Friday, October 31, 2008

Short and Sweet!

I've been blog hopping and seen so many gorgeous creations out there and how about those gazillions challenges, oh man! I want to STAMP! That's when you know you're addicted and I know few of you will admit to that. :)~

I really didn't have a lot of time to stamp last night and I had this butterfly template that I printed months ago and been wanting to make a card out of it, so I did. No stamping here, except for the sentiment.

And Lee, yes YOU, thanks for your sweet comment yesterday (I sure hope you don't get rained out too badly!! LOL)... guess what... it's raining right now and I hope it continues all night...LOL!

Happy Halloween everyone!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Jingle-Balls...jingle all the way!

I'm supposed to be posting Halloween cards but I think I'm done with them, I know 1 more day but really, I'm so done with it. I really didn't make a lot of Halloween cards and for some reason I can't get into it this year... I don't know why. I'm not even looking forward to trick-or-treating with my daughter tomorrow...sad, I know! The weather forecast here in Gilroy states that it's going to rain tomorrow night, I am looking forward to raining, but of course the kids are not... I'm such a party pooper...LOL! Atleast, I'm admitting that!

Well, this could be a Halloween card...right?!? They're snowballs dressed as snowman and they're ready to walk around the neighborhood tomorrow night. Main image is from Whipper Snapper Design, Jingle-Balls and was stamped on Whisper White card stock, their hats were stamped again on a separate card stock, cut-out and raised with stamping dimensional. The ground are covered with Liquid Applique and some Crystal effects. The patterned paper is from Stampin' Up DSP Holiday Thyme from last years collection. This sketch is from Amy Rysavy of Prairie Paper & Ink.

Stamp: Jingle-Balls from Whisper Snapper Design

Paper: Whisper White and patterned paper is from Stampin' Up DSP Holiday Thyme

Ink: Versafine Onyx Black and SU reinkers

Accessories: Crystal Effects, Crystal stickles and Stamping Dimensional

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

It's Official!

My very first job as a Design Team member at Bearybox.

I received an email sometime last week from Joey at Bearybox letting me know that she accepted my application. And since last week, I've been doing the Elaine dance from Seinfield but it didn't really hit until she posted it on her blog this morning.

We received our 1st sketch for Bearybox already and I can't wait to share it with you guys.
And whoever join in the fun and play with the rest of the DT team and post their work here, I'll be offering a gift certificate from Bearybox for let say $10.00? I don't have any of the Bearbox stuff yet (and Joey was nice to have fun for the first sketch using what we currently have)
and this would be a great time for me to shop with someone else :)

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Boys don't wear PINK!

That's what my daughter Toni told me last night when I showed her this card. Well, the conversation started like this....

Me: Mom (that's what I call her), what do you think of this card?

Toni: I like it! mmmm, but, is that a boy or a girl?

Me: It's a boy!

Toni: Boys don't wear pink!

Me: Well, real men wear pink!

Toni: Only in your cards, Mom!

This cute little boy bundled in pink and brown is from Stampendous. I got him a year ago from Eclectic Paperie and the stamp is currently on sale. The layout is from Jen's of Iheart2Stamp Sketch For You To Try couple of weeks ago and the color combination is from Kristina Werner's color inspiration from last week. I know I'm running a week behind...LOL!

Stamp: Snowbound by Stampendous

Paper: Whisper White, Pink Pirouette, Rose Red and Chocolate Chip card stock and Bella Rose DSP from Stampin' Up

Ink: Basic Black classic ink and re-inkers from Stampin' Up

Accessories: Red Satin Ribbon, Crystal Stickles, Pink heart rhinestones and Stampin' Dimensional

Monday, October 27, 2008

Simply Loonie #2

Three weeks in a row combining two challenges.. woo hoo! The sketch is from Clean and Simple Stamping and color combination from Loonie Stamper's Challenge and this weeks combination is Pure Poppy, Spring Moss, White/Cream and Dark Chocolate.

This is what I came up this week. And I can't believe that I used all Stampin' Up products ... well except for the beads in the middle of the flower and the ink for the flowers. I started with Whisper White card stock measured 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 folded in half. The flowers is from Best Blossom set and was stamped randomly with Spring Moss hybrid ink, I put some crystal effects in the middle of the card and drizzle some red beads. The sentiment is from the same set and was stamped using Chocolate Chip classic ink and finished the card with Chocolate Chip satin ribbon.

Stamp: Best Blossoms from the Heart from Stampin' Up

Paper: Whisper White card stock from Stampin' Up

: Chocolate Chip classic ink from Stampin Up and Spring Moss from PTI

Accessories: Red Beads, Chocolate Chip satin ribbon and stamping dimensional

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Taylored Expression Cupcake Challenge #39 and BRAKs

I've been debating what image to you use when I saw Taylor's Cupcake Challenge couple of days ago. And you just wanted to use any cupcake image when you see or hear Taylor's name...LOL! I had my cupcakes stamped and colored already when I started this card this morning but thought why not use these cute critters for this sketch challenge!?

Having a Ball and Santa's Little Helper is from House-Mouse Design. Maxwell and Mudpie are stamped on Whisper White card stock and layered with black card stock using SU circle punch and layered with coordinating colors as the panels with Stampin' Up scallop punch. The patterned paper is from Stampin' Up Cutie Pie DSP. Their Santa's hat are covered with liquid applique and crystal stickles and the Christmas ball are covered with crystal effects.

Stamps: Having a Ball and Santa's Little Helper is from House-Mouse Design

Paper: Whisper White, Basic Black, Bashful Blue, Certain Celery, Ruby Red, So Saffron card stock and Cutie Pie DSP from Stampin' Up

Ink: StāzOn Jet Black and SU re-inkers

Accessories: Cuttle Bug, Swiss Dot CB embossing folder, Liquid Applique, Crystal Stickles, Crystal Effects, Circle Template, SU scallop Punch, Stamping Dimensional, Certain Celery, Rose Red and Bashful Blue gross grain ribbon

And on to my Birthday Cards and gifts from my wonderful blogger friends :)

This is from Enjoli of Stamping Under the Sun.
She made these ensemble, all for me and there's no way I'll be using any of these, they're staying on that plastic forever...LOL!
Thank you so much Enjoli!

And this is from Amy of Tsuruta Designs. [sue-roo-ta]
And she posted this card on her blog, I secretly hoping it was for me and this card with the matching crown key chain was waiting for me the same day she posted it. This was engrave inside..."Never underestimate the power of a Princess"

Thank you, Amy!

This is from Lee of My Reality...It's all Good!
Her zebra is colored beautifully and the card is just gorgeous and the brads are just adorable.
She included an acrylic stamp set and some gorgeous patterned papers.
Thank you, Lee!

This is from Leesa Berry.
I don't have a blog for her but she sent me this card from SCS BRAK. Isn't this owl so cute? The patterned paper that she use is so pretty IRL.
Thank you, Leesa!

This adorable card is from Holly of Hog Wild About Stamping.
I actually rec'd this card the same day as my birthday and what a nice surprise coming home on your birthday not only receiving bunch of birthday coupons, but a beautiful card from a friend.
Thanks, Holly!

And this is from Sankari of Sunny Sankari.
I was awed when she posted this card on her blog couple of weeks ago, and when I opened her package to see this card, I was smiling from ear to ear, the details on her cards are just amazing. She even sent a Halloween package for my daughter, Toni (btw, the gummi bears are all gone!). And, can you see the beautifully wrapped gift, it's a clear stamps from Martha Stewart. I didn't even want to open it because it's wrapped so pretty with a huge gross grain ribbon..LOL!
Thank you so much, Sankari!

Friday, October 24, 2008

This is SPOOKY!

So, I know every one's been checking out Cindy's blog at Cindy Haffner's Corner and yesterday she posted this adorable card using her sketch below for MFT sketch challenge. And after seeing her card and others using the sketch, I wanted to see what I can do with it.

This set from MissyB Designs was waiting for me last night when I got home yesterday which I purchased couple of weeks ago for get this...$5.00 for 6 images and I wanted to play with these women right away. I know I really didn't follow the sketch, I had a Halloween bag full of goodies on the left hand side but it just look really funny placing something on that side, so I had to leave it bare...maybe I can use the other women for this sketch.

Stamps: Halloween Women by MissyB Design

Paper: Whisper White, Basic Black and Pumpkin Pie card stock from Stampin' Up and Patterned Paper by Heidi Grace/Jeepers Creepers

Ink: StāzOn Jet Black and SU re-inkers

Accessories: Basic Black gross grain ribbon, Crystal Effects, Crystal Stickles and Stamping Dimensional

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow!

Nope, not really! I actually love this weather this time of the year, not too hot, not too cold..just perfect. And, that's one of many reasons I just love California.

Anyway, I really didn't have any time last night to make anything but I have these cute snowmen from Whipper Snapper colored previously and one of the snowman had these look and begging to be used. The card stocks and the patterned paper are my left overs from this card that I created couple of weeks ago. I just assembled them and add some MS punch snowflakes and some crystal stickles and I'm done. The sketch is from SCS sketch challenge 3 weeks ago.

Don't you just wish you have more time to stamp?.... I sure do!

Stamps: Let It Snowmen by Whipper Snapper Design

Paper: Whisper White, Going Grey, Bashful Blue and Brushed Silver card stock from Stampin' Up and Patterned Paper/The Christmas Pack from DCWV

Ink: StāzOn Jet Black and Blue Copics

Accessories: Cuttlebug, Snowflake CB Embossing Folder, MS snowflake punch, Crystal Stickles and Stamping Dimensional

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Pocket cards

Tuesdays are Created by Courtney Challenge (CBCC) and this weeks' challenge is to make a pocket card. So right after dinner last night, I jump to Courtney's blog again and I was shock to
see my card on her blog... thanks Courtney!

Anyway, while I was at work yesterday (during my lunch) I was blog hopping and Anthonette of Chavez Designs made a cute Mini Pocket card. She also posted this video of Jennifer McGuire from Hero Arts. I was going to make a mini pocket card but the image I choose was too big, so I decided to stick to a regular card size.

Base of the card is a 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 of Chocolate Chip card stock, the patterned paper is from Imaginisce, Party Poppers. The main image and sentiment is No Peeking from Whipper Snapper Design. The balloon and the hat was stamped again on a Whisper White card stock, cut-out and raised with stamping dimensional. The balloon is covered with crystal effects and the hat is covered with crystal stickles.

I had so much fun making these, I decided to make another one. Not sure if I like the second one but I really like the color combination challenge yesterday at SCS which is Chocolate Chip, Pink Pirouette and Kiwi Kiss.
The flowers is from Stampin' Up, Eastern Blooms are stamped on Whisper White card stock with Pink Pirouette classic ink and the center flowers are covered with self-adhesive rhinestones. The sentiment is from StampingBella.

Stamp: No Peeking from Whisper Snapper Design and Eastern Blooms from Stampin' Up

: Whisper White, Chocolate Chip, Kiwi Kiss card stock from Stampin' Up and PP from Imaginisce, Party Poppers

: Whisper White craft ink, Versafine Onyx Black, Chocolate Chip, Pink Pirouette classic ink and SU reinkers

: Crystal Effects, Crystal stickles, 1/2 circle punch, corner rounder punch, chocolate chip gross grain ribbon, Pretty in Pink taffeta ribbon, self-adhesive rhinestones and silver cord

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Simply Loonie

I really like the card I created last week when I combined the 2 challenges from Clean and Simple Stamping and Loonie Stamper's Challenge. And I thought of doing the same thing this week... mmmm, maybe I can keep on doing the same thing every week. That would be a great challenge for me and let's see if I can keep it up :)

Loonie Stamper's Challenge color choice this week is Dark Chocolate, Sweet Blush and Vintage Cream, with polka dots or flowers. I wanted to use a brown prima flowers for the main image but I don't have any so I used a retired Stampin' Up flower punch with Chocolate Chip card stock and topped with self-adhesive pearl. The sentiment is from Stampin' Up, Heard from the Heart set (I can see myself using this set again and again!). When I was done with the card, it seems like there's something missing on the base of the card so I punched more flowers with Blush Blossom card stock and adhered it to create a faux dry embossing look. Pretty simple layout but it look so my opinion! :)

Stamp: Heard from the Heart from Stampin' Up

Paper: Very Vanilla, Chocolate Chip and Blush Blossom card stock from Stampin' Up

Ink: Chocolate Chip classic ink from Stampin

Accessories: Flower Punch, Self-Adhesive pearl, corner rounder punch and stamping dimensional

Monday, October 20, 2008

Dream Come True

Here's my card for Beate's Weekend Sketch Challenge. I have several....okay tons of stamp that would be perfect for this sketch but I haven't been playing with my House-Mouse stamps and I know for sure that Amanda and Mudpie would like to play along.

Aren't they adorable? Image is from House-Mouse Design called Playing Dress Up. I don't have any wedding cards and not that I needed it but it would be nice to add to my collection just in case the occasion comes along. You can't tell on the picture but Amanda's wedding dress is all sparkly, it's water colored using Pearlescent watercolor.

The base of the card is a Whisper White card stock measured 7" x 8 1/2" folded in half. The background was run through Cuttlebug with Textile embossing folder. The sentiment is from Stampin' Up Cute Converse set and was stamped on Whisper White card stock and layered it with Real Red and Basic Black card stock and finished the card with red velvet ribbon.

: Playing Dress Up by
House-Mouse Design and sentiment from Cute Converse set by Stampin' Up

: Whisper White and Basic Black card stock from
Stampin' Up

: Versafine Onyx Black, Pearlescent watercolor and Stampin' Up re-inkers

: 1 1/4, 1 1/2 circle punch, Scallop punch, Red Velvet Ribbon, Cuttlebug, Textile CB embossing folder

Sunday, October 19, 2008

CSCC Presents Breakfast at Tiffany's

Have you seen the cinema pick for this week at Cinema Saturday Creative Challenge? It's Breakfast at Tiffany's... how fun! And, after drooling over at Sankari and Brooke's card, I had to make my own inspiration.

I had this dress template for I don't know how long that I've been saving for the right time, and today is just the perfect day to use it. I traced my template on a Basic Black card stock and run through Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder, and I also did the same thing on the base of the card. I wanted to use the same color as the Tiffany & Co. box but I didn't have the ribbon to go with it. So, I decided to use Pink Pirouette card stock to match with this Pearl with pink ribbon. The sentiment is from Stampin' Up, Absolutely Fabulous.

Stamps: Absolutely Fabulous from Stampin' Up

Paper: Pink Pirouette, Basic Black card stock from Stampin' Up

Ink: Versafine Onyx Black

Accessories: Pearls with Pink ribbon, Scallop Punch, Stampin' Dimensional, Cuttlebug and CB Swiss Dots embossing folder

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Pretty in Pink!

Good Morning! It's Saturday... Yay! Do you have any plans for today? A good friend of mine called me couple of days ago and asked if I'm doing anything this weekend, right away I said..."Yes, I'll be making cards!" But, she said beside that are you doing anything else? When I said no, she said that she wants to do a little party to celebrate my birthday... how sweet is that?!

Anyway, here's the card I created last night for (are you ready?!) Courtney's CBC Challenge (sketch challenge), Splitcoaststampers (color combination) which is Pink Pirouette, Basic Black and Whisper White and for Laurel of Want2Scrap (blog candy). Make sure to visit Laurel's blog, not only for her blog candy but to see how creative she is... hi Laurel!

I always want to dress this Sarah Kay image to with pink and black and it's just perfect for the challenge. The flowers are covered with Baby Pink Flower Soft.

When my daughter saw this card, she said..."Mom, it's really pretty but I really don't like her hair, she looks like she has gray hair". I should have listened to my daughter and darkened her hair. Maybe, before she goes to someone else, she can use some Clairol...LOL!

Stamps: Rose's Garden by Sarah Kay

Paper: Whisper White, Pink Pirouette, Basic Black card stock from
Stampin' Up

Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, SU re-inkers

Accessories: Scallop Punch, Love & Happiness Rub ons, Pretty in Pink gross grain ribbon, black brads, Stampin' Dimensional and Baby Pink Flower Soft

Friday, October 17, 2008

Kristina Werner Color Inspiration #26

I almost missed Kristina's color inspiration this week (that's what happened when you don't scroll down) and actually found out through a good blogging friend Sankari when she post her card yesterday... hi Sankari!

And if you're a challenge junkie (like me), make sure to visit Sankari and Brooke's new challenge blog at Cinema Saturday Creative Challenge. They just started last week and post their challenge every Saturday.

Anyway, back to the card. I've been seeing these paper roses everywhere and always wanted to try it and having limited card stock I thought it would be perfect to these flowers for this challenge. I really like how they turned out but not happy when I finished the card. Can't really pinpoint what I don't like about this card but maybe someone can tell me?

Stamp: Heard from the Heart from Stampin' Up

Paper: Whisper White, Bashful Blue, Wild Wasabi, So Saffron and Rose Red card stock from Stampin' Up,

Ink: Basic Black from Stampin' Up

Accessories: Stampin' Up Scallop punch and Self-Adhesive Rhinestones

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Just for YOU!

When I saw this sketch from Saturday Sketch, I wanted to use Whipper Snapper stamp, which one?! that's the hard part....LOL! Don't you just have too much stamps and don't know which one to use first?

Anyway, after figuring out which the best stamp to fit this sketch, next thing to figure is what color combination to use. I remember when I start making cards that picking the right colors was the hardest part for me, well, it still is. I usually grab stack of my pattered paper and get an inkpiration from there. And that's what I did here.

And, it's been awhile since the last time these cupcake stamp had been inked and what a party without a cupcake...right?! The Party Koala's nose is covered with crystal effects (so, his nose is all shiny) and the cupcakes are covered with liquid applique and drizzle it with crystal stickles and topped with red dew drops.

Stamp: Party Koala from Whipper Snapper Design

Paper: Whisper White, Bashful Blue, Pumpkin Pie and Chocolate Chip card stock from Stampin' Up and Patterned Paper by Imaginisce (Party Poppers)

Ink: VersaFine Onyx Black and SU re-inkers

Accessories: Oval Template, Crystal Effects, Liquid Applique, Dew Drops, 1" circle puunch and Stampin' Dimensional and Crystal Stickles