Sunday, January 31, 2010

Magnolia Weekend-Day 2: Snow???

Well, I definitely dug these out of the files!! I'm not sure if I ever did post these or not, but here they are!! Some wintry Tildas to spur you on to use up what you have laying around collecting dust!! It's fun...try it!! I hope you are all having a wonderful weekend!
Don't forget that Danni is using some unloved stamps this weekend, so go and visit her and give her some love!!

Enjoy your weekend, wherever you are!! Cheers!

Saturday, January 30, 2010

It's a Magnolia Weekend!! Boo!!

I know, it's way past Halloween, but I made these cards back in October for the Magnolia-licious Yahoo Groups Raining Cards, and I just never posted them. I was having a blogging dryspell, but I was still making some cards!! I used the designer paper from the Target Dollar spot (love that stuff...especially when it is 75% off!!) The images were swapped images, so I can't remember the names!
Danni is doing another challenge yourself weekend, and the focus is using your unloved Magnolias! So, what are you waiting for...get to it!! Have fun!!

Friday, January 29, 2010

TGF Day: A Hippie and a Bear

My Anyas haven't seen a lot of love lately. My friend's daughter wanted to make a card for her friend's birthday, so she came over and I gave her a little tutorial about coloring. She picked Hippie Anya, and I am embarrassed to say that this little cutie had never seen ink. I colored the image alongside my friend's daughter, and the image sat for a few days while I gathered my ideas. Well, the ideas in my head were a little better than the execution, but I can live with it. The leather is a little cumbersome to work with, but you probably get the idea with where I was going! I love this piece of denim paper, and I have had it for years not knowing how to use it. This was the perfect occasion!

The above card was the little cutie Toby Cub that was a freebie from the CHA relay on TGF's blog. There is so much joy in that little cub's is infectious! I kept the card very simple and almost bare bones. I didn't want to detract from its cuteness! I used this week's sketch on Mercy's blog MTSC58...check it out. I'm always inspired by Mercy's cards!! I thought it only fitting to use her sketch to go with one of the images from the Critter Crew!!

Above is the picture of the Copics I used with the Toby Cub card. Sorry for the scarcity of details today...I'm scheduling 4 posts in a manner of an hour, so my time is tight tonight!

Enjoy and have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

FBW94 All You Need is Love...and a few Butterflies!

It is Wednesday already, Flutter By Wednesday fans! Where has the week gone? I have so enjoyed coming to visit all of your creations. Our wonderful challenge has just grown exponentially, and we are definitely all aflutter for the wonderful new home for the Flutter By Wednesday challenge! This week's challenge is an open one, but you MUST include a butterfly, fairy and/or angel on your card!! That is a serious MUST!! Link them up HERE so that we may all enjoy your hard work!

We had some wonderful guest designers this past month...Suzie, Debby, Jeanette, and Shana. I so enjoyed working with them this month, and I was introduced to their work, new stamps, and new challenges thanks to them! It was amazing to see the fantastic spin they put on our January challenges!

For February, we welcome three new guest designers...Randi, Brandi, and Alex. That trio has a nice ring to it!! You are going to love their work! Thanks for stopping by, and please join us this week!!

Card Details:
Stamps: Turtles by Rusty Pickle Digital Delights
Paper: Sultry by Basic Grey; Pixie Pink CS and Green Galore CS by Stampin' Up

Accessories: Copic markers; Ricrac; SU EK Success border punch; Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder; Nestabilities; Prima flowers; brads

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

The Greeting Farm CHA Relay Days 1 and 2

The Greeting Farm has had a super fun relay race live from CHA this week. It started on Sunday, and I've been having a blast playing with all of the images!! Above is the very handsome Mer Ian. The paper and colors just all came together. I had this paper from Making Memories called Just Chillin' and it was almost a dead on match to SU's Bermuda Bay and Kiwi Kiss. That made me ecstatic when things work out!

This second little darling is named Charlotte, and she is just Sassy with a capital S!! I love her, and she allowed me to finally get over my fear of coloring other skin tones. I used the challenge from Copic Creations (#20) for ethnic skin tones, and away I went!! It was fun, and I was pleased that she came out this well on my first turn with African American skin and hair tones. The paper is an absolute steal that I found at Tuesday that place!!

Card #1:
Stamps: Mer Ian from The Greeting Farm
Paper: Kiwi Kiss, Bermuda Bay, Close to Cocoa and Choc. Chip by SU; Just Chillin' by Making Memories
Accessories: Copics (shown here); SU rubons; SU oval, scalloped oval and Sale-a-bration border punch

Card #2:
Stamps: WS-Charlotte by The Greeting Farm
Paper: Melon Mambo and Pink Pirouette by Stampin' Up; DSP by SEI
Accessories: Copic markers (shown here); Nestabilities; chiffon ribbon; SU corner punch by EK Success; Spica glitter pens

Tart and Tangy Tuesday and a Mojo Monday

Happy Tuesday everyone!! I didn't post yesterday, but the final tally of cards on Sunday was 7 and a half. How do you get a half? Well, I have the image and the papers picked out and not completed! I did today's card on Sunday, and I actually finished my Sneak Peek cards for the Rusty Pickle Digital Delights're going to be excited! I can't wait to show them to you! You will have to check back next week!!

Today, our lovely DT coordinator, Heather, issued us the challenge of using a color combination: Cameo Coral, Bashful Blue, and Certainly Celery. I was thrown by the Cameo Coral at first, but all is well! I used the Mojo Monday sketch #123 to do this week's Tart and Tangy Tuesday card!

Card Details:
Girl with Dog by Rusty Pickle Digital Delights; Friendly Flowers by Stampin' Up (sentiment)

Paper: Pink Flamingo and Delicate Dots DSP; Certainly Celery, Cameo Coral and Bashful Blue CS all by Stampin' Up
Ink: Certainly Celery by SU
Accessories: Certainly Celery ribbon; buttons; Making Memories floss; SU oval and scalloped oval punch; Copic Markers; primas

Sunday, January 24, 2010

The Bella Love Fest Continues!!

I've been a busy girl today...I may need a drink after today!! I've made 3 cards, and I have the 4th one in the works. Will I make it to 5??? Who knows!! Meredith and I have been busy in the craft room, and she had colored 3 images so far to use, and she made an adorable card that I will post tomorrow!

Danni came up with the idea to use our Bellas this weekend (and she hinted about Magnolias next weekend), and we've been taking her seriously!

Join in on the fun...great way to use some neglected stamps and supplies! I've had this martini charm for I don't know how long, and I finally got to use it!! Yippee!!

The above card is another Bella stamp that I borrowed from my friend Angie. I called her this morning with a crafting emergency (yes, they do exist). For the Paper Sundaes challenge, you needed lace. Well, let me tell you...for a girl who makes cards, scrapbooks, and quilts...I didn't have any lace in this house. None. Nada. Zilch. Until I remembered this paper lace that came with a K&Company paper line. Saved. And, Angie actually had lace if I needed it!

Paper Sundaes Second Challenge - Brown, pink, flower and lace
Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge #53 - see below
Crazy 4 Challenges #21 (C4C21) - pink color scheme

Card Details:

Card #1:
Stamps: Cosmobella by
Stamping Bella
Paper: Lovely Lilac DSP and CS, Basic Black CS by Stampin' Up
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black and Lovely Lilac by SU
Accessories: Copic markers; Spica Glitter Pens; EK Success border punch (Sale-a-bration by SU); charm; satin ribbon; Cuttlebug embossing folder
Card #2:
Stamps: MissMatch Ketto by Stamping Bella; For a Friend by SU
Paper: K&Company Valentines Day by Brenda Walton; Melon Mambo, Pink Pirouette, Close to Cocoa, and Choc. Chip by SU
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: Copic markers (pictured above); Spica glitter pens; Glitter brad; Prima flowers; K&Co lace sticker; Nestabilities; Creative Memories cutting system (circles)

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Second Post for today...Danni's Bella Weekend Challenge

Danni inspired a few of us to use our Bella stamps this weekend! I have to admit that they have been collecting dust lately, but I picked up this little cutie when I was at my LSS last week, and I had to play with her and the new Sugar Rush paper from Basic Grey! She is adorable, and I forgot how quickly the coloring goes!! Hehe!! When I saw that Danni also did this sketch, I thought, wow, that's an awesome sketch from CCEE Stampers!!

Again, I used some challenges, and some are my second entry for them!

Cute Card Thursday #76 - Fairy Fantastic
Creative Belli Blog #83 - using hearts
Crafty Creations Challenge #51 - Valentine's or love
CCEE Stampers - sketch challenge
CraftyCatz Challenge #16 - hearts

Happy Crafting, ladies... I may have some more Bella for you tomorrow!!

Card Details:
Stamps: Phoebe Ketto by Stampinbella

Paper: Basic Black by Stampin' Up; Sugar Rush by Basic Grey
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: Copic markers; Quickutz heart die; SU oval punch; Pixie Dust Shimmerz Blingz; Spica Glitter pens

Blowing Kisses

Happy Saturday morning!! Saturday mornings are what I call my lazy mornings...I sleep in a bit, stay in my pajamas, and I have the house to myself for a couple of hours while Matt and Meredith go out for bagels and such. Peace in the it! I had to finish up a couple of cards that I made yesterday so that I could post them today. I combined a lot of challenges on this one...I believe I may be slightly obsessed, but I thrive on a challenge.

Color Throwdown #76 - Melon Mambo, So Saffron, and Old Olive
Cute Card Thursday #96 - Fairy Fantastic; use a fairy on your project
Crafty Catz Challenge #16 - Love...use hearts on your creation
Makeup For the weekend #13 - a sketch using a PMS stamp
Crafty Creations Challenge #51 - Valentine's and/or love
Creative Belli Challenge #83 - Hearts

And, I noticed that my team mate from Flutter By Wednesdays, Christine Nay, is the guest designer over at the Creative Belli Challenge blog...congratulations Christine!!

Card Details:
Stamps: Isabella by Paper Makeup Stamps
Paper: All SU...So Saffron CS and DSP, Melon Mambo DSP, and Old Olive CS
Ink: printer ink...digi stamp available for the image for a short time
Accessories: Copic markers (pictured above); SU ribbon; Fiskars 1 1/2 inch circle punch; SU scalloped circle punch; American Crafts rubon; Shimmerz Pixie Dust Blingz; Kaiser Craft bling

Thursday, January 21, 2010

A Whiff, A Copic, and a Stamp for the Weekend!!

Happy Thursday evening, y'all!! Methinks you have been seeing a lot of me lately! I guess that my crafty side has been rejuvenated. I can't seem to tear myself away from the craft room, and I have been doing challenges like a crazy woman. They really do tap into things in both my brain and my craft room that I forgot were there!!

The card today is actually for three challenges:

Copic Colour Challenge #48 - G21, B45, R85
Whiff of Joy Challenge #63 - a Whiff of Joy stamp and 3 patterned papers, 2 blings, and 1 flower
Stampin' For the Weekend Fiona's Sketch (seen below)

I actually used a paper pack that I had picked up at Tuesday Morning to do this sketch! Sometimes, I just love those huge packs with all of the coordinating papers, and they seemed to complement the Copics that I used. The best part was that it was a smokin' deal!! That is even better. However, my craft room seems to be filled with smokin' deals...they add up after a while (bows head in shame).

Card Details:
Stamps: Melinda Blowing Kisses by Whiff of Joy
Paper: atd Serendipity (not sure of manufacturer); Chocolate Chip by Stampin' Up
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: Copic markers (pictured above); Basic Grey bling; Prima flower; glitter brad; SU oval and scalloped oval punches; SU rubons; Spica glitter pens

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

FBW93 Emboss it, Baby!!

It's that time again...Flutter By Wednesday!! Can you believe it has been a week already? This week we are doing embossing, any which kind you would like! Somehow, my embossing gun was MIA, so I had to use my Cuttlebug. I better find that little bugger!! Don't forget to include a butterfly, fairy, and/or angel on your card and link it up HERE. We are really loving our new home, and Danni has been featuring lots of creations from our players. Sometimes it is nice to see your "art" in big lights!! My stamp is a free digi that I downloaded from Mo Manning's group on SNR...where have I been that I didn't know a "new" (or at least new to me) online community existed. It was such an adorable image, and when I saw the butterflies on her kimono, I knew I had to use it! She is a true talent!!

I have entered this card in the Copic Creations Challenge #20 (Ethnic skin tones) also, as I used the following Copic colors to replicate Asian skin: E51, E55, E57.

I finally used, and the random number out of 51 (I can't believe I had that many comments!!) was 42

Caroline said...
That's such a sweet card and I love your color choices in papers too! Sure is fun chasing all the butterflies and to see all the beautiful cards!!

Caroline, please email me with your address, and I can send the package to you!

Card Details:
Stamps: Digi image from Mo Manning
Paper: So Saffron and Garden Green from Stampin' Up; DSP (to cut butterfly) by Making Memories
Accessories: Copic markers (pictured above); Cuttlebug embossing; Martha Stewart ribbon; SU rubon; Nestabilities

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Our very first TART and TANGY TUESDAY!!

Welcome, welcome!!! Today is our first challenge Tuesday for Rusty Pickle Digital Delights, and we have named our little corner of the world...Tart and Tangy Tuesdays! We are so excited to share these awesome digital images with you. Today is an open challenge for us, but starting next week, we will start with different types of challenges such as sketches, techniques, color combos, etc. So, stay tuned!!

I did couple this baby shoe image (which is completely a steal at $2.00!!!) with a wonderful sketch from Cupcake Craft Challenges (#74). We'd love for you to join us this week...until we have a permanent home, just link up your challenge here in the comments, and we will come and check it out!

Card Details:
Stamps: Baby shoes by Rusty Pickle Digital Delights
Paper: DSP, Brocade Blue CS, Certainly Celery CS, and Barely Banana CS by Stampin' Up
Ink: computer ink
Accessories: Copic markers (C00, C1, B000); Cuttlebug embossing folder; Marvy Uchida circle punch; SU oval and scalloped oval punches; Basic Grey ribbon; EK Success border punch; SU rubons

Monday, January 18, 2010

My First Paper Sundae Card

My LSS, Southern Scrapbooks, got in the Basic Grey Sugar Rush paper, so of course, I had to RUSH right over there and buy it!! I also had to make swap cards for my stamp club meeting tomorrow night. I can't believe that I am posting this already, but if I ruin the surprise, oh well!! I had fun with this card, and I try to make my swap cards a little less labor-intensive (especially when you have to make 8!!). The sparkle didn't show up much in the photo, but I could never seem to get the right angle! The smaller heart is stamped in Going Gray and colored in with Pink Shimmerz...I still love that stuff! And, this paper, ah, magnifique!! LOVE IT!! It is so fun!!
My card is for the following challenges:
Cute Card Thursday - Pink and Grey (#95)
Card Details:
Stamps: Basic Grey stamps with Sugar Rush paper
Paper: Going Gray, Regal Rose by Stampin' Up; Sugar Rush by Basic Grey
Ink: Going Gray, Green Galore, Regal Rose by Stampin' Up
Accessories: Bling stickers; Basic Grey ribbon; SU oval punches; Pink Shimmerz

I Have Piled it ON!!!

This is my first post for today...just wait, there will be another one!! What is up with that?? Well, I've been busy, I guess! Unfortunately, I seem to get busy late in the afternoon! I have done four challenges with this little card...I think that may be a new record for me!!

Mojo Monday #122 - sketch
Color Throwdown #75 - use Mellow Moss, Garden Green and Rich Razzleberry
Makeup for the Weekend #12 (M4TW12) - anything birthday
Pile It On#2 - tie it around...use three ribbons

Card Details:
Stamps: Cookie Man from PMS (digi download)
Paper: Razzleberry Lemonade, Garden Green DSP, Garden Green CS, Mellow Moss CS, and Rich Razzleberry CS by Stampin' Up
Ink: computer
Accessories: Copics (see pic above); Ribbon; CM oval cutter; Nestabilities; SU rubons (chit chat); Spica gold glitter pen; Cuttlebug embossing folder

Friday, January 15, 2010

Rusty Mojo Gets Kicking!!

Get your mojo runnin'...head out on the highway...looking for ---a stamp store! Well, you get the idea--I had to take a little artistic license! Today's card is for this week's Mojo #121, and I have used an image from Rusty Pickle Digital Delights! Tune in next week for some sneak peeks from Rusty Pickle.

Card Details:
Paper: Riding Hood Red, Creamy Caramel, Choc. Chip, and Bella Rose DSP by SU; Bittersweet by Basic Grey
Ink: Choc. Chip by SU
Accessories: Candy Dots; Copic markers (pictured above); Nestabilities; Candy Cane Stripe Cuttlebug folder; SU 1/4 inch punch; ribbon from Target

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

FBW92 Cute as a Bug

Hello, Flutter By Wednesday fans!! We were absolutely blown away by the response to our move last week!! I had such a good time visiting all of the blogs that participated. Can I just say, "WOW"!! It always amazes me how much talent we have out there!! Today is Flutter By Wednesday did we get all the way to 92? Our love of all things fluttering really makes it easy! This week, our challenge is an open one...just don't forget to include a butterfly, fairy, or angel on your card. Wouldn't it be a challenge to include all three on one? Anyway, I digress!

Don't you want to know what this lovely butterfly is doing here? It sure is pretty (or purty, depending on where y'all are from)!! Well, in order to find out, you have to go to the Flutter By Wednesday blog to find out. While you are there, read carefully and upload your creation if you have one! Believe me, it is well worth your while!!

I finally caved in to the peer pressure and purchased these fabulous stamps from CC Designs...they are just adorable and fun to color, of course. My card is also for the wonderful sketch (MTSC56) from Mercy HERE. I happened upon another challenge blog called Copic Buzz, and their challenge this week was to used pink and red. Well, isn't that appropriate!
Card Details:
Stamps: CC Designs GingerSnaps Buggaboos
Paper: Brenda Walton's Sweet Talk by K&Company; Going Gray by Stampin' Up
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: Basic Grey ribbon; Prima Flowers; unknown brad; Pink Shimmerz; Copic Markers (N5, E00, E02, E25, E27, RV21, RV23, RV25, RV29)

Monday, January 11, 2010

Mommy and Me Monday and a Little Paper Makeup!

Meredith, my 5 year old, has dubbed Mondays "Mommy and Me" days. We try to do the same things, stay in our pajamas as long as possible, make cards, cook, clean...everything (or as much as possible) together. It is one of our free days. This is her last year home before kindergarten, so I really enjoy this time as does she! She loves it when I post her creations on my blog, so I'm going to try to do it every Monday. I love the different things that she comes up with for cards...sometimes, she copies what I am doing, and other times, she strikes out on her own.

My card today is for Makeup for the Weekend #11 from Paper Makeup. I haven't done a challenge from PMS in a while, so I thought it was about time!! I love this little guy, Henry! He is a digi that I purchased and downloaded. I love the way he came out! I used Flower Soft "snow" to accent the edges!

Meredith always uses my PMS stamps...she loves them, and the monsters are her favorite. In fact, she gravitates toward Argus quite a bit! She likes to use my Liquid Applique, so she gave Argus some cool dots on his head, and don't you love her tie-dye effect? She ran this piece through the Cuttlebug all by herself, and she even trimmed the pink piece. She's getting better with the tools all the time. And, yes, I let her use my "special markers" aka Copics. She is really good with them, and I trust her with almost all of my craft supplies!

These are the Copics that I used to color the PMS image, and Meredith took some of the pictures today. I'm telling you, she amazes me at what she can do on the computer and with my camera!! Where do they pick this stuff up?

Card Details:
Stamps: Henry (my card) and Argus with Teddy (Meredith's card) by Paper Makeup Stamps
Paper: Night of Navy CS and DSP by Stampin' Up (my card); Bazzill and Rich Razzleberry CS by SU (Meredith's card)
Ink: Memento on Meredith's card and printer ink on mine
Accessories (my card): Martha Stewart snowflake punch; SU 1/4 inch circle punch; Nestabilities; letter tiles; Flower Soft snow; Copic and spica glitter pens; Glue dots
Accessories (Meredith's card): buttons; Rich Razzleberry ribbon by SU; Candy Cane stripe embossing folder by Cuttlebug; American Girl music note punch

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Always on my little bug, you!

Hello, ladies!! I trust you all had great weekends!! Mine was somewhat relaxing, and I did get a little crafting time in there! This little guy is a cute little image from Rusty Pickle Digital Delights, and I had a lot of fun coloring him and playing around with the layout of this card. I knew that I wanted to cut him out, so I had to think of a background. I used my brayer to create the look of a pond, and I used a fun little stamp from Savvy Stamps to give me the grassy look. Then, what to do about a sentiment. Well, I cracked up when I found this one...a little play on words because we know how much frogs "love" bugs!

We are in the works of coming up with some fun challenges for you all for the Rusty Pickle Digital Delights...stop on over to the blog because Michelle is always giving something away and adding great new images for sale!

These are the Copic colors that I used...sorry that the Ciaos don't have numbers on the ends of them...I used G94 and G99, I believe!

Card Details:
Stamps: Frog by Rusty Pickle Digital Delights; Grass from Savvy stamps
Paper: Glossy White, Soft Suede, Soft Sky cardstock all by Stampin' Up
Ink: Soft Sky, Blue Bayou, Soft Suede, Old Olive by Stampin' Up
Accessories: Copics (as shown above); brayer; sponges; SU oval and scalloped oval punches; SU rubons; 1/2 inch and 3/4 inch circle punches; SU soft suede ribbon

Friday, January 8, 2010

Getrdone Friday!

Not the best grammar in my title, but I think you get the point! I am woefully behind on my scrapbooking! In fact, I started out as a scrapbooker who moved into cardmaking. And, fortunately or unfortunately, I have devoted more time to my cards than my scrapbooks. So, I decided to tap into it a little more. These two pages are actually samples I made for our local stamp store, Southern Scrapbooks, to display and showcase a new paper pack from My Mind's Eye called Ooh La La. It is gorgeous paper, and I also made three cards from the pack, which I will highlight at a little later date.

Paper: Ooh La La by My Mind's Eye; Kiwi Kiss, Very Vanilla, Pink Pirouette, and Chocolate Chip by Stampin' Up
Accessories: SU border punch; SU Hodgepodge Hardware; Beyond Birthdays Cricute Cartridge; SU satin ribbon

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Everything's Coming Up Butterflies!!! FBW Blog Hop for a New Year!!

Welcome, welcome, welcome to our splendiferous NEW blog hop to introduce the NEW Flutter By blog! Our theme this week is...NEW! And, it is any interpretation of that word that you can come up with. It can be a New Year, a NEW stamp, a NEW pack of paper, a NEW embellishment...the sky's the limit! Just don't forget to include a butterfly/fairy/angel on your card as well. Now, you can link up your creation on the brand, spankin' NEW Flutter By Blog.

Card Details:
Stamps: Soaking Up the Joy by Mo Manning for Stampavie
Paper: Ooh La La by My Mind's Eye; Kiwi Kiss and Melon Mambo by Stampin' Up
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: Copic Markers; Spica glitter pens; rhinestone stickers; EK Success border punch; CM circle cutting system; Nestabilities; SU hodgepodge hardware; SU rubons; SU ribbon

My card today is also for this week's Mojo Monday Sketch #120!
My NEW today is my NEW stamp and NEW paper, and I'm excited about the NEW year ahead, especially for our Flutter By Wednesday team! I'm excited about our NEW home, and I think that you will enjoy all of the lovely creations for our team this week!

You should have arrived here from Kimberly's blog. If you didn't, head back on over the beginning at Danni's blog, so you won't miss the fun! If you are right on track, you'll need to continue on to Ann's blog. Thanks for stopping by today...I greatly appreciate it, and I hope that you will enjoy the hop!