Monday, October 31, 2011

Sending a Little Sunshine

I didn't get much of a chance to create anything this weekend, because it was extremely busy.  However, I do have this card to show you that was made for the Hope You Can Cling To challenges going on over at Splitcoaststampers.  I used the 'Send a little Sunshine' challenge to make a card of encouragement.

Here is the inside with the encouraging statement:

And here's a closer look at our little Fred:

Stamps:  Fred Bear Goes Fishing
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper:  OA Fly a Kite, CDS Cottonball White, SU Basic Gray
Accessories:  Copics, sponge, Die-namics Sunshine (MFT), yellow button, brown thread, red ribbon, brown ric rac

Thanks for stopping in today!  Have a very Happy Halloween!

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Gel-a-tins: Chocolate Bliss

Happy Saturday!  I'm just going to get right to what I have to show you today.  I made a treat box from an old jewelry box, and I think it turned out pretty good.  I used a really great set from Gel-a-tins called Chocolate Bliss.  The set has a lot of potential and could be used with some of Gel-a-tins yummy smelling embossing powders for an even better effect!

Splitcoaststampers has some wonderful challenges going on right now for Breast Cancer Awareness, and the challenges are called Hope You Can Cling To.  I've made lots of cards all week for the challenges. . .you should check it out!  This box was made for the Pink Ribbon challenge, which was to use a pink ribbon on your card.

Stamps:  Chocolate Bliss
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, CDS Hot Cocoa
Paper:  BG Sweet Threads, buttercream
Accessories:  pink ribbon, scallop circle punch, circle punch, Magenta Viva Pearl Pens, box

Thanks for stopping by today :D

Friday, October 28, 2011

Taylored Expressions Sketch 149

Yay for Fridays, and yay for another Taylored Expressions Sketch!  These sketches always get the creative juices a flowin', and I'm sure this sketch will do the same for you.  

I ended up turning the sketch, and I'm sure having some fun with my new Woodland Winter set and Trim the Tree Die both from Taylored Expressions.  I also paired it up with Taylor's 12 Days of Christmas Project Pantry Kit.  They sure to make it easy to create some Christmas cards!
 Stamps:  Woodland Winter
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, CDS Hot Cocoa
Paper:  12 Days of Christmas Project Pantry Kit
Accessories:  Copics, sponge, TE Frame it Up 1 Die, ribbon, dimensionals, Hot Pink Sparkly Fluff, Tags Nestabilities

I also wanted to make a card for the Hope You Can Cling To challenges over at Splitcoaststampers that would work for today's Hope for the Holidays challenge.  The challenge is a holiday card with the primary color being pink :)

Here are the details of the challenge from the forum at Splitcoaststampers:  

1. Create a card using the sketch as inspiration. Feel free to switch up the shape or size of your card. As long as your project follows the general sketch, you’re good to go! You may play as many times as you want. Each upload will be entered into our weekly drawing, so the more you create - the better chance you have of winning the PRIZE!

2. Upload your project to Splitcoaststampers before 8pm PST on Thursday, November 10th using keywordTESC149. Feel free to come back to this thread and link your creation, however, make sure you’ve uploaded it using the correct keyword as that’s how we’ll choose the winner.

3. You’re not required to use TE Stamps on your project, but I love it when you do! And if you’re drawn as our weekly winner and you’ve used TE Stamps on your project you’ll get a little sumpin’ sumpin’ extra

Here is what the Sketch Crew was bakin' up:

I can't wait to see what you come up with!

OCL is still wearing Pink!

Over at Our Craft Lounge they are still showing off the pink for Breast Cancer Awareness!  Today is their blog challenge and the color is none other than. . .PINK!  I chose to use my new Granny's Truffles set.  And while this card is sporting some other colors, the main card base is pink and so is Granny's dress ;)

I also had one of the Hope You Can Cling To challenges from Splitcoaststampers in mind when I made this card.  It was made for the You're My Inspiration challenge, and I chose the colors Light Blue, Pink, Red, Blush, and white dots.
Stamps:  Granny's Truffles
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper:  pink, CDS Cottonball White, EP Candy Shoppe Dots & Stripes
Copics:  B21, B23, B00, C1, C3, E000, E00, E41, E42, E43, R22, R24, R27, E47, RV10, RV11
Accessories:  brown button, cream twine

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

More OCL goes pink!

Our Craft Lounge is still going pink for the week!  There was a fun hop on Monday, some more pretty stuff to see Tuesday, and yesterday Kendra shared her story.  You should really go check out the OCL Blog for lots of inspiration and to read Kendra's story.

I combined my card today with a challenge from Splitcoaststampers for their Hope You Can Cling To challenges.  I've been having so much fun making these, and I can't wait to get them all boxed up and sent out.  What a great feeling it will be to share something I love!  

I was inspired by the P.I.N.K. challenge, which was to use the letters to make your card.  Here goes:
P -- Pat the Dog stamp
I -- ink (I know that seems a bit like cheating, hehe)
N -- new stamp set
K -- know to tie on the bone charm
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper:  pink, Crate Paper - Farmhouse, CDS Cottonball White
Accessories:  Copics (forgot to write them all down), MS Loop Punch, green twine, bone charm

Thanks for stopping in!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Our Craft Lounge is Going Pink All Week

If you're looking for the TE Holiday Hoopla Hop go HERE.

I know my card isn't pink, but it was made for the Hope You Can Cling To challenges going on over at Splitcoaststampers.  It was made specifically for the Encircled With Love challenge, which was to make a circle card.  I didn't realize just how much fun and how easy one of these would be.  You can bet I'll be making more.  

Kendra, from OCL is sharing her story with all of us this morning over at the OCL Blog.  Head on over and be encouraged!  

I used this great OCL set called Sunshine Cheer.  I'm officially in love with it, hehe, and it really can be used for so many things.
Stamps:  Sunshine Cheer
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, SU Crumb Cake
Paper:  EP Candy Shoppe Dots & Stripes, CDS Cottonball White
Copics:  T1, YR20, YR21, YR23
Accessories:  Circle Nestabilities, sponge

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

TE Holiday Hoopla Blog Hop

Taylored Expressions is hosting a Holiday Hoopla today and I'm excited to be a part of it. You should have arrived here from Wanda's blog.  If you didn't (or if you get lost along the way) you can head back to the beginning at Taylor's blog for the full list of participants. There are 22 designers showcasing Christmas/Winter/Holiday stamps sets from TE with samples that include all sorts of projects from cards to gifts and beyond!  We want to inspire you to get your holiday crafting and card making into high gear!  Be sure to stick with me all the way to the end of the post to get a coupon code for 25% off holiday stamp sets at Taylored Expressions! 

The set I'm showcasing is Moka Angel along with the wonderful Banner Holidays.  Moka Angel is quickly becoming a favorite for me, because not only am I using her for Christmas cards I have been using her for Breast Cancer Awareness cards.  Her versatility is amazing!  I'm loving the Banner Holidays because I can use it with any of my banner dies. . .how awesome is that?!

Here is the group of items I made with these great sets:

It seems like a lot, but it was all so easy!  Most of my supplies came from the Holiday Wonder Project Pantry Kit, making it even easier.  I stamped my sweet Moka Angel out on buttercream cardstock 3 times, and then colored her with my Copics.  I cut her out and set her aside.  Using the buttercream, I stamped my banner 3 times from Banner Day 2, and then stamped my sentiment from Banner Holidays onto each banner.  Then using my Banner Day 2 Die, I cut out all of my banners.  I also used the super versatile Frame it Up 1 Die.

 Here is a closer look at the bag and tag:

Pictures of other TE Supplies Used:


Are you getting in the mood to stamp?  Be sure to check out Taylor 's 12 Days of A Handmade Christmas Video Series for lots of easy gift ideas. I especially love Day 9 as it talks about journals. . .one of my fave things to give during the holidays!

Now, who loves a SALE ?  Use Coupon Code HOOPLA2011 to get 25% off the following holiday stamp sets (released in 2009 and 2010) at Taylored Expressions now through November 2:

Christmas Blessings, Enjoy!, From the Heart, Hangin' Out -  At the North Pole, Holiday Wonder, Home Sweet Home, Keeping Tabs, Merry Little Cocktail, Penguin Pals, Season's Sweetings, Sparkle & Cheer, Tag Treats , Tag You're It, Take Note - Holidays , Wings of Joy, Winter Wonderland.

The coupon code is case sensitive. Follow these instructions to apply the discount to your order:

1. Add the desired stamp sets from the above list to your shopping cart.
2. Insert the coupon code into the Promotional Code box.
3. Click the Update Cart button.  Your discount should now be applied.
4. Proceed to checkout to finalize and submit your order.

I'm so glad you stopped by today!  Be sure to head on over to Melody's lovely blog to be inspired by her Holiday Hoopla creations!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Our Craft Lounge Blog Hop

I'm super duper excited this morning, because I'm hopping along with the talented ladies from Our Craft Lounge!  As you all know, it's Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and in honor of that OCL is having a blog hop!  I used the always fun set called Granny's Support Team for my card.  The Granny sets all crack me up, and this set is a humorous way to remind us all that we need to be aware and 'Don't forget to squish 'em!'

I thought it would also be fun to pair my card with one of the challenges going on over at Splitcoaststampers for the Hope You Can Cling To (HYCCT) challenges.  OCL's own Deb Felts is hosting the Give 'em a Squeeze challenge, which was to use some form of dry embossing.  Thanks for a great challenge, Deb!

Stamps:  Granny's Support Team
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, SU Soft Suede
Paper:  Authentique-Uncommon, SU Soft Suede, buttercream
Accessories:  E42 copic, Circle & Tags Nestabilities, Scallop edged punch, Victoria Embossing Folder

OCL is offering up a prize to a lucky commentor, so be sure to comment along the way!  Wouldn't you love to get your hands on Granny's Support Team stamp set and 2 jars of Sparkly Fluff ~ in shades of PINK?!  A winner will be announced tomorrow morning.  You can get all of the details at the OCL blog.

Here are a list of the hop participants:

Have fun hopping and thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

iCopic #52 -- Baby

Over at iCopic they are having another challenge!  I always want to participate, but don't always have the time.  This week the challenge was 'Baby'.  A couple months back I had made some onesies for my sister's baby. . .my adorable niece.  She liked them so much, that I made more.

I used the MFT set called Bee-utiful.  She was stamped with Stazon and then colored in with Copics.  After that, I heat set it with my iron.

Stamps:  Bee-utiful
Ink:  Stazon
Copics:  C1, C3, C5, C7, E41, E42, E43, Y00, Y15, Y17, BG10, BG13, E000, E00, E02

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, October 21, 2011

Clearly Inspired Challenge #38

It's Friday. . .the third Friday of the month, meaning we have a new challenge over at Clearly iStamp for the Clearly Inspired Challenge!  The challenge this time is to use some Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness!  Easy peasy right?!

I used a newer stamp called Hot Air Balloon along with the uplifting sentiment; Lifting you Up in Prayer.  Both can be found over at Clear Dollar Stamps.
Stamps:  Hot Air Balloon, Lifting you up in Prayer
Ink:  CDS Hot Cocoa, CDS Bubble Gum, SU Crumb Cake
Paper:  buttercream, Crate Paper Farm Fresh, CDS Berry Blast
Accessories:  TE Cloud Duo Die, sponge, Cream Viva Pearl Pen

This also fits nicely into the Splitocaststampers HYCCT challenge of  Things are Lookin' Up!  

Head on over and get the deets, so you can participate in the Clearly Inspired Challenge!  I can't wait to see what you come up with :D

Thursday, October 20, 2011

A Few HYCCT Challenge Cards

I've made it a goal to try my best to do as many of the Hope You Can Cling To challenges from over at Splitcoaststampers.  You can find out all of the details over there.  C'mon, join the fun for a great cause!

I have 3 cards to show today, with hopes for more of the next couple of weeks.  This first one was made with this super cute set called Shout it Out from Our Craft Lounge.  They are quickly becoming a favorite company of mine, with all of their fun stamps.  Next week they will doing some special things for Breast Cancer Awareness, so stay tuned!  This card was made for the Pink Critters Challenge.
 Stamps:  Shout it Out (OCL)
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black & London Fog, SU Soft Suede
Paper:  CDS Cottonball White & Stone Slab, Authentique-Uncommon
Accessories:  dimensionals, Labels 17 Nestabilities, E87 & airbrush, pink ribbon

 The next card I made used a new release from Clear Dollar Stamps called Build a Quilt and it's matching die.  It was made for the It Touches All of Us challenge, which was to make a collage of pink dp.
 Stamps:  Build a Quilt (CDS)
Ink:  SU Soft Suede
Paper:  SU Soft Suede, buttercream, Authentique-Uncommon
Accessories:  CDS Build a Quilt Die, CDS Designer Label Die, pink ribbon, Flamingo Liquid Pearls

The final card I'm showing you today was made with 2 different CDS sets called Christian Friendship and Scripture Children.  It was made for the Bosom Buddies challenge, which was to create a friendship card with pink.  Easy peasy, lemon squeezy!  I made the flower on my own. . .no die needed, my friends!
Stamps:  Christian Friendship & Scripture Children (CDS)
Ink:  SU Soft Suede, Memento Pink Angel
Paper:  SU Soft Suede, CDS Cottonball White, Authentique-Uncommon
Accessories:  E53 copic & airbrush, Square Nestabilities, CDS Elegant Accents Die

Again, I'm hoping to get them all accomplished as a personal goal.  Thanks so much for stopping by :)

CDS Blog Hop Winner!

We have a winner:
From Barb's blog, Barb's Best Creations, the winner is Kathi from Golden Paper Dreams.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Taylored Expressions October Blog Hop

Welcome to the Taylored Expressions October Blast From the Past Blog Hop!  I'm not the first stop along the way, but I'm glad you're here!  If you're new the BFTP hops, check out Taylor's blog for all of the details so you can sign up for next month.  If you're not new, grab a cup o' joe and enjoy the hop!

The theme this month was Trick or Sweet, and of course there is always the optional sketch to follow from the uber talented Sankari.  I followed the sketch this month, and used my Trick or Sweet II set.  This is one of the first sets I bought from TE, because I fell in love with the Cuppie superhero.  
 Stamps:  Trick or Sweet II
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories:  buttercream, MME Mischievous
Copics:  T3, T5, T7, B10, BG13, E02, E08, E42, E43, & airbrush
Accessories:  Oval & Long Rectangle Nestabilities, dimensionals, Dusty Durango Ribbon, Light Blue Viva Pearl Pen

Now you don't want to stop here (although I think it's a fun place to hang out, hehe).  There is still more TE hoppy goodness to be seen!  Have fun!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Gel-a-tins: Save the Date

Go HERE for the CDS Blog Hop

Are you getting married, or having a celebration for a special occasion?  I recently received the Save the Date set from Gel-a-tins, and it is perfect for some actual 'save the date' type cards.  I made this card for a future wedding, and it was so easy.  I literally made it in no time.  It was blogged about over at the Gel-a-tins blog.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

CDS Blog Hop: Happy Fall Y'all!

Good morning, and welcome to the Clear Dollar Stamps monthly Blog Hop!  Our theme this month is

Happy Fall Y'all

If you happened upon my blog, you're going to want to start at the beginning, which is Lori's blog.  Otherwise, you should have hopped here from Shell's blog.

Fall is finally upon us here in Columbus, GA!  I pulled out this fun Patchpal Scarecrow for my card along with a newer set called Melody of Truth.  I also decided to use the sketch from the current Clearly Inspired Challenge.  There is still time to play, so get inky and get entered!
 Stamps:  Patchpal Scarecrow, Melody of Truth
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper:  Crate Paper Farmhouse, CDS Worn Parchment, buttercream
Copics:  YR12, YR14, R22, R46, YR23, YR26, Y21, Y23, YG63, YG67, BG15, BG18, E33, E39, B45, B39
Accessories:  CDS Oval Die, sponge, MFT Pennant Die-namics, Kiwi Viva Pearl Pen, dimensionals

I hope you're leaving comments along the way, because one random person will win a $25 gift code for digis!  Now that you're done here, be sure to head over to Barb's lovely blog for more Fall goodness!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Taylored Expressions Sketch 148

 Yay for Fridays!  I think I can hear you shouting for joy as well, hehe.  Better than that, it's the second Friday of the month, which means Taylored Expressions Sketch Challenge time as well!

I enjoyed this sketch immensely, as I always do.  In fact, I made 2 cards.  One I'll show now, and another I'll show later ;)  Since it is October, that means Breast Cancer Awareness.  Over at Splitcoaststampers, they are showing off support by hosting challenges every day in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness.  Not only is my card for the TE Sketch Challenge, it also fits the Bling Your Cling challenge.  Here are the details of the challenges:

1. All Hope You Can Cling To Challenge Entries must be uploaded to the Hope You Can Cling To Gallery, with the specific challenge keyword, no later than November 7th, 2010 at 12:00 Noon Central Time to be eligible for our fabulous prizes! Post a link to your entry in this thread.
2. You may not combine challenges, but you are welcome to create multiple cards for each challenge.
3. Please remember to put in the correct keyword when uploading your image. Copying and pasting the challenge keyword is recommended to avoid typos.
4. Please package all challenge entries with an envelope, protected with a clear plastic bag and mail them to our partner at the UT MD Anderson Cancer Center to benefit patients being treated for breast cancer and their family. We would like for them to receive cards throughout the month of October, but we understand if you'd like to mail all your cards at once.
5. Since these cards will be used by visitors for patients, most should be blank inside, but feel free to send cards with messages of hope for the patients in addition to your challenge cards!

The Department of Volunteer Services – Unit 115
Attn: Maggi Suttles
UT MD Anderson Cancer Center
1515 Holcombe Boulevard
Houston, TX 77030

(Please note - because MD Anderson is part of the State of Texas, they ask that no religious sentiments be used on cards sent to the Cancer Center)

I used this fabulous set from the Moka collection called Moka Angel.  I am quickly falling in love with this collection, because she is just so fun to color!  So fun, in fact, that last week after I had a outpatient procedure I made sure I had 2 pages of this pretty girl stamped out to color and keep me occupied.  LOVE her!

Stamps:  Moka Angel
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, SU Pretty in Pink
Paper:  CDS Cottonball White, PTI Pink Patterns, MME 12 Days of Christmas, unknown pink
Copics:  YR20, YR23, Y26, T1, T3, RV10, RV11, BG70, BG53, E000, E00, E02, airbrush
Accessories:  Labels 17 Nestabilities, pink twill ribbon, pink rhinestones, dimensionals, Icicle Stickles

Here are the details of the TESC: 

1. Create a card using the sketch as inspiration. Feel free to switch up the shape or size of your card. As long as your project follows the general sketch, you’re good to go! You may play as many times as you want. Each upload will be entered into our weekly drawing, so the more you create - the better chance you have of winning the PRIZE!

2. Upload your project to Splitcoaststampers before 8pm PST on Thursday, October 27th using keyword TESC148. Feel free to come back to this thread and link your creation, however, make sure you’ve uploaded it using the correct keyword as that’s how we’ll choose the winner.

3. You’re not required to use TE Stamps on your project, but I love it when you do! And if you’re drawn as our weekly winner and you’ve used TE Stamps on your project you’ll get a little sumpin’ sumpin’ extra (see below)!

Now be sure to check out the rest of the Sketch Crew's cards for more inspiration:

Go get inyk!  I can't wait to see what you've created!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Gel-a-tins: Save the Date

This is my last month as a designer for Gel-a-tins.  Thank you so much, Bonnie, for having me!  I had so much fun, and got an opportunity to work with some wonderful designers.

Today, I'm going to show off a great set called Save the Date.  At first I didn't think that this set would be so great for a card maker, but boy was I wrong!  I LOVE how versatile this set is!  From scrapbooking, to card making, to treat holders, you could make just about anything.

Head over to the Gel-a-tins blog to see some details on this card:

Here's a sour cream container I made as a treat for my husband.  Head over to the Gel-a-tins blog to get more details on this fun project.
I'll still have some projects to share from Gel-a-tins, so be sure to come back!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Sunday, October 9, 2011

CDS Product Parade Day 3

Welcome to Day 3 of the Clear Dollar Stamps Product Parade!  There are only a couple of things to show today, but I think you're going to LOVE them!

This first one is AWESOME!  The stamp set is called Build a Quilt and there is a matching Die called Build a Quilt Die to go with it.  How awesome is that?!  I had so much fun using these 2 together, and the possibilities are almost endless on what you could do with it!
 Stamps:  Build a Quilt
Ink:  CDS Hot Cocoa, SU Crumb Cake
Paper:  SU River Rock, CDS Cottonball White, CC Delovely
Accessories:  CDS Build a Quilt Die, CDS Tabs & Tags Die, sponge, CDS Bubble Gum ribbon

Here is the inside:

The other awesome set I'm showing you is called Calendar Tags.  The possibilities with this set are just endless!  I decided to make a magnetic set out of it and leave it fairly generic, but you could really go crazy decorating it up if you wanted.  I used a magnetic tin and some magnet sheets to make it.

Can't you just see this on a desk or in your work space.  All of the numbers are easily contained, and the dates can be changed out very easily!

Stamps:  Calendar Tags
Ink:  CDS Hot Cocoa
Paper:  CDS Hot Cocoa, buttercream, CC Odds & Ends
Accessories:  magnet sheet, tin, sponge, CDS Tabs  & Tags Die

Tomorrow there will be more to see, but in the mean time you can go shopping right now!  Be sure to check out the rest of the DT's creations (links in my sidebar), and head to Lori's blog to see even more.  Go to Clear Dollar Stamps to shop right now!