Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Back to Simply Loonie

I want to thank everyone who commented about my first tutorial and I can imagine your husband will be asking how come you're buying coffee filters often or buying coffee filters even if you're not a coffee drinker...LOL! I would love to see what you guys do with your filters :)

Pen (<-- my sister), if you want to be surprise for your birthday, stop reading NOW!

I created this card for my sisters birthday next week over the weekend and intend to post it on her birthday but I was too tired to create last night so I'm posting it today. Anyway, I've missed couple of weeks of combining both challenges from Clean and Simple Stamping (sketch) and Loonie Stamper's Challenge (color combination) and here it is.

Stamp: Woman of Life from Papertrey Ink

Paper: Real Red, Whisper White, Brushed Silver from Stampin' Up

: Basic Black and Real red classic ink

: White gross grain ribbon, white brads, Embossed white shimmer ribbon from Michael's and Stamping Dimensional

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

My very first tutorial.

Several people asked how I made my coffee filter flowers and several people ask me...ME! to do tutorial. The first time I saw a comment about a tutorial, I actually laugh out loud but just because I'm making another card using coffee filters, I thought of doing a mini tutorial. Here it goes and hope you like it.

I started with these coffee filters. My coffee maker holds the cone shape filters and I bought this by mistake. I already opened the package, so there's no way I'll be able to return them.

Fold your coffee filters in half and I fold mine in half about three times. It's really up to you how you want your flowers to look like.

Cut your flowers in different sizes.

I use my Stampin' Up Riding Hood Red re-inkers to die my coffee filters. Again, it's up to you on how much ink you want to use, it really depends on how dark you want your flowers to look like.

This is how I dry my flowers. It takes about 1/2 an hour to dry but if you're impatient like me, have your tweezers ready to hold on to these flowers and blow dry them, in two minutes it's ready to be used.

And TADAH! Here's my finished card with my coffee filter flower. I really wished I can take a better picture of all my cards, they sure do look better IRL, especially this one! And I used Tracy's of Eat, Sleep, Stamp sketch layout. And she asked (politely) NOT to use any images, I had these rub-on sentiments that I bought months ago and I almost forgot about them. Now, it's your turn to make this easy peasy flowers :)

Monday, November 24, 2008

They're here...

My first set of Whimsy Animals are in the HOUSE!!! And let me tell you, you guys are going to love it. Whimsy Stamps are unmounted, deeply etched rubber and they come on EZ Mount cling cushion, these stamps can be used with an acrylic block. And one thing that I really like about this stamp is they are packaged on a laminated panel.

Meet Freddy the Frog, okay, they really don't have a name but if you know my daughter Toni, her animals/stuff toys needs to be named. She has tons on stuff animals and she named them all and the weird thing is she remembers them all, but asked her what they did at school 3 hours ago, she'll say "I don't remember!"

So, Freddy the Frog is the first lucky Whimsy Stamp to be inked. Really don't care about frogs but just look at him, isn't he just adorable? I used Taylor's sketch for this card and instead of a ribbon, I decided to use my Stampin' Up oval punch to create a lily pad and what's a lily pad without a flower with some bling...LOL!

Stamp: Frog from Whimsy Animals Collection by Whimsy Stamps

Paper: Whisper White, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive and Patterned Paper is from Stampin' Up Print Pack

Ink: Jet Black StazOn Ink and SU re-inkers

Accessories: Stampin' Up Oval Punch, Mini Prima Flower, Self-Adhesive Rhinestones, Cloud Template and Rub-ons

And, for my second card, Toni named him Dewey the Duck.

I used Beate's Weekend Sketch challenge for this card. Bird Call cuttlebug embossing folder was used for the panel on the left hand side. The sentiment is from PaperTrey Ink.

Stamp: Duck from Whimsy Animals Collection by Whimsy Stamps

Paper: Whisper White, Pumpkin Pie, Yoyo Yellow and Chocolate Chip card stock by Stampin' Up

Ink: Jet Black StazOn Ink and SU re-inkers

Accessories: Chocolate Chip gross grain ribbon, Cuttlebug, Bird Call embossing folder, Stampin' Up circle punch

And for my last card meet Tommy the Turtle.

I used the OCC sketch (Our Creative Corner). I totally forgot to add a sentiment but I didn't realize it until I uploaded the card, oh well! And, I really like the look of the cattails on Dewey the Duck so I thought it would be nice if Tommy has his cattails also, so I punched some using my horizontal slot punch on Chocolate Chip card stock.

Stamp: Turtle from Whimsy Animals Collection by Whimsy Stamps

: Whisper White, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive and Chocolate Chip card stock by Stampin' Up

: Jet Black StazOn Ink and SU re-inkers

: Chocolate Chip gross grain ribbon, Cuttlebug, Tiny Bubbles embossing folder, Stampin' Up horizontal slot punch

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Together...we make music!

My sweet blogger friend Holly of Hog Wild About Stamping, emailed me sometime last week and asked me if I can do something with the images that she'll send me. Her daughter Chesney, the same Chesney who design the same stamps that My Favorite Things carries called BC Dzyns.

This image and more will be available online as downloadable digital image sometime next week at You want to see more sneak peaks? You have to go check out what Sarah of The Scrampin' Mama created with 2 of Chesney's images... too cute :)

The image was printed twice and both cats were cut and raised with stamping dimensional. Finished card is measured 5" square.

Friday, November 21, 2008


I dare you to say that three times straight...LOL!

My sister asked me to make her a card for her friend, Leyla. (Belated Happy Birthday, Leyla!). And can you believe that she's never been inked before (I'm talking about my stamp not Leyla...LOL!).

My Bella's are really not happy with me lately and they were glad that my sister asked for a Bella card. They think I've been ignoring them but they just don't understand that I work full-time and by the time I get home from work, I still have to cook and help my daughter with her homework. If only we have more than 24 hours a day, I'll be playing with them more...LOL!

Cuppacakeabella was stamped on Whisper White card stock, colored with Prisma water color and layered with Green Galore card stock. I had these pink prima flowers and I thought that they are perfect for this card. The icing and the dots on her dress was covered with stickles.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Friends Forever

It's time for another Bearybox sketch challenge. Joey is offering a Clear Stamp Sets (Trims-n-Things) from Sassafras Lass if you decided to join us this week, so make sure to visit her blog to see more details.

My sweet friend Heather of Heather's Coffee Break joined us last week and was able to get herself $15.00 shopping free from Bearybox. You create, post it your card here and win something cool. How easy is that? And while you're there make sure to check out the rest of the Design Team, we sure did have a lot of fun with this sketch.

These cute owls are from Oliver and Friends set by Sassafras Lass. I started by stamping the branch from the same set and cut it with my Oval Colluzle template leaving some of it hanging. The owls were stamped on Whisper White card stock, cut and raised with stamping dimensional. I added mini prima flowers on the branch and added a self-adhesive rhinestones in the middle of the flower. The patterned paper is by My Minds Eye pack that I purchased from Costco last year.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Big News...HUGE!

I received an email a couple of weeks ago from Denise Lynn of Stamping with Denise asking me if I would like to be a part of the Whimsy Stamps Design Team. I read her email several times (that just because I couldn't believe that she would asked me) before I emailed her to say... I would love too.

This is Denise's long time dream and how cool to have your dream become a reality. Whimsy Stamps will officially launch their website and online shop next week but make sure to visit Denise to see sneak peeks of her first three stamps. Not only you'll get to see her new stamps, you'll also get a chance to win one of her stamps.

She's also offering a pre-order period which started yesterday and again, once you see these images, you would want these little guys to add to your stamp collection.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Quick cards

Don't you just love quick and simple cards. And if you really don't have a lot of time to create but you just have too, this would be the perfect sketch challenge for you? This is Amy Rysavy of Praire Paper and Ink super simple sketch.

It's so simple, I decided to make 3 cards. I used Whisper White card stock on the first card (always). The velvet blooms on the first card is by Maya Road and I added a self-adhesive rhinestones to add some bling.

For the 2nd card (joy), I had this 12 x 12 patterned paper with a Santa on the corner and really didn't know how to use it. I used the other part of this paper on my forever card (see previous post). So, I used different size of circle punch to create an ornament, raised with stamping dimensional and added a silver cord on Very Vanilla card stock.

And for the third card (very merry), I punched my large Stampin' Up Star punch on the same patterned paper pack that I used for my joy card, the other 2 stars is Cuttlebug die 3x3 Stars, raised with stamping dimensional on Whisper White card stock and finished the card with polka dot sheer ribbon.

Monday, November 17, 2008


Happy Monday!

It's been a crazy weekend, frustrating and fun at the same time. Anyway, I found out Friday afternoon that I wouldn't be able to get the house/condo (long story) and I was pretty upset all weekend long. And then, my realtor called me Saturday afternoon to let me know that we have to start all over again :(. Yesterday, I met with him and we saw couple of places that I was interested and place a bid ... again. I'll find out by Wednesday if they accepted the offer and we'll be in contract... again! So, back to square one...again :(

Anyway, for the fun part...I had some time last night to create and I haven't been playing with my Sarah Kay stamps and I thought it would be nice to do the Magnolia vs Stampavie Challenge. I always have a hard time with big/long cards and when I saw the sentiment on this sketch, I thought why not use a huge sentiment also...LOL! The sentiment alone is measured 2" x 3 1/2", but I thought it's just the perfect sentiment for these two.

Main image is from Summer 2008 Sarah Kay Collection, A Kiss for Chloe and was stamped on Whisper White card stock and colored with Stampin' Up re-inkers and matted with Pink Pirouette, Wild Wasabi and Chocolate Chip card stock. The sentiment Forever is by Heidi Swapp Clear Stamp. The patterned paper is by My Mind's Eye. The card is measured 9 1/2" x 8 1/2" folded in half, I told you its HUGE.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Hello, New Friend!

I had so fun reading your comments and guessing how many subscriptions I currently have. Carolina got it right but she left the comment after the deadline (sorry, Carolina! ), other than that, no one had the right guess and Jacqueline...15?!? Oh my goodness... i wish! Being a single mom with 1 income, I can only afford to subscribe to Paper Crafts. So, I have Toni picked a number last night (she was actually in bed already and was not really happy that I'm asking her to pick a number...LOL!). But, she pick #15 and that's you Elena.

Elena said...
Lucky person who will be your friend! I subscribe to 3 magazines!I am not very good at guessing, but I will try, maybe 5?

You're the lucky person and my new friend, make sure to email me your mailing address ASAP :)

And, here's a card just made just for you. The sketch is by Lauren Meader of My Time..., that she posted couple of weeks ago. The main image is Spring Sprigs by Stampendous, this is the other stamp I purchased from Michael's that has ink stain and was able to purchase it for $2.00. And Holly, no I didn't stain it to get a discount...LOL!

Stamp: Spring Sprigs by Stampendous and Sentiment from Papertrey Ink

Paper: Whisper White, Old Olive, Tempting Turquoise and Patterned Paper is from Stampin' Up DSP Petals & Paisley

Ink: Jet Black StazOn Ink, Pink Pirouette and Old Olive and Tempting Turquoise re-inkers

Accessories: Pretty in Pink taffeta ribbon, Crystal Stickles, Colluzle Circle template, Small Prima Flowers, Self-Adhesive rhinestones and Stamping Dimensional

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Hello ... wanna be my friend?

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No.. really?

Okay, I won't force you to be my friend but would you like to received a one-year subscription to Paper Crafts? Here's the deal, I just received a letter from Paper Crafts to renew my subsription for the regular renewal rate and they offer to give a one-year gift subscription for FREE. I get two subscriptions for the price of 1. I'm sorry but this is for US resident only :(

All you have to do, is leave me a comment telling me how many magazine subscriptions you currently have and guess how many magazine subscriptions I currently have...easy peasy, right?
You have until Thursday, November 13th at 6:00 p.m. EST. I will post the winner by Friday, November 14th, whoever guessed how my subscriptions I have, and just in case of people having the same answer, I'll have Random.Toni (<---my daughter) pick a name. Goodluck!

BearyBox Sketch#2

It's time again for BearyBox Sketch Challenge and starting this week, we're starting something EXTRA. Anyone of YOU can win a BearyBox $15 US gift certificate! Please visit BearyBox to see details and hope you'll able to join us.

Anyway, here's my card for this weeks sketch challenge. Again, it took me a little longer to create this simple card, I think I'm still stress knowing that it's for a design team and there's other bloggers that would say..."What, she was pick and she can only do this?"....LOL!

I decided to flip the sketch and use some of my coffee filters to make this flower again, this time it's a little smaller than this one. I wanted to match my flower with this beautiful double sided Pattern Paper Elegant Formal by American Crafts. So I dye them using Baja Breeze re-inkers and roll the edges with the same ink to get a darker shade and covered the edges of the flower with Diamond Stickles. The butterfly and the swirls is a clear stamp from Laundry Line.

You can purchase the Pattern Paper, Stickles and Clear Stamps from BearyBox. You want this items for free? Visit BearBox to see details to win $15 US gift certificate :)

Make sure to check out this post to win a one-year subscription to Paper Crafts Magazine.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Kristina Werner Color Inspiration #30

Here's my take for this weeks Kristina's Color Inspiration which is Old Olive, Certain Celery, Sahara Sand and Whisper White.

It's such a beautiful color combination and I really don't think that I did a good job with this card. My daughter Toni thinks it's missing something before I put the self-adhesive rhinestones and after I did she said "I like all your cards Mom, but not this one." Sometimes, I really don't like showing her what I create, she's too honest...LOL!

Make sure to check out this post to win a one-year subscription of Paper Crafts Magazine.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Simple Circle Medallion

I was finally able to try this new technique that I came across a week ago from Splitcoaststamper. This technique is called Decorative Circle Medallion, you can view this tutorial by clicking here.

The sentiment is a clear sticker that I recently purchased at Jo-Ann Fabrics for .49 cents. This clear quote sticker is by Cloud 9 Design. The color combination is also from last weeks challenge at Splitcoaststamper. Kiwi Kiss, Pretty in Pink and Riding Hood Red. The beautiful red ribbon is part of the birthday gift that I received from Sankari.

Haven't tried this technique.. you just have too. :)

Sunday, November 9, 2008

CSCC Presents Memoirs of a Geisha

This week's movie pick at Cinema Saturday Creative Challenge is Memoirs of a Geisha. I've missed couple of their challenges already and when I saw this week's pick, I just had to play.

No stamping done on this card at all just a lot of cutting. I've been saving this patterned paper for awhile now and thought that this is perfect pattern for a Kimono dress (template can be found here).Card size is 5" x 10 1/2" folder in half.

This is what it looks like in the back of the card. Plain and simple just the way I would wear a Kimono...if I can fit into one...LOL!

Friday, November 7, 2008

I've Got My Verve On

I did it! I did all 5 cards for Verve Holiday Release Sketch Challenge Blitz. Julee Tilman of Poetic Artistry will be picking a random winner from each daily challenge to win the set she previewed for the sketch and if you upload all 5 sketches by Saturday night, YOU can win the entire cool is that?! So what are you waiting for, if you haven't started any sketches, you still have time to join in the fun :)

If you missed my previous cards for this challenge, you can either scroll down or click this for Sketch 1 and Sketch 2.

I used Fancy Florals for the first and third card. I stamped the biggest flower on this set on Very Vanilla card stock with Chocolate Chip classic ink and matted it with Baja Breeze and Chocolate Chip card stock. The middle flower was stamped on Very Vanilla card stock with Baja Breeze classic ink, cut-out and raised with stamping dimensional and adhered a self-adhesive rhinestones. I did exactly the same with the third card but instead I used the the medium size flower. The patterned paper is from Stampin' Up Designer Series Paper Au Chocolat (oh believe me, it's so hard for me to use this gorgeous paper...LOL!). The velvet ribbon is from Target that I bought years ago on their dollar bin.

For the second card, I used my Winter Wonder set, again from Verve Visual. I used the Dazzling Diamond Dust technique for this card. The snowflakes was stamped randomly on a glossy card stock with Bravo Burgundy classic ink and covered the entire piece with Versamark ink and pour Iridescent Ice embossing powder and heat the embossing powder with a heat gun until it get shiny. The patterned paper is from Stampin' Up Holiday Thyme.

Per Julee, you can call yourself Verve Sketch Goddess once you've done all 5 sketches. No!, don't worry I'm not going to ask you to call me Verve Sketch Goddess but I'll sure call myself that .... just for today! :)

Hope you have a great weekend!