Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Frosty Tuesday Morning 4-in-1....

Good morning from a frosty, chilly central Alberta! The ground, trampoline, vehicles etc. is all white this morning - sure sign that Fall is soon approaching....my favorite season :) The colors are so rich and warm and pretty.

Yesterday, I challenged my good friend, Tamie, to make a card and I had started and finished this one last night, but was too tired to blog it...so I am putting it on now - sorry Tamie! I wanted to do Little Paper Shop's color combo so I went on a search for a sketch - and I found one over at CardPatterns. My card also qualifies for this week's challenge at Sweet Stampin' for "distressed birthday cards and Papertake Weekly's challenge of "Just the One" and I used only one ribbon...

Stamps: Teeny Tiny Wishes, tractor - Little Paper Shop; Paper: Tangerine Tango, Kraft (Crumb Cake), Old Olive DP, Very Vanilla; Ink: Versafine Black, Chocolate Chip; Accessories: markers, brads, star punch, sponge dauber, kraft ribbon
Thanks for stopping in this morning - I hope you find some time to sit and craft today - happy stamping! Don't forget to come back Thursday morning for our opening act of 4 Crafty Chicks!!!

Monday, August 30, 2010

Mojo Monday and OCC bring a 2-Cup Day!

On Saturday, Melissa and I went to Red Deer for the day and we *had* to stop in at Scrapbooker's Paradise to shop :) I found a cute new monkey to bring home into my craft room and I think he's fitting in quite nicely - he sure is a cutie! Changito from Stampendous is his name and he sure has some cute poses and sayings that I might just have to start *collecting* LOL...

This morning I decided to give the Mojo Monday "Square or Round" Challenge a go and I picked the square card today as it fit my image better. The color challenge over at Our Creative Corner is amazing, I must say! I totally LOVE this color combination they chose this week - might even make some Christmas cards with it! Yep, you heard me right...it *is* almost time to start thinking about that....giggle!
...here is my cutie pie monkey holding not one, but 2 cups of joe - my kinda guy! *wink*

Stamps: Two Cup Changito Set (Stampendous); Paper: So Saffron, Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, Whisper White, Old Olive DP; Ink: Versafine Black, Basic Black; Accessories: markers, paper piercer, dimensionals, nestabilities, oval punches, early espresso ribbon, embossing folder, photo corner punch, pearls

Thanks for poppin' in on this cold, rainy, dreary Monday....I hope you all have some time to sit with a hot beverage (or cold if you like - wink) and get inky today! Cheers!

SPCC #63 and Pals Paper Arts - Happy Thoughts

** To see the Picture Perfect Color Challenge post, please scroll down :) **

Are you up for a challenge this morning? Check out this week's color combo over at Scrapmaster's Paradise - it's one that I *thought* was going to be difficult because of the Pacific Point, but my card fell together in under 10 minutes! Seriously :) I went in search of a sketch to use for my specific stamp set and lo and behold I found it - over at Pals Paper Arts. Here are the details...be sure to play along!

Stamps: Apple Blossoms; Paper: Whisper White, Pacific Point, Rich Razzleberry, In Colors DP; Ink: Pacific Point, Rich Razzleberry, Pear Pizazz; Accessories: Finial Press embossing folder, white brads, dimensionals

So, what are you waiting for? Come play with us! Link your card, scrapbook page or 3D project with InLinkz over at Scrapmaster's for your chance at this weeks prize! For more YUMMY inspiration, be sure to click the other Color Diva's links in my right-hand sidebar.

Only 3 more days until the 4 Crafty Chicks' debut challenge!! I can't wait for you all to join us!

PPC - CC#28 "Amour"

Happy Monday! Megan has another wonderful color challenge for you all this week over at Picture Perfect Creations Crafty Challenges - I found this color combo very elegant with endless possibilities....I decided to ink up a new set and create a "love" themed card....be sure to play along with these colors this week...I know you'll enjoy them too! :)

Stamps: Artistic Etchings; Paper: Basic Black, Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler, Greenhouse Gala DP; Ink: Basic Black, Pink Pirouette; Accessories: paper piercer, scallop edge punch, dimensionals, button, white organza ribbon, linen thread

Please be sure to check out the other Design Team's creations for some other inspiration - links are on the right-hand sidebar and then link your creation back at the Picture Perfect Creations website :) I can't wait to see what you come up with!

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Late Night 3-in-1

Well, I said I'd be back and here I am! *wink* I have a confession to make....when I hopped on over to The Play Date Cafe and saw the color challenge for this week, I wrinkled up my nose and went to click to another challenge site! But...but....I *did* catch myself and said "self....you really should TRY this challenge as that is why these wonderful PEEPS make these for us - to CHALLENGE us" RIGHT???? ACK! This one was a challenge - took me a L-O-N-G time to come up with an image that I wanted to use....I {think} I did ok :)

I combined this *interesting* color combo with a sketch from Sketch Saturday since the main focal point was the same shape as my image (well...ok, ALMOST) lol.....

My card also qualifies for the following challenge:

Papertake Weekly Challenge: 3-2-1 challenge (I used 3 flowers, 2 DP papers and 1 ribbon)

here is my 5.25" x 5.25" card using all 3 challenges:

Stamps: Whos' That E-Girl (MFT); Paper: Whisper White, Night of Navy, More Mustard, Melon Mambo, Regals DP, Brights DP; Ink: Basic Black, Versafine Black; Accessories: Martha border punch, markers, white ribbon, crochet flowers, brads, pop up glue dots

Thanks for stopping in tonight - don't forget to play along with the Picture Perfect Creations and Scrapmaster's Color Challenges before tomorrow night! Take care and happy stamping!!

Friday, August 27, 2010

CAS meets Color Throwdown

Have you missed me?! OMGOSH life has been totally c-r-a-z-y for me lately and I was really going through some serious crafting withdrawls! My DH got invited to go sheep hunting for the weekend so I'm taking full advantage of some time in my craft room while he's gone :)

I hopped on over to the Clean and Simple Challenge Blog and found this pretty sketch:

...and then went over to The Color Throwdown and found this gorgeous color combo:

...and here is my simple card that I made while chatting with my good friend, Leanne, on the phone...thanks for crafting with me girlie!....

Stamps: Elements of Style, Teeny Tiny Wishes; Paper: Pear Pizzazz, Rose Red, Whisper White, So Saffron; Ink: Memento Black; Accessories: markers, scallop edge punch, scallop oval punch, oval punches, brads, dimensionals
I am *starting* to really enjoy making simple cards :) They are quick but still pretty! Thanks for stopping in tonight and keep an eye out for me to return tomorrow with another installment - I have a hair appointment and then I will be back in the craft room for the evening :) Yay!

Monday, August 23, 2010

4 Crafty Chicks - Bringing You the Love!!!

We are so excited to announce the opening of our new challenge blog starting on Thursday, September 2, 2010. It is called 4 Crafty Chicks. We are 4 friends who have one common thread...we love to create and inspire one another with challenges, therefore, we decided to share our challenges with you. 4 Crafty Chicks will be run every Thursday and it will be a different challenge each week, hosted by one of us.

Who are the "chicks" you ask?

Leanne - Banking on Crafts
Lori - Inkingly Yours
Melissa - My Paper Obession
Tamie - Paper Infusions and More

Please come and join us for some fun on Sept 2. We are very excited to bring our challenges to you! Our blog address will be http://4craftychicks.blogspot.com and it will be open to everyone very soon.

PPC - CC#27 Here for You

*** Please scroll down for this week's Scrapmaster's Color Challenge post ***

It's that time again - yep, time for a wonderful color challenge over at Picture Perfect Creations :) I decided to focus on the new Concord Crush color for my card this week - it's a gorgeous purple and when combined with Blissful Bride, it's even MORE stunning....

I decided to check out the archive file over at CPS Challenge Blog for a sketch I could use with my colors...thank goodness they have them there for us to fall back on sometimes - thank you!

Stamps: Friends 24-7; Paper: Very Vanilla, Concord Crush, Blissful Bride, Wild Wasabi; Ink: Concord Crush, Basic Black; Accessories: Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder, circle punches, markers, dimensionals, scallop trim border punch, paper piercer

Be sure to check out what the rest of the Design Team has for you this week:










Don't forget about the Guest Designer Call that Megan is offering! Click HERE for more details! I can't wait to see what creations you come up with for this week's colors :) Be sure to link your creation back to the PPC Challenge Blog for your chance at this week's prize! Happy crafting!

SPCC #62 and Sweet Stampin' Welcome Baby

Happy Monday! Today's color combo brought to you by our wonderful Samantha at Scrapmaster's Paradise is a soft, pastel, baby-themed combo (at least I think so *giggle*) I had a lot of fun using these colors this week - I accompanied them with a wonderful, fun sketch from Sweet Stampin' Challenge Blog this week!

...and here is my baby card using both challenges:

Stamps: Baby Bundle, Short and Sweet; Paper: Baja Breeze, Whisper White, Blissful Bride, So Saffron; Ink: Versafine Black, Basic Black; Accessories: 2 3/8" scallop circle punch, nestabilities, various embossing folders, paper piercer, buttons, crochet thread, dimensionals, markers

Please be sure to hop on over to the other Color Diva's blogs for more inspiration and be sure to leave them each some lovin :) Their links are on my right-hand sidebar. Be sure to play along with this week's colors for you chance to win Samantha's "mystery gift bag!" I can't wait to see what you come up with - happy stamping!!!

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Paper Works Ultimate Summer Challenge - Technique

The gals over at Paper Works Challenge Blog offered up an Ultimate Summer Challenge for teams of 4 friends...so Melissa, Leanne, Tamie and I decided to set up a team called 4 Crafty Chicks and enter the challenge.

Over the course of 4 days, we each had to make a project using a different challenge. My challenge was a "technique" and we had to create our own designer paper. That could be anything from shaving cream, embossing, stamping, sponging - whatever we decided. I thought it would be nice to emboss my white with a cuttlebug folder and then use the brayer and roll some ink on so that the imprinted pattern stays white. What do ya think? I really like it....We all got a free digi stamp from Chi Chi Memories to use on our projects and she is sure cute....

If you have a minute, why not come vote for us? Click HERE for instructions! Thanks!

Monday, August 16, 2010

PPC Crafty Challenges Guest DT Call!!!

PPC-Crafty Challenges is now looking for upcoming PPC Guest Designers for September, October and November! (One for each month, of course!)

Candidates must apply by Sunday, August 29th, 10pm EST.

PPC Guest Designers will be chosen and announced on the first of every month. (Winners will be notified prior to beginning of each month, though).

** What is in it for you?? **

Your name, picture and link to your blog on PPC-CC for the month you have been chosen to Guest Design. Your projects featured on PPC-CC. Possibility for some goodies and RAKs from Megan during your designated month.

** What we are looking for **

Cardmakers, scrapbookers, altered art creators, beaders, quilters, etc...
Creators who are active on their own blogs.
Anyone willing to make new friends, have fun and create! :)

** Responsibilities **

* Guest Designer term is the alloted month only (chosen by Megan), with the possibility to be extended.
* Each week, PPC Guest Designer will be required to complete a challenge in advance and send a photo of the finished project to my email. (Guest Deigner will receive a the months worth of challenges in advance. So if you create all of them in one night, you may send all your creations at once and be done for the month).
* Promote PPC-CC whenever and where ever possible in the online community.
* Post comments for the creators who enter the challenges each week.
* Make a weekly post about that week's PPC Color Combo and other happenings on your blog.

** How to Apply **

Please send Megan the following information to stampinmegs@hotmail.com:

Mailing address
Email address
Phone number
Link to your blog
Past and current Design Team experience (DT experience not required)
Are you a current Stampin’ UP Demonstrator? (Just curious...thats all. :))
Why would you like to be a PPC Guest Designer?
What would you like to see in the future at PPC-CC? Would you make any changes, additions, etc.??
Three (3) Creations of you own that show your creative style...One (1) Creation MUST be of a current/previous PPC-CC challenge!
Help spread the word about PCC-CC and our Guest Designer Call!
Email Subject Line MUST read: PPC-CC Guest Designer Call

Do you have what it takes to be a PPC Creator?! We'd LOVE to have you on our team!
Thanks and Good Luck to all!

SPCC - CC#61 and Diva Coffee Break

Welcome to another color challenge from Scrapmaster's Paradise....this week's colors reminded me of "fall" but I wasn't quite ready to make a FALL card, so....I decided to ink up a hilarious set that has needed some ink for some time now :) I used the Diva Coffee Break Designs sketch for my card and it worked perfectly....ENJOY!

Stamps: Bugaboo Stamps (for Totally Stampalicious); Paper: Very Vanilla, Cherry Cobbler, Pumpkin Pie DP, Ink: versafine black; Accessories: markers, paper piercer, dimensionals, pearls, tangerine tango ribbon, martha stewart border punch

Be sure to click on the other SP Color Divas links on the right-hand side bar of my blog for more splendiferious inspirations!!! Link your creation on the SP challenge site for your chance to win this week's prize! I can't wait to see your creations! Happy stamping!

Picture Perfect Creations - CC#26

Happy Monday PEEPS! How was the weekend? Mine was a hustle, bustle of activities, yard work, laundry and getting kids off for another week of camp and visiting friends. My good friend, Leanne, was here visiting for the weekend and four of us girls (Melissa, Tamie, Leanne and myself) all went out for lunch and shopping on Saturday it was a great day!

This week's challenge over at Picture Perfect Creations is a very "male-oriented" color challenge in my opinion, so that's what I did...I made a boy card....I was at Tamie's last week and her and I worked on some of our DT cards...this was one of them. I hopped over to the wonderful CPS Challenge Blog and looked up some of their older sketches - and that's where I got my inspiration for this card...hope you enjoy it!

Stamps: Bugaboo (For Totally Stampalicious); Paper: Whisper White, Poppy Parade, Pacific Point; Ink: Versafine Black, Basic Black; Accessories: markers, paper piercer, dimensionals

Be sure to check out all the other PPC Creators blogs (links are on the right-hand sidebar of my blog) and leave them all some lovin...they've all made some gorgeous creations to inspire you! Be sure to create a little something, something of your own and link it on the PPC Challenge Blog for your chance to win this week's prize! Happy crafting!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Time is Running Out!!

If you haven't already entered to win the PPC-CC Color Combo Celebration #25 Blog Candy yet, you have until 10am EST tomorrow to do so! Don't miss out on a chance to win an assortment of Stampin' Up! NEW In Colors Cardstock!!! Click here for more info!

Friday, August 13, 2010

CCEE, The Play Date Cafe and a SNEAK PEEK!

Hello again...Leanne and I have been crafting this afternoon and I am so excited to show you this next card.....I received my shipment for my Holiday Mini preorder today!!! Yay! So, this next card has a new stamp set for you to see....

The sketch from CCEE worked just PERFECTLY for the image I inked :) and the colors over at The Play Date Cafe couldn't have been better....

Stamps: Day of Gratitude; Paper: Crumb Cake, Garden Green, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla; Ink: Early Espresso, Garden Green; Accessories: acrylic blocks, circle punches, sewing machine, various embossing folders, dimensionals, word window punch, modern label punch, sponge dauber, pearls
I fell in love with this set the moment I saw it in the Holiday Mini...I know you will love it too! Have a super night! Happy stamping....

Love You Muchly

Happy Friday! I went to visit my crafting PEEP, Tamie, for a couple days and we stamped up a storm together! We are on the same DT so we got a few weeks worth of projects done and so now we are ahead of the game! Thanks again, Tamie, for the awesome fun xoxoxo....

We *did* have some fun in there too, not just work, and I did this card for 2 great challenges this week. The sketch is from Card Patterns and the color combo is from Stampin' Royalty. The colors are so bright and fun...be sure to play along this week!

My card also qualifies for the following challenge: Creative Card Crew - "let's get girly"

Stamps: Pure Innocence; Paper: Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, Not Quite Navy, Greenhouse Gala DP; Ink: Versafine black, Basic Black; Accessories: markers, clear embossing powder, paper piercer, nestabilities, old olive grosgrain ribbon, dimensionals, pearls, martha stewart border punch
My longest and dearest friend, Leanne, is here visiting for the weekend, and so I will be doing some more "for fun" projects while she is here....stay tuned! Thanks for poppin' in!!!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

LPSC#80 - Enjoy The Little Things

Happy Tuesday! Today I wanted to make a card using Little Paper Shop's sketch challenge so I dug out some of my *NEW* DP and went to work! My card also qualifies for the "Clean and Simple" theme happening this week over at Meljen's Design Team and Challenge Blog :)

Stamps: A Dream (LPS); Paper: Choc Chip, Baja Breeze, Greenhouse Gala DP, Real Red; Ink: Choc Chip; Accessories: sewing maching, perfect dots embossing folder, choc chip satin ribbon, pearls
Calvin has a friend over today so I am hiding out in my craft room while they watch movies and play video games :) I should be back with another card shortly as my good friend, Tamie, threw out a gentle *crafting challenge* for us both...we are to make 2 cards today. One down, one to go....see you shortly.....

SPCC - CC#60 and CAS

Welcome back to another installment of Samantha's color challenge over at Scrapmaster's Paradise! I decided to give the Clean and Simple Challenge Blog another whirl...I really like this sketch because I wanted to use flowers - worked out super! :) As I said in my previous post, I have difficulty doing CAS stamping, so this being my 2nd attempt, I think it is more simple :) And ya know, ..it wasn't so hard this time around!!!

Stamps: Heard from the Heart, Petals and Stems (Verve); Paper: Whisper White; Ink: Night of Navy, Bashful Blue, Daffodil Delight; Accessories: clear blocks, scissors, dimensionals

Be sure to check out the other Color Combo Diva's blogs (on the right-hand sidebar) and leave them some lovin! Link back your creations using our colors on the SP blog and good luck!!

Monday, August 9, 2010

SPCC #59 - Friend to Friend

Welcome back to a "summery" color challenge over at Scrapmaster's Paradise! :) Samantha picked some yummy colors this week and I decided to ink up one of my new Bugaboo stamps from Jodie Mackrell for Totally Stampalicious.....they are awesome fun to color! I needed a sketch so I hopped on over to Tuesday Morning Sketches and picked an older sketch they had...I hope you enjoy it!

...here's my cutie patootie card using both challenges:

Stamps: Teeny Tiny Wishes, Desiree Lollipop (TS); Ink: Elegant Eggplant, Versafine Black; Paper: River Rock, Elegant Eggplant, Daffodil Delight, Whisper White; Accessories: clear embossing powder, heat gun, markers, modern label punch, word window punch, yellow brads, daisy flower, paper piercer, embossing folder, dimensionals, library clip

Be sure to check out the other SP Color Diva's creations by clicking their name on the right-hand sidebar :) Make a card/scrapbook page/3-D item and link it on the SPCC Challenge blog for your chance to win!

PPC - CC#25 Better Get Better

Happy Monday! How was your weekend? Mine was a busy one for the most part getting my daughter ready for camp today (4H Camp) but Sunday I got to sit and create in my craft room and it sure was nice!

Megan brings to us a soft, subtle color combo this week over at Picture Perfect Creations...and I decided to ink up one of my Pure Innocence stamps that was in need of some luvin.

Meljens Design Team and Challenge Blog was the source this week for my sketch - it worked out PERFECTLY for what I had in mind for this week's colors.

here is my card using both challenges:

Stamps: Better Get Better (Pure Innocence); Paper: Pink Pirouette, Perfect Plum, So Saffron, Whisper White; Ink: Momento Black; Accessories: vintage wallpaper embossing folder, oval punches, paper piercer, pink pirouette ribbon, white ribbon, dimensionals, markers, trio flower punch, pearls

Megan, myself and all the other PPC Design Team are SOO super excited to announce that this is our 25th week and #25 Color Combo over at PPC, and we just had to celebrate with some super-de-duper Blog Candy!

How about an...

Assortment of Stampin' Up! NEW In Colors Cardstock!!!

Includes: 4 each of 5 NEW In Colors (8-1/2 x 11): Blushing Bride, Pear Pizzazz, Peach Parfait, Poppy Parade and Concord Grape

These NEW In Colors are abosolutely fabulous!


1. Become a follower over at PPC, if you're not already one.
2. Leave a comment at the bottom of Megan's post on the PPC Blog.
3. And if you would be so kind and crafty, please partipate in our PPC-CC 25 Color Combo Challenge this week!
That's it...sooo simple and easy! Contest ends next Monday, August 16th at 10am.
Good Luck!

Sunday, August 8, 2010

DCBD and Sketch Saturday

Welcome back! I said I'd try to be back tonight with one more installment, and here I am :) I haven't done the Diva Coffee Break Designs challenges in a long time, and when I popped on over to their blog, I knew I *had* to create using these colors:
I clicked on over to Sketch Saturday and found this interesting sketch and decided it would work like magic for my stamp set:
...here is my 5.25" x 5.25" card:

Stamps: Season of Friendship, Teeny Tiny Messages; Paper: Naturals White, Early Espresso, Daffodil Delight, Marina Mist and Cherry Cobbler; Ink: Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler, Marina Mist and Daffodil Delight; Accessories: Early Espresso ribbon, word window punch, modern label punch, circle cutter, dimensionals
That's it for me for today - thanks again for poppin' in - it means a lot to me to have such great followers! Be sure to check back tomorrow morning for the PPC-CC#25 and SPCC #59 :)
Happy Stamping!!