Saturday, July 31, 2010

Meljen's Saturday Guest Designer

I have had so much fun this month as a guest designer for Meljen's Designs! Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end, and this is my last post for Meljen's.

I used Monkey Toes for my card. Isn't he adorable?! I also used the sketch from this week's challenge at Meljen's.

All of the paper is from the Cosmo Cricket Lil Man collection. I colored my cute little monkey with Copic markers and cut him out with Square Nestabilities. I stamped "birthday wishes" from Mega Mixed Messages by Papertrey Ink, and I finished it off with a couple of brads.

Now, I'm rushing because I'm off to get my hair cut...time for that back-to-school new hairdo! Thanks for stopping by, and have a GREAT weekend! :)

Supplies:
Cardstock: Bazzill Kraft, Choice Buttercream
Patterned Paper: Cosmo Cricket Lil Man
Stamps: Monkey Toes by Meljen's Designs, Mega Mixed Messages by Papertrey Ink
Ink: Copic markers, Memento Rich Cocoa
Embellishments: brads (The Paper Studio)
Tools: Classic Square Nestabilities, Scallop Square Nestabilities, Classic Oval Nestabilities

Friday, July 30, 2010

Happy Bird-Day!

Hi everyone! I know I've been scarce on my blog lately, but I've been busy preparing my classroom for the new school year. Things are finally starting to come together, and I'm excited about the new year!

Since it's Friday, that means it is time for the Fun on Friday Challenge at Christian Paper Crafts. This week's challenge is to use something sweet on your creation. It could be a cupcake, cake, ice cream, candy, etc...basically just anything sweet. As for myself, I'm partial to cupcakes!

I used this adorable image from Deedee's Digis called Happy Bird-Day.  I colored it with Copic markers and accented it with Yellow and Crystal Stickles. All of the papers and the ribbon are from a special Key Ingredients that I recently received as a gift for subscribing to the Taylored Expressions Key Ingredients for 6 months. I apologize, but I do not know the name of the patterned paper line in order to list it in my supplies.

I embossed the background panel with the Swiss Dots embossing folder and used the Fiskars Apron Lace border punch for the trim. I cut out the sentiment with Oval Nestabilities and popped it up with foam tape. This layout is an older sketch from Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge.

Thank you so much for stopping by today! I hope you have a great weekend. I know I will enjoy my last weekend of freedom since I officially go back to work on Monday.

Supplies:
Cardstock: Prism, Choice Snow White
Patterned Paper: unknown (Taylored Expressions Key Ingredients)
Stamps: Happy Bird-Day by Deedee's Digis
Ink: Copic markers
Embellishments: ribbon (Taylored Expressions) Yellow Stickles, Crystal Stickles
Tools: Fiskars Apron Lace border punch, Oval Nestabilities, Cuttlebug, Swiss Dots Cuttlebug embossing folder

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Cupcakes and Polka Dots Equals Yummy!

I'm awful at math, but even I can figure out that cupcakes and polka dots make a great combination! This was actually my card for this past Friday's Fun on Friday Challenge at Christian Paper Crafts, and I thought I posted it here, but I must have forgot.

I found this paper at Hobby Lobby, and it was just something I picked up because I thought it was cute. It does make an adorable birthday card, don't ya think?

The cupcake is by Unity Stamp Company, and I stamped it in Memento Tuxedo Black and colored it with Copic markers. I cut it out with Circle Nestabilities and added some Tiny Twinkles around the edges. I matted it on a scalloped circle. The sentiment is by Papertrey Ink, and I cut it out with Tag Trio Nestabilities. I finished it off with a bold, black ribbon.

Thanks for stopping by today! Have a cupcake!




Supplies:
Cardstock: American Crafts, Prism, Choice Snow White
Patterned Paper: The Paper Studio by Hobby Lobby
Stamps: cupcake by Unity Stamp Company, sentiment by Papertrey Ink
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic markers
Accessories: Tiny Twinkles (Taylored Expressions), Classic Circle Nestabilities, Scallop Circle Nestabilities, Tag Trio Nestabilities, ribbon

Saturday, July 24, 2010

You Brighten My Day!

Hi there! I have a card to share today for my guest designer post at Meljen's Designs. I used Little Lighthouse for my card. Isn't that just the cutest little lighthouse?!

I colored the lighthouse with Copic markers and cut it out with rectangle Nestabilities. I embossed the yellow background panel with the Swiss Dots embossing folder. The black and white starburst paper is by Making Memories, and I used the Fiskars Threading Water border punch for the scallops. I finished it off with a yellow polka dot ribbon. I stamped "You brighten my day" on the inside. This layout was Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge #77 by Karen Giron.

It's a rainy day here today, probably thanks to Bonnie, so I think I'll stay in all day and make some more cards.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! :)



Supplies:
Cardstock: Prism, Georgia Pacific white cardstock
Patterned Paper: Making Memories
Stamps: Little Lighthouse by Meljen's Designs
Ink: Copic markers
Embellishments: ribbon (Taylored Expressions)
Tools: Fiskars Threading Water border punch, Cuttlebug, Swiss Dots embossing folder, Classic Rectangle Nestabilities

Thursday, July 22, 2010

For Sale on Etsy

Did you know that I sell my handmade greeting cards on Etsy? I sure do! My store is called Studio C Designs, and there's a link to it over in my sidebar. I also have my monogrammed keychains for sale there. Those would make great gifts!!

I just added a cupcake-themed birthday card set. You never know when a birthday will pop up and with this set, you will have a sweet little card on hand perfect for all ages! Oh, and I just love that yummy houndstooth ribbon! Here are some photos. Click here to see this card set and other items in my shop.





Thanks so much for stopping by today! :)

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Taylored Expressions Blast from the Past Blog Hop

Hi everyone! I'm excited to be participating in the Taylored Expressions Blast from the Past Blog Hop today! As the name implies, everyone on the hop today will be sharing a card made with stamp sets released anytime through April 2010.

I decided to use Bakery Business for my card, because it's one of my stamp sets that, unfortunately, hasn't gotten a lot of lovin'. It is a super great set, though, and is perfect for birthdays! I also used the sketch that was provided to the blog hoppers.

I stamped the pedestal and birthday cake slice onto Choice Snow White cardstock. I cut it out with Circle Nestabilities and sponged around the edges with Memento Cantaloupe. I added some Yellow Stickles to the candle flame, Cotton Candy Stickles to the pink frosting, and Espresso Adirondack Dimensional Pearls to the chocolate icing. Yum!!

All of the papers are from the BasicGrey Nook and Pantry collection. These were part of the January Taylored Expressions Key Ingredients kit. Yes, I'm still using it! That's the wonderful thing about the Key Ingredients - they last me forever! I embossed the blue cardstock panel with the Swiss Dots Cuttlebug embossing folder and the brown scalloped piece was punched out with the Fiskars Apron Lace border punch.

Your next stop on the hop is Harriet Skelly. However, if you get lost along the way, just refer to this list of blog hop participants.

Thanks so much for stopping by my little spot on the hop today! Have a great day, and most of all, have fun blog hopping!! :)



Supplies:
Cardstock: Prism, Choice Snow White
Patterned Paper: BasicGrey Nook and Pantry
Stamps: Taylored Expressions Bakery Business
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Memento Cantaloupe, Copic Markers
Embellishments: ribbon (Taylored Expressions), Espresso Adirondack Dimensional Pearls, Yellow Stickles, Cotton Candy Stickles
Tools: Classic Circle Nestabilities, Scallop Circle Nestabilities, Cuttlebug, Swiss Dots Cuttlebug embossing folder

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Deedee's Digis - For the Happy Couple

Hi, there! I hope you are having a good weekend so far. I didn't do much at all yesterday. I cleaned out my closet! I bagged up two big bags of clothes to take to the thrift store. How do I accumulate so many clothes?? I went shopping Friday and got new clothes, and I couldn't fit them in my closet. That's when I knew it was time to clean out!

Anyway, I have a wedding card to share with you today. Deedee released several new sets in the digi store this week - three adorable new baby sets as well as this wedding set that I used, For the Happy Couple.

I love this set because you can color the cake to match the wedding colors, and then it's personalized! What bride wouldn't love a personalized card made just for her wedding? However, I don't know anyone getting married soon, so I just went with a black and red color combo. I do that color combo a lot. I love bright colors, but I think sub-consciously, this is one of my favorites. That, and I'm trying to use up that Black Market Paper Society paper. LOL!

I colored the cake with Copic markers and cut it out with square Nestabilities. The red layer was cut out with Scallop Square Nestabilities. I embossed the black panel with the Victoria Cuttlebug embossing folder. I added a sheer, organza bow. The tag uses a sentiment from the wedding set, and I cut it out with Tag Trio Nestabilities. That is what I love about digis - you can make them any size you want! My digi images always fit perfectly in my Nesties because I measure the inside of the Nestie before I size the digi on my computer. You can't do that with a rubber stamp.

Here's a tip: If you cut your paper crooked, do some stitching around it, and hopefully nobody will be able to tell. Haha!! It was so obviously crooked, so I thought "Hmmm...what can I do to fix that without redoing the whole card?" Stitching!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Be sure you hop over to Deedee's Digis and check out those new releases. Have a great day!

Supplies:
Cardstock: Prism, American Crafts, Choice Snow White
Patterned Paper: Black Market Paper Society
Stamps: For the Happy Couple by Deedee's Digis
Ink: Copic markers
Embellishments: ribbon (Offray), Spica clear glitter pen
Tools: Classic Square Nestabilities, Scallop Square Nestabilities, Tag Trio Nestabilities, sewing machine, Cuttlebug, Victoria Cuttlebug embossing folder, foam tape

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Saturday, July 17, 2010

KLSNS Ribbon Challenge

Hi there! It's time for this week's KL Stampin' N Scrappin' Challenge. Risa is our hostess this week and our challenge is to use ribbon on your card. That's easy...I just love using ribbon!

I used C.C. Designs Honey Bikini for my card today. Isn't she cute?! I wanted to use her because that's exactly what I'm going to be doing later on today - lounging in the pool! I colored her with Copic markers and cut her out with Circle Nestabilities. She is popped up with foam tape for dimension.

I used some BasicGrey Lemonade papers for my card and added the trim with the Fiskars Apron Lace border punch. I finished it off with some white ribbon and a bow.

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 this week!

That's it for me today. I hope you have a great weekend! Thanks for stopping by! :)

Supplies:
Cardstock: American Crafts, Gina K. Pure Luxury
Patterned Paper: BasicGrey Lemonade
Stamps: C.C. Designs Honey Bikini
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic markers
Embellishments: ribbon (Offray), bling (Michael's stores)
Tools: Fiskars Apron Lace border punch, sewing machine, Classic Circle Nestabilities, Scallop Circle Nestabilities

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Meljen's Designs - Penpal Mouse

Hi everyone! Happy Saturday to you! Here's my card for today's guest designer post at Meljen's Designs. I used one of the new releases - Penpal Mouse.

I decided to turn Penpal Mouse into a Back to School card. I go back to school on August 2, and the students go back to school on August 9. I also start grad school in August, so it really is back to school for me!

I colored him with Copic markers, and now that I look at the photo, I'm thinking, "Why in the WORLD did I color his tail grey and his body brown?" That does not match! LOL! Oh well. I cut him out with square Nestabilities. The papers are from the October Afternoon Report Card collection except for the pencil paper. That is from Cosmo Cricket Boyfriend. The ribbon is by Jillibean Soup, and I popped the image up with foam tape.

I really am getting excited about going back to school. I went to a big educational supply store yesterday and spent wayyy too much money on stuff to decorate my classroom with. I will be sure to post photos when I get everything done. Last year the colors in my classroom were dark blue and red, and so very boring. This year I am going to have lots of bright, fun colors which are more my style.

Thanks for stopping by today! Have a great day!

Supplies:
Cardstock: Bazzill Kraft, American Crafts, Choice Buttercream
Patterned Paper: October Afternoon Report Card, Cosmo Cricket Boyfriend
Stamps: Penpal Mouse by Meljen's Designs
Ink: Copic markers
Embellishments: ribbon (Jillibean Soup), foam tape
Tools: Classic Square Nestabilities, Scallop Square Nestabilities

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Friday, July 16, 2010

CPC Fun on Friday - Monogram Cards

Hi everyone! It's time for the Christian Paper Crafts Fun on Friday challenge. This week's challenge is to make a monogram card. No, I didn't do this to torture you. LOL! I thought it might be fun and something different. Here are a few ideas that will hopefully provide you with some inspiration:


1) Use those alpha stickers you've been hoarding! LOL! I have a whole drawer full of them. These would be GREAT!! In fact, I may do this soon! Helloooo, Thickers!

2) Martha Stewart has a FREE download for monograms that you punch out with a circle punch. The only drawback is that I think they are 3-inch circles.

3) Taylored Expressions has a downloadble, printable set for sale in their store for $4.95.

4) Just type up your choice of letter(s) in Microsoft Word in your favorite font, print, and punch them out!

I truly hope that I haven't scared y'all off with this challenge! I think I did it mainly to challenge myself. I've always wanted to create a set of notecards for myself because I love to send cards to people. However, - prepare to drop your mouth open - when I need a quick thank you note, I usually just send a store-bought note. Yes, I know! I'm HORRIBLE! So, I'm going to make up some more cards like this one so I won't have to use store-bought notecards anymore. I always make cards for everyone else to use but myself! Anybody else do that?

I kept my card very simple because I wanted to be able to make up a whole set of these to keep on hand for myself. Maybe if I'm really ambitious I might even make a matching box! Oooo! Maybe being the key word there. Anyway, those adorable papers are from the October Afternoon Fly a Kite collection....I *heart* those papers! They are also from the June Taylored Expressions Key Ingredients, as is the ric-rac and the cardstock I used. My monogram was stamped with a JustRite stamper. I popped it up with a little foam tape for some dimension. Now, you don't have to use one of those fancy-schmancy stampers to do this challenge. I just bought it a long time ago specifically to make myself a set of notecards and *blush* I'm just now getting around to it.

I'd love to have you play along in the challenge this week. You can check out all the fun in the CPC Fun on Friday forum.

On a personal note, do you ever find yourself going through a whole week without creating anything? That was me this week. Today's card was the first thing I created since last Saturday. I just didn't have any mojo or desire to create anything all week. Please tell me it's not just me! I have a crafty to-do list a mile long, but perhaps I just needed a break. Anyway...have a great day! Thanks so much for stopping by!

Supplies:
Cardstock: Bazzill, Choice Buttercream
Patterned Paper: October Afternoon Fly a Kite
Stamps: JustRite
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa
Embellishments: ric-rac trim (Taylored Expressions)
Tools: sewing machine, Classic Circle Nestabilities, Scallop Circle Nestabilities, foam tape

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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Time for Some Blog Candy!


Hi there! See that pile of goodies to the left? Would you like to own it? I've decided to do a giveaway!

Included in this prize package is: Autumn Leave clear stamps, two Unity Stamp Company wooden handle stamps, Unity Stamp Company music jukebox and matching sentmiment (from a previous Kit of the Month), Unity Stamp Company Leap for Life stamp set (not pictured), Stampin' Up stamp set), flowers, K & Company chipboard, a wooden baby stamp, Making Memories brads, Making Memories Flower Patch ribbon, Sizzix Architectural Accents dies, Sizzix cupcake die. Also, you never know what else I could decide to throw in!

I am going to be drawing the winner on Wednesday, July 28. There are several ways you can enter. I am going to be entering your name in the drawing each time you do one of these things, so you will need to let me know. For example, if you write a blog post about it, then please comment and let me know so I can verify that and enter your name again. You do not have to do all of these things, but the more you do, the more chances you have to win!

1) Leave a comment on this post - 1 entry
2) Become a follower of my blog -  1entry (Perhaps you already are. However, you MUST be a follower in order to be eligible for the prize.)
3) Post about my blog candy on your blog - 1 entry
4) Make a Facebook or Twitter post about it - 1 entry
5) Send your friends over! That friend will need to leave a comment here saying you sent them. - 1 entry
6) Become a fan of my creations page on Facebook - Studio C Designs - 1 entry

Remember, you must be a follower to be eligible for the prize. Also, remember to come back and comment to let me know that you have done these things so I can put your entries in the drawing! By the way, I have offered blog candy several times before and twice, the winners never claimed their prize, and I had to draw another winner. I will most likely leave a comment on your blog letting you know when you win. If that isn't a good way to get in touch with you, please leave your email address in your comment. Thanks!

That's six chances to win my blog candy!! Good luck to you! :)
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Monday, July 12, 2010

Cuppie on the Farm Card Set

Last week I shared this card on my blog. I liked it so much that I decided to create a whole card set using the Udderly Sweet stamp set by Taylored Expressions and the Cosmo Cricket Garden Variety Papers. I stamped each image in Memento Tuxedo Black and colored it with Copic markers. Then, I cut it out with Nestabilities and popped each image up with foam tape. I also did some zig-zag stitching on each card. Also, this card set is for sale in my Etsy shop!

I remember how excited I was when this stamp set came out. I love cupcakes, so I've always adored the cuppie stamps, but we also have an assortment of farm animals at my house. This stamp set hit close to home, and I just had to have it! We don't have cows or pigs, but we do have chickens, goats, rabbits, and as of Saturday, a sheep.






Supplies:
Cardstock: American Crafts, Choice Buttercream
Patterned Paper: CosmoCricket Garden Variety
Stamps: Udderly Sweet by Taylored Expressions
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic markers
Embellishments: ribbon (The Paper Studio), brads (The Paper Studio)
Tools: sewing machine, Classic Rectangle Nestabilities, Scallop Rectangle Nestabilities

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Sunday, July 11, 2010

Deedee's Digis Scripture Card Set

Hi, everyone! Yesterday I decided to make a set of scripture-themed greeting cards. What better day to post them on than Sunday? I wanted all of the cards to carry the same theme so that they could be a set I could sell in my Etsy shop. I was inspired by one of my own cards - the teapot card from Thursday, so I decided to use the same papers again.

I used two different scripture sets from Deedee's Digis. I printed the verses out onto Choice Buttercream cardstock. I cut them out with rectangle Nestabilities and layered them on the black cardstock that was cut out with Scallop Rectangle Nestabilities. I zig-zag stitched around all of the edges with black thread and added a black organza ribbon to each card. By using the same papers, embellishments and similar designs, it made these cards quick and easy to assemble. I am really happy with the way this little set turned out!

These first two cards were made using the Glorify the Lord set.



These next two cards were made using the Trust in the Lord set.



Each of the digi sets that I used has six verses. The sets are only $3 each. I see some stores selling ONE scripture verse for $3! Deedee is offering an amazing deal! You can see more of Deedee's digis at her store here.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Have a great day! :)

Supplies:
Cardstock: Bazzill Kraft, Prism, Choice Buttercream
Patterned Paper: October Afternoon Thrift Shop
Stamps: Deedee's Digis - Glorify the Lord and Trust in the Lord
Embellishments: black brads (The Paper Studio) ribbon (Offray)
Tools: Classic Rectangle Nestabilities, Scallop Rectangle Nestabilties, foam tape, sewing machine, Bow Easy, Fiskars Apron Lace border punch

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Saturday, July 10, 2010

KLSNS - Dry Embossing Challenge

Hi everyone! It's time for this week's challenge at KL Stampin' N Scrappin. Ceal is our hostess this week, and the challenge is to create a card with dry embossing on it. That's easy for me because I have lots of the Cuttlebug embossing folders, and I love to add embossing to my cards. However, I find myself reaching for the same few embossing folders over and over. Do you do that? My favorite is Swiss Dots, yes, the most simple one, and I love using the Snowflake one on Christmas cards.

Today I used the Spots and Dots embossing folder to emboss my background patterned paper. This adorable image is Scuba Kitty by High Hopes. I stamped him in Memento Tuxedo Black, colored him with Copic markers, and cut him out with Rectangle Nestabilities. I coated the bowl with a coat of Aleene's Paper Glaze to give it a glass-like finish...sorry about the glare in the photo! All of the papers are from the Cosmo Cricket Places You'll Go collection. I assembled my card by following this week's Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge. I finished it off with a simple button and a couple of brads.

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 this week!

Thanks for stopping by!


Supplies:
Cardstock: Bazzill Kraft, Choice Snow White
Patterned Paper: Cosmo Cricket The Places You'll Go 
Stamps: Scuba Kitty by High Hopes
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Embellishments: button, twine (Papertrey Ink)
Tools: Rectangle Nestabilities, Cuttlebug, Spots and Dots Cuttlebug embossing folder, Aleene's paper glaze

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Meljen's Designs - Cupcake Treat Trio

Hi there! I have an extra yummy card to share today. Since I am this month's guest designer at Meljen's Designs, I get to make a card for each Saturday.

I used one of this week's new releases - Cupcake Treat Trio - for my card today. If you haven't seen the new releases yet, hop on over and check them out, because they are so delicious!!

I colored the image with Copic markers and cut it out with square Nestabilities. The green square was cut out with Scallop Square Nestabilities. I added lots of Stickles in Cotton Candy, Orange Peel, and Lime to the cupcakes, which are chocolate cupcakes, of course! The papers are Ooh La La by My Mind's Eye, and I stitched around the edges. I followed Taylored Expressions Sketch Challenge #120 for the layout.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Have a great weekend! :)

Supplies:
Cardstock: Prism, Choice Buttercream
Patterned Paper: Ooh La La by My Mind's Eye
Stamps: Cupcake Treat Trio by Meljen's Designs
Ink: Copic markers
Embellishments: Pebbles candy dots, Stickles - Orange Peel, Cotton Candy, Lime
Tools: Classic Square Nestabilities, Scallop Square Nestabilities, sewing machine

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Friday, July 9, 2010

CPC Fun on Friday - Embossing

Hi there! Happy Friday! It's time for the Fun on Friday Challenge at Christian Paper Crafts. Today's challenge is to to do wet or dry embossing on your card or other project.

I decided to do a Christmas card for my sample today, because I've been trying to do one every now and then so that I don't have so many to make when Christmas comes. I used this great sketch from Sparkle's Christmas Card Challenges.

I used the Christmas Blessings stamp set from Taylored Expressions. I stamped the image onto Choice Buttercream and cut it out and mounted it up with foam tape. All of the papers are from the SEI Christmas Mint collection, and I stitched around all of the edges. To fit the embossing challenge, I used my Snowflakes Cuttlebug embossing folder to emboss the green panels. I stamped the sentiment onto Choice Buttercream and cut it out like a little banner. I added three green brads to finish my card off.

Thanks for stopping by today! :)

Supplies:
Cardstock: Prism, Choice Buttercream
Patterned Paper: SEI Christmas Mint
Stamps: Christmas Blessings by Taylored Expressions
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa
Embellishments: green brads (The Paper Studio)
Tools: sewing machine, Cuttlebug, Snowflakes Cuttlebug embossing folder, foam tape

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Thursday, July 8, 2010

Meljen's Designs Thursday Challenge

Hi everyone! I am guest designing for Meljen's Designs this month, and when I saw this week's super cute new releases, I knew that I just had to play along in today's challenge. Today's challenge is to make a card using circles.

I used one of the new releases - Fancy Little Teapot - for my card today. I typed a sentiment under it before I printed it out. I cut it out with Circle Nestabilities and colored it in with Copic markers. I followed an older Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge for the layout, and all of these fabulous papers are from the October Afternoon Thrift Shop Collection. I stitched around the edges of all my papers and finished it off with some brads (more circles), and a bow.

Be sure you hop over to the Meljen's Designs blog to see the new releases!

On a personal note, today I am going to register for grad school. Am I crazy? LOL! I am so tired of going to school, but if I take 6 more classes, I will have a masters degree, so I'm kinda crazy not to do it. The school I go to goes by trimesters, so if I take one class per trimester, I can have my degree within a year and a half. Not too bad at all. I'm just lazy because it's an hour commute each way at nighttime, and I'm tired of writing papers. Oh well! Hopefully, it will make me a better teacher. That's the awesome thing about teaching...you're always learning something! :)

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Supplies:
Cardstock: Bazzill Kraft, Prism (black), Choice Buttercream
Patterned Paper: October Afternoon Thrift Shop
Stamps: Fancy Little Teapot by Meljen's Designs, computer-generated sentiment
Ink: Copic markers
Embellishments: ribbon (Offray), brads (The Paper Studio)
Tools: sewing machine, Classic Circle Nestabilities

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Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Friendship is Always in Season


Hi everyone! Yesterday was such a productive day for me! I made eight cards! Yes, that's right...eight! I don't think I've ever made that many in one day. It was a nasty, rainy day outside, so I sat at my desk all day and played with stamps and paper. This card is one of the cards I made.

This card is for the Happy Monday Challenge at Deedee's Digis. I also used this week's freebie - In Season. It came with this perfect coordinating sentiment. I knew when I saw this image that I had to use it, because I sure do enjoy fresh produce. We've been eating lots of fresh tomatoes at my house lately, especially tomatoes since my brother grows them.

I colored in the image with Copic markers and cut it out with Oval Nestabilities and then layered it on the green cardstock that was cut out with Scallop Oval Nestabilities. I also cut out my sentiment with Oval Nestabilities and popped it up with foam tape. I stitched around the edges and added two yellow brads to each corner. Oh, and I used Mercy's Tuesday Sketch Challenge #81 for the layout.

Since I mentioned my brother, here are some photos of him and his tomato plants. Keep in mind that Aaron is 5 feet 10 inches. :)



Thanks for stopping by today! :)

Supplies:
Cardstock: American Crafts, Choice Buttercream
Patterned Paper: CosmoCricket Garden Variety
Stamps: In Season by Deedee's Digis
Ink: Copic markers
Embellishments: yellow brads (The Paper Studio)
Tools: sewing machine, Classic Oval Nestabilities, Scallop Oval Nestabilities

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Monday, July 5, 2010

Hay There!

Hay there, y'all! LOL! I got a chance to stamp tonight, so I made this card using the Udderly Sweet set by Taylored Expressions. This set pairs up perfectly with the Garden Variety paper line by Cosmo Cricket.

I knew when I saw this stamp set that I just *had* to have it. We have all kinds of farm animals around here, and my brother is always growing something, so this set is just perfect to make cards for my family members.

I stamped the image in Memento Tuxedo Black and colored it in with Copic markers. I cut it out with Rectangle Nestabilities and layered it on cardstock cut out with Scallop Rectangle Nestabilities. I added a yellow panel underneath that, and I popped the image panel up with foam tape. I used just one piece of patterned paper and I stitched it to the cardstock. I stamped the sentiment and adhered it right below the image panel. I finished it off with two red brads. Easy! I'm thinking these would make a really cute set. I plan on making some more with the other stamps in the set.

Oh, by the way, I used Sketch Tuesday 60 from Christian Paper Crafts.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! :)

Supplies:
Cardstock: American Crafts, Choice Buttercream
Patterned Paper: Cosmo Cricket Garden Variety
Stamps: Udderly Sweet by Taylored Expressions
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic markers
Embellishments: red brads (The Paper Studio)
Tools: Classic Rectangle Nestabilities, Scallop Rectangle Nestabilities, sewing machine

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Sunday, July 4, 2010

4th of July Yumminess

I love cupcakes...baking them, eating them, buying cupcakey things, etc. They're just so cute! I have been in search of the perfect buttercream icing recipe. I don't like the Wilton one because it uses Crisco, and Crisco leaves that waxy taste in your mouth. I wanted pure buttercream, but yet one that would hold its own with a piping bag and make a beautiful swirl. I finally found it! I have experimented with so many different recipes, but it was worth it. The one I made yesterday was a sure keeper. I even made it in chocolate. Then, I was inspired to make some cupcake wrappers. There is a new cupcake wrapper Cricut cartridge at Walmart. I've been wanting it, but then I Googled "free cupcake wrapper svg" and found lots of them. So, that saves me $39! I chose some red, white, and blue papers and cut out the wrappers to wrap around my cupcakes. Here they are!




Thanks for stopping by! Have a great day!!
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Flip-Flop Fun with Deedee's Digis

Hi there! Happy Independence Day to you! I wish each of my readers and your families a relaxing and wonderful day. Thank you so much to all of our heroes! May God bless them!

Today I have a fun Deedee's Digis card to share with you using this week's freebie from the Happy Monday Challenge. The color combo for the challenge was: turuqoise/ocean blue, pink, and green.

The image comes with a matching sentiment. You can crop it, but I decided to leave it all together and just use it as one panel. I colored my image in with Copic markers and cut it out with rectangle Nestabilities. Then, I added some Yellow and Crystal Stickles, because glittery flip-flops are so much more fun! I *love* my Yellowbox flip-flops. I would seriously wear them everyday if I could. I only wish I could wear them to work. Whoever said flip-flops weren't profressional? LOL! Hey, with the right flip-flops, you can do anything! :)

These papers from the My Mind's Eye Penny Lane Whirlybird collection were just perfect for the color combo. I stitched around the edges, added a bow, and popped my image panel up with some pop-dots. I added a little bling to finish it off. This layout is from an older Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge, and the papers, cardstock, and ribbon were from the Taylored Expressions Spa Key Ingredients.

You have until tonight to create a card for the Happy Monday Challenge. A new challenge will be posted tomorrow.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! :)

Supplies:
Cardstock: Prism, Choice Buttercream
Patterned Paper: My Mind's Eye Penny Lane Whirlybird
Stamps: Deedee's Digis
Ink: Copic markers
Embellishments: ribbon (Taylored Expressions), rhinestones (Michael's stores), Crystal Stickles, Yellow Stickles
Tools: Clasic Rectangle Nestabilities, sewing machine

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Saturday, July 3, 2010

Meljen's Designs - Patriotic Bear

Hi everyone! I am so excited because I was asked to be the July Guest Designer for Meljen's Designs!

I used the new Patriotic Bear digi that was just released yesterday for my card. I think he is such a cutie! I colored him in with Copic markers and cut him out with rectangle Nestabilities. I added some some glitter to the swirls and his hat with my Spica glitter pen (though you can't tell in the photo), added Christmas Red Stickles to the stars on his hat, and added star embellishments to the fireworks.

I stitched around all of the edges, too. I think these papers are my most favorite patriotic papers...ever! I just love the more muted tones of the red, white, and blue, and the patterns are great, too. They are from the We R Memory Keepers Old Glory Collection.

I used Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge 74 for the layout.

Before I go, here's a tip. You may already do this, but this is what I do when I print my digis to ensure I get the right size. To save myself from having to print the digi several times because of guessing at the size (yes, I used to do that!), now I keep a ruler by my printer. I almost always use my Nestabilities to cut out the image, so I simply measure the inside of my die and then I size my digi to those measurements or a bit smaller. By the way, I print mine in Microsoft Word. Hope that helps!

Thank you so much for stopping by today! Have a great weekend!

Supplies:
Cardstock: Prism, Choice ButtercreamPatterned Paper: We R Memory Keepers Old Glory CollectionStamps: Patriotic Bear by Meljen's Designs
Ink: Copic markers
Embellishments: star embellishments (Taylored Expressions 4th of July Project Pantry Kit), Christmas Red Stickles
Tools: Classic Rectangle Nestabilities, sewing machine

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