Thursday, September 3, 2009

Scallop Mania!

That's this week's challenge at the Stamptacular Sunday Challenge Blog...Believe it or not but I actually had the chance to get a little creative this week and had this card completed ON TIME daughter had my camera at school and kept forgetting to bring it back home. Teenagers!

Anyways, it's a pretty simple card but it follows the rules and it's something I think I could actually feel comfortable sending to someone just to say, "Hello."

Thanks for stopping by and checking out what I've been up to lately...hope to see you here again soon!


Sunday, August 23, 2009

Design Team Call for Stamptacular!

This post will remain at the top of my blog through August 23, 2009.

The Stamptacular Sunday Challenge Blog will be celebrating our Six Month Anniversary soon...So, what does that mean? It's time for a DT call!

I have been so fortunate to have the PERFECT Design Team to help me get our challenge blog up and running! It's been a FANTASTIC journey so far...and with the support my DT and all our just doesn't get any better than this!

So having said that, it's time to start thinking about our future and adding to our team! Below are some requirements that each DT MUST fulfill in order to be a member of our team. If these are things you feel you are able to commit to, please follow the submission instructions so you can apply for a position on our team!

As a DT member you will be required to:

* Submit a completed project weekly, via e-mail, following the challenge requirements, no later than the Friday before the challenge is posted to the blog! You will get ALL of the challenges in plenty of time to allow you to complete them before the due date!

* Take excellent quality photos of your completed projects.

* Post positive comments on ALL participants' blogs sometime during the week of the particular challenge they participate in. NO EXCEPTIONS! Comments MUST be specific to each entry! MUST be done before midnight (EST) Friday before a new challenge is revealed on our challenge blog!

* SCHEDULE/POST your weekly challenge creations on your blog each week at 6:00AM Eastern Standard Time!

* Be an active DT member of our Sunday Challenge Blog, share with me any and all challenge ideas you may have and want to see as one of our blog challenges, and HOST challenges, if needed.

* Help to find sponsors willing to donate prizes for our challenges (this can be friends, companies or yourself)

* Be open and honest with me when you feel there's a problem or something needs to be addressed or anytime you just want to chit chat.

* ENJOY participating and being part of the Stamptacular DT!


If the above sounds like something you would like to be a part of and you're interested in becoming a Design Team member for our Stamptacular Sunday Challenge Blog, PLEASE e-mail me 3-5 samples of your BEST least ONE of your submissions MUST be something other than a greeting card and ALL submissions MUST contain stamping! No scrapbook layouts, please!

Please e-mail your submissions to by midnight (EST) August 23rd, 2009 to qualify. Accepted Design Team members will be notified no later than Sunday August 30th, 2009.

NOTE: be sure to put STAMPTACULAR DT CALL in the subject heading of your e-mail to be sure it doesn't get overlooked!

Good Luck,

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Shapetacular Card...

2That's the challenge for this week at Stamptacular! The rules are that you can create any shape card you like as long as it's out of the ordinary...NO SQUARE OR RECTANGULAR cards allowed this week!

I had a trillion and one ideas in my head but none that I could get to turn out they way I had imagined's what I finally settled on. Nothing spectacular but nonetheless...not a square or rectangle.

This card was inspired by a card I saw on the Hero Arts Blog made by Steff. However, please check out her card...mine doesn't even come close to the elegance and beauty she was able to create!

Stamptacular's BONUS Fun: "BUILD-A-CARD"

You made it! You're finally here! This is your final step before you're finished! What's left? Oh, I know! We can't have a card without a sentiment, now can we? Add a FRIENDSHIP themed sentiment somewhere on your card! It can be on the front or on the inside! Your choice!

Now that your card is finished...please be sure to go to our Stamptacular Sunday Challenge Blog and leave us a comment on the BONUS FUN post with a DIRECT LINK to your BUILD-A-CARD so we can see what you made and enter your name in the drawing for the fabulous prize up for grabs! All submissions must be in by midnight (EST) Monday July 20th to be included in this drawing! One lucky winner will win the following fabulous prize package:In addition to winning the above prize package the winner will also receive the Design Team submissions for this week's challenge!

Before you call it a day, I have one last chance for you to win a little something extra!
Physically MAIL me your completed BUILD-A-CARD (to be used as a prize in our next BONUS FUN day) and be entered in the drawing to win this fabulous prize:

EIGHT Brand NEW Sugar Nellie Stamps
10 Copic Sketch Markers of the winners choice!

Cards MUST be in my possession by July 31st to be included in the drawing! If you'd like to be entered in the drawing, leave me a comment on this post, include your e-mail address and I will privately e-mail you my mailing address and give you any other details you may need to be entered in this drawing!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

July 19th, 2009

Stamptacular Sunday Challenge will be hosting another day of BONUS Fun this coming Sunday, July 19, 2009!

I can't give away all the details but I can tell you that you definitely won't want to miss this and I PROMISE it's something different than ever before! It's a day guaranteed to be full of fun and prizes!

Please join us for all the fun!

See you on Sunday!

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Stamptacular Sunday Challenge #15

Well, another week of 2009 has come and gone and with last weeks challenge at Stamptacular Sunday Challenge we should all have a good start on our Christmas cards for this year, right?

Anyways, this week's challenge at Stamptacular is a card sketch! I LOVE sketches but this one was particularly challenging for me because our sponsor, Papirloftet, generously supplied each of the Design Team members with a kit full of goodies. The kit was fabulous and contained many different things such brads, flowers, charms, ribbon, prints and even cardstock but I was completely out of my element. I had never used the darling prints that they included and everything seemed to have a vintage feel to me. If you know anything about KNOW I have no clue what to do with vintage! LOL

So...I would pick the package up almost every single day since I've received it wondering what in the world I could create with it...

Although, not my favorite card I've ever made I do like it. I really enjoyed using the flowers and think that placing them the way I did, instead of just using ribbon or cardstock for the band in the sketch, turned out to be a nice effect. You can't really tell but I handstamped all the cardstock myself for an added detail hoping that it would give it an even more "antique" look.

What do you think? I know, I know...stick to my own style! LOL

Thanks for looking!


Sunday, July 5, 2009

Christmas in July

That's the theme for this week's challenge at Stamptacular Sunday Challenge...Can you believe Christmas is only six months away? I can't wait to start my shopping...I just love the holidays! Anyways, here's the card I created. I heat embossed the tree and the sentiment in silver embossing powder and then added crystals to the tree and the snowflakes I stamped in the background.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Red, White, Blue and a Star Too!

Have you checked out the Stamptacular Sunday Challenge Blog yet this week? You really should because the challenge this week is soo much fun! It's called Red, White, Blue and a Star Too. To meet the challenge requirements you needed to use the colors red, white and blue BUT the twist was you needed to add at least one star to your project too! Although my card didn't turn out exactly as I had pictured it in my head before I started I still think it came out kind of cute. You can't really tell from the pictures but the stars are actually popped up off of the page, floating on wire. I think that before I send it off to anyone I will actually add a few more stars and maybe even a quote or something. Not sure yet...I just know it needs something before I write it off as being finished. Any ideas? I'd sure love to hear them!
Thanks for stopping by and visiting me! I appreciate it more than words can ever say...


Sunday, June 14, 2009


This week over at Stamptacular Sunday Challenge the challenge was to make a project for a father who is someone special in your life. My dad passed away a few years ago and boy do I miss him! I made cards similar to this for a SWAP that I was in with my Design Team. For this card I used a Versamark ink pad and stamped the old fashiond cars on it and if you notice the clock says it's 6:20. Why am I mentioning the time...well, because it's my dad's birthday. He was born on June 20th. I'm not very good at making masculine cards but actually enjoyed making this and I even think it turned out pretty well.

So, now it's your turn! Let's see what fabulous creation you can make for a father that has made a difference in your life!

Sunday, June 7, 2009

"One for the Boys!"

This week's challenge at Stamptacular Sunday Challenge Blog is called "One for the Boys!" AND...what a challenge it was! You'd think that since I am the one who creates all the challenges that I'd be a little easier on myself...good grief!

In order to play along participants must create a special project for a man or boy in their lives. I decided to make a birthday card for a little boy! Thank goodness we had an image SWAP amongst our Design Team members and I got some wonderful "boyish" stamps! Otherwise...I would have been out of luck or heading to a store to buy something. On second thought, maybe that wasn't so smart of me...I had the PERFECT excuse to go shopping and passed it up?!? What was I thinking?

Anyways, here's what I came up with. Hope you like it!


Sunday, May 31, 2009

Stamptacular Sunday Challenge Blog Hop!

Hi everyone! I'm so glad that you've been playing along with us in our very first Blog Hop! Hope you've been having a great time so far! Before visiting me, here at Skraptacular Designs, you should have already been to Paula, Nikki, and Line and seen all their fabulous creations, read about what they do during the summer AND left them some love by posting a comment on one of their blog entries. If you missed any of them...please go back and do so! You won't want to miss out on your chance at winning the Grand Prize once you've made it through our Hop!

During the summer, I absolutely love to spend every free chance I get hanging out with my family and friends! I enjoy inviting people over to our house for barbecues, WII tournaments, playing cards or just relaxing with a movie (even though I always end up falling asleep before it's over). When we aren't having loved ones over, you'll find me up in my office doing what I love to do...wasting time on the internet or stamping and creating projects to post on my blog. Included with this post are a couple of my summery creations that I've made. ENJOY!

Here is a little something extra...complete one of the challenges offered below and you'll be entered to win this fabulous prize: Create two of the challenges, you'll be entered twice. Create ALL three of the challenges and you'll be entered FOUR times to win this fabulous prize up for grabs...

FOUR Sugar Nellie stamps by Elisabeth Bell

1. Create a project using the following ingredients:

3 brads, eyelets or buttons
3 different pattern papers
glitter or some other sort of bling
2 stamped images

2. Create last week's Stamptacular Sunday Challenge: "Oh, for the Love of Chocolate!": You are free to create whatever you wish as long as you use some sort of stamping and include chocolate somewhere!

3. Create a card or project using this sketch:

You can NOT combine the above challenges! In order to be entered into the drawing more than once you MUST complete separate projects!

You will have until midnight May 31st, 2009 to complete your BONUS CHALLENGE project(s) in order to be entered into the drawing! Once you have completed your project(s) PLEASE leave a comment here AND send photos of your projects to me at Be sure to put BONUS CHALLENGE in the subject heading of your post to ensure I don't miss your entry.
Now that we've had a bit of time to chat and bond, it's time for you to move on and visit DONNA

Enjoy the rest of the Hop!

Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue...

You guessed it! This week's challenge at Stamptacular Sunday Challenge is a wedding theme! Let me just tell you that this was the hardest challenge for me yet! I had high hopes and ambition that reached the sky about what I truly wanted to create BUT...nothing ever panned out the way I expected it to! Originally, I wanted to make a wedding invitation complete with the matching RSVP card and Thank You notes. On top of that...I was going to make wedding favors and centerpieces. Well, as you can see just didn't happen!

I'm disappointed that my original goal just never worked out but I guess that's how things go every now and then...

I apologize for such a poor photo...This entire card is shimmery and has lots of detail that you can't see in the photo. I tried the best I could to capture all the features of this card but no matter how I held the camera, what setting I put it on, or where I put the card to be photographed I just couldn't get a good shot.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Blog Hop on Stamptacular Sunday Challenge...

Just thought I'd let you all know that the Stamptacular Sunday Challenge Blog is hosting a Blog Hop on Sunday, May 31st from 6:00 AM until midnight Eastern Standard Time.

Hope you'll all join in the fun!

Sunday, May 24, 2009

"Oh, for the love of CHOCOLATE!"

What a super fun challenge i
t is this week at Stamptacular Sunday Challenge! Who doesn't love chocolate? I created the template for this jumbo candybar box-card myself and think it turned out pretty cute! The sentiment inside the card says, "Wishing you all the good things in life...friendship, happiness and chocolate!" PERFECT!

I definitely want to start making these a
s birthday cards for friends and family. Pretty simple, cheap and something different! What do you think?

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Pink, Green and Brown...

that's the challenge this week over at Stamptacular Sunday Challenge. This week the sponsor is Bearly Mine Designs...a wonderful place to buy Craft CD's jam-packed with tons of wonderful digi-papers. Oh, and I can tell you first hand how wonderful the papers are because Donna, the creator of Bearly Mine, was generous enough to give all of the Stamptacular Design Team members several designs to use on this week's challenge. Both of the pattern papers used on my card for this challenge are from Bearly Mine...fabulous, aren't they? It was so much fun using digi-papers for the first time ever...Thanks Donna!

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Stamptacular Sunday Challenge Sketch

This week's challenge at the
Stamptacular Sunday Challenge was so much fun! I just love when I have a cool sketch to work from.

Here's my take on the sketch. Thanks for taking the time to come and visit me!

Sunday, May 3, 2009

"Mums, the word!"

This week at the Stamptacular Sunday Challenge Blog the challenge is a tribute for all Mothers! The challenge was to create a project in honor of all the hard work, compassion and unconditional love that a MOM gives each day!

This week's sponsor of the challenge is Sketching Stamper and they were kind enough to allow each of the Design Team members use one of their floral digi-stamps for our project.

Anyways, here's what I came up with...

Sunday, April 26, 2009

"Charmed, I'm sure!"

This week's Stamptacular Sunday Challenge is called, "Charmed, I'm sure!" The requirements were that you had to inc
lude at least one charm on your project. This was a tough one for me! I had NO clue what in the world to do with a charm or how to include it onto my card. I'm not completely satisfied with the final result and am really contemplating on tearing the card apart and starting over. Who knows what I'll end up doing but for it is!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

I just love Precious Moments!

These images are just that..."PRECIOUS"! When I was a teenager I started collecting the actual figurines but then, as I got older I discovered that I am not really a knick-knack fan! I am just not a collector of things that just sit around my house and collect dust... Now, don't get me wrong, I do still think they are absolutely adorable but have discovered that they use to make Precious Moments rubber stamps! I sure do wish I could find a ton of them to add to my collection without having to pay the unbelievably outrageous price that they sell for on e-bay! Good grief!

Anyways, I have a couple of them and decided to make a Get Well Card with one of them...

I created the image with a 3-D effect. I popped up several different areas of the image and really like how it turned out! I wanted to use ribbon this card but really didn't have any that matched so I thought and thought about what other embellishments I could use on this card and came up with absolutely nothing. Suddenly, I noticed an empty tape runner on the side of my desk and realized that the rolled up spool, that use to contain the sticky stuff for a tape runner, was actually crystal clear and not sticky at all! So, I decided to cut a section off and see if I could turn it into ribbon. Guess what? It works and I love how it looks! You can even stamp on it with Staz-On!

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Black and White + ONE

The theme for this week's Stamptacular Sunday Challenge is "Black and White + ONE". The requirements are that you are only allowed to use black, white and one other color for the project that you create. Oh, and you also MUST use some form of stamping somewhere on your project! If you know me at all you KNOW that I absolutely love working with black and white so this challenge was right up my alley! However, I also tried to make it a bit challenging for me so I used the color RED. Anyone who knows me also knows that I absolutely HATE the color red! So...this was quite the challenge! I decided to make something decorative, other than just a card, that I could send a cocoa packet in. Here's what I came up with. It's a little box about 1/4" in depth that has a card inside with a hot cocoa packet adhered to the back...Sorry about the poor photos!

Sunday, April 12, 2009

This is for the Birds!"

This week's challenge at the Stamptacular Sunday Challenge Blog is called "This is for the Birds!" For the challenge you are required to create a project that incorporates at least ONE bird, and, of course, stamping!

If you know me at all you know that I haven't been a lover of any of the bird stamps that have come out so this challenge was quite the challenge for me!

Anyways, this is what I came up with! I'm fairly happy with the final results and think it looks much better in real life than it does here in this photo. I clear heat embossed the flowers on the Cancer Cannot poem and for some added dimension I heat embossed the birds and cut each one out so I could pop them up off of the card.

Thanks for taking the time to look...

Sunday, April 5, 2009


are always exciting! And...I can tell you, today's debut of the new Stamptacular Sunday Challenge Blog is no exception! The Design Team and I have been working really hard, over the past several weeks, to make sure everything was in place so that today was just PERFECT for all our visitors!

This week's challenge is called "New Beginnings" in honor of our brand new challenge blog. We have tons of exciting, unique and fun challenges planned and I'm sure there's something to peak the interest of EVERYONE! So, please, check out our challenges every week! Each Sunday, at 6:00 AM (EST) we will post a new challenge for the week. The rules are simple...follow the theme provided, create an ORIGINAL project made specifically for our challenge, post it on your blog with a link back to our blog, leave a comment with a direct link to your blog to make it easy for us to find you AND make sure you use some sort of stamping on your project!'s that easy! Once you've followed all the rules, you'll be entered into a random drawing to win a fabulous prize!

Don't forget, if you enter at least THREE times during any given month you'll be entered into the contest to be our Guest Designer for a month! As a winner, you'll receive an award banner to post on your blog letting all your friends know you've won AND you'll be invited to be a featured designer on our blog for an entire month! Now...who wouldn't want that?

Anyways...enough of the boring stuff...

Because today is our special debut, we've planned several fun activities for anyone to participate in throughout the day. sure to check out our blog often today, participate in the fun and you could be the instant winner of a fabulous prize!

Hope you'll join us for our weekly fun! Can't wait to get to know you and see what you create!

Here's my submission for today's challenge: New Beginnings

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Blog Candy Give-Away!

I have had a bit of time to blog hop today and thought I'd share with all of you the wonderful Blog Candy Give-Away that I came across.

Lis-Trations Art and Design Company are giving away the Spring Elisabeth Bell collection and a signed 9x12 print from either the Sweet Art Colour or Sweet Art Ebony series! What a fabulous prize to win!

Good luck!

Friday, April 3, 2009

Stamptacular Sunday Challenge!

The wait and suspense is almost over! Only two more days until the debut of the Stamptacular Sunday Challenges begin!

It seems like forever ago the announcement to find the PERFECT Design Team was posted and now...the fun is just around the corner! We have tons of fun and unique challenges planned and hope that our challenge blog becomes one of the most successful on the internet.

There's guaranteed to be a favorite challenge for everyone...all are welcome to participate no matter what your creative level is! The only stipulations to play along are that you MUST use some type of stamping on each project you create and your submissions MUST be original and specifically designed just for our challenge!

It all begins on April 5th, 2009 at 6:00 AM Eastern Standard Time, so please check us out at and join us for our first challenge! In honor of our new adventure, we'll also have lots of other fun and prizes going on throughout the day too! So, be sure to stop back often to help us celebrate our "New Beginning" and to ensure you don't miss out on any of the activities!

Can't wait to meet you!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

I know it's been quite a while...

since my last post but I really do have a good excuse! Honest!

I've been extremely busy trying to get everything ready for my new challenge blog Stamptacular Sunday Challenge, that will begin posting on April 5th. I am so excited about beginning this new journey and have the absolute BEST Design Team ever! They, too, have been working very hard and are just as excited as I am! So, please add us to your blog, make a habit of stopping by to visit us each week and join in all the fun we have in store for you!

On top of all this, my family and I have been going through quite a struggle. It seems like it's always something and when it rains, it pours! I won't bore you with the details but please just know that I'll be back in full force after the launch of the challenge blog, if not before!

Anyways, I just wanted to touch base with all of you and let you know that I appreciate your continued support and all the visits to my blog!


Tuesday, March 3, 2009

House Mouse Challenge #27

This week's challenge was to use CHIPBOARD. Well, I don't generally buy chipboard because I have no clue what to do with it. The only thing I could come up with is this chipboard coaster calendar. Nothing fancy but hope it counts anyways!

Monday, February 23, 2009

Looking for Design Team Members!

Thank you for visiting the Stamptacular Sunday Challenge Blog! We will be launching our first challenge on April 5th, 2009.

But, before then I am looking to put together the perfect Design Team! As a DT member you will be required to:

* Submit a completed project weekly, via e-mail, following the challenge requirements, no later than the Friday before the challenge is posted to the blog!
* Take excellent quality photos of your completed projects.
* Post positive comments on ALL participants' blogs sometime during the week of the particular challenge they participate in.
* Be an active DT member of our Sunday Challenge Blog, share with me any and all challenge ideas you may have and want to see as one of our blog challenges, and HOST challenges, if needed.
* Help to find sponsors willing to donate prizes for our challenges (this can be friends, companies or yourself)
* Be open and honest with me when you feel there's a problem or something needs to be addressed or anytime you just want to chit chat.
* ENJOY participating and being part of my DT!


If the above sounds like something you would like to be a part of and you're interested in becoming a Design Team member for our Brand New Sunday Challenge Blog, PLEASE e-mail me 2-5 samples of your BEST least ONE of your submissions MUST be something other than a greeting card and ALL submissions MUST contain stamping! No scrapbook layouts, please!

Please e-mail your submissions to by midnight February 27, 2009 to qualify. Accepted Design Team members will be notified no later than Friday March 6th, 2009.

Good Luck,

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Magnetic Fridge Notepad

Here is the results of a SWAP I joined. The SWAP was to create an altered magnetic refrigerator notepad. It just so happened that I got several magnetic calendars from the dentist office the other day and decided to use them as the base for my notepads. It worked out really well, at least I think! Besides, on the backside of the notepad is a 2010 calendar and a list of all the holidays. Anyways, I just covered the front of the magnetic calendars with pattern paper, made a small scallop topper for the notepad and stamped on the paper to give it a decorative finish. VOILA! It was quick and easy! I sure hope the recipients think they turned out nice.

Monday, February 16, 2009

House Mouse Challenge #25

I am so excited to have been able to play this week! This week's challenge was a sketch and boy was it a fantastic challenge and so much fun to create! Thanks for the inspiration!

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Paper Piecing...

Hi everyone...I haven't been creating much lately but thought I'd share with you some of my paper piecings that I've created in the past. Paper piecing is a ton of work BUT...for me, it's very
relaxing. Click on each image and you'll be able to notice that each individual section has been created from a piece of paper. Drawn and cut to the exact shape that I needed to complete the final image.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Perpetual Calendar

Before the holidays I was working on a couple of calendar layouts for a SWAP that I was in. I was responsible for creating April, July and December. So far I've shared the April and July layouts and many of you have been patiently, or NOT, waiting for me to post my December creation...

Well, here it is...

Friday, February 6, 2009

Birthday Wishes

Here are a couple of
Birthday cards that I created to go inside of a paint can gift set. I absolutely love how they turned out and will definitely be using this idea again! They were so quick and easy!

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Thank you...for your friendship!

I know you always hear me talking about a group that I'm in, Scrappin' In Toledo, December we had our annual Christmas Crop. Boy was it a blast! We always have tons of activities, prizes, and an abundance of yummy food! Not to mention that most of us are able to get together all in one place to hang out, chit chat and have a great time! Anyways, this year one of our activities was a Shoebox SWAP. Everyone attending the crop created a card, provided all the materials and put them in a shoebox for each person at the crop to duplicate one of their creations. Then, at the crop all of the shoeboxes were put in one area and during the crop we all had the opportunity to sit down and make each one of the cards. When we were all finished we had about 14-16 cards that were all made and ready to be sent to someone special throughout the year! What a GREAT idea...well, in theory anyways. Unfortunately, we ran out of time and not everyone had the time to complete all the was still FUN!

Here's a look at the card I made and prepared the supplies for.

Friday, January 30, 2009

I received a HUG!

Thanks Anne for sending me this Hug award! How sweet of you to think of me!
The rules are that I must pass this on to 5 other people...
1. Adria
2. Carmen
3. Danielle
4. Lavada
5. Leslie

Make 'n Take

I'm in a scrapbooking/stamping group and designed this Make 'n Take for us to do. It was a big HIT...I'm not sure what everyone liked more...the homemade candy or the project itself! LOL

Anyways, it was really fun being able to show everyone the crayon resist technique that I learned a while ago at a stamp convention I went to. You should try's super easy and creates a stunning effect!

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Penny Black Saturday Challenge: Frame It!

I am having so much fun being able to participate in blog challenges again! This is a card I made for the Penny Black Challenge. Don't you just love Penny Black? I know I sure do...and am completely addicted! Seems like I just can't get enough of these cute little hedgehog stamps, especially now that I have Copics and my coloring isn't so horrible.

Thanks for looking! Hope to see you again soon!

Monday, January 26, 2009

House Mouse Challenge #22

I am so excited to be joining in on all the fun challenge blogs again! I sure do hope that life will stop getting in the way and prohibiting me from my fun! For this challenge we needed to use paper piercing...something that I never even think about adding to my creations! Thanks for the fun House Mouse Challenge!

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Polished Stone Technique

Before Christmas I was trying to teach a friend how to do the polished stone technique on ceramic tile coasters. Instead of using coasters, I used glossy paper to show her the technique. Well, I decided to use my examples as backgrounds and then came up with this card design. I liked it so much I decided to make a few changes and create a variety of cards. Here are three of the designs I came up with.

Blog Awards...

Oh my goodness! I've been away for so long and come back to so many wonderful blog awards! Thank you so much Carolyn, Leslie, and Ikki! It is such an honor to know that others visit my blog and are inspired by my creativity! I am so sorry that I've been away for so long...Unfortunately, the chaos of life seems to have gotten the best of me over these last couple of months but hopefully I can get back on track and start blogging regularly again! I sure do miss being creative, blogging, and chatting with my online friends!

This is the award from Carolyn!

"The rules are to give it to five others, who shall give it to five others.. You shall link the one you got it from, and also the ones you give it to:) And let them know. And there is more... You have to write down five things you are addicted to...."

1. I'm addicted to spending time with my family and friends!

2. I'm addicted to stamps!

3. I'm addicted to the internet and finding new projects to create!

4. I'm addicted to shopping!

5. I'm addicted to JUNK food!

I would like to pass this award on to: Becky, Dawn, Mel, Sharon, and Julie

This is the lovely award from Leslie!

This blog invests and believes in the PROXIMITY - nearness in space, time and relationships! These blogs are exceedingly charming. These kind bloggers aim to find and be friends. They are not interested in prizes or self-aggrandizement. Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated. Please give more attention to these writers! Deliver this award to eight bloggers who must choose eight more and include this cleverly-written text into the body of their award.

For this award, I'd like to pass it on to: Anne, Camilla, Elisabeth, Malin, Yvonne, Suzanne, Jorunn, and Miijja

This award is from my SBS sister, Ikki, and is to be passed on to five other bloggers that are inspiring or encouraging.

I'd like to share this award with: Tessa, Belinda, Aija, Lillimor, and Lene

Thanks for all the inspiration, encouragement and compliments! I really appreciate you all!