Saturday, August 28, 2010

It's Scrappy Saturday Again!

The Wee Memories Darlings had fun this week playing "In the Forest"! This was the theme chosen by Darling Ann. I love all types of critters on my cards, so this was an easy challenge for me. My biggest dilemma? Which critter stamp to choose! (Tough dilemma, huh?) I decided on this cute little squirrel from Hampton Arts. He is so sweet! Plus, it comes with this cute little sentiment-something I always look for in stamp sets.

I paired my stamps with some new Echo Park paper (Life is Good) and some felt trim from Creative Imaginations. The heart stamp on the bottom is from the I {Heart} Hearts set by Stampin' Up!

What do you think of when you're "In the Forest"? We want to see it on a card! You can choose critters, like I did, or something else. Think trees, leaves, mushrooms, fairies, owls, acorns, woodgrain...anything forest-related! Link your card on the Wee Memories blog for your chance to win a prize from our fabulous sponsor this week: Third Coast Rubber Stamps!

Friday, August 27, 2010

Get Sketchy #53

I am just loving my {ippity} stamps lately, so when I saw this week's Get Sketchy sketch, I immediately went to my {ippity} drawer to find the perfect stamps! I used a flower from the "Because of You" set, which is available on my {ippity} blog. I paired it with leaves from {ippity}'s "Fall for You" set and a birthday sentiment from Unity's "It's Your Day" set. The "Fall for You" set is also available on my {ippity} blog.

You will be amazed when you see the gorgeous cards from the Get Sketchy DT. You can see them all on the Get Sketchy blog, along with this week's sketch. Hope you can play along with us this week!

Also, there is still time to enter this week's challenge over on the Wee Memories blog! Our theme this week is "Sweet Treats-with a ribbon on top!" Simply make a card that incorporates a sweet treat-candy, cupcakes, birthday cakes, donuts, etc.-and add some ribbon. Easy as pie-oh, there's another idea for you! :)

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Wee Memories Challenge #19

It's Scrappy Saturday! Woo-hoo! I've been scrapping all morning-how about you? If you're looking for some inspiration or just a chance to share your creations, this is the place to be. Since it's Saturday, Wee Memories has a new challenge for you and tons of inspiration to share from our fabulous design team.

This week's challenge is from our designer Kim. The yummy theme: Sweet Treats! It could be anything-candy, cupcakes, birthday cakes, even donuts! I used the Have a Donut set from Hero Arts for this card. It's a gift card holder-perfect for holding a gift card to your favorite coffee shop! I paper pieced the cup using white and kraft cardstock, and used markers to color in the icing on the donuts. Because our wonderful sponsor this week is May Arts, which has an amazing ribbon selection, I also added a little ribbon closure.

Don't forget to check out the rest of the Design Team's beautiful cards on the Wee Memories blog! You can also see all of the details of this week's challenge and link your card. Hope you can join us!

Friday, August 20, 2010

It's a Birthday Challenge!

About half of the cards that I make are birthday cards. Sometimes, I feel like I have made the same designs over and over again. Do you ever feel that way? Well, the DeNami Design team is here to inspire you! Today over on the DeNami Design blog, each of the DT members has created a special birthday project. Lots of great ideas!
My card features Mimi with Birthday Cake, Polka Dot Background, and All Occasion Sentiments. I also used Magenta and Charcoal cardstocks, and I added a splash of color with Lime Green grosgrain ribbon.

DeNami is also sponsoring our third "Theme Challenge". The theme, of course, is birthdays! All you have to do is create a birthday project using at least one DeNami stamp and link it to the DeNami blog. You can see all of the details HERE. Can't wait to see what you all come up with!

Good Get Sketchy Morning!

I'm so glad it's Friday-my hubby's on vacation starting at 5 PM! Not quite sure what we're going to do on vacation yet, but it will be good to have some family time.
On to "official business"...but it's FUN business! You can see this week's sketch on the Get Sketchy blog. Our incredibly generous sponsor this week is Storage Solutions. They sent the design team some awesome modular storage racks! This is one challenge you will not want to miss!

For my card, I used stamps and papers from {ippity} . The heart is from "Life's Little Moments; the sentiment is from "Straight from the Heart." You can order both of these sets from my {ippity} website, I also have some of this paper in stock. Please email me at if you'd like to add this to your order, as it's not listed on my website.
Here are some photos of the storage rack that Storage Solutions sent me:
You can build it any way you would like. It is actually designed like a "hutch" to sit on top of a desk or work table. What I really needed help with was organizing my paper and other products that I use for my DT work. I decided to make a single freestanding unit to sort my products by manufacturer or product. love the way it turned out! I also used the magnetic corkboards for an entire side of my unit so I can sit at my counter and reach for my most used clear stamps. I simply attached the stamps to the side using magnets.
Would you like to win a prize from Storage Solutions? We'd love to have you join us for this week's challenge!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Lawn Fawn {Hearts} Cards for Kids Blog Hop

Good morning, blog hoppers! This is such an exciting day for all of the bloggers who are participating in the blog hop. Thanks, Kelly Marie, for organizing this for us!

You should have been linked here by the fabulous Libby Hickson. I am always so nervous to follow these wonderful papercrafters! You won't want to miss ANY of the cards created by the 80+ bloggers participating in this hop. You can start the hop HERE on the Lawn Fawn blog. If you get lost along the way, you can find the complete list of bloggers HERE. To learn more about Cards for Kids, please visit Jennifer McGuire's post HERE.

OK, let's get on to the cards! I made two cards using Lawn Fawn stamps. The first uses the "How Delightful" stamp set. I paired it with a cute Jillybean Soup paper and added some yellow stickles.

The second card combines a sentiment from "Sew Lovely" with a cute little girl from Hero Arts. I thought that this sentiment just went perfectly with her-isn't she just as cute as a button? Papers by Momenta and buttons by DeNami Design.

You can see another card set that I made for the Cards for Kids drive HERE.

I'm so glad you hopped on over today. Now you're headed to Tami Jo's blog to see her adorable creations!

Just a Note(card)

Good morning! Today I have a cute little notecard to share with you using DeNami's Apple Basket stamp. This is one of my favorite stamps from the new release. (I say that about every stamp, though!)

I decided to try something different with my card. I decided to make a notecard instead of a card that opens. You simply jot a note on the front.-perfect for busy teachers! I can imagine several of these bundled together with jute or red-and-white baker's twine as a back to school gift for a favorite teacher. I may have to make up some of these before school starts in a couple of weeks!

Stamps used on this project: Apple Basket and All Occasion Sentiments by DeNami Design. Border Punch: Lace and Lattice Border and Corner Punch by Fiskars.

Please check out the DeNami blog to see all of the DT's fabulous projects using the Apple Basket stamp!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Welcome to the Polka Dot Blog Hop!

Today is going to be so much fun-I love blog hops! Even more, I love participating in blog hops and giving away prizes! If you are just joining the blog hop, please make sure that you start at the beginning HERE on the DeNami Design blog. You will want to visit all of the blogs on the hop for chances to win some fabulous prizes from DeNami and to see all of the Design Team members' cards. We also have three special guest designers for the hop, as well!

I got to play with some of DeNami's newest releases for this card. I started with the new Polka Dot Background. This is a Polka Dot Blog Hop, after all! I paired this background with punched circle embellishments-kind of like "over-sized polka dots", heehee. Each circle is stamped with a two-step stamping technique. I used the apples from the Apples and Pears Stamp Set. First, I stamped the solid apples using red and lime green chalk ink. Then I stamped over these with the apple outline stamp using black ink. You can use a stamp positioner to line them up perfectly, or you can stamp them randomly (like I did) for a more whimsical look. A little touch of polka dot ribbon finishes it off.

There is one more stop on the Polka Dot Blog Hop. You are now off to visit the lovely and fabulous:

Thanks for joining us today! Remember to leave some love on each of the blogs for your chance to win some yummy DeNami goodies! Enjoy!

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Wee Memories Challenge #18

Happy Saturday, everyone! I'm so glad it's the weekend. I have a busy day today because I am exhibiting at a craft fair in Augusta. Wish me luck-it's my first with my cards and my {ippity} stamps. Hoping to sell a few cards, a few stamp sets and make lots of new contacts!

I also get to share the newest challenge with you from Wee Memories. This week's challenge is to use BUTTONS, BRADS, AND BLING! (You can choose one or more of these.) We have a fabulous prize for you this week: a package of 10 Cuttlebug goodies! Our generous sponsor this week is Oh My Crafts! You can click on their logo below to see all of their yummy scrapping goodies.

For my card, I used Lawn Fawn's "Bake Me a Cake" stamp set and lots of patterned papers from Momenta. I was inspired to make this funky cake after seeing Ayana Posadas' Whimsical Cake card a few weeks ago. I added some bling (Stickles) to the candles and blingy brads (glitter brads from Imaginisce.) Is any card really complete without a little bling? :)

We'd love to have you join us this week over at the Wee Memories Challenge. You have until Friday at 11:59 PM PST to post your card. Can't wait to see what you create!

Friday, August 13, 2010

Some upcoming events to share with you...

I haven't mentioned these enough on the blog, so I thought I would dedicate a special post just for these upcoming events:

Wee Memories Challenge #17: Butterflies! You still have time to enter this challenge! Anything "butterfly" goes-think patterned paper, die cuts, stamps, stickers, rub-ons, anything! Check out all of the details HERE.

Craft Fair to benefit the Kennebec Historical Society (tomorrow from 9-2 at the Augusta Armory.) I will be there with lots of new {ippity} stamps and cards available for purchase.

DeNami Design Polka Dot Blog Hop-our first hop ever! Start HERE at the DeNami blog after 9AM EST on Sunday. So excited for our special guest designers, too!

My CAS Card for Get Sketchy #51

Some of you may be wondering what a CAS card is. CAS stands for "clean and simple." I have to say that while I like clean lines on a card, very rarely do I keep it simple-I love embellishments too much! This week's Get Sketchy sketch, however, inspired me to create a CAS card. I love how it turned out!

I thnk that the key to making a great CAS card is choosing just the right embellishments because they are the focus of your card. When I saw this week's sketch, I immediately thought of buttons. I love DeNami's button collections-you can always find exactly what you want in those little bags! I had just the right sentiment to use with them, too, courtesy of my Lawn Fawn stamps.

Hope you can join us for this week's Get Sketchy Challenge! You can see the sketch HERE, along with this week's prize from Card Cafe. I seriously want this week's prize, lol! Adorable embellishments, I tell you, and if you check out the link you'll know that this Etsy shop's owner is a sweetheart, too. :)
Oh, I almost forgot! Don't forget to check out the Design Team Call at Get Sketchy! (It's posted in the left sidebar.) I can't believe it's already been 6 months and time for another set of designers. This term has just flown by!

Saturday, August 7, 2010

New Wee Memories Challenge!

Welcome to the weekend! Wee Memories has a fun challenge for you this week: butterflies! For my card, I decided to use butterfly and flourish stamps from {ippity}'s Now & Always stamp set. I lkove this set-I have been playing with the different images all week long! I combined these stamps with some bright, fun prints from SEI and Lily Bee.

For the design of my card, I wanted to do something different. I have been making so many cards lately that I am getting a little bit bored with the A2 size cards. So to switch things up a bit I made a matchbook card. Plus, I was able to make a dent in the supply of eyelets that I have had for years! :) These from the Making Memories Watercolor Brights collection matched the green dotted paper from Lily Bee perfectly!

One of my favorite details on the card is the layered butterfly. I simply stamped the butterfly on three different papers, cut them out, and layered them, adhering only the centers together. Then I bent the wings of each layer up so you could see just of hint of each paper.

Will you join us this week for the Butterfly Challenge? We have a wonderful sponsor this week: The Gilded Bee! You can see her Etsy shop HERE. Check out the details of the challenge and the design teams' gorgeous cards HERE.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Little Scarecrow

Just a quick share tonight-a last minute entry for the Card Patterns #75 Sketch Challenge. For this card, I used DeNami's Scarecrow from the new releases. Isn't he just too cute?

I am also entering this in the Papertrey Paper Dolls Challenge #14. The challenge there has two parts: 1) use a color you don't normally use, and 2) use a technique that you haven't used for a while. The color that I chose to use was yellow-I never use yellow! It was only after choosing the yellow cardstock that I decided what the theme of my card would be. The technique that I haven't used for a while was to use the negative part of a punch. I actually used the negative of the pumpkin punch to dry emboss the orange border. I then shaded the pumpkins with orange and brown colored pencils to make them show up a bit more.

Another technique that I tried on this card was to make a watermark background using Versamark ink and DeNami's new Polka Dot Background. Because the cardstock was slightly coated, it didn't absorb the ink much. I wanted to see the polka dots a little more, so I shaded each polka dot slightly with a colored pencil. Not too carefully-I wanted it to look a little distressed.
And last but not least, it fits in with the color scheme for Color Throwdown #104. although my cardstocks were from Momenta, they are similar to the Color Throwdown colors of Tangerine Tango, Daffodil Delight, and Old Olive.

Thanks for stopping by again today-three posts in one day is a record for me! I just have so many projects accumulating and I need to share them, lol!

Welcome to Unity's "Friends with Flair" Blog Hop!

***This is my second post for today-please scroll down for this week's Get sketchy card!***
So excited to be participating in my first FWF Blog Hop! I used some of my new {ippity} stamps to make this pretty little card, along with some fun papers from SEI's Play Day collection. The flower is paper-pieced using my favorite flower from the "Now & Always" stamp set. The sentiment is also paper-pieced using the "Just Wanted to Say" set.

Not only do I love the flower on this card, but I also loved making this super-easy layered border. What a great way to show off your border punches! I simply punched three different border strips, inked the edges, then layered them. I used ivory cardstock, but I can't wait to try this using different patterned papers for a fun, whimsical look.

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today. Don't miss any of the beautiful cards featured on the Hop today-just click on the link below to return to the list of participating bloggers on the Unity blog! One has a special blinkie-and if you leave her a comment you just may win some fun Unity stamps!

Get Sketchy #50

Last night, I freaked out because I didn't realize it was Thursday-being home every day has seriously messed with my concept of time! This morning, though, I am so happy it's Friday. they don't say TGIF for nothing! :)

I have a cute little card to share for this week's Get Sketchy challenge. Our sponsor this week was EAD Designs. This cute Little Ree Riding Hood and sentiment are from them. So cute! I wanted to use the whole set-a wolf, Granny, house-but there's only so much room on a card, lol! So I might have to make a coordinating card set, lol!

Hope you like today's card-hope you can join us and play along! You can see this week's sketch and all of the DT's cards right HERE. This week's cards are some of my favorites-those EAD stickers are just adorable!

Please join me again at 10 AM EST for my first ever "Friends with Flair" blog hop for Unity Stamp Co!

OH-I HAVE A WINNER! Wednesday's blog candy winner is: VERA YATES! This selection was made very scientifically...I drew her name out of the hat, lol! Vera, I will email you for you addy. Congrats, and have fun with your new Momenta goodies!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

DeNami Product Challenge: Glitter!

It's the 5th of the month, so that means that it's time for a challenge over on the DeNami Design blog! This month your challenge is to use glitter on your project!

First of all, I decided to make an easel card. I love these! I used papers from SEI's Play Day and Happy Day collections, and ribbon and buttons from DeNami Design. I also love the Mimi with Birthday Cake image! Call me crazy, but as I coloring Mimi, I was picturing the adorable Michele from the DeNami DT! Don't you think they look alike?

After coloring Mimi with colored pencils, I added Strawberry Freeze Sparklets Glitter to the cake. Even though I had colored the cake with a cream colored pencil, the pink glitter added just a hint of color but a lot of sparkle. The Quickie Glue Pen makes adding glitter to your images so easy. I love this glue pen and I use it for glitter, flocking, and paper-piecing.

So do you have some glitter that you've been saving for a special project? Show us what you can do with it! Head on over to the DeNami blog to see the challenge details and to see the amazing projects by the other members of the Design Team.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

New Momenta Project and BLOG CANDY!!!

Here's a little sneak peek of my project featured on the Momenta blog today. I had so much fun making this project! Be sure to check it out today-it's a quick but cute project.

And it's been a while since I've had blog candy here-how about some Momenta cuties? I have four packages of layered puffy stickers for one lucky reader!

What you need to do:

  1. Become a "Follower" of my blog.

  2. Leave me a comment here telling me what kind of project you will make using these layered puffy stickers.

  3. Leave a comment on today's Momenta blog post.

I will announce one random winner on Thursday!