Sunday, September 30, 2007

Using Scraps

Just using up scraps today -- and I got a million of 'em! I came up with only one card before being distracted by my other addiction: PhotoImpact. If you'd like to see some of my PI creations, check out my other blog at

This card uses SU!'s "Riveting" stamp set along with YoYo Yellow, Tempting Turquoise, and Real Red cardstock and ink.

Friday, September 28, 2007

Another Kimono

I just love making these little kimonos! This card is a little smaller than the last because I was just using up leftover paper from the cards I made the other day.

The directions for the kimono fold card holder can be found at:

Kimono Fold Card

I found directions for a kimono fold card holder and just had to try it out for myself. The fold is super easy (you can see it better in the picture below), so the hardest part is trying to figure out embellishments and stuff. I have a bookmark-style card inside the holder, but you could put just about anything in there.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Couldn't Sleep, So...

Stamp: SU! Thoroughly Thankful

Cardstock: Summer Sun, Ruby Red, Wild Wasabi

Print paper: DCWV

Toys: Blender Pens and markers, Scallop Punch, Cropadile

My scanner makes the print paper look strange, but in real life it matches the Wild Wasabi scalloped circle quite well.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Thoroughly Thankful

Stampin' Up! set: Thoroughly Thankful

Cardstock: Pumpkin Pie, Ruby Red, Garden Green

Ink: Basic Black, SU! markers, blending pens

Toys: Scallop punch, paper piercing tool, Stampin' Dimensionals

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

More Halloween Cards

I've been receiving Halloween cards as part of a swap in one of the Yahoo groups I belong to, so I thought I better get my butt in gear and make some more cards so I can get them into the mail.

My challenge to myself today was to use non-SU! stamps. These cards are pretty simple, I admit, but that was half the fun of it. The ghosts are raised with foam dots. The black cards have a window of spider-webby paper found on my work table, much to my surprise.

Friday, September 21, 2007

My Red, Purple, and Gold Kick

I'm pretty happy with this set of cards!

Stampin' Up! set: Just Like You

Ink: Versamark

Cardstock: Real Red, Whisper White, Lovely Lilac Prints designer paper

Other: Gold and red embossing powders, gold brads

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Struggling Today

It's been one of those days where I've wanted to stamp, have the time to stamp, but the Muse just won't cooperate. I did manage to put together all of two cards, though.

The first one might look familiar. I liked the idea of the "Just Like You" butterfly showing through a scalloped window, but the card I made the other day just didn't make me sing. This time around I added some designer print paper and gold embossing powder. Better, yes?

This second card was on a whim as I was playing with punches. It turned out pretty cool.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

New Day for Just Like You

This happy trio of cards is also made with the "Just Like You" SU! set, but was created during daylight hours after a good night's sleep. What a difference! Card bases are Purely Pomegranite and Wild Wasabi, and then I combined them with Tempting Turquoise and YoYo Yellow for interest. The central flower center is a jeweled brad from SU!'s Pretties Kit, and I used a white gel pen on the centers of the background flowers.

Middle-of-the-Night Stamping

I am not proud of this card, but this is what happens when I stamp in the dark 'way past my bedtime. I borrowed the SU! set "Just Like You" from a friend and felt compelled to break into it before I went to sleep. I used the Cheesecloth background stamp with Almost Amethyst for the background on Almost Amethyst cardstock, then punched out the scalloped circle and stamped an amethyst butterfly into it. Everything else in Basic Black. Yawn.

Even my home health aide said the following card is UGLY. Same set, with Tempting Turquoise, Basic Black, and Whisper White. More Yawn.



Tuesday, September 18, 2007


I had some leftover DCWV glitter cardstock leftover after making a special birthday card for my friend Katie (hi, Kate!), so I put together these cards using SU!'s retired "Smile" set and some punches.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Home is Where the Haunt Is

After making 20-some Christmas cards in the last 24 hours, I decided I needed a change of theme. I have a Halloween card swap coming up in October for one of the Yahoo groups I'm in, so it seemed like the perfect time to break out a virgin stamp set and get crackin' on Halloween cards.

Stampin' Up! set: Home is Where the Haunt Is
Other misc. stamps, mostly Hero Arts
Cardstock: Basic Black, Only Orange, Almost Amethyst
Ink: Basic Black, Brilliance Sunflower Yellow
Marker: Summer Sun

More Christmas Cards

If you looked at yesterday's post, the following cards should look strangely familiar. Yup, I just swapped out the colors. Truth be told, I like the red/green/gold combo better, but as far as cards go, these ain't bad.

Cardstock: Brushed Silver, Night of Navy, Brocade Blue
Ink: Encore Silver

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Christmas in September

After a few days of my Muse being on vacation, I was finally able to put some cards together today. Our local Stamp Club meets tomorrow with the theme of Christmas in September, so I thought I'd better get crackin' and whip up some Holiday cards.

SU! stamps: Happiest of Holidays, Swirling Stars jumbo wheel
Cardstock: Brushed Gold, Baroque Burgundy, Forest Foliage
Ink: Gold Encore

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Ahoy, Matey!

I got a RAK (Random Act of Kindness) from a lady in one of my Yahoo groups, and in it she included some images from Stampin' Up!'s "Ahoy, Matey" set. I colored the images with pencils and made these two almost identical cards. There was a total of 5 images to use on each card, so I ended up putting some on the inside.

Monday, September 10, 2007

Heartfelt Thanks

Fonda's mom took me out to lunch for my birthday and even gave me prezzies! I saved some of the wrapping paper to incorporate into a thank-you card for her. The SU! Heartfelt Thanks set seemed a good match. Now to get the card into the mail...

Monday, September 3, 2007

Breaking in a New Set

Well, actually, I've had this set for awhile, but have been waiting for a playful mood to hit me. Today was the day!

Stampin' Up! set: Unfrogettable, Rough Texture Jumbo Wheel
Colors: Certainly Celery, Creamy Caramel, Pretty in Pink, Barely Banana, Rose Red, Basic Black

The scan makes the ribbon look washed out, but it's pink grosgrain.
And (sigh) I had to set the eyelet the old-fashioned way (good ol' hammer and setter) instead of using my Crop-a-dile.

Sunday, September 2, 2007

Garden Silhouettes

Stampin' Up! set: Garden Silhouettes

Cardstock and ink: Brilliant Blue, So Saffron, Green Galore

Since I made these on my birthday, I guess you could call them my birthday cards. :o)

I'm pretty happy with this group of cards! The green isn't as vibrant (loud) in person as it looks in the scans, so the three colors together are a nice blend. I noticed partway through this batch that I've been using just two colors for most of my cards lately, so I'm challenging myself to start using three or more for awhile. We'll see how that goes.