
Mulberry Paper
Ink - Memento Rich Cocoa
Paper Shapers to cut the scallop
Sweet Pea Stamps Plate #2
Marvy Punch
Really Reasonable Ribbon.


Friday, October 16, 2009


Fall is my favorite season usually - seems this year though we skipped right over the crisp days with leaves blowing to the end of fall rainy cold and miserable stage :(
Not to keen on that Mother Nature!

I made this square card using some stamps I had found in the Target $1 bin last year and my Kaleidacolor inkpad. I sponged the edges with Cognac Palette ink, added the fancy ribbon from Really Reasonable Ribbon and walah a card :)


Thursday, October 15, 2009

Autumn & Mesh

ETA: Pamela has a coupon out for during the blog hop use this info and grab some goodies!

(*not good on magazines)


good for 15% off and good through Monday when the hop ends!


It is time to blog hop with FCD!

This month's theme is "Autumn & Mesh"

We were asked to create any piece of that focused on this theme.


The official start time of this Hop is Friday, October 16, 2009 at 8:00 AM (EST).

If you arrived early, please be patient as all the links may not be live yet.

Today I used one of my favorite stamps from FCD
(YES I know I have a LOT of favorites - no need to point that out!)
It is the Medium Crow - Pamela says this little guy is HARD to keep in stock and in fact he is out of stock right now - oops so sorry about that you can email her to hurry up and get some more in though cause you know you need him NOW! teehee

I found a chipboard tag frame while looking for something else and set it aside thinking oh I should do something with that so after looking at it a few days on my desktop I decided it would make a good magnet for the fridge. I used my Memento Inks in Dessert Sand, Rhubarb Stalk, Potter's Clay, Rich Cocoa and Tuxedo Black to stamp the image and then color the chipboard frame. I colored the image in with Copic Markers Y08 * YR23 * YR16 * YG95 * YG67 * BV29 * R17 (for the red leaf on the mesh) and 0

I cut the mesh and mounted it to the back so it showed through the opening then I layered black paper on to the back and trimmed it around the frame which made the perfect backing. I added the sentiment on the top after dabbing some of the same Copic Markers onto the paper to coordinate it. I then attached the crow with both pop and red line Glue dots to the chipboard and to the mesh. The leaves are actually brads that I cut the backs off of and adhered with glue dots also. The red one was copper colored and looked yukky so added a bit of the R17 to it and think it looks pretty good now!

I added a large piece of magnet to the back so it would stick to the fridge with no problem and then added a loop of twine at the top.

I just love this Crow he has so many uses other than being stuck on a card,
although he looks great there too!

So what did everyone else do? I don't know yet either so here are the details for finding out and also how to maybe win some blog on!

This is a “circular blog hop” where the beginning is wherever you start!! You will know you are at the end of your blog hop when you’ve come back to the blog you’ve started from!

(It’s not a huge circle…so it should be easy to remember where you started.)

The winner will be chosen from a mystery blog hostess that will be announced when the hop is over…that’s why you want to leave a comment on


blog, so you don’t miss out!

**To find out if you’ve won… you will be contacted by Pamela via e-mail (so be sure to leave it with your comment.) and you can also find out on Pamela’s blog after the blog hop ends on Mon, October 19, 2009 at 8:00 PM (EST).**

Now, to continue the circle, you will need to hop on over to Libby

and keep going until you’ve come back to where you’ve started!

Be sure and tell Libby I said Happy Autumn

Thanks so much for playing along with us and we hope you have a great time!


Wednesday, October 14, 2009


ok remember I said I was evaluating the different coloring methods with the digital images the other night well here is another image this time from Digi Shack. This monster made me giggle with hig tongue hanging out and running like he was lit on fire! LOL

This image also was printed on the vellum (you know you have to fill the sheet you can't just print one image and waste so much of it). I colored it with Crayola Metallic pencils. It is pretty but not very vibrant, the colors are kinda dull on the vellum and not as sparkly as I had hoped. The printer ink didn't seem to play much with the Crayola's except on his fists where I colored over the lines and then they seemed to fade BUT that could very well be that there is just some pencil color on them not that ink rubbed off.

The background was made using a technique I learned from the stamp convention I liked the contrast of land to "freaky" sky color that it made for using with the batty paper from basic Grey's Eerie line. More about the technique will come in another post :)

I tore the edge cause he is outta here and wanted to give the appearance of hurrying - make sense? I also cut one bat out from the scraps left over and added it to the freaky sky to bring the two layers together.

I finished the inside off like this:

The sentiment is stamped with VersaMark and embossed.

Digital Image - Digi Shack
Background Inspiration - Seaside Stampin Ink, Alcohol Inks
Paper: Basic Grey Eerie line, Seaside Stampin Ink Glossy and Hollo's
Sentiment Stamp - Target $1 bin

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Let Your Dreams...

This was really a simple card but it turned out to be pretty striking in it's simplicity. It is simply some Making Memories paper cut to size, matted and layered onto the card base.

The sentiment was one I had received in a swap - not sure who it is by - sorry. I did the edges with ink, matted it and layered it on. Then I added the page pebble to highlight the word dreams. Great effect if you haven't ever used page pebbles give them a try they make things just jump off the page so to say :)

So today we are traveling and we are making one of our dreams take flight :)


Monday, October 12, 2009


Happy Monday - ughhh I really don't like Monday's but this one I do cause it is also my Friday! :) We are leaving for vacation tomorrow! We are headed South, hubby gets to do something he wants, I get to do something I want and we both get to visit family! Yeah us!

This chick is from Seaside Stampin Ink they have a whole line of Chix stamps! I think they are cute - you want a hula hooping one? an artist? what about a biker chix? LOL check them out!

The background is one that was being demo'd at their booth at the convention I went to a couple weeks ago. It is using their Mini Spritzer Kit, Alcohol Inks and their "stomper". You can see the dots in it well that is where I had put the metallic inks and it left them - not sure what the deal was but it was ok since I decided to overstamp with the lined triangle (also from them). The kit is awesome because it gives you NOT only spritzer bottles BUT the directions to make multiple kinds of backgrounds and your very own "stomper" I have had fun playing so far and can't wait to give some of the other techniques listed a try.

Here's the rest of the info:

Papers Used: Seaside Stampin Ink Glossy Paper, Hollo's and Paper Temptress Pop Tones Gumdrop Green & Black Licorice

Stamps Used: Seaside Stampin Ink Lined Triangle ando God Morning Chic

Techinque from Seaside Stampin Ink using the Mini Spritzer Combo Kit

Ribbon: Really Reasonable Ribbon

Copic Markers

Now off to work I go so I can get a whole weeks worth done in one day! YIKES! Let's hope it all falls into place! Then home tonight to get packed.


Sunday, October 11, 2009

Chocoholic Friends

When I first saw the Chocoholic Stamps from Elemental Doodles I knew they would be fun to use for things other than cards too! Today I am sharing something I made.

I saw this sign at Joann's and picked it up thinking I want to see if the Scent-A-Mist's will work on things like this. So when I got home I sprayed just the letters with the Chocoholic Scent-A-Mist. Mmmmmm I was messaging with a friend later and told her that spraying chocolate scent in the craft room at something like 6 AM was not the proper way to start off a Saturday because I was already wanting chocolate since every time I stepped near the room that was all I smelled! We laughed about it but I DID have to go get chocolate later in the day I couldn't take it anymore! LOL

I then used the chocolate "splats" to randomly stamp with Memento Rich Cocoa Ink all over the letters and the base.. It was dark enough that it contrasted with the Scent-A-Mist on the letters.

For the base part I used Ranger Distress Crackle Pain in Antique Linen. Look at the close up you can see the crackle. I didn't put it on real thick so the crackles are just small but enough for the look I wanted.

I used the wording from the stamp set to stamp along the sides of the letters it says:
"Friends are the chocolate dipped cherries of life!"

I then had stamped and colored and assembled some chocolate dipped cherries to use on the wood too. I attached them with red line tape. Can you see the cherries are all shiny too I used Crystal Lacquer on the top of them. As a finishing touch I added the thin band of ribbon around and tied between the F and R as it was a large gap and looked funny with nothing there :) I did use Tombow MonoMulti Glue under the ribbon so it would stay snug to the wood too.

So as you can see the stamps aren't just for cards and the Scent-A-Mist isn't just for paper! Use your imagination and have fun!


Saturday, October 10, 2009

Tickled Pink

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month so I figured starting off the challenges with the color Pink was suiting. I made a card here with the Women in Character set from FCD. I think the lady looks a bit like she is carefree and happy letting her scarf dance about. It is hard to be carefree and happy when you are facing Breast Cancer (any cancer really) so I am going to be sending this to a friend to cheer her up and let her know we are fighting with her.

I saw when I opened my email today the Stamp Something Challenge which happened to be

Brown Plus Something

so I went with it :) The ribbon I had received on a SwapBot package and I liked the bold pattern because one has to be bold to fight this disease! I also had some great flower shaped brads I pulled out to use. I used the Tickled Pink stamp from the same set to randomly stamp the top half of the card after applying the strips of ribbon across the bottom. I know the catch phrase is really Think Pink but I like Tickled Pink (plus that was what I had LOL!) I stamped then colored in the image with my Copics. Used a bit of pop dot adhesive to mount it to the top of the card. I picked it up and off fell the brads I had laid on it LOL! SO I snipped the bendy part off the back and adhered them with glue dots.

If you know someone fighting this disease be there for them, support them however you can. Even getting Happy & Upbeat notes and cards make the difficult days a little better!

Stamp set used - Women in Character
Paper Used - Paper Temptress Hot Fudge Pop Tones
Paper Studio Pink Armadillo
Memento Rich Cocoa ink
Ribbon - Unknown
brads - Unknown
Copics - R11*YR31*E33*E37*E00*RV34*YR00*0


Friday, October 9, 2009

ISC Monthly Sketch 909

I have these wonderful pumpkins for fall from ISC and I hadn't had a chance to use them yet so when I saw their monthly sketch challenge I pulled them out to use. I choose the single pumpkin in the set Autumn Seasons and used Copics to color it then a little Out of the Box when I cut it to size. I matted it onto coordinating brown paper from the previous mat layer. For the long piece on top I used the leaf image from Oriental Nature Elements and my Kaliedacolor Inkpad!

Yeah I know I added an additional layer with the pumpkin but it looked a little nekkid without it!

I am not sure what is up with the scan color for that top layer either all the yellowish paper is the from the same sheet. Strange things these scanners do sometimes!

I really like this for a note card to send to someone. The inside I left blank just so I could do that!

Stamps Used: Innovative Stamp Creations Autumn Seasons
Innovative Stamp Creations Oriental Nature Elements

Copics: YR16, YR04, YR07, YG95 and 0

Technique: Out of the Box (TJ)

Sketch from ICS


Thursday, October 8, 2009

Wanna Freebie?

So there has been some discussions going on around the web regarding "digi stamps."
Of course we at FCD have been discussing it too! There is a great article up over at Stampers Quest if you want to read more into "digi stamps." I myself am not really that into them and in fact have coined them "faux stamps" because it is FAKE stamps there really is no stamping to it it should be "digi print & color" or something LOL! But for the sake of argument and well because Pamela drew this awesome image and is forcing me to "faux" stamp I made this card.

It is printed on vellum and colored with Copic markers - BIG NO NO! The marker tips pick up the ink so I actually ended up coloring it by dabbing the marker onto the vellum instead of circles and well it was simply a PITA and I might of ruined one of my marker tips as I can't get the printer ink scribbled off.

I cut and layered it onto paper from Debbie Mumm and Hollo's. I thought the contrast of the vellum onto the pattern paper was to stark so I used my sponge and Cognac Palette ink to soften the edges up some (that smeared the wording too but not bad enough to toss!)

You can have this image for your own Faux Stamp collection too if you'd like just click here to go to Pamela's blog and check out her card. In her post are the directions for downloading your own copy of this and leave her a comment too should she step into the "digi stamp" world?

As with any image obtained online please note the Terms of Use and keep a copy of each companies policy as everyone is different.


Wednesday, October 7, 2009


First off I think I need to clear something up from my post on Saturday.
I didn't make the trees they are already on the paper. The paper line is from Basic Grey and is called Eerie. I simply cut the piece of 6x6 paper and used half on each card. I WISH I was the one who thought to make the awesome trees like that LOL! Anyway I just wanted to make sure you knew you could get that awesome paper too if you wanted - it wasn't anything I did :)

Today it is windy as all get out and the house is whistling away so I am sitting here thinking no strike that wishing I were someplace warm and calm. This is the best I can do!

The outgoing DT from FCD last term made a booklet out of coasters to give to both Pamela and her sister Ursula to show our thanks for having us for the year and for all that we have learned from them. I made the coaster from the Mahalo set, it is one of my favorites and I loved the way the main image stamped looked on this wonderful Lime Ricky Basic Grey paper I had! After I put it together I felt it needed a bit more so I added the yummy coconut drink from the Fruit Cup set using one of Pamela's die cuts for it. Then a flower again from the Mahalo set that I wish I had a die cut for LOL!. I did the coloring with both Copic Markers, Spica Glitter Pens (on the straw) and Clear Gelly Roll from Sakura. The thank you is a rub on from making Memories. I added a misc. rhinestone to the flower center too -
needed to have some bling on there you know!

Both of them said they loved the booklet!