Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Year

Are you resolving to lose weight, and exercise more?  Yeah, you and most of the population.  Me, I've given up on that resolution, I'm resolving to use up more of my craft supplies, ink up stamps that are sitting unloved and to finish the inside of cards.  I bet I have as much luck with these resolutions as the others. 
I've been on a Cat's Pajamas binge.  So even though it isn't the new year yet I did ink up some stamps that have been unloved, and I did the inside of one.
Will I be able to keep this up in the new year?  Well keep stopping by to check up on me.
Here's the deets for the penguin:

stamp:  the Cat's Pajamas "Make Merry"
ink:  Inkadinkado black chalk ink
paper:  Su kraft cs for base; Lasting Impressions dp; Georgia Pacific white cs
miscellaneous:  the Cat's Pajamas Cut Ups "Icing";
EK Success "cheers" border punch; stickles, copics, charm; Heidi Swapp bling; the Cat's Pajamas Divine twine; nestibilities

Here's the challenges:
The Cat's Pajamas - sketch
4 Crafty Chicks - A New Year
Simon Says - Time to Party/Celebrate
Freshly Brewed #28 - Celebrate and/or New Year
For Fun challenges - A New Year is coming
Color Q #65 - Old Olive, Kraft, Basic Gray, Black and Vanilla
Going Grey - Ring in the New Year
Stampin' B #91 - Make a Celebration card
Paper Playtime #31 - New Year
Crazy #47 - Punch It

Next up, a birthday card.  I've got a few coming up in January so time's a wasting. 
This bunny has become one of my favorites characters.  I can't wait to see what trouble he gets into this year.

Here's the deets:
stamp:  the Cat's Pajamas "Forget About the Cake"
ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
paper:  SU Certainly Celery cs for base and small mats; Nicole blue cs for mat; Scenic Route candles dp; Recollections "Monkeying Around" (dots) dp
miscellaneous:  Glitzy glitter; charm; buttons; floss; copics; stickles; nestibilities


Lastly, I made a card for my buddies in Elizabeth, NJ.  We were supposed to drive North on Christmas night and I had planned to hook up with them yesterday but Mother Nature had a different idea.  There was a traveler's advisory that driving conditions in the Carolinas were perilous so we cancelled.  At the time we didn't know what was going to hit NJ.  Turns out they got over 30 inches of the white stuff!  Yikes!  It was so news worthy they were showing video of it on the news here in Florida.   I'm really sorry I didn't get to visit with my buddies but I'm really, really, really glad that I don't have to deal with that snow. 
AND, I finished the inside of this card!  Maybe I'll be keeping a resolution for a change.

Here's the deets:
stamp - the Cat's Pajamas "Ski Bunny"; MFT letters for banner
ink - Memento Tuxedo Black for front image and inside sentiment; SU Bordering Blue for letters on banner; SU Soft Sky for interior image
paper - Close to My Heart "Aspen" package; MFT perfect panel for image
miscellaneous - nestibilities; the Cat's Pajamas Cut Ups "Snowflake"; EK Success "snowflake" border punch; MFT die-namics "banner"; the Cat's Pajamas divine twine; snowflake charm; circle punch; snow writer; glitzy glitter; gelly roll pen;

Here's the challenges:
The Pink Elephant #90 - Winter Wonderland
City Crafter week 37 - Stamp It Out
Stamp Something- Something With Glitter

Thanks for visiting, I hope you'll come back again.  Wishing you the best of everything in the New Year.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Happy Hippo New Year

Some of you will be seeing pink elephants but I tend to be different.  I'll be seeing pink hippos.  Ever since I was a little girl  when I saw Walt Disney's Fantasia I have had a thing for happy hippos so I had to have this image from Shirley's 2 Girls.  It comes with Christmas sentiments but I'm using it as a New Year's card, okay, you got me, it's a belated Christmas card, like you didn't forget somebody.  But I digress...
It's Twisted Thursday, and this week the twist is "New Year" so I'm seeing pink hippos bringing in the New Year.  
If you'd like to snag a hippo for yourself you can click here to shop.  Once you've figured out what stamp to use, get that card put together and post it on the S2G blog, you could win a digi.  Need more inspiration, well you can see the rest of the DT's projects on the S2G blog too. 

So get inky this week, make a New Year's card and join the challenge.

Here's the deets:
stamp - S2G digi Hippo
ink - HP printer
paper - Georgia Pacific white cs for the image; Warsau green cs for mats and card base; My Mind's Eye Wonderful Winter pad dp;
miscellaneous - charm from acharmingplace.com;  My Favorite Things hot fix crystals and ribbon; stickles; divine twine from the Car's Pajamas; Stampin' Up corner punch

Here's the challenges:
Shirley's 2 Girls twisted Thursday - twist "New Year
Going Grey with Scrap Creations - Ring in the New Year
Paper Playtime #31 - New Year's
Crafty Ho's - Photo Inspiration - New Year's Ball

Saturday, December 25, 2010

I Can't Believe...

It's Christmas day and I'm doing a blog post.  Well, the presents have been opened and we don't have to be anywhere till much later, so why not.
This card was made for the MFT Wednesday Stamp Club challenge to use Die-namics.  That little pink strip across the bottom is a Dainty Dots with pearls placed over the holes.  I love this die and I have to say "Thanks" again to the lovely and generous Kim who asked me to be on her November design team.  This die was part of my package.  That was so much fun.  But I digress...
I didn't think that just one little strip was enough AND I just purchased another set of die-namics in the January VIP package.  I don't know the name but I had to use them right away. 
 










They are perfect
for sentiments so I used them on the inside of the card.  It's a set of 3 dies that can be used alone or together.  Can you see that - there's a piece of pink cs as the base, a piece of the striped dp layered over that and then a white piece of cs with pink sponging and the sentiment on the top.  (I asked Santa for better camera skills but he failed to come thru with them).







Besides cards I've been busy knitting and boy is my arm killing me. Just making cards get my carpel tunnel kicking up but knitting puts it into overdrive. My right arm is numb from the elbow down when it isn't there's the pins and needles prickling me.  The Elmer Fudd hat was a big success.  There was also a pair of boot covers that didn't go over as well as I'd hope and a scarf that she loves.  In the knitting basket there's a pair of leg warmers that were requested but have to be sewn together so I guess I should stop "fooling" around here and get those done.  There's nothing worse than a demanding teenager waiting for something she knows is just a heartbeat away.

So here's the deets:
stamp - My Favorite Things - a la Modes "Cheers"
ink - Memento Tuxedo black for image and sentiment; Ranger Worn Lipstick sponged on edges around sentiment
paper - Autumn Leaves "Wink" dp, MFT pink lemonade cs for mat; MFT Blending card paper for image and sentiment
miscellaneous - charm; divine twine;  Nellies oval die; copics; glossy accents; SU corner punch; Recollections pearl stickers; MFT Dainty dots die-namics; die-namics for sentiment

Here's the challenges:
My Favorite Things Wednesday Stamp Club MFTWSC12222010 - Simply Dienamic
For Fun - Anything Goes (not just paper crafting - so here's one of my knit projects)
Simon Says - Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes
Tuesday Morning Sketches #73 - Embellish It

Thanks for visiting.  I hope you're having a wonderful Christmas or whatever holiday you celebrate.  I hope you'll come back again.




Thursday, December 23, 2010

Sweet Dreams

It's Twisted Thursday at Shirley's 2 Girls but this week we're taking a break.  So sit back and relax.  Instead of making a card for this challenge make one for yourself, the one you've been waiting to get around to but haven't had the time.  Use the image you've been dying to ink up or print out. 
AND you can still go shopping at the store.  Buy yourself a present.  I always buy myself plenty of Christmas present because I want to make sure I get things that I love.  Hey, I'm serious, if you've ever gone shopping with me you know it's true.  I will be visiting the Shirley's 2 Girls shop in just a short while, maybe we'll bump into each other there.
I can't find the "cheat sheet" where I wrote down my deets and I've already sent this card off to someone so I'm going to try to remember what I used.
I think these are the deets:
stamp - digi image "Sweet Dreams" from Shirley's 2 Girls
ink - HP printer
paper - Doodlebug dp; Stampin' Up Certainly Celery cs for mat and Kraft for card base; Georgia Pacific cs for image and sentiment
miscellaneous - copics, stickles, Doodelbug candy shaped brads; I think the pink things in the scallop points are Candy Dots; nestibilities
Here's the challenges:
Freshly Brewed challenge 27 - Merry Christmas
Belli Challenge #107 - Merry Christmas (the Doodlebug paper and brads are from last Christmas)
Simon Says - Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes
Paper Playtime #30 - Christmas
If the Shoe Fits FF#59 - Get  Krafty
Paper Sundaes #49 - Cut It Out - the image is cut out 

Thank you stopping by, I hope you'll come back again. 

Friday, December 17, 2010

Just a Week Away

It's just a week away and I'm still making cards and I still have to write them out. 
So this is just another quick post.  The card uses this week's Mojo sketch and the image is a Pure Innocence for the My Favorite Things Wednesday Stamp Club challenge.  There's lots of snow and Christmas challenges going on so I might as well list them now.

Here's the challenges:
Mojo Monday #169 - sketch
My Favorite Things Wednesday Stamp Club MFTWSC12152010- Pure Innocence Christmas
If the Shoe Fits FF#59 - Get Krafty (the dp is printed on kraft)
Fussy and Fancy - Show Us Some Snow
4 Crafty Chicks #16 - Snowmen
Stampin' For the Weekend #53 - Christmas
Stamptacular Sunday #89 - Winter Wishes
Stampin' Royalty #50 - Bring on the Bling
Fresh Brewed #17 - Merry Christmas
Paper Playtime #29 - Snowmen
the Pink Elephant #90 - Winter Wonderland
Stamp with Fun #89 - Xmas
For Fun - Merry Christmas

Here's the Deets:
stamp - My Favorite Things Pure Innocence"Tweeny Teens Frosty Friends"
ink - Memento Tuxedo Black; Ranger Weathered Wood
paper - Jillibean "Christmas Chestnut Soup"; red cs unknown
miscellaneous - MFT ribbon; MFT hot fix crystals; Flower Soft; Snow Writer; stickles; Lost and Found Madison Avenue "Sisters" buttons; nestibilities

Thanks so much for taking the time to visit.  I hope you'll come back again.  Whatever holiday you celebrate I hope it's the best possible.  Blessings to you all.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Time Out

Has it gotten to you yet?  If it hasn't more power to you.  If you've got everything under control why don't you join us at Shirley's 2 Girls for a twisted challenge.  This week the twist is "Flock".  I used it on the Santa hat trim. 
This image is "Christmas Cheers" and you can pick it up here in the S2G shop.  It's a digi image so you can make it as teeny tiny as you like or as large as the paper your printer can take.
Doesn't this chair look like the one you'd plunk in?  It's supposed to look like velvet, well maybe if you squint.  The papers are Graphic 45.  Can you see that I used one of the dp like a ribbon, it's the little striped pieces under the snowflake edges.  When you use this punch you get some snowflakes and a tiny strip of paper left over.  I've used all these pieces on the card.  You really have to look closely to find all the snowflakes but they are there and they've gummy bling in the centers.  Any flake you see on the plaid dp is one of the punched flakes.
If you're like me you're squeezing in Internet time here and there.  So I won't keep you much longer, just enough to list the deets and the challenges and to remind you to that we'd love to see your creation, so post it on the S2G challenge blog.  Who knows, maybe you'll be this week's winner.

So here's the deets:
stamp - S2G "Christmas Cheers" digi image
ink - HP printer; Ranger tea dye sponged on edges
paper - Georgia Pacific cs for image; Graphic 45 "Christmas Past" collection
miscellaneous - EK Success snowflake punch; Taylor's tiny twinkles, snowflake charm; ribbon, flock; copics

Here's the challenges:
Shirley's 2 Girls - use flock
Cupcake Craft Challenge #121 - non-tradional Christmas (I think the colors gold and pink are non-traditional)
Stampin' Royalty #50 - Bring on the Bling (the centers of all the snowflakes)
Allsorts week #82 - Last Minute Christmas
Stamp with Fun #89 - Christmas
For Fun - Christmas
Freshly Brewed #27 - Merry Christmas

Thank you for visiting, I hope you'll come back again.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

I Remembered....

NOT!!!  I just sent this card out for a friend's birthday, too bad it was a week late.  If I had a decent photo of the inside you'd see that there's a belated sentiment stamped on the beige cs.

This is a crazy time of year, it's hard to keep it all organized isn't it?  It's getting harder and harder to find the time to make a card, and the time to write a blog post.

Since I need to keep this brief I'm going straight to the deets:
stamp:  My Favorite Things "I Remembered"
ink - Memento Rich Cocoa
paper - SU "To the Nines" dp, SU "Soft Suede" cs; My Favorite Things beige perfect panel for the stamp; dark brown scrap cs mat
miscellaneous - MFT die-namic; buttons, Making Memories brads

I don't have any challenges for this card.

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you'll come back again.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Brrrr


I get the shivers just looking at this card.  I hate snow, even when I was a kid I hated snow.  If there's snow out there it's cold.  I don't like the cold.  But do you care?  Based on all the challenges that are asking for snow, snowflakes or snowmen I'm guessing no one cares that I hate the white stuff.  Oh well...
This week the My Favorite Things Wednesday Stamp Club's challenge is to "Create a Winter Scene",  I should make a card with one of the WTG bikini images, afterall, here in Florida people are still going to the beach. 

Here's the deets:
stamp- My Favorite Things "Snow Angel"
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black
paper - My Favorite Things Perfect Panel for image and Red Hot cs for mat; My Mind's Eye "Winter Wonderland" pad dp;  SU Kraft cs for card base
miscellaneous - Martha Stewart tag punch; copics, Stampin' Up corner punch; My Favorite Things hot fix crystals (they're on the lover left side look on the snowman - they're red); copics; gelly roll pen; My Favorite Things ribbon; Creative Impressions felt snowflake; Glitzy glitter; Making Memories tree brad

Here's the challenges:
My Favorite Things  Wednesday Stamp Club - Make a Winter Scene
Paper Cutz #71 - make card or project using a snowman or snowflake
Crafty Creations #97 - a Beary Project
Mojo Monday #168 - Sketch
Creative Belli #106 - Christmas embellishments/papers
Crafty Catz #106 - Birthday Bear
If the Shoe Fits FF#58 - Texture
Paper Playtime #28 - Snowflakes

Thanks for stopping  by, I hope you'll come back again.

Big Mojo Bear

This is one of the Cat's Pajamas latest releases.  He's called "Big Bear".    That pretty much says it all. 
This dp has been in my stash for over a year so when I saw "Big" I figured the stamp and this paper would be a perfect match.  But "Big" is pretty big so he's covering most of the bears on the paper.  You can see one peeking out over the "snow!" sentiment and another one peeking out from under the snowflake.   A good thing about big images is that you can easily paper piece it which I did here. 
You may not be able to see that the paws and inner ears are covered with flower soft or that there are turquoise bling on the snowflake.

Here's the deets:
stamp - image  the Cat's Pajamas "Big Bear"; sentiment the Cat' Pajamas "Candyland Christmas"
ink - Memento Tuxedo Black for the image; Ranger Shabby Shutters for the sentiment and sponged around the image mat
paper - turquoise cs for card base Nicole; Imaginisce Polar Expressions dp; MFT Sno-Cone cs for snowflake and icing
miscellaneous - Labels One nestibilities; Spring Green Candy dots; SU curvy square punch for sentiment; the Cat's Pajamas snowflake and icing dies; the Cat's Pajamas twine; flower soft; snowflake charm; green felt

Here's the challenges:
the Cat's Pajamas #138 - use any TCP Holiday stamp
Mojo Monday #168 - Sketch
Daring Cardmakers - Snow Much Fun
Belli Challenge #106 - Christmas Embellishments/Papers
L'il Red Wagon #58 - Use a die cut
Crafty Creations #97 - a beary project
The Color Throwdown #122 - Ridinghood Red, Chocolate Chip and Pear Pizzazz

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Let It Snow, Let It snow....

Let it snow! Just not here. I moved a couple thousand miles to get away from that white stuff.

If you like snow I hope you have a white Christmas but for me, I like palm trees and flamingos. But that's not why you're here so onto my project.
It's Twisted Thursday again at the Shirley's 2 Girls challenge blog and this week the twist is "Glitter and Bling". Don't you just love glitter and bling. I wish the glitter and bling on this box showed up a little more. I used some Taylor's Tiny Twinkles on the image's falling snow and there's some glitter on the snow on the chair and the drifts on the ground. I need to work on my photograhy skills cause my pics are just not showing what the cards and projects look like. Maybe if you click to enlarge the image you'll be able to see them better but I digress...
It should be easy for you to join us this week. You can get another gift or card knocked off your list so go get your stamps and papers out and join in the fun. You could win a digi image, all you have to do is make a card or project using glitter and bling and link it up on the S2G challenge blog.
This is a really easy, fast, inexpensive (yeah, cheap, but inexpensive sounds so much more elegant) and fun to make project. It's an altered pencil case I picked up at CVS for less than $2. How could you go wrong for that price?
I'm a sucker for anything with an Adirondack chair on it. I had to have this stamp. It's "Winter Chair", you can get it and lots of other fun, cute and fanciful winter and Christmas images in the S2g shop so go take a look and spoil yourself with a little purchase. You deserve it.

To make this all you need to do is cut a 12 x 12 piece of dp in half. Score it at 1/2", 3-1/2", 4-1/2", 7-1/2", 8-1/2". Hold the paper around the box and press it down where the closing snap is, to get a marked spot, then punch a hole there. Put a strip of red line or score tape down the 1/2" edge, on the top and bottom of the 3" edges and down the edge of last side and tape it onto the case. Punch a slot on the image's mat, run your ribbon through it and cut it at a length that will go around the box and allow you to tie a bow. I added a charm to my bow, but you know me, I use a charm whenever possible. Adhere the mat to the box, tie the bow. You can fill it pencils and pens or markers, maybe a gift card or ribbons. Whatever you put inside it, it's going to be a fabulous present.
Need some other ideas to get your mojo going.  Well stop at the S2G site and see what the rest of the design team has cooked up. 

Here's the deets:

stamp - "Winter Chair" digi image from Shirley's 2 Girls

ink - HP printer

paper - Gerogia Pacific for the image; MFT Sno-Cone cs for mat; Imaginisce dp

miscellaneous - ribbon, snowflake charm, Taylor's Tiny Twinkles; circle punch; glitter; copics

Here's the challenges:
Shirley's 2 Girls - Twisted Thursday - Glitter and Bling
Shabby Tea Room week 39 - Tis the Season, create a holiday gift item or gift set
Paper Playtime #28 - Snowflakes
Paper Sundaes #47 - Gift It
Pile It On #48 - It's All in the Wrapping
Cupcake Craft Challenge #120 - Little Red Robin (it's red and it's a bird, close as I'm going to get to a robin)
Going Grey - Make it a Gift or Wrap
City Crafter Week 34 - Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow!
Fussy and Fancy week 35 - Anything But a Card
Really Reasonable Ribbon #13 - Anything But A Card - Winter Theme

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you'll come back again.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Three Times the Fun!

It's time for another Cooking It Up with Katie challenge. This week we're sponsored by Stamping Dragon and the recipe is Red, Christmas (if you don't celebrate Christmas you can make it birthday or get well or another holiday) and Layers.

I like this candy cane digi so much I had to put three of them on my card. In fact there are six of them. It's not clear in this photo but I colored six images and cut three of them out. I popped them up on dimensionals and placed them on top of the three matted images. The matted images are also popped up and then the argyle layer is popped up too. I think I got the layers done! The red and Christmas part is pretty obvious.
The dp on the card base has a blue cup in the design. I pulled that color for my mats and ribbon. The ribbon is very sheer so it doesn't show well in the photo but the blue really pops on the card. The red on the candy canes is covered in Christmas Red stickles. In my charm stash I had one candy cane and this strikes me as the perfect card for it. For the final pop I put some green rhinestones in the corners. Did you notice the little notches in the corners of the mats? That's a retired Stampin' Up corner punch.

I wish I could show you all this card in person. While it looks cute in the photo there is so much that gets lost. The stickles, the ribbon, the rhinestones and the dimensionals all make this card so much livelier in person.

Now it's time for you to show us what you can do with red, layers and Christmas. Don't forget to link your creation up on the Cooking It Up With Katie challenge blog.

Here's the deets:

stamp - digi image from Stamping Dragon

ink - HP printer; Ranger Weathered Wood sponged on the card base edges

paper - argyle dp Making Memories; base dp Imaginisce; Georgia Pacific cs for images; MFT Sno-Cone cs for mats

miscellaneous - copics; rhinestones; stickles; MFT ribbon; TCP bakery twine; SU corner punch; candy cane charm

Here's the challenges:
Cooking It Up With Katie #41 - red, layers, Christmas
The Pink Elephant #89 - Blue, Green and Red
Paper Cutz #70 - use two dp's
Secret Crafter #112 - Christmas
Play Date Cafe PDCC58 - Rich Red and White

Stamp Something - Christmas Color Combo Somethings
Corrosive #93 - Red and White for Christmas

Thanks for visiting, please come back again.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

A Pair of Purple Trees

I bet you love color, love to see how one color looks with another color.  Love to see what colors the designer paper companies are featuring.  How thrilling it is when they pick your favorite combinations.  Isn't playing with colors one the best things about paper crafting.
Well, I love purple, from the deepest violet to the palest lavender and every shade in between.  So it drives me bonkers when I try to post the cards I make that are mainly purple.  They never look right.  They look more blue than purple.  But this time I've gotten closer to the actual colors than ever before.   However the paper with the small print on it is showing a little too blue so use your imagination to see it as purple.  Maybe squinting will help.  
Because I love purple I was thrilled to see that this week's Cat's Pajama challenge was a color challenge to use aqua, ice blue and lavender.  And how equally fortuitous for me to have just received a package of Creative Memories papers that feature those colors.  Wohoo!  Some days it just comes together.
Have you seen the newest dies from the Cat's Pajama.   On the first card I used the "Icing" cut up and the snowflake cut up.  I'm loving them both, and dying for a Hostess cupcake or Snowball.  Is it me or has the paper crafting community gone out of its way to make me want to eat cupcakes whenever I go on-line?

For  the second card I used some Glitzy Glitter on the snowflake, I'm telling you that snowflake is just yummy.  Isn't it just perfect for winter cards?  I think so. 

Here's the deets:
stamp - The Cat's Pajama "Your Gift"
ink - Memento Tuxedo Black
paper - MFT perfect panels for image; SU Orchid Opulence for card base and mats; MFT Sno-cone for mats and snowflakes; Creative Memories "Cheerful Winter" dp
miscellaneous - The Cat's Pajama's "Snowflake" and "Icing" Cut Ups; MFT "Doily" die-namic; copics; snowflake charm; glitzy glitter, SU corner punch; TCP Divine twine; MFT ribbon; Viva pen for pearls on 1st snowflake; lavender embroidery floss on second card

Here's the challenges:
The Cat's Pajama TCP Tuesday 137 - colors - aqua, ice blue, and lavender
Crazy for Challenges C4C66 - sketch 1st card
Raise the Bar #46 - Trees
Just Add Ink #46 - Critters
Paper Cutz #7 - use 2 patterned papers
Stampin' B #87 - use turquoise, purple and something
shiny
Sew Many Cards #34 - Snowflakes

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you'll come back again

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Fruitcake Anyone?

This is Shirley's 2 Girls "Fruitcake Angel".  Isn't she just a little twisted?  Well, that's okay cause it's Twisted Thursday, that's right we're back to challenges and this week it's buttons and bows.  I put so many buttons on this card I couldn't fit the sentiment "You say fruitcake like it's a bad thing".  AND the two other sentiments that come with the image are a equally funny.
Fruitcake has such a bad reputation but I have to tell you that in my family the Italian fruitcake is something we adore. It's too bad that it's so difficult to make, my aunts no longer make it and no one else wants to carry on the tradition.  One year I took a vacation day to learn how to make this cake.  As much as I love the cake it's something that I couldn't do alone and no one else is up to the task.  Lots of rolling dough.  It's rolled and filled with honey, cloves and nuts and raisens, then layered and cut and wrapped into a circle shape.  Maybe one year my daughter will want to give it a try but I digress...
To make the card (you might want to click on it, that way you can see a larger version of it) I used a Memory Box pink card base.  To make the papers stand out I sponged the edges with Ranger Worn Lipstick.  The pearls on the mat were made with a Viva pen.  The bow was tied onto a Spare Parts clip and attached to the mat.  The little white dots were made with a gel pen. 
I think I have to send this card to my Aunt Kay, she made those cakes for so many years she'll get a kick out of it.
It's time for you to join us.  Just make a card or project with the twist "buttons and bows" and link it up to the S2G blog for your chance to win a prize.  All the details are here.  You don't have to use S2G images to play but if you have them we'd love to see you use them.  If don't have them but want to get some you can shop for them here.

Here's the deets:
image - Shirley's 2 Girls digi  "Fruitcake Angel"
ink - HP printer
paper - Doodlebug dp
miscellaneous - copics, ribbon, charm, Viva pen, gel pen, Spare Parts clip, buttons, nestibilities

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Hoppin' and Shoppin'

It's time for the MFT December release blog hop, wohoo!  If you're following the hop and arrived here from Julie's blog then you are in the right place.  If you just happened upon this post welcome aboard, you're very close to the beginning of the hop, why don't you stop by Kim's blog and follow along for some My Favorite Things yummieness.   While you're hopping take the time to leave some love on all the blogs because there will be a prize for some lucky person but you gotta leave a comment to be in the pool.  When you finish hopping go shopping.  

The hop is the icing on the cake for me and rest of temporary Design Team.  I know they feel the same way cause I've been reading all their posts this week.  What a blast this has been!  I can't thank Kim enough for the opportunity to be part of the team.

Onto my project.  It's an altered pop top can.  To make one of these all you need is a can with a pop top and one of those new fangled can openers that slice under the edge.  This is a Progresso soup can, I wanted something large enough to hold a scarf or a pair of socks and large enough so that I could use the "Heartfelt" stamp for decoration.  I stamped the image onto Blending Card by X-press, this is great paper if you're going to be working with copics. It was easy to cut the image out and wrap around the can.   I think the MFT Perfect Panels is the best paper for working with copics but it is thick and will be a bit more difficult to work with for this project.

You can use smaller or larger cans, you check that it'll be big enough for your gift and of course large enough for your stamped image.  A small can would be great with the sentiment stamps.  Your kids would love it with cash inside but if you have a crafty friend (like me hint, hint) you could put MFT ribbons, or baby brads, or buttons, or hot fix crystals inside, basically any Adornments works.

Once you've decorated the can all you need to do is apply some good strong clear glue to the edge of the lid and put it back in place. You've got a gift container that will knock the socks off your non-crafty friends. 

This post isn't intended to be a tutorial on how to make one of these.  There is a tutorial on Splitcoast in the Resources section. 

Thanks for stopping by, it's been a pleasure sharing my project with you.  It's time for me to pass you along to Sherrie.  I'm dying to see what she's got tonight.  She always has wicked good stuff to show off and she gives great directions for making your own.  

Since it's the holidays, why not ask your honey to go the MFT store and buy a gift voucher, or you could make a wish list with the website at the top and leave it on your honey's pillow. 

Don't forget to leave some love on all the blogs.  We love to read your comments and someone will be a winner of a gift voucher.

Here's the deets:
stamp - My Favorite Things "Heartfelt" image and sentiment
ink - Memento Tuxedo black
paper - SU Bella Rosa
miscellaneous - copics, baby braddies, Prima flowers, bling, nesties,

It's Today!!!

It's finally here, it's MFT release day. You're finally going to be able to shop for the new goodies - tonight at 10 PM (here). Of course we'd love for you to join us for the release party at the MFT Splitcoast forum, starting at 8PM. Sadly, that means this is my last day of sneak peeks but it's been a total blast and I hope you've been enjoying it as much as I have.


Today I have two cards to show you. The first one uses the iconic WTG (Who's That Girl?) "From the Bottom of My Heart". She comes with two other images (a bunch balloons and a box of candy- both so fun) and lots of sentiments all of which are perfect for making a Valentine or for any time you want to express your love.

This card uses one of my (and everybody else's) "go to" lay-outs. Because I use it so much I'm always looking for something to make it a little bit different. This time the Dainty Dots Die-namics did that. I used it for an inside border on the top and bottom of the cross element of the card. I like the way it looks and I'm sure it'll be appearing on more of my cards. In fact...




Here it is again on my next card. This one uses one of the sentiments from the "Clearly Sentimental About Love" set. If you visit here regularly you probably know that I have never ventured into making a "sentiment" card. I wasn't sure I could do it but here it is. This time when I used the new Dainty Dots die-namics I wove a MFT Spring collection ribbon through them. I also used the the Rolled Rose die-namic. I hardly ever use flowers but this die is becoming a favorite of mine especially because you can put fun embellies in the center.









Don't forget that Kim is giving away two $10 vouchers every day of the sneak peeks. You can get the details here on Kim's blog. After 11 AM she'll have links to all the DT members who are posting samples and you just need to leave some love for a chance to win.

Here's the deets for WTG card:
stamp - My Favorite Things WTG "From the Bottom of My Heart"
ink - Memento Tuxedo black
paper - SU soft suede cs, K & Co "Life's Journey" , MFT Blending card paper for image
Miscellaneous - copics, Glitsy Glitter, die-namics, Queen & Co pink rhinestones; MFT ribbon, Dainty Dots die-namics 

Here's the deets for the sentiment card:
stamp - My Favorite Things "Clearly Sentimental About Love"
ink - Memento London Fog; Ranger Pumice Stone
paper - MFT pink lemonade cs; K & Co Classic K pad; DCWV cs
miscellaneous - MFT Dainty Dots die-namics, MFT Rolled Rose die-namics, button, MFT ribbon, cupid charm, floss, Queen and co pearls, nestibilities

Don't forget the release is tonight.  That means that after the release party there's going to be a blog hop.  So I have one more goodie to show off.  So come on back tonight for the rest of the fun.  First, there's the release party on Splitcoast.  There's always eye candy and prizes at the party so come join the fun.  After the party you can shop and hop.  The DT save their best creations for the hop, so see ya later!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Pitter Patter

It's day four of Sneak Peaks of the My Favorite Things December release.  We're so close to the release (Wednesday, December 1 at 10 PM) you must be dying in anticipation.  But I am just a little sad because there will only be one more day and then I go back to be just a regular MFT junkie.  Being on the design team is just so much fun.  It's like being Cinderella at the ball.  If you want to find out what it's like you could win a spot on the team by entering the "Stitch It Up" challenge (details here).  You have till 10 PM EST to enter.
My heart skipped a beat when I saw this stamp.  I am still drooling over it.  I LOVE IT!!!  I know I've been saying I love every stamp I've used in the Sneak Peeks and the fact is that I do love them all.  But I love this one best, just don't tell the others, it would break their little hearts. 
I'm gonna tell you why I love her best.  it's because she reminds me of my daughter Liddy.  Liddy is 16 but she still wears those hats with ear flaps (and we live in sunny Florida).  She travels to beat of a different drummer and I bet little miss heartfelt is marching to her own beat too.  "Heartfelt" is one whacky little girl (and I mean that in the most affectionate way possible).  She lives "outside the box" and doesn't care if you like what she's wearing.  She's probably got a bathing suit on under that coat.  Because she's nontraditional she's not going to make a pink heart for Valentine's Day.  Her favorite color is purple and she's making her hearts that color.   She's out there defying gravity.  So isn't the Basic Grey "Sugar Rush" the perfect paper for this card, I love that the hearts are shades of orange, green and purple.   All the colored papers with the exception of the card base are from that pack.  The image was stamped on the Blending Card by X-press It paper and colored with copics.  Did you spot the new die-namics "Dainty Dots".  It's so versatile.  I punched it out and then put it on 3 thin panels behind my image.  That was quick and easy and looks like a million bucks.  You could dress the dots up by putting some bling in the centers, or you could weave a ribbon or baker's twine through them.  I used MFT hot fix crystals on the nesties so I left the dots naked.  What you may not be able to see is that the dot panels are raised up on dimensionals, the nesties are also raised up and lastly Heartfelt is cut out and popped up on dimensionals. 
There are two other stamps being showcased today.  If it's after 11 AM you can pop over to Kim's blog for links to all the DT's blogs.  You should leave some love because there will be prizes for two people who leave comments. 
So here's the deets:
stamp - My Favorite Things "Heartfelt"
ink - Memento Tuxedo Black
paper - MFT Blending Card by X-press It for image; Basic Grey Sugar Rush everything else
miscellaneous - copics, nestibilities, MFT hot fix crystals, MFT die-namics dainty dots; Stampin' Up corner punch

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you'll come back again.  Oh, by the way, did you think I was kidding about my daughter and the hat?  Here she us in one of her Elmer Fudd hats.  And no it wasn't taken last winter, it was taken last month!  She is one whacky kid.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Pure Innocence Sneaky Peeks

Let's hear it for the boys! I tend to ignore the boys in my card making. That's kind of sad because I have a husband, a grandson, two step sons, a brother, an uncle, men friends. You get the picture don't ya? Unless you're an orphaned cloistered nun (in which case what the heck brings you here?) you probably have a world populated by similar men folk. But I bet if you go through your stash it is sadly low on cards you can give to a guy. So I am always thrilled to see a fun image for a guy card. I think that should be my New Year's resolution, make more guy cards, forget about the diet, at least with card making I've got a fighting chance of success. But I digress...



It's day three of the sneak peeks and this brings us to one of My Favorite Things in the whole stamping world - Pure Innocence. I love Pure Innocence stamps. (yeah, I know, I love just about everything - and I've discovered if I don't love it now I will probably love it eventually). But Pure Innocence is a heart string tugger. She and he have got me every time. There isn't a release that goes by that I don't sit waiting to see what PI looks like and they are always the first thing into my cart.


Today I'm debuting "Splish Splash" and "Hello Cupcake" but you have got to see "Sending a Box of Chocolates and "Love You With All My Heart". If you click here for Kim blog after 11 AM she'll have links to all the designers that are showcasing PI, that way you can see them all, and they'll be done to the nines. I've been checking and I have been left agog by what the design team has done.


Every month MFT posts a challenge on the Saturday before the new release (that's the first Saturday of the month). A lucky crafter wins the next release and gets to be the guest design team member for the next month. That's a whopper of a prize. This month the challenge is to Stitch it Up". You can find all the details here. As a member of the guest design team I not eligible to win but I can still play so I got my trusty old embroidery floss out and did a little stitching on this card. You may want to click on the card to see a larger image of it. I made French knots around the edges of the image and the sentiment. I also sewed the buttons onto felt. Easy Peasy. You don't have to have a sewing machine or even floss. You can faux stitch on your creation. So get you fingers moving and play along. You have till Tuesday at 10PM to link up your creation. Just think of how excited you'll be if you win. I can guarantee that if you are a Guest DT for MFT you will be excited.

How about a project for my next peek. It's a gift in a jar with a matching recipe card. The recipe is for a dozen Chocolate Cherry Cupcakes. Perfect stamp for this recipe. PI is stamped on a MFT Perfect Panel,paper pieced and colored, punched out with a nestie, adhered to a mat punched with a larger nestie. Punch a slot, add a ribbon and a flower and you've got a great adornment for the jar. Mask off PI's arm and stamp the cupcake on a MFT Perfect Panel, cut it out and pop it up and it'll look adorable on the recipe card. By the way, PI doesn't come wearing socks but I like to add them, all you need to do is use a permanent ink pen like a fine point Sharpie and draw 2 slightly curved lines around her ankles with a few straight lines going in the opposite direction. If you're going to color over the sock lines try it on a scrap of the same card stock first. I'd hate to see you ruin your image doing something that should be simple, easy and fun. Here's another tip, if you cut out a square of material to cover the jar lid, put an elastic band around it before you try to tie the ribbon around it.


Don't forget the release party will be on the Splitcoast forum on Wednesday December 1 at 8 PM. Following the party the goodies will be on sale. (Take deep breaths, it's only a couple more days - I know, I know, there's a few things on my list already and Wednesday seems like a long time away). Everything will be available here on the MFT site.

Here's the deets for the card:

Stamp - My Favorite Things Pure Innocence "Splish Splash"

Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black

Paper - MFT blending paper for image and sentiment; K & Co "Itsy Bitsy" pad for dp; SU card stock

Miscellaneous - DMC floss, charm, felt, MFT buttons, nestibilities, Ranger glossy accents on puddle, copics



Here's the challenges for Splish Splash:

Jen Del Muro's A Sketch for You to Try - sketch (great layout to use)
MFT December Guest Designer challenge - Stitch It Upmpin' - Buttons and Bows

Here's the deets for the jar

Stamp - MFT PI "Hello Cupcake"

Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black

Paper - MFT perfect panel for image; DCWV card stock; Georgia Pacfic cs for recipe

Miscellaneous - stickles, ribbon, SU slot punch, copics, nestibilities, Prisma flowers and brad



Here's the challenges for the jar:

Creative Belli #105 - R's (ribbon)

For Fun - Anything Goes

Our Creative Corner - Tag You're It
My Time to Craft #116 - Tag Along


Don't forget, stop by the My Favorite Things blog for links to see the rest of the sneaky peeks. Leave some love when you visit. Then join the fun on Wednesday, party and shop - what more could a girl ask for.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Cheers!

 Are you ready for the New Year?  I'm ready for the New Year, it's all that stuff in between that I haven't done anything about.  Even if we're not ready these gals are ready to party.  They're My Favorite Things Flapper Doodles "Cheers to a New Year" and they'll be released on Wednesday.  You're just gonna have to wait a couple more days.
Not everyone I know celebrates Christmas but New Year's is something that everyone I know does.  So this is a great stamp to have in your stash, not only because you can use it for just about anybody but also because it works up fast.  In fact this card came together so fast I decided to finish the inside.  That and the card base is dark. 









For the inside I used the martini paper and some of the card stock for trimmin it up the top and then stamping a light partial image in the bottom corner.   Stamped the sentiment and leaft some room for a personal message and there it is.  A quick and easy holiday card.

Who's your favorite bunny?  FLOPSEY!!!! of course.  There was a time when I was jaded and didn't care what the Flopster was up to but now I am giddy as a school girl when I see Flopsey and can't wait to find out what his new activity will be.  He is such a talented and versatile bunny.  This month he's figure skating and he comes with three sentiments.  I've stamped  "thinking of you" on the ice then covered it with Ranger's Glossy Accents.  Some stickles here and there, a little bling and Voila! another holiday card.  At this rate I may be ready by Spring. 

Don't forget to check out Kim's My Favorite Things blog to see the rest of the design team's work and of course you have to join us on Wednesday for the release party on Splitcoast.  Need I mention shopping will commence as the party ends.

Here's the deets for Cheers:
Stamp - MFT Flapper Doodles "Cheers to a New Year"
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black; Ranger Antique Linen sponged around edges and for image on inside
Paper - Georgia Pacific white card stock; SU Garden Green cs for mats and card base; Imaginations "Martini Toss" dp
Miscellaneous - ribbon, copics, MFT button, charm, twine, scalloped scallop die-namics; nestibilities; Crystazzi bling

Here's the deets for Flopsey:
Stamp -  My Favorite Things "Ice Skating Flopsey"
Paper - MFT Perfect Panel for stamp; Imaginisce dp
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black, Ranger Weathered Wood sponged around edges of the dp
Miscellaneous - My Favorite Things ribbon and button (what can I say, Kim has it all and it's good), charm,  Memory Box snowflake bling, turquoise bling, copics, stickles nestibilities


Thanks for visiting, I hope you'll come back again.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

You Give Me Wings

I can finally let the cat out of the bag.  Kim, the owner of My Favorite Things stamp company asked me to be one of her guest design team members for the December release.  So about a month ago you might have heard a high pitched scream, or maybe you were wondering why your dog was whining and chasing his tail, or your cat was acting weird, never mind cats being weird is normal but if your world seemed a little off, it may have been my scream or the jumping up and down happy dance that followed the scream.  I was thrilled to be asked because I love MFT stamps and of course I said 'YES, YES, YES!" 




This little girl fairy just about knocked me over when I saw her.  Isn't she just one of the cutest things you've ever seen?  She's the newest Tweeny "You Give Me Wings".  I made a set of note cards with this set.  There are two of each of these cards and they'll make a great little present.  My friend Pam fell in love with the Crate Paper "Restoration Collection" dp  and she gave me a pad so I used it to make these cards.  Because of her blouse I used the polka dots paper as my starting point and everything else just fell into place right down to the little "handmade charm" which is part of a buttoney, flowery twiney bow.  Remember when they were just buttoney bows?   

When you're finished here you should hop over here (Kim's blog) for links to all the other design team members.  I know they are anxious to show off what they've been working on.  Stop by and leave them some love.  And of course, you should know that the stamp sets we're using will be available on Wednesday.  We'll be partying over on the Splitcoast MFT forum and at 10:00 EST the shopping will commence.

So here's the deets"
Stamp - My Favorite Things, Tweeny "You Give Me Wings"
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black for image; Ranger Scatter Straw for sponging
Paper - MFT perfect panel for image; Crate Paper "Restoration Collection" dp; Stampin' Up Kraft cs for base, Certainly Celery for mats
Miscellaneous -  ribbon, button, MFT scalloped scallop die-namics, nestibilities, Prisma flowers, charm, yellow bling; Pebbles Sun Yellow candy dots, TCP baker's twine; glimmer dust; stickles; copics; dimensionals

Here's the challenges:
Charisma Cards #47 - One for the Girls
Belli Challenge #105 - R's (embellishments beginning with "R") ribbon and rhinestones
For Fun - Anything Goes
Paper Cutz #69 - Anything Goes

Thanks for visiting, I hope you come back again. 

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Turkey Day to You!

Gobble! Gobble! Gobble!  (thank goodness for spell check, I had typed gooble 3 times) yeah, I know, I'm very juvenile. Be glad you only have to read this cause if you phone me today that's how I'll be answering your call. Yeah, I'm pathetic, that and easily amused.

Well, if you're taking time off from kitchen duties, looking away from the game or the parade then welcome to my blog. I'm busy with kitchen duties but I hope I can see some of the Macy's parade. I love the balloons and the Rockettes usually make an appearance. I'm not sure if it's broadcast here in Florida, I do hope it is.

Turkey day is always on a Thursday and if it's Thursday I must be twisted, I mean it must be twisted. This week Shirley's 2 Girls isn't hosting a challenge but the design team have made cards or projects and we're doing "show and tell". We're telling why we're grateful. How long do you have? I have so much to be grateful for, and if you're sitting at a computer you probably do too. I will be fortunate to have my family here for a "Thanksgiving dinner that couldn't be beat" (thanks to Arlo for those memories), I am loved by family and friends. I live in a beautiful home which is warm in the winter and cool in the summer. I have a healthy child. I live in a country where I (a woman) can be a homemaker or I can work, a country where I can worship as I choose, a country where I can vote and voice my opinion. I am thankful for all of those things and I am thankful that you all take the time to visit my blog and leave such encouraging feedback.

I wish you all the best and that your blessings multiply like rabbits.

The image on this card is called "Sorry". But it's versatile because it comes with two thanks sentiments as well as a sorry sentiment. Leave the sentiments off and it's an anything card. If you want to shop on Black Friday but don't like the crowds you can drop into the S2G store and pick up this image or maybe some holiday images. And even though we don't have a challenge this week the design team made some eye candy for you to enjoy so hop over to the blog and check it out.

Here's the deets:

Stamp - Shirley's 2 Girls digi "Sorry"

Ink - HP printer

Paper - Georgia Pacific cs for image; Lasting Impressions dp

Miscellaneous - the Cat's Pajamas felt, MFT rose die-namics, SU Pretties pearls in rose centers; Queen and Co pearl stickers on scalloped edges



Here's the challenges:
Get Sketchy #65 - find inspiration from something around the house (that's my naughty boy cat Shamus)
Just Us Girls #60 - Dark Red, Black, White and Yellow
Papertake Weekly - Cut It Out
For Fun Challenges - Anything Goes
Creative Belli Challenge #105 - R's (embellishments starting with the letter "r" - roses)
Fab 'n Funky #50 - Go With the Flow

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