Thursday, May 31, 2012

Bee-yond Fabulous

I haven't played with the gals over at 365 cards in awhile {me waving!!}.....

Here's Pam's Sunday Sketch:

Check out who the sponsor is...Heidi Stock...Alumnae of 365 Cards!  

I HAD to purchase her summer honey digi kit!

I managed to use 3 of the patterns and topped it off with my heavily used
The Craft's Meow

Make sure you do the 365 Cards Sunday Sketch blog can get a discount's totally worth it...FAB inspiration and a sale code, life is good.

Remember to also pop over to 

The new challenge is

Use Amy12 over at the Paper Issues store for 20% off your purchase, today and everyday:)

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

hello friend.

Here's an 'almost' all Neapolitan that collection:

I've added SRM and The Twinery Mandarin.

Delightful combo, eh?

I've been truly smitten by all the sketches over at retro sketches:

Just a reminder for you peeps that signed up for The Three Cool Chicks workshop...remember to upload your projects into the Flickr gallery or leave a linkie in the appropriate Three Cool Chicks blog post on/by May 31st!

thanks for stoppin' by!

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

sweet friend...

I gotta tell you, I've been enjoying all the trends out there in bloggie craftland....have you seen all the sweet strawberries?

Here's how they inspired me:

Have you checked out Jane's Doodles FREE digi's?  

Yup, those strawberries, can be yours FREE:)  You can find them on her right hand side bar....

I printed out those sweet strawberries in 3 different sizes on Stampin' Up cardstock.  

I teamed them up with my newest Unity stamp, Jar of know me and mason jars.  That jar is ginormous at 5.5 inches tall.  I added some Fabric Gingham Tape, layered with a SRM sentiment...the zig zags are SRM too and lookie lookie...more Peapod from The Twinery:)  I love those Stampin' Up Tall Cards...why oh why did you have to go and discontinue them?!!!!

Although there is just a smidge of gingham...I'm entering this into The Moxie Fab World's

Monday, May 28, 2012

there is more to life...

To my American Friends, Happy Memorial Day!

Thanks for joining us for the EAD Designs Blog Hop!
{it officially starts at 7 am pacific}

A big Woot Woot for our May Guest Designer, Anita!!!

You should have arrived here from the Spectacular Shellye's blog:

If not, you'll want to start at the beginning of the hop, which is the EAD Designs Blog so that you don't miss out on any of the fun!  Remember that every week there is FREE Vinyl to be won by a lucky duck!

Here's what I made for today's hop:

I truly adore quotes...quotes that make you stop and think:

there is more to life than increasing its speed.

That is from the Tea Time Stickerz set:

I'm the first to admit that I wish there were more hours in the day but realistically sometimes I think I need to just slow down.

The feltie snail is ala Pebbles, the journaling card is Crate's Peppermint you see the smidge of zig zag?

I'm entering this into 

The Catered Crop

Catered Crop


Gallery Idol 2012

This is my last entry...the best part?  I had fun making all the cards I entered and no stress...that's the icing on the cake:)

I'm the end of the hop...hope that you enjoyed yourself!

Sunday, May 27, 2012

you are Un-bee-lievably Amazing...

Hello and Happy Sunday!

I'm super into bees and hexagons lately...

I was inspired by The Craft's Meow May Sketch!

I Love

The Craft's Meow

I teamed it up with some hexagons from the May Studio Calico set and nestled everything on Stampin' Up's Barely Banana cardstock.  I threw some Stampin' Up glitter on the bee wings...

You do NOT have to use TCM stamps to enter the challenge. However, if you are the winner and you have used TCM stamps on your entry, you will not only receive a TCM stamp set of choice as your prize, but also a coupon for 15% off one additional stamp set of choice which can be used one time within 30 days!!! 

You have until May 31st at 9:00 pm Pacific to link your card!!

I'm also entering this card into Gallery Idol 2012.

Check out the newest Paper Issues Challenge...

Honey Bee!

Saturday, May 26, 2012

today is a new day...

today is a new day

I think those can be some powerful words for someone going through some tough times.

I'm blogging in real time.  Something that I don't tend to do...I like to get all my cards done the weekend before...and have all the blog posts scheduled in advance.  Things haven't been working that way, but I'm okay with that...trying to go with the flow.

I received thee most wonderful compliment from fellow blogging buddie Lora.  It seriously made my morning:)  I thought the timing was ironic since I felt like I was stepping outside my comfort zone to make today's card {um, yes, I literally made it this morning}.

I was inspired by the CAS-ual Friday girls:

It's a challenge for me to not pile on tons of patterns and colors....It's a challenge for me to just {essentially} take one piece of patterned paper and let it be the star of the show....okay, I may have cheated with the sentiment strip, but.....I couldn't help it and that delish blue thread?  vintage...on a wooden spool...just a smidge left **sigh**

So here's the thing, this is exactly what I love about this wonderful papercrafting we all inspire each other.

I'm also throwing this in for the Gallery Idol 2012.....Good grief, there are already 1,400+ cards loaded up into the Flickr the time ticks away, I'm sure that there will be a TON more uploaded this holiday weekend.    I cannot wait to see who makes the Top 20.

I did some digging around the Gallery Idol Flickr Groups:

Gallery Idol 2009
249 members
1,011 items

Gallery Idol 2010
252 members
846 items
HERE are mine

Gallery Idol 2011
501 members
1,620 items
HERE are mine

Gallery Idol 2012
330 members
1,424 items
HERE are mine

You'd think I was some kind of statistics geek, let me make this clear, I'm not:)  LOL...ask any of my friends.  It was pure was a great way for ME to see how much my style has changed....and it has and hasn't.

I'd love to see your current and past Gallery Idol entries....let me know if you played along with me.

Happy Saturday!!!

Friday, May 25, 2012

Fabulous...thank you

This is post 2 of 2 for me today...please click HERE for my Flashback Friday blog hop post.

Happy Friday!!!

Wooo hoooo for long weekends!!!!!

Doesn't get much better than that, does it?

Here's a card using Jane's Doodles:

Really love this set

Seriously a steal at $6!

I used a SMASH Pad page...colored up the roses with copics and there is a smidge of glittery ink in the centers too!  The sentiment and chevron are ala SRM.

What's that?  Why yes, it has been awhile since I've used a kraft base...I've been definitely on the white cardbase kick {thanks sherry!}.

Flashback Friday 24.0 Blog Hop!!

This is post 1 of 2 for today...please click HERE for my Jane's Doodles post!

Hello and Welcome to the Flashback Friday 24.0 Blog Hop!

You should have arrived here from Leanne's blog:

If not, you'll want to start at the beginning of the hop which is the Flashback Friday blog!  There is a listing of the blog hop order there in case you get lost.

Our Super Flashback Friday Sponsor is:

Perfect Presentation

The Winner of Flashback Friday 24.0 gets to pick their choice of 3 templates!

Check out Perfect Presentations Flickr Group for some FAB projects!!

Okay, onto my Flashback Friday project.....Tara, my Flashback Friday Hostess picked:

First Masculine Card

This was originally posted on my blog on November 19, 2007:

My photography?  ugh

The card?  meh

We can't wait to see YOUR first masculine card!  You have until Friday, June 15th @ 11:59 pm Pacific to Link up!

Now hippety hop over to Leigh Ann's, the owner of Perfect Presentations!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

make a wish...

Happy Thursday...I've been doing a daily countdown to the weekend.

So, we're celebrating the birthday of my boss' boss {is that how I type it ladies?}...

This Studio Calico Take Note Collection is perfect for her {Ala Paper Issues}...elegant, not too girlie.  I teamed it up with a fussy cut jar from the Dear Lizzy Neapolitan Collection {LOVE that} and the sentiments are SRM.  I've been on a huge twine kick...used The Twinery Charcoal to top off the card.

Shop at Paper Issues!

Use Amy12 for 20% off your order!

Remember that the current challenge at Paper Issues is

Check out the Paper Issues blog for the deets and Prize!

My card was inspired by Chupa's fabulous sketch:

My sleep pattern has been really wonky this week...more so than usual.  I've been waking up as early as 1:30 and not being able to go back to sleep so then I end up going to bed really early...such thee vicious cycle.  Hoping to get a handle on it this weekend.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

every little thing...

Happy Wednesday!

We're half way through the work week and almost to the long weekend!

This is an easy smeasy card...

Bonus points for using the oh-so-fun scraps of My Minds Eye paper that I've been hoarding.  Living in Washington state, I seem to gravitate towards raindrop paper:)  Oh you should have seen it raining on Monday night...WOW...ginormous drops of rain.  Who wouldn't love rainbow raindrops {that panel is on glue dots} and gingham clouds?

I've been really enjoying the challenges over at retro sketches:

I'm also playing along with the CAS-ual Fridays girls:

This is also for The Moxie Fab World's

and last but not least, Gallery Idol 2012.  

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

i'm always here for you...


I love hexagons.

Just a simple design with some glitz!

The sentiment is perfect for the current round of Gallery Idol 2012:


The challenge is open until May 28th...have you entered?  If not, you have nothing to lose, only encouragement cards to gain:)  There are some serious contributors to the Flickr pool...this is #3 for me.

Have you heard the buzz about the Three Cool Chicks Workshop?

A ginormous Woot Woot for all of you that joined us last week for

Three Cool Chicks
Let's get trendy now!

Please remember to upload your inspired creations to the Flickr group or via the blog comments by May 31st to be eligible for our prizes!

For those of you who missed out, we decided to have an encore presentation just for you.  This is a repeat of last week's workshop, covering the trends of:

Baker's Twine

When you sign up, you will receive:

-Five emails containing 5 PDF attachments with 15 inspired projects!
-Links to our workshop blog!
-Links to our Flickr group!
-Be able to participate in our challenges for a chance at some prizes!

Entries close on May 31st.

Whaddya waiting for?

Sign up today!

Monday, May 21, 2012

The Craft's Meow New Release Blog Hop!

This is post 2 of 2 for me today...make sure you check out my EAD Designs post HERE.
Hello and Welcome to The Craft's Meow New Release Blog Hop!

We're so happy you've joined us today!

You should have arrived here from 

If not, you'll want to pop over there so that you don't miss out on any of the fun!

the craft's meow.

Here's my card that I put together especially for today:

I dug up my beloved Basic Grey Nook and Pantry...

The dress form is from the new release:

The embossed gold paint splatters & sentiment are from the May Gift with $50 purchase

Do you see what I used from the The Craft's Meow Sew Lovely set?

I was inspired by the Moxie Fab World 

Want a chance to win?!  It's easy...start at the beginning of the blog hop which is The Craft's Meow blog and leave comments as you hop along...remember, you need to leave a comment on The Craft's Meow blog and all participating Design Team blogs {including our guests!!!}.  The deadline is Wednesday, May 23rd at 9 pm pacific.

Now hippety hop over to the awesome Amy {Aimes}Wanford

EAD Designs Blog Hop: Sending a smile!

Hello and Welcome to the EAD Designs Blog Hop!

You should have arrived here from spectacular Shellye's blog:

If not, you'll want to start at the beginning which is the EAD Designs Blog.  Remember, every week there is FREE Vinyl to be won by a lucky duck!

Today I have a card to share:

This is a semi-tribute to Hambly Screenprints...I've been a huge fan of their products, especially their gorgeous I was sad to hear that they will be closing up production.  My card base panel is ala Hambly.

I layered up:


and the sentiment is by the EAD Designs/Paper Smooches Co Branding

Okay, now hop on over to Jenn's blog

Sunday, May 20, 2012

The Craft's Meow Previews: Day Four!!

Happy Sunday!

Welcome to the final day of The Craft's Meow Previews!

It's been quite the whirlwind of stamps, eh?  Today is no exception...we have two sets to preview today!

First up is 

Retro Foundations
artist Karen Baker

This is a GREAT set, I managed to whip together a masculine card:

Masculine cards are something that challenges me...greatly...but this set is perfect for those dude cards:)

Next up is

Typically Teen
artist Karen Baker

Check out what I did with this FUN set:

I love to start my emails with hiya or hey....Those splatters?  Yup, part of The Craft's Meow Typically Teen set...I heat embossed them with with some blue Zing powder....adds a fun POP dontcha think?

I nestled everything onto a kraft tag and the chevrons are EAD Designs rub ons.

This month The Craft's Meow Typically Teen set is free with a purchase of $50 or gals will love this set!!!!!!

Want a chance to win Retro Foundations or Typically Teen?  Just leave a comment on the Retro Foundations/Typically Teen post over on The Craft's Meow blog for a chance to win!  Remember, 9:00 pm pacific is the deadline to be eligible.

Want to check out some other inspiration for today's preview sets?  You'll definitely want to pop over to The Craft's Meow blog and check out all the projects...there are sneaks of everybody's preview projects...why don't you pop over to everybody's blog and leave them some of that The Craft's Meow bloggie love?!!

Tomorrow will be the full reveal and blog hop!