Friday, April 29, 2011

CASE'ing Keva

Hi friends!  I am here with a card for a special challenge.  My blog friend, Keva, has a challenge on her blog to CASE a card of hers.....any card.  There's even a special something up for grabs if you play along!  Thanks Keva and Happy Blogaversary!!

Here's Keva's card..........I have had this card saved for ages.  This was the card that did me in for this PTI stamp set...Flutter By Friend.

Here's my CASE of Keva's card:

I used Keva's basic layout and her use of the sentiment from Flutter By Friend.  I added in some of those fun roses from Recollections.  I was very disappointed the other day when I went to Michael's and saw that these roses were on Clearance!  Ack!  I'm going to buy some to last me for a while!  LOL

Have a great weekend!  Busy busy with work and more baseball games! 

OTWC #52

Wow, it's been a week since I've posted!  So incredibly busy this time of year in our, baseball, and more baseball!  And now that my daughter is playing T-ball, we're even busier!  Back to the post today........another Off The Wall Craftiness color inspiration. 


I had so much fun with this week's colors using the newest Wilson Designs stamp set:  Nauti-Cool.
This is my favorite WD stamp set to date!  But you wait.....there is more Wilson Designs goodness to come starting next week!  Be on the lookout for the release starting on Monday with a sneak peek! 

Pretty simple but I LOVE how this turned out!  Some paper piecing with the sail using Bitty Box DP from PTI.  I wanted the "boxes" to be a bit darker and less noticable so I colored over the paper with my Copic marker.  It really made a huge difference.  Using my colorless blender, I added some polka dots to the boat!
This week's sponsor guessed it!  Wilson Designs
So go make a project and link it up for a chance to win some Wilson Designs stamps!

{Sailin' by to say hi!}
Stamps:  Nauti-Cool (Wilson Designs)
Paper:  SS White, Blueberry Sky, Enchanted Evening, Bitty Box DP (all PTI)
Ink:  Memento Black, Sunflower Palette
Misc:  Medium Scallop Border die (PTI), Foam Tape, Copics

Friday, April 22, 2011

Grunge what?

This is what I thought of this set when we first saw sneak peeks of this new Grunge Me set from PTI.  Well, guess what?  This was the first set that I inked up when I opened up my new goodies!  Take a peek:

Ok, I have to confess too, that I didn't want Maile's Modern Basics set and after using just this one image from Grunge Me, has me sold.  The possibilities are ENDLESS!  I will definitely be ordering that with my next order!

I had fun making this one so I made another in a different color palette!  The middle "splat" image was stamped "off" once and then stamped in the center. 

Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope each of you have a wonderful Easter weekend!!

{Hey There}
All supplies PTI unless stated.
Stamps:  Grunge Me, FF #6
Paper:  SS White
Ink:  True Black, Raspberry Fizz, Enchanted Evening, Pure Poppy
Misc:  Raspberry Fizz and Pure Poppy Buttons, Baker's Twine (The Twinery)

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Just ADORABLE........

I'm here today with a quick card using some Paper Smooches!  I have enjoyed using this new line of stamps!  This card uses the Giddy Bugs set. 

I used a sketch from Clean and Simple Stamping for this one.......but jazzed it up with an EF and a PTI edger die.  Also am sending this over to Wee Memories for their challenge this week:  All Things Adorable! 

Stamps:  Giddy Bugs (Paper Smooches)
Paper:  True Black, Harvest Gold, SS White (all PTI)
Ink:  True Black
Misc:  Polka Dots Embossing Folder (Cuttlebug), Corner Rounder (CM), Edger Dies (PTI), Foam Tape, Baker's Twine (The Twinery), Prisma Glitter, Glue Pen

Monday, April 18, 2011


I thought I would share the card I made this weekend for the newest CR84FN color challenge.  I love these soft pastel colors and I wanted to use more pattern paper! 

I wanted to also use my new Paper Smooches sentiment stamp set here.  I am in LOVE with this set!!  You will be seeing more of this for sure!  Please don't peek too close as I did a bit of sewing on this to shabby it up a little.  I say this as I had a very brief inservice during my Stamping Away weekend on how to sew using an ancient sewing machine I picked up for cheap.  So this was my first attempt on a card!  Yay!  Thanks Jen and Eva for being patient with me and showing me a few things!

Here's this week's inspiration photo and color scheme from CR84FN!  Thanks for stopping by today!

Stamps:  Sentiment Sampler (Paper Smooches)
Ink:  True Black, Chamomile Tea Dye
Paper:  Lost and Found DP (MME), Aqua Mist (PTI), old sheet music
Misc:  Flowers (Recollections), Doilies (Wilton), Ivory Satin Ribbon (Dollar Tree), Sewing Machine, Sizzix Leaf/Branch Die, Pearls (Kaisercraft)

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Using pattern paper.........

I found this pattern paper last weekend during my girl's weekend.........Fell in love with it.  It's so mixy matchy and I love it!  I do though have problems with using pattern paper........that's just it......I need to actually USE it!  So that's where this card came in and I thought it was a bit "Mish" inspired as well!  I also used these particular papers for a challenge my friend Jen has going on over at the Papertrey Paper Dolls.  A new challenge went up and ANYONE is welcome to play along!  You can check out her challenge HERE.

When I saw this week's Tuesday Trigger over at the Moxie Fab World, I thought I should link this up!  The colors are so inspiring and I love the shabby'ness of this photo!!

All supplies PTI unless stated.
Stamps:  Sending You
Paper:  Emma's Shoppe Collection (Crate Paper)
Ink:  Haystack Pallette, True Black, Tea Dye
Misc:  Beautiful Blooms Dies, Hawaiian Shores Button, Button Twine, Medium Scallop Border Die, Misc. Satin Ribbon, Doily (MS), Love Lives Here Dies

Friday, April 15, 2011

OTWC #51

Today I have the next Off the Wall Craftiness challenge card for you.  What do you all think of the every 2 week's challenge vs. every week?  I kinda like it.  I think it just gives you all more time to work on your project and get it linked up!  Look at this week's inspiration photo:

I can not believe Easter is just around the corner.  I remember as a kid LOVING those marshmallow peeps and bunnies!  Now, I wouldn't eat one unless my kids dared me to!  We are planning some egg dying this weekend and some egg hunts!  Should be fun.

This week's sponsor is May Arts.....fabulous ribbon I tell 'ya.  I didn't have any that would match this card but their quality is out of this world.  Thanks for stopping by and I can't wait to see what you come up with for this challenge! 
{Happy Easter}
All supplies PTI unless stated.
Stamps:  Spring Silhouettes and Everything's Owlright (Wilson Designs), Egg Hunt
Paper:  Hibiscus Burst, Harvest Gold,  Plum Pudding, Hawaiian Shores, Rustic White
Ink: Versamark, True Black
Misc:  Egg Die, Nesties (Spellbinders), Pearls (M's), White Gel Pen, Scor-Bug/Scor-Pal, Plum Pudding Ribbon, Linen/Canvas IP, Foam Tape

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Stamping Away Weekend!

So this past weekend,  I hosted 4 of my good stamping friends at my home......Jen, LaurieEva, and Barb.  It was cozy in my stamping room and I'm sure the accommodations weren't the best in the west but I think everyone that came had a great time.  I know I did!  So much in fact, I'm looking at my schedule for the next time we can get together!  I didn't get as much done as everyone else but I enjoyed watching everyone else creating and soo enjoyed having company to chat and enjoy this hobby together! 

I have a few photos to share and yes not everyone is represented.  My friend, Barb, doesn't do pictures AT ALL.  I mean if we sneak one, she isn't a happy camper!  So she ended up being our photographer!

Front:  Eva and Jen          Back:  Laurie and Me

Here we even had a sweet little helper (in the form of my daughter, Payton) at the Big Shot station.........she helped us die cut our paper and walked around and gave us little notes and told us she liked our cards!   

Sorry Jen, I know you don't like this photo but it's one of my favorites!  This was taken by Laurie on her iphone and edited with the app:  Instagram!

The added person to this group is Jinny Newlin!  She so graciously met us for dinner at the end of our day of shopping in KC!  We ate at a fantastic Chinese restaurant:  BoLings!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Mojo Monday 185

Hi everyone!  I wanted to share this card I made during my Stamping Away weekend!  My did we have fun!  I'll come back soon and edit this post but want to get my card linked up before the link expires.  Here is this week's Mojo Monday sketch:

EDIT:  I recently purchased this Verve stamp set......I couldn't hold out any longer.  Isn't that how it is though?  You see it used constantly and then you need it!    Now I don't know what took me so long......these flowers are gorgeous for paper piecing and that is one of my favorite techniques!

I am so excited to show you all more of what I created this weekend as well as some photos but I'll leave that for another post.  Thanks for stopping by! 

****I also want to thank everyone for visiting my blog lately......what great blog friends!!  I truly appreciate the time you spend to come visit and leave comments.  I have been so busy and I am ashamed to say that I may for the first time, have to hit the "mark all as read" button in my GR.  :(

{Just Because}
Stamps:  Great Friend (Verve)
Paper:  Rustic White and Dark Chocolate (PTI), Stella and Rose Hazel (MME)
Ink:  True Black, Dark Chocolate, and Tea Dye (PTI)
Misc:  Berry Sorbet Ribbon (PTI), Double Ended Banner Die (PTI), Pearls (KaiserCraft), Dizzy Border Dienamics (MFT)

Friday, April 8, 2011

Just some fun stuff.......

My friends.......Laurie, Jen, Eva, and Barb......are coming today for our Stamping Away weekend!  We plan for these a couple of times a year and they are always soo much fun!  I can NOT wait!  My house is clean (thanks to my sweet hubby who had Merry Maids over the other day as a surprise!), laundry done, stamp room in order (this is never this way!  LOL)......I'm all ready for them to arrive!  We have some fun things in KC later today and then dinner at BoLings with some blog friends of ours........Jinny and Barbara!  Can't wait to meet you girls!  On the other hand, my blog may be silent for a few days but I'm sure I'll have lots to post after our weekend!

Well, I wanted to finally share some pictures with you from my trip to Boston.  I had the opportunity to meet some of the sweetest gals......Suzanne, Jessica, and Christina.  They share my love for crafting and stamping!  We all met through our blogs!  We enjoyed a nice chat while waiting to eat at one of the best places, The Cheesecake Factory.  I have to be honest, I was a bit nervous to meet these girls in my hotel lobby but I had a fabulous time!!  I am so glad that it worked with our schedules to meet.....I was determined to find a time that worked!  :)
From left to right:  Me, Jessica, Suzanne, and Christina

Suzanne and I know each other because we are on a blog group together, Papertrey Paper Dolls.  You need to check out our blog and play along with our challenges!  They remain open for anyone to play along!

Now, I have to show you some goodies that these gals came prepared to give!  Oh my....I wish that I'd had more time to make something but I totally ran out of time.  But look at what Christina made each of us......crocheted flowers!!!  Oh my these are so beautiful!  I can't wait to use them.....or wait, maybe I can't use them!  LOL  Such a sweet handmade gift.....Thanks Christina!

Finally, Jessica pulls out of her purse..........these!!  This little favor it box came with a sweet treat too.....An Andes Mint brownie!  That sure didn't last long!  :)  Jessica, thanks so much for thinking of us with these sweet little boxes!!  I love all the details you poured into these.....the twill, courduroy button and that fun new stamp stamp set!

Thank you so much for meeting up with me while I was in Boston!!  You all are so sweet!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Wilson Designs: Release Day!

Today is the day for the release of Kim Wilson's newest stamp set in the Wilson Designs lineup!  So without further is the newest set:   Nauti-Cool

Let's get started on my samples today using Nauti-Cool!  My first card is my favorite card of the release! 

I made a sailor's knot to go along with this set!  I've been wanting to make one of these for a LONG time and finally had the perfect set to use it on!  I found the tutorial over a year ago and had it bookmarked for future can find it HERE.  It was super easy and I also used the tip of making a small notch in my panel on the sides to wrap my twine into.  Otherwise, this would be very bulky (and it already is).  Next, you get another look at one of the background stamps....the chain.  Again, very easy to line up.  Edit:  My card loosely uses the sketch from the JUGS blog for this week!

My second card uses some of the other nautical themed stamps in a CAS way via the sketch from Clean and Simple Stamping.  I added a little detail and stamped a sentiment!  Love this!

Alright, so what do you think?  I hope you like this set as much as I do!  Now go check out the other DT blogs for more inspiration and don't forget to check out our Guest Designer, Maile Belles, too!  This set will be up for purchase for $12.99 over at Wilson Designs.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Wilson Designs: Release Day 1

Are you ready to take a look at the newest Wilson Designs stamp set?  I can't wait to see what you think of this new set!   Did you hear who the Guest Designer this month was??  THE Maile Belles!!  You must go check out her blog as she will be featuring fabulous samples using this set by Kim Wilson!

I went CAS with both of my cards today.  This set doesn't need anything fancy schmancy!!
For my first card........I had to make a banner card!  Love the little flags Kim designed to go with the nautical theme.  I colored them in with Copics and popped them up on a white card base.  Just enough color.  Speaking of color......don't you just love that twine?  It's the best stuff out there......from The Twinery!

My second card uses 1 of 2 background builder stamps........these I am super excited about!  Just look at that rope stamp?  It is absolutely the easiest to line up.  I stamped it in Haystack Pallette on kraft cardstock.  That sentiment is one from Snowy Wishes.......I thought it was perfect for a little humor there!

That's it for me today but I'll be back tomorrow with my favorite card of the release!  Would you like to win this set?  Please go visit the other DT blogs and make sure to leave a comment!  You never know who's blog the winning comment will come from!!  Don't forget to visit Maile's blog too!

Maile (Guest Designer)

{For You}
Stamps:  Wilson Designs
Paper:  SS White
Ink:  Memento Black
Misc:  Copics, Foam tape, Baker's Twine (The Twinery), Scor-Tape

{Stay Cool}
Stamps:  Wilson Designs
Paper:  Kraft, SS White
Ink:  Haystack Palette, True Black, Yellow ink (SU)
Misc:  Spellbinder's Nesties, Foam Tape, Blueberry Sky Grograin Ribbon (PTI), Prisma Glitter

Monday, April 4, 2011

Wilson Designs Sneak Peek Day!

Today is the day where I give you a sneak peek of the newest Wilson Designs stamp set.  Remember to leave your guess in the comments.......You never know who's blog the winning comment will come from!  This month's stamp set is one that filled a void in my stamp collection and it was so fun to work with!  Kim is just super creative!  Meet me back here tomorrow, same time for some samples using this set!

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