Sunday, January 31, 2010

Simple Kraft Greetings

I'm Samantha and I have an addiction to kraft cardstock.  The first step is admitting there's a problem, right?

Here are a few cards that were so simple and quick to put together - just a little kraft cardstock, a background stamp and a large image stamp is all you need.

Stamps:  Stampin' Up
Tools:  Tiny Attacher by Ranger

Saturday, January 30, 2010


Lots of ideas swimming around in my head for this weeks sketch:

I decided those squares were the perfect spot for the trees from the new Good Neighbors Sale-a-bration set from Stampin' Up (the houses are cute but I really chose that set for the trees and cloud).  This idea also gave me the chance to try Copics on kraft cardstock - love it!

Stamps:  Stampin' Up, PTI
Twine: PTI
Markers: Copic

Friday, January 29, 2010

Colour Q Challenge #17

Love the color combintion for this weeks challenge:

I was going for a somewhat masculine Valentine's Day card:

Stamps:  Stampin' Up
Punch:  Stampin' Up
Tools:  Tiny Attacher by Ranger

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Jacksonbelle Embellishments Tuesday Challenge

I found this challenge through Heather Pulvirenti's blog - her sample was so sweet ;).  Anyway, the challenge was to use a holiday paper for an everyday card.  My first thought was all of the skull Halloween paper I had in my stash - here's what I came up with:

Stamps:  Papertrey Ink
Paper:  Stampin' Up
Punch:  Fiskars

Wednesday, January 27, 2010


I am so excited about this weeks CAS challenge!  I have quite the collection of designer paper but often have a difficult time actually using it.  Hopefully this weeks challenge will change that!

Here is my card using paper from SU (I think it was last springs mini - Walk in the Park?):

Stamps:  Stampin' Up
Punches:  Stampin' Up and Fiskars
Ribbon:  Stampin' Up
Other:  Tiny Attacher from Ranger

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Curtain Call Color Challenge - Act 14

It doesn't seem to be a favorite but I love SU's Orchid Opulence - and I never would have thought to combine it with these colors from this weeks Curtain Call Color Challenge:

It's all so soft and sweet so like Stacey I couldn't get the idea of doing a baby card out of my head.  I just received a big box of stampin' goodness yesterday so I used a few new things on this card:

I cut small slits on either side of the monkey's tail to slide the branch through (which is from SU's new bird punch).  I considered ribbon at the bottom but in real life I liked it better without - now that I'm looking at the picture I'm doubting that choice.  Oh well - done is done.

Stamps and ink:  Stampin' Up
Punches:  Stampin' Up and Fiskars

I'm a Queen!!

A Colour Queen that is!  Thanks so much to Arielle for chosing my card as one of the Colour Queens for last weeks challange.  You can see both of the winning cards plus all of the other beautiful entries here.  And be sure to check back for this weeks challange - it's another beautiful color combination!

I'll be back later today with a new card so be sure to check in!

Monday, January 25, 2010


Another great sketch by Natasha (her sample is just beautiful - great colors - be sure to check it out!):

Anyway here is my take on it - I've really been itching to use this new Papertrey set (Through the Trees) and it was a perfect fit in the sentiment box of this sketch:

Since I had everything out I made a second card and just changed the colors slightly for a different sentiment:

Stamps:  Papertrey Ink (all from Through the Trees)
Ink:  Papertrey Ink, Colorbox
Ribbon:  May Arts
Brad (Card #1):  Creative Cafe
Button (Card #2):  Papertrey Ink

Sunday, January 24, 2010

ColourQ Challenge #16

Beautiful color combinations for this challenge:

Here's my take on it:

Stamps:  Stampin' Up, Papertrey Ink
Ink:  Stampin' Up
Ribbon:  Stampin' Up
Button:  Papertrey Ink

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Old Stuff Challenge

Okay does anyone else have a picture of that little devil cartoon character named Hot Stuff and think this challenge was more a reference to the person making it rather than the stuff used to make it?

Or am I just totally aging myself by admitting I remember Hot Stuff at all? is the card made with "old stuff" from my stash.  The sentiment sticker is an oldie from Making Memories that I always keep through every purge thinking I can use them for baby cards.  The paper is some old American Crafts that I still love and wish I could get more of (and that's another 4" square scrap card).  The button is super old too but I don't remember who made it.

Thanks for looking!

Sticker:  Making Memories
Paper:  American Crafts
Button and Ribbon:  Unknown

Friday, January 22, 2010


This weeks CAS challenge was to use teal, white + one other color.  I suppose my card posted earlier today could have qualified too but since I love the look of teal + white making another one was easy peasy.

I've seen so many samples using the white on white embossing so I put my new Quickutz embossing folder to use on this one.

Thanks for looking!

Stamps: Papertrey Ink
Paper: Stampin' Up
Punch: Fiskars
Embossing Folder: Quickutz

Tuesday Trigger

Todays card was inspired by this challenge at Moxie Fab World to create a card based on this:

I couldn't love the colors in this photo more!  My thought was to do something with a background stamp and a white strip at the bottom to mimic the wallpaper and extra wide baseboard.  Here's my take:

Thanks for looking!

Stamps:  Hero Arts (background stamp), Papertrey Ink (sentiment)
Ink: Papertrey Ink
Punch:  Fiskars
Ribbon:  Unknown

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Embellish Stripes Color Challenge

Don't get too excited - I will not normally post three times a day but it's day one and I'm a little overly excited.

This challenge is from Embellish Magazine:

If you haven't guessed from the blog name - I'm kind of smitten with kraft cardstock.  So this challange was a must do!  I wanted to do something a little different for the "stripes" part of the challange so the idea was to use strips of paper and stamped images to create a pattern on a kraft background:

Stamps:  Stampin' Up, Papertrey Ink, Sandylion
Cardstock:  Stampin' Up
Ink:  Stampin' Up, Papertrey Ink
Thread and Button:  Papertrey Ink

Thanks for visiting!

Curtain Call Color Challenge - Act 13

Another challenge!  I'm on a roll!

This color challenge comes from Stacy and I love these bright colors:

For my take on the card I visited my stash of scraps that I've trimmed down to 4 inch squares - for me it's an easy way to use up patterned paper scraps with lots of options of how to design around it:

Patterned paper:  KI Memories
Cardstock:  Stampin' Up
Markers:  Stampin' Up
Punch:  Martha Stewart
Ribbon:  That stuff is OLD so I have no idea!

Thanks for visiting!


Well the blog may not be pretty yet but hopefully this card is!  I've been "watching" so many challenges lately - always thinking up ideas but never getting around to the doing part.  So here is the first officially completed challenge!

Natasha's sketches always appeal to my simple side -

I created the label block by using a mask created from a Quickutz die and distress ink.  I'm really happy with the way that turned out - I'm sure I'll revisit that technique again!

Die Cut - Quickutz
Stamps - Autumn Leaves, Stampin' Up
Ink - Ranger Distress Ink, Versafine
Markers - Copic

Hey look - I revisited that technique again!!  I had so much fun making the first one I tried another just changing up the color and stamps!

Thanks for visiting!
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