Sunday, May 31, 2009

Make a Splash

Pin It Tomorrow, June 1st is the next release at Paper Pretties! The party starts at 8pm Eastern and will last until 10pm. We will be issuing only one challenge, so be sure to come and play along!! Besides the challenge, chatter, and all around fun, we will also be releasing Make a Splash Sophia and introducing our new Stamp Of The Month. . .another Sophia we think you'll just LOVE!

For my card today, I used Make a Splash Sophia. The card is super simple. I added some interest with a paper pierced box around Sophia and 3 rhinestones. I wanted a little more green on the card, so I added the small scalloped piece to the bottom. We hope you'll come and party with us tomorrow night! Even if you can't stay long, just stop by and say hello! Hope to see you there!! Thanks for stopping by today. SUPPLIES USED: Stamps- Make a Splash Sophia (Paper Pretties); Ink- Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko); Paper- white (Georgia-Pacific), New Leaf (PTI); Accessories- Copic markers, paper piercer, rhinestones (Darice), scalloped border punch (EK Success); Finished card measures 4.25" square

Happy Mail!

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I have been so very blessed to receive some happy mail lately!

This first card is from Pam Speidel at Stamping with Serendipity. Pam is SUCH a sweetheart and is always leaving such sweet, supportive comments. A visit to her blog ALWAYS makes me smile! She always posts such beautiful and HAPPY creations! Thank you, Pam for this happy, happy card using one of my favorite characters! :)


The second card I received is from Denise at the The Paper Landscaper. Denise is another one who ALWAYS leaves such sweet, supportive comments. . .and every day too! I don't know how she does it AND creates such gorgeous cards! I adored this card on her blog and the next thing I knew, it was in my mailbox! Thank you, Denise, for sending me this card. . .I just LOVE it!

The last piece of happy mail I received was from fellow Prettie Girl Danielle Lounds. Danielle made this box and posted it on her blog a while ago. I told her how much I LOVED the box and how she used Sophia Ballerina. Not only did I get the box in the mail, but it was filled with some gorgeous ribbon! I cannot wait to use it! Thank you so much, Danielle, for being so thoughtful! I LOVE the box and the ribbon!


Saturday, May 30, 2009

Cheerful Wishes

Pin It Here's a card I made using Taylor's latest Cupcake Challenge. I used the Doctor's Orders set from Taylored Expressions along with the May 20th Key Ingredients.

I colored in the sick Cuppie with Copic markers and added a couple of Dew Drops and some coordinating ribbon from the KI kit. The card came together pretty quickly using the Key Ingredients kit AND the sketch. All I had to decide was which patterned papers, images and embellishments to use. Simple! :)

Hope you're having a wonderful weekend! Thanks for stopping by to visit today! SUPPLIES USED: Stamps- Doctor's Orders (Taylored Expressions); Ink- Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko); Paper- May 20th Key Ingredients Kit (Taylored Expressions); Accessories- ribbon, Dew Drops from May Key Ingredients Kit (Taylored Expressions), Copic markers; Finished card measures 4.25"x5.5"

Friday, May 29, 2009

Weekend Sketch Challenge #83

Pin It It's Friday and time for another Weekend Sketch Challenge! This week's hostess is Lori! Head on over to her blog for the sketch and to link your card if you play along! If you upload to SCS, please use the keyword WSC83.

For my card, I used an image that I bought a little while ago and haven't inked yet. I HAD to use it for this sketch because I thought it would work perfectly. This is Sugar Plum Polka-Dot Emma from C.C. Designs. Isn't she just darling? The sentiment is from the Beach Sentiments set by AmyR Stamps.

Be sure to stop and see what Cambria, Jenn, Laurie, Lori, Mary Jo and Sharon have created for this challenge! I can't wait to see their fabulous creations! Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day! SUPPLIES USED: Stamps- Sugar Plum Polka-Dot Emma (C.C. Designs), Beach Sentiments (AmyR Stamps); Ink- Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko), Whisper White Craft ink (SU); Paper- Glitter Stack (DCWV), New Leaf (PTI); Accessories- brads (Darice), paper piercer, Copic markers, white gel pen; Finished card measures 5.5"x4.25"

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Taylored Expressions Spring Spectacular!

Pin It Taylor has done it again! You have to check out the fabulous Spring Spectacular Key Ingredients Kits being offered in limited quantities at a spectacular discount ($12.95)! Today my projects feature the Delighted kit. I found this kit really fun to play with because I've never used a kit like this before. I usually always stamp and I didn't stamp much at all with these projects. There are so many different elements in the kit that you don't even have to pull out your stamps! There are die cuts that have sentiments on them as well as acetate layovers. There are SO many elements to work with and you can create so many cards with the kit contents! What's even better is that each kit will include a full color inspiration sheet with 6 samples created by members of the Baker's Dozen!

For my first card, I used one of the acetate layovers and placed it over a window I punched in the card so you get a little peek into the card. The sentiment is one of the die cuts that come in the set. I added a little coordinating ribbon (also in the kit) and finished!








The second card also uses a die cut from the kit. I did stamp the "sunshine" sentiment on the little tab (also a die cut in the kit), but that is the only stamping I did on my 3 projects!







For my third project, I created a scrapbook page. I saw this die cut sentiment with the frame and had the PERFECT picture of my daughter Arwen to add to it. I just added some faux stitching and ribbon and was finished in minutes!







The Key Ingredients Kits really are a great and simple way to create coordinating cards and projects in a matter of minutes. You don't have to think about pairing papers and ribbons because it's all done for you! If you'd like to give them a try, head on over to Taylored Expressions because these particular kits are only available for a limited time!


For more inspiration using these different Key Ingredients Kits, visit:


Dawn Dazzled
Jami Dazzled

Jodi Delighted
Laura Enchanted
Sankari Enchanted
Karen M. Brilliant
Taylor Brilliant

Bring On the Sun

Pin It I have been LOVING the sun we've been getting in Pittsburgh lately. We've had so much rain that the sun is VERY welcome! :) The sun inspired my card today. I used a couple of sets from Paper Pretties, Soakin' Up the Sun and Beach Bum. I used the Polka Dot Frame die from Spellbinders to frame the sentiment and beach bag. A simple card, but bright and happy I think! :)

Don't forget on Monday, June 1st Paper Pretties will be having their monthly Stampin In Your Jammies party!! The party starts at 8pm Eastern and will last until 10pm. We will be issuing only one challenge, so be sure to come and play along!! Besides the challenge, chatter, and all around fun, we will also be releasing Make a Splash Sophia and introducing our new Stamp Of The Month. Sneak peeks start on Saturday May 30th!! Hope to see you there!! Thanks for stopping by today and have a wonderful day! SUPPLIES USED: Stamps- Soakin' Up the Sun, Beach Bum (Paper Pretties); Ink- Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko); Paper- Raspberry Fizz (PTI), white (Georgia-Pacific); Accessories- Polka Dot Frames, Victorian Borderabilities (Spellbinders), Copic markers, paper piercer, double edged polka dot ribbon (Taylored Expressions); Finished card measures 5.5"x4.25"

Happy Birthday, Joy!

Pin It Today is Joy's birthday and a bunch of her friends are celebrating by posting a birthday card today using her favorite character, Kona! In fact, TODAY, Eclectic Paperie will be releasing an Our Craft Lounge exclusive set called Hangin' Loose With Kona! The set is absolutely adorable and this is one of the images.

If you'd like to see more peeks of this set AND help celebrate Joy's birthday, head on over to Cambria's blog to see the list of those participating in today's blog hop! Then, you can head over to Joy's blog to give her some birthday love! Hope you have a wonderful birthday, Joy! Sending you big hugs!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Prettie Wednesday

Pin It Two weeks ago, Jackie challenged the Prettie Girls to create a card using white on white. You can't see it very well in the picture, but the layer on top of the white card base is actually an embossed piece of white cardstock from the Embossed Stack by Die Cut With a View. Give Thanks Sophia's dress is also paper pieced with the same paper. Give Thanks Sophia is the June Stamp of the Month at Paper Pretties.

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

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

I also wanted to remind you that our next release at Paper Pretties is Monday, June 1st at 8pm Eastern! Hope you can make it! I'll have more details for you later in the week! Thanks for stopping by today! SUPPLIES USED: Stamps- Give Thanks Sophia (Paper Pretties); Ink- Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko); Paper- white (Georgia-Pacific), Embossed Stack (DCWV); Accessories- Copic markers, Dew Drops (The Robin's Nest), ribbon (SU); Finished card measures 5.5"x4.25"

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Happy Summer

Pin It I hope you all had a wonderful a weekend as I did. The weather was absolutely beautiful! I just LOVE summer. . .it's my favorite season. I love being able to wear shorts and lighter clothing, no coats or jackets. . .especially where the kids are concerned. They're so much easier to dress in the summer, aren't they? :)

The warm, beautiful weather this weekend inspired my card for today. Light, summery colors, sunflowers and ladybugs all mean summer to me. I used the Sunny Window cling stamp from Stampendous and the sentiment is from the Happy Greetings Sparkles Clear set by Hero Arts. I used the Large Labels Nestabilities from Spellbinders for matting the focal image and the patterned paper is from the Just Chillin' Girl Paper pad from Making Memories. All of these products can be found at Stamper's Dream. Thanks for stopping by today and have a wonderful day! SUPPLIES USED: Stamps- Sunny Window (Stampendous), Happy Greetings Sparkles Clear set (Hero Arts); Ink- Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko); Paper- Certainly Celery (SU), Just Chillin' Girl (Making Memories); Accessories- Large Labels Nestabilities (Spellbinders), red grosgrain (Darice), border punch (EK Success), Copic markers; Finished card measures 4.25" square

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Memorial Day Blog Hop

Pin It Earlier this week, Fabre from Cards For Heroes contacted me asking if I'd be interested in being part of their Memorial Day Blog Hop. Would I? OF COURSE! I so appreciate everything that those in the military and their families sacrifice for my freedom. Cards For Heroes collects and sends blank greeting cards to those serving in our Armed Forces so that they can send cards home to their families and loved ones as well as cards of gratitude to encourage them. If you'd like to donate cards, please visit HERE and choose a mailing address in the left sidebar that is nearest you to send your donation. It would be GREATLY appreciated!

For the Memorial Day Blog Hop, click on the link and you can start the hop at the beginning. It may not all start until 3pm Eastern, but just look for the "button" to turn full color, and you can start! There are over 100 stops, some offering blog candy and RAKs. The card I posted is a part of the donation I am sending to Cards For Heroes.

The next stop on your hop is Charlotte at Stamping Is My Therapy. Charlotte is from Colorado Springs and has a beautiful card posted for today's hop as well as some blog candy! So head on over to Charlotte's blog! Thanks for stopping by today, have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend, and enjoy the blog hop!

WSC81 Winner!

Pin It My Mr. Linky from last week's Weekend Sketch Challenge is finally fixed, so I was able to see all of the wonderful submissions! Yay! The random winner from WSC81 is:

Jill Coleman of Stampin' In His Name! Jill made this beautiful card for a bridal shower. . .isn't it perfect for a bridal shower? I think it's just gorgeous! Jill, please send me your mailing address so I can send you something in the mail!

Thank you to all of you who participated in the sketch challenge (and thank you for your patience while I got my Mr. Linky fixed)! I really enjoyed all of your beautiful creations! Thanks for taking the time to play along!

Friday, May 22, 2009

Weekend Sketch Challenge #82

Pin It It's Friday and time for another Weekend Sketch Challenge! This week's sketch is being hosted by Mary Jo, so head on over to her blog to see the sketch and play along! If you upload to SCS, make sure you use the keyword WSC82.

For my card today, I used a couple of new Verve sets being released tonight! One is called Up Up and Away and the other is Dare to Be. You can see more peeks of the sets on the Verve Blog.

Make sure you stop to see what Cambria, Jenn, Laurie, Lori Mary Jo and Sharon have created for today's sketch! I'm sure they'll all be fabulous! Have a wonderful weekend and thanks for stopping by! SUPPLIES USED: Stamps- Up Up and Away, Dare To Be You (Verve Stamps); Ink- Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko), Whisper White Craft (SU); Paper- Pacific Point, Basic Black (SU), patterned (Wild Asparagus); Accessories- Copic markers, button (Foofala), paper piercer, Only Orange marker (SU), gingham ribbon (Darice); Finished card measures 4.25" square

Thursday, May 21, 2009

We've Moved!

Pin It Here's a card I made for our last Prettie Pajama Party challenge at Paper Pretties. It was a sketch challenge. I used the Home Sweet Home set. I paired it with this neat paper that was in the Summer Stack by Die Cut With a View. I thought the paper went well with the boxes images from the set.

Have you been keeping up with the Paper Clip? There are so many awesome cards of the week posted on there as well as challenges by Danielle! If you want to know about the latest happenings at Paper Pretties, the Paper Clip is the place to find it! Thanks for stopping by today and have a great day! SUPPLIES USED: Stamps- Home Sweet Home (Paper Pretties); Paper- white (Georgia-Pacific), Pure Poppy (PTI), Navy and patterned paper (DCWV); Accessories- circle and scallop circle punches (Marvy Uchida), paper piercer, Copic markers; Finished card measures 4.25"x5.5"

A Dreamy Challenge

Pin It It's time for another Dreamy Challenge over at Stamper's Dream. This month's challenge was a color challenge with some bling and texture. The colors were Prismatic colors Blush Red Dark, Island Mist Medium, Birchtone Light and accent with either Suede Brown Dark or Ivory. The compatible SU colors are Baja Breeze, Riding Hood Red and Sahara Sand.

I letterpressed (meaning I covered the template in Whisper White Craft ink and then ran it through the Cuttlebug to emboss) using the Paisley Impressabilities template on my Island Mist Medium cardstock. I think it gives such a neat look! The "bling" I used was added to the tree in the form of "apples" or "cherries". . .whichever you'd prefer. The stamp set I used is Swing Set from Flourishes. All of these products can be found at Stamper's Dream.

We'd LOVE for you to play along in this challenge! Please feel free to use colors that are similar, along with some texture and bling! Michelle is giving away some Dreamy Treats to a lucky winner, so be sure to post a link to your creation in the comments of her post to be eligible! If you upload to SCS, please use keyword SDDC7.

I can't wait to see what the rest of the Dream Team came up with for this challenge:

Cammie
Denise
Kimberly
Laurie
Michelle
Tosha

Thanks for stopping by! SUPPLIES USED: Stamps- Swing Set (Flourishes); Ink- Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko); Paper- Blush Red Dark, Island Mist Medium, Birchtone Light, Suede Brown Dark (Prism Papers); Accessories- Paisley Impressabilities template, Plain and Scallop Circle Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Multi Colored Mini Rhinestone (Zva Creative), ribbon (May Arts); Finished card measures 5.5"x4.25"

Just a Note

Pin It For those of you who might be waiting for me to post a random winner from the Weekend Sketch Challenge, I am sorry to report that my Mr. Linky has disappeared and I'm not able to access the links right now. I have contacted Mr. Linky and am waiting for a response, or hopefully a fix. I'll update you as soon as I know anything! Thanks for your patience. . .and thanks to all who have participated. I got to visit a lot of the links before Mr. Linky disappeared and you guys have all done BEAUTIFUL work!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Taylored Expressions May 20th Key Ingredients

Pin It It's time for another Key Ingredients Subscription Release at Taylored Expressions! You can read more about the Key Ingredient Subscriptions on THIS POST.


This month, Taylor challenged the Baker's Dozen to create versatile all-occasion cards without a sentiment on the front. We were required to add stitching, either faux or real. Faux stitching is my favorite! :) I made a set of four all-occasion cards along with a little tote to hold them. What card set would be complete without a holder of some sort, right?


For the first card, I used an image from the A Year of Sweets 2 set.




The second card uses an image from the Fresh Flowers set. The image was stamped on the inside of the card and a window was punched on the front and framed with a scallop circle.


The third card uses an image from the Downtown Diva set.



















The last card uses an image from the Sweet Celebration set. I thought it would be perfect for any kind of party.















For the tote, I used a piece of 8.5"x11 cardstock and scored along the 11" sides at 4.5" from each end. Then I scored along the 8.5" sides at 1.25" from each end. I attached the handle with brads and added some ribbon across the front of the tote.







All four cards AND the tote were created using the May 20th Key Ingredients Subscription Kit and I still have TONS left in my kit! The other great thing is that everything coordinates perfectly! I didn't really have to think about anything but which stamps I wanted to use or the layouts of the cards. Be sure and check out what the rest of the Baker's Dozen created for the challenge:







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


You may also want to check out the TE Favor Box Sampler! It's a great special that Taylor is running now through 5/24! If you like the favor boxes that Taylored Expressions offers, this is your chance to try a variety of them at a discounted price!

Sneak Peeks of New Verve!

Pin It Today's the first day of sneak peeks over on the Verve Blog! The next release is this Friday, May 22nd at 9pmEST in the Verve Forum! We hope you'll join us!

Head on over to the Verve Blog to see peeks of the new sets and for a chance to win them!

This is a picture of my son Isaac from last Halloween. I thought this sentiment from the Sweet On You set worked perfectly for this picture! I'll think you'll like the other sentiments in the set too! Thanks for stopping by today! SUPPLIES USED: Stamps- Sweet On You (Verve Stamps); Ink- Whisper White Craft (SU); Paper- Pure Poppy, Bitty Dot Basics (PTI); Accessories- border punch (EK Success), paper piercer, Really Red marker, wide oval punch (SU), brads (Darice); Finished page is 6"x6"

Prettie Wednesday

Pin It Two weeks ago, Jodi challenged the Prettie Girls to a color challenge. . .to use Apricot Appeal, Baja Breeze and Pacific Point. I don't think I've ever used this color combination, but I like it!

I used the Rainy Day Friend set from Paper Pretties. I just LOVE this little doggie! I colored him in using Copic markers.

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

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

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day! SUPPLIES USED: Stamps- Rainy Day Friend (Paper Pretties); Ink- Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko); Baja Breeze, Pacific Point (SU); Paper- Baja Breeze, Apricot Appeal, Pacific Point (SU); Accessories- ribbon (SU), Plain and Scallop Oval Nestabilities (Spellbinders), paper piercer; Finished card measures 5.5"x4.25"

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Springtime Bling

Pin It Here's some Spring bling to brighten your day! I used the Hello Spring set from Our Craft Lounge and coated the flowers with some Rockin' Pink Sparkly Fluff, also from Our Craft Lounge. The patterned paper is from the Artsy-Licious Bloom line from Chatterbox. The Rose ribbon is May Arts. All of these products can be found at Stamper's Dream.

I added some paper piercings and used a Mega Circle punch to "cut out" a space for the curved sentiment. Finally, I added a scalloped border using a punch from EK Success. Thanks for stopping by today! Hope you're having a wonderful day! SUPPLIES USED: Stamps- Hello Spring (Our Craft Lounge); Ink- Onyx Black (Versafine); Paper- white (Georgia-Pacific), Artsy-Licious Bloom (Chatterbox); Accessories- paper piercer, Mega Circle punch (Marvy Uchida), border punch (EK Success), Sparkly Fluff (Our Craft Lounge), ribbon (May Arts), bling; Finished card measures 4.25" square

Friday, May 15, 2009

Weekend Sketch Challenge #81

Pin It It's time for another Weekend Sketch Challenge, and this week it's my turn to host the challenge! Please add a link to your card using Mr. Linky below. If you upload to SCS, use the keyword WSC81. I can't wait to see what you all come up with!

For my creation, I used one of the latest releases from Taylored Expressions called Doctor's Orders. I paper pieced the bedspread to match the patterned paper I used on the card. The images were colored in using Copic markers.



Don't forget to check out the beautiful samples Cambria, Jenn, Laurie, Lori and Sharon have created using today's sketch! I can't wait! I look forward to seeing your creations! Thanks for stopping by and have a great day! SUPPLIES USED: Stamps- Doctor's Orders (Taylored Expressions); Ink- Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko); Paper- Wild Asparagus, Prism Papers; Accessories- Copic markers, 1 3/4" circle punch (SU), paper piercer, organdy ribbon (Darice); Finished card measures 5.5"x4.25"




Thursday, May 14, 2009

More Tangerine Tango!

Pin It I told you I loved Tangerine Tango! LOL One of the challenges for our last Prettie Pajama Party was a color challenge. . . to use Kraft, Tangerine Tango and Chocolate Chip. I used the Give Thanks Sophia from Paper Pretties. She is the June stamp of the month.

I used some Plain and Scallop Circle Nestabilities as well as the Welcome Baby Cuttlebug folder for my card.

Today's Thursday, so don't forget to check out the Paper Clip for Danielle's challenge! They're lots of fun and great for giving inspiration if you're in need! :) Thanks for stopping by today and have a wonderful day! SUPPLIES USED: Stamps- Give Thanks Sophia (Paper Pretties); Ink- Burnt Umber (Palette), Tangerine Tango (SU); Paper- Kraft (PTI), Tangerine Tango, Chocolate Chip (SU); Accessories- Copic markers, Plain and Scallop Circle Nestabilities (Spellbinders); Cuttlebug Welcome Baby folder (Provocraft), Chocolate Chip wide grosgrain, small oval punch (SU); Finished card measures 5.5"x4.25"

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Prettie Wednesday

Pin It Two weeks ago, Jackie challenged the Prettie Girls to make a card using a dark and light shade of our favorite color. Well, my favorite colors (as far as stamping) change all of the time. I have LOVED Tangerine Tango since it came out, so I decided to go with that. I used Groovy Guava as the "lighter shade". It looked close enough to me! :)

I used the Home Sweet Home set from Paper Pretties. Coloring the building in a Groovy Guava reminded me of a nice, sunny, warm place to live. I used the Spots 'n Dots Cuttlebug folder on the Groovy Guava cardstock. Don't forget to check out what the other Prettie Girls have come up with for this challenge:

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

Thanks for stopping by today and have a wonderful day! SUPPLIES USED: Stamps- Home Sweet Home (Paper Pretties); Ink- Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko); Paper- Tangerine Tango, Groovy Guava (SU); Accessories- Spots 'n Dots Cuttlebug folder (Provocraft), Tangerine Tango ribbon (SU), Copic markers, white gel pen; Finished card measures 5.5"x4.25"

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Happy Spring

Pin It Due to all of the rain we've been having lately, I thought this card would be appropriate! :) The image is Shower Chick from Stampendous and the sentiment is from the Happy Greetings Sparkle Clear set from Hero Arts. Both of these sets as well as the May Arts ribbon and Sparkly Fluff (I used Lemon Drop Yellow) can be found at Stamper's Dream. The little flower in her hair is also from the Happy Greetings Sparkle Clear set. It fit perfectly over the stamped flower. The chick looks so fluffy in real life and the sparkles in the fluff add that little adorable "extra". . .almost like glistening rain drops! :)

Thanks for stopping by today and have a great day! SUPPLIES USED: Stamps- Shower Chick (Stampendous), Happy Greetings Sparkle Clear set (Hero Arts); Ink- Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko); Paper- white (Georgia-Pacific), Lemon Tart (PTI); Accessories- paper piercer, Lemon Drop Yellow Sparkly Fluff (Our Craft Lounge), border punch (EK Success), Copic markers, ribbon (May Arts); Finished card measures 4.25" square

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Happy Mother's Day!

Pin It I just wanted to pop in and wish you all a VERY HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY! Hope you have a wonderful day blessed with time spent with your family!

Happy Birthday, Christi!

Pin It Today, I'd like to wish a very special friend a VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Today's Christi's birthday!! We at Paper Pretties are having a birthday blog hop in her honor and we'd LOVE it if you'd join along in the festivities! The hop started with Christie, so if you didn't start there, hop on over!


I brought some yummy Watermelon Basic Margaritas for the party! Don't they look delicious? I made a card to match. . .I hope Christi likes watermelon! :)


Your next stop on the hop is Jana. Follow the hop along until you get to Christi's blog and can send her some birthday love! Thanks for helping us celebrate today!

Friday, May 8, 2009

Weekend Sketch Challenge #80

Pin It It's time for another Weekend Sketch Challenge! Today's hostess is Cambria, so head on over to her blog to see the sketch and play along!

I just recently got this adorable Stampendous Cling image called Smile Curve. You can find it at Stamper's Dream along with the patterned paper Just Chillin' Girl from Making Memories. I stamped the image and then cut it out with my Plain Circle Nestabilities and framed it with the Blossom Nestabilities. I colored in the smiley face with Copic markers and added some highlights with a white gel pen. Does't that image just make you smile?

Make sure you stop and see what fabulous creations Beate, Cambria, Jenn, Laurie, Lori and Sharon have for you! Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful weekend! SUPPLIES USED: Stamps- Smile Curve (Stampendous); Ink- Onyx Black (Versafine); Paper- white (Georgia-Pacific), Just Chillin' Girl (Making Memories), Basic Black (SU); Accessories- Copic markers, Plain Circle and Blossom Nestabilities (Spellbinders), white gel pen, piercing template (Ornare), Summer Sunrise ribbon (PTI); Finished card measures 5.5"x4.25"

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Happy Birthday, Christie!

Pin It On May 1st was Christie's birthday! At our Prettie Pajama Party, the first challenge was to make Christie a birthday card. I thought it was only appropriate to use the Canadian Girl set for her. Another adorable Sophia, don't you think?

There were a lot of new sets released at the last party. If you missed them, you can check them out HERE. You can always see up-to-date information on the Paper Clip, as well as inspiration and awesome challenges from Danielle! Thanks for stopping by today. Have a wonderful day! SUPPLIES USED: Stamps- Canadian Girl, Bugs and Fishes (Paper Pretties); Ink- Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko); Paper- Pure Poppy (PTI), white (Georgia-Pacific); Accessories- Plain and Scallop Circle Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Copic markers, Real Red Grosgrain (SU); Finished card measures 4.25"x 5.5"

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Prettie Wednesday

Pin It Two weeks ago, Jessie challenged the Prettie Girls to "make it new" by using a Paper Pretties stamp set that we haven't used in a long while. This was it for me! I LOVED the Surf's Up set when it came out last year, but I haven't used it since! I was very happy to bring surfin' Snowflake out again. :) I can't wait to see what the other Pretties made new again!
Thanks for stopping by today! Happy Wednesday! SUPPLIES USED: Stamps- Surf's Up (Paper Pretties); Ink- Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko); Paper- Summer Sunrise, Pure Poppy, New Leaf (PTI); Accessories- Copic markers, border punch (EK Success), Circle and Scallop Circle punches (Marvy Uchida), Summer Sunrise ribbon (PTI); Finished card measures 5.5"x4.25"

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Taylored Expressions RELEASE DAY!

Pin It It's finally Release Day at Taylored Expressions, which means you can purchase these sets as well as the Father's Day Key Ingredients or Boys Will Be Boys Bundle RIGHT NOW!


For today's projects, I have three cards for you! They are all using the Boys Will Be Boys set in the Whimsical Wishes line. Taylor is offering the Boys Will Be Boys Bundle which includes some charms AND some sheets of metal. You can read more about the bundle on THIS POST. When I saw the metal, the first thing I thought about was my husband's dream Stainless Steel grill! :) I stamped the grill on the metal and cut out just the drum part. I would say I paper-pieced, but I guess the correct term would be "metal-pieced". :) The rest of the grill was coloring using Copic markers and Spica Glitter pens. I hung the little spatula charm from the ribbon. The paper and ribbon are from the Father's Day Key Ingredients. I used the Curved Rectangle Nestabilities for the focal image.



For the next card, I made it very simple. I had intended to use the image of ties that is in the set, but once I created my "shirt", it seemed more appropriate to just use the sentiment. . .especially since there was no tie on the shirt! A little paper piercing and some buttons from the Father's Day Key Ingredients made this card come together quickly.

The last card uses the metal along with the screw brads. I thought these would go well with the airplane pattern paper. I used the Labels 1 Nestabilities for the boots image and sentiment. All paper and embellishments are from the Father's Day Key Ingredients.


Make sure you stop to see what the rest of the Baker's Dozen has in store for you today!


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


Also, if you're interested, I have a "different" sort of project over on the Stamp a Sweet Impression Blog today if you'd like to go take a peek! Thanks for stopping by today. Have a wonderful day! SUPPLIES USED: Stamps- Boys Will Be Boys (Taylored Expressions); Ink- Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko), Burnt Umber (Palette); Paper- Father's Day Key Ingredients (Taylored Expressions); Accessories- paper piercer, Metal and Charm from Boys Will Be Boys Bundle (Taylored Expressions), buttons, ribbon from Father's Day Key Ingredients (Taylored Expressions), Copic markers, Curved Rectangle Nestabilities, Label's One Nestabilities (Spellbinders)

JustRite Week at Stamper's Dream!

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It's JustRite Week at Stamper's Dream! All this week, the Dream Team is featuring the newest releases from JustRite Stampers! Here's the schedule for this week so you can check out the wonderful creations!

Monday - Kimberly , Laurie , and Michelle
Tuesday - Tosha , Cammie , Michelle and me
Wednesday - Denise , Tosha , and Michelle
Thursday - Cindy , Laurie , and Michelle

For my creation, I used the Tiny Words and Centers set. I decided to create something that my daughter Savannah would LOVE. . .a Top Secret Notebook! :) Hidden behind the Top Secret button (and attached with hemp) is her "decoder". I made it by brayering Pure Poppy ink over acetate and punching it out with the scallop circle punch. To keep the ink from being smeared, I punched out another piece of acetate to place over the wet ink and sandwiched them both between two black scallop pieces.

Remember these "decoder" things when you were a kid? I always remember there being a busy pattern that hid the words. The busiest background pattern I had that I thought would work was from one of my Verve sets, Wishful Elegance. I used the Harmony Rectangle Stamper to stamp "Savannah's, Keep Out" in light blue ink within the busy pattern. In order to see the "secret words", you have to use the "decoder" which blocks out the red pattern so that all you see are the words! (you may have to click on the photos to see an enlarged version so you can actually read the words!) Savannah LOVES it! She thinks it's magic! LOL Be sure to stop and see what Tosha , Cammie , Michelle have for you today! I'm sure you'll LOVE their projects. . .I know I always do!
Thanks for stopping by today and have a GREAT day! SUPPLIES USED: Stamps- Tiny Words and Centers set, Harmony Rectangle Stamper (JustRite Stampers), Wishful Elegance (Verve Stamps); Ink- Pure Poppy (PTI), Onyx Black (Versafine); Paper- Pure Poppy (PTI), Basic Black (SU), acetate; Accessories- Circle and scallop circle punches (SU), Bind It All (Zutter), hemp

Monday, May 4, 2009

Taylored Expressions Sneak Peek - Day 2

Pin It It's the second day of sneak peeks at Taylored Expressions, and today I'd like to show you a peek of the newest set in the Whimsical Wishes line called Boys Will Be Boys (available for purchase tomorrow, Tuesday, May 5th at 8amPST). For my post today, I used the golf image and sentiment from the set, but if you don't have a golfer to create for there are other images and sentiments that are sure to be perfect for your "boy". :) Be sure and stop to visit the rest of the Baker's Dozen to see those other perfect images and sentiments!


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



I used the Father's Day Key Ingredients for my card and gift. You will LOVE the Prism cardstocks and coordinating Cosmo Cricket Lil' Man patterned papers that are in the kit, not to mention the ribbons and buttons! Don't forget that the sets you've seen previewed the last two days won't be available for purchase until tomorrow, May 5th at 8amPST! I know, it's a long time to wait (LOL), but it will be worth it! :) Thanks for stopping by today and have a wonderful day! SUPPLIES USED: Stamps- Boys Will Be Boys (Taylored Expressions); Ink- Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko); Paper- Father's Day Key Ingredients (Taylored Expressions), acetate; Accessories - ribbon from Father's Day Key Ingredients (Taylored Expressions), Copic markers, border punch (EK Success); Finished card measures 4.25" square

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