Saturday, February 28, 2009

Happy Saturday......

my friends. I hope you all are enjoying your weekend so far. Today I have a card for you all that I made for Sharon Johnson's aka notimetostamp challenge. Sharon always comes up with these fun and easy challenges and I truly enjoy participating. Here you can find out more about this cool challenge. For my card I've used spring-like colors and some stamps from ISC which I thought worked great for this challenge. I don't know about you, but I just about every time I make a card I use my Scor-Pal, so today I've used it to score my card in half and on the bottom portion of my card. Most of you know that I am still kind of hesitant when it comes to coloring, so today I pulled out my watercolor pencils and gave it another try. I am still not liking it too much, but they say "practise makes perfect" so I'll just keep on practising until I get it right like some of you outstanding artists out there :D:D. I stamped the main image on watercolor paper and blended those colors with a blender pen ( I just could not find my paint brush pen). The watercolor paper is matted unto the green mat from the K&Company paper and that is then attached to the main card with dimensionals. It kind of looks like a painting IRL. For the Sentiment I stamped it unto some scrap PTI white and attached it at the bottom with glue dots and then added the lavender half pearls. At first I was not going to add the spacer beads with the half pearls on them, but it just looked kind of empty so I put them on the scored lines.
The silver bead charm was attached to the ribbon with some jump rings.

So, to not further prolong the anticipation , here is my take on Sharon's challenge


Paper: PTI white, K&Company Designer Mat Pad for the green mat, watercolor paper

Ink: black StazOn, SU Lavender Lace

Stamps: ISC Summer Elements III for the lillies and making things new

Accessories: lavender sheer ribbon, Watercolor pencils, dimensionals, Scor-Pal, lavender half pearls, silver bead charm and silver spacer beads

What do you all think? Did I accomplish the challenge to kick that cabin fever on out?

"Thank You" so very much my friends for stopping by today. It is a beautiful day outside and I am going to go and water my pretty flowers I planted yesterday and clean up the yard a bit more.

I am wishing you all a wonderful weekend. See you soon!!


Thursday, February 26, 2009

I am back..........

from Pizza Hut and the grocery store. Good thing we left so late (almost 2 PM) to go to Pizza Hut. We were the only ones there. Not a long wait at all. So, my babies had their pizza, sort of, they took most of it home. Do your kids do that too? They tell you they are so hungry and when you give them something to eat they are full after only two bites.

All right back to the last two of my five cards.

Number 4

"God's Promise"

I hope Betsy is accepting this one. I used the Distressed Script BG stamp on K& Company DP from the Blue Awning Pad. It kind of gets lost in it, but it is there.


Paper: SU Creamy Caramel, K&Company Blue Awning, Beige mat from a K&Company Designer Mat Pad,

Stamps: ISC Distressed Script , Unity Stamp Company Promise of GOD

Ink: Chalk Box Creamy Brown which was used for the Distressed Script BG, Chestnut Brown for the Sentiment

Accessories: Prima's , antic copper brad and photo corner, Dew Drop on the photo turn from the Sunflower Mix, distressing tool to ruff up the edges of the DP.

Do you think this one will pass? I know I probably will have to use that BG stamp again in a way where you can see it better.

Now last but not least :

Number 5

"Forever Friends"

I think this one is my favorite, so far, at least ;).

I like the way it looks IRL.

It was really hard to get a decent picture of all of that bling :D.


Paper: SU Chocolate Chip, PTI white

Ink: Palette white

Stamps: ISC Flair of Summer and Marvels of Nature II
Accessories: white sheer ribbon, handmade stick pin, half pearls, crystals, handmade crochet flower with pearls sewn into the center, Cricut Expression and Home Accents cartridge for the tag, Schimmerz which are used in the bird(it does not show too well in the pic, sorry :( }

All right now, this is it. I am still stressing, but Betsy reassured me that there is no reason to stress. Did any of you feel like this when you were picked for the very FIRST TIME?

I was and still am a nervous wreck.

So, off I go to post all of this over at SCS now. Thank you friends for stopping by today and let me tell you, all of those comments you guys put in for the first three cards really made my day.

I had no idea how rewarding blogging would be.

Thank you and big hugs,

Hello, did you miss me?

I know it has been a couple if days since I last posted, but you all have to forgive me (again!!!). I have some very exciting news. Betsy the owner of Innovative Stamp Creations has contacted me and asked me if I would like to be a "Guest Architect" (fancy title :D:D:D) and guess what? I said YES!!!!!! So I have been biting my tongue for a few weeks but she said today that I could go ahead and post what I have done so far on my blog and over at SCS. Let me tell you, this has not been easy for me since I am my won worst critic and none of the cards the I made so far with her amazing stamps was good enough for me. Yesterday I finally said, enough of that just go for it and I made 5, yes, you've heard right, 5 cards and since Betsy said I can post I will do just that. I will be on her team for 2 months so you all probably will see some more of her stamps :D;).

The first one I'll share with you today is a card I called "Birthday Wishes". On this card I used Betsy's BG stamp which is called Batic Flower. It is gorgeous in any color, but I wanted to us it on the PTI paper Lavender Moon, which I love and I do have the matching ink for it. You know I am still trying to get all of the SU papers and matching ink pads, but hubby only let's me order so much, dang it for not having a job :(, but it is all good.

So, here is my first card "Birthday Wishes"

Paper: PTI Lavender Moon
Ink: Palette Lavender Moon
Stamps: ISC Batic Flower BG, SU Elegant Cheer for "Birthday Wishes"
Accessories: Nesties Labels 1, Cuttlebug embossing folder Textile, bead end caps, half pearls, handmade stick pin , pink sheer ribbon

So, what you all think about this one?

Numero 2

"Friends" is really simple, but I wanted the Butterfly to be the focal point.

Paper: PTI Sweet Blush, K& Company Designer Mat Pad
Ink: SU Close to Cocoa
Stamps: ISC Reflections set for the Butterfly and Summer Element 3 set for the word Friends
Accessories: Primas, antic silver brad, Kaiser chocolate half pearls, cream cotton trim I still had in my stash from Okinawa,Japan, Twinkling H2O's in Almond Beige and Cinnamon Stick for the sparkle on the Butterfly

Does it work? Is this butterfly the focal point?

Numero 3

Is a Mother's Day card so the title "Happy Mother's Day". I know not very creative, but this is all I could come up with, sorry :D


Paper: PTI white, CM lilac

Stamps: Rustic Artsy Swirls for the butterfly, Marvels of Nature for the vine and Flair of Summer for the Sentiment

Ink: SU Certainly Celery for the vine, Su Orchid Opulence and Markers in purple and black for the butterfly

Accessories: Schimmerz in Angel Wings which I painted over the butterfly, scalloped scissors for the border, lavender handmade crochet flower, pearl brad from Michael's bridal section on SALE!!!!, handmade stick pin, purple satin ribbon.

The colors on the butterfly kind of ran away when I painted the Schimmerz on top, but I kind of like that effect. I guess a mistake can turn out all right afterall!!!!

I stamped the butterfly twice. Once on the card directly and than again and cut it out, rounded the wings a bit by running them over a paint brush handle to give them some curve and dimension. After that I only adhered the middle part (the body) to the card with some Tombo glue. IRL this card has tons of dimension, I am not sure you can see that in the picture.

What's the verdict on this one, did it turn out all right?

The other 2 cards will have to wait until I come back from lunch with both of my girls. Naomi, the oldest, well she is only 7, reached her AR goal once again (I am so very proud of her, she loves to read, which she absolutely did not inherit from her MOM (Rolls eyes)!!! And at her school the kids get a "Free personal pizza" coupon for Pizza Hut if they reach their goal. So, today I am taking both of my babies to Pizza Hut.

See you all later with the other two cards.

Hugs and thank you so very much for stopping by my humble blog.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

I should not have said.....

I would be back on Monday in my last post. You all probably know that when you make plans something most likely comes up, so I am sorry I did not keep my word, but I do have the promised card of this weeks Featured Stamper challenge over at SCS, Jami aka SgtStamper. I just told this little story over at SCS and hope that Jami does not mind ;). Jami and I met online last year when my family and I were getting ready to come back from Okinawa,Japan to the US. My husband retired from the Air Force after 26 years and found a job working for the Army ( how ironic is that :D) in Sierra Vista,AZ. We knew we did not want to move there but rather wanted to give both of our small children a good school system. We knew from our time in Tucson almost 5 years ago that this school district we were thinking about was one of the BEST. Jami answered to one of my posts over at SCS and it happened to turn out that we found a house not even 5 minutes away from Jami. The only bad part was, that Jami and her family were on there way to Asia, Korea to be exact while we were on our way back to the US. So I only know Jami from being online, but we have been in touch ever since. I am looking forward for Jami and her family to come back after their tour in Korea and meet her in person. I know I can learn so much from her. So to not further prolong this, here is Jami's card that I chose to CASE

I made a few changes by using a different sentiment, different ribbon ( I did not have this yummy ribbon , Jami used ;)), I used Marvy Giga and Mega punches, and crystals instead of eyelets so here is my CASE

of Jami's masterpiece.


Paper: PTI white, DCWV blue and black

Stamp: Unity Something Within

Ink: black StazOn, blue chalk for softening the edges of the punch out.

Accessories: Cuttlebug emb. folder bloom dots, Crop-A-Dile and eyelets, Marvy oval scalloped punches in Mega and Giga, blue grosgrain ribbon, blue crystals, silver heart charm

This is it for now. Thank you so very much for stopping by, I am very grateful for you.

Have a wonderful day!!!


Sunday, February 22, 2009

Good Sunday afternoon

my friends. Just a short post today to show you what I came up with for the Inspiration Challenge over at SCS. I know, I am a day late on this, but better late than never, right?

Stef always finds these cool Websites where we are to get inspired at and this week it was Flutter. Never heard of it before, but they had some fun stuff there and this rug right here was my inspiration. I was trying to to the brown background with the pink stamped on it, but it just did not work for me. Maybe I should invest in those craft ink pads. So here is the inspiration

and this here is my card, what you all think?

Paper: SU Chocolate Chip for the Base, SU Pink Pirouette
Stamps: SU Elegant Cheer, Inkadinkado Occasions Set from Costco
Ink: Chalk Box dark brown ( which I like, because it kind of made it look a little uneven and more realistic looking ;) after all I was using a rug as my inspiration :D:D:D!!!!)
Accessories: Nestabilities Labels 4, pink half pearls, chocolate colored satin ribbon
I know it is a pretty simple card, but I like the way it came out. That is about all I have for today. I'll try to be back tomorrow with the FS challenge over at SCS. Jami aka SgtStamper is the person of honor this week.
Way to go Jami!!!!!!!
So I'll catch you all later. Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, February 20, 2009

By day the Lord......

Hello friends,

today was one busy day, but I managed to get this card right here done for Sharon's over at No time to stamp weekly stamp simple challenge, where we were asked to use black ink only and no coloring of any sort. Well, to keep it simple and stay with her motto, I made a black/white card which was a first for me. Don't get me wrong, I love black and white, I always wear it, but I don't recall using it ever on a card. For the front panel I used my trusty Cuttlebug and the Textile embossing folder, the tag was made using my Labels 4 Nesties and the rest, well was just a little decoration :D:D.

Nothing fancy.


Paper: PTI white, black I believe is from Creative Memories

Ink: Black StazOn

Stamps: SU Elegant Inspirations, Occasions Set from Inkadinkado for the rose on the front panel and the rose vine on the inside of the card

Accessories: Nesties Label 4 for the tag, handmade stick pin with pearls and galss beads, white satin ribbon, Cuttlebug and the Textile embossing folder

Thanks you so very much for stopping by. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend. I'll have a busy weekend. We have a church function tomorrow that I have to go to. Two cakes are already baked, one more to go. :D

Catch you all later.


Thursday, February 19, 2009

A Kind Heart.......

Hello friends,

hope you all are doing well today. For my post today I participated in the Ways To Us It Challenge over at SCS

where Julia asked to use stripes. I had this DCWV "Sweet" stack laying around for a while now and this is the first time I got to use it. I am a horder when it comes to paper. :D:D.

Anyhow, this is the card I came up with. My hubby always tells me I am not using blue enough, so today, blue it is!!! Well, shades of blue. Some of those crochet flowers I made (and seem not to be able to stop making them (rolling eyes) came in handy. I jazzed them up a little with some silver very cool spacer beads and some blue crystals. The tag was cut with my Cricut Expression and the Accent Essentials cartridge. I love the fact that you can cut that tag just about any size you want.
Paper: SU Soft Sky, DCWV Sweet Stack
Stamps: SU Friendship Flowers
Ink: Palette Ballet Blue, StazOn Black
Accessories: Cricut Expression Accent Essentials, white satin ribbon, silver spacer beads with blue crystals in the middle, silver heart charm, Martha Stewart Butterfly punch

So, friends, what you all think about this one?

Let me tell you guys, I truly appreciate all of those comments you have been leaving me. It is nothing better than reading those nice comments when you had a day that was not so nice.

Off I go to get some chores around the house done.



Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Three times the charm

Wow, 3 posts in one day. At this rate I might be able to make up for the days I did not post ;).

While going through a box still sitting in my garage from our move last summer I found a German crochet and knitting book that had an easy to understand pattern for a rose (well, that is what they called it) and I made it. It came out quite big, so I wanted to see how it looked on a card before I made any more.

Here it is, what ya think? Is it too big for a card?


Paper: SU Chocolate Chip CS, Basic Grey sultry pad

Ink: Chalk Box dark brown

Stamps: SU Thank You Kindly

Accessories: Cricut Expression Home Accents cartridge for the label which was cut in two sizes and stacked,

Basic Grey button in pink, handmade crochet rose, white satin ribbon, Martha Stewart Butterfly

punch, pink half pearls, handmade pin with different shades of pink glass beads, pink trim

that I found at Big Lots, small golden bead end caps with half pearls in the center

So, should I be making some more of these roses? I think it makes a pretty cool focal point.

Thanks so much for stopping over.


Thinking Of You

It's me again, if you've got a recent update from my Blog about the Tinking Of You card, please disregard it. I had some trouble with the picture and I hope it will work this time around.

This "Thinking Of You" card came together this morning after I was trying to figure out what to do with some of those crochet flowers I made last week and this is what I did. The background DP is some Basic Grey paper from a 6x6 pad I purchased over at They have had the 6x6 pads on sale for quite some time for only $ 3.00. I don't know how long it will last, but I wanted to make sure I got as many as possible for this price. Some patterns were sold out, but I'll keep checking back for the once I did not get yet. This card does not have any ribbon on it, which is kind of a shocker for me, since I just about always use ribbon. :D:D:D.

The butterflies were painted with Shimmerz paint, but I could not get a half way decent picture, but let me assure you IRL the sparkle of the Angel Wings Shimmerz is gorgeous. It gove those butterflies that little something, something. :D.

So, what you all think? Are those flowers too bulky for this card or do you like the way it came out?
Paper:Basic Grey Gypsy, PTI Aqua Mist
Ink: SU Sage Shadow
Stamps:Inkadinkado Thinking of you from a set I bought at Costco
ISC Marvels Of Nature II flourish vine (behind the crochet flowers)
Accessories: Martha Stewart 3 butterflies punch, yellow crochet flowers, pearl brads from the wedding isle at Mike's, half pearls, Marvy Uchida oval scalloped punch, Angel Wings Schimmerz, 3D Glue Dots, dimensionals
As always, I thank you all so very much for taking the time to stop by and see what's going on. I am still learning about the blogging thing, so be patient with me. Blogger will not let me put the picture where I want it, so if you know how to do that, please e-mail me. It is driving me bananas :D.
Have a wonderful day and hugs from sunny AZ,

Wow, has it been that long?

Hi all,

did you all miss me? I can't believe it has been that long. Let me tell you all what happened. As some of you may remember my kiddos were sick and like it happens to be just about every time my kids get sick either my husband or I get sick and this time it was me. I have been down with this nasty head cold and severe migraine headaches since Friday. I apologize for not posting anything but when I get those headaches they kind of get me pretty good. So I am sorry, but I do have a little something for you today :D:D.

I've said a prayer

is one card I made playing around with some new stamps.


Paper: PTI white, Basic Grey Urban Prairie

Stamps: ISC Tranquil

Ink: Palette Hybrid Moulin Rouge, Chalk Box Dark Brown, Chestnut Roan, SU Certainly Celery

Accessories: half pearls, celery colored satin ribbon (Big Lots find!!!)

It is a pretty simple card, but I think it turned out all right. What do you think?

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Look at what my 7 y.o. daughter made

Can you believe that this beauty was made by my 7 y.o.?

Yes, she did. It is funny what happened though. She made this card about 3 weeks ago and she did not want me to see it, so being a 7 y.o. she actually hid it. But get this, she hid it so well, that she could not remember where she hid it. Today her 3 y.o. sister, was on a mess up big sisters room adventure and she found the card. So when the older one came home from school she was all excited and gave me my Birthday card which is only 10 days late, LOL!

So, what do you think about my babies creation? She did real good, didn't she?
Well, that is it for now.
Have a wonderful evening.
Hugs, Sabrina

What could I do with those crochet flowers?

Well, this is exactly what I was trying to figure out after I made some more crochet flowers last night. So, this morning I got out some paper and just went for it. I really wanted to use some DP but could not find the right one to save my life, so I went back to good old Baroque Motifs by SU.

Plus, I got to use the Labels 4 Nesties I received on Monday. Yes, it took me that long to cut open the package and get them into my Cuttlebug :D.

The colors really are not that off IRL. I am thinking I need to let my hubby know I need a better camera :D!

For this card I used the following:

Paper: PTI white, lavender moon
Stamps:SU Baroque Motifs, Verve stamps "Notes of prayer"
Ink: Palette lavender moon
Accessories:handmade crochet flower with beaded center, silver spacer beads with pink crystals in center, pink Primas, white sheer ribbon with a dragonfly sewn on with beads, Scor-Pal to make score lines on bottom of card

That's it. So, what do you think? Was this a good way to use one of those crochet flowers?

Thanks for stopping by today. I truly appreciate you coming to visit with me.


Tuesday, February 10, 2009

My take on crochet flowers

Have you seen those crochet flowers everybody is using on their cards lately? Well, I was thinking that since I learned to crochet as a child I could give them a try. I used very thin yarn/thread and just went for it. I am not good at following instructions for patterns and this is what I came up with just playing around. I did not want them to be too bulky and I think it worked.

To make those flowers took me maybe an hour for all of them. What ya think? No need to go and buy the expensive ones at the craft store, plus I got to use some yarn that has been sitting around for a while ;).

Ok, I really need to run now.



What better to do.....

than Trust in the Lord with all your heart, right?
Well, today I just had to create something. I have not been feeling too well and needed to reasure myself that I can't do anything about the situation and that I needed to put it in the Lord's hands.

So, here is what I came up with for today.
For the base I used PTI white, Basic Grey Ambrosia pad (isn't it just yummy?!)and SU Close to Cocoa. The labels are cut with my newest addition to my Nesties, the Labels 3 set; stamps are by Verve for the scripture; Inkadinkado for the swirly frame; the ribbon is PTI Summer Sunrise; Prima flowers; Making Memories antique copper brad; heart charm that I found at Mike's, some dew drops from the sunflower mix and last but not least, one of my signature pins. I love, love, love to make these pins.

It would be nice if you would let me know what you think. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed your visit.

Gotta run, I have to be at my DD teacher/parent conference in a little while.

Have a blessed day,


Monday, February 9, 2009

Very special "Thank You"

Hi all,

this is a very special "Thank YOu" card that I made for a friend at church who has blessed me unexpected for my Birthday with a bag full of "smelly good stuff",LOL!!!!

The recipe is as follows:

Base of the card: SU Soft Sky, K&Company Blue Awning and PTI Kraft
stamps: Inkadinkado Thank You and flourish from the Occasion set
ink: Color Box creamy brown, chestnut brown
Accessories: Cricut Expression Accent Essentials cartridge for the Label and flourish, trim from Big Lots, Primas in offwhite and Belle Fleur Tide,pool package, pearl brads from Michael's bridal section, Cuttlebug embossing folder Scriot, handmade pin, half pearls

Thanks so very much for stopping by today.


I did it!!!!

Yeah for me. I did it!!!! I was able to get started on a Blog. I have yet to learn a lot, so plaese be patient with me.