Sunday, January 29, 2012

Warm Fuzzies

This stamp reminds me of one of my other crafts, knitting.  It also reminds me of the leg warmers  that my daughter asked me to make for her.  I made them for Christmas 2010.  She still hasn't worm them.  Granted, this is Florida and it is warm but she could have least worn them once.  Oh well....
So it's time to Pile It On.  This week our theme is "Just Because" and our sponsor is Stamp-N-Doodle. 

Please stop over at the Pile it On challenge blog to see what the rest of the team created and to find the rules and the linkey thingy.  We can't wait to see what you create.

Here's the deets:
stamp - My Favorite Things - the A La Mode "Knit Happens"
ink - Memento "Rich Cocoa"
paper - Stampin' Up Kraft cs; Bazzill "Beeswax" cs; Crate Paper "Prudence Collection Kit" olive dp and olive mat paper; October Afternoon "Modern Homemaker" red polka dot dp; Cosmo Cricket "Circa 1934" red and yellow print dp
miscellaneous - copics; Nesties circle and scalloped circle dies; red pearls; snowflake charm; ribbon; burlap twine; mini brads; sewing machine

Here's the challenges:
Pile It On #5 - Just Because
My Favorite Things Wednesday Stamp Club MFTWSC56 - Sketch
Crazy for Challenges C4C121 - Lots and Lots of Layers
Speedy Fox  and Friends #92 - Layers, at least 4
One Stop Craft #167 - Stitching Faux or Real
Secret Crafter - Ribbon
Sew Many #78 - Circles
Simon Says - Anything Goes
Freshly Brewed - Brr/Snow/Winter
L'il Red Wagon #117 - Winter Wonderland
Do You Stack Up #56 - Ribbons
Fussy and Fancy #55 - Polka Dots
the Kraft Journal - Tie It Up
the Color Q cqc121 - Red Riding Hood, Old Olive, More Mustard, Kraft and White
Ladybug Crafts Ink #52 - Bows
My Time To Craft 171 - Your Favorite Embellishment (charms are my fav)

Thanks for stopping by, I do hope you come back again and that you'll join the fun and play in the Pile It On challenge "Just Because" 

Would You Believe...

that the words "it's too sweet for me" actually came out of my mouth?  I had to ask my hubby "Have you ever heard me say that before?"  We were out at a buffet and they had my my favorite cake, carrot cake, sitting prettily on a raised platter (ok, who am I kidding, whatever cake is on my plate is my favorite cake).   Who'd think at this late stage things would be too sweet, but two bites was all I could take.  Fortunately for me they had some other not so sweet goodies....

This cake is just so funky, funky but chic. It's our fabulous inspiration for this week's Cupcake Inspirations Challenge.   Wouldn't you love to have this at your next birthday party?  I would, I don't even care what it tastes like, sweet or not, I just want to look at it.  Well, now that it's on my blog I guess I can look at anytime I want. 

This week our sponsor is DRS Designs.  They graciously let the design pick a stamp to use for this week.  When I saw this cake stamp I knew it was the one for me. 

Originally I thought I would paper piece the cake with zebra paper but as I was looking through my stash the white and cream printed paper jumped out at me so I gave it a try.  When I was looking through my stash a pack of pink prints kept finding their way into my hands and onto my desk.  I thought I would use them for different layers but it occurred to me to use different papers above and below the squiggled lines on the cake so I tried that out.  In person the three different paper stand out more.  After putting the icing on the cake I stamped out the flowers again, cut them out and added then to the card, put a some pink bling on the side stems and a little stickles on the candles.  In the end this cake is pretty dang cute too. 

Here's the deets:
stamp - DRS Designs "Girly Swirly Birthday Cake"
ink - Memento "Tuxedo Black"
paper - Close to My Heart "Silhouette" cream and black dp; Bazzill "Parrot" and "Flamingo"  cs; Authentique "Uncommon" collection dp
miscellaneous - copics; flower charm; burlap twine; pink bling; lace; flower brads; sewing machine; SU corner punch

Here's the challenges:
Cupcake Inspirations Challenge CIC145 - photo
Crafts and Me - Pink and Sparkly
Charisma - Pretty in Pink
Paper Play week 4 - Lovely Lace

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you'll come back again.

Friday, January 27, 2012


Yeah, it's the weekend!  Even though I'm retired I still like the weekend.  What better time to do the things you love.  For me it'll be crafting and checking card blogs.  If you have some free time this weekend why don't you join us at Stampin' for the Weekend in our challenge #25 to "Emboss".  We're sponsored by Stamp Fairy (my card is using the Barry Angel digi).  The sentiment on my card is heat embossed.  You can dry emboss if you prefer.  Stop by the blog to check out the details and see what the rest of the design team has created. 

Here's the deets:
stamp - Stamp Fairy "Barry Angel"
ink - hp printer
paper - the Paper Cut "Pink Lemonade" cs; Kaisercraft "Hey Birdie" collection dp
miscellaneous - copics; glaze pen; Tiny Twinkles; brads; ribbon; baker's twine; charm; sewing machine

Here's the challenges"
Stampin' for the Weekend #25 - Emboss

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you'll come back again.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Get Cooking

Look at the size of that heart Lucy's carrying.  That must be at least a five pounder.  I think that five pounds might even be a challenge for me and I love bon bons. 
The challenge for you is to make a card or project using hearts, a punch and embossing.   That's challenge #88 at Cooking It Up with Katie.  The sponsor this week is Robyn's Fetish.  The paper that the little girl is mounted on was embossed with the heart folder but it didn't photograph well, I tried taking shots from different angles but to no avail.  You're just going to have to take my work for it.

Here's the deets:
stamp - Robyn's Fetish digi "Lucy Valentine's girl"
ink - hp printer
paper - Recollections red base card; Bo Bunny dp (just a scrap with the name gone); Authentique "Uncommon" dp; Bazzill "Maraschino" cs
miscellaneous - copics; stickles; ribbon; twine; charm; heart bling; sewing machine

Here's the challenges:
Cooking It Up With Katie #88 - Punch Me an Embossed Heart
Simon Says - Anything Goes
Ruby's Rainbow - Valentine's Red and Black
The Pink Elephant TPE132 - photo inspiration

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you'll come by often. 

Monday, January 23, 2012

Sew Fancy

Sometimes you just need to fancy a thing up. When I'm sewing I keep finding myself looking for a pad for notes. I started using one of those small and inexpensive legal pads. If you buy a pack of them they get even cheaper.  Since these are so easy to make and are great gifts (think teacher appreciation) you might as well get the pack and make a few for your friends, everyone can use a pad next to the phone, with one of these on hand you'll only be searching for a pen.  Hey, you can always make a little loop to hold a pen.
don't forget the inside
After using the pad a couple days I thought it looked icky and needed some dressing up. Just about that time I checked out the My Favorite Things sketch challenge and decided that it was time to make a cover. I could ink up a stamp set I hadn't opened yet (there's one of my resolutions), enter a favorite challenge and make something blah look a lot better.
Since this was for sewing notes it was the perfect time to break out the "Sew Nifty Dienamics" set. I think the stamps have a vintage look (maybe cause it's mostly us old fashioned types, emphasis on the old, who like to sew) so I decided on a heavily distressed look. Ripping and smudging is something I just get lost in, it's great therapy and I highly recommend it.  

Here's the deets:
stamp - My Favorite Things "Sew Nifty Dienamics"
ink - Memento "Rich Cocoa "; Ranger "Tea Dye"
paper - Neenah Classic Crest Natural white cs for images; Bazzill "Blossom" and "Pinecone" cs; Basic Grey "Cappella" and "Porcelain" dp
miscellaneous - lace; Recollections pearls; spool charm; embroidery floss; twill ribbon; Spellbinder's "Ribbon Tags Trio" die; sewing machine'

Here's the challenges:
My Favorite Things MFTWSC55 - sketch
Sentimental Sunday #86 - Die Cuts
Craft Your Days Away #37 - Distressing
CES #69- Anything But a Card
Basic Grey #61 - Favorite Things (I love pearls, die cuts, machine sewing and distressing)
Delightful - Vintage/Distressed

Thanks for stopping by, please come back again

Sunday, January 22, 2012

I Like These Snowflakes

These are defintely the kind of snowflakes I like.  They're so pretty and not in the least bit cold or wet.  Now there's something for Mother Nature to think about.

They're also great as inspiration for this week's Cupcake Inspiration Challenge.  Those pretty pastel colors made me think of some favorite papers from My Mind's Eye so I went straight for the "Wonderful Winter" pad and got started.

This week's sponsor is Fresh Brewed Designs.  They've suppliesd the design team with some cute winter images so be sure to check out what the rest of the design team has created.  Everything you need to know and see cn be found here.

Here's the deets:
stamp - Fresh Brewed Designs "Build a Snowman"
ink - hp printer
paper - Bazzill "Safari" and "Frosted Teal" cs; My Mind's Eye "Wonderful Winter" dp
miscellaneous - copics; stickles; mini brads; snowman charm; linen thread; embossing folder; Spellbinder's Lacey Square die; sewing machine

Here's the challenges:
Cupcake Inspirations CIC144 - photo inspiration
Pixie Cottage 104 - sketch and embossing

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you'll come back again.

Sunday, January 15, 2012


If I were to get a personalized license plate for my card it would be "No Mo Sno".   I do not miss that cold wet stuff and never want to see first hand again.  However, I do like it as a design element.  This pretty sparkly cupcake is the inspiration for this week's Cupcake Inspirations Challenge. 

The snowflake and silvery shimmer is what inspired me.  What will it be for you?  All the sweeties are anxious to see what you come up with, so get busy stamping and don't forget to link it up at Cupcake Inspirations Challenge.

Here's the deets:
stamp - the Cat's Pajamas "J*lly H*liday"
ink - Versamark
paper - Recollections silver card base; Neenah Classic Crest Brilliant white cs; Creative Memories "Cany Cane" dp
miscellaneous - Silver Embossing powder; Nesties Labels Eighteen; Recollections bling; Martha Stewart lace; the Cat's Pajamas twill ribbon; burlap twine; charm
Here's the challenges:
Cupcake Inspirations CIC143 - photo inspiration
the Cat's Pajamas - TCPTUES192 - Embossing
Sugar Creek Hollow - Embossing
2 Sisters #74 - Use Metal
Polka Doodles  - Vintage/Retro
Secret Crafter - Anything Goes with Blue
Fussy and Fancy - Let It Snow
Tuesday Throwdown #80- Baby it's Cold Outside
Creative Belli #134 - Snowflakes

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you come back again and that you'll join the sweeties and create a card or project for the Cupcake Inspirations Challenge.

Aren't We a Pair

Here comes Valentine's day yet it seems like Christmas is still here.  Maybe that's because I've been delinquent in getting the decorations stowed away.   I enjoy them so much I hate to put them away. I think I finally got it all but I think that every year and then discover something somewhere.  Last year it was a mini quilt and by the time I realized it was still out I decided to just leave it there and there it remained till I packed it up when we moved.  I do know the wreath is still on the front door but that bad boy is so dang large I don't know what to do with it.   Oh well...

So onto the real reason you're here.  It's Sunday and it's time for the Pile It On challenge #3.  The theme is Fuzzy Friends, sponsored by Di's Digi Downloads. 

I chose to use a couple of bears, or a bear couple depending on how you look at it, for my image.  I think they're perfect for Valentine's Day.  It's not a pink or red card but lots of hearts on it do the trick and it's fun to be non-conventional once in awhile. 

Here's some info (tips) about making the card:
The scarf is paper pieced.  I prefer to use a paper that will be used in the card layers.  To get this look I stamped the scarf several times on the paper and cut out six pieces.  I think it looks more realistic if the design on the paper is broken up in the image.  The pieces are laid down with the furthest away pieces down first.  These things may seem picky but in the end they make the card look better.  The heart the bears are holding is not pieced but that would have made a nice touch. 
Mistakes can end up helping your card.  After all the coloring of the image was done I noticed there was a small smudge on the background.  To cover it  Ranger Shabby Shutter ink sponged around the image.   I wasn't planning on sponging but as it turns out I think it looks better than it would have if left plain.

Here's the deets:
stamp - My Favorite Things "Polar Love"
ink - Memento Tuxedo Black; Ranger Shabby Shutters
paper Bazzill "Beesxax" cs; Jillibean Soup "Dutch Mustard Soup" dp
miscellaneous - copics; ribbon; baker's twine; heart charm; Crystazzi bling; stickles

Here's the challenges:
Pile It On #3 - Fuzzy Friends
My Favorite Things MFTWSC54 - sketch
2 Sisters #74 - Use Metal
Delightful Inspirations - Include a Heart
Tuesday Throwdown #80- Baby It's Cold Outside
Top Tip Tuesday- Anything Goes
Crafts and Me - Anything Goes
For Fun - Anything Goes
Sisterhood of Crafters - Let It Snow/Winter
My Time To Craft #170 - XOXO Hugs and Kisses
the Pink Elephant TPE130- Hearts

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you'll visit often.  I also hope you'll play along with us at Pile It On and create a Fuzzy Friends project.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Surf's Up, Dude

It's Friday, yeah!  So what are you doing this weekend?  I hope you're going to join us at Stampin' for the Weekend because this week I picked the challenge theme.  We've being sponsored by LOTV and that means a nice prize for someone.  This challenge is easy peasy, it's "Use It Up".  We'd like you to use some stuff that's been sitting in your stash since last year.  Technically you can use stuff you got for Christmas but why not move some of the stuff that's starting to get dusty.  You're welcome to use stamps or digis of any brand you'd like.

This year I'm going to try to make more masculine cards.  I'm thinking that at least one a month would be a good commitment and easy enough to keep and maybe I'll get more done.  I'll keep you posted.

Here's the deets:
stamp - digi from Teddy Bo
ink - hp printer
paper - Stampin' Up cs and dp
miscellaneous - copics, lacey square nestie; twine; charm

Here's the challenges:
Stampin' for the Weekend - Use It Up
Moving Along with the Times #130 - Spots and Stripes
Teddy Bo #20 - Anything Goes
Color Throwdown #174 - Soft Sky, River Rock, Daffodil Delight and Soft Suede
Simon Says - Spots and/or Stripes

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you'll come back again and that you'll find the time to play along with us at Stampin' for the Weekend.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Pretty Pink Stuff

"Love is All You Need" is written in lower left corner
The Cooking It Up With Katie challenge is back.  Katie gave the design team a little time off for the holidays.  I don't know about you but I really needed it but I'm happy to be back at my desk again.  I'll be happier when I get it organized.

So are you ready to start cooking.  This one's easy for me cause I love all the ingredients.  The challenge is to make a card (or project) using pink, pearls and posies.  With Valentine's Day closing in on us you might want to make a card for your honey.  My image is from this week's sponsor Digital Delights.   If you'd like to grab this image now's a good time to go shopping cause there's a sale going on.  Check out the challenge blog to see what the rest of the design has created.  That's where you'll find everything you need to know about playing with us.

Here's the deets:
stamp - Digital Delights "Love You Larry"
ink - hp printer
paper - Recollections Red card base, the Paper Cut "Pink Lemonade" cs; Authentique "Uncommon" dp
miscellaneous - copics; ladybug charm; pink burlap twine; lace; SU pearls

Here's the challenges:
Cooking It Up With Katie #87 - Pink, Pearls and Posies
the Sweet Stop SSS140 - sketch
My Time to Craft #170 - Hugs and Kisses
Paper Players #77 - All You Need is Love (and that's the sentiment written on this card)
the Pink Elephant TPE130 - Hearts
the Ribbon Reel #19 - Pink Polka Dots

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you come back again.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

What'd I Do With...

Today I experienced a couple of the joys of moving.  First I worked in my craft room, which should really be called my craft mess.  There's just too much stuff.  Combine that with not being sure where things are.  But I was able to make a card I liked, even if I didn't dig out my Big Shot.  Later on I was putting gas in my car and attempted to charge it.  Try to guess if the credit card company still has your old zip code on file or your new one.  I was pretty sure that which ever one I guessed would be the wrong one and I was right, fortunately I did have some all American green stuff in my wallet.  And if these are the biggest problems I have in life than I count myself as blessed. 

This week the Cupcake Inspiration Challenge is being sponsored by Stamp Fairy.   Some of the sweeties have used Stamp Fairy images so you have to check out their work on the blog, you'll find all the info you need there, including the linky thing for entering your creation.

That lovely cuppie in the photo got me hunting for an image with a cupcake with a single candle on it.  Then I picked some papers that had the colors.  This Basic Grey paper even had a trim with stripes that are similar to the stripes behind the cuppie in the inspiration photo. 

Now it's your turn to make a card or project inspired by the photo.  I can't wait to see what you create.

Here's the deets:
stamp - My Favorite Things a la mode "Birthday Girl"
ink - Memento Tuxedo Black
paper - Basic Grey "Kioshi" dp; the Paper Cut "Pink Lemonade" cs; Bazzill "Intense Kiwi" cs
miscellaneous - copics; baker's twine; phone charm; Martha Stewart border punch

Here's the challenges:
Cupcake Inspirations CIC142 - photo
My Favorite Things MFTWSC53 - sketch
Friday Mash Up FM#40- Birthday/Pastels
Secret Crafter - Let Them Eat Cake

Thanks for stopping, please come back again.   Now go make a card for the Cupcake Inspirations Challenge.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy New Year

Happy New Year! 

Well I'm still trying to make sense of my craft room but I was able to make a card and to join my teammates at Pile It On for the challenge #1 of the New Year.  We hope you'll join us so we've made it an easy theme - Anything Goes.  This week's sponsor is Simon Says Stamp.   So get your fingers inky, you could be the next winner and even if you aren't you'll have fun.

How did you spend your New Year's Eve?  Were you out partying hardy, all dressed up in a pretty dress?  My little family went downtown to the movies.  Amazingly, I did not fall asleep.  Yeah me! 

don't forget the inside

And then there's the resolutions... Well last year I resolved to use up more of my supplies, ink up stamps that needed love and to do the inside of my cards.  If you're a regular visitor then you know that I did a pretty job of doing the insides of my cards.  So along with the usual lose weight and exercise more (I did a decent job with those too!) I am going to resolve to keep up with last year's resolutions. 

Here's the deets:
stamp - My Favorite Things (a la modes) "Cheers"
ink - Memento Tuxedo Black; Close To My Heart "Cranberry"
paper - Recollections red card base; Black card stock; white cardcstock; Stampin' Up "Night and Day" dsp
miscellaneous - copics; pleated ribbon; burtlap twine; Taylored Tiny Twinkles; mini brads; Stampin' Up punch; champagne charm; glaze pen

Here's the challenges:
Pile It On #01 - Anything Goes
Cutie Pie #7 - Use a Sentiment
Color Q #117 - Black and White and one other color
Party Time PTT#48 - Anything Goes
Top Tip Tuesday #66 - Anything Goes
Crafts and Me #66 - Anything Goes
4 Crafty Chicks #70 - Something New
Cute Card Thursday #197 - Happy New Year
Moving Along with the Times - Music/Retro Related (Lady in Red)
For Fun - New Something
L'il Red Wagon - Something New
Paper Pretties - Ring in the New Year
Sisterhood of Crafter - Black and White and one other color
Simon Says - Anything Goes
Fabulous Friday - Something New
Friday Mash Up #39 - Sparkles and/or Celebrating the New Year
Really Reasonable Ribbon - Anything Goes
Allsorts week 135 - New Beginnings
CES #66 - Party, Party, Party
Totally Gorjuss - Something Happy
Sweet Stampin - New Beginnings
Secret Crafter - Anything Goes
One Stop Craft - Winter Wishes
Come and Get It - Happy New Year

Thanks for stopping by, I hope to see you here regularly. 

Here's the link for the Pile It On challenge blog.  I hope you'll play along.
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