Monday, May 31, 2010

The Shabby Tea Room - Week #12 - Part 2

Another fun card for this week's challenge over at The Shabby Tea Room ~ use a heart. I decided to sue my good old hearts embossing folder for this card, as well as my brand new set from Just Rite Stamps, Let's Celebrate. How stinkin' cute is that elephant!?! Love her! Notice how I colored in her toes ~ even elephants have to have pretty toes! :) The layout is from Crazy 4 Challenges, from last week - such a fun and versatile layout.
STAMPS: Just Rite Stamps - Let's Celebrate
INK: Adirondack Pitch Black, Copics - BG10, C1, RV11
PAPER: WW, Pink Pirouette, Basic Grey
OTHER: Hearts EF, Basic Grey Taffeta Ribbon, PTI Button, Square Nesties

The Shabby Tea Room - Week #12 - Part 1

This week's challenge over at The Shabby Tea Room is to create a card with a heart as a focal point. So I decided to use my newest toy, my Cricut, to make this pretty heart. Clean and simple card - just my style! :) Hop on over and play along with us!

STAMP: Just Rite Stamps - Just a Note
INK: Bordering Blue, Pink Pirouette
PAPER: WW, Shimmery Silver, PTI Sweet Blush
OTHER: Cricut Pink Journey Cart., PTI button, Vintage Seam Binding, Swirls Embossing Folder, Circle Punches, Misc pearls

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Operation Write Home Blog Hop

Good Saturday Morning to you!! This morning kicks off Operation Write Home's Blog Hop. We were asked to make a red, white, and blue card with a "miss you" theme. Well, that was easy for me, since I frequently make patriotic cards for my brother, who is currently in Germany in the US Air Force. You can read more about him HERE. I used this week's layout from Clean & Simple, one of my favorite challenge sites. I love to make large quantaties of the same card, when I donate them to Operation Write Home. Easier for my brain, that way! ;)
At the end of the weekend, I will randomly choose one lucky person who comments on this post. He/She will win this yummy blog candy!! A pack of Martha Stewart 24 sheets of 12 x 12 Crafting Paper (pretty shades of white, kraft, and light coral with lovely designs on each) AND a pack of Stampin Up's Fresh Cut Notes cards and envelopes!!!
My inspiration for doing this Blog Hop came from my brother and from Operation Write Home. Love this organization. I support them every chance I can.
So please let's continue Blog Hopping this morning and give some love to our next in line... Christine's Crafting Capers ...

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Operation Write Home Blog Hop Coming Soon...

This is my one and only brother. He is a Firefighter in the US Air Force, currently stationed in Germany with his wife. They have been half way around the world since February 2009, and will be there for at least another 2 1/2 years. There isn't a day that goes by that I don't think about my brother and sister in law. I miss them both more and more with each passing day.
So, this weekend, I will remember and honor my brother, as well as all of the US troops, by taking part in Operation Write Home's Blog Hop. My goal is to bring light to this wonderful organization and all that it does for our troops and their loved ones. I will be offering some "yummy" blog candy, so I invite you to join in on the fun. See you back here on Saturday morning! :)
May God Bless our Troops and bring them all home safe.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

3 Challenges, 1 Bird-y Card

Quick and easy card for 3 challenges:
*The Shabby Tea Room - polka dots
*Picture Perfect Creations - color challenge
*Card Patterns - sketch challenge
STAMP: Cheep Talk
INK: Cameo Coral, Handsome Hunter, Ballet Blue
PAPER: Same as above, WW
OTHER: Scallop Edge Punch, Swiss Dots EF, Brads, Rectangle Nesties

Monday, May 24, 2010

Mojo Monday 140

Here is my card for this week's sketch over at Mojo Monday. I just *had* to use my favorite color (Baja Breeze) and favorite stamp set (Thoughts & Prayers) - perfect combo! :) I am so excited that SU is bringing back Baja ~ I cannot wait for new Baja DSP, Ribbon, and other accessories! :)
STAMP: Thoughts & Prayers
INK: Choc Chip, Baja Breeze, Creamy Caramel
PAPER: WW, Choc Chip, Baja Breeze, Parisian Breeze DSP
OTHER: Curly Label Punch, Baja Breeze Button, Choc Chip Ribbon

Watercolor Trio meets Baroque Motifs

Here is my card for this week's sketch challenge over at Sweet Sunday Sketch and for this week's color combo challenge over at Stacey's Stamping Stage.
Be sure to scroll down to see my creation for this week's FUN challenge over at The Shabby Tea Room! :)
STAMPS: Baroque Motifs, Watercolor Trio
INK: Pretty In Pink, Almost Amethyst, Garden Green, Night of Navy
PAPER: Same as above, WW
OTHER: Pretty In Pink Satin Ribbon, Oval Punches

The Shabby Tea Room - Week #11

Good Monday to you! It's time for another super fun challenge over at The Shabby Tea Room. This week's challenge is pink and white polka dots. Fun! :) I *had* to ink up this Bella image. Look at all of her polka dots. Wonder what's in that box!?! Can't wait to see what you come up with! Hope over to The Shabby Tea Room and play along!
STAMPS: Stamping Bella - PresentahBella
INK: Adirondack Black, Copics (E00, E04, E33, BG10, RV11)
PAPER: WW, Pretty in Pink, Pink Pirouette
OTHER: Buttons, Hemp/Twine, Diamond Stickles, PTI Sweet Blush Ribbon, PTI Polka Dot Impression Plate

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Clean & Simple FTL 91

Here is my card for this week's sketch over at Clean & Simple. I'm trying to come up with a quick and easy Christmas card that I can mass produce to send to the troops. This might be the one! :)
STAMPS: Delightful Decorations, Best Yet
INK: Blue Bayou
PAPER: WW, Blue Bayou, Soft Sky
OTHER: Ornament Punch, Silver Elastic Cord, Silver Stickles

C4C 38

Good Sunday to You! Here is my card for this week's sketch challenge over at Crazy 4 Challenges. Fun and easy layout - just my style! :)
STAMP: Flight of the Butterfly
INK: Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry
PAPER: WW, Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry, Cottage Wall DSP
OTHER: Butterfly Punch, Old Olive Ribbon

Friday, May 21, 2010

Nemo Quilt

My newest sewing creation...A Nemo Quilt for my daughter. Bella loves the movie Finding Nemo, so I thought I would make her a Nemo quilt. Very very easy pattern, which was perfect since she was so anxious to cuddle with this quilt. The quicker it could be make, the better! :) My best friend picked out the 3 top fabrics, while vacationing in FL. (She loves a shopping mission~so I asked her to find some Nemo fabric.) Bella and I picked out the backing and binding. She wanted orange and red. She loves it!! :)
I'm submitting this quilt for this month's challenge over at StampsRUs Challenge ~ anything but a card.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Mojo Monday meets PPC...again...

Combining challenges again this afternoon. I spent way too much time on this card. Don't you just hate that? I could not figure out this sketch. Made my brain work too hard! :)
Mojo Monday - sketch challenge
Picture Perfect Creations - color challenge
***As an added bonus, PPC is offering a super prize for a lucky participant. Become a follower, submit a card, and YOU could win! ***

STAMPS: Priceless, Well Scripted
INK: BB, Basic Gray
PAPER: WW, BB, Basic Gray, Green Galore, Walk in the Park DSP
OTHER: Gray Satin Ribbon, Black Button, Top Note Die

There for you, friend...

Clean and simple card for my best friend, who lost her father last week. A card can't take away her pain, but hopefully it can bring her a smile, knowing that she is not alone.
Inspired by these 2 challenges:
*Curtain Call - color challenge
*Sweet Sunday Sketch - sketch challenge

STAMPS: True Friend, Absolutely Fabulous
INK: BB, Pink Pirouette
PAPER: WW, Kraft, Pink Pirouette, Bali Breeze DSP
OTHER: Circle Nesties, Flower Fusion 2, Brads

3 Challenges for 1 Patriotic Card

Good Monday to you! It's a rainy Monday here in NC - great to stamping! :) Here is my super simple card for 3 challenges. Mailing this card to my brother, so the less frills the better!
*JUGS - Red, White, Blue and Optional Kraft
*The Shabby Tea Room - Stars and Stripes / Red, White and Blue
*Crazy 4 Challenges - "Pocket" card (the envelope is a little pocket for another little card inside)
The little card reads, "Thanks for your dedicated service and sacrifice". That pretty much sums it up!!
STAMPS: Service and Sacrifice
INK: Blue Bayou
PAPER: WW, Kraft, Real Red, Blue Bayou DSP
OTHER: Real Red Ribbon, Scallop Envelope Die

The Shabby Tea Room - Week #10

Good Monday to you! Here is my card for this week's challenge over at The Shabby Tea Room. This week's challenge is a photo inspiration of the American flag. I decided to interpret this challenge pretty literally. I kept it very clean and simple, to let the card speak for itself. The yellow ribbon is in support for our troops. My one and only brother is a Firefighter in the US Air Force, and is currently stationed in Germany with his wife. They left 15 months ago, and will be there for at least another 2.5 years. I miss them both so much. Needless to say, the American flag flies proudly at our home every day.
Every chance I get, I support my favorite organization, Operation Write Home. They send handmade cards to troops overseas, so that the troops can keep in touch with their friends and family back here in the US. If you have any extra handmade cards sitting around, please consider helping such a wonderful cause.

STAMPS: Ribbon of Hope
INK: Summer Sun
PAPER: WW, Real Red, Not Quite Navy
OTHER: Rectangle and Square Nesties, Cuttlebug Stars and Stripes EF

Friday, May 14, 2010

3 Cards for 1 Challenge

Wow~Can you tell that I was totally inspired by this week's Clean and Simple Sketch!?! The minute I saw it, I knew that I would turn to sketch over and over again. Most of you know that I am so committed to making cards for the troops, through the organization Operation Write Home. I love to mass produce and am always in search of the perfect sketch for multiple holidays and occasions. Well, this sketch hit the spot! :)
STAMPS: Fall Whimsy, Snow Swirled, Happy Hearts, Well Scripted, PTI Mailbox Greetings
INK: Pumpkin Pie, Choc Chip, Old Olive, Bashful Blue, Bordering Blue, Not Quite Navy, Purely Pomegranate, Pink Pirouette, Melon Mambo
PAPER: VV, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, WW, Bashful Blue, Basic Gray, Pink Pirouette, Purely Pomegranate
OTHER: Old Olive Ribbon, Basic Gray Satin Ribbon, PTI Sweet Blush Ribbon

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Mojo Monday 138

Here is my card for this week's sketch challenge over at Mojo Monday. It's a rainy Tuesday here in NC...Great day to stamp! :)
STAMPS: Party Hearty
INK: Regal Rose, Choc Chip
PAPER: WW, Wild Wasabi, Rose Red, Junior Varsity DSP
OTHER: Square Nesties, Stickles, Dimensionals, Wasabi, Regal Rose and Choc Chip Ribbons, Pretty in Pink Brads

My First Challenge Win!

Yippee for me! I was just chosen as the winner for last week's color challenge over at Picture Perfect Creations! I am so excited! Here is the winning card! Thanks to all of the ladies at PPC for their weekly inspiration!! :) Please stop by their blog and play along - relatively new challenge blog and I'm sure they would love some more players!!

Monday, May 10, 2010

3 Flowers for 2 Challenges

Good Monday morning to you! Here is my card for this week's sketch over at Clean & Simple and for this week's color challenge over at Picture Perfect Creations. I pulled out my newest craft room tool - Cricut - to make these flowers. Easy card - just my type! :)
STAMPS: PTI Green Thumb
INK: Soft Suede
PAPER: WW, Soft Suede, Sage Shadow, Bravo Burgundy, Perfect Plum
OTHER: Brads, Cricut Accent Essentials Cart.

The Shabby Tea Room Week #9

This week's challenge over at The Shabby Tea Room is to create a card or project using chipboard. Well that was truly a challenge for me, since I rarely use chipboard. Since I am so far behind on scrap booking, I decided to make a page using chipboard. I inked up the letters with Brilliance Pigment Ink and voila - silver chipboard! :) These photos are from Christmas - and yes, it's now May...At least this challenge forced me to create a page - gotta love it! :)
STAMP: none :(
INK: Brilliance Pigment Ink - Starlite Silver
PAPER: WW, Blue Bayou, Wintergreen DSP, Brushed Silver
OTHER: Corner Rounder Punch, Chipboard Letters, Cricut Cart for Scallop Edging

Sunday, May 9, 2010


Retired Colors + Retired DSP + Challenge = New Card :)
Here is my card for this week's challenge over at JUGS. This week's challenge is to make a pocket card. The criss cross card is my favorite of all pocket cards, hence this card. I made 3 of these for my daughter's preschool teachers, for Mother's Day....They'll be a day late...Better late than never, right!?! :)
STAMPS: Live Your Dream
INK: Soft Sky
PAPER: WW, Choc Chip, Soft Sky, Afternoon Tea DSP
OTHER: Circle Punches, Label Punch, Felt Fusion Flower, Brad

Thanks for Petal Prints

Happy Mother's Day to all of the moms out there in blog land! :) I hope you get in some fun, crafting time today! :)

Here is my card for this week's sketch challenge over at Sweet Sunday Sketch and for this week's color challenge over at Stacey's Stamping Stage. I substituted Dusty Durango for Tangerine Tango - I hope that's OK! :) I'm all out of Tango.

STAMPS: Petal Prints, Live Your Dream

INK: Summer Dun, Dusty Durango

PAPER: Same as above, Bordering Blue, WW

OTHER: Rectangle Nesties, Dusty Durango Ribbon, Swiss Dots EF

Monday, May 3, 2010

SSC 67

Here is my card for this week's sketch over at Sweet Sunday Sketch. Another fun layout!

STAMPS: Fox & Friends, Whimsical Words
INK: Choc Chip, Pretty in Pink Marker
PAPER: WW, Choc Chip, Sweet Pea DSP
OTHER: Circle Punches, Celery Grosgrain Ribbon

Watercolor Trio Challenge for 2...

Just had a chance to ink up a very new stamp set, Watercolor Trio. This will be a "go to" set for years to come. Such pretty images and sentiments - and most of all NO water-coloring needed! Yippee! This card is for: Mojo Monday's Sketch Challenge and Stacey's Stamping Stage Color Challenge.

STAMPS: Watercolor Trio
INK: Not Quite Navy, Rose Red
PAPER: WW, Kraft, Not Quite Navy, Rose Red, Bali Breeze DSP
OTHER: Oval Punches, Square Punch, Square Nesties, Swiss Dots EF

Upsy Daisy for 2 Challenges

Upsy Daisy comes to the rescue again! I just love this stamp - especially in a circle. This card is for: JUGS Sketch Challenge and PPC Color Challenge.

STAMPS: Upsy Daisy, Well Scripted
INK: Basic Gray, Bermuda Bay
PAPER: Vanilla, Basic Gray, Bermuda Bay
OTHER: Circle Nesties, Brads, Basic Gray Satin Ribbon (Yummo!)

The Shabby Tea Room Week #8

Good Monday to you! This week's challenge over at The Shabby Tea Room is to make a card or project with LOTS of glitter. Well, my craft room will NEVER be the same after this card. Even my 4 year old daughter was amazed by the mess I made with this card. :) Simple card, but it's chock full of glitter!
STAMPS: Warm Words
INK: Basic Grey
PAPER: Shimmery White, Basic Grey
OTHER: Fine Cosmo Glitter, Basic Grey Satin Ribbon, CB Circle Dies, Sticky Pages