Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Happy Birthday!

Hi there!! It's my turn for Trendsetter of the Week over at the There She Goes Blog, and for today's Wednesday Trends post, I am featuring an idea on how to decorate the inside of your card. I hope you'll hop over there and check it out

I used some of my newest papers, For the Record 2 by Echo Park...LOVE these papers!! I love the colors and the flowers. This is my new favorite! If you know me and paper, next week I'll have another new favorite. :)

I went with a clean and simple layout but embellished by doing a LOT of stitching and adding some pretty lace. I used the Sentimental Birthday stamp set by TSG and stamped the sentiment on a Nestabilities shape. I accented it with some pearls, which look white in the photo, but in reality, they're a pretty light blue color that matches the papers. 


Here's the inside of my card! As you can see, I kept the elements the same for a uniform look. I don't always decorate the inside of my cards, but I love the finished look when I do! 


Thanks so much for stopping by today! :)

Supplies:
Cardstock: PTI Kraft, X-Press It Blending Card
Patterned Paper: Echo Park For the Record 2
Stamps: Sentimental Birthday by There She Goes
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Embellishments: Kaisercraft pearls, lace (Hobby Lobby), foam dots
Tools: sewing machine, Labels Four Nestabilities

Sunday, November 25, 2012

TSG183 - Seasons Greetings

Hi there! Now that the Thanksgiving holidays are over, it's time to start preparing for Christmas! That means Christmas cards, too, so I have one to share with you today. 

I am the Trendsetter of the Week at There She Goes, and it's my turn to bring you this week's challenge. I chose a photo inspiration challenge. I hope you don't find it too challenging! When it comes to my Christmas decorations, I tend to be very traditional, but with my cards, I love to use non-traditional colors.


I pulled my inspiration from the wreath in the photo and used the Seasons Greetings stamp set by There She Goes. I colored it with Copic markers using lots of bright colors. I added some touches of glitter with my Spica glitter pens. I used Echo Park Holly Jolly Christmas papers...I love these papers! The colors are so bright and fun! I debated back and forth with myself about the rhinestone flourishes for at least five minutes...placing them on the paper and then taking them off. I finally decided my card looked too plain without them. I think I like how it turned out with them on. :) I finished my card off by adding some pretty seam binding from Ribbon Carousel and a sentiment.

This card layout is Sweet Stop Sketch #186


To be eligible for the giveaway, create a card or project with the inspiration photo, and then come back to the TSG Blog to add your name and a link to your project in the InLinkz that is located at the bottom of the challenge post. This challenge is open until the winner has been announced on the following Monday (December 3rd). The winner will get a $5 gift certificate to use in the TSG Web store!

By participating in this challenge, you may also find yourself in the Trendsetting Spotlight that shines on the TSG Blog every Thursday. We will be on the lookout to find challenge cards that stand out and show Trendsetting qualities. TSG stamps are not required to participate in the challenges but are appreciated :)

You do not need to have a blog to be able to participate in the TSG Challenges! You can simply add the URL link from your project after it has been uploaded to your online craft gallery. If you upload your card to an online craft gallery, please use the keyword TSG183 so we can check out your beautiful work!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!! :)

Supplies:
Cardstock: PTI Kraft, PTI Raspberry Fizz, X-Press It Blending Card
Patterned Paper: Echo Park Holly Jolly Christmas
Stamps: Seasons Greetings by There She Goes Clear Stamps
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic markers, Spica glitter pens
Embellishments: pink seam binding, rhinestone flourishes, foam dots
Tools: Classic Circle Nestabilities, Scallop Circle Nestabilities, We R Memory Keepers Corner Chomper, MFT 1st Place Ribbon Award Die-namics

Thursday, November 22, 2012

TSG Sneak Peeks - Snow Buddies & Snowman Sentiments

Hi there! First of all, Happy Thanksgiving!! I'm looking forward to a wonderful day with my family, counting our blessings, enjoying yummy food, and of course, midnight shopping! I wish you and your families a wonderful Thanksgiving!

It's our final day of sneak peeks this week for release week at There She Goes, and you are going to love these sets just as much as the others! Let's get to it! 


Snowbuddies, the new set from Melyssa, has SO many possible ways to be used; we can’t even begin to tell you how excited we are about it! With a whopping 57 stamps, you can build your own snowman, use one provided, or a little of both. It’s the easiest way to build a snowman, and you don’t even have to get cold to do it. ;)


Snow buddies  is a 6x8 set that includes a total of 57 stamps and will sell for $24.00.

What’s a snowman, without a SUPER cute and TOTALLY clever sentiment to go with it? Well, we don’t want to know! The Snowman Sentiments set has 9 fabulous sentiments to coordinate with your Snowbuddies set, or any holiday set you want!

Snowman Sentiment is a 3x4 set that includes a total of 9 stamps and will sell for $9.00.


My card layout is a past sketch from Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenges. I stamped the snowman image and colored it with Copic markers. I used lots of Stardust Stickles on my image and layered it on a scalloped circle. This patterned paper is new. It is the Echo Park Winter Wishes collection...LOVE these colors!! I stamped a sentiment in the bottom corner and embossed the background with the Snowflakes embossing folder. I added three rhinestones near the sentiment to make it pop out. I used the MFT Icicle Die-namics for the border and did some stitching around the edges. I even added more Stardust Stickles to the Icicle border. Finally, I added some Silver Curly Sparkling Ribbon on my card. I LOVE this ribbon from Ribbon Carousel. It's one of my favorites because it's so much fun to use. It's out of stock in silver, but you can get it in other fun colors! 

Here's a close-up of my snowman so you can see the sparkle!


Would you like to win the new Snowbuddies or Snowman Sentiments stamp sets? Here is what you need to do- visit the Trendsetter’s blogs that are participating in each of the blog hop challenges below and comment on their creations as you go. One of the Trendsetter’s blogs (from each hop day) will be randomly chosen as the ‘it’ blog and a winner will be picked using a random number generator from the comments left on that Trendsetter’s Blog Hop Challenge post.

You will not know which blog has been chosen so the more you comment on the better your chances are of winning new stamps! The Blog Hop Challenges will be open until 5 PM Eastern Time Saturday, November 24th with the winner being announced during the release party chat.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!!



Supplies:
Cardstock: PTI Plum Pudding, X-Press It Blending Card
Patterned Paper: Echo Park Winter Wishes
Stamps: Snow Buddies and Snowman Sentiments by There She Goes
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic markers
Embellishments: Stardust Stickles, Kaisercraft rhinestones, silver curly sparkling ribbon, foam dots
Tools: Classic Circle Nestabilities, Scallop Circle Nestabilities, MFT Icicle Die-namics, sewing machine, Cuttlebug Snowflakes embossing folder

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

TSG Snow Globe Blog Hop Challenge

Hi there! It's Day Two of There She Goes Release WeekI told you yesterday that you had to wait until today to see WHY the new Holiday Cheer set was so versatile…well, wait no more! Not only is it a set that stands alone, the SUPER cute images were designed to fit into today’s set, Snow Globe! Along with a matching die, Torico has really out done herself!!



Snow Globe and Die is a 3x4 set that includes a total of 4 stamps and will sell for $29.


I kept my card a little on the simple side. I stamped the snow globe image onto X-Press It Blending Card and cut it out with the coordinating die. The great thing about this stamp set is that you can put anything you want in the snow globe!! I chose to use an image from the Holiday Cheer stamp set that we previewed yesterday. I colored the image with Copic markers, added lots of glitter, and coated the globe with Glossy Accents. However, after it dried, I think the Glossy Accents made my image look a little cloudy. Maybe I need a new bottle! Hopefully before Christmas I will get a new image colored up and put on this card. I embossed the Kraft background with the Snowflakes embossing folder and stamped a sentiment from Holiday Cheer in the bottom corner. The patterned paper is from the Echo Park Holly Jolly collection - one of my all-time faves!


Would you like to win the new Snow Globe and Die set? Here is what you need to do-visit the Trendsetter’s blogs that are participating in each of the blog hop challenges below and comment on their creations as you go. One of the Trendsetter’s blogs (from each hop day) will be randomly chosen as the ‘it’ blog and a winner will be picked using a random number generator from the comments left on that Trendsetter’s Blog Hop Challenge post.

You will not know which blog has been chosen so the more you comment on the better your chances are of winning new stamps! The Blog Hop Challenges will be open until 5 PM Eastern Time Saturday, November 24th with the winner being announced during the release party chat.

That's it for me today! Thanks for stopping by! :)


Supplies:
Cardstock: PTI Hibiscus Burst, PTI Kraft, X-Press It Blending Card
Patterned Paper: Echo Park Holly Jolly
Stamps: Holiday Cheer and Snow Globe by There She Goes
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic markers, Spica glitter pens
Embellishments: Stampin' Up Dazzling Details, Glossy Accents, foam dots, PTI ribbon
Tools: TSG Snow Globe die, Cuttlebug Snowflakes embossing folder, We R Memory Keepers Corner Chomper

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

TSG Holiday Cheer Blog Hop Challenge

If you are looking for my Ribbon Carousel #74 post, please scroll down to the next post. Thanks!

Hi there!!

It's Release Week at There She Goes!! This is always such a fun week! We are previewing some awesome Christmas stamp sets this week!


Torico is at it again, bringing us another SUPER cute holiday set to love and adore, and this one has a twist, but you will have to wait until tomorrow to see WHAT the twist is!! Just take it from me, this set is so versatile, you will be turning to it again and again for all your holiday needs! With four ADORABLE scenes, and four fabulous sentiments, you are sure to fall in love.

Holiday Cheer is a 4x6 set that includes a total of 8 stamps and will sell for $15.00.



I used a past TSG Sketch Challenge for my card. I always LOVE the TSG sketches, but I think this might be one of my favorites! This card was easy to assemble using my newest dies - the MFT Fishtail Flag STAX. I embossed the white background with the Polka Dots embossing folder. The flags were cut out of Bo Bunny Mistletoe paper that I purchased from Ribbon Carousel. The white panel was embossed with the Snowflakes embossing folder, and I added a little ribbon to it. I stamped my  image and colored it with Copic markers. I added lots of glitter for snow. A sentiment and some rhinestones at the bottom finish this card off. 



Would you like to win the new Holiday Cheer stamp set? Here is what you need to do-visit the Trendsetter’s blogs that are participating in each of the blog hop challenges below and comment on their creations as you go. One of the Trendsetter’s blogs (from each hop day) will be randomly chosen as the ‘it’ blog and a winner will be picked using a random number generator from the comments left on that Trendsetter’s Blog Hop Challenge post.

You will not know which blog has been chosen so the more you comment on the better your chances are of winning new stamps! The Blog Hop Challenges will be open until 5 PM Eastern Time Saturday, November 24th with the winner being announced during the release party chat.


Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today! Oh, and in case you didn't see my post yesterday, I created a Facebook page for all of my paper-crafting posts! If you enjoy my cards, I hope you'll "like" the page to follow my work! You can check it out by clicking HERE




Supplies:
Cardstock: PTI Pure Poppy, X-Press It Blending Card, Georgia Pacific white
Patterned Paper: Bo Bunny Mistletoe
Stamps: Holiday Cheer by TSG Stamps
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic markers, Spica glitter pens
Embellishments: Kaisercraft rhinestones, ribbon, foam dots, Stampin' Up Dazzling Details
Tools: Classic Circle Nestabilities, Scallop Circle Nestabilities, MFT Fishtale Flags STAX Die-namics, Cuttlebug Snowflakes embossing folder, Cuttlebug Polka Dots embossing folder

RCC74 - Count Your Blessings!

Hi there! Since it's the week of Thanksgiving, I have a sweet fall card to share with you today. I don't know about y'all, but I am so ready for all of those yummy Thanksgiving foods! :)


Have you played along yet with this month's Ribbon carousel Challenge?!  We are now doing monthly challenges with a big prize at the end for one lucky challenge participant!  
Each month we are giving away a Ribbon Carousel 
to one of our randomly chosen challenge participants!


This month's theme is
GivinThanks/Fall


Not only did I make this card for the RCC74 challenge, but I also made it for the MFT Stamps December Guest Designer Contest. I used the a la Modes Sweetest Pumpkin in the Patch stamp and colored her up with Copic markers. I cut out the image with the MFT Rounded Banner STAX Die-namics and sponged the sky background with Aspen Mist VersaMagic Chalk Ink. I also added a grassy border to the bottom with my Copics. This patterned paper, Kitchen Spice by Bo Bunny, is OLD! I found it as I was digging through my paper bins and decided to use it. I really love the colors in the plaid piece. I did some stitching around the edges. To embellish my card, I added some Kaisercraft pearls and some jute twine from Ribbon Carousel. I finished it off by adding a sentiment that I stamped on a flag from the MFT First Place Ribbon Award Die-namics

I love how this card turned out! 

Ready to play?! 

There are three rules to be eligible for the prize:
1.  You MUST use ribbon or twine on your creation 
2. Your project must be based on the theme of the month
3. You must add  a NEW project  to the inlinkz and link directly back to your project on your blog or online gallery.

You have until November 30th to add your creation to the link collection at the Ribbon Carousel blog. The random winner of the Ribbon Carousel will be announced on the RC blog on Monday, December 3rd!

To link up your project, click HERE and go to the bottom of that post!    

Good luck!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! :)

Supplies:
Cardstock: PTI Kraft, X-Press It Blending Card
Patterned Paper: Bo Bunny Kitchen Spice
Stamps: MFT Stamps - Sweetest Pumpkin in the Patch a la Modes
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Aspen Mist VersaMagic Chalk Ink, Copic markers
Embellishments: Kaisercraft pearls, jute twine, foam dots
Tools: sewing machine, MFT Rounded Banner STAX Die-namics, MFT First Place Ribbon Award Die-namics

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Happy Holidays!

Hi there!!

It's There She Goes Again Week at TSG! This week we featured three stamp sets: Stick Together, Penguin Pals, and Just for You.  My card is a little late!! I apologize for that! Never late is better, but better late than never, right?

I used one of my favorite sets - Just for You. I love this set because it works for several different occasions and even has matching dies which make the cutting work super easy! I reach for this set when I want to make a quick card and don't feel like coloring (yup, it happens!). This set makes adorable tags, too! 


The papers I used in my card are from the Bo Bunny Mistletoe paper pad. I did some stitching around the edges. That white thread really pops on those dark colors! I stamped my image a few times on a few different patterned papers and cut them out so that I could layer my image. I added some red rhinestones to the sentiment banner. I also used some Green V-Striped Twill Ribbon from Ribbon Carousel and tied it off with a little red twine.  When I went to adhere my image to the card, I felt like it blended in too much with the background , so I added the white embossed circle behind it to make it stand out a little better.


I am off from school all week next week, so I'm looking forward to a week of relaxing and stamping!
Thanks so much for stopping by today! :) 


Supplies:
Cardstock: PTI Pure Poppy, X-Press It Blending Card
Patterned Paper: Bo Bunny Mistletoe
Stamps: Just for You by There She Goes
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Embellishments: Kaisercraft Red Rhinestones, Green V-Striped Twill Ribbon (ribboncarousel.com), red twine, foam dots
Tools: sewing machine, Cuttlebug, Polka Dots embossing folder

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Whimsie Doodles & Ribbon Carousel Blog Hop

Hi there! The Ribbon Carousel Crewmates are teaming up with the talented designers from Whimsie Doodles to bring you a blog hop jam packed with crafty eye candy!  
We will be helping to show off some of the amazing digi stamps AND some ribbon and twine from the Ribbon Carousel, of course!  

Here’s a little about our sponsor:


Whimsie Doodles is so excited to be blog hopping with the RC! In March of 2009 Melyssa Connolly, artist and owner, began turning her whimsical hand-drawn images into digital files for sale online. Whimsie Doodles' digital stamp line features images that range from cute little boys and girls, to punny stuff, and everything in-between. We enjoy sharing lots of samples on our company blog, where we also post challenges and tutorials.


We are huge fans of Melyssa here at the RCC! And can you guess why? Aside from the fabulous designs and amazing artwork from the Whimsie Doodles team, Melyssa is the designer of the carousel in our previous logo! 

Now, lets talk prizes!   

Hop along with us today and leave some blog love for our Ribbon Carousel Crewmates and the Whimsie Doodle designers to be eligible to win one of the 2 prizes up for grabs!  We'll select 2 random commenters from 2 randomly selected designer blog, so be sure to spread the love around!

The Whimsie Doodles prize is a $25 Gift Certificate to the Whimsie Doodles store, and the RC prize is a $25 Gift Certificate to the RC store

Here's the card I created for today's hop!



My card uses the ADORABLE Lizzie's Pumpkins! My patterned papers are from the Bo Bunny Apple Cider collection, and I used some Cotton Twill Ribbon from Ribbon Carousel; this is one of my favorite ribbons! I used the Square Lattice embossing folder from Stampin' Up to emboss the Kraft background and finished my card off with some rhinestones. That's it! 

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today! :)

Ready to Hop?!


Supplies:
Cardstock: PTI Simply Chartreuse, PTI Kraft, X-Press It Blending Card
Patterned Paper: Bo Bunny Apple Cider
Stamps: Lizzie's Pumpkins by Whimsie Doodles
Ink: Copic markers
Embellishments: Kaisercraft Rhinestones, Cotton Twill Ribbon, foam dots
Tools: Classic Rectangle Nestabilities, MFT Fishtail Flags STAX Die-namics, Stampin' Up Square Lattice Embossing Folder

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Simple Christmas Tags (and some news!)

Hi there! 

I know it's not quite Thanksgiving yet, but I couldn't resist whipping up some simple Christmas tags this afternoon. I was inspired by Heather Pulvirenti's take on this week's Clean and Simple Stamping FTL216 sketch. She also made a Christmas tag, and I realized this was a perfect sketch for some quick tags!

I used Bo Bunny Mistletoe paper and some V-Striped Twill Ribbon both from the Ribbon Carousel store. Speaking of the Ribbon Carousel store, did you know that they are having a MAJOR sale? Check it out! 

The stamp is a sentiment from the Merry and Bright stamp set by MFT Stamps. I did a little stitching around each tag and accented them with Kaisercraft Rhinestones. I also used some jute twine and red and green baker's twine. 
Here are some close-up shots!




It felt good to do this little bit of stamping today. I haven't had hardly any motivation to stamp lately! I think my mind has been occupied with other things, plus I've also been very tired! That might be because of the  news that I have been meaning to share on my blog; however I keep forgetting to share it! 

I am going to have a baby!! My husband and I are expecting a sweet little blessing that is due in May 2013! We are SO excited!! Between being sick and feeling exhausted all the time, stamping hasn't been at the top of my to-do list lately, and that's why I enjoyed making these tags so much today! 

Thanks for stopping by! :)

Supplies:
Cardstock: PTI Pure Poppy, PTI Kraft, Georgia Pacific white
Patterned Paper: Bo Bunny Mistletoe
Stamps: MFT Stamps Merry and Bright
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Embellishments: V-Striped Twill Ribbon (ribboncarousel.com), Clear Kaisercraft Rhinestones, silver eyelets, baker's twine, jute twine
Tools: Small and Large Classic Rectangle Nestabilities, Scalloped Rectangle Nestabilities

Sunday, November 4, 2012

One Scoop at a Time!

Hi there!

I whipped up a quick card today using the Enjoy Life stamp set by There She Goes Clear Stamps. I also used the coordinating dies to cut out the ice cream cone. These dies make stamping simple! 

The patterned paper I used is from the My Mind's Eye Lime Twist Happy Go Lucky collection. I used some  5/8" Celery Ruffled Edge Ribbon from Ribbon Carousel and some rhinestones to embellish my card. 


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

Supplies:
Cardstock: PTI Kraft, X-press It Blending Card
Patterned Paper: My Mind's Eye Lime Twist Happy Go Lucky
Stamps: Enjoy Life by TSG Stamps
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa
Embellishments: Celery Ruffled Edge Ribbon (ribboncarousel.com), Stardust Stickles, Kaisercraft Rhinestones, foam dots
Tools: TSG Enjoy Life Dies, MFT Solid Bracket Border Die-namics, Classic Circle Nestabilities, Lacey Circle Nestabilities