Friday, July 31, 2009

Kick Up Your Hooves....CDS Guest Designer Challenge

It is August Guest Designer Time at Clear Dollar Stamps! As most of you know, I LOVE CDS, so I just had to participate. This month's challenge is a sketch...which I love!
I used Charliene Cowgirl, isn't she adorable? She is watercolored and layered to give her some dimension...after all, she IS a girl! The base card is soft lavendar, then layered with the purple and PP. I scalloped the edges of each layer with the SU Border Punch and used the SU PhotCorner punch for the single corner. Every girl needs some bling, so I added the flower charm from CDS and some purple gems from my stash.
My best friend's daughter has a birthday next week, so this is headed to Iowa later this afternoon. Thanks so much for stopping by today, I will have more soon!
Have a great Friday~
Rubber Hugs,

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Good Morning~

I came across this gorgeous plaid PP in my Blossoms & Butterflies Stack by DCWV, and I just HAD to use it! I always buy these stacks, and rarely use them ( my name is Julie, and I am a paper hoarder), so I thought today is a good day to do so!
I Love this sketch from ABC Challenge Blog, so I went ahead and used it. I dug out my favorite Butterfly from TAC, embossed and watercolored it. I went to my DCWV Glitter stack and the Lt. Blue glitter paper was a match, but the green wasn't, so I had to make my own. That was easily done with a glue pen and parismal gltter. From there I just layed it all out, and it worked perfectly. It is just gorgeous IRL, if I do say so myself...LOL!
I am off to do some more creating! I hope your Tuesday is wonderful! Thanks for stopping by!
Rubber Hugs,

Monday, July 27, 2009

Some Challenges

I am so thrilled, I got 3 cards made today! YUP, I think the Mojo has returned...LOL!
This one includes 5 challenges...and it was SO MUCH FUN! It all started with The Pink Elephant sketch. I thought this would be really neat, yet simple! The next was Digi Tuesday, which was to use a digi stamp and a Christmas In July Theme. Another Challenge with the Christmas In July Challenge was In the Cottage Studio , so it is a 2-fer! Next is the use if Eyelets at Cute Card Thursday, which fit right into the sketch perfectly. Lastly, Pile It On required the use of Watercolors. That was an easy one...I LOVE to watercolor my images! All in all, I really enjoyed putting this one together with all the great challenges. Thanks again for coming by today!
Rubber Hugs,

Got my Mojo back...and 2nd DT Call at InkyImpressions

It went on vacation without me, but now I think it has returned. I look at Challenges everyday, and make notes of the ones I like. Well, since my Mojo was on vacation, it just didn't help last week. Yesterday, it came home, and I was able to get some creating done. I went to my list and saw the Sketch Saturday Challenge, I just had to play along. I have been wanting to make a card for the DT Call at Inky Impressions, so this was just what I needed to give
me a boost!
I adore the Stamps at Inky Impressions, as I have said many time. but unfortunatly, this precious Lili is the only one I have right now, so I used her again. I colored her with watercolor crayons and glitter pens. Look at those little finger cute! The Designer Paper is from the Paper Studio that i got at Hobby Lobby. I love it when I can buy individual papers that match! I never use full stack packs for some reason...LOL. I finished her off with some matting and primas. I am off to take pictures of another card I did this morning. I'm thrilled to have some Mojo back...whew!
Be sure to stop over at my friend, Cindy's Blog, as she is participating in a Royal Blog Hop. If you are Canadian, she has a gorgeous SU Set as Blog Candy...and the MAIN PAGE has a Big Shot they are giving away to anyone who plays along!

Thanks so much for coming by today! My Blogaversary is the 27th of August, so look for some Blog Candy SOON!

Rubber Hugs,


Monday, July 20, 2009


Oh this one was SO FUN!! Every Sunday, I check the challenge at Stamptacular Sunday
and yesterday, there was a BONUS Build-a-Card Challenge. Each DT member had a card element on their blog, and after you collect all 10 elements, you put your card together. This is the result. ( And I am so happy I got my camera to work correctly FINALLY, now I can take CLEAR pictures of my cards to share...LOL)
Please be sure to hop over and check out the regular challenge, too, which is to make a shape card. I have to put my thinking cap on for that one, lemme tell ya...
Have a great Monday, and I will see you soon! Thanks so much for stopping by!

Rubber Hugs,

Sunday, July 19, 2009

How Adorable Is She?

I just LOVE this little gal! Her name is Lili's Secret and she is available at Inky Impressions.
She has the biggest eyes! Yes I sound like an advertisement, but I really think this is a precious stamp!

I made this card today with a few challenges in mind. The first being the Spoonful of Sugar Sketch Challenge. I took one liberty by adding the tag sentiment, but otherwise it is followed pretty much to the T~ This little cutie also qualifies for some other challenges: Colour Create Challenge which was to create a card using Blue and White; Stampin' for the Weekend which is Rock 'n Roll '70s, and I chose the song Tangled Up In Blue by Bob Dylan; and finally, The Use It Challenge which was to use a favorite stamp ( this is one of mine), a layered Flower ( mine is 4 layers...LOL) and to make the card Monochromatic. I think I got them all! I just love challenges, can ya tell? I have a couple more in the works, so please come back! Thanks for stopping by...see you soon!~

Rubber Hugs,


Saturday, July 18, 2009

Christmas In July Challenges

I had a couple of Christmas In July swap cards I needed to finish by months end, so today I decided to get them made and take advantage of a couple of Challenges. The image was a Dustin Pike freebie...yes, I bought every one of his designs, but I wanted to use Santa....LOL! Be sure to hop over and see his latest Christmas release, they are adorable!

The first challenge I planned this card for was Cute Card Thursday, which was to make a Christmas Card. Then I came across a great sketch with a spin at The Sweet Stop this morning, and it was also to make a Christmas card, so I HAD to use it! The picture isn't the greatest in the overhead light, so I apologize. I love the sketch at will use it again I am sure!

I have a couple other challenges in the works, so I will be back soon! Have a Fabby evening!

Rubber Hugs,


Wednesday, July 15, 2009


Wow it is sure nice to be back to creating! I have NO idea what has been up with me...the desire is there, but the ideas have been NIL!

I was determined to finish something lastnight before I went to bed, and this is what I finished. Over the weekend, I bought the Dustin Pike Mega Deal which included all 118 of his released digistamps. They are all just adorable! I have a friend in Virginia who just ADORES monkeys, and her puter died not too long ago, so I thought this would be perfect for her! Isn't that "Banana" computer too cool? ( as opposed to an Apple) I had a totally different idea for the layout, but when I Coluzzled the image, I slipped and totally messed it up! I was devastated~

I decided to just cut him out and mount him, and I am glad I did as it gave some dimension. I didn't have any cardstock that was the exact color of the banana, so I made some with the same color yellow watercolor on white CS. I was thrilled it worked. Since my friend, Cindy, challenged me to try the Polished Stone Technique, I am just in love with the look, so I did it for this card.

I wanna play with Magnolias today, or maybe some Sarah Kays I just got...or maybe the Inky Impressions stamp I got yesterday....Anyway, I will be back later with something else....

Have a Wonderful Wednesday and thanks so much for stopping by!

Rubber Hugs,


Yay, I got another one done...I almost forgot to post it...LOL! I have just had so much fun with my new little Tilda's. This gal is Farmer Tilda, and she is my only one that is sitting. I hand drew the swing she is sitting on, since I have none of the Magnolia Accessories-yet. I colored Tilda with watercolor pencils and an aquabrush, then cut her out. After drawing the swing, I colored it with watercolors and cut it out with Nesties. I used a glue runner to adhere Tilda to the scallopped circle and then mounted them all to the BG. I finished it off with corner punches and the flowers. Simple, but effective. I used the sketch at Delightful Sketches and really like it!
This card qualifies for the Pink Elephant Challenge, which is to use Red and 2 Blues, andalso qualifies for the Stamp With Fun challenge which was to use shapes and/or punches. Be sure to check them out!

I hope everyone has had a blessed day! I will see you soon!

Rubber Hugs,


Sunday, July 12, 2009

MEGA DEAL at Dustin Pike

Wanna pick up 118 ADORABLE digi stamps like this one for just $25?? Head on over to Dustin Pike's Dragondoodle Designs, and check out the DEAl he has going til Midnight tonight! You won't regret it..I didn't!
I will be back later with something handmade...Have a FABBY Sunday, and thanks for stopping by!

Rubber Hugs,

Friday, July 10, 2009

99 Things...and a Blog Candy heads up!

I found this little ditty while Blog Hopping, and it has a Blog Candy attatched! Check it out, and play along...I would love to see everyone's answers! You can find the candy at Sue's Krafty Cards . Have FUN! Please let me know if you played, so I can go see YOUR answers..hehehe!

What follows is a list of 99 things that you may or may not have done and I thought it would be fun to see what you've all done.
So here’s the list. My ‘Haves’ are in Blue ( there are, I am old..LOL)

1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland/world/Disneyland Paris
8. Climbed a mountain

9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch

15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty

18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Made a Snow Angel
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice ( does the gondola at Paris! Paris! in Las Vegas count? LOL)
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Stood in the rim of the Grand Canyon
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an erupting volcano in person.

36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted

48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkelling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theatre
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Cookies for charity
62. Gone whale watching
63. Been given flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma

65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favourite childhood toy

70. Visited Buckinham Palace
71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt or blanket

73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. Been to the top of the Empier State Building
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper

85. Read the entire Bible
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox

89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous

92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee

Thanks for stopping by today...

Rubber Hugs,

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Tilda #2 for Tuesday...LOL

Yup, I got a second one made between making lunch, doing laundry, watching the Michael Jackson Memorial, taking my daughter driving, and making dinner! I had a BUNCH of challenges in this little Tilda Card. It all started with the Sketch Saturday sketch and my sweet Tilda. First I watercolored her, and did her flower halo in glitter gel pens. I couldn't get the three flowers above the sentiment to look right, so I am sorry, I only used one. Is that creative license? LOL

This card also qualifies for other challenges. Just Magnolia required the use of a charm... got it. Charisma Cards wanted buttons...they are there. Spoonful of Sugar required LOTS of those! Creative Card Crew asked for those. The Next Level, which wanted the use of buttons and bows...check! And lastly, ( though I am sure there are others out there I don't know about) Pile It On which wanted the use of at least 3 different embellishments...ribbon, brad, buttons, those. I just took this picture, and I think it looks a little dark, so I will try to get a better one in the morning. Thanks so much for stopping by!

Rubber hugs,


I Got My Magnolias...YAY!!

I got my order from Simon Says Stamp lastnight, and got to play! This is Daisy Tilda..isn't she adorable? Ok they are ALL adorable...LOL! I did her up as a gatefold card, which is a new one for me. She is colored with watercolor pencils and AquaPen, and her little wings are glittered. I cut her out and matted her using my Nesties, and the BG paper is some from my stash. The sentiment is by SU and the flowers are Primas.
I have more to play with, so I am off to find some challenges to do! Have a wonderful day, and I will see you later... Thanks for stopping by!
Rubber Hugs,

Sunday, July 5, 2009

I Disappeared..

But now I am back! Friday night, I did a Sketch Challenge I found online, and OMGoodness, it was HORRENDOUS! I was so distraught ( OK here comes the drama) that I couldn't bring myself to even go to the stamping table. I know, sounds corny, but it is true! My poor friend, Cindy, had to deal with my whining....she is a saint!
Anyway, she challenged me to try the Polished Stone Technique since I had never done it, and voila, my Mojo has returned! Thank you, Cindy!
This card is the result~ I used YoYo Yellow and Positively Pink re-inkers to do the Polished Stone. I totally love how it came out! Then I stamped Upsy Daisey in Marveous Magenta ( I know that sounds gross) and embossed it. Next time, I am NOT embossing...I think it will look better. then I just layered with White and Positively Pink on a YoYo Yellow card base.
I hope everyone had a wonderful 4th of July weekend! I have a few more ideas in my head, so I will be posting again tomorrow, I am sure! Thanks for stopping by...
Rubber Hugs,

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

ICS #23 And Digital Tuesday Challenge

I just LOVE this little guy by Justin Pike! Actually, I think I love all his little guys...LOL! I am thrilled to get to use him for this weeks Inspirational Card Sketch! He ALSO qualifies for the challenge at Digital Tuesday, which is to use a SUMMER theme! ( AND the sponsor just happens to be JUSTIN)
I have had this piece of PP for a LONG time, and was dying to use it. Sorry, I have NO IDEA who makes it, there was no signature on the back, but I know I got it in Iowa at JoAnn's.
This card is a little odd is 6 1/4 X 4 1/2...the size of the new envys I got. I was happy to make it a little larger, as the image fit perfectly that way. Mr. Teddy is colored with Watercolor Pencils and Crayons and the sentiment is computer generated. I cut some of the underwater goodies out of the PP to use as embellishments, and I like how they look overall. When I got him all together, something was missing, so I added the paper piercing around the main panel and that was what was needed. This was a fun sure to go check it out and play along!
Thanks for stopping by today...have a GLORIOUS Wednesday!
Rubber Hugs,