Saturday, June 20, 2009

Happy Father's Day!

Hello! I love the weekends! This one is a great one as we celebrate our dads. Here's the card I made for my Daddy. He really loves the cards I make and he was especially fond of one I made him for Father's Day a few years ago. He kept it on the fireplace mantle forever. That made me so happy. I wanted to make him this special card using Fishing Riley. He is an amazing fisherman and took my family on many camping & fishing trips. I really loved those trips and fishing with him. He was pretty patient, as I was a chatty little girl. You don't want to scare away the fish. Ok and my long hair did get caught in the reel once. LOL!I LOVE you Daddy! Don't forget that today is the last day for submissions for the Hanna Stamps Guest DT Call. Go here for all the details. Hope you have a fabulous day and thanks for visiting! :) Rach

Rachel's Recipe:
Stamps: Fishing Riley (Hanna Stamps) and Sentiment (Hugs for All Set -Stampendous)
Paper: White CS (PTI) and Patterned Paper (Bo Bunny)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Dark Chocolate (PTI) and Copic Markers
Accessories: Oval & Scallop Oval Nesties, Piercing Tools, Twine & Dimensionals (SU!), Buttons (PTI) and Glossy Accents (Inkssentials)

Friday, June 19, 2009


Happy Friday! Wow! I can't tell you how thrilled I was when I received an email earlier this week from Taylor. She wanted to know if I would like to be this week's Featured Cupcake Samper and if was available. My response was "I would LOVE to be and I am SO available!". LOL! I knew exactly which cupcake stamps I wanted to use. SASI of course! So here is a card using my all time favorite Cuppie. Love that tongue! Please be sure to stop by Taylor's blog to see her wonderful cupcake creations. Tomorrow is the Taylored Expressions Farewell Party, so if you live in the So. Cal. area you just gotta stop by and meet her before her big move. Have a wonderful day my sweet friends and thanks for visiting!!! :) Rachie

Rachel's Recipe:
Stamps: Sweet Celebration (Stamp a Sweet Impression)
Paper: White CS (PTI), Red Dot CS (Bazzill) and Patterned Paper (Bo Bunny)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black and Copic Markers
Accessories: Piercing Tools, Button & Dimensionals (SU!), Ribbon (Bo Bunny), Brads (Creative Impressions) and Stardust Stickles.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Riley catchin' some waves!

Hola! I am back with another summer post! This card is for my submission for the Hanna Stamps Guest DT Call. I love Riley! I had to use Surfer Riley to get me out of this June Gloom Can you believe it is still gloomy here is So Cal? Will it ever end? Rileys are so fun and I knew he could brighten up any day! I used some new Bo Bunny papers, so Riley could catch some serious waves. I paper pieced his trunks with striped Bo Bunny paper. I added Glossy Accents to his surf board, so it would look freshly waxed. I also added Stardust Stickles to make the waves "sparkle". If you are interested in becoming a Guest Designer for Hanna Stamps, be sure to go here for all the deets. Wishing you sunshine! Thanks for visting!
:) Rachie

Rachel's Recipe:
Stamps: Surfer Riley (Hanna Stamps)
Paper: White CS (PTI) and Patterned Paper (Bo Bunny)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black and Copic Markers
Accessories: Ribbon (Bo Bunny), Red Brads, 3D Foam Tape (Best Creations), Glossy Accents (Inkssentials) and Stardust Stickles

Scribble This Challenge #2 - Levels

Shades may be required for this post! Wow! My card on the right was enhanced in Photoshop Elements using Lisa Spangler's tips. Her card photos always "pop" and I love the look she always achieves. This card is the follow up to her first Scribble this challenge - white balance. In this new challenge we are learning all about levels. Lisa's tutorials are awesome, so be sure to check them out and play along if you can! I was honestly amazed on how much brighter my card turned out. I like the "poppin' fresh" look. Am I Lisa Jr.? No, but I can dream can't I? LOL! Can't wait to learn more from her. Check out my previous post of this card in which I enhanced the brightness/contrast in Photoshop. You can still see a big difference using levels for more control. Hope you are have a fabulous weekend and I am off to score me some killer hotdogs @ Chronis. It's all about the Hoffy"s!

Friday, June 12, 2009

TECC72: Happy Birthday Taylor!

Happy Birthday Taylor! Hope your day is wonderful! The card was made using Taylor's Cupcake Challenge #72. I had to use one of my new favorite Cuppies and of course Bo Bunny! Hope you all have a super day and thanks for visiting!
:) Rachel

Rachel's Recipe:
Stamps: Doctor's Orders & Sweet Celebration (Stamp a Sweet Impression)
Paper: White CS (PTI), Red Dot CS (Bazzill) and Patterned Paper (Bo Bunny)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black and Copic Markers
Accessories: Buttons (Doodlebug), Red Brads, Petite Scallop Circle & Scallop Rectangle Nesties, Paper Piercing Tools, Oval Punches & Dimensionals (SU!)
and Stardust Stickles

Thursday, June 11, 2009

TECC71 - Soak up the sun!

Hola! How are you all doing? It's been pretty nice around here with the cooler weather, but I need some sunshine! Here's my card for Taylor's Cupcake Challenge #71. I had to use my new Bo Bunny papers and Cuppie to brighten up my day! I had the wonderful opportunity to meet Taylor a couple of weeks ago at her Taylored Expressions Trunk Show. I got to chat with her for awhile and admire all her beautiful samples. Even did a wonderful make and take! Honestly her cards are beautiful on the internet, but in person they look even more amazing. Wow! She was a delight and so sweet. Of course I had my camera on hand for a photo op too! Thanks for stopping by and visting! :) Rach
Rachel's Recipe:
Stamps: A Year of Sweets 2 (Taylored Expressions) and A Day at the Beach (PTI)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black and Dark Chocolate (PTI)
& Copics
Paper: White, Kraft & Dark Chocolate CS (PTI) and Patterned Paper (Bo Bunny)
Accessories: Paper Piercing Tools, White Gel Pen & Dimensionals (SU!),
Ribbon (Bo Bunny), Green Gem (K&Co.) and Stardust Stickles

Sunday, June 7, 2009

God Bless America!

Here's the WB Auto card using the Photoshop Elements Auto Smart Fix feature. This card was also made for the SCS Sketch Challenge #231. Hope you have a fantastic Sunday and thanks for visiting!
:) Rach

ScribbleThis Challenge #1 - White Color Balance

Hello! How's it going? I have been admiring Lisa Spangler's beautiful creations for awhile now and was thrilled when she decided to have challenges. She does incredible work and her photographs are AMAZING! The challenge is to create a card that has lots of white in it and then take photos using the different white balance settings on your camera. I took a photo of each setting, so you could see the difference. I also did not edit any of the photos in Photoshop. I pretty much make my cards at night, so the photos were all taken using my lightbox. So what do you think? Let me know which setting you think looks the best.
:) Rach

Rachel's Recipe:
Sketch: SCS - SC231
Stamps: Patriotic Chick (Stampendous) and Let Freedom Ring (PTI)
Paper: White CS (PTI), Real Red & Brilliant Blue (SU!), Dotted White CS (Bazzill)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black and Copic Markers
Accessories: Ribbon (Bo Bunny), Brads, Gem, Dimensionals and Stardust Stickles