Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Never Regret (& a Winner)

 ***For my post, For Cath (sans CHA) with Love Blog Hop, please scroll down!***

"You've got to take the good with the bad, smile with the sad, love what you've got, and remember what you had. Always forgive, but never forget. Learn from mistakes, but never regret."  ~Unknown

Today marks the debut of another fabulous sketch challenge over at Skipping Stones Design! A fun, whimsical little sketch that I think you'll love. I played around with the lovely Sentiment Frames set and some pattered paper for my version of the sketch. You've really got to check out the blog for prize details and challenge rules, and to see the great inspiration from the design team and guest designers!

(Yep, my card picture is pretty huge, but can you see the linen impression? I think, as well as maybe a few other crafty gals think, when you feel as though a card is missing something, it never fails to add a bit of linen impression and you end up with a smile on your face...)

Thanks for all the lovely comments on my card for the Stamp It! 3 Ways Paper Craft's Blog Hop. The winner of a free copy is #12, according to Random.org
Judith said...
Woohoo, look at the gorgeous embossed background!

Judith, please email me with your address and we'll get that great magazine out to you right away!

Monday, January 30, 2012

For Cath (sans CHA) with Love Blog Hop

com·mu·ni·ty  [kuh-myoo-ni-tee]  noun, plural -ties
1.a group sharing common characteristics or interests and perceived or perceiving itself as distinct in some respect from the larger society within which it exists
A few gals from this fabulous blogging community had a brilliant idea to put together a blog hop for Cath, the personality and mastermind behind Moxie Fab World, as she is gearing up her journey to get well from some recent shoulder pain. I couldn't pass up the opportunity to join in! Here's to you, Cath, wishing you well!
I was inspired by the modern and graphic inspiration photo over at the Paper Smooches Sparks Challenge to make a cheery get well card. I stamped the leaf image, from Vogue Abode, repeatedly in white, mint, teal and yellow chalk ink and the created a banner sentiment from Sentiment Sampler. A bit of May Arts Natural Burlap String and a hand molded flower finishes the look.

Take Those Dreams

Caterpillar in the tree
How you wonder who you'll be
Can't go far but you can always dream
Wish you may and wish you might
Don't you worry, hold on tight
I promise you there will come a day
Butterfly fly away, butterfly fly away, butterfly fly away
Flap your wings now you can't stay
Take those dreams and make them all come true.
~Written by Glen Ballard and Alan Sivestri


I'm joining in on two great challenges this week, the first being the color story from The Play Date Cafe and the second the sketch challenge available at The Craft's Meow. The little butterfly girl stamp from The Craft's Meow gets me every time thinking of the curiosity and imagination my sisters and I had growing up, as well as how we would put all their faith into knowing a dream could come true when blew those dandelion weeds off the stem. Some days I do not think much has changed...

Cardstock: (Natural White, Night of Navy) SU
Patterned Paper: (Curio Collection) Basic Grey
Stamps: (Butterfly Kisses) The Craft's Meow
Ink: (Purple, Blue Pigment Ink) SU, (Distress Ink) Ranger
Fibers: (Crocheted Lace, Natural Burlap String) May Arts
Tools: (Scalloped Circles Nestabilities) Spellbinders, (Damask Impression Plate) PTI, (Tag Punch) McGill
Other: (Markers) Copic

Friday, January 27, 2012

Look Beyond

Rafiki: Whoo! Hoo hoo hoo! Life without worry. You seek Hakuna Matata.
Timon: Harpoon a tomato?
Rafiki: Hakuna Matata, it means "No Worries."...To find it, you must look beyond what you see.
Timon: What the heck is that supposed to mean?
Rafiki: It means, look beyond what you see!
~Exert from The Lion King 11/2

Do you ever pick up a stamp set and study it, just stare and think before inking it up? Do strive to think beyond the normal use of the set? Look beyond what you see? Stamp It! 3 Ways from Paper Crafts is all about ways to use a single stamp set in multiple applications, and what inspiration it holds within its pages!

I'm so excited to be part of today's Paper Crafts Magazine's blog hop featuring more applications of stamp sets that are featured in Stamp It! 3 Ways. I had a card published in this issue using Grunge from Skipping Stones Design. My intent was to showcase how a typical masculine set, and a great one at that, could be used in a feminine application as well. Soft colors, frilly details, lots of textures... And I brought that same idea here today to show you!

This card features the scallop background stamp in the set. I stamped it with watermark ink, coated it liberally with clear embossing powder and then sprinkled a little bit of gold embossing powder on top of that. After heat setting the stamped design, I inked the edges, added a patterned paper panel, some burlap string and a sentiment tag.

Please hop on over to the other fabulous designers! We each have a copy of Stamp It! 3 Ways to give away, you can win by just leaving a comment on each of our posts!

·         Jaclyn Miller
·         Julie Masse
·         Laura Williams
·         Heidi Van Laar
·         Emily Leiphart
·         Mariana Grigsby
·         Julia Stainton
·         Sarah Moerman
·         Karen Baker
·         Laura O’Donnell
·         Kelley Eubanks
·         Kimberly Crawford

And for icing on the cake, stop by the Paper Crafts Connection Blog and leave a comment for your chance to win this...

I'm also super excited to see a stamp set that I designed grace the cover of this fabulous issue too (Carved Love from Practicing Creativity Designs)!

Thank you so much for your visit today, your next stop is Laura O’Donnell.

The comment deadline for chances to win on each blog is Sunday, January 29th at midnight MST.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Many Kisses

In 1907, the first Hershey Kiss was introduced.
What symbolism one little shaped piece of chocolate can have...
do you remember when you received your first kiss?

CAS-ual Fridays is bringing another fun sketch challenge with a super sweet prize from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps! Check out the challenge rules, sponsorship and prize information, as well as delicious eye candy from the Girl Fridays over on the CAS-ual Fridays blog!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Layers of Love

Love? To me? Well, that just might constitute getting up early when you had the opportunity to sleep in but instead drove your wife to work so she wouldn't have to brave the depths of the new fallen snow. It might be the super large wet Spaghetti-o filled smooch planted on an unsuspecting mama's cheek. It perhaps is could be calling your daughter to just make sure she's ok, or your sisters to discuss the latest tv show gossip. Layers of love, and I'm so very lucky to have got it. 

I'm also pretty lucky that the talented Tenia Nelson from Jazzy Paper Designs has joined me in a Carbon Copied post, where we are both showcasing our take on the current Just Us Girls Color Challenge and using the SRM Stickers #53008 Forever sheet.

I had an inkling to go soft and pretty so I chose a shimmery pink cardstock (can't really tell in this photo but you've got to trust me), a doily, lace and pretty little decorative stick pins. I purely do not think I've layered this much ribbon before, but it was a ton of fun choosing what I thought would work together for a fun, texture full design.

I can't wait to see what Tenia has in store today! I adore her layering skills and sense of color and composition. If you haven't the pleasure of visiting her blog, please check it out!

One last thing, May Arts has teamed up with Hero Arts this week, stop on over there too and leave a comment for your chance to win goodies!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Songbird Serenade

May flowers always line your path and sunshine light your day.
May songbirds serenade you every step along the way.
May a rainbow run beside you in a sky that's always blue.
And may happiness fill your heart each day your whole life through.
~Irish Blessing

Skipping Stones Design has another really cool sketch this week. You can make it clean and simple, shabby and chic, or whatever suits your fancy. There are many wonderful examples over on the Skipping Stones blog, as well as challenge details!

The beautiful, neutral color palette offered at The Play Date Cafe and a Favorite Things Challenge from Basic Grey proved to be such a great starting point. If you haven't noticed, I've got a thing for crafting with birds lately, they prove to be one of my all time favorite subjects. I've also been experimenting with layers, textures and the natural color scheme. It's fun to step outside your normal limits, just to see what you can come up with.  I started by stamping the sweet little songbird image from Heartsong onto kraft paper, colored him with a mixture of Copics and Prismacolors and then carefully fussy cut him so he could rest on a burlap background. A bit of beautifully realistic patterned paper from Basic Grey's Curio Collection and twine, a button and a stamped sentiment from Uplifting completes the look.

Monday, January 23, 2012

White Shirt

Me: Boys, find a white shirt to put on and come here when you are done, I need to take a picture.
Boys: Why?
Me: Because I said so.
Boy #2: Mama, I don't have a white shirt.
Me: Why?
Boy #1: Because you said so.
Me: Oh dear.

Judith has an absolutely lovely inspiration photo up for her challenge at Jay Gee's Nook. I was inspired by the hues, softness and silhouettes. I created some faux leather paper with a few ink pads and foam.

The above conversation happened when I was attempting a good picture for a project I have up over at The Project Girl today, featuring some kits designed by Jen Allyson at Design House Digital. (Yes, Mom, you'll get a copy if I can get my act together to print it out!)

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Fearless Liberty

Away I spring with a tireless wing,
On a feathery cloud I poise and swing;
I dart down the steep where the lightnings leap,
And the clear blue canopy swiftly sweep;
For, dear to me is the revelry
Of a free and fearless Liberty.
~Author Unknown

The boys went out driving yesterday and came upon three eagles perched in a tree. Nothing makes me think more about the freedom that I have than seeing the regal bald eagle roam about.

Anywho, a quick card to share for my entry into the Moxie Fab World's Cool Tools Week Die Cutting Challenge. I thought that I'd dare using the Cricut and make use of the electronic sizing and border option of to my advantage as well as working with a monochromatic color scheme and threw in a pun for good measure. (The sentiment and faces were computer generated.) I say "dare" using it because sometimes it shoots sparks.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Black Tie Affair

According to Forbes, women should stick to the classic cocktail dress paired with rhinestone chandelier earrings, stack of bangle bracelets or a chunky statement necklace for a black tie affair. Oh dear, I don't own anything that is remotely close to that. Yes, a classic cocktail dress paired with chandelier earrings and bangle bracelets sounds shall go on my wish list...

CAS-ual Fridays is challenging you to participate in a strictly black and white challenge this week, and Cindy Coutts is the sponsor! For more details, please check out the blog, there you will find out more about the sponsor, challenge rules and to see the great inspiration from the Girl Fridays too!

I wanted to add a bit of interest in the stark design so I grabbed a detailed and dainty stamp set from My Mind's Eye and stamped both in pigment black ink as well as watermark ink and then embossed in black. It is like a matte/high gloss look that I will have to try again!

Sings a Lullaby

"The bluebird sings a lullaby, the firefly gives a light,
the twinkling stars are candles bright, Sleep, [Child], Good Night."
Elizabeth T. Dillingham

There's just something about the bluebird that I find so magical and majestic. My creative infatuation with bluebirds took off with the first card in this post and I had to create another version. I have a tutorial on giving personality to silhouette images over on the Skipping Stones Design blog today featuring the Garden Stamp Kiss stamp set.

I based the card off of the sketch over at Wee Memories, their last challenge. (What a great run, and thank you for the inspiration!) I hope you can pop on over to the Skipping Stones Design Blog too, to let me know how my tutorial was, albeit a brief one. (This is where learning how to shoot a video might be helpful! On the to-do list, I assure you!)

Cardstock: (Rustic White) PTI, (Blue) The Paper Source
Patterned Paper: (Orange from Stella & Rose Collection) My Mind's Eye
Stamps: (Bird and text from Garden Stamp Kiss, Sentiment from Healing Wings) Skipping Stones Design
Ink: (Vintage Photo, Antique Linen, Walnut Stain Distress) Ranger
Fiber: (Natural Burlap String) May Arts
Tools: (Eyelet Border) PTI
Other: (Colored Pencils) PrismaColor

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Dancin' on the Street

"Snowflakes, snowflakes... Are such funny things.
They haven't feet or haven't wings.
Yet they sail through the air...With the greatest of ease,
And dance on the street, Wherever they please."   
~Author Unknown

Woohoo, it's a long overdue edition of Carbon Copied today-same set, same challenge, same day! The talented Jen from Jen Shears Designs and I are featuring Lawn Fawn's Fly Free and Bannerific and for a real challenge we are participating in Lawnscaping's Winter Wonderland! Love this challenge site because it often times makes me think of these stamps in different ways to get more use out of them.

Here in Wisconsin, winter is all about snow and the monochromatic landscape, not to mention the chilly temperatures! My card features some paper piecing and spray painted snowflake embellishments. The vintage color scheme was kind of dictated because of those copper snowflakes. (Funny, but true story: For some reason, my husband thought copper was gold?? Eh, metallic is close enough, I suppose. I was originally hoping for gold but now I'm liking the copper, as I was able to bring in a fun splattering of spray mists too!)

I can't wait to see Jen's take on this edition of Carbon Copied at her blog, Jen Shear's Designs. She's fabulously talented and does amazing projects with ribbon. Plus, she is so sweet to, it's a win win situation! Click on the Carbon Copied icon on my sidebar if you'd like to sign up for a feature edition with me!

Cardstock: (Kraft) PTI
Patterned Paper: (Manilla Basics Collection) Basic Grey
Stamps: (Fly Free, Bannerific, Sophie's Sentiments) Lawn Fawn
Ink: (Walnut Stain, Vintage Photo Distress) Ranger
Fibers: (Natural Burlap String, Vanilla Crotchet Lace) May Arts
Embellishments: (Spray Painted Snowflake Confetti), (Rhinestone)
Other: (Treasure Hymn Spray Mist) Shimmerz


Tuesday, January 17, 2012


"The greatest thing about men is that they are steady.
You know where they stand.
They believe the same thing Wednesday that they believed on Monday,
no matter what happened Tuesday..."
~paraphrased from Steven Colbert

The Skipping Stones Design Team and the wonderful guest designers has another showcase of great cards today featuring a great sketch and the stamp of the month (available for only $12.95), Grunge! Check out the blog for contest details, prizes and great inspiration!

If you have a difficult time making masculine cards, Grunge is perfect set for you...even guys need cards too, right? The patterns make it so easy to create a simple and effective card.

Before you leave, I thought I'd mention the super PMS (Purchase More Stamps) sale over at Skipping Stones Design that lasts through January 22nd. There's more details on the blog, but here's a quick gist: Buy 1 set and save 5%, buy 2 sets and save 10%, buy 3 sets and save 15%, purchase 4 sets and save 20%, buy 5 sets and save 25% and purchase 6 sets OR MORE and SAVE 30% on every set you buy-no limit!!! If you ever have a problem with the checkout, email SSD with your order and a pay pal invoice will be sent to you, just be sure to mention the sale!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Both Sky & Earth

**For my CAS-ual Fridays post, please scroll down or click here!**

"When Nature made the bluebird,
she wished to propitiate both the sky and the earth,
so she gave him the color of the one on his back
and hue of the other on his breast."
 ~John Burroughs

Welcome to the Tiffany Doodles Blog Hop celebrating the second anniversary of Tiffany Doodles! I'm very honored to have been asked to participate in this event, and super excited to have a reason to create with Tiffany's wonderful images again! This is one fabulous hop...You should have arrived from Collette's Blog. (If this is your first stop, please go back to Jessica's blog so you don't miss anything!)

One of the best things, in my opinion, about Tiffany Doodles digital images that separates them from the rest of the digital images out there, are her photo sketches. I used the Bluebird3 stamp found here- it has always been one of my favorite Tiffany Doodles images...

After bringing him to life with a combination of markers and colored pencils, I die cut a panel and mounted it onto patterned paper, stamped a sentiment and wrapped everything with a bit of string.

I was on a roll and couldn't stop with just one card. On the above card, I used the Lenten Rose image and based a card off of the talented Barb's Barbles Inspiration Photo Challenge... a combination of the yellow flower and the rose colored glasses photos.

Your next stop on the hop is the uber talented Donna Mikasa!
Remember, please leave a comment for your chance to win a Bluebird3 or Lenten Rose image-you choose!
Here's a bit more quick information about the hop, but complete details can be found on the Tiffany Doodles Blog: You have three days to comment on this post and the eighteen other participant's posts-each participant has a featured digi that you could win! All winners will be posted on the Tiffany Doodles Blog on January 18th. Also, Tiffany is giving away the entire January release and all you have to do is create a card or project using a Tiffany Doodles image, blog about it, and add your name to in linkz tool which can be found on Tiffany's blog.

Ruffled Bums

You know those cute little tights for girls with the ruffled bums? If my boys had been girls they would have worn those every day, I just think they are such a cute accessory, especially when they crawl. Pink, purple, yellow...I would have purchased every color to coordinate with every little dress! I went through a phase when I accessorized my boys with cowboy boots, those were pretty cute too. Especially when they decided to don them while wearing just a diaper...

The new challenge is up at CAS-ual Fridays and were encouraging you to showcase the highs and lows-create a project featuring scallops! Annabelle Stamps returns for another sponsorship and has a great prize!

My card today features a tried and true layout and highlights a scallop border punch. I pulled out some matching patterned paper scraps, punched them, inked the edges and then adhered just the tops. Stamped the sentiment and wrapped the card with twine. I ruffled the scalloped edges a bit and even bent the top piece outward for more dimension.

With the card all said in done, it reminds me of those cute little tights with the ruffled bums. A dainty card that I feel would be great in welcoming a new addition or to celebrate a little girl's birthday.

Head on over to the CAS-ual Fridays Blog to read more about the challenge, sponsor and prize and to see the lovely highs and lows from the Girl Fridays!

Cardstock: (Kraft) PTI

Patterned Paper: SU
Stamps: (Sentiment Sampler) Paper Smooches
Ink: (Vintage Photo Distress) Ranger
Fiber: (Natural Burlap String) May Arts
Tools: (Scallop Border Punch) Fiskars