Sunday, April 25, 2010

Stamptacualr Sunday Challenge: Sew Special

This week on the Stamptacular Sunday Challenge our challenge is to create a card or project that is for someone special..but...there's a catch! You MUST include some sort of sewn effect. It can be faux or decide!
PRIZE: $25 Gift Certificate plus FREE shipping!
For my challenge, I'm constantly just trying to find a sweet little note card to send a note off this is for a "general" someone special, but special none the less. This week I had a good time with Papertrey Inks Vintage Picnic set and a new punch I purchased (journal plate and bracket by EK Success). I pulled my papers from my scraps drawer and stamped my basket 2X on different colors and cut out...then I stamped the envy's on plain white paper, colored with Copics and cut out. I incorporated my sewing on my Scalloped Square (Nestabilities). Thanks for joining me this week and I can't wait to see what you come up with!

Sunday, April 18, 2010

This week at the Stamptacular Sunday Challenge, our challenge was can use a penguin image or you can be inspired by the black and white OF penguins...either way, penguin inspiration!
Our prizes this week are:
8 Images by Creations by Penny
and I've donated the stamp set seen below (cupcakes...yummy, my favorite!)

Now onto my card. Penguins are my dad's favorite animal, so I'm always trying to have on hand "Penguin" cards to meet his Penguin fetish...LOL...even though this card turned a little girly on me, I think he'll like it just the same. I first stamped my polka dotted back ground...and then I punched out the wavy hills, added my flourishes and added my Copic colored penguins. I wanted them to look like they were sliding down hills. I pop dotted them and framed them in a glittered out frame and added my sentiment and the tree for good measure. Thanks for visiting me today and I can't wait to see what you've come up with!


  • Image: Penguins by All That Scraps
  • Stamps: Papertrey Ink; Polka Dot Background, Fancy Flourishes, Stocking Prints (sentiment)
  • Ink and Paper: SU Heavenly Blue
  • Punches: EK Success, Martha Stewart and Nestabilities
  • Other: Glitter, pop dots, rhinestone

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Stamptaculars Sunday Challenge: Spots and Dots

This week at the Stamptacular Sunday Challenge our challenge was to use two different patterned papers that had spots or dots! Our sponsor this week is:
Who is offering our winner 4 digital images!
My card this week is using one of Meljens adorable images, "Hang in There". Isn't this kitty darling? I really just couldn't resist it...and this would be a great pick me up type of card for someone that is having a rough patch in their lives. I used purple, white and yellow for some soothing, but happy colors. I'm so glad you could join me this week...I'm recovering from a cold my dh "shared" with unfortunately I didn't get this turned into our main challenge blog on time...mojo is difficult to come up with when your burning up...but I did enjoy putting this card together with this fun image. Thanks for joining me today and I can't wait to see what you come up with!
  • Digital Image: Meljens Designs
  • Stamps: Papertrey Ink and Studio G (sentiment)
  • Ink: SU Lavendar Lace, Memento black
  • Punches: EK Succes, Marth Stewart and Nellie Snellen
  • Other: K & Co flowers, Pearls

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Digital Tuesday Challenge #53: Blue, White + One

This week on the Digital Tuesday Challenge, our challenge is a color challenge, Blue, White, plus one color of our choosing! Our prize sponsor this week is:
Winner receives 3 digital images of their choice!
Now onto my card, this image is a freebie I got from Mo Manning's, Paper Craft Planet group and I just couldn't resist these sweet little love birds. They are layered and popping off the page (although it didn't photo well). I die cutted my little heart frame and put my birds behind and then pop dotted the entire thing off of the card...I added my flower sticker and stickled the middle and made some quilled roses for a little more variety. I also stamped the corner of my card as well as pierced and added some rhinestones. Thanks for joining me today, can't wait to see what you've come up with!
  • Image: Mo Manning
  • Stamps: Papertrey Ink Flourishes, Studio G Sentiment
  • Nestabilities Dies: Scalloped Square, Square and Heart
  • Other: Martha Stewart Flower, Stickles, Glittler, Quilled Roses, Martha Stewart punched leaves, Piercer, Rhinestones, Memento Tuxedo Ink and SU Bashful Blue Ink

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Stamptacular Sunday Challenge: Sugar and Spice and Everything NICE!

This week on the Stamptacular Sunday Challenge our challenge is to create a card or project that is just for girls! how you do this is totally up to you! The possibilities are endless!
SPONSOR: Fresh Brewed
PRIZE: $10 Gift Certificate
SPONSOR: Bee Crafty
PRIZE: 3 digital images of winner's choice

Now when I heard of this challenge I KNEW exactly what a I wanted to do...what girl wouldn't love a little chocolate in a purse? My bff is a purse consieur and would love a little purse with some chocolate in it (be sure to check out my next post below to see how easy these are to make!) Wouldn't this be a great way to say thanks to a co-worker or a fun party favor? These truly went together quickly! Thanks for joining me today, tutorial is below (one for the purse, one for the roses), I can't wait to see what girly thing you come up with!

  • Stamp: Bee Crafty, Paper Trey Ink
  • Die: Nestabilities Labels 4
  • Ink: Stampin' Up (and computer print out)
  • Other: Copics, Adhesive, Pins, homemade roses, glitter, Martha Stewart Leaf punch, Ribbon, Ghiradelli Chocolate and Glitter

Tutorial Ghiradelli Purse

I thought this would be a great little "nifty gifty" for a little thank you or even party favors...these are quick to put together and fun to make...who doesn't love a little Ghiradelli chocolate and a purse? (and psst, if you like the roses, I have ANOTHER tutorial below this one on how to make THOSE!)

Here's what you'll need:
  • Paper 2 1/2 " X 6"
  • 1/4" Wide Ribbon 9" (a strip of paper could also be used)
  • Scoring Tool
  • Die Cutter
  • Nestabilities Die (Here I used Labels 4, largest die)
  • Scissors
  • Adhesive
  • Ghiradelli Chocolate Square

First score your paper as shown at 1 1/2", 1 3/4", 4" & 4 1/4"
Note: The right hand side will be the top flap of your purse

So that you may center your die, make a mark 1 1/4" on the edge of the right hand side of your paper. This will be the center of the flap of your purse.

With your die, thread the part of the paper you just marked underneath it, while leaving the remainder on top of the die (as shown below), making sure you center the die on the mark you just made.
Run this through your die cutter just far enough so it cuts that section that is underneath the die ONLY...below is what your paper should look like when you are finished.
Add a piece of adhesive in between the two score lines
Add your ribbon as show (this is your purse handle)
At this point you can fold your score lines and add your chocolate. I taped the flaps back on my chocolate for a neater presentation and then I adhered it to the purse. I then added adhesive on the flap so it are now ready to decorate!

Tutorial: Quilled Roses

If you've been wondering how I make my roses, they are super simple to make...and you can make tons of them just sitting on the sofa (below is an example on a card)
What you'll need, scrap paper, scissors, adhesive and a quilling tool (don't panic, you could probaby use a toothpick, but a quilling tool, purchased at Hobby Lobby for $2.99, makes it super easy and fast)
Cut a spiral out of your scrap piece of paper, don't worry about being even or perfect, just makes your rose look more real, the more uneven it is... I'm guessing this is about 1" in diameter

The outside is now going to become the INSIDE... place the tip end in the quilling tool as shown below...
Now spin...but do it AWAY from YOU...
Keep spinning....
This is what it looks like ON the quilling tool
Now pull off of the quilling tool and let it relax and unravel...
Now here's the "end" of your rose...
Stick a pop dot on it and press it onto your rose's bottom

VOILA! all done...wasn't that easy?

Saturday, April 3, 2010

My husband is in love with a younger, smaller, BLONDE....

Yes my husband has fallen head of heals for a younger, smaller, BLONDE...who's name is BELLA! Actually my Father in law is quite smitten too...I never would have thought men would be tripping over themselves to be greeted by a long haired chihuahua...but somehow she has us all under her spell! LOL
Anyway, this is our newest addition to our fur family, we were wanting a companion for our Jack Russell and weren't looking too hard when she fell into our lives. I never, EVER imagined I would be a "chihuahua" owner...aren't those the girls with high heals, dressed to the nines? (I'm thinking of Legally Blonde or the Paris Hiltons)...but what can I say she has totally won us over with her spunky and sunny personality...pretty darn smart too....and she weighs a whopping 2.2 lbs. You can fit her in her sweatshirt pocket! LOL