Thursday, October 29, 2009

UDI Inspiration Challenge

Happy Thursday!  Time for another UDI Inspiration Challenge!  Check out what the other team members created over on the UDI blog.

My creation is a cute little 3X3 love note.  Easy peasy.  :)

Supplies(all SU!):  Stamps- none.  Ink- none.  Paper- Perfect Plum, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive, Chocolate Chip, Cast a Spell DSP.  Accessories-  Large Oval punch.

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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

MDS Certification Card

Hello!  Today's post will be a quick one.  I'm sharing my My Digital Studio card that I made for Stampin' Up!'s MDS Certification class.  I took all the quizzes, and my professionally printed card is on its way to me.  I can't wait to get my pin, blog button and free goodies from Stampin' Up!.  They really spoil us!  If you want to join a great company and get spoiled, too, just click on over to my business website and sign up now (my recruit password is emh813)!  There's a great starter kit that includes My Digital Studio available!    

Come on back tomorrow to see what I created for the UDI Inspiration Challenge!

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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Good morning!  Today's post is a card I created for the LateNightStampers Challenge #42.  It was a color challenge...Old Olive, Really Rust and Ruby Red.  I also wanted a sample for my workshop this past Sunday to show different ways to use the Top Note die and Ornament punch.  The image panel and the outer edge of the Top Note square is sponged with the shimmer paint.  I couldn't get a good picture of the shimmer.  It is really pretty IRL.  :)

Supplies(all SU!):Stamps- Embrace Life.  Ink- Old Olive, Chocolate Chip, Really Rust, Ruby Red.  Paper- Sahara Sand, Really Rust, Ruby Red, Old Olive.  Accessories- Big Shot, Top Note die, Ornament punch, Word Window punch, Modern Label punch, Champagne Mist shimmer paint.

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Saturday, October 24, 2009

Petals-a-Plenty Christmas tree

Good Saturday morning!

Today's card was made using the fabulous Patty Bennett's embossing folder trick.  I cut out a triangle shape using some cardboard packaging I saved from Make-n-Takes at Convention 2008.  I knew I would need it for something.  LOL  One sheet didn't work, so I cut out another triangle and glued the 2 of them together.   That worked perfectly.   I used Shimmery White cardstock and rubbed some Champagne Mist shimmer paint all over the tree.  Then I colored the berries with Real Red.  The star at the top of the tree is punched from YoYo Yellow and also sponged with Champagne Mist shimmer paint then adhered with a dimensional.  This card is so sparkly IRL.  The sentiment is from Four the Holidays and is stamped on Shimmery White in Real Red.  A piece of Soft Suede polka-dot ribbon (I love this ribbon!) finishes off the card. 

Have a fabulous Saturday!  Take time to create!

Supplies(all SU!):  Stamps-  Four the Holidays.  Ink- Real Red.  Paper- Shimmery White, Real Red, Soft Suede, YoYo Yellow.  Accessories-  Big Shot, Petals-a-Plenty embossing folder, Star punch, Champagne Mist shimmer paint, Soft Suede polka-dot ribbon, dimensionals, sponge dauber.

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Thursday, October 22, 2009

UDI Inspiration Challenge

It's Thursday!  Time for another UDI Inspiration Challenge!  Today's inspiration picture is "Starry Night" by Vincent Van Gogh.

I used one of my all-time favorite techniques for this one.  Polished Stone with Night of Navy, Ballet Blue and Bordering Blue was done on Glossy White cardstock after I did the same technique with just So Saffron.  I wanted to get some of the "glow", but I had to do the yellow first or it would have turned out green.  I was paying attention in art class all those years ago!  LOL  The moon is a 1" circle colored with Versamarker and So Saffron and embossed with Clear EP.  The grass from Inspired by Nature is stamped in Versamark and embossed with Black EP.  The Van Gogh quote is stamped in Jet Black Stazon on Whisper White.  I sponged some Night of Navy ink all over the sentiment layer.  The image layer is adhered to Whisper White and a Night of Navy card base.  I used some Basic Black 5/8" grosgrain to finish off the card.

Now that you've seen what I did with the picture, head on over to the UDI blog and check out what the others created.

Supplies(all SU!):  Stamps- Inspired by Nature, Dreams duJour (sentiment).  Paper- Glossy White, Whisper White, Night of Navy.  Ink- Jet Black Stazon, Night of Navy, Bordering Blue, Ballet Blue and So Saffron reinkers, Versamarker.  Accessories-   Basic Black 5/8" grosgrain, 1" Circle punch, Clear EP, Black EP, heat tool.  Misc.- rubbing alcohol, cotton balls.

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Monday, October 19, 2009

New blog banner with MDS

Happy Monday!

I made a new "fallish" blog banner with My Digital Studio.  This is so much more than's a digital papercrafting program!  I am so thrilled with this program. I am having so much fun discovering all that I can create. There are new downloads available now, too.  Some of them are fun Halloween items at just the right time.  I can't wait to get them!  You can order them here in my online store and download them right away.  :) 

Have a wonderful day!  Don't forget to take time to create!

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Sunday, October 18, 2009

Happy Holidays Top Note

Good Sunday morning!  I think some of you northerners must have sent your winter weather down here to Florida!  It was 47 degrees here this morning!  YIKES!  I am not ready for this!  I will be going clothes shopping later today.  My poor kiddos don't have any jackets.  They outgrew last year's already!  Thank goodness it'll be back in the 80s on Tuesday!  :)

Today's card is going to be the make-n-take at Terry's workshop next weekend.  I used the sketch challenge over on the UDI blog for my layout.  Well, I started out with the sketch, but I adjusted it just a bit.  LOL  I flipped it so that my ornaments are on the right side of the card, and I added the Top Note as a layer.  I want to work the Big Shot in so everyone can use it and just have to have it...or at least the Top Note die! :)   I'll show the different shapes you can make with it.  (You can find the a video tutorial on Kimberly's blog.) I'm also going to show other uses for the Ornament acorn, a fish, a vase, etc..  Those 2  are definitely  must-haves!   I am so excited!  I haven't done a workshop at someone else's house in a very long time.  I'm also nervous.  I sure hope I don't forget something!  LOL

Enjoy what's left of your weekend! 

Supplies(all SU!):  Stamps- Delightful Decorations, Four the Holidays.  Ink- Real Red, Old Olive.  Paper- Whisper White, Real Red, Old Olive, Christmas Cocoa DSP.  Accessories-  Big Shot, Top Note die, Ornament punch, Mistletoe Ribbon Originals. 

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Saturday, October 17, 2009

You can help #beatcancer !

In a 24-hour period of time starting Friday, October 16th at Noon (EDT) and lasting until Saturday, October 17th at Noon (EDT) people all over the internet stratosphere will be asked to send tweets and Facebook status updates and to blog using #BeatCancer in their posts.

Ebay/Paypal and MillerCoors Brewing Company will donate a penny ($0.01) for every Twitter message, Facebook update or blog post that includes the phrase #BeatCancer.
All money will be donated to non-profit cancer organizations including SU2C (Stand Up to Cancer), Alex's Lemonade, Bright Pink, and Spirit Jump. All of the non-profits are 501 (c)(3) organizations and accredited by The American Cancer Society. A listing of all organizations and a live stream of postings can be found at

Please feel free to re-Tweet, re-post or share this on Facebook using the links below. 

Thank you Ann Clemmer for sharing this valuable information for us to spread worldwide.

Here is something else I'm doing this month to beat Breast Cancer. 

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Friday, October 16, 2009

Bermuda Bay Christmas

Happy Friday! 

Today's card uses some non-traditional colors for Christmas.  I just love Bermuda Bay and Soft Suede together.  The card base is Soft Suede.  The DSP is from the Holiday Mini pack, Christmas Cocoa.  It has a wonderful metallic sheen to it IRL.  The ribbon is the Soft Suede Polka Dot just turned over to the other side.  It's 2 ribbons in 1!  :)  The sentiment from Four the Holidays is stamped in Whisper White Craft and embossed with White EP. Dasher is stamped in Soft Suede and then stamped again with Champagne Shimmer Paint.   I used my SAMJ to get the 2nd image slightly off from the first one.  It really is beautifully shimmery IRL.  (You can click on the picture for a better view.) 

I hope you have a wonderful weekend ahead of you!  Don't forget to take some time out to create!

Supplies(all SU!):  Stamps- Dasher, Four the Holidays.  Ink- Soft Suede, Whisper White Craft.  Paper- Whisper White, Soft Suede, Bermuda Bay, Christmas Cocoa DSP.  Accessories-  Soft Suede Polka Dot ribbon, Champagne Shimmer Paint.

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Thursday, October 15, 2009

Inspiration Challenge 65

It's Inspiration Thursday over on the UDI blog today.  Make sure you head on over there to see what the rest of the team came up with from today's picture.

When I saw today's picture, I immediately thought of Will Turner.  Yum!  LOL  His wife's name is Elizabeth...

Anyway, back on track.  I don't have any skeleton stamps.  (I know...From the Crypt would have been perfect for this one!)  I did want the skull to be the main focal image.  I decided to use one from the Cast a Spell DSP.  I punched it out with my 1 3/8" Square punch and then roughed up all the edges.  It's layered on a Perfect Plum square, a Basic Black Scalloped Square (made from the SU! exclusive Scalloped Square can make smaller squares and even rectangles with's a must-have!), and then an Old Olive square.  I ran the Old Olive piece through my crimper both ways, but I didn't close it all the way.  It's just a slight bit of texture.   The sentiment from Holiday Best (Level 1 Hostess set) is stamped in Jet Black Stazon on Whisper White and mounted on Basic Black.  The card base is Perfect Plum.  That's it.  A simple, fun card.

Supplies(all SU!):  Stamps- Holiday Best.  Ink- Jet Black Stazon.  Paper- Whisper White, Basic Black, Old Olive, Perfect Plum, Cast a Spell DSP.  Accessories-  Big Shot, Scalloped Square die, crimper, 1 3/8" Square punch.

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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Delightful CASE

Hello!  Today's card is a CASE of Robin Merriman's Stamping 411 card.  I thought it was absolutely gorgeous, and I had to make one of my own.  You can see hers here.  I changed the colors and that's about it.  ;)

 I used Night of Navy for the card base and Brushed Silver and Shimmery White for the layers. The ornaments are stamped in Night of Navy Classic ink.  I colored them with my Versamarker and embossed them with Iridescent Ice before punching them out with the Ornament punch.  One is glued  and one is adhered with dimensionals.  I used Silver elastic cord for the hangers.  The snowflakes are stamped with Platinum Shimmer Paint and embellished with a Silver brad.  The sentiment is stamped in Night of Navy.  The picture does not do this card justice.  It is so sparkly in person. 

Supplies(all SU!):  Stamps- Delightful Decorations, Teeny Tiny Wishes.  Ink- Night of Navy.  Paper-  Shimmery White, Brushed Silver, Night of Navy.  Accessories-  Ornament punch, Silver brads, Platinum Shimmer Paint, Versamarker, Iridescent Ice EP, Silver elastic cord, dimensionals.

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Monday, October 12, 2009

Halloween Treats

Happy Monday!  Yeah, right!  LOL

I have some Halloween treat ideas to share today.  Two of them are made with the Sizzix Petal card die.  One is made using the Sweet Treats cups.  All of them contain candy!  Yum!  LOL

The box is made with 4 petal cards.  I'm not sure who came up with this, but it's brilliant!  The DSP is Cast a Spell and the stamped image is from Holiday Best, a Level 1 hostess set.  (Want this set for free?  Hostess a workshop!  Call me to set a date!)  The treat holder is also a petal card.   Fold up 3 of the flaps, decorate with DSP and some ribbon, and stick a piece of candy in it. Easy peasy!   The Sweet Centers card is a 3X3 and the "sweet treats" tab is actually a garage door to the candy!  Click here for the tutorial on Becky Roberts' blog. 

If you need to order supplies to make treats for your little ghosts and goblins, click here to visit my online store.

Supplies(all SU!):  Stamps-  Sweet Centers, Holiday Best, Teeny Tiny Wishes.  Ink- Jet Black Stazon, Pumpkin Pie, Perfect Plum, Old Olive, Chocolate Chip.  Paper- Whisper White, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive, Cast a Spell DSP.  Accessories-  Big Shot, Petal Card die, Sweet Treats cups, Elegant Eggplant 1/4" grosgrain, Basic Black 1/4" grosgrain, Round Tab punch, 1 3/4" Circle punch, mini glue dots.

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Sunday, October 11, 2009

Embrace Life!

Happy Sunday!  I hope you had a wonderful weekend.

Today's card is one I made with the Ribbon of Hope stamp.  This is a single stamp from Stampin' Up! and is only $7.95.  I will be donating 10% of the purchase price of this and many other products to the Susan G. Komen Foundation during the month of October.  To see the flyer, click here.

The layout of today's card is from a previous CAS challenge on SCS.  The ribbon is stamped on Whisper White in Pretty in Pink.  The DSP is from a specialty pack called Bride.  It's all white with white embossing when you purchase it.  I sponged Pretty in Pink all over the DSP.  The embossing resists the ink, and the paper is completely transformed.   You can have this DSP in every color!  How fabulous is that?   :)  The bottom layer of cardstock and the taffeta ribbon are both Basic Gray.  The sentiment is from the stamp set Embrace Life.  It's stamped on the Pretty in Pink card base in Jet Black Stazon.  The top corners of the image piece are paper-pierced using the Mat Pack.

Enjoy what's left of your weekend.  I'll be back tomorrow with some Halloween treats.

Supplies(all SU!):  Stamps- Ribbon of Hope, Embrace Life.  Ink- Pretty in Pink, Jet Black Stazon.  Paper-  Whisper White, Pretty in Pink, Basic Gray, Bride Specialty DSP.  Accessories- Basic Gray taffeta, paper piercer, mat pack, sponge.

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Thursday, October 8, 2009

UDI Inspiration Challenge 64

Happy Thursday!  Are you excited to be one day closer to the weekend? 

I took inspiration from the pumpkins in today's picture.  I created a Halloween treat box with a pumpkin as the centerpiece.  :)

Here's how I made it! 

1. Using the Big Shot and Fancy Favor die, cut out a box.  Apply adhesive to the side strip and the bottom strips.  Assemble the box. 
2. Use the leftover strip from the cutout as your handle.  Cut at desired length.  Adhere handle to box. 
3. Stamp pumpkin on Whisper White and punch with 1” Circle punch.  Layer on Old Olive 1 ¼” Circle, 1 3/8” Pumpkin Pie circle and Perfect Plum Scalloped Circle.  Punch a hole with your hand-held punch in the top of the circle. 
4. Adhere Cast a Spell DSP to Old Olive card stock.  Tie a piece of Elegant Eggplant ribbon around the layers.   Adhere layered card stock to front of box.  
5. Using Silver Elastic cord, attach image to ribbon.  Leave hanging or adhere to box in desired position.

Head on over to the UDI blog to see what the other team members created!

 Thanks for visiting!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Crazy for cupcakes

Hello!  Today's card was made for a co-worker's birthday.  I used the layout from page 63 of the Idea Book & Catalog.  That book is just full of wonderful projects, layouts, color schemes and more!

My card is a 6X6 piece of So Saffron cardstock folded in half.  I used the small polka-dot Texturz plate on the front of it.  The DSP is Razzleberry Lemonade.  The image is colored with a blender pen and markers.  The cherries are covered in Crystal Effects, and the frosting is covered in Dazzling Diamonds.  I painted the cupcake tray with a blender pen and Platinum shimmer paint.  It's so shiny and sparkly IRL.  :)  The sentiment is from All Holidays.  I adhered 2 pieces of Melon Mambo cardstock to the Whisper White and made a banner.  It's adhered to the card with dimensionals.

Enjoy your Tuesday!

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Monday, October 5, 2009

In Memory of Sylvia...

and all those who have been lost to Breast Cancer.

Sylvia was the mother of a 6-week old daughter when she discovered a lump in October of 1982.  Sylvia had a mastectomy and all the treatments that went with it.  She seemed to have won her battle although she was told she couldn't have any more babies.  She went on to have another daughter in 1984.  The cancer returned many times, and she battled it for many, many years.  She was even in the news as she received experimental treatments and used "new technology" to speak to her daughters at home via computer from the hospital.  Unfortunately, Sylvia lost her battle to Breast Cancer on January 11, 2001. She was just 45 years old.  Breast Cancer left my 2 young sisters motherless at just 18 and almost young and fragile.  They both dealt with their loss in different ways, but they have become wonderful young women.  They are now 27 and 25.  Michelle is the older sister and is the mother of 2.  Stephanie is the younger sister and is participating in the 3-Day Walk for a Cure later this month. I am very proud of both of them! 

In memory of their mom, and since October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I wanted to do my part to help find a cure. I will be donating 10% of the purchase price of anything pink (even if it isn't pictured on the flyer!) purchased from me during the month of October to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.  

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Together we can help find a cure for Breast Cancer.  To place an order, contact me by phone or e-mail or shop in my online store.  Don't forget to remind someone you love to do a self exam. You can be her "breast" friend!

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Sunday, October 4, 2009

UDI Sketch Challenge

Good morning!  I hope you are all having a fabulous weekend!

I had a chance to create last night.  I used the sketch over on UDI for this Christmas card.  I finally cut into my beautiful flocked DSP.  It's called Christmas Cocoa, and it's available in the Holiday Mini.  The ornament image is also available in the Holiday Mini.  The set is called Delightful Decorations.  There is a matching punch, wheel and rub-ons as well.  :)  I used the Ticket Corner punch on the image panel.  There are Dazzling Diamonds on the middle of the ornament.  It's adhered to the card with dimensionals.  I used a slide from the Hodgepodge Hardware to dress up my ribbon.  The sentiment is from Warm Words and is punched out with the Small Oval punch.  I distressed the oval and colored the edges with Real Red before adhering it to the DSP panel. 

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Supplies(all SU!):  Stamps- Warm Words, Delightful Decorations.  Ink- Real Red.  Paper- Whisper White, Real Red, Christmas Cocoa DSP.  Accessories- Hodgepodge Hardware, Ticket Corner punch, Small Oval punch, Real Red 5/8" grosgrain, Dazzling Diamonds, 2-way glue pen, dimensionals.

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Saturday, October 3, 2009

My Digital Studio

Check out this video on My Digital Studio!  

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Friday, October 2, 2009

Lots of news...

There is so much going on with Stampin' Up! these days.  Some very exciting things started yesterday.

My Digital Studio (MDS) is now available!





My Digital Studio Features and Benefits


Exclusive Stampin' Up! Content
  • Stampin' Up! artwork and accessories available in a digital format.
  • Stampin' Up! colors allow for perfect coordination when embellishing professional print projects with traditional embellishments. Add depth and dimension when you combine digital with handcrafted.
  • With My Digital Studio, your favorite images and colors need not retire--you can keep using them for years to come!
  • My Digital Studio starts with nearly 2,000 unique elements--stamps, embellishments, templates, kits, punches, Designer Series papers, card stock, borders, and more.
  • Intuitive design for easy navigation and project creation.
  • Plenty to do for more advanced users including
    • Customizable stamps and embellishments
    • Photo, background, accent, and page editing
    • Multimedia features including music, videos, and links
  • Automatic photo fill for effortless design.
  • Program is on 3 DVDs, making downloading quick and simple.
  • The program is stored on your computer, not on the web, so you can take it with you.
  • PC and Mac compatible.
  • Training and quick start materials available to help you learn more.
  • Use My Digital Studio as a design tool--create projects digitally before crafting it in paper, or create flyers to print or e-mail to customers.
Digital Downloads
  • Download new embellishments, stamps, kits, and templates to My Digital Studio on a regular basis. Digital downloads are also compatible with other design tools.
  • Digital downloads feature exclusive Stampin' Up! artwork and colors.
  • Embellishments are true to size, making it easier to combine digital projects with paper crafting.
  • Professional print service available--print your photo albums, calendars, cards, and individual pages.
  • Stampin' Up!'s professional print services ensure that printed colors match with our paper products. Because personal printers and other print services use different settings, their prints may not match Stampin' Up!'s exclusive colors within acceptable tolerances. Stampin' Up! has worked to make sure that our professional print services match our colors perfectly!
  • Don't limit yourself to print projects! You can also create digital projects like DVDs, interactive albums, and e-cards.
  • With My Digital Studio, you can print your projects from your home printer (depending on your printer's settings, printed colors may not match Stampin' Up!'s exclusive colors).
  • Stampin' Up!'s professional print services use only the highest quality products--papers, album covers (linen, leather, and photo covers).
  • My Digital Studio is competitively priced at $79.95. 

There is a new starter kit available that 
includes MDS!

Dates: October 1, 2009-March 31, 2010
Starter Kit Price: $185 (over $295 value!)
  • My Digital Studio software
  • Party Hearty and Petal Pizzazz stamp sets
  • Whisper White card stock (8-1/2" x 11")
  • Earth Elements assorted card stock (8-1/2" x 11")
  • Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Real Red, and Tempting Turquoise Classic Stampin' Pads
  • Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, and Real Red Stampin' Write markers
  • Chocolate Chip 1/4" grosgrain ribbon
  • Real Red 1" double-stitched grosgrain ribbon
  • Button Latte Designer buttons
  • Stampin' Dimensionals
  • Mini Glue Dots
  • SNAIL Adhesive
  • Business supplies (product catalogs, order forms, training DVD, and other supplies)

Don't forget about the Hostess Promotion! 

Hostess Promotion

Dates: September 1-November 30, 2009

Promotion Details:

We're excited to bring you this sweet deal for hostesses September through November:
  • Host a workshop totaling $250 or more and choose any one item* from the 2009 Holiday Mini Catalog for only $10!
    *Offer excludes hostess sets and My Digital Studio.
On October 1, when My Digital Studio is released to customers, this offer will become even sweeter:
  • Host a workshop of at least $400 and get My Digital Studio for 50 percent off the retail price (retail price: $79.95; promotional price: $39.97) when you use your free hostess dollars!

Deals of the Week are back!

Week 1 Deals of the Week

Special Price
Trio Flower punch
5-Petal Flower punch
My Way punch

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about anything! 

 Thanks for visiting!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Inspiration Challenge 63

Happy Thursday!  The "cold" front came through yesterday.  The humidity is gone, and it is so nice outside.  It was in the 60s yesterday morning.  Brrr!  Don't laugh...if it's below 70, I am cold!!   It was the perfect fall day, and a perfect day to make a fall card.  The picture for today's UDI Inspiration Challenge is gorgeous.  I was going to use Lovely as a Tree, but had a change of heart at the last minute.  Mr. Brown brought me a box yesterday, and I decided to ink up a brand new stamp set, Falling Leaves.  I inked up each leaf in a different color.  I used Old Olive, Really Rust, Elegant Eggplant and More Mustard.  The sentiment is stamped in Old Olive directly on the Summer Sun card base.  I used my mat pack and paper piercer to make the line on either side of the sentiment.  A piece of Elegant Eggplant finishes off the card.  I really like the end result.  It's such a fun card.

If you play along, leave me a comment with a link to your creation.

Don't forget to check out the UDI blog and see what everyone else came up with for the challenge.

Thanks for visiting!