Monday, April 26, 2010

A Card Fit for a Princess

Hi there! Today, I have a very girly card to share with you. I was asked to make a card for a little girl who loves pink and princess stuff. I knew I was going to have a lot of fun with this one. I struggle with cards for boys, but girly is my thing!

This adorable digi image is "Cinderella" from Pixie Dust Studio. I printed her out on Choice Snow White cardstock and colored her with Copics. I cut out the image with Classic Oval Nestabilities and sponged around the edges with Memento Cataloupe. I added Cotton Candy Stickles to the edge of her ball gown and her headband, and coated her bodice and the bottom of the dress with Shimmerz Angel Wings for a subtle, sparkly effect. I also added two pearls for her earrings.

All of the papers are from October Afternoon Ducks in a Row. I finished the card off with a white grosgrain bow and three white brads.

I usually just put a white piece of cardstock on the inside of my cards and leave them blank. However, I wanted to put something special on the inside of this one. I looked up "princess card sentiments" online, and I found this sweet sentiment - "Wishing you a birthday that makes all your sweet dreams come true - with magical moments, surprises and laughter, and smiles in your heart to keep ever after! Happy Birthday, Princess!"

I sure hope this little girl loves this card as much as I loved making it.

I am entering this card in the following challenges:
Sew Many Cards - anything goes
Penny's Challenges - anything goes
Raise the Bar Challenge - Color Me Happy (My favorite color is pink).
Hand Full of Stamps - use at least 2 different patterned papers

Thanks for stopping by today! Have a sparkly day! :)

Card Supplies:
Cardstock: American Crafts, Choice Snow White
Paper: October Afternoon Ducks in a Row
Stamps: Cinderella by Pixie Dust Studio
Ink: Memento Cantaloupe
Accessories: white brads (The Paper Studio), ribbon (Offray), pearls (Recollections by Michael's), Cotton Candy Stickles, Shimmerz Angel Wings
Tools: Classic Oval Nestabilities, Scallop Oval Nestabilities

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Sunday, April 25, 2010

SSCC 36 - Mother's Day Card


Hi there! It's time for another challenge at Stampin' Sisters in Christ Challenges! The lovely and talented Randi Barrett is our hostess this week.

Our sponsor is Softpencil Digi Stamps. Elizabeth Pujalka, the owner, is generously donating a $15 gift certificate to one random winner of this week's challenge. Thank you so much, Elizabeth! Be sure you check out her *cute* digi images! This one is one of my favorites...a cute little girl on a cupcake!

Scripture
"Honor thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee." Exodus 20:12

I am so thankful for the way my parents raised me. I am the person I am today because of them. The older I get, the more I realize how truly blessed I am to have a loving family, and to have parents who taught me about God and about making the right decisions in life. I'm even thankful for when they chastised me when I did wrong. Because of that, I am sound in my morals and my faith.

Challenge
Make a Mother's Day card for your mom or someone special that you would like to honor this Mother's Day.

For my card I chose to use the Special Lady digi stamp from Sweet n Sassy Stamps. You will notice that my image has "Grandmother" on it. I didn't purchase it that way. That's what I love about digi stamps. You can alter them any way you want! As I started putting my card together, I realized I didn't know where to put a sentiment. I contemplated just leaving it without one on the front, but then I decided to tweak my image to simply say "Grandmother." After coloring the image with Copics, I cut it out with Clasic Rectangle Nestabilities and layered it on the blue cardstock, which was cut out with Scallop Rectangle Nestabilities.

I followed an older Sweet Stop Sketch for my card. The sketch was originally for a round card, but I made it work for this layout. All of the papers, ribbon, and flowers are from the Taylored Expressions Easter Key Ingredients. I've definitely gotten a lot of use out of that kit. The papers are so beautiful! I added three white brads to finish off my card. Oh, I also gave the perfume bottle a thin coat of paper glaze!

I am entering this card in the following challenges:
Our Daily Bread Designs - make a Mother's Day card
Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps Challenge - lots of flowers (There are flowers in my image as well as ones I added to my card.)
Paper Cutz Challenge - make a Mother's Day card using a digi image
Our Creative Corner - use blooming blossoms on your card
Practical Scrappers - ribbon
Sew Many Cards - anything goes
S2G Challenges - use flowers
Alota Rubber Stamps Challenges - Mother's Day card
Die Cits R Us -  anything earthy (I used flowers.)
Penny's Challenges - anything goes
Hand Full of Stamps - use at least 2 different patterned papers

Be sure to hop over to the SSCC blog to check out the inspiration from the design team: Chris Olsen, Grace Nywening, Kathy Winter, Kristine Breach, Linda Lucas, Lisa Hjulberg, Peggysue Turner, and Randi Barrett.
These ladies continue to blow me away every week with their talent.

Thanks for stopping by today! :)

Card Supplies:
Cardstock: Couture, Choice Snow White
Patterned Paper: BasicGrey Kioshi
Stamps: Special Lady digi image by Sweet n Sassy Stamps
Accessories: ribbon and flowers (Taylored Expressions Easter Key Ingredients), white brads (The Paper Studio), Copic markers
Tools: Classic Rectangle Nestabilities, Scallop Rectangle Nestabilities, Fiskars Threading Water border punch
Other: Aleene's Paper Glaze

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Saturday, April 24, 2010

Sweet Stop Sketch 53 - Happy Mother's Day


Hi there! Happy Saturday! There's a new sketch up over at The Sweet Stop Sketch Challenge Blog.

This is my card with today's sketch. I started with a piece of American Crafts cardstock for my base. All of the patterned paper is from the Cosmo Cricket Earth Love collection. I actually got this 12x12 paper stack awhile back at Michael's for $4!

This cute digi is Home Tweet Home by Sweet n Sassy Stamps. I printed it out on Choice Buttercream cardstock, colored it with Copics, and cut it out with Classic Rectangle Nestabilities. I also typed up the "Happy Mother's Day" sentiment on my computer and printed it out. I cut it out with circle Nestabilities. I added a bow and some pearls to finish off my card.

I am entering this card in the following challenges:
Our Daily Bread Designs - make a Mother's Day card
Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps Challenge - flowers
Paper Cutz Challenge - make a Mother's Day card using a digi image
Our Creative Corner - use blooming blossoms on your card
Practical Scrappers - ribbon
Sew Many Cards - anything goes
S2G Challenges - use flowers
Alota Rubber Stamps Challenges - Mother's Day card
Die Cits R Us -  anything earthy
Penny's Challenges - anything goes
Hand Full of Stamps - use at least 2 different patterned papers

Be sure to hop over to the Sweet Stop blog to check out the sketch. Also, check out the inspriation from these talented Sugar Babies: Nancy Brown, Kelly Caslow, Renata Elenbaas, Audrey Gonzales, Julie MasseKathy Page, Korin Sutherland, Andrea Vernagus, and Dana White.

Thanks for stopping by today! :)

Card supplies:
Cardstock: American Crafts, Choice Buttercream
Patterned Paper: Cosmo Cricket Earth Love
Stamps: Home Tweet Home by Sweet n Sassy Stamps
Ink: Memento Cantaloupe
Accessories: Copic markers, pearls (Recollections by Michael's), ribbon (Offray)
Tools: Classic Circle Nestabilities, Scallop Circle Nestabilities, Classic Rectangle Nestabilities, Scallop Rectangle Nestabilities

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Sunday, April 18, 2010

{SSCC #35} Flowers


Hi there! Happy Sunday! I am your hostess for this week's Stampin' Sisters in Christ Challenge.

Scripture
"The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God stands forever.” Isaiah 40:8

This is one of my most favorite scriptures. It makes me think of the seasons. When winter comes, the grass withers. The flowers die. The leaves fall from the trees until they are bare. However, winter brings a promise that spring will come, and with it will come new life in the form of green grass and beautiful flowers. Our nation seems to turn more away from God every day. It's like winter. It is more important now than ever that we stand for what we believe, and that we stand for Him. No matter how rough things may seem, it is sweet assurance to have the blessed promise that the word of God will stand FOREVER. No one can change it, and no one can ever take it away. We also have the promise of new life, just like spring, except our new life will be eternally with Him. This spring, as I see flowers blooming everywhere, I am reminded of the beauty of our God, and his promises. I pray that you will be comforted by this verse as much as I am today.


Challenge
Make a card or project with flowers on it.

I followed Taylored Expressions Sketch Challenge #109 for my card. This was a really fun and simple sketch to work with. The sweet and fabulous Jodi Collins sent me these beautiful crocheted flowers that her mother makes. She sent me lots of different colors, so I picked a few of the brightest ones to go on my card. I cut out the circles from Choice Snow White cardstock using Classic Circle Nestabilities. I embossed them with my Victoria Cuttlebug embossing folder (even though you can't tell). I layered the flowers on top with a button on each one. I also embossed the yellow cardstock with my Swiss Dots Cuttlebug embossing folder, but again, you can't tell in this photo. I need some photography tips.

The sentiment is from A Year of Sweet Sentiments by Taylored Expressions. It was the perfect sentiment for this card. I added some Tiny Twinkles and pom-pom trim to finish it off. Super easy!

This card also fits the following challenges:
Pile it On - No stamped images, only sentiments and embellishments
Stamp Something - Something Layered (I layered the buttons, flowers, and white circles.)
Cute Card Thursday - Touchy Feely
Crafty Ann's Challenge - Let the sunshine in (Sunshine makes flowers!)
Little Red Wagon - dry embossing
Penny's Challenges - anything goes

Hop over to the SSCC blog to check out the beautiful inspiration from the design team. Also, there's a chance to win a $15 gift certificate from our sponsor, Michelle Perkett! You can check out her Etsy shop here. She has some beautiful digis!

Thanks for stopping by today! :)

Card Supplies: I am not listing my card supplies today, because honestly, I don't know where that paper came from. Haha! It was just in my stash, and I don't know the brands. The other products I used are mentioned above.

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Saturday, April 17, 2010

{Sweet Stop #52} Life is Sweet!

Hi there! Happy Saturday! I have a bright and fun card to share with you for today's Sweet Stop Sketch Challenge.

This week's sketch has a spin - use buttons and bows. Also, we are celebrating our 1st Anniversary at The Sweet Stop! There's a special prize this week. If you participate, you'll be entered to win TEN digis from Sweet and Sassy Stamps! Also, if you use SNSS images on your card, you DOUBLE your chances of winning!

For my card, I used this fun bubblegum machine from Unity Stamp Company's March Kit of the Month - Rockin' it Unity Style. I colored it with Copics, and added some Paper Glaze to the glass part. I wanted to use bright colors to bring out the colors in the gumballs, and these papers worked perfectly for that. The patterned paper is a mix of October Afternoon Report Card and Farm Fresh.

I cut out the oval piece with Classic Oval Nestabilities and layered it on red cardstock cut out with Scallop Oval Nestabilities. I cut out my image panel with Classic Rectangle Nesatabilities and sponged around the edges with Memento Cantaloupe. The white panel was embossed with the Cuttlebug Spots and Dots embossing folder. I added some buttons, brads, and ribbon to finish it off.

Be sure and hop over to the Sweet Stop Blog and check out the sketch. Also, check out the inspiration from the Sugar Babies: Nancy Brown, Kelly Caslow, Renata Elenbaas, Audrey Gonzales, Julie Masse, Kathy Page, Korin Sutherland, Andrea Vernagus, and Dana White.

Card Supplies:
Cardstock: American Crafts, Choice Snow White
Patterned Paper: October Afternoon Farm Fresh and Report Card
Stamps: Rockin' It Unity Style (March 2010 Unity Stamp Company KOTM)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Memento Cantaloupe
Accessories: ribbon (The Paper Studio), brads (The Paper Studio), buttons (unknown), Copic markers, Spica glitter pen, Aleene's Paper Glaze
Tools: Classic Oval Nestabilities, Scallop Oval Nestabilities, Classic Rectangle Nestabilities,Cuttlebug Spots and Dots embossing folder

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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Share Your Ippity! Blog Hop


Hi there! It's time for the Share Your Ippity blog hop! I have purchased Ippity! stamps from Bonnie Rose before, and she is so sweet and enthusiastic. You can tell that she truly *loves* Ippity! I'm honored to be participating in her blog hop today!

I used the What Matters Most set for my card. This set is one of my favorites. I love the sentiment - "God's love is in the sway of the trees, songs of the breeze, and the flutter of our hearts." Isn't that so true?! I stamped my image and sentiment in Memento Rich Cocoa on Choice Buttercream cardstock. My card base is Kraft cardstock, and all of the papers are from the October Afternoon Thrift Shop line. I stitched around all of the edges, and added three brown snaps to finish it off.

I absolutely cannot wait because on May 13th, Ippity is releasing EIGHT new sets! If you'd like to purchase Ippity stamps from Bonnie Rose, you can click here to go to her sales blog.

Be sure and hop over to Bonnie Rose's blog to get a full list of the blog hop participants today.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Have fun hopping! :)

Card Supplies:
Cardstock: Kraft, Choice Buttercream
Patterned Paper: October Afternoon Thift Shop
Stamps: What Matters Most by Ippity
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa
Accessories: snaps by Making Memories
Tools: sewing machine

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Sunday, April 11, 2010

{SSCC #34} Prayer and Peace

Hi there! Happy Sunday! It's time for this week's Stampin' Sisters in Christ Challenge. The sweet and lovely Lisa Hjulberg is our hostess this week. She never ceases to "wow" me with her creations, and this week she has a great challenge for us.

Scripture
"Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:4-7

Challenge
Make a card/project about prayer and/or peace.

There is so much in this verse. I could write a whole post on it, and it would probably be a big, jumbled-up mixture of my thoughts. However, I will just say that as a sinner, I find myself being anxious all of the time. The Miss Independent in me wants to take care of everything on my own, when God wants to take care of it all for me. I've been praying over some decisions in my life, and I'm really trying hard to give it all to Him. My prayer is that I will accept His plan for me, regardless of if it's what I want or not, because I know that He knows what is best for me. When you pray for God to be in control of your life, you receive peace through Him. The verse says that the "peace of God surpasses all understanding."As humans we cannot even comprehend how amazing His peace is. It's quite amazing.

I followed an older PageMaps card sketch for my card, and used papers from the Cosmo Cricket Ever After line. The scripture sentiment is Scripture Collection 4 from Our Daily Bread Designs. I stamped it on Choice Buttercream cardstock with Memento Rich Cocoa. I cut it out with Circle Nestabilities, sponged Memento Cantaloupe around it, and layered it on a circle cut out with Scallop Circle Nestabilities. I added a bow with some coordinating Ever After ribbon, and a pearl in each corner to finish off my card. I really like how this came out, and I would definitely want to try this sketch again.

I always look forward to Sundays because I receive a blessing from seeing the beautiful creations that the design team and our players make. This week, the design team definitely didn't let me down. There are some *gorgeous* creations. Pop on over to the SSCC blog and check them out!

Also, Simon Says Stamp is our sponsor this week. They are so generous to sponsor us once a month and donate a prize to one random winner! We are so thankful for Simon Says Stamp, and all of our sponsors!

On a personal note, I was eligible for an upgrade on my phone, so I got a new cell phone - the Samsung Rogue. I'm moving up in the world...it has the Internet on it! I'm still trying to figure everything out. I'm so behind the times, I guess. LOL! So far, it's pretty neat, and I love it!

Thanks for stopping by today! :)

Card Supplies:
Cardstock: Choice Buttercream cardstock, American Crafts cardstock
Patterned Paper: Cosmo Cricket Ever After

Stamps: Scripture Collection 4 (Our Daily Bread Designs)
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa, Memento Cantaloupe
Ribbon: Cosmo Cricket Ever After
Embellishments: pearls (Recollections by Michael's stores)
Tools: Classic Circle Nestabilities, Scallop Circle Nestabilities, Bow Easy
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Saturday, April 10, 2010

{Sweet Stop} Fear the Lord!


Good morning! I am so happy it is Saturday! It was quite a long week at work. I actually woke up at 6 a.m. this morning and freaked out because I thought I overslept. Then, I realized it was Saturday. That is a wonderful feeling! Unfortunately, I couldn't go back to sleep, but at least I don't have to go to work.

Here is my card for today's Sweet Stop Sketch Challenge. I used some Memory Box Frond papers that I purchased from Our Daily Bread Designs. This beautiful scripture stamp is from Scripture Collection 3, also from ODBD. I love their stamps...so many beautiful faith-based ones. I wish I could have them ALL! :)

I cut out the sentiment with Rectangle Nestabilities and layered it on the purple piece cut with Scallop Rectangle Nestabilities. The purple crocheted flower is from an Etsy shop. I ordered some crocheted flowers, and when they came in they were smaller than I had hoped, but it worked perfect for this card. I stitched around the edges and added a white brad in each corner to finish the card off.

Before I go, I want to thank all of you for my *sweet* birthday wishes this week, and a special thanks to the SSCC gang for throwing me a birthday party blog hop! I felt so special! Thank you!! :)

Thanks for stopping by today!

Card Supplies:
Cardstock: Couture, Choice Snow White
Patterned Paper: Memory Box Frond
Stamps: Scripture Collection 3 by Our Daily Bread Designs
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: brads (The Paper Studio), crocheted flower (Etsy), ribbon (Offray)
Tools: sewing machine, Classic Rectangle Nestabilities, Scallop Rectangle Nestabilities


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Sunday, April 4, 2010

Peep Cupcakes


I think Easter Peeps bring out the kid in all of us. We went to a barebecue at my aunt and uncle's house yesterday, and I made these cute Peep cupcakes to take.

I used a doctored-up cake mix for the cupcake part, and I frosted them with marshmallow cream frosting. The frosting didn't turn out the way I wanted, so I'm not even going to bother sharing the recipe. It was the first time I made it. My brother loved it, though.

I topped each cupcake with a marshmallow Peep and arranged them on my cupcake tree. You can see that I added sprinkles to a few, but then I got tired of putting sprinkles on. LOL!

I truly hope you had a happy Easter with your family celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

I can't believe Easter has already come and gone. Time is going by so quickly. Savor each moment! :)

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{SSCC #33} John 3:16 - Love


Good morning! Happy Easter to you! Isn't it a glorious day?! He is Risen!

Kathy Winter is our awesome hostess this week at Stampin' Sisters in Christ Challenges.

Scripture
"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in him shall not perish but have eternal life." John 3:16

I don't think there is any other verse in the Bible that portrays LOVE as much as this one does. God GAVE his ONLY Son, so that we might LIVE with HIM...FOREVER. I just don't know how he gave up his Son. I can't even imagine what his heart must have felt like, but I'm so thankful that he did. Thank you, God, for your Son. This verse also shows the true meaning of Easter, that Christ died on the cross for our sins, and was resurrected. It all happened because of love...a love so powerful that we can't even comprehend it.

Challenge
Somewhere on your project have the word "love" or something that symbolizes love to you.

I followed the Taylored Expressions Sketch #107 for my card today, and I used the February Key Ingredients. That adorable digi image is from our sponsor, Inktegrity. I colored it with Copic markers, and added some white highlights with my gel pen, Diamond Glaze to the windows, and Crystal Stickles to the hearts. I cut it out with Classic Circle Nestabilities and layered it on a pink scallop circle. I added the row of buttons to finish it off. This was a really easy sketch, one that I'd definitely use again.

Hop on over to the SSCC blog to see the inspiration from the design team. This is also the first week for our new DT members, Chris, Grace, and Linda, so give them a warm welcome! Remember, one random winner will be winning a $10 gift certificate to Inktegrity! Be sure and check out Joni's shop. Not only does she have great images, but she has awesome customer service, and she's super sweet! I'm sure you'll find something you like!

Thank you so much for stopping by today! Have a happy and blessed Easter with your family.

Card Ingredients:
Paper: Making Memories patterned paper, Choice Snow White cardstock, Prism cardstock
Stamps: To My Lovebug digi image by Inktegrity
Ink: Copic markers, Signo white gel pen
Embellishments: buttons from February Key Ingredients
Tools: Classic Circle Nestabilities, Scallop Circle Nestabilities
Other: Diamond Glaze

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Saturday, April 3, 2010

{Sweet Stop} He is Risen!


Happy Saturday, y'all! This is my card for this week's Sweet Stop Sketch Challenge.

This was a super simple sketch. In fact, I made two cards with it. I just forgot to take a picture of the other one before I gave it away. Oops. Anyway, for this one I used the Taylored Expressions Easter Blessings set. It is such a beautiful set that captures the true meaning of Easter. He is risen...three small words that hold so much promise.

All of my card elements, including these beautiful BasicGrey Kioshi papers, are from the Easter Key Ingredients. I stamped the cross from the set in Memento Lulu Lavender. Then, I stamped the sentiment over the cross in Memento Tuxedo Black. I cut it out with Classic Oval Nestabilities and layered it on the yellow piece that was cut out with Scallop Oval Nestabilities. I stitched around all of the edges, and added a pink border trim from my Fiskars Apron Lace border punch, as well as some twill ribbon to finish it off.

Hop over to the Sweet Stop blog to see the inspiration from the Sugar Babies. The new members of the design team will have their big debut today, too! Make sure you pop over to their blogs and give them a warm welcome.

On a personal note - I saw The Last Song last night with a friend. I was worried I wouldn't like it because I'm not that fond of Miley Cyrus, but I LOVED it. Go see it and take your tissues! :)

Card Supplies:
Paper: BasicGrey Kioshi, Choice Snow White cardstock, Couture cardstock
Stamps: Easter Blessings by Taylored Expressions
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Memento Lulu Lavender
Ribbon: Taylored Expressions
Tools: sewing machine, Fiskars Apron Lace border punch, Classic Oval Nestabilities, Scallop Oval Nestabilities

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