Double Challenge Friday!

July 25th, 2008

Happy Friday everyone!  It’s time for another TECC (Taylored Expressions Cupcake Challenge – cucpcakes not required) Sketch.  AND my card for today pulls double duty as Taylor is also hosting a DTDG challenge on SCS today.  I won’t tell you what that challenge is, but I know you’ll want to play – so go check it out – click here.

I am really loving today’s card!  I just had so darned much FUN with it!



This was such a cool sketch and I have been dying to use my little Inky Antics Cupcake Chef by Ronnie Walters ever since I got it from electic Paperie a couple of weeks ago! Isn’t he so adorable!?!  I saw this stamp line at CHA back in January and have been waiting all this time for eP to get them.  You know I love My Friend Ronnie and this chef line is by the same artist.

When I saw the sketch I knew I wanted to use a designer paper for the askew panel.  I remembered the 6×6 Junkitz Salsa pad and just hoped I still had some of the cupcake pattern left.  Sure enough – yea!!!  This bright happy paper determined the color combo for the entire card.  I actually first colored the chef with Copics to coordinate with the paper and then built the cardstock layers from there.  The card base is Real Red, layered with Taken with Teal.  The focal image is matted on Real Red and accented with Summer Sun.

Here’s a photo of supplies I used (click on the photo to see it larger) tecc26-elements-jami-july-08-small.jpg


For embellishments I used white Kaiser Craft pearls and colored them with Copics before layering them onto Gable Green tiny scallop circles (see punch in the photo above).  The cupcake frosting is covered in Diamond Stickles.  I struggled for awhile with the sentiment at the bottom before I got the brainstorm to stamp on the ribbon.  The ribbon is SU white taffeta colored with a Copic marker.  I’m so excited to custom dye this ribbon since I discovered how well it takes the Copics. I’m going to need to order a lot more of this white tafetta!

Here’s the sketch:


For those of you who like measurements here’s what I did:

card base 5.5″ x 4.25″

teal layer 5.25″ x 4″

dp layer 5″ x 3.75″ – turn it askew and adhere to teal layer, then trim off excess corners with scissors or paper trimmer

main image 2.25″ x 3.25 (and add 1/8″ for the red mat layer)

summer sun accent layer 2 -3/8″ x 3-1/8″


Head on over to Taylor’s blog for all the challenge rules and find out how you could become her Featured Stamper next week.  This week’s Featured Stamper is Denise Marzec (peanutbee on SCS).  You’ll get lost in her awesome gallery!

And now let’s do a little blog hopping to see what the rest of the Cupcake Crew has cooked up this week!

Ana Wohlfahrt: Ink A Stamp

Stephanie Hargis: Steph’s Stampin’ Stuff

Vicki Chrisman: This Art that makes me Happy

Monika Davis: M.A.D. Stamper

Lynn Mercurio: Stamperosity

Sherrie Siemens: Card Creme

Would you like to make a donation to help out the Midwest Flood victims?  Well, allow me to direct your attention to another HUGE event taking place at SCS right now the Splitcoast Non-Raffle for Midwest Flood Relief with all proceeds going directly to the Red Cross.  Make a donation and get a chance to win some incredibe prizes.  You absolutley MUST go take a look at all the fabulous prizes that have been donated!  What a wonderful way to help out and show you care!

I hope you have a great weekend and I hope you take some time to stamp.  I got to go to tea with my Prayer Group last weekend and believe it or not I get to go again today (to a different tea room) with another group of friends.  There’s just nothing like an afternoon at a tea room with friends!  I’m off – tah tah!


Simple Elegance

July 24th, 2008

Even though I stamped quite a bit yesterday, I didn’t manage to get anything posted.  The good news is that I have several cards now ready to share over the next few days.  For today’s cards I combined two of the DTGD Challenges – Jody’s ribbon challenge and Sharon’s challenge to stamp simply.


I started by going through a bag of velvet ribbon that was a much appreciated and very generous gift from Jody  when she came out to visit California (she does incredible ribbon shares if you haven’t heard!)  I LOVE velvet ribbon, but don’t use it very often I think because it seems so *special*.  So This time it was fun to start by choosing the ribbon.  From there I looked through designer papers and found this beautiful blue and green print in the Basic Grey Two Scoops 6×6 pad.  I knew I  wanted to make something with a simple elegance, not too fussy.  Sharon Johnson makes this style look so easy, but I tend to have a hard time with it.  I reached for Anna Wight’s Whipper Snapper sets Blossoms & Butterflies and Blooming Expressions and I got to work on a very simple card.  Besides the yummy ribbon the only embellishments are clear Taylor Tots at the bottom, white gel pen dots on the scallops and some sparkle with a Spica Glitter Pen on the leaf image.  The dp is layered onto white cardstock and the entire panel is mounted with foam tape to allow for the thickness of the ribbon tied around the panel.


Stamps – Whipper Snapper Blossoms & Butterflies, Blooming Expressions

Cardstock – Wild Wasabi, White, Basic Grey Two Scoops 6×6 pad

Ink – Wild Wasabi, Soft Sky

Other – white gel pen, rectangle nestabilities, blue velvet ribbon, Taylor Tots, foam tape, Spica Glitter pen

 Finished card size is 6.25 x 3.5 – a mini tall card.  I love working with this size card.  So have you been playing DTGD this week?  How many cards have you made?  What has been your favorite challenge so far?

Be sure to join me tomorrow for Cupcake Friday! 🙂


It’s Dare to Get Dirty week at Splitcoaststampers and there are multiple challenges to play every day through Sunday.  I really wanted to play yesterday, but it just never happened.  For today’s challenges I started with JulieHRR’s because I have been dying to get out some Fabriano notecards and make a set of some sort.  I made a set of notecards just about every month I was in the Dirty Dozen, so this seemed very appropriate for DTGD08.


I recently got the Just Rite Monogram stamper and some accessory sets and I’ve been dying to play with them.  I’ll be going to lunch with my friend Kimmie on Friday and her birthday was a couple of weeks ago so this will be the perfect little gift for her.

The monogram was stamped by inking the “K” with a Stampin’ Up! Real Red marker and the border was inked with Versamagic Dew Drop Chalk ink in Sea Breeze.  After stamping the monogram, I added the two score lines using my Scor-Pal.  Then I masked off the top portion and the monogram with Eclipse masking tape and stamped the SU retired background Filigree in Real Red ink – I still love that background! 

I didn’t have exactly the ribbon I wanted so I created some using SU ivory taffeta ribbon and my BG02 Copic marker  which coordinates closely with the Sea Breeze ink (as well as with SU Cool Caribbean).  The final touch was yummy red Kaiser Crafts pearls.

Here’s a close up.




I’m off to work today and I have prayer group tonight, but I hope to play some more challenges tomorrow.  I hope you’ll come play and chat with the DD and DD Alums this week – it’s tons of FUN!  If you’re not already a SCS Fan Club member this is the perfect week to join!  Thanks for stoping by.


ETA: I just saw that Emily used one of my cards as the sample/inspiration for this week’s Color Challenge on SCS – this is the regular weekly challenge open to all. 🙂 It’s this card and the colors are River Rock, Soft Sky and Very Vanilla.  You are welcome to play and even to combine challenges if you like!  THANKS Emily!!!!