Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Some challenges

VC Rocks (Virtual Convention) opened again a short time ago and we have been doing some challenges.  I thought I would share a couple that I have done recently. 

This was part of a circles challenge, the first part being a card, the second part a scrapbook page.  This layout is done in My Digital Studio and actually won the scrapbook part of the challenge!!

We had some preview challenges for returning members and these cards were part of that.  On different days, we had to stamp or alter paper or emboss, etc. and then near the end of the preview challenges, were were supposed to put different challenges together into a card.  Some of mine didn't look so great together, LOL!  
The top card uses watercolor crayons over an embossed image and the card below has lots of Vanilla Shimmer smooch.

Monday, May 30, 2011


This week at Create with Connie and Mary Summer Edition, they have a sketch challenge using the sketch below.
This is what I came up with...

Very Vanilla, Basic Black, Pear Pizzazz, Riding Hood Red card stock
Basic Black, Riding Hood Red, Pear Pizzazz classic ink
eyelet border punch
Vintage Wallpaper impressions folder
Love Letter DSP
Victoria crochet trim ribbon
Grunge Rock stamp set

Teacher appreciation

School ended last week and these are some of the gifts I gave Maddie's preschool teachers.  There are 5 assorted cards in the clear box and I added a belly band and her picture, a butterfly and stamped thank you.

The belly band is made with Lap of Luxury DSP and the matting on the photos are Peach Parfait.  I cut butterflies out with the Beautiful wings embosslit and the stamped images are from the Just Believe stamp set.

A close up of the belly band.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Fun Technique

I used the same techniqe on this card as I did here only with different colors and I didn't use a brayer, only sponges.  This time the base is Very Vanilla and I sponged Bashful Blue and Night of Navy on the card stock.

A close up of the effect of the water...
Very Vanilla card stock
Night of Navy, Bashful Blue and Pear Pizzazz classic ink
basic pearls
Love and Care stamp set
basic pearls

Saturday, May 28, 2011


Another challenge page I did for Soul Scrappers, this one being a color challenge using Basic Black, Rose Red, Old Olive and Crumb Cake.

I love being able to make the ribbon wider when I use it in a layout with My Digital Studio, it is really fun to play around with! 

Friday, May 27, 2011

Motorcyle birthday

I made this quick card for Mary Jo's sketch challenge this week.  The distressed paper is Whisper White card stock that I brayered with Daffodil Delight so that it looked uneven.  Then I went in from the edges toward the middle (but not all the way) with Peach Parfait.  Next, I used a sponge and added Chocolate Chip to the edges.  The final step was to add a little water to the paper.
While searching through ideas this week, I came across a technique where you use a foam applicator to apply the ink and I adjusted it to a brayer and sponges since I didn't have a foam applicator.  Apparently I didn't save the link, but will keep looking and update when I find it!

The water drops give it a neat effect.

Motorcycle, Happy for You stamp sets
Chocolate Chip, Whisper White card stock
Chocolate Chip, Daffodil Delight, Peach Parfait classic ink
Perfect Polka dots impressions folder

Some swap cards

I thought I would share some cards I received in some UStamp with Dawn and Friends Swap around the world events.  These are from 2 other designers, the first from Tanya Bell
and the second from Rebecca Ingals Fleet. Aren't they great? 

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Scrapping School Pictures Part 2

Another sample for Late Night Stampers this week using some year old school pictures. 

Play Date designer series paper, quick accents and rub ons
top note
on board mix and match
star punch
brights buttons
early espresso bakers twine
So Saffron, Real Red, Chocolate Chip card stock
Real Red classic ink

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Thanks for Caring

I really hope that Nature Walk carries over into the new Idea Book and Catalog, it has become one of my favorite sets. 

I used a clear block inked with Crumb Cake for this background and Cherry Cobbler and Always Artichoke for the flowers and sentiment. 

There is a small piece of the Botanical Gazette designer paper on the side with a torn edge along with the layer of Cherry Cobbler card stock. 

I cut the bottom off the Victoria crochet trim ribbon before I stuck it down with some sticky strip and added an Antique Brad. 

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Happy Birthday Hunter!

It is my oldest son's birthday today - 9 years old!  This is the card I made for him, he really likes the Extreme stamp sets so it wasn't hard to choose which one to use!

More Mustard, Cherry Cobbler, Night of Navy, Crumb Cake, Whisper White card stock
More Mustard, Cherry Cobbler, Night of Navy, Crumb Cake classic ink
Extreme Elements, Word Play, Extreme Skateboard stamp sets
star punch
1 3/4" circle punch
1 3/8" circle punch
vintage trinket
hemp twine

Monday, May 23, 2011

Scrapping School Pictures part 1

Our challenge for Late Night Stampers this week is to make scrapbook pages and I thought I would do some more school picture pages.  These are actually from a year ago...

I used a sponge dauber to add Champagne Mist shimmer paint around the edges of my Early Espresso base and again on the Pear Pizzazz matting. 

It actually doesn't show up in the picture, but I added a little of the shimmer paint to the embossed image as well.

Early Espresso, Pear Pizzazz, Peach Parfait, Baja Breeze card stock
Greenhouse Gala designer series paper
Neutrals buttons
Early Espresso bakers twine
Pear Pizzazz seam binding
Champagne mist shimmer paint
sponge dauber
Flower Garden impressions folder

Sunday, May 22, 2011


Create with Connie and Mary Summer Edition has started and they have a color challenge this week using the following combination.

I decided to use the Strength and Hope stamp set that Stampin' Up! is featuring this month.  For every set or digital kit purchased through August 31st, Stampin' Up! will donate $2 to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. 

Strength and Hope stamp set
Basic Gray, Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler, Not Quite Navy, Very Vanilla card stock
Basic Gray, Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler, Not Quite Navy classic ink
Elegant Lines and Perfect Polka Dots impressions folders
Big Shot
Boho blossoms Punch
Postage stamp punch
Scallop square punch
basic pearls
Basic Gray taffeta ribbon

and the inside with the butterfly in Cherry Cobbler ink.

Sweet and Sour flowers

More playing with the Fun Flowers die, this time using the Sweet and Sour Specialty paper. 

I added some more texture with the Elegant Lines impresions folder on Pink Pirouette card stock and a small border of Pumpkin Pie punched with the eyelet border punch.  The brad is from the clearance rack and the sentiment from Word Play, stamped and layered with Melon Mambo.

Saturday, May 21, 2011


Yep, another challenge page for Soul Scrappers :)  This was a sketch challenge from awhile back that I did with some older pictures of my nieces (and grandpa).

I just love the little bird!  All created with My Digital Studio.

Friday, May 20, 2011


I used the sketch from Create with Connie and Mary for this card. 

The base is Perfect Plum and then I ran a layer of Basic Black through the Big Shot with the Vintage Wallpaper impressions folder.  Behind the torn corner is Newprint DSP.

The Very Vanilla and Perfect Plum flowers were make with the Blossom Bouquet triple layer punch (Summer Mini) and I added a basic pearl to the center of each.

Stamp sets - Full of Life and Fast and Fabulous
Basic Black, Very Vanilla, Perfect Plum card stock
Perfect Plum and Basic Black ink
Victoria crochet trim ribbon
Pear Pizzazz seam binding
Vanilla Shimmer Smooch spritz
basic pearls
Blossom Bouquet triple layer punch
sticky strip

and the inside...

Fast and Fabulous Confirmation

I always like to have some Confirmation cards around so I found a nice sentiment when I did an online search for Confirmation quotes that I printed with MDS and then added to this card.

Pear Pizzazz, Baja Breeze, Night of Navy, Very Vanilla
Baja Breeze, Marina Mist
Basic Pearls
Springtime Vintage designer series paper
Fast and Fabulous stamp set

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Another Do Over card

This is my second sample of a do over card for Late Night Stampers this week.  The original card is in this post.  I chose to use the same stamp set, but different colors.

I added an extra flower that I embossed with black embossing powder and added color with reinkers and water before I cut it out.  There is also a layer of Vanilla shimmer smooch spritz on the cut out rose and it is added to the base with dimensionals.

I stamped a light image of another flower on the inside.

Fifth Avenue Floral stamp set
Blushing Bride, Peach Parfait, Poppy Parade, Whisper White card stock
Blushing Bride, Peach Parfait, Poppy Parade, Basic Black classic ink and reinkers
Hostess level 1 paper pack
eyelet border punch
black embossing powder

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Love Letter Collage Frame

I am happy to share this project that I created for UStamp with Dawn and Friends Classes Clubs and Camps, I really love the way it turned out.

It is very difficult to see on the pictures, but I used A LOT of Vanilla Shimmer Smooch on the entire project (except the frame). 

And the matching card - also with lots of smooch :)

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Flower Fancy

I decided to use the stamp set Flower Fancy for Mary Jo's sketch challenge this week. 

Peach Parfait, Marina Mist, Daffodil Delight, Whisper White card stock
Peach Parfait, Basic Black and Pear Pizzazz, Blush Blossom classic ink and markers
1 1/4" circle punch
Vanilla Shimmer smooch spritz

Scrapbook Album in A Day

Although very time consuming, this project was fun to design and put together for UStamp with Dawn and Friends Classes, Clubs and Camps

It is a 20 page 12 x 12 album with a matching card using lots of different coordinating products.  After I got started, I decided to make it into a gift for my dad's birthday using lots of pictures of the grandkids. 

A closer look at the card...

A couple of the pages - too many to show you all of them!

Monday, May 16, 2011

A Do Over and blog candy winner

Our challenge at Late Night Stampers this week is to re do some early cards we posted on our blogs.  I chose to start with the third card in this post as my do over. 
I went with the same basic layout, but changed the stamp sets and added a button.

Extreme Dirt Bike, Word Play, Sanded stamp sets
Sahara Sand, Not Quite Navy, Very Vanilla card stock
Sahara Sand, Not Quite Navy classic ink
Blueberry Crisp DSP
neutrals buttons

And the winner of my blog candy from the VC Rock blog hop this weekend was comment #5....
Carey said...

I really love the colors in the first card. TFS that one. The second card would be a great gift to a fellow rocker who has a BD coming up (me). LOL Seriously it is really special. TFS
Carey Rogers
aka Roscoe's mommy

Congrats Carey!  Please send me your mailing address at ksobolik@hotmail.com

Saturday, May 14, 2011

VC Rocks Blog Hop

It's the first VC Rocks blog hop of the year!  You may have come from Deborah Robb's blog and at any time you may go to the VC Rocks blog to see the full list of participants.

We are using the theme, Color My World, and I have chosen to use watercolor crayons
and markers in my projects. 
My first project is a card using watercolor crayons.  I stamped my image on watercolor paper with Black Stazon ink and then colored in the flower and leaves with Not Quite Navy and Old Olive crayons.  I blended the colors in with my aqua painter and then added some Perfect Plum to the flower and used the aqua painter again. 

After I had everything on the card, I spritzed a mixture of rubbing alcohol and Champagne mist shimmer paint over it all.  I always have a hard time getting that to show up in the photos.

Because I care, Just Believe stamp sets
Framed Tulips impressions folder
Old Olive, Night of Navy, Very Vanilla and Watercolor paper
hemp twine
Black stazon ink
watercolor crayons
aqua painter
basic pearls
word window punch
modern label punch
champagne shimmer paint

My next project was a super quick and easy one that would work well as a little gift too.
I picked up a frame at Target with 2 - 4 x 6" openings and just added some simple panels.

The left side is a Certainly Celery base that I ran through the Vintage Wallpaper impressions folder and on top of that I added some Whisper White card stock that I embossed with the Flower Garden impressions folder.  There are a couple butterflies cut out with the Beautiful Wings embosslit on it as well attached with glue dots.

The right side has a So Saffron base that was also embossed with the Vintage Wallpaper impressions folder.  I used my markers to add some flowers to the Whisper White layer using the Love and Care hostess level 2 stamp set in the Summer Mini catalog.  The sentiment is from the Refuge and Strength stamp set and I punched it out with the scallop oval punch and popped it up with dimensionals.

Refuge and Stregth, Love and Care stamp sets
Flower Garden, Vintage Wallpaper impressions folders
Beautiful Wings embosslit
Big Shot
So Saffron, Certainly Celery, Whisper White, Baja Breeze, Peach Parfait, Regal Rose, Pink Pirouette card stocks
Baja Breeze, Certainly Celery, Pretty in Pink markers
Baja Breeze classic ink
scallop oval punch

And now for some blog candy!  If you leave a comment, I will put your name into a drawing for this stamp set...

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed the projects!  Your next stop to Color Your World is at Ellen Kemper's blog - enjoy!

Friday, May 13, 2011

Ornate thank you

I really love this single stamp, Ornate Blossom and it fits perfectly inside the 3" circle die that I used on this card.  It is layered with the 3 1/2" circle die in Wild Wasabi for a super fast and easy thank you card.

Ornate Blossom, Just Believe stamp sets
Love Letter Designer Series paper
Night of Navy, Very Vanilla, Wild Wasabi card stock and ink
modern label punch
word window punch
5/8" inch Navy grosgrain ribbon
hemp twine

CCMC 150

It is color challenge time at Create with Connie and Mary this week using Sahara Sand, Poppy Parade and Not Quite Navy. 

Full of Life, Upsy Daisy stamp sets
Finial Press impressions folder
Hostess level 1 paper pack
Sahara Sand, Whisper White and Not Quite Navy card stock
Poppy Parade and Sahara Sand classic ink
neutrals buttons
2 1/2" circle punch
3" circle die
glue dots

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Elegant lines and fabric

 This is Mary Jo's sketch for the week...

I used some of the Springtime Vintage Fabric that I spritzed with Vanilla Shimmer Smooch Spritz layered on some So Saffron paper that was run through the Elegant Lines impressions folder.

The sentiment is stamped on a piece that was cut from the Petal Cone die and the base of the card is Baja Breeze.  I was experimenting with some outside photos and this doesn't show the colors as well as I had hoped it would.  I think I will stick to my inside lighting system :)

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Quilted Top Note cards and holder

Beth Fesperman designed this fun project for UStamp with Dawn and Friends Classes, Clubs and Camps and I changed colors, papers, etc. and CASED it. 

I used the Level 1 hostess paper pack for these fun cards and thought they would make a nice little gift for a teacher or friend.

I also used the stamp set Just Belive for the sentiments.

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