Tuesday, March 31, 2009

JustRite Week at Stamper's Dream!

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It's JustRite Week at Stamper's Dream this week! The Dream Team will have projects for you all week showing off the new products that are available! Here's the schedule for the week and be sure to see what Michelle and Kimberly posted yesterday if you missed it! (Michelle has some Dreamy Treats too!)

Monday ~ Michelle and Kimberly
Tuesday ~ Michelle and me
Wednesday ~ Tosh, Kimberly, Michelle, and Denise
Thursday ~ Laurie, Cindy , Michelle, and Kimberly
Friday ~ Carolyn and Kimberly

My project for today is a vase. The "vase" is actually an empty embellishment jar. I knew I could use it for something someday! LOL I filled it with clear, flat marbles and then snipped and coiled 12 gauge floral wire to make the flower picture holders. The kids call my mom "Trishie" instead of grandma, so it was great to be able to personalize it with her name. I used the Celebrations Demi Phrases Set and the 2" Wood Stamper with Bonus 15pt Font for all of the stamping. You can find these and many other NEW JustRite Products at Stamper's Dream. Thanks for stopping by today! Don't forget to stop and see what Michelle created for today! SUPPLIES USED: Stamps- Celebrations Demi Phrases, 2" Wood Stamper with Bonus 15pt Font (JustRite Stampers); Ink- Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko); Paper- white (Georgia-Pacific), Pink Pirouette (SU), Lemon Tart (PTI); Accessories- flat marbles, 12 gauge floral wire, Plain Circle and Scallop Circle Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Copic markers, Baby Pink and Sunshine Yellow Flower Soft

Weekend Sketch Challenge Winner

Pin It The random winner of Weekend Sketch Challenge #74 is Ilse Vargas of Handmade With Love. What a beautiful card you created with the sketch, Ilse! Congratulations! Please email me with your mailing address so that I can get your special package out to you!

A big THANKS to all who participated in the sketch challenge this past week! All of the creations were just wonderful and I enjoyed seeing them all!

Monday, March 30, 2009

Prettie Peek

Pin It It's time again for another Paper Pretties release! On Wednesday, April 1st, Paper Pretties will be having their monthly Stampin In Your Jammies party!! The party starts at 7pm EST. I will be issuing a challenge every hour so be sure to come and play along!! I'll post the first one at 6pm EST so you can get a head start. There will be two other challenges posted, one at 7 and one at 8. You will have until the next morning to complete your cards and have them uploaded. Besides the challenges, chatter, and all around fun, we will also be releasing Sophia Ballerina, Sweets for the Sweet in Rubber, Bunny Slippers in Rubber, and a new set!! Sneak peeks start TODAY!!

Here's a sneak peek of the new set Right on Par. It's perfect for those manly cards and for the golfer in your life! Be sure and stop by the other Prettie Girl blogs (in my sidebar) to see some more sneak peeks!

Also, don't forget about the Cutie Pie Contest! All you have to do to enter is upload a card you have made using Paper Pretties stamps to the Cutie Pie Contest gallery over at the Paper Pretties website. Entries must be in by no later than 9pmEST on March 31st to be considered for the prize. Besides getting to call yourself a CutiePie, you will also receive all the new stamps that are released on the 1st!! Good luck and I hope to see you at the party!! SUPPLIES USED: Stamps- Right on Par (Paper Pretties); Ink- Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko); Paper- Kiwi, Teal (Prism Papers), Dark Chocolate (PTI); Accessories- Copic markers, brads (Making Memories), Argyle Cuttlebug folder (Provocraft); Finished card measures 5.5"x4.25"

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Raspberry Suite Color Challenge 2

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Dawn McVey (such a sweetie!) just recently started her own color challenges and I was inspired to play along today when I saw her awesome color combo! It was to use Brown, Teal, Celery and White. I used my Anniversary Set, Everyday Classics, that arrived from Papertrey Ink and I thought it would be perfect! You can't really tell, but I used Sweet Blush on the cherry to give it a little bit of color but I think the glitter makes it look more white. Oh well, it still fits the color combo, right? :) There are also clear embossed polka dots on the card base. . .don't know if you can see those either.

If you get a chance, check out Dawn's Color Challenges. . .I know you'll LOVE them! Thanks for stopping by! SUPPLIES USED: Stamps- Everyday Classics, Polka Dot Basics (PTI); Ink- Burnt Umber (Palette), Taken With Teal, Certainly Celery (SU), Sweet Blush (PTI), Versamark (Tsukineko); Paper- Teal, Kiwi (Prism Papers), white (Georgia-Pacific); Accessories- ribbon (May Arts), clear embossing powder; Finished card measures 5.5"x4.25"

Friday, March 27, 2009

Surrounded By Those You Love

Pin It Don't you just love this sentiment paired with this Cuppie image? It makes me giggle. Both the image and sentiment are from the Sweet Spring set from Taylored Expressions. I also used the March Key Ingredients for this card. I colored the jelly beans in with Smooch. I just LOVE the way they shimmer and shine. . .yummy!

Remember that you can subscribe to the Key Ingredients Kits for 3 or 6 months! You will really LOVE all of the product you get in the package. If you want to know more about the subscriptions, you can find the information on THIS POST. To find information on the March 20th Key Ingredients, you can read THIS POST. Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful weekend! SUPPLIES USED: Stamps- Sweet Spring (Taylored Expressions); Ink- Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko); Paper- March Key Ingredients (Taylored Expressions); Accessories- ribbon from March Key Ingredients (Taylored Expressions); Plain Oval and Scallop Oval Nestabilities (Spellbinders), border punch (Fiskars), paper piercer, Copic markers, Smooch (Taylored Expressions); Finished card measures 5.5"x4.25"

Weekend Sketch Challenge Sample

Pin It Here is my sample for this week's Weekend Sketch Challenge! I hope you'll play along with us! A little while ago, my sweet, sweet friend Jodi sent me this Pretty Poppies paper pack and stamp set from Autumn Leaves. Sadly, this is the first time I've used them! I am LOVING them, though! :) Thanks again, Jodi! You're awesome!

I stamped the flourish pattern on Kiwi Kiss cardstock and the big flower in the oval. I added some Smooch that I got at Taylored Expressions to my flower. I love the way it sparkles! The sentiment is from the Handwritten Notes set from Papertrey Ink.

Don't forget to check out what Beate, Cambria, Jenn, Laurie, Lori, MaryJo and Sharon have created using this sketch! We'd love to see your creations too, so be sure and post your link using Mr. Linky in the post below! Thanks for stopping by and have a great day! SUPPLIES USED: Stamps- Pretty Poppies (Autumn Leaves); Ink- Onyx Black (Versafine), Riding Hood Red (SU); Paper- Pretty Poppies (Autumn Leaves), Kiwi Kiss, Basic Black (SU); Accessories- oval and scallop oval punches (Marvy Uchida), paper piercer, ribbon (Darice), Smooch; Finished card measures 5.5"x4.25"

Weekend Sketch Challenge #74

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Hi there! This week it's my turn to be your Weekend Sketch Challenge hostess, and I hope that you enjoy playing with us! If you upload your card to Splitcoast, please put WSC74 (no space between WSC and 74) in the keyword section. That way we can look at all of them at once!

Please post a link to your card, no matter where it is hosted online, to this blog entry using Mr. Linky below.

On Tuesday, March 31, I will let Random.org choose a winner and post the card here. The winning poster will get a special package from me. I hope you'll play along!

To see samples made with this sketch now, check out the blogs of : Beate, Cambria, Jenn, Laurie, Lori, MaryJo and Sharon. I'm sure all of the samples will be fabulous! I'll post my sample in a bit. Have fun creating – I can’t wait to see what you come up with!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Hola Chica 3x3

Pin It At our last Prettie Pajama Party, the last challenge was to create a set of 3x3 notecards. I used the April Stamp of the Month set, Hola Chica from Paper Pretties for mine. I just changed the colors and the Cuttlebugged background for each. I thought it made a lively set of notecards. :)

Be sure and check out the Paper Clip for Paper Pretties news and sales! Every Thursday, Danielle has a new challenge posted too! Jodi does a fabulous job of highlighting certain products in the store and a Prettie Card of the Week! So, stop on over and read "the scoop!" Thanks for stopping by today! SUPPLIES USED: Stamps- Hola Chica (Paper Pretties); Ink- Versamark, Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko); Paper- Basic Black, Tangerine Tango, Pacific Point, Wild Wasabi, Riding Hood Red (SU), white (Georgia-Pacific); Accessories- Copic markers, Cuttlebug folders (Provocraft), 1 3/8" circle punch, scallop circle punch (SU); Finished cards measure 3" square

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Prettie Wednesday

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Two weeks ago, Christi challenged the Prettie Girls to create a bookmark. My favorite type of bookmark has always been the kind with the magnets on the inside so that it "hugs" the page you where you left off. I used the Simply Special set from Paper Pretties for my bookmark. I cut the bookmark using my Scallop Circle Nestabilities. I colored the image using an ink pad and blender pen. I though the ribbon gave it a soft, feminine touch.


Make sure you stop to see the bookmarks the rest of the Prettie Girls have created:


Thanks for stopping by and have a great day! SUPPLIES USED: Stamps- Simply Special (Paper Pretties); Ink- Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko), Certainly Celery (SU); Paper- Certainly Celery (SU), white (Georgia-Pacific); Accessories- blender pen, Scallop Circle and Plain Circle Nestabilities (Spellbinders), ribbon (Darice), magnets

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Cards for a Cause

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Fellow Verve Diva, Jen Tapler, is hosting a challenge on her blog with over $250 worth of blog candy up for grabs. You can read all the details HERE. Jen’s father has Alzheimer’s Disease and by participating in her challenge, you will be helping benefit the Alzheimer’s Association. All you have to do is create a card, post a photo of it with a link back to Jen’s challenge, and then mail Jen the card. In May, to kick off her Annual Stamp Out Alzheimer’s Event, Jen will be hosting a charity auction where she will be auctioning off decorated Card Organizer tins full of our handcrafted cards. The money from those auctions will go directly to the Alzheimer’s Association. I participate in challenges all the time, it is so nice to know that with this one, I will be contributing to such an important and worthwhile cause. I hope you will join me in making a card and sending it along to Jen. :) I used this week's Mojo Monday sketch for this card.SUPPLIES USED: Stamps- Floral Symphony (Verve Stamps); Ink- Onyx Black (Versafine), So Saffron (SU), New Leaf (PTI); Paper- white (Georgia-Pacific), Basic Black, Delicate Dots DS (SU); Accessories- border punch (EK Success), ribbon (Darice), Dazzling Diamonds glitter (SU); Finished card measures 5.5"x4.25"

Springtime

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I know it's technically Spring, but the weather has gotten colder here once again. I just can't wait until the warmer weather stays! :) I thought I'd make a light and airy Spring card with this adorable Hello Spring set from Our Craft Lounge, available at Stamper's Dream. You can find lots of Our Craft Lounge stamps at Stamper's Dream! One set is cuter than the next! Michelle also has LOTS of new arrivals in the store that you might want to check out!


Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you're having a great day! SUPPLIES USED: Stamps- Hello Spring (Our Craft Lounge); Ink- Baja Breeze, Pink Pirouette (SU), Onyx Black (Versafine); Paper- white (Georgia-Pacific), Baja Breeze, Pink Pirouette (SU); Accessories- ribbon (SU), border punch (EK Success), paper piercer; Finished card measures 5.5"x4.25"

Happy Birthday, Frances!

Pin It Hoot! Hoot! It's a Birthday Blog Hop Prettie Girl style...with a dash of owl-y goodness tossed in for fun! The amazingly talented Frances is celebrating a birthday today and the Prettie Girls just had to throw another virtual party! Since there aren't any Prettie Owls yet, I thought I'd mix a little patterned paper with Sophia to make Frances' card extra special! :) Hope you like it, Frances!

The hop started at Jackie's blog so if you didn't start from there you might be missing out on some of the fun! :) The next stop on the blog hop is Jana. When you reach the end of the hop make sure and leave a little love for Frances wishing her a Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday, Frances! I hope you have a WONDERFUL day! HUGS!

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Featured Stamper: BEATE!

Pin It Today's Featured Stamper on SCS is Beate! I just HAD to play today because you all know how much I ADORE Beate and just LOVE her creations. It took me a long while before I decided on which card of hers to CASE. I could CASE every single one! :) I finally decided on this adorable card. For my version, I changed the colors and the stamps. The sentiment I used is especially for Beate since she always signs her correspondence with "HUGS and SMILES"! Congratulations, my sweet friend on being the Featured Stamper today! You are awesome! HUGS! SUPPLIES USED: Stamps- Daisy Canopy (Elzybells Art Stamps), Thoughtful Florals (Verve Stamps); Ink- Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko); Paper- Melon Berry, Kraft (PTI), Prints DS ((SU), white (Georgia-Pacific); Accessories- plain oval and scallop oval Nestabilities (Spellbinders), wide Celery grosgrain, small oval punch, ticket corner punch (SU), paper piercer, Copic markers; Finished card measures 4.25" square

Saturday, March 21, 2009

New JustRite at Stamper's Dream!

Pin It Just wanted to pop in and let you know that there are some BRAND NEW RELEASE JustRite products available at Stamper's Dream right now! For this card I used the Celebrations Demi Phrase set and the 2" Wooden Stamper with Bonus 15pt Font Set and Center. The papers are some digital papers that I've fallen IN LOVE with, Strawberry Cafe Revised. The card is very quick and simple since I didn't have much time today. Hope you're having a wonderful weekend! Thanks for stopping by! SUPPLIES USED: Stamps- Celebrations Demi Phrases, 2" Wooden Stamper with Font Set and Center (JustRite); Ink- Onyx Black (Versafine), Ruby Red, Certainly Celery, So Saffron, Bashful Blue (SU); Paper- Strawberry Cafe Revised (SugarPlum Paperie); Accessories- wide grosgrain (SU), paper piercer, brads (Making Memories), Plain Circle and Scallop Circle Nestabilities (Spellbinders), blender pen; Finished card measures 4.25"x5.5"

Friday, March 20, 2009

Key Ingredients Subscription from Taylored Expressions!

Pin It Taylored Expressions just keeps branching out! Now Taylor is offering a Key Ingredients Kit Subscription and today I have a sample of the first kit being offered! To find out how you can subscribe and get this month’s kit (plus get future month’s kits before they're even available in the store!) check out this post on Taylor’s blog!
When Taylor sent us these Key Ingredients she issued a little challenge to create anything but a card and to be sure to use one of the cute chipboard buckles in the kit.

My favorite thing about the Key Ingredients Package is that it takes away all of the thinking! If I decided to make a card set or 3D item with card, I can use the Key Ingredients Kit and everything will coordinate beautifully! For today's challenge, I used Lauren's Captured Card Case Template to create a little "briefcase" of notecards. The notecards are very simple. I just cut the Choice Buttercream cardstock that came in the Key Ingredients into four 4.25"x5.5" pieces and then added a strip of the patterned paper along with my monogram. . .DONE! Anytime I'd like to send a quick little note to someone, I just have to jot it down, slip it into an envelope and mail it! What's even better is that after making this briefcase of notecards, I STILL have a ton of paper and embellishments left in my Key Ingredients Package to create lots of other projects! You will LOVE getting this kit monthly and won't believe all of the product that's in it!


Make sure you check out what awesome projects the Baker's Dozen posted for your inspiration today:



Ana Wohlfahrt
Donna Baker
Jodi Collins
Karen Giron
Laura Fredrickson
Taylor VanBruggen

Weekend Sketch Challenge #73

Pin It Today's sketch hostess is Cambria! If you'd like to play along (which we hope you will) head on over to Cambria's blog for the sketch and where to post your link. I decided to use one of the Our Craft Lounge sets called Hoppy Anna Mae. I thought the little bunny was adorable and the perfect size for the square blocks in the sketch.

Make sure you stop by to see what Beate, Cambria, Jenn, Laurie, Lori, MaryJo and Sharon have created using today's sketch. I'm sure they'll all be just fabulous!

Thanks for stopping by today and have a wonderful weekend! SUPPLIES USED: Stamps- Hoppy Anna Mae (Our Craft Lounge); Ink- Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko); Paper- Certainly Celery, Regal Rose (SU), Hip Hip Hooray (Paper Salon); Accessories- paper piercer, Regal Rose marker (SU), ribbon (Darice), Zig Zag border punch (EK Success), Copic markers; Finished card measures 4.25"x5.5"

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Happy Birthday Julie!

Pin It It's a Birthday Blog Hop Prettie Girl style! The fabulous Julie is turning a year older today and to celebrate, the Prettie Girls are throwing a virtual birthday party! Cake, balloons, drinks and cards galore to celebrate! :) I brought the margaritas!

The hop started at Jodi's blog so if you didn't start from there you might be missing out on some of the fun! :) Next you'll visit Jackie R. When you reach the end of the hop make sure and leave a little love for Julie wishing her a Happy Birthday!

Happy Happy Birthday, Jules! We LOVE you! Hope you like the "Chica"rita! I thought it would be perfect to celebrate your special day! Hope you have a day as wonderful as you are! Sending you BIG HUGS! ETA: I forgot to mention that I used the Cup Card Tutorial on SCS for the margarita glass! SUPPLIES USED: Stamps- Hola Chica (Paper Pretties), Margaritas (Impression Obsession); Ink- Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko) Certainly Celery (SU); Paper- Summer Stack (DCWV), vellum, white (Georgia-Pacific); Accessories- brads (Making Memories), grosgrain (Darice), Copic markers, Dazzling Diamonds glitter; Finished card measures 5.5"x4.25"

A Dreamy Challenge

Pin It This month's Stamper's Dream Dreamy Challenge was to CASE another Dream Team member's card. I was assigned to CASE one of Kimberly's cards. What a pleasure that was! It took me FOREVER to decide which amazing card I wanted to CASE! I finally decided on this adorable card. Isn't it just TOO CUTE? For my card, I changed the papers, colors and stamps. I used the Hap Bee Day stamp set from Stampendous. I just love the Stampendous Bees! Be sure and stop by to see the creations of the rest of the Dream Team:


Cindy
Denise
Kimberly
Laurie
Michelle
Tosha


We'd LOVE for you to play along! You can CASE any of the Dream Team member's Stamper's Dream cards, but you don't have to use stamps that Stamper's Dream carries if you don't have any. If you upload to SCS, please use keyword SDDC6 and also link to the card you are CASEing. Michelle is offering some Dreamy Treats to a lucky winner, so be sure and link your creation to the comments section of Michelle's blog! We look forward to seeing your creations! Thanks for stopping by!

Egg-stra Special Spring

Pin It If you haven't stopped by the Verve Blog in a while, make sure you do. . .especially if you want a chance to win some Verve stamps! The Egg-stra Special Spring Project Parade is going on and you won't want to miss it! Here's a little peek of my project posted today!


Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Prettie Wednesday

Pin It Two weeks ago, Jessica challenged the Prettie Girls to make a birthday card. I decided to go with a birthday card for a boy since I seem to have a lot of boy birthdays coming up, and those kind of birthday cards are on my mind. I used the turtle from the Beach Bum set and the sentiment from Bugs and Fishes from Paper Pretties. The paper is from the Sale-a-bration Delicate Dots Designer Series paper. I thought it was perfect for a boy card.

Be sure and visit the rest of the Prettie Girls to see their birthday creations for today!

Julie Masse
Jana Weaver
Danielle Lounds
Jodi Collins
Jackie Rakoski
Jackie Pedro
Jessica Diedrich
Christi Thorsen
Frances Byrne

Thanks for stopping by today and have a great day! SUPPLIES USED: Stamps- Beach Bum, Bugs and Fishes (Paper Pretties); Ink- Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko); Paper- Delicate Dots DS, Baja Breeze (SU), white (Georgia-Pacific); Accessories- Dew Drops (The Robin's Nest), paper piercer, twill ribbon, circle and scallop circle punches, Old Olive, Certainly Celery and Regal Rose markers (SU); Finished card measures 4.25" square

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Happy Day!

Pin It Today's card has a bit of an odd color combo. LOL The papers are all pastels with a darker ribbon treatment. Sometimes I like to try different things rather than just the "usual". Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. I haven't decided on this one yet! :) I used the Funny Eggs image from Penny Black along with some Prism Papers. . .all of which can be found at Stamper's Dream. The Prism Papers I used are Iced Kiwi, Frosted Orange and Iced Pink.

Hope you're having a wonderful day today! The weather is supposed to be nice here today and I can't wait! Thanks for stopping by! SUPPLIES USED: Stamps- Funny Eggs (Penny Black), Thoughtful Messages (Hero Arts); Ink- Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko); Paper- Iced Kiwi, Frosted Orange, Iced Pink (Prism Papers), white (Georgia-Pacific); Accessories- Copic markers, grosgrain, Lace Apron border punch (Fiskars); Finished card measures 4.25" square

Monday, March 16, 2009

Somebunny Loves You

Pin It I just LOVE this little Bunny Cuppie in the Sweet Spring set from Taylored Expressions. So adorable. I decided to use this image for the latest Cupcake Challenge. The patterned paper is from the Hannah Oh Baby Girl line from Basic Grey. I found it in my stash and didn't realize I even had it. Don't you love when that happens? The Spring colors really make me excited for Spring to actually stay! Today is just beautiful here and the next couple of days are supposed to be too. I just can't wait until the cold days are gone!

Thanks for stopping by today! Hope you're having a wonderful day! SUPPLIES USED: Stamps- Sweet Spring (Taylored Expressions); Ink- Onyx Black (Versafine); Paper- Hannah Oh Baby Girl (Basic Grey), Regal Rose (SU), white (Georgia-Pacific); Accessories- white gel pen, ribbon (Darice), circle and scallop circle punches (Marvy Uchida), Swiss Dots and Welcome Baby Cuttlebug folders (Provocraft), Copic markers; Finished card measures 4.25" square

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Knock Knock

Pin It Here's a little card I made as a sort-of "welcome to the neighborhood." I thought it would be cute to give the look of a new birdhouse in the tree! The papers are from the Green Stack from Die Cut With a View and the stamps are the Branching Out and Branching Out Coordinates from Taylored Expressions. The birdhouse is on dimensionals so that it stands out a little more. I'm loving these papers in the Green Stack! So, so cute!

Thanks for stopping by today. . .I hope you're having a great weekend! SUPPLIES USED: Stamps- Branching Out, Branching Out Coordinates (Taylored Expressions); Ink- Burnt Umber (Palette); Paper- The Green Stack (DCWV), Choice cardstock (Taylored Expressions), Tangerine Tango (SU), Dark Chocolate (PTI); Accessories- scallop border punch (EK Success), wide Old Olive grosgrain (SU), paper piercer, Copic markers; Finished card measures 4.25"x5.5"

Friday, March 13, 2009

Weekend Sketch Challenge #72

Pin It Another Friday! Wow, sometimes the week goes so fast! Today the Weekend Sketch Challenge is being hosted by Jenn! If you'd like to see the sketch, head on over to her blog.

I decided to go bright with my card this week. I hadn't opened up my Raspberry Fizz cardstock from Papertrey Ink, so I thought I'd use that. I used the Beautiful Kindness set from Verve Stamps. I added extra little butterflies with the Martha Stewart 3 butterfly punch.

Be sure and check out what Beate, Cambria, Jenn, Lori, MaryJo and Sharon have created using this sketch! I can't wait to see! Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful weekend! SUPPLIES USED: Stamps- Beautiful Kindness (Verve Stamps); Ink- Onyx Black (Versafine); Paper- Raspberry Fizz, Pure Black (PTI); Accessories- black embossing powder, 3 butterfly punch (Martha Stewart), scallop border punch (EK Success), black ribbon (Darice), Birds and Swirls Cuttlebug folder (Provocraft), Glitter Dots, Labels One Nestabilities (Spellbinders); Finished card measures 4.25" square

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Hola Chica!

Pin It At our last Prettie Pajama Party, one of the challenges I issued was to create a scrapbook page
of yourself. When Paper Pretties came out with the Hola Chica Stamp of the Month, it made me think of a particular picture of myself from my "showbiz" days. LOL This picture was from when I played a "Chiquita Banana"-type role in a show. Pretty funny, huh?
Hola Chica is the April Stamp of the Month stamp. You can read about and sign up for the Stamp of the Month Club HERE. Each month a new Sophia is released and they just keep getting cuter and cuter! Thanks for stopping by today and have a great day! SUPPLIES USED: Stamps- Hola Chica (Paper Pretties); Ink- Onyx Black (Versafine); Paper- Pure Poppy (PTI), Kiwi Kiss, Tangerine Tango, Pacific Point (SU); Accessories- Spots & Dots Cuttlebug folder (Provocraft), Real Red grosgrain (SU); Finished page measures 6"x6"

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Prettie Wednesday

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Two weeks ago, Jackie challenged the Prettie Girls to create a card using Baja Breeze, Chocolate Chip and Kraft. What a fabulous color combination! I had to use my Look Who's Perky set from Paper Pretties. I just thought these colors fit well with a coffee theme.

Be sure and check out what the rest of the Prettie Girls created for this challenge:

If you're looking for a place to start with a project, make sure you visit the Paper Clip where Danielle's Weekly Challenges are posted! The last challenge was a fabulous sketch! Danielle really does a great job, so if you haven't checked it out you'll want to! Thanks for stopping by today and have a great day! SUPPLIES USED: Stamps- Look Who's Perky (Paper Pretties); Ink- Burnt Umber (Palette); Paper- Kraft, Dark Chocolate (PTI), Baja Breeze (SU), Pearlized Cream (Paper Accents); Accessories- CutterBee piercing bug, scallop border punch, Baja Breeze ribbon (SU), Copic markers, Welcome Baby Cuttlebug folder (Provocraft), Nestabilities (Spellbinders); Finished card measures 5.5"x4.25"

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Egg-stra Special

Pin It For those of you who have emailed me about the Cadbury Mini Egg Box I created last week, you might want to hop on over to the Stamp a Sweet Impression Blog to check out an easier version! I'm working on a little tutorial for the original egg box I made, but in the meantime take a peek at this one!

Fishy Tote

Pin It This was for yesterday's Technique Lover's Challenge on SCS, to create a Treat Purse. Since I made mine a little more "manly", I call it a treat tote! LOL I used the Patterned Pets set from Inkadinkado and some Penny Lane Freebird paper from My Mind's Eye. Both of these products are available at Stamper's Dream.

Instead of adding candy to my tote, I added Goldfish crackers. They are a favorite in this house! I think they'd even be great for a non-manly treat tote. . .I know my kids would LOVE a little treat like this! Thanks for stopping by today and have a great day! SUPPLIES USED: Stamps- Patterned Pets (Inkadinkado), Very Punny (SU); Ink- Onyx Black (Versafine); Paper- Penny Lane Freebird (My Mind's Eye), Pure Poppy (PTI), Certainly Celery (SU); Accessories- Real Red, Certainly Celery markers (SU), red grosgrain and gingham(Darice), eyelets (Making Memories)

Monday, March 9, 2009

New Verve!

Pin It New Verve is NOW available! Eight new sets and 5 new Plain Janes are available for purchase here! Here are a few projects I made using some of the new releases. This first one uses the Psalm 51:10 Plain Jane along with the With Love Cuttlebug folder.


The second card uses the Happy Easter Plain Jane along with the Miracles Blossom set. I used the Viva La Verve March Week 2 sketch with a twist. . .to use any shade of red, green and pink. Not your typical Easter card, but I do like the color combo!


The third card uses the Floral Symphony set. A bit of a different color combo with the gold.


The last project is a very simple one, but probably one of my favorites. It uses the Chocolate Bunnies set. I saw this chocolate mold in WalMart and I HAD to get it specifically for this stamp set. It's so easy to make and who wouldn't love this little chocolate bunny for Easter? You can fill the little basket with jellybeans or (my favorite) Cadbury Mini Eggs! If you'd like to see more projects using the new sets, head on over to the Verve gallery!



Thanks for stopping by today and have a wonderful day!

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Verve Release Sketch Challenge

Pin It The Verve Release is only a day away and Julee's stirred up some fun to pass the time until then! She's uploaded a sketch to the Verve Blog! If you'd like to win some Verve goodies, head on over and read all of the details! The release party starts at 8PM Eastern tomorrow (Sunday) night so please join us and get more peeks of all of the new sets!

Here's my sample for the sketch. I used the Miracles Blossom set and one of the new Plain Janes, Flowers of Tomorrow. Hope you'll find time to play today and I really hope to see you at the party! Thanks for stopping by and I hope you're having a wonderful weekend! SUPPLIES USED: Stamps- Miracle Blossom, Flowers of Tomorrow (Verve Stamps); Ink- Onyx Black (Versafine), Certainly Celery (SU), Summer Sunrise (PTI); Paper- Summer Sunrise, Dark Chocolate (PTI), white (Georgia-Pacific); Accessories- corner rounder punch, clear button (FooFaLa), Threading Water border punch (Fiskars), wide Chocolate Chip grosgrain (SU), hemp, Certainly Celery marker (SU), Spica Clear Glitter pen, Cuttlebug Swiss Dots folder (Provocraft); Finished card measures 4.25"x5.5"

Friday, March 6, 2009

Weekend Sketch Challenge #71

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I can't believe it's Friday already and time for another Weekend Sketch Challenge! This week, Sharon is hosting the sketch, so you can head over there to see the sketch if you'd like to play along! I used the Hello Spring set from Our Craft Lounge and you can find it (and many other OCL stamps) at Stampers Dream! Isn't that big, round ladybug just adorable?
Be sure and stop by to see Beate, Cambria, Jenn, Lori, MaryJo and Sharon. I'm sure their interpretations of the sketch are all just fabulous! Thanks for stopping by today and have a great day! SUPPLIES USED: Stamps- Hello Spring (Our Craft Lounge); Ink- Onyx Black (Versafine); Paper- Pink Prismatics (Prism Papers),white (Georgia-Pacific), Basic Black (SU); Accessories- wide Regal Rose grosgrain (SU), Just My Type Cuttlebug folder (Provocraft), Cotton Candy Stickles, Dew Drops (The Robin's Nest); Finished card measures 5.5"x4.25"

Taylored Expressions First Birthday Bash Sweepstakes!

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Taylor is celebrating the First Birthday of the Taylored Expressions Store and she wants to invite you to the party! The festivities will last all weekend long with games and prizes on her blog! There will be drawings for Party Favor Packages for three days - Friday (today), Saturday and Sunday, with a different package given away each day. PLUS on Monday there will be a Sweepstakes Grand Prize winner drawn from all of the orders placed at the Taylored Expressions Store from Thursday through Sunday. Be sure to visit Taylor’s blog to get all the details and to join in on the FUN!

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Cartoon Inspired

Pin It One of the challenges I issued at the Prettie Pajama Party the other night was to choose your favorite cartoon character and make a card using those colors. So, if I chose Mickey Mouse, I'd make a black, red and yellow card. Can you guess my cartoon character for this card? Probably not since sometimes the colors change a bit, but I chose Pebbles Flintstone. I always loved Pebbles. . .probably because she had red hair! LOL When I looked at different pictures of Pebbles, she mostly had on a green shirt with black spots so I went with that color combo. I used the Love You This Much set from Paper Pretties for this card. The inside of the card says "Love you." Thanks for stopping by today and have a wonderful day! SUPPLIES USED: Stamps- Love You This Much (Paper Pretties); Ink- Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko), Paper- Tangerine Tango, Wild Wasabi, Basic Black (SU), white (Georgia-Pacific); Accessories- Copic markers, brads (Making Memories), double stitched ribbon (SU), paper piercer; Finished card measures 5.5"x4.25"

Taylored Expressions RELEASE DAY

Pin It On the first day of sneak peeks, I told you I'd show you a project that made the Branching Out and Branching Out Coordinates sets perfect for a child. Well, here's a little set I made for my daughter. She is REALLY into Knock Knock jokes right now. . .and she makes them up herself! LOL Most of the time they don't make sense, but I laugh anyway because it's just too darn cute! :) For the box, I used the Ghirardelli Box Tutorial on SCS. I plan to fill the box with little cards containing Savannah's own knock knock jokes. I thought that would be cute and a nice piece of memorabilia for me. :) Later on we can fill it will actual knock knock jokes for her!


The paper I used for this project is from the Green Stack by Die Cut With a View. . .it is a PERFECT match for these stamp sets. If you haven't seen it, you should check it out! It's complete with trees and owls!












If you were at the release party this morning at Paper Craft Planet - you might have seen this awesome color challenge that Taylor has created:

To celebrate the release of her new stamps over at Taylored Expressions, Taylor is giving away a Key Ingredient Birthday Boy set. All you have to do is to create a card inspired by these colors and upload it to Paper Craft Planet using the tag: tecolorchallenge (all one word, all lowercase). You must have your cards uploaded by Monday, March 9th at 8am PST to be eligible for the Key Ingredients Set. We can't wait to see your lovely creations!

Don't forget to stop by and see the rest of the Baker's Dozen today for their release day projects!

Ana Wohlfahrt, Dawn Easton, Donna Baker, Jen del Muro, Jodi Collins, Laura Fredrickson, Karen Giron,Denise Marzec, Karen Motz, Laurie Schmidlin, Sankari Wegman and, of course, Taylor Vanbruggen!!

Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you've enjoyed all of the sneak peeks!

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Sneak Peek Taylored Expressions Day 2

Pin It Today's sneak peek uses the set Sweet Spring. If you were worried that Cuppie was gone, you don't need to worry anymore! :) Sweet Spring is an adorable set filled with adorable cupcake images and sentiments. For this set, I used the Easter Key Ingredients. It took me a little while to get the dimensions correct, but I custom designed this little box just for an idea I had once I received this set.






It didn't turn out the way I originally planned, but it worked! So WHAT is in this box you're probably asking? One of my FAVORITE Easter candies. . .Cadbury Mini Eggs! I LOVE these solid chocolate little eggs and I thought they would make an adorable little treat to give to someone at Easter. I made the little "egg insert" to hold a dozen eggs in place. :) When I said this box didn't turn out how I originally planned, it's because I envisioned an egg carton, but that wasn't working out so I ended up with this box. :) I also thought the "good egg" sentiment worked perfectly for this project! Please be sure to stop by and see the rest of the Baker's Dozen today and their amazing projects using Sweet Spring!

Taylored Expressions is Branching Out! Come join us to celebrate Taylor's newest release!!!
When: 7am PST - 8am PST (its an early morning soiree to get you going!)
* Taylor will have a special color challenge that will be posted at the party - Create a card using the color challenge and you will be eligible to receive the Key Ingredients Birthday Boy!!! (Winner will be drawn by Random.org) Please upload your creations to Paper Craft Planet with the key word: tecolorchallenge (all one word, all lowercase). You must have your cards uploaded by Monday, March 9th at 8am PST to be eligible for the Key Ingredients Set.
**There will also be some fun trivia and prizes for the winning guesses!!! So come on and join the fun as we celebrate Taylored Expressions Branching Out!!!
Thanks for stopping by today! SUPPLIES USED: Stamps- Sweet Spring (Taylored Expressions); Ink- Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko); Paper- Easter Key Ingredients (Taylored Expressions); Accessories- Copic markers, circle punch, flowers, brads and ribbon from Easter Key Ingredients (Taylored Expressions),, Threading Water border punch (Fiskars), paper piercer, Plain Oval and Scallop Oval Nestabilities (Spellbinders)

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