Tuesday, August 30, 2011

SSD Sketch Challenge #91

Hi all-

Today, I am playing along with the Skipping Stones Designs Sketch Challenge #91 by the fabulous and talented Teri Anderson.  (Click the link for all the deets and to play along.) Here is the sketch:

And here is my take:

I cut three circles from gray, orange and hot pink cardstock and stamped the Moroccan tile print from Timeless Textures onto the cardstock with Verafine embossing ink.  I sprinkled the stamped circles with white embossing powder and heated with my heat gun to bring out the stamped image.  I drew a frame around the edge of the white cardstock panel with a fine tip black pen- leaving a space for the Happy Birthday sentiment (from Birthday Donuts).  I arranged the circles on the cardstock trimmed off the excess, mounted to black cardstock and adhered the finished card front to a white card base.

Hope you find some inspiration in my take on Teri's sketch. Thanks for stopping by!



  • Clear stamps: Timeless Textures and Birthday Donuts- Skipping Stones Design
  • Cardstock: Orange Zest, Raspberry Fizz- Papertrey Ink; Gray- The Paper Company; White and Black- Hollos Papercraft
  • Ink: Versafine and Veramark
  • Embossing Powder: JoAnn Fabric and Craft

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Tuesday Trigger: Girly and Gutsy

Hello friends!

(This is my second post for the day- scroll down if you would like to see my contribution to the August Papertrey Ink Blog Hop.)

It's another Tuesday Trigger project based on a lovely photo that Cath found and posted on the Moxie Fab World Blog.  (Click the link for details and to play along!)

And here is my card:

I decided to use the leaf motif in the black and white rug as the focal point for my card.  I stamped the ginko leaves from PTI's Harvest Berries set in black ink and added some bling in the place of berries- ala the chandelier and wall sconces.

(By the way, can I just say, Harvest Berries....I love this stamp set!  You may be seeing it quite a bit in coming posts.)

I also tied in the chartreuse green chairs and pink walls into the card as well through cardstock and ribbon.  By the time I added the ribbon and rhinestone buckle to the card, it was feeling pretty formal, so I used a beautiful, scripty congrats sentiment from Waltzingmouse Stamps.

Well, there you have it!  I hope you find some inspiration in my take on the trigger. Thank you so much for stopping by!

Take care,


  • Cardstock: Stampin' Up! and Papertrey Ink
  • Clear stamps: Harvest Berries from Papertrey Ink and Big Day Additions from Waltzingmouse Stamps
  • Rhinestones: The Paper Studio
  • Ink: Tuxedo Black Memento
  • Border punch: EK Success
  • Ribbon: Stampin' Up!
  • Gem ribbon slide: Making Memories
  • Corner punch: Stampin' Up!

Papertrey Ink- August Blog Hop

Hello everyone-

I am playing along today with the August Blog Hop for Papertrey Ink.

The challenge this month was to create a card using the following photo as inspiration.

And here is my card:

On the message board, there's been talk of seller's regret as in when you sell PTI goodies to another forum member and then scheme up a project for which the sold set or die would work perfectly.  This photo made me sad that I recently sold my Friendship Jar and die set- twice. Yep- sold it, re purchased it and sold it again....  Never used, nope, not sure what my problem is....

Anyway, I needed to take another approach to this photo, so I decided to focus on the colors and patterns.  I stamped the top 2/3 of the card with a text stamp and the bottom third with gingham- a nod to the pretty dress the picnic-er is wearing in the background.  I added foliage to the card using the leaves and berries from the new Harvest Berries set. The sentiment is also from Harvest Berries stamped on Mat Stack 1 and inked with the Tea Dye duo.

Check out Nichole Heady's blog for all the deets and to add your own project to the hop.  Looking forward to seeing everyone's beautiful creations.

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Blogs for Boobies- Last Day to Bid!

Welcome to the last day of the Blog for Boobies Blog Hop!  There is still time to help in two ways. 

#1 There is still time to bid on my project:  Here is another look at what I have up for auction.


Scroll down to my post from August 16 to see the details of each card!

The auction will end at 8:00 p.m. Mountain time August 23rd.

The highest bid is currently $25.00!  (Wow!  You guys rock!!!)  
To win this simply bid more than $25.00 in the comment section of THIS post.  YOU MUST INCLUDE your EMAIL ADDRESS with your $bid. (This way we can get in contact with the winning bidder.)

Remember 100% of what you bid will go to the Komen foundation!!! If you are the top bidder you will receive a paypal invoice for the amount that you bid. 

#2  There is still time to shop!!!  Through midnight on the 23rd of August Skipping Stones Design is still donating $2 (to the Komen Foundation) for every stamp set sold

Thank you so, so much for stopping by!!  Together we can make a difference!!!


Wednesday, August 17, 2011

CAS-ual Fridays Challenge CFC15

Hello friends!

Ok, so it's technically not Friday.  It's been a busy week with the kiddos getting ready to go back to school and back to preschool, so I am just getting around to posting my card for last Friday's challenge on the CAS-ual Friday blog.

This week's challenge is to create a card based on the sketch pictured above and here is what I created:

Birthday Clown Card

The patterned papers are from Pretty Little Studio- an online shop that features sweet vintage images and coordinating patterned paper. I fussy cut around a clown image and stamped my sentiment in the star.  To reinforce the star motif, I die cut stars from white cardstock and adhered it to the card base.  A red button tied with orange baker's twine is the finishing touch.  

Hope it inspires!  Thanks for stopping by!


  • Cardstock: Hollos and Papertrey Ink
  • Patterned paper and vintage image: Pretty Little Studio
  • Ink: Verafine
  • Stamps: Verve
  • Button: Papertrey Ink
  • Baker's Twine: The Twinery
  • Dies: Amuse Studios (stars) and Papertrey Ink (circle border)

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Blogs for Boobies Blog Hop- Day 2

It's Time to Stamp Out Cancer!

This is day 2 of a 3 day blog bounce(hop) where EVERY CARD OR PROJECT is up for auction!

Welcome to the second annual Blog 4 Boobies fundraiser!    Last year with your help Skipping Stones Design raised and donated $1108.99 to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. It is our goal to raise $1500 this year and WE NEED YOUR HELP!!!

There are 3 ways you can join in on the fun(draising):

1.You can help by Going shopping! 
For every stamp set that you purchase during August 15th through the 23rd SSD will donate $2 to the Komen Foundation.  Stamping and shopping that you can feel good about !   Click  Here to laugh at  some of our funniest stamps  Click Here to be inspired or Click here to see everything we've got!
Here are two of my all time favorite sets: 

 Birthday Purses

2. You can help by *Biding!

Another way you can help us raise money for the Komen Foundation is to *bid on a project or card along the blog bounce(hop). YES! EVERY Single card/project along the blogs for boobies bounce is up for auction. We recommend a starting bid of $5 or more. Your *Bid not only includes the card or project but shipping to your home as well. * See how to place a bid for more detailed instructions.  If you are the highest bidder August 23rd 8:00 p.m. mountain time then you WIN the card/project that you bid on.

3. You can help by Telling Your Friends~

Help us spread the word about "blogs 4 boobies" the more people that know, the more money we can raise!!!  If you have a blog feel free to copy and paste part or all of our Blogs 4 Boobies posts.

My project- Up for grabs to the highest bidder is a set of 4 cards I created especially for this event.  This set was made using Birthday Purses- pictured above.  The cards are 5.25" square. The card packaging was designed to look like a purse and the 4 cards plus envelopes nestle perfectly inside making this a great gift to give to a special friend.   

Birthday Purses Gift Set

Here are some close ups of the individual cards in the set:

How to place a bid on a card/project:
  1. Find the comment section of the blog that shows the "Blogs 4 Boobies" card or project that you want to buy.  *Please note you may only bid on the card/project shown in the specific "blogs 4 boobies" post. *Any bids not placed on the correct post will be considered invalid. 
  2. Once you are in the "blogs 4 boobies" comment section fill in the dollar and cents amount of what you are willing to pay for the card/project.  We recommend a starting bid of $5 or more. Remember your bid includes shipping as well as the card/or project.  100% of the money your bid will go to the Susan G. Komen Foundation
  3. Next to your $ bid please type in your email address. During a silent auction bidders sign their name next to their bid. Typing your email address is the electronic equivalent of signing your bid.  Also it will help the blogger contact you if you are the highest bidder.
  4. Watch and wait. Once you have entered your bid/comment sit back and wait.  If someone out bids you then you may bid again.  Bidding will continue until 8:00 p.m. Mountain time August 23rd
* Please note that the participating stampers/bloggers will probably re-post their Blogs 4 Boobies card/project on the 23rdof August.  When the blogger re-post their project  then the bidding will continue on the NEWEST post and that comment section.

What do I do once I place a bid?
Watch and Wait- The "Winner of the Auction" Will be the highest bid (that includes an email address)in the comment section of the MOST RECENT blogs 4 boobies post at the end of the silent auction.  Please note that ALL cards/projects WILL BE REPOSTED on the 23rd of August.  The silent auction will end at 8:00 p.m. Mountain Time on August 23rd . 

Things to keep in mind:
  • Near the end of the bidding you may not see bids as they come in. Many blogs have a comment feature where the blogger must approve comments before they are published.  So bid high.  You might have the highest bid that is published, but someone might have outbid you in an unpublished comment/bid.
  • The blogger/designer will declare who has won the silent auction.  Skipping Stones Design will send you an invoice for your donation/bid amount.  Please pay that invoice as soon as possible, so the designer can get your card/project in the mail to you.
  • Remember 100% of your bid will be donated to the Susan G. Komen foundation. 
Have fun bouncing from blog to blog.  Enjoy all the designs, and make a bid or two! This is a rare opportunity to take home a card(s)/project from your favorite designer, and fight the war against breast cancer!!! Together we can make a difference!!!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Trigger Tuesday: Luminous Layers


Happy Sunday!  I hope you have had a lovely Sunday.  It's been raining here all day, which I don't mind, as I can sometimes squeeze in a little extra crafty time.  The hardest part of rainy days is trying to keep the kiddos busy so they (a) don't kill each other and (b) don't destroy the house.  Good times. Good times.

I wanted to share a little card I created for the Trigger Tuesday Challenge currently posted on Moxie Fab World.  Here is the trigger photo:
 And here is my interpretation:

Layered Birthday Card 

I hope you like my take on this week's trigger. Thanks for stopping by!  I can't wait to check out everyone else's amazing projects!

Until next time, take care!


  • Cardstock: Hollo's Paper
  • Patterned Paper: Indie Bloom by Basic Grey 
  • Tools: Circle Punches- Creative Memories and EK Success; Fillable Frame 2 die- Papertrey Ink; Paisley Embossing Folder
  • Clear Stamps: Fillable Frame #2, Birthday Bash Sentiments
  • Ink: Black Versafine

Blogs for Boobies Coming Soon!

Hello friends!  

Every year Skipping Stones Designs does a Blogs 4 Boobies Bounce (Blog Hop) to raise money for research.  Last year a total of $1,108.99 was raised and this year SSD has a goal of $1,500.

YOU can help in 3 ways:

FIRST.........You can help by purchasing any SSD stamp set starting August 15th through August 23rd and $2.00 will be donated for EACH set purchased.

SECOND..........You can BID ON CARDS from your favorite designers during the 3 day blog bounce where EACH and EVERY card or set will be auctioned off from August 15th to August 23rd and 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the Komen Foundation!!!  There will be instructions on how to use the comment section to place bids on the Skipping Stones Blog.

THIRD.........You can help by TALKING ABOUT IT!  Please tell other crafters/stampers about the fundraiser and get them to join in on the fun(draising).  Post on your blog!  Talk about it with your cropping buddies!  If you have your own blog.........feel free to copy and paste part or all of this post so you can help get the word out, too!

I am honored to participate this year by making a set of cards to be auctioned off, right here on the old blog-a-rooni.  I made a set of 4 cards using Birthday Purses and a cutie card holder which will be sent to the winning bidder.   I will be posting my cards right here on August 16, so be sure to stop back and take a look and tell your friends.  

I am sure that we all know someone who has been impacted by this terrible disease.   Every dollar we raise puts us one step closer to a cure.  Please help me spread the word! 

Thanks in advance for your support!


Sunday, August 7, 2011

Moxie Fab World- Squares to Cherish


Did you see this cozy inspiration photo for the Tuesday Trigger over at Moxie Fab World?

Here is my take on the inspiration photo:

You Warm My Heart

For my card, I pulled colors from the crocheted quilt.  My choice of stamp set was also inspired by the photo and the cozy feeling it invokes.  I also added some homey touches like the button and twine to the card as finishing touches.

Thanks for stopping by and checking out my interpretation of this week's trigger!


Supplies:  (All Supplies are from Papertrey Ink unless otherwise noted)

  • Cardstock: Rustic Cream, Ocean Tides, Simply Chartreuse 
  • Stamps: Warm Happiness
  • Dies: Warm Hsppiness
  • Ink: Dark Chocolate, Plum Pudding
  • Buttons: Plum Pudding
  • Twine: Rustic Cream
  • Embossing Folger: Cuttlebug
  • Embossing Machine: Cuttlebug

CAS-ual Fridays Challenge CFC14

Hi Friends-

I am playing along today with this week's challenge posted on the CAS-ual Friday's blog.  This weeks challenge is to add glitz and glitter to a project using Glue Dots or Glue Strips.  I decided to use Glue strips to make the following card:

Rainbow Color Card

I applied Glue Strips to a piece of white cardstock and added red glitter to the line.  A tip to keep the glitter in check is to wipe the card with a piece of flannel or felt after applying each color to keep the sparkle in its place. I repeated to process for the other rainbow colors, stamped the sentiment in black ink and added buttons in a rainbow of colors for a little extra dimension.  I adhered the card front to a black card base.   My craft room looks like it has been to Mardi Gras, but I am pretty pleased with the end result.  

Thanks for stopping by and checking out my sparkly card!  Have a great week!


  • Cardstock- Papertrey Ink
  • Stamps: Happy Trails- Papertrey Ink
  • Ink: Memento
  • Buttons and Twine: Papertrey Ink
  • Glitter: Martha Stewart
  • Other: Glue Strips

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Moxie Fab World Challenge- Fanatical about Botanical


Today I am playing along with the Fanatical About Botanical challenge in the Moxie Fab World. Click the link for deets...

I am going to be honest folks,  this challenge was a toughie for me.  I typically gravitate toward the clean and simple and fun and cute style, but I also have a *thing* for Basic Grey.  It was when I was digging through my stash that I found some die cuts and papers from the Curio collection and decided to give this challenge a whirl. So, here's my take:

Botanical Birthday

I trimmed and framed (K and Co) some of the die cut tags and pieces of patterned paper. On a piece of rustic cream cardstock, I stamped sheet music background in tea dye ink.  Unfortunately, that element doesn't show up too well in the photo.   The sentiment is from Botanical Silhouettes, Papertrey Ink's 2010 Anniversary set. I inked all the edges, punched a scallop border, tied a ribbon, added the pins and mounted the rustic cream cardstock to a natural card base.  Then I loaded the framed images with lots of adhesive (warning- these frames are heavy!) and adhered them to the card to make their own little gallery of botanical goodness.

Hope you enjoyed my take on botanical style.  There is still time to play along and add your link to the Moxie Fab World blog. You have until August 8 to post your projects.

Thank you so, so much for stopping by.  Have a fabulous day!



  • Cardstock: Hollos and Papertrey Ink
  • Stamps: Background Basics Sheet Music and Botanical Silhouettes (Papertrey Ink)
  • Patterned Paper and Die Cuts- Basic Grey
  • Ink: Dark Chocolate Hybrid, Vintage Cream, and Tea Dye Duo (Papertrey Ink)
  • Metal Frames- K and Company
  • Ribbon: Stampin' Up!
  • Punch- Stampin' Up!
  • Pins: Craft Supply