Sunday, January 31, 2010

You Lift Me Up

I'm always trying to find ways to "spice up" a one layer card. As much as I like to add buttons, ribbon or brads, I find that sometimes those items keep me from mailing a card. A nice, flat one layer is easy and only requires one stamp!

For this card I used the Cuppie Love Scenes set from Taylored Expressions. To "spice it up", I used the Large Labels Nestabilities die to create an embossed border around the image. I used a border punch to add a little border along the bottom of the card. To add some simple color, I paper pieced the balloon using coordinating patterns of paper. What kinds of things do you do to "spice up" your one layer card?

Thanks for stopping by today! Have a great day! SUPPLIES USED: Stamps- Cuppie Love Scenes (Taylored Expressions); Ink- Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko); Paper- Choice Snow White (Taylored Expressions), Soft Sky (SU), Blossoms & Butterflies Stack (DCWV); Accessories- Large Labels Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Border punch (SU), Copic markers; Finished card measures 5.5"x4.25"

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Have a Lovely Day

Here's another card using the Tree-mendous Love set from Our Craft Lounge. I took the solid heart from the set and stamped it in Grapefruit VersaMagic ink on Kraft cardstock. I cut out a rectangle and then distressed the edges to give the card some texture and to separate the focal point from the card base. I added some dots around the hearts with a white gel pen and used a border folder from the Frills Cuttlebug set and trimmed around the embossing. Simple and sweet. Thanks for stopping by! SUPPLIES USED: Stamps- Tree-mendous Love (Our Craft Lounge); Ink- Gingerbread, Grapefruit (VersaMagic); Paper- Kraft, Bitty Dot Basics (PTI); Accessories- white gel pen, Frills Cuttlebug folders (Provocraft), corner rounder; Finished card measures 4.25" square

Friday, January 29, 2010

I Love You - Bunches

Here's a card I made using the Tree-mendous Love set from Our Craft Lounge. I thought this image would pair up well with the Be Loved Collection from My Mind's Eye. The sweet little hearts in the tree make the image so soft and cute. I colored the image using Copic markers and added a little faux stitching along the right side of the image.

I wanted to share an adorable story with you. Years ago, when Savannah was old enough to talk there were different ways we'd say "I love you." It started out as the regular "I love you" and I would respond "I love you too" and then Savannah would say "I love you too too." LOL There were many different versions in between too. When Arwen was old enough to talk, she would copy her sister. Then one day my husband started saying "I love you bunches" and that escalated to "bunches and bunches" and then Savannah and Arwen would say "I love you bunches and bunches and more bunches." The other day I was putting the girls to bed and I hugged and kissed Arwen and said "Goodnight honey! I love you bunches and bunches and more bunches" and she replied "Mom, I love you so many bunches you can't even count them because you'd get sick!" I bust out laughing and I just had to squeeze her tight. I don't know how she came up with that, but I do know that it melts my heart! I just LOVE that kids say the darndest things!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day! SUPPLIES USED: Stamps- Tree-mendous Love (Our Craft Lounge); Ink- Burnt Umber (Palette); Paper- Be Loved (My Mind's Eye); Accessories- Copic markers, Berry Sorbet ribbon (PTI), buttons (Foofala), paper piercer; Finished card measures 5.5"x4.25"

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Verve Project Parade

This month's Project Parade has started over at the Verve Blog! Be sure to stop over to see the beautiful projects AND for a chance to win some Verve goodness!

Today is my day to share what I came up with for this month. The theme was Tags, Tins and Treats and Julee provided this inspiration photo, but it wasn't a requirement to use it. I was inspired by it right away.

It's no secret that I LOVE creating little treats. Most of the time I'm creating them for my daughters' classmates, but I like to create them for friends and family too. I know I'd love to receive a little Valentine treat like this!

I used the Fancy Favor die from Stampin' Up to create my box. I used the Heart's Desire and Bountiful Backgrounds sets. Everything was embossed using white embossing powder. Then I stamped one of the heart clusters from Heart's Desire in Berry Sorbet ink, but a couple out and attached them over hearts in the heart frame to tie in the color of the vintage lettering from the photo. The finishing touch was to add the organdy polka dot ribbon and the truffles!

Be sure to visit the Verve Blog and enter for a chance to win! Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Happy Birthday, Wendy!

Today is my sweet, sweet friend Wendy's birthday! A bunch of us are celebrating with a birthday blog hop! I had the pleasure of actually meeting Wendy almost two years ago on the Stamp and Cruise. She is SUCH a doll. She is so very sweet and so much fun! She sends me such beautiful cards and always brightens my day when she drops by my blog to leave a comment or sends an email just to say hi.

Wendy, I wish you a FABULOUS birthday! I only wish I could give you big hugs in person! Have a wonderful day!

Since Wendy is one of the Mojo Makers, I thought it only fitting to make her a card using Verve Stamps! I used the Wishful Elegance set along with the latest Mojo Monday sketch.

Hop along with us to help celebrate Wendy's birthday! Thanks for stopping by!

Dee Woodland
Regan D'Agostino
Maria Fiscella
Jewels Wells
Charlene Austin
Stephanie Day
Dana White
Karen Motz
Pam Imholz
Charmaine Ikach <-----YOU ARE HERE!!!!
Jackie Pedro

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Let's Do Coffee

Here's another card using the Fueled By Caffeine set from Our Craft Lounge. I used some papers from some Die Cut With a View stacks I had sitting around. I thought these colors went well with the coffee theme. I think the retro look of the coffee pot is adorable. I'd love a coffee pot that looked like this! :) This is another card I can add to my "just because" pile. As you know, I love to send cards for no reason at all. As a matter of fact, I'm better at sending "just because" cards than cards for a specific occasion. Are any of you like that? I guess it's because there's no deadline on the just because cards. . .ya just send them when you're thinking about it! LOL

Thanks for stopping by! Hope you're having a great day!

Monday, January 25, 2010

Papertrey Ink January Blog Hop

It has been a long while since I've been able to participate in one of the Papertrey Ink Blog Hops, but tonight I was inspired and I had some extra time! I love it when those two things coincide. :) This month's challenge was to create a card that has the "total package". . .decorating the interior of the card, back of the card or even the envelope.

I don't usually decorate or even stamp in the inside of my cards. I use all that space to write! :) This was a nice challenge for me and what I came up with is totally me! I used my favorite PTI set, Little Lady. I paired it up with some Spellbinders dies and a QuicKutz embossing folder to come up with this. I used the Nested Flower die along with Plain and Scallop Circle Nestabilities to create the flower with Lemon Tart and Bitty Dot Basics paper. The Blush Blossom background piece is embossed using the Polka Dots embossing folder. I stamped part of the sentiment along with a few dots from the "dot" stamp in the set and stamped the other part of the sentiment on the inside of the card. The ladybug's trail leads her from the front of the card to the inside. Since I stamped the front and inside of the card, I had to do the back too! :) I hope you've been as inspired as I have to decorate the inside of your card! Thanks for stopping by! SUPPLIES USED: Stamps- Little Lady (Papertrey Ink); Ink- Blush Blossom, Berry Sorbet (PTI), Onyx Black (Versafine); Paper- Blush Blossom, Bitty Dot Basics, Lemon Tart (PTI); Accessories- Nested Flower die, Plain and Scallop Circle Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Polka Dots embossing folder (QuicKutz), Dazzling Diamonds glitter (SU); Finished card measures 4.25" square

Sunday, January 24, 2010


I have a simple card for you today using the Fueled By Caffeine set from Our Craft Lounge. I stamped the pot and creamer on white cardstock and then again on patterned paper and paper pieced the images. The coffee cup is colored using Copic markers. I punched all three images out with different circle punches and then sponged the edges with Burnt Umber ink. The coffee pot circle is flat on the card base while the other two circles are mounted with dimensionals. I added some faux stitching and sponging around the edges of the card.

I couldn't get a good picture with the white card on a white background, so I put the patterned paper behind it. I thought this was a simple card with a little bit of layering for some texture. It's great if you have lots of little scraps of patterned paper that aren't big enough to fit across a card. Thanks for stopping by today! SUPPLIES USED: Stamps-Fueled By Caffeine (Our Craft Lounge); Ink- Burnt Umber (Palette); Paper- white (Georgia-Pacific); Accessories- paper piercer, circle punches, Copic markers, Choc. Chip marker; Finished card measures 4.25"x5.5"

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Viva La Flower

Here's a card I made for the latest Viva La Verve Challenge. The challenge was a sketch with three "home" pictures for inspiration. I ended up using all three pictures for inspiration, so that's why that black and white is in the card!

I used the Love's Flower set for this card. The colors I used to match the inspiration are Terra Cotta Tile, Summer Sunrise and Ocean Tides/Blue Bayou. I cut out the focal piece using Plain Oval Nestabilities and then sponged Ocean Tides one before removing the paper from the die. I added a little bit of faux stitching to tie in the stitching on the ribbon.

Thanks for stopping by today! Hope you're having a wonderful weekend! SUPPLIES USED: Stamps- Love's Flower (Verve Stamps); Ink- Burnt Umber (Palette), Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko), Ocean Tides (PTI); Paper- Terra Cotta Tile, Summer Sunrise (PTI), All Dressed Up Stack (DCWV); Accessories- Copic markers, paper piercer, Plain Oval Nestabilities (Spellbinders), ribbon (SU); Finished card measures 4.25"x5.5"

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Thinking of You

When I saw this bird punch in the Stampin' Up mini catalog, I thought it was ADORABLE! What an easy (and did I say adorable) way to add a focal image to your project. . .especially when you're using a set that has frames, flourishes and sentiments. No coloring involved AND you can use up pieces from your scrap bin!

I used the Accent Notes set from Verve Stamps. I just love how the bird nestles perfectly into the frame from this set and the sentiment fits perfectly as well. This card could even be cut down to a 4.25" square.

Hope you're having a great week! Thanks for stopping by today! SUPPLIES USED: Stamps- Accent Notes (Verve Stamps); Ink- Onyx Black (Versafine), Summer Sunrise (PTI); Paper- Bitty Dot Basics, Pure Poppy (PTI); Accessories- bird punch, ticket corner punch (SU), ribbon (Darice); Finished card measures 5.5"x4.25"

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Happy Life

I was cleaning out my scrap bin the other day and came across this piece of patterned paper from the Glitter Stack. I thought I'd create a simple card with it, so I used a piece of Summer Sunrise cardstock to create my card base. I attached the patterned paper to the front and then trimmed and scallop punched enough so that the sentiment that was stamped on the inside bottom of the card, could be seen. I then stamped the ladybug trail on the patterned paper. I stamped the ladybug itself on white cardstock and cut it out. I added some glue and dunked the ladybug in Dazzling Diamonds glitter and then mounted it on the card with dimensionals. I used one of my favorite Papertrey Ink sets, Little Lady. This is such a simple little card, but sure to bring a smile through the mail! :) Thanks for stopping by! SUPPLIES USED: Stamps- Little Lady (PTI); Ink- Onyx Black (Versafine), Hibiscus Burst (PTI); Paper- Summer Sunrise (PTI), Glitter Stack (DCWV); Accessories- scallop punch, Dazzling Diamonds glitter (SU); Finished card measures 4.25"x5.5"

Monday, January 18, 2010

Everything Is Better

I love to make "just because" cards. Cards for no other reason than to make someone smile and let them know I'm thinking about them. I know how much I love to get a random card in the mail, so I think that's why I like them so much! :)

I used two of the new sets from Taylored Expressions on this card. The sentiment is from the Cuppie Love Scenes set and the image is from the Sprinkled With Love set. I thought they went perfectly together. . .especially on a card for someone you may meet for coffee. I just love the sparkly sprinkles. It just make the cuppa so much more appealing, don't you think?

Hope your week is off to a great start. Thanks for stopping by today! SUPPLIES USED: Stamps- Cuppie Love Scenes, Sprinkled With Love (Taylored Expressions); Ink- Burnt Umber (Palette); Paper- Dark Chocolate (PTI), Choice Buttercream (Taylored Expressions), Kitchen Spice Collection (Bo Bunny); Accessories- Copic markers, buttons, circle and scallop circle punches (Marvy Uchida), paper piercer, Dazzling Diamonds glitter (SU), hemp; Finished card measures 5.5"x4.25"

Saturday, January 16, 2010

New Verve!

There is NEW Verve available NOW! Five new stamp sets and two Plain Janes were released last night!

For this pillow box, I used the Heart Flutter Plain Jane and a sentiment from Love Monkey. I made the pillow box for Sankari's 3D Challenge. I used some Be Loved paper from My Mind's Eye and sponged it with some Burnt Umber ink. I stamped the heart image onto the pillow box in Burnt Umber ink and then stamped it again on Choice Buttercream cardstock. I colored that image in with Copic markers, cut it out and attached it over the stamped heart on the pillow box using dimensionals. I added some highlights with a white gel pen and some Stardust Stickles to the flourish.

This card uses the Love's Flower set. It also uses Teresa's Sketch Challenge. The papers are from the Bloom & Grow Collection from My Mind's Eye. I paper pieced the flower using cardstock and patterned paper. I colored in the letters using Copic markers.

I just LOVE this adorable little Love Monkey set! It is perfect for kid valentines or adult ones too! :) Who can resist this little monkey?

The last card I'll share with you today uses my favorite sentiment! This is the Accent Notes set and I just LOVE the Hello Sunshine sentiment! For this card, I used one of the images from the set to create a tone on tone background on the Crushed Curry cardstock. I added a little "flourish" on the bottom using the Martha Stewart Flourish punch. I LOVE that punch! Since everything was so clean, I decided to "rough up" the focal image a bit. I punched the circles out and crinkled them up. I thought it added a little contrast.

As always, there is a Bundle Deal at Verve while supplies last for those of you who can't make up your mind as to which set you "have to have". LOL Thanks for stopping by today and happy shopping!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

January Key Ingredients Kit from Taylored Expressions

It's time for another Key Ingredients Kit from Taylored Expressions! This month's kit includes some Nook & Pantry patterned paper from Basic Grey! Taylor challenged us to create something food-themed. When I was thinking about the challenge and was looking at the cupcake patterned paper, I thought I'd make a scrapbook page. This page is ALL about cupcakes! I used the sentiment "Everything is so much better with sprinkles" from the Sprinkled With Love set. If you'll notice, not only are the cupcakes covered with sprinkles, but so are my kids. :) And YES, the sentiment is so true. . .EVERYTHING is so much better with sprinkles. . .even kids!

For the cupcake image, I paper-pieced the cupcake by stamping it twice on two different patterned papers that come in the kit. I even used a tiny little button from the kit for the "cherry" on top!

Aside from the new Key Ingredients Kit, there is some other NEWS at Taylored Expressions!

* Limited Time Subscription Special. Purchase (or renew) a 6 month subscription on or before January 17th and receive a FREE Key Ingredients kit upon the completion of your 6 month subscription. This kit (a $23.95 value including shipping) will be an exclusive kit that will never be available in the TE Store!

* Beat the price increase. Increased shipping costs on both our shipments to you and the products we receive from manufacturers have forced us to increase the cost of our subscription. Prices will increase as of January 18th, to $23.95 per month for 6 month subscriptions and $25.95 per month for 3 month subscriptions. However, if you subscribe or renew by January 17th you’ll receive the current pricing of $21.95 per month for 6 months or $22.95 per month for 3 months. You can renew your subscription no matter how many months you have remaining on your current subscription. Your renewal will simply add 3 or 6 additional months. Remember you only get the FREE EXCLUSIVE KI with the 6 month option.

How is THAT for news? I promise you won't be disappointed in your Key Ingredients Subscription. When I am just not "feeling it" while trying to put a card or project together, I ALWAYS turn to one of my Key Ingredients Kits. Everything is perfectly coordinated. . .no thinking needed!

For more inspiration using this month's Key Ingredients Kit you can visit these blogs:

Verve Sneak Peek

This is release week for Verve! As always, there's lots going on! Check out the Verve Blog for some beautiful eye candy as well as chances to win those sets!

There are also Release Week Challenges going on in the Verve Forum on SCS which means even more chances to win! Don't miss the release party tomorrow, Friday, January 15th beginning at 9pm Eastern!

For my project, I created a Valentine treat that would be perfect for my mom and mother in law. The papers match their style perfectly. I used the Heart's Desire set which will be released tomorrow! What I LOVE about this set is its versatility. It can be used for something classic and elegant like this project, or for something more cute and whimsical! I know you're going to love this set as much as I do!
Thanks for stopping by today and I hope to see you tomorrow night at the release party! SUPPLIES USED: Stamps- Heart's Desire (Verve Stamps); Ink- Burnt Umber (Palette); Paper- Wild Asparagus (My Mind's Eye), Dark Chocolate (PTI); Accessories- Plain and Scallop Circle Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Baskets & Blooms die (SU), velvet trim (Taylored Expressions), pearl brads (Darice); Finished card measures 5.5"x4.25"

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Love Is Take Two

Back in October, I made a card using the Love Is stamp from Paper Pretties. It was perfect for "the bride" and you can see that card HERE. I gave that card to one of my daughter's teachers in an all occasion card gift set for Christmas. When we went back to school in January, she came out to tell me how much she LOVED that card and if it would be possible to make a few more. She mentioned that she wanted to give one to her niece and one to her niece's boyfriend. She didn't ask for a masculine version, but I thought he might appreciate a more manly version! :) This is what I came up with. Rather than the Damask embossing folder I used in the first, I used the Pajama Stripe Cuttlebug folder. Instead of the rounded Labels Nine Nestabilities, I used the squared off Labels Two Nestabilities. I also left off the glitter and exchanged pearls for brushed silver brads. Next to each other, the cards look like they could walk down the aisle themselves! LOL It's amazing how the look of a card can change so much by changing angles and embellishments!
Thanks for letting me share with you! Hope you're having a wonderful day! SUPPLIES USED: Stamps- Love Is (Paper Pretties); Ink- Wheat (VersaMagic); Paper- Kraft, True Black (PTI), white (Georgia-Pacific); Accessories- Pajama Stripe Cuttlebug folder (Provocraft), Labels Two Nestabilities (Spellbinders), brushed silver brads (Making Memories); Finished card measures 5.5"x4.25"

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Papertrey Ink Click Simple Sneak Peek

I have a sneak peek for you today of one of the new templates in the Click Simple template library from Papertrey Ink! This is the Elephant from the Rock-a-Bye Baby template collection!

I couldn’t get over how adorable this little template was when I saw it! For my project, I used it to create a “Welcome Baby” card, but it would also be perfect for child birthday invitations or even a “Don’t Forget” kind of card! I have so many ideas running through my head for this template and I can’t wait to try them all!

Complete instructions & supply lists for this project will be provided in the companion idea download that comes with the template and will be available for purchase on January 15th.
For more Sneak Peeks, head over to Nichole's blog, and see more template peeks by visiting Kim, Becky, Jennifer and Kelly!

Friday, January 8, 2010

Happy Birthday, Cambria!

Today is my sweet, sweet friend Cami's birthday! Help me wish Cami a Happy Birthday by leaving her some birthday love on her blog!

Happy Birthday, Cami! I hope you have a fabulous day, girl! Sending lots of love and hugs!

For my card I used the Fueled By Caffeine set from Our Craft Lounge. I just love the sentiment "hi ya sugah!" and thought it would be perfect for Cami. She IS sweet as sugar! The patterned paper is from the My Mind's Eye Ooh La La Collection.

Thanks for stopping by today! Hope you have a wonderful weekend! SUPPLIES USED: Stamps- Fueled By Caffeine (Our Craft Lounge); Ink- Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko); Paper- Wild Wasabi (SU), True Black (PTI); Ooh La La (My Mind's Eye); Accessories- Copic markers, ribbon (Darice), circle and scallop circle punches (SU), paper piercer, white gel pen; Finished card measures 5.5"x4.25"

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Taylored Expressions RELEASE DAY!

Today's the day! All of these sets are available for purchase NOW at Taylored Expressions!

The final set being released is called Cuppie Love Scenes. The idea for this set came from our very own Donna Baker! Isn't it adorable? I have three cards for you today since I couldn't decide which image was my favorite! I just LOVE them all!

The first card uses the Cuppies on the couch with the sentiment "thanks for always being by my side". I paper pieced the couch and then shaded it using a Copic marker. The patterned paper is meant to look like the wallpaper. Two little added extras that you might notice on this card are the heart rhinestone above the Cuppies and the heart stick pin in the ribbon. Both of these items are part of the Valentine Accessory Add-on available at Taylored Expressions.

My second card uses the movie theater image in the set. Can you stand how cute this image is? I can't! LOL I paper pieced the curtain and mounted it using foam dimensional adhesive. All of the coloring was done using Copic markers. Another new item at Taylored Expressions are these Polymer Clay Buttons created by Jamie Pyles. Aren't they just the cutest? Jamie created these exclusively for Taylored Expressions. These buttons were designed to coordinate with the cardstock and patterned paper in our Valentine Key Ingredients.

The last card I have to share with you uses the hot air balloon image in the set. I paper pieced the balloon and sponged Burnt Umber ink on the edges to give it some depth and contrast. You'll notice two "different" items on this card as well. The first is the frame. This also was created by Jamie Pyles. They are called Frameabellies. These frames were designed to coordinate perfectly with Spellbinders dies. Just cut out your cardstock panel and adhere the frame directly over the cardstock. Isn't it amazing what Jamie creates with polymer clay? The second item on this card is the Velvet Heart Trim along the bottom. This is part of the Valentine Accessory Add-on. I think it adds a really neat touch, don't you?
I hope you like this set as much as I do! Be sure to stop by and see what the rest of the Baker's Dozen has to show you today!
Jamie Pyles and Guest Designer

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Taylored Expressions Sneak Peek - Day 2

The set we're featuring today in TE's new lineup is called Sprinkled With Love. The set has various "sweets" to which you can add sprinkles! So cute! It will be available for purchase tomorrow, January 7th at 8amPST. I didn't add sprinkles to this cupcake, but I did add some Stardust Stickles which comes as part of the Valentine Key Ingredients.

For my card and cupcake mix, I used some Kraft cardstock and some Cupcake paper from Basic Grey. I used some distressing and twine to add texture. This set is just perfect for sending those "just because" cards, or even cards that accompany homemade sweets that you might be giving to cheer someone up. Just adorable!

If you haven't been over to the TE store, stop on over to see the "new" look! Sign up for the newsletter so you don't miss out on sales and events! You can even follow Taylored Expressions on Facebook!

Be sure to stop and see what the rest of the Baker's Dozen has for you today using Sprinkled With Love:

Thanks for stopping by! Check back tomorrow to see the final set! You're going to LOVE it!

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Taylored Expressions Sneak Peek - Day 1

It's time again for new stamps from Taylored Expressions! There are three sets releasing this month and today we're sharing the Love Everywhere set with you! It will be available for purchase Thursday, January 7th at 8am PST. For my project for today, Taylor asked the Baker's Dozen to create a Valentine treat that was easy to mass-produce along with a coordinating card. I decided to make rice crispy heart lollipops. I saw this cookie mold in the store around Valentine's Day last year and picked it up. You can use it for cookies and brownies too. As you know from the rice crispy birthday cakes I make for my kids' birthdays, rice crispy treats are the perfect, allergy-friendly treat in this house! They work perfectly for Valentine treats! All I did was cut plain and scallop hearts using the Plain and Scallop Heart Nestabilities, stamp the image and sentiment and attach the hearts to the front of the lollipop and tie on some ribbon! Super simple. . .and something that my kids can definitely help put together. What's even better is that now I have a headstart on my Valentine treats! :) This month's coordinating Valentine Key Ingredients consist of paper from the My Mind's Eye Be Loved Collection along with coordinating Prism cardstock, 5 yards of coordinating ribbon, assorted Valentine chipboard, and a bottle of Stardust Stickles!

Be sure to stop by and see what the rest of the Baker's Dozen has cooked up for you today as well as welcome the two newest additions to the team, Alex Maldonado and Melissa Sauls! We're so excited to have them joining us! There's also a new Guest Designer opportunity and we're very excited to introduce Jeanie Witmer as our first guest designer! Head on over and see the "new look" of the store and blog too! We know you'll love it as much as we do!

Thanks for stopping by today! Be sure to come back tomorrow for another sneak peek!

Monday, January 4, 2010

Grateful Heart

It's amazing when I look back through my card files just how many I never post on my blog. I guess I create them before I'm "allowed" to share them, and then after I'm allowed to share them, I forget! LOL

Here's a very simple card I created during the last Verve release using the Grateful Heart Plain Jane. I also used a flower image from the Budding Blossoms set. I used some Christmas Stickles on the flower to compliment the glittery ribbon. The die cut piece that the flower is stamped on was actually sitting on my desk from another project for which I never used it. Gotta love when a card comes together quickly AND you get to use scraps!

Today, Savannah started back to school. Christmas break seemed SO fast. They only just got out of school for break it seems! She was so excited to go back to school, though. She missed her friends and her teacher. :) Now I miss her! I suppose she'll be home before I know it, though! Hope you're having a great day!

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Flurry of Love

I finally got to ink up this adorable image I got from My Favorite Things called Flurry of Love. It's from the Pure Innocence line. This particular set was always sold out, so when I happened to see it in the store the one day I snatched it up real quick!

I used some My Mind's Eye paper from the Ooh La La line along with some Bermuda Bay cardstock. I added some faux stitching with a white gel pen along the left side of the image. Doesn't this image just make you smile? So, so cute!

We're supposed to be getting a flurry of love here! It's definitely cold outside, but the flakes haven't started falling yet. Thanks for stopping by today! Hope you're staying warm! SUPPLIES USED: Stamps- Flurry of Love (MFT); Ink- Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko); Paper- Bermuda Bay (SU), Ooh La La (My Mind's Eye); Accessories- button (Foofala), white gel pen, Copic markers; Finished card measures 5.5"x4.25"

Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy New Year!

Melanie Muenchinger is celebrating two years of blogging and illustrating for Gina K Designs, and today she has invited 25 designers and YOU to join the party! First, hop through the following designers' blogs using every set she has created since January 2008, from the first to the 25th! Then, go to Melanie's' blog to leave a comment for a chance to win a number of different prizes! So let's get hopping!

Here we go!
Just So Hippy-Charmaine (you are here!)
Just So Hoppy
What’s in Your Tin 1 & 2-Donna
Hip Hop Accessories-Bee
Jumping for Joy-Barb
Cuddles and Hugs-Jessie
Little Tees-Cat
Just So Sporty-Pam
A Year of Flowers-Theresa
Say it with Flowers-Selma
Have a Cookie-Carolina
Tee Talk-Gabby
Hand in Hand-Ally
The Best Things in Life-Shannon, Sankari
A Charmed Life-Cathy
Wee Tees-Libby, Laura Jean
Arranged with Love-Selma
Sporty Accessories-Tina
Inspiration Mosaic-Jennie
School Sports Spirit-Melissa
A Year of Leaves-Geri
Hip to Be Square-Karen
Festive Frame-Linda
Tech Talk- Lee

Finally, Nina and Jessica from the GinaK Senior Design Team have joined in, too! You can also get in on the hop yourself and increase your chances of winning a prize by creating your own project with any one of Melanie's sets and linking it in the Mr. Linky in her post, see full details here. Hope you can join the fun! Enjoy your first hop of the year!


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