Sunday, May 30, 2010

SSCC - Hearts


Hi there! I apologize for not posting my Stampin' Sisters in Christ card earlier today, but better late than never, right? Linda is our hostess today, and she has a great challenge for us.


Scripture
"But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him." Hebrews 11:6


Challenge
Use a heart on your card. It can be on your paper, an image, or an embellishment.


Our sponsor this week is Digital Delights by Louby Loo, and I used this adorable flamingo image of theirs. When I saw how their necks were in the shape of a heart, I knew it was perfect for today's challenge.


All of the papers and cardstock are from the Taylored Expressions February Key Ingredients. I colored my image in with Copic markers and cut it out with rectangle Nestabilities. I embossed the pink panel with my D'Vine Swirls Cuttlebug embossing folder and added three heart brads.


Be sure you hop over to the SSCC blog to check out Linda's thoughts on the scripture and the challenge details. Also, check out the beautiful inspiration from the design team: Chris Olsen, Grace Nywening, Kathy WinterLinda Lucas, Lisa Hjulberg, Peggysue Turner, and Randi Barrett.


Supplies:
Paper: Making Memories, Prism cardstock, Choice Snow White cardstock
Stamps: Flamingo Kisses by Digital Delights by Louby Loo
Accessories: heart brads (The Paper Studio), Copic markers, Uniball White Signo pen
Tools: Classic Rectangle Nestabilities, D'Vine Swirls Cuttlebug embossing folder, Cuttlebug

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Saturday, May 29, 2010

Sweet Stop Sketch - Best Wishes

Hi there! Here is my card for today's Sweet Stop Sketch.

The papers I used are from the Crate Paper Brook collection. I just love those earthy tones! These papers, along with the ribbon, were part of the March Key Ingredients from Taylored Expressions. I stamped the owl from Perfect in Every Way - the June 2009 Kit of the Moth from Unity Stamp Company - onto Choice Snow White cardstock in Memento Rich Cocoa. I cut him out with rectangle Nestabilities and sponged around the edges. I printed the sentiment out on my computer and cut it out with circle nestabilities, and again, did some more sponging. 

I ran the background Kraft paper through my Cuttlebug with my Swiss Dots embossing folder. Lastly, I added some brads in each corner, a grosgrain bow, and a beautiful stick pink. I just *love* the stick pins that came with this key ingredients. They really finish off a card nicely.

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

On a personal note, I plan on going to Hobby Lobby AND Michael's today! I've been making some fun, new rings, and I need to go get some more supplies. Here's some fun news for you. I've been working on a brand new blog just set up like a jewelry shop! When it is all ready to go, and my items are posted, I will share the link here. I will also be giving away some prizes there! Stay tuned...grand opening coming soon!

Thanks for stopping by today! :)

Supplies:
Paper: Crate Paper Brook, Bazzill Kraft, Choice Snow White cardstock
Stamps: owl from Perfect in Every Way Unity Stamp Company KOTM, sentiment (computer-generated)
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa, Memento Cantaloupe
Accessories: stick pink (Maya Road), ribbon (Taylored Expressions), brads (The Paper Studio)
Tools: Cuttlebug, Swiss Dots embossing folder, rectangle Nestabilities

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KLSNS - May Flowers

Hi there! Happy Saturday! It is my first Saturday of summer vacation, and I am truly going to savor each one.

It's time for this week's KL Stampin' N Scrappin' Challenge. The fabulous owner, Kelly Little, is our hostess this week, and she has a fun challenge for us. The challenge is May Flowers with a sketch. You can hop over to the KLSNS blog to see the sketch. I actually turned the sketch on its side for my card.

I used the BasicGrey Green at Heart collection for the papers, and this sweet image is Being Together by Stampavie. I colored it with Copic markers and cut it out with rectangle Nestabilities. I stamped my sentiment and ran the green panel through the Cuttlebug with my Swiss Dots embossing folder. I finished my card off with three brads in the top corner, and some beautiful Prima roses.

Be sure to hop over to the KLSNS blog to check out the challenge details as well as the inspiration from the design team: Ceal, Debbie, Jacilynn, JodiKellyand Risa. We would love to have you play along with us!

Thanks for stopping by! :)

Supplies:
Paper: BasicGrey Green at Heart, Bazzill Kraft, Choice Snow White cardstock
Stamps: Being Together by Stampavie, sentiment from Mega Mixed Messages by Papertrey Ink
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa
Accessories: Copic markers, roses (Prima), brads (The Paper Studio)
Tools: Cuttlebug, Swiss Dots Cuttlebug embossing folder, Small Classic Rectangle Nestabilities

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Friday, May 28, 2010

Christian Paper Crafts Fun on Friday

Hi there! Happy Friday! It is a glorious Friday for me because today is our LAST day of school! The students' last day was yesterday and today is a teacher workday. Yay!! :)

I have an exciting announcement to make today. I was asked to be on the Design Team for Christian Paper Crafts and also to be a hostess for the weekly Fun on Friday Challenge. I gladly accepted! I just love the whole CPC community. Everyone there is so positive and uplifting, and there are fun challenges all week long. If you haven't checked out the CPC community yet, I highly encourage you to do so!

Since today is Friday, it's time for the Fun on Friday challenge. Cindy Coutts came up with this week's challenge and my challenges start in June. Cindy's challenge is a 1, 2, 3 challenge: 1 stamp set, 2 types of embellishments, and 3 papers (solid, designer, or a mixture). Neutral colors are "free."

I love card recipes because they really do challenge me, and I'm always up for a good challenge.

I followed an older Taylored Expressions sketch for my card, and all of my card elements came from the Taylored Expressions December 2009 Key Ingredients. These fun-colored papers are from the My Mind's Eye Ooh La La collection. I stamped this cupcake stand from the Following My Heart August 2009 Kit of the Month by Unity Stamp Company in Memento Tuxedo Black and cut it out with Small Classic Square Nestabilities. I ran the pink paper through my Cuttlebug with the Swiss Dots embossing folder, and finished the card off with three Pebbles candy dots and a fun lime polka dot bow.

I hope you'll play along with us this week in the Fun on Friday Challenge! Remember to use keyword FOF55 when uploading to the CPC gallery and CPCFOF55 when uploading to other galleries. The best part about CPC challenges is that there are no deadlines! We'd love to see your creations anytime, so even if you don't get it finished in a week, you can still play along! :)

Have a blessed day!

Supplies:
Paper: Ooh La La by My Mind's Eye, Choice Buttercream cardstock, Prism cardstock
Stamps: Following My Heart Kit of the Month by Unity Stamp Company
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: Copic markers, Raspberry Candy Dots (Pebbles), ribbon (Taylored Expressions), foam tape
Tools: Swiss Dots Cuttlebug embossing folder, Cuttlebug, Small Classic Square Nestabilities

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Thursday, May 27, 2010

The Pink Elephant Challenge

Unfortunately, I didn't get a layout made for this week's Pink Elephant Scrapbook Challenge. It's just been a crazy-busy week. I'll be back on track next week. This week's challenge is...SUMMER! You can check out the challenge details and all of the beautiful samples from the design team at The Pink Elephant Blog.

Have a great day! :)

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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

In the Christmas Spirit...


Hi there! I have a Christmas card to share with you today. I am so proud of myself for starting these early this year, but not so proud of the fact that I've only created two. Ha! Hopefully I will complete my goal of getting one-a-week made this summer. Speaking of summer, there are only two more days with the students left! Yay!! The end is in sight. I can almost reach out and grab it. :)

I followed an older Sweet Sunday Sketch for my card. The papers are  from the SEI Christmas Mint collection. I stamped the verse, Luke 2:11 from Christmas Blessings by Taylored Expressions, onto Choice Buttercream. I did a straight-stitch around the edges, and added a grosgrain bow and three white brads to finish it off. Super easy! I should've made two!

This card is for Sparkle's Christmas Card Challenge to use a sentiment only and also for the Our Daily Bread Designs Challenge to use a sentiment only.

Thanks for stopping by! :)

Card Supplies:
Paper: Christmas Mint by SEI, Choice Butercream, Prism cardstock
Stamps: Christmas Blessings by Taylored Expressions
Accessories: ribbon (Papertrey Ink), brads (The Paper Studio)
Tools: sewing machine

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Sunday, May 23, 2010

SSCC - Distress!

Hi there! Happy Sunday! It's time for this week's Stampin' Sisters in Christ Challenge. Peggysue is our lovely hostess this week.

Scripture
"But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousness as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away." Isaiah 64:6

Challenge
Distress or sponge the edges of your project, or use any other technique to give it a vintage or distressed look.

My card design was inspired by Nina Brackett's quilted cards. All of the papers are from the October Afternoon Fly a Kite line. I stitched them together with a zig-zag stitch between each paper piece and a straight stitch around the outer edge. I layered the "quilted" pieces onto Choice Buttercream cardstock. I stamped the verse from Our Daily Bread Designs Scripture Collection 4 and cut it out with Nestabilities. I also stitched around the edges of the verse. I sponged around all of the edges with Dark Brown Colorbox chalk ink and  added a bow and pearls in opposite corners to finish off my card.

Be sure you hop over to the SSCC blog to check out Peggysue's thoughts on the scripture and the challenge details. Also, check out the beautiful inspiration from the design team: Chris Olsen, Grace Nywening, Kathy WinterLinda Lucas, Lisa Hjulberg, Peggysue Turner, and Randi Barrett.

On a personal note, I am very much looking forward to this week. It is our last week of school! The students' last day is Thursday, and it's a half-day for them. Our last day is Friday. I just hope the week goes by quickly! I'm looking forward to paper-crafting my summer away!

I've been experimenting with a new venture - the handmade glass pendants. I'm currently in the process of creating a "shop" on Blogger, so when that is ready to go, I will post the link. In the meantime, if you are my Facebook friend, you can see my pendants there. I thought the jewelry-making would be something fun to do over the summer. It definitely IS a lot of fun so far!

Thanks for stopping by today! :)

Supplies:
Paper: October Afternoon Fly a Kite, Bazzill cardstock, Choice Buttercream
Stamps: Our Daily Bread Designs Scripture Collection 4
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa, Colorbox Dark Brown chalk ink
Accessories: pearls (recollections by Michael's), ribbon (Taylored Expressions)
Tools: Classic Rectangle Nestabilities, Scallop Rectangle Nestabilities, sewing machine

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Saturday, May 22, 2010

Sweet Stop Sketch - Birdie Trio

Please scroll down one post for my KLSNS post! :)

Hi there! It's time for this week's Sweet Stop Sketch!

I used the May Key Ingredients from Taylored Expressions. It just arrived at my house this week! :) I loved all of the fun colors in this kit, and I especially loved these adorable rub-ons! This card was super easy to make with the rub-on image. I didn't have to color a thing! All of the papers are from the Pebbles Treehouse line. I used a coordinating rub-on for my main image and cut it out with oval Nestabilities. I stamped "Thinking of You" from Garden of Friends by There She Goes onto a Nestabilities tag. I added a bow to finish it up Like I said, super simple!

Be sure to hop over to the Sweet Stop blog to check out the sketch and the inspiration from the Sugar Babies: Nancy Brown, Kelly Caslow, Renata Elenbaas, Audrey Gonzales, Julie MasseKathy Page, Korin Sutherland, Andrea Vernagus, and Dana White. We hope you'll play along with us this week!

Thanks for stopping by today! :)

Card Supplies:
Paper: Pebbles Treehouse, Bazzill Cardstock, Choice Snow White cardstock
Rub-Ons: Pebbles Treehouse
Stamps: sentiment (Garden of Friends by There She Goes)
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa
Accessories: ribbon (Taylored Expressions)
Tools: Classic Oval Nestabilities, Scallop Oval Nestabilities, Tag Trio Nestabilities

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KLSNS - All Torn Up!

Hi there! Happy Saturday to you! Ceal Pritchett has a fun challenge for us this week at KL Stampin' N Scrappin'. The challenge this week is "All Torn Up" - distress or tear the paper on your card.

When I first started making cards, I used to tear and ink everything. It wasn't finished until it was distressed. I moved past that and now I seem to like cleaner lines, and I also love to stitch on my cards. It's interesting to see the trends you go through in paper-crafting. Anyway, it was nice to revisit an old habit!

I never have enough boyish cards on hand, so I decided to make a card for a birthday boy. I used this adorable image from Sugarplum Party by C.C. Designs. I colored him in with Copic markers and cut him out with rectangle Nestabilities. All of the papers are from the Lil Man collection by Cosmo Cricket and my card base is Kraft. I tore all of the edges with my Heidi Swapp paper distressing tool. I added some snaps by Making Memories to finish this card off.

Be sure to hop over to the KLSNS blog to check out the challenge details as well as the inspiration from the design team: Ceal, Debbie, Jacilynn, JodiKellyand Risa. We would love to have you play along with us!

Thanks for stopping by! :)

Supplies:
Paper: Bazzill Kraft cardstock, Lil Man by Cosmo Cricket
Stamps: Sugarplum Party by C.C. Designs
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: Copic markers, snaps (Making Memories)
Tools: Classic Rectangle Nestabilities, Scallop Rectangle Nestabilities, Heidi Swapp edge distresser

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Thursday, May 20, 2010

The Pink Scrapbook Challenge #8

Hi there! I pretty much always post cards to my blog. I started out two years ago as a scrapbooker. Then, that involved into card-making, and I hardly ever do layouts anymore. In fact, I really struggle with them! So, when I saw that The Pink Elephant was starting a scrapbooking team and was looking for designers, I applied. I didn't apply because I thought I was a great scrapbooker - I'm not. I applied because I wanted to get back to my roots and scrap some of my photos! I wanted to feel comfortable with scrapping again and not be so afraid of it. Surprisingly, I was chosen for the design team!!

So, here is my The Pink Scrapbook Challenge debut! Our challenge this week is to use the sketch to make a scrapbook page. I chose to use a photo from last Christmas. Here's the backstory on my layout - my grandmother is a very gifted seamstress. I always look forward to Christmas gifts from her because I know they are going to be handmade, and I truly treasure everything she gives me because I know it comes from her heart. This photo is of Mema and all of the girls. She made all of us aprons with matching potholders last Christmas. She is also a faithful reader of my blog, so Mema, I love you! :)

It was only fitting that I do lots of stitching on this layout, but I must tell you the funny thing that happened. I wanted to stitch all the way around the paper. As I was almost finished with the stitching, I realized that some air had gotten trapped under the paper and wouldn't come out. So, I tried cutting a slit in the paper underneath the photo and "smushing" the air out. That only resulted in wrinkled paper. Then I had to find a way to cover my wrinkles with the snowflakes. LOL! I added some Stickles to the snowflakes for some sparkle.


Hop over to The Pink Elephant blog to check out the sketch and the beautiful inspiration from the design team! Thanks for stopping by! :)

Supplies:
Paper: American Crafts cardstock, patterned paper by The Paper Studio (Hobby Lobby)
Accessories: Diamond Stickles, Thickers
Tools: Martha Stewart Loopy border punch, Martha Stewart snowflake punch, sewing machine

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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Designed 2 Delight Challenge

Hi there! I hope all of you are having a great week! It seems to be dragging for me, but we only have 7 days left of school before summer vacation. I am so excited! That means plenty of crafty time!

This card is for this week's Designed 2 Delight Challenge. It's a progressive challenge where every week that you play, you get a free digi!

For my card, I used this week's D2D digi, this cute little teddy bear, and colored him with Copic markers. I cut the image out with oval Nestabilities. The paper is from the BasicGrey Kashi line, and the ribbon is from the Easter Key Ingredients by Taylored Expressions. I finished my card off with brads in opposite corners. Also, I followed Sketch Tuesday #57 at Christian Paper Crafts.

Thanks for stopping by today! :)

Card Supplies:
Paper: BasicGrey Kashi, Choice Snow White cardstock, Bazzill cardstock
Stamps: Big Surprise Bear by Designed 2 Delight Digital Stamps
Accessories: ribbon (Taylored Expressions), brads (The Paper Studio), Copic markers
Tools: Classic Oval Nestabilities, Scallop Oval Nestabilities, sewing machine

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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

TE Blast from the Past Blog Hop

Hi there! If you've been reading my blog for awhile, you know how much I *LOVE* Taylored Expressions! I use Taylor's products in almost everything I make. She has the cutest stamps and the best customer service. So, I'm super excited to be participating in the Taylored Expressions Blast from the Past Blog Hop today!

Since Father's Day is approaching, I decided to use the Boys will be Boys stamp set. I stamped the toolbelt image in Memento Rich Cocoa onto Choice Buttercream cardstock and colored it in with Copic markers. I cut it out with Classic Circle Nestabilities. All of the papers are from the BasicGrey Mellow collection, and I followed Taylored Expressions Sketch #112. I added a couple of the screw brads, also from Taylored Expressions, to finish my card off. I usually struggle with masculine cards, but I think I'm getting better!

Your next stop on the hop is Carole. Be sure you hop to all of the blogs to see all of the awesome creations these talented ladies have for you today!



Thanks for stopping by! Have fun! :)

Card Supplies:
Paper: BasicGrey Mellow, American Crafts cardstock, Choice Buttercream cardstock
Stamps: Boys will be Boys by Taylored Expressions
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa
Accessories: brads (Taylored Expressions), Copic markers
Tools: Classic Circle Nestabilities, Scallop Circle Nestabilities

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Monday, May 17, 2010

With Sympathy

Hi there! I hope you had a great weekend! I have a couple of cards to share today.

Sympathy cards are not my favorite to make. I suppose it's because you're not making them for a cheerful occasion, like you would a birthday card. However, a dear friend of our family passed away last week, and we needed a couple of sympathy cards to send to her children. I didn't have any sympathy stamps, so I went with a verse from the Our Daily Bread Designs Scripture Collection 4. I thought that this verse, Matthew 44:28, was one of comfort, and hopefully it will bring comfort to the grieving family.

I kept the design simple and kept them basically the same. Everything on my cards (except the stamp) is from the March 2010 Key Ingredients by Taylored Expressions. I stamped the verse in Memento Rich Cocoa and cut it out with Classic Oval Nestabilities. I layered it on brown cardstock that was cut out with Scallop Oval Nestabilities. All of the papers are from the Crate Paper Brook collection. I just love these earthy colors. I added some Kaiser rhinestones and a bow to each card. On the first card, I stuck one of the leaf trinket pins through the knot in the bow.

I think these turned out nice, considering I didn't have any actual sympathy stamps.


Thanks for stopping by today! :)

Card Supplies:
Paper: Crate Paper Brook, Bazzill cardstock
Stamps: Our Daily Bread Designs Scripture Collection 4
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa
Accessories: leaf trinket pin (Maya Road), turquoise rhinestones (Kaiser)
Tools: Classic Oval Nestabilities, Scallop Oval Nestabilities, Martha Stewart Arch Lattice border punch

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Sunday, May 16, 2010

SSCC - You Rock My World


Hi there! Happy Sunday! It's time for this week's Stampin' Sisters in Christ Challenge. The lovely Grace Nywening is our hostess this week.

Scripture
"Oh come, let us sing to the LORD!
Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving; Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms. For the LORD is the great God, and the great King above all gods." Psalm 95:1-3

Challenge
Make a card or project that depicts music or a joyful noise.

I didn't have any scripture stamps that depicted music or a joyful noise, so I went with this fun jukebox stamp that was waiting to be inked up for the first time. I stamped the jukebox from Rockin' It Unity Style by Unity Stamp Company onto Choice Buttercream cardstock. I colored it in with Copic markers and cut it out with rectangle Nestabilities. All of the papers are from the October Afternoon Farm Fresh collection. I love these papers so much. I don't know what I'll do when I run out. I may have to buy more! ;) I stamped the "You rock my world" sentiment from the same set directly onto the patterned paper. I added some glittery red brads to my image panel to make it stand out and then popped up the image with foam tape. The card needed something, so I asked my Mama, and she suggested a diagonal ribbon. She's so smart...it added the perfect touch!

Be sure you hop over to the SSCC blog to check out Grace's thoughts on the scripture and the challenge details. Also, check out the beautiful inspiration from the design team: Chris Olsen, Grace Nywening, Kathy WinterLinda Lucas, Lisa Hjulberg, Peggysue Turner, and Randi Barrett.

We would love to have you play along with us this week. As always, one random player will win a prize! This week's sponsor, Hambo Stamps, is offering a $15 gift certificate!

Thanks for stopping by! :)

Card Supplies:
Paper: October Afternoon Farm Fresh, Choice Buttercream cardstock, American Crafts cardstock
Stamps: Rockin' It Unity Style (March 2010 Kit of the Month) by Unity Stamp Company
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: Copic markers, red glitter brads (Karen Foster Designs), ribbon (The Paper Studio)
Tools: Classic Rectangle Nestabilities

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Saturday, May 15, 2010

Sweet Stop Sketch - For the Guys


If you are looking for my KL Stampin n Scrappin post, please scroll down one post.

Hi there! It's time for this week's Sweet Stop Sketch Challenge! This week's sketch has a twist - make a card for the guys! With Father's Day next month, you shouldn't have any trouble with this one. Plus, this sketch is a super-easy one!

If you've been following my blog for awhile, you should know by now that I struggle with guy cards, but I think this one turned out okay. I think one of the main reasons I struggle is because I love bright colors, so I tend to buy a lot of girly paper. I just recently ordered up some guy-ish paper, so hopefully that'll put an end to my problem.

For this card I stamped the shoes from Boys will be Boys by Taylored Expressions onto Choice Buttercream cardstock. I colored them with Copic markers and cut out the image with Nestabilities. I stamped the sentiment on the yellow cardstock and then embossed it with the Swiss Dots Cuttlebug folder. I added some trim with my Fiskars Apron Lace punch and a couple of brads. The striped paper is from the Cosmo Cricket Boyfriend collection, and my card base is Kraft by Bazzill.

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

Card Supplies:
Paper: Cosmo Cricket Boyfriend, Choice Buttercream, American Crafts cardstock, Bazzill Kraft
Stamps: Boys Will Be Boys by Taylored Expressions
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa
Accessories: brads (Making Memories)
Tools: Fiskars Apron Lace border punch, Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder, Classic Circle Nestabilities, Scallop Circle Nestabilities

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KLSNS - Furry Friends Challenge


Hi there! Happy Saturday! Risa is our hostess this week at KL Stampin' N Scrappin, and she has an animal-riffic challenge for everyone!

Challenge
Let's show our furry friends some love!

This card was a lot of fun to make. I stamped  "Bubble Bath Bradley" by High Hopes onto Choice Snow White cardstock. I colored him in with Copic markers and added some liquid applique for the bubbles. I love working with that stuff! It's like magic watching the liquid turning into fluffy "bubbles." Warning: Don't heat it too long, or it will look like a toasted marshmallow. LOL! I learned this the hard way. Anyway, all of my papers are from the BasicGrey Lime Rickey line. I added some brads in each corner to finish it off.

Be sure to hop over to the KLSNS blog to check out the challenge details as well as the inspiration from the design team: Ceal, Debbie, Jacilynn, JodiKellyand Risa.

Card Supplies:
Paper: BasicGrey Lime Rickey, Choice Snow White
Stamps: Bubble Bath Bradley by High Hopes
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: brads (The Paper Studio), Liquid Applique
Tools: Classic Circle Nestabilities, Scallop Circle Nestabilities

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Monday, May 10, 2010

Thank You, Unity!!

It's no secret that I *love* Unity Stamp Company. They were the first company that got me hooked on stamping. I've been a passionate card-maker ever since. So, when Unity was having their anniversary party last week, I was right there for all the action! I actually won a prize! I was SO excited! It came in Friday, and I didn't know what all was in the package, so it was like Christmas!

I got: an assortment of My Mind's Eye papers, Thickers, an ink pad, two Unity singles, and three Unity sets! WooHoo!! Thank you so much, Unity!! You have made me a very happy girl, and I can't wait to create something with my new goodies!


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Sunday, May 9, 2010

There She Goes Mother of All Blog Hops

Hey y'all! Welcome to my spot on the There She Goes Mother of All Blog Hops! If you've arrived here from Kristie's blog, then you're in the right spot. If not, I recommend you hop back to the There She Goes blog to get the introduction to the hop, as well as some information that you will need in order to win some exciting prizes!

First of all, this is not a good picture of my card at all! I apologize! I will try to get a better one in the daylight, as I took this one at night.

For my card I used the Bloom and Grow card kit from Taylored Expressions. I stamped the quote  from "Dance" by There She Goes in Memento Rich Cocoa. I cut it out with circle Nestabilities and sponged it with Memento Cantaloupe. I stitched around the edges of my card and added a Prima pearl flourish. A simple bow finished it off. This was a super simple card...almost too simple! I'm used to working with lots of layers, so this is quite a change for me.

Your next stop on the hop is Iwona's blog. Have fun hopping! Oh, and don't forget to stop by the There She Goes store! I'm actually a new There She Goes customer. I only have a few sets, but Jessica has really impressed me with her excellent customer service as well as the quality of her stamps. You won't be disappointed!

Thanks for stopping by today! :)

Card Supplies:
Paper: Bloom and Grow by My Mind's Eye, Prism cardstock, Choice Buttercream carstock
Stamps: Dance by There She goes
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa, Memento Cantaloupe
Accessories: ribbon (Taylored Expressions), pearl flourish (Prima)
Tools: Classic Circle Nestabilities, Scallop Circle Nestabilities

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SSCC - Color Challenge

Good morning! First, I want to wish all of you a Happy Mother's Day! I have been blessed with a wonderful mother, and many people that have been "like a mother" to me in my life. Also, there are many women who are such a blessing and inspiration to me. I am so thankful for all of these ladies, especially my own mama. I wish all of you a wonderful day! If you're not a mother (like me!), I hope you enjoy your day celebrating your own mother.

Now, it's time for another Stampin' Sisters in Christ Challenge! Linda Lucas is our talented hostess this week.

Scripture
"But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him." John 4:23

Challenge
This week's challenge is a color challenge. Make a card or project using any shades of the colors blue, brown, and white.

I don't have a Mother's Day card today because I've been making those for the past few weeks, and I've already delivered them, so I'm moving on.

This beautiful scripture is from Scripture Collection 2 by Our Daily Bread Designs, and I chose this one today because the scripture was picked out for the set by my design team sister, Chris Olsen. I stamped it in Memento Rich Coca onto Choice Buttercream cardstock and cut it out with my rectangle Nestabilities. The paper is all from the SEI Bissette line - another 12x12 paper pack I picked up at Michael's for $4. I followed an older Sweet Sunday sketch by Karen Giron, and finished my card off with a couple of brads and a bow.

Be sure you hop over to the SSCC blog to check out Linda's thoughts on the scripture and the challenge details. Also, check out the beautiful inspiration from the design team: Chris Olsen, Grace Nywening, Kathy Winter, Kristine Breach, Linda Lucas, Lisa Hjulberg, Peggysue Turner, and Randi Barrett.

We would love to have you play along with us this week. As always, one random player will win a prize! This week's sponsor, Simon Says Stamp, is offering a really cute stamp set!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Card Supplies:
Paper: SEI Bissette, Choice Buttercream cardstock, American Crafts cardstock
Stamps: Our Daily Bread Designs Scripture Collection 2
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa
Accessories: brads (The Paper Studio), ribbon (Offray)
Tools: Classic Rectangle Nestabilities, Scallop Rectangle Nestabilities

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Friday, May 7, 2010

Sweet Stop Sketch - Happy Mother's Day


Hi there! It's time for another sketch challenge at The Sweet Stop! This was a really great, layer-filled sketch! It's the perfect way to combine lots of patterned papers.

All of my papers are from the October Afternoon Thrift Shop Line. I have made it a personal goal to buy every stack that October Afternoon comes out with. LOL! I *love* their paper!

The image is a digi stamp from Designed2Delight. I am participating in their challenge this week - for the first time, actually. If you make a card using the free digi and enter it into the challenge, then you get a free digi emailed to you next week. So, if you play every week, you'll accumulate quite a few free digis. How cool is that?!

Back to my card - I colored the image in with Copic markers and cut it out with Classic Square Nestabilities. I sponged Memento Cantaloupe around the edges. I did LOTS of sewing on this card and added some trim with my Martha Stewart Arch Lattice border punch. A cream-colored bow and a few brads finished off my card. By the way, this is for my mom for Mother's Day!

I am entering this card in:
Pixie Challenges - use Kraft paper
Dare U 2 Digi Stamp - anything goes
Incy Wincy - anything goes
Fab 'n Funky - use border punches
Easy Craft Projects - Spring
Catch the Bug - flower power
Totally Paper Crafts - stitching
Raise the Bar - for Mom
If the shoe fits - for Mom
For Fun Challenges - for Mom
Wee Memories - stitching
CCEE Stampers - Mother's Day
Creative Card Crew - flowers

I also made another card with this sketch. I haven't done the inside yet, because I think this card would be fitting for many different occasions - friendship, thinking of you, birthday, Mother's Day, etc.


For this card, I used papers from the Memory Box Frond collection. The image is from Garden of Friends by There She Goes. I colored it with Copic markers, cut it out with circle Nestabilities, and sponged around the edges with Memento Cantaloupe. I also did some stitching on this card. I added some trim with my Fiskars Apron Lace punch and a white bow.

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Card 1 Supplies:
Paper: Kraft by Bazzill, Choice Buttercream cardstock, October Afternoon Thrift Shop
Stamps: digi image by Designed2Delight
Ink: Memento Cantaloupe
Accessories: Copic markers, ribbon (Offray), brads (The Paper Studio)
Tools: Classic Square Nestabilities, sewing machine, Martha Stewart Arch Lattice border punch

Card 2 Supplies:
Paper: American Crafts Cardstock, Choice Snow White, Memory Box Frond
Stamps: Garden of Friends by There She Goes
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Memento Cantaloupe
Accessories: Copic markers, ribbon (Offray)
Tools: Classic Square Nestabilities, Scallop Square Nestabilities, sewing machine, Fiskars Apron Lace border punch 

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KLSNS Challenge - Card Recipe

Hi there! Happy Saturday! It's time for another challenge at KL Stampin' N Scrappin'! Jodi is our hostess this week, and she has a fun challenge for us.

Challenge:
Card Recipe - 1 ribbon, 2 designer papers, and 3 embellishments

I'll have to admit it. I was scared of this one! I knew I could handle the 1 ribbon, and I could even handle the 3 embellishments...but 2 designer papers?! Just two? I was scared. LOL! But, I did this easily. I don't even know why I was scared! It was a fun challenge, and I love how my card turned out!

I used Cupcake Kiki for my card. I think I bought the last one from the KLSNS store, (sorry!) but Kelly has lots of other really cute C.C. Designs for you to see! You can check them out here. I colored her in with Copics, and paper-pieced her dress. I also added some Stickles to the cupcake! I cut out the image with Classic Oval Nestabilities. This super-cute paper is from the BasicGrey Lemonade line. I added three brads for my embellishments, and finished off my card with a bow made with my Bow Easy.

I LOVE this card. I love cupcakes, and I love bright colors, so it's just perfect!

Be sure you hop over to the KLSNS blog to check out the challenge details. Also, check out the inspiration from the talented design team members: Ceal, Debbie, Jacilynn, Jodi, Kelly, and Risa. By the way, Kelly has in some beautiful new Prima roses in the store, so you'll want to check those out!

I am entering this card in the following challenges:
C.R.A.F.T. Challenges - birthday
Stamp Something - birthday
Totally Gorjuss - pink and green

Have a great day!! Thank you for stopping by! :)

Card Supplies:
Paper: American Crafts cardstock, Choice Snow White cardstock, BasicGrey Lemonade
Stamps: Cupcake Kiki by C.C. Designs
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: brads (The Paper Studio), ribbon (Offray), Copic markers, Yellow Stickles
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Congrats, Grad!

Hi there! It's been a very busy week for me. It seems like I have so many deadlines to meet, and things are starting to get a bit stressful. I actually typed up a page-long "to-do" list this week! I'm slowly but surely crossing things off. As for now, there's a song that gets me through it all. "In Your Arms" by Meredith Andrews describes exactly how I'm feeling right now. I listen to this song everyday on the way to school and on the way home. It reminds me that when life gets so loud that you can't hear God anymore, you truly need to seek him. Love this.



I have a card to share with you today. Shannon, a friend from the Sassy Blinging Babes group, has a son who is graduating preschool next week. Shannon tells us the cutest stories about Chase. I wanted to send him a graduation card. I used lots of fun, bright colors from the BasicGrey Lime Rickey line. This adorable image is "Grad Ian" from The Greeting Farm. I think he is so cute! This was actually my very first purchase from The Greeting Farm. Shocked? I'm sure there will be more! I colored him with my Copic markers and cut him out with Classic Oval Nestabilities. I wrote Chase's name on the - gosh, I forgot what that thing is called...LOL! I wrote the year on the other side of that yellow thingymabob. It'll come to me later after I've posted this. :) The "Congratulations" is one of those great dollar-bin stamps from Michael's. I love picking up sentiment stamps there. I added two green brads to finish this card off. I hope Shannon's little grad loves his card!


Blessing of the day - It's FRIDAY! Oh, by the way, my brother Aaron is getting an award at school today. So proud of him! :) Thanks for stopping by!

Card Supplies:
Paper: American Crafts cardstock, Choice Snow White, BasicGrey LimeRickey
Stamps: Grad Ian by The Greeting Farm, sentiment by Studio G
Accessories: brads (Making Memories), Copic Markers
Tools: Classic Oval Nestabilities, Scallop Oval Nestabilities

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Thursday, May 6, 2010

Happy Birthday, Aaron!

Today is a very special day! It's my baby brother, Aaron's, birthday!

He turns 17 today. That kid is growing up way too fast. I can't believe he'll be a senior next year. He's my only sibling, so I share a special bond with him. I love this boy so much! I am SO proud of him.
Aaron, I wish you the best birthday ever. I love you, little bro. You rock.




Here's a card I made for Aaron for his birthday. He raises chickens, so I knew I wanted to use a chicken on his card. I went to Google images and typed in "rooster coloring image" and this came up. I printed it out and used it on my card. I colored it with Copics. All of the paper is from October Afternoon Farm Fresh - how appropriate, huh? I stamped "Happy Birthday" from Stamping Bella directly on the patterned paper.


Thanks for stopping by today! :)

Card Supplies:
Paper: October Afternoon Farm Fresh, Choice Snow White, Kraft
Stamp: Happy Birthday by Stamping Bella, rooster is a random image from Google Images
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa
Accessories: Copic markers, brads (The Paper Studio)
Tools: Classic Circle Nestabilities, sewing machine

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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

A Birthday Party Blog Hop!

Hi there! Today is a very special day! It's my SSCC design team sister, Peggysue Turner's, birthday!! Peggysue is so sweet, and I'm so glad to be able to call her my friend. Not only are the Stampin' Sisters in Christ ladies wonderful Christian women, but they sure do know how to throw a good birthday party! :)

You should've hopped here from the SSCC blog. If you get lost along the hop, just go back there and start over.

A birthday party just wouldn't be complete without balloons, so I brought some to the party.


Peggysue loves roses. In fact, the title of her blog is Roses by My Window. When searching for a photo of some pink roses, I found a blog that listed the meanings behind the colors of roses. I am going to share what they said about pink because I don't think you can describe Peggysue any better than this -
"Pink roses symbolizes grace and elegance. It is often used as an expression of admiration. Pink roses can also express appreciation and joyfulness."
This meaning is so true. I admire each of my SSCC design team sisters, so pink roses are pefect to express my admiration and appreciation, as well as my JOY in their friendship. Peggysue, here are some beautiful pink roses, just for you, a beautiful woman of grace and elegance.


I also made Peggysue a birthday card. I mailed it yesterday, so I'm sure she hasn't received it yet, but hopefully she will get it soon!


For the card, I embossed a piece of Choice Snow White cardstock with my Houndstooth Cuttlebug embossing folder. I also embossed the pink piece with the Swiss Dots embossing folder. The embossing didn't show up very well. I so need a light box! I actually take all my pictures of my cards on the stove. Haha! Those cute cupcakes are felt stickers by Martha Stewart. I stamped "Happy Birthday" from Bakery Business by Taylored Expressions. I added a two chocolate brads in each corner and a double ribbon to finish it offf. I hope you love it, Peggysue!

Your next stop on the birthday party blog hop is Kathy. Hop on over to her blog to see what she brought to the party. Also, don't forget to stop by and wish Peggysue a happy birthday!

Thanks for stopping by today! :)

Card Supplies:
Paper: American Crafts cardstock, Choice Snow White cardstock
Stamps: Bakery Business by Taylored Expressions
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa
Accessories: cupcake stickers (Martha Stewart), brads (The Paper Studio), ribbon (Offray)
Tools: Cuttlebug, Houndstooth embossing folder, Swiss Dots embossing folder

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