Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Pretty and Pink

Here is another sweet Elisabeth Bell image from Sugar Nellie stamps. This has to be a quick post tonight, seems like there is never enough time during the week, oh my! Hope yours is going well!

Stamps: Demure by Elisabeth Bell for Sugar Nellie, PTI sentiment
Ink: Adirondack Pitch Black
Papers: SU Real Red, Chocolate Chip, Pretty in Pink, Raspberry Tart dp, and PTI SS white
Accessories: Copic Markers, Nestabilities, misc. button, stamping dimensionals, SU punch

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Shout Out to Tori!

I first "met" Tori of Wild Stamping Sprinkles when I saw one of her adorable cards on SCS. I had to have the image that she used and I ordered it right away. Since then, I have admired Tori's work and I visit her blog several times a week for inspiration. And, of course, Tori enables me every once in a while! :)

My latest Tori must-have is this darling bunny, Chester, from Whipper Snapper stamp designs. The minute I saw it on her blog, I knew I had to have it. Chester arrived at my home yesterday and I'm hoping I can do justice by him. Thanks for introducing me to Chester, Tori! I love this new stamp!

I don't know about you, but I am dragging today. The basketball games have been running way too late, good grief. I can't believe it's almost over, so sad. Tomorrow, our rival UNC plays OU for a spot in the Final Four. It's so ironic to me because I spent a year of graduate school at OU! Ha! I was destined to cheer against UNC. Now, if you follow my blog at all, you know that I graduated from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln (in 1986!!). At that time, OU was our biggest rival. Pretty funny that I would go to grad school there, huh? Don't remind me. When your dad is in the Air Force, you live all over the place and you learn to accept all kinds. But if your dad went to NC State, you just can't accept a Tarheel! LOL!

Stamp: Chester Bunny by Whipper Snapper designs
Ink: Brialliance Graphite Black
Papers: SU Close to Cocoa, Summer Sun, PTI SS white, misc. dp
Accessories: Copics, nestabilities, Stamping Bella bling, Janome mini sewing machine, SU ribbon, stamping dimensionals

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Almost Friday Fun

Happy Friday Eve! I've been having a good time coloring some new Elizabeth Bell images from Sugar Nellie. I love the contrast of this sweet, delicate girl in her patched clothing. She reminds me of Cinderella. So, I wanted to put her on a card with a beautiful DP and some rough kraft paper. Of course, I needed some buttons, just because I think every card is better with buttons. Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Stamp: Chick-a-Dee by Sugar Nellie
Ink: Adirondack Pitch Black
Papers: SU Kraft, PTI Aqua Mist, SS White, Misc. dp
Accessories: Copic Markers, nestabilities, buttons, PTI ribbon, stamping dimensionals

A Personalized Tiddly Inks?

You know, I just adore my new blog design! Sweet Christy of Tiddly Inks fame made it for me. After she finished the design, she told me I could send it to another Etsy artist and have it made into my own personal Tiddly Inks stamps! What a great idea! So, I made a larger image and a little "hallmark" stamp to use on the back of cards. The little girl has my name on her shirt so I think it's just perfect.

Now Christy wants to give away another design! Just comment on her blog and she'll be choosing a winner. That person will be one lucky stamper! Good luck!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

A New Nestability!

ooh, don't you love nestabilites? I love them!! Look what my LSS had yesterday! They didn't get them all, but they did get the inverted scallop squares and rectangles so I bought them. I can't wait to see the deckled rectangles and the octagons, I may have to have those too.

Tonight's color challenge takes us back to the rainbow, to red to be exact. And, I've challenged the sistahs to use an edge distressor on their card. It's an easy thing to do to get a different look to your card. Have fun!

Stamp: Ivy Ketto by Stamping Bella
Ink: Adirondack Pitch Black
Papers: SU Real Red, Old Olive, Chocolate Chip, Baja Blue, and dp; PTI SS White
Accessories: Copic Markers, Nestabilities, misc. brads, edge distressor, SU piercing kit, SU punch, Spica markers, stamping dimensionals, corner rounder

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Polka-dot Peek-a-boo

I write and edit books for teachers and students. There is nothing, almost nothing, the editors in my office love more than a good, alliterative, cheesy title. Well, I think I found one here, don't you? Now I just have to figure out how to use it in an upcoming publication. LOL!

This was my first time with the Polka Dot Basics set from PTI. It was really easy to use, I'm happy with the way it turned out. I'll be using it a lot, I think.

Yesterday, I took some photos of the blooms that are showing up all over our yard. I won't bore you with many, but here are a few.

This is a close-up of the blooms on our tulip tree. This tree and the dogwoods are my favorite trees in our yard. Some people call tulip trees tulip magnolia trees, I think.

These are the grape hyacinths that border many of the gardens in our yard. We planted them about four years and many of them still come up and look so beautiful. That's what keeps me from digging them all up and replacing them--good reason, huh? :)

Here are the daffodils from one corner of our driveway. My dad planted them for us, aren't them beautiful? That's it for spring from North Carolina. hope you're having a beautiful spring wherever you are!

Stamps: Whiff of Joy Mouse, PTI Polka Dot Basics
Ink: Adirondack Pitch Black, SU Craft White Ink
Papers: SU Only Orange, Tempting Turquoise, Green Galore, and PTI SS white
Accessories: Corner rounder, Copic Markers, Paper Piercing kit, Stamping Bella dots, stamping dimensionals, SU ribbon

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Simply Spring

Today is one of those beautiful spring days in North Carolina. I need to get outside and take some photos, but I'm not the best photographer. Maybe I'll give it a try, though. Hope you're having a great Saturday!!

Stamp set: SU Trendy Trees
Ink: PTI Dark Chocolate, New Leaf
Papers: PTI Dark Chocolate, New Leaf, SS White
Accessories: nestabilities, PTI ribbon, eyelets, SU punch, SU piercing kit, dimensionals

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Won't You Please...

Do you know what holiday falls on March 20? It's pretty special. It's "Won't You be My Neighbor?" Day in honor of Mr. Rogers' birthday. Now, Mr. Rogers has passed on it's true, but didn't he leave a wonderful legacy? I loved to watch Mr. Rogers when I was young and, in fact, our first cat was named Henrietta Pussycat. Oh, Mr. Rogers. He had the right attitude, didn't he? Let's all wear a sweater on March 20, think about Mr. Rogers, and try to take a page from his book of life. Have a goodie!

Stamps: Lulu Ketto by Stamping Bella, PTI sentiment
Ink: Adirondack Pitch Black
Papers: SU YoYo Yellow, Brilliant Blue, Going Gray; PTI SS White, and It's Raining, It's Pouring dp
Accessories: Copic Markers: SU Piercing kit, Bo Bunny glitter and fun fluff, Spica marker, stamping dimensionals

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

We've Got Spirit, Yes We Do...

I am so excited about today's color challenge! Today is the first official day of the NCAA Basketball Tournament, so how could I resist using that as I planned the challenge? Here's my idea. I graduated from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln and I love the NC State Wolfpack, so I used red and white on my card. I've challenged the sistahs to use the colors from their high school, college, or their kids' schools, favorite team, whatever they choose, to make a card this week! The challenge is to show us your school spirit!

So, do you have your brackets filled in? I've done mine several times, guess I have to stick with one soon. You'll notice that neither one of my teams (the Huskers or the Wolfpack) made the tournament this year. As we Wolfpack fans always say, there's always next year! Good luck to all of the teams (well not all of the teams) and here's to March Madness!

Stamp: Pompomabella, sentiment by Stamping Bella
Ink: Staz-On Jet Black
Papers: SU Real Red, dp, PTI SS White, SU Watercolor paper, misc. dp
Accessories: SU Markers, Aquaflow pen, SU punches, nestabilities, SU build-a-brad kit, Stamping Bella dots, stamping dimensionals

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Stampers Making a Difference

The February 2009 Victorian Bushfires are a series of wildfires that began burning across the Australian state of Victoria on Saturday, February 7, 2009. The Splitcoast Stampers website is doing their part to help by holding a nonraffle raffle. Please see this link for more information.

A Bit Different

Do you ever just want to do something different with your cards? Well, I do, but I love making cards with the character images that I have so fallen in love with. Plus, I've already invested so much in them! :) But, I did try to stretch a little bit on this card, can you tell?

I pulled the stapler over from the office supply drawer and used to attach the ribbon and the sentiment and I stamped the Aqua Mist background with my Versamark pad (instead of Cuttlebuggin'). I used to use that Versamark pad all the time and I think I'll try to get to it a bit more frequently.

There's a secret about this card. Look at it again, can you tell? I colored her hair with blue-violet markers! I tried several shades of black and gray, but this is what I finally settled on. I think it worked out well.

Today, we are watching the semi-finals for the ACC basketball tournament. My husband and I pretty much have to watch in separate rooms because he cheers for the Carolina Tarheels (after NC State is out) and I do not. At all. We stay happier if I am not in the room with him as they win and win and win. Here's hoping that someone finds a way to overcome! Have a great weekend!

Stamps: Gorjuss Girls, set 1, from Sugar Nellie stamps; sentiment from PTI; SU Background Basics
Ink: VersaMark, Adirondack Pitch Black
Papers: SU Night of Navy; PTI Aqua Mist, SS White; Heidi Grace Designs dp
Accessories: copic Markers, nestabilities, edge distressor, stapler, SU ribbon, Primas, Stamping Bella dots, stamping dimensionals

Friday, March 13, 2009

Flowers for Friday

Today is finally Friday and I am playing with this adorable Daisy image from Sugar Nellie stamps again. My NC State Wolfpack went out of the ACC tournament on the first day yesterday...sigh... they may not see a court again this year, we'll see. And, to top that off, the Clemson Tigers were upset too! Oh, basketball is a crazy game! So, I'm watching the remaining teams, trying to choose a new champion.

Hmm...can you see the piercing? You may have to click on the image if you really want to see it. :) Have a great weekend!

Stamp: Daisy by Sugar Nellie Stamps
Ink: Adirondack Pitch Black
Papers: SU Creamy Caramel, Old Olive, dp, and PTI SS white
Accessories: Copic Markers, Nestabilities, SU Ribbon, SU Felt flowers, brads, stamping dimensionals, SU piercing kit

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Small Joys

It's Color Challenge eve and this week's color brings us to purple! I haven't played with this image from Stamping Bella for a long time and I had the most fun with it! It will have to move to the front of its bindah, that's for sure!

Thursday is one of the biggest days of the year here in the Triad--the first day of the ACC Basketball tournament. Well, it's practically a national holiday, except that we have to go to work. My NC State Wolfpack finished in the bottom four again this year so we are playing on the first day. Tomorrow night at 7, we take the court against Maryland.

If you don't have a team in the picture, send some good thoughts toward my boys, won't you? I'm not naive, I know our chances are not so good. But, I am pinning my hopes on Oliver Purnell and the Tigers from Clemson! Oh, I can't wait for the games to begin!

Stamp: Teacup Daisies by Stamping Bella
Ink: Adirondack Pitch Black, PTI Lavender Moon
Papers: PTI Lavender Moon, Plum Pudding, SS White, SU Certainly Celery
Accessories: Copic Markers, SU punches, CB embossing folders, PTI ribbon, sponges, stamping dimensionals, nestabilities

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

The Rain Dance

Today I stopped by my LSS for my monthly Copic Sketch marker hook-up. Oh, they really have my number! Ever since my store started carrying their Copic Marker promotion, I have been picking up about 4 a month and I have really enjoyed having the new colors in my collection.

Anyway, the first thing I saw when I walked in the door was not new markers, no...it was new papers! And, they are so cute! They are called, "It's Raining, It's Pouring" and they are by the Piggy Tales people. I love them! I bought one of each piece--they have flowers, stripes, raindrops, and even one piece with umbrellas and a piece with rainboots on it. Too cute!

So I made this card for the sketch challenge. I wanted to add flowers or buttons or something, I tried. But the paper is so busy that everything just looked like one step too much. Sigh...I guess I will stop here. What do you think? I didn't even get to use the rainboot paper! I will, and soon! It's so cute!

Stamp: Belinda Bumbershoots by Chichiboulie for Stamping Bella
Ink: Adiorondack Pitch Black
Papers: SU YoYo Yellow, It's Raining, It's Pouring dp by Piggy Tales, PTI SS White
Accessories: Copic Markers, Stickles, SU ribbon

Saturday, March 7, 2009

CASEing Dawnbarghorn

Things always look better on a Saturday morning, don't they? If I were in charge, we'd have more of them in every week! Check out this adorable Huggabugg. I suppose I'll have to try in other colors--green or a nice melon-color. But, for her first time out, she had to be pink. And, she'll probably be pink again-she wears it so well!

This month's Favorite stamper is Dawnbarghorn! I chose this card to CASE. Congratulations!

Stamps: Twinkletoes by Tiddly Inks for Stamping Bella, Handwritten sentiment from PTI
Papers: SU pixie Pink, PTI Raspberry Fizz and SS white, doublesided dp
Accessories: Copic Markers, Stickles, SU ribbon, misc. charm

Friday, March 6, 2009

And Kitty Makes Two

TGIF. I mean totally. A week that began with a rare snow day ended in a whirlwind of unexpected rushed deadlines and extra pressure. Some weeks are just harder than others, aren't they?

So, I came home to upload this sweet girl. I think it just makes me feel better to be around these adorable images. I hope that your weekend is wonderful!

Stamps: Gorjuss Girls, set 1, by Sugar Nellie
Ink: Adirondack Pitch Black
Papers: SU Close to Cocoa, Very Vanilla, Heidi Grace Designs doublesided dp
Accessories: Copic Markers, nestabilities, stamping dimensionals, Stamping Bella ribbons, SU piercing kit

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Come on, Spring!

Last week's color challenge, green, went so well that I decided to stick with the idea. This week, I'm challenging the sistahs to make a card that has some yellow on it. I love this image and I like the way it looks like Spring is growing up over the winter of the card. Hope you're having a wonderful week!

Stamps: Eva Bloom by Chichiboulie for Stamping Bella, PTI sentiment
Ink: Adirondack Pitch Black
Papers: PTI Summer Sunrise, SS White, and Kraft: SU Baja Blue, and Cloud Nine Designs dp
Accessories: Copic Markers, Nestabilities, PTI ribbon, Stamping Bella bling, stamping dimensionals, SU punches

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

She's so Gorjuss!

Here is my first card with the new Gorjuss Girl stamps from Sugar Nellie. These are a puzzle to color because the original artist, Suzanne Wolcott uses such a distinctive color palette. I like brighter colors, but stretching our creativity is what makes art so fun, so I'm eager to play with these images. Either way, I'm sure we stampers can't go wrong when we start with such pretty images!

Stamps: Gorjuss Girls, Set 1, by Sugar Nellie Stamps; sentiment by PTI
Ink: Adirondack Pitch Black
Papers: SU Old Olive, Graphics 45 doublesided dp, PTI SS white
Accessories: Copic Markers, nestabilities, Stamping Bella dots, stamping dimensionals, stamping distressor

Monday, March 2, 2009

Let's Have a Chat

Doesn't this image from Chichiboulie make you giggle? Don't you want to know what in the world she's talking about?! I do! I just got the new Handwritten Sentiment set from PTI and, when I saw the "Seriously" sentiment, I thought of sweet Chatty Cathy immediately.

Stamps: Chatty Cathy by Chichiboulie for Stamping Bella, PTI sentiment
Ink: Adirondack Pitch Black
Papers: PTI Sweet Blush, Berry Sorbet, SS White, and dp
Accessories: Copic Markers, PTI ribbon, misc. button, corner rounder, stamping dimensionals

A New Challenge to Love...

Have you been to Tiddly Inks' blog today? She's starting a new series of challenges that will make Mondays a little easier for all of us to take, and, there are prizes!

Amimals on Parade

Here are some of the stamps from the cute new line by Tiddly Inks for Stamping Bella. Aren't they precious?!

We have four inches of snow this morning. Can you believe that? It almost never snows here in NC and, when it does, it brings more ice than real snow. It's so pretty and I'm filled with Nebraska memories because of it. My office is opening late so I thought I'd sneak a card upload in this morning. Have a great day!

Stamps: Daisy Hippo Amimal, Daisy Lion Amimal, Bunny Amimal; all by Tiddly Inks for Stamping Bella; sentiment by PTI
Papers: SU Pixie Pink; PTI Aqua Mist, Spring Moss, SS White, and misc. dp
Ink: Adirondack Pitch Black
Accessories: Copic Markers, nestabilities, corner rounder, Janome mini sewing machine, SU piercing kit, CB embossing folder, SU punches, stamping dimensional

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Extreme Hope Makeover

Have you heard a lot of construction noise coming from my blog over the past day or so? Sorry about the noise, but oh, don't you think it was worth it?!

As you can tell, my lovely and talented friend Christy Croll, Tiddly Inks, has been busy givng my blog an overhaul. I just can't get over what a beautiful job she did, isn't it the sweetest thing? And, she moved me into three columns, updated the fonts and color scheme...well, wow! Oh, did you see? My sweet cat, Lily, even made the blog! She is my stamping buddy.

When I think of all I learned since I attended that first Stampin' Up party 9 or so years ago, I'm pretty amazed. But, when I think of the friends I have made because of rubber stamps and ink pads, friends like Christy and so many of you, there just aren't enough words to say how grateful I am. Isn't that what it's all about? Thank-you, Christy!