This is SO me!

This is SO me!

Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy Birthday to a real classic!

This is the card that I made for my brother's birthday. This is also my submission for Bombshell Stamps' December sketch challenge, which ends in, oh, about 4 hours! :) Nothing like last minute, huh?

The car image is from Bombshell Stamps' Speed Shop stamp set. I used Stampin' Up's Basic Black for the card base. The next layer is SU's Christmas Cocoa DSP (or at least that's what I THINK it's called- I always have such a hard time with the names of the designer paper sets!). Next I attached 3 strips of SU silver metallic paper that was run through the Cuttlebug using the Diamond Plate embossing folder. The image is stamped using Memento Tuxedo Black ink onto GP110 white cardstock, and colored using Copic Markers. The grill and the bumpers of the car are colored using a silver metallic At-You Spica marker, although you can't see the bit of glitz in the picture. The main image is layered onto a scrap of Basic Black, and then I used the photo corner punch to punch out some red corners to 'frame' the image. The silver and black brads are both from Recollections (Michael's). I hope my brother likes this card- after all he IS a classic! :)

Make sure to check out Bombshell Stamps' Forum. They'll be having a brand new sketch challenge AND Ms. January will have a fabulous theme challenge for us all to play with! You can win a great prize by playing along with the challenges!

I hope that you all will have a very happy New Year- one filled with family, friends, love and good health!

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Bombshell's Hump Day Hop

With all the hub-hub of the holidays, the Bombshell Stamps Design Team has taken a break from our Hump Day Hops. Well, it's time for us to get started again!!! With Shannon's permission, this hop is an 'anything goes' hop, so there is no 'theme' or challenge. That's fine with me! I need to make SO many thank you cards for holiday gifts, so that's what I'll be doing for a while! Here is one that I made for a friend. It's a very simple card, but I just love it!! I love the color combination and I just LOVE the image. I think this sailor girl image is my all-time favorite Bombshell image! She's gorgeous!

First off all, I used Stampin' Up's textured Cameo Coral cardstock for the card base. I then attached a layer of Basic Black, and then a layer of the coolest patterned paper (I have NO idea who makes was part of a blog candy that I won, but isn't it pretty??). The image is from Bombshell Stamps' Ahoy, Sailor. She is stamped on GP110 white cardstock and colored using a combination of Stampin' Up and Copic markers. I punched the image and a layer of Basic Black out using my Cuttlebug and Nestabilities. I sponged around the edge of the image panel using Cameo Coral ink. The large black brads are from Recollections (Michael's). I am very pleased with this simple card and I hope you like it, too!

Check out the Bombshell Stamps forum. Here you'll be able to keep up-to-date on what's happening with Bombshell Stamps- contests, challenges, sales. Time is running out if you'd like to participate in the December sketch challenge or the "Naughty or Nice" challenge! The deadline is tomorrow- Dec. 31st! Here's what you could win:

Now, head on over to the other Bombshell Stamps Design Team member's blogs to see what they've been up to!

Mary G.
Ms. December - Erika
Miss Magoo

Make sure to leave a comment on each of their blogs! That's one of the 3 ways you could win the fabulous December prize shown above!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

A Cheery, Cherry Thank You

I hope everyone had a wonderfully restful holiday. Because of our blizzard, I had a couple extra days off from school- and that's ALWAYS nice! :)

Today I was finally able to get into my hide-away and do a little stamping. I needed a thank you card for Heather, who was my Secret Santa at school. Heather was such a good Secret Santa, and even though she knows nothing about stamping, she tried to give me some stamping things she thought I'd like- and she did a very good job at it! Here's the card I made for her:

It's a very simple card, but I'm very happy with how it turned out. I used Stampin' Up's retired Cranberry Crisp cardstock for the base, then a layer of Certainly Celery, followed by a layer of (I think) Basic Grey patterned paper. Of course, I just noticed that I have the patterned paper going upside down- oh, well, too late to fix that!) The cherry image, from Hambo Stamps, is stamped onto GP110 white cardstock using Memento Tuxedo Black ink, and colored using Copic Markers. The thank you sentiment is from a long-time retired SU set called Frame Fun. I then layered the image onto Certainly Celery and then Cranberry Crisp. The cranberry and celery colored ribbons are from the Offray Ribbon Outlet. If you've never been to the outlet in Hagerstown, MD, you've GOTTA go!!! The image is popped up using dimensionals.

I'd like to welcome all of the SCS girls who joined my new blog group, Glitterbees! If you'd like to participate in the group, there's still room...just click here and post to the thread that you'd like to participate.

Come back tomorrow for Bombshell Stamps' monthly Hump Day Hop!!

Saturday, December 26, 2009

I'm Forming a Brand New Blog Group!

EDIT: **This group is now full, however, if you'd like to be put on a waiting list, please let me know.**

I've decided to form a brand new blog group called "Glitterbees". To be a member, all you need to do is have a blog and be willing to visit other members' blogs regularly and leave comments on their posts.

If you'd like to become a Glitterbee, please let me know!!

Have a great day!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Boy, that's a lot of snow!!

Well, it's official! We're having a white Christmas this year!! This is what we woke up to this morning!

It started snowing Friday night and snowed through until this morning...a record-breaking December snowfall...not quite sure exactly how much snow we did get because of all the drifting...but I know first-hand from shoveling- there's a lot of it! We only shoveled what we HAD to- the rest can just melt over time. The forecast is calling for a storm on Christmas Eve into Christmas Day...not sure, yet, what it'll be- each channel you listen to is calling for something different- one says rain, one says a mixed mess and another says snow...guess we'll just have to wait and see! To those of you who are shoveling out- take it slow and stay warm!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Santa Came Early!!

Santa made an early visit to me today! Look what he brought me!!!

I got a brand new Victory Vegas Low motorcycle and it's the prettiest color blue- with lots of sparkles in the paint!! Now, if only the weather would warm up a bit so I can actually ride it!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Buzzin' By- Tuesday Throwdown

Hello!! Welcome back to another Tuesday Throwdown!! This week, Kim has given us a color challenge. The colors we were to use are Stampin' Up's Certainly Celery, Tempting Turquoise, Close to Cocoa and Very Vanilla. I didn't have any Close to Cocoa left so I cheated and used Soft Suede. It's pretty close. Here is the card I made using these challenge colors:

I used 3 different stamps from Sherrod Studio's Pond Friends set- the reeds, the flying dragonfly and the Buzzin' By sentiment. For the card base, I used Close to Cocoa (really Soft Suede). The layers are Certainly Celery, Tempting Turquoise and then a layer of Tempting Turquoise designer paper. I stamped the images onto Very Vanilla using Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored using Certainly Celery, Tempting Turquoise and Bashful Blue SU markers. I sponged around the edges of the image panel using Close to Cocoa and a sponge. I then put just a smidgen of Diamond Stickles on the dragonflies' wings to give them a little sparkle. I also added a bit of ribbon- celery-colored 1" organdy ribbon and 1/2" vanilla sateen ribbon (both from Offray). I decided it still need a little "something", so I added 2 large celery-colored brads and 2 small turquoise-colored brads (from Recollections) in the upper left corner. I think it turned out cute and I think I'll send this to my brand new Senior friend, Miss Dorthea. I think she'll like it!

I hope that you check out the other design team members' blogs to see how they used this fabulous color combination. You can also play along if you'd like. Just create a card using the challenge colors and post it to the Sherrod Studio blog using Mr. Linky. We can't wait to see what you come up with!!!

I should be back on high-speed connection on Wednesday- woo hoo!! This dial-up is the pits! After Wednesday, I should be able to get back to posting more regularly. Thanks for hanging in there with me!! Hope you come back real soon!!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Got 5 Minutes?

You need a little boy's birthday card quickly? Well, in 5 minutes, you can make this cute card:

The image is from Sherrod Studio's brand new release called Out of this World. I love the little 3-eyed alien! :) This set comes with this image, a rocket ship, a space man, stars, and several "spacey" sentiments...perfect for every little boy in your family...and some of the big ones, too!

For this card, I used Stampin' Up's Gable Green for the card base, with a layer of Barely Banana. I then ran a piece of Basic Black through the Cuttlebug using the Dots and Circles embossing folder. I then randomly placed self-stick pearls for "stars". The image is stamped onto GP110 white cardstock using Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored with Copic Markers. This card literally took 5 minutes to make...and I think it turned out cute.

Out of this World, as well as Downhome Blessings, are both available for purchase today!! Head on over to Sherrod Studio's website to pick up your favorite set...oh, yeah...and don't forget- Sherrod Studio is having a Holiday Blow-Out sale through December 15th...ALL stamp sets are 25% off!! And that includes these 2 fabulous new sets!!

BUT- before you go make your selections, make sure to check out the other design team members' blogs and see what they've created using these adorable stamp sets!!!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Check out this ADORABLE sneak peek!

Welcome back to Day 2 of Sherrod Studio's sneak peek!! The set that I'm showcasing today is called Downhome Blessings (Kim wasn't sure what to call the set and asked for suggestions- and she picked mine!!) This set was illustrated by Kelli Caslow and is simply ADORABLE! Here is the card that I made for today:

The set includes this cute little guy, as well as images of a rooster, a pail, 2 chick images and several sentiments that will fit any occasion! For my card, I wanted a 'homey' feel...I used Stampin' Up's Sahara Sand cardstock for the card base, then a layer of paisley print patterned paper that I ran through the Cuttlebug using the Paisley embossing folder. I added a length of red gingham ribbon (Offray) to match his gingham shirt, and some red brads (Recollections). The image is stamped onto GP110 white cardstock using Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored using that I look at it, I really should have carried the 'grass' all the way to the edge on the right side...I think I'll have to fix that...
Head on over to Sherrod Studio's other design team member's blogs to see their fabulous creations using this adorable set! Their links can be found to the left in my side bar.
Remember- both Downhome Blessings and Out of This World will be available for purchase tomorrow...AND don't forget about Sherrod Studio's Holiday Blow-Out sale!! Get 25% off all stamp set until December 15th!
There is one more day of sneak peeks. Make sure to stop back by this way again tomorrow! See you then!!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Sneak Peeks and a Sketch Challenge!

This week's Tuesday Throwdown is a sketch challenge...AND we're also giving you a sneak peek at a brand new stamp set that will be released on Thursday, December 10th! The stamp set is called Out of this World...and it IS! It's a fabulous outer space set that will spark the imagination of any little boy! The set includes images of a rocket, a UFO complete with alien, a space man, stars and a bunch of spacy sentiments. Take a look at the card I created using this set. Oh, and the sketch challenge can be found here. Come on and play along! I did take a few liberties with the sketch, but for the most part, I stuck with the original design.

For this card, I used Stampin' Up's Brilliant Blue cardstock for the base, with Real Red as an accent color. The cloud patterned paper is some that I received in a blog candy that I won, so I don't know who makes it. The image is stamped onto GP110 white cardstock using Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored with Copic Markers. I used strips of Brilliant Blue and Real Red, and red Magic Mesh for embellishment, along with 3 gold star brads (Recollections).

Check out the other Sherrod Studio design team member's blogs to see their creations using this fun set. You can find the links to their blogs in my side bar to the left. Oh, and don't forget that Sherrod Studio is holding a Holiday Blow-Out sale! All stamps are 25% off now through Dec. 15th and all orders placed by the 15th will arrive in time for Christmas! Orders over $50 will receive FREE SHIPPING!

Make sure you come back tomorrow to see a peek at another new set called "Downhome Blessings"!

Friday, December 4, 2009

Holiday Sale!!!

Have you been wanting to order some Sherrod Studio stamp sets but just kept putting it off? Do you know a fellow stamper who would just LOVE to find some Sherrod Studio stamps in their Christmas stocking? Well, you're in luck!

Sherrod Studio is having a holiday blowout sale! All stamps sets are 25% off now through Dec. 15th. All orders placed by the 15th will arrive in time for Christmas! Your discount will be manually adjusted. Qualify for FREE shipping by placing a minimum order of $50.00 or more.

Hurry!! The clock it ticking!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Tuesday Throwdown- A Little Late

Sherrod Studio's Tuesday Throwdown Challenge was for us to create a gift set of cards and something to put the cards in. Due to camera troubles, I'm a tad bit late getting my pictures posted. Sorry!

I made the card purse found on SCS here. It was super easy and SO fun to make!! Here is a picture of the complete set- the card purse, 4 all-occasion cards and 4 envelopes:

Here is a close-up of the card purse (sorry it's a little dark):

Here are the 4 cards that I included in the set:

I used Sherrod Studio's Pond Friends set. It consists of a boy and girl duck, a dragonfly, an image of reeds, and several very cute sentiments.
Okay, here's a list of what I used to make this set: Stampin' Up cardstock and inks- Barely Banana, Garden Green, Eggplant Envy, Pumpkin Pie; GP110 white cardstock; "Cheeky" patterned paper by Making Memories; Copic Markers; Cuttlebug; Dotted Swiss embossing folder; Prima flowers; assorted brads from Recollections; stick-on green gems by Bazzill; sponge; dimensionals; 1/4" Pumpkin Pie grosgrain ribbon by Stampin Up; 3/4" white ribbon for purse handles by Offray' 1-3/8" circle punch; scallop circle punch; Modern Label Punch.
Check out the other Design Team blogs to see their card gift sets! The links are in the left sidebar.
Have a wonderful day!!