Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Have a Wicked Birthday

The Paper Crafts Gallery Idol Top 20 was announced yesterday. I'm not one of them, but happily, one of my very best blogging friends IS! Chris made an amazing card, and she is IN the Top 20! Congratulations Chris! I am so excited for you, and I will be cheering you on during the next round! Below is the card that I submitted for the Gallery Idol contest.

The call was for birthday cards, so I made an extreme birthday card! I really wanted to use some Basic Grey Obscure, and this is what I came up with! I did a ton of sewing on the card, and I kept switching the stitches. I love the way that looks! I used a funky fiber and bunched that up and sewed over it. I also used a couple of die cuts from the Obscure kit, I ink distressed everything, and I added the evil rhinestone eyes to the skull. The skull is also popped up from the card. I added a black brad trio, and smashed the brads with my Tim Holtz texture hammer. The sentiment is distressed tiny Making Memories alpha stickers.

Here is a close up of the skull. Pretty wicked! You can click on both photos to see them larger.

I hope you have a great day, and thanks for stopping by!

Monday, June 29, 2009

Celebrate the 4th of July

Here's another 4th of July page using the awesome printable images from The Cutting Cafe'. I used both the Happy 4th of July circular sentiment and the "Celebrate" from the 4th of July printable stamp set 1. Regina also has a special going on right now! If you purchase the 4th of July set 1 or set 2, you get the background stamp set for FREE! Check it out!

This layout also uses a sketch that was posted for one of the monthly challenges over at Paper Popsicles. I used Cosmo Cricket Halfway Cafe papers, American Crafts ribbon, buttons, and black paint for distressing.

I hope you have a great day, and thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Blog Candy . . . check it out!

There is blog candy up for grabs over at Paper Popsicles! This is a fun site with an awesome online store and a blog! Check it ALL out. Check out the blog candy listing, and you could WIN!!

Check out my post below about a giveaway at EtsyExpo! Go leave a comment!! Have a great day, and thanks for stopping by!

Friday, June 26, 2009

I'm featured on EtsyExpo! GIVEAWAY!!

I'm being featured over at EtsyExpo!! My ScrapCity friends Wendy and Nessa created EtsyExpo to feature Etsy shop owners, and today, Wendy is featuring ME!! Be sure to check it out, because there is a GIVEAWAY! Have a great day, and thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Etsy Store!

I've started my own Etsy Store! In honor of this, I will be thinking of a way to have YOU help me promote my store, and when that happens, I will do a random draw for some blog candy! I haven't figure it all out yet, but I will let you know! I'm anxious for SALES, and maybe YOU can help!! If you get a chance, please check it out, and let me know what you think so far. It is very much a work in progress! Please critique me! I would appreciate it! Thanks for stopping by!

Wonderful Life

I created this card based on a sketch on the Paper Popsicles blog.

I made this using Cosmo Cricket Hello Sunshine. I added a Prima Sprite, a button, and wide grosgrain ribbon. I love the way this turned out! Sorry for the bad photo. I need more natural light!

It's going to be another HOT one here today. They just forecasted a heat index of 105! Whew! I hope you have a great day, and thanks for stopping by!

Monday, June 22, 2009

4th of July Parade

Two posts in one day! Woohoo! I finally got a chance to work with some NEW printable images from The Cutting Cafe'. I love how well they worked with my layout!

You need to click on the layout to see it larger, but the background blue sheet is covered with an amazing 4th of July Background Printable Stamp from The Cutting Cafe'. It's HUGE and perfect for my layout! I also used THREE printable stamps from the Two 4th of July Printable Stamp Sets. The "4th of July" in my title, the "Happy 4th of July" circle, and the circular photo frame are all from this set! For the photo frame, I used the 4th of July circular calendar, and I just cut out the 2009 calendar with my Coluzzle since these photos are from 2006! It makes a great photo frame, doesn't it? On this layout, I also have Sassafras patterned cardstock, Karen Foster patriotic brads, Thickers, a My Mind's Eye blue star, a QuicKutz photo corner, rhinestones, and awesome large blue ric rac. I'm thrilled with the way this page turned out!!

I hope you're having a great day, and thanks for stopping by!

Cosmo Cricket Girl Friday Cards!

I created some FUN cards with Cosmo Cricket Girl Friday! I love the Vintage Images on the Girl Friday Elements sheet! They are so fun to work with!

This woman looks like she's up to no good! She's my kind of girl! I wanted to use a sassy quote to go along with her, and I found the perfect Mae West quote! I love this card!

I also love the diamond ring image. Would this be a great engagement card? Once again, I used a quote. This one is from a song that Marilyn Monroe sang in "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes"!

This rotary dial telephone is too cute! I thought of the Blondie "Call Me" song, and I had my quote! It's perfect for this wonderful vintage image!

Well, I created all three of these for a Valentine's Day card publication call, and none of them were selected! That's OK, I love them very much, and I had fun creating them!! I hope you're having a great day, and thanks for stopping by!

Friday, June 19, 2009

Red Ball

Over at Paper Popsicles, we recently played a telephone operator game. We started with an inspiration layout, and the next person had to use something on that layout as inspiration, and then the next person had to use the 2nd layout as inspiration, and so on, and so on, etc.

So, I was the first person in the game, and I received the inspiration layout. The layout I received was monochromatic blue, it had a two word title, a single photo, and it was basically designed like the "red ball" layout that I created! I took this photo of Princess, and it just cracked me up that her red ball was in the photo with her. She's such a silly dog! I used Cosmo Cricket papers, Lil' Davis chipboard letters, Thickers, ribbon from my stash, a Prima, some buttons, and I even stamped a Making Memories foam stamp flourish under the corner of the photo. Fun layout to make, and it was fun letting another layout inspire me!

I hope you have a great day, and thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

I'm Back!!

Hi Everyone! We are back from Arizona! Until I get settled back in and back into some sort of routine, I thought I would share just one photo with you!

This is the only photo I have of the four of us from our trip! We took this at a stopping point on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. It's Jessica, me, Emily, and my MIL Vicky. We had a wonderful time on our vacation. If you ever get a chance to visit the Grand Canyon, don't think twice about it, just DO IT! Truly amazing! Just gorgeous everywhere you look! Photos truly do NOT do it justice!

I'll post more when I get a chance! Until then, thanks for stopping by!

Blog Candy Alert!

My wonderful blogging friend Catherine has posted some wonderful blog candy! Check it out when you get a chance!! Goodies galore!

Saturday, June 6, 2009

On Vacation!

I'll see you June 17th!


There's a new challenge site called Scrap and Stamp Saturday. They have their first summer sketch challenge posted TODAY, and I wanted to participate, so I made this layout very quickly!

The first challenge: the theme for the layout is summer - anything summer you want to do as long as (a) you use the sketch and (b) you use two stamps somewhere on your layout! Well, I rotated the sketch since my three photos were all horizontal, and I used three stamps in the bottom right corner. The butterfly and the "fabulous" box are Pink Paislee, and the "Girls just wanna have fun!" is CTMH. The papers and border stickers are all My Mind's Eye, and the title is Heidi Swapp chipboard. I also added a silk Prima and a Making Memories button. So, what do you think? Not bad for a half hour layout, huh? Fun challenge!! It's kinda gloomy here, so my photo isn't the best, but you can click on the layout to see it larger!

The girls and I are leaving in a couple of hours for our Arizona vacation. I'll see you on June 17th. Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Teacher's Bind It All Book

Emily and I worked on this Bind It All book this week for her teacher who is retiring. Each page features a personal note from a student in her 8th and 9th period Language Arts class. Emily designed everything, and she had my help putting it all together.

This is the cover. It features a My Mind's Eye Daily Dose journaling card with Making Memories tiny alphas. There are also two Petaloo flowers with a Making Memories button center. The gorgeous paper is also My Mind's Eye. Some of the ribbons are American Crafts.

The inside cover features a couple of sentiments from an upcoming retirement set of printable images from The Cutting Cafe'.

This is the first page in the book. Emily typed up the information, and we printed it directly on the My Mind's Eye patterned paper. The circular sentiment is a cardstock sticker from my stash.

This is the inside of the last page. This is another sentiment from the upcoming retirement set of printable images from The Cutting Cafe'.

I love this sentiment! This is also from that retirement set at The Cutting Cafe'. This is on the backside of the last page of the book.

This is inside the back cover. Once again, an awesome retirement sentiment from The Cutting Cafe'. Hopefully this is true for Emily's teacher! Retirement is such a milestone, and I hope she enjoys her free time! Emily did a great job with this book, and I hope her teacher LOVES it! How could she not? It's gorgeous!

Have a wonderful day, and thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Blog Card . . . Again!

Did you ever notice that if you have a bunch of paper scraps out on your desk, sometimes it's just easier to make another card rather than putting them all away? That's what I did. I made another blog card! This card features two sentiments from the 23-sentiment Blog Set over at The Cutting Cafe'.

I cut the larger sentiment with one of my rectangle scallop Nestabilities, and the other was cut out using my Coluzzle. I cut it twice to make a ring, and I put a small Prima in the center. The flower center is a little epoxy/metal embellishment, and it says, "hi". I added some rhinestones, and that's it. Another fun, colorful card!

I hope you have a great day. Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, June 1, 2009

Another Blog Card!

Two posts in one day! THREE cards in one day! Be sure to check out the two other cards below that I've already posted! Here's another one using the awesome Blog Set of 23 printable sentiments from The Cutting Cafe'.

I also based this card on a card sketch over at Paper Popsicles. This is such a fun, bright card!

I hope you have a great day. Thanks for stopping by!!

Blog Cards

Regina has created a new set of awesome printable blog sentiments, and you can check them out over at The Cutting Cafe'. The Blog Set has 23 printable sentiments. This is just TWO of them that you would receive!

This sentiment just cracked me up, and unfortunately for me, most days it's the total truth! I do get way too much exercise by blog hopping! This is an awesome card to send to a blogging friend, don't you think?!

What better way to spread the blogging love than to let a blogging friend know that you love his/her blog! Love this sentiment!

So, head on over to The Cutting Cafe' to check out this amazing 23-sentiment Blog Set!

I hope you have a great day, and thanks for stopping by!