Saturday, November 15, 2008

Lotsa Fun Stuff

Lots to share today! First up is my sample for this week's challenge at Our Creative Corner. Denise, our November host, has a fun one for us this week - use a silhouette stamp. We also welcome Silke Ledlow (aka sparklegirl on SCS) as our guest designer this week, so you're also invited to add some sparkle to your card if you want. The OCC designers' samples are all posted on the Our Creative Corner blog, and also on their individual blogs. Be sure to check them out:

Cindy Haffner
Dawn Easton
Denise Marzec
Jennifer Meyer
Julee Tilman
Lynda Benden

For my card, I combined Stampin' Up's Upsy Daisy set with some Urban Garden designer paper (also SU!) and used this week's SCS color challenge colors: Basic Gray, Pacific Point, and Certainly Celery. I inked the image in Pacific Point, stamped off once, then sponged Pacific Point onto the flower tips. I liked how this gave me a slight color gradation. I then painted on some Angel Wings Shimmerz. The scallop border is one of the Martha Stewart punches. I got the idea to add piercing to the scallops from OCC teammate Dawn Easton. We'd love to have you play along. Remember to use keyword OCCC if you upload to SCS.

Next up is my sample for Jen's Sketch for You To Try. As always, visit Jen at i{heart}2stamp to see the sketch, Jen's sample, and guest designer Becca Feeken's sample. Then visit Amy, Carole, Shannan, and Susan for more ways to use the sketch. Again, we'd love to have you play along. The keyword on SCS is SFYTT. Here's my take:

The inspiration for this one was the Frosty Day designer paper from Stampin' Up (I think that's the name of it?). I finally got around to ordering some of the Stampin' Up holiday stuff. The sentiment was created with a Harmony Rectangular Stamper Set and the Brayton Font, both from JustRite Stampers. The snowflake I used to stamp on the sentiment panel is from the Christmas Joy set by Clear Art Stamps from Crafty Secrets, and the chocolate brads are from Pink Hedgehog Paper Crafts.

I had hoped to have some kind of "teaser" project to post today as a reminder that the November Dirty Dozen gallery has been unveiled, but I just plain ran out of time. This month's theme was soooo much fun: Chick Lit. Even more fun are the two newest dirty girls, but you'll have to head to SCS for the full scoop ;) Check it all out right HERE. Or, for info on how to join the Fan Club, click here.

If you're here for stamping and stamping only, that's it for today. If you like the non-stamping stuff occasionally, keep reading ...

I mentioned on Thursday that it was my husband's and my fifteenth wedding anniversary - remember? Well, lookie what showed up in my driveway that afternoon:

The limo took us in to Washington, DC for a wonderful dinner in Georgetown, followed by a show at the Kennedy Center. It was kinda rainy and yucky, so I can't tell you how nice it was to have door-to-door service all evening long. That said, are you thinking what I'm thinking? Say it with me: "That's a lot of stamps!" LOL!

Please know that we are NOT extravagant people at all -- he even less than I! I'm 40 and had never been in a limo before. I have to confess that I gave my husband a little bit of grief for let's just say "insufficient hoopla" when I turned 40 two months ago. But now that I think about it, what's worth celebrating more? After all, staying married for fifteen years takes a LOT more work than merely aging a few decades, kwim?

And here we are, me with my bad-hair day and everything:

(By the way, I can't wait to get these braces off and smile like a normal person again. I don't know what DH's excuse is! Maybe that's what you look like after you've been married to ME for fifteen years - ROFL!)

Thanks so much for visiting, and have a great weekend!

You're On My Mind:
Stamps: Upsy Daisy (Stampin Up)
Paper: Certainly Celery, pacific Point, Whisper White, Basic Gray, Urban Garden dp (SU)
Ink: Pacific Point, Certainly Celery
Accessories: pewter jumbo eyelets, ice rhinestone brads, pewter hodgepodge hardware, Pacific Point double-striped ribbon, paper piercer (SU!); Swiss Dots Cuttlebug folder; Martha Stewart border punch; Angel Wings Shimmerz

Let It Snow:
Stamps: Brayton Font (JustRite Stampers); Christmas Joy (Clear Art Stamps by Crafty Secrets)
Paper: Tangerine Tango, Chocolate Chip, Bashful Blue, Whisper White, Frosty Day dp (SU!)
Ink: Tangerine Tango, Bashful Blue
Accessories: felt ribbon, sponge daubers, scallop border punch (SU!); chocolate brads (Pink Hedgehog Paper Crafts); foam squares; sewing machine/white thread


Danielle said...

Beautiful cards Amy - I really love the blue one and the way you used the silhouette stamp. And congrats on your 15 years too - it is quite an achievement today!
Have a great weekend

Jennifer Meyer said...

Happy Anniversary Amy, sounds like you had a wonderful time! :)

Both cards are just delightful... I LOVE your silhouette design and the beautiful sparkle!!

The second card is darling, LOVE the fun holiday design along with that adorable paper and detail.

Have a wonderful weekend, thinking of you!
Jennifer :)

Michelle Tech said...

Great cards, as usual, Amy! I've got a project on my blog today for my 12 Days of Christmas that was inspired by YOU!

Sue from Oregon said...

Fun cards and what a DREAM date!

Dawn Easton said...

Oh wow Amy, you both look beautiful!!! I think you have something special there and 15 years is something to celebrate for sure!!!!

Your cards are lovely!!! We used the same set for the is GORGEOUS!

I'll have to give the SFYTT a go this weekend.

Kelley said...

That is so cool!! What a terrific husband you have! You know, it's the little things that really count. Like staying home from work when you need him to..stuff like that!! lol!!

Anonymous said...

Oh Amy, how fun!! You both deserve to have a special time and it sounds like it was! Your samples today are spunky and fun, as always!!

marcyh said...

I love when you post non-stamping stuff too :-)

That is one sweet ride you took. You guys looked great! Glad you had a memorable evening. You both deserved it. Happy Anniversary again.

Nancy Riley said...

Amy, I'm ROFL at your comments about the smiles! You are so funny!

My DH and I are non-extravagent people too. It's nice to hear that there's other people who are like that too! What a treat to have a limo for your anniversary! HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!

Love your cards too! ... especially the snowflake card! Love the ribbon treatment!

Kathy Jones said...

Congratulations on 15yrs - what a wonderful night you must have had!!!

Love the cards too - especially the Upsy Daisy one!!!

BLJ Graves Studio said...

Happy anniversary! How sweet your hubby is to surprise you like that. Love your cards... so beautiful. :-)

Stamp and Smile said...

Happy Anniversary! Great photo of you and your hubby! You have too "whoop" it up once and while when going out on the town... We've been married for 17 years and wondering what the 20th will bring... ha! Love your cards... my FAV is the felt ribbon on Let it Snow!! Smiles... :)

Jami said...

I so enjoyed reading your post today!! Your sweet hubby put a big smile on my face with his surprise for you - I'm so happy for you both. 15 years is hard work - but so worth it!! And I have no idea what you're talkin' about with the bad hair day - you are gorgeous!! I see the smiles in both your eyes!!
hugs, Jami

Oh...and fantastic cards!! Love them both!

Debbie Olson said...

Amy, your cards are both amazing, as usual, and your husband getting the limo? Priceless! Good for him!

Lynda Benden said...

LOL!!! You sound like me! I totally would have said something like that about my hubby not smiling!!! Great picture and Happy Anniversary!

Your cards are both beautiful Amy!

Linda Carson said...

Oh, how sweet! What a memorable anniversary! Congratulations on 15 years of marriage!

P.S. Love your cards!

Pam Speidel said...

Happy Anniversary Amy and congrats on 15 years! You took look fabulous in that limo! How FUN! :)
As always, your cards are outstanding! I especially love what you did with the Upsy Daisy set...great colors!

Angel said...

Oh sweet! Good for hubby! And happy anniversary again. BTW, LOVE your card. So wintery!

Jessie/knightrone said...

Gorgeous work, as always girl!! I am always in awe of you!! I hope you had a fabulous anniversary!!

Stampin_Melissa said...

First, Happy Anniversary! How sweet of your DH to take you out in style! As for the braces, my DH wore them for about a year recently and was relieved to reclaim his smile.

Secondly, I love the cards! The Upsy Daisy is my favorite, it is gorgeous!

Ryann said...

Beautiful cards and congrats to you and your husband for 15 years of marriage - that is definitely something to be proud of!!

Anonymous said...

Happy Anniversary!
Sounds like you have a special husband who would
do all that to surprise you.
Thanks for sharing your cards. I love the blue Upsy Daisy.

Shannon Erskine aka e3stamper said...

Happy Anniversary Amy! Congrats to you both! Hope you both had an unforgettable day! Love your cards!! Love the ribbon treatment on your sketch card!

Cindy Haffner said...

Congrats on 15 years Amy, love your picture and your cards.

Julee (Vervegirl) said...

Gorgeous cards, Amy! Wow! I've never been in a limo, but it sure sounds like a great surprise for your anniversary! :)

Jennifer Love said...

Beautiful cards!

And what a nice looking couple you are! :) Glad you had a fabulous day!

Jennifer said...

Gorgeous cards! Love them both. I've had the limo surprise, too, and I know it's wonderful.

Desire Fourie said...

Oh wow, your two card creations are just stunning and so true to your style. Now, you've really been spoilt hey. Don't worry I'm much older than 40 and I've also have never been in a limo. Congrats again on the 15 years ... you both deserve a medal. Hugs from Desire

Anonymous said...

Congratulations Amy! I think it's WONDERFUL that your husband would be so thoughtful in taking you on such a nice date for your Anniversary! May you two have many, many, many more Anniversaries together!

Allison said...

What gorgeous cards! I especially love the colour challenge card. I've had that pacific point ink for so long and I have still yet to even use it - now you've inspired me!

Shari said...

Love both your cards and the color combinations you used. Happy Belated Anniversary!

Judy Rozema said...

Oh my goodness - how sweet!! I wish I lived someplace close to CULTURE!! I miss it so much. Cron stalks and cattle juse doesn't do it for me....

What a special night! Happy Anniversary!!!
(I am much older than you are and have never ridden in a limo either -- I think that is sooo cool!)

Anonymous said...

the memories are priceless Amy! I remember my first trip in a limo. I had to go to Toronto on business and my boss sent a limo to my door at 4 in the morning to pick me up and take me to the airport. I asked the limo driver if he could at least blow the horn or make a ruccus so my neighbors would look out the window and see me! (Of course he wouldn't) hehehe
Happy Anniversary and your cards are awesome!

Cassie said...

I was just thinking "she always makes square cards" - but you don't. Although, I love your square cards!!

Sounds like you had a great time - ya'll both look fabulous!!