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Sunday, October 17, 2010

ANYTHING but a card!

For this week's challenge you'll create anything BUT a card! It's up to you what you make as long as it's NOT a card!

This week we have two lovely sponsors:

PRIZE: FOUR digis of winner's choice
Our very own DT Sister, Leonie, who has provided this prize for our lucky winner:

JUST KIDDING!!  I'm so sorry...I came across this old picture in my blog-stuff folder and I couldn't resist!
Her REAL PRIZE is AWESOME (but NOT as awesome as SHE is!):

My project is boring.  YES it is and DONT try to convince me it isnt!  I wanted to make treats for my son's class with the idea of something festive for their Halloween party yet easy to reproduce 24 times. I came up with a microwave popcorn package.  It doesn't look half bad in person (like the kids care anyway!) but after photographing it I just don't feel "satisfied" with it. I think I'll add some chocolate along with the popcorn so the kids aren't totally disappointed as well, LOL....

I used stamps from the STAMPIN' UP! sets "Dark & Dreary" & "House of Haunts."  
I think it needs more spiders :)

Sunday, October 10, 2010


Create a card or project that includes "B"uttons, "F"lowers and the word "F"riend/"F"riendship!

SPONSOR: My Favorite Things

PRIZE: $25.00 Gift Certificate

This is one of those cards that a photograph did not do it justice!  
This adorable image is from the Pure Innocence collection at My Favorite Things .  The name of it is  "A Cart Full of Friends." 
I used my trusty SU! markers and skipped the pencils.  I had some issues with her skin.  I wanted more color and dimension but the paper started breaking down and I had to STOP coloring!  
I'm still learning :)
I'd love to make duplicates of this card and send it to a few friends.  

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Layer it on

Create a card that has at least five layers! This can be designer papers, and cardstocks stacked on top of one another, 3-D effects, pop-ups, embellishments, etc...You decide! Just make sure you have five layers somewhere on your card front when you're finished!

SPONSOR: The Greeting Farm

PRIZE: SINGLE of winner's choice

I used all Stampin' Up! stamps for this project.  NO patterned papers, its all stamping and distressing.  
Did  I meet the challenge??  Let's count at the "thickest" point, shall we?
1. first layer background matt
2. stamped background
3. clock face
4. red torn edge
5. matt for sentiment
6. sentiment

6!   6 layers.
Mwaaaa aaaa aaaah!  (lightning and thunder)  
Did any of you get the  Sesame Street reference??  The Count?
I've had way too much sugar....

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Season's Change

With the change of the season comes a change to SSC as well.
This is the last week with the "old team" and a few ladies will be leaving us (*sniff sniff!*)  They will be missed but will remain a blog-hop away!

Next week is the debut of our NEW design team ladies and let me tell you... their artwork is STAMP-A-LICIOUS!  
The fun never ends!!!
Check out the NEW gals:


Create a card or project using as many colors as you can BUT...only colors of Fall!

SPONSOR: Magnolialicious


So I was going for clean and simple with LOTS of color.   The card is actually very cute but I couldn't get a good photo since I took it at night (the dark brown just blended in with the background).  
NoW gawk at my lovely card then go look at the amazing creations by the  STAMPTACULAR design team! 

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Sketch Challenge

PRIZE: $15 Gift Certificate

Maurie J. Manning ROCKS!  Not only does she have a bevy of super-cute and funny images, but she offered the "team" each a FREE digi-image!!   I chose "Louis and Bronte" and I LOVE it!
My card is a bit simple but this image needs no extra flourishes.  Don't you think???   I colored the image with my STAMPIN' UP!  markers (I think I'm getting pretty good with them!)  and colored pencil on Louis' skin.  :)
I didn't do the inside yet...boo!  but I have some cute ideas.

Sunday, September 5, 2010


Create a card or project that uses some sort of distressing technique! Sand it, scratch it, wrinkle it, ink it, etc...the choice is yours!

SPONSOR: My Favorite Things
$25 Gift Certificate


SPONSOR: Meljen's Designs
Winner's Choice of FOUR Digis

WOW!!  That's a cart-load of fabulous prizes!!  Make sure you go check out the rest of the shabby and distressed batch (NOT the design team ladies, THEIR projects) at Stamptacular Sunday Challenge ! 

The image I used was generously gifted to me by My Favorite Things.  I had fun coloring her with my Stampin' Up! markers and colored pencils.  

I made this card for my step-daughter.   She's 13 and she is a terrific person!  I wish I could tell you all about what she's been going through and how courageous she's been.   But the gist is she just wants a NORMAL, happy life and to be HERSELF and stand up for what she believes in without being abused for it!  

My brave, beautiful girl.

UPDATE (9/8/2010)  My step-daughter loved the card :)  
She said it made her cry.....in a good way.

Here is a nice picture showing off the shimmer in the wings:

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Pretty in Pink

Create a card or project that uses only shades of PINK! Of course you are free to use white as your card/project base and black ink. Everything else MUST be created with nothing but PINK's!


PRIZE: This wonderful Magnolia Stamp

TOO MUCH PINK... that's how I'd describe my card this week!  
I am going to give this card to the little girl that bunny-sat Nadia (our rabbit) while we were on vacation.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Two's Better Than One!

Create a card or project and use MORE THAN ONE STAMPED IMAGE! This is a great time to practice with the MASKING technique!
SPONSOR: Simon Says Stamp

I wanted to make a set of simple yet elegant cards.  Two of each card for a set of 8.  All stamps are by Stampin' Up!  

Dont forget to check out the multi-stamped projects over at Stamptacular Sunday Challenge.  

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Buttons and Bows

Create a card or project that uses both buttons and bows!

SPONSOR: Stamp and Create


ANOTHER $20 in FREE GOODIES from "Stamp & Create"  ????  
HOLY COW is this sponsor generous and they really really have some adorable things!!  

Check out the buttons and bows beauties at Stamptacular Sunday Challenge.

This is a set by CTMH that I've had for so long but NEVER used....  I love teddy bears too!  I had a hard time fitting buttons on the card.  I should have planned the design better but over all I think it's kinda cute.  What do you think?

Bear is colored with colored pencil and heart is done with SU! markers.  

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Snips and Snails and Puppy Dog Tails....

Create a card or project that is just for boys! How you do this is totally up to you! The possibilities are endless!
SPONSOR: My Favorite Things
PRIZE: $25 Gift Certificate

OK, so you recognize this little fairy girl from my last card?  I chose her from MFT for the LAST challenge (out of this world)  a while back and didn't realize I had my sponsors mixed up!  Had I had my brain in tact, I would have chose a more boy-ish stamp for this weeks challenge.  WELL, I used her anyway for BOTH challenges (it is a CHALLENGE after all!) 

I made the card dirty and grungy to try for a more masculine look.  I don't know if I pulled it off but I rather like the card. 

I used my SU! markers and colored pencils and Pearl Ex watercolors to give her shimmer. The background paper was borrowed from a friend who got it on clearance.  A little faux stitching, inking and distressing and it goes from BLA to FABULOUS!!
I'm starting to rethink some of my forgotten & dusty ol' patterned papers.....

Sunday, August 1, 2010

You're Out of this World

This week’s challenge is almost like an “Anything Goes” challenge! You will create a card or project that includes something that would wouldn’t really see here on Earth! For example…a fairy, unicorn, robot, alien, animal wearing clothes carrying flowers, spaceships, etc…JUST HAVE FUN! Oh yeah…and don’t forget to stamp! We don’t call this a Stamptacular Sunday Challenge for nothing!

SPONSOR : Di's Digi Downloads  

PRIZE: Winner's choice of FIVE digis!


SPONSOR: Meljen's Designs

PRIZE: Winner's choice of FOUR digis!

My card is a fairy!  I wanted it to look young and girly so I added more bling than I usually do.      
I used my SU! markers to color the images (regular colored pencils on her skin.)
The gold "swirl" are PearlEx water colors, touches of Crystal Lacquer throughout.
I'm very pleased with the results :)

Here is a closer look:

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Christmas in July.. every body's doin' it!

Create a Christmas card...you're free to do this any way you wish. Create two DIFFERENT cards and be entered into our weekly prize drawing twice, create three different cards and you'll be entered three times, create four and you have four chances to win, etc...

What a FABULOUS way to get a head start on your Christmas cards for this year!

PRIZE: $25 Gift Certificate plus FREE Shipping

I made birdhouse ornaments.  They started off really cute but then fizzled out.  I stamped poinsettas and doves to decorate them but they looked horrible!  so then I purchased some things i thought would look cute to embellish them with.... NO!  

they aren't done.

Sunday, July 18, 2010


In honor of National Ice Cream Day...Create your favorite SUNDAE! Create a card or project using the colors of your favorite ice cream sunday. For example: for a neopolitan hot fudge sunday I'd use pink, white, tan and dark brown. What's your favorite! (IF YOU CHOSE AN IMAGE FROM SOME ODD GIRL...YOU MUST USE THAT IMAGE FOR THIS WEEK'S CHALLENGE PROJECT!)
SPONSOR: Magnolialicious

PRIZE: This fabulous Bride and Groom
Magnolia Stamp


Some Odd Girl

Winner's Choice of THREE digi-images! 

So the flavor I chose is COOKIES N' CREAM.
I actually LOVE chocolate chip cookie dough but my LAST card used the colors I would have used so I wanted to pick a different flavor.   A little fact about me: I adore Oreo (Double Stuff)  cookies but I NEVER buy them because I will literally eat the entire package!!
DONT FORGET to check out the rest of the DT's DELICIOUS designs at Stamptacular Sunday  Challenge!

so here is my take on Cookies n' Cream (with a cherry on top!)
images are by TAC:

A close up of the cute cow on the inside: 

Sunday, July 11, 2010


SPONSOR: Stamp and Create

PRIZE: $20 Gift Certificate
($20???  anyway I can rig this so I can win???  There are some CUTE stamps !!)

I love this sketch and I love how my card came out!  . I didnt use any patterned papers, it's all Stampin' Up! stamps, cardstock and inks.   TIP:  I used a clear wax crayon on the bird and branch image to create a resist effect before stamping the blue flourish over the top.
I actually had FUN creating this card!   It is CLASSIC ADRIA :)   But if you want to see some REAL stunners, check out the rest of the team's creations at Stamptacular Sunday Challenge!

Here for you....

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Creat an Aperture card...

Create an aperture card. This is a card that has a hole in the card front that allows you to see a part of the inside of the card...This is usually done by stamping the main image on the INSIDE of your card and cutting a hole in the center of the card front so you can see the image when the card is closed  (i stamped the sentiment inside and kept the main image out side)

PRIZE: $25 Gift Certificate

WEBSITE: http://mftstamps.com

This weeks sponsor is INCREDIBLY generous!  MFT offered everyone on the  Stamptacular Sunday Challenge  Design Team  FREE stamps to use in our challenge projects!!    I chose " Sitting Pretty." 
UNFORTUNATELY,  my digital camera is on the fritz!!  I had to SCAN (yuck!) my card  :(
I am not totally happy with this card to begin with (I could list a thousand reasons and excuses...) but a scanned image does NO project justice!!  

OH WELL...  here is my card:

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Why I was missing

My son recently had surgery. I tried to get my projects done early then SOMEONE decides to dump an ENTIRE cup of Instant Lunch Ramen Noodles on my layout!! I left for Columbus (for his surgery) without any projects finished.... *sigh*

Oh well...
Stress, discomfort and pain aside, Louis' surgery went as planned. He is home and recovering well.

The day after his surgery we took a little walk with his Aunt Sam and cousin Maddy and visited a therapy dog. A local paper was there to do a story at the time. Here is the story about the dog (featuring a pic of my adorable little monster-child:)
News Story

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Cute as a BUG!

Create a card or project that has a bug on it. If our participants make something for a baby then they will be entered in to our drawing twice!

SPONSOR: Simon Says Stamp

PRIZE: $25 Gift Certificate plus FREE SHIPPING

I didnt create a card for a baby (just wast feeling it) but I am very happy with what I did come up with :)
Dont forget to checkout the other buggy-creations at Stamptacular Sunday Challenge!

Sunday, June 13, 2010

A Tribute to Father's

This week you will create a card or project with some sort of guy/man on it. If our participants create the card/project for their Dad then they will be entered in to the drawing twice!

SPONSOR: Meljen's Designs

PRIZE: FOUR digi-images of Winner's Choice

WEBSITE: http://meljensdesigns.com


SPONSOR: Wink, Wink, Ink

PRIZE: THREE digi images of Winner's Choice

WEBSITE: http://winkwinkink.com

and make sure to go to Stamptacular Sunday Challenge to see what my most talented team-mates created!

I only have 3 stamps with the image of a man on it!  The first image I used for my wedding/anniversary card for last week's challenge, one is a stick figure and the 3rd is the one I used for this creation.  I used stamps from two different SU! sets ("Summer by the Sea" & "Seaside Sketches") to create the scene that included both a boy and  agirl since I plan on giving this to my hubby. 
I'm actually VERY pleased with the results!  The colors are much richer and blended than what shows on the photos but water color pencils do that for some reason.  
I've decided I want a BIGGER set of water color pencils for my birthday.  They aren't as cool as Copics, but I'm poor and I'm getting by without them  :)

Friday, June 11, 2010

LOOK what i got!!

The mail came and I got a SURPRISE!  My  "Stampin' Sister, "  Leonie,  all the way from Australia sent me an envelope FULL of delightful embellishments!!!   YAY!  I'm soooooo excited!  Look how many exclamation points I've used so far!!

check out the most ADORABLE little easel card she sent:

I am so honored to recieve this remarkable creation.  You have GOT to see this in person because as cute and the photo is, to hold this gem in your hand simply fillS ONE with instant happiness  :)

Monday, June 7, 2010


For this week's challenge you will create a wedding or anniversary themed card/project.

SPONSOR: There She Goes Clear Stamps

I used an old Stampin' Up! set and my water color pencils...the photo sort of washes the colors out :(

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Life's a Beach challenge

May 30th: Life's a Beach!

For this week's challenge you MUST create a card or project that has a beach theme, something that you'd see at the beach or just uses colors you relate to being at the beach. PLEASE REMEMBER: You MUST use the images that you received from Shriley's 2 Girls AND place the Gift Certificate Badge with a clickable link back to Shirley's 2 Girls webshop on your personal blogs for this week's challenge.

SPONSOR: Shirley's 2 Girls
WEBSITE: http:shirleys2girls.com

 the images i used are from Shriley's 2 Girls and TAC.
I used Sugar Dust on the mer-cat and mermaids tails.  
I'm a looser and have no nifty markers so I used my colored pencils again.
My hand is really bothering me now so I cant type much.  Thanks for stopping by.

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