Sunday, January 31, 2010

Sweet Friend Award

Good morning!  I hope this is a bright and beautiful Sunday morning for all of you.  Today, I have an award to share, that was given to me a couple of days ago by one of the sweetest friends I've had the pleasure of getting know.  Kelly aka Sandcastle Stamper is such a loving, outgoing, caring, creative and talented friend, and I have been so blessed by her friendship!!  Thanks, Kelly for this sweet award!  I love ya!!!

Well, here goes...


1.  My faith in God.
2.  My sweet, supportive husband.
3.  My boys and time spent with them.
4.  My family
5.  My friends
6.  Girls days out with my mom and sisters.
7. Crafting of all kinds, especially my design team work.
8. The smell of new stamps and paper! 
9.  Living in the country.
10.  Being able to give to others.  Whether it be my time, or otherwise.  THAT makes me happy!!

Now, I'm supposed to pass this award on to 5 people.  IT'S  impossible to choose only five!!  If you're reading this post,  then I consider you a sweet friend, so feel free to grab this award up, and pass it on to your sweet friends!  I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your visits, support, and the love you share by leaving me kind and encouraging comments.  Yet another thing that makes me happy and keeps me going!!  :-) 

I'm doing a little shopping today for some blog candy to celebrate my 2 year blogaversary, passing 20,000 hits, and YOU, my faithful followers!  Please drop by tomorrow for the Lots of Love Blog Hop, a Recipe Challenge, and to get your name in the hat for the candy!  It's gonna be a BIG day!!  Thanks for stopping by, and may your day be filled with blessings!

Love ya,

Thursday, January 28, 2010

There's A Party Goin' On Right Here...

A celebration to last throughout the years...  Anybody remember Kool and the Gang?  I loved that Celebration song, back in the day!!   I just can't help it, but every time I look at this
card, I think Par-Tay!  It's cute, it's colorful, and it's fun!  That pretty much describes a party in my book.  LOL!!  I made this card for the Splitcoast Stampers Sketch Challenge #265Korin Sutherland, owner, illustrator for Sweet -n Sassy Stamps was guest hosting the challenge this week, and I was anxious to play along.  I finally had some time last night to sit down and play, and for me, that was a party in itself!

Want another reason to party?  Head over to Sweet -n Sassy Stamps, because it's DIGI DAY, and you will find this little adorable Cupcake Cocoa there, along with some other fabulous images for your card making and scrapbooking pleasure.   I colored Cocoa up with my Copic markers.  Have I told you that I REALLY like them?   Oh my!!  I surely do!!  It's still a learning process for me, as it's so much different than watercoloring, but I'm truly enjoying the process.  The DP is from the Basic Grey cupcake collection.  I used my EK success candle punch for the border, and scalloped circle and circle punches for the sentiment, which is from the SNSS Birthday Buddies stamp set.  I finished this card off with some yellow Dew Drops for a little bit of bling.  One more birthday card down, and LOTS more to go!!

Thank you so very much for stopping by today.  May God bless and keep you, today, and always!  Happy Stamping!

Love ya,

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

A Cute Little Merman

Hello, and happy Wednesday!  I have a quick post for you today.  Whew!!  The week is half over, and can you believe that January is almost gone?   So it's January, but I'm already thinking summer!!  Well, I was when I created this card with this free digi from The Greeting Farm.   I had fun bringing a little warmth of summer into my craft space while I was putting Mr. Ian Merman together.

I colored this image with my SU inks and an aquapainter/blender pen.  The DP is a find from a LSS.  I used a two way glue pen and some Dazzling Diamonds on his tail, and finished off the card with the ribbon, a shell, and the metal edge tag with the happy birthday sentiment.   Pretty fast and easy for me, and I like that once in a while. :-)

Thanks for stopping by today.  Have a blessed day, happy stamping!

Love ya,

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Peachy Keen Challenge #21

Hello, good morning, and where do I begin with this one?  Oh my!!  My creative bone took off with this challenge, and I had to MAKE myself stop!!  Our dear Angelica brought us a challenge to beat all challenges (with a twist) this week, and I LOVED it!   If you hop over to the Peachy Keen Challenge Blog, you will see that this week we are challenged with a recipe, and I took it literally, but there's a twist, and the twist is to add some vintage inspiration.  Now the vintage can be anything you'd like.  Paper, an old photo, embellishments, you name it, as long as your inspiration comes from something vintage.  Well, I let my imagination run, and I think I did it all!!!  First of all, we have this wonderful image that just came out of retirement from Peachy Keen Stamps.  The image is called Miseltoe Twist.  Now you may wonder why you don't see any miseltoe on mine, but there's a simple explaination.  I didn't stamp that part.  I loved the look of this couple, but I didn't need the miseltoe for this project, so I omitted it when stamping.  This sweet couple reminds me of my great grandparents.  My great grandpa always wore overalls.  I love overalls!!  I have some, and yes... I wear them on occasion.  Fashionable they aren't, but you can't beat the comfy factor!  LOL!!

This wonderful paper, ribbon, and all the embellishments come from Making Memories, and are all from the Vintage Findings line.  I LOVE them!!  The paper on the top half of this project reminds me of the wallpaper in my grandparents kitchen years and year ago.  And the recipe?  Oh the recipe!  It come from an old church cookbook that was handed down to me, and was submitted by my first grade teacher.  I always laugh at the lack of exact measurements and baking times, etc...  That's the way to really old ones read, though, and I think that makes them even more special.  The "Sweet Treats" and "Just for you" sentiments come from the SU set Teeny Tiny wishes.  I colored this image on Canson watercolor paper, and used my SU inks and an aquapainter/blender pen.  I cut the image out with my oval Nesties, except for their heads, which I hand cut before cutting the ovals.  Everything was finished off with a little sponging, using Tim Holtz distress ink in Vintage Photo  There you have it.  One vintage recipe project happily completed.  I did make this an 8x10 size, because I think I may actually frame this and hang it in my kitchen.   I love the idea of making a card that can be framed as a gift for someone special.  What could be better?  A card and a gift all wrapped into one!

Thank you so much for stopping by today, and please be sure to scoot on over to the PKS Challenge Blog to see what the rest of the extremely talented DT girls have in store for you!  Have a blessed day, and happy stamping!

Love ya,

Monday, January 25, 2010

Recipe Challenge Monday

Good morning!  Is it nice and warm where you are?  I sure hope so, but for me today, this recipe will be just the ticket!  It's cold, snowing, and the wind is howling!  A nice cup of this Fireside Cocoa Coffee Mix ought to do just the trick.  Today is the day for a new recipe challenge sponsored by the Recipe Challenge Blog and Scrapbook Store At Your Door.  Our challenge is to come up with a recipe for drinks to warm the soul.  What's better than a good cup of coffee or hot chocolate, and when you combine the two,  you've achieved absolute perfection!!

I used this fabulous two sided paper from Scrapbook Store At Your Door for my page today, and  added the sentiment and House Mouse image, which can also be found there.  I colored this little guy with my Copic markers, and added some Cotton Candy Stickles to the heart and steam. The subtle cup and steam you see in the background of the recipe were stamped with the rereleased Hot Cocoa set from Peachy Keen Stamps.  I was so happy to see that set come out of retirement!!  Woohoo!!  The hearts were punched with my SU triple heart punch, and the recipe was cut wil my Nestabilities label die.  I used some textured card stock behind the label, and did a little paper piercing on the corners.  The edges of the label are distressed, and sponged with gray ink, and I  sponged a little gray behind the cup just for a little bit of a shadow effect.  Please be sure to stop by the Recipe Challenge Blog to see what the rest of the girls have cooked up to warm your soul. 

Thanks for stopping by today!  Have a blessed day, and happy stamping!

Love ya,

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Good morning! How's your Saturday going?  I'm headed out today to a Sentsy party.  Anybody know about Sentsy?  I got one of those wonderful little warming pots at a craft show before Christmas, and have I ever enjoyed that thing!!  I'm almost out of Sentsy bars, so when my sister said she was having a party, I knew it would be a good time to stock up.  I'm just really looking forward to a day out with the girls.  Before I go, I wanted to share a card I created with my Swiss Pixie Nora stamp from C.C. Designs.

I almost used patterned paper for this card, and I had some really pretty Basic Grey snowflake paper, with pink and blue snowflakes, but when I started to add it, it just took too much away from the adorable image, so I left it out.  This image was watercolored with my SU inks and an aquapainter/blender pen.  I added a little Dazzling Diamonds glitter for the snow and her wings, some rhinestones for her buttons and earrings, a little ribbon, another one of those fabulous snowflake brads from Karen Foster, and VOILA!  The sentiment is from the SU set Small Sayings.

Thanks for dropping by this weekend!  I hope you are enjoying some time with family, friends, and doing all the things you love.  Wishing you many happy blessings!

Love ya,

Friday, January 22, 2010

Chill Baby, Chill

Good morning, and Happy Friday!!  How about a little bit of winter fun today?  Yeah, yeah, I know.  I'm sick of the cold snowy, dreary weather, too, but how can this little cutie NOT brighten your day?  It's literally the brightest thing I've seen in about, oh, something like 6 days!  We probably won't know what to do when we do finally see the sun again!!  I even made the matte around the sentiment in the shape of the sun, just because I miss it so!!

This cute little Tubing Snowman is from Peachy Keen Stamps, as is the sentiment, which is from the Chill Baby Chill stamp set.  I used my Copics to color this baby up (I'm learning), and I actually put this one together myself and didn't use a sketch challenge.  The image is pretty large, so that didn't leave me a lot of room for playing with placement.  I do love to color the big images, and this one was a challenge.  Learning to use the various shades of black and gray to get the highlighting to look right was so much different than watercoloring, but I do enjoy a challenge.  I love the deep, rich color values that can be achieved with the Copic markers, and the paper stays smooth and intact.  That's not always the case with watercoloring, even when I use watercolor paper.  I trimmed the edge of the DP with my Martha Stewart punch, added some Martha Stewart chunky glitter.  The DP and ribbon are both from Stampin' Up!, and the snowflake brad is from Karen Foster Designs. 

Just a heads up for you, that I'm getting REALLY close to 20,000 hits, so there's gotta be some more blog candy coming very soon!  Thanks for stopping by today, and I wish you a blessed weekend filled with everything you love!  Happy Stamping!

Love ya,

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Sweet Stop Challenge

Well, I have to say that I do love a challenge, and this week's Sweet Stop Challenge was just that for me.  I am so used to watercoloring images that when this challenge with a spin came up, I was pretty much lost.  The Sweet Stop Challenge this week is of course a sketch challenge, but with the spin that the focus of the card should be the sentiment!  Hold it...Whoa..., and just wait a minute!!!  I'm terrible at this!!  You'd think it should be so easy, but I can't shake the feeling that I've forgotten something!  Well, this is what I came up with, and I am happy to report that I am pleased with how this turned out.  I love this Melody of Love stamp set, which is available as a digi from Sweet -n Sassy Digi Stamps.  I just HAD to use it for this card.  The fabulous paper is called Vintage Findings from Making Memories, and all I added was some satin ribbon, the buckle, and that fun little flower, which was a tutorial I found on Archiving Angel's Blog by Dawn McVey.  What a wonderful time I had surfing Sonia's blog and soaking up all the inspiration she has to share there.  You REALLY gotta check it out!!

The sentiment is stamped onto my Fancy Tag Nestabilities die cut, and sponged with a little vintage photo distress ink by Tim Holtz.  I did have fun with this challenge, and learned a new technique with the flower, as well as pushed myself to enjoy a simply stamped card.  There's still time for you to play along with this weeks Sweet Stop Challenge, too, so what are YOU waiting for?

Thanks for stopping by, and may God bless and keep you today and always!  Happy stamping!!

Love ya,

Monday, January 18, 2010

Budget Friendly Recipe Challenge

Good morning!  Is it Monday already?!?  Goodness, where do the weeks go?  It seems to me they just fly by!!  Today I've got another Recipe Challenge for you, and this one is certainly one that everyone will be inspired by.  By a budget friendly challenge, we mean that you can take this challenge as an opportunity to use up a lot of your scraps of paper, pretties, and embellies to put your card together.  The same goes for your recipe.  Share one that puts to good use something that otherwise might just be pitched.  I thought this recipe for cheese souffle, which was given to me by a friend would be the perfect one to share for just that.  How many times are there just a few slices of bread left in the bag that are a little less than fresh, and get pitched, when they could be made into something delicious for dinner.  This is a fast, easy and completely yummy dish that can be made without a lot of fuss, and with ingredients that most everyone always has on hand. 

I had two pieces of this wonderful paper from Scrapbook Store at Your Door left from other projects that I thought would work nicely for this. I dug around in the ribbon jar for the red gingham scraps you see here.  The black pearls are the last of some I've been creating with for a while, and of course the little Bon Appetit was stamped on scrap white card stock, as well as  the tag being punched with scraps of black.  The stamp set is called Compliments to the Chef, and is from Stampin' Up!, and was colored with my Copic markers, which can also be found at SSAYD.   I think that pretty much does it for this one!  What a great project to help you get rid of some of the "extras" you might having lying around!  Be sure to check the Recipe Challenge Blog for all the fabulous creations from the rest of the design team, then take all that inspiration, and begin creating your submission for this challenge.  I'd love to see what you come up with! 

Thanks for stopping by today, and have a glorious day!  Happy Stamping!!

Love ya,

Friday, January 15, 2010

Motivate Me Monday Challenge

Good morning!  I hope this happy Friday finds you ready for another challenge, because there's a new challenge in town, and it's sponsored by Sweet -n Sassy Stamps.  Motivate Me Mondays will be hosted by one of the talented Sweet -n Sassy Design Team members every Monday, and it will be alternated between Papercraft Planet, and SNR Card Universe.  Just go to the Sweet -n Sassy group page, and click on the Motivate Me Monday thread.   This past Monday our hostess was the ever so talented Jennie Harper, and the challenge was let it snow.  You have until 10 a.m. every Friday to upload or link your creation in the MMM thread for a chance to win a great prize.  There are even early bird prizes for those who are REALLY motivated!   The next Motivate Me Monday Challenge will be held on Papercraft Planet on Monday, January 18th, and will be hosted by the talented Tracy Vinson.  Stop by and let our Sweet -n Sassy designers help motivate your Monday!!

This is what motivated me this Monday.  Well, the wonderful let it snow theme, AND my first time using Copic markers.  I have to say I've quickly learned to LOVE them.  I'm still a watercolorist at heart, but I love the quick dry, smooth application of Copics, and I've been busy coloring for days.  Little Cocoa the mouse is a digi download from the Sweet -n Sassy digi store, and there you will find lots of adorable images with Cocoa up to all kinds of fun things.  After coloring Cocoa, I cut him out, and popped him up on dimensionals over a Top Note die cut with SU designer paper, and card stock.  I did a little handstitching around the die cut piece, and ran the white card stock  through my Cuttlebug with the snowflake embossing folder.  I finished this card off with some satin and organza ribbon, and that suh-weet sentiment. 

Be sure to stop by Paper Craft Planet next Monday for some fun, friends, and fabulous inspiration!  Thanks joining me today, and please come back soon!  Wishing you a happy weekend, and happy stamping!

Love ya,

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Peachy Keen Challenge #20

Good morning!  Welcome to Peachy Keen Stamps Challenge #20.  The challenge this week is to make our project or card in the shape of a purse, and to center the theme around Winter.  This purse tote was made with two sheets of 12x12 card stock.  I used the PK-015 Hildebrant Hearts.  This adorable sweetheart couple was a pleasure to color in the traditional pinks and reds to honor the day we celebrate sweethearts.  I stamped the hearts, cut them out, and popped them up on dimensionals.  The DP, ribbon, and brad I used is all from Stampin' Up!.  I used my Martha Stewart lace border punch for a little added pretty, both inside and out.  I apologize in advance for the quality of the photos (especially the first one).  Finding good light yesterday to get a good quality photo was probably the biggest challenge of all, and one I didn't meet!!  :-)

Here is a little closer look at this adorable snow couple.  In this photo you can see the liquid applique I used on her hat a little more clearly.  I did add some Dazzling Diamonds to the applique before I heat set it to give it a little more sparkle.

This is what the inside looks like when it's all unfolded.  The pouches inside are large enough to fit a standard size card and envelopes, a CD, or even 4x6 photos that you'd like to share with someone special. 

Please be sure to head over to the Peachy Keen Challenge Blog to share your creation for this challenge.  Just for playing along, you will be entered into a drawing for a fabulous prize.  While you're there, you MUST check out all the other gorgeous creations by Viv, Nikki, Emma, Jacqui, Janice, Angelica, and Kathy.  There's always an abundance of inspiration when this talented group is involved!!  Enjoy!!

Thank you for your visit today!  I wish you a day filled with blessings and happy stamping!!

Love ya,

Monday, January 11, 2010

Colorful Recipe Challenge

Good Morning!  It's a brand new year, and time for a brand new set of challenges from The Recipe Card Challenge Blog, sponsored by Scrapbook Store At Your Door.  Our first challenge for this bright new year, is very appropriately a challenge with a bright theme to your recipe and card.  I thought about this for a while, and Play Dough immediately came to mind.  I remember that my first grade teacher, Mrs. Howe always had homemade play dough for us to play with when we got all of our work finished, and she had some of the prettiest colors I'd ever seen.  This recipe is so easy, and fun, and a great way to spend time with your little one cookin' up something your whole family will enjoy.  I feel a scrapbook page coming on, just from this one recipe!! 

The bright and sparkly paper, and Prima Flowers are both among the many bright and beautiful things you will find at the Scrapbook Store At Your Door, and Julie is adding new items all the time, so check back often for all your papercrafting needs.

Thank you so much for stopping by today, and I hope I have inspired you to make some bright and beautiful memories with the special little ones in your life.  Have a glorious day, and happy crafting!!

Love ya,

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Hello Baby...

Good Saturday morning, and happy weekend to you!  Today, I'm sharing my Hello Baby card with you.  I made this card for the Stamping Sisters in Christ Challenge, and the Fussy and Fancy Friday Challenge,  where we are challenged to make a card for a new baby, or anything new.  I'm not sure I'm even needing a baby boy card, but every time I think of a baby card, I think of this adorable PK-245 Baby Monkey stamp from Peachy Keen Stamps.  I just love coloring him, or her, as the case may be, and that pacifier in the mouth just cracks me up!! 

I watercolored this little fella, and kept the blingies to a minimum (for me).  The swirls were cut with my Cricut using the Wild Card cartridge, and the image and scalloped layer were done with my Nestabilities dies.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  It's such a pleasure to have you, and I wish for you a glorious day and weekend full of family, friends, and fun!  God Bless!!

Love ya,

Supply List
Paper:  Bazille cardstock, Canson watercolor paper, Imaginisce Baby Powder/King of the Crib, SU Brocade Blue
Ink:  Black Stazon, Various SU inks for watercoloring, Brocade Blue
Stamps:  Peachy Keen Baby Monkey, SU Teeny Tiny Wishes
Accessories:  Cricut, Brocade Blue grosgrain ribbon, SU Oval Punch, SU Scalloped Oval Punch, Nestabilities, SU Scallop Border Punch, SU SS brads

Thursday, January 7, 2010


Hello, and welcome to my blog on this cold, snowy, windy day!!  I hope that's not the weather scenario where you are, but for me, that's the case!!  Inside, making cards is where I'll happily find myself until warms up, and it looks like I may be here for  a while!! *wink*   There's lots of excitement today, and not only with the weather, but with Sweet -n Sassy Stamps!  Yep!!  Today is release day!!!   Woohoo!!  I'm celebrating with a card for Spring.   I know, I know... what a day to do that, but for me, this is the perfect day!  I can let my imagination take me to a warm, Spring day with the daffodils blooming, and the sun shining bright.  THAT'S where I want to be!!!!  I love snow at Christmas, and we were thrilled with a white Christmas this year, but after Christmas, I'm perfectly fine for it to all go away, and stay away until the NEXT Christmas.  Hmmmm... I guess someone didn't get that memo?!!  LOL!!!

This card was made with one of the 6 new stamp sets that are being released today at SNSS.  Stop by their store, where you will find this beautiful stamp set, along with two other Birth Month Flower sets, illustrated by the very talented Leah Cornelius.  You will also find the Melody of Love stamp set, illustrated by our newest artist, Rachael Zimmerman, along with two adorble sets, Love You This Much, & Eskimo Kisses both illustrated by Korin Sutherland.  You can pick up the entire set of new releases for only $40.00, or you can buy induvidually or mix and match your sets.  Whatever you decide, I know you will have lots of stamping pleasure and make many, many, beautiful things with your new Sweet -n Sassy Stamps. 

For this card, I followed the sketch challenge for this week over at SCS.  I colored the image with my SU inks and an aquapainter/blender pen.  The paper is from a stack of Stampin' Up! DSP that I've had for along time, and I kept the embellishments simple with brads, and grosgrain ribbon.  Now that's a stretch for me, because you know I LOVE to bling things out, but I just couldn't do it to this card.  The image is so perfect and elegant all by itself, that I didn't think it needed a lot of my "extras:".  I hope you like it as much as I've enjoyed sharing it with you. 

May you have a warm and wonderful day, filled with things that you love.  Thanks for stopping by today, and make it a great day by stamping something!! 

Love ya,

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Sweet -n Sassy Release Sneak Peek

Good morning!  Are you ready for a sneak peek of one of the fabulous stamp sets that will be released at Sweet -n Sassy Stamps tomorrow?  This card was made with the soon to be released Melody of Love stamp set.  I decided I would use the Sweet Stop Sketch Challenge for this week while I was at it, and WOW!!  Was this ever a great sketch to work with!!  There's still time if you'd like to play along.

This image was a dream to color with my SU inks and an aquapainter/blender pen.  I used one of my Cuttlebug embossing folders on the half circle, and some thin mulberry paper around the edge of the circle to frame it.  The stitching was done by hand using a scallop pattern around the circle, and straight stitch with french knots at the corners for the image frame.  I gave everything a spritz of burgundy and artichoke ink with my color spritzer tool, and distressed the edges with a healthy dose of Tim Holtz Vintage Photo ink.  The moss colored taffeta ribbon was gathered by fraying one end of the ribbon, and then pulling on a couple of the center threads to make it ruffle.  I finished the card off with some Prima flowers, and pearl accents.  I have special plans for this card, so I pulled the sentiment from the Trees of the Field set, which is also from SNSS, and placed it in this little antique book plate. 

Be sure to get on over to the Sweet -n Sassy store tomorrow, where you can buy this great stamp set, plus 5 of the other releases all for only $40.00!!  Thanks for stopping by today, and I wish for you a day filled with blessings and happy stamping!! 

Love ya,

Sunday, January 3, 2010

January Kit Cat Challenge

Well, it's the first Sunday of the month, and you know what that means?  Yep!  Time for another Kit Cat Challenge.  Our January Kit came from my sweet friend Jeanette, and was a loaded with wonderful goodies to play and create with!  I cut this scalloped card with my Cricut Expression using my new Wild Card cartridge.  The image was of course colored with SU inks and an aquapainter, and I had such a hard time deciding which wonderful paper and embellishment to use, so after much deliberation, I decided to use them all!  I actually got everything in except a larger button like the pretty glittery one shown here.  That's it!  I used all the rest of the goodies Jeanette included in the kit for this card.

Now, can I tell you about the snow?  The snow is actually styrofoam.  Can you believe it?  Jeanette took two styrofoam balls and rubbed them together to make the snowfall! How clever is that?  I was so impressed, and thought it was such a fun element to add texture and interest to a card or scrapbook page.

Thanks for stopping by today, and be sure to check out the blogs of Jeanette, Kelly, Susan, Catherine, and Michelle, to see how what they've created with their kits.  Have fun, and happy hopping!

Love ya,

Friday, January 1, 2010

New Year Snowglobe

Good morning, and HAPPY NEW YEAR!! No card today, just wishes for a blessed new year! It's a bitterly cold 9 degrees here at mid-morning for our first day of 2010, but very unexexpectedly, it started snowing, and it's so pretty! It looks like a snowglobe out there this morning. The snow is falling so softly, and almost in slow motion. It reminds me of how the snow in a snowglobe swirls around and almost seems suspended in mid air. It's very pretty, so I had to share. The evergreen on the deck is not "ever so green" anymore, and needs to be removed, but it will have to wait for a warmer day.
I'm spending today moving my craft table into my actual craft room, and organizing, so that I can work more efficiently. I can't wait to get it all finished, so that I can put some cards together to share with you!
Thanks for stopping by, and may your first day of 2010 be filled with love and happiness!! May God bless and keep you today and always!
Love ya,