Saturday, October 31, 2009

IC204 Franz Porcelain Inspiration Challenge

I am IN LOVE with Papertrey Ink cardstock! The white and vanilla (as are the other colors!) are very heavy and are perfect for card bases!

Yesterday, I decided to stop at Michaels on the way home from work. They have new Martha Stewart punches! It was really hard to decide which one to get; I wanted them all! I finally decided on the Floral Vine punch.

Of course I had to play with my new toy yesterday! I happened to have the Summer Sunrise cs already cut so I grabbed it, along with a card base in white. After punching the edge, I used my Scor Pal to scor two parallel lines. At this point, I was stumped. I just didn't know what I wanted to do with this card. The colors didn't lend themselves to Christmas; I thought about punpkins but none of my pumpkin stamps felt "right" for this card. So I set it aside for the night.

Today's Inspiration Challenge at is based on the site Franz Porcelain Precious Possessions. This is the piece I used for my inspiration: Fluttering Beauty Butterfly Teapot. The colors were perfect for the card I started last night!

The closest flower I have is from Stampin' Up's Fifth Avenue Floral set; I stamped the lily in Versafine black ink then sponged them with pumkpin pie, tangerine tango, groovy guava, and cameo coral inks before cutting them out. I used a Spellbinder nestability butterfly shape to cut, emboss, and sponge the butterfly. I used tangerine tango, groovy guava, and blue bayou inks.
I used a bit of copper stickles to add a bit of bling to the flowers and butterfly

  • Stamps: SU! Fifth Avenue Floral (flowers), CTMH Butterfly Wings (stems)
  • Cardstock: Papertrey Ink white, summer sunrise, melon berry
  • Ink: Versafine Black, Groovy Guava, Tangerine Tango, Pumpkin Pie, Cameo Coral, Blue Bayou, Old Olive
  • Accessories: Martha Stewart punch, Spellbinders nestability, stickles

Friday, October 23, 2009

What an honor!

Mothermark, creator of the Teapot Tuesday Challenges, recently received a box of cards and a great present. She pictured the card I sent (along with the others she received) on her blog,, and said the kindest things about me. I nearly cried!

Thank you, Cindy, for making my day!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Retired Stampin' Up! Sets for Sale

Please check THIS THREAD over at for my list of Stampin' Up! sets that I have for sale.

I can accept Paypal, postal money orders, personal checks (must clear my account before items are shipped), or well-concealed cash. I can only ship within the United States at this time; buyer pays USPS priority shipping. Please email me at

Birthday Whimsey
Lovely Labels
Painted Garden
So Many Scallops

Big Blossom bg (no case)
Fine Frames
From the Garden bg (no case)
Label Classics
Oh My Word
Polka Dots & Paisley
Say It With Scallops

Bold Butterfly
Border Builders
Circle of Friendship
Spring Solitude

Happy Heart Day
Blossoms Abound
Essence of Love
Greetings Galore NUM
Sun Ripened II


Saturday, October 10, 2009

Today's Inspiration Challenge

This is my card for today's Inspiration Challenge at

This was my first time with the "bleaching" technique. I poured bleach over a pad of paper towels, then laid my (bravo burgundy) cardstock on top of the paper towels. I patted the top of the cardstock with my finger to get the pattern. It took a while for the cardstock to dry.

Once it was dry, I cut it to the size I wanted, then stamped with it with an Inque Boutique set called "Silhouettes." Unfortunately Inque Boutique is no longer in business so probably the only way to get the set is through EBay or possibly the Buy/Sell/Trade forums at

  • Stamp: Inque Boutique "Silhouettes"
  • Ink: Memories Black
  • Cardstock: Bravo Burdundy, Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla
  • Accessories: scallop border punch, bleach

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Yesterday's Teapot Tuesday Challenge

This is the link to my entry for yesterday's Teapot Tuesday Challenge (post 300) over at

Mothermark's (Cindy) birthday is during the month of October, so this week's teaparty is a birthday party in her honor!

  • Stamp: House Mouse image received in a swap
  • CS: Stampin Up! - Crushed Curry, Rich Razzelberry, Bermuda Bay, Whisper White
  • Accessories - ribbon, Stampin' Up! markers (used to color the image)