31 Jul 2008

Thank you for the 25,000 hits!

As a thank you to my readers for popping on my blog and to help me celebrate reaching 25,000 hits, I have some BLOG CANDY!

All you have to do is comment on THIS post ---- I love to hear your thoughts or just leave a comment, or just say hi!

Edited to add: Okay the draw is on Monday August FOURTH (I've changed it) not the 2nd......where is that brain?? Oooooo, I know it was here somewhere.....{hugs to Jenny Mick for letting me know when the 4th was!! duh me..... now if you win the candy it's going to look like a set up --LOL!}

I'll use and post the winner on Monday morning, August 4----because sometimes you need a pick-me-up on Monday's!!

And by the way where the heck did July go??!!

Savvyshoppabella from Stamping Bella,
a package of K & Company Wild Saffron metal art brads,
a sheer snowflake frame from Making Memories,
5 lengths of ribbon,
and two Copic Ciao markers R35 and R37,
that I got carried away with and bought twice!
Flowers and buttons and buttons and flowers!!

Thanks again everyone!!

You are my Happiness.....

I love the saying You are my Happiness.......

Doesn't it just evoke sooo many emotions! I Love it, with a capital "L"!!

It is one of the sentiments from a new release by Little Paper Shop coming this August, and Julia was very generous in allowing me use it early.

This card is for Wednesday's sketch challenge on Splitcoast Stampers.

I used Papertrey Ink's Sweet Blush for my card base and Basic Grey Blush for the designer paper. Hmmmm Sweet Blush and blush. Very Cool.

The butterfly stamp is from the Ellen Hutson store and it is a Lockhart stamp that I have had for a little while - and I figured it fit into the sketch so let's finally use it!!

I cut it out with the rectangle nestabilities and then before I removed the paper from the die, I took my baby blue Versa chalk ink and sponged around the butterfly.

When you remove the die you have a nice clean border and it kind of looks like you air-brushed it.......well, if you use your imagination! You can click on the photo to get a better view (I think)

It is coloured with copics and then I blinged it up with some baby blue stickles and a small row of Hero Arts gems along the body.

The ribbon is two ribbons glued together to make one-I don't really like the look of that - it is too bumpy - maybe ironing would have helped?!

Tomorrow, the Embellish-Online design team starts the The Friday Free For All Challenges!! There is a different challenge every Friday (obviously) and each week it hosted by a different team member.

Check it out tomorrow and join in on the fun! If you can't join in every Friday, no worries! There is no time limit and there will be a new one each Friday for you to try! Come on over and challenge yourself!!

30 Jul 2008

Embossed Sympathy.......

It's been a long time since I had my brass stencils out and I needed another sympathy card - WHY don't I have these kind of cards handy???!!!

I needed it quick like-"the mail lady is coming around the corner!!" quick!!!

So I grabbed a sheet of Vintage Cream cardstock from Papertrey Ink, cut it in half to 8 1/2" x 5 1/2", and then scored it in the center at 4 1/4".

I used my long rectangle nestabilities to make the embossed rectangle with my Cuttlebug.

Then I took my old-fashioned embossing light thingy - I forget what the actual name of it is - and my brass stencil and embossed away using my stylus. If anyone knows the name - please let me know!

I added a titch of ribbon, stamped the sentiment inside and sent it away! Oh yes, I did sign it too.

This is not the best picture, but I had to take it fast!!

But honestly, it took me about 15 minutes to make.....the longest part was finding figuring the stencil to use!!

Well, UNBELIEVABLE---- I see I have surpassed the 25,000 hits mark!! UNBELIEVABLE! did I say that already......?

I am going to be offering up blog candy so I have to go and figure out what I am going to give away!!

I have sooooo much stuff and I don't know why - maybe it's because I am so unorganized forgetful generous to a fault! - but that is for your benefit- so I promise when I sort out some "schtuff" I will do the candy .

Thank you so much everyone for all your wonderful comments and continued support!

29 Jul 2008

More Gina K Designs.....

Today is Math Class for off to Sarnia I go! She loves her class and her teacher is so awesome!!

I don't know that she is absorbing the math information so much, but her social skills are progressing by leaps and bounds. We are very proud of the progress she is making!!

I may have to treat myself and head off to the LSS for some of that delicious October Afternoon paper I have seen lately - if it is in Canada yet!!

Here is another Gina K Designs card - Get well this time.....

I love doing the watercolour misting with Tombows!

I colour on the stamp with my Tombow markers with pink and green, and then I spray my water mister in the air a couple of times.

Then I wave the coloured up stamp through the mist to get some water droplets on it.

Believe me, if someone came into my stamp room just then, they would have thought I had lost it!!

I usually take a look at the stamp after waving it through the mist, just to make sure that I actually got some mist on the stamp because sometimes I miss the misting - KWIM?......quite funny actually....

If it has a few water droplets on it, good to go. I just stamp it on my Very Vanilla paper and BEAUTY!! I love this soft and pretty!

I don't know if Chocolate Chip was the best choice for the card base, but it was already cut out with the rectangle nestabilities and laying here, so I thought I would use it up!

The patterned paper was also just laying here - yes, I have a messy desk! - so I don't know who it is from.....

The sentiment is from Little Paper Shop stamp set All Occasions. This set is full of all the sentiments you ever need, in such a beautiful, gentle font! Perfect!

Flowers are Prima Forever Flower hydrangea and I added a couple of Stamping Bella baubles to finish them off.

Look at me go shopping!!

28 Jul 2008

Just Playing Around......

My hubby wandered into my stamp room this morning muttering something about needing clean underwear, and he got pawing through some of the stamp sets - {please don't look in the closet.....}

He reminded me that we needed some sympathy and thank you cards and held up Gina K Designs set Comfort and Peace. "Would this be a good set to use?" I wanted him to stop snooping hug me so I said "oh yes, perfect honey!!"

Then I sat down and played around a bit.

I love using these stamps with my Tombow markers......I just draw on the stamp with the colours I want to use, then I mist up the rubber a wee bit - not too much or you get a messy blob -I say that through experience- then you stamp on your paper!!

So easy and beautiful!!

My paper is Papertrey Ink white, but I am sure you could use watercolour paper, in fact, maybe you are supposed to use watercolour paper, but then again, in stamping, is there anything that you are "supposed" to do!!?? Besides have fun??!?!

The bluish green paper is Memory Box Caribbean and around it I tied a bit of Papertrey Ink ribbon.

The last thing I did was stamp the sentiment, which is from the Comfort and Peace set also, in Brilliance Black AFTER I tied the ribbon, which is very tricky to do!

I should have stamped it before I glued it down but I forgot and tried to get away with it after. Let me tell you, it was difficult. I had to make sure the sentiment was placed at the top of my acrylic block so that the block wouldn't interfere with the ribbon when I stamped and then get black ink all over the place. UGH!!

I managed to get away with it this time but there have been other times when you cross your fingers - and it still gets mucked up!!

Well, I should go get some laundry done before Canadian Idol starts.

Nothing like an underwearless man wandering around.......

27 Jul 2008

We Grow Great.....and dirty!!

Well, one of the challenges for the Dare to get Dirty week was from my fellow Little Paper Shop designer, Laura!!

So I absolutely had to rise to the challenge which was to:

"I challenge you to rip and tear, distress your paper and make it down right dirty!"

Well, I think I succeeded in that - although I am wondering if my card just looks dirty! instead of distressed and dirty LOL!!

I used black soot distress inkpad by Ranger for my stamping and sponging.

I took out my frustrations by distressing all the papers used in this card, with my Heidi Swapp distressing tool!

The image is from Cornish Heritage Farms Kim Hughes line Nature's Silhouettes. I stamped it off a couple of times and also restamped with SU! white craft ink.

Then I stamped the CHF Spanish Script backgrounder overtop lightly in Papertrey Ink Sweet Blush.

Cardstock base is Memory Box licorice, pink is Papertrey Ink's Sweet Blush cardstock and the tag is one I had just laying around!!

The sentiment is from CHF Motivational Centers - I love using those stamps - it makes me feel good all over!!!

I added a Prima flower tied with a couple of ribbons and added it to the tag.

For a final touch I added some Stamping Bella pink baubles to the stamped image - FUN!!

This card also fits the sewing challenge by Julia and the silhouette challenge from Joan - YAY!!

26 Jul 2008

Blingy Cupcakes!!

I've had this Lockhart stamp for quite awhile and just never got around to any of Taylor's Challenges!

There are only so many challenges you can make cards for.......and right now I am doing the Dare to Get Dirty challenges over on Splitcoast Stampers!!

It is so cool and they really throw a ton of challenges at you at once....but so FUN to do!! You can see all the cards from the challenges here, and if you are a fan club member you can join in the fun!!

This cards is for a sketch challenge and a cupcake challenge today that I have combined.

I used Memory Box Sugar paper and Prism cardstock for the card base.

The stamped image is from Lockhart stamps and I bought it specifically to do Taylor's Friday cupcake challenges! only I have never used it!! Silly me!

I coloured the image with copics and then stamped and coloured the icing again and cut it out and popped it up onto the coloured image with dimensionals! I love to pop it UP!!

I added some BIG bling to the top of the cupcake, and the ribbon is May Arts which I tied in a bow!

I added a Prima flower with a bit more bling attached and DONE!! YAY!

The Papertrey Blog Hop was SO fun last night!!
If you have never participated, and you have Papertrey Ink stamps, you should try it!! It is a blast!!

25 Jul 2008

Papertrey Blog Hop!!

Vellum! YUCK! I hate working with vellum.......mutter, mutter, mutter

Well, it turned out it wasn't so bad.....just an extra step, in my project at least, and I will most likely use this idea again.

I don't suppose it is a new idea, but new to me!

Of course, my main image and sentiment is from Papertrey Ink's Birds of a Feather!!

I stamped it in Brilliance Black ink onto a piece of vellum that was attached to a piece of Memory Box patterned paper, the exact size. I love this particular piece of designer paper because it has birds on it - so perfect!!

I had already cut to size and scalloped the edges of the vellum with my corner rounder when I decided to use different paper.

Then I had to cut and scallop the designer paper, thank goodness it lined up!!

I cut a slightly larger piece of the Summer Sunrise cardstock and adhered my dp and vellum to that and then glued the whole thing to my Papertrey Ink Stampers Select white cardstock base.

I finished it off by wrapping a BIG piece of Summer Sunrise swiss dot satin ribbon around the whole thing and tying a big bow!

Thanks for looking!!

24 Jul 2008

Follow Your Heart.....

I wanted to make a simple card for Sharon Johnson's Stamp Simply Dirty Girl Challenge, (fan club members only) - I know this is kind of a pain if you are not a fan club member of Splitcoast Stampers, I used to get peeved about it, then I joined!! and now I wonder what took me so long!!

Back to the card: In Sharon's words, this is all you need to Stamp Simply

"-Start with a simple layout/design and a beautiful image
-Use some favorite paper (either DP or cardstock)
-Add your stamped image and a sentiment if you wish
-Finish it off with a beautiful ribbon or other embellishment
-Simple, beautiful, done!!!"

I think I have accomplished these things in this card.......

My layout is simple - never mind that it took me an hour to figure it out

I used the paper that lately I seem to be using a lot of - green!! or in this case Kiwi!!

I only have one stamped image, and that is the background, which is Flourishes damask which I stamped in Brilliance Black.

The images on the white panel are both rub-ons!! Aren't they gorgeous!

How lame am I that I JUST discovered that I own some Stamping Up's rub-ons??!! Someone must have hidden them from me and I now just found them, kind of not buried, kind of in front of me.....ya--- so what?! LOL!!

I have finished the card off by adding vellum over top of the stamped background and then a little bit of organdy/organza ribbon - both swiss dot and plain. I don't know which one is the proper name ---all I know is that together, they are bee-yoo-ti-ful!!

So I followed the instruction to a tee and ended up at

"Simple, Beautiful and Done!!"

Thanks for looking!!

You're a Star, Champ!! ......

I have been so busy and therefore neglecting my "Simons Says Stamp" stamps. I am SO bad.....!

This card uses Stamping UP! Kraft paper with chocolate chip and very vanilla layers on top.

The very vanilla was Cuttlebugged with the Numbers embossing folder and a couple of Basic Grey Archaic brads were added with a background of kiwi bazill cardstock.

I layered up the trophy onto the kiwi cardstock and then added dimensionsal and layered that onto more chocolate chip cardstock.

I LOVE these colours together!!

I used my Stamping UP! star punches to make a couple of stars to add to the trophy image.

The ribbon is some luscious May Arts ribbon that I got from Jacksonbelle Embellishments, a loooong time ago!!

These stamps are just perfect for any occasion really, masculine or fact, maybe I'll just go make me a girly card!! LOL!

Another Challenge!

This week will be all about the Dirty Girl Challenges over on Splitcoast Stampers!

Yesterday's challenge from Jenn Balcer was an inspiration challenge.

This is my take on it. It was a gorgeous cake decorated with black and white icing and a beautiful brilliant green bow!

I LOVE those colours!

I used Memory Box licorice as my card base and layered it with kiwi Bazill cardstock, and then a sheet of paper from the MM notebook 5th Avenue.

I added a rub-on flower from a Stamping Up rub-on sheet and an organdy swiss dot black ribbon.

I ripped another piece of Memory Box licorice cardstock and stamped Birthday Wishes from the Kim Hughes Silhouette line stamps.

I roughed up the edges and sponged them a bit and then added some bling.

To the flower I added some Ranger clear essentials - see the close-up, and YOO HOO!! it was done......I meant to say yoo hoo btw!!

23 Jul 2008

Dare To Get Dirty...several of them....!

I have combined several challenges into this one card for some of the Dare to Get Dirty '08 challenges!!

I wanted to do a masculine card for Michelle's challenge, because I had the Old Truck from Little Paper Shop and that would be perfect for a masculine card. RIGHT!?

So then I thought, why don't I watercolour it so then I could combine the two challenges, in which Christine's challenge was watercolouring??

When I was trying to figure out which colours to use I thought of Lauren's challenge today which was a monochromatic scheme - varying shades of the same colour! Brilliant........ I'll throw that in too!

Of course, how do I lay it out?? Well. Perfect! Today is the sketch challenge!!

How thmart am I??! LOL! Never mind that it took me all day.....

The cardstock is Prism cardstock and the designer paper is Basic Grey Periphery.

I stamped the Cornish Heritage Farms houndtooth backgrounder on one of the strips in Ranger distress ink - Old Photo to be exact. While I had it out, I sponged all around the edges with Old Photo ink.

I don't know what paper the star paper is - but it is bee-yoo-ti-ful!! The stars are raised and embossed and gor-gi-o-so!!

I added some Basic Grey Periphery buttons to the upper corner and some Gina K MANLY brads down the skinny strip of Basic Grey Periphery!

And, why else would you send a man a card - for his birthday of course!! Sentiment is from Little Paper Shop also!

If any men are reading this........I'm sure there are lots of other reasons to send you a card.....I was just joking--K?
Texasjodylynn's Dare to get Dirty Challenge was to find some GREAT ribbon and be inspired by said ribbon!

Well, who said Hallowe'en was too far away?

I have already seen Christmas cards so surely I can put together a Hallowe'en card!!

I used Memory Box paper from Ellen Hutson and my Inkadinkadoo stamp.

The ribbon I chose is from the Paper Pickle and I have wined before about that luscious ribbon that just sits at the counter - jars and JARS of it!!! and of course I grabbed this thinking it would be great for - uh huh!! Hallowe'en cards!!

Thanks for looking!! On to the next challenge!!!

Easy Peasy White Challenge

JulieHRR's Tuesday Challenge was to make a card with LOTS of white space!!

Well that is a little challenging for me - but I went for it and actually it was super duper easy and so very quick!!

First I embossed the lower half of my white cardstock panel with the Cuttlebug stylized flowers folder.

Then I took my rectangle nestabilities frame and just embossed the upper part with it.

I stamped the sentiment from Papertrey Ink's Birds of a Feather "With Sympathy" inside the rectangle.

I tied some Papertrey Ink Plum Pudding swiss dot satin ribbon around and matted it on the Plum Pudding cardstock base.

How simple is that!!??

Dare To Get Dirty!!

Yee Haw!

This week marked the beginning of the Dare to Get Dirty Challenges 2008 on SCS!!

All this week you can stamp along with the Dirty Dozen for the Dare to Get Dirty Challenge 08!!

Each day there are challenges presented by Dirty Girls and those Dirty Girls have made samples for each challenge also!!

Monday there were two challenges, one hosted by Jody (texasjodylynn) and the other by Laurie (Lauraly).

Tuesday's challenges were headed up by Michelle Woerner , Christine Okken and last but certainly not least Julie Ebersole Her Royal Rubberness herself with some top secret challenges!! Head on over and check it out!!

But, you have to be a Fan Club Member to play!!

So far I've done Jody's and Julie's challenges - to be posted later and hoping to do more this week! There are only so many hours in a day ya know!!!

Get on over there and sign up now!! FUN FUN FUN!!!


Little Paper Shop's awesome new stamps are for sale NOW!! Head on over an check them out!! YAY!

22 Jul 2008

SFYTT - STELLA!!!!!!!!!

I have to say I didn't really like Stella when she first arrived on Stamping Bella, but after colouring her up a couple of times, once with her martini glass and now her coffee mug - she is growing on me!

This card is for Jen del Muro's Sketch For You To Try this week. I can't believe I am actually doing it the week of and not the week aft!! LOL!

I coloured her up and paper pieced her with my copics and some My Mind's Eye Wild Asparagus paper that I have had for a wee bit of time!

I used the same designer paper for the background.

The coffee beans in the corner are from My Favorite Things "Hot Stuff" stamp set and the sentiment is Papertrey Ink's Favor It Weddings

I used the Cuttlebug numbers folder for the embossing background and the Spellbinders heart nestabilities to stamp my sentiment on.
The glitter dots are Gina K glitter dots. I love them because they are a bit flatter than the baubles, but don't get me wrong!! I LOVE the baubles too!!

20 Jul 2008

Featured Stamper Challenge Susiestampalot

This is my Featured Stamper challenge card for this week. The Featured stamper was Susiestampalot with a fantastic gallery that you can see here and this is her card that I chose to case.


I used the Spellbinders Apron die to cut out the image in Kraft paper from Papertrey Ink.

I faux stitched around the edges with my white gel pen. there are embossed stitches from the die, but you couldn't see them that well with this thick of paper, I didn't think so anyway.

I added the aqua coloured designer paper from My Mind's Eye and then the sentiment over top.

The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink's Boards and Beams set.

I thought that the apron would go well with this sentiment.

I used the Cuttlebug flower die and topped it with a flower from Little Paper Shop's Endless Arrangement stamp set, then topped that with a pearl bauble from Stamping Bella!

Some Melissa Frances lace and brads and it was done!!

Floral Wishes......We're Almost There!!

Release day is the 22nd - just two more sleeps!!

Another precious floral set called Floral Wishes from
Little Paper Shop!

Why do you need another flower stamp set, you say?? Well, why not??

This small set is just perfect to throw together a fast card and zip it over to mom's or grandma's or Auntie Jo!!

Which reminds me that my mom needs some Thank You and Get Well cards.......well this card could be changed up pretty easily, that's for sure!

Check out the rest of the Design Team's beautiful creations-the links are on my side-bar.

Stamps: Floral Wishes -Little Paper Shop, Cardstock: Papertrey Ink Summer Sunrise, Berry Sorbet and Stampers Select, Ink: Papertrey Ink Summer Sunrise, Berry Sorbet, Spring Moss, Aquamist and Plum Pudding, Brilliance Black, Accessories: Offray ribbon, dimensionals, nestabilities, Hero Arts bling

19 Jul 2008

Fairy Tale Adventures!! (2)


Ya....I had to make another card, I love this set, Fairy Tale Adventures so much!!

Once Upon a Time there was a Prince with a fuzzy purple pet Dragon named Star.....The End

This magical paper is from DCWV and is part of their Once upon a Time 8 x 8 paper pack and I dabbered around the edges with 'Pearl' Adirondack Metallic Acrylic Paint Dabber

The base is Memory Box Lavender and it is a 5 1/2" x 5 1/2" card, which you know, I don't usually do, but because I wanted to get both the Prince and his Dragon on the same card, I did it!

Did you catch the "fuzzy dragon" part? I flocked him!! It is so easy to do - good grief! I should flock everything!

I just stamped and coloured both the images with copics and then ran my glue pen over the part on the dragon that I wanted flocked.

The flock is very fine, but you just pick up little bits between your fingers and sprinkle it on the glue, then pat it down, then sprinkle some more, and pat it down some more!!

It probably took me about 30 seconds, so it does take up a hoard of time!! HAHA! Then you just pick up your card and kind of flutter it over the G file - I didn't flick it, in case it all fell off, which it probably wouldn't have, but I just didn't want to!

Purple Flock - who'd a thought???

I punched out the stars with my Stamping Up star punches, and the ribbon is from a gi-mungous box of ribbon I got at Costco, forever ago - I must use it!!

Fairy Tale Adventures!!

Oh man, how I love this set from Little Paper Shop.
It is called Fairy Tale Adventures and it has so many magical possibilities - haha!- couldn't resist!!

Ever since I was little I have had a fascination with unicorns!! I mean, not a 'buy every map and go searching for a unicorn' kind of fascination but if I happened to see a picture of a unicorn, I would say "Oh my GOSH! Look at the unicorn!!" That kind.


This little guy was stamped onto Papertrey Ink white and colored with copics. I stamped the sentiment right under him because I decided to make a round card and I can never figure out what to do with the sentiment so better under him than not there at all! KWIM??!

I added some orange stickles (because Unicorns have stickles on their horns -- uh huh) to the horn and then stamped the stars and coloured them with orange stickles too!

I made a round scalloped base from Papertrey Ink Spring Moss and added some white loop de loops around the scallops with a white gel pen.

The coloured image was glued to a round piece of designer paper from a "me & my BIG ideas" paper pad called modern milan - 48 sheets of 8 x 8 wonderfully colourful designs!

I used my Stamping Up slot punch to make a slot (duh!) in the corner on the side of the image and tied some swiss dot ribbon through it.

Then I popped it up on the base and it was done! So dang cute! and I love the round card! - How about you??

18 Jul 2008

All My Family .....

Little Paper Shop is releasing a must have stamp set!

It is called All My Family and it contains
NINETEEN, 19, nine + teen!!!!
members of your family PLUS descriptive related words
in such a sweet font.....

that it will have you and all your crafty kids
making scrapbook pages and cards all summer!!

In this preview, I have used one the of the ballerinas from the stamp set yesterday, Tutu Terrific, with the words
"For My Big Sister" -

yes, I know you can read, but I wanted to be the one to tell you!!.....

I paired my card up with Cosmo Cricket Little Girls paper which I think is perfect for the ballerina girls!!

I used some stickles on her tutu and shoes, and some bling on the Cuttlebug die cut flower.

You'll recognize the stamped flower from the
Endless Arrangments stamp set!!

I used the Martha Stewart punch for the funky trim and that huge ribbon is from American Crafts!

I hardly ever use that thick ribbon because I never knew how to present it, but Laura used it the other day so brilliantly that I had to case her.
Thanks Laura!!

Be sure to check out the rest of the Little Paper Shop Design Team's work today, to see how they used this awesome set that is being released on June 22nd!

17 Jul 2008

Thanks Allison!!

I received an awesome award from

the know-all-blogger-guru......

if you've been living under a rock you might want to take a looky-see!! (no offense)

If I knew how to put the word "awesome" in blinky lights I would,
but I don't.....

and if your post is late today, Allison, that's okay!

I would leave a comment on her blog
but because of someone's
stupid, picky, dial-up computer (mine) ---'nuff said....

So here is the comment

Thanks Allison, you ROCK!, no YOU rock!, no I rock!, no YOU rock!!

Tu-Tu Terrific!!

I never took ballet cousin did......but I never did.....nope.....didn't take ballet lessons.....

I will have to live vicariously through this little gal who can sure ballet up a storm!!

This set which is available on July 22nd from Little Paper Shop is called Tu-Tu-Terrific and it is too too terrific!!
Perfect for the little ballerina in your life (did I tell you I never took ballet lessons?)

I paper pieced this little gal's skirt by stamping it twice in brilliance black ink.

Then I stamped the lace backgrounder from Cornish Heritage Farms in Pearl Dabber on top of one of the tutus, cut it out and then glued it onto the other tutu, so now her little tutu looks like lace!

All the designer paper is from the Memory Box Designer paper called Sugar and the flowers are from Prima.
Be sure to check out the other Little Paper Shop designers blogs on my side bar for more sneek peeks on TuTu Terrific!!

16 Jul 2008

Endless Arrangements - Sneeky Peeky!

What a stamp set to start our sneek peeks with! Woo hoo!

Julia and Little Paper Shop have pulled out all the punches this week!

This set is called Endless Arrangements and it will be available on July 22nd at Little Paper Shop.

You know how I LOVE my Cuttlebug, so I was thrilled to discover that I could use the flower dies on my card today!

I did a lot of sponging with greys and browns to make it a little antique-y looking.

That designer paper looks like my grandma's wallpaper so that made me think antique!!

I am sure she would love to hear me say THAT!! LOL!

Stamps: Endless Arrangements - Little Paper Shop, Cardstock: Memory Box Licorice, Prism Spring Willow Dark, Stamping Up Very Vanilla, Designer Paper: Making Memories Notebook Paper 5th Avenue, Ink: Versamagic Chalk Ink Tea Leaves, Brilliance Black, Accessories: Papertrey Ink Spring Moss satin ribbon, Clear Crystals from Ellen Hutson, Tombow glue, dimensionals, double ribbon punch

15 Jul 2008

Here it is....finally....!

I have combined a couple of challenges in this project today!

Let's see, there is the sewing challenge at Little Paper Shop, Jen del Muro's SFYTT (which was hard....whine) and Splitcoast Stampers Try a New Technique Challenge!! Way to go ME!!

I am late posting because I have a tricky little sewing machine, and in order for it to work, you have to bash the living daylights out of it move slowly and speak sweetly, which I did!

I used Little Paper Shop's stamp set Butterflies and Blossoms. I really wanted to have a butterfly on my card, but a butterfly like everyone else has in 3-D!!

So I stamped the butterfly in versamark on Cornish Heritage Farms thicker than thick transparencies!

These transparencies are so thick you can emboss on them without melting or burning anything - that shouldn't be melted or burned..... I used blue and yellow MM shimmery embossing powder and heated it up to melt, then cut out the butterfly, folded it and glued it on with a clear glue dot! I love it!!

I really have got to run and post this because Allison is always late posting and if I am later than her well, what does that say???

Please check out the other design team's sewing cards and tell them that I am finally posted will ya?!!

I'm off to take Holly to math class today!!
I get to cruise my two local scrapbook shops-just like I did last week, and the week before, and the week before and the ............

We would love to have you join us in our sewing challenge! The challenge is to use any kind of SEWING along with a June stamp set release.
You don't have to use LPS stamps but if you have them, why not use them!!?!

If you upload on Splitcoaststampers, please use the keyword LPSDTC02, as well as littlepapershop (no spaces) so we can all check out your work!

Stamps: Little Paper Shop All Occasions and
Butterflies and Blossoms, Cardstock: Prism Spring Willow Medium and Twilight Light, Ink: Versacolor Baby Blue, and Tea Leaves, PTI Lemon Tart, Accessories: crazy sewing machine, cuttlebug flower die, K & Company adhesive pearls, Hero Arts bling, nestabilities and dimensionals

Good Morning!

A couple of weeks ago I issued a challenge to the Little Paper Shop Design Team!

It was to incorporate some type of sewing on your creation! I wanted to use my new Janome sewing machine because I haven't been using it lately, and I am afraid my son-in-law will think I am not very thankful for it!

WRONG! I love it!!

But I don't have it done--YIKES!!

Head of the challenge and don't even have a sample done??!!
What a loser!


I'll be back later to post my stupid silly sewing machine is tense....

13 Jul 2008

Featured Stamper -Enjoying Stephanie

Today's Featured Stamper on Splitcoast Stampers featured Stephanie.Hargis. Congrats to you Stephanie.Hargis.!!

Here is her gallery and this is the card I chose to case.....

I wanted to pick an easy one because I am a little busy doing life thing and projects and such........yes, I am whining.......ignore it......

But, WHY do the easy cards give such grief!!??

Should the flower go there or there?

Will I paper pierce here AND here, or just here?

What colour of turquoise ribbon should I use - light or dark?

Maybe I won't put ribbon......yes, I, I don't think so......yes, no. AAARRRGGGHHHHH!

I feel better.

I definitely used Kim Hughes Paradise Found stamp set found at Cornish Heritage Farms and I surely used Prima Flowers!

Core'dinations cardstock - "So Mod!" is the shades of green background and the turquoise backing on the image.

Oh dear - I found new little store on the internet not far from my home, so I can go and shop in person - haven't done it yet - that would be BAD news - or order it over the web - which is what I did! Fabulous service!! Excellent prices!!

It is called Keep it Simple Scrapbooking and that is where I got my Core'dinations cardstock!! Lucky me!

I added some Prima flowers with Gina K glitter dots and a lot of paper piercing - which I loveto do!!

Then I added glitter with my Sakura glitter pen - LUV IT!! It rolls on so smooth and easy! I even got a black glitter pen which I have had the opportunity to use BUT didn't because I forgot I had it!

That is a "cruising to 50" hazard.....absent-mindness......I'm not there yet....but it is closing in fast!! Yay!!

12 Jul 2008

Live Love Bloom, IC136

The Inspiration Challenge on Splitcoast Stampers today is this bunch of delicious-yummo-heavenly CAKES CAKES CAKES!!

I'm sure I gained 10 pounds just looking!!

I chose to gain (hee hee!) inspiration from a combo mambo of the strawberry, pistachio and chocolate cakes (much better than pink, green and brown don't ya think??!)

Silhouette Blooms II and Natures Silhouette, both by the Kim Hughes line at Cornish Heritage Farms was what I used for stamp sets for the main image and sentiment.

Very lightly, actually second generation stamping, right under the sentiment is one of the old fashioned clocks from the "Time to Stamp" set in The Rummage Bin.

For the main image I stamped the Spanish Script backgrounder on Very Vanilla and then stamped the flowers in Ranger distress ink Tattered Rose and Shabby Shutters.

I sprayed a wee bit of Tattered Angels coffee shop glitter mist over top to make it look a little bit antique-y!

The patterned paper is from Basic Grey Lily Kate 6 x 6 pad and the base of my card is Papertrey Ink Spring Moss cardstock.

Today is the day we are going to see Rascal Flatts!! woo hoo.

I am semi looking forward to it......I know I will LUV the music, but all those people!!!! I was wondering if they could just go home and let me listen all by my lonesome......

Then we are going to a "Top of the Hill" party at the neighbour's house!! As opposed to a "Over the Hill" party.....for everyone in the neighbourhood who is going to be 50 this year!!

Now THAT I AM looking forward to!! Woo hoo!!

11 Jul 2008

Bitty Baby Photo

I made this for my little nephew, crap, great-nephew, I swear I'm losin' it......

I blanked out his picture for privacy reasons, of course, but isn't it just so sweet!? Edited to add: okay I put it back in......they're not that private....

I didn't want to doll it up too much because his parent's are not at all froo- froo-ey, so I left it plain, for them!

I was soooo inspired by both Amy Rysavy Bitty Blessings creations and Alli Miles Home Decor creation, so I had to give it a go!

Background paper is Stamping Up Soft Sky and the designer paper is Bitty Baby Blessings patterned paper by Papertrey Ink.

The stamp set I used is Bitty Baby Blessings by Papertrey Ink.

I don't usually make things other than cards.....I can't believe how hard my brain had to work for this.....LOL!