Sunday, May 31, 2009

Father's Day Card

I made this card using Kendra's sketch on LAD. It is a 4.5 square card. I stamped one of the birds in the Bless This Nest set and on the inside stamped the Father Saying. The plaid pattern is also LAD! Bet you are wondering where that is on Lizzie Anne Designs huh? Ü Well, I changed the color of the Swanky Stripes blue to a more turquoise and then cut it at 8.5 square and ran it thru my printer again (be sure to turn it so the stripes print the opposite way) to make a plaid. Cool huh? I have another fun project to show you later for LAD's POTM for June and it uses some fun plaids as well.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

You Are My Inspiration

I love how this turned out. I used scraps that I had laying around and actually like something that I put flowers on! I love cards that I receive that have primas, silk or other flowers on them, but for some reason when I try it, it looks tacky. I really like how this turned out.
Papers are K & Company and textured orange that I picked up awhile back at the LSS. Stamp for the front of the card is from Lizzie Anne Designs Garden Inspiration set and for the inside is from their Say It In Script set. I love the fonts and how you can mix and match the verses in the sets. I used SU's corner punch and Pumpkin Pie & Rose Red ink pads. The flowers are from a Hydrangea stem from Hobby Lobby that I took apart. The flower behind the silk is punched from a 5 petal punch. Brads are from my stash.

Friday, May 29, 2009

Cupcake Sack

OOPS! I forgot to make this go live. This cupcake sack is the inspiration of Cookiestamper. You can find the instructions here. I used SU! patterned paper that I won in blog candy awhile back.
I had to enlarge it to fit my little lunch sack. By enlarging I just used larger circle punches for the sides and "cherry". I also did the handle different (didn't make a knot as in the instructions) and you can see on this side view where I threaded the end thru the whole and then used a glue dot to hold together.
Here is another one I made and used Lizzie Anne Designs Digi prints Sweets & Treats. I used SU! ribbon and like how the ribbon looks on the front.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Happy Birthday Joy!

Edited to add: As a surprise to Joy, the set is being released TODAY! WOOHOO!
Today is Joy's birthday and several of us are surprising her with birthday cards playing with some new images that will be available Friday. These sea turtles are her favorite images and I can see why! They are adorable! The new Our Craft Lounge stamps set is called Hangin' Loose with Kona. It is an eP exclusive and you can purchase it on line this Friday!

I have a fun project to show you later and you can see more of the images. I didn't have a clue what a see turtle looked like, so googled it and they are beautiful! Look at this link.

Be sure to stop by Joy's blog and wish her a very Happy Birthday! And here is the list of everyone playing can be found on Cami's blog here.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

With Gratitude

I forgot to post this Monday. This is a card I made for Memorial Day as a thank you to those who serve our country. I designed this card CASEing Mercy on SCS for the Sunday Featured Stamper.

Several stampers are decorating the insides of their cards and here is what the inside looks like. Details:

Stamps: LAD (little stars from In the Background) & sentiment from Everyday Sayings; TAC (star from baby set, have no idea the name~star stamped on the red panel); SU's Canvas

Paper: SU! Creamy Caramel and Ruby Red, blue is from my scraps, Cosmo Cricket stripe

Ink: Memento Black; SU! white, Ruby Red

Other: stars cut from George Cricut; SU! ribbon, piercer and button

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Lizzie Anne meets PaperTemptress

I am a guest designer for 2 months for The PaperTemptress. Not only am I, but Aaron too! Ü Make sure to check their blog and store as she has some very pretty papers! For my card I used Sweet Tooth (white), Blue Raspberry (lighter blue) and Teal Felt Grandee. The Teal Felt has this really cool texture. It is a heavy cardstock and would be perfect for those papercrafting projects where you need more weight. I love how SU!'s Taken with Teal ink matched it perfectly!

My bird is from Lizzie Anne Design's new Bless This Nest set and the sentiment is from In the Treetop. I also used Cuttlebug's Textile Texture embossing folder from eclectic Paperie on the Blue Raspberry paper and then sponged over it with SU!'s Taken with Teal. I think this is my favorite embossing folder. It reminds me of an old tin tile. I added some lace and ribbon to finish it off.

Aaron's card uses Sweet Tooth (white), Black Licorice, Lemon Drop (dark yellow) and Banana Split (click on the color names and it will take you right to the paper in the store). He used Lizzie Anne Design's "Loads of Fun" single, Cuttlebug's Spots & Dots from eclectic Paperie, SU! black marker and Summer Sun ink and used SCS's sketch challenge #19 to make his card. He colored the circles that he thought looked like wheels with a black marker. Didn't he do an awesome job?

Monday, May 25, 2009

One and a half dozen

that's how many Christmas cards I now have done Ü
This week's challenges for CSAYL is a sketch challenge by Maria. A circle just didn't work with this image, so I placed the knot in the ribbon under the image for my circle.
I love this image by Darcie's. Since this is Memorial Day, I had to have a card with stars and I love how this looks like an Americana Christmas card.
Joining this group has been great not only to get cards done in advance, but a great way to get all those Christmas papers used up! I used Basic Grey for this card and have LOTS of papers left to keep making cards every week.
Be sure to stop by the CSAYL blog to see how the other diva's interpreted this sketch. We would love to have you play along.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Round Top Cupcake Box

Here is another project we did on Saturday. This round top box was technique challenge on SCS. Click here to get the pattern and instructions.

You could fill this box with all kinds of fun little goodies. Cupcake sprinkles, cupcake themed socks, candy, card embellishments...the list goes on.

stamps: Inkadinkado's "Birthday Cupcake"
paper: SU!
shapes: SU! oval, Nestibilities circle and scallop circle
other: Gamsol and colored pencils and SU! creamy caramel ink for sponging edges

Tuesday, May 19, 2009


This past weekend I taught a cupcake themed class.
This card is made using paper and ribbon from Hobby Lobby, Nestibilites dies and Inkadinado's Birthday Cupcake stamp set. I colored the cupcake with Gamsol and colored pencils.
I will share the other projects later as I haven't had time to photo them yet. I have lots to share that I've been working on, I just need to find the time to photo them.

Monday, May 18, 2009


I am the hostess this week for Christmas Stampin' All Year Long. I will be helping Maria host on the 3rd week of each month.

I chose a color combo challenge for this week of chocolate, sage and peach.
Stamps: Whipper Snapper, SU! (seniment)
Paper: SU!'s solids-Groovy Guava, Chocolate Chip and Sage Shadow; Patterned-Groovy Guava
Ribbon: unknown
Other: SU! oval punch, Nestibilities circle and scallop circle

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Rock Star

Today I am featured on Lizzie Anne Designs blog as their Rock Star. Ü

The card I am showing you today using two of their stamp sets: Garden Inspirations and Everyday Sayings. I also used their digi papers Garden Inspirations.
I changed the colors of the digi papers in my Microsoft Picture It! Premium 10 editing program. Here is how I did it:

click "effects", then click "antique", click "touch up", then "auto exposure". Click effects again, then "change hue". There is a color wheel there and you can change the color to anything you like. I then saved it as I liked this color and want to be able to use it again. Have I mentioned what a bargain these paper packs are at $2.99??!! Ü

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Thank you chicks

I had so much fun making this card! The chick is from "Bless This Nest" set. I added some fun flock to make them look even more real. They look just like the little chicks we get each spring.

See the flower and polka dot paper? That is from Lizzie Anne Designs digi paper "Garden Inspirations". I use Microsoft Picture It! Premium 10 to edit. There is an option that says "effects" and I clicked on "black and white" and then clicked "touch up" and "exposure" and got this really cool looking paper. The paper packs sell for only $2.99! With so many options and being able to print at home, this is the best bargain. Check back tomorrow to see what else I've done with these digi papers.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Cupcake Joy

Today is week 16 for Christmas Stampin All Year Long. This week Vicki of Summerthyme Studio is our hostess. Vicki's challenge was to add "zing with Christmas bling" to our cards. Maria included this sketch for those who need a sketch to follow. I did not follow the sketch, but did add some "zing" in the form of glitter, Crystal Effects (on the cherries) and some red pearls that look like cherries to me. I used TreeHouse Stamps "Christmas Cupcake" again. I had stamped a bunch of them off, so hope you all aren't tired of seeing this stamp. It's on sale right now for $7! What a bargain. "Joy" is from a discontinued SU! set.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Very busy blogger and one proud mama

I've been a bad blogger, but life has just been too busy this week. We had something on the calendar every day/night this week. I did decide to come home on Monday and not attend the Senior Slide Show. I hate that I missed it, but I had to be home SOME time this week. Ü

Tuesday was Wall of Fame Induction and Benjamin received two honors. He received a Spirit Scholar award. This award goes to those students who have a 3.0 GPA and above AND show Character, Responsibility, Compassion and Respect. Benjamin has a 4.0 and we are very proud of him. He also received the All Academic Southwest Conference award for his accomplishments as an athlete and high GPA.

Wednesday was the Baccalaureate for the Seniors, Thursday: Fine Arts Banquet (he was the only one to receive a 2 yr pin for Spanish Club and his involvement with there and today a track meet. The 4 x 800 team placed first. Next week is going to be tough as they have to place 1st or 2nd in order to qualify for state.

Tomorrow is graduation and Benjamin and I will be gone for that and then hit several receptions afterwards.

I also have some VERY exciting news...Aaron and I have BOTH been asked to be a guest designer for Paper Temptress. Aaron for May and myself for May and June.

But even more exciting than that.....I have been after Aaron to draw some images for me that I wanted to enter into a contest. The winner gets their images made into stamps and we (well AARON) won!!! Poor kid! I drew these AWFUL shapes and explained to him how I REALLY wanted them to look. Then he took them and made them perfect! I can't really say more than that, but I am so excited and can't wait to get the sets and create with them.

Hope you all don't mind this proud mama sharing.

I hope to find time to post a card tomorrow morning.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Farwell to EIO

This is my last month with Embellish It. I have had so much fun being on the EIO design team.

The theme for May is "Spring is in the Air". I made a purse card carrier and some cards. The tutorial for the card carrier can be found on Julie's blog here. I used American Crafts patterned paper. The sentiment is from Lizzie Anne Designs "Say it in Script".Here are 3 cards I've made so far to put inside. I will also be adding envelopes. I'm thinking this will be one of my Mother's Day gifts.
I used a Whipper Snapper image for the flowers and SU! sentiment for this card.For my second card I used a digital image from Shirley's 2 Girls. I love their images and want to get more. I colored the image with copics and used American Crafts papers from Embellish It. For my last card I used an Inky Antic image and PaperTrey sentiment.