Friday, October 30, 2009

Breast Cancer Awareness Blog Hop!

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Hello!  Hopefully you came here from Molly's Blog, but if not start at the beginning which is Michelle's Blog : )  When I saw that my blogging buddy, Michelle was going to start a Breast Cancer Awareness Blog Hop I immediately signed up!  What a wonderful way to send out this important message to women.  We need to take care of ourselves, get our exams, and perform our monthly breast checks.  For those that have battled this terrible disease, you are truly an inspiration to us all!  You send out a message of hope and that is what my card is about : ) 

I used this beautiful bloom from the PTI set In Bloom.  I stamped it three times and cut out the different layers, popping them up on Dimensionals.  I then added some Cotton Candy Stickles around the edges.  The sentiment comes from the PTI set Fall Elegance.  I used Mercy's Tuesday Sketch Challenge #45 for my layout.  Thank you so much for joining us on this important hop!  Your next stop is Melinda's Blog : ) 

Stamps:  Papertrey Ink In Bloom, Fall Elegance
Paper:  Kraft, Pink Pirouette, Bella Rose DSP-retired
Ink:  Pretty in Pink, Close to Cocoa
Accessories:  Circle Nestabilities, White Satin Ribbon, Dimensionals, Cotton Candy Stickles

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Fairy Lili

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Hello!  I just love this darling Lili image from Inky Impressions, and finally broke down and bought a couple stamps : )  I decided to use Fairy Lili today for 3 challenges, although I left off a part of one challenge, so I guess it's for 2 1/2 challenges LOL!  The first challenge was today's Ways To Use It Challenge on SCS to use PURPLE!  The second challenge is this week's Saturday Spotlight with Hidden Potential Challenge to make a Treat Box.  I used the Gable Box instructions that I found on SCS.  The third is this week's Inky Impressions Challenge to use no dp but I forgot about the second part of the challenge which was faux or real stitching.  Oh well, I guess I'll have to do better next time : )  The funny thing is I almost always add stitching, right!?!  Anyway, I will leave a full recipe below and thank you so much for stopping by!

Stamps:  Inky Impressions Fairy Lili, Verve Wishful Elegance~background stamp
Paper:  Perfect Plum, Pale Plum, Blush Blossom
Ink:  Perfect Plum, Pale Plum, Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics
Accessories:  Swiss Dots CB Folder, Stardust Stickles, Pearls, Rectangle Nestabilities, White Satin Ribbon, Spellbinders Tags Trio, Jump Ring, Dimensionals

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

SC252 Season's Greetings!

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Hello!  I was able to play along with the Sketch Challenge today on SCS :)  I was anxious to ink up my new PTI set~Holiday Button Bits!  This set is so fun, and I can't wait to use all the different elements.  Today I chose the holly image.  I stamped the leaves with PTI Spring Moss ink twice, cut the second ones out and popped them up on Dimensionals.  I stamped the sentiment from the PTI set Signature Christmas with Ocean Tides ink.  The dp is the new Rustic Snowflakes dp.  Thank you so much for stopping by!

Stamps:  PTI Holiday Button Bits, Signature Christmas
Paper:  PTI Ocean Tides, Pure Poppy, Rustic Snowflake dp
Ink:  PTI Ocean Tides, Spring Moss
Accessories:  PTI Vintage Buttons~Holiday Mix, PTI Spring Moss Ribbon, Rectangle Nestabilities, Sewing Machine, CB Snowflake EF, Dimensionals

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Mojo 110!

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Hello!  It was so nice to sit down and make a card today!  I haven't made anything in almost 2 weeks, and I was itching to get something inky : )  I decided to make a card for this week's Mojo Monday sketch.  I used this beautiful wreath from the Verve Harvest Blessings set.  I love that this wreath is so versatile!  I just colored the berries red and it was instant Christmas : )  The sentiment is from the PTI Signature Christmas set and the poinsettia is from Verve's Poinsettia Christmas.  I used dp from SU Merry Moments DSP and embossed the Old Olive panels with my CB Snowflake EF.  I added some stitching, and some pearls to the center of the poinsettia and it was complete!  Thank you so much for stopping by today : )

Stamps:  Verve Poinsettia Christmas, Harvest Blessings, PTI Signature Christmas
Paper:  Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, PTI Vintage Cream
Ink:  Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, Copics
Accessories:  CB Snowflake Folder, Circle Nestabilities, Sewing Machine, Pearls, PTI Dark Chocolate Ribbon, Dimensionals

Monday, October 26, 2009

I'm Back!!!

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Hello!  Did ya miss me? LOL :)  I can't wait to get caught up on all of your beautiful blogs!  I thought I would share a few pics from our trip.  We did a lot of hiking and I was so proud of my 5 y.o. who kept up with us!  I love waterfalls and we were able to hike to 6 different ones this trip:

The colors were beautiful in some areas!

I have MANY more pics, but I don't want to bore you : )  I think I took over 300!!!  I just adore the mountains and hope that we are able to move back to them someday.  In case you're wondering where my oldest is, he stayed with Grandma and Papa all week so we could do some hiking : )  Thank you so much for stopping by!


Thursday, October 22, 2009

IHP Birthday Bash Day 4!

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Hello!  I was invited by the amazing Cathleen Torina to participate in today's i {heart} papers birthday bash challenge with her!  To read all about these challenges please see my post from Monday or the i {heart} paper blog : )  Our challenge today is wrappings.  I immediately thought about making some sort of gift box, and decided to use one of my favorite Lauren Meador Templates~ For KEEP{sake} Box

I used Regal Rose cs for the base of the box, and decorated it with this GORGEOUS SEI dp that you can find at the i {heart} papers store!  The striped one is SEI Margarita Mimosa and the green polka dot one is SEI Bridgeport Tennis Court.  I will be buying more of these FOR SURE!!!  I used this adorable Fhiona from the Your Next Stamp set Flying High Fhiona.  I just think she looks perfect on the front of this gift box!
Here is a view of the side of the box with that fabulous striped dp:

And the top of the box:

I forgot to mention that I filled the box with hairbows.  How perfect for a little girl!  I hope you've been enjoying the challenges this week!  I can't wait to see who the winners are!!!  Thank you so much for stopping by today : )


Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Your Next Stamp Challenge #2!!!

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Hello!  It's time for the Your Next Stamp Challenge #2 which is hosted by the fabulous Lana!  Our challenge was to create a shaped card : )  I pulled out my Spellbinders Blossom Nestabilities and cut my base out of PTI Aqua Mist cs.  I used my Circle Nestabilities to cut the white and pink layers and ran the Pretty in Pink layer through my CB Snowflake Folder.  This adorable image is from the YNS Skating Fun Fhiona set.  I just LOVE her!!!  I stamped her with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored her with Copics.  I cut her out and popped her up on Dimensionals.  The white snowflakes are from the EK Success Snowflake Border Punch. 

Remember there are LOTS of prizes to be won, and the Limited Edition Digital Images are still available so everyone can play!!!  Please check out the YNS Challenge Blog for all the deets and to see the rest of the Starlets' gorgeous creations!!!  Thank you so much for stopping by : )


Tuesday, October 20, 2009

IHP Birthday Bash Day 2!

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Hello!  If you didn't read my post yesterday about the i {heart} papers birthday bash please see the post below!  Some great prizes are involved!!!

Today's Challenge was Invitations/Funky Folds.  I decided to check out the Resource forum on SCS and found this super fun Criss Cross Card Tutorial.  I used Kiwi Kiss cs and Basic Grey Lemonade dp.  I computer generated the sentiment and stamped the PTI decorative accent with Pretty in Pink.  I used my Round Tab Punch to punch the Rich Razzleberry tab and ran it through my CB Swiss Dots Folder.  I punched the flowers with my EK Success Retro Flower Punches and added a rhinestone to the center.  I will leave a full recipe below : ) 

I hope you are enjoying the birthday challenges!  Thank you so much for stopping by today!

Stamps:  Papertrey Ink Autumn Elegance
Paper:  Kiwi Kiss, Pretty in Pink, Rich Razzleberry, Basic Grey Lemonade dp
Ink:  Pretty in Pink
Accessories:  Sewing Machine, Fiskars Corner Rounder Punch, EK Success Retro Flower Punches, Rhinestone, SU Round Tab Punch and Scalloped Border Punch, Razzleberry Ribbon

Monday, October 19, 2009

IHP Birthday Bash, and A Special Gift

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Hello!  I was extremely honored when Cathleen Torina invited me to help i {heart} papers celebrate their first birthday!  They have such a fabulous week planned, and I'm so sorry that I have to miss all the fun!  I did create three projects for you to see this week~the first one can be found below~and hope that you can play along too!  Please read below for all the details!  You could be the next i {heart} papers Guest Designer WOOT!!!

Get ready for the i {heart} papers Birthday Bash! That’s right, IHP is turning 1 year old this month, and a whopper of a party is planned! There's also a special gift planned to help others celebrate more birthdays. You’ll read more about that at the end of this post.

First, let’s talk about the party! There will be prizes galore (free stuff – you like free stuff, don’t you?), and a Grand Prize winner will be chosen at the end to be the IHP Guest Designer for the month of November!

There will be 6 birthday party themed challenges, one posted each day starting on Monday, October 19th. Each challenge will be hosted (and posted) by one of the IHP Design Team members. It will also be posted on the IHP Blog and on the store site HERE. Some special invited guests will be posting throughout the week, too! Each challenge will have its own prize.

To qualify for the prize of the day, all you have to do is post your challenge card/project to Splitcoast Stampers (SCS) and/or Paper Craft Planet (PCP) with the appropriate tag so we can find it. The tag (and the prize) for that day’s challenge will be posted on that day. You will have the full week (until October 25th) to post your work, and you can enter as many challenges as you like, but you can’t combine challenges in one project. The daily challenge winners will be selected at random at the end of the week.

To qualify for the Grand Prize of being IHP Guest Designer for the month of November, here’s how it will work: Every challenge card/project you enter will give you points (see the list below), and the one with the most points accumulated for the week will be the Grand Prize winner. So the more challenges you enter, the more points you earn — and the better your chances of winning the Grand Prize (and the bigger the value of your Guest Designer box will be)!

All winners, including the Grand Prize winner, will be announced at the Birthday Bash on October 26th.

So get ready to PARTY!!!! You won’t want to miss the fun!

Birthday Bash Points

For each project:

5 points for each challenge card/project you make, upload and tag to SCS

5 points for each challenge card/project you make, upload and tag to PCP

2 points for uploading to your blog and linking at least one IHP item used to the IHP website

One time points:

2 points for signing up to receive our newsletter*

2 points for joining our PCP group*

2 points for becoming our fan on Facebook*

10 points if you participate in all 6 IHP Birthday Bash challenges

*When you sign up, or if you are already signed up, leave us a comment on the IHP blog during Birthday Bash week so your points can be credited.

A Special Gift

Because i {heart} papers loves birthdays so much, they’ve decided to contribute 10% of sales, beginning on October 19th and through the end of October, to Hope Lodge New York City. Hope Lodge, run by the American Cancer Society, “The Official Sponsor of Birthdays,” offers free, temporary housing for cancer patients and their families who are undergoing treatment. The nurturing, comfortable environment at Hope Lodge allows patients to focus on what is most important - fighting cancer. What better way to celebrate a birthday than to help those who are helping more birthdays happen!

The first challenge today is a color challenge to use Regal Rose, Certainly Celery, Bashful Blue, and Basic Black~the colors found in the i {heart} papers logo!  Here is my card:

I stayed with a clean white base and scored it with my Scor-Pal.  I used this gorgeous flower from the Verve set Enjoy.  I stamped the stem with Certainly Celery and the flower twice with Regal Rose, cut one out and popped it up on Dimensionals.  I then added Stardust Stickles to make it sparkle : )  I cut the panel out with my Nestabilities Labels 4 and while leaving the Nestie in place I sponged with Bashful Blue.  The sentiment from the PTI set Floral Fusion was stamped with Black.  The dp is from the retired SU Sweet Always DSP and the border was punched with a Martha Stewart border punch.  I added the pearl accents and it was complete! 

I hope you enjoy the challenges and good luck!!!


Sunday, October 18, 2009

Be Merry

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Hello!  I made this during the WCMD Challenges on SCS.  This challenge was sponsored by Magnolia and we were to make an ornament.  I decided to use this adorable Fall Tilda and color her in traditional Christmas colors.  I cut her out and popped her up onto a bg that I cut with my Long Rectangle Nestabilities.  I used my CB Swiss Dots Folder for some texture, and used a sentiment from my SU set Warm Words.  I added the Kaisercraft Pearl to the center of the flower on her hat, and some Stardust Stickles on her wings.  Voila, just perfect for the tree : )  Thank you so much for stopping by today!


Friday, October 16, 2009

Autumn Leaves

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Hello!  Well we are leaving today on our vacation, but I am pre-posting several projects to show you next week while I'm gone : )  My husband asked me yesterday if I would want to go to the race tomorrow night in Charlotte since we don't have to be at our cabin until Sunday.  Of course I said YES!!!  I guess there are still several tickets available, so the kids will get to experience their first race!  My youngest LOVES cars, so maybe he'll get a kick out of it : )  I made this for this week's Sketch Challenge on SCS.  I used these fabulous leaves from the Verve set Harvest Blessings.  I stamped each twice and cut one out to pop up on dimensionals.  The dp is last year's SU autumn dsp but I cannot remember the name.  I hope you like it and thank you so much for stopping by today!  Have a wonderful weekend : )  GO #24!!!

Stamps:  Verve Harvest Blessings
Paper:  Chocolate Chip, Really Rust, SU DSP~retired
Ink:  Really Rust, Baja Breeze, More Mustard
Accessories:  Sewing Machine, Ribbon, Button, Twine, Square Nestabilities, SU Scalloped Border Punch, Dimensionals

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Divine Divas Inspiration Challenge #14!

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Hello! It's time for another Divine Divas Inspiration Challenge! Our inspiration this week is this gorgeous piece of fabric!

 Here is my card:

I tried to incorporate the colors and some flowers from the fabric into my card.  I really like the pops of blue in this color combo!  I also used zigzag stitching and the ric-rac based off of the squiggly lines in the fabric. 
I decided to use the tree image for this week's Saturday Spotlight Challenge to decorate a tree.  The sketch is Mercy's Tuesday Sketch Challenge #43.  Thank you so much for stopping by today, and make sure you check out the other Diva's fabulous creations!

Stamps:  SU Branch Out, PTI Autumn Elegance
Paper:  Not Quite Navy, Old Olive, PTI Summer Sunrise, Chocolate Chip, Sweet Always DSP~retired
Ink:  Not Quite Navy, Chocolate Chip, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive, PTI Summer Sunrise, Soft Sky
Accessories:  Sewing Machine, Kaisercraft Chocolate Pearls, Square Nestabilities, Oval and Scalloped Oval Punches, EK Success Retro Flower Punches, Textile CB Folder, Ric-rac, Dimensionals

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Simple Thank You

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Hello!  I'm so sorry I haven't been around much.  We're leaving Friday for our trip to Tennessee and I've been trying to get ready!  I've also been getting projects done so I can pre-post them for next week!  I thought I would show you this simple card I made for one of the World Card Making Day Challenges on SCS.  It was a sketch challenge, and a challenge to use dark chocolate on our card.  I used my PTI set Floral Fusion which I just LOVE!  I stamped the stem with Old Olive and the flower with Pumpkin Pie.  The sentiment was stamped with Chocolate Chip and punched out with my SU Oval and Scalloped Oval Punches.  Very simple!  Thank you so much for stopping by today : )


Monday, October 12, 2009

Little Boy Birthday

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Hello and Happy Columbus Day!  Happy Thanksgiving to those of you in Canada!  The only way I know it's Columbus Day is because my husband had today off (he works for a bank).  One of my friend's asked if I could make a little boy birthday card for her, so I worked on it today.  I decided to use my favorite little boy image from Whipper Snapper.  I used DCWV All About Boys mat pack and Mercy's Tuesday Sketch Challenge #42 for my layout.  I will leave a full recipe below!  Thank you so much for stopping by today : ) 

Stamps:  Whipper Snapper Eli and Frogger (I think)  Artful INKables Basic Sentiments
Paper:  Brocade Blue, Pumpkin Pie, DCWV All About Boys
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics, Memento Rich Cocoa
Accessories:  Rectangle Nestabilities, Buttons, PTI Twine, Circle Nestabilities, Sewing Machine, Dimensionals, SU Word Window and Modern Label Punches

Sunday, October 11, 2009

My Daughter's Birthday Party Pictures : )

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Hello!  I hope you are all having a fabulous weekend!  We had my daughter's fifth birthday party yesterday, and the theme was tea party : )  I thought I would show you a few pics!  I originally planned for it to be a garden tea party, however, we decided to move it inside at the last minute because it is SO HOT here still!  It's still 90 degrees plus and the heat is killing me!  Fortunately we are going on vacation in a week to Tennessee and I am looking forward to the cool mountain temps!  This first picture is a picture of the kids' place setting.  I made them each these darling Pretty Petal Pocket bags and filled them with Jelly Bellys.  I also made the place cards for everyone.  I used very inexpensive glassware so if it broke it wouldn't matter : )

The adult place settings were slightly different with nicer plates and goblets : )  I also made little boxes for them and filled them with flavored tea bags. 

Here you can kind of see the set up.  I also decorated hats for the girls and gave them each a teddy bear with a matching bow around the neck : )  This is Avery running around the table with her hat and bear.  She was very excited for her party to start LOL!

While we were waiting for everyone to arrive the girls beaded necklaces.  I also got paper puppet kits for the boys.

After we ate, the kids played a few games outside and inside : )   They played Musical Chairs, Hot Teapot (instead of Hot Potato) Tea Bag Toss, and Sugar Cube Relay. 

After games we had cake and Avery opened her presents.  Everyone had a lot of fun!

Thank you for stopping by!  I will have more card creations for you tomorrow : )


Thursday, October 8, 2009


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Hello!  I still have some birthday stuff to take care of for Saturday, but I just had to make a card for this week's fabulous Mojo Monday Sketch Challenge and for this week's Saturday Spotlight With Hidden Potential Challenge!  Saturday Spotlight is a new challenge site and I love the idea behind it.  This week we were to make a halloween project without using halloween stamps!  I decided to use Magnolia's Sitting Summer Tilda.  I colored her with halloween colors and had her sit on the circle that I embossed with the CB Spider Web folder.  I also used my Martha Stewart Goo Border Punch and my SU Cast-A-Spell dp to add to the halloween spirit : )  I punched out the B and O using my Sizzix Lollipop alphabet dies to spell out BOO!  I hope you like it, and thank you so much for stopping by! 

Stamps:  Magnolia Sitting Summer Tilda
Paper:  Basic Black, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Cast-A-Spell DSP
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics
Accessories:  CB Spider Web and Swiss Dots embossing folders, Ribbon, Circle and Rectangle Nestabilities, Sewing Machine, Kaisercraft Rhinestones, MS Goo Border Punch, Stardust Stickles, Sizzix Lollipop Alphabet Dies, Dimensionals

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

YNS Challenge #1 and a Winner!!!

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The Your Next Stamp Challenges have begun!!!  Make sure you play along with us because the winner (the favorite card) will get a FREE YNS set, and a special winner blinkie to put on their blog!!!  Also, because Karen is so sweet and generous another random winner will also receive a FREE stamp set!  But that's not all!  One random commenter will win a special discount : )  You do need to use at least one YNS stamp on your creation, which is why Karen has some digital images available for a limited time. 

Speaking of digital images, the winner of the 2 FREE digital images is Jodi Collins aka Kharmagirl!!!  Just e-mail Karen--- to claim your digis : )

Amy is hosting our first challenge and she asked us to use pink and yellow on our cards.  This was somewhat difficult because we were using the Halloween digital images!  I chose this digital pumpkin.  I cut it out along with the stars and popped them up on Dimensionals.  The sentiment is from the Happy Halloween Fhiona set : )  I used Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge #38 for my layout.

Head on over to the YNS Challenge Blog to see all the details, and to check out all of the Starlets creations!   I can't wait to see what you guys come up with! Thank you so much for stopping by today : )

Stamps:  Digital pumpkin image, YNS Happy Halloween Fhiona-sentiment
Paper:  PTI Orange Zest, SU So Saffron, SU Sweet Always DSP-retired
Ink:  Copics, Versafine Onyx Black, So Saffron-sponging
Accessories:  Sewing Machine, Rectangle Nestabilities, Ribbon, CB D'vine Swirls embossing folder, PTI Button and Twine, Diamond Stickles, Dimensionals

Monday, October 5, 2009

Thankful For You

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Hello!  I hope you all had a fabulous weekend!  Saturday we had a busy, busy day, but yesterday I was able to make 5 cards for the World Card Making Day Challenges on SCS : )  I made this one for a sketch challenge sponsored by Sugar Nellie.  I spent waaaay to much time on this card, but I really like the result : )  This is one of those images that when I saw it I had to have it immediately!  I just love Emma from C.C. Designs, and I also love all pumpkin images, so this was a must have!  I paper pieced her headband and apron, and also popped up her arm and the wagon for some dimension.  The dp is from PTI Autumn Abundance and the sentiment is from PTI Fall Elegance.  I will leave a full recipe below : )

I am off to decorate hats, and finish up boxes and place card holders for my daughter's birthday tea party this Saturday.  I can't wait to show you everything when I'm finished!  Have a wonderful day and thank you so much for stopping by!

Stamps:  C.C. Designs Pumpkin Emma, PTI Fall Elegance
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black Copics, Chocolate Chip
Paper:  PTI Orange Zest and Autumn Abundance dp
Accessories:  Kaisercraft Chocolate Pearls, Oval Nestabilities, EK Success Retro Flower Punches, White Gel Pen, CB D'vine Swirls embossing folder, Ribbon, Dimensionals

Saturday, October 3, 2009

World Card Making Day And A Giveaway!!!

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Hello and Happy World Card Making Day!  I made this card using a digital image from Your Next Stamp which will be available for a limited time starting October 7th-October 31st!!!  Karen is offering a total of 6 digital images available for purchase so that you can play along with our Your Next Stamp Challenges

Would you like to download this image for FREE???  Just leave a comment on this post telling me which Your Next Stamp is your favorite!  You can check them out at the YNS Store : )  I will draw a lucky winner and that person will get to choose 2 of the 6 digital images for FREE!!!  Pretty sweet, huh?  Karen is also offering 10% off your purchase today through midnight!!!

Also, Digiments has 2 FREE Digiments available today, and if you leave a comment on the Digiments blog, you could win every single Digiment available!!!

I hope you have lots of fun creating beautiful things today!  Have a fabulous weekend, and thank you so much for stopping by!

Stamps:  Digital image from YNS, SU Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper:  Basic Black, Cast a Spell DSP
Ink:  Copics, Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories:  Square Nestabilities, Ribbon, Kaiser Pearls, Diamond Stickles, Dimensionals

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Divine Divas Inspiration Challenge #13!

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Hello!  This week the Divine Divas had a beautiful piece of art for our inspiration:

And here is my card:

My layout was inspired from the picture, as well as the trees.  I used my SU set Trendy Trees, stamped the center one, masked it and stamped the other trees.  Then I decided to stamp the center tree again, cut it out and pop it up on Dimensionals.  After I cut out all the squares, and laid them out, I stamped the sentiment from the PTI set Fall Elegance.  I ran the squares through my Leafy Branch CB Folder which was inspired by the branch in the left corner of the picture, before adhering them to the card base.  I added the ribbon and popped up the center image panel.  Make sure you check out what the other Divine Divas did this week!

If you decide to play along with us, just use DDIC13 when uploading : ) Thank you so much for stopping by!

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