Thursday, September 30, 2010

It's Peachy Keen Release/Blog Hop Day!!!!

Well, the time has finally arrived!!  I've been crazy with excitement for this release, and so far I've only played with one of the new stamp sets, but I've sure played a lot, let me tell ya!!  LOL!!!  Welcome to the Peachy Keen Stamps September Release Blog Hop!  If you arrived here from the very talented Kim's blog, then you are hopping along in the right order.  If you just happend along, then please be sure to go back to the beginning to the Peachy Keen Stamps Blog and hop along from there, so you don't miss one fabulous creation, or a chance to win one of MANY free stamp sets!!

Today I'm sharing some projects I made with the PK-635 Haunted Pumpkin House, and PK-636 Haunted Pumpkin Accessories!  Oh my gosh, my crafty friends!!!  I am so in love with these sets!!!!!!!  The possibilities are endless with these wonderful stamps, and I hope I've given you some great examples to show you just exactly that!

First up, I have a crafty little home decor item I whipped up.   I'm really sorry the pictures aren't better/clearer of this piece, but it wasn't for a lack of trying.  I'm tellin' ya, this baby was a tough one to photograph, and finding the right light and background just wasn't in the cards for me.  I found inspiration for this, from a home interior magazine, and I just let my imagination take over.  I stamped my images on 4x6 pieces of card stock, and added lots of sponging, masking, distressing, and just about anything else I could think of.  After I had everything looking the way I wanted, I spritzed it down with some Shimmerz Spritz.  Wow!  That's some fun stuff, but it can get a little wild if you're not careful.  I had my sweet hubby outside cutting sticks so I'd have a variety to choose from, and lucky me, he found just the right one.  This really looks great hanging on the wall, and has been a fun addition to the decor around here for my favorite holiday!!  ;-) 

 Here's some closer pictures that I took outside (still searching for good light) of each individual piece, so that you can see a little more of the detail.  There's rhinestone stars, chocolate pearls, frayed ribbon bows and flowers, buttons, and lots of shimmer to be found.
 I stamped in the little pumpkin in the tree from the PK-632 Halloween Sweet Folks set, and attempted to make it look like my pumpkin bird house in the center panel. 
 I love these frayed ribbon flowers, and the pearls.  I placed each and every one of those babies by hand using a template that I have.
 This is the last one, and you can't see it in the photo, but the spider web is loaded with pretty sparkly glitter!  Oh, how I loves me some bling!!!  Now on to my next little project!  How about a treat bag made from a simple brown paper lunch sack?  Works for me!!  LOL!!  Actually, it works very well to hold the Halloween goodies that I recently purchased for my nieces an nephew.  Their momma's will be happy, because there's not so much candy this year!!  Sponge Bob Halloween movies will definitely be easier on their teeth!!
 ...Or, if we don't go the treat bag route, how about an adorable luminary?  I just added a battery operated candle to the inside of the bag, and this makes and adorable addition to the Halloween decorations!  I cut the inside of Mr. Pumpkin's mouth out, and glued some acetate behind it for a window, so that you can see inside the bag.  It's soooooo cute!!
 The glitter frame around the image was done using Sticky Strip tape, and sprinkling it with glitter.  The glitter buttons are a find from my local craft store, and the cob web border was done with my Martha Stewart punches.  Do you love this Recollections paper as much as I do?

And for my final project, it just wouldn't be Halloween without a spooky haunted pumpkin house.  How brilliant our Kathy is to come up with all the amazing accessories to add to that perfectly shaped pumpkin!  I swear I could play with this stamp set forever!!!  The windows and window boxes are popped up on dimensionals, and this sketch is from the 300th Splitcoaststampers Sketch Challenge.  Be sure to play along with that this week, because they've got some amazing prizes they're giving away in celebration of that milestone.  Speaking of prizes, I'm giving away one of these Haunted Pumpkin House stamp sets, courtesy of Peachy Keen Stamps to one lucky winner who leaves a comment on my blog between now and Monday October 4th.  The winner will be randomly chosen, and announced on my Monday morning blog post.  There are no hoops to jump through to be entered to win, other than leave a comment on this post, but I would ask that if you like what you see here, that you consider becoming one of my followers, as I do like to reward my faithful followers from time to time with special blog candy.  ;-)
Want a little more great news?  Well, if you participate in our blog hop today, which is our largest ever, BTW, you will have a chance to win a stamp set from each blog along the way!!!!  Wooohooooo... FREE STAMPS!!!  How fun is that, and that's not even the best part.  The best part is all the wonderful creations you're going to see along the way from our talented designers.  They are amazing, and I know they're going to knock your socks off!!!

Thanks so much for hopping by today.  Please click on the link below for your next stop on this spookily fantastic hop, which will take you to the sweet and creative Heidi's blog.

Should you happen to get lost along the way, please find a complete list of blogs below in correct hopping order.  Have fun, and happy hopping!!
Blog Hop Order:

Remember that all of the wonderful stamp sets you see showcased today are available for purchase NOW at the Peachy Keen Stamps Store  , and while you're there, be sure to check out all the info on the SPECIAL 4 DAY SALE, and there's info there, as well as pictures of the new dies, which are available for preorder now and will ship next week.  Sheesh!  Does the excitement ever end?!!!!   Again, I'm so happy you could join us today!  Have fun on the blog hop, enjoy all the talent and inspiration, and then, have some happy stamping time!
Love ya,

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Halloween Swap

Good morning!  Today I have a card to share that I made for a Halloween swap I participated in on Splitcoaststampers.  You've seen this cute little Trick or Treat Ghost from Peachy Keen Stamps before in one of my tutorials.  I took all of those samples and used them for this swap.  That just worked out brilliantly, because I had just enough samples for this 5 +1 swap.   

 I used my argyle Cuttlebug embossing folder to emboss the front of this card, then I swiped the top of it with some white craft ink to make it stand out a little bit more.  I used my Nestabilities label die for cutting out the image, and I took my Zig Painty pen (silver side) around the edge of the black to give it a metallic look.  The little ghost was stamped with Memento tuxedo black ink and colored with my Copic markers. The patterned paper comes from a Recollections paper pad, and I used my Martha Stewart cobweb border punch for the purple accent piece.  The only embellishment on this cutie is the polka dotted grosgrain ribbon from Stampin Up!

I'm so excited about the new releases at Peachy Keen Stamps, and tomorrow is the big reveal day!  Don't miss it, because there'll be lots of prizes, and oodles of inspiration for you!!!  Hope to see you then!!

Have a blessed and beautiful day!  Happy Stamping!!
Love ya,

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Sneaky Peeky Time!

Hello and welcome to another Peachy Keen Stamps Sneak Peek!!  Woohoo!!  There's new stamps a comin', and oh, my goodness, are they ever awesome!!!!  Here's a little sneak peek of a project I've been working on with my new PKS stamps.  There's several days worth of sneak peeks ahead, and the big blog hop and reveal on Thursday.   Check out the blogs of Viv, Heidi and Kim for some more peeks at all the wonderfulness headed your happy stamping way!!
 Thanks for stopping by this evening.  Hope you're having a great one!!  I'm off to watch the return of the Dexter series.  I've been waiting a long time for this one to come back.  Heeheehee.  Gotta have something  (besides stamping) to occupy me until it's time for the new season of True Blood.  :-)  

Love ya,

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Life's A Beach

Hello, and happy Saturday!  I hope this post finds you enjoying a beautiful weekend, with lots of wonderful things planned.  I have a layout to share with you today that I put together with my Cottage Cutz dies from The Scrapping Cottage.  I really do have photos to put on my pages, but most of them are in storage, so I just keep making pages and someday, it'll take while to get all the pictures where they belong.  What a fun day that will be!!  ;-)
As I said, I created this beach scene with my dies for the castle, posts and seagull, but the rest is strictly paper incorporating lots of tearing, and sponging.  This time I used colored card stock to cut the die cuts out, because I couldn't get my Copic coloring to look as authentic as the kraft card stock does.  I added a little twine around the posts for some texture and interest, and this page pretty much says it all.  Life's A Beach!!!

Thanks for popping in today.  It's always a pleasure to have you stop by, and go out and make it a great day with some happy stamping!

Love ya,

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Peachy Keen Challenge #37

Hello and good morning!  It's a beautiful almost first day of Fall, and I have a warm and wonderful Fall themed card to share today for Peachy Keen's Challenge #37.  I used the adorable little PK-609 Build A Scarecrow stamp for this card, and I've got him peeking from inside PK-205 Feed, Santa or Flour Sacks.   Both sets that I used on this card can be found at the Peachy Keen Stamps Store. I colored this sweet little guy with my Copic markers.  The patterned paper is from Papertrey Ink's Autumn Abundance collection, and for embellishments on this card, I used the grosgrain ribbon, a button, and some baker's twine (also from PTI) for tying the button, and I wrapped it onto the square panel behind my little scarecrow for added interest and texture.  There are 5 beautiful, brown half back pearls on the leafy panel, but it's really hard to see them in the photo.  The sentiment on the feed sack is from Papertrey Ink's Friendship Jar Fall Fillers stamp set.
Here's what the sketch for this challenge looks like, and Angelica threw in a little twist for this challenge by asking that we use Kraft card stock on our projects.  It's a great sketch, and as you can see, I used the ribbon as one of the elements in the sketch. 
Be sure to head over to the challenge blog today and check out all the amazing samples that our talented DT have created for you.  We have a special guest designer today, than my talented friend Cindy B.  I had the priviledge of meeting Cindy at CHA, and she's every bit as sweet as she is talented!  Be sure to drop by her blog, Mrs. B's Craftroom and leave her some love, and please tell her I said hi!!   All entries for PKS Challenge #37 will be judged, and one lucky winner will receive:

ONE pair of FUNKY, FUN Halloween Socks
ONE Martha Stewart "Drippy Goo" border punch
and ONE Mini Ghost STAMP!
sponsored by Peachy Keen Stamps
WOW!!  What a prize package!!!  Friends, get those stamps out,  start working your magic, and get your cards/projects entered into this challenge!  I can't wait to see all the wonderful creations that await!!
Thanks so very much for stopping by today!  I wish you a glorious day, and lots of happy stamping!

Love ya,

Monday, September 20, 2010

Face It Friday Challenge, and Babes For A Cure

Hello, and welcome!  I have some fun stuff to share with you today.  To begin with, I have a card for the first ever Face It Friday Challenge over at the Peachy Keen Challenge Blog.  We have a new design team, and a brand new challenge for you, so be sure to check it out.  There's prizes to be won, and lots of inspiration just yours for the taking!!

I made this card for my grandson's baby shower.  Cassidy's friend who's hosting the shower was looking for a special invitation, and they just don't get any more special than hand made, so Cassidy and I sat down and designed these.  Without her help, I'd have NEVER gotten 40 of these finished, but between the two of us, we made swift work of it.  I used my Cricut and the Create A Critter cartridge for this card.   I used my PK-753 Small Critter Faces from Peachy Keen Stamps for the giraffe's face.  The sentiment and giraffe on the envie are both from The Angel Company.  The patterned paper comes from Stampin' Up!, and the only embellishments are the chocolate grosgrain ribbon and the clear acrylic dots.

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  I'll leave you with a couple of pictures from my son's ballgame on Saturday night.  He played in the Babes For A Cure game in our county with all proceeds going to our local Relay For Life.   I have to admit I was a little worried when my 26 year old son asked me if I could loan him a bra, some jewelry, and a purse with a hard bottom in it!!  Seriously, it was wonderful to see all of the local law enforcement fellas dress in their Sunday best and play ball for a cure for cancer.  They had to dress like ladies, and carry a purse, which is what they used to catch the ball.  No ball gloves allowed!  It was so funny to watch, especially when they made them run the bases backwards and skip instead of run!!!
   Deputy Souther wating in the dugout for his turn to bat, and Lieutenant Shoemaker in that red halter number!  NICE!!!!!

Offering a little direction to a fellow player.  Nice shoes!!!!

I hope you have a wonderful day, and be sure to work in some happy stamping!
Love ya,

Friday, September 17, 2010

What's Kickin', Chicken?

Good morning!  What's kickin', chicken?  I can't help but chuckle when I hear that, and today I noticed that the challenge on Splitcoaststamers Free For All Friday is to get punny, so this is what I'm submitting for that challenge.  Isn't this little rooster cute?  He's a die cut made from the Country Rooster Cottage Cutz die available at The Scrapping Cottage.  Oh, he was fun to color with my Copics.  I started with white card stock and colored him using a couple of texturing techniques with my Copic markers. 

 I used some Daisy D patterned paper that I had stashed away, because I love the country/vintage look of it, and it worked great with this little rooster.  I followed the sketch from the Friday Sketcher's Challenge Blog for this card, and kept embellishments down to just ribbon and a button tied with twine.  The sentiment is computer generated, and I did add some distressing with some Tim Holtz Vintage Photo ink.  

It wonderful to have you stop by today.  I hope you have a fabulous weekend, and I wish you many happy blessings! 

Love ya,

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Sunny Squirrel Thank You

Good morning!!  It's Wednesday, and that means it's time for a sketch challenge over at Splitcoaststampers.  This week the challenge is hosted by our very own Korin Sutherland of Sweet-n Sassy Stamps.  She's got a great sketch to share, and there's a gallery full of inspiration for you, so if you're looking for a little motivation in your card making, then you're gonna have to check it out.

Here's the card I made using today's sketch.  I decided to bring little Sunny Squirrel from Sweet -n Sassy Stamps out of hiding before Autumn is gone.  I needed a thank you card as well., and in addition to the "Thank You" message, there are 5 other great sentiments in this adorable set.
I used the out of the  box technique to cut this image out with my oval nesties, and colored Sunny with my Copic markers.  I'm not sure of the manufacturer of this wonderful paper, as it was gifted to me by a sweet and dear friend, but I sure love it!  The beautiful colors and patterns are inspirational!  Thanks so much for stopping by today.  Wishing you a beautiful day, and happy stamping!

Love ya,

Monday, September 13, 2010

Monday Morning Card Show

 Good Monday morning!  It's really been a busy weekend, because I intended to have this post ready for Saturday, but...  the best laid plans, right?  Anyway, my first card today is one I made with my Cottage Cutz Ice Cream Cone die from The Scrapping Cottage.  I love the large size of this die, and after I got it colored, I couldn't help but wonder how cute it would be to add some Peachy Keen faces to my ice cream scoops.  Well, as it turns out, it's pretty darned cute!!  :-)   The layout for this card is actually one of my own, and the sentiment is computer generated.  As usual, I cut the ice cream cone with white card stock and colored it with my Copic markers. 

M second card today is made with the A Cocoa Kind of Christmas stamp set from Sweet -n Sassy Stamps.  Little Cocoa is always up to something, and in this image, he's getting ready for trimming the Christmas tree.  I followed the weekly sketch on Splitcoaststampers for this layout, and pulled out some of my neglected Daisy D holiday paper in very traditional colors for this card.  Sometimes it's just pretty hard to beat the traditional red and green for Christmas, and I think I try too hard to come up with something different.  This card makes me feel very nostalgic and happy, and I hope it makes you feel the same way.
I'm so glad you could stop by today.  Are you working on your Christmas cards yet?  I tell ya around here, one could become very confused, because I keep hopping back and forth between Christmas and Halloween!  Have a wonderful day, and happy stamping!

Love ya,

Thursday, September 9, 2010

SNSS Sponsors Card Positioning Systems

Hello and good morning!  This week, Sweet -n Sassy Stamps is sponsoring the Card Positioning Systems Challenge, and I have a card to share with you for that.  I used the newly released Season of Love stamp set from Sweet -n Sassy Stamps for this one, and once again, I've been playing around with Michelle Zindorf's background techniques.  She has the most amazing tutorials, and her work is so beautiful.  Definitely check out her blog for beautiful samples if you haven't already.  
This card sketch is a doozy, and indeed challenging to figure out how to include all the elements of the sketch.  You've gotta love a good challenge!  Head on over to the Card Positioning Systems Blog, to play along for a chance to win a $20 gift certificate at the Sweet -n Sassy Stamps store.  Speaking of the Sweet -n Sassy Stamps Store, you should go check it out, because you'll notice a new look to the site.  Korin's been busy making some changes to it, which I think you're going to love.  

I'm really enjoying these silhouette images lately, which is allowing me all this fun with backgrounds.  The colors on this one were so vibrant and fun to work with, and it was all done with the direct to paper technique, except the edges, which I sponged.   The card stock is all from Stampin' Up!, and the patterned paper is from an older stack of K& Co. paper.  I'm not sure what the name of the stack is, but I chose it because it picks up the colors in the background pretty well, and that wasn't an easy task finding patterned paper to do that.

For this card, everything I used was the same as the previous card.  The only difference is the sketch and the size of the card.  I'm really liking these nontraditional colors for a change.  Really different, but effective. 

Have you started working on your Christmas cards yet?  Anyone visiting my craft room would be really confused between the Christmas and Halloween stuff that I've got going on.  I just keep hopping back and forth between the two.  What can I say!  It's hard for me to focus on just one thing.  I get an idea, and I'm off!!!

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  I hope I've inspired you to get a head start on those Christmas cards, play along with a challenge or two, and maybe even try a new technique.  Enjoy a beautiful day, and happy stamping!

Love ya,

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Peachy Keen Challenge #36

Good morning!  How about a great Challenge today?  Well, we've got one for you over at the Peachy Keen Stamps Challenge Blog, and if you play along, you're gonna LOVE what you could win!  How about a set of Copic Spica Glitter Pens and a Memento Tuxedo Black ink pad.  Oh my goodness!  I have one set of those glitter pens, and they are awesome!!!  All you have to do to get your name in for a chance to win, is play along with the fabulous sketch/color challenge created by our talented DT Coordinator Angelica!  She keeps us on our toes with these great combos, which is what it's all about.  It IS a challenge, afterall!  Here's the sketch for challenge #36, and the color combo is just as pictured.  Daffodil, melon, and cobalt blue, but feel free to use that combo in any way you'd like.
For my challenge card, I used the adorable PK-601 Bewitched stamp from Peachy Keen Stamps.  She's such a cute little witch, and she worked out great with this color combo.  The boo-ti-ful sentiment comes from the new Nikkity Knack Cat Gang stamp set (PK-630), and I just left out the "You are" part of it because I didn't have room for it with using my word window punch.   Now when I look at this, I wish I would have added the little spider from that same set coming down the right side from the punched webs.  I am so going back and adding that in!!  :-)  I used my "go to" favorite K&Co. paper for this card.  It's from a package of their Halloween specialty paper from last year, and the card stock is all from Stampin' Up!.  As I mentioned, I used my SU punches for the sentiment, and my Martha Stewart punches for the web.  I added the daffodil colored ribbon from Stampin' Up!, and a button to finish this one off.  Gosh, am I ever having fun with Halloween cards this year, and I have so many more cards and projects that I still want to do, so I'd better get with it!
Please remember to stop by the rest of our talented designers blogs for some really amazing and inspirational creations.  You can find links to all their blogs in my sidebar.  They are such a talented group, and I know you're just gonna love what they've done for this challenge.  Oh, and have you heard the news?  There's a whole new challenge coming to Peachy Keen, along with a new design team to go with it!  Yes, you heard me right!!  While you're at the challenge blog, be sure to read up on the new Face It Friday Challenge, and meet the new Face It Friday Design Team.   It's gonna be sooooo much fun, and I hope to see you there!!!!!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  I wish you a glorious day and lots of happy stamping!

Love ya,

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Peachy Keen Halloween!

Hello, and welcome to The ThINKin' Spot!  It's Saturday, and a beautiful Autumn feeling Saturday at that, so what could be more fitting than a Halloween card?  I love to decorate the house for Fall.  It's my favorite time of year.  I love the way the sky looks, the way the air feels, and everything that goes along with this wonderful time of year.  Lately, I've been enjoying Michelle Zindorf's background techniques for making my cards.  That's exactly what I used when I made this card with the newly released Nikkity Knack Cat Gang stamp set from Peachy Keen Stamps.
This technique was so much fun.  I did everything on the background by sponging, except the ground, and that was done with the direct to paper technique.  These backgrounds are so beautiful, and work so well with solid stamps like this one.  The card stock all comes from Stampin' Up!, and the patterned paper is from Papertrey Ink's Halloween Prints collection.  Embellishments were kept simple with the black satin ribbon and orange button.  With a scene like this, there's no need for lots of other detail.  The detail is all right there before you.

Peachy Keen Stamps is celebrating it's 7th anniversary, and in the spirit of that celebration, the presents are for YOU!!!  I invite you to visit the Peachy Keen Stamps Website to find all the details about what's going on, and how you can win.  There are special savings available right now, through the 7th, but the par-tay continues all month long with special drawings for prizes each Friday.  It's a Peachy Keen party that you just won't want to miss, so what are you waiting for?  Party on!!!!!!!

I'm so happy you could stop by today.  I hope you're enjoying a beautiful extended weekend.  Be safe, have fun, and happy stamping!

Love ya,

Friday, September 3, 2010

We Have A Winner!!

Good morning! just chose commenter #353 as the winner of the Halloween Mini Stamp set for the  Peachy Keen Halloween Blog Hop, AND THE WINNER IS *insert drumroll here*..................  Rhonda from Bumblebee Creations!!  Woohooo!  Congratulations to you, Rhonda!!  I'll be in touch with you soon to get your mailing information so that I can get  your stamps on their way to you.

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Thanks so much to each and every one of you who left a comment and said so many kind things about our Peachy Keen Blog Hop.  It was  great, and I can't wait till the next one!!! 

Now that our winner has been chosen, we can get down to business with the projects I have to share with you today.  I've been busy, busy, busy creating away, and here are three completed projects for ya.
This little sea otter is so darned adorable, and was cut using the Sea Otter die by Cottage Cutz, which is available at The Scrapping Cottage.  I cut him out with white card stock and colored him with my Copics.  The oval behind little Mr. Otter is blinged up with some Dazzling Diamonds, and I used pearls as embellishments on the corners and around the oval.  The patterned paper is from K&Co.'s Citronella collection.
 My second project is a layout I did last week, using the Mini Baseball die by Cottage Cutz.  I cut the baseballs with the die, then stamped the monster faces with the Make A Monster face stamps from Peachy Keen Stamps.  You see there's a story behind this page, as there is every page.  This picture was taken when my oldest son (now 26) was playing little league baseball, and the page is inspired by the first "real" home run he ever hit.  His dad was coaching third base, and when he hit that homer, I'm pretty sure his dad ran the bases with him because he was so excited.  I was in the dugout keeping score, and Tyler came running in to the dugout yelling "MOM... Did you see that monster of a home run I hit!"  Well, of course I saw it!!   I was jumping  up and down like a crazy woman and yelling louder than the rest of them!  It was awesome for all of us, and a wonderful memory to preserve.  The sentiments on both the above projects are computer generated.
 My final layout for today is this cute little 6x6 page that I created using the Picnic Ant and Ant Mini dies from The Scrapping Cottage.  I kept this one pretty simple, adding only the pennant , which I cut by hand for the Picnic Fun sentiment.  The paper for this one is actually from a Daisy D's Christmas paper pad, but the red checked paper was definitely needing to be used for this picnic page.  Now all I have to do is find a picture to pop on there, and I'll be good to go.
I'm so happy you could drop by today.  I wish you a blessed day and relaxing holiday weekend filled with  lots of fun, and especially happy stamping!
Love ya,