Raekayla’s gift

I haven’t gotten to stamp the past couple days so I will share something I did last week.  I made this for my cousin (she just turned one) that was named after me!  My middle name is Rae and they named her Raekayla.  I don’t get to see her as often as I would like but I hope she will like this in the years to come.  I made it from the Special Delivery Girl simply scrappin’ kit and the big deal alpha set.  I go the frame at Walmart for $3 but I would suggest getting is somewhere else as it is pretty cheap, surprise, surprise!  card-fronts-1194.jpg

Thankful for you


I am really thankful for all of you who looks at my work, even more thankful if you leave comments, LOL.  Just kidding, but I am suprized at how many hits I have.  I will do blog candy at 10,000 so keep an eye out for that!

Yesterday one of the eight challenges on SCS Dare to be Dirty 07′ was a sketch.  At first I didn’t know if I would do it but I was inspired by all of the sunflowers and black eyed Susans that I saw on our drive to church yesterday.  I was so glad to see the Thorlughly Thankful set in the Fall/Winter 07′ Collection this year.  The layout is pretty simple but nice.  Thanks Sharon!

My card base is Close to Cocoa.  I stamped the Linen BG in Basic Brown onto the cardbase.  I cut a strip of brown polka Dot from the Loves Me DP (retired) because I haven’t ordered the new DP in Close to Cocoa yet.  I used a piece of Mustard grosgrain ribbon and put two brads from the vintage collection at the ends and adhered that layer down.  I used the stamp-a-ma-jig, one of my favorite tools, to line up the flowers.  I masked off the Thankful for you on two of the stamped images.  I colored the main images with markers and the blender pen in Summer Sun, More mustard, Close to Cocoa, creamy caramel, and garden green.  I layered that onto a piece of More mustard.  I was going to use a round clear button and I cut our a flower from the larger stamp in the set but when I got my buttons out I realized, opps, only square left!  So I colored another flower and cut it square to fit the square button.  I actually like it better!  I threaded a piece of linen thread through the button and cardstock and tied it.  I adhered the button and cardstock on with a mini glue dot. It seems like that wouldn’t have taken me very long but for some reason my brain wasn’t working and I keep messing up and having to redo everything!  Oh well, I was worth it in the end when my hubby said “oh, I really like that one!”  I was a bit surprised because he doesn’t usually like cards with more mustard on them.  What do you think?  I always feel like I could do just a little more to make it better but sometimes enough is enough when it is 11 o’clock and time for bed!  Off to cardio kick now and to wait for today’s challenges!



Today there are 8 new challenges for Dare to be Dirty 07′ on SCS.  One of the challanges by WAXYO is to create a vintage looking card.  This is my attempt at that!  Here is her explanation:

Vintage Values: Creating a Vintage Look With Any ImageYou might think that you have to start with vintage images in order to create a vintage look to your creations…so not true!Grab your favorite stamped image – vintage or modern – and stamp and/or color as you wish. Next, select three varying shades of the same color of ink and one light shade of brown (some suggestions are below). Sponge the edges of your cardstock with the lightest value first, covering most of the image with this color. Layer the second value next closer to the edges of the cardstock, and then finish with the darkest value just on the edge of the cardstock. Lightly sponge the light shade of brown over the entire image and you’re done! You’ll notice that the light shade of brown “knocks down” the brightness of your colors and creates a nice, uniform vintage look to your image. Of course I love layering shades of brown, but this will work with just about any color combination…for example:Celery Green, Olive Green, Dark Green
Pale Yellow, Bright Yellow, Mustard Yellow
Baby Blue, Denim Blue, Navy
Pale Pink, Rose, Burgundy
Be sure to let us know what combinations work for you!”I did a purple color scheme.  It wasn’t listed but for some reason that called to me today!Here are the details for my card:

Stamps:Garden silloutetes, Sincere salutations, Paisley BG, Linen BG

Paper/Ink: Eggplant, Old Olive, Pale Plum, Perfect Plum, Basic Brown, Close to Cocaoa, Creamy Carmel

Accessories: Wide Organdy ribbon vanilla (retired), Eggplant grosgrain ribbon, Pretties kit hat pin, pearls, and spacers, paper piercer, and corner rounder

First I stamped my Paisley BG on the cardbase in Elegant Eggpant.  I then stamped the Paisley BG on my piece of Old Olive and the layered the Linen BG on top of that in Close to Cocoa.  I used the corner rounder to make the scallop and then paper pierced the scallops.  For my main image I markered the Cherry blossom with Old olive, perfect plum and pale plum.  I stamped that on Very Vanilla.  I then did as Meg’s instructions say and sponged first pale plum, then Perfect Plum, next Eggplant, then Creamy caramel and then finally close to cocoa on the edges.  I distressed it with the cutter tool.  I stamped the thinking of you in basic brown and then layered that on a piece of pale plum.  I tied my knot and put the hat pin through the knot and done…
 I hope you all are having a great weekend!  I need to go clean up a little boy that is covered with peanut butter and jelly! 

For my sweetie


Another challenge card today, wow what a great day I have had stamping and spending time with my family.  We did have to go to the ER this morning because my 11 month old accidentally got his elbow pulled out of the socket.  He is fine and back in tip top shape!  We cleaned the garage out so I car can actually park in there now and went for a long walk to the park in VERY hot weather.  We came home had Popsicles and a water fight.  Now the boys are in bed and I am headed that way soon!  I wanted to share my card with you all before I went.  I combines three challenges into one, Toy’s challenge was to use a set that was not traditionally used for men and create a card for your sweetie.  I wasn’t suppose to use green or blue so I did cheat a little on that one…Jenn B. challenge was to use bright bold colors.  As you can see I did that one!  Leslie’s challenge was to do out of the box.  That means as Leslie puts it  Bump out part of your design by cutting away an edge of the panel and leaving the stamped image to overhang. ”
“When I do out of the box I like to stamp my image on a panel just like I normally would. Then I determine how much of my design I want to bump out. Usually I just draw a faint pencil line where I plan to cut, using my clear ruler as a straight edge and skipping over the stamped image as I go along. Then I cut along the line. Where the line meets the stamped image I cut around the image until I meet up with the pencil line again. Erase the line when done cutting. Mat image as usual. That’s all there is to it!”

So there is my 3-1!  Here are my details:

Stamps: Wild about you, Dotted BG, Double Line Doodles, Big Deal Alpha

Paper/Ink: Tempting Turquoise, Wild Wasabi, More Mustard, Pumpkin Pie, Black, Only Orange, Real Red

Accessories: Jersey Ribbon, Needle, Linen thread, Coluzzle, Mat pack, snips, dimentionals, 1/8 hole punch , glue dots

One my cardbase I stamped the dotted background and adhered my cutout circle.  I then layered my jersey ribbon onto the cardbase.  I stamped my main image cut it out and layered the lions mane and face with dementionals.  I used the hole punch to make small circles in only orange for the giraffe’s spots.  I dotted the border with the black marker and the mat pack.  I hand sewed the corners of the main image and layered it on the real red.  I put the main image on with demintioanls as well.  I showed Chad and said this is for you but I am going to sell it at the Farmers Market…just kidding!

Fun, fun

Today on the SCS challenges for the Dare to get Dirty Jeanne S. had a great technique, paper piecing.  I had seen it before but have never done it.  This is my first attempt at it and it was great fun!  It took me awhile to cut all the little pieces out and the only stamp that I have that jumped at me to use was this retired set from 1999!  My dad picked it up at a garage sale last summer and I just hung on to it even though I usually don’t keep anything retired.  I just think it is such a cute little set.  For a tutorial on how to paper piece from Jeanne click here.  My hubby is ready to go clean the garage so I have to hurry up..Hope you all have a great weekend!


Stamps: Rainy Day (retired), Priceless (for the BG flowers)

Ink:Timber brown Stazon, River rock, Markers, Close to Cocoa (for sponging)

Paper: River Rock, Groovy Guava Textured, Simply’ Scrappin’ It’s a Girl

Accessories: Ribbon, Spring Flower punch, Soft Brad, 1/4 circle punch, Sponge, Mat Pack, Paper piercer


I am doing the farmers market here in Nampa tomorrow so I might not have time to post so I will post tonight instead.  I didn’t get a chance to do any of the challenges on SCS today but I hope to do at least one tomorrow!  A few posts back I showed you the tag for a bag I did.  Here are a few samples with the same project different stamps and colors.  You can click on the thumbnail if you want a closer look.  The first one uses the bold Brights color family and Big and Little Pieces stamp set. I explained how to do this project in my earlier post so I won’t do that again. 

card-fronts-1185.jpg This one is uses Purely Pomegranate, Temp. Turquoise, So Saffron, and Old Olive.  I used the new Ginormous Flower set.  I uses a button and chipboard for the addition on the handle.

card-fronts-1196.jpgThis was my stamp camp project using Brocade Motifs stamp set and Purely Pomegranate and River rock ink. 

I hope everyone has a great weekend!  “See” you soon!

Cowboy birthday

What was I thinking????  I made 14 of these invitations for my youngest son’s 1st birthday.  As I was sitting there doing step after step I was wondering if I could put anymore different stages into on invitation.  It does have to go into the baby book so it had to be good.. LOL.  card-fronts-1191.jpg

I borrowed the adorable Cowboy Kid set from my friend Alicia, thank you!!  She is always so generous with her stamps and I appreciate it!  Ok, down to the details:  I cut the card base (it doesn’t open) 4.25×5.5 inches.  I think stamped the horseshoes in Close to Cocoa all over front and back.  I then distressed the edges with the cutter tool.  I think rubbed the cardstock onto the ink pad to give it a more aged look.  Step one done… Step two, I stamped the paisley all over the red card stock.  Easy peasy… Step 3 I cut the pocket out of Brocade blue and stamped the linen BG onto that.  I then stamped the Howdy in White Craft ink onto the pocket. I adhered the pocket with sticky strip to the red cardstock.  I then used my mat pack and paper piercer to punch four holes for the stitching.  I used my embroidery needle and linen thread to make the corner details.  I put the card together now.  I then stamped the cowboy in Timber brown stazon 14 times…again what was I thinking.   I colored them all with SU! markers and cut them out.  I put the cowboy on with dimensional.  I then made the invitation part and printed it on my computer.  I stamped the little star on So Saffron and cut all of those out.  I adhered the star on the invitation with a glue dot.  I stamped the cactus in Wild Wasabi ( I love this new green).  I was so happy to have them all out and in the mail!!!  Now to plan the party!! 

PS_sorry for the fuzzy photo, I obviously need to check my camera. 

Dirty Girls..


Got your attention!  I am SOOO glad that I finally got a new charger for my camera battery today! Starting yesterday SCS is having a third anniversary celebration for the Fan club members.  (See SCS for more information) They are posting 4 special challenges for their fan club members and it is so much fun!  I have stamped more in the past two days than I have in months!  I have so much to share with you all I don’t know where to start!  Today Beate had a sketch challenge.  I will start with that since she is my most favorite stamper!  For this card I used a Wild Wasabi cardbase.  I love the new DP in the catalog, for this card I used the Fall Flowers paper.  (I hope that is the name because my catty is upstairs and I am to lazy to go and get it..) I used the priceless stamp set for my butterfly and stamped it in soft sky and then  and heat embossed clear and glitter on the top.  I cut it out and put it on a 1 3/8 inch circle in ruby red.  I used my Coluzzle for the larger circle and paper pierced for faux stitching.  The ribbon is the new white taffeta.  I stamped the circle from the priceless set on the card base in the same color.  Stamped the sentiment and paper pierced for a butterfly trail that looks more like mistakes than a trail..oh well LOL.  I will be posting more soon!


Unfortunately, my camera battery is officially dead.  I will have to go and get a new one this weekend.  This is a large tag I did for one on my last stamp camp projects.  I also stamped a white gift sack with the same stamps.  I then put a vellum envelope on the sack with sticky strip vertically.  Before I adhered the envelope I sealed it and cut about 1/4″ off of the skinny side.  Hope that is clear…I will get a pic and post the whole set as soon as I can.  The size of the tag is 5 1/2″x 4 1/4″ and the base if purely pomegranate.  Thanks for looking!

New stuff…

As soon as I can find my camera battery charger I will post the stuff I have been working on this week..I think it is time for a new battery!

I just got a box from SU! today and boy am I in love!  I love the new DP and ribbon!!!!  Off to play!  I will share lots of stuff tomorrow!

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