Monday, March 31, 2008

Hanna After Dark

Hanna is ready for her big night out in the city! Do you like her fancy dress? She picked that up on her shopping spree. Off she goes to drop off her new goodies and head out for the night! :-)

While in Michael's the other day I picked up new Cuttlebug folders. This city skyline was one of the 4 in the pack. I haven't used the small embossing folders but I saw this one and thought of Hanna. I embossed the city twice on this cool glitter paper by DCWV. Hanna herself is dressed in a great glittery outfit by DCWV and includes a matching bag. Her other bags were colored with Prismacolor markers. Her shoes are black and glittery as well. Miss Hanna just sparkles.

I don't' know what it is but for some reason I feel the need to cut out Hanna for my designs. I think it looks pretty cool though. I promise I'll try other ideas as well without cutting her out! LOLOL! It's been so much fun playing with these stamps. Today was a happy mail day as I just received my winning Hanna set "Getting Physical". I won this from Hanna Stamps last release party. And guess what this Thursday is? Another release party on the Hanna Stamps SCS forum a 9pm so check it out!

Thanks for looking!

Till Later!

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Giraffe for Baby

I have a quick post for you today. I have a baby shower to attend and needed a cute card. I used this great giraffe from Gina K a while back and really liked it. So I used the same sketch idea but changed the colors to blue since she is having a boy. I used Stampin Up's So Many Scallops set for the cute saying on the left and punched it out using the SU scallop punch. I used an 1/8 inch hole puncher to make the little lace effect. I've been doing that alot lately but I really like it. I guess I feel like the scallop is too plain and boring otherwise. :-) The base is SU Barely Banana and mounted on Brilliant blue. The glitter patterned paper is from a DCWV glitter stack pack.

Thanks for looking.

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Friday, March 28, 2008

Don't Eat the Cake!

Here she is CAKE SOPHIE! Sophie is the new moose on the loose at Hanna Stamps. Today is Friday and that means Hanna Stamps challenge time over in the SCS forum. This weeks challenge was to bring on the BLING! For my bling I chose to use glitter!! I used glitter background paper on the left from DCWV stack pack. Glitter brads from Making Memories and Stickles make the cake yummy. I colored Sophie using Copics and Prismacolor makers. The base is Stampin Up Regal Rose with Rose red accents. The background was embossed using the Cuttlebug. Finally, the great sentiment is from Imaginisce and can be found at Mothers & Daughters Creations. I also mounted the pretty flower layer with pop dots and Sophie is encircled with nestablities and she is also mounted with pop dots. This gives me a few raised layers.

I have some Friday enablers for you. There is still a little bit of time to save 10% at Starving Artistamps. See this link for all the great details! You have until March 30.

If you love some of the Riley's and Sophie's you have seen as well as the Hanna I posted yesterday you will want to keep your eyes peeled for Hanna Stamps next release. I believe it's really soon. Check out their forum on SCS here. I can't wait to see what's next. I love these stamps so cute and sweet. I definitely need to order more Hannas!

Thanks for stopping by.

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Thursday, March 27, 2008

Hanna Takes Manhattan

Here she is Hanna in the city!

This set "But I need it" from Hanna Stamps is awesome. I decided that Hanna really needed that shopping trip to the city. Looks like she picked up quite a few things while there. This is a picture of her on her after her shopping trip! :-)

I started with Stampin Up's Lovely Lilac. I used my Cuttlebug embossing folder to emboss about 3/4 of the card. Check out the top of this card, it's a city skyline! This stamp is by Art Impressions. I picked it up some time ago at my local stamp store for a project I was working on at the time. I stamped it twice in a straight line using Versamark. I love the soft watermark look it provides. The cool patterned paper on the bottom is from K&Co., I picked up a few packs of these guys today at Joanne's on sale! I added the wonderful bridal flowers from Michael's in the corner with a dab of cinnamon stickles in the middle. The nice brown ribbon is by American Crafts, yet another bargain I got awhile back at AC Moore. LOLOL. The entire card is mounted on Stampin Up's Chocolate Chip.

Now onto Miss Hanna.....

I wanted to do something other than just color her in. So I started coloring using Sienna Brown Prismacolor marker for her hair. I used the skin white Copic for her skin and a purple glitter pen for her cool shoes. As for her outfit and bags, I cut it all out using patterned papers from Mothers & Daughters (dress) and my DCWV stack packs. Once she was all "pieced" together I cut her out. It is pretty tricky cutting her out she is very skinny, for a first time try I think it worked pretty well.

There you have it Hanna in the city!

Thanks for looking!

Till later.....

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

I've Been Published

So I'm flipping through the current issue of Stampers Sampler (as soon as it hit the mailbox I might add) and I look at a photo and think this looks so familiar and wait IT'S MINE! I did a double take because I didn't expect it at all! I know I sent some things in for a Take Ten challenge not too long ago but this piece I sent in probably almost a year ago. I was super psyched to be published for sure, even though I don't love that particular piece. Even if it's not my favorite piece of work it's still an honor to get published and I am grateful.

We'll see if the other cards I sent in make it to the next Take Ten, I guess you never know when it may pop up! In case you want to check it out it's the current issue of the Stampers Sampler (Apr/May) on page 48. Please don't laugh I know it's not my best, but hey that was over a year ago I made that. I can at least say I came a long way! :-) LOLOLOL

Thanks for stopping by.....

Riley is in the House!

Woo Hoo, Riley has arrived along with I Need It Hanna!! Very exciting I must say.

First let me share this card I made using coffee riley. This sketch is from the Hanna sketch challenge here. I decided that Riley really needed to sit in cool comfy chair to sit in. I pulled out some Cosmo Cricket paper and stamped Riley on that. Then I cut it out. Next I stamped Riley on plain white paper (Georgia Pacific White) and colored him in using Prismacolor markers. Then I cut just Riley out along with his scrumptious cupcake and coffee. I pasted him in the chair. The base is Stampin Up's Mellow Moss and the brown layer is Stampin Up's Close to Cocoa. I used my scallop nestablities to cut the circles. The background paper of the large circle is a Basic Grey paper. The Cuttlebugged (can I use that "word"? I think I made it up) layer is from a DCWV stack pack. Added some black brads, ribbon and paper piercing and there you have it! Edited to add: I used SU dimensionals to have the large scallop and Riley pop out so in person it is dimensional.

I'm a pysched that my new Rileys and Sophie have arrived. I will get them all ready to be inked tonight. And I have a Hanna in the house, I can't wait to get playing with that. I also think I have another Hanna coming from the contest I won so that should be cool.

If you have not checked out Hanna Stamps you need to now! The images are so adorable and one of a kind. They have Riley the Moose and Sophie the Moose. Of course Hanna herself and even Hanna's "friend" Mikey! Ok so I don't own all of them yet but they are great images. The customer service is also very impressive. Today when I received my stamps I just had to take a picture of how it is packaged to share in case you are not familiar. Check this out....

I think I'm done enabling for now. Off I go to start stamping.

Thanks for looking....

Till later....

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

M&D Challenge Part 2

I'm back with another flip flop card using some great products from Mothers & Daughters Creations. I used my scalloped Nestablities for the circles. The base is SU Certainly Celery and the pink is Rose Red. The pattern paper, image and the cool gem in the lower left are all from Mothers & Creations.Daughters.

Thanks for looking.

Till later....

Mothers & Daughters Challenge

Today was a challenge for the Mothers & Daughters Creations design team. I'm really excited to be a part of this wonderful team as a guest designer for March and April. Check out the wonderful creations by the other DT members here.

Today's challenge was to make a flip flop card. Check out this link for a tutorial. This is a really cute way to make a quick unique card.

For this challenge I pulled out some wonderful paper & stamps by Imaginisce. I have to say I love this awesome little penguin, he's perfect for summer cards. I love this paper and almost hate to use it!
I kept my little penguin card simple on purpose. I wanted that penguin and great paper to show! I paper pierced around the edges and added glitter to his nose and popsicle. I used Prismacolor markers to color in. On the inside it really needed a "finished" look. Guess what that great paper is DOUBLE sided!

That's all for now. Be sure to stop by later as I will have another Flip Flop card using some of the paper and stamps from Mothers & Daughters Creations. And don't forget to stop by the blogs of the DT members to see what they did with this challenge. You will not be disappointed.

Thanks for looking.

Till later....

Monday, March 24, 2008

Summer Fun

Happy Monday! I know not the best day of the week, but I hope everyone had a fantastic Easter weekend. We had a very low key Easter with my little guy getting sick yesterday evening. Good think it was just a little stomach bug that didn't last too long.
While at Michael's last week I picked up some of those wooden doll pins so I can wrap up all my loose ribbon by color. In that section at Michaels I found all those crafty, "paper mache" boxes and hanging ornaments. I am not sure if calling them "paper mache" is correct or not. But they are 3D type hanging "ornaments" (sorry that is the best word I can come up with). I saw one in the shape of a shirt and I thought summer and the cool stamps and paper from Mothers & Daughters Creations.

First I painted the edges white with acrylic paint. I then cut out the shape from this awesome summer paper by Imaginisce called "Cool Pool Chatter" found here. This I left very simple because I love the paper. So I added a cool silk flower also from Mothers & Daughters and since I love glitter so much I added a yellow glitter brad to the middle by Making Memories. I added some gems to the bottom of the shirt as well sorry you can't see them that well I took the picture at an angle to show the dimension.

Once I finished this I thought little shirt note cards would be soo cute. So I used this shirt as my template for little note cards. These cute cards used SU paper (Certaintly Celery and Groovy Guava) as well as Imaginisce "Cool Pool Chatter". The cool flip flops, popsicles and sentiment are from "A Shore Thing Collection" by Imaginisce also found here. And because I have to I added Stickles to the flip flops and popsicles. I used a Marvy punch for the flowers in the corner and added a flower brad.

Thanks for stopping by. I'm off now to work on some challenges and will be back with some more awesome things from Mothers and Daughters. I'm also exepcting some new Rileys and a Hanna this week so I hope to have time to play.

Till later...

Friday, March 21, 2008

Garden Riley on the BEACH?

Here he is Garden Riley from Hanna Stamps. I love this awesome moose. Kristi at Hanna Stamps has a bunch of Riley's and now Sophie has arrived. I can't wait for all my new Riley's and Sophie's to arrive along with a couple of Hannas! If you haven't checked Hanna Stamps out you should. Kristi not only has one of a kind original designs but all kinds of other accessories in here store here... I wish I can say I am affiliated in some capacity but I just love her stuff.

Anyhow, I started coloring this Riley with my Copics. I decided he needed an outdoors background. In the end he ended up water his plants on the beach! I thought it was kind of cool even if it's not the scenery you would imagine. I added some glitter to the water drops and purple flower. The background paper is by Daisy D's and can be found at Mothers & Daughters Creations. Check out the cool texture paper on the bottom can you guess what I used? YES I used sandpaper. Since my Riley ended up on the beach I figured he needed some sand! LOLOL.

I have many Riley's coming by way so expect to see more of these great stamps from Hanna Stamps.

I also wanted to wish everyone a very happy Easter weekend. My weekend should be busy so just in case I don't get back to post until Sunday or Monday.
Thanks for looking!

Till Later....

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Easter Basket Fun

Getting ready for Easter? I was out today and found these great little boxes and they were cheap $1.69 for 12! I had to get them. They are intended for wedding favors, but my current intention is an Easter basket. I made this little darling basket using my great papers from Mothers & Daughters Creations. I added "fake" glitter eggs for the "look" but they would hold some candy real nice.

I started by covering the 4 sides using Stampin Up Rose Red. Then cut out pieces for each side using some great paper from Mothers & Daughters Creations. I created the corners using Stampin Up's ticket punch. I punched (Marvy) the flowers using the M&D paper and Rose Red with a brass brad (Making Memories) in the middle. The cool chick is by Imaginisce and can be found here.

Here is a sample picture of my finished product along side the original box before it was fully assembled.

This came together really quick and I loved how it turned out.

Thanks for looking.

Till later.....

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Elegant Flower - SCS Sketch Challenge

I love sketch challenges. Every week SCS has a sketch challenge on Wednesdays. This week was a way to use up scraps. I didn't use scraps, I did take some of the great papers I received from Mothers and Daughters Creations and cut it - GASP! - I did I did. But it's OK, here is what I came up with. Some of my shapes are a little "off" from the original sketch. I really like how this turned out actually. I love this paper, check it out here.

This great little flower is by Imaginisce and I used my Prismacolor markers to color it in and added some Diamond stickles for glitter. The sentiment is again a rub-on from Imaginisce found here.

Thanks for stopping by. I'm trying to get alot of stamping in this week because I have a very busy weekend. With my little people turning 2 and Easter it will be a busy weekend.

Now back to see if the Moose is loose at Hanna Stamps!

Till later....

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

SHHH, Somebunny is sleeping

OK I know that was a corny title but hey, I still thought it was cute. I mentioned that I won a contest to be a guest designer at Mothers and Daughters Creations here. I just rec'd some great goodies that I have been playing with.

This adorable bunny can be found here. I used white flock to give the bunny a fluffy appearance and my Prismacolor markers to color in a bit and Stickles for his ear and tail. Here is a close up of the bunny...
This great background paper is also from Mothers and Daughters Creations. Do you see that great sentiment in the lower right corner? It's not a stamp! It's a rub-on. It's by Imaginisce and can be found here. I have not used rub-ons at all really but I love how it came out. The flowers in the left corner is using a Marvy punch and stacking them with a glitter brad by Making Memories. The base of the card is using Stampin Up Purely Pomergranate. I know I have complained about missing Baroque Burgundy but this color rocks! I love it! I was very happy when the big brown truck arrived today with all my new SU goodies. Mostly paper, a punch (well 2), FREE sets, some ink. I figured it made sense to get my order in during Saleabration!

My only gripe about this card is my coloring or lack of with the bunny. I think I got hung up with making him all fluffy and I didn't add some color for the grass. But you know what I didn't even realize it until now, so I guess I liked it the way it was and I'm not going back. Every time I want to go back and "fix" something I mess it up. SO, leave it be it was meant to be that way! Did you even notice?

Thanks so much for visiting!

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Monday, March 17, 2008

Hanna Stamps Contest and a Tag

The Riley card from yesterday's post here won me a Hanna set from Hanna Stamps! WOO HOO! Ok fine it was a random draw but still... I was psyched to win because I've been wanting some Hanna sets. And 15, yes 15 new Riley's are coming out this week!

Now I've been tagged a while ago but have not had a chance to post it so here goes:

I have been tagged by Jennifer - Glitter in My Hair. I thought it was so nice of her to think of me.

Here are the rules of the game:

Link to the person that tagged you and post the rules on your blog.
Share 7 random and/or weird facts about yourself on your blog, we all want to know them.

My Random Facts:

1. I have 2 year twins, boy and girl! Well they turn 2 this Friday!

2. Been with my DH for 14 years, married almost 8.

3. Jon Bon Jovi is my "other" husband! Yes I am a huge Bon Jovi fan! Been to a concert of every tour since 1990. Even went while I was pregnant.

4. I was on the Track (winter and spring) team for 4 years in H.S., but I hate running! I was a shotputter and discus thrower.

5. A psychology major in college I worked on a trading desk for a financial company for 10years.

6. I never learned how to swim. I was always afraid of water. When I was about 7 years old I was unexpectedly pushed into and under the water and ever since then I remember having a fear. I will go in pools and swim mostly underwater (yeah I know go figure) but I won't go in water above my head.

7. I am addicted to Chapstick. Yes it's possible.

Ok so here goes - Tag Your it:

Lynda - Stamp Act

Meg - Peacock Paperie

Laura - Whirlpool of Imagination

Off I go now to check out some goodies I got from Mothers and Daughters Creations.

Thanks for stopping by.

Till later....

Garden Riley Shines

Here he is Garden Riley from Hanna Stamps! Isn't he the cutest? I love these Riley stamps and this week Hanna Stamps will be releasing more, I'm hearing about 15 more Rileys and there may have been a wedding! Check out this awesome thread at SCS with all the sneak peaks.

I've been lurking around Hanna Stamps for some time. And I'm really loving all the images more and more. I admit it I haven't ordered a Hanna set YET but have a couple Rileys and will get more of the new ones. I definitely need to get a Hanna set though. My favorites are: "But I Need It", "Domestic Goddess" and "Getting Physical". Here is the link to all the sets... Now I'm totally enabling myself, but I will wait to see the new Rileys first.

This card was for the Hanna Stamps weekly challenge and it was a sketch challenge. The challenge was to use scallops in your creation. So I pulled out my DCWV scallop pack and went to work. I used Copics to color (I think I'm getting better with it, I even tried to shadow on the watering can, can you tell?). My patterned paper is a DCWV glitter stack pack. The base is Stampin Up's Taken with Teal. The senitment is by Imaginisce found here. The lovely flowers are from those wonderful bridal buckets at Michaels. Remember when Lauren enabled all of us with that find. Wonderful find I might add. Thanks Lauren! Finally, I had to pull out the stickles and add some Christmas Red glitter to his boots and I used the Diamonds glitter for the water drops coming out of the bucket. The flowers also got a shot of red glitter.

Thanks for stopping by!

Till later.....

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Got Coffee?

Yeah that really is my slogan! Gotta love that coffee, especially with two year old twins running around!

I just finished up my submission for the Hanna Stamps sketch contest. It was fun playing with Riley, I can't wait for the new ones to come out. And next I really need to order a set with Ms. Hanna herself in it! Just starting out slowly so I don't order them ALL in a crazy moment! LOLOL! Fingers crossed, maybe I'll win a set! How cool would that be?

What do you think of the cool "photo" corners around Riley? I'm waiting for the photo corner and ticket punch from Stampin Up that will arrive with my order. But way before I placed that order I picked up this cool punch by Marvy at my LSS. It punches out so that you place in the corner and actually fold over to the back so it goes on like a real photo corner. I love the deckled edge it gives.

Hanna Stamps - Riley the Moose
Daisy D's patterned paper
Stampin up Ballet Blue and Really Rust
Colored with Copics
Black Brads
Photo corner punch by Marvy

Till Later....

PS I have been tagged recently for 7 facts about myself. I have not forgotten I promise I will get to that soon!

Weekend Sketch Challenge

For Beate's weekend sketch challenge I decided to pull out a great Gina K set, Make A Wish. I love the Gina K sets, I really need to get some more. You know how it is need it all! Like I say I need to win lotto! :-)LOLOL.

For this sketch I used the chalkboard technique. Once I completed that technique I embossed the image using clear embossing powder. On the small shooting star I think the "blurriness" looks cool. That occurred because I did the embossing right over the chalked image causing that shadow or blur. In person this looks rather neat. I added a nice ribbon to the big image and then used stampin dimensionals for the small image so it pops out. It's rather simple but I think it turned out nice. I decided to send a few cards in for the Gina K Design Team call. It doesn't hurt to try. It's really nice because Gina has a permanent DT but also has a rotating one so every 3 months she has another call. It gives many chances for people to try out for a team. How cool would that be to get on Gina's team? I know there is sooo much awesome talent out there but hey you never know. Ok, yes I know that is the slogan for the NY lotto! HA HA HA. No I'm not a gambler but will play lotto once in awhile. :-)

Check out Jennifer's Friday Favorites list here... How cool is that, she used my Little Trucks post as one of her favorites from last week. Isn't that sweet? Thanks Jennifer!
Next you will want to check out Lauren's blog she is celebrating her 1 year blog-aversary with a fantastic giveaway!
Thanks for stopping by.
Till later...

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Exciting News to Share...

I am the featured crafter at Crafts on a Whim today!! Can you believe it? I'm soo excited! Lori gave a heads up about this great blog and she was a featured crafter as well. When I found out that Andi was looking for future crafters to feature I sent her a mail. When she wrote me back that I will be featured I was psyched. I hope that you will check it out here...

Andi has this great blog where it attracts the very beginning stamper as well as the advanced stamper. Each week she features a a different crafter, offers tutorials and posts her own creations. You will want to add this blog to your blogs to browse list. And who knows maybe you will be the next featured crafter!

Well I'm off to Michael's soon, still have a coupon burning a hole in my wallet! :-)

Till later......

Inspiration Challenge

Beate has started another cool weekly challenge. Every Tuesday she will host an inspiration challenge. Very cool! She even has a inspriation challenge Design Team in place!

This is this weeks inspiration -------------------------}

Here is my take on this beautiful inspiration:

I actually started with a white base and adhered my patterned papers to it. I'll be honest I'm not sure "who" makes these papers. I believe one is Basic Grey. These were full 12 x 12 sheets that I usually pick up at Michaels/Joannes and I always end up cutting the ends off and not remembering what company there are. This great silhouette stamp is from Starving Artistamps. Be sure to check out this post regarding a special at SA through the end of March.
Be sure to check in tomorrow I have something cool to share with you.
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Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Aloha Penguin!

This sketch was so much fun. I created this using this week's sketch challenge over at SCS.

Aren't these images AWESOME! They are all by Imaginisce and can be found at Mothers and Daughters Creations here. I'm really excited to be a guest designer for M&D. They have some awesome images, papers and embellishments.

For this card I started with a basic white base and used the mesh Cuttlbug embossing folder to add some texture. The pinks I used are Stampin Up's Rose Red and Regal Rose. I used my Spellbinders nestablities to cut the scalloped circle. I colored all the images in using Prismacolor markers and added stickles for all the glitter. In person this glitters like crazy, I hope that I was able to caputre that a bit at least in the photo. The patterned background paper is from a DCWV stack pack and the cool glitter dots on the sides are from Gina K.

Ok sorry to be quick with this post but DH needs the computer now. Off I go to work on another challenge. Stay tuned for more projects using some of the great supplies that Mothers and Daughters has to offer including more from Imaginisce and Serendipity Stamps!

Till later......

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Poppin Flowers

Tonight I am having photo issues, I think someone changed a setting on the camera so I had to play around to get a somewhat decent photo. But I know it's still a bad photo today, sorry about that.

Anyhow, this took the weekly sketch challenge at Lizzie Anne and the SCS technique challenge. The LAD was the sketch but the twist is to add some distressing and the SCS challenge was the faux cloisonne technique.

I started with Stampin Up's Rose Red and added layers from there. The fancy green patterned paper is by Autumn Leaves (picked up a pack today at Target on sale!). I used the Blissful Blossoms and Far East sets from LAD. My distressing was on the edges I used my Ranger distressing tool. But also on the layer behind the flowers. I used vanilla and added some Ranger distress inks to it, and then ran it through the cuttlebug using the tiny bubbles. It looked cool, I swear until I ended up covering it up with the flowers.

This is the first time I tried the faux cloisonne technique. I remember seeing it (or something very close) on the Carol Duvall Show awhile back and I think it was Micheal Strong who did the demo. Anyhow, today I went searching for some floral photos in magazines and then used black and gold embossing powder. I think this card does look a bit better in person, probably due to my photo issues today. But overall I wasn't thrilled by it. I think I went overboard on the flowers, not sure my great idea of stacking the flowers worked out so well. I glued two flowers done, used pop dots on the rest to make them pop off the page. Oh well, I just went with it even if it is not the best! Maybe I will try again!

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Monday, March 10, 2008

A Touch of Elegance

Here is a simple somewhat elegant card I made awhile back using this great stamp from Serendipity Stamps. I actually made this card for a CPS challenge. I believe it was challenge number 48. Anyhow, I used one of my all time favorite Stampin Up colors, Baroque Burgandy as my base. For this one I did a square shaped card, which I love but then never have envelopes for them. I embossed using my Cuttlebug. I only colored in one vase for more of the spotlight technique effect and added stickles to the pink flower. The image is mounted on Mellow Moss. And that great Bling Bling on the ribbon I picked up at Michael's dollar spot.

I hope you like my simple card today. I almost forgot I still had this one.

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Sunday, March 9, 2008

Little Trucks

This card I created for my little boy's birthday. Actually my Grandma asked me to make cards for my twins who turn 2 this month.

This card is using Stampin Up's Little Trucks set and Button Bear for the sentiment. I'm finding I am lacking sentiments and have to go back to some old stamps to find some.

I colored in the truck using my Copic markers. I added some google eyes for cuteness. The blue is Ballet Blue, yellow is Yo Yo Yellow and the patterned paper is from a DCWV stack pack. I used my Cuttlebug to emboss the background. The black ribbon is from my $1.00 ribbon finds at A.C. Moore. Finally I don't know if you can see it well but I actually scored criss cross lines on the yellow paper.

I sat down to start this card with Amy's weekly sketch. It's a great sketch and my creation was going that way. However, the image I used, the strips I cut it all didn't work well with her wonderful sketch and took a mind of it's own. But I did want to give inspiration credit where credit is due. Thanks Amy for the inspiration, sorry it didn't end up as your sketch. I will try again using another image.

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Saturday, March 8, 2008

A Little Ray of Sunshine

On this rainy gloomy day we are having here, this card is a bit of sunshine. Makes you get ready for summer! Ok I really don't like Summer (yes I'm crazy) but I hate the heat! I do love when it's about 60/70. The kind of temp where I can just wear jeans and a T shirt and sandals! :-) Today DH and I are headed out to dinner with a stop first at Lord & Taylor since they sent me a $30 credit for some unknown reason. I figured I should go see what I can get, maybe some sandals for the summer because I do love sandals!

This great penguin is by Imaginisce and can be found here. This layout is based on Beate's weekend sketch. I used bright, fun colors that sparkle from a DCWV stack pack. The pink center is SU's Regal Rose (I believe). I colored in this guy using Prismacolor markers and added white flock to his body to make him appear "fuzzy". But I know penguins have feathers! Ok fine! But in pictures and even ones I have seen at zoos and aquariums it doesn't always look like feathers because they are matted down. So I think my flock and fuzziness works! Don't mock me. LOLOLOL! (just teasing). I also added some Stickles to his nose, and ice pop! Gotta love the stickles.

Anyhoo, in the end I think this guy is pretty darn cute. Great stamp, there is even a Mrs. Penguin! You definitely will want to check out these great affordable stamps at Mothers and Daughters Creations!

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Friday, March 7, 2008

Hippy Happy Giraffe

I'm am having such fun with this Gina K set "Just So Hippy". The illustrator extraordinaire is Melanie Muenchinger. I can't wait to see what new sets will be released this Monday night.
Today I used the awesome giraffe image. I colored him in using Prismacolor markers. I layered him on Stampin Up Rose Red paper. The base of my card is Stampin Up's Barely Banana. I used my Cuttlebug to emboss the background and mounted the card on more Rose Red. The great patterned paper is from a DCWV glitter stack pack. And check out the shimmery flowers! Those came from Michael's in the bridal section. See my previous post here. Awesome flowers!!! I added flower brads to the middle. The great scallops on the side of the giraffe is from the DCWV scalloped pack. I used my 1/8 inch hole punch to make the holes.

Today I finally placed a large Stampin Up order. Have to treat oneself to a bunch of SU stuff once in a while. I'm not longer a demo but figured a large order for each catty is not too bad (sometimes small ones in between LOLOL). But I did order ALOT of paper which is awesome, since SU has fantastic paper to work with. Now I look forward to that big happy box arriving.

Don't forget about Starving Artistamps special through the end of March. You can save 10% on your next order. See this link HERE for details. They have some fantastic images and a Design Team Gallery blog for your viewing pleasure.

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Hippy Hippy Hippo!

OK finally I broke out the Gina K set called Just So Hipppy! This is the cutest set!
I stamped the hippo on a cool glittered patterned paper from one of my DCWV stack packs. This is from the new Spring Glitter pack! I swear I check Joanne's weekly for new packs, I'm obsessed! I cut the hippo out and added this cool flower brad for his tail. I think the brad is Making Memories. I cut 2 scalloped circle nestabilities and stacked them with the hippo in front. I used Stampin Up's Blush Blossom and Cameo Coral, then took the 1/8 inch punch and punched holes all around giving it a lace effect. The background patterned paper is the same I stamped the hippo on and the great blue glitter paper is also from the same DCWV stack! The ribbon is from my stash I got at AC Moore, where I have been scoring bags of random ribbon for a dollar.
Today in the AC Moore clearance section I found a bag of 12 x 12 paper for $2.00. It was sort of a grab bag of paper but for $2 I grabbed 2 bags. It was not a bad assortment, I'm sure I can make use of it at some point. My only problem is keeping all that 12x12 sized paper organized so I remember what i have and can find it. That is why I love the stack packs so much easier for me to store.
How do you organize your 12 x 12 paper?
Gotta run Lost is almost on!!

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

How Sweet It Is....

This is my card for this month's Guest Designer challenge at My Favorite Things. They just had their release party on SCS and it was fun. It was a fun bunch of people at the party! They released two new sets one being a cute cowgirl set. This will have to be quick since it's late but I really wanted to get it done. I used today's SCS sketch challenge as my layout inspiration. I cut out one of the flowers from the chair to add to the ottoman, I felt like it needed something. The great flowers are once again from the bridal section at Michael's, enabled by Lauren. My dark blue is Stampin Up's Night of Navy, the other blue paper including the patterned one are DCWV stack packs. This MFT set I used is called How Sweet It Is.

Till Later....

Glittery Chick - SCS Sketch Challenge

Yesterday came and went in a flash and I didn't have time to post an entry. But I'm back with today's sketch challenge over at SCS.

A few days ago I pulled out this great chick by Rubber Stampede. I love this little guy. I colored him in with Prismacolor markers and added loads of yellow Stickles. I love how he "glitters", I have this thing for glitter especially stickles! Check out the striped paper in the background it glitters also! That is using a DCWV glitter stack pack! Gotta love those stack packs! The great flowers I added I picked up in the Michael's bridal section and added a dot of yellow Stickles. C'mon you know I had to! I found out about these great flowers from Lauren who used them so well. Thanks Lauren! And guess what I got them on sale! Woo hoo! And let's not forget the great sentiment is from MFT. You will definitely want to head over the SCS tonight and jump into the MFT forum for their release party! Always alot of fun! One more enabler for you don't forget about the Starving Artistamps special going on where you can save 10% on your order until the end of March. Check out this link here.


SU Rose Red

DCWV Stack pack (patterned paper)

Bridal flowers from Michael's


Monday, March 3, 2008

Monkey in the Grass

I love this little guy by Autumn Leaves. It's a small clear stamp. It seems like so many companies are going to clear stamps. I think for some the biggest issue with clear stamps is the quality of the images. I always said I prefer rubber to clear. However, I am not a "stamp snob" (can I say that? pls no offense to anyone) so I am very open to trying all stamps. Have you checked out Clear Dollar Stamps? Awesome images there!

This sketch is from Lauren's Saturday sketch challenge. It's a great layout, I did this pretty simple though. Very basic but I think it came out cute. I used Stampin Up Barely Banana as a base and the patterned paper is DCWV as is the blue scallop. The green is SU Mellow Moss. The sentiment is Stampin Up as well.

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Chick, Chick, Chick

I made this card using Beate's weekend sketch. These great chicks are by Hero Arts which I picked up at my LSS. I colored them in using Prismacolor markers and added glitter. I love love stickles! Wait till you see another duck I colored and used stickles. I hope you guys had a great weekend. I can't believe it's Sunday night again! :-) Off now to work on my next weekend challenge from Lauren's blog.

  • Paper: DCWV, Stampin Up Ballet Blue
  • Cuttlebug Embossing
  • Stickles on the chicks
  • Decorative Brads (source unknown, I think Making Memories)
  • Green glitter dots (Gina K)

Saturday, March 1, 2008

Chalkboard Butterfly

Here is one more using Beates Chalkboard technique from Wednesday. I used Stampin Up's Garden Whimsy for this one. The background is Regal Rose and I used Eggplant Envy to mount the butterfly on. I added purple eyelets to the corners and stickles on the butterfly. The purple ribbon is from my AC Moore $1.00 ribbon stash, the black ribbon from Michael's and purple bling bling from K & Company.
Sorry to be so quick but I think the kids are about to wake up from nap time and we are going to try and get some WII accessories today! I have a few challenges I look forward to working on. Lauren's Saturday Sketch, Beate's Weekend Sketch just to name a few. Lynda just posted a great card using chipboard to make shaker boxes using Laura's instructions. There is just too much out there! I love it though! Now to find time to play!
Till Later....

Unity Stamp Co Tuesday Inspiration!

  I'm up on the UNITY BLOG today sharing some cards I made using 2 stamp sets! I used the February background of the month called   as...