Thursday, December 31, 2009

I've Seen the First Snow!

What a week! Left Hawaii (Kim's) Monday afternoon with low 80 temps. Got home on Tuesday with high 20 temps. And I woke up Wednesday morning with the prettiest snow coming down! Hmm-from sand to snow! We had a great time at Kim's, got a lot done in her backyard and even made it to a few stores! It amazes me that I can find so many paper craft items there that I can't find here. It's just such a darn long ride to get there!

Well, looking at There's Magic In the Air challenge for this week it seemed to fit in perfect with our first snow. Nina's challenge was to pick one of her free digies or to look at her on-line store. I picked out the digi "First Snow", purchased it and Viola, it was there to use immediately! I also found a free sketch there and used it to design the following card...

The challenge also asked to make it sparkle. I used glitter card stock for the frame (built it up with CS layers) and then used pop-up dots to attach it. I also used Dazzling Diamonds on the snowflake, mittens, and snow at the bottom.

I am also entering this in

Pile It On Challenge # 29 to use anything digital

Lexi's Creations to use pastel colors

Practical Scrappers to use a winter theme

This is my last card - for 2009! So here's wishing you a safe, healthy and Happy New Year!


Sunday, December 27, 2009

Winter Wishes...

Well, not exactly winter where I'm at...HAWAII!

Yes, we're still at Kim's and will be leaving on that big silver bird tomorrow afternoon. Makes me so sad :( to leave, we have had such a great visit. We didn't focus on Christmas as much as we did just being together and getting to know our gran-puppy Malie. Such a cutey and she did warm up to us pretty quick. Of course, giving her lots of treats broke the ice!

Kim let me dig into her stash of supplies to complete the card below for this week's TMITA challenge. It was so much fun to see how she organizes and all the different supplies she has. Now I'm motivated to go home and re-create my space and get the Mojo goin'!

She gave me 'another' lesson on coloring using her Prismacolor markers - I 'thinks' I better start saving my money...

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:

There's Magic In the Air - use digi moose and follow sketch

2. Charizma Cardz - anything but Christmas

3. Crafty Creations - No rules!

4. Creative Card Crew - anything goes

Next time you hear from me I will have left Paradise (high 70's all week!) and I will be back in the cold Midwest! Maybe I can pack this wonderful weather and take it home?

Hope you had a great Holiday and I wish you the very best for the coming New Year!

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Fancy Surprise!

What an exciting Blog Hop at There's Magic In the Air this week! Nina has some wonderful free digis for us to use and will soon have her store up and ready to share more of her artwork. This is my entry for the chance to be a guest designer. I have been looking at the other entries and they are awesome. The challenge is a recipe (you have until tomorrow to get your entry posted, so get to it!)

The recipe is as follows:
... you MUST follow this "Recipe" to make a card:
Use 1 tag - my sweet tag is on the right
Add 2 textures - cuttlebug stripe paper and ribbon
Mix in 3 pattern papers - background stripes, tag/scallop at bottom, bottom portion under mouse and cupcake
fold in 4 pieces of ribbon - 4 on main image + tag = 5 (ooops, see I can't follow a recipe!!!)
and sprinkle with 5 brads or 5 buttons - 4 on main image + tag = 5

You may also use one color card stock outside the color of the base of your card if you like, but only one.

Now I'm not very good at following recipes, just ask my DH!

Him, "This is good, how did you make it?"
Me, "Well, it called for a teaspoon of butter, but I didn't have any so I substituted mayo."
Me, "And then we were out of noodles, so I used rice instead."
Me, "No onions either, so I used onion salt, ya know it still gives it that 'oniony' flavor."
Him, "So what did you use that is in the recipe?"
Me, "The chicken."
Him, "So it's another one you made up?'
Me, "Yeah, basically"
Me, "So you like it?"
Him, "Yeah, it's good, but will you remember how to make it the next time?"
Me, "Probably not."

So, for me, the hardest part of this card was following the recipe! I must have checked the recipe at least one hundred times, which could be the reason it took all day and I still didn't get it right!

I am also entering this in the following blogs:
* The Sweet Stop sketch challenge.
* Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps Sparkle Baby! challenge
*A Spoon Full of Sugar, Challenge 81 to make a monochrome card
*Whimsey Stamps, Challenge 31 - Die Cuts
*Pile it On!, Challenge #27 Tinsel Town
*Stamptacular Sunday, Let It Shine

Getting late, so best say "Good Night all!"


Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Here She Is!

Sweet Trouble (digi image by Nina May) aka My Sweet Gran-Puppy! Yes Malie is my Gran-puppy and according to Kim this is as close as I'm getting to Grandchildren...Oh well, I'll take Malie any day. When we're on the phone she squeaks and squeaks her toys to let me know she is there. She nips Kim and sits on her and I just can't wait to see her next week!

I had fun using Malie's image to make a card, I just needed it to be in an Hawaiian setting of her home.

Kim asked for a CAS card and I believe I did it, but it wasn't so CAS to do!

I first took Nina's artwork of Malie and on Adobe PhotoDelux Business Edition, I used the 'smart' select tool (it really was smarter than me, I had to do it several times to outwit it) and outlined Malie, then deleted the background which left her image. Then I repeated it with the bucket of candy canes. I found the beach scene and imported it into PhotoDelux. Long story short, I merged the 3 different layers, manipulated the images in the scene and viola! I had the picture wanted! I used SU! markers to color the pink and Adirondack reinkers mixatives copper and mushroom to color the bucket and Malie. I mounted it on the new SU! in color Melon Mambo, DP green with palm trees, used black matting, sentiment from SU!, black dotted ribbon and photo corners.

I'm in a goofy mood (it is after my bedtime ya know) and made a fish eye view of the card to enlarge the beach scene.

She is a cutey and so is Kimmy! I hopped on TMITA “RECIPE BLOG HOP” --- let's mix up some fun! today and saw some of Nina's great new images for her new store. Hurry, you have until this week-end to finish and she has some awesome, awesome give-aways. Kim is giving away real candy on hers, the kind with lots of healthy calories! AND recipes to enjoy for your holiday entertainment with family and friends. LOL!

Edit Mode! I decided to add this to 365 Cards challenge, Day 284 DIY sketches. Again using Adobe PhotoshopDelux, I edited the card photo into a black and white sketch. Here it is:

Enjoy the week and those of us in the Midwest - keep warm!


Sunday, December 6, 2009

Snowy Flight Candy - NO CALORIES!!!

After much deliberation, I decided to make candy bar wrappers for There's Magic In the Air blog challenge to use the Snowy Flight digi and make anything but a card. I really do like making anything but a card but there are so many choices! I decided the extra, big, and large Hershey candy bars would be perfect to re-wrap and give to the office staff at work. If you have ever worked in an elementary school, you would know that December is not their favorite time of the year! (It's just too busy, enough said!)
This is the pic of the 6 candy bars...

And this is a close up of one of the bars...

It's hard to tell but the snowman is stickled with Diamond, his nose is orange stickles and the buttons are black stickles. I erased the scarf and put on a wired ribbon for the scarf. Trees and sentiment are from Recollections clear stamps, "Merry, Merry". The sled is painted silver and I added the red bling coz I like bling!

This project is being entered in 7 challenges...

1. There's Magic In the Air to make anything but a card. (Don't forget to join in Nina's blog hop this week!)

2. Challenge Up Your Life to make something to 'give pleasure'. It's CHOCOLATE!

3. The Pixie Cottage to make anything but a card. Oh, maybe this doesn't work, it's an edible card!

4. The SophistiCat Challenges. To use snowflakes and sparkle. First time I've entered this one, looks like fun girls!

5. The Gingersnap Creations to make a winter wonderland. Let's just hope it isn't a winter wonderland around here until after the New Year!

6. Three Clovers Designs to make a gift, an uncard. They are gifts, yeah!

7. Bee Crafty. make a craft item NOT A CARD which could be considered a 'Christmas Extra' e.g., festive decoration, gifts, gift tags and wrapping... So it;
Must be something other than a card
Must be festive (or for Christmas e.g., as a present)
Must include digi somewhere.

Well, that's it for tonight. I need to finish dishes, laundry, coloring my hair (don't tell anyone, nobody knows that I have gray hair!) and start my Christmas cards.

Let's take a survey: How many people HAVE NOT started their Christmas cards???

Have a great week and stamp happy! SAM

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Merry Chris-Moose

How about a non-traditional Christmas card? Maybe it's my age, (been there, done that attitude) but I lean more and more away from red and green. When I finished 'dressing' the moose and mice I decided it needed a brighter/happier background. The glitzy stripes and bright colors seemed just right to me!

The moose and mice are a free digi from Nina's There's Magic In the Air! I popped up the mouse in the Santa hat, the present and the star with a gold thread hanger. Along with the digi, Nina wanted us to help the moose feel warm and fuzzy, so his blanket is blue flower soft, the mice are wrapped up in Stickles along with the present, the star is punched from blue glitter CS and I replaced the Christmas light in the digi with an embellishment I bought years ago when visiting my DD, Kim, in paradise. Be sure to take a look at her take on this challenge, the moose is snuggling inside waiting for Santa to come!

I am also entering this in the following challenges:

* Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps!! Challenge # 8 to be Touchy Feely

* Stamp, Scrap and Doodle Saturdays, Challenge #17 to make a Christmas Theme project.

* Crazy 4 Challenges, Week 13, Punch Happy!

Don't forget to check out There's Magic In the Air for news about the upcoming Blog Hop! Check my sidebar for more info!

Thanks for looking, have a good rest of the week-end and here's to the rush for the upcoming next holiday - Christmas!

Stamping by SAM

Friday, November 27, 2009

The Walnut Tree of Memories Past...

This post is to honor our cousin, Bev, for the poem she wrote and read at my MIL's funeral service in June. The poem is about the Walnut Tree to the right of the picture. Her poem below the pic explains the meaning of the tree to her and the family. Many summers and winters were spent at Great Grandma's farm and the tree was always there for all that visited. A huge storm passed through the valley the day before my mother in law passed away and uprooted the old walnut tree. This is the house Becky (MIL) grew up in and the place that was heaven for my husband. Stories about the farm have been passed from generation to generation, but now it is up to this generation to keep it going. Lucky for us, Bev put it into words for the next generation to read and know about the old family farm.

The Walnut tree of memories past......
By Beverly Blanton Fischer

I remember hearing stories shared of the “Blanton Walnut tree,”
Between my Aunts’ Becky and Margie, without Dad there to referee.

It seemed to spark quite a few tales of childhood memories,
Although both had renditions which neither one could agree.

During the spring the sparse leaves would finally come in full,
Providing shade to the horses, sheep, cows, and maybe even a bull.

The tree may have served as base during those childhood games of hide and seek,
Or maybe it was the place of hiding, hoping no one would dare look up and peak.

It would also provide a bounty of nuts each and every beautiful fall,
Grandma added them to the fudge to be enjoyed at Christmas by all.

I was deeply saddened to get the call today when Mom told me of the news,
A savage storm swept through the farm and left everything gravely bruised.

The Blanton Walnut tree had been uprooted, and was no longer standing tall and proud,
Instead, it lay on the ground looking beaten, and ready to be covered with shroud.

There is no other piece of wood more beautiful than the grain of a Walnut tree,
It possesses such a dark, rich, earthen color, I dare anyone to disagree.

I truly believe that its purpose was served and the time had come to move on,
Instead of being the tree of memories past……it can now be timber full of brawn.

June, 2009

It just seemed too much of a coincidence that the tree fell at the same time my MIL made her journey to heaven. The analogy of the tree and Becky is just too clear. Thanks Bev for your beautiful words and love. This picture is for you with a ton a gratitude.

The picture is an old photograph borrowed from Aunt Wilda (Bev's mom). I scanned/enlarged it and put it in the back of the shadow box frame. The poem is printed on a transparency and placed behind the glass.

Thanks for sharing in our memories...
Stamping by SAM

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Snow Baby the Snowman Has Heart...Viola!

Short post, except for the 5 card pics. It's late and I know I'll make tooooo many typos!
Day 266 - Color me with This. I used colored pencils w/OMS. Also used 'out of the box' technique with the rectangle nestie.

This is Day 265, Simply Put. Challenge was to use one DP, one embellishment and one sentiments. The DP is a carboard backing from a Mary Engelbreit bookmark package, the embellishment is ME and the sentiment is SU!

This is for Day 264 - Keep it To Yourself. The challenge was to make a congratulatory card without a sentiment. Can you guess what the congratulations is on this one??? The squares were punched out with a nestie and it punched through the CA and DP at the same time. Didn't think it would work but it did.

This shows the inside of the baby congrats card.
The heart and wheels are punched out of glitter paper.
I cased this from raiwolf on Splitcoast Stampers.

This is for Day 263 - Ad Inspired. I zoomed in on the picture on the right side of the picture. This is cased also, from Zindorf!
Wish I had a lighter touch on the shading like she does! If you haven't looked at her work please take some time to, she is inspirational. She is not 'just' a card maker (like myself) she is an artist!

This is for the last day, the 5th and final card I made today. It is for Day 262 - Color scheme challenge. I used all the colors but some are minimal - so look close!

That's all folks! Let me know if you need anymore deets. I was asleep 3 hours ago so it will be interesting to proof read this in the morning. You might want to check back and see all the changes I made!

Ok, I slept till 9 this morning and did find a few minor typos. I'll drink another cup of java and check again later! Hope you enjoyed my creations. By the way, I started making the 5 cards last night after dinner at 7 and completed them by midnight. Those that know me know this is a miracle of sorts!
Stamping by SAM

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Royal Christmas Card

Quick card for Sunday, November 15 Day 260 - Super Sketchy Sunday.

This is the sketch...

Used a dimensional sticker by Pooch and Sweetheart, Hampton sentiment stamp, the tag is the cardboard backing from 'some package', lavender paper and ribbon. The inside is finished also, I'll try to get a picture in the morning...for now...going beddy bye!

Thanks for looking!

Stamping by SAM

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Inspirational Mug Shot!

Made a quick card tonight, ya know, the 10 minute card that takes 60 minutes!

My inspiration was the mug in the photo. My DD Kim gave it to me some years back (Thanks Kimmy) and I have been wanting to make a card with the red stripes and snowflakes. This fits perfectly with 365 cards challenge for Monday, November 16, Day 261 - Card Recipe.

  • 4x4 Card
  • Red Background
  • Snowflakes (pattern, embellishments, any #, and any variety)
  • 1 ribbon
  • stamped sentiment

I used clear embossing on the cuttlebugged snowflakes card base and to make the stripes. The snowflakes are embossed with white and glitter. The Merry and Bright is from Stampin' Up.

Wouldn't this be a great gift, mug with a card to match and fill it with goodies. Sorry my friends, this is my favorite winter mug for hot chocolate and Chai Tea Latte! Maybe, just maybe, I'll look for another mug to use for an inspirational gift!

Night all!

Stamping by SAM

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Reflective Penquin!

What else can you do on a snowy night, ice skating all by yourself? Reflect about why you can't sleep...oh wait a minute, I'm reflecting my issues on the penquin!

The penquin is printed on acetate and colored with sharpy markers. I added red stickles to the hat and liquid applique, heated very carefully (acetate is allergic to heat!). The white snowflakes are stamped on the inside so they show through the window. The gold and silver metallic cardstock is from the same sheet. I used Staz-On stamp cleaner to remove the gold finish!

I didn't much like it as I was finishing it up, but then my DH said, "I like it, is it going to be our Christmas card this year?" That's pretty much a compliment in this house, or was he just trying to get me motivated? That is the question.  This is for for There's Magic In the Air challenge...go by and grab the cute litle penquin guy for free!

Night all!

Stamping by SAM

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Thank you Kimmy!

My DD is passing this honor to me - Thank you Kimmy!

The rules are this: I need to pass this award on to five people, post on their blog to let them know I left this award, and then I need to answer a list of questions in ONE word (now if you know me in person, well, it may be darn near impossible!)

1. Where is your cell phone? charging

2. Your hair? Natural dark ash blond

3. Your mother? Nettie

4. Your father? John

5. Your favorite food? all, except liver

6. Your dream last night? ?

7. Your favorite drink? hot chocolate

8. Your dream/goal? Have my daughter take care of me in my old age...I knew I couldn't do it in one word!

9. What room are you in? craft/office

10. Your hobby? card making

11. Your fear? rodents and reptiles

12. Where do you want to be in 6 years? Hawaii

13. Where were you last night? home

14. Something that you're aren't? skinny

15. Muffins? yes

16. Wish list item? finished house

17. Where did you grow up? Missouri

18. Last thing you did? paid bills (after talking to KIM!)

19. What are you wearing? sweats, t-shirt, jacket

20. Your TV? Living room and craft/office

21. Your Pets? adopted mutt, Buddy!  (Everyone needs a Buddy!)

22. Friends? near and far

23. Your life? Yeah...

24. Your mood? hotflashes, need I say more?

25. Missing Someone? always, my dear Kim

26. vehicle? sable

27. Something your not wearing? bra

28. Your favorite store? Hobby Lobby

29. Your favorite color? blue, color of Paradise!

30. When was the last time you laughed? today

31. Last time you cried? Friday - remember the hotflash answer???

32. Your best friend? my daughter!

33. One place that I go to over and over? work, blah, blah, blah :(

34. Facebook? yes, just to be nosey!

35. Favorite place to eat? What's open?

Stamping by SAM

Saturday, November 14, 2009

"Elegant Pumpkins"

Created a card today using There's Magic In the Air digital stamp, Elegant Pumpkins. The challange by Leigh Anne asks us to do a monochromatic card and then add either white, black or grey. Well, elegant makes me think of either white, black or grey, so I decided my monochromatic color would be gray/silver with black accent. The pumpkin/cake stand are printed on metallic silver cardstock.

The other challenges I used to make this card are:
  1. Diva Coffee Break Design Sketch Challenge #153
  2. La La Weekly Challenge #12 ~ Getting Punchy!
  3. Challenge #6 - Lotsa Circles!! at Kraftin' Kmmie Stamps
  4. Pile it On! to use leaves (good thing I bought a new leaf punch!)
  5. Just Us Girls week #7 challenge to dry emboss
Total of six challenges...I should start charting this, oh no!, did I say that!, ugh! reminds me of work!
Enjoy your Sunday, I'll be playing ketchup again!

[ketchup means...I need to 'catch up' with everything I have put off and need to get done!)

ps Does anyone have a sandwich recipe for using Big Shot Texture plates from Stampin' Up in the cuttlebug?

Stamping by SAM

Friday, November 13, 2009

Posting a card tomorrow! Enjoy the slideshow...(I'm experimenting!  LOL!)

Stamping by SAM

Friday, November 6, 2009


Quick Post – late, still need to fold a load of clothes, pack and get ready for a 4 day trip. I should be ready by 7 AM when my ride arrives! LOL

Trouble getting this card done because I wanted to be a little more creative with it. I kept holding myself back so I could get it done and posted tonight before I leave. Therefore, my digi and sentiment are not straight. Maybe I shouldn’t lay my head down and snooze when putting cards together!

This is the sketch I followed for Stamp TV challenge STVSC37

This is the color challenge I followed from Diva Coffee Break Design - Challenge #152.

And this is the card with the digi from There’s Magic In the Air.

And this is where the Bravo Burgundy ended up!

Hope you have a great week-end and those of you in the Midwest – enjoy the great weather!

PS to Kim - Sorry, I took one more step and did 3 challenges!!!


Sunday, November 1, 2009

Recycled Thanksgiving - but not the Turkey!

I was looking at challenges yesterday trying to get ideas for a card to make. Well, it was just overwhelming! The one challenge that stuck in my head was Stamp Simply to make a 3 panel accordion card. It was different and sounded like a challenge to get my Mojo going! Then I was cleaning off the kitchen table, throwing away junk mail and to my surprise – I found this…junk mail in a 3 panel card!

Well, it just so happens that we had two (one for DH and one for me!) He didn’t want his, go figure, so my little mind thinks, “If I mess it up, I’ll have a backup!” Of course I need a backup, I mess everything up! So I sponged the edges in Bravo Burgundy, Really Rust, Taken with Teal and Old Olive for the ColourQ challenge. Wow, it ended up with a marble look.

Took some thinking (that hurts!) and I wanted to decorate the back side (I did put DP on it, just didn’t embellish) Thought I could use 6 different sketch challenges instead of just the 3 I did use. Ran out of that Mojo juice, wonder if Wally World sells it?!?

So what you see is what I got - the finished card…

And below are the challenges I met in the making of my Thanksgiving Accordion Card!

1. Stamp TV # STVC36 – sketch, third panel
2. Whimsy Stamps – Sketch, second panel
3. Eat, Sleep, and Stamp – Sketch, first panel
4. Stamp Simply – 3 panel accordion card
5. ColourQ – use Bravo Burgundy, Really Rust, Taken with Teal and Old Olive
6. Cuttlebug Challenge Blog #55 – Use “your favorite” and mine is the *BLING*
7. Our Creative Corner – make it vintage
8. Pile It On – a card that sends “thanks”
9. Gingersnap Creations – 2 Challenges: 27 to use orange, green, brown and 28 to make a Thanksgiving card
10. Sunflowers and Dragonflies #15 – flower power!
11. Crafty Creations – a Thanksgiving card
12. My Creative Moments #4 – to use circles
13. Stamptacular Sunday Challenge #31 – Friendship
14. Challenge Up Your Life – to Pimp it Up! To take something and make it look better
15. There's Magic In the Air - the pumpkin Digi and the first panel

Just think – this card base could be in the trash can now!

Sorry for the long post. Making a card once a week leads to a lot of wordiness. Have a great week everyone. I’m just hoping for a better week than last week… SAM

ps...DH is still sick with that darn flu, it's been 2 weeks now. I noticed a lot of blogs I went to are discussing dealing with the same type of symptoms. It sure does wipe you out!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Hurry Spring!

It's still Fall and I make a card asking for Spring to hurry up! Could be because my DH and I are still not feeling well, more him than me, I do believe I'm on the mend.

On to my card for today.

I think since I'm feeling some better that I'm getting my Mojo back - or - I've lost my mind! This card represents 11, count them, 11 challenges! They are:

Pile It on #21 to use Blue, Green, and Yellow. Who'd thunk you could turn that color combo into a winter card?

Stamp TV to "Let it snow". Represented the snow with all the glitz and stickles on the computer generated sentiment.

Charisma Cardz #42 to use a daisy? Yeah, I did. Hence the sentiment to Hurry Spring!

ABC challenge 'F' for Flying.

Daring Cardmakers to include 5 of my favourite Things on the card. My top five are:
a. Rhinestones
b. Ribbon and Bow
c. Stickles (I found out that I have 3 bottles of 'Diamond', I think I'm afraid I will run out - can't buy it in my small town. LOL
d. Embossing - I used heat and dry embossing,love how it gives dimension.
e. Blue! I love blue cards, they are the best, all cards should have blue on them!

One Stop Craft Challenge #52. May be a stretch on this one (one in every crowd) but I am celebrating the changing seasons in the Midwest! Those in paradise miss all this fun - right KL!

La-La- Land Crafts LLWWC9 to make it sparkle. Be sure to count the blue snowflake punched from a glitter CS. No bending rules on this one. Add it to my favorite 5 list above - I LOVE SPARKLE!

Whimsy Stamps to use heat or dry embossing. As discussed above, the over achiever I am, I did both!

Stamping 411 SSC122 to use the Saturday sketch, a square card.

Stamp Simply #110 to feel square!

11. Fourth Friday Fun Challenges - Bring on the Bling!

Hope you enjoyed my post, it was either make a card or do some more painting. LOL! SAM

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Harvest Geese!

OK, I'm on a roll, 2 cards these week! No more until the week-end though - we have parent conferences till 7 pm the next two nights. Picture me sleepy!

This card fits the criteria for 4 challenges. Decided to keep it simple!

* The first, of course, is the free digi from There's Magic In the Air. Nina provides the digi along with a challenge. This was by Curt to use pop up dots to provide some 'pop'. I 'lifted' the pumpkins and basket.

*The second challenge is Day 234 - Tuesday's Trio at 365 Cards. This kind of challenge is fun because the trio on all the cards should be the same, but how you use them is remarkably different. The trio elements are: Pearl - Tag - Ribbon. It's hard to tell in the photo, but I lucked out and found an 'orangey' pearl to blend with the color scheme, which is the next challenge...

*from Monday, October 19, 2009 colourQ challenge #3. The colors are pumpkin pie, apricot appeal, certainly celery, pale plum with black and a neutral allowed.

*The last challenge I incorporated is the sketch from Papertake Weekly, Sketch #26 . A pretty simple clean sketch, just right for late night card making - well - late for me!

Not bad for a card I started after 8pm! Hope you enjoyed my Thanksgiving card and I hope to be back this week-end to solve a few more challenges. I'm glad I'm feeling better but now my DH is feverish and not feeling well. Gee Willies, I guess after all these years we can still share! SAM

Sunday, October 18, 2009

You're Spooktacular!

WOW! It's been 2 weeks and a day since I have posted anything! My excuse - work, allergies, cold, can't sleep, planned too much, no energy, too many different kinds of meds, and a packed schedule!
So here goes my re-entry into the blogging world!

This card is a 5 challenge baby!

* Inspirational Card Sketches -
ICSketches # 38
* Charisma Cardz Challenge -
Challenge #41 - It's So Distressing
* Pile It On -
(be sure to check out my
DD's card - she made the top 3 scoops!)
* Corrosive Challenge -
Challenge #34 Spooky Times
* ColourQ -
colourQ challenge #2

Obviously I am out of sync with the posting thing. My camera battery is dead and I am waiting for it to charge so I can finish this up. I'm also sipping my hot honey/lemon juice toddy to calm the coughing fit I had earlier. I am sleeping better so all is better!
Thanks for visiting, if my daughter Kim has anything to do with it, I will be posting more...

Saturday, October 3, 2009


Wow! Two thank you cards in a row for 365 Cards. Today challenge is Day 217 - Stampin' Saturday, to stamp a background pattern that is the same color as your card stock. I chose Soft Suede and Very Vanilla. I used my new Circle Circus set and the "Thanks" is the same stamp I used yesterday from the bundle of goodies from Pam. It is stamped on the inside of the card. Thought I had a plastic bubble to fit over the 'Thanks' but couldn't find them in all my mess.

That's all for tonight. I've been freezing all day with a sweatshirt on and now I'm burning up with my T-shirt on! This aging thing is getting on my nerves!!!
Till next time - SAM

Friday, October 2, 2009

A Simple Thanks...

This started out to be a Christmas card but somewhere I made a turn (go figure) and ended up with a Thank You card! LOL! This is for today's challenge
Day 216 - Ad Inspired. It is one ad inspired challenged I liked right away because it would be easy to do a CAS design, my favorite. The pic below is the tote bags that inspired us...

Below is my take on the sketch. The DP is SU! but I don't remember which one and it is paired with So Saffron CS. The stamp images are from Scenic Route clear Stamps part of my winnings from Pam last month. I really like the flower and it stamped so clearly, not always the case with clear stamps. I have been using a white eraser to rub the the stamp and then clean it with stamp cleaner and it seems to help get a better stamped image. I read that somewhere and it does seem to work. I added clear gel pen to the flowers for shine and green rhinestones for the centers.

Pretty proud of myself keeping up this week with getting the cards done faster. Now I'll actually have to do some work around the house tomorrow and get caught up on that! Stamping is just so much more fun! Till next time. SAM

Thursday, October 1, 2009

A kinda-sorta Feng Shui designer card! (LOL)

Promised myself I wouldn't make a card today but the challenge at 365 Cards for Thursday, October 1, 2009 Day 215 - 4 Elements was a most difficult challenge making it a difficult challenge to pass up! The challenge is to "Divide your card into 4 parts representing the 4 basic elements: water, fire, earth, and air." Sound simple? Not quite, but this is my take on it.

And this is the inside, not much design but needed it with the black card base. I picked 4 different colored designed papers from The Green Stack Mat Pack, cut in 1" strips for the front to represent the 4 elements, made a embossed metal thank you tag, black grosgrain ribbon knotted down the front.

I'm anxious to see what everyone else comes up with on this one, although not many have entered yet! Must be a lot of thinking going on! Till next time, signing off - SAM

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Sweet Missouri Dogwood!

This is my entry for the last day of September for the challenge at 365 Cards, Wednesday, September 30, 2009 Day 214 - White Space. Below is the sketch Pam gave us to follow, to only place stamping and embellishments in the black space.

I used the SU! Just Vine set, a set I bought on E-Bay but haven't used, for Sunday's sketch and fell in love with it! So here it is again...

It reminds me of Dogwood trees that bloom in the spring here in the Midwest. You always see the blooms first and when they fall off the tree produces leaves. It is always the first sign of spring and gets everyone excited for warmer weather. The small dogwood flowers are from a small flower punch. Use a soft mat, an embossing tool and push down in the center to give the flower dimension. The large white flower I bought at a local Farmington store called the Red Rooster. A local lady is making them and selling at the store. It would be pretty easy to copy except I have never seen the center punch with the tulip shape flowers. If you have let me know where you found it. I think a snowflake punch would work for the center also and make a nice winter card. Of course it had to have bling so I used stickles for the flower centers.

Well, that's all for tonight and this month, can't believe tomorrow is October 1st. Friday is Farmington's Homecoming so we only have a half school day, then I'm planning to go to Desloge (yes, it really is on the map!) to help with the traveling Vietnam Wall. Take care and Good Night! SAM

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Pumpkin In Pieces...

and put back together again! Must be a relative of Humpty Dumpty!
This card completes a challenge for today, which is, Day 213 - In Pieces. Probably could have done more (or better) with this one but still feeling a little under the weather. Not bad enough to stay home from work as my daughter suggested (Gee - where did I get these work ethics?!?!) but bad enough I think I will go on to bed!

I didn't follow the pumpkin pattern exactly, just could not cut out the little vine and the leaf just didn't look right. Other that, used SU! DP So Saffron, lovely lilac CS and the bat paper is a DP I bought at Micheals.

Well take card where a mask so germs aren't spread, wash your hands, don't breath and lay low! SAM

Monday, September 28, 2009

Bling! Bling! Who's There?

Get it? Bling! Bling! Who's there? OK, it's late and I tend to get a little silly when I can't keep my eyes open...So let's change it to the Blooper show! I don't know why we always show our 'bestest' cards - why not show our bloopers and prove to the world that we are human beings with kind and compassionate hearts? So that's what I am doing tonight. I started on the 365 Cards, Day 211 - Super Sketchy Sunday on Sunday night and loved what I was making until I tried to put the sentiment on and '''blooper'''! Smudged the ink, had it all over my hands and stamped the sentiment 3 times! I quit and went to bed...scroll down to see the card I started this morning and finished after work tonight before my low impact aquatic exercise class.

And this is the finished product, oh no! wait! could it be? yes it is! another smudge! And I really do like this card...oh well, let's keep scrolling down to see the finished card...

This is the real card (please stand up!) for my entry at 365 Cards, Day 211 - Super Sketchy Sunday! (Applause, applause!) It is also for Splitcoast Challenge CAS34 to use pink, green, blue, white and chocolate if you wish.
YES! I DID IT! I covered the smudge with a butterfly, I love butterflies coz they cover smudges! Now every time you see a butterfly on my card you will guess there is a smudge under it. Maybe - maybe not!

The next card is for today,
Day 212 - On the Fringes. This week's challenge at Card Patterns Bringing you Sketch 34. And for Splitcoast Challenge To Try a New Technique, Foil Embossing. Wow! A trio of challenges on one card, wait, didn't I just do that last week at 365 Cards?

Now can you see where I got my title? Both cards have lots and lots of bling, bling!
That's all for tonight, gotta wind down so I'll go to sleep. :) Everyone have a great Tuesday!

signing off - Stamping by SAM