Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Papertake Weekly - it's sketch week!

Hi everyone! Hope you're having a wonderful start to the new week. I am astounded at the fact that it's the last week in October! Oh my goodness....the Holidays are right around the corner! So with that little bit of stress added to my plate, it's time for a new challenge over at Papertake Weekly!  I would find it very hard to believe if you've never used one of Dawny's fabulous sketches before! She's the QUEEN of sketches! And I love them! As it's the last Tuesday of the month, that means we are sponsored by none other than Simon Says Stamp!!

Have you seen the new Sweet Christmas Dreams Magnolia stamps yet? They are available right now over at Magnolia-licious!!  Diana has the best selection of Magnolia images and has the best service around! So do yourself a favor and hurry over there to grab your favorites before they're sold out! Oh my goodness, the entire collection is FABULOUS! This particular little cutie pie is #3058 Sweet Christmas Tilda, and she's available in both regular AND the mini version as well!!!  I think she could be used for any time of the year, not just for Christmas. I love the stamps that are really versatile that way.  I've perched her on top of the candy cane from last year's Christmas images, #1409 Peppermint, which is also available in the mini version. The sentiment is #723 Sweet Christmas Dreams.  And YIKES!!! This card was completely finished, I only had one snowflake left to add. So I'm inking the edges of the snowflake with my little Cat's Eye chalk ink pad, and what happens but it slips right out of my hand and lands right on top of Tilda's face!!!!!!!! YIKES! At the time, I didn't think it left any mark. But I can see the ever so fine line left behind from it now! Guess she will have to be replaced.

I've colored them both with Copic markers and then fussy cut them out and popped them on top of a circle cut with Nesties. I've framed the circle with lace I got while visiting the most amazing sister in the world . That gorgeous paper is by Pion and was sent to me from my friend Christina!! Thanks so much, Christina!! I've been just chomping at the bits to be able to use it, and I finally made my first Christmas card of the season. It's sooooo luxurious!!! It's matted with Bazzil cardstock and then machine stitched. I also added a few Martha Stewart snowflakes centered with a tiny little heart.

So that's it for me today! I hope you have time to pop over to Papertake Weekly and check out all the amazing work from my Design Team sisters! Then we'd love it if you'd grab your paper and glue and play along with us! Thanks so much for stopping by to see me today, and hope to see you back again soon!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

PaperPlay Challenges - BOO!

Hi everyone! It's Thursday and it's my week over at PaperPlay Challenges. This week we're sponsored by Waltzing Mouse Stamps and the challenge is to use the color black in your project. Well I love using black, even when it's not Halloween time! So this was an easy challenge for me. But I wanted to make a fun Halloween card anyway.

I used a fun High Hopes image called Sitting Witchy Poo that I got from Stamp and Create. She's colored with Copic markers and then fussy cut out and popped on top of the black oval cut with Nesties. The ribbon is May Arts, the drippy goo punch is Martha Stewart, and the DP is from Nitwit Collections. That fabulous banner is a die from Whimsy Stamps and then I cut out the letters for BOO with the Cricut. The colors are so bright and bold that I really had a hard time getting a picture of this on. It really does look MUCH better IRL than it does in this pic. The shades of oranges and yellows seems to be lost on the pumpkin.

The twine threaded through the banner is from The Twinery. The charm is from Stamp and Create and the pearls were done with an orange Pearl Pen.

So that's it for me today! Please be sure to visit PaperPlay Challenges to see the rest of the awesome creations by my design team sisters, and then we'd love it if you'd join the challenge for a chance to win a fabulous prize! Thanks for stopping by to see me today and hope to see you back again soon! Hugs!

I have entered this into the following challenges:
High Hopes Challenge Blog - use ribbon, lace, or twine (2 out of 3 ain't bad!!) LOL!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Papertake Weekly - Spooky Hues!

Hi everyone! It's Tuesday which means it's time for a new challenge from Papertake Weekly! This week, Dawny is asking you to use Spooky Hues on your project. It's your choice if you want to actually make a Halloween card, but you have to use the colors. We're sponsored this week by the fabulous shop The Ribbon Girl!!  Here's what I came up with for it.

I used a fabulous Kraftin Kimmie image called Hattie! LOOOVE her! LOL! She's colored with Copic markers and then cut out using Nesties.  The papers are from a stack from last year and the cardstock is Bazzil. The ghosties are from an old Sizzix die I've had for ages.  Oh, and see those three black pearls at the bottom of the card? Those were made with my new pearl pens! I am soooo impressed with these pens! I love how they round out!! So what do you think...does she look like she's had a rough time of it??

The BOO was cut out using the Cricut Expression and Mini Monsters cartridge and then I just used a white gel pen around it to help define it a little. I also used a Martha Stewart punch for the spooky fence. I honestly can not remember where I got those fabulous skeleton charms from, but I LOVE them! This was just a really fun card to make!

So that's it for me! Please be sure and pop over to Papertake Weekly to check out all my fabulously talented design team sistahs to see the gorgeous creations they've got for your viewing pleasure. Then we'd really love it if you'd grab your spooky papers and glue and play along with us! Thanks for stopping by to see me today and hope to see you  back again soon! Hugs!

I've entered this into the Kraftin Kimmie challenge which is to use your favorite KK stamp. Now tell me this, how do you choose??? They're ALL my favorites!!

Monday, October 17, 2011

OK!! It's time for the "We have only 'One Life to Live' 'As the World Turns' at 'General Hospital' with the 'Young and the Restless' that are 'All My Children' featuring Nurse Tilda and Doctor Edwin" blog hop!!

LMBO!!! How is THAT for a title of a blog hop??? Hi everyone!! Sure hope you've had a wonderful weekend!! I know I sure did! And now it's time for our monthly blog hop at Magnolia-licious!! This month we're featuring the fabulous and exclusive Doctor Edwin! He's so dang cute and he's only avaialble from Diana at Magnolia-licious! I'm sure my Design Team Sista's have conjured up some GORGEOUS creations for your viewing pleasure today! If you've arrived here from the awesomely talented Suzanne, then you're on the right track. If not, you'll want to go back to Magnolia-licious Highlites so you don't miss a single thing! Now I'll be honest....I struggled with this challenge (which is kind of funny since I was the one that suggested it! LOL!!). I wanted to do something a little different, and just couldn't come up with any ideas that I liked. So I was perusing through the Scor-Pal blog and saw the cutest tissue box cover and that's when it hit me. Tissue box holder....Doctor Edwin....a perfect match!!! So that's what I did! First, HERE'S the one that inspired me, and then HERE are the directions.  This is my version.

I LOVE these tissue box covers and it was really easy to make. I used #000 Doctor Edwin, and #307 Nurse Tilda from The Winner Takes It All collection. Both of these images are also available in the mini version. Magnolia-licious has the best selection of Magnolia images!! Couple that with awesome service and  the fabulous discounts Diana gives, and you've got a combination that can't be beat!!!  I also used #3 Tilda Lace Doohickey Cutting Die.

Doctor Edwin and Nurse Tilda were stamped onto Cryogen White paper and colored with Copic markers. I then fussy cut them out and popped them up on a base of kraft cardstock. That is then popped up onto  a scalloped frame cut with Nesties. The polka dot paper is an old digi paper that I got before I started being smart and saving it under the name of the maker. All I know is it's called Lil' Red and I apologize to the creator of this wonderful set of digital papers. I wish I could find her again cause I loved her papers and would buy more. So if anyone has any info, I would greatly appreciate your help.

I used the Cricut Expression and Elegant Edges to make the cut out for the tissues on the top. The strip across the sides of the lid were done by printing Bless you onto Bazzill cardstock, cutting the strips, and then popping them up from the base. The flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts and the leaves are cut using #18 Rose Leaf, another Magnolia Doohickey Cutting Die. And I've added the "artsy fartsy" view.

So that concludes my post for today. Now it's time for you to hop over to see what the Magnificent Mindy created for you! Thanks so much for joining us in our hop today! I hope you join the fun for a chance to win a wonderful prize from Diana at Magnolia-licious! Thanks for stopping by to see me today and hope to see you back again soon!! Hugs!!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Papertake Weekly - Get in Shape!

Updated to post that DORA is the winner of the Lili of the Valley voucher! CONGRATS Dora! Please  contact Dawny to claim your prize! Thanks again to everyone for joining us in our celebration!!

Oh wow, could I ever follow the advise of this weeks challenge!! LMBO! I NEED to get in shape. But ok...who wouldn't rather spend the time getting inky and having fun??!! I mean, really! LOL! I wanted to say a huge thank you to everyone that helped us celebrate Papertake Weekly's  4th birthday last week! We had an awesome turnout for the hop and we truly appreciate your support! We wouldn't be here if it weren't for you! So THANK YOU!!!  Now it's time to move on to the new challenge this week, and Dawny has asked us to "get in shape" by using three different shapes on your card. Your card base can count as one.  I  used more than three, but that's ok as long as you have at least three. Here's what I came up with

I have been wanting to color up this cutie since I got her forever ago! Of course I would use it for a Birthday card for one of my most favorite person in the whole world. :)  She's Angelina's Balloons from Mo's Digital Pencil. I printed her onto Cyrogenic White paper from The Paper Temptress, and then colored her with Copic markers. Clothes and balloons - E97, 99, and 17;  skin - E11, 01, 00;  hair - Y21 and E33;  and T2, 4, and blender pen for the bloomers and socks.  For her cheeks, I used pink chalks after I was done coloring.  She's cut out with oval Nesties (one of my shapes) using the out of the box technique for the balloons.  I covered the balloons with some glossy accents and then sprinkled some fine glitter on them while they were wet.

The doily behind her is from a Cheery Lynn Designs doily die (another one of my shapes), then I added a rectangle panel that is bordered by a Martha Stewart punch, and added  the banner (Whimsy Stamps) up in the right corner (two more shapes).  See that flower? That was made with my newest Cricut cartridge The Flower Shoppe. I buy all my Cricut cartridges from Hallmark Scrapbook. They have the best prices and customer service, period!  I can tell I'm really going to love this cartridge and use it a lot! The leaves are from another Martha Stewart punch.

Oh man....looking at this close up shows how bad my eyes are getting! LOL!  The papers I used are VERY VERY old Daisy D's that I've had in my stash for probably four or more years. I used Bazzill cardstock as well as some kraft. The sentiment was computer generated and then just cut out and popped up.

So that's it for me today. Please be sure and pop over to Papertake Weekly to see the rest of the amazing creatons by my teamies, and then we'd love it if you'd grab your paper and glue and play along with us! Thanks so much for stopping by to see me today and hope to see you back again soon! Hug!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Surprise Blog Candy Winner!

Yay!! The prize has been claimed and will be headed out to Austria!! Thanks again for playing everyone!

Hi everyone! Happy Monday! Hope you enjoyed your weekend and that you're ready for a fabulous week! It's time to find the winner for the surprise blog candy! So without further ado, I pulled a winner via random.org and the winning number is....

#59 - Stempe Ikobold

Congrats Dominique! Please send me your address so I can get your prize out to you!

Thanks to all for playing!! And if you really had your hopes up, keep an eye out....I've got yet ANOTHER one of these fabulous butterfly dies to give away soon!


Friday, October 7, 2011


Ok, I feel like celebrating cause it's the WEEKEND!! And believe me, I LOVE my weekends. LOL! So it's time to have some fun and give away some candy! If you want to win,  then sign up below! Today I'm giving away a Marianne Designs butterfly die along with a suprise!! Good luck and have a great weekend!! You've got the weekend to sign up and I'll announce a winner the first part of next week. Thanks for stopping by to see me today and hope to see you back again soon! Hugs!!

and a surprise too!!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

PaperPlay challenge - use Autumnal colors

Hey everyone! It's Friday eve! This week seems to have been exceptionally long for me, and I'm ready for the weekend! I'm extremely excited as next weekend I'm traveling to Sacramento to take the Intermediate Copic Coloring class! I can't wait!!  So anyway, onto the challenge. It's my week over at PaperPlay Challenges and this week the challenge is to use Autumnul colors in your project. Our fabulous sponsor this week is the amazing Simon Says Stamp!!  Here's what I came up with for the challenge.

This adorable stamp and sentiment was a gift from my wonderful friend Lillian. I couldn't wait to use him! Isn't he the  cutest little bear? I stamped him onto Cryogen white paper and colored him with Copic markers. E21, 23, and 25 for his body using some E11 and R20 on his cheeks. I used various greens to create the grass he's standing in.

The heart border was created with a Martha Stewart punch and then  I added some Wild Orchid Crafts flowers. The awesome ribbon is by May Arts from Stamp and Create.  The DP is from Jillibean and the cardstock is Bazzill.

So that's it for today! Please be sure and pop over to PaperPlay Challenges and see the rest of the gorgeous cards created by my teamies! Then we'd love it if you'd play along with us! Thanks so much for stopping by to see me today, and hope to see you back again soon! Hugs!

I've entered this in the ICopic Weekly Challenge - Autumn

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Papertake Weekly - Birthday Blog Hop with Prizes Galore!!!!

Hi everyone! I am soooo excited for today! It's Papertake Weekly's 4th Birthday!! I am so proud to be a part of this fabulous challenge blog and the amazing team of designers!! We have a LOT of fun going on for you this week, so I sure do hope you join us in all the fun and festivities!!! If you've arrived here from the lovely Annette's blog, then you're on the right track. We've got a BUNCH of sponsors today, so you've got more than one shot at winning a prize! One lucky person that leaves a comment on this post will win a voucher for none other than Lili of the Valley!!! WHOOT WHOOT!! How fun is that??? Our other amazing sponsors are Simon Says Stamp, The Ribbon Girl,  Dies to Die For, and Sir Stampalot!!!  There's no shotage of prizes, that's for sure! For more chances to win, be sure to visit all my teamies and leave comments!!

For my card today, I chose to use this adorable image from the Winner Takes it All collection from Magnolia-licious (Diana has the best selection of Magnolia images and accessories in North America and has some awesome discounts going on right now!!!!)  She's #206 Baseball Tilda. I changed it up this time and went with the distressed look. I thought it just felt right with this cutie. I also used a #23 Magnolia Doohickey Antique Lace die and #609 Shooting Stars Border stamp from the You Are So Special Collection.

Tilda is stamped onto X-Press It cardstock and colored with Copic markers. I used the R20's and E50's for her clothes, E70's for the bat, and E11, 01, and 00 for her skin. I used pink chalk and a white gel pen on her cheeks.

The frame and stars were cut using the Cricut Expression. I came up with the sentiment and printed it from my computer. It's then cut out using circle Nestabilities. The papers are from Raspberry Road matted onto PTI kraft paper. The buttons were a gift from my friend Regina, and that yummy ribbon was a gift from my friend DeeDee. Thanks so much girlfriends!!! Added some twine and some machine stitching, and called her done!

Don't forget to leave a comment for a chance to win the fabulous prize from Lili of the Valley! And then head on over to see my amazingly talented friend, Miss Pink Piggy herself.... Dawny! There's no doubt she's got something gorgeous for your viewing pleasure! Thanks so much for joining us in our celebration hop today!!!! Hugs!!

I've entered this card into the following challenges:

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Magnolia-licious October Sketch challenge

Hey everyone! Can you believe it's already October??!! WOW! I'm amazed at how fast this year is passing us by! It's time for a new Design Team sketch challenge over at Magnolia-licious Highlites, and this month, our hostest with the mostest is the fabulous Maureen! She has supplied us with an awesome sketch and we also must use orange and stay in the theme of October/fall.  Here is what I've come up with.

October is a huge month for birthdays, so you will be seeing quite a few of them from me this month. For this one, I used #340 Fairy Dust Tilda from the Fairytale Collection. She's available right now over at Magnolia-licious! Diana has the BEST collection of Magnolia stamps available in North America. And on top of that, she has awesome service and prices!! She's got a special deal going on right now for all orders over $50.00.  When you check out with a total of $50.00 (before shipping), use the code benefit8, and it will give you an 8% discount!! WOOHOO!! Please be sure and check out her store.  I stamped Fairydust Tilda with Memento ink onto X-Press It card and colored her with Copic markers. I also used the Magnolia Doohickey Antique Lace die for the horizontal strip.

The DP, ribbon, and buttons were all a gift from my wonderful friend and adopted sis, Regina. Thanks Regina!! The leaf was cut with the Cricut Expression using my newest cartridge The Flower Shoppe, and I added some of the fabulous lace I found when I was visiting my sis, Peggy, in Illinois. The octagon was also cut with the Expression using the George and Basic Shapes cartridge. The small brown maple leaf that is on top of the larger leaf is from a new EK Success border punch.  The Happy Birthday stamp is one I've had for ages and the original packaging is gone. I have no idea of the maker. Sorry.

All the layers are machine stitched and the twine I used is from The Twinery. So that's it for my card. Please be sure and visit Magnolia-licious Highlites to see all the amazing projects from talented Design Team! Then we'd really love it if you'd grab your oragne paper and glue to play along with us. Thanks for stopping by to see me today, and hope to see you back again soon! Hugs!