Wednesday, October 31, 2012


Simon Says Stamp and Show is asking for anything with pearl for their challenge this week.

I do realize that this card is not very appropro for their blog; that is, they really prefer more of a "t!m look" for their challenges.  Hopefully this card will make the cut :)

Since I used a Flourishes set, I am also entering their Timeless Tuesday challenge to stamp "off the edge".  I used Prismacolor pencils for the coloring and the pearls are from Teresa Collins. 

My thoughts and prayers go out to all those who have suffered in any way from Sandy!  So many are without power, so many homes destroyed, plus the flooding and blizzard conditions - just devastating.  Here's hoping there will be some relief quickly!!


Sunday, October 28, 2012


A card for two challenges:

and Simon Says Stamp, whose challenge is leaves.

I just got a new set of Flourishes stamps and I love the oak leaves included.  These were colored with Prismacolor pencils.  The embossing folder is from Sizzix. 

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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

October card chain challenge and thank you


Each month Deborah Nolan sponsors a card chain challenge.  You sign up to make a card and then you send your card to the person who signed up before you in the "chain".  Here is the card I sent to Loly in Alabama:

To find out more about this monthly event, go here.

I made a similar card as a thank you to a friend who lives in Florida.  She was in France for six weeks this summer and sent me a beautiful photo album full of pictures she took while there. 

Just used different patterned papers and colors for this one.  I love the pompom flower and the sticko gems have quickly become a favorite. Even though they sparkle,they are fairly flat.  Which makes it nice when mailing a card. 

Have a great day!

Sunday, October 21, 2012

autumn. . .

This card was sent to a friend who lives in Las Vegas.  He grew up in Ohio.  Just wanted to remind him a little of his home state!

I can't seem to get enough of Tim's tattered leaves dies - love them!  Here I just colored a piece of white cardstock with distress inks, die cut the leaves, added some stamping and more distress inks around the edges. 

This week will definitely bring Indian summer weather to our neck of the woods.  The predictions are for 70's for 3 or 4 days - yay!!   We will probably be paying the piper for those temps next week.  :-)


Friday, October 19, 2012


Admittedly, I am not much for Halloween.  But, I do have one Hero Arts Halloween stamp set, so I made a card for the current Simon Say Stamp challenge.

I used dusty concord and shaded lilac distress inks for the background and spiced marmalade for the moon.  There was a little bit of pink ink on the sponge that I was using for the lilac, so that added a bit of extra color. :)  Stickles was added to the moon and I drew the fence in with a Sharpie.

Not very inspired, but somewhat spooky, I think. 

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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

four letter word

SING!  Last week I posted my second four letter word collage(FALL). Here is the first collage I did for my rectangular box, in which I will be storing these collages.

Lots of distress inks, spritzes, stamps, etc.  I love the colors in this piece. 

I am working on a third collage right now; but got sidetracked with cleaning windows, blinds and washing/ironing curtains!  Hopefully I can share it soon.

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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Big Eyes Birthday

Today is one of my friend's birthday.  She loves owls. 

Patterned papers, PTI scallop die, Hero Arts Big Eyes and sentiment from Stampendous. Some more of those black pearl gems from Hero Arts.  Platinum Stickles around the eyes (doesn't show up very well in the photo.)

Have a wonderful day!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

dies or punches

This week Simon Says Stamp's challenge is to use dies or punches.

There were a few leaves left over from the collage I made yesterday using the Tim Holtz tattered leaves die, so I decided to use them for a birthday card for my son.  For the background I used Hero Arts real leaves clear set.  The sentiment is from an old HA boxed set called Birthday Fancy Notes, which is one of my all-time favorites.

And, I just got these gems from Hero called black pearls.  There are two sizes on the sheet and, to me, they have the look of an abalone shell.  I will be ordering more of them, for sure/

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Wednesday, October 10, 2012


Simon Says Stamp and Show's current challenge is to make something rusty, rustic, rust colored, etc. 

For quite some time now, I have wanted to do some collages for just my own personal pleasure. And, I wanted to do them using four-letter words.  When a new Michael's store opened in our area, I found a beautiful decorative box with the Eiffel Tower (I collect E.T.'s) on the lid.  I decided to make my collages to fit inside this box - 11 x 4.75 inches.  Single "pages", so to speak, to fill the box. 

This is only the second one of these collages I have done, but I had enormous fun doing it!  The background was created on a white cardstock and the letters and leaves on a rust piece of cardstock.  Lots of distress inks, stamps, color wash sprays and perfect pearls mists were added to created lots of color and dimension.  Once these were created, I cut the leaves with Tim Holtz tattered leaves die and the letters were cut using alphabet stencils from the office supply store. 

Sorry for such a long post - hope your day is a good one!

Friday, October 5, 2012


For the past two weeks or so, I have been painting ceilings, washing walls and rearranging furniture.  Still have more to do, but decided to take a break and make a card or two.  Actually, I made some birthday cards, but neglected to take photos and have already sent them out :(

This card is for the Simon Says Stamp challenge which calls for glimmer and sparkle. 

This autumn tree from Penny Black is one that I won in the Stamptember celebration at Simon Says Stamp.  I colored the leaves with Prismacolor pencils and then covered them with a Stardust sparkle pen.  And, they really do "glimmer" in real life, but it is hard to see in the photo.  The little "gems" are actually stickers from Stickos that also glimmer a bit. 

Have a great day!