Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween!!

Hi, it's Sherry today.  I have been MIA but I was able to get in the stamp room this week. I love Halloween, don't you?  I just think it is a great time of year and who doesn't like candy?  I have a quick card for you today.  Everything here is definitely at least a year old for sure.  I wish we could use our Halloween stuff all year round, don't you?  It's just fun and reminds me of being a kid with no worries except if I had to wear a coat over my Halloween costume if it was too cold.  ;)  
Stamps: PSA Essentials
Paper: PTI Plum Pudding and White; Gina K Black; Basic Grey Eerie Pad
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: Ribbon, Twine, Nestabilities, PTI button
I hope you have a great day and gets lots of candy.  If you are recuperating from Hurricane Sandy please know that my thoughts and prayers for your quick recovery are with you.

Have a great day!- Sherry

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Eternal Summer

Kim let us have an 'anything goes' week. I think she must have known Hurricane Sandy would be bearing down on us, and we'd need relaxing time to work on easy projects. We are all hoping everyone out there is safe and secure.

Winter is rapidly approaching with some areas seeing snow already. I guess that's why this quote caught my eye and I just knew it needed to be with this wisteria 'tree'. The quote is "There shall be eternal summer in the grateful heart." By Celia Thaxter. This photo makes it look a little washed out, but really it's a subtle, vintage aging process that I did with Distress markers and inks.

I have hoarded this paper - it's old Basic Grey (seriously, do I have anything else?), Cappella. This paper just speaks old Chantilly, southern charm and hot French Quarter summers. Hopefully it will take your mind off your current worries, and let you enjoy a steamy cup of rich coffee. Have a great day!

Ta for now,

Cardstock - Gina K Designs Pure Luxury
Patterned Paper - Basic Grey, Cappella
Stamps - Happy Camper, Sending Sunshine by Theresa Momber/GKD
Inks - Memento, Distress pads and markers
Dies - Spellbinders, Tim Holtz, McGill
Misc - Brads - Bazzill, Rhinestones - Basic Grey, Flowers - Prima

Monday, October 29, 2012

Fall Floral

Hi all!

This week is anything goes, so I thought I would stamp on kraft cardstock.

I love the look of soft colors and images on kraft. 

Since we are riding out Hurricane Sandy on the East Coast, I made a floral card using fall colors. 

Thanks for stopping by!
Make sure to check out what Ky has in store for tomorrow. 


Friday, October 26, 2012

A Merry Hallowe'en

Kim challenged us all to make a card with a Halloween theme this week, and while I was looking for some stamps to use for this I came across a bunch of paper that I completely forgot about. To be honest I don't even remember buying this, so it has probably been here for quite a while.
The paper is from Creative Imaginations and had several really cute vintage Halloween images, so I ended up just using one of these. I made the border using a Spellbinders die and added some black gems for a bit of sparkle.
Thank you for stopping by!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Halloween Fun

Hello there!  Maria here today to share a Halloween card.  While cleaning my stamping area today I came across some stamps from Outlines that were brand new and never inked!  2 of them are Halloween stamps so of course I used it for this week's challenge.

I used some old halloween paper in my stash and fibers which I haven't used in forever!

Go look in your stash and I'm sure you will find something that is suitable for Halloween that hasn't been used in a long time!

Thanks for stopping by today!


Tuesday, October 23, 2012


Hey friends, it's me, Ky, again. Kim challenged us to make a trick-or-treat themed card. I love this time of year, but I seldom send cards out. Still, I have a few things that I just couldn't resist having in my collection (hoard) for the season.

I love my distress inks, and Tim Holtz could put his name on a can of air and I might have to buy it. KWIM?? Yeah - I see you glancing over at your Holtz-hoard!

All the images are from Tim's Halloween Silhouette stamp set. I also used his paper rosette die, and trimmed it to make a smaller circle. I inked the words stamp with my Distress Markers, then embossed them with the matching die. You can see how they don't match up perfectly, which is perfect for the vintage look! I aged the background with 3 Distress Inks - Antique Linen, Mustard Seed, and Scattered Straw. I sprinkled drops of water and a fine mist over the card to make it look weathered.

I stamped and carefully cut all the creatures, covering the spider in glossy accents. Once I had cut the cat out, I turned it over (you don't want everything facing toward your card fold - hard on the eyes!), colored it with my Copic special black marker, and pasted him down.

I want to give a shout out to my dear friend, Jimmi Mayo - she was so gracious and generous to share some of her old Creative Imaginations paper with me. I used a little of it here. I am hoarding the rest to make my Configurations halloween shadow box. That will have to wait until the studio is complete. Maybe by Easter....

Well, that's all for today. Don't forget to check in tomorrow to see what inspiration we'll have for you.

Happy haunting!


Monday, October 22, 2012

Happy Fright Night

Hi everyone!

This week, I challenged the girls to make a card that has to do with 
Trick or Treat night. 

They can do anything.
A door, candy, Halloween long as it has to do with trick or treat. 

I pulled out some long forgotten pattered paper that my friend, Jimmi, sent me last year. 
I think it is by Echo Park, but I'm not sure. 

The jack-o-lantern is stamped and popped up on pop dots, as is the punched corner. 
Happy Fright Night is also stamped onto the paper image. (it was part of the patterned paper).

Thanks for stopping by! 
Make sure to check back tomorrow


Friday, October 19, 2012

Gift Card Holder

Hi, Eva here today.
This week I have been working on making some gift card holders for Christmas, since I am sure that we will need several for teachers gifts, family and friends. I have a large stash of double sided Christmas paper and made several of these this week.
I tried making this kind of card before, and found it difficult to do with card stock, but using some double sided paper it was really easy, and came out looking great.
This is the inside, which I kept pretty simple and as you can see it has a pocket for a gift card, cash or even a small treat.
The paper is from K&Co, and the sentiment stamp is from Unity from a set called Christmas Bough.
Thank you for stopping by, and I hope that you are inspired to used what you have to make some fabulous new stuff.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Mixed Media Fun

Hey there!

SO I love to work on mixed media on canvas and in journals.  I have been inspired by the art and classes of Christy Tominlinson and Melody Ross.  Today I have a project created on an 8x10 canvas board.

This is using papers I found in my stash I totally forgot about.  I know I purchased it a while ago it's a Melody Ross paper pack.  I think I got it at Joannes but never used it.  All the images I used including the words are from this paper pack.

There is alot of stamping texture on this as well.  On the left I used a Tim Holtz stamp which I had never inked up!  I also used some old Unity on it as well.  Above the word "She" is a metal SU brad I found in my stash which I hot glued to the board.

Well thanks for stopping on by today!  And remember to go through your stash and USE WHAT YOU HAVE!

Till next time!


Wednesday, October 17, 2012

A Little Midweek Lift

Hi, it's Ky again! I've got a little project here that is just the ticket to lift someone's spirits up. We all struggle with problems in common, yet no one is the same. The uniqueness makes us seek one another out for comfort.

All the patterned paper is Basic Grey and Cosmo Cricket. The cardstock is Bazzill. I used two sets, Lovely Labels by Nina Brackett and Inside and Out stamp sets (both by Gina K Designs) were used with Memento inks. Lovely Labels are wonderful - they were created to fit perfectly with several of the most popular Spellbinder's Nestabilities Labels dies. LOVE!!♥ And the edging at the top was cut using Sizzix's Tim Holtz die, Scrollwork.

Fix a card for a friend in need. Use your old stuff with new inspiration. They will appreciate it, and won't care how old your materials are. It will be precious, I promise.

Catch ya later!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Hey Girlfriend!

Hello friends! It's Ky again, here with a little inspiration for you. Do you know there are tons of new challenges on Splitcoast Stampers website? Yeah, the cards we make are sent to MD Anderson for cancer patients to use, and about $6500 worth of prizes being given away, too. The event is known as Hope You Can Cling To or HYCCT. Once you're done here, go check them out! There's a new challenge every day.

My project today was completed for one of those challenges. This is Tami Mayberry's awesome set - You Go Girl, by Gina K Designs. It's filled with great sentiments of encouragement, perfect for Breast Cancer Awareness month, or anytime. It's really easy to paper piece with, too. I've paired it up with more old Basic Grey papers, and a little faux stitching.

Ok - I'm off to play more challenges. If you decide to make something, link it up here, in the comments, so we can enjoy it too! Have a great day!

Ta for now,

Monday, October 15, 2012

Rustic Birthday


No challenge or guidelines today, so I made a rustic birthday card.

My husband's beloved great uncle just celebrated his 90th birthday, and I wanted something simple, yet elegant for him. 

I used Sherry's card as inspiration. I really love how she used the weathered background stamp on the kraft cardstock. So, that's what I wanted to use. I haven't inked that up in YEARS. 

I think it turned out ok, for a Clean and Simple card.

Don't forget to come back tomorrow and see what else is being made with OLD supplies. 

Friday, October 12, 2012

Catching Dreams

Kim challenged us all to use pink this week, and pink is my favorite color, so it should have been a breeze for me. But for some reason it was a real challenge to make something using pink last night, and it took me forever to make a card with pink on it. The stamps I ended up using have been in my stash for years, and I had never used any in this set before, which I will fix now, because all the stamps in this set are amazing.

The stamp is from Unity from the Love Life kit, papers are from Gina K, Stampin' Up, and PTI. The twine is also from PTI, flower from Petaloo, and I think that the pins are from May Arts.
Thank you for stopping by and have a great weekend!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Happy Thursday!

Hey there folks!  This week we are to use Pink so I pulled out some cool blooms from Websters Pages that I have had in my stash for some time,  I decided to keep it simple and make a big flower on a square card.

I added a Gina K Designs butterfly in the middle with a saying from the Take Flight set.  I hadn't used this set in some time and thought it would work well.  I think the bloom looks great but I'm not sure about the paper pieced butterfly.

Anyhow,  go dig in your stash and use something that you haven't in some time!  We buy this stuff to use it!

Happy Thursday!


Tuesday, October 9, 2012

One Layer Scares Me

I loved Kim's project from yesterday - she used her stamps to make her background. I'm doing something similar, but of course, it is one of my most uncomfortable techniques - the ONE LAYER card!

The key to making a great one-layer card is choosing the perfect stamp set and layout. I used Theresa Momber's set Whimsical Wishes from Gina K Designs, released in June of 2011.

I placed my Spellbinder's die on the card blank, and embossed it using the tan rubber mat. I used the die as a mask and blended on Spun Sugar distress ink leaving just the middle with very little ink. This gives a glowing effect to your image.

Next, I stamped the flower in Picked Raspberry distress ink. I put my distress pens to the rubber for the leaves and stems using the thumping technique. I huffed on the image a few times to remoisten the ink, and stamped it. The sentiment (I just adore the size of this stamp - it's perfect for single layer projects!) was inked in Picked Raspberry distress ink and stamped. I added some Bling It from Basic Grey, and there you go!

Thanks again for stopping by - I hope we have inspired you to give a little lovin' to your older products, and share your projects with us. We'd love to see what you make!

Ta for now,

Monday, October 8, 2012

PINK for October

Happy Monday!!

This week I challenged all of the ladies to use PINK on their cards!

It didn't have to be the entire card, just somewhere.

Those that know me know I LOVE pink and kraft together. 

SO.....that is what I used. 

I paired a PaperTrey Ink set with some pink, kraft, white, and chocolate to make a simple and elegant birthday card. 

Make sure to stop by tomorrow to see how Ky used PINK!

Friday, October 5, 2012

Mixed Messages

Hi, Sherry again here today!  Today's card is made with several old sets from 3 different companies.  Unfortunately, I was in need of a a Sympathy card.  A co-worker's wife passed away and of course no words can bring comfort but hopefully one day he will know he was thought of.
I stamped SU's Weathered on Gina K Kraft card stock (my favorite base CS here lately) in SU Close to Cocoa.  The sentiment is stamped with PTI Enchanted Evening.  I still have quite a few of their Pallette inks. I've heard some stampers have had issues with the inks, but mine are still stamping perfectly.  They are at least 3 years old.  I'm not complaining!  The image is stamped with Memento Rich Cocoa and colored with Prismacolor Pencils.

Stamps: SU Weathered BG, Thoughts of Father; PTI and Random Unity
Paper: Gina K Kraft; MFP Pensacola Sand
Ink: SU Close to Coca; Memento Rich Cocoa; PTI Enchanted Evening
Accessories: Prismacolor Pencils; Nestabilities
As you can see I did a lot of mixing up of brands to get the card I wanted.  I used to feel I had to use all the same company stamps (or even the same set) on a card - especially when I was on Design Teams. I am enjoying the freedom of using whatever I want out of my supplies.  It's really fun to mix and match.  I hope I have inspired you to mix it up also.  Tomorrow is WORLD CARD MAKING DAY- so pull out your old supplies and have some fun!! 

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Tag Your It...

Hey there friends!  Today I have a tag to share with you.

I hand cut the tag using white cardstock.  All the pattern papers are papers that were just hanging out in my stash.  The cute image is by My Favorite Things and it is one that has been in my stash for a LONG time but I NEVER inked it up!  Well it was about time don't you think?

I paper pieced her dress and the mushroom and I added some stickles to her wings and wand.  I hope this inspires to find that stamp you bought a long time ago but NEVER used it!

Till tomorrow!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

CAS Wednesday

Eva here today, and this week I have been working on cards for OWH so I can send a box full of cards to them by the end of the week.
I have been trying to make more cards for kids, and I made a few using these cute stickers that I have had for a while.

I love this little monkey, and I hope that he will help bring a smile to someone who is missing their mom or dad while they are deployed.
K & Co. sticker
A Muse sentiment stamp
Crate Paper "Toy Box Collection" dp
PTI card stock
Spellbinders petite scalloped circles
Thank you for stopping by, and come back tomorrow to see what Maria has made for you. Eva

Tuesday, October 2, 2012


Hi friends - it's Ky today. Last week, Maria challenged us to use paper piecing to make a card. Well, I have a confession. When I paper piece, I can't make just ONE card.

I had a three-part image, and I had to cut one of each critter to make one complete, pieced image. That meant I had enough left over for 2 more images.

So I just used the same layout and swapped the papers around to get the set completed. This is the old Basic Grey Nook and Pantry paper set - remember how huge this set was? I remember waiting weeks to find it in-stock, finally!

This is perfect if you need one to send, and want to donate the others to a great cause like Hope You Can Cling To (Splitcoaster's card drive for cancer) or Operation Write Home (benefiting soldiers deployed overseas and their families here at home). Pull out your old stuff, and give it a whirl. You might surprise yourself!

Ta for now,


Stamps - Gina K Designs Basket Blessings (Feb 2011, Melanie Muenchinger illustrator), and Spring Basket
Cardstock - Gina K Designs Pure Luxury, Bazzill
Patterned Paper - Basic Grey Nook & Pantry
Misc brad, ribbon, pearl, and fern leaf punch by McGill

Monday, October 1, 2012

Woo Hoo- It's Monday! ;)

Sherry here- it's Monday.  It's not my favorite day of the week, but it isn't so bad when you have a card made with a "classic" stamp set.  For today's card I am using (again) Stampin' Up's Just Celebrate.  What can I say?  It was still on my desk and it has been extremely under-utilized.  I think I will be using it more in the future- it's a great stamp set!
For today's card I used the Owl from the set.  I just love this little guy. He can be paper-pieced or colored and either way- he's totally adorable!
The card stock is from Gina K but I can't remember the patterned paper (don't you hate it when you cut off the strip with the info on it?)  I went with paper-piecing and used Nestabilies.  I hope you like it and are inspired to pull out your old supplies and make it fresh!  Have a great Monday (yes it is possible...I think? lol)!