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30 Jun 2008

Our Creative Corner's challenge

There is a new challenge blog on the block and it is hosted by so many awesome crafter's! It is called Our Creative Corner - check it out!! You're sure to recognize a few of those fab names!

This week the challenge is to use Basic Grey paper on your creation. What, you say??! Anything else? nope. There must be something else. nope. That's it!!


Since the mo-jo is a no-show this week, I am going back to a simple card and hopefully work my way forward!

The Basic Grey paper I chose to use is from that gorgeous Sultry line! Bazzill cardstock is edging the dp and the scallops were made with those fabulous long nestabilities that Ellen sells!

The sentiment is from the Cornish Heritage Farms rubber stamp set, Script Essential Expressions

A Painted Prima flower with a MM big bold brad finishes it off! Why is it when deadlines are approaching, the brain freezes up??!! bah.

29 Jun 2008

Featured Stamper Challenge - New Home

Today is the Featured Stamper challenge on Splitcoast Stampers. Chelemom is the honoured stamper and this is the card I chose to case.

The three things I changed were:

- the stamp set;
- the orientation;
- the -- well, truth be told it kind of evolved into something else but it is close - how does that happen??


I stamped and coloured the image from Boards and Beams with copics and then cut it out.
I actually added some curtains in the windows to make it look a little homier!

Then the windows still looked a little glum, so my copic spica pen added just the right touch of glitter - I love that PEN!!

I really don't think I had this much trouble picking out colours for my own house when we built it, let alone this silly house I had to colour!!

I popped it up on the base of the card which is Memory Box paper in a beautiful Mocha colour - gorgeous!!

I stamped the sentiment in Staz on olive onto vellum and attached it to the mocha paper with Basic grey brads.

The flowers are beautiful Prima hydrangeas with Making Memories velvet brads in the middle and then Basic grey Brads in the middle of that!

It looks like it should have been a quick and easy card....but it was one of THOSE cards.....where you hummmm and hawwww and switch and change and bah.

Went golfing this afternoon - lov-e-ly!! 'Nuff said........

28 Jun 2008

You're the Champ!!

Happy Saturday morning! and it is the inspiration challenge today on Splitcoast Stampers!! I love the colours so I chose them to be inspired in my card today

I am using one of AmyR's sketches from back a few weeks ago, but I did change it up a bit because I didn't think that the basketball would be good on an oval shape :)

I stamped the basketball in brilliance black and then coloured and shaded it with copics.


The sentiment is from the same fun stamp set called You're a Champ from Simon Says Stamp - kind of a funky set with volleyballs, and baseballs, and bowling pins and trophies - all kinds of neat-o "schtuff"!


I stamped the trophy in brilliance crimson copper ink onto some notecard that Simon Says Stamp sent me and then glued the black paper on. It has been embossed with the numbers Cuttlebug folder and the corners rounded.

I added some American elements ribbon that I have had for, well, for awhile and a couple of star buttons with twine tied to them.

I added a bit of faux stitching around the edges, which I would have done first with real stitching-- but I didn't think of it until later!

I have a huge container of clear embellishments and this little crown is one of them, so I tucked it into the clip - kind of cute!

I stamped the trophy again in brilliance crimson copper onto the envelope and it is ready to be sent to the basketball champ!! YAY!!

Oh my goodness, we went to see my little preemie great-nephew and I am in LUV!! Tubes and wires and everything - and he is still the second most beautiful boy baby EVER!! (Jake is the first, of course...)

Pray, pray, pray.....

27 Jun 2008

Back in Stock!


I just had this fabulous message from Julia at Little Paper Shop!!


"For those of you that didn't get to order "Butterflies and Blossoms" Now is your chance!

I just got word that Butterflies and Blossoms will be back in stock around the 3rd of July. I placed them back on the website as a pre-order. If you'd like to get one hurry over there as quantities are limited.


*I will try to have all orders shipped by July 7th

As a little thank you for waiting....... I will offer up a draw! Any orders placed before July 5th will be entered to win all 5 of the sets released in July! I will draw on July 15th and notify the winner via e-mail.

NOTE: any orders containing a pre-order item will not ship until that item is in stock."



Isn't that GRAND!!

Cutie Pie!

Isn't this little guy just a cutie pie!!?

Maria sent him/her/it to me in my pay-it-forward parcel! so I made him/her/it up into this weeks SFYTT on i{heart}2stamp - even got the right sketch - and there will be a new one tomorrow - already.

Sometimes I wonder if I will ever catch up......I used to be super organized. It was about 1980 B.K. (before kids) and probably before some of you were born - but I'm not touching that!


I used Basic Grey's Two Scoops paper for this sketch - I love the summer colours....pink, turquoise-- yummy!

I chose to add a sentiment and ribbon in place of what could have been brads in Jen's sketch, because, let's face it, if you have seen me add 3 brads to anything........ it is past time that I searched for a "how-to" on three - two works for me - three - not so much.....

The ribbon is Papertrey Ink's Berry Sorbet twill ribbon and this is the first time I have used it and I LOVE it! I kept thinking that it would be so stiff and difficult to tie - but not in the least! yay!

I used my clear Copic Glitter pen to highlight the little guy and the flowers and basically most everything!

I am so happy that all the glitter showed up in my photo - sometimes it just doesn't photograph well and you know what I mean!!

I love this pen - I read that it has actually got little pieces of crushed glass in the ink - or the glass is the ink - anyway, it makes it sparkle and shine and I luv it! Ellen has the glitter pens in her store in different colours!

For the centre of the flower I used an Autumn Leaves button with a green bling glued on top, and the sentiment is from Papertrey Ink's Shapes by Design stamp set.

Off to London to see my new little grand-nephew who was born on the 23rd. He really wasn't due until the first weekend in August, so he is a bit of a preemie and of course the nurses are taking excellent care of him......doing all those brilliant preemie things they do!!

We will go and offer our support and maybe get a little peekie at him - hope so!













26 Jun 2008

Blog Candy Winner!

I haven't made a card today - so sorry - DS had to go and get his wisdom teeth out today, so I have been a hovering mother all day.

Did you know that they actually put him under??! I didn't know that......AND they sent us out the back door when he was ready to go - what does that tell ya!? But it all turned out okay - so far......

He insists he is all right (at least that is what I think he said, in between the gawd awful gauze) but I didn't want to become involved in my stamp room because I generally tune out everything, which is a good thing, most times!

On to the buzz-ness at hand.... heh heh

Thank you everyone who entered for the "Just Bee-Cause" stamp set!

What wonderful, yet horrendous stories you had! LOL! - sorry - not laughing at you.....or with you.....not laughing at all.....(cough)

The winner is.........Cindy!!

"Oh, yeaah. As a child I cranked an old pitcher pump and it wasn't water that came out! It was bees... lots of them! Evidently they built a nest up inside the spout!"

Send me your address Cindy and I will let Julia know and she will send that stamp set out to you!



Birds of a Feather and Tagged again.....oh my.....

Blog Candy a few posts down......I'm drawing tonight for a Little Paper Shop "Just Bee-Cause" stamp set!! You will love it!!

Well, because of this nutty computer, I had a too much trouble getting onto the Papertrey Blog Hop last night but I will post my card anyway!

Transparencies were the order of the night, and I had just received my pack of transparencies from Cornish Heritage Farms so I was in!!

This did not start out as a 4 x 4 card, but it seems to be the only way to get the effect I wanted! So 4 x 4 it was!



I used Papertrey Ink's aquamist cardstock as my card base and glued a piece of 4 x 4 Everyday Blessings designer paper on top.


I cut a piece of 4 x 4 transparency and stamped it in black Staz-on with Birds of a Feather hummingbirds.


The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink's Everyday Blessings stamp set.


After adhering the transparency to the front, I tied a bit of May Arts swiss dot ribbon around the edge to hide the little (kind of) transparent glue dots.


Very simple and pretty!


I wish I could have got on the blog hop, but I think I will still add my post to the forum! ugh - computers - can ya tell I am a little peeved???!!

My SBS2 sister, Becky has tagged me!! I think this is a new one to me so here it goes!!

The "rules" of the game:


Answer the 5 questions listed below about yourself. At the end of the post, tag 5-6 people by posting their names, then go to their blogs and leave them a comment letting them know they’ve been tagged and also ask them to read your blog for the rules.

Let the person who tagged you know when you’ve posted your answers.

Question 1:
Ten years ago:

We were living in our beautiful old farm house! Little did we know that in two months it would have burned to the ground.....yuck. Marcie was in Japan with a singing group, Holly was in Grade 10 and Andy was getting ready to graduate grade 8. My oh my!! Good times - (except for the house part.....)

Question 2:
Five things in today's 'to do list':

1. Take Andy to get out his wisdom teeth.

2. Clean office so computer fix it guy can wade through.

3. Upload information to Embellish-It Online design team info

4. Fix supper - but not for Andy!.

5. Pay some bills - when computer fixed.

Question 3:
Snacks I enjoy:

Chips, licorice allsorts

Question 4:
Things I would do if I was a millionaire:

Have a live in computer fix it guy
Hire an organizer person for my scrap room
Donate to my church (should do that first)

Question 5:
Places I have lived:

1. Woodstock, Ontario
2. Shetland, Ontario
3. London, Ontario
4. Chatham, Ontario

That is about it........ I don't have a very slam dunk exciting life compared to some, but that is the way I like it!!

The rules say I have to pick five, so if 5 people are reading this - you are tagged!!

25 Jun 2008

News!! News!!

My "Just Bee-Cause" Blog Candy is still up for grabs.....I am not picking the winner until Thursday night, so check it out and leave me a comment about a bee story.....some of them are priceless!!

Now, onto to other exciting news!!

Oh my goodness! How fortunate am I??!!

I received an e-mail on Monday night from Suzy at Embellish-It Online and I was one of the lucky girls chosen to be on their Design Team!!

So jog on over and check out this magnificent site full of tons of great "stuff"!!

Check out the wonderfully talented ladies on this team that I am so genuinely humbled to be working with!

Naturally, you won't see my picture up with the other members of the DT because I have a stupid computer and it won't let me upload my picture yet.....argggghhghghg!!

I have a guy coming in tomorrow to look at my computer so keeping my fingers crossed!

24 Jun 2008

SFYTT a week late......

Well, I suppose it is never too late to take a sketch and see what you can do with it - which is a good thing because here is last week's SFYTT!!

So, I am glad that once upon a time - someone said "better late than never"!


There seems to be a lot going on here in this card - but all of it comes together fairly nicely. Listen to me - all bragging it up!

The base is Memory Box Meadow and I stamped it with the Sophisticated Swirl backgrounder from Cornish Heritage Farms.

Well, I absolutely love this stinkin' designer paper - even though I don't know what it is! I know it comes from Wal-Mart and can you believe that I haven't been back there to check it out and see what it is!! It comes in a pack and of course - the beautiful turquoise colour jumped out at me and I threw it in the cart, pronto!!

The Tilda image came to me from Maria, who sent me the pay-it-forward package - which I hope there is no time limit on because I have yet to get around to that.......where does MY time go??!

I coloured her with copics and made a grand attempt at shading her dress! I added stickles to the cookies - because these are actually sugar cookies (with spice) - "I'm surprised you didn't know that" - sorry - I've been watching "Tommy Boy" again - David Spade and Chris Farley floor me!!

Anywhooooo, the tag was cut from a Cuttlebug tiny tag die and the sentiment is from Papertrey Ink Favor it Baby, stamped on Papertrey Ink lemon tart cardstock. The image and that designer paper is also layered on Lemon Tart cardstock.

I added a DCWV Chipboard glitter butterfly and added one of those crazy flower eyelets to the top of the butterfly, thanks to this tip from Kim Hughes! and then I adhered a prettier than ever pearl, right on top!
I divided up the two pieces of patterned paper (that I know nothing about) with some beautiful May Arts ribbon, that I got from the Pickle, in those gawd forsaken jars that are sitting right at the cash register!!

Kelly says "Will that be all?" and I say "Wellllll - maybe just a teeny bit of ribbon" - and game over. bah.

Don't forget to enter for "Just Bee-cause" blog candy- down two posts!! I am drawing on Thursday night!! Woohoo!!

Today is the DAY!!

Today is the Day for the new releases at Little Paper Shop!

Go on over and take a look see, and pile those stamp sets in your cart!!

They are all too cute to resist!

Don't forget about all the designs teams blog candy on their sites....I don't know when they are drawing for theirs but I am pulling a name on Thursday night for my "Just Bee-cause" stamp set !! Woohoo!!

Off to a golf tournament today in St. Mary's - the best part is it is all free!! yay!

23 Jun 2008

Wise Guy.....Hittin' the Bottle..

Don't forget about the Blog Candy post! I'm drawing the name on Thursday night - so pop back Friday morning to see if you win the "Just Bee-cause" stamp set from Little Paper Shop!!

I did this card for Beate's sketch challenge and I think that it is probably too late.....but fun just the same!

I also tried the New Technique challenge today on Splitcoast Stampers called Hittin' the Bottle (funny!) which was to use reinkers to watercolour!

As you can see it is a graduation card using U R A Hoot from Cornish Heritage Farms.

The base of my card is Very Vanilla from Stampin' UP! Someone told me that Stamping Up is coming out with a new catalogue soon! Is that true??!

I layered on Basic Grey's Archaic paper the way that Beate's sketch showed, with a bit of chocolate chip and very vanilla in the middle.

I stamped the owl image on water colour paper with Colorbox Dark brown fluid ink - and I love this ink, but wouldn't use again for watercolouring. I don't know if it was the paper or the ink but it kind of seeped around, which is why the eyes and cute little toes are popped up - so it worked out anyway.....

I got out my Chocolate chip and Creamy Caramel reinker and an empty CD case.

I used the CD case as my plate and blopped on a drop of Chocolate chip and a drop of Creamy Caramel - both separate drops. Then I added a couple of drops of water-also separately - so now I have three weeny puddles of liquid in a CD case.

I dipped my paintbrush in the chocolate chip ink and brushed it onto a separate spot on the CD case. Then I took a drop of water and mixed it with that separate spot. I did this so that I wouldn't water down the whole drop of Chocolate Chip reinker and have to start all over again if I didn't like it!

I did the same thing with the Creamy Caramel so now I have 5 puddles - 3 weeny puddles and two teeny weeny puddles.

Anyway, I painted the owl the best I could, as you can see I flubbed it on one side and painted it way too dark purposefully painted a shadow on one side of the owl for a conversation piece.
I cut the little guy out and popped him up on the tree limb, which was already popped out.

I also stamped the graduation cap and coloured it with Black diamond stickles - because I LOVE blingy thingies!! and then I popped it up!


I stamped the apple from The Landing Pad and coloured it with a red copic. Then I went over the apple with Ranger glossy accents. You HAVE to have a shiny apple in a school picture!!!

So then the red was sort of out there like a sore thumb, so I added a huge red Autumn Leaves button tied with some twine.

Threading that twine was the most ridiculously time consuming thing on this card! I was kind of going buggy eyed doing that little job!

I added some faux stitching around the outside - and it was done!! YAY!

I love it when I can put down a card and say - oh my goodness, I LOVE IT!!

Thankful for You - Sneaky Peeky!!

Don't forget to enter in my blog candy!! I am drawing on Thursday night!

This is the last of our sneak peaks for Little Paper Shop this month - tomorrow is the BIG release day and you will absolutely love this one too!

It is called Thankful for You and it has butterflies and flowers and vines, oh my! I am only showing one butterfly on this card, but there are more and they are so pretty when they are all coloured up!!



I stamped a background of vines, leaves and flowers on Memory Box Jade cardstock in Versamagic Turquoise Gem ink. Then I went over it with Frosted Lace Stickles. Can you say GLITTER!!?



I layered that on Papertrey Ink Lemon Tart cardstock and tied some Papertrey Ink aquamist stitched ribbon around it. Then I glued that on my cardstock base made of Memory Box Sugar Plum.



I stamped the image twice in Versamagic Turquoise Gem ink and coloured them both with copics.



I cut out one of the butterflies and popped it up on the other one and sponged around the edges in more turquoise gem ink.



I added some white gel pen dots onto the butterfly and then added some faux stitching around the Jade cardstock in the same white gelpen.



I did some paper piercing around the butterfly for a little added detail.


Then I stamped the sentiment in Versamagic Turquoise Gem ink (there's a lot of that ink on this card... lol!) and added some brads.



Such a pretty combination of colours! - VERY summery! yay!



We just had a huge downpour of rain/hail/yuck - summer? SUMMER!!



Don't forget to check out the rest of the design team's blogs for the "Thankful for You" peek!! and someone will have blog candy today too!



Of course, if they are like me, they will not post it until the end of the day, and tick several people off keep people guessing!! LOL!!




22 Jun 2008

BLOG CANDY!!

Oh my goodness! I forgot that I have the BLOG CANDY today!!

Julia has graciously donated a "Just Bee-cause" stamp set for blog candy today!

You can see the set on yesterday's post and then come back here and comment on..........let's see..........how about you leave a comment on if you have ever been stung by a bee and how you/your mom treated the sting!!

I will draw for the Just Bee-cause stamp set on Thursday night!!

I was only stung once in my life - that I remember - and all I did was the heebee jeebee dance - and it felt better!!

Just Bee-cause!

Check out my blog candy give-away for this stamp set on the NEXT post!

I couldn't post this on Father's Day because it is a sneak peak, and it was just killing me!

This is what I made for my step-dad on Father's Day, plus we gave him a bottle of Mead, which is a honey wine.

We live only a few miles from Munro Honey, and they have a fabulous store on the outskirts of Alvinston, Ontario. It is filled with prize winning Meads, gifts and HONEY!!

They had this fabulous honey candy which is made from - um - honey....so I made this little gift basket for Owen filled with honey candy - and he loves honey - so what could be better!!

I remember when I was a teenager we would save our empty honey containers and when the honey was gone we would travel up the road to Mr. Robertshaw's (I think that was his name) and fill all of our empty containers with fresh honey from his hives - oh my goodness - I would rush home and have toast and warm honey! --it was so wonderfully golden and delicious!



Enough old lady talk LOL!........onto the sneak peak!!
Just Bee-Cause has some cute little sentiments and images, so I decided to play with most of them for this project!

Check out the little honeycomb and beehive - How sweet are they! and I made sure to add lots of glitter on the bee's wings!

I made the scallops with the tall nestabilities in my Cuttlebug - which by the way - I broke the "C" plate yesterday - right in half - BAH!!



I think it had something to do with forcing it through the Cuttlebug and not supposed to do that....I dunno......








Supplies

Stamps: Little Paper Shop - Just Bee-CauseCardstock: Papertrey Ink Stampers Select White, Lemon Tart, Bazzill

Ink: Brilliance Black, Paper Salon Pineapple, Copics, Sakura glitter pen

Accessories: ribbon, brads, pop-up dots, corner rounder, Scor-Pal, gable box, tall nestabilities


21 Jun 2008

More Swell News!

I am having such a blast with this stamp set, Swell News, that I had to put another card together!!

Of course, it started out I was going to use the "Congratulations" sentiment on this card, but I grabbed the "We're Expecting" sentiment at the last second, proving once again that some creations have a life (and mind) of their own!!

I was at Scrapbook Studio in Hyde Park the other day and I picked up some Cosmo Cricket Honey Pie paper - WOW! I love the muted pasted shades in this line!

I stamped the teddy bear once on three different designer papers and then cut them out. I stamped them again on PTI Stampers Select White and coloured them in with copics. Then I popped up the matching dp bears onto the coloured bears.

I used the scalloped circle nestabilities and cut out the scalloped circles with the same DP and glued the bears onto the corresponding DP.

Then I adhered them to a strip of Memory Box Canteloupe and that whole thing onto Bazzill white.

The base of the card is Papertrey Ink Stampers Select White with designer paper Honey Pie Megan glued on top.

The pink strip is the reverse of the Megan designer paper
and I tied a piece of luscious May Arts polka dot ribbon around it!

For an added touch, I added a little rocking horse charm, just to prove that we are expecting a baby and not company or a storm or bad news, just in case you weren't sure!! LOL!

Okay, well WE are not expecting a baby, that would be a heart attack on a plate blessed miracle!!



Don't forget to check out the Design teams fantastic creations and Kelly has BLOG CANDY!! Woo hoo!!

Swell News! Sneak peek!!

I am really on a baby theme lately .......wonder why?!!......and this card is no exception!

This cute little mommy-to-be comes from the new set "Swell News", available June 24th at the
Little Paper Shop!

DCWV has a wonderful pack of papers called Nana's nursery pack and I used it for the patterned paper on this card. I know I love it and use it often, and not exclusively for baby cards either.

The Lavender base is from Memory Box which is a heavy enough cardstock to be used as a card base.

The great thing about Memory Box cardstock, is it is white on one side so you can write on the inside without having to add a piece of white paper to write on. That makes it so fabulously simple!

I stamped the main image, from Swell News, twice in brilliance black ink and coloured her with copics and a wee bit of white gel pen. I added a little line by her feet so she wouldn't look like she is floating, which is rather dangerous for a pregnant woman! At least I think so anyway......


I cut out the just the belly part and popped it up on the main image. Then I used my paper cutter to cut a rectangle around her until I got to her tummy and then hand cut a little bump to emphasize her belly - because I am sure she would love that!! LOL!

I layered that onto Papertrey Ink aquamist cardstock.

I stamped the weigh scale in Versamagic spring pansy and then stamped the sentiment on top. What a cute sentiment!

I cut the circle out with the nestabilities and sponged around it with more spring pansy ink.

I layered the sentiment on some more Memory Box lavender paper that was cute out using Stamping Up scalloped punch, then I popped it up on the card.


The flower was punched with the EK Success flower punch in Memory Box lavender paper, doodled on with white gel pen and then adhered to the top left corner.

Be sure to check out the rest of the Design Team's blog's, to see their sneak peeks!!

And Kelly has some blog candy for you!! What are you waiting for!!?

20 Jun 2008

You're Invited! sneak peak!!

These cute little Circus Baby Shower invitations are made with the new "You're Invited" stamp set from Little Paper Shop available on June 24th!!

Isn't it such a sweet font for a Baby Shower or birthday surprise!!

I also used the Jungle Fun set from Little Paper Shop as a little bit of accent, to keep in line with the circus theme!


I stamped the animal images on Papertrey Ink Stamper's select white with Papertrey Ink's aquamist ink and then stamped the invitation over top with brilliance black ink. I always use brilliance black because it is such a nice brilliant (duh!) black!!!

I layered the invitation onto Lemon Tart and Aquamist cardstock and then
I adhered those layered pieces to the designer paper from DCWV.

I used my punch to make the scallops and added the little valance over top to make it look like a circus tent (should of had a topper-now that I think about it-- doh!)

I added some Papertrey Ink aquamist and lemon tart swiss dot ribbon to finish it off.

This is not an open up card - just a one page invitation - which I love!!

Our Guest Designer for June, Kelly, has some great blog candy to give away - check it out!! and check out the rest of the Designers sneak peaks today and all week. The links to their sites are on the right side of my blog!!

Hope you enjoyed this sneak peak! Come on back tomorrow for some more sneak peaks!!

19 Jun 2008

Birthday Surprise Sneak Peak!

I am so delighted to be able to show you my first Sneak Peak from Little Paper Shop!!

This set is called Birthday Surprise and it is the cutest birthday stamp set for children!!

It works for both boys and girls and the sentiments fit in so nicely with the stamp set!



I grabbed a piece of Papertrey Ink's Stampers Select White cardstock and stamped the image with Brilliance Black Ink - one of the best inks, IMO, if you want to colour with copics. It doesn't smear or streak - just fabulous!


I paper pieced the little girl and her present with Basic Grey's Cupcake paper - As soon as I saw this paper at the Paper Pickle, I had to have it and I knew I was going to use this paper right from the get go for this card. I ended up using Cupcake for the whole thing!!

I coloured the rest of the image with copics and layered it on some of the plain Cupcake paper.

I layered more Cupcake paper on the base of my card, which is Papertrey Ink's white cardstock, added some ribbon and then added the coloured image with layers.

The sentiment was stamped with more Brilliance Black, lightly sponged with Versamagic red and then layered on - you got it! - more Cupcake paper!!

I popped up the sentiment, added some buttons, and it was ready to pop in the mail!

I'll be posting sneak peaks all weekend for the release on the 24th!!

Don't forget to hop on over to our other talented design members Julia, Allison, Renee, Chelsey, Elyssa, Laura, Silke, Sarah and Kelly's to check out their sneak peaks!!

18 Jun 2008

Sketch Challenge and cupcake(s)!

Another challenge on Splitcoast Stampers and I can't believe that I am actually doing two in a row!!

Wednesday is a sketch challenge and it was not a difficult one for me today (whew)!


I've had this Printworks cupcake image already coloured for ages and when I saw the sketch challenge I had to dig through all the crap on my desk to find it knew right away what I would do with it!


Since the image was all pretty and bright I chose the paper from Basic Grey Romani/Gypsy, which is fairly pretty and bright!!

I layered the image on Papertrey Ink Berry Sorbet which was cut with the tall scalloped nestabilities. I layered that on some Gypsy paper and that was layered on top of Prisma blue paper.

I stamped my Lockhart sentiment on the Prisma paper and stapled on a small flag of May Arts ribbon. I loved this ribbon from the Paper Pickle as soon as I saw it.....and so......I have it!

The base is Berry Sorbet paper cuttlebugged with the Spots and Dots embossing folder.

I thought it was a tad plain near the top of the card so I scrounged through my stash carefully chose two matching embellishments to clip on the top of the image. The blue clip was a baby blue so I coloured it with a copic pen to match the other blue! How easy was that!!!

I got a pay-it-forward package in the mail yesterday from Maria!! Fun! There was ribbon and images and brads and a stamp set - all very cool! Thanks Maria!! So now I am paying it forward again!

17 Jun 2008

Krafty Black and Blue!

Today's colour challenge was one that I love!! Kraft, Soft Sky and Black.

I actually happen to have Stamping UP!'s Kraft and Soft Sky, and black is a given at my house, so no fudging with the colours today!yay!
Layers on layers of Kraft, black, Soft Sky- all with bottom corners rounded.


I had an A Muse note pad that was kind of a match - oh yeh it was - and also my Making Memories spiral notepad had a piece in there that was great!!

I stamped Kim Hughes Nature's Silhouette flowers in Antique Linen distress ink on the MM paper.

The sentiment is from Cornish Heritage Farms Motivational Centers, which I LUV luv luv!!!

I added a prima flower in the corner with a bit of May arts gingham attached. Then I found some perfect buttons - added some twine from Ellen's store and VOILA!! Tada!! Ya BABY!!

Off to math class today - I only need to go every other week now since Holly's support worker has agreed to take her the other days - so today is my day! It is good - we NEED groceries!!

16 Jun 2008

Messy Bunny!

Oh I wish I looked as much of a mess as this Bunny does!

This is Bunny from Rubber Romance. Isn't she cute!! But what a mess, before her coffee........ I can't believe I am writing this post before my coffee!

I bought her from the Paper Pretties site ages ago and have never inked her up - and now I am asking myself - WHY BONNIE WHY!!!?? (overreaction)


This is for the Featured Stamper Splitcoast challenge yesterday, which is to case a card from the featured stampers gallery and change three things. The featured stamper was denidill - check out her gallery.....and I chose to case this card with a few changes as per the challenge!

1) I changed the paper
2) I changed the stamp
3) I added a sentiment

The paper is that bee-oooo-ti-ful designer paper from Basic Grey Sultry!! Absolutely gorgeous!!

This is a 4 1/4" x 4 1/4" card because, frankly, Bunny is a small stamp and she was getting LOST in an average size card!! and she is too cute not to be the focal point!

The pink scalloped center strip is a Bazill paper cardstock strip called "Just the Edge", which comes in 12" strips and there are 20 of them in each package - 2 of each style and a ton of colours!! Bazzill is upgrading their site so I can't get a link for you.....


The ribbon is from one of the magneticpullyoutowardsit ribbon jars that the Paper Pickle has at their till - it really is criminal I tell ya!

But isn't it great ribbon! Perfect and I am in LUV with polka dots lately!


I love the sentiment!! This is from the set Ledger Me in the The Rummage Bin series at Cornish Heritage Farms. They have a new set out too called All Things Fall - oh my!

The flower in the bottom is from Love Elsie and has a few little Stamping Bella baubles added for pur-ti-ness! I added a bit of bling to the bottom because - well - I can!

Going over to Marcie and Jared's for coffee this morning and to say hi to my sweet little Jake and the new itty bitty baby --that is not born yet, but I can say hi to it anyway - so that when it is born it will say "HI GRANDMA!!" and I can love it and hug it and kiss it and cuddle it and......

15 Jun 2008

Little Paper Shop Challenge

Renee offered up our first challenge to the Little Paper Shop design team!!


The challenge rules were:

- use only 2 colours (any two plus one neutral if desired)
- use one May release stamp set
- no ribbon! (ack!!)....
..I always use ribbon!!! I mean pretty much ALWAYS - I have a ton o' ribbon!!!....ahhh..........hmpff!


I chose to use the stamp set In Loving Memory since I never seem to have enough sympathy cards lately.....geez.....


This set has some lovely gentle sentiments, which are perfect for sympathy cards!


I chose my neutral, Kraft cardstock and decided on a square card. Then I got thinking that this card was going to be pretty darn close to the sketch challenge on 2 Sketches 4 You so I decided to incorporate the two challenges. Of course, I was too late for that challenge.......who'd a thunk it!!


The colours are blues and greens and I decided to go kind of a monotone theme so there are blues, greens, and aquas - I don't think that is cheating - maybe just bending the rules!!



I get to do the next challenge so I am sure the girls will bend my rules too!! LOL!


The designer paper is some gorgeous paper that I bought at Wal-Mart awhile back. Of course it was in a pack and I threw away all the wrapping ages ago and wouldn't you know it - nothing on the paper anywhere that says who makes it, so on my next trip to Wal-mart I will try to remember to check it out!



I layered the dp, Kraft and Papertrey Ink Aquamist cardstock to make my base and stamped the sentiment on a piece of transparency and attached it to the card base.


The sentiment says "Memories keep our Loved ones Close even after they have passed" - isn't that just the nicest??!!


I popped up a chipboard butterfly from a box of DCWV Glitter Chipboard Embellishments that I bought at Scrapbook Studio Inc. in Hyde Park (which has now changed to Scrapbook Memories). I can't find the website - they must be changing it over.....


I added some Gina K glitter dots and some Verve Visual bling to the butterfly just to dress her up and make her look pretty!!


There --my first Design team challenge YAY!!

Don't forget to check around at the rest of the Design Team's entries!

14 Jun 2008

Shabby Friend

I wanted to try my hand at a bit of shabby chic, so I got out my Heidi Swapp distresser and got de-stressed - not really - just sounded good.....

As with a lot of things, this card did not end up as envisioned OR even the way I started it out to look. Okay, that statement may be redundant......but whatever I mean, I still like it.

I ripped a page from a MM spiral journaling book and stamped it with Cornish Heritage Farms Spanish Script backgrounder in Versamagic Aquatic splash.

I stamped the sentiment from CHF Friend Centers in Colorbox Dark Brown.

The base of the card is the striped paper from DCWV Nursery Pack.

I stamped one of the swirls of the Beautiful set from Cornish Heritage Farms on the top of the striped paper. I love these swirls.....and I am sure you can tell.....

I glued the notebook paper to a piece of distressed Papertrey Ink Aquamist cardstock and then stamped the Beautiful swirls again. I sponged all around every layer with Versamagic Sahara Sand.

The little hummingbird is from Kim Hughes Pretty Birds stamp set. I think it is just the right teeny accent for this card!

I added a Prima Floral Embellishment, a button and a snippet of ribbon, sewed around the edges and it was done!!

The breast cancer tournament was fabulously fun!


This is Debbie and I (me with visor and gut hanging out) at Hole #2
Lots of laughs and PRIZES and the rain (and lightening) even held off for us.

I won a GINORMOUS pink bean bag chair!! LOL! What I am going to do with that, is anyone's guess!! Jake will love it!

Carrie and Della - who won a helicopter ride!! Someone had backed out at the last minute, so we had to pick a number between 1 - 4, and Della picked it!! I was never so glad to NOT pick the #3!!! I would NOT have gone up in that thing....

Hubby has a plane that we fly in and I love it but something about a helicopter that scares the sh*t out of me......

Deb won a pink autographed hockey stick from #26 Jere Lehtinen of the Dallas Stars and then she bid on a huge painting for her house and she won it!!

So then we had to figure out how to get 4 women, 4 golf bags, 4 prize bags, a huge pink bean bag chair, a hockey stick and a 3' x 4' painting in the car....but we did it......!! Holy Moley what a day!

13 Jun 2008

SFYTT, Baby Buttercup

This is for Jen del Muro's sketch challenge, SFYTT.



I am heading out the door to a Breast Cancer Golf Tournament, so this will be short - sorry!


I had some scraps of paper on my desk so I scooped them up and made a card from them! Don't you love that!!


Supplies
Cardstock: Papertrey Ink Spring Moss, Aquamist, Lavender Moon
Designer Paper: Memory Box Sprout
Ink: Brilliance Black, Papertrey Ink Aqua Mist, copics
Stamps: Stamping Bella - Baby Buttercup: Papertrey Ink Boxes, Bags and Tags, and Favor it Baby, Cornish Heritage Farms Pretty Pattern background
Ribbon: Papertrey Ink Aquamist and Lavender Moon

12 Jun 2008

Backgrounds and Birthdays!

You must know how much I LOVE to make my own backgrounds, so I had to do up another one after seeing Nichole Heady's sneak peek posts this week.

I took some Papertrey Ink's Lemon Tart cardstock and stamped the Large Polka Dot background from Cornish Heritage Farms. I used Summer Sunrise ink and I think it makes a beautiful twosome, don't you?!


Then I stamped one of the flowers from the Garden of Life set in Colorbox dark brown ink, kind of willy-nilly all over the cardstock.

I topped that off with the complimentary stamp from the set in Stampin' UP! white craft ink.

Then I stamped the leaf in Colorbox Dark Olive ink on each flower and there was my 8 1/2" x 11" cardstock, ready for cutting into cards!

The sentiment is from Birthday Basics and the ribbon is Summer Sunrise from Papertrey Ink!

Off to the Dr. today for my annual liver check up--crossing my fingers!!!

I know I am healthy, but there is still that nagging little voice of doubt that creeps in there LOL!

Sort of like when you are crossing the border. You have nothing to hide, have declared EVERYTHING, but still feel guilty as hell!!

10 Jun 2008

Stella With an Olive on Top and her Mom!


Her Mom you say!!??

Oh yeh, I couldn't post Stella without her mother now could I!?

When I first saw this image, from Stamping Bella, I, along with several thousand other people, laughed out loud!

Here she is Stella with an olive on top, stickles and all! She is too freakin' cute!

But my mother-in-law makes porcelain dolls and a few years ago she presented each of her daughters-in-law with Granny Corbin!

Isn't she fabulous??!!


She just looks like she could be Stella's mom!!


Poor thing....she fell in the champagne glass while out partying, and lost a shoe.....

Okay, maybe she is Cinderella's mom!!


And make no mistake......those ARE her little niblets you see in the close-up of the champagne bottle!




Shame on you granny!!







Paper: Memory Box-meadow, me & my big ideas - Modern Milan, PTI stampers select white
Ink: Brilliance Black, copics

Accessories: Prima flowers, Autumn Leaves button, stickles

9 Jun 2008

Sweet Daisy VW!

Marcie had a big order from Stamping Bella that came to her door last week, so I begged a few images from her.

I love this Stamping Bella Daisy VW - very retro!! So I tried to do it up kinda groovy man!!

I coloured the hippy van according to the paper I chose, which is how I LIKE to try to make a card. It doesn't always work out that way.....haha!

My son is always say "sweet!" (his talk) for anything that is kind of cool (my talk) so I got Kim Hughes Sweet Thang stamp set out and stamped that one word for the sentiment!

I made little "flag" to highlight the sentiment out of Basic Grey Gypsy which is the same DP on the top of the card.

The center strip is that delicious K & Company paper called Berry Sweet and it is just that - Sweet!! (did I just say that!!)

A bit of bling here and there, pop up the image and done!!


Stamps: Stamping Bella Daisy VW, Kim Hughes Sweet Thang, Cornish Heritage Farms Sophisticated Swirl
Paper: Papertrey Ink Berry Sorbet and Lemon Tart, Basic Grey Gypsy, K & Company Berry Sweet
Accessories: Hero Arts gemstones, Gina K Designs bling dots, me & my big ideas stickers, MM brad