Happy Birthday, Cupcake!

Today there is a birthday in our house.  Since we're not having the official party until the weekend, I thought I could get by making a girly card instead of the needed masculine one!  I've been instructed to finish a birthday card that somebody started for himself, so that should be fun!  Isn't that half the creative process...getting started?

I love it when I have an excuse to make a cupcake card and this week's Clean & Simple Challenge over at Splitcoast Stampers is to use a cupcake on a card!  I was smiling as soon as I read it!  Here's what I came up with:

Stamps - SU (Create a Cupcake set)
Paper - Gina K white CS, SU Basic Gray, Melon Mambo & Brushed Silver cardstocks
Ink - SU Basic Gray & Melon Mambo
Accessories - pink rain dots (Cloud 9 Design), SU cupcake punch, pink gemstone, Stickles (Diamond), Nestabilities (square), foam squares (popped up cupcake & silver square)

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I played along over at Card Patterns today.  I wanted to try to make a card using a majority of white and this is what I came up with:

Stamps - 2 Cute Rubber Stamps (Lolli-Hop), MFT (sentiment)
Paper - Gina K white CS, SU Real Red, Wild Wasabi, Pumpkin Pie & Daffodil Delight cardstocks
Accessories - SU Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight & Wild Wasabi markers, SU Real Red corduroy button, Cuttlebug & Sizzix embossing folders, Nestabilities (circle, scalloped circle), SU circle punch, Stickles (diamond), foam dots (popped up main image panel)
Coloring - Copic markers
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Color Challenged

I'm in the middle of birthday weekend planning, so my creative time is a bit shorter this week.  I've got the cake ordered, the present purchased and now I just need to do a grocery store trip sans children by Friday.  DS2 wants a Hummer themed cake (of all things) and an overall theme of automobiles, so I'm brainstorming for creative ideas.  I was going to attempt to create a Hummer shaped cake, but common sense overruled and I ordered a sheet cake decorated with a Hot Wheels Hummer instead.  So far, I have table decor and a few party decorations planned.  Next up:  simple party favors, which are beginning to come together in my mind.  Now to see if I can pull it all off.  Company begins arriving Friday evening.  Stay tuned for after-the-party pictures!

In the meantime...

It seems like forever since I've played along with the Color Challenge over at Splitcoast Stampers.  I checked and it was clear back in June!  This week's colors are Stampin' Up's Regal Rose, Blushing Bride and Lucky Limeade, a rather pretty combination!  I chose Lucky Limeade as the card base and Blushing Bride as the matte & flower color and then added embellishments in those two colors.  I used just a little Regal Rose as an accent on the flower centers.  I tied the twine in three places.  The second and third knots are just pieces of twine tied onto the first piece.

Stamps - SU (Punch Bunch set)
Paper - Gina K white CS, SU Blushing Bride & Lucky Limeade CS
Accessories - SU Lucky Limeade, Blushing Bride, Regal Rose markers, baker's twine, pink pearls, SU scalloped circle punch, Cuttlebug embossing folder, foam squares (popped up scalloped circle)
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A Marvel of Nature

There's a new sketch challenge over at Prickley Pear!  I love sketches because they help get my mojo flowing!  I start with a sketch, choose an image and go from there, choosing colors, papers, a sentiment (if needed) and embellishments.

I chose to use one of Prickley Pear's great transparencies for my card called Giraffe - Clear Tag.  There are more giraffe images (rubber stamps!) in the store too if you adore giraffes!

Make a card using the current sketch (see below my card photo) and your Prickley Pear stamps by October 31, for your chance to win a free Clear Stamp Set and a coordinating die!  How great is that?!

Stamps - Prickley Pear (Marvelous)
Paper - SU So Saffron, Basic Black, Crumb Cake cardstocks, SU DP (So Saffron) - behind transparency
Ink - Memento Tuxedo black
Accessories - Prickley Pear Giraffe Clear Tag Transparency, SU Basic Black ribbon, diamond brads, Cuttlebug embossing folder, foam squares (popped up main image & sentiment panels), Xyron machine (to apply adhesive to transparency)

This month's sketch:

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Happiness is…

...the chatter of leaves as they skip across the pavement.

...animal crackers dipped in hazelnut coffee.

...a nap on a rainy day.

...beautiful autumn days. and conversation.

...a good friend.

...candy corn.
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My Mummy Always Said…

We've got a day full of fun with friends in the works.  Between our three families, there are fourteen kids!  Now that will be a lively!  How are you spending your last few days of warm weather?

I played along with the Hambo Hoedown again this week!  When you play along, link up your creation and email a photo of your card to them, you receive the next week's digital image FREE!  What fun when you get to play with such adorable images!  If you're just starting to play along, you can use any Hambo Stamps image to get started.

This week, we were to use this adorable mummy image (or any Hambo stamp) along with orange, black, green, and purple on our cards.  I used purple as my card base, green under the black embossed cardstock panel and orange as a background for the mummy.  I used an orange gemstone as a marking on the spider just for fun (think, black widow-ish!)!

Stamps - Hambo (Mummy - digi)
Paper - SU Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie, Elegant Eggplant, Wild Wasabi cardstocks, Copic blending card
Ink - SU Elegant Eggplant (sponging around sentiment)
Accessories - Cuttlebug embossing folders, black twine, SU oval punch, orange gemstone, foam dots (popped up mummy, sentiment and orange panel), Martha Stewert spider punch
Coloring - Copic markers
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Leaf Play

How is it Friday already?  This week just flew for me for some reason!  We've had such nice weather this fall that I think we've been keeping busy doing outdoor things!  Enough leaves have fallen now that our boys have been playing in the couple piles we have.  Rakes and dump trucks.  What more is there?

I made this card while thinking of jumping in the leaves.  Not that this gal would be jumping in the leaves in these boots!  LOL!  Aren't they sylish?!  I couldn't resist giving the the patent leather look with some Crystal Effects.  I entered this card into this week's "In Stitches" challenge over at Charisma Cardz Challenges.

Stamps - The Stamping Boutique (Autumn Fashion Boots - digital)
Paper - textured black CS, Gina K white
Accessories - Crystal Effects (on boots), misc. ribbon, Nestablities (circle, scalloped circle), white gel pen (faux stitching), black gemstones
Coloring - Copic markers 

1.  Color main image and apply Crystal Effects.  Allow it to dry.  
2.  Cut black textured cardstock to 5 in. x 10 in. and fold in half.
3.  Cut out a circle using black textured cardstock and a circle Nestabilities.
4.  Cut out a scalloped circle using white cardstock and a scalloped circle Nestabilities to create a frame for the black circle.
5.  Adhere the black circle to the white scalloped circle.
6.  Draw faux stitching around edges of the black circle using a white gel pen.
7.  After Crystal Effects hane dried, adhere main image to the black circle.
8.  Adhere the main image panel to the card front using foam squares or dots.
9.  Place black gemstones along edge of scalloped circle in desired pattern.
10.  Tie ribbon around card.

You're done!
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Coffee: Plain & Simple

This week's Clean & Simple Challenge (#139) over at Splitcoast Stampers is to use a breakfast image that is provided for inspiration.  I automatically zeroed in on the coffee cup (go figure)!  I also noticed the texture of whatever it is the coffee cup and that delicious looking cinnamon roll are setting on and tried to recreate it with my Sizzix Tim Holtz embossing folder.  This was a super easy card to make!  Nothing like a quick card when you're ready to call it a day!  I'll be needing my coffee soon...

Stamps - Verve
Paper - SU Riding Hood Red, Chocolate Chip CS, Gina K white CS
Ink - Memento (Rich Cocoa), SU Riding Hood Red
Accessories - Sizzix embossing folder, distressing tool, SU Riding Hood Red marker, red gemstones, foam squares (popped up coffee cup)
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Hello, Pumpkin!

I still need to find some pumpkins to set outdoors.  We just got done redoing the landscaping in the front of our house and it's just crying out for pumpkins now!  I have mums, but no pumpkins.  I don't think we're going to make it to a pumpkin patch this fall, so I'll have to remember to pick some pumpkins up next time I'm in town.

I decided to make a pumpkin themed card for today.  This Baby Pumpkin from 2 Cute Rubber Stamps is so adorable with its toothy grin and diaper!  I played along with this month's sketch challenge over at i {heart}2 stamp (see sketch at end of this post).

Stamps - 2 Cute Rubber Stamps (Baby Pumpkin Apple), C.C. Designs (sentiment)
Paper - My Mind's Eye DP (Fly a Kite), kraft CS, SU Pumpkin Pie & Lucky Limeade CS
Ink - SU Basic Black (sentiment)
Accessories - SU button brads, SU word window punch, SU ribbon, foam squares (popped up green polka dot panel, sentiment panel and pumpkin image)
Coloring - Copic markers

Sketch used:
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Lots of Love

It's pouring buckets here this morning!  It's hard to believe that the last few days were sunny and mild, absolutely perfect autumn days!  We'll be creating our own sunshine indoors today, by the looks of things!  A trip to the library might just be in order too!  What's more cozy than a good book on a rainy day (with a good cup of coffee in hand)?  Oh wait!  I have a to do list around here somewhere, don't I?!

Today is the beginning of a new challenge over at The Stamping Boutique!  The theme is "Someone Special."  We all have special people in our lives, but how often do we tell them what they really mean to us?!

For my card, I used the Heart Scoop digital image, colored it with Copic markers and added Stickles to the hearts for a little extra sparkle!

Stamps - The Stamping Boutique (Heart Scoop - digital), SU sentiment
Paper - SU Real Red, Basic Gray & Pink Pirouette cardstocks, Gina K white cardstock
Accessories - SU Real Red markers (for dots around main image panel), Nestabilities (Labels 14), Cuttlebug embossing folder, gemstones, Stickles 

*I also entered this into last week's Clean & Simple Challenge at Splitcoast Stampers.
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A Tree of Cats

Happy Monday!  A new week with new opportunities!  A fresh start.  Don't you just love that thought?  I sure do and I've got some things I want to accomplish this week, so I need to stay on task!

Today I'm sharing a Halloween card I made using an image from Prickley Pear.  A perfect tree for the upcoming holiday!  Black cats are one of those things that go along with Halloween.  I used a black and white color scheme and added a splash of yellow by coloring the cats' eyes yellow and then embellishing with yellow buttons and ribbon.  A very simple card, really, but I'm happy with the result.  Simple is always good!  Especially on a Monday.

Stamps - Prickley Pear (Cat Tree)
Paper - Gina K white CS, SU Basic Black CS, 7 Gypsies DP (Venice)
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories - yellow buttons, SU Daffodil Delight ribbon, CM cutting system (circle)
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