Happy Hoppers are in the house...

My newest obsession, addiction, passion, arrived today in the mail… aren’t they cute? I’m so tickled and thrilled! Happy Hoppers are the newest stamps just released from Stampabilties. They are from the same artist who designs the House Mouse stamps, Ellen Jareckie. Most of you know I’m a huge, huge fan of House Mouse stamps, so Happy Hoppers were a must have. You can order your Happy Hoppers at HM Stamps… the owner Dick Robinson is a truly wonderful man. He understands Stampers addictions, that’s why every item on his site is discounted 20% off. I’m putting in another order tomorrow… can’t you tell I’m just a happy customer?

I had a really busy day today hanging out with my sister, its great having her live so close by. We went to the movies to see Music & Lyrics, with Drew Barrymore and Huge Grant, they were terrific together. M&L was really a lighthearted fun movie. We also hit, Home Depot, Lowe’s, Sears, Borders, Barnes & Nobles, Starbucks & Seattle's Best... (I can’t get enough Vanilla Latte’s) LOL. I’m exhausted, but we had a great day together!

With any luck, tomorrow I’ll have a Happy Hoppers card to post!

Spring Supplement is here...

The new Spring Supplement from The Angel Company (TAC) was released yesterday. I’m so thrilled about the new stamps sets, I’ll be putting in my order this evening! The Spring Supplement is loaded with 16 new stamps set, a couple new accessories, and one new 12x12 cardstock collection. Everything in the Spring Supplement is available for purchase now until June. Spring Fever promotion is also underway, but you have to HURRY! This Spring Fever special from TAC ends April 15th!

They have some really cute stamp sets…take a peek and let me know what you think. If you have any questions about these or would like to place an order, please feel free to email me from the link on the right.

Here is a little bunny card that I wanted to share. Every time I use blue and orange together it reminds me of the Denver Broncos! The bunny is from the stamp set Some Bunny, by TAC. The cardstock is Vintage, Stonewash and Apricot all from Bazzill. For the tag I used my Big Shot, I was pretty excited that I finally used my Big Shot for something other than Big Impressions.

New Look

What do you all think about my new blog look? I was playing around most of the afternoon (in-between loads of laundry) trying to get the colors and banner added. I think I can live with this... for awhile anyway! I also changed the look of my Picture Gallery and renamed it, Inky Impressions Gallery. What I’m really excited about is the banner for my gallery links back here to my blog... that is so cool!

Another Sketch Challenge to share from A Shade of Blue, Sketch #59. Isn’t the mouse cute? I used another oldie but goodie stamp from Great Impressions, Mouse Walking a Ladybug (Great Impressions E349). The DCWV cardstock Blue, Purple & Raspberry are from TAC and the glittery patterned paper is DCWV Pocket Full of Posies. I just love that TAC sells DCWV cardstock, it comes in individual color packs (25 sheets per pack) and it matches all the DCVW Patterned Paper Stacks you can pick up at JoAnns. Way to go TAC! Now off to work on SCS Sketch Challenge that was posted yesterday!

One of my goals...

One of my goals this year was use my stamps that have been overlooked. I have plenty of stamps that have never been inked. Lately, I’ve been buying and buying and not really using what I have. Way back when I purchased them I had an idea of what kind of card I wanted to make and who I was going to send it to... maybe it’ll all come back to me when I get them inked!

It seems that I can’t get enough of these Sketch Challenges lately. I think I’m may be turning into a Sketch Addict. This challenge was from A Shade of Blue, Sketch #58.

For this card I used a stamp from Great Impressions that I purchase about three years ago, Emmaline Playing with Butterflies (F194). Great Impressions was in actuality the company that started my stamp collection, I still purchase their adorable stamps. The background patterned paper is from DCWV Pocket full of Posies, I’m not sure if you can tell from the picture but its glittery. The sentiment, Raspberry & Green cardstock are all from TAC.

Spring Training

In honor of Spring Training, I pulled out my favorite baseball stamp and made this card. Little League Baseball and Softball is starting for us in a few weeks, which means a busier schedule for me! Both Riley & Austin are excited to play again. Riley is even more excited because this is her first year playing softball, in the past she played baseball on an all boys team.

The layout for this card is last week’s A Shade of Blue Sketch Challenge, Sketch #57. The stamp is Field of Dreams by Penny Black. I used paper from The Angel Company, Close to My Heart & Stampin Up.

**Dawn B ~ the quilted finished card sizes are: Hedgehog 5.25 x 5.25 (I cut my squares 4 x 4) and Fluffles 4.25 x 4.25 (I cut my squares 3 x 3). After you lay all your triangles (tips touching) you will have some extra hanging off the base, just trim that with your paper cutter. Katie Stowell posted a Starburst Tutorial over at A Shade of Blue using a similar technique for a scrapbook layout, hopefully you can find the pictures there a bit helpful.

Big Impression

I was playing around with my Big Shot and I had the idea of running textured white core cardstock through with a Big Impression. I used Weave #1 and then I used a sanding block to sand over the back side of the impression. I think it gave the background a unique look… next time I’ll use a Big Impression that doesn’t have much detail… maybe the Diamond Impression.

The stamp set is Heart-itude, the white core textured cardstock is Flora & Wine Red, all from The Angel Company (TAC).

Some play time...

I had a chance earlier in the week to play around more with the Sketch Challenge #12 that was posted at The Stamp Shack. These are the two cards I came up with, Fluffles and Penny Black Hedgehogs. These are such fun cards to make… and once I figured out how to make the first one, the other’s seem to go quickly.

The Fluffles card I made for a really special lady who had a birthday today… Happy Birthday Jenn! Take a peek at Jenn’s Blog, she has a picture posted of all the wonderful cards that she’s been receiving.
For both cards I use Best Friends Forever Paper Pack from Close to My Heart (CTMH).

Sketch Challenge

Here is my last sketch from last week’s challenges, this one is SCS Sketch #109. This card was really quick and easy… this may have been one of the quickest challenges I’ve ever done. I kept the embellishments minimal… I didn’t want to over do it and take away from the simplicity of the card.

The stamp set is one of my favorite TAC sets, Dog Walkers… the words in the stamp set are too cute. All cardstock can be purchased through TAC, I used Bazzill Walnut, Fawn & Blossom along with patterned paper from the Catelynne pack.

Gina K. Designs

I found out this morning that I was the lucky winner of Gina’s Blog (A Day in the Life) Giveaway. When I left a comment on her GORGEOUS Ice Cream Card, I never expected to win the complete set of Gina K Designs DVD’s - Rubber Stamping Technique Videos.

I’m so excited to try some of Gina’s techniques; especially since ladies at Splitcoast have been giving Gina’s DVD’s such great reviews. You can read the reviews here at SCS: Gina K Technique Videos.

If you’re a visual learner (like me) you can go to Stamping Freak (Gina’s Store) and get a sneak peek at one of her video techniques, Woodgraining. Stay tuned to the http://www.stampingfreak.com/ website because later this week, she will be updating and adding some new Gina K. Designs spring stamps… I can’t wait to see what she adds!

A BIG thank you Gina for your kindness…

Riley's Card

I just wanted to share the Valentine’s card that my daughter Riley made yesterday. She isn’t really into stamping and it was really unlike her to want to make a card. Riley’s favorite craft activities are sewing, painting and drawing. It was great having Riley spend the afternoon stamping with me.

I think it was so creative how she put an arrow through the “t” in Valentine… and her coloring is absolutely beautiful. The kitty stamp is Furry Embrace from Penny Black.

Back to Cutesy...

I couldn’t resist this cute stamp… I believe Dress Up Annie may have been one of my first stamps that I purchased from Great Impressions (GI) many years ago. Great Impressions has always been one of my favorite stamp companies, I just love their designs. .They also feature a Stamp of the Month program which is a discounted price, check out your local stamp store to see if they participate… that’s how I started my GI collection! When I can’t find what I’m looking for at my local stamp store I purchase GI’s from Sierra-Enterprises, they have great prices and quick shipping… what could be better!

I’m slowly getting my Sketches completed for this week. I made this card for a Sketch posted at A Shade of Blue (ASB) – Sketch Challenge #56. I was in the mood for some Springy Pastel colors, maybe because it’s been so cold here in Colorado. On to the next Sketch…

Not Cutesy or Whimsical...

I haven’t felt very creative lately, all my cards seem so mundane to me. I thought I would try to make one card that wasn’t the usual cutesy or whimsical… I’m happy with the end results… its decent!

Anyway... I decide to try some of the weekly Sketch Challenges posted at Splitcoast, The Stamp Shack and A Shade of Blue.

The card that I’m sharing today is from The Stamp Shack, Sketch #12 (it’s the only one I have done and here it is Thursday… lol).

These are the instructions that Kerry provided:
- Cut four different colored squares
- Cut the squares in half to make rectangles. This will make 8 rectangles.
- Cut the rectangles in half from top corner to bottom corner to make triangles. This will make a total of 16 triangles.
-Make a square cardstock frame to arrange your triangles on.
-Make sure to lay the triangles and arrange them before they are permanently glued, work your way around covering your card base with triangles.
-Make sure to have each tip of your triangle touch.

The lady stamp is from TAC, Eloise Collage. I usually stay far away from any kind of collage stamps… I’m really bad at making anything collage-y, but I have a thing for Victorian era, it was a must have! The patterned paper is Catelynne, from TAC’s Fly with it Collection.