August 27, 2008


Challenges are a lot of fun and can really jump start your mojo. This card combines two awesome challenges posted on Splitcoaststampers this week: Monday's Technique Lover's Challenge (TLC183-faux dry embossing) and yesterday's Color Challenge (CC181-rose red, black and craft). The directions for faux dry embossing are included in the challenge's description. Have a great day and check out these neat challenges! Supplies Used: Stamps: Inkadinkado-Pattern Bugs; Ink: SU! craft white, classic rose red, Verafine onyx black; Paper: PTI white base, SU! rose red, black, craft; Accessories: Martha Stewart butterfly punch, SU! double circle punch, Clear EP, paper piercing template, bling, Zots, and dimensionals.

August 24, 2008

Stitched with Love

There's a new challenge posted on Our Creative Corner. This week, it is a color challenge. The colors are perfect for Fall--old olive, ruby red and pumpkin pie. I decided to combine the colors into 'inchie' quilt blocks. Very easy to do with the Quilter's Sampler set from PTI. Have a great Sunday and thanks for stopping by! Other Supplies Used: Stamps: Sentiment-PapertreyInks: Quilter's Sampler; Ink: Versafine-onyx black: Paper: SU! old olive, ruby red, pumpkin pie, black and generic white base; Accessories: Inchie matboard from Ellen Hutson, clear EP, square scallop punch, decorative trimmer, buttons, and dimensionals.

August 19, 2008

House Mouse & Friends Challenge #1 - The Ghost of Dinosaurs

Check out the new blog called the House Mouse & Friends Challenge Blog.( Click on the Title for the link.) Every Monday a new challenge will be posted. The theme this week is something 'NEW'. As I wanted to use my Stampabilities HM 'Incognito' stamp, I decided to give my mouse a fun, NEW sheet rather than the usual old, white standby. Personally, I love new sheets, and think HM looks adorable as the Ghost of Dinosaurs! Other Supplies: Ink: Versafine onyx black, Ranger Distress Inks-dried marigold, frayed burlap, scattered straw, broken china, SU!- barely banana; Paper: PTI: white, SU!-really rust, taken w/teal, Basic Grey: Archaic, generic ivory; Accessories: Bobbin ribbon, clear EP, metal embellishments; computer generated wording, circle punch and deckle scissors.

August 17, 2008

CPS#77 Better Late than Never!

I love this sketch. I found it on Card Positioning Systems. I know I'm a week late, but I still wanted to give this versatile sketch a try. The Aizome Washi paper was gifted to me by my friend, Vivian. Other Supplies used: Stamps: Rubber Stampede - Cherry Blossom; Paper: SU! WW, night of navy & PTI white; Ink: Adirondack espresso; Accessories: Martha Stewart border punch and ribbon, Prismacolor markers, Mark Richards crystal stickers - alphabet pearls.

August 16, 2008

I've been Tagged by Keri!

I've been tagged by Keri!
At first, I panicked cause I'm sorta shy and don't like to talk about myself. Then I wondered what I was going to say without sounding like a dork. Finally, I reasoned to just have fun and go with what pops into my head! So here goes:
  • My life has been blessed with a dear husband of 34 years; a great stepson; a wonderful, supportive family; and the best friends a person could have.
  • I'm retired and loving it!
  • My favorite things include pistachio ice cream, Colonial Williamsburg, reading for pleasure, taking naps, and the smell of fresh sweet basil.
  • I really dislike bugs, snakes, grocery shopping, the short days of winter, and driving in snow.
  • I once had a cat that flushed toilets.
  • My friends and family think I'm a clean freak; and my husband thinks I make the best spaghetti sauce and meatballs you ever tasted.
Here are the people I'm going to tag:
For those tagged, I hope you play! If you choose to play, here are the rules:
l. Link to the person who "tagged" you. 2. Post the rules on your blog. 3. Write 6 random things about yourself. 4. Tag 6 people at the end of your post. 5. Let each person know they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog. 6. Let the tagger know your entry is posted on your blog.
Enjoy! Pat

August 14, 2008

Teapot Tuesday #7 MMTPT7

The inspiration for this card is Cindy Mothermark's Teapot Tuesday Challenge #7 (MMTPT7). Cindy collects teapots, and she posts a fun teapot challenge to her blog every Tuesday. The link to her blog can be found by clicking on the title of the post. Check out her fun challenges! I used the Spring Card fold to make this card. A tutorial for this fold can be found on Splitcoaststampers. Supplies Used: Hero Arts stamps; Paper: American Crafts DP, PTI white & dark chocolate, SU! creamy caramel; Accessories: Nestibilities, Cuttlebug, punches, sugar sprinkles, liquid applique, Copic and Prismacolor markers, ribbon purchased at Michael's; Inks: Versafine onyx blak & vintage sepia

August 12, 2008

Gina K. Designs -- Make A Wish

This is one of my images I always seem to reach for when making a masculine birthday card.  It's from a set by Gina K. Designs which benefits the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The set is aptly named Make A Wish.  The image was stamped on watercolor paper and colored with reinkers. I used an oval Nestabilities die to cut out the center of the frame before embossing it with a Cuttlebug embossing folder. The frame was colored with a brayer as well as DTP.
The following supplies were also used:  Paper: SU!-mellow moss, Basic Grey-archaic, Canson watercolor, Papertrey Inks-white; Ink: SU! Craft creamy caramel, Versafine-vintage sepia and onyx black, Ranger distress ink-scattered straw; SU! reinkers: soft sky, sage shadow, creamy caramel, close to cocoa, river rock; Accessories: clear EP, Cloud 9-rain dots, SU! oval punches, VersaMarker, Nestabilities, Cuttlebug 
Technique: Watercoloring with Reinkers

August 10, 2008

Gina K. Designs Blintz Base Topper

I made this card for one of the 'Try a New Technique' challenges (TLC179) posted on Splitcoaststampers. The inspiration for this card comes from Cook22 who shares her blintz base directions. Check out the link here. The image is from the Baskets of Happiness set by Gina K. Designs. It was colored with Copic and Prismacolor markers.
The following items were also used to make this card: Paper: SU! whisper white, groovy guava, river rock, Martha Stewart two-sided DP and Papertrey Inks white base; SU! small circle punch, Marvy scalloped circle punch, stardust pen, clear dew drops, and a two-way glue pen.

August 09, 2008

Gina K. Designs Cracked Glass

This card features one of my favorite techniques called cracked glass. I learned how to do this by following the cracked glass tutorial published by Beate Johns on Splitcoaststampers. Give this fun technique a try!
This great sketch was a challenge issued by Gina K. of Gina K. Designs (GinaKSC123). . The image is from one of her Stamps for a Cause sets called Make a Wish, and the sentiment is from her versatile Tag, You're it! set.
The following items were also used to make this card: Paper: SU! WW & sage shadow, PTI: stamper's select, Martha Stewart DP; Ink: Versafine-vintage sepia, Encore-cooper, Ranger distress ink-brushed corduroy; Accessories: JudiKins metallic copper EP, Jo-Ann's clear EP, Utee, Kaiser Pearls, Marvy scalloped oval punches, Martha Stewart ribbon.

August 02, 2008

Me a Blogger?

Yep, I finally done it!  Thank you Keri for giving me the encourgement to take the plunge.  I have lots to learn so please be patient while I am learning the ropes.