30 Nov 2009

Little Paper Shop sketch challenge!

Good Monday morning to you all - hubby is hunting this week so I am off to Toronto tomorrow for the One of a Kind Show and Sale in Toronto with my sister in law and my mother in law- I've never been to the show, but I hear it is fabulous with so many funky things to see - so I can hardly wait!

This is Monday and that means it is our weekly challenge over at Little Paper Shop. This week we have a sketch challenge but we were challenged to rcycle a previous LPS sketch!

I chose to recycle LPS sketch 35 which is this sketch and I stamped with the {Christmas Wishes} stamp set.

I stamped the beautiful dove in Vivid Dye In
k - Straw and chose to use Cosmo Cricket Honey Pie designer paper and Sweet Corn cardstock.

Be sure top stop by the Little Paper Shop blog to see all the details about winning {I Heart}

And a special bonus - everything in the Little Paper Shop store is 10% - 70% off until December 7th --what fabulous Christmas gifts wahoo!!

29 Nov 2009

Cupcake Inspiration Challenge #35

Well, good Sunday morning to you and welcome to another Cupcake Inspiration Challenge! Everyone is invited to play along in the challenge and if you do, be sure to link your creation to Mr. Linky on the Hope Stamps Eternal blog.

Every week, Rachel picks the top 5 links and highl
ights them on the blog!! If you upload to SCS or PCP, be sure to use this week's keyword: CIC35.

Here is this week's cupcake picture - oh my isn't that snowman just the cutest?? He makes me think of being on top of a mountain of cupcakes! What could be better?

Well, I went with the mountain inspiration and the light blue and white and decided to do a dual challenge and also make a card for Moxie Fab's Christmas in the Old Country challenge!

I used the Cuttlebug negative embossing technique, using the snowflake embossing folder (Rachel is sold out of the snowflake folder but just look at all the other folders available!) While the ink was still wet, I clear embossed the cardstock and since the cardstock is Memory Box which has a white core, the snowflakes just popped!

I painted my chipboard deer and sprinkled glitter over top of the paint while it was wet and then added Zva Creative crystals to form a collar on the deer.

I added a Zva Creative Crystal Flourish to the background and then popped up the deer on top.

The red cardstock has been punched out with a Martha Stewart edge punch and just so you know ALL Martha Stewart punches are on sale at Hope Stamps Eternal right now!!

The sentiment is from Waltzingmouse Stamps Seasons of Love (Nestie Friendly) and I stamped the sentiment and made a little flag to pop up with Zva Creative Adhesive Dots.

I finished off the card with a couple of snowflakes on top of each other topped off with another sparkly Zva Creative crystal!

Edited to Add: BONUS BONUS BONUS!! Tomorrow is Cyber Monday and Rachel has got 30% off everything in the store!! What a deal!!

Thanks for stopping by, and be sure to mountain climb over to the rest of the Sweeties blogs and see how they were inspired by this sparkly little guy!

Carolina - Carolina's Creative Pad (off this week)
Rachel - Hope Stamps Eternal
Colleen - Glitter Ink
Michelle - Stop and Stamp the Roses
Teresa - Enjoy the VA Sunshine
Natalie - Dougnat Diaries
Jessica - Shamrocks and Seashells
Kelli - Yard Sale Kind of Luck

Stamps: Waltzingmouse Stamps
Paper: Memory Box, Pure Poppy, White (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Vivid Red (Gina K Designs)
Accessories: Little Yellow Bicycle chipboard, Zva Creative crystal flourishes and crystals, Marvy punch snowflake, snowflake embossing folder, Martha Stewart glitter, Martha Stewart checkerboard edge punch

27 Nov 2009

CPS143 and Earth Angel

Well I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving with lots of turkey and ham and squash and pumpkin pie and oooooo I'm making myself hungry and it's only 10:00 am lol!

I haven't used a sketch from Card Positioning Systems for a great while, so I thought I would give it a shot.

I used the Waltzingmouse Stamp set Earth Angel to make a birthday card - a lovely set with so many different style wings and little this's and that's to pop onto the Angel's gown.

For instance, the smocking is a separate stamp, so you have the option of just the dress or add a little smocked jumper like I did. There is also a garland and seed pounches and lots of fun little stamps to play with!

I used the Martha Stewart Star edge punch that Rachel has at Hope Stamps Eternal. Did you know that all of her Martha Stewart inventory is on sale at her store?? - BIG savings!!

I hope you have a lovely Black Friday with lots of shopping and please buy loads of stamping stuff - to support the economy of course!!

Stamps: Earth Angel
(Waltzingmouse Stamps)
Paper: Dark Chocolate, Melon Berry, Vintage Cream, Spring Moss, Green Tea Leaves (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Rich Cocoa ( Memento)
Accessories: Spellbinders Classic Inverted Scalloped Circles, Papertrey Ink ribbon, Martha Stewart star edge punch, Zva Creative pearls

25 Nov 2009

Papertrey Ink November Blog Hop!

November blog hop is all about last minute tags and/or wrapping!

I did up some up some quick tags the other day when I was playing, using Polka Dots Basic II and the Spellbinders dies - Long Classic Rectangles and Labels Four.

I also used the
Sizzix Bigz Ornament Die - but of course Dawn's Vintage Ornaments stamp set would be awesome for this too! (don't own it but hubby says, it's a wonder!)

I did a tutorial earlier this week along with more tags, for those of you who don't have a Cricut but like the shape of the Cricut tag. You can find the tutorial here.

Thanks for coming around again this month and I am off to see the other blog hop entries and find some wonderfully quick ideas!!

My Little Butterfly

Yesterday's colour challenge on Splitcoaststampers was a stumper for sure - how do you incorporate Pretty in Pink, Old Olive and Bermuda Bay together?!

I had always loved all of Dawn McVey's butterfly cards BUT when I saw that my cyberfriend Julie Lacey, from Stamps and Taxes had used the die on her beautiful butterfly cards - that pushed me over the edge and I broke down and bought the BIGZ butterfly die and I LOVE it!

I also had seen Dawn use the Amy Butler butterflies on one of her cards so I got mine out, which I have had forever - yep, I belong to Hoarders Anonymous 1-800-GIVEMESTUFF- and whipped up a card for the colour challenge using both butterflies.

I used the perfect sentiment from Waltzingmouse Stamps Earth Angel stamp set - you will see more of this set - hopefully tomorrow - it has so many sentiments and a cute little angel with a variety of wings that you can mix and match - fascinating set!!

I used the corresponding paper K & Company paper that matched the Amy Butler butterfly, Ripe Avocado and Sweet Blush from Papertrey Ink and also Baja Breeze - yep bought a pack awhile ago - from Stamping UP when they still offered it......again hoarding.

I pretty much cased Julie's card with a few changes, but it is so beautiful, why not? Thanks Julie (don't hit me).

I also got a chance to use my EK Success embossed curve punch which I love!

Hope you like it and see you later with my Papertrey Ink blog hop creation!

23 Nov 2009

"Believe" I made it!

Good Tuesday morning to you!! The sun is shining and I am getting ready to go on my walk with hubby! Life is good!

I know you are probably well aware of the talents of Kelly Luncefor
d.....I have been following her blog ever since I discovered all of her fabulous banners that she makes - absolutely GORJUS!!

I was wowed by this Thanksgiving banner of Kelly's and this Hallowe'en banner - and I really wanted to give it a go, so when we were having our craft fair I decided to try to make one.

I didn't want to stray too far from Kelly's design because, well frankly, they are perfect! I just wanted our banner to be a bit bigger so I made the accordion flowers 4" across (I had to use two - 2" x 12" strips of designer paper for each flower-- I love love LOVE the accordian flowers (Kelly's tutorial here)

I had already cut the letters "Believe" out with a Cricut at one of my local scrapbooking stores, making the background letter 5 1/4" high and the designer paper 5" high, which was pretty big to work with which is why my accordion flowers are so big!.

This is not a dainty banner lol!

Since I used designer paper and not chipboard for my main letters, they were not very sturdy and I felt that putting glitter on each one just on it's own would be hazardous to the letter Smiley from

I adhered each letter to Quickutz double sided clear adhesive sheets. I cut each letter out, peeled off the other side of the adhesive sheet and added the glitter - very easy but still messy and fun and gave each letter a little more thickness.

Each background is made out of cardstock and is cut like a pennant. I stamped each pennant with several Christmas words from different stamp sets in versamark and clear embossed.

I really was at a loss as to how to finish the top of each pennant and I love how Kelly has her Thanksgiving words computer generated across the top of each piece, and since I was now lacking any further mojo, I did the same thing using Christmas words (why mess with perfection??!).

I finished the whole thing by edging each pennant with white ink.

I am really happy with how it turned out - very colourful and happy looking - just the look we were going for!

Stamps: Waltzingmouse Stamps, Papertrey Ink, compute generated
Paper: Jolly by Golly (Cosmo Cricket), white bling (Bazzill), Pure Poppy (Papertrey Ink)
Accessories: Versamark, clear embossing powder, felt ribbon (Little Yellow Bicycle), silver ribbon (Papertrey Ink), menagerie of different glitters, score tape, buttons, acrylic snowflakes

22 Nov 2009

LPSC43 and Gingerbread!

Happy happy Monday!! and that means that it is Little Paper Shop challenge day!

Today our challenge is brought to you by the most wonderfully talented Julie Lacey and her choices are Kraft, Real Red and Soft Suede - I used Kraft, Pure Poppy and Dark Chocolate - all from Papertrey Ink for my card.

We would love for you to play along!! Just leave a link on the Little Paper Shop blog and you may be the lucky winner of {Merry and Bright} and, because we love our customers, Little Paper Shop has extended their 10% to 70% sale until December 7th... yee haw!

We think we should leave a card for Santa this year - since our grandson Jake is now a big three years old, (how did that happen??) he will definitely want to leave Santa some cookies at our house for Christmas Eve!

We haven't been leaving Santa too much the last few years because I heard that Santa was on a losing weight kick, so we were trying to help him probably isn't working *sigh* so .....

I used {Christmas Tags} for today's colour challenge which is still on sale until December 7th!- it is so cute with lots of fun tags and images for you to use!

It's been a crazy weekend - we had a table at our Church bazaar and boy was I whuuuuupped at the end of the day!

I have decided I would rather make the cards then sell them - I'm not a good salesperson - I kind of say things under my breath and sometimes I even
want to launch myself across the table and had to turn away. I was kind of surprised at that.

I am on my way to the chiropractor this morning for this silly back of mine (may have been the table thing...).....anyone have any lower back advice? Dang thing anyway......

Stamps: {Christmas Tags} (Little Paper Shop)
Paper: Itty Bitty Boxes, Dark Chocolate, Pure Poppy, Kraf
t, Stampers Select White (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Dark Brown (Colorbox) Vivid Brick Red (Gina K Designs
Accessories: Spellbinders circle and scalloped circle dies, Fiskars Apron Lace Punch, Ek Success embossed curve punch, Hero Arts gems, my funky sewing machine

20 Nov 2009

Dirty Girls challenge and a tutorial.....

Okay be nice. This is my first tutorial on my blog.

I've done a couple for the Splitcoaststampers Dirty Dozen gallery but Jenn Balcer, who is always behind the scenes, choreographed the whole thing making it just lovely!!

Granted it's not a huge tutorial but....okay now I'm babbling....

First off, the 20th of the month is the day the Dirty Girls get together and accept a challenge from the hostess for the month.

I am so proud to say that I was a Dirty Girl, so since I had time - don't know where that statement came from - I accepted
Kim Teasdale's challenge to make an ornament along with a loop so it can hang from something.

Essentially, I did the challenge correctly, there is an ornament involved and a loop, but technically I cheated a little.

I just received the Sizzix BIGZ ornament die and I just freakin' LOVE it! so that is what I used and made these tags, which you will probably see a lot of in various design in the coming days and weeks.

I also used Waltzingmouse Stamps Off Beat Backgrounds along with and Very Vintage Labels No. 4. I LOVE that little tag topper and I must confess, that I didn't have a clue what those (there are three different shapes in this set) little stamps were for until I finally decided to do some research on Claire's blog (plug your ears Claire) to see if she had used them or not, and of course she had, beautifully.... D'oh me......

Okay, on to the tutorial.......I have seen a lot of the Cricut tags shaped so beautifully and since I don't have a Cricut (I sold it about a year ago.... why oh why *sob*...) I decided to make my own lovely shaped tags from Spellbinders dies.

This tutorial will make 6 tags from one 8-1/2 x 11 sheet of cardstock

Scalloped Tag Tutorial

Supplies Needed:

-Spellbinders Long classic Rectangles (second largest die)
-Spellbinders Labels Four (largest die)
-One sheet of 8 1/2 x 11 piece of cardstock
-Die cutting machine ( I used Cuttlebug)
-Paper trimmer

Step One:
Cut cardstock in half so you have two panels measuring 8 1/2" x 5 1/2".

Step Two

Cut each panel into 3 equal rectangles each one measuring 2 3/4" x 5 1/2"

Step Three

Die cut each panel with the long rectangle nestabilities.

Step Four

Center only the top of your panel under the top of the Labels 4 die, as shown in photo, making sure the bottom of the panel is not being cut.

Step Five

Run it through the die cutting machine - repeat with rest of panels

Step Six

Decorate as desired

Stamps: Off Beat Backgrounds, Very Vintage Labels No. 4 (Waltzingmouse Stamps); Paper: Stampers Select White, Sweet Blush, Scarlet Jewel, Holiday Cheer (Papertrey Ink) Eskimo Kisses (Basic Grey); Ink: Sweet Blush, Scarlet Jewel, Spring Moss, Vintage Touch Inking System (Papertrey Ink); Accessories: Create a Flake One (Spellbinders) Scarlet Jewel and Ripe Avocado Ribbon (Papertrey Ink) Chipboard snowflakes (Little Yellow Bicycle), Zva Creative Crystals, Fiskars paper punch, Martha Stewart glitter

19 Nov 2009

THIS is the good stuff......

Sorry I am not blogging lately - we have a craft show this weekend and next weekend that we are ridiculously cramming for - sounds like exams!

Here is a project that I made for the August Dirty Dozen gallery and I love it!

The theme was called Back to the Drawing board and we were to use things that you would get from a office supply store!

I used a 6" x 9" clear clipboard that I bought at Staples and attached some Zva Creative Crystal Symmetrical Flourishes and and Zva Creative roses to the front of the clipboard.

I stamped Papertrey Ink Damask Designs with cream coloured paint onto the back of the clipboard.

When it was dry, I added some thickers that I had painted with a lime green dauber and that was basically it! - very easy but such a great background for my little granddaughter Robin!

Hope you like it!

16 Nov 2009

Little Paper Shop and a SALE!!

Well, first off, I am sorry for the late post today. I absolutely hate technology - let's just leave it at that or I may say something I shouldn't. bah.

On to better things!! Today is the next sneak peak for Little Paper Shop.

This stamp set is called {For You} and is a sentiment set and w
ill be available tomorrow along with a HUGE sale - everything will be 10% to 70% off for one week starting tomorrow!! Isn't that Fabulous!!??

I paired up the new sentiment with an image from {I Heart} (yesterday's sneak peek) because I thought this was the perfect sentiment to use.

My paper is Basic Grey Nutmeg and I also used Papertrey Ink Aquamist cardstock, ribbon and button.

Our challenge today was to use a die cut on our card and as you can see, I finished the card and then didn't have ONE die cut on it - ridiculous because I always use some sort of Spellbinders or paper punch - I'm a dork - that's my excuse.....

If you would like to win this stamp set, please leave a comment on the Little Paper Shop blog today and if you want two chances to win - you can enter a card in our challenge. Visit the blog for all the details!! woohoo!

15 Nov 2009

Cupcake Inspiration Challenge #33

This is my second post today, so if you have a minute please be sure to look at the first day of new stamps reveal for Little Paper Shop!

Well good morning again, and I just want to take a minute and thank Jami Bova {sgtStamper} for my new blog banner! It was time for a change
and I went back to the chicken - I missed him/her/it dearly and I love it! Thanks Jami!

Well here we are again at another Cupcake Inspiration Challenge for Hope Stamps Eternal!

This week we have pointy little cupcakes that are so yummy-licious looking - and I get so dang hungry when I am typing up these Cupcake!

I was totally inspired by the points on the cupcake so I went with my nestabilities friendly Waltzingmouse Stamp set called "Seasons of Love - Tags." I stamped the star in Stamping Up Really Rust to match the autumn theme and then stamped the sentiment with Memento Rich Cocoa.

I love the autumn theme so of course Cosmo Cricket Nutmeg matched up perfectly! I sewed some panels of "Nutmeg" onto my card base, attached the star tag and finished it off with a bow and a button.

This would be perfect for a masculine card because of the colours but would also be great for anyone else! I just love it!

Thanks for stopping by, and be sure to swoosh by the rest of the Sweeties blogs and see how they were inspired by these fabulous cupcakes!!

Carolina - Carolina's Creative Pad
Rachel - Hope Stamps Eternal
Colleen - Glitter Ink
Michelle - Stop and Stamp the Roses
Teresa - Enjoy the VA Sunshine
Natalie - Dougnat Diaries
Jessica - Shamrocks and Seashells
Kelli - Yard Sale Kind of Luck

Little Paper Shop Preview!

Yes, you are at the right place!! I've replaced my banner with this funky little chicken - I missed the chicken and it only made sense. My banner was made by Jami Bova {sgtStamper} who is so talented and knew exactly what I wanted, and I only gave her minimal information - perfect!! Thank you so much Jami!!

Holy Cow it's that time again-
Little Paper Shop is revealing new stamps YAY!! I LOVE new stamps!

Today's reveal is called {I Heart} and is full of images containing hearts!

I've combined three of the images by stamping and masking. I stamped the small birdhouse and then masked it to stamp the heart topiary over top so that it looked like the birdhouse was in the plant!

I like how it turned out, although I don't like the peach shadowing.....I don't know what I was thinking...

If you would like to own this set, please leave a comment on the Little Paper Shop blog and you may be the lucky winner!

And Little Paper Shop is having a sale beginning on Tuesday - everything in the store will be 10% to 70% off! - now that's a deal you won't want to miss!

This is my first of two posts today - woohoo - look at me go! so please come back to see my Hope Stamps Eternal Cupcake Inspiration Challenge!

Stamps: {I Heart} (Little Paper Shop) Paper: Melon Berry, Ocean Tides, Stampers Select White (Papertrey Ink) Earth Love (Cosmo Cricket) Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic Markers Accessories: Spellbinders Circle and Scalloped Circle nestabilities, pop dots

14 Nov 2009

You Think??

When I saw today's Inspiration Challenge, which features the gorgeous artwork of Lorelie Kay Designs, I was fixated on this fine piece and knew I had to ink up my sweet little Lillith from Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps!

Isn't she just the cutest little diva ever?!!

She was stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento Ink which dries so fast and does NOT bleed when you use copic markers! - wahoo!

So then of course, I coloured her with my copic markers - heading out in two minutes to pick up MORE markers.....I'm am sinful!!

My patterned paper is from Imaginisce, Perfectly Posh - and perfectly suited for glamour divas like Miss Lillith!

The sentiment is from My Favorite Things, and I can't find it to link it up, which makes me think it is out of stock - everyone loves it!

Thank you for taking a look today. I don't say it often but I am grateful for everyone who likes to stamp and everyone who just stops around to take a peek!!

Hopping in my sin wagon and off to shop......

12 Nov 2009

A Faux Feel Challenge.....

Good morning! The sun is shining and I have got coffee in hand and a day full of happiness ahead of me!

Splitcoaststampers Thursday challenge is called Ways to Use It and this week our challenge is to use texture on our creation, so I sort of copped out and used paper that looked like it had texture to it!

I used Basic Grey Eskimo Kisses 6 x 6 paper pad, Finial and Woodland sheets and, using a simple but effective layout, created a gorgeous Christmas card if I do say so myself haha!!

I love the acetate snowflakes - aren't they pretty - too bad I don't know where they are from! Dang it - I ripped open the package a few weeks ago and then promptly forgot the manufacturer - anyone?anyone? Beuller?

I used Papertrey Ink's Peaceful Poinsettia for the sentiment, stamped in Scarlet Jewel, and then my EK Success edger for the scallops - love it!

I sewed around the edges and for the finale, I added a Zva Creative clear gem that I coloured with my copic marker!

This card was easy-ness at it's best and wonderful for mass producing!

11 Nov 2009

An Old Friend....

I just love this Sewing Box - Hugs stamp set from Waltzingmouse Stamps! I made this card for the colour challenge on Splitcoaststampers and one lady even commented on how lovely my stitching was - it's very real looking!

The colours were Very Vanilla, Kraft and Bravo Burgundy - of course you can use any colour that is similar so I used Gina K Pure Luxury Soft Sand and Papertrey Ink Scarlet Jewel and Rustic Cream.

I stamped three hearts on the Soft Sand cardstock and then again on Rustic Cream Cardstock.

I cut out the middle hearts from the Rustic Cream and adhered them to the Soft Sand cardstock and then added some Scarlet Jewel buttons tied with
Rustic twine.

I love the sentiment and I must say that a couple of years ago an old friend, that I went to Grade School with, some er......40 years ago contacted me through I was thrilled to say the least!

We met for lunch with a few of the other girls from school and they are all so beautiful and fun and so dang grown up! Now we get together once in awhile to laugh and share funny teacher stories
. I think it is about time for another get together - eh Jayne?!!

9 Nov 2009

Little Paper Shop Challenge!

Good morning and happy Monday!

The sun is shining and I am going over to my daughter's house to stamp yay!

Today's challenge is a sketch challenge that you are most welcome to play. Hop on over to the Little Paper Shop blog to see the details and what you can win!!

I used UTEE (ultra thick embossing powder) on my Merry and Bright star to make a cracked glass technique.......Heather has a fabulous tutorial on how to create this antique-y look - and that is what I used for my image. I love this technique! Thanks Heather for making it so easy!!

8 Nov 2009

Cupcake Inspiration Challenge #32

Good Sunday morning and welcome to another Cupcake Inspiration Challenge! This week we have another delicious looking cupcake to be inspired by!

Every week Rachel Hope, from Hope Stamps Eternal, uploads a fabulous cupcake and our design team is totally inspired (because we are like that !) and we whip up a card to totally inspire you!

So here is today's cupcake......

and here is how I was inspired.

I used Basic Grey June Bug designer paper and a stamp from my new Bella Blvd Camp Out stamp set- I love this little motor home. My in-laws sold motor homes for years and this sweet set brings back a ton of memories!

I am using this as a retirement card and on the inside the sentiment is "Happy Retirement" (original, I know)......

My trail of "dust" is one of those fabulous Zva Creative flourishes in Jet. So you see how it hangs off the edge of the card? Just make sure if you do this, that you put a bit of baby powder on the back of the sticky part - so that it won't be sticky! a fabulous tip I learned from the wonderful Kim Hughes right here! and then be sure to use a larger envelope so the gorgeous crystals won't fold over and be all my grandson would say....

Don't forget to drive around to the other "Sweeties" blogs and check out how they were inspired!! AND since we are saying good bye this week to the most awesomest Tammy, we have a new member of our design team and that is Teresa Kline! Welcome Teresa!!

Carolina - Carolina's Creative Pad
Rachel -
Hope Stamps Eternal
Colleen -
Glitter Ink
Michelle - Stop and Stamp the roses

Natalie - dougnat diaries
Jessica - Shamrocks and Seashells

Kelli - Yard Sale Kind of Luck

Teresa - Enjoy the VA Sunshine