Saturday, January 29, 2011

Stamp-A-Holics & Stamping 411

First I found the Sketch Challenge at Stamping 411 and then the colors at Stamp-A-Holics...and was I ever challenged. I shuffled, reshuffled, went this way and then that way and just about called it quits, but then really rose to the challenge, put my head down and got to some serious are the colors that are being called for...can I do this?

and the sketch challenge from Stamping 411 ~ love the sketches that are given, 
it really helps me with a starting point. 

So here's my card...still not sure how I feel about it, but she... is absolutely adorable!
What a beautiful stamp set ~ it's a must have in my mind!

I grabbed my Tulip Border Punch and added a garden of tulips to the inside of my card!

Thanks so much for popping by, hope you had a little taste of spring!
Enjoy your day!

  • Stamps: Easter Blossoms
  • Paper:  Very Vanilla, Rose Red, Very Vanilla, Old Olive
  • Ink:  Old Olive, Rose Red
  • Acc: Eyelet Border Punch, Oval Punch, Scallop Oval Punch, Crystal Effects, Tulip Border Punch (non-SU)

JUGS Challenge #69 ~ Wild Card

When I saw this challenge over at Just Us Girls Wild Card Challenge I knew I wanted to enter a 
little family Photo Album that I finished awhile ago.


I used my Scallop Flower Punch from SU ~ crumpled my DP from SU which is just fabulous!
After I got everything mangled they way I wanted it, 
I began to build my flower ~ 
poked a hole in the centre of it all and adhered it with a brad, 
which you can't see as my flower if so full, but it's in there!

 I really enjoy creating this little album as well as the flower ~ my front cover was covered with several layers of Modge Podge! 

Thanks so much for taking a peek ~ I hope you enjoyed your stay ~ 
have a wonderful day!

Friday, January 28, 2011

Hoping You Are Doing Snow Good!

Bad typo on my part ~ meant to say "Hoping you are doing so good" ~ so while we are on that subject, I have a bit of a different post for you...I had shared a post last month with a peek at how the frost had kissed all the trees in the backyard. So today, I'd like to share how the snow has blanketed our yard and plays hide & seek with our trees! This picture is looking out of our front door, you can see where I started to shovel the front walkway, the snow is up to my knees, Dean will be snow blowing us out when he get's home this evening! Our cedar rail fence is hiding and the old grain wagon is wanting to join in the game!

You can just see the lights on top of our driveway markers, and yes, that is the sidewalk to our front door just in front of the circle drive!

I took this picture from our sunroom, so the lighting is quite bad, you are now looking toward the back yard on the south side of our home. There is a old cedar plow just peeking out of the snow!

And now you're looking right into the back yard (my little greenhouse in the 'back 40'). If you look closely you can just see the diving board for the pool ~ it usually is never buried this deeply, our walk way into the hot tub will have to be cleared once again ~ it's one of our favourite places on those dark cold evenings! 

This was taken in the house looking onto our deck ~ it's hard to tell in the picture, but the snow is up to my waist, so it's almost 3 1/2 feet deep!

Thank you so much for joining me in the little "Snow Day Tour"... I think I'll head to my studio and see if I can get some creative juices flowing. Have a wonderful day and thanks once again for stopping by!
Stay warm!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

PPA78 & CTD126 & FTTC102

I created this card with a layout challenge in mind, went to get things together for my entry and realized that I was 8 hours late! I guess I need to learn to read the fine print ~ our little grandson had a sleep over last night (such fun)...put him down for a nap...and then I realized I was late ~ I then found 3 challenges  that I would qualify for ~ I'm not sure if that is against the rules...but here's a peek!

The challenge from PPA78 was to use a ribbon in your creation, from FTTC102 was to use hardware ~ this was perfect as I created a note card, my SU Library Clip was exactly what my card was calling for. The CTD126 was to play with the following colors

I had already created my note card, loved creating this, I found this idea while I was looking around and popped in on Becky Roberts (she's amazing, you really should pay her a visit.

What a fabulous idea! I can't wait to teach this to my girls
 ~ I know they'll be in love with this one! My girls are so much fun
and the bonus for me, 
is that they have also become dear friends as well!

This is why I was SO excited about my Library Clip ~ isn't that great!

I sponged the edges of my Kiwi Kiss DP as well as the Whisper White CS that was adhered to
Old Olive CS. I love the gentle vintage feel that it gives to the CS.

Here is a shot looking down into the Scallop Envelope!

Thank you so much for stopping by ~ I hope you enjoyed your time with me!
Have a wonderful day!
  • Stamps:  Punch Potpourri, Silhouette Sentiments
  • Paper: Kiwi Kiss DP, Old Olive, Marina Mist, Early Espresso, Old Olive, Whisper White
  • Ink: Marina Mist, Old Olive, Versa Mark
  • Acc: Scallop Envelope Die, Clear EP, Dimensionals, Two Step Bird Punch, Petals EF (non-SU)

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Stamping 411 Challenges Times 2

What a fun day of stampin' ~ we went out for dinner with friends to celebrate Dean's Birthday, what a great day! Two times the fun for the day and then Two challenges in one!
Stamping 411 Sketch and then the Color Inspiration, so is this called Double Dipping!

So this actually ends up being a little sneak peek for my up coming Birthday Stack Class ~ so Darlene....shhhhh. She is one of my faithful friends and checks up on me often! Love you my friend! 

 I Shimmer misted each of my Cupcake Toppers and then I added CE to each of the cherries (loving that look....quess I've been using CE a lot lately, can't seem to get away from it)!

Here is one of the birthday cards that we will be creating...not sure why I didn't order the stamps to go with my new punch (which I really need this one ladies) ~

Pulled out my Crimper, which I haven't used in quite sometime, but along with the new Cupcake Punch, this is a must and I'm sure it won't be feeling lonely any longer! 
I carried on the crimped effect on the inside of my card.

I used each of the colors from the Inspiration 148 on my envelope ~ you can never have too many birthday cakes!

Thank you so much for stopping by today, I hope you enjoyed your time here ~ have a wonderful day!

  • Stamps: For A Friend, Bitty Birthday, Perfect Punches
  • Paper:  Confetti Cream, More Mustard, Riding Hood Red, Always Artichoke, Crumb Cake 
  • Ink:  Crumb Cake, Always Artichoke, 
  • Acc:  Shimmer Mist, Perfect Polka Dots EF, Eyelet Border Punch, Crimper, Cupcake Punch, Early Espresso Taffeta Ribbon, Crystal Effects

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

CQC Challenge #68

Well I finally got a chance to play along with another challenge ~ tea with my girlfriend this morning, and then a day of playing in my studio...what a fun day I've had! 
So the cQc Challenge #68 was asking for these colors

I rose to the challenge and created a little birthday card for our 2 year old grandson ~ Thomas the Train is his absolute favourite, every train he sees becomes his Thomas! I can't seem to capture my pictures well ~ it really does look better IRL ~ and so, here it is....

I used clear EP on Poppy Parade CS for my smoke, cut them out and used dimensionals to adhere them!
and then continued with the train theme on the inside of my card. Sure hope our little man loves his card...and of course he'll be opening up some Thomas the Train gifts to add to his collection!

Here is our little Birthday Boy holding his baby brother!

not the greatest pictures due to the water glasses....but can't you feel the energy ~ he is SO much fun!

Thank you so much for stopping by, have a wonderful day!
  • Stamps: Choo Choo, Teeny Tiny Wishes, All Holidays
  • Paper:  Cherry Cobbler, Poppy Parade, So Saffron & DP, Always Artichoke, Whisper White, Other DP (non-SU)
  • Ink: Cherry Cobbler, So Saffron, Always Artichoke 
  • Acc: Small Oval Punch, Designer Label Punch, Round Tab Punch, Perfect Polka Dots, Clear EP

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Color Throwdown

A couple of my friends came over a few evenings ago and we stamped & created until we were cross eyed! We had so much fun, helping and encouraging each other along the way! I love my friends and spending time with them is the best. The card I created for this challenge was a CASE from my girlfriend Darlene. She is SO incredibly creative ~ oh to create as she does!

We were asked to go a step further with the Color Throwdown this week. 

Be sure to read about it and help bless a fellow Stamping Sister who is very sick. Katie Renz lives in Washington state, is a wife and mother of three and was diagnosed just before Christmas with stage 4 gastric cancer. The members of the Throwdown team felt the need to rally around Katie and show her our support. I knew I had to join in and bless Katie. I'm praying for you my dear. 

Thanks so much for stopping by today ~ have a wonderful day ~
~ hug those you love ~ and tell them so ~
Blessings to you ~ Denise ~
  • Stamps:  Baroque Motifs, Vintage Vogue, Inspirational Stamps (non-SU)
  • Paper:  Melon Mambo, Soft Sky, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White
  • Ink:  Melon Mambo, Soft Sky
  • Acc:  Scallop Border Punch, Pearls & Eyelet Scallop Punch (non-SU)

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

cQC Challenge & SUO Challenge

When I saw the cQc Challenge #67, I knew right away what I wanted to do with this ~ my baby card stash is VERY low...and then the following morning I noticed the SUO Challenge was for a Baby Card! Two challenges in one ~ I had so much fun doing this...with a few challenges along the way!

I really seem to struggle with colors that are chosen for this is a good thing, gets me out of my box and comfort zone ~ I didn't have any Kiwi Kiss in my studio and then forgot all about Melon Mambo! So I substituted Certainly Celery for the Kiwi and then added the Twine to my buttons which is the closest embellishment that I had to Melon Mambo! Okay, so now I'm here's my Baby Buggy Card

I then used Crystal Effects on the Baby Buggy dots & heart (I'm loving CE, just adds texture and 'color pop' to whatever it kisses) ~ so then I came to the interior of the card and when I stamped.....oh....I made a mess, I didn't come down properly and so my stamp jumped and then my stamp came tumbling down...arhhh!!! Well, sometimes these little faux pas are great, so as it turned out, the only way I could hide my mess, was to frame the inside of the card with my sentiment and little embellishments. I would love to tell you that I had this design in mind and wow!!! don't you just love the out come...but that is not how it originally came together...but in the end ~ I am so pleased!

Thank you so much for stopping by today 
~ I hope you have a wonderful day and have a moment in your day to play!

  • Stamps: Occasional Quotes, Baby Bundle, Teeny Tiny Wishes
  • Paper:  Certainly Celery, Tangerine Tango, Taken With Teal, Whisper White, Rainbow Sherbert DP
  • Ink:  Basic Black, Taken With Teal
  • Acc: Round Tab Punch, Crystal Effects, Hemp Twine, Soft Subtles Buttons

Saturday, January 8, 2011

SSC185 & JUGS66

I had a wonderful evening of stamping although it took me awhile to get going! My Mojo is in slow motion I think! Two days for one card ~ yikes!

I followed the layout from the Stamping 411 Saturday Sketch Challenge #185....well, I sort of followed it

I then came across the JUGS challenge this morning and they were calling us to dress up the inside of our envelopes, I've always wanted to do this and so I rose to the challenge!  
So here is my card and the matching envelope ~ I created my card using Basic Black & Whisper White CS and heat embossed the Fifth Avenue rose using White EP. The effect is absolutely stunning!

I love the simple elegance of this card, I placed the small pearls in between each scallop along the bottom edge of the card. Each of these panels are adhered using dimensionals, the layered effect is beautiful.

After I stamped the large rose on the top corner and punched the Scallop Border of my Whisper White, I adhered it to the inside of my card. I wanted to keep this simple and clean, so considered this done!

thanks so much for stopping by, I hope you enjoyed your time with me ~ have a wonderful day!

  • Stamps:  Fifth Avenue Floral, Occasional Quotes
  • Paper: Basic Black, Whisper White  
  • Ink: Versa Mark, Basic Black 
  • Acc: Scallop Trim Border, Basic Pearls, White EP, Ribbon (non SU)
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Thursday, January 6, 2011

Christmas in January?

Good day! After weeks of no play, I found it really difficult to get my mojo on! I think I spent more time wandering than playing! I started with a challenge from Stamping411 #184

My color inspiration came from the The Color Throwdown #123...put my head down and got to work!
So here is the card that I created....a Christmas card in January, this is definitely a first for me, I've never created a Christmas card at the beginning of the year.

the little ornaments are the punch outs from the border and then I applied Crystal Effects to them, after I adhered them, I wish I had just left the banner clean...too late....that's on there!

I also applied Crystal Effects to each of the ornaments on my DP. I really liked the effect, I'll definitely be keeping that in mind, just really adds a subtle punch to the card.

Thank you so much for stopping by today, I hope you have a great day today in whatever you do!

  • Stamps:  Love You Much, Teeny Tiny Wishes
  • Paper:  Always Artichoke, Baja Breeze, Cameo Coral, Candy Cane Christmas DP
  • Ink:   Always Artichoke
  • Acc:  Modern Label Punch, Jewelry Tag Punch, Crystal Effects, Perfect Polka Dots EF, Ornament Border Punch (non SU)

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

We Are Back From Banff

Wow!!! What an amazing time we had in Banff, skiing, eating, skiing, shopping, shopping...I think I have finally caught my breath and just might get some stampin' done tonight ~ sure hope so ~ I haven't created in about 3 weeks now, I think I've lost my'll have to pop by tomorrow and see what I came up with tonight! But in the mean time, would you please take a peek at just a few pictures from Banff ~ I'd love to share our little vacation with you ~
we blasted from home in the wee hours of the day and over nighted in Calgary ~ our daughter and her family flew in and met up with us at the hotel
 the boys at the waterpark!

Our son, his wife and two grandsons...heading into town via bus!


More Banff!

Ski Lake Louise anyone?

The whole gang out for New Year's Eve dinner!
My sister & husband in the front
Our children and their families and then
Dean & myself standing at the back!

Thanks so much for stopping by ~ I hope you enjoyed just a few pictures of our time away~
May you have a blessed 2011 ~ Happy Happy New Year!