Friday, August 31, 2012

12 Kits of Christmas {August Kit}

Hello!  We are now past half way through our year of the 12 Kits of Christmas!  This month our host was Kim from Cupcakes Cards and Kim.  She sent us a beautiful color palette to work with this month.....nontraditional!  Pinks, aquas, greens, browns.......Let's check it!  :)

August Kit
{photo courtesy of Kara}

I have 2 cards to share from this kit......I made more but will have to share those another day!  I fell in LOVE with that ruffled satin trim in the photo above.  Kim included her kit ingredients and it is from Stampin' Up.  Oh goodness is it gorgeous!  This first card uses a piece of pattern paper with a die cut word embellished with Stickles.  Adding in the trim serves as the focal point which was then flagged with a button.


My next card uses more pattern paper and cute digital images from Pink Petticoat!  I hoarded my other images as to see what the other girls do with their kits!  hehe  I machine stitched a couple of wavy lines at the top and left the threads messy at the edges.  Using more of that fabulous pleated ribbon, I layerd my sentiment and image over a strip of this ribbon.

Merry Christmas Wishes

Thank you so much Kim for a beautiful kit this month! I can't wait to see what the rest of the group comes up with so I can CASE them. I didn't get a CASE card done this month....oops! Well, that's it from me today......go check out what the other girls have done with this kit!

Renee {It's a Patchwork Life}

Saturday, August 25, 2012

PTI August Blog Hop

Just popping in here to share my Papertrey Ink Blog Hop card!  I know I know.....I'm late but hey I made it!  This month's challenge was Autumn Textiles.  I chose to work with burlap.  It gives so much fun texture! 

 Here are the inspiration photos......


Thanks for stopping by everyone!

{Thank you}
Stamps:  Teach and Inspire, Fillable Frames #7 (PTI)
Ink:  Dark chocolate, Ripe Avocado (PTI)
Paper:  Dark Chocolate, Rustic Cream (PTI)
Misc:  Wood button (PTI), Burlap, Rustic jute button twine (PTI), Linen IP (PTI)

Friday, August 24, 2012

Verve: Card Carnival

Is anyone else thinking TGIF?  I am, even though I have a couple of more days left of work until I head for VACATION to beautiful Colorado!  We are actually going for a family reunion in Estes Park but we are going to be in Denver for a day or two as well.  Can't wait to get back to the beautiful mountains and relax in the cabin!  I should come back refreshed and full of inspiration!  :)
So I've been following Verve's Anniversary festivities this week and finally sat down to make at least ONE card for their Customer Card Carnival!  This one is pretty simple using Bloom and Grow, Floral Circle Dies and Rounded Scallop Frame Die.
You make a difference

This is going in the mail tomorrow to a very special friend of mine and yes I did sacrifice some of those hoarded silver pearls!  You are worth it!  :)
I've also created this for the Asymmetry Challenge in the Moxie Fab World
Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!

{You make a difference....}
Stamps:  Bloom and Grow (Verve)
Paper:  SS White, Ripe Avocado, and Bitty Dot DP (PTI)
Ink:  True Black, Pure Poppy, Berry Sorbet (PTI)
Dies:  Rounded Scallop Frame, Floral Circle Dies (Verve), Mini Leaves (Taylored Expressions)
Misc:  Silver Pearls (Michaels)

Monday, August 20, 2012

MSS Block Party!

Hi everyone!  I have been super busy with my *day* job lately working 6 days straight as of today.  Some of my good friends know that the company I worked for, for 7 years was bought out by a big BIG company.  SOO, there have been MANY changes lately and LOTS of new learning of computer programs, new practices, new staff, etc.  I would be lying if I didn't say that at times it has been overwhelming and I wondered if I chose the right profession....Ha!  Today was another of those change days and those of you that are nurses, know that change for us is HARD!  Period.  I tell all of you this because my blog has been sort of quiet lately as I restructure my work schedule, kids school schedule, family time, and blog time.  I have looked at many things in my life over the past month and have downsized some things and I feel better because of it!  Some things were just eating at me and I had to take care of them!  So THANK YOU for sticking with me through all of it and THANK YOU for your special cards, texts, and emails!  I truly appreciate every one of you!  <3>

I wanted to share that there is still time to go link up a Market Street Stamps creation for the MSS Block Party until 11pm CDT tonight!  There was overlapping of our two challenges so we extended it through tonight!  What we need you to do this month is share your creation using our Paint the Town colors!  You can link up your project HERE

Here's what you could WIN!

**ONE randomly selected participant will win a stamp set of their choice (valued $15 or less)
**ONE show stoppin' paper crafter will be asked to join us for a Guest Design spot for the following month! (This months winner will be a Guest Designer for the month of September!)

So you have several hours left to go get crafty and link it up! 
Thanks again for sticking with me! 

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Market Street Stamps August Release

Hello everyone!  I'm back with more new stamps.....this time from Market Street Stamps!  This month features a big release because several of the DT have become stamp illustrators and their lines debut this month!  Huge CONGRATS goes out to my fellow teamies......Steph, Julie, and Brenda!  Your stamps are wonderful and I wish you HUGE success with your new lines!  And I didn't forget Angelica.....Your designs are sweet too!  :)

Today I get to show off Brenda's new stamp set, Dreamcatcher.  I can tell you that this is such a fun and versatile set.  I have nothing like it in my stash!  For my first card, I've used the border stamp included in the set and stamped it repeatedly using Tuxedo Black Memento ink.  I've chosen some colors of Copics and colored away!  Adding in the long sentiment stamp on a diecut banner finishes it off. 


My second card uses the wave of favorite image from this set!  I did a bit of rockin' and rollin' for the stars to get the rainbow look.


Don't forget to go visit the Market Street Stamps blog for your chance at winning a set of stamps from this fabulous release!  All the new stamps will be available for purchase starting Thursday, August 16, at 7am CDT.  Thanks so much for stopping by today!

{All our dreams.....}
Stamps:  Dreamcatcher (MSS)
Paper:  Melon Berry, SS White (PTI)
Ink:  Tuxedo Black (Memento), True Black (PTI)
Dies:  Fishtail Flags (MFT)
Misc:  Copics (Y35, R22, BG18)

Stamps:  Dreamcatcher (MSS)
Paper:  SS White (PTI)
Ink:  Pure Poppy, Summer Sunrise, True Black (PTI), Chartreuse, Reflection Blue, Orangerie, Violete (Palette Inks)
Misc:  Buttons (PTI)

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Back to School!

Hello and welcome to Day 3 of the Lil' Inker Designs Color Team debut!  I am so happy to be playing along with the new Color Team today!  Make sure you are following the blog hop because there are prizes up for grabs!  You should have arrived from Alyssa Schritchfield's blog.  If would like to start at the beginning, then hop on over to the Lil' Inker Blog!

I am very happy to be sharing one of the first sets from the new line Sugar Kissed Cottage!  It's called School Girl and oh is it soo cute!  I love the vintage look and all the great school themed sentiments!  There is a new designer in line for this collection, Karen Baker!  Make sure to check out the Lil' Inker Designs blog for all the details!


I've heat embossed the image with White Filigree embossing powder and accented the apple and leaf with Stargazers Watercolor Palette color.  Just plain 'ole CAS.  Perfect for this image!


Here is the full set of graphics and this set and ALL of this release is available NOW in the Lil' Inker Store

Be sure to stop by the designers blogs and leave comments because there are PRIZES to be won!  We'll be picking 2 winners from a secret prize blog along our hop this week and each can choose 2 stamp sets from our new releases, a $20 prize value! 
Your next stop during the hop is Mary Johnson!

***Forgot to add that since the CASology blog has their new Cue Card up for the week and it's all about school.  Score!  This is a fun new challenge blog and it's all CAS!!!***

{Back to School}
Stamps:  School Girl (Sugar Kissed Cottage for Lil' Inker Designs)
Paper:  SS White (PTI), Bitty Dot DP (PTI), Black Chalkboard Paper (DCWV)
Ink:  Versamark
Dies:  Pinking Border (PTI)
Misc:  White Filigree Embossing Powder (PTI)

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Cloud9 Blog Hop--August

Hey all!  I wanted to share my card for the Cloud 9 August Blog Hop!  Such a great way to show off those Wplus9 stamps!  This set is one of my favorites from Wplus9!!


Here's the sketch provided by Suzanne from the Cloud 9 blog!  I did turn the sketch on its side for my card here!

{Sweet of you}
Stamps:  Fresh Picked (Wplus9)
Paper:  SS White (PTI), Purple (Bazzill)
DP:  Egg Hunt (PTI)
Ink:  Blackberry, Grass (AMuse), True Black (PTI)
Dies:  Fresh Picked (Wplus9)
Misc:  Simply Chartreuse Button (PTI), White crochet thread, Foam Tape

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

MSS Paint the Town #17

It's better late than never right?  Well, apparently I left this post in draft form and never scheduled it.  So here I am a bit late with the newest Paint the Town Challenge from
Just look at these peaceful colors.....tan, wheat, buttery yellow, and mystic blue.  Here's my take on these beautiful colors.


Now, go create a project using Market Street Stamps for your chance at winning.  One randomly selected participant will win a stamp set of choice ($15 or less)!  Enjoy your day!
{Happy Anniversary}
Stamps:  Grace Background, Simple Salutations (Market Street Stamps)
Paper:  Kraft, Dark Chocolate, Rustic Cream (PTI)
Ink:  Blue (SU), Dark Chocolate (PTI)
Misc:  Cream Button twine and Button (PTI)
Dies:  Edger Dies (PTI), Double Ended Banner Die (Lil' Inker Designs)

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Two Step Stamping

Hi everyone!  I have a quick little tutorial for you today! 
When you look at your clear stamps, do you really look at them?  What I mean you think about turning them over and stamping with the "WRONG" side?  Well, I wanted to share just how you can do this!  I used this technique on THIS Market Street Stamps card that was chosen for the Top 20 of the Paper Crafts Gallery Idol contest this summer!

Bright Side

Firstly, you need to choose a clear stamp that has an outline that is the same as the image.  To clarify, look at the back of the stamp to see if it would make the perfect outline for the actual stamp itself.  I chose to work with the Two Step Butterfly stamp that is only $5 and available in the MSS store.  The butterfly I used is the SOLID image (top image in the photo).  Here are my supplies:

Let's see, I do believe some neon is I don't have neon inks but I think this represents neon in what I remember wearing back "when" those neon shoestrings and tops were "in"!  LOL  So here, I've chosen inks that have a lighter shade and a coordinating darker shade.

Your first step is to place a small piece of double sided tape on one side of your clear block and place your stamp on the block so the back side is out.  Yes go it.  Ink up your lighter shade of color and stamp your image.  Clean your stamp and remove to now place on the other side of your block.  Now place your stamp the "normal" way on the block and ink up with the darker coordinating shade of color.  Now, centering the actual stamp is soo easy because you have the outline there as a guide!  When done, it gives the most perfect outline to your image!

Here are all 3 butterflies stamped first with the back of the stamp and then again with the normal side of the stamp.

Now for the finished card.........I love the results and it makes for very mailable card since there is no layering!

Happy Birthday

  So I challenge you to go look through your stamps and see what stamp(s) you have that may work for this technique because it is FUN!  Thank you all for stopping by today.....have a great one!

{Happy Birthday}
Stamps:  Two Step Butterfly, Simple Salutations (Market Street Stamps)
Paper:  SS White, True Black (PTI)
Ink:  Shell, Bubblegum, Sky, Ocean, Lemon Whip, Papaya (AMuse), True Black (PTI)
Dies:  Small Scallop Border (PTI)

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Shaping Up Blog Hop Winner!

Hi everyone!  I've been enjoying the last days of summer with my kids on my days off and so there hasn't been much activity here.....I'm sorry for that!  I wanted to stop by and share my winner from the Shaping Up Blog Hop from my post!

And the winner is:

BloggerMary said...
Super cute card! I was rooting for you and voting every round in Gallery Idol. Your cards were, of course, fabulous! Thanks for the opportunity to win a fun package of goodies!
July 23, 2012 10:09 AM

Congrats Mary!  Please send me your address so I can get those stamps and goodies out to you! 
Thank you all so very much!


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