Monday, January 31, 2011

Picture Perfect Creations Challenge #47

Welcome back!

Are you ready for a "pretty palette" to challenge yourself with? Megan over at Picture Perfect Creations has given us all just that! Isn't it gorgeous? Blushing Bride, Rich Razzleberry and Old Olive :) I had a stamp set in mind IMMEDIATELY when I saw the colors! I found the perfect sketch over at Stampin' Royalty:

Stamps: Easter Blossoms, Teeny Tiny Wishes; Paper: Whisper White, Rich Razzleberry, Blushing Bride; Ink: Momento Black; Accessories: markers, old olive ribbon, pearls, nestabilites, embossing folder, word window punch, modern label punch, dimensionals, scallop trim edge punch

Please be sure to check out the creations made by the other design team members - their blogs are on my righthand side bar :) Thanks to everyone who has been participating in our challenges over at PPC - we sure love it when you play with us! Have fun!!

SPCC Meets the Sweet Stop

Good morning fellow crafters! It is cold again today here in central Alberta - thermometer is reading -42C BRRRRR! I just got DH out the door and brewed myself a HOT, YUMMY cup of java and I am trying to stay warm! Samantha at SPCC sure timed this color combo as it reminded me of warmer days and SPRING!!! :) I found my sketch from The Sweet Stop Challenge Blog - be sure to stop by sometime and try out one of the sketch challenges - they rock!

Stamps: Apple Blossoms; The Best Yet; Paper: Whisper White, Old Olive, Marina Mist, Daffodil Delight, Marina and Daffodil DSP; Ink: Old Olive; Accessories: buttons, scallop circle punch, circle punches, paper piercer, dimensionals
Please be sure to hop on over to the rest of the SPCC Diva's blogs to see more wonderful creations using this color combo! Leave 'em some love and then grab yourself a nice warm drink and your slippers..go sit and create with us! We would love to leave YOU some love too :) Cheers and stay warm!!

Friday, January 28, 2011

Thanks to Eat, Sleep, Stamp!!

I need to throw a huge THANK YOU out to Tracy over at Eat....Sleep....Stamp! She chose THIS card to win last week's sketch challenge :) It is so fun to participate in challenges and I'm very thankful for everyone who throws them out there for us!

Thanks again, Tracy!!!! I can't wait to play again - your challenges rock!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Fabby Color Combo at 4 Crafty Chicks!

Good morning! Welcome back...are you ready for another challenge from 4 Crafty Chicks? I am the "hostess-with-the-mostess" this week and I'm offering a FABBY color combo for y'all to try :) Be sure to hop on over to the challenge blog HERE to link up your card, scrapbook page, 3D altered item, etc..the possibilities are endless! Our wonderful Leanne is offering up a YUMMY prize for one lucky participant!! Check it out!

This is my card that I made for my color challenge. I embossed the vanilla with a new embossing folder that 2 very special people gave me in my Christmas present..Tamie and Bonnie :) I used the Stampin' Up! Butterfly Bigz Die and embossed the large butterfly with Perfect Dots embossing folder and stamped with En Francais on the smaller butterfly. The little leaves embosslit added the perfect Wasabi leaves for my project :)
I hope you take some time to check out the other Chicks creations:
Leanne Elliott - Banking on Crafts
Melissa Hubert - My Paper Obsession
Thanks for stopping by..enjoy the rest of your day!

Card Patterns meets Totally Stampalicious

Happy hump day fellow crafting PEEPS! It's the middle of the week - the weekend is almost here! Yay! I am looking forward to my weekend as my DH is coming home...he's been away for about 10 days now so it's time :)

I decided to sit and muck in my craft room tonight and so I called my good friend, Tamie, and I challenged her to a card making session tonight :) She said "absolutely" so I'm hoping she found some time tonight to get inky in her craft room too *wink* Make sure you hop on over to her blog to see what Valentine creation she's got for us :)

I found this awesome sketch over at Card Patterns and knew I could use them no problem! The gals over at Totally Stampalicious are having a RED and PINK challenge this week and that also fell into my plans tonight :) Here are the details:

Stamps: none; Paper: Whisper White, Pretty in Pink, Real Red, Pretty in Pink DP; Ink: none; Accessories: Love Impressions rub on's, martha border punch, white grosgrain ribbon, finial press embossing folder, nestabilities, dimensionals

This was fun to sit and craft for fun tonight...thanks, Tamie!! See you tomorrow for a new 4 Crafty Chicks Challenge :)

Monday, January 24, 2011

SPCC #84 - Love You Muchly

*** If you are here looking for the Picture Perfect Creations color challenge for this week, please scroll down ***

Hello again :) I've been on a Valentine's Day kick lately with all my cards and I must say, it's been a lot of fun creating them! I don't normally make a lot of them, but the store has been selling them and the owner keeps requesting more so that is a good thing =)

Samantha from Scrapmaster's Paradise gave us a bright, cheery color palette this week and I knew *exactly* which image I was going to put color to...then I had to go in search of a sketch and I always scope out my favorite Saturday blog - Sketch Saturday and lo and behold - the sketch was perfect!!! Ya gotta luv it when it all falls together so nicely.... I am also entering this card in the following challenges:

Pile It On! - Love is in the Air
Fresh Brewed - Spread some Love
Aud Sentiments - LOVE theme

Stamps: MFT, Paper: Whisper White, Rose Red, Wild Wasabi, Perfect Plum DP; Ink: Perfect Plum, Versafine Onyx Black; Accessories: markers, nesties, pearls, eyelet border punch, dimensionals, pearls, sponge, embossing folder

Isn't she just the CUTEST? I thought sure to check out the rest of the SPCC Diva's creations (links on the right) and leave 'em some love :) Thanks for stopping in - I'm off to work my 2nd shift of a casino - TTFN!!

PPC #46 - Blue Roses

Happy Monday! How was your weekend? Mine was fairly quiet...I had a couple hours of free "ME" time on Saturday and that was nice...I got some much needed housework done, a bit of crafting and even some dancing around with my iPod! :) Probably looked like a goofball, but hey - whatever works to get ya up and movin' LOL...then yesterday morning I actually got to sleep in! I know - AMAZING! I worked my very first casino yesterday too - and it was actually fun! =)
Alright, onto the reason of the post ... *giggle, snort* .... Megan over at Picture Perfect Creations has given us a gorgeous color combo this week and I found a "new-to-me" sketch challenge over at Eat, Sleep, Stamp:

Tamie and I were out shopping after I got the passports done for the kids and we found this stamp at the local scrapbook store - pretty hey?! I thought it would be awesome for some Valentine's Day cards :) I used Very Vanilla, Cherry Cobbler cardstock, Marina and Bashful designer paper and colored with copic markers - it was fun and relaxing coloring it...hope you enjoy it!

My card is also being entered into the following challenges:

Fresh Brewed - Love/Valentine's

Pile It On! - Love is in The Air

Aud Sentiments - LOVE theme

Please be sure to stop over at the other design team members blogs - links are on the right. Thanks to everyone who participated in last week's challenge - your submissions were amazing and we sure appreciate all your support! I can't wait to see what comes about this week :) Happy stamping!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

4 Crafty Chicks #21 - Tamie's Recipe

Happy Thursday BLEEPS! :) I hope your week has been going great .... we just keep getting snow, snow and more snow here in central Alberta! It can quit anytime now and hopefully we start getting some warmer temperatures too! This weekend sounds like we are to get above 0C! Yay!

Our wonderful "hostess-with-the-mostess" this week over at 4 Crafty Chicks is Tamie, and she's bringing us a RECIPE challenge. We are to use 3 different patterned papers, 2 brads and a ribbon on our project....easy peesy right?! Sure...I had a bit of difficulty incorporating 3 different DP's but I think I got it figured out ok ....I got my sketch from Mojo Monday.

I am also entering my card into the following challenges:

Simply Create - Use your punches (heart punch, nesties)
Creatalicious Challenges - It's all about the ribbon/love
Really Reasonable Ribbon's - Hearts
Secret Crafter - with love

Stamps: Well Scripted; Paper: Very Vanilla, Riding Hood Red, Basic Black, Love Letter DP, Basic Black DP; Ink: Basic Black; Accessories: black satin ribbon, nestabilities, black brads, trio heart punch, dimensionals, paper piercer

I'm sorry for the quality of the photo - it looks like my black dotted paper has a pink tinge to it, but it's vanilla :( Not sure what happened there, but anyhew....have fun creating something with Tamie's recipe and I cannot wait to see what all you come up with! Be sure to check out the rest of the Chicks' blogs - links are on the righthand sidebar! Ciao!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

I'm a DCBD Featured Artist!!!

The gals over at Diva Coffee Break Designs picked THIS card as their Featured Artist PICK for last week's sketch! Thanks so much ladies - that sketch was fun to do and the card just came together really easy!!! :)

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Another Addiction of Mine....

Yep...I *do* have other crafts that I am addicted to besides cardmaking :) I just finished crocheting this afghan this morning while my kids were doing their school work! I just have to tie in all the ends....thought I would share with you all :)

Have a super day...I have the gym today after school and I'm *hoping* to get a card or two made tonight when I get home! TT4N!

Monday, January 17, 2011

SPCC #83 - I Love You

Welcome back! Can you *seriously* believe that Scrapmaster's Paradise is on their 83rd color challenge?! Woweeee! I am so honored to be a part of Samantha's Color Divas :) She has given us a very pretty palette this week and it was screamin' L-O-V-E to me! Here's what I came up with: sketch came from the wonderful Sketch Saturday challenge blog:

Stamps: Flourishee, Ultimate Sentiments; Paper: Pretty in Pink, Crumb Cake, Regal Rose, Whisper White; Ink: Regal Rose; Accessories: embossing folders, pearls, regal ribbon, heart trio punch, dimensionals
Be sure to check out all the rest of the SPCC Divas blogs (links on my right-hand sidebar) for more delicious inspiration using this color combo! I can't wait to see what YOU come up with! Happy stamping!

PPC Specialty Challenge #3

Happy Monday! How was your weekend? Mine was cold and snowy - great recipe for coffee, baking and crafting :) Megan, over at Picture Perfect Creations, has given us another Specialty Challenge this use either dry or heat embossing on our cards :) I love both techniques, so it was easy peesy for me! I inked up a new stamp (I won it at my Stamper's Group Christmas chinese exchange this year) and used clear embossing powder on him and heat set it. Then I colored it with Copics :) I got the wonderful sketch from Paperworks Co. challenge blog:

Isn't he just the cutest little rabbit??!! I can't wait to make more of these wonderful Valentine's Day cards :)

Make sure you pop on over to the rest of the DT members blogs for more wonderful inspiration for heat/dry embossing this week! Leave each of them some love while you are there and be sure to go back to the PPC Challenge Blog once you have your creation made, and link it back so we can leave YOU some love :) Happy creating!

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Valentine CASE

Happy Sunday was a total baking, drinking coffee and craftin' day for me! The snow just keeps falling and it's C-O-L-D outside - good time to stay indoors and fill the house with wonderful aromas and make a few cards :)

I was blog surfing this morning and came across THIS wonderful card from Leanne Pugliese...and I *knew* I just had to CASE it! Thanks, Leanne, your card is wonderful and I do not have a lot of Valentine's stamps, so this type of card is easy to reproduce large amounts for me to sell at our local country store! I altered mine just a bit and made it a full size 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" card.

Stamps: With all my Heart; Paper: Whisper White, Melon Mambo, Regal Rose, Melon Mambo DP, Regal Rose DP, Pretty in Pink DP; Ink: Melon Mambo; Accessories: swiss dots embossing folder, nestabilities, 3/4" square punch, trio heart punch, white satin ribbon, dimensionals, gemstones

Thanks again to Leanne, for creating her wonderful Valentine's Day card so that I could CASE it :) Giggle...have a super great night - I'm off to have a family supper to celebrate my DS 14th birthday happening tomorrow :) ACK! Time is a flyin'....later gators!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Stamping 411 meets Totally Stampalicious....

Happy Saturday evening PEEPS! It's still quite cold here in central Alberta tonight...thermometer is reading -26C right now. Brrr! Good time to hunker down, brew some coffee and STAMP! :)

I have been itching to get something created for the "Mixed Up Challenge" over at Totally Stampalicious all week so nothing like leaving it until the last day, but hey - at least I'm gettin' it in there....I found this perfect sketch for my image over at Stamping 411 Challenge Blog....

The colors were my own and over at Totally Stampalicious, they wanted us to use at least 2 different stamp sets in our creation...I used Red Hat Stella and Cafe Scarlette. I had a lot of fun making this card :) Hope you enjoy it!

You still have some time to enter these awesome challenges! Don't forget about our METAL challenge at 4 Crafty Chicks - you have until Tuesday at midnight to link up your creations! I am off to finish up some more DT work and switch over some laundry. Then I'm gonna go and crochet and watch some TV! Stay warm....

Thursday, January 13, 2011

4 Crafty Chicks Challenge #20

Welcome to another installment of 4 Crafty Chicks weekly challenges...this week, our hostess is none other than Melissa :) She is issuing a "METAL" challenge for all of you this week! That could be a brad, charm, eyelet, paper clip, staple, silver/gold embossing, etc, etc., etc! The possibilities are endless....

For my card this week, I used Crazy 4 Challenges color theme and a wonderful sketch from Sketch Saturday.

Stamps: Totally Stampalicious; Paper: Whisper White, Rose Red, Pretty in Pink, Pretty in Pink DP; Ink: Versafine Onyx Black; Accessories: clear embossing powder, heat gun, markers, paper piercer, circle punch, Designer label punch, pearls, dimensionals, circle brads, embossing folder, photo corner punch
I know the other 3 Chicks have some outrageously gorgeous creations to show you, so hop on over to their blogs and leave them each some love :) Their links are on my right-hand sidebar...
We are sure excited to see what you come up with this week so dig out your metal detectors and find us some METAL! Ciao!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Featured Stamper at Color Dare!!

OMGOSH, can today get any better?! I just found out that I was chosen as the "Featured Stamper" at The Color Dare this week for THIS card! This color palette was so fun for me - this card seemed to come together in no time flat! Thanks again Riley and the gang at Color Dare! xoxoxo

I'm a Stampin' Goddess!!

Happy HUMP day PEEPS! It is snowing, snowing, snowing again here in central Alberta .... weather forecast says we're in for another 5 days of it along with cold, cold temperatures! Good time to hunker down and stay warm drinking coffee/Bailey's and crafting!!!

I would like to take this time to send out a huge THANK YOU to the team over at Stampin' Royalty for chosing THIS birthday project as a top pick this week!!! I had a lot of fun trying out my new Bigz Die and I recommend anyone to get it! It's easy peesy and you can create such cute gifts and decorations! Again, thanks, Stampin' Royalty and congrats on celebrating YOUR birthday! :)

Monday, January 10, 2011

SPCC #82 - Birthday Treats

Welcome, welcome! Are you ready for another GORGEOUS color combo from Scrapmaster's Paradise? I had so much fun with this palette and once you see my "project" I think you'll understand why. I decided to make a 3-D item using my new Bigz L Petal Cone die from the Occasions Mini :) They are fun, fun, fun and super easy peesy!!

What did I tell ya?! Isn't that just the cutest thing?! You could use this die for birthdays, holidays, loot bags, Mother's and Father's name it! Whip one of these up, decorate it and fill 'er up with goodies - DONE!

Stamps: Party This Way, Circle Circus; Ink: Rich Razzleberry; Paper: Rich Razzleberry, Tempting Turquoise, Whisper White; Accessories: Regal Rose grosgrain ribbon, cropadile, large eyelets, dimensionals, flowers, bigz L Petal Cone die, big shot

I am also entering my project in the Stampin' Royalty "birthday" challenge this week.

Please come and have some fun with us at SPCC this week using this wonderful color palette that Samantha has given us...If you need some more inspiration, please be sure to check out the rest of the SPCC Diva's blogs on my right-hand sidebar! Happy creating!

PPC Color Challenge #45 - Let's Take a Spin!

Happy Monday! Welcome to another color challenge brought to us by Megan from Picture Perfect Creations...I found this color combo a bit "challenging" and I guess that is why we have them, right? I think it was the Wasabi, but after I got the spinner card all done, I think it turned out alright!

Stamps: Take a Spin, Teeny Tiny Wishes; Paper: Whisper White, Perfect Plum, River Rock, Bravo Burgundy, Wild Wasabi, Perfect Plum DP; Ink: Perfect Plum, Bravo Burgundy; Accessories: nestabilities, 2 1/2" circle punch, dimensionals, vintage wallpaper embossing folder, white ribbon, spinner hand

Be sure to check out the other inspiration from the PPC Design Team - blogs are listed on my right-hand sidebar for your clicking convenience *wink* and please be sure to ink up some wonderful creations and link them back to the PPC Challenge blog so we can share some love with YOU :)

See you soon with another color challenge from our wonderful Samantha at Scrapmaster's Paradise!!

Sunday, January 9, 2011

My Favorite Things - Happy Birthday!

I am so excited to see that My Favorite Things has started doing sketch challenges every Wednesday! Yay! I have so many MFT stamps and I will be able to use them in their challenges :) Soooo pumped!! I couldnt' wait to create a card for their first sketch....I didn't use a color combo challenge - I just pulled the colors out of the designer paper from Basic Grey.

Stamps: MFT; Paper: Whisper White, Garden Green, Poppy Parade, Basic Grey DP; Ink: Versafine Onyx Black; Accessories: markers, embossing folders, dimensionals, nestabilties
I know I said I was done for the night, but I just couldn't pass this challenge up! LOL...Now, I am signing off for the night and I will definitely be back in the morning with Picture Perfect Creations and Scrapmaster's Paradise color challenges! G'night!

With All My ♥ at Stacey's

Welcome back! I thought I would try and get another card done "for fun" today and then get to work on some housework and dishes. It's been nice to just sit and CREATE these past 2 days - thanks to a massive winter storm that came through on Friday.

These colors are Stacey's Stamping Stage aren't what you call your "average Valentine's Day colors" but I need to get some done for the store so I made them work! LOL...I was checking out Mary Brown's wonderful blog and boy oh boy does she have some nice cards! I CASE'd one from her but tweeked it just a smidge...hope you like it!

Stamps: With All My Heart; Paper: Pacific Point, Whisper White, Always Artichoke, Marina Mist, Cherry Cobbler, Blueberry Crisp DP; Ink: Pacific Point; Accessories: tulip embossing folder, perfect dots embossing folder, large flower punch, word window punch, modern label punch, boho blossoms punch, 3-heart punch, dimensionals, brad, cherry cobbler seam binding

Once again, I'm submitting this Valentine's Day card at The Paper Players challenge blog for their theme of "Valentine's" this week. Please stay warm and enjoy the rest of your weekend! See you tomorrow for another Picture Perfect Color Challenge....

Love is the Flower....

Happy Sunday! The storm is still here in central Alberta - cold winds and the snow has started to fall again. Another great day for crafting :) The store where I sell my cards asked me to start bringing in some Valentine's Day cards so I decided to get a start on those. I wanted to use my new Framed Tulips embossing folder - showcased in the Occasions Mini...what do ya think??

I am entering this card in the "Valentines" challenge over at The Paper Players challenge blog.

Stamps: Verve; Paper: Basic Black, Basic Gray, Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White; Ink: Versafine Onyx Black; Accessories: Big Shot, embossing folders, paper piercer, dimensionals, black ribbon

Thanks for stopping in. Are YOU gettin' your craft on today?! Be back later with another installment!

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Winter Storm fun :)

Hello there crafting peeps! I sure hope you are safe and warm is nasty, nasty, nasty here in central Alberta, Canada this weekend! We are having a major snow storm and it's not letting up anytime soon. The snow was up past my knees when I was walking to the barn this evening and there are some drifts out there that are up to my chest! C-R-A-Z-Y!!

So...with that said, I am taking this snowed-in opportunity to get crafty! Both kids are at friends houses, so I have the house all to myself :) Candles are lit, coffee has been tasty, and the tunes are cranked up :) I decided that after I got my design team responsibilities out of the way, that I would do a card just "for fun" tonight and I went in search of a color combo and sketch. I am using The Color Dare's color combo of Pear Pizzazz, Tangerine Tango and Tempting Turquoise. I found this awesome sketch over at Diva Coffee Break Designs:

Stamps: Bring on the Cake (Occasions Mini); Paper: Tangerine Tango, Whisper White, Tempting Turquoise, Pear Pizzazz DP; Ink: Versafine Onyx Black; Accessories: markers, Pear Pizzazz ribbon, Tango button, hemp twine, paper piercer, dimensionals, star punch, pearls, embossing folder

I am also entering my card into the Stamping Royalty challenge - Birthday

Thanks for popping in tonight - I'm hoping to create into the wee hours - so stay tuned!!

Thursday, January 6, 2011

A Travellin' We Go...

Happy Thursday PEEPS! It's been snowing off and on here for the past couple days and it sure is pretty outside...the ground is crisp and white with freshly fallen snow - GORGEOUS scenery out there!

Miss Leanne is our hostess-with-the-mostess this week over at 4 Crafty Chicks and she has given us a "TRAVEL" challenge this week. Easy peezy for me - Quint and I are taking the kids to Orlando, Florida to see DisneyWorld in March (Tamie and her family are coming too!!! FUN!) so I decided to ink up this relaxin' Riley! Doesn't he look like he's enjoying his vacation?! I sure hope we get some nice weather and days by the pool are going to be sooooo enjoyed! I found my awesome color combo over at Stacey's Stamping Stage and my wonderful sketch at Skipping Stones Design Blog:

Stamps: Riley, MFT (sentiment); Paper: Whisper White, Chocolate Chip, Bashful Blue, Cajun Craze, Always Artichoke DP; Ink: Chocolate Chip, Versafine Onyx Black; Accessories: markers, nestabilities, paper piercer, word window punch, modern label punch, embossing folders, martha border punch, bashful satin ribbon, dimensionals

Please be sure to check out the rest of 4 Crafty Chicks Design Team's blogs:

Grab yourself a coffee, tea, or whatever you desire to get your creative mojo flowin' and go create a TRAVEL-inspired project for us. Leave your link on the 4 Crafty Chicks challenge site and good luck!!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Thanks, Fresh Brewed!

I would like to give a "thank you" shout out to the gals over at Fresh Brewed Challenge Blog for choosing THIS CARD as one of their winners for their 2-week Merry Christmas challenge! If you get a chance to hop on over to their blog - do so, they have awesome challenges every week!

Thanks again Fresh Brewed, and I cannot wait to use my new digi! :)

Monday, January 3, 2011

PPC #44 - Occasions Mini Sneak Peek

Happy New Year!! I hope that you had a very relaxing, memory-filled holiday break and are rip-snortin' ready to get inky again! Megan over at Picture Perfect Creations has come up with this awesome color combo for us all to play with!

I found this awesome sketch at The Sweet Stop to use to show off one of my new stamp sets from the upcoming Occasions Mini:

I am also entering my card at the following challenge blogs:

Fresh Brewed Blog - "Celebrate", Crazy 4 Challenges - "Celebrate something"

Stamps: Take a Spin; Paper: Whisper White, Chocolate Chip, Always Artichoke, Tangerine Tango, Turquoise DP, Tango DP; Ink: none; Accessories: game spinner hand, scallop edge punch, chocolate ribbon, markers, dimensionals, embossing folders, nestabilities

Please take some time to hop through all the Design Team blogs for more wonderful inspiration with these wonderful colors and then link YOUR creation at the PPC Challenge blog! I can't wait to see what you come up with :) I'm so excited for a fresh year of creativity!!! :) Ciao!