Saturday, May 30, 2009

Sugarlicious Saturday: Galoshes & More

Hi girls!! It's Saturday and that means it's time for another sweet challenge with Modern Sugar Blvd! Not only is it a new challenge, but it's big release day too! There are several new images available in the store today - available at 1 pm MST! Be sure to visit the rest of the Sugars to see all the new digi images available to you (links below). You can be stamping with them within minutes! That's the beauty of digi stamps - no waiting on the mail!!
Today's challenge card uses a new image that is available today. We were just asked to use this image and create anything we wanted! These galoshes are super cute don't you think? It doesn't really rain enough in the Texas Panhandle to justify spending money on the cute galoshes that are out there. But how my heart sings when I see a really cute pair! Having a stamp image to play with fun and affordable!

I used the sketch from last week's card because I just really love it! It's a new favorite and will be one of my "go-to" layouts from now on. I used up some more of the DCWV scraps out on my desk and colored my image with my prismas/baby oil. The oddest thing happened as I was cutting/embossing this with my nesties. I had a slight red flower impression appear right next to the one that is supposed to be there. Now, I'm just lazy enough to not want to have to color I just popped a little butterfly on there and called it good! So now that fulfills my FlutterBy Wednesday card too! Oh wait - not quite - there's no brads or eyelets.
That's it for me - stay tuned as I have several more MSB cards to share with you using brand new images - swing by the store to check them out! And of course, my FlutterBy card - one that actually follows the directions!! LOL!!
We'd love to have you join in this week! Just create any kind of project you want using a Modern Sugar Blvd image. Leave a link over at the MSB blog so we can all check it out!
Have a beautiful day! I'll see you around here soon!
The Sugars

Dee (Diana)GeorgiaJanaJodi

Thursday, May 28, 2009

MSB: Sneak Peek

Hi there! Just a little sneak peek of a new image being released tomorrow over at Modern Sugar Blvd. It's actually one of several new images being released. You can check out the rest of The Sugars for more sneak peeks and perhaps even a few FULL cards too today! And be checking back here as I'll have some more to share as well!

The Sugars




Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Cuttlebug Be Inspired Challenge 33: Monograms

Good morning girls!! I hope you are having a terrific Wednesday! I really enjoyed the long weekend -- but it really threw me off schedule!

This week the Cuttlebug Challenge team was given the theme of monograms to work with. Our sponsor this week is Elle Studio, a delightful shop on Etsy stocked with fun little tabs and journaling spots. We'd love for you to join in this week. After creating your project using a monogram, please leave a DIRECT link to your project in Mr Linky over on the Cuttlebug Challenge blog!

I used the Mojo Monday sketch for this week along with the journaling spot from Elle Studio. The CAS challenge last week at SCS was Black, White and One Bright. Although I'm not sure I'd exactly call this "clean and simple". WOW! That's a triple challenge - that rarely happens for me!

I'm testing a new layout on my blog. Let me know what you think of this. Be sure to stop by the Cuttlebug Challenge and view all the rest of the creations for this week. Then leave a little encouragement for the girls!

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Flutter By Wednesday

I don't have my Flutter By card for you today. Today's challenge was to use brads or eyelets along with a butterfly or fairy. I thought and thought all week. Had an idea I was pretty happy with earlier today but have had no time to execute it yet as I'm busy, busy with work. I'll work on it later this week though and have it to share with you soon.

In the meantime, take a moment to stop by Harriet's gallery - she's the featured team member today. She recently had surgery and I know your visit and comment would bring a smile to her face --- I know they do to mine! Then visit all the rest of the Flutter By girls - you know they always have a beautiful creation for you!

Heather and I were talking on Monday (which completely felt like Sunday, by the way) and she asked if I had my Twinkling Tuesday card done yet. I didn't and thought it was weird she would ask since it was still 2 days away! Ha! It wasn't until about 1:30 am Monday night/Tuesday morning that I realized what day it really was. And then realized there was no Mothers Day Out the next morning. But there was bible study so that was cool! Anyway, I'm all off kilter and am racing time to catch up. I laughed when she commented today that she wondered if I was confused! Uuummm - yea - happens a lot around here!

I hope ya'll are having a beautiful Wednesday! May it be sunshine and roses wherever you are!

Monday, May 25, 2009

Memorial Flowers

Happy Memorial Day everyone! I wanted to create a card that had the feel of Americana and that could also be used to say "thank you" to our military families. Those families that have lost loved ones fighting for the basic freedoms and rights that define America. A thank you for those moms/dads and their children who make the ultimate sacrifice right alongside their loved ones. May we never forget their sacrifice.

Thank You

I used the flower image from the Party Bees set just released this month at 2RedBananas. Each flower was colored with my prismas/baby oil and then was liberally coated with clear stickles. A coordinating gem in the center completed my panel.

Before you go, I thought I'd share a picture with you. My SIL recently picked up a BibleMan set that included a cape and mask for my little man. He was hesitant about it first but has since completely take to it. On Saturday evening I was working on a card and he brought it to me to wear and chase him. What's so funny is when he is wearing the set he always says: "Talk to Me" and the only thing he wants you to say is "Who are you?" to which he'll reply: "Batman". So as soon as I had the mask on he asked me "Who are you?" I smiled and said "SuperStamper" Ha!! Seemed appropriate at the time!

Why share this with you? Well today I was visiting a few blogs in the Cards for Heroes hop and saw a post on one blog that directed me to this Flickr album. I visited and got tears in my eyes as I read the story. I think she hit the nail on the head!! It's so easy for me to get wrapped up in "perfect" photos - I mean that's all you see in the scrapbooking publications. But I'd rather remember chasing and laughing with the little one than obsess over the tilt of my head! While I don't foresee anything bad happening to me, I do want to have pictures of me and my kid for all time. I figure it'll be good to reflect back on these golden days when he's a teenager!

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Banana Split Sunday: May Flowers

It's time for another Banana Split Sunday challenge! This week's theme is May Flowers. We'd love to see your creation using F L O W E R S this week! Be sure to link up your creation over on the 2RedBananas blog!

I paired the Ms Frog Grad image that was recently released with this week's Sketch for You To Try. Jen asked for the right side to be something different. I layered some punches so that one was on the cover and one was on the inside. The papers are from a My Minds Eye stack and I really love the fun, happy colors.

Ms. Grad was colored with a Mellow Moss marker and her cape and gown were paper pieced.

The flowers I used can actually be found over at the 2RedBananas store {HERE}. They are so wonderful! They have a soft, velvety texture that makes me happy! They also come in pink and blue (that is a perfect match to Baja Breeze by the way - love that color.)

I did add a little detail to the inside along with one of the sentiments from the set.

Be sure to stop by 2RedBananas to see the rest of the creations for this week's challenge. Play along with us too!

Saturday, May 23, 2009

MSB: Sweet Sugary Saturday

Are you having a terrific Saturday? I'm so happy to get to share with you my full card for this week's Modern Sugar Blvd challenge! It seems like everyone loves cupcakes and this one is just fun and whimsical! It's a new release. Be sure to visit the blog because there is a NEW PRODUCT available in the store that will have you taking a deep breath and sighing with pure bliss!

We were asked to stick to the colors pink, brown and vanilla (perfect cupcake colors, huh?) and Valerie designed another terrific sketch for this week too! I had some of that great SU paper out on my desk still so I picked out one that was ALL pinks and paired it with chocolate chip and that luscious pomegranate ribbon from before! (why do in colors retire? particulary the ones that i adore??)

My cupcake was watercolored and the candles are even sparkly with stickles! Here's a close-up so you can see this cupcake! Be sure to visit the rest of the Sugars and see their take with this challenge. Even though we have the same colors and sketch, the cards are all very unique!!

Have a sweet day! Thanks for stopping by! I know there is tons to see out there and I'm honored you take a minute to see me! Have a beautiful day!

The Sugars

Dee (Diana)GeorgiaJanaJodi

Thursday, May 21, 2009

MSB: Sneak Peek

Good morning everyone! I wanted to share a little sneak peek at my card for this Saturday's Modern Sugar Blvd challenge. Just enough to tease you!

Have a beautiful day! Take some time to visit some of the other Sugars for a sneak peek too! And don't forget that you'll be able to see the challenge on Saturday at the Modern Sugar Blvd blog. You won't want to miss it as not only will this image be available, but a whole new line will be available for purchase too! I'll also reveal my full card on that day too!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Flutter By Wednesday: Old with the New

Good morning everyone! Since it's Wednesday this is my second post for the day. Be sure to scroll down for my Cuttlebug Challenge card!

Every Wednesday Danni hosts the Flutter By Wednesday challenge. We are asked to use either butterflies or fairies on our cards. This week she also challenged us to use 2 or more designer or patterned papers.

I sat down to work on my card and pulled out this patterned paper from my shelf. As I was digging in my card base stack, I found this base and the paper panel. I wish I could remember what sketch this is from (if you recognize it, leave me the info please!). It was several months back and I couldn't really get the other elements to work. I just put it aside for later. Today seemed like a good day to use it instead of cutting into fresh sheets of paper!

I created a fluffy bow and then stamped and trimmed out my butterfly. The matching sentiment from the set is stamped inside.

Be sure to use a butterfly or fairy in your creation and then enter the link in Mr Linky over at Danni's blog! Jodi Collins is our guest designer this week and Stef is the featured team member. Don't forget to visit the rest of the Flutter By girls too and see their lovely creations!

So many of you have been so sweet to send me a birthday card over the last week or so! They are CRAMMED - literally on my mantel. Maybe during naptime today I'll have time to actually photograph them all to share with everyone! If I haven't gotten by to tell you thanks yet personally, know that I will and that I so truly treasure the card! Perhaps I should move them into my bedroom as that is where I tend to type my posts!
Have a beautiful day girls!! May God truly bless you!

Cuttlebug Be Inspired Challenge 32: Butterflies & Hearts

Good morning everyone! It's Wednesday, one of my favorite days of the week!

The theme this week at the Cuttlebug Challenge is butterflies and hearts. ProvoCraft is our sponsor this week and will be providing the winning participant a prize pack! Cool, huh? I hope that you'll join in this week. Just use butterflies or hearts in your creation and then link it up in Mr Linky over on the Cuttlebug Challenge blog.

The butterfly combo set is one of my favorites. The butterfly is pretty fabulous on its own but then you can add even more with the matching embossing folders too! I opted to just go with plain die cuts this week.

Faith, Hope, Love

These traits have been on my heart for the last week or so and I really feel that this card came completely from the Holy Spirit. This card will be staying in my private collection.

That's it for me this morning! Be sure to visit the Cuttlebug Challenge blog to see the rest of the team's creations! Don't forget to read my Flutterby Wednesday post too! Have a beautiful day!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Twinkling Tuesday: hello?

Happy Twinkling Tuesday everyone! This week Jack had another doozy of a sketch for us!

I spent some time on the phone with Heather today and every so often we'd be like "hello? are you there?" Thinking of talking with her made me pull out this new image from Modern Sugar Blvd to use for today's card.

A closeup of Text Ya Later, from a new line of images at MSB called "I Love To". I can already tell that this line will be a favorite of mine - I think her face is drawn so pretty and she's a lot of fun to color! I can't wait to paper piece her too! You can see more cards using her and the other new gal at the MSB Blog.

That's all for me! Be sure to visit the rest of the Twinklettes to see their take on Jack's sketch this week! Debbie is the featured stamper so be sure to visit the blog and leave her some love!

Monday, May 18, 2009

U R gr8!! (MSB mini release)

Happy Monday girls! I hope you enjoyed your weekend! It was a pretty wonderful one here in my corner of the world!

Modern Sugar Blvd has a little sugar being released on Tuesday over in the shop. Text Ya Later is a new image and is one of my favorites!!

She's been colored with my prismas and baby oil. Just a quick and simple card that will be headed off to one of the girls on my sales team!

Be sure to visit the Modern Sugar Blvd blog to check out more samples of this image and a few others that will be released on Tuesday! A little sugar makes the day sweeter! Ha!! I know that the Sugars sure add sweetness to my life!

Have a beautiful and sweet day! Tomorrow is Twinkling Tuesday so I'll see you back here tomorrow!

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Banana Split Sunday: Viva La Bride!

Hello! It's time for another Banana Split Sunday and we have a sketch challenge this week. We are also wrapping up our "Week of Peeks". All of the new releases will be available tomorrow, May 18th. There are some really great sets this month - very unique that can't be found elsewhere!

I really hope you take a moment to try this sketch out and link up your creation over at the 2RedBananas blog. One lucky participant will receive their choice of one of the newly released sets.

SCS hosts a Virtual Stamping Night this weekend and as soon as I saw one of the challenges, I knew I had the perfect image to go with it! Kristen challenged everyone to make a non-traditional wedding card focusing on using bright colors and thinking of the fun, kitchy (is that spelled right?) weddings that occur in Vegas.

I don't use bright colors very much although I do love bright colors. I went shopping in my stash and found some really fun paper. My flamingo bride (Hello Beautiful set) was stamped with StazOn on watercolor paper and then colored. Her dress has been paper pieced. I did move my panel as I find it very hard to have an image gazing off the edge of the card. Even though it's very easy to see a bride in this image but I think it could easily be used for a "girls night out" theme - just make the veil hair - or a generic "girly" card too! The sentiment is from the Sweetie set also being released on Monday and was stamped with Memento ink. I added brads in all the corners because - well, frankly, because I could! It is a Vegas wedding card after all! And Vegas is all glitz to me!!

I used my clear glitter pen to add some details like beading and sequins to her dress and some Opal Shimmerz on her veil! Check out her eyeshadow and sparkly eyelashes too!
Thanks so much for stopping by today! Have a terrific weekend! Be sure to visit the rest of the Bananas to see their interpretation of the sketch! You have until next Saturday to link your sketch card up over at the 2RedBananas blog! Good luck with the giveaway!

Thursday, May 14, 2009

2RedBananas Sneak Peek: Star Tin

Hello Girls!! I have another sneak peek of a new stamp set from 2RedBananas to share with you today. One of the consistent sets that Jeanette always carries is a Journaling Spot for each month, perfect to fit in with the themes that you would be scrapbooking! Even though they work terrific on a scrapbook page, they work wonderfully with stamping projects too! As soon as I got this set in the mail I was a happy girl! I love stars and the quote is not only inspiring, it's true!! I know I'll get a lot of use out of this set in my lia sophia business!

Today's Ways to Use it challenge at SCS was to decorate a tin! This is a Making Memories tin I had lying around and I thought this set would be perfect!

I used Smooch ink in Silver Fox to ink up my stamps. I was over the moon excited when I heard Jeanette was stocking this in the store. I only have a few colors but will be getting more for sure! The ink is very wet and I did feel like my first panel smeared a bit so I stamped a second one and left it to dry while I got some other things accomplished this morning. The Smooch ink is very easy to use - it comes in a bottle much like a nail polish bottle. However, instead of a brush there is a (foam?) applicator that makes it very easy to apply the ink.

I did find that a light pressure was needed for stamping the stars and just a little bit more pressure was needed for the sentiment.

I cut some blocks of paper to put in the tin and stamped them with the large journaling block in the set. Since I had so many to stamp, I used a silver pigment ink for quick application. It may be hard to see in the photo but the Smooch silver ink is a little more vibrant and silver-y looking!
I think this would be a great gift to give to someone, highlighting some of their accomplishments on each star. Or write down your dreams/goals/accomplishments that you'd like to see happen. When you reach it, add the date. Either one is a perfect little walk down memory lane on a day when you might be feeling a little blue.

Be sure to stop by the rest of The Bananas to see their sneak peeks - you won't regret it!!! And the stamps will be released on May 18th. You'll find great paper and embellishments at the store too in addition to the stamps! You'll see some other great sets that they are using!!

I want to close with some special thank yous to all of you who have sent me cards this week! I have eagerly opened each one, ooh and aahed over it and am still smiling!! You are terrific to remember me! I hope to get some time this weekend to get them photographed so I can share your beautiful work with everyone else!

Have a beautiful day everyone!!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Cuttlebug Be Inspired Challenge 31: Words with POWER

Good morning everyone! Are you having a wonderful Wednesday? I sure hope so!! Wednesday is all about the cuttlebug and the butterflies around here!! I ended up combining the two as I was just tired and wasn't sure that I could even pull a simple butterfly card out this week!

The Cuttlebug Challenge team is sponsored by Create & Treasure this week. They sent the design team a variety of their products and we were asked to create a 3D project. They are generously donating a prize pack to a participant as well! You can see the details over at the Cuttlebug Challenge blog!

My project actually fit in very well with the challenge for FlutterBy Wednesday as Danni wanted us to use a quote/sentiment this week along with our butterflies or fairies.

I used the tag book to create a mini book of words that are very powerful, in general and especially to me! Words that describe characteristics I strive to have. Words to remind me to stay on track.

All the pages were covered with some vintage dictionary pages and then stamped. The cuttlebug was used to cut out the decorative strip as well as all the elements for my flowers. A little cream paint was smeared on with my finger so that part of my title would stand out!

Here are the interior pages. I used the same elements on every page which really helped it come together fast!

A different view of my completed book.

Be sure to visit the Cuttlebug Challenge blog so you can see the rest of the team's creations. Leave them some love and encouragement on their blogs too! I look forward to seeing YOUR 3D projects!!
And don't forget those awesome FlutterBy girls too! Nicola is our featured stamper this week. Be sure to visit Danni's blog to see her feature and to leave your link with your butterfly or fairy creation! And visit Nancy too - her birthday was yesterday!! And Harriet, Heather and Michelle could certainly use some get well wishes!! Kim too, her allergies have really been acting up!
HMMM - just leave everyone some love!!! All the links are over there!! OH - almost forgot, we get to welcome 2 new team members this week too - see the details on Danni's blog!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Twinkling Tuesday: Yippee!

Good morning everyone!! Or maybe I should say Good Afternoon!! I'm sorry this is late getting up. I was out of town last night for a lia sophia meeting and thought I would be home around 11! HA! Pulled up a little after 2 am and just fell into bed after peeking in on my little man.

This week we have a Temporary Twinkie - Kimmie's son Nicky offered us a color challenge! Blue, Purple and Orange were the colors he picked. Now I think these colors look great together! But it was a challenge for me as I don't typically use these colors much!!

I also have a sneak peek of a new 2RedBananas stamp set to share with you today! This is the Week of Peeks for the Banana Bunch so you'll be seeing lots of these new sets this from everyone! And WOW!! There are a bunch of them!!

I chose to use one of the graduation themed sets today. You can see in my little man's card the frog with his graduation cap!

If you look carefully anyway - he really went to town on coloring!! Even though this is a graduation set, it can be used in other ways too and that's what I wanted to try to achieve today.
I masked off the bit with the hat and just stamped the frog. The "yippee" sentiment is included in the set and is a great way to let someone know they did a terrific job at any time of the year. I also think this would be super adorable with the sentiment "love you THIS much!" I have another idea for this cute frog too that I'll have to work on executing to share with you later!
Be sure to visit the rest of the Twinklettes and see how they used these 3 colors today. We'd love to see YOUR creation too! Just use keyword MTTSC22 when uploading at SCS/PCP and leave a link over at the Twinkling Tuesday blog!
And take a moment to visit the Banana Bunch too and see some sneak peeks of the other sets being released this month!
Thanks for coming by today! Have a beautiful one!!

Monday, May 11, 2009

Blog Smiles

Last week my sweet, dear friend Jacquie gave me this award. We met on the Twinkling Tuesday team (although honestly, I'd seen her blog before then but it was only after we became Twinklettes that we became friends). She's so incredibly sweet and encouraging - a true friend and anyone who can call her such is LUCKY! And that's me!!

Frankly, YOU make me smile every time you visit and every time you leave a little comment! Thank you so much, from the bottom of my big Texas heart!!

I try to share the love when I get awards and remember who doesn't "do" awards and who I've already given one to. So today here are some wonderful girls that I would like to pass this award on to:

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Win an Epson Printer or a Cricut Expression

I just wanted to share with all of you some information that I think some of you *might* be interested in. The Cuttlebug Challenge blog will be having a drawing for a couple of awesome prizes! If you participate in any (or all) of the challenges on the Cuttlebug Challenge blog during the month of May, you will be entered into the drawing for either one of these prizes:
An Epson Artisan 700 All-In-One Printer plus three months' supply of ink cartridges or
A Cricut Expression with an additional cartridge (along with the two that is already included with the machine!) plus a caddy from Scrapcessories.

Winners will be announced on June 1st! You will have all month long to participate. Just be sure to add a link to your project for each challenge you complete onto the Mr. Linky widget in the appropriate challenge post. The more you participate the more chances you have to win!

This week's challenge is to create a wedding or anniversary project. If you haven't already done so, please check out the projects created by the design team. They're all so creative and inspiring! I hope you'll take the time to participate this week!

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Banana Split Sunday: Glitter Me Silly

It's time for another Banana Split Sunday challenge over at 2RedBananas! This week we want you to use glitter in your card or project today. Loose glitter, glitter paper, stickles - anything with glitter in it counts!!

This is also a prize week which means you have a chance to win your choice of one container of glitter. You can check them all out HERE!!

I wanted to create something besides a card and used some simple supplies to create a little bookmark. See that ribbon? It's the most wonderful velvet ribbon! In my opinion, velvet is one of the greatest inventions ever! And Jeanette has some in the store along with lots of other great ribbons too!

Here's another shot of the bookmark. I actually made two of these to give away as little gifts. I hope the recipients enjoy them! The verse is part of The Gift, a set that was released with Easter in mind but that has uses throughout the year.

If you'd like to achieve this look in glitter, it's very simple! Here's what you'll need for this technique:
Transparency/Acetate sheet
StazOn Ink
Loose Glitter
*Stamp image/sentiment on transparency using StazOn ink.
*Run through your Xyron machine applying adhesive to the back.
*Cover with glitter.
*Run through your Xyron again, applying adhesive again and then attach to your cardstock base.
Be sure to visit the rest of the Bananas and see their glitter projects. I've been able to have a little sneak peek and they are super fun! Lots of wonderful details and shiny glitter!
Today kicks off the week of peeks for the May Releases at 2RedBananas. So be sure to come back around to see those!

Modern Sugar: Just a Girl

Hi girls!! I know, it's Saturday and I have a post for you! It's the first of many to come. Weekends have been pretty quiet around the blog lately but that all changes now!

On Saturdays, Modern Sugar Blvd will be hosting a challenge so I'll have those to share with you!

This week Valerie created a sketch for us to use and we were also asked to use the colors: hot pink, turquoise and lime green. I love bright bold colors even though I don't typically use them very much.
This cutie is a new image that will be released very soon! Stop by the Modern Sugar Blvd blog for the challenge. The rest of the Sugars have created a card too using the sketch, colors and this doodle girl. I've been able to peek at them and there are wonderful creations!! Be sure to visit their blogs too and see their use of the sketch and colors. Even though we all used the same prompt, they look very different!

Have a beautiful day! I'll have another treat for you tomorrow as it's Banana Split Sunday! See you then!!

P.S. MSB just released a new line of modern mommas - just in time for mother's day!

Friday, May 8, 2009

The Gift of Love

Not very long ago I met a sweet Hawaiian girl over at PCP; Linda was debating starting a blog and she finally did along with her sister Kyoko. She truly loves stamping and sharing and I'm glad to be able to enjoy her creations! She was kind enough to bless me with the "Gift of Love" award. Thank you Linda!

I am supposed to share this with 5 other wonderful bloggers and wow - that's a tough decision to make! I would love to share this with the following gals who have been a blessing to me lately and that I am so happy to be able to share something we all love: stamping/crafting!!

Cuttlebug Spa Weekend Winner

I have the winners of my lavendar goodies from the Cuttlebug Spa Weekend hosted by the Cuttlebug Challenge. Thanks so much to everyone that joined in and shared the love of the little green 'bug with us! I'm sorry it's taken until FRIDAY to get this posted! Geesh! Bad blogger!!

Here is the first winner:
Kelli said...
Lavender is very calming, great flower choice!

and then for the second set:
Christi said...
I love your cards! Especially love the turtle drawing your little guy did!
Congrats ladies! Email me your address and I'll get your prize package out to you! My email is:
casserole14 at gmail dot com
Maggie, owner of Cuttlebug Challenge, will be posting winners for the daily giveaways tomorrow! One of which is my bangle bracelet giveaway!
Thanks again! I am truly honored that so many of you would stop by for a visit, take the time to comment and follow! I'll be spending some time over the next few weeks to visit each of you!
Have a beautiful weekend ladies!

Monochromatic In Color

Another 2 weeks have gone by and it's time to show you my card for the latest challenge between Rebecca and I. Be sure to go see her card - it's awesome!!

I suggested that we create a monochromatic card using our favorite In Color (as they will be retiring soon! WHY SU???? WHY????) Oh, sorry! This is actually the first time that I've just fallen HARD for an in-color. Actually two of them. Possibly even three. Pink Pirouette and Baja Breeze are my favorites. I'm growing fond of Kiwi Kiss too, although I'm not sure that I'll really miss that color. Rebecca added the use of metal to the challenge and it was set! Here's my creation:

The base is randomly stamped in Baja Breeze with a vintage PSX stamp. The verse is stamped on a white label (#2 maybe) and popped up. The butterflies are punched from some metal sheets I had left over from a Ten Second Studio class last month.

Easy. But I hope you enjoyed it! Feel free to share your own monochromatic card using your favorite In Color (or any color if you don't use SU!) and metal. Leave me a link here so I can see it!

Have a beautiful day!

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Thursday Thirteen: Things I Could Live Without

Last week my list consisted of 13 things I wouldn't want to live without (here). So I thought this week I would list 13 things I COULD live without!

1. junk email

2. spiders

3. yellow squash

4. commercials

5. cable tv

6. daylight savings

7. propaganda

8. new stamps

9. paper!

10. runny noses

11. excessive taxes

12. rising gas prices

13. slow drivers

Wow. This list isn't near as interesting as I originally thought it would be. Either there is not much I could live without or I have a really bad memory at all the things I worked on in my head all week!

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Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Flutter By Wednesday: 10 Minute Inspiration

Good morning girls!! It's time for another Flutter By Wednesday! This week Danni provided us with a gorgeous photo to use as inspiration. It's so pretty and has the look and style of a professional photo!

We also have a guest designer this week - Kerry Donovan-Casey. Great to have you Kerry! Be sure to check out her creation for this week and leave a comment for her!

Our featured team member this week is Kim!! I ♥ her! Recently found her through a shared love of PMS and just am thrilled to be working with her weekly each week! Stop by her blog and leave her some love!!

Isn't it beautiful!?! I think that flower is called a coneflower. I have one that grows in my garden. Yes - one! I'm not that talented at gardening and truth be told, I'd rather stamp or read than pull a weed! LOL!!

I wasn't sure what direction to take; inspiration challenges are so open and can go in so many directions. But I wanted a quick card as my bed and a movie are calling my name!

This card didn't even take me 10 minutes! The base is an odd size - it's about 3 1/2 x 5 1/4. Just a little scrap I had left over from another card - not from my TT card yesterday although it is the same color. I embossed it using the leaves folder and then sanded it. Of course, there isn't a lot of distinction as the cardstock is SU. However, I kept at it and the embossing did lighten up. In fact, it has a really cool suede like texture. I don't know if you can really pick up on it in the photo below or not.

Simple, simple! Gotta love that! Be sure to use keyword FBW when linking up your creation at PCP/SCS. We'd also love it if you left a link to your creation in Mr Linky at Danni's blog so we can all check it out!
Before I leave, an update on my blog candy. I sat down a bit ago to draw the winners. WOW! I love that so many of you are fans of lavendar. I've always wondered why I'd seen other bloggers with a printout list --- and now I know! It's hard to count and scroll and make sure it stays accurate! So I'll be printing it out in the morning and posting then!
Have a beautiful day!!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Twinkling Tuesday: You're SSSPECIAL

Happy Tuesday girls! Did you have a wonderful NSD? It was a great weekend here! Thanks to all of you who stopped by and left a comment. I enjoyed every single one of them!!
For those of you that are new, today is Twinkling Tuesday, where the super talented Madelynn gives us a sketch. She's just 8 years old and already sooo talented!! Madelynn is back this week after letting her brothers take a turn in the spotlight. And oh, what a great sketch it is this week!

I created a sssweet card for my little man using the adorable snake from the Heartfelt Friends set at 2RedBananas. I have to tell you, this snake is the reason I picked this set. Isn't this just how you feel about your little ones --- you love them so much you could just swallow 'em up whole!

The challenge over at 2RedBananas this week was to create a monochromatic card and thus my all green card. (kinda like last week's TT card! what can i say - i like green!) Something is wonky with my lighting or my editing as the sssnake is mounted on the same Old Olive as the base and sentiment.
And Heather - this is for you. I know you asked me forever ago how I stored my buttons. It made me giggle because there is no rhyme or reason to them! Here are the ones that are super handy.

Be sure to visit all the rest of the Twinklettes to see their take on Madelynn's sketch this week. It's a talented bunch of girls and you'll be happy that you did! Christi is our featured Twinklette so be sure to leave her some love!!
I'll be back later to announce the winners of my Blog Candy from the Cuttlebug Challenge Blog Hop! Have a beautiful day ladies!