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Many Thanks

Hey everyone,

Well I got “a”card done. I have many more to do. 🙂 But, this is a good start. I was surfing the other day and found another sketch challenge by Stamping 411. I was playing around with this design, otherwise I would have had it done a lot sooner. Go figure. I really like sketch because it is very minimalistic for what I needed. It worked perfectly for the many Thank You cards I want to send to folks who celebrated my Dad’s life. Hope you like it.


Okay so here’s what I did.  I started with the cuts the gals recommended at Stamping 411. This is probably the shortest explanation I’ll ever have to give. I used a small flower punch and used pomegranate card carstock and black. I used my white Signo gel pen for the center. I used my edge punch (can’t remember the brand) for my black layer. I stamped the heart from the set Always (SU). I stapled a small piece of ribbon the side of it. The sentiment is from an Anna Griffen set I’ve have for a very long time (like a decade!) I love the font though. Very pretty. :0) Okay, the buzz is below.

“The Buzz”

Post Title: Many Thanks

Stamping 411 – Saturday Sketch Challenge 111

Stamps: Always and Anne Griffen (Sentiment)
Paper: SU- Purely Pomegranate, Basic Black, Whisper White

Ink: Purely Pomegranate

Punches: Sm. flower and border punch

Accessories: Signo Gel Pen, scissors (to cut out the heart),

Thanks for buzzing by.

God Bless,


Missing All Of You!

Hi everyone,

I’ve missed all of you. And, I know my lack of posting does not prove this. I know you don’t have to believe me, and I don’t blame you if you don’t. But, I hope you will trust me when I say…I MISS YOU A WHOLE BIG, WHOLE BUNCH, WHOLE LOT!!!

I know it’s been a long time since I’ve posted. A couple of months now. Well, actually it’s been nearly 2 full months since I’ve made a card for my blog. Wait, I think it’s been longer. The last card I posted was hot & cheeky and the one prior to that was Dad’s Birthday card. I haven’t had much inspiration or gumption to create. Each time I’ve walked into my studio, I did an about-face and walked right back out again.

Today is the first day that I’ve spent any time in there at all since dad’s birthday on June 7th. It seems it became the collect-all room for things I just didn’t want to deal with at the time. But, I have managed to get in there and tidy it up a bit. At least enough to create some work space.

I did a quick card for my son’s birthday which was on July 18th. My boyfriend created a caricature of my son, and then I mounted it with a few layers. But, I have not been in my studio since or any kind of regular basis. Wild horses couldn’t keep me away from my studio most times. The last couple of months have truly been hard for me. Even now as I write this post, tears are forming while thinking about Dad and how much I truly miss him. I know the memories are there. And, I will treasure every one of them. But, they just don’t compare to Dad being here in the flesh walking, talking, sharing, laughing, yelling, making-me-go-crazy! And, yet somehow, someway I’ve managed to move on, the sun rises and sets, the rain falls and life keeps plodding along. Time does not stop for those of us who have had someone dear slip silently away.

I wouldn’t say I’m in a deep depression. I would say it’s an honest-to-goodness deep sadness. Then again, it’s not every day either. Some days, I do just fine. Others – it’s like a brick wall has fallen on me and I can’t seem to wriggle out from under it.

God is good and has given me strength to muddle through those days. I have a group of wonderful friends and family who keep sharing and caring. I am so grateful for them. They keep me going and moving. As the eldest daughter sometimes I’ve felt I’ve  had to be strong for others. My thinking has been…It’s my duty to help my other siblings through their grief.

But, I’ve come to learn – it’s not about that.  In fact, it’s been just the opposite. It’s been about everyone pulling together and finding the strength through each other as opposed to alone. This is the first death I’ve experienced this close to me. Yes, I’ve had grandparents pass on. But, I was never very close to them. We all lived quite a distance from one another when I was a child (on both sides of the family). All my siblings are still here (Praise God!). I was unable to make it to my dad’s sister’s funeral due to lack of funds. But, again, I was not close to her. At least not as much as I would have liked to have been. She was my favorite aunt.  Truth be told she was my only aunt between my parents. My mother was a single child.  The only other death I’ve experienced was my brother’s ex-wife. And, although I mourned for her I was never super close to her. So, with this in mind, it has been difficult to push through all of this. Couple it with the fact that it is a parent I’ve lost and it just seems surreal at times. There are days when I just don’t believe it. And, yet in my heart-of-hearts I know it’s true.

Personally, I’ve wanted to be alone on several occasions. But, each time I try to be alone in my grief, God manages to find someone to call me, email me, IM me, stop by, or He shoves me out the door to go elsewhere! He truly is the healer of one’s heart. And, he does not put on us, more than we can bare. And, although my heart has been given this burden of grief, God manages to show me joy through a baby’s laugh, or the love of an animal, the sunsets He paints in the sky. He is an awesome God.

This journey has been a real eye opening experience for me in so many ways. I’ll share more of it with you as time goes on. I just want to say that although this has been truly tough for me, I have more awareness of life in general. I have more understanding about the things that are truly important in life. And, that is family and friends that I love and cherish. But, I have also been guilty of not telling them enough. So, that is my new goal in life these days. To let those I love and cherish know how much they mean to me and how much I truly care about them. I hope I haven’t babbled on to much. Thanks for reading and I hope you have a truly divine day. Keep the sunshine in your hearts.

God bless you if you still check to see if I am here these days.

Yours in stamping,


Sassy’s Back-SSSC 22

SSSC22SSSC_22Sassy’s back with the Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge 22. I was going to use her on a different card, but thought she looked pretty cool with the way I mitered the corners of my striped Urban Garden DSP.  Actually, the more I look at her the more she appears to be doing a sit-down comedy routine on stage. 🙂

I used my slot punch to create a nice edge for my Old Olive card stock.  I want to try this technique again and thread some ribbon through it. I think it’ll look really nice given the proper setting. Everything is in “The Buzz” ladies.

I’ve been busy since last Friday. I’m putting together a recipe box that a young lady purchased from me a few weeks ago. So, I thought I would give her and all of you a few sneak peak pictures. Hopefully I can get some decent shots right after work today. But, it’s not looking to promising. Looks like it’s going to rain. 😦  I’ll do the best I can though.

Once she’s received it I’ll post pictures of it’s overall looks. I have to admit, it’s really purty! Okay, well in the meantime, thanks for buzzing by and taking a looksy.

God bless ….Sazxoxox

“The Buzz”

Post Title: Sassy’s Back-SSSC22
Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge 22

Stamps: Stampin’ Up! Sassy and One Smart Cookie (Sentiment)
Paper: SU- Night of Navy, Whisper White, Old Olive, Bella Bleu DSP, Urban Garden DSP

Ink: Night of Navy

Punches: Slot Punch, Scallop Punch (not SU’s).

Accessories: Coluzzle, Brads (from stash), ribbon-1/4” grosgrain Pumpkin Pie, Bitty Blossoms-Bazzill, Old Olive Button (SU), Twine (stash), snail, lg. and mini glue dots, Prisma pencils (Sassy), daubers.

Hot & Cheeky Sassy (CTD45/CPS119)


Hi everyone! Well I managed to get a card done last night. I took my time about it, but hey it’s done. 🙂

I haven’t used my Sassy stamp for quite some time and I thought it was high time to pull her out again. So here she is all hot & cheeky as our British friends would say.

I “tried” to do two challenges for this card. Tried being the operative word here. The Color Throw Down #45 was great till I realized I used the wrong pink! Instead of using Pink Passion I used Pixie Pink.  Ooooops! hahahahah

Then I found this other challenge Card Positioning Systems Challenge 119 I wanted to do and I should have made the card taller and narrower in my opinion. Oh well.  Like I said, I “tried”. hehehehe

As it turns out I really like this card. I can only hope the person I plan to give it to likes it just as much.  *grins*  Hope you like this one. Everything is in The Buzz below. Thanks for looking!

“The Buzz”

Post Title: Hot & Cheeky Sassy

Color Throw Down #45

Card Positioning System 119

Stamps: Sassy and sentiments
Paper: All SU! – Chocolate Chip, Whisper White, Pixie Pink, DSP –> My mind is blank at the moment!

Ink: Chocolate Chip, Pixie Pink, Green Galore

Punches/Dies: Cuttlebug slide dies, 1” circle punch, Top Note, Corner rounder

Accessories: Gemstone flowers (The Paper Studio), button from stash, pretty in pink & chocolate chip ¼” grosgrain ribbon, dimensionals, adhesives –used were xyron, snail and Tombow, PrismaColor Pencils – PC922, PC914, PC927, PC1004, PC945, PC935, Black Diamond stickles for Sassy’s boots, and finally Fiskars Texture Plate (Hearts).

My base layer is chocolate chip followed by DSP (Can’t think of the name of this!). Then I cut my Top Note pieces from Pixie Pink and Whisper White. Whisper white was run through my cuttlebug with my fiskar’s heart texture plate and it was trimmed to fit on top of the other Top note piece. I inked the whisper white top note with chocolate chip. The green layer is the same DSP (at a complete loss) reversed. I inked my next chocolate chip layer with chocolate chip ink. Sassy was stamped onto whisper white, then colored with my Prismacolor pencils and inked on the edges with Pixie Pink. I used a tiny bit of black diamond stickles for her boots. The sentiment is on whisper white and chocolate chip. I inked the whisper white with a little pixie pink. The inside will be finished with the other part of the sentiment from this set…

“Did someone turn the heat up in here…”or is it just the candles on your cake?” Have a wonderful day!

God Bless…Sazzyxoxox

Ten Flowers Squared

SSSC_21 Here is my Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge #21. Sometimes I just don’t know when to leave well enough alone. hehehehe

I tried putting Stickles on my cute little scalloped ovals only to muck it up. Aye! Karumba! So of course there are no accidents, just “design challenges”. hahahahaha

So I covered up my “design challenge” with some prima paper flowers and stickles in the center of those. Had I been thinking and I wasn’t I would have used yellow stickles instead of orange. Hindsight is always 20/20. 🙂  I suppose today is a day of not much stamping at all.

This one has no stamped image at all at this point. The only stamped image on Dad’s birthday card is the sentiment. Am I getting lazy? *gasps*

I will be placing the sentiment on the inside where I place most of my sentiments these days when cards are completed. I am finding more and more that I like doing the inside of my cards as well. Nothing fancy, just a little something to complete their looks. I’ll finish this one tomorrow. I’m pooped and have to work tomorrow.

I will put the “Buzz” up in a couple of days. Time for this gal to relax for the night.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

God Bless ….Sazxoxox

A New Darling – Mojo 88


Well these colors more or less dictated themselves. I did the flower last night using certainly celery and more mustard. I popped it onto a cuttlebug swiss dot scallop circle background. I added a little stickles to the reddish brown background. Nothing fancy about this card at all. But, it was nice to work on just the same. Wow – both challenges done on the days they came out. Amazing! I wonder if I’ll be able to do the same for the CDT this week? Hmmm… In the meantime, I’m going to see what I can come up with for a Memorial Day card.

Check “The Buzz” for details.  🙂

“The Buzz”

Post Title: A New Darling – Mojo 88
Mojo Monday Challenge #88

Stamps: Darling Dots “Leaf”
Paper: SU- Kiwi Kiss textured, Elegant Eggplant, More Mustard, Whisper White. The background is from my stash and I do not recall the brand name. Sorry ladies.

Ink: Certainly Celery, More Mustard

Punches: Marvy Uchida Large Scallop

Accessories: Brads (from stash), ribbon – Apricot Appeal, Copper Stickles, Maya Road Velvet Blossoms and Cuttlebug Swiss Dot Folder.


sssc19Talk about minimalistic for me. Whew….I held off, no bling at all on this card. I know! I know! Can you believe it?

I was tempted with the white flowers. I really think they need something only because they seem to fade into the background. 😦

The one thing you can barely see is the pink pirouette stamped background on the layer with the bird. It’s so subtle I forgot it was there myself till I really looked. All in all I’m okay with the card.

My brads are little cattywomped but hey, I can’t be perfect everytime. hehehehe

Check out “The Buzz” for details. 🙂

“The Buzz”

Post Title: SSSC #19

Challenges: Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge #19

Stamps: SU Sweet Always – Sentiment, bird, & sm. flower
Paper: Kiwi Kiss textured, so saffron, pacific point DSP and whisper white

Ink: Whisper White (Craft), Pixie Pink, Pink Pirouette

Punches: 1/4″ circle hand punch

Accessories: Brads, Pretties Flowers, Ribbon – Whisper White Organza/Pretty in Pink, mini dots, snail, paper piercing tool