April 19, 2008

A Day to Remember

Posted in Just Because, Weekend Sketch at 6:24 pm by happygiggles

This is what I woke up to today.  About three inches of snow!  The reason why I took this picture is because I honestly don’t remember it ever snowing in April!  Just doesn’t happen here!  Thankfully it’s pretty much gone now!

While this crazy weather system was going through, I managed to make a card.  Actually, a couple, but I’m not so sure I want to show you the other one!  I really don’t like it!  I think I’ll end up taking it apart.  Anyways, I’ll show you the one I do like.  It’s for Beate’s Weekend sketch.

The colours in this one make me happy.  Along with the flowers!  I’m thinking that I should really stick with simple because those end up being some of my favorite cards!  For this card I started with a base of Very Vanilla then added the Barely Banana layers (which my husband helped with! 🙂 )  Next came the patterned flower pieces.  Finally, I stamped the flowers from Simply Said in Versamark then embossed them in silver powder.  I really like the silver, that’s why I added the silver brads to try and tie it all in!  The simply said flowers are stamped on Soft sky layered over top Blue Bayou!  The ribbon is also there to hide a bit of a gap I had.


Stamps: Simply Said
Paper: Very Vanilla, Barely Banana, Blue Bayou, Soft Sky, patterned paper from Michael’s
Ink: Versamark
Accessories: silver brads, soft sky ribbon, silver embossing powder, cuttlebug



April 11, 2008

Two for Ya!

Posted in Challenges, Just Because, Weekend Sketch at 10:21 pm by happygiggles

Whew!  Am I ever glad it’s Friday!  I’m so ready for the weekend.  It’s been one of those weeks where I just can’t seem to get caught up on anything and have to force myself to stay up until 10pm!  Mind you, I have been sleeping very well!  Tomorrow, my husband and I are going golfing!  My first game in a good year!  Yikes.  Hopefully, the rest of the weekend will be fairly low key.   

Since I’m behind on posting my cards, I thought I would just put the two I haven’t posted yet into one post!  I’m trying to be efficient! 

First one:

This card was made for the Featured Stamper challenge at Splitcoast last weekend.  I really wanted to use the big rub on flower from the Eastern Elegance set of rub ons since I’ve finally gotten over my phobia of using them!  I love the effect!  The colours came from the patterned paper.  I just pulled it out, liked it, then used it!  Here’s the card I used from the featured stamper challenge:  SC167


Stamps:  None!
Paper: Purely pomegranate, Apricot appeal, patterned paper from Michael’s
Ink: None
Accessories: crystal rhinestone, white eyelets, white satin ribbon, rub on, a glass (for the circle behind the flower)

Second card:

I had to wait to post this one because I made it for my Aunt who has not been feeling well and I need to wait until she got it since I think she reads my blog!  (She really liked it!)  The inspiration for this card comes from the inspiration challenge at Splitcoast as well as Beate’s Weekend Sketch from last week.  I also just received my scallop punch which was on back order so I had to use it! 


Stamps: Boho backgrounds, Thoughtful florals by Verve Visual
Paper: Certainly celery, wild wasabi, Blue Bayou, whisper white
Ink: Versamark, chocolate chip
Accessories: dew drops, scallop punch, pearl bead, white satin ribbon, circle punch


April 6, 2008

It’s My Birthday…

Posted in Challenges, Just Because at 4:03 pm by happygiggles

and look what I’m getting today! 

Yup, a Cuttlebug!  My husband and my parents were extremely kind to me this year!  I’ve been wanting one of these for a while now.  You can guess what my cards will look like from here on out!  Embossing everywhere!  (Not entirely true.)

I do have a card to show you.  Sans embossing. 

This card was a combined challenge effort.  I used the limited supply challenge as well as the Ways to use it challenge.  The ways to Use It challenge this week was to use rub ons.  My rub on is the sentiment.  For the Limited Supply challenge, we were only allowed to use white and one other colour.  No black.  I was initially going to use Soft sky because I have that colour ribbon, but in the end, the Purely pomegranate was more appealing!  This card just kinda came into being.  I had the idea in my head for the layout so that was basically the basis for the card.  The three flowers are stamped in white craft ink then embossed in clear powder for a bit of shine and demension.  Which you can’t really see in the picture!  Although the ribbon is not purely pomegranate, it really is closer in colour than what the picture shows!  Really! 


Stamps:  Tags on Board, Boho backgrounds
Paper: Whisper white, purely pomegranate
Ink: Whisper white, versamark
Accessories: clear embossing powder, ribbon, rub on, square punch, corner rounder

April 2, 2008

Spring Fling

Posted in Challenges, Just Because at 9:37 pm by happygiggles

I actually quite enjoyed the colours chosen for the colour challenge this week!  They’re so fresh and Springy!  I’m all about springy right now.  Since I’ve been wanting to try out Jen del Muro’s sketch for this week that’s what I used for the layout!  I just loved this layout.  There were some beautiful examples of this sketch that make mine look pretty pathetic! 

I thought that the flower and pot from Blooming with love would work really well with the colours and my largest circle punch I own.  (I used a glass to make the bigger green circle!)  I coloured in the flower and pot with my water colour pencils and blender pen, then topped it off with a layer of Stickles.  I even added Stickles to the edge of the white circle.  

The card base is creamy caramel which I stamped a bunch of flowers with versamark in the top left corner.  The green bottom is stamped with a Delight in Life stamp with Whisper White.

The final touch were my dew drops from the floral section of Michael’s.  (Apparently they’re on clearance right now!)


Stamps: Blooming with love, Delight in life  
Paper: creamy caramel, cameo coral, Mellow moss, Whisper White, Apricot appeal
Ink: Whisper white, chocolate chip, versamark
Accessories: Dew drops, water colour pencils, blender pen, Stickles, sticker sentiment

March 31, 2008

Field of Poppies

Posted in Just Because at 6:02 pm by happygiggles

At first I wasn’t sure I really liked how this card turned out but now, I’m quite pleased!  This was the card I made for the Featured Stamper challenge on Splitcoast.  The featured stamper this week was Laura of Scrapnextras.  I actually found it easy this time around to chose one card to case.  But only because I had been admiring this card of hers!  All her cards are fabulous!

I started this card with a base of River Rock, then layered on some Ruby Red that I first stamped with the Delight in Life background stamp.  I stamped all the poppies from Oh, So lovely in black Staz on ink then colored them in using an orange water colour pencil.  I outlined each flower with a red water colour pencil to add a bit of zip.  The larger poppies all have a bit of Stickles added.  The sentiment is a SU! rub on that I liked.  since I don’t have anything to punch ovals, I used my corner rounder and a pair of scissors.  Now on my list is an oval punch!

Thanks for looking!


Stamps: Delight in Life, Oh, So Lovely
Paper: Whisper white, river Rock, Ruby Red
Ink: Whisper white craft, black Staz on
Accessories: crystal rhinestone, SU! rub on, water colour pencils, blender pen, corner rounder

March 30, 2008

Inspired Sketch

Posted in Challenges, Just Because at 4:13 pm by happygiggles

This card is a combination of the inspiration challenge at Splitcoast and Beate’s Weekend Sketch!  This week for the inspiration challenge we were to find inspiration from anything in our own home.  I chose this picture:

I just love the yellows and the reds.  My two favorite colours in my home!  For the card, I knew I had to make a piece of red paper the focal point since that’s what my eyes are drawn to first in the picture.  I tried to incorporate the sky and the yellow sand in the pieces behind the red paper.  I used the background stamp from Oh, So Lovely and some clear embossing powder to try and give the effect of rain. (water anyways!)  I decided to use the flower from Delight in life with some black embossing powder on the red focal point.  All the layers underneath are meant to be the frame.


Stamps: Delight in Life, Oh, So Lovely
Paper: Basic Black, real red, Sahara Sand, Very Vanilla, Barely Banana
Ink: Versamark
Accessories: dew drops, black eyelets, clear and black embossing powder, corner rounder

March 29, 2008

Sky Blue White

Posted in Challenges, Just Because at 4:53 pm by happygiggles

 Man!  It’s hard to stay on top of all the great challenges out there since I’ve started to work again!  I end up doing most of them when I find time one evening!  This week has been especially busy since I decided to have a garage sale today with my Grandma!  I’m quite happy with the profit though!  I may just have to browse for more stamping stuff! 

Here you have the card I made for the color challenge at Splitcoast.  The colours this week were Whisper White, Soft Sky, and Basic Gray.  I love this combination!  The base of the card is basic gray with some soft sky that I stamped one of the background stamps from Boho Backgrounds all over in soft Sky ink.  Same with the bottom whisper White, flowers are in Soft Sky.  I finally pulled out my silver cording from SU! that I bought at Christmas time.  Love that stuff too!  For the main image I cut the basic gray with my scalloped scissors layered on some soft sky and whisper white after I rounder the corners.  I stamped the Simply Said flowers in black Staz on then colored them in with a blue water color pencil.  I added to white gel pen dots as an after thought because it just needed something else!  And I’ve been wanting to use that pen since I finally found one!


Stamps: Boho Backgrounds, Simply Said
Paper: Whisper white, Soft Sky, Basic Gray
Ink: Soft Sky, Black Staz On
Accessories: silver elastic cording from SU!, scalloped scissors, white gel pen, water colour pencils, blender pen 

March 21, 2008

Two For One

Posted in Challenges, Just Because at 6:23 pm by happygiggles

Today’s challenge at Splitcoast was to use only one stamp set, white or vanilla cardstock, up to two other colors of cardstock and one patterned paper to make a couple of cards.  Easy peasy.  Well, it would have been if my brain was working properly.  Anyways, I’m quite pleased with how they turned out! 

This was the first one I made.  Using Purely pomegranate, light blue bazzill, whisper white, and some patterned paper from Michael’s I put my theme together.  I was initially going to use a different stamp but I decided it wouldn’t work.  I used some scalloped scissors for the bottom edge of the polka dot paper. Then I added the fabulous double stitched ribbon from SU! in Soft Sky.  The flowers were colored in using my water color pencils and a blender pen.  I added the brads in the end just to anchor the whole thing!  

And here’s the second one!  I don’t like it as much.  It’s just to plain, even for me!  Do you have any suggestions?  Everything in this card is the same as the above one just the layout is different. 


Stamps: Blooming with Love
Paper: Whisper white, purely pomegranate, light blue Bazzill, patterned paper from Michael’s
Ink: Chocolate chip
Accessories: Soft sky ribbon, bronze brads, water color pencils, blender pen, scalloped scissors

March 17, 2008

Mr. Owl

Posted in Challenges, Just Because at 7:18 pm by happygiggles

Isn’t he cute?  I’m sure it’s a he.  He just looks like one!  I did this card for Jen’s sketch challenge of i{heart}2stamp.  I really liked the sketch so I wanted to give it a try!  I had wanted to use this combination of papers for one of the challenges last week on Splitcoast, but ended up doing something different

For this card I started with a whisper white base, then added the light blue and the patterned paper.  The strips are simply a bit of chocolate chip with a coordinating piece of patterned paper.  Since I used my largest circle punch for the owl piece, I traced the bottom of a cup to make the brown circle!  Last touches were the crystal rhinestones.


Stamps: a stamp from the dollar bin at Michael’s
Paper: whisper white, chocolate chip, light blue Bazzill, patterned paper from Costco slab
Ink: chocolate chip
Accessories: crystal rhinestones, circle punch

March 11, 2008

Punched Pretty

Posted in Challenges, Just Because at 10:40 am by happygiggles

I stumbled across Lauren Meader’s blog, My Time, My Creations, My Stampendence.  She put a challenge out there to make a card using a punch and a scrap of patterned paper.  Here’s what she says: 


You need to create an open space-be it with punches, or using a hobby blade/paper snips to cut out part of an image, and layer behind it with patterned paper! Be sure you use dimensionals to get that LOOK! Its very important.

 Here’s her cards:  http://laurenm.blogs.splitcoaststampers.com/2008/03/10/punched-paper-challenge/

Here’s mine!

And a close up:

As you can see, I pretty much did the same thing as Lauren!  I changed the ink colors, patterned paper color and I don’t have any suitable butterflies so I used a sparkly flower that I had instead.  My stamps are also different.  Oh, and I don’t have any pearls so I used crystal rhinestones.  But I really like this card!  Such a neat technique!


Stamps: Best Blossoms
Paper: Whisper white, pink polka dot scrap
Ink: Certainly celery, chocolate chip
Accessories: sparkly flower sticker, crystal rhinestones

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