Saturday, January 31, 2009

Sprinkle Each Day With Kindness-SFYTT

I have been one busy woman! My cousin is having her bridal shower today and I am in charge of one of the games plus the prize, the favors (my favorite) and a salad. I have the favors loaded up in the car, the salad in the fridge and my game all ready to go. I just have to remember the gift, my daughter and myself and we are good to go! LOL! I will post all of the projects including the invitation that I made sometime soon!

I am still giddy that Jen asked me to be a part of her SFYTT team. She is such a sweetie! I had *so* much fun with this sketch. I knew that I wanted to use my new "Tea Party" DSP from SU!, but I don't have the coordinating set, so I had to get creative. This particular paper reminds me of fabric, so I decided to go for a *Grandma's Button Box* kindof a feel. I stitched around the perimeter of the green piece and then repeated the stitching up on the top strip, but replacing the straight stitch for a zig-zag. I knew I wanted each circle to have a bit of depth and dimension, so I used different colors and elements for each one, but keeping it cohesive. If you look closely on the green butterfly, you can see a tiny button. I have had these for about a decade and this is something that I *definitely* have been hoarding. I have never been able to find buttons that small since.

I used the sentiment from Verve's Filigree Fantasy set. I think it pulled it all together nicely. The tiny butterflies have Martha Stewart pearl gems in the center. I used my 1 1/4 inch and 1 3/8 inch circle punches from SU! for the circles and my Martha Stewart punches for the butterflies and flowers. I used buttons from my stash and a bit of crochet thread for the buttons. Everything is secured to it's circle using either liquid glue or glue dots. I had *so* much fun making this card. Even though I am exhausted, it is so relaxing being able to sit and create.

This is such a fun sketch! I hope you will all get a chance to play. You can check out the other fab creations from the rest of the gals:Jen and KirstenAmy Shannan Carole Susan Amy . They always blow me away with their creations so you will want to make a stop at each of their blogs! Thanks for fluttering by!
ETA: I am still having major issues! ughhh!
P.S. I *think* I got all of my feedblitz issues taken care of! I hope you all start getting yourblog post notifications!

Stamps: Think Happy Thoughts, Filigree FantasyPaper: PTI White, Certainly Celery, Pretty in Pink, So Saffron, Tea Party DSPInk: Basic Brown, Antique Linen Distress Ink by RangerAccessories: 1 1/4 inch and 1 3/8 inch circle punches, Scallop Edge Punch, Sewing Machine and Thread, Tiny buttons from Magic Scraps, Buttons from my stash, Crochet Thread, Butterfly and flower punch, pearl gem stickers from Martha Stewart, glue Dots, liquid glue, Satin Ribbon from Club Wed (Target), foam squares, dimensionals

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Lemon Card and Lemon Curd

First things first....if you have subscribed to my blog, are you getting your email notifications? If you haven't been, but visit here anyway, could you let me know? Thanks!
I had promised a recipe after Christmas and I am finally getting it done. I spied this beautiful "Lemons and Bay Leaf" image on Debbie's blog and knew it was a must have for getting this project done. I quickly headed over to Ellen's store to purchase the stamp and I picked up a few others while I was at it. I am so excited. I made the lemon curd a couple of weeks ago and it has been sitting in my refrigerator waiting to be finished. I made these for some ladies in my neighborhood and I will be delivering them this week. I have included the recipe for you to try. It is delicious on Sour Dough English Muffins, scones, etc. You can even use it as filling on a cake. So if you love all things lemon, this is the recipe for you. I got the recipe from "Christmas Recipes from the Lion House". I think my version was published sometime in the 1980s judging from the cover photo. LOL! I put mine in a water bath for 10 minutes so that the jars would seal and I wouldn't have to worry about it going bad.

I started off having a completely different color scheme in mind. I wanted to go with Lavendar and Yellow because that was the fabric I had chosen to use for the tops. However, as I dug through my newest stash of pattern paper, I spied these beauties from Scenic Route that I hadn't used yet. From there I was set. It also matched the dishtowels that I photographed the lemons and jars on! LOL! It really makes for a much more cohesive blog post, don't you think? LOL!

I began my card design by cutting an oval and accompanying scallop with my cuttlebug and nestabilities. To find the right size, I simply chose the die and placed it over my stamp to see which would be the best fit. After that was done, I sponged the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. You know my sponges have been sad as well as my glitter the last few days. Everything has been so clean and crisp. I stamped the image with Palette Noir ink and colored with an assortment of Copic and Prismacolor markers. I added some crystal effects to the lightest part of the lemon for a fun sheen, but it doesn't show up in the photo. I was inspired to do that from the photos of real lemons I took while making up the curd. I loved the water dripping from the lemons and the shine. I used my swiss dots embossing folder for the saffron layer and sponged all of the edges. I glittered the eges and tied some ribbon; finished off with some buttons and stitching and called it good.

I repeated the first steps for the label on the jar, only I used a smaller scallop and didn't color with as much detail. I applied it to the jar with foam squares. Hopefully it will stay!

I love making gift ensembles. It is one of the reasons I began stamping in the first place. I think when a project is pulled together it lets the recipient know how much they are loved and thought of. Thanks for fluttering by!

Stamps: Lemons and Bay Leaves from Lockhart Stamps, Mixed Messages from Papertrey Ink
Ink: Palette Noir, Vintage Photo Distress Ink by Ranger, Copic and Prismacolor markers
Paper: So Saffron, PTI Vintage Cream, Scenic Route Pattern Paper
Accessories: Satin Ribbon from Offray, Buttons from the Local Quilting Shop, Linen Thread, Fabric by Moda, Nestabilities, Cuttlebug and Swiss Dot Embossing Folder, Thinner satin ribbon by Club Wed, sponge, sewing machine and thread, liquid glue, crystal coarse glitter by Martha Stewart

Thinking of You

Thank you so much for all of your sweet comments yesterday! I loved hearing all of your own stories to make me laugh. Kids will be kids, won't they? I gave my daughter her card and she started crying. She really loved it. She is a sap just like her Mom! I wrote a lot of nice things in there, including how proud I am of her creativity. She really impresses me. I can't wait to see how she blossoms the older she gets.
I have been really anxious to use all of my new SU! goodies, but I have been really good to pace myself. I have so many other new stamp sets as well, so I am trying to alternate. Today's SCS sketch challenge was a perfect fit for my new "Good Morning Sunshine" DSP and "Trendy Trees" Stamp set. I have to admit that I struggled getting the trees to look right, so I headed to my catty to see how they used it. I fell in love with the little card they had made so I used the same details in my rectangle as they used on their card. It also gave me a chance to break into my new corduroy buttons. I love those things!

I didn't realize that there are brads and buttons! I was excited to see that. I paired it with "Think Happy Thoughts" an older SU! set, but I thought it worked nicely with the card. The sentiment looked straight until I pierced the holes at the bottom and then I could see how crooked it was. I had reworked the focal piece too many times, so left it. I did a little sewing down the vertical panel with my sewing machine and thread. I can't wait to experiment more with this set. It is fun! Thanks for fluttering by!

Stamps: Trendy Trees, Think Happy ThoughtsInk: Old Olive, Summer Sun, Chocolate ChipPaper: Chocolate Chip, White, Good Morning Sunshine DSPAccessories: Chocolate Chip 5/8 inch grosgrain ribbon, Mini Library Clip, Corduroy Buttons, Linen thread, silver brads, circle punches, sewing machine and thread, paper piercer and mat pack, stamp-a-majig

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

The Dazzling Diamond Devil

Last night while I was making dinner my son came up from downstairs and said, "Mom, why is there glitter all over the floor and couches? My mind was reeling. I had no idea why there would be glitter all over. I know I like to add it to a lot of my cards, but I don't go *that* crazy! I ran downstairs to see a horrifying sight. My daugther had *completely* dusted my entire basement, including my stamp area, with Dazzling Diamonds. My basement was sparkling! I didn't know whether to laugh or to cry, so I yelled...LOUD! LOL! Most of the places had more than a *dusting* but rather piles. My keyboard had it dumped down in all of the keys, my drawers in my desk that had been left open had a generous amount sprinkled in them, the carpet, the tile, my clip-it up, etc. I don't think I need to go on...I am sure you get the picture. My daugther knew how mad I was at her; she promptly placed herself on the naughty step and began crying. My husband rushed down and took over the cleaning details and asked me to finish dinner. We sat and ate while I grilled my daughter about why she did it. She just cried and said she didn't know. This is absolutely the naughtiest thing she has ever done. The weird part is that she *never* gets into my stuff. She asks before getting anything. I calmed down and went down and finished the tedious task. Let's just say my basement will be sparkling for some time. Once I had calmed down, it really did seem funny. The funniest part was when I went down to discover it, Mary Poppins was singing "Just a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down!" on the TV. Maybe it was the song that inspired my daughter to add *spoonfulls* of glitter all over! I asked her where the container was and she said she had put it back. I checked and sure enough she had put it back but left a large pile in there, too. is the part that make me scratch my head. The jar still had 1/4 to 1/2 of it left. I used to say at my SU! workshops that your glitter and embossing powders would last a life-time unless your kids got into them. Apparantly they will last a life time even if they do! LOL! may be wondering what this card has to do with any of this. I wasn't the nicest mom last night and my daughter really is a cutie, so I made her this "Honey the Pooh" card for her. That is what she calls Winnie the Pooh. I keep telling her that it isn't "Honey the Pooh" , but she keeps calling him that. I followed this week's mojo monday sketch challenge that you can check out Here. I traded in the small square for the circle. I used my new "hundred hearts" set fromVerve and the Pooh image is from an old foam mounted set I got back in 1999 before my son was born. I threw away the flimsy packaging it came in, so I don't have any info. Sorry. I colored the image with prismacolor and copic markers, cut it out and mounted it onto a scallop circle. I used my nestablities to create the focal piece using various sizes. I stamped another black heart under the pink heart, but I didn't like it so I added a button over the top!

I kept the details to a minimum since it will probably end up in the trash. I just wanted my daughter to know how much I Love her, despite yesterday's antics! Thanks for fluttering by!

Stamps: Hundred Hearts by Verve
Winnie the Pooh (unkown)
Ink: Palette Noir, Berry Sorbet from PTI, copic and prismacolor markers
Paper: PTI Vintage Cream, My Mind's Eye
Accessories: Nestabilities, scallop circle punch, sewing machine and thread, button from my stash, linen thread, glue dots, foam squares, satin ribbon

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Dare to Dream

Last week I was fortunate enough to come across the Cinema Saturday Creative Challenge blog through Brooke. She left a sweet comment on one of my cards and I followed the link back to her fabulous blog and then on to the CinemaSaturdayBlog. I had once stumbled across a blog where someone had created a Cinematic card that referred to a challenge, which intigued me, but I never followed through. fate would have it, I now know where to participate and now I need to go back through all of the past 15 weeks and make cards! LOL! They have picked some of my all-time favorites.
If you haven't guessed what this week's movie is by now, then you probably haven't ever seen "The Wizard of Oz". I was thrilled to see that it was this week's pick. After church, dinner and the dishes done, I headed down to get started on my creation. I quickly turned "The Wizard of Oz" on and watched it with my daughter while I created. I new right a way that I would use the new "Sweet Slumber" Specialty DSP from SU! This is heavy, textured cardstock that is exactly like My Mind's Eye "Wild Asparagus" paper. Yummy! The gingham print reminded me of Dorothy's dress and the red worked well because of her Ruby Slippers.

I really wanted to add blue ric-rac like Dorothy has on the neck band of her dress, but the blue I had wasn't the right shade, so I went with white. I carefully stitched it down with my sewing machine. The sentiments were created on my computer ( if you would like a copy of my document , email me at )and then I printed them out and cut them. I used my oval and scallop oval Nestabilities to create the oval shape.
I used my "One of a Kind" set to stamp out the flowers. I stamped it twice in Riding Hood Red and twice in Baja Breeze onto whisper white cardstock. I punched them out using the Boho Blossoms punch and added them to the oval with dimensionals. The buttons were added to a few of the flower centers using mini glue dots. The red Chunky Essentials glitter in the center of the red flowers was added with liquid glue. Of course it wouldn't be complete without some ribbon, so I tied a simple bow and trimmed the edges and added it to the oval with a glue dot.

While I was printing the focal image on my computer, I decided to create a small "Somewhere over the Rainbow" sentiment not knowing if I would actually work it into the design. I was able to incorporate it in the bottom right corner with a small button on the side. I left all of the buttons "naked" (sorry Jody) because I liked how they looked as the centers of the flowers rather than a "sewn" button.
I do want to apologize for the photography. It is not the lightest and brightest and it really doesn't do the card full justice, but it is snowing outside and the light quality isn't the best.

I had a lot of fun making this card. My daughter came over to my desk and said that it wasn't a "Wizard of Oz" card because Dorothy wasn't on it. I instead read it to her and then she caught on.
She loves the "Wizard of Oz". Last year our Elementary school put on the play and for those of you who have followed my blog for a while might remember me talking about my "poppies". I was in charge of coreographing the dance for the "poppies" to put Dorothy and her gang to sleep. Good times and fun memories. My daughter came to all of the practices with me so she learned most of the songs from the play.
I hope to be able to participate in future Cinema Saturday Challenges and perhaps go back to the others that I totally love! Thanks for fluttering by! Also, I would like to send a big thanks to all of you who left such sweet comments yesterday congratulating me on joining the SFYTT "Team"!

Stamps: One of a Kind
Ink: Baja Breeze, Riding Hood Red
Paper: Ultrasmooth White, PTI White, Sweet Slumber Specialty DSP
Accessories: Valet Ribbon Originals, Buttons from my stash, Mini Glue Dots, Dimensionals, Boho Blossoms punch, Ric-Rac by Wrights, Sewing Machine and Thread, Nestablitites Ovals and Scallop Ovals, Computer and Printer

Saturday, January 24, 2009

SFYTT-Friends {24-7}

I have some exciting news to share! Jen asked me if I would like to join the "team" of designers who help with her SFYTT each Saturday! I was thrilled and of course said yes! Thanks, Jen! I usually participate each week as often as I can. I am usually a little late to the party with most "challenges" that are out there, but Jen's is one that I consistenly participate in and thoroughly enjoy! She always comes up with such creative and inspiring sketches!You can check this week's sketch out Here. So..without further adieu, I will get started with the deets of my card!
As I mentioned yesterday, my new SU! stamps, paper and accessories arrived yesterday. Can I just say *yummy*! I absolutely love all of the new things that I purchased. One of the new sets that arrived is Friends {24-7}. It was my first absolute must have of the catalog! I paired it with the coordinatin wheel "Friendly Words" and the new Bella Bleu DSP! The ribbon is one of the 3 designs from the "Valet" Collection. It is positively scrumptious! Some of the other new accessories being showcased on this card include the new "Galaxy Glitter", Button Latte, and the Eyelet Border Punch.

That is alot of new product to pack into one little 4 1/4 by 5 1/2 inch card, but I managed! LOL! I also added a half back pearl from the pretties kit and threaded the button with linen thread. The focal image was die cut with my Label 1 Nestabilities. I stamped the bird image using Walnut Stain Distress Ink.

Despite the amount of "things" on this turned out how I had envisioned I am happy! At one point I was ready to send the entire thing into the trash. But...I didn't give up! Thanks for fluttering by!

You can check out the other fab creations from the rest of the gals:Jen and KirstenAmy Shannan Carole Susan Amy

P.S. I totally missed my "Blogiversary". My Blog turned one year old on the 14th. Stay tuned for something fun! Like I said, I'm always late to the party!

Stamps: Friends 24-7, Friendly Words Jumbo Wheel

Ink: Chocolate Chip marker, Walnut Stain and Vintage Photo distress ink

Paper: Bella Bleu DSP, PTI Vintage Vanilla

Accessories: Button Latte, Linen Thread, Labels 1 Nestabilities, Valet Ribbon Originals, Half Back Pearl from Pretties Kit, Sponge, Eyelet border punch, Galaxy Glitter, Sewing Machine and Thread

Friday, January 23, 2009

Snowflake Splendor

I was so excited to get my new Verve Stamps from Julee this week! I was so fortunate to have won the Mojo Monday contest at the beginning of the month and recieved some Verve Stamps for free.Thank you, Julee! I couldn't stop there, I had to pick up a few more that I was loving! So...let's just say I have quite a few images to play with in the next few weeks! You can check out all of the Verve stamps here: Julee has some fabulous stamp sets! I played along in today's LSC over at SCS. The challenge was to use black as our card base. I love using black as my base, but I will admit that it has been a while.

I started out using Verve's set called "Snowflake Splendor". I love this set because it has Christmas sentiments, but also some others just relating to snowflakes. It definitely makes the set more versatile. I thought this would be a fun thinking of you card that you could send anytime during the winter months. I also paired it with Muirfield DSP and Ski Slope DSP. I didn't want it to look Christmasy at all, so I just used Baja Breeze, White and Black. I added a bit of bling and of course a little *frosting* of chunky essentials glitter.

On another note...guess what is on it's way to my house as we speak? Yes! My new SU! goodies! I have some visitors coming at 11:00 and that is usually when Mr. Brown makes his appearance, so I will have to wait to tear into it after they leave! LOL! I don't want to scare my guests with my frenzy! LOL! Thanks for fluttering by!

Stamps: Snowflake Splendor by Verve Stamps
Ink: Baja Breeze, Palette Noir
Paper: PTI White, Ultrasmooth White, Basic Black, Muirfield and Ski Slope DSP
Accessories: Martha Stewart snowflake punch and gem stickers, large oval punch, silver elastic cord, button, liquid glue, chunky sprinkles glitter, glue dots, foam squares and dimensionals, scallop edge punch, cropadile to make embossed cirlces in scallops

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Stamping 180

This is a total 180 degree turn from yesterday's card. I didn't sponge or distress. Everything is clean and straight!LOL! I have used the Candy Lane DSP in another post, but not combined with the 3 heart punch and Love You Much Stamp Set from SU! I sat down last night and mounted it and another set that have been sitting there untouched. This week on the Card Positioning Systems Blog, you could choose any layout you wanted for the challenge. I chose #96. I like the long panels paired with the short square on the side. I thought it lended itself well to use an assortment of pattern paper. That is what today's WT challenge is over at this is a double challenge. The WT challenge was to use Pattern Paper, but add a little something to it. I decided to add a little Dazzling Diamonds glitter to the center of the flowers and little on the punched heart.

I used the scallop edge punch and the cropadile for the embossed circles in the scallops. I threaded the flower buton from the Button Bouquet assortment with linen thread. I sewed a zig-zag stitch along the bottom. This card is 100% SU! if you are looking for a workshop card or idea.

*Gasp* As I am looking at the photo to my left, I am realizing this card doesn't have any ribbon! I think I may go add some to the little library clip! LOL! Thanks for fluttering by! ETA: If you would like to see the revised version you can check it out here:

Stamps: Love You Much
Ink: Basic Brown, Whisper White Craft Ink,
Riding Hood Red
Paper: Pink Pirouette, Riding Hood Red, Vanilla
Candy Lane DSP
Accessories: Embossing Buddy, 2 Way Glue,
Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, Mini Library Clip
Sewing Machine and Thread, 3 heart punch,
Linen Thread, Button Bouquet, Scallop Edge
Punch, Crop-a-dile, dimensionals

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Vintage Songbirds

I was able to get my friend's cards delivered to her last night. She was so excited. I love creating my projects with specific people in mind and usually the end result has much more thought and detail. I had so much fun over the last few weeks adding new designs to her pile. As I made today's card, I realized that it wouldn't be going into her special pile, but ending up in one of my storage containers. I have decided to start a stash each month and then surprise someone with a bundle of cards who might not be expecting a gift or a *thinking of you*. The thing I love about cards is that everyone needs them, everyone uses them and they are sure to brighten someone's day.

Today's card was made for the sketch challenge over at SCS. I quickly looked at it last night before I went to bed, but I knew that I would be too tired to finish. I am glad I left it for this morning. Fresh Day...Fresh Ideas. If you know me than you know that I have weakness for all things *bird* related;nests, eggs, etc. My house is filled with these little gifts from nature. Now...they are not *real*. I have quite an assortment of *real* nests in many nooks and crannies of my numerous trees. Once the leaves fell, it was so fun seeing where they all were. I knew we had quite a few because of all of the commotion in them. LOL! Anyway...yesterday I added a nest to my tree card, today I am using bird images and sentiments. The images are from two of the sets from TJ Designs; Design Elements (a must have set) and Songbirds. You can find these stamps at . I started out by using some of my scrumptious My Mind's Eye paper from my huge slab. I then sewed, distressed, sponged and glittered my way to completion. I had a lot of fun making this and maybe a little too much...there is alot going on! LOL! Rather than making a single image focal point, I decided to make it a collage image instead.

I added a few buttons (not naked, Jodi) LOL! I also added a bow of satin ribbon. The finishing touch is a punched butterfly from Martha Stewat. I added a pearl gem to the center for continuity. I am off to upload this to SCS! Thanks for fluttering by!

Stamps: Design Elements and Songbirds by TJ Designs (
Ink: Vintage Photo Distress Ink by Ranger, Soft Sky, Groovy Guava, Walnut Stain Distress Ink by Ranger
Paper: My Mind's Eye, PTI Vintage Cream
Accessories: Satin Ribbon by Offray, Buttons from my stash, linen thread, Martha Stewart Glitter, punch, liquid glue and pearl gems, sewing machine and thread, sponge, glue dots

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Season of Friendship

I was bound and determined to use this set and make it work. I have tried countless times to use this set with the tree base and the snowflake, but it never looked right. I decided to give it another try but this time using the leaves and the flowers. Things went much smoother this time. I used the Color Challenge over at SCS for a starting point. The colors are perfect for this card. I took some inspiration from Dawn's card she sent me (see yesterday's post). I used the multi colored sentiment and button on the side. I love her card. I have it sitting right here. I also poppped up the flowers with dimensionals. I stamped most of the flowers with regal rose and some were stamped off with regal rose and then rolled in bravo burgundy. I added chunky sprinkles to the center of each flower for some sparkle. I decided that since this was a springy card, the bird really needed a nest. I created the nest by cutting Kraft cardstock strips super thin with my big SU! paper trimmer. I tied them in a knot and then knotted it again. I trimmed the ends and then applied it to the tree with a glue dot. I paper pierced the bottom with my mat pack and paper piercer. I had fun making this card! Thanks for fluttering by!

Stamps: Season of Friendship
Ink: Bravo Burgundy, Kiwi Kiss, Regal Rose, Chocolate Chip Craft
Paper: Kiwi Kiss, Regal Rose, White, Kraft
Accessories: Slit Punch, Regal Rose brad, Kiwi Kiss button, Kiwi Kiss satin ribbon, linen thread, chunky sprinkles glitter, liquid glue

Monday, January 19, 2009

Mojo Monday-To You from Me

Yesterday I made dinner for all of my husband's side of the family. I was super busy getting everything prepped and cooked. I wanted to find a moment to stamp, but that never happened. My kids are off-track for 3 weeks, so since I didn't have to get them ready for school this morning, I stamped intstead! I decided to follow the mojo monday sketch challenge for this week. You can check it out here: I used my precious Parisian Summer DSP before it officially retires in a few hours! LOL!
I also used "Garden Silhouettes" for the main panel. I like that it is long and fits the rectangle panel nicely. I used my SU! markers to color the image and then stamped it. I also added a few pearl gem stickers for the flower centers and the corners. Everything is sponged with So Saffron Ink and a sponge. I also did a little sewing on the main panel with a straight stitch and a zig-zag stitch on the horizontal polka dot panel. I aboslutely love the color of thread that I have in my machine right now. It goes with everything. I bought it to sew up my son's football pants and have used it for my cards ever since.
I also did a bit of distressing on the main focal image and the outside edge. This was a fun sketch to use and I may make another one sometime this week with it.
I will be delivering my friend's birthday present today, so this is the last card that will be added to her collection. I hope she likes them. I will probably head to the mall later today to pick up a little something extra to go with it. Thanks for fluttering by!

Stamps: Best Yet, Garden Silhouettes (hostess set-retired)Ink: Pretty in Pink, So Saffron, Mellow Moss, Sahara Sand, Basic BrownPaper: Parisian Summer DSP, So Saffron, PTI Vintage Cream, Ultrasmooth Vanilla ( for Martha Stewart lace edge punch)Accessories: Pearl Gem stickers by Martha Stewart, Doily Lace Edge Punch by Martha Stewart, Sewing Machine and thread, foam squares, martha stewart ribbon, Marvy Circle Punch, Marvy Scallop circle punch, crop-a-dile, cuttlebug, nestabilities labels 1 die, sponge

RAK: Dawn Easton (treasureoiler) sent me this *gorgeous* card along with her blog candy that I won! Aren't I lucky?

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Embrace Happiness!

Yesterday I mentioned that I recieved some fun new supplies from Stampin' Up! and Papertrey Ink. I had some fun getting everything put away and ready to use. Once I spied the new Candy Lane DSP, I had to use it. I paired it with "Heart Prints" , "Heart Prints Sentiments" and "Mixed Messages" all from Papertrey Ink. I thought the flowers in the paper looked similar to the flowers in one of the large hearts. I also made this design using the Mojo Monday sketch 69 which you can see here: I had a lot of fun using last week's sketch 68. I was so excited to find out that my card was one of the two winning designs! How exciting! I can't wait for my new Verve stamps to arrive. Not only did I win some sets, but they were all so cute I had to purchase a few more! A girl can never have to many stamps, right? Now that I am so organized, I feel like I have lots more room for lots more stamps! LOL!

I didn't have a circle that I wanted to use for the main panel, so I opted to use some of my new Nestabilites I purchased from Treehouse Stamps! Ashley was so cute and threw in a fun fishy stamp set that I can't wait to play with! You can find Treehouse Stamps here: I turned the oval on it's side so that it could house two hearts nicely. I also added a fun little sentiment to combine the two hearts. Because this isn't a Valentine's card necessarily, I chose the "Embrace Happiness" sentiment that I thought worked well with the saying on the bottom. Everything is sponged with Vintage Photo Distress Ink by Ranger.
The ribbon is some of the fun satin ribbon I picked up at Target. It is part of their "Club Wed" line and can be found on the Wedding Aisle. I purchased every color they have available, so I will be trying to find ways to work them into my designs. It shouldn't be hard since they are so fab! The one thing that I should probably stop buying is ribbon! It is such a weakness for me. I also had to added a "cross my heart" threaded button like I did on last Friday's post. Again, I had a lot of fun making this design. This will also be going into the stash for my friend. That is one reason why I steered away from a true Valentine design, so she could use it for anything. I stopped by the post office to pick up some postage stamps for her also. I will include all of the extra postage it requires to send these bulky cards. Her box is getting quite full and I am excited to give them to her. I have a few fun projects I will be sharing in the next few days. Thanks for fluttering by!

Stamps: Heart Prints, Heart Prints Sentiments, Mixed Messages all from PTIInk: Chocolate Chip, Basic Brown, Riding Hood Red, Pink Pirouette, Vintage Photo Distress Ink by RangerPaper: Candy Lane DSP, Vintage Cream cardstock by PTI, Pink PirouetteAccessories: Button from my stash, Linen Thread, scissors, sponge, sewing machine and thread, glue dots, foam squares, dimensionals, brown satin ribbon (club wed-target)

Friday, January 16, 2009

Queen for the Day

My original idea for this creation was to follow today's LSC...however, it did not end up that way! I was having way too much fun and didn't want to stop. Today's LSC was to make a Valentine that could easily be reproduced for 30; Enough to send to your child's class. I wanted to just make a few so that I could use them as tags to attach to goodies for my friends, but then it took a whole new turn and I decided to make a decoration for my daughter's room. My daughter *loves* Alice in Wonderland and loved the Tea Cups and the Alice in Wonderland ride at Disneyland. I thought this would look nice in her room...and it does! She loves the little things I make for her. Funny story about her. She recieved some *Sassy Stamps* from Santa Claus and has been busy stamping. She had stamped a whole page of images, colored them and applied her glitter glue with precision. I said that she did such a good job. I said that she did such a nice job it looked like something I would do...she then said, No Mom, Better than You! Not in a bratty way, but a cute Emma way. She does take after me in so many ways. Anyway...on to the creation!
I used my "Alice in Wonderland" Rubber Stamp set from TJ Designs that can be found here: I also used The European Collection Scrapbook and Collage papers from Tweetyjill Publications that can be found from the same link. I colored The White Rabbit with prismacolor markers and copics. I distressed all of the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink by Ranger. I added a border of paper lace using my Martha Stewart Doily Lace Edge Punch.ETA: I punched the lace border using Ultrasmooth white cardstock from SU! I have a hard time punching through thick cardstock! Can you tell I love that thing? I added some buttons, ribbons and glitter for the finishing touches. I simply punched holes at the top using my cropadile and then tied some silk ribbon for the "hanger". I had way too much fun with this!
After I got home from picking my daughter up from Kindergarten, there were two boxes on my doorstep. One from SU! and one from Papertrey. I can't wait to tear into them and get creating! I feel like a kid in a candy store! So many little time! LOL! Thanks for fluttering by!

Stamp Set: Alice In Wonderland by TJ Designs
Ink: Palette Noir, Vintage Photo Distress Ink by Ranger, Copic and Prismacolor markers
Paper: Kraft, PTI White, Ultrasmooth Cardstock (white)The European Collection Collage and Scrapbook Papers by TweetyJill Publications
Embellishments: Buttons by The Paper Studio and my stash, pink satin Ribbon by Offray, Pink Glitter, foam squares, sponge, Martha Stewart Lace Edge Punch, White silk ribbon by Creative Impressions