Friday, July 31, 2009

get sketchy....free is good.

Check out the new sketch blog:

Psst....they are having a Cosmo Cricket give-a-way...yup it's the new 6x6'ers!!!

born to craft


Happy Thursday!!!

I can't believe it hit over 100 degrees yesterday! Luckily I was able to crank out 2 cards in the morning...that's my favorite time to craft when it is warm out. This is my take on Laura's sketch 31. I flipped it on its side and went to work...I love this line by MME...I been hoarding it fiercely but actually this is the 2nd time I've used it in 2 weeks {here's my Hi card from last week}.

I used my PTI vintage buttons and Kaiser Craft pearls. Don't you love that sentiment? It is an American Crafts rub on...been lovin' those lately. Yup, I even did a smidge of sewing...I can have that janome running at 5 a.m. and NOT wake up the kids because of all the fans that are running in the house..LOL. I guess one thing good about this dreaded heat wave...that and we've been spending quality time over at my Momma's :) Yup, she has a/c.

Have a super Friday!!!

Thursday, July 30, 2009

peaches...

Today is my day over at the 365 Cards blog.

Pam's challenge is to design a card with a flap.
This is also Reader's Appreciation week...I'm teamed up with the most fabulous
Laurel Seabrook:

I adore Laurel's sense of style. She is a multi-talented paper artist that rocks both the card making and scrapping world! I love her use of colors, layers, and embellies...she has a contagious sense of enthusiasm!!!

I think I met her through 365 cards and have been following her for a bit...she is definitely a gal to watch! She has been picked up by design teams, been recognized on several blogs and been published!!

If you haven't popped over to her blog yet, make sure you take a peek:






I had a ton of fun with this one. I've been hoarding this Prima glittery paper called "Peaches". I originally saw it over on
Sparkle's fabbie blog. Peaches, isn't that funny? I wonder why they decided to name it that?

I designed my card as a tri-fold. I added a belly band to keep it all together. I've been enjoying sewing on my cards again. I think it gives cards a nice finishing touch. I even decorated the interior...for those that have been following me, it's something that I don't typically do...call me lazy..LOL...maybe I'll turn over a new leaf...maybe not :)

I hope that you'll join the 365 Cards challenge and create a card with a flap.


Thanks for stopping by!!!

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

thanks a bunch


Hello!

I'm back with
Dawn's Raspberry Challenge #13.

I was going to dig through my various stashes of pattern paper for this challenge but boy, I tell you, it was much too hot for that. I went easy smeasy clean & crisp! I used retired SU Riding Hood Red dp for the flowers and Certainly Celery for the leaves. The buttons are from my vintage stash and the rub on is SU. I'm trying to consistently "dress up" my buttons so decided to slap on some Kaiser Craft pearls this time.

We're expecting a high of 97 degrees today...last night at 10 p.m. it was still 88 degrees...ick. For you peeps that live in year round hotness, how do you do it??!!!

Come on back tomorrow...it's my day over on the 365 Cards blog and remember it is Reader's Appreciation week! I'm teaming up with a crafty gal!!

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

love


What a fun & challenging sketch over at Card Patterns! Here's the thing though, I love a good challenge and there is nothing better than completing the task AND having fun...double bonus!

This card uses the
Chianti line by GCD Studio. Talk about rich and texturey papers....this is the first time I've used their stuff and LOVE it! I happened to find it over at M's...It's been awhile since I'd been in there and I was surprised at the variety of 12x12'ers they had...tons of American Crafts too...all the butterfly papers from yesterday was from M's too! The diecut is some Jenni Bowlin that I've been hoarding. The alpha is Thickers vinyl and the felt flower border embellie is something I bought last december from ScrapGal.

Ugh, our heatwave continues...I tell you, it makes me grouchy and sleepy.

Monday, July 27, 2009

time for fun


Here's my take on Jen's SFYTT. Funny thing, I printed out her sketch along with the Card Patterns one and didn't realize that it chopped off the edges of the SFYTT sketch when I printed them out...that's why my card looks a smidge different than the actual sketch...LOL.

I used American Crafts papers for the entire card. The butterflies are a combo of the SU Sizzix die and my Marvy punch...gotta love butterflies! The sentiment is A Muse.

It has been pretty stinkin' warm in Washington state...at least for us! I have to say that I look forward going into my air conditioned office :)

Sunday, July 26, 2009

♥♥Enabler Alert♥♥

Scrapgal is having an additional 25% off their Basic Grey and Sassafras goodies!!!

Winner...Winner...Chicken Dinner!!!!

Woo Hooo.....I used Random.Org to draw for my Cutting Cafe Winner.

This lucky gal will receive the PDF's for the:




Drumroll Please:

Ivy!!!

Woo Hooo girlfriend! I'll have Regina send them over to you!!!

P.S. Make sure you all check out Ivy's fun blog!!

P.P.S. Thanks to all of you for playing in my give-a-way!

birthday bash


Welcome to 365 Cards Super Sketchy Sunday!!!

I tell you, I was staring at Pam's sketch for awhile and then I started rotating it until...aha! Yes, I decided to do it upside down..LOL.

Originally I was going to use some Sassafras scalloped edges for the borders on the sketch. I started to look through my Whale of a tale pad and decided to fussy cut the wave pattern instead. The buttons and hat pins in the corner are from a Peachy Cheap buy ala Fancy Pants {hmmm...could be from Flowers to Flourishes}. The Birthday Bash rub on is Basic Grey.

I made this specifically for my friend's daughters upcoming 16th birthday. I can't believe how time flies...I remember when she was born...I've known my friend for 31 years...oy vey, now that makes me feel old.

Anywho's, I look forward to seeing your take on Pam's fabbie sketch!

Saturday, July 25, 2009

summer goodness

Okay, today is chock full of goodness for you!!! I made 2 Quarter fold boxes with Lids from the Cutting Cafe. Here's the beauty of Regina's projects, you can print them out on solid cardstock and then embellish them with your lighter weight pattern papers. I bought a whole box of gorgeous K&Co papers but those papers are fairly thin so I printed the boxes out on my favorite Kraft paper by Speckletone.

The "Sweet Summer" box is topped off with Regina's New
Sweet Summer stamp. I added an American Crafts details for a bit of fun :)

I used the I Love Summer stamp on my 2nd box. I thought the Kaiser pearls added a nice smidge of bling!

These boxes are great...I was able to fit 4 cards & envies in them. I made it like a DIY kit..I wrapped ribbon around 1 of the cards but left the others plain. I coiled the ribbons for the other 3 cards and popped them into the box.

So you wanna see the cards? They are 4x4's...I made them clean and crisp. I just used some fun American Crafts rub ons:




They make a nice all-occasion set of cards. It's a great gift for a co-worker, yup, these went to some former co-workers of mine that will be celebrating their birthday's soon.
I have another card to share with you but I wanted to let you know that Regina is letting me give away the Quarter Fold box w/Lid along with the 2 summer stamps!


Leave a comment and I'll pick a winner sometime on Sunday. I'll close up the commenting tonight at midnite Pacific Daylight time.

On to my Limelight Papercrafts Sketch Challenge Card! I was thrilled when Mandy contacted me to see if she could base this week's sketch on my bloom card.
Here's my take on Mandy's sketch:




It's a nice combo of Amy Butler and October Afternoon papers along with Unity and Impress stamps. Those cute Unity mushies are on glue dot pop dots...

Okay, thanks sooo much for stopping by!!! Remember to pop by tomorrow, it is 365 Cards Super Sketchy Sunday!!!

Friday, July 24, 2009

define good




I had some fun with Kazan's sketch 31..I used my October Afternoon papers and teamed them up my fun Hero Arts Mushroom stamp and some stamps from Odd Bird Planet. Check out JenMarie's Sleepy Eyes Owl....isn't he darling...yup, he's holding a Starbucks! I glitz'd up the steam and his belly :) I highlighted the "define good" with some black Kaiser bling. The mushie is on glue dot pop dots...ahhh....owls 2 days in a row...

I also played along with Clouds Bonus sketch. Just an easy smeasy card...using
Cosmo Cricket Cogsmo...holey moley CC has their new stuff on line already..oy vey..must not shop now...


Okay, that's it for me....Please check back tomorrow...I'll have a couple Cutting Cafe projects {I'll also be giving away 3 things from the Cutting Cafe to 1 winner!} along with my Limelight sketch card!!!!

P.S. Go check out the
Cutting Cafe...Regina is giving away some fabbie stuff...for free!!!

P.P.S. To all you
365 Card'ers....thanks for all your kind words yesterday...I appreciate it...I'm absolutely inspired by all of you!!! Sorry that my inspiration piece that I picked was giving you fits...if it makes you feel any better, it challenged me too!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

in the...Limelight....

check it out:

Hope that you can join in on the fun...
I'll post my card on Saturday :)

woot woot!

Happy Thursday!

Today is my day over on the 365 Cards blog and it is also my day to pick out an inspiration piece. I decided to go with this pillow from Anthropologie:

Here's the thing, I love pillows...they add such a nice pop of color & pattern to a room. It 'could' be an inexpensive fresher-upper to a room. Here's the other thing, pillows can be soooo expensive...I was at Pier 1 checking out their pillows for at least 30 minutes to leave with nothing...nada...either too expensive or just "not" right. Still on the look out for some for my living room...Anyways, here is my take on the inspiration pillow.



Okay, you really can't be too shocked that I used my sweet Hero Arts Owl...I didn't have anything else that was just perfect and come on now, who wouldn't love an owl on a pillow with pom pom trim??!!!! I stacked 2 butterflies together {blue/yellow: like on the inspiration pillow} to add some fun.

I had actually started this card over the weekend and never finished it...that was a mistake. I should have went with the flow and finished it up then. I revised this one a couple times last night....grrr...hate it when it doesn't flow...so when my mojo isn't flowing I fall back on what I love...clean & simple...oh yeah, and owls.

I'll be much better today...I'll have a fresh pair of contacts...hmmm...I was on week 5 on my last pair that are only for 2 weeks...yipes...I was wondering why my eyes were sooo sore and tired.

Okay, show me what you got ladies....hmmm...michelle will like this one, it has orange in it :)

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

for you.


I knew when I saw the CPS125 sketch I was going to use my favorite Early Bird papers. Sorry peeps, I just can't enough of the happy stuff!!! Have you seen their sneek peeks? OMGoodness I was thrilled to see their 6x6'ers! woot woot!!!!

Anyways, I fussy cut the "For You" from the elements sheet..gotta love their chippies.

That's it for me...short & sweet :)

P.S. I decided to temporarily remove the followers widget on my blog. I still have problems when I view my own blog {grrrr}...see this post from the wonderfully techie Allison.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

hi.







I'm back in the swing of challenges!

I was able to combine Dawn's
RSCC12 and Card Patterns sketch 24. I love Dawn's color challenges because, well, they definitely challenge me. This week I think that the MME's Out & About seem to capture the colors.

Check out the letters...they are Heidi Swapp's that I've been hoarding...yes, fiercely, that's the only way that I hoard. Those puppies are plastic...love them. How fun is the CP sketch? Perfect-o to showcase the different papers!

Today is suppose to be a scorcher for us...upper 80's...blech. There is a reason why I live in Washington state, for the mild weather.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Thickers Alert!!


They're Back....

Flowers to Flourishes
has the American Crafts Thickers today!!!

home...

Happy Monday!!!

I hope you all had a fabulous weekend...I did!

Well, I didn't think I was going to have time to create something for Moxie Fab World's

but here you go!

Why yes, I DID stamp!

LOL...

in an effort to justify joining the Unity KOTM club I'm trying to get my stamping mojo in check. I was able to buy the May KOTM from a gal and I knew I wanted to paper piece that adorable house. The recycle sign is a Hambly rub on..the heart in the middle of the "o" is actually cut out, I colored the heart on the kraft base :) The red ink is from my Marvy Twinklette pen...it is a gorgeous deep red color and has the added bonus of glitter!

Thanks for stoppin' by!!!

Sunday, July 19, 2009

surprise!




Good Sunday Morning to You!!!

Sunday's mean 365 Cards Super Sketchy Sunday!

I tell you, today's sketch initially threw me...I couldn't think of how I wanted to tackle it...basically, I was thinking too hard, kwim? Then it hit me, I was going to make a tri-fold card using Pam's sketch and then things started rolling for me.

I'm trying to comfortably put together a stack a birthday cards for my nephew. What I've done in the past for his sister's is design 18 cards...1 for each of their birthday's {until they hit 18} and have different family members write in them. I typically have the greeting part done during the initial baby shower before the kid is even born but this is baby #3 and sorry dude, I'm not on the ball. Let's see, Baby C has already past his 1st birthday but hey, it's the thought that counts right?

Okay, anywho's....What a fun birthday boy card...October Afternoon's Night Light Louie which I picked up at Limelight. The designs are fabulous...1 side is fun and the other has great graphic-y patterns...love the stuff. I think that Ms. Lauren is going to love this monsta card :) Those little guys are on glue dot pop dots..hope it doesn't scare my 'lil guy...

Next up are a couple pics....for the past couple of years I've been taking the kids to a fancy smancy restaurant for their birthday's. This year we ventured to the same restaurant but a different location {darn bridge work...I hate traffic jams}. I love going to restaurants on the water...seriously, who doesn't? The kids always get chix strips/fries....LOL...one day they will love & appreciate seafood...oh that's right, my daughter had fish & chips this time...

Here's the birthday boy in all his cuteness {okay, so I'm a smidge partial}..

Can you tell that my daughter hates getting her picture taken and that the boy is a ham? My boy took my picture...it's now my new blog pic....funny story, my previous one that was black & white? My hair is never that curly...my daughter curled it for me that day and I had the boy snap a photo....want to know an even funnier story? My mother hated that pic...said my nose was huge...sigh...gotta love them, right? So she made up for that comment {although she did repeat it at dinner on friday night}...she loves this pic that the boy took of me and was waaaayyyyy too excited for me to replace the black & white one with it...LOL...
Here's a pic of me and my Momma {bahaha..she hates being called Momma..take that Momma!}..oh I crack me up...if my kids ever read my blog, which they don't, they'd be horrified that I posted their pics AND rolling their eyes at me right now.

Okay, that's it for today...thanks for stopping by!!!