Tuesday, February 24, 2009


A few weeks ago everyone in my house was sick and I managed to stay healthy, until now. So here's card from this weekend...I'm off to get some rest!

Stamps: A muse. Paper: A muse & DCWV. Ink: Memento & Copic

Monday, February 23, 2009


I love it when a card comes together! Lately the colors I've been choosing have been from the color wheel but not this one. These colors where sitting on my desk and I happened to look over at them. The challenge for this card was to use a set that I had not used before. I choose a set from A muse that has different food and drinks for a quick little card.

This challenge was to create an 'i love you' card with no pink, red or hearts. This was also a quick one! To be goofy I whisper 'pssst' to get him attention and say it until he turns around...a little annoying but it works! Then I tell him I love him!

Melting Pot:
Stamps & Ribbon: a muse. Paper: Papertrey. Ink: colorbox
Psst: Paper: A muse. Stickers: AC Thickers

Sunday, February 22, 2009

To the core...

I got the chance to play in Splitcoast's VSN (Virtual stamping night) yesterday and had a lot of fun. A challenge is issued and you have 45 minutes to complete the card. I thought I would post my favorite card first.

I picked up the little apple stamp from the A muse valentine release and had been playing with this idea for a while. Luckily I came across the perfect apple and I think it worked out great. I went green since Granny Smith apples are the best!!!

Stamps: A muse (half apple and sentiment) Hero Arts (full apple). Paper: PTI Bitty Basics, A muse Bark and SU Turquoise. Misc: A muse ribbon.

Friday, February 20, 2009

don't bother knockin'

I'm still using my Valentine's Day stamps because they are too cute, they are begging not to be put away till next year! I was reading this post from Julie HRR and couldn't wait to try out the wire trick on one of my cards. The 'Love Shack' was the natural choice for this technique. So here's my interpretation of her fabu card!

I wanted to take a second shot at the Kwerner Color Challenge, I didn't want these colors to get the best of me!

Afterwards I knew this would be a perfect fit for the music challenge in the A muse Lounge hosted by Jennie. The sentiment on the card was inspired by a Stevie Ray Vaughn song that I love. Who doesn't love SRV?! Finally here's the best action shot I could get of the spring action on the card...thanks for looking!

Stamps: A muse, Hero arts letters. Paper: A muse pretty little paper, Stampin Up. Ink: Memento & Copic. Misc: Heart Nesties

color me happy...

Tracy from Eatsleepstamp.typepad.com selected me as her sketch of the week...Super Fantastico! I can't wait to play again next week...thanks for the inspiration and working on these every week!

So like everyone else I have 6 or 7 black ink pads so it should be no different that I have 6 or 7 brands of white paper. I think I have found a new favorite for coloring with Copic markers, Gina K's paper. It's ultra smooth and is perfect for blending with Copics. I sat down to test out the paper and was super pleased with the texture and weight of her card stock. I am by no means a Copic expert and will never fully understand where shading should be on a card. So here's my first test run with a Billy stamp from Pink Cat. I went super simple with the layout to focus on the coloring, it took a while to get it the way I wanted it!

Stamps: Pink Cat Studio. Paper: Gina K pure luxury, stamping up & DCWV. Ink: copic, memento and copic spica.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

spring is here...

Here I go again with the spring time colors! I guess I find myself excited for spring, more than anything the pool is calling my name!

The layout is from 2Peas in a bucket, a year in cards with KWerner. Lately my go to tool is anything scalloped!

Stamps: My Cute Stamps. Paper: Stampin Up, DCVW, PTI. Ink: Memento, Copic Spica and Ranger Stickles. Misc: Doodlebug Paper Frills.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

a quick sketch challenge...

Thank goodness for sketches and challenges, they keep me on my crafty toes! This card is for Tracy's Sketch Challenge. I'm using the stamp set from My Cute Stamps again. I picked up two sets a while back and there is a another release coming soon! I used the cherries from the 'Sweet Chocolate' and covered them in brown flock from doodlebug. I'm getting a lot better at using that stuff!

The sentiment is from the A muse Valentine's Day realease and it's also becoming a fast favorite!

Stamps: My Cute Stamps, A muse. Paper: Stampin Up, PTI. Ink: Memento & Copic Spica. Misc: A muse Ribbon. Doodlebug Flock.

kwerner color challenge #42

I had a hard time with the colors in this week's color challenge at KWerner's site. I pulled out one of my favorite A muse stamps, the chandelier, to use on the card. I also used the stitched pinwheel stamp to create background paper, it was embossed with versamark ink.

Stamps: A muse, Sassafrass Lass. Paper: PTI, Stampin Up. Ink: Copic, Memento. Misc: Window word punch

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

green and more...

I really tried to step outside the usual Valentine's Day colors for these cards. I was in a need of a few quick cards so I made two in each color palette.

I think I have one more Valentine's Day card and then I'll move on to the next season!

Stamps: A muse. Paper: PTI Kraft, Popsicle Pink-Swiss Red Amuse. Ribbon: A muse. Ink: Memento, Copic. Misc: Doodlebug flock.

Monday, February 16, 2009

a little late...

Yes I'm a little late on the Valentine's Day card but only by a few days. I'm still trying to put away the last of my Christmas decorations in the garage so this is a major improvement. This is a little 3x3 card I made for the Year of cards class at 2Peas.com. It's been really fun stamping again, it's nice to sit in my craft room and have ideas again!

Stamps: My Cute Stamps, Sentiment from A muse. Paper: American Crafts. Misc: Marvvy Punches and MS Glitter.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

no more cookies...

I've spent the greater part of the last 7 days baking cookies so I'm ready to not bake one for a while. I took on a small project for my sister, she needed favors for a wedding so I agreed to bake cookies. I just couldn't leave it there, I thought I needed to make favor boxes as well. I scoured the Internet and found a quick box tutorial...kwerner origami box

I altered the size to the size of my cookies and was super pleased with the way they turned out. Here's a shot of all the cookies housed in their boxes right before the wedding.

Round 2 of cookie baking was Thursday night for Valentine's Day...just happy that it's all over!
Stamps: Papertrey. Paper: Making Memories. Ink: Memento

Saturday, February 14, 2009

kwerner color challenge #41

Somehow I was able to spend most of the day stamping, I love this holiday! Anyhow here's my card for the KWerner Color Challenge. I purchased the Crop a Dile because I went to a class and used it. But the few times I have tried to use it never fits in the right space. So I use another eyelet setter and that was questionable as well! I'll figure it out sooner or later.

Stamps: A Muse. Ink: Studio G. Misc: American Crafts Eyelets

why do birds suddenly appear...

In the spirit of Valentine's Day, I made a card for my husband but I also managed to fit in a challenge while I was at it. It's not your typical V-Day colors but I feel like I have spring on my mind already. Actually the Texas weather has been feeling pretty springy as well!

The challenge at the A muse lounge was to use create a card inspired by music, I chose the song 'Close to you' by the Carpenters....so cheesy but so good! It's been a while since I made a card so I really had to pull back some, I wanted to put stickles in the holes of the yellow paper. Less is more right?

Stamps: A muse. Paper: Doodlebug sparkle paper and paper frills. Ink: Memento, Spica & Copic. Stickers: A Muse twinke stickers.