Sunday, May 29, 2011

Daisy Power

Happy Sunday! I've been so lucky to have had lots of time in the studio these past days. As you know, I've been working on re-organizing after the new floor installation at our home. One of my major goals is to remove the wood from my wood stamps in order to make more storage room. I've developed a process that I am very happy with but it is time consuming. Basically I am taking the image sticker off the wood, trimming it to fit the stamp and then painting an acrylic top coat so the stamp sticks to the acrylic blocks. If you're interesting in hearing more, shoot me an email. Enough of me- let's get to cards...

This one was made for two challenges. The Featured Stamper, FS225, where Rosemary is our featured artist. I chose her "True Strength" card to CASE. This card is also for the ColourQ challenge #86. Here are the colors:
Aren't these fun colors?! and what a great picture! So happy and filled with summer. Thanks for taking your precious time to stop by. Have a great day!
Hugs, Marilyn

Stamps: Bold Blossom (SU), B-Day Greeting (Stampin Sensations)
Paper: Early Espresso, Real Red textured, So Saffron (SU), WHite (Neenah), DP-yellow small dots (Making Memories)
Ink: Early Espresso, Real Red (SU)
Accessories: Punches- 3/4" circle, 1" circle (SU); Real Red grosgrain ribbon (SU), eyelets (Paper Studio)

Friday, May 27, 2011

Happy Memorial Day!

Happy Memorial Day weekend! and Happy Graduation, Ryan! Ryan is a young man in our neighborhood who is graduating from High School. It just so happens that his HS (also where my girls attended) was built in 1976 & the school colors are red, white & blue with the mascot being a Patriot. Can't get much more patriotic than that! I didn't want anything too girly so I went with the school colors and the stars.

And how perfect for me that this card works for three of this week's challenges over on Splitcoaststampers. The Ways to Use It challenge, WT134, to use stars; the Free For All, F4A66, was a literal "free for all" with the catch that something on the card must have been free. My free thing was the small star punch which I got free for being a SU! hostess. The last challenge was the Inspiration Challenge, IC286, to pick something from a paper plates and napkins website to inspire you. I chose this patriotic napkin.

I got this idea for embossing shapes into the cardfront from Karen, my SU! demonstrator. She made this fab card way back in March & I've been anxious to try the technique ever since. And since she showed me this, I've seen lots of this technique. So I don't know where it really originated from, but my credit goes to Karen who always keeps up with the latest and makes the best cards! 

Thanks for stopping! Hugs,
Stamps: Teeny Tiny Wishes (SU!)
Ink: Real Red (SU!)
Paper: Brilliant Blue (retired), Real Red (SU!), Solar White (Neenah)
Accessories: Large and small star punches, Modern label punch SU!), Red rhinestones (Michaels), Lattice embossing folder (SU!)

Thursday, May 26, 2011

So Sweet

Isn't this little girl and her kitty just adorable!? Well, I certainly think so. She's from Woodware USA. I got her on line at one of the bargain scrapbooking daily deal sites. I did not have any products from this company, but the price was right especially for the set of cute little girls. And I am very pleased with the quality of the acrylic stamp. I colored her with my copic markers. This card is for three challenges. First the Color Throwdown (CTD143) to use Old Olive, So Saffron, Pink Pirouette, and a few optional colors. I didn't have any Pink Pirouette ribbon so I substituted Pretty ion Pink ribbon. The second challenge is the Card Positioning System (CPS219) using their sketch. Last this qualifies for the Woodware challenge #28 "anything goes".

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: Mary & Friends (Woodware USA)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (momento), copic markers
Paper: Old Olive, So Saffron (SU!), White (Neenah- solar white), DSP- Lullaby Lane (Webster Pages)
Accessories: Ribbon: Old Olive grosgrain, Pretty in Pink satin (SU!), bow easy, Nestabilities- Label 4 (Spellbinders), button- stash. 

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Hello Wednesday

Hello friends & Happy Wednesday! I made this simple and fast card for two challenges. First the FTL141 challenge or the Fall to Layout challenge. I adore this CAS sketch & I have used a very similar one as one of my 'go to sketches' especially when creating card sets. Maybe I'll make one up soon :) The second challenge is for the CD102 or the ColorDare challenge to use Concord Crush, So Saffron and your choice of a neutral. I am so happy this challenge is back- I love the colors that are chosen. I must confess that I actually didn't even use a neutral, so I hope the challenge police don't come after me. You won't tell will you?! Have a great rest of your week.

All supplies SU!
Stamp: Warmest Regards(retired)
Paper: So Saffron, Concord Crush, DSP-Paper Stack-In Colors-Concord Crush (gotta' love this dsp!)
Ink: Concord Crush
Accessories: Punches- 5-Petal Flower, Boho Blossoms, Modern Label, Scallop Edge Border; Ribbon- 5/8" grosgrain-So Saffron (retired bundle special), 1/8" taffeta-Daffodil Delight; Rhinestone Brad-Square Ice

Happy Hugs, 

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Virtual Stamp Night

Happy Weekend, friends! Over on Splitcoaststampers, it's Virtual Stamp Night! I LOVE VSN!! Every hour a challenge is posted; you have 45 minutes to create. The theme this VSN is "Pirate Party". But you don't have to have a loads of pirate stuff; mostly your imagination will do. There were 5 challenges posted last night and another 10 will be posted today starting at 11am CST (12pm EST). I made this card for the MAY11VSNE or the "E' challenge called Sea Dogs and Land Lubbers. Make a project with boat or beach images! 

I just got the new SU! stamp set called "The Open Sea" from the new Summer Mini catalog. Love it- great for guy cards!! My card is all SUO except for the DP which I picked up at a discount store as part of a package of 20 double sided papers for $2. I just couldn't pass that up. For the Soft Suede panel, I wadded & crumpled & distressed using the distress tool on the cutter kit; then I stamped it in Soft suede with the background stamp in the new set. I distressed the twill tape with Soft Suede ink directly on the twill. Flag cut the ends and added a couple of retired vintage brads & called it done. Hope you like it!
I won't be able to play all the VSN challenges as we are still busy putting the house back together including my studio. {will this ever be done?!??} But I am sure to play a few more challenges this weekend so please stop by again. I'll be e-around in the evenings with my laptop in my favorite chair with a cup of tea enjoying your blogs.

Have a great weekend, 

All Supplies by Stampin’ Up unless noted
Stamps: The Open Sea
Paper: Night of Navy, Very Vanilla, Soft Suede; DP- Dead Men Don’t Tell Lies (Creative Imaginations)
Ink: Night of navy, Soft Suede
Accessories: 3/8” Twill tape, Vintage brads (retired)

Sunday, May 15, 2011


Another post for me- woohoo~ two days in a row! I made this card for the Featured Stamper Challenge on Splitcoaststampers (FS223). Amy aka Aimes has a fantastic gallery filled with super CAS cards. I love this FS challenge especially when the featured stamper has a different style than mine. I'm not much of a CAS gal, so it was fun to branch out and case one of Amy's cards. I chose her CAS Friend card.

I need to practice this outlining technique a little more. It would have helped if I would have embossed the flowers, but I haven't found my heat tool yet. On the bright side, I know where my embossing powders are! ;) I discovered I need a new white gel pen too- my lines aren't as precise as I'd like. What's a girl to do?! All in all, I do like the way this turned out.

I'm off to do a little shopping and work on the putting back my things in the studio and bedroom. I'll be back later this afternoon or tonight to visit your blog too.


Stamps: Petal Pizazz, Everyday Expressions (retired- I really LUV this set & I finally won it on an eBay auction.)
Ink: Whisper White (craft), Early Expresso marker, white gel pen (Signo-Unibal)
Paper: Soft Suede White (Neenah-solar white)

Saturday, May 14, 2011


Hello! I hope you are doing well. We are still in the midst of the Jones family "somewhat extreme home makeover' but I just couldn't stand not creating any longer. My studio has it's new flooring, and the furniture is back in place, but most of my supplies are still packed away. I am taking the opportunity to evaluate my supplies for what to keep and I'm also re-organizing the space for better accessibility & functionality.

So today, I pulled out a few new things to create this card. It took me forever. When I have a pause in my stamping, my mojo seems to go on vacation. :( The paper and the stamp were a SU! special showcasing new products in the upcoming 2011-2012 catalog. This card was made for several challenges. First for the ColorDare's 100th Challenge (CD100) to use Baja Breeze, Rose Red and Sahara Sand. I LOVE these colors--especially Baja Breeze {yeah- it's a blue}. The second challenge was Splitcoaststampers' Free for All challenge (F4A64) to use a phrase as the focal point. Also I made this card for the Splitcoaststampers' Inspirational Challenge (IC284) where I chose this glass lampwork bead from Doodletart for it's colors and flowers.

Have a Great weekend!

Supplies: All Stampin' Up
Stamps: Four Frames, Sentiment-Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink: Rose Red
Paper: Sahara Sand, Rose Red, Baja Breeze, Very Vanilla, DP-SpringtimeVintage
Accessories: Baja Breeze Seam Binding, Scallop & Decorative Label punches, vintage flower.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

I'll be back soon!

Hello all! Just wanted to let you know all is well & I should be back next week sometime. The studio (and entire) upstairs of our home is getting new flooring. I am about ready to move back all my supplies. It will be a great opportunity to reorganize too. But first this weekend we will have college graduation celebrations for my dear daughter!