I never heard from Rebecha regarding the October blog candy so the new winner is ..............
Sandra please contact me with your mailing address and I will get your stamped images on their way.

I am back to blogging finally! I should be back throughout the week with several new cards. Here is the latest Michael's coupon for all my followers. I am off to use it this morning!

Happy crafting,

It is time to announce the winner of the October stamped image giveaway. This months luck winner is:

Please contact me with your mailing information and I will get your new goodies on their way to you. Enjoy and thanks for entering!

I know I have been MIA for a few weeks, but volleyball is now over and I can resume my cardmaking. Check back this week for my next blog candy giveaway.

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No card today - but I wanted to share with you a few emails we have received regarding the Labor Day cards for the troops challenge over at Splitcoast Stampers. Over 800 cards were donated this time. Reading these emails makes all the time I spent on my 70 some cards well worth the while. I can't wait for the next round!

Here are a few of the emails:

THANK YOU!!!! Tell all the ladies thank you too!! We got your box today, and for a prolific note writer like me you are a God send! Now I'll be able to send them (my 6 nieces and nephews) all my little notes and hellos! I'm so excited. Also, I want to tell everyone what a fantastic job you do!

These cards are perfect, in what they say and how they look! I have rubber stamps of my own at home, I might just have to join the group when I get back... I do have to get back to work now, but I want to thank all of you one more time! Feel free to email me if you'd like.
Thanks again!

Sgt. Erin

More cards would be welcomed over here. The box has been open for about an hour and about half of the cards are gone already! Some will be going to the children of the Marines over here, others were sponsored by friends whom are teachers so they will be going back to the kids who write us. Either way, the cards are greatly appreciated! Thanks again!


Hi, I'm Tiffany. I am one of the Marines that received some of your cards. Thank you for thinking about us and taking the time to do all of that for us. I can only imagine how much time and effort it took to put all of it together.


My name is SSgt Jeff and I am currently in Iraq and I received one of
your boxes full of handmade cards, first of all you guys should market that
stuff I paid money before for cards that were not even half as nice as those
and second I would have never thought a group of rough neck marines would
appreciate something like that they have all been bragging about the cards
and cant wait to receive more. I think you have been corosponding with one of my Sgt's. Well ladies once again thank you and feel free to keep in touch we love it.


My name is Jake. Our Company received a box of your group's cards this past week and I wanted to write you a short note to say thank you. When the announcement was made to distribute the cards, you would have thought they were handing out candy. They have made a tremendous impact on the morale of our Marines and for that, I cannot thank you enough. I think it is awesome that your group gives up time with their families to get together and make these awesome cards so that we have something to send home to our families. Sure, we have paper, but a card says "I love you" or "I miss you" with a little more conviction and you have selflessly provided that media. Again, thank you so much for your time and cards.


I have a few sets of senior pictures to do this week and then I should be able to get back to my card making.

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Each Saturday Amy at My Creative Clutter posts a card sketch. In honor of some cooler California weather, I inked up this Sugar Nellie Splashing Maggie stamp. It is one of the six that I won over at the Sugar Bowl last month. I found this rain cloud paper in a DCVW spring stack. It took me a few tries to color it. I added a little crosshatching with a dark grey pencil to the underside of the umbrella and some white lines to the top of the umbrella to give it a little more dimension. Amy's card sketch is shown below. Be sure to hop on over and check out her blog!

Recipe for this card:

Stamp: Sugar Nellie Splashing Maggie

Papers: Stampin Up: Bashful Blue, DCVW Spring Stack

Embellies: Prima flowers, brads

Prismacolor pencils: PC949, PC904, PC917, PC993, PC1086, PC1022, PC927, PC1040, PC1058, PC948, PC936

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I finally had time to put together a few cards for the Splitcoast Stampers WishRAK September card challenges. This card was made for the color challenge. The colors were barely banana, certainly celery, and real red. You had the option to throw in some regal rose and old olive. I didn't have all of those colors, but they said to just use something as close as you can. The only restriction is that you must use something received from Wish RAK. I used some certainly celery cardstock I received from Wish RAK a while back. I used some prima colors that were close to barely banana instead of cardstock.

This image is from High Hopes and is called Summer Sweetness. I colored it with prismacolor pencils and gamasol. I think I am going to stick with my prismas for a while instead of investing in copics. I have been reading about copic coloring techniques and figure I can do the same thing with my prismas. I just need to practice. So for now, no copics.

Recipe for this card:

Stamp: High Hopes Summer Sweetness

Papers: Stampin Up: Certainly Celery, Barely Banana, Regal Rose; Red paper from stash; Debbie Mumm: Pink Java (watermelon printed paper)

Tools: Tonic Studios: ticket corner punch

Embellies: Polka dot ribbon from stash, Prima flowers, brads

Prismacolor pencils: PC1030, 0C993, E1086, PC988, PC916, PC909, PC989, PC 925, PC947, PC941, PC927

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Here is card for the September Wish Rak challenge. I barely made the deadline this month. This was a sketch challenge. The Wish RAK item I used was the Baby Sittin' image from High Hopes. I ran the white cardstock through the cuttlebug with the swiss dots embossing folder. The polka dot ribbon is from Michael's. The skittles are clear decorative accents that I got from Michael's and dyed with alcohol inks.

Happy Stamping

I found this Studio G jack-o-lantern stamp in a bin of stamps at Michael's a few weeks ago. I bought a few of these stamps for the small sentiments that came with them. I find a number of them fit inside my EK Success word window punch. You can't beat the price at $1 each.

For these cards I used the same basic sketch and just changed the placement of the sentiment and image a little. The circles were cut using my Cricut and then I stamped the jack-o-lantern image in the center. My daughter colored them with prismacolor pencils. For the middle card, I ran the orange paper through my Cuttlebug with the Boo To You embossing folder. The third card was made with scraps of DSP paper.

Happy stamping,

Christmas is almost here. Can you believe it? It seems like the year has flown by. I decided to set a jump start on some Christmas cards since I got my cards for the troops project done. This stamped image is called Santa Collage. I used some bashful blue Stampin Up cardstock for the base. The silver paper is from a store called Paper Plus. We have one about 45 miles from here and they carry a wide variety of envelopes and Neenah solar white cardstock. This metallic comes in a variety of metallic colors and you get 50 sheets to a package. It is a better buy than the Stampin Up brushed Silver. I ran the piece of silver cardstock through the cuttlebug with the snowflake folder. (I love my cuttlebug. It is definitely one of my best investments.)

Anyways ladies - Christmas will be here before we know it so why not get started on those holiday cards now!

Have a great weekend,

**Open until 9pm October 31, 2009**

Since I never got around to offering a September blog candy I have decided to offer some very hard to get stamped images for the October blog candy. These images are from a Swedish line called hÄnglar & stÄnglar. The company does not ship the stamps outside of Sweden or Norway. I was able to obtain these stamped images from an individual in the United Kingdom. They are stamped on a UK brand of cardstock using Stazon black ink. The lucky winner will receive one each of 26 stamped images.

You can enter as many times as you like, however there are two requirements. 1) You must either be a follower of this blog “or” leave a link on your blog to me – and 2) Leave me a message on this post to say you have done it – simple right?

The winner will be picked at random on the night the candy closes. I will attempt to email the winner via their blog. If I am unable to email the winner and they do not contact me within 72 hours the winner will forfeit their prize and I will choose another winner at random.

Who will the lucky winner be?
Well I don't really know if I like markers yet or not, but I have been spending a lot of time researching Copic markers this week. I stumbled across this great blog with TONS of useful information and techniques about Copic markers. It is called I Like Markers. The author Marianne Walker is a product specialist for Copic markers. If you are a beginner, like me, I suggest starting at the oldest post and working forward.

Go check it out!
I am becoming a bigger fan of digital images. I found this image at Mo's Digital Pencil. It is called "The Big One." It is a great image for Fall cards. I ran a piece of burgundy cardstock through the Cuttlebug with the Autumn Type folder. It went perfectly with this piece of paper from my box of scraps. It is hard to tell from the picture but I did color his head a pale yellow to show a hint of hair. Be sure to check out Mo's Digital Pencil. She is always adding new image!

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I am interested in learning what everyone's favorite coloring medium is for their stamped images. When I first began card making I went with the prismacolor pencils and gamasol. Then the gamasol kind of went out the window and I started coloring with just the pencils and a blending pencil. I would like a more vibrant look to my images and have been thinking about investing a few copic markers. They seem like they make be a little difficult to use at first, but the images I have seen colored with them look so nice. My question for today is what is your favorite coloring medium to use and why?

Good afternoon ladies - I thought I would share another one of the cards I will be sending off this week for the troops to have to send home to their loved ones. This card was also part of the Labor Day Wish RAK challenge over at SCS. The challenge was to make a Christmas card without using red, green or blue. My four-year-old niece Alyssa was here helping and she loves pink so of course we had to make alot of pink cards. Again, I tried to keep it simple so I could easily make 10 or 12 of the same card.

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