Tuesday, September 30, 2008

A Spring card in the Fall :)

Good Morning! Yes, I know these are 'springy' colors, but when I looked at this image this morning it made me smile. I love Fluffles. This one is a stamp off someone gave me, so I tried to do well with it.

I started with a Bazzill Basics card base and added the striped paper from ProvoCraft. The image I colored with prismacolor pencils and mineral spirits and then added some glitter to the bee wings and the flower centers. I sponged blue along the sky and green along the grass and then attached it to Bazzill Bling with a little piece of American Crafts ribbon tied underneath. I attached that to the card and then added dew drops :) Next I stamped the sentiment from Hero Arts (one of their clear sets) and then added flowers from Imaginisce and Autumn Leaves. It was a really easy card to make.

Remember tomorrow is the All That Scraps challenge so be sure to stop by because mine is already finished so I will definitely be posting.

Our quote for the day: "Most people search high and wide for the keys to success. If they only knew, the key to their dreams lies within. " — George Washington Carver

Thanks for stopping by and have a fabulous fall day!

Monday, September 29, 2008

Another Exclusive Quickutz Die

I'm back. The character shoes and tights have been purchased :) Woo Hoo, one more thing to cross off the list!

This card is made with the Quickutz Tag die made exclusively for Archiver's. It's a great die, actually two dies, a solid one for the back tag and then the top one with the flourishes on it. My card was made with some scrap pieces. The cardstock base is Haystack (color) but I don't know the manufacturer. For my tag, I cut the background from gold metallic paper and the front from a K&Co paper which I can't find the name of right now. The bottom striped paper is from ..... I don't know that one either, I'm really sorry! The ribbon is from Michaels and the fiber is from a yarn skein probably from Hobby Lobby. The flower on the tag is from Daisy D's and the button in the middle is from Foof-a-La. Oh, the flourish stamps are from Heidi Grace. I think that's it.

Our quote for the day: "A day will never be anymore than what you make of it.
Practice being a "doer"! "
- Josh S. Hinds

I'm practicing, that's for certain :)

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a wonderful afternoon!

Be Back in a Bit :)

I was going to post NOW, but turns out I have to go purchase character shoes and tights for Show Choir (we don't have school today) and then I will be back to post another card with a different Exclusive Quickutz die. Please stop back by after while :)

Friday, September 26, 2008

Sugarplum Halloween Review Preview

Good Morning! It's Review Preview day today at All That Scraps. My little projects are featured on the blog :) I used the Black Magic technique on these and they were just perfect for it!!

The Sugarplums Halloween stamp set from C.C. Designs is adorable with a capital A!!! Don't you think Olivia and Christopher make the cutest little trick or treaters? There are so many stamps in this set, you will always have a perfect image to add to your creation. Not only that, you have lots of fun sentiments too! So many possibilities and I only used a few of them for these!

Since these are Halloween stamps, I thought it would be fun to use the Black Magic technique with them. Olivia and Christopher were perfect for it!I started with black cardstock and stamped my images with white ink. Then comes the fun part. I took my prismacolor pencil, dipped it into mineral spirits and then colored directly on the black cardstock. The mineral spirits soften the pencil a bit and make it color smoothly on the black cardstock and it just brightens right before your eyes. It's very cool to watch. I was careful not to color over the white stamped lines because the color will cover them. After I finished coloring, I used a glitter pen to outline everything.

For Olivia's card, I used some dp from K&Co, pop-dotted the little owl that's riding on her broom, and attached dew drops to the corners and a ribbon to the front. I kept it simple because I love the image on the black with such fun bright colors.

Christopher is holding onto a hershey bar. When you pull the ribbon up it pulls the candy bar out of the holder. After I colored Christopher and friends, I cut them out and adhered Christopher to the Making Memories dp, then pop-dotted his pitchfork and the cat. I also pop-dotted the sentiment and then added some red gems, just a little extra bling :)

These are just a couple more fun things to do with these great stamps! I hope you get a chance to try this technique. If you do, upload it to the gallery and let us see your creations.

Check out the All That Scraps blog to do some blog-hopping to find the dt member giving away the gift certificate and to see some more fun examples using this incredible cute set!

Another fun thing going on at All That Scraps is the surprise release of My Rubber Ducky. It comes as just the stamps or as a kit with lots of fun things to use with the stamp set. This set is the one I used for yesterday's post, soooooo cute!!

Our quote for the day: "The future belongs to those who give the next generation reason for hope. " — Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful Friday!

Thursday, September 25, 2008

A Surprise Release :)

Good Morning! This is a little surprise release that Christine is having at All That Scraps. This is THE CUTEST stamp set! It features Monkey and Bear and what can be more fun than Cuties in the tub??? This set will be released at 10:00 et tonight! This is one of the sets that can be purchased as a kit too :) The kit has Cosmo Cricket Hello Sunshine Pattern Paper in it.

About my card. I started with a Bazzill Basics lemonade yellow cardstock base and then I stitched torn vellum to the bottom. I stamped the images in Memento Black Ink and colored them with Copics (have I told you that I'm going to the Copics Certified Instructor class in October :) - I'm so excited about it.) I flocked the rubber ducky and added souffle white highlights to monkey as well as stickles to the suds. I stamped the sentiment in Staz-On and stickled those suds too. I cute Monkey out with my nesties and then sponged bliss blue around the outside. The dp is from Pebbles Inc. and then I just tied a bow around it and attached everything. The rubber ducky is pop-dotted under the first row of 'water'. Last by not least I added dew drops :) So much fun, I tell you!

Be sure to check out the All That Scraps blog to see more fun examples of this set.

Our quote for the day: "A man wrapped up in himself makes a very small bundle." - Benjamin Franklin

Have a wonderful day and thanks so much for stopping by!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Something other than a fall card :)

Good Morning! I thought I'd throw something different in for today. I've been working on some challenges and some other things so this was nice to make a card just to make a card. I've had this stamp set for a couple months now and haven't used it even though I just admire it sitting on my desk. I just think it's so cute!!! I finally used it yesterday - woo hoo!!

I started off with a white cardstock base and added the dark teal textured cardstock to the front. Then I added the strip of Cosmo Cricket Cogsmo to the side. The stamps are a set from Hero Arts called "Robots". I colored them with prismacolor pencils and mineral spirits and then inked the outside of the white rectangle with warm green colorbox chalk ink. I added the quickutz circle under the top brad and then brads inside the squares of the red strip. Now I'll get back to my challenges and stuff :)

I've been Tagged...

I was tagged today by Tori who has incredible talent so stop by and see her blog. I love to read the IRL stuff about the bloggers that I read about and marvel over their creative genious, so I decided to share some of my IRL weird stuff:

Here are the rules: 1. Link your tagger and list these rules on your blog.2. Share 7 facts about yourself on your blog, some random, some weird.3. Tag 7 people at the end of your post by leaving their names as well as links to their blogs.4. Let them know they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.

Here are my 7 facts:

1. I'm an LSU (Louisiana State University) girl forever :) I love visiting the south even though I'm living in the midwest. When we moved here, I was excited that the high school colors were purple and gold to match my LSU Tigers :)

2. My degree from LSU is in Quantitative Business Analysis (significantly like statistics :) But my mom and my sister have always been creative and I LOVE being creative so I love what I do :)

3. I got married when I was 21 to a wonderful man who is older than me by 10 years (oooooooo)! We have been married for 18 years and have no plans to change that :) We have 4 children and 2 grandsons.

4. My favorite job has always been being a Mom. It's always been part of my plan. In fact when I was 12 I decided that one of my daughters was going to be named Sarah (my mom and my grandmother's middle names are Sarah). So when our youngest was born (my first two daughters are actually my step-daughters so I didn't get to name them :) we named her Sara!

5. My husband's hobby is photography so I will NEVER be caught up on my scrapbooks :)

6. We have moved every 3 years since we've been married with my husband's jobs and we have been here for over 4 years now and would really love to stay. This is an awesome place to live and raise a family!!

7. I LOVE animals. We started out with 1 cat and then got a Golden Retriever, we told our kids that when I quit working we could get a dog, so for a while they thought I quit working just so we could get a dog :) When our cat passed away, we went to the rescue and got 2 more kittens. We recently had to put our Golden to sleep and it was the hardest decision in the world.

Okay, now to tag 7 other people: Please don't feel like you have to do this, it's just kind of fun learning new things about new 'friends'.

1. Christi Milliken - Blessings on Paper

2. Christina Fischer - Flowers and Ink

3. Cliff Fincher (we'll see if he does it :) - Cliff Fincher Photography

4. Jen Ofiana - Jen's Stampin Spot

5. Lynette Neus - My Stamping Addiction

6. Lesa Rapp - Paper Possibilities

7. Jolene George - Jolene George

I hope you enjoy visiting the blogs I've listed above. They each have wonderfully fun blogs!

Our quote of the day: "The things people discard tell more about them than the things they keep. " — Hilda Lawrence

Thanks for stopping by and have a fabulous day!

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Welcome Fall!

Good afternoon and Happy Fall Y'all! I just had to post a fall card today since it is the first day of Fall and guess what, I didn't have one made to post, so first I had to make a new one. :) For this one I used a sketch from My Favorite Things. You can go to SCS and then into the MFT forum and see the sketches there.

I used DCWV green textured cardstock for my card base, then I cut the circle from DCWV dp from the Fall Stack, and the small circles are just from plain cardstock. I inked around all the circles with chestnut roan. The brown cardstock strip on the bottom is scored twice on the top and twice on the bottom. I used my score-pal again just for a decorative addition. The ribbon is from Hobby Lobby and the "studded stickers" (the leaves on the small circles) are from Imaginisce.

Our quote for the day: "To keep a lamp burning we have to keep putting oil in it."

- Mother Teresa

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful fall day!

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Another Fall Card and a Challenge

Good Morning! This morning's post will be short because we have a volleyball tourney and then a cross country meet to go to this morning :)

This card was made for one of the challenges on SCS. The challenge was to use mostly "white space" and my vanilla space was okay too :). This was way outside my box of normal but I really enjoyed making it and actually liked it when it was finished. Here I go on my soapbox again :) If you have never done challenges, please try one. They really teach you so many new things that you may never otherwise try. All That Scraps has a challenge every Wednesday, SCS has challenges every day and there are MANY other blogs that do challenges all the time. If you want you can always challenge yourself. Choose a paper that you love but aren't sure what to do with and make yourself use it, choose 3 colors and use them together. Trust me, it's fun! :)

Okay, the details about the card. Brown cardstock, vanilla cardstock and dark orange cardstock. I embossed the vanilla with my cuttlebug swiss dots and rounded the corners then onto the card it went. I stamped the autumn leaves stamp with chalk ink burnt sienna and then cut it our with a little edge. Then I used my quickutz flower cookie cutter die to die cut the orange flower and pierced the scallops. I cut a brown strip to go under the image and then because of my friend Lynette who is AMAZING with her Score-pal (You can see her work here) I scored a line above and below my orange ribbon. Woo Hoo - I know it's a very small start, but I did it - Thanks Lynette!!!
Then I tied the ribbon and pop-dotted the image. That's it. I think I will try some more of these "white space" cards, I really enjoyed it!

Our quote for the day: "Dreams are today's answers to tomorrow's questions. "
— Edgar Cayce

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a wonderful day!

Friday, September 19, 2008

CC Designs Review Preview

Good Morning! It's time for a review preview of the most recently released CC Designs sets. You can see all of them here. This preview though is of the Spooky, Spooky, Spooky set! It's so cute!! Just look at Lucky :) How cute are these little guys..... I colored Lucky with Copics and then cute him out and adhered him on the purple. The spider and the bat were both colored in Twinklette markers so they would sparkle :) I mean, what could be scarier than sparkling bats and spiders :) The moon is part of the Sugarplums Scenery Set, but it just fit perfectly on this card.

Today, you can do a little blog-hopping to the ATS design team blogs because one of the girls is giving away a $5 gift certificate to ATS. Can you find it???

Be sure to visit the ATS blog for a new project from Kimmie :)

Also ATS is donating 5% of all orders today to the Chattanooga Susan G. Komen Race for a Cure. You can see all the details here. Thanks Christine for supporting such a great cause!

Our quote for the day: "Forget past mistakes. Forget failures. Forget about everything except what you're going to do now - and do it." - William Durant

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a wonderful day!

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Used the same stamp TWICE :)

Good Morning - it's still morning :)
Like the title of this post? Well, I know I shouldn't be amazed by this fact and really all my stamps get used more than once eventually, but this one has been used twice in three days! And I don't mean I used it to make 10 of the same cards, that doesn't count. I used it to make 2 DIFFERENT cards :) Yes, I am proud of myself as silly as that sounds. Someone please tell me that you are the same way............PLEASE! :)

If there are typos in this I apologize, I have one of my cats laying on my arm as I type. She was doing it earlier and I got up and moved around hoping she would find somewhere else to lay, but she followed me around and when I came back in here, she came too and jumped back up on the desk and is again laying on my arm. She's so sweet and cute and has such a great personality that I can't just push her away (she'd just come back again anyway :).

Okay, on to the card - My picture came out with the colors a little brighter than they are in real life, think a little darker, a little more fallish (sorry about that). I made this as part of a challenge on SCS. The challenge was to use a background stamp with a glue pad and then glitter it. This was soooooo much fun!! I used to not like glitter believe it or not and now I even like playing with the loose glitter, boy how things change. I used the abstract leaves backgrounder from Cornish Heritage Farms and Art Glitter in orange crush. Oooops, I started with a chocolate brown card base. For the tree image which is an Autumn Leaves stamp, I did it just like I did for the last card. Burnt Sienna colorbox chalk ink, with Brilliance Pearlescent Ivy on the leaf edges, then glittered leaves with clear glitter from stampendous. I cut the image with my nesties and pierced the scallops. The plaid paper is from the DCWV Fall paper stack, the buttons are from Autumn Leaves and the ribbon is from May Arts.

Our quote for the day: "Forgiveness is the key to action and freedom. " — Hannah Arendt

Thanks so much for stopping and have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

It's All That Scraps Wednesday Challenge

Good Morning! This morning's challenge is a color challenge. These are always fun, but since I don't have any SU paper, my first challenge is always trying to find the right papers to use :) I think my teal is a little darker than Baja Breeze this time, but I tried :)

This was a fun card to make and I love kraft paper. I used the kraft paper as my card base and embossed it with cuttlebug paisley embossing folder. Then I sponged some of my teal ink onto the embossing, you can't see it as well in the picture because it's subtle, but it's there. I used AmyR Stamps "Amy's Boutique" set and the "Boutique Sentiments" as my stamps. I paper pieced the dress with paper I got from the DCWV Fall Stack (I know so many of you don't use these, but I have to say last year's Christmas one and this year's fall one have been so much fun to use. ) There are still a few papers in there that I will probably never use, but not many :)
Back to the card, I pieced her belly band (hee hee) with my baja breeze color.
The red is Bazzill Basics and I cut it with my rectangle nesties and pierced holes in the scallops, I also cut the rectangle around the dress with my plain rectangle nesties and then embossed the frame around it. This piece got sponged with the teal color as well. I put all the pieces on the card, added the prima flower and the dew drops, tied the ribbon and it's finished :)

You can check out the gallery at All That Scraps to see more projects for this challenge.
Be sure to upload your creation for this challenge. Remember Christine and Amy are looking for a guest designer and will be basing it on projects uploaded to the gallery.

Our quote for the day: "There are two primary choices in life:
to accept conditions as they exist, or accept the responsibility for changing them."
- Denis Waitley

Thanks so much for dropping by - have a wonderful Wednesday!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Fall is less than a week away :)

Good Morning! Did you remember that the fall season starts on September 21st? That's less than a week away. I LOVE fall! This is another card to welcome in fall (and because I love this stamp).

Okay, I started with a craft cardstock base and then added the tree dp from Scrapworks, the squares on the bottom are from Bazzill Basics and DCWV ( I love the adhesive backed mat stacks - they're so convenient :) I stamped the fall tree stamp which is a single stamp from Autumn Leaves in Colorbox chalk ink and then dabbed the edges of the leaves with Brilliance ivy green. When that was dry, I added glitter to the leaves. I cut it out with my nesties and then pierced the scallops and inked the edges. The ribbon I used is from American Crafts and the flowers are from Daisy D's. The buttons inside the flowers are from Autumn Leaves (I think).

I haven't been participating in too many challenges lately and I need to get back on that bandwagon. Tomorrow is ATS's Wednesday Challenge and I haven't done my card for that yet, so I guess you know what I'll be doing today as well as I have some work I have to get done......sigh :) We also have volleyball and cross country tonight. (I'm still working on that layout of Ben running a 5K).

Our quote for the day: "We all live with the objective of being happy; our lives are all different and yet the same. " — Anne Frank

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a fabulous fall day :)

Monday, September 15, 2008

Are you ready for Autumn?

Good Morning! Another autumn card this morning :) Have I told you lately how much I love fall/autumn??? The colors, the temperature, the coffee, flannel jammies and slippers :)

This morning's card is another one made because of a scrap I had sitting on my desk. The Basic Grey piece on the top was just sitting there begging to be used so I pulled out some other fall stuff and this card came to be. I started with Bazzill Basics orange cardstock for my card base, then added the BG piece and the bottom piece which is flocked stripes from Heidi Grace (last years fall collection). The stamp is from Stampendous and I colored the leaves with prismacolor pencils and mineral spirits, then I sponged over the entire top of the image with Mellow Moss and edged it too. The craft piece is cut with my nesties and then I pierced the holes in each of the scallops. The glitter leaves are from MAMBI and the ribbon is from Hobby Lobby. The ribbon looks kind of funky in the picture but really it's a pretty green color and the "Welcome Fall" words are orange, but the whole thing is shimmery, that's why the colors are funky in the picture, sorry about that - it really does match though :)

Our quote for the day: "You are today where your thoughts have brought you; 

you will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you."
- James Allen

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a wonderful day!

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Fall is in the air.....really this time :)

Good Morning! Really, fall is in the air. The wind is blowing like crazy here this morning and it's overcast, so it really looks like it's cold outside. It's not really, it's 60 degrees but just looking out my window it looks MUCH colder :) So, I'm posting a fall card (plus I just finished it last night :)

This card uses many scraps that I had laying on my table (actually right now I can't find anything but scraps on my table, but that's a whole other story :) Okay, the stamps and the embellies weren't scraps, but all the paper is and the ribbon was just sitting in front of me too.

I started with a prism cardstock base and I don't know the true color of it but it kind of looks like putty but it doesn't really match anything so I don't use it very often. I decided to cover the whole front up :)
The dp is all from Basic Grey's Mellow collection. I think Mellow is my favorite collection of theirs, I use it alot! The image with the mice and the leaf is from Stampendous, called Max & Friend. I colored them with prismacolor pencils and mineral spirits and then added some glitter around the leaf. I cut them and the orange behind them with Quickutz flower cookie cutter dies and then inked the edges and poked holes in the scallops. The fabulous fall stamp is one of the small Stampology stamps from Autumn leaves that I got in the Hot Spot at Archivers. The gem leaf is from Me and My Big Ideas. I loved adding it :) The corners on the top are punched with the EKSuccess punch that I seem to use a ton and the ribbon is a silk ribbon that I don't know the manufacturer of, sorry.

I love fall colors, I think spring and fall are my favorite seasons. I can't choose between the two. Growing up in Louisiana we really didn't have spring and fall. It was HOT until winter and then it still didn't get all that cold. I love being here where we can experience all the seasons. I'm definitely thankful for them :)

I didn't get to stamp all day the other day when I told you I was going to try to, so maybe today....

Oh, before I forget, All That Scraps is now carrying Whiff of Joy stamps illustrated by Elizabeth Bell. Christine has the Guardian Angel collection as well as Willow and Oakley. Be sure to check them out, they are so cute!

Our quote for the day: "The good life is inspired by love and guided by knowledge. " — Bertrand Russell

Thanks for stopping by and have a fabulous day!

Saturday, September 13, 2008

New Exclusive Quickutz Dies

Hi! I know I can't say good morning because I'm running late today, sorry about that! I just wanted to get this card finished because I've had it in my head since Thursday night. The weather here has been yucky so I've been fighting a horrible headache and haven't been sleeping well so instead I've been designing cards in my mind for products I don't even have yet.......what is that about??? This Quickutz Zebra is one of the new exclusive to Archiver's 4X4 dies. There are about 15 new exclusive dies so hopefully I will be sharing some of them with you. I LOVE this zebra and my daughter, Sara, loves zebras right now, so it was perfect. Then I have this sentiment from StampingBella that I LOVE. One of the things I'm always telling Sara is to be true to herself. One of my favorite quotes that I wrote in a little book that I have with her is "Be like a turtle, at home in your own shell." This card expresses that for me.

I started with a white card base but then covered it with BoBunny Licorice Dot paper. I cut the zebra from Black Tie Bazzill Bling and Pomegranate metallic shimmer paper from Paper Company, I pop-dotted his nose onto his face :) Then I pop-dotted his whole body onto Tiara Bazzill Bling and mounted that on Doodlebug Sugar coated bubblegum paper. I stamped "dare to be different" in versamagic cloud white and added a basic grey rub on in the corner. I tied ribbon (don't know the manufacturer, sorry) and added hero arts gems to the top corner of the image. Lots of bling on this one :)

I know today is supposed to be Scrapbook Saturday and I do have a half finished layout of Ben that I'm working on, but this zebra was just calling my name :)

Our quote for the day: "A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval. "
— Mark Twain

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a wonderful Saturday!

Thursday, September 11, 2008

AmyR Stamps Available now at ATS :)

Good Morning! This morning's card is another one made with the new AmyR Stamps. Amy's Boutique and Boutique Sentiments. You can see the complete sets here. They are soooo versatile and fun to play with! You'll find as you use them, that more and more ideas just seem to pop into your head :)

For this card I started with a pink cardstock base. I used Basic Grey dp to piece the dress and as the background . Oh, I used for the first time my cuttlebug border embossing folder, this one is from the set With Love. I accidentally embossed all the way through my card so both the front and the back were embossed, but I ended up loving it! Now, when you go to write on the inside of the card, there is an embossed flower border around your writing, very cool serendipitous event :)

I stamped the dress in versafine sepia and then masked it to stamp the hanger also in sepia. I paper pieced it and then cut it out with my long rectangle nesties and inked the edges. I stamped Hang in there again with sepia and added some gems to the bottom of that, punched that out with a Marvy small scallop circle punch and pop-dotted it over the ribbon. then I added primas and dew drops and it was finished. I LOVE these sets!

Our quote for the day: "In order to do what really matters to you, you have to, first of all, know what really matters to you." - Dr. Edward Hallowell

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a great day.

Please remember to pause and remember the victims and families who were affected by the events of 9-11. Freedom is not free.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

It's Wednesday's ATS Challenge

Good Morning! As you can see above, the challenge for this week is Circle Inchies. The inchie craze has been using squares, but Jen challenged us to use circle for this fun trend. As usual, you are invited and encouraged to participate in this challenge with us. You can go to the ATS Gallery to see more examples and then upload your own creation. Be sure to use the key word ATSDTC17. My example is below:
For this one, I used the Sugarplum sets, Olivia's Birdies, Scenery Set, and Sentiment Set. They all work together so well. I used dp from Basic Grey's Mellow collection and Bazzill Basics cardstock. I stamped in versafine black and the background flowers in versamark. I colored with prismacolor pencils, Koh-i-noor pencils and mineral spirits and souffle pen for highlighting. I added green silk ribbon, dew drops, photo corners and corners punched with the EKSuccess corner punch. I also used the Marvy small scallop punch for the red circle under the inchies. Another fun challenge.

Today, hopefully is a stamping day for me. I have a few errands to run, but then I hope to come home and stamp, stamp, stamp. We'll see how it goes! :)

Our quote for the day: "The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak. "
— Hans Hofmann

Thanks so much for stopping in and have a fabulous day!

Monday, September 8, 2008

Two More Sneak Peeks :)

Good Morning!! Two more sneak peeks for today. These two are highlighting the soon to be released Sugarplum Halloween set. Aren't Olivia and Christopher cute as can be?? Once again this set works so well with the Spooky Scenes and the Spooky, Spooky, Spooky sets!
For Olivia's card, I used K&Co background paper, KI Memories paper for the small strips on the bottom, I stamped Olivia and the bat in versafine black and colored Olivia in Copics with some prismacolor pencil and white souffle pen highlights and the bat I colored with Twinklette silver marker to make him sparkle :) I added a glitter brad and some ribbon. Fun, fun, fun!!!

This is Christopher dressed up like a cute little devil!! These background papers are also from K&Co. I stamped everything in versafine black and colores with Copics and prismacolor pencils and mineral spirits and Christopher's pokey thing is colored with Spica red glitter pen. I added some gems, photo corners and pop-dots. These stamps are definitely so much fun to play with!!!! Christine is rockin' with the designs!!!

Be sure to hop over to the All That Scraps gallery and also check out the blogs of the other design team members to see what they have come up with. Their blogs are listed on the right side of my blog.

Our quote for the day: "Formulate and stamp indelibly on your mind a mental picture of yourself as succeeding. Hold this picture tenaciously and never permit it to fade. Your mind will seek to develop this picture!" - Dr. Norman Vincent Peale

Thanks so much for dropping by and remember the All That Scraps September stamp release is tomorrow night on the message board!!

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Two new Sneak Peeks :)

Good Morning! Today I have 2 new sneak peek projects for you! I'm telling you these sets are so much fun and they work so well together!! This first card is using ONLY the Sugarplums Spooky Scenes set, it's such a great set and works by itself just fine, but put it with the other new sets and the possibilities are endless. I started with a navy blue cardstock base and used my cuttlebug swiss dots embossing folder. I added green cardstock torn on the edges to create some grass and dimension. Everything else on this card is stamped from the Spooky Scenes set and colored with prismacolor pencils and mineral spirits with some souffle white pen used for some highlights. I LOVE LOVE LOVE the frog in this set, he's so much fun!

This second project is a cover for a full sized candy bar. A friend of mine gave me the instructions (thanks Addie :) and I just had a ball with these. I started with an orange cardstock base and put patterned paper on top of that (I can't find my scraps so I can tell you who makes it, but I will come back and edit when I find it - sorry :) I stamped the images from Spooky, Spooky, Spooky in versafine black and colored Lucky with Copics and I colored the spider with a Twinklette silver marker so he sparkles :) I pop dotted all the images onto the cover and added the ribbon which is long enough to go all the way around the bottom of the candy bar so when you pull on the knot the candy bar slides out. Really fun!

Hop on over to All That Scraps gallery to see more!

Our quote for the day: "Of all the attitudes we can acquire, surely the attitude of gratitude is the most important and by far the most life-changing." - Zig Ziglar

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!!

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Back to Halloween :)

Another sneak peek of the upcoming CC Designs sets to be released on September 9th. Bear and Lucky are so cute ready for Halloween! In this set, Christine has created a bat and spider in perfect Bear & Lucky fashion!

For this card I started with a black cardstock base and used my new cuttlebug embossing folder for the haunted house, then I went over it with cloud white versamagic ink and I colored the moon with a stardust yellow glitter pen. I stamped the images with versafine black and colored with copics (which by the way I'm going to the Copic certification class in October - YEAH!!! - If anyone is going, let me know so I can meet you IRL ). I did use a silver Twinklette pen by Marvy to color Bear's cape so it's sparkly :) The highlights are done with a while souffle pen. I added olive green ribbon to the bottom to give them some creepy grass to stand on. I know, red and purple for Bear's shirt and pants aren't Halloweeny, but he's sooo cute, he needed something bright and fun :)

You are going to LOVE the new stamps for this month! I know I do!!!

Our quote for the day: "See that any time you feel pained or defeated, it is only because you insist on clinging to what doesn't work. Dare to let go and you won't lose a thing except for a punishing idea." - Guy Finley

Thanks for stopping by today and have a wonderful day!!!

Friday, September 5, 2008

Sneak Peek for CC Designs Sept. Releases :)

Good Morning! It's such an exciting morning! See this card above, it's a sneak peek of two of the new sets that CC Designs will be releasing on September 9th! It's fabulous and it's illustrated by our own Amy Rysavy. It's her first two sets to be released. I'm just giddy about it! You can see other samples of her new stamps on her blog. Amy's sets are perfect to paper piece and there are so many sentiments to go with them.

For my card, I started with a prism card base and then used papers from Basic Grey's sultry line. The tag is cut with my quickutz and then I stamped the sentiments on it. I added ribbon, dew drops, pop dots and a baby safty pin to attach the tag. These are so easy to work with. Great sets Amy!!!! So much fun!

In the next few days you will see sneak peeks of the rest of the CC Designs September release sets too and you will just be giddy too! They are sooooo much fun to play with so be sure to check out all the design team blogs as well as the All That Scraps blog to get just a hint of what's to come.

Our quote for the day: "Life is a succession of moments. To live each one is to succeed. " — Corita Kent

Thanks so much for stopping by and make it a great day!

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Halloween Costumes :)

Good Morning! Well, it doesn't look like a Halloween card, now does it? Well, it's not, but the bunnies are dressed up like bees, so I figured that counts :)

I love this stamp, it's from Stampabilities and it's called Buzzy Friends - Hop-it Bumble (I'm not sure which part is the real name so......). The sentiment I used is from Whipper Snapper. This card is based on the sketch challenge at SCS for this week. I used K&Co Wild Saffron paper. Jen Ofiana got me hooked on this stuff. She kept using it on her cards and I LOVE her style so I decided to get some of this cool paper myself. It really is fun to use. I colored the images with prismacolor pencils and mineral spirits and then added ribbon to the card. I adhered the image onto the card with photo corners and added dew drops to the corner. Oh, you can't tell very well from the picture, but the bee wings are glittered and sparkle just enough. If you enlarge the picture you can see it better.

Thanks everyone for your concern about my family in Louisiana and Hurricane Gustav. I really appreciate it! Everyone is fine. My parents didn't have any damage at all. My brother had minimal damage although many people in Baton Rouge, are still without power. It's a scary thing, but thank goodness this one wasn't anything like Katrina.

Our quote for the day: "Wherever you go, go with all your heart. " — Confucius

The All That Scraps new release sneak peeks start tomorrow. Be sure to stop by tomorrow because there are some GREAT new sets coming. The release will be Tuesday, Sept 9th. Until then, we will be doing some sneak peeks with all the new sets! It's gonna be a GREAT release! Also be sure to check out the blogs of the rest of the design team, they will be having sneak peeks as well. They are listed on the right side of my blog :)

Have a fabulous day and thanks so much for stopping by!

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

All That Scraps Wednesday Challenge

Good Morning! It's Wednesday and so it's All That Scraps Wednesday Challenge. This weeks challenge is to do a Back to School project. Mine is above and is a card using "Olivia's Birdies" by CC Designs. This card was a little 'busy' for me but I still like it. As I was making it, I kept thinking, "It needs something else" and so I would add something else. Finally, I figured I couldn't add anything else that would enhance the card, so I stopped here :)

I started with a prism cardstock base and then added patterned paper from K&Co Wild Saffron. The borders are from Making Memories, the chalkboard is black cardstock with colored pencil "chalk" writing. I stamped Olivia and her birdies in Versafine black and paper pieced her shirt and colored the rest with prismacolor pencils and mineral spirits. The border around the chalkboard is paper from KI Memories. The school books were hand cut from cardstock and hand written. Another fun challenge from Jen.

We would love for you to play along. Just go to the message board. You can also go to the gallery to see more of what the design team came up with for this challenge.

Our quote for the day: "Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does." - William James

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a fabulous day!

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

I'm Living on Challenges right now.....

Good Morning! Thanks for thinking of me when you're watching Gustav, I appreciate it! I talked to my mom yesterday for just a minute. They were in Baton Rouge, had lost power, and had a little bit of damage to my brother's house, but nothing major as far as they know. Lake Charles, where my parents live was supposed to get less of the storms so we'll see.

This card was made for the Inspiration Challenge over on SCS. The inspiration is a hotel called Hotel Fox in Copenhagen, Denmark. It's really cool. Take a look! The challenge was to choose a room to use as your inspiration. The room I chose was Room 312. These rooms are really pieces of art although I'm not sure I could sleep in many of them. It would be an interesting night :)

My card uses Bazzill Basics - ocean and flamingo, Hero Arts Scroll Tree stamp, CHF Motivation Centers for the quote, ribbon and dew drops. Oh, I did pull out my old CM wave cutter. It was fun once I found it :)

Tomorrow is the All That Scraps Wednesday Challenge, be sure to stop by tomorrow and see what we have in store for you. We are also getting closer to the sneak peeks of the new CC Designs stamps. All I have to say is be prepared, they're awesome!!!

Our quote for the day: "The road to happiness lies in two simple principles:
find what it is that interests you and that you can do well,
and when you find it put your whole soul into it -
every bit of energy and ambition and natural ability you have."
- John D. Rockefeller II

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!

Monday, September 1, 2008

A New Challenge Completed and watching "Gustav"

Today's card has nothing to do with Halloween......hmmmm. I woke up a bit early this morning, okay a LOT early - 4:00am. I couldn't go back to sleep so I came in and looked up Hurricane Gustav on weather.com because we still have family in Louisiana who will be affected by it. My parents have evacuated their home in Lake Charles which is in the southwest part of Louisiana, in preparation for the storm. According to the weather channel, Gustav is not as strong as Katrina but covers a larger land mass and is moving more slowly which means it will rain longer in one place, i.e. more flooding. Hurricanes are definitely a wait and watch thing.

Today's card is from SplitCoastStampers Technique Challenge. It's called black magic and it's using prismacolor pencils and mineral spirits on dark cardstock with white or very light stamping ink. It was fun to do and I may try it again with some Halloween images :) You can read about the challenge and even participate here. My card uses black cardstock, old patterned paper from Daisy D's, Memories white dye ink, Versafine black ink, charcoal chalk ink, Scrappy Cat "Botanicals" stamp and Autumn Leaves "Everyday Sentiments" stamps. Then I added Prima flowers and Petite Pearls brads from Imaginisce.

Our quote for the day: "Patience is something you admire in the driver behind you and scorn in the one ahead. " — Mac McCleary

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!