Tuesday, September 27, 2011

All Star

It’s our final sketch our guest sketch artist Amy Sheffer! They have been fun and a little challenging with all those layers, but it’s been a fun challenge!

Don’t forget we also have these talented ladies joining her; our guest DT members: Cristina Kowalczyk, Chan Vuong, Nicole Mullan, Vanessa Menhorn and Amber Daigre!

Here’s the sketch we’re working with this week!


I pulled out my somewhat neglected set, All Star to make this football card.

My son is in his first year of football and their colors are blue and yellow so it was super easy to create a text background with the words from this set in alternating colors! The football was heat embossed in white and some ribbon and bakers twine were some quick accents for the other layers.

Be sure to visit the rest of the SSD team and our guests for their fabulous creations!

Jennifer Ingle
Joann Valderama
Karen Baker
Katie Gehring
Shannon Teubner
Stephanie Mino
Taylor Usry
Wendy Price
Wendy Jordan

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Witching you!

It’s time for another SSD sketch challenge!

Our guest sketch artist Amy Sheffer has another fabulous sketch for you to try out! Don’t forget we also have these talented ladies joining her; our guest DT members: Cristina Kowalczyk, Chan Vuong, Nicole Mullan, Vanessa Menhorn and Amber Daigre!

Here’s the sketch we’re working with this week!


Last week there were so many layers that I took a really clean and simple approach to this weeks sketch.

The DT is using Halloweenie this week and here’s my take on the sketch along with this set! To really highlight the sentiment, I stamped the witch hat in gray and colored the band in with a Copic marker. The sentiment was stamped over top to go with the theme. I love the simplicity of this card and the use of the orange color that gives it that extra pop.

Be sure to visit the rest of the SSD team and our guests for their fabulous creations!

Jennifer Ingle
Joann Valderama
Karen Baker
Katie Gehring
Shannon Teubner
Stephanie Mino
Taylor Usry
Wendy Price
Wendy Jordan

Friday, September 16, 2011

Featured Friday–Happy Halloweenie!

It’s time for Featured Friday at Skipping Stones Design!

All month long Happy Halloweenie is on sale for $12.49! The DT will be showcasing this versatile set next week with our weekly sketch challenge, and I also have an opportunity to share a fun project with you today for our Featured Friday post!

Halloweenie is a great set for making kids treats or sending out Halloween cards, but did you know you can also make a fall/harvest card with this set? Combine it with Everyday Blessings and you’ve got a perfect match!

Here’s the close-up I shared on the SSD Blog.

This sketch may look familiar to you. This month SSD is sponsoring SFYTT and I used this sketch as my starting point. The little pumpkins are found in Halloweenie and both sets of leaves and the sentiment are from Everyday Blessings. Combining these two gave me the perfect fall/thankful card without going in a Halloween direction!

I love looking at my stamp sets in a whole new way and maximizing every single stamp in each set! Are there any stamps in your collection that could use a little repurposing or some extra attention? I know I’ll be looking at my stamps a little more closely!

Make sure to play along with the current SFYTT challenge if you haven’t already!


Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Trick or Tuna!

Welcome to Sketch Challenge 93 and the release of Holiday Cats! If you just came from Amy's blog, you are in the right place.  If you just happened along my blog today, start at the beginning of the hop at Skipping Stones Design.  The entire hop order is there and you can hop from blog to blog with ease.

Be sure to hop along and leave comments on all the fabulous designers’ blogs.  This month we are welcoming Nicole Mullan, Amber Daigre, Cristina Kowalczyk, Vanessa Menhorn and Chan Vuong to our team as Guest Designers! Amy Sheffer will be providing all the fabulous sketch inspiration this month including the sketch we're using in today's hop!

Here’s the card I created for the upcoming holiday! Holiday Cats not only has some birthday and Christmas sentiments, but also has an image and sentiment just for Halloween! I combined this set with Halloweenie and loved pairing and older set with a newer one for some new fun uses!

The cat was stamped and colored in with colored pencils. The pumpkin was paper pieced, and then the witches hat (minus the spider web) was stamped from Halloweenie and paper pieced to top the kitty off. The pumpkin and spiders are also from Halloweenie, and the sentiment is from Holiday Cats. Halloweenie is a the featured set this month so is on sale for only $12.49!


This is the sketch this week and is definitely open to any interpretation you come up with! I’d love to see your take on it!

Head over to Taylor's blog for some more Skipping Stones Design inspiration!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Project 365–August

Once again I find myself a full month behind on posting my 365 pictures! Taking them is definitely easier than posting them all, ha!

August seemed to race by and I’m still stunned it’s September! Definitely going to set some time aside this weekend to play some catch up around here!


8/1 – Football try-outs! This would begin a long month of practices and gives me a small glimpse into the future.

8/2 – This is our fish, Fin. Or Finn, or Phineas (Phineas and Ferb anyone?) depending on which family member you ask. Fin is a beta that we received during the one year memorial service for my besties husband. Mel had these as centerpieces and she had everyone take home a fish that evening. I always think of her when I’m feeding the fish or just watching him swim around. Love that girl and I’m so proud of her for all she’s done in this year.


8/3 – This cracks me up! Brady in the red jersey (Jake’s old hs one!) is chest bumping with his best friend Taylor after they got done doing a tackle drill. These boys are too funny!


8/4 – Ryker loves hanging out with Gwynie during her summer break! He loves to wake her up in the morning and then hang out with her during the day. She wasn’t too thrilled about the wake up call this morning!


8/5 – Jake and I had a Friday afternoon lunch date to spend some time together. We went to Café Trio and had this incredible appetizer. It’s the Rosemary Flatbread with goat cheese, roasted peppers, caramelized onions and tomatoes. Delish!


8/6 – Poor Brady got a bee sting and even though we removed the stinger his hand was still swollen for a day or two. It didn’t seem to bother him and while the picture doesn’t depict the true case his hand was so puffy and fat it made us laugh. ;)


8/7 – I’d received a box of stamp goodies but in the rush of Fri/Sat I’d taken it down to my craft room and had them forgotten to open it until Sunday! I never do that, ha! Inside was two copies of a magazine I’d had a published card in, and some fun supplies!


8/8 – Oh the Legos! This is not even a third of Gwynie’s Legos! She loves to build random things and I love to see that creative spark. Dumping them all out is the only way to find that perfect piece, right?


8/9 – Just a cool shot of the moon out while watching Brady’s football practice. It has always been so fascinating to me that you can see the moon when it’s still light outside…love it!

8/10 – Ryker’s first puppy class at PetSmart! As you can see he’s still adjusting to the whole leash idea and spent the first half of class barking at every dog when he NEVER barks. I was a little surprised to say the least…We worked on sit, “watch me” and clicking and rewarding when they do something right. Really hoping the next 6 weeks go well!


8/11 – My pretty little puppy. He has the most beautiful blue eyes and I love watching him.

8/12 – Look at this kid! My sweet little baby is a tough quarterback! He feels super tough in his skull bandana!


8/13 – Hanging with my bestie Brooke for a little dinner and drinks! It was so good to catch up and just talk. I love summer nights like this! Kristoph’s is a great place for martini’s! Best drink of the night is the one pictured, the Flirtini!


8/14 – Making a little video for Jake for our 10 year wedding anniversary!


8/15 – Little Gwynie, the drama queen! She had to get four shots to go into junior high so it was a trip to the doctor’s office for us and this was the before shot. You would have thought she was having a black market kidney removed the way she acted when they brought the shots out! She bawled and cried and cracked me up…ha! I didn’t dare take a pic of her crying during the actual shots!

8/16 – Happy 10 year anniversary! Jake was so thoughtful with my flowers! I had roses, calla lilies, daisies and sweet peas in my wedding bouquet which he duplicated in this arrangement! They were so beautiful and made my office smell incredible! So thankful to have such an incredible husband! Here’s to the next 50!

8/17 – Registration day at the junior high! The day that seriously tried my patience, too! I had left my checkbook at the house and they didn’t accept debit cards so I had to run back home. They were repaving our roads so I had to park and walk a few blocks back to my house to get my checkbook to then go back to the school to finish up. Finally got her schedule and locker (after another ordeal, ahhh!) and had a happy little camper all ready to start school. She may be ready but I am so not ready to have a 7th grader!!

8/18 – Organizing and de-cluttering is like therapy for my soul. I love to get rid of things that are taking up/wasting space or aren’t necessary, etc. It just feels good to toss stuff like that! Imagine my surprise when I found some super old coloring books that I was ready to toss. I figured out I colored this page around 2004…that feels like a lifetime ago, ha!


8/19 – Jake took Gwynie to Orientation so she could get to know the school and find all her classes on the first day. They have a split A/B day schedule (this is soooo foreign to me!) and the school has 1250 kids (7th-9th) enrolled for this year so it was important that she could navigate it all. She had a great time!


8/20 – Anniversary dinner! Jake and I went to The Melting Pot for dinner, our first time ever there. It was incredible and I know we’ll be back. I could go on and on about the food, but what I loved most was a long and leisurely dinner with my cute husband. No interruptions, no distractions…just us. And a big pot of cheese, that too was really nice. ;)

8/21 – Last minute school shopping! We hit all her favorite stores…Aero, Old Navy, Rue 21…and a couple others. At the end of it all she ended up with four pairs of jeans, a pair of shorts, 8 shirts and a cute pair of black flats all for about $150. There were some great sales going on!

8/22 – FIRST DAY OF JUNIOR HIGH!!!!! Ahhh just typing that freaks me out! I can’t believe she is really in 7th grade. She was “asked out” by three different boys in three of her different classes the first day. I am scared. This girl is too cute for her own good. PS – Check out her little self…she is 12 and still wearing size 10 jeans and shirts…ahhahaha she kills me!


8/23 – Hanging out up at the U! (The University of Utah that is!) School is back in session and the Recruiting team and coaches spent today and the following day doing a tent for Welcome Week and then a job fair. This was supposed to be a funny pose, but I think we missed the mark, haha.


8/24 – During puppy class our trainer’s brother brought a little chameleon  to class. He’d just purchased it at a local pet store and wanted to show it to her. It was itty bitty but super chubby! It was too cute!

8/25 – Brady got the decals for his helmet today and also a badge for me to wear to his games. It has his picture on the front, and on the back has all the kids on his team with their names and numbers so we know who to yell for on the field during the games. He was so excited, but always pulls this serious face when we’re doing any football pics.


8/26 – Ok, the ONE football pic where he’s not serious because he was ECSTATIC that they got their jerseys today! They’d been sent off to be embroidered and he was so happy to show me HIS jersey! :)


8/27 – First football game, but technically not. This was a fundraiser game for the teams. They lost but still had so much fun! This is the beginning of the game with the coaches and team captains for the coin toss.  Notice Jake and Brady standing together? ;)



8/28 – When working down in my craft room the cat and dog usually decide to join me at some point during the day. Today they finally seemed to be getting along but maybe because they were just tired. ;)

8/29 – My cheater’s dinner – open can of chow mein mix, heat up and server over noodles, ha! So weird to see the noodles in a can I remember growing up when they came in a bag. It took me a few minutes at the store trying to find the noodles!


8/30 – Happy belated Father’s Day Jake! Jake finally got his Boston Red Sox B! Not only is this for Boston, but also for our B, Brady! It is really (very) large to me, but honestly he has such huge calves from all his sports so in person it does fit and look right on his leg. He loves it though so that’s all that matters to me. :)


8/31 – Jake’s badge for football (sooo serious what is up with that?!). He was just going to be a helpful parent for practices, but was asked by the league president to help coach Brady’s team and to get badged so he could be on the field. We love our busy lives, we love our busy lives, we love our busy lives…. ;)

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Coffee Love

Oh coffee, that sweet wake up in the morning. It’s pretty common knowledge among my co-workers and FB friends that Jake occasionally brings me coffee to the office in the mornings.  We work for the same company, in the same building and he usually gets in before I do. So he will stop and grab me a Starbucks latte and have it sitting on my desk as a surprise when I come in. I love those mornings. Truly I do.

So what does that have to do with anything? Well, this little card for example is all about some caffeinated love! :) I whipped this up last Friday but didn’t have a chance to post it before we went camping over the weekend.

The sketch from The Sweet Stop and the colors/stripes challenge from Embellish were all I needed to create this in no time. I had a lot of different ideas and directions I wanted to take but ended up going a simple route with some of my favorite stamps.

The base is stamped with the circular image from Garden Kiss, the coffee cup is from Coffee Vol 1 and the diamond pattern is from Pumpkin Seed Sentiments. The stripes tie in is the patterned paper on the coffee cup, and I thought the colors were perfect with coffee and little heart.



Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Miss You!

It’s Tuesday and that means it’s time for another SSD sketch! Sure feels like a Monday after that long and relaxing weekend we had though!

This week we’re joined by an all NEW team and brand new guests for the month of September. Ok actually typing that out slightly freaks me out a little how fast this summer/whole year has flown by. ;)

This month the guest sketch artist is Amy Sheffer, and joining her is our guest DT members: Cristina Kowalczyk, Chan Vuong, Nicole Mullan, Vanessa Menhorn and Amber Daigre! Talk about a crazy talented group right?!

Here is our first sketch and I will admit to being a little stumped at first by what I wanted to do because there were so many possibilities. I finally decided on just a simple approach (my go-to thing lately) and then the idea I had just needed to be executed.


So, here is my interpretation of the sketch! Telling a little bit of a story if you will. :)

I loved these colors together and showing this little lonely balloon with the “Miss You” sentiment (although sad) made me grin that the idea worked. The balloons, sun and hills are from Uplifting and the sentiment is from Victorian Summer.

Be sure to visit the rest of the SSD team and our guests for their fabulous creations!

Jennifer Ingle
Joann Valderama
Karen Baker
Katie Gehring
Shannon Teubner
Stephanie Mino
Taylor Usry
Wendy Price
Wendy Jordan

Monday, September 5, 2011

You make my heart sing

I was so excited to see the challenges posted by The Play Date Café and CAS-ual Fridays! The themes are similar (black, white and red colors) and the twist is a “splash” of red at PDC and “read” all over at CF to incorporate books and reading for National Literacy day on 9/8. (Prescheduling this as we’re still out camping!)

One thing about me, I LOVE books. I absolutely love reading. (Check out my reading lists in my top bar from the past couple years.) In first grade I got in trouble for my sloppy handwriting because I would rush though my homework so I could go to the reading square. I also got in trouble for using colored pencils on my homework. I justified it because it was a pencil and it was colorful and pretty. My brainiac nerdy self won though because my grades, yes even as a firstie, were pretty important to me and while I now have nice handwriting (thanks Mrs. Reynolds), I still retained my love of books and colors. ;)

Which brings me to my post today. I had no idea what I wanted to do for this card, ha! After mulling it over for a little while I realized that the colors are just like the Twilight book covers. It then dawned on me that I have the ultimate Twilight stamp set Fangs or Fur by SSD! I also knew that I had to have just a splash of red so I didn’t want to over power the design with too much red so that it would be fair and work for both challenges, which is pretty coincidental.

Ok, talky talk aside…here is my card!

So I would have done some things differently. I am still going back and forth on stamping the Edward/Bella stamp over the music notes. I kept thinking about doing a mask so they showed through, but then just didn’t do it for whatever reason, ha. The ribbon though was the tie in from another book cover, and the reason for the music notes is from Edward’s lullaby he wrote for Bella. Sentiment and notes are from Heartsong and sheet music is from Timeless Textures.

So here are the great inspirations from this card! I love the book idea challenge and may have to visit this one again!


Saturday, September 3, 2011

May all your wishes come true…

Instead of packing last night for our camping trip (which we’ll leave for after football games this afternoon) I played around in my studio for a few hours! My fellow (new!) SSD DT Member Taylor is the hostess for the SCS sketch challenge and I loved her fun sketch so I knew I had to play along! This is my second post for today so be sure to scroll down for my SFYTT post that SSD is sponsoring!

I have been doing a lot of CAS (clean and simple) stamping lately and this one is no exception. The images are from the Skipping Stones Designs Dandelion Dreams stamp set. I heat embossed in white the dandelion and then the little flurry thingies. Seriously can’t think what those should be called, ha! I asked Jake and he said “wishes” haha love that guy!

Anyway, a little ribbon and a large white grommet thing from a pack I purchased awhile ago from SU and never got around to using completed the simple details. The sentiment was stamped in Marina Mist and with the “wishes” blowing away the sentiment ties in. :)

Here’s a look at Taylor’s sketch!

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I loved the colors from the SPCC color combo this week, and although I don’t have these new colors I substituted to mimic the bright colors that I loved!


Well, it’s off to football (ok to be honest I’m in the car typing this up using my air card!) and then to finish up all our camping stuff. I’m working on a few posts for next week from my card making spree last night so while the boys are warming up I can keep myself occupied. ;)

Have a great holiday weekend!