Oct 28, 2009


snowman. i have a bunch (i know, i mentioned that before) and now i've used two of them in the past week in two seperate projects! i need to branch out!!

stamps: purple onion, maryse carrier, tac, stampin up
cardstock: vintage violet, all my memories pp
ink: tempting turquoise, kiwi kiss, onyx black
embellishments: hero arts bling, prismacolor & bic markers

blue hair...

i have been waiting for the right swap to use this stamp. well, both stamps, actually. they are from river city rubber works and crack me up. first of all, the group of ladies. kills me. then the phrase! this set of atcs is for a friendship swap that my friend cheryl is hosting. her first one (woo hoo!)

blue hair
stamps: river city rubber works, papertrey ink, rubber stamping fun
cardstock: river rock, bravo burgundy
ink: soft suede, versafine-vintage sepia, majestic blue

Oct 27, 2009

snowman tags...

sometimes i just get stumped by a swap. this was one of them. i have a ton of snowman stamps, so you would think it would be easy. but i couldn't figure it out! maybe it was the size that threw me off. they were to be 3x3 tags. and i didn't want to make a 3x3 card. i love this snowman from purple onion. it's one of my favorites. and i remembered i had this tag stamp, so i wanted to use it. trying to get them to fit together was a challenge, but i did it. and it made me use more brads, which i rarely use anymore!

snowman tag
stamps: purple onion, green grass stamps, maryse carrier
cardstock: vintage violet, all my memories pp
ink: vintage violet, tempting turquoise, onyx black
embellishments: hemp twine, brads, prismacolor & bic markers

Oct 26, 2009

actual cards!

i actually made some cards today! i know, shocker. it's been a while since i made cards and not atcs! i used digital images on all of them. they were all free (which is a bonus!). the first two i made using a set from whimsie doodles. i made a set of each of these to send to my friend, lesa. she does awesome things for those with breast cancer and is a breast cancer survivor.

fight like a girl
digi stamps: whimsie doodles
cardstock: pink pirouette, purely pomegranate, pebbles pp
ink: purely pomegranate, maroon fluid chalk (color box)
embellishments: stickles, su ribbon, prismacolor & bic markers

fight like a girl
digi stamps: whimsie doodles
cardstock: pink pirouette, purely pomegranate, melon mambo, pebbles pp
ink: purely pomegranate
embellishments: stickles, su ribbon, prismacolor & bic markers

this card i made from a digistamp from my favorite things. kim gave away a free stamp with a catch. you had to make a card and send it to someone who could use a lift. unfortunately, i know quite a few people that fit this category, so i made a bunch! inside says, "hey, it's been a while..."

been a while
stamps: my favorite things
digi stamps: my favorite things
cardstock: pink pirouette, certainly celery, perfect plum
ink: perfect plum
embellishments: prismacolor & bic markers, buttons

Oct 25, 2009

christmas cookies...

have i mentioned that i'm loving the holiday circle journal swap this year? everyone's cjs have been so unique. and challenging! traci's cj theme was favorite christmas cookie recipes. i don't usually make anything special that is cookie themed around christmas, so i just added two of my favorite cookie (well, only one, really...the other is a bar) recipes. and i just recently discovered this chocolate chip cookie recipe, thanks to my cousin, jana. my cute mom will probably be angry that i didn't include her favorite traditional holiday cookies from denmark: the kleiner, spritz cookie or pebbernodder. she's always trying to get me to continue the tradition, but i'm not a huge fan of any of the three treats! so i'll stick to my boring chocolate chip cookie and tasty peanut butter bars!

favorite christmas cookies
stamps: stampin up
cardstock: cranberry crisp, true thyme, imaginisce pp
ink: cranberry crisp, true thyme, chocolate chip
font: ck nitelite

Oct 22, 2009

christmas inchies...

you may be wondering, what's an inchie? an inchie is a tiny little work of art! it's a card that is 1 inch by 1 inch. tiny, really!! and hard to work with, but fun to make! i used another digistamp image from digistamp boutique. one of the cool things about digital stamps is you can make the image whatever size you want! so i shrunk this one day and used it on my little inchies.

spot's present
stamps: purple onion designs
digistamps: digistamp boutique
cardstock: wild wasabi
ink: wild wasabi
other:prismacolor markers

cold twigs...

i love snowman stamps. i have a ton of them. so i think it's funny that i found this cute digistamp at digistamp boutique and used it for these atcs! i think this little snowman is so cute! but don't worry. i have a few more snowman swaps to do, so i'll get my stamps inky for those! i guess this is considered hybrid stamping because i used digital and regular stamps.

cold twigs
stamps: stampin up
digistamps: digistamp boutique
cardstock: almost amethyst, memory box pp
ink: almost amethyst, perfect plum
embellishments:fun flock
other:prismacolor markers

christmas tags...

fall is finally here. one day it's 75, nice and sunny, the next day it's 40 degrees. halloween is next week so that means winter and christmas are around the corner! so here come the christmas themed swaps!! this is a set of gift tags for a swap christie is hosting. they are similar to the one's i made last year, but i used different stamps. i love this little christmas tree.

laughter & merriment
stamps: hero arts, purple onion designs
cardstock: vanilla
ink: riding hood red, wild wasabi, blue bayou
embellishments:hemp twine, yellow stickles
other:prismacolor markers

Oct 18, 2009

hanging pumpkins...

i think this is the final pumpkin atc swap of the year. it's funny because i bought this stamp set a while ago for one of these pumpkin swaps. i made the other atcs and knew i had one set left to make. i knew i hadn't used this stamp yet. so the other day, i was racking my brain (until it hurt!) trying to figure out what i could make another stinkin' pumpkin atc out of! i had completely forgotten about this stamp. nice! but i found it while looking for something else and a big light bulb went of above my head!

hanging pumpkins
stamps: debbie mumm
cardstock: dusty durango, apricot appeal, tangerine tango, recollections pp
ink: onyx black, dusty durango
embellishments: brads, hemp twine, eyelets
other:prismacolor markers

Oct 16, 2009

stressed {equals} desserts...

this is another one of those stamps that i saw and just had to have before even knowing what i might use it for. it's from river city rubber works and it's great! i used it with this cute riley moose stamp for suzanne's marvelous moose atc swap. i think they go hand in hand!!

stressed = desserts
stamps: hanna stamps, river city rubber works
cardstock: melon mambo, stampin up pp
ink: onyx black, melon mambo
embellishments: crystal effects
other:prismacolor markers

Oct 14, 2009

cool find...

ok, so i know this is two posts in a row that i'm telling about a cool thing i have found/discovered, but i had to show this off, too!! i found these cute drawer/shelve things yesterday at michaels. they were on clearance for $10. plus you can use a coupon. so i got them for $6 each!! i went back today and got another one and three cubes (that were also on ly $10!). i love the little drawers. they fit lots of things. if i really wanted to, i bet i could get all my su ink pads in them. but i won't because now i can have more stuff in a much handier spot! maybe this will help keep my table looking this organized. nah...i'm sure it won't! this is also nice because i can have my ott light more centered in the table. i'm running out of room for all my markers. but i love the little containers they are in. too bad i found them at ross, so i know i'll never find anymore like them!

Oct 12, 2009

cutting corners...

i love rounding corners on things. i can't count how many corner rounders i've gone through because i do it so much (the little yellow and green ek sucess ones). and i don't usually find a tool that i absolutey love. and i usally don't post about it. but i have fallen in love with something. i'm afraid to admit that i bought this a few months ago and it sat unopened in the package for a while. then when cleaning one day, i busted it out. i finally used it and i can't believe i waited so long! it's the corner chomper from we r memory keepers. it is so easy to use and cuts through paper so nicely! i can even cut more than one layer at a time, which was dificult with the little corner punches. and it's like the cropidile, so it's sturdy. i {heart} my corner chomper.

Oct 9, 2009

friends forever...

i love hero arts stamps. they have some of the cutest stamps ever made. i've been checking their blog a lot lately, especially when they started doing atcs!! they have a group on flickr which is very cool. it's kind of like a discussion/gallery thing. anyway, they are hosting their first atc swap, so me being obsessed with atcs, signed up! this is actually a "hybrid" i guess is the buzz word people are calling it. it's got a mix of regular stamps and digital stamps. i got the digital kit free from two peas in a bucket. i also did some paper piecing...pieced the owls with patterned paper.

friends forever
stamps: hero arts
digital stamps: meredith fenwick
cardstock: purely pomegranate, old olive, pebbles inc. pp
ink: onyx black, purely pomegranate, old olive
embellishments: stickles
other:prismacolor markers

Oct 5, 2009

chick magnet...

do you ever see a stamp and know you have to have it, but really have no real reason to buy it? or to use it? that's how i felt about this cute stamp from amuse. this is an atc for jennifer's "chick, chick, chick, chick" swap. i knew as soon as i saw the swap title, that i wanted to use this stamp.

chick magnet
stamps: amuse, stampendous
cardstock: dusty durango, recollections pp
ink: onyx black, dusty durango
embellishments: hemp twine
other:prismacolor markers

christmas eve...

the holiday circle journal is making another round. joanne's theme is "all about the night before christmas" and what our christmas eve traditions are. i added my entry and wrote about the christmas eve tradition we did when i was little.

christmas eve
stamps: maryse carrier, purple onion designs, rubber stampede
cardstock: old olive, three bugs in a rug pp
ink: old olive, oynx black, versamark
embellishments: prismacolor markers, crystal effects, stickles
font: sf little star skinny

Oct 3, 2009

let it snow...

so i did something i've never done before. i completely forgot about a swap i'm in. i'm so glad suzanne emailed everyone about 10 days before it was due as a reminder, otherwise, i would have completely forgotten!! the theme was "a little flakey!" and had to include snowflake stamps. i embossed the background snowflakes and i used crystal effects on the snowman to make them shiny.

let it snow
stamps: inkadinkadoo, hampton art stamps
cardstock: buckaroo blue, night of navy
ink: buckaroo blue, night of navy, white craft
embellishments:clear embossing powder, glossy accents

Oct 1, 2009

get 'em squished...

i posted yesterday about the background i made for the atc in the breast cancer awareness swap i'm in. here is the finished project. i also tried the latest craze of digital stamp images (seems odd, i know!). this one is from my favorite things. i wasn't sure how it would work coloring images printed from an ink jet printer, but i was surprised because it worked very well.

get 'em squished
stamps: my favorite things
digi-stamps: my favorite things
cardstock: melon mambo, pink pirouette
ink: melon mambo