Saturday, October 16, 2010


I made this card using Pie digi from InStyle Stamps. It's getting that time of year again where the aroma of gingerbread and freshly baked pie are a nice welcome home in the evenings! The challenge themes were anything goes, ribbons and "Yummy, yummy, yummy!"

Challenge: Craftalicious Challenges #10
Challenge: Anything Goes Challenges - Week #20
Challenge: Fab 'n' Funky - Challenge #44
Main Stamp:
Pie (ISS)
Patterned Paper: Winter Pretties (WoJ)
Metal Die: Magical Tag (WoJ)
Copic Colors:
E55, E57, W1, W3, W5, R20, R22

Did you know? Gingerbread is a term used to describe a variety of sweet food products, which can range from a soft cake to something close to a ginger biscuit. What they have in common are the predominant flavors of ginger and a tendency to use honey or molasses (treacle) rather than just sugar.


I made this card using Beware by Dustin Pike. The center image projects out from the card front about an inch on an accordion strip and bobbles.

Main Stamp: Beware (DPD)
Patterned Paper: Witches Brew Luster Eye See You (Cloud9Design)
Copic Colors:
-words: YG00, YG01, YG03, YG05
-other: B12, B14, B16, 0, W1, W3, YR000, YR01, YR12, YR16, R22, R24, R29, E51, E53

Did you know? The Ostrich is a large flightless bird native to Africa and is the only living species of its family or its genus. The Ostrich is farmed around the world, particularly for its feathers, which are decorative and are also used as feather dusters.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Happy Day

This week's challenge at Wags 'n Whiskers is to make something Spooktacular! I made this card using Happy Day and added a button in the shape of a witch's hat to give it a Halloween feel.

Remember last week's Wags 'n Whiskers Blog Hop? Well, one of the hidden candies was found on my blog! I used to select a commenter and the WINNER of the BLOG HOP is...


You just won two stamps of your choice from the new fairy release! Email Nikki at to claim their prize.

Challenge: Wags 'n Whiskers - Challenge #35
Main Stamp: Happy Day (WnS)
Patterned Paper: Sugar Rush (Heidi Grace Designs)
Dry Embossing: Sizzix Basic Gray Embossing Folders Plaid & Snowflakes Set
Copic Colors:
-skin: G20, G21, G24, R20, R22
-hair: YR21, YR12, YR14, YR18
-clothes: YR20, YR21, YR23, W2, W4, W6, W8, YR12, YR14, YR18

Did you know? Horse-apples (Osage-orange, Bois D'Arc, or Bodark) are from a tree or large shrub which is not an apple or orange but instead the bumpy round fruit belongs in the mulberry family. The fruit has a pleasant and mild odor, but is inedible for the most part. However, the heavy, close-grained yellow-orange wood is very dense and is prized for tool handles, treenails, fence posts, electrical insulators, and other applications requiring a strong dimensionally stable wood that withstands rot.
[Maclura Pomifera,]

Thursday, October 14, 2010

London Back to School

I made this card using London Back to School and My Pets BB from Simply Betty Stamps. Purple is not my favorite color to work with but I like it here next to the black record paper. I love these school stamps!

Main Stamp: London Back to School and My Pets BB (SBS)
Patterned Paper: Mod-Retro (DCWV)
Copic Colors:
-skin: E000, E00, E11, R20
-hair: E25, E27, E29, 249
-clothes: V12, V15, V17, W1, W3, W5, W7, W9, R01, R02, E95, E97
-friend: V12, V15, V17, W3, W5, W7, W9, R01, R02, E95, E97

Did you know? The McMahon Building, the world's littlest skyscraper located in downtown Wichita Falls, Texas, was built in 1919. Investors were swindled into purchasing a four-story edifice that was only 40 ft (480 in) tall, rather than the 480 ft (150 m) structure they were expecting. The blueprints accepted were clearly labeled as being 480" (inches) tall and consisting of 4.0 floors.
[World's Littlest Skyscraper,]

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Frankie & Alchemist Chamber

The challenge this week at Lil Lolita Boutique is to use skulls and I combined it with the 5th Day of Halloween challenge from Simply Betty Stamps using ghosts. I made this card and bookmark combo using the new Lil Haunts Frankie and set it up using the Alchemist Chamber as the background.

As a final touch, I added Crystal Effects to each bottle to make them look more like glass. Here's the bookmark separate from he card. If I could go back, I'd trace around the yellow moon sense it's hard to spot. :D

Only a portion of the Alchemist Chamber was used on the card. This was my first time coloring something where the source of light was constantly in a different direction so that was an interesting challenge! I didn't even see one of the candles until I was already on top of it - luckily I was already using a lighter color.

Challenge: Lil Lolita Boutique - Challenge #19
Challenge: Simply Betty - 5th Day of Halloween
Main Stamp: Lil Haunts Frankie (LL&L) and Alchemist Chamber (MiC)
Patterned Paper: Blackbird (MME)
Copic Colors:
-skin/eyes: YG91, YG93, YG95, V91, V95, V99
-hair: W00, W2, W4, W6, W8, R05
-clothes: W00, W1, W2, W4, W6, W8, W10, V91, V95, V99, YR12, YR16, YR18
-rock: W00, W1, W2, W3, W4, W5, W6, W7, W8
-wood: E53, E55, E57, E59, E49
-fire: YR20, Y11, Y15, Y17, YR16, YR18, R24
-stuff: E50, E51, E53, YR21, YR12, YR14, YG91, YG93, YG95, YG97, W1, W4, R12, R46, R59, YG21, YG23, YG25, YG17, V91, V95, V99, E13, E17, E07, B91, E41, E42, E43, E44, E47, YR24
-rain: C00, C1, C3, C5, C7, C9

Did you know? The International Date Line (IDL) is a generally north-south imaginary line on the surface of the Earth, passing through the middle of the Pacific Ocean, where the date changes as a ship or airplane travels east or west across it. Crossing the IDL traveling east results in a day or 24 hours being subtracted, so that the traveler repeats the date to the west of the line.
[International Date Line,]
"On the 5th day of Halloween my Ghoul love gave to me... five flying ghosts whispering in the wind!"
Update: I made the top eight at Simply Betty Stamps for this challenge!

Mouse under Partyhat

I made these cards using Mouse under Partyhat from Whiff of Joy. This was the perfect image to use for birthday card invitations and turned to color easily. I made 30 of them but didn't do as much shading on the others, as I'm sure you understand. ;D

Main Stamp: Mouse under Partyhat (WOJ)
Copic Colors:
-mice: T1, T3, T5, E55, E57, E59
-hat: YR20, YR21, YR23, R20, R21, R22, B95, B93, B91, G24, G21, G40

Did you know? A rare textile made from the silk of more than a million wild spiders is now display at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. To produce this unique golden cloth, 70 people spent four years collecting golden orb spiders from telephone poles in Madagascar, while another dozen workers carefully extracted about 80 feet of silk filament from each of the arachnids. In this unique lamba cloth, the individual threads used for weaving are made by twisting 96 to 960 individual spider silk filaments together. The resulting 11-foot by 4-foot textile is the only large piece of cloth made from natural spider silk existing in the world today.
[Spider Silk, American Museum of Natural History]

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Boy with Puppy

I made this card using Boy with Puppy from Elizabeth O. Dulemba's Coloring Tuesdays. This is another card my Mom & I made together and we both chose the same Mojo Monday sketch!

Sketch: Mojo Monday - Sketch 157
Main Stamp: Boy with Puppy (EOD)
Patterned Paper: School Spirit Collection (Crate Paper)
Dry Embossing: Co. Texture Plates Nm., Co. Embossing Folders Nm.
Metal Die: Spellbinders Nestabilities Deckled Rectangles
Copic Colors:
-skin: E11, E13, E15, E18, E04
-hair: W3, W5, W7, W9
-clothes: E50, E51, E53, G20, G21, G24, BG11, BG32, BG34
-dog: YR20, WY21, YR23, YR24, E04, W5, W7

Did you know? "De Divina Proportione" is a famous book on mathematics written by Luca Pacioli around 1497 in Milan. Today only two versions of the original manuscript are believed still to exist. The subject was mathematical and artistic proportions and also contains illustrations by Leonardo da Vinci.
[De Divina Proportione,]

Monday, October 11, 2010


I made this card using Millerstein from Simply Betty Stamps for the 12 Days of Halloween Challenge! This time, the challenge is to create a card or project using crows as incorporate the quote given. I thought it would be fun to give Millerstein two different color eyes.

Challenge: Simply Betty - 4th Day of Halloween
Main Stamp: Millerstein (SBS)
Patterned Paper: Blackbird (MME)
Copic Colors:
-skin/eyes: YG91, YG93, E43, E44, E47
-hair: W1, W5, W7, W8
-clothes: E42, E43, E44, E47
-other: W1, W5, W7, W8

Did you know? Frankenstein (or The Modern Prometheus) is a novel written by Mary Shelley. Shelley started writing the story when she was 18 and the novel was published when she was 19 years old in the year 1818.
"On the 4th day of Halloween my ghoul love gave to me... four crazy Ravens."
Update: I made the top nine at Simply Betty Stamps for this challenge!

A Gift for You

The challenge this week over at Lollipop Crafts is a 1-2-3 Recipe and to make something using 1 decorative paper, 2 stamps and 3 embellishments. But today is also a special post because we are celebrating a surprise birthday...

Happy Birthday Kim Yu!

We all hope you have a wonderful birthday today and with lots of R&R. :D

I made this card using A Gift for You from Sugar Nellie Stamps plus a bear from P. Hillman. I saw a wonderful card created by Kim (PaperBabe) and had to try one out, so that is how this layout came about. I also colored the dress following the Color Copic Me coloring clothes tutorial and used fall colors for the Teddy challenge.

Sketch: PaperBabe CASEd
Challenge: Lollipop Crafts - Challenge #11
Challenge: Color Me Copic - Challenge #6
Challenge: Teddy Stampers - Challenge #21
Main Stamp:
A Gift for You (SN) and the bear by P. Hillman
Patterned Paper: Best of K&Company (K&C)
Copic Colors:
-skin: E000, E00, E11, R21
-hair: W1, W5, W7, W9
-clothes: E40, E41, E42, E43, E44, E47
-other: YG93, G85, YR20, YR21, YR23, YR24, BG72, BG75

Did you know? Roll-on/roll-off ferries (RORO) are large, conventional ferries named for the ease by which vehicles can board and leave by driving stright in and straight out.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Cupcake Ruby

I made this card using Cupcake Ruby from Sparkle Creations Rubber Stamps. The challenge is to create a card or project based on the sketch provided. I have a shortage of birthday cards and this is such a cutie to use!

Challenge: Sparkle Creations - Challenge #13
Main Stamp: Cupcake Ruby (SCS)
Patterned Paper: Nook & Pantry (BG)
Copic Colors:
-skin/eyes: E000, E00, E11, R20, R21, R22, E47, E49
-hair: G82, G94
-clothes: R20, R21, R22, R24
-other: T1, T3, E40, E42, E43, E44, E47, E49, BG72, BG75, BG78, R02, R05, R08, YR12, Y11, Y15

Did you know? After a hiatus of over five years, in February 2009, Siegfried & Roy gave their final act with Montecore, their white tiger, as a benefit for The Lou Ruvo Brain Institute. This performance featured one of Siegfried & Roy's signature illusions, in which Siegfried and Montecore magically switched places from within separate, locked transparent enclosures.
[Siegfried & Roy,]

Mini Monsters

Happy October! I made this card with no stamps but using Mini Monsters Cricut Cartridge instead. This one is the first monster on the cartridge, Icky, plus a few trees that are there too.

Main Stamp: none, used the "Icky" monster for the main image
Patterned Paper:
unknown scraps
Cricut Cartridge: Mini Monsters
Copic Colors: none

Did you know? The "Boredom Dodger" is a manuscript on the game of chess written around 1500 by Luca Pacioli, a leading mathematician of the Renaissance. It was created when rules of the game were evolving to the ones we know today and contains over a hundred chess problems to be solved. The long-lost manuscript was rediscovered in 2006 and has since been suggested that the chess pieces in its illustrations were designed by Leonardo da Vinci.
[De Ludo Scachorum,]