Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Magnolia Lovers Challenge 2

I got time to squeek in a little bit of craft time this afternoon after my homework.  Gotta love homework on the first day of class right?!  My professors all seem nice so that is always a plus....hoping I am still saying that in May! LOL!  I took an HR Management class and it's all going to be hands on so that should be lots of lectures or exams....gotta love that, BUT our grade is based on presentations....Eeekkk....I'm staying positive that it will be fun though....and a new challenge!

The sketch I played with this afternoon is from Magnolia Stamp Lovers....which happens to be a challenge blog of my friend Cindy!  She owns StappingScrapping!  She has lots of goodies...and GREAT customer service.
I dug out my Tilda with Hearts....poor thing has never been ink'd up yet!  So I decided to play with her and show her some love.  I also decided that I wanted to use my sewing machine on this card.  The look I wanted was a soft look because my coloring tends to always have a heavy hand with darker shades then I sometimes am trying to achieve.  I was very pleased with this card and my coloring surprised me...I really liked the softer look.

Papers are from my K&Company Lovely Collection....which I accented with a soft blue cardstock and brighter green cardstock.  Used my Labels 4 and scalloped heart nesties....along with my fancy tags.

Miss. Tilda was colored with my Copics.  I used my Blossom Spica over the hearts for some shimmer.  To add more shimmer to Tilda I used my Twinkling H2Os in Blue Ice and Mustard Green in the shaded areas of her clothes.  I love the depth this added and of course all the bling and sparkles!  (Wish you could see all the shimmer to this's awesome IRL!)

My flower collage is made using my retro flower punch and MS heart punch, along with some Wild Orchid roses and Star Dust Stickles for some more bling!

Sentiment is stamped with my new Verve Hearts Desire set....those cute little hearts are part of the same collection!  I went over the sentiment with my clear Spica to add shimmer to it!

I hope you have enjoyed this fun creation....I have another Tilda waiting to be colored on my desk!  Hoping I get time to play with her and share another fun card with you soon!

Stamps: Tilda with Hearts (Magnolia), Hearts Desire (Verve), Swirls (Hero Arts),
Inks: Copics, Spicas, VersaColor in Raspberry, Versamark DazzleMemento Tuxedo Black
Copic Colors Used: YG00, YG95, YR00, N1, B000, B21, R02, R11, RV10, RV13, RV14, E00, E02, E11, E15, E17, E18, E19, E21, Spicas - Clear, Blossom
Papers: K&Company Lovely Collection
Tools: Spellbinders - Scallop Hearts, Labels 4, Fancy Tags; Retro flower punch; MS - Heart, Branch, Leaf punches, McGill Heart punch, Marvy Heart punch
Embellishments: Star Dust Stickles, Roses (Wild Orchid), Heart Pin (Fancy Pants), Heart Doily from my stash.

♥ Thanks for stopping by! ♥


Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Friends, Pals, Buddies!

Hi Everyone~
Today is my first day of the  new semester....and since I am in school all day I thought I would share my other EIO non-traditional Valentine card that I promised to you the other night! :)  Today I am sharing a Stampavie creation!  This is using the Sketch Saturday challenge.  The stamp is a Tina Wenke.  My Gram was so wonderful to share some stamped images with my Mom and me!  Thanks Gram!!!

Speaking of American Crafts over at Embellish, Barb has an AMAZING offer going on right now! Would you like some FREE RIBBON?!  There are two ways for you to get free ribbon:

1.  For every $5.00 you purchase in American Crafts products you will receive a FREE spool of ribbon; and
2.  For every purchase of Thickers you can also get a FREE spool of ribbon.

Soooo....if you purchase 3 packages of Thickers and $10.00 worth of American Crafts products you get 5 FREE SPOOLS OF RIBBON!!!!  Now if you are a ribbon "collector" like will jump on this offer! :)  Click the following image to go and shop! :)
Embellish-It Scrapbooking

Now...back to my card:

Here is a close up of the Possum Pals!  Image was colored with my Copics. My Mom just made a card with these cuties can see her card -->HERE<--.  She did an amazing job and I'd love for you to see her possums, and then me warn you her card is ADORABLE!!!

In this image I hope you can see the sparkles!  I added Diamond Stickles to the tree leaves and the possum's tails.  Thanks for taking time to stop by today!  I greatly appreciate you all coming by and your comments truly make my day!!!

StampsOpossum Pals by Stampavie
Copic Colors Used: YG91, YG97, G99, R00, R12, E53, E57, E59, W1, W3, W5, W7
Tools: MS border and corner punches, Spellbinders Blossom Two nesties, Nellie's Circle Die,
Embellishments: Diamond Stickles, Rose from Wild Orchid, Pearls, Ribbon from my stash.

♥ Thanks for stopping by! ♥


Sunday, January 24, 2010

Blowing Kisses to You!

Today I had to clean my craft room because my desk was so messy I didn't have any room to create!  After I got it clean I messed it up again...hee hee!  I again wanted to make some non-traditional Valentine cards (trying not to use any red) and I succeeded in making 2 cards like this!  One I'm sharing tonight and the other will be on Tuesday!  Tomorrow is my normal day for posting my Embellish-Online project; however, I will be gone all day with hubby so I'm posting tonight! :)  I'm sure you don't mind!  Tuesday I head back to school....ICK....I was having so much fun being on break....but ONLY 1 1/2 more years and I will be DONE...I'm FINALLY seeing a light at the end of the tunnel!

So during my play time today, I decided to play along with the Whiff of Joy Challenge which was to use either of their 2 challenges....I went with the challenge of 3 design papers, 2 bling, and 1 flower!  WOJ challenge is also looking for DT members so this is also my try-out for their DT!  I would LOVE to be a member of their challenge blog because then my WOJ stamps would get more love and use!!! :)  I also used the Quixotic Challenge which was to ink up an old stamp!  Melinda blowing kisses was my VERY first WOJ stamp that I bought and she is still ranked toward the top of my favorites!

First I want to apologize for the pictures....I had to use the Ott Lite again.  I recently purchased Distress paints in Tattered Rose and Picket Fence so I tried out my hand at distressing my papers.  I like the shabby chic look this gives!  My hubby said the papers look dirty...what do men know! Gesh!  Lol!  Papers used are American Crafts Blue Skies collection which you can find --> HERE<-- at EIO!  Barb still has free shipping on orders over $50, just enter code 4SP9HD in the coupon box at checkout...and be sure to tell her I sent ya!

Here is a close-up of Miss. Melinda.  She was colored with my Copics and Spicas.   Diamond Stickles (bling 1) make her wings sparkle!  I gave her a shadow with small dots (you can see this to the left of her).  I idolize how Chris and Crissy both use this type of technique for shadowing/backgrounding so I wanted to give it a try.  Mine turned out nothing like theirs....but I am going to keep practicing...maybe in a million years I might be able to do it like the girls! 

Here is my hand created flower with a prima bling center (bling 2).  I've seen many of my blogging friends use their MS punch on the edge of flowers which gives such a unique look.  Thanks for the inspiration girls!

For my heart I used my heart nestie and then used a small Cuttlebug embossing folder.  I really love the colors of this card...and I am sure you will see lots more Distress Crackle Paint on my blog in the near future! :)

I hope you have a great week!

StampsMelinda Blowing Kisses by Whiff of Joy; Love Sentiment from Gram (Thanks Gram!)
Copic Colors Used: R02, R11, R20, R32, R35, R37, BG10, BG11, BG13, YR00, E00, E11, E13, E15, E17, E21, E27, E29, E33, E53, Spicas - Clear (on pant swirls), Lipstick (on heart necklace & bracelet), Blossom (bracelet), Gold (belt buckle), Chocolate (over Love Sentiment)
Tools: MS border punches, MS deep edge punch, Spellbinders - Heart, Labels 4 nesties, Lg. Retro flower punch, EK Success swirl punch, MS tag punch, Cuttlebug Embossing folder
Embellishments: Distress Paints - Tattered Rose and Picket Fence, Diamond Stickles, Prima Bling Center

♥ Thanks for stopping by! ♥


Saturday, January 23, 2010

Stamps and Smiles Valentine Blog Hop

 Hi Friends~

Welcome to
Stamps and Smiles
Valentine Release

I hope you are enjoying the hop so far!  If you've come from Jennifer Stricker's blog then you are in the right place!  If not, click -->HERE<-- to start at the beginning....and trust me you don't want to miss any stops along the way because there is a fun prize to be won!!!!

Our LOVE Birds have a note for you. Figure it out and one lucky winner will win the entire Digi Release.   Make sure you email us your answer by 9 pm CST tonight. The Winner will be announced at 9:01pm. Just in case you get lost, here is the order of the blogs you will need to visit. Have fun!
Jennifer Meyer - Start Here
Jennifer Stricker
Kim Gruetzmacher
Lisa Cook
Lisa Foster
Rose Frydrych
Rose Miller

Here's the letter that was found on my blog:
I also have a fun project to share with you too!  Here is a cute little bag and altered notebook that I have created with Be My Valentine - Cuppy and Be My Valentine - Carl digi sets! 

The bag is a mini bag that I picked up Target in the dollar spot last year.  The mini notebook is from the dollar spot at Michaels which I covered and altered with Carl.

I saw people use felt with the spellbinders before and thought I would give it a go!  I have to say those Spellbinder dies ROCK...they cut through the felt like butter.  I used my sewing machine to sew around the hearts....and then hand stitched around the scallop.  Cuppy and mini cupcake where colored with my Copics and dp is K&Company Lovely.

Here's a close up of Cuppy and her Valentine!  I added star dust stickles to both of their tops!  Blossom Spica was added to the heart to make it shimmer.

And here is Mr. Carl!  He was also colored with Copics.  Hearts were punched with MS punch and then covered in crystal stickles.

Now I am VERY HAPPY to say that Jennifer Meyer...the owner of Stamps and Smiles....has given each DT member a Valentine Bunny to give away!

To win this cutie all you have to do is leave me a message answering the following question:
What was your favorite Valentine's Day and why?
Winner will be announced on the Stamps and Smiles Blog later.

**Edited to Add - The winner of Valentine Bunny is Lisa of Lisa's Paper Fun!**

I hope you've enjoyed your stop here.....Your next stop is Lisa Cook'sHave fun on the rest of the hop!  Good Luck with the prize!

Stamps:  Be My Valentine - Cuppy and Be My Valentine - Carl Digi Sets....available at Stamps and Smiles TONIGHT!
Inks: Copics, Copic Blossom Spica, white gel pen
Copic Colors Used on Cuppy:  R02, R11, R20, R21, R22, R24, R27, YR00, RV02, RV13, RV14, RV25, E00, E11, E21, E25, E27, E31, E33, E35,
Copic Colored Used on Carl:  B93, B95, B97, B99, E00, E11, E21, E25, E27, E30, E33, E34, R02, R11, R32, R37, R39, YR00
Papers:  K&Company Lovely Collection
Tools: Spellbinders - hearts, scallop circle, MS heart punch, SU word window, SU modern label, SU scallop oval
Embellishments: Star Dust Stickles, Crystal Stickles, Felt, Ribbon from my stash.

♥ Thanks for stopping by! ♥


WOJ Guest Designer Call Entry

Hello Friends~ I hope everyone is enjoying their weekend!  This is my 2nd post scroll down to see the Stamps and Smiles sneak peek for today!

I have my Guest Designer Entry for over at Whiff of Joy!  These are my ultimate favorite stamps of all time.  I think I pretty much own every to find more time to play with them all!  :)

Once again I have made another easel card.  I really love the elegance to these cards!  And I had to use my FAVORITE color combo of pink and brown!  I have used the cutie pie Willow with Gingerbread Heart.

In order to enter you have to create a card with the sketch that Katharina has provided.  What a lovely sketch it was and so much fun to create with!  I've used my new Bo Bunny Gift of Love papers! LOVE LOVE LOVE this, brown, swirls, and flowers....what more can a girl ask for?!  To get my flowers to match my coloring and papers perfect I took out some white flowers and airbrushed them to get an exact match.  Then used my cotton candy shimmerz and star dust stickles to sparkle them up!

Willow was colored with my Copics.  Then cut out with my labels 1 nesties.  I kept the nestie around my image and then airbrushed with R20....and hand drew some doodles around the edge with my Copic multiliner.  Star Dust Stickles was added to Willow headband, and Diamond Stickles was added to her apron stars and edge.

For the bottom panel I have used some raffia and wove in pink and brown lace.  Then used my MS punches and added some pearls for a fine finishing touch.  I hope you have enjoyed my creation!  Don't forget to come back later tonight for the Stamps and Smiles Blog Hop!

StampsWillow with Gingerbread Heart, and Bench is Art Impressions
Inks: Copics, Copic Multiliner, white gel pen
Copic Colors Used: R00, R02, R11, R20, R21, R22, R32, R35, R37, R46, R89, Y21, YR00, YR24, E00, E11, E13, E15, E21, E47, E49, E53, E57, E59, E99
Papers:  Bo Bunny Gift of Love Collection
ToolsCopic ABS, MS heart punches, EK success border punch, Labels 1 nesties, Scallop Circle and Circle Nesties,
EmbellishmentsStar Dust Stickles, Diamond Stickles, Pearls, Cotton Candy Shimmerz, Raffia, Ribbon from my stash

♥ Thanks for stopping by! ♥


Love Birdies!

Welcome to
Stamps and Smiles
Valentine Release Day 4's already Day 4 of the release!  Can you believe this is the last set to preview?  I can' was so much fun playing with all these fun sets....and you can purchase them tonight after the blog hop!  YAY!!!
Blog Hop is tonight from 8 - 9 pm CST!!  Start at the Stamps and Smiles Blog!!!  You don't want to miss the Hop because you have the chance to win some goodies!!!!  Hope to see you at the Hop!!!

The last set to be previewed is called Love Birds. This NEW Digi has 9 images and 7 sentiments. Stop by the Stamps and Smiles store for a FREE Digi now - January 24th.

Now for my sample!  These cutie birdies are so adorable!!!!  When I saw them I knew I had to make them bluebirds!!!  I saw a card in blogland that was my total inspiration for this card...I wish I saved the link to give credit!

I used my Pink Paislee Cupid Collection papers again (which you can get over at EIO)!  I wanted to make a non-traditional Valentine's card and I think this definitely turned out non-traditional! :)   My scalloped circle nesties were used to create the circle background for the birdies.  I think they make it look like the birdies are in a tree.
The birdies were colored with my Copics....I tried to add texture to make it look like real feathers!  How do you think it turned out? Surprisingly this card came together pretty fast!

Stamps:  Love Birds Digi Set by Stamps and Smiles...will be available tonight at 9pm!
Inks: Copics,
Copic Colors Used:YR02, E50, E51, E53, B12, B14, B16, B60, B63, T2, T4, T6,
Tools: Scalloped Circle Nesties, MS Branch punch, Sizzix Swirl Die, SU modern label punch, SU scallop oval punch
Embellishments: Clear Rhinestones, Prima flowers, Wild Orchid Roses,

♥ Thanks for stopping by! ♥
Make sure you stop back tonight for the Blog Hop!


Friday, January 22, 2010

Crazy for You!

Welcome to
Stamps and Smiles
Valentine Release - Day 3

Can you believe all the wonderful digis you have been seeing....WAIT...there are still more to come and more amazing projects for you to see!!!  Don't forgot we have our Stamps and Smiles Blog Hop on Saturday, January 23rd from 8 pm - 9 pm CST! Grab the banner on my side bar and place it on your blog, because one lucky winner will win a FREE stamp set of their choice from the Fall/Winter release or the FULL Valentine Digi Release. Don't forget to sign your name with Mr. Linky -->HERE<-- so we can easily find you. Want to win today's NEW digi set? Carl just left the flower shop but they are out until tomorrow. Collect the flowers on the DT blogs and then email us your answer.  Carl found 5 flowers on my stop along the way:

 AND here is the third digi set being sampled!  It's called Be My Valentine - Carl. It has 3 images and 6 sentiments.

 As soon as I saw Carl I knew I wanted to make an action card.....better known as a shaker card, but I wanted a shaped card too!  Soooooo....I got out my heart nesties and went to town!

I used Carl for this set.  It was a challenge to shrink him down small enough to fit into my SU treat cup.

Here you can see the treat cup better, although my MS heart confetti decided that it was going to cling to the cup.  Darn it!  I still think it's a cute card though.  

This view is a little bit better so you can see Carl the Cutie!  Of course he was colored with my Copics.

For the inside I used the same MS heart punch that was on my card yesterday.  I used another of my conversation sweethearts from the Be My Valentine - Cuppy Digi Set, which was colored with my Copics.  Then I punched 2 small hearts with my Marvy punch.  A simple but cute inside...IMO.

Don't forget to see what the other girls have created!  Their links are in my sidebar!

Stamps:  Be My Valentine - Carl and Be My Valentine - Cuppy Digi Sets (by Stamps and Smiles and both will be available for sale on Saturday!)
Inks: Copics
Copic Colors Used: B93, B95, B97, R02, R11, R22, R24, R29, E00, E11, E21, E25, E27, YR00
Papers:  Bo Bunny Love Bandit, SU cardstock
Tools: Heart and Scalloped Heart nesties, Scallop Circle nesties, Xacto Knife, MS heart punch, Marvy heart punch
EmbellishmentsRose, MS heart confetti, Floss (from my great friend Jennifer), Ribbon (from Michaels)

♥ Thanks for stopping by! ♥


Thursday, January 21, 2010

Hugs & Chocolates!

Life is like a box of Chocolates...You never know what you're gonna get!

Welcome to 
Stamps and Smiles
Valentine Release Day 2

So if you started at the Stamps and Smiles Blog then you know Carl has lost all of his chocolates!  If you haven't been to the Stamps and Smiles Blog first -->Click Here<-- to go to the start of our game and have fun playing really need to play because you have the chance to win today's feature digi set! 

Make sure you head on over to the other DT girls blogs to continue collecting the chocolates!!!  You can find their links in my sidebar! :)

Now onto my sample featuring the Life is like a box of Chocolates!   I've used the sketch over at Sketch Saturday for my card and also have used the challenge over at Spoonful of Sugar which is to use lots of layers...every panel has 3 layers!  I've used Photoshop and merged the chocolates from the set with the heart box.

The mini hearts around the flower are from yesterday's digi set (Be My Valentine-Cuppy).  The small hearts on candy box are punched out from the MS border.  K&Company Lovely papers were used.

The chocolates and candy box were colored with my Copics.  I've used my Lipstick, Blossom, Chocolate and Clear Spicas on the icing on the choclates.

Here is the inside (left side) of the card.  I've used a new MS punch!  I love these hearts!!!  They are so elegant.

And here is the right side of the inside.  I've used the two individual chocolates to decorate this page along with the same MS border punch that was used on the front of the card.  

Stamps: Life is like a box of chocolates digi set, Be my Valentine-Cuppy digi set (both will be released Saturday at Stamps and Smiles)
Inks: Copics, Spicas
Copic Colors Used: E11, E13, E15, E17, E18, E25, E27, E29, E31, E33, E35, E37, E47, E51, E59, E97, E99, RV02, RV04, RV13, RV21, RV23, R22, R24, R27, Spicas: Blossom, Clear, Lipstick, Chocolate
PapersK&Company Lovely Collection
Tools: Marvy heart punch, MS heart punch, MS heart border punch, SU word window punch, SU modern label punch, Fiskars corner punch
Embellishments: Paper Studio flower, Wild Orchid Cherry Blossom, Pink Rhinestones, Ribbon from my stash.

♥ Thanks for stopping by! ♥


Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Will You Be My Valentine?

Welcome to:
Stamps and Smiles
Valentine Release Day 1

Hello Everyone!  Today starts the Valentine's Digi Release for Stamps and Smiles!  You will get to see all the new sets over the next few days followed by our Blog Hop on Saturday at 8 pm CST. All images will be available for purchase after the Blog Hop at 9 pm CST.

During the next few days, you will see samples featuring the 4 NEW digi sets along with some some fun games to play!  Make sure you check in at the Stamps and Smiles Blog daily to see where all the fun starts!Would you like a FREE DIGI?!?!?
Head over to the Stamps and Smiles store for your FREE digi download.....hurry because it's only available until January 23rd.

Today's we are showcasing the Be My Valentine - Cuppy digi set!  This set contains 10 fun and adorable images.  I've made an easel card to share with you today!

I've used the sketch over at Friday Sketchers along with my Pink Paislee Cupid papers which you can find -->HERE<-- .  Aren't these papers so fun...what I like about them is that they are perfect for Valentine's but they also can be used anytime of year!  Barb has them in stock over at EIO so click on my link to go and check them out!

Cuppy was colored with my Copics!  The panel they are pop'd up on is kraft cardstock that has been cut out with my heart nesties, then stamped with an Inkadinkado background stamp with Versamark Dazzle - Champagne, and finally ran through my Cuttlebug with my Swiss Dots folder.   I've used chocolate chip cardstock for the scalloped heart.  If you want to get the heart and scalloped heart nesties you best buy them now as I hear Spellbinders has discontinued them!!!  My friend Cindy still has a few in stock at her the links above to go and get yours and make sure you tell Cindy I sent you! :)  Highlights were added to my images with my white gel pen.

Roses are from Wild Orchid and are covered with Xmas Red SticklesIcicle Stickles was used on the frosting of Cuppy and her little cupcake man!

The bottom panel has the same kraft decorated background as on the heart on the front of the card.  I've used my MS deep edge heart lace punch and added my candy hearts which are also a part of this fun digi set!  I've printed them bigger than my image and colored them with my Copics.

Don't forget to check out what my other DT members have created!  Their links can be found in my sidebar! :)  You don't want to miss their samples because they are dynamite!!!

Stamps:  Be My Valentine - Cuppy Digi Set (will be available at Stamps and Smiles on Saturday!), Inkadinkadoo Background stamp
Copic Colors Used: E00, E11, E21, E40, E42, E43, E44, YR00, R01, R02, R11, R12, R14, R17, R22, R24, R27, B12
EmbellishmentsXmas Red Stickles, Icicle Stickles, Roses, Prima Flower, Ribbon from my stash.

♥ Thanks for stopping by! ♥



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