Monday, March 31, 2008

Owl in Olive

Nothing like new stamps to motivate you to stamp! I saw this owl at Archivers last Friday, and it is inexpensive! I decided I didn't have any other owls (amazing!!) and I thought he was pretty cute.
I used Prismacolor Pencils and the Gamasol technique to color him in. Different SU! DSPapers... Fall Flowers, East Coast Prep, and Cocoa Prints

Not sure what occasion or who will get this card... but I guess next time someone asks me if I give a hoot - I can say yes. (LOL - I know, corny!)


Sunday, March 30, 2008

Shari's Color Challenge

I participated in another challenge... this time a COLOR challenge. My friend Shari ( saw a dress in the store and thought it looked like a cool color combo. She got home, tried it and wanted to see what we could do. This is what I came up with. This was the first time I used my new set ("Always" by SU!). The colors are: Groovy Guava, Bravo Burgundy, Certainly Celery, and Basic Black. I also used Baroque Motifs with Versamark for swirls at the bottom.

Thanks Shari for the challenge... it was just what I needed!!

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Unfrogettable and Time Well Spent

Well, being sick is never fun! I missed going to Easter with the family because I was running a fever and had a killer sore throat. Went to the Dr. yesterday to confirm that it is strep throat. Antibiotics are finally kicking in, but the painful sore throat has been sticking around WAY too long. I'm so ready for it to be GONE! The good news, I had a little stamping time...

Here's a card I made while fooling around with a technique called Gamasol. It uses "regular" colored Pencils - non Watercolor Pencils (ie: Prismacolor) and Gamasol or Mineral Oil. The results look pretty cool in person, but for the "work" involved, it'd be MUCH easier to use SU!'s Watercolor Crayons and an Aquapainter or Blender Pen. The layout was adapted from a layout made by Lauren Meader (her blog can be found at:

The second was with the butterfly from the Time Well Spent stamp set. I used Ultra Fine Cosmo Glitter (SU!) for the butterfly's body and spots on the wings - doesn't show up that great in the scan. I didn't add a greeting on either yet - waiting to see what I'll need them for (I'm the worst at not having a card made for an occasion and needing it NOW!)

Thanks for looking... Have a great week

Friday, March 21, 2008

Chocolate Easter Egg Cartons

How cool that I stumbled upon Lauren's blog today (thanks Judy!),
which led me to Qbee (from Splitcoast) - she designed this very cute chocolate egg carton idea.

Perfect timing - I made 2 for my teenage nephews for Easter. Since they are for teenager boys, I left off the ribbon and flowers that Lauren and Qbee put on theirs. A little too plain for me (I really wanted to throw a flower or two on them, but I refrained. I used Think Happy Thoughts, Loads of Love Accessories, and So Many Scallops for the image/embellishment on top. The sides and insides used So Swirly Wheel and some retired stamps that I had out on my desk (needing to be put away).

You can find more about these boxes (including directions) here:

They really were not difficult to make. Give it a try, and share yours!!

Monday, March 17, 2008

Second Swap card to share

This is another of my favorite swap cards from this past weekend. Sadly it wasn't labeled, so I don't know who to give credit to. I just loved the color combo (not one I would've thought of) and the set... I know I've passed it many times, but seeingit in action just made me say COOL!
The set is called "Just B" and is now on my wish list :-)

First Swap Sample from Stamp Seminar

Here is a great sample that I received during a local stamp seminar in Lapeer, MI this past weekend. It was made by a very talented gal, Chris Kolly. The stamp set is called Pick a Petal and is technically a set for making flowers... how creative. She said she got the idea from another talented stamper Michelle. I CASE'd the card this evening for my husband to send to a co-worker who has heart surgery today. I have one more swap to share... I'll post it next...

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Sunny Umbrella... Lauren's Challenge

My second challenge... this cute umbrella card. I started out with a 2" circle punch, so mine is considerably smaller than Lauren's - but it was a good size for a 3x3 card. I wasn't able to use my oval punch for the edges of the umbrella - I had to cut those by hand. Although this would make a very cute shower card, I thought it'd be a fun sun card... so I printed the sentiment on my computer. The umbrella handle is a toothpick.

Here is the link to Lauren's blog and her challenge:

Thanks Lauren for the challenge, I look forward to trying this card again (bigger next time :-)

Thanks everyone for stopping by - I still have a couple cards from last Saturday's seminar to post, but I need to do a couple things first.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Stampin' Seminar this weekend

This weekend I'll be attending a stamping seminar put on by some local Stampin' Up! Demonstrators (in Lapeer, Michigan). As with just about most seminars, there's always plenty of card swapping to be done. The theme of the seminar is K.I.S.S. (simple stamping). Here is my swap card (they asked us to keep them "simple"). I used One Sheet Wonder technique to do the background.

PS - After the seminar this weekend, I'll post anything I learned and any great samples.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Summer Picnic - Tammy's Challenge

These days, with all the bloggers and great websites (like splitcoast) there are great challenges offered, to get people stamping. I've never participated in a challenge before, so I decided it was time to give it a try. Here is the challenge...

Here are my cards (yep - I made 2). Both use SU!'s Summer Picnic DSP and Tart 'n Tangy stamp set (both from Occasions Mini Catalog).

I have a workshop tonight, so I'd better get back to prepping and packing... before I know it, it'll be that time.

Thanks for coming by!

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Ok, I'm getting the hang of this.

Thanks to my SU GF's for your encouragement. I actually helped my TECHIE hubby set up a blog (now there's a scary thought!). I thought I'd share another card I made Monday night while cropping (made with my scrapping supplies). If I remember correctly, I got the idea from

Have a great one!

Monday, March 3, 2008

Tonight's project

Ok - I guess adding pictures wasn't too difficult. :-)
Here is a card I made this evening with my scrapping supplies.
I learned about the flowers from Lauren...
They were white, I used my sponge dauber and classic stamp pad to add color to them.
THANKS LAUREN for the awesome tip/idea!

I did it!

Wow! I'm the newest blogger in town. I'm still learning, so be patient.
My name is Maureen, I'm a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator (it'll be 9 years in May).
I prefer to stamp cards, (Instant gratification) but I am a scrapper as well (in fact I just completed the winter session of the scrapbook league at the local SB store - it's like a bowling league for scrappers (with no pins or balls... LOL!). Teams of 4 crop for 4.5 hours once a week and are scored on the pages you complete - depending on supplies used on yor pages).

I'll learn to post pictures and I'll share a card I made tonight.

Until we "read" again...