Monday, November 30, 2009

Recipe Challenge Monday

Good Monday morning!! I hope that you had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend, had lots of turkey, and got your Christmas shopping off to a good start! I had a great Thanksgiving, but not so much shopping off my list yet. It's a work in progress!! Today the challenge at the Recipe Challenge Blog is to share a recipe with ANYTHING but turkey!! I don't think I'd ever get tired of turkey (ESPECIALLY my Mom's), but I know a little bit goes a long way for some people. This recipe is one I've had for a while, but it was also shared by one of my stamp club girls for our monthly recipe page. It's a tried and true Paula Deen recipe that was found in her magazine.
I used some of the fabulous kitchen paper that Julie sent me from the Scrapbook Store At Your Door for the background squares, and the ears of corn were made with oval punches. I drew the checkerboard kernels in by hand, and colored them with markers. The cornsilk bow was made by fraying twill ribbon, and just tying a knot in the center of the strip. That pretty much does it for this page. Please check out the Recipe Challenge Blog, and play along with us. It's a great way to share your artwork, and get new recipes to boot!!
Thanks for stopping by today! Have a glorious day filled with things that you love, and happy stamping!!
Love ya,

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Recipe Challenge for Thanksgiving

Good morning! It's been a week since my last post!! I can't believe it!! The week has flown by. I've been taking every spare moment I have to spend some time creating, but there's just been a lot going on. I think I'm about to get caught up, but then it will be time for Thanksgiving, and getting ready for Christmas. All good things, though, so bring it on!!
This week, the challenge on the Recipe Challenge Blog is very appropriately a Thanksgiving recipe. Well, I know that everyone has their own favorite for Thanksgiving dinner, so I'm sharing a recipe for Turkey salad to use up all of that left over turkey. The stamp I used is from Sweet -n Sassy Stamps . Templeton Turkey is available as a digi, so there's still time to get him and color him up for your Thanksgiving celebration. This wonderful paper came from the Scrapbook Store at Your Door, and I had only admired the "turkey" side of the paper, but once I turned it over, and saw the drumstick side, I immediately knew that I HAD to use both sides on my card. Half and half it is, and it worked very well!!

The large copper brad is also a find from the Scrapbook Store At Your Door. I stamped the gobble on it with my Stazon ink. Head on over there, and have fun shopping for all your designer paper and embellishment needs, as Julie has a wonderful selection to choose from. If you love doing recipe pages, then you will surely find everything you could ever want or need in one fast and easy stop!! I colored my turkey with my SU inks and an aquapainter, and added highlights with a white gel pen.

Thank you so much for stopping by today, and I wish you a blessed Thanksgiving filled with lots of great food, and the love and warmth of your family! Happy Stamping!

Love ya,

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Peachy Keen Challenge #16

Good morning! It's a happy Tuesday again, because it's time for a Peachy Keen Challenge! I have to tell you that I had so much fun creating this page. First of all, it's a scrapbook page and not a card, and secondly, I tried my first ever Tear Bear! Oh my!! I'm hooked! This was so much fun, and I can't wait to try kitties, bunnies, and all the cute furry critters possible! Please don't be too critical of my work here, because this is definitely a technique that I will need to work at to perfect, but I'm sure ready to try!!! I just love their fuzzy little faces, and I REALLY fuzzed this fellow up, by taking my paper piercing tool and literally pulling the mulberry paper up to give him a well played with look.
Our challenge this week is to use any of the Peachy Keen face stamps on a card or project. I have so neglected my scrapbooking, and I'm making an honest effort to try and do more pages. A challenge to myself, you might say. Anyway, this is one more page down. For this little cutie's face I used the PK-136 Large Bear Facial Feautures, and the body was made with the PK 129 Large Tear Bear template stamps. Run, (DON'T WALK... RUN) over to the Peachy Keen Stamps new website and start shopping! You'd better have some paper handy, because your wish list will be a long one!!
Here is a closer look at my bear. I really wanted to use acrylic paint for the facial features, but sadly, my paint is so old that it's dried up. Next time, I'll have fresh paint to use, but for now, I had to make due with a white gel pen and markers. I think I can be much more precise with paint than a marker. We'll see!!
If you are looking for a new challenge to try, you have to give this a go. Please check out Peachy Keen Stamps Challenge Blog for a never ending source of inspirational challenges. I promise you the rest of our amazing design team will have some more eye candy for you! Thanks so much for stopping by today! I'm always blessed by your visits, and look forward to the next time. May God bless and keep you, and until then, happy stampin'!
Love Ya!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Friends of Faith Blog Hop

Welcome to Scrapbook News and Review Magazine's A Faith Perspective Thankful for Friends Faith Blog Hop. Today, we're out in force on the internet -- showing our faith and giving the glory to God. United, we stand as Christian paper crafters and blog owners to make a presence on the internet for all to see. We're celebrating the theme of friends and we're happy to share our projects with based on the verse: "Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: If one falls down, his friend can help him up. " Ecc4:9-10aIf you're just joining in on the fun, you can find the start of the train here: . First, we would like to take a moment to thank our generous co-sponsors: Layers of Colors Stamps, Gina K Designs Stamps and Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps. Together with Scrapbook News and Review Magazine, these companies have donated some wonderful prizes for today’s blog hop.
Prizes? Oh, yeah! There will be three lucky grand prize winners for today’s event. To enter, simply hop to the blogs of all of the participating staff members of Scrapbook News and Review Magazine, take note of the staff member’s name, and leave a comment on their posts. Then send us an email at listing each of the staff members who participated in today’s hop. It’s that easy. All entries must be received by Monday, November 16, 2009 at 12 noon, EST and three winners will be randomly chosen to win. What are the prizes? One $100 gift certificate from Layers of Colors Stamps AND a 6 month subscription to Scrapbook News and Review Magazine.One basket of goodies -- four stamp sets from Gina K Designs and a 6 month subscription to Scrapbook News and Review Magazine.One set of digital stamps from Sweet ‘n ‘Sassy Stamps and a 3 month subscription to Scrapbook News and Review Magazine.In addition, every participating staff member of Scrapbook News and Review Magazine will offer a free one-month subscription to the magazine to one of their lucky visitors by simply for leaving a comment on their blog. That's a lot of chances to win, so let’s get to the Hop!

This card was made with a beautiful stamp set from Sweet -n Sassy stamps, called Elegant Blessings. I used Versamark, and PearlEx for the cross, and added the rhinestones for some sparkle and bling. The sketch is one of the challenges from a previous SCS sketch challenge. I used Stampin' Up! cardstock, and the beautiful DP is from K&Co. The edges of the image and DP were sponged with Tim Holtz distress ink in Vintage Photo. What a wonderful theme for a blog hop! Praise the Lord indeed for fabulous friends of faith! I know I have met some very special and faithful people through my blogging experience, and those friendships continue to grow! I've been truly blessed with wonderful friends of faith! May you be blessed on this glorious day too!

Your next stop on this hop is: Angela Fehr's Blog at the following link.

Have a beautiful day, and thanks for hopping along!!

Love Ya!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Two Challenges Are Too Cute

Good morning! So glad you could stop in for a bit. Are you ready for a couple of challenges? If so, then this is the day for you!! The first card is for the Sweet -n Sassy Stamps Birthday Bash over at Paper Craft Planet. I'm hosting one of the challenges, (Challenge #4) which is a Black Tie with a Splash Bash. I challenged papercrafters to make a card with a black and white color scheme, with just a splash of another color. Paulie Polar Bear is a digi that I received from Korin at Sweet -n Sassy Stamps for playing along with the sketch challenge on PCP last week, which was sponsored by SNSS. (See card below) That sentiment just makes me laugh right out loud!! Isn't that wreath on the bear's behind too funny? I LOVE it!!! Please drop by the SNSS group forum on PCP, and play along with our birthday challenges. There's free stuff up for grabs for playing along, so bring on the creativity!!
The second card I have to share was made with the PCP sketch from last week, which was sponsored by Sweet -n Sassy Stamps. Stanley Penguin is another cute little character, and I've had him colored up for months, just waiting to have a happy home on a card. If you're looking for inspiration, then sketch challenges are the way to go. All of the hard work is already done for you, and you can just follow along and have fun.
Thanks for stopping by today. I hope I have offered you some inspiration, and please come back again soon! Blessings to you, and happy stampin'!

Love Ya!

Monday, November 9, 2009

Recipe Challenge Monday

Hello, and welcome!! It's late in the day, and I'm just now getting my post up for today. I've been busy, busy, busy with cards and creations, and the blog post had to wait until I was caught up. Well, here I am... All caught up!! Today we are challenged to share a recipe page that is calorie conscious. With the holiday season headed our way, it's a good time to look for small ways to trim down the calories, and this yummy pie would do just that.
I used some of my fabulous kitchen themed papers from Scrapbook Store At Your Door for the background of the apple. I would have like to had the seeds a little closer to the center of the apple, but it didn't work out with my recipe layout. Oh well... you get the idea. The apple was made by cutting circles from the desired color card stock, and various punches for the edges and seeds. Specifically, heart punches were used for the seeds and the blossom end of the apple, and the SU tab punch was used for the top by the stem. The stem was simply cut freehand. Pretty quick and easy, and I like having one of those once in a while.
Thanks for stopping by today, and I wish you a glorious evening! May God bless and keep you and yours!
Love Ya!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

SNSS Digi Day at SNR

Hello! Just a quickie post today. It's Sweet -n Sassy Stamps Digi Day at SNR Card Universe, and you could win yourself a free digi, just by participating in the challenge to use holly somewhere on your card. You can also get a free duck digi by signing up to be in the SNSS Group. Pretty easy peasy, and I LOVE that! Life's complicated enough, so it's good to find simple and easy things to make us happy, and free stamps always make me happy. Head over to SNR, sign up, and STAMP ON, happy stampers... STAMP ON!!!

Thanks for stopping by today, and have a blessed day!

Love Ya!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Sweet Stop Sketch #28

Good morning! Another beautiful Fall day!!! Are you ready for a challenge? Today I'm sharing a card I made for the Sweet Stop Sketch Challenge #28. I used last weeks digi stamps from Sweet -n Sassy Stamps, Sweet Cocoa, and Hot Cocoa Sentiments. I fell in complete love with this little guy from the first moment I laid eyes on him, and boy, did I have a hard time making myself complete the projects and cards I had going before I would color him up!! I think I'll use Cocoa for my Sisterhood of the Traveling Cards challenge over at Splitcoaststampers. A group of us who have been stamping and swapping for almost two years participate in a monthly challenge with a theme, and this month, we are doing a Christmas card in non traditional colors. This card also meets a couple other of my favorite challenges. I used the Tuesday Color Challenge at Splitcoaststampers, and I played along with the challenge on Papercraft Planet in the Sweet -n Sassy Stamps forum, where Leah challenged us to use a snowflake on our card for this week. I love it when I can use a card for so many challenges. Makes me feel like so much thought went in to my card, and actually... it did!
I don't know how you can look at the adorable little Cocoa and not want to have him to use on all your favorite holiday projects and cards!!! He's a digi, so there's instant gratification there! I used my SU inks and aquapainter to color this little fella, and I tried to rough up the paper a bit to give him some texture and make him look "fuzzy". I added some Stickles to the snowflakes on the cup, and the punched snowflake, and I handstitched the criss cross border. I finished this card off with some pearls in the centers of the snowflakes. What a fun card this is, and I don't think I'll ever get tired of sweet little Cocoa! Please be sure and play along at the Sweet Stop. You could be the lucky winner of a fabulous prize.
Thanks for stopping by today. I wish you a day filled with blessings, and happy stamping!! Please come back soon!
Love Ya!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Another Peachy Keen Challenge... #15

Good morning! I hope it's a beautiful Tuesday morning wherever you are! It's a beautiful day here, just because it's time for another Peachy Keen Challenge. Every other Tuesday, you can hop over to the PKS Challenge Blog and participate in a challenge with fabulous prizes to one lucky winner. Today is a sketch challenge, and we are already at challenge #15!! WOW how time does fly when you're having fun, and I'm having a blast!!!!

As I told Kathy, I've had this image colored up for a while, but I was waiting on the perfect sketch to come along and speak to me, and this sketch spoke. The image is PK-247 Goodnight Moon , from Peachy Keen Stamps. I thought this would make a great little boy baby card, and I love the way it turned out. I used some stickles on the craters in the moon and on the star for some bling. The ribbon at the corners is an element in the design of the sketch. As always, I colored this with my SU inks and an aquapainter using Canson watercolor paper. I added those pretty green pearls for yet some more bling, and I used my Martha Stewart zig-zag/embossing punch for the border on the striped DP. That crinkly blue paper was a find at my LSS, which is Ben Franklin in these parts, because I'm 80+ miles away from the closest Michaels, JoAnn's, or Hobby Lobby. You have to make those trips count when you go, and believe you me... I DO!!! LOL!!! Anyway, that paper is wonderful to work with. I bought an assortment and this is the first, but definitely not the last time I'll be using it!! I LOVE it!!
Please head over to the PKS Challenge Blog and check out all the wonderful work by the uber talented design team. They are so awesome, and they NEVER cease to amaze me!! Thanks for stopping by today, and if you haven't done so yet, be sure to check out my blog candy give away, and get yourself signed up. The goodies will grow by the end of the month, so don't miss your chance to win!!! Have a glorious day, and Happy Stampin' to ya!
Love Ya!

Monday, November 2, 2009

10,000 Hits Blog Candy!!!!!!!!

Hey there!! How about some blog candy to celebrate reaching 10,000 hits to my blog! I missed my blogiversary, so this was my goal for a celebratory blog candy give away. Below, you will find a complete list of everything I'm giving away, and I'll leave this post at the top of the page until the end of the month to allow plenty of time for lots of entries. I truly appreciate all the visits, kind comments, and encouragement that followers and friends consistently share, and this is just a small way to say thanks for your support!!! To enter for your chance to win, you need only do 2 things. 1.) Be a follower of my blog, and 2.)Leave a comment on this post either letting me know that you are currently a follower, or have just signed up to follow. That's it. The winner will be chosen randomly on November 30th. Remember, I will likely add to it as the month goes on. I will update the list as it grows. In case you would like to pass this info on to your friends, please feel free, but it's not a requirement for your entry. Now on to the list of goodies...
1 package Earth Elements Card Stock from Stampin' Up!
1 12x12 K&Co. Paper Pad by Amy Butler
9 Pkgs. of Miss Elizabeth's Designer Paper (6 sheets per package)
1 Pkg. of Miss Elizabeth's Photo Cards with envelopes
1 Set Cuttlebug Dies (Scallop Squares)
1 Cuttlebug Embossing Folder (Leafy Branch)
1 pkg. EK Success Paper Twist Ties
1 5x7 pkg. of Karen Foster Rub Ons (Thank You)
3 pkgs. Phrase Cafe Diary Rub Ons (Doggie Treats, Legacy, & Quirky)
3 - 1 yard spools Marcella Ribbon (White, Ivory, & Black)
3 yard pkg. Marcela felt embelished ribbon
Peachy Keen Stamps What's So Funny Stamp (Med.)
Peachy Keen Stamps Large Sun
Peachy Keen Stamps Sugar & Spice Gingers (Small set)
Floral Rubber Stamp set by Plaid with black ink spot included
Vases In Vogue Stamp Set by Stampin' Up!
Say It With Scallops Stamp Set by Stampin' Up!
Wings of Friendship Stamp Set by Stampin Up!
Sweet -n Sassy Stamps Chocoholic Stamp Set (not pictured)
Sweet -n Sassy Stamps Trendy Girl Stamp Set (not pictured)
Well, that's it, for now, but I will be looking for more goodies to add to the package as the month goes on! Thanks for stopping by, and be sure to scroll down for the regularly scheduled posts!
Love ya!

Recipe Challenge Monday

Hey y'all! It's Monday, and time for another recipe challenge. How does an energizing recipe sound? Now many of you may think of a recipe that you could actually eat for this challenge, but I had these great digi images from Busy Beauties that I got a couple of weeks ago, and I knew immediately that I would be going in search of an energizing bath salts recipe so that I could use these wonderful new images! Wouldn't a batch of this be a great Christmas gift for someone? You could include the recipe page as part of the gift. Now, if I can only find time to make all the pages along with the soaking salt. I used some of my wonderful goodies from Scrapbook Store at Your Door for this page. The paper is from the Porcelain Collection by Basic Grey, the flowers are die cuts, and the centers of the flowers are some of those fabulous rhinestones that come in a strip. I colored Miss Busy Beauty with my SU inks and a blender pen, using the soft yellow and rust tones that were in the background of this beautiful lacey DP. Those die cut flowers that Julie sent were the perfect compliment. I cut the actual recipe out with my new Nestabilities, and sponged some Antique Linen Tim Holtz distress ink over the paper before removing it from the Nestie. This was a super easy page to put together, and I really am going to give this bath soak a try. All those oils sound so wonderful for a relaxing and rejuvenating spa day. Why don't you play along with us this week, and give us your best energizing recipe ideas! Just stop by The Recipe Challenge Blog, and link up your creation for everyone to enjoy.
I really appreciate you spending some time with me today! As always, it's a blessing to have you!! Please be sure to get your name in the hat for the blog candy I'm giving away! It's a biggie!!! That post is going up next!!! Have a blessed day, and Happy Stamping!!
Love Ya!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Kit Cat Sunday & 10,000 hits!!!

Two posts in a day! Woohoo!! If you are looking for the Sweet -n Sassy Stamps Sunbeams Blog Hop, please scroll down to the next post.

7:51 p.m. - Okay, I just hit 10,000 on the visitor counter, so there'll be blog candy going up tomorrow. I missed my blogaversary, and this sounds like as good a reason as any to celebrate!! Check back for your chance at some great blog candy!!!!! Wooohooo!!!!!!

Well, today is the day for the November Kit Cat Club reveal. Our wonderful hostess, Michelle chose some of the most adorable images and themes for each of us, and I had a ball creating and coloring this card!! As if you haven't guessed by now, my holiday is Valentine's Day. Michelle sent me a kit with images, gorgeous DP, die cuts, and the fabulous stretchy velvet and organza ribbon. This stuff is not only gorgeous, but a dream to work with because it's stretchy, and fits around the paper as snug as a bug in a rug!

All I added to this card was the card stock, and some rhinestones. To quote my dear friend, Michelle, I gave these Sugar Nellie Manga girls some sassy love color. I wanted a little texture behind my image, so I shaded the center of the oval with a little ink, and roughed it up a bit with my stipple brush. I love to use the paper itself for added texture, and this is a wonderful velvety look that I thought would go well with that gorgeous velvety Pink Paislee ribbon (Tinsel Town) collection. Sometimes I get a little gel pen happy, but I love the sparkle it seems to add to images/frames, and I can't quite help myself, so humor me... okay? *WINK* LOL!!

I can't tell you how fun and supportive our Kit Cat group is, and you will want to hop along to Kelly, Catherine, Jeanette, Michelle and Susan's blogs to see what they've done with their kits! Thank you so much, Michelle for the inspirational kit! I can't wait to see what the Kit Cats will be doing next month. Stay tuned!!

Big Kit Cat Hugs to you!

Love Ya!

SNSS Sunbeams Release

Good morning, and welcome to the Sweet -n Sassy Stamps November Release Blog Hop. If you came here from Lisa's fabulous blog, then you are on the right track, but if not, then you'll want to go back to the beginning and start with Ceal's blog, and hop along from there for some amazing inspiration from the Sweet -n Sassy gals. I would like to introduce Miss Caitlyn to you. Caitlyn is one of the little Sunbeams Set that can be preordered beginning today. Joining Caitlyn are Luke, Owen and Emma. This set of 4 birthday cuties were created in celebration of the second anniversary of Sweet -n Sassy Stamps, and they will only be available for a limited time, so follow the links and get your order in today!
My Caitlyn card was made using pink card stock to compliment this wonderful Basic Grey Cupcake DP. As always, I colored the image with my SU inks and an aquapainter. I added highlights and polka dots with a white gel pen, and handstitched a zig-zag around the edge of the image. I finished this cute card off by threading taffeta ribbon around the tablecloth and along the side of the eyelet border. I chose pearls for bling on this card, because as you all know, ya gotta have some bling! This one took me some time with the handstitching, but I sure enjoyed every minute of the creation process. Fun, fun, fun!!!

Now be sure to hop along to Nancy's blog for your next stop, but should you get lost along the way, you can follow the links in order below.
Thank you so much for stopping by today! I hope you have enjoyed your time at The ThINKin' Spot, and found some inspiration while you were here. Please come back soon! May our wonderful and gracious Lord bless and keep you today and always! Happy stamping!

Love Ya!