Friday, April 29, 2011

VC ROCKS Preview Challenge 11 & 12- Oh What Fun!

Here are the last 2 preview challenges for this week. They were allot of fun to make. Now that I am all motivated here goes.

Preview challenge 11 was to
Part 1-Use any TOOL to alter a quarter size sheet of card stock from the NEUTRALS collection. Ink may be used in the altering. Tools: brayer, color spritzer, distresser, paper piercing tool, heat gun, tearing edge, crimper, wax paper or foil, or any other household item.

Part 2- Use the altered quarter size sheet of card stock from part 1 of challenge # 11 and the prepared strip of card stock from challenge # 5 (shine on) to create a BIRTHDAY card.

Here is my card:

I hope you can see that I distressed the Crumb Cake card stock using my SU distressing kit, added the piece from an earlier challenge using polka dot embossing folder and then smooching with spritz. My next layer I used versa mark to stamp the Roses from Elements of Style and then embossed with clear embossing powder. I scrunched Very Vanilla satin ribbon, added some Pearls to the side. Stamped roses on crumb cake on Crumb Cake card stock using soft suede. Then using my Big Shot and Beautiful Wings embosslit to make Butterflies. Stamped my Birthday Greeting and I am done.

Onto Preview Challenge 12

Find a magazine. Any magazine except a paper crafting magazine! Browse the grocery store, dept store or search online. Find one advertisement that appeals to you. Select 3 colors from that advertisement and match them to SU colors as close as possible. Create a card or scrapbook page using those 3 colors AND 2 different types of embellishments.

Here is my ad from the Internet: I love ice cream

So I matched Whisper White, Softly suede, and Pretty and Pink for Chocolate, Strawberry, and Vanilla ice cream. Hope you like my card. The sketch I used is from another challenge over at  Sketch Frenzy Friday blog here is their website:

Here is my card, I hope you like it.

Please let me know what you think.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Creative Sketch's CS30H Challenge

This month’s challenge on Creative-Sketches was a little bit of a challenge for me, and this  gave me a chance to go outside the box. I used the Color Coach to come up with these enrich colors. 
Here is what I came up with:


Card Stock: Pacific Point, Daffodil Delight, Rich Razzleberry and Whisper White
Stamp Pads: Pacific Point
Punches: 1” circle punch, 1-1/4 “circle punch and photo corners extra large
Circle Scissor Plus: 3-3/8”, 2-7/8”
Die cut: Scallop Circle 2
Stamp Set: The Open Sea (from the new summer mini)
Brads: Gold

I cut 3-3/8" circles out using Circle Scissor Plus in Daffodil Delight and Rich Razzleberry, cut out medium scalloped circle using the Scallop Circle Number 2 Die and the Big Shot Die Cutting Machine. Stamped globe from The Open Sea on Whisper White in Pacific Point and cut out 2-7/8" using the Circle Scissor Plus, stamped ship on Whisper White in Pacific Point and cut it out, stamped saying on Whisper White in Pacific Point, punched out with 1" circle punch, punched out 1-1/4" circle in Pacific Point and layered it. I sponged edges of saying, globe, Whisper White layers and base card in Pacific Point.

I then attached the Rich Razzleberry circle onto Whisper White card stock, layered Daffodil Delight circle on top of Rich Razzleberry circle. Attached circle with ship onto scalloped circle, attached with Stampin' Dimensional on top of Daffodil Delight circle. Attached 1" circle saying onto 1-1/4" circle of Pacific Point, attached slightly under raised globe scalloped circle, attached cut out ship using Stampin' Dimensional.

I made the base card of Pacific Point and attached the different layers. I stamped the ship on the inside of the card and finished with sponging the edges. Whew! Sounds like a lot but not really. This stamp set is on my favorite list and I know it will be on yours as well.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

VC ROCK Challenge #10-Let the Fun Begin!!

Today's challenge was to use the piece from challenge #6 and the parts from challenge #8. Now let me tell you that was a challenge. Here are the pieces and then what I came up with.

Challenge #6

Challenge #8

Here is what I came up with for challenge #10
We had to use the embossed piece from challenge # 6 add color over the card stock and embossed area with watercolor crayons, pencils, markers, smooch spritz or paint. Then use the punched or die cut pieces from preview challenge # 8 to create a bookmark, card,scrapbook page or other paper craft item.

As you can see I did a card, out of Rose Red to match the colors in the Dsp., lots for Pearls, smooch spritz for glitz, Victorian lace, water color pencils, aqua painter, Victorian wallpaper embossing folder for texture and gold embossing powder to make everything go together.

Card Stock                        Rose Red, Very Vanilla
Designer paper                 Springtime Vintage from SU Occasions Mini
Punch                                Eyelet and 2-3/8" Scallop Circle
Embossing Powder           Gold
Stamp Set                         Elements of Style
Embossing folder             Victorian Wallpaper
Other accessories             Basic pearls and Victorian lace

 So you can see we have allot of fun over at VC Rocks, if you want to join in on the fun you can go to We will be accepting new members May 1st. Come have some fun with your fellow Demo sisters.  Fill free to leave a comment I love reading them.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

VC ROCK Preview Challenge-Look what I made

Our challenge today was to take part of preview challenge #1 and use the sentiment from challenge 7 to make a card. I decided to enhance the flower on mine by using Bashful Blue and Always Artichoke markers. Sponging the edges, adding some ribbon and pearls.

If you would like to find out more about VC ROCKS go to their website at  Leave me comment, I love reading them.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Welcome to VC-ROCKS- We are back!!

I belong to a Yahoo Group called VC Rocks. This is a group of fun loving, fast typing, stamping enthusiasts who get together in April/May and have fun, and more fun, through the end of August.

The group offers a chance to share your creations with other talented stampers as well as joining in on
swaps, sending/receiving RAKS, taking classes, doing Make-N-Takes, playing along with the contests offered, and sooo much more.

This is a group with lots and lots AND lots of e-mails, but it is all fun. I am posting a card tonight that I did for one of our Preview challenges (this is to get us warmed up).  In preview challenge to we had to pick 3 colors and 2 had to be in the same color group. Which I chose Elegant Eggplant, Always Artichoke and Crumb Cake ( I think I was thinking of food).  We could run them through embossing folders and I chose Framed Tulips, Square Lattice, and Polka Dots.
Now on to the challenge we were to make a card using our choices and use congratulations or a phrase for the 4th challenge. Here is what I came up with.
I hope you have enjoyed my card and I hope you will be interested in joining in on all the fun we are having at VC Rocks.
We have an Open Invitation for New Members starting May 1st.  You can check us out and join by visiting here.

BirdHouse Tutorial

I had so many of you request a tutorial for the Bird House I did for Su-Stars blog Hop, let begin.

Supplies needed:

DSP                          Springtime vintage
Punch's                      2 step bird and scallop circle
SU markers               Black, So Saffron, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Pretty in Pink, and Rose Red

Rosettes, Chantilly lace and window sheets

Create a House Pattern:  Cut a scrap piece of cardstock 4" x 6".  Mark the center on the 4" side at 2" and measure down 2 1/2 " from the top on each of the 6" sides and mark with a pencil.  Using a ruler, draw diagonal lines up to the center point and cut to form the roof shape.

Cut two pieces of double sided patterned paper 4"x 6".  place the cardstock pattern over both pattern pieces and cut roof shape.

To make the accordion sides, cut tow pieces of the same pattern paper 2 x 3-1/2 inches. score each piece at 1/2, 1 and 1 1/2 inches.  Fold to create one mountain fold in the center and two valley folds on either side. Your accordion shoul look like a W if folded correctly. You should have 2 roof pieces and 2 side pieces. I put red sticky tape on a valley fold for each piece and then peeled off and attached roof and accordion pieces together.

Punch out the front panel with a 3 inch circle punch. In order to center the opening, I came in from the 6" side with the punch

Now if you would like to stamp an image on the back panel that will show through the window. To center the stamped image through the window, lay the top panel over the rear panel and place a pencil markon the top of the punched circle. Remove the top panel and stamp your image. Add glitter or any color and dimension to your image.
lay a piece of clear window sheet on the reverse side of the front window a little larger than the  hole and tape in place. To decorate the bottom of the window. I used the 2 step bird punch, using very vanilla card stock and then I used markers to color my bird like a Golden Finch. I also cut the tree sprig and extra leaves out of Old Olive. Added some  lace ribbon and pearls.
I so want to remind everyone even though I changed a couple of things this tutorial belongs to Lyn Bernatovich at  I thank her for making it so simple to make this elegant Bird House.

Creative Sketched-CS29T Challenge

This week on Creative-Sketches you have a Sketch and Technique challenge which means using
the above sketch and chalks/pastels .   If you would like to join in  on the fun go to: and submit your card by clicking on linky tools.  Now onto my card:

One of my favorite stamp sets is Element of Style, I love the Vintage look and feel it gives to cards. So when I challenge was to use Chalks it was a no brainier which stamp set I chose. 

Supply List:
Card Stock                    Old Olive, Blushing Bride and Very Vanilla
Stamp pads                   Crumb Cake, Old Olive
Stamp sets                     Element of Style,Sincere Salutations
Embossing Folder         Square Lattice
Ribbons                        Pretty in Pink satin, and Victorian lace
Punch                            Decorative Label
Chalks                           Rose Red, Pretty in Pink and Old Olive
Aqua Painter
Basic Pearls

I loved the softness the chalks and pearls brought to this card.  I stamped the Elements of Style rose on the Blushing Bride, Very Vanilla card stock and stamped  with Crumb Cake ink. Then used my aqua painter to color in the roses and leaves to intense the color. Once dried I ran both pieces thru the embossing folder for texture. A little ribbon and pearls for added interest.  I decide to put a birthday salutation on this one since I have a lot of birthdays coming up in our family.


Monday, April 18, 2011

Check Out Stampin for Fun Diva's Challenge Blog

Hello Everyone, I want to invite you to come over and join in to our group challenge blog. My sister (Brenda) have started a blog challenge. One week it might be a sketch another a color or both. This week is color challenge and animal card challenge. How cool is that!! You can do either one or both and I am not sure but I am sure yummy blog candy is involved.  So come on over at

Love these colors. Now I chose a animal card, but I might just do the color one too.
Here is my card:

Here is my supply list:

Card Stock                                Always artichoke, Very Vanilla

DSP                                          Springtime Vintage       from Occ Mini
Punch                                       2 step Owl
Ribbon                                     Always Artischoke seam binding
Embossing Folders Framed     Tulips (frm Occ Mini) and leaf Embossit
Stamp Pad                                Always Artichoke
Label                                        Movers and Shakers
Basic pearls added for some bling!!

Enjoy and leave me a comment I love reading them.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Welcome to SU Stars April's Blog Hop

It is that time again for SU Stars monthly Blog Hop that is happening this weekend April 16/17. The start time is Saturday morning at 7am PT/8am MT/9am CT/10am ET and the posts will be up thur Sunday night at Midnight.

If you started at the beginning then you arrived here from the very talented Elizabeth Harris, at her blog  then you are right on track. If you get lost along the way then go back to the beginning at where you will find the list of blogs.

This month we are focusing on anything but a card. I chose to make a birdhouse, that I cased from Paper Craft Planet, I just loved how easy the tutorial that  Lyn Bernatovich did.  I love making this so much that I will make my own tutorial soon.

Here is the front my project:

Here is a side view


DSP                              Springtime Vintage from Occ Mini
Punch                            2 Step Bird, Scallop Circle
Markers                        Daffodil Delight, So Saffron, black,
                                     Old Olive, Pretty in Pink, and Rose Red 
Accessories                  Rosettes, Basic Pearls, Chantilly Lace

I cut a piece of card stock 4x6 and marked the center of the 4 inch side at 2 inch and down 2 1/2 on each side and this is your template for the bird house front and back. Then I cut 2 pieces of double sided DSP 4x6 and then place template over both pieces and cut. To make the sides cut 2 dsp pieces 2x3 1/2. Score at 1/2, 1, and 1 1/2 inches.  Fold to create one mountain folding the center add two valley folds on either side. Your Accordion should look like a W if folded correctly.  
Punch out the front panel with large or extra-large circle punch. I placed a piece of toulle on the reverse side of the front window and taped in place. To decorate the bottom of the window I added my bird and flowers. Added lace bow and pearls. Then I assembled the sides of the birdhouse. I love the way it came out. 

Now on to the very talented Loni Holt who not only made fabulous projects for us today over at   I just know she has something wonderful to show you. If you have enjoyed what I have made for you today leave me a comment, I love reading each one. 

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Creative-Sketches CS28C Challenge

This week on Creative-Sketches you have a COLOR challenge. No sketch, just use the selected colors, We got our colors from a pretty picture of sand dunes. If you would like to play along with us go to  I saw the card I cas for this week on a hop and had to make it. I want to thank Maria for an excellent video on how to make Sweet Peas. If you like a fun challenge go to and enjoy. Now here is my card.

Card Stock          Bashful Blue, Daffodil Delight, Very Vanilla, Old Olive and Elegant Eggplant
Ink Pads              Elegant Eggplant, Old Olive, Bashful Blue
Punches               Butterfly Extra large, 5 Petal Flower, 2 Step Bird
Ribbon                Bashful Blue Satin
Stamp Set            Elements of Style
Basic Pearls, water spritzer, Square Lattice Embossing Folder

There are a lot of parts to making this card, but it is so worth it. I had a lot of fun making mine and I hope you watch Maria's video and try these sweet peas for yourself.
I punched out 5 assorted colors using Butterfly punch, punched only 1 Petal Flower using Old Olive and then cut 5 leaves for the leafy stem part of the sweet peas.
Then I punched 4 wing parts from the 2 step Bird punch also in Old Olive for the leaves. Then I took some scrap and cut thin pieces to use for the stems and  curly stems.  Then I took all the parts except stems and spray with water  and then scrunched them and opened back up.  While still wet fold the Butterfly part in half and then in half again and shape into the sweet pea bud( do this for all flower buds) Then let all parts dry.
Then take one of the leafy parts from the 5 petal punch and shape around your bud and glue into place, repeat this until all 5 buds have their green stems. I  then took Daffodil Delight card stock and ran it thu my Big Shot using the Square Lattice Embossing folder. Then I sponged all card stock. Added some ribbon and Pearls!!  Whew! That is all their is to it.
I hope you enjoy my card and leave me your comments.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Crazy Sunday

Yesterday was so warm, sunny and just plain gorgeous, on that note my son and a few of his friends decided to christin my new house backyard with a cook out.  So my son Chef in training went to work, and with a help of his friends we had a wonderful dinner and a great time. The only down side is they all make me feel old, I watched all of them grow up and now they all have lives of thier own.

Here are a few pictures of our day. OOPS! I amost forgot Pearl my son's dog, who is still passed out from all the food she managed to grab!!

My boys aren't they cute!!

My son the chef, after a long day of cooking. 

That's my girl, begging as usual.

Oh mom, I ate too much!!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Creative-Sketches CS27-0407 Challenge


This Is this week challenge on Creative Sketches and my first card as a new Design Team Member. If you would like to play along go to  Here is my card that I submitted.

I had a lot of fun designing my card. I love Cherry Cobbler and how Su Springtime Vintage Dsp is so gorgeous together, and who doesn't love Owls! Made with Su 2 step owl punch. Add some Cherry Cobbler seam binding, lace for a vintage look. Aged card stock with  Tea Strain distressed kit and some basic pearls that I stain with Su markers and add Rhinestones for the eyes and buttons talk about some Bling!

Card Stock:          Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla and Old Olive.
Stamp pads:         Cherry Cobbler and Old Olive
Su Markers:         Cherry Cobbler, and Old Olive
Designer Paper:   Springtime Vintage from Occ Mini
Punches;               2 Step Owl
Cherry Cobbler seam binding, Chantilly Lace, Basic Pearls and Rhinestones
Distressed Kit

I would love to hear your comments on my card. I enjoy reading each one.
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