Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Harvest Blessings

The temps are cooling down here in Kansas City, making for some nice crisp mornings/evenings and although everything is still green Fall will be here in no time.  This week over at Cooking It Up With Katie the team has created some wonderful projects perfect for fall!  We are sponsored this week by Digital Delights and they have some super cute images!

Our challenge this weeks is as follows:

"Use a Punch, Include a Pair (2 of the same thing or 2 ribbons, 2 flowers etc), and Make a Pocket (this can be real or faux, even on the image counts).

 I started by making my card base using the pattern from CTMH Orignials book called "invitation" on 
page 81. I grabbed some scraps and this fun fall paper from Cloud 9 Design paper pad. I cut my tags using my Cricut and Plantin Schoolbook cartridge. I chose to work with the "Harvest Blessings" sentiment from the fall sentiments set and distressed the edges before adding to my tags.  Now the fun part- I added what looks like stitching (in CTMH chocolate ink)  to my cream piece using a tracing wheel (thanks Sue for teaching us this technique)!

I am entering this in the following challenges:

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

It's Party Time at the Outlawz!

 That's right The Outlawz is having a "Big 1000 Member Bash" and you will not want to miss it!!!  Check out their flyer and make sure to mark your calendars so you don't miss this party!

Monday, September 26, 2011

Rah Rah Rhonda

It's Homecoming this week here in our town, so everyone is gearing up for the "Big Game" as well as parade and dance.GO TIGERS!!! When I saw this image I thought it would make the perfect card for the challenge this week at The Crazy Challenge, which is to pick 3 colors to work with so I chose our school colors black/yellow or gold/white.  We are sponsored this week by Sassy Studio Designs and I have used Rah Rah Rhonda image from their store.

I am very excited to share with you that the overall layout of this card is my first sketch that I designed for the challenge this week at Sunday Sketch & Stamp. We are honored to be sponsored by Kut 4 You and
one lucky winner will receive 2 chipboard albums and 5 sets of chipboard shapes. How cool is that!!!

My card is also for the challenge this week at Lollipop Crafts, where it's all about "anything goes" this week! Come check out what the entire team of Lollipop gals have created to inspire you this week!

365 Cards

This past week at 365 Cards it's all about creating masculine cards, I have given it a go and although some I have used "non-traditional" male colors I think they came out pretty good!

 Day 202- use the sketch to create you card with masculine style
 Day 203- Back to School with a masculine style
 Day 204-Outer Space with masculine style
 Day 205-Summer vacation with masculine style
 Day 206-Love with masculine style
 Day 207- Sweet treats with a masculine style
Day 208- Funny cards with masculine style

Monday, September 19, 2011

Luigi Halloween Layout- Lollipop Crafts #49

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We have a fun and easy challenge for you this week at Lollipop Crafts, the challenge is "anything but a card" and since I am trying to get back to scrapbooking my pics this was the perfect opportunity to crank out a layout.  We are sponsored this week by Robyn's Fetish and it's T-team's (Tammy's team) turn to share their talents, so make sure to check out their projects when you enter the challenge this week.

Here is a little about our sponsor:
Robyn's Fetish Digital Stamps And More is proud to sponsor this challenge.

Robyn's Fetish Digital Stamps And More, a division of I Did It Creations, was created and is
is owned by Robyn Weinrib.  Robyn offers a wonderful variety of digital stamps and digital papers, designed to meet the needs of all digital paper crafting addicts for every occasion.

Robyn's Fetish Digital Stamps And More is happy to offer the winner of this challenge 5 digital stamps or 4 digital stamps and 1 digital paper set of their choice.

These are pics of my little Lucas last year at his school Halloween party, he was Luigi from Super Mario Brothers and he looked so cute with those little freckles and mustache.  They made ghosts from paper plates with streamers and played mummy wrap for their game.

Now now only did I create a layout, but I tried a new technique!  I created this fun little flower embellie, by pulling the stitching on one to gather it into a circle.  I then created a smaller one so I could have 2 layers, attached to a huger Glubber dot, and added a button to finish!

Lots of Layers-Kaboodle Doodles #85

Hope you all had a fantastic weekend!  I ran another 5K race on Saturday morning followed by a b-day party in afternoon and a fun night of cards/board games with some AMAZING friends.  It rained most of weekend cancelling all 4 baseball games on Sunday, so we go to just relax all day!

Are you ready for another challenge this week at Kaboodle Doodles?  This week is all about layers and we are sponsored by my fave store The Stamping Boutique! One lucky person will receive 3 digis of the their choice from the TSB store.  I chose to work with this wonderful image called "ribbon and rose", as some may know I love to create cards for soldiers to send back home to their loved ones so this image was perfect for that however is very versatile and can be used for all the the other awareness ribbons.  

I followed the sketch over at Cardabilities, my card stocks are all CTMH and are inked in chocolate. The sentiment is from a Stampin' Up set that I have never used before. Come on over and join the fun and see the rest of the team's wonderful projects!

365 Cards

I created this card using this wonderful image from Meljen's Designs and the sketch from 
365 Cards #195. I turned the sketch on it's side and made the inside look like candy corn to match.

I am using this card as my 365 Cards #196 project for to "divide & conquer"- you must have 5 parts, so I am counting my stars/dots strips as 4 parts and my cream strip as the fifth.

Challenge #197 is all about using bead on your project at 365 Cards, so I pulled these purple colored ones to add to my card.  I just love the embossing from the spider web Cuttlebug folder.

Sentiment standout is the challenge #198 at 365 Cards and so I chose to use my new fave Halloween stamp from the $1 section at Joann's.  Paper is from the Oct 31 paper pad from Fancy Pants Designs. 

Here is another scrap card I made for 365 Cards challenge #199,
pick a highly memorable year in your life, and use that to inspire your card. Last year was very memorable for me as I lost 50 lbs and felt like a flower blossoming into a woman that had been lost for a long time.
365 Cards challenge #200 is about digging through your junk drawer and using something from it on your card, well I have a stash of buttons in mine so that is what I used in center of bow on that big present.

365 Cards challenge #201 is "1+1=1 beautiful card,"
Pick two of your dearest friends and choose something about them to contribute to your card.  It can be anything you want that makes you think of them. This lovely card design idea if from my friend Darla for a card swap and it's made with CTMH products which makes me think of my fabulous CTMH consultant and friend Sue.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Thanks Book Worm-Sunday Sketch & Stamp #73

With school back in session I have decided to build my stash of cards to be ready for when one is needed for a teacher. I grabbed this adorable image from Robyn's Fetish called "book worm" which is our sponsor this week at Sunday Sketch & Stamp.

We have a a wonderful sketch from Gry with lots of layers, which is exactly what I LOVE!  I raided my scrap stash and found these fun school papers from DCWV.  As you can see I has a little boo-boo with my red copic, but I decided it wasn't that bad.  Add a little embossing with my Swiss dots folder and sentiment is from CTMH.

Come on over and check out rest of girl's creations and join in the fun!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Lollipop Crafts Spotlight

It's time to spotlight our wonderful sponsor this week at Lollipop Crafts
Here's a little bit about Di's Digi Downloads:
I have been drawing since a child and studied graphics at College many years ago, I know work as a medical photographer part time but my love was always drawing.  I started cardmaking about 4 years ago when I bought my daughter a cardmaking kit which we did together, but I'm afraid I got the bug!  My daughter preferred scrapbooking.  I then started looking online at other blogs and this then became my passion and I loved sharing my cards with like-minded people.  I love stamping and loved finding images, but sometimes I could not find what I wanted so i started to draw myself.
This then has become my second addiction and I have never looked back, I love thinking of new images and it's just fabulous to see others take them and make them into beautiful work of art.  Long may it continue!
I have followed the sketch from Sweet Sketch Wednesday for my card and used papers/ribbon/brads from my stash! Don't forget our challenge #48, it's an easy one, all you have to do is use "eyelets or brads" like I did in corners of my card.  Link up your projects here, there is a great prize up for grabs:  
5 digi images OR 3 clear stamp images.
I am entering this card in the following challenges:

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Cooking It Up With Katie/Exciting News!!!

I know I shared this card yesterday (you can see all details here), but it's pulling double duty for the challenge this week at Cooking It Up With Katie.  Our sponsor this week is Sassy Studios so you know a sweet prize will be up for grabs!

Our recipe for this week is as follows:
"Something girly, add some green, and finish with a group of 3."

I get to add this fun little badge to my blog as one of my cards from last week was selected as a spotlight-WOO HOO!  You can check out my card here!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

TSB Challenge #15- Recipe

It's time for another challenge over at The Stamping Boutique and this week April has given us a recipe. 
The recipe is as follows:

4~different colors
3~different embellishments
2~different DP's
1~digital image (please note I said DIGITAL image ;-) )

I started with the sketch over at Skipping Stones Designs for my card. I found this paper in my stash from EK Success called "beauty stripes" that had exactly 4 colors.  I used bling, button, and ribbon on my card for my embellies.  I paired my striped with this scrap of brown polka dot paper and used the 
"Think Happy Thoughts Sentiment" for The Stamping Boutique store.  Now when I got done I decided to create a matching layout and used "pinwheel journal."

Make sure to head over to The Stamping Boutique Challenge Blog and check out all the great things happening there, it's their 2nd Birthday and they are celebrating all month long.  There is something new daily from free images to opportunities to win FREE images- DONT MISS OUT!!! 

There is currently a birthday challenge going on and they will be selecting 30 winners, one for each day and you can enter as many times as you want and win multiple times!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Sunday Sketch & Stamp

I picked up a couple new 6x6 paper packs at Archiver's this past week and could not wait to play with them, so what better time than with the sketch challenge this week at Sunday Sketch & Stamp.  We have a wonderful sketch from Donna and are sponsored this week by Stitchy Bear Stamps.  I grabbed that "Happy Halloween" stamp in the $1 section at Jo Ann's and it's from Inkadinkado. The bat is from a CTMH stamp set.  Come play along and check out rest of DT's spectaculat project!

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Lots of cards to share

What's on your playlist? That's the 365 Cards challenge #194-what is at top of your playlist.  One of my faves is Pat Benatar so I grabbed that heart w/wings and paired it with this fun sentiment! I have a huge variety of music, but trying to find something to coordinate was a hard one until I found these stamps from CTMH.

365 Cards challenge #193 is all about geography- use your gave favorite vacation destination as your inspiration.  I would love to go to Hawaii one day, this paper from SEI with all the big flowers makes me think of the island.

Just a simple card inspired by the a sketch/card I found over at Skipping Stones Designs, I loved the card using the peacock feather.  This is for the color challenge over at 365 Cards challenge #192 also!

Another card using scraps from my stash, I just love the simple design of this one.  I created this card for 365 Cards challenge #191, I normally love lots of embellies and very white space so this is "so not me!" The sentiment was a FREEBIE at Sentimental Sundays.

I am entering this card in following challenges:
Digi Makeover Challenge- pinks/greys/black/white
Crafty Boots- anything goes

Talk about a challenge, well check out 365 Cards #190- our recipe was as follows:
" 4.25 x 5.5 card, 4 stickers, 4 buttons, 1 sentiment, and 1 extra cardstock."  So I created my baseball using a circle cut with the cricut, added stitching with red pen, and inked with CTMH desert sand ink. The word "slam" are stickers from my baseball collection of goodies!

FORE!!!  Isn't this little Changito monkey adorable? I created this card for the challenge at Cards For Men, which is the letter "G"and what say men & G more than golf.  I was once again inspired by sketch at Skipping Stones Designs. I created my golf ball using one of my Cuttlebug embossing folders and then inked the edges with CTMH chococlate ink.

I am entering this card in the following challenges:
Creative Stamp Friends- card for a man

Cupcake Craft challenge this week is to create a patchwork quilt on your project. I grabbed some scraps from Cosmo Cricket-Earth Love 6x6 pad to create my patchwork pattern and inked edges with CTMH chocolate ink.  Lots of layers, flourishes cut using my cricut, and added my sentiment from 
CTMH Thank You set.

I am entering this card in the following challenges:
Craft Your Passion- flowers
Happileigh Scappin- browns/oranges/yellows

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Thanks You're The Best!!

 It's "Hump Day" so are you ready for another challenge this week at Cooking It Up With Katie?  This week we are sponsored by Gingerloft and our recipe for this week is as follows:
"Use some purple, add a sentiment, and finish with a bow."

I have created a fun new way to use all those little scraps of papers I have been saving and am so excited! I have punched the circles using a 1 inch punch and inked all the edges with CTMH pansy purple ink. I have then placed them on a 2 inch strip of cream cardstock and then mounted again.  Tied up a little bow and added my sentiment from CTMH "Thank You" set.  I have gone through my huge pile of scraps and punched all my little scraps so I can create these quick cards as needed!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Merry & Bright

 I saw the challenge over at  365 Cards and thought I would give it a whirl, it's a hard one as you must use 6 patterned papers on your project! I raided my scraps and came up with this fun way to recycle and use up all those small pieces of paper you cannot bare to part with. I had a whole collection of Basic Grey papers from the Figgy Pudding and Fruit Cake line that complimented each other perfectly!  Inked the edges of everything, added a bow and sentiment from CTMH "Christmas Melodies" set!  Be prepared to see this design a lot as I am in love with it!
I am entering this card in the following challenges:

365 Cards- pattern frenzy (use 6 patterned papers)
Crafty Boots-anything goes
Make It Monday-anything goes

Monday, September 5, 2011

Ric Rac, fabric, or lace- Oh my!!!

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It's challenge day again at Kaboodle Doodles and for this week if you are like me you will need to dig deep into your stash for this challenge! Our challenge this week is all about using "ric-rac, fabric, or lace" on your projects and we are excited to be sponsored by Robyn's Fetish. One lucky person will win 5 images from the Robyn's Fetish Designs & More Store.

We got the pleasure of working with Christmas/Winter images and I decided to work with this cute little guy called "Christmas Twee." Paper piecing was in order, so I printed my image twice (once on white, once on olive green) and started the fussy cutting!  I added a little color around tree using my G99 copic, the star is colored with Smooch, and a little bling to make this tree sparkle. I chose to work with the sketch from 
365 Cards (rotated is on it's side). A little ric-rac, added a little embossing, and inking my edges with CTMH olive ink to make complete!

I am entering this card in following challenges:
365 Cards- sketch

Thanks for being my friend!

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Happy Labor Day, hope you are having a nice holiday weekend! Ours has been filled with lots of down time so we are taking advantage by doing some yard work, a little cleaning, mom is crafting, boys are playing a little catch or hanging out with dad playing some video games!  The weather is beautiful here today and has cooled off, so we plan on BBQing later and maybe a run for me!
I have lots of AMAZING friends and when I saw this image I immediately knew I wanted to make a card using it!  This week at The Crazy Challenge it's all about "spots and/or stripes" so I decided to use a little twist on my card.  Can you guess what it is?  I wanted my focus to be on this cute image and had an "a-ha moment!" That adorable puppy has spots and sweet little kitten has stripes, so I colored with my copics and used a clean & simple design. Now you may ask where do I get this image, well it's courtesy of AI Factory who is our wonderful sponsor this week!

Don't forget about the Christmas challenge we have going on too, lots of sponsors and prizes up for grabs!  To check out all the details, click here.

Lollipop Crafts #47-Get Well Beary Soon

Is not the most adorable image perfect for all those in our lives with the ickies? This image and sentiment are both digital image from The Stamping Boutique and can be found here. I created this card for one of my CCFA missions (Cricut Card Fairies), it will be going to a little boy that had a 4-wheeler accident. This is also for my debut at Lollipop Crafts, where the challenge this week is as follows:

"Double Team-Use 2 stamps/images (sentiments count as 1), 2 patterned/designer paper, 2 of the same embellishments (may use more than 1 type in multiples of 2) and 2 ribbons (same or differ)."

Come on over and check out the rest of the new DT ladies creations on Tammy's Team today, but be sure to also come back on 09/08 to see Alanna's team as they spotlight images from Meljen's Designs!

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Think Pink

Isn't Princess Jennifer Latte looking GORGEOUS and ready for a evening our to celebrate?  She is a brand new image from The Stamping Boutique who happens to be sponsoring the challenge this week at
Sunday Sketch and Stamp. Our sketch this week comes from Maggie and I have rotated the sketch and been a little liberal as had to change shape to get my image to fit!

I just love this image, I have colored her pink using sparkly fluff and copics for Breast Cancer Awareness but she would work for any of the awareness ribbons! It's hard to see in pic, but I have used my special edition Sizzix  plates for embossing of "encouraging phrases" on white and "ribbons" on pink!  My cardstocks are from CTMH as well as that blingy brad!

Don't forget The Stamping Boutique is having a DT call and celebrating their 2nd birthday this month with lots of fun & prizes on their challenge blog. Check it out here and took pick up this image click here. They are also having a Labor Day sale where images are 35% off, but hurry it's only for this weekend!

I am entering this in following challenges:
One Stitch at a Time- use a digi
Stamptacular Sunday- anything goes
I Did It Creations- Girly Girl
Crafting When We Can-anything goes

Friday, September 2, 2011

Happy Birthday TSB!

I'm so excited to share with you today that one of my most favorite companies is celebrating a birthday!  That's right The Stamping Boutique is turning 2 years old this month and I am so honored to have been with Tracey Malnofski on this journey since she opened her store! If you had not had the opportunity to work with Tracey then you are missing out, but you still have a chance at TSB is having a DT call.  Check out all the deets of the DT call here!

Now to start off the "Birthday Celebration" which will run for entire month of September, a challenge was issued today by myself to create a birthday project.  This can be anything your little heart desires and each day of the month one person will be chosen to pick a FREE image from the store- yes you heard me right, there will be 30 winners this month!!!

I created this card for the challenge and chose to work with the image called "little girl with a balloon", which is colored with copics.  I decided to follow the sketch over at Cardabilities, papers are from CTMH.  I followed the tutorial over at Splitcoast Stampers to create the fun fan fold flower (say that 3 times fast, lol). This was my first attempt at this type of flower, but I know there are more in my future.

Now what are you waiting for head over and enter the challenge here with you birthday projects.  You do not have to use a TSB image and you can enter as many times as you want!

I am entering this card in following challenges:

Cardabilities- sketch
Desert Island Crafters- used 5, 6, & 8
4 Crafty Chicks- celebrate
Art Impressions- lots of dots
Crafty Purple Frog-birthdays
Cute Card Thursday- punch (used border punch to create flower)
Moving Along With the Times- handmade flowers
Paper Play- make your own flowers

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Back to School Bag Tag & Exciting News!

It's challenge time at The Stamping Boutique and this week is all about those "back to school" projects!  I decided to create a quick little tag for my 1st grade son's bag, so they knew which bus he rides.  The adorable school bus image is from The Stamping Boutique and I have colored it with copics. I found a badge holder to put it in and added a key ring.

I am also entering this in the challenge over at Lollipop Crafts, which is to use something recycled! 
 Oh and I can finally announce that I have been asked to join the Lollipop Crafts Design Team, I am so excited and cannot wait to share my first project with you on September 5th!