Sunday, February 28, 2010

Single Layer Card Challenge

It's time for this week's

For this week's challenge, participants are asked to create SINGLE LAYER cards. Yes, that's right... only ONE layer of cardstock, nothing more. But that's not all. Participants are supposed to use buttons and ribbon, too.

Challenging, for sure!

I started with a piece of Papertrey white cardstock, scoring it for the card fold. I stamped the deer image from The Greeting Farm's Forest Friends stamp set in the center of the card front. I then colored the deer with my Copic markers and carefully cut away half of the card front.
Using my stamp-a-ma-jig for exact placement, I stamped a forest of trees around the the little deer, both on what was left of the front of the card and on the inside of the card, which is now visible, due to having removed half of the front of the card. The tree image is from the Lovely as a Tree Stampin' UP! set. I used Stampin' UP! Always Artichoke ink and stamped, in first, second, and third generation to get different amounts of boldness to the tree color.
Using a stipple brush and Stampin' UP! Close to Cocoa ink, I created the ground color. The sky/background was lightly sponged with Stampin' UP! Ballet Blue ink.

To fulfill the button/ribbon requirement, I attached a large yellow button with ribbon. The sun is shining our our sweet little deer in the forest.
One last touch... I added the sentiment Deer Friend.
Now it's your turn! Create a single layer card with ribbon and button(s). Go to the Crafty Ho's Challenge Blog and share your creation. We're anxious to see what you come up with.
Hugs, Deer Friends!

Images: TGF Forest Friends and Stampin' UP! Lovely as a Tree
Sentiment: TGF Forest Friends
Ink: Stampin' UP! Classic Ink, Memento Tuxedo Black, and Copic markers
Cardstock: Stampin' UP! Always Artichoke
Embellishments: button and ribbon

Saturday, February 27, 2010

My Aly Cat Card

I decided to make a card for Aly's Sunday Challenge today.
Aly challenged participants to create a card with a kitty on it... so here's my

Aly Cat

Image: Artful INKables Think Big

Snowfall Cardinall

I love seeing a cardinal in the snow. The stark contrast of the gorgeous male bird (bright red) against the white snow is beautiful. I thought I'd try to recreate that scene in a card for the Sizzix swap hosted by Roxane.

As you probaly recognize, the snowy scene is created with a Top Note die, sold by Stampin' UP! What you may not be able to see in the picture is the amazing shimmer on the Top Note portion of the card. I took a small empty spray bottle and filled it halfway with rubbing alcohol. I then added just a little bit of the Stampin' UP! shimmer paint to the bottle and mixed it in (by shaking vigorously). I sprayed the Top Note. I was a tad bit worried when the paper curled up upon being sprayed, but when it dried, it flattened back out. I love the snowy shimmer. THANK YOU, Carol, for telling me how to do this!!!

The cardinal is made completely with Stampin' UP! punches. There's half of a large heart for the body (red), two small hearts for the tail feathers (red), one small heart for the beak (yellow), and part of a small flower for the patch around the eye (black). The eye was painted on with Moonlight Smooch.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I think I might go bird watching!


Image: Stampin' UP! Season of Friendship
Ink: Stampin' UP! Going Gray and Moonlight Smooch
Cardstock: Stampin' UP! Bashful Blue, Black, Real Red, and Summer Sun
Designer Paper: Paper Studio Country Snowflakes
Embellishments: snowflake brad and Stampin' UP! grosgrain ribbon

Friday, February 26, 2010

Inktegrity New Release Blog Hop

If you are here for the SEW MANY CARDS Release Party and Blog Hop, click here!

Welcome to Inktegrity's Spring Hop!

I hope you have arrived here from Diane's blog. If not, the entire blog hop is listed in order below. Be sure to go to the beginning so you won't miss a thing.

This Blog Hop is a celebration of the Design Team and all of you who create with Inktegrity! All of these images that you see on our blogs were created by request of each member. It has been my privilege to serve on the Inktegrity Design Team these past four months. I value the experience and the relationships developed! Thank you, Joni!!!

At each blog along the hop, there is a letter for you to collect - no need to unscramble as it is spelled out for you. Simply email the phrase to with the phrase in the subject line and she will email the freebie image to you. In addition, be sure to leave a comment on the Inktegrity blog (the last on this hop) so that you are eligible to win your choice of 5 of these images!!!

Now, let me introduce you to the image Joni created for me...

Rico the Flamingo

Since I live in northern Illinois where we have a lot of snow and not a single tropical beach, you might wonder why I chose a flamingo for my image. Quite simply, I chose a flamingo because I love my daughter. One of my daughter's beloved possessions is a pink plastic flamingo named Rico. He holds many precious memories for her. Hmmmmmmmmm... I wonder who will be getting Rico the Flamingo cards???

I created two cards for today's Blog Hop since the Rico the Flamingo image comes with two sentiments and I couldn't choose just one of them.

Pink isn't just a color... it's an attitude.

Image and Sentiment: Inktegrity Rico the Flamingo
Coloring: Prisma Watercolor Pencils with Baby Oil
Cardstock: Stampin' UP! Certainly Celery, Chocolate Chip, and Pink Pirouette
Designer Paper: from my scrap file
Embellishments: buttons and ribbon scraps

Before we can FLY, we must learn to PRANCE.

Image and Sentiment: Inktegrity Rico the Flamingo
Coloring: Copic Markers
Cardstock: Stampin' UP! Ballet Blue and Pretty in Pink
Designer Paper: from my scrap file
Embellishment: American Traditional Designs Ribbon

You probably noticed the varying sizes of the Rico images. I think that is the single most exciting thing about digital images. You can make them any size you want to! You can also flip them. They are so versatile.
For this hop, my letter is :

Now you can continue on to Joni's blog to see another special image. Thank you so much for coming by!




GD Tammy

Laura Jean


GD Dawn


GD Mary


Jeanette - that's me!


Inktegrity Blog

Thursday, February 25, 2010


Let's Celebrate!

Sew Many Cards - New Releases
Blog Hop - February 26 through March 4

This is a blog hop! If you arrived here from Jeri's blog, you are exactly where you ought to be. However, if you are here and didn't start at the beginning, you will want to do so because there are lots of incredible new images to see. The design team has some fun things to show you along the way.

And since no Blog Hop is complete without prizes... THERE WILL BE PRIZES!!! Be sure to leave comments on each blog along the way. All of the winners will be announced on Friday, March 5.
Sew Many Cards is proud to have two sponsors this month: Simon Says and Soft Pencil. Simon Says Stamps is generously donating a $10 gift certificate to one lucky blog hopper! Elizabeth Pujalka, the owner of Soft Pencil has generously donated a $25 voucher to the Soft Pencil Shop.

If you should run into difficulties along the way in this Blog Hop, you can always go back to the Sew Many Cards Challenge Blog where there is a list of all of the blogs along the way.

Now, let's board the Airplane (since that's the Sew Many Cards New Release image that I'm showcasing)!

The airplane image is adorable, with its friendly face and the fun banner. There are actually three options for this image. In one, the banner is blank so you can use your own creativity with it. There is also one that reads Miss You, in addition to the one I used that reads Come Visit.

My image was colored with Copic markers. I used some starry designer paper, Stampin' UP! cardstock (Ballet Blue, Old Olive, and Summer Sun) and three coordinating star buttons for embellishments.

Okay, it looks like you are comfortably seated and your carry-on is stowed properly. I think you're ready for take-off... have a GREAT flight! You will soon be landing at Kim G's blog.

Have fun!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Somebunny Loves You

Each month Sew Many Cards has a monthly sponsor. The sponsor for February is Wags and Whiskers.

Wags and Whiskers provides adorable rubber stamps for any stamping enthusiast.

My card was created with the Some Bunny Loves You Wags and Whiskers stamp. It
measures 2.8" H X 3.5" W, which is a wonderful size to work with. It colors beautifully and is a very sweet image suitable for springtime and especially Easter.

Stamped Image: Wags and Whiskers Somebunny Loves You
Coloring: Copic markers
Cardstock: Stampin' UP! Handsome Hunter, Rose Red, and Sage Shadow
Designer Paper: Keeping Memories Alive Cottage Collection
Embellishments: Stampin' UP! organdy ribbon, Classic Traditions satin ribbon, Studio 18 rhinestones, and a double-heart charm

More KLM Sneak Peeks

Today I have a couple more Sneak Peeks for you

The NEW RELEASE is available on March 1 and includes some WONDERFUL St Patrick's Day, Easter, and other images!!!

Decorative Easter Egg
Isn't this a gorgeous image?

Pierre the Painter
What an adorable artist he is!

Details for both cards
Ink: Copic markers
Cardstock: Stampin' UP!
Designer Papers: from my scrap files
Embellishments: brads and Prima flowers

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

KLM Sneak Peeks

KLM Digital Designs has some really REALLY fun images coming out the first of March. I wanted to give you a little sneak peek of a couple of them today...

Lucky Cap

I love this image. When I think of St. Patrick's Day, I think of the traditional top hat. This one is complete with a fun shamrock, too. Perfect!


Isn't this an adorable bunny? What a precious face he has! He makes me smile!!!
I decided to try something different with this card. I used a double-sided designer paper for my card base instead of Stampin' UP! cardstock which is my norm. I think the inside of the card is fun, too. What do you think?

Lucky Cap
Image: KLM Lucky Cap
Ink: Copic Markers
Cardstock: Stampin' UP! Black and Glorious Green
Designer Paper: from my scrap file
Embellishments: Michael's Sheer Creations organdy ribbon, Stickles, buttons, brads, and crochet thread

Image: KLM Bunny

Ink: Copic markers

Papers: unknown

Embellishments: brads

Monday, February 22, 2010

Sunshine Monday - Let the Show Begin!

Please Note: I have two posts today - this Sunshine Monday one and the next one which features some Squigglefly Challenges.


For today's Sunshine Monday creation, I used the Sunshine and Giggles Shannon and the Dance image.

Having studied theatre in college, this image reminds me of the theatrical stage, so I teamed it with fun theatre-themed papers and used some artsy features, too.

I wanted to draw attention to Shannon so I printed her on white cardstock and colored her with my Copic markers. I then carefully cut her out and popped her up off of the image that I printed in the same size on yellow cardstock.

While it isn't noticeable in the picture, on the yellow cardstock image, I completely colored Shannon a dark gray color, When you look at the card at an angle it gives the colored image of Shannon a soft shadow. This is something I recently learned to do. In the past, when I popped part of an image up off of the rest, I always colored the bottom image the same way as the popped image. This was much easier and very appropriate in this case.

The flower in the lower left-hand corner was made by punching eight scalloped circles out of sheet music and attaching the stack of them onto the card by sewing a large button in the center. I then crumpled the scalloped circles to give them dimension. I learned this technique from my friend Tanja. It is fun, easy, and creates a delightful flower. (THANK YOU, TANJA!)

This card takes me back to my college days... I'd like to say "Break a Leg" but I'm afraid some might not understand that theatrical tradition, so instead I'll say Let the show begin!

Image: Sunshine and Giggles Shannon and the Dance
Ink: Copic markers
Cardstock: Stampin' UP! Black, Bordering Blue, and Rose Red
Designer Paper: Karen Foster Admission Tickets and Art Takes Two (theatre paper)
Embellishments: flower made from sheet music and a large brad plus two small brads

Squigglefly Digi Day Challenges

Squigglefly hosted a Digi Day on Saturday...
were you there?

If you missed it, there's still time to participate in the two challenges going on. You have until this coming Saturday to post your card to be entered in the drawing for wonderful PRIZES!!

One of the challenges is a sketch challenge and the other one is a color challenge. Both challenges require participants to use Squigglefly images, but if you don't have one, there's a freebie at the Squigglefly store.

You can find all the details for both challenges on the Squigglefly SNR site.

For my COLOR CHALLENGE card I used the Cupcake Bunny image, coloring it in the challenge colors of pink, yellow, and brown.

Image: Squigglefly Cupcake Bunny
Ink: Copic markers
Cardstock: Stampin' UP! Chocolate Chip, Creamy Caramel, and Pink Pirouette
Designer Paper: DCWV Sweet Stack
Embellishments: Stampin' UP! Pretty in Pink Taffeta Ribbon and Chocolate Chip Satin Ribbon and three buttons

For my SKETCH CHALLENGE card I used the freebie hummingbird image that is found in the Squigglefly store for my card.
Image: Squigglefly Hummingbird
Ink: Copic markers
Cardstock: Stampin' UP! Certainly Celery, Gray, and Rose Red
Designer Paper: from my scrap file
Embellishments: Stampin' UP! Certainly Celery Grosgrain Ribbon, a brad, and a silk flower

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Think Spring!

This is an exciting day! It is the DEBUT of a new Challenge Blog... the Crafty Ho's Challenge Blog.

This Challenge Blog was created by a few of my online friends and they invited me to be a part of the fun. I think you're going to love our first challenge.

The Challenge is


Can you tell I'm excited?

I am soooooooo ready for winter (and all the snow, ice, and muck) to be gone and for the warmer temperatures, sunshine, and an occasional rainshower to begin. But for now, I'll have to just think Spring in my crafting, because old man winter is still here for a while longer.

I recently discovered another INCREDIBLE digital stamp company. Karen's Doodles has been around for a while; I just hadn't found them yet! Wow!!! Their images are amazing! For my spring-like card, I chose Karen's Doodles Time for Tea image. Isn't it precious?!?!?

If you haven't already done so, be sure to go to the Challenge Blog and check out all the cards created by the Challenge Design Team. Then get out your spring papers, images, inks, embellishments, etc. and chase away the winter blahs by creating a Spring-like card of your own.

You'll be glad you did!

Image: Karen's Doodles Time for Tea
Ink: Copic Markers and a colored pencil
Cardstock: Stampin' UP! Certainly Celery, Close to Cocoa, Mauve Mist, and Rose Red
Designer Paper: Paper Studio Pink Swirls
Embellishments: brown brads and a silk flower

It Was On SALE...


Do you ever do things a bit differently than the norm? I do! In fact, I do that quite often when it comes to card-making. Take this card, for instance. I am in Audrey's Let's Go Shopping swap and I've seen some incredibly beautiful sneak peeks of some of the cards. Shoes, gorgeous shoppers, shopping bags, and so much more, each one just as delightful as the one before.

Soooooooooo... what do I do? I pull out my Craft Lounge Shop Til You Drop stamp set and ink up this "older lady" who is shopping. She is unique. She is fun. She is NOT stunning! But she IS fashionable... look at her pearl earrings. (That was my first attempt at using Liquid Pearls. I like them!)
The sentiment inside the card reads It was on SALE. What woman doesn't love a good bargain?
Have fun today... and hope you get to do a little shopping!

Image and Sentiment: Craft Lounge Shop Til You Drop
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Stampin' UP! Perfect Plum, and Copic markers
Cardstock: Stampin' UP! Not Quite Navy, Old Olive, Pale Plum, and Perfect Plum
Designer Paper: EK Success Cool Cat Stripes and a floral paper with unknown manufacterer
Embellishments: Liston Barrotado grosgrain ribbon, Studio 8 rhinestones, and white opal Liquid Pearls

Friday, February 19, 2010

Sew Many Cards Challenge

Welcome to this week's Sew Many Cards Challenge!

Inktegrity is our sponsor for this week's challenge. Joni, the owner of Inktegrity, is generously giving a $10 gift certificate to the winner of this week's challenge.

This week's challenge is a Sketch Challenge.

Crafters are permitted to flip the sketch, mirror it, or slightly alter it, but are encouraged to keep their creations as close to the original sketch as possible.

I used the Sew Many Cards Hershey image for my challenge card. This puppy is too cute. Don't you just love his face?

Image: Sew Many Cards Hershey
Ink: Copic markers
Cardstock: Stampin' UP! Bashful Blue, Old Olive, Red Riding Hood, and Summer Sun
Designer Paper: dog-themed (unknown source)
Embellishments: dog-print brads and a bone brad

I also created a card with Inktegrity's A Little Tug image. This card is not for the challenge, but rather to showcase one of the fun images that Inktegrity has. It was fun to put together a variety of textures for this card - the slick prismatic paper, the sparkling glitter dot paper, and the rough sandpaper.

Image and Sentiment: Inktegrity A Little Tug
Ink: Copic markers
Cardstock: Stampin' UP! Tempting Turquoise
Designer Paper: Colorbok Prismatic Paper Day at the Beach, Making Memories Ella Glittered Dot, and sandpaper
Embellishments: Offray organdy ribbon, buttons, and brads

Thursday, February 18, 2010

KLM Back to School Brett

The school bell is ringing... time to get to class!

And it looks like Brett is ready! He has an apple for the teacher and a backpack on his shoulder.

Isn't Brett adorable? He's a KLM digital image called Back to School Brett. The sentiment is included with your purchase of this digital image, so it's a fantastic deal at only $2.25.

I see a lot of possibilities with this image.
  1. Use it on school-themed scrapbook pages with pictures of your kiddos
  2. Make a card showing appreciation for the educators you know
  3. Use it on treat toppers for the children in your class if you are a teacher
  4. Celebrate a teacher's retirement with a card that expresses thanks for the years of teaching
  5. Print large images and let your children use them as a coloring page
  6. Create a September calendar page and use Brett as a back-to-school reminder
  7. Use it on a love note to place in your child's lunchbox
  8. Laminate a colored image of Brett for a young child to use as a puppet/paperdoll
  9. Put Brett on nametags at educational events
  10. Your ideas (The options are only limited by your own creativity.)
Image and Quote: KLM Back to School Brett
Ink: Copic markers
Cardstock: Stampin' UP! Ballet Blue, Glorious Green, and Summer Sun
Designer Paper: Bo Bunny Press (yellow gingham), Lil' Davis Designs (Beach Blanket Stripes) and from my scrap file (alphabet paper)
Embellishments: Homework Assignments brad and three red brads

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

In Style Stamps Freebie Giveaway

Oh my... if you haven't been to InStyle stamps lately, you need to check this out!

It's a FREEBIE Giveaway!!! But hurry, the offer ends on Sunday, February 21.

All you have to do to receive your choice of either the Miko or Lina image is post the information about the giveaway on your blog and then go to the InStyle blog and post a comment with a link to your blog and letting them know which image you want.

How very generous of them!!! I'm so excited!!!

Heard You Caught a Bug

This is a card I hope I never have to send to anyone... since it's a get well type of card.

However, I love this cute image. That bug in the jar is just too much fun! The sentiment inside this joy-fold card reads "Heard you caught a bug"

I created this card for Leslie's Anna Wight swap on SCS. This Whipper Snapper image appropriately named Caught a Bug was designed by Anna Wight.

Image: Whipper Snapper Caught a Bug
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black and Copic markers
Cardstock: Stampin' UP! Certainly Celery and Rose Red
Designer Paper: The Paper Studio Girl Dots, Girl Flowers, and Girl Stripes
Embellishments: silk flowers and brads

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

A Special Dustin Pike for a Special Girl

Have you heard about Delia?

Delia is a young girl (10 years old) who is undergoing her second round of chemo to treat the leukemia that has invaded her body. She loves art, photography, and she really loves owls!

Dustin Pike, the awesome illustrator and creator of wonderful digital images, has generously created a set of three owl images to encourage crafters to create cards. Let's shower Delia and bring some happiness her way.

Oh, and I forgot to mention, but these three digital stamps are available at no charge, just another way that Dustin Pike shows his compassion for others. There is a link to download them on his blog, as well as Delia's address and some other information. (Check both of the links I've provided... each one gives different information.)

I loved all three owl images (one shows an owl in bed with a thermometer in its mouth and another shows an owl holding a camera), but I went with the artsy owl.

I had some wonderful paint-splattered designer paper and I thought it was the perfect backdrop for this cute little owl.

This card will go in the mail today. I hope this little owl flies quickly to Delia! Won't you join the many crafters who are sending cards to Delia? I know it will mean a lot to her.


Image: Dustin Pike OWLz
Ink: Copic markers
Cardstock: Stampin' UP! Glorious Green, Only Orange, and Real Red
Designer Paper: Paper Pizazz Splats and a stripe from my scrap file
Embellishments: Oriental Trading Post organdy ribbon and two brads

Monday, February 15, 2010

Inktegrity Happy Crafter

NOTE: I have three posts today... you won't want to miss any of them so keep scrolling along!
  1. This post - features an Inktegrity new release.
  2. The next post - Squigglefly Animal Challenge
  3. The third post - Sunshine Monday


Happy Crafter

This image is so fun and full of potential for any paper-crafter.

After sizing my image, I colored it to match the designer papers I had selected. I decided to create a print for the little crafter's dress by adding dots of ink from my Prisma markers randomly on the yellow background. Another option would have been to paper-piece her dress (as some of the other design team members did), but I wanted to try something a little bit different.
For my embellishments, I used two layers of organdy ribbon tied together - orange and yellow. I also had an adorable yellow pencil button that I added to the sentiment.
Be sure to check out the other design team members' blogs (the links are in my sidebar) to see what they did with this cute new Inktegrity image. Then go to the Inktegrity store and purchase the image so you can start creating yourself.

My time on the Inktegrity design team is nearly over. Joni is in the process of taking applications for her new Spring Design Team, which will have the awesome opportunity of working with her (she's so much fun!) and creating with her new images for the Spring term. If you've ever thought you'd like to serve on a design team, I highly recommend applying for the Inktegrity team. You can get all the details on her blog.

Image and Sentiment: Inktegrity Happy Crafter
Ink: Prisma markers, Copic markers, and a gel pen
Cardstock: Stampin' UP! Brilliant Blue, Only Orange, and Real Red
Designer Papers: from my scrap file
Embellishments: organdy ribbon from Oriental Trading Co. and a button

Squigglefly Challenge - Animals

It's time for the Squigglefly Monday Challenge.

This week Maria is the hostess. She chose an ANIMAL KINGDOM theme with the instructions to include a Squigglefly animal somewhere on our creations.

Let me introduce you to Sherman!

I printed my sheep on swirly white designer paper. I then adhered the paper to white cardstock before cutting out the sheep so they would have some stability to them and make it easier to pop them up off the grassy hills I created for them to graze on.

One of the things I really like about digital images is the fact that you can resize them and flip them. The two sheep on my card are the same image, but one faces left while the other one faces right. I also made one of them smaller than the other one to help create the illusion of depth on my card.

The hills are actually four different pieces of green cardstock that I tore to give a textured uneven layering. I placed the grassy layers on top of a piece of cloudy sky designer paper.

The sentiment was punched out and placed on the card with two teeny tiny black brads.

Here are a few Squigglefly-related things you might like to check out:
  1. Maria (the hostess for this week's challenge) is offering a prize over on her blog. Be sure to check it out!
  2. There's a Squigglefly chat group on SNR Card Universe. It's a lot of fun!
  3. Mel McCarthy is the February Guest Designer for Squigglefly. WOW!!! She's incredible! Be sure to check out the Squigglefly blog n Fridays to see what she's created.
Image and Sentiment: Squigglefly Sherman
Ink: Prisma markers
Cardstock: Stampin' UP! Bashful Blue and scraps of green from my scrap file
Designer Paper: The Paper Studio Clouds
Embellishments: teeny tiny black brads

Sunshine Monday FOR YOU!

I used my favorite Sunshine and Giggles image for this week's Sunshine Monday contribution.
For You

I love this adorable little girl. She's precious with her beautiful smile, her fashionable outfit, and her cute hair. She's extending her arms with a special gift, too. She makes me happy!

I layered some birthday balloons paper (shhhhhhhh... don't tell anyone, but this is actually wrapping paper) and some bright papers that coordinated nicely with it. I kept the embellishments to a minimum so that the image could be the focal point of the card.

This card makes me want to sing:

Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you... ♪ ♫ ♪ ♪ ♫

Image: Sunshine and Giggles For You
Ink: Copic markers and gel pens
Cardstock: Stampin' UP! Only Orange and Pink Passion
Designer Paper: from my scrap file
Embellishments: Ribbon FX and a flower charm

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Thank You Forest Friends

Happy Valentine's Day!

This is the day that is most commonly associated with romantic love. We express our love and adoration for the significant others in our lives through gift-giving, fancy dinners, and sweet sentiments. I feel blessed to have a wonderful husband and I assure you that I will express my love to him today. However, in this blog post, I would like to express my love and appreciation to another group of people who mean so much to me.

Less than a year ago I hosted my first card swap on Splitcoast Stampers. It soon became evident that the women who joined that first Forest Swap were bonding quite well. As we gathered in the forest each day, we shared our lives – our joys, our struggles, our goals, our creativity, our laughter, our tears – and we became more than swappers, we became Forest Friends.

As we neared the end of that swap, I opened my second swap and many of the same group of women joined again. I don’t think it is so much for the cards we make and swap as it is for the friendship that continues to grow stronger. We are now on our third forest swap and are already planning the next one.

This isn’t about me... I’m just the Ranger. This is about the women whose lives are woven together through the camaraderie shared in the Forest. And it isn't just a small exclusive group. I've noticed again and again how a newcomer will join the swap and soon is being welcomed with open arms. There are no strangers in the forest because each individual quickly becomes a friend.

I am so thankful to the Forest Friends for their friendship and on this special day I wanted to dedicate my blog post to all of them. I won’t name names, because I would most certainly unintentionally forget to name someone and I would feel horrible at the risk of hurt feelings.

Thank you, my friends! You mean more to me than I can ever communicate!

My card today is just one example of how special the Forest Friends are to me. One day I expressed my sadness (okay, maybe it was frustration) that by the time I got to Michael’s they had sold out of the adorable Cupid stamp that I was wanting. Many of the Forest Friends consoled me. Some volunteered to check at their stores to see if they could find the stamp for me. The next day Terry said, “I think I have the stamp you want.” I squealed in delight. She posted a picture on the thread and sure enough… it was the cupid I desired. She promptly sent the stamp to me (totally at her own expense). Isn’t that so so sweet?!?!? THANK YOU, TERRY!!!

Forest Friends, I’ve told you this before, but it bears repeating…. I think – no, I know – that Forest Friends are the best friends! Thank you for the joy that you bring to my life!


Image: Craft Smart Cupd
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic markers, and Copic Spica pen
Cardstock: Stampin’ UP! Green Galore, Pixie Pink, and Summer Sun
Designer Paper: from my scrap file
Embellishments: Stampin’ UP! ribbon, Darice felties flowers, and two brads

Saturday, February 13, 2010


Welcome to the LOVE ME DO Blog Hop sponsored by Stamping Bella! If you've just happened upon my blog, you can CLICK HERE to start from the beginning at Bloggabella.

I chose to use the Stamping Bella APTEE tude stamp for my entry.
It looks like she cut out a string of hearts to say I love you this much!

My Stampin' UP! order arrived just in time for me to try out my new
heart border and corner punches on this card.
I love the way they add teeny tiny ♥♥♥ to the card.

I'll keep this short, since I know everyone is wanting to hop along.
But first, a word from our sponsor:

How about a prize? In addition to the fabulous eye candy, we have decided to hide a prize somewhere along the hop! One pre-selected blogger will draw a random winner from the comments on her post, and the winner will receive a $25 Gift Voucher to Stamping Bella!!! The fun part is...we're not telling you who it is! So as you hop, make sure you leave comments on every post so you have a chance to win!!

We will announce the winner on Friday in the Splitcoast forum. MWAH! Thanks so much for stopping by! Now it's time to hop on over to Dawn's blog.

Image and Sentiment: Stamping Bella APTEE tude
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic markers, and a gel pen
Cardstock: Stampin' UP! Chocolate Chip, Purely Pomegranate, Sahara Sand, and White
Designer Paper: Paper Studios
Embellishments: Stampin' UP! Purely Pomegranate ribbon and a vintage button

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Tellen's Place Sponsors Sew Many Cards

One of the things I love about serving on the Sew Many Cards design team is learning about new-to-me stamp sponsor companies. This week's company is a delightful one - Tellen's Place. I think one of the things I like most about Tellen's Place is the stories they tell about the characters in their stamps. Be sure to go to their website and learn about these sweet images.

I colored the youngsters with my Copics in bright colors to match the designer paper. I used a star die cut for a splash of brightness and a Hugs brad and some orange organdy ribbon to embellish the card.
Image: Tellens Place
Ink: Copic markers
Cardstock: Stampin' UP! Glorious Green, Night of Navy, and Real Red
Designer Paper: from my scrap file
Embellishments: organdy ribbon and word brad


With all the snow we've been getting, I thought it was perfect timing to create a card with the KLM Snowborder Boy digital image. He's so cute. Obviously, he's all bundled up, heading out to enjoy some fun sliding down the hill on his snowboard. What better way to spend a beautiful snowy day?

I layered some denim paper and a beautiful blue plaid paper, securing the two with some bright yellow brads. I added three antique gold Vintage buttons for embellishments, tying them on with some Vintage yellow cording.

Like Snowborder Boy, enjoy your day, whatever your weather! ♥

Image: KLM Snowboarder Boy
Ink: Copic markers
Cardstock: Stampin' UP! Buckaroo Blue, Close to Cocoa, and Summer Sun
Designer Paper: from my scrapfile
Embellishments: yellow brads and Vintage buttons and yellow cording

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Lovemonkey Swinging by with a Valentine Hi

Love is in the air - after all, it's almost Valentine's Day - so I decided to create a card using the Inktegrity Mikey the Monkey image. It was so much fun to create this colorful card.

But, lest first appearance seem a little boring, take a closer look. This card is swinging! (Well, the monkey image swings up, anyway, to reveal some cool designer paper and a sweet Valentine sentiment.)

If you're looking for a last-minute idea for a Valentine image, be sure to check out Inktegrity digital stamps. Joni has several images that might suit your needs! And don't forget, you'll receive a free Wally the Whale image from Inktegrity with any $5 purchase. (Special ends on February 14.)

Image and Sentiment: Inktegrity Love Monkey
Ink: Copic markers
Cardstock: Stampin' UP! Chocolate Chip, Green Galore, Pumpkin Pie, and Yo Yo Yellos
Designer Paper: Paper Studio (leaves) and Sassafras Bungle Jungle
Embellishments: teeny tiny white brads

Monday, February 8, 2010

The Pink Elephant Birthday Blog Hop

Happy First Birthday to The Pink Elephant!

I am so excited to be part of the Birthday Celebration at The Pink Elephant! I was one of many many crafters who signed up to be part of The Pink Elephant Birthday Blog Hop. We were instructed to look back over The Pink Elephant challenges of the past year and to create a card using our favorite one.

My card features the new High Hopes Luigi image and sentiment, just in time for Valentines Day.

I chose the sketch in Challenge #47 to create my Luigi card. It makes me think of a pizzaria with a checkered tablecloth and Coca-Cola decor.

I'd love for you to leave a comment here on my blog and then head over to Shana's blog to see what she's created for the birthday celebration of The Pink Elephant.

Image and Sentiment: High Hopes Luigi
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Stampin' UP! Basic Gray, and Copic markers
Cardstock: Stampin' UP! Basic Black and Red Riding Hood
Designer Paper: Paper Studio Checkerboard and EK Success Coca-Cola
Embellishment: Stampin' UP! black grosgrain ribbon

Sunshine Monday - Cody and Quest

PLEASE NOTE: I have two blog posts today, this one and the SQUIGGLEFLY CHALLENGE one that follows it. Be sure to check them both out!


I wanted to try something different this week, something I had never done before (one of my annual goals this year is to try new things in my paper-crafting), soooooo I decided to print the image on designer paper. I had a scrap of really fun paper. It was like swirling tans with a hint of a woodgrain feel to it. I thought it was a good piece with which to start this new venture.

I also decided to change the color of the image, since I learned how to do that on the Wednesday Technique Spotlight on the Sunshine and Giggles blog (Thank you Tracy and Janice!) It was so easy to do and I like how aged it looks when printed in brown ink on the designer paper.
I used distressed papers from my scrap file for the background and a few dog-related brads for embellishment. It doesn't show much in the picture, but I popped up both the verticle strip of paper and the image for some dimension.
It's a simple card with a masculine feel.

Image: Sunshine and Giggles Cody and Quest
Cardstock: Stampin' UP! Chocolate Chip and Creamy Caramel
Designer Paper: from my scrap file
Embellishments: two dog pawprint brads and one dog bone brad

Squigglefly Challenge - Rag Doll Teddy

It's Monday - time for a Squigglefly Challenge!
Today's challenge is one that breaks the rules... but I forgot to break one of the rules in my creation. Drats!

The Challenge, should you decide to accept it, is to create a SHAPED Valentine card with non-traditional colors. Oops! I forgot to make my card into a unique shape, but I did use the non-traditional colors of plum and yellow.

My card features the adorable Rag Doll Teddy Squigglefly image. I chose layers of designer papers backed in cardstock and an inter-woven ribbon embellishment along with a Valentine Hugs sentiment attached with brads.

Image: Squigglefly Rag Doll Teddy
Ink: Copic markers
Cardstock: Stampin' UP! Barely Banana, Pale Plum, and Perfect Plum
Designer Paper: Karen Foster Red Stone Paper and EK Success Stripes and Circles
Embellishments: Michael's Sugar and Spice ribbon and two brads

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Cruising on Kit Cat Sunday

For six months now, the Kit Cats (which includes five of my online friends and myself) have enjoyed our monthly Kit Cat blog posting. The designated hostess sends out identical kits to each of the Kit Cats and we all use those items in the creation that we post on the first Sunday of the month.

This month's hostess is Susan. In our instructions, she wrote I don't know about you, but I am so tired of winter! Who knew, when she sent these kits out a couple of weeks ago, that we would be posting in one of the worst snowstorms our nation's capital has ever seen.

To warm our spirits and help us dream of warmer days filled with sunshine and outdoor activities, Susan sent us Cruisabella. How fun! She also included two pieces of designer paper, a piece of textured cardstock, and a baggie of goodies such as flowers, rhinestones, fibers, buttons, tassels, and acetate. We were instructed to make a card using a special fold. We could use any or all of the embellishments she sent along.

I decided to make an easel card. I have admired these in the Splitcoast Stampers gallery and even made a smaller one at a card club hosted by a friend. However, I'd never attempted one on my own. I was surprised at how easy it was to make the easel card base.

This has been a fun project and I feel warmer already. I wish I had a convertible to take for a spin, but since I don't, I guess I'll just cruise on over to the other Kit Cat blogs to see if they've posted their Kit Cat cards yet. Come on and hop in... you can ride along!

Image: Stamping Bella Cruisabella
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic markers, Copic Spica pen, and a gel pen
Cardstock: Stampin' UP! Bashful Blue and Pumpkin Pie and DCWV textured cardstock for the card base
Designer Paper: DCWM Pocket Full of Posies glitter stack and Bazzill Petty Cash
Embellishments: Prima flowers, K & Co. and Making Memories rhinestones,
sticker corners and a brad

Saturday, February 6, 2010

All About Women

Women come in all shapes, sizes, personalities, etc. Some are beautiful; others not so much so. Some are funny; others are serious.

While we may all be able to think of a woman who absolutely drives us crazy, most of us can also say we have some incredible women in our lives - mothers, sisters, friends, co-workers, etc.

Sure God created man before woman. But then you always make a rough draft before the final masterpiece.
Author Unknown

It was a man's world. Then Eve arrived.
Richard Armour

Today's blog post is ALL ABOUT WOMEN! It features a couple of cards I made for Viv's All About Women card swap as well as some famous quotes about women.

A woman is like a tea bag - you never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water.
Eleanor Roosevelt

Last week I stated that this woman was the ugliest woman I had ever seen. I have since been visited by her sister and now wish to withdraw that statement.
Mark Twain

I hope you will celebrate the Woman you are today! Hugs!!!

Whatever women do, they must do twice as well as men to be thought half as good? Luckily, this is not difficult.
Charlotte Whitton

First Card
Image: In Style Joyce and Marcy
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black and Copic markers
Cardstock: Stampin' UP! Purely Pomegranate, Rose Red, and Sahara Sand
Designer Paper: Paper Studios
Embellishments: Moonlight Smooch, Kaiser Pearls, Gartner's Brides Collection Flowers, and Studio 8 Rhinestones

Second Card
Image: Bugaboo Ugly
Ink: Copic markers
Cardstock: Stampin' UP! Ballet Blue, Gray, and Real Red
Designer Paper: Memories in the Making
Embellishment: Robert Stanley Collection Ribbon