Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Designer Knock-off

Hi friends! I've had some fun evenings in the studio playing challenges. Over the past several months a number of my e-friends have been honored & I didn't get chance to participate in the fun/challenge. I know you understand what I mean when I say I just couldn't let it go without recognition. So my card today is honoring Tenia (the jazzy paper artist).  She was chosen as the Moxie Fabber of the week way back in June. More recently, Tenia was chosen as the Featured Stamper (FS250) on SCS on the 20th of this month. It's not a big surprise to me I've know T for a few years now. Not only is she talented in music and art, she is a considerate, fun person. Without further ado, here's my designer knockoff:

Here's Tenia's card (which you can also see on SCS): 
Tenia has a cool CAS style that is so challenging for me; keeping the layers and the embellishments to a minimum is not so easy for glitzy girl like me! But I think I did it & captured Tenia's "Jazzy Royal Coolness".
Here's to you, T! Love ya, girly!


Stamps: Elegant double alphabet (Recollections by Michaels)
Ink: Tuxedo black (Momento)
Paper: Solar white (Neenah), Lucky Limeade (SU), DP- Christmas stack (DCWV)
Accessories: Ornament punch (SU), red stickles (Ranger), red embroidery thread, (JP Coats), ribbon & jewels (Michaels), Piercing bug tool (EK Success),bow-easy

Monday, November 28, 2011

VO Ribbon Challenge & Sale

Hey blogger friends! I hope my US friends had a great Thanksgiving holiday. I loved being off for 4 days in a row. It was such a treat to spend time with family and in my studio. This week is my last week at my current job. I have really enjoyed this job and will miss the people, but I was offered a real exciting opportunity. I am hopeful that I won't have to put in 60 hours a week to keep up & the location is much closer to home which will give me more STAMPING and creating time! I know I will be busy in the beginning trying to learn the business, department and my job, but I am ever hopeful it will be closer to 40 hours a week once I settle in.

Anyway, here is the card I created for the Victorine Originals Challenge to use ribbon. Easy peezy, right?!  Check out the VO online catalog while you are at it, because Vicki is offering half-price on all unmounted stamps but just through tonight.

 Don't you just love the sentiment?! Cracks me up.I also used the sketch from Clean & Simple FTL168 challenge. It was fun making a non-holiday card for a change even if I love making holiday cards, a little variety is good, right?!

I used my Pink Paislee Bayberry Cottage paper and die cuts. I love this retired collection and I have hardly used it. It just seemed perfect for these two challenges.
Have a great day! Hugs,


Stamps: Secret of Youth- 1244-E (Victorine Originals) 
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Momento)
Paper: Lucky Limeade, Basic Black (SU), DP-Bayberry Cottage (Pink Pasilee)
Accessories: Scallop Circle & Fancy Tags 1 (Spellbinders), Black grosgrain ribbon (SU) 

Friday, November 25, 2011

Take One and Take Two

Happy 'day after' Thanksgiving to all my US friends. I hope each of you had a wonderful holiday!

Here's two cards I made today. These are for the SCS Free for All challenge (F4A92) where the challenge was to make a Holiday card using Black as the main color. On my first go around, I missed the word "holiday' & just made a card. So I had to redeem myself since I hardly play the challenges. The second card also qualifies for the Freshly Made Sketches (FSM12) challenge. 

 Here's the sketch:


I am looking forward to some stamping time this weekend. Hope you get some time to play too! 


Card 1
Stamps: Punch Potpourri, Sage Advice (SU)
Ink: Black Craft (SU)
Paper: Textured Black (unknown), Riding Hood Red, Pacific Point (SU), Solar White (Neenah), DP-Mod Retro Stack (DCWV)
Accessories: Heart punches (SU), Black detail embossing powder (SU)

Stamps: Skating Penguin (Stampendeous), Christmas Wishes-sentiment (Wplus9)
Ink: Black Craft (SU), Tuxedo Black (Momento)
Paper: Textured Black (unknown), Solar White (Neenah), DP- The Christmas Stack (DCWV)
Accessories: Black detail embossing powder (SU), Eyelet circle die (Spellbinders), snowflake punch (MS), Dazzling Details (SU)

Monday, November 14, 2011

Holiday Thank You

Happy Monday Friends! I made this card for the Victorine Originals Challenge~ make a "thanks" card. While I realize most people are making Thanksgiving cards, I seem to be totally into Christmas already this year. Go figure!

Isn't this the cutest little reindeer? I colored him with copics but his scarf is colored with SU markers because I wanted a more exact match with the cardstock colors.

Have a great day!

Stamps: Rudy (74290-E), Thank You (3953-A) Victorine Originals
Paper: Pear Pizzazz, Real Red (SU), DP- unknown, Solar White (Neenah)
Ink: Black Tuxedo (Momento), Copics: E27, E31,  E33, E29; SU Markers: Pear Pizzazz, Real Red
Accessories: Snowflakes EF (Cuttlebug), Corner punch (marvy), Curly Label punch (SU), 3/8 Old Olive taffetta (SU), White ruffled ribbon (American Crafts), twine & button (stash)

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Christmas Card Swap

Last night was Card Club night. This is the card that I made to swap with the Friday night ladies. I had twelve other cards made but they weren't holiday themed. So yesterday afternoon, I left work a bit early, got home and started cutting. I made twelve of this card in 1 hour and forty minutes; that's about 8 minutes apiece. Not bad! It's simple but I like it; I hope you do too.
I really love this Christmas Lodge stamp set so you are likely to see a lot more of it from me. Have a great weekend!


Supplies: All SU! unless noted otherwise
Stamps: Christmas Lodge
Paper: Garden Green, Cherry Cobbler, Frostwood Lodge DSP. Solar White (Neenah)
Ink: Cherry Cobbler
Accessories:  Square Lattice EF, Square Gold brads (Making Memories)

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Holiday Card Day

Today was a rather fun day! This morning we made 10 holiday cards at one of the SU demos home. I can't show you those here because they aren't my designs but we did have a fun time. After that I felt in the mood to make more & play a few challenges so this one is for the SCS IC309 challenge. I chose this wallpaper from this week's inspirational website. I love these new Fair-isle stamp sets from Wplus9. I also used the clean and simple sketch FTL165 for my card today. I hope you like it! Here's the sketch.  Hugs,Marilyn