Sunday, November 28, 2010

Vintage Peaceful Wishes!

Whew, I made it! A whole week of cards at 365 Cards.  For the last challenge we are to take all the 'ingredients' by the DT members and put it together into one card. If I must say so myself, this is one recipe I have followed! I used all Stampin' Up! materials including a very old stamp set, Peaceful Wishes. The DP is new, 'Deck the Halls'. Oh the only item not SU! is the star sticker. Had to have a dimensional sticker for the recipe. Thought about making my own but that was just too much work! Hope you like!

This is being submitted to 365 Cards Day 272, Vintage Recipe. The only ingredient that might be hard to spot is the sewing. I used gold metallic thread and hand stitched in two opposing corners. You may need to enlarge the pic to see it.

The other challenge I am entering this in is CCEE Stampers to use lace.

Lace flowers are a whole lot easier and faster to make than to hand crochet them!

Thanks for your time and stopping by!


Saturday, November 27, 2010

A Fresh Cut Vintage Christmas...

2nd to the last card for the wild and crazy week of 365 Cards Vintage Blog Hop with amazing Graphic 45 giveaways by the ever awesome Gloria! It sure has motivated me to pull out some unused paper, embellishments and gear to get my mojo going to make some Christmas cards. For this card I used the Fresh Cut Stationary from SU! that I have probably only used once. I used the red and cream color combo again but with the addition of brown instead of green.  Have a look...

The challenge for Day 271 is Vintage plus Lace .
I had only planned on adding the strip of lace down the middle but it ended up being covered up! That forced me into making a creative decision, which was to make a lace flower and use a Build a Brad for the center of it.
 Love those brads! I also used the sketch from
just posted today.
Be back later with the last card for the Vintage Blog Hop at 365 Cards!


Friday, November 26, 2010

Purple Vintage...

and sticker embellishments! Now the challenge for 365 Cards, Day 270 asked for vintage plus a dimensional sticker, well, I used 4 stickers. That must mean I get 3 more entries for this card! WOWZER!  Just kidding Pam, I know the rules and play by them all the time! I have not been influenced by those that don't follow, I mean those that bend the rules...
I followed the sketch at Tuesday Morning Sketches for this week.
That's all for now. Going to Wally World to get groceries, we must be crazy!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

On Glistening Pond...

New Card, New Digi! This is Faith's Skating Penguin, the freebie for this week.

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

Color Create Challenge - colors: robin egg blue, sea foam green and cream
Wild Orchid Challenge - a blue Christmas
Digital Tuesday - snow theme plus digi
Everybody Art Challenge - use shapes, first time I used the octagon nesties!
A Spoonful of Sugar - anything goes this week
Fab and Funky Challenge - is also an open challenge this week
Inktegrity Designs - is another open challenge
Artful Inkables - wants punches and die cuts
Lots To Do Challenge - use your favorite technique, love to use punches and diecuts, won't tell you how many I have!
Crafty Creations - Christmas is Coming theme
Freshly Brewed Designs - a winter/Christmas theme
Lollipop Crafts - another Christmas theme
One Stitch at a Time Challenge - to highlight a season or an event
Simon Says Stamps - Let it snow!  Hey! It did in Farmington, Missouri today !
Stampin B's Challenge - make a holiday card
The Pixie Challenge - Use the sketch or theme of Let It Snow
Totally Gorjuss Challenge - use not-so-traditional holiday colors
Pile It On Challenge - what does winter mean (high heating bills!)
Anything Goes Challenge - feature an animal
Designed 2 Delight  - the freebie penguin image
Double Delight Challenge - use Faith's skating penguin and add snowflakes
Belli Challenge - forgotten embellishments that begin with R - red rhinestone

That's all for today. Need to go take a nap before I go to bed so I can wake up at the ridiculous hour of 4 AM!

Happy Thanksgiving to all and to all a Goodnight!  (Whoops, wrong holiday!)


Vintage Poinsettia...

Looks like I'm stuck in the color scheme of cream, green and red!  "It's OK,"  I tell myself, "I like it!" Really good vintage color scheme and I'm going to use the Christmas cards I'm making this week to send to the other buildings in my school district (it's a tradition!)  I've had this poinsettia stamp forever, never inked it, so I need to send a  big "THANK YOU" to Pam and her Designers for motivating me to dust off my gear and supplies...
I colored the poinsettia with color pencils / OMS and my distressing
is done with Tim Holtz Distress Ink, Tattered Rose.

Happy Thanksgiving to all!


Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Vintage Week, 365 Cards, Days 267 and 268!

Didn't have a stickpin, so I used a large upholstery needle and glued beads on it.

The front...
The Inside...
Another easy Christmas card to reproduce in multiples. Made with all SU!

Thanks for stopping by, hopefully I can make 2 more tomorrow for the 365 Cards Vintage Blog Hop!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

It's A Bird! It's a Plane! It's a Snowman!

OK...I'm from the old school (which means I'm old!) But I still like to call them snowmen! And this is a pretty cute one too. I've seen this style in several places and have always wanted to make it, well, Pam's sketch at 365 Cards, Super Sketchy Sunday, Day 265 and the beginning of a fantastic vintage Blog Hop inspired me to go for it! I couldn't help but look at the sketch and see a snowman looking up at me. Plus I wanted to use the little white ball trim that I bought with my DD, Kim at Salt Lake City this summer. I am entering this in One Stop Craft Challenge wanting any kind of snow person we could conjure up.

Thanks for stopping by, I hope to enter more challenges this week at 365 Cards Vintage Hop, be sure to check out the prize winnings, it's awesome!   SAM

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Window with a View...

365 Cards, Day 262, Setting a Scene sounded like DD, Kim, is the designer for this challenge...she said, "MOM, DO IT!"  So I did (I always do what she tells me to do [cough, cough].  Knew what I wanted to do but it took several attempts to get it there. So this is what I ended up with...

Kim and I had shopped at Garden Ridge a couple years ago and found a huge 'getting rid of all card making supplies' sale. We both bought the window front panel you see. I found mine, she didn't! The tree inside is origami made with the whole set of nestie scallop squares. It could be more 3-D, but I flattened them by embossing with the dotted Swiss cuttlebug folder. If you enlarge the front picture you'll be able to see the teeny, tiny bumps!  I used cardboard for the back, figured I needed something heavier than card stock, and wrapped it with the DP to cover the edges.

I'm entering this bigger than normal sized card in the following challenges:

1. 365 Cards, Day 262 - window card, setting a scene
2. If the Shoe Fits, Scrap It - tickle me with tinsel, make it shine!
3. Color Throw Down - the colors, pear pizzazz, cajun craze and earl espresso
4. Crafty Creations - finish the inside of the card
5. Paper Cutz - Christmas, with bling, any color
6. Paper Play Challenge - let it snow! (But let's wait till January!)
7. Whimsie Doodles - Snow
8. Cooking Up with Kate - recipe of: a punch, add a little gold and make it for your Family
9. Creative Inspirations Challenge - anything Chritmassy or winter
10. Delightful Sketches - winter weather
12. A Spoonful of Sugar - Distressing
13. Pile it On Challenge - Holidays with Family
14. Polly Craft Challenge - Glittery Christmas
15. Scrappy Frogs Challenge - Merry Christmas and make your favorite one
16. Some Odd Girl - window card
17. Stamp, Scrap and Doodle - no flower
19. Stamps R Us - sparkles and scallops
20. Tree House Stamps - glitter, I used white glitter CS
21. Meljens Designs - sparkle and shine
22. Incy Wincy Design - base on rockin' music "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree!"
23. Freshed Brewed Designs - I love paper folding (origami), distressing and glittery CS!
24. Cupcake Craft Challenge - House Warming
25. Frosted Designs - Distressing
26. Critter Challenge - Texture, embossed front panel and embossed Christmas tree

Hope you liked the peek through my Christmas window! Have a Merry Sunday!


Sunday, November 14, 2010

Holly-day Christmas Bird!

What a title, but it just came to me and like the things I say, I have no control of what comes out of my mouth!

Uhmmm, on to the card. Quick card to use the 365 sketch today. Really good tag look for a Christmas card. I delved into recycling today and used a bottle cap for the circle on the sketch. Convinced my woodworking husband to help pound out the cap to flatten in. Couldn't be simple, no, he had to take it to the wood shop. Well, he flatten it 'really, really good'! I stained it with Adirondack Alcohol ink - Oregano.  Another 'buy' I just had to have and it is the first time I've used it.

I am entering this in the following challenges:

Totally Gorjuss Challenge - traditional Christmas
I Did it Creations - traditional Christmas
Freshed Brewed Designs - 2 or more patterned papers
If the Shoe Fits, Scrap It - a handmade embellishment (bottle cap with lace and stamp)
Let's Ink it Up - Bottle cap, actually my DH dug it out of the trash!
Oldies but Goodies - Distressing, I used Brilliance Metallic Gold to distress with and use a stamped image at least 6 months old. Must be, can't even remember buying the holly leaves.
Wee Memories - dust off that patterned paper
Case Study Challenge - cased the card below
Thanks for stopping by!        SAM

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Kaela Angel and a New/Old Technique

Pam, the fearless leader at 365 Cards, is reliving her childhood and decided to bring back an art technique she learned in, well, probably Kindergarten! I know, because I am a past Kindergarten teacher and my students loved blowing paint around the paper.  Pam calls it "Blow Art". I call it, "Give the kids something to do so they'll be short of breath and therefore, QUIET!"

I combined "Blow Art" challenge and Faith's Kaela Angel at Designed 2 Delight on this card because my daughter Kim is a design team member on both challenges.

It's hard to see in the picture, you may need to enlarge it, but the background is made first, by clear embossing snowflakes on glossy card stock, then using the stone technique (reinkers dabbed with an alcohol soaked cotton ball), next I used the "Blow Art" technique, and finally embossed it with a snowflake cuttlebug folder. 

I am entering this in several challenges:

Day 255, 365 Cards - Blow Art
ABC Challenge - H is for Holiday
A Spoonful of Sugar - Snowflakes
C.R.A.F.T. Challenge - A Berry Color Palette
Crafty Calendar Challenge - Winter Theme with optional snowflakes
Crafty Cardmakers - Dry embossing
Crazy Challenge - Things with wings
Designed 2 Delight - Kaela Angel digi
Digital Tuesday Challenge - use up stash and digi (pretty much everything I used to make this card has been around a long time, except for the digi!)
Double Delight Challenge - use Kaela Angel and make it sparkle
For Fun Challenge - to dry emboss
Incy Wincy Designs - the sketch 
Little Red Wagon - use 3 of something, the snowflakes
Speedy the Cat's Friends Challenge - snowflakes
Paper Pretties - embossing
I Did It Creations - holiday color mix up - I used Easter pastel colors
Stamping Vacation - get Music in your challenge, mine is, I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas
Sweet Stampin' Challenge - It's all about snowflakes
There's Magic In the Air - Non traditional holiday colors (Hi, Nina!)
The Shabby Tea Room - Lavender and lace
Tuesday Taggers - color combo of silver, gold and purple
Paper Pals Arts - Inspiration photo
 Ppa pic
Delightful Sketches - to use glitter
Anything Challenge - emboss it
Bee-Crafty - Christmas
Crafty Ann's Challenge - non-traditional Christmas colors
Crazy 4 Challenges - Christmas
No Time to Stamp - Non-traditional Christmas colors

Whew - that's about all for now! Thanks for sharing your time with me...


Sunday, November 7, 2010

Harvest Basket - Give Thanks

WOW, got another card done this week-end. Sure does help when I don't waste my time cleaning house. (OK, I'm not a total goof-off, 4 loads of wash, a little dusting, and a huge pot of navy beans/ham on the stove with southern cornbread to come later and resetting all the clocks!) So here is my card using Faith's D2D Harvest Basket image...

I am entering this is the following challenges:

Cupcake Craft Challenge - autumn theme with thanks.
Designed 2 Delight - the Harvest Basket image by Faith, hurry over, first challenge of the month and it is free! 
Double Delight - a CAS card
Kaboodle Doodles - make it vintage
Lots To Do Challenge - autumn colors
Our Creative Corner - An Attitude of Gratitude, I like that, think I will use it with my students!
Scrappy Frog Challenge - Give Thanks
Stamp, Scrap and Doodle - Fall card
Tuesday Throwdown - Thanksgiving
Off the Wall Craftiness - the colors I used, orange, brown and green.
Card Positioning System - the sketch I used

Thanks for stopping by, think I'll bake some Chocolate Chunk Cookies!


Saturday, November 6, 2010

Christmas Waves a Magic Wand...

...and Viola! I made a Christmas card! Fun and easy card to make using Stampin' Up! Lovely As a Tree set. This is the first time I used the single pine tree and I really like it with the Mojo Monday sketch. I embossed the DP, used Cherry Cobbler for pop and a touch of gold bling.

Now for the challenges I am entering this card in...

Little Red Wagon to use Red
The Wild Orchid to use Red, Green, Gold to make a classic Christmas card.
Speedy the Cat's Friend Challenge to paper pierce, I did, look close at the natural ivory CS
Mojo Monday Sketch - uhm, the sketch!
Treehouse Stamp Challenge to use Old Olive, Ivory and can use one more color
Catch A Bug Challenge and Incy Wincy Challenge are both 'Any Thing Goes'
And the challenge that started it all this week is 365 Cards, Day 248, Ad Inspired with my DD, Kim, as the DT
and she chose this picture for our inspiration:
designer dogs

Thanks for stopping by and with any luck I might make another card this week-end!


Sunday, October 31, 2010

Laughing Giraffes!

What a cute image by Faith this week, at Designed 2 Delight!  Inspired by several challenges in the designing of my card, I decided to keep it simple.
          The front                                           

the inside...

Challenges entered are:

Color challenges:
Creatalicious Challenge - create a card with mostly white.
Phindy's Place Challenge to use your favorite color
The Playdate Cafe to use black, red and white
CCEE Stampers - CAS card, can have embossing
Designed 2 Delight - the freebie lovely giraffes, be sure to stop by, new month starts next week
and you can start getting Faith's images for free!
Double Delight Challenge - use Faith's giraffe image and emboss
Everybody Art Challenge - inspiration photo of a beautiful rose/black background
Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge - my inspirational sketch
Fab N' Funky Challenge to keep it clean and simple

Thanks for stopping by and a Happy Spooky Halloween to you. Personally, just give me the candy!


Sunday, October 24, 2010


Or on the mainland, know as flip flops! So Pam, palm trees make me think of my daughter, who lives in Hawaii and that makes me think of planes, which is what I wanted to make my card, but then I couldn't find one I liked, so, I thought I could make a beach scene, but I had a hard time going there coz I give all my Hawaiian stamps to Kim, so I knew I had a chipboard palm tree, well, couldn't find it, so I decided to find a flip flop template, did that, and here is the card I made for Kim's day 234 at 365 CARDS! Whew, I'm tired...

this works for me, because when we go to Kim's we kick off the tennies and socks and go for the Slippahs! Which by the way, need to be left at the door...



Halloween Twins

Well, they have already celebrated Halloween at my school (parent conferences this week, Friday off) and this will probably be my last Halloween card. So...I made it count and am entering in several challenges.
Challenges that inspired this card are:

Color Challenges:
Our Creative Corner
Paper Pretties
Some Odd Girl
Stamptacular Sunday

Designed 2 Delight is where I obtained the free digi. I made a mirror image to make twins!
Double Delight used the above image and wants twine or raffia
Crafty Cardmakers said to use a freebie, that's the twins (digi)
Little Red Wagon is looking for hearts
Speedy the Cat's Friends Challenge wants to see diecuts or a punch, I used both
The Wildflower Patch wants twine also
Stamp Something said to use a digi. I actually 'digied' and stamped too!
Stampin Celebration had an awesome inspiration photo, I used the colors
Tuesday Throwdown is an open challenge
Pollycraft Challenge is also an open challenge

The 3 following challenges are my inspiration for the sketch I used, all similar:
The Critter Challenge
365 Cards, today's Sunday Sketch
Cute Card Thursday

The following 3 Challenges are to make an easel card:
A Crafty Little Place
Challenge Up Your Life
Lots To Do Challenge

And the following challenges are all about Halloween:
A Spoonful of Sugar
Crazy 4 Challenges
The Crazy Challenge
Creative Inspiration Challenge
Dutch Dare Challenge
Stampin' for the Weekend
C.R.A.F.T. Challenge
Wee Memories
Other Lovelies, Thoughtful Thursdays

Thanks for stopping by - Have a great week and if you live here in the Midwest, hope for rain!