This is SO me!

This is SO me!

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

May your stuffing be tasty
May your turkey be plump,
May your potatoes and gravy
Have nary a lump.
May your yams be delicious
And your pies take the prize,
And may your Thanksgiving dinner
Stay off of your thighs!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Bombshell Hump Day Hop...Brickyard Blues!

Welcome to the Bombshell Hump Day Hop!! Today's challenge is to make a card using the Brick Wall technique (seen here). This was a brand new technique for's kinda fun! :)

The first thing I thought of (probably like everyone else!) was the Commodore's song Brick House. At first, I was going to use one of the Bombshell girl stamps because we KNOW that they're all built like a Brick House!! :) After giving it some thought, I thought everyone would be thinking the same way, so I decided to go another route...instead, I used one of the Hot Rod sets. Here is the card that I made for this challenge:

The card base is one that I received in a blog candy. It's a textured olive green card, but I don't know who makes it. The 'bricks' were cut from another piece of patterned paper that I received in the same blog candy- it's brick red with a sort of slight mottled design to it- perfect for bricks! I cut the brick-colored paper into strips, then cut the 'bricks' 1-inch long. I attached them to a piece of Sahara Sand cardstock alternating in a brick-like pattern. The crown stamp is from Bombshell's Speed Shop hot rod stamp set. I stamped it randomly on the bricks to fill in the blank space. The hot rod and the banner are from Bombshell's King of the Road hot rod stamp set. (These sets are PERFECT for the car-loving guys in your family!) I stamped the hot rod onto GP110 white cardstock using Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored it using Copic's orange marker and then used an At You Spica pen in silver glitter to color the 'chrome' on the hot rod. The car is cut out and attached using dimensionals. The banner is also stamped onto GP110 white cardstock using Memento Tuxedo Black and I did some shadowing with my Copic W-3 gray marker, cut it out and attached it on an angle to the top of the card. It looks to me like it's still missing something, however, I couldn't figure out exactly what it was missing!

The brick wall technique is lots of fun and you should give it a try. In the meantime, hop on over to the other participating Bombshell Design Team members and see what they created using this unique technique!

Ms. November - Mary G.
Glittery Katie
Miss Magoo
...and remember to leave comments at each of our blogs! The more comments you leave, the more chances you'll have to win a fabulous prize from Bombshell Stamps!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Over the Top Blog Award

I received this award from Linda from Payne Holler Cards. Linda is a fabulous stamper and you MUST check out her blog!

Okay, here are the questions that I'm supposed to answer:
1. Where is your cell phone? In my purse
2. Your hair? Short, reddish brown w/blonde streaks
3. Your mother? My best friend and stamping buddy
4. Your father? Always there for me
5. Your fave food? Chocolate and peanut butter
6. Your dream last night? Can’t remember but I’m sure it was strange!
7 . Your fave drink? “REAL” Coke!
8. Your dream/goal? To retire and travel
9. What room are you in? Computer room
10. Your hobby? Stamping/riding my motorcycle
11. Your fear? Heights (AND bats!)
12. Where do you want to be in 6 years? Retired and living in South Carolina
13. Where you were last night? Home
14. Something that you aren’t? Outgoing
15. Muffins? Yes, please- banana nut
16. Wish List Item? New and organized stamp room
17. Where did you grow up? All over- I’m an Air Force ‘brat’
18. Last thing you did? Checked my email
19. What are you wearing? Jeans and sweater
20. Your TV? Taken over by DH
21. Your Pets? None- only 2 ‘grandkitties’
22. Friends? Lots of fabulous ones!!
23. Your Life? Good!
24. Your Mood? Content
25. Missing Someone? My niece, Julie
26. Vehicle? Chevy Monte Carlo/ Suzuki Boulevard motorcycle
27. Something you’re not wearing? jewelry
28. Your fave store? All Things Country
29. Your fave color? Brights- especially purple
30. Last time you laughed? About an hour ago…
31. Last time you cried? When my niece, Julie, passed away
32. Your best friend? My mom
33. One place that I go to over and over? work
34. One person who emails regularly? Bren
35. Fave place to eat? Texas Roadhouse
36. Facebook? Yes

Now, I’m supposed to pass this award on to 5 fabulous bloggers. Well, there are SO many fabulous bloggers out there that I couldn’t possibly pick only 5! If you’d like to take this award, please do so! I thank you ALL for your creativity and inspiration!!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Raggedy Birthday

Stamps by Judith recently had a fabulous sale...yeah, and, well...I just can't seem to pass up a good sale!! I ordered 5 stamps and was quite content with that...until my friend, Gloria, brought me the Stamps By Judith catalog!! (she's such the enabler!!) Oh, my goodness!!!! The catalog is nearly an inch thick and chock full of wonderful stamps!!! (If you've never seen SBJ stamps, you MUST go to their website and check them out!) In the end, I bought 22 stamps!! YIKES! They're all beautiful, though, and I can't wait to play with them all!!

Here is a card that I made using one of the stamps that I's stamp M-08 Medium Sitting Ann. Isn't she so cute? Raggedy Ann brings back so many memories!!!

I stamped the image onto GP110 white cardstock using Memento Tuxedo Black, and colored her using my Copics. I layered her onto Real Red and Brilliant Blue. The card base is Brilliant Blue with a layer of Real Red and then some dotted patterned paper (not sure who made it. I got it in a blog candy that I won.) The Happy Birthday sentiment is from Stampin' Up.

I'm not sure what I'll do with this card. I might save it for a friend's little girl's first birthday in January OR I might just send it to my 40-something year old sister-in-law who LOVED Raggedy Ann when she was little. Either way, I love this card, and I hope you do, too!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Better Late Then Never!

This is a card that I made for Sherrod Studio's Sneak Peak/New Release Blog Hop. It was supposed to be posted for Thursday but with my internet connection problems- that didn't happen. SO sorry, Kim!

Anyway, this card is made using Sherrod Studio's brand new stamp set called Winter Wonderland. Aren't these penguins adorable?

I used Sahara Sand for the card base, with a layer of GP110. The patterned paper- Holiday Lounge- is from Stampin' Up and I ran it through my Cuttlebug using the Snowflake Dots embossing folder. the penguins are stamped onto GP110 white using Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored with Copic Markers, then sponged around the edges using Tempting Turquoise ink. The image is layers on Tempting Turquoise cardstock, then Saraha Sand. The sentiment- "Snowflakes are winter's butterflies" is punched out using SU's Modern Label Punch. I also punched out the snowflakes from the set using the 1-1/4" circle punch and layered them onto 1-3/8" circles of Sahara Sand. I attached self-stick clear gems to the centers of the snowflakes, onto the main image and the sentiment. I think this turned out quite nicely.

Make sure to check out Sherrod Studio's brand new releases! Also check out Sherrod Studio's blog for more fabulous cards using these new sets!

Connection Issues

I've been having internet connection issues so I haven't been able to post here to my blog. I am on dial-up now- and boy, does it suck! I have several really cute cards I was going to post today but it isn't letting me...

So, once I get my connection troubles resolved I'll be posting again. Please make sure to check back again soon!!!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Bombshell Hump Day Hop

Whose Got the Button??? Our fearless challenge leader, Angela (aka Inky Button) has challenged us this week to create a card or project using buttons. Hmm- Inky BUTTON? A BUTTON challenge?? Coincidence?!? :)

Buttons are everywhere- they're on your shirt, on your jacket, on your pants...and they're on our cards!! Here is the card that I created using buttons:

The card base is textured More Mustard cardstock. The image is stamped onto GP110 cardstock using Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored using my beloved Copic Markers. I sponged around the edges using Real Red ink, then layered it onto Basic Black. While rummaging through my embellishment box for buttons, I found this forgotten-about red Magic Mesh and thought it would be perfect for this card. I found some red and yellow buttons and using craft glue dots, attached them to a panel of Basic Black and textured More Mustard cardstocks. I stamped "Hot Rod Classic", then punched it out using SU's Modern Label punch, and sponged around the edges using Real Red ink. I used pop dots to attach it to the card. Originally, I had planned on using the buttons to make a traffic light, but, alas, I had no green buttons...

This was a fun challenge and I think I'll use this card for my brother's birthday in January. He's a classic, just like this car! :)

Now, make sure to hop on over to the other Bombshell Design Team members blogs and see how they used their buttons!!

Another Sherrod Studio Sneak Peek!

I'm glad that you came back to see the sneak peek that I have for you today!!

This set is called Winter Wonderland and it's adorable!

Winter Wonderland consists of this sweet little ice skater, a snowflake, a pair of cute penguins, and 4 sentiments. This set will be perfect for winter birthdays, Christmas, or even just a cute winter thinkining-of-you-type card.

For my card, I used a Bashful Blue card base, the a layer of Basic Black and then a layer of Gable Green, which I ran through my Cuttlebug using the Snowflakes embossing folder. The image is stamped onto GP110 white cardstock using Memento Tuxedo Black ink, and colored using Copic Markers. I then layered in onto Gable Green, then Bashful Blue, and finally Basic Black. I used the Ticket Corner punch on the sentiment panel and attached it to the card using pop dots. To give the card a little sparkle, I applied green stick-on gems (Bazzill) to the corners of the main image panel, the sentiment panel, and then to several snowflakes. I love this card and I think this little skater looks alot like the Campbell Soup girl. I remember a TV commercial where the Campbell Soup Kids were ice skating...hmm- am I showing my age?!?

Well, tomorrow is release day for Rock & Roll and Winter Wonderland but I'll have one more sneak peek card for you tomorrow, so make sure to come on back! Also check out the other Sherrod Studio Design Team members' blogs, too, to see how they've used these fabulous new stamp sets!!

Sherrod Studio Business Blog

Ceal Pritchett

Dawn Barrett

Joseline Capre

Kim Sherrod (owner)

Leah Cornelius

Mary Vogel


See you tomorrow!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Tuesday Throwdown Sneak Peek!!

Welcome to another Tuesday Throwdown, but this one is special because we're also giving you some sneak peeks at a brand new stamp set that Sherrod Studio will release on Thursday, November 19!

First of all, the Tuesday Throwdown challenge is a color challenge- Stampin' Up's Pumpkin Pie, Pretty in Pink, Real Red and Summer Sun. I never would have put these colors together, but I like it!!! Here is my card using this terrific color combination:

The stamp set that I used is called Rock & Roll. It's a pretty cool set that is perfect for the guys in your family- especially those pre-teens and teens- or any musician. The set consists of a guitar, a drum set, a microphone, a flourish (seen on the card above), a flourishy-type musical score (also on the above card), and several sentiments, and will be available for puchase on Thursday. I kept my card pretty simple because of all the different colors. Instead of using plain Real Red cardstock, I used one of the patterned papers from SU's Christmas Cocoa DSP set. The card is pretty self-explanatory so I won't go into detail. After stamping the 3 images onto the GP110 white cardstock, I sponged around the 4 corners using our challenge colors, then added a couple of red brads (Recollections).
Check out the other Sherrod Studio Design Team members' blogs here:
Now, it's your turn to play along with the challenge. Create your card using the 4 challenge colors- Pumpkin Pie, Pretty In Pink, Real Red, and Summer Sun- and post your card to your blog or online gallery (use keyword SSTT06), then go to Sherrod Studio's blog and, using Mr. Linky, post a direct link to your card. We can't wait to see what you create!!!
Make sure to come back tomorrow. I'll be giving you a peek at a fabulous winter set that I'm sure you'll love!! See you tomorrow!

Friday, November 13, 2009

Meade Girls' Challenge and Baltimore Swap

This card is pulling a double duty- first of all, the Meade Girls' challenge was to create a Christmas card using non-traditional colors. I thought these colors were pretty non-traditional...Here, I used Basic Black for the card base, then Tempting Turquoise and Pixie Pink for the layers and the snowflakes. I pulled out an old SU set called Snowflakes. This was one of the first SU sets that I bought. I randomly stamped the small snowflakes in turquoise and Pixie Pink on the white panel, then sponged along the edges using Pixie Pink and then layered it onto Turquoise. I stamped the large snowflake in turquoise and again sponged around the edges using Pixie Pink, then layered it Pixie Pink and then Turquoise. I stamped "warmest wishes' from one of the AYC sets in turquoise and then punched it out using the large oval punch. I sponged around the edges and then used pop dots to attach it. Lastly, I applied a clear Dew Drop to the center of the snowflake. Easy peasy!

Tomorrow, I'm going to the Baltimore SBS in Perry Hall and this is the card that I'm taking. I hope the ladies there like it, even if it is simple and 'non-traditional'. I figured this card could be used as a Christmas card, but also as a winter birthday or thinking-of-you-type card.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Hump Day Hop!!

Well, this week's Hump Day Hop challenge really was a challenge for me!! The challenge was to create a card using no layers. NO LAYERS!! Just the card all my years of stamping, I don't think I've EVER made a card without layers! So, I really struggled with the challenge...but, here is what I came up with...

The card base is GP110 white cardstock. I used a large oval template that I found in my wastebasket from where I punched out an oval using my Nestabilities. I stamped the Pirate Girl from Pirate's Life inside the oval. She is colored using Copics. I then sponged around the inside of the oval using Going Gray ink, then doodled around the oval using my SU Basic Black marker. I stamped the "All I want" and " you!" sentiments from the Holidays Accessories set in the upper left and lower right corners using Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I also used the snowflakes from the Accessories set and stamped all around the oval in Going Gray, then lightly sponged using Bashful Blue. Lastly, I attached red self-stick beads to the corners with the sentiments. I'm not quite sure what I think of this card...but I've decided that layers are my friend!! I missed not having any layers on this card!!!

So...hop on over to the other Bombshell Girls' blogs and see how they fared without using layers. I'm sure they're creations will be fabulous!!

Ms. November - Mary G.
Miss Magoo

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Tuesday Throwdown!

This week's Tuesday Throwdown challenge is a sketch. Here it is:

...and here is my take on that sketch:

I stuck pretty much to the original sketch. I used the stack of presents image from Sherrod Studio's Ella stamp set. The image is stamped onto GP110 white cardstock and colored using Copic Markers. I then layered it onto Real Red and then Basic Black cardstock. The card base is Basic Black with a layer of Christmas Cocoa DSP. The circle is the reverse side of the DSP layer. The ribbon is 1/4" white grosgrain from SU. The "Merry Christmas" is from Sherrod Studio's Christmas Greetings set. The large black brads are Recollections, the small red brads are from Making Memories. The flower is Prima.

Wanna play along?? Create your card using the above sketch. Post your card to your blog or online gallery using keyword SSTT05, then post a direct link to your card on Sherrod Studio's blog using Mr. Linky. Can't wait to see what you create!!

Saturday, November 7, 2009

A Tree for Henry

I just heard about fellow blogger and Pink Cat Studio DT member Sarah Anderson (Sairabee on SCS). Sarah lost her 3-year old son Henry this past Monday. Little Henry was unable to overcome a virus that made him ill last week.

Lorie Ames has organized a way to donate for a memorial for Henry. Henry loved his local zoo and visited it almost every day in the summer. As a memorial, trees will be planted there in his honor. Melissa at Pink Cat Studio has created a digital stamp to help raise funds for a tree for Henry. All proceeds from the sale of the digi stamp, minus Paypal costs, will go towards the tree. If you would like to donate towards the tree, please visit this webpage to purchase the digi stamp:

Another way to donate to the memorial is to print out this form and mail in your donation directly:
Please write on the form that the donation is for Sarah Anderson’s son Henry. Once all of the money is collected, a tree and location will be selected. If you have questions about the form please contact Lorie Ames. Lorie will be in contact with Sarah along this memorial journey to ensure that her wishes are followed. To contact Lorie, please visit her blog at

If you don’t know Sarah and would like to learn more about her, please visit her blog:
If you would like to send your condolences to Sarah and her family, cards may be sent to:
The Anderson Family
c/o 1130 Oak Street
Martinez, CA 94553

Thursday, November 5, 2009

I will miss you...

I just found out today that my senior friend, Miss Laura, passed away on October 25th. She was 95 years old. Her daughter sent me a thank you note and enclosed a copy of her obituary. She thanked me for all of the cards and tokens that I had sent her mother and she said that her mother really enjoyed receiving them. I am glad that I was able to give Miss Laura some enjoyment through my cards and letters, and the small gifts that I sent her. I will miss you, Miss Laura. Rest in peace.

Miss Laura

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Hump Day Hop!!

It's November and I'm SO excited to be Ms. November Bombshell!!! I'll be your challenge hostess this month and I hope you enjoy the challenge I've designed for you! First, here are the contest details:

The creation can be a card, layout or altered item, but must:
1. use a Bombshell Stamp somewhere
2. use a song as the inspiration for your creation!
3. tag the photo's of your submission with "BSSOCT09", to be entered in the drawing!

To INCLUDE YOUR SUBMISSION you need to have either an album created in the Bombshell Gallery, or a profile on Paper Craft Planet (PCP). Just tag your photo with the code listed above so we can find it and add you to the drawing. You can also show off your card by posting it here on the Bombshell forum. We'd all love to see what you came up with!

The song that inspired me is an old Irish folk song called The Spanish Lady. Here are the lyrics that made me think of using this particular stamp set: As I came back through Dublin city at the hour of half past eight, Who should I spy but the Spanish lady brushing her hair in the broad daylight. First she tossed it, then she brushed it, on her lap was a silver comb. In all my life I ne'er did see a maid so fair since I did roam.

The stamp set that I chose to use is called Lucky Bride by Bombshell Stamps. This card is 5-1/4" square. The card base is SU's Basic Black with layers of Sahara Sand and the flocked DSP from the Christmas Cocoa pack. (It's in the SU Holiday Mini catalog!) The image is stamped onto GP110 white cardstock using Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored with Copic Markers. I used a gold At You Spica pen to outline the fans and the swirls of her veil. I used my oval Nestabilities to cut out the images. I attached a length of white lace (unknown) and gold metallic ribbon (from Michael's) to the left side, then attached red stick-on pearls (from Mark Richards) and pearl stick-on beads (from Hero Arts).

Remember, you also have another way to win!! Visit each of these blogs and leave a comment on each one. The more comments you leave, the more chances you'll have of winning a great prize! Make sure to check out the other Bombshell Design Team members and see what songs they were inspired by!!

Ms. November - Mary G.
Glittery Katie

Thanks for stopping by!!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

It's Tuesday Throwdown Time!

I can't believe it's already been a week since our last Tuesday Throwdown. I hope that you ejoyed our color challenge last week and that you had a fun time participating. Okay, here is this week's challenge- and it's a sketch...

What a fun sketch! Here is the card that I made using Kim's great sketch:

I'm really quite pleased with the outcome. I used SU's retired Cranberry Crisp- the last of my stash! :( The designer papers are from PaperTrey Ink's First Fruits Collection. The coordinating cardstock is So Saffron. The pilgrim couple image is from Sherrod Studio's adorable Harvest Blessings set and is stamped in GP110 white cardstock using Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored with Copics then sponged with Cranberry Crisp ink. I used the 1-1/4" square punch to punch out the white squares, then used my paper cutter to cut the Cranberry and Saffron squares. The top square is popped up on dimensionals. The ribbons are from Offray and the stick-on gems are from Bazzill. I love these colors together and the PTI designer papers are fabulous!
Head on over to Sherrod Studio's blog to check out what the rest of the design team has created. Don't forget to play along! Create your card using the above sketch and post it on the SSTT04 thread on the blog using Mr. Linky! Go now and have fun!!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Happy November!!!

Wow, I can't believe that it's already November! Christmas is only 55 days away! Yikes!

Just a reminder of what's coming up this week- on Tuesday check in for Sherrod Studio's Tuesday Throwdown. This week's challenge is a sketch challenge and it's a great one! The design team will have lots of fabulous creations for your inspiration! Kim has some great challenges scheduled for us for this month! PLUS we'll be giving you some sneak peeks at some new releases coming up on November 19th - 21st. Wait till you see these new images!!!! WOW!!

Sherrod Studio is also sponsoring Card Patterns again this week. Hop on over there to see the sketch and have a chance to win a FREE Sherrod Studio stamp set!

Then, on Wednesday come back for Bombshell Stamps' Hump Day Hop- featuring...ME...Ms. November! I will have a great challenge for you to play with and you'll have a chance to win a fabulous prize from Bombshell Stamps at the end of the month!

Whew! This is going to be a really busy month for me, but it's going to be SO much fun!!!
Have a great Sunday and get your creative cap on!!