Saturday, October 31, 2009

Just Us Girls Week 5 Wild Card Challenge and BLOG CANDY


Welcome to the 5th edition of JUGS challenges! We are super excited for all the wonderful people who have played along with us so far! Thanks so much!!

This week we have a "wild card" challenge from Kristin and it is to make a card using a picture on it. Also Kristin designed this special lamp post image for us to use. And the awesome sentiments in the set (shown in the icon above) was created by the talented Tammy Hersberger. Now I know today is Halloween but I had to use Kristin's fabulous images which are Christmas sooo check it out......


Join us this week and every participant will get a copy of Kristin's awesome digi images, now that is some awesome blog candy!!!

JUGS DT:
Kristin
http://kristinscrafts.blogspot.com/
Pam http://paperandribbonsandstampsohmy.blogspot.com/
Dana http://www.paperdaydream.blogspot.com/
Lisa http://kindcreations.blogspot.com/
Mona http://cupcakescreations.blogspot.com/
Tracey http://tmcuccia.blogspot.com/


That's it for now!



Thanks for stopping by have a safe and Happy Halloween!



Till later..

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Royal Kat Wednesday


Welcome to another edition of Royal Kat Wednesday Blog Hop! Starting this week we will have two hops each week one on Monday and one on Wednesday! We have lots of fun stuff to share so there are two fun Queen Kat days a week! If you are coming here from Jules blog then you are on ther right track if not head on back to the QKD blog to start the hop from the top!


This week we have an inspiration challenge for you:



Here is what I came up with. I went with the pink/purple colors as well as the leaf images for my inspiration.



Here is who is hopping this week in case you get lost:
QKD blog
Shannon's blog
Jules' blog
Maria's blog
WIS blog
Bev (SG's) blog
Andrea's blog
Lara's blog
Anessa's blog
Nina's blog
Nancy's blog
Stephanie's blog
Queen Kat Designs Store

Now get hopping and head on to the wonderful WIS BLOG for some more inspiration!

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Lizzie Anne Designs Guest RockStar Challenge

For over 100 wonderful sketches LAD has had some rockin challenges. For their 100th sketch they are having a run little contest to be the next LAD rockstar. I've always loved their stamps so I thought I should give it a try. I ended up using an image that has since retired but I thought it works so well with the Basic Grey paper I picked. SO, I hope that is ok! You can find the sketch and all the others in their forum Lizzie Anne Land.


Here is my take on this awesome challenge:



I was really happy with how this turned out. I used a "faux" gem that I got at Michael's in the center flower. Here is a close up:



That's it for now!

Thanks for stopping by!

Till later!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Just Us Girls Challenge


Welcome to the next JUGS challenge! This week we have a fabulous challenge for you and it's to make paper flowers! This was so much fun and very simple. Our design team member Mona has a great tutorial to help you HERE.

I made one big flower and that was all I needed to create a lovely card:



Be sure to swing by the JUGS BLOG and then to the blogs of the DT members for lots of fun inspiration for this fabulous challenge!!


JUGS DT:
Kristin http://kristinscrafts.blogspot.com
Pam http://paperandribbonsandstampsohmy.blogspot.com
Dana http://www.paperdaydream.blogspot.com
Lisa http://kindcreations.blogspot.com
Mona http://cupcakescreations.blogspot.com
Tracey http://tmcuccia.blogspot.com/


That's it for now!


Thursday, October 22, 2009

Handmade Boutique Starts today!!

I'm participating in the first ever Halloween Handmade Boutique!

When? October 22-25

What? 20% off of my entire shop -Refunds will be made using paypal

Please visit http://handmadeboutiques.blogspot.com/ for more information.Remember to use the code: HalloweenBoutique09 in the customer comments during check out so I know to honor the 20% discount.

Tell all your friends!

There will be a drawing for a nice prize on October 26th after the Boutique. So get your order in and you'll be entered in the drawing.

COME STOP BY MY ETSY SHOP: RIA CREATIONS

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Queen Kat Royal Wednesday Blog Hop


Welcome to another fun edition of Queen Kat Royal Wednesday and Royal Court Blog Hop!

This week we have a color challenge and it is to use: Orange, Purple, White, Black.

If you arrived here from Vicki's Blog then you are on the right track. If not head on back to the QKD blog to start the hop from the beginning.

Here is what I came up with for the hop. I used to use this fun robot all the time for each holiday. SO since he has been hiberating recently I thought it was time to pull him out for this challenge since they are fun Halloween Colors. So here is a bit of an off beat Halloween card.




Be sure to get this hop started off and head on to Kelly's Blog as I'm sure she will have something fabulous cooked up for this challenge.


You will want to be sure to swing by the QKD store also as there are some awesome sales going on:

55% off of all clearance

30% off of these stamps:
Thanksgiving Dragon
Christmas Tree Dragon
Off Beat Alphabet
Jester Alphabet
through 10/25/09


That's it for now!


Monday, October 19, 2009

Hanna Stamps Blog Hop

Welcome to the Fan's Of Hanna Stamps blog hop. If you came from Jen's blog you are on the right track. If not swing on by to Frances blog to start the hop from the top.

I have a fun fall Riley card to share with you:





And here is a little treat box:





Now be sure to hope on over to Jackie's blog for more Hanna Stamps fun.

In the event you get lost on the hop or run into broken links here is a full list of participants for this fun hop:

1. Frances http://stampowl.blogspot.com/
2. Cindy
http://cindyhaffnerscorner.blogspot.com/
3. Silke
http://silli-silli.blogspot.com/
4. Sandra http://daiseyfreak.blogspot.com/
15. Tracey
http://www.trays-spot.blogspot.com/
16. Sparks http://sparklecreations.blogspot.com
17. Lorie
http://www.thethinkinspot.blogspot.com/

18. Tanya http://lovepapernstamp.blogspot.com/
19. Laurie
http://stampinvirgo5.blogspot.com/

20. Bek http://www.bloomingpink.blogspot.com/
21. Janet
http://www.corrosivecreationsbyjanet.blogspot.com/

22. Kelly http://sandcastlestamper.blogspot.com/
23. Michele
http://www.enchantedstamper.blogspot.com/
24. Angela
http://inmyquiettime.blogspot.com/


Saturday, October 17, 2009

Just Us Girls Color Challenge

Welcome to the third "JUST US GIRLS" challenge and this week it's a color challenge. The colors are based on Papertrey Ink's colors but of course it's ok to use any companies colors that match.

Here is what I came up with using images from Papertrey Ink.



My apologies my photo is a little darker than I would want but it's been rainy here! UGH! I need to invest in a light tent or something, especially with the winter upon us. This is the first time I inked up this set and I have to tell you it's awesome, such fun to play with. The fence image is actually pattern paper. I picked up a cool new paper pad at my LSS called petite papers by Webster's Pages. I had not heard of them but though these papers were really cool and vibrant.

Be sure to swing by the blogs of the DT members for more awesome inspiration.

JUGS DT:
Kristin http://kristinscrafts.blogspot.com/
Pam http://paperandribbonsandstampsohmy.blogspot.com/
Dana http://www.paperdaydream.blogspot.com/
Lisa http://kindcreations.blogspot.com/
Mona http://cupcakescreations.blogspot.com/
Tracey http://tmcuccia.blogspot.com/


I hope that you can play along with us and be sure to visit the JUGS blog and link up your creation there!!

That's it for now!

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Clear & Simple Stamps Autumn Release!


Today is the official release of the Autumn Collection at Clear & Simple stamps!! There are a bunch of fun new sets that are releasing today:


WANT IT ALL
You can order the entire collection in one single click.

This is a package valued at $135, including all {9} newly released stamp sets.

Spooky Sweets
Woodlands
Holi-Dazzle
Holly Jolly
Cookie Bake
Taste of Christmas
Autumn
Wheat

I had the honor of playing with Spooky Treats which is also the Stamp of the Month! Here is a fun card I made using Spooky Treats to create a fun pattern paper!




And I also used the same set to make this cute little treat holder:




Be sure to swing by the CSS Design Team to see what they cooked up for this fun release!

Thanks for stopping by!

Till later...

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Queen Kat Royal Wednesday

Welcome to another fun edition of Queen Kat Royal Wednesday! If you came from the wonderful Queen Kat than you are on the right track. If not be sure to start this hop at the beginning and head to the QKD blog! This week we have an awesome sketch created by Vicki the Queen herself.


Here is what I came up with for this sketch challenge:


Now be sure to continue on this fun hop and hop onto the wonderful Kelly! I know she will have something fabulous for you this week!

Here is our official hop list for this week in case you get lost you can come back here for reference.

QKD: http://qkd.blogspot.com
Shannon: http://shannonssentiments.blogspot.com
jules: http://julietds.blogspot.com
Penny: http://penny-randomthoughts.blogspot.com/
Vicki: http://qksc.blogspot.com
Maria: http://riacreations.blogspot.com/
Kelly: http://kellystamps.blogspot.com
WIS: http://whimsicalinksorority.blogspot.com
Bev (SG) http://getcreativesg.blogspot.com
Andrea: http://mystampingheaven.typepad.com
Victoria: http://eatstampsleeprepeat.blogspot.com/
Lara: http://youwantthecookie.blogspot.com
Anessa: http://alienanessa.wordpress.com
Helene: http://2amscrapper.blogspot.com/
nina: http://creatinginsolitude.blogspot.com
Alex: http://paperandstring.blogspot.com/
Meredith: http://www.papercanteen.com
Linda: http://linda-scrap-atc.blogspot.com
Nancy: http://craftynancy.blogspot.com
Anita: http://happypapercrafthappenings.blogspot.com/
Sara: http://saracreativemind.blogspot.com
Stephanie: http://stephaniescraps.blogspot.com/
Katarina: http://kamadesign.blogspot.com
Ashley: http://hearthugsdesigns.blogspot.com/


Once you finish hopping be sure to swing on over the QKD store to check out the amazing deals going on!

Thanks for stopping by!



Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Fun Magnets with Gina K

I love making magnets using those little 2x2 bathroom tiles! It is so easy and they look great! Perfect for a simple gift for a hostess or to stick in the stocking this Christmas!


I wanted to share with you this beauty I made using a stamp from the A Year With Flowers set from Gina K Designs. This set was designed by the fabulous Melanie who rocks as a card designer and stamp artist.

I stamped the flower using Stazon ink in black. I did color it in using slick writer markers which I have found work great on tiles and with Stazon. Copic markers won't do too well with the Stazon ink since the alcohol in the markers will not like the solvent in the ink. Then I decided to pull out my trusty stickles! Yes I love that stuff, can't get enough of glitz and glam.

I used Christmas Red, Candy Cane and Lime Green. Of course you need patience with stickles because they take a long time to dry. I usually use mine at night and then let the piece stay overnight to dry. That works well for me since I am a night stamper anyhow.


Not too long ago Michael's had a super sale of the dollar bin items! For .40 how can I resist picking up a bunch of things hoping I will find use for them. One thing I found were these great little satin boxes perfect for holding a magnet!

Here is what it looks like inside:



Here is the top of the box with an awesome Prima flower as decoration:


I'm thinking this might make a great addition to my ETSY shop in the near future.

That's it for now!

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Clear & Simpls Stamps CPS SPONSOR!

This week Clear & Simple Stamps are sponsoring the CPS Sketch!


Check out this fun sketch this week:



I used the SOTM at CSS called Spooky Treats. I came up with a rather simple design, I may have to play with this sketch again this week if I can.



Close up of the candy corn and witch's brew, I used lots of stickles.


Be sure to swing by CPS for lots of inspiration and the CSS DT!!

That's it for now!

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Just Us Girls - New Challenge Blog


This is the "official" week 2 of the JUGS (JUST US GIRLS) challenges. We were just getting things organized last week and I'm sorry I did not have something to share. Be sure to swing by the JUGS blog for inspiration.

This week the challenge is to paper piece! I LOVE paper piecing it rocks!!!

I used Gina K's Inspiration Mosaic stamp designed by Melanie. This stamp can be used in so many ways but I think paper pieces the boxes provides an awesome look.



Be sure to swing by the blogs of the DT members for more awesome inspiration.

JUGS DT

Kristin http://kristinscrafts.blogspot.com/
Pam http://paperandribbonsandstampsohmy.blogspot.com/
Alicia http://www.happystamp.blogspot.com/
Dana http://www.paperdaydream.blogspot.com/
Lisa http://kindcreations.blogspot.com/
Mona http://cupcakescreations.blogspot.com/
Tracey http://tmcuccia.blogspot.com/

That's it for now!

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Queen Kat Royal Release Day Blog Hop

Welcome to the Queen Kat Royal Release Day blog hop! If you arrived here from Vicki than you are on the right track, if not start the hop at the QKD blog.

There are lots of fun new stamps being released today and great sales:

27% off of all QKD stamps (excludes separates and customs)
15-20% off of all Past Kits (royal, get inked!, The findings and Take 3)
10% off of all paper packs
55% off of all clearance
10% off of all acrylic blocks
10% off of all grab bags
20% off of the scrapbooking kit section (does not include royal kits)

This month I had the honor with working with some new super sized cupcakes. I have two layouts to share with you today.




Be sure to hop along to your next stop on this fun Royal Hop and swing by Kelly's blog as I'm sure she will have fun stuff to share with you.

In case you get lost on the hop here is the official hopping list for you:


QKD: http://qkd.blogspot.com
Shannon: http://shannonssentiments.blogspot.com
jules: http://julietds.blogspot.com
Penny: http://penny-randomthoughts.blogspot.com/
Vicki: http://qksc.blogspot.com
Maria: http://riacreations.blogspot.com/
Kelly: http://kellystamps.blogspot.com
WIS: http://whimsicalinksorority.blogspot.com
Bev (SG) http://getcreativesg.blogspot.com
Andrea: http://mystampingheaven.typepad.com
Victoria: http://eatstampsleeprepeat.blogspot.com/
Lara: http://youwantthecookie.blogspot.com
Anessa: http://alienanessa.wordpress.com
Helene: http://2amscrapper.blogspot.com/
nina: http://creatinginsolitude.blogspot.com
Alex: http://paperandstring.blogspot.com/
Meredith: http://www.papercanteen.com
Linda: http://linda-scrap-atc.blogspot.com
Nancy: http://craftynancy.blogspot.com
Anita: http://happypapercrafthappenings.blogspot.com/
Sara- http://saracreativemind.blogspot.com

That's it for now!

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Take the Challenge Tuesday - Let's Get Punchy!

Today is time for another TTC with Clear & Simple Stamps. This month's challenge is called "Let's Get Punchy"! The challenge is to pull out your punches and use them in fun and unique ways.

I used the October CSS stamp of the month called Spooky Treats for my fun sentiment. I made a very simple card but I think it works well for this challenge.

I created a 3D pumpkin image. I used a 1 1/2 inch circle punch and punched 4 circles to create this. I embossed each using the swiss dot embossing folder for the cuttlebug and folded them in half. I used score tape to adhere them all together and added them to the card. The stem is made from some "hemp" twine adhered to the back.

Here is a close up of the pumpkin:



The CSS DT is playing so be sure to swing by their blogs to say hi and see what they cooked up using punches. Also we would love to chat with you in our PCP Forum, so swing on by and say hi!



That's it for now!



Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Gina K Single Layer Challenge

When I saw one of the release party challenges this month for Gina K I think I gasped out loud! NO LAYERS! OH MY! You may have noticed I love layers! SO I had to give this a try. I think I like the simple card I came up with. May be a great way to make little card sets for gifts even.




Here is a closeup of the butterfly:


That's for now.

Thanks for stopping by.

Till later....

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Happy World Card Making Day

Happy World Card Making Day! Today come party at PCP with a fun group hop. Clear & Simple Stamps is hosting a fun challenge for you.


This is my "springtime" card for this fun little scavenger hunt:


So be sure to swing on over to PCP and check out all the fun and games.

Look forward to seeing you in the PCP forum.

Thanks for stopping by.

Till later....

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Clear & Simple Stamps SOTM and Template

The first of the month means the new Stamp of the Month and coordinating template from Clear & Simple Stamps. This month's SOTM is called Spooky Treats, it is one fun Halloween set.

Check out this fun set onsale today OCT 1.


You can get a dollar off this fun set by using the code DTBlog1009 when you check out!

In addition to this fun set this month there is a new Copic Marker bundle being offered. For October the bundle will include the Copic Trio Set: Yellow Red 1 (YR00, YR04, YR07). Copic Marker Bundle with the SOTM for the bargain price of $26 - that's a $15 stamp set and $15 Copic Marker Trio set combined at a $4 reduction in price - you won't find a better bundle anywhere!

Also this month is a fun new FREE template for you. You can find the template HERE. And here is what I came up with for it:




Be sure to swing by the rest of the CSS design team to see what they cooked up for this fun challenge.


That is it for now!

Till later...