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~George Washington Carver

Monday, January 25, 2010


Design Dollies

Design Dollies

Today another double challenge, but this time a double challenge on the same blog!  Design Dollies provides three different challenges each week ---  a color challenge, a sketch challenge and an element challenge.  You can participate in any of them, two or all three of them.  I tried out the sketch and color challenges this week.  I loved the colors and I thought the sketch was really interesting. 

Stamps:  Letter B.
Paper:  aqua, lime and white and DP from stash.
Ink:  Lime, aqua and jet black.
Extras:  Sizzix circle die cut; Nestabilities frame die; sponge(for applying ink to background paper for tie dye effect); white rick rack ribbon, green brad.

Sweet Dreams Everyone!
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Sunday, January 24, 2010

Irish Love

Bonus Sketch

Two Cards for 2S4Y #44.


Well, I think I got in just under the wire.  One of these days I will get things done earlier.  However, I am early for the Color Throwdown challenge.  I'm not completely satisfied with the Irish card.  Now that I look at it I did forget one element for the sketch on the bottom.  I was going for something a little quick and started out by making the colors of the Irish flag. I also wanted to use the shamrock stamp alongside my sentiment, but it was too large and since I was running out of time, I chose shamrock gems instead.  Still, it was a fun card to make. 

Stamps:  Shamrock stamp and sentiment.
Paper:  green, orange and white cardstock.
Ink:  Pine.
Extras:  Nestability die, green brads, shamrock gems, green and orange ribbon.


The Love card I like a litlte better.  It is for the bonus challenge.  Although now you cannot see the image on the patterned paper as well, the heart columns I made with a heart punch and gell pen mirror the image of the pink hearts hanging off of green vines.  The color scheme is from Color Throwdown 76.  Again, I had to improvise a little on the colors and get them as close as I could.

Stamps:  NONE!
Paper:  Patterned paper, olive, pale yellow and raspberry cardstock.
Ink:  NONE!
Extras:  heart punch, olive gel pen; Sizzis skittle dee doo alpha die, rapsberry patterned ribbon.

Well, it's late and I'm up as usual, but not for much longer.

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Saturday, January 23, 2010


CPS 150

Color Q #16

A card for two challenges, CPS and Color Q Challenge 16.  A little challenging to combine all those colors in such a tiny card, but I did it.  I tried to find paper as close to the colors as possible. 

Stamps:  Cherish.
Paper:  Pumpkin, burgundy, raspberry, light pink and white cardstock.  DP - DCWV border strip.
Ink:  Versamark and burgundy emboss powder.
Extras:  buttons, brads, fabric flowers, clear gem, raspberry ribbon.

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Friday, January 22, 2010

Celebrating You

Well, it is really, really, REALLY late!  The boys wanted to stay up late to celebrate the end of the semester and so I decided to see how far I'd get too.  Interestingly enough, I'm the last to crash!  Never would have thought it, I outlasted my teenage sons at something!  Somewhere there is an award for such a thing and if there is not, there should be.  Perhaps it could prove an interesting addition to the 'Survivor' series....mothers outwitting and outlasting their teens!  hahaha  I digress.

Getting to the task at hand now.  This digital stamp at M&M Designz just cracked me up and I had to get it for this very special birthday card.  If you haven't visited that site, you should.  Judy, the designer, creates adorable digital stamps.  I knew when I started this card that it was going to have to contain lots of froo-froo and so the lace circle was used. And, I don't think it was any accident that I stumbled upon the sketch at Delightful Sketches, which turned out to be perfect for this project.

Stamps:  All Dressed Up digital stamp (M&M Designz).  Birthday Wishes, Inkadinkadoo, I believe.
Paper:  Red, purple and white cardstock.  Lavender DP.
Ink:  Digital stamp colored using Gimp on the computer. Staz On Jet Black for 'Birthday Wishes'.
Extras:  Cuttlebug emboss folder; Sizzix hat die; purple and white ribbons; red and purple gems; red feather.

Going to catch some shut eye now.

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Obviously I did not get my creative day on Wednesday.  It fell apart pretty quickly.  And, Thursday was just as busy.  So, now that finals are over and there is a 4-day weekend, rainy and soggy as it may become, my creative flow can now commence!  You will have to excuse my lack of eloquence in my titles tonight.  It has been a very long and dreary day.  So I put a little sunshine in it myself in creating this card.

Object of Inspiration


Hopefully I got this under the deadline for Gets Sketchy #21 challenge.  I got the inspiration from a pre-Valentine trinket my hubby gave me last week, a simple vase of small roses, as seen in 'object of inspiration'.   I even used the ceramic heart vase as the template for the vase in my card.  I folded the paper and drew it along the crease and cut a small arc to slip the flowers inside. 

Stamps:  'Love' sentiment from Disney Princess stamps.
Paper:  DP:  Paper Pizzaz; red, light pink and green cardstock.
Ink: Versamark and silver emboss powder
Extras:  Heart decorative corner punch, EK Success; flower dies, Sizzix; flower emboss die,QuickKutz; Heart gems.

Be inspired!

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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Chocolate Flopsey

365 Days - Day 325, Imagine This

Crafty Creations #50

'Nobody knows the truffles I've seen!"

Yet, I could get used to having those kinds of 'truffles'!  It was a very nice three day weekend here and I'm a little foggy about the days.  The boys are in finals, or at least one of them.  Patrick being a senior and no absences was exempt and has a ten day vacation.  It's just a 3-day school week for the other with a four-day weekend coming up before the new semester.  And we've had five days in the 60s!  So, I've been enjoying the sunshine.  But, as all good things must come to an end, rain is coming so I can get back to creating.

I remember making valentines as a little girl and doilies were always a staple.  They are hard to come  at least here in NC.  I had to go to three craft stores before I found some and even then there were just a few in the cake decorating section.  The one I used here was an old one I had in my supplies.  The red fabric is a swatch I found at a craft store.  I'm not much of a sewer, seeing as how it has taken me four years to make curtains for my bedroom and they are only half sewn.  Yet, there are some really pretty fabric swatches for just a dollar or two that work well for patterned paper.

I originally started making this card for the PPA #25 challenge, but couldn't steal myself away from the nice weather long enough to make the deadline.  So, I finished it for the 365 Cards Day 325 'Imgaine This' challenge theme  of chocolate and the Crafty Creations challenge, texture, in which you had to use at least three different textures.  I hope my doily, cotton fabric, velvet ribbon and slightly textured candy cardstock dies count for all the textures.

I fell in love with Flopsey the bunny when I won a challenge over at CPS a couple months ago and won a gift certificate to My Favorite Things.  So, I  have cupcake Flopsey and now Truffle Flopsey for Valentine's Day.  I just looove those ears! 

Stamps:  Sentiment and 'Flopsey' bunny from My Favorite Things stamps.
Paper:  Brown and white cardstock; red patterned fabric; white heart doilie.
Ink:  Blazing Red.
Extras:  Red velvet ribbon. Tag, circle, swirl dies. Heart template. White heart brad.

Tomorrow is a day full of creating!  I NEVER get a midweek day for that so I'm soaking it up, especially since the rain is coming too, speaking of soaking.

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Sunday, January 17, 2010




I got my  mojo on today for Mojo Monday #121 and even added some Color Throwdown to it for their challenge #75.  And it just may take me til deadline to get it posted since the Golden Globes are on.  I tried my best to get as close to the color combo as possible but am afraid the 'garden green' gave me some struggle.

Stamps:  Chamomile - My Favorite Things Stamps.  ornamental stamp- Hampton Art.
Paper:   Bazzill Basics
 Ink:  Versamark Dazzle, emboss powder.
Extras:  Rope border punch;  Sizzix circle die; Sizzix Skittle Dee Doo Alpha; Cuddlebug Vintage Dies; large brad, Making Memories.

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Saturday, January 16, 2010

Snowboardin' Celebration


Happy Saturday!  Wow, it's been a whole week since I posted anything and that long since I did any crafting.  The new year is proving to be a tad bit too busy!  Anyway, I am late posting this for the CPS challenge tonight, but I am submitting it anyway.  Took me a bit to get my bearings after a week away from the crafting table.  And, when I finished with this card, I realized I used the same colors as the last card I posted!  Oh well, everything just fell into place tonight so that's OK.

Again, I needed a masculine card.  I am beginning to think there are too many men in my family!  hahaha  I AM joking!  The snowboard digital stamp was great and I kept thinking of what else to do for a male teen birthday card and I was looking at birthday stamps and BAM!  Icing is like why not have the snowboarder 'snowboard' over the frosting of a cupcake.  So, I printed the cupcake on four different colors of cardstock, then pieced it all together and coordinated them with some of the paper strips behind the images.

Stamps:  Happy Birthday, Inkadinkadoo; Snowboarder digital stamp from Bird's Cards; cupcake digital stamp, Lindsay's Stamp Stuff.
Paper:  DP, Making Memories 'Just Chillin'; orange textured cardstock, Bazzill; chocolate, light blue and white cardstock.
Ink:  Staz On Timber Brown
Extras:  Number punches; turquoise star brads; orange brads; oval metal frame.

I have LOADS of cards to do in the next few days as I did not get my Christmas cards finished and so they are becoming New Year's/Winter Blessings/Valentine cards.  There is always a way to improvise.

More to come...

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Saturday, January 9, 2010

Nifty Fifty Birthday


CPS 148

I've been MIA from the blogging world most of this first week of the new year.  Getting back to reality always takes a push after the holidays.  It was a nice surprise to find my profile featured on 2Sketches4You this week too!  So a shout out to Laura and Kazan over there, thank you so much!  Hopefully if I had any new visitors on their behalf that they found me up and running after making some changes here for the new year.

I did find some time to get at least one card done this week.  My brother turned 50 this week and so I challenged myself again in making another masculine card.  Why are masculine cards so challenging?  Maybe because there is a limited amount of card making supplies out there to cater to the adult male gender?  Guess I will have to surf the net in my free time (that will be in 2020!) to find more masculine supplies before I need them again.

Yet, I digress a bit.  I made this card also for the CPS 148 challenge this week.  I love their simple designs that then you can embellish as little or as much as you want. Since I'm on a crafting budget and I blew that for supplies for Christmas cards and I'm number punch challenged, I used my computer to make the number fifty and cut it out. 

Stamps:  None!
Paper:  DP from DCWV.  Baby blue, cocoa brown and paprika cardstock.
Ink:  Timber Brown from StazOn for distressed, antique look around paper edges.
Extras:  Decorative ribbon; Photo rounder punch; Birthday embossing folder from Cuddlebug; Sizzlet gift die cut; Sizzlet Happy Birthday die cut; numbers printed off computer and cut out.

Now I'm off to finish some new year cards and thank you cards and peruse the world of card challenges!

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Saturday, January 2, 2010

New Year Rockin Stars - 2S4Y Challenge

Another challenge for the new year for 2Sketches4You.  I made these as New Year's giftcard holder cards for my sons.  I left the middle of the center border as a pocket for the gift cards (see third picture).  


Stamps:  Your Rock and Guitar from Recollections, I believe.
Paper:  DP is DCWV, The Rockstar Stack.  Black and powder blue cardstock from stash.
Ink: Versamark with black fine emboss powder.
Extras:  Black ribbon; Star die cut. Scallop border punch.

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CPS Challenge - Choose Your Own CPS Sketch

Happy New Year!  

I think I have finally knocked out some kinks in my blog facelift and can now post my first entry for my first challenge for 2010!  I still have some things to add back and have a list of things I want to add on to the blog, but that will wait until another day.

Gift Card Holders/Cards

As I was thinking about how to make a card/giftcard holder together, I was perusing through CPS' past sketches and found #84 and it was perfect for what I wanted to do.  I needed two masculine cards for giftcards and so this is what evolved.  It took me a bit to decide how to close the flap, button with ribbon and in the end I decided on velcro.  I had the iron on kind and it worked out better than I first thought.  It did take some time and care so that I didn't burn the paper even with covering the card with a pillow case before applying the iron heat.



Stamps:  Penguin - Inkadinkadoo; Reindeer face- Recollections; Sentiments-Recollections.

Paper:  Cardstock from stash; DP for penguin:  Meadow Grass Strip by Max's Backyard;  Reindeer - snow DP from basicgrey.

Ink:  Versamark dazzle in champagne; green, black, gold tinsel, and burgundy emboss powder.

Extras:  Ribbons:  red velvet (penguin card); green plaid and red plaid (reindeer card);  green tinsel ribbon for giftcard holders inside flap; green button (penguin), candy cane accent (reindeer); oval scallop border die cut; square punch; velcro.

For the ornament card holders I used the Sizzix ornament die and coordinated paper.  On the ornament, I cut two dies per holder, one in solid cardstock, the other in dp paper to match the card.  Then, I cut the DP ornament on top to make the pocket for the gift card and glued it onto the solid ornament, leaving a pocket in the middle.  Then, I added holly dies as a front border, made the ornament top in the same dp paper and added the green tinsel ribbon.

Happy New Year!

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Friday, January 1, 2010


Well, I have finally gotten most of my blog up and running.  Still some things to add and others to tweak but I didn't want to start off the new year completely under construction!  The end of year bulk posting will now be a New Year extravaganza mostly of leftover Christmas cards I didn't get posted earlier.

One resolution I've made already is to start NOW on next year's Christmas cards so they will all be done before Christmas!  What a concept for me!  LOL  Hopefully, a resolution that I can keep, along with several others, but those will be left for discussion elsewhere.......possibly in another new blog.

So anyway, I hope my makeover here is not a disappointment.  Sorry it took so long, yet sometimes, creativity cannot be rushed.  The biggest change is going from 2-columns to 3-columns and I like it much better.  More things will be added in the very near future, but for now, this is the new look of Snap, Scrap, and Dazzle.  One might ask, where do the cats fit in?  Well, the cat on the header is just one in my collection that sits in my kitchen.  The cat thing started when my husband gave me a kitten as a college graduation gift.  She was with us for 17 years and grew into a dear friend.  Then, there was the cat cookie jar, a wedding gift that set off the kitchen decor.  And, if that isn't bad enough, thanks to my kids, I believe I own just about every Beanie cat made.  So I decided to add my now slight obsession with all things cats, to the blog as a way to make it unique and my very own.  So I hope you enjoy the new look.

Of course, I didn't want to debut it without a card posting, so here is one:

Blue Joy

Happy New Year!

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