Friday, September 30, 2011

Peachy Keen Mini Release and Debut of Country Bumpkin Stamps!

 Leave a comment below telling me what inspires you for a chance to win.  I'll give away one of each Country Bumpkin Stamp sets on Monday morning!!

 Good morning!  Today is a BIG day around here, because Peachy Keen Stamps is having a mini release, and as a part of this awesome release, (they're ALL awesome, BTW ) the Country Bumpkin Stamps stamp line is debuting, and those just happen to be images that were drawn by none other than ME!!  Yeah, you heard correctly, and I still can't even believe it!!!  Country Bumpkin Stamps are inspired by people, places and things from right here smack dab in the middle of this country where I just happen to be blessed to live. You'll find cute and whimsical images to color from Little Max and Madisyn (both of whom I personally know) to Tanner Turkey (I happen to know this fella, as well) and everything in between.  I hope you like them, and that they will inspire you to create wonderful works of art for you to share and enjoy!  I have to send a HUGE thank you to Kathy J., for her help, encouragement, and inspiration.  After spending some time with Kathy and her sketch books full of inspiration, and hearing her encouraging "You can do this!" words, I FINALLY had the courage and inspiration to try.  There's no way to truly express here what that means to me, but Thank You from the bottom of my heart  is a good place to start!!!!!  So with all that being said, I give you my first creations from the first six sets of Country Bumpkin Stamps!!  I sure hope you like 'em, because they're near and dear to me!!!
This Country Bumpkin Stamp set is entitled "Max", and inspired by the sweet little blonde bundle of energy that calls me... Well he doesn't talk much yet, but, Grandma, Nana, Mimi,  or WHATEVER (within reason) he decides to call me will be just fine with me!!  I drew this little guy up, and sent it to Kathy for approval, and she sent him back to me with more of those encouraging words, saying she loved him, but she thought he needed a frog, or snake, or something like that included.  I set to work, and drew a pocket for his overalls, with that frog trying to get out, and we both decided that was just the ticket.  Several days later, I stumbled upon this anonymous poem about a little boy, and I knew it HAD to be a part of this set!!  It couldn't have been more perfect!!!

 Little Madisyn is inspired by my niece Madisyn, whom we waited a long time for, but was she EVER worth the wait!!!  She's as pretty and sweet as she can be, and pulls off lace and frills so very well, but is the happiest when she's wearing her overalls and boots, and doing anything outside, but she always looks adorable, no matter what her state of dress, AND her lip gloss is never far away!!

This Goblin guy evolved from... Well, I'm not exactly sure!!  LOL!!!  He's inspired by garden gnomes and Halloween, which is as many of you well know, my FAVORITE holiday.  Not so much for trick-or-treating and all that, but more for the time of year.  I LOVE this time of year!!

 Along with our annual hay ride, carving pumpkins is a cherished tradition around here, and believe me when I tell you, we carve plenty of them.  I definitely think it's true that "There's magic in the night, when pumpkins glow with candlelight." 

You Whoooooo Owl is pretty self explanatory,  because of course he's inspired by the things you don't see, but often hear at night when you live in the country.  I hear lots of them, but seldom ever see an owl.  On the rare occasions I have, I've considered it a gift.  They're so BEAUTIFUL!!!  This one can be used for more than just Halloween, and do I  see an add on in the future?   Hmmm...

And last, but certainly NOT least, we come to Tanner Turkey.  Now this guy is inspired by my larger than life nephew Tanner, who always has a smile on his face, and can bring a smile to your face just by looking at him, but ESPECIALLY if he's telling one of his stories!  Mission accomplished here, because every time I look at Tanner (either one), I can't help but smile. 
If you'd like even more inspiration, please hop over to a few of my friend's blogs who have wonderful creations to share with you made with Country Bumpkin Stamps.  They were so sweet to help me out by making something on very short notice, so please give them an extra special thank you and leave them LOTS OF LOVE!
Jeanette Cloyd 
Gael O'Brien
(Gael's having technical issues with her printer, but she's got a great blog post!) 

 So, here ends the debut of my Country Bumpkin Stamps creations.  As is usually the case, all images were colored with Copic markers, and since this post is a long one, I'm not mentioning what specific supplies I used, but if you have a question, or would like to know specifics, please don't hesitate to drop me an email.  I'd be happy to share that info!!  In celebration of this release, I want to give away one of each of these Country Bumpkin Stamps sets to my readers, so if you'd like to win, just leave a comment here telling me what inspires YOU!!  You'll have until Monday morning to enter, and although it's not a requirement, I'd love it if you would were a follower!!!  I'll choose  random numbers as winners for each set, and please don't forget to leave me some contact info so that I can let you know when you win!

I hope you don't think this post is over, because I've still got peachy goodness to share with you.  Peachy Keen Stamps is releasing 4 adorable stamp sets today, and they're some of the cutest EVER!  I haven't inked these babies up yet, but I'm fixin' to just as soon as they're in my inky little hands!!!   I know you're going to LOVE each and every one of these!!!
 Here we have the adorable Faceless Corn stamp set complete with adorable faces, and hilarious sentiments for all your Fall card making/scrapbooking needs.  This set is a MUST HAVE!!
Now if this Fall Blessings stamp set doesn't have you laughing out loud, I don't know what would!  Those acorns are just the cutest, and there's some very "punny" prases to go along with them!  ANOTHER must have.

Finally, here we have the Uglies!!!  Oh my goodness, do these EVER inspire me to get that Cricut humming, and I just got a new monster cartridge the other day, so that's EXACTLY what I'll be doing very soon!!!  These adorably ugly faces will make some of the most wonderful cards and layouts EVER!!!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  It's always wonderful to have you, but it's especially wonderful to share this special day with you!!!  Have a blessed day, a fantastic weekend, and I sure hope you get to do some happy stamping!!!

Monday, September 26, 2011

Wizard Wobble

Good morning!  It's a beautiful Monday morning, or at least I hope it's a beautiful Monday morning for you.   I'm still in the Halloween spirit, playing with my Cottage Cutz Halloween dies.  Today I bring you a card I made for Barry's challenge this month, which is to create a motion card.  I used this cute Deuce the Wizard die, and I popped him onto an Action Wobble to create the movement.  Old Deuce has the earth shaking with whatever potion he's got cooking up in that pot!  LOL!!!  I also used the Grass Border die from The Scrapping Cottage on this card, as well as the Ornate Circle Frame.

Deuce was cut with white card stock, and everything was colored with Copic markers, however, I did run the die through the Big Shot a second time, using patterned paper for the robe and hat.  Below, is a short video I took, (trying out my new camera) to demonstrate the movement the Action Wobble gives.  

It's not so easy to hold the camera and make the Action Wobble move, but at least you get the idea here.  There's still plenty of time to play along with this months challenge, and there's a great prize being given away to one lucky player!  What on earth are you waiting for?  Get out those Cottage Cutz dies, and get movin' with those motion cards for Barry's challenge!!!!   You can find the details here, or you can click on the blinkie in the top left side bar of the The Scrapping Cottage Blog. 

It's great seeing you here today!  Have a good one, Cottage Cutz fans!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Peachy Keen Challenge #61 With A Twist

Hello everyone!  It's a bright and beautiful almost Autumn day here, and I'm even more in the mood for Halloween than ever.  Our Peachy Keen Challenge for today is a fabulous sketch with a twist to use twine, and of course I went Halloween with it!  I love the size of this card (mine is 4x8), and this one is loaded with bling and sparkle.  For this one, I used the PK-637 Lisa Jean Halloween stamp set from Peachy Keen Stamps, and paired it with some purple glitter card stock, and patterned paper from K&Co.  The Square panels were cut with Nestabilities, and if there weren't enough sparkle with the glittery card stock, I went one further, and added some black rhinestones at the corners of the square panel, and some flourishes around it.  You can find these gorgeous flourishes in the Peachy Keen Stamps Store, along with this adorable stamp set.  I just love the flourishes, and find that I can cut them apart and get many uses/cards out of one set.
For full details about this sketch with a twist and the prize that you could win for joining us for this challenge, head over to the Peachy Keen Challenge Blog.  While you're there, be sure to check out the AMAZING cards that the rest of the PKS designers have created.  Oh my goodness, were they EVER creative with this sketch, and I know you're going to love what you see!  Be sure to visit our guest designer, Jane at her Polka Dot Gypsy Blog. Does she ever have some CAH-UUTE scarecrow things for you to oogle!  They are absolutely adorable!!!

Busy, busy day here, but I want to thank you for stopping by, and wish you a blessed day filled with more happy stamping than your heart can hold!  ;-)  

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Quick Quotes/Peachy Keen Blog Hop

Thank you so much for joining us for the Peachy Keen Stamps/Quick Quotes Blog Hop!  If you've just come from Lisa's Blog ,then you are hopping along just fine.  If not, make sure you start at the beginning over at Quick Quotes' blog so you don't miss a single chance to win one of two fun prizes up for grabs!  You'll have until Sunday night to complete the hop.

Peachy Keen Stamps and Quick Quotes have partnered this weekend to bring you incredible creations from both Design Teams. You'll see how versatile our products truly are!

 For my first card, I used the Mark and Sharen Love Frogs stamp set from Peachy Keen Stamps, and this beautiful French Quarter paper from Quick Quotes.  The frog images were stamped on Express It Blending card with Memento tuxedo black ink, and colored with Copic markers.  A little blue seam binding ribbon, rhinestones, and stickles frilled and sparkled this card in all the right places, and the "Once Upon A Time" sentiment is a beautiful vellum quote that was trimmed to fit my card.  This quote went just beautifully with this image and the "Happily Ever After" stamped sentiment.

 My second card also showcases some of the French Quarter double sided paper, and yet another of the vellum quotes from Quick Quotes.  I have to say that this paper is wonderful to work with.  It's excellent quality, and heavy weight make it just perfect for so many paper crafting projects.  I REALLY love it!!  When I saw this quote "Love is the dance of eternity", I thought immediately of this adorable Mistletoe Twist stamp set from Peachy Keen Stamps.  These cute little gingers dancing are the perfect pairing with that sentiment.

 For my final project, I went a bit more elegant with this free standing pop-up card.  This view is when it's folded flat.  I used the Faceless Flowers stamp sets from Peachy Keen for embellishments on this card.  I stamped them with black Powder Puff Chalking Inks (available at Quick Quotes), and added black glitter for the centers.  The edges of the flowers were sponged with Tim Holtz vintage photo distress ink. 

Here is a photo of the card popped up.  The sentiment is one of Quick Quotes Vintage Alphabet Quote cards, and also matches the French Quarter collection.  Besides the flowers, ivory organza ribbon was all that was needed to finish this card.

Thanks again for stopping by! I hope you're inspired and ready to create! Don't forget to leave a comment on each designers' blog for a chance to win either a Quick Quotes prize package or two stamp sets from Peachy Keen!The deadline for commenting is 11:59pm EDT, Sunday, September 18th.  Here's a look at what you could win.

Your next stop on the hop is Melin Beltran's Blog.  Thanks so much for hopping along today.  Have a wonderful weekend and happy stamping!!

If you'd like even more crafty inspiration, here's a list of Friday's blog hop participants.  The inspiration goes on and on...

DAY ONE  Hop List
Peachy Keen Stamps Blog -
Erin Lee Schreiner -
Heidi Anne Giebel -
Quick Quotes Blog -

Friday, September 16, 2011

More Happy Halloween

Good morning, happy Friday, and Welcome to The Thinkin' Spot!  I swear that I never get tired of creating Halloween themed cards.  It's my favorite holiday to decorate for, and today I have a card made with several Cottage Cutz dies from the recent Halloween release at The Scrapping Cottage.  
For this card, I used the Haunted House Silhouette, Jack-O-Lantern w/Hat, Haunted Tree, and the Lollipop Alphabet Cottage Cutz dies.  The beautiful patterned paper is from My Little Shoe box.  This is the Trick or Treat Starry Night paper, and it's double sided.   As you can see, I used both sides of this beautiful paper for this card.  The pennant is from the My Little Shoebox Trick or Treat 3-D Roll Up Flower punch sheet.  I just popped the pennants off of the sheet, punched some holes in them, and strung them on some twine.  Everything was cut with colored card stock, except the Jack-0-Lantern, and he was cut with white card stock and colored with Copic markers.  I sponged the tree with some Tim Holtz vintage photo ink, and the haunted house silhouette was sponged with white craft ink to make them both pop.  

Thanks for dropping by today.  As always it's wonderful to have you, and I wish you a blessed day and happy stamping!

Friday, September 9, 2011

Peachy Keen September Release Blog Hop

 Hello, happy Friday, and welcome to the Peachy Keen Stamps September Release Blog Hop!!  Have you seen some amazing things on this hop, or what?  I just LOVE this release, and have had so much crafty fun working with these new stamps, and by now, I'm sure you're loving them, too!!!  If you have hopped here from my dear and talented friend Janice's blog, then you are on the right track, but if you just happened along, then PLEASE go back to the beginning at the Peachy Keen Stamps Blog and start from there, so you don't miss a thing. 

When I saw the PK-647 Fall Fun Faceless stamp set I was assigned with the pumpkins and fence, The Five Little Pumpkins rhyme, which my kids loved when they were little immediately popped into my head, and I knew I wanted to make a little book for my grandson.  At nine months old, he loves to be read to, and I get a kick out of him studying and looking at all the pictures in his books.  This was so totally a labor of love, and labor it was!!  I was elbow deep in little pumpkin cut outs and fence, and I began to wonder it I'd ever get them all cut and colored!!  Persistence does pay off, though, and when I got down to the point of putting everything together, I was in hog heaven!!!  I've got a lot of pictures here to show you, so I guess I'd better get to it!!
 This is the front cover complete with title.  The book itself is an acrylic album that I covered with this wonderful K&Co. paper.  Did you know that you can find an assortment of acrylic and chip board albums in the Peachy Keen Stamps store?

 For page 1, I added a ribbon embellishment on the center pumpkin and at the top of the page, and I used some dimensional stars throughout.  All images are stamped on Express It Blending Card, and colored with Copic markers.  The grass throughout was done with a Martha Stewart grass punch.

The leaf ribbon was gifted to me by a friend, and worked just perfect for this.  It's times like these that I'm happy I'm a hoarder of such pretty things!  ;-)  Each page throughout the book is sponged with Tim Holtz Antique Walnut Distress Ink. 
The little witch on this page is the PK-604 Bewitched stamp.

The fence here, and on each page was stamped with the fence stamp from this set, then hand cut... yes, each little piece!!  Took me forever, but was so worth the effort!!

 On this page, and some to follow, I added some orange velvet rick-rack.
All of the faces througout the book are stamped with the newly released PK-485 In Stitches assortment face stamps.   I LOVE this polka dotted paper!!
 Everything on this page was done in black card stock, and the eyes were heat embossed with Versamark, and white embossing powder.  Once it was dry and cool, I colored the pupils of the eyes in with a black Copic marker.  The edges of the page, and the pumpkin silhouettes were sponged with a sponge dauber and white craft ink from Stampin' Up!.  I also sponged the fence and edges of the grass to make them pop.
 And finally, they're all rolling away.  I did use my Copics to darken up the fence just a little bit.
 This is the finished book, once inside the page protectors and with the ribbon and fiber trim.  I decided that it might be a good idea to protect the pages from tiny little fingers, and since this album was 6x6, the pages fit perfectly in 6x6 page protectors.  I just trimmed off the edges of the pages, where they would normally have fit into a post bound album.    As I mentioned earlier, this one was a labor of love, and I hope you like it!!  I think baby Max will.  Here's a look at that little rascal enjoying one of his favorite farm books.

I had to have just a wee bit more fun with this wonderful new stamp set, so I colored up this image and decided to put it onto a Fall card.  Let me tell ya, that this one was finished in a flash compared to the last project!
For this card, I used some Papery Trey patterned paper that I had stashed away.  I cut the image with my rectangle Nestabilities, and colored with Copics of course.  I finished this card with some vintage brads, grosgrain ribbon, and the sentiment, which was stamped then punched with Stampin' Up! punches.  

So ya wanna know how to win free stamps along this hop?  It's very simple.  Just follow along with the hop, and leave a comment on each blog along the way.  Angelica will draw a random winner for each new stamp set from ALL the comments on each blog along the way!  Would you like some more great news?  ALL of the stamps being showcased today are available for sale now at the Peachy Keen Stamps Store, AND there's great savings offered for your orders.  Beginning today, in celebration of the anniversary of PKS, you will receive the following discounts when placing your order.

PK Anniversary SALE
Spend $25 - $39.99 15%off
Spend $40 - $74.99 20%off
Spend $75+ get 25% off!

  These discounts will be in place the entire weekend, so don't delay!!  Place your orders before the time's up!  The clock is ticking!!!!! 

Whew!!  What a long post, but we've made it to the end, and now it's time to hop along to my dear, sweet, and talented friend Viv's Blog.  Please tell her I said HI when you get there, and I know you're going to REALLY enjoy what she's got to share with you.  Have a wonderful day, a blessed weekend, and I wish you lots of happy stamping!!!  Here's a look at the entire stamp set that I've worked with today.

Below, please find a complete list of stops along this blog hop, just in case you happen to get lost along the way.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Peachy Keen Challenge #60 Let It Snow!!

Good morning, again!  I have another post, and another card to share with you today, and this one is for the Peachy Keen Challenge #60.  We have yet another fabulous sketch to follow for this challenge, and I decided I'd jump from doing Halloween cards right into winter!  Let It Snow!!  Really?  Well, it will be here before we know it, and I've been wanting to ink up this stamp set for quite some time now. 
Sorry for the crappy quality of this picture.  I've been fighting some really bad lighting here, and I'm so disappointed that so many of the wonderful details about this card just don't show up in the photo.  Like the acetate over the snowglobe, and the silver sparkles from my Gelly Roll pen around the scalloped border on the frame, the machine stitching around the top and sides of the card, and the Stickles glitter that secures the acetate to the paper, as well as the two sizes of pearls that flank the border on the bottom of this card.  Oh well... trust me... it's ALL there!  The image was colored with Copic markers, and I resisted the temptation to wrap ribbon around the top of this card and tie a knot or bow.  I thought really hard about it, but decided I wanted to keep this adorable snow globe as the focus of this card, and I didn't want to distract from it one bit by adding anything else.  The sketch was perfect to showcase this image, and I wanted to leave it at that.  

The patterned paper is from Basic Grey's Jovial collection, and the scallops around the frame I made by punching a scalloped ribbon border with kraft card stock, using my new punch from Stampin' Up!.  Once I had a good length of border, I cut it down the middle and framed the panel with it.  The sentiment was stamped with Very Vanilla craft ink, and heat embossed with white embossing powder.   The adorable image is from the PK-321 Snowmen and Greetings stamp set from Peachy Keen Stamps, and was colored with Copic markers.

Please stop by the Peachy Keen Challenge Blog for all the details about the newest challenge, and to check out all the amazing works of my fellow designers.  Please, also, join me in welcoming Cristina from Crafting with Cristina as our guest designer this week.  I visited Cristina's blog and found some of the most wonderful layouts I've ever seen!!  She'll have wonderful pieces of inspiration for you all week on both her personal and the company blog, so be sure to drop by and leave her some love!!

Happy Halloween!

Good morning!!  Oh my goodness, has the weather ever taken a turn for the better!!  Warm, beautiful, sunny days and cool crisp nights really have me in the mood for creating Fall cards, and that's exactly what I've been doing.  The Halloween release at The Scrapping Cottage is one of my all time favorites, and my card today was made with one of the newest dies.  This cute little Witch Samara die was wonderful to work with!  I cut all the pieces with white card stock, then cut an extra dress out of patterned paper.  I like to "base" all my pieces with color, then assemble them and add the shading and details after they are all in one piece.  All the artwork on this card was colored with Copic markers.
I found this wonderful Happy Halloween paper in a DCWV Mattestack, and this cute little witch fit just perfectly around the Happy Halloween sentiment.    Check out all the wonderful dies in this new Halloween collection.  They're shipping now, and you're definitely going to want these for ALL your Halloween projcets and cards!!

 Thanks for visiting today.  I hope today brings you many, many blessings, including some happy stamping!!!