Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Cooking Up Some Mexican Delights

Good evening I just completed this project for Sparkle N Sprinkle and wanted to share it. I used the Western Manuel Plate to create all. Most of the card stock used is Lasting Impressions and it all perfectly matches the Holiday card I made a couple of days ago. Recipe cards are 5X7 and I used Copic markers to color. Other supplies used include SU tab punch, mega scallop punch, 1 1/4" punch, clear card bag, Hot Tamale candy,printer, and Kathy's french fry template. Recipes are my own and about the only Mexican food I cook.

Thanks for dropping by.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Blog Candy Alert

If you have not visited my DD's site in awhile, hurry and get over there and sign up for this weeks awesome blog candy. She has been running a Christmas in July fest all month long. You surely don't want to miss signing up for this weeks yummy treat which ends Monday at 8:00 p.m. (July 28, 2008)

Nettie goes International!

Feliz Navidad! Yes, there is a story behind this card! My brother is forever sending us Spanish cards for Christmas even though no family members are Spanish. I thought it would be cute to give him a dose of his own medicine back this year and this card certainly would do the trick. Is this not the perfect image from SparkleNSprinkle for this card?!
Little did I know his Christmas cards would become and inspiration for me and help me create a beauty for the design team of SparkleNSprinkle. Thanks BRO!

To create this fun card I first created wording using Lasting Impressions software and M1 template. I layered it on some olive and red DCWV cs that I cut and embossed using my new scalloped Nestibilites from Spellbinders. I colored the image using vivid olive, red and gold Copic Markers. After attaching the strips of ribbon to the card front I mounted all to the front of some Lasting Impressions cs to finish it up.

Thanks for dropping by enjoy today's holiday share.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Male Get Well Card

Good Evening! Has anyone ever had to make a get well card for a guy? Let me tell you it is not the easiest thing to make! I drew a total blank and solicited ideas from some of my talented stamping friends before deciding on this card for my boss who was hospitalized on Wednesday. I have worked for this company for about 7 years and am second in command when he is away so it was an extremely stressful week dealing with and managing 12 male employees without his support. Hopefully, he will be back on his feet shortly but it is not looking good. Having to be the first one in and the last one to leave is really putting a dent in my stamping time...and eating...and sleeping :)

Since he is not into any sports and has no real hobbies I figured using basic colors suggested by friends I couldn't go wrong with this card. I used a lighthouse stamp I bought years ago from Angel's Attic. She has (I think still in business) many beautiful scenic and nature related stamps.

I went with olive green paper from DCWV and denim blue cs that I bought from Paper Goods. The brads are from Making Memories and I did stamp the denim with a linen background stamp from CHF. The message is Stampin Up. I mount the lighthouse on matching olive stock and distressed the edges a bit before mounting it with pop dots. I used Copic Markers to color it in.

Thanks for stopping by and for all my friends that emailed me ideas a HUGE THANKS!

Wednesday, July 23, 2008


Hello, this post will be real quick since we have some real nasty storms here and I will probably be losing power any minute. I wanted to share this quick card I made testing out my new Nestibilities last night. I really like the simplicity of this cake stamp from Unity. The clean lines allow you to color it without much effort if you desire. I love stamps like this because it is easy to jazz them up with flowers or paper piece them and are virtually goof proof!:)
I used red and a very soft pale yellow leather like paper purchased from Hallo's, a local paper wholesaler here. The upper was embossed with Swiss Dot folder from Cuttlebug, the lower was embossed using a Fiskar "Line" texture plate. I first ran it through my Wizard in one direction then reversed it to get tiny checkered blocks. I used Adirondack "Espresso" to stamp both cake and wording. The itty bitty heart button and plastic "love" word is a Valentine's gift from my DD and I am not sure where it came from, sorry.

This card is very similar to one I submitted to Take Ten and had published a couple of years ago. I am not sure how they photograph cards for publications but for some reason the card appeared in the issue with the wording backwards:)

I am off to finish dinner before power goes off and I starve! Night

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Spell it "Snow"

Good Evening with the temperatures hitting the upper 90's here, all I could think of this evening is SNOW. I finally broke down and bought some Nestibilites and wanted to play. I first created the card using Lasting Impressions software then I ran it through my Wizard using the largest rectangle die. After cutting and embossing I pulled out my stylus and finished it off by embossing the letters and snowman. I then mounted them on to circles I punched out. To finish off the card I added the matching buttons to the bottom. I still thought it needed something else, so I decided to sew a zigzag stitch using white thread. I think it adds just the right touch. All papers, stencils and buttons are from Lasting Impressions. I chose tangerine and powder blue as my color choice which is a little odd but works well together:)

Completed card is 5.25 square.
Have a great evening and stay cool!

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Lime Tart Challenge

Melissa Phillips has a sketch challenge going on at her blog and I squeezed in a quick card to get in on a chance to win :). She said it "let your shabby come tumbling out, or your funky self". Well, this has got to fit as FUNKY! I tried chic and funky but as you can see not totally my style a it was a bit of a challenge and came out funky and not a good funky! :).

Melissa is queen of chic in my book and her creations just can not be duplicated!

I used some BoBunny paper and chipboards to create. The background papers are Lasting Impressions. Wording is rub on from LI.

Have a good evening I am going to clean up my room now that I trashed it trying to come up with something for the challenge.

Snowflake Joy

Help! I can't seem to put this set down even though I must have a million other stamps screaming out to me, I keep picking up this set. This is another super easy card to create thanks to the size of this Unity set. I got to try out Kathy's method for distressing too. It works super!

The paper used on this card is from DCWV and I stamped the upper in white then embossed using my favorite "seafoam" white ep. I plan on adding a sentiment to bottom but did not have one from Unity suitable YET, notice the wording YET! I see another purchase on the horizon.

In the center of snowflake is a brad from Dollar Store that happens to match perfectly. The ribbon was in a dollar bin also at Joann's and has some silver and white woven into it. I may have to get more of this ribbon it is very delicate looking.

Have a COOL day, thanks for stopping by!

Friday, July 18, 2008

Happy Holidays

Happy Friday! After making the gift set I needed something easy to make so I took on a dry embossing challenge to create a holiday card. This card went together super quick. I was able to create it before I went to work yesterday. All the cs and templates are from Lasting Impressions as well as buttons. I used their software to create it then embossed it and layered another tree on top after embossing it for a more 3D effect.

I am so happy this week finally has come to an end. It has been horibly hot and humid here.

Thanks for looking, enjoy your evening.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Snowflake Gift Set Supplies

Good morning I have a few minutes before work so I thought I would write up instructions from yesterday's late gift set post. I used a single stamp set from Unity called "Snowflake Joy". I must admit when I first received the set after ordering it I gasped on it's size. It was HUGE for me anyhow not being a scrapbooker I wondered how I was going to put the set to use. Now, I am so thrilled I did purchase it.

Throughout the ensemble I used two basic pigment inks by Colorbox soft white and silver. I also used two sizes of clear crystals, not sure of their size.

Picture "Joy" Unity UK 102W stamp set
5"x7" white picture frame (Big Lots) no matte
American Express ad in a catalog I saved (muted snowflake background) cut to size.
White Linen cs from Paper Goods
ColorBox silver pigment Ink
Detail Silver Embossing powder from Rubber Stamp Store
Tiny clear crystals
Tacky Glue
Ribbon KL

Picture "Snowflakes"
Unity stamp
Silver 8" x 10" frame matted with 2-5" x 3.5" cutouts (Joann's)
Silver Mica cs
Colorbox Soft White pigment ink
Embossing buddie
Seafoam White embossing powder
Tiny and larger clear crystals

Jenni Mouer created a wonderful tutorial for stamping on candles. I used her basic instructions but since I used a pigment ink I first stamped image on to tissue paper then embossed it using silver embossing powder (listed above) before adhering to the candles. After completed I attached a little bling using Tacky glue and 2 sizes of clear crystals.

Gift Card
Unity stamp
Linen cs and silver mica cs (listed above)
Lasting Impressions brass template B258
Spellbinders die (Architecture set) used the window for framing snowflake.
Colorbox Silver pigment Ink
Silver Embossing powder
3/4" Circle Punch

Completed card measures 4"x4". As you can see from the photo just a couple of layers, a touch of embossing to create this simple matching gift card.

This set would make a great gift set for those wishing to spend less then $20.00.

I also purchased some stones and a clear candle plate at Big Lots to complete this set. Cost of each $2.00.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Snowflake Gift Set

Just a quick post because it's late and I just finished up on this gift set and couldn't wait to share it. I will post a list of supplies and directions tomorrow. I hope your evening was as productive.

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, July 14, 2008

More Giggle Grove Cards

Happy Monday, I thought I would start the week with a little treat and give you two cards today. Since both are made with the same set from Unity and some of the same products used on both.

On both I used little 1/2" bubble stickers that I have had around here for years. Not sure who makes them but they all were on one sheet. I am doing my best to use some of my over flowing, had to have embellishments up! When it comes to embellishments I am more a hoarder then user. What about you?

Two different themes both made with the same set. On the one suitable for an Anniversary or Valentine's Day in addition to using "Giggle Grove" I also used wording from penguin set by Unity. On the "Summertime" one I used sticker wording from Serendipity Stamps. I love the print on the sticker and once applied you can not even tell. Also, on the summer one I used some flower eyelets on the tree and filled the centers in with 3D paint to give them more of a flower look.

Hope your week is off to a creative start! Thanks for stopping by.

Other Supplies
Cuttlebug "Swiss Dots"
SU 1/2 moon punch (for scallop)
Plastic template (sun)
Lasting Impressions cs
Bubble stickers
flower eyelets
3D paint

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Giggle Boldly

I said to expect more post from this fabulous set from Unity. I made 3 other cards with this set before I could put it down. This is one of those sets I almost have to hide from myself so that I move on to others! For this card which of course, was another Nettie quickie, I paired it up with some lime green paper From Lasting Impressions. Buttons on the card are made from linen cs and created using an older Spellbinder's die.

What I like most about the Unity line of stamps besides how well they ink up is their size. They lend themselves to be the focal point of your card or project.

Hope your day is filled with brightness - Thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Birdie Birdie

Good Morning! Today, I am playing with another Unity set that I fell in love with the first time I saw it. The set is perfect for paper piecing and I chose some accent paper from Me and My BIG Ideas (CP48). The color is a bit off as I noticed the background where I have stamped the tree, appears white when it is actually a pale lime green. For the cs I used Lasting Impressions "cinnamon". The buttons are also from Lasting Impressions. Once I cut out the circles for the buds on the tree and attached them I added some Ranger glassy accents to the tops.

Enjoy your morning and look for many more post with the fabulous set from Unity.


Unity UK146 Giggle Grove

Friday, July 11, 2008

Let it Snow!

Funny story.... I was chatting with Kathy and happened to ask her if she ordered any stamps from Unity yet because she had mentioned a desire to get some just after I had placed my order. I found out she had ordered a day before me and we happened to order 3 of the same sets! How weird, mother and daughter thinking alike:) After seeing Kathy's adorable little penguin card I just had to run and play with mine! My completed card is a 4X4 with a lot less glitz then Kathy's but still very cute I think! I just love these colors together. I used turquoise DCWV for the base, Lasting Impressions pumpkin and black and white striped for an accent.

The penguin was colored with Copic Markers and I added some matching 3D paint to ear muffs then sprinkled with glitter and let it dry . Nothing real fancy just another QUICK Nettie card.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Birds Take Two

Actually, for this card share the title should be Birds "Take Ten" because that is what this card is! It only took me about 10 minutes to put together, that is of course after I came up with the design. We won't talk about how long that took me:) . This is another stunning bird set I purchased some time ago and never played with. It's by Memory box and I just love it. I love these colors together too. For the inks I used Memories "Soft Sage", Adirondack "Espresso" and ColorBox "Azurite". Doesn't it make for a nice soft palette?
Other supplies include buttons from Lasting Impressions, Stampin Up "... and many more", brown checkered ribbon, scallop punch , ivory and sage green cs.
Another easy card !

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check out Kathy's blog. She has more yummy treats up for grabs!

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

A stunning Bird

The card may not be stunning but this new bird stamp is! I won it on Cat's blog. This stamp is going to make some stunning holiday cards once I get creative but for now you get to see the less then stunning version that I whipped up! A pretty simple layout but effective. The stamp is one of Inkadinkado's newest ones to be released. I stamped it using Adirondack "espresso" ink. The background paper is by Adornit "Carolee's Collection and the striped paper is from Sandylion Papers "Celebration Stripes". To brighten it up a tad I added some 1" wide peach ribbon that has been around here for awhile. Wording is from Stampin Up and one of my favorite script.
I love bird stamps but I seem to hoard more of them that I actually use but I don't think I will have that problem with this beauty.
Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your evening.

Sunday, July 6, 2008


Morning all, after seeing Kathy's colorful card I decided I would try and add a bit of color in my life. I have a super hard time using color but when I see her cards I think," why not"! This is my fragile attempt at using non traditional colors to create a holiday card. All papers, ribbon and template are from Lasting Impressions. The acetate is a gift from brother. The chipboard letters are from KI and I recolored them to match. The purple polka dot background paper is actually an envelope that I cut to size, it too is from LI. I thought it would be cute to do a snow globe for the "O" in Joy so I cut some acetate circles using the largest Spellbinder's circle die and as luck would have it for some reason it only scored the acetate did not cut through it. I think it may be the gauge of it. Brother works at a factory it may be a higher quality then most use, more of a vinyl. Anyhow I first created the scene inside one clear circle and sandwiched it between another after sprinkling some glitter inside.

Kathy's title is still in tact - that girl is Queen of Bright!

"Orange" you glad we are Friends

A little humor in the title, I couldn't think of anything catchy for this card. I couldn't sleep so I decided to sort through my punches and dies and came up with this card in doing so. The paper is one of my favorites from Lasting Impressions. I love orange and this is such a soft orange. It is called "creamsicle". To create I first embossed lower portion using a Cuttlebug folder called "aged wood" I think! The upper portion was covered with the creamsicle print, circles were cut with a variety of scallop and circle punches and dies and I used a newer template for the flowers. I added a bit of color with the lime green polka dot ribbon (another favorite ) and finished it up with a big button to match.

I have been neglecting my embossing buddies lately so this card is for all of you~ Enjoy!

Have a FUN Sunday and thanks so much for stopping by!

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Quick Heart Card

Happy Saturday I hope you are enjoying your long weekend. Yesterday I went to my mom's for a picnic and had a fun afternoon. It felt so good to have an extra day off! It has been extremely warm here so I have been hibernating in my craft room (like I need an excuse to do that!)
Here is a very quick card I made for Sparkle N Sprinkle . This card or layout would look great with any companies heart even a dry embossed heart would look adorable. For this one I used the fabric heart by Sparkle N Sprinkle and went with red, white and black as my color choices because you can't go wrong with the basics. The designer paper is by DCWV called "text" and came in a mat stack. This card took longer to photo it then make it since the heart is created with some sparkling embossing powder called cherry also from Sparkle N Sprinkle. Other supplies used to create this card include Cuttlebug Swiss Dot folder, black & white ribbon froom Michaels, Spellbinders Wizard and circle dies, Giga punch and some 3D shiny black paint.
After several attempts to photograph , I switched from a white background to a black and then was able to get a good photo it seemed to deflect the light differently allowing for a much better picture to be taken.
Thanks for stopping by, enjoy your evening.

Friday, July 4, 2008

Merry & Bright

Happy 4th of July! Here is a quick share before I am off to mom's for a picnic. I made these cards last night for Sparkle N Sprinkle and it works for Kathy's blog candy share.

The first card I created by cutting a circle out of some Lasting Impressions CS , stamping and embossing the reindeer to the inside of card. I created a overlay panel using some red linen stock that I punch out using my mega scallop punch , layered under a panel I embossed with Cuttlebug Swiss dotsl. I masked off wording placing in different color 3/4" circles and topped the circles with matching bubble stickers. To the ribbons I added some minature bells I purchased at local hobby store. The reindeer was colored with glitter markers and Copic markers.

On the second card, never having played with attaching crystals before; I asked several persons and decided to attach them with Aleene's Tacky glue which seems to have worked out real good. To create I stamped and embossed reindeer on panels I cut to 1 1/4. I colored them with Copic markers added some glitter and Ranger Glossy Accents to ornaments and topped with some Bridal white glitter from Sparkle N Sprinkle. After everything dried I embossed edge and layered onto red and green card stock.

If traveling today be safe, enjoy your 4th of July festivities with your family and friends. Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008


Good Evening it seems like mother and daughter are swapping places this month. When I loose my creativity she gets hers. Check out all Kathy's awesome entries this past week if you haven't already. She is on a roll and she is offering up some blog candy tomorrow to kick off her Christmas in July month!

I wanted to put a plug in for Kathy so I had to post something! Mother's are so funny sometimes!

It really is good to see her back at it and see her creativity shine.

I thought I would share with you a card I made for DT of Sparkle N Sprinkle. I have been struggling with this card for two days and I'm still not sure I am happy with the layout. I did however, get to play with my glitter markers Kathy sent and also got to use some paper I have had for awhile. The polka dot paper has a nice softness to it and goes very good with the scene.

I layered some matching paper in the background. I really need to make up a supply list and have no idea who makes the paper. If you know please let me know.

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by.