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Monthly Archives: September 2009

So, I’ve been having a little fun with the Unity Bachelor challenge over at SCS. Last week’s challenge was to create a Date Card. My version is below using “the bachelor’s” fav colors of red, green and black. I had fun stamping on the wood veneer and acetate!

My Mind’s Eye paper
Unity stamps
Tsukineko ink
Wood veneer, acetate & ribbon

One of the projects that I completed from this past weekend’s cropping was a set of ATC’s (aka Artist Trading Cards). These 2 1/2 x 3 1/2″ scraps of paper end up being some beautiful pieces of art! So much fun and I always love using my scraps and bits of leftover scrapping embellishments on them. Can’t beat it!

What do you do with them? Well, true ATC collectors do just that, collect them for trading purposes. ATC’s are NEVER sold, they are given or traded. I have been known to use them on a card front, but for the past couple of years, I’ve saved all of them in little mini mailboxes. I have quite a collection!

This month’s theme with the Oasis ATC Club that I belong to (local artists), was “Your Heritage”. Hmmmmm, that could bring a lot of different ideas out for sure! Use the colors, use images, even a map maybe? I opted for the images of the culture. Take a peek and see if you can guess:

My Heritage

SU! cardstock & stamps
Tsukineko Memento ink
Copic coloring
Distress Stickles
Eyelet Outlet wine eyelet

Want to hear something really cool?? I’m starting an ATC club at Cherry Blossom Studio!!!! We’ll meet once a month to trade cards and to work on the next month’s theme. I’m really looking forward to it, so stay tuned for more details as it comes into being. Woohoo!!

If you’re a follower of my blog, you probably remember seeing 6×6 recipe pages here and there throughout the year. Well, one of my fav things to do is to create these small gems (similar is my love of ATC’s) using scraps and stamps. I trade them online with a Yahoo group of fellow recipe swappers.

Each month, different themes are presented to the group and you can sign up for as many as you want (only 3 or so are offered usually) or none depending on the themes and your schedule of course. I usually make 8 pages (2-12×12 pieces of cardstock = 8 pages, why waste 1/2 sheet right?). Six are sent to the coordinator, I keep one and have a spare to trade elsewhere or giveaway. In a short span of time, a great little 6×6 album gets full of these babies! They make great shower, family or co-worker gifts!

This month, I opted to play twice with an October recipe and “Tuesday is…” recipe. The October one just needed to have October written on it somewhere like the title, in the patterned paper or stamped on. No problem, I have lots of month stamps!

October Recipe

SEI patterned paper & SU! cardstock
BoBunny stamp
Tsukineko Memento ink
PK Glitz glitter, Sticky Tape & Wonder Film
Staples paper clip

Now the next page needed to fulfill the “Tuesday Is…” requirement. I totally made up that Tuesday is Casserole Night in our house, but hey, it could be this week right?? The object was to plug in an appropriate item like Chicken Night, Chili Night, Crock Pot Night, Hamburger Night, … I thought mine would work just fine and I would actually do it sometime soon. 🙂 So anyway, here’s the result of the mini page.

Tuesday Is...

SEI paper
Hampton Arts stamp
Tsukineko Memento ink
SU! hemp
Spellbinders die
Fiskars border punch

So there you have it! OHHHHHHHHH, something really FUN?!! Cherry Blossom Studio is starting up a Recipe Page CLUB! How fun will that be?! Stay tuned for the details and come and join us! I know I’ll be there!

Yes, Saturday was a fun time at Cherry Blossom Studio! Not only did I get to crop, but to have fun with friends made it a better day. I got everything done that I brought with me to work on! Pretty exciting I must say. According to the girls though, I do that every time I crop.

Hmmmmm, not exactly what I remember since I end up going home with plenty of UFO’s (un-finished objects) to be completed at yet, some later date. Could those be what is crowding the box underneath my punch stash???? Why YES it is – let’s set a crop date to complete those UFO’s. Who’s with me?????

I did succeed in making a card with my leftover Panama Jack stash (see previous post). I did not take a picture, so go to Cherry Blossom Studio to see it in person.

I got 2 other cards done with some scraps and stamping. Used some SU stamps that I’ve had for some time and LOVE the design. I think the set is called “Provencale” – great collaged images including a cool rooster. I colored him with Copics (LOVE THEM) and used my fav Spellbinders dies. It’s a rather simple card, but fun to make.

Stampin' Up! Provencale

Paper from Marco’s Paper
Stampin’ Up! Stamps & Hemp
Tsukineko Ink
Copic coloring
Spellbinder Dies

Stay tuned for more posts during the week of my other projects. You know I can’t spill it all in just one post!!! 😉

Rusty Pickle is really good at creating grungy and worn looking papers. Panama Jack is one of those great collections that fits that description to a “T”. Rustic old Florida comes to mind, somewhere like Key West, when seeing these papers for the first time. Great shades of blue and green, the patterns are conducive to tropical, vacation or even masculine projects with a tad of “old” thrown in. The Pickle Trims are awesome texture and color combined. Add some torn Core’dinations cardstock and Ideology stuff, you’ve got yourself a great page!

Rusty Pickle Panama Jack

Rusty Pickle Panama Jack paper, stickers & trim
Coredinations Cardstock
Ideology metal
Ranger paint & white pen

It’s that time of year again! Yes, candy corn (LOVE it), orange & green and spooky stuff. 🙂

Hence comes the card pictured below. Using stamps from Starving Artistamps, PKGlitz embossing powder and awesome Core’dinations cardstock, this spooky card was born! I love the cardstock from Core’dinations because of the contrasting core color, not white, not colored like the base cardstock color, but contrasting! Neat stuff and oh so fun to work with on any project.


Core’dinations Cardstock
Starving Artistamps stamps
PK Glitz embossing powder
Copic markers for coloring
Martha Stewart Crooked Fence punch
Stampin’ Up! Tag punch
Sizzix Graffiti Alpha
Various ribbon and pom poms (on the spider bodies)




Some Odd Girl

Sizzix Blinkie

Origami Owl anyone?