Wednesday, February 29, 2012

A Card For Me

I've been struggling with headaches everyday now for about 3 weeks. And today, this one just won't go away. I went into my craft space to try and take my mind off the pain, and realized I haven't entered the Chick Challenges With {ippity} yet this week! So I made a card following their sketch, and when I went to decide on the sentiment, I thought a Get Well one was fitting. For me anyway! I used three ippity sets on this one, Now and Always, Friends are Priceless, and How You Doin? Time to go link this up, and then lay down for awhile. Thank you for stopping by!

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Clean and Simple {ippity}

The challenge theme this time over at the Unity Opportunity blog is CAS. So I got out my ippity stamps and made a quick anniversary card. I used 2 stamp sets, Just wanted to Say, and The Simple Things. I used Stampin Up markers on the flowers and stems, and the sentiment I inked with Gathered Twigs DI. Check out the link above if you'd like to enter, or just see more ippity creations! I finally broke down and bought a mini tripod for my camera. Yay! No more blurry pictures!! :) Thanks so much for looking in!

Challenge Me Monday Celebrates #100!

Happy Tuesday to you all! The Fantabulous Cricut blog is celebrating their 100th Challenge Me Monday! They have a special color challenge to follow, the colors of their blog! How cool! Purple, Turquoise, and Green.

I am celebrating along with them this week, and made a card from the Give a Hoot cartridge that I just got. So many cute images on this cart. I'll be using it often I'm sure! I made another scene card, and am really happy with this one! The sentiment is from Lawn Fawn. Come join the celebration! Simon Says Stamp is the sponsor this week, and is giving away a $25.00 voucher to one winner!!

Monday, February 27, 2012

Craft Stix and Stamp Storage video

Happy Monday everyone! I've made a quick video today! Although it took over 2 hours to upload to youtube! Goodness sake! Anyway, hope you enjoy! At the end of the video I forgot to mention that movie store DVD cases won't work for stamp storage, already tried that. You can't remove the CD insert, and some of them are a weird textured plastic, and the stamps won't cling to them. Here it is:

Saturday, February 25, 2012

The Greeting Farm

Hello everyone! We have two sponsors this week at 2 Sister's Challenge Blog!  The Greeting Farm, and The Digi Garden! The theme is Anything Goes!! I have used a Greeting Farm image called Huey Birdhouse. I think he's too cute building the birdhouse and all! The first one is colored with markers(roseart and stampin up) and made him into a fox. The second card is colored with watercolor pencils, and I made him into a skunk! I'm pretty sure he's a fox, but he makes an awfully cute skunk too!! Go check out the challenge blog, I'd love for you to enter!!

Friday, February 24, 2012

It's Friends With Flair Day!

Happy Friday! It's time for Unity's FWF! I got a head start this time around, and made this tag last night. I used the Simple Stories itty bitty Year o graphy Best Day. I masked off the calender and inked around it, love how it pops off the tag! I just wish my picture taking skills were just as good! I have a nice Nikon camera, but just can't get a good pic, there are so many settings on the thing, it drives me crazy!! Anyway, The stamped flowers and sentiment are from the ippity line, and the punched flowers have two coats of UTEE on them. I'll keep this tag for my Mom's birthday. Thank you for stopping in, enjoy the rest of the FWF!!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

A Scene

This is my first real attempt at making a scene on a card. I've seen some really cute one's around blogland, and thought I'd give it a try. Over at the Lawnscaping Challenge, the theme is distress mania. To distress your project any way to see fit. Mine is done with inks. Every image I used Distress Inks on, and the blue card base is distressed as well. Lawnscaping Challenge is based on Lawn Fawn Stamps, but not required to enter. I used 5 different Lawn Fawn sets on my little scenery card. Critters in the Forest, Critters on the Farm, Critters in the Snow, Bannerific, and Jessie's ABC's. It was really fun cutting out all the little animals and arranging them. Everything is stamped on patterned paper except the banner. Check out the link above if you'd like to join in the fun! Lawn Fawn is sponsoring the challenge this time, and is giving away a free stamp set! Yay!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

It's a Sketch

I'm following a sketch challenge over at Chick Challenges with Ippity. If you check out their blog, Kim has made a lovely gift bag from this sketch, which you can see below. I went with a card, and made the top by tracing a Top Note die cut onto the front, and used my craft knife to cut it out. I used two ippity sets for the stamping, Sing a New Song, and How You Doin? You can't really tell in the pic, but the stamped scallops are embossed in clear powder, and I used Wild Honey ink. I tried to get the top matched up, so I cut a circle in half and added some twine. Not too bad! And the weather here today is very dark and dreary, so I couldn't get a real good picture. Plus I need a tripod because my hands shake so much! Hope it will do! Thanks for looking in!

Saturday, February 18, 2012

My Little Guy LO

I have not done a scrapbook LO for awhile now, and the challenge at the Authentique blog kick started me to get one finished! You'll see the sketch to follow below, and I love scrapbook sketches. It helps me with the design. I find that I take too long deciding on where to put photos, titles, etc., so this helps me soo much! All the papers came from the Authentique Journey 6x6 pad, and I stamped the top of the page with some cute Stampabilities stamps with Antique Linen DI, and I also stamped the dump truck with Walnut Stain DI onto more patterned paper. A cute button and a title sticker, and done! One more page done, 100's more to do!!

A Cabin in the Woods

That is the name of this digital stamp by Robyn's Fetish. That is our sponsor this week at 2 Sister's Challenge Blog. and the winner will recieve 5 digital stamps from their shop! The theme is stitching, real or faux, and I went with real. That's the only time my sewing machine gets used! After coloring my image, I added some snow paint by Marvy, to add some texture. The wood plank paper is by Karen Foster, scraps of cardstock, spellbinders die, buttons, and the ippity stamp set House a Home for the sentiments. I hope some of you will join us this week! Thank you for stopping by!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

So This Is L.O.V.E.

Well, it doesn't really look like your typical theme for love, but over at the Unity Opportunity blog they have a challenge going on to celebrate the new Ippity stamp releases. The challenge is to make a project using the letters L.O.V.E. here are mine:
I used cotton lace that I dyed violet, orange and violet papers, and I embossed my stamped label. The sentiment is my fave, from the Ippity set A Moment In Time. This is a mini album that I've been hoarding for awhile now, and needed a switch from making cards. I think I'll just make a family album with it, and this will be the front cover. I thought it was fun to match up items with the letters in this challenge! If you'd like to join in, you have until tomorrow! Click the link above! Oh, and Happy Valentine's Day everyone!!

Saturday, February 11, 2012

A Tough One

The challenge at the Get Hippity with Ippity blog is to use the colors shown in this photo, called macaw hues. At first I thought OK no problem. Wrong! I first tried to make a card with patterned papers to match these colors, and it just looked all wrong. So I let it go for a few days, and today thought I could use those colors in the background with inks. So that's what I did! I used a few colors of distress inks, and a stampin up green. Looks pretty close to the colors in the photo. I went with the ippity set Totally Happy because of the bird on the fence. Not exactly a macaw, but it works! I wanted a bit more red, so I added the twine. If you'd like a challenge, then enter this one! Thanks for stopping by!!

A Wedding Heart

It's time for my DT card for 2 Sister's Challenge Blog! The theme this week is to use at least one heart on your project. We are being sponsored by The Digi Doodle Shop, and I used the Just Married image. I kept it uncolored except for a few red accents, and cut out the heart shape with my Creative Memories heart pattern. The doily is dyed with Barn Door DI, and is actually one that I cut in half, and rounded the top to make it more of a heart shape. The card base is stamped with an Ippity heart, and embossed with a Cuttlebug folder. The sentiment is from Unity, and I added some red jewels. I thought this would make a nice pre-wedding card to send to the bride. I have never done that before, and I'm sure any bride would love it! Thanks for stopping in, and be sure to check my other DT's work, and also join us for the challenge this week!!

Friday, February 10, 2012

Store Closing

Due to non interest, I am closing my online store. Anyone interested in getting one last purchase in, click on my link at the sidebar. Any leftover stock I will put on Splitcoast Stampers for sale. Unless I decide to keep a few things!! :) Nothing wrong with that! There is just too much competition out there for me to keep my store open. My real dream is to have an actual brick and mortar store! But, that's only if I win the lottery!! LOL I gave it my best shot, and that's all I can do. No hard feelings about it, and that's one less thing I have to keep from my husband!! Big LOL!! Have a great weekend everyone! Oh, the card is one I made for Paper Crafts that got regected. Whatever, I still think it's cute! Stamps are from The Alley Way!!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Been In a Rut

That's where I've been lately, is stuck in a rut. I've made many 'things' this week, and that's where they have stayed. A 'thing'. I've been trying to kick start myself again, and decided to make a card for The Alley Way Stamps challenge. I was introduced to Alison, the owner of The Alley Way Stamps through her Free Digi stamps blog. She has now turned her artwork into stamps, and I have only one set right now, Kitchen Gadgets, which I used on this card. More are on my wish list though!! I love the cute and whimsical designs she creates, and her images are a blast to paper piece. The challenge this time around is to use the photo below as inspiration. I took some of the colors, and of course the banner to make my card. I even stamped one of the smiley faces, and hearts onto my banner, which my friend Emily has a great tip for creating one here. Instead of a punch(which I don't have) I used a star image from my Plantin' Schoolbook Cricut cartridge to make mine. Worked perfectly! I used some Cosmo Cricket papers from the Salt Air collection to match the colors in the photo, and used the rolling pin and sentiment from the Kitchen Gadgets set. My border is cut from a MFT die. I am pleased with this card(finally), and am happy to have made something worth showing!! :) So thank you Ali, for allowing me to kick start myself again!!
Here is the inspiration photo:

And on another happy note: My dear blogging friend Cheryl, has sent me this sweet bag she made, from clear across the pond in the UK! I was so happy when she said that she wanted to send this to me! I am so amazed with her paper crafts, and am always excited to read her posts, and see her amazing work! So, a big thank you Cheryl for brightening my year! I love the bag!!

Saturday, February 4, 2012

A New Challenge is up!

This week my DT members and I were to make a card with red, or pink. That's the challenge at the 2 Sister's blog! We are sponsored this week by Stitchy Bear Digital Stamps. I chose a Floppy Latte digi of tulips to use, and I colored it with my watercolor pencils, and water pen. Actually made it look like a watercolor painting this time! I don't have any of the good heavy paper, but I made it work! It didn't warp too much! The background is also watercolored, but it is very light. The focus is the red tulips, and tried to keep everything else neutral. So, hop on over to the 2 Sister's blog and enter this week for some free digi's!

Friday, February 3, 2012

It's That Time!

Yay! It's time again for Friends With Flair over at the Unity blog! I went with a Valentine this week, as I am also entering this in 2 other challenges! I used 3 Ippity stamp sets on this card, Sing a New Song, A Moment in Time, and House a Home. I was inspired by the sketch picked by Aletha at the Chick Challenges with ippity blog. And also by the color challenge at the Unity Opportunity blog! I used a larger size card than I usually use so I could fit all my elements on it. This one is a 5x7. I white embossed my banner and label, and left the sentiment in Barn Door DI. I used a free hand stitch on my sewing machine for around the border, for a bit of whimsy. Hope you like it! Thanks for stopping by, and be sure to check out all the Unity/Ippity projects from the links above! 

Flashback Friday Blog Hop!

Hello! And welcome to the Flashback Friday blog hop! If you came from Els blog, then you're in the right spot!! If you are just joining, you want to start at the Flashback blog! There are some fabulous prizes that are being given away for this hop, scroll down and see for yourself! Comments enter you to win!! The theme for this hop, and challenge, is to show your first black and white card/project. I don't do too many in that color scheme, so my card is just from last year. My original post is here. Quite fancy this one is, not really my style, but I was up for the challenge! Check my original post for the deets! Now, it's time for more hopping! Your next stop is Sylvia! Enjoy!
So many goodies to win!!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012


Valentiny is the theme this week for challenge me Monday at the Fantabulous Cricut Blog. We are to make a 3x3 card. My card base was made with the card feature on my Stretch Your Imagination cart., I've made a few cards with this feature, and think they're so neat. I used one of the flourishes for the center cut out, and all the hearts are from the Plantin' Schoolbook cart. I used my Sakura Clear Glaze pen on the flourish and hearts on the front of my card to make them stand out a bit more. The sentiment stamp on the inside is from Unity. Thanks for stopping by, and if you'd like to enter, or see more Valentiny cards, click the link above!