Monday, March 30, 2009

No blog candy yet but.. challenges!

I promise some good blog candy soon- think SU goodies! But, I need to wait for my SU order to come in first! I'll also have some more samples of things from the Spring Occassions Mini- some cute stuff here (bambi anyone?!). Until then, here are my challenges for the week!

First up, Amy R's Friday Sketch # 55

Supplies: Stamps- Whiff of Joy bought at ATS. sentiment from "Embrace Life" by SU; CS- Bazzill Pink, SU Really Rust; DP- Raspberry Tart by SU; Ink- Palette Noir; Coloring Medium- Copics; Other- MM Brads; Nestabilities Scalloped Ovals, Ribbon;

I could not get a good picture of this card.. it's really pretty. I colored the image awhile ago and just finally used it. I turned Amy's sketch on it's side, which I love to do :) I had a hard time with getting the paper to match up but it turned out well!!
My second challenge was the ATS DT Challenge- White on White
This one was hard-the only color could be on or around the focal image. This is another image I had colored which I love but hadn't used. This is from Diane Zechman's Mushroom Friends set.. TOO CUTE!!

Supplies: Stamps- Cookie Crumbs Designs' Mushroom Friends; Ink- Palette Noir; CS- SU Whisper White and PTI white; Coloring Medium- Copics;Other- SU SAB ribbon; Nestabilities Scalloped Square; CB Swiss Dots and Floral Fantasy embossing folders.

I hope you enjoy these- I had a lot of fun making them!

Monday, March 23, 2009

Baja Breeze Bonanza and 100th post!

Wow, I can't believe this is my 100th post! I will be posting blog candy later this week so keep your eyes open for it! It won't disappoint :)

I was reading my new Stamper's Sampler and there was an article on 12 from 1- about getting 12 pieces of paper to use for cards from 1 sheet. I decided to try it- I did mess up a little bit but still had plenty to choose from! I decided to use the new DP Walk in the Park from the upcoming SU Occasions Mini. I have fallen hard for baja breeze and unfortunately it will be gone at the end of June so I'm trying to use it alot! Here are two cards I whipped up today.

This uses the new mini set Great Friend and the flower from Thoughts and Prayers along with the beautiful stitched grosgrain ribbon.

This uses only images and sentiment from Great Friend. I stamped the sprig in Kiwi Kiss. Hope you like them!

Friday, March 20, 2009

ATSDTC 41- Ewe are the best!

The ATS DT Challenge this week was to use ribbon. When perusing the SCS gallery I saw ribbon frames. Well, I decided this was the perfect time to try it! I used the baja breeze 1" ribbon which was not the best idea.. I definitely think it works better with smaller, like 1/2" or 5/8" ribbon.

Supplies: Stamps- Gingersnaps Spring Fling by CC Designs; CS- Baja Breeze, Bazzill Pink, PTI white and SU whisper white; Coloring Medium- Copics; Ink- Palette Noir and SU Regal Rose; Accessories: SU scalloped border punch, baja breeze ribbon.

Everyone should try this. I'm not sure I will do it often, but it is a fun and very neat way to spruce up a card. Hope you like this.. it's pretty clean and simple which is different for me :)

Amy R's Friday Sketch #54 Here for you

Well my weekend started early- Nate has been back to NOT sleeping well. He was up all night last night and literally screaming for about 4 hours of it. I stayed up so Sam could sleep and have a break. I don't know what's wrong- all the tests look fine. We're thinking it's a yeast build up in his gut...
Anyway, this allowed me to get my cards done early! Maybe I'll get to create more this weekend.

Supplies: Stamps- Magnolia Fortune Collection, SU's Fifth Avenue Floral and Friends 24-7; Ink: Palette Noir; Coloring Medium: Copics; Paper- Amy Butler for K and Company; CS- CTMH; Other- SU ribbon, primas, stickles, nestabilities.

I received this Magnolia stamp just in time for St. Patrick's Day! I ordered this directly from Magnolia in Sweden and am super impressed with shipping prices and the time it took! I bought the DP last summer and hadn't used it but after I colored Tilda, she went perfectly!

I received some other new Magnolias, including some stamps from the new Easter Collection. Keep on the look out for them :)

Sunday, March 15, 2009

ATSDT #40- Fun-"gal" Green

The ATS DT Challenge this week was to use shades of green. Immediately, I was psyched! Plus, I could use Diane's Cookie Crumbs Designs new set Mushroom Friends. So I colored my images and then... I had no paper that matched the green copic I used exactly. In fact, I had no green copics to match any of my paper. How is this possible?! I love green. Green is my color. I think I *need* more green copics.

Anyway, I am not super duper happy with this card BUT it is cute. DH thought it was fun.. I love this stamp set and since it's for a "fun-gal".. I mean, these sentiments are so PUNNY and I luv me some punniness :) The whole card has kind of a trippy peace and love feel :)
Supplies: Stamps- Cookie Crumbs Designs' Mushroom Friends for CC Designs; Ink- Palette Noir and Burnt Umber; Coloring Medium- Copics; DP- SU Good Morning Sunshine; CS- PTI White, SU Summer Sun and Kiwi Kiss; Other- Scalloped border punch; 1 and 1/4" punch, Prima mini folowers.

Hope you like this fun card! I hope to make more this week and get another post up- we'll see, depending on how busy life is this week!

Amy R's Friday Sketch #53- Rain, Rain, Go Away

Hey there stampin and crafting friends!

Hope everyone had a good weekend. It was a rainy mess here in central VA. Lots of napping in my house :) I did get a couple of cards made but only because I had the images colored earlier in the week. I was lucky to get my new CC Designs stamps in this week! Also go the new Magnolia Easter Collection stamps and my fortune collection stamps (these were straight from Sweden!). I didn't use my new magnolias yet but I did get to play around some with my new CC designs.

Well, without delay, here is my Friday Sketch submission. Amy decided to rock it old skool and revamp her very first sketch! Circles.. i love circles!!

Supplies: Stamps- CC Designs' Gingersnaps Spring Fling; Ink- Palette Noir; DP- Magnolia by MME; CS- SU Whisper White and Pacific Point; Coloring Medium- Copics; Other- border punch, coluzzle, baja breeze stitched grosgrain ribbon.

I accidently ordered the wrong size ribbon but I think it fit perfectly with this card! The paper from MME is gorgeous and the SU in colors matched perfectly! I cut the flowers out of the DP to accent the card. And of course the image.. isn't she gorgeous!? Hubby recommended I color the rain gear traditional red, yellow or orange. I chose to use buttercup and light orange to keep it more subtle. Loved this sketch.. and the border punch is wavy like water so perfect with the rain idea! I'll be back in a bit with the ATS DT Challenge- to use green!

Monday, March 9, 2009

Amy R's Friday Sketch 52- Happy Thoughts on the Farm

Happy Monday to all those in blogland :) I know today was an okay day here- back to work, the kids were wild by the end of the day.. not much changes :) The only saving grace is a half day on Friday and I am getting my SU mini preorder sets on Thursday. Looking forward to it :) As usual, had to get my Amy R Friday Sketch done! I love this week's sketch. I did have to move my ribbon down since I can't tie a bow still to save my life. I also got rid of the scalloped circle behind the sentiment circle because it covered too much of my horsey.

Supplies: Stamps- McSplendid Farm by The Greeting Farm found at ATS; Paper- Urban Prarie by Basic Grey; CS- SU; Ink- Palette Noir and Burnt Umber; Coloring Medium- Copic Ciaos; Ribbon- CTMH; Other- 1 1/4" punch, SU Scalloped Border Punch.

Aren't these images so cute?! They're kinda anime-ish. This is my second The Greeting Farm set. I was so happy ATS started carrying them(btw- the Magnolia Easter Collection stamps are now available too!). I colored the image last night while Nate was watching his nighttime Backyardigans. I finished the card up today. I hadn't used this paper before but it was perfectly farmy for me :) I masked the two characters as well- something I don't do much but I wanted them together!

I will def. be back soon for the ATS DT Challenge. I hope it's a color or sketch challenge :) Have a fantabulous week! I'll be getting an Ultrasound to check for anything wrong in the uterus/reproductive system and Nate has an appt. with a gastrointestinal doctor to check his tummy- yet another fun week. Wish us luck :)

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Sock Monkey Birthday

So one of my first purchases when I became a demo was the sock monkey. I've wanted this little guy so badly but never got around to ordering it! I just finally got to use it. My friend Sarah's little boy Garrett will be 5 this weekend and we're going to his party today! Here is what I came up with:

Supplies: Stamps- Sock Monkey and Sock Monkey Accessories from SU; Ink- Palette Noir; Coloring Medium- Copics; CS- SU; DSP- SAB Dashing Dots Paper; Other- SU Scalloped Border Punch and EK Success Dots Border Punch.

I love that the Copic Ciao Marker, Champagne, is a perfect color for the sock monkey body! I am also loving the new EK Success Border Punches from Michael's. They have a huge variety. I'm glad I got this dots one.. it's very cute!

Hope you all enjoy this card! It's just right for a lil boy, don't you think?

Thursday, March 5, 2009

ATS DT Challenge- Dry Embossing Birdies

The ATS DT Challenge this week was to use Dry Embossing. I am always up for this kind of challenge- I heart my cuttlebug! :) Since I had a doctor's appt today, I had some time to get this card done for the challenge:

Supplies: Stamps- Olivia's Birdies by CC Designs; Ink- Palette Noir and SU Certainly Celery; Coloring Medium- Copics; CS- SU and Bazzill; DP- Cut and Paste by K and Company; Other- CB Embossing Folder, SU scalloped border punch; SU ribbon; primas and brads.

This isn't the best picture but this card has the same theme I used on Amy R's last sketch challenge. I love these little birdies- they make a great scene! I also can't believe I had never used this CB folder before! I have a ton of CB folders.. some get used less than others. I will definitely try to use these more often. It's a great way to make an elegant card easily!

I will be back this weekend with Amy R's next Sketch Challenge and hopefully some other goodies. Happy Almost Friday, All!

Monday, March 2, 2009

Magnolia Mania!

Another snow day tomorrow- woohoo! We got about 10 in. of snow here in Central VA though a lot has melted down cause of the sun :( However, the roads will still be slick in the AM so we're out again! Today was a great chance to use some of the Magnolia imaegs I already had colored and make them into cards! I wanted to share them with you.. and hopefully enable you! I get all my images at ATS!

Supplies: Stamps- Magnolia at ATS; Ink- Palette Noir; Coloring Medium- Copics; Designer Paper- Cut and Paste by K and Company; Other- Ribbon.

My pictures were taken in real light so they're a little bright.. but I love this card. The words and butterflies came from the paper. Gorgeous!

Supplies- Stamps- Magnolia; Designer Paper- SU SAB Paper; Ink- Palette Noir and SU Certaintly Celery; Coloring Medium- Copics; Other- primas, stickles, scalloped punch.

Supplies- Stamps- Magnolia; Paper- SU SAB; Ink- Palette Noir; Coloring Medium- Copics; Other- rub ons, SAB ribbon, scalloped punch.

I hope you enjoy these! They were quick but cute.. and a great use of some new paper :)

Sunday, March 1, 2009

ATS Wed. Challenge- Got Snow? Faux Postage

I am glad I could participate in this challenge. I've never done faux postage before the ATS DT challenge gave me a push!

Got Snow?

Supplies: Stamps- Sugarplums Snow Scene; CS- CTMH, PTI White; DP- CTMH Aspen Lvl 2; Ink- Palette Noir; Coloring Medium- Copic Ciaos; Other- 1 1/4 punch, scalloped punch, scalloped scissors, ribbon.
As always, CC Designs Stamps are UBER cute and perfect for any card. Seriously. I have a major addiction. I am already missing being a guest designer. Maybe in the future I will have another chance with them! In the mean time, check out their blog for previews of the new sets and the new guest designer, Tori! Oh, btw, for all you Magnolia lovers, ATS will be getting the new Easter collection soon- YAHOO!!

Amy R's Friday Sketch #51- Birdie-ful Day

Happy Sunday everyone! We're having a winter storm here in Central VA- our first of the year (and probably last) so no school tomorrow! SO EXCITED!!! I hope that temperatures stay low enough to get us out Tuesday as well :)
Anyway, I did get to create some this weekend though not as much as I would've liked. We had the inlaws in and I was pretty tired yesterday, which was a rainy nasty day so I napped a bit.

Amy R has another wonderful challenge this weekend. I am super happy with how this card turned out. My DH remarked that it seemed very springy for a card created in our only winter storm, lol.

Supplies: Stamps- Olivia's Birdies by CC Designs; CS- Bazzill Green and Pink; SU yellow, PTI White; DP- Cut and Paste by K and Company (vintage-y!); Ink- Palette Noir; Coloring Medium- Copics; Other- SU Scallop Punch, CB Swiss Dots Folder, primas, and polo button brads.

I love this designer paper by K and Company I found at Michaels. There are lots of vintage images. It went well with the birdies. I can't believe I had never inked the birdies in this set! I've inked up Olivia plenty of times but never these cuties!

Last, but not least, I thought I'd share a couple of cute Nate pics with you :) It was his first time actually enjoying the snow!

Enjoy!I'll be back in a sec with the ATS DT Challenge!

Things I Love..

  • My Family
  • My Beautiful Boys!
  • My Dogs (all 5 of em!)
  • Stamping
  • Scrapbooking
  • Chocolate
  • Shoes and Purses!