Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Monthly ATC

This month the challenge was to use black or brown and one other color. I saw a torn paper rose on Julie's blog and wanted to give it a try. I decided to use brown as my main color. The actualy rose is really easy to make using Julie's video. I sprayed my paper with glimmer mist before teaching to give it some sparkle. Here is my ATC.

Stamps: Circle of Friendship Paper: Chocolate Chip, Confetti White Ink: Accessories: Dew Drops, ribbon, circle punches, sticky tape, dimensionals

Hope you liked this one. Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Sketch Challege from Saturday

Well I am not able to transfer my pictures from my camera to my laptop unless I use a card reader. I will be trying one to see if I like it. I have to play with the downloads as I am not happy with this picture. I will give this a try on the next one. Editted new picture. Problem was not card reader but camera operator error! :)

Today's card was made using Taylor'sCupcakeChallenge sketch. I searched for a sketch and this is the one I liked the best. Here is her sketch and my card.

Stamps: Daisy Frame from Magenta (they do not name their stamps) Paper: Always Artichoke, So Saffron, Very Vanilla, Le Jardin DSP Ink: Always Artichoke, Bashful Blue, Basic Black, River Rock, So Saffron Accessories: Ric Rac ribbon, rhinestones, large oval punch, aqua painter, sticky tape, dimensionals

Thanks for bearing with me in my camera dilemma. Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Monday, July 28, 2008

Camera troubles

I wanted to let you know of some problems that may affect my posting this week. I am staying at a friend's house to take care of his dog. I brought my laptop and was going to plan on posting from it. I went looking for my software and could not find it. I have contacted the company to see if I can download it. I am hoping it will work out so I can show you what I have done. Hopefully I will get the download tomorrow and be able to post the card I made for Taylor's Cupcake Challenge. Have a great evening and thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Another ATC Swap

Yes, I am doing another ATC swap.  I am trying a different group again (I currently have 3 groups I am participating in but only one is a monthly group).  I don't know how many of you are familiar with the Stampendous line called Fluffles the Cat.  These stamps are sooooo cute!  I couldn't resist signing up for this swap.  The ATC turned out soooooooo cute!!!!!!!!!!

I also wanted to do the ATC challenge on Verve's blog, so I decided to combine them along with highlighting the 2008 In Colors which will retire in 1 month (did I say that before!).  So you can say I am stamping 3 birds with one project (hahahah, so funny that play on words).  Okay enough with the silliness, here is my ATC.

Stamps: Grasshopper Fluffles (Stampendous) Paper: Groovy Guava, white, Wild Wasabi Ink: Basic Black, Close to Cocoa, Groovy Guava, More Mustard, Purely Pomegranate, Summer Sun Wild Wasabi Accessories: ribbon (Michael's), button, Embossed Zig-Zag edge punch (Martha Stewart), aquapainter, dimensionals, sticky tape

So what do you think of this stamp, isn't he just the cutest?  I can't wait to see what I get back.  Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Wednesday's Design by Robbie

Ohhh, the sketch on Julee's blog was so much fun this week.  She used rounded corners.  I hadn't used them in a long time and it really made the card stand out.  When I started this card I had wanted to highlight Purely Pomegranate but when I started putting the card together it was just too overpowering for me.  I did still use it some along with Wild Wasabi which are both retiring in about a month.  I also felt it needed some bling so I added some glitter pen on the oval and the flower.  It took me a while to put the card together as the Pomegranate kept throwing me off but I really like the final product. 

Here is the sktech and my card.

Stamps: Petals & Stems, Thankful Blossoms (both from Verve), Sweet Shapes Paper: Pretty in Pink, Purely Pomegranate, white, Wild Wasabi Ink: Pretty in Pink, Purely Pomegranate, Wild Wasabi Accessories: Nestabilities Ovals, Spica clear glitter pen, dew drops, dimensionals, sticky tape

So, what do you think.  Is the Purely Pomegranate too overpowering?  Let me know.  Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Another Challenge

I hope you are not getting tired of seeing all my challenges but there are some really good ones going on right now and since I don't have many new stamps to play with I am giving these a try.

The card I made today is to go with the VerveDivaChallenge. This was an inspiration challenge and I just had to play along as I was really attracted to the colors in the piece. See if you are also and then use the colors to create your own card. Here is the inspiration piece and my card.



















Stamps: Petals and Stems, Thankful Blossoms, Thoughtful Florals (all from Verve), Watercolor Minis (retired) Paper: More Mustard, Night of Navy, white Ink: Always Artichoke, Ballet Blue, Barely Banana, Bashful Blue, Brocade Blue, Handsome Hunter, Mellow Moss, More Mustard, Night of Navy Accessories: More Mustard brads, Handsome Hunter & More Mustard markers, post it notes, dimensionals, sponges


So, I know there are lots of ladies out there looking at the blog.  Leave me a post and let me know who you are.  I would love to meet you and get to share stamping idea with you.  Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Monday, July 21, 2008

Something Different

Good Morning!

I know you are looking for a color challenge today but I did not get time to play yesterday with the colors we had picked out so I am posting a card I did for a challenge. I will use the color challenge colors or a card later this week so you can still see my combination.

OurCreativeCorner had a design team challenge to use Nestabilities last week. It had been a while since I had used mine so I decided to pull out my Cuttlebug and give it a try. Here is my card and the details.

Stamps: Best Blossoms (retired) Paper: Close to Cocoa, Perfect Plum, Sage Shadow, white Ink: Perfect Plu, Sage Shadow Accessories: Square Nestabilities, Stripes GooseBumpz embossing folder (QuicKutz), dew drops, raffia, dauber, dimensionals

So what do you think? Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Sunday, July 20, 2008



For the first time ever, Stampin' Up! is discounting some of their Retiring Accessories!! You will not want to wait it is only while supplies last.

To see the list please click on the flyer or you can go to the Stamping UP! Website at www.stampinup.com.

Offer will begin on Monday!

This list is in addition to the Hodgepodge Hardware Kits that are also 25% off right now.


Saturday, July 19, 2008

A Change of Plans

I know today is supposed to be Sketch Saturday but it has been crazy here with my class and I just didn't get to it.  I ran across an inspiration challenge on Jen's blog and it really caught my eye.  Not sure if it was the colors or the geometric design.  I really wanted to play with it and see what I could create.  When I had the card put together it still needed something and "bling" came to mind, so I pulled out my gel pen and had fun.  In real life it is very sparkly.  I really like the looks of this card and it was a great relaxation after spending the day preparing for my class tomorrow.  Here is the imspiration piece and my card.

Stamps: Baroque Motifs Paper: Bashful Blue, Basic Black, Regal Rose Very Vanilla Ink: Night of Navy, Rose Red Accessories: Sakura Stardust Gel Pen, daubers, sponges

Let me know what you think.  Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Wednesday's Design by Robbie

I love casing other people's cards. They are a great place to start when you just can't think of anything to do. Last night after my workshop I was thinking about what I was going to post today. I knew I wanted to use Julee's sketch this week (can't break my streak!) but I was at a loss of what to do. I had a card from the work shop that I really liked so I thought about using it to create the card for the sketch challenge.

The workshop card began as a starting point. I had created the workshop card using this card from Amy's blog. I adapted her card a little as I had purchased several packages of Heidi Grace prima's from Big Lots (great place for embellishments at a cheap price). As I worked with the card, the tag became the focal point rather than the primas. Here is the card from the workshop.

I bet you are wondering where I am headed with this. Well I used my workshop card and cased myself. Here is Julee's sketch and my version of it.

Stamps: Delight in Life, All Year Cheer I, Priceless, For a Friend (workshop card) Paper: Ruby Red, Sage Shadow, So Saffron, white Ink: Basic Black, Ruby Red, Sage Shadow, So Saffron Accessories: Sage Shadow brads, Circle Nestabilities, Primas (Heidi Grace), Scallop punch, 1 1/2" and 1 3/8" circle punches, Tag Corner punch (workshop card), Ruby Red - Sage Shadow - So Saffron markers (workshop card), dimensionals

So, what do you think? There is a lot of dimension on the sketch card. I really like both cards. Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Monday, July 14, 2008

Color Challenge Monday

As you know the current In Colors will retire in August.  While I am excited to get some new colors I will miss several of the current colors.  I really like the blues, Purely Pomegranate, and Wild Wasabi.  Hate to see them go.  I'm not sure about the new red and new green.  Will know more when I get my preorder on Wednesday.

Candice (who has been missing in action since the beginning of June - love you Candice :) - has had so much going on in her life this summer) and I decided we would use the In Colors in our color challenges the last few weeks as a fond farewell.  Last week I used Groovy Guava, Blue Bayou, and Wild Wasabi.  I had wanted to use the final 3 colors this week but I could not get Soft Sky worked into this card.  I may use it later this week for some other cards.

I chose to use Purely Pomegranate and River Rock.  I have always admired Faith's creations on her blog.  There is something about them that just seems to grab me.  I decided to try and create a card using her style.  Here is what I came up with.

Stamps: One of a Kind, Bud Basics Paper: Purely Pomegranate, River Rock Ink: Basic Black, Purely Pomegranate, River Rock Accessories: Basic Black marker, White Signo gel pen, small and large oval punch, Swiss Dot Cuttlebug embossing folder, dimensionals, sponges

So, what do you think?  Thanks for looking and have a great Monday!

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Sketch Saturday

I read Lynda's blog and a new sketch website.  A group of bloggers have gone together and created a new blog where each week they post challenges.  I have not played with their challenges before as they usually have stipulations which I cannot always meet.  This week it was a sketch and I knew I could do that so I decided to give it a try.  I also read about how you can use your markers to create a watercolor effect.  I tried it but did not use watercolor paper so the effect is not as good as it could be.  The card is still cute!  I am not happy with Blogger in Draft today.  It was not cooperating as I was uploading my images so I am sorry for the layout.  Here is the sketch and my card.

Stamps: Ladybugs A-Scuttle (Pez-a-Doodle), Ladybug (Rubber Stampede) Paper: Basic Black, Garden Green, Real Red, white Ink: Garden Green, Metallic Silver, Staz-On Black Accessories: Real Red brads, ribbbon, Garden Green - Really Rust - Real Red markers, Red Jewel brads, Sakura Stardust gel pen

Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Friday, July 11, 2008

A flipped sketch for you

Julie at PaperPleasingIdeas presented a flipped sketch idea. She created a sketch and made a card to go with it. She then took the same sketch and flipped the layout. I thought it was fun and her cards were beautiful. I decided to give it a try. Here is her sketch.

Here are the cards I made to go with the sketch.

Stamps: A Little Bit of Happiness, Bud Basics, Polka Dots & Petals, All Year Cheer III (retired), Infrogettable Paper: Almost Amethyst, Bashful Blue, Certainly Celery, Lavender Lace, Pretty in Pink, Regal Rose, So Saffron, Summer Sun, white Ink: Basic Black, Certainly Celery, Lavender Lace, Old Olive, Regal Rose, So Saffron Accessories: Almost Amethyst - Bashful Blue - Certainly Celery - Going Gray - Lavender Lace - Pretty in Pink - Regal Rose - So Saffron - Summer Sun markers, Colonial & Imperial Fiskars Paper Edgers, 3/4" - 1" - 1 1/4" square punches, 3/4" & 1" circle punches, Designer Label & Word Window Punch, dimensionals
So, what do you think? I really enjoyed doing this sketch and flipping it. Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Hodgepodge Hardware Promotion

Dates: July 1-August 10 (or while supplies last)

Promotion Details: The following Hodgepodge Hardware finishes are being offered at a special 25 percent discount page 188 in the Spring/Summer Catalog.
105532 Aged Copper Hodgepodge Hardware $27.95
105531 Antique Brass Hodgepodge Hardware $27.95
105515 Pewter Hodgepodge Hardware $ 27.95

Bulk Buy on Mono

I put in a bulk order for Mono Tombow Permanent MONO Adhesive Refills. I sold quit a bit locally but need to sell the rest.
I am selling them by the case (6 refills per case), your cost will be $12 per case + plus S&H
. If you are interested please e-mail me at schwartzce@yahoo.com.

Stamp Camp - Update

Summer Stamp Camp Schedule

Location – My Home

August 11th – 14th 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Spark your child’s creative thinking. I will be hosting another Summer Stamp Camps at my home for children ages 8 and above. Drink and snack will be provided. Parent’s you may drop off your child and go get some time in for yourself, or if you would like you can stay. The camp is $40 per child.


Monday: Learn the Basics to Stamping & Card Making - we'll be making personalized stationary.

Tuesday: Learn two fun techniques.

Wednesday: Learn to make your own mini Scrapbook. Feel free to bring a few photos.

Thursday: 3-D Projects - a few fun projects with stamps that they will surely love.

Each day your Stamp Camper will bring home a hand crafted project that they learned how to make that day. Deadline to sign-up for this event is August 1st.

If you have any questions, please email:


Or call (301) 862-3265


Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Wednesday's Design by Robbie

Monday's Color Challenge was supposed to be the In Colors that are retiring in August.  Since I was behind and had promised the ATC card I decided to use those colors today.  I also combined it with Julee's Mojo Monday sketch.  This week's sketch was so much fun.  If you ever get stuck in designing a card just jump on the internet and check out some of the card sketches you can find.  They really help with the layout which makes the card so much easier to design.

I also decided to use one of the many retiring sets.  There are so many great sets going away.  I am curious to see what they replace them with.  I can't wait until August to see the new catalog.  How about you?  Don't forget if you are interested in our catalog dinner you need to get your registration form and fee to Candice or myself.  You will get a delicious dinner, the new catalog, and make 6 cards with some of the new colors and sets.  Hope to see you there it will lots of fun!

Well enough yacking.  Here is the sketch and my card.

Stamps: Bud Basics, So Many Sayings Paper: Blue Bayou, Groovy Guava, Wild Wasabi, white Ink: Basic Black, Blue Bayou, Groovy Guava, Wild Wasabi Accessories: Floral Lace Edge Punch (Martha Stewart), Word Window punch, silver cording, Groovy Guava brads, small hole punch, aquapainter, dimensionals

Hope you liked the card.  Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Well yesterday got away from me. I had so much to do and not enough time - you've all had those days right? I promise you a card from my Bug ATC. Well here it is. I love the wiggly eyes even if they are crossed! I used some eyelets as I hadn't used them in a while. I cut a strip of Gable Green and using my scissors made small cuts part of the way down to make my grass.

Stamps: Bugs and Kisses Paper: Basic Black, Gable Green, Green Galore, Only Orange, Pixie Pink, white Ink: Basic Black, Brocade Blue, Green Galore Accessories: Black Fun Flock, black eyelets, wiggly eyes, ribbon (Michael's), sticky tape, dimensionals, crystal effects, sponge

Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Worm ATC

I am in a monthly ATC swap and the theme this month we had to use Bold Brights.  I just got some Fun Flock and thought it would be cute to make a fuzzy worm.  While I need to work on getting enough glue down to have the flock stick to it, I think this ATC is really cute.

Stamps: Bugs & Kisses Paper: Basic Black, Green Galore, Only Orange, Pink Passion, white Ink: Brocade Blue, Glue Pad Accessories: Wiggly Eyes, Ribbon (Michael's), dimensionals

Thanks for looking.  Make sure you check back on Monday to see how I took this ATC and made a card out of it.  Have a great day!

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Daffodil Hedgehog ATC

I love participating in swaps.  You get some great ideas.  Since cards take up a lot of space, I will do ATC (Artistic Trading Cards) swaps as you can put 9 in the trading card protectors and store in a notebook.  While looking on Splitcoast I found a Penny Black ATC swap and decided to try and see what I get back.  Here is the one I made.  I love the Penny Black images (especially the hedgehogs) as they are so cute.

Stamps:  Seeing Your Face(Penny Black) Paper: So Saffron, Gable Green, white, yellow check (paper pack from Michael's) Ink: Basic Black Accessories: Chalk, dew drops, dimensionals

Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Wednesday's Design by Robbie

Well today has been one of those days. I blinked and the day is gone. I had so much to do and I am still not done. I still need to make a birthday card, stamp some images I borrowed, and make 2 ATC cards. I guess I need to quite the chit-chat and get on with it.

You know I love doing Julee's sketch each week. Well she has another great layout. I decided to combine it with a contest they are having on Splitcoast in the Verve forum. I also needed one more July 4th card so the contest was perfect since you only had to have 1 star on your card somewhere. I used lots of stars as it is not the 4th without lots of fireworks and stars. So here is the sketch and my card. You can't see it but I traced the fireworks on the background paper with the Spica clear glitter pen.

Stamps: Seeing Stars (Verve), Independence Day Paper: Brocade Blue, Gold Metallic, Real Red, white, DCWV Big Stack (had for several years) Ink: Brocade Blue, Real Red Accessories: Photo Corner - Large Star - Round Tab Punch, gold brads, ribbon (Michael's), Spica clear glitter pen, sponge, dimensionals, sticky tape

So what do you think? Not a bad card and it was fun to make. Thanks for looking and have a great evening!