It's 2 Cute Rubber Stamps time here today!  This week, I made a boy themed card just for fun!  I love this little astronaut and his furry friend!

The inside says, "You rocket!"

Stamps - 2 Cute Rubber Stamps (Up, Up and Away), SU (front sentiment), Stampendous (inside sentiment)
Paper - SU Brushed Silver CS, textured white CS, My Mind's Eye DP  (Out of the Blue)
Ink - SU Pumpkin Pie
Accessories - star gemstones, orange gemstones, Cuttlebug embossing folder, opaque white gel pen (faux stitching), foam squares (popped up rocket)
Coloring - Copic markers
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Simple Thanks

Welcome to Tuesday!  Isn't it a relief when you realize you made it through another Monday?!  :)

After yesterday's Clean & Simple Challenge over at Splitcoast Stampers, I wanted to create another simple card and decided to go with a thank you theme.  I'm always wishing I had a thank you card when the need arises and can never find one in my stash!  How about you?

I've been wanting to use my new scalloped circle die from Prickley Pear and this card offered the perfect opportunity!  One thank you card now awaits an envelope and postage stamp.

Stamps - Prickley Pear (sentiment from Oak & Maple Leaf set)
Paper - Bazzill textured white and black cardstocks, SU Brushed Silver CS
Ink - SU Basic Black
Accessories - Prickley Pear Scalloped Circle Die, 1.75 inch circle punch, gemstones, foam squares (popped up sentiment and the entire main silver/black panel), baker's twine

I entered this into Prickley Pear's September Sketch Challenge:

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Autumn is…

...the earthy smells.

...the crunchy leaves.

...the open-your-windows evenings.

...the rediscovery of favorite sweatshirts.

...the eruption of color in the landscape.

...the return of school routines.

...slowing down to a hum after summer's noisy buzz.


This week, I have the honor of being the Guest Designer for the Clean & Simple Challenge over at Splitcoast Stampers!  How exciting!  The challenge this time around is to use leaves on your card.  I chose to use a leaf embossing folder I discovered in my stash.  I tried to keep the look very clean and neat.  There are so many wonderful autumn colors that it was a bit of a challenge narrowing it down to just a couple for this card!

Stamps - SU (Season by Season)
Paper - SU Very Vanilla, Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler CS
Ink - SU Cherry Cobbler
Accessories - SU Early Espresso marker, SU ribbon, Quickutz embossing folder, SU oval punch, foam squares (popped up sentiment panel)
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House & Home

I couldn't resist playing along with the current challenge over at Hambo Stamps (a.k.a. Hambo Hoedown)!  It's called, "Home is Where the {insert here} Is," and you are to use something from around the house on your card!  I chose pencil shavings!  :)  DS1 is always sharpening the pencils around here and I had no problem finding enough to add to this house's roof!

Stamps - Hambo Stamps (House 2 - digital)
Paper - SU Basic Gray, Real Red CS, textured white CS, Gina K white CS, My Mind's Eye DP (Out of the Blue)
Ink - SU Basic Gray (sponging around white panel)
Accessories - SU Real Red polka dot ribbon, pencil shavings
Coloring - Copic Markers
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Going Bananas

I'm back!  Yesterday, I had a creation all ready to post and discovered our internet was down.  It remained silent until late in the evening and, by that time, I was wiping myself off the treadmill from a much needed run and heading to bed!

Here's a little heart-shaped card I whipped up using one of Hambo Stamps' adorable images.  I couldn't resist giving him some shoelaces to go with his outfit!  :)

Stamps - Hambo Stamps (Banana Kid, digital)
Paper - Gina K white CS, SU Wild Wasabi CS
Ink - SU Wild Wasabi (sponging around white heart panel)
Accessories - green gemstones, baker's twine, SU oval punch, Nestabilities (heart & scalloped heart)
Coloring - Copic markers

Please note that if you like Hambo Stamps' images as much as I do, they are having a DT call until next Friday, September 23.

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Exciting Moose!

Exciting news to share today!  I was chosen to be on The Stamping Boutique's Design Team!  (*jumping up and down with happiness!*)  They have so many wonderful images to choose from that I'm going to be happily stamping away for a good long while!

Here is my first creation for the Design Team:

Stamps - The Stamping Boutique (Moose, digital), Inkadinkado (sentiment)
Paper - Imaginisce DP (Apple Cider Collection), SU Old Olive, Daffodil Delight CS
Ink - SU Basic Black
Accessories - distressor (used on main image panel), yellow pearls, foam squares (popped up sentiment), Nestabilities, yellow Spica pen
Coloring - Copic Markers

I used the sketch from this week's Freshly Made Sketches, a great new challenge blog.

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Post It Penguin

It's been much too long since I've posted something other than a card creation!  I do enjoy making things other than cards, but find I don't have the mental focus I need to measure and figure out templates when I am listening to Radio Station 3BOYZ during the day.  This fall I now have 1.5 hours, Monday through Friday, of pure quiet to focus, so I'm excited!  I'm starting simple, but here is a little Post It Note holder I made using 2 Cute Rubber Stamps' latest stamp release:

Stamps - 2 Cute Rubber Stamps (digital)
Ink - SU Basic Black (sponging around main image panel)
Paper - SU textured Real Red CS, SU Basic Black CS, Copic Blending Card
Accessories - black gemstones, black ribbon (the Paper Studio), SU Sticky Strip
Coloring - Copic markers

The main panel (red) is a 3.5 inch x 7.5 inch piece of cardstock.  See here for a detailed drawing that will help you with scoring (courtesy of tmarie on SCS).
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Just One of Those Days

I'm posting a bit late today, but it was "just one of those days."  Looking back on it, nothing seems all that eventful, but I just felt like I was spinning my wheels!  Phone calls, laundry, meals and a little one who is beginning to walk, but not with enough confidence to let go of my hand all that much.  When he wants to walk everywhere rather than crawl, I spend a lot of time touring the house with him.  :)  He'll be off and running soon, I'm sure!  WaTcH OuT wOrLd!

I managed to sit down and make a birthday card tonight, despite it all.  The Stamping Boutique is celebrating its second birthday and is having a Birthday Challenge that involves the chance to win a free image from the store!  I used this charming little gal from their digital stamp collection:

Stamps - The Stamping Boutique (little girl with a balloon, digital stamp), SU sentiment (Create a Cupcake set)
Paper - SU Real Red textured CS, SU Brushed Silver CS, Copic Blending card, My Mind's Eye DP (Out of the Blue)
Ink - CTMH Lagoon
Accessories - Stickles (red), metal pearls, Martha Stewart small monarch punch, Spica pen (silver), Nestabilities (circle), SU corner rounder punch, foam squares (popped up sentiment panel)
Coloring - Copic markers

The sketch is from I {Heart} 2 Stamp:

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Cupcake Therapy

It's been a while since I've made a cupcake card.  I discovered this adorable cupcake chef last week while browsing through some digital images!  Those who know me well, know that I really like cupcakes!  White ones...with white frosting...and sprinkles.  They come in right up there with chocolate on my list.  Chocolate is at the top, of course.

Stamps - Hambo Stamps (Wee Henry Cuppie, digital stamp), Whipper Snapper Designs (sentiment)
Ink - SU Basic Black
Paper - SU Daffodil Delight, Basic Black, Real Red, Pumpkin Pie CS, Paper Trey white CS
Accessories - Stickles (red, yellow), SU Basic Black marker, foam squares (popped up main image)
Coloring - Copic Markers

*I am entering this card into this week's Clean & Simple Challenge over at Splitcoast Stampers as well as the Hambo Hoedown (the rich hues of Autumn) over at Hambo Stamps
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Happiness is…

...boxed brownies (with milk chocolate chips sprinkled on top prior to baking).

...mowing the lawn.

...having a plan.

...a clear, blue sky.

...mild autumn days.

...a snow globe.


Wild Rice Meatloaf
4 cups cooked wild rice
1 pound uncooked lean ground pork
2 cups (8 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup dry bread crumbs
1 cup finely chopped onion
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
2 eggs, beaten
1-1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground sage
3/4 teaspoon pepper

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl; mix well.  Firmly press into a greased 9-in. x 5-in. x 3-in. loaf pan.  Bake uncovered, at 350 degrees F for 70 minutes.  Cover with foil during the last 15 minutes if the top is browing too quickly.  Yield:  4-6 (we think 8-10) servings.
(a modified recipe originally from a Taste of Home publication)
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