Friday, December 31, 2010

Top Ten of 2010

Hi again! This is my second post of the day, and it's a bit of an impulsive one. Jamie over at Crafty Girl 21 had a post with her Top Ten Favorite Cards of 2010, and that inspired me to do the same. I thought it was such a fun idea! However, when I went back to my 2010 card file and started looking, I realized there were lots of cards that weren't favorites, but then there were a lot that were favorites, so it was hard to choose!

Here are my Top Ten Favorite Cards of 2010!












I want to thank each of you, my sweet blog readers and followers. Thank you so much for reading, commenting, and your kind words that you always leave me. If it weren't for you, I'd feel like I was talking to myself! All the best to you in 2011! :)

Happy New Year!

Hey y'all! Happy {early} New Year to you!!! I am welcoming 2011 with open arms because I just know it holds so many exciting and wonderful things for my family and I this year! I am getting married in April, and my brother is graduating high school in May. I am also excited about another year of card-making fun!

I whipped up this New Year's card using Winobella by Stamping Bella. I stamped her in Memento Tuxedo Black and colored her with Copic markers. I added some fun sparkle to her dress with a clear Spica glitter pen. It doesn't show up very well in the photo, but I promise, it's super glittery! I also used some Crystal Stickles on the wine glasses and Crystal and Platinum Stickles on the bottle.

This layout is from an older Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge. I embossed the white panel with the Spots and Dots Cuttlebug embossing folder. I thought that would be a fun one for a New Year's card. The paper is from Making Memories, and the cardstock is Perfect Match cardstock by Papertrey Ink. I sewed around the edge of my card as well as the image panel with some black thread, which I thought would really make this card pop! I think it did! To finish it off, I added some rhinestones, a pink bow and the '11 sticker which is from the Year of Memories - 2011 sticker sheet by SRM Stickers.

That's it for me today. We have family coming over tonight for some pizza, lots of homemade desserts, and family game night! It's always fun!

I wish you a bright and amazing 2011! Thanks for stopping by! :)

Supplies:
Cardstock: Papertrey Ink
Patterned Paper: Making Memories
Stamps: Winobella by Stamping Bella
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic markers
Embellishments: clear Spica glitter pen, rhinestones, pink ribbon, SRM Stickers, Crystal Stickles, Platinum Stickles
Tools: sewing machine, Cuttlebug, Spots and Dots embossing folder, Classic Rectangle Nestabilities

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Christmas Thank You Cards

Hey y'all! I received so many wonderful things this Christmas from my family members and friends, so I wanted to make some thank you cards to send to them. Originally, my plan was to go clean and simple. I even bought regular 44-cent postage stamps because I was determined to not froo-froo these up and add big, poofy bows to make them cost more to mail! Then, I started making the cards, and that's when I realized that I cannot do clean and simple. I just can't. I look at it and feel like it's missing something (or five things...ha!). So, here are my not-so-clean-and simple cards!

I used my Taylored Expressions December Key Ingredients for the patterned paper and cardstock for these cards. If you've never tried Key Ingredients before, you can actually purchase this month's as a trial...no commitment! How awesome is that? I know you'll be hooked, though, because I sure am! Taylor issued a challenge to make Christmas thank you cards with this kit, so I took on the challenge. For my card layout, I was inspired by Jenyfur's cards in this post on the SRM Stickers blog. I did these assembly-line-style. I started by stamping all of my images, cutting them out with circle Nestabilities, and coloring them with Copic markers. I thought these adorable snowpeople were perfect for my cards, since technically, it is still winter, even though it was about 70 degrees here in South Mississippi today! This stamp is from the Seasons Greetings stamp set by There She Goes. Next, I cut out all of my paper pieces - cardstock bases, patterned paper, scalloped circles, etc.

I embossed the Kraft panel with the Snowflakes Cuttlebug embossing folder and then stitched the Kraft paper to a white panel. I added a strip of paper matted on red cardstock to each card. Now, hold on a minute...I have to tell y'all this. I about flipped out of my chair when I saw that the December Key Ingredients included the Echo Park Wintertime paper collection. I just *love* Echo Park, and I loved working with these papers because they weren't too Christmasy!

Next, I added a ribbon (the brown ribbons were from my stash; the others were from the Key Ingredients), to each card and attached the image panel. For my sentiments, I used these awesome stickers from SRM Stickers: Sticker Sentiments - Thank You and We've Got Your Sticker - Thanks. I especially loved the last set because they come in brown, black, and white...all on the same sheet! I was easily able to coordinate them to match my papers. Last, but not least, I used some white liquid applique on the hat pom, hat trim, and to add a snow effect along the bottom. Before I heat-set my liquid applique, I sprinkled a little Martha Stewart fine glitter on it for a touch of sparkle. I love the way these cards turned out!






Oh, by the way, I'm linking this up to Cupcake Craft Challenges where the current challenge is to make a thank you card.

Thank you soooo much for stopping by my blog today! :)

Supplies:
Cardstock: Bazzill
Patterned Paper: Wintertime by Echo Park
Stamps: Seasons Greetings by There She Goes
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic markers
Embellishments: SRM Stickers - Thank you and Thanks, Liquid Applique, Martha Stewart glitter, assorted ribbon, red pearls by Kaisercraft
Tools: Cuttlebug, Snowflake Embossing Folder, Classic Circle Nestabilities, Scallop Circle Nestabilities, sewing machine

Thursday, December 23, 2010

SRM Stickers Gift Card Holders

Hi everyone! Yesterday was my first full day of Christmas vacation, and of course, I spent the whole day running the roads and shopping! Mama and I are at it again today...more shopping! We just don't know when to stop. LOL! :) The best thing to shop with is a gift card, and we have a few of those to give this Christmas, so I whipped up a few of these super-easy-peasy gift card holders using this template by Kristina Werner.

I followed Kristina's directions for cutting out and scoring the holders and then cut out patterned paper to decorate them with. I added a SRM Sticker from the Happy Holidays Sticker Sentiments to each one. These stickers are so easy and fun to use and combined with the simple template, making these was a breeze! I finished each holder off with some ribbon and red Twinkles.

I just did a Christmas Secret Sister swap with some crafty friends of mine, and my friend Noelle sent me an incredible package. Among other goodies was a 12x12 pack of the absolutely adorable Everybody Loves Christmas collection. I'd been wishing for some Echo Park Christmas papers, so thank you, Noelle, for fulfilling my wish! :) I decided to use my new paper one of the gift card holders. I used the Tinsel and Twig collection by The Girls Paperie on the second holder. It's for my grandmother, and I knew she would like the more traditional colors.




Once I got finished with these, my head was spinning with ideas for other gift card holders. Just imagine the possibilities with different papers and SRM stickers! These would be perfect for any occasion!

Oh, and as for the Bed Bath and Beyond gift card in the photos, it was actually a gift to me from my aunt and uncle. I spent it yesterday, but used it for display purposes in the photos! Anyone wishing to reload it for me can feel free to do so. ;) Ha!

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today! I wish all of you a wonderful Christmas! :)

"Holiday Cheer" Supplies:
Cardstock: Bazzill Kraft
Patterned Paper: Everybody Loves Christmas by Echo Park
Embellishments: Happy Holidays Sticker Sentiments by SRM Stickers, Twinkles by Taylored Expressions, ribbon (Hobby Lobby stores) 

"Merry and Bright" Supplies:
Cardstock: Bazzill, Choice Buttercream 
Patterned Paper: Tinsel and Twig by The Girls Paperie
Embellishments: Happy Holidays Sticker Sentiments by SRM Stickers, Twinkles by Taylored Expressions, ribbon (Taylored Expressions)

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Seasons Greetings

Hi there! I have been such a slacker about making my Christmas cards this year. I've just been so busy and kept pushing them to the back burner. Well, I had some spare time tonight and four brand-spankin' new There She Goes stamp sets sitting on my desk, so I decided to play with my new goodies. I actually have those because I won the entire There She Goes release (four new sets) last week at their release party chat! I was so very excited about that, and they are all such beautiful stamps!

I used the Seasons Greetings set for this card. I just love the classic images in this set. I stamped my image in Memento Tuxedo Black onto Choice Buttercream cardstock and colored it in with Copic markers. I cut it out with Classic Circle Nestabilities and layered onto the red scalloped circle, also cut out with Nestabilities. The square panel was embossed with the Snowflake Cuttlebug embossing folder. I added a pearl to each corner. All of the papers, ribbon, and pearls are from the Taylored Expressions Tinsel and Twig Project Pantry kit

I always start my cards with a sketch, and this card was made using last week's Sweet Stop Sketch - SSS84. I also made this card for the challenge currently going on at Paper Issues. The challenge is to make a Christmas project - card, layout, altered item...anything!

I entered this card into challenges at: Scrap Creations (anything goes), Stamp Something (Christmas colors), Card Makin' Mamas (anything goes), and Sugar Sweet Paper Treats (anything goes).

I'm sure you'll be seeing more cards from me in the near future using these awesome There She Goes stamps! Thank you again to Jessica for being so generous with her prizes!

Thanks for stopping by today! :)

Supplies:
Cardstock: Bazzill, Choice Buttercream
Patterned Paper: Tinsel and Twig by The Girls Paperie
Stamps: Seasons Greetings by There She Goes
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic markers
Embellishments: ribbon, Kaisercraft Champagne Pearls
Tools: Classic Circle Nestabilities, Scallop Circle Nestabilities, Classic Square Nestabilities, Snowflake Cuttlebug embossing folder, Cuttlebug

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Christmas Ornaments 2010

Hi there! I love to collect Christmas ornaments. I've always loved them. I think I got that passion from my Mama. My grandmother has bought me a new ornament every Christmas since I was a child, and my Mama did the same thing. As I got older, I started buying them for myself. Now, everytime I see one (or five) that I like, I buy them and add them to my collection. I keep all of my ornaments in a box, and they've never been put on a tree. I'm saving them for when I get married and have my own tree, which will actually be next Christmas! So, I'm very excited about putting all of my ornaments on a tree for the first time next year. I want to share with you a few of the ones I purchased so far this year. You'll notice that they're all different. I don't have a specific theme. I just buy ones that I like, and some may be fun and whimsical, while others are more religious. I have some churches and nativity scenes in my collection, but then I have things like the cupcake below. No ornament discrimination here! :)

First of all, I love cupcakes! I love to bake them, eat them, collect them...everything! I think they're just too cute. So, when I saw this adorable Christmas cupcake, I had to have it!


This Christmasy owl was too precious to pass up!


I love to bake! My goal is to someday have a little tree in the kitchen with nothing but kitchen-themed ornaments on it. Look at this cutie! I think this is the first gingerbread person in my collection.


I love this vintage-looking Santa. Look at the detail on his coat! The lantern is actually dangling from his hand...another one of my faves!


When I was shopping for these, Andrew kept asking me, "Don't you have enough ornaments?" I thought it would help if I told him he could pick out an ornament. So, this is what he picked out. Yes, it is a pickle. I quickly protested and told him we were not hanging a pickle on the tree! I gave in, though, mainly because it was only 2 dollars. However, I told him I was going to hide it so that no one could see it. LOL! So, when I was telling my grandmother about how he just *had* to have this pickle, she informed me that there's actually a German tradition that you hide a pickle ornament in the Christmas tree, and whoever finds it is blessed with good fortune for a year. I said that I was already planning on hiding it! :)


Lastly, I purchased this gorgeous fleur de lis at a local gift shop...adding a little Saints flavor to our tree!


Oh, and yes I said these ornaments had never been on a tree, but I hung them there just for picture-taking purposes, and then back into the box they went!

Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you enjoyed a peek into my ornament collection!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Groovy Birthday

Everybody shake ya groove thing!! LOL! Hellooo! I have this FUN card to share today. These bright colors just make me HAPPY!

I made this card using the Feelin' Groovy stamp set and coordinating Project Pantry kit from Taylored Expressions. This set was released awhile back, but because I've been so busy, I just got the chance to work with it. Sad, I know....poor, little abandoned stamps!

I started by stamping the van image in Memento Pear Tart and cut it out with Classic Circle Nestabilities.  I stamped the sentiment onto the pink panel and then embossed it with the Swiss Dots embossing folder. These seriously cute papers are from Doodlebug Designs Feeling Groovy collection, and I stitched around all of the edges. I added some ribbon and two brads to finish this card off.

By the way, I did use a sketch for this card, but I just don't remember which one! I think maybe it was an older Sweet Sunday Sketch. That's likely...I'm always using those!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! :)

Supplies:
Cardstock: Prism, Choice Snow White
Patterned Paper: Doodlebug Designs Feeling Groovy
Stamps: Feelin' Groovy by Taylored Expressions
Ink: Memento Pear Tart, Memento Rich Cocoa
Embellishments: ribbon (Taylored Expressions), brads (The Paper Studio)
Tools: Cuttlebug, Swiss Dots embossing folder, sewing machine

Friday, November 26, 2010

Thanks for Dinner...Again

Hi there!! I have another card to share using the "What's Cookin'?" set by Taylored Expressions. This is just the cutest set! I love this apron because it looks so feminine. You actually get two options with the apron - one stamp with the cherries and one without.

I used an older Taylored Expressions Sketch for my card - TESC 123. These adorable papers are from the October Afternoon Modern Homemaker collection. I stitched around the outer edges of the paper. I would have done more stitching, but I ran out of bobbin, and well...let's just say changing it requires pulling out the instruction manual. I stamped the apron in Memento Tuxedo Black onto Choice Buttercream cardstock. I colored it in with Copic markers and cut it out with the Apron & Pocket Die that coordinates with this stamp set. I must admit that I stared at that little die forever trying to figure out how in the world to use it until I realized the instructions were on the package. Then, it was easy-peasy. LOL! These dies really are a great tool for cutting out your images.

I embossed the cream panel behind my apron with the Swiss Dots Cuttlebug embossing folder. I stamped the sentiment and cut it out with the middle tag in Tag Trio Nestabilities. I added a red brad to it and adhered it to the card. The scallops were cut out with the Jumbo Scallop Dienamics from My Favorite Things. I finished it all off with a pretty, pink bow! I did add some of the red ric-rac, but you can't really tell except in that one corner, so that probably wasn't the best idea. Oops.

Thanks so much for stopping by, and I hope you have a great day!! :)

Supplies:
Cardstock: Bazzill, Choice Buttercream

Patterned Paper: October Afternoon Modern Homemaker
Stamps: Taylored Expressions What's Cookin'?
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic markers
Embellishments: ribbon (Taylored Expressions), red brad (The Paper Studio)
Tools: Cuttlebug, Swiss Dots embossing folder, sewing machine, Tag Trio Nestabilities, Classic Rectangle Nestabilities, Apron & Pocket Dies (Taylored Expressions), Jumbo Scallop Die-namics (My Favorite Things

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Babies are Gifts of Love

Hi there!! I want to start by wishing a Happy Thanksgiving to all of you, my sweet blog readers and your families! I pray you have a wonderful day tomorrow eating yummy food, spending time with family, and most of all, being grateful for our blessings.

Oddly, it's time for Thanksgiving, but I have a baby card to share today. LOL! I made this card with this week's Sweet Stop Sketch. I also used an image from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps for my card - Baby Buggy. These adorable papers are from the October Afternoon Ducks in a Row collection. I printed my image out twice - once onto Choice Buttercream cardstock and again on the patterned paper so that I could paper-piece the buggy. I colored the other buggy parts in with Copic markers and cut it out with Rectangle Nestabilities. I added some pink Twinkles to each corner.

I stitched around all of my paper edges, and for the embellishment option I used a crocheted flower. The sweet and fabulous Jodi Collins sent me some of these beautiful flowers that her mother makes. I just love using them on my card. Thank you, Jodi! I added a flower-shaped button on top of the flower and tied it with some embroidery floss.

This week's Sweet Stop Sketch had a spin to it - to decorate the inside of the card. This baby card is for someone who is having twin girls, and I did not have any stamps for twins! So, I went online and found this precious poem. I just typed it up and printed it out for the inside of my card. I added a strip of coordinating patterned paper to the top and the bottom.


Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today! Again, Happy Thanksgiving!! :)

Supplies:
Cardstock: Bazzill Kraft, Choice Snow White
Patterned Paper: October Afternoon Ducks in a Row
Stamps: Baby Buggy by Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps
Ink: Copic markers
Embellishments: crocheted flower, button, thread, Tiny Twinkles (Taylored Expressions), cream ribbon
Tools: sewing machine

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Thanks for Dinner

Hi there! I don't know about y'all, but I've been looking forward to Thanksgiving dinner all week long...yum-o! My Mema outdoes her self every year, and I when I got in this cute new stamp set, What's Cookin' by Taylored Expressions, I thought to myself that the least I could do was make a card for Mema to say thank you for cooking us such an awesome Thanksgiving dinner.

I've been in a Krafty (as in Bazzill Kraft paper) mood lately, so I decided to use that for my card base. These fun papers are from the October Afternoon Modern Homemaker collection. I love anything October Afternoon, and these were from this month's Taylored Expressions Key Ingredients. For my card, I followed this week's Taylored Expressions Sketch Challenge.

A little side story - I've always loved to bake. I struggle with cooking, but baking I can do! I always use my Mama's KitchenAid mixer, and I've always wanted a red one of my own. As Andrew and I are renovating our home for when we get married, I've been buying things here and there that we will need. The other day QVC had an awesome special on the KitchenAid mixers....so, I caved and got one. When I asked my Mama what color I should get, she replied, "red" because she knew I'd always wanted a red one. Guess what color I got...black. Yup. Of course, now I say, "I wish I had bought the red mixer." I don't know why I got the black one! :( I got free shipping on the mixer, and it would cost too much to send that heavy thing back, so I guess I'm stuck with black. Oh well. I digress...

I stamped the mixer from What's Cookin'? in Memento Tuexedo Black onto Choice Buttercream cardstock. I colored it and cut it out with Oval Nestabilities. I rounded all of my paper corners with the We R Memory Keepers corner chomper. I finished the card off with two white brads, a ribbon, and a Karen Foster measuring spoon charm. I just love those little charms!

I also decorated the inside of my card, since I couldn't find room for a sentiment on the front. I stamped the sentiment, as well as a few images, and lined it with a strip of patterned paper.


That's it for me today. I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family tomorrow! I know that I have so many things to be thankful for, and I'm just so grateful to God for my blessings! Have a great day!! :)

Supplies:
Cardstock: Bazzill, Choice Buttercream
Patterned Paper: October Afternoon Modern Homemaker
Stamps: Taylored Expressions What's Cookin'?
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic markers
Embellishments: brads (The Paper Studio), ribbon (Taylored Expressions), spoon charm (Karen Foster Designs)
Tools: We R Memory Keepers Corner Chomper

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Give Thanks

Hi there! I have some exciting news to share with you today! I am now a Creative Team Card Specialist member for the Paper Issues blog! If you haven't checked out this fun blog yet, then you need to hop on over and do that! The current challenge is to make a Thanksgiving project - card, layout, altered item...anything! Then, just link it up on the blog so that everyone can oohhh and aahhh.

I don't have any Thanksgiving stamps, but I do have the Discover Your Wings stamp set by Taylored Expressions, and I was inspired by the beautiful sponging Taylor did on a Thanksgiving card. In her post, Taylor wrote about the versatility of this set, and I totally agree...it's perfect for anything! For my card, I started with this week's sketch from Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge. Karen posted it on Facebook last night, and I printed it out right away and made a card. I was proud of myself for finishing that card before she even posted it on her blog!

I stamped my flower image in brown pigment ink onto Choice Buttercream cardstock and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder. Then, I cut it out with Circle Nestabilities and sponged Memento Tangelo and Memento Canteloupe to make a background. I layered it on a Kraft scalloped circle. I embossed the brown background with the Swiss Dots embossing folder. The papers are from BasicGrey Indian Summer. I feel like those papers are perfect for fall and Thanksgiving cards, so I've been hoarding them and only use them once a year. :) I finished my card off with a Papertrey Ink ribbon and bow, and stamped "Give Thanks" from A Year of Sweet Sentiments by Taylored Expressions onto the orange paper.

I hope you'll hop over to the Paper Issues blog to see all of the beautiful inspiration! Thanks so much for stopping by today! I'm off school/work all week for Thanksgiving, so I'm really looking forward to having some crafty-time during my break. Have a great day!

Supplies:
Cardstock: Bazzill Kraft, Prism, Choice Buttercream
Patterned Paper: BasicGrey Indian Summer
Stamps: Taylored Expressions Discover Your Wings, A Year of Sweet Sentiments
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa, Memento Tangelo, Memento Cantaloupe, brown pigment ink
Embellishments: ribbon (Papertrey Ink), clear embossing powder
Tools: Cuttlebug, Swiss Dots embossing folder, Classic Circle Nestabilities, Scallop Circle Nestabilities

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Fashionably Late

Hi there! I was able to find some crafty time this week, and I actually sat down and made two cards! Yes, two! I'm sharing one today, and I'll save the other one for another day.

I made this card using Mercy's Tuesday Sketch Challenge, MTSC100. I wanted to use this adorable hippo stamp - Fashionably Late - from Taylored Expressions. Isn't she CUTE?! I love to make cards, and I love to give them, but I'm just awful at sending them out on time! So, when I saw these belated birthday stamps by Taylored Expressions, I picked up a couple because I knew I would be needing them!

I colored my image with Copic markers and cut it out with Oval Nestabilities. The papers are from the My Mind's Eye Penny Lane Whirlybird collection...an older Taylored Expressions kit from last year, actually.  I embossed the green background panel with the Swiss Dots embossing folder. I stamped the sentiment onto Choice Snow White cardstock and cut it out with Tag Trio Nestabilities. I finished the card off with three brads and this fun, organza ribbon.

I also stamped the coordinating "fashionably late" sentiment on the inside.


Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today! :)

Supplies:
Cardstock: Prism, Choice Snow White
Patterned Paper: My Mind's Eye Penny Lane Whirlybird Stamps: Belated Birthday - Fashionably Late by Taylored Expressions
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic markers
Embellishments: brads (The Paper Studio), ribbon (Taylored Expressions)
Tools: Classic Oval Nestabilities, Tag Trio Nestabilities, Cuttlebug, Swiss Dots embossing folder

Monday, November 1, 2010

Miracle in Progress

Hi everyone! Yes, I have a card to share today...shocking that I actually made another card, huh? I know! There's a sweet story behind this card, so I put extra love into this one!

My precious friend and co-worker and her husband have been wanting a baby for many years, and after a long struggle, they are finally expecting a little miracle from Heaven!

I ordered this stamp set, Baby Bump by My Favorite Things, just to make her cards with. I used a Taylored Expressions Key Ingredients kit for my card supplies. The layout is Mercy's Tuesday Sketch Challenge 97...loved this sketch! It's so versatile because I made it work for a square card.

I started by stamping the image in Memento Tuxedo Black. I colored it with Copic markers and paper-pieced her blouse and shopping bags. I stitched around all of the edges of my patterned paper and added double ribbons. I stamped the sentiment directly onto the patterned paper and finished this card off with some pearls in each corner.

The couple finds out the sex of the baby next week, and I can't wait to find out so that I can start shopping for them!

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today! Have a great day! :)

Supplies:
Cardstock: Prism, Choice Snow White
Patterned Paper: KI Memories Paisley Parade
Stamps: Baby Bump - Who's That Girl by My Favorite Things
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa, Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic markers
Embellishments: pearls (Recollections by Michael's stores), ribbon (Taylored Expressions)
Tools: sewing machine

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Christmas Card Challenge

Hi there! Did you think I disappeared? It's been a whole month since I posted, and wow, that month sure went by fast! Life has gotten sooo busy...good, but busy! I've been busy teaching, doing homework for my graduate class, tutoring in the afternoons, working on the home Andrew and I are renovating almost every evening, trying to get fit by going to the gym, and much more!

Needless to say, card-making has taken a slide to the back burner. In fact, this is the first card I've made in a long time, and it felt so good to get creative again! It made me realize how much I miss it, and now I've been online browsing some of my favorite blogs for inspiration.

Now, it's time to talk about my card! I am so excited because I am the guest designer this week for Christmas Card Challenges! If you haven't checked out this blog before, then you need to! It's such an awesome concept...make a Christmas card every week so that you have all of your cards made by the time Christmas gets here! I don't get to play along as often as I'd like, especially here lately, but I hope I get some time for it soon!

My card features Christmas Tree Ruby by Sparkle Creations Rubber Stamps. Isn't she a cutie?! I stamped her in Memento Tuxedo Black and colored her with Copic markers. I added Stickles to the Christmas tree ornaments and star. I also added some Liquid Applique to the trim on the tree as well as the trim on the Christmas stocking. I even added pearls around her neck!

The sketch I followed is an older one by Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenges. All of the papers, ribbon, and Christmas tree stick pink came from the Tinsel and Twig Project Pantry Kit by Taylored Expressions. I just love the classic red and green colors of this paper by The Girls Paperie. I punched the green trim with the Fiskars Apron Lace border punch...one of my favorite punches. I stitched around the edge of the patterned paper. To finish it off, I added a bow, a stick pin, some pearls, and some flowers.

That's all for me today! Hopefully, it won't be another month before I have a card to share with you again. Be sure to hope over to the Christmas Card Challenges blog to see all of the beautiful inspiration from the design team!

Thanks for stopping by! :)

Supplies:
Cardstock: Choice Snow White, Choice Buttercream, Bazzill
Patterned Paper: Tinsel and Twig by The Girls Paperie
Stamps: Christmas Tree Ruby by Sparkle Creations Rubber Stamps
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic markers
Embellishments: stick pin, champagne pearls, Stickles, white brads (The Paper Studio), flowers (Prima), ribbon, Liquid Applique, Spica clear glitter pen
Tools: Classic Square Nestabilities, Fiskars Apron Lace border punch, sewing machine

Friday, September 24, 2010

Golden Girl Birthday Blog Hop

Hi there! Today my sweet design team sister, Darsie, is celebrating her 50th birthday - her golden birthday! The Deedee's Digis design team is throwing her an awesome birthday party in the form of a blog hop! You should've hopped here from the Deedee's Digi blog. If not, please hop back over there so you don't miss out on any of the fun (or instructions on how to win fun prizes)!

We would love for you to join in the fun today, and there is even a party favor in it for you! Who doesn't love a freebie, right?! Here's what you have to do to party along with us:
  • Visit each participant's blog (in order) to see what they have created for the blog hop.
  • Each designer will also have a letter of the alphabet to share with you. If you put all the letters together, it will spell out the special code with which to claim your party favor! Email me the code to Deedee at amiste@sonic.net and she'll send you the new "Happy Birthday to Ewe" digi! It is very important to visit the participants blogs in the correct order so that you don't miss out on any of those letters!
Also, please stop by Darsie's blog and wish the Golden Girl herself a Happy Birthday!! On Monday, Darsie will choose one random winner from her well-wishers who will receive a GOLDEN grand prize -- a $50 credit to spend at the Deedee's Digis store! Now, that is some prize!

I created a birthday card for Darsie. I used the Wish Big set by Deedee's Digis. I used this same set on a card earlier this week, except I used the layered cake then, and today I used the cupcake. Cupcakes are my favorite thing! I hope Darsie likes them, too! I followed a Sweet Stop Sketch from a few weeks ago. I colored the image with Copic markers and added different shades of Stickles for some sparkle. I cut out the sentiment and scallop layer with Nestabilities. The papers are by Making Memories. I finished it off with a black ribbon and some bling in each corner.


The secret letter from my blog is "G." Your next stop on the hop is Ceal. Head on over there to see her creation as well as to get the next letter in the secret word! Have fun partying and as always, thanks for stopping by!

Supplies:
Cardstock: Bazzill Dotted Ballet, Choice Snow White, Prism
Patterned Paper: Making Memories
Stamps: Wish Big by Deedee's Digis
Ink: Copic markers
Embellishments: rhinestones (Michael's stores), Stickles
Tools: Classic Square Nestabilities, Classic Circle Nestabilities, Scallop Circle Nestabilities

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Wish Big!

Hi there! I haven't posted to my blog in a very long time...so sorry about that! Things in my life have been crazy-busy lately. I've been teaching, tutoring in the afternoons, and trying to keep up with my weekly homework assignments for the class I am taking.

Also, I am now planning a wedding!! Yes, that's right! My fiance, Andrew, and I finally set a wedding date!! We've been engaged since January of 2009, but we were waiting until he finished college to get married. He will graduate in December, and we have set our wedding date for April 18. I am VERY excited. I know it's not until April, but I've been planning like crazy, and I even bought my dress! Later in the week, I'll do a post all about the plans I've been making, but for now, I actually have a card to share with you.

I used this adorable new set from Deedee's Digis called Wish Big. I don't know about you, but I never have enough birthday cards on hand, so I decided to make this one to add to my stash. I colored the image with Copic markers and added Yellow and Lime Stickles to the candles for a little sparkle. I cut out the "Wish Big" sentiment with Circle Nestabilities. It is layered on the green cardstock that was cut out with Scallop Circle Nestabilities.

All of the papers and the pink candy dots are from an older Taylored Expressions Key Ingredients. I've just about used it up, and I got lots of cards made from it.

Thank you so much for stopping by today! Have a great rest of the weekend! :)

Supplies:
Cardstock: Prism, Choice Buttercream
Patterned Paper: Ooh La La by My Mind's Eye
Stamps: Wish Big by Deedee's Digis
Ink: Copic markers
Embellishments: Pebbles candy dots, Stickles - Yellow, Lime
Tools: Classic Circle Nestabilities, Scallop Circle Nestabilities

Sunday, September 5, 2010

My First Saints Game

On Friday, August 27, Andrew and I got to go to the New Orleans Saints vs. San Diego Chargers football game! It was my first Saints game, and we had an awesome time! We had really great seats close to field level in the endzone. Our seats were right next to the Saints' tunnel, so we got to spot a lot of players close-up. Quarterback Drew Brees even ran over and signed some autographs before the game started! Of course, the Saints won the game, and I can't wait to go to another game! Here are some photos. They're fuzzy and not very good quality. I should've took my Nikon, but I took my little camera. I won't make that mistake again!





This is Mr. and Mrs. Benson - the team owners



Going in for halftime

Thanks for stopping by and checking out my photos! It was a busy week for me, and I didn't get anything created at all. I'm fighting a cold today, but hopefully I will be back to my craft desk soon!

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Meeting Sean Payton

This summer I got to do several fun New Orleans Saints-themed activities: getting Head Coach Sean Payton's autograph, going to the Saints training camp, and going to the Saints vs. Chargers football game. I'm going to be blogging about these activities over the next few days.

Mama and I went to Barnes and Noble in Mandeville, LA to meet Saints Head Coach Sean Payton on July 26. I wanted to make something special to give him, so I made a set of Saints-themed notecards monogrammed with his and his wife's intials. I also made a matching box to put the cards in.

For the cards, I embossed the white background with the Cuttlebug Fleur de Lis folder. I found this perfect fleur de lis patterned paper at Hobby Lobby. I added a black ribbon and some gold trim with the EK Success Arbor border punch. The monograms were stamped with my Just Rite stamper, and I cut them out with Circle Nestabilities. I layered them on a black scalloped circle that was cut out with Scallop Circle Nestabilities. I adhered them directly to the card rather than using foam tape. I wanted the cards to be easy for them to mail.

It was sooo exciting getting to see him, get his book autographed, and talk to him for just a moment!!

Here are a few photos...





Card Supplies:
Cardstock: Prism, Choice Snow White
Patterned Paper: The Paper Studio by Hobby Lobby, gold vellum (Hobby Lobby)
Stamps: Just Rite
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Embellishments: ribbon (Offray)
Tools: Classic Circle Nestabilities, Scallop Circle Nestabilities, EK Success Arbor punch, Cuttlebug, Cuttlebug Fleur de Lis embossing folder
Other: card box (Taylored Expressions)