Monday, October 13, 2008

Beate's WSC #61

I can't believe that it's already another Weekend Sketch Challenge. I really like this sketch because it is simple yet very unique. Here is the sketch for this weekend.

And here is the card that I made for the sketch. I pulled out some paper that I hadn't used in a LONG time to make this card. But I love the colors together.

Stamp Sets: All Year Round II (Retired), Birthday Whimsy
Paper: Always Artichoke CS, Sage Shadow CS, Whisper White CS, Wintergreen DSP (Retired)
Ink: Whisper White Craft, Always Artichoke
Accessories: Always Artichoke Grosgrain Ribbon

Thanksgiving Day

Well, today is Thanksgiving Day in Canada. So, I decided to make a Thanksgiving Day card in celebration. I had never made a Thanksgiving Day card with my Thoroughly Thankful stamp set, so, I figured what better time than now. Here is the card I made:

Stamp Sets: Thoroughly Thankful, November (Clear Stamp Set)
Paper: Tangerine Tango CS, Always Artichoke CS, More Mustard CS, Close to Cocoa DSP (Retired), Very Vanilla CS, White Glossy Paper
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Baja Breeze
Markers: Close to Cocoa, Creamy Caramel, More Mustard, Pumpkin Pie, Really Rust, Ruby Red, Old Olive, Garden Green
Accessories: Pewter Hodgepodge Hardware (Retired), Stampin' Dimensionals
Technique: Watercolor Wash (Check out Beate's tutorial on SCS)

Monday, October 6, 2008

Halloween Bags

Well, I saw a bag like this on Beate's blog. On her blog she made a cute Christmas bag. So, I decided I would give it a try for a Halloween bag. It took me a while to get the first one done because I was having problems. But now I am on a roll. I love these cute bags.

I hope you like them.

Beate's WSC #60

Well, I am actually getting my Weekend Sketch Challenge Card posted before 11AM (Sometimes I shock myself). Here is the sketch for this weekend.

Here is the card I made. I used the colors from the the most recent color challenge that was posted: Baja Breeze, Really Rust and Chocolate Chip. These colors are great for fall (even though it doesn't feel like fall yet, at least not here).

Stamp Set: September Clear Stamps, Baroque Motifs
Ink: Very Vanilla, Chocolate Chip, Baja Breeze, Really Rust
Paper: Baja Breeze CS, Really Rust CS, Chocolate Chip CS, Very Vanilla CS
Accessories: Eyelets, Crop-a-dile, Sponging, Very Vanilla grosgrain Ribbon, Stampin' Dimensionals

Dreams Du Jour

Ok, I love this stamp set and I love the new In Colors. I used Night of Navy with the Kiwi Kiss and Baja Breeze. I only bad thing about this stamp set is that I wish there were more stamps in it. :-)

Stamp Sets: Baroque Motifs, Dreams du Jour
Ink: Basic Black, Whisper White, Baja Breeze, Kiwi Kiss, Night of Navy
Paper: Kiwi Kiss CS, Night of Navy CS, Baja Breeze CS, Whisper White CS
Accessories: Ticket Corner Punch, Scallop Punch, Blender Pen, White Sheer Ribbon from Michael's, Paper Piercing, Stampin' Dimensionals

Sketch Challenge #59

I didn't know if I wanted to post this card because I still haven't decided if I like it yet. It was the card I made for Beate's WSC #59.

Stamp Set: Thoroughly thankful
Ink: Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Really Rust, More Mustard, Close to Cocoa, Chocolate Chip
Paper: Really Rust CS, Chocolate Chip CS, Whisper White CS, Old Olive DSP
Accessories: 1 3/8" Circle Punch, Scalloped Circle Punch, Masking Tape, Sponges, Embossing Powder, Michael's Halloween Ribbon
Technique: Faux Leather with Masking Tape, Heat Embossing

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Special Day Birthday Card

I normally make a card for all of the employees that work in my department at work. So, I asked one of my coworkers what his favorite colors were so that I could make a birthday card for him. He told me that his favorite colors were Silver, Blue and Orange. I was thinking it would be a great way for me to use my Jersey Shore Designer Series Paper. Here is the card I created for his birthday.

Stamp Sets: Background Sampler (Retired), Lots of Thoughts (Retired)
Paper: Pumpkin Pie CS, Bashful Blue CS, Whisper White CS, Jersey Shore DSP (retired)
Ink: Pumpkin Pie, Bashful Blue, Brilliant Blue
Accessories: Silver Brads, Photo Corner Punch, 1 3/8" Square Punch, Wide Oval Punch, Small oval Punch, Ticket Corner Punch, Corner Rounder Punch, Pumpkin Pie Grosgrain Ribbon, Whisper White Grosgrain Ribbon, Stampin' Dimensionals

Monday, September 22, 2008

Beate's Weekend Sketch Challenge #58

I finished my card for the sketch challenge on Saturday night and I kept thinking I have till Monday morning to get it posted. I am such a procrastinator. Then I was on the phone trying to get information about getting a passport and then I had to order birth certificates and so forth. Then before I knew it, it was 11:00am. I know the winner has already been picked but I am still making the post anyways. So, here is the sketch for the week.

And here is the cute Halloween card I made for the sketch.

Stamp Set(s): Home is Where the Haunt Is (Retired), Haunting Halloween
Paper: Perfect Plum CardStock, Pumpkin Pie CardStock, More Mustard CardStock, Basic Black CardStock, Whisper White CardStock, More Mustard DSP (Retired)
Ink: Basic Black Classic Stampin' Pad, Whisper White Craft Stampin' Pad
Accessories: Scalloped Circle Punch, 1 3/8 Circle Punch, 1¼ Circle Punch, Corner Rounder Punch (to make the scallops because I don't have the Scalloped Edge Punch yet), Halloween Ribbon from Michael's

Thursday, September 18, 2008

My Sunflower Card

I had found a template online someone's blog (Can't remember who now) that was to make a flower card. And I made a flower card for my Mom for Mother's day and she loved it. But I decided to do a little spin on the card for a friend of mine. Her favorite flower is the Sunflower. This card took a long time for me because I don't have the nestabilities yet :-( If you have the nestabilities then it would be much easier. I still think it turned out great (but maybe because I worked so hard on it).

Cards I gave to my Mom

I made some 3" x 3" cards to give to my mom so that she could give them to people and wouldn't have to buy cards. I never knew that making little square cards would be so much fun. I used the Very Punny stamp set to make the cards. I might have to make some for myself now. Here are my favorites of all the ones I made.

It's been a long time since I posted a card.

I have been making cards and taking pictures of them. But everytime I try to upload the image of the card to make a posting I am having problems. I am far from a computer expert. So, I am going to break down and finally ask someone for help. I don't know if it is a program that I downloaded or what. But the window won't open when I try to upload the image. I should have some cards posted by this weekend.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Misused English Words

So, I stumbled across this quiz online. I was curious how well I could do, so I took a stab at it. Here are my results:

Your result for The Commonly Confused Words Test ...

English Genius
You scored 100% Beginner, 100% Intermediate, 100% Advanced, and 87% Expert!

You did so extremely well, even I can't find a word to describe your excellence! You have the uncommon intelligence necessary to understand things that most people don't. You have an extensive vocabulary, and you're not afraid to use it properly! Way to go!
Thank you so much for taking my test. I hope you enjoyed it!

The weird thing is that I only missed one of the expert questions, and it scored me at 87%. I should have received 92% if I only missed one. Oh well.

I challenge everyone to also take the quiz and post your results. Here is the link

Monday, June 30, 2008

Toronto Zoo

The Zoo in Toronto puts all the other zoos that I have been to, to shame. The only bad thing was, that they were having very high temperatures that day and I was starting to get sunburnt there. So, I wasn't able to go see all the stuff that I wanted to see. :-( Anyways, here's the slideshow of the zoo pictures that we took that you could see.

Niagara Falls Trip

We just recently got back from our Trip to Toronto, Ontario. We had loads of fun there. One of the first things we did was to go down to Niagara Falls. It was so awesome!! We even went on the Maid of the Mist. Here is a slide show from Niagara. Just click on View All Images.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

WSC #52

Here is my card for the weekend sketch challenge. I hadn't used my Frolicking Frogs stamp set in a while, and it just seemed to fit this time of year.

Stamp Set: Frolicking Frogs
Paper: Bashful Blue CS, Wild Wasabi CS, Whisper White CS, Cutie Pie DSP, River Rock DSP
Ink: Bashful Blue, Wild Wasabi, Jet Black Stazon, River Rock, Creamy Caramel
Write Marker: Garden Green, Cameo Coral
Accessories: Sponging, Wild Wasabi Striped Ribbon, Blender Pen, Stampin' Dimensionals

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Happy Everything!

There sure have been alot of birthdays lately. Here is the card that I made for one of my co-workers because today is her birthday. I can't wait to get to work and have some cake (even though I really shouldn't be eating any). I wanted to use my Berry Bliss DSP because I hadn't used it in a while. So, as I was searching for a stamp that could be used for a birthday card, I stumbled across good ole' Greetings Galore. And I was thinking the Happy Everything stamp could work with the flowers on the Berry Bliss DSP.

Stamp Set: Greetings Galore
Paper: Purely Pomegranate CS, Close to Cocoa CS, Whisper White CS, Berry Bliss DSP
Ink: Timber Brown Stazon, Purely Pomegranate
Write Markers: Pretty in Pink, Old Olive
Accessories: Ticket Corner Punch, Chocolate Chip Taffeta Ribbon, White Gel Pen, Blender Pen, Stampin' Dimensionals

Eat Cake

Well, my hubby's birthday is coming up soon and so I needed to make a birthday card for him. His favorite colors are Black, Silver and Turquoise. So, I put together this card with his favorite colors. I didn't have an silver paper, so I used the Charbon DSP because the Basic Grey was as close to silver as I had.

Stamp Set: Eat Cake
Paper: Whisper White CS, Basic Black CS, Tempting Turquoise CS, Charbon DSP
Ink: Versamark, Whisper White Craft
Accessories: Ticket Corner Punch, Brads, Silver Embossing Powder, Heating Tool, Stampin' Pastels, White Sheer Ribbon (Michael's), Stampin' Dimensionals, Paper Piercer

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

So, Father's Day is coming up pretty soon. And I couldn't wait to try out this card. I saw this type of card on Cambria Turnbow's blog last year and I thought it was super cute so I wanted to make it this year for Father's Day.

Stamp Sets: Riveting, In the Loop Alphabet
Paper: Bashful Blue CS, Wild Wasabi CS, Basic Black CS, Bashful Blue DSP (From the Print Pack), Charbon DSP
Ink: Basic Black
Accessories: 1¼" Circle punch, 1½" Circle punch, Cuttlebug, Divine Swirls Embossing Folder, Light Blue Gingham Ribbon, Bashful Blue Stripped Grosgrain Ribbon, Brads, Stampin' Dimensionals

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Beate's WSC #50

Man, it has been a while since I have posted anything to my blog. I had been out of town and then my work schedule changed so I haven't really had any time until this weekend. It is so weird to have the weekend off. Anyways, this is the card I am going to give to one of my coworkers who is having a baby girl next month. I really love the pinks and browns together, especially for a baby girl card.

Stamp Set: Greetings Galore
Paper: Regal Rose CS, Chocolate Chip CS, Pretty in Pink CS, Very Vanilla CS, Close to Cocoa DSP
Ink: Timber Brown Stazon, Chocolate Chip, Creamy Caramel
Accessories: Regal Rose Grosgrain Ribbon, Cuttlebug, Divine Swirls Embossing Folder, Blush Blossom and Pretty in Pink Write Markers

Friday, May 16, 2008

WSC #48

Here is my card for this weekend's sketch challenge.

Stamp Sets: Pick a Petal, Sincere Salutations
Paper: Certainly Celery CS, Basis Black CS, Whisper White CS, Cerise DSP, Certainly Celery DSP
Ink: Real Red
Accessories: 1¼" Circle Punch, Black Gingham Ribbon, Brads, Stampin' Dimensionals

Friday, May 9, 2008

One Card, Two Challenges

So, I was able to make one card this week for two different challenges. The first challenge is Beate's Weekend Sketch Challenge #47 and the second is the Color Challenge #165 (Lovely Lilac, Pretty in Pink and Certainly Celery). Here is the sketch challenge this weekend.

And here is my take on the sketch. I had to use a flower on the card because I don't have an oval punch or nestabilities.

Stamp Set: Time Well Spent
Paper: Pretty In Pink CS, Lovely Lilac CS, Flowers For You DSP, Certainly Celery DSP
Ink: Lovely Lilac
Accessories: Crystal Brad, Ticket Corner Punch, Scallop Punch, Flower, Stampin' Dimensionals

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Beate's WSC #45

I know that this is being posted really late, and I'm hoping that it isn't too late since a winner hasn't been picked yet. Here is the sketch challenge for this week.

Here is the card that I came up with for the challenge.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Beate's WSC #44

Well, it looks like I am just barely getting my card posted before the deadline. I do not have the Jersey Shore DSP, however, I decided to make this card with the colors from that are on the Jersey Shore paper, which are Pumpkin Pie, Brilliant Blue and Wild Wasabi. And I used one of my brand new stamp sets that just arrived this past Friday, Big Birthday Candle.

Stamp Set: Big Birthday Candle, Sincere Salutations
Paper: Whisper White CS, Pumpkin Pie CS, Brilliant Blue CS, YoYo Yellow CS, Wild Wasabi DSP (From the Prints Pack)
Ink: Pumpkin Pie, Wild Wasabi, Brilliant Blue
Accessories: Wild Wasabi Double Stitched Ribbon, Small Tag Punch, Large Tag Punch, Dryer Sheet Technique (Tutorial on SplitCoastStampers), Glitter, Stampin' Dimensionals

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Trying something new

Well, Beate had her Fresh & Fun Freebies because she had 1.6M hits on her blog. So, she had a raffle, and all you had to do to enter the raffle was to post a comment to her blog entry with your favorite color combination. I was entry #209 with my favorite color combo as Always Artichoke, Old Olive, Groovy Guava and River Rock. I didn't win, Oh well. But I did decide to go through all of the comments and try some of the color combinations that I would have never dreamed of using together. So, I made a list of 25 of the color combos that were posted. So, far I have made two cards using the different color combos.

The first card I made was using Taken with Teal, Certainly Celery and Chocolate Chip/Close to Cocoa. I have an entire pack of Taken with Teal paper that I bought probably 8 months ago, and I never opened it until today. Once I got it, I didn't know which colors I wanted to use with it, so I never used it. So, here is the baby card I made with this color combo. Also, I decided since I hadn't made a pocket card in a while, that I would make this baby card, pocket style.

The next color combination I decided to try was Elegant Eggplant (sorry Beate, I know you're not a fan of purple), Summer Sun and Old Olive. As I was going through the huge list of color combos, I realized that I haven't used Elegant Eggplant since I was making Christmas cards, so I was looking for color combos so that I could use it more often, all year long. I also tried a new technique that Beate had on SplitCoastStampers for this card. I used the chalkboard technique. It was fun using this technique because I had to dig out my stampin' pastels (which I hadn't used in who knows how long). I had fun making both of these cards, I can't wait to make some more of the cards with the other color combos on my list.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Beate's WSC #43

Well, it is time for Beate's Weekend Sketch Challenge again. I had fun with this one, and it was pretty easy. Here is the challenge that was posted for this weekend.

Here is the card I made for the challenge. It wasn't too difficult because I didn't stamp a whole lot and I didn't have to color anything.

Stamp Set: Blooming With Love
Paper: Whisper White CS, Regal Rose CS, Certainly Celery CS, Lovely Lilac CS, Flowers for You Designer Series Paper
Ink: Taken with Teal (I would have used Tempting Turquoise but I don't have that one).
Accessories: Regal Rose Grosgrain Ribbon, Turquoise Grosgrain Ribbon, Versamark, Stampin Pastels, Paper Piercer

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Sick and Exhausted

Well, I have been sick for about the past week. But, now I'm starting to feel a little better. Typically, I like to spend my 4 days off making cards. But I haven't really felt up to it. Since I started feeling better today, I decided that I would make a couple cards. The first card I made I decided to use the Farm Fever stamp set because it seemed to describe how I was feeling, because over the last few days I have felt Udderly Exhausted! This card can also be used for the TLC 161, which was to use double ribbon. Also, I was very excited to use my white and brown liquid applique on the cow. YEA!

After I made the first card, I just seemed to be in a card making mood. And I have been wanting to use the Old Glory stamp set ever since I got it for Christmas. But it never seemed right because it never seemed to fit with the holiday. Since Memorial Day is just next month I decided to go ahead and make a patriotic card. I really like how this card turned out.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Short trip to Canada

Well, I just got back from Edmonton, Alberta last Friday. It was a short trip (I didn't even get to spend 2 whole days with Ezequiel) because I missed my connection in Denver and wasn't able to get on a flight until the next day. Then once I got there, I realized that my camera had been accidentally been switched on and then ran out of battery. I didn't bring my charger because I had fully charged the camera right before I left. The weather was quite nice. The highs were in the upper 30's and the lows were in the mid 20's. It was a nice change of pace from mid 80's here in DFW. Since I got back from Edmonton, I started feeling very yucky. I had to leave work early on Saturday night (actually Sunday morning) so that I could go to an emergency care clinic. I have the flu and bronchitis. I haven't had the flu in so long that I can't even remember when. So, they gave me an antibiotic injection at the doctor's office and then prescribed an anti-viral and antibiotic for me to take. I am starting to feel a little better now. Not 100% yet, but I am on my way. I pulled a muscle in my abdominal region because I was coughing so much. Also, my throat is still very sore from coughing. The best thing for a sore throat is ice cream. And the best ice cream can only be found at Milwaukee Joe's. Hmmmm, I think I'm going to go to Rosa's and get the Taco Tuesday Special. Then head to Milwaukee Joe's, hopefully they still have some Oatmeal Creme Cake Ice Cream left.

Friday, March 28, 2008

Beate's Weekend Sketch Challenge #41

Well, here is my Weekend Sketch Challenge for this week. I can't believe I got it in early two weeks in a row. The sketch was for a square card, but I made a rectangle card because I don't have any square envelopes. And since my parent's 34th wedding anniversary is coming up soon, I thought I would use this sketch challenge to make their anniversary card. Here is the sketch for this weekend.
And here is the card that I made using the sketch. I enjoyed this sketch and tried the sponging for the first time. I hope they like the anniversary card.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Just Because

Well, I should be asleep right now but I decided to make another card instead. I decided to use some new designer paper that I bought at Michael's. It was on clearance so I bought it.

Stamp Set: Greetings Galore
Paper: Whisper White CS, Purely Pomegranate CS, Berry Bliss Designer Series Paper, Candy Shop Designer Paper (Martha Stewart)
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Light Pink Gingham Ribbon, Flower Accents, Brad, Stampin' Dimensionals

Springtime Friend

Since it is Spring now, I was feeling like making a card that illustrated the spring fever. So, I used a stamp set that I was given for Christmas from a friend. I hadn't used it yet because it seemed kinda springy-summery. I don't know the name of the stamp set because the label isn't on it. But it is a retired Stampin' Up set from the year 2001.

And of course, I used my Spring Fling Designer Paper and I used my paper piercer for the first time. I also used my new flower brads. The flower brad goes great with this DSP. I like the card, but it did take a while to make because of all the coloring. But it just wouldn't have looked right without the coloring.

Be Inspired Challenge #6 and Color Challenge #159

Beate's Be Inspired Challenge #6 was a picture of this Coldwater Creek skirt.
And once I looked at the Color Challenge, which was Soft Sky (Bashful Blue), Basic Gray (Basic Black), and Whisper White. I figured that I could knock out both challenges with one card. Here is the card that I made for the challenges.

Recipe: Stamp Sets: None Paper: Whisper White CS, Basic Black CS, Soft Sky CS, Soft Sky Designer Seris Paper Ink: None Accessories: Love & Happiness Rub-Ons, Scallop Circle Punch, Circle Punches

Friday, March 21, 2008

Beate's WSC #40 - Fabulous Love

I can't believe it is already Friday. That means I have to go to work tonight. Thank goodness I only have to work three nights a week. This week I thought I would do the WSC before I head off to bed on Friday instead of waiting until Monday morning when my week is over. Here is the sketch for this week.

I really love the Fabulous Flowers stamp set and I was thinking that this sketch gave me a great excuse to use it again. :-) I had tons of fun with this sketch, thanks for the inspiration, Beate! Here is my card for this week's sketch.


Stamp Sets: Fabulous Flowers
Paper: River Rock CS, Groovy Guava CS, Designer Paper from the Secret Garden Simply Scrappin' Set (retired)
Ink: Groovy Guava
Accessories: Groovy Guava Double Stitched Ribbon, Stampin' Dimensionals

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

TLC 160 - Cuttlebug:Negative Effect

So, the technique challenge this week was to use a Cuttlebug folder and ink the negative side and then choose your paper and run the inked folder with the paper inside through the Cuttlebug. I decided to make a birthday card because I wanted to use my new balloon brads that I had ordered. So, making a birthday card just fit. Since my brad was very close in color to Pretty in Pink I chose that as my base card. I absolutely love the color combo of Pretty in Pink, Close to Cocoa and Purely Pomegranate and so I just went from there.

Stamp Sets: For a Friend (Level I Hostess)
Paper: Pretty In Pink, Close to Cocoa, Very Vanilla
Ink: Purely Pomegranate, Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Chocolate Grosgrain Ribbon, Balloon Brad, Cuttlebug, Happy Birthday Embossing Folder, Stampin' Dimensionals

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

WSC #39

Since it is almost Easter, I thought I would use my stamp set, 'A Good Egg', for the first time to make the card for the weekend sketch challenge. I really like this sketch and enjoyed making this card.

Here are some of the other Easter cards that I have made recently. Hope you enjoy them.