Monday, August 31, 2009

Day 4 Sneak Peeks!! Leafy Trio


It’s the final day of sneak peeks. Tomorrow all of these fabulous sets will be available at Clear Dollar Stamps. Yay!!! :-)


My card for today showcases a little set of three leaves. My first thought when I saw them is that they would be wonderful to stamp your own backgrounds, but when I started to stamp with them, this is what came out… LOL!


I stamped the leaves on some ivory natural cardstock from Stampin’ Up and then watercolored them by scribbling markers onto an acrylic block and picking up the color with a wet paintbrush. I distressed the edges and matted them with scalloped squares that I punched out with my super jumbo Marvy punch. There are some of my favorite embellishments on this card: stitching, scalloped squares, my Martha Stewart Lace Doily punch and eyelets. The dp is by K&Company, and the “blessings” sentiment is from the Charlie Harvest set that I previewed a day or two ago. (Did I mention that I love that set???)


So there you are! What is your favorite set from this release?? I know I’ll be using them all very often!!!


Be sure to check out the other designers blogs today. There are a number of other sets being previewed today that I know you’ll like - including the Stamp of the Month set that you can get free with a $50 order from the store!


Sets being previewed today….


Leaf trio, NOV chrysanthemum, DEC poinsettia, SOM what a pane

Lori McCroskey


Angela Thomas

Candy Fosta

Cassie Trask

Katie Renz

Kim Teasdale

Laurie Wilson

Linda Anderson

Sarah Taylor

Shawne Arnold

Stacy Morgan

Trudy Sjolander

Thanks for looking!


Tricia


Leafy Blessings

ALL CDSTAMPS STAMP SETS USED: Leaf Trio, Charlie Harvest (sentiment)
CARDSTOCK AND PAPERS: Ruby, Rust, Mustard, K&Co dp, Ivory Naturals
INK: Palette Noir
MARKERS (if any):none
ACCESSORIES AND EMBELLISHMENTS: sewing machine, Martha Stewart doily punch, 3/4" square punch, Yellow scalloped square punch, crop a dile, black eyelets, dimensionals
COLORING MEDIUM (if any): watercolor with ink pad
SPECIAL TECHNIQUES (if any): watercolor

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Day 3 Sneak Peeks!! Hot Rods!!



Day 3 Sneak Peeks for Clear Dollar Stamps (being released on September 1st!!) are all about the car lovers in our lives. Since I’m married to a fabulously talented mechanic and old car lover, my samples today had to be inspected before I could post them. :-)


I got to play with a few different stamps and a set of related sentiments this month… 57 Chevy, 68 Corvette, Gas Can single stamp, and the Cool Ride sentiment set.


I started out with the 57 Chevy in a vintage line drawing look. I stamped the car with Ballet Blue ink onto some white cardstock, then sponged and folded and tore and stitched and watercolored, to make it look like an old advertisement. I made my own dp with the gas can stamp and crumpled and sponged a little piece of kraft cardstock to make a tag. The saying makes me laugh, because it is *so* my dh!!



I made some more dp for my second card by placing a number of the sentiments from the Cool Ride set on a block together and stamping them like a background stamp. This time I colored the car with copics and did a little paper piercing to help set it off.



Then we came to the 68 Vette. As I looked around my messy desk, I saw this last piece of cork paper and an idea was born. When my dh and I were dating, I remember seeing the bulletin board in his room. No girl pictures there… just cars. Usually some hot red Vette or Mustang or Camero, so I decided to recreate the bulletin board for the front of my card. Complete with mechanic’s oily fingerprints. (compliments of my son… he said my thumbprint was too small!) I colored the Vette with prismacolors, oms and a few copics in spots. I think it would make the perfect birthday or anniversary card for my husband, don’t you?? :-)


Be *sure* to check out the other stamps being revealed today. Guy stamps are so hard to find, and these car stamps and the sentiment set fill the gap wonderfully!!


Thanks for stopping by! More tomorrow!

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Don’t Miss Today’s Sneak Peeks!!!

Cool ride, gas can, 39 coupe, 68 corvette, 57 chevy, 56 pickup, 69 camero, 65 mustang

Lori McCroskey


Angela Thomas

Candy Fosta

Cassie Trask

Katie Renz

Kim Teasdale

Laurie Wilson

Linda Anderson

Sarah Taylor

Shawne Arnold

Stacy Morgan

Trudy Sjolander


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What a Gas!

ALL CDSTAMPS STAMP SETS USED: 57 Chevy, Cool Ride, Gas Can
CARDSTOCK AND PAPERS: Navy, Olive, Confetti White, Kraft
INK: Ballet Blue, Chocolate Chip, Old Olive
MARKERS (if any): None
ACCESSORIES AND EMBELLISHMENTS: Sponge, Watercolor Brush, Sewing Machine, Brads
COLORING MEDIUM (if any): Watercolor with Ink Pads
SPECIAL TECHNIQUES (if any): Distressing

A Classic

ALL CDSTAMPS STAMP SETS USED: 57 Chevy, Cool Ride
CARDSTOCK AND PAPERS: Bazzill Grey, Burgundy, Artichoke, Ivory Natural, DCWV Mat Pack
INK: Memento
MARKERS (if any): Copic... R59, W5, Blender
ACCESSORIES AND EMBELLISHMENTS: Paper Piercer
COLORING MEDIUM (if any): Copics & Prismacolors
SPECIAL TECHNIQUES (if any): I made a background stamp for the burgundy layer by placing a number of the sentiments from Cool Ride on the acrylic block at the same time

Hot Rod Corkboard

I tried to make this look like a mechanics bulletin board... dirty fingerprints and all!

ALL CDSTAMPS STAMP SETS USED: 68 Corvette, Cool Ride
CARDSTOCK AND PAPERS: Navy, White, Black, Cork
INK: Memento Black, Cocoa, Navy, mustard
MARKERS (if any): none
ACCESSORIES AND EMBELLISHMENTS: Paper Piercer, long rectangle nestibilities, sponge, brads, white gel pen
COLORING MEDIUM (if any):Prismacolors & OMS
SPECIAL TECHNIQUES (if any): none

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Day 2 Sneak Peeks!!


We start out Day 2 of Sneak Peeks for Clear Dollar Stamps with the adorable Charlie Harvest set. I love all the sets that I’ve worked with this month, but this set is my absolute favorite. I love fall!!!!! :-)


For my first card, I followed a sketch that Laurie, our design team leader, had challenged us with. I stamped Charlie on a piece of DCWV designer paper and colored him with prismacolor pencils and oms before I cut him out with my circle nestibilities. I had found this yummy Fancy Pants double sided dp at my LSS, so it was easy to pull my colors from that. I inked up the sentiment words separately, so I could put them side by side instead of on top of each other. Now tell me - isn’t Charlie precious???



For my second card with the set I colored Charlie with Copics and used a double ended tag for the sentiment. Lot’s of little details on this one… stitching, sponging, ribbon, brads… even a flower & a button. I enjoy seeing how the same image can look so different depending on how you color it and what embellishments you use.



The next set that I get to feature today is called Tea-rrific, and the stamps remind me of the lovely vintage teapots and teacups at my Great-Aunt’s house when I was a little girl. You know - the perfect “tea party” kind of tea sets.


My first card was inspired by a picture of a fun pink and black purse that Laurie showed us. I pulled out my post-it notes and sponged a tone-on-tone stripe onto my pink mat. Then, after colored my image with copics and drawing in a little “table” for my cup to sit on, I ran my image through the cuttlebug “backwards” - so the swiss dots are indented in the front, rather than sticking up. My sentiment tag, buttons and ribbon make a triangle to balance the card.


Lastly - I have a clean and simple card. I paper pieced the cream pitcher and sugar bowl, layered them on a piece of white cardstock that I had watercolored with green and plum, and then layered them on a punched plum scalloped circle. I did lots of paper piercing on this card and then added some micro half pearls and some stitching to complete the look.


Don’t forget to look at the rest of the sneak peek designers blogs. They are *so* talented and will inspire you!!

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Don’t Miss Today’s Sneak Peeks!!!


Charlie harvest, get off your tuffet, At the races, Tea-rrific



Lori McCroskey

Angela Thomas

Candy Fosta

Cassie Trask

Katie Renz

Kim Teasdale

Laurie Wilson

Linda Anderson

Sarah Taylor

Shawne Arnold

Stacy Morgan

Trudy Sjolander



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Charlie Gives Thanks

ALL CDSTAMPS STAMP SETS USED: Charlie Harvest Time
CARDSTOCK AND PAPERS: Kraft, DCWV Mat Pack, Paper Loft DP
INK: Memento
MARKERS (if any): Black SU for sentiment
ACCESSORIES AND EMBELLISHMENTS: Paper Piercer, brads, CB Swiss Dots folder, Nestibilities
COLORING MEDIUM (if any): Prismacolors
SPECIAL TECHNIQUES (if any): None

Abundance of Blessings

ALL CDSTAMPS STAMP SETS USED: Charlie Harvest Time
CARDSTOCK AND PAPERS: Bazzill Olive, Paper Loft dp
INK: Memento, Eggplant
MARKERS (if any): Copic... BV04, R59, YR07, YG91, YG95, Y21, E37, E33, E55, E51
ACCESSORIES AND EMBELLISHMENTS: Prima flower, button, brads, ribbon, zigzag scissors, sewing machine, CB Tiny Tags, dimensionals
COLORING MEDIUM (if any): Copics & Prismacolors
SPECIAL TECHNIQUES (if any):None

Pretty in Pink

ALL CDSTAMPS STAMP SETS USED: Tea-rrific
CARDSTOCK AND PAPERS: Pink Passion, Black, Bazzil pink
INK: Palette Noir, pink passion, dimensionals
MARKERS (if any): Copic... R20, RV13, YG03, C1, E31
ACCESSORIES AND EMBELLISHMENTS: Swiss Dots CB folder, buttons, scallop scissors, rose grosgrain ribbon, .01 Pigment pen to draw lines on floor, sponge
COLORING MEDIUM (if any): Copics & Prismacolors w/ OMS
SPECIAL TECHNIQUES (if any): Sponged Stripes

Tea for Two

ALL CDSTAMPS STAMP SETS USED: Tea-rrific
CARDSTOCK AND PAPERS: Mauve, white CS, K&Co DP
INK: Palette Noir, Orchid
MARKERS (if any): Copic... V12, RV34YG05, YG11
ACCESSORIES AND EMBELLISHMENTS: Pearls, Paper Piercer, sewing machine
COLORING MEDIUM (if any): Copics
SPECIAL TECHNIQUES (if any): Watercolor behind image, Paper piecing

Friday, August 28, 2009

Clear Dollar Stamps Sneak Peek - Day 1


It’s finally here! The first day of sneak peeks for Clear Dollar Stamps!! I have samples for two extremely versatile sets today - I A-Door You and The Grind.


Let’s start with I A-Door You. (A little rabbit trail here… Do any of you remember the old song “K-k-k-aty, beautiful Katy, you’re the only g-g-g-girl that I adore…”?? My mom sang it to my dd, Katlyn, when she was a little girl and everytime I see the name of this stamp set I think of it! :-) It makes me smile…) This is a super fun set of 17 images and sentiments, all centered around a welcoming door. There is *so* much you can do with this set! It would be wonderful for gift tags, housewarming cards or gifts, and recipe cards to name just a few ideas.


For my first card, I decided to paper piece the door using some coordinating paper from The Paper Loft. If you look hard you can see that I added a little shading with copics, just to add some depth. I stamped the little pitcher of flowers on white cardstock, colored it with Copics and cut it out to put it on the little “shelf”. I love how the paper piecing makes it look like there’s a branch outside of the window! :-)



The next card takes the door an entirely different way. Using my Chocolate Chip SU marker, I scribbled in some wood-grain onto the door frame. (Be sure to add a few knotholes… it makes it look more realistic.) Then I colored the door with Prismacolor pencils and oms. The kitty was colored with Prismas as well. I sponged my stitching and the torn edge so it would blend in with the “rustic” look. The sentiment (a-door-able, isn’t it?) was stamped with PTI Fresh Snow ink.



For the next set - The Grind - I decided to make a quick little project with a pint-sized coffee bag that I picked up at a stamping rummage sale a few weekends ago. I have older sisters that just love coffee, and I thought it would be fun to make a coffee themed gift bag for Christmas or their birthday. I started with a plain kraft coffee bag (the kind that’s plastic lined on the inside) and stamped some coffee beans and words in a pattern on both the front and back of the bag. I actually stamped the back of the bag upside down, so the words would be right side up when I rolled it. I colored the grinder with copics and prismacolor pencils and stamped some more coffee beans and an extra drawer, which I colored and popped up. I attached this to the folded over layer of the bag. The other coffee beans are attached to the bag itself. Wouldn’t that be a fun gift filled with a couple of single pot coffee selections?? Maybe the Ghiradelli Chocolate Peppermint coffee that Target had in the $1 spot last year??? MMMMmmmmm!!



My last card for today is probably my favorite. I paper pieced the tall cup on kraft cardstock and popped up some coffee beans colored with copics. I distressed the edges of the coffee layer with cocoa ink, added some stitching and a fancy brad. I love the clean layout and the fact that it could be sent to either a guy or a gal.


So, what do you think?? Be sure to visit Lori’s blog to see the full set and check out the other gals on the team who have sneak peeks to share. I know you’ll be impressed!! Then be *sure* to come back tomorrow cuz I have two more “purrfectly a-door-able” sets to share!!


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Don’t Miss Today’s Sneak Peeks!!!


I a-door you / Hockey time / Romans 8 / The grind

Lori McCroskey

Angela Thomas

Candy Fosta

Cassie Trask

Katie Renz

Kim Teasdale

Laurie Wilson

Linda Anderson

Sarah Taylor

Shawne Arnold

Stacy Morgan

Trudy Sjolander


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Bloom

ALL CDSTAMPS STAMP SETS USED: I A-Door You
CARDSTOCK AND PAPERS: Bazzill Light Blue, White, Paper Loft DP, Olive
INK: Memento
MARKERS (if any): Copic... R59, W5, B00, YG03, R29, R22, Y21
ACCESSORIES AND EMBELLISHMENTS: Martha Stewart Doily Punch, White Gel Pen, Brads
COLORING MEDIUM (if any): Copics
SPECIAL TECHNIQUES (if any): Paper piecing


Rustic Door

ALL CDSTAMPS STAMP SETS USED: I A-Door You
CARDSTOCK AND PAPERS: Creamy Caramel, Vanilla, Black
INK: Memento Black, Fresh Snow, Memento Desert Sand
MARKERS (if any): Copic... BG10, SU... Chocolate Chip
ACCESSORIES AND EMBELLISHMENTS: Sewing Machine, buttons
COLORING MEDIUM (if any): Copics & Prismacolors w/oms
SPECIAL TECHNIQUES (if any): I made the wood grain by scribbling with a Chocolate Chip SU marker and then going over it with Prismas and OMS.


Coffee Bean Gift Bag

ALL CDSTAMPS STAMP SETS USED: The Grind
CARDSTOCK AND PAPERS: White GP
INK: Memento Black
MARKERS (if any): Copic... E37, E49, YG91, E33
ACCESSORIES AND EMBELLISHMENTS: kraft lined coffee bag
COLORING MEDIUM (if any): Copics & Prismacolors
SPECIAL TECHNIQUES (if any): 3-D item, Stamping a Background


A Steaming Cup of Coffee

ALL CDSTAMPS STAMP SETS USED: The Grind
CARDSTOCK AND PAPERS: Kraft, Cocoa, Chocolate Chip, DP - Around the Block
INK: Memento Black, Cocoa
MARKERS (if any): Copic E37, E49
ACCESSORIES AND EMBELLISHMENTS: stitching, brad, dimensionals, sponge dauber
COLORING MEDIUM (if any): Prismacolors & OMS, Copic
SPECIAL TECHNIQUES (if any): Paper Piecing


Thursday, August 27, 2009

Warm Cuddles


Hi ladies! Are you looking forward to the Clear Dollar Stamps previews that start tomorrow?? I can't wait to start sharing with you! In the meantime, Here's a card that I made for the Color Challenge over on Simon Says Stamps at Papercraft Planet. I used this sweet little Tilda with lamb and combined her with an Elzybell sentiment. I colored her with copics and cut her out with one of my large rectangle nestibilities, sponging the edges with Memento Desert Sand ink before removing the die. I inked the cuttlebug folder with Cameo Coral ink before I embossed my cameo layer, which gives an interesting effect of highlighted lights and darks that I just love.

Thanks for stopping by and if you're still wanting to join the challenge you have just a few days - it closes on the 31st!

Blessings & see you tomorrow!

Tricia

Monday, August 24, 2009

Digital Tuesday Card

Teal and brown seem to be all the rage right now, and they look fairly "masculine", so I decided to use them for this Digital Stamp Oasis card for the Digital Tuesday challenge. Sammy is colored with copics and I used a Clear Dollar Stamps set called Woodland Friends for the sentiment and footprints across the bottom.

Thanks for stopping by!

Blessings!

Tricia

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Weekend Color Challenge

I had a lot of fun with the weekend color challenge for Clear Dollar Stamps this weekend since the colors were right up my alley... Celery, pink and banana. I used the Everyday Jar-Gon set by Clear Dollar again. It is *so* versatile!!! This time I just used the flowers and punched them out with my super jumbo punch. I handcut the pink layer and punched the scalloped layer with my mega (pink) punch. I'm trying to use up my eyelets, so I put one in each corner. :-)

Don't forget that this set is on sale at Clear Dollar for another week. It is *so* worth it!!! And I think that there's still that free dragonfly set, too, just for ordering! Don't miss it. And be sure to come back toward the end of the week for some sneak peeks. Very, very, very fun stuff!!!

Have a lovely weekend!

Tricia

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Hi everyone! I've been so, so, so busy preparing Clear Dollar Stamps Sneak Peeks for next week, that I don't have anything to share with you... so I stole one of Kate's cards!!! :-) Isn't it precious?? I bought the stamp (by Penny Black) at the rummage sale part of the Shoebox Swap. I love rummage sales!

I have all my cards done for the sneak peeks, so I should be able to make some things to show you soon!!

In the meantime, head over to Green Fairy Quilts Blog, wish her son Happy Birthday and enter her fun blog candy.

See you soon!

Blessings!
Tricia


Sunday, August 16, 2009

Best Fishes & the WINNER!

Hi ladies! Wasn't the blog hop *fun* ??? Wow! What cute cards there were!! Just to clear something up, though... You all seemed to really think the marbles were clever, but what you *didn't* know was I didn't figure out that they were supposed to be gumballs until after I made the card!!!! Isn't that hysterical?? :-)

Today's card is for the Clear Dollar Weekend Color Challenge over on PaperCraft Planet and uses SCS sketch SC240. I have to tell you that the Weekend Color Challenge is my absolute favorite challenge of any I participate in. There's chatting and lots of feedback on your cards. So pull out your Clear Dollar Stamps and come visit us next Friday. :-)

On to my card. I watercolored my card using a watercolor brush and watercolor pencils, then I punched the cute pink frond out with my new Martha Stewart punch (that I won at the Shoebox swap yesterday... YAY!!) and used the mask to make the pink seaweed in the water. I just colored through the mask with my Copic marker and then went around it with my .01 black Millennium Zig marker to make it look like it grew there. You might get a closer view if you click on the picture.

Now, of course, you all want to know who the winner is of this cute set. First I want to say THANK YOU for such sweet comments. They really were so generous! Now... the winner of the EVERYDAY JAR-GON set from my blog is....


Blogger Brenda !!!

who said...
Well I kept writing down my favorites, but I really like the marbles. Very creative. Great design!


Congratulations!!! Be sure to email me with your address, Brenda!!!

See you all in a week or so for some SNEAK PEEKS!! You'll love them!!!!!!

Saturday, August 15, 2009

A Super Sweet Blog Hop!!


It's the BIG Day!!! The Grand Opening of the New Clear Dollar Stamps Store!! Have you been there yet??? Isn't it wonderful!!!!! AND it's CDS Blog Hop day!!! If you came here from Sue's blog, you're on the right track, but if you're just joining the Hop, be sure to go back to LORI'S blog for all the fabulous details! (In case you're wondering, you'll be headed to Dawn's blog next, and if by chance any of the links are broken Lori has the complete list on her blog!)

So what do I have to share with you??? I have *two* new sets that are available at the All New Clear Dollar Stamps Store and some Blog Candy to share as well!!

The first set I have to share with you is Everyday Jar-gon. This is a wonderful set of 25 stamps that retails for $14.99, but is *on sale* for only $9.99 during the Grand Opening of the new store. Here are just a few samples, but be sure to check out the other blogs on the hop for many, many more ideas!! (And be sure to read to the end of the post to see how you can win it for free!!!)



I must admit that I had a hard time which stamps to use first in this set. There were fish and cookies and gumballs and bugs and candy and flowers along with 3 or 4 different jar toppers and gobs and gobs of sentiments. So many decisions!! LOL!! I decided to go with an open vase filled with flowers. I paper pieced the marbles in the bottom of the jar with some Basic Grey Wassail paper and used Copics and prismacolors to color the images, then finished them up with some sparkles from the Stardust gel pen. It's so sparkly in real life!

Flowers & Marbles

ALL CDSTAMPS STAMP SETS USED: Everyday Jar-gon
CARDSTOCK AND PAPERS: Basic Grey Wassail dp, K&Co Bailey dp,
INK: Memento Tuxedo Black, Desert Sand
MARKERS (if any): Copic... BG10
ACCESSORIES AND EMBELLISHMENTS: Button, Gold Cord, Scalloped Rectangle Nesties, Quickie Glue Pen, Stardust Glitter Pen, Sponge
COLORING MEDIUM (if any): Prismacolors w/ OMS
SPECIAL TECHNIQUES (if any): Paper piecing


For my second card I used the jar with one of the lids to be a bug catcher. Sweet, simple and oh, so cute for your favorite friend who's under the weather.

Caught a Bug

ALL CDSTAMPS STAMP SETS USED: Everyday Jar-gon
CARDSTOCK AND PAPERS: SU dp, Old Olive CS, Bashful Blue CS
INK: Memento Tuxedo Black, Bashful Blue
MARKERS (if any): Copic... YG95, YG03, B45, BG10, C1
ACCESSORIES AND EMBELLISHMENTS: Ribbon, Scalloped Rectangle Nesties, Eyelets, Paper Piercer, Sponge, Spica Clear Pen, Crop-a-dile, Dimensionals
COLORING MEDIUM (if any): Copics
SPECIAL TECHNIQUES (if any): None!


AND! If the one sweet set wasn't enough... if you place an order from the new store before August 31st, you'll also get this 2 piece mini set *free* with your order!! Isn't it cute!

Fly on Over

ALL CDSTAMPS STAMP SETS USED: Promo MiniFly Set
CARDSTOCK AND PAPERS: Old Olive CS, Chocolate Chip CS, Kraft
INK: Old Olive, Close to Cocoa, Palette Burnt Umber
MARKERS (if any): Copic... YG03
ACCESSORIES AND EMBELLISHMENTS: Ribbon, Scalloped Rectangle Nesties, Gold Cord, Sewing Machine, Sponge, Spica Clear Pen, Crop-a-dile, Dimensionals, Cuttlebug Tiny Tag Die, 3/4" Square Punch, Yellow Marvy Scallop Square punch
COLORING MEDIUM (if any): Copics
SPECIAL TECHNIQUES (if any): None!


OK, here's what you've been waiting for... BLOG CANDY! I'll be drawing a name tomorrow night (August 16th) from all of you who leave comments. One of you will get the Jar-gon set absolutely FREE!


AND, if you collect all the letters throughout the hop... ( Mine is the letter P) and email the phrase to cdsbloghop@gmail.com you'll be eligible for the GRAND PRIZE - the entire September stamp release!!!! So make your comment and then hop on over to Dawn's Blog for another letter and some more eye candy.


Thanks for stopping by! I hope to see you again soon!!! ~Tricia


PS... I had to schedule this post since I'm away at a stamping ShoeBox swap... so if the sizes or pictures are odd, I'm really sorry!!! :-)


Friday, August 14, 2009

Pumpkin Harvest


Hi everyone! It's Katlyn. Mom is a little busy, so she asked me to post a card today. Here is one I made for the Verve release. Out of the 5 sketches, it is actually sketch 4... I went a little out of order. :) If you are interested in trying the sketches, you can find them here. Better hurry, though! You have to have them uploaded by 6:00 tonight!

Thanks for looking!
Katlyn


Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Blog Candy Alert!!

There's yummy blog candy up for grabs on Lacey's blog. Lots of paper and stamps and ribbons and charms. Check it out here!!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Desk Set

This Saturday I'm participating in my first ever "shoebox swap". Along with the make n take card that I showed a few weeks ago, I made an Anything But a Card swap and this fun desk set for the Lottery Swap. As I understand it we make something worth about $10 and then swap with someone else for their "WOW" creation. I had so much fun with this set. I altered a file folder, made a post-it note holder and box, altered a mini composition notebook and some pens, made some giant paperclips and filled a container with paper clips, push pins and binder clips. I still want to add some candy to the mix.... Chocolate makes anything a "WOW" gift in my book!!

Isn't this paper adorable? I bought 5 sheets at my LSS during their Christmas in July sale and used every last bit of it on this set. I'm going to have to get some more!! It's by Paper Loft - which is a company I didn't even know existed! LOL!

BTW, have you checked out the Clear Dollar Stamps blog yet??? Saturday is a SWEET day!! Be sure to mark your calendars!!!!

Blessings!

Tricia

p.s. If your Google Reader picked up a strange post from my blog earlier, sorry! I posted it on the wrong blog!! :-) If you'd care to join us for the challenge though, we'd love to have you! You can find the info here.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Don't Miss This!!!!

No card right now, but there are big things happening this week over at Clear Dollar Stamps that you don't want to miss!! I can't say anything more just now, but it might be worth your while to make a quick stop over at Lori's blog... {wink}!!

Have a fantabulous day!!!

Tricia


Saturday, August 08, 2009

Rainy Day

It's a beautifully gray rainy day here. I love rainy days! I wouldn't have minded a little sun today, though, since we're having a garage sale... but, the Lord knows best, and I'm trusting Him to bring in just the right people.

In honor of the rain, I printed out the digital image of Susie with her flower umbrella from Digital Stamp Oasis and colored her with Copics. No particular sketch today. I just played with some scraps and made myself happy. :-) I think I ran out of my swirly ribbon again. Time for a visit to the local scrapbook store!!

Have a lovely day, and if it's sunny by you, send some my way. Thanks!!

Tricia

Friday, August 07, 2009

Moosing You

For a brighter picture, try my gallery at Splitcoast here. I don't know why there is such a difference, but there seems to be!!
It's Mojo contest time again! This week I chose to combine my Mojo sketch with the Clear Dollar Stamp Weekend Color Challenge colors - Olive, Bashful Blue and Kraft (actually it's sand... but I don't have any - so Kraft it is!!).

I paper pieced my little Moose from the CDS February Stamp Set of the Month and set him on a little grassy knoll - which is a Memory Box stamp that I found once upon a time. To recreate the squares behind the circle in the sketch I ended up stitching and sponging. I tried every color cardstock under the sun for those squares, but they just didn't do it. The stitching was understated enough not to overpower my sad little moose. I stamped some stars (SU) with white ink on my kraft cardstock, stitched and distressed the edges, and tied a cute little tag to my ribbon to finish it off.

Here's a close up so you can see him all popped up...


Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you'll play along in both the challenges! They're so much fun!!!

Thursday, August 06, 2009

A Fun Fold

I took a few minutes out from this... (emptying a storage shed to prepare for the rummage sale on Saturday!)...


To make this fun little card with a fancy fold.


I don't use Edwin that often, but a friend sent me these and I just loved him. The cards are *so* quick and easy, but have that *wow* appeal that I love.

Thanks for stopping by. I think I overdid it going through the boxes and my torn muscle is crying, so I think I'll call it quits for tonight! TTFN! Tricia

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Quiet...

Hi all,

Sorry so quiet here! Besides running the 28 Day Challenge on my other blog, working to get 30 pounds of blueberries in the freezer and getting ready for a rummage sale, I managed to tear a muscle slightly right below my rib cage and just don't seem to be able to get a lot done. That's life! I hope to be able to stamp some tomorrow, so I'll have something to show you. :-)

Thanks for checking in!

Blessings,

Tricia

Sunday, August 02, 2009

Simply Winter

A quick & easy winter card for you today! I printed Sammy & the Snowman from Digital Stamp Oasis on Designer Paper and then colored them with Prismas and OMS. I matted them on light blue paper, trimmed the edges with decorative scissors and stitched around it with my machine. The image and saying are popped up on my card base which was stamped in PaperTrey Fresh Snow ink, with stamps from the SU set, A Season of Joy.

I'll try not to wish for any more snow this week. I don't want to scare away my readers!! :-)

Blessings!

Tricia

Saturday, August 01, 2009

Happy Anniversary, Verve!!

Welcome to the first ever official Anni-VERVE-sary Blog Hop. Verve turns two today and we’re celebrating with a hop, hop, hop! The party kicked off over on the Verve blog, so if you’ve just happened along, be sure to hop on over there to start from the beginning! And to make this party a real shindig, there’s a mystery jackpot hidden at one of the stops along the hop. One lucky commenter on that blog will win Verve’s entire August release! But of course, it wouldn’t be a mystery if you knew which blog, would it? So if you’re feeling the love, give a little shout out to the bloggers in the hop and you just might have a reason to jump for joy!

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I wanted to use the Mojo Monday sketch from this week for my card, so I chose the Plain Jane tree as my main image and stamped it twice with Antique Linen distress ink before I cut it out with a circle nestie and sponged it while it was still in the die. I stamped another tree on watercolor paper with Palette Burnt Umber ink and watercolored it with my SU markers. This one I cut out with an oval die. I was able to find some very thin cork which I cut as a tag and stamped it with the Heartfelt Thanks stamp that came in one of my packages of Verve-y goodness. I added some brads, some stitching and some dimension, and Voila! a Thank You card for Verve for being around for two years. I *love* your beautiful stamps!


Thanks for stopping by! Now it’s time to hop on over to
Beverly’s blog, for a little more Verve-y goodness.