Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Year!!!!

Here's to 2011!!!!

2010 was such a GREAT year for me...I got engaged....I went to Winter CHA 2010....I was published TWICE in Paper Crafts Magazine plus so much more!  I'm truly thankful for the life that I have and look forward to what 2011 brings...

This is a ginormously long post so get ready:)

I wanted to start off the New Year with the Moxie Fab World Tuesday Trigger, Strictly Stripes:


I was inspired by the:

 texture
the colors
 and
the stripes...


I decided to zig zag inbetween the various stripes of Stampin' Up cardstock...I picked zig zagging to kind of emulate the knitting...the sentiment is ala SRM...The card is 3.5 x 3.5 inches...

I went through my 2010 blog posts and picked out my favs for each month and thought that I'd share them with you...

January:


Oooohhhhh Aimes.....this one is for you!

February:


Seriously, you HAD to know that there would be at least ONE card with Cosmo Cricket goodness on it...

March:


I think this card meant more to me because I finally dehoarded that wonderful Melissa Frances frame...I'm working hard to dehoard ladies...

April:


I made this for a good friend of mine who is a quilter....this is probably one of my most heavily stitched cards...

May:


For those that know me...I'm a coffee-a-holic and had to include a coffee themed card...how fitting that it uses images from 2 Seattle based stamp companies...A Muse and DeNami Designs!

June:


In June 2010 I started to scrapbook again....this one is of my lovely girl {pic taken and altered by my boy}

I actually picked 2 for June...this is my first layout that I did in 2010....


My Boy!

July:


Of course I needed a layout of me and the man...I saw this quote on Design Crush and knew that it was perfect:

"And then my soul saw you and it kind of went "Oh, there you are. I've been looking for you."
~unknown~

August:


Another Cosmo Goodness card....AND another Seattle based Stamp Designer...Sparkle Creations!  I picked this card for it's use of multi-patterns and paper piecing...2 things that I adore:)

September:


Ahhhh yes....another layout...this is based on what I'm thankful for...


"I've learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance."
~Maya Angelou~

October:

This tall card was probably one of my more labor intensive endeavors...I hand pleated the skirt and sewed each layer...I love the look and the colors...come on, you gotta love the quote!

November:


ahhhhhhh...silhouettes...love them...and I also love to use non-traditional colors...this went to a bloggie friend, Jen, who recently had a baby boy:)

December:


This is probably my most favorite Christmas card...coffee...red/blue...glitter...bling...stitching....sigh...

Thank YOU for all your support in 2010...I truly appreciate it and YOU!


What's your "one little word" for 2011?

Have you picked one?  Are you signed up for Ali's class?  I took the leap...I'm excited to start a project for 2011....it's going to be a GREAT year...I can feel it....I'll be making a fun announcement next week {can't wait!!} but back to the "one little word"...here's mine:

:::savor:::

Part of Speech: verb
Definition: delight in, enjoy

hello cupcake!

Happy Friday & Happy New Years Eve!!!!

This is chock full of goodness...Hambly....and Janes Doodles!!!

The frosting on the cupcake is actually the 'backside' of the hambly cupcake paper:)  I topped that sweet cupcake with a SEI button and some Kaiser bling!   Everything is nestled onto a Hambly overlay..The SU Basic Gray seems to make the pinks pop:)

I am sooo inspired by Mona's color challenges!


Such a PRETTY Color combo...love it...thanks for the inspiration Mona!!!

Happy New Years Eve peeps...see you tomorrow with my best of 2010:)

Thursday, December 30, 2010

winner...winner...chicken dinner...

This is my 2nd post for the day...please take a peek at my regularly scheduled post HERE

Thanks for all of you that left me such sweet comments over on the Skipping Stones Design blog...I did a little Cracked Glass tut over there...something that I have been wanting to play with for a long time....

I did a little sneak peek of the finished card here on my blog but wanted to share with you my finished card...


I do love the look of the Cracked Glass technique...I also wanted to show you that you can use Christmas paper for a non-Christmas card...I used Basic Grey's Figgy Puddy on this one...The stamp set that I used is the Skipping Stones Design 2011 release of Heartsong... 

It's a beauty peeps...wanna win it?  All you have to do is play along with Skipping Stones current Sketch Challenge:


Anywho's...I was slinging out this Skipping Stones Design set:



I used random.org to pick a winner from the comments left on my Skipping Stones Design Tut post and my Sneaky Peek post here on my blog....and the winner is....

Wow beautiful card, and I love this technique, I cant wait to try it!!

Woooooooooo Hoooooooooooo Nicole......thanks for the sweet comment and I know that you'll love the Funny Coffee set...it is one of MY favs:)



thank you for your friendship...

Hello Hello!

Here's a bright and fun card:)  All the paper is October Afternoon goodness..


Tons 'O Stitching:)  Gotta love the SU butterfly die...I slapped some Kaiser pearls down the middle..

Here's a close up of another Hero Arts 2011 stamp... 



I was inspired by the Waltzing Mouse Sketch...my first time playing and certainly won't be the last:)

I'm also linking this to the Hero Arts Thank You Challenge!

Can you believe that tomorrow is New Years Eve?!!!!

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

stay true...

Whew...tons of hoarded goodies from Websters and Pink Paislee:


Here's a close up of the Lawn Fawn dress form & the "Stay True" Fabric Fancy:
{my apologies for the icky pic...grrrr...}


This seems to be the week of 'new-to-me' challenges...this one is Create with Connie & Mary:


Just a reminder about Flashback Friday 6.0:


Our fabbie sponsor is



Flashback Friday 6.0 Challenge is:

**The first card you blogged about that featured an unexpected find from your home**

FUN FUN FUN!!!  So whatcha waitin' for?  LINK UP!

You just might be the random winner of 6.0 which makes you a winner of a brand spankin' new January release Sparkle Creation stamp AND you get to be the Guest Designer for Flashback Friday 7.0 which means YOU get to pick the new challenge!!!

Today is Wednesday so that means it is Get Crafty with Jenn!


Check her out on the E.A.D Designs Blog!!!


Just a reminder about the sale over at Torendi!




Torendi is having a 30% off sale until 2011

COUPON CODE: holiday2010
 
It is a great time to stock up on goodies like: 
 
 
 
 
Okay, so that's a peek at what Amy's getting...haha....
 
**go shopping**

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

you're snow wonderful...


It's Tuesday which means the Skipping Stones Design Sketch Challenge...it's been wonderful having Maile Belles as our Guest Sketch Artist for December!!!  This sketch is super fun...I did my own little spin on it...


Here's my fun monochromatic card with POW:)


I managed to use some older MME Christmas paper, Colorful Christmas...the ink is Color Box Chalk/Pink Pastel.  Do see that I used 2 different Skipping Stones Design sets?

The snowflakes are from Brrrrthday:


I popped a pearl in the center of each snowflake...

The sentiment is from Sassy Snow:


Did you notice the fun zig zag stitching on the sentiment panel?

I love that both sets can easily take you through the winter and beyond...not just for the holidays!

I'm also linking my card to the Caardvarks final challenge, Monochromatic Cards...

You won't wanna miss the fabbie goodness from the other gals on the Skipping Stones Design Team:
and our December Guest DT:
Maile Belles-Guest Sketch Artist
Kelley Eubanks-Guest Designer

Just a reminder of the fun Skipping Stones Design Blog Candy that I have up for grabs... the Funny Coffee vol#1 set:


Leave me a comment on my Tips & Techniques post on the Skipping Stones Design blog AND my sneaky peek post on my blog for TWO chances at the candy...oh yeah, you do have to answer one question when you leave a comment on my blog, but it is easy smeasy:)
Thanks so much for stoppin' by!!!!

Monday, December 27, 2010

There is more to life...


Hello and Happy Monday!

Well, it's back to work for me today...I had all last week off...**sigh**

Monday means the fabbie E.A.D Designs Blog Hop!
{officially starts at 10 am EST}

You should have hopped here from the E.A.D Designs blog, if not, you'll want to start from there so that you don't miss anything good!!!!

I have a bunch of schtuff to show you today....I  challenged myself to put together a card set based around the Tea Time Stickerz Set.  This is one of the many beauties of the Stickerz sets...you can literally put together a set of cards and still have leftover stickerz to play with!  I managed to use  Basic Grey Curio for all the cards...okay, here we go:

This card is a standard A2 size, 4 1/4 x 5 1/2:


There is more to life
than increasing its speed
Gandhi 

You gotta love that quote....

cardstock:  stampin' up chocolate chip paper:  basic grey curio stamps:  pti ink:  memento rich cocoa other:  ead designs tea time stickerz, twinery twine, pti button, stampin' up eyelet border punch

I was inspired by the new-to-me sketch challenge 4 Crafty Chicks:


Next up is a set of 4 cards that are all 4x4...I managed to combine the Tea Time Stickerz with different elements from the Basic Grey Curio line...

This particular card incorporates a fab doily from my bloggie friend, Brenda Weaver...isn't it intricate and gorgeous?!  Thanks Brenda!!!

Gotta love the Curio Pieces...The Tea Time Stickerz are pure perfection with them...


Here's the 2nd card in the set...


smile
breathe
and go slowly
Thich Nhat Hanh

The butterfly panel is from the Curio Pieces line...perfect for that sentiment...which is partially on the piece and partially off...gives the card a smidge of visual interest...

Okay, this is when you all will really realize how perfect the Tea Time Stickerz is for the Basic Grey Curio Pieces....check it out:


Now how stinkin' PERFECT is that?!!!!!! 

I topped off the tag with some pearls and vanilla seam binding ribbon....

Here's the final card of the series...


Here's a close up of the very magnificent quote from yes, the Tea Time Stickerz set:


I am not afraid of storms,
for I am learning how to sail my ship.
Louisa May Alcott

LOVE that empowering statement....definitely a more scrappy type card design...I teamed up the quote with a silhouette epoxy sticker and bloom.  Did you notice the sassy red stitching?

I had so much fun putting this particular Tea set together...thanks so much for hopping by but before you hop over to Stephanie's....you gotta take a peek at thee brand new Stickerz: 












I don't know about you but I'm certainly READY to jump into Valentine's Day cards....wooooo hooooooo!!!!  Which is your favorite???!!!!

A ginormous woot wootie woot woot for our December Guest Designer.....Andrea of My Stamping Heaven...loved having you this month!!!!

Okay, off to Stephanie's place {Dream, Create, Inspire}