Monday, April 30, 2012

Cosmos All Round

If there's ever a martini glass this big there's definitely going to be Cosmos all around. 

Saturday was the day I went to the My Favorite Things store to take a couple copic classes with Wendy Ramlakhan (this card was made before the classes so it doesn't reflect on Wendy's abilities).  Her coloring is amazing, you can check it out on her blog Sugar Pea Designs.   There's always something new to learn or something you forgot you can be reminded about, so if you have the chance to take a class go for it.   The hair on Wendy's cards always look great and in the past I've tried to do hair the way she does with very little success but I did get it in her class.  Maybe I'll be able to do it again on my own.  The other very interesting thing that Wendy does is she colors from dark to light (except for hair).  I've always gone from light to dark and this took me by surprise, and I thought it would be weird to do but I have to say that I liked it and will be trying it as soon as get to my next card.  

Here's the deets:
stamp - My Favorite Things "Martinis on Me"
ink - Memento "Tuxedo Black"
paper - Stampin' Up "Kraft"; My Mind's Eye "Paris and Co." dp
miscellaneous - copics; twill ribbon; baker's twine; charm; nailheads; pearls; bling; MFT die-namics "Royal Rose"; machine stitching

Here's the challenges:
My Favorite Things MFTWSC69 - sketch
Fabulous Friday - Rolled Paper
Paper Players - Tic Tac Toe (square card, ribbon and designer paper)

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

Sunday, April 29, 2012

A Day for Daisies

Does the sight of butter cream icing send shivers down your spine?  It makes me weak in the knees.  Cream cheese frosting is just killer.  The other day I broke down and purchased one of those mini cupcake makers.  While I was in line the woman behind asked me something about it and all I could say was it seemed like it might be better to have a few small cupcakes in the house than one huge cake.  Cause in my mind if you eat a dozen tiny cuppies it's not the same as one big cake.  That's my logic and it works for me, don't try to tell me otherwise.  Thank goodness my doctor isn't into crafts and probably won't ever see this post, she'd be wagging her finger at me.
This week Cupcake Inspirations CIC158 has a new sponsor, by A Day for Daisies.  Lots of adorable stamps to choose from, it was really hard picking just one for this challenge.  If you win this week you're going to have a fun time shopping. 

This image is "New Umbrella", one of many umbrella images.  But you don't have to use an umbrella in your creation, just be inspired by something about the photo.  While I was visiting the ADFD shop I was taken with the mermaid images and thought about using one of them, the color scheme is good for anything to do with the sea.  It's also good for boys.  Go where your imagination takes you and share the results with us by posting your card.

don't forget the inside
When you use a dark card stock for your card base it's a good idea to finish the inside of your card with at least a piece of white card stock.  If you have a large stash of paper why not make it a little bit fancier and use some of it on the inside.  This one is pretty simple but I've visited blogs where I've seen insides of cards that look better than the faces of mine. 
Here's the deets:
ink - hp printer
paper - Colorbok cardstock; Basic Grey "Skate Shoppe" dp
miscellaneous - copics; ribbon; embroidery floss; umbrella charm; brads and mini brads; machine stitching

Here's the challenges:
Cupcake Inspiratons CIC158 - photo
Speedy the Fox #105 - Shades of Blue
Crafty Catz - Anything Goes
Crafty Ann's #64 - stitching
Ribbon Carousel RCC50 - Anything Goes
Digital Tuesday #157 - Winter Blues

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you'll come back again.  I look forward to seeing what you make for the Cupcake Inspirations challenge.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

My Sentiments Exactly

What a day this is!  First, I'm guest designing with the Bugaboo peeps on today's Catch the Bug Challenge.  Second, I'm going up to the My Favorite Things store where Wendy Ramlakhan is giving a couple copic classes.  If you're not familiar with Wendy's work then you must pop over to her blog Sugar Pea Designs.   Could it get any better?  Well, this is Florida and the weather is great and the scenery is gorgeous so I don't it can get much better.

Back to the Catch the Bug challenge.  Today me another designer from the Pile It On challenge will be guesting there and then tomorrow a couple of the Bugaboo team will be guesting with the Pile It On team.  It's kind of like exchange students for crafters. 

The Catch the Bug challenge is "Dry Embossing, Designer Paper and Bling.   This card uses the "Cupcake Word Block" digi image.  Did you notice the "ransom" lettering for the word "frosting", too cute!  The dp is Recollections "Cupcake" which is one of the cutest papers I've ever seen.  I should have brought a ream of it.  The embossing is tiny dots on the aqua card stock behind the image.  I haven't figured out how to get a decent photograph of dry embossing but in real life you can see it.  Purple and Aqua bling was used to match the paper.    The "happy cupcake day" sentiment is clipped on, I still can't decide if I want it there or not, so the clip works out well.

Here's the deets:
stamp - Bugaboo "Cupcake Word Block"; Lockhart Stamp Co "happy cupcake day"
ink - hp printer and Memento "Tuxedo Black" for sentiment
paper - Bazzill "Frosted Teal" cs; the Paper Cut "Sno-Cone" cs; Stampin' Up "Orchid Opulence" and "Pale Plum" cs; Recollections "Cupcake" dp
miscellaneous - copics; Spare Parts clip; baker's twine; cake charm; bling; stitching

Here's the challenges:
Catch the Bug - Dry Embossing, Designer Paper and Bling
Crafty Ann's #130 - Stitching
Crafts and Me #81 - Embossing
Simon Says - Anything Goes

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

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Snarky Birthday Greetings

I need to build up my birthday card stash.  I have tons of cards but not many are specifically birthday.  There's a couple coming up soon and nothing but a snarky card will do.  That means it's time to ink up some Bugaboo Stellas.  Oh yeah, you don't get much snarkier than that.
This one is for a guy so the embellishments are plain - some stitching, a couple brads and buttons.

the inside

Here's the same image and the same sketch.  This one is for a gal.  It's embellished with bling, ribbon and a charm, a little more girly.

The insides of both cards are very simple, just a small piece of one of the dp used on the face and white cardstock space for notes.

the inside

Here's the deets:
stamp - Bugaboo - Stella Old Fart Birthday 
ink - hp printer
paper - Stampin' Up "Dusty Durango" cs (both cards); Echo Park "This and That" dp (top card); Theresa Collins "Carolina Breeze" dp (bottom card)
miscellaneous - copics; buttons, brads, ribbon, linen twine; present charm; stitching

Here's the challenges:
Ladybug Crafts #59 - Birthday
Ribbon Carousel RCC50 - Anything Goes
Simon Says - Anything Goes
For Your Inspiration #28 - photo (purple grass and gold sky)  (Bottom card)
CES #82 - Button It (top card)
Totally Papercrafts - All Buttoned Up
Paper Playtime #72 - Say It With Sentiments - Birthday card

That's it for the card stuff but I wanted to add a couple pics from around the neighborhood and house so I can get them onto my Pinterest board.  So you're welcome to to keep scrolling through. 

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

This alligator is about four or five feet long.  Here he's hanging out in one of the ponds we pass on our morning walk.  There was a smaller one a few feet away.

The cranes are strolling along the pond that runs behind the houses on my block. 

This morning they were in the street in front of our house and walking up to the boulevard where they made the motorists a little nuts as they kept going in and out of the road.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

A Very Fun Garden

If only my mother served marzipan vegetables... They sure do look yummy.  Thank goodness I can't get my inky little hands on these because I would gobble them up with no concern for the caloric or fat content.  

They are a fun inspiration for this week's "Cupcake Inspirations" challenge.  We picked a garden theme in honor of Earth Day.  We're sponsored by Di's Digi Downloads, you might not want to wait to see if you win a prize, visit the store now and you can pick up a cute image to use for the challenge.

I had to go into my stash and dig out an older My Favorite Things set which I thought was perfect for this challenge.  It's the Who's That Girl "Can Ya Dig It?" set.  I love this set because it has lots of stamps, there's all those seed packets, a bunny, a trowel, a wheel barrow and more, plus several sentiments.  All those little marzipan veggies in the inspiration photo made me think of the seed packs in this set. 

What do you think of when you look at those cuppies?  Well, the sweeties would love to see what you come up with so get your thinking cap on, then get inky and share it with us.

don't forget the inside
Here's the deets:
stamp - My Favorite Things WTG "Can Ya Dig It?"
ink - Memento "Tuxedo Black", "Rich Cocoa" and "Bamboo Leaves"
Paper - Bazzill "Classic Green" cs and Bazzill "Just the Edge orange" cs strips; Cosmo Cricket "Garen Variety" dp
miscellaneous - copics; mini brads; button; twine; sun charm; sewing machine

Here's the challenges:
Cupcake Inspirations CIC157 - photo
My Favorite Things Wednesday Stamp Club - sketch
Speedy Fox and Friends #104 - Stitching
Craft Your Days Away #43 - Metal
CES #82 - Button It!
Totally Papercrafts - All Buttoned Up
Simply Create Too #11 - Earth Day or Arbor Day

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you'll come back again and that you'll play along with us at Cupcake Inspirations.

Sparkle and Shine with PIO

This week's Pile It On challenge#17 theme is "Sparkle and Shine".  So get out your bling and go to town, as if you needed an excuse.  This challenge made me think of my favorite shiney thing, jewelry.  When my mother passed away she left me a very different and beautiful cameo.   Instead of being made from a carved shell this one is all gold with diamonds and pearls trim.  I don't think I would have picked this out for myself but because it was my mom's it is very dear to me.  So I made this card with her in mind.   

don't forget the inside
It's difficult to see in the photo but for shine the image was stamped in Versamark with white embossing powder and there's bling in the corners of the bottom layer. 

If your not familiar with Pile It On, the idea is to find as many challenges as you can to enter your card or project in.  Check out what the rest of the design team has posted and you'll probably find a few challenges you didn't even know existed.  I learn of a new challenge every time I look through the rest of the design team's posts.

Here's the deets:
stamp - Waltzing Mouse "Cameo Maker"
ink - Versamark
paper - Authentique "Uncommon" dp; Stampin' Up "Night and Day" dsp; scraps of black and pink card stock brands unknown
miscellaneous - white embossing powder; ribbon; lace; baker's twine; Martha Stewart tag punch; Spellbinder's oval die; sewing machine; bling
Here's the challenges::
Pile It On #17 - Sparkle and Shine
Crazy for Challenges C4C133 - Add Black Card Stock (on the black patterned paper
Stampin' for the Weekend #8 - Sparkle and Shine
Totally Gorjuss #127 - Bling
Sweet Stampin' - Use More Than One Ribbon
Speedy Fox and Friends #104 - Stitching Real or Faux
Secret Crafter #182 - Inspired by a Film Title (Breakfast at Tiffany's)
Really Reasonable Ribbon #46 - Black, White and One Accent Color Plus Ribbon
Waltzing Mouse WMSC94 - sketch
CCEE 1216 - Pink, White and Black
Crafts and Me #80 - Vintage
Terrifically Thrilling Thursday - Show Us What You Got
Cardmaking Mamas - Getting Girlie
Daring Cardmakers - Tag You're It
Fussy and Fancy #61 - Punches and Dies
Craft Your Passion #106 - Die Cuts and Punches
Simon Says Stamp and Show - Anything Goes
Stamp With Fun #157 - Favorite Colors
Whoopsie Daisy - Free and Easy
Papertake Weekly - A Stitch in Time

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you'll come back again and that you join us at Pile It On for our "Sparkle and Shine" challenge.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Sparkle and Shine

It's Friday and time for another Stampin' for the Weekend challenge.  This week the theme is "Sparkle and Shine".  That should be fun and easy for everyone.

For my sparkle I've used nailheads, beaded lace and bling but you can use glitter, special papers or anything that will put some sparkle and shine on your card. 

don't forget the inside

Here's the deets:
stamp - My Favorite Things Pure Innocence "Paper Dolls"
ink - Memento "Tuxedo Black"
paper - Bazzill "Yukon Gold" and "Lagoon" cs; My Mind's Eye Stella Rose "Hattie Papers" dp
miscellaneous - copics; linen thread; scissors charm; lace; SU pearl; nailheads; bling; MFT "paper dolls" and "Royal Rose" die-namics; sewing machine

Here's the challenges:
Stampin' for the Weekend #8 - Sparkle and Shine
My Favorite Things Wednesday Stamp Club MFTWSC68 - sketch
Cute Card Thursday #213 - Metallica
Fab N Funky #117 - Lace and Pearls
Creative Belli #141 - Children
Simon Says Stamp and Show - Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you'll come back again and I look forward to seeing your creations for the Stampin' for the Weekend "Sparkle and Shine" challenge.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Grow Something

Usually around this time of year the gardening bug hits me but as I get older the thought of spending time on my knees usually overpowers the bug.  It's a good thing most crafts can be done sitting done. 

This week's challenge #93 at Cooking It Up With Katie is all about the garden so why not make a card for one of your buddies who can  still get down on his or her knees.   The recipe is - make it green, make it gorgeous, make it in a garden.

don't forget the inside
I inked up My Favorite Things Pure Innocence "Mud Buddies" and combined her with the GORGEOUS My Mind's Eye "Howdy Dowdy" paper.  I have no idea why they gave such beautiful dp such a dorky name.  Who cares, it's just beautiful.
I'm sure to be breaking this pad out again soon.

If you need some more inspiration stop over at Katie's to see what the rest of the design team created - all beautiful, as usual.  We hope you'll make something too.

Here's the deets:
stamp - My Favorite Things, Pure Innocence "Mud Buddies"
ink - Memento "tuxedo Black" and "Bamboo Leaves"
paper - Stampin' Up "Wild Wasabi" "So Saffron" and "Peach Parfait" card stock; My Mind's Eye Miss Carolina "Howdy Dowdy" dp
miscellaneous - copics; Close to My Heart "Buttercream" brads; burlap twine; trowel charm; My Favorite Things "Scalloped Ribbon" and "Oval Stax" die-namics; Spellbinders "Deckled Rectangle" die; sewing machine

Here's the challenges:
Cooking It Up with Katie #93 - Make it Green, Make it Gorgeous, Make It in a Garden
Creative Belli #141 - Children
Simon Says Stamp and Show - Anything Goes
Paper Sundaes #116 - Anything Goes

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

Monday, April 16, 2012

The World's a Nicer Place...

"The world's a nicer place in my beautiful balloon..."  This would have been titled this "Up, Up and Away" but I'm pretty sure it's already been used.  Can anyone look at hot air balloons without that song coming to mind, probably only  youngins.  Here's a link to a video of the Fifth Dimension singing the song.  It'll be in my head all day. 

This is my card for the weekly My Favorite Things sketch challenge.  I decided to keep it free of ribbons and frills so that it can be a masculine card.  I never seem to have them when I need them.

Here's the deets:
stamp - My Favorite Things "Up, Up and Away"
ink - Memento "Rich Cocoa" and "London Fog"
paper - Bazzill "Intense Kiwi" and "Almond Cream" cs; Memory Box "Butterfield" dp
miscellaneous - My Favorite Things "Wonky Scallop Border", "Skyline Border" and "Up, Up and Away" die-namics; brads; sewing machine

Here's the challenges:
My Favorite Things Wednesday Stamp club MFTWSC67 - sketch
Cupcake Inspirations CIC156 - photo (using colors as inspiration)
Whoopsie Daisy - Free and Easy
Craft Your Passion #106 - Die Cuts and Punches
Paper Sundaes #116- Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by, please come back again.

Sunday, April 15, 2012


Did this little guys put a smile on your face?  When that happens looking at an inspiration photo it's usually a good sign.  The sponsor this week's Cupcakes Inspirations CIC156 is Robyn' Fetish which is where I found the perfect image to go along with this photo.  Of course if you aren't into froggies there are lots of other things you can use for inspiration - the colors, the shapes and of course cupcakes.  Every challenge I look forward to watching the work of my fellow sweeties getting posted.  It's so fun to see what they make and then when the challenge goes live I get to see what you do.

This image is "I Toadily Luv U".  It cracks me up as much as the inspiration photo (I really am easily amused).  I paired it up with some new paper (ok, I broke my resolution to not buy any new paper, as if anyone including myself ever thought that was going to last).  I even made a flower.  I'm still having trouble using flowers but at least I'm getting better at making them.

Here's the deets:
stamp - Robyn's Fetish "I Toadily Luv U"
ink - hp printer
paper - the Paper Cut "Sno Cone" cs; Bazzill "Glow" cs; My Mind's Eye "Follow Your Heart" dp
miscellaneous - copics; ribbon;  My Favorite Things Jumbo Scallops and Scallopy Scallops die-namics; Spellbinders circle and inverted scallops dies; bling; brads; sewing machine

Here's the challenges:
Cupcake Inspirations CIC156 - photo
L'il Red Wagon - Spring Colors

Thanks for stopping by, come back again and please join us at Cupcake Inspirations for this week's challenge.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

So Tired!

Maybe I should start drinking coffee because I am sooo tired today.  This is spring break week and lots of people are visiting Florida and a couple of them are our friends and relatives.  So I've been running around shopping, cleaning and cooking.  Phew, I'm a retired old fuddy duddy, I'm not used to having to do stuff.  I'm going to take a nap as soon as I finish this up.

I was never much of a coffee drinker, so I don't understand what the big deal is about the stuff.  I know that there are people you can't talk to till they've had a cuppa but I don't understand it.

Me, I'm just a miserable grouch.  Caffeine has no positive effect on me but I have an old work buddy who always had a cup of joe in her hand and she swore by caffeine.  I'm going to send this card off to her.  She'll get a kick out of it and she looks like a younger version of Stella so I'll make a few snarky remarks about that.  I'm going to send it to her at her work address so I know it will give her day a little pick me up. 

Here's the deets:
stamp - Bugaboo Frame It Stella Drink Coffee
ink - hp printer
paper - Stampin' Up - Kraft cs; the Paper Cut "Banana Split" cs; My Mind's Eye "Funday Happy Days" dp
miscellaneous - copics; brads and mini brads; button; burlap twine; My Favorite Things Rick Rack die-namic; sewing machine

Here's the challenges:
Splitcoast Stampers DDSKETCH0312 - March Fan Club sketch
Creative Card Crew #8 - Kraft
One Stitch at a Time - Use a Digi

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

Monday, April 9, 2012

Bunny crazy

Recently I was in a discussion with some DT buddies about Easter candy, which eventually led to me saying that I have lots of silly stuff and would have them with or without kids.  As I was writing that I realized I must have a hundred bunnies around the house, but I'm not going to count them.  However if you're up for it I am going to show you just a sampling of them.

These two are the ones I use to torment the dog.  They both move and make noises of some sort.  The one on top of the books hops, speaks and boings when you press his paw.  The pink one is a dancing hamster in  a bunny costume (we have a few more animals in bunny costumes), when you press his paw he dances and sings something like "mamma's little bunny loves Easter, Easter".

Mostly snow bunnies here.  It's hard to see but in the center of the dish is a troll in a bunny costume.  I do have a thing for other animals in bunny costumes.

The bunny in the center is inside a choclate egg.  It's too cute.  Lots of little guys here.

Sorry about the glare in this pic, but the shelf is in front of a window so picture taking is tough. 

These guys were gifts from my Aunt.  They creep my daughter out, I have no idea why.  I can't get rid of them because my aunt visits and will want to know why they aren't out.

There are some home made bunnies around too.  The little girl in the lavender bunny costume was made for my mother way back in 1974.  It's a miracle it's survived over the years especially since it almost didn't make it to the paint stage.  I took a ceramics class with my mom back then and when I was cleaning the seams on this one it fell out and the head and tail broke off and one of the ears broke off the head.  I managed to get it all back together.  When mom passed it became mine.

One year I made a bunch of bunny angels.  It's made from felt and has pipe cleaners inside so that it can be posed.   I also cut out a few that I never got around to sewing, who knows maybe one day this one will have a few friends.
I made this little wall quilt in 1993.  It was hung in the guest bath in my New Jersey home for a long, long time, it hasn't found an appropriate spot here so for now it's only out for Easter/Spring decoration. 

The bunny on the right was painted in 1989 and is a little worse for wear but I can't bring myself to get rid of him.  On the left the chickie winds up and poops out jelly beans.  Gross, I know but I can't resist.

This ceramic bunny is a San Francisco music box.  He was hiding in my NJ attic for years. I just couldn't find him, if you saw what a mess my attic had become over the years you'd understand.  He's my second favorite bunny and was a gift from a dear friend, which made his reappearance very special.  My favorite bunny has disappeared in our move from FL to NJ.  I sewed her and a cutesy spring outfit for her to wear.  She was large, at least 3 feet from ears to paws.  
Maybe I'll be lucky and she'll turn up in one of the few boxes I haven't unpacked otherwise I hope whoever lives where she was left is enjoying her.

If you've made it this far, thanks for hanging
in there.  I'll just share one more.  It's hard to see but in the foreground of the pic there are a couple of wind up pins.  I think they're from Hallmark.  I get a kick out of toys that move, I tell you I'm just one big kid.
The carrot is a pen, don't know if it still writes i didn't test it out but it's still cute.

I haven't shown you all of the bunnies in this house, it would just be way too long a post but by now you can see that the place is overrun.   

Thanks for hanging in there.  I hope you'll come back again. 

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Hoppy Easter

These cuppies would be a great dessert today, or any day.   These look like they wouldn't be that difficult to reproduce if you were so inclined.  Looks to me like it's a couple of marshmallows cut in half with pink sugar on them for the ears, mini marshmallows for the cheeks, maybe skittles or M&Ms for the eyes and nose, a little coconut on top of the icing and you'd have a reasonable facsimile of these guys.  Soooo cute and edible too.  They're also the inspiration for this week's Cupcake Inspirations Challenge #155. 

The cute and generous Stamp Fairy is our sponsor this week.  Lots of cute images there, you're always a winner at Stamp Fairy because there's a page of freebies there (there's a bunny freebie hint, hint).

I love the white bunnies so I used that for my inspiration and then went with the pink and blue for some color choices.  It's hard to see in the photo but the egg is a very faint aqua color and the bunny is highlighted with gray.  It's very subtle but when you see the card in real life it makes a difference.  To make the white image stand out I cut it out and then popped it up on an oval of pink card stock. 

Here's the deets:
stamp - Stamp Fairy "Clementine Easter One"
ink - hp printer
paper - K & Co "Tim Coffey Cottage Garden" dp; Stampin' Up "Melon Mambo" and "Blushing Bride" card stock
miscellaneous - copics; button; candy dots; burlap twine; bunny charm; sewing machine

Here's the challenges:
Cupcake Inpsirations CIC155 - photo
Fetch a Sketch #21- sketch
Secret Crafter - Easter
Card Making Mamas - Easter
Cardmadfairy Digi Days - #30 - Due Cuts and or Punches
Daring Cardmakers - Sorbet Colors

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you'll come back again.  I'd also love to see you participate in this week's Cupcake Inspirations challenge so get inky and link up with us.

Pile It On - All About "S"

This week it's all about "S" for the Pile It On challenge.  The sponsor is Simon Says (there's those s's again).  That's a one stop shopping destination so if you're the lucky winner you'll be able to get whatever you want or need.  All you have to do is create a card or project following our theme, and at least one other challenge.  You can interpret that "s" pretty broadly.  There's sparkle and shine, sewing, stamps, string, showers (baby, wedding or April), spring, spots and stripes, scallops and shovels.  OK, not too many of you will have a shovel card but how could I resist when my sewing machine has a shovel stitch. 

Here's the deets:
stamp - My Favorite Things  "ALM - It's Getting Deep"
ink - Memento "Tuxedo Black" and "Cottage Ivy" for the sentiment
paper - Bazzill "Quicksand" card stock; Cosmo Cricket "Garden Variety" dp
miscellaneous - copics; mini brads; burlap twine; seed packet charm; My Favorite Things Wonky Scallop  border and oval die-namics; sewing machine

Here's Chris' challenges:
Pile It On  #15 - All About "S"
My Favorite Things Wednesday Stamp Club MFTWSC66 - Sketch
Southern Girls #41 - Sentiments
CRAFT #149 - Easter/Spring
Stamp With Fun #155 - No Easter Card
Kraft Journal - Celebrate Spring or Easter
Creative Card Crew #7 - Spring
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes
Ribbon Carousel #47 - Spring Is in the Air
Simon Says - Use Your Favorite Tool (sewing machine)
Freshly Brewed April - Tie It Up
Cutie Pie #15 Favorite Cute Stamp
Sweet Stampin' - Dies and Doodles

So put your thinking cap on and figure out which "s" your project will have and then make and don't forget to link it up on the Pile it On challenge blog.  Pop over there to see what the rest of the design team has created, they always come up with the best stuff and of course you can check out their challenge lists, maybe you'll find a new one.

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you'll come back frequently.  Reading your comments is the second best part of my day, making a card or project is the first.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Masculine Mojo

I'm so happy I found the time to make a card for this week's Mojo Monday challenge.  The sketch worked is fabulous and I'm very happy with the way this card turned out and I got to do three of my resolutions - use an uninked stamp, make a masculine card and use paper stash (the SU Crushed Curry card stock is a tough one for me). 

don't forget the inside
Here's the deets:
stamp - Crafty Secrets "Play Ball"
ink - Memento "Tuxedo Black"; Ranger "Tea Dye", "Scattered Straw" and "Antique Linen" for distressing and Close To My Heart "Desert Sand" for inside
paper - Stampin' Up "Soft Suede" and "Crushed Curry" card stock; Echo Park "This and That Charming" dp
miscellaneous - copics; brads; sewing machine; My Favorite Things Wonky Scallop Border die-namic

Here's the challenges:
Mojo Monday MOJO235 - sketch
Terrifically Thrilling Thursday - Check It Out
Fabulous Friday - Banners
Stamp with Fun #155 - No Easter Card
Creative Card Crew #7 - Spring
Simon Says - Use Your Favorite Tool (sewing machine)

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

Friday, April 6, 2012

Get Your Teddies

If you've been looking for an excuse to put away those bunny images here it is.  The new Stampin' for the Weekend challenge is to use a Teddy Bear.  Our sponsor is Bugaboo Digital Stamps where you can find plenty of teddy bears.  There's also many funny images and I do love those, especially Stella.  If you play along with us you may be the lucky winner of a gift certificate to shop at Bugaboo. 

Here's the deets:
stamp - Bugaboo "Flower Bear Poppy"
ink - hp printer; bic pen for sentiment
paper - K & Co "tim Coffey Cottage Garden"; Stampin' Up "Blushing Bride", "Pear Pizzazz" and "Melon Mambo" card stock
miscellaneous - copics; candy dots; Spellbinders circle and peony dies; sewing machine

Here's the challenges:
Stampin' for the Weekened #7 - Ready Teddy GO!
Tuesday Morning #140- sketch
DYSU #66 - Friendly Critters
Cardmadfairy #30 - die cuts and or punches
Digital Tuesday #154- Easter

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

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Fun, Fun, Fun with Katie

Actually, this week's Cooking It Up with Katie challenge is "Fold me a fun Flower" but it reality it's fun, fun, fun.  If it isn't fun, fun, fun then it's time to put the stamps and toys away and figure out what you're doing wrong. 

Don't be stressed by having to do a different fold.  That used to throw me but most of them only take a few extra minutes and most of that time is spent reading the directions.  If you don't know how to do any fancy folds there are lots of places to get directions.  Since you're here you can go down to my labels at the bottom of the sidebar and click on "Fancy Folds".  that will bring up my cards made with fancy folds.  I usually put a link to directions for the fold in the post.  This card is the "Origami Fun Fold".  Here's a link to Wendybell's You Tube directions.  You'll be able to make one of these in no time.   You'll be so proud of yourself.

It's hard to see in the photo, a sentiment is stamped there.   If you have a stamp set with lots of little images, like this one from Crafty Secrets, you can use a few of them on this kind of card.  On my card I put a flower on the inside flap because the recipe calls for a flower but that's a good spot for another image of sentiment.

Give it a try, it's good to try something different. 

Here's the deet:
stamp - Crafty Secrets "Easter Joy"
ink - Memento "Tuxedo Black" and Versa Magic "Sprout" for the sentiment
paper - K & Co "Tim Coffey Cottage Garden" dp, Stampin' Up "Peach Parfait" cs
miscellaneous - copics; Stampin' Up corner punch and crocheted lace ribbon; ribbon; twine rabbit charm; Martha Stewart flower

Here's the challenges:
Cooking It Up with Katie #92 - Fold Me a Fun Flower
Ribbon Carousel RCC47 - Spring Is in the Air
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes
There She Goes TSG150 - Metal Embellishments (charm)

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you'll come back again and of course I'd like to see you join us at Cooking It Up With Katie.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Warm Fuzzies

Bunnies and spring such a perfect combination.  This little bunny outfit reminds me of one of the jackets my daughter had when she was a tiny little thing.  It had a hood with bunny ears and a bunny face on the hood.  Oddly, I think she has a similar hoody now.  Hey, you're never too old for a bunny head.

This is for My Favorite Things Wednesday Stamp Club sketch challenge. 

don't forget the inside
Here's the deets:
stamps - My Favorite Things, Pure Innocence "Warm Fuzzies" and "Funny Bunny" for the sentiment
ink - Memento "Tuxedo Black" and Versa Magic "Spring Pansy" for sentiment
paper - Stampin' Up "Pale Plum" card stock; Basic Grey "Kioski" dp
miscellaneous - copics; pearls; burlap twine; egg charm; MFT die-namics "Little Open Scallop" die; Nesties egg dies; sewing machine

Here's the challenges:
My Favorite Things Wednesday Stamp Club MFTWSC65 - sketch
Basic Grey #65 - Easter
Crafty Cardmakers #65 Easter
Stamptacular Sunday #157 - Playing with Pastels
The Squirrel and the Fox #14 - Easter
Paper Sundaes #114 - Easter

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

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Some Bunny to Love

This week I'm not sure which is cuter, the cupcakes in our inspiration photo for the Cupcake Inspirations Challenge or the Amber Ink supplies.  Well if you like the cuppies you must visit Amber Ink.  There are bunny images and digi paper that are very similar.  The Sweeties were very lucky, we got gift certificates to do a little shopping.  I can tell you that a little bit of money goes a long way there.   Stop by the challenge blog to see what the rest of the DT did with their Amber Ink goodies.

I was inspired by the bunnies and the colors in the inspiration photo.  I love the Amber Ink papers that go with this image.  The green bubble paper (in the photo it looks sort of like ribbon) is not from the same line but it makes a nice contrast.  If you go shopping and you have time go through all the paper collections because some of them are mix and matchable and of course there are papers that are not just spring/bunny papers but if you're into bunnies and carrots you will have a blast.  And the best thing is once you buy them that you can print as many sheets as you'd like without having to make a store run.
don't forget the inside
What will inspire you? The sweeties would love to see what you create, so get inky and then link up your card or project. Who knows, maybe you'll win a gift certificate to Amber Ink. Now that would be sweeter than any cupcake.

Here's the deets:
stamp - Amber Ink "Bunny Kiss Kiss Fluffy  Tails"
ink - hp printer
paper - pink cs; Amber Ink dp
miscellaneous - copics; Spellbinders dies; MFT dies; ribbon, charm, sewing machine

Here's the challenges:
Cupcake Inspirations Challenge CIC154 - Photo
Simply Create Too #10 - Eggs/Bunnies
Crafty Catz #126 - Use a Digi
Top Tip Tuesday #73 - Easter and/or Animals
Going Grey - Easter
Thanks for stopping by, I hope you'll come back again.  Now get those supplies out and play along with us at the Cupcake Inspirations Challenge.  We can't wait to see what you create.

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