31 Aug 2008

Featured Stamper is Niki!!

I love Niki and her blog and her creations!

Congratulations Niki!!

This is the picture I chose to case (click on it please to see)

The three things I changed were

1. The designer paper which is Pink Patterns instead of Guidelines

2. The sentiment is from Birthday Basics
instead of Butterfly Kisses

3. The flower is not as pretty as Niki's!! - I just couldn't get that Angel Wings shimmer to shimmer!!

We had Jake for a sleep over last night and heaven's!! he is too cute! Sorry - every one with grandchildren---- but we got the gold!!

Sorry this is a short post, but it is Sunday and I think I may spend it outside with my family today!! YAY me!!

30 Aug 2008

IC143 - No Small Miracles.....

It is really no small miracle that I finished this Inspiration Challenge today!! LOL!

Things are getting in the way of me playing - don't you just hate that??!!!
Anyway here it is in all it's glory........

This is the picture that I was inspired by

and this is my finished card!!

I love these Crafty Secrets notebook papers! and although you know that I LOVE stamping - these are a great alternative when making a card or whatever else it is you make!!

This page is from the Crafty Secrets Birds & Botanicals Image and Journal notes.

I layered it onto a piece of Papertrey Ink Everyday Blessings designer paper that was all distressed up and set it aside

I used my Aged Sheet Music Scrapblock and stamped it onto Close to Cocoa cardstock with New Canvas Palette Ink.

The beautiful sentiment is from the Verve Stamp set Beautiful You and it is perfect for this image!!

I sewed a piece of Papertrey Ink swiss dot ribbon to some Melissa Francis vintage ribbon and attached it to the Close to Cocoa, added some Primas and buttons and Inspiration Challenge is done for another week - unless, of course, I am inspired again, which could very possibly happen!! YAY!!

Today is my last day being Jen del Muro's Guest Designer *sniff*.

I can't tell you how much I have enjoyed this past month with her team!! Take a boo over to her site to see my last card and give Jen some love, because she was so dang kind to me , making me feel all special with her oo-ing and ahhh-ing over my cards!! She is the perfect hostess!!

29 Aug 2008

Friday Challenge and more!!!

Today is Friday and that means another Friday Challenge at Embellish-It Scrapbooking!!

This weeks challenge Hostess is Michelle (one of my SBS2 sisters! - how cool is THAT!!?) and the challenge is Paper Folding! ----which is completely alien to me
!! unless you are talking about folding the card - and I can manage to do that the right way most of the time! LOL!!

Naturally, Michelle was a kill-joy and said that doesn't count.....pthththt!!

I opted out of this week's challenge - yes - I'm a bad la da hum...talking 'bout baaaaad girls!!!

Here it is right from the Hostess' mouth!!

"Incorporate paper folding in some way on your card....besides the card fold(s). Use the folding as an embellishment; try Tea Bag Folding, Iris Folding, Pleating or any form of paper folding (besides the card folds) on your card for a change of pace. I'd like to see it on a CARD.....and I look forward to seeing what you come up with!!"

Well, it sounds like fun so join in and let's see those folds!!

Use the keyword FC5 (Friday Challenge 5) when you upload your projects to the gallery. We want to all share in your creations!!

To view all the FC5 submissions click *here*!!!

And more great news!! A Contest!! YAY!! - Apparently this contest has been on going and since I am a terrible DT member and never read the message board , I didn't know until I finally DID read the message board..... d'oh!!

Embellish It Scrapbooking is having a August/September contest!! wahoo!!

We are giving away some Hallowe'en goodies - NO not candy silly!! Rub-ons and chipboard and brads oh my!! from the Imaginescense Hallowhimsey collection!!

You need to be an active forum/gallery member at Embellish It Scrapbooking in order to enter the contest. You don't have to buy a darn thing, just join us on our forum and in our gallery and you can enter to WIN!!

The winner will be chosen on September 30th and contacted by e-mail and posted in the forum!!

Fun times over at Embellish It Scrapbooking!!!

LSC183 Bride and Groom

Another POST!! ETA: The green you see in the card is not really there..........the gold leaf plays tricks with the camera!!

Oh yeh....... I love today's Limited Supply Challenge which is: "A Little Something"

Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue!!

And here's my list:

1. New - Gold Leaf!! - wahoo! - gorgeous and ea
sy!! bought mine at Michael's...

2. Borrowed - borrowed the idea from Rebecca Oehlers for gold leaf, borrowed the textured cuttlebug for wedding card idea from Sharon Johnson

3. Something Blue - Blue ribbon from Flourishes and Blue Poppy Memory Box paper

4. Something Old - me.......I'm feeling it e-mail is completely screwed crazy is that?

screwy e-mail = crappy day - that is freakin' nuts!! but so true.......

I cuttlebugged the little hearts and stamped bride and groom on each one using Papertrey Ink Wedding Day stamp set. I just inked up the Bride & Groom stamp separately to use it on two different hearts!!!

I switched to Firefox and I don't seem to be able to move my photo down to the middle of my post - any suggestions?? anyone?? anyone!!?? Beuhler.........Beuhler...........

Never mind, I did it yay! things are looking UP!!!

TLC183 Krafty Cardinal...

This is a few days late for the SCS challenge but no's here now!

I made this card for the new technique challenge on Splitcoast Stampers this week which is faux dry embossing, VERY cool!!! but realized that I could also tinker it for Sharon Johnson's JULIE IS HOT!! challenge!!

Don't you just love it when that happens!!?

When I was over at Marcie's yesterday watching that cute little guy Jake, (cutest baby in the world by the la da la) I borrowed a piece of her new Papertrey Pure Poppy paper and her new Inkadinkado Cardinal Silhouette stamp and her ink!!!

I used Versamark for the first image (the shadow) and then white ink - sorry don't know which brand - for the 2nd image!

I highlighted it with my glitter pen and then proceeded to layer the image up onto white and kraft cardstock!

I used my new border embossing folder, but I used it three times - of course the time I don't need a border, that's all I have!!

Those pretty baubles are the crystal bon bons from Stamping Bella and they are just like a mirror!! I love them!!

I posted two pictures because they are both such different colours but both the same card....... KWIM?? That drives me crazy.......

Have a great day!!

28 Aug 2008

Who Me????!!!!!

My cyberbuddy/Embellish-It Scrapbooking DTmember/friend Ching Tan is "in awe" of my creations!! and feels that I deserve this award.

Well, I humbly accept it Ching, thank you so much, fully well knowing that YOUR scrapbook pages leave me breathless - oh ya! they do!!

Check out her awesome blog and you will just know how right I am!!

Of course, there are rules about this award which I always break - there is no way I am going to get hung naming only 7 people's blog that I love!!

If you are reading this ----LOVE YOUR BLOG!!! and award yourself because, blogging is a big committment that you have to love in order to do it and I do and I do and I do and I do......and I LOVE it!!!

27 Aug 2008

Moments to Remember......

Ummmm......the best moments are the happy ones! and I will have wonderful memories of today!!

This post is a bit late because we - hubby, mom, step-dad, son and me --were running around this morning making lunch for 130 athletes and their workers!!

That's right. Our three counties of St. Francis Advocates, went together and came up with their own Special Olympics, and since they booked it in our neighbouring town, they asked if we, as Holly's parents, would be willing to figure out the lunch!!

So we did. And what fun.....oh my gosh! I can't begin to describe the joy and thankfulness WE felt when we saw how happy those clients were today!!

We giggled and buttered and ran and buttered some more and scooped ice cream and giggled until our jaws hurt from it all!! Such fun!

On to the card today!!

I forgot to post this card back when Embellish-It Scrapbooking first opened up their gallery in August to introduce their new designers -me being one of them - yay!

Their August theme (there is a new theme coming September 5th - so watch for that!!) was "Back to School" and we were to make a card showing and explaining the technique.

Well, as you can see, I used a lot of techniques, but I focused on my willy-nilly sewing!

It doesn't always have to be a straight line on your card. It can also serve as an embellishment, which it does here!!

I used Stamping Up! Kraft cardstock for my card base and layered MM notebook paper stamped with backgrounder CHF Houndstooth backgrounder in Colorbox Olive.

I stamped the sentiment from Cornish Heritage Farms Rummage Bin stamp set "Ledger Me" in Colobox Blue Iris

I also added a border of Prism paper on the side with Basic Grey Boxer rub-ons rubbed over top.

I did my willy-nilly sewing and then added a bit of Basic Grey Boxer chipboard with a Prima flower, some Maya Road ribbon and an antique button that I bought at a flea market -LUV the flea markets for buttons!!

I had some Heidi Swapp butterfly chipboard embellishments, so I stamped my Colorbox Blue Iris ink all over it, added a bit of bling and there was another item added!

Perfect memory card, especially for today!! I'm happy.....

26 Aug 2008

We Three Kings

It is no secret that I love the Cornish Heritage Farms website and their images and their on-line classes.......maybe the "farm" word just strikes close to home!!

No matter. I found another fabulous technique on the site so I thought I would try it out.

Sometimes, I try to follow directions for techniques and end up falling on my face, so to speak, and I end up filing everything under"G" for garbage.

It's just that when you mix "following directions" and me, it's like oil and water - the end result is a puddle of blubbery mess......

NEVER AGAIN!! I scream. Stamping is NOT for me!!!

I need "below" user-friendly directions and a picture or two definitely will help.

My point being......and I do have one......(you knew that was coming) that if you follow the directions, the techniques and classes at Cornish Heritage Farms are simple enough that even I can follow them!!

This technique is given by Lisa Silver and it is an emboss resist. You can find all the directions here.

By the way, I don't own any stock (if there is such a thing!) in Cornish Heritage Farms nor am I on the team nor am I looking to be put on the team, la la la la la. I just love them......dum de dum de dum.

Supplies used:

Stamps: Cornish Heritage Farms: We Three Kings, Joyeaux Noel, and Christmas Expressions

Ink: Ranger Distress Ink Worn Lipstick and Shabby Shutters

Paper: Chocolate Chip, Basic Grey Figgy Pudding, Very Vanilla, Prism paper

Accessories: May Arts Ribbon, Making Memories Big Brad, Versamark

25 Aug 2008


This is the last of Little Paper Shop sneak peaks for this month folks!!

Every new stamp set that has been previewed this past week is being released tomorrow August 26th on the website!!

This set is called Friends and was so fun to work with! I love sentiments and each one of these are perfect for your BFF!!

Isn't this card just so colourful??!! I love it!

The ink is Rose Red from Stamping UP! and I {{LOVE}} the shade of red-pink-pretty!

I am still obsessed with my 4 x 6 pack of DCWV Nana's Nursery Pack, and these papers were perfect with Rose Red ink! Yes, I matched my paper to my ink this time - crazy!!

The flower is from Prima and I layered it with a Cuttlebug die cut flower and a button tied with a bit of twine!

This next card is a one layer card - which I have to say is something I LOVE to try, but the results sometimes are not the greatest......isn't it wonderful I can admit it!! aha!!!--easy to admit on paper - no pun intended.. lol!

I received my new Cuttlebug "just my type" embossing folder last week from Stamping Bella yay! (plus some other goodies wahoo!) and this thin swiss dot folder is included. It is fabulous for a quick border of dots!

I stamped a border of the doodly-thingies from the Friends stamp set and then embossed a border of Swiss Dots!

The polka dot paper is Jenni Bowlin papers from Emma's Paperie, which I must say has the most fastest delivery!! I realize that is the most terriblist grammar *snort*, but sometimes bad grammar is the only way to express it! - I can hear my Grade 5 teacher "If you can't say it right, don't say it at all" - but that's just mean.....

Hop over to all of the girls sites to check out the last of this month's previews ,and then tomorrow, set your sights on Little Paper Shop for the release of all these wonderful stamp sets you have seen here this week!! YAY!!

24 Aug 2008

Primitive Coasters.....kind of...

So I took another FREE Cornish Heritage Farms on-line class.....and wow!......again..... !!

This week's class was taught by Lesley Langdon and it was called Primitive Christmas Coasters because we were making.........can you guess!!!???

Primitive Christmas Coasters!! la- la-la loved it!

AND once I followed the directions and bought the proper tiles, I was set to go!

.......except for the fun fact that I didn't have the "called for" colour of Staz-on or the "called for" Stamp Set - do I EVER read directions??!!

The whole premise of the on-line classes is fabulous.

A couple of weeks before the actual date of the class, which are on Tuesday's, the list of supplies needed to make your creation is posted in their on-line forum, giving you plenty of time to gather them up.

Then on Tuesday, log on to the class link and you are away!!

I was actually able to easily substitute the stamp set and ink, so I was quite happy!!

As mentioned, I bought my tile for the coasters and it ended up being glazed tile instead of porous tile- WRONG!! (I swore up and down I did NOT get the glazed tile - but sadly, yes I did)

I went back to the store and very easily found the porous tile - *insert rolling eyes here*. Next time I get my tile I think I will scour the boxes first and pick through the tile to get the not so much holy hole-y tile. If you are reading this from Home Depot - do not try to stop me.

I am so pleased with this set and absolutely love how they turned out!! yay! Link up and try one of these FREE easy classes!! You will LOVE it!!

Stamps: Kim Hughes Heart Warmers, Cornish Heritage Farms Snowman with Star
Ink: Black Staz-on, copics, Krylon 18 karat gold leaf pen
Other: Home Depot porous tile, tag, gingham ribbon

Gonna Go Round in Circles.....dum de dum...

That is my feeble attempt at singing a song!!

When Julia let us know the name of this stamp set, all I could think about (and sing) was that song that goes a little something like this......

"I got a song, it ain't got no melody

and I'm gonna sing to my friends,

Gonna go 'round in circles,

gonna fly high like a bird up in the sky."

Aren't I a great singer?!! Well, whatever, it was a cute little jingle that I can't remember the name of, and I am probably dating myself badly!!

Back to the stamps......

The name of this set is "Going in Circles" (see where I was going with that?) and it is perfect for a little embellishment on your card or a focal point for that matter!!

As you can see, I chose to use the Happy Birthday circle as an embellishment on my card, and matched it up with a that oh-so-cute paper from DCWV Nana's Nursery pack!!
I used Stamping UP! chocolate chip paper as my card base and sewed on Papertrey Ink Summer Sunrise cardstock with the heck sponged out of it!!
Isn't it perfect for a small boy or girl's birthday!! They would love the monkey's!!

The rest of the design team have done some awesome things with this set!! Check them out, their links are on the side of my blog!!

Thanks for looking!!

23 Aug 2008

Announcing Beautiful Things!!

Julia, has gone all out and designed a gorgeous two stepping stamp set called Beautiful Things, available August 26 at Little Paper Shop!

It features three different two-stepping flowers and several sentiments to go along with it....

I have featured only one of the flowers in my card today, stamped in three different colours of Versamagic chalk ink - Pixie Dust, Turquoise Gem and Pretty Petunia.

I stamped the first step, being the outline of the flower, in Brilliance black, in the position that I wanted, onto Papertrey Ink white cardstock. Then I stamped the second step, being the interior of the flowers, in the Versamagic chalk inks!

I used Versamagic Tea Leaves, for the leaves, in between each flower.

That image seemed so VERY flat that I decided to restamp that same sequence again on more Papertrey Ink white cardstock, cut each flower out and pop it up on to the first set of flowers for a bit of depth!

Then I started my layers!! I used Stamping Up basic black, Papertrey Ink Sweet Blush, Memory Box Lavender and Caribbean.

I love the Memory Box cardstock because it is strong enough to be used as a card base AND it is white on the back so you don't have to add a square of light paper inside your card! yay!

I added white faux stitching around the black panels because they were just sort of "out there" and they really needed something - so stitching is what they got!!

The lavender and silver ribbon is Offray from Walmart (back in my Walmart days.....) and the tag is cut from the Cuttlebug tag die that I bought from Scrappin' Great Deals!!

Be sure to make it over the the rest of the girl's blogs (on the side of my blog) and check out their two step dance!! LOL!!

22 Aug 2008


The set we are showcasing today was inspired by our very own Elyssa!

She asked Julia if she could make up a set containing the theme Go Green and Peace and suggested most of the sentiments. I had fun working with this set! It really takes me back- LOL!

I wanted to use bright colours for this stamp set as that was all the rage back then - believe me I remember!! I used to have a neckerchief (is that what they were called?!) that was almost exactly like this paper!

We used to tie them around our neck for various reasons ;)!

For the base of my card I used Lemon Tart from Papertrey Ink. I trimmed and glued some designer paper from my Nana's Nursery 4 x 6 pack along with some co-ordinations cardstock together and added it to the Lemon Tart!

I stamped the peace sign in Summer Sunrise ink and cut it out with my circle nestabilities.

I just layered it onto various bigger circles and popped it onto the card.

I was able to stamp the sentiment in Brilliance Black onto the blue portion of the card and it was done!! Such a quick, quick card!! - well, after I figured it out!

Sometimes a card takes soooo long to make and then, when it is finished, you look at it and say - "What an easy card!!" It's all very silly sometimes!!

Please check out the other girl's blogs to see what cool things they have cooked up for you today!!

21 Aug 2008

Chirp Sneak Peak

There are so many black and white "ready-to-colour" designer papers on the market lately, I thought I would like to showcase our "Chirp" stamp set in the same way!

I used all three of the birds in this set and stamped them "willy-nilly" all over my 8 1/2" x 11" white cardstock. I also used one of the flowers from "Floral Wishes" which was released last month.

Then I cut out my card with the tall nestabilities and then sat down to do a little colouring. Very little it turns out!!

I only coloured up the flowers with two different copics to provide some shading.

Then I layered the "coloured up" card onto some Martha Stewart cardstock and again on Stamping Up! Basic black, and then finally onto my card base which had been cut out with the tall scalloped nestabilities.

I added some bling on all the flowers and then a beautiful teal organdy ribbon around the top of the card!!

All so very simple!! You can see I added the sentiment "Chirp up" and a flower on the interior of the card!

Be sure to stop around to the rest of the design team's sites (on my sidebar) to check out their wonderful creations with "Chirp"!!

20 Aug 2008

Rock Star Sneak Peak!!

Welcome to the beginning of the preview's of Little Paper Shop's next set of releases on the 26th of August!!

This set shown today from all the design team is called Rock Star and is so perfect for the musician or teenager in your life! You know how hard it is to make a card for a teen!!

I dug out the glitter for this Rock Star card, as you can see, and glittered up a Maya Road swirl, a sticky star from Jodi's sticky sale, and I even added Stickles Cinnamon glitter glue to the swirls!!

The designer paper is Crate paper from the Static collection and I bought it because it has skulls and a cool retro design on it and I thought it would go so great with this stamp set!! I sewed it onto my Chocolate Chip cardstock base and set it aside.

I cut out a piece of Kraft paper with my NEW Martha Stewart zigzag punch!! I detest Walmart,.....but now they carry Martha.....I go in, scoop up Martha and out (well, I do pay first ......)

I stamped the music note stamp along the edge of the zigzag and then I took that funky Happy Birthday stamp and stamped under the music notes.

I stamped the guitar and the Rock Star on Stampin' UP! Very Vanilla and then distressed the image by running the scissors along the edges of the image and then sponging with Papertrey Ink dark chocolate ink.

I added it to some chocolate chip cardstock, kind of on a willy-nilly slant and then did a bit of zigzag sewing here and there for a bit of interest!

I would have used my Heidi Swapp distressing tool to distress the edges, but it is buried beneath a pile of stuff on my desk that looks like Colour World barfed all over a nice way.......

All ink used was Papertrey Ink Dark chocolate and all stamps used are from this Rock Star set, and there are a couple of more included, including a skull, which I might have a card of later on, if I can get out of gathering eggs!! -*crossing fingers*

All stamp set previewed this week are available at the Little Paper Shop on the 26th of August!!

Check out the rest of the awesome designs from our Design Team!! Please check out my sidebar for their links!!

I would like to officially welcome Dawn Easton to our team - she was on Guest Designer status and has graciously agreed to stay on!! Wahoo!!

19 Aug 2008

CC180 and School YAY!!

Oh my goodness, I love the first day of school! I have ALWAYS loved the first day of school!

It was always so exciting to see who your new classmates were going to be, if your BFF would be in your class and who would get the new teacher!!

So I created this card for the colour challenge on Splitcoast Challenge and to celebrate the first day of school wahoo!! yay!!

The colours were Close to Cocoa, Ruby Red and Blush Blossom.

I do have Close to Cocoa but I had to substitute Memory Box Paprika for Ruby Red and Sweet Blush for Blush Blossom.

My Basic Grey blush was already on my desk (from seventeen projects ago....) and a couple of the papers were perfect!!

I used Kim Hughes stamp set Making the Grade for the school house and I stamped the sentiment from Baby Love.

The apple is from Making the Grade and I popped it up onto the Basic Grey designer paper cut out with the tab punch from Stamping UP! and then adhered that whole thing to a scalloped circle.

The ribbon is Papertrey Ink Sweet Blush stitched ribbon.

Thanks for looking and don't forget that tomorrow our sneak peaks of this month's Little Paper Shop new releases will be happening! YA BABY!!

18 Aug 2008

TLC182 Bee Well Soon

Today's New Technique Challenge involved making something- not a card!! ACK!!

I don't make things!!

All right, enough drama. Long story short......easy peasy..... and such a cute little gift - in a hurry!!

I just followed the tutorial that Lynn provided and decided to fill my treat box with cough drops!

Everybody needs their spirits lifted when they have the sniffles and how fun would a little care package be when they are sick!!

I used everything scrap today, so I don't know know where it came from- suffice to say it was old yellow cardstock.

The acetate is from Cornish Heritage Farms - I do know that much and boy is it sturdy lol!!

I used a combination of stamp sets today. The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink's Honey Bee Sentiments and is stamped in Brilliance Black.

The sweet little bee is from Little Paper Shop's Just Bee-Cause stamp set. He is so dang cute flying around there with his well wishes!! I just stamped him with Brilliance Black ink and coloured him with copics - not much to that, just a little bit of yellow and then glistened his wings with Frosted Lace Stickles!

I cut out the image with my plain tall nestabilities and the background with the scalloped tall nestabilities and it was ready to glue dot on to the treat box!!

Run on over to Splitcoast Stampers and try out this new tutorial - too cute!!

17 Aug 2008

FS80 Baby Love

Jessica/Knightrone is the Featured Stamper today and I have always loved her blog and her gallery!

She has such a down to earth creative fashion that I can appreciate but can't duplicate :)

I chose to case this card of Jessica's which was a Dirty Girl challenge during Dirty Girl week and it was the "Embrace your White Space" challenge.

I changed the stamp, the colours, and the embellishments along with a few other things!!

I stamped the pregnant lady from Kim Hughes set Baby Love in Versamagic Azure onto Papertrey Ink white cardstock.

Instead of the flowers in Jessica's card I chose to pop the butterfly from the Baby Love set in her tummy!!

I stamped the sentiment and tied some ribbon around the side of the card - that ribbon has taken on a life of its own!! I think the tails are too long and I see a trim in their future LOL!

I adhered some Doodlebug bling at the bottom of the card and it was done! I bought the bling at the Paper Pickle when I was buying Marcie a bunch of stuff for her birthday. I couldn't just let it go and buy it only for her....... I had to double up and get myself some too and I am glad I did!!

Kind of a fun card if I do say so myself and it came together pretty quickly, quicker than all that corn we just husked, cooked, cut, and bagged!! Ugh - but it will be so delicious with it's crunchy sweet goodness this winter!!! Yummo!


Hubby has just gone back to the neighbour's field and picked 7,482 cobs of corn for "us" to husk, cook, cut, and bag.......I'll see you in October.......

Just kidding..........about the October........ I should be back later with a Featured Stamper card - today's FS is Jessica/Knightrone!! Wahoo!! - Luv her stuff!!

16 Aug 2008

Inspiration Challenge

Today's inspiration challenge had me hopping excited for a second when I started to read it!

SmilinStef uploaded three of her favourite pictures of swimwear from Athleta Swimwear (it was at this point I started to think of Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps!!) and we were to be inspired by the pictures, or we could have investigated further into Athleta Swimwear's website and chosen our own suit.

Alas, they were women's swimwear, which were beautiful in their own right, but no Phelps!! Okay - you can say it - dirty minded woman.....whatever!!

So I chose this suit

and from this suit I made this card!!

It really reminded me of Basic Grey Sultry designer paper and so I leafed through my reams of Basic Grey and found the Sultry and thank goodness I had one sheet left of the one I was specially looking for!!

I think I should have had a big pink bow instead of green now that I look at the two together! Aw, such it is anywhoooooo......

I used Gina K Designs Retro Boutique and paper pieced the purse and the perfume bottles!!

The rest of it I coloured with copics. I stamped the sentiment, cut it out and attached it to the side of the main image.

The ribbon is from The Paper Pickle in the HUGE vats they have right in front of the cash register! When I first discovered the Pickle (absolutely no disrespect - that's what Linda calls them!!) there was only one vat of ribbon - now the last time I went there were 5 vats!! So much luscious ribbon just ready for the picking!!!

Check out the cute little purse charm!! Isn't that cute??!! I have that, and so much more, left over from when I used to make jewellry! I love all the swarovskis and pearls - I just need to use them more!!

And also, just so you don't miss it, and I couldn't seem to get a good picture, but the purse has a small adhesive pearl for the clasp - too cute!

This is such a fabulous stamp set with so many options for embellishing!!

Don't forget that today is Saturday and that means there is a new SFYTT!! Hop over to Jen's to check out the new sketch and Jen and my design to match!

I must also apologize and say I have been so selfish in not mentioning any of the other fantastic ladies on Jen's design team!! I can only claim that the excitement blocked out any thoughts of anyone else - and yep - that IS selfishness!!

There is Amy S. {Pickletree} who is now the newest Dirty Girl on SCS!!Congratulations Amy!!, along with Amy R., Carole, Shannan and Susan.

You must travel to each of their blogs to check out their designs - always fabulous, always exciting!!

Basic Grey Friday Challenge 3

Good morning everyone!! I can't believe Embellish-It Scrapbooking is on it's third Friday Challenge already - is time flying by?? - well, I think so!!

This week Suzy presented her challenge, to use Basic Grey paper and cut out a design that is already in the paper to make your card!

Of course, I was still stuck on last week's challenge to paper piece, so I made the Retro Boutique dress from the above post! When I re-read the challenge and realized that wasn't quite what she was looking for, I freaked re-grouped, and made another card! (Actually, Suzy certainly didn't kick up any fuss at all - she just wants everyone to have fun!!)

I really can't believe how fast this came together! A bit of cutting and pasting and VOILA!! - I think it turned out quite pretty!

My cardstock base is Paprika and I just glued Basic Grey Stella Ruby designer paper on the base and added some Berry Sorbet ribbon which is an amazing match!!

I cut out the flowers from one of the Stella Ruby papers, which has the most amazing floral designs in such deep rich colours!!

I popped up my cut out design onto the card with some dimensional pop up glue dots.

That blue flower in the design really came to life when I added the three adhesive crystals and the butterfly die cut!!

Did you notice the bling on the butterfly? Just a fun little embellishment to make her feel glamorous!!! heh heh.......

The sentiment is from Silhouette Blooms II, a Kim Hughes stamp set available at Cornish Heritage Farms. I really don't use this set enough, but the sentiment fit in there perfectly!

Buzz on over to Embellish-It Scrapbooking and check it out!! Try out our Friday Challenge this week and have fun!!


15 Aug 2008

Little Paper Shop Challenge

It is the 15th of the month and I have just today, well, just NOW, finished my challenge card for the Little Paper Shop design team challenge!!

I'll blame Allison......

It was Sarah's turn to issue the challenge this month, and her challenge was to create a 5" x 5" square card using only two colours and a neutral. The catch was that the only stamping could be words or sentiment as the focal image.

I inwardly groaned although I could have groaned outwardly because it is only me sitting here!

But really, it didn't turn out to be that tough of a challenge Sarah! and that is why they call it a challenge!! I think it was Renee who reminded me of that--back when I groaned at her challenge!! Yes, I'm a groaner.....

I just always think, why can't a challenge just be to make a card??! See, how easy is that??! However, as my brilliant (true) mother would say "Some people would call that thought l-a-z-y!!" LOL!!

So, here is my card and thank goodness for patterned paper!!

I chose my designer paper from Memory Box's Provence , Russian Sage and Eggshell. I bought these papers from Ellen's store and I love it because she always has a little blurb about which cardstock matches up with the designer paper.

So I really didn't have to think very much-- it said use Russian Sage and Eggshell - and so I did!!

I created a butterfly with my Martha Stewart punch and a piece of Russian Sage cardstock.

Then I punched out another butterfly with some scrap patterned vellum, rolled up a glue dot and attached it to the vellum butterfly. Then I adhered it to the Russian Sage butterfly!! KWIM??!

I added a bit of bling to the butterfly's body because she wanted to look pretty!!

I tied some sheer grey ribbon around the side to finish it off.

The sentiment is from "Beautiful Things"
and this stamp set is not yet available but is a sneak peak of a sneak peak!!

I stamped the sentiment in Brilliance Black right onto the Provence patterned paper.

I finished the card off by dabbling some Frosted Lace stickles here and there - twice actually because, naturally, I didn't let it dry the first time and it ended up all over my arm!! I'm probably the only one that has ever happened to! haha!!

Be sure to check out the rest of the design team's challenge cards...they are so amazing.....but then again, I am so late in posting, that you have probably already checked them out!!

Julia - Addicted to Paper
Allison - Stampin' When I Can
Laura - Scrap 'n Extras
Chelsey - Musings of a Teenaged Stamper
Cindy - Cindy Haffner's Corner
Dawn - Treasure Oiler Designz
Elyssa - Confessions of A Teenage Scrapper
Renée - Stamping for Sanity
Sarah- My Scrapbook Table
Silke - My Life

Retro Euphoria!

I just HAD to order the Retro Boutique stamp set from Gina K Designs when I saw all the yummo cards that had been made with this set!

Sometimes I have no imagination until I see something done, then I think of all sorts of possibilities. Such was the case with this set.

I love those shoes and that dress is to die for!!

And I got my Basic Grey Euphoria 6 x 6 paper pack awhile back, and of course I hoarded it!!

I had to break it out when I received my Retro Boutique stamp set!

What a perfect dress this is for paper piecing!! - So simple!!

You can see I broke out the sewing machine for this one.....that is because I basically stole the layout from Michele Boyer, on this post.

Her blog is freakin' amazing!! and she has the coolest layouts, so I thought she shouldn't just leave them there, they should be shared!!

I stamped the dress on to two different dp's from the Euphoria paper pack and also onto some Papertrey Ink white cardstock.

I cut out the skirt and and the top (minus the straps) from the Basic Grey paper and pasted them onto the stamped image on the white cardstock.

Then I used my tall nestabilities rectangle to only cut part way down the top of the image.

I do this in my Cuttlebug and you just place your die on the image as usual but carefully roll down only to where you will start to hand cut your image, then stop, take the image off and finish cutting with scissors.

I think it is easier to do than explain, but it makes for a very cool effect don't you think??!!

I added some purple stickles around the bottom and top of the skirt of her dress.You can kind of see the sparkling on the frills! So pretty!!

I doodled around the image and glued it to some Papertrey Ink Plum Pudding cardstock, then I added a couple of flags of stray ribbon that I have in a little basket on my desk.

My daughter Marcie can attest to the fact that I have stray everything laying around, so I bought a few little wire baskets from our local "push and shove" store (2/$3 --yay shopper Bon!!).

I have my Stickles in two baskets, right in front of my nose so that I actually use them, and some stray this's and that's in another basket!! - ribbon tails, punched out tags's that I didn't use etc.

I used dimensionals to pop up the image on to the card and then
I added a Prima flower which has a beautiful designer brad from The Paper Company and added to it and tucked it under the dress.

The sentiment is simply Happy Birthday, from the same Retro Boutique stamp set, because you can NEVER have enough birthday cards!!

What do you think?? Isn't it so very pretty and colourful??!

14 Aug 2008

Ways to use Copics!!

Yay! Another excuse to use the Copics!!

The challenge today is Ways to use Copics! Of course if you don't have copics you can use other markers - but the idea is to alter something with your alcohol markers!!

Well I chose to ink up some white Bazzill Petal Pusher flowers from Embellish-It Scrapbooking - I love to be able to alter them to whatever colour I need!

I also used yesterday's sketch challenge which was a little different - not hard at all - but the panels had to be placed onto the left side of the card, which made it a little lopsided - IMO - so that is why my sentiment is hovering towards the right side of the card - I was trying to balance it out!!

I added some white adhesive pearls to the centers of the flowers, and place them on my Basic Grey Stella Ruby designer paper.

Now that I look at it I think I added an extra layer!! Oh!

I used my Cuttlebug tag die to make a tag for the Lemon Tart ribbon to thread through and stamped my sentiment from Silhouette Blooms II on a white piece of paper and glued it to the tag.

The base of my card is Stamping UP Chocolate chip cardstock - very dark and rich and gorgeous and yummo! Oooo, I'm hungry!!

The high-speed internet saga continues..........

Mr. Hiney-man left a note on my door saying that the nearest tower was 35 km (about 28 miles) away and that we could not get high speed, and therefore they were closing my case. ?????

So I called their office and mentioned that the nearest tower was actually 6 km (4 miles) away and there is another 15 km (12 miles) away.

That guy on the phone said I was right (I knew it) and that another technician would be out next Tuesday.........oh.. my.. word......I am almost losing my mind.....over a dang computer.......

13 Aug 2008

Back to Sympathy....

This needs to be quick as I have my internet guy here working away so I can get HIGH SPEED !! Woohoo!!! We are entering the 20th century!!

He is taking a break right now (NO BREAKS!!) so I am racing in to post this.....

Seems like I am always making these dang cards...........just the thought that we need them bugs me.....

I have said before, that this Gina K Designs Comfort and Peace sympathy set is so perfect for a quick or not-so-quick sympathy card. In this case quick......haha!

I just used white as my card base and added a couple of panels of coloured cardstock.

The image was water misted as I did in this post - LUV doing this - so quick quick quick!! and pretty!

I added a few Stamping Bella baubles up the side and chenille rick rack along the bottom of the card and finished!!

Don't you think it is funny how the normally calm and rational person, (moi) can live without something (high-speed) for so long (like forever) and just be accustomed to it being the way it is (s--l--o--w), and then, when it is within fingertip reach ....... that ....said.....person......can ...HARDLY HANDLE IT!!!!!! -