Monday, October 31, 2011

Paper Pretties Monday

Good Morning!  Happy Halloween!  I'm looking forward to this evening - Levi is off to his first boy/girl costume party and Hollyanne, Brendan and I are hanging back at home watching scary movies and hoping we get some trick-or-treaters.

This week's challenge over at Paper Pretties is an easy one....


Use a sentiment as your focal point.  Of course, there are some new releases at Paper Pretties, one of them being a great set called Suess Truths.  Here's what I did with it...

Here's the whole set....

Also, ARTish has two new image sets out, too.  Please be sure to drop by the Paper Pretties blog to see these adorable new sets and while you're there, you might as well do a bit of shopping and playing along with us Pretty Girls, we'd love to have you join us.

My card layout features a great sketch over My Time Made Easy Pretty Patterns #33.

Card stock:  Neenah Classic Crest, Kraft, Real Red, Black
Paper:  Echo Park
Stamps/Ink:  Alfresco (CTMH), Tuxedo Black, Lady Bug (Memento)
Copics:  R02, R27
Tools:  Cuttlebug, Diamond Plate embossing folder
Embellishments:  red stitched ribbon (Michaels)

Have a great day!  Thank you for your visit.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Delightful Challenges

Good Morning!  It's Thursday and that means another Delightful Challenge.  As I said, I have another Halloween project to share with you.  This week's challenge at Delightful Challenge is a color combo...

Black, Orange, Purple & Green

So here's what I created....

Here's my entire Halloween ensemble - I created a treat bag with cute topper and a luminaria to adorn an entrance way.

First, the treat bag....

I found these cups at the dollar store, so it was pretty simple to add a strip of the Spooktacular Digi paper around the cup to give it some pop and costume.  Add some sweet treats and place in a cello bag.  Then I topped it with an adorable bag topper.

My topper features Sitting Mummy, Spooktacular digi paper and spider webs from the Halloween House set.

Next I created this luminaria.  I did find a tutorial on Splitcoast - I didn't follow it exactly, but I think it turned out really adorable.  These would be great to line a walkway, just add a rock for weight and a flameless tealight.  It's wind proof!

I made my own bat svg and cut them out using SCAL and my Cricut.  So and then adhered with adhesive and pop dots.

This picture is a bit grainy, but it captured the luminaria all lit up pretty well.

I hope you like my project and that it inspires you to create something for your Halloween.  Even if you don't do Halloween, change the paper and adornments and you can create a luminaria to match your decor or to dress your Thanksgiving table.  I'm sure you'll see me do this again for Christmas.

Enjoy your day and be sure to join us at Delightful Challenges.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Tuesday Morning Sketches #117

Hello everyone!  I hope you're all doing well.  I appreciate your visit and hope you'll join us at Tuesday Morning Sketches.  Tiffany Doodles is sponsoring and we have a fun sketch.  It is the last of our month long Think Pink challenge.

My card features a sweet sentiment from Tiffany Doodles....

I kept my card really simple, allowing the textures and patterns to create the card and then topping it off with a sentiment as my focal image.  Touches of some bright, bold pink with a bit of orange and apricot is grounded by white and blue.  I really am pleased with how this card turned out.   I hope you like it, too.

Image: Be Like the Flower (Tiffany Doodles)

Card stock: Neenah Classic Crest
Paper: Just the Girls (Gwendolyn) digi paper (ACOT)
Tools: Cuttlebug, Textile Embossing folder, border punch (Martha Stewart)
Embellishments: Brads (Bazzil)

Have a great Tuesday and again, I hope to you see this week.  Enjoy!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Paper Pretties Monday

Good Morning!  Happy Monday - I hope you all had a great weekend.  I did, it was very nice.  There was a bit of a chill in the air and I had the windows and sliding glass door open all weekend, it was fabulous!

I have a really cute Halloween project to share with you.  I saw this video tutorial on You Tube by Dawn and thought it would be perfect with the new Trick or Treat, Smell My Feet image from Paper Pretties.  This week's Paper Pretties digi challenge is color combo....

Black, Purple, Green & Orange

This little treat pouch was so easy to make.  Using an envelope as the base and then decorating it up with some fabulous digi paper, this is a super fun little treat to give to anyone.  And easily adaptable to any treat giving theme.

Image: Trick or Treat Smell My Feet, Sentiment from Mumfred

Card stock: Neenah Classic Crest, Black
Paper: Halloween Horror digi paper (Paper Candee), Envelope
Copics: 100, BV00, BV02, C8, C10, R27, YG06, YR16
Tools: 7/8" circle punch, 1" circle punch, Crop-o-dile
Embellishments: purple brads

You can find the tutorial here.

Thanks for stopping by today!  I do love your visits.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Sunday Bliss

Happy Sunday afternoon everyone!  I've been busy creating some really cute Halloween projects to share with you this week.  I'm starting it off with an adorable card (in my humble opinion) that I created to play along with sketch challenge and the Pretty Palette challenge at My Time Made Easy.  I have had a super great time playing along this entire month with their challenges.  And this is also the 4th installment to my DT application.

My sister, Theresa, gave me the Fall set that CC Designs released probably 2 years ago or so.  I dusted it off (literally) and had an inky fun time.

Now, it's definitely not as symetrical as the sketch, I decided to go a little quirky since it's a Halloween card.  And the color combo for Pretty Palette is black, orange, purple and green (a popular color combo this week - but hey, it's a week before Halloween).

Card stock:  Neenah Classic Crest, Black
Paper:  Web (DCWV), Halloween (Heidi Grace)
Stamps/Ink:  Fall set (CC Designs), Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Copics:  BV00, BV02, C8, C10, E00, E02, E29, E33, R11, W-0, W-2, W-3, YG06
Tools:  Circle Cutter (CM)
Embellishments:  buttons, Honeydew Baker's Twine (SNSS)

I hope you're enjoying your Sunday and I thank you for taking a part of your day and sharing it with me.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Happy Birthday...

.... to the Paper Prettiest Girl of all!!

Today we are celebrating Heather's birthday, owner of Paper Pretties and of course, we doing it with a blog hop.  The card I created features Max Splasher, but instead of this little guy jumping into pool - he's jumping into a giant cupcake.  Come on... who wouldn't love to just jump right in to a sugary, ooey - gooey, cupcake on their birthday?

The cupcake image is an image from Soft Pencil that worked so well for this fun birthday card.  I kept the colors soft with just a couple of bold touches.

Image: Max Splasher (Paper Pretties), Ratiny's cupcake (Soft Pencil)

Card stock: Neenah Classic Crest, Certainly Celery
Paper:  Springtime (Echo Park)
Copics: B23, BV00, C8, E29, E34, G02, R02, R11, RV000, RV10, Y11, Y15
Tools:  Dot border punch, label punch, 1" circle punch, word window punch
Embellishment:  Baker's Twine - Denim (SNSS), button, Sugar glitter (Martha Stewart)

Thanks for stopping by today, your next stop on this birthday blog hop trail is Nancy's blog.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Delightful Challenges

Hi Everyone!  I hope you're week is going well.  It's Thursday and you know that means another fun challenge at Delightful Challenges.  This week's challenge is....


Of course, there are lots of choices in the Digital Delights store to use to play along with this challenge, although, not required but since the digis are so reasonably priced, why not treat yourself to an image or two and play along.

Here's my card....

I created a window card featuring Sasha the Witch (little cutie), Spooktacular digi paper and Halloween 2 Sentiments.

This inside is Sasha in all her adorable-ness....  Have any of you read Wicked (or seen the play)?  Well, this is how I sort of imagine Elphaba as a little girl.

Images: Sasha the Witch, Halloween Sentiments 2

Paper: Spooktacular Digi Paper
Card stock: Neenah Classic Crest, Black (Recollections), Gable Green
Copics: BV00, BV02, BV04, C8, C10, E30, E34, E37, E53, R11, YG03, YG06, YG17
Tools: Circle & Oval cutters (CM), Scallop Circle Nesties (Spellbinders), Flower punch (SU!), Silver
Metallic marker (Elementz), white gel pen
Embellishments: purple satin ribbon (Offray)

I do hope you play along - we'd love to see your Halloween ideas.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Operation Write Home Fundraiser

Hello everyone!  I have been given a great opportunity to share with you about a fundraiser that I hope you will all help with.  Everyone in the cardmaking world knows about Operation Write Home, an organization dedicated to helping our troops stay in touch with their families.

* Operation Write Home is a not-for-profit organization that collects and sends handmade greeting cards to American soldiers for their use in keeping touch with their families back home. They need to raise $13,000 to cover holiday shipping costs.

* Among other fundraisers going on at the same time, K 'n K Designs will be selling 7 new digi sets designed exclusively for this cause. These include 4 sets by Katlyn and 3 sets by Deedee. Each "set" includes an image and some greetings, in both Jpeg an PNG file formats, all in a zip file.

* These sets are available for just $2 each, or in various value bundles (e.g. get them all for just $10!), with all proceeds (minus Paypal fees) donated to Operation Write Home.

* The sets can be purchased at the K 'n K blog (NOT their store) from October 17th thru noon November 1st.  All purchases will be emailed out within 24 hours of payment clearance.

* Those who don't craft but would still like to aid the cause can donate directly to OWH. Info on how to do that is at this page:

So here's the card I created to show off one of the adorable sets created by Deedee.

I created this card with the help of some really great challenges, too.  The sketch is from Mojo Monday, the color combo (white, black & bright blue) from My Time Made Easy Pretty Palette and added score lines from The Pink Elephant.  They didn't photograph well, though and the space I created for the ribbon ended up not being quite wide enough for the ribbon.  But I love the results of my card anyway, I think it turned out fun!

Image: Thoughtful Teddies

Card stock: Neenah Classic Crest, Black, Bright Blue
Paper: Echo Park
Copics: BG01, BG05, E30, E34, R02, R11
Ink: London Fog (Memento)
Tools: Cuttlebug, Rectangle Straight Edge Nesties, Rectangle Scallops Nesties, Scallop Circle Nesties, 1 1/4" circle punch, 1 3/8" circle punch, white gel pen
Embellishments: twill ribbon (Offray)

Please head on over to Kaitlyn's blog and help with this effort.  Your support would be greatly appreciated.  Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Tuesday Morning Sketches #116

Good Morning!  It's Tuesday and the weather is starting to cool down a bit... I am happy!  As we continue our Think Pink challenges this month and feature another fun sketch I just want to give you a gentle reminder that it's really important to take good care of yourself.  Have your mammogram done.

Now here's my card, this is featuring a freebie available on Print Candee's website.  Print Candee is sponsoring us this week, along with DRS Designs.

Theresa created a great sketch for us and make sure you check out what the DT created.  One word... AWESOME!

Image: Fair Fairy (Print Candee)

Card stock: Neenah Classic Crest, Pink Pirouette, Always Artichoke
Paper: Sugared collection (Basic Grey)
Copics: B000, EOO, E02, E34, E37, RV000, RV02, RV10
Stamps/Ink: Wish (TAC), Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Embellishments: Pearls (Recollections), Iridescent Ice embossing powder

Thank you visiting me and I hope to see you over at Tuesday Morning Sketches.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Paper Pretties Monday

Good Morning!  I hope everyone had a great weekend.  I know I did.  I had such a great weekend, so productive... the apartment is super clean, the laundry was done by 9am yesterday morning  and then Sunday was spent hanging out with my stamps, my kids and my friend.  Yep - great weekend!

There's a fun, new challenge over at Paper Pretties.  This week's challenge is...


Of course, that's where most minds are now.  Creating some super cute Halloween greetings and goodies to share with family, friends and classmates.  So I created this adorable card that features another sweet digi by Artish.  This is Mumford....

My card also features some really great, adorably cute Halloween paper by Print Candee.  They are one of the fabulous sponsors we'll be seeing this week at Tuesday Morning Sketches.  The layout is from a My Time Made Easy.  My 3rd installment to my DT application.

Image: Mumfred
Card stock: Neenah Classic Crest, Pumpkin Pie, Black
Paper: Halloween Horros digi paper (Print Candee)
Copics: B97, E30, R27, YR16
Tools: Cuttlebug, Distressed Stripes embossing folder, Label punch, 1" circle punch, small oval punch, corner rounder
Embellishments: purple satin ribbon (Offray)

I hope you'll swing by and play along with us this week.  Thank you so much for stopping by.  Happy Monday!!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Delightful Challenges

Hi everyone!  I hope you're all doing well.  I am so happy that we're on the downhill side of this week.  We've had new trainees sitting with us listening to calls to prepare themselves to start taking calls.  It's a bit exhausting.  I laugh because it was a year ago that I was in their position - now I'm considered old news at work.

So it's October and with this season, thoughts are turned to cooler days, blazing colors of golds, reds and browns.  Of course, I don't see or feel any of that here in Florida.  I want Autumn weather!  But thank goodness for the challenge over at Delightful Challenges.  We're playing with...


And here's my card....

The image featured on my card is the sweet little dog found in Fall Kids digi stamp set.  The digi paper featured is from the Simply Fall collection.  I created the flowers using a really old flower punch from Stampin' Up! - yay me, I'm actually dusting stuff off and using it!

Image: Fall Kids

Paper: Simply Fall digi papers
Card stock: Neenah Classic Crest, Creamy Caramel, Summer Sun, Chocolate Chip, Garden Green
Copics: E30, E34, E37, E53, G99, R11, Y17, YR16, YR23
Ink: Potter's Clay (Memento), Summer Sun (SU!)
Tools: Circle Cutter (CM), Flower Punch (SU), 5/16" circle punch

I do hope you join us this week - we love seeing your work!  Thank you so much for stopping by and saying hello!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Tuesday Morning Sketches #115

Hello everyone!  I have another pink card to share with you.  This week is the Judged Challenge over at TMS so there's a sketch, an inspiration photo and we're continuing with adding pink.  So here's my card...

One of the easiest things to do when you're just about ready to step out of the shower or as your toweling off, you can do a quick check of your breasts.  You want to run your fingers over your breasts probing gently feel for hard, pea-sized or larger lumps.  Do this one to two times per months - early detection is your first line of defense.

Card stock: Neenah Classic Crest, Chocolate Chip, Pink Pirouette

Paper: Chocolat (SEI)
Copics: BG01, E00, E02, E04, E30, E33, E34, E37, RV000, RV02, RV10
Tools: Scallop Border punch (Fiskars), 1 5/8" & 1 1/4" circle punches
Embellishments: mulberry flower (unk), rhinestone (unk), white satin ribbon (Offray)

I hope to see your continued participation over at TMS.  Thank you for stopping by.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Monday, Monday... so good to me

Good Morning!  I hope you had a fabulous weekend.  I did.  It was pretty much quiet and very low key.  It rained all weekend long so I stayed very low.

I am not certain if I am going about this application process the right way for My Time Made Easy, but I am definitely giving it a go.  Lauren and her team are doing a call for the sketch team and you all know how much I love sketches.  The call requires you to participate with each challenge for the month of October.  So here's my first card using Sketch #29.

This card features the adorable snowmen from The Greeting Farm set Warm Wishes.  It also features some really cute digi paper from My Time Made Easy.

Card stock:  Neenah Classic Crest, Black (Recollections), Bashful Blue
Stamps/Ink:  Warm Wishes (TGF), Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Copics:  B000, G02, B05, BV00, BV02, C8, C10, R11, R27, R29, RV000, RV02, RV10, YR16
Tools:  Border Punch (Martha Stewart), Labels One Nesties (Spellbinders), Cuttlebug
Embellishments:  turquoise ribbon (Offray)

This second card is for Sketch #30 and for the fun of it, I added MTME's Pretty Palette challenge.  The colors are Artichoke, Celery, Melon and Daffodil.  I did as close to those colors as I could.  I think my card is really pretty.

Card stock:  Neenah Classic Crest, Always Artichoke, Regal Rose, So Saffron
Paper:  Sugared (Basic Grey)
Stamps/Ink:  Your Friendship (SNSS), Dandelion (Memento), Always Artichoke (SU!)
Tools:  Cuttlebug, Textile emb folder, Labels Two Nesties (Spellbinders), flower punch (EK Success), leaves punch (The Punch Bunch)
Embellishments:  Rhinestones (Studio 18), satin ribbon (Offray)

I had so much fun playing along with the sketches and the color challenges.  Now to figure out how to apply!  Wish me luck.

Have a super Monday.  Oh, and if you were here to see a challenge card for Paper Pretties, there isn't one this week because today is a new release.  You've probably seen the sneak peeks, but if not... click HERE.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Delightful Challenges

Good Morning!  Before I get to today's regulary scheduled post, I'd like to do a quick birthday shout out to my sister....

H A P P Y   B I R T H D A Y
T H E R E S A ! ! !

It's a new month, which means there is a new release over at Digital Delights by Louby Loo.  Wendy is rolling out some really adorable Christmas images.  I am showcasing Swinging Edwina....

Isn't she just the sweetest little elf!?  I think she's adorable with her rosy little cheeks and festive swing.  This week's challenge at Delightful Challenges is to add DIMENSION...

As you can see, I kept my dimension at a minimum - but of course, the heights you take are completely up to you.  I created this card using a great sketch from I {heart} 2 Stamp.  And pulled out some really old paper, as you can see.

Image: Swinging Edwina

Card stock: Neenah Classic Crest, Old Olive, Real Red
Paper: Dashing (SU!)
Copics: E00, E02, E34, E37, G02, G05, R27, R29, YG03
Embellishments: Mini Glitter Brads (American Crafts), olive green satin ribbon (Offray)

Please do stop by to check out all the new sweet images and while you're there you might as well shop a little and play a little!  Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Tuesday Morning Sketches #114

Good Morning!  I hope your week is off to a great start.

It's the beginning of October which is Breast Cancer Awareness month - but the month means more to me than just awareness.  My sister, Theresa, celebrates her birthday on the 6th and we celebrate her 4th year of being cancer free.  So this month at TMS is dedicated to my sister and Breast Cancer Awareness.  Please, ladies, take care of your boobies!

You must use the sketch, add some pink and you can only combine TMS' challenge with a maximum of two other challenges.  Participate each week following those rules and you'll be entered for a blog candy drawing.

Remember, the first step to beating this disease is... A W A R E N E S S

Card stock:  Neenah Classic Crest, Pink Pirouette (SU!)
Stamps/Ink:  Laying Nora Swiss Pixies (CC Designs), Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Copics:  E00, E02, E29, E37, RV000, RV02, RV06, RV10, RV13
Tools:  Cuttlebug, Perfectly Paisley embossing folder, Cricut, SCAL, SVG cut by Kristina Werner
Embellishments:  white and pink satin ribbon (Offray), brads (Bazzil), mulberry flowers (unk)

I hope you join us this month.  And please be sure to wish Theresa Happy Birthdays!

Monday, October 3, 2011

Paper Pretties Monday

Good Morning!  It's Monday and yes, it's the beginning of another week, but it also means another fun new challenge at Paper Pretties.  This week's challenge is....

Red, Brown & Yellow
(plus neutral)

My card is featuring another new release - this little guy is Johnny Appleseed.

The layout for my card is from a great sketch at The Sweet Stop.

Image: Johnny Appleseed

Card stock: Neenah Milled Ivory, Kraft, Chocolate Chip
Paper: Baked Cinnamon, Apple Festival digi papers (ACOT)
Copics: C8, E33, E37, E53, R00, R011, R27, R29, W-2, W-3, YR23
Tools: Word Window Punch,
Embellishments: Deep Red grosgrain ribbon (Offray), yellow brads (Making Memories), mulberry leaves (Prima)

I do hope you play along with us this week - c'mon... it'll be fun!  Thanks for stopping by - I do love your visits.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Just playing around...

Hi everyone!  Happy Sunday evening to you.  I have another card to share with you because I just had to play along with a couple of challenges.  Have you seen the adorable sketch over at JUGS?  And then I added a great color combo from My Time Made Easy pretty pallette challenge.

This is a gift card holder and actually the entire focal part of the card is on a belly band.

Isn't this cute?  I really love this color combo (White, Aqua, Olive Green and Red).  I thought it was a pretty strange combination but it really looks quite stunning.  And the sketch was just too much fun, I couldn't pass it up.

Card stock:  Neenah Classic Crest, Aqua (Recollections), Old Olive (SU!)
Paper:  Cafe Mediterranean (DCWV)
Copics:  BG01, BG05
Stamps/Ink:  Your Friendship (SNSS), Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Tools:  Apron Lace border punch
Embellishments:  Red satin ribbon (Offray), red button (my stash), Honeydew Baker's Twine (SNSS)

Thanks for stopping by!

Bee Crafty #55 - Bling

Good Morning friends!  I hope your weekend is going well.  Mine?  So far so good.  I am sitting at my crafting table this morning with the hopes that I'll get much done to share with you this week.

Today's card is for the October challenge at Bee Crafty.  This month, we're playing with BLING!

My card features Whimsical Girl, one of my favorite Bee Crafty images.  It also features rhinestones and a silver metallic pen for stitching.

My card also fits the challenges at Papertake Weekly (sketch) and Dutch Dare who are playing bingo.  This is the only bingo game I'm any good at.  I did the diagonal with paper piecing, flowers and bling.

Image: Whimsical Girl

Card stock: Neenah Classic Crest, Night of Navy, Regal Rose
Paper: Just the Girls - Skylar digi paper (ACOT)
Copics: BV02, BV05, E00, E02, E29, E34, E37, W-3
Tools: Cuttlebug, Frills & Just My Type embossing borders
Embellishments: Rhinestones (Recollections), silver metalic marker (Elementz)

Thank you for stopping by today.  Enjoy your Sunday!