Saturday, January 31, 2009

Trash to Treasure

This is my project for Ching's Friday Challenge "Trash to Treasure" over at EIS. The "trash" is an altered toilet paper tube.

Sentiment is from the So Much Love set by Lizzie Anne Design.

The polkadot piece behind the white heart is cut from Cricut's Doodletype cartride using the bookplate/heart option. I did have to cut the heart a little bit for the chipboard piece to fit perfectly. I cut 3 with cardstock and one patterned paper to give it the same thickness as chipboard. I love this "faux" chipboard technique.

I also love how the double sided ribbon matched the paper perfectly. To make the knots on both sides, I cut two pieces of ribbon and tied toward the front.Inside the tube is an almond granola bar.

Papers and ribbon can be found in the store here:

Bittersweet paper and heart chipboard:

Memento black ink:

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Been Owly

I love this play on words. These are new stamps (owl and sentiment) that will be released soon by Inky Antics. Keep an eye on their website for information on when.
This card (along with others that I will be sharing) got to go to Anaheim, CA for CHA (Craft & Hobby Association). One of these years, I am hoping I get to go!

Sunday, January 25, 2009


Here is one more card (for now) with Lizzie Anne Design's L'Amour. I didn't put a sentiment on the front of this card cuz I want to be able to use it for birthday, thinking of you, etc when the need arises.

I scored, then sanded the stripes on the cardstock with my new score-pal that I won on Leslie Miller's blog (thank you Leslie!!). I haven't had a lot of time to play with it, but the little I've used it, I love it!

This is another very simple and clean layout. YIKES! That's two in a row now!!

We are kinda snowed in at my in-laws (drove on ice/snow paced roads to get here and DH thought it would be better if Benjamin and I stayed in town so we didn't have to drive on bad roads for school tomorrow) so I am using her camera to upload. I packed more stamping stuff than I did clothes. LOL!!

Saturday, January 24, 2009

My Heart's a Flutter

I love this heart winged butterfly in the L'Amour set by Lizzie Anne Designs. Don't forget that this set is on sale too!
I used up some hoarded (and now 2 yrs discontinued) paper by SU! and ribbon is from Embellish-It store.
It was very hard NOT to sponge the edges, but I was trying for clean look. Ü

Friday, January 23, 2009

"Sewing is fine...

in 2009". This is the challenge for today's Friday Challenge and your host is Bonnie (bet you thought it was me didn't ya Ü)

Details: Incorporate some type of sewing onto your card or project, whether it is real, faux, straight or ziggy zaggy!!Please use keyword FC25 when you upload your projects to the gallery so we can all see your beautiful work! To see everyone's submissions click *here*

For this challenge I used L'Amour (this set is on sale right now too! Just in time for Valentine's Day) by Lizzie Anne Designs and scraps of paper from Basic Grey's new paper line called Bittersweet (are you wondering why SCRAPS? will have to wait and see Ü)

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Lizzie Anne Sneak Day 3

I am showing 3 cards for today's sneak peek. Two are singles and one is a Valentine set.

Get Well Soon
Lizzie Anne single "Get Well Soon"
all papers from Basic Grey's Sugared line
Memento black ink & brown ink for distressing
Gamsol and colored pencils

Happy Valentine's Day

Lizzie Anne single "Happy Valentine's Day"
All papers from Basic Grey's Infuse line
Making Memories brads
Memento black ink & brown ink for distressing
Fiskars scallop edge scissors
Gamsol and colored pencils

So Much Love

Lizzie Anne stamp set "So Much Love:
papers: Scenic Route, Bazzill, Basic Grey's Blush line
heart brad (unknown source)
Gamsol and colored pencils
Memento black ink & brown ink for distressing
piercing and embroidery floss

Be sure to check the other blogs for the rest of the sets that are being revealed and the blog for give aways.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Lizzie Anne Designs Sneak Peek Day 2

Today I am showing the single Supergirl stamp and the pear from the stamp set Tutti Fruity.

I colored her with markers and then colored the pink part of her outfit & the brads with Pink Poinsettia Shimmerz Paint.

stamp: Supergirl

cardstock: yellow-Core'dinations, patterned pink-Sassafras Lass, solid pink-Crate Paper, white

ink: Memento black,pink, copics

other: rick rack, brads and ribbon

Card measures 4.5" square

Tutti Fruity

Isn't this retro pear cute?! I know I'm going to be using this alot as well as the other fruit in the set.
To make the pear I inked it first in Yellow Citrus, then inked Tangerine around the edge then Warm Red to the outermost edge. I then inked the stem Chestnut Roan. By using pigment ink you have more time to add all these colors before stamping onto your paper. The fun part is that no two pears will ever look the same (just like real ones Ü).

stamps: Tutti Fruity

paper: white, all other Pink Paislee

ink: ColorBox Chalk inks in the colors listed above

other: photo corner punch

Don't forget to blog hop and see who else is playing today as well as a peek at the other sets that are being shown. PLUS a chance to win stamps here.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Lizzie Anne Sneak

Today is the first of the sneak peeks for the new stamps that will be released January 9th by Lizzie Anne Designs. These are my favorite sets yet that they have released and I am so excited to be on the team and honored to be able to show you a couple of sneaks every day til the 9th. Be sure to click on each design team members blog (on the right) as well as the Lizzie Anne blog to see what the others designed with these new releases as well. Not everyone rec’d the same sets and I don’t have a list of who will be showing sneaks, so just click on their blog every day as they are all wonderful stampers and will be sharing wonderful ideas anyway.

Today’s sneak peeks that I am sharing are Hoppy Easter & Tea Time. I had a blast playing with these and will be showing even more items made with these stamps after the 9th.

Hoppy Easter
Stamp: Lizzie Anne Designs single
Paper: Scenic Route (polka dot); Basic Grey Blush (stripe and pink); SU! (very vanilla)
Ink: Memento black, SUINK brown
Copics: BG72, RV11, E31, E33, E37, YG03, C1, blender
Other: ribbon (unknown), cocoa pkt, toilet paper tube

Cover paper tube with patterned papers
Add ribbon
Stamp image and color
Adhere to tube
Insert cocoa or candy

If I would have had a chocolate Easter bunny, I would have put it in the tube, but there isn’t any Easter candy out yet, so used this cocoa package instead.
Tea Box

Stamp set: Lizzie Anne Designs (Tea Time)
Paper: My Mind’s Eye (prints); SU! (very vanilla)
Ink: Memento black
Other: brads (unknown), tea, colored pencils and Gamsol

Michelle Giraud is the designer of this very cool tea box. You can find the pattern for this in the Dirty Dozen tutorial section on Splitcoaststampers. You will have to be a Dirty Dozen club member to view this link. If you aren’t it is soooo worth the money to get exclusive patterns as well as a wealth of ideas from the very beginning to current.

Monday, January 5, 2009

"New Beginnings"

Today the EIS gallery goes live. Our hostess was Bonnie and her theme was "New Beginnings". We had some very fun Pink Paislee paper to work with as well as May Arts ribbon, Basic Grey Stamps and a CD tin (my project for this will be posted later). Be sure to stop by and see what the rest of the DT came up with.

You're My Cupcake
This is the small card piece from Pink Paislee that you can use on your cards or scrapbooking. As soon as I saw this, it reminded me of those little Valentine cards that you can buy boxes of that the children trade. I folded the card in half, added rhinestones to the scallops, chunky glitter to the cupcake and crystal effects to the cherry to dress it up and make it extra special.To tie in with the "New Beginnings" theme, I used the chunky glitter (Vanilla Ice Cream from Treehouse Stamps) for the first time. Ü You can buy the paper here.

Birthday Dinosaur
This "New Beginnings" card is for my nephew who is starting this new year as a 3 year old (today, "Happy Birthday, Trevor!" I already gave this to him along with his gift yesterday "Cars" pj's book and apple juice and fruit snacks. He loved the card and called it his "book" Ü).
I love how Basic Grey's paper goes so well with this Sweet Cakes line of Pink Paislee's! And what could be more fun than popsicles and dinosaurs for a 3 yr old (well, except for anything CAR related LOL!!)
I have always admired Kendra Wietstock's circle works on her projects and finally made one! You can see her tutorial here.
Products used on this card can be found here:
paper: Pink Paislee & Basic Grey

Birthday Wishes
Very simple card for this month's New Beginnings. I used used this silk flower for the first time. My son bought me this silk hydrangea to take apart to use on my cards. He is so sweet! Ü I also used for the first time the basket die by SU! with that die plate comes this tag.

You can find the products I used in the EI store here:

ribbon: here & here

paper: Pink Paislee & Basic Grey

My Wish List To fit the "New Beginnings" theme for this project, I made a wish list notebook to fill in for all the new products that will be coming out in 2009. You can mark the tabs with companies, or supplies (ie: stamps, paper, embellishments).

Wasn't sure which way I wanted to go with this so left them blank for now. The word on the washer is "dream"; which I thought was fitting. PLUS, I've had these washers for years, so another "new beginning" is to seriously use up stuff I already have. You can buy the following products that I used here:

paper: Pink Paislee ribbon: here & here

Think Cocoa I could NOT think of a way to use the "New Beginning" theme for this project, so I am stretching it a bit. This project is a "new beginning" for me as I used for the first time "new" stamps, "new" Pink Paislee paper and for the first time used these fun clear boxes that can be found in the store. This is very easy to make and was inspired by a cocoa box I had seen on Lana Lepinski's blog. Two hot chocolate pkts (Cocoa Amore by Coffee Masters) fit in here perfectly. I just wrapped paper around the box and added ribbon. Monkey is colored with Gamsol and colored pencil technique and edges are sponged with coffee colored ink.I added glitter to the end of the stocking hat and liquid applique to the top of the mitten, boots and stocking hat.

Go here to find a supply list.

You are Sweet I love this Sweet Cakes line of Pink Paislee's! I know I am going to need more of this polka dot and popsicle paper for sure! To fit the "New Beginnings" theme, I cut this popsicle image from the Doodle Charms Cricut cartridge for the first time. I've been going to make one of these cards ever since I saw this image, but just never got around to it. Now I will *have* to make more with this darling popsicle paper! All of the paper is Pink Paislee except the solid aqua and it is from Basic Grey's Two Scoops.

You can find the supply list for this fun card here.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Pretty Patterned Paper challenge

The Friday challenge on Embellish-It is to make a card inspired by pretty patterned paper. Here is what I made for this challenge: We would love for you to come and play along with us. Remember to put in the key word FC22 when you upload your project. Please let me know in this post if you played along.

I had originally planned for this to be more fall colors, but then found this pretty paper by My Mind's Eye in my stash and decided to use it. The buttons and flower are inspired by the colors in the paper. Then when I found out that SU!'s Groovy Guava and Blush Blossom matched the paper perfectly, I went with it!

So easy to make. I just stamped the flower and sponged! The center of the flower is stamped and sponged again and raised with a pop dot.This card was inspired by one I saw in a CTMH catalog. I used the same layout and flower idea (my flower is from Lizzie Anne Designs) and loved the use of buttons.


Patterned Paper: My Mind's Eye
Stamps: Lizzie Anne Designs Sunflower
Ink: Memento black, SU!'s Chocolate Chip, Groovy Guava and Blush Blossom
Accessories: ribbon, buttons, ribbon, sewing machine, embroidery floss, pop dot

Thursday, January 1, 2009

POTM releases today

Today the Projects of the Month (be sure to click on the name to see what the other gals did for this month) have been release over on Lizzie Anne Designs. This is my debut as their design team member! I am so excited about all the new stamps they will be releasing January 9th, but first here is my first project using a current stamp set.
The theme was Winter Wishes or Valentine. I went with the Valentine theme to make this nugget box. Here you can see the nuggets with the lid opened and below a side view. Recipe:
Stamps: L'Amour
Paper: Basic Grey "Blush" line, white
Ink: Dark Brown & Memento black
Ribbon: brown-Wal-mart; ric rac-unknown; striped-Jo Ann fabrics
other: Shimmerz Glingz (Pink Poinsettia)-Lizzie Anne Designs, Gamsol & Prisma Colored Pencils (#'s 905, 948, 928, 924), blending stumps, tin-Embellish On-line, Hershey dark chocolate almond nuggets, adhesive, Terrifically Tacky Tape

1. Cut 12 strips from patterned paper 1.25" x 3.25". Sponge edges with brown ink (opt.) and wrap nuggets.
2. Cut brown grosgrain ribbon to fit around lid edges and adhere with Tacky Tape.
3. Cut red paper 1/2" wide and length to fit around bottom perimeter of tin and adhere with Tacky Tape.
4. Cut ric rac to fit around tin and adhere with adhesive to red paper.
5. Stamp 2 hearts from L'Amour set and color. Paint one flower with Pink Poinsettia Shimmerz paint. Let Dry. Cut out and adhere together as shown in picture.
6. Cut pink paper 1.5" wide for band to fit around tin (see picture) and stamp with x's and o's in brown ink. Sponge edges with brown.
7. Wrap pink band around tin and adhere only the short ends so as to remove to open tin.
8. Cut striped ribbon to fit around tin over pink stamped band and adhere.
9. Adhere hearts to tin band as shown in picture.