Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Party Time Tuesdays Challenge #14 Break out the Brads!

If you are a collector like me, I bet you have a million brads! With a multitude of bling stickers, my brads don't exactly get the love that they deserve. Hence, the wonderful challenge this week at Party Time Tuesdays. Use a brad on your birthday card...just don't forget to include your sentiment on the front of the card. We want to KNOW it's a birthday card! Link up your creation HERE so that we may admire your genius!
Party Time Tuesdays will be taking a hiatus during the month of September, but we will be back strong in October. However, you will see birthday cards featured on my blog and the Party Time Tuesdays blog, so don't think we are leaving you completely! Everyone needs birthday cards, right? September is a big birthday month in my family, so I know that I will be making plenty of cards during that time!!
Stop by tomorrow for Flutter By Wednesday...it's a big one that you will not want to miss. I'll give you a hint...oh, wait, I've been sworn to secrecy! You're just dying right now, aren't you?
Card Details:
Stamps: Teddy Remembers by Woodware USA; sentiment from Versatile Verses by Stampin' Up
Paper: Oh Baby by Basic Grey; Wild Wasabi by Stampin' Up
Ink: Palette Noir
Accessories: Copic markers (of course!); Brad; SU word window and modern label punches; Basic Grey ribbon

Monday, August 30, 2010

Last Scrapmaster's Paradise August Projects

These are the three final projects made with this month's Scrapmaster's Paradise August card kit. Samantha is going to discontinue the scrapbooking kits, but she will continue to assemble card kits each month.

I was able to use my bird punch on this next really simple card. The paper is Greenhouse Gala, and the cardstock is pink pirouette and chocolate chip. The sentiment is from Versatile Verses, and I used Nestabilities.
A fun and easy card using Nestabilities and Stampin' Up punches. Pardon the less than juicy ink pad that I used...no reinker (what was I thinking?). The set is Circle Circus.

A quick and simple little card using the remainder of the card kit...I can't stand to leave any scrap unused!! The size of the card is 4 1/4 inch square!

Thanks for stopping by today...I'll be back tomorrow with my Party Time Tuesday card!!

Saturday, August 28, 2010

School Treats from Woodware USA!!

Happy Saturday...it's another project feature from Woodware USA! This week's challenge was to bring you a treat package to be put in a child's lunch box! I used the criss cross box that was available free from Nichole Heady from Papertrey Ink a while back. The pattern is super easy to follow, and it makes a nice treat holder for a small bag of cookies or candy! I've used the School Tots set from Woodware USA. The sentiment "School Days" fits so nicely right inside the apple that I just had to do it!! The paper is Riding Hood Red designer paper and cardstock, and it is paired with Night of Navy. I used the 1 inch, 1 3/8 inch, and 1 1/2 inch circle punches for the sentiment. The ribbon is also Stampin' Up.

Visit the Woodware USA blog for daily inspiration and samples using these super cute stamps!!
My second project today is also school-related, and it uses the adorable School Days set from Pure Innocence by My Favorite Things. I used this week's SSSC82 sketch, but I missed the deadline to post. This is the kind of week that I have had. We are still adjusting to our new schedule...who would have thought it could be so hard! The designer paper is from June Bug by Basic Grey, and the black cardstock is from Stampin' Up. I have also entered this card and treat box into the Stamp Something challenge this week--Back to School Something.
Thanks for stopping by today...hopefully, I will be back into the full swing of things very soon!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

FBW119 Off to School...Flutter By Style

Well, it's official...my daughter is now a kindergartner! She started school yesterday, and this is a card that we made for the assistant teacher. I'll have the card for her teacher on in a day or two. I had to use this adorable new image I bought from Paper Pretties. If you aren't aware, Paper Pretties is under new ownership, and Heather is doing an awesome job! I placed my order on Sunday, and my stamps arrived on Wednesday. Now, that is some seriously fast shipping and great service. The Paper Pretties challenge this week is Back to School (luck would have it that I did this card!!) I also used the sketch from this week's Crazy 4 Challenges (C4C51).

It is Flutter By Wednesday, and I had to add butterflies to this card...butterflies can fit in anywhere. We planted flowers in our front bed. Finally, after 7 years of living here, and I am so glad that we did. We planted lantana and verbena and the butterflies are constantly visiting. How awesome is it to see butterflies every day? Well, at least at Flutter By Wednesday, you can see them once a week.

You definitely want to participate this week...it's an open challenge (use a butterfly, fairy, and/or angel), and you need to have participated at least once to experience the wonders starting next week on the FBW blog. Something big is coming, and you are in for a treat!! I can't spill the beans just yet, but it will definitely be worth your while!! Upload your creation HERE. We have to say goodbye to Tina this week, but we will have a new guest designer next week. Be sure to leave the team some love this week.

I leave you with my kindergartner. She practically bounced out of bed she was so excited! I was strong and held back the tears, but I was definitely sobbing inside!!

Card Details:

Stamps: Off to School Sophia by Paper Pretties; apple and sentiment from School Tots by Woodware USA

Paper: Poppy Parade DSP and CS, Night of Navy DSP and CS by Stampin' Up

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black

Accessories: MS butterfly punch; Copic markers; Spica glitter pens; SU ribbon; CM oval cutting system; Nestabilities; rhinestone stickers

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Lucky Number 13 is Child's Play

Our challenge this week at Party Time Tuesdays is to make a birthday for a child. I have so many cute images that it was hard to narrow it down to just one. However, I finally inked up some of the Pure Innocence lovelies. They are super fun to color and create with, so this was a no-brainer. I was able to dig out a big flower to use for the background...I thought it would add a little more texture than using a larger nestie behind it. Voila...here it is!!

We would love to have you join us this week at Party Time Tuesdays for challenge #13...don't forget that it is a birthday card with a birthday-esque sentiment on the front. Link it up HERE so that we may come and visit!! We have a guest designer this week...Kimberly!

Card Details:
Stamps: Pure Innocence; Vintage Labels by Stampin' UP
Paper: Sugar Rush by Basic Grey; Certainly Celery, Choc. Chip by SU
Ink: Choc. Chip by SU; Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: Prima flower; Nestabilities; Copic markers; SU ribbon

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Woodware USA - Favorite Technique

It's a jungle out there, ladies. Too bad the animals weren't all this CUTE!! Today is my day to share my favorite technique with you for the Woodware USA DT spotlight. We have such an amazing group of ladies on our team, and it is always awesome to go to the DT blog everyday and have a new project posted...talk about ideas!! The technique that I have chosen to highlight this week is dry embossing because I use it every chance that I get. Who doesn't love the texture it affords?

Last Saturday, I was so fortunate to be able to work at the Woodware USA stand at the CKC-Charlotte event. I was able to meet fans of Woodware and introduce new people to these amazing stamps. For those of you reading this whom I met, thank you for being so kind and upbeat. It was wonderful to meet all of you!

A little announcement about the future of Woodware USA at these wonderful scrapbooking/stamping expos...they are now teaming up with Tessler Stamps, and they will be carrying Woodware USA stamps. Not only can you purchase the stamps at the shows through them, but they sell amazing supplies for all of your stamping/scrapbooking needs. So, stop in and say "hi" to them!

Card Details:
Stamps: Jungle Pals by Woodware USA
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Barely Banana, and Wild Wasabi by Stampin' Up
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black; Creamy Caramel by SU
Accessories: Basic Grey ribbon; Sizzix embossing folder; copic markers;

Thursday, August 19, 2010

MMSC67 and a Sugar Creek Hollow Freebie!!

Good morning!! Can you believe how quickly August is flying by? My little one starts kindergarten next week...how did that happen? My card today is for this week's Midnight Madness sketch #67, and I'm using a free image from Sugar Creek Hollow. You can grab it HERE. I colored the background with E50 and E51 to give it an aged look, and I roughed up the edges a bit. I don't have any flourishes, so I created my own using Basic Grey pearls. The paper is Graphic 45, and the card stock is Chocolate Chip and Pear Pizzazz by Stampin' Up. The ribbon is from my stash (which if laid end to end could probably take me around the globe!).
Thanks for stopping by today!!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

FBW118 A Recipe for YOU!!

Hello my happy flutterers!! Is that a word? Well, it should be…it’s kind of fun to say!! Today is Flutter By Wednesday challenge #118. Wow, that is a lot of challenges under our belts! We have a fun challenge this week…it’s a recipe, and it isn’t even fattening!! Here it is:

1 part sparkle
2 parts designer paper
3 parts buttons or gems

That is a simple recipe, right? It’s even less than you would find in a 4 ingredient cookbook. And, I kept my card simple. I didn’t even use copic markers this time…just watercolor with ink and a brush pen. It was fun!! So, what are you waiting for? Join in, and post your creation HERE. Don’t forget to include either a butterfly, fairy, or angel. I’m still waiting for a card that somehow incorporates all three. Would that be a trifecta or what?

Card Details:
Stamps: Butterflies and sentiment by Impression Obsession
Paper: Razzleberry Lemonade, Melon Mambo, Pink Pirouette, and
Rich Razzleberry CS by Stampin’ Up
Ink: Rich Razzleberry by SU
Accessories: Creative Memories oval cutter; Nestabilities; bling

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Party Time Tuesdays #12 Happy Birthday, Kristie!!

Today is our fearless leader, Kristie's, birthday. We are doing it up right at Party Time Tuesdays this week with a color challenge of pink, brown, and white in honor of her birthday. The above card does use Chocolate Chip paper, but it always seems to read black in my photos...the lighting may be off! We would love to have you join us this week and link up your creation HERE. Don't forget to include the sentiment on the front and that it has to be a card!!
While you are at it, hop on over to Kristie's blog and wish her a Happy Birthday (it's actually Wednesday!). Thanks for stopping by today!
We have a special guest this week at Party Time Tuesdays--Danni is our guest designer...be sure to leave her some love!!
Card Details:
Stamps: Betsy Bluebell by Penny Black; sentiment from Vintage Labels by SU
Paper: DSP, Regal Rose, and Chocolate Chip by SU
Ink: Chocolate Chip by SU; Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: Copic markers; EK Success border punch; SU Word
Window and Modern Label punches; SU ribbon

Monday, August 16, 2010

Scrapmaster's Paradise August Card Kit Project Highlight

A very simple card today highlighting the August card kit from Scrapmaster's Paradise. It's bright and cheerful, using the new color Daffodil Delight and new DSP Greenhouse Gala and the sets Upsy Daisy and Versatile Verses. I roughed up the edges a bit and inked them to give it a different feel. Hopefully, this would brighten the day of someone who may need prayers of encouragement. You can purchase the kit HERE. We have many samples for your viewing on the Scrapmaster's Paradise FORUM, so check them both out!!
Thanks for stopping by today...I'll have the winner of the Paper Pretties set later today! See you tomorrow for Party Time Tuesdays!

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Woodware Color Challenge - Little Mary Sunshine

Happy Saturday everyone!! Today I have a card for our first challenge at Woodware USA. The design team was challenged to make a card using a color combo of red, turquoise, and tan. I used this wonderful paper from My Mind’s Eye and the set Mary and Friends by Woodware. It’s an adorable set and very fun to color! If you haven’t discovered Woodware, please take the time to visit the BLOG and the WEBSITE to browse. Take care and come back soon!

Card Details:
Mary and Friends by Woodware USA
Paper: Love Me Do by My Mind’s Eye; Riding Hood
Red and Kraft by Stampin’ Up
Ink: Palette Noir
Accessories: Copic markers; Nestabilities; metal pearls;
satin ribbon; SU border punch by EK Success; Bow Easy

Thursday, August 12, 2010

It's HERE! The Paper Pretties Blog Hop!!

Welcome to the next stop on the Paper Pretties Grand Re-Opening and New Release Blog Hop!! If you’re arriving from Wendy's blog, you’re in the right place! If you are just joining us on our HUGE PARTY TRAIN, you can head back to the Paper Pretties Blog to start from the beginning. Check out all the information in the blog post too, there are PRIZES galore and different GIFTS WITH PURCHASE, you don’t want to miss out!

You’ve likely heard by now, but Paper Pretties is releasing TWELVE brand new sets today, along with the big Prettie Boutique Re-Opening. All of the new sets will be available for purchase in the Prettie Boutique beginning no later than 7 AM CST today. I am showcasing the set Garden Fairy Katie. (it's a cutie!!)
It’s our party, but the PRESENTS are for you!! Leave a comment right here on this post to enter to win this fabulous stamp set!! I will take comments until Sunday, August 15th at 6 PM CST, and then one Prettie Lucky stamper will be chosen at random to receive this set!! Can’t get a better deal than that! And you can shop now without fear, if you happen to win a set you already purchased (you know you can’t resist these amazing new images!), you may substitute a different set of equal or lesser value in its place.

If we’re going to have a party, we’re going to make it a REALLY GOOD PARTY. Here are the purchase specials for all purchases from the Prettie Boutique:

Every order placed during release weekend (now through Sunday, August 15th) will receive a free Paper Pretties “Hand Stamped” stamp!
All orders that total $25 or more (before shipping charges are applied) will receive a free stamp set (Paper Pretties’ choice) in their package!
Any orders that total $100 or more (before shipping charges are applied) will receive a free 6x6 paper pad (Paper Pretties’ choice) with their order!
The older Paper Pretties’ stamps are still on sale! Up to 75% off, with many of the Sophia and Cooper sets selling for just $5! WOW!!

Thanks for joining us today. We hope you love this release as much as we do!! Your next stop on our Blog Hop is Deb's blog. Good luck and Shop Prettie!

Card Details:
Stamps: Garden Fairy Katie by Victoria Case for Paper Pretties
Paper: Razzleberry Lemonade DSP, Black and Melon Mambo CS by Stampin' UP
Ink: Palette Noir
Accessories: Wild Card Cricut cartridge; Copic markers; SU oval punches; Martha Stewart bling; Spica glitter pens

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

FBW117 A Happy Little Butterfly

Welcome back...it's Wednesday again, and today's challenge at Flutter By Wednesday is an open one! Whatever butterfly, fairy, or angel strikes your fancy, make a card with it! Link it up HERE, so that we may come and admire your handiwork. I had to use this happy little butterfly from Stampendous. He is just too cute, and I thought this cheery paper from My Mind's Eye would be perfect with it!
Stay tuned tomorrow for the Paper Pretties blog hop. Heather has taken over the company, and she is relaunching the new line of stamps with a grand-reopening of the Paper Pretties store...there are awesome prizes to be had!! Don't miss it!
Card Details:
Stamps: Stampendous Block Art Butterfly
Paper: My Mind's Eye Love Me Do paper; Summer Sun, Baja Breeze, and Riding Hood Red CS by SU
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: Basic Grey ribbon; Copic markers

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Party Time Tuesdays - Challenge #11

It's my Party Girl!! She's a sassy one, isn't she? I had to ink her up, and this week at Party Time Tuesdays seemed like an ideal time!! The challenge this week is Anything Goes, so just make sure your birthday card has a birthday-like saying on the front!! We have a guest designer this week at Party Time Tuesdays...Jan--leave her some love on her blog today! Link up your creation HERE, so that we may admire it and pick the top three for the week!

The paper behind Willow by Whiff of Joy is actually a hot pink glitter paper, but it comes off looking red in the photo...I kept taking the picture, messing with the lighting, and messing with the brightness and contrast--all to no avail. So, I figured that I would just tell you!

Card Details:
Stamps: Willow by Whiff of Joy; Riveting by Stampin' Up
Paper: Euphoria by Basic Grey; Glitter paper;
Tempting Turquoise and Rose Red by Stampin' Up
Ink: Palette Noir
Accessories: Organza ribbon; Copic markers; Spica Glitter pens; 1 1/4, 1 3/8,
and 1 1/2 inch circle punches; Nestabilities; Bow Easy

Monday, August 9, 2010

SP August Kit Spotlight

Both of my cards today were made with the August card kit from Scrapmaster's Paradise. I just love the challenge of kits, especially using every last scrap...that's the fun part! There is some beautiful Greenhouse Gala paper in this month's kit, and you will love getting your hands on some of the new Daffodil Delight. The above card uses chipboard and some new Daffodil Delight ribbon.
The above card uses a new SU set called On a Pedestal...so fun!! Want to see some other samples made with this kit? Join the discussion over at the Scrapmaster's Paradise Forum and peruse the gallery. To order any kits, please go HERE!

See you tomorrow for my Party Time Tuesdays card!! Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Sunday Stamping: Out of the Doldrums

I've been in a dry spell for the past week or so. I'm sure it was a combination of upheaval in my upstairs and stamp room and some things going on in the family, but today was my day! And, I think I unblocked myself. I've made 6 cards today...you'll see the others this week coming up! It's good to just go with it when you have the right ideas in your head, so I did!! Meredith has either been stamping and coloring with me or with her daddy at the pool. Thank goodness he knew I needed the "time" to create!

Also, I finally inked up my first Kraftin' Kimmie stamp...I've had them for over 2 months, but this is the first time I used them. And, can I just say, that the Angry Ballerina cracks me up! I'd be upset if I had to dress up in a pig costume, too!

The first card is for two challenges:
The second card is also from a stamp set that hasn't seen ink, but it's been almost a year since I bought this one. This particular image reminded me so much of my daughter and making brownies that I had to buy it!! The image is from Crafty Secrets.

The second card is for this week's Cupcake Inspirations challenge #71 found HERE. It was fun, and it of course made me hungry!!
Thanks for stopping by today!! I really appreciate your visit!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

FBW#116 A Little Bit of Whimsy

Hello Flutter By fans...back this week with a fun card and even more fun images!! We have a sponsor this week...Whimsy Stamps! We were treated to some amazing images, and I just fell in love with this precious little one. Isn't she a cutie? I'm still trying to find just the right combination for African-American skin and hair. The skin is getting better...the hair...I'm not so sure of, but it's a work in progress! Any suggestions of Copic color combos for either would be greatly appreciated.

There is another component to the challenge...use your favorite color. Well, that was a tricky one. I have a favorite color (purple), but I have a favorite crafting color (pink), so I went with the crafting color!! Tap into your inner favorite color and join us this week. Upload HERE so we can come and admire your work! Thanks for joining us this week!
Card Details:
Stamps: Maja Making Wishes by Whimsy Stamps; sentiment from A Little Bit of Magic by SU
Paper: Pink Paislee DSP; Regal Rose and Rose Red by Stampin' Up
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: Copic markers; Nestabilities; Spica glitter pens; satin flowers; SU ticket corner punch; blue grosgrain ribbon

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Party Time Tuesdays #10 Summertime

Happy Tuesday!! We have a fun challenge this week at Party Time Tuesdays...a summer-themed birthday card!! When I feel like summer is winding down, I realize that it is only the beginning of August, and the temperature is still in the 90s!! HOT!! We hope that you will join in the fun this week...Party Time Tuesdays is gathering steam, and we have a lot of people playing along. That is thanks to all of you!! So, get cracking and make some birthday cards!! We love to see them, and we pick a top three every week!!
Please give a huge welcome to Colleen this week...she is joining us as a guest designer. She makes some amazing creations on her blog!
Card Details:
Stamps: Lily at the Beach by Pink Cat Studios; Vintage Labels by SU
Paper: Summer Sun, Tempting Turquoise and Tangerine Tango DSP by Stampin' Up
Ink: Palette Noir
Accessories: Copic markers; Nestabilities; Cuttlebug embossing folder; SU ribbon; SU Modern Label and Word Window punches

Sunday, August 1, 2010

The August SP Kits are REVEALED!!

This is my second post...scroll down for the Woodware USA blog hop!

I can finally share the August card kit with you from Scrapmaster's Paradise! I had so much fun making samples from this month's kit, and today is the first reveal. Because it is the first of the month, we just had to show off the kit!! I will have another project from this month's card kit to show you tomorrow as well. I so love the challenge of being given a kit to work with. You get all of the paper and embellishments; you just need to use your own stamps! That is the fun part!

My card today uses some wonderful new papers that are included in the August kit. The above card uses Greenhouse Gala DSP and Pear Pizzazz to name a few!! Oh, it is just spectacular paper...you are going to love to see what you can do with this kit! And, if you would like to see other projects made with the August kits (there are scrapbook kits also!), then go over to the Scrapmaster's Paradise forum and sign up! We have had fun chatting over there, and we'd love to have you join the conversation!

I used a great tutorial to make the above flower...check it out HERE!

Woodware USA's Shiny New Blog Hop!!

We are so pleased that you joined us today for Woodware USA's first ever blog hop. If you came from Rachel's blog, then you are headed in the right direction. If you are starting here, please go back to Dawn's blog to start the hop. Remember to leave some love for our design team because there is a prize involved!! It's an exciting one!!
A fun scrapbook page made with the adorable set, School Tots, available from Woodware USA. I also used my Cricut cartridge Locker Talk.

Welcome to Woodware USA’s first ever blog hop. Woodware USA is the producer of fine photo-polymer clear stamps, and the quality can’t be beat. We are so excited to be introducing our fabulous inaugural team to all of you today. We have a sensational team of 8 paper crafters from all over, and we want to show them off today. They will have a letter for you that spells a very special word. But you have to go in order, so make sure you start with Dawn’s blog and end at the Woodware USA company blog.

There will be a wonderful prize for one lucky winner. A stamp set from Woodware USA and some surprise goodies. Don’t forget to follow the hop from beginning to end and find the letters. As a bonus, become a follower, and you will get an extra entry to win the prize pack!!

My letter is "E". Next stop on the hop is the finish line...the Woodware USA blog.