May 29, 2010

Wise Old Owl!

Happy weekend everyone. What a wonderful weekend it is too. It's way beyond the opening of the pools, the bbq's and baseball games. It's the time to remember those that have enriched our lives is so many way. A time to memorialize those that have passed on before. Have a wonderful and memorable weekend. 

A little something to share with you before this weekend sweeps us all away (uh, I am NOT saying that all of us live in the U.S. those of you way beyond have a great weekend toO!)

This is a Pink Persimmon set that I haven't inked up too much and I wanted to see what else I could do with it. Since it is also the time for school to end I thought this was appropriate:

I used the scallop stamp from Tea and Cake for the scallops on the sides. I have been kind of in love with these colors together, but I think its time to branch out now ; )
I used some Spellbinders tags and some PTI buttons and ribbon. After stamping the owl I went in and colored a few of his 'feathers' a bit darker with a copic. I also did some copic marker-ing over the wings.

Ok. thats all for now. I have a husband working from home today so that means I need to manage the kids a bit more and get out of the house! lots of errands to run to get ready for some weekend company.
Hope all is well in your neck of the woods.
loves to you

May 25, 2010

For My Friend...GiveAway WINNERS!!!

Hey there peeps!!! Today I wanted to share a card with you, my friends:
I used the banner set from Pink Persimmon to make my flower/pinwheel thing-y. You can see I stamped on some American Craft paper: Craft Fair (aptly named ; )
So because you visit me my friends I have the winner's of the big ol' giveaway. And let me tell you, there is a lot of stuff here in my crafty space so I will be having more giveaways soon. It's fun! I put all your names in a hat and drew out TWO winners!:

Cindee Stacey
Pattie J

THANKS for all your comments ladies!! Cindee and Patti could you please email me your addresses or leave a comment and I will contact you. I have two boxes that I am filling RIGHT NOW!!

Hope you have a great night!

May 23, 2010

Pink Persimmon Tea Pots

Hey all! Just a friendly reminder to join in on the goodies giveaway!! You can leave me a comment HERE or HERE but be sure to do it before tomorrow at midnight!! You definitely will want to win some o' this schtuff.

Okey... onto my card for today:

It's a simple design full of sweet pastel-y goodness. I used the teapot from THIS Pink Perisimmon set (which I love btw) and colored them in with Copics. Add some scallops to match the scallops on the tea pot and some twine and one of my fav. buttons.
I opted out of a sentiment this time. Didn't think I needed it. PLUS, what would you say with such cute images like this? I think the tea pot speaks for itself.

Ok, I am going to hit the hay. Tomorrow is a long family day and I am pooped already ; )  Plus I think my throat is coming down with a little somthin' somthin' so we will see how I am tomorrow.

Thanks for stopping in my little cherubs! Hope you are swell!
see you soon

May 20, 2010

Take Off Tuesday!!

Hey there everybody. WHEW! Am I on a roll this week! I never thought I would actually get back up to a post every day but here I am with three under my belt this week. And it feels good! Of course that could be because baby is sleeping well which means so am I ; )

Well, these last few months I have been finding ads that inspire me and I have been ripping them out and keeping them on my desk hoping to get to them at some point. It's been ages since I have done a Take-off Tuesday, (yes every color is a diff. link) and technically it is Wednesday but just for the sake of old times I thought I would show you what inspired me.
Take this ad from Garnet Hill. I think I have had it for a month or so. I LOVE the colors, the layout and the textured tile background.

So, here is what I did. I took EVERY element I liked and made my card exactly the same:
Now honestly I could have just not showed you the ad and pretended like I came up with this on my own, but I did not, and I love to share my inspiration...even if it makes up the entire card for you ; )  I wanted to give a little shout out to the good ol' PTI set Beautiful Blooms. But that is because I should have Beautiful Blooms II coming in the mail any day and whew baby, am I excited!! I am back to stalking the mail man and I don't think he likes it ; )
So here is what I did. I scored the blue CS and then sanded the score lines. Then I went back and rubbed some white ink on the creases to help it stand out even more. The flower centers are from Floral Frenzy (PTI) and the sentiment is from Everyday Classics (also PTI). The tag is Spellbinders with one side cut off and rounded out. 
Pretty simple and that is a wrap for me tonight!

Please don't forget to comment either HERE or HERE for a chance to win some free schtuff from me! And for those of you who have already commented THANKS! I love to hear what you do with mistake cards and believe me I have done all of those things too. Glad I'm not the only one ; )  I am confident that this card will actually be sent out, mistake and all. Cause you know the one person that loves anything you make regardless of what it looks like??? That's who its going to, eventually. Yup, you got it.... my mom.  And I am sure she will love it because her kid made it (even if she doesn't really REALLY love it). Now that I am a mom I finally get to see the other side of that scenario and it is a joy!

Ok, nighty night my friends. I hope you are having fun no matter where you are right now.

May 19, 2010


Ok peeps... I want to see more commenting because I was going through my stash today and there are some really great things that are not being used and I want to give them to YOU!!! 
So far I have one package put together which will be:

Friend Centers stamp set (Mona Lisa Sentiments from CHF)
SEI Medium Flip Book with inserts
Latte MatStack and 3 sheets of matching epoxy stickers
Buttons & Brads
3 colors of ribbon (about2yds each: Navy, Olive, Purple)
other little tidbits that I am too lazy to type out ; )

AND if we get enough people to comment then I will put together a SECOND package which I have already started to assemble. I have at least one SU! Stamp set and tons more paper and embellishments I will pair with it. PLUS I will make sure everything matches so you don't just get a pile of weird stuff... No one likes to get a box of weird stuff  ; ) So get started! You can comment on this post here, or sunday's post as well. I will tally them all up and make sure no one gets missed. (Only ONE comment please) So tell your family! Tell your friends! Help me get this place into shape!

thanks for stopping by and have a great night!!

May 17, 2010

I am Irked... and A GIVEAWAY!!!!

Well, how goes it?? As you can tell by my title, I am a bit irked. Have you ever had this happen... you have this idea for a card. You get excited! You start working. It doesn't end up exactly how you want but you are still happy with the way things are going and then... BLAMO! You stamp the sentiment on crooked!!
Enter tonight's card:

Seriously? Crooked? Like... whazzup? There is a reason I use clear stamps and blocks for heavens sake! Well,  it did get me thinking about the future of this sweet ol' card. I have a hard time getting all the cards I make out into the post even when they don't have mistakes on them. And this baby is going to be one of the last cards I will send just because of that crooked sentiment. (ugh, I can't stand looking at it!) So I wanted to ask you..... Do you send cards out that you are less than happy about? Do you send it to people you think won't notice or care? Do you hide it away forever? Do you try to fix it in some other way or take it apart and use the elements for a different card? (yes, I have done ALL of these things. It depends on the severity of the mistake).

(a little close up of the gelly roll star pen 'dust')

SO, do me a favor. Leave me a comment any time this week on THIS post about what you do if you make a mistake on your card and you will be entered into a drawing to win some goods from my craft room that need a home. Those things include a CHF stamp set, American Craft pattern paper, and brad and buttons and bling (OH MY!) And well, you just don't know what else might jump into the box! You have until midnight of next Sunday (May 23rd) to join in the fun! 

Thanks for stopping by this week. Have a good one, and happy STRAIGHT stamping!

May 11, 2010

Let Them Eat Cake!

Hey there! Just wanted to stop in real quick tonight and post a card I made a little bit ago. The lovely ladies over at Pink Persimmon sent me some seriously fun sets to play with (Thanks Darcy and Judi!) :

I felt inspired to pair this sentiment with a frog. I do not know why, but I kinda like it. I used a line ric rac from Ric Rac Rectangle to make my background. I just stamped it on the diagonal with versamark. I love how it turned out and actually wish I could see more of it!
I colored in the cake from Tea and Cake with Copics and added diamond stickles to the scallops. I also used the frog from Ribbit and sentiment from Sweet Greetings.  I added gold glitter to the frogs little crown. This crown was what started all the "marie antoinette" thoughts running through my head. I love these colors together. It really makes me want to eat frosting!

Well, thats all for tonight. I must go to bed. Really. Sleep rocks! I hope to get some more cards up this weekend. My camera is traveling with the hubs right now but will be back soon so I can take photos of the stuff I have been creating to share with you. 

Thanks to you for stopping by....

May 5, 2010

Mother's Day Gift

Hola! I have a little project that I have been working on for Pink Persimmon. This project is over on their blog and you can read and see more about it HERE. There are a few different pictures over there you can look at as well, but I thought I would post it here too.

The lovely ladies Darcy and Judi at Pink Persimmon gave us these fabulous chipboard books from Kaiser Craft and asked us to do either a Mother's day or Father's day gift. My niece had a baby recently which is SO exciting. The only thing is the baby was 2 months early (she was actually due at the end of this month but born in March!) Little baby Ashlynn was born weighing in at just over 3 lbs. She is still in the NICU but is now out of her incubator and is nursing well. I am amazed at what technology can do for us now to help preserve and strengthen life. Well, I am sure this entire experience has been quite traumatic and this is my niece's FIRST Mother's Day so I wanted to make it special. I took this Kaiser book and whipped up a scrapbook for her to put pictures of her new little miracle in. And here it is!:

Front page. All set for a newborn picture of Ashlynn in it. I used all Pink Persimmon stamps and Scenic Route paper (Charlotte line):

I love the colors on this paper. Sorbet, Red, Pink, Cream and Brown. Just LOVELY! 
Here is the first page. I didn't want to dictate too much what size the pictures should be but also wanted to leave a mat to help the picture pop a bit. So some pages have them and some don't.
This is using Ric Rac Circle and Oh Dear! Silhouette.

Page 2 Using Cute as a Button set:
Page 3 using You're A Jewel set:
Page 4 using one of my new fav. sets from PP, Key To My Heart set. I actually added some Tim Holtz distressed Stickles to the key after I took this picture, but you can imagine how much more fun it looks with it on right?:
Page 5 using Little Red Wagon colored with Copics:
Page 6 using Ric Rac Circle again, Vintage Cupcake and Sweet Greetings. The circle was stamped on cork paper which is SO much fun to use and adds a lovely texture. I also added some stickles to the frosting and some dimensional glaze to the cherry. OH! I could just eat that cherry ; )
And because this is a gift for a new mom, I thought I would add a card to the whole package. I used my Nestabilities to cut out the patterned paper. This Label 1 die ties in with the shape of the book quite well. I used Singing Birds, Carnival Alphas and some sentiments from Ric Rac Circle to create the frame and sentiment. I colored it with Copics and added some flower buttons.
I think being a mom is such a special job. It's tough and exhausting and lots of times thankless, but there are so many sweet moments that make it lovely. I hope my niece can learn and grow through this experience and soon bring her baby girl home. I hope she knows that she is now and will forever be a special mom!

Thanks for stopping by today! Loves to you and yours.

May 3, 2010

Happy Birthday Mushie!

OY! I just noticed it's been over a week since I have posted... I promised myself I would never let that happen! I have been crafting this week, but getting my pics cropped has been a bit tough. BUT I do have a vibrant card for you tonight:

All Pink Persimmon. Don't you just love mushies? This one is so so cute too. I colored with Copics (of course!) and added that cutie little frog as well. I love orange and blue together, but of course you know that since I seem to say it a lot.
Here is a close up. I love how the white scallops pop from the bright orange and red. I have been getting into tags lately as you may have noticed. I also added some sponging to this one. 

Thanks for visiting! I am going to bed now. Not a lot of chit chat for this sleepy lady. I will be back soon to post some other pics of my now 3 month old! I can't believe he is getting so big so fast. And I have some other projects to share with you soon. Promise!

loves to you and nighty night,

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