Wanna see something cute?

This is Shadow. He is now a little over three months old. He is named Shadow because he literally is my shadow as he is always following me around (that is when he is not terrorizing the cat). LOL! He thinks that he is a lap dog (I doubt that he will grow out of this phase) and will often stare at me until I let him up on the couch or bed with me (often whining or barking to make his point). He is 100% spoiled rotten and will often go upstairs to the boys room to make off with a toy of some sort. His favorite place to stash and hide all his toys is behind the couch (he must think it is a little cave or something). He is adorable and has already made his way into all of our hearts!


Santa Baby....

I made this for Beate's weekend sketch challenge that she has over on her blog. I don't know about you, but I love it when part of the work is already thought out for me! She has awesome sketch challenges...well really awesome everything. If you've never visited her blog, I highly encourage you to go and check it out.

I had originally inked up and colored the Santa for the Thursday Ways to Use it Challenge over on Splitcoast. This challenge was WT135 Bling! Bring Out the Glam. Santa had been sitting on my desk all colored in and glittered up, but I just couldn't figure out what to do with him. To the rescue, Beate's sketch.

Santa is colored in with watercolor crayons on SU's watercolor paper using an aquapainter. I really am liking the white crayon for the beard and hair, it really makes a difference. I then used some Hero Arts Prisma glitter to make him all sparkly. The sparkle in his blue eyes comes from my Copic Spica glitter pens that I purchased from Ellen's store. I then outlined the entire panel with some Martha Stewart White Gold glitter. I like how it lends an Old World feel to the piece. The panel is then matted on a shimmer ruby CS that I picked up at Archivers. The card base is Soft Sky inked up with my Linen background. I then stamped snowflakes from the SU Snow Burst set in Soft Sky and River Rock. The patterned paper piece is Basic Grey Fruitcake. The sentiment is from one of the newer Papertrey stamp releases. It is from their Holiday Wishes set. Last but not least, the snowflake is a new Spellbinders Snowflake Wonder die that I picked up (also from Ellen...she has been seeing a little of my hard earned money lately :-) ). I used a rhinestone brad to layer three of the snowflakes together and then used Waterfall and Crystal Stickles to make it all sparkly.

Hope you enjoy!


Birthday Sprinkle

I made this card for the Technique Lover's Challenge over on SCS (TLC137). The challenge was to make an acetate card. Since I'm the one who authored the tutorial, I figured I better participate (LOL)!

The card base is 5 1/4 in square. I stamped various images from Polka Dots & Petals in Staz-On Cotton White randomly on the front of the card. I then layered a strip of designer paper (Salsa Celebrations from Junkitz) to the front of the card. The whisper white piece is matted behind the dp on the opposite side of the acetate (think of the acetate as the Oreo cream filling. The dp is the front of the cookie sandwich, and the whisper white is the back of the sandwich).

Sprinkle and Little Party Hat (both from The Cat's Pajamas) is stamped on Shimmery White cardstock. Sprinkle is watercolored with crayons and then I went over with my Copic Spica glitter pens. She is so shimmery IRL! I used my new Nestabilities Circle to cut and emboss Sprinkle out and then matted this with a Nestabilities Petite Scalloped cut from Only Orange. My only regret with the Nestabilities is that I only ordered the Circles. I want them all now ( steps steps). To this I added some Heidi Swap bling and a few Prima's with a MM Rhinestone Circle brad in the center. The back of the card is made with the same "Oreo" sandwich style. I used Shimmery white for the inside Circle and then matted with a Shimmery Kiwi cardstock that I found at Archiver's. The biggest challenge with this card was lining up all those pretty scallops just right. :-)
To finish off the card, I tied some pretty Polka Dot sheer ribbon.

This card will be going out to someone who recently had a birthday (unfortunately, I'm late). I'm hoping she will enjoy it...I certainly enjoyed making it.


Frankie - Sketch Challenge

I made this for SC143 over on Splitcoast. I really was loving all of the cards that I saw made with this particular sketch. I realized I haven't made any Halloween cards yet this season, so I thought that I would get my one of my favorite sets from last seasons Holiday mini all inky again. I love to watercolor so the Best Fiends set was a natural for me to purchase.

I stamped Frankie with Staz-On Black on watercolor paper and used my watercolor crayon and an aquapainter to color him in. I still have quite a ways to go before I will be happy with my watercoloring, but I have come a long way from my first watercoloring attempts. I highlighted certain areas of Frankie with my Copic Spica glitter pens (I so wish you could see the sparkle). Once Frankie was colored in, I sponged some Vintage Violet (one of last years "In" colors) all around the edges of the watercolored piece. I used my ticket corner punch on both the watercolored layer, as well as the Pumpkin Pie layer, and then layered both of these on a Lavender Lace piece. The card base is made from Vintage Violet. To this, I added a Basic Grey (one of this years "In" Colors) layer stamped with the new Sanded background in Basic Black. The horizontal layer is a Martha Stewart ribbon tape from her Halloween collection (this stuff is uber cool). The next layer is some sparkly Glitter paper from the K & Company 2007 Halloween Line. I felt like the piece still needed "something" so I punched a bat shape from Basic Black cardstock with my Martha Stewart bat punch. The bat is covered with Black mica powder to make him super sparkly. I'm trying to save up for a nicer digital camera. I would love to be able to better capture the sparkle of my work a little better (in addition to the antics of my two very active young children). Hope you enjoy!

Stamps: Best Fiends, Sanded
Cardstock: Vintage Violet, Basic Grey, Pumpkin Pie, Lavender Lace, K & Company (dp)
Ink: Staz-On Black
Accessories: Martha Stewart ribbon tape, Martha Stewart bat punch, Copic Spica glitter pens, Ticket corner punch, black Mica powder


Casing SweetMissDaisy

I just finished making this card for the Featured Stamper Challenge over on Splitcoast. The featured stamper today is SweetMissDaisy. Anna is one of my stamping idols. When I think of what sets Anna apart, the first thing that comes to mind is her coloring skills. Other things that I can think of is that her style can go from whimsical to elegant in the blink of an eye. She has a wonderful flair for using patterned paper and she is great at doodling too (she is one of the artists for Whipper Snapper stamps). She is also an uber talented photographer. Did I mention that she is one of my idols?

Anna is solely responsible for my purchasing this particular stamp set. When I saw the two cards that she made in her SCS gallery with the Jolly Holiday set, I was a goner. Here is a link to the specific card that I cased. If you have never seen Anna's work, I encourage you to go check out her blog.

Card Details:
Stamp: Jolly Holiday
Paper: Soft Sky, Watercolor, Deck the Halls dp (Making Memories)
Ink: Staz On Black
Watercolor crayons, Aquapainter, Ribbon (Deck the Halls - MM),
Hero Arts
Snowflake, Sakura Stardust pen, Copic Spica glitter pen.


I could stamp all night....

I was desperately counting down the Fall/Winter release for The Cat's Pajamas. I was super lucky and won this clear stamp set from Karrie's blog. This image of Sprinkle has got to be one of my favorites.

I made this card for a swap that I was lucky enough to participate in (some of my stamping idols were in this swap :-) ). I really wanted to make my card special and I hope that I didn't dissapoint any of the ladies that I swapped with. I used one of Julee's wonderful card sketches for inspiration. If you have never been to Karrie's or Julee's blogs, I highly recommend it. These gals stamp like a dream!

The card base is Soft Sky (this has to be my new favorite "In Color". The patterned paper is made by Making Memories. It is from their Deck the Halls holiday line (Diagonal Stripe). I embossed a panel of Whisper White with my Snowflakes Cuttlebug embossing folder. Sprinkle is stamped with SU Basic Black on Shimmery White. I first watercolored and then went over with my Copic Spica glitter pens. I used Xmas Red Stickles on the Candy Cane. She shimmers so nicely...I really wish that the picture could capture the shimmer. I used my Giga scalloped punch on a metallic Kiwi cardstock made by The Paper Company (like Shimmery White except in a beautiful green similar to Wild Wasabi). The sentiment is stamped with Wild Wasabi on Shimmery White. I used the new SU corner rounder on all four corners and then matted this with a slightly larger green piece. I found these wonderful little snowflake sequins at a local scrapbooking store and thought that they would be the perfect embellshment to top everything off.

Stamps: TCP Kitty
Christmas, Poochie Christmas

Paper: Shimmery White,
Soft Sky, Real Red, Kiwi Metallic (The Paper Company), Whisper White,
MM Deck the Halls Diagonal Stripe

Ink: Basic Black, Wild

Accessories: Snowflake
embossing folder, Giga Scalloped Punch, Xmas Red Stickles, Copic Spica glitter
pens, Ticket Corner Punch, Snowflake Sequins, Corner Rounder


Almost back in da' house!

My husband and I received good news today. Our computer was able to be fixed and all of our pictures were able to be saved! You do not know how incredibly happy this makes me feel. I am so going to be backing up all those pictures to disk and better yet...getting them printed so I can do some scrapbooking.

I have so missed posting on SCS and here on my blog. I've made a "couple" of cute things that I'll finally be able to share with you. One really doesn't realize how much you rely on something as simple as a computer for enjoyment.

Thanks for sticking it out with me!

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