Friday, February 26, 2010
Thursday, February 25, 2010
Good morning! Challenges, challenges, and yes... MORE CHALLENGES!! Today I played along with two challenges, using one card for both. I used Stef's Sketch Challenge from The Stamping Boutique Challenge Blog, and I'm playing along with the Cute Card Thursday Challenge Blog, where the challenge this week is Ribbontastic. Oooh, I loves me some ribbon, so I'm lovin' this challenge!!!!!
I used the Tag Present digi stamp from The Stamping Boutique for these challenges, and colored it with my Copic markers. The card stock and designer paper both come from Stampin' Up!, as does the sentiment. I popped the present and tag both up on dimensionals. The ribbon and velvet ric-rak were gifts from SCS friends, and I know that the polka dot ribbon is from Bo Bunny, but the velvet ric-rak was unlabled, so I have no idea whom to give credit for that. I finished everything off wth a few acrylic dots, copper colored metallic string, and a button for the center of the bow.
I hope you're having a fabulous Thursday. May your day be filled with special blessings!! Thanks for stopping by, and happy stamping!!
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
...And the challenges continue! Honestly, how would I ever get anything finished if it weren't for a challenge? I really have no idea, and sketch challenges are one of my favorites. Coloring is fun and easy, but the planning and layout take me forever, so sketch challenges are a life saver for me! One of my favorite sketch challenges to play along with is the Sweet Stop Sketch Challenge, sponsored by Sweet -n Sassy Stamps. This week, the challenge includes a spin, which is to use flowers, and if you play along and upload your card or project you will be entered into a drawing to win a $20.00 gift certificate from Sweet -n Sassy Stamps. Woohooo!!! Freebies!!! LOVE 'EM!!!
This card is made with the Timid Timothy set from Sweet -n Sassy Stamps. Isn't he sweet? That bouquet of flowers is almost as big as he is!! Timothy was colored with Copic markers, and I did a little decorative hand stitching around the image with some embroidery floss. Once again, I used some of my favorite (shhhhh... it's all my favorite) K&Co. paper, and SU card stock. The flowers are from Bo Bunny, and were embellished with half back pearls. That pretty much did it for this card.
Thanks for your visit today!! Have a blessed and wonderful day, and of course, happy stamping!
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Good morning! What a beautiful day! The sun is shining, and it's a balmy 9 degrees in my neck of the woods today. Brrrrrrr! Perfect weather to think about Spring, gardening, and all the wonderful things that warmer weather brings. This week, players for the PKS Challenge #23 are challenged to use green and yellow anywhere on the project, include a 3-dimensional element (could be an image popped out, embellishment, ribbon, etc.), and your card/project must contain a stamped image. Let us see what you've got by uploading your creations to the Peachy Keen Challenge Blog using Mr. Linky. You have until March the 8th to upload your creation, and this time, the winner will recieve a $25.00 gift certificate to Peachy Keen Stamps. No random winners with this challenge, though. All entries will be judged based on original creativity, interpretation of the challenge, and quality of work.
These cute little peas make me think of early Spring gardens. This stamp comes from the PKS Faceless Veggies One set, and I used the smallest of the Simple Sallies face stamps, also from PKS. I played along with the Pink Elephant Challenge this week, which is where I found this fabulous sketch, and I colored my image with my Copic markers, and popped it up on dimensionals. The lattice border was done with the Martha Stewart lattice border punch, and I couldn't wind this card up without a little blingage, so I used a whole strip of yellow rhinestones to sparkle things up a bit. Oh, and the paper!! I almost forgot the paper!!! It comes from K&Co., and I thought it was so perfect with the shiny embossed leaves that remind me of those first few leaves peeking up through a Spring garden. I love to pull elements from the paper that tie in with the images I choose. Like how the circles behind the peas kind of look like peas, KWIM? Little subtle touches that bring all the elements of a card together. Now THAT'S a good thing!!
Thanks for stopping by today! Have a blessed day, and happy stamping!
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Good morning! I'm so happy you could stop by, so that I can share two great cards with you today, along with two great challenges! Both cards were created with digis from The Stamping Boutique, and colored with Copic markers. The first card is Princess Jennifer Latte, and I just love ALL of the Jennifer Latte's. They are such fun images, and perfect for all your Starbucks craving, latte loving friends. I have a few of those out there, and I'd probably be one, too, if there were a Starbucks closer than 80 miles away! LOL!!!! My Jennifer Latte card was made using Stef's Sketch Challenge from The Stamping Boutique's Challenge Blog. The designer paper, eyelets, and ribbon are all from Stampin' Up!, and I used my SU label and word window punches for the sentiment. The rhinestones were the finishing touch for this card.
My second card for you today is made with another image from The Stamping Boutique called A Little Girl With A Stroller. This card also follows Stef's Sketch Challenge, and it is also for the I Love Digi Challenge. Once again, I used some of my Stampin' Up! designer paper. This one is from the Pink Flamingo collection. The Stamping Boutique is sponsoring the I Love Digi Challenge this week, and if you "think pink", you can play along for a chance to win free images. What an easy challenge! Be sure to drop by both challenge blogs for tons of inspiration! I look forward to seeing you there!
Thanks for stopping by today, and I wish you a wonderful day with lots of happy stamping!
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Good afternoon! Have you had a chance to check out the Recipe Challenge Blog yet this week? Well, if not, then you need to! I'm a bit late in posting this week, but oh, so excited about all the spicy yumminess that you'll find there. The girls have out done themselves this week, so please be sure to check it out, and leave them some love to let them know how much you like their creations. I used some of the fabulous paper from Scrapbook Store At Your Door, which you'll find in the Nana's Kitchen paper pad by DCWV. The Take A Bite Out of Life sentiment can be found in the stamp section of Scrapbook Store At Your Door. The hot pepper stamps are from one of Peachy Keen Stamps newest releases called Faceless Veggies One. I colored the peppers and the squares on the recipe card with my Copic markers. The recipe card is a downloadable digi from Sweet -n Sassy stamps.
The second card I have to share with you today is one I made with the newly rereleased Hot Cocoa set from Peachy Keen stamps. I was so happy when I found out that Kathy was bringing these stamps back. I had seen cards made with them, and wanted them so badly, but then found out that they had retired. I could hardly wait to ink them up! This is my first card with these adorable stamps, and even though they are "Cocoa" stamps, I made a tea card. I love my hot tea, and one of my favorite outings is to go to a little tea room close to Lake of the Ozarks here in Missouri. It's quite a little drive for me to go, but a drive that I enjoy when the weather is good. I can't wait for warmer and less snowy weather so that I can go again. Maybe I need to send this card to my sister, so that she can make plans for a Saturday tea someday soon! Sounds like a good plan to me!!
This image was colored with Copic markers, and cut with my nesties. The patterned paper is from K&Co., and the sentiment is from Sweet -n Sassy Stamps Warm Up stamp set. The picture doesn't pick it up, but I painted the tea in the tea cup with some Crystal Effects to make it shiny. I finished this card off with some Prima flowers and rhinestones, and a few accents with my white gel pen. Thanks for checking in today. I wish you a wonderful day, and happy stamping! God Bless!!
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Good morning! How about a great sketch challenge today? Today is the day for the Tuesday Morning Sketch Challenge, sponsored this week by The Stamping Boutique. Melissa has a fabulous sketch to follow, and you have a couple of chances to win a great prize if you play along.
For this card, I used the Sitting Audrey image from The Stamping Boutique. I never choose my paper before I start coloring, but somehow, I always manage to find patterend paper in my stash that matches. This K&Co. paper fit the bill for this image, which I colored with my Copic markers. The card stock is all from Stampin' Up!, as is the celery twill ribbon, and the hemp twine, and sentiment. I threaded some matching buttons through the twine, gave it a twirl in a place or two, and that's about it. I did use my oval and scalloped oval nesties for Audrey's backdrop, and my SU oval punches for the sentiment.
Thank you so much for stopping by today, and please stop by again... ANYTIME!! I'm happy to have ya! Wishing you a warm and wonderful day filled with lots of happy stamping!
Sunday, February 14, 2010
Happy Valentine's Day, and welcome!! How about a fabulous Valentine sketch today? If you're spending part of your day in the craft room, and not with your sweetie, then here's a sketch that's just perfect for the day, brought to you by Card Patterns. You'll find the complete sketch on their website, along with some beautiful and inspirational design team samples. You can play along for a chance to win your choice of 5 digital stamps, or 3 rubber stamps from The Stamping Boutique, who is the sponsor of the challenge this week. Upload your creation with Mr. Linky for your chance to win!
This card was made with the Wagon Full of Hearts digi image from The Stamping Boutique. Of course it's perfect for Valentine's Day, but it would be a great image for so many cards. Wedding, sending you love... Use your imagination!! I colored this with my Copics, and cut the heart and layered hearts by hand. The edges were distressed just a bit, and I added the punched hearts and Loads of Love sentiment using Stampin' Up! supplies.
I'm wishing you a very happy Valentine's Day, and some very happy stamping, too! Thanks for stopping by today!!!
Friday, February 12, 2010
Hello, welcome, and happy Friday! I have a card to share with you today made with one of my favorite characters! Yes, it's Cocoa! I LOVE this little guy, and I can hardly wait from one release time to another to see what Korin is going to have him up to. Yesterday, this little fella was released on the Sweet -n Sassy Stamps website, so be sure to get on over there and snap him up for last minute Valentine cards. Yesterday was also SNSS Challenge Day on SNR Card Universe. There's still time for you to play along with the Sweet Treat Challenge. Create your sweet card or project, and upload to the thread in the SNSS group to play along. Every Thursday, Sweet -n Sassy Stamps will bring you a new challenge there, with the 1st Thursday of the month being Prize Thursday, where you can win prizes for playing along.
This is Chocolate Cocoa. What more could a girl ask for this Valentine's Day than three delictable chocolate truffles with one cute gray mouse in the middle!! LOL!! As long as it's on a card, I think most ladies will be perfectly happy with that. The real thing... Probably not so much!! :-)
I colored Cocoa with my Copic markers, and cut him out with my circle Nesties, adding a scalloped circle behind the image. I frosted the flowers on the truffles with some Dazzling Diamonds, added a crocheted flower (that I actually made), and finished everything off with these pretty irridescent rhinestones. Easy peasy, and fun, fun, fun, fun, fun!
Thanks for stopping by today! I wish for you a blessed weekend full of sweet and special things that make you happy!!! Happy Valentine's Day, and Happy Stamping!!
Thursday, February 11, 2010
Good morning! It's Stef's Sketch Challenge time again at The Stamping Boutique Challenge Blog, and we've got a great sketch to share with you today!
This sketch is wonderful for smaller images, or when you want to have the sentiment as the focal point of your card. I love this Purfect Friends digi image from The Stamping Boutique, because it cleverly combines both the image and the sentiment. so that I had a clean slate for the rest of the card to allow this gorgeous DP from K&Co. to shine.
The image was colored with my Copic markers, and while you can't see it so much in the picture, I popped the kitties up on a dimensional to give an extra layer to this card. The ribbon and corduroy button are both from Stampin' Up.
Head on over to The Stamping Boutique Challenge Blog to see all the wonderful cards that the amazing design team have to share, then grab that card stock and a great image, and get creating!!! We'd love for you to leave a comment with a link to your creation. I for one, can't wait to see what you do with this one!
You're definitely gonna want to check out the sale that's going on now through Valentine's Day on images at The Stamping Boutique. It's a dandy, so head on over there for the coupon code, and snap up some of your favorite images today!!! While you're there, be sure to check out what's new in the store. Pocket Patooties have arrived, and oh, are they ever cute!!!
Thank you so much for stopping by for a visit today. Have a blessed day, and happy stamping!
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Good morning! Are you ready for Spring? Oh, I sure am!! Another 6 inches of snow on the ground, and all I can think about is warmth, sun, and flowers. That's what I've got for you today for the Peachy Keen Challenge #22.
Our challenge this week is a sketch challenge, and I tried something new for this card, well, actually new to me as far as papercrafting. I got out my acrylic paints for this card. Oh my goodness!! It felt so good to paint again!!!! I haven't had an actual paintbrush in my hand for somewhere around 8 years. Painting on paper is something that I've never tried, but it worked beautifully. I did take Kathy J.'s advice and use a gel floating medium, so as not to allow additional liquid on the paper. It worked great! I painted the paper with the same tole painting techniques that I was taught and used to teach. I guess it's like riding a bicycle. You never forget! Whew!!! THAT was a relief, because there's sure plenty of other things that I can't seem to remember!!
These adorable flower images are from the Peachy Keen stamp set PK-229 Funny flowers, and the DP that I used for this card is from the Garden Party stack by DCWV. There's a little bit of a blue stripe in the green and white checked paper that really ties the blue flower in with the pinks and browns, but it doesn't show up very well in the photo. The card stock is all from Stampin' Up!, as is the lattice Sizzix die. The only embellishments I used for this card were the three dew drops, and that wonderful Martha Steward taffeta ribbon with the words. I love that ribbon, because I can add a sentiment without taking up any additonal space on the card.
This image was stamped onto kraft card stock, then painted with an assortment of Folk Art acrylic paints. I followed the sketch to the letter, adding only the lattice die cut as an extra element.
Thank you so much for stopping by today. Please be sure to check out the Peachy Keen Challenge Blog for all of the wonderful cards the rest of the PKS design team will have for your inspiration. Once you see all those gorgeous creations, your surely going to want to join the fun. Just add a link to your work of art with Mr. Linky, and show us what you've got!! There is always a fabulous prize for one lucky winner!! Have a wonderful day, and happy stamping!
Monday, February 8, 2010
Good morning! Welcome to Recipe Challenge Monday, where our challenge for this week is in celebration of St. Valentine's Day. What better way to celebrate than with a romantic dinner for two with your sweetheart! Here's a seafood recipe that is sure to be a hit. If you're a fan of lobster, then you will love this delicious recipe with the fresh, crisp, and ever so subtle flavor of the citrus in the butter. Yum, yum, YUMMO!!
I made this card using this beautiful checked DP from The Scrapbook Store at Your Door. Of course it reminds me of a classic checkered tablecloth that you'd see in many seafood restaurants. Isn't that little oven mit brad cute? You can also find those at SSAYD, along with lots of other really neat kitchen and recipe related brads. You really need to go check it out! I just asked Julie to add some more of these babies to my next order, because I know I'm going to use LOTS of them, and I don't want to run low on my stash! Gotta have a back up, ya know? The cute little lobster image comes from Peach Keen Stamps, and is illustrated by the talented Angelica Suarez, who also happens to be our fabulous and fun DT Coordinator. She is so sweet, and talented, just like her mamma!! :-) I've had this image colored since I got the set last summer, and have been waiting for just the right project to add him to. This lobster recipe definitely fits the bill, although he doesn't look thrilled about it!! I love his expression! It's like... LOBSTER!?!... Say what??!!!!! Please be sure to stop by The Recipe Challenge Blog to see what Ceal, Julie, Jesse, Caroline, and Cyndi have for YOU to cook up.
Thanks for stopping by today, and I hope you have some special time set aside for a romantic dinner for two with your sweetheart. Have a joyous day filled with blessings, and happy stamping!
Sunday, February 7, 2010
Hello, and happy Sunday afternoon/Superbowl Sunday! I know there are a lot of football fans out there who will soon be glued to the TV rooting for their favorite team, and that's GREAT!! Thank heaven, I have stamping, though, because I'm not much for football. I really just like the commercials! LOL!!
Well, it's time for another Kit Cat Challenge. A group of girls from the Sisterhood of the Traveling Cards thread on SCS decided to take turns sharing the same card kit each month, just to see how differently we would each create a card with the same kit. It has been such a blast!! This month our kit came from the sweet and fabulous Susan. Susan was trying to give us a breath of Spring with this kit, providing us with this great Stamping Bella image called Cruiseabella. When looking at the second picture, can't you just smell the fresh air, and feel the warm sun? For some, that's not a problem, but for our east coast friends, that may be a stretch! Whew!! They've had one heck of a storm!!! I'm hoping everyone is staying safe and warm!!
Susan's card kit came with a challenge for us to either try a new fold on a card, or do one of our favorites. I have to admit that I usually keep things pretty simple with the fold, so they are pretty much all new to me. I decided to try a gate fold card. I have to laugh, because every month, I have it in my head that I just HAVE to use everything included in the kits, and while I came close, I didn't quite get the job done with this card. I did however use almost every scrap of paper in the package. Oh, this is some lucious paper!! I colored Miss Bella with my Copic markers, and sponged some clouds in the background. I used the blue rhinestones included in the kit for the headlights, and finished the inside embellishments with a prima flower. I added some background colors to the flower with my Copcis, and used yet another one of the pretty rhinestones included for the center. For the outside of this card, and the band, I used the photo corners, more rhinestones, fibers, flower brad, and cute tassels, which were also a part of this amazing kit.
Please be sure to check the rest of the Kit Cat blogs for their take on this creative and fun challenge. Click on their name to find out what Susan, Kelly, Jeanette, Catherine, and Michelle have put together for your inspiration.
Thanks for stopping by today! Have a blessed day! Love ya, and happy stamping!
Thursday, February 4, 2010
Good morning! Well, today is challenge day at The Stamping Boutique, and we have this fabulous sketch to work with complitments of the amazing Stef, aka Glitterbabe. I chose this cute little pig with patches to use
with this sketch, because I needed that circle element, and this little fella fit the bill. You can find him, along with so many other wonderful digis at The Stamping Boutique. I colored him up with my Copic markers. The mattes behind him were just circles that I trimmed the edges of with a 1/2 inch circle punch. With that technique, you just take bites out of the edge of the circle, working your way around to where you started. I didn't alter this sketch, other than adding the ribbon, and pink acrylic beads. The card stock I used for this card is all from Stampin' Up!, and the DP is from K&Co.
This card was pretty quick and easy, and I oh, so enjoy those from time to time!! Be sure to check out The Stamping Boutique Challenge Blog to see all of the inspiring creations the rest of the design team girls have put together for you!
Thanks for visiting today, and I hope you have a day filled with many blessings! See ya soon, and happy stamping!
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Well, it's Wednesday, and the week is already half over. I've been so busy making cards, that I'm looking around, wondering where the week went!! I guess time really does fly when you're having fun!! Yes, indeed, these challenges were fun.
My first card was created for the Splitcoaststampers Sketch Challenge #266. Korin Sutherland is guest hosting the challenge this week for Roxi, and she asked the DT if we'd like to play along. I try not to pass up many challenges, and I'm certainly not going to pass one up that our Korin is hosting!! You'll be seeing all of the wonderful submissions with this sketch for the next few days on SCS, so why don't you play along too!! This adorable little puppy was illustrated by Korin, and is available in the Sweet -n Sassy Stamps store. I love my Labrador Retrievers, so I colored this fella up with my Copics to look like a lab puppy. The paper is some I've had stashed away and is from Making Memories. The dog bone buttons are some I found at our local Ben Franklin store. I saw them, and just knew that I NEEDED them. That was last summer, and sure enough! I did NEED them!! They worked so perfectly with this card. I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed making it.
Now on to the second card, and second challenge for today. This card is for the Sweet Sketch Wednesday Challenge Blog, which is being sponsored by The Stamping Boutique this week. This little Twirling Fairy can be purchased as a digi download from TSB, and was a dream to color! When I saw this image, I could see the color palette before anything else. This one was also colored with my Copic markers, and the DP is from K&Co. I added some Dazzling Diamonds to her wings, Martha Stewart Best Wishes taffeta ribbon, and some Primas with rhinestones to bling this card out. This is my first DT card for The Stamping Boutique, and I was anxious to give this sketch a try... you know... to get that "first" one finished and out of the way. Now, I can relax and enjoy!! WOW!! What a sketch this is!! I was glad to see that it was a square card, which afforded me plenty of room for this great image.
Thanks for stopping by today, and I hope you've been inspired to take on some of those challenges! I know you're gonna love it!! Wishing you a glorious day filled with blessings!!
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Good morning, and welcome! Did you get a chance to enjoy the SNSS Blog Hop yesterday? I sure hope so, because if you didn't, then you missed some fabulous creations and LOTS of inspiration!! By now you know the exciting news that Sweet -n Sassy Stamps has gone all digital. This will allow SNSS customers to have even more of their wonderful images in their hands even faster! How awesome is that? The click of a button, and you have new stamps ready for all your papercrafting needs. You will also notice that I have made the transition from the Sweet -n Sassy Stamps DT to the Sweet -n Sassy Digi Divas. There's so much creative talent on this team, and I look forward to working with and getting to know all of these amazing ladies! All of this excitement, and yet, there's more...
I was contacted by Tracey from The Stamping Boutique on Sunday, to let me know that I had been chosen to be a part of The Stamping Boutique Design Team. Woohoo!! I'm thrilled for the opportunity to work with their images, and I can't wait to get started. Please check out the links in my side bar to all the DT blogs. Oh my goodness!! I promise you will be wowed by everything you see along the way!!!
Now on to the Recipe Challenge for this week...
If you hop over to The Recipe Challenge Blog, you will find that our challenge for this week is a fondue recipe. I have to be honest and admit that I think I've only eaten it once, and I really can't remember what it was like. When I was a little girl, I remember that my grandma had a fondue party one night (this would have been in the early 70's). I remember being facinated by the tiny little skewers or forks, and the fact that the adults were cooking their food on the table. Of course they wouldn't let me get too close, because they were worried about little hands and the hot oil thing. (Probably a good idea.) Anyway, I went to the internet searching for a recipe, and I found this one. I sounds REALLY good, so I think I'll have to give it a try. The whole fondue thing has become popular again, and I'm sure this time, I'll be able to cook my own food. LOL!!
The card stock, designer paper, and House Mouse stamp that I used for this card can all be found at Scrapbook Store At Your Door. I colored the little mouse up with my Copic markers, cut him out, and popped him up on dimensionals. I finished this 6x6 card off by adding a grosgrain bow with a button center. This one was fast and easy, and oh how I love those once in a while!
Thank you so much for stopping by today! May God bless and keep you today and always!
Monday, February 1, 2010
Good morning, happy Monday, and welcome to the Lots of Love Blog Hop sponsored by Sweet -n Sassy Digi Stamps. Join the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Digi Divas for our Lots of Love Blog Hop, today, and FYI... this isn't just any old blog hop. We've been keeping a big secret and we'll finally be letting the cat out of the bag :). To celebrate our exciting news, we're sending you on a scavenger hunt and we're giving away our entire January Digi release to one lucky blog hop participant! PLUS, we have an adorable freebie for EVERYONE who participates in our Spread the Love blinkie campaign! The hop will start on the Sweet 'n Sassy Digi Blog. From there hop to each of the following blogs (in no particular order): Micki ♥ Sandy ♥ Deedee♥ Melanie ♥ Nicole ♥ Lynne ♥ Korin ♥ Leah ♥ Ceal ♥ Darsie ♥ Janette ♥ Kim ♥ Lorie ♥ Nancy.
For my card today, I used the newly released Kate and Lizzie Digi, and colored them with my Copic markers. I fell in love with this paper I found at my local Ben Franklin store. It comes from Graphic 45, and is from their Playtimes Past Collection. This particular design is called Dollie's Teaparty. Don't Kate and Lizzie look like they're ready for a tea party? The sketch for this card came from the Sweet Stop Challenge this week.
Thanks for joining me today. I hope you leave inspired, and ready to do some happy stampin'! Have a glorious day!