Thursday, May 31, 2007

{ SCS sketch challenge 126 }

I am looking forward to Tuesdays every week for the sketch challenge at SCS. It gives you a starting point and then you just go from there. I finished my card today, and I love this color combo. I used my Cuttlebug embossing folder and I don't have a Cuttlebug, I just use my Sizzix machine. Patterned paper is from Autumn Leaves, my Marvy Uchida scalloped punch that I love. The large flower stamp is from Delight In Life stamp set from SU. Little blue flower stamp is from Stamps by Judith, the little 3 berry sprig stamp is from Rubber Stamp Tapestry. All ink is from SU. Sentiment is a clear stamp by Brenda Walton.

I got my goodies from Paper Salon today - thank you. I won a prize for a sketch challenge last week and you can see my card here. I love that new All Stitched Up paper collection and stamps. I was hoping I would get that prize package. I can't wait to start playing.

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

{ Published work - March 2007 }

I forget that I can post my published work several months after the publications come out. This card is in March 2007 issue of CARDS. I get amazed every time I get that email for a submissions request. I made this card in August last yar after I took a class with Elsie, here in town. We made an album with Scenic route papers and I had some left over paper. The flourish rub-on is from Basic Grey.
I am working on the next SCS sketch, I love it.

Cathy, you goodies are on the way.

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

{ Altered coaster }

I wanted to post something different today. I love this little thing. I coverd a coaster with Basic Grey patterned paper. Wordsworth stamps, Bazzill flower, K&Company button, Making Memories safety pin.

...and we had some visitors this evening.

Monday, May 28, 2007

{ Beate's Sketch Challenge # 3 }

I know I am late, but that's OK. I had these made for couple of days, but it has been raining here for days and the photos were not coming out. Beate had this cute sketch and I just had to make a card...or two.
This first one is all DCWV patterned paper and cardstock. I used my Marvy Uchida scalloped punch. For my circle I used Fiskars shape template, it fits perfectly. Two stamps are from Michaels, I have so many....Ribbon is May Arts.
This second card was very hard to photograph. For the card base I used metallic cardstock from DCWV and this beautiful pearlized and metallic patterned paper from The Luxury stack. My soon to be retired stamp is from Love Ya Bunches set from SU. I colored the image with my pastel pencils.

{ Blog Candy Winner !!!!! }

We have a winner!!!! Cathy said: This candy is just way to sweet. What fun you could have with all of this. My mind is just going crazy thinking of all the things I could do if I won. I'm coming from Cleveland Missouri...that's right Missouri...not Ohio. Cathy, email me your address so I can send you all these goodies. Congrats. This was fun. I didn't expect to have so many people stop by. Thank you. I will be doing this again so keep reading.

{ Blog Candy }

***I am making this post "sticky" so it will stay on top until Monday. Please read below for any new posts. Thanks.***
Yes, finally. All you need to do is post a comment here and tell me where you are from. If there is anything you would like to know, ask me a question. I will randomly draw a winner Monday night, May 28, at 8:00 pm CST. This will give everyone a chance to play since it's a holiday weekend. Thank you for stopping by and reading my blog. I have some glitter papers from Die Cuts With A View Nana's Kids Collection, Offray ribbon, clear stamps from Michaels and two blocks, chipboard flowers, chipboard photo corners and tags from American Crafts and a little treasure tin.
***I corrected the date, sorry.

Sunday, May 27, 2007

{ Holiday card challenge }

Melissa Phillips challenged us to make a card this weekend. It had to be a patriotic card with red, white, and blue, with at least one star on it. You can read her post at Create My Keepsake. She is giving away some goodies to the winner.
I wanted my card to sparkle so I used embossing glitter. It's not something I do often, but it was fun and I like how it turned out. All patterned papers are from DCWV, stamp is from Autumn Leaves. Pressed Petals chipboard star which I stamped and embossed. American Crafts ribbon.

Saturday, May 26, 2007

{ SCS sketch challenge 125 }

Here is a quick card I made earlier this week for the SCS sketch challenge. I used DCWV patterned paper that is embossed and it has glitter. It is from Nana's Kids collection. The flower stamp is from Art Warehouse, the flourish is from DeNami Design, and the little sentiment stamp is from Michaels. All paper and cardstock is from DCWV and ink is from Stampin' Up.
Have a great weekend.

{ Scrappy Aprons }

My friend Kimberly made this little beauty for me last month and I just now have a picture of me with it. You can find all about them at Scrappy Aprons. Thank you Kimberly, I love it.
Yes, my room is still a mess, but I am making progress.Congratulations to Valerie Salmon for winning the Paper Crafts Gallery Idol!!! All her cards were beautiful and I am so happy for her. You can see the announcement here.

I received my box today from Create My Keepsake, and all my Love, Elsie goodies with it. Rebecca is on top of it, she ships your stuff out fast. She still has some Love, Elsie in her store if you want to check it out.

Becca from South Bend, IN asked: "what is your fave movie...of all time???" My favorite movie of all tme is Pretty Woman.

Friday, May 25, 2007

{ SCS Way to use it challenge 114 }

This is my first time to try this one - Going Yo Yo. I am loving these challenges and it is fun to try new things. I have never used Yoyo Yellow or this stamp set, Blooming With Happiness, until yesterday. I like Julia's example and I was looking for red patterned paper like that, but I don't have any. I did find this hot pink one by DCWV and it matched my Pink Passion marker perfectly. I stamped, and cut out little flowers from Simply Said set. The scalloped stamp at the bottom is from Impression Obsession and after I stamped it I cut out the bottom part. The photo is not the best, it's been raining here for days. When the sun comes out I will try to take another picture.
I have so many great visitors to this blog. I will come and stop by in the next few days and weeks...I will try to answer some of your questions, as well.
Patty H. from Valleyford, Washington asked: "I would like to know how you enjoy your new blog and is it hard to keep writing in it and coming up with things to write about?"
It was hard at first, because I didn't know what to write about, and I didn't want people reading laughing at me. The more you write the easier it gets. I make sure I have something new to post and I just write about that.
Have a great weekend.

Thursday, May 24, 2007

{ My banner }

You can click on my banner now to go to my home page. Sorry if this was a problem. I couldn't figure it out. I did some research today and found Dummies Guide to Google Beta.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

{ SCS color challenge 115 }

I have all these papers and I hardly ever use them, this was fun, no patterned paper today, just cardstock. Challenge is to use Certainly Celery, Vintage Violet (or Elegant Eggplant), Old fun is that. I used Vintage Violet and Old Olive. This was my first time to use this wheel, Bodacious Bouquet. I know I have a lot of stuff. The butterfly and the sentiment stamp "Just for you" are from Impression Obsession. The scalloped edge is made using my Fiskars shape template. I bought a 1/8"hole punch the other day at Hobby Lobby. Did I forget anything? Oh, yes, for my decorative corners I used my Fiskars corner punch, another thing that gets neglected. The butterfly is cut out and the wings are bent back so that it looks like he is just resting there before he takes off again.
I keep mentioning that blog's ready I just have to take a picture and post it...tomorrow.
Did I go overboard, three post in one day???

{ PC Idol Round 4 }

This is the last round and I am getting excited to see who wins on Friday. My friend, Valerie Salmon has made it to this last round of the Paper Crafts Magazine Idol competition. You can see her latest cards here. To view the top 5 cards, click here. Vote for your favorite before Thursday, May 24th at 1:00 p.m. CST here.

{ Paper Salon sketch challenge winner }

I won today !!!! My name was randomly drawn, with three other ladies, for some Paper Salon products. Check out the prizes here. You can see my card for the sketch challenge in my previous post here. In addition to winning today, I won four prizes at Inspire Me Card Kits over the weekend, during their crop challenges. This doesn't happen often and it's always good to get some free stuff.

I am working on some cards and I will post those tonight.

Here is a layout I did for our
Scrappy Hour challenge on Monday.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

{ Post-it }

I was visiting Staples one day and guess what I found? This little post-it note with the bird and all. I have a whole pad and I will have to find other ways to use it. American Crafts patterned paper and ribbon, epoxy sticker is from Around The Block. You just never know where you will find things you can use for your projects.

Create My Keepsakes is coming out with a NEW Monthly Kit starting June 1st!!! It looks yummy.

Monday, May 21, 2007

{ Heidi Grace }

I know I mentioned once or twice that I love Heidi Grace Designs. Well, I can't even remember when or where I bought this paper, but I found it in a big pile of mess while I was cleaning my room. I love these adorable mushrooms.

Top 5 ladies have posted their final cards for PC Gallery Idol challenge and you can go and view their creations and vote here. Good luck everyone. Voting ends May 24 at noon (MST) and the winner will be announced on Friday, May 25.

Here are two more cards I made with Bo Bunny Press Goodies for Create My Keespakes.

Sunday, May 20, 2007

{ CPS Card Contest Sketch }

CPS has a sketch contest with some great prizes and two winners will be published in Scrapbook & Cards Today Fall 2007 issue. Pretty cool.
I just made this card and I came up with it while I was cleaning. I made 8 cards in the last two days, all during my cleaning spree. I did make some progress, but still not done. OK, back to my card. I have this wonderful fall stack from
DCWV filled with beautiful colors of fall. I used my Stampin' Up stamps from Give Thanks set. I love my little watercolor set from Chartpak, they stack on top of each other and they are easy to store. I always thought I needed a big set, but this is just enough. I did stamp with StazOn black ink on watercolor paper, I don't have brown, yet, I wish I did. I might have to visit Hobby Lobby this week, they have all their dye and pigment ink pads 50% off. For my oval tag I used my Sizzix die cut and stamped "thanks" from the sentiment in the stamp set. I stamped the leaves and then cut them out and used my little glue dots to adhere them to the hemp cord.
I have some goodies to give away this week!!! Thanks for coming by and reading my blog.

Saturday, May 19, 2007

{ Another sketch challenge }

Beate has another sketch challenge on her blog, and I love it. I made this card last night and I wanted to use papers that I usually wouldn't pick up. All cardstock and papers are from Die Cuts With A View. These papers came from Earth Coordinating Prints and Cardstock Mat Stacks. Beautiful colors. The stamps set is from Happy Harmony and it wasn't even mounted! Can you believe that??? As I was trying to perfectly add ink to flowers and stems, I was wishing I had the Earth Elements markers. I have the Bold Brights and I love them. This morning I remembered that I do have the markers!!!! Does that mean I have too much stuff??? The ribbon is from American Crafts and I used Marvy Uchida large scalloped punch. I have Fiskars circle and oval shape templates and they fit perfectly with two punches I have.
The plan for the day is to clean and organize my studio. If I ever finish I will post before and after photos. Have a great weekend.

Did you notice that my post yesterday didn't have a comment section, I don't know why.

Friday, May 18, 2007

{ Impression Obsession Design Team }

I got the email yesterday and I was choosen to be a part of the new Impression Obsession Design Team. I am so excited!!! I love their images and their clear stamps were my first ever clear stamps. I can't wait to get started. Congrats ladies!!!
Our new design team members are:
Asela Hopkins
Daniela Dobson
Debbie Olson
Bernadette Henderson
Julie Koerber
Laura Fulcher
Melinda Doster
Penny Hajiantoni
Tina Werner

I made this card last year and it uses two of Impression Obsession stamps. Doodling around the edges is my own. I used white gel pen. This card almost made it into one of the magazines, but it was returned to me after some time, I guess they didn't have any room left. Sometimes that happens.

Sorry I didn't post anything yesterday, I started to, but I fell asleep.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

{ SCS sketch challenge 124 }

I wanted to post this tonight because I love this sketch and it was easy to put together. I am still using my new papers from Die Cuts With A View. The stamp is from DeNami Design, a new company I discovered at the last stamp show here in town. Little sentiment is a stamp from Michael's.

Jennifer del Muro is giving away some goodies this week. I love reading her blog so go and check it out.

You still have time to vote for PC Gallery Idol challenge.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

{ Bo Bunny Press }

Bo Bunny is our DT sponsor at Create My Keepsakes for May. We have a contest going on and some awesome prizes. Check out our Bo Bunny gallery.
Here are two of my cards made with these beautiful papers.

Monday, May 14, 2007

{ Scrappy Hour finished project }

Here is my finished layout for Scrappy Hour. It was so fun and easy. I should paint and stamp on chipboard more often. You can find all the steps in the link above.

Top 10 girls made some awesome birthday cards and envelopes for Round 3 Paper Crafts Gallery Challenge. Check out their awesome work here. Voting is now open so stop by and vote for your favorite card here.

Sunday, May 13, 2007

{ Scrappy Hour }

Every Monday we have Scrappy Hour at Create My Keepsake hosted by our member Rachel. This Monday, May 14, she is busy and I am the host. You can see a list of supplies in our forum. I am stamping on chipboard. The fun part about the Scrappy Hour is that a list is posted, but not the finished project. You just follow the steps and see what comes out. Come check out our Scrappy Hour Forum for previous challenges. SH starts at 8:30 CST.

Create My Keepsake is going to start creating monthly kits at the store starting June 1st. Rebecca has a sneak peak on her blog. I can't wait.

{ Beate's Sketch Challenge }

I read Beate's blog all the time and I love everything she does. This week she has a sketch challenge and some goodies to give away!!! I wanted to use some of my stamps that I haven't played with in a while - Love Matters from Stampin' Up. I love my SU bold brights markers. The flourish stamp is from Doodle This set. Cherry Arte patterned paper. That yummy ribbon that matches perfectly is from Michael's.

Saturday, May 12, 2007

{ Paper Crafts Magazine }

I just love that magazine, I can't wait every month for the new issue. Well, it arrived today. The new, June/July, issue is in my hands with 4 of my published cards inside. I was so excited to finally see them in print.

I know I mentioned that I got a box of goodies this week from DCWV with the new Nana's Kids collection, but it's so yummy, I can't stop playing with it. They have the most adorable add in the new June/July issue of Paper Crafts.

I did this card for Sketch this: cards week 12 with the new papers and chipboard.Beate Johns is having a sketch challenge that I am working on. She is giving away some awesome goodies. I was working on it last night, but I had to go to the airport to pick up my husband and I didn't get to finish. I will post it tomorrow.
I hope everyone has the best Mother's Day tomorrow.

Friday, May 11, 2007

{ PC Gallery Idol Top 10 }

The list is up and I am not on it. Check out the top 10 finalists here. Awesome job girls, congratulations. I can't wait for the next round, we still have to vote next week so I will keep you posted. I really wanted those yummy Doodlebug papers, I guess I will have to go shopping now.

Here is another little card I made last night with my new goodies from DCWV. I am loving this paper and my little dollar stamps from Michael's.

{ CPS #12 }

CPS #12 I got a box of goodies yesterday from DCWV and I just had to play with these yummy new papers from Nana's Kids Collection. I used Stampin' Up ink and Keller's Creations ribbon. Sentiment stamp is from Michael's.

Thursday, May 10, 2007

{ Page Maps Paper Salon sketch }

Paper Salon is having Page Maps sketch challenge for some awesome prizes. The only Paper Salon products I have are some stamps that I got in a box of goodies. I found this patterned paper while I was visiting Hershey, PA. The flower and butterfly are from Oodles of Doodles stamp set. I used Stampin' Up chalk to color the stamped images. Maya Road paisley chipboard covered with the other side of Paper Salon patterned paper. Sticker is from Die Cuts With A View.
Thanks to all who voted for the PC Gallery Challenge. They will post the top 10 finalists tomorrow, May 11, at 11:00 am CST.

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

{ Splitcoast sketch challenge }

I love doing sketch challenges I just don't have enough time to do them all. Splitcoast stampers has different challenges every week. I made this card for sketch challenge 122. I had this adorable Inky Antics stamp for quite some time and I just now got to use it. For this I used Bazzill cardstock, Fancy Pants pp, Inky Antics stamp, sentiment stamp is from Michael's, Prima flower, AC button, DCWV rub-on, Chartpak soft pastel pencils. I am still trying to figure out how to use those pastel pencils, I have a big set. If anyone has any tips to share please do.
Don't forget to vote for PC Gallery Idol Challenge. You have until Thursday, see my post below.

Sunday, May 06, 2007

{ Round 2 PC challenge is ready }

This took some thinking, but once I started I couldn't stop. I hope you like it.
The voting starts Monday, May 7 at 1:00pm (CST) and goes through May 10 at 1:00 pm (CST). Check out all the submissions (my card is on page 2). Vote here. Stampin' Up and Frances Meyer cardstock, American Crafts and Scenic Route patterned paper, Michaels ribbon, Stampin' Up stamp from Doodle This set, Green Galore Stampin' Up marker, Die Cuts With A View sticker, craft supply buttons, Doodlebug Design brad.
The brad is holding two heart shapes together so that the back "swings" open to reveal a message. Stamped images are cut out, the heart and flowers are hand made.
Hope you can vote!

Saturday, May 05, 2007

{ Top 15 Finalists for PC Gallery Idol Challenge}

I am very excited because I made it to the next round. Thanks to everyone who voted. There were 1800 votes !!!! Congratulations to everyone!!!! For more info on the contest and to view the winning cards check here. I am still working on my next challenge so check back soon.

We are celebrating NSD at CMK and there are challenges and cool prizes. Come and join all the fun.
I am hosting a challenge today "Under the Big Top" -- create a layout with a border at the top of the page. Awesome prize for the winner. Here is my example:

My friend, Melanie, called with some free tickets to Gwen Stefani concert tonight!!!!! It's going to be a girls' night out!!!!

Have a great day everyone.

Thursday, May 03, 2007

{ I finally get to play }

I have been checking out Sketchthis:cards blog for a while now, and I finally get to play. Janelle comes up with some awesome sketches. This card came together really quick. I am still in the process of unpacking from my trip and my scrapbook supplies are all over the place. For this card I used Die Cuts With A View glitter paper, flowers and little chipboard sentiment. Flower centers are from Heidi Grace Designs chipboard shapes.
Friday they are announcing top 15 finalists at Paper Crafts. I am nervous.
Have a good night.

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

{ National Scrapbook Day }

Come celebrate at Create My Keepsake. We are having Under The Big Top Crop on National Scrapbook Day May 5th. You can read all about it here, great challenges and prizes all day. I hope you can join us and play. Rebecca is having a huge CMK sale, 40% off on everything, it ends at midnight May 6th!!
Here is a card I made last week with some new Heidi Grace Designs paper that I found at a Scrapbook store in Hagerstown, MD called ScrapMania. Supplies: Bazzill cardstock, SR and Heidi Grace Designs pp, Keller's Creations ribbon, Pressed Petals alphas, Heidi Grace book plate, Doodlebug Design jewels.
Top 15 Gallery Idol Finalists will be posted tomorrow. There is still time to vote
today by noon MST.
Have a nice day.