Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Boss's Day

If you go to work 10 hours a day, I hope you have a boss who's as wonderful as mine!  (She likes to stamp, too :)

stamps:  my favorite things, stampin' up
papers:  crate paper; my mind's eye; stampin' up
dies:  my favorite things; stampin' up; papertrey ink

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Non-traditional Holiday Colors

I'd be the first to encourage fellow stampers to, "use some color and pattern, think outside the box, have fun with it," but I still want my Christmas cards to look like Christmas cards :)  A few years ago I thought about mixing things up a bit with our traditional Christmas decorations - my daughter wasn't too excited about the idea and warned, "Mom, don't mess with Christmas!"

stamps:  papertrey ink, stampin' up
papers:  stampin' up
die:  spellbinders
embellishments:  buttons - my stash

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Merry & Bright

Here's a festive card for this week's retro sketches challenge:

stamp:  stampin' up
papers:  echo park; stampin' up
dies:  large scallop - sizzix; scalloped rectangle - spellbinders
embellishments:  ribbon - offray; rhinestone - stampin' up

taking a little break

I've just about had enough of orange & black projects . . . cutting out leaves, etc . . . so I treated myself to a little creative break to make a few fun things I've been putting off for quite a while. This card is a simplified version of a Melissa Phillips creation - she just seems to have creativity flowing from every fingertip, doesn't she?  I visit her blog often - especially when I'm looking for a new little twist to incorporate in my own projects :)

stamps:  papertrey ink, stampin' up, inkadinkado
papers:  stampin' up, close to my heart
punch:  flower - stampin' up
embellishments:  ribbon - stampin' up; crocheted trim & button - my sewing stash

Saturday, October 20, 2012

another challenge:

It's a cinch to create a feminine card, so making another masculine one was probably MORE of a challenge than just creating something for a sketch challenge - here's my take . . .

                                                  Deconstructed Sketch No. 74

stamps:  stampin' up
papers:  plaidoctober afternoon; cardstock - stampin up
punches:  border & star - stampin' up 
embellishments:  button - papertrey ink

Monday, October 15, 2012

I Adore Quilts . . .

. . . so you can understand why I had to have this mini hexagon set from Papertrey Ink!  Think I'll make a few more "quilts" in the near future . . .

stamps:  papertrey ink
papers:  cardstock - stampin' up
embossing folder:  cuttlebug
embellishments:  ribbon - michael's basic basic; button - papertrey ink

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Scrap Drawer Card

I was looking for a little piece of patterned paper in my scrap drawer when a strip of purple polkadots caught my eye . . . I grabbed a few more scraps and came up with this fun little birthday card.  It includes a creative twist of combining several sentiments to get a customized look/personalized message all in one - hope it inspires you to try something new!

inside . . .

stamps:  papertrey ink, stampin' up
papers:  stampin' up
dies:  sizzix
punches: stampin' up
embossing folder:  cuttlebug
embellishments:  divine twine; clip - making memories

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

The Fun of Fall

Even tho we're empty nesters, I still like to have some fun with Halloween - my husband just rolls his eyes as the decorations come up from the basement . .  . although . . . he was very helpful with a suggestion for a birthday gift for my boss a few years ago - when I told him she was born on Halloween, he said,  "she must need a new broom."  So, that's exactly what she got!  (thank goodness, she thought it was hilarious!!!)

stamps:  papertrey ink
papers:  stripe - pebbles ink; cardstock - stampin' up
dies:  cat - sizzix; border - papertrey ink; tag - my favorite things
embossing folder:  cuttlebug
embellishments:  divine twine; button - papertrey ink

Sunday, October 7, 2012

C a n c e r

Family, friends, neighbors, co-workers - unfortunately I suspect we all love someone who has had cancer - that's why I'm enthusiastically participating in breast cancer awareness this month . . .

stamps:  papertrey ink
papers:  stampin' up
dies:  papertrey ink
embellishments:  seam binding ribbon - may arts; button - papertrey ink

One of many . . .

. . . little notes to a loved one during his lengthy battle with cancer.

stamps:  inkadinkado
papers:  scenic route, stampin' up
die:  stampin' up
embossing folder:  cuttlebug

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Farewell to Summer

. . . guess fall really is here - at least it's beginning to feel that way.  I was thrilled to still be able to get a box of berries at our local patch this morning - waffles with berries 'n ceam will soon be replaced by oatmeal with apples, walnuts 'n spice . . . sure will miss California's bounty when we move.

stamp:  studio g
papers:  stampin' up
die:  sizzix
punches:  stampin' up
embosslit:  stampin' up
embellishments:  doily - wilton

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Masculine Maui

My brother just rode his bicycle from Quebec to New Orleans!  He's back in Hawaii now and will be receiving this birthday wish soon . . .

supplies:  stampin up - ink, cardstock, images; papertrey - sentiment