Dec 31, 2009

365 Cards: Quadrant Challenge

Today's challenge is a bit of a doosey. Well, its really quite easy, but sounds like a lot. Over at 365 Cards, Pam has pushed our challenge buttons! 
Here it is:
You must divide your card into 4 quadrants. Each quadrant should have one of the following, A punched out item, Rhinestone, Flower Embellishment, Stamped Sentiment. Here is what I came up with:

I was at my mother's house when this challenge came to be. She was gracious enough to let me use all her stamping goods. I used a marvy scalloped circle punch to make up my 4 quadrants. And you can see one item of each is represented in each quadrant.
I love this bright pink color and thought it was a great way to move on from Christmas into the new year. Vibrant and fun! 

We have had a lot of traveling for the holiday's and its been quite a whirlwind. I hope to get to my own stamping stuff soon and fill you in on the fun details of our holiday.
On another note, I think I am getting closer to choosing a name for this new baby! I can't believe how close it is but secretly hope he comes early so I can be done with being pregos.

That's all for this wed. and I might be a bit scarce for the next few days. I will for sure be here for Sunday's sketch so be sure to stop by then!


Stamps: Heart Prints (sentiment)
Ink: Basic Black
Paper: Stampers White, Raspberry Fizz, Raspberry Fizz Mix,
Accessories: Heart Punch, Scallop Circle Punch (Marvy), Rhinestones (Kaiser), Oval Punch (SU!), Flower Embellishment (From stash)

Dec 29, 2009

For A Good Boy: Scrapbook News and Review

This is the other project I wante to share with you that was used in the Nov. issue of Scrapbook News and Review!:
I love this kid and his tree. (It's a sparkly tree even though you can't really see it.) Another Pink Persimmon set that is just a joy to work with (have I told you lately that you should buy it??? Uh yeah, you should!) It's a pretty big image when its all said and done, so I popped it up with dots on some pattern paper. The sentiment was fussy cut from another patter paper (by the same company). I was originally going to give this to one of my boys, but you know, I forgot and they aren't big enough to read it anyway. I think this will stay in the stash until they are a bit older and I can pull the whole "good boy" thing for Christmas ; )

Thats all for today. Getting closer to the New Year people! I can't believe its a new decade. Hope this one is better than the last, cause I think we could use it!

Thanks for stopping by.

Stamps: Little Red Wagon (Pink Persimmon)
Ink: Black Graphite (Brilliance)
Paper: Pure Poppy, Stampers White (Papertrey Ink), Figgy Pudding (K&Co.)
Accessories: Rustic Buttons, Twine (Papertrey Ink), Markers (SU!), Glitter (from stash), Sewing machine.

Dec 28, 2009


Yes, I am fully aware that it is no longer Christmas but I do have some things to share with you that were in the Nov. issue of Scrapbook News and Review! Take a little look-sie:

Using the Pink Persimmon Large Banner with Rosettes Set, I made up some ornaments. I know the picture is small, but you can click on it to see a bit more detail. I stamped the rosettes and then the Carnival Alpha over top. Backed it all by a scalloped circle. I used the outline banner image stamped on pattern paper, and glued together three sides and created a top for it with the ribbon looped through. They took a bit of fenagaling, but I got them to work. I love when what you see in your head actually comes out in real life!

Hope you are all recovering from your holiday shindigs. I know I am trying hard to get back into the swing of things. One day we will get there! Thanks for checking in today.
Have a good one!

Stamps: Large Banner with Rosettes (Pink Persimmon)
Ink: Old Olive (SU!), Black Graphite (Brilliance)
Paper: Scarlet Jewel, Stampers White (Papertrey Ink), Pattern Paper (Me and My Big Ideas)
Accessories: Adhesive Gems (Studio 18), Grosgrain Ribbon (Papertrey Ink) Glitter (from stash)

365 Cards Sketchy Sunday!!

Happy Sunday! I am finally coming out of the coma of the holidays... slooooowly. But I wanted to at least say HI and show you my sketch card for today:

This card turned out pretty well considering the sketch stumped me quite  a bit. I wanted to stay simple and when it all came down to it, I felt like I should just leave well enough alone when I finished. 
I stamped my background with  a sentiment and cut out my circles with the Cuttlebug. Popped up the heart and was done!
Thats all for today. I am getting increasingly tired the closer we get to this baby coming. I am a bit freaked out about actually giving birth (even though I have done it 2 times already!) I am mentally preparing and of course getting the house pulled together. Hopefully we will be ready! (are you ever?)

Thanks for stopping by today. Have a good one!

Stamps: Out on a limb Sentiments, Heart Prints (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Black, Pure Poppy (Papertrey Ink)
Paper: Enchanted Evening, Stampers White (Papertrey Ink)
Accessories: Classic Circle Nestabilities (Spellbinder), Pop Dots

Dec 26, 2009

Season's Greetings Card

Good Morning to you and Merry Christmas!!! I hope those of you celebrating (wherever you live) are having a safe, and happy time with your loved ones. I too am celebrating today but wanted to stop by to say hello and share a little card with you:

This baby was inspired by a girls dress I saw in a magazine. I loved the all red with hints of white scallops showing through. I used my Pink Persimmon Seasons Greetings set. I glittered up his hat but kept the rest of the coloring pretty simple. I colored in the little holly berries with a white gel pen to make them pop a bit.

Patrick has been out of town for the last week or so and we are finally reunited (as of yesterday) It's so great to be together to celebrate this day as a family. Santa represents a lot of wonderful things and I hope you feel the love that comes from giving freely of yourself (not just fun presents). May this season bring more peace, more love, more acceptance of others as we enter into the New Year. Merry Christmas to you and yours. May you be blessed in every way.

Stamps: Seasons Greetings (Pink Persimmon)
Ink: Black Graphite (Brilliance)
Paper: Pure Poppy, Stampers White (Papertrey Ink)
Accessories: Lace Scallop Border (Fiscars), Vintage Button (papertrey Ink), Scallop Die Cut (Spellbinders), Organza Ribbon ,Stickles, Colored Pencils, (from stash), White Gel Pen (Sakura)

Dec 23, 2009

365 Cards Circle Challenge

Ooooooh, today's challenge! Today at 365 Cards, our challenge is to use at LEAST 10 circles with NO overlaping. Oh boy, what's a girl to do???

Well I don't know about you, but this is what I did:

I had this cute little 1/2" circle punch that was needing to be used. So I busted it out of its package. Pretty simple idea. One little glue dot behind each one and sewing down the middle. I added the sentiment and then drew the border with a pen and ruler. Easy.

That's all folks! Merry Christmas to all of you celebrating in just a few days. Today I get my DH back!! Can't wait till his plane lands. I hope to enjoy a nice quite Christmas with him before his travel schedule picks up again in the new year. But I will be back with one more card for the holiday. Until then, have a lovely day!

Stamps: Everyday Classics Anniversary Set (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Black
Paper: Melon Berry

Dec 22, 2009

Deck The Halls!

Here is a card with a little story. Not a crazy one or anything, but its been around ; )
Last month I met up with some friends to see New Moon and do a little stamping afterward. This is the only card that I actually completed. (For some reason I tend to chat more than I craft.) It was a fun day with friends and a funcard to put together. It has hit the mail box to send a friend some holiday wishes:

It's pretty straight forward. I LOVE this set by Papertrey Ink. Such fun images and I love the font of the sentiments. It's paired with some K&Co. Papers and this polka dot ribbon I had yet to use. For some reason I can't wrap by brain around printed ribbon. What is that about?? I hope to use it more often because it is quite fun ; )

Thanks for stopping by today. Only a few days left until Christmas! What are you going to do with your last moments? I have yet to get my shopping done and wonder if I will. I look forward to seeing the DH soon since he has been gone and really want some hot chocolate! Don't you just Loooooove hot chocolate? It's just heaven sent.

Thanks for stopping by and hey, I hope you Deck the Halls this holiday season!

Stamps: Stocking Prints (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Soft Pool (Hero Arts), Pure Poppy, (papertrey Ink)
Paper: Pure Poppy, Vintage Cream (Papertrey Ink), Figgy Pudding (K&Co.)
Accessories: Polka Dot Ribbon, Vintage Button (Papertrey Ink), Scallop Border Punch (SU!)

Dec 20, 2009

365 Cards Sketchy Sunday!!

This is the Sunday so many have been waiting for. The sunday before Christmas. This was always a special time for me as a kid because you got to participate in church music programs and you knew there was only a few days left til the big day! Today's sketch from Pam helped me create this card:

These snowmen stamps are actually my mothers and just kept smiling at me from their package. I couldn't help but use them. I thought it might be a shame to make a different kind of card this close to Christmas AND there is snow out there people!

Have a warm and relaxing sunday. Thanks for stopping by!

OOPS!! I had the wrong Stamp company listed in my deets for the snowmen. It's actually Inkadinkado! So sorry!

Stamps: Snowmen (Inkadinkado) Signature Christmas (sentiment)
Ink: Pure Poppy (Papertrey Ink), Black (from stash)
Paper: Pure Poppy, Stampers Select White (papertrey Ink)
Accessories: Pure Poppy Saddle Stitch Ribbon (Papertrey Ink) Scalloped Circle (Marvy) Colored Pencils, markers.

Dec 19, 2009

Warm Winter Wishes

Is it snowing where you are? If it is, I think you need this....

Snowflakes, glitter and Warm Winter Wishes. Love to you and your family today. Have a warm and safe time, wherever you are.



Stamps: Snowflake Design Block (Hero Arts), Stocking Prints (sentiment-Papertrey Ink)

Ink: Aqua Mist (Papertrey Ink) Black Graphite (Brilliance)

Paper: Ocean Tides, Vintage Cream (Papertrey Ink)

Accessories: Glitter, Corner Rounder

Dec 16, 2009

365 Cards Wed Challenge: Card Recipe

Your challenge for today at 365 Cards is a recipe. Here is what you should use:
One Tag (any Size)
2 Buttons
1 Piece Ribbon
8 Gemstones or Pearls
1 Piece Pattern Paper
1 Sentiment
(No Stamping except for sentiment)

Here is my Tag:

Every item is accounted for. I am always surprised at these recipe challenges. When you first read the list you think... 'There is NO way I can use this and make it work!" But then you try it and to your surprise it comes together and you learn something new. Always a fun time!

That's all for today's challenge. Thanks for stopping by. Hope to get some blog hopping done tonight to see what you create!


Stamps: Birthday Basics (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Black Graphite (Brilliance)
Paper: (UGH! Can't remember the name, but will get back to you!)
Accessories: Vintage Buttons, Satin Ribbon (Papertrey Ink), Rhinestones (Studio 18), Scallop Line Punch (SU!) ooops, was adding that cheating?)

Dec 15, 2009

365 Cards Sketchy Sunday!

Oh SHEESH! What a week it has been. I realize this post is SOOO late, and I basically had so much on my mind I forgot? Is that possible?? Anyway. Things were hairy and scarey this week, so I am really looking forward to more relaxing times to come. What is it about the holidays that make it so insane? Every day is full of things to do and every night is full of enjoying time with family. And everything else falls by the wayside. BUT if you are still hanging with me after such a long time away, then you are ready for this weeks SKETCHY SUNDAY!!!

Here is the sketch over at 365 Cards:
And here is my card:
There is something so delish about black polka dots. Why do I love them so? I dug out an old stamp set from Sassafras Lass. A pretty simple layout and lots of fun to make. I die cut and embossed the black circle and popped it all up with dots. I think Berry/Black/Cream make a perfect match. I must do some Valentine cards now!

That is all for today and probably tomorrow, but I will be back on Wed. with my challenge card, so stay tuned!

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: Oh Deer! (Sassafrass Lass) Oh Dear Silhouettes (Pink Persimmon)
Ink: Black Graphite (Brilliance), Berry Sorbet (Papertrey Ink)
Paper: True Black, Vintage Cream (Papertrey Ink)
Accessories: Pop Dots, Black Floss, Die Cuts

Dec 10, 2009

Santa Hanging

Here is a little somethin' somethin' I did for the Pink Persimmon Blog this month.
 Check it out:

I used their newly released set of Santa and his reindeer! I stamped it on white and then colored it up with markers. Matted it and put it in this frame from IKEA. It's very inexpensive and can be quite fun to use. I used Gesso to paint the frame white and then sanded the edges for a more rough look. Then I stamped the holly berry image (from their other Christmas set) repeatedly along the edges in StaZon Jet Black Ink.

I quick and simple way to create home decor. Check out PINK PERSIMMON's blog and shop to see what other fun things they have in store. 

Today I am running around getting all things gathered for our church Christmas party on Saturday. I am  definitely starting to feel the heat of the time crunch. Hope you have a great day! Thanks for stopping by!

Dec 9, 2009

365 Cards: Wed. Sketch Challenge

WOAH~ Today took off with a bang. 5am phone call from the school saying its starting a bit late today. YAY! I think, "I can sleep in!" Another phone call, alarm clocks, kids begging for food, rain pounding on the roof, another three phone calls, cooking breakfast, eating breakfast, sending hubby out in the horrible weather and still haven't posted my card for the day! So after all that, school is now canceled because of a power outage and crazy weather! Which means, lots of playing with the boys, but also we have had a lot of challenges already. Big brother doing a LOT of bossing around and normal sassiness that we get to miss out on when he is at school. I hope to get something done today, but the weather is making errand running seem daunting and well, I am still in my pjs. Wish me luck today. I am definitely going to need it!

Ok, onto today's 365 Cards challenge. This is great one. You get to design your own sketch! Either draw it up first, or make your card and then make up the sketch, either way, there is fun to be had. Here is mine for the day:

I actually started with some OLD rub-ons that have been plaguing my stash for a few years. I thought I should get them used up while the holiday is still up on us. So I looked at the rub-ons, planned where I wanted them and then drew up the sketch. Here is the card:

Merry Christmas! This week we are pulling together all the wonderful baked goods we want to send to neighbors, friends and teachers. This card has already been signed and sealed. I still need to pick up some bananas for some bread, if only it would stop being miserable outside! Anyway, I hope you have a great day wherever you are! And maybe, just maybe the sun is shining for you there...

Thanks for stopping by!

Paper: PaperTrey Ink
Accessories: K&Co. Rub-Ons and Adhesive Gems

Dec 7, 2009

Christmas Book Box: Pink Persimmon

Happy Monday to you!! Today's project is an idea I originally got from a friend. (You can read about the original idea here). Essential this is the idea: Gather/Purchase enough books to read one (holiday/religious) book every night in the month of December as a family.  You can store them in many ways. I have created this book box and it sits under our Christmas tree. Every night the kids get to pick one book to read.

Another idea is to wrap them in fabric bags (or wrapping paper) and place them under the tree. Each night you get to pick one and 'open' it. It's just like opening a present because you don't know what book you will get! It's a great way to get into the holiday spirit, to share the true meaning of Christmas and spend time as a family. 

So far I have collected books only after Christmas is over. This is when all the books are on serious discount! I can pick up an arm load for the same amount that one would have cost me before Christmas. Eventually I want to build up my stash to 24 books. You could even make it 25 books and read one Christmas morning.  I don't think it will take long to collect all the books you will need and really, once you start collecting, I can't see how you can stop!
Now onto the crafting of it. Here is a close up of the box. I used Pink Persimmon Banner Set and Soda Pop Alpha set to create my banner. The paper is from K&Co. I stamped the outline banner onto patterned paper and used two to make stars. Then I used a 3/8" circle punch for the letters. I fussy cut the ornaments from the pattern paper and popped them up with dots. The stars are glued to satin ribbon that wraps around the edges and back of box.

And there you have it! Another holiday tradition idea for your family this year. Now, if you pop on over to Pink Persimmon's Blog you can enter to win your own 20$ Gift Certificate from Pink Persimmon!! How much fun is that??? Just comment on THIS POST what your favorite holiday story is. It's that simple!

I hope this project inspires you to create some of your own family traditions this holiday season. New ones, old ones... traditions are what bind families and make growing up so special.
Have a great week everyone! See you here on Wed. for a 365 Cards Challenge!

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: Soda Pop Alphas, Large Banner Set (Pink Persimmon)
Ink: Graphite Black (Brilliance),  Broken China Distress Ink (Tim Holtz)
Paper: Figgy Pudding (K&Co.)
Accessories: Satin Ribbon (Tai Pan), Circle Punch (SU!), Pop Dots (Stash)

Dec 6, 2009

365 Cards: Sketchy Sunday!!

Good morning to you today! Here is today's sketch over at 365 Cards:

And my contribution for the day:

My card got a little tiki-tiki on me. I added prima flowers with buttons and some Sassafrass Lass papers. Those stick-like thingys are actually beads I found deeeeeeep in my stash. That's really what put me over the tiki edge! This sentiment is SO fun. It's a wood stamp by Inkadinkado. Kinda funky.

So yesterday we had our first snow. It actually stuck to the ground and everything. Makes me realize that winter is actually here! I didn't remember that last week when we had 60 degree weather. It's hard to think winter is coming when you are at the park in a light jacket and flats. Anyway. The kids were so excited. They kept saying "Thank you Snow!" It's just so funny being a kid. Makes you happy to hear cute things like that.

So what are you up to on this fine Sunday?? My DH comes home tonight! So we are having a wonderful day. Doesn't get much better than that right?

Hope you get a chance to play with the sketch today. Have a good one and thanks for stopping by!


Stamps: Thank You (Inkadinkado)
Ink: Berry Sorbet (Papertrey Ink)
Paper: Hog Heaven (Sassafrass Lass)
Accessories: Flowers (Prima) Buttons (Papertrey Ink) Beads & Brad (stash)

Dec 3, 2009

Pink Persimmon Gift Bag Ensemble

Good Morning my friends! I just wanted to share a little project that I put together for the Pink Persimmon blog which was posted last week. This is using a new Christmas set that they just released last month. You can check it out HERE at their webstore. It's very fun!

First the Bag/Tag/Card all assembled together:
Here is a close up of the tag. I Used some stickles on Santa's hat. Also stamped the holly berry stem and added it to my bow/button combo:

It's kind of hard to see, but I stamped the tissue paper with the same holly berry stem but only with the outline in black. I LOVE stamping on tissue paper. It adds a final touch that makes it a bit more professional (uh... i think!) Also, you really can get away with only stamping the top 2-3 inches of the paper. You don't usually see the rest of the paper when its in the bag, and you can stamp it with a firm border line so it looks lined instead of like you just ran out of energy to stamp the entire thing (which is exactly what happens!)

Here is the tag in its entirety: The sentiment is not from this set. It's actually two words from their Sweet Greetings set.
The bag! I used the wreath image and stamped the sentiment on the inside of it. Colored it all in with markers.
And last but not least, the card:
I can't tell you how much fun I had putting this combo together. Ensembles really make gift giving fun!

So that's all for this fine Thurs. You can check out more Christmas items from ALL the Pink Persimmons Creative Team over at their blog and gallery. There is a special Christmas Inspiration Gallery just to get you going for the holidays!

Thanks for checking in today. Hope you have a good one!

Dec 2, 2009

365 Cards: KLM Digital Design Week!

Hey there ladies! Can you believe I actually got this one up on time!? Sheesh! So glad I did. I have this great KLM Digital image that I worked with and used it with today's 365 Card challenge which is entitled: "Just a Fraction."  

That means take an image and just use a part of it. Here is my card:

This image is originally three flowers with stems and leaves. It's actually a free download from KLM Digital Designs, so you should head over there and check it out for yourself! HERE IS THE LINK. While you are there check out the other fabulous images they have that are so wonderful and affordable too!

I printed my image on some vellum and let that baby dry overnight. Then I colored it in with some markers. This was interesting because the markers bled into the ink and made some nice shading for me! I then popped up the picture on some card stock, added pattern papers and buttons and my KLM card was made! I opted out of a sentiment for this one because I thought it would be good for many occasions. It's a perfect image for so many cards AND its a free link. Seriously, KLM is pretty darned cool!

That's my card for today! On a separate note, have any of you noticed over on the side bar that I only have 62 days left until this baby comes? I am freaking out! How will I ever be ready? Lots to do until then and of course its the most wonderful time of year to boot. Lots of fun to be had!

Hope you have a great day. Thanks for stopping by! 

Dec 1, 2009

365 Cards Sketchy Sunday: KLM Designs Week!

Oh NO!!! I can not believe it. I totally missed yesterday's post due to some of the holiday madness and some computer issues. I was sad to not have this up in time, but never fear... My sketch is now here!

This week we have a fabulous sponsor....KLM Digital Designs!  We got to use some fun images and sentiments and I can't wait to show you just a taste of what you will find in their DigiShop. Go to their website and check it out for yourselves!

Here is Pam's sketch for this week over at 365 Cards:

And here is my card:
I got this fabulous sentiment.  I LOVE the font with all my wee little heart. Isn't it great? I re-sized it in photoshop to fit my card front, added some papers (with mitered edges) and Voila! A pretty simple card. I added some glitter around the edges of the sentiment to give it a little sparkle. All in all, this card is simple to put together. You just need a KLM sentiment, a printer and you are good to go!

On a separate note we had a LOVELY Thanksgiving here. We also put up our Christmas tree and had a few presents to open as well. DH is traveling quite a bit in December and we wanted to be sure he got to spend time with the kids and present. I am a firm believer in creating your own family traditions, even if that is NOT sticking to any tradition! So we had a lovely holiday week with DH off and now he is gone on business and we miss him terribly. I have been mopey all day! I need to snap out of it cause he will be home SO quick. But since the day is done and I have some of my cards made, I am going to treat myself to ice cream and a movie. It's just what I need, and I hope you have a great night as well! I will see you back here on wednesday for another 365 Card challenge and a KLM Digital Design!

Thanks for stopping by!

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