November 15, 2009

Its A 2 for 1

Here is a two for one for you! TSSCs 95 & 96.

Here is #96. This layout was easy to work with. I changed the layout from portrait to landscape so I could use a larger image. I was not sure about the color combo, but it worked itself out and the card turned out beautifully. I achieved the look of the dove flying, by stamping the image and embossing the image twice. On the second layer, I cut the wing all the way down to the body of the dove and adhered the body except for the wing. I then decided to take a glitter pen and went around the outline of the wings.

Recipe (all items listed SU):
Stamps: Gifts of Christmas
CS: Whisper White, Garden Green, Christmas Cocoa Specialty DSP
Inks: Black (craft)
Accessories: Stampin' Write Markers, Clear EP, Real Red 1/4" grosgrain ribbon, Jumbo Eyelet (antique brass)

Here is #95. Each night last week, I sat down to make this card, but got caught up playing Bejeweled2! I am hooked on this game. Anyway, since I had such a lovely Sunday doing absolutely nothing, I decided to backtrack and make this card for last week's challenge. Hope you like it.

Recipe (all items listed SU):

Stamps: Delightful Decorations, Baroque Motifs, Four the Holidays
CS: Kraft, Real Red, Whisper White, Christmas Cocoa Specialty DSP
Inks: Real Red, Soft Suede
Accessories: Real Red 1/4" grosgrain ribbon, Clear EP, Ornament & Eyelet Border Punches

November 1, 2009

TSSC94 - MDS Christmas

I've neglected this blog for a while. Lots have happened since my last post. Almost the last half of the month of September was spent partying. We celebrated many birthdays, including mine. We partied some more, we celebrated my Grandmother's home-going, and we partied some more! I haven't got much stamping done since my last entry, but create a card for MJ's lunchtime sketch challenge. This card was made using Stampin' Up's MDS (My Digital Software). It was easy-peasy! Let me know your thoughts.

September 27, 2009

TSSC89 - Eggplant and Celery

Here is my take on MJ's Lunchtime sketch challenge. It took like forever to make the scallop circle. I think I did a pretty good job on it, nevermind the fact that I had to go outside in natural sunlight to punch the scallops. I just couldn't get the scallops right using the light in my stamp room. I started out with a 5" circle using the circle scissors plus. Then I used SU's retired small corner rounder to make the scallops. The 3/6" corner rounder made the scallops too small and tight. I like the look of the larger scallops for this size circle. Once I made the "perfect" scallop, I ran it through the Big Shot using the Backgrounds 1 Texturz plates to give it some dimension. The main image is from Upsy Daisy, which was colored using SU Markers in Certainly Celery and Elegant Eggplant. I colored the Thank You portion of the stamp with the E. Eggplant marker and used the Word Window punch then layered on he Modern Label punch. Those two pieces were pop dotted onto larger modern label from the movers and shakers die. The art piece was finished off with six brads on the right side. Make sure you check out the other sketch challenge players by going to MJ's blog.

September 24, 2009

Life and MDS

It seems like forever since my last entry. This week has been filled with so much emotion and joy. My husband and I moved our one and only daughter into her on-campus apartment this past Sunday. The move was uneventful and I did not break down like I pictured myself doing. On the other hand, it was my husband that did the crying -- big baby! At least he waited until we returned home and then he stayed in the garage before coming into the house. Bri is all settled and started classes today. When I talked with her today, she sounded homesick. She wanted to know if I was coming to visit tonight. Are you kidding me? 1.5 hours drive to not counting traffic then 1 hour or so on the return. I don't think so, maybe on Saturday.

Anyway, in the stamping arena, I had some time this evening to play with SUs My Digital Studio (MDS). I am in love. I've never scrapbooked until tonight. This program was so easy to use that I made the following page in under 10 minutes. (Note: please don't talk about the pictures. These were taken in a somewhat distorted manner, but it was the first group of pictures I worked with.) I see lots of possibility with this program. Now for the masterpiece. I hope you like it. Sorry for the lack of details. I am trying to go to bed.

September 17, 2009


When I first saw this card, I knew I would be CASEing it. Unfortunately, I don't know who I CASEd it from. Anyway, if this is your card, thanks for sharing this beauty with us. I re-made the card using Tempting Turquoise and Whisper White. The Medallion was stamped and heat embossed in white. My original plan was to make this card for my cousin who got married this past weekend, but I ended up making a different card. I will be making another one of these beauties really soon though. I hope you like it.

Mojo Monday 103

Here is a card my best friend Rose and I did for one of the Mojo Monday sketch challenges past that I never posted. This card uses Real Red, Creamy Caramel, Old Olive and Very Vanilla cardstock along with Merry Moments DSP. The dove was embossed in creamy caramel and put on a pop dot to give some dimension to the card. We also used the new Petals-a-plenty embossing folder. I just love how this card turned out. Too bad it is not easily mass reproducible or else these would have been my Christmas cards this year. I hope you enjoy the card!

September 14, 2009

TSSC87 - To Have & To Hold

I can't believe how fast and how well this card came together. When I sat down to work on this sketch challenge, I had no idea it would turn into a wedding card because I had plans to make a different wedding card for my cousin. Don't you love it when you can accomplish two things at once? Anyway, I usually decide on what stamp set I would use before making any card. Not this time though -- this time I started backwards. I built this card from bottom to top. First with the new Day & Night DSP and a splash of Real Red for a little contrast. Then I added the two layers of CS using the Eyelet border punch across the card and embossed the top layer (which you can barely see in the picture). Although the sentiment was a tad short, I improvised by making the base a lot longer and embellished it with brads to match the charm I found in my stash drawer. I just love how this card turned out. Let me know what you think. Thanks for looking. Oh! make sure you check out the other sketch challenge players by going to MJ's blog

Card measures 6 3/4 x 3 1/2

Recipe: Stamp - Everything Nice; Cardstock - Basic Black, Real Red, Night & Day DSP; Accessories - Basic Black & Real Red markers, brads, 5/8" satin ribbon, Backgrounds 1 Texturz Plate, Eyelet Border punch, Versamark, Clear EP, charm

September 10, 2009

Great Friend Trio

These three cards were made for a workshop I had in August. Since I procrastinated on the preparation process, I ended up CASEing these three cards from Splitcoast Stampers. All cards were made with Great Friend stamp set and uses 100% SU product. I hope you like them as much as my stampers did! Thanks for looking.

September 8, 2009

TSSC86 - Simply Said

Why am I having trouble doing certain things? My husband says its old age :) I say its too much to do and not enough time. I made this card this past Sunday to post to MJ's blog for the lunchtime sketch challenge. I actually made the card, but neglected to post it. Anyway here it is! Let me know how you like it and then hop on over to MJ's blog to check out the other players.

Recipe: Stamps - Simply Said; CS - Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive, Orchid Opulence, Whisper White, Cottage Wall DSP; Inks - Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive; Accessories - Rich Razzleberry 1/2" polka dot ribbon, Backgrounds 1 Texturz Plates, paper piercer

August 31, 2009

Lemonade with Razzleberry

When I look at this card I think of an Arnold Palmer ice tea. Yum! Isn't this card yummy? Anyway, I've started making "thinking of you" cards and sending them to my friends that I haven't talked with in a while. Have your friends ever crossed your mind and you say you're going to call them, but never get around to calling? Well thats me!

I have seen so many cards made from craft cardstock and they are so nice. This card was born from the craft cardstock idea. I've never really used craft cardstock and decided to give it a try. The card looks monochromatic but in real life, it is very pretty. I hope you think so too!

Recipe: Stamps - Upsy Daisy, Teeny Tiny Wishes; CS - Craft, Crushed Curry, Whisper White, Razzleberry Lemonade DSP: Inks - Crushed Curry, Dusty Durango; Accessories - SU markers (D. Durango), 1/4" polka dot grosgrain ribbon, mini library clip, scallop, oval & eyelet punches

August 30, 2009

TSSC85 Thinking of You

Another week, another challenge! I'm on a roll!! Here is my take on MJ's lunchtime sketch challenge. This week's challenge was fairly easy, but at the same time challenging. I was not sure which colors to use on this card to make it pop, but I think I chose the right colors. The Cottage Wall DSP is quickly becoming another favorite of mine. Make sure you hop on over to MJ's blog to check out the other players take on this sketch. Please feel free to leave a comment. Thanks for looking.

Recipe - Stamps: Three Little Words; CS: Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive, Whisper White, Cottage Wall DSP; Accessories: SU Markers, 5/16" brads (I think), 1/4" Razzleberry grosgrain ribbon, Diamond Stickles

August 25, 2009


This is a really quick post as I am trying to get to meet a bedtime deadline. This card was made for MJ's Technostamper's Lunchtime challenge which should have been posted on Monday. But you know what they say, better late than never! This layout was fairly easy but did not turn out the way I expected it to, but I still like it. I hope you like it too. TFL.

August 20, 2009

SSUS Mojo Monday Challenge

Don't you love it! These new SU In-Colors are just striking. For this card, I paired up Rich Razzleberry, Crushed Curry along with Whisper White. Very cool combo. There are others I am playing with, in my spare time (which is not much). I participated in a challenge that uses this particular sketch from Mojo Monday. At first, I was a little lost, but once I got the colors down, then texturized some of the cardstock, everything just fell into place. Click on the picture to see the textures. The main image was stamped and embossed on DSP. this was the first time I ever embossed on DSP and I like it! Anyway, please leave me a comment letting me know what you think of this card. I really love reading your comments. Thanks for looking.

Recipe: Stamps - Animal Stories, Teeny Tiny Wishes Cardstock - Rich Razzleberry, Crushed Curry, Whisper White, Razzleberry Lemonade DSP Inks - Versamark, Rich Razzleberry Accessories - White EP, Mini Library Clips, 1/2" Crushed Curry polka dot grosgrain ribbon, Modern Label punch, Word Window punch, Eyelet Border punch, Perfect Details & SU Background 1 Texturz Plates

August 17, 2009


This card was made for MaryJo's Technostampers Lunchtime sketch challenge. This week, the sketch was definately a challenge. I agonized over the sketch and finally this is what I came up with. I started by punching out several 1-1/4" squares from Razzleberry Lemonade DSP. Then I pieced them together. After that part was done, this card came together fairly easy. I had to play with the colors a little before I was satisfied. I wanted to add some ribbon, but then thought it would be too distracting (the card is already busy). Instead I opted to paper pierce. The scalloped circle was made from a 3" circle using SU's corner rounder. Please leave me a comment letting me know what you think and then hop on over to MJ's blog to check out the other players take on this sketch. Thanks for looking.

Recipe: Stamps -Razzle Dazzle; CS - Melon Mambo, Crushed Curry, Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White, Razzleberry Lemonade DSP; Inks - Crushed Curry Rich Razzleberry; Accessories - In Color markers, Texture Plate, Scallop Border, 1 1/4' Square, corner rounder, Rhinestone, Quickie Glue Pen

August 13, 2009

A Fun Day of Stamping

This past Sunday was a fun day stamping at my upline's house along with my sideline Tai. As usual, we had a blast. Here are three random cards I stamped. The first two uses all SU products. The last card was made with the left over Lemonade paper I had left over from the card I made in the previous post. I didn't want this beautiful paper to just sit unused. Leave me a comment.

August 9, 2009

TSSC 81 - Kiwi Kiss Meets Razzleberry

Two weeks in a row! Woohoo!! This card is for the TechnoStamper's weekly challenge. I am making a concentrated effort to participate more often than not. This layout was fairly easy and I was able to make this card in no time at all. I used paper from the Lemonade paper pad as well as SU's retired Kiwi Kiss along with SU's current Rich Razzleberry cardstock. I wished that the Kiwi Kiss did not retire because I am loving these color combinations. The sentiment is from SUs Heard from the Heart stamp set. This card was finished off with two Old Olive brads. Hop on over to MJ's blog to take a look at the other bloggers' creations. Thanks for looking.

August 6, 2009

Celebrate - SU IB&C Case

I made this card for the Stampin' Up! Catalog CASE challenge for SSUS. I chose the "Three Little Words" card on page 139 because, I had all the supplies to make the card, with exception for the stamp set. Fast forward to actually making the card. I took out the Old Olive DSP to find that exact pattern paper that was used in the catalog. No pattern. I look at the Catalog to make sure I am not using the retired designs. I have the current stuff. What gives??? I decide to find the supply list online. Lo and behold, the DSP is from Cottage Wall. So I place an order for the DSP, with hopes of it being delivered soon. Well three days later, my order still showed "submitted". There was no way I was going to get this card in the mail to my partner by the due date, so I improvised a little. I used the Old Olive DSP. I think it turned out cuter than the sample in the catalog. I hope she likes it and you do too!

Stamps: Celebrate Everything
CS: W. White, C. Chip, O. Olive, R. Razzleberry
Inks: Rich Razzleberry
Accessories: R. Razzleberry 1/4 grosgrain ribbon, VersaMark, Clear Embossing powder, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Scallop Edge punch, 3/16" Corner Rounder

August 2, 2009


I decided to make a go at MaryJo's sketch challenge this week and I can't decide whether I like it or not. I'm leaning toward the NOT side. This layout was actually harder than it looked. Then again, it could be the stamp set I used ... and the colors. Please let me know what you think.

Stamps: Autumn Days, Itty Bitty Backgrounds
CS: Very Vanilla, Old Olive, Crushed Curry, Soft Suede
Inks: Close to Cocoa
Accessories: SU Markers, SU Brads, SU Backgrounds Texture Plate, CB folder (dots)

From the Archives

Made this card in exactly one hour on Saturday morning. My neighbor was having a birthday party that night and I knew I would not have time to make a card later that day, so I quickly threw this one together. It was easy, as I already had the layout in mind, and since I still had some of this retired DSP laying around as well as the stamp set, I decided to go for it. She really liked the card and would like to learn how to make cards like these. Woo hoo!!

July 30, 2009

Razzleberry Trio

Made these cards last week while watching the season premier of Hell's Kitchen. These cards were so easy I made them within the two hour timeslot. I think these will be my new layouts for very quick and easy cards. You could use just about any sentiment with these layouts. After I made the middle card, I realized I should have embossed the "Best Wishes" to make it pop, but after further review, I like the card the way it is, very soft (click on the picture to enlarge).

Stamps: Heard from the Heart, Kind & Caring Thoughts (L3 Hostess)
CS: Crushed Curry, Soft Suede, Razzleberry Lemonade DSP
Inks: Soft Suede
Accessories: Scallop Edge punch, Soft Suede 1/2" Polka-Dot Grosgrain ribbon

Here is the card I did for the Anything Goes challenge. I love the way this card turned out. It has texture and lots of little elements on it. Although you cannot see it, the little bee's wings are glittered and his body has Crystal Effects to give him some texture. Thanks for looking and have a wonderful day!

July 29, 2009

Previous Post

Okay, I am wondering why the picture in the previous post did not show up, hmm! I will re-post this evening once I plug my phone up to my computer.

Enjoy your day!

Sent from my iPhone

Beeee Happy!

This card was made for my SSUS group "anything Goes" challenge. I love how this card turned out! I hope my partner like it and I hope you do too! Thanks for looking.

Charlotte Sent from my iPhone

July 19, 2009

Luigi's Bakery

Here is a card I made a few weeks back. It was a Mystery Image hosted by Kristen. Isn't Luigi adorable? I saw this image and automatically called him Luigi!  I had fun with this image because anything goes and I love seeing all of the designs we all come up with. I saw a very similar layout in a magazine and realized it was perfect for this image. I love the way this card turned out and I hope my partner liked it. Hope you like it too! Let me know what you think.