December 31, 2010

Play Date Cafe Challenge 62

Well, Christmas 2010 has passed and we look forward to a new year 2011. Of course my mind is already jumping ahead and I'm dreaming up Valentine's Day cards :) The colors for the PDCC Challenge 62 this week were perfect to start on the Valentine cards, so here we go.... Items used: Memory Box Lovey dovey tree stamp, Hero Arts all occassion messages stamp, ribbons, SU DP, Fiskars punch, pearls, watercolor pencils and distress inks.

December 28, 2010

What's in that big bowl?

Isn't this little girl thw sweetest? I found this image on the Graphics Fairy blog; Karen always posts such wonderful vintage images and they are free to use in your projects. The challenges at both the Play Date Cafe and Mojo Monday fit this cute, little girl image so perfectly, don't ya think? Items used: Image from Gaphics Fairy blog, Graphics 45 tea time paper, Hero Arts cupcake yummy stamp, pearl, twine and lace.

December 14, 2010

Did you say Christmas Cards

I found some wonderful Jiilibean kraft Christmas paper this past week-end at Archiver's and I took off from there. Here are some cards I made using this wonderful paper.

Items used: kraft card stock, Jillibean DP, twine, lace, stickles, embellishments, punches, Hero Arts, Unity and Memory Box stamps.

December 5, 2010

Merry Christmas

The challenge this week over at The Play Date Cafe is to use the colors red and white. Red is such a Christmas color and since it's that wonderful time of year I chose to make this Christmas card for the challenge: Items used: Stampendous retro script Christmas stamp, DP, twine, stickles, snowflake and border punches.

November 27, 2010

PDCC57 - Grey, Brown & Silver

The challenge this week over at The Play Date Cafe is to use the colors grey, brown and silver. These 3 colors work quite well together as seen in the wonderful submissions for this week's challenge. I made this card for the challenge using Stampin Up's Dasher stamp and beautiful antique brads. I didn't notice until after I finished the card how well Dasher's antlers match the swirls in the DP. Items used: Stampin Ups antique brad and Dasher stamp, DP, twine, Distress inks, icicle stickles and scallop punch.

November 22, 2010

Yummy Chocolate Cupcake

The scrappy Saturday challenge over at wee memories is challenge 32 - Put a little pink, and as the challenge says, put some pink in your project. I love this cupcake stamp from Northwoods stamps and what could be better than a chocolate cupcake with pink frosting, YUM :) Items used: Northwoods cupcake stamp, Hero Arts Yum stamp, ribbon and diamond glaze.

November 21, 2010


It's player appreciation week over at The Play Date Cafe and challenge 56 asks everyone to use the colors red, olive and turquoise (what??). Actually, these 3 colors look so nice together (as you can see by the lovely submissions over at the PDCC blog). I made this card for the challenge: Items used: Hero Arts Poppies stamp, Cosmo Cricket Everafter DP, Fiskars punch, Nesties, Sheer ribbon.

November 18, 2010

Love makes the world go 'round....

My close friend is engaged. I am responsible for this in a way as I introduced her to her fiance'. Mike and I are so happy for our friends and wish them all the love and happiness marriage brings. Here is a card I made for them. Items used: Stampendous love goes round stamp, Memory Box branch heart stamp, Hero Arts holiday dove stamp, lace, DP, pearls, Nestability die cut.

October 29, 2010

Caardvarks and Play Date Cafe Challenges - The Girls!

Another one of the "Girls" cards (can't seem to get enough of this vintage photo). Created this card for 2 challenges, Caardvarks challenge - create a new card inside and outside HERE and The Play Date Cafe challenge 53 - Black, white and a splash of burgandy HERE. Don't you just love when you make a card and it can fit into 2 of your favorite challenges? Here it is:
Items used: B&W vintage photo, antique brad, twine, DP, Lace, Distress ink.

October 28, 2010

The Girls go for a Spin...

When we were teenagers we loved to go for a spin in someone's car. Of course, back in the day we could pool our pennies for a dollar or two and have enough gas to cruise around all night :) Anyway, when I saw this photo I knew the girls needed to receive a card from me to remind them of our "FUN" spins around town. And, yes we are all still friends and e-talk regularly. Enjoy!! Items used: B&W photo, watercolor pencils, twine, SU Antique Brad, DP.

October 24, 2010

Let's Do Lunch

The Play Date Cafe is celebrating their One Year Anniversary with Challenge #52 - pink, orange and yellow, check it out HERE.

I find vintage images of "The Girls" so much fun, and when I saw this image of "The Girls" in the lunch line, I thought what fun to make a Let's do Lunch card. I spruced the photo up with the colors pink, orange and yellow and viola :)
Items used: B&W photo, ribbon, sparkle gems, DP.

October 20, 2010

Pretty Pumpkins

The challenge this week over at wee Memories is to create a project with the theme of "anything that is celebrated". Thanksgiving is a food-filled celebration of all the things in life we are thankful for, and one of my favorite holidays (I love to eat, especially pumpkin pie and corn bread stuffing :). Here is the card I created for this week's challenge! Items used: Imaginisce pumpkin stamp, Hero Arts sentiment stamp, Cosmo Cricket ribbon, brads and Crate paper and Bo Bunny DP's.

October 13, 2010

Our Crazy Cat, Boo!

So, our cat, Boo, likes to sit on the front window ledge. Mind you the window leadge is about 10 feet high (we have a vaulted ceiling). He jumps up on his cat condo and leaps to the window ledge with ease. He sits there and surveys the rest of us in the room and eats an occasional fly or 2. Mr. Boo Boo is a gem, a true "Crazy Cat". He likes to torment the dogs and they in turn like to chase him. It's a regular 3-ring circus in our house at times and I enjoy every minute of them, my little fur-family :)

PDCC 50 - Melon & Green

The challenge this week over at the Play Date Cafe is a twist on the traditional holiday colors of green and red; the challenge is to use the colors green and MELON. These colors are wonderful together and I believe we have a new color combo for Christmas from here on :) Items used: Hero Arts Merriest wishes stamp, gold star, sheer ribbon, glitter, uniball white gel pen, Nesties, Cuttlebug snowflake folder.

October 12, 2010


Once a month on Tuesday evening I meet with my Stampin' Up stamp club. I love this time together with my stamping friends, the inspiration and conversation just can't be beat. Almost every month we do a card swap and exchange our creations w/ each other. I made this card for the swap with my new SU stamp set called Day of Gratitude.
Items used: Stampin' Up Day of gratitude stamps, SU DP, satin ribbon, windmill brad, Cuttlebug textile folder.

October 10, 2010

Wedding 4 Jenny

One of our fellow Hero Arts Flickr group stampers is getting married this month. I made this card for Jenny & Jason. Jenny has a challenge blog called wee Memories, you can check it out HERE. Items used: Memory Box flower bundle and vintage note stamps, pearls, Coordinations paper, sand block, ribbon, pop dot.

Elle for the baby..

Two of my former married co-workers are going to have their first baby, a boy! I'm so happy for them and put together this little card to say congrats. Items used: Debbie Mum elephant sticker, rick rack ribbon, generice congratulations stamp, dot Cuttlebug folder, punch.

Christmas Loons

I have been asked to make wildlife themed Christmas cards by a fellow who loves to hunt. As he's leaving for duck hunting next week, I thought I'd start w/ a Loon card. More to follow :) Items used: The artful stamper loon stamp, stickles, rick rack ribbon, gem, watercolor pencils, MS snowflake punch.

September 30, 2010

Halloween treat bags

I'm gearing up for one of my favorite holidays, Halloween and treat bags are starting to pile up around here! I was inspired to make the large treat bag with the fan from a video by Kandis Smith on the Hero Arts blog HERE.
Items used: Hero Arts Owl-oween stamps, Stampendous a little treat stamp, sparkle gems, ribbons, Nesties, Distress inks and DP.

September 28, 2010

It's a good day...

The Scrappy Saturday Challenge over at ...wee memories... is clean & simple (CAS) and/or a tag. I found this little tricycle so adorable and when I saw this challenge I knew this was the cute, little stamp to make it work. Happy cycling :) Items used: Itty bitty by Unity it's a good day stamps, ribbon, DP, baker's twine.

September 27, 2010

Teach your children well....

I love this Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young song and am singing it while I put together this post. The challenge this week over at Caardvarks is "clean & simple" and my little card is just that. I will send this card to my friend who just happens to be a high school teacher. Items used: Stampendous book border stamps, watercolor pencils, baker's twine.

September 25, 2010

Don't throw that card away....

I found this stamp last week and it made me laugh so hard, I just had to buy it. It's a beautiful day, go ahead and have a laugh :)

Blue, grey and green

The challenge this week over at The Play Date Cafe (PDCC 48) is to use the colors dark blue (or purple), grey (or silver) and lime green. I chose to use one of my favorite flower sets for this challenge, here's my card: Items used: Stampendous!Ranunculus stamps, Distress ink, watercolor pencils, pearls, twine, border punch.

September 21, 2010


I found the color selection for this week's challenge at The Play Date Cafe to be a real challenge; the colors are red, turquoise, green, black & white. Then I found the new Halloween in Wonderland papers and tags from Graphics 45 and viola, an idea! Here is my submission for this week's challenge: Items used: Graphics 45 Halloween in Wonderland paper, tulle, ribbons, gems.

Black, Orange & White - Oh My!

Have you seen the new Halloween in Wonderland paper and tags from Graphics 45, just amazing! The images are wonderful and my head is just exploding with ideas to use them.

I put together this fun Halloween card for the challenge over at The Ribbon Girl blog, Color challenge #1 - black, orange & white. Items used: Graphics 45 Halloween in Wonderland tags, sparkly brads, ribbons and tulle.

September 20, 2010

Pairing Up Challenge 9/20

Don't you just love dandelions, I do. My husband on the other hand thinks they're awful weeds to be killed at every chance. Not me, I love the pretty yellow flowers dandelions have and think if they weren't labeled weeds they would be pretty flowers and everyone would want them :) Here's a dandelion card I put together with Autumn colors for the pairing up challenge between Trinh and I over at the Hero Arts Flickr Group. I have enjoyed doing this challenge w/ Trinh so much, she's one talented lady. Happy stamping! Items used: Hero Arts dandelion frame and be yourself stamps, Distress inks, lace, HA felt flower and windmill brads.

September 19, 2010

Miss Pearl and Little Angus....

I just love our dogs, Pearl and Angus. Yesterday Pearly was sleeping in front of the couch and our little Angus decided sleeping next to Pearl was the place to be, aren't they cute:
Today, after the long morning walk Angus was a sleepy little guy. We weren't paying attention to him and lo and behold he found a nice spot on the couch for a nap with his new favorite toy. Of course, after the picture was taken off the couch he goes, no doggies on the furniture in our house :)

Pairing Up Challenge 9/19

Today for the Hero Arts Flickr group Pairing Up Challenge between Trinh and I my card is for a favorite holiday Thanksgiving. I have used all Hero Arts stamps for this card and here it is: Trinh will post our submissions to the Flickr group later today. Thank yo for taking a look and happy stamping :) Items used: Hero Arts raindrop background, dotted trees and "sorry don't know the name" holiday sentiment stamps, button, twines.

September 18, 2010

Just a little note...

The challenge this week over at Everything but the kitchen sink is a sketch challenge. Here's my little submission for this week's sketch:

Items used: Stampendous stamps, button lace, Cosmo Cricket paper, watercolor pencils and ribbon.

Pairing Up Challenge 9/18

Over on the Hero Arts Flickr group Trinh (seeing eye doc) and I (Lucille K) are participating in the "Pairing Up Challenge. We have selected Autumn colors as our theme for the challenge and we will be posting cards on 9/18, 9/19 and 9/20. Be sure to check out Trinh's card HERE Here is my first card for the challenge, thanks for peeking in :) Items used: Hero Arts Leaf Print and Cuckoo stamps, jute twine, windmill brad and Cuttlebug clockworks embossing folder.

September 10, 2010

Pink Witchy Shoes

The challenge this week over at The Play Date Cafe is challenge 46 - Color Splash using black & white & pink, copper or gold. I chose to use black, white and pink as I love the look of these 3 colors together. I have had this witch shoes stamp for a few years and use it every Halloween, it's one of my favs. When I saw this challenge I thought "what on earth could be better than Pink Witchy Shoes", don't you think? Items used: Stampendous witch shoes stamp, DP, pearls and ribbon.

September 9, 2010

Halloween's on the way....

A few Halloween cards with more to come.

Wedding Cards

I was asked to make 4 wedding cards and had so much fun doing this. Used the Stampin Up "To have and to Hold" stamp set, this set is one of my favorites for wedding cards


Other items used: ribbons, glitter pen, watercolor pencils, brad, DP, pearls. lace

September 3, 2010

Happy Harvest

So, you know that little stamp set you have had in your sights forever? And, you have almost bought it a dozen times, but for some reason you don't? Well, this little apple stamp set from Hero Arts is one of those. I guess I didn't want it to be one of those sets I add to my stamp stash and then never use. Well, that won't be the case here. I finally got 'em and the ideas for cards keep coming to me especially since it is that apple time of year. Apples are so delicious and what is better than a homemade apple pie? As soon as the grocery stocks up on good apples I am going to get the pies going. O.k., so here's my card :)
Items used: Hero Arts Four Apples stamps, Stampin' Up Loads of Love accessories stamp, crochet ribbon, diamond glaze, twigs from my backyard.

September 2, 2010

Autumn flowers 1

I love wood grains (see my blog template :) and have added the Hero Arts woodgrain pattern stamp to my collection recently. After assembling this card I looked on-line for an appropriate sentiment and found this one, isn't it perfect? I am so happy with this card and sentiment, I will make a few more, so more to come. Items used: Hero Arts woodgrain pattern and leaf prints stamps, jute twine, Cosmo Cricket Girl Friday DP, Stampin Up clip and gems.


For this card I finally tried alcohol inks and a raised frame and am happy with the results. I am sending this thank you card to my stamping friend's husband as he was kind enough to mention me for a job at his company. Thank you, Michael :)

Items used: Adirondak alcohol earth tones inks, Hero Arts dandelion frame and leaf prints stamps, foam tape, ribbon, gems, Nestabilities dies.

August 28, 2010

PDCC 44 - Color Horibilis Challenge

I love the name for the challenge this week over at The Play Date Cafe, challenge 44 is called the Color Horibilis Challenge and the horrible colors are navy blue, mustard and hot pink. At first I thought, What!! What on earth am I going to do w/ these colors, but once I started, it wasn't such a hard color combo after all. Here's my submission to the challenge. Items used: Stampin Up heartfelt stamps, ribbon, Fiskars punch, HA gems.

August 23, 2010

2S4U and HA Challenges

This little stamp set from Hero Arts was on my radar for some time and I finally found it at 25% off (what a deal). I am going to enter this card in 2 challenges this week, 2 Sketches for You - Laura's sketch and the Hero Arts August challenge. Items used: Hero Arts special friend and everyday sayings stamps, Stampin Up DP, pearls, ribbon and a Fiskar's punch.

August 22, 2010

Wonderful - PDCC #43

The challenge this week over at The Play Date Cafe is to use the colors in this refreshing photo: Doesn't this photo look good enough to drink? Greens and blues are my favorite colors and I find it so easy to use them when creating. Also, I think the Memory Box Fronds DP I used on this card is a perfect match for the colors this week. Items used: Memory Box Fronds DP, Stampin Up bird punch, Hero Arts Thoughts stamp, Nestabilities, ribbon, gems.

Block Art Birdies

This week-end Archiver's had a little coloring event, you could color using Copics, watercolor pencils (my favs), glaze pens (must get some of these), Inkadinkadoo markers and Gelly roll glitter pens (love these). They had images by Stampendous already stamped for you to color. My stamping buddy Terri and I went to Archiver's and colored away. I took a few of the stamped images home with me (yes, I asked if I could) because I like them so much. Here are 2 cards I colored and put together with this cute Stampendous Block Art Birdies stamp. I just love the cute little birds :)