Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year!

3:58 PM 20 Comments

Hello!  I hope you are all having a fabulous New Year's Eve day : )  I was able to play along with the Ways To Use It Challenge on SCS today and the challenge was to incorporate time into your card.  I had to use this adorable set from Your Next Stamp~New Year's Party Fhiona so I could wish you all a Happy New Year!!!  I kinda wish I was getting all dolled up to hit the town tonight, but our night will consist of popcorn and Harry Potter lol.  The clock is from the Artful INKables set Steampunk Sarah.  The layout comes from Mercy's Tuesday Sketch Challenge #54~Love It!!!  Have a wonderful rest of your day and thank you so much for stopping by!

Stamps:  Your Next Stamp New Year's Party Fhiona, Artful INKables Steampunk Sarah
Paper:  PTI Vintage Cream, Dark Chocolate, Basic Grey Nook and Pantry
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics, Memento Rich Cocoa
Accessories:  Oval Nesties, PTI Ribbon, MS Botanical Scallop Border Punch, Dimensionals, Stardust Stickles

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Thanks So Much!

3:28 PM 14 Comments

Hello!  I decided to play along with the Sketch Challenge today on SCS.  It also gave me a chance to play with a couple new goodies : )  I pulled out my PTI Blooming Button Bits stamp set, and instead of adding buttons, I added these flowers that I punched with my EK Success Retro Flower Punches.  The sentiment is from Verve's Thankful Accents set once again~man do I love that font!  This totally yummy paper is from October Afternoon~Farm Fresh.  LOVE IT!!!  Ok, I'm off to blog hop!  Thank you so much for stopping by : )

Stamps:  PTI Blooming Button Bits, Verve Thankful Accents
Paper:  PTI Pure Poppy, October Afternoon Farm Fresh DP
Ink:  Kiwi Kiss~retired, Chocolate Chip, PTI Aqua Mist for sponging
Accessories:  Swiss Dots CB Folder, Rectangle and Oval Nestabilities, Kiwi Kiss Ribbon~retired, EK Success Retro Flower Punches, Kaisercraft Chocolate Pearls, Dimensionals, Sewing Machine

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Annie's Favor Box and Free Verve Digi!

4:43 PM 16 Comments

Hello!  Isn't this box fabulous?!?  The super talented Leigh Ann Baird created this template and it's available for purchase and download on her blog~Stamping with Annie B :)  She's also looking for a name for this box, so if you have a suggestion, stop by her blog, leave a comment, and you could win this template for FREE!!!  This is the first box in her new line called Perfect Presentation.  You can see the blinkie I added to my sidebar.  I'm just so excited and happy for her, and I LOVE templates!!!

This box went together very easily, and I had a wonderful time decorating it with the FREE Verve Winter Mittens Digi stamp set found HERE!  I will leave the recipe below, and thank you so much for stopping by!

Stamps:  Verve Winter Mittens Digi stamp set
Paper:  SU Bashful Blue, Ruby Red, Basic Grey Eskimo Kisses DP
Ink:  Copics, Pretty in Pink~sponging
Accessories:  Baby Blue Stickles, Rhinestones, PTI Twine, Sewing Machine, Oval Nestabilities, Dimensionals, Button, Ribbon

Monday, December 28, 2009

Valentine Mojo!

1:40 PM 25 Comments
Hello!  I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas!!!  We went to my parent's house for a few days, and I was able to spend some time with my sister who I haven't seen since last Christmas!  It was wonderful to see her and her husband : )  Here is a picture them with me and my hubby:

Ok, onto my card : )  I was inspired by the awesome Mojo Monday Sketch today!  I just love this layout!

I decided to break open my new dp from Papertrey called Simple Valentine, as well as these adorable hearts from Verve's Hundred Hearts, and this fabulous sentiment from Verve's Thankful Accents set.  Don't you just adore that font!?!  I will leave a full recipe below : )  Thank you so much for stopping by today!

Stamps:  Verve Hundred Hearts, Thankful Accents
Paper:  PTI Pure Poppy, Simple Valentine DP
Ink:  PTI Pure Poppy, Hibiscus, SU Basic Black
Accessories:  Sewing Machine, Circle, Oval, and Rectangle Nestabilities, CB Swiss Dots Folder, PTI Hibiscus Ribbon, Dimensionals

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Christmas Tags!

1:43 PM 19 Comments
Hello!  I know we are all busy with our Christmas preparations, but I wanted to share a few tags that I made using my PTI Holiday Button Bits set :)

I'm off to bake cookies for a cookie exchange tonight : )  Thank you so much for stopping by and if you have any questions about these tags just leave me a comment! 


Monday, December 21, 2009

Friday, December 18, 2009

Card Purse Gift Set

9:51 PM 24 Comments

Hello!  I made this gift set for one of my friends who loves my cards : )  She buys a lot of them and recently asked if I had any Christmas thank you cards.  I didn't at the time, but we're heading to her house tomorrow for her son's birthday party, so I thought I would surprise her with this little gift set.  I used the Card Purse instructions on SCS found HERE

This little snowman is an adorable Limited Edition digital image from Your Next Stamp.  I colored him with Copics and used dp from PTI's Rustic Snowflakes paper pad.  The layout for the cards is Mercy's Tuesday Sketch Challenge #52.

Don't forget, tomorrow is the LAST DAY to enter the drawing for my BLOG CANDY!!!  Please see THIS POST for the deets : )  Thank you so much for stopping by!

Stamps:  Your Next Stamp Stripy Snowman Digital Image, PTI Signature Christmas
Paper:  PTI Aqua Mist, Rustic Snowflakes DP
Ink:  Copics, Aqua Mist~sponging around edges of sentiment
Accessories:  Oval Nestabilities, CB Snowflake EF, Oval Punch, Brads, Sewing Machine, Dimensionals, Circle and Scalloped Circle Punches, SU Ribbon

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Divine Divas Inspiration Challenge #18!

7:00 AM 13 Comments
Hello!  It's time for another Divine Divas Inspiration Challenge, and this time we have some beautifully packaged soap from Anthropologie : )

Here is my card:

I decided to use this gorgeous wreath from Verve once again, and I also used this week's Mojo Monday layout.  I stuck with the colors from the packaging, and I think the font of the Merry Christmas is similar to the font of the MISTRAL on the soap : )  Hopefully we've inspired you to play along with us!  If you upload to an online gallery just use the code DDIC.  Now check out what the other Divine Divas created for this challenge!

Thank you so much for stopping by and have a fabulous day!

Stamps:  Verve O Christmas Tree
Paper:  Real Red, SU Merry Moments DSP
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black, Garden Green, Copics
Accessories:  Black Pearls, Circle Nestabilities, Swiss Dots CB Folder, Martha Stewart Botanical Scallop Border punch, Dimensionals

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Your Next Stamp Challenge #6~Sketch Challenge!

9:44 AM 19 Comments
Hello!  It's time for another Your Next Stamp Challenge!  This challenge will run for 3 weeks, as we are not doing any new challenges over the Christmas break : )  Today we have a sketch for you, designed by me!

Here is my card:

I used this adorable New Year's Party Fhiona.  I just love how glam she looks decked out in her formal attire : )  I paired it with some American Crafts dp and the sentiment was computer generated to fit on my tag. 

You have 3 weeks to compete this challenge, and I will choose my favorite creation.  That person will win:

Cupcake Cutie Fhiona single stamp as well as the special winner blinkie!!! 

Also, a random participant will win $5.00 to the YNS store

Just link you cards to Mr. Linky on the Your Next Stamp Challenge Blog HERE

Thank you so much for stopping by today!

Stamps:  Your Next Stamp New Year's Party Fhiona
Paper:  Basic Gray, American Crafts Merrymint dp
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics
Accessories:  Ribbon, Spellbinders Tags Trio, Button, Rectangle Nestabilities, CB D'vine Swirls EF, Circle Nesties, Dimensionals, Rhinestone, Stardust Stickles, Martha Stewart Botanical Scallop Border Punch

Monday, December 14, 2009

Ornament Exchange!

10:51 AM 21 Comments
This is the last week to enter my blog candy!!!  See this post for details!!!

Hello!  I hope you all had a fabby weekend : )  We took the kids to Disney on Friday night to Mickey's Very Merry Christmas party.  Everything was decorated so beautifully and I just had to show you a picture of the castle.

Beautiful isn't it?  It would change colors too and I just loved it!  Saturday we had a birthday party and then we took the kids to a nearby small town where they had sledding in the park!  Yes, sledding in Florida in 75 degree weather : )  They also decorate their downtown beautifully and it's just so fun to walk around.  Yesterday I finished my Christmas shopping, YAY! 

 I do have a project to show you.  Every year my group of friends and I get together for dinner and an ornament exchange.  I thought it would be fun to create a box using the PTI Home Made template and stamp set to house my ornament : )

So fun!  I was seriously giddy while I making this because the template is just so darn awesome!!!  I used 5 PTI sets on this card: Home Made, Tree Trimming Trio, Holiday Button Bits, Christmas Friends, and Signature Christmas!!!  Yes, went a little crazy with PTI this holiday season : ) 

I'm off to take my youngest to Kindermusik so thank you for stopping by and have a wonderful day!


Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Your Next Stamp Blog Hop!!!

11:00 PM 49 Comments
Welcome to the Your Next Stamp Blog Hop!!!  We have a whole new line of stamps to show you as well as an adorable new Fhiona set!  Hopefully you came here from Angela's blog, but if not, then start at the beginning which is Karen's blog

For my first card I used this new cutie pie~Fitness Fhiona!  I thought it would be fun to add a pocket to the inside so you could include a gift card to a gym or even a sporting goods store!

This would also go perfectly with an exercise equipment gift such as weights or a treadmill, etc!  Love her!!!  I used Mercy's Tuesday Sketch Challenge #51 for my layout : )

Karen also challenged us to make some sort of gift wrap, or gift box, etc.  I chose to make a little bag:

My daughter is a HUGE horse fanatic.  She loves all animals~especially stuffed~but she also loves the Schleich Horses.  She calls them hard horses : )  I bought her a couple for Christmas and thought this would make a perfect little gift bag for them.  Isn't he CUTE!  This is from the Franfou line and all the images are just soooo adorable!!!  I once again used the 2-5-7-10 box template on SCS.

Last I made a simple card that I think would be perfect for a little pirate lover : )  I used this super fun Parrot from the Franfou line and printed a sentiment for the inside that says Happy Birthday Matey! 

Ok, you know Karen is going to offer some chances for you to win some FREE stuff, so here are the deets:

• There will be 1 grand prize winner – random draw – to qualify you must comment on all the blogs including Karen's and let us know which new release stamp is your favorite!

• Prize – winner gets to pick 6 new release stamps – YAY!

• YNS special offer during the hop is a free stamp or stamp set of choice from the store with a purchase of $55 or more!

• Hop runs from Dec 10th – Dec 14th at midnight EST

Thank you so much for stopping by, now head on over to Cabio's fabulous blog!!!

Stamps:  Your Next Stamp Fitness Fhiona
Paper:  Pumpkin Pie, Certainly Celery, My Mind's Eye Bloom & Grow
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics, PTI Aqua Mist~sponging
Accessories:  Ribbon, Pearls, Sewing Machine, Rectangle Nestabilities, Dimensionals,  Scalloped Border Punch~inside
Gift Bag:
Stamps:  Your Next Stamp Franfou Horse, Verve O Christmas Tree sentiment
Paper:  PTI Ripe Avacado, Pure Poppy
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics, Old Olive~sponging
Accessories:  Paper Piercer, Circle and Blossom Nesties, Ribbon, PTI Button and Twine, Spellbinders Tags Trio, Scalloped Border Punch, Dimensionals
Stamps:  Your Next Stamp Franfou Parrot
Paper:  Night of Navy, PTI Summer Sunrise, American Crafts DP
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics
Accessories:  Ribbon, Sewing Machine, Circle Nesties, Scalloped Border Punch, Dimensionals

Monday, December 7, 2009

Christmas Flowers

11:31 PM 19 Comments

Hello!  I'm going to make this short and sweet because my entire house has come down with a horrible stomach virus, and I am the last man standing, however, I'm starting not to feel so hot : (  I made this for two challenges this week.  First is the Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge #30 and second is this week's Saturday Spotlight With Hidden Potential Challenge to make a Christmas card with flowers. 

I used this adorable Whiff of Joy image, and a sentiment from PTI Signature Christmas.  The dp is SU Merry Moments DSP.  Sorry for the short post, but I've got to get to bed and hopefully get some sleep...


Saturday, December 5, 2009

Bella Birthday Bash Blog Hop!!!

9:45 AM 129 Comments
Welcome to the Bella Birthday Bash Blop Hop sponsored by Stamping Bella! If you've just happened upon my blog, you can CLICK HERE to start from the beginning at Bloggabella.

A friend of mine asked me to make a pregnancy card for her, so I pulled out my favorite pregnant image~Teddybella!!!  I colored her with Copics and paper pieced her shopping bags and purse using coordinating dp from SU Bella Birds DSP. 
Three gift certificates for $100 in Bella Bucks will be hidden along the hop, but we’re not telling you where so be sure to leave some love as you hop!!! Make sure you leave comments on every post so you have a chance to win!! The winners will be announced on Monday, December 7 at the Stamping Bella Blog. MWAH!

Thanks so much for stopping by! Now it's time to hop on over to Miche's fabulous blog!

Stamps:  Stamping Bella Teddybella, SU Lovely Labels
Paper:  Chocolate Chip, Pink Pirouette, Bella Birds DSP~retired
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics, Bordering Blue
Accessories:  PTI Dark Chocolate Ribbon, MS Botanical Scallop Border Punch, Rectangle Nestabilities, 1 1/4" Circle Punch, Sewing Machine, Dimensionals

Friday, December 4, 2009

It's My Blogiversary!!!

1:15 PM 230 Comments
This post will remain on top until December 20th.  Please see below for new posts : )

Exactly 1 year ago today was my very first blog post!  I have had sooo much fun this year meeting other fabulous crafters, learning new techniques, and getting inspiration from all of you!!!  I also feel like I've made some really great blogging friends : )  As a result, I want to thank my awesome followers by offering up some BLOG CANDY!  What do you have to do to win?

1) Be a Follower
2) Put this picture on your blog
3) Link the picture back to my blog
4) Leave a comment on this post!

What can you win?
1) SU Teeny Tiny Wishes Stamp set~$36.95
2) Papertrey Ink Life Stamp set~$15.00
3) Your Next Stamp Happy Birthday Mermaid Stamp Set~$15.95
4) Sugar Nellie Manga Girl #1 Stamp~$7.85
5) Artful INKables Autumn's Flowers Stamp Set~$9.00
6) Papertrey Ink Vintage Buttons Holiday Mix~$6.00
7) Papertrey Ink Rustic Cream Twine~$5.00
8) Papertrey Ink Large Hinged Tins set of 3~$4.00

Total value $99.75!!!

I will keep this candy open until December 20th which is my birthday, so you have exactly 4 weeks to enter!!!  Thank you for stopping by today : )


Thursday, December 3, 2009

Divine Divas Inspiration Challenge #17!

7:00 AM 23 Comments
For this challenge we had one of my favorite winter treats as our inspiration~Hot Chocolate!!!

This is what I came up with:

I decided to use this newly released image from C.C. Designs called Cocoa Emma.  I downloaded it from All That Scraps.  I used this tutorial from SCS called Box In A Bag.  I thought this would be perfect to put some hot cocoa in and pair it with a festive mug : )  The sentiment is from the PTI set Holiday Button Bits.  I will leave a full recipe below.  Now go check out what the other Divine Divas created!  I'm sure everything is fabulous as usual!!! 


My next card is for this week's Saturday Spotlight with Hidden Potential Challenge ~HATS ON!  I used this adorable image from Sugar Nellie called Miss Claus.  I added some Liquid Applique and I love how it came out!  Just a hint~I've never used Liquid Applique before and was wondering why it just looked glossy.  Then I figured out that you have to heat it for it to puff up LOL.  You learn something new everyday : )  Thank you so much for stopping by, and enjoy your day!

Card #1
Stamps:  C.C. Designs Cocoa Emma Digital Image, PTI Holiday Button Bits
Paper:  PTI Pure Poppy, Summer Picnic DSP~retired
Ink:  Copics, Chocolate Chip, Bashful Blue
Accessories:  Nestabilities Labels One, Sizzix Embossing Folder Petals A Plenty, Rhinestones, EK Success Snowflake Border Punch~for the little snowflakes, Dimensionals, White Satin Ribbon, Pure Poppy Button, Twine, Scalloped Border Punch, Swiss Dots CB Folder
Stamps:  Sugar Nellie Miss Claus, PTI Holiday Button Bits
Paper:  PTI Pure Poppy, Baja Breeze~retired My Mind's Eye Be Merry dp
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics, Pretty in Pink
Accessories:  Liquid Applique, Old Olive Ribbon, Oval Nestabilities, MS Doily Lace Border Punch, CB D'vine Swirls EF, Dimensionals

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Your Next Stamp Challenge #5!

9:04 AM 16 Comments

Hello!  It's time for another Your Next Stamp Challenge!  It is Cabio's turn to host, and she challenged us to create a birthday card with hearts!  I may have gone a little overboard with my hearts LOL, but I had a lot of fun : )  I used this ADORABLE set Flying High Fhiona and this week's Friday Sketchers layout.  We hope you'll play along with us and here's what you can win!

1. Shopper Fhiona Set since she has lots of hearts! Random draw – double entry for using YNS stamps

2. Karen will give a $5 coupon for the YNS store to a commentator – random draw

3. She'll also give $5 coupon to the Top Pick winner – Cabio’s choice

Seriously ladies!  There are just too many chances to win simply by playing along or commenting on the YNS Challenge Blog so check it out!  Thank you so much for stopping by and have a fabulous day!!!


Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Verve Blog Party Challenges!

8:30 PM 12 Comments
Hello!  I was happy when I saw that Julee extended the deadline for the Verve Blog Party Challenges!  I haven't had much of a chance to sit down and play, but I had some time this afternoon : )  First I made a card for the Color Challenge to use Turquoise, Olive, Black, and White.  I actually used PTI Aqua Mist and I threw in a little red so I hope that's ok : )

I used the wreath and sentiment from the Verve set O Christmas Tree.  I just LOVE this font!!!  I used Mercy's Tuesday Sketch Challenge #50 for my layout : )  My next project was a gift card holder.  I used this tutorial.

I used the Verve set Poinsettia Christmas for this project and added some greenery using the Martha Stewart Branch Punch.  My final project is this Sketch Challenge:

I used some PTI Rustic Snowflakes dp and the ornament is from Verve's Ornamental Christmas set.  Thank you so much for stopping by today and have a wonderful night!

Stamps:  Verve O Christmas Tree
Paper:  Basic Black, Old Olive, PTI Aqua Mist, Retired SU Ski Slope DSP
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics
Accessories:  MS Border Punch, Sizzix Petals A Plenty Embossing Folder, Circle Nestabilities, Sewing Machine, Dimensionals
Stamps:  Verve Poinsettia Christmas
Paper:  PTI Ripe Avacado, Vintage Cream
Ink:  Chocolate Chip, Copics
Accessories:  Pearls, MS Branch Punch, SU Real Red Ribbon, Word Window Punch, 1 1/4" Circle Punch, Dimensionals
Stamps:  Verve Ornamental Christmas
Paper:  PTI Ocean Tides, Spring Moss, Rustic Snowflakes DP
Ink:  PTI Pure Poppy, Ocean Tides, Versafine Onyx Black
Accessories:  CB Swiss Dots EF, Spring Moss Ribbon, Buttons, Twine, Dimensionals

Follow Us @soratemplates