Saturday, October 31, 2009

Trick or Treat Trio

Happy Halloween girls! It's been busy around here getting ready for this big day. DH introduced my little man to the 1960s Batman show a few months ago, resulting in an infatuation with Batman and Robin. He loves them both so much that he'll put on a blue Batman glove and a green Robin glove and be "Batman & Robin" at the same time. It worries hubby some but I just figure it's a great demonstration of problem solving! He's just like his momma --- can't pick just one!!

I have a few Halloween cards to share with you today. I created these back in February for a magazine call and they weren't selected. I decided to just hold on and post them at the actual holiday!!

This one was my favorite that I did. My sweet friend Suzanne lent me her folder. I embossed it, then used a brayer and a glue pad to apply adhesive to the raised areas. Sprinkled it with glitter. Then spent a crazy amount of time with a small brush getting excess glitter off! LOL!! The sentiment was computer generated and I also embossed the heart.

This is a little treat holder that I made. I inked the raised area on the folder using a craft white pad and then embossed it. I added googlie eyes to represent a big icky spider just lurking in that web, waiting for his next meal. Being a Texas girl, I have seen my fair share of spiders with eyes that must have been that big!

Or at least really close!! *wink*

I wonder if spiders like chocolate?

This is the last one I created. I embossed the base and then brushed it with my craft ink pad to highlight the dots. LOVE that Swiss Dots folder. The strip was trimmed from an embossed sheet, inked and then some googlie eyes added to the boo at the bottom.

I hope you have a great time tonight! Our pumpkin is carved, our candy bought and we will take our little guy out early and hopefully be back in time to greet trick-or-treaters at our house. We don't get very many which is kinda sad!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Some Shopping Hints

It's Freebie Friday at Paper Popsicles tomorrow --- Friday only so be sure to head over and check it out!

And a little birdie told me that the new Cuttlebug Holiday folders are now online!! See them here!

Provo Craft Winter Release - Cuttlebug Folder - Ornaments

Hi girls! I have a sneak peek for you today that showcases one of the NEW winter embossing folders being debuted on HSN on Monday, November 2nd. It also uses a sentiment from the latest 2RedBananas release!

I am giving away one of the new folders over on the Cuttlebug Challenge blog - you have to leave a comment there to win so I'll just send you that way now!! All the details are in my post there!!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Cuttlebug Be Inspired 55: An MFT Dare (flutters)!

Happy Wednesday everyone! It's the best day of the week on my blog!!
I have a TRIPLE challenge card for you today!
1. It's Cuttlebug Be Inspired #55 - our sponsor this week is the fabulous My Favorite Things. The main image is from one of the new sets she recently released. A fall card was requested - and so I used lots of brown tones --- I think it would be lovely to live somewhere on the beach that stays beautiful in the fall and would allow for walks along the shore even in October!
2. It's Whimsical Wednesdays - The Diedrich Dare - with another fabulous sketch this week by sweet Madelynn.
3. It's Flutter By Wednesday and it's another "open" week - If you look closely you'll see the sweet little butterflies on my patterned paper.

I embossed the paper using the sheet music embossing folder and then added some ink to highlight that. I also distressed the edges - I've been in a real shabby/vintage mood lately!
The image was stamped on some watercolor paper and then colored in completely with Copics. I've had some brown colors for a long time and recently took a copic coloring class as my local scrapbook store is now stocking them. You can't really see any blending --- I only blended her pants anyway --- but then I added ink on top of the image to distress it so it matched my paper better!

Please take a moment to:
1. Visit the Cuttlebug Challenge blog and see the other creations there --- scroll down enough to see a glimpse at the NEW CHRISTMAS embossing folders! They are being released on Nov 2nd on HSN! VERY LIMITED QUANTITIES so if you want them - order early! I'm just sayin'!!!!

2. Visit the Flutter By girls** to see their creations using butterflies, fairies or even an angel (Danni said angels get to flutter with us during the holidays!) We want to see your creations too so be sure to link them on her blog! **Lelia just celebrated a birthday so be sure to wish her Happy Birthday, K?

3. Tour the Daredevils** too to see how they interpreted the sketch this week. Yesterday I posted a little peek inside my head and Jessica DARED the rest of the team to share with you too - I can't wait to get to know them better!
**Debbie isn't able to play with us this week - we are missing her and sending her good wishes though!

Monday, October 26, 2009

Blog Award

Carol is one of my online friends from Paper Popsicles. I'm so lucky to get to be on the design team with her now! She passed on this award to me and I'm incredibly honored!! Thanks so much Carol!!

This award comes with a survey that I have to fill out, and I can only use one word to answer the questions.

1. Where is your cell phone? Kitchen

2. Your hair? Straight

3. Your mother? Giving

4. Your father? Steadfast

5. Your favorite food? Everything!!!

6. Your dream last night? Bizarre (even though I started this post days and days ago --- this is still fitting!)

7. Your favorite drink? Depends

8. Your dream/goal? Joy

9. What room are you in? Office Bedroom

10. Your hobby? Stamping & Reading

11. Your fear? Rejection

12. Where do you want to be in 6 years? Mountains

13. Where were you last night? Home

14. Something that you aren’t? Athletic

15. Muffins? Please!! With lots of butter

16. Wish list item? Security

17. Where did you grow up? Here

18. Last thing you did? Ate Put my little one to bed

19. What are you wearing? Clothes

20. Your TV? Small

21. Your pets? Faithful

22. Friends? Caring

23. Your life? Saved by the blood of Jesus

24. Your mood? Content

25. Missing someone? yes

26. Vehicle? Chrysler

27. Something you’re not wearing? Shoes

28. Your favorite store? Cato

29. Your favorite color? Undecided

30. When was the last time you laughed? yesterday

31. Last time you cried? Sunday

32. Your best friend? Traitor

33. One place that I go to over and over? Target

34. One person who emails me regularly? Kim

35. Favorite place to eat? Moms

I don't see instructions on if/how many to pass this on to.....if you'd like it, then I'm giving it to you -- please let me know so I can read your answers!! I think sooo many of the blogs I read are Over the Top --- but I'm going to pass it on specifically to all the gals on The Diedrich Dare team --- they are fabulously talented --- and they are certainly Over The Top - both on their blogs and off!!


Was browsing the Coredinations blog --- I've never taken the time to visit there --- such a shame because there are some gorgeous things over there!! Was so happy to see THIS!!!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Just a couple of things

Provo Craft is releasing SIX BRAND NEW embossing folders on November 2nd. You can see them over at the Cuttlebug Challenge blog -- oh my, my!! I am so excited for these new designs!! Swing by there and check them out! And if you aren't a follower - I encourage you to do so --- it's a great place to get all the latest news!

Also - 2RedBananas has a new Banana Split Sunday challenge up on Sunday - The brand new images will be released on Monday --- I'll have several cards to share with you tomorrow afternoon! The last several days I've just gone, gone, gone - from sunup to sundown!

AND - Paper Popsicles has ALL the current and past kits on sale for 25% off! That is a great value - the kits have tons of paper and goodies in them - so go check them out! And if you haven't joined the forum yet - you really should --- it'll give you access to the gallery and you can view the projects using the kits that the design has created --- they are FABULOUSLY talented!!
Have a beautiful Sunday - I'll be back later with some actual cards!!
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Friday, October 23, 2009

Monday Madness Show N Tell @ Paper Popsicles

This was supposed to post on Monday --- and I just now noticed that it never posted. It's Friday again and there is a great Shaped Template as the Freebie Friday today at the Paper Popsicles blog! Go check it out!

Happy Monday!

Did you get the Free Template from Paper Popsicles on Friday? Hope so - today we'd love to see you show off what you created with it.
First I wanted to share the card I made *last* week using Cowboy Oliver. I tried to keep it pretty simple but with lots of interest in the 2 papers that I used.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

The Diedrach Dare: Inspiration

Heather - I hope you have your brown-free glasses nearby - I've got lots of it today!

Jack issued the challenge this week - a treasure/pirate map - you can see it on the blog HERE

I used to have a "perfect" stamp for this challenge - a map with ships and all. Couldn't find it. And this card is actually nothing like I set out to make. When I went into my room I had every intention of using a felt X from my stash and making a CAS card ---- but then I thought of collage somewhere between the hallway and my chair!!!! I don't think this is very "clean" but it sure was "simple" to make!!

Be sure to visit the rest of the Daredevils - all are playing except Darla this week - you can find them easiest by visiting the challenge blog HERE! We have a brand new Daredevil playing with us this week - Randi Wall. EEeeekkkK! I'm so excited - she's terribly talented and sooo nice - so I'm thrilled to get to be on a team with her and get to know her better! Taylor has stepped down - I hope she'll be back soon though! And Heather - I'm sorry for all the brown on my blog today!

My Flutter By post is below!
I don't have a Cuttlebug Challenge card for you today. Apparently my package of the supplies we were to us has gone AWIT (absent while in transit)! But swing by there and see all the inspiration the rest of the team has for you!

Flutter By Wednesday: Simple Hi

Good morning everyone! Wednesday is one of my favorite days of the week! It's a busy day here on my blog - I hope you've got a few moments!

The month of October is "open" for Flutter By challenges - create whatever you want using a butterfly or a fairy. Danni even said that through December - Angels are "fluttering" too! How exciting!

I dreamed up this card in my sleep --- inspired very much by Harriet's card from last week. The base is not quite normal size - it was just a scrap I had on my desk. The image panel was another scrap. I cut it down and then punched a butterfly from the middle. Popped it off some pretty patterned paper and added some letter stickers.

What do you think? I'm really happy with how it came out!

Be sure to link up your Flutter By creation over on Danni's blog! And then go see what the rest of the team came up with! The links didn't copy over - they are in my sidebar or on Danni's blog - I've got to get out the door so no time to make blogger work for me this morning!! Have a terrific day!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

2RedBananas: u r Sweet!!

Good Sunday morning!! I'm so happy to have a card to share for this week's 2RedBananas Banana Split Sunday challenge! It's been a few weeks since I was able to play along. This week it's a sketch challenge!

I used the ice cream cone from the June Journaling Spot, stamping it on some lime green paper from a DCWV "sweets" stack. Ice Cream is one of my favorite things --- and sherbet is a wonderful refreshing treat! Even though fall is in full swing - I could always go for some ice cream!!

At a recent women's treat I donated a set of custom made cards for a door prize. The lady that won requested cards with layers but that could be mailed in a regular envelope. So I kept this pretty flat for her --- although I couldn't resist adding a few gem "sprinkles"....

I hope you'll have a chance to play along - be sure to leave a link over at the 2RedBananas blog! And see what the rest of the bunch has come up with for this sketch!!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Crumpled Background

Hello girls! I have a card today for both the FlutterBy Challenge and The Diedrich Dare. Madelynn gave a great sketch and butterflies usually make any card terrific.

But I think this might be the worst card I've ever made. I think it's that pink cardstock. It's from a pack I picked up on sale at a store. HORRIBLE!!!! UGH!!!

At stamp club last night, one of the girls showed how to make several different backgrounds. This was one of them and I wanted to utilize it right away. You just crumple, smear ink, repeat.

Take a moment and swing by to see the rest of the Daredevil crew! Here's a list of who is playing this week:
And you can't forget the FlutterBy girls either!!!

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Welcome to Paper Popsicles' second blog hop, our CREEPY, CRAWLY, Blog STOMP! Today, we hope that as you go around to each of our creative team member blogs, you will find inspiration, some tricks, and perhaps some TREATS! If you stumbled upon my blog from the main Paper Popsicles' blog GREAT!!! you are on the right track! This is your first stop!

Our porch lights are now on! As you move from one blog to the next, you will collect a TREAT (a word). Some blogs even have a FREE digi image from Cheeky Radish for you!

Gather all the treats to make a ghoulish saying and email your phrase to Melissa at

For your efforts, you will be entered into a RAK to win a fantastic prize—The Loud Talker Kit from October!!!! (Click the photo to see the design team gallery and this kit in action as well as the other kits available!) Please leave a comment on EVERY blog during our stomp....otherwise you might miss out on some other free treats!!!!

OH, I almost forgot! Paper Popsicles is screaming with great deals today. 25% off everything in the store and 50% off all clearance! October 10th only.

Onto my project for today --- besides the wonderful fall weather, the thing I love most about fall is the changing trees. It's so much fun to watch them slowly change to red, orange, gold and brown throughout the fall months. I decided to use one of the Shaped Card Templates available at Paper Popsicles (what a bargain to pick some up on sale today! I think I will be completing my collection!) and create a tree inspired by the season!


bird die cut, Quickutz



cuttlebug & embossing folders (Moroccan & Swiss Dots



1. I started with a base and my template. Just traced the shape onto my cardstock and trimmed it out.

2. Using some leftover scraps, I cut the trunk and adhered it down. The leaves were embossed using the Moroccan embossing folder before being adhered. The bird was diecut and embossed as well.

3. I inked the edges first with Elegant Eggplant and then with Chocolate Chip.

4. Use dimensional to pop bird up off the tree.

I guess you want your other treat too? The treat on my blog is


Now that you have been scared into the season, don’t forget to leave a comment, then head over to Valerie's blog next!

1. Tricia
2. Lynda
3. Cassie <---- YOU ARE HERE 4. Valerie <--- GO HERE NEXT 5. Lora
6. Carol
7. Amy
8. Jen
9. Robyn

Have you joined the Paper Popsicles Forum yet? There's no time like now! It's a fun and friendly place - I'd love to see you join in over there!

Saturday, October 3, 2009

World Cardmaking Day 2009

Hi everyone! Just logging on real quick to let you know that there are some really great tutorials and ideas over at the Paper Popsicles Forum as we celebrate World Cardmaking Day 2009! I have a One Sheet Wonder Template and the card layouts there for you to try!

Also, the Cuttlebug Challenge blog has a special post today in honor of World Cardmaking Day - can't wait to see the projects over there!!!

Friday, October 2, 2009

Freebie Friday @ Paper Popsicles

Freebie Friday starts on Friday October 2!! We will be offering a FREE digital stamp or FREE shaped card template on Friday's ONLY. You will be able to see the freebie on the blog each Friday plus get the directions to go into the store and order it. Once Friday is over so is the FREE part. You will then be able to purchase it in the store.

After you have your Freebie Friday, show us what you can do with it during our new
Monday Madness Show N Tell starting October 5!! That's right, we want to see what you did with your freebie. Link it from your blog to the Monday Madness Show N Tell post that will be posted on our blog. Participate every week and get your name included in our MONTHLY RAK drawing!

I hope to see ya'll playing along! The forum at Paper Popsicles is the friendliest I've ever been - we'd all love to have you join in!