Tuesday, October 27, 2009

A very bright CAS.......

Hi and happy Monday my friends. I know I have a very strange name for my post today, but I just did not know what else to call it, but what it is ;D. I bought this fun little bird stamp quite some time ago and only have used it once, so I've decided to ink it up. Since I had lots of fun the other day using my chalks with the blender pen I did just that, used those chalks again :D:D.

The image was stamped in VersaFine Black Onyx on watercolor paper (actually they are ATC sized sheets I bought pre-cut and they are just the right size). As this bird came out kind of bright I went with all bright colors for the layers of the card and used some textured cs from a DVWV pad. My card base is PTI white and as the title already says pretty CAS (Clean And Simple). I know I very rarely do that, so I was done in like 10 minutes ;D. To give this CAS card just a little pep, I added some pink and white striped grosgrain ribbon and a small flower charm. TaDa all done!

See for yourself

Paper: PTI white, DCWV textured paper pad

Stamp: little bird with flower

Ink: VersaFine Onyx Black,

Accessories: pink/white striped grosgrain ribbon, silver flower charm from Mike's Wedding section
Pearlescent Chalks, Blender Pen, foam tape

Did you all have to go and get your sunglasses? I know this card is so outside of my usual style, but it was kind of fun.

This it it for me.

Thanks so much for stopping by today.


Friday, October 23, 2009

Maya Mist everywhere....

Hi all, I have two cards for you all today. But let me tell you what not to do when you are using Maya Mist or any other glimmer or spritz stuff. All right, I thought I was doing a good thing and putting a large piece of paper on my work table before I was getting ready to decorate some plain chipboard pieces with this glamorous stuff called Maya Mist. The first piece went pretty well and I was all proud of myself but wait, that was only the first piece. I had a bird and a wing to spritz. So the wing went well and as I put the small bottle of mist down to check the results of my wing out I knocked it over and had to pick it back up, but like a gopher I did not check if the little spray opening was pointed in the right direction and yes, you've guessed right, I pushed the bottle and the Avocado Metallic Maya Mist was all over everything. I mean over DP, some copies of projects I planned on making, a punch, some ribbon, you name it, it had mist all over it. I started cleaning up right away and was able to wipe a bunch of things off, but the DP and copies and ribbon where not to save. It is actually funny as I was warned that this stuff gets everywhere. Believe me, next time I use this stuff I will do it outside,LOL!! But let me show you the card that I made. It actually came out all right. Pretty CLEAN AND SIMPLE, but the effect of the Mist is stunning. I wish my camera would have captured that shimmer a bit better.

Most of the ingredients are from the Taylored Expressions Key Ingredients Kit for October.

The DP is 6x6 so it is perfect for my favorite size cards. The buttery colored strip on the front is textures cs and it is yummy. The Flower is not from the kit, but the bird is and is by Maya Road. In this Kit came an entire package of Maya Road chipboard birds and 2 bird cages, totally fun and they are plain. So when I saw that there was also a small spritz bottle of Avocado Metallic Maya Mist in it and after I saw the projects done by the Baker's Dozen, I knew I had to try that stuff out ;D.

Here is the Recipe for the card:

Paper: PTI Kraft, buttery yellow textured paper, DP from the Key Ingredients Kit

Stamp: Thank you for being there by Inkadinkado

Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa, Chalk Box Chestnut Roan for the sponging

Accessories: Maya Road chipboard bird from the Kit, Avocado Metallic Maya Mist also from the Kit, black Kaiser half pearl as the eye on the bird, Prima Flower from my stash, 3D-dots.

Taylor has these cool Kits all nicely put together with all the perfect coordinating material you'll need for some fun cards or other projects. I had a subscription for 3 month which cost $ 22.95 per month and the best part, you are getting charged around the 15th of the month and not all in advance which I really like. My 3 month subscription is up, but I will subscribe for the 6 months now. I love the quality of the papers and the fact that it is all ready for you. Would make a nice gift as well. You can read more about it here Key Ingredients Kit at Taylored Expressions

For my second card I played around with my chalks and my blender pen and an Whiff of Joy image I've had for a while, but really never inked up.

Paper: PTI White, DCWV pink textured cs, Basic Grey Urban Prairie

Stamp: Whiff of Joy (the name of this stamp was not on the package but it says an Elisabeth Bell image)

Ink: VersaFine Onyx Black, pink Chalk ink

Accessories: Blender Pen, Pearlescent Chalks, Prima Hydrangeas from the Strawberry Collection, silver butterfly charm from Walmart, pink sheer ribbon from my stash ( I still have from Okinawa, Japan ;D), half pearls, silver spacer beads, violet glitter pen, Sakura Gel roller, 3D dots

I could not really get the shimmer of the chalks captured with my camera, but IRL it is pretty shimmery. The Sakura Gel roller was used on the swirl on the bottom of her jeans and the Violet glitter pen was used for the flowers in the basket, the flower on her jeans and her headband and bow on her shirt. It's a girlie card for sure, but I think I'll give this card to my 8 y.o. who has been writing and outstanding book report over her Fall break. :D You know, you've got to keep encourage them.

Well, that is it. I am sorry for the long post, but I just had to tell you all about my big mistake with this Maya Mist spray, LOL!!!

Have a wonderful weekend and thank you so very much for stopping by.


Thursday, October 22, 2009

Come to me........

Yep, that is the name of my post for today. Yesterday, as I was cleaning the house I was saying to myself, that I had not made a masculine card in a few weeks. Well, after I put my Dyson away and collected all of the trash from my girls rooms trash baskets, I sat down and made a masculine card.

For the base I used PTI Kraft and put a layer of some dotted paper from the DCWV mat stack La Creme on it. This paper truly looks like it is a washed out black with Kraft dots, totally cool ;D. Since masculine in my eyes is not very many embellishments, I simply wrapped some Jute Twine around the second layer. For my sentiment I chose a stamp from Verve. I love these stamps, especially this one as it has a masculine feel to it. So I cut 2 rectangles with my Nesties Classic Rectangles Large dies, sponged the first one with some VersaFine Onyx Black on the edges and stamped the Matthews 11:28 verse unto the second rectangle in the same ink. It was a little plain looking so I've decided to get out some Karen Foster brads I had bought way too long ago, but I am sure you all know that feeling, right? These cool brads look like small screws and have an antique pewter finish, just the right color for the papers. To attach the brads I used my 1/16" punch(the really tiny one) to make the holes, as the brads are pretty close to the edge I had to cut the prongs down a bit, but that was easy using my floral wire cutters. As I was assembling all of that it came to mind that I had a pewter finish cross somewhere in my stash, so I went and got it and tied it on with some more twine.

Viola, finished was a real simple masculine card.

Have a look

What do you think? Pretty simple, I know, but I wanted to keep it clean as I had a brother in church at mind togive it to. See, sometimes when you are standing in prayer line at church God puts special people on your heart and this time it was no different, there is this cute little couple who has joined the church a while back, but they have not been attending service that often. For the last few weeks they have been in service and I felt that something was going on. So, to make a long story short and not to get into all of the little details I made this card and told my hubby, yep, I told him that this family was on my mind and that I really would appreciate if he would write some encouraging words into this card and give it to this man. We all know that man try not to show too much of their feelings and keep things to themselves, but in the deep storms of live, even those men need a little encouragement and can't really hide everything, right? So, I hope he will like this card I made and the encouraging words my hubby is going to write ;D.

Well, this is it for right now. I have my fingers itching to touch some ink, but I have some errands to run. So, I will see you all later.

Thanks so much for stopping by.


Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Good Tuesday afternoon.....

my friends! I have a card for you all today!!! Yep, I was able to sit down and make a card, yeah!!! :D:D:D

I tell you, nothing is better than getting some Therapy, it feels so good. Sorry, I am just a happy person today.

For today's creation I used some yummy papers from my Key Ingredients Kit from Taylored Expressions I received in September. I know it is October already, but I love the papers in this kit and just could not contain myself,LOL!.

Todays card is another scripture card, which is always a good thing, right?

Have a look at my Romans 8:28 card

And we know......

Paper: PTI Vintage Cream, DP + textured cs from the Key Ingredients Kit from Taylored Expressions

Stamp: Romans 8:28 from ODBD Scripture Collection 1

Inks: VersaColor Sand Beige, SU Close To Cocoa

Accessories: Nesties Labels 4, chocolate satin ribbon from my stash, Prima Hydrangeas from the "Got Flowers" Collection, antique copper brad from Joann's, handmade stick pin with glass beads in shades of brown, Kaiser Chocolate half pearls, 3D foam dots, 3D glue dot

As you can see a pretty simple card, but the scripture is so powerful that nothing much is needed for this card.

Well, this is it for today. Thanks so much for taking the time and stopping by. I hope to see you all back soon.


Monday, October 19, 2009

Hello on this wonderful....

Monday!!! Yeah, my oldest is back in school andI have some quiet time in the morning now!! She actually was all excited to go back to school and did not fuss when she had to get up at 6 AM :D.

So, since I hurried and did all of my morning chores early today I was able to sneak in some play time after I read my Blogger updates and e-mails. I have never participated in the CCEE challenge, but my German bud Silke is the person of honor today, so I've decided I go ahead and try out this challenge. Tosh was in charge today and she asked to make a square card, being true to Silke's style and leave a lot of white space and use the faux silk technique. Oh, the challenge also said to use a girl on the card, but somehow I've missed that, so I guess I didn't totally obey the rules :C.

If you care to find out more about this challenge head on over to CCEE.

I have to tell you, I had never ever tried this technique and was kind of intimidated at first, but I guess it turned out all right.

Have a look at my

"Thank you for being my friend" card

Paper: PTI White

Stamps: SU Embrace Life, ODBD Friendship

Ink: VersaFine Onyx Black, pink chalk ink

Accessories: Nesties Megabilities curved rectangles, Cuttlebug embossing folder leafy branch, Scor-Pal, Recollections silver half pearls, Twinkling H2O's in pink crocus, Tissue Paper, Tombow glue, pink velvet ribbon, pink crystals

What do think? I hope they overlook the fact that I forgot the girl, but at least I used pink, so it is a girly card, right? :D:D I used those Twinkling H2O's to add the sparkle for the "sparklegirl" my camera just did not pick it up. IRL the card, well the flowers do SPARKLE :D:D

Well, this is it for me for now, I have to go over my DD's homework and figure out what I'll cook for dinner.

Thanks so much for stopping by, I love reading the comments you guys leave me. They sure keep me going.

Have a wonderful evening.


Friday, October 16, 2009


Yeah, it is finally the weekend, only a few days before my DD has to go back to school after her 3 week break. Don't get me wrong, I love having my babies home, but they are always fighting, yikes, any mom's out there feel me? :D:D

Anyhow, today I was able to sit down and stamp while my babies watched a movie. Thank God for Disney Channel, LOL!!!

My card today is for the Divine Design Bible Verse Challenge over at SCS. I must say I am pretty proud of myself as I have not missed a month yet, and I sure don't plan on starting now. We are supposed to upload around the 9th of the month, but things were just not going that way for me, so I am just a little late, LOL!!!

Participating in this challenge has been nothing but a blessing, I tell you.

My card came together pretty fast as I knew I wanted to use some of this fabulous paper from K&Company I bought just yesterday at Joann's on sale!!! Gotta love a good sale and some yummy looking paper. ;D

Have a look at my

Fear not, for.........

Paper: PTI Vintage Cream and Kraft, K&Company Classic K Bellay DP pad

Stamp: ODBD Scripture Collection 1

Ink: SU Close to Cocoa, Creamy Caramel, Chalk Box Creamy Brown

Accessories: Nesties Labels 4, crystals from Studio18, crochet lace, MayaRoad stick pin (which I colored with an Adirondack pen in brown), Prima Hydrangeas from the Deep Woods Collection, Tim Holtz distressing tool, 3D foam dots, copper Ichtus charm

Well, what do you think? I know this card does not have lots of layers like I usually add, but I think that this card would actually fit in a regular 6x6 envelope. The card itself is 5.5x5.5" just love this size :D.

Thanks so much for stopping by today, I sure hope I was able to inspire you with my post.


Thursday, October 15, 2009

Hey y'all!!!

Wow, I can't believe I have another post for you all today :D:D!!!! Actually I have two projects I would like to share with you. For the first one I made a card for Sharon Johnson's Stamp Simply # 108 challenge. I know I am behind, way behind, as # 109 is coming up tomorrow, but I made a card anyhow ;D. For this challenge Sharon asked to use Kraft and Black, well, not a combination I usually would choose, but I like the way my humble little card came out.

I started out with PTI Kraft and True Black. Since I wanted a little bit of pop, I decided to also use some striped paper from a DCWV pad which is called La Creme and my all time favorite. If you have not tried this paper yet, you are sure missing out ;D. I bought the 4x6 pad which makes it easy to use those gorgeous papers on A2 cards. To make a little of a different shaped card I rounded the bottom corners which I really don't do that often. I wonder why? Hmmm gotta think about that one,LOL!! For my sentiment I decided on using a scripture from ODBD's Scripture Collection 1, and what would be more fitting than using the new Nesties Labels 7 (the book) die? I wanted to keep it simple, so all I did here is scored the middle of the book stamped the scripture on it in VersaFine Onyx Black and sponged the edges with the same. I also added some large Recollections half pearls to all four corners and a Prima flower from the Artistry Collection. Very, very simple card for Sharon's Stamp Simply Challenge. If you care to find out more about this fun challenge Sharon comes up with every week head on over to her blog .

SSNOTIME#108 Krafty Black Isaiah 12:2


Paper: PTI Kraft, True Black, DCWV La Creme matstack

Stamps: ODBD Scripture Collection 1

Ink: VersaFine Onyx Black

Accessories: Nesties Label 7, Prima flower from the Artistry Collection, Recollections half pearls

What do you think, does this card make a statement?

All right, I promised you 2 projects and you shall have 2 projects :D:D.

Several weeks ago I discovered the Stamping Sisters in Christ Blog Challenge and I was determined to participate as often as I possibly could. Sometimes life throws a few things in our way and we can't or don't get around to it, but this week I wanted to participate.

They had the following scripture for inspiration


Our hostess this week is Kristine's sweet sister Kathy Winter. Kathy chose the scripture Jeremiah 1:5 "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you..." (NIV)

The verse goes on to say, "...before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations." This scripture is about the call of Jeremiah to become a prophet of God. He was chosen. God knew His plans for Jeremiah before he was even born.

Each of us is chosen by God, too, for a special purpose. He knows us intimately, and He wants us to know Him intimately. Each of us has special gifts and talents that we need to share with others. When we do this, we truly experience the heart of God. And what a tremendous feeling that is!


The challenge is to make a baby card or project, or a card for an expectant mother (or expectant parents)...perhaps even try your hand at a shaped card (see Kathy's sample below). A baby shower card would be perfectly fine, too. I think you get the idea!

(This section was copied from the Stamping Sisters in Christ Blog)

So, I came up with this idea to make a frame/picture. I bought this white frame at a local $ store I believe and simply added some DP in green and stamped a little frame which I had for ever from a stamp set from Paper Salon and is called Fancy Flourishes. To make it jump out a little more and since it is rather small I decided to stamp it in VersaMark and emboss it in white. I also wanted to stay close to the scripture used but did not have it, hmm what's a girl to do? I could have just generated it by computer, but that would have been a challenge as my printer does not like and heavier paper, it just does not pull it in, so I remembered I had this fun and tiny stamp set I bought over at Clear Dollar Stamps a while back and it had this sentiment in it "Children are a gift from God". The light came on and I just used it instead :D:D. Don't you just love it when things come together? Well, to make a long story short I took the tiny stamps and stamped it too in VersaMark and embossed it in white as well. To give the plain frame a little more interest I added some green and white Hydrangea petals which I held together by using a faux pearl brad. I adhered those flowers to the frame by using 3D glue dots. I also added a flourish which I cut using my Cricut Expression and a little button I had laying around.

Have a look

Children are a gift from God


Paper: K&Company scrap I had laying on my table

Ink: VersaMark

Stamps: Clear Dollar Stamps "In God's Hands" (5785), Paper Salon "Fancy Flourishes"

Accessories: white embossing powder, green Hydrangeas from the Strawberry Collection, white Hydrangeas, faux pearl brads from Michaels Bridal section, Cricut Expression, Cher up button, 3D glue dots, frame from the $-store

Thank you so very much for stopping by.


Happy Thursday.....

my stamping friends!!!! Thank You to all of you who stopped by during ISC's Christmas Card Extravaganza/Blog Hop, we all had tons of fun. The winner of the 3 free sets will be announced by Betsy herself on the ISC Blog, so keep your eyes open, you might be the one ;D.

Today Connie, Joanne and I have a little something for you all as well. We were asked by Betsy if we would play with some cool embellishments that are available from Maya Road. I tell you, when I saw the stick pins I was sold,LOL!!!!

Many of you know that I am an embellishment nut and hoard like a champ if you'd ask my husband.

But back to what I have for you all today.

Betsy, the wonderful owner of ISC has put together a special Maya Road Kit that will be availabe for only a limited time at a very special price.

Most of you probably know that Maya Road is a company with a unique array of surfaces for altering and we gave some of them a try.

It's a card, it's a magnet, it's a cool gift idea for a friend.

This is a mini card I made incorporating a small 1.25" fragment from Tim Holtz which I altered by applying some Alcohol Inks to the back of it then stamping a small tree image from one of the new releases for October called Country Views which I stamped on the front of the fragment with black StazOn ink. After that I applied a generous amount of Crystal Effects to on top of the stamped image let it dry. To finish the back side up I also applied a very thin layer of Crystal Effects to assure that the Alcohol inks would not be removed (I know if they are dry they are not supposed to be going anywhere ;D) but I wanted to be sure. After this layer was dry I adhered a small piece of cs to cover the back, sponged it to make it blend in a little and adhered a square magnet I had laying around. I think it was harder to take a picture of this magnet than making it :D:D. It truly look stunning IRL!!!.

For my mini card I used a base of PTI Dark Chocolate and cut it to 3"x3". To make it a little more interesting I cut also a piece of PTO Kraft cs 3"x3" and ran it through my Cuttlebug with the Forest Branches embossing folder. To make it look a little more nature like I used some Twine instead of ribbon and wrapped it around the cuttlebugged layer. The layer after it is cut with the Nesties Labels 1 die out of Kraft cs and sponged on the edges with Chalk Box ink in Chestnut Roan and SU Creamy Caramel. For the sentiment 'thinking of you today" I cut a label with SU's oval punch the stamp is from another ISC set called "Dainty Daisies" which I added some Recollections mini antique copper brads to. Before I adhered this last layer unto the card I added a negative magnet to the back so my focal point, the magnet, I made from the fragment would stay on the card. I also decorated one of the Kraft Maya Road envelopes which you will receive in this wonderful Maya Road Kit if you decide to buy it ;D. The envelope was sponged with the same inks as the card and I added two Nesties Labels 1 cut outs in Dark Chocolate and Kraft. The sentiment is from the ISC set "Birch Tree Paintings" and that is it. A nice little gift idea.

My second project is a Christmas card where I used one of the birds that is available in the Kit as well. To get the look of this bird as it is in the card I simply inked it all up with VersaMark ink and added red embossing powder. You will have to emboss more than ones to get a real good coverage, but that is real easy to do if you keep adding embossing powder while it is still hot.

Joy, Love, Faith


Paper: PTI Kraft, SU Red Riding Hood red

Stamps: Festive Season

Inks: VersaMark, Tim Holtz Distressing Ink Fired Brick

Accessories: red embossing powder, golden detail embossing powder, Recollections golden half pearls, golden ribbon from my stash, Cuttlebug embossing folder Victoria, foam tape, Nesties petite ovals large

Viola, a very different Christmas card :D.

Wait, one more, I have one more card, and yes you've guessed it, it is another Christmas card,LOL!

I think this is my favorite one so far, but that is because it was so very easy to make.

Elegant "Merry Christmas"

Paper: PTI White, silver paper (bought at Target last year at Christmas time)

Stamps: Festive Season

Ink: VersaMark

Accessories: silver filigree embossing powder from PTI, Cuttlebug embossing folder Lace Tree, clear crystals, white satin ribbon and a Maya Road stick pin

I love these pins. For my card I had to cut a down a bit, as I used it so far down on the card I simply snipped some of the pin off with some floral wire cutters I have.

To see all of the contents of the Kit Betsy has included in the Kit click here .

You will be getting a nice variety of items for only $ 6.50. That is one good deal!!! To see what Joanne and Connie came up with, simply click on their names and it will take you to their wonderful creations.

Oh, before I forget, remember you can buy this Kit using the 10% off with the code that is still active

Thanks so much for stopping by today. I am very grateful that you are taking time to come an see me. Please, leave me some love so I know you've stopped by.

Hugs and have a wonderful day,

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Hi all...

and welcome to day 3 of ISC's Christmas Card Extravaganza /Blog Hop. Over the past few days the other Architects and I have shown you the possibilities that the newly released stamp sheets can bring. Today I have a few cards for you. Yep, I saved the BEST for last ;D. The first card I am showing today is a cards made in some rather unusual Christmas colors, but who says Christmas has to be all traditional? See when we received our packages and had to cut the stamps out, I was not sure what I was going to do. But after some brain storming it came to me (it's almost like the light bulb came on ;D) I was doing something eclectic with the eclectic set :D:D. So, since I love all shades of brown I went with it. For my base I used PTI Kraft layered with some PTI Dark Chocolate. After that I took a piece of Kraft cs and ran it through my Cuttlebug with the Divine Swirls folder and ran over it with a sponge and Chalk Box Chestnut Roan ink. For the Christmas tree I ran the Nesties Megabilities curved rectangles through the bug with some Kraft cs and stamped the tree on it in Memento Rich Cocoa. The BG was stamped on yet another Nesties cut piece of cs in Dark Chocolate and the script was stamped on it in VersaMagic Wheat. For the sentiment I cut a a strip of Kraft cs sponged the edges with Chestnut Roan and Roch Cocoa and put a antique square copper brad through and adhered it to the card and voila my eclectic Christmas card was done. Have a look....

Eclectic Christmas


Paper: PTI Kraft, Dark Chocolate

Stamps: ISC Eclectic Christmas

Inks: VersaMagic Wheat, Memento Rich Cocoa,

for the distressing : Chalk Box Chestnut Roan and Memento Rich Cocoa

Accessories: Nesties Megabilities curved rectangles, Cuttlebug embossing folder Divine Swirls, antique copper brad square, foam tape, 3D foam dots

What you think?

As promised I have another card for you all. Remember the pear card from the sneak peek on Friday? Well, I just had to make another card with this fun set. With this one I went a total different route and out came this fun little card.

Happy Thanksgiving......


Paper: PTI White, Bazzill textured olive cs, Basic Grey Offbeat

Stamps: Fruitful ISC

Inks: SU Certainly Celery, Mellow Moss, Tim Holtz Distress Ink Fired Brick, Watercolor Pencils

Accessories: green satin ribbon, Cricut Expression Home Accents cartridge for the label tag, foam tape, blender pen

See a totally simple card, but it looks so fun. As I was going through my paper stash I noticed that this Basic Grey Offbeat pad had some paper in it that was just perfect as it has pears and apples on it ;D and the colors, well, that is how the colors where chosen, LOL!!!

This is it for my post today, but remember if you have not done so in order to win 3 FREE of the Christmas stamp sheets you will have to leave a comment on the ISC Blog by the end of today what Christmas means to you and your family. Pretty simple, isn't it?

Since this is still a Blog Hop, make sure you head on over to Julie, she has something absolutely gorgeous to share with you all as well and all you have to do is hit the button below

but wait, remember that ISC is also offering you a discount during this time. You will receive 10% off of your entire order if you simply enter the code

Well, i must say this was a fun Blog Hop. I hope that you've got some inspiration from me and all of the other Architects.

Here is the order of the Blog Hop again, just in case you have missed it:

Start here ISC Blog , Kathy, Sabrina (that's me :D:D:D!!!), Julie, Joanne, Connie , Wendy and back to end at the ISC Blog

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Your comments really mean a lot to me and keep me going ;D.


Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Hey, it's me again.....

yep, I have another post for you all today. Last week my husband came home, I believe it was Thursday night, and he told me to put a friend of his from work on our prayer list at church. I was ready to let our Pastor know on Friday morning, when I received an e-mail from my husband telling me to disregard to put his friend on the prayer list as he had died Thursday night at the age of only 52 years. I did not know him personally as my hubby works an hour away but when he got home that night, I asked him if he wanted me to make a Sympathy card for his family and he said "that would be nice". So this morning I got some of my stamps out and went for it. I just hope and pray that this humble little card will give his wife a little comfort. I started with a base of PTI Vintage Cream, Dark Chocolate and some of my favorite K&Company Classic K McKenna. The DP was directly adhered unto the Dark Chocolate and sponged a little . For the focal image which is from the SU set Essence of Love I cut a circle with my Nesties Classic Circles dies and stamp the image in SU Close to Cocoa. As I also wanted to use the sentiment from this set instead of a "With Sympathy " I used the "Thinking of You" and stamped it unto a tag which I cut with the Nesties Ribbon Tag Trio in Vintage Cream on a Dark Chocolate tag. To adhere the tag I used some yummy velvet ribbon I found at Mike's a while ago added some Ginger colored Dew Drops in all four corners and some Recollections half pearls on the tag. I also added some butterflies which I cut out with my Martha Stewart 3 butterflies punch. A pretty simple card, but I hope it will bring some comfort.

This is the outside of the card and below is the inside of the card where I used the words "thoughts and prayers are with you from yet another SU set called "Always in my Thoughts".

Paper: PTI Vintage Cream, Dark Chocolate, K&Company Classic K McKenna

Stamps: SU Essence of Love and SU Always in my Thoughts
Ink: Chalk Box Creamy Brown, Chestnut Roan, SU Close to Cocoa, Palette Vintage Cream from PTI
Accessories: Nesties Classic Circles Large, Ribbon Tag Trio, Martha Stewart 3 butterflies punch, Recollections half pearls, Dew Drops in Ginger, foam tape, 3 D foam dots, Velvet ribbon from Mike's

This is it for this post. Thanks so much for stopping by.


Good Tuesday morning.......

and welcome to day 2 of ISC's Christmas Card Extravaganza/Blog Hop. Today I will show you another Christmas card I made with one of the gorgeous new sets that were released yesterday and it is called "Festive Season". When I think festive, well the good old silver/white color combo comes to mind. So, I've got out some gorgeous silver paper I've got last year at Target of all places (love that place ;D) but since it is a little on the flimsy side I matted it on some True Black cs from PTI in combination with a white PTI cs base. But before I matted the silver paper I ran it through my Bug, my Cuttlebug that is, and used one of my new folders "Victoria" I've ordered back in August I believe and it finally arrived the end of September. Anyhow, I loved how crisp it came out and immediately I thought, hmmm lets combine it with the flourish of the Festive Season set. I tell ya, sometimes things work themselves out ;D. Since I had planned to use the gorgeous ornament included in this set to begin with it kind of was nice to give my card that little extra umph..... I stamped the flourish on a True Black cut Labels 4 piece in white. I planned on using a silver ink pad, but it was all tried out :C. For my ornament I stamped it on white PTI cs in VersaMark and embossed it with Filigree silver embossing powder and it looked just wonderful. As you can see the ornament has these flourishes on it so my mind went into overdrive and I remembered that I bought some cool glitter a long time ago (and never used it) and it would give those flourishes some more interest. So I added some Quicky Glue pen and applied the glitter. Have a look and see for yourself

Elegant Merry Christmas


Paper: PTI White, True Black, silver paper I bought at Target during Christmas last year.

Stamps: Festive Season ISC

Ink: VersaMark, white opaque ink pad

Accessories: Cuttlebug Victoria embossing folder, Nesties Labels 4, white glitter, Recollections silver half pearls, narrow white satin ribbon, foam tape, 3D foam dots, double sided tape

What do you think? I think this is the card I will be making for Christmas for my Mom and family back in Germany ;D.

Since I forgot yesterday to give you all the the links to all of the newly released set I will do it today

Fruitful ( that was the card I showed you all on Friday ;D)

Joyful Christmas

Festive Season (which is used for the card I am showing you today)

Eclectic Christmas

Country Views (this is ideal for magnets, Tim Holtz fragments, Inchies!!!) (Hint, you'll be getting some free samples of the fragments if you purchase this set ;D;D)

Remember that ISC is still offering you

so all you have to do is enter the code isc1009 and you are in business for a great discount!!!

Since this is a Blog Hop I will remind you that if you have not done so, please go to the ISC blog and start there and work yourself through as all of the wonderful Architect have used the same stamps sheets but their creations are oh so different. I love it when I get to see the same set used by someone with a different style. It is pretty amazing!!! So here is the list

Innovative Stamps Creations Blog

Kathy aka KAT

Sabrina (that is ME :D:D)





and back to ISC Blog

remember you have until tomorrow Wednesday 14.October to leave a comment on the ISC Blog what Christmas means to you and your family to win 3 FREE Christmas stamps sets Joyful Christmas, Festive Season and Eclectic Christmas).

So, if you are on your track and you cam from Kathy all you have to do is click on the blinkie below and it will take you directly to Julie so you can admire her version of one of these wonderful sets

Wow, this was a long post, sorry, but I wanted to make sure I don't forget anything.

Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope that you enjoyed your visit.


Monday, October 12, 2009

It is time!!!!!!!!

Hello my friends, today is the day, it's release day over at ISC!!!!! Remember when I told you guys on Friday that we are having something special planned for today? Well, not in those exact words, but we are having a PARTY!!!!!! Today is the day that ISC is having it's FIRST, yes, FIRST ever Christmas Card Extravaganza/Blog Hop!!!! And we are celebrating for 3 DAYS. We were challenged by Betsy the owner of ISC to each choose one image from the Joyful Christmas stamp sheet and create a card making it the focal point. I don't know why, but for some reason I am not good at making Christmas cards, hmm I guess I am not feeling it yet ;D, but let me tell you. When I cut my images I had tons of ideas in my head and since the typical Christmas images where already taken, I've picked the flourish. So, let me show you my humble creation

It's a Joyful Christmas


Paper: PTI White, DP was provided by Betsy(sorry not sure of the name :C)

Stamps: ISC Joyful Christmas

Inks: SU Mellow Moss, Ranger Distress Ink Fired Brick

Accessories: Nesties Megabilities curved rectangles, Kaiser half pearls in red, snowflake button (I believe it is from WalMart), red sheer ribbon, foam tape, 3 D foam dots, Maya Road Vintage headpin

For my focal image I've decided to sponge around the flourish, so I left my Nesties die on the card stock and simply added the Fired Brick Distress Ink with a sponge so that the edges would still be white and draw more attention to the focal image. It's a pretty simple card, but that is what we are looking for for Christmas as most of us have to make tons of cards, right? ;D

This is it for my card, but wait, I have more for you!!!!! Guess what, since this is our FIRST ever Christmas Card Extravaganza you can WIN, 3 FREE of the "Newest" Christmas Stamp Sheets (Joyful Christmas, Eclectic Christmas, Festive Christmas)!!!!!! How cool is this??????? We are keeping it super easy for you too, all you have to do is head on over to the ISC Blog and leave a comment on what Christmas means to you & your family!!!! Super EASY, but you have to hurry up as this opportunity will end on WEDNESDAY October 14th!!!!!

Since this is a Blog Hop please don't just head on over to leave your comment, go on and see what the next ISC Architect in this HOP has created and which image she chose. It's Julie

Wait, don't hit that button yet, there is one more little tiny detail I have to share with you all ;D

ISC is also offering 10% off of your order!!!! The Christmas Stamp Line is jammed packed and for a limited time only the retail price has been reduced!!!!!

WOW, I think I have it all covered now!!! I have saved some more cards for this release for you all, so make sure you come back tomorrow to see what I have up my sleeve ;D.

Thanks so much for stopping by.


Friday, October 9, 2009

Happy Friday.....

my friends. Boy oh boy did I have a week. Well, I am all better from that flu that had my entire family strapped down and I am feeling much better what my tooth is concerned, yeah!!!!

I thank God for the Endodontist I went to see. Anyhow, you did not come to hear about my aches and pains, so I will share something fun with you all!!!

Today is sneak peek time for Innovative Stamp Creations. This month there will be 5, yes I said 5 new sets released!!!! So, today I will share a card with you all that I made with one of the sets which is called "Fruitful". How perfect is that name for Thanksgiving coming up, but this set is not limited to Thanksgiving. I love it!!!! Have a look for yourself


Paper: PTI Kraft, rustic white

Stamps: ISC BG stamp Canvas and Fruitful (link is not active yet, so I did not add it!)

Ink: SU Close to Cocoa, Chalk Box Creamy Brown, Dark Brown

Accessories: Tim Holtz Distressing Tool, Recollections mini antique copper brads, SU Word Window Punch, watercolor pencils, Blender pen, photo corner punch by EK Success, Pearl lettuce Dew Drops, foam tape, 3D dots, Tombow glue , Cuttlebug embossing folder Swiss Dots

So, did I get you interested in this wonderful set? But wait, you'll have to wait until Monday, 12. October 2009. Did you notice the blinkie in my sidebar? Well, we are having a Blog Hop over at ISC and you will love it. Can't tell too much as of yet, so make sure you'll come back on Monday to find out the details ;D.

Sorry again for the delayed post. You know how much you rely on the Internet until your service is out. We've had an Internet outage for the past 2 day and I am glad we are back up and running :D:D:D.

Thanks for stopping by today.


Thursday, October 1, 2009

So far behind........

with the challenges. Well, a few weeks back I discovered the Stampin Sisters in Christ challenge blog via a friend of mine, and I am hooked. Sometimes I don't get to play, but that is all right, because this morning, even still not feeling so good, I made a quick card for this challenge. It surely shows how time flies as this is already challenge # 6. This week the Sisters are using Psalm19:14 as the theme which reads: "Let the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be acceptable in your sight, o Lord, my strenght and my redeemer" this is such a powerful scripture reminding us to watch what we say and think. Perfect to make a card to let someone know "Thinking of You or Praying for you". The perfect scripture and theme to go together.
Two weeks ago I received my KIT (key Ingredients Kit) from Taylored Expressions and it has the most beautiful papers, ribbons and other goodies in it. So, I just to dig in and use some of it ;D. For my base I chose a cream cs, some textured chocolate cs and some yummy DP which was also included in the kit. I am not sure what the name of the papers are, so , lets just call them the papers from the TE KIT :D.

As you all know I love DP no matter what brand and this one is no exception. I've decided on a 5.5"x5.5" card as I did not want to waste too much of the cut down to 6x6 paper. The main panel is cut with the Nesties Labels 3 dies and the sentiment, which is from the Verve Set Meditations and was tamped in SU Close to Cocoa. To make everything pop a little more I added some Kaiser chocolate half pearls and some gorgeous May Arts ribbon. I felt that something was still missing so I got my neglected glass beads and findings out and made a stick pin to add the missing jewelry :D:D. Since I wanted to incorporate the "Thinking of you or praying for you" part of the challenge I finished the inside off as well. This is such an easy card, but since I am using the theme scripture I think nothing much is needed as this scripture is very deep and speaks for itself.

Let the words of my mouth.....


Paper: all papers are from the Taylored Expressions Key Ingredients Kit for September 2009

Stamps: Verve Notes of Prayer and Meditations

Ink: SU Close to Cocoa and SU Basic Brown(for some sponging )

Accessories: Kaiser chocolate half pearls, cream and brown striped grosgrain ribbon from May Arts, handmade stick pin, Nesties Labels 3, 3 D dots and foam tape

This is the front of the card and this next picture is from the inside.

If you'd like to find out a little more about this challenge head on over to the Stampin Sisters in Christ Challenge Blog
It is so much fun creating a card and being able to share your love for Christ at the same time. I am truly thankful that I found this group.

That is it for me, back to taking care of the kiddos and taking some meds myself.

Thanks for stopping by today. I appreciate all of your well wishes I have received over the past few days. You guys are the BEST!!!