Friday, January 30, 2009

Challenge Results for SBVC61

I made this 6x6 page for the SBVC61 challenge that I posted earlier in the week. This page also helps to fullfill my own personal challenge that I posted on January 27 (even though I have other projects I am working on for that challenge).

I am still waiting for my shippment on SNAIL (hopefully today they will arrive) so this page was done completely with pop-up tape, mini glue dots, and eyelets. I had to become very creative to get everything to stick!

The Start of Blog Candy

Today is the start of blog candy on this blog so I decided to give away a starter pack that would be great for any new stamper. Of course, if you are not new to stamping you can still enter into the drawing to hopefully win this great combination of Stampin' Up! products.

This is what you could win in this weeks blog candy giveway:
  • a 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inch sample of cardstock in each of Stampin' Up!'s 48 standard colors
  • a 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inch sample of Stampin' Up!'s Whisper White Cardstock
  • a 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inch sample of Stampin' Up!'s Natural Ivory Cardstock
  • a new, full-size Basic Black Classic Ink Pad
  • and a new, umounted retired stamp set from Stampin' Up! called Weather or Not (this stamp set is not die cut and will require cutting and mounting)
To win this sampler (starter) set all you have to do is leave a comment on this blog between today (Friday, January 30th) and Thursday (February 5th). Please leave your comments on any new posts so that your entry can easily be found.

Thanks for viewing and good luck!


P.S. If you are this weeks winner I will post your name to this site. Please then contact me either by e-mail or by phone so I will know where to send your prize.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Valentines Inspiration

I was looking for some inspiration today before getting ready for work and I stumbled on a few pieces of Valentines Day cards I wanted to share with you. Are you ready? Hope so because here they come:

The last three of these cards were actually my favorites. There were plenty more great samples available so if you decide to click on one of the links above please feel free to look at the other great samples.

I am still waiting for my SNAIL to arrive so this samples were kind of a waste to look at right now but they did give me some great ideas.

Join me again tomorrow for the Blog Candy announcement!

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Blog Candy Coming Soon!

Starting this Friday afternoon I will be offering Blog Candy on my site. If you don't know what Blog Candy is I am here to help:

1. Blog Candy is a free-be, give away drawing that will run on this blog from Friday till the following Thursday.
2. Everyone will have a chance to win this give away just by visiting the site and leaving a comment under one of the posts that I have left during the week.
3. On Friday afternoon, when the new Candy is introduced I will announce a winner from the previous week.
4. Blog Candy can range from a handmade gift that has been posted on this site to a new, FREE retired stamp set, or FREE merchandise from the current catalog.

So, starting this Friday start visiting this site and leaving comments. There is no limit to the number of time you can enter the drawing. 

Good luck,

Card to Share

I wanted to share this card with all of you. I love the layers and the colors. 

If you would like to know more about this card please click on the card to be taken to the orginial website it came from!

Today's Challenge: SBVC61

Good morning scrapper friends!

My challenge for you today is make your own frame around your picture(s). Some ideas are stamping, ribbons, chipboard, buttons, stickers, stitching and rub-ons. 

As soon as I finish my page I will post it to this site. If you wish to share your page please send me a link to your site/picture.

Inky Hugs,

P.S. This challenge comes site from the SCS site. You can view the actually challenge by clicking here.


I was in the middle of finishing the 31 cards I needed to make for yesterdays challenge, and also the one scrap book page that was inspired by the cards when I ran out of tape!!!!

I have ordered more tape refills but it will take them a couple of days to arrive. So, until then I will have to just wait. But, I do promise that I have made a couple of things for yesterdays challenge and will post them all once I get the tape in.

Check back in a bit if you want to check out todays challenge!

Waiting in California (for tape that is...),

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Today's Challenge: Straight From Me!

Today's challenge comes straight from me. I decided to host my own challenge today mainly because I didn't like the other challenges that I seen on other sites. (hee-hee)

So here's the challenge:

1. You must make a Valentines Day project. (This can be a card, page, pouch.... it's up to you!)
2. You must use a stamp, and at least one punch.
3. You must use a brayer (if you do not have a brayer you can use a sponge)
4. You must have a least 4 layers.
5. You must use a brown color, a red color and a white color.

All the rest is up to you. You can use any other colors in your project as long as it contains brown, red and white.

I am going to use this challenge to help make Chris's Friendship cards for Valentines day. I will post pictures after they are done!

Have a great day crafting!

Thursday, January 22, 2009

The Ruffners': WT202 Challenge

Again I decided to scrapbook a page for my personal scrapbook. This page is made using retired SU! designer series paper, and an old photo from my grandmothers collection of family photos. This picture is of my grandmother (she is on top, in the middle), her children, her grandparents (on the left) and her mom and dad. There is one gentleman in the photo that I do not know, but that's ok!

In the back of the patterned paper I left a "pocket" opening that I used to insert a letter that was sent to my grandmother from Landisburg, Pa. on Feb. 8th, 1975. I used a blue circle from the patterned paper as a insert pull so it would be easier to retrieve the letter.

The page also full-fills the WT202 challenge from SCS. I used regular patterned paper and with a little help from a two way glue stick and some dazzling diamond glitter I was able to add a little pizzazz to my page.

This was such a great challenge and has many endless possiblities.  

WT202 Challenge: Pizzazz it Up!

Todays challenge comes straight from SCS. (I told you that this was one of my favorite sites!) Here are the rules:

If you're like me you love patterned paper. The more the better and those new glittered, flocked, or die-cut papers....well, I have a serious addiction. The problem is...they really lighten my wallet! I thought it would be fun to design a challenge around adding your own pizzazz to existing patterned paper. The challenge: Ways to Alter Patterned Paper. Make it special. You may want to glitter, emboss, heat emboss, flock, die-cut...whatever you can think of, some patterned paper that you have on hand to make it extra special. Just like that fancy specialty paper that carries the big $2-$3 price tag. Have fun! And in this economy...saving money always a plus! Just in case there is any MUST use patterned paper to start and then customize it.

And, if you have taken on this challenge, then please send me a copy of, or a link to, your picture. I would love to see what you have done.

I am off to create now!

Happy Thursday,

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Card Heart Card

This card is for Challenge #3 from Late Night Stampers. I actually had enough time to finish it before I went to work so I am able to post it much earlier than I thought I would be able too.

I use the Love You Much bundle with Ruby Red, Real Red and Whisper White Cardstock. I only used Real Red Classic Ink.

I am going to make about 50 of these for my kids to take to school on Valentines Day. So, this challenge gave me what I needed to get started.

Hope you like it!:

Monday, January 19, 2009

Sundays Challenge

SCS does not offer challenges on Sunday so I had to get this challenge straight from Late Night Stampers. So, are you ready to play? If so, here is the challenge:

In honor of Valentine's day...we challenge you to make a HEART shaped CARD, that MUST INCLUDE some form of CANDY!!!
It doesn't matter what color, size, etc--it just has to be heart shaped, with candy!!!  And of course, all materials must be current Stampin' Up! only (except for the candy, of course - hehe) 

I wont be able to get to this challenge, or any others until Thursday. But, if decide to take on this challenge please feel free to send me a link to your picture.

Also, today I am adding a link to all the other challenges that I have posted so far to the SCS albums that show case the projects all ready submitted! Take a look!!!

My Challenge Results: SC211 and LSC202

I have been really behind on challenges lately. I was planning on getting caught up yesterday but I am still not feeling well, and yesterday was just a bad day.

I made this card using just a few supplies. I used Real Red, Whisper White and Ruby Red cardstock, Real Red Classic Ink, and the Love You Much Bundle Kit.

I am still behind by one old challenge and one new challenge (that I will post in a minute or two). As soon as I get those done I will post them with the recipe. I will also post two new challenges at the end of this week. One on Thursday and one on Friday.

Please feel free to play along, and if you do, please send me a link to your post!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Wednesday's Challenge: SC211

Wednesday's Challenge is to use this sketch as a guide to making a card.

I always LOVE sketch challenges. They open my eyes to new layouts which usually suprise me.

I'm posting this layout early so tomorrow morning (Wednesday) I will take on this challenge and hopefully the last two. Check back tomorrow evening to see what I have come up with!!!!!

CC201: Not Quite Sage

Tuesday Challenge is to use the colors:
  • Not Quite Navy
  • Craft or Creamy Caramel
  • Sage Shadow
You can use these colors in any type of project... scrapbook, card, 3-D. 

I will take on these challenge (and last weeks) tomorrow. Plus, I will also try to take on tomorrows challenge. (Maybe I will try to role them all into one!)

If you take on this challenge please send me a link to your posting. I'd love to see it!

I'm a little behind on challenges right now. But, I really have a good reason why.... Really!

My son, Alex, is starting a Science Fair project. We have been busy the last week trying to come up with a good topic, and writing up a proposal for his science teacher.

Alex and I started a blog for his project today. You can visit it by clicking here. He will be updating the site as his project progresses (about once a week once he gets the ok).

I promise to be back tomorrow with some finished projects and two more challenges!


Friday, January 9, 2009

1/9/09: LSC202

Today's challenge is to use hearts, but this is a limited supply challenge so don't go crazy with your design. Here are the rules: 

Here is your use a heart...any heart!

*Stamps: Any (bonus points for using a heart image!)
*Paper: any + red...any shade of red
*if you use a punch or die it must be heart shaped
*if you use embossing folders...they must have a heart
*if you use an accessory it MUST be heart shaped or red
*if you use designer paper...yup you guessed it, red or hearts!

I hope you enjoy the challenge, I had a lot of fun with it!

I will post my complete project later on today. And, like always, if you choose to play along please send me a link to your project!

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Mousies Card

I completed the challenge yesterday but was unable to post until today. I made this card off of the Mousies cake at Cake Nouveau. The card was made for my brother-in-law who just celebrated his 60th birthday!

The hardest part of making this card was punching all the holes. Use different size hole punches and you have instant cheese. I did use a retired stamp set. The bigs holes were sponged after they were punched with a dark shade of yellow (Yo Yo Yellow sponged on So Saffron). If you need or want better instructions, please let me know!

There are no challenges today. Sorry! I will be back on Friday with a whole new challenge.

Until then,

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Today's Challenge: IC161

Todays challenge is to make a card, or scrapbook page, using the inspiration that you get from his website:

You do not have to recreate the cake just take inspiration from the colors and/or theme.

I am choosing to use Mousies off of page 4. I will post my card a little later today after its done.

Like always, if you choose to play along please send me a link to your card or page. I would love to see it.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

SBVC57 Projects

I ended up making 3 scrapbook pages for this challenge. I finished the 3rd project this morning. Before making the pages I decided to use old pictures of my grandmother. I was kind of nervous using pink and red with the black and white photos, but I really love how the pages turned out.

I will post a basic recipe for the 3 pages at the end of the pictures. I ended up using some non-SU! products to complete the pages (ie: straight pins, buttons, large pink eyelets and rick-a-rack).

I hope you enjoy the projects below:

Wild Rose Stamp Set
Real Red Hostess Designer Series Paper
Close to Cocoa Designer Series Paper
Pretty in Pink Cardstock
Real Red Cardstock
Close to Cocoa Cardstock
Pretty in Pink Classic Ink
Real Red Classic Ink
Old Olive Classic Ink
Stampin Glitter Chunky Sprinkles
Rhinestone Brads Fire Circles