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Sunday, August 29, 2010

Surfs Up and The Farm

Good Sunday afternoon!! Life sure been busy lately, but I have been having fun. My GS been visiting for a few days and yesterday got to spend some time with Theresa and had a great lunch. So today I'm playing with my stamps, so much fun!!
My first card here is for Jessica's #1 color challenge, I used Red, White and Green as my color pallet.
The image is from Theresa Momber's newest set " Farm Life" by Gina K. Designs. Love this set!! I colored the images with Prisma pencils and the sky background with copic's. Card stock is GKD and the DP is Basic Grey.

My next card here is for Theresa's #2 technique challenge to highlight with nestabilities. I used one of my favorite sets by Theresa Momber "Aloha" by Gina K. Designs. I sponged in the background using memento ink and Prisma colored pencils on my my tree.

You can find both challenges here. I hope you had a great weekend!!
Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Good Friend Card

Hello! Wow the weeks are flying by!! Today at Speedy's Friends, Vicki has challenged us to make a friendship card. I used the pear image from this gorgeous set from Mark's Finest Papers " Pears and Hollyhock". The sentiment is from 'Blackberries, Sunflowers and Bees " also by MFP. I'm going to send this to one of my really good on-line friends.

The card stock is MFP, Basic Grey DP and the image was colored with copic's.
Come on over and play with Speedy's Friends~~ You have a chance to win an entire stamp set from Mark's Finest Papers!
Have a great day and thinks for stopping by.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Daffodil Card

Hello! Today I decided to play along with The Stampin' B's Challenge. To make a card using a die cut, a circle and a flower. Sounded like a fun challenge. I used Mark's Finest Papers stamp set "Daffodil and Anise" I know it's late in the year for Daffodils but I had just got this set recently and really wanted to play with it. I used spellbinders nestabilities for the circle and the die cut. The flower was colored with Prisma pencils. I sponged with Memento Desert Sand and card stock is from MFP. DP is Basic Grey.

Hope you are having great weekend thank you for stopping by.

Friday, August 20, 2010

The Bees have it.

WELCOME TO SPEEDY THE CAT'S FRIENDS BLOG CHALLENGE #17! If you are new to SCF Challenge, SCF offers a random weekly winner a FREE Mark's Finest Papers stamp set as a prize! For every 5o entries, they will pick ANOTHER random winner! [Yes, you may play more than once] If you use MFP stamps, you are entered twice!

This week, I get to do the challenge, Yay!! So the challenge is Harvest Theme, it can be harvest colors, fruit, flowers anything you think of as harvest.
For my sample, I just had to do this gorgeous sunflower and the bees from "Blackberries,Sunflowers and Bees" set by Mark's Finest Papers.

Copic's, spellbinders, Basic Grey DP, Cuttlebug folder and MFP card stock. All supplies used for this card can be found at Mark's Finest Papers.
Looking forward to all your fabulous creations, thanks for stopping by.

Monday, August 16, 2010

A Apple a Day......

Hi stampers! Another sunny and hot day here!! Better than snow!!! I have another challenge card, this is for Brenda's inspiration challenge over at STV. I don't need a back to school card, so I decided to go with the apple in the photo as my inspiration.

The stamp set is by Gina K. Designs " Signs of Autumn". The image was colored with Copic's and DP is Basic Grey. Card Stock is GKD. The paper Doily is from my daughter Brenda, I sponged Jim Holtz Vintage Photo.

Hope you are doing well and thanks for stopping by.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Hollyhock's in my yard

Hello! Welcome,here is my sample for challenge #16 at Speedy's the Cat Friends Challenge. Joanne G. has challenged us to "Think Flowers" I love flowers and wish I had one of those beautiful flowers gardens like I see in the magazines, but I don't have a green thumb at all!!! The flowers in my yard have to be strong to survive.LOL The Hollyhocks in my yard are one of those. Every year they reappear like magic! The bees and the hummingbirds do their part! If you click on the flower and look, you can see the bee in the upper flower has pollen all over it. So when I saw this gorgeous stamp set with the Hollyhock I knew I would have to have it.

The stamp set I used is from Mark's Finest Papers
" Pears and Hollyhock" I used Copic's to color my images. Card stock and DP are from MFP and the punch is M.S.
Speedy the Cat Friends has a random weekly winner a FREE Mark's Finest Papers stamp set as a prize! This is a real easy challenge and you can enter more than once. Also on Monday August the 16th Vicki has a new exciting contest you might be interested in. Hope to see you there!

Have a great week end and thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, August 12, 2010


Hi, hope you all are doing great. I though would share the card I did yesterday for the sketch challenge over at SCS. I would have loaded it earlier but I keep having a problem with blogger.
The stamp set that I used is from the newly released " Owl Be Here" set from Mark's Finest Papers.

I used Copic's to color the image, Basic Grey DP, MFP card stock, ribbon and M.S. punch. This set is now available and you can find it here.
If you want to see more great samples from this great stamp set, check out the blog hop tomorrow morning

Hope you have wonderful evening and thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Flourished Sea Creatures

Wednesday, August 11, 2010


Mark's Finest Papers' Design Teams are celebrating our AUGUST STAMP RELEASE with a Blog Hop. Our very talented Design Teams have created exciting paper crafts for your inspiration. With the addition of New Design Team members to inspire you, this is going to be a really fun-packed Hop!

We have 4 New Stamp Sets Released today: Tweet Blessings, Flourished Sea Creatures, Regal & Proud, and Owl Be Here. For your convenience, all 4 stamp sets are available for purchase TODAY!

For your chance to win BLOG CANDY, (a set that will be released NEXT month), visit and comment on each of the following design team members' blogs on August 10, 11, 12, and 13, 2010. On Saturday, (August 14, 2010), a winner will be chosen FOR EACH DAY from those participants who visited all the blogs listed for that day. (There will be four different winners, one winner for each day.)

THAT MEANS IF YOU MISSED A DAY, YOU STILL HAVE OTHER CHANCES WIN! And, you can go back and comment on each day's blogs, as the winners will be chosen Saturday morning!

Here's my cards featuring " Flourished Sea Creatures" by Mark's Finest Papers.
This first card I used vellum , using a large scallop nestabilities to make the waves. I stamped the foliage in green on some Basic Grey. I added a flourish stamp from "Flourishes and Frames" by MFP to the background. Card stock is MFP and the image is colored with copic's.

I'm calling this a two for one stamp! Yes, the seahorse is altered a bit, I dropped my ink pad on it after I had my image all done and instead of doing it all over I just trimmed away that part and decided it looked pretty good ! This gorgeous set, has wonderful sea creatures and the sentiments are just perfect!!
I sponged the background in , colored my images with copic's. The card stock is MFP. and I used a white gel pen for highlighting the bubbles and I used a corner rounder.

Don't forget to visit these designers' blogs for your change to win!

August Guest Designer- Wendy
Joanne G.
Geri- you are here
Joanne T
Mark's Finest Papers

Hope you enjoyed all the wonderful samples, I know I was sure inspired
Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Casing Vicki! SCS Featured Stamper

Hello! First I would to thank everyone for the wonderful comments on me making the DT on Speedy's Friends I really love and appreciate them. SCS Sunday's Featured Stamper is Vicki Dutchr! She has a wonderful gallery filled with awesome cards. I decided on her gorgeous Chippy Chicken card.
Things I changed are: Used a different ribbon, changed the background stamp around. Didn't use a crimper or chipboard.

The stamps used in my card are from Mark's Finest Papers " Chicken Scratch". All card stock is MFP and I used copic's to color my image and Memento for ink.
The August release for Mark's Finest Papers starts tomorrow August 10th join in the hop for a chance to win a new stamp set.

Hope you have a great day and thanks for stopping by.

Friday, August 6, 2010


I'm doing the "Happy Dance"!! Yes, I have been invited to join the Design Team over at Speedy the Cat Friends challenge blog! I have been dying to tell you all and finally the day is here!
I have totally fell in love with these stamps! This is such a great opportunity to working with such talented ladies!!

For my first card and challenge # 15. I choose this fabulous set " South West Cowboy" By MFP. I love south west art and this set is right up my ally.
This week the challenge at SCF is to create your own embellies.

I made the stars for my embellishments. Using the star spellbinders nestabililies. I used 5 layers of card stock. I glued them together and sponged a little on the edges. Then punched out 2 holes using a small hole punch.
If you want to play along with us you could be a winner! a FREE Mark's Finest Papers stamp set as a prize! For every 5o entries, we pick ANOTHER random winner! [Yes, you may play more than once] If you use MFP stamps, you are entered twice!
The stamps and paper used in this card is from Mark's Finest Papers.

Hope you have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Paper Rose

Hi, I had a lot of you wanting to know how to make the paper rose I used in my last post. So here is my version of it. I don't remember where I found the instructions for this, I think in a craft magazine. But I couldn't find it, so here is my attempt of instructions.

The supplies you will need:
3 different sized flower punch
card stock
Water mister
Hole punch
Punch out 4 of each size

Stack each group on top of each other and punch hole in the center.

Turn layers to stagger them.

Mist the flower to soften the paper. Pull up each layer kinda of scrunching toward the center.

Continue this way until all layers are scrunched up. Here is the finished rose plus another color to show you what that would look like.
The card stock I used is Cranberry tart and sweet corn by Gina K. Designs. The leaves are from Melanie Muenchinger set " A year of Leaves by Gina K Designs.

If you have any further questions just ask and I would love to see what you come up with.
Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Melanie Muenchinger's illustrator Hop

Hello! I was delighted when Melanie ask me if I would showcase one of her sets. I was her GD for " A Year of Leaves" and that is what I decide to showcase here today. I love this ! It is great staple to have on hand. It is so perfect to use with flowers that I keep some made up just to have on hand. Like the ones I have scattered at the bottom of the card. I used Copic's to color them using G07 and G14. The rose was made out of Cranberry tart PLCS by GKD and a punch. Let me know if you would like more info on making the flower, it's real easy. I curled the leaves gently around a pencil part way to give them more of a 3-D look..

My all time favorite set of Melanies is " A Year of Flowers" and I just could not resist doing a card using that set. I colored the rose with copics. The CS is Gina K. Designs and Basic Grey for the DP. I made the rose smaller by copying and reducing the image using my printer.

Tonight Melanie
has several designing friends sharing samples they
created using some of their favorite sets from Melanie, take a look!


Carla Suto



Karen Knegten



Melissa Shultz

Selma Stevenson


Sue Van DeVusse

Tina Gilliland

I hope you enjoy the hop and thanks for stopping by