Tuesday, June 30, 2009

woot woot thank you


It has been ages since I played along over at Caardvarks. I was hoping something would hit me for their window challenge. The other night when I was putting away a Cosmo Cricket Cogsmo kit, I decided to take the ribbon out of its packaging and then "aha" it hit me. I thought it might be the perfect size for Fabriano's and bingo it was. I wanted to put together a set of thank you cards for a co-worker's upcoming birthday...watch now she'll start reading my blog :)

I originally was going to use a hambly chandelier cardstock sticker but it wasn't big enough...wwwaaahhh...it was hot pink too...so I de-hoarded that adorable owlie...seriously I dehoarded. Lucky thing I'm close enough to my coworker to ask for the packaging back...LOL...unfortunately I'm telling the truth! I'll just tell her I'll put together a refill for her {wink wink}. In all honesty, she'll probably give me the packaging back knowing that I want the owlie back :)

I'm patting myself on the back for using my American Crafts scraps...isn't that orange houndstooth paper a-dorable?

The cards use my fav chandelier image by Impress...you can't tell but there are a couple black Kaiser Craft blings on it. The sentiment is from Stampin' Up.

Okay, that's it for today....ahhhh...it is going to be a short work week for me..we have Thursday & Friday off...woot woot!!!


Monday, June 29, 2009

cream of mushroom soup


Good Monday Morning!!!!

{hmmm...is there really such a thing? LOL}

Let me start by saying something that you all already know...there are not enough hours in the day to be able to participate in all the fabulous challenge sites that are out there in blogland!

That being said, I've been meaning to partake in the Fabulous Rae's Use it Challenges....well, the most magnficent Kay has issued this week's challenge #16:

1. Use something inspired by Nature
2. Use Polka dots
3. Use your favorite embellishment
4. Mail your creation to someone special.

Kay's challenge was perfectly timed because I also wanted to play in the Moxie Fab World's Lovely as a Tree Challenge. I ordered the fun Jillibean papers specifically for the MFW challenge so everything worked out splendid!

1. Nature = trees
2. Polka dots = aha...I'm being sneaky...there are polka dots on the 1st panel
3. fav embellie = that was a tough one but I opt'd for my
foof-a-la buttons on this card
4. postal = you betcha

I have to admit that when I think of Jillibean I think of the Fab Ingrid....I was trying to channel her style...I looked, okay anaylzed, all her Jillibean cards and well, my "cream of mushroom soup" card doesn't look anything like Ingrid's style. I was definitely inspired by her...that's even beh-tah....being inspired by another artist but putting your own spin on it.

Thanks for taking the time to stop by....sorry this post was sooo chatty...what can I say I've already consumed at least 3 cups of coffee already :) Okay, off to pour another cup of java...Have a super week!!!

Sunday, June 28, 2009

I {heart} Cosmo Cricket!

For those that have been following my blog, especially lately...you'll notice a huge flood of Cosmo Cricket projects. I just LOVE their products...their stuff just makes me, well, ♥♥happy♥♥.

Did you happen to read this post on the Cosmo Cricket blog? Oh boy, that made my day...can you imagine being a part of the Cosmo Cricket Design Team?! What a fabulous opportunity to create projects for a magnificent company. I decided to throw my hat in the ring...crazy, I know...they are going to be literally slammed with DT applications. Here's the thing, bottom line, I absolutely love their products and would be thrilled to be able to represent them.

Here's a peek at some of my favorite Cosmo Cricket projects:

















Thanks for stoppin' by and wish me luck!

Bowlin Distressed flower

It's Sunday and you know what that means...

Pam is back with another challenging sketch. I tell you that gal makes me ponder things...then tweek things, as you'll see.

I really love
Dawn McVey's Distressed flowers and look to incorporate them whenever I can these days...I'm trying to channel the fabulous Dawn...LOL...I decided to go shabby vintage today. I've been whooping up on the Cosmo Cricket/American Crafts these days so this is a nice change of pace for me. Seriously, what could be better than Jenni Bowlin & Hambly???

For those of you that have been following me for a while know that I've mentioned that I sometimes end up sending Pam a revised card...that I end up changing up my design. Today's card was the tweeked version of this original:

I decided against the blue American Crafts foam embellie...when I looked at the card again I thought that the pop of color was just too much. That's when I remembered Dawn's vintage flower tut and changed up my card :) It makes a huge difference...which do you like better?

I can't wait to see your take on today's sketch!!!

Saturday, June 27, 2009

a big woo hoo for summer...

I have been on a huge creative streak and having sooo much fun! Today I have not one but two cards to share with you!!!

I'll give you one guess where the kids and I will be going this summer. You guess it! Hawaii! I made this card for my friend Judy, she and her boy will be our travel buddies. We have a friend that lives there with her son so we're going to have a ton of fun.

The black scallop base is ala Paper Source, the rest of the papers are from Cosmo Cricket's Snorkel line. I finished it off with the Stampin' up striped grosgrain...and of course, vinyl thickers.


Okay, you Hawaiian gals, let me know if there are any "must see" scrapbooking/stamping shops on Oahu :)

This is for the 365 Cards Paper Piecing challenge which also reminded me that SCS CAS Challenge #20 was also paper piecing. Well, obviously I can't enter it into the SCS challenge...sheesh, I was creating and having fun....one thing leads to another...2 rows of pom pom??!!! Life is good...LOL.

I really adore the Pink Paislee Vintage Moon line...seriously, if you haven't checked it out before, you really have to. The patterns and the sheen are over the top fabulous.

The crown & sentiment are via American Crafts MiniMarks. Check it out, I picked up the package at Big Lots for $2!!!!! I'm soooo going back for more...I wanted to try them out before stocking up :) The fantabulous black pom pom trim is from ScrapGal. They are by Bazzill...yes, I may have been the one to buy up the remaining stock of them but I'm crossing my fingers that they will get more in.

Remember to check back tomorrow for 365 Cards Super Sketchy Sunday!!!!

Friday, June 26, 2009

bloom...



I was sooo excited to hear that I made the most fabulous Cutting Cafe Design Team! I was first introduced to the Cutting Cafe through 365 Cards. Regina was one of our sponsors so I got to play with all kinds of goodies...I fell in love with the cupcakes :)

I wanted to show you the
Frame Shape card...are you surprised that I broke out the 'ole Cosmo Cricket Early Bird??!! I made this for a co-worker of mine. She was sooo sweet to give me roses out of her garden {a green thumber unlike me}.

Make sure you pop over to the Cutting Cafe to check out the 2 new releases and to enter to win some goodies!!!!

I've actually posted 2 cards for today...crazy, I know...make sure you take a peek at my sfytt card :)

Welcome Back


This sfytt gave me a run for my money...literally. I actually put together a different card for this sketch but it isn't posting worthy...it just wasn't hitting me...it was chock full of Hambly and a touch of Maya Road...yup, Hambly....I sliced through about 4 different sheets of Hambly only to not like the end product...ggrrrr...I'll take a pic of it but will tweek it, and force it to work, kwim?

Anywho's, here is the card that I did end up with...American Crafts Travel. I originally bought 2 sheets of the Travel line to make a "Bon Voyage" card for my oldest friend...not literally "oldest" but one that I've known for the longest time...since 7th grade. She and her dd left for Australia last week....well, I never got to makin' her a "Bon Voyage" so I decided to make her a "Welcome Back" card. She has already celebrated her birthday while travelling and will be gone for a total of 2+ weeks....lucky duck although I don't envy her flights...isn't it like 15+ hours/each way not including layovers??!

The foam letters are ala the Target $ spot...woo hoo...got*sta love that place!

Make sure you check out my Cosmo Cricket/Cutting Cafe Card for today too!

Thursday, June 25, 2009

friend...

Happy Thursday!!!

Today's 365 Cards Challenge:

One stamped image
One stamped sentiment

That's it...no embellies...no pattern paper...no cosmo cricket {lol}....

This was a GREAT challenge for me...forced me to ink up my sadly neglected PTI Friends 'Til the End set. Clean & Crisp on top of a fabulous Fabriano....Green has to be one of my favorite colors...most of my friends say it is my signature color :)

Talking about friends....let me introduce you to my "New" Best friend:


I admit it, I'm getting older...LOL...this summer is actually my 25th High School Reunion...sheesh that makes me feel even older! Anywho's, as time goes by, my memory has progressively gotten worse. I'm notorious for writing myself notes {then forgetting them} or even yes, writing on my arm...can't write on my hands because I wash them so frequently....After talking to my friend "k" over the weekend, she told me she went back to a day planner. So I visited my local Franklin Covey store and took the leap. I'm so going to make it fun...color coding, rub ons...you name it...

Okay, back to being crafty & today's 365 Cards challenge...show me what you got!!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

salt & pepper...



I tell you, I was originally trying to combine Kazan's sketch 29 & the raspberry suite color challenge but I just couldn't get it to flow for me...so I fell back on my favorite, Cosmo Cricket Early Bird....gotta love that stuff....

Well, it is Wednesay...1/2 way through the work week!!!!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

a little bird told me....



I've been neglecting my DCWV green stack and chippies so I put them together for the CP sketch #20! I've been really lovin' all the shaped/scalloped cards I've been seeing out in blogland...I actually used my fiskars shape template for my card and cut out the black base....talk about "old school"....LOL....no nesties for this girl :) I use the fiskars template purely with a mechanical pencil, I don't even own any of the cutting tools...I've been really designing a lot of my cards with a black base, makes the other papers pop.

Have you been keeping up with the 2 Sketches 4 You Ultimate Showdown? It has ME literally on the edge of my chair...I can only imagine how you ladies must feel. Congrats to the Top 10...Great Job by the other ladies that were part of the Top 20 too!!!

Monday, June 22, 2009

woot woot!!!

Check it out HERE.

it's all about YOU...


It is Sassafras Monday!!

Gotta love the Bungle Jungle line teamed up with an oh-so-sweet strawberry feltie and CPS121! This is definitely a de-hoard post...I actually used a feltie...sigh. The rub on is hoarded MM..

Here's to a fantabulously creative week! Thanks sooo much for stopping by to take a peek!

Sunday, June 21, 2009

live life


Pam challenged us with a sketch that had me thinking for a smidge. I didn't know what I was going to do until I came across some American Crafts Moda bella paper. I was really drawn to the orange houndstooth/fushia. I only bought 1 sheet {patting myself on the back} and worked really hard to design my card around it.

I was looking through my stash of chipboard when I remembered I had a box of Rhonna Ferrar chipboard that I bought from Jennifer Pebbles' G-Sale last year...I found the matching chipboard ovals...perfection...crowns and all! The thickers are vinyl, one of my new loves since they are more compact than the felt {skinnier}. I recently stocked up on the Kaiser Crafts bling, so afforable. The chipboard and arrows on glue dot pop dots...

Can't wait to see what YOU do with the Super Sunday Sketch!!!

Have a super Sunday and week!!!!

Saturday, June 20, 2009

kindness....

Day 7 of Cosmo Cricket Week over at 365 Cards!

Today is Saturday which is Vicky's day over at 365 Cards and she has the Ever After kit.

Pam's Challenge:

Make a wedding card and incoporate the word "love" into the sentiment.

I love the colors in the Ever After line...I teamed them up with SU's Basic Gray paper/sentiment and went clean & simple. I have to tell you, I found that ivory wired ribbon in the J's $ bin...I had the gal check the price because it was a 10 yard roll..and yupper...$1!! Score!! It turned out to be an even bigger score when I realized that one side is grosgrain and the other satin.

Kindness....doesn't seem like a big word to most people but in my book it is huge in terms of character....kindness counts.

Say, it isn't sooo....the last day of Cosmo Cricket week. I tell you, I had a ball and I hope that you did too!

Friday, June 19, 2009

just chillin'

Day 6 of Cosmo Cricket Week over at 365 Cards!

Today is Friday which is
Sophie's day over on 365 Cards and she has the Cosmo Cricket Snorkel Kit!

Pam's Challenge:

The Snorkel kit uses alot of stripes and bold colors so make that your inspiration.

I was able to pick up a couple sheets of Snorkel at my local Ben Franklin craft store {oohhhh man, I love that place}. I gotta dedicate this card to my lovely kidlets! Today is their last day of school and they have been counting down the days. Don't you wish as adults that we had a "summer vacation"?! Sheesh, I sure do!!! I believe "Just Chillin" will become the kids' summer motto:)

I really love the blue & red color combo...there is something so festive & fun about it!

Here's to a Happy Friday!!!!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

'lil happy birthday

Day 5 of Cosmo Cricket Week over at 365 Cards!

Today is Thursday and it is my day over at 365 Cards and I have the Lil' Man kit.

Pam's challenge:

Use argyle as your inspiration and design a card for a special father {brother, uncle etc} in your life.

Perfect timing for this challenge because my oldest brother celebrates his birthday...tomorrow!!!!! I have to admit that it was hard for me to switch gears on my Cosmo Cricket cards...from fun & funky to masculine. I tend to struggle with dude cards...and unfortunately, I'm thinkin' that my bro doesn't want pom pom trim and flowers...sheesh!

So I opt'd to fall back on clean & crisp with a smidge of felt :)

Can't wait to see what you all come up with and thanks for joining me in the challenge!!!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Jenni Butterfly




Well, this is definitely a change of pace from my Cosmo Cricket cards for the week....

I unfortunately had to make a sympathy card. My friend's father passed away suddenly this week...totally unexpected...sigh. I wanted to make her a card that wasn't depressing so I decided to use Dawn's Raspberry Suite Color Challenge #9 {dang, missed the deadline!} and team it up with Laura's sketch #28. I think that the pops of SU Wild Wasabi make it a cheerier card, what do you think? I so love the pattern paper by Jenni Bowlin and it pairs well with my crochet trim that I picked up from J's.

I turned the sketch on it's side...the Jenni Bowlin paper is actually 2 panels, the crochet trim ended up hiding that fact. Make sure you check out Dawn's Distressed Flowers 101 tut. I popped a wasabi panel on the interior with an A Muse stamped "in sympathy" sentiment....I just want her to know that I'm thinking of her....

Thanks for stoppin' by....

happy campers



Day 4 of Cosmo Cricket week over at 365 Cards!

Wednesday's are Kristie's day over at 365 Cards and she has Mr. Campy!

Pam's color challenge:

green, yellow, orange, brown & aqua

PLUS

make it feminine!

I used Jen's sketch for this week...perfect way to showcase some of the fun patterns/colors in Mr. Campy! The buttons are ala SEI and the "happy campers" text is from the bottom strip of the 12 x12 Cosmo Cricket paper...check it out ivy, I'm being eco!

Go check out what Kristie has to share!!!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Love Ya





Day 3 of Cosmo Cricket Week at 365 Cards!!!

Tuesday's are Tammy's day over at 365 Cards and she has Cosmo Cricket Jack's World Kit. {A huge shout out for Tammy...she made it to the Top 20 over at 2s4y!!}

Pam's challenge:

Make a birthday card for a little boy.

Today's Cosmo Cricket Early Bird {surprise, surprise} card is teamed up with the CPS120 sketch.

I know I mentioned it before but I'm soooo enjoying Cosmo Cricket week...I put together 4 cards on Sunday and had a
b-a-l-l!!!

Let me explain today's card...
Recently when I was organizing some of my "treasures", I came across a Mother's Day card that my boy made for me....this had to be at least 8 years ago, he was just a young pup. It said:

Happy Mother's Day!

I love you more than toast!!!

aaaaahhhh....kids say the sweetest things, it may sound strange but in my boys mind, this was an ultra compliment. We are a starchy, carby family...we love our rice {the kids only like white, but I also love brown, sushi, jasmine...you name it}, our pasta, our spuds and yes, our breads....oh should I type, our toasts :)

My boy is nearing his tween birthday so I decided to make his birthday card for this challenge. When I saw the toaster and toast in the Early Bird chipboard set, I knew it was going to the boy...


Thanks for stopping by!!!!!

Monday, June 15, 2009

U Go Girl!!!



Monday's are Gloria's day over at 365 Cards and she has the Cosmo Cricket Girl Friday kit {lucky duck!!}.

Pam's challenge:

The word "Girl" must be somewhere on the card-and make the card girly!

Whaddya think? It was perfect to combine the delish Cosmo Cricket paper with this week's Card Patterns #19.

I would like to dedicate this card to all the fabbie gals that made it to the 2s4y Top 20 in their Ultimate Card Showdown!!! You gals absolutely rocked Kazan's sketch...best of luck to you and especially to all my ♥♥bloggy sistas♥♥, you know who you are!!!! It was a hoot being part of the Top 30 and I really enjoyed it...now I can sit back, relax and see what the Top 20 comes up with!!

Hey Naomi, guess what my kids call the pom pom trim???!!!

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paper: cosmo cricket girl friday, speckletone kraft accessories: misc clearance pom pom trim from j's, foof-a-la & sei buttons, thickers, fiskars shape template {I just use it to trace the scallops!}




Sunday, June 14, 2009

Tweet!!!!


I tell you, Pam knows how to make me happy....a whole week at 365 Cards dedicated to
Cosmo Cricket!!!! I have always been a huge fan of their stuff but since their newer lines have hit, oh boy, I couldn't be more happy!!!

I'm absolutely in love with the Early Bird collection! The patterns and the accessories are a-dorable...I literally made this card in 10 minutes! It helps when you dig the stuff you're working with.

I hope that you'll join us in the Sunday Sketch Challenge...I'll be back everyday this week with a Cosmo Cricket goodie!!
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paper: cosmo cricket early bird, speckletone kraft accessories: early bird chipboard, thickers.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

slug bug!!!!!


Hey there, Happy Weekend!!!!

As promised, here is my other
2 Sketches 4 You Ultimate Card Showdown Top 30 card design.

When I was walking around a LSS I came across this very fun stuff by Paper Loft!! I'm partial to VW Beetles...well, I actually have a love/hate dealio with them. I use to be a proud owner of a 2001 lime green VW diesel New Beetle. When it was spending more time in the shop than on the road, I decided to trade it in....bummer...because the size was perfect-o for me and the mileage was spectacular. The other thing is that there are sooo many ginormous vehicles on the road that my little bug was always lost in the shuffle...the other drivers never seemed to see me, which is crazy based on the color!

Anywho's....back to the card and the reasoning behind not entering this one but going with my
Vintage Owl card. To be honest, I hadn't heard of the whole "Slug Bug" action until I actually bought my VW and saw {primarily} kids on the side of the road slugging whoever they were with after I buzzed by...I thought that it was odd and then a friend must have told me the scoop. I'm going to go out on a limb and say that it was perhaps being raised in a Japanese household {both my folks were born in Japan} and we didn't do road trips...that's why I didn't know about it? Funny thing though, I took an informal poll at work and 2 out of 5 people didn't know about "slug bug".

So, being the curious person that I am....could you leave me a comment and let me know if you "get" my card or not?
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paper: paper loft accessories: brown button/pti vintage, pink button/mm {note}worthy, flourishes acetate base, heidi swapp distressor, mm glittery alpha stickers, scallop diecut via lss diecutting station {lol}

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Vintage Owl



I used the Pink Paislee Vintage Moon pad...if you aren't familiar with it, you really should check it out. The patterns are out this world and although you can't tell in the photo, the blue panel is rich with a gorgeous sheen....I did take a close up of the pennant because that paper, although small'ish is full of detail too...it is a tone-on-tone oyster colored pattern with what I think looks like newsprint paper mache'.

I actually ended up making 2 designs for this showdown. I'll post my other one on Saturday :) I decided to go with my "gut" and enter this one. For those that know me, how could I resist an Owl card??!!!

I'd like thank Laura and Kazan again for this fabulous opportunity. I have always enjoyed the 2 Sketches 4 You blog and this is all icing on the cake for me. Thanks also to all the judges, you all have a tough decision {again}...the gallery is chock full of talented designers. What I love about it is the fact that everyone has their own style....isn't that what it is all about? Be true to yourself...your style...and have fun. Here's the thing, I was able to get a ton of projects done last Saturday. It must have been karma...that meant that I had all week to work on my Showdown card {translation...I had all week to "fret" about my Showdown card!!}. I was going to take tonight to crank out some other designs but guess what I found out this afternoon? My dd has a band concert tonight...yet again, karma for me to step away and post my "gut" card.

Thanks for taking a peek and thanks to all my peeps for all the much appreciated support...you all rock my world!!!! Wish me luck!!
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paper: pink paislee vintage moon, misc black stamps: a muse accessories: pti vintage buttons, heidi swapp distressor, fiskars shape template