Wednesday, August 31, 2011

{ippity} Where You Should Be

Hi there! It's Wednesday, so that means I get to share a new Ippity card with you today! Today I used a set that I haven't used before - Where You Should Be. I just love the quotes and simple images in this set.

I used this week's Sweet Stop Sketch Challenge #123 for the layout. This is also for the current 1-2-3 challenge on the Ippity Challenge blog - 1 stamped sentiment/image, 2 colors of cardstock, and 3 patterned papers. My card fits perfectly!

I stamped my image in Memento Tuxedo Black and did some sponging around the edges. I layered it on a scalloped square. This beautiful patterned paper is from the My Mind's Eye A Happy Heart 6x6 paper pad. I love these papers!!

I punched out the border with the EK Success Arbor border punch, and I added some Papertrey Ink ribbon and some felt flowers that I made using the My Favorite Things rolled roses dies. I was afraid my flowers might look a bit out of place there, but I was trying to follow the sketch, so I hope it turned out okay!

I know that the other lades on the I Heart {ippity} design team have beautiful things to share with you today, so be sure to hop over there and see all of the inspiration. Don't forget to check out Heather's {ippity} stock while you're there!

Have a great day!! :)

Supplies:
Cardstock: Cream and Smoky Shadow (Papertrey Ink)
Patterned Paper: My Mind's Eye A Happy Heart
Stamps: Where You Should Be by Ippity
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Memento Cataloupe, Memento Tangelo
Embellishments: pearls (want2scrap), ribbon (Papertrey Ink), twine, button, felt 
Tools: Cuttlebug, Rolled Rose Dies (My Favorite Things), Arbor border punch (EK Success), Classic Square Nestabilities, Scallop Square Nestabilities

Monday, August 29, 2011

Happy Birthday!

Hellooo!! This is a card I made last weekend, and I'm just now getting around to posting it on my blog. I actually made it with last week's Sweet Sunday Sketch, but didn't get it posted in time to share for that.

I don't know about y'all, but I can never have enough birthday cards in my stash.They're the kind of thing that you just need to have on hand all the time, and I never do! I have St. Patrick's Day cards, though! Go figure. ha! :)

I stamped this super cute Moka Taylor onto Choice Buttercream and colored her with Copic markers. I paper-pieced her dress with patterned paper from the My Mind's Eye Lost and Found Madison Avenue collection. I actually picked up this paper pad at my local Hobby Lobby. I was so excited to see they were carrying some of the MME 6x6 pads because now I can get them 50% off when Hobby Lobby puts their paper on sale!! :)

I sponged around the edge of the image panel and all of the card edges with Memento Desert Sand ink. I matted my image panel on a scalloped Kraft rectangle. The scalloped cream border was cut out with the Scalloped Eyelet Border Die by Taylored Expressions. I finished this card off with three pearls at the bottom. I cannot believe there is no ribbon at all on this card! I just couldn't find a place to put it. It looks naked to me. Ha!

Thanks for stopping by today!! :)

Supplies:
Cardstock: Kraft (Papertrey Ink), Choice Buttercream (Taylored Expressions)
Patterned Paper: My Mind's Eye Lost & Found Madison Avenue
Stamps: Moka Taylor (Taylored Expressions)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Memento Desert Sand
Embellishments: pearls (want2scrap) 
Tools: Classic Rectangle Nestabilities, Scallop Rectangle Nestabilities, Cuttlebug, Scalloped Eyelet Border Die (Taylored Expressions)

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Christmas Card Challenge #39

Good morning! Happy Sunday to you! I must say that while it's been beautiful weather here, I've been much in prayer for my East Coast friends as they are enduring Hurricane Irene. I don't wish hurricanes on anyone!

Today's Christmas Card Challenge #39 is to incorporate a photo into your Christmas card. I'm really bad about taking a lot of pictures and never printing them, so the only recent prints I had were of our wedding. I decided that would be appropriate since it was a big event that happened this year. However, it's not a very Christmasy looking photo, so I decided to pair it with the BasicGrey Eskimo Kisses patterned papers, since those have shades of pink in them.

I embossed the Kraft background with the Snowflakes embossing folder and stamped "Merry Kissmas" from the Kissmas and Mistletoe set by Ippity directly on the Kraft. My picture is matted on a scalloped rectangle, and I finished my card off with a ribbon and a pink button. Simple!

Be sure you hop over to the Christmas Card Challenges blog to see the rest of the design team's creations! We'd love to have you join us this week. Remember, the challenge is optional.

On another note, last night I went to one of thos events where you get to paint the canvas. It was so much fun! At first I was kinda aggravated because I kept messing up, but then as I started getting towards the end, I really loved how it turned out. Also, if you stand about five feet away from it, you can't even see my mistakes. *grin* It's hot pink, but it looks more red in this photo. I have it hanging in my craft room!


That's it for me! Have a great Sunday! :)

Supplies:
Cardstock: Kraft (Papertrey Ink), white (Georgia Pacific)
Patterned Paper: Basic Grey Eskimo Kisses
Stamps: Kissmas and Mistletoe by Ippity
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Embellishments: ribbon (Papertrey Ink), button, twine, foam tape
Tools: Classic Rectangle Nestabilities, Scallop Rectangle Nestabilities, Cuttlebug, Snowflakes embossing folder

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

{Meljen's Designs} My First Card!

Hi everyone!! Meljen's Designs is doing things a bit differently today. Meljen's Designs has some great news coming up soon, and so we are blasting back to the past today as we prepare for the big news! This week's challenge is to share with us your very first card made using a Meljen's Designs image.

This is my first card using a Meljen's Designs image!


And just for fun, here are a few more of my all-time favorite cards I've made with Meljen's Designs images!





Be sure you pop over to the Meljen's Designs blog today to check out the rest of the inspiration.

Thanks for stopping by! :)

{Ippity} Books a Flutter

Hi everyone! As you know, every Wednesday, I get to share an Ippity creation with you! Be sure you check out all of the inspiration on the I Heart{ippity} blog!

I'm using a new-to-me set today - Books a Flutter. I *love* to read. In fact, I've been reading all summer long. I've almost ready everything written by Colleen Coble (just over the summer)! She is such a good writer. Also, I'm an English teacher, so I try to instill an appreciation for literature in my students.

Anyway, I decided to do something a little different with this card. I stamped the image on Kraft cardstock and colored it with my Copic markers. I love how the image turned out, so this is definitely a technique that I'll try again someday. I accented the image edges with White Opal Liquid Pearls. The black border was punched with the EK Success Deco Scallop border punch. I also stamped the sentiment on Kraft, and I finished off my card with a bow, button, and some red twine. I also added two black pearls to the top left corner.

Speaking of twine, I've been wanting that sampler from The Twinery for awhile, but I just couldn't see paying that much for some twine. I'm cheap, so I found a great sampler of twine on eBay for less than $10 - lots of colors and good quality, too! :)

That's it for me today. I'm so glad you stopped by my blog, and I hope you enjoyed seeing my card! Again, remember to check out the inspiration at the I Heart {ippity} blog. Have a great day! :)

Supplies:
Cardstock: Kraft, black (Papertrey Ink)
Patterned Paper: For the Record by Echo Park 
Stamps: Books a Flutter by Ippity 
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic markers
Embellishments: White Opal Liquid Pearls, red twine, black ribbon (Papertrey Ink), button, black pearls (want2scrap), foam tape
Tools: Classic Square Nestabilities, Deco Scallop border punch (EK Success)

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Christmas Card Challenge #38

Good morning! Happy Sunday! This week's Christmas Card Challenge #38 is to use glitter on our card.

I haven't made a Christmas card with a snowman on it in a long time, so I decided to use this adorable image, Caroling Snowmen, by Meljen's Designs. I colored it with Copic markers and added LOTS of glitter to it. My glittery cards never photograph well. :( I promise, it's there! I added lots of glitter with my Clear Spica Glitter pen and then I used the Liquid Applique along the brim of their hats. I dusted it with Crystal Fine glitter before heating it to make it puffy. I also added lots of Stickles and Tiny Twinkles.

I layered my image on a scallop square. The patterned paper is from the Cosmo Cricket Jolly by Golly line, and I stitched around the edges.

I added a super shabby bow with a button and some twine.

That's it for me today, but be sure you head over to the Christmas Card Challenges blog to see the rest of the design team samples. I hope you have a great day!! :)

Supplies:
Cardstock: Kraft (Bazzill), Pure Poppy (Papertrey Ink)
Patterned Paper: Cosmo Cricket Jolly by Golly
Stamps: Caroloing Snowmen by Meljen's Designs
Ink: Copic markers
Embellishments: Clear Spica glitter pen, Yellow Stickles, Diamond Stickles, Tiny Twinkles (Taylored Expressions), Liquid Applique, Martha Stewart Crystal Fine glitter, seam binding (Prairie Bird Boutique), twine (Papertrey Ink), button, foam tape
Tools: Classic Square Nestabilities, Scallop Square Nestabilities, sewing machine

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

{Ippity} Shine, Shine, Shine!

Hellooo! Happy Wednesday! I can't believe it's already mid-week. We had Open House at the school last night, so afterwards I whipped up this card for today's Ippity post. I just love the vintage lamps in the Shine, Shine, Shine set.

I paired this lamp with some patterned paper from the October Afternoon Thrift Shop line. I stamped my image in Memento Tuxedo Black onto Bazzill Kraft cardstock and cut it out with Classic Oval Nestabilities. I layered it on a black panel cut out with Scallop Oval Nestabilities.

I stitched around the edges with black thread. I love how the black thread just "pops" off of the blue striped paper. I stamped the sentiment, "it's your time to shine shine shine shine shine" at the bottom and added two black pearls to opposite corners.

I added a sheer, black ribbon and then attached my image panel with foam tape. Last, I used Bisque Liquid Pearls to accent my image panel. I love how the Liquid Pearls just frame the lamp!

Be sure you hop over to Heather's I Heart {ippity} blog to see what the rest of the Design Team has to share with you today. I know they have some awesome creations!

Thanks so much for stopping by!! :)

Supplies:
Cardstock: Bazzill Kraft, black (Papertrey Ink)
Patterned Paper: October Afternoon Thrift Shop
Stamps: Shine, Shine, Shine by Ippity
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Embellishments: black pearls (want2scrap), Bisque Liquid Pearls, ribbon, foam tape
Tools: Classic Oval Nestabilities, Scallop Oval Nestabilities

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Christmas Card Challenge #37

Hi there! Happy Sunday! I've been winding down this weekend after a very busy first week at school. I cleaned up my craft room and made a few cards and other than that, I did as little as possible!

It's time for a new challenge at Christmas Card Challenges, and this week's challenge is Christmas Cheer (drinks, etc.), so I decided to make a card with this cute C.C. Designs Cocoa Emma image that I've had forever and never used. I think she turned out so cute on this card!

I embossed the blue background with the Polka Dots embossing folder and rounded all of my corners. The patterned paper is from the BasicGrey Eskimo Kisses collection. You probably didn't notice, but now you will since I'm going to point it out, but after I photographed my card, I realized I adhered the Christmas three paper UPSIDE DOWN. Geez. I'm praying the recipient of this card won't notice. I thought it was too cute to toss in the trash, and there wasn't really a way to fix it. It's just one of those "oops" moments. :)

I colored Cocoa Emma with Copic markers and used Liquid Applique dusted with Crystal Fine glitter on the furry trim of her clothes and boots. I went around the edges of the image with Liquid Pearls. That's a technique that I love but am still trying to get right. My dots are still uneven, but it's much better than my last attempt!

I stamped a sentiment tag and then added three silver brads and ribbon, twine, a snowflake, and a button to finish my card off.

Hopefully I can get a few more cards made this afternoon. Be sure to pop over to the Christmas Card Challenges blog to see the beautiful inspiration from the design team!

Thanks for stopping by! :)

Supplies:
Cardstock: Bazzill 
Patterned Paper: BasicGrey Eskimo Kisses
Stamps: C.C. Designs, Sparkle and Cheer by Taylored Expressions
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic markers
Embellishments: silver brads (The Paper Studio) ribbon (Papertrey Ink), twine (Papertrey Ink), snowflake (Heidi Swapp), button, White Opal Liquid Pearls, Liquid Applique, Martha Stewart Crystal Fine glitter, foam tape
Tools: Classic Oval Nestabilities, Scallop Oval Nestabilities, Tag Trio Nestabilities, We R Memory Keepers corner chomper, Cuttlebug, Polka Dots embossing folder

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

{Meljen's Designs} Little Alligator

Hi there!! Happy Thursday! Thank goodness...only two more days until the weekend. :) Thursday means that there's a new release and a new challenge over at Meljen's Designs, so I want to show you these cute new digis! Check out these sweet jungle animals! The little gator reminds me of the show Swamp People on History channel. My family *loves* that show!! This week's challenge is to use black in your card.


I used "Little Alligator" for my card, and I kept it super simple. I used Karen's Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge #129.  I colored the little alligator with Copic markers and cut it out with Rectangle Nestabilities. I stamped the "hello" sentiment from Mega Mixed Messages by Papertrey Ink. I used a simple piece of green patterned paper and finished it off with a black ribbon treatment and some Twinkles. Super simple.



Be sure you pop over to the Meljen's Designs blog and see the rest of the awesome inspiration from the Design Team and get the challenge details. While you are there, be sure to notice the amazing new blog layout that Melissa has been working so hard on!! I personally love it! Thanks for stopping by!! :)

Supplies:
Cardstock: Papertrey Ink
Patterned Paper: My Mind's Eye Lime Twist Happy Go Lucky
Stamps: Little Alligator by Meljen's Designs, Mega Mixed Messages by Papertrey Ink 
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic markers
Embellishments: twine (Papertrey Ink), ribbon (Papertrey Ink), button, Tiny Twinkles (Taylored Expressions)
Tools: Classic Rectangle Nestabilities, Jumbo Scallop border die (My Favorite Things)

Clean & Simple Ippity Card

Hi there! Happy Wednesday! I have an Ippity card to share with you today using one of the newer sets - Shine, Shine, Shine. This is such a fun set!

I decided to go with a clean and simple look, and I'm entering this card in two challenges - Clean and Simple #152 and the Clean and Simple Challenge on the Ippity blog.

I stamped one of the lamps from the set in Memento Tuxedo Black and colored the base with a Copic marker. I stamped it again on patterned paper so that I could paper-piece the shade.

The patterned paper is from the My Mind's Eye Stella Rose Gertie collection, and I cut out the shapes with Nestabilities. I just popped up the white panel with a little foam tape. I stamped the sentiment at the bottom with Memento Tuxedo Black.

Soooo simple!

Hop over to the I Heart {ippity} blog where you can see the rest of inspiration from the amazing design team and check out all of Heather's {ippity} stock. She can help you with all of your {ippity} needs...because you know we all need more stamps! :)

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great day! :)

Supplies:
Cardstock: Kraft
Patterned Paper: My Mind's Eye Stella Rose Gertie
Stamps: Shine ,Shine, Shine by Ippity
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic marker
Tools: Cuttlebug, Nestabilities

Monday, August 8, 2011

Meljen's Designs - Back to School!

Hi everyone! It's Back to School for me today! I had a great day, but I'm exhausted and there are soooo many new names to learn - around 130 of them! I'm looking forward to a great year with my students, though! :)

I wanted to make some little "happies" for my fellow teachers, and I knew this Apple for Teacher digi by Meljen's Designs would be perfect for making gift tags.

I started by sizing my digi to fit in the upper portion of the oval and typing a sentiment underneath it before printing it out. I cut it out with Classic Oval Nestabilities and colored it with Copic markers. I added a strip of patterned paper and accented it with some gingham ribbon, twine, a button, and three red Twinkles.

I attached the tag base to the red cardstock, which was cut out with Scallop Oval Nestabilities. I put an eyelet at the top to reinforce the hole.

I  tied the tag to a bag filled with Lemon Crinkle cookies. These are such a delicious and easy cookie to make, so of course, I'm going to share the recipe with you!


Lemon Crinkles
1 box Duncan Hines Lemon Supreme cake mix
2 cups Cool Whip, thawed
1 egg, beaten
1/2 cup powdered sugar

In a large bowl, combine cake mix, Cool Whip, and egg. Mix until well combined. Chill the dough several hours. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Form one-inch balls and roll them in the powdered sugar. Place the cookies on a greased cookie sheet several inches apart. Bake 10-12 minutes until the cookies are set but not browned. Cool on wire rack.

A couple tips that I've learned from baking these a lot:
-Mix the batter with a wooden spoon. It is WAY too thick to mix with a mixer.
-Yes, you must chill the batter. It makes it much easier to roll the cookies into balls. I stick mine in the fridge for about an hour, or if you're really impatient, try the freezer for a little bit.
-My medium-sized Pampered Chef cookie scoop is the perfect size for these cookies! I just scoop and drop right into the powdered sugar.
-10 minutes is the magic number for me in terms of baking. I like a soft cookie, though. They may look like they're not done, but after letting them sit for awhile, they'll firm up a bit. Everyone's oven is different, though.

These are soooo simple to make! Try them with pecans, or try different flavors of cake batter such as chocolate or strawberry. There are lots of possibilities!

That's it for me tonight. No one has to make me go to bed...I'm tired! Have a great evening!

Supplies:
Cardstock: Bazzill
Patterned Paper: October Afternoon Report Card
Stamps: Apple for Teacher by Meljen's Designs
Ink: Copic markers
Embellishments: Twinkles (Taylored Expressions), ribbon (Walmart), twine (Papertrey Ink), button, eyelet
Tools: Classic Oval Nestabilities, Scallop Oval Nestabilities

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Christmas Card Challenge #36

Good morning! It's time for Christmas Card Challenge #36! This week's challenge is "recyle." Remember that the challenges aren't required to participate, though. Oh, and because it's the first Sunday in the month, this week's challenge is sponsored by Sparkle Creation Rubber Stamps. One participant will be a lucky winner! :)

For the "recyle" part of my card, I decided to use aluminum foil. I took a piece of foil and embossed it in my Cuttlebug with the Snowflakes embossing folder. This is a really fun technique to do, but you just have to be careful that you don't tear it. I love this effect, though! Because I used aluminum foil, I am also entering this card in the Sew Many Challenges #63 - to use foil on your card.

I stamped the dove and sentiment, both from the Sparkle and Cheer set by Taylored Expressions, in Memento Lady Bug and Memento Bamboo Leaves. I cut out the image panel with Classic Circle Nestabilities and layered it on the cardstock cut out with Scallop Circle Nestabilities.

I embossed the green background with the Polka Dots embossing folder, and the patterned paper is from the Tinsel and Twig Collection by The Girl's Paperie. I finished it off with a couple pearls in opposite corners, and a ribbon, button, and twine.

Be sure to hop over to the Christmas Card Challenges blog to see what the rest of the Design Team created for you.

I plan on doing a little more stamping this afternoon after church. I had a busy week at work last week preparing for school to start tomorrow. We're ready for the students! I'm so excited! :)

Supplies:
Cardstock: Bazzill
Patterned Paper: Tinsel and Twig by The Girl's Paperie
Stamps: Sparkle and Cheer by Taylored Expressions
Ink: Memento - Lady Bug and Bamboo Leaves
Embellishments: pearls (want2scrap), ribbon, button, twine
Tools: Classic Circle Nestabilities, Scallop Circle Nestabilities, Cuttlebug, Polka Dots embossing folder, Snowflakes embossing folder
Other: aluminum foil

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

{Ippity} God's Love

Hi everyone! Happy Wednesday to you! Today is my second day back at work/school. I enjoyed my first day back yesterday. We had a really informative workshop, and I picked up a lot of great tips to use in my classroom. I love it when I get something out of those workshops!

Since today is Wednesday, that means I have a new Ippity creation to share with you! I used the What Matters Most set for this card, and I followed Sweet Stop Sketch 119 for the layout.

I stamped the sentiment - "God's love is in the way of the trees, songs of the breeze, and the flutter of our hearts" in Memento Rich Cocoa. I cut out the squares with Classic Square Nestabilities, and I embossed the background with the Swiss Dots embossing folder. I did lots of stitching on the layers and added a bow and a button tied with twine. I finished it off with a few pearls in each corner.

The little bit of patterned paper I used is from the My Mind's Eye Life of the Party collection.

Remember to head over to the I Heart Ippity blog and check out the rest of the awesome inspiration I know the design team has for you, and check out Heather's stock of Ippity stamps while you are there!

Thanks for stopping by! :)

Supplies:
Cardstock: Bazzill
Patterned Paper: My Mind's Eye Life of the Party
Stamps: What Matters Most by Ippity
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa
Embellishments: pearls (want2scrap), ribbon, twine (My Mind's Eye), button
Tools: Cuttlebug, Classic Square Nestabilities, Swiss Dots embossing folder, sewing machine