Monday, June 28, 2010


Happy Monday, Stampers! Oh, my what a fun sketch! Ever had a card that literally fell together? It is almost like you threw the papers up in the air and poof! of their way down they magically fell into place? This was one of those cards. I had no intentions of cutting out the main image as I always do. I wanted to challenge myself not to do that. I did it! But then I realized my paper was too large and covered too much of the pretty circle paper. So, I wound up cutting out the image anyway. My BIL (Brother-in-law) was visiting when I made this. I need to give him credit for coming up with the idea of the grass. He also challenged me to find a different way to use the vine. I originally had it where the grass is. You may notice that I embossed the white paper behind the snake. I used the circles embossing folder for that to tie into the circle Basic Grey paper. Finally, I found some snake stickers and used the “Ssss” from that near the snake’s mouth. I wasn’t too sure how to color the snake. I looked on the back of the package that the stamp came in and there is a nice example of the colored image on it. That’s my tip for today. Look on the back of the PWCO stamp packages to give you an idea on where to put the shading and how to color the image. I have used this little tip frequently.

This completes my run as your featured stamper for Monday. Starting July I will be found on another day of the week.

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamp: Sammy the Snake

Paper: Basic Grey Lime Rickey

Ink: memento tuxedo black

Copics: YG 95, 97; Y17

Accessories: Nestabilities, cuttlebug, vine ribbon, sticker

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge #60

Happy Sunday, Stampers! I am back in the game with Midnight Madness. Life gets crazy and I can't always find the time to play now a days, but I carved out some time this weekend.
I bought a Nana's Kitchen Stack because it was sparkly and pretty and with my coupon, 40% off. I had no idea what I would use it for. I don't make cards about cooking and I don't scrapbook, but it was such pretty paper I just had to buy it!! When I saw this week's sketch I knew I need to get out my Tilda's and play with her. Then I thought of my new stack of paper and the started coming together in my mind. Baking Tilda was just what I needed for this card. I cut out the flour and sugar pictures from the patterned paper in the stack and used them as the embellishment on the bottom right corner which, in the sketch, was a flower.
I hope you enjoy my sweet, sweet Tilda and my interpretation of the sketch.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Art Impressions monthly contest

Good Saturday Evening, Stampers!! This is my first submission for Art Impressions monthly comtest. The theme this month is "set o'wheels: bikes, cars and wagons. As always these characters just crack me up!! I used the Midnight Madness sketch challenge for this week. I decided to move the loopy-de-loopy thingy that was supposed to be in the upper corner to the bottom because I think it looks like dust coming up from the back of the bike and it helps the image give the feeling of movement. Although the embellishments are sprockets, I thought it tied in with the gears of the bike. I think I might send this to my brother as a belated birthday card (June 1). Hey! at least I am still in the same month! The saying says, "Eat your heart out, Lance Armstrong!"
Thanks for looking!


I have an announcement! I used the random number generator to pick my winner for my blog candy and the winner is.....

Linda said...
She's a cutie! And I am subscribing to your blog as soon as I write this!

Congratulations, LINDA!

Linda, please contact me so I can send you your goodies.

Monday, June 21, 2010

SC # 38

Happy Monday, Stampers! I gave myself a little creative freedom on this sketch from Paperworks Co. this week. I substituted the orange (sorry Peggy!) circles instead on the top right corner and the orange flowers on the bottom left. I also add a triangle in the corner and punched it out with a corner punch. The sentiment comes with the robot. I inked only part of the sentiment at a time and used a stamp positioner to get it to line up correctly. I didn't have enough room on top for the whole saying and just wanted to break it up a bit to make it balanced. This was trickier than I expected because my black marker is a bit old and lost its pointy tip. I had many tries at making that right! I decided to experiment with the main image. I used Tim Holtz rock candy distress/crackle. I liked the texture it gave the robot as it kind of adds a metallic feel to the image. So, that's my tip for today. Go outside your comfort zone in either modifying a sketch to suit your needs or try a new technique or product. You might be surprised with what you create! I didn't have any one in mind when I made this card, but I am sure it will come handy some day.

Stamps: Buckley Tinheart

Paper: Basic Grey Lime Rickey

Copics: C3, 4; R27; B21,

accessories: flowers, circle stickers, Tim Holtz distress crackle paint rock candy, nesties, corner punch, stamp positioner

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Game on!

Welcome to Paperworks Blog Hop!! Woo hoo! I hope you are ready to win some free stamps and blog candy!

Here is a list of all the wonderful blogs showcasing the new Sports Series 2 stamps this month.

If you came from Sunghee's blog then you are in the right spot!! Yay, you! If not and you want to play along and enter to win fabulous prizes please start here at Paperworks Co.

Here's a few of the perks with this blog hop:
1. **This weekend all PWCO stamps are 10% off** This is a great time to stock up on Zach and Zoe images, some RAM stamps and PWCO stamps. Get them today!
2, If you buy the complete set of Sport series 2 you also get BONUS STAMPS!! Woo hoo! who can resist a discount and free stamps?? IF you ordered the complete sport series set 1 you will get the bonus stamps included in your next order for free!
3. If you play along with the blog hop you will be entered to win the grand prize which is the complete sports series two stamp set and the bonus stamps. Yay! More free stuff!!
4.Each DT member will be giving out prizes!! Oh my! Oh my! Be sure to visit each blog to enter your chance to win!
5. I, of course, will be giving out some goodies as well!! Free is sooo good! To be entered to win my prize pack you need to leave a comment AND become a follower of this blog. How easy is that? I will randomly draw a name from the list of comments.

I was pleased as punch when I was received the volleyball stamp. When I was in high school I played volleyball. I wasn't very good, but I did my best! I still love to play volleyball even though my game hasn't improved.

For the card I used a computer generated sentiment on the top and a sticker on the bottom. The buttons are from Basic Grey and the jewels in her hair are from my stash.

I am not an expert on using copics. I confess, I learned how to color with copic markers by watching You Tube videos. I literally colored along with the video as I was watching it pausing the video often to catch up. I am left handed and find that coloring with the darkest color to the right is the easiest for me. On most of my images you will see "the light source" coming from the left and the shadowy part on the right. On this image you will notice I did it the opposite way. How? you ask. Easy. I turn the image upside down and still color from right to left. That's my tip for today! Do it the same way only differently. I am so smart!

Thanks for looking and I hope you enjoy this card as much as I do!

Stamps: Zoe the volleyball player

paper: Lime Rickey Catawaba

copics: YG 11, 13, 17; B21, 95, 97; E000, 00, 11, 13, 33, 37,; C1

accessories: cuttlebug folder argyle, nestabilities

Off you go now to Stephanie's blog which is found HERE.

Monday, June 14, 2010


Happy Monday Stampers! Here is my interpretation of this week's sketch challenge. I had fun with this sketch and the card came together rather easily.

Berly (prounounced Barley) is a co-worker who also is a stamping friend. It is her birthday this month and I used this week's sketch for her card. For my birthday she gave me the Happy Birthday embossing folder. I found it fitting then to make her birthday card using the folder. I cut out the image as always and decided to cut off all of the curliques because it would have been too difficult to cut around them.

Berly's name is spelled out in letters from doodlebug and covered with flock. Originally I had green letters, but the greens didn't match up. I pulled the letters off and made her name again with pink letters. I then colored the main image using some pink to tie the pink into the main image. finally I added the flower in the upper corner. That's my tip for today. Experiment with different colors that might not necessarily go with the papers you decided to use. Tie the colors together by using the extra color in coloring the image.

Stamps: A Surprise Cheer

Ink: Memento Tuxedo black

Markers: Copics YG 11, 13, 17; RV 13, E 43, 44, 57, 77

Accessories: Cuttlebug Happy Birthday embossing folder, Doodlebug Loopy Lou Adhesive stickers, daisy flower

Paper: Lime Rickey Catawaba patterned paper

Friday, June 11, 2010


Viola! the turkey is out of the oven!!! Doesn't it look great?? It took 5.5 hours to bake and lots of basting to make this beautiful, organic bird. I took the second picture so that you all could see my brand new stove in the back left of the picture. As you can see I have a very tiny kitchen. It is hard to imagine a smaller kitchen, but this kitchen used to be smaller than this! Where the peninsula is now a wall used to be. The wall was at the end of the peninsula that is closest to the sink. The refrigerator is on the left of the peninsula on the other side of the wall. Well, thanks for stopping! Too bad you can't share some of this turkey with me. It tastes really good! I gotta scoot and go carve it now.

Thursday, June 10, 2010


Good morning Stampers! Here is my card for Sweet and Sassy's weekly challenge. I made this card for my sweet Dork Sister, Linda R. Linda had some blog candy and I was one of the winners! This is the card I made her as a thank you. The flower is from the SU set, embrace life (one of the things she gave me). I love the SU pattern paper. They look so elegant and really give the card that nice touch. Linda also gave me a pack of this rub-on borders. The ric-rack you see here is one of them. I goofed on the right side. The ric-rack veered a bit to the inside of the paper and it looked really bad. I moved the oval to the side to cover it up. The problem then was the rub-on wouldn't come off the ribbon! I solved that by adding some big pearls on the side. Whew! side stepped that disaster!

Monday, June 7, 2010

PWCO sketch Challenge #36

Happy Monday, Stampers! Here's a nice easy sketch for this week from Paperworks Co. I did not have any coordinating paper to go with this Lime Rickey paper so for the 4 smaller squares I just used the same paper from the background paper. I decided to go with the tennis player for my images this week. She is a fun one to color! Her hair gives you plenty of room to play around with your copic markers (or coloring medium of your choice) without becoming an overwhelming space. I needed to fill in a bit as the card seemed a bit bare so I added the flower and the pearls.

I do like the color orange. I think it is a color that most other stampers shy away from and even some don't like. When all of us gals on the DT were getting to know each other and writing about ourselves Peggy, owner of PWCO, revealed that she does not like orange. Boy, am I going to have fun with that! I have a Dork Sister, Vikki Jo, who is afraid of butterflies. I am sure you can image what the rest of the Dork Sisters send her all of the time: cards with butterflies all over them!

I love copic markers. I notice that when I color with copics no matter how hard I try a bit of color goes outside the image. I have learned how to hide that mistake by cutting out the image. So, that's my tip for today. don't worry so much about coloring outside the line because then you can just cut it out and no one will be the wiser. If you do cut out the image make sure that you take the corresponding marker and touch up the edges to cover up any white areas.

Thanks for looking!

Here's the details of the card:

Stamp: Zoe the tennis player

paper: Lime Rickey Tart and Tiny

Copics: E000, E00, E11, E33, E44, E99, yr21, yr04, yr07

Accessories: flower, orange pearls

Friday, June 4, 2010

I am on the design team for Paperworks Co!!!

Yipee! Yippee!! I have been selected to be a design team member for Paperworks Co.! You don't know how much it has been killing me not to be able to tell all of you. I felt horrible about keeping something so big from my dork sisters. My debut is here and I can FINALLY shout this news from the roof top!
I received my welcome package in the mail last week and let me tell you it felt like Christmas!
I have a whole stack of pretty new papers and stamps with which to play. I felt a little nervous about sitting down and making a card. First, anxiety set in as I want to make sure I do my very best work and live up to expectations second, I typically buy 2 sheets of pattern paper so if I goof up really bad I have one other sheet to cut into. I decided to just make a card to warm up. I used my own pattern paper first (see reason #2) and then after that card went on to using the papers I received from Peggy. I wound up making two cards. I liked both and couldn't pick one over the other so I posted both. Below is the first card I made. A very simple one, but it got my mojo going.

Now for a little info about the cards.
Duckie card

Stamps: Puddles of fun

Paper: Lime Rickey hoboken and howdy doody

Copics:Y08,B21, B95, YG63, YR04

Accessories: EK success Daisy boarder punch, yellow grosgrain ribbon, flower punch, pearls, nestabilites oval and scalloped ovals

Layout: CASED card from Linda Borneman

Robot Card

Stamps: Rocko Tinheart

Paper: Lime Rickey Liquid Candy

Copics: B21, B95, B97, Y17, G99, R27

Accessories: metallic ribbon, sprockets, nestabilites labels 2, various cuttlebug folders

Layout: loosely based on SCS SC#234

Please leave me a comment so I know you stopped by!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

I won the Priscilla Award!

Can you believe it? I got around 122 votes for my Hollis card! Thank you for voting! Due to your support I won The Priscilla Award! I shall wear this badge proudly!