Thursday, January 31, 2008

Verve Visual Sketch Challenge

Verve Visual is having a sketch challenge using this sketch.

The lucky winner will get to be a guest designer! See this blog post for details.

I made a two cards (so far) for this challenge. On the first one I used:

Stamps: $1 from Mikes, SU background
Ink: rose red and regal rose
Paper: rose red, regal rose, ww, bb, value pack from Archiver's
Accessories: punches, piercing tool, cropadile, eyelets, ribbon from Mike's, stickles

On the second one I used:

Stamps: Short & Sweet
Ink: sage shadow
Paper: blush blossom, sage shadow, barely banana, very vanilla, mind's eye dp
Accessories: punches, brads, cuttlebug, piercing tool, decorative scissors

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

SC161 Sympathy card

I needed a sympathy card for a friend today.

Stamps: Warmest Regards
Paper: going gray, basic gray, bravo burgundy, cameo coral, wild asparagus dp
Ink: versamark
Accessories: 5 petal punch, cuttlebug, boho blossoms punch, rhinestone brad

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Since the gray was already out ...

Since the gray was already out from the color challenge today, I thought I'd play with some of the new dp that I picked up at Archiver's last night (a little retail therapy and a 30% off coupon)!

Stamps: none
Paper: basic gray, going gray, very vanilla, Cloud9Design Razzberry Swirl
Ink: going gray, basic gray, pretty in pink
Accessories: punches, SU rhinestone brads, misc ribbon from Mike's

Thanks for visiting my blog. As I get closer to 1,000 hits - look for some more blog candy!


Mail Call and CC151

Look what the mail man brought me today:

blog candy from Kimberly! Thanks so much. Isn't that card absolutely wonderful! If you haven't ever checked out her blog - It's So Pretty! It's So Cute! - you really should. She has some really beautiful cards there.

Here was my submission for the color challenge today on SCS:

Stamps: Short & Sweet
Paper: Yo Yo Yellow, Basic Gray and Going Gray
Ink: Basic Gray, Versamark
Accessories: ribbon from Mike's, punches, French Vanilla embossing powder, cuttlebug

One more before I sleep

This is for Julee's Mojo Monday challenge on her blog Poetic Artistry

Stamps: Hero Arts sentiment, heart from SU Happy Hearts
Paper: close to cocoa; river rock, ruby red, very vanilla, basic grey infuse
Ink: ruby red, versamark
Accessories: New England Autumn hand blended embossing powder, su regal rose ribbon, punches, brad

Thanks so much for visiting my blog. ~chris

Monday, January 28, 2008

Busy, busy, busy

It's been a really busy couple of days. My darling twins, Julian and Isabella turn two on the 31st and so we had a party for them at our house. Grandma and Grandpa always love it when they can have birthday parties for the little ones (and their parents too) at our house. A grand time was had by all and every one was well behaved, but not too well behaved. Grandma spent yesterday recovering and today trying to catch up. I finally granted myself some time to stamp and here's what I came up with in response to Jen's sketch challenge:

I used river rock, chocolate chip, very vanilla, old olive, and basic grey infuse pp. Sentiment is from Stampendous and was inked with ruby red and sponged with close to cocoa. The old olive piece was distressed with my distressing kit from SU. The heart was stamped with versamark and then topped with New England Autumn hand blended ep from The Powder Keg. The embossed heart is really shiney IRL. The ribbon is Regal Rose gg from SU.

Thanks so much for looking. I'm trying to get some party pix of the twins from their daddy and plan to share them with you if you want to see them.

Have a wonderful evening.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

SC160 - Sketch Challenge

Here's my submission for the sketch challenge today on Splitcoast Stampers:

This card used:
Stamps: Wonderful Words
Paper: wild wasabi, real read, basic black, dp from Archivers
Ink: basic gray, versamark
Accessories: misc scraps of ribbon, punches, black ep

Thanks so much for visiting my blog!


Blog Candy Winner!

We have a winner:

Cheryl CAKVD from Madison, WI - send me your snail mail address and I'll get your candy off to you right away!

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Timestamp: 2008-01-23 14:42:26 UTC


Cheryl's favorite thing to do for Valentine's Day:

CAKVD said...

My fav. celebration would be to spend it with both of my hubby and my daughter. Ok, the cat too. This year I think I'll have my daughter help make a special meal for my hubby.
Cheryl KVD

Congratulations Cheryl!

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Monday Night Stamp Camp

In spite of nasty cold and snowy weather, my Monday night stamp camp still met and had a grand time. We got to introduce a newbie - my pottery teacher of 20 years - to the joys of stamping. I think she had a good time. Here's some of the projects I made for them to try - the criss-cross card was a big hit! There's a really wonderful video tutorial on how to make these cards on Stamping with Roxy. Be sure to check it out.

Today is DH's birthday so I'm dashing off to have lunch with him to celebrate. I'll put up more details on these cards later today. Thanks for visiting! ~chris

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Criss-Cross Valentine & BLOG CANDY!

My downline group met this week and made criss-cross cards. So much fun I had to try one for Valentine's Day.

Used on this card:
Stamps: Happy Heart Day
Paper: rose red, regal rose, rose red dp, very vanilla
Ink: basic black, rose red and regal rose markers
Accessories: regal rose ribbon. cricut, tab punch, stickles

As I approach 500 hits on my blog, I want to celebrate with some blog candy. Tell me what your favorite valentine celebration is - mine was my wedding! DH and I have been together for 23 years - married for 11 on Valentine's Day. I think he picked that day because it would be harder to forget! I'll do a random drawing on Wednesday, Jan. 23.

Thanks for visiting my blog! ~chris

Friday, January 18, 2008


Here is my submission for Beate's weekend sketch:

I am finally home from the east coast and managed to resolve all my ISP issues and hope to get back to a regular posting schedule. Hope you like my card. I broke out my new transfer images and boy are they slick to use!

This card uses:

Stamps: Short & Sweet
Paper: Rose Red, Rose Red DP, Regal Rose - all from SU
Ink: regal rose
Accessories: punches, ribbon, eyelets, rub on transfer images

Thanks for visiting my blog. I'm approaching 500 hits! I think I'll celebrate by posting some blog candy tomorrow!


Thursday, January 17, 2008

Airports, Airlines and ISP's Oh My!

Well, it's been a week! I'm finally home and back online and hope to have some goodies for you tomorrow!

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Gift Box Cards

Here's another card that will be included in one of the gift boxes for this weekend. The patterned paper is from Hobby Lobby, but I don't have a full sheet with me to see the company information. It is wonderful paper though and I used it to cover a couple of two year pocket calendars and mini albums for two of my DDLs (darling daughter-in-laws for those readers not familiar with some of the expressions on Always Artichoke and Really Rust are the two other papers I used along with Very Vanilla for the sentiment (from Cheery Chat). The tabs were made using the large oval punch from Stampin' Up and folding it in half and securing with eyelets. Sentiment is stamped in Really Rust with Really Rust and Mellow Moss sponged on the edges.

Have to get busy decorating the gift boxes. Hopefully I remembered to pack everything I need! I'll try to have pix of those boxes up soon.

Monday, January 7, 2008

Embrace Life

Well, I finally got to play with my new Embrace Life set. Here's a sample:

I used the color guidelines for the ginger blossom paper that were posted here by
Barbara Welch (Creative Stampin Spot) and used some ribbon that I thought coordinated well. I enlisted the aid of the ironing board in my hotel room to spread out a bit, but it's just not the same as my cozy space at home.

I also played around a bit with a scissor charm:

Just love that little kittie! Thanks for stopping by and taking a look!

Sunday, January 6, 2008

Greetings from Washington, DC

Well, I made it - stamps and all. I hope to be posting a card or two tomorrow. Went to my favorite bead store - Bedazzled - today and they had some exciting new items I couldn't pass up. Hope to have some new scissor charms made too! Well, I'm going to get some work done so that I can go back to the hotel and stamp! Check back tomorrow to see the outcome!

thanks ~chris

Thursday, January 3, 2008

In a floral mood

Todays SCS challenge brought out all the wonderful florals. I was inspired by this card to create this card:

Stamps: Seasonal Images
Paper: Apricot Appeal, Creamy Caramel
Ink: Basic Brown, SU Markers - Apricot Appeal and Mellow Moss
Accessories: scallop punches, cuttlebug, stickles

I'm preparing for a week on the road and have a question for any of you who travel - how do you decide what to take with you? So many new stamp sets I want to work with. I find myself asking "Do I really need alot of clothes?" Maybe I can fit just one more set of stamps in and find a laundromat! TFL ~chris

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Happy Heart Day Box-Fold Card

A couple of weeks ago at a party, we made 5 X 5 box fold cards for Valentine's Day. The girls loved the concept and we made a Christmas card as well. One of the comments was that it wouldn't fit in a standard A5 envelope. I was asked if I could come up with a design using the same concept that would. So, I did. Dimensions on this card are 4 X 5. Here's the outside of the card:

I made an instruction sheet to go with this as well:
4x5 Box Fold Card

Here is the inside of the card:

Stamps: Happy Heart Day
Ink: Versamark, basic black, SU markers
Paper: Basic Grey - Oh Baby, Girl, DCWV Floral Print Mat Stack and Petite Sunrise Posies; SU Brocade Blue, Apricot Appeal, Cameo Coral, Always Artichoke, WW
Accessories: eyelets from Scrappopotamus, cropadile, fruit punch stickles, cricut, black ep

I want to send a big thank you out to everyone who has left me comments and emailed me with such kind words of encouragement. The online stamping/crafting community is such a wonderful source of inspiration! Thanks to all!


Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Starting the year off right!

I won blog candy on Shelley's blog: Stampin' and a scrappin'. How totally cool is that. I'm also participating in my first challenge. Here is my card for the Mojo Monday challenge on Poetic Artistry:

Stamps: Favorite Greetings
Paper: Cameo Coral, Rose Red, Apricot Appeal, My Mind's Eye dp
Ink: Rose Red, Cameo Coral marker
Accessories: punches, misc ribbon and eyelets

I'm still hard at work on my cards and boxes to take east with me this weekend. Thanks so much to Shelley at Stampin' and a scrappin' for pointing me to Andrea Walford's blog Sunny Stampin for the tutorial for the box!