Thursday, September 29, 2011

I just love fall colors!

This is the color combo of the season.  I am loving it aren't you?  The layout for this card is from this week's 411 sketch challenge.  I changed it a bit to not be a square but otherwise pretty much the same.  It also fits our Latenightstamper's challenge to create fall themed cards! 





Stamps: Gently Falling,
Paper: More Mustard, Pool Party, Whisper White
Ink: More Mustard, Pool Party, Early Espresso
Other: ribbon, twine, nestabilities die

Love the white showing, don't see enough of that on my cards, lol!  Hope you have a fabulous day!  I am counting down to our Woman's retreat this weekend! Can't wait!
Mary Jo

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Falling for my sketch challenge!

One more card for both my sketch challenge this week and also the Latenightstampers challenge to create a card with a Fall theme. Kept it pretty simple.

Stamps: Gently Falling, Perfect Words
Paper: Early Espresso, Well Worn DP, River Rock, Cajun Craze, Whisper White
Ink: Early Espresso, So Saffron, Cajun Craze
Other: brad, ribbon, markers, Modern Label punch

Come on and play along.  You can view the original post with the sketch HERE

Happy Tuesday!
Mary Jo

Monday, September 26, 2011

Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge 193 (TSSC193)

Time for a new sketch!  This one was pretty fun.  I hope you find time to play along.  Be sure to link up.  ( I heard that many were having issues with the link tool last week?  If you do just let me know and I will help you out.) Here is this week's sketch...






And then here is my sample....





Hope you find time to play along this week.  Can't wait to see your creations.  Be sure to add you sample to the link below.  Remember you can add the code to your blog while in the edit HTML mode and the hop will show up on your blog too!  Then your friends can play along right from your blog!
Mary Jo

Top three for sketch 192!

Not too many entries last week? But the ones that were added were great! I actually had a hard time picking my three top picks! But here they are.....






Remember all of the winning samples are just small snippets of the full card and you need to click on the picture to see the full card.  That will bring you to the creator's blog where you can leave comment for them.

Winners, feel free to add my badge to your blogs!

Here is the HTML code.
<a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_qPgEpSRhOnw/S878aetb56I/AAAAAAAAEuA/R2E9Sl5NrVo/s1600/blog+button-001.jpg" imageanchor="1" linkindex="15" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="175" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_qPgEpSRhOnw/S878aetb56I/AAAAAAAAEuA/R2E9Sl5NrVo/s200/blog+button-001.jpg" width="175" /></a></div>


 
Be right back with the new sketch!
Mary Jo

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Not my normal style!

So this card was just a bit out of my comfort zone.  Not really sure if I like it or not???  What do you think?



The inside--I know I don't show this often but I almost like the inside more than the outside, lol!

Stamps: Happiest Birthday Wishes,Elements of Style, Occasional Quotes
Paper: Marina Mist, Soft Suede, Very Vanilla, Blue Chateau dp
Ink: Soft Suede,
Other: embossing folder, butterfly die, pearls, sponge daubers

What do you think? Yea or Nah?


Happy Thursday
Mary Jo


Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Another baby card.

I am still working with the baby cards.  Thought this one was a fun one.  I am loving this button buddies stamp set--well this is the only image I have used so far but I love it and know I will love the rest too!  This is another sample for the Latenightstamper's challenge this week! 






Stamps: Button Buddies
Paper: Daffidol Delight, Lucky Limeade, Basic Black, Whisper White Big Top Birthday DP
Ink: Lucky Limeade
Other: markers, sizzix alpa die set, button, ribbon, circle punch,

Short and sweet post today!
Have a great day!
Mary Jo

Monday, September 19, 2011

Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge 192 (TSSC192)

Here we go again.  Welcome to another week of my sketch challenge. We are on week number 192!  I hope you are inspired to play along!  Here is this week's sketch....






And my sample.  I think it looks much better in real life.  Could not get the colors to look right in the photo?  They match much better in real life, lol! 

Stamps: Every Little Bit,It's a wrap holidays, Curvy Verses
Paper: Marina Mist, Pear Pizazz, Daffodil Delight, Whisper White
Ink: Basic Black
Other: ribbon, brads, markers, simply scored board, dots embossing folder, scallop edge border punch.

I combined this withe the Latenightstampers challenge for the week--baby theme!

Hope you find time to play along this week.  Can't wait to see your creations.  Be sure to add you sample to the link below.  Remember you can add the code to your blog while in the edit HTML mode and the hop will show up on your blog too!  Then your friends can play along right from your blog!
Mary Jo



Top Three Picks for sketch 191!

Some really beautiful cards this week.  Lots of Christmas inspiration too!  Thanks so much to all of you who played along.  Here are my top three picks for this week--in no particular order. 

Remember all of the winning samples are just small snippets of the full card and you need to click on the picture to see the full card.  That will bring you to the creator's blog where you can leave comment for them.
 






Winners, feel free to add my badge to your blogs!

Here is the HTML code.
<a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_qPgEpSRhOnw/S878aetb56I/AAAAAAAAEuA/R2E9Sl5NrVo/s1600/blog+button-001.jpg" imageanchor="1" linkindex="15" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="175" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_qPgEpSRhOnw/S878aetb56I/AAAAAAAAEuA/R2E9Sl5NrVo/s200/blog+button-001.jpg" width="175" /></a></div>


 
Be right back with the new sketch!
Mary Jo

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Another "IN" card!

In colors that is.  This week's challenge on Latenightstampers is to make projects with the in colors.  You can use either of the color families.  I love all the in colors so this is a really easy challenge for me.  I used my Field Flowers stamp set again.





Stamps: Field Flowers
Paper: Early Espresso, Lucky Limeade, Whisper White, In color dp pack
Ink: Wisteria Wonder, Lucky Limeade, Concord Crush
Other: houndstooth embossing folder, butterfly embosslet


Hope you are having a great weekend!  I got a lot done so far and it is only Saturday!  Yippee, it has been a while since I was able to say that.  Feels good. 

Mary Jo

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Latenightstampers are "in"!

This week on Latenightstampers we are focusing our projects on the new in color families. I have a really simple yet pretty card to share with you today. It uses two new in colors--Lucky Limeade and Calypso Coral.


I love these colors together, so pretty.  
Stamps: Field Flowers
Paper: Early Espresso, Lucky Limeade, Calypso Coral, Whisper White
Ink: Early Espresso, Calypso Coral, Lucky Limeade
Other: hounds tooth embossing folder, rhinestones

Hope you are having a wonderful week!  
Mary Jo

Monday, September 12, 2011

Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge 191! (TSSC191)

Here we go again.  Another week of fun with my weekly sketch challenge.  I am really loving this sketch, hope you do too.  Here it is....






I needed a baby card for two reasons, my nephew and his beautiful wife just had their fist baby and she is the CUTEST evah!  And then I had a challenge to create a baby card on another group.  So I made two of this one.  I love the bright colors.  And this is the first time I am using the Button Buddy set--how fun. 





don't you think it turned out just adorable!  I love the colors. 

Stamps: Button Budies, retired Congrats
Paper: Melon Mambo, Lucky Limeade, Pink Pirouette, Whisper White and the dp from the hostess section.
Ink: Basic Black, Melon Mambo, Lucky Limeade
Other: dot embossing folder, button non stampin up, nestabilities die, word window punch, ribbon markers.

Hope you find time to play along this week.  Can't wait to see your creations.  Be sure to add you sample to the link below.  Remember you can add the code to your blog while in the edit HTML mode and the hop will show up on your blog too!  Then your friends can play along right from your blog!

Top three picks for sketch challlenge 190 and 189!

Well just when you think you can catch up something else happens.  Now my sister who lives in Texas just had a stroke.  I am so sad especially since I can not just go visit her while she is recovering.  I really wish she wasn't so far away.  It make you feel useless when there are emergencies.  We would really appreciate if you would pray for her speedy recovery.  So scary. 

So as I said, I am still behind.  I am picking my top three for both the current sketch 190 and then also for last week sketch 189,  I couldn't get the links to work last week and then just never got back to it. Sorry guys. 

Remember all of the winning samples are just small snippets of the full card and you need to click on the picture to see the full card.  That will bring you to the creator's blog where you can leave comment for them. 

Here are the top three for sketch 190 in no particular order...





And the top three picks from sketch 189..



Wow how awesome were those six samples! 




Winners, feel free to add my badge to your blogs!

Here is the HTML code.
<a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_qPgEpSRhOnw/S878aetb56I/AAAAAAAAEuA/R2E9Sl5NrVo/s1600/blog+button-001.jpg" imageanchor="1" linkindex="15" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="175" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_qPgEpSRhOnw/S878aetb56I/AAAAAAAAEuA/R2E9Sl5NrVo/s200/blog+button-001.jpg" width="175" /></a></div>


 
Be right back with the new sketch!
Mary Jo

Saturday, September 10, 2011

“Hopping Just for the Fun of it”



Thank you for hopping today with us, “Hopping Just for the Fun of it”. Today’s theme is ALL HOLIDAYS!  My absolute favorite holiday is Christmas!  I mean what's not to love about Christmas?  The day our Lord is Born, Friends, Family, presents need I say more! And of course Christmas is filled with lots of memory making and we all want to finds ways to remember so I have created a flip out scrapbook just for that purpose.  This is created with the brand new Simply Scrapping Kit from the Holiday Mini.  It is called Christmas Lane.  I hope you enjoy my samples! Be sure to check at the bottom of this post for the links to the blogs that are before and after me.  You won't want to miss any of the wonderful creations.  
Here is my project for you.  I will have a tutorial up at the beginning of next week so be sure to watch for it.  Thanks again for hopping with us.







I'd love to hear what you think of my mini book?  And after you leave a comment be sure to check out the rest of the hop.  You can get to the blog before and after my by clicking the links below!
Happy Hopping!  Mary Jo


Monday, September 5, 2011

Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge 190 (TSSC190)

Well I be dipped!  That is what my mom used to say when she wanted to swear!  I can not get my linky tools to work, can't comment, can't view --hopefully that will be fixed soon.  I am so far behind again.  We said goodbye to a dear friend on Saturday--more of a see ya later as she has gone home to Jesus and we WILL see her again someday.  But still such a sad sad week.

I hope that everyone has a fabulous Labor day today.  If you have a job be thankful and enjoy your time off.  If you are looking for work, I pray that things will turn around for you and that you find the job that is right for you.  But in any case--I hope you enjoy your day.

So with the problems with linky tools I was not able to get the top three posted, will try again later.  But I can post the new sketch!  Not sure I can get the link working at the end but at least you get get a jump on creating.  Be sure to come back and link up when the links are working.

Here is this weeks sketch...


And my sample....





Not a color combo I would normally use but I like it.  How about you? Lucky Limeade, Rose Red, Bashful Blue and Whisper White.

Stamps: My Friend
Paper: Lucky Limeade, Rose Red, Bashful Blue and Whisper White.  and DP I can not remember what pack
Ink: Lucky Limeade, Rose Red
Other: roses, butterfly embosslit, scallop border punch, Square Lattice embossing folder.

Hope your day is filled with fun, relaxation and lots of stamping!
Mary Jo





Thursday, September 1, 2011

Ladies and Gentlemen

I participated in a challenge on VC-Rocks to create a feminine and a masculine card with the same set. So to make it even harder I chose the new Need for Speed set since that one seems like such a masculine set so I thought it would be fun to make a girly card with it.  I actually won second place with the samples.  What do you think of them?

First up the masculine card...


And now the feminine card....


I figure us women like HOT card too!  Especially in pink, lol!  It was such a fun challenge.  Here are the details of what was used on each card.

Masculine:
Stamps: Need for Speed, Bring on the Cake
Paper: Cajun Craze, River Rock, Not Quite Navy, Whisper White and Well Worn DP
Ink: Basic Black, Cajun Craze
Other: brads, markers, word window punch

Feminine:
Stamps: Need for Speed, Tiny Tags, Bring on the Cake
Paper: Rose Red, Regal Rose, Whisper White, DP
Ink: Basic Black, Rose Red
Other: markers, ribbon, tiny tag punch, word window punch, Modern Label punch, rose

So would you have made a feminine card with this set?  Do you think it works.  I created the street and sidewalk part by hand as my husband didn't like the last card I made with this set because the card seem to look "weird with out something under it".  So now he is happy--kinda-he didn't like the pink, lol.  Go figure!

Hope you are having a great day, I am just spending the last few days with my son before school starts on Tuesday.  So sad that summer is over already.
Mary Jo

 
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