Friday, December 25, 2009


I did this card for the current challenge over at Copic Creations which is Pine Trees/Branches. I didn't have ANY stamps that had pine boughs, so I found a free coloring image on the internet, resized it, and went to town. I am so pleased with the results that I made up a dozen of them for NEXT Christmas!

Copic Colors used include: G28, YG03, YG11, G21, E29 and E33. I added some stickles to give it a sparkly snow look and added the ribbon I got from Michael's on Black Friday for 70% off. The 'Peace' is computer generated, and the bottom uses a Fiskar's border punch that I love.

Bee Joyful

This was our '09 Christmas Card for hubby's co-workers. Bees are big because of the Seabees, so I was excited to find this stamp and turn it into our greeting card. It took me FOREVER to figure out the colors (not as easy as it looks) but I colored with Copics and added Stickles (of course!). A jewel in the center tops it all off.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

More Christmas Cards

This was another design I made for this year's cards. I love how they turned out. I used the Christmas Circles set from TAC and also the same discontinued "Holly Flourishes" set that I used for the 'Lepper' cards. Embossed in gold, colored with Copics, Stickles. Background is hard to see, but it's snowflake Cuttlebug.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Christmas 2009

I made about 40 of these for this year's Christmas card. Then I got tired and decided to a different design for the remaining 40! This is a retired "Holly Flourishes" set from TAC, embossed in god. I then added color with Copics and glitter with Stickles. The background is swirls from the Cuttlebug. I really like the way it turned out.

Saturday, December 05, 2009

Merry Christmas, Sistah!

I made this Christmas card for my high school sweetheart's sister. After many years, Facebook has reunited us and I couldn't resist it! It took forever to color/blend, and I know it could have been darker yet, but I was afraid of going too dark and then ruining it! The image is from Mo Manning (Digital Pencil Too), who has some adorable stuff out there. My favorite part of the digital stamps is that it's instant gratification (no waiting for shipping!) and you can also resize the images.

I was heavily inspired by this card by Jane, who has been so helpful with my Copic Questions.

Friday, December 04, 2009

Bee Merry

I made this "Bee Merry" card this morning and realized it was perfect for not one, but TWO Challenges! The first is the Copic Creations Snow/Snow People Challenge. The Second is for the Magnolia-licious Highlites Anything but a Square/Rectangle Challenge.

The snowflake template can be found here. I colored mine with B000 and B00 Copics and added copious amounts of Icicle Stickles. For Tilda, I used E29, E31, E33, E00, G28, G21, RV14, RV11, Y21, C7, and C5.

Thursday, December 03, 2009

First Snow!

It's been awhile since I've been able to make any cards, so today I decided to set aside the dirty dishes and satisfy my stamping bug. In honor of the first snow of the year which left us with a dusting this afternoon, I decided to break out the Cuttlebug and my Nestabilities snowflake builder. The ribbon is from Michael's 70% off doorbuster sale on Thanksgiving.

If this card looks familiar to you, it's because it is very similar to the sympathy card I made when my friend Jane passed away. They were both inspired by this card at Splitcoaststampers.

I was so happy with the way it turned out I made a bunch more! May be next year's Christmas Cards?!?!

Monday, November 02, 2009


While cleaning out my craft room, I came across a roll of this ribbon and I realized it would look really cute with this CosmoBella Stamp. Then I decided to color her hair 'red' so that this card would 'count' for my first ever Copic Challenge Here's the link for more info:
I didn't have the red colors they had, so I had to make due with lipstick natural and some light browns for blending the auburn colors. Colors used for hair: E04, E31, E33, E00. Clothes: B21, B24, YG03, YG11, and RV14.

I Cuttlebugged the snowflake background. The snowflake is actually from Oriental Trading. Normally I don't like their stuff, but these are cute (with some Stickles, of course!)

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Happy Anniversary!

This is the card I made for Stephen for our 8th Anniversary. Love the TAC owls with the googly eyes!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Eskimo Kisses

I saw a card on SCS that used this image and decided I had to have it. It's a digital stamp, which means it's basically clip-art. The advantage of these is that you can re-size them, which is pretty handy. It's from

I also colored them with my new Copic markers, which I am totally in love with.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Have I mentioned I love my Cuttlebug? The Swiss Dots truly make this card. The ribbon is from the Breast Cancer Awareness set from My Favorite Things.

Baby It's Cold Outside

I made this card with a digital stamp (aka 'clip art') from My Favorite Things. I love the Snowflakes that I cut with my Cuttlebug using the Spellbinders die. (Also embossed the background with the Cuttlebug.) And, of course, note the liberal use of Stickles! I love this color scheme.

Thursday, October 22, 2009


My dear friend Jane passed away this week after a courageous fight against brain cancer. She was such a bright, encouraging woman of faith that the traditional dreary colors for Sympathy cards just didn't seem to fit. All and all this was a really easy card to make. Love my Cuttlebug! I got the idea for this from a card on SplitCoastStampers, so it's not my original design.

Happy Birthday, Bella and Olivia

Abby's twin friends are having a birthday this weekend, so these are the cards I made for them. I'm really glad I got this set, as the images are too cute! Paper is from Hobby Lobby, used the Cuttlebug for the embossing.

Sunday, May 03, 2009

May Give-Away

Every month, TAC gives away some great stuff. Be sure to enter for your chance to win!

Jenny's Getting Married!!!

My dear friend Jenny is getting married the end of this month, and these are the wedding shower invitations that I made for her. There is no stamping at all! The wording was printed on the computer, punched, and that's it! The swirly embossing is from my relatively new Cuttlebug. The most time-consuming part was punching each of the holes around the scalloped edge by hand with a 1/16" punch. Yeah, that was a pain... but I really like how these turned out. And yes, her colors are rose and sage.

New Basic Grey Paper

I found this paper at Archivers, I think (or may be Michael's?) Who knows. What I DO know is that I absolutely love it, and as you can see I got my money's worth out of it! The water-can gal is from a TAC that was discontinued awhile back. I FINALLY was inspired enough to ink it up. The plain old water can is from another TAC hostess set from last year (or the year before? They all run together!) and it's one of my favorite sets because it can be used for many different occassions. The monkey is from an image swap I was in on SCS. Isn't he adorable? He's from the Stampendous line of Changito stamps, and I love them!

I've been Stamping!

It seems like forever since I've been able to stamp, but what with Mother's Day, a death, and the need for several gifts of boxed card-sets, I've been busy!

This card uses an Easter Set from TAC... but I turned it into a simple Sympathy card. I just embossed in black, and I was happy with the way it turned out.

It may be a little out of focus, but you get the idea.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

The Prodigal Stamper Returns

I know, it's been awhile.

A very LONG while.

I'm hoping to be able to stamp more in the near future, but isn't that always the case???

Anyway, I just wanted to let you know that TAC is offering some really cool downloads... FREE!

Check them out here.

Also, TAC Grab Bags are back for a limited time only. This is your chance to get a bunch of different images... they could be current or discontinued...

Saturday, January 03, 2009

Awesome Sale from TAC!!!

How would you like UNLIMITED half-price stamps????

From January 6-26, Choose ANY T-coded merchandise in the Fall/Winter Inspiration Book & Catalogue for 50% off the regular retail price!!! Whether you choose 1 set or 20, each and every T-coded stamp set that you choose is half-price! Begin 2009 with a fresh, new stash of the stamp sets that have been on your wish list!• Please note that due to the special nature of this promotion, stamp set packaging type and quantity may vary from typical packaging.• No other special offers or discounts apply.• Orders must be received by 5:00 PM CSTJanuary 26 for orders received via e-mail, USPS, or fax.• Promotional discounts will not apply to orders placed before January 6 or after January 26.• R-Coded stamp sets are not included as part of this promotion.• Please expect shipping delays during this promotional period.• ”Spec-TAC-ular Savings” promotional discount does not apply toward SOTM or vintage stamps.

To order, go to and click on the 'products' tab at the top of the page. Then, look for the 'stamps' link on the left hand column.