Sunday, January 31, 2010

My Calendar

I wanted to share my calendar with you guys. I purchased the base kit at Michael's. It's made by Basic Grey and comes with 8x8 papers, stickers, and chipboard. Instead of using photos I'm adding in stamped pieces! Pretty fun!

Friday, January 29, 2010

Special Delivery

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I couldn’t resist these mini mailboxes when I saw them at Target! They just begged for these stamps to be used on them. I have seen so many varieties of them for many holidays, but Valentine’s Day has to be my favorite. I just added some heart paper, red trim, and ribbon using sticky tape. I find this adheres best when working with metal. I used Charlotte from Paperworks Co. on the front. Her heart is colored with a metallic Sakura pen in red then topped with a bit of Paper Glaze to give it some shine. I wanted it to stand out from Charlotte’s dress. Her headband and shoes are both black Sakura glaze pen. Jacob, also from Paperworks Co. is resting on top of a panel embossed by the Cuttlebug hearts folder. I topped the flag with a white heart brad and some sparkly Valentine paper. I love the flexiblity of this project…any Valentine designer paper scraps will work! Thanks for letting me share it with you!

Materials List

Stamps: Charlotte’s Valentine and Jacob the Cupid both from Paperworks Co.

Paper: Red and white card stock, misc. Valentine or heart designer paper

Ink: Memento black

Skin tones-YR000, E000

Blonde hair-Y21,YR23, E35

Brown hair-E35, E29

Bow and arrow-YR23, E35

Wings-B00, B000, B0000

Shorts, dress, hearts-R24, R27, R29

Misc: Scallop border punch Martha Stewart, Aileen’s Paper Glaze, white ribbon, red trim, sticky tape

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Carousel Coloring book

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I wanted to try something entirely new with this so I went for a coloring book! If you do a search for "coloring pages" you can find almost anything. I used the beautiful horse "untamed love" drawn by Crissy Armstrong and available at Whimsy Stamps to create this. I colored it with Copics and kept it very clean and simple. I love this line of stamps so much...they are so fun to color! Whimsy also has a new release hop going on right now that will run through noon EST on the 30th!

Stamps and Smiles The Fresh Batch #50

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I can almost smell this card! The colors are just yummy! I used the new Stamps and Smiles digi set"Latte and Smiles". I love digis! They are so fun and flexible. Check out the TFB blog and see the wonderful samples the designers came up with for this sketch! We'd love for you to play along with us too!

Mo's Digital Challenge #16- Shades of Gray

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This is my last challenge to host this month and I hope you've enjoyed at least some of my choices! Dawn is choosing the challenges for February and you will love them I'm sure!
I am anxious to see everyone use just shades of gray on their a black and white photograph. I used "What a Cake" from Mo's store. Please check out the incredible examples by the DT on Mo's Challenge Blog. I can't wait to see what everyone creates for this! I think Mo's images work well with it. Have fun!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Stamps and Smiles Project Tuesday-Wiper Card

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I wasn't sure I was going to like this card when I started out. I am so glad to say I was not disappointed. I think they are really neat! You can find the wiper card tutorial right here. I used Magnolia stamps and lots of trims. The red dot paper is Basic Grey. Please head over to The Project Tuesday blog to see the what the design team came up with on their wiper cards! We would love for you to join us too!

Sunday, January 24, 2010

It's all about the shoes!

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I recently discovered Whimsy Doodles digi stamps! My friend Dawn is the culprit! I am having so much fun with them! This is my first project. I hope you enjoy it too! It's from the set "mini valentine's". I colored the shoe with Copics, then a red Spica marker to make it sparkle. I topped it with Crystal Effects for the dimensional shine. The black is a glossy paper then a red glitter paper beneath. The saying is computer generated then filled in with a black Spica marker for more sparkle! I wish the Spica markers photographed better. Have a great evening!

Whimsy Stamps Snowball Fight

Welcome to our snowball fight!
If you arrived from Stacey's Blog you are right on track.
If you want to start at the beginning head to Deb's Blog.

Now shake off those flakes and let me share my wintery card with you!

About my card:
The base of this card is a white lunch sack cut to 6 inches square. I used "Janice and Marty's Snow Day" for the front of my card. I colored it with Copics, added a few die cut snowflakes, and tied some pretty pink tulle ribbon around for the fluff! The inside image is "Ready, Set, Duck!" also colored with Copics. I added sparkle to the snowballs with Stickles in stardust. The snowflakes are from Martha Stewart punches. I used designer paper "String of Snow" by Fancy Pants. The left side of this is a pocket pull out card. I didn't put a sentiment on as I'm not sure what I'm going to use it for yet. I do like how flexible it is though!

About the prizes:
Our hop runs through noon EST on Jan. 30th. Be sure to get your entry (Mr. Linky) in on the Whimsy site for the $50 gift certificate to the Whimsy Store! Also three of the Whimsy designers will be asked to choose a random winner from the comments left on their own be sure to say hello on each designer's blog! That prize will be one of the new Snickerdoodle Kids Collection stamps.

About Haiti disaster relief:
Also please check out our Wings of Hope digital stamp for the American Red Cross disaster relief for Haiti! It's a beautiful digital carousel image by Crissy Armstrong and goes to help those in Haiti during this time of desperate need.

Thanks for playing in the snow with us!
I'll toss you over to Crissy's Blog with a nice fluffy snowball!
p.s. Be sure to stop by our SNR Grp page too....we have a special game for all our friends there!

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Stamps and Smiles New Release Blog Hop!

Thanks for hopping with us tonight! I hope you've enjoyed the samples we've all made this week for the new release sets! I am amazed at the variety! If you arrived from Kim G.'s blog you are right on track. If you would like to start at the beginning head on over to Jennifer M's Blog.

I have one last project to share with you this evening. It is not a Valentine, but still a sweet treat! I love chocolate and who wouldn't love a card with yummy treats on it? You can almost smell this one! The sentiment "candy" is just printed out on my computer then I colored it with a pink and brown Spica marker. I can't tell you who makes the jumbo circle brads either...I got them in a swap but thought they were just perfect for this card!

Now I will send you on over to Lisa F.'s Blog for more fun and inspiration!
P.S. Leave me a note to say hi and you will be entered to win this Valentine Bunny digi image!

Wings of Hope for Haiti

This beautiful carousel pegasus is drawn by Crissy Armstrong. She and Denise at Whimsy Stamps wanted to use our creativity to find a way to help those in Haiti. This beautiful digi stamp is available for $4 and the proceeds will be donated to the Red Cross Relief for Haiti. A rubber version of this same image will be available later (rubbah takes time hehe). The team at Whimsy has some incredible pieces made to share with you! I will list them below. You will definately want to check them out! Thanks for letting me share this with you!

Click here to purchase Wings of Hope for Haiti

Lisa's Card
Denise's Card
Deb's Card

Stamps and Smiles Digi Release Day 4-"Love Birds"

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Here's the fourth new release from Stamps and Smiles! I really enjoyed this set and didn't go "valentine" with it. I wanted to show how versatile it is!

I used some pretty designer paper to coordinate with my little blue birds. I had some music paper in my stash (this stuff is seriously years old hehe). It was a light paper and sort of yellow colored with gold music. I didn't want yellow I whipped out a blue Copic marker and fixed that! Don't you love Copics??? I am so happy with how it turned out. I love the sweet little birds and the gold just makes it look all fancy! The sheer ribbon is Stampin Up's retired

Thanks for letting me share my projects with you this week! I hope you've found at least a little inspiration! Don't forget to join the hop at 8pm CST!

Friday, January 22, 2010

Paperworks Co.-Meet me under our tree

This is the sweetest little couple. I wanted to make this a little more personalized so I added names to the tree. I used a leaf designer paper for the tree (paper pieced...gotta love how quick that is!). What a fun, quick little card for your sweetie!


Supplies Used:

Stamps-Standing Beneath a Tree

Papers- Olive green card stock, light blue card stock, green leafy designer paper of your choice

Copic Markers-E00, E000, B21, E35, E39, YG93, YG95, Y21, E25, YR24, YR04, YR18, G07, YG67, R83, R85, B34, B45, E 49

Misc. Embellishments-Tab punch, 2 olive green mini brads, black fine line marker to write on tree

Stamps and Smiles New Digi Release Day 3-"Be My Valentine Carl"

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Here's the third new release from Stamps and Smiles! I have always been a huge fan of the cupcake stamps..but having a digital one to make as BIG as I want is just incredible! I have wanted to do a big shaped card for so long! So I'm thrilled to share it with you today.

I just printed it out extra big on the right side of my paper, set as landscape. I carefully folded it so that the left side of the image had two points it could be folded at to open like a card. You have to be careful...if you use a thinner card stock your markers might bleed through and show on the back. If it does just trace your card and cut a coordinating piece to cover it up! No one will ever know:)

Please come back tomorrow for our game and fun Blog Hop! After the hop the new images will be available! Hope you will join us!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Play it again Sam

I finally found some time to make a card for fun! These are some of the Magnolia stamps from the winter kit. I used this cool shiny dark purple paper for the piano...I embossed the image in black. I colored the keys with Sakura glaze pens. As you can tell it didn't like to stick to the shiny paper. The little candelabra is stamped right onto the designer paper. I added Paper Glaze to make the candles pop out more. Little Noble Tilda is mounted with some dimensional so she sits up higher off the piano. Her shoes are so fun! I used red metallic Sakura pen then topped it with Paper Glaze. The sentiment is from the Stampin Up set "A Happy Heart". The awesome red tulle ribbon is from Paperworks Co. and comes in tons of wonderful colors! I'm hooked on this stuff! Hope you enjoy this as much as I did creating it!

Stamps and Smiles The Fresh Batch #49

Well I refrained from using pink last week...couldn't let that continue! I hadn't used a Cuppy stamp for a while either, and I loveeeeeeeeee them! This one is from the Cuppy's Winter Wonderland. The heart is from Cuppy Love, the sentiment from You Warm My Heart. The pretty paper is from Stampin Up. Please be sure to check out TFB blog and see everyone's wonderful samples! We'd love for you to play along with us too!

Stamps and Smiles Day 2-"Life is Like a Box of Chocolates"

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Here's the second new release from Stamps and Smiles! I think it's my favorite...but I'm awfully sweet on those cupcake images yesterday too! This one is "Life is Like a Box of Chocolates".

I chose to show off this one with an easel card. If you have never made one they are a cinch! Here's a tutorial. I love how they show off all our hard work!
I digitally put the candy into the box and placed the sentiment over top. The base is a paper punch border and brown grosgrain ribbon with red sticky gems. I used Copic markers to color the image. I added a little sparkle to the box trim with a clear Spica marker.

I have two more projects to share with you this week and then our fun Blog Hop! After the hop the new images will be available! Hope you will join us!