July 2008

Once again, I love the colors Kristina chose for her Color Challenge 15. These colors are right up my alley. I love green and brown together; it’s a beautiful combination. Here’s the inspiration:

And here’s the card I created:

I used Adirondack Dimensional Pearls in lettuce (OK, not celery, but pretty close!). They add a bit of shimmer and dimension. Here’s a closeup:

I can’t wait to see what everyone else comes up with!


  • Certainly celery, chocolate chip, close to cocoa, really rust and whisper white cardstock (Stampin’ Up)
  • Always stamp set (Stampin’ Up)
  • Chocolate Chip ink pad (Stanpin’ Up)
  • Dimensional pearls in lettuce (Adirondack)
  • Nestabilities and Cuttlebug
  • Brown grosgrain ribbon
  • Dimensional adhesives

As a new Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, I really want my new customers to know that I appreciate their support. So, with each order, I enclose a little goodie – usually in the form of chocolate. I just made a batch of thank you tags that I’ll tie on some treat bags with Hershey Kisses inside. Cute and delicious!


  • Very vanilla cardstock (Stampin’ Up)
  • Red cardstock from my stash
  • For a Friend hostess stamp set (Stampin’ Up)
  • Chocolate Chip ink
  • Markers (some Stampin’ Up, some Marvy)
  • Offray ribbon
  • Corner rounder punch

A good friend of mine has a birthday coming up, so I made this card for her. I used the Card of the Week Challenge #2 sketch for the layout. I found this one more difficult than I thought I would, but overall, I’m happy with the results.


  • Whisper white cardstock (Stampin’ Up)
  • Designer paper (Wild Asparagus)
  • Red cardstock from my stash
  • Greetings Galore stamp set (Stampin’ Up)
  • Chocolate Chip ink (Stampin’ Up)
  • Watercolor pencils (Prismacolor) and blender pen (Stampin’ Up)
  • Cuttlebug swiss dots embossing folder
  • Offray ribbon

From July 1 through August 10 (or while supplies last), you can purchase Stampin’ Up Hodgepodge Hardware at a 25% discount. The regular price is $27.95. Sale price is $20.96. Choose from 3 different finishes:

  • Aged Copper: Item #105532
  • Antique Brass: Item #105531
  • Pewter: Item #105515

Each set includes a 138-piece assortment of hardware you can use on cards and in scrapbook layouts. Plus, you’ll receive 100 matching brads.

Take a look at page 188 in the Spring-Summer 2008 Catalog to see the set. Then give me a call if you’d like to order!

My sister’s birthday is next week and get this – I made a card for her today! Not the night before!

I love this color combination. It really pops.

Hope she likes it too!

I am loving the Cuttlebug. Today, I spent some time practicing using it and watching some technique videos on YouTube. What a huge help they were!


  • Whisper white cardstock (Stampin’ Up!)
  • Red cardstock from my stash
  • Pool cardstock (Paper Source)
  • Designer paper from my stash (sorry, I don’t know the manufacturer)
  • Cuttlebug happy birthday embossing folder
  • Nestabilities
  • Scallop punch (Stampin’ Up!)
  • Chocolate chip ink
  • It’s All Good stamp set (Stampin’ Up)
  • Aqua Offray ribbon

I made this card for a friend of mine who recently had a baby. This was fun!

I’m really happy with the colors and the buttons!


  • Whisper White card stock (Stampin’ Up!)
  • Designer paper (Wild Asparagus)
  • Greetings Galore stamp set (Stampin’ Up!)
  • Chocolate Chip ink pad (Stampin’ Up!)
  • Watercolor pencils (Prismacolor)
  • Blender pen (Stampin’ Up!)
  • Nestabilities
  • Light green ribbon (Offray)
  • Buttons
  • Blue embroidery floss

Hope you all had a wonderful holiday weekend. I’m excited that we still have one more day off work!

I had a blast with this color challenge. I love the colors, but even more so, I liked the challenge to make something bold and sassy. Just a few days ago, I bought pewter Offray ribbon that matches basic gray cardstock almost exactly. I’m so happy to use it already.

Here is Kristina‘s inspiration this week:

Here’s my take on the challenge:

You can probably tell by the sentiment (?) that I’m a Grey’s Anatomy fan. I chose to stay with the black/gray/white colors and not use Ruby Red and River Rock. This card makes me chuckle when I look at it. Hope it brings a smile to your face too!


  • Basic black, basic gray, and whisper white cardstock (Stampin’ Up!)
  • Pewter ribbon (Offray)
  • Black brad (Stampin’ Up!)
  • Adhesive chipboard alphabet (Heidi Swapp)
  • White gold glitter (Martha Stewart)
  • Heat and stick powder (Stampin’ Up)

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